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A timeline of right-wing violence and violent statements

starting in June 2008. 


WikiLeaks - The Afghan War Diary


This is an extraordinary secret compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports describe the majority of lethal military actions involving the United States military. They include the number of persons internally stated to be killed, wounded, or detained during each action, together with the precise geographical location of each event, and the military units involved and major weapon systems used.

Britain's The Guardian reports on
400,000 documents released concerning Iraq

Huffington Post summarizes

Wikileaks undergoes
very serious battle for its corporate existence after
revealing diplomatic secrets.
1 / 2 / 3 / 4


Just look at what the U.S. Government and its friends are willing to do and capable of doing to someone who challenges or defies them -- all without any charges being filed or a shred of legal authority.  They've blocked access to their assets, tried to remove them from the Internet, bullied most everyone out of doing any business with them, froze the funds marked for Assange's legal defense at exactly the time that they prepare a strange international arrest warrant to be executed, repeatedly threatened him with murder, had their Australian vassals openly threaten to revoke his passport, and declared them "Terrorists" even though -- unlike the authorities who are doing all of these things -- neither Assange nor WikiLeaks ever engaged in violence, advocated violence, or caused the slaughter of civilians.

The consquences of Bush Administration economic policies and of the Obama Administration's faiilure to reverse those policies

poverty chart




recession mar 2013 

Speaker Pelosi explains meaning of chart. A look at various predictions. Republican arguments demonstrate that they don't have a clue as to what they're talking about. Paul Krugman says the stimulus isn't big enough. The current economy is now doing exactly what was predicted many months back. Krugman warns (Oct) "It ain't over yet." Whew! (Nov) Looks to be finally bottoming out. Very interesting view  Woo hoo!!! Looks like good news at last! Unfortunately, the planned departure of Christina Romer (Aug) from the group of President Obama's economic advisors removes one of the strongest voices for more spending to get the economy moving again. Employment is slowly improving, but it's just keeping pace with population now. Excellent run-down on what the "crisis" is Washington DC means. Remember, we're following the Republican/Tea Party plan (Aug 11) for economic growth! The establishment media says thee current economic conflict is between "liberals" and "moderates." Of course, if you look at who the "liberals" are, that's pretty much all of the responsible players in economics and finance.



shares of deficit
Source: Yglesia.thinkprogress

11000 yr climate changes

Explanation of chart - 11,300 years of climate change


Other 9/11

BBC discusses CHILE: THE OTHER 9/11

On the morning of Tuesday 11 September 1973, two jets launched a deadly attack on the Presidential Palace of La Moneda in the heart of Santiago, Chile. A military coup led by Augusto Pinochet ousted the presidency of Salvador Allende, the world's first democratically-elected Marxist head of state.

Also, someone queried "Riverbend" of Baghdad Burning:


"Someone asked me whether it was true that the 'Iraqi people were dancing in the streets of Baghdad' when the World Trade Center fell. Of course it's not true. I was watching the tv screen in disbelief- looking at the reactions of the horrified people. I wasn't dancing because the terrified faces on the screen, could have been the same faces in front of the Amiriyah shelter on February 13… it's strange how horror obliterates ethnic differences- all faces look the same when they are witnessing the death of loved ones."


Former Seceretary of State Condoleezza Rice claims Bush made America safer

RICE: The world was most dangerous in 2001, when we didn’t have a net to deal with terrorism. I think in that sense we made it a safer place from the time that we were in office.

Is that accurate? No, actually, it isn't. The invasion of Iraq caused terrorism to increase 600% and suicide bombings from 1980 to 2003 numbered 350. There have been over 1,800 since.


Did Bush launch the Iraq War knowing full well there were no WMD there? Of course he did.


Study of Iraqi demographics 

five years after the US invasion

Juan Cole comments (near end of post)


Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) did a study of the Iraq War (60 page PDF), concluding that it is a “major debacle,” a “classic case of failure,” and a conflict that may not be winnable."  Update:  Contains lots of points of agreement with Bush Administration (i.e., that Saddam Hussein attempted to assassinate the elder George Bush, among many others) but these can be seen as tactical agreements, made so that other points have more credibility (i.e., "This is not a DFH screed!").

Review of Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld's memoir. Quite sad, really, to behold the absolutely massive insurbordination that Bush put up with and Rumsfelds' seriously pathetic incompetence. He sent in a force that was adequate for defeating Saddam Hussein's army, but that was woefully
Of course, the really sad part is to compare Rumsfelds performance of his duties with the absolutely slobbering, devoted man-love shown to Rumsfeld by the Washington DC press corps.
inadequate for occupying Iraq.




Database of 935 Bush Administration lies that preceded the Iraq War

The Senate Intelligence Committee Phase II report (PDF)

Part I, Part II
on the lies that the Bush Administration told the American People in order to drag us into the Iraq War.

List of 161 signing statements issued by Bush
Signing statements, which were mostly used in the past to commend legislaton, to clear up outstanding questions and to supply interpretations of what provisions meant, were used by Bush as a uniquely round-about and deceptive way for him to challenge legislation after Congress had fulfilled its role. There was no way for Congress to challenge a signing statemet other than by passing all-new legislation.



YouTube video produced by local Gold Star family

Boston IndyMedia story


Recommended anti-war and progressive films

Noteworthy Books