Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Thursday, 13 November 2008
The sheepel's plate of slop is now served
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: The "daily slop" has been served to the masses
Topic: ANYBODY * ANYDAY

Hello my faithful Z3 Readers


I am sooooo happy I have this blog to report on all the great news of the day I have found this afternoon

 

This blog is sooooo great for sharing the stories that make me sick and a litany of  travesties that I find in this sick world I live in.

 

So as I walk like a zombie through this corrupt world of greed, capitalism, hate, killing, and faux terror, I bring you today, more great snips of the funky shit that is put on our plate to digest form the corporate media whores.

 

I’m not gonna eat it …. Zombies don’t eat plates of dished up shit!

But for the non informed gullible sheeple this is your plate of slop, read on and enjoy:

 

Today sloppy serving will come from the “corporate rag” called ...

"USA Today" (yippiee!!)

 

 Military reaches out to fix wounded vets' health care issues

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2008-11-13-outreach_N.htm 

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAYThe military is trying to find at least 2,300 wounded veterans to see whether they are missing out on health and other benefits.

  

 CIA: Al-Qaeda 'single biggest threat' to U.S. 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-11-13-cia-al-qaeda_N.htm 

Osama bin Laden is isolated from al-Qaeda's daily operations but the terrorist organization he built is spreading its influence.  

 Crimes by air marshals raise questions about hiring 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-11-12-air-marshals_N.htm 

By Michael Grabell, ProPublicaAn examination of official documents shows that 18 air marshals have been charged with felonies.

 FDA to detain food shipments from China  

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2008-11-13-fda-china_N.htm 

Federal health officials Thursday slapped a sweeping detention order on all products that contain milk or "milk-derived ingredients."

  Monthly foreclosures up 25% from a year ago, study says 

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2008-11-13-foreclosures-rise-25-percent_N.htm 

But filings in California fell by double-digit percentage points for the second month straight due to a state law slowing the process.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:51 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, 13 November 2008 5:10 PM PST
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
What are the top reasons for impeaching Bush?
Now Playing: Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire ... and why Impeachent is necessary
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT
 Do I need to explain this? Well if you have been following the Zebra 3 Reports I bet you already know it all  ... but for the sake of the "record" (haha!) here it is in print:

What are the top reasons for impeaching Bush?

http://www.democrats.com/impeachment-reasons

Iraq

Invading Iraq without any threat to the U.S.

Lying about Iraqi WMD's to Congress and the American people

Causing the deaths of over 2,000 U.S. troops and the maiming of over 10,000 more

Failing to provide adequate equipment and armor to U.S. troops

Allowing illegal torture and murder of prisoners

Causing the deaths of 100,000 Iraqi civilians

Spending $300 billion in just two years for an occupation that could last for decades

Letting Halliburton steal billions through no-bid contracts

Using vast quantities of depleted uranium weapons that will poison Iraq now and for generations to come

September 11

Ignoring countless warnings of an attack in the U.S.

Reading "My Pet Goat" during the attack

Letting Osama Bin Laden escape from Afghanistan

Holding no bureaucrat accountable for ignoring warnings

Delaying and obstructing the 911 Commission investigation

Turning Afghanistan into the world's largest opium producer

Terrorism

Allowing international terrorism incidents to quadruple and trying to cover up the facts

Failing to secure our borders and ports to prevent terrorism

Creating a new generation of terrorists through the invasion of Iraq and the killing of 100,000 civilians

Letting terrorists buy high-powered weapons inside the U.S.

Letting North Korea build nuclear bombs and missiles that can cross the Pacific Ocean

Refusing to shut down Pakistan's nuclear weapons exports

Foreign relations

Turning the world against the United States

Preparing for another war with Iran

Signing treaties that cost America jobs and undermine American laws

Economy

Letting gasoline prices double at devastating cost to the economy while oil companies make record profits

Letting corrupt companies like Enron steal billions from consumers and employees

Cutting taxes for the rich and turning a $5 trillion budget surplus into a $5 trillion budget deficit

Adding trillions to the national debt, which our children and grandchildren will have to pay off with interest

Letting millions of American jobs go overseas

Freedom

Letting bureaucrats wiretap Americans without a court order

Locking up suspects for years without charges or trials

Arresting nonviolent protesters at Bush events

Packing the courts with right-wing judges to outlaw abortion

Ordering federal courts to interfere in the Terri Schiavo tragedy

Taking away our right to sue corporations through class actions

Taking away our right to declare bankruptcy under Chapter 7 and forcing middle-class Americans into debt slavery

Democracy

Stealing the Presidential elections of 2000 and 2004

Refusing to investigate the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of voters in Florida and Ohio

Promoting black-box electronic voting machines without paper trails

Embracing dictators in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia, and China

Overthrowing democratically-elected leaders in Haiti and Venezuela

Environment

Allowing global warming, which will cause massive environmental damage

Allowing more toxic mercury in the air and water

Allowing oil drilling in wilderness areas

Scandals

Illegally "outing" CIA agent Valerie Plame, an important anti-terrorism official

Letting a gay male prostitute (Jeff Gannon) roam free in the White House

Paying journalists to give favorable coverage to the administration

Relying on an earpiece for answers during debates and press conferences

Going AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard in 1972 and covering it up ever since

Defending the most corrupt Member of Congress (Tom DeLay)

MORE INFO & REASONING

FOLLOWS IN BLUE TEXT

1. Conspiring to out Valerie Plame and obstructing justice by commuting the sentence of Scooter Libby.

2. Refusing to comply with Congressional subpoenas.

3. Illegally wiretapping the calls and emails of virtually every American citizen.

4. Issuing Signing statements that led to illegal actions as documented by GAO.

Since Speaker Pelosi is adamantly opposed to impeachment hearings for President Bush, which of these are the strongest grounds for impeaching Vice President Cheney?

Behind the scenes, Cheney and his Chief of Staff David Addington are key players in all of these battles. But because they operate behind the scenes, it is hard to indict them specifically - with the exception of #1, conspiring to out Valerie Plame and obstructing justice by commuting the sentence of Scooter Libby.

Cheney's role in the outing of Valerie Plame was partially revealed through the Libby trial. Just before Scooter Libby outed Plame to Judith Miller of the New York Times, Libby met with Cheney about disclosing classified information. Libby claims Cheney authorized him to disclose favorable parts of the pre-war National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, but that information was leaked to the press days earlier, and neither the Special Prosecutor nor the jurors believed Libby's story.

Beyond the trial record, there is testimony by Bush and Cheney that has not been published and can be subpoenaed. Also Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald could be asked to prepare a report on these questions. After reviewing all available evidence, Congress could put both Libby and Cheney under oath and ask whether they discussed outing Valerie Plame or not.

After Scooter Libby was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison, Bush's commutation was widely viewed as intended to keep him from finally telling the truth to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, and thereby protecting his boss, Dick Cheney. News reports said Cheney urged Bush to commute Libby's sentence. After collecting all available evidence, Congress could put Cheney and all other witnesses under oath to determine if Cheney urged Bush to commute Libby's sentence - and whether it was to protect himself.

Under this scenario, several things could happen:

  • Libby and Cheney could refuse to testify, but since these would be impeachment hearings, Cheney's defiance of duly-issued subpoenas would itself be an impeachable Contempt of Congress. This was Article 3 of the Articles of Impeachment for President Nixon.
  • Libby and Cheney could lie to Congress, but that would be very difficult because of all the testimony collected in the Libby trial and the exhaustive analysis of that evidence by bloggers like Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel).
  • The White House could attack Congress for daring to hold such hearings, but public support for Bush (and especially Cheney) is so low that these attacks would have no political impact.

Of course the major obstacle to impeachment is the belief by Democratic leaders that any form of impeachment would backfire politically. Therefore there would have to be really powerful arguments for pursuing impeachment, and I would offer these:

  1. Outing Valerie Plame was a devastating blow to our essential efforts to stop terrorists from acquiring WMD's, which is the single most important lesson of 9/11
  2. Outing Valerie Plame may have cost the lives of Plame's spies
  3. Lying to the FBI, and grand jury, and a Special Prosecutor is intolerable by any elected or appointed government official
  4. No elected official, including the Vice President and the President, can be above the law
  5. We cannot allow the Vice President and the President to spend their final year in office destroying evidence of numerous official crimes and pardoning those who committed them
  6. As every primary poll shows, the American people still want change, just as they did in November 2006 when they swept Republicans out of power in Congress. Holding the Vice President accountable for one of his gravest crimes is a powerful way to begin real change

Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:08 PM PST
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Ex Nihilo: A Few Words From Those Who Have Heard The Call
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: capitalism and rising above the mess it created
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT

Ex Nihilo: A Few Words From Those Who Have Heard The Call

(Being A Regurgitation And Temporalization)

1:

What once hypnotized have now become un-affordable luxuries. When someone can barely afford to drive to work, they cannot afford cable television. When driving long commutes becomes economically impossible, people will move out of the soon-to-collapse rural cluster developments. Or, by that point, they will have been kicked out. More and more people are faced with a common reality in the USA, a common reality that is bleak and increasingly free of illusion.

But our once radiant and glowing mono-culture has trained many people into finding their niche, their group, their 'identity'. Now that the wallets are growing lighter and the daily drudgery more unbearable, these security blankets are becoming tattered and worn. They appear as they are: cheap masks dispensed by those at the top of the pyramid. These 'identities' have been manufactured for consumption and will die once no one CHOOSES to buy them. Or at least cannot afford to buy them.

2:

The wars of the USA were hidden. The wars of the anarchists against the capitalists which took place from the late 19th to the early 20th century all across the country have been blacked out by those who write and dispense 'history'. The war of genocide against the native population is veiled under the blood red American flag. The militants who were exterminated in the 70's are non-understood images seen once on a screen and never explained. The militants who escaped were reabsorbed into society. The last time the upper classes fought themselves (by having other people die for them) in this country was nearly 150 years ago. This country has been dispensing a relatively stable comfort for those who bought into its system since the end of WWII. It has dispensed it consistently and adapted to all crises. Until now.

This comfort is vanishing. This comfort is a cork coming out of a champagne bottle. Soon it will all be gone. And when people reach for another drink, there will be nothing to distract them any longer. Capitalism ensured that its enchantments were affordable to everyone in order to generate a uniform non-reality, non-history and non-thinking: the mono-culture. These enchantments have worked miraculously for them. That is, once again, until now.

3:

But what does a recently mind-controlled population do when its wide-screen gods die? When there is no more faith in the gadgets and garbage, all that is left is the grim reality stretching off into the distance. This reality is so bleak, overwhelming and powerful that it acts (by its very nature) as a unifying force. It connects worlds that were separate. The challenge, then, is to not unify around a dark negative but rather around a refusal of all dualities. A refusal of all that came from the minds in Hollywood and the Pentagon. A refusal of all that is dead. With this refusal must come an affirmation, an affirmation of affinity and of our abilities to make something out of nothing. Because that is where we all must start: from nothing.

We must not be solely reactive nor solely defensive. We must be solely nothing. Nothing at all. We must respond when it is best to respond and get high when it is possible to get high. Necessity should inform our defense and imagination inform our attack. If we still hold an 'identity' we should shed it. Our dying culture branded us with these hollow 'identities'. It is possible to have an identity. But it is yours and yours alone. Affinity is not identity.

4:

In Kansas City, the Sand Liberation Front break the windows of an Obama campaign office. In Lawrence, a group of people throw bricks through a US Bank windows and ask for others to make similar deposits. In San Francisco, 10,000 people shut down the streets and walk off into the night. At the same time, those furious at the passage of a new fascist marriage law begin to lash out at the fundamentalist supporters of Proposition 8 by committing acts of vandalism. In Jonesboro, Arkansas, the energy which Obama has harnessed is unleashed against the police indiscriminately. Those wearing shirts with his face on them proceed to bloody the police.

Obama is a release valve. He is a pressure diffuser. His supporters have been tricked into confusing their own power with his. And in effect they feed him what is necessary for action. What is the next step in this situation? What fold exists for people to be brought into? We cannot draw people to a subculture. It is simply another 'identity'. There is only one way out of this Ouroboros-like fugue: to "shut the fuck up" and begin to build relationships with those around you from the ground up.

5:

We begin, but we begin ex nihilo. That is, from nothing. If no one around us speaks Latin, we must not speak Latin if we wish to communicate with them. There is no other way to talk, to share, to grow. Our internal languages cannot ever become a universal language. If they ever did, they would be nothing better than the mono-culture. We will have many. And we have no choice in the matter.

To begin:

Find your friends, friends whom have all freed themselves. Combine your thoughts and imaginations. Locate the cracks. Hit the cracks. When others act, watch what they do. Determine if there is commonality. Amplify or alter their efforts. Wait. Talk to those in YOUR communities, find out what they are thinking, what they wish would happen, and encourage them to act on their desires. Continue talking with them. Continue to locate the cracks. Sometimes you might find that the cracks you saw have already been hit by others. Soon, these cracks will become holes. Vacant, empty holes. Nothing will ever fill these holes again. The tower is crumbling. And will soon be gone.

These are our words and ours alone. If you are one of the unfortunate, over-educated ones, you should write your own words. Those of you who choose to not write are lucky. You have nothing but your bare hands and fire to make art with.

This was copied in full from Portland Indy Media

the link is below:

http://publish.portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/11/382328.shtml

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:59 PM PST
Report the truth about Bush = Go To Jail for reporting it
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: The truth in Media met with JAIL for honest reporter
Topic: MEDIA

Zebra 3 Readers let me say this
"Im Mad As HellAnd Not Gonna Take This Shit Sitting Down"

Now that Im pissed off and "standing" ....please read about this fucking shit:

http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2008/09/exit-strategy-spying-on-the-press.html
____________________________________________________

Freedom

of the

Press?

NEWS: The Bush administration's preoccupation with serving reporters with subpoenas could have long-lasting effects beyond Washington.

September/October 2008 Issue

James Risen should know a thing or two about government spying on Americans. Three years ago he, along with New York Times colleague Eric Lichtblau, exposed the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. Today he finds himself a subject of one of the Bush administration's leak investigations—and, ironically, what he suspects is a warrantless effort to trace his communications with sources.

This past January Risen got a subpoena demanding that he appear before a grand jury convened by the US Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, to testify about the identity of the sources for a chapter in his 2006 book, State of War, dealing with cia operations against Iran. (He hasn't testified, and his refusal to cooperate could land him in jail.) "One of the great ironies is that I may be the only one who has to go to jail out of all this," Risen told me, "while Congress is trying to give immunity to the telephone companies."

Contacts of his have also been called to testify: "The intimidation begins with the document itself," says one who asked to remain anonymous. "'You are commanded to appear'—that will get your attention. It's delivered by a couple fbi guys. The trick is, too, they can impoverish you. You should expect to pay minimum 10 grand" for the lawyer needed to prepare for a grand jury appearance.

How did Justice track down Risen's contacts? Those who appeared before the grand jury were shown what they were told were Risen's phone records—even though neither Risen nor his newspaper have actually been subpoenaed for those records. Risen and the Times suspect that the government is monitoring Risen's communications using some other means, perhaps a "pen register" device that records the numbers called from a particular phone. A pen register does not require a warrant (though it requires approval by a judge).

The Bush administration's preoccupation with journalists and their sources may have long-lasting effects beyond Washington. Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, notes that a 2007 study found that news outlets around the country have seen a fivefold increase since 2001 in the number of subpoenas seeking information on confidential sources. Press freedom advocates have been pushing a federal shield law for journalists (a version passed in the House and at press time another was pending in the Senate). But the measure has a national security exception that could leave the likes of Risen and Lichtblau unprotected—and Bush has vowed to veto it if it passes.

Laura Rozen is national security correspondent at Mother Jones


Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:47 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 November 2008 3:57 PM PST
Friday, 7 November 2008
David Rovics sends out an email about the future with our new president Obama
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: No change with the Obama .... or will America demand change
Topic: POLITICS

Hi My Friendly Z3 Readers I recieved this email today and knew it needed to be shared. Just how good is our "new hope and change" president going to be?

Well read on .... might as well as cross your fingers, and keep your "protest signs close by and handy"

~peace joe anybody

********************************************************

Some Thoughts on Obama


by David Rovics

www.davidrovics.com


Friends around the world keep asking me questions.  Are you excited?  What do you think of Obama?  Others are simply congratulating me.  And I must say, it was a thrilling moment.

As a teenager, in 1984, I volunteered for the Mondale/Ferraro campaign, mostly pushing bumper stickers.  An anti-nuclear group was doing this, in the belief that Mondale would be less likely to cause Armageddon.  I grew up in an overwhelmingly white, Republican town.  I was a news junky from an early age, though, and politically active in one way or another.  Of the Democratic candidates my favorite was Jesse Jackson, but looking around me I reasoned he had a slim chance of getting elected.

As an adult, living in urban areas all over the US, I saw little to dispel this illusion.  There were more African-Americans getting elected to political office, but usually we were talking about mayors of majority-Black cities or Congresswomen from hotbeds of progressivism like Berkeley.  But here I was, hanging out with my toddler, listening to my favorite local band, the Pagan Jug Band, sitting in a pub in Portland, hearing that Barack Obama has been elected President.

My initial reaction was that of Jesse's.  I got a lump in my throat, and tears came to my eyes, thinking about the insanity of all the suffering that has gone down for so many centuries, the homes, dreams, and bodies broken by slavery and racism.  And in fact until very recently, on the news broadcasts when they would mention the number of Black people in the Congress, in order to be factually accurate they always had to include the caveat, "since Reconstruction."  More than that is rarely said about this ten-year period of Union Army occupation that allowed something approximating democracy, and even serious land redistribution, to exist in the South, before the Union withdrew and the South was plunged into at least a century of Apartheid rule.

Whether South or North, the prisons are filled with mostly dark-skinned people from places where you can graduate from high school without having learned how to read, where you can get asthma from breathing the air, where the police shoot first and ask questions later.  They're in prison, but Barack Obama's not, he's on the TV giving a humble victory speech, quoting Lincoln.  And this crowd of mostly young white people around me at the pub are all cheering at the TV screen, shouting his name, laughing, crying, and drinking.  I'm pretty sure they all voted for him.  Or if some of them were slacking too much to get around to it, they would have voted for him.

I had just gone there to hear the music, but it turned into a spontaneous Obama party, at that pub and at pubs and sidewalks and streets in cities all across the US, and apparently in other parts of the world as well.  I remember being near the front of a march of tens of thousands of people back in 1985 or so, seeing Jesse Jackson at the front of the march with many of his volunteers lining the marchers, all wearing football-style shirts that read "88" on them, for his next Presidential campaign effort.  I remember seeing on the faces and the placards of this mostly white crowd of marchers, an admiration and affection for the man at the front of the march, and I was wishing the whole country could be more like this crowd.  And I feel so gratified that all the people talking about the so-called Bradley effect were wrong, that a majority of our eligible voters (not counting those millions of ineligible felons) would really end up voting for Obama.

There was one black-clad young man from Olympia who happened to be at the crowded pub, which was more crowded than I had ever seen it before.  He bummed a light from me and started to talk.  "This is great, you know, but I just can't help but think, 'meanwhile, in Afghanistan...'"

Every party needs a spoiler, and here he was.  Too cynical to be entirely swept up in the moment, he was worried about the possibility that Obama might actually follow through with his campaign promises and send more troops to Afghanistan.  And then over the past few days, the news gets more and more grim.  Rahm Emanuel, a zealous supporter of Israeli Apartheid for Secretary of State.  Larry Summers, Clinton's chief advocate for the World Trade Organization and deregulation of the financial sector, is being suggested as an economic advisor.  Joe Biden, who voted for the war in Iraq, is already his VP.

Obama is surrounding himself with folks from Bill Clinton's administration.  I remember those eight years well, I was protesting his policies the whole time.  Welfare was reformed and social spending was gutted even more.  The prisons became even more crowded with nonviolent drug offenders.  The sanctions and ongoing bombing campaign in Iraq that happened on Clinton's watch killed hundreds of thousands of children, and his Secretary of State said the price was worth it.  NAFTA was passed and then the WTO was formed, all with Clinton's blessings.  These trade deals that Clinton and most of his party supported plunged millions of people around the world into poverty and an early death.  Yugoslavia and Iraq will glow for thousands of years because of the nuclear waste littering the land that fell during the Clinton years.

Of course, Clinton inherited the mess in Iraq, and Clinton certainly did not invent neoliberal economics, nor did Clinton start the process of the de-industrialization of the US, the growth of Mexican sweatshops, or the support of the death squad regime in Colombia.  But he embraced all of that, and much, much more.

On the other hand, in previous generations, things were different.  Before the export of America's manufacturing base, before all the free trade agreements, before real wages in the US lost half their value, the US was run by liberals.  Liberals like FDR and Nixon.  Nixon?  Yes, well, I studied economics a little, and social spending in the US actually continued to increase from the time of FDR to the time of Nixon.  It was under Nixon that the EPA, the NEA and other such institutions were born.  It was after Nixon that the budget-cutting began in earnest.  From FDR to Nixon, whether the administration was Democratic or Republican, social spending increased.  Since Nixon, under Democratic and Republican administrations, social spending has decreased.

There have, of course, been variations.  FDR enthusiastically bombed Japan into the stone age, killing millions of innocents.  Eisenhower was a Republican president, he preferred to bomb Koreans and Vietnamese.  Johnson bombed them a lot more, killing millions.  Nixon did it, too, of course.  All along the way, by and large, there was overwhelming bipartisan support for these policies.  Not among the population, but among the elite who rule it.

Several days ago I was exchanging email messages about the state of the world with my good friend Terry Flynn, a professor of economics and the social sciences at Western Connecticut State University.  In one email he wrote, "a damn interesting time. The hegemon is rocked. I'm sure we're witnessing a re-configuration of the global order on par with the post-WW2 period."  I asked what kind of reconfiguration did he see happening, and this was his eloquent reply:

It's a shift from one hegemonic era to another. The U.S. took over from the U.K. after the war. But our time is up. Don't know which country or alliance will dominate in the next cycle. The major contenders are China and India. But Russia is working very hard to leverage its massive geopolitical presence, natural resources, and techno-military culture, despite huge demographic deficits in comparison with the former countries. Russia has Europe by the balls due to, e.g., Germany's utter dependency on Russian natural gas. And it's far superior to India and China in many important ways. It's still a fucking wreck in terms of law and economic and social policies. But this whole transition is probably a 20 year affair. I just think that the catastrophic U.S. response to 9/11 and the current financial crisis push the regime change hard against the U.S.

If Obama wins the election, he might very well be a fine negotiator for the new, diminished role for this country. He can sell it as enlightened internationalism, not the decline of the American Empire. Of course, the patriots here will insist on waving the flag and encouraging the barbarians to bring it on. They won't go down without a fight. However, the U.S. simply can't afford to sustain its customary role. And there's no reason that China will continue to lend money for us to do so.

Anyway, that's a taste of my thinking on this matter. Oh, by the way, I don't for one minute expect that the new regime will be any kinder to the working classes. They'll still be global capitalists with a lust for power. In principle, no better or worse than the present crew. But as our country is diminished we might start talking seriously about peace and environmental degradation, etc.  That could be ironic.


The Democrats have gotten more corporate donations than the Republicans in this last election cycle.  The corporate elite has mostly decided that the Dems are better for business now.  Better to send them in to clean up the mess.  Obama is most definitely his own man, and an extremely intelligent, eloquent, youthful, good-looking and well-organized one at that.  He has a brilliant background in community organizing and a first-hand familiarity with reality, the realities, for starters, of poverty, racism and US foreign policy -- those realities that, among others, so desperately need to be changed.  Not only is he his own man, but he's the man of the people, of so many people, who so enthusiastically have supported his campaign, going door to door as part of his well-oiled campaign machine, giving him hundreds of millions of dollars in small donations, packing stadiums around the country and around the world, and waiting in line for hours to vote for him in the polls.

But he is also the man of the corporations, of the banks, of the insurance industry, who have funded his campaign massively, and are expecting a dividend for their investments.  And they're getting it already, in the form of the appointment of those "liberals" (whatever that means) who supported Clinton's wars, sanctions and neoliberal economic reforms.

Obama has promised to raise taxes on the rich back to what they were under Clinton.  I haven't carefully studied the numbers, but I believe we are talking about increasing the income tax on anything above $100,000 from 35% to 38%.  Nobody is talking about returning it to what it was when the Progressive Income Tax was formed -- 90%.  He is talking about taking soldiers out of Iraq and sending them to Afghanistan -- not bringing them all home and cutting military spending by 90%, in line with international norms, and doing away with this rapacious empire.  He is talking about the middle class, and sure, he had to do that to get elected, but when does he ever talk about the poor, the imprisoned millions, the thousands of homeless walking cadavers haunting the streets of every major American city?  Every politician talks about building schools, but what about free education through graduate school like they have in most European countries?

No, the scope of debate is far more limited than that.  It is a scope defined by that increasingly narrow grey area in between "conservative" and "liberal."  There are distinctions, some of them important.  That 3% tax increase will do good things for many people, I hope.  Perhaps we won't start any new wars, I don't know.  Perhaps we'll withdraw from Iraq, but I'll bet no reparations for what we've done there will be forthcoming.  Perhaps there will be no new wars on our civil liberties in the next few years, but I'll bet the prison population will not get much smaller.

I hope I'm wrong.  But if I am to be proven wrong and there are to be serious changes in the welfare of people in the US and around the world, it will only be as a result of a popular uprising of people calling for a real New Deal for the 21st century, an end to the empire, housing, health care and education for all, and so on.  Because even if Obama secretly wants all of these things, as so many of us would desperately like to believe, he's going to need plenty of popular pressure to point to if any of these things are going to become reality.  If he really is the socialist wealth redistributor his opponents said he is, he's going to need massive popular support just to avoid being impeached for treason by those corporate stooges who dominate both parties in the Congress.

And if, on the other hand, he really believes his own campaign promises of meager tax increases for the rich, raising the salaries of teachers a bit, fighting terrorism, passing more free trade agreements, being Israel's best friend, and so on, then what we have in store is another Democratic administration.  Different kind of like Starbucks is different from McDonald's -- they both pay poverty wages and feed you shit, but Starbucks includes health insurance.

David Rovics is a singer/songwriter and unashamed socialist based in Portland, Oregon.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:57 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 November 2008 3:59 PM PST
Terror Label Unconstitutional (for Oregon Charity)
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: A fucked up system - God Help America (please!)
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

Over at The Mercury there is an excellent article by Matt Davis titled:

Judge: Terror Label Unconstitutional

For Oregon Charity

***

Posted by Matt Davis on Fri, Nov 7 at 2:22 PM

Back in April I covered efforts by lawyers for the Ashland-based Al Haramain Islamic Foundation to get the Treasury Department to unfreeze its assets. The story was later covered by the New Yorker. In terms of how the government has acted since 911, the story is a massive, Orwellian deal. Yet I think there is something off-putting to most average readers in the complexity of the case...Nevertheless, the decision to pursue this policy by the treasury came about as the result of a Bush executive order. Let's hope this is the last time such a case has to come before the court.

Simply put, the government seized the property of an Islamic charity without justifying why. Yesterday, a federal judge said that's against the fourth amendment of the constitution, unless the government can provide more information to justify the designation. ..... (keep reading)

More to this story here in link below

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2008/11/07/judge_terror_label_unconstitu


Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:39 PM PST
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Hope n Dreams and Used Car Salesmen
Mood:  down
Now Playing: Obama the used car salesman
Topic: POLITICS

Hope n Dreams & Used Car Salesmen

Written By Ben Waiting 

11-5-08

(joe anybody is ben waiting)

 

 

its like a couple that are buying their first (used) car together

they shop

they look

they dream

they imagine

they hope together

they look over all the options

they get the 'sales pitch' from the car seller, it sounds sooooooo good!

so then they get their 'dream' and buy their car.... the happy days are in the air

but they soon find out

...the car is not what they "hoped for'

nor is it the "dream" they had, in fact its almost seems they were "ripped off"

it seemed like it was going to be so good and so right...

it was suppose to be their "dream"

but they got a run of the mill / lemon ... they were sold out and used and their dreams were destroyed by the very people they placed their hope with ..."the salesman"

their car they bought for their "change for better transportation" that was going to be their "hope and their wheels for the future"

... was not as it now turns out what they were told it would be

did they know it was coming?

no ...they were so ecstatic about their dream car

and they couldn't imagine it would be any different than in their dream, and from what they were "told" it would be

they were warned by others ...but they couldn't let their dream die ....until it was too late

i was happy for their idea and ambitions when i seen them looking and 'comparing'

i was proud for their desires to invest so much "together" for a decent ride

but I shook my head when I seen them go to the "same old car shop"

the only consolation is "now they know better!"

the tragedy is that in this case, here (now)today... is this is not just a dream about a car ....

 

it is sad to see the rip off, transpiring... when we already know the lemon has been bought from the same used car salesman as time and time before

the dream sounded so cozy and righteous...

oh well

 

(( i ))

this was posted by me on Portland Indy Media the day after the election:

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/11/381923.shtml?discuss


Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:12 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 5 November 2008 3:43 PM PST
Monday, 3 November 2008
911 TRUTH good new information
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Updated links and good info on what really happened on Sept 11
Topic: 911 TRUTH

Hello one-n-all Z3 Readers

Here is your daily reading according to "truth about 9.11"

 

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<http://zero911movie.com/>ZERO, an investigation into the events of 9/11
<http://www.911blogger.com/node/14103>Italian film shown in European
Parliament 26 February 2008,
Also broadcast <http://911blogger.com/node/17641>on Russian State
Television 12 September 2008
and with <http://valley911truth.org/>Valley 9/11 Truth in
<http://9-11.meetup.com/270/calendar/8790655/>Greenfield, MA; November 5, 2008

Please join us the day after the election at the Green Fields Market
in Greenfield.
Discussion will include about the film, and current events!

ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11,
has one central thesis -
that the official version of
the events surrounding
the attacks on 9/11
can not be true.

This recent feature documentary from Italian production company
Telemaco explores the latest scientific evidence and reveals dramatic
new witness testimony, which directly conflicts with the US
Government's account.

Featuring presentations from intellectual heavy weights; Gore Vidal,
and Noble Prize winner Dario Fo, the film challenges assumptions
surrounding the attacks. In the words of the Italian daily newspaper,
Il Corriere de da Sera, "What results is a sequence of
contradictions, gaps, and omissions of stunning gravity."

The importance of this film can not be overstated.

If its thesis is correct, the justification for going

to war in Iraq is built on a series of outrageous lies.

The following include some recent reports posted at
<http://www.flybynews.com/>FlybyNews.com

CRITICAL BREAKING NEWS

<http://worldreports.org/news>WORLD REPORTS
<http://worldreports.org/news/179_blair_has_rolled_over_to_avoid_arrest_and_jail>Tony
Blair 'Rolled Over' and Exposed Other Rats
<http://worldreports.org/news/178_the_corrupt_octopus_has_been_severely_wounded>Gang
Holding the World to Ransom Are On The Ropes
<http://worldreports.org/news/174_latest_false_prospectus_from_paulsons_treasury>Latest
False Prospectus from 'PAULSON'S' TREASURY

<http://www.velvetrevolution.us/electionstrikeforce/2008/10/thirteen_election_integrity_ex.html#more>E-Voting
Problems and How to Stop Them

<http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Documents_reveal_how_Ohio_routed_2004_1031.html>Documents
reveal how Ohio routed 2004 voting data..

<http://www.flybynews.com/cgi-local/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1014738186,11057,>Bush
and 9/11 Investigative Reports,
looking into the unanswered questions.

CAMPAIGNS * ACTIONS * RESOURCES

<http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/>Take the Pledge:
<http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/>No More Stolen Elections!

<http://911blogger.com/node/18096>Financial Crisis solution policy
<http://911blogger.com/node/18096>- Open letter to Obama -
from Jonathan Mark

For Independent Investigations
<http://www.nyc911initiative.org/>NYC 9/11 Ballot
I N I T I A T I V E

<http://zero911movie.com/>ZERO, an investigation into the events of 9/11
<http://www.911blogger.com/node/14103>Italian film shown in European
Parliament 26 February 2008,
Also broadcast <http://911blogger.com/node/17641>on Russian State
Television 12 September 2008
and with <http://valley911truth.org/>Valley 9/11 Truth in
<http://9-11.meetup.com/270/calendar/8790655/>Greenfield, MA; November 5, 2008

<http://www.madcowprod.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MP&Product_Code=MOTU>MASTERS
OF THE UNIVERSE:
The Secret Birth of the Federal Reserve
A timely film by Daniel
Hopsicker<http://www.madcowprod.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MP&Product_Code=MOTU>.

<http://9-11.meetup.com/270/calendar/8871915/>Green Fields Market,
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Tuesday, November 18, 2008; 5:30 PM

<http://valley911truth.org/>Valley 9/11 Truth
will be presenting
<http://fabledenemies.com/>Fabled Enemies
<http://fabledenemies.com/>A film by Jason Burmas
<http://9-11.meetup.com/270/calendar/8872146/>Media Education
Foundation, Northampton, MA
<http://9-11.meetup.com/270/calendar/8872146/>November 11, 2008; 7:00 PM

For an important investigative drama that
challenges the official version of 9/11
<http://www.reflectingpoolfilm.com/>The Reflecting Pool
Watch the Jonathan Mark interview:
<http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=624DC3A76EADEB2D>Jarek Kupsc
and Joseph Culp

Also, note this Podcast audio link:
<http://www.911podcasts.com/files/audio/Daria-Fisk-Jonathan-Mark.mp3>Jonathan
Mark Interviewed by Daria Fisk
Upfront<http://www.911podcasts.com/files/audio/Daria-Fisk-Jonathan-Mark.mp3>
Valley 9/11 Truth and Flyby News

Please if ever communicating with Barack Obama, request Clemency
with time served to free Leonard Peltier in his first 100 days in office.
33 years inside prison is enough time for this political prisoner.

This <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5iTvAnSkDw>YouTube of Leonard
reading his own words to music and photos is really beautiful.

Free Leonard Peltier -- "Amnesty International considers Leonard
Peltier to be a political prisoner whose avenues of redress have long
been exhausted....Amnesty International recognizes that a retrial is
no longer a feasible option and believes that Leonard Peltier should
be immediately and unconditionally released." Documents show that
although the prosecution and government pointed the finger at Peltier
for shooting FBI agents at close range during the trial in 1976, for
three years the prosecution withheld critical ballistic test results
proving that the fatal bullets could not have come from the gun tied
to Leonard Peltier. This trial also denied evidence of self defense.
The U.S. Prosecutor, during subsequent oral arguments, stated: "we
can't prove who shot those agents". The Eighth Circuit found that
"There is a possibility that the jury would have acquitted Leonard
Peltier had the records and data improperly withheld from the defense
been available to him in order to better exploit and reinforce the
inconsistencies casting strong doubts upon the government's case."
Yet, a new trial was denied. Judge Heaney, who authored the denial
now supports Mr. Peltier's release, stating that the FBI used
improper tactics to gain Mr. Peltier's conviction. A good way to
learn about Leonard Peltier is to read his book: Prison Writings: My
Life Is My Sun Dance. For excerpts, see the following link, under
article by Louise Erdich:
<http://www.flybynews.com/cgi-local/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid978364686,28469,m>Time
for Human Rights on Native Ground. This
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5iTvAnSkDw>YouTube of Leonard
reading his own words to music and photos is really beautiful. For
more resources:
<http://www.flybynews.com/cgi-local/newspro/viewnews.cgi?newsid1013207483,22139,>Free
Leonard Peltier!

News fit to transmit in the post Cassini flyby era
<>~<>~<>~ <http://www.flybynews.com/>FlybyNews.com ~<>~<>~<>
for life's survival in the 21st Century


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:27 PM PST
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
neo-Nazi skinheads threaten Obama
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: Obama Life & Racist Skinheads Hate
Topic: ANYBODY * ANYDAY

My fellow activists, and friends and faitful Z3 Report Readers

Below is a copy of an email I recieved about HATE

It is about the threats on Obama's life

Read and be informed - Thank you  - Promote Peace

****************

Dear Friend,

Over the last few days, we've been swamped with requests for information about the two neo-Nazi skinheads who planned a murderous rampage ending with the assassination of Barack Obama. We've been consulted by law enforcement because of our expertise.

We reported on our website that one of the skinheads involved was affiliated with a newly formed organization called the Supreme White Alliance (SWA).

The SWA is headed by a man named Steven Edwards, who is steeped in a violent culture of racial extremism. We've been following his activities for some time. You can find out more about Edwards in a report by ABC's Nightline that aired last night.

The skinheads' plot to kill Obama and murder other African Americans is a chilling reminder of the threat posed by these domestic terrorists.

Unfortunately, I fear we're entering a dangerous period. Obama's candidacy has aroused fierce passions among white supremacists. And during times of economic hardship, minorities are often targeted as scapegoats for our country's problems.

We cannot afford to take threats like this lightly. With your help, we're doing everything we can to track and expose violent racists — and we'll continue providing the best intelligence available to law enforcement.

Thanks for being on our team. With your moral and financial support, we'll continue this important fight against the forces of hate and intolerance.

Morris Dees photo

Sincerely,
Morris Dees
Morris Dees
Founder


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:56 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 October 2008 7:01 PM PDT
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Total Fed Credit & Getting Drunk
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Who gives a shit - Just give the Feds want they want
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT

 

 Hello Friendly Z3 Readers this ws copied from

 http://www.dailyreckoning.com/

RESERVED SEATS FOR BIG CREDIT SPENDERS


by The Mogambo Guru

When I come to my senses, I find that I am in some dingy little bar on the other side of town, stinking drunk; and the bartender has grabbed me by the front of my shirt to haul me unceremoniously halfway across the bar, and is rudely in my face, telling me through gritted teeth that if I want to stay there, I am going to have to "Shut the hell up about the Federal Reserve creating so much money and credit in the banks, as there is nobody in this whole freaking bar who gives a rat's ass about Total Fed Credit one way or the other."

I look to my left and see a drunken woman named Shirley (I think to myself, "How do you know her name is Shirley?") winking at me and saying, "Give 'em hell, Tiger! Now, let's all have another drinkie-poo! Hic!"

I look around, and I can see that the bartender was right, as there doesn't seem to be anybody here who can even say "Total Fed Credit" without slurring the words and probably getting some of their foul breath on me, stinking of cigarettes and (sniff, sniff) onions and garlic with a hint of pepperoni.

But whether they care or not, the fact is that last week the Federal Reserve boosted Total Fed Credit, namely the amount of fresh credit that appears on the books of the banks, by another staggering $245.4 billion! In One Freaking Week (OFW)!

And this whopping increase in TFC is just the beginning of the credit-becomes-money-through-debt cycle, where this original $245.4 billion is multiplied, theoretically, by infinity, as there has not been an increase in Required Reserves in the bank since 1994, and it always hovers around $43 billion, which is still exactly what Required Reserves is today, too! Hahaha!

You can see how this constant, piddly $43 billion in reserves is chump change when compared to how Non-Borrowed Reserves in the banks has surprisingly zoomed to a NEGATIVE $363.1 billion! Hahaha! Hell, Free Reserves, which used to always run about $1.5 billion or so, is now a NEGATIVE $407 billion! Hahahaha! We are so freaking doomed!

And, just as you would expect, the Monetary Base has exploded to $984.717 billion from $911.454 billion last week, and which is up from $827.367 billion just 12 months before! Money is being expanded at unbelievable, unbelievable, Freaking Unbelievable Rates (FUR)!

And most of it is being used by the government, as the Treasury Gross National Debt is now $10.326 trillion, up from $10.245 trillion the week before, and up by a staggering $1.271 trillion from the $9.055 trillion in national debt only 12 months ago! Yikes! We're freaking doomed!

All of this mountain of money and credit will have disastrous consequences, which I was going to turn into a long, eerie wail, like a hungry banshee keening from beyond the dead as a "performance art" thing that I have been working on in my spare time, but instead we have John Embry of Sprott Asset Management jolting me back to reality, which is the fact that I can't change anything, and so I am only in this to make a lot of money betting on the stupidity and failure of the Federal Reserve and the Congress abusing their stupid fiat currency and stupid central bank to finance some bizarre regime of perpetual deficit-spending.

To this end he succeeded admirably, and he captured my full attention with his essay's title "Rescue Will Send Gold To Surreal Price Level", mostly because I am so familiar with things surreal, like my wife coming home early and yelling, "Why in the hell aren't you at work, and who's been eating all the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies like the big, fat pig that he is?" which makes it sound like there are two people involved when there is only one! Weird! See what I mean about my experiencing "surreal" first hand?

I noticed that Mr. Embry was appreciably staggered, although it turns out he was not affected by my surreal experience, but about how "The recent events that have occurred on the U.S. financial scene can only be described as mind-boggling."

Such as, perhaps, noting the extreme differentials between the prices of sold and silver futures versus the prices of gold and silver bullion, and in the case of silver, sometimes there's a difference of up to 100%! People are reportedly paying up to $20 - and more! - for an ounce of silver when the futures price for silver is less than $10!

Anyway, whatever the reason, Jim Willie of the Hat Trick Letter concludes that we should "Expect defaults in the COMEX with gold & silver, whose prices for paper vastly diverge from physical, to the anger of foreigners watching" because those foreigners "hold massive precious metals assets" which I figure shows just how much smarter they are than we Americans, thus giving me something else to worry about.

He figures that these defaults will constitute a "breath-taking discontinuity event", to which I say, "Whee!" as the result will be a Big, Big, BIG Profit (BBBP) for those who own gold and silver, and this will all happen thanks to the arbitrageurs, who are pouncing all over this huge price disparity by buying in the cheap futures market and simultaneously selling in the expensive bullion market to pocket the difference, and who will make a lot of money, too.

And one of them is Jason Hommel of SilverStockReport.com, who announced that he, too, is starting a new arbitrage business to take advantage of that surprising disparity by buying silver on the Comex at the manipulated low, low price, then taking delivery, having it minted into individual ounces and small bars, and then auctioned off at prices that more approximate supply and demand, making a profit, and everybody is theoretically happy! Perfect! Effortlessly capitalizing on the governments' regulatory corruption and the rules of Comex that apparently allow it! Hahaha! Go silver!           

And it will continue until the price disparity disappears to the point where arbitrageurs can no longer make a profit at it, either because the price of bullion went down or the price of a futures contract in silver went up.

I know which way I am betting, and soon, I am wistfully wasting the day away, marveling at the lovely, lovely profits I will make and all the wonderful, wonderful things I will buy, and all the lovely, wonderful things I will do with all that lovely, lovely, wonderful, wonderful money when silver zooms in price as it must. Sigh.

And then, lost in a reverie of such sweetness, secret sins and delicious depravities, nothing seems all that important anymore. Like finishing this stupid column. Sigh.

Until next time,

The Mogambo Guru
for The Daily Reckoning

Editor's Note: Richard Daughty is general partner and COO for Smith Consultant Group, serving the financial and medical communities, and the editor of The Mogambo Guru economic newsletter - an avocational exercise to heap disrespect on those who desperately deserve it.

The Mogambo Guru is quoted frequently in Barron's, The Daily Reckoning and other fine publications.

Click here to visit the Mogambo archive page.

This full article was found here:

http://www.dailyreckoning.com/

 

 


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