newslog 14 Aug 2009


Richard Moore

Nader Was Right: Liberals are Going Nowhere With Obama
The sad reality is that all the well-meaning groups and individuals who challenge our permanent war economy and the doctrine of pre- emptive war, who care about sustainable energy, fight for civil liberties and want corporate malfeasance to end, were once again suckered by the Democratic Party. They were had. It is not a new story.
Tom Burghardt: Biological Warfare and the National Security State
The history of bioweapons research in the United States is a history of illicit–and illegal–human experiments. From the Cold War to the War on Terror, successive American administrations have turned a blind eye on dubious research rightly characterized as having “a little of the Buchenwald touch.”
   …According to Edward Hammond, the Director of the now-defunct Sunshine Project, while “biological arms control is currently in … its worst crisis since the signing of the Bioweapons Convention (BWC) in 1972,” the American Bioweapons-Industrial Complex has “embarked on the exploitation of biotechnology for weapons development.” Indeed, Hammond relates that active programs utilizing genetic engineering techniques have “been employed in offensive biowarfare programs in order to make biowarfare agents more effective.”

Gun Toting Townhaller on Obama Route Calls For Blood
The sign is clearly a reference to spilling blood. Tie that together with a gunman openly displaying his gun on the path President Obama will be taking to his town hall and you have to wonder about the local lawmen who are allowing this display. 
CNN interview: Hillary admits US support Iran protestors
CLINTON: We did not want to get between the legitimate protests and demonstrations of the Iranian people and the leadership.
And we knew that, if we stepped in too soon, too hard, the attention might very well shift and the leadership would try to use us to unify the country against the protesters. And that was — it was a hard judgment call. But I think we, in retrospect, handled it pretty well.
Now, behind the scenes, we were doing a lot, as you know. One of our young people in the State Department got twittered, you know, “Keep going,” despite the fact that they had planned for a technical shutdown.
So, we were doing a lot to really empower the protesters without getting in the way. And we’re continuing to speak out and support the opposition.

A doctor’s view of the healthcare bill
I have been sitting quietly on the sidelines watching all of this national debate on healthcare. It is time for me to bring some clarity to the table by explaining many of the problems from the perspective of a doctor.
First off, the government has involved very few of us physicians in the  healthcare debate. While the American Medical Association has come out in favor of the plan, it is vital to remember that the AMA only represents 17% of the American physician workforce.

Dahr Jamail: Endless War: The Suicide of the United States
Sergio Kochergin, back home from his second deployment in Iraq, held a gun in his mouth, trying to muster the courage to pull the trigger. Untreated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and accompanying nightmares and insomnia, heavy substance abuse, and several failed attempts at self-medication had taken their toll on him.