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Permalink 04:04:36 am, Categories: Voices, 1658 words    

Have Fun Bending Over for the Catch 22

Les Visible

Tap, tap, tap….. Hmmmm… finger drumming on the table top… restless stretching and reaching… got an itch under my shoulder blade… confusion… a little I guess. Like ‘tells’ in poker, I’m getting some reads but the betting doesn’t reflect the hands I’m seeing when I call. What’s going on? I guess I can’t ask Marvin Gaye. You know what? I think I’m just going to take a little walk through my head and see what the ping pong ball has to say. I know it’s used to going back and forth and then there’s the spin thing. I’m pretty good at ping pong and the other things you learn growing up on military bases and being locked up for long periods of time. I’m not the sort of person you want to play Nine Ball with.

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Permalink 06:08:42 am, Categories: Voices, 722 words    

Tractatus Logico Palestinicus

Gilad Atzmon

Atzmon tries to lift the Palestinian Discourse where Wittgenstein left it…

1 “What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about, we must pass over in silence.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein 1918)

1.1 Humanism and ethics are ends worth fighting for.

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Permalink 06:11:04 am, Categories: Voices, 1623 words    

Going Down with the Ship to the Darkening Deep

Les Visible

The Guardian had a fine example of the sort of misdirection disinfo that the press everywhere has dropped to a coarse art; I really didn’t want to say, “raised to a fine art.’ You might think of MI5 as being the British version of the FBI and MI6 as the British version or the CIA, although I understand that England is setting up their own FBI under the head of a former MI5 head… I guess all those acronyms can get confusing and let’s face it… when you need to control the world in a way that most people don’t want you to, you soon find you have more enforcement agencies than the number of casual affairs by politicians and religious leaders.

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Permalink 05:28:41 am, Categories: Voices, 608 words    

Hard to Handle

Najwa Sheikh, Gaza

It has been a long time since I wrote my last piece, having another child is not an easy job, a full time job, shines your life but keeps you occupied all the time. During the last two months, I felt that it was not me, as an important part of me was vanished, leaving too many ideas and feelings locked inside me, waiting to find its way out, to see the sun. Hopefully it is the time to release it all before my boy wakes up.

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Permalink 04:03:40 am, Categories: Voices, 990 words    

Big Bro Data Base Called 'a Step Too Far'

Len Hart

When London is already the world's most surveilled city, there are plans afoot to implement a 'Big Brother' society that even Orwell could not have imagined. In a global economy, the consequences will not be confined to the British Isles. The good news is that a proposal to create a huge database of phone call details, e-mails and internet use has kicked up a firestorm of controversy. The name George Orwell comes up repeatedly.

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Permalink 02:35:14 am, Categories: Voices, 1521 words    

While You Were Sleeping and Dreaming it was Real

Les Visible

Yesterday I saw an article in Newsweek that said that Christians in India were being abused. It was the sort of dedicated disinfo that gets churned out by lying, agenda driven hacks who write what they get told to write since journalism got buried in an unmarked grave.

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Permalink 09:33:20 am, Categories: Voices, 2710 words    

'Great Depression' Lessons from 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Len Hart

Potter discovers it later in his office, but since Billy left the bank without
officially depositing it into the B&L account, Potter keeps the money...

Watching CNN leaves one the impression that the US is poised, like George Baily on a bridge, about to jump off into another Great Depression. George Baily owned the local 'Building and Loan' from which he received deposits which he loaned to build homes in Bedford Falls, a symbolic American 'every town'.

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Permalink 06:03:47 pm, Categories: Voices, 1681 words    

The Pregnant Tick and Tock of The Reality Bomb

Les Visible

Where I live you can buy fresh broccoli for about .50 cents a pound; eggplants at .45 cents a pound, tomatoes fresh from the garden for .50 cents a pound. You can pay even less if you know where to go. Fruit and vegetables are very inexpensive and my olive and almond trees provide more than I can use which is good for my friends. I live on a dead end road at the end of a maze. You’d think I was way out in the boondocks but two thriving towns are around 4 kilometers away, equidistant in opposite directions. Two large seas are not very far away.

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Permalink 01:28:44 am, Categories: Voices, 1084 words    

When the Federal Government Fails the People

Joel S. Hirschhorn

The hardest thing for Americans to do right now in this presidential election season is to fight distraction and, instead, focus on the failure of all three branches of the federal government. And also to resist the propaganda masquerading as patriotic obligation that voting will fundamentally fix the federal government. The real lesson of American history is that things have turned so ugly that electing a new president and many new members of Congress will at best provide band-aids when what is needed is nothing less than what Thomas Jefferson wisely said our nation would need periodically: a political revolution.

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Permalink 12:50:16 am, Categories: Voices, 2845 words    

A Class Perspective on Ecology and Indian Movements: “Diversity with Inequality is Not Social Justice”

James Petras


There are two opposing approaches to the analysis of ecological destruction and the emergence of Indian movements in Latin America: the liberal and the Marxist.

The liberal approach emphasizes ‘universal responsibility” for the destruction of the environment – rich and poor, mining companies and miners, factory owners and factory workers, auto manufacturers and drivers, governments and citizens, real estate speculators and slum dwellers. The liberal ecologists claim the negative consequences adversely affect everyone: “We all suffer from the destruction of the environment.”

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Permalink 07:25:53 am, Categories: Voices, 1452 words    

Talking about the False Light and the True Light

Les Visible

Thomas Kincade "The Garden of Prayer"

Visible Origami

Relatively speaking, it doesn’t take long for the truth to get lost once a new religion has come out of the showroom, or off the runway at the cosmic fashion show. Of course, relatively speaking the truth doesn’t generally get seen at all even when it’s there in person speaking to you.

In the Bible there is indication at several points that Jesus (The Christ) spoke in two ‘fashions’, one to the multitudes and one to the disciples. It appears that there are at least two sorts of people on the planet, those who will not be able to penetrate into the deeper mysteries and those who will. “Many are called but few are chosen.” One might immediately begin to argue over who gets to decide something like this. Let’s get this out of the way right now… it won’t be me.

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Permalink 02:17:14 am, Categories: Voices, 3030 words    

The End of the Rule of Law in America

Len Hart

US troops are back home in America to wage war upon the people of the US. New laws make public dissent of any kind --however peaceful --an act of 'terrorism'. Congress was threatened with martial law, literally blackmailed, into passing the infamous and ineffective bailout! The threat of martial law, therefore, is not only in the official record, it is made clear with the arrival of US troops withdrawn from Iraq to patrol US streets, control crowds, deal with 'civil unrest'. Bluntly --they are here to wage war on you unless you happen to be among about one percent who owns more than 90 percent of the nation's total wealth.

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Permalink 02:49:59 am, Categories: Voices, 1341 words    

Ousting the quislings is sine qua non for national unity

Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

While most Palestinians are praying for the success of the ongoing efforts to end the lingering crisis between Fatah and Hamas, Fatah’s behavior in the West Bank indicates that the mainstream PLO faction is not really serious about national reconciliation.

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Permalink 06:51:39 am, Categories: Voices, 1521 words    

Can You Say Martial Law? I thought You Could

Les Visible

Let’s track the timeline. A wanna be Caligula who is also a natural born coward runs for the office of president on the corporate dime and the election is stolen and the highest court in the land is compromised by five vultures sitting on a dead branch of government overlooking a wasteland of material excess.

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Permalink 03:56:36 am, Categories: Voices, 3724 words    

Project Censored's Media Democracy Advocacy

Stephen Lendman

For 32 years, Sonoma State University's (SSU) Project Censored has pioneered US media democracy, research, and First Amendment issues. Founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, it's now headed by Professor Peter Phillips, currently on sabbatical leave, with Professor Mickey Huff in charge as Interim Associate Director of the program until his return.

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Permalink 03:17:31 am, Categories: Voices, 1439 words    

Crisis Portends Bush's Third Term and the End of America

Len Hart

Twelve bank failures in 2008, perhaps more by the time you read this. What's Next? Cancelled elections? I hope you like your soup thin and served up by the Salvation Army.

For quite awhile, I had been waiting for the other shoe to drop, perhaps, another 911 triggering the recension of posse commitatus, habeas corpus, the outright declaration of martial law. Habeas corpus fell of a thousand cuts some time ago. Rule by decree was effected with 'signing statements'.

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Permalink 01:56:28 am, Categories: Voices, 2076 words    

Saving Palestine--A Massacre of Children...

Sameh Akram Habeeb

In November 2006 a horrible war crime was committed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli army. The operation was not directed to some militants who were heading to fight Israel, but for an extended poor family! A neaby military operation was running by the same army in which they bulldozed farms, crushed cars and uprooted trees and streets. I remember the place of action as well as every single detail. I want to tell you again what has happened as I am encouraged, but not satisfied by what Archbishop Desmond Tutu said adter his visit of investigation to Gaza. He was too late to investigate a massacre after 2 years, but it's better than nothing! He stigmatized Israel indirectly and held her responsible for that offence on civilians.

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Permalink 06:01:45 am, Categories: Voices, 701 words    

Jewish extremists attempt pogrom against Arabs in Akka

Khalid Amayreh

Photo: The Palestinian Information Center

From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem

Hundreds of religious Jewish extremists and hooligans laid siege to and assaulted an Arab family home in downtown Akka Wednesday night, triggering widespread riots in the mixed Arab-Jewish coastal city in northern Palestine.

The Jews accused the Arab family of “violating the sanctity of Yom Kippur” by way of driving their car.

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Permalink 05:53:58 am, Categories: Voices, 1718 words    

The Holocaust Blackmail Game-Boy

Les Visible

Illustration: Lior Arbel

Smoking Mirrors

The world is a lie because all of the transitory phenomena in the realm of the senses are actually based on things you can’t see. This is scientific fact. Most of what you hear is a lie because it is based on perceptions of reality which are based on things out side of the parameters of those making the statement. Sometimes it’s intentional and sometimes it’s just ignorance. However, nearly every lie, whether based on malicious intent or ignorant assumption is motive driven; what we want to believe, what we want you to believe are driven toward some idea of profit or control and you can catalog the minutiae right down to the mites on your skin but you still won’t know the truth of the matter.

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Permalink 03:18:41 am, Categories: Voices, 1056 words    

John Lennon Above My Bathtub

eileen fleming

Sixty-eight years ago on October 9th, John Lennon inhaled his first breath of air.

It was at the age of 12, in the summer of 1966, inspired by John Lennon's honesty, I tuned out the institutional church.

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