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"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."
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Anchor for this item  posted February 01, 2003 at 9:19 p.m. MDT

A peculiar story surfaced just now ... according to the Herald Sun in Australia [who?!], the Iraqi's "smoking gun" has been found: Saddam's bodyguard warns of secret arsenal [02feb03] - "Abu Hamdi Mahmoud has provided Israeli intelligence with a list of sites that the inspectors have not visited."
Now, that's pretty big news! Even with today's sad news from NASA, I guessed that the media machine would jump all over this, so I googled "Abu Hamdi Mahmoud" ... How odd!! A total of 17 pages carry this name. 9 are near duplicates, and 1 is about a radio-host by that name. How odd!!
Have a look at the sites ... an odd bunch of fellows indeed!
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.


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The farmers of Mexico say, NAFTA is killing tme. Fox says, it works for him! Nobody wants to talk about subsidies.
The US is throttling our lumber industry while coercing us into backing their unilateral attack against Iraq. Meanwhile our family farms are collapsing. Nobody wants to talk about subsidies.
For years I've been pointing to the failure rate in small Nicaragua's small businesses since the "democratic" government was put in place.
Decades ago I pointed to how the largest corporations strangled any government that moved to implement fair legislation.

You want someone to force you into acting democratically?! Isn't that kinda contradictory?

If you think certainty is an aspect of democracy, then you are by that mistaken view prone to fascism. Do the math.


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Anchor for this item  posted January 31, 2003 at 10:48 a.m. MDT

It would be a mistake for anyone to paint the military with a wide brush; there are certainly spin-doctors and bullshit artists on that payroll, and once hostilities begin propaganda becomes part of the project, but the commanders who send their men and women into battle are often times refreshingly practical and frank. Case in point? see "Desert Caution - Once 'Stormin' Norman,' Gen. Schwarzkopf Is Skeptical About U.S. Action in Iraq reads in part
The general who commanded U.S. forces in the 1991 Gulf War says he hasn't seen enough evidence to convince him that his old comrades Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz are correct in moving toward a new war now. He thinks U.N. inspections are still the proper course to follow. He's worried about the cockiness of the U.S. war plan, and even more by the potential human and financial costs of occupying Iraq.
[T]he hero of the last Gulf War sounds surprisingly like the man on the street when he discusses his ambivalence about the Bush administration's hawkish stance on ousting Saddam Hussein. He worries about the Iraqi leader, but would like to see some persuasive evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs.


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Anchor for this item  posted January 29, 2003 at 10:05 a.m. MDT

"I would rather eat my keyboard than watch the State of the Union speech, so consider this article an act of sacrificial public service." Power Lust by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
"...here is the complete text of state of the union address. Umm...I've added my own comments throughout the whole thing. Especially in places where I thought the president needed a translator":LiveJournal - "radaware"


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Anchor for this item  posted January 28, 2003 at 11:20 a.m. MDT

Falling Into the Gap, a NYTimes editorial by BOB HERBERT dated 27JAN03, begins
Adolfo Jesus Recio suffers from asthma, depression and unemployment. His left hand was badly injured in an accident and is now almost useless. He panhandles in the middle of a busy street in the shadow of the downtown Miami skyline.
No one pays much attention to Mr. Recio's hazardous pursuit of a handful of dimes and quarters. We've closed our eyes to poverty in the United States. Government aid these days goes to the plutocrats, and the poor are being left further and further behind.
Another NYT item from the same edition informs us that "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $200 million to identify critical questions about the leading causes of death in developing countries and to create an international competition to entice scientists to solve them.". Uh-hunh ... how ummmmm nice. NYT's treatment of that city's World Economic BlabFest offers another view of the Marie Antoinette set. An item on joblessness from last fall provides something like a backgrounder.


 

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