[political-research] Bloglines – David Horton: Addicted to CO2

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David Horton: Addicted to CO2

By David Horton on Iraq

The puzzle about current political debates on the environment is that there is not simply great resistance to the idea of global warming, but the most angry and vehement denial that there is any problem at all with greenhouse gases. It is a reaction so strident that it resembles most closely the denial of an alcoholic that he has a drinking problem, or claims by a smoker that she could give up at any time. The resemblance is not accidental.

Greenhouse temperature rise is a massive refutation of the proposition that the world should be run by businessmen for businessmen. Businessmen and conservative politicians hate global warming because it is one of those stubborn facts that keep getting in the way of ideology. Global warming is the final exam mark for the difference of opinion between conservationists and the Right, and the Right know that they have failed the exam. The Right are outraged by any attempt to carry out any conservation measure anywhere. But their ultimate outrage is reserved for global warming. This is a great big judgment in the sky, saying 'hey, we don't care what the radio shock jock says, or what your buddies in the bar say, you got it wrong. The environment should have been nurtured not totally exploited. You were wrong. Wrong. Wrong.'

So they thrash about. Their hated enemies among the scientists and academics and the young left are the ones pointing at them and echoing -- 'you got it wrong.' They cover their ears, and they find obscure right-wing groups, or single rogue scientists, or think tanks funded by the energy industry, or extreme right wing organisations, who claim that global warming is a conspiracy. 'A conspiracy', they cry, 'we knew it must be'. And they dash off columns, or letters, or post on blogs, or phone the radio station, to announce that whatever all the scientists of the world say, and indeed whatever the evidence of our own senses and the mountain of data now available, there is no such thing as global warming, we can continue bull-dozing trees as usual, can continue burning fossil fuels in cars and power stations as usual. And because they now take up so much space in print and the broadcast spectrum, their opinions appear to represent some significant part of public opinion. And conservative politicians, sharing so many of the beliefs of these people, and having obligations to energy companies, find an excuse in the 'division' of public opinion, for doing nothing.

The obvious way to address the problem of global warming would be to hold an international conference in which all countries had an equal say and in which programs for energy conservation were developed in cooperation not competition. But just as the US and Australian neoconservatives hate the very idea of a United Nations that restricts the right of their rulers to do anything they choose to do in terms of war and peace, so they oppose it in terms of the environment. These are people who believe there must be no limitation on the rights of certain [very rich] individuals even in the interest of the social cohesion and well-being of a country, and no restrictions on certain [very rich] countries in the interests of the social and environmental well-being of the world community. To these people there is no such thing as society, and no such thing as a world community -- a national boundary (except that of a country with a left wing government) is an inviolable marker of the property rights of a country.

The arguments against global warming are so flimsy that they could only be believed by people so driven by ideology that they have to make the world fit their beliefs and not the other way around. It is ironic then that the people (sometimes the same people) presenting the case loudly proclaim their freedom from ideology. In contrast of course people concerned about rising global temperatures are portrayed as being driven by ideology.

There is no doubt at all that global warming as a result of greenhouse gas increase is occurring, and no doubt either that it is going to have dramatic effects on the well-being of the world environment. There could be a sensible debate (and indeed there is) on what the precise effects are likely to be in different regions, but the critics want to deny that there is any change occurring. You can only get away with this because the damage being done is still largely invisible. They can therefore pretend that each extreme climatic event that occurs (like 200 year droughts, or category 5 storms) is an isolated incident, and that trends in temperature or ice melting or plants flowering are merely short term. The media are complicit in this by reporting such events with no context.

There are high stakes in play here. The longer you can hold back the tide of public knowledge of global warming the longer business as usual can continue and you can continue to make huge profits which also involve pollution and environmental damage, and the longer you can continue to pretend neoconservatism provides not just the best answers but the only answers. These days there are no 'academic' debates that do not resonate through the political agendas of western countries.

In the case of global warming there is a vast hidden truth that can be suppressed for a while but will inevitably break out. As Senator Robert Byrd said recently in relation to Iraq -- "Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it. Distortion only serves to derail it for a time. No matter to what lengths we humans may go to obfuscate facts or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually. But the danger is that at some point it may no longer matter. The danger is that damage is done before the truth is widely realized. The reality is that, sometimes, it is easier to ignore uncomfortable facts and go along with whatever distortion is currently in vogue".

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[political-research] Bloglines – Godfather Of Conservativism William F. Buckley: Iraq War Is A "Failure"…

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Perhaps William Buckley can explain why he handed the National Review over to a gang of neocons who ranked among the chief ringleaders of and cheerleaders for the Iraq War. What responsibility do you bear for that mess, Bill?


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Godfather Of Conservativism William F. Buckley: Iraq War Is A "Failure"...

By The Huffington Post on George W. Bush

William F. Buckley Jr., the longtime conservative writer and leader, said George W. Bush's presidency will be judged entirely by the outcome of a war in Iraq that is now a failure.

``Mr. Bush is in the hands of a fortune that will be unremitting on the point of Iraq,'' Buckley said in an interview that will air on Bloomberg Television this weekend. ``If he'd invented the Bill of Rights it wouldn't get him out of his jam.''

Buckley said he doesn't have a formula for getting out of Iraq, though he said ``it's important that we acknowledge in the inner councils of state that it (the war) has failed, so that we should look for opportunities to cope with that failure.''

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[political-research] Bloglines – ABC Producer Suspended After Anti-Bush Emails Surface On Web…

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Unbelievable -- watch what you say in *PRIVATE* email. Don't dare to criticize the government. The march towards hardcore Stalinism continues apace in the brave new neocon-controlled world.


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ABC Producer Suspended After Anti-Bush Emails Surface On Web...

By The Huffington Post on George W. Bush

ABC News suspended the executive producer of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" yesterday over a pair of leaked e-mails in which he used inflammatory language to slam President Bush and Madeleine Albright.

John Green, whose unpaid suspension will last one month, apologized to the White House in a call to communications director Nicolle Wallace, while two ABC executives called the former secretary of state to apologize.

"No one is sorrier than John for the embarrassment that these albeit private e-mails caused to his colleagues and to the people who were the subjects of those comments," said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. "John would be the first to say this has been a real lesson to him. John is abjectly sorry for all the comments that have come to light, and that's appropriate."

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[political-research] Bloglines – The Shorter National Review Online

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Sadly, No!
Yeah, why a cape? Who wears a cape? Where do you even get a cape?

The Shorter National Review Online

First, a fun fact: did you know that the "Shorter" routine has become so popular that even wingnuts are "shortering" their own posts? It's true:

“Shorter Jeff Goldstein: ‘I eat paste and the A-rabs, they make me a-scared!’”

Well, yes.

Anyway, down to business:

Shorter David Frum:

If only the Mexicans would embrace voodoo economics, and sell some of their national resources to our oil companies, so many of them wouldn't be forced to emigrate.

Shorter Mark R. Levin:

Dear Leader, Your Worshipfulness, I know you are a great judge of character, but please pay no attention to Vicente Fox's promises.

Shorter Jay Nordlinger:

The Chinese, so inscrutable! Killing people in order to harvest their organs? Why can't they just kill people for revenge or ideology or to steal their national resources? You know, like normal people do.

Shorter Flashback:

Thank God John Hinckley didn't derail the Reagan Revolution's momentum: now when the President recovers, we can get on with selling off national parks, supporting South African apartheid, and obstructing "crazy requirements" for cripples.

Shorter Mark Krikorian

Like Europe and Israel, we too have a problem with an "enemy within" -- except our internal menace is of a Christian, Western background, so that makes our straits less dire right there.

Shorter Byron York:

Some Republicans are dangerously close to selling out their Money = Speech principles because they got hammered by George Soros's wallet.

Shorter Deroy Murdock:

Ah, shit, I've gotta write another column.. uhhhhh, here's Rudy Giuliani's recollection of the Reagan shooting.

Shorter Heriot & Schwarzschild:

In writing a long encomium to a recently deceased crackpot legal theorist, we can pretend that the Founders were Propertarians.

Shorter Myrna Blyth:

"Life coaching" is just another silly fad for self-centered creeps the New York Times of course admires. Also, something about metrosexuals and Star Trek.

Shorter Peter Schweizer:

My hagiography of Caspar Weinberger cheerfully omits any mention of felony indictments or Iran-Contra. But I will share an anecdote about how Cap was a budget-cutting machine when in the Department of Health, Education & Welfare, but a total spendthrift when in charge of the Department of Defense. Priorities, ya know.

Giving credit where it's due: "Shorter" concept invented by D^2 and later perfected by B^3.

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[political-research] Bloglines – Springtime for Atta

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Rigorous Intuition
What you don't know can't hurt them

Springtime for Atta

By Jeff

You think they're so dumb, you think they're so funny
Wait until they've got you running to the Night Rally - Elvis Costello

A recurring and seemingly fabulist theme in the literature of cult and mind control survivors is the perseverence of a criminal Nazi underground in America, surviving on bonds of blood and symbology and enjoying the protection of high power. Eight-year old Rhonda, drawing pictures of her torture depicting swastikas and ceremonial daggers. Kathleen Sullivan writing in Unshackled of being shuffled between porn shoots and "secret Nazi meetings" by her father and grandfather. It's all a bit too rich for most palates, even now, when the Nazi is little more than a stock villain or comic foil. It's hard to get exercised about an enemy if you believe him buried beneath 60 years of history.

We know of Paperclip and the Ghelen Org, and how Nazis came to guide US government science and intelligence (and unacknowledged yet no less real, the covert trafficking of arms and drugs), finding the patronage of their stateside fellow travellers and eugenicists. Not as well known is how many others came to follow.

Between 1948 and 1952, America's Displaced Persons Commission arranged for nearly a half-million Europeans to emigrate to the United States. For two years it barred those who had been members of organizations sympathetic or collaborative to the Nazis. In 1950 that began to change, when first the "Baltic Legion" was removed from the list of "hostile" movements, though the Baltic Legion was also known as the Baltic Waffen SS.

The change of policy was strategic: the CIA was subsidizing the immigration of European Nazis and fascists in order to build a far-right power bloc as a hedge against communism. Its primary vehicle became the Republican Party. In the year the Commission completed its work, the Republican National Committee formed an "Ethnic Division" to mobilize for elections, which became the permanent standing body called the Republican Heritage Groups Council in 1969.

In his 1988 book Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party, Russ Bellant writes that "it eventually became clear that it wasn't an accident or a fluke that people with Nazi associations were in the Republican Heritage Groups Council. In some cases more mainstream ethnic organizations were passed over in favor of smaller but more extremists groups. [And] the Republican National Committee knows with whom they are dealing."

The leaders of the Republican "heritage" groups included men like Nicholas Nazarenko, who fought as an officer in an SS Cossack unit before going to work for the US Army's Counter Intelligence Corp. The evening after a Reagan speech praising the heritage groups, Nazarenko insisted on opening for Bellant his huge suitcase of political materials, filled with German war memorabilia and literature on the "Jewish problem." He said he was still "in touch" with various "Nazi" organizations: "They respect me because I was a former German army officer. Sometimes when I meet these guys, they say 'Heil Hitler.'"

Bellant again: "in a sense...the foundation of the Republican Heritage Groups Council lay in Hitler's networks into East Europe before World War II. In each of those Eastern European countries, the German SS set up or funded political action organizations that helped form SS militias during the war."

The heritage groups accounted for 86,000 volunteers in the 1988 election of George HW Bush, though several of their leaders were compelled to resign from campaign positions on account of collaboration. One was Romanian priest and member of the pro-Nazi Iron Guard Florian Galdau, who boasted of having files on 15,000 Romanians he helped emigrate in the US with the aid of CIA-linked resettlement groups the Tolstoy Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. Candidate Bush insisted they were all honourable men and innocent of all charges.

These old ratlines are of more than historical curiosity, and for more reason than that they suggest an embedding of Nazism in the Republican Party that goes beyond metaphor. They ratlines also appear to continue to function. Mohammed Atta participated in a German-American exchange program, jointly overseen by the State Department and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and linked to both David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger. (The Carl Duisberg Society, named after a senior official of IG Farben.) According to Atta's stripper girlfriend Amanda Keller, he called his German associates in Florida his "brothers." One of then, Wolfgang Bohringer, belonged to the "Flying Club of Munich," which was owned by his father. "Such clubs were popular with "postwar German neo-Nazis to circumvent that country’s anti-Nazi laws."

Daniel Hopsicker further observes:

From what has been learned so far, the backgrounds of Atta's German associates seem strikingly similar to that of another German national, Andreas Strassmeir, whose possible relationship with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was in the news a decade ago. Strassmeir was at one point named in a lawsuit by families of the victims as a "US federal informant with material knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing." Strassmeir's father was once a top aide to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Atta's German friends are all children of the German elite.

"Sometimes when I meet these guys, they say 'Heil Hitler.'" Sixty years - what's that?

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[political-research] Bloglines – Where is April Glaspie ?

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Sometimes I think this whole world / Is one big prison yard. / Some of us are prisoners / The rest of us are guards. Bob Dylan

Where is April Glaspie ?

By Postman

Where is April Glaspie when you need her ? April Glaspie you will remember was the last US Ambassador in Baghdad (before the illegal invasion and the installation of a series of puppet regimes). She met Saddam Hussein and told him as he was sending his armoured battalions south to invade Kuwait that the US really "takes no position". The verbatim record shows ... "U.S. Ambassador Glaspie - We have

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[political-research] Bloglines – Charlie Sheen has 9/11 Website (so does Condi)

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Sometimes I think this whole world / Is one big prison yard. / Some of us are prisoners / The rest of us are guards. Bob Dylan

Charlie Sheen has 9/11 Website (so does Condi)

By Postman

Charlie Sheen's Bravo Charlie website is here whilst we are listing websites the Times (Rupes No 1 UK Rag) has listed http://www.condiwatch.co.uk giving deatils of all the North West protests - Blackburn, Bangor Steet 9-10 tomorrow for the march on the Town Hall. Be there! Don't miss the BBC collection of 24 photographs from the Liverpool march here

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