4.07.2006

Friday Tagging: 040706

(Wherein the lazy blogger sneaks around, steals everybody else's posts, then directs you to them . . . It's cuz I don't have any cats these days)

From Booman Tribune, "Madmen are Suppressing the Truth about Global Warming", a small chunk:
Scientists doing climate research for the federal government say the Bush administration has made it hard for them to speak forthrightly to the public about global warming. The result, the researchers say, is a danger that Americans are not getting the full story on how the climate is changing.
Actually, you've been able to get the full truth here for quite awhile, but the more I push the truth here, the lower my hit numbers get. P! , I guess, is actually in the business of breeding American ostriches.

The Black Commentator has run several excellent pieces lately about right-wing African-American politicians and the concurrent instability of the historic left/progressive leadership base, including the Congressional Black Caucus. In the current on-line issue is an excellent piece about one Kasim Reed, Georgia State Senator, "Lawyer for the Rich and Racist". Small slice:
Let's be clear. Kasim Reed is no champion of working people in Georgia or anyplace else. Senator Reed is a corporate attorney, a partner in the transnational firm of Holland & Knight with offices in Palm Beach, Tel Aviv, metro DC, Atlanta, Beijing, and elsewhere. Holland & Knight is heavily involved in union busting, or as legal firms prefer to call it, "union avoidance" - advising employers how best to intimidate, coerce and selectively fire employees, how to bend, skirt and occasionally break the law to prevent formation of labor unions and break existing ones. The firm is a major anti-environmental player on the national stage, representing the chemical industry on Capitol Hill. It maintains deep connections with the Republican party, and its partners advise Republican state legislators on how best to disenfranchise black voters via the redistricting process in Georgia and other states.
While I'm in the vicinity, I just have to mention how disappointed I am in Cynthia McKinney. Although I love her voting record (even though she didn't vote along with Barbara Lee when Congress disappeared 0n 9/13/01), I think the whole thing this week is a combination of poor judgement and immature grandstanding. God, how I miss Ron Dellums! Let's hope John Conyers ends up as Judiciary Chair in '06 - then we'll see some real sparks fly.

Two years old and I just discovered it: I'm a great big fan of Bagdhad Burning, but she only posts once in awhile. Healing Iraq has lately caught my eye as the best "on the ground" blog on the occupation and civil war by an Iraqi.

I've seen a growing number of posts lately which effectively analyze why absolutely none of the neocon "war on terra" is anything but a total failure. One of the best sites for this is Against the War on Terror. Here's just a small example from "'Black Masked Ninjas' and Extraordinary Rendition":
The American creation of a global prison system, with an unknown numbers of individuals "disappeared," is a truly shocking feature of the war on terror. Yet, what's perhaps most disturbing about it is the way in which U.S. practices are premised on a completely inappropriate paradigm. In essence, American officials seem to imagine that the U.S. is facing a coherent guerrilla movement, not unlike those in Latin America and Southeast Asia during the Cold War. On their view, rather than nationally oriented actors, Islamic extremists are guerrillas oriented toward an global battlefield. The U.S. justifies mass detentions across the globe and the use of coercive interrogation at secret sites as necessary means of fighting this global guerrilla movement. The problem of course is obvious. We are simply not confronted by anything that resembles a guerrilla movement -- either in ideological, political, or structural coherence. Islamic extremism, in its many local permutations, is not an internationalized version of the Viet Cong. The tools of counterinsurgency are especially inappropriate -- for starters because there is no real political machinery to smash (not that we should be in the business of smashing guerilla movements anyhow).

As a result, the Administration finds itself detaining mostly innocent individuals, with little material or even ideological tie to the supposed "enemy." And of course, for Bush and company, the harder it is to find the "terrorists" the more devious and cunning they must be. Yet, the clear reason why secret detentions and illegal kidnappings have done little to destroy the fundamentalist threat is because the threat itself is marginal. Even before raising the legality of international prisons or the moral incoherence of promoting democracy through state violence, we can ask a more basic question. Is there an actual crisis that could vaguely justify the massive security apparatus in operation today? Since the answer is no, the U.S. in essence has let loose a wave of violence to fight an enemy that barely exists.
Of course, those of you who know also know that I staunchly believe that (1) the continued existence of "the terra-ist threat" is essential to forwarding the neocon/corporatist cause of globalism and that (2) the goal in Iraq was to destroy the country and grab the oil. The assholes have succeeded only in accomplishing the first.

Iran, of course, is next . . . and apparently sooner than later. Sy Hersh will soon publish a The New Yorker piece predicting The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang's "next big adventure".

Here's a prediction of my own: nothing substantial will come out "Plamegate", but "the Left" (read "DLC") will get very dizzy (and ultimately disappointed) from its attempts to apply Rovespin to the issue.

OK, that's it. Go read somebody who's got some real content, there, will yuh?!

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