All Further Articles for 2013-09-12

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Kissinger?! Really?!
Forgive this being late: It took a day or so for the bile to stop rising at the spectacle of Kerry "consulting" about Syria with Kissinger on, spookily, the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile that toppled Allende and sparked the brutal reign of Pinochet - the coup Kissinger orchestrated because global capitalism simply could not be threatened with democratic socialism, nor can it still. What tops the list of Kissinger's crimes? The six million, largely civilian victims of his massive bombing of Vietnam? Cambodia? Laos? Chile? The fact that the man responsible for the spilling of so much innocent blood has yet to be held accountable, for any of it? This week, any week as long as Kissinger's free and above ground: Never forget.
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Rocket Frog
You kinda have to see the full version of this, but it's a picture of a hapless frog catapulted into the air by the launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) Mission to the Moon. Apart from being an amazing photo, it strikes us as an uncanny metaphor for the impact and priorities of the space program, and the military industrial complex of which it's a part. Officials swear the photo, taken by a NASA remote camera at Friday's launch, is legit, which is maybe more than can be said for the $263 million mission. No word on the fate of the frog.
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Writ Large in Letters of Blood: CUNY Students "Welcome" Petraeus On His First Day
Student activists taunted and hounded Ret. Gen. David Petraeus on his way to teaching his first class at CUNY to protest his appointment and the return of ROTC to campus as part of the growing militarization of academia. Many shouted "war criminal!" at the grim Petraeus who, as former best friend to death squads in Latin America, CIA head and commander of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, deserves it. "Apparently CUNY thought bringing a big name ex-general would be a publicity coup - 'Look who’s teaching at CUNY' writ large. It is writ large, in letters of blood."
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Florida Police "Stand By" Brutal Assault of Woman Stopped for Possible DUI
Another assault by sociopathic cops, another gruesome video to prove it. Christina West, 44, was arrested by a swarm of Tallahassee police in the early morning hours after crashing her car. After a sobriety test she seems to pass - playfully reciting the alphabet and declaring it "awesome" - they put her in the patrol car. Later they take her out and, when she asks about moving her kid's car seat, abruptly begin to savage her, slamming her face into the car and then the street, breaking her cheekbone, as she screams in pain and terror. The violence unfolds in a long, slow, crazed burn. The irony is that these sick goons are so caught up in it they always forget the camera's rolling. Also in Florida : A guy just got arrested for walking while black, literally.
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Saying No: Snowden Nominated for Sakharov Human Rights Prize
Arguing he has "risked his freedom to help us protect ours," leftist members of the European Parliament have nominated Edward Snowden for the prestigious Sakharov Prize, honoring those who defend human rights and freedom of thought. The prize is named for Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist turned passionate human rights advocate whose 1975 Nobel Peace Prize citation declared him "the conscience of mankind."
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Florida AG: Nothing More Important Than Seeing Justice Done - aka Killing People - Unless I Am Trying to Raise Money to Get Elected Again
This happened: Florida's GOP attorney general Pam Bondi, a key backer of the state's new so-called Timely Justice Act - which allows the state to hurry up and kill Death Row prisoners before they have time to file any more of those irritating appeals they're inexplicably so fond of - postponed an execution because it conflicted with her kickoff campaign fundraiser. Later, Bondi rethought her decision and said oops and boasted that as a prosecutor she put two people on Death Row and as AG taken part in eight executions, "a role I take very seriously" - in contrast, clearly, to that of a human being.
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