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Susan G. Komen fracks for cancer cure. If they’re drilling for the cause, they’re getting warmer

PINKWASHING has sunk to new depths with mercenary NGO Susan G. Komen of "Race for the Cure" endorsing pink-painted drilling bits used for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing. AS IF they don't know that toxins which abound in fracking fluids are among the causes of cancer. The pink drill bits are perhaps sloppiness on the part of the NGO, as it recently announced a last ditch blitz to find a cancer cure by 2020. Cancer is a disease like alcoholism is a disease. We know its cause. The cure is to cut it off at the source.

How the US better off kill many of the US poor via Cancer

The military people have socialized medical insurance that the uninsured in the US pay for these so-called 'heroes'. And the rich have medical insurance for themselves, too. Here's how the National Security State Right Wing assholes want us all to have actually works though. It kills us in mass! See Have Cancer but No Insurance? No Problem—You Can Pay With Your Life

By defunding Planned Parenthood, Komen Breast Cancer Foundation shows its true colors aren’t pink

Is the all-things-pink breast cancer impresario bowing to Right-wing anti-abortion pressure in pulling their financial support for low-income breast exams provided by Planned Parenthood? That a nonprofit industry heavyweight like the Komen Foundation would shift its emphasis from helping the poor on quasi-moral grounds is deplorable, but hardly surprising. Their ubiquitous "breast cancer awareness" campaign is all about duplicity and greed. Instead of raising funds for awareness of where cancer comes from, research we could all use, Komen shifts the focus on mitigation. What would you think about a rape "awareness" campaign that emphasized victim convalescence over chasing down the rapists? Looking after the victims while rapes escalate? That's practically enabling.

Shaken, stirred, totally Fukushima’d

Now Fukushima Daiichi means the same in English as in Japanese. Although now apparently "meltdown" no longer means apocalyptic, "radiation" no longer means toxic, and to "exceed the safety levels" no longer means to pose adverse risk to your health. Curious. Because, I suppose, Japan can't cry REACTOR FIRE in a crowded metropolis. Instead of blaming a Japanese government for being less than forthcoming about the obvious exponential horrors to come, realize they're in hospice-caretaker mode, with little recourse but to comfort the imperiled population with big white lies. The Japanese are skeptical, but what are they supposed to do? They can no sooner stop drinking and eating than they can stop breathing. Will Fukushima be only a partial Chernobyl or verse visa? Halfway around the world, is the news being broken gently for our unknowing benefit? From across the Pacific, we can fret about the fallout --a word which now apparently means radioactive particles of no demonstrated significance. At least this president is not advising us to grab for duct-tape and visqueen. Leave the Japanese the stiff upper lip indispensable to island nations sin salida. For your own self-preservation, turn off the telly and heed experts who haven't jettisoned the original nuclear power glossary. To those talking heads and blog comment trolls still shilling for the nuclear ambitions of the "Clean Power" Green Energy scam. Sayonara.

American Royalty, beware! Look to England to see the future…

Bessie's little boy Charlie was attacked in his car. Or so the headline says. By English students who had just had their tuitions raised, and their grants lowered, while Bonnie Prince(ss) Charlie got his allowance raised. Unlike some, I believe his lifelong Major Crime spree outweighs the number of times he opened the back door in the back seat. That's beside the point. Sheets, mon, his alleged sexual escapades are TAME compared to those of his family. But that's what gets the most reporting. But this attack wasn't aimed at his arse. Not specifically at least. More like his family being a large swarm of leeches. Seems people are noticing, and taking action against, the fact that a small minority of people gets the great majority of the income. If ten percent are getting more money than the rest of the people combined, then it jolly well makes their argument that "Entitlements to the poor" are what's causing the economy to implode downright laughable. Let's try the root word and the historic basis for "entitlement". Titles like Duke, Count, Viscount, Baron, Earl, King, Prince, Sir, Knight, Madame, Dame. Strange ladies lying in puddles distributing swords is no basis for Kingship, true executive authority comes from a mandate by the masses, not some Farcical aquatic ceremony. If I were to go round saying i'm the bloody Emperor because some Moistened Bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd lock me up, hadn't they? So America, in the model expressed by industrialist Jay Gould "I can hire half the poor to murder the other half" has at least one group of roused rabble who are, for reasons known only to their own dark little souls, fighting a revolution not against bondage and servitude but FOR their chains, and to force others to accept the same base estate. One of their leaders, Christine O'Donnel, New England's version of our own beloved Sellouts Tancredo, Buck and Malkin, quipped at a Pearl Harbor Party that "tragedies come in threes" and said Pearl Harbor, the death of Elizabeth Edwards, and the unemployment benefit being extended. Ms Edwards, for decades the Right Wing including the Demon Spawn O'Donnel, have been fervently wishing that ALL liberals, especially the most effective activists and politicians, would simply catch cancer and die. This is the level of their "revolutionary" zeal. If they're lucky enough not to get put down like the pack of rabid chihuahuas they truly are, by the Other Half of the poor, the ones who the Modern Jay Goulds can't possibly pay off, while they're on their way to storm the castles of American Royalty. One way they could help that slim survival chance along is if they develop enough smarts or lose enough stupids that they don't try to block the way. By the way, The BBC schlock-umentary "The Queen" is airing this week on BBC America

Failed Musicians, Earning Potential and Tort Reform

Charlie Manson, David Koresh... described as “failed musicians” because they played the guitar, and like the vast thundering herd of people who pick the git-fiddle they didn’t make a career of it. Adolf Hitler, a “failed artist” even though, in the economic blight of inter-bellum Vienna, he actually DID make a modest living selling painted postcards on the street. John Wilkes Boothe, said to be a “Failed actor” by some who had never trod the boards. Because their names are vilified and the demonization of their memory has to be complete. .Something you’d practically have to be a Documentary Junkie to notice, maybe after a marathon of History Channel BioPics.. Fairly subtle. Insidious even. What’s almost but not quite as subtle as a Taser to the testicles or a sledgehammer to the lower skull/first vertebra is the demonization of working class people throughout the world in Tort. The civil liability sections of law. In civil court, “earning potential” is taken seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it proves the LIE of the Capitalist Dream which is foisted onto the workers, that if we work hard and diligently, do a good job putting money into the pockets of our Wealthy Masters, we, too, could have a chance of acquiring Wealth. Compare that BULLSHIT with the descriptions of the Workers of Bhopal, India and their children by the Captains of Industry and their Weasel Lawyers. In the “Unlimited potential for success” of the Free Market, the children of the poorest and most vilified of the working class, were valued at a couple hundred dollars. Apiece. Per HUMAN life. Would you sell your childs life for that? This is about as condescending as if the CEO of Union Carbide were visiting a bordello in the slums, his limousine runs over a child and he tosses a $100 bill out the window, rolls up the window and imperiously waves his driver to proceed, with a “Home, James!” type of dismissive command gesture. This is also the way that the people of the Gulf Coast, even employees of British Petroleum, are being treated in back to back “incidents”. Not just the Oil “spill” that cost 11 human beings (ahem... that’s by BP count and employees who tell a different tale than BP front office do, are punished....) immediately and God alone knows how many to follow. There’s also a chemical “leak” that was described by later censured then fired BP employees as “like a fire hose” in Texas City. Tort Reform advocates have done their job well, and limited the final tally to less than a half billion dollars. The state of Texas is suing BP for a huge release of toxic chemicals—including benzene, a carcinogen—that went on for 40 days at the company’s Texas City refinery last spring. The lawsuit could result in civil penalties reaching into the millions. The release, as we have reported [1], started April 6, just two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, when a key piece of equipment failed and, rather than stopping production to fix it, BP

Isn’t it strange…

The same TeaBags and Reagan Revolution and Christian Coalition freaks who say they're opposed to Assisted Suicide, gladly and with a hymn on their Lying lips promote Suicide by Tobacco, Suicide by Fast Food, Suicide by dependence on motor vehicles instead of using our muscles. I know there are many of us in America who can't get out and jog, I can't walk more than a couple of blocks without pain. Due to my very infamous and uncompensated on-the-JOB injuries. But we aren't everybody. Although the Cigarettes and the Diabetes will probably make it to where the ones who make all the laughing sneering excuses for their lifestyles won't be able to walk without pain as they enter the Expensive To Everybody final stages of their lives. Meanwhile the TeaBags and all their assorted nasty Corporate Suck accomplices, scream as loudly against actually making the Fat Food and Tobacco and Oil and Automobile industries actually pay their way, against any notion that the Tobacco and Fat Food and Automotive industries should stop chanting several THOUSAND times a day at our children to buy their products. To make the Marketing Geniuses for McDonalds and Ford and Liggett Morris stop funding "news" outlets like Fox which promote the arrogantly murderous notions that Driving One Person In A Car Made For 8 does no harm, and that anybody who points out that they're lying is a "whiner liberal". Same with the McDonalds and WalMart and similar Accomplices. Insisting in Fake "news" stories that are really commercials for the Tobacco Industry that there's no link between second hand smoke and cancer or other diseases in non-smokers. Deny deny deny. Denial is one of the key factors in diagnosing Addiction. The kicker of it is, the same statistics their Accomplices on one hand are denying, are provided by Insurance companies. How cool is that? The Insurance Corporations who make money denying people health care IF their "lifestyles" include eating too much and smoking, and not exercising, are funded from the same pool of Blood Money that funds the industries of Greed and Sloth and slow suicide by deliberately concentrating, burning and inhaling the smoke from Toxic Chemicals. And then starts wars to get the raw materials or keep the producers of those raw materials in Economic Vassal State slavery to the Corporations. Like the agricultural interests in Central and South America which aren't locally owned, no sir, they're owned in America, that provide the raw material for one edge of the many-edged Suicide Sword. Capitalism eats itself from the inside. The Oil producing countries which are similarly owned from the least to the greatest, from the Puppet government "kings" down to the poorest Other Slaves, by the corporations. All backed by U.S. Military power, paid for on credit that will never possibly be repaid, to keep the Peasants in those countries from rebelling against their American Corporate Masters. In case anybody thinks that's an anti-American statement, I'll remind once more that the Corporations keep American workers in thrall as well.

Think of it as enhanced evolution, Un-natural selection, cull the gulls…

The debate turns now to whether or not to rescue marine animals from the oil. Pelicans and gulls specifically, but there's more. Of course, animals that took millions of years to be what they are, should learn to mutate themselves a lot faster. Seagulls and turtles and manatees and sea-otters, fish, crustaceans, jellyfish, plankton, all need to mutate in a matter of days rather than eons. True, it would be a LOT simpler for the HUMAN species to modify our behavior, not set our entire economic plan on one focus, like Fossil Fuels. The plan with a built in Self-Destruct button that gets armed and starts ticking away once we drill the first well. Of course that first well was "well" over a century ago, BUT there's still time to ramp down the madness, get back to a point where we can actually turn off he Self Destruct switch. Of course, it would take eliminating some of the things the Oil Industry advertising partners have been selling us as "essential to the American Lifestyle". Things like easily available in large quantities "food" that our bodies don't have the ability to process correctly, at least not in the concentrations which are being sold to us as a "normal" diet. Thus diabetes, colon cancers, increased. Also increased are heart disease, respiratory, kidney, thyroid, liver, just every part of the Human Biotic System that depends on a certain chemical balance that the McDiet not only doesn't provide but actively disrupts. The private automobile, sure, if you could afford to drive it, but, really, the cost to The Rest Of Us to maintain YOUR "right" to a private car is long since out of control. Witness, for instance the Oil Spills. Witness the wars being fought to secure more Oil, publicly subsidized wars. If the person driving sole occupant in a car made for 8 actually had to Pay His Way he wouldn't be able to do it. The ultimate Welfare Cadillac. We're required to provide "cheap" oil to the Consumer or be called Terrorist and Traitor. A system where everybody in the entire world is required to chip in to make a really expensive activity "affordable".... for a privileged few. People in nations where starvation is in the top 5 causes of death have to chip in for YOUR automotive pleasure. But things like Public Transportation and subsidizing better forms of energy harvesting and use, that the bad ol' wicked "Socialism". Summary of that, Public support of the entire population, BAD. The entire World Population support of an elite minority GOOD. Public Support of Mega Corporations like McDonalds altering the agricultural economy, GOOD. Public criticism of the fact that this impoverishes other PEOPLE in other nations, to the point of people who live on gigantic plantation style "food" factory farms starve.... that's Bolshevism and BAD. The Oil Corporations have been for the past year putting out some very expensive publicity campaigns saying that actually requiring the Corporations (mainly) and the Consumers to PAY what isn't anywhere near the Real Cost

Our McSick McCulture McStrikes again.

So the commercial starts, lady saying "I've got a picky eater on my hands.... but when her nutrition started to affect her development our pediatrician recommended Pediasure..." Now Wait A Damned Minute Here... Sure the kid is cute, has an engaging smile and all, but the kid is 3 years old at the most. Since when does the KID make decisions to only eat junk food? Pediasure was formulated for kids with serious illnesses like Cancer or real digestive problems, who can't eat regular food. CAN'T, not "have mommy so whipped that they WON'T" Jesus, lady, (ok, I'm arguing with a fictional character portrayed by an actress) or... Better Yet, the Mindless Wonders who are targeted by this ad. This is worse than that damn Morris cat commercials. It's a proven fact of nature, neither cats nor children will voluntarily starve in the presence of food. They've got a built in Smart that over-rides "picky". If you're letting your kids run the home to the point that you're allowing them to be Malnourished by the advertising influenced food choices they make, that doesn't just border on Child Abuse... it's over the border, applied for permanent residence status and is looking seriously at citizenship. Kid doesn't eat, start rationing the TV and stop buying the damn junk food. If your kid is both poisoning and concurrently starving herself with candy and cookies, don't buy candy or cookies. I know, the Media Commercial Culture tells you fast fast easy easy buy buy instant gratification and over consumption of stuff that there's no such thing as moderation with them to begin with. A Fat Food meal that has enough calories to sustain a human for 2 days, and doing it twice in the day, (starting with a breakfast of some cereal that used to have "sugar" as the first word of the brand name.. "Sugar" Pops, "Sugar" Smacks, "Sugar" Frosted Flakes..) It's not a new thing, the fictional musical group "The Archies" had a hit song for 4 weeks with "Sugar Sugar" went to number one because they put the record on a Cereal Box... of Sugar Pops and Sugar Smacks. You wouldn't pop or smack your kid with your fist, why do it with poison? That was 40 years ago and people are still doing it, only worse. Hence, turn off the TV. If a show has more than one commercial for candy or Fast Food, don't let them watch. McDonalds and Hersheys and Keebler don't own your home, your kid or your TV, YOU do. You'll save money several ways, you won't have your kid down at the doctor every other week, you won't be buying overpriced junk disguised as an Unhappy Meal, you won't be buying a "dietary supplement" that's designed for people in imminent risk of DYING, and you won't be buying a funeral for your kid when the truly unhealthy lifestyle takes its inevitable toll. For the first time since the Middle Ages average life expectancy has gone DOWN. At both ends, too, at the high

Right Wing Celebrating two more American Deaths.

Melanie Shouse, a MoveOn Council leader in St. Louis, passed away from breast cancer while still fighting her insurance company for chemotherapy coverage. While the Tea Party were forcing Congress to dick-the-dog on actual REAL non-privatized Health Care. They'll rejoice that they "got rid of" another voice testifying to the truth that would counter their LIES. And, in the spirit of the Bu'ush Regime celebrating the "accidental" death of Anti-War Senator Paul Wellstone, and could scarce contain their glee at the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.. now they get to grave dance for Representative Murtha, another one who stood up and told the TRUTH about Chicken(Hawk) George and the lies he told to start the massive Torture and Babykilling enterprise known as "Operation Iraqi Give Us Your Oilfields Or Die" I'm sure some of the Tea Party and Republican and other fascist spokesfreaks will object to this, being the hypocrites they truly are. At least they're consistent in being liars and cowards.

Col. Robert Howard

Being eulogized on the news, most highly decorated soldier in modern times, retired in 2006 after 50 years in... Newscaster says "leaves behind a grateful nation". Grateful for WHAT? That he participated in spreading our Nation into an Imperial State, forcing Our Benevolence down the throats of peoples around the world? Fought for the Freedom of Corporate Thugs like Monsanto to poison his fellow soldiers, pay less than a penny on the dollar of their truly obscene profits and their lawyers walked out of court laughing about it? Freedom of Exxon-Mobil and Halliburton to build a Feudal Kingdom, subjugate whole cultures? Freedom for truly repulsive SCUM like Blackwater "Xe" to operate above and separate from any law, even Right Here In America? This Baby-killer Extraordinaire died of Cancer, he SHOULD have died of shame.

Shootout at the OK Fort

Hood. Texas. At a base theater and sports complex. Some of the News people are already speculating al Qa'eda. Sounds like horseshit to me. Three guys in uniform is all they've been told and it leaps to being a Terror Attack. Look at the rational side here, People... in Uniform... on a Very Large Army Base in the middle of Texas ... in the middle of that base... when everybody on base is on alert and have been for the past, oh, let me see... 8 years and almost two months.... Did I mention the fact that it's an Army base? Now, on base, you're not allowed to carry a loaded weapon. That's a very important safety measure for the soldiers. Aside from the possibility of say, three soldiers going apeshit and killing a bunch of their comrades, there's the very real probability that somebody would get accidentally shot. The US Army has about a couple of billion man/years worth of experience in the handling of Firearms. They actually know what to expect and take measures to prevent it. IF somebody representing either a foreign or domestic hostile group managed to penetrate to the heart of Fort Hood with loaded firearms, what kind of really draconian regimentation would the Piggoes have to impose on us in order to "keep us safe"? Think the Airline inspections are rough, try getting on a military base sometime. Shit, the Peterson Field front gate allowed Miss Johnnie on base, followed her around, (by the way, they weren't SPs, they were Mercenary "soldiers" and probably the Blackwater Death Squads) and then they threatened to arrest Miss Johnnie for going on their base, following instructions from the VA, to get her ID card. The best way to describe Miss Johnnie is "frail" at the best of times, VietNam widow, and at the time she thought the cancer was coming back. And these Mercenary Pigs were threatening to arrest her for claiming the health care her late husband left to her. Given that experience, I find it really difficult to believe that any Foreign Insurgents actually infiltrated the Greenest of Green Zones on Fort Hood Texas. Maybe I'm wrong, but I sincerely doubt it and the assumption that it's al Qa'eda is so unjustifiable that... well, there aren't enough words in the English language to describe how unjustifiable that kind of Panic Mongering Propaganda would be.

We bought them, why can’t we exercise ownership?

The Big Banks, who were bailed out at public expense.  Now screaming "TYRANNY!" because the Treasury department is telling them not to be so blatant in their piggish ways. While we're at it, let's do the same for some OTHER publicly subsidized "private" corporations. Insurance for instance. Health care. The Wreligious Wrong like to crow that America has the best care for cancer, all the cancer research was either supported directly by government grants or indirectly by tax-deductible "charitable contributions" to the research foundations, and the funding they received wasn't counted as Taxable income on their end either. We bought it. The Aggravated Assaulted and Murder Department, aka "Defense" industry Daddy WarBucks types. We the people financed their industries, but We the People aren't getting any share of the profit. Why is it unconstitutional for the government to Own the industries we paid for? It's obviously not considered by the Libertarians to be unconstitutional for We the People to be giving them all the money they have. And these are the same Corporate Welfare Fat Cats who look down on somebody who gets $115 a month in Food Assistance.

Big Insurance greed? COS is Sick Of It!

KRDO's Eric Singer called today's health care reform rally "very one sided," so much so, seeing it, "you might have done a double-take." Because it wasn't our backwater's customary Teabag Pity Party where agitated ignorants throw their own hopes for adequate health care into the drink; but KRDO doesn't report those anti-rallies as one-sided. Of course, KRDO's advertisers are the medical system conglomerates, pharmaceuticals, and big insurance! Greed. We are sick of it! The Gazette repeated their usual mantra that health care reform is unaffordable, but offered a refreshingly frank representation of Pattie's nuanced address to the energized crowd. The full Gazette article: Health care reform activists rally in Springs October 13, 2009 3:45 PM MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ THE GAZETTE Patti Mulkey wants to work and be a productive member of society. Unfortunately, she says, her health insurance doesn’t cover all of the extensive treatment she needs for her chronic kidney disease. She said her insurance plan keeps her alive, but doesn’t provide enough care that would let her go back to work. “They make decisions without knowing how this affects everyone’s lives,” she said to a small, but vocal group of people at a rally Tuesday for health care reform in front of Colorado springs’ City Hall. “People who are ill don’t want to be ill. They want to be working and well.” The “Rally Against Greed” attracted about 40 people carrying signs that read “Greed Sucks” and “Jesus Didn’t Charge Premiums.” The rally was organized by the group Change that Works, a liberal organization that endorses a public option for health care. While protestors were vehement Tuesday, the rally wasn’t close to the size of other local rallies against the proposed reforms. Instead of focusing on the cost of expanded health care, organizers blamed insurance companies for the high costs in relating the stories of people coping with illnesses. Like Mulkey, many of the people who attended the rally said they had health insurance, but it didn’t pay for their care. Pat Hill said that even with health insurance, she was paying $750 a month in medical bills stemming from complications from cancer treatments. James Tucker, a local activist, said the people who reject the proposed reforms may regret it. “If they don’t get involved and join us, they will pay a price when they need the care,” he said.

Race for the cure, race to the source

I'm seeing a sea of pink gloves as receivers and defensive backs vie for the long bomb; on the sidelines, pink shoes, pink caps, pink jerseys and pennants; on the players' helmets, pink ribbon decals next to the other patriotic flair. Have you seen the breast cancer awareness t-shirt which reads "Save the Ta-Tas?" When childbearing-age ta-tas are threatened, maybe American men will do more than commemorate cancer. Then we'll see pink smokestacks, pink chemical tankers, and pink mammogram machines. This industrial pink-wash is as unfunny as pinkeye.

Homeland for Jews & military production – destroyed homes for Palestinians

The specialty of the Jewish State is destruction, whether it be in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, or Gaza. Without destruction there can be no expansion of the Jewish State which has now become like a spreading cancer. Central to this Jewish State expansion is the Israeli military-industrial-security complex, the Israeli one becoming an appendage of the American one. For a Jewish population of 5 1/2 million, 60,000 jobs are directly related to the manufacture of hardware products for the military-industrial-security complex, many for export elsewhere. There are multiple connections to all the US companies also involved in the same production. That's a lot of firepower to fuel war around the planet, let alone merely in the Middle East. The result? See the BBC's Audio slideshow: Homeless in Gaza for just one example at a personal level.

Corporate Murderers get away with it… AGAIN!!!

High Court Rejects Agent Orange Case -3/3/09 -Associated Press The other two suits were filed by U.S. veterans who got sick too late to claim a piece of the $180 million settlement with makers of the chemical in 1984. In 2006, the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on whether those lawsuits could proceed. Guess if you die after the "Deadline".. .... WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned down American and Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange who wanted to pursue lawsuits against companies that made the toxic chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War. The justices offer no comment on their action Monday, rejecting appeals in three separate cases, in favor of Dow Chemical, Monsanto and other companies that made Agent Orange and other herbicides used by the military in Vietnam. Agent Orange has been linked to cancer, diabetes and birth defects among Vietnamese soldiers and civilians and American veterans. The American plaintiffs blame their cancer on exposure to Agent Orange during the military service in Vietnam. The Vietnamese said the U.S.' sustained program to prevent the enemy from using vegetation for cover and sustenance caused miscarriages, birth defects, breast cancer, ovarian tumors, lung cancer, Hodgkin's disease and prostate tumors. Learn more about Agent Orange All three cases had been dismissed by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The appeals court said that lawsuit brought by the Vietnamese plaintiffs could not go forward because Agent Orange was used to protect U.S. troops against ambush and not as a weapon of war against human populations. The other two suits were filed by U.S. veterans who got sick too late to claim a piece of the $180 million settlement with makers of the chemical in 1984. In 2006, the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on whether those lawsuits could proceed. The appeals court ultimately said no to both. In one case, the court said companies are shielded from lawsuits brought by U.S. military veterans or their relatives because the law protects government contractors in certain circumstances who provide defective products. In the third suit, the appeals court ruled that the companies could transfer claims from state to federal courts. The cases are Isaacson v. Dow Chemical Co., 08-460, Stephenson v. Dow Chemical Co., 08-461, and Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange v. Dow Chemical Co., 08-470. Little Eichmanns, anybody? $180 million divided among thousands of veterans. Miss Johnnies husband had more than $180K in hospital bills. Still unpaid by the VA. Monsanto and Dow made BILLIONS selling their Death. The Military Contractors, they're shielded from responsibility for the lives of any of their Victims being destroyed or ended. There'll be Rejoicing in the Republican Households, they got away with it, AGAIN. They sell Murder by the Ton. I haven't told Miss Johnnie about this one yet.

Hopewinked

Maybe the most powerful political post in the history of the Earth isn’t what it was two weeks ago.

Barack’s 1/2 measures, 1/4 measures, 1/8 measures and… his new health care ‘reform’

Obama signs bill for kids health care program. But look again! Like Obama's 'withdrawal' from Iraq, his 'renouncement of torture,' now his new health care measure is a fraud too! Everything about Barack Obama is a fraud! Here is the gist of his public pretense regarding giving kids health coverage. Obama is going to leave 4,000,000 children uncovered, even 5 years down the road! Sure, this is better than worsening the situation as the Bush murderers did, but why such a 1/2 measure. Wait! It's not even that, is it? These parents need coverage, too. What happened? This is not even a 1/4 measure! Might we have a 1/8 measure being announced by Obama then? When it came to bailing out the gigantic fraudulently operating Bug Guys out, Barack Obama is not for any 1/2 measures, 1/4 measures, nor 1/8 measures or less. He goes all out at throwing public tax monies their ways. Can't let the Big Guys suffer, he says. But he feels a little different about the poor kids, does he not? They can wait! That's the Barack Obama con game in full measure. Shame on you, Democrats!

RIP- Maria Dimitriadi

Maria Dimintriadi, an antifascist Greek singer whose music is famous world wide, has just recently died of lung cancer. Her songs have also been an inspiration for the youth uprising against the current Greek regime. Here are four selections of Maria Dimitriadi's music on youtube "diokse ti lypi palikari", MARIA DIMITRIADI, "thalassa platia", "Mia fora ki ena kero" Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed by the Greek police in Athens in December 6th 2008. He was only 15 years old and his death sparked extreme violent riots all over Greece. Here is Maria Dimitriadi's singing once again used as a tribute to this child murdered by the Greek police. R.I.P. Alexandros Grigoropoulos Also see The Red-Hearted Voice of Greece; Mourning Maria Dimitriadi By CHRIS PAPALEONARDOS for a link to more music by this great Greek singer.

Work in a capitalist society does make people sick

In a previous commentary here at Not My Tribe ... I wrote that there was scientific evidence, as well as everyday common sense evidence, that work as defined and dished out by our upper crust bosses under capitalist society in America makes people sick. I was amazed that such a simple and easily verifiable observation provoked so little intelligent discussion by our esteemed readers! What gives? Personally, I have easily worked about a dozen made-dangerous-by- capitalism job types in my lifetime and feel fortunate that I have not been totally crippled by the experience. Apparently not all of us have had these work experiences though, and not having actually done any of the dangerous work in America might put rather rosy blinkers over the eyes of some few folk about the dangers of American capitalism as well as world capitalism as a whole? The experience of writing here on this blog about how work under capitalism eats away at workers, and then getting dissed off personally for having brought the subject up at all, I have found profoundly demoralizing. (what discussion began to occur about my previous commentary was quickly erased from this site//// I hope and trust that it does not happen again?). Why write about everyday life for me and others in this country, when one only gets disrespected and put down as being an idiot for doing so? There may very well be much better venues for political expression than this blog if this sort of thing was to become routine here on Not My Tribe? Back to the subject at hand though. Much work in the US, as in all other capitalist societies is undertaken with little concern for the physical safety, let alone emotional well being, of the workers doing the actual work. Farm workers are put out into fields with cancer causing chemicals all around, not given adequate water to drink under the hot sun, and then are harassed like they are some sort of human vermin by Immigration. Yes, work in a capitalist society does make people sick, and many farm workers get sick here in America. Only a totally hard and contemptuous person would actually call such observations about the dangerousness of work in capitalist America into any kind of real question, IMO. Farm work is only one single egregious example of the abuse of the American worker (YES, Migrant workers are from the Americas and should be considered American workers), and this abuse of us all who do the actual work goes on in each and every sector of our economy, and the damage to our health is extreme. This is a rather simple and obvious truth, and it should not need for multiple examples to be listed out to anybody, who has been living in US society and not born with a

Jonah and the Obama Chinese food story

(Editor's note: Jonah posted this account yesterday on Alfrankenweb, which reached the Rec List on Daily Kos. Now I'm fielding emails and calls inquiring whether Jonah is real. Here are the Alfrankenweb posts, until Jonah can give us an update.) OK, so this is the story as I finally got straight. I was out scrounging scrap metal today, to get enough food money to last us through the weekend. I came home and Miss Johnnie, my landlady, was crying and showing me a table full of food. I thought one of our friends or my relatives had come over and bought for us. But it was bought, according to the lady who owns the restaurant, by Barack Obama over the phone. After the Obama Campaign Workers came to the door, and were listening to Miss Johnnie describe why she, a registered republican, was voting for Obama. She showed a picture of her daughter Michelle the Marine who had been deployed to Iraq twice, and is still pending discharge because of the Stop Loss. All her kids in fact. And her late husband, who had died of Agent Orange from his service in VietNam. About that time the campaign workers started making phone calls and she got to talk to Obama. She was in tears while telling me all this so I got the story wrong at first. She talked about the War, about the health care bill that got turned down because it was "too expensive" but the Rich Thieves got to take 16 times as much just because they had broken the economy with their wild schemes. About the VA messing around with the repayment of the medical expenses she had borne by herself over the 12 years since her husband died, over nitpicky paperwork errors on Their Part. About me being out against doctor's orders scrounging scrap metal just to make it through til monday. One of the volunteers was a Marine and a Nam Vet, so much for the notion that Veterans are all voting for McCain, (despite his continued votes to screw the veterans the same way the VA is messing up Miss Johnnie's paperwork and payments) Miss Johnnie, understandably, doesn't talk without a great deal of emotion on those subjects. So after the Volunteers left, about 20 minutes later a very large order of Chinese food charged to Obama came to the door. The Delivery man is a recent immigrant and doesn't speak English, so he called his boss, who confirmed it but said it was supposed to be a surprise. Enough food to last until Monday. I came in with this really pitiful half gallon of milk and about a meal worth of food and some cat food.. and she was crying and showing me all the food. And said that Obama had bought it for us. I didn't get the story quite right the first time, so I thought he had been there in person. Not quite, but you know how in the Churches people say "I'll be there in spirit"? He was there in a way that really counts. McCain has a fake falsified made-up "Joe

Stop the Senate of would-be thieves!

Call your Band of Thieving Senators now to tell them you don't want to give $700 Billion --more honestly likely to be $5 Trillion-- to the robber bankers of Wall Street! Telephone Colorado Senators Ken Salazar at 202.224.5852 and Wayne Allard at 202.224.5941 NOW. Why not call OBAMA too! (phone: 202-224-2854) Tell them you want them to consult with at least ONE economist of repute! At least one analyst not on the corporate payroll. As he promised yesterday, Michael Moore suggests a 10 PART PLAN, only IF pressure can be brought to bear right now to stop the Senate bill. Friends, The richest 400 Americans -- that's right, just four hundred people -- own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. 400 rich Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country! Their combined net worth is $1.6 trillion. During the eight years of the Bush Administration, their wealth has increased by nearly $700 billion -- the same amount that they are now demanding we give to them for the "bailout." Why don't they just spend the money they made under Bush to bail themselves out? They'd still have nearly a trillion dollars left over to spread amongst themselves! Of course, they are not going to do that -- at least not voluntarily. George W. Bush was handed a $127 billion surplus when Bill Clinton left office. Because that money was OUR money and not his, he did what the rich prefer to do -- spend it and never look back. Now we have a $9.5 trillion debt. Why on earth would we even think of giving these robber barons any more of our money? I would like to propose my own bailout plan. My suggestions, listed below, are predicated on the singular and simple belief that the rich must pull themselves up by their own platinum bootstraps. Sorry, fellows, but you drilled it into our heads one too many times: There... is... no... free... lunch. And thank you for encouraging us to hate people on welfare! So, there will be no handouts from us to you. The Senate, tonight, is going to try to rush their version of a "bailout" bill to a vote. They must be stopped. We did it on Monday with the House, and we can do it again today with the Senate. It is clear, though, that we cannot simply keep protesting without proposing exactly what it is we think Congress should do. So, after consulting with a number of people smarter than Phil Gramm, here is my proposal, now known as "Mike's Rescue Plan." It has 10 simple, straightforward points. They are: 1. APPOINT A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO CRIMINALLY INDICT ANYONE ON WALL STREET WHO KNOWINGLY CONTRIBUTED TO THIS COLLAPSE. Before any new money is expended, Congress must commit, by resolution, to criminally prosecute anyone who had anything to do with the attempted sacking of our economy. This means that anyone who committed insider trading, securities fraud or any action that helped bring about this collapse

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