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why centipedes are called centipedes and millipedes, millipedes…

Not that they have a hundred or a thousand legs but because it's really common for people to stop counting once they've gotten to 36.   Such as a fellow who calls himself an "American Patriot" and links his comment name to a Fox website. Mentioned in the Pizza thread some really stupid number of "50" people in the People's Parade against the Wall Street Thieves. Apparently the fellow is rather upset that anybody would blaspheme against his god Capital and wishes to sneer it away. Much like the assmunch Banksters leaning over their balconies, drinking champagne and sneering, protected by the NYPD. The fact that they were so heavily guarded and the protesters peaceful allowed those sneers. Here's a screenshot of part of a video from the protest. there's more than 50 people in the first column of people not counting the cops. Now, if the THOUSANDS of people had been of a mind to do so, they could have overwhelmed the more than 50 cops and just dragged the smug Wall Street Thieves off their balconies and given them a collective enema with their own champagne and caviar. Which, given the recent history of Europe, bankrupted not by their "socialist giveaways" but by their backing of the Very Expensive War Of Conquest which benefits only the Wealthiest, and that only temporarily.... The bloody parts of the riots against the Wealthy, after stealing the entire treasury of each his own particular country, like Greece, England... actually the entire treasury of the European Union has gone down the tubes for the benefit of Wall Street banksters. Same as our treasury. And with all that, they sit on balconies drinking champagne and mocking the peaceful protests against their demands that the Working Class, and not themselves, should be forcibly placed on Austerity. Franklin Roosevelt bought off a revolution that would have made Red October look like a High School promenade. Bought it off with higher taxes on the Rich which so far hasn't happened during this current privileged-class created market crash. He was considered a traitor to "his class" but as much as they bitterly resented having to pay their fair share in life, they at least weren't dragged from their mansions, hanged by their own intestines in their own immaculately trimmed trees and then lit on fire while still alive. Their subsequent machinations of the past eight decades to strip the Workers of their hard earned cash, benefits and other pay, have succeeded to the point they believe they'll be able to survive without us. They are of course wrong, they didn't gain their wealth by the sweat of their own brow, (as prescribed in the Book of Genesis) but by the sweat of OUR brow. The police on whom they depend for protection, also working class and, in NYC, union. They've already told the police they'll be cutting their benefits and pay as well. Rather foolish, that. What will they be able to pay the guardians of their castles, once their wealth is reduced to exactly

Daily Gaza fishing flotilla blockaded by Israeli Navy, no fishing to supplement carefully measured aid starvation diet

The fishermen of Gaza are harassed daily by IDF gunships which shoot them outright when there are no Western witnesses present. The late Vittorio Arrigoni was one of the International Solidarity Movement who regularly accompanied fishing boats, forcing the Israelis to set aside their machine guns for water cannon when he was around. Of late activists have their own boat, the Oliva, to escort the fishing fleets. And today the Oliva was accompanied by another skiff commissioned by the Guardian. Their Jerusalem correspondent Harriet Sherwood tweeted the following adventure just now: On boat heading out from Gaza port. Fishermen regularly fired on by Israeli military. Going to check. Getting close to 3 mile limit for fishing. Israeli gunboat speeding towards us. There are 7 boats in our group. 4 fishing boats, 2 press boats, 1 human rights group boat. Israeli gunboat circling around. Siren sounding. Machine gun mounted at rear. IDF coming very close. Sirens. Banking hard causing a lot of backwash for our small motor boat. 6 or 7 troops on bridge, all armed. We have cut our engines. We are 2 or 2 and a half miles from shore so within fishing zone. IDF preventing us going further. Phone signal going in and out. A 2nd IDF boat heading towards us. Fishing boats are throwing lines. But very few fish this close to shore. Guardian boat is flying under Barcelona FC flag.... Now 2 gunboats stopping us going further. This is our GPS location: N31.5727176 and E034.37703. Can someone work out exactly how far we are from Gaza City? Fishermen saying there are no fish. They want to go out another 50 metres. But that could provoke reaction. No boat willing to go first. One fishing boat heading further out. But the guys are asking us (Guardian) to go in front for protection. One IDF boat just circling our boats about 50m away. Other boat a bit further away. A lot of resources devoted to a few tiny fishing boats. Sea is calm today - except our little bit. Backwash creating lot of waves. They keep sounding siren. But we have all cut engines. I'm told that the point of the IDF continually circling us is to create continuous waves and noise. Makes fishing harder. One fishing boat just been swamped by backwash. They are giving up and going back to port. One IDF boat appears to be heading away. The other coming closer. Water canon military boat in distance. Maybe heading towards us. Hope not. Both gunboats have moved off as water canon boat approaches. Water canon boat maybe 200m away. Heading straight towards us. May have to put comms away for a bit. Boats being water canoned. Very dangerous. The NGO boat almost went under. Was mini hi-speed boat chase as we cut and run and the IDF chase. IDF still firing on Oliva the human rights boat. They are trying to drown it says my translator. We are keeping distance. Feel cowardly. Amazing that the Oliva is still afloat. We are within 3 mile limit so why is IDF doing this? I will call them later to ask. Other fishing boats yelling at us what are

Okay I’ll bite, what is legitimate about Israel?

Israel asserts that Palestinian efforts to seek UN recognition, without Israel's consent, are intended to delegitimize the Tel Aviv regime. Apparently sending an aid convey to relieve the siege of Gaza is also to delegitimize Israel. What they really mean it that Israel's inevitably violent responses won't help but to prompt onlookers to rethink Zionism's legitimacy. Because, Israel was created unilaterally by the UN, without obtaining Palestinian consent. And whatever reason could anyone contrive to deny humanitarian aid to the Gazans? The Obama administration recently reiterated its aim to combat efforts to delegitimize Israel. You wonder if they've even asked it themselves, what is legitimate about Apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and occupation?

In the struggle for Middle East land, Palestinian violence will always win

Israel can build all the new settlements it wants, take heart, it only takes one horrific Tate-Labianca-like crime scene to curb the Zionist homecoming charade. Israel can terrorize Gaza to smithereens, the Palestinians have nowhere to flee. American Jews on the other hand, are not going to leave comfortable digs, to relocate to Jerusalem where their 11-month-old might be slashed to death in her crib. Such dastardly strategy comes at a price of course, against a military willing to defy international law and exact collective punishment for the deed of one zealot, but Israel knows that even its US billions in weapons cannot compete with one Palestinian knife that finds its mark. Odd, isn't it? On the battlefield, Goliath can slay an entire West Bank of Davids, but when the contest is holding ground, you can take it, but if you can't convince your people to settle it, the land will revert to its rightful inhabitants. I'll leave you to decide if the murder of an Israeli settler family is off-limits. They're moved unto properties appropriated from Palestinians, illegal settlement of occupied land, they're ferried by armored SUVs in military convoys, their rooftops, front gates, walls and streets are guarded by soldiers, their neighborhoods buffered by "sterile zones" purged of all inhabitants, the persistence of their habitation is used to advertise for more settlers and demoralize the non-Jewish native population in waiting of cleansing. Are settlers "innocent civilians," irrespective old or young age? Who is to blame for putting settler children into homes whose previous inhabitants have been put out on the street, who can only assail their walls with stones? Remember too, it's the Israeli settlers, more than the IDF soldiers, who routinely raid Palestinian homes, orchards and farms, killing their neighbors with impunity. Where does any settler get to pretend they should be considered an innocent civilian? Arab Palestine is confronted with a slow death by attrition. Israel has never disguised its plan to ethnically purge the entire of what it calls Judea and Sumaria. What does it matter then, if resistance violence begets occupier retaliation, if this brazen home-invasion-family-murder provokes an avenging of deaths ten fold? The Russian Partisans paid fifty to one. The Gaza massacre was 300 to one. The Gilad Shalit prisoner ratio is tens of thousands to one, still well shy of US military disproportional force. Peace activists want to curb armed resistance in favor of nonviolence, calculating that peace will come when Palestinian martyrdom awakens the Israeli conscience, or whichever comes first, Palestinian blood runs dry. This suits Israel of course, its Apartheid State needs the Palestinians gone, for Jews cannot forever pretend they have a Democray while subjugating an inferior untouchable class. So long as one Palestinian remains who fights back, Israel will never conquer Palestine. Israel can plan all the settlement construction sites it wants, the more beautiful the better, in the end the people of Palestine can claim them in partial compensation.

Cameron vows Racial Cultural purity for Britain

Says he doesn't have anything against Islam, just "radical" Islam, meaning, Muslims who don't bow down before his Naturally Superior White Culture. He also, as prime minister to ROYALTY, and incidentally the same Royal Family that used to hunt his ancestors, just for sport, babbles much about Democracy and respect for other cultures. Which he says is somehow the hallmark of the British Empire. There was, earlier, a parade honoring what the Irish call Bloody Sunday, when Mr Cameron's Loving and Caring and ever-so-respectful Queen ordered her storm-troopers to fire on a crowd in Derry, in January 1972. * John (Jackie) Duddy (17). Shot in the chest in the car park of Rossville flats. Four witnesses stated Duddy was unarmed and running away from the paratroopers when he was killed. Three of them saw a soldier take deliberate aim at the youth as he ran. He is the uncle of the Irish boxer John Duddy. * Patrick Joseph Doherty (31). Shot from behind while attempting to crawl to safety in the forecourt of Rossville flats. Doherty was the subject of a series of photographs, taken before and after he died by French journalist Gilles Peress. Despite testimony from "Soldier F" that he had fired at a man holding and firing a pistol, Widgery acknowledged that the photographs showed Doherty was unarmed, and that forensic tests on his hands for gunshot residue proved negative. * Bernard McGuigan (41). Shot in the back of the head when he went to help Patrick Doherty. He had been waving a white handkerchief at the soldiers to indicate his peaceful intentions. * Hugh Pious Gilmour (17). Shot through his right elbow, the bullet then entering his chest as he ran from the paratroopers on Rossville Street. Widgery acknowledged that a photograph taken seconds after Gilmour was hit corroborated witness reports that he was unarmed, and that tests for gunshot residue were negative "Widgery" refers to the first investigation, which in spite of all these inconsistencies, cleared the British Stormtroopers of any wrongdoing. * Kevin McElhinney (17). Shot from behind while attempting to crawl to safety at the front entrance of the Rossville Flats. Two witnesses stated McElhinney was unarmed. * Michael Gerald Kelly (17). Shot in the stomach while standing near the rubble barricade in front of Rossville Flats. Widgery accepted that Kelly was unarmed. * John Pius Young (17). Shot in the head while standing at the rubble barricade. Two witnesses stated Young was unarmed. * William Noel Nash (19). Shot in the chest near the barricade. Witnesses stated Nash was unarmed and going to the aid of another when killed. * Michael M. McDaid (20). Shot in the face at the barricade as he was walking away from the paratroopers. The trajectory of the bullet indicated he could have been killed by soldiers positioned on the

Baby Doc Duvalier back in Haiti…

No, really, the ex-dictator is back. Maybe he's hoping to steal some more, only this time there's no Haitian money to take. Perhaps from the international aid to Haiti? Negotiate a deal for a U.S. air base perhaps? Of course in the middle of a rigged election where, just like in Afghanistan and Iraq, there are U.S. soldiers at the polls with machine guns to make sure nobody votes for an unapproved candidate. keep order. And what of his private goon-squad "police" Les Tontons Macoutes? (French for eater of fools, a boogieman figure) And the announcement that Wikileaks is about to receive Swiss Bank records, a favorite place for Corporate Dictators, such as the Duvaliers, Cheneys and Bushes to stash stolen assets. And then, courtesy of Austin Texas online underground newspaper The Rag, contributing author Jason Flaherty Lewis Lucke, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Agency for International Development (US AID) was named U.S. special coordinator for relief and reconstruction after the earthquake. He worked this job for a few months, then immediately moved to the private sector, where he could sell his contacts and connections to the highest bidder. He quickly got a $30,000-a-month (plus bonuses) contract with the Haiti Recovery Group (HRG). HRG had been founded by Ashbritt, Inc., a Florida-based contractor who had received acres of bad press for their post-Katrina contracting. Ashbritt’s partner in HRG is Gilbert Bigio, a wealthy Haitian businessman with close ties to the Israeli military. Bigio made a fortune during the corrupt Duvalier regime, and was a supporter of the right wing coup against Haitian president Aristide. Gee, what an amazing coincidence, "Aid" profiteers in Haiti getting huge contracts, guarded by U.S. Military and.... With ties to the Duvaliers. One of whom just flew home, to pick up the pieces of his own profiteering business. After bankrupting the People of the nation he claims to love, first by stealing all the assets of the country, then leaving the PEOPLE of Haiti under harsh economic sanctions set to be in place until They paid HIS bills, Brought them down to such a level of poverty, while he and his piglets were living the high-life in France, that a relatively minor earthquake had and still has the potential to destroy them completely. What a true Patriot this fellow must be!

Wikileaks: US kept informed of Israel plan to starve Gaza, but not to death

A report just published by Physicians For Human Rights, entitled "Humanitarian Minimum," is explained by a Wikileaks cable leaked by Norway's Aftenposten from their cache of the heretofore Israel-cleansed Cablegate. This one from November 3, 2008 which reported that "Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis."

TSA and Pentagoons play same lame blame game

TSA of course saying that people being angry about their Neo-Gestapo (betcha thought I was gonna say "nazi" huh?) thug tactics would cause delays. And not their Thuggish heavy-handed State-Sponsored Terrorism. The people, you see, have no right to resent being treated as criminals with no evidence. Guilty until proven innocent. Then blame anybody who acts any way non-docile or non-subservient for the punishment THEY, the Gesta errrr... Noble Defenders of freedom CHOOSE to inflict on other people. There's a counter-terrorism standard employed and enjoyed by every dictatorship, including the U.S. Military "free" puppet governments, (not just the Nazis, although they're the ones most famous for it) where they would round up local civilians in areas where a "terrorist" attack had occurred and simply execute some of them, and made sure to tell the survivors to blame it on the actions of the Resistance Fighters. That's the TSA tactic. Also, the Pentagon/State Department Gesta tactic for dealing with Wikileaks. Kill the messenger. Never mind that it's not the REVELATION of their many murders and miscellaneous misdemeanors, mayhem and malicious malfeasance that's caused their shared TSA/DoD/DoS/DoJ problems. It's the actual commission of their multiple misdeeds that caused the problem. If they didn't want the name surely it would have been easier to avoid that by not playing the game. The best way to avoid gaining an undesirable reputation as a Babykiller is simply not actually killing babies. That way you can point out, hey, no actual dead babies, no babykilling. But a bunch of dead babies and other Former Humans chewed to pieces by the weapons of ones Armed Forces is bound to rouse suspicions.

US/UK “Liberators” not allowing Afghan Liberty

What a surprise. The Puppet Karzhai government, as always echoing what Washington and London (but mainly Wall Street) tell them, is refusing to seat Members of Parliament elected "fraudulently". This from the most farcical "democracy" in history. Even the French and American puppets in Saigon weren't so obsequious. Or obviously propped up by Imperial Storm Troopers. That says a lot. The American and Koalition of the Killing soldiers standing guard outside polling places, to make sure nobody did a "terrorist" action like voting for somebody not on the Approved List, allowed those who WERE on the approved list to cast a few hundred thousand Phantom Ballots for themselves, Or So The Story-Line Goes So, what are the Conquero oops "Liberators" going to do next? It's THEIR Pentagon propaganda ploy. They deliberately dealt themselves this card, the question is what kind of bets are they making on this hand? Dissolve the Karzhai Puppet Show completely, declare an "international emergency" that allows the Corporate Thieves to keep the occupation going far beyond that 2014 magic number? Well, that part is a given. But since that wasn't really dependent on the elections anyway... either on Afghan or Iraqi or U.S. or U.K. or E.U. election results... There's a lot of seemingly small steps to take in the 'three years til exit" time frame to ensure they can make such a decision. Rigging the American elections with screams of Fraud being one step. The TeaBags, for instance, want to pass a Noble Law that only those with "valid" Original Birth Certificates can participate in the body politic. Valid as defined by them, of course. Would that mean that my birth certificate, which isn't the original, could be used to prevent me from voting? From speaking? From travel without a "Special Permit" from the Minutemen? Since they, too, are Puppet micro-dictatorships the same way any Afghan or Iraqi provincial governor is. Their Minuteman and TeaParty Brownshirts are no different by any measure than any other group of mindless puppets. Rand Paul and his Koward Kentucky Komrades are in every bit as tenuous a position as any other Banana Republic, no matter how many dissenters they can corner and stomp on in a three-on-one "fight". They were installed by the Corporate Empire and can be uninstalled by the Corporate Empire just as easily. Of course, and you knew there would be an "of course", right? it depends a whole lot on if the Corporate Imperial Stormtroopers can hang on to their ill-got gains in Afghanistan and Iraq. And on their supposition that people who have seen 5000 years of Empires come and go, being so stupid and ignorant that they wouldn't recognize the failed trickery of those failed Empires.

Pullout from Afghanistan? not for another 3 years..

BBC had a story "An hour away from Kabul, despair grows as NATO discusses exit..." Meaning, the BBC is required to report that the war is a positive thing for Afghan people so they focus on government officials who got their jobs handed to them by the American and British Conquerors and Occupiers errr "liberators and nation builders" and will, justifiably, have their heads handed to them by people who had friends and family (anybody in Afghanistan) Murdered, raped, imprisoned and tortured by the NATO Occupation forces. And the reader/listener is supposed to take pity on these poor, sad, wretched pathetic Traitors who sold their own people to the invaders as a means of gaining Puppet Local Dictator status. Awwwwww.... Shed a fake tear with me, Glenn Beck showed us how, put Vicks Vapo-Rub under your eyes... On the other hand, if 3 more years of the Mightiest Empire on earth wouldn't be enough time to build up a sense of safety in the Karzhai Puppet Regime, how long WOULD it take? Analysts who aren't in the pay of the Pentagon say there's no way, and that if the occupation succeeds it could only be by being Permanent. Finally, in other news, Oceania has ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.

Dial-a-BabyKiller service offered by Craigslist

Actually, it was a post offering Body Armor published against C.L. rules (weapons are supposedly prohibited, and according to the Pig Establishment, body armor is an offensive weapon if used by a non-Police criminal, as opposed to the Criminals who make up the Pig Establishment) said he had been a Contractor (Probably a jail guard at one of the Torture errr... "Detention" Centers) aka Mercenary Baby Killer in Iraq. Let's make this abundantly clear, the ones who provide the Support for the Baby-Killing machine are every bit as guilty as the Terroristic Thugs who kick down peoples doors and murder them in their own homes for refusing, at least allegedly, to bow down and worship the U.S. Occupation with much bootlicking and ass-kissing. And every bit as guilty of Torture as the Perverted Uniformed Sex-offenders who run the Torture errr... "Enhanced Interrogation and detention centers". Every Contractor is just as guilty as the Blackwater Goons and the Wackenhut Goons who get their sexual giggles from directing violence against people. The Blackwater and Wackenhut goons get SEXUALLY turned on by Killing Babies and, in my opinion, so does every Cop in the world. And this one, before his posting got flagged, left his Phone Number. This apparently happens a lot. The Arrogant Pig Sons-of-Whores leave a trail whereby Resistance Fighters can trace their Cowardly Bitch Asses. I was going to publish the Puke-ass PIGS phone number but he got flagged too quickly, by the time I thought of publishing, it was gone. Who knows, though, the Retarded Pig might have put it back up. The Right Wing Extremist "Keyboard warriors" will flag down any comment even in the Rants and Raves comment section which criticizes their Patron Racist Saints like Limbaugh or Beck or Palin, but leave up posts screaming that "Niggers, Fags, Mexicans, Ay-rabs, Liberals" etc.. should be rounded up and at least imprisoned. Nazi shit like that stays up, criticism of their Bitch-Masters gets flagged. But here's a little thought, goad some of the stupider ones to actually reply to your comments with a threatening e-mail filled with violent fantasies on their part, misspelled words, curses, Death Threats against you and your entire family... IDENTIFYING INFORMATION TO BUILD A DATABASE OF SOME OF THE WEAKER LINKS IN THEIR FASCIST RACIST ORGANIZATIONS like the Minutemen and TeaBags and other extremist terrorists Stupid bastards love the thought of being anonymous, because they can make themselves into Superhero-status Terrorists on the Level of Osama-been-deceased-for-8-years, rather than pathetic 30 year old chickenhawks who live (hide) in their moms' basements.

As was long suspected, then reported, and the reporters mocked..

Like when Dr Laura's son was using MySpace to boast of war crimes in which he participated or fantasized about committing, denounced by Ms. Schlesinger and others on the RightWing Lunatic Fringe as being "hacked" onto his account... along with his bits about worshiping Satan... But now it appears there are still more stories coming out of VietRaqiStan of soldiers, good old Red--blooded American Boy Scouts, killing for nothing more than the fun of doing it. But it's true patriot Bradley Manning who's facing a Life Sentence for exposing it, not any of the Murderers. Had there been no war crimes to expose there would have been no exposure. But of course, telling impressionable very young adults, older children actually, that killing is necessary, and fun, training them to do it effectively and to ENJOY the thrill of putting a gun to somebody's head and removing his brain from the skull violently, some way, somehow, would NOT and could not possibly lead to some of them doing it for fun. Especially since the normal Rules of Engagement, the Geneva and Hague Conventions, and the laws both of the United States and the UCMJ (at least the ones which prohibit Murder and other deliberate War Crimes) circumvented by a presidential executive order of non-prosecution, that wouldn't lead anybody to do what they're commanded to do and allowed to do. Laissez-Faire in the battlefield would work just as splendidly as laissez faire in the Marketplace. Well, I'll concede they've had equivalent results. Especially as the former is done to promote the latter. Soon, if the Capitalist BigPigs get anything approaching Victory in Afghanistan, they'll be using the same Killers and the same Killer Methods to indoctrinate Americans into the subservience they demand of Afghans, and Iraqis, and Guatemalans, and Costa Riquenses, and Panamanians, and anyone else living under the "enforced liberty" of the Free Market, backed by Military might if the people object to being treated as "free" market slaves. They already do it at Union actions. Either the Military or the Deputized Constabulary PIGS show up with guns to intimidate the workers to get back in Corporate Line. De Oppresso Liber, Ad Oppresso Ultimo. Which unless my Latin is WRONG that would be the Greenie-Beanie Motto "free from oppression" with "unto greater oppression". Kiss it, SF. It's what you really stand for. That's right, boys, make your Mommas real proud. Just like Dr Lauras son did.

The Ministry of Love (because non- compliance must be CRAZY right?)

In the book "1984" Winston Smith is arrested, and taken to the Ministry of Love, which in DoubleSpeak meant a Prison with a brainwashing facility. AKA, a psychiatric torture chamber. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, held in a similar facility, in the Soviet Union, was described as Mentally Ill by the Soviets and the Western Propaganda Media called it a Gulag, a Concentration Camp and ... Ministry of Love. When Massimo Tartaglia busted Berlusconi in the face by throwing a Church at him (literally, it was a model of the main cathedral in Milan), The GodlessFather Berlusconi first had a press release where Signor Tartaglia was taped begging his forgiveness, a "Ring Kissing" ceremony if ever I saw one. Berlusconi said he forgave him. And said two days later, as he was being bundled into his car, that "Love conquers hate". This being the Hate-filled Fascist Prick who expressed so much "love" for the policies of Hitler and Mussolini. Who "Loved" the Iraqi people so much, along with the former Fascist PM of Spain, that he joined the Bush Regime in bombing living Hell out of them. Tartaglia was declared on Monday to be "unfit to stand trial" and the Italian "justice" Bureau ordered him to be kept in the Italian Psychiatric Ministry of Love until such time as they could prosecute him and make him start on the official punishmeLove Session. Meanwhile, behind closed "hospital" doors and "protected" from Human Rights scrutiny by the Loving medical privacy laws, so we're told, he's not being given pain causing drugs, held naked in a bare concrete cell or placed in painful restraints, or if he is, it's not torture in any way. No, using psychiatric facilities as Torture Dungeons is something only bad wicked people like the Soviets would ever do. Not "civilized" people like Berlusconi, or for that matter his Fascist Idol Mussolini. Here's the Fascist Prick immediately afterward. Sic Semper Piggus! Oooh, I bet that gander doesn't taste nearly as good with all the Goose Sauce on it.... What goes around comes back around, Baby, and you just got run over by a Karma. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Puppet Government denies that they mistreated Prisoner of War Muntadhar al Zaidi after he stood up to his American Masters, and the U.S. Air Force "doctors" who had him in THEIR custody for the better part of a week before turning him over to their Puppet Dictatorship "Ministry of Love" also deny Torture allegations. Vive la Resistance

On whose border will Israel attack Iran

With all of Israel's gesticulation about Iran, you might think the axis of evil bordered on Israel. Especially given reports that Israel plans to launch ground assaults on Iran after December. Oddly it does not. At minimum, Israeli forces would have to cross Jordan or Syria, then Iraq or Turkey, to reach Iran. French newspaper Le Canard Enchainé reports that the IDF has ordered combat rations and is assembling elite commando units. On whose sovereign land will Israel mobilize?

Coloradans For Peace and Freedom: in Ireland and occupied lands everywhere

UPDATE FROM COLORADANS FOR PEACE about March 14 St Patrick's Day Parade: Drummers, Hats, Flags, Kazoos, and a great St Patrick's theme! Come wave international flags for PEACE and FREEDOM! Join COLORADANS FOR PEACE to represent the local peace community in this year's St Patrick's Day Parade. Saturday, March 14, on Tejon Avenue downtown. The parade starts at 12noon, and staging begins at 10am. Peace participants are welcome to park in the TOONS parking lot, at 802 N. Nevada Ave, at the intersection of Nevada and Dale St. We'll have food and drink as early as 9am for those who want to come early. We'll have a canopy there where parade accessories will be distributed. Bring your green peace shirts, if you have them. We'll have fresh shirts available too. The green peace flags from last year are welcome as well. No need to bring any other banners or posters, as parade signs are being limited. Our single, unified message will be pre-vetted. This year's peace theme will tie into the St. Patrick's celebration of Irish independence. Irish Americans celebrate no longer being occupied by Great Britain. Given the current direction of US policy, COLORADANS FOR PEACE want to take this opportunity to call for a stop to all ongoing occupations, in which the US is complicit. Our message is the national DC protest theme marking the 6th year of the Iraq War : OCCUPATION IS A CRIME. More specifically: (FROM IRELAND) TO IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND PALESTINE, OCCUPATION IS A CRIME! Behind our main banner, marchers will wave the flags of these four nations. PLUS, as a reminder to parade watchers, of America's own struggle against British occupation, we will also feature the American Revolutionary War era flags which read "Don't Tread On Me!" This year our parade entry will be spearheaded by the superlative Manitou Drummers. The drummers have percussion instruments to share with any participant who wants to accompany them. We will also have a multitude of green kazoos and pipes. The kazoos are decorated with peace symbols. Kevin Johnson of Elope Hats has donated a marching-band-sized portion of super tall leprechaun hats, which will be emblazoned with peace symbols. These hats will be worn by all the musical participants. Other marchers are requested to wear the green peace shirts, or to wave the matching green peace flags. International flag wavers will wear their traditional national costumes. Please contact us if you can lend any suitable apparel. Wearing Kuffiyeh scarves would certainly be appropriate. White bandanas can do in a pinch. These will also be available beforehand. We are also interested in any and all participants who would like to ride their bikes, or walk beside them. Bringing bikes serves as a not unsubtle ecological reminder, to counter the parade's usual multitude of fossil-fuel guzzling vehicles. For the latest updates, please check coloradansforpeace.org

Occupation and the Irish Resistance

There can never be peace in Ireland until the foreign, oppressive British presence is removed, leaving all the Irish people as a unit to control their own affairs and determine their own destines as a sovereign people, free in mind and body, separate and distinct physically, culturally and economically. -Bobby Sands, 1954-1981

Strip Gaza bare to put down a prison riot

ISRAEL IS READY TO DECLARE A CESSATION OF ITS MOP UP OF GAZA? Israel moved its troops into Gaza under the pretext that Palestinians imprisoned there had rioted. As if tanks can stop the rocket fire with brute force. What society has eradicated crime by threatening collective punishment of its subjects? As jailer of Gaza and the West Bank, Israel intends to strip the Palestinians of everything: food, shelter, dignity, even their children, but then Israel will have to throw away the key. The world won't stand idly by, but America, Israel's lone supporter, and financier, is being kept in the dark by a corporate media which doesn't want to interrupt the lucrative military contracts which depend upon unrest in the Middle East. While Israel bombs hospitals and UN shelters, and blocks every effort to bring aid to the besieged civilians, Israeli pundits divert attention to envoys purportedly trying to discuss a ceasefire. Bombing the UN headquarters, full of food supplies, not to mention 700 refugees, with no less than the chemical weapon white phosphorous, and the leading news headline on US networks, including BBC World, is a casualty-free plane crash and, by the way, Israeli envoys waving a white flag while its soldiers continue to attack even the journalists who are trying to document their heavy handed repression?! Peace or Rest In Peace. Why else have Israeli soldiers been targeting hospitals, food supplies and aid providers? Why won't Israel permit aid agencies to bring relief to the Gazans? Does Israel accuse the U.N. of smuggling rockets? The Qassam rockets fired by Hamas were in response to Israel failing to lift its 18 month blockade of the Gaza borders, in default of their previous ceasefire agreement. Here's what the prisoners of Attica were rioting about: "We are not beasts, and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such.... What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed."

Can Russians do worse than US soldiers?

I'm listening right now to live alarmist coverage of Russia's occupation of Georgia. Embeds are reporting to analysts about the panicked Georgians, about forced labor, and about marauding Russian soldiers committing atrocities. A cease fire has been signed, and though we don't hear any gunfire, American leaders and media hounds are blustering about the Russian disproportionate use of force. When did our DoD decide to recognize that war crime? It's only been a few days that the Russians have been tasked with restoring order in the belligerent Georgia. They're making Georgians help clean the streets and they're destroying the military facilities which the US-advised Georgian forces just used in their attempt to seize South Ossetia. I'm poised to hear Belgian/Kuwait atrocity fabrications as our talking heads try to prompt Americans to "do something." The Russian move is being likened to Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968, where Americans can have nothing but regret about not having acted to repulse the Soviets. But we Americans know something about occupations now don't we? How misbehaved have the Russians been? Are we hearing about Russian Predator Drones zapping unsuspecting civilians? Are we hearing of Russian snipers shooting everything that moves, including toddlers in their back yards? Are we hearing about cars and buses being strafed to a halt at improvised Russian checkpoints? Are Georgian ambulances being shot by helicopters?

Do 700,000 dead kids mean anything?

I’m pretty damned sure that seeing 700,000 kids burned, strafed, sniped, exploded, starved, poisoned or run over, would prompt a universal humanitarian outcry, your voice included, and eventually the perpetrators would have to relent. That’s a likely reason, I believe, why you and others are not being shown the killing.

How to win the war in Iraq

How to win in Iraq depends on your objectives. With respect to oil and profiteering, US interests could not be better served. If we want to eradicate the Iraqi population, follow the Israel model in Palestine, or Westward expansion versus the Native Americans. Genocide.

Does that soldier speak German?

I've seen this image somewhere before. In black and white. By the look of Captain Kearney's square jaw and Nordic brow, isn't he an Aryan Wehrmacht Centurion, easily, with paratrooper helmet and Northern-European theater camouflage? With his kamaraden against the rocks, you can imagine them in a bunker in Normandy, awaiting the rising tide which will overcome their occupation. Great bit of subversive photo editorial work behind the lines at the NYT.

Egypt thwarts Israeli starvation of Gaza

Egypt thwarts Israel's efforts to starve their Palestinian captives in Gaza. Masked gunmen in Palestine were responsible for tearing down part of the metal barrier separating Egypt from Gaza in the town of Rafah, but now Egyptian leader Mubarak has announced his intention to allow residents of Gaza to resupply themselves in Egypt with the food and necessities being deprived them by the Israeli blockade. "Masked gunmen?" That certainly paints the usual negative picture. Is it fair to label either Hamas or Fatah as [lawless] gunslingers? All warring participants in Palestine and Iraq are masked. Israeli soldiers, Iraqi trainees collaborating with the Americans, even many of the Americans have their faces concealed. Needless to say every combatant is armed with guns. How descriptive is it then to identify Palestinian upstarts in such terms? The Palestinians who dared break down the barrier in Gaza have to obscure their identities to prevent subsequent retaliatory Israeli air-strikes on their particular homes and families. They do it also to avoid arrest and indefinite incarceration in Israeli prisons. Even boys conceal their faces with scarves or kaffiyeh when they throw stones at the Israeli tanks. If the armed Palestinians had fired on Egyptian border guards, perhaps there might have been cause to call them gunmen. Otherwise the description seems just as biased as another side saying Palestinian saboteurs interrupt Israel's smooth running genocidal solution in Gaza.

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