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 September 11th And The Bush Administration Compelling Evidence for Complicity August 31, 2003 Walter E. Davis, PhD Clearly, one of the most critical questions of the twenty-first century concerns why the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were not prevented. As I outline below, there are numerous aspects regarding the official stories about September 11th which do not fit with known facts, which contradict each other, which defy common sense, and which indicate a pattern of misinformation and coverup. The reports coming out of Washington do very little to alleviate these concerns.

Labor Day 2003 Putsch vs the American People August 31, 2003 By Bryan Zepp Jamieson It’s Labor Day, and it’s time to take a quick look at the lot of the American worker. Well, it’s pretty crappy. Not just the unemployment rates. Those exemplify pretty crappy, of course. Officially, it’s around 6.3%, and unofficially (counting the people who have given up looking for work and whose benefits have expired) it’s somewhere around 10.5%. It isn’t just the pay, which is lagging further and further behind the increases the top 1% of wage earners see. Although with discretionary income falling each year, many west European nations have caught or surpassed us. (Yes, Americans have higher wages and lower taxes than their European counterparts, but said counterparts don’t have to deal with such privatized taxes as health care, pensions, higher education, and so on.)

Hot Summer Sparks Global Food Crisis August 31, 2003 by Geoffrey Lean This summer's heatwave has drastically cut harvests across Europe, plunging the world into an unprecedented food crisis, startling new official figures show. Separate calculations by two leading institutions monitoring the global harvest show that the scorching weather has severely reduced European grain production, ensuring that the world will not produce enough to feed itself for the fourth year in succession, and plunging stocks to the lowest level on record.

Texas Democrats learned the hard way about being nice to Republicans August 31, 2003 by Jackson Thoreau During the 2000 campaign before the world went to hell under Bush-Cheney, Rodney Ellis, a Democratic state senator in Bush-Cheney’s home state of Texas, was asked by some national Democratic officials to travel around the country saying not-so-nice things about the dangerous corporate hack who now occupies the White House. He refused. Now, he wishes he hadn't.

Neocons Admit They’ve Blown It – Is The Draft Next? August 31, 2003 By Paul Craig Roberts Do you remember the ridicule neocons heaped on critics who predicted a quagmire in Iraq? Now neocons William Kristol and Robert Kagan are calling for more troops and more money - two more army divisions and another $60 billion to be exact.

Bush's chokehold August 30, 2003 The new rule from the Bush administration allowing thousands of factories, power plants, and refineries to increase pollution is not just an arcane piece of federal regulation. It is a mandate to fill the air with soot that makes people sick. The Environmental Protection Agency issued its revision of clean air regulations on Wednesday. It is one of the most significant actions President Bush has taken weakening environmental protections. It comes after Bush spent a week touring picturesque nature settings touting his love of the environment.

Do Jobs Not Matter Anymore? August 30, 2003 By E. J. Dionne Jr Maybe we should just scrap Labor Day and rename it "Capital Day." After all, aren't we now a "nation of investors"? Isn't most business reporting, especially on television, about stock prices and "returns on capital"? If you care about wages and working conditions, you must be some sort of dinosaur. And, hey, who cares about unemployment? Productivity is growing, which means we're more efficient. Sure, we're losing manufacturing jobs. But worrying about manufacturing is so Old Economy. Yeah, yeah, a lot of those manufacturing jobs helped people build middle class lives. But won't they make it all up in their portfolios? Income is old hat. Wealth is the thing.

Bush Backer Competing For State Contract On Voting Machines August 29, 2003 A wealthy businessman who's helping the Ohio Republican Party try to win the state in 2004 for President Bush also leads a company competing for a coveted state contract to sell voting machines. Walden O'Dell is chief executive of Diebold Incorporated in North Canton. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that O'Dell told Republicans in an August 14th fund-raising letter that he is committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to Bush.

Bush administration says it won't regulate carbon dioxide August 30, 2003 Seth Borenstein Carbon dioxide, the chief cause of global warming, cannot be regulated as a pollutant, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled Thursday. The decision, which reverses a 1998 Clinton administration position, means the Bush administration won't be able to use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from cars. Had the Bush administration decided that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and harmful, it could have required expensive new pollution controls on new cars and perhaps on power plants, which together are the main sources of so-called greenhouse gases.

GAO's Final Energy Task Force Report Reveals that the Vice President Made A False Statement to Congress August 30, 2003 By JOHN W. DEAN This month, the General Accounting Office (GAO) - the investigative and auditing arm of Congress - issued a report that contains some startling revelations. Though they are couched in very polite language, they are bombshells nonetheless. The report - entitled "Energy Task Force: Process Used to Develop the National Energy Policy" - and its accompanying Chronology strongly imply that the Administration has, in effect, been paying off its heavy-hitting energy industry contributors. It also very strongly implies that Vice President Dick Cheney lied to Congress. The Background: How Cheney Stonewalled GAO

GM Crops Failing In The Fields
August 30, 2003 And Harming Farmers And The Environment Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace A new study published today by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace demonstrates that the growing of GM crops in Spain is causing contamination of organic crops, producing low yields and its benefits are grossly overstated. The report is also highly critical of the Spanish Government for failing to properly control or monitor the situation.

Schwarzenegger plucks economic advisers from conservative think tank used by Bush August 30, 2003 RACHEL KONRAD Arnold Schwarzenegger has been vague about his economic plans for California, but clues may come from his advisers, many of whom hail from a conservative think tank whose members helped develop President Bush's economic plan.

SORDID SCHWARZENEGGER Aug 30, 2003 By Stephen White A SORDID 26-year-old interview came back to haunt Arnie Schwarzenegger's bid for political power yesterday. In the adult magazine interview the bodybuilder talks about gang-bangs, smoking drugs and the size of his private parts.

Sex abuse at US air force August 30, 2003 Suzanne Goldenberg America's air force academy yesterday confronted devastating evidence that it presided over a training regime that was hostile to women, with nearly 70% of female cadets reporting they had been sexually harassed, and nearly 20% sexually assaulted. The findings, in a draft report by the defence department's inspector general's office, comes just six months after six former cadets charged the academy with fostering a climate that condoned violence against women because it punished those who reported they had been raped.

American Embassador Pied August 30, 2003 On August 28, an anti-FTAA activist pied American Embassador Peter Allgeier, co-president of the FTAA, during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [photo | video] The activist, a member of Bakers Without Borders, released a note protesting the negotiations of the FTAA. The FTAA will concentrate wealth, increase poverty, and destroy labor, consumer and enviromental rights, said the note.

William and Sue Kamstra and sons. He lost a $43,000-a-year job, forcing them to live at the mission.


Number of Parents Suffering Long-Term Unemployment Soars August 29, 2003 Long-term unemployment among parents surged more than 50 percent in a 12-month period, according to an analysis released today by the Children's Defense Fund. One out of every 100 American parents was jobless and suffering long-term unemployment (more than 26 weeks) in June 2003, the highest percentage in years. The rapid rise indicates that the economy continues to worsen for many families with children. Today's analysis shows that 655,000 parents experienced long-term unemployment - more than three times the number two years ago. The figure marks a one-month jump of 20 percent and a 51 percent one-year increase. These parents were among 2.8 million parents unemployed and actively seeking work.

Waiting In The Food Line Aug. 29, 2003 (CBS) With unemployment rising, there has been a sudden leap in the number of people on emergency food assistance. And in Ohio, some of the food lines look as if they've been taken from the pages of the Great Depression. It’s not just the unemployed. Plenty of people working full time are still not able to earn enough to keep hunger out of the house. So if you think you have a good idea of who's hungry in America today, you may be wrong. Correspondent Scott Pelley reports on this story, which last aired this winter "This is what it was during the Depression era. That people stood in line to get government commodities. We haven’t come very far, have we?" Bob Garbo America’s Second Harvest

Jobs Without Power Working In America August 29, 2003 Jonathan Tasini For at least half their waking hours, the American people live in a dictatorship. At home or in public places, Americans enjoy a measure of freedom and liberty envied by most people around the world: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association (true, John Ashcroft is trying to change all that but that's another story). But, the moment Americans walk through the doors of their workplace, they enter into a world that strips away all their basic rights. Within the walls of the workplace, the whim of the corporation is more powerful than the U.S. Constitution.

Wounded, Weary And Disappeared August 29, 2003 Bill Berkowitz The men and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have become the new disappeared. The nation reached a sad milestone in late August. With the death of an American soldier in a roadside bombing on August 29, the number of soldiers killed in Iraq after the official end of the war reached 139, exceeding the "postwar" casualty count. Nightline aired a feature; the Associated Press posted a story on the war dead -- but most media outlets continue to ignore an equally dreary reality.

GM Frankenfood Allergies Aug. 29, 2003 By Sheryl Jackson My grandson and I are anaphylactically allergic to all GM FrankenFoods. The itching and neurotoxicity of these patented consumables by the Monsters of Monsanto should be forced on to all of the creators and their families. The GM patented molecules were identified and isolated by a team of Swiss, Swedish and Dutch scientists in the year 2000. At that time, it was determined that the three molecules that the Monsters of Monsanto had spliced into the food were: 1.) from a pansy plant, 2.) from a cockroach and the third though isolated could not be identified. The excitotoxins of these FrankenFoods cause so many multiple diseases, that they have become the stuff of fiction. And the reality is that no one has been allowed to develop tests for allergies to these now known neurotoxins because they are patented and Monsanto refuses to allow the tests to be developed.

Another 10,000 troops for Iraq are not enough for Bush August 29, 2003 By Chris Kraul in Al Diwaniya In a relatively modest but welcome bit of relief for United States forces, troops from 21 countries, including Spain, Poland and four Central American nations, will begin taking over duties from marines in south-central Iraq this week. The changeover, involving about 10,000 fresh troops, comes as President George Bush renews efforts to enlist the help of more foreign countries in Iraq, hoping that last week's bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad will motivate reluctant countries to take part in shoring up security.

Family of soldier displaying outrage toward president August 29, 2003 BY TOM JOHNSTON With their 23-year-old son serving as an Army reservist in Iraq, Pat and Paul Vogel are trying as best they can to support the work he and his fellow soldiers are doing. But the Barrington residents are finding it much more difficult to endorse Aaron's commander in chief. The Vogels accuse President George Bush of using fabricated information about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's ties with Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Hussein's potential use of weapons of mass destruction against the United States as the basis for declaring war on Iraq. "Our primary concern with the president is we feel like a lot of bad decisions have been made leading up to our son's and a lot of other troops' being involved," Paul Vogel said.

A Small Group of Dedicated People Might Actually Do Something August 29, 2003 By Doris 'Granny D' Haddock You know, there are two kinds of politics in the world: the politics of love and the politics of fear. Love is about cooperation, sharing and inclusion. It is about the elevation of each individual to a life neither supressed nor exploited, but instead nourished to rise to its full potential – a life for its own sake and so that we may all benefit by the gift of that life. Fear and the politics of fear is about narrow ideologies that separate us, militarize us, imprison us, exploit us, control us, overcharge us, demean us, bury us alive in debt and anxiety and then bury us dead in cancers and wars.

Halliburton's Deals Greater Than Thought August 29, 2003 By Michael Dobbs Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $1.7 billion under Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds of millions more dollars under a no-bid contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to newly available documents.

Steel Not Seen As Factor in WTC Collapse August 29, 2003 DEVLIN BARRETT Early tests on steel beams from the World Trade Center show they generally met or were stronger than design requirements, ruling them out as a contributing cause of the collapse of the towers, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Another Default Possible in Russia August 29, 2003 About 80 percent of Russia's reserve funds - more than $64 billion - are being currently stored in foreign banks in the form of the US Treasury liabilities and other "stocks." Russian money is working for Americans. Saving money in someone else's pockets is a very interesting thing to do. Do Kremlin officials know what is going to happen, if they attempt to invest that money in Russia? 

It Is Time To Cast a Worried Eye Towards Yellowstone August 28, 2003 by Larry Park and Marshall Masters Yesterday afternoon, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred just 9 miles southeast of the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  The volcanism model developed by Larry Park has suddenly lurched us a huge step towards a worst-case eruption event. Simply put, anyone living within 600 miles of Yellowstone could be sitting in a modern day Pompeii.  In addition, for those living outside this area and West of the Mississippi river, there could be grievous consequences as well because systemic processes are now building beneath Yellowstone, that paint a very clear picture of a major eruption event in its early stages

Mild earthquakes rattle coastal US cities August 28, 2003 at 11:09AM Milford, New Jersey - Minor earthquakes shook New Jersey, Los Angeles County and Hawaii. No injuries or serious damage was reported. In Los Angeles County on the West Coast, a temblor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale struck at midnight on Tuesday 8km west of Valencia, according to preliminary data from the United States Geological Survey. A smaller earthquake hit the area shortly before that and another - measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale - occurred at 11.03pm.

Bush Seeks to Limit Federal Employee Pay Raises to 2 Percent August 28, 2003 Bloomberg President George W. Bush is pressing Congress to limit pay increases for 1.8 million federal employees to 2 percent next year, a move he said would save money as the U.S. fights terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Granting federal employees a larger pay increase would be ``inappropriate'' and ``interfere with our nation's ability to pursue the war on terrorism,'' Bush said.

Bush administration loosens air pollution rules for industries August 28, 2003 The Bush administration Wednesday put into effect a controversial change in Clean Air Act rules that allows electrical power plants, refineries and other industries to replace equipment and increase emissions without installing modern pollution control devices as currently required by law The new rule softens provisions of 26-year-old "new source review" regulations that require coal-fired power plants and other pollution sources to install up-to-date emission control equipment if they expand or improve their facilities.

Bush's war goes global August 28, 2003 By NAOMI KLEIN The U.S. President has created a tool kit for any mini-empire looking to get rid of the opposition. The Marriot Hotel in Jakarta was still burning when Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia's Co-ordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs, explained the implications of the day's attack. "Those who criticize about human rights being breached must understand that all the bombing victims are more important than any human-rights issue." In a sentence, we got the best summary yet of the philosophy underlying President George W. Bush's so-called war on terrorism. Terrorism doesn't just blow up buildings; it blasts every other issue off the political map. The spectre of terrorism, real and exaggerated, has become a shield of impunity, protecting governments around the world from scrutiny for their human-rights abuses.

THE DEAN DECEPTION The lying S.O.B. August 28, 2003 Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! Or, as the post-Vatican II generation would put it: Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault! I confess: I wanted to believe. I wanted to hope. I wanted to have faith in Howard Dean as the anti-war candidate. I even wrote a column about it, wherein I praised the former Vermont governor and sometime critic of the Iraq war. Good lord, I even compared him to Adlai Stevenson! Boy oh boy, was I ever wrong! How wrong? Here is Dean giving Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post the real scoop: /

Cuts in education funding will improve academic performance. Honest. August 28, 2003 By Charles Bogle Given the capitalist system’s need to mask its contradictions, no matter the ugliness that lies beneath, it was only a matter of time before the right wing of the mainstream media started spewing forth disinformation to prove, incredibly, that recent cuts in funding for public education will actually have a positive influence on academic performance.

Airlines raised exec pay after 9-11 Delta, Northwest, Continental cut jobs at same time August 28, 2003 By Mark Jaffe Delta Air Lines Inc. and Continental Airlines Inc. gave their CEOs raises after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as they fired a total of 33,000 workers, according to a study by two nonprofit groups.

Outsourcing jobs in India to increase seven times by 2008 August 28, 2003 IANS The number of workers in India performing computer jobs for U.S. companies will increase seven-fold from 177,000 in 2002 to 1.2 million in 2008, says a new study.

'Anti-Semitic' Labels Used As Political Tools August 28, 2003 By Linda S Heard Star of "Braveheart", Mel Gibson is the latest in the line of actors, writers and celebrities to bedealt a blow to his career: a label planted on anyone who dares to reflect Jews or Israel in anything other than a favourable light. Yes, you've guessed it, the dreaded term "anti-Semite". His crime?Gibson directed, produced and financed The Passion - a movie based on the Christian Gospels, centring on the life and crucifixion of Jesus.

Baghdad's shame August 2
8, 2003 By Brandon Sprague and Adam Shemper Iraq Babies die daily of treatable diseases while their doctors search for black-market drugs, because the U.S can't fix Iraq's corrupt, crime-plagued health system.  -- Babies are dying in Baghdad hospitals every day because medicine and medical supplies, lying in abundance in government

Women's Groups Give Bush an 'F' on Iraq, Afghanistan August 28, 2003 Jeffrey Allen The Bush administration deserves a failing grade on ensuring rights and opportunities for women in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S.-based women’s rights advocates charged at a Washington, D.C. press conference Tuesday.

US Navy's sonar is danger to sea life, judge rules August 28, 2003 By Kenneth Weiss The United States Navy has been stopped from testing a powerful sonar system in most of the world's oceans after a federal judge ruled that the booming sounds used to detect enemy submarines could "irreparably harm" whales, dolphins and fish. US District Judge Elizabeth Laporte ruled in San Francisco on Tuesday that the navy and the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to consider alternatives that could shield whales and other marine life from these loud sounds, which have been compared to standing next to the space shuttle at take-off.

US green activists vandalise 'polluting' 4x4 cars August 28, 2003 Duncan Campbell Radical environmentalists have vandalised or wrecked hundreds of sport utility vehicles at car dealerships or in the streets in California over the past few days, causing millions of dollars' worth of damage. The attacks on the popular four-wheel drive cars, targeted because of the pollution they cause, were apparently carried out by supporters of the Earth Liberation Front, a loose network on the radical wing of the environmental movement. Many of the wrecked vehicles were spraypainted with the group's initials, ELF.

As a stop-gap measure, George W. Bush secretly and unlawfully grabbed huge portions of the U.S. Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds to bribe the Saudis not to re-schedule their flight capital out of the U.S.

FOR NOW, SAUDIS GET BLACK-OUT PAY-OFF August 27, 2003 By Sherman Skolnick & Lenny Bloom As stated in previous stories, the Saudi Royal Family have been in the midst of a bitter divorce from the Bush White House Gang. To evade prior knowledge charges of treason against themselves, the Bushies have been falsely blaming the Saudis for 9-11. As a reprisal, on the afternoon of Thursday, August 14, 2003, the Saudis were set to begin the wire transfer, out of the U.S., of a 98 Billion Dollar portion, of their upwards of One Trillion Dollars of deposits in U.S. money center banks, mainly in New York. The transferring was blocked by a massive black-out U.S./Canada, hard-hitting New York and transit recipient point, Toronto. This was apparently orchestrated by a U.S. power firm owned by the British Aristocracy, to whom the Bush Crime family are shackled as stooges and scapegoats. The occupant and resident of the White House had few options.

Army foresees doubling up tours August 27, 2003 By Dave Moniz For the first time since the all-volunteer Army began in 1973, significant numbers of U.S. combat soldiers may have to start serving back-to-back overseas tours of up to a year each in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea, top Army officers say.

The Conservative Future August 27, 2003 By Phil Shepherd This article is about what the U.S. may look like if conservatives get their hearts desires, and if no one stops them. The Bush Neo-Cons have strategized about the 21st century being the American century, and they are busy trying to make it real. Unopposed here is how it may turn out. The year is 2020. Bush, Chaney, and all the rest have gone back to their ranches. America now struggles under massive debts due to the Bush tax cuts. And as a result world capital investments have fled from the U.S. to China and other countries. Americans live with unemployment levels greater then during the Great Depression. The middle class is much smaller, the poor are many, and the spread between rich and poor in America makes our nation look like the worst of third world countries where rich oligarchies rule in private splendor surrounded by public squalor, and abject poverty. Millions of jobs have permanently left America for other countries. Thousands of factories are padlocked and boarded up with grass growing in their parking lots.

Swiss Aid Society To Sue U.S. Over Asset Freeze August 27, 2003 By Tamer Abol Enin GENEVA "The association .. respects all Palestinian and Israeli laws alike, given that cooperation with Palestinian aid organizations is only done through Israeli channels," al-Shouly averred .." A Swiss relief organization on Tuesday, August 26, repudiated U.S. allegations of having links with Palestinian political parties, vowing to take legal action against the U.S. administration recent decision to freeze its assets. "The Association de Secours Palestiniens (ASP) is not politically-oriented and cooperates directly with accredited aid and relief organizations in Palestine," ASP chairman Khaled al-Shouly told

U.S. college grads see jobs being taken abroad August 27, 2003 "America's white-collar workers should not feel too smug. They can be replaced by cheaper foreign workers. That process is under way." By ROWLAND NETHAWAY The future of American workers, if they are lucky enough to land a job, lies with multinational companies that rely heavily on foreign labor. It's too late to worry about losing U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico's workers now are in a panic over losing their NAFTA-generated manufacturing jobs to China, the world's new global manufacturing center.

Drivers cynical and perplexed about reasons for higher prices August 27, 2003 The cynical American motorist is alive and well at Fort Wayne's gas stations, depending on who you talked to Monday. At some stations, the price of gas has jumped more than 30 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, thanks to the Aug. 14 blackout, increased demand and seasonal production issues. "This whole 'blackout' thing doesn't wash with me," said Zanesville resident Julie Rodenbeck as she pumped gas at the Marathon station at U.S. 24 and Interstate 69 in southwest Fort Wayne. "Regular gas was $1.38 a gallon the last time I filled up. It's just greed."

What's going on: Fox News seems to think it runs United States August 27, 2003 The network might as well be on Bush's payroll. Welcome to the United States of Rupert Murdoch. At least that's how it seems. The incredibly arrogant Fox News Channel now regards itself as the U.S. government -- although its attitude is closer to the thought-police style of the old Soviet Union -- with the power to silence anyone who criticizes it. Here's a couple of recent examples. By now you've probably heard about Fox's lawsuit against satirist Al Franken over his forthcoming book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." Fox maintains that the words "fair and balanced" are copyrighted by the cable channel. The hysterical lawsuit also accused Franken of being "shrill," "unstable" and lacking "serious depth or insight." Knight Ridder columnist Brian Lambert wrote: "Have Fox's lawyers ever watched their own channel? It's essentially programmed by and for the shrill, unstable and depthless." Lambert added: "This, I remind you, is from the people who employ Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly and give Matt Drudge and Ann Coulter more air time than most non-Republicans." It's widely rumored that talkmeister O'Reilly spurred his network to file the suit. You see, Franken tore O'Reilly a new orifice at a couple of impromptu debates this year, and Mr. "No Spin Zone" wants revenge.

How Does the War Party Get Away with It? August 26, 2003 By Robert Higgs If you see someone shuffling along the street, eyes downcast, a pained expression on his face, you may have stumbled upon a member of the Peace Party. Once again, this party's cause has gone down to defeat, and its members are shaking their heads sadly, wondering why. Their anguish is not assuaged by the knowledge that ultimately many will come to see that they were right to oppose this war. Eventual vindication will avail them little. The war is a fait accompli, and time’s arrow flies in only one direction. The death, destruction, and misery that the war has caused cannot be erased. On the contrary, for many of the victims, that misery will only fester, despoiling the other lives it touches, just as it did in the aftermath of earlier, similarly mistaken wars. Think of all the former soldiers with parts of their bodies missing, or parts of their minds gone askew. In this country, veterans’ institutions brim with these enduring casualties, and big-city alleys harbor no small number of them. In Iraq the innocent victims of this year's war are counted in the tens of thousands, and their number continues to mount.

Monsanto Fined $700 Million for Poisoning People with PCBs August 26, 2003 ANNISTON (Alabama) Deal reached in PCB trials August 26 2003 By Jessica Centers Lawyers for more than 20,000 plaintiffs in federal and state trials over PCB pollution in Anniston reached an agreement Wednesday with the companies accused of chemical contamination. The $700 million settlement, announced in federal district court in Birmingham, would resolve all outstanding Anniston PCB litigation. The terms of the global settlement were agreed to by attorneys in both the federal court case, Tolbert v. Monsanto Co. et al., and the state court case, Abernathy v. Monsanto Co. et al. The judges in both cases presided over the hearing together.

Operation Bush Unemployment August 26, 2003 We the people of the United States of America must stand up and take our country back. Millions of Americans have lost jobs since the George W. Bush administration took office, with no decent job creation proposals made. He has made it more difficult to contact him by e-mail, and he is not listening to the American public. We will stand together and send him a message that the next person we want standing in the unemployment line is him.

Bush Iraq policy in disarray August 26, 2003 By Bill Vann On Tuesday, the death toll suffered by US occupation troops in Iraq in the wake of President Bush’s May 1 claim that major fighting was over topped the number killed in the invasion and its immediate aftermath. A bomb claimed the life of a soldier riding in a column of army vehicles about 16 miles northwest of Baghdad. The death marked more than just a numerical milestone—139 having lost their lives in the occupation as opposed to 138 in the fighting that preceded it. Behind the rising death toll is growing popular resistance in Iraq. Washington confronts a far more dangerous enemy today than when it waged its one-sided war against the weakened military apparatus of Saddam Hussein’s corrupt regime. It now faces an increasingly hostile and radicalized population that is determined to free the country of foreign occupation.

Bush at the Helm A Modern Ahab or a Toy Action Figure? August 26, 2003 By SAUL LANDAU KB Toys has released a George W. Bush "Action Figure" entitled "Naval Aviator," produced by Blue Box Toys in China. It sells for $39.99 and it commemorates the "historic" May 1 Bush dressed-as-combat-pilot landing on the USS Lincoln. We won, he said. Hostilities in Iraq were over. When some Iraqis resisted, Bush taunted them. "Bring `em on." Scores of dead U.S. soldiers have paid the price for Bush's challenge. Hey, that's war! Leaders lead and soldiers die! Similarly, Bush appears to scoff at Nature. The President, a feisty sort of guy, fears no one and nothing. Then again he spends most of his time in the White House, his Texas ranch or at fundraisers. Is he a flesh and blood, who commanded the literary ship Pequod in Herman Melville's tale? Like Ahab, Bush pursues personal crusades behind a religious facade. Cursed Al Qaeda! Cursed whale!

ACLU Says Justice Dept.’s PATRIOT Act Website Creates New Myths About Controversial Law August 26, 2003 A new Justice Department website purporting to “dispel the myths” about the controversial PATRIOT Act in fact creates fresh myths about the law and gives new life to old ones, according to analysis released today by the American Civil Liberties Union. “It is inexcusable that Attorney General Ashcroft is using this website to further mislead the public about controversial portions of the law,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “The American people are entitled to a more honest account.”

US green activists vandalise 'polluting' 4x4 cars August 26, 2003 Duncan Campbell Radical environmentalists have vandalised or wrecked hundreds of sport utility vehicles at car dealerships or in the streets in California over the past few days, causing millions of dollars' worth of damage.The attacks on the popular four-wheel drive cars, targeted because of the pollution they cause, were apparently carried out by supporters of the Earth Liberation Front, a loose network on the radical wing of the environmental movement. Many of the wrecked vehicles were spraypainted with the groups's initials, ELF.

Bush says the war is over, but this U.S. truck burns and Americans are still dieing.

ARE YOU ANGRY YET? August 25, 2003 You should be! You've been lied to. Your tax money has been taken from you and spent under false pretenses. Your children have been sent off to kill and be killed in an illegal war launched without Congressional approval. You who fought in the war and think you came back home healthy, well, you've been lied to as well. Your health is all downhill from here (ask any Vet from Desert Storm), and your children will have a higher incidence of birth defects because that depleted uranium isn't as harmless as you were told it was. And those VA medical benefits you were promised? That was a lie too. Are you angry yet? And those of you who sold your better judgment for a free hot-dog and a flag at a Clear Channel sponsored pro-Bush rally, well, you were lied to as well, and worse, made to look totally stupid before the rest of the world.

Growing opposition to Bush re-election August 25, 2003 Julian Borger For the first time, more Americans say they would oppose President George Bush's re-election in 2004 than support a second term, according to a poll published yesterday that showed mounting pessimism over the US military presence in Iraq. As attacks on coalition forces continue to inflict casualties, a Newsweek poll found that the human and economic costs of occupation were eroding the president's support at an accelerating rate.

Bring Our Troops Home and Send In the Neocons August 25, 2003 by Ron Holland Today is just another day and another major bombing against US and US-affiliated targets in Iraq. Our garrison troops continue under attack daily and the oil pipelines continue to explode and burn. Why the heck are we there and isn't it time to take the false neocon propaganda and the neocon advisors and put them where they have placed our American men and women in uniform? The neocons promised we would be met as liberators, but of course we are seen as conquerors by the citizens of Iraq, the rest of the Middle East and most of the world. They call our invaders a coalition, but basically it is just the US and its UK assistant out to steal oil and run the world.

U.S. troops using confiscated Iraqi AK-47s August 25, 2003 By Andrew England An American soldier stands at the side of an Iraqi highway, puts his AK-47 on fully automatic and pulls the trigger. Within seconds the assault rifle has blasted out 30 rounds. Puffs of dust dance in the air as the bullets smack into the scrubland dirt. Test fire complete. U.S. troops in Iraq may not have found weapons of mass destruction, but they're certainly getting their hands on the country's stock of Kalashnikovs and, they say, they need them. The soldiers based around Baqouba are from an armor battalion, which means they have tanks, Humvees and armored personnel carriers. But they are short on rifles.

Horrifying US Secret Weapon Unleashed In Baghdad August 25, 2003 By Bill Dash On that date, al-Ghazali and his family sheltered in their house as a fierce street battle erupted in his neighborhood. In the midst of the fighting, he noticed that the Americans had called up an oddly configured tank. Then to his amazement the tank suddenly let loose a blinding stream of what seemed like fire and lightning, engulfing a large passenger bus and three automobiles. Within seconds the bus had become semi-molten, sagging "like a wet rag" as he put it. He said the bus rapidly melted under this withering blast, shrinking until it was a twisted blob about the dimensions of a VW bug. As if that were not bizarre enough, al-Ghazali explicitly describes seeing numerous human bodies shriveled to the size of newborn babies. By the time local street fighting ended that day, he estimates between 500 and 600 soldiers and civilians had been cooked alive as a result of the mysterious tank-mounted device.

THE SECRETIVE WORLD OF VOTING MACHINES August 25, 2003 privatizing the vote - sabotaging the system - around the world by Lynn Landes The most successful coup is one that few notice. Over the last 100 years Americans have slowly but surely surrendered our public voting process to private corporations and their voting machines... in violation of our constitutional right to fair, open, and observable elections. The price paid has been the legitimacy of our democracy. And countries around the world are following our lead. Today, two Republican dominated corporations, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) and Diebold Voting Systems, control about 80% of the vote count in the U.S..  Meanwhile, the long history of election upsets due to voting machine "glitches", that overwhelmingly favor Republican candidates, continues to grow. Where is the outrage? Where's the concern? Where are the Democrats?

Cheney Stifled Energy Probe, GAO Investigators Say August 25, 2003 by Peter Kaplan Congressional investigators said on Monday that Vice President Dick Cheney had stymied their investigation into his energy task force by refusing to turn over key documents. The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said it was impossible to tell how much energy companies or industry groups may have influenced the task force's 2001 report because the administration withheld important records.

Israel Destroys Entire Commercial Market In One Day August 25, 2003 OCCUPIED WEST BANK Over 100 shops and 5 homes demolished in Nazlat 'Isa for the building of the wall, marking the single largest demolition of buildings in years. The entire commercial area of Nazlat 'Isa was today razed to the ground as some 15 bulldozers, accompanied by large numbers of military and border police, entered the community at 5:00 AM and destroyed over 100 shops and 5 homes. The market, which was previously targeted in January of this year with the destruction of 82 or close to one half of its shops, has been the commercial center for the entire region.

ACLU, Conservatives, Civil Rights Groups Agree: CAPPS II Raises Serious Privacy and Security Concerns August 25, 2003 At a forum entitled “CAPPS II: Passenger Screening and Privacy Concerns,” hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union, prominent conservatives and the Washington head of the NAACP today warned Congress about potential threats to privacy and civil rights under the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) now infamous Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System (CAPPS II) airport spying system.

Fluoride Linked to Low IQ Studies Show Children's intelligence declines as their natural drinking water fluoride levels increase, concluded a Chinese study in the May 2003 journal, "Fluoride." Children scored inferior IQ's even when fluoride levels were similar to that added to U.S. water supplies to prevent tooth decay(1). "As the fluoride levels in drinking water increased, the IQ fell and the rates of mental retardation and borderline intelligence increased," write researchers Xiang, et al.

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