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 Wednesday July 7, 2004

Newsletter #5

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Voting and Accountability 
Posted July 1, 2004 By: Ted Lang I now firmly believe that voting is pointless. Although I've been a loyal Republican for forty years, and have voted in all elections with the exception of the 14 years following Richard M. Nixon's resignation from office under the threat of impeachment, I reiterate that there isn't a dime' s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans, or between Bush and Kerry. But if one must continue to yield to the bad habit of voting, founded as always upon the principle of choosing the lesser of two evils, then by all means, vote for John Kerry.

June 30, 2004 By: Sheila Samples So, what's up with the New York Times? Looks like being publicly ridiculed for dumping the WMD crap too close to the house and then tracking it in on the rug in those critical months before attacking Iraq would have taught it something. It's a new experience for those of us who once revered the Times as the epitome of solid journalism to read it now with a grain of salt, and even then we can't keep the truth from slip-sliding away.

Sun-tzu and Bush's Iraqi War ALL THE WRONG MOVES
June 29, 2004 By: Ted Lang "Warfare is the greatest affair of state, the basis of life and death, the Way (Tao) to survival and extinction. It must be thoroughly pondered and analyzed." This is a quote purportedly from the great Chinese military strategist, Sun-tzu, and the first of his basic pronouncements relative to his list of tactical and strategical philosophies relating to combat and war. It is from Sun-tsu - The Art of War

I'm the RABble! REPUBLICAN AGAINST BUSH! June 24, 2004 By: Ted Lang I cannot tolerate blatant stupidity or reactive outrage shielding desired ignorance by those wishing to remain so. They display extreme anger when anyone tries to enlighten them, thereby transforming mere ignorance to irreversible stupidity. Such individuals wish to remain so because they are desperately clinging to that which might have been but is no more.

Post 9/11 Commission and the War on Terror
June 23, 2004
Abu Ghraib? WHAT'S GOING ON?
June 21, 2004
Scrooge & Marley, Inc. -- The True Conservative Agenda

June 19, 2004
How 'The Sexual Congress of Cultural Fascism' - Ruined the U.S.A. and Gave Us 'Beast-Man' Cheney
June 18, 2004
June 16, 2004
Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend God?
June 12, 2004

U.S. World Crime and Our Media US BAD GUYS
June 11, 2004

June 9, 2004

June 7, 2004

The Choice This Year Is Between Empire and Democracy
June 6, 2004
Jobs, Jobs Everywhere and Not a Job to Find
June 5, 2004

Shortchanging our Nations Brave: Bush's empty handshake to veterans for services rendered
June 3, 2004
A Kristallnacht Memorial Day HISTORY REPEATS
June 2, 2004
Colonial Violence Against Women in Iraq
June 1, 2004

  May Voices  
May 30, 2004
American Caligula
May 28, 2004

  Web News  
Translator muzzled by feds on 9/11 case July 6, 2004 Translator Sibel Edmonds made an alarming discovery: intercepts relevant to skyscrapers, had been overlooked. She quickly reported the mistake to an FBI superior, she was fired.

The meaning of the US Supreme Court rulings on “enemy combatants”
July 2, 2004

Family demand answers from government over murdered son July 1, 2004

Ashcroft: Tougher Patriot Act needed June 30, 2004 Attorney general requesting additional anti-terror tools

Mass Media Cover-up June 30, 2004 Leading Journalists Expose Major Cover-ups by Media Corporations

Army plans to recall 5,600 retired, discharged soldiers June 29, 2004

US soldier 'karate-kicked Iraqi prisoner' June 29, 2004 Over a three-day period, punched, karate-kicked and dragged by the throat. When he was found dead, lying naked, covered in his own faeces, for hours.

Soldier: Guantanamo MPs beat me May. 26, 2004 In English, the interpreter groaned, "Man, they're coming. They're going to (bust) you up."

Cheney vents F-fury at senator
June 26, 2004 Mr Cheney told Vermont's senator, Patrick Leahy to "fuck yourself", after he apparently approached George Bush's number two for a chat.

Facts Why Bush Will Remain President June 26, 2004

US troops suffocated Iraqi general
June 25, 2004

Dick Cheney has set a standard for War Profiteering that others can only dream about June 25, 2004

RecommendedThe policeman June 24, 2004 "Then they brought dogs close to us, they were biting at us," Then they took off our clothes and with gloves on they touched us everywhere they wanted." He said that fingers were stuck in his anus. / The pharmacist / The taxi driver / The driver

Bush memos
show stance on torture June 24, 2004   

'They said this is America . . . if a soldier orders you to take off your clothes, you must obey' June 24, 2004

Afghan detainees routinely tortured and humiliated by US troops June 23, 2004

Murder1 / Recommended1Bush year / Death / NWO / Remove him / Bring um on / DU horror1


US Imposes New Limits On Scientists
June 26, 2004

Billions Swiped from Iraq.
Occupation Authorities Stash Oil Funds as Iraqi Health Care Dies June 28, 2004

Aspartame disease is being increasingly encountered in medical practice. Over two-thirds of the population currently consumes the chemical aspartame with serious neurological, psychiatric, metabolic, endocrine allergic and addictive aspects of this affliction. June 28, 2004

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"In this corporate police state, which America is fast becoming, there will eventually be no room for a “socialist”, Social Security system, as the ‘right’ likes to call it, or Medicare or Medicaid. These publicly funded programs will eventually be privatized, allowing the Securities and Investment firms and the HMO’s to loot the funds dry."

“Any one who works for a living is a sucker”
Posted August 3, 2004
By: Schyuler Ebbets

Like most Americans, I was taught that hard work and following laws were of paramount importance. As I have lived my life by those old fashioned values I have come to realize that I never really knew the score. My hard-working parents had not really prepared me for life in America. They had only prepared me for the same type of life that they had lived, as honest law abiding citizens. Early to bed and early to rise, but neither healthy, wealthy, nor wise. They only knew how to be slaves, completely dependent on the system for one's sustenance, but the world of my parents has changed into a new leaner meaner corporate world and one can no longer depend on the system as my parents once did.

Now I am reminded of a story that my father told me about a party he went to in Greenwich Village, New York. This was before my mother and father were married in the late nineteen forties. My mother had invited many colorful characters to her little get together, among them a New York gangster. He owned a thriving bar and a restaurant on Manhattan Island, his legitimate businesses. He drove expensive cars and wore $500 suits, when $500 was like $3,000 is today. 

At some point in the evening the gangster, who I think liked my mother, had a short but tremendously enlightening conversation about life and work with my father, which my father related to me. He asked my father what he did for a living, to which my father proudly replied, “I work as a draftsman for the Deal-a-Valve Separator Company.” It really was a good job at the time and my father was earning an engineers salary. The gangster said, “Any one who works for a living is a sucker.” According to my father, that was pretty much all the fellow had to say, but in that one statement he had coalesced an entire philosophy for living. He had thumbed his nose at the old work ethic and the rule of law and he was a rich man for it.

Were it not for my mother’s inheritance of a modest house and $30,000, my family could have ended up in public housing and my father in a state retirement home or dead from being worked to death. Unfortunately the true meaning of the story that he told me didn’t register when I first heard it in my twenties, when it could have done me the most good. I had to live another twenty five years being exploited by every employer I worked for, and barely eking out an existence to realize what the criminals, politicians, corporate executives, and of course the ‘born rich’ have always known. 

There are basically only two kinds of people in America, rich and poor. It is a country that makes gods on earth of those who don’t produce anything tangible and it grinds into poverty the majority, branding the hardest working as losers. This is quite intentional and it is part of what drives the capitalist engine. The corporate media diligently bombards the people with images of wealth, success and rampant consumerism. They never let the people forget that this is ‘the land of opportunity’, but they never explain why ninety percent of the people always remain below the poverty line in ‘the land of opportunity’.

According to Benito Mussolini, “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Certainly we have never seen such a melding of state and corporate power as we are now witnessing with the Bush administration and war profiteers like Halliburton, Vice president Dick Cheney’s other employer. Tens of thousands of innocent men women and children and hundreds of American soldiers have died in Bush’s Iraq war, but they didn’t die for freedom or democracy, they died for the profits made on war and death by the banks and the military industrial complex. 

In this corporate police state, which America is fast becoming, there will eventually be no room for a “socialist”, Social Security system, as the ‘right’ likes to call it, or Medicare or Medicaid. These publicly funded programs will eventually be privatized, allowing the Securities and Investment firms and the HMO’s to loot the funds dry. What we are witnessing is the purposeful de-evolution of a society as the radicals in the Republican Party move America away from all social and economic progress made in the past 100 years. We are watching as they turn back of the societal clock to the nineteenth century, to a time of robber baron rule and a non-existent middle class. They are intentionally molding America into a competitive corporate hell world while lowering the quality of life for the majority of human beings, and they are destroying the environment in the process. 

In order to survive the coming deprivations and brutalities of the America, which Bush and his board of directors are creating for us to live in, one must be aware of a few ‘ground rules’. Don’t go to school to learn some narrow skill that only serves a corporation. They will use you until they can either replace you with technology, or outsource your job to China or India. If you do go to school try to get a business degree or become a lawyer, a doctor, or a member of academia. Do something that can’t be laid off outsourced or replaced with a machine or a computer. If you must work for a corporation in some narrow specialty, make sure your salary is at least $100,000 a year. You may only get a short opportunity to be paid enough to retire with any dignity.

Don’t follow your artistic dreams unless those dreams lead to money. Remember, the world is filled with talented starving artists. If you insist upon ignoring the onrushing neocon train of poverty and suffering, then be prepared for the bitter consequences of failure in Bush’s America. To die alone in a state geriatrics ward, burning up from a fever as you lay on a sheetless plastic mattress in your own feces. It happens every day and it will be the fate of millions of hard working Americans.

The country is moving away from liberty and liberal social justice ideals and evolving into a survival of the fittest society. To be a winner in such a society one must to get on top of other people and profit from their labors, and use them and exploit them and give them as little as possible in return. As people who know the score experience wealth and success they will support radical right wing politicians who further alter the Constitution and laws to the advantage of the rich and powerful.

This is how America is changing under George W. Bush and his associates, and it has nothing to do with values like honesty and hard work. There will be no in between, no middle ground, and no middle class in the America of their future. It will be all or nothing, masters in mansions or slaves in shacks and those people who are content to accept what ever they are given and whatever is done to them, will be the losers. 


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