Sunday, October 30, 2005

US poor set to lose food stamps

With more than 38 million Americans too poor to buy adequate food, the US Congress has begun to take away the food stamps many of them receive.

The Republican majority on the House Agriculture Committee has approved budget cuts that will take "food stamps" away from an estimated 300,000 people and could cut off school lunches and breakfasts for 40,000 children.

The action came as the US Government reported that the number of people who are hungry because they can't afford to buy enough food rose to 38.2 million in 2004, an increase of seven million in five years.

The number represents nearly 12 per cent of US households.
~~~ Read More @ The Source
Watch This Short Message From President Nixon .wmv file

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Death Penalty for Bush? How Ironic.

The War Crimes Act of 1996: Bush, Rumsfeld could be Indicted under US Law

The War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.

The statute applies not only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.

18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations, which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.

The penalty may be life imprisonment or -- if a single prisoner dies due to torture -- death. ~~~ Read More On George's Blog

Depleted Uranium use is a much clearer violation of International Law. And far more destructive than torture. Why not go after him on the real hard core shit? Torture? Yeah, torture=bad ... depleted uranium=sickmurderousgenocidalmadmanwithnocareforhumanlifeoursortheirs

And with Depleted Uranium we could reach back and "honor" Bush senior... and Clinton with a seat on death row. If you still don't know much about Depleted Uranium watch Beyond Treason. I know I just posted this video a few days ago, but if you didn't watch ... you need to be reminded.

VIDEO ~ Fmr. NY Congressmember Holtzman Calls For President Bush and His Senior Staff To Be Held Accountable for Abu Ghraib Torture

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Globalisation and the Media

World view media from UnderCurrents.

Related links ::: ... it's all related click around


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Alive in Baghdad

Alive Reports From Baghdad
Click Image & go to Baghdad

Alive in Baghdad will be operating under a derivative Creative Commons License. We believe that by making all of the media created by the project free for distribution, editing, and re-use, we can ensure that the widest audience is able to see this alternative view from Iraq. All media will be hosted by and downloadable via Bittorrent when Brian returns from Iraq. It is the Creative Commons element that is one of the main purposes for this journey to Iraq. Many great filmmakers have travelled to Iraq, but because their footage is not available online in raw format for wide distribution, we feel they are not making the impact they could. The Alive in Baghdad Project cannot hope to have the reach of CNN or FoxNews by itself, but we feel that Creative Commons licensing is the best solution to that. It is our hope that if editors and community members around the US and the world have access to this footage they will take it and use it to tell the Iraqis’ stories widely within their communities and amongst their families.
Nuremberg War Crimes Trial has some pointers for us
"In the famous Nuremburg War Crimes Trials, established after World War IIto try Nazi War Criminals and assess their guilt and punishment, the Chief Prosecutor said of the German people something that applies directly to Americans today. He speaks knowingly and directly across more than 50 years of time to resolutely instruct American Citizens on exactly what our duty is today, right now:"

*"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience…therefore have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."*

*- Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950"*

Spain Orders Arrest of US Troops
US media censor uranium weapons stories
VIDEO: Beyond Treason - Depleted Uranium

Somewhat unRelated Video Links ::: You're an Asshole,
The Most Convincing Shit You can Watch About 911

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

VLOG~FLUX short vid fest.. of sorts

I found this beautifully done short the other day in a flury of downloading. I don't know where it came from. it says ITME in the file properties but I couldn't find it on line agan.. Anyway, this is great for fence sitters and it's only 3 mgs so you could email it to people. When I Didn't Speak Up

Karen Kilroy's music video "Something's In the Air / But It's Not on the Airwaves" performed by Chris Chandler, featuring David Roe and the Orchestra

And this one from Ohm's Media is perfect for your friends with kids.
Congratulate them on their New Baby

And here's one for the Critical Mass fans. 34,000 bikes in Budapest

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

VIDEO: Resistencia! Tearing Down Fences

Since I can't make my own videos right now I thought I post some underappreciated work from others from time to time.
This is from Pan Left Productions
Resistencia! Tearing Down Fences
A personal account of the director's experiences in the anti-globalization movement during fall 2003, Resistencia covers ground from the anti-WTO actions in Cancún to the anti-FTAA demonstrations in Miami. Addressing the impacts of tourism, agriculture in a global setting, organized labor, media control, and the rise of the police state, Resistencia offers a glimpse into worldwide organizing against corporate globalization from a regional angle with a focus on movements in Mexico and the United States.
View the streaming video (requires RealPlayer)

Related Links ::: Fluxview, USA Globalization Video Archive

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Friday, October 07, 2005

GBC s24 Video "Our Country"

We cut together an 8 minute piece that is included in this weeks "Blacked out Media" which is screening on MNN at 9:30 this saturday and FreeSpeechTv this tuesday at 9.

We also put it on the web server. The entire show is here in sorrenson encode which can be viewed by most computers, and a higher quality version for which you need quicktime 7 is here.

The section "Our County" is on the server separately as well here for regular and here for high test.
(You need quicktime 7, and maybe one of the later computers to play h264 files)
Our Country covers the the mass protests in DC Sept.24-26
Glass Bead Collective

The full program includes George Galloway, Miltary Famlies speak out, veterans against the war, Cindy Shehan & the Bring'um Home Bus Tour.
Martin Sheen's LA S24 Speech | Free Palestine Speech - LA

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Fast Track to Population Reduction

Gee, where'd that Anthrax attack come from? ...
Now they want to play with a species threatening plague,
no problem.
Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated.

Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, one of
the deadliest ever to emerge, to the alarm of many researchers who
fear it presents a serious security risk. Undisclosed quantities of
the virus are being held in a high-security government laboratory in
Atlanta, Georgia, after a nine-year effort to rebuild the agent that
swept the globe in record time and claimed the lives of an estimated
50 million people. ~ Read More

More Bio Weapon Info in my video: The March of Death

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Saturday, October 01, 2005

25 Questions for Katrina

+1 > Why did the people of NO & Houston not do more thinking for themselves? Why wait days for food and Aid from the Government when there are closed restraunts nearby? Why sit in hours of gridlock while your trying to save your life instead TAKING a lane from the other side of the highway? Why did people Insist on dutifully following orders from AUTHORITIES that defy all common sense?

Why have all the free & brave people of the world turned into lemmings as our approach to the cliff quickens? Do lemmings need to be saved? Since Lemmingism crosses all color & religous bounderies maybe that would be a good criteria for the population reduction efforts our AUTHORITIES seem to think is necessary.... far better than the current plan of killing the black,brown,yellow,gay,mulism,poor people ... If the population is to be reduced; I would like to think we were keeping people who were capable of independent thought and action...

Windfalls of Disaster: Information on Reconstruction Contracts

The Mysteries of New Orleans
Twenty-five Questions about the Murder of the Big Easy

By Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot

We recently spent a week in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana interviewing relief workers, community activists, urban planners, artists, and neighborhood folks. Even as the latest flood waters from Hurricane Rita recede, the city remains submerged in anger and frustration.

Indeed, the most toxic debris in New Orleans isn't the sinister gray sludge that coats the streets of the historic Creole neighborhood of Treme or the Lower Ninth Ward, but all the unanswered questions that have accumulated in the wake of so much official betrayal and hypocrisy. Where outsiders see simple "incompetence" or "failure of leadership," locals are more inclined to discern deliberate design and planned neglect -- the murder, not the accidental death, of a great city.

In almost random order, here are twenty-five of the urgent questions that deeply trouble the local people we spoke with. Until a grand jury or congressional committee begins to uncover the answers, the moral (as opposed to simply physical) reconstruction of the New Orleans region will remain impossible.

1. Why did the floodwalls along the 17th Street Canal only break on the New Orleans side and not on the Metairie side? Was this the result of neglect and poor maintenance by New Orleans authorities?

2. Who owned the huge barge that was catapulted through the wall of the Industrial Canal, killing hundreds in the Lower Ninth Ward -- the most deadly hit-and-run accident in U.S. history?

3. All of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish east of the Industrial Canal were drowned, except for the Almonaster-Michoud Industrial District along Chef Menteur Highway. Why was industrial land apparently protected by stronger levees than nearby residential neighborhoods?

4. Why did Mayor Ray Nagin, in defiance of his own official disaster plan, delay twelve to twenty-four hours in ordering a mandatory evacuation of the city?

5. Why did Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff not declare Katrina an "Incident of National Significance" until August 31 -- thus preventing the full deployment of urgently needed federal resources?

6. Why wasn't the nearby U.S.S. Bataan immediately sent to the aid of New Orleans? The huge amphibious-landing ship had a state-of-the-art, 600-bed hospital, water and power plants, helicopters, food supplies, and 1,200 sailors eager to join the rescue effort.

7. Similarly, why wasn't the Baltimore-based hospital ship USS Comfort ordered to sea until August 31, or the 82nd Airborne Division deployed in New Orleans until September 5?

8. Why does Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld balk at making public his "severe weather execution order" that established the ground rules for the military response to Katrina? Did the Pentagon, as a recent report by the Congressional Research Service suggests, fail to take initiatives within already authorized powers, then attempt to transfer the blame to state and local governments?

9. Why were the more than 350 buses of the New Orleans Regional Transportation Authority -- eventually flooded where they were parked -- not mobilized to evacuate infirm, poor, and car-less residents?

10. What significance attaches to the fact that the chair of the Transportation Authority, appointed by Mayor Nagin, is Jimmy Reiss, the wealthy leader of the New Orleans Business Council which has long advocated a thorough redevelopment of (and cleanup of crime in) the city?

11. Under what authority did Mayor Nagin meet confidentially in Dallas with the "forty thieves" -- white business leaders led by Reiss -- reportedly to discuss the triaging of poorer Black areas and a corporate-led master plan for rebuilding the city?

12. Everyone knows about a famous train called "the City of New Orleans." Why was there no evacuation by rail? Was Amtrak part of the disaster planning? If not, why not?

13. Why were patients at private hospitals like Tulane evacuated by helicopter while their counterparts at the Charity Hospital were left to suffer and die?

14. Was the failure to adequately stock food, water, portable toilets, cots, and medicine at the Louisiana Superdome a deliberate decision -- as many believe -- to force poorer residents to leave the city?

15. The French Quarter has one of the highest densities of restaurants in the nation. Once the acute shortages of food and water at the Superdome and the Convention Center were known, why didn't officials requisition supplies from hotels and restaurants located just a few blocks away? (As it happened, vast quantities of food were simply left to spoil.)

16. City Hall's emergency command center had to be abandoned early in the crisis because its generator supposedly ran out of diesel fuel. Likewise many critical-care patients died from heat or equipment failure after hospital backup generators failed. Why were supplies of diesel fuel so inadequate? Why were so many hospital generators located in basements that would obviously flood?

17. Why didn't the Navy or Coast Guard immediately airdrop life preservers and rubber rafts in flooded districts? Why wasn't such life-saving equipment stocked in schools and hospitals?

18. Why weren't evacuee centers established in Audubon Park and other unflooded parts of Uptown, where locals could be employed as cleanup crews?

19. Is the Justice Department investigating the Jim Crow-like response of the suburban Gretna police who turned back hundreds of desperate New Orleans citizens trying to walk across the Mississippi River bridge -- an image reminiscent of Selma in 1965? New Orleans, meanwhile, abounds in eyewitness accounts of police looting and illegal shootings: Will any of this ever be investigated?

20. Who is responsible for the suspicious fires that have swept the city? Why have so many fires occurred in blue-collar areas that have long been targets of proposed gentrification, such as the Section 8 homes on Constance Street in the Lower Garden District or the wharfs along the river in Bywater?

21. Where were FEMA's several dozen vaunted urban search-and-rescue teams? Aside from some courageous work by Coast Guard helicopter crews, the early rescue effort was largely mounted by volunteers who towed their own boats into the city after hearing an appeal on television.

22. We found a massive Red Cross presence in Baton Rouge but none in some of the smaller Louisiana towns that have mounted the most impressive relief efforts. The poor Cajun community of Ville Platte, for instance, has at one time or another fed and housed more than 5,000 evacuees; but the Red Cross, along with FEMA, has refused almost daily appeals by local volunteers to send professional personnel and aid. Why then give money to the Red Cross?

23. Why isn't FEMA scrambling to create a central registry of everyone evacuated from the greater New Orleans region? Will evacuees receive absentee ballots and be allowed to vote in the crucial February municipal elections that will partly decide the fate of the city?

24. As politicians talk about "disaster czars" and elite-appointed reconstruction commissions, and as architects and developers advance utopian designs for an ethnically cleansed "new urbanism" in New Orleans, where is any plan for the substantive participation of the city's ordinary citizens in their own future?

25. Indeed, on the fortieth anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, what has happened to democracy?

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