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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On:

Iraq - At Least 655,000
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Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 3,185
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The War in Iraq Costs
$406,173,850,106

See the cost in your community:

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Juicing the Stock Market

The secret maneuverings of the Plunge Protection Team

By Mike Whitney

If a secret team is interfering in the stock market, it presents serious practical and moral issues. For one thing, it disrupts natural “corrections” which are a normal part of the business cycle and which help to maintain a healthy and competitive slate of equities.
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In the World’s Eyes the US has become Amerika

By Paul Craig Roberts

US casualties (dead and wounded) have now reached 27,000 in a war that was supposed to be a “cakewalk” over in a few weeks. If what four-star general Wesley Clark, former supreme commander of NATO, told Amy Goodman in a March 2 interview is correct, US casualties are yet in their early days.
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Seven Countries In Five Years

An interview with General Wesley Clark

“This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.

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The Dire Strait

By John Damien

The most valuable piece of real estate in the world is not to be found in New York, London or Tokyo. The world's most valuable real estate is comprised of two imaginary boxes.
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Rudy & McCain Grow Hymens

By Tom Gilroy

'While I believe Madam Speaker would serve tea to the 9/11 hijackers, piss and shit on the American flag, and drown every American veteran since the Spanish-American War in boiling oil, it's not her patriotism I'm questioning, it's her judgment.'
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Taking Democracy Seriously

By Joel S. Hirschhorn

American: So you mean that if you Australians don’t vote, you get a fine? Australian: Yeah, and when you Americans don’t vote you get George W. Bush.
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What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?

By Christopher Ketcham

There is sufficient reason ­- from news reports, statements by former intelligence officials, an array of circumstantial evidence, and the reported acknowledgment by the Israeli government -­ to believe that in the months before 9/11, Israel was running an active spy network inside the United States, with Muslim extremists as the target.
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Some Movements At ME Quartet in Berlin

By K. Gajendra Singh

"Israel's power after 1947 was based on its military supremacy over its weaker neighbors. It is in the process of losing it - if it has not already. Lesser problems, mainly demographic, will only be aggravated if tension persists. It simply cannot survive allied with the United States, because the Americans will either leave the region or embark on a war that risks Israel's very existence."
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Morons and Magic: A Reply to George Monbiot

By David Ray Griffin

In “Bayoneting a Scarecrow The 9/11 conspiracy theories are a coward’s cult.” (Guardian, February 20), George Monbiot accuses members of the 9/11 truth movement of being “morons” and “idiots” who believe in “magic.” Having in his previous attack---“A 9/11 conspiracy virus is sweeping the world,” Guardian, February 6---called me this movement’s “high priest,” he now describes my 9/11 writing as a “concatenation of ill-attested nonsense.”
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Iraq: At least 33 killed in another bloody day of U.S. occupation:

Insurgents ambushed Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in southern Baghdad, killing seven and wounding 27 with a roadside bomb
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Suicide bomber kills more than 30 people in cafe:

The bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. Dozens were wounded, he said.
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3 U.S. troops killed NW of Baghdad:

Three American soldiers were killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb, and attacks on Shiite pilgrims showed no sign of easing, with at least 11 slain as they streamed toward a Muslim shrine ahead of a weekend holiday.
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Shiite party withdraws from Iraqi Shiite alliance :

The party, which holds 15 of the parliament's 275 seats, also said in the statement that it will stay in the parliament as an independent bloc and will be open to join other blocs on national and not sectarian bases.
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Iraq War Opponents to March in Washington :

A coalition of anti-war groups is planning a march on the Pentagon to protest the Iraq war. The March 17th protest will come on the 40th anniversary of a 1967 march on the Pentagon that was a major milestone in the anti-Vietnam War movement. VOA's Bill Rodgers reports.
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Vermont Votes to Impeach Bush/Cheney:

When Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, a Republican with reasonably close ties to President Bush, asked if there was any additional business to be considered at the town meeting he was running in Middlebury, Ellen McKay popped up and proposed the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
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Webb bill limits Iran fight: Freshman Sen.

James H. Webb Jr. yesterday introduced legislation to force President Bush to seek congressional authorization before using force against Iran.
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Iran warns of serious response if world powers go extreme :

A top Iranian nuclear official has warned to give a "serious response" if the five permanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany adopt hardline approaches against the country's nuclear program, local daily "Tehran Times" reported on Wednesday.
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Aipac Will Press for Hard Line on Iran Regime:

The Democratic-controlled Congress is moving to outflank both the Bush administration and the United Nations with the toughest set of sanctions against Iran that have ever been proposed.
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Missing Iranian "founded" Hezbollah:

Israeli spy: An Iranian ex-deputy defense minister who went missing in what may have been a Western intelligence operation is best known to Israel as the "founder" of Lebanon's Hezbollah, a retired Israeli spy said on Wednesday.
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Peretz denies Israel involved in Iranian general's disappearance:

Defense Minister Amir Peretz responded Wednesday to reports that Israel was behind the kidnapping of the Iranian official who has allegedly defected to the West, saying they were unsubstantiated.
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Report: Missing Iranian official being questioned in N. Europe :

The Iranian former deputy defense minister who disappeared in neighboring Turkey last month is being questioned in a northern European country under strict supervision, the pan-Arab newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Wednesday.
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Top US Official Warns Arab Businessmen Over Trade With Iran :

Stuart Levey, the U.S. undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the long arm of U.S. sanctions could come down on Arab companies trading with some government-linked firms in Iran.
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Hamas to offer Israel truce for boycott lift :

Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has expressed willingness of offering ceasefire with Israel in exchange for the lift of boycott on the new Palestinian unity government, Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported on Wednesday
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A Barack-star no more:

Barack Obama used to inspire nothing but sympathy and affection. But recently he's given pandering a bad name.
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U.S. will not seek seat on U.N. rights body :

For the second year in a row, the United States has decided not to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, the State Department said Tuesday, accusing the panel of an anti-Israeli bias.
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A CIA Cover Up: The Kuala Lumpur Deceit

The possible link between pre-9/ 11 Israeli warnings and the watch-listing of the hijackers Mihdhar and Hazmi was pointed out in late 2004 by a retired top corporate lawyer named Gerald Shea, who compiled a 166-page memo detailing the alleged operations of the Israeli groups in New Jersey, Florida and elsewhere.
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Sidney Blumenthal: Libby lied, troops died:

The Scooter Libby verdict is inextricably linked to Iraq: his lies were an attempt to cover up the disingenuous case for war.
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Arianna Huffington: Why the Libby Verdict Is So Damning:

Libby was found guilty not just of perjury but of obstructing justice -- obstructing justice in order to encumber the investigation and keep secret the dark, ugly truth about how the White House sought to cover up its lies about Iraq and its efforts to intimidate and silence critics of the administration.
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Washington Is Losing Its Grip on Latin America:

"State of Denial" is the title of Bob Woodward's famous book on the Bush team's road to disaster in Iraq, but it would have served just as well for a description of their Latin America policy.
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The War Against the Third World: What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy: Video:

CIA covert operations and US military interventions since World War II. A video compilation of footage and speeches recorded in the 1980s
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Murder Of The Law :

A commentary on BBC 2 'Dr David Kelly - The Conspiracy Files' – Dr David Kelly's unnatural death of the 17th of July 2003 broadcast on the 25th of February 2007.
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Second al-Qaeda suspect ordered freed :

Another immigrant accused of links to terrorism has been ordered released from custody and into house arrest by a Federal Court judge as Canada's faltering security-certificate law continues to unravel.
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Two FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Govt Officials:

Sibel Edmonds has got her hands on an explosive official report from an FBI agent which demonstrates that the US Government was illegally spying on "high-profile U.S. public officials"
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U.S. authorities punish Al-Jazeera cameraman for going on hunger strike:

Reporters Without Borders today condemned the mistreatment of Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera by the US authorities at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre after he began a hunger strike on 7 January on completing his fifth year in US custody without trial.
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Feds: Airline Worker Used Security ID To Sneak 14 Guns, Drugs On Orlando Flight:

A 22-year-old airline employee from Central Florida was arrested after he used his security privileges to smuggle a bag containing 13 handguns, an M-16 type automatic weapon and marijuana on board a Delta flight at Orlando International Airport, according to federal agents.
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Feds test new data mining program :

Lawmakers and privacy advocates are concerned that a powerful new data searching tool being tested by the Department of Homeland Security could pose a threat to Americans' privacy as it sifts through mountains of information for patterns that might reveal terrorists.
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Let us work towards

Peace & Joy

Tom Feeley
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Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams


Scientific views

Fetzer is a former US Marine officer and retired professor of philosophy. Puzzled by the apparent discrepancies in the official account of 9/11, he founded a coalition of like-minded academics called Scholars For 9/11 Truth.

Its purpose is to research exactly what happened that day, using the principles of scientific research.

"Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction," says Professor Fetzer. "As Sherlock Holmes was fond of observing, 'when you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.'"

The members of Scholars for 9/11 Truth refuse to accept that the attacks were just down to Al Qaeda.

"The very idea," says Fetzer, "that 19 Islamic fundamentalists could have hijacked these four commercial airliners, outfoxed the most sophisticated air defence system in the world, under control of a man in a cave in Afghanistan is only the most outrageous of the conspiracy theories."

"That has forced us in the direction of a deeper and darker complicity by officials of our own government."

Conspiracy theorists are tapping in to a rich vein of cynicism across America.

Alex Jones, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, is a leading voice in the self-styled 9/11 Truth Movement. He believes 9/11 was "an inside job."

"It's a self inflicted wound, it's a false-flag terror operation," he claims. "We're going to expose the lies one by one, we're never going to stop and we will prevail, we will win, we will never surrender."



YOU

To whom do you compare yourself? If you spend too much time looking at fashion magazines, you could very well feel inadequate. Most of the models wear dangerously thin bodies and wastefully expensive clothing. If you spend too much time watching TV sitcoms or soap operas, you might be tempted to think your spouse is not built the way he or she should be.

Look around you. Look at all the other people just like you. They are real. You are real. Some have more stuff, some have less. Some have better builds, some have less. Some smile more, some less.

Don't compare yourself to others, because you can never be them and they can never be you. Be yourself and love it!



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Why did East Germany remain one of the most rigidly Stalinist states in Europe, well into the 1980s when glasnost was blossoming elsewhere in the Eastern Bloc?

Immediately after World War II, most Soviet satellites saw the establishment of one-party dictatorships with native Communist leaders hand-picked by Moscow. But East Germany remained a Soviet military "occupied territory" until 1955. And even after that date continued under de facto Soviet military rule by virtue of the large Cold War presence of Warsaw Pact troops and tanks.

In nearly every respect, the German Democratic Republic resembled an armed camp.

As essential as an outward show of force is to the maintenance of absolute rule, still more important is an internal system of undercover snoops, eavesdroppers and thugs. In its pursuit of dissidents, non-conformists and would-be escapees, the Stasi (for Ministerium für Staatssicherheit) earned a reputation as one of the most effective agencies behind the Iron Curtain.



Of course, like Sputnik, anything can be bought for a price. To maintain its stranglehold on the "Land of Real Existing Socialism," the Stasi required 91,000 full-time employees and 300,000 informants. This in a nation of only 16 million.

One of the cogs in the Stasi’s formidable machine of surveillance and control is the subject of The Lives of Others, last week’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

In the symbolically weighted year of 1984, we first encounter Capt. Gerd Wiesler (played by the amazing Ulrich Mühe), as he conducts a class in how to question a suspect, a sort of Interrogation 101. His students listen as he plays a recording of his "interview" with a man under suspicion of knowing who helped a fellow citizen escape to the West. Over and over Prisoner 227 is quizzed, "Tell me again what you did September 28."

As they listen to the tape, Wiesler explains that an innocent person will express a sense of injustice and grow progressively angrier at his accusers, whereas a guilty person will maintain his calm. The recorded interview proceeds, and Wiesler’s prisoner does keep his cool – until, after many sleep-deprived hours in the hot seat, he finally breaks down and admits his crime against the state.

Whether Capt. Wiesler’s theory is valid or not is unimportant here. The vital point is that this Stasi officer is a true believer in the theory. More than that, he is a true believer in the ideology he serves.

"Your subjects," he lectures his class of torturers-in-training, "are enemies of socialism. Never forget that!"

And his commitment to the cause extends beyond the classroom. Lunching in the Stasi canteen, Wiesler is invited by superior officer Lieutenant Colonel Anton Grubitz to dine at a table reserved for top brass. Wiesler declines. "Socialism," he says, placing his food tray on a table occupied by the rank and file, "must start somewhere."

This functionary harbors no doubts about the need for a secret police and his role in it: "We are the Party’s shield and sword."

On the basis of Wiesler’s loyalty and efficiency, Lt. Col. Grubitz hands him a delicate assignment: he is to dig up dirt on the respected East German playwright, Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch). "There’s something fishy about him," Grubitz says. "I can feel it in my gut. If you can get something on him, you’ll have a good friend on the Central Committee." Which can only mean career advancement and perquisites, such as they are in East Germany.

Yet from the standpoint of maintaining one-party rule, there is nothing at all fishy about Comrade Dreyman. Yes, his magazine-model good looks and talents as a dramatist draw fans west of the Wall, but in his homeland he serves as a shining example of the New Socialist Man. He writes good Marxist dramas, pays proper homage to the leadership, and discourages his dissident-leaning fellow artists from acts that would result in unwanted scrutiny. At one point he expresses approval of a ban on another writer’s foreign travel.

Dreyman also enjoys the intimate companionship of his leading actress, Christa-Maria Sieland (a lovely-haunted Martina Gedeck).

Set to the task of destroying Dreyman, Wiesler invades the writer’s apartment while he’s away, has his men plant microphones and cameras everywhere, and threatens Dreyman’s neighbor: "One word of this and Masha loses her spot at university." Wiesler’s single-minded dedication is further demonstrated by his willingness to sit 12 hours at a time in a cold attic to hear every word spoken, every move made in the rooms below.

But Wiesler finds nothing damaging. Soon he begins to understand that his assignment is not to ensnare an enemy of the state but to help a rival for Christa’s affections. The Minister of State Security, Bruno Hempf, lusts after the actress, forces himself on her at every opportunity, and wants her boyfriend out of the way.

Gradually we see Wiesler’s loyalty eroding. While Dreyman and Christa are at rehearsals, Wiesler enters their apartment again, this time not as a spy but as an admirer. He examines the salad fork Christa had given Dreyman on their anniversary. He kneels almost reverently at the foot of the bed where the lovers sleep. He borrows Dreyman’s volume of Brecht’s poetry and reads it with delight. Later, back in the attic, Wiesler listens as Dreyman plays a piano sonata and weeps as if he is hearing music for the first time.

Unaware of the spy above him, Dreyman asks Christa, "Can anyone who has really heard this music be bad?"

And so the hunter becomes protector. Wiesler, the erstwhile servant of the state, uses the "Party’s shield and sword" to save Christa’s honor and Dreyman’s life.

And all this happens as pressure from above increases. Frustrated by the absence of anything to incriminate Dreyman, Minister Hempf demands that the Stasi "find something. I’d advise even my worst enemy not to disappoint me."

To complicate matters even further, the suicide death of Albert Jerska, a writer whom the Party had blacklisted for his dissidence, leads Dreyman to compose an angry article for publication in West Germany. Now in his guardian angel role, Wiesler is not simply failing to perform a frame-up; he is actively concealing Dreyman’s crimes against the state.

The remainder of the movie, which I will not reveal to you, plays out in the best tradition of spy thrillers. It is a race between Wiesler and those to whom the lives of others mean nothing.

So who poses the greater threat to freedom? Officials like Hempf, who use socialism to mask their lust for power over others, or true believers like the early Wiesler who would happily give his life for the cause? To my mind, the fanatic is always more terrifying than the self-server.

Is it realistic to expect a mid-life change of heart in so dedicated a Stasi agent? The answer depends on whether one’s view of human nature is closer to Anne Frank’s or Thomas Hobbes’s.

But on one point we can be certain: a police state, no matter what admirable goals it purports to serve, is a threat to life and liberty. Operating undercover, "disappearing" suspects, destroying reputations and careers, and exempt from appeal or review, the secret police must inevitably turn from destroying the nation’s enemies to destroying opponents of the police state itself. As Robert Vansittart put it, "The tragedy of the police state is that it always regards all opposition as a crime, and there are no degrees."

The Oscar awarded to The Lives of Others is well deserved and will bring it an audience that few sub-titled films enjoy in the United States. Pity that most of those who watch it will see the abuses depicted therein as peculiar to Communism and insist with patriotic fervor that "It Can’t Happen Here."


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March 7, 2007

David Rosinger writes from Roswell, GA.

Copyright © 2007 LewRockwell.com

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What is Occupational Therapy? (OT!)

View the official definition, from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
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Occupational therapy helps to solve the problems that interfere with your ability to do the things that are important to you. It can also prevent a problem or minimize its effects.

When an injury, illness, disability or other problem limits your ability to:

Take care of yourself,
Participate in paid or unpaid work, or
Enjoy your leisure time, e.g. hobbies, sports, spending time with family,
then you may want to learn some new skills for the job of living from an occupational therapist.

Occupational therapists believe that occupations (activities) describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. If you are unable to do the things you want, or need to do, to live and enjoy your life, your general well-being may be affected.

Consider a career in occupational therapy!
• Download a PowerPoint presentation about the profession. (N.B. File is very large.)
• Career Facts (PDF)
• Read more at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists' web site


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:Sounds like a porn movie [FYOEMB1]. But, no, Dick Hardt is a CEO of Sxip Identity, and the point here is his style of doing a presentation. See a video [link] of his Identity 2.0 presentation at OSCon.

:Lots and lots of slides, with just a few words or a picture each, creating an interesting :flow of a presentation, which in many ways work better than a normal powerpoint :presentation with bullet points, etc.

:Hardt didn't invent this style, but it somehow got associated with his name. Rather, :Lawrence Lessig has used it for a while, and I've seen it before in videos of his talks. :SO/, Lessig Style, would be as correct...

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