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déjà vu image When 2nd is preferable major mitchell, Sunday, Aug 5 2007, 9:47pm
Few wish to be second in any type of endeavour; however, there is one occasion, among few others, where it is imperative to be second; and that is when a nation desires to detonate a nuclear weapon -- or more precisely, use nuclear weaponry in circumstances/conflicts that do NOT warrant their use. A little leak/rumour has it that a “dirty nuke” is to be detonated in the continental USA in order to justify the use of “bunker busters” on Iran and other areas of conflict. (story and 2 images)
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Banana in Orbit imageaudio Banana Accomplished spoon, Saturday, Jul 14 2007, 2:14am
After years of listening to Bush make excuses for his murderous invasion and subsequent failure in Iraq I again took to the keyboard with the intention of detailing the reality of the world’s most denied holocaust. But it dawned on me that the problem was not really Bush or his neo-cons or any other member of the coalition of criminals and imbeciles – it is the apathetic population whose utter indifference has allowed the situation to deteriorate. (story and 1 image and 1 audio file)
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Pakistani ballistic missile image A Farewell to Arms Control Scott Ritter via reed, Thursday, Jul 5 2007, 12:26pm
The organization that was at the center of the maelstrom of the Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction fiasco, responsible for bringing the world to the brink of war on no fewer than a half-dozen occasions during the 1990s, and then unable to prevent a war in March 2003, has departed the global scene. It left not with a dramatic flair befitting its former status, but rather with barely a whimper, reduced to nothing more than a historical footnote in the grand tragedy that has become Iraq. (story and 2 images)
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text Al Qaeda in Iraq: Bush's Creation Bill Gallagher via rialator, Monday, Jul 2 2007, 7:09pm
President George W. Bush's political capital is about as low as it can go, with only dead-end Bushists clinging to his failed regime. The erosion of support, however, can actually make the madman even more isolated from reality, arrogant and impetuous.
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text The rise and rise of Hamas Stephen Zunes, Saturday, Jun 30 2007, 1:25am
Beginning in the early 1980s, with generous funding from the US-backed family dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, the antecedents of Hamas began to emerge through the establishment of schools, health care clinics, social service organizations and other entities which stressed an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam, which up to that point had not been very common among the Palestinian population.
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text Peace is Dead, give War a Chance nano, Saturday, Jun 16 2007, 1:16pm
As the Middle East explodes in factional and sectarian conflict the neo-cons gloat, John Bolton and Condi Rice revealed U.S. policy during the South Lebanon conflict, their non-interventionist policy encouraged the slaughter of children and civilians by Israeli forces – peace is clearly of no use to American interests! What does it matter if most of the Middle East tears itself apart, America stands to gain from the mayhem and bloodshed.
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American 'town' in Balkans: Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo image Permanent Bases the World Over: Behold the American Empire Tom Engelhardt via rialator, Friday, Jun 15 2007, 12:32am
Finally, the great American disconnect may be ending.

Only four years after the invasion of Iraq, the crucial facts-on-the-ground might finally be coming into sight in this country -- not the carnage or the mayhem; not the suicide car bombs or the chlorine truck bombs; not the massive flight of middle-class professionals, the assassination campaign against academics, or the collapse of the best health-care service in the region; not the spiking American and Iraqi casualties, the lack of electricity, the growth of Shia militias, the crumbling of the "coalition of the willing," or the uprooting of 15 percent or more of Iraq's population; not even the sharp increase in fundamentalism and extremism, the rise of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the swelling of sectarian killings, or the inability of the Iraqi government to get oil out of the ground or an oil law, designed in Washington and meant to turn the clock back decades in the Middle East, passed inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone -- No, none of that. (story and 1 image)
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Kosovo Polje  -- Serbian national identity forged in defeat to Ottoman forces, 1389 image Oil interests flout International Law in Balkans fish, Sunday, Jun 10 2007, 2:42pm
Republican president Bush follows Democrat president Clinton’s course in the Balkans; oil pipelines and gas supplies take precedence over every other consideration including international law and the sanctity of human life. Bush has challenged Russia, Serbia and International Law by announcing during his recent visit to Albania that Kosovo, a Serbian province, would become independent in the near future, negotiations must result in “certain independence ... that’s what’s important to know”, he said! Bush’s grammatically woeful statements beg the question, why the need for negotiation if the Texan president insists that independence is “certain” for Kosovo -- which remains Serbian sovereign territory? (story and 4 comments and 2 images)
Last Commented Monday, Jun 11 2007, 10:49pm
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text Bushed Army Andrew J. Bacevich via rialator, Friday, Jun 8 2007, 9:40pm
The following article indirectly indicates that an attack on Iran followed by the use of nuclear weapons is imminent. The lunatic neo-cons like their historical Nazi counterpart will persist in their nihilistic pursuits till the bitter end.

Rather than face the reality that the Bush regime has been the most criminally incompetent in U.S. history, the neo-cons now grab at nuclear straws in the hope that the radioactive last resort will save them from the ignominy they deserve.

The most reviled government in the world is also the most inept. Perhaps a clear message from an ally -- the arrest and subsequent trial of an original member of the coalition of the willing, John Howard of Australia -- may inspire a similar response in America and the UK. The people of Australia may finally overcome the cringe that has haunted the nation since the needless slaughter at Gallipoli.

Arresting the prime minister John Howard for his part in an illegal invasion that resulted in a holocaust for the innocent civilian population of Iraq may have a sobering effect on people everywhere. Regardless of the garb, position or office, a criminal remains a criminal!

John Howard, Alexander Downer and Philip Ruddock are war criminals and no amount of spin or denial will change the historical fact. Their immediate arrest may serve to awaken civilised people everywhere and prevent a nuclear catastrophe. [Ed.]
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American Militarism -- Putin vows response image Missile Tests Underscore Moscow's Desire to Maintain Nuclear Deterrent Richard Weitz via rialator, Monday, Jun 4 2007, 11:05am
On May 29, the Russian government very ostentatiously tested two different ballistic missiles, designated the RS-24 and R-500. The Russian media characterized both systems as new versions of existing missiles, modified to penetrate U.S. ballistic missile defenses (BMD) more effectively. First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, the former fefense minster, claimed that "these systems can beat any operational and future missile defenses." (story and 1 comment and 1 image)
Last Commented Monday, Jun 4 2007, 11:25am
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The real 'burning bush': 72,000 vital currents (nadis) image Training Tips for Uber Warriors nano, Sunday, Jun 3 2007, 1:17pm
The physical and mental well being of the Uber Warrior (UW) is of the utmost importance. With the heightened senses that a clear mind and supple body provide, the UW easily defeats the mentally and physically constipated, amphetamine soaked, technologically dependent, soldiers of the west. Not generally known is the damage the U.S. military inflicts on its own troops – burnout and paranoid psychosis result from inappropriate training methods and dangerous chemical ‘combat enhancers’, dextroamphetamine, etc. The strength of the UW resides principally in his/her consciousness, which in turn resides in a toxin free vital body.

The primary weapons of the UW are therefore the mind and body – with these two well-honed weapons he easily overcomes the enemy and reigns supreme. The following routines have been tested and proven over centuries, they remain at the pinnacle of psychophysical culture. (story and 2 comments and 1 image)
Last Commented Tuesday, Jun 5 2007, 11:17pm
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Gareth Evans and Whitlam image Balibo, 32 years of Australian Cowardice peptide, Tuesday, May 29 2007, 10:00pm
The infamous Balibo murders perfectly illustrate Australian cowardice and Indonesian barbarity. It should be stated from the outset that the truth of the cold-blooded murder of the Balibo five has been known since the day of the crime in 1975. The cringing attitude displayed by successive Australian governments toward the barbaric Indonesians has made Australia a laughing stock in Asia. All successive Labor and Liberal governments that perpetuated the lie of a tragic accident (caught in a cross-fire) are guilty of criminal suppression of the truth and criminal collusion with the murderers -- grubby oil deals notwithstanding. (story and 2 comments and 3 images)
Last Commented Wednesday, May 30 2007, 10:16am
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text Bio-electromagnetic Weapons: The ultimate weapon ISIS Press Release via rialator, Sunday, May 27 2007, 10:03pm
Electromagnetic weapons operate at the speed of light; they can kill, torture and enslave; but the public are largely unaware that they exist, because these weapons operate by stealth and leave no physical evidence. Electromagnetic weapons have been tested on human beings since 1976. By widely dispersing the involuntary human test-subjects, and vehemently attacking their credibility, it has been possible for the United States to proceed with these human experiments unhindered by discussions or criticisms, let alone opposition.

This ultimate weapon system is currently being deployed in Iraq. The US Air Force and the Marine Corps refer to it as “active denial technology”, as if it were used purely for defense, but it is not:
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text Uber Warrior nano, Thursday, May 24 2007, 4:53pm
New Uber warfare strategies of the 21st century have relegated conventional war and to a lesser extent guerilla war strategies to history. Today’s ubiquitous and highly accessible computer technologies have redefined warfare. Traditional militaries are facing redundancy, irrelevance and heightened vulnerability to skilled digital operators. The keyboard is proving to be the most effective weapon of the modern age! Uber war is asymmetry taken to its final phase. In theory a single individual is now capable of subverting a State! The digital age has resulted in a universal dependence on digital technology. The most powerful military powers are now exposed to (persistent) direct and indirect digital attacks – it is only a matter of time before a skilled digital warrior succeeds in compromising the defence capability of a superpower.
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text Why the US Government Is Hated All Over the World Fred Reed via rialator, Wednesday, May 23 2007, 9:33am
Something is wrong with the United States. I think most of us have noticed it. There is a mortal rot in the country, made manifest by many little rots that are hard to integrate mentally yet are, I think, somehow related. The change is grave, accelerating, probably irreversible, and fascinating. Things are not as they were.
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text Bush reviving the nuclear threat William D. Hartung and Frida Berrigan via rialator, Wednesday, May 23 2007, 9:20am
April 30, 2007 -- Only days before the fifth anniversary of September 11, President George W. Bush addressed military officers in Washington to warn that nuclear-armed terrorists could "blackmail the free world and spread their ideologies of hate and raise a moral threat to America." This alarmist vision was accompanied by the White House's release of "A National Strategy for Combating Terrorism," which painted a picture of a "troubling potential WMD terrorism nexus emanating from Tehran." The administration is building the case for war against Iran--a job made easier by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent announcement that Iran can now enrich uranium on an industrial scale--despite the fact that many Iran-watchers and nuclear experts consider their claims of enrichment capacity to be an overblown boast.
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bubba Ludwig image My Darling Boy ... Associated Press via rialator, Wednesday, May 16 2007, 12:14pm
My darling baby boy, before you talk or walk, Uncle has provided you with a gun ..

Corrupting children is a heinous criminal act; who but America would poison infants?

To the soldier who raped and slaughtered children I say, my darling boy you had no chance! (story and 1 image)
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bandido.jpg image SOLIDARITY cubic, Saturday, May 12 2007, 12:38pm
In the absence of any real opposition in Australian politics -- major parties now compete with each other for the title of ‘conservative of the year’ -- a large percentage of the population has been left without a voice. The fact that the overwhelming majority of Aussies are not conservatives seems to have escaped the attention of opposition political parties. A major demographic group has been overlooked or under-utilised by consultants, marketeers and advisers to the parties. As there are no vacuums in politics the social space of real opposition is being filled by various sub-cultural organisations. Foremost among these groups are the para-military biker organisations -- the Rebels, Bandidos, Nomads and Commancheros. (story and 2 images)
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Czech made Zlin Z-142 image Asymmetry delivers Victory naxal, Saturday, Apr 28 2007, 3:11pm
From Sun tzu to today’s flying LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) the fundamental decisive factors determining the outcome of war have never changed – though some ‘superpowers’ would have us all believe otherwise. The determining factors are and have always been, intelligence, skill, ingenuity and tactics – all other factors, including high technology, are secondary. The outcome of War is determined by and anchored in the warrior. (story and 1 comment and 2 images)
Last Commented Monday, Apr 30 2007, 7:21am
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Aussies  -- Gallipoli image Travesty of War: Lest we Forget peptide, Tuesday, Apr 24 2007, 1:37pm
For reasons too numerous to cite, I weep as I write this piece. Today is the highly emotive, for Aussies and Kiwis, ANZAC day – a day of remembrance and commemoration for those who desperately seek a national identity in a modern alienated society. Yet constructing a national identity based on WAR is fraught with a multitude of obvious dangers. NOTHING valid or sane exists that could glorify War. WAR is the lowest form of human expression; those who attempt to glorify war deserve our unrelenting critical attention. Those who attempt to exploit highly emotive mythologised events deserve to be questioned. What are their real intentions and does a tailored view of what was essentially a military debacle really enhance national identity? Also, who is likely to capitalise on highly emotive mythologies that depress the critical and discriminative faculties? The nature of social power relations associated with a particular myth may assist in delivering some answers. (story and 2 images)
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