Tuesday, May 31, 2005

STRIP TEASE Deep Throat Coughs Up Hairball

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The Watergate Hotel

Just like today, everyone in DC knew Nixon was a crook. They knew this before he became President. They knew it during his Presidency and when he left, they rehabilitated him because they didn't get rid of him because he was a crook but because he did a naughty no no.

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TANGLED WEB WEAVING

Several weeks ago in the Chinese news I read about plans to use the stream of American money for buying oil reserves in preparation for the inevitable showdown between China and Japan/America.

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WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE

CANADA WARNS USS TITANIC Icebergs ahoy!

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Worried Canadian banker

Even as China inks yet another treaty, another trade agreement, America's trade partners send out increasingly dire warnings to the world's most reckless spendthrift.
Bank of Canada governor David Dodge offered a bankerly rebuke to the United States on Monday for its borrow-and-spendthrift ways, which he suggested are a threat to world economic stability.
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CHINA/NEW ZEALAND Free Trade Agreements Forged

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Endangered species
New Zealand: home of the Hobbits and Misty Mountains. Sheep and Kiwis. A Pacific green paradise with a climate remarkably akin to Ireland. Breathtakingly beautiful.

And alienated from America due to disagreements with our ruler, Bush.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

NOBLE CABANA Prize Winning Economist Houseboys

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Ad: Cabana boy rum...
This is funny. And sad. Nobel Prize winners back booming China headlines the official newsorgan of the Communist Chinese. Right on the heels of the Fortune 500 jet setting billionaires little festival of greed, Wen invites a crew of eager prostitutes to be paid to spout praise and being good little guests, they deliver in full.

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RENDING THE FABRIC

NY BILLIONAIRE Tilts at Windmills

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Denmark's largest windfarm in Horns Rev

The Culture of Life News has talked about this before, the inability of people understanding exactly what the Hubbert Oil Peak really means. It doesn't mean that we can use fossil fuels if we want, it means we will be in a desperate race against time to retrofit our fuel hungry culture so that we can survive the downside of the great fossil fuel collapse.

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

SECRET MEETINGS About Healthcare

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I am old enough to remember many things. One thing I recall like it was yesterday was Hillary Clinton chairing secret healthcare proposal meetings. The GOP howled like demented bats and crushed her using scary TV ads and accusing her of being secretive.

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MYOPTIC CONGRESS TRIES TO FOCUS ON CHINA

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Focusing is difficult if one is cross eyed or blind or is nearsighted. It is nice that some Congresscritters are trying this anyway, despite their severe vision thing disabilities.
A group of U.S. lawmakers banded together on Friday to focus congressional attention on how China's rise affects the United States in areas ranging from energy demand to trade to military spending. Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican, said he and eight members of the House of Representatives started the bipartisan Congressional China Caucus to ensure that Americans become aware of China's emergence as an economic, political and military power.
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WHY DID THE CHICKEN Get arrested for jaywalking?

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A chicken fined $54 for illegally crossing a road in California has had the charge thrown out by a court.

Hahaha. Seems a cop decided to collar an unreformed hen that insisted on doing what chickens have done for the last 10,000 years: crossed the road to see what was on the other side. Which came first? The chicken or the road?

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POTEMKIN POTHOLES

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General Potemkin

Several years ago, posters at Salon.com's Table Talk used to alert each other to take cameras to Bush photo ops to get the truth. We discovered the photo ops, with the collusion of the millionaire owned media, were totally fake and falsely reported. In one famous example that we posted on line at TT was the pictures of Bush doing a Habitat for Humanity press op.

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WHERE'S AL WALDO?

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As the Muslim world writhes with anti-American demonstrations and riots and as the Iraqi resistance rips apart our mired in the sands military, Bush and the Olin-backed military/industrial rulers debate what to do next.

The official mouthpiece of the rulers, the Washington Post, has this amusing story today:
The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda leaders since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader "strategy against violent extremism."
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DADDY WARBUCKS QUITS

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I suppose everyone has heard about the death of the Olin Foundation? Missed the keening and wailing on the right? Actually, they did a victory dance with painted faces but behind the scenes was this: "Oh my god. How am I going to pay the bills now? Maybe I can get a job in the government!" These vampires and whores working for the very rich man, Mr. Olin, are now without a patron.

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WEAPONS OF MASS DELUSION

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When the workers of the WTC were jumping to their deaths, Bush sat around, smiling, reading a children's book and Donald Rumsfeld didn't even pause in his meeting at the Pentagon. Both men knew women and men were looking up at the clear blue sky, praying to Gods and then closing their eyes and flinging themselves into the void knowing that the only result would be death.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

DIET OF WORMS

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American Diabetes Association home page picture with logo: "Information you can trust"...but read on...

Hyperfat America grows fatter every year. And everyone wants to lose weight. And there is a huge industry devoted to losing weight and surgical proceedures and such all in quest of the holy grail: to look graceful and slim while eating the wrong foods.

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Friday, May 27, 2005

FIRST SUMMER STORM First summer rainbow

Have a good Memorial Day Weekend and don't forget why we have this holiday. Anyway, Mother Nature sent us a gift this afternoon: our first thunderstorm this year.

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CHINESE ROULETTE

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Take a good look. These three bank gov. are manipulating currency just like Greenspan....heh. Note their happy faces.

Speculators speculating on the status of the relative value of currencies are all agog watching China. On line, right wing and liberal economic forums bloviate about this, churning information that has been decapitated from reality.

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NO GOLD STAR FOR YOU, MOM!

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When a mother loses the dearest thing to her heart, her own child, in war this sacrifice is recognized by awarding her a "gold star". This tradition has been running for at least the last 65 years. So it is disturbing reading this story today:

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SNAKE EYES

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More and more economic writers are wringing hands over the housing bubble. They all understand this is due to low interest rates. When the super low rates first came about after 9/11, I was puzzled. The economic and banking matrix didn't suddenly change for the better allowing us the luxury of low interest rates thanks to money pouring into banks in savings. With a huge kitty of savings, of course, banks must put the money to work thus the low interest rates.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

WHAT KILLS BIRDS Kills humans

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Royal Society for Protection of Birds

Many years ago, I read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". The book scared me and set me on a life long path to save the birds and harmonize with nature. My great godmother, Mrs. Mitchner (yes, that family!) was an early bird expert in the nineteenth century, she was born just before the Civil War began, and she taugh me all about birds. When she was 100 years old, she lived outside in her verandah surrounded by wild birds that she tamed.

I even had a hummingbird land on my fingers there!

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Is Gold

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Central State Museum Kazakhstan
Gold is the oldest metal. It caught the eye of stone age humans. At first, humans looked only for rocks that could be shaped into tools which meant mostly flints and obsidian. But once humans conquered the rigors of the Ice Ages, they turned their minds to the subject of creating beautiful things. This is when carving of images, decorating bones and drawing on stones and cave walls suddenly appeared

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

PLAYING CHOPSTICKS WITH BONES

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Picture by Yola Monakhov for the NYT
Uzbekistan: when the massacre happened, Culture of Life News compared it to Tiananmin Square. The ruler of Uzbekistan is a neo-Stalinist who is ramming "modernism" down people's throats. Like in America, there is a visible religious backlash. Actually, like much of the Muslim world, the peasants and townspeople, frustrated, cling to old ways, hoping to find some surety in rough seas.

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IF IT IS BAD FOR BUGS It is bad for humans

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WTO demonstrators (don't see much of that anymore, thanks to new paramilitary powers)

During the Vietnam war, I was shocked when a GI came into the free clinic complaining about mental instability. I was doing the intake form, asking him questions when he decided to tell me a funny story. While on the ground, as a grunt, a helicopter flew over and as a joke, dumped Agent Orange on him. And the kicker was, he couldn't wash it off because there was no water.

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WHERE ARE THE EXECUTIVES? asks Friedman

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The earth is flat, Friedman tells us, but he can't find America's top executives to see if they can fix the mess we are in. Are they hiding under Bushes? Yes, indeedee!

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2 NEW COMIX TODAY

CENSORSHIP---Selling ads, selling out

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Visit John Adams of Oxford, England. Nice blog...
Ad Age.com recently scooped a story about corporate giants wanting to censor the media.
According to a copy of a memo on the letterhead of BP's media-buying agency, WPP Group's MindShare, the global marketer has adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward negative editorial coverage.
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TRADING SPACES

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As China and Japan wrangle over the Koizumi visits to the War Shrine and both countries wrangle over creating exclusive trade compacts with all and sundry, America merrily taipsies down the path of the Soviet Union. We seem to think that filling the military vacuum created by the collapse and bankruptcy of the Soviet State is a neat trick. Oh boy! Victory!

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KARZAI'S SILENT SCREAM

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The last 48 hours has been a catastrophe for America. More than a dozen soldiers blown up. It is curious that there are as usual, zero pictures and near zero headlines. Even yesterday, the dead soldiers were buried in the body of the stories put out by all the major media. Today, it still is a secondary headline.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

BIG BAD WOLF IS NOW AN ENERGY FARM

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The three pigs got smart. When the wolf huffed and puffed they put up a windmill and a meter and got rich. So it is with wind energy.
Wind power could generate enough electricity to support the world's energy needs several times over, according to a new map of global wind speeds that scientists say is the first of its kind.
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PLAYING IS LEARNING

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Odds Stacked Against Pleasure Reading says a headline in the Washington Post today. The article is about students and parents complaining about school reading assignments for advanced students. They claim it is killing the joy of reading.

They are right.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

I HAD A DREAM

Back on 12/12/00, at midnight, after talking to a reporter on the phone who was standing outside the Supreme Court, reading the Bush vs Democracy ruling, I said in a rage, "Well, since the right wing Supremes claim we can't count the votes because several different machines were used and thus there was no uniformity, now I can file a motion demanding uniform national standards for voting and make it a neutral office."

"You can't do that," the reporter said. "It says here on the last page that this ruling is unique and can't be used as a precedent."

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BUSH PUPPET SAYS TORTURE IS OK

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Bush is happy. Once again, American human rights abuses are glossed over, "not your fault" and "the buck stops with Lyndie, not me" and etc. A lifetime free pass from any responsiblity seems the key here. Today, Karazi, our puppet running Afghanistan every bit as well as the fomer communists puppets ran things for the Soviets, is here to beg for money and "Please let me run the military operations" and other grovelling subjects and Bush cheerfully said, "No".

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TRUMP TWOFER

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Going bankrupt a second time, too, is fun.

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PROTECTING GAY STUDENTS BY LOCKING THEM IN A CLOSET

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Bakersfield, California, has been the butt of LA jokes for all my life. I used to drive through Bakersfield all the time, commuting from UC, Berkeley, to the U of A in Tucson. This is where I heard Janis Joplin popped herself off. A desolate truck stop restroom where the radio was blaring, no less. Bakersfield was a place kids escaped. But it seems things have certainly changed over the years!
Student journalists sued their Bakersfield high school district Thursday in an effort to keep the school's principal from censoring student newspaper articles on homosexuality.

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RED WINS

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The National Geographic reports on a British study showing that athletes using red uniforms win more often than those wearing other colors. Of course, this doesn't explain the Red Sox's long quest for victory but they were under a curse so we will overlook them. Maybe this is why the media used red as the color for the GOP's wins. Who knows?

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KILLING THE MESSENGER

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Back in the run up to the Iraq invasion, Tony Blair was trying to stampede the people of England into war, pretending that Saddam might bomb London, bizarre as that sounds. "45 minute warning for an attack," he said ernestly while hiding the fact that he and Bush plotted this war for over a year and were desperately trying to find some excuse to hang their sorry hats on.

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HEADS IN BOXESTHE BUSHES AND SKULLS

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Years ago I learned all about the Bush family and their bizarre interaction with the Skull and Bones fraternity/cult at Yale. This strange "fraternity" is the breeding ground of not only America's ruling class but also the spook world. The activities of this cult/fraternity are swathed in darkness. When two members of this cult/conspiracy/fraternity ran against each other for President, both refused to divulge even the stupidest facts about this bizarre, powerful group.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

DOWNLOADING BUSH'S BRAIN

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Holy shades of Huxley, Batman! A chap in England thinks we can "evade death" by downloading our brains!

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USA THREATENS TO JUMP SHIP THE WORLD LAUGHS

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First the Space Shuttle blew up right over Palestine, Texas. Then NASA mucked around for more than a year and the last Shuttles sit idle. Then the oxygen generator at the Space Station quit. It was made by the Russians. Well, like a bad landlord/tenant story, it spirals downwards. No, cockroaches aren't running amok, yet. And no, a girlfriend didn't move in without notifying the landlord. It is just a little dispute over paying the rent and who has the car keys.

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CREATING BLACK HOLES

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Astronomers theorize that when a massive star goes nova, the helium gas explodes outwards but the remaining mass of the star, being heavy metals, collapses inwards until it is very small and very dense and becomes a possible black hole. One can detect when this level of fatal collapse occurs because of the very brief momentary flash it creates. These flashes can out shine galaxies.

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LAWRENCE OF IRAQIA

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I first read "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" many years ago. It is a most interesting book. Rather depressing to read, in the end. It isn't about the triumph of British imperialism, it was written by a very disillusioned man who operated outside the envelope and who, in the end, tore himself apart over the fact that he betrayed the very people he pretended to help: the Muslims.

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BUBBLE BUBBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE

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Surrounded by mountains of billowing white froth, Greenspan peers owlishly through his lookinglasses and sees "many local bubbles". We suppose when these bubbles cover the landscape he might note, "There are bubbles everywhere". But then, he might not. We can only guess at what goes through his brain.

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*BIG BAD GALLOWAY

The big brave American Senators both Republican and Democratic, decided to go after a foe of Tony Blair, a man kicked out of the Labour Party for being too contentious. America has not real Parlimentary debates, the debates are usually droning speeches or in this week's case, hysterical hyperventilation and accusations without much charge to them. The art of really debating languishes here, note the vapidity and tenuous nature of "presidential" debates here. Truly depressing.

Into this hot house of weak kneed rhetoric strode a man who uses words like swordsmen use blades: as a duelling weapon.

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*HILLARY IN TROY

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Yesterday, Renssalaer Institute hosted Hillary Clinton as their commencement speaker. I was picking up my son to go work on this house when I saw a tiny group of just four Young Republicans demonstrating against her. I swear, the camera will go along from now on, this missed photo opportunity was too funny.

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

*AFGHANI TV HOST MURDERED..LIBERATION BARBIE BUSH IGNORES THIS

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Courtesy of Buzzflash.com:
A ground-breaking Afghan television host whose Western style drew praise from youthful fans and condemnation from Muslim clerics may have been slain with involvement from her own brothers, police have said.
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THE WAR ON TERRORBECOMES WAR ON DRUGS

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Remember the War on Drugs? This gripped the nation for many years. The number of prisoners of war taken into custody into a huge prison complex that was built nearly entirely for this purpose has barely had any salutory effect on this war.
According to Professor Heicklen, 'The war on drugs, which is mostly on marijuana, has plunged us into the greatest crisis since the Civil War. It has destroyed or tarnished almost all of the Bill of Rights protections. In particular, the police seize property without due process of law, which has led to more theft than from all the criminal elements.
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*A PLEA FOR ACTIONFROM ONE OF OUR READERS

To my Blogger Friends: Please Pick this up on your blogs! We desperately need your help to not just get the word out but to get funds rolling in here to counter the HUGE war chest of the Religious Reich! Without EVERYONE'S help they will bury us! PLEASE! Pass this on to anyone who might post it and help us out!

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*YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOUDon't even consider it

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By Julie Weiss

How else could I be spending a beautiful May Saturday but sorting through a 56-year collection of life's possessions not my own? In the midst of liquidating an uncle's household, I write to you from unusually sunny southwest Michigan. My uncle is 91 years old and running out of money. The current month's bill for assisted living and a few sundry services is $3553.50. There's enough cash for about another 10 months expenses at the current rate. His care tab so far is about $140,000.

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*EVERYBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION

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The billowing waves of propaganda that spewed out of the Pope's grave continues unabated as the press tries to make the Holy Inquisitor in Chief look good and pander to Catholics who still go to church, which is no longer the majority if one peeks inside actual churches.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

*A MIX OF EARTHQUAKE AND WATER

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We all live on the planet earth. Some people want to go to Mars but so far, humans exist only on the earth except for two people struggling with the oxygen generator in the space colony. Since we live on this planet, we should be interested on what it is doing, more or less. Like the sun, it isn't a good idea to ignore the earth.

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*JAPAN PROVOKES CHINA--possibly could end violently

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Culture of Life News tracks certain odd items. One of them is the ongoing interisland dispute between China and Japan, the number two and number three economies of the world. Just last month, Japan unilaterally declared soveriegnty over disputed islands that are on top of a disputed possible gas/oil field.

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*CONTINUING TORTURE

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The web is talking about the latest revelations concerning torture in our secret prisons. This is the details of how we beat to death a taxi cab driver in Afghanistan, for example. Lyndie English was no where near this and all this happened long after the photos of torture broke open this story.

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*ALF AND ELF ATTACKS

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This is part of the "make your enemies, namely liberals, laugh to death or beat out their brains on rocks" strategy of the Bush administration.
The FBI has sounded a new and surprising alarm, suggesting environmental and animal-welfare militants are now the biggest terrorist threat in the US, increasingly using incendiary devices on targets ranging from housing developments and research laboratories to car dealerships.
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*MORE COMIX TODAY!

* GOOD NEWS...not

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Pause seen after strong week" trumpets CBS. This is how they explain falling stocks. "Profit taking".

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