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Month: April 2006

Neil Young’s Protest Album

Neil Young’s Protest Album

Neil Young’s new album, LIVING WITH WAR, is now available in its entirety for you to listen to on line. Go here. Today’s NYT and The Nation stories here. And what’s more of an album review here.

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

I received this photo from my uncle who says, “This came from one of my most conservative, Republican friends. I guy I’ve known for fifty years from Olympia and who has been rabid in his support of Bush until recently.” So it’s true. Many of the hardcore Bush supporters now agree that Bush sucks. That explains these latest poll results. 36% here, and 32% here.

Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow

Born 98 years ago today. Died in April 1965. Resurrected last year in Good Night and Good Luck, a great movie. Some quotes: Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation. Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them. The obscure we see eventually. The…

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The Generals Revolt – Too Little Too Late

The Generals Revolt – Too Little Too Late

There are two very good reasons why Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will serve out the second Bush term. First, if Rumsfeld quit now it would be under a cloud – well a downpour actually – of failure and incompetence in his mishandling of the invasion of Iraq and its disastrous aftermath. Rumsfeld no doubt clings to the illusion that he will somehow be able to restore his shredded reputation in the next 2 ½ years. Fat chance. Second, the last…

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Living With War

Living With War

Not long ago, Neil Young announced that he is releasing a new album titled Living With War that he recorded in Los Angeles in just nine days. The ticker on his website reads: “I just finished a new record…a power trio with trumpet and 100 voices… recorded it earlier this month…I think it is a metal version of Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan…” The album will be available next Friday on his website where fans can listen to the songs…

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Ignoreland

Ignoreland

Once and a while I come across an article that reminds me of that other ridiculous war going on-The War on Drugs. (Our government is losing that one too…) From today’s New York Times: The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that “no sound scientific studies” supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists. … The Food and Drug Administration statement directly contradicts a 1999 review by the Institute of Medicine,…

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Red America – Actual Size

Red America – Actual Size

Have you ever bought any of those “amazing growing dinosaurs?” You know what I’m talking about? They are small rubbery figures that grow to about ten times their size when you put them in warm water and leave them overnight. Well that’s a pretty good metaphor for the Bush Republican Party. Like a dinosaur, their ideas are ancient and no longer relevant. And, like the toy, it takes some kind of catalyst – like say 9/11 – to make them…

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More about Our “Friend” Obiang

More about Our “Friend” Obiang

Harper’s Magazine points out that Bush signed a presidential proclamation in 2004 that bars corrupt foreign officials from entering the United States. If you read Obiang’s rap sheet on State Department website and at Amnesty International and then read Section One of the proclamation, you’ll wonder how he ever was allowed into the country. First thing you’ll need to know to figure out why he was welcomed as a “friend” is that they’ve got lots of oil in Equatorial Guinea….

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Condi Goes a Courtin’

Condi Goes a Courtin’

Hey Condi! Who’s that guy you’re shaking hands with? That wouldn’t be Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea would it? According to the U.S. Department of State website (isn’t that where you work?) President Obiang rules a country with a list of eighteen human rights violations including: Arbitrary arrest, detention, and incommunicado detention Judicial corruption and lack of due process Government corruption Forced labor, and Child labor. Parade Magazine has included him on the list of the ten…

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