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Here are links for the most recent youtube video:

CIA's Plan to Crush Leaks Gets Leaked
https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-1

Former NSA, CIA director: "The United States does conduct espionage"
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57591682/former-nsa-cia-director-the-united-states-does-conduct-espionage/

Ecuador backing for Snowden spurs criticism of Correa media law
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/27/us-usa-security-ecuador-idUSBRE95Q1BC20130627

So when will Dick Cheney be charged with espionage? His crime was the same as Snowden’s
http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/charged-espionage-snowdens.html

CNN exclusive: George W. Bush on AIDS, Mandela, Snowden and his legacy
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/politics/bush-interview/index.html

Obama Has Charged More Under Espionage Act Than All Other Presidents Combined
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/06/22/edward_snowden_is_eighth_person_obama_has_pursued_under_espionage_act.html

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/20/194513/obamas-crackdown-views-leaks-as.html#.UdWmnHeD9kE

Take A Break From The Snowden Drama For A Reminder Of What He's Revealed So Far
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/06/25/take-a-break-from-the-snowden-drama-for-a-reminder-of-what-hes-revealed-so-far/

The Dangers of Surveillance
http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/126/may13/Symposium_9477.php

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
http://tppinfo.org/

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/


 

Have been on a blogging and vlogging hiatus for quite a few years, mainly focusing on working and very occasionally doing TV segments with the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. But with all of this wild news lately, felt a rant (in the video above) was in order… Related URLs are given below.

Guantanamo, Drone Strikes and the Non-War Terror War: Obama Speaks
http://www.globalresearch.ca/guantanamo-drone-strikes-and-the-non-war-terror-war-obama-speaks/5336287

‘Island outside the law’: 11 years later, Guantanamo defies closure as hunger strikes and force-feedings multiply
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/25/island-outside-the-law-11-years-later-guantanamo-defies-closure-as-hunger-strikes-and-force-feedings-multiply/

Birth Defects Plague Iraq, But Cause Unknown
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/birth-defects-plague-iraq-10-years-us-invasion/story?id=18793428#.UaGSW3eD9kE

'Obama Must be Taken Before ICC for the War on Terror' - Noam Chomsky
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35050.htm

Statistics on Homeless Veterans
http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/

Sanders skeptical about calls for presidential commission to investigate VA backlog
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/05/24/sanders-skeptical-about-calls-for-presidential-commission-to-investigate-va-backlog/

Military Vaccines
http://thinktwice.com/military.htm

Rape in the military: exposing the shocking truth
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/oct/29/rape-military-shocking-truth

Verizon (and Google) Helped U.S. Government to Spy on Reporters
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15841

Social Accountability International
http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=473

Business Social Compliance Initiative
http://www.bsci-intl.org/

Sustainable Apparel Coalition
http://www.apparelcoalition.org/

Baby girls near Fukushima disaster have 70% increased cancer risk – WHO
http://rt.com/news/who-fukushima-nuclear-health-618/

IAEA calls for defining "end state" of crippled Fukushima plant
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130523/iaea-calls-defining-end-state-crippled-fukushima-plant

All U.S. nuclear reactors are too dangerous, says former nuke-safety chief
http://grist.org/news/all-u-s-nuclear-reactors-are-too-dangerous-says-former-nuke-safety-chief/

Marchers in over 400 cities protest Monsanto
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/marchers-in-over-400-cities-protest-monsanto/2013/05/25/938dd988-c59b-11e2-914f-a7aba60512a7_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

Being a Democracy Hating, Corporate Power-Defending Newspaper Owner Runs Deep in the Koch Family
http://www.alternet.org/media/being-democracy-hating-corporate-power-defending-newspaper-owner-runs-deep-koch-family

Elizabeth Warren Student Loans Bill Endorsed By Several Colleges, Organizations
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/elizabeth-warren-student-loans-bill_n_3329735.html

OECD: Inequality Rising Faster than Ever
http://inequality.org/oecd-report-inequality-rising-faster/

Nearly a Quarter of People in Greece and the U.S. Can't Afford Food
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/05/nearly-a-quarter-of-people-in-greece-and-the-us-cant-afford-food/276176/

Progressive Activism Is Bubbling Up Across the Country -- Here's What's Happening That the Corporate Media Can't Be Bothered to Report
http://www.alternet.org/activism/progressive-activism-bubbling-across-country-heres-


 

To be honest, Obama, you lost me when you voted for the PATRIOT Act reauthorization in 2006. You lost me again when you voted for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment in 2008. And you lost me every single time you voted for yet more war funding.

Don't even get me started on your vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.

I cast a ballot for you in November, but I just can't share in this moment of collective euphoria over your election.

So, if your transition team really wants feedback on "where President-Elect Obama should lead this country," here's a Top Five list:


Note: Originally published: November 21, 2008



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Read full article: 'You’re Scaring Me, Obama: Let the Bush Years Die'

 

The Bush administration is heading us towards more disaster with its 'toxic debt' bailout and destabilization of Pakistan and Iran. We can’t afford to go down this road again. Heather’s 10-minute video above provides background, context and ideas for taking action.

Links for sources cited in this video:

Bailout:
"http://edition.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS/09/20/us.markets.toxicdebt.plan/index.html" Crisis talks over $700B 'toxic debt' rescue plan Bush: "The American people have got to know that I made this decision along with a lot of experts because it was necessary to protect them."

Pakistan:
"http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1841649,00.html"
Washington is Risking War with Pakistan

"http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174977/tariq_ali_has_the_u_s_invasion_of_pakistan_begun_" The American War Moves to Pakistan

Iran:
"http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_hersh"
Preparing The Battlefield July 07, 2008

"http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1220186494776&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull"
Dutch intel: US to strike Iran in coming weeks September 1, 08

"http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1019989.html"
Israel asks U.S. for arms, air corridor to attack Iran September 11, 08

"http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1020702.html"
U.S. to sell IAF smart bombs for heavily fortified targets September 14, 08

"http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/17/iran.usa"
Bush could still attack Iran Sept 17 08


Note: Originally published: September 21, 2008

 

The lack of oversight characterizing both the Bush administration and crony capitalism have bankrupted the U.S. and created the need for perpetual war. With Cheney stirring up trouble over Iran, we can't wait until November 2008 to fight back.


Note: Originally published: March 31, 2008



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Read full article: 'Bush’s Legacy Leads to Iran: Will Clinton or Obama Make Any Difference? Will You?'

 

The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors.

The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department’s long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or awareness.


Note: Originally published: March 6, 2008



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Read full article: 'Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military’s Human-Testing Program Returns'

 

"If we cut the Pentagon budget 15%, $75 billion will go into a universal pre-kindergarten program so our children ages 3, 4 and 5 will have access to full-time day care and more money would go into elementary and secondary education. Our college-age students need to know that with a Kucinich administration they're guaranteed a two- or four-year college, tuition free, and it'll be paid for by the government investing in our young people. That's the kind of approach I'll take to education." - Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Oct 30, 2007, Democratic debate at Drexel University

In a Gallup poll released on December 10 2007, Education scored a respectable #12 for the issues determining Americans' choice of president in 2008. Education even scored above Terrorism, Environmental Issues, Employment Issues and World Peace.


Note: Originally published: January 2, 2008



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Read full article: 'Hey Iowa, Only One Candidate Links Education with War Spending...'

 
(partially excerpted from The Progressives’ Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now, Vol.1)

"On September 11, we saw clearly that evil exists in this world, and that it does not value life ... Now we are engaged in a fight against evil and tyranny to preserve and protect life." – George W. Bush in 2002, linking abortion rights with terrorism, as he declared the 29th anniversary of Roe v. Wade to be "National Sanctity of Human Life Day."

Bush has used his Oval Office years to limit reproductive freedom and stack critical posts with right-wingers bent on rolling back the clock.

And now it appears yet another reactionary Bush appointee is on track to get a lifetime position as a federal judge...

Note: Originally published: December 28, 2007



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Read full article: 'Bush in Your Bedroom: Top Ten Worst Appointees for Reproductive Rights (so far…)'

 
The Progressives’ Handbook: Get the Facts and Make a Difference Now, Vol.1, hit #1 on Amazon’s political activism charts in December 07. Vol. 2 of the series simultaneously reached Amazon’s top ten list for political activism.

 
(this article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus)

The Vatican's recent snub of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is only the latest salvo in the battle between Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush. This tug of war has profound implications for both U.S. foreign policy and the critical Catholic vote in 2008's presidential race.

On issues ranging from the war in Iraq to global warming, the Vatican and Washington have not seen eye to eye. With the popularity of U.S. foreign policy at record lows around the world, however, the Vatican's diplomatic approach is more consistent with global public opinion.


Note: Originally published: October 6, 2007



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