Nov 022012

By Elliot Sperber

Sandy’s social strains: arguing over scant gasoline supplies.

In spite of Barack Obama’s prognostication that future generations would look back at his 2008 nomination as the very point in history at which the (industrially-induced) rising levels of the oceans began to slow, as the 2012 presidential election draws near it is difficult to miss the fact that the opposite is happening. Indeed, as economic activity continues to heat the planet, and as polar ice and glaciers continue to melt, the oceans are not only not slowing their rise – as witnessed most dramatically over the past week, they are rising ever higher, swallowing significant portions of New York and New Jersey, among other places. And though his general rhetoric may suggest otherwise, the policies that Obama has pursued since assuming office have led to these very conditions. For, among others, his economic and energy policies encourage the introduction of millions of tons of deadly toxins into the sea and air and soil of the world, raising temperatures and thereby raising sea levels. Continue reading »

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Nov 022012

The Anti-Empire Report
November 1st, 2012
by William Blum

Pres. Assad has far more support than the Western media would admit.

The universe unraveling
The Southeast Asian country of Laos in the late 1950s and early 60s was a complex and confusing patchwork of civil conflicts, changes of government and switching loyalties. The CIA and the State Department alone could take credit for engineering coups at least once in each of the years 1958, 1959 and 1960. No study of Laos of this period appears to have had notable success in untangling the muddle of who exactly replaced whom, and when, and how, and why. After returning from Laos in 1961, American writer Norman Cousins stated that “if you want to get a sense of the universe unraveling, come to Laos. Complexity such as this has to be respected.” 1 Continue reading »

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Nov 022012

New York City ‘Frankenstorm’…Much Could Have Been Avoided
Copyright October 2012
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As New York struggles in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s ‘Superstorm’, reports indicating it will be weeks before many key services are restored, it’s vital to reflect upon how such a disaster occurred, especially as NEW YORK WAS WARNED. 

“Oh Great Lord of the Almighty Dollar”, the panicked voice cried out, its Wall Street owner realizing he was indeed in truly deep-water, “how could you have forsaken your devoted and faithful?”  But though this poor soul lifted entreaty after entreaty to what had become his sacred deities — those of Narcissism, Hubris and Greed — reality swept in like the hurricane it was, flooding Wall Street and much around it.  Continue reading »

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Nov 022012

But you can bet nothing will be done. Money will continue to call the shots…until the people finally overthrow this caste. (Eds.)

Casino mogul is sparing no expense to get Romney elected, a win that would benefit his businesses and his bank account

Sheldon Adelson outfoxed rival moguls to open a casino in Macau and has used the billions it generates to influence US politics. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP
Rory Carroll in Las Vegas, Tania Branigan in Beijing and Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem | The Guardian, Thursday 1 November 2012

Every day three scenes, on the surface unconnected, unfold in different corners of the world. By breakfast time in Macau, China’s gambling mecca, thousands of people are inside vast casino resorts spending money on baccarat, poker, slot machines and restaurants. Managers monitor the profit by the hour.

By lunchtime in Israel commuters and shoppers are perusing Israel Hayom, a brash giveaway tabloid and the country’s most-read newspaper. It supports the government of Binyamin Netanyahu. And it clobbers rival dailies to the point of extinction. Continue reading »

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Nov 022012

 Dispatch from AlterNet: NEWS & POLITICS  | Posted by SEAN LENIHAN
By Lauren Kelley, Thank you, Lauren
Contradictions abound in NYC — huge swathes of the city are fine, while entire neighborhoods are facing serious shortages.

People waiting for bus service. No limos or helicopters for the masses.

November 1, 2012 
Many of us New Yorkers who didn’t feel the full wrath of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath are experiencing a strange cognitive dissonance this week. In many neighborhoods things seem weirdly normal, with only minor, if any, inconveniences. Coffee shops are bustling, kids were out trick or treating, the power, heat, and internet are on, and there’s no real concern about having enough water or food. But then you read the news and hear stories from friends and acquaintances, and you’re reminded that residents in lower Manhattan and parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and New Jersey – geographically, just a few miles away – are experiencing something entirely different. Continue reading »

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