Nov 172012

He’s a Big Gas Man

by Joshua Frank,

Greenhouse gas emissions are hot news these days — especially in the lead up to an election when candidates, at least those who claim to believe in climate science, vow to do something about the biggest environmental crisis facing our little blue planet: climate change.

In early March of this year, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Obama vowed to end $4 billion in Big Oil and Gas subsidies. “You can either stand up for the oil companies, or you can stand up for the American people,” Obama said to an applauding audience. “You can keep subsidizing a fossil fuel that’s been getting taxpayer dollars for a century, or you can place your bets on a clean-energy future.” Continue reading »

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Nov 172012

By Uri Avnery, Israeli peace leader      
November 16, 2012

Palestinians peer out into the street to observe results of bombardment. How does life continue under such extreme circumstances?

HOW DID it start? Stupid question.

Conflagrations along the Gaza Strip don’t start. They are just a continuous chain of events, each claimed to be a [or “in”] “retaliation” for the previous one. Action is followed by reaction, which is followed by retaliation, which is followed by …

This particular event “started” with the firing from Gaza of an anti-tank weapon at a partially armored jeep on the Israeli side of the border fence. It was described as retaliation for the killing of a boy in an air attack some days earlier. But probably the timing of the action was accidental – the opportunity just presented itself. Continue reading »

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Nov 172012

Who Started It?

The obscenity of this attack reminds us of nothing so much as the Nazis’ cowardly and murderous attack on the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto…Is that obvious and unavoidable parallel already forgotten among modern Israelis?—Eds

An Israeli bomb crater in Gaza. The density of population in this shutoff territory makes all attacks by practically unchallenged air power an state-of-the-art artillery an act of wanton murder against civilians..literally shooting fish in a barrel.

By Patrick Higgins
For days now, Israel has been launching aerial attacks on Gaza, resulting in many dead and many injured. The attacks are part of a larger and massively depressing spectacle of a usurping colony forcing a population into a wall-enclosed ghetto and bombing them in the name of Judaism and the Jews. Continue reading »

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Nov 172012

Phil Rockstroh

“Personally, I’m done with attempting to persuade idiots by intelligent discourse and fools by plying them with common sense…finished with issuing reasoned warnings to dissemblers and dimwits who claim the iceberg directly in the path of our ocean liner is simply an ice dispenser, conveniently located to refresh our beverages…”

So much has been lost to the hubris and cupidity inherent to the hyper-industrialization and commercial hustler that defines the Anthropocene Epoch. To take it all in, to allow oneself to feel the full implications of the dire situation, of the ecocide and humanity lost to endless war and economic exploitation, one would be knocked to one’s knees with sorrow or compelled to give voice to bursts of full-throated rage.    Continue reading »

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