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Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation – Part 1 of 3

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Anti-war.com – WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing Influence

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From Anti-war.com:

WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing Influence

WikiLeaks Fights to Stay Online Amid Attacks

S. Korea Again Vows Retaliation Against North

Covert War Against Iran Takes Chilling Turn

Baghdad Bombs Targeting Shi’ite Areas Kill 17

Abbas: Last Resort – I’ll Ask Israel to Take Over

Yemen President ‘Opened Door’ to US Forces

Cable reveals Mafia-government connection — But US media don’t care to dig for the story

by Justin Raimondo, December 03, 2010

I love how the pundits are yawning over the latest WikiLeaks revelations: oh, there’s nothing to see here, it’s all so boring, no “smoking gun,” so let’s just move right along. These people are just plain lazy: they want “scoops” delivered to their front doors, all neatly packaged and labeled as such. In short, they don’t want to have to do any work, beyond the usual cut-and-paste. Which is why a lot of the really juicy stuff coming out of WikiLeaks continues to elude them.

Take, for example, this excerpt from a cable dated May 15, 2009 — entitled “Israel, A Promised Land for Organized Crime?” – sent by our embassy in Tel Aviv, which deals with the rising influence of Israeli organized crime:

“As recently as March 2009, Zvika Ben Shabat, Yaacov Avitan, and Tzuri Roka requested visas to attend a ‘security-related convention’ in Las Vegas. According to local media reports, all three had involvement with OC. Post asked the applicants to provide police reports for any criminal records in Israel, but without such evidence there is no immediate ineligibility for links to OC. Luckily, all three have so far failed to return for continued adjudication of their applications. Nevertheless, it is fair to assume that many known OC figures hold valid tourist visas to the United States and travel freely.”

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SCOTUS Blog – Argument preview: State power over aliens

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From the SCOTUS Blog:

Argument preview: State power over aliens

The Court takes up the issue of state authority to regulate the activities of illegal aliens in an Arizona case that is a prelude to an even more significant case on that issue.

Case Pages: Chamber of Com. v. Whiting

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hold a one-hour hearing on the authority of state governments to regulate the activities of non-citizens living illegally within their borders.  While this case from Arizona is important in its own right, testing an alien worker law, it could be even more significant as a prelude to a coming test case over an even more aggressive law, also enacted in Arizona.  The case of U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, et al. (09-115) will be argued for the Chamber by Carter G. Phillips of Sidley Austin in Washington, sharing time with Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal K. Katyal, speaking for the federal government as an amicus.  Representing Arizona will be the state Solicitor General, Mary R. O’Grady of Phoenix.  (The title of the case has changed since it was granted as U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria, et al.)

The case will be heard by an eight-member Court; Justice Elena Kagan has recused from the case, presumably because of her former role as U.S. Solicitor General.

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Truthout – 9.8 Percent: The Number That the Deficit Commission Left Out

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From Truthout:

Sunday 05 December 2010

9.8 Percent: The Number That the Deficit Commission Left Out
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: “Congress clearly doesn’t see what the rest of us see. If they did, how could they possibly do the things they are doing? There is an absolute emergency going on in the country and Congress refuses to even see it. With 9.8 percent of us jobless – that is the official rate, not counting the people who have given up or are ‘under’ employed or took pay cuts or whatever – Congress is debating tax cuts for the rich and cutting back on programs for the rest of us.”
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Rumors and Pessimism Reign Midway Through Cancun Summit
Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service: “At the end of the first week of climate negotiations under way in this Mexican Caribbean resort city, it seems a distant possibility that the nearly 200 national delegations will agree on renewing the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.”
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Big Polluters Freed From Environmental Oversight by Stimulus
Kristen Lombardi and John Solomon, The Center for Public Integrity: “In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight… The administration has awarded more than 179,000 ‘categorical exclusions’ to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.”
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Hammered in the Senate, Democrats Must Negotiate on Tax Cuts
Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor: “Washington Saturday was a picture of frustration and gridlock over government spending and taxes…. But the lack of specific legislative progress also brought signs that the negotiating parties – Republicans and Democrats, Congress and the White House – may be headed for some sort of compromise.”
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US Execution Capital Reconsiders the Death Penalty
William Fisher, Inter Press Service: “On Monday, Dec. 6, a district court in Texas will be asked – for the first time in that U.S. state’s history – to decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional based on the ‘disproportionately high risk of wrongful convictions’ in Texas.”
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Phlogiston Economics: The Need to Dispel the Free Hand and Create Jobs Instead
Ellen Danin, Truthout: “Phlogiston is good for a laugh today, but economic ideas that control current decision-making are based not on tested experiments but on elegant theories. Economics’ equivalent of phlogiston appeared 23 years after Boyle’s experiment, in Adam Smith’s 1776 book, ‘The Wealth of Nations.’ Its phlogiston equivalent was the self-regulating market, described as an ‘invisible hand.’ The invisible hand’s efficient market was created by individual self-interest; interference with the market through regulation risked economic catastrophe.”
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Fighting the Black Anti-Abortion Campaign
Loretta J. Ross, On The Issues Magazine: “Sixty-five billboards were quickly erected in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Atlanta on February 5, 2010. Each showed a sorrowful picture of a black male child proclaiming, ‘Black Children are an Endangered Species’…. This was the opening salvo in a campaign to pass new state legislation attempting to criminalize abortions provided to women of color allegedly because of the ‘race or sex’ of the fetus.”
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If Cancun Climate Talks Falter, Blame the US
Sarah Laskow, The Media Consortium: “If American negotiators have always been reluctant to make those promises, even if they did this year, their promises would ring empty. The results of the 2010 midterms mean there’s little chance Congress would ratify a treaty. Republicans just eliminated a special House committee on global warming. They certainly aren’t interested in making the sorts of concessions that international negotiators want and need to convince their own governments to move forward.”
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Privacy is Passe, So Broadcast Yourself (to Big Brother)
Adam Bessie, Truthout: “My student can be her own Big Brother – and what’s more, she wants to be. Unlike Winston, she hopes someone is watching and listening. This minute-by-minute sharing is not a fad; rather, it represents the emergence of a culture of digital exhibitionism.”
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Firedoglake – Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group

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From Firedoglake:

Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group

By: Kirk James Murphy, M.D. Saturday December 4, 2010 9:20 pm

Yesterday Alexander Cockburn reminded us of the news Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett broke at Counterpunch in September.   Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he was involved in blowing up.

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Antiwar.com’s Week in Review | December 5, 2010

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From Antiwar.com:

Antiwar.com Founder Eric Garris Talks Wikileaks with Fox’s Judge Napolitano

Friday evening, Antiwar.com founder and managing editor Eric Garris sat down with Judge Andrew Napolitano to discuss Julian Assange, Hillary Clinton and the Obama administrations’ suppression of foreign investigation of top US officials.  Video can be found here.

WikiLeaks’ “Cablegate” Most Damning Dump Yet

Nothing is more damaging to US foreign policy than the truth,” said Antiwar.com news editor Jason Ditz after WikiLeaks initiated its latest dump dubbed “Cablegate” earlier this week. Among the hundreds of thousands of documents “detailing the sordid actions of the US and foreign governments the world over… was the revelation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered US embassies to steal credit card data from top UN officials as part of a ‘National HumInt Collection Directive.'”

Naturally, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denied the evidence, declaring that calls for Clinton’s resignation were “ridiculous and absurd.” According to Ditz, “Gibbs went on to say that Secretary Clinton had never ordered diplomats to spy on UN Security Council officials, despite WikiLeaks’ public release of a classified document signed by Secretary Clinton explicitly ordering diplomats to spy on UN Security Council officials.” (Oh yeah, by Friday,  Clinton expressed regret for the attempted theft.)

Of course instead of promoting our right to know and lauding WikiLeaks for uncovering the illicit activity of the U.S. Government, our Congressmen are trying to brand the organization as “terrorist” and as a “transnational threat.”  They have been quick to accuse the WikiLeakers of having blood on their hands, but it seems these accusations hold no merit. And after  Lieberman leaned on Amazon.com Wednesday who quickly folded under the slightest pressure, it seems the powers that be will do anything to shut WikiLeaks down. (See “Antiwar.com Launch Boycott of Amazon.com” below.)

“As the foibles of our preening viceroys are publicized, and the enormous scale of the waste and fraud comes to the attention of the American people,  a revolution is indeed possible,” says Justin Raimondo.” That’s why the Establishment of both parties, and pundits on the neocon right and the Obamaite left, are out to knife Assange and bring down WikiLeaks. They may fight about how much to raise the retirement age, and how to divide the tax loot, but when it comes to defending the Empire — and the cult of secrecy that sustains it in a ‘democratic’ Imperium such as ours — they stand united, both red and blue.”

Press Rely on Antiwar.com: Fox Business, Raw Story, RT, and More

As the White House tried desperately to save face amid another embarrassing week courtesy of WikiLeaks, Antiwar.com experts weighed in.  At the start of the week, Antiwar Radio host  Scott Horton appeared on Fox Business “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano.

Horton examined how WikiLeaks revealed the arrogance of an American Empire that looks down on even its closest allies and refuted claims that WikiLeaks has blood on its hands as a result of the document dump.

The next day, Raw Story covered Horton’s appearance on Fox Business noting “that revelations contained within the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables revealed Israel’s aggressive strategy for regime change in Iran.”

Quoting Horton, Raw Story reported, “There are some really outrageous things in these documents. Things that oughtta get the American people really upset. For example, the Israelis are shown to push, continually, to get the United States into a war with Iran. There’s one State Department document from August of 2007, where Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, is telling Assistant Secretary of State [R. Nicholas] Burns that even though the CIA’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program and our’s, that is Israel’s, are different — and, we have our deadline. If you don’t go ahead and attack, we will.

“That’s really blackmail, right there. Of course, if the United States wanted to start a war with Iran, they could at least do it their way, but if Israel starts a war with Iran, America will be involved no matter what. We’ll just — he’s basically threatening to drag us in, kicking and screaming. Of course, we have thousands of troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have the fleet in the Persian Gulf that are greatly at risk in any real war with Iran.”

In Florida, the Sunshine State News sought expert commentary from both Antiwar.com founder Eric Garris and Jason Ditz. “Ditz…who supports the release of the classified documents, insisted that they revealed that the U.S. was marching into war with Iran,” said reporter Kevin Derby.

Former CIA analyst  Philip Giraldi was interviewed on Russia Today regarding the amount of documents available to government employees and the level of classification. Giraldi says the leak is “not going to have any impact at all.”

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Brink of Disaster Part 1 of 3….1972 Anti-Activism Government Film

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