Friday, April 20, 2007

Mass actions on May Day

Here a couple of note, starting with The Great American Boycott 2007:
One of the groups behind last years massive march in Los Angeles that drew a reported one-half million people is calling for a repeat of the last year’s boycott in support of immigrant’s rights.

Members of the March 25th Coalition, a coalition of labor unions, human rights activists, and immigrant rights groups called Monday for a national "Great American Boycott Two" on May 1, 2007.

The event is designed to raise awareness for immigrant’s rights and their contributions to the economy.
Across "the pond" (as the Brits would say) is another May Day call to action:
May Day 2007 looks set to be a mass day of protest. Up to 250,000 civil servants will be taking their second day of national strike action in their dispute against job cuts, privatisation and Gordon Brown's attempts to freeze public sector pay.
More on planned strike activities here, as well as a possible nurse's strike later in May. Tip of the hat to Lenin's Tomb for word about May Day in England (Migra Matters is the source for the bit about the Great American Boycott).

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Torture and secrecy

Saw this Harpers article by Scott Horton that appeared interesting. The reference to the classic Terry Gilliam film Brazil is especially apt.

The Decidererer in Pictures

Check out The Top 15 Most Embarrassing Photos of George W. Bush, with some classic pictorial evidence of the preznit at his most, erm, natural.

Tip o' the hat to Skippy, the man responsible for coining the term blogtopia.

Hits the nail on the head

Nezua sez:
Mostly, I hope we can start reading the signs. Violence rising in both grade schools and in colleges and around the entire world. It isn't the video games, Hillary. It isn't gangsta rap, Imus-excusers. It isn't cartoons. This is a result of a long line of choices we have made and continue to make. This is due to our violent world and all the violence we allow, participate in, encourage, overlook, and ultimately, use to drive our own youth and many other humans insane. Now we get to hear the assholes in office ranting and getting righteous about this while never making the connection to their own contributions.
My emphasis added. I'm expecting the usual calls to ban firearms, censor videogame and music content, turn universities and colleges into veritable prisons (it's worked so well for the k-12 system), and other similar nonsense.

Ultimately we need to look at the cultural Zeitgeist into which we are embedded, and ask ourselves what exactly it is that we value. I really wonder at times what that is beyond money and power, and an earnest belief that if you're going down you might as well take as many others out with you as possible. Come to think of it, that seems to be the American way of conducting foreign policy. Perhaps these murder-suicides could be viewed as small-scale & short-duration versions of what our political and corporate elites have been perpetrating for decades.

See also Lenin's Tomb.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

GOP Blocks Funding - Protects U.S. Torture Web

And by web, I mean extraordinary rendition, secret prisons and alternative interrogation practices - ya know, things that should be denounced by a civilized society.
Opponents of a measure that would require President George W. Bush to reveal details of the U.S. intelligence budget and operations of secret CIA prisons blocked the legislation today from a final vote.

Senator Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, led opposition to the legislation, which he said would compromise national security. In a 41-40 vote, the measure's opponents prevented its supporters from mustering the backing from at least 60 senators needed to limit debate and bring the measure to a vote.

Here is the link to the actual bill. Keep in mind that the "Trust Me" phase of the Bush Administration is still progressing strongly within the ranks of the GOP. They see no need for oversight, even though countless incidents of reckless abuse of power runs rampant from the Executive Branch.

They can't even pretend to be unaware of the scope of torture being used by this government. The misAdministration admits it readily.
Zubaydah was transferred to Guantanamo in September, along with 13 other "high-value" captives who had been held in secret CIA prisons. The New York Times has said his interrogators stripped him naked, held him in an ice-cold room and subjected him to deafeningly loud music.

President George W. Bush has denied Zubaydah and the other prisoners were tortured in CIA custody but said in a Sept. 6 speech that interrogators used "an alternative set of procedures" to get information from them that thwarted attacks against the United States.

Blogger Kevin Spidel, now working for Amnesty International, has clips of yesterday's Congressional testimony on the torture flights aspect of this evil web.

Crossposted at Latino Político

Monday, April 16, 2007

Phew, Glad My Gun Is Safe!

Crossposted from Latino Político

I will never, ever, ever understand the amount of mind control that the gun lobby has in this country, especially over the political class.

A White House spokesman said President Bush was horrified by the rampage and offered his prayers to the victims and the people of Virginia.

"The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," spokeswoman Dana Perino said

Dozens of dead at a college campus and the Warmonger in Chief sends out a dog whistle call to the NRA that they needn't worry about their weapons.

Plus, don't get me started on the irony of this man calling for the rule of law to be upheld. Get real, George.