March 20th, 2006

Chris Keeley

significant new analysis by the always perceptive

TO: Distinguished Recipients
> FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is a significant new analysis by the always perceptive
and well-informed British commentator Patrick Seale.

It goes without saying that if Israel really wants the United States to
attack Iran (as it wanted it to attack Iraq), the United States will do
so. It is not as though the US Government (or even the American political
"opposition") has any independent thought processes where the country's
Middle East policies are concerned or the slightest respect for
international law or the opinions of the rest of mankind. The mystery for
me continues to be why France and Germany have done so much to facilitate
a further war of aggression and crime against peace which can be expected
to have even more catastrophic consequences than the war against Iraq.
Perhaps they feel a compelling need to attone, and make amends, to the
800-pound gorilla for the unforgiven sin of having been so clearly right
about Iraq. Perhaps threats have been made which remain unknown. In any
event, the collaborationist behavior of the major European states with
respect to Iran, as well as with respect to Palestine and Syria, has been
deeply disappointing to someone who used to expect better, and more
> principled, behavior from Europe.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

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Military Propaganda Buoys An Ailing President
So it turns out that the largest air assault since the overthrow of
Saddam Hussein was nothing more than a routine combing operation. The
story was headline news for an entire day and even brought about price
jumps in an already nervous oil market. So why would the military use
such misleading language? Is it possible that they hyped the story on
purpose? Is the War in Iraq so utterly unpopular with the electorate
that the three-year anniversary needed a little va-va-voom? There seems
no other explanation, even the BBC have picked up on it.W is
desperately trying to put a positive spin on the conflict, despite Iyad Allawi
openly talking of Civil War. Bush said that the strategy being
implemented “will lead to victory”. But the world is becoming weary
of such empty promises. After all, we were told that it was “Mission
Accomplished” back in May 2003, yet the killing and suffering of the
innocent continues unabated.Torture, chemical weapons, extraordinary
rendition, cluster bombs, black ops, oil contracts, dossiers, shoot to
kill, 23 billion missing dollars, orange jump suits, dead journalists
and cartoons…Can we take another 3 years of this?Bush Upbeat [9]US
Assault Grabs Global Attention [10]Dave.
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Chris Keeley

May God liberate the world of this threat because he is an assassin, mentally ill, a man who is psyc

Monday, March 20th, 2006
- Anti-War Protests Worldwide as Occupation Enters Fourth Year
- Ex-Interim Iraq PM Says Iraq Mired in Civil War
- Iraqi Video Leads to War Crimes Investigation of US Marines
- US Accused of Killing Iraqi Civilians Near Balad
- Prison Abuse Continued After Abu Ghraib
- Police Memos Recommend Surveillance, “Proactive Arrest"

Anti-War Protests Worldwide as Occupation Enters Fourth Year
As Iraq entered its fourth year under US occupation Sunday, anti-war protests were held around the world. Tens of thousands of people took the streets in cities across the US, Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. In Iraq, protesters demonstrated in Basra and Baghdad to protest the ongoing U.S. occupation. We’ll have more from the global protests against the war later in the broadcast.
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Chris Keeley

the word “falafel.” That is a reference to a sexual-harassment suit that a former Fox News producer

Bill O’Reilly’s baroque period.
Issue of 2006-03-27 Posted 2006-03-20

During what you could call Bill O’Reilly’s classical period, the first few years of “The O’Reilly Factor”—which débuted in 1996, at the same time as Fox News—O’Reilly seemed to be a recognizable member of the conservative-talk-show-host species, like his Fox stablemate Sean Hannity, or like Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC. He attacked Bill Clinton and Al Gore relentlessly; the Monica Lewinsky scandal was his signature subject. Now, ten years later, O’Reilly has become baroque, and “The O’Reilly Factor” is a complex affair, dense with self-references, obsessions, and elaborations, even though it still delivers a satisfying punch.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

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Sheen at antiwar protest
Sheen at antiwar protest
Actor Martin Sheen, front, second from left, helps carry a makeshift coffin during at an antiwar protest on March 18 the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
(AP/John Lazar)

Chris Keeley

HARRY BELAFONTE: No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the worl

After Criticizing Bush, Harry Belafonte is Disinvited from the University of Virginia, EyeCare and Speaking at the Coretta Scott King Funeral
Monday, March 20th, 2006
We hear from legendary musician, actor and humanitarian Harry Belafonte on why he was disinvited from speaking at the funeral of Coretta Scott King and how he been blacklisted in places due to his political views.

As we continue to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion we turn now to look at how critics of the war have often been silenced and punished for speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq as well as the Bush administration.
On Saturday, Democracy Now interviewed legendary singer, actor and humanitarian, Harry Belafonte at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. Collapse )
Chris Keeley

trailer for a 1970s female yakuzasploitation film

Video: '70s Yakuzasploitation chicks-with-swords flick

Found on YouTube, this trailer for a 1970s female yakuzasploitation film: live action sequences interspersed with beautifully stylized line drawings. Warning: contains exposed boobs, a "heinous crotch-gouge" episode, and hot babes with swords (all in less than 30 seconds!)

I know zero about '70s Japanese cinema, and there's no info attached to the clip. Anyone out there know more about the film? Link to "Female Yakuza Tale."(Thanks, Reverse Cowgirl!)

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

when Mr. Bush made his key mistakes — starting an unnecessary war, and using dishonest numbers to ju

Bogus Bush Bashing
"The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is 'incompetent,' and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: 'idiot' and 'liar.' " So says the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, whose most recent poll found that only 33 percent of the public approves of the job President Bush is doing.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

long goodbye

Jasmina Tesanovic: The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye
Jasmina Tesanovic
Belgrade, March 17, 2006

Slobo's body was not accepted in the Museum of the Revolution, the director said. There was no room there since there are other two current exhibits.

So with a little help from the government, Milosevic party members broke into the Museum of History of Yugoslavia and exposed his coffin. The director of the museum sent out a furious public letter of protest, but to no avail. His fans were already gathering and queuing to pay the last respect to their idol.

Some Ratko Mladic photos were also there next to Milosevic. Old phrases I almost forgot from bad old Milosevic days; such as Slobo my love, my hero, you saved us... his fans were always sentimental and hysterical, but never very modern in rhetoric.

War invalids from the nineties, the Milosevic wars, are protesting at the same time in front of the governmental building. Everybody is hoping those two crowds don’t meet.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Hall died of "environmental hyperthermia."

Mentally ill suffer deadly neglect
With a promise of community care, psychiatric wards were unlocked 30 years ago. Today, the sickest patients live in squalor.
Posted: Mar. 18, 2006
First of three parts

Tony Hall roasted to death in the stifling heat of an unregulated rooming house.

Street thugs murdered David Rutledge.

John Collins died after falling from his wheelchair, down the stairs of the unlicensed, mouse-infested group home where his Milwaukee County caseworker placed him. For months after Collins' death, someone kept using his food stamps.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

The Originals

Robert Maxwell

Lauri Faggioni | Artist
She is a writer, director, production designer and choreographer, but the only title Lauri Faggioni will answer to is toymaker. A fast learner, she racked up all those credits in just over two years, after her adorable felt-and-muslin stuffed animals caught the eye of the filmmaker Michel Gondry. Now a star in her own right, Faggioni trots the globe. She found this 1920's flamenco dress at the San Telmo flea market in Argentina. "My boyfriend is always trying to get me to go out in it," she says, revealing what may be the one thing she can't do. "But I can't go out in a dress with an eight-foot train."

Robert Maxwell

Glenn, Patsy and Eddie | Hell's Angels
In the tradition of easy riders before them, John the Baptist and his friends, of the New Roc Hell's Angels in New Rochelle, N.Y., spend their lives on the road. Whether speeding down the autobahn in Germany or snaking through the jungles around Rio de Janeiro, they are always raring to go. Of soaring over the salt flats of Utah, John says, "You're like an instant away from death, and that thrill never gets old." Neither does their signature black leather clothing, as much a part of their style as their Harleys.

The Originals
The world is their oyster on the half shell.