March 27th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Articles- How Islamic Inventors Changed the World

In this period where some indulge in Muslim- or Islam-bashing it is
helpful to record some historical facts to renew, in Carl Coon's words,
faith that we are one planet and one people.

QUOTE:   /"1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World"
is a new exhibition which began a nationwide tour this week. It is
currently at the Science Museum in Manchester. For more information, go
to/ <>

Regards,  John
Chris Keeley

1 in 50

The District has the highest rate of new AIDS cases in the country.

Rate of new cases in 2004, per 100,000 people

1. District 179.2
2. New York 39.7
3. Florida 33.5
4. Maryland 26.1
5. Louisiana 22.4
6. New Jersey 21.2
7. Delaware 18.9
21. Virginia 10.7

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chris Keeley

AHPP reports that nearly 1 out of 50 District residents is living with AIDS. The nation's capital ha

Once at Front Line of AIDS War, District Is Now Fighting Blind
By Jose Antonio Vargas
Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, March 26, 2006; A01

This is what the AIDS epidemic looks like in the District of Columbia: a disease traveling generations.

Inside the Correctional Treatment Facility, right next to the D.C. jail, there's the 34-year-old who has full-blown AIDS. She was infected with HIV by the same man who infected her mother. A few miles away, on the second floor of an apartment building in Southeast Washington, there's the 29-year-old who was infected by a childhood friend. She's four months pregnant. He's dead. And in a Northwest Washington home, there's the entire family -- the mother, 36, the father, 34, their 1-year-old baby girl -- living with HIV.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Barbara Bush Directed Katrina Donation to Son’s Company

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered immediate U.S. support for the military junta shortly after it seized power in Argentina 30 years ago
Headlines for March 27, 2006
Monday, March 27th, 2006
- Between 500,000 and 2 Million Protest Immigration Bill in LA
- U.S. Accused of Killing 17 in Raid of Shiite Mosque
- FEMA Reneges On Promise to Reopen No-Bid Katrina Contracts
- Barbara Bush Directed Katrina Donation to Son’s Company
- Scalia: Guantanamo Detainees Have No Rights
- Thousands Mark 30th Anniversary of Coup in Argentina
- Kissinger Ordered U.S. Support for Argentine Military Junta
- South Dakota Activists Aim to Overturn Abortion Ban
- France Prepares for General Strike Over Labor Law
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers Launches McDonald’s Campaign


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Chris Keeley

In 2004, the median pre-tax household income was $44,684; a poverty line based on relative deprivati

by JOHN CASSIDY How poor is poor?
Issue of 2006-04-03 Posted 2006-03-27

In the summer of 1963, Mollie Orshansky, a thirty-eight-year-old statistician at the Social Security Administration, in Washington, D.C., published an article in the Social Security Bulletin entitled “Children of the Poor.” “The wonders of science and technology applied to a generous endowment of natural resources have wrought a way of life our grandfathers never knew,” she wrote. “Creature comforts once the hallmark of luxury have descended to the realm of the commonplace, and the marvels of modern industry find their way into the home of the American worker as well as that of his boss. Yet there is an underlying disquietude reflected in our current social literature, an uncomfortable realization that an expanding economy has not brought gains to all in equal measure. It is reflected in the preoccupation with counting the poor—do they number 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million?”Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Greg Palast: What's in an acronym?

Noted: even those who've always realized that the Iraq invasion was
about controlling the flow of oil, tend to think it was meant to flow
more easily.

How would those folks supporting the invasion/occupation, strictly on
the basis of keeping oil prices low, feel about it if they considered
that the goal is really to keep prices high?

In this case, the resulting destabilization of the region is also a
boon, both for Big Oil & defense contractors.

Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools
The Guardian
Monday, March 20, 2006 by Greg Palast

Get off it. All the carping, belly-aching and complaining about George
Bush's incompetence in Iraq, from both the Left and now the Right, is
just dead wrong.
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Chris Keeley

Rove is providing

Rove said cooperating in CIA leak inquiry

Larisa Alexandrovna Published: Monday March 27, 2006

Karl Rove, Deputy White House Chief of Staff and special adviser to
President George W. Bush, has recently been providing information to
special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the ongoing CIA leak
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Chris Keeley

Kevin Phillips, Keillor, Ivins, Conason on Bush Policies

friend sending this said all are too good not to share.  the pieces are
also depressing.  Pray the apolcalypse is not upon us.  How could any
administration possibly be this bad?

Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 8:43:56 PM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: Kevin Phillips, Keillor, Ivins, Conason on Bush Policies

Decline and fall
Kevin Phillips, no lefty, says that America -- addicted to oil, strangled by debt and maniacally religious -- is headed for doom.

By Michelle Goldberg

Mar. 16, 2006 | In 1984, the renowned historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Barbara Tuchman published "The March of Folly," a book about how, over and over again, great powers undermine and sabotage themselves. She documented the perverse self-destructiveness of empires that clung to deceptive ideologies in the face of contrary evidence, that spent carelessly and profligately, and that obstinately refused to change course even when impending disaster was obvious to those willing to see it. Such recurrent self-deception, she wrote, "is epitomized in a historian's statement about Philip II of Spain, the surpassing wooden-head of all sovereigns: 'No experience of the failure of his policy could shake his belief in its essential excellence.'"

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she supplements but hardly supplants Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard's "C. P. Cavafy: Collected Po

The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation'

Modern Greek

Maybe loneliness comes not only in varying degrees but also in different varieties, and the unprepossessing man seated in the corner of the cafe — thin, neatly mustached, bourgeois-looking — suffers loneliness of an especially rich and resonant sort. Let's say the man is Constantine Cavafy, who loved cafes. Greek by ancestry, Egyptian by choice, Cavafy (1863-1933) spent his professional life in Alexandria, working solidly but hardly notably in the irrigation section of the Ministry of Public Works. His imaginative life was far less circumscribed.

Cavafy was a poet, although acquaintances in the cafe plausibly might not know this. His poems, composed in Greek, were privately printed and little circulated during his lifetime. Cavafy was also a homosexual, a circumstance that partly explains his poetry's narrow distribution. He refused to truckle. On the page, he was an uncompromising spirit, ultimately unwilling to settle for sexually indeterminate pronouns like "one" and "you." His object of desire was an unmistakable "he" (an explosive blend of ethereal Apollo and begrimed manual laborer) and his poetry pledged its allegiance to the validity — the nobility — of his yearnings.

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