October 25th, 2006

Chris Keeley

McGovern-Polk Book "Out of Iraq"--WashPost 10/25/06

Calling Again for Troop Withdrawal*

Wednesday, October 25, 2006; A15

During the years that he led opposition to the Vietnam War, former
senator George S. McGovern (D-S.D.) says, he consoled his family with
the proposition that the United States would never again commit such a
"tragic mistake," as he put it. But McGovern said in an interview last
week that America is headed down "the same road" in Iraq

McGovern, the 1972 Democratic nominee for president, is out with a new
book prescribing what the country ought to do to turn things around. The
title neatly summarizes his advice: "Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for
Withdrawal Now."

Co-written with William R. Polk, a former professor and State Department
Middle East expert, the 142-page volume calls for a phased withdrawal of
140,000 U.S. troops beginning by year's end and finishing by June 30.
The authors say the Iraqi government should request the presence of an
international force, including Arab and Muslim troops, to help keep
order after the departure of the Americans.
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Chris Keeley

Dog sucks psychedelic toads to get high

The Dog Who Loved to Suck on Toads

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An innocuous toad -- just don't hold it for too long.

An innocuous toad -- just don't hold it for too long. Courtesy Mirsch Family

Lady's Addiction: Coming to terms with self-medication.

Lady's Addiction: Coming to terms with self-medication. Courtesy Mirsch Family


All Things Considered, October 24, 2006 · A dog may be man's best friend. But one dog, Lady, decided she needed more friends -- and she found plenty in the knot of toads living at the local pond. A suburban family's secret struggle with an uncommon addiction comes to light in this personal essay by NPR's Laura Mirsch.

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Chris Keeley

Exchange between Robert Stiver and Fred Bush--What isn't reported

Dr. Fred, I was very glad to receive and read your transmittal. You are
energetic and doing wonderful things! Are your lectures being taped?
They should be serialized and aired on public-access TV networks,
AlternateFocus.org, church-group settings, etc.
By chance (while reading an article about Militant Zionist Israel's
announced determination to continue "operations" into Gaza -- without
"occupying" it) and just after receiving your mail, I came across this
cross-referenced item from the London Financial Times. The bulk of it is
pretty much ho-hum, but please read the last two paragraphs. This is my
first knowledge of Brzezinski's (hardly my ideal foreign-affairs
analyst...) comments; were you aware of them? At the risk of being
called disingenuous if your answer is "yes," can you even IMAGINE any
space being given to such commentary in the US mainstream media?
Best regards and aloha, Bob

   Soros considers backing peace initiative

By Guy Dinmore in Washington

Published: October 23 2006 21:27

Israel’s summer war with Lebanon’s Hizbollah ended after 34 days, but a
fierce debate within the American Jewish community over the nature of
Israel’s relationship with the US rages on, spurring efforts to create a
powerful voice to lobby for peace with the Palestinians.

George Soros, the financier and philanthropist, is said by friends to be
considering giving his support to a new initiative for an influential
alternative that would lobby for US engagement and a negotiated
two-state settlement.

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