May 29th, 2007

Chris Keeley

War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/29/1322235

Protests against the Bush administration and the Iraq War continued across the country over the Memorial Day Weekend. Today we spend the hour looking at how presidents from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush sold wars to the American public. Media critic Norman Solomon and the Media Education Foundation have released a documentary titled "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." The film is based on Solomon's book of the same name. The film features extended commentary by Solomon and is narrated by Sean Penn.

 


Protests against the Bush administration and the Iraq War continued across the country over the Memorial Day Weekend.

In New York City, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War re-enacted scenes from Occupied Iraq in a series of street theater actions. The veterans wore camouflage fatigues and pointed imaginary guns at a crowd of protesters playing Iraqi civilians.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in upstate New York to demonstrate against Vice President Cheney who delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The activists were forced to rally outside the gates of West Point after a federal judge ruled anti-war protesters could not march on campus.

Meanwhile there were also protests on Friday at the commencement ceremony at University of Massachusetts-Amherst when President Bush's former chief of staff Andrew Card was given an honorary degree. Hundreds of students pinned anti-Card messages on their gowns and held yellow signs protesting his presence. When Card was introduced a thunderous round of boos filled the stadium.

Faculty members, who were on stage with Card, joined in the protest. Several professors unfurled large signs that read "War Criminal Go Home" and "No Honor, No Degree." Much of the criticism of Card centered on his role as head of White House Iraq Group which helped sell the Iraq war to the American people

Well, today we are going to spend the hour looking at how presidents from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush sold wars to the American public.

The media critic Norman Solomon and the Media Education Foundation have just released a documentary titled "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." The film is based on Solomon's book of the same name. The film features extended commentary by Solomon and is narrated by Sean Penn.

 

  • "War Made Easy" - excerpt of documentary. More info at WarMadeEasyTheMovie.org
  • Norman Solomon, author of the book and documentary "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He has written several others book including "Target Iraq."
Chris Keeley

Sheehan to Step Down as Anti-War Leader

Sheehan to Step Down as Anti-War Leader
The peace activist Cindy Sheehan has announced she is stepping down from her role as a leading campaigner against the Iraq war. Sheehan rose to prominence after staging a camp-out to pressure President Bush to meet her as he vacationed at his Crawford estate in August of 2005. Sheehan named it Camp Casey in honor of her son who was killed in Iraq the previous year. In a letter released on Memorial Day, Sheehan said she is stepping down in part because of hostility from Democrats who she’s criticized for supporting the war. Sheehan also cited repeated threats on her life, strains on her health and family, and divisions inside the peace movement. Writing of her son, Sheehan says: “I have tried ever since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months.” Sheehan goes on to write: “I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the [U.S.]… but I am finished working in, or outside of this system…. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or any more people that I love and the rest of my resources.”
Chris Keeley

The Master Yoga Chart of 908 postures, completed in 1984. Created by Sri Dharma Mittra, it now grace

The Master Yoga Chart of 908 postures, completed in 1984. Created by Sri Dharma Mittra, it now graces the walls of ashrams near and far. 

The Master Yoga Chart of 908 postures
Christy Turlington: the model yogini. Christy Turlington's spiritual awakening—and the strength it has given her to withstand pain, pressure, and loss as she navigated a high-powered modeling career and built a successful business (Nuala, a line of yoga-inspired activewear she produces in partnership with Puma)—she owes to yoga. Discovered while horseback riding when she was 14, Turlington took her first Kundalini class four years later and was hooked. Her commitment to an active life on the mat continues to inspire those of us still wildly in thrall to her grace and her stamina and, yes, inner beauty be damned, her perfect yoga butt. Photographed in Amagansett, New York. 

Christy Turlington: the model yogini
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: guru, Ashtanga yoga. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, 91, has been described as "fierce and compassionate" and "strict and loving" by his students, but it's this kind of dichotomy that makes the teacher of Ashtanga so revered. Jois, who has been teaching for 70 years, started with a studio, or shala, in Mysore (Mysooru), India, that held only 15 students, and is now used to teaching groups that can number in the hundreds. He leads his students through a series of asanas that flow one into the next, synchronizing with the breath, and getting gradually more difficult, with the goal of producing an intense internal heat that detoxifies the body. Photographed at Sanskrit College in Mysore, India
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: guru, Ashtanga yoga
Chris Keeley

Hollywood's addiction problem

The industry tends to let addictions slide and then feign surprise when someone falls.
Photos: Back from the brink

CARRIE FISHER
The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher has built a franchise from sending "Postcards from the Edge." Her first novel dove into her thorny relationship with drugs (not to mention Mom) and was spun into a movie with Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
(Al Seib / LAT)
May 16, 2007

OZZY OSBOURNE
There are few drug habits as storied as Ozzy Osbourne's. The highlights, or lowlights, as it were: He was arrested for urinating on the Alamo. He bit off the head of a live dove in a meeting with record executives. He tried to strangle his wife and manager Sharon. For his latest album, "Black Rain," he got clean. "I thought I'd never write again without any stimulation," he told Billboard. "But you know what? Instead of picking up the bottle I just got honest and said, 'I don't want life to go [to pieces].'"
(Jae C. Hong / AP)

ROBIN WILLIAMS
During his swift rise to fame as the alien in suspenders on "Mork & Mindy," Williams used cocaine, oddly enough, as a way to get quiet time. But he quit drugs and alcohol cold turkey after his good friend John Belushi died a few hours after the two shared a line. Last year, he started drinking again and had to go into rehab for a bit, but all signs are positive that he's made a full recovery.
(Damon Winter / LAT)
DREW BARRYMORE
When most kids are getting braces, "E.T."'s tow-headed star was drinking, smoking pot and snorting cocaine, but at least she got the clichéd child-star drug addiction thing out of the way early. Barrymore, 32, has grown into a super-producer with her production company Flower Films and last year she earned one of the highest salaries per movie.
(Peter Foley)
RICHARD DREYFUSS
Dreyfuss was up with performances in "Jaws" and an Oscar-winning turn in "the Goodbye Girl." And then he was down, crashing his car into a tree and getting arrested for cocaine possession. In the last couple years, this one-time conscientious objector has jumped back into the political arena with speaking gigs at the National Press Club and a civics class at James Madison University.
(Chad Buchanan, Getty Images)
Feb 26, 2007

CHARLIE SHEEN
In the heady days of "Wall Street," Martin Sheen's son appeared to have all the potential in the world. Then he got lost in the snow, so to speak, until 1998 when he cleaned up after a near-fatal drug overdose. Now he's back in Hollywood's good graces with his hit show, "Two and a Half Men."
(Robert Voets)
Aug 24, 2005

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
This critically praised actor couldn't walk a straight line for most of the '90s. Jail time, rehab stints, wandering into a neighbor's house and passing out in a child's bedroom... who could keep up? But now he's into yoga and earning notices in "Zodiac" and the upcoming "Charlie Bartlett."
(Kevork Djansezian / AP)


Robert Downey Jr.
Carrie Fisher
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/
IAN MACKAYE
You don't drink, you don't smoke, what do you do? You rock out with Ian MacKaye, frontman of legendary hardcore bands Fugazi and Minor Threat. The Washington, D.C. native started the "straight edge" movement in the early '80s, a lifestyle committed to no drugs, no alcohol and no promiscious sex that inspired legions of grim-faced boys to sport black-marker X's on their hands. We're not sure too many of them stuck to it past 17 but it's the point that counts.
(Lori Shepler / LAT)

Chris Keeley

Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition

Evolution provides warning labels for moths in all kinds of patterns. 



DISGUISES The mechanisms for warding off predators include dark coloring that allows the H. amphinome to blend in to tree bark

Silver stripes on the C. plusia look like sunlight streaming through a dead leaf.


H. icasia releases a bitter yellow fluid if bothered


Chris Keeley

Lipstick Queen Strikes Again!

Lipstick Queen Strikes Again!

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As I have mentioned before, I am a die-hard fan of Lipstick Queen lipstick. ("Saint Rouge" and "Red Sinner" are my preferred shades, FYI).  Imagine my delight when I heard that the royal ladies have launched a new product:  Oxymoron, a matte gloss for lips and cheeks.  I've had the pleasure of wearing "Deafening Silence," a glowing nude that gives the skin a creamy, Victorian-hued tint.  And as promised, it goes on as slippery-smooth as a gloss, but without the oily sheen.  Perfect for a subtle whisper of color.  And of course, it comes with divinely designed packaging and a lip brush.  Because that's the Lipstick Queen way.