A sign displaying how the American social system is rotten


This boy died because of an abscessed tooth; his mother couldn’t pay Medicaid, so hence the boy died.

He died after telling his mother to “make sure you pray before you go to sleep.”


The US government: outrageous civil liberties of 2006


Apart from executing Saddam Hussein and hence, letting his former friends run scot free, here‘s a list of the 10 biggest violations against civil liberties that have been committed in 2006, according to Slate. Among them are the following mentionables:

  • Guantánamo Bay
  • Congressional threats to appoint an inspector general to oversee federal judges
  • The FBI’s TALON database shows the government has been spying on nonterrorist groups
  • This government program has us FedEx-ing unindicted terror suspects abroad for interrogation/torture
  • Attempt to Get Death Penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui

The MPAA hates people who bring Guantánamo to their face


What tardmobiles:

Two new films which expose unpleasant truths about Guantanamo and the battle for Iraq are coming under pressure from censors in the United States.

The Motion Pictures Association of America has censored a poster advertising a film about the Tipton three, called The Road to Guantanamo, that showed a hooded and blindfolded man hanging by his shackled wrists. Also, the makers of Baghdad ER, a documentary about a US military combat hospital, told the Guardian yesterday that Francis Harvey, the secretary of the army, had demanded last-minute changes to the film.

Choo-choo, it's the clue-train! Last stop – MPAA. Read the entire article, courtesy of The Guardian, here.

Blair: if you’re anti-USA, you’re mad


According to this article from The Guardian, Tony Blair, anti-americanism is "madness", although admitting the US could be a "difficult friend to have". From the article:

[…]the prime minister paid tribute to the Australians for joining in the "global struggle" against terror, likening it to their joining the war against the Nazis.

Interesting, considering that the US government, per definition, is the biggest terrorist state in many decades. Oh, how the English bulldog is strangled in its leash.

Aids leaves 9m African children without mothers


The AIDS-epidemic rages on in Africa, and people should start caring. From this article by Owen Bowcott, published in The Guardian today:

Nine million children in Africa will spend Mother’s Day this year with no one to cherish because they have lost their mothers to Aids, according to a British charity. The figure is equivalent to the total number of children in the United Kingdom under the age of 13.

In a report published today entitled Missing On Mother’s Day, the charity Save the Children says additional funds must be channeled towards millions more youngsters missing out on school in order to care for sick and dying parents.

Swedish intolerance


A very remarkable report has been published in Sweden.

The report is titelled “Intolerance: Anti-Semitic, Homophobic, Islamophobic and Xenophobic tendencies among the young”. A small snippet from it:

The findings from the study indicate that the vast majority of youths profess a positive attitude towards the different minority groups. The young people included in this study tend for example to agree with statements that most Muslims (or Jews or homosexuals) are undoubtedly “good people? whereas they tend to distance themselves from negatively charged statements. The scale mean on the combined general intolerance index against Muslims, Jews and homosexuals lies at a score of approximately one (with the scale assuming a maximum value of four). The corresponding score on the three subscales varies only slightly around this value (from 0.9 in relation to homosexuals to 1.2 in relation to Muslims).

This report consists of replies from 3000 randomly selected Swedish citizens, and questions them on tolerance. 41% are partially or wholly negative when it comes to jews. 5% are anti-semitic. 25% are negative against the idea of having a jewish Prime Minister. How very nice. The entire report on these matters, as well as anti-Islamic, homophobic and xenophobic views is available in English, in this PDF-file. The report is available in more languages here.

The report is commented through this post in Dagens Nyheter, one of the biggest Swedish morning papers.

Berlusconi vs common sense


From Bloomberg:

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi walked out of a television interview hosted by Italy’s state- owned RAI television network before the April 9 election after being angered by the interviewer’s questions about the economy.

“Thank you and goodbye,” Berlusconi said as he abandoned the studio during the filming of the program 30 Minutes yesterday. “You’ve shown well how someone with left-wing prejudices acts,” the prime minister said as he stood to leave the show hosted by Lucia Annunziata, a former head of RAI.

berlusconi_stella_klick463.jpg I’ve got the feeling that Mr. Berlusconi will have a very tough time when the real political debates will start to kick in, i.e. when he has to face other politicians.

His ratings are apparently falling.

Noam Chomsky rules on


From this article:

Elections, if taken seriously, mean you pay some attention to the will of the population. The crucial question for an invading army is: “Do they want us to be here?”

There is no lack of information about the answer. One important source is a poll for the British Ministry of Defence this past August, carried out by Iraqi university researchers and leaked to the British Press. It found that 82 per cent are “strongly opposed” to the presence of coalition troops and less than 1 per cent believe they are responsible for any improvement in security.

There’s a good reason why the United States cannot tolerate a sovereign, more or less democratic Iraq. The issue can scarcely be raised because it conflicts with firmly established doctrine: We’re supposed to believe that the United States would have invaded Iraq if it was an island in the Indian Ocean and its main export was pickles, not petroleum.

The Swedish Migration Board


I’ve posted a couple of very blood-stirring posts at my blog regarding recent revelations on how employees at The Swedish Migration Board have celebrated the fact that they’ve ejected families who have sought permanent stay in Sweden. I’m not making this up. Some had cake, some drank champagne – during work-hours – to celebrate this.

Read my posts to see evidence of this, (very muted) confessions from two of the criminals and read the very muffled voice of Janna Valik, the General-Director of The Swedish Migration Board, as not much, apparently, happens with said culprits.

My first post is found here, and the second one here.

Noam Chomsky on propaganda


In “Imperial Ambitions: Conversations With Noam Chomsky On The Post-9/11 World“, David Barsamian interviews Noam Chomsky. Here’s a brilliant piece on propaganda:

How does one recognize propaganda? What are some techniques to resist it?

There are no techniques, just ordinary common sense. If you hear that Iraq is a threat to our existence, but Kuwait doesn’t seem to regard it as a threat to its existence and nobody else in the world does, any sane person will begin to ask, where is the evidence? As soon as you ask this, the argument collapses. But you have to be willing to develop an attitude of critical examination toward whatever is presented to you. Of course, the whole educational system and the whole media system have the opposite goal. You’re taught to be a passive, obedient follower. Unless you can break out of those habits, you’re likely to be a victim of propaganda. But it’s not that hard to break out.

On May 1, 1985, Reagan declared a national emergency in the United States because of the threat to the security of the United States posed by the government of Nicaragua, which was two days’ drive from Harlingen, Texas, and was planning to take over the hemisphere. If you take a look at that Executive Order, which was renewed annually as a way of building up support for the U.S. war in Nicaragua, it has almost the same wording as the October 2002 congressional declaration on Iraq*. Just replace Nicaragua with Iraq. How much critical intelligence does it take to determine how much of a threat Nicaragua was to the United States? Again, people outside just look at this in wonder and don’t understand it. Right through the 1980s, the tourist industry in Europe collapsed every few years because Americans were so frightened as a result of some spike in media coverage of terrorism that they thought, if we go to Europe there will be some Arab there who is going to try to kill us. Europeans don’t know what to make of this. How can a country be so completely frightened of something completely nonexistent that they’re afraid to travel to Europe?

That’s happening again right now.

Yes, it’s happening again. But in answer to the question “How do you break out of this?” just use your ordinary intelligence. There are no special techniques. Just be willing to examine what’s presented to you with ordinary common sense, sceptical intelligence. Read what’s presented to you the same way you would read Iraqi propaganda. Do you have to have special techniques for deciding that the minister of information in Iraq isn’t to be trusted? Look at yourself the same way. If you’re willing to apply to yourself the same standards you apply to others, you’ve won. From then on it’s easy.

*=Executive Order 12513, Prohibiting Trade And Certain Other Transactions Involving Nicaragua, See also New York Times, 2 May 1985; and Noam Chomsky, Turning The Tide (South End Press, 1986), p. 144, for more detail.