Archive for the ‘USA’ Category

A sign displaying how the American social system is rotten

2007-03-02

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

2006-12-30

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

2006-05-18

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

2006-03-27

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.

Noam Chomsky rules on

2006-01-06

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.

Noam Chomsky on propaganda

2005-12-16

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.

Crips founder to be killed

2005-12-11

Straight outta Popbitch:

Hasta la vista, Tookie

Will The Terminator save Crips founder?

Next week Tookie Williams, a founder of the
LA Crips gang who are said to have murdered
Tupac, is due to be executed.

Tookie was sentenced to death for four murders
in 1979 but has always maintained his
innocence. Since going to jail he has taught
himself to read, renounced violence and
written a series of anti-gang children’s books
to try and persuade kids not to follow
his kind of life.

Ironic, really, that the one person who can
save Williams is California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, whose fame, money and political
career are all thanks to a series of movies in
which he, er, regularly killed loads of people
with an armoury of automatic weapons.

Fingers crossed Tookie!

More info here.

Wal-Mart

2005-11-16

I’m happy that “Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price” is doing good. Roger Ebert has given it a thumb-up (which is quite good (even though he actually liked the latest Star Wars-film; Roger! Wake up!)) and there’s a QuickTime clip available on Jim’s site which lets you see what Ebert has to say about it.

I’ve already ordered my copy of the film. Do the same! Even though you don’t have a Wal-mart in your country (like myself) it’s a very important issue: one should always remain true to businesses that are true to its employees and are not engaging in moronic activities, like polluting the environment.

By the way, if you have seen a documentary (sponsered by Wal-mart themselves) called “Why Wal-mart Works”, you shouldn’t feel as if it does. Just check this little QuickTime video courtesy of The Daily Show to know that the Wal-mart sponsored documentary is as fake as it gets.

“The U.S. Spends 455 billion dollars a year on the military”

2005-11-03

Read this very interesting post, courtesy of Lisa Rein. It’s Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes, one of the biggest American investigative shows (numbers-wise). Here’s from Rooney’s latest clip.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“We must guard against the aquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disasterous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

Andy: “Well, Ike was right. That’s just what’s happened.”

Andy continues: “I’m not really clear about how much a billion dollars is. But the United States, our United States, is spending five billion, six hundred million dollars a month ($5,600,000,000.00) fighting this war in Iraq that we never should have gotten into. We still have 139,000 soldiers in Iraq today. Almost 2,000 Americans have died there. For what?”

There’s even a couple of video-snippets showing Rooney’s stance on what’s wrong with the US military (among other things, of course).

And don’t forget Katrina: The Gathering.

The Daily Show clips

2005-10-23

tds_m4_10132_headline.jpg I don’t know what you’ve been told, but American politics are mighty cold. Hence, I think you should check out The Daily Show, one of the best political TV shows I’ve seen. The big thing about it is that it’s funny, which means anybody can access the humour of it all. Watching the big anchor, Jon Stewart, and his cohorts diss all kinds of political people is fun, even though Stewart himself sports a few bizarre traits, such as being for the latest American invasion of Iraq.

Catch a few torrents from the site here.