Sunday, December 19, 2010

Big Dan's Big News Dec 19, 2010

America: The Silence of a Nation.

Excerpts from a speech by: Chris Hedges. The author spoke at the Revolution Books Town Hall Meeting at Ethical Culture Society on January 13, 2009 condemning Israel and USA complicity in Israel's murderous destruction and genocide of the innocent men, women and children of GAZA and the West Bank. Dedicated to the children of GAZA.

Human Rights Watch: Israel preventing Palestinian development. Report by New York-based rights group cites discriminatory policies favoring Israeli settlers regarding electricity, water and roads.

Funding illegal Israeli settlements? Priceless.

Israel's Sham Democracy

‘Unprecedented’ Drone Assault: 58 Strikes in 102 Days

As American commanders meet this week for the Afghanistan review, Obama is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush. Tim Shorrock on the Blackwater heirs.

Chris Hedges "HOPE" speech:

Chris Hedges (guy in videos above, Pulitzer Prize winner): US empire could collapse at any time

Approximately 75 people braved the freezing temperatures on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 16 to rally against the war in Afghanistan. They gathered on Military Island, the small traffic island housing the Times Square recruiting station (now laughably tagged the Army Career Center) as a sympathy rally for the one held in D.C. earlier that day at the White House, during which 135 people were arrested.

In Times Square, 11 stalwarts blocked a stretch of Broadway for about 10 minutes before they were handcuffed and hauled off by the New York City police to a nearby jail.

The Big Apple event was populated by many Veterans for Peace and lots of peace grannies from the Granny Peace Brigade, the Raging Grannies and
Grandmothers Against the War. Two of the grandmothers were in their 90's but stood for more than an hour in the cold throughout the action. There was a contingent of Catholic Workers, War Resister Leaguers, the Green Party, and other anti-war groups, also.

After the Raging Grannies sang a few of their peace songs, names of New York State war dead in Afghanistan were read. Then, leaders in the peace movement spoke, including Bill Gilson, Vice President of local chapter 34 of Veterans for Peace; Carmen Trotta of the Catholic Workers; Barbara Harris, chair of the Counter Recruitment Committee of the Granny Peace Brigade; Tom Syracuse of the Green Party, and Alicia Godberg, Executive Director of Peace Action New York State.

And then came the civil resistance, at exactly 6 p.m. As the Times Square crowds swarmed around, the bright lights sparkled and flashed, 11 hardy souls fanned out across Broadway at the intersection with 44th St. and refused to move. The other rally participants shouted "Peace Now," "Stop the War," "Arrest Bush and Cheney, not these Patriots," as they observed their comrades loaded into the paddy wagons.

The event was organized by one of the arrestees, Bill Steyert, a Vietnam war vet with the Vets for Peace, who said: "I think it was a travesty that the war in Afghanistan wasn't even brought up as an issue during the recent mid-term elections. This tragic war jeopardizes not only the lives of American troops but directly affects our economy, which is in such dire shape because money spent on war is urgently needed to create jobs at home. This rally showed that those of us who were there have not forgotten what's going on in Afghanistan in our name."

- JoanWile

Pulitzer-winner, ex-CIA analyst, FBI whistleblower among those arrested outside White House

If this was a "Tea Party" protest, it would've been splashed all over all the ("liberal" lol) major TV networks, newspapers, & radio:

Veterans For Peace Protest War Outside White House

PHOTOS from rally.

Ray McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg and Chris Hedges amongst dozens of protesters arrested outside White House

California Cities Told They Cannot Punish Military Recruiters for Recruiting Minors

Power and Corruption May Be Good for Society

Post-9/11 Security Zones Blight Landscape, Create 'Architecture of Fear'

Engineers Test Underground Border Security System Between US and Mexico

Taxpayers Paying Torture Contractors' Legal Bills

Last week, Spencer Bachus, the incoming G.O.P. chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, told The Birmingham News that “in Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.”

Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities

Before the next video, if you watch it...well, I just thought about it: if you don't watch it, GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE! (just kidding) I wanted to tell you that I was told toothpaste has on it: "WARNING: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN, IF INGESTED, CALL POISON CONTROL CENTER IMMEDIATELY". Well, I didn't believe it. Then I looked on my tube of Colgate toothpaste, and lo-and-behold, it's true!!! So, it's poison, that's what I gather.

Now watch this: Democracy NOW! cleared the bases 3 times on Friday, in depth reporting on how giant multinational pharmaceutical companies are bypassing our U.S. laws and experimenting on children in 3rd world countries, and how they are now the #1 source of ripping off the government and hence WE U.S. TAXPAYERS. Oh, and let's get rid of more government regulations so they can experiment on our children (sarcastic):

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general to pressure him to drop a $6 billion lawsuit over fraudulent drug tests on Nigerian children. Researchers did not obtain signed consent forms, and medical personnel said Pfizer did not tell parents their children were getting the experimental drug. Eleven children died, and others suffered disabling injuries including deafness, muteness, paralysis, brain damage, loss of sight, slurred speech. We speak to Washington Post reporter Joe Stephens, who helped break the story in 2000, and Musikilu Mojeed, a Nigerian journalist who has worked on this story for the NEXT newspaper in Lagos.

WikiLeaks Cables: Pfizer Targeted Nigerian Attorney General to Undermine Suit over Fatal Drug Tests

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and “mistakes” can end up in pauper’s graves? The authors investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine.

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly conducting clinical trials for new drugs outside the U.S., usually in countries where regulations are less stringent and trials are much cheaper, often leading to deadly results. Twenty years ago, only 271 trials of drugs intended for use by Americans were conducted overseas. By 2008, the number had risen to nearly 6,500—many taking places in areas with poor and illiterate test subjects. Journalist Jim Steele joins to talk about his special investigation just published in Vanity Fair.

Deadly Medicine: FDA Fails to Regulate Rapidly Growing Industry of Overseas Drug Testing

A new study by the watchdog group Public Citizen has found that the pharmaceutical drug industry has become the biggest defrauder of the federal government, surpassing the defense industry. Public Citizen found that the drug industry paid out nearly $20 billion in penalties over the past two decades for violations of the False Claim Act. More than half of the industry’s fines were paid by just four companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Schering-Plough.

Study: Pharmaceutical Drug Companies Top Military Industry in Defrauding U.S. Gov’t

The Fed Report: U.S. Bails Out the Empire Costing $16 Trillion

"After years of stonewalling the Federal Reserve Bank (a private bank), the American people are finally learning the incredible and jaw-droping details of the Fed's multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street and corporate America. Perhaps most surprising is the huge sums that went to bailout foreign private banks and corporations."

We Americans will say, we will not pay this debt back, a debt created by unelected private banker cartels. - kdtroxel

Fake Terror And The War For Your Mind

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