Friday, July 31, 2009

July 31 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Announcing A Week Off 'On The State Of Nevada' Because I 'Had Too Much Marijuana To Explain'

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 31 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: At Least They Didn't Prosecute My House For It - Announcing A Week Off 'On The State Of Nevada' Because I 'Had Too Much Marijuana To Explain'

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In The News: As announced in the commentary, Travus is taking 'a vacation on the state of Nevada' next week. After today's commentary Da Buffalo's has appended a pertinent morning's commentary from February 29 2008, ensconced in the Cabale News Service Archive @ Archive.org... "The Prison-Industrial Complex In A Nutshell - Your Money, Your 'Stuff', Or Your Freedom... Your Choice". I have also included it as a separate audio file.

After those commentaries, some mood music. The Toyes, The Coasters, Sam Cooke, and Johnny Cash. Courtesy of the respective artists and KPIG radio Freedom California Earth
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Now... Travus T. Hipp with "All the news you never knew you needed to know till now": In spite a symbolic standoff bid by Representative Flake of Arizona (553 pork barrel amendments spoken for) to the Defense Authorization Bill, it passes. NO money for the closure of Guantanamo concentration camp, no money for the F-22 fighter, but IT DOES INCLUDE $180 billion for our futile Af-Raqi-Paki war, and "...funding for both a new presidential helicopter and a backup engine for the F-35..." which makes it veto-bait when it reaches the president's desk

Don't think it's futile? read the next item...

A senior US military advisor Col. Timothy R. Reese says it's time to "declare victory" and leave Iraq". That we've just become an 'irritant factor' (Naawwww! The deaths of what must be a million Iraqis, the destruction of most of their cities and historic/archeological sites, the millions more wounded or displaced... No 'irritation' at all until now... Geez! What would YOU be thinking if the Iraqis did that to YOUR country and it's people?). The full text of his comments are available by a click-through @ Atlantic magazine.

Also see: From Iraq to Afghanistan, US Wars Not Going According to Plan.

More, about the net effect of our worthless wars on US soldiers and their morale: Losing Hearts While Losing Your Mind

"There is only one question here, did the guy throw a grenade or didn't he throw a grenade. That's the issue. Right?" - A federal judge has ordered the release of Mohammed Jawad. He's been kept at Guantanamo for 6 1/2 years and had been tortured which makes his admission of throwing a hand grenade at US troops inadmissible. The US government was recently shown to have no case against the 21 year old, captured in his teens, which enraged the presiding judge:
Among her comments: “Seven years and this case is riddled with holes…This guy has been there seven years, seven years. He might have been taken there at the age of maybe 12, 13, 14, 15 years old. I don't know what he is doing there…Your case has been gutted…The case is in shambles…This case is riddled with holes...The United States Government knows it is lousy…This is a case that's been screaming to everybody for years…This is a case unlike all the rest of them. This does not involve intelligence. This does not involve any particular high-level government agency doing the intelligence at all. Did anybody see him do it or didn't they see him do it?”

She concluded: “The time has come to face the music...for seven years the guy sat down there, being subjected to the conditions that the United States Government has subjected him to since the day they picked him up in Afghanistan…It is not fair to keep dragging this out for no good reason...We're not going to wait and wait until you come up with another piece of evidence…This case is an outrage to me…There is only one question here, did the guy throw a grenade or didn't he throw a grenade. That's the issue. Right? If he didn't do that, you can't win. If you can't prove that, you can't win.” [In Full]

40 days of Iranian election protests. Hundreds of people appear at the cemetery where the 26 year old woman protestor Neda Agha-Sultan (Soltan), who was shot in the heart and killed by the authorities in the early days of the post-election demonstrations, has been buried. Meanwhile the civil disturbances continued yesterday as thousands clash with police over a ban on visiting the grave. Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi were also barred from visiting her gravesite.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

July 30 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Profiting From What Can Cure You - Grow Medical Marijuana

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 30 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Profiting From What Can Cure You - Solving The California Social Services Budget Cut Problem In Rural Areas... Grow Medical Marijuana

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In The News: Today, there will be a "Beer Summit" between 70+ year old black disabled Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, the Cambridge police officer Justin Barrett who (spewing racial slurs) took him down and arrested him for being allegedly being disorderly and surly to the officer on HIS OWN PROPERTY, and president Obama who said the officer 'acted stupidly'... They're going to discuss...? Over a cold beer.

The FBI has conducted a months-long MediCare fraud sting and confiscated records even as the federal universal (we'll see...) health care plan slogs it's way through Congress. "Since 2007, strike forces in Miami, Detroit and Los Angeles have indicted more than 293 suspects and organizations that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $674 million."

They've got yer Posse Comitatus hangin' - Secretary of Defense Gates has OKed a possible civilian population deployment for the military to 'combat' Swine Flu' if there is a pandemic. They will ostensibly work with FEMA.



The Space Shuttle Endeavour is preparing for it's re-entry on Friday.



Representative Flake of Arizona introduces 553 Pork-like 'amendments' to the Defense Appropriations bill. If each one were debated, it would take 50 hours to reject them all.





There is a new Wild Horse Protection Act that would add 20,000 acres of roaming land, stop the herd cull, and fund neutering/birth control for those beautiful free-range animals at a cost of only $7 million dollars.

It was driven by country music star Lacy J. Dalton AKA Jill Croston, formerly of Da Buffalo's home county Santa Cruz California.

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Raw... 1969. From the YouTube uploader "bwaje": "Great live moment from 1969, I have no additionnal infos about this footage.".
CAUTION! The audio track is VERY hot.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 29 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Believing Things That Just Plain Aren't True - The Nutcase Fringe Of America... The 'Birthers'

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 29 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Believing Things That Just Plain Aren't True - Delusion, Rationalization, The Nutcase Fringe, And The 'Birther' Conspiracy Theory That President Obama Is Not An American Citizen

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In The News: They smile at you on the streets but... The Iraqi parliament has refused to sign an extension for the British troop presence in South Iraq, including Basra and much of Iraq's oil country. Almost all British troops are leaving the country now.

Meanwhile, Juan Cole reports: "Iraqi security forces from the Ministry of the Interior raided Camp Ashraf, the stronghold of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) terrorist cult in eastern Iraq, on Tuesday, killing at least four MEK members, wounding 21, and arresting 28." In Full @ Informed Comment

From March 30th 2009:
The US backed Iranian paramilitary group(MEK) "brainwashed cult members" to be "detoxified." by the nominal Iraqi 'government':

BAGHDAD, March 27 -- Iraq's national security adviser said Friday that the government intends to move an Iranian opposition group from its sanctuary near the Iranian border to a location where leaders and "brainwashed cult members" will be separated and the latter "detoxified."

Mowaffak al-Rubaie's remarks about the future of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, or MEK, were his most detailed to date on how his government intends to deal with an issue that has been an irritant in relations between Iraq's government, which has built close ties with Iran, and the U.S. government. The group received support from Saddam Hussein's government and has been designated a terrorist organization by the State Department, but U.S. officials credit the MEK with providing information about Iran's nuclear program.
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Members of the group "should understand that their days in Iraq are numbered," Rubaie told Western journalists at a briefing in the Green Zone. "We are literally counting them."

Iraqi officials, including Maliki, have in recent months publicly lambasted the group, generally during or after official visits to Iran.

The U.S. military has protected the group's camp in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.
[In Full at the Washington Post]
Work done... Kurdish 'massacres' blamed on Saddam.

President Obama is 'making nice' with the Police-Industrial Complex after his "Stupidity" gaffe in regard to the police assault on a 70+ year old Black Harvard professor. He has signed a $1 billion dollar appropriations request for the funding of police activities around the US, but smaller agencies were left out of the funding.

The US State Department has refused to recognize the Micheletti Honduran coup-installed government and four Honduran diplomatic visas have been revoked. But note, the backers of the Honduran coup DO have an "inside man" in Washington.

In Tehran Iran, the government has freed 140 prisoners and closed Evin prison in the public and political outrage following the news of the deaths of 'Green' protesters there. Demonstrations continue.

The US Post Office will suffer a $7 billion dollars shortfall in revenue this year. Despite a rate hike, the volume of mail is down dramatically...
The walking postman may be a thing of the past soon, along with Postal facility closings and 5-day-only delivery service.

The 'Birthers' claim that President Obama is not an American citizen has been settled with a 50th anniversary-as-state resolution in congress for the state of Hawaii, Obama's birthplace. A resolution which also proclaims that president Obama IS a US citizen. But SOME of us are STILL "Waiting for the Obama we elected"... William R. Polk @ Informed Comment:
Probably like most of you, I am engaged in a daily attempt to make up my mind about President Obama. I was an early supporter. And as a former Washington "player," I am aware how difficult is his position. I began to worry when he failed to grasp what I have seen to be the early window of opportunity for a new administration -- the first three months -- when the government is relatively fluid. As the months have flown by, I have seen that there are many positive things, mainly in his eloquent addresses on world problems, notably his speech at the University of Cairo on world pluralism, but also quite a few negative things. With sadness and alarm I find that my list of the negatives keeps on growing. Among them are the following... [In Full]

Da Buffalo has Some recommended reading this morning from "Obsidian Wings" ("This is the Voice of Moderation. I wouldn't go so far as to say we've actually SEIZED the radio station . . . ")

Losing Hearts While Losing Your Mind

by Eric Martin

July 28 2009


This highly recommended, if heart-rending, story from the Colorado Springs Gazette tells of a group of soldiers that returned from Iraq only to fall prey to severe mental illnesses that were largely self-medicated through, and as a result exacerbated by, drug abuse. The soldiers in the applicable unit have committed serial acts of violence, including murder, since their return. Although painful to read, the article focuses on one of war's inevitable costs, a facet that rarely if ever gets the attention it merits (in fact, the cultural reluctance to acknowledge the severe mental trauma of war often leads to untreated - or self-treated - conditions that only get worse).

In the course of the reporting, the article also ends up highlighting some of the primary contradictions and limitations at the heart of the Counterinsurgency ("COIN") Doctrine - the military doctrine that has been given too much credit for "winning" the war in Iraq (Iraqis are still dying each month in the hundreds as the war continues) and that supposedly lights the way forward in Afghanistan.

To generalize, COIN Doctrine - as embodied in the Army and Marine Corps’ Counterinsurgency Field Manual and other relevant texts - makes clear that a large number of troops are required for any successful COIN operation. Further, this large number must usually be kept in theater for 5-15 years, at least. The exact ratio varies, but is usually in the range of 1 soldier for every 50-200 members of the underlying population - a ratio that would have mandated more than double the 145,000 troops committed to the Iraq war at the beginning and, roughly speaking, throughout.

COIN Doctrine also requires that the soldiers involved develop (or already have) some level of cultural sensitivity/knowledge, that they show restraint in the use of

force and that they win the loyalty of that same population (the infamous "hearts and minds").

Therein lies the tension: On the one hand, an extremely large force is needed - much, much larger than the force that our military has strained to maintain in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 7+ years. On the other hand, despite the sheer numbers involved, that force also has to be well educated (even if only contextually), well disciplined and capable of showing restraint despite the effects of combat.

Yet, all groups will inevitably have a few bad apples. When you expand the size of the group (especially through lowering standards and turning a blind eye to behavioral problem cases), you only increase the number of undisciplined soldiers capable of hindering efforts to win over the population. But here's the kicker: even the non-bad apples eventually breakdown in a war zone. The stresses and psychological trauma of combat have effects on the decision making/moral faculties of soldiers, regardless - as a rule.

This is especially true when they are required to make multiple, prolonged deployments in the pursuit of those COIN-recommended troop levels. In Iraq, we didn't even reach those vaunted ratios, and the effort to keep a lesser number of boots on the ground still wreaked havoc:

The psychological casualties may be particularly heavy in Iraq, he said.

“In the Civil War, if you experienced really traumatic fighting, chances are you didn’t make it,” he said. “Today, you can be blown up multiple times and go right back into the fight.”

In Vietnam, most draftees did one yearlong tour. Since the start of the Iraq war, some soldiers have been deployed three times for 12 to 15 months each.

Those soldiers will not be able to maintain the high level of discipline/restraint required by COIN Doctrine. From the article... In Full @ Obsidian Wings

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 28 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: They Called It "The Stanford Experiment" - The Police And 'Authority' In American Society

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 28 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: They Called It "The Stanford Experiment" - The Police And 'Authority' In American Society

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In The News: The facade of unity-of-government in the Iranian capital is crumbling. There is a push for an investigation by the Iranian Parliament into what happened to the post-election Green protesters imprisoned in Tehran, driven by the death of one of Iran's top conservative leader's children... the 25-year-old son of Dr. Abdul-Hossein Ruholamini, head of the prestigious Pasteur Institute, and a senior adviser to presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei. The protest continue. More @ Iran's PRESS-TV

The Senate Finance Committee has emasculated the administration's health care plan. It has dumped the public option and eliminated the mandate that large businesses provide health care for employees. Nancy Pelosi may force a weekend session.

The burning question: "...whether the plans will be affordable to those who are currently uninsured."

The US government is planning to sell shares of General Motors (and Chrysler) to the public this fall.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour will undock from the International Space Station today in preparation for it's return to Earth. Televisions cameras were delivered as part of the payload and there will be now be digital live TV coverage of the operation onboard the ISS.

The Taliban has issued a code-of-conduct manual for it's fighters... 13 chapters and 67 articles. Details from Military.Com, AND al Jazzera... Meanwhile, the Karzai Afghan government has declared a ceasefire and truce with certain elements of the Talib in the Northwestern Opium growing country.

The current U.S. Depression IS NOT sinking all boats equally... Nationally, Black unemployment is expected to reach 16 percent, the Hispanic rate may rise to 13.3 percent, while the unemployment rate for out of work White folks is likely to reach 8.6 percent.
(Sacramento Bee, Full EPI/Economic Roundtable report is available via link onsite)

Speaking of race, and inequality, we got your 'citizenship' hangin'... US-ICE is starting to see a flood of lawsuits regarding their illegal detention of US citizens of color under 'Color of Authority'.
Citizens who have been wrongfully locked up in immigration jails can't reclaim the months or years they spent behind bars, but some of them are seeking restitution and suing the U.S. government.

Hundreds of U.S. citizens have been detained and, in some cases, deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Chronicle revealed in a special report Monday. Legal experts say the numbers have grown as immigration detention has tripled over the past dozen years to 33,000 inmates at a time.

Cesar Ramirez Lopez, a San Pablo truck driver, won a $10,000 settlement in 2007 after he was held for four days by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents even after his lawyer convinced ICE investigators that he was a citizen.

"When ICE came and detained me, I told the officer I was a citizen," said Ramirez Lopez, 25. "They told me they didn't want to hear it, that I was going to get deported."

Others - detained for months or years and in some cases even deported - are suing for much more. Among them are:

-- Pedro Guzman, a mentally disabled man born and raised in Southern California, who was deported in 2007 to Mexico, where he survived by eating out of garbage cans for three months while his frantic mother searched for him...
[In Full] (San Francisco Chronicle)

In light of that last story, and the subject of the commentary... More information about the Stanford Experiment, from wikipedia (links on site):

The Stanford prison experiment was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers led by Psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University. Twenty-four undergraduates were selected out of 70 to play the roles of both guards and prisoners and live in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. Those selected were chosen for their lack of psychological issues, crime history, and medical disabilities, in order to obtain a representative sample. Roles were assigned based on a coin toss.[1]

Prisoners and guards rapidly adapted to their roles, stepping beyond the boundaries of what had been predicted and leading to dangerous and psychologically damaging situations. One-third of the guards were judged to have exhibited "genuine" sadistic tendencies, while many prisoners were emotionally traumatized and two had to be removed from the experiment early. After being confronted by Christina Maslach, a graduate student in psychology whom he was dating,[2] and realizing that he had been passively allowing unethical acts to be performed under his direct supervision, Zimbardo concluded that both prisoners and guards had become too grossly absorbed in their roles and terminated the experiment after six days.[3]

Ethical concerns surrounding the famous experiment often draw comparisons to the Milgram experiment, which was conducted in 1961 at Yale University by Stanley Milgram, Zimbardo's former college friend. Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr wrote in 1981 that the Milgram experiment and the Stanford prison experiment were frightening in their implications about the danger which lurks in the darker side of human nature.[4]
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Monday, July 27, 2009

As Of August 8 2009 The MOVE 9 Will Have Been Imprisoned For 21 Years And No One Knows Who Committed The Crime

"What they shoulda done is shot the goddamn bum and then there'd be no trouble today" - Philadelphia Police Union Representative on his 'better' option for one of the prisoners, Delbert Africa.

H/t: Mathaba News and the Pan-African News Wire

On August 8 2009 the MOVE 9 will have been incarcerated in a U.S. jail for 31 years.

From Wikipedia (slightly edited for clarity, in parentheses):
"In 1978, an end was negotiated to an almost year-long standoff with police (over housing code and H&S issues between the MOVE organization and the city of Philadelphia Pennsylvania).

MOVE failed to relocate as required by the court order.[3] When the police later attempted entry, Philadelphia police officer James J. Ramp was killed in a shootout. Seven other police officers, five firefighters, three MOVE members, and three bystanders were injured.[4] As a result, nine MOVE members were found guilty of third-degree murder in the shooting death of a police officer. Seven of the nine became eligible for parole in the spring of 2008, and all seven were denied parole.[5][6] Parole hearings now occur yearly."
[In Full]
Note: "Their sentencing judge has publicly admitted that he has no idea who shot the one bullet that they are all being held accountable for..."

Flash forward a few years from 1978 to 1985.
"Attention, MOVE: This Is America! You must abide by the laws of the United States!” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sambor declared through a loudspeaker, minutes before the May 13, 1985 police assault on the revolutionary MOVE organization’s home...

...That morning police shot over 10,000 rounds of bullets into their West Philadelphia home, and detonated explosives on the front, and both sides of their house." Source
Photo: Philadelphia Pennsylvania police use a State Police helicopter to satchel bomb the re-located MOVE communal house in 1985. The satchel charge was four pounds of C-4 plastic explosive and Tovex illegally obtained from the FBI. "The resulting explosion caused the house to catch fire, igniting a massive blaze which eventually consumed almost an entire city block.[8] Eleven people, including John Africa, five other adults and five children, died in the resulting fire.[9] Ramona Africa and one child, Birdie Africa, were the only survivors..."

Ramona Africa, Mumia abu-Jamal, their defense attorney and others on the 'trial' of the MOVE 9


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July 27 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Part Of An Economic Plan For California - Shrinking The Prison Budget By Prioritizing Prisoners

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 27 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Travus T. Hipp Economic Plan For The State Of California - Shrinking The Prison Budget By Prioritizing Who Gets Imprisoned

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In The News: The California state senate and assembly have come up with two slightly different versions of a budget with the governor trying to trim the assembly version, closer to his own, down to $23 billion dollars which includes $1.2 billion in prison costs... almost 20% of the state's budget goes towards imprisoning people... How many are in prison for Marijuana? Hmmmm... Not finding any stats newer than 2004, when it was approximately 2.5% of the 275,467 California inmate AND parolee population. That's about 6,887 people incarcerated or 'on the leash' embedded in the California prison budget for a harmless herb that grows in ditches and waysides around the world.

The legislative focus for the federal health care plan has switched from the battle on Capitol Hill to the House of Representatives.

The federal economic stimulus funding is finally doing something worthwhile. In Hanford Washington, there are nuclear 'stew pots' sitting near the banks of the Columbia river... About $1.63 billion is going to be used as a cleanup superfund by the DOE, including employing the people to do the cleanup. But job losses STILL outstrip job creation in Washington, even with the additional jobs the stimulus will create.

Cambridge Massachusetts Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., a 72 year old Black man with a cane, will sit down to figure out who did what and with which to who over a beer with president Obama in the next few days. Gates was arrested on his own property outside his house for allegedly being drunk, disorderly, and shouting insults... refusing to allow a search. The House rethuglicans are 'resolving' various resolutions demanded an apology for the presidential insult in regard to that travusty(sic). Obama initially said the police acted "stupidly.", but has since publicly apologized.

Meanwhile, in our Afghanistan war, we are one step closer to not knowing who's winning. A key metric of any war is removed. The militant death tolls in Afghanistan... Begging the question, do they even care if they're winning? You don't NEED to win wars to sell weapons systems, all you have to do if global weapons sales is your primary goal is prove they operate to spec under battlefield conditions.

...and speaking of battlefields, "US Wars Not Going According to Plan" (Note: Tribune News Service, NOT al Jazzera or some Islamic militant site)
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Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: My 'War'- Keeping Up With The News Media In A Time When Knowledge Is No Longer Power

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 24 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: My 'War'- Keeping Up With The News Media In A Time When Knowledge Is No Longer Power

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In The News: The California state senate held a night session last night and passed a state budget. Whether the assembly will cooperate remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the bleed out of jobs that actually produce anything tangible (AKA Blue-Collar jobs) continues in Da' Buffalo's region, as it has for decades.


(Image/Graph: San Jose Mercury-News... Click for larger image)

(As a thirty year resident of the region, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that NO ONE in a position of power in the state of California or the regional governments has given a flying f*ck about those decades long job losses until recently either).

Where do all the workers go when their jobs go away? Hard to say, but we DO know where the jobs themselves go
Sometimes the jobs moved to Arizona. Sometimes they moved to China. And sometimes, thanks to Silicon Valley's tech prowess and prolific work force, the jobs just went up in a puff of smoke. [In Full, NUMMI just the latest in Silicon Valley's long history of manufacturing job losses]

Expecting a nasty flu season this year, the FDA has tested and approved for distribution 160 million doses of vaccine.

The FBI money-laundering and corruption dragnet in New Jersey yesterday garnered 44 perps including a couple of Rabbis who were peddling black market human kidneys at $160,000 each. See: "'Breathtakingly stupid' defines the 44 caught in the N.J. corruption sting"

The US Senate will not vote on the administration's Health Care Bill before their ill-deserved summer recess.

Justice MAY be done for the Native Americans. A few years back, a federal court ruled that the Department of the Interior DID owe money held in trust for a group of Native Americans stripped of their land which was then leased with the promise of remuneration. The court settled the claim for a seemingly arbitrary DOI calculated amount of $455.6 million despite Native claims of a value closer to $58 billion dollars. Today, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia "vacated both orders and remanded for further proceedings, holding, "that while the district court's analysis of duty and breach are generally correct, the court erred in freeing the Department of the Interior from its burden to make an accounting.".

Expect a recount of the true worth of their land, hopefully sometime before the dominant American culture manages to assimilate the native culture entirely. More from Jurist Paperchase.

After the death of Walter Cronkite, the most trusted newsman in America, Time Magazine asked who's the most trusted newsman today... Jon Stewart, The Daily Show's News Satirist...

See Jon Stewart destroy CNBC's financial 'analyst' Jim Cramer and accuse his show of being little more than an infomercial for investment vehicles
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 23 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Spun 'Hons'... From 'Party Girl' To 'The Party's Over' - Amphetamines And Women

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 23 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Spun 'Hons'... From 'Party Girl' To 'The Party's Over' - Amphetamines And Women

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In The News: Just like old times... The FBI swept New Jersey (and Brooklyn NY) today rounding up a number of people involved in corruption (trafficking Gucci handbags and Israel originated human transplant Kidneys!) and money laundering for the Mob.

Yesterday, despite National Rifle Association pressure, the Senate rejected the reciprocal interstate "concealed carry" law for guns.

Secretary of State Clinton is in Phuket Thailand at the ASEAN meeting speaking of a "missile shield" to protect everyone in the Middle East from Iran. She also ran her presentation into overtime requesting more support for an economic boycott of North Korea

The president held a press conference yesterday focused on rapid passage in the senate and house of his economic plans and health care bill. As Obama's popularity falters, some pundits think the success of his presidency is riding on these bills passage and prompt execution... They may be right.

Apple Alert! Some Apple iPods have been bursting into flames and according to a reporter working on the story, Apple attempted suppression of that information... "Apple asked for Consumer Product Safety Commission reports to be exempted from the Freedom of Information Act". (NOT just ApplePods either! Da Buffalo had a three day old iRiver(Sansa) do that, sans flames, just a couple of weeks ago. It locked up while operating and proceeded to get "too hot to handle", smelled of overheated electronic parts, and 'terminated' itself.)

The largest, most expensive, most securely protected, built-by-Shanghaied-labor US embassy in Baghdad is about to have it's budget and staff cut.

Baghdad Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad -- the United States' largest and most costly overseas diplomatic mission, with 1,873 employees -- is overstaffed and must be reduced to a size more in keeping with the evolving U.S.-Iraq relationship and budget constraints, government auditors said in a report issued Wednesday.

The State Department's inspector general said that although the U.S. presence in Iraq will become more civilian as the military withdraws over the next two years, the embassy "should be able to carry out all of its responsibilities with significantly fewer staff and in a much-reduced footprint." The reduction "has to begin immediately," the report said, before Foreign Service officers complete their next assignment bidding cycle and other employees are extended or hired.

Nearly 30 provincial reconstruction teams, the principal U.S. vehicles for development and governance projects in Iraq, will be phased out over the next 2 1/2 years, the report said, with the overall American presence reduced to the embassy and "possibly two or more consulates." [In Full]
Meanwhile, Iraqi PM al Maliki visits Washington... Informed Comment's Juan Cole on "What al Maliki wants from his trip to Washington"
First, he wants the United Nations Security Council to remove Iraq altogether from Chapter 7 status under the UN Charter. After the Gulf War, the UNSC put Iraq into a kind of receivership, with sanctions, demands for disarmament with regard to unconventional weapons, and restrictions, in which the UNSC had a say on Iraqi policies. Also, 5% of Iraq's oil income went to pay reparations for the destruction it caused during the war. One of the reasons Iraq did bilateral status of forces agreements with the US and with the UK was that they wanted to avoid having any more UNSC resolutions authorizing foreign troops in Iraq. Iraqi government spokesman Ali Dabbagh, according to Reuters, said that Chapter 7 status "handcuffed Iraq, restricted its sovereignty and burdened it with the crimes of the former regime." On a visit to the UN HQ, al-Maliki said that "Iraq no longer poses a threat to the international community," and so the sanctions "are no longer necessary." (For a formerly colonized country, being under Chapter 7 is way too much like being recolonized, and ending that status is paramount for an Iraqi nationalist like al-Maliki).

In Washington, al-Zaman says, al-Maliki also wants...[In Full]
In Junk Food News for America... An obit:
LOS ANGELES -- Gidget the Chihuahua, the bug-eyed, big-eared star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials who was a diva on and off the screen, has died. She was 15. Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday night at her trainer's home in Santa Clarita and had to be euthanized, said Karin McElhatton, owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic, which owned the dog.

Although she was hard of hearing, Gidget was otherwise in good health up to the day of her death, eating well and playing with her favorite squeaky toys... [In Full]


If you're TRULY a Junk Food News Junkie, you'll want to test your trivia knowledge about Taco Bell with these 11 Obscure Taco Bell Trivia Facts at "11 Points" (Because 'top ten' lists are for cowards...)

But for a REAL heart stopping Junk Food Banquet... Try Bacon, a Weapon of Mass Destruction!

Bacon GrenadeGonzo Gastronomy: How the Food Industry Has Made Bacon a Weapon of Mass Destruction

By Arun Gupta, AlterNet. Posted July 23, 2009


The confluence of factory farming, the boom in fast food and manipulation of consumer taste created processed foods that can hook us like drugs.

By Arun Gupta, AlterNet. Posted July 23, 2009.

The confluence of factory farming, the boom in fast food and manipulation of consumer taste created processed foods that can hook us like drugs.

Among my fondest childhood memories is savoring a strip of perfectly cooked bacon that had just been dragged through a puddle of maple syrup. It was an illicit pleasure; varnishing the fatty, salty, smoky bacon with sweet arboreal sap felt taboo. How could such simple ingredients produce such riotous flavors?

That was then. Today, you don't need to tax yourself applying syrup to bacon -- McDonald's does it for you with the McGriddle. It conveniently takes an egg, American cheese and pork and nestles it between pancakelike biscuits suffused with genuine fake-maple-syrup flavor.

The McGriddle is just one moment in an era of extreme food combinations -- a moment in which bacon plays a starring role, from high cuisine to low.

There is: bacon ice cream; bacon-infused vodka; deep-fried bacon; chocolate-dipped bacon; bacon-wrapped hot dogs filled with cheese (which are fried, then battered and fried again); brioche bread pudding smothered in bacon sauce; hard-boiled eggs coated in mayonnaise encased in bacon -- called, appropriately, the "heart attack snack"; bacon salt; bacon doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies; bacon mints; "baconnaise," which Jon Stewart described as "for people who want to get heart disease but [are] too lazy to actually make bacon"; Wendy's "Baconnator" -- six strips of bacon mounded atop a half-pound cheeseburger -- which sold 25 million in its first eight weeks; and the outlandish bacon explosion -- a barbecued meat brick composed of 2 pounds of bacon wrapped around 2 pounds of sausage.

It's easy to dismiss this gonzo gastronomy as typical American excess best followed with a Lipitor chaser. Behind the proliferation of bacon offerings, however, is a confluence of government policy, factory farming, the boom in fast food and manipulation of consumer taste that has turned bacon into a weapon of mass destruction. ... [In Full]

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: A Short History Of Military Attempts To Dominate Afghanistan, Baluchistan, And Environs

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 22 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: A Short (Because no one's managed to stay longer than that) History Of Military Attempts To Dominate Afghanistan, Baluchistan, And Environs

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In The News: Oakland California is now the first political entity in the United States to have a sales tax on Marijuana, and that raises a whole other crop of legal/political questions for the federal government.
Oakland Cannabis Regulation and Revenue Ordinance

(Text of Oakland Measure Z Tax and Regulate / Lowest Enforcement Priority ballot initiative submitted to City Clerk Feb 19, 2004; approved by 65% of Oakland Voters Nov.2, 2004)


Section 1: TITLE
Oakland Cannabis Regulation and Revenue Ordinance

Section 2: FINDINGS
The people of Oakland, California find as follows:

WHEREAS it is a goal of the people of Oakland to keep drugs off the streets and away from children, and to eliminate street dealing and violent crime; and

WHEREAS each year California spends over $150 million enforcing cannabis (marijuana) laws, expending valuable law enforcement resources that would be better spent on fighting violent and serious crimes; and

WHEREAS medical and governmental studies have consistently found cannabis to be less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and

WHEREAS otherwise law-abiding adults are being arrested or imprisoned for nonviolent cannabis offenses, clogging our courts and jails; and

WHEREAS controlling and regulating cannabis so that it is only sold by licensed businesses would undermine the hold of street dealers on our neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS in the face of the severe state and local budget crises, the revenues from taxing and licensing cannabis would help fund vital Oakland city services; and

WHEREAS the current laws against cannabis have needlessly harmed patients who need it for medical purposes, and impeded the development of hemp for fiber, oil, and other industrial purposes; and

WHEREAS it is the hope of the people of Oakland that there will be state and federal law reform that will eliminate the problems and costs caused by cannabis prohibition;

THEREFORE the people of the City of Oakland do hereby enact the following ordinance establishing the cannabis policy of the city. [In Full @ CA-NORML]

The Senate has 'Terminated' the F-22 Raptor fighter jet program. The F-22 is a 5th generation fighter plane which costs $350 million for each one, costs $44,000 an hour to fly, and requires 30 hours maintenance for each hour it spends in the air.

The House of Representatives votes today on an interstate 'concealed carry' law for handguns... AKA the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act". Two views... Against... and For.

South Korean parliamentary procedure? Barricade and Brawl over loosening the restrictions on media ownership in the country.


In "The REAL News..." There's a hole in the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter perhaps caused by an incoming comet or asteroid... The hole is the size of the planet Earth. An amateur astronomer first noticed it.

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