Links Related To Politics

2001 Apr 12 C-SPAN.org
Cable's gift to the ignorant populace.»
Left Business Observer
Always interesting; one of those classic inside-print lefty zines from backwhen.»
Oct 9 AlterNet -- All I Am Saying Is Give War a Chance
Amusingly angry Michael Moore on American war in Afghanistan.»
Oct 13 Waiting for the barbarians
USA vs Roman Empire.»
Nov 14 How Dare They - While we have our hands on our hearts, they're trying to pick our pockets!
Overview and analysis of war profiteering by big conglomerates.»
Nov 20 The Foreign Policy Therapist
Wallace Shawn writes the Foreign Policy Therapist, as America.»
Nov 30 U. of I. teaching assistants walk out
Go grad students! Unionize! Unionize!»
Dec 5 Monkeyfist.com: Our Monkey, Your Fist
Monkeyfist relaunches and it's lookin FINE.»
2002 Jan 31 Attorney General: “America Must Cease to be a Lurid Statuary of Deviant Sex” - WHITEHOUSE.ORG
It's the picture that gets me.»
Feb 11 Dick Cheney on his way to meet with the GAO
Or maybe it's something with a birthday cake.»
Feb 27 Colours of Resistance
Bringing together anti-racism and anti-globalization into a good package.»
Mar 1 Alternatives to Corporate Globalization
There's more than one way to do it. From Philly Indymedia.»
Jun 5 U.S. Will Seek to Fingerprint Visas' Holders
An extraordinarily bad, stupid precedent to set.»
Jun 17 Quakers and the Political Process - Presidents
Nixon and Hoover - Quakers!»
Jun 18 the eXile #137 - Feature Story - 911 Things To Hate About America
911 reasons to hate America.»
Jun 20 U.S. Vows to Prosecute on Iraq Sanctions; Sacks Says He Won't Pay
Scary U.S. prosecution of man who violates Iraq sanctions (to give medicine to kids). Jesus.»
Jun 28 Arab-Americans of New York City Featured in Museum Exhibit
A good token effort.»
Jul 14 We The Sheeple
A page about criminal justice. Pretty great. I love the word Sheeple. "We The Sheeple is a New York City based criminal justice bulletin board produced by individuals concerned about activities and changes within our judicial system. Our view is that professional misconduct is commonplace, and that fundamental constitutional and human rights are being steadily eroded in the names of law and order, the war on crime, and the war on drugs. We believe these cases and issues are rarely reported in media or language accessible to the average person. Our goal is to encourage criminal justice reform by describing select cases in plain English."»
Usage example for the word “sheeple.”»
Pseudodictionary definition of “sheeple.”»
Jul 21 Debunking the Myths About C-SPAN
Long transcribed speech by Brian Lamb, C-SPAN founder, giving the background of C-SPAN with a decent amount of detail, and answering questions about the channel.»
Jul 25 That Takes Ovaries!
A review of a book, the title as in, “that takes balls,” but with ovaries in for the balls. Except it's got to be “oves.” Which would work at the gym. “Come on, show some oves!” Girl tells someone to go fuck himself, it's because she's got hard, hard oves. I'll say it. Someone says I do something and I've got a fine pair of oves, I'd be pleased. Give a little wink and flex my new arm muscles.»
The Memory Hole [rescuing knowledge, freeing information]
They didn't WANT you to KNOW it!»
Aug 6 European Union Guide for Americans
A guide written by the EU to help Americans understand governance, economics, etc. »
Was Lincoln gay?
And did Booth kill him in a homophobic rage after being set up as a boy toy? Hmm.»
Aug 13 Wall Street Folllies - Diagrams
Beautiful map of Wall Street corruption. Via TurksHeadReview.com.»
Aug 16 Golfing and Terrorism
This is the worst president ever.»
Aug 28 PeopleSoft Delivers Real-Time Infrastructure for Homeland Security
Peoplesoft, Big Brother's ASP provider.»
Sep 10 50states.com - States and Capitals
General info on all 50 United States. Need Oregon's motto in Latin? Here, go ahead, find it. (All right - it's - as if you don't know already, but humor me, "Alis volat Propriis," which means "She flies with her own wings." Much nicer than New York's motto, which is Forget the Latin, We Own Everything.»
Sep 20 flrt
Flat, a design shop (oh... pardon .... a design BOUTIQUE or COLLECTIVE) seeks to create a design for the New Left with a series of PSA. The pretzel that choked George Bush is pretty good.»
Oct 16 Hussein elected with 100% of all votes
Iraqis should demand the votes be sent to Florida for a recount.»
Oct 19 Baltimore's Pissed-off Mayor
After the death of 4 children in a fire allegedly set by drug dealers, talk radio hosts called Baltimore's mayor Martin O'Malley a nitwit and uncaring. O'Malley drove immediately to the station and began arguing with the hosts. "O'Malley didn't take it well. 'On that note, that probably is a good way to exit,' he said. 'And gentlemen, if you enjoyed that, come outside after the show, and I'll kick your ass.'"»
Oct 27 Letter from Tolstoy
A letter from Tolstoy about Indian rights, to the editor of Free Hindustan magazine. The letter was edited by Gandhi.»
Preparedness: The Road to Universal Slaughter
An essay by Emma Goldman about getting ready for war, which always comes before war. "The pathos of it all is that the America which is to be protected by a huge military force is not the America of the people, but that of the privileged class; the class which robs and exploits the masses, and controls their lives from the cradle to the grave. No less pathetic is it that so few people realize that preparedness never leads to peace, but that it is indeed the road to universal slaughter."»
Oct 28 Marty Moskowitz's Bio
Moskowitz is the Borough President of Brooklyn, and an old-school, social-services Democrat. He's also "Brooklyn Chair of the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin."»
CCC and the National Park Service
The story of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Parks. (Of course, every time you enjoy a CCC park, you're enjoying SOCIALISM.)»
Nov 4 Judge acquits Bush protester, scolds police
The protester was a polite 65-year old man, and his sign said, "The Bush family must surely love the poor — they've made so many of them."»
2003 Jan 6 openDemocracy
Nice-looking lefty pub out of London, with a fairly well-defined strategy for what they wish to achieve and how they want to use the Web; i.e. it's a true Web pub, not a print magazine dressed up in HTML.»
Jan 9 The Smoking Gun: Archive
There is one commander in chief, and all other commander in chiefs must be eliminated!»
Jan 12 Class Struggle! The board game.
Bertell Ollman's 1978 board game: Monopoly meets Marx! Rules available in PDF.»
Jan 27 Reagan and Aziz
"Ronald Reagan and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz meet at the White House on November 26, 1984, as the U.S. and Iraq restore diplomatic relations."»
Science, Technology and the CIA
Dozens of documents making up a huge book on the CIA's use of technology, from satellites to psychics.»
Call for impeachment, written by a law prof.»
Mar 18 Fifteen Times Scarier than Saddam
15 things that we should worry about more than Hussein, from XML star Tim Bray.»
Mar 19 Marines Hold Strong Man Contest
How far can you push a humvee through the desert? The prize is a half-eaten package of cookies.»
Postal service offers tips for mail to Kuwait
To cut down on Anthrax, the zip codes for Kuwait are unlisted.»
Mar 21 Zabibah and the King
Add copyright violation to the list of Saddam's crimes against humanity.»
Apr 11 The Most Dangerous President Ever
That George W. Bush is trouble, man.»
Apr 21 States, Facing Budget Shortfalls, Cut the Major and the Mundane
Ugly news for state spending, especially in the face of tax cuts.»
May 7 Is You Wicked?
Ali G takes on Baker, Scowcroft, and others.»
Aug 11 A New Technology for Emergent Democracy
Nova Spivack proposes a collaborative group-thinking system, like a community-driven version of flash mobs: “Members of ThePeople.net agree to give 15 minutes of their time each week to do whatever ThePeople.net as a whole decides to do that week. So, for example, if the community decides that this week everyone will give $5 to a homeless person, that's what you do.”»
2004 Feb 1 Controversial issues
Mar 15 The Majority Leader
A poem by my father, on Counterpunch.»
Mar 31 Shaolin Monks in Politics
Ninja fever!»
Found at Starbucks...
...Rumsfeld's talking points: “Everything we say is always true.”»
Apr 1 Putin with his shirt off
ID cards for conservatives
Apr 12 National Emergency
American Concentration Camps
Apr 13 The English in India
"The governors appointed by the Crown were powerless for good. The practical exercise of power was in the hands of the servants of a soulless corporation on the opposite side of the globe, whose predominant feeling was contempt for the people over whom they were placed."»
Apr 14 Falluja
Up-to-the-day Wikipedia entry»




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