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February 22, 2007

Doomed Again (Still)

Medicare vs. Britney- angry man Matt Taibbi highlights the class warfare in Bush’s new national budget by giving examples of the wealth transfer from important social programs to artistocratic billionaire families. For example, Taibbi points out that the Walton family (owners of Wal-Mart) stands to gain $32.7 billion over the next ten years, thanks to Bush’s tax cuts. At the same time, Bush’s budget plans to cut the Medicaid budget by $28 billion over the next ten years. Likewise, a former ExxonMobil CEO will get $164 million in tax breaks, while Bush eliminates a $108 million program that sends groceries to the elderly and mothers with newborn children.

Big Brother Is Watching You II- summary of a recent PBS news report about domestic spying by the federal government. A summary of the summary:

- The government is intercepting most emails sent domestically.
- AT&T is collecting most emails and sharing them with the government, specifically the NSA (this is backed up by Klein’s documents).
- The NSA spy room at AT&T’s San Francisco facility is only accessible to the NSA and AT&T employees cleared by the NSA
- The NSA’s interest seems to be in MAE WEST, *the* major hub of American and international internet traffic on the West Coast
- The device installed in San Francisco is capable of intercepting 10 GIGBYTES of data per second. In layman’s terms, that means it could go through all the information in all the books in the Library of Congress in 15 minutes.

Making Martial Law Easier- sneaky bill inserted into the latest defense spending bill makes it easier for the president to declare martial law. Whee. In a rare positive development, a bipartisan bill has been introduced into Congress to erase this fascism.

Terror Officials See Al Qaeda Chiefs Regaining Power- Goodness, 5+ years of war on terrorism and bin Laden & Al Qaeda seem to be going strong. Heckuva job, Bushie.

The article says what many have suspected for years, that bin Laden has been hiding out in the mountainous Waziristan region of northern Pakistan. Unfortunately for the US, the people of Waziristan are not really under the control of the Pakistani government. They also place a high value on hospitality; so if they have accepted bin Laden into their land, they would likely take on any military force that tried to take him away. This makes for a very precarious situation; if Pakistan or the US go in to get bin Laden, it could lead to Pakistani unrest, in which the unpopular President Musharraf could possibly be ousted by Islamic fundamentalists. So even if the US successfully destroyed the Islamic fundamentalists of Al Qaeda, they’d do so at the risk of putting a different group of Islamic fundamentalists in charge of a country with a nuclear arsenal. Rock, hard place, holy cleansing fire…

Posted by Jake on February 22, 2007 12:52 am

3 Comments »

  1. The “Medicare vs. Britney” story just breaks my heart and leads me to believe myself paranoid - it makes me feel as though there is an actual Federal Conspiracy going on where the Associated Press articles on such subjects are intentionally censored by the FCC or Federal Security to NOT provide us with this information. It’s difficult to convince myself (or others) otherwise - and on top of that people actually believe we still live in a Capitalistic Democracy. We might as well just welcome in Socialistic Communism now rather than await the one child birth limit.

    Comment by Christine Taylor — February 23, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  2. Making Martial Law Easier.

    That just really says it all, doesn’t it.

    We’re so doomed.

    Comment by Christine Taylor — February 23, 2007 @ 9:53 am

  3. re: Medicare vs. Britney

    Are we actually sure there isn’t a conspiracy going on where the FCC or Federal Security agents aren’t purposefully and with intent disallowing coverage of the gains to the wealthy and the cuts to the poor? Capitalism and Democracy are dead in this country; say hello to Imperical Fascism, that is, until the Dem’s take over and convert it to Socialism. Any way it’s sliced, the American people are blind, fat, and stupid. As long as they have their iPOD, Wii, Crispy Cream, In&Out Burger, 24 packs of Budweiser, and “important things” such as American Idol and Dancing with the Stars to vote upon, they are as calm as alligators on their backs receiving a tummy rub.

    Comment by Christine Taylor — February 23, 2007 @ 9:58 am

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