“We are here because some of us and our friends voted for change. What did we get? What we got was a more effective imperial CEO.” — Bruce A. Dixon of Black Agenda Report, Chicago, 16 October 2010
BBC gives child rape apologist air time
The Pope had a Christmas message for the world this year: we should forgive Catholic priests for raping children because everyone else was doing it. He invented a peculiar history that bears no resemblance to the late 20th century I lived in.
“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.
“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
The Pope said abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which brought “humiliation” on the Church.
I grew up in the 1970s. Some of you did, too. Does anyone remember anyone influential saying that child-rape was a reasonable practice? How about anyone on the fringe making vague suggestions that children can give permission to participate in sexual activity? I don’t know of any substantial culture at that time that would have endorsed such a thing; NAMBLA was little more than a freakish collection of perverts who got far more attention than their numbers warranted. If there was anything that was universally reviled, it was the creepy pedophile. MORE
Bishop: A Choice Between Life Of Woman Or Fetus? Both Should Die
Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of Phoenix. Today he stripped that town’s oldest Catholic hospital of its affiliation with that benighted faith. The story began last summer:
A woman with a history of pulmonary hypertension sought treatment at the hospital when she was 11 weeks pregnant. The condition, which affects the heart and lungs, is often fatal for pregnant woman.
In addition to throwing the hospital out of the Catholic club, he also announced that a nun on its ethics board had excommunicated herself by participating in the decision. MORE
Creating a new boogie man
First there was the drug war. And there actually were a lot of drugs to be found and the government helped bring in more whenever it had the chance. And billions of dollars in law enforcement “make work” projects were created and civil liberties were shredded.Then there was the “War on Terror”
Not many terrorists, so lots of creative “Wag the Dog” like stories were generated to manufacture threats…to justify countless billions in domestic empire building. Now we have cyberwar.
The real threat is the Chinese, but going after real threats hasn’t been the US’s strong suit lately, so, as in the “War on Terror,” a new war had to be stage managed. Enter “W”, kind of like Zoro or “V” but with a hipper look.
Following stories from: FreedomsPhoenix.com
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 1:57 pm
Baby Boomers Near 65 With Retirements In Jeopardy: Baby boomers are facing a personal finance disaster just as they’re hoping to retire. Starting in January, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years.
2011 Will Bring More de Facto Decriminalization of Elite Financial Fraud
12-28-2010 Huffington Post, William K. Black
The role of the criminal justice system with regard to financial fraud by elite bankers in 2011 is likely to reprise its role last decade — de facto decriminalization.
Almost Everything Is A Crime In America Now
#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.
Underneath the Happy Talk, Is This As Bad as the Great Depression?
12-29-2010 NakedCapitalism.com/ & Washingtonblog.com
The length and depth of the current housing recession is rivaling the Great Depression’s real estate downturn, and, with encouraging signs fading, will easily eclipse it in the coming months.
Oil Juggernaut Unleashed
Over the next year we are likely to be buried in a deluge of excuses, half-truths, and lies, all meant to divert attention away from the word “inflation” as the masses begin to question just what the hell is going on.
Study: Conservatives have larger ‘fear center’ in brain
12/28/2010 The Raw Story
A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives’ brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions.
Pentagon’s revolving door guarantees conflicts of interest
12-28-2010 Meteor Blades
From 2004 through 2008, 80 percent of retiring three- and four-star officers went to work as consultants or defense executives, according to the Globe analysis.
America’s Gulf Disaster: Accidental or Deliberate?
Convincing evidence suggests willful malfeasance…..
New research reveals your hand soap could kill you
Death by hand soap? It’s no joke and worried researchers are trying to get the word out to the public about this latest health risk. What is this stuff? It’s a chemical agent that’s antimicrobial called triclosan. It’s toxic.
Prosecuting Wall Street
But many on Wall Street and in D.C. – and many investors – believe that we should just “go with the flow”. They hope that we can restart our economy and make some more money if we just let things continue the way they are.
Biological Hydrogen Production
12-28-2010 A seemingly unremarkable ocean microbe turns out to be a multitasker — it can not only photosynthesize, but can also produce large amounts of hydrogen, opening up a potential way to make the gas cheaply for fuel.
Army edits its history of the deadly battle of Wanat
12-28-2010 Washington Post The Army’s official history of the battle of Wanat – one of the most intensely scrutinized engagements of the Afghan war – largely absolves top commanders of the deaths of nine U.S. soldiers and instead blames the confusing and unpredictable nature…
Iraq Wants the U.S. Out
12-28-2010 wsj, Sam Dagher
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ruled out the presence of any U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of 2011, saying his new government and the country’s security forces were capable of confronting any remaining threats to Iraq’s security……
All parties demand end to drone attacks
As another drone attack killed more than 20 people on North Waziristan on Monday, all leading political parties of the country unanimously declared that these attacks were tantamount to compromising the sovereignty of Pakistan and the government….