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Never Forget

This aired one time after 9/11


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Remembering 9/11

I spent this morning mowing my grass and avoiding the blog. I couldn’t figure out what to say about today. I didn’t want to watch the news today either. I didn’t want to watch what they had to say about today. I know I feel so much about 9/11 but I don’t care to hear from the media what I’m “supposed” to feel about it all.

Still I wanted to post something today so, I went back and read what I wrote last year on the blog. I could have written that this morning. Nothing’s changed much. I (we) still have the same unanswered questions…Bin Laden still hasn’t been caught…so here’s last year’s 9/11 post again. Maybe next year we’ll get a new president who will help provide some answers and a little justice too. I hope so.


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Ancient Artifacts also destroyed in War

Something I don’t hear talked about much about Iraq has to do with antiquities lost. Maybe to some it’s because it doesn’t seem appropriate to worry about stuff when so many innocent lives have been lost. I think too it’s because most Americans don’t have a clue what has been destroyed.


Close your eyes for a minute and pretend in your mind that the Iraq war wasn’t in Iraq. Pretend for just a minute that instead the exact same thing had happened in Egypt. Then imagine all the loss of lives both innocent civilians, local fighters and American soldiers. Then imagine how you would feel if I told you that in addition to the human toll, the sphinx and the 3 pyramids at Giza were all gone. Not only that but sitting where one of the pyramids once stood for all those thousands of years was now a burger king. The burger joint put there so our soldiers have a little comfort from home.

I just finished reading Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson, the third book in a trilogy focusing on the American empire. Empire is not something that I thought we were about here in the good ole USA but these days apparently that is what our fearless leaders are striving for. Johnson goes in depth into the rise and eventual fall of the Roman Empire and the similarities are obvious. Can you say Military Industrial Complex? For early warnings about how this could prove to be our downfall see President Eisenhower’s final farewell speech.
I think he knew a little about the subject being a four star general and all.

Getting back to the loss of the artifacts let me just say that they go back a very very long time. Biblical references to Iraq called it something else…Mesopotamia. Another empire named it Iraq…The British Empire. That Empire didn’t fair to well either as I recall. What we now know as Iraq is where written language may have been first recorded. A million books, clay tablets and scrolls are now gone. Thank George Bush. Rumsfeld didn’t provide for any protection of the museums during the invasion and they were all looted or reduced to rubble or both. When asked about it he said something like “stuff happens…it’s war.” Maybe when this nightmare is all over Bush could donate a few copies of My Pet Goat to Iraq to put on the empty shelves of their new library. (In this infamous video the secret service whispered to Bush about the planes hitting the World Trade Center while he sits there for 7 minutes reading my pet goat to this class)

I know it’s just stuff but when stuff like that manages to survive thousands and thousands of years and then it’s the age that I’m living in that finally destroys it that makes me very sad. For historians, archeologists and scholars I’m sure it makes them very very sad. For the people in Iraq I think they are going to be very very pissed off someday when they get on with living after losing their countrymen, women and children and figure out the extent of what else has been destroyed. The only reason they haven’t yet is they’re still too busy just trying to survive.

The repercussions from this war are yet unseen but one thing not being discussed is returning any found artifacts to the people of Iraq. Several thousand items from the museums we didn’t protect during the invasion have all ready started to turned up in countries around the world including the U.S. I hope the next president takes this issue under consideration and helps return these items as they are found back to the Iraqi people where they belong. National treasure as well as natural resources belong to the people where they are from. One of the reasons countries protect their boundaries is to protect these treasures and resources from plunder. If and when we put any thought into helping put their country back together again I hope some effort is put into stopping illegal trade in these ancient artifacts and in returning them to the place where they belong…in Iraq.

When the ancient Buddha statues where destroyed by the Taliban a few years ago the world was outraged. Read Chalmers Johnson’s book Nemesis and you will be too. One more thing your not hearing about in the U.S. media.

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Protest against Guantanamo Bay Prison

Eighty Arrested at Protests Calling for Closure of Gitmo
The Associated Press

In orange jumpsuits to simulate detainees they were arrested inside and outside of the supreme court. here’s a link to their story. http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108R.shtml

Officials briefly closed the court building during the protest. It reopened around 2 p.m. EST.

The original story was in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-US-Guantanamo-Protest.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Protests were also held some other world capitals.

In Manila, Philippines, about 30 activists picketed the U.S. Embassy to demand the camp’s closure. ”We are appealing to President Bush and the U.S. government to close Guantanamo Bay now,” said Aurora Parong, director of Amnesty International in the Philippines.

Small demonstrations by Amnesty supporters, also in orange jumpsuits, were held in Rome; Prague, Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; and Budapest, Hungary.

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PBS Frontline’s Showdown With Iran

If you missed it on TV last week here’s the link to watch the whole thing online…

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Val’s List

Emily Suggested that I compile a list of where I’ve been getting my news, information and opinion. For the last few years I have turned on TV news mostly with the sound off just to confirm my guesses of what they may be reporting on at the time. Reporting for the most part is gone from corporate controlled stations and publications. I’m not against corporations & capitalism…just the current unregulated kind we find intertwined with our current government. So when I don’t care what the current republican talking point of the day is and I do want to know what’s happening in the world here’s where I go…(I will be back here to update the list as I have time to do so)

Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann
I love Thom’s knowledge of history and his ability to put current things in context with past actions. This one is all about the oil and the terrible cost.
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Global Warming movie & book based on his power point presentation.
Assault on Reason by Al Gore
Coming from someone with White House experience this one gives an inside view on the damage the Bush/Cheney Crime family is doing to us, our constitution and the world.
A People’s History by Howard Zinn
Big book here. All the history they never taught you in school. For a change it is from the perspective of those oppressed. (ie, women, blacks, native people, labor etc)
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
John worked for the corporatocracy in South America, Indonesia and around the globe. He admits to helping set up loans assured to fail to foreign governments so that U.S. controlled companies could exploit those counties resources. He was an insider and now he is an eloquent writer & whistle blower.
The Secret History of America by John Perkins
This takes up where hitman leaves off and looks at our government’s role in exploiting natural resources around the world. I guarantee you’ll never ask “why do they hate us?” again after reading John’s books.
Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law by Marjorie Cohn
A law professor and a contributing editor to t r u t h o u t, is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, executive vice president of the National Lawyers Association. She’s also a frequent guest on Thom Hartman’s show and others. For detailed legal explainations of what’s going on and possible right-wing strategy analysis she’s great.
United States v. George W. Bush by Elizabeth de la Vega
She’s got possibly the best draft of a case for impeachment out there. She’s also a frequent air america guest. Randi Rhodes has had her on several times I think.
Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast
He couldn’t get Air Time on American TV so he went to the BBC. He also has a podcast and is a frequent guest of Randi and others.

The 9/11 commission report

Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean
Remember Watergate? John has come a long way since Nixon’s Days. He is now a registered independent but he feel’s the Republican Party has been taken over by neo-conservatives. He started the book with Barry Goldwater before he died. It is an inside look at who’s who in the neo-con world and what makes them tick. An in depth anyalisis of a 30 year study of “authoritarians” that now control our government and threaten democracy and the followers that vote for them.
Update: I found this article by John Dean about the book and thought it was really good
How Conservatives Have Become Authoritarians and What it Means – July 11th, 2006

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclare Lewis
A fictional story about an America taken over by a Dictator. It’s from the perspective of a Newspaper Owner who joins the underground to fight back. Written in 1935, it is earily similar to things happening in the world today under the Bush administration.

1776 by David McCullough
This guy brings history to life when I read his books. He’s won two Pulitzers for his writing so I guess others think so too.This book is big but it zeros in on one year and brings the charactors to life in the struggle for American independence. It isn’t an army manouvers manual. It’s more like a first hand story teller recounting what he saw on the ground, in the taverns and farms. I grew up outside of Boston and learned about local history somewhat in school. For the first time I realized the scope of the undertaking after reading this book.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Did you see Grapes of Wrath? If that is the scope of your understanding of the dust bowl than I suggest this book. This is about the people in Oklahoma & Texas that did not leave and go to California. They lived (some of them) through it. One eye opener for me was how it all happened to begin with. I thought it was just a natural disaster (drought) that hit the same time as the depression. NOPE. The Indians lived for thousands of years with the Buffalo on that ground with no problem. White men came along and decided they could make LOTS OF MONEY on that ground. Isn’t that always the case? Geeze…

The End of America by Naomi Wolf

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Frankin

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Screwed by Thom Hartmann

Nemisis by Chalmers Johnson

Walmart The High Cost of Low Prices by Robert Greenwald
Bush’s Brain (The story of Carl Rove)
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
Sicko by Michael Moore
Left Lane: On The Road With Alix Olson
Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Jesus Camp
Who Killed the Electric Car?
The Fog Of War
The Party’s Over
Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
Orwell Rolls in His Grave

TV shows/series
The power of nightmares BBC TV series
Democracy Now
Bill Moyer’s Journal PBS (also available as a podcast via itunes)
Keith Obberman MSNBC
The Daily Show

Radio/Talk Shows
Greatful Dread Radio
The Randy Rhodes Show/Air America Radio
Thom Hartmann/Air America Radio
Rachel Maddow/Air America Radio

progressive podcast network
wake up am

Liberal Blogs
noam chomsky
media matters
randi’s blog
unfiltered news network
Fire Dog Lake
Margorie Cohn
after downing street
the vermont guardian
The Huffington Post

Neocon Websites
This what they profess to be about: A neoconservative organization supporting greater American militarization, challenging hostile governments, advancing democratic and economic freedom
Several right wingers in the Bush administration signed on to this agreement long before Bush took over the White House. Included in the plan was the invasion of Iraq. They planned to do that long before 9/11 and in order to get the American People behind them they also said they would need “another Pearl Harbor.” As soon as 9/11 happened…they put what is in these papers into action. Follow the money campers…it’s about the oil.


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