Wednesday, February 02, 2005
It’s about the anticivilization circling the bowl!
New Republic Calls for Death and Torture of Arundhati Roy and Stan Goff
The words "libelous" and 'the New Republic" have a proud history of walking arm-in-arm. Now, in the esteemed tradition of [former TNR writer who peddled fiction as fact] Stephen Glass, The New Republic has stooped to a new low, publishing a piece that calls for violence, torture, and even death for leading leftists who dare oppose Bush's war on terror and the slaughter in Iraq.
First they came for Ward Churchill, then they came for YOU!
“All decent people, whether Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, should denounce the views of Ward Churchill,” Bill Owens, the Republican governor of Colorado, writes in a letter he sent to Isaiah Lechowit, the president of the University of Colorado College Republicans, who will read it to a lynch mob demanding the resignation of Churchill, the latest victim of the Bushzarro world purge of academe. “Not only are his writings outrageous and insupportable, they are at odds with the facts of history.”
Are they really? [Kurt Nimmo]
US Declares Iraqis Must Destroy Their Own Seeds
For the record: "U.S. declares Iraqis can not save their own seeds"
"As part of sweeping "economic restructuring" implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds, which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of years. Instead, they will be forced to buy seeds from US corporations. That is because in recent years, transnational corporations have patented and now own many seed varieties originated or developed by indigenous peoples. In a short time, Iraq will be living under the new American credo:
Pay Monsanto, or starve ." [rense]
From The Ecologist...
Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country's traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They’ve even created a new law – Order 81 – to make sure it happens. [Article here]
The Seventh Plank...
Government control of factories and the instruments of production; cultivation of the soil in accordance with a common plan.
Government control of the instruments of production? Try farming. Subsidies to grow some crops, sometimes payments not to grow any crops. Recently, some farmers in California were fined for putting back seed from their own crops to plant next year. It is now a regulatory violation for farmers to keep and plant their own seeds. Mandated by law to use only patented, hybrid seeds, farmers are at the mercy of government authorized-seed sources to get their next crop planted... [Idaho Observer] - 1999!
Where are all these bubble comming from?