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posted by Zhade, The DU Forums

George Soros owned a third of Harken after Harken purchased Soros Oil, which happened after Arbusto was bailed out by Spectrum 7, which Harken later acquired. Harken, of course, had "extensive ties" with BCCI. Worth noting is that, according to Greg Palast, one of Harken's board members, Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh, accompanied Iran-Co ntra weapons dealer and middleman Adnan Khashoggi to "...a meeting with Saudi billionaires and Al-Qaeda's financial arm. In essence, Palast claims the Saudis paid protection money to the terrorists."
Soros invested $100 million with the Carlyle Group.

Last December he was tried - and convicted - in a French court for insider trading.

He's financed a lot of members of what research is revealing may be a corporate-controlled "Parallel Left" media.

He sits on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, which also includes Vin Weber (chairman for the National Endowment for Democracy, which according to the New York Times "...funnelled more than $877,000 into Venezuela opposition groups in the weeks and months before the recently aborted coup attempt..." last year ), John Deutch (on the board of Citigroup, Raytheon), Robert E. Rubin (director and chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup, on the board at Ford Motors), and Andrew Young (director for Archer Daniels Midland and the CAPPS-loving Delta), among others.

For a detailed look at Soros, read George Soros: Prophet of an "Open Society" . He's not the white knight some of the higher-ups would want us to believe.

Posted by oddheaded, Yahoo! Boards

[RMcG - This post comments on a Yahoo! News feature regardng economists expressing doubts about Bush's claim to an economic turnaround.]

Crystal balls & crack pipes don't mix.

Yes, 57,000 jobs is a start, but plainly the proverbial drop in the bucket compared to the 2.8 million jobs lost since GWB took office.

And most of the 2Q growth was due to the biggest bump in defense spending since the Korean War (ie 50 years).

And if GWB continues to drop in polls, consumers are likely to pull in the horns.

But keep on dreamin'


Posted by PeteHisey on BartCop

Saying anti-war people are so UNFAAIIIRRRRRR and Saddam would still be oppressing people if not for Smirk and him. You know what, Poodle? You're right. So what? What are you going to do about the Russians in Chechnya? The Chinese in Tibet? Where were you in Rwanda? How about Guatemala? Wait, how about Haiti? Burma? Want me to continue the list? In for a penny, in for a pound, Poodle. The fact is, none of them have any fucking oil, and you know it. Every one of those governments is as brutal as Saddam. Some are a lot worse. So where are your soldiers? Why aren't they there? Where are the weapons of mass destruction you PROMISED were there?

I hope there are a million people in the streets next week, and the two of you have to cower in one of your palaces, surrounded by armed guards. And make it clear to the world, if not you, how cowardly and arrogant you two punks really are.


Government In Action

According to a lawsuit by paraplegic Steve Winter, 41, of Mesa, Ariz. (reported in September by the Arizona Republic), the Veterans Administration reneged on a 1983 promise that if he agreed to let them test electrode therapy on him (to stimulate his neurological system), and the process failed, doctors would remove the implanted electrodes. While the therapy started well, the effects wore off after a few years, and Winter, exasperated, left the program. He claims the VA basically disavowed him for the next 15 years, refusing even to examine him to find the remainder of the 180 electrodes, which pose serious risks of infections, which already have necessitated 30 surgeries in the last 10 years. [Arizona Republic, 9-17-03]

In July, the state of Kentucky sent a check to the state's American Civil Liberties Union chapter for $121,000 as costs awarded in a 2000 lawsuit in which the state was forced by a court to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds. According to a Louisville Courier-Journal report, that brings to nearly $700,000 that the state has been forced to pay the ACLU in the last 10 years as costs for challenging various unconstitutional moves by the state. [Courier-Journal, 7-8-03]

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Despite their best efforts, the White House is beginning to have trouble managing an unruly press corp

ARI: After Mr. Bush's disastrous address last week, in which his humble intonations of God-given superiority were mistaken for run-of-the-mill arrogance, the pResident's handlers decided it would be best if Mr. Bush kept his distance from the press for the next twelve months or so.

Additionally, since Scott McClellan has a long way to go before his weasly obfuscations approach the legendary status of my glory days in front of the press corp, I will be taking on some of his duties temporarily, to better sheild the pResident from responsiblity for any of his actions.

It is good to see that Karl has assembled some fresh new faces, some new reporters. Maybe now America will be able to breathe in the unfiltered version of our efforts in Iraq.

You there, in the front row, wearing the Hello Kitty shirt...

REPORTER: Um, like, hello Mr. Ari Fleischer, my name is Megan Flan from the former Freedom Middle School, recently renamed the Ronald Reagan Center For Fundamental Truth.

Uh, like...why doesn't the president, like, go to any dead soldier's funerals, or visit their families, or like, you know, do that president stuff? Does he, like, think he's too good for that? Or, like, Susie Mathis, in Mr. Tribble's social studies class, like, she said Bush was just a pussy.

ARI: (Sustained pause) Do you eat with that mouth?

FLAN: I didn't say it. Susie Mathis did. And she said Cheney is robber baron mother fu....

ARI: That is enough...we'll move on to our next question...there, in the third row. I believe we haven't seen you here before.

REPORTER: Stamin Thistlewhite, Southern California Organic Brocolli Growers Association. Sir, does Mrs. Barbara Bush, the pResident's mother, prepare brocolli for the pResident when he is home for dinner...

ARI: Ah, now we're getting to some of the important questions which help to cast Mr. Bush in an appropriate..

THISTLEWHITE: I wasn't done...and why doesn't that fat-ass old Q-Tip bitch-slap the spoiled little frat boy upside his monkey head and knock some sense into him? She must have family, too! Don't those Bushes have an ounce of shame? I've met heads of brocolli with more brains in 'em that Smirky's head!

ARI: (sigh) This isn't going well...there, in the back row...

HELEN THOMAS: I actually get to ask a question!? Jesus H. Christ, it's about time, you chicken-shit little...

ARI: No, Helen. Actually, I was hoping you could wake little Emily Saunders from Mrs. Porter's Kindergarten. I believe she had a pointed question about Tickle Me Elmo....

Volume 2, Number 12


"They train young men to drop fire on people, but they won't let them write FUCK on their aeroplanes because it's obscene."
- Col. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

Between 21,000 and 55,000 people have died as a result of the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, according to a new report that also warned of rapidly deteriorating health conditions for those who survived.

Jim Lobe
OneWorld US

London-based Medact, the British affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), concluded that the war's continuing impact--particularly the failure of occupation authorities to ensure security-- has resulted in a further deterioration of the Iraqi population's health status. IPPNW's U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, joined in the report's release Tuesday. The report's funding was provided by Oxfam and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation.

"The health of the Iraqi people is generally worse than before the war," according to an executive summary of the 12-report, which noted that the state of health in Iraq was already poor by international standards. It said women and children were particularly at risk due to the breakdown in law and order and damage to infrastructure and that women were also being affected by the emergence of religious conservatism after the war.

"The report makes a series of recommendations to the occupation authorities, noting that, with the influx of new resources and the end of sanctions, health services could be significantly upgraded once security is assured. But it expresses concerns about the heavy participation of for-profit companies, mostly from the U.S., that have been awarded contracts to provide services and technical aid in the health sector."

The report, entitled "Continuing Collateral Damage: The Health and Environmental Costs of War on Iraq 2003," is the follow-up to a pre-war study released last November that predicted at the time that between 49,000 and 261,000 people could be killed in an invasion of Iraq over three months.

The much lower estimated death toll in the seven months that followed the March 20 invasion is due primarily to the quick collapse of Iraqi military resistance and the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were used.

The report says that 172 U.S. and British combatants were killed during the war period (March 20 to May 1) and another 222 died between May 2 and October 20. It estimates the number of civilians killed during the war at between 5,708 and 7,356. From May 2 to October 20, the report estimates civilian deaths resulting from hostilities at between 2,049 and 2,209.

The major unknown, according to the report, is the number of Iraqi military deaths during the war. As few as 13,500--or as many as 45,000--soldiers and paramilitary fighters are believed to have been killed, based on extrapolations from death rates of between three and ten percent found in the units around Baghdad, as well as U.S. military estimates that 2,320 Iraqi soldiers were killed in and around Baghdad alone.

In the absence of official body counts, "the final toll will probably never be known" the report concluded, noting that the Iraqi Red Crescent is currently exhuming mass graves to identify Iraqi war dead around Baghdad and elsewhere.

In addition, thousands of combatants on both sides, as well as civilians, suffered serious injuries, including amputations and mental trauma, according to the report. It noted that one source, Iraq Body Count, estimated at least 20,000 civilian injuries by July, of which 8,000 were in Baghdad alone. Deaths and injuries from unexploded ordnance have continued, and are likely to be under-reported, according to the independent Mines Advisory Group (MAG).

The report estimated the number of Iraqi military wounded at roughly three times the death toll.
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George Soros, one of the world’s richest men, has given away nearly $5 billion to promote democracy in the former Soviet bloc, Africa and Asia. Now he has a new project: defeating President Bush.

By Laura Blumenfeld

“IT IS THE central focus of my life,” Soros said, his blue eyes settled on an unseen target. The 2004 presidential race, he said in an interview, is “a matter of life and death.”

Soros, who has financed efforts to promote open societies in more than 50 countries around the world, is bringing the fight home, he said. On Monday, he and a partner committed up to $5 million to MoveOn.org, a liberal activist group, bringing to $15.5 million the total of his personal contributions to oust Bush.
Overnight, Soros, 74, has become the major financial player of the left. He has elicited cries of foul play from the right. And with a tight nod, he pledged: “If necessary, I would give more money.”

"Neoconservatives, Soros said, are exploiting the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to promote a preexisting agenda of preemptive war and world dominion. "Bush feels that on September 11th he was anointed by God," Soros said. "He's leading the U.S. and the world toward a vicious circle of escalating violence."

“America, under Bush, is a danger to the world,” Soros said. Then he smiled: “And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.”

Soros believes a “supremacist ideology” guides this White House. He hears echoes in its rhetoric of his childhood in occupied Hungary. “When I hear Bush say, ‘You’re either with us or against us,’ it reminds me of the Germans.” It conjures up memories, he said, of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit (“The enemy is listening”): “My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me,” he said in a soft Hungarian accent.

Soros’s contributions are filling a gap in Democratic Party finances that opened after the restrictions in the 2002 McCain-Feingold law took effect. In the past, political parties paid a large share of television and get-out-the-vote costs with unregulated “soft money” contributions from corporations, unions and rich individuals. The parties are now barred from accepting such money. But non-party groups in both camps are stepping in, accepting soft money and taking over voter mobilization.

“It’s incredibly ironic that George Soros is trying to create a more open society by using an unregulated, under-the-radar-screen, shadowy, soft-money group to do it,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson said. “George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party.”

In past election cycles, Soros contributed relatively modest sums. In 2000, his aide said, he gave $122,000, mostly to Democratic causes and candidates. But recently, Soros has grown alarmed at the influence of neoconservatives, whom he calls “a bunch of extremists guided by a crude form of social Darwinism.”

Neoconservatives, Soros said, are exploiting the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to promote a preexisting agenda of preemptive war and world dominion. “Bush feels that on September 11th he was anointed by God,” Soros said. “He’s leading the U.S. and the world toward a vicious circle of escalating violence.” - continues


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The United States' uneven record in Iraq has kindled a small but persistent push to reinstitute the military draft, a politically charged idea that hasn't been seriously considered since the end of the Vietnam War.

By Charles Pope
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Yet despite denials from the White House that a draft is under consideration, and despite the obvious political fallout of such a move during an election campaign, talk of a draft has heated up in recent days.

Asked this week if the president is considering reinstituting the draft, press secretary Scott McClellan gave a quick and emphatic answer. "No," he said, moving to the next question.

But military observers and some members of Congress say that the notion of a possible military draft is gaining traction, in part because of questions from Democrats in Congress about the conduct of the Iraqi reconstruction, from retired military officers who are worried that the force is too small to accomplish such a big and difficult job -- and because of the administration itself.

"...the public notice by the Pentagon marked the first formal request to re-establish draft boards since the draft was abolished in 1973."

The Defense Department fueled the debate this week when it placed a notice on its Web site asking for "men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of a local draft board."

The notice, which appeared on an official Web page for the Selective Service System titled "Defend America," explained: "If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 Local and Appeal Boards throughout America would decide which young men, who submit a claim, receive deferments, postponements or exemptions from military service, based on Federal guidelines. Positions are available in many communities across the Nation."

The Pentagon wouldn't comment on the notice, and by yesterday it had been pulled from the Web site without explanation.

Federal officials, falling in line behind President Bush and his official position, say there are no specific plans to bring back the draft but it's only prudent to have the plans and some of the people in place if it becomes necessary.

Despite those explanations, the public notice by the Pentagon marked the first formal request to re-establish draft boards since the draft was abolished in 1973.

Whether or not a draft is reinstated, debate about troop strength and the commitment to Iraq will continue. The United States has more than 130,000 soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a deployment that has virtually drained the Army of its troops. One division remains in the United States.

Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and senior military officials have consistently said that the military is not stretched too thin and that there are enough soldiers to meet all responsibilities both domestically and overseas.

The Pentagon sought to underscore that point Thursday by announcing that it will send 85,000 new Army and Marine combat troops to Iraq to replace soldiers ending one-year tours. The Pentagon also alerted 43,000 National Guard and Reserve support troops that they may be sent to Iraq as well.

Taken together, those decisions constitute the largest rotation of U.S. troops since World War II. - continues


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RMcG - I am going to repeat what I've said so many times before, about the reason why we must mobilize everyone we know to vote, and vote loudly; to the Bushista Regime, it's only business.

The problem is that Bush is simply delivering on one of the only two campaign promises he's kept. The other is the decimation of the New Deal via massive top-heavy tax breaks for his upper 1% buddies. This one is his promise to run America like a business. Any smart business does market research. These guys are just targeting, that's all. They know what their "customers" expect, and they sell it to them. Why is anyone surprised?

With that, I close this edition of NBY with this clip from the BartCop Forums...

I'm snatching this from an Atrios post, because it states extremely well the issue that is much greater than the lies themselves. Though the lies expose the utter contempt that these fraudulent usurpers hold towards the public, the scariest part is that there are many, many people who put their fingers in their ears and go "la la la." This fundamental mindset is the real fight, and I have no idea how to counter it, really. I loved the idea of tarring the media as hostile to our security. Maybe then we'll see some kind of coverage of the heinous incompetence and criminality in the administration.

Once again, we're all fixated on the lying, but in many ways we're fighting the last war. Here's an exerpt from a post at Atrios about Rummy's lies.

"Lies are what we fought during the Clinton years. Their lies about him, his lies about Monica.

This is way beyond that.

Our struggle is with people who simply don't care what Bush says, whether he's lying or telling the truth. In fact, the people we need to fight the hardest are those who WANT him and his crew to lie to us, in the way that Mommy and Daddy lied to us about the real world to keep us safe from it.

The lies aren't the point. They're really the symptoms of a party's disease. The disease is that they have cultivated a base motivated by pure irrationality : faith that Bush is a good man, with their interests at heart, and that anyone who challenges this is a traitor.

That's what we're really fighting. Nitpicking on their daily litany of lies is A. a never ending thankless task, and B. only going to harden the hearts of those who believe whatever Bush and his crew say, no matter that it flies in the face of history, their own previous statements, or just plain common sense.
Monkey | 11.09.03 - 10:09 am | "

I think this statement says it best
"The disease is that they have cultivated a base motivated by pure irrationality"

This is so true. From supply side economics, to the non-existence of global warming, to "partial-birth" it's almost impossible to argue because none of their ideas are logical. They're all faith based. How do you take these lunatics on?


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