Archive for August, 2005

The obligatory Red Cross link

August 31st, 2005 – 10:52 pm
Tagged as: Miscellaneous

Give generously to the Red Cross’ disaster relief fund.

Blaming the victims of Hurricane Katrina

August 31st, 2005 – 10:43 pm
Tagged as: Media

As the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina keeps looking worse and worse, I think it’s important to take a look at those who are still trapped in the city, and the media’s portrayal of them. First, here’s a great piece of writing from Cherie Priest called Disjointed thoughts on the socio-economics of disaster: Look at the […]

Never trust the Americans

August 29th, 2005 – 9:12 pm
Tagged as: Terrorism

Back in 1989, a bomb exploded in an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, and 270 people were killed. Years later, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent, was convicted of the bombing, and he’s now serving a life sentence in Britain. The problem is that a CIA agent apparently planted a key piece of […]

Nice priorities, Mister President

August 28th, 2005 – 3:36 pm
Tagged as: Environment

New Orleans may well be destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. There’s a roundup of coverage going on over at Making Light. So what does President Bush do? He gets live coverage of what is supposed to be him talking about the upcoming disaster, and then spends the majority of the time talking about Iraq. He’s such […]

Lower and lower

August 22nd, 2005 – 8:16 pm
Tagged as: Politics

President Bush’s approval ratings have now dropped into the 30s. George W. Bush’s overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American […]

Yet another step toward the police state

August 16th, 2005 – 10:06 pm
Tagged as: Rights

From the New York Times, via Making Light: Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court yesterday.

Is the end in sight?

August 15th, 2005 – 10:37 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

On Sunday the New York Times published a piece by columnist Frank Rich called “Someone Tell the President the War Is Over.” Nothing that happens on the ground in Iraq can turn around the fate of this war in America: not a shotgun constitution rushed to meet an arbitrary deadline, not another Iraqi election, not […]

On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima

August 6th, 2005 – 11:27 am
Tagged as: Media

This seems like an appropriate article to link to on this terrible anniversary: In the weeks following the atomic attacks on Japan almost 60 years ago, and then for decades afterward, the United States engaged in airtight suppression of all film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings. This included footage shot by U.S. […]

Replacing GWOT with GSAVE?

August 1st, 2005 – 9:39 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Over on AlterNet, there’s a great analysis by George Lakoff of the recent decision by the Bush administration to stop talking about the “global war on terror” and start using the term “global struggle against violent extremism” instead. The war frame is all-consuming. It takes focus away from other problems, from everyday troubles, from jobs, […]