Saturday, November 14, 2009

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President Obama left the country for China and the Far East last week and Hillary Clinton is back from a rocky Mid-East trip while "To Surge or Not To Surge" is left on the stove to simmer a few more days (or weeks). So SoS CLINTON hits the Sunday talkies with appearances with George Snufagolpolis and Meet the David. Shadowing her is RUDY GHOULIANI on This George, State of the King and Fake Snooze Sunday. Also on Meet the David is a discussion about the bi-partisanshippy Privatizing Public Schools with NEWT "Contract ON America" GINGRICH, Education Sec. ARNE DUNCAN and AL SHARPTON. No that's not a misprint: AL SHARPTON. One has to wonder what Al is doing with these creeps pushing this crap as they tour big US inner cities pushing "education reform"? Speaking reform, Face the Bob has a bunch of Afghanistan "reformers" who want more troops sent there, in varying amounts. Watch to see which of these guests IKE SKELTON, PAT LEAHY or PETE HOEKSTRA want the biggest "surge" even though nobody seems to know what the mission is there (except to guard the proposed pipeline routes). Be sure to watch Robert Greenwald's RETHINK AFGHANISTAN series (6 parts) free online - BUT DON'T click on the screen image of each part, or you'll only see the trailer. Look down a few lines under the photos and click on where it says "Watch Part 1 (2,3,4,5,6) in it's entirety". (h/t ms) CHRIS HEDGES talked to a "U.S. Army first lieutenant who was deployed last year and who asked not to be identified by name" and told him in Afghanistan’s Sham Army at TruthDig: “In the Afghan logistics battalion I was embedded with, the commander himself was extorting a local shopkeeper, and his staff routinely stole from the local store,” the adviser said. “In Kabul, on one humanitarian aid mission I was on, we handed out school supplies to children, and in an attempt to lend validity to the ANA we had them [ANA members] distribute the supplies. As it turns out, we received intelligence reports that that very same group of ANA had been extorting money from the villagers under threat of violence. In essence, we teamed up with well-known criminals and local thugs to distribute aid in the very village they had been terrorizing, and that was the face of American charity.” We have pumped billions of dollars into Afghanistan and occupied the country for eight years. We currently spend some $4 billion a month on Afghanistan. But we are unable to pay for whiteboards and markers for instructors at the Kabul Military Training Center. Afghan soldiers lack winter jackets. Kabul is still in ruins. Unemployment is estimated at about 40 percent. And Afghanistan is one of the most food-insecure countries on the planet. What are we doing? Where is this money going? Look to the civilian contractors. These contractors dominate the lucrative jobs in Afghanistan. The American military, along with the ANA, is considered a poor relation. Read the whole disturbing piece. You can bet Mssrs. Skelton, Hoekstra, and Leahy have no idea what's really going on there. Do check the BTV Alerts section for interviews with former Economic Hitman himself JOHN PERKINS and also on Ring of Fire. PBC discusses the Goldstone Report on Israel's attack on Gaza while Max Keiser has on James Turk from AntiWarRadio didn't have anything new so check out those interviews with SCOTT HORTON and GARETH PORTER if you missed them last week. The Brick TeeVee Crew is sore from raking literally MILLIONS of leaves all week. We keep raking, they keep showing up! Fortunately that spunky Climate Change Thing has brought us unseasonably warm weather, so we rake leaves deep into the night. The War on Terrorist Leaves is ON!


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    • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    • former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
    • ROUNDTABLE: George Will, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, Washington Week’s Gwen Ifill, New York Times Columnist David Brooks and David Corn of Mother Jones

  • Face The Nation (CBS)
    • U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra , the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee
    • Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
    • Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
    • Dana Priest, CBS News contributor and investigative reporter for the Washington Post
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  • 60 Minutes (CBS)
    • THE DEADLIEST WEAPON - Byron Pitts and 60 MINUTES cameras spend two days on the road with a bomb-hunting unit in Afghanistan as they encounter one deadly bomb after another. Tom Anderson is the producer.
    • RESURRECTING EDEN - In Southern Iraq where many biblical scholars place the Garden of Eden, Scott Pelley finds a water world where the "Marsh Arabs" are making a comeback after Saddam nearly destroyed the "cradle of civilization." Jenny Dubin is the producer.

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    • former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
    • Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer
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    Info on Podcast #62 Published on 05 November 2009 by admin in Podcast Info -- Prof. Stephen Zunes on US repudiation of the Goldstone report; activist David DeGraw says to Wall St.: “Stop, Thief!!” and Tommy Panik files an exclusive report.
    Info on Podcast #65 Published on 1 Nov 2009 by admin in Podcast Info -- Stephen Kohn, counsel to whistleblowers. This is the 10th installment of the Boiling Frogs interview series, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds. Kohn explains whistleblowing as a civil liberties and a First Amendment issue, the role of whistleblowers as enablers of congressional oversight, and discusses the legal and political implications involved in whistleblowing.

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    [OTE27] On the Edge with Max Keiser . . . and James TurkStacy Summary: Episode 27, airing 13 November, 2009. With guest James Turk.
    A second American stimulus and an empty Chinese city Stacy Summary: Good morning. I see more government printing in the news this morning. And, this news is, despite what Cramer says, the bad news cause of gold rising. What are you reading? Goldman on why a second stimulus bill is only months away @ ZeroHedge & China’s empty city @ chinadigitaltimes
    Cramer gives three reasons why he is the dumbest man in finance Stacy Summary: This is the sort of article that Mish excels at dissecting, so I hope he does that. But, in the meantime, I think Cramer’s own statements are comment enough on just how stupid he is. READ Cramer says three reasons that rising gold is good sign That is 1. Rising gold means weak dollar, which is good for business 2. Rising gold suggests deflation is not a problem 3. Rising gold indicates signs of reflation, so prices should recover

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    Scott Horton interviews The Other Scott Horton (no relation) (mp3) 50:58 Nov 1 2009. The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses Bush administration torture documents just released to the ACLU, the DOJ’s embarrassing 8-30 losing record in Guantanamo habeas hearings, how Gitmo was filled up courtesy of Pakistan’s bogus “terrorist” roundup after 9/11, Dick Cheney’s culpability in allowing Pakistan’s ISI to evacuate Taliban and al Qaeda leadership from Afghanistan, the Cheney family’s frantic pre-emptive defense against possible DOJ prosecution, the British High Court decision to disregard the CIA request for secrecy in the Binyam Mohamed torture case and the inspiration FOX’s 24 has been to torturers around the world.
    Scott Horton interviews Gareth Porter (mp3) 27:39 Nov 1 2009. Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses Iran’s counter-proposal to the IAEA enrichment deal, the ambiguous meaning and political sensitivity of nuclear “breakout capability,” continued defense of the 2007 Iran NIE by U.S. intelligence agencies, a new generation of efficient uranium centrifuges intended for use at the Qom facility and how the ever-increasing sanctions imposed on Iran by Congress are tantamount to declaring war.

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