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by Harvey Wasserman

A cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant has collapsed.

A broken 54" pipe has spewed 350,000 gallons per minute of contaminated, overheated water into the Earth. "The river water piping and the series of screens and supports failed," said a company spokesman. They "fell to the ground."

By Danny Schechter
Editor, Mediachannel.org

Why did the markets and the media downplay the subprime menace?

That "why didn't we know" question is back. Again? It was asked about 9/11 in connection with our government ignoring warning after warning about likely terrorist attacks. The CIA has just raised it again about their own ostrich-like behavior in the run-up to the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Now it's being asked by The New York Times about the failure to anticipate and potentially pre-empt the subprime mortgage crisis that has since escalated into a deeper meltdown in global financial markets leading to layoffs and predictions of a fall-off in economic growth.
Monday, 27 August 2007 06:59

Marjorie Cohn: Turning Iraq Into Vietnam

by Marjorie Cohn

Desperate to shore up support for continuing his unpopular war on Iraq, George W. Bush drew an analogy with Vietnam when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The price of America's withdrawal [from Vietnam] was paid by millions of innocent citizens," Bush declared. But he overlooked the 4 million Indochinese and 58,000 American soldiers who paid the ultimate price for that imperial war. And the myriad Vietnamese and Americans who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the defoliant Agent Orange the U.S. forces dropped on Vietnam. The 10 years it took to end our war there claimed untold numbers of lives.

By Hanna Rosin
Author of God's Harvard

When I first began covering religion for The Washington Post, more than 10 years ago, deflecting conversion attempts became a routine part of my work. Although they are unfailingly gracious, evangelicals are not so good at respecting professional boundaries. What did it matter that I was a reporter doing my job if I was headed for eternal damnation? To a population of domestic missionaries, I presented as a prime target: a friendly non-Christian who was deeply interested in learning more about their beliefs.


It sounds more like a “plea agreement” to me than a resignation! Whoever they are, the guys who break the law should have to pay for their crimes, just like every other American who has done wrong. Mr. Gonzales, “If you committed the crime you should serve the time”!!!



Washington, DC- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement on the news of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation:

Let's be clear. Alberto Gonzales is resigning as attorney general not because he's become an embarrassment to the Bush Administration -- which has repeatedly shown itself to be beyond embarrassment -- but because he is no longer useful. Exposed as a serial liar and an administration hack, he can no longer be relied upon by the Bush Administration to carry forward its criminal agenda of subverting the Constitution, the electoral process, and the Bill of Rights, because his every step is being watched by the public and the Congress.

Monday, 27 August 2007 03:31

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 27, 2007


Mailbag is back ... more to come later.

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Why on this does Bush have cold feet?
If I may momentarily be indiscreet,
It's because retreat rhymes with defeat.

The most corrupt Attorney General
That our country has seen yet
His penchant for not remembering
Americans won't forget.

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