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Dave Lindorff

Entries by Dave Lindorff

Obama Must Dump The Bums In Treasury, End The Wars And Start Leading

(12) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 3:40 PM

If you are sitting in class taking a test, and you've chosen to sit amongst your bone-headed, slacker friends, don't turn to them for help when you can't figure out of any of the answers. They may all tell you the same thing, but they'll all be wrong.

That's the...

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President Obama: Don't Lecture China on Censorship

(33) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 4:45 PM

President Obama, in his visit to China, held a "town meeting" with Chinese students in which he praised openness and lectured them on the value of freedom of information, saying that he is a "supporter of non-censorship" and that open access to information was a "source of strength."


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Obama's War and Remembrance Day

(13) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 10:10 AM

With word being leaked out over the weekend that our Nobel Peace Prize President is close to announcing plans to escalate the US troop level in the Afghanistan War by 50%, we are about to have perhaps the ultimate of ironies -- a president announcing a big step-up in...

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In America, Selfishness and Lack of Solidarity Know No Bounds

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 4:44 PM

As the strike by transit workers in Philadelphia enters its fifth day, it is clear why unions have such a tough time in the United States, where fewer than one in eight workers is covered by a union contract.

Although the average pay of transit workers is just $50,000 a...

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2010 Looms: Democrats Crash and Burn in Virginia, New Jersey

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 9:49 AM

It would be easy to read too much into the few statewide races that were decided last night, but I think it's fair to say that the results in New Jersey and Virginia, where Republican gubernatorial candidates won -- in New Jersey's case knocking off a well-funded Democratic incumbent --...

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Country Joe, Kenny Rogers and Obama

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 2:55 PM

Country Joe McDonald said it best in his iconic "Fixin' to Die" Rag: "Oh, it's one, two, three, what are we fightin' for? Don't ask me. I don't give a damn." In fact, we were fighting for nothing in Vietnam. It was a war that started out because the...

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Out Out-of-Whack Economy and the Happy Talk Propagandists

(11) Comments | Posted October 31, 2009 | 3:01 PM

If you listen to the happy-talk folks at Treasury and the Fed, and on the tube, you'd think things had finally turned a corner. The economy grew at a 3.5% annualized rate in the third quarter ended September 30. "The Economy is Back in Gear" shouted the headline on an...

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America's Drug Crisis: Brought to You by the CIA

(36) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 6:40 PM

Next time you see a junkie sprawled at the curb in the downtown of your nearest city, or read about someone who died of a heroin overdose, just imagine a big yellow sign posted next to him or her saying: "Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work."

Kudos to the New...

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Pentagon Dirty Bombers: Depleted Uranium in the USA

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 5:59 PM

The Nuclear Regulator Commission is considering an application by the US Army for a permit to have depleted uranium at its Pohakuloa Training Area, a vast stretch of flat land in what's called the "saddle" between the sacred mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island, and...

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Depleted Uranium Weapons: Dead Iraqi and Afghani Babies Are No Joke

(12) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 5:04 PM

The horrors of the US Agent Orange defoliation campaign in Vietnam, about which I wrote on Oct. 15, could ultimately be dwarfed by the horrors caused by the depleted uranium weapons which the US began using in the 1991 Gulf War (300 tons), and which it has used much...

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Agent Orange in Vietnam: Ignoring the Crimes Before Our Eyes

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 5:34 PM

On Oct. 13, the New York Times ran a news story headlined "Door Opens to Health Claims Tied to Agent Orange," which was sure to be good news to many American veterans of the Indochina War. It reported that 38 years after the Pentagon ceased spreading the deadly dioxin-laced...

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WTF? Obama Gets the Nobel Peace Prize?

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 6:47 PM

It's not as much of a travesty as when Henry Kissinger, a war criminal of the first order who was an architect of the latter stages of the Indochina War, and was personally responsible for the slaughter of well over a million innocent people, won the Nobel Peace Prize in...

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Our Neighbors' Keeper: Local Cop Chiefs Want to Create a Nation of Snoops

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and other big city cops are calling for a new system of "citizen watch" programs, allegedly to help them spot hidden terrorists. I view this new call for a nation of private spies with a deep suspicion born of experience with the LAPD and...

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It's Congress: Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands After Hearings

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 1:55 PM

Some years ago, my wife and I, together with our young daughter, took a circuitous summer train trip through France, Italy, Austria and Germany. The last leg was an overnight express from Berlin that deposited us at the Gare du Nord in Paris just at sunrise. Feeling washed out from...

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The Best Health 'Reform' Money Can Buy

(10) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 3:40 PM

When the White House or Democrats in Congress talk about health care reform, and about wanting to preserve the central role of the private insurance industry in health care, it pays to look at just what it is that they they're so anxious to preserve.

According to the Health and...

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The New York Times Trashes Single-Payer Health Reform

(20) Comments | Posted September 22, 2009 | 10:27 AM

In an article in the Sunday New York Times, headlined "Medicare for All? 'Crazy,' 'Socialized' and Unlikely," reporter Katherine Q. Seelye did her best to damn the idea of government insurance for all with faint praise.

To begin her article, Seelye quoted from a 2005 episode...

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Thoughts on Saving an Old Barn

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 11:34 AM

Corporations have no more place in a democracy than carpenter ants and mold have in the beams of an old barn

For the last two weeks, I've been contemplating the mysteries of a post-and-beam barn, trying to work out how to rescue the long-ignored structure from the fate of many...

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In Praise of 'Joe' Wilson: What's Wrong with Calling Out Lies in Congress?

(54) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 4:51 PM

Liberals are acting all righteous and offended that a member of the Republican opposition, Rep. "Joe" Wilson of South Carolina, would deign to besmirch the "dignity of the presidency" by calling out "You lie!" in the middle of President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday...

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Censorship American-Style: Hide the US Dead

(9) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 2:22 PM

The Obama administration's freak-out, as expressed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, over the Associated Press Agency's belated circulation of a photograph of a dying US soldier in Afghanistan, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, is the latest of example of the hypocrisy of US authorities who claim to be concerned about the...

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"My Fellow Americans": The Speech Obama Should Give to Congress

(9) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 7:44 PM

As imagined by Dave Lindorff

My Fellow Americans.

I stand before you a chastened president. I made a mistake. Two mistakes really. (Wild applause from Republican side.)

I thought that Congress could do its job and through the deliberative process, produce a health care reform plan that...

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