The War on Greed

These videos include the words and voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Visit: Fight The War on Greed and sign the petition.

War on Greed in the News:
These videos are simply amazing.. And thoroughly disgusting.
These next two videos carry on the story of Henry Kravis, and how he accumulated all that wealth (and at who’s expense).
Now enjoy a tour of all the lovely homes of Henry Kravis.

Muse’s Monday Menagerie

Brother, it’s cold out there this morning..

From Raw Story, “Email missing from Cheney’s office on day White House told to preserve documents in CIA leak“:

Among the sixteen days for which email are missing from Vice President Cheney’s office is Sept. 30, 2003, the same day the day the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced they were investigating who outed former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.

Ironically, Cheney’s office is missing emails from the very day President Bush told reporters he’d “take care of” whatever staff member had actually leaked the CIA agent’s name.

Now, this could finally get interesting.. (referring to the above story)

From ThinkProgress: Pentagon Report On ‘Real Toll’ Of Iraq War: 1 In 5 Vets Are Affected By ‘Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries’

On the Chris Matthews Show this morning [yesterday], Time magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel discussed a new Pentagon report that says “1 in 5 American servicemen and women who have been in Iraq are coming back with brain injuries.” Stengel called it the “real toll” of the war, adding that “the legacy of that will last all of our lifetimes and it’s incalculable.”

In total, according to Stengel, “more than 250,000 people” are affected by “mild traumatic brain injuries” sustained in Iraq.

Rudy Giuliani is trailing John McCain in the polls for New York - in double digits! I am so happy..

There was a very nice piece today on Huffington Post by Marian Wright Edelman in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Pentagon considers making General David Petraeus the NATO Supreme Commander.. Why do all of these guys get rewarded for their part in this debacle..?

The Israelis have cut off fuel to Gaza’s power plant, depriving tens of thousands of people of electricity. Juan Cole writes more.

Chuck Norris says he is supporting Huckabee because John McCain is too old and would die in the White House..

“If John takes over the presidency at 72 and he ages 3-to-1, how old will he be in four years? Eighty-four years old — and can he handle that kind of pressure in that job?” Norris said, as Huckabee looked on.

“That’s why I didn’t pick John to support, because I’m just afraid the vice president will wind up taking over his job within that four-year presidency,” added the action star.

Here’s a little Monty Python in The Argument Clinic sketch (sounds like my house..):

DANIEL ELLSBERG: Covering Up the Coverage – The American Media’s Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case

by Daniel Ellsberg
via: BradBlog

In an Exclusive BRAD BLOG Op-Ed, the Legendary ‘Pentagon Papers’ Whistleblower Calls on the Media to Perform Their First Amendment Obligations, on Congressional Leaders to Perform Their Oversight Duty, and for Insider Sources to Come Forward to the American Public…

For the second time in two weeks, the entire U.S. press has let itself be scooped by Rupert Murdoch’s London Sunday Times on a dynamite story of criminal activities by corrupt U.S. officials promoting nuclear proliferation. But there is a worse journalistic sin than being scooped, and that is participating in a cover-up of information that demands urgent attention from the public, the U.S. Congress and the courts.

For the last two weeks — one could say, for years — the major American media have been guilty of ignoring entirely the allegations of the courageous and highly credible source Sibel Edmonds, quoted in the London Times on January 6, 2008 in a front-page story that was front-page news in much of the rest of the world but was not reported in a single American newspaper or network. It is up to readers to demand that this culpable silent treatment end.

Just as important, there must be pressure by the public on Congressional committee chairpersons, in particular Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Patrick Leahy. Both have been sitting for years on classified, sworn testimony by Edmonds — as she revealed in the Times’ new story on Sunday — along with documentation, in their possession, confirming parts of her account. Pressure must be brought for them to hold public hearings to investigate her accusations of widespread criminal activities ,over several administrations, that endanger national security. They should call for open testimony under oath by Edmonds — as she has urged for five years — and by other FBI officials she has named to them, as cited anonymously in the first Times’ story.

And this is the time for those who have so far creditably leaked to the Times of London to come forward, accepting personal risks, to offer their testimony — and new documents — both to the Congress and to the American press. I would say to them: Don’t do what I did and waste months of precious time trying to get Congressional committees to act as they should in the absence of journalistic pressure. Do your best to inform the American public directly, first, through the major American media.

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Martin Luther King “I have a Dream”

“I Have a Dream”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

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European stock markets in panic! – Asia weak!

The numbers speak for themselves:

Asia today:

Hang Seng                         -1’383.01 (- 5,49%)
Nikkei                                  -  535.35  (- 3.86%)
Straits Times Index         -  187.10  (-6.03%) 

Europe this morning (1200 GMT)

FTSE 100                          - 329.80   (- 5.59%)
Xetra DAX                         - 507.42   (- 6.94%)
Paris CAC 40                     - 289.80  (- 5.69%)
SMI Zurich                        - 284.27   (- 3.70%)

(Source: UBS)

This is definitely dominating the business headlines. “The Times”“The Guardian” , “Der Spiegel”,  “Frankfurter Allgemeine”“La Repubblica”,  “LeMonde”.

The reason given for the downturn is US recession fears.

(The Stock quotes represent the status of appr. 1200 GMT. When using the UBS link, you’ll get the actual values at the actual time)