Saturday, November 05, 2005
Graffiti proclaiming "Get out, killer Bush" and "Yankees go home" was spray painted on two monuments in Brasilia. On Friday, hundreds of protesters burned an American flag and an effigy of Bush in front of the U.S. embassy.
There have already been riots and protests due to Bush's presence in Venezuela:
"He is getting what he has coming," Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said of Bush in Santa Clara, Cuba. "He is the most unpopular US president, in the international arena, in history." Communist Cuba was not invited to the summit.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, a virulent critic of Bush and close ally of Cuba's Fidel Castro, repeated his accusation that Washington was plotting to invade his oil-rich country.
"An imperialist invasion of Venezuela will be the start of a 100-year war," Chavez told the crowd, speaking for more than two hours under driving rain.
The only question in the 12-minute exchange with reporters that Bush directly answered was one about how he would greet Hugo Chavez, the outspoken, leftist leader of Venezuela who is using the summit as a stage to needle Bush and bolster his own standing among Latin American nations. Bush promised to "of course, be polite."
[John] McCain, who was tortured while held as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, is the chief Senate sponsor of an anti-torture provision that has twice cleared the Senate and triggered veto threats from the White House.
Cheney's appeal came two days before a former senior State Department official claimed in an interview with National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" that he had traced paperwork back to Cheney's office that he believes led to U.S. troops abusing prisoners in
"It was clear to me there that there was a visible audit trail from the vice president's office through the secretary of defense down to the commanders in the field," Lawrence Wilkerson, a former colonel who was Secretary of State
Colin Powell's chief of staff during
President Bush's first term, said Thursday.
In nearby Qaim, a witness said the offensive in Husaybah began about dawn with four loud explosions, apparently caused by U.S. warplanes or helicopters. The witness said telephone service to the town was cut. He spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for his safety.
Husaybah is a poor Sunni Arab town of about 30,000 people. It is located near the Euphrates River and surrounded by bleak hills and desert terrain. Most residents live in small brick and concrete homes, and many may have fled during another U.S. offensive in the area last month.
Coalition and collaborating Iraqi forces have failed to penetrate the insurgency and gain any useful intelligences, so they shoot in the dark and many innocent people die in the crossfire. R3D calls on the members of the military not to use their weapons as instruments of murder. They should be used for liberation.
In a particularly malevolent turn, youths in the eastern Paris suburb of Meaux prevented paramedics from evacuating a sick person from a housing project, pelting rescuers with rocks and torching the awaiting ambulance, an Interior Ministry official said.
The article characterizes the sick person as being from "a housing project," implying that the person was poor. While the incident may be government propaganda or a distortion of facts, it is not effective resistance for poor people to fight poor people. If you want someone to die due to lack of medical care, target the ambulances going after wealthy people or political figures.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
The Czech Republic has said that it turned down a request from the CIA to set up a concentration camp in their country. Now we know why Cheney asked for an exemption for the CIA from John McCain's anti-torture legislation.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
In the 800-plus opinions he has penned during his 15 years as a federal judge, Alito consistently has come down on the side of limiting corporate liability, limiting employee rights, and limiting federal regulation. "He would be a liability restrainer," says Stan Anderson, legal-affairs lobbyist for the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, October 31, 2005
The outsourcing of technology jobs to low-wage countries will provide a 68.7-billion-dollar benefit to the US economy in 2005, said a study, challenging key assumptions about shifting work offshore.
The study, updating a report released in 2004 drawing the same conclusion, was commissioned by the Information Technology Association of America, a high-tech industry group, and conducted by research firm Global Insight.
The report concluded that despite the loss of some jobs to low-wage countries such as India, that worldwide sourcing of IT services and software generated 257,042 net new US jobs in 2005.
"No one is denying that there are job losses, but the net effect is that you create more jobs than you lose" in the overall economy, said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at Global Insight and lead author of the report.
Telecommunications mergers are not in the interest of the public. The concentration of wealth within fewer companies allows increased monopolizing behavior and only benefits corporate balance sheets. Consumers are left with fewer choices for service providers and prices rise as competition among companies decrease.
The accused soldiers were not in custody and were still serving with their units, said U.S. spokeswoman Lieutenant Cindy Moore.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
The memo, written by Susan Chambers, the executive vice president for benefits, outlines ways Wal-Mart can reduce employee benefits expenses, which cost the company $4.2 billion between 2002 and 2005 and are growing at 15 percent a year.
The problem, it seems, is that the employees are sticking around too long. Tenure drives costs. The more years workers have with the company, the more paid time off, the bigger the 401(k) contributions and profit-sharing.
As Chambers notes, an associate with seven years experience is almost 55 percent more expensive than someone with one year on the job, "yet there is no difference in his or her performance."
The solution? Shift more work to part-time employees, who don't get benefits. Chambers proposes lowering life insurance benefits and cutting 401(k) contributions to 3 percent of wages from 4 percent.
In other words, do everything possible to discourage long-term employment.
She also suggests raising health care premiums for employees' spouses because they are "by far the most expensive plan members."
Chambers' memo says Wal-Mart can encourage a healthier work force by adding physical activity to most jobs. Cashiers, for example, could be required to gather shopping carts.
The idea isn't that the exercise would make employees healthier, it's that it would weed out the unhealthy, overweight and infirm, groups that have higher medical bills.
"These moves would also dissuade unhealthy people from coming to work at Wal-Mart," Chambers wrote.
Think of the savings if each Wal-Mart simply posted a sign that said "fatsos need not apply."
Wal-Mart is far less stingy with its executives. Chief Executive Lee Scott nabbed $12.5 million last year, not counting stock options. That includes contributions to a 401(k) plan and term life insurance, two benefits Chambers would slash for employees.
There's no mention of whether Scott keeps his health up by gathering shopping carts in the parking lot.
He also gets more than $100,000 a year for personal use of a corporate jet, a far cry from Walton's famed pickup truck.
- Exxon-Mobil made $9.9 billion.
- Dutch Shell made $9 billion.
- BP made $6.5 billion.
- Conoco Phillips made $3.8 billion.
- Chevron made $3.6 billion.
Guess who's going to buy the 2008 election?
"Everyone is expecting folks to be dressed-up in costumes; so if you were to do so, it would not be abnormal. This is the PERFECT opportunity to go kill whomever needs killing; to do so in public and not worry about being seen because you can be in costume with facial make-up not just a mask. Of course, have a second costume stashed somewhere so you can change quick and not be captured by the cops. Bang, target killed. Swoop into nearby alley way, change costumes, walk away casually. It is my earnest hope that a lot of this country's problems will be solved this way tomorrow. Remember, a properly placed bullet can change the world!"
If the rule of law is central to U. S. democracy, law enforcement officials should arrest Turner for his advice in facilitating crime and encouragement of crime commission. If the law enforcement officials who undoubtedly read Turner's website daily fail to act and someone ends up dead, the blood of the victim is on their hands. Some people have suggested that Turner is a government agent, and as long as he continues to spout criminal words, his fellow fascists should not stop wondering whether Turner might be an informant to jail violent people.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Red Revolutionary Resistance
R3D will gather intelligence and present analyses on the growing chasm between the wealthy and the poor in the United States, as it is our base of operations. Also, as the alleged final hegemon, the United States is the author of great injustices around the world. Borders are arbitrary lines determined through military conquest, and therefore we will also endeavor to assist the work of working people all around the globe. It is only through mass organizing and cooperation of different groups that the bourgeios have previously divided, that we can realize a world where every man and woman is equal regardless of race, class, or sexual orientation.
R3D demands from the Bush regime:
- The end of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
- An end of support for the Zionist entity that oppresses the Palestinian people.
- An end to the implementation of a fascist Christian theocracy.
- A guaranteed income for every citizen of the United States.
- An end to the persecution of immigrant workers.
- The demilitarization of the United States' borders.
- Comprehensive health care, food, and shelter for every American citizen.
- Reparations to African-Americans whose ancestors generated the current wealth of the United States through state-enforced slavery.
- An end to the slavery of wage workers at the hands of billionaires.
- Rolling back efforts to weaken labor laws, pension guarantees, and other benefits of the workers.
- An end to the persecution of Cuba and demonization of Fidel Castro.
- An end to the persecution of North Korea.
- An end to the corporatocracy that allows corporations to control the government.
- An end to the executions of political prisoners.
- An end to police violence against working people.
- An end to intimidation of legitimate political dissent.
- An end to the torture and espionage organization known as the Central Intelligence Agency.
- An end to the state support of fascist paramilitary organizations such as the National Socialist Movement, the Creativity Movment, the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations, White Revolution, and the Aryan Union.
- An end to the out of control prison expansion that disproportionately incarcerates the poor.
- An end to the concentration of wealth that fails to fully compensate the worker for his creation of value.
As long as the Bush regime continues to wage its war against the working people of the world, R3D will be at war with the Bush regime. R3D will seek to disrupt business as usual for the capitalists and fascists in the United States. Keep an eye on these pages for updates and further communiques from the Red Revolutionary Resistance.
All power to the people,