A collective shitting in the pants By William Bowles

27 July 2005

What kind of a mess have our erstwhile leaders got us into? It’s not too late you know, to do something about this gang of murdering politicos who have their cold, hard hands around our throats.

It struck me that the common message I have been getting of late is not only anger and frustration but of fear, not of bombers but of the political class and the growing realisation of what they are capable of and that perhaps it took a July 7 to wake people up to the reality of a desperate ruling class, backed into a corner, whose only way forward (or is it backward) is to rack up the terror, notch by notch, through holding the nation to hostage.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 July 23-27 2005

27 July 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 23-27 2005
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 80 Days


Who’s Taking Blame for Christian Violence?

How do our current religious leaders think Jesus would react to the concept of collateral damage?

by Calvin White

Now that imams in Britain and Canada are standing up and publicly condemning terrorist acts as anti-Muslim and against the teachings in the Qur’an, I wonder if pressure might be put on Christian leaders to take a similar stand.

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Media Lens: The New Statesman Editor And Blair’s “Mistake” – In The Service Of A Machine

27 July 2005 — Media Lens

The American philosopher Henry David Thoreau once wrote:

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.” (Thoreau, Walden And Civil Disobedience, Penguin, 1986, p.379)

How often, dear reader, do we go away hungry from the media board, and for the same reasons? What a dismal experience it is to spend twenty minutes leafing through a two-inch wedge of newsprint on a Saturday morning, finding almost nothing of human interest but plenty that offends and grates. Continue reading