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Fascism should more
properly be called corporatism since it is
the merger of
state and corporate power

-Benito Mussolini

Estimated Prophet
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
-Thomas Jefferson
Thinking Through "The Separation Wall"
Imagine having to register for a permit to live in your own home, to travel out of your village...
To better understand what is going on in Palestine/Israel I offer you a link to the work of Eyal Weizman.
I would recommend to you "Ariel Sharon and the Geometry of Occupation..."(You will have to register with Open Democracy to view the piece) The politics of the wall/separation barrier that is being built are complex, and not to be understood from simplistic media accounts, which tend to sensationalize and obsfucate rational analysis.
Gush Shalom offers a clear map of the wall/barrier that allows one to judge for oneself how it will effect Peace negotiations as well as what little it has to do with "The Green Line", Israel's UN mandated 1967 borders.
The World Bank: The separation Fence Will Hurt Palestinians Immensely.
Referred to in the Weizman piece linked above THE KEY TO PEACE: DISMANTLING THE MATRIX OF CONTROL By Jeff Halper offers much needed insight on Palestine/Israel.
Jewish Voice for Peace is another resource for learning about the wall/separation barrier.
Read , consider and judge for yourself. It is a "hot topic", share what you learn.
On November 9 there will be an International Day Against the Wall .

I owe a thank you to GC for initially bringing the Weizman link to my attention, and to BC for The International Day Against the Wall link..


In the constant search for connections in the news one can get a bit "crisp"; although the world seems as though it is going to hell in a bucket from 20 different directions we are told the news is cheery because hey, "the GDP is going up" ( what does that mean?). Check out Ad Whore. You gotta laugh. Remember, these are actual ads...
Could the people these ads appeal to be the folks hoodwinked by the Bush administration again and again and again? "How To Sell a War: The Rendon Group deploys ‘perception management’ in the war on Iraq" By Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber will give you the nuts and bolts of the PR/Advertising industry inroads that worked to suffocate Democracy concerning the Attack on Iraq.

Could consumer despair be behind the maxing out of America's credit cards?
"She had never admitted this to anyone before but she said that she spends to help her feel better."

Rhode said that when his company has surveyed the general public, about 30 percent of respondents have said that they spend for the same reason.

It almost seems that the Republican Right works to up our fear and anxiety levels. These seem to be anxious times. Could it be a manner of subtle psychological control?
Compulsive shopping is related to anxiety rather than depression

Don't believe the hype.

Celebrate Life, celebrate Buy Nothing Day, Nov 28th 03


When will people learn that Death is Death, not vainglorious prepschool cowboy fantasy?
Or the rough and ready image fix for a miserable failure...
We're talking human lives here.



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