Left & socialist
There is a radical antiwar movement - and it speaks a lot of sense. Watch some of the best speeches on the the left today at Peace Journal
Pilger's interviews with the ruling classes are priceless - he has a certain genius calmness and straight talking that illicit a brutal frankness in response. Watch them condemn themselves. Watch this all the way through - and pass it on.
The State of Texas plans to kill Kenneth Foster on August 30, 2007. Kenneth didn't rape, kill or maim anyone. He didn't reveal a CIA agent, or price gauge the state of California, he certainly didn't start a war for oil in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed.
Adam Turl's article Is the U.S. becoming post-industrial? answers the question neagtively - though yearns for a world which can take advantage of new technology. I loved this article and want everyone to read it.
A CNet article that describes the FBI enabling software on cellphones to use the mics as bugs. It would be good if we could make a hack that just played elevator music - or better still the internationale loudy into the mic of a cellphone whenever it wasn't in use.
How They Rule Us is a short blog entry by John Molyneux - a British Socialist. Here is an excerpt:
Capitalism, as we have seen, is a class divided society based on exploitation. Under capitalism a tiny highly privileged minority rules over the large majority and lives off their labour. How do they get away with it ?
Stan Tookie Williams is a peacemaker on death row. He is an ex-gang member who now works tirelessly to keep kids out of gangs - writing children's books and speaking by phone to schools and youth groups. He maintains his innocence and the physical evidence connecting him to the crimes he was committed of is flimsy at best. All African Americans were kept off his jury, and racist terminology (comparing him to a Bengal Tiger) was used in his trial. He claims that he was drugged by the prison system during his trial and everything seems to point to that being the case.
Report from the Gulf Coast
Socialist Worker's Eric Ruder, Paul D'Amato and Meredith Kolodner traveled to the Gulf Coast to witness the devastation that followed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--as well as the grassroots relief effort that began almost immediately afterward. SW Online is posting their reports as we receive them.
There are many accounts of people's devastating experiences in New Orleans, but this story really gave me a sense of the callous ineptitude of the authorities. After reading it I saw this photo and got really mad. My guess is that the people who took that post office truck were heroes, that should have been the guess of the armed officers too. It should be apparent to all that we need a system with a whole other set of priorites.
"Shop by Color" is the new "Anybody But Bush." Following the lead at ChooseTheBlue.com, buy a computer with Intel inside by all means, but don't get it from Dell - they are a "red" company, you could get it from the (big) "blue" IBM however. If you thought that red and blue states were ridiculous then you are going to love this. Intel is a "blue" company because it gave 53% of its donations to Democrats and 47% to Republicans.