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AND
had sufficient education to separate it from propaganda.
A goal of this site is to provide unbiased access to the truth. This section, in particular, is devoted to helping readers recognize the truth, in the midst of all the propaganda.

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Abandoning Afghanistan

Reporting on… What?   Abandoning Afghanistan

Nygaard Notes / WAMM Today

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An April 19th New York Times story reported on the recently-published photos showing U.S. soldiers “posing with the severed hands and legs of Taliban attackers” in Afghanistan. In it they quoted an Army spokesman saying that:

“these photos are probably a manifestation of the soldiers’ relief that this insurgent no longer posed a threat to them or their fellow soldiers. That cannot excuse what they did. We are the United States Army, and the world rightly has very high expectations that our soldiers will do what’s right.”

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Global CO2 Emissions Hit New Record in 2011, Keeping World on Track for 'Devastating' 11°F Warming

  • The scientific literature now makes clear that even 7°F warming would destroy the livable climate 7 billion people have come to depend upon.
  • Yes, Deniers And Confusionists, The IEA And Others Warn Of Some 11°F Warming by 2100 If We Keep Listening To You
  • North Carolina Bill Would Require Coastal Communities To Ignore Global Warming Science

Joe Romm, Climate Progress / AlterNet

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First the bad news from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Thanks to a huge jump in Chinese emissions, “global carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011.”

The worse news is that, “The new data provide further evidence that the door to a 2°C trajectory is about to close,” according to IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol.

Why does that matter?

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Yes, Deniers And Confusionists, The IEA And Others Warn Of Some 11°F Warming by 2100 If We Keep Listening To You, Joe RommClimate Progress
It always amazes me how many climate bloggers don’t know the scientific literature and don’t use Google to check key facts.

North Carolina Bill Would Require Coastal Communities To Ignore Global Warming Science,
Joe RommClimate Progress
Some North Carolina GOP legislators want to stop the use of science to plan for the future. They are circulating a bill that would force coastal counties to ignore actual observations and the best science-based projections in planning for future sea level rise.
 

How the "Job Creators" REALLY Spend Their Money

  • They don't cite evidence for their claims, because the evidence proves them wrong. Here are the facts.
  • Five Facts That Put America to Shame

Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

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In his "Gospel of Wealth," Andrew Carnegie argued that average Americans should welcome the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, because the "superior wisdom, experience, and ability" of the rich would ensure benefits for all of us. More recently, Edward Conard, the author of "Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong," said: "As a society, we're not offering our talented few large enough rewards. We're underpaying our 'risk takers.'
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Does wealthy America have a point, that giving them all the money will ensure it's disbursed properly, and that it will create jobs and stimulate small business investment while ultimately benefiting society? Big business CEOs certainly think so, claiming in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that an increase in the capital gains tax would reduce investment "when we need capital formation here in America to create jobs and expand our economy."

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Five Facts That Put America to Shame, Paul Bucheit, NationofChange.org
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" These words, from poet Emma Lazarus, were inscribed on the Statue of Liberty over 100 years ago. Today the golden door has a lock on it, paid for with record profits from the health care, education, and financial industries.

 

Don't Legalize Propaganda; Prosecute It

  • Congress is trying to lift the long-standing ban on domestic propaganda. We say prosecute it instead.
  • Please take a stand against legal government lying.

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For as long as the United States government has sought to deceive foreign nations for its own ends, it has been legally forbidden from aiming propaganda at the U.S. public.



A bipartisan group of Congress members slipped a repeal of that ban into the military authorization bill that passed the House last week.



In 2006 we learned that the U.S. government was secretly producing "independent" video news stories talking up alleged successes in the Iraq war.

In 2008 we learned that the Pentagon was secretly directing "independent" pundits, retired military officers, to propagandize the public on behalf of war.

Every new war or "intervention" or "targeted killing" is packaged in lies.

The answer is not to throw up our hands and legalize these abuses.  The answer is to prosecute them.

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