"... serving the memorable copyright of every witness." - E.M.
"A U.S. House of Representatives panel approved a measure requiring television broadcasters to switch to digital signals in 2008 and creating a $1 billion subsidy to keep older sets working, one-third as much as provided for in Senate legislation. The House Commerce Committee on Wednesday [10/26/05] cleared the provision to digital by Dec. 31, 2008. That's three months earlier than the April 7, 2009, deadline set in the bill passed last week by the Senate Commerce Committee, which calls for a $3 billion subsidy." [Based on: Business page article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 10/27/05]
"[....] By fiscal 2007, an active Army unit will begin testing early equipment of Future Combat Systems, whose cornerstone is a digital communications network that connects soldiers, pilots, ships, satellites, robotic planes and tanks to command centers and an array of weapons systems across all branches of the military. [....]" [Based on: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, pp. B1 & B12, 05/27/05]
"[....] Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation. [....] The first DU weapons system was developed for the Navy in 1968, and DU weapons were given to and used by Israel in 1973 under U.S. supervision in the Yom Kippur war against the Arabs. The Phalanx weapons system, using DU, was tested on the USS Bigelow out of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1977, and DU weapons have been sold by the U.S. to 29 countries. Military research report summaries detail the testing of DU from 1974-1999 at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges and at civilian labs under contract. Today 42 states are contaminated with DU from manufacture, testing and deployment. [....] A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that 800 tons of DU is the atomicity equivalent of 83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The U.S. has used more DU since 1991 than the atomicity equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Four nuclear wars indeed, and 10 times the amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from atmospheric testing! No wonder our soldiers, their families and the people of the Middle East, Yugoslavia and Central Asia are sick. But as Henry Kissinger said after Vietnam when our soldiers came home ill from Agent Orange, 'Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used for foreign policy.' [....]"
[Based on: http://www.sfbayview.com/081804/depleteduranium081804.shtml]
"[....] William Rodriguez filed a civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) action lawsuit against President Bush and other high level members of his administration based upon prior knowledge of 911; knowingly failing to act, prevent or warn of 911; and the ongoing obstruction of justice by covering up the truth of 911; all in violation of the laws of the United States. [....]"
"It is time for a non-violent revolution by the millions of Americans who are tired of their rights being diminished by the Bush Administration; tired of the lies of the Bush Administration; tired of the lies about Iraq; and tired and disgusted with the lies about 911. NOW is the time to stand tall together and bring back our freedoms as they stood under the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States. It is time to unite - hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder." [Based on: Phil Berg]
[Based on: http://911forthetruth.com/]
"Anti-Americanism has become entrenched in much of the world, so much so that in 14 of 16 countries polled in a new survey, China now rates more favorably than the United States - even among traditional U.S. allies in Europe. [....] President George W. Bush remains extraordinarily unpopular abroad, with approval ratings that range as low as 1 percent (in Jordan). In every country except Poland, pluralities of those surveyed said Bush's re-election had led them to have less favorable views of America. [....] Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, noted that this was the fourth such survey conducted since 2002. The key finding, he said, is that anti-Americanism is now 'entrenched around the world, especially in Europe.' [....] The survey reports that those who rate the United states unfavorably, especially in Europe, mostly put the blame on Bush. [....] Majorities in most of the countries considered Americans 'greedy' (so did 70 percent of the Americans polled) and 'violent.' Smaller but still significant percentages rated Americans as 'rude' and 'immoral.' [....]" [Based on: article by Jon Sawyer, Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 06/24/05]
"[....] All told, men and women may differ by as much as 2 percent of their entire genetic inheritance. That degree of difference is greater than the hereditary gap between humankind and its closest relative - the chimpanzee. 'In essence,' Willard [Duke University genetics expert, Huntington Willard] said, there is not one human genome, but two - male and female.' [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article, S.L.P.D., p. A13, 03/18/05]
"I believe that anyone who works 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year should not live in poverty in the richest country in the world." [Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., arguing - March 2005 - for the Democratic proposal to increase the minimum wage by $2.10 over the next 26 months.]
"The last time Congress [U.S.A.] raised the minimum wage was in 1996. Since that time, the Senate has voted to raise each senator's pay by $28,000. [....] Compassion is at a bare minimum in the new American Congress. So is fair and honest representation. - Steven Oertli, Affton [Based on: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. B6, 03/09/05]
"[....] Total consumer debt [U.S.A.] stands at a record level of $2.12 trillion. [....] The report doesn't include mortage loans or home-equity loans." [Based on: A.P. article, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. C3, 03/08/05]
"U.S. factories, retailers and service companies passed on to consumers some of the higher costs of energy and other raw materials, the Federal Reserve said in a regional survey released Wednesday [04/20/05]. [....] The report said the decline in the value of the dollar also is contributing to higher prices. The dollar has dropped about 45 percent against the euro and 18 percent against the yen in the last three years. [....]" [Based on: News Services, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. C2, 04/21/05]
"Lax reporting rules set up by Congress, coupled with corporate America's eagerness to take advantage of them, have left millions of workers' and retirees' pension plans underfunded without their knowledge, senators were told Tuesday [06/07/05]. [....] The agency's head told senators the number of pension plans that are more than $50 million short of promised benefit levels has risen to 1,108 in 2004 from 221 in 2000. Those funds have an average of just 69 percent of promised benefits on hand. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, pp. C1 & C6, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 06/08/05]
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed." [Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President]
2007 - EU report admonishes 16 nations over CIA renditions - February 15th, 2007: "EU report admonishes 16 nations over CIA renditions [... for helping CIA transport terrorism suspects (subjected to 'incommunicado detention and torture') held in secret or for failing to cooperate in the parliament's investigation of the practice.]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article by Molly Moore, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 02/15/07]
"Do not be a slave to any form of selling out." [Oprah Winfrey - speaking at graduation ceremonies for Howard University - 05/12/07]
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