Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?

Monday, March 15, 2004

TIME: Raising the Volume

"As the Bush team sorts out its internal mechanics, it will press the advantage of incumbency. Administration sources tell TIME that employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been asked to keep their eyes open for opportunities to pose the President in settings that might highlight the Administration's efforts to make the nation safer. The goal, they are being told, is to provide Bush with one homeland-security photo-op a month. "

Yeah, 'cause that's a totally appropriate use of taxpayer resources.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Bush threatened to fire official for telling truth"As revealed in an exclusive Knight-Ridder report, the White House threatened to fire its own top Medicare actuary 'if he told lawmakers about a series of Bush administration cost estimates' that priced the bill at more than $500 billion. At the time, conservative Republicans had 'vowed to vote against the Medicare drug bill if it cost more than $400 billion.' This means that the president deliberately misled members of his own party on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry that pushed the bill and has been a top contributor to his campaign. As Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) said, 'I think a lot of people probably would have reconsidered' voting for the bill had they not been deliberately misled by the White House. "

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Interview with military medic
"What did you think about President Bush's Thanksgiving visit to Iraq?

I was there when President Bush came to the [Baghdad] airport. The day before, you had to fill out a questionnaire and answer questions, that would determine whether they would allow you in the room with the President.

What was on the questionnaire?

Do you support the president?

Really!

Yes.

Members of the military were asked whether they support the president politically?

Yes. And if the answer was not a gung-ho, A-1, 100 percent yes, then you were not allowed into the cafeteria. You were not allowed to eat the Thanksgiving meal that day. You had an MRE. "

Not surprising, but disappointing nonetheless.

Monday, March 08, 2004

NOW with Bill Moyers. Transcript. March 5, 2004 PBS

PBS did a story on the re-emergence of government surveillance of protected first amendment activities. (First story in the transcript I've linked to.) It talks about the surveillance and undercover officers trying to incite groups into committing crimes and it touches on the intimidation that police interference with political groups causes.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

The Junk Science of George W. Bush
Today, flat-earthers within the Bush Administration--aided by right-wing allies who have produced assorted hired guns and conservative think tanks to further their goals--are engaged in a campaign to suppress science that is arguably unmatched in the Western world since the Inquisition.
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The Bush Administration has so violated and corrupted the institutional culture of government agencies charged with scientific research that it could take a generation for them to recover their integrity even if Bush is defeated this fall.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Experts Say New Desktop Fusion Claims Seem More Credible

It's like cold fusion.. again.. (Free registration required -- use http://www.bugmenot.com/ if you don't want to register.)