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Friday, August 01, 2003

O Frabjous Day! Calloo, callay! 

Poindexter Will Be Quitting Over Terrorism Betting Plan: "John M. Poindexter, a retired rear admiral who was President Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, is stepping down 'within a few weeks,' the defense official said, after the disclosure of a proposal that outraged lawmakers and embarrassed senior Pentagon officials. The plan was to create an online trading parlor that would have rewarded investors who forecast terrorist attacks, assassinations and coups."

Wolfowitz in the spotlight 

Wolfowitz committee instructed White House to use Iraq/uranium reference in State of the Union speech: "WASHINGTON, July 16, 2003—A Pentagon committee led by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, advised George W. Bush to include a reference in his January State of the Union address about Iraq trying to purchase 500 tons of uranium from Niger to bolster the case for war in Iraq, despite the fact that the CIA warned Wolfowitz's committee that the information was unreliable, according to a CIA intelligence official and four members of the Senate's intelligence committee who have been investigating the issue. "

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Boston Globe Online / City & Region / 'Blogs' shake the political discourse 

Boston Globe Online / City & Region / 'Blogs' shake the political discourse: "And as the presidential campaign gains speed, many politically oriented blogs are thick with news from the trail -- and some people have set up unofficial blogs to support particular candidates. Nearly all of them operate outside the official campaign structure, the work of ordinary voters who hawk their candidates with sarcasm and passion. And most are free from the talking-point tendencies of contemporary political rhetoric, railing gleefully on enemies in every direction. ''They call themselves the Green Party,'' Willis wrote in his blog this week. ''We call them poor, deluded souls.''
Whether this is a useful addition to the political process is subject to question. But the most fervent blog proponents have been talking like apostles. Blogs, they predict, are harbingers of a new, interactive culture that will change the way democracy works, turning voters into active participants rather than passive consumers, limiting the traditional media's role as gatekeeper, and giving the rank-and-file voter unparalleled influence."

Fight Barrick Gold Mine at Lake Cowal 

Rainforest Info.org's Lake Cowal Campaign:

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Australian IT - Greens battle Microsoft (Simon Hayes, JULY 29, 2003) 

Australian IT - Greens battle Microsoft (Simon Hayes, JULY 29, 2003): "THE Greens have signalled they are willing to lend their political muscle to Democrat moves to introduce open source preference legislation.

Greens hold key parliamentary seats in several states where the Democrats are introducing the Bills, and are politically sympathetic to laws that challenge the power of big business.
Describing Microsoft founder Bill Gates as 'a bit of a robber baron', NSW Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon warned the legislation would anger US trade lobby groups. "

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