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Yes, we're posting a news analysis that actually emphasizes a couple of signs of hope! We're even surprising ourselves. First, we were watching Robert Greenwald's latest fab documentary, "The Big Buy," and we realized this: Tom DeLay was forced to give up running Congress. It took awhile to sink in ("The Big Buy" is about DeLay's fall from power) what an incredible milestone this was. DeLay appeared as permanent and unstoppable as Bush and Cheney. He was, indeed, the Cheney of the House of Representatives, ruling through secrecy, corruption, ruthlessness and fear. He appeared as untouchable as Stalin in his prime.

News from the DNC:

Washington, DC - In his column today, Robert Novak finally admitted that Karl Rove was a confirming source for his story that revealed the identity of a covert CIA operative during a time of war. Specifically, Novak wrote that Rove talked to him about the agent's identity by "confirming his primary source's information." This new development contradicts previous White House assertions that Bush's staff was not involved in the leaking of the classified information and breaks the President's promise to fire anyone found to have taken part in the leak.

Wednesday, 12 July 2006 02:23

World Media Watch for July 12, 2006

Edited by Gloria R. Lalumia

BuzzFlash Note: WMW provides BuzzFlash readers foreign views and perspectives that are not usually available from the media here in the U.S. The presentation of these articles from these international publications is not an endorsement of their viewpoints.

This week, nurses are rallying across the country to protest likely decisions by the National Labor Relations Board that would declare hundreds of thousands of Registered Nurses (RNs) to be "supervisors" under the law and therefore stripped of any protection under federal labor law. If these rulings go as expected, those RNs could be fired at will if they say anything positive about unions or are even suspected of being in favor of unions. The core of the problem derives from the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act which denies labor rights to "supervisors", meaning that anyone deemed a supervisor can be fired at will if they say anything nice about unions or try to take action to support unions in their workplace.
To make sick bastards like this straighten up
The military was once a thing they could do
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act mandated that the nation's poorest schools be staffed with fully qualified teachers over four years. Faced with the failure of all fifty states to meet this requirement by tomorrow's deadline, the Bush Administration has finally established a solution: push the deadline back another year. Today, the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights released a report on the problem in hopes that it will finally be addressed. "Improving the quality and equitable assignment of teachers is a paramount civil rights issue for school children," the report noted. "Minority and low-income students are disproportionately taught by less qualified teachers."

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today by several House Democrats found that call centers run by private Medicare drug plans provide inaccurate and incomplete information for 66% of calls for help. Congress allowed for the privatization of prescription drug plans in 2003, which has resulted in over 1,400 stand-alone plans, all varying in cost and coverage.

Monday, 10 July 2000 11:21

Columns by Tony Peyser

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When you are insane, sane people try to assist you and improve your mental health; they try to restore a sense of functional reality. As for Bush, the mainstream media and most of the politicians and pundits on Capitol Hill keep covering the perspective of the inmates, rather than the reality on the outside of the asylum. Iraq is continuing to deteriorate. The bloody curse of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice fiasco is reaching a pure descent into Hell, yet the mainstream corporate media is still providing a veneer of credibility to Bush, when all around the world is crumbling. We thought we would give three quick reality-based reminders, so you won't think that you are the insane one, in addition to the horrifying news that is "catapulting" out of Iraq:
Thursday, 06 July 2006 19:51

World Media Watch - July 7, 2006

Edited by Gloria R. Lalumia BuzzFlash Note: WMW provides BuzzFlash readers foreign views and perspectives that are not usually available from the media here in the U.S. The presentation of these articles from these international publications is not an endorsement of their viewpoints. * * * WORLD MEDIA WATCH FOR JULY 7, 2006 1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong--N KOREA’S ACE THREATENS US-SEOUL ALLIANCE (… In fact, Kim's greatest success may have been to deepen the divisions that raise serious questions about the future of the US-South Korean alliance. The launch of the North Korean missiles hardly fazed South Koreans, who saw the whole show as just another one of those gestures that may make headlines for a few days but bear little relevance to daily life on the streets of Seoul. "We're worried but not that worried," one South Korean told Asia Times Online. "If South Korea were still in the World Cup, this wouldn't even be the top news." … Here too, however, North Korea may count on another weapon - that of public opinion in South Korea. While North Korean missiles are of little real concern in Seoul, attack by the US and Japan on North Korean bases would risk massive protests in the South, rendering US bases there either useless or untenable. Kim, in such an event, would have succeeded in his goal of the destruction of the US-South Korean alliance.)
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