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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Bill O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson, and Sean Hannity can only wage the war of insults and innuendo; they would never go outside the safety and security of home to get the real story! They are what is commonly known as the “wusses” of the world and they offer up nothing but tripe! They sir, are the driveling idiots that fuel the hatred on the radical right side of the political aisle!

This alone is something that'll
Prove Bush is all hat & no cattle.

Let's give the Iraqi puppet government some credit: At least they had the sense to delicense and order the Blackwater mercenary outfit out of the country.

The real question is why we allow them here in the U.S.

THOM HARTMANN'S "INDEPENDENT THINKER" BOOK OF THE MONTH REVIEW

A Brief History of Neoliberalism
by David Harvey
Reviewed by Thom Hartmann

Here's the bad news - most Americans don't know what "neoliberalism" is.

But the good news is that David Harvey has written the most brilliant, concise, and clear history of neoliberalism I've ever found. It should be required reading in every civics class in high-school and college in America, and everybody who votes or considers themselves informed about politics and economics (and the intersection of the two) should have a dog-eared copy next to their bed or favorite chair for regular re-reading.

Harvey begins with the imposition of neoliberalism - a radical economic/political theory that everything will work out optimally if only the power of democratic governments are reduced to virtually nothing and the power of economic elites (known as "the free market") hold most power in society - in Iraq and Chile. Iraq was going to be the Great Example for the neoliberals - they were so convinced of their theory that they didn't have a Plan B for any time after the invasion - and it utterly failed. Which is why you only read about the Iraq experiment in neoliberalism in books written by the few people, like Harvey and Naomi Klein, who have noticed it.

In Chile it was forced on the people, through the dictatorship of Pinochet. In The United States it came into being through subterfuge, through an alliance of big business and inherited wealth funding think tanks and media to change the minds and thinking of Americans to accept the notions of the "free market" and the idea that "big government" is a bad thing. It's being peddled in Europe with considerable success (it started in '79 with Thatcher two years before Reagan put it into place here in the US), with France the most recent country to fall with the election of Sarkozy.

While full of facts and figures and details (at least a third of the pages in my copy of this book are dog-eared and marked up), Harvey's "Brief History of Neoliberalism" is marvelously readable. In some ways it almost reads like a thriller - what will these people do next? And over and over again we see not only how they screw things up, but how they work those screw-ups to their own advantage. Neoliberalism, after all, is all about the economic and power elites taking more and more of the resources, income, and small-d democratic power away from the masses. David Harvey has produced a classic book.

It's an absolute must-read. It'll totally change the way you understand the news (particularly the news you'll find in The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times), and your opinion of the behaviors of your elected officials.

Get at least two copies - it's an inexpensive paperback and you'll want one to read, and one to give away ...

Thom Hartmann is a New York Times bestselling author and the host of The Thom Hartmann Program syndicated nationally by Air America Radio. His website is ThomHartmann.com.

THOM HARTMANN'S "INDEPENDENT THINKER" BOOK OF THE MONTH REVIEW

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

On Thursday, the corporate media turned out in impressive numbers to cover the pro-justice march in Jena, Louisiana. But last Saturday, just five days before, that same corporate media barely addressed the anti-war march in Washington, DC.

Personally, I'm thrilled the mainstream corporate media covered Jena, but I'm not delusional as to why.

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.

1//Middle East Times, Cyprus
YEMEN DISCUSSES NUKES REACTOR WITH US, CANADA FIRMS

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

(This article was originally posted on June 11, 2002. The article is being re-posted to provide updated links to the, now hard-to-find, video.)

Have you wondered if there was a videotape of Mr. Bush's visit to the Florida elementary school reading class?

Well, BuzzFlash did some web surfing and found, much to our amazement, a video account of Bush's September 11th morning. Where did we discover it? On the Emma E. Booker Elementary School website, that's where.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

I have often been critical of MoveOn.org, basically because I feel, for the most part, they support Democrats to the detriment of democracy. However, MoveOn.org was a big help to me at Camp Casey in August '05 and organized the thousands of candlelight vigils that occurred across the country. I will always be grateful to them for that.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

Like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber, the architects of the American way of life trundle down the highway ass-backwards, pathetically comic in the tragedy of their unnecessary stupidity.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

After thinking about the attack on an ad run by MoveOn.org, it should be of no surprise to many of us who have watched the members of Congress stand by while a coup took place in 2000, while the election fraud took place and was proved in 2000 and 2004, the use of our military without justification (lies) that many knew about before the invasion into Iraq, and everyone knows about today, the Republican stacking of the Supreme Court with Right Wing justices, countless crimes uncovered in our Justice Department, CIA, and FBI by the Bush GOP that are against the US Constitution and our Bill of Rights ... all of the above and more has happened because of the silence of the sheep in Congress. Those who are supposed to be the "watch dogs" and a counter balance to the executive power in US government.

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