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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 09:19

Eric Harrington: Talking Points '08

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Eric Harrington

With the elections approaching, there is endless speculation as to what message the Democratic Party can bring to the contest that can stem the tide of ignorance and fear and combat the Republican slander factory.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Just to elaborate a little on experience versus judgment! Take a look at the most experienced bunch of ignoramuses ever in leadership positions in America's government -- where exactly has their experience gotten us -- in a never-ending insane war that never should have been! As a matter of fact, they weren't even intelligent enough to follow their own advice -- Dick Cheney 1994, "if we were to invade Iraq, it would become a quagmire"! So much for "experience"!

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.


A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

Financial Times warned against them. So did Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Jim Sinclair, and the chief economist at Morgan Stanley. Derivatives they said could facilitate a global financial collapse like what sunk Barings Bank, Orange County, and the Long-Term Capital Management practically overnight (and did a number on Chase Manhattan, Bankers Trust, American Express, and Barclays Capital).

Wednesday, 22 August 2007 07:18

Dave Lindorff: Revolution Takes 'Wing' in U.S

Scientists are desperately puzzled over the reason for the disappearance of honeybees across most of the continental United States, talking direly of a collapse in agricultural production. All manner of theories are springing up -- microwave radiation, pesticides, genetically engineered plants, global warming.

Pat, you need to stop making these threats
In order to get all this done right:
Charge them or the voters will just assume
Your bark's worse than your bite.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Ray McGovern

It is as though I'm back as an analyst at the CIA, trying to estimate the chances of an attack on Iran. The putative attacker, though, happens to be our own president.

It is precisely the kind of work we analysts used to do. And, while it is still a bit jarring to be turning our analytical tools on the U.S. leadership, it is by no means entirely new. For, of necessity, we Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been doing that for almost six years now -- ever since 9/11, when "everything changed."

Of necessity? Yes, because, with very few exceptions, American journalists put their jobs at grave risk if they expose things such as fraudulent wars.

The craft of CIA analysis was designed to be an all-source operation, meaning that we analysts were responsible -- and held accountable -- for assimilating information from all sources and coming to judgments on what it all meant. We used data of various kinds, from the most sophisticated technical collection platforms, to spies, to not the least -- open media.

Here I must reveal a trade secret and risk puncturing the mystique of intelligence analysis. Generally speaking, 80 percent of the information one needs to form judgments on key intelligence targets or issues is available in open media. It helps to have been trained -- as my contemporaries and I had the good fortune to be trained -- by past masters of the discipline of media analysis, which began in a structured way in targeting Japanese and German media in the 1940s. But, truth be told, anyone with a high school education can do it. It is not rocket science.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

If only it was true -- "Karl Rove Leaving"! It's been good for a soundbite, allowing those who came to praise him do their very best, and allowing those who loathe him to say a few choice words but, alas and alack, who really believes he's actually leaving??? I, for one, won't believe Rove is truly gone until I see that "thug" doing the "frog-march in handcuffs" straight into jail!

WORLD ENERGY WATCH

edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.

USA, US-FOR RUSSIA, AN END TO GROWTH IS IN SIGHT
(Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas)

Tuesday, 21 August 2007 03:42

Michael Winship: Notes from the Underground

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

In late August 1963, I was an irksome adolescent on a brief, summer's end vacation to Toronto with my parents, brothers, and sister. After a hard day's sightseeing, I remember lying across a bed in the hotel room watching TV. Just south of the Canadian border, two news events were transfixing America.

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