Monthly Archives: May 2007

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Fascism in America

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Bad Deeds for 5-31-2007

We Aren’t Number One – The United States is among the least peaceful nations in the world, ranking 96th between Yemen and Iran, according to an index of 121 countries. Economy Has Worst Growth Since 2002 The economy nearly stalled … Continue reading

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Corruption in Our Capitol – The “Bad Barrel” Seduces Others

In an article titled In the Democratic Congress, Pork Still Gets Served, the Washington Post reported last Thursday that Congressman David R. Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, “told fellow lawmakers that he intends to keep requests for earmarks … Continue reading

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Corruption in Our Capitol – Bad Apples or Bad Barrel That Turns Good People Bad

In a 2004 interview on CNN, Dr. Phil Zimbardo was commenting on situations like Abu Ghraib in Iraq and My Lai in Vietnam when he said, “what you have is powerful situational forces that get the majority to do things … Continue reading

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Blindly Obedient to Authority, Non-responsive Bystander or Hero – What Will You Become in a “Bad Barrel”?

Given a set of conditions, or abnormal situation, how might each of us respond? Research indicates that most of us can be manipulated to commit acts we would not normally do. For example, in the the Milgram obedience studies, sixty-seven … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-26-2007: The Corporate Hall of Shame

Cast Your Vote for the Worst Offender in the Corporate Hall of Shame Coca-Cola: The real cost of the Real Thing What is the “Coke Side of Life” like on the other side of the world? In India, Coca-Cola bottling … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-25-2007

Mexico to Boost Tapping of Phones and E-Mail with U.S. Aid – Mexico is expanding its ability to tap telephone calls and e-mail using money from the U.S. government, a move that underlines how the country’s conservative government is increasingly … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-23-2007

Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran – The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, according to current and former officials in the intelligence community. The sources, who spoke … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-22-2007

Proposed Pay Raise for Troops Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan Violates Federal Law – Recently the Bush Administration and Democratically-controlled Congress were at odds over how much to pay US soldiers serving in the most dangerous places in the world: Iraq … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-17-2007

White House opposes military pay raise – The White House has come out in opposition to a proposal by Congress to raise military pay by 3.5 percent, according to a report by Army Times. Contrary to Gonzales Claim, At Least … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-16-2007

Romney Calls for Doubling Guantanamo Population; Giuliani Says Use Whatever Interrogation Tactics Interrogators Can Think Of – Debating the treatment of foreign detainees at Tuesday night’s debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he thought the US should “double” the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-14-07

The Tom DeLay Scandals – Here’s a scorecard of the key scandals involving Tom DeLay. Each malefaction is rated on a scale of one to 10 for its stench and the trouble it will possibly cause. Voter-Fraud Complaints by GOP … Continue reading

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May 2007, WAWG Index – Up 24%

Month to Month Change In this nineteenth survey of the web, The WAWG Index monthly average was up by 23.6 percent from April 2007. Of the fourteen categories tracked, 4 were down, 10 were up, and none was unchanged. The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-9-07

Dick Cheney Says, “then we kick the press out.” – Once safely ensconced in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, however, Cheney appeared to reserve his toughest language for his normal target – the press. Cheney held a lot of photo ops … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-8-07

Wal-Mart Labels Nuns from Texas Town of Boerne a Security Threat – The Benedectine Sisters, which is part of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility has been questioning Wal-Mart’s business practices for years. Now, the sisters find themselves on Wal-Mart’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-4-07

During Presidential Candidate Debate, Republicans Profess Their Love for War – Republican White House contenders offered strong support for the war in Iraq but voiced qualms about the Bush administration’s management of the war during a quiet first debate on … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-2-07

CNN’s Glenn Beck to Host Hour-long Global Warming Smear-fest – A CNN press release declared that Glenn Beck’s upcoming “special report” will “deflate what Beck perceives as the media hype surrounding global warming” and “question the accuracy of Al Gore’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-1-07

Glenn Beck said Gore using “same tactic” in fight against global warming as Hitler did against Jews – On his radio program, Glenn Beck stated that Al Gore is using “the same tactic” in his efforts to fight global warming … Continue reading

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