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Links about the topic on this week's show:
September 18, 2003 - Doctors, lawyers, malpractice and you
I know, it's been months since I posted to the MonkeytimeTV page. But the show's still going strong in Raleigh. Last night, the North Carolina Medical Society's CEO and the head of its liability task force argued with two folks from the NC Coalition for Patients' Rights - a medical malpractice lawyer and the mother of a young girl whose preventable injuries have horribly diminished her life. The topic was the state Senate's newly passed - and highly experimental - bill attempting to better regulate medical malpractice insurance - without setting a $250,000 cap on non-economic jury damages. The creative compromise gets an A for effort from some NC editors, but the bill is not terribly pleasing to either side of the debate last night.
By the way, that sound you hear is the shuffle of lobbyists scurrying from their favorite local Senators over to their favorite local House members, who'll take up the hot-button measure in the spring. More at the Monkey Media Report soon.
Links about the topics on previous shows:
June 25, 2003: Exploring the U.S. failure in Iraq
are U.S. soldiers alienating civilians with obnoxious house searches?
"...they came into my house with about 25 troops. They searched during breakfast and scared the children.
They insulted us by putting us [face-down] on the floor in front of our women."
are U.S. soldiers firing into residential neighborhoods?
"Residents said the soldiers began shooting indiscriminately, killing three people and wounding at least four.
As the soldiers continued firing, they blasted out shop and car windows for a three-block stretch
on the busy street, witnesses said."
are we using soldiers untrained in reconstruction to do reconstruction?
"Before the war, nobody stopped and said, 'Aren't we going to need a bunch of people in the provinces?'"
are U.S. military doctors refusing to treat burned Iraqi children?
"I have never seen in almost 14 years of Army experience anything that callous."
really happened to those 6 British soldiers killed in South Iraq?
"It is difficult to adequately describe the level of resentment which exists in this town towards coalition troops."
obnoxious house-to-house weapons searches spark the violence?
"This angered the people, because they went into women's rooms. The people considered it an invasion of privacy."
are U.S. soldiers confiscating money and shoving handcuffed Iraqi civilians
"They stopped my car, pushed me out, threw me on the ground, tied my hands behind my back
and left me in the intolerable heat for four hours." (Lots more at Warblogging.com)
And, most importantly:
are nervous, over-eager soldiers who kill innocent civilians not held accountable?
"Jesus Christ! There's fucking civilians in that house! Cease fire!"
George Paine at
Warblogging sums up the Iraq failure beautifully in this must-read
"...the Iraqi people have every right to resist the Anglo-American occupation.
They have been invaded and occupied and have a right to resist."
Links about the topics on previous shows
2003 : Rerun of last week's discussion of the future of downtown
( one of the more popular we've done this year)
June 11, 2003: Margaret Mullen & Greg Hatem on visions for downtown Raleigh
May 2003: I just pointed folks to the Weblog for a few weeks.
May 7, 2003: Open show
April 30, 2003: Open show
April 23, 2003: Open show - NC ballot access, grafitti, Joe Biden's rave act and more
Why the "RAVE act" Congress just passed is bad for kids (click the free day pass)
Call your legislators and tell them to support House Bill 867
Great background on Iraqi Shi'ites (see last section for info about non-religious Shi'ites)
April 9, 2003: Media, Money and NCAA basketball
(Email your favorite sports commentary sites and I'll post them)
April 2, 2003: Staying sane in a time of war and deliberate ignorance
Top 100 April Fool's Day hoaxes of all time (thanks, Skip!)
of info about why Bush I and Clinton both sold out rebellions in Iraq to keep
Saddam in power:
"...policy-makers’ anger at Saddam never overcame their fear of a power vacuum in the Gulf.
“We recognized that the seemingly attractive goal of getting rid of Saddam would not solve our problems
or even necessarily serve our interests,” former National Security Adviser Gen. Brent Scowcroft [under Bush I]
told Newsweek in 1996. “So we pursued the kind of inelegant, messy alternative that is all too often the only one
available in the real world.”
report from the Rand think tank clearly lays out James Baker's thinking after
Gulf War I:
The key reason for this denial of support was the concern to preserve a unified Iraq as a buffer against Iran.
As former Secretary of State James Baker put it, the United States
"did not assist the insurrections militarily, primarily out of fear of hastening the fragmentation
of Iraq and plunging the region into a new cycle of instability. The Shia were
quite naturally perceived as being aligned with Iran, and the Kurds, who had demanded an
independent state of Kurdistan for decades, were very fragmented in their leadership
and were a constant source of concern to Turkey. For these geopolitical reasons, we were wary
of supporting either group. We believed it was essential that Iraq remain intact, with or
without a more reasonable leadership."
Did you get that last part? Bush I cared more about keeping Iraq intact than about getting rid of one of the world's most brutal dictators, and so ACTIVELY WORKED TO KEEP SADDAM IN POWER after the Gulf War. That's a fact.
March 19, 2003: "Support the troops" by agreeing to an unnecessary war? No thanks.
New Jersey anti-terrorism
head explains "code
red" would mean citizens are forced to stay in their homes
and keep quiet: "You literally are staying home, is what happens."
[You'll find many more links by scrolling through the Monkey Media Report]
March 12, 2003: Pushing for a public Raleigh skatepark
This one's a good intro (mpg)
March 5, 2003: War, war, war, t-shirts and war
I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MARCH 5 SHOW.
THEY SAY ATMOSPHERIC INTERFERENCE TOOK CTV OFF THE AIR.
If you think the fact that CTV was only off the air between 7:30 and 9:20 that night means anything,
well, the black helicopters are on their way. Do not resist. I also heard the reruns didn't air;
that was probably due to confusion caused by a death in a CTV staffer's family.]
the link to
the article that documents Colin Powell's "embellishment"
to the UN of the taped conversations he claimed to have heard
USA Today board member attacks the deliberate slanting of CIA analysis (another must-read) [link fixed]
Excellent summary of specific Bush/Powell/Rumsfeld/Cheney lies from a New Zealand paper
February 26, 2003: Jessica Santillan, cracker comedy and overthrowing Saddam, Romania style
February 19, 2003: Footage of the ordinary folks at the Raleigh anti-war protest
February 12, 2003
with Rania Masri and Mike Salmon:
Convincing conservatives to come to the anti-war protest Saturday
Foreign Policy article raises doubts about every Cheney rationale
for an invasion
(More about this at the Monkeytime Weblog)
February 5, 2003 - Invading Iraq is still a morally bankrupt idea:
NCpeacehub.org - check the flyer about the Feb. 15 Raleigh protest
January 29, 2003 - Responding to Bush's state of the union charade:
Watch the ad at the AntiWar Video Fund site
November 13, 2002 - Yanking the Democrats back to the left
The Party's Over: Why the Democrats Did So Badly (conservative businessmen hijacked the party)
What Cheney really wants: "two largely untapped oil fields in the south of Iraq"
Former Reagan Chief of Staff James Baker's warning about U.S. oil needs and foreign policy
Australian newspaper article about the Baker/Council on Foreign Relations report
Iraqjournal.org, "the only website providing regular independent reporting" from Iraq
Trained Arabic translator discharged from Army for being caught in bed with another male soldier (be sure to read the comment from the soldier, Alastair Gamble, at the bottom of the article)
Amazing collection of links at Metafilter to Internet-based comics (you're bound to like at least one)
Browse the 3,200 artists in the Amsterdam-based Comiclopedia
BBC TV report about a stuntman who gets astonishingly immediate Parkinson's relief after taking MDMA
October 30, 2002 - Carolinian editor Cash Michaels:
State Democrats May Lose Black Vote by Cash Michaels in the Wilmington Journal, a black paper
Would Democrats have been better off running Dan Blue, the "anti-Bowles", against Dole?
Excellent, detailed analysis of the Bowles/Dole race by Creative Loafing's Tara Servatius
Young blacks associate less with the Democrats, one poll finds
Equality NC, the statewide l/g/b/t PAC, has posted a voter guide for next Tuesday's election
The Halloween Throwdown at the End of the Universe at Humble Pie this Saturday - only four bucks!
Fascinating interview about comics, free speech and patriotism with Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder
Original Undercover Brother Web animation series (Flash required)
I couldn't get the audio tracks here to work; you may have better luck
October 23, 2002 - Live from the N.C. State Fair
October 16, 2002 - Wake County's dishonest, discriminatory Sex Ed curriculum
Wake County School Board members' contact info (Be nice! Tell them you support a more inclusive, more honest "comprehensive sex ed curriculum" and you're tired of fundamentalists' distortions)
In July 2001, the Surgeon General reported that "providing information about contraception does not increase adolescent sexual activity" (scroll down to "School Based Programs" in Section V). When fundamentalists freaked at the acknowledgement of the scientific reality, Bush replaced the Surgeon General. (I was mistaken when I said Bush's appointee had admitted this; it was the previous SG - my apologies)
Last August, NC legislators voted against a study committee to examine whether abstinence-only really works (what are they afraid of learning, I wonder?)
October 9. 2002
Iraq is distracting voters from things like Army Secretary Thomas White's complicity in the Enron scandal
Funny shirts from angry Democrats unafraid to throw barbs at Bush (unlike their leaders in Congress)
More on the Kurds at the Monkey Media Report
Morris says the New York Times slanted its recent "Iraq vs. the economy" poll
NC Independent Media Center doesn't wait for mainstream media to cover local anti-war protests
Fascinating comics from the Small Press Expo anthology:
Brian Ralph's poignant and beautiful woodcut-style comics are my favorite (plus, he likes monkeys)
Some U.S. Special Forces are pissed at the aggression of other U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
October 2, 2002
Excellent introduction to the issue of corporate personhood
Text of the 1886 decision granting corporations "person" status (read the intro, at least)
Great set of links to help understand the corporate personhood issue
Nigerian women beat ChevronTexaco and Shell by threatening to remove their clothes
Secrecy at the WTO - why don't Republicans attack this like they attack the UN?
Read Roger Ebert's review of Salton Sea, a great movie with Val Kilmer
NJ Governor wants Amira Baraka to resign as poet laureate
Read Baraka's poem for yourself
Why the "4,000 Jews" 9/11 thing is stupid
Why the idea that Israeli intelligence may not have shared everything they knew is not stupid
Learn more about Amira Baraka
September 25, 2002
Humans and chimps are "only" 95% genetically similar instead of 98.5%
Intervening on Behalf of a Child in a Public Place: Part 1: Is It Our Business?
Intervening on Behalf of a Child in a Public Place: Part 2: What Can We Do?
Ten countries that have banned corporal punishment of children
Top 10 Reasons Not to 'Do' Iraq, from the free market capitalist Cato Institute think tank
Yet another conservative against invading Iraq: Texas Representative Dick Armey
An anonymous Gulf War vet explains why he's opposed to an attack
JB recommends taking a moment to remember the victims of September 16, 1982
BBC report on the 1982 Shabra and Shatila massacres, "a three-day orgy of rape and slaughter that left hundreds, possibly thousands, of innocent civilians dead"
Excellent Israel/Palestine links:
We all know that one arrow driving the cycle of violence in the Middle East is the horrific, evil tactic of suicide bombings against civilians by Palestinian terrorists. Now, check the other arrow that drives the cycle: Israel's aggressive policy of taking Palestinian land by encouraging settlers to move into the Occupied Territories through lower taxes and other economic incentives. The Foundation for Middle East Peace regularly provides thorough, balanced reports on settlement activity, including violent acts from both sides. Here's their July-August 2002 report.
Be sure to read the single most balanced and detailed article I've ever seen about the Israeli/Palestinian situation, from the courageous journalist Robert I. Friedman, the best investigative reporter you've never heard of.
Links to help sort through September 11th conspiracy theories:
Flight93crash.com - What really happened on that flight?
Five wide-ranging Web sites for smart, wide-ranging monkeys:
(great collections of links that'll keep you busy for months)
I don't even want to think about the idea of monkey bombs.
Lots more to come, so feel free to check back before next week, monkeys.
(Take me back to the Monkey Media Report, please.)