Freitag, 23. September 2011

Murder Is Good Politics, Bad Justice

Robert Scheer, Creator s Syndicate: 'The most egregious argument for capital punishment is the claim that the finality of officially condoned killing is a necessary guarantor of civilized order. It s egregious because it is not possible to make that case without explaining why most of the democratic societies that we admire shun the death penalty as contrary to their most deeply held values. Or is it China, Iran, North Korea and Yemen - which, along with the United States, lead the world in government executions - that we most admire? There s something stunningly disgraceful about the company we keep on this issue.'

Conservatives Say It Out Loud: They Hate Democracy

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America s Future: 'The roots of today s toxic conservative movement lie in Ayn Rand s teaching that wealthy 'producers' - now called 'job creators' - should be left alone by the government, namely the rest of us. The rest of us are 'freeloaders,' 'moochers,' 'leeches' and 'parasites' who feed off these producers and who shouldn t be allowed to make decisions to collect taxes from them or regulate them or interfere in most other ways. The Randians hate democracy, and say so, declaring that 'collectivism' sacrifices individual rights to majority wishes.'

Occupy Wall Street Is More Than a Hashtag: It is Revolution in Formation

Nathan Schneider, Truthout: 'A lot of what you have probably seen or read about the #occupywallstreet action is wrong, especially if you are getting it on the Internet. The action started as an idea posted online and word about it then spread and is still spreading, online. But what makes it really matter now is precisely that it is happening offline, in a physical, public space, live and in person. That's where the occupiers are assembling the rudiments of a movement.'

Handy heute: Segen und Gefahr

Deutschland Today

Gewalt, pornografische Inhalte und Cybermobbing lassen sich in Sekundenschnelle verbreiten. Über Ausmaß und Gefahren dieser Technologien informiert Hauptkommissar Gilbert Schulte vom Kommissariat 'Vorbeugung' der Polizei in Höxter Jugendliche und...,-Handy-heute-%E2%80%93-Segen-und-Gefahr-_arid,96041.html

Rick Perry has no faith in government but total faith in the death penalty

by Lucy Steigerwald


Why pro-death penalty rhetoric is not pro-individual rights...

Uncertainty and the death penalty

Rough Ol' Boy
by John Payne


Davis was convicted, and his appeals went through the proper channels, so according to those, such as Rick Perry, who sleep soundly in the confidence that the government has never executed an innocent man, he must be guilty. You see, our government doesn t kill innocent people. Other countries may do that sort of thing, but our justice system is above all that, so there s no need to examine the massive piles of evidence that show it regularly makes mistakes...

Moral progress and arguments against the death penalty

The Moral Sciences Club
by Will Wilkinson


We can talk about the nature of moral progress later. It s tricky. For now, I want you to entertain the possibility that convergence toward the idea that execution is wrong counts as evidence that it is wrong. This would suggest that those American states yet to abolish the death penalty are cases of arrested development. Looking at these trends, it seems overwhelmingly probable that we will look back on the death penalty as a shameful bit of lingering of savagery. And we won t be wrong...

And justice for all?

by Anuja Saunders


The case shines a bright light on to the workings of the American justice system. Why does this powerful, civilized, industrial nation still have a medieval definition of justice? ... And let s be clear, it is about revenge. The notion that it in any way acts as a deterrent has been debunked by one study after another...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Truth About 'Class War' in America

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: 'Republicans and conservatives have done us a service by describing federal policies in terms of 'class war.' But by applying the term only to Obama s latest proposals to raise taxes on the rich, they have it all backward and upside down. The last 50 years have indeed seen continuous class warfare in and over federal economic policies. But it was a war waged chiefly by business and conservatives.'

Kiss of Debt: Truth in the Wall Street Journal

Ron Paul and the Booing Teocons

On the Looming Catastrophe: The 2008 Crisis Will Pale by Comparison

Younger Generations and the Prospect of Retirement

Meltdown: The Men Who Crashed the World

World Shocked by U.S. Execution of Troy Davis

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis

Troy Davis vs the US Justice System: An Unfair Contest


A Tale of Two State-Sponsored Killings


Troy Davis: The Price of 'Justice' Was Too High

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout: 'When protecting the systems in a society becomes more important than the people the systems are designed to protect, that society is in great peril. Troy Davis languished on Georgia s Death Row for four additional hours until the stay of execution he hoped and prayed for was denied by the US Supreme Court. At 11:08 PM (EST) Davis was executed for the murder of Officer Mark MacPhail, even though recent evidence indicated that he might not have committed the murder.'


The execution of Troy Davis

by Dave Lindorff


There will someday be a reckoning. Someday these state killings will look as pathetic and wrong-headed as do the killings of the 'witches' of Salem, Massachusetts. And when that day comes, the Thayers, Ritchies, Kaufmans and now Freesmanns will be seen for what they are and were...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Der BND und die für Folter und Kindesmissbrauch bekannte Colonia Dignidad

Der Bundesnachrichtendienst hat eine rätselhafte 'Notvernichtungshandlung' mit Dignidad-Akten vorgenommen.

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