[Fwd: Boycott Bush Supporters]
You must view this site:
From it, I have found this:
TOP 10 UK BRANDS TO BOYCOTT (taken from Republican donors listed below)
2 Maxwell House
10 Walkers crisps
Top 25 Republican Party donors (1999-2003) with global consumer brands
1 Altria (formerly Philip Morris) $6.5m
2 AT&T $5.36m
3 Microsoft Corp. $5.12m
4 United Parcel Services $4.48m
5 MBNA $4.38m
6 Citigroup $3.93m
7 Pfizer $3.9m
8 FedEx Corp. $3.4m
9 Bristol-Myers Squibb $3.4m
10 GlaxoSmithKline $3m
11 Wal-Mart $2.85m
12 General Electric $2.58m
13 ExxonMobil $2.35m
14 AOL Time Warner $2.31m
15 Anheuser Busch $2.23m
16 ChevronTexaco $2.2m
17 PepsiCo $1.9m
18 Schering Plough $1.8m
19 Archer Daniels Midland $1.8m
20 Wyeth (formerly American Home Products)$1.74m
21 Alticor Inc. $1.7m
22 American Airlines $1.62m
23 Ford $1.52m
24 BP Amoco $1.25m
25 Disney $1.25m
And of course, as Timbuk3 mentioned, IF you are interested in boycotting
oil companies that support Bush, buy your gas at Citgo. Luckily, I have
a Citgo right down the street and they are pleasent people. Strange, it
used to be a KerrMcGee (sp?) station that I boycotted for so long.
Lately, I have been reading alot on FromTheWilderness about the CIA and
the drug trade, the involvement of the Bushes in that drug trade and
drug-producing support, AND involving Goss. So, this article comes as no
surprise, given that we invaded Afghanistan once Bin Laden and the
Taliban destroyed all the poppy fields. Now the poppy fields are up and
running again, problably subsidized by the CIA just having been planted
in Sept., once the USA got control of Afghanistan. Do you get it yet?
Our government is supplying our children with drugs. I think I am going
to approach drug use with my children by saying, "Don't DO drugs because
you don't want to put all that money in Bush's pocket."
Despite 25 years of drug war, US prices are down
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Cocaine and heroin are cheaper today on US streets,
despite a multi-billion- dollar, 25-year drug war, according to the
Washington Office on Latin America, citing data from the US drug czar.
"The demand for cocaine, crack and heroin is at least stable, if not
rising," said John Walsh, an expert on the matter at WOLA, a Washington
think-tank on Latin America.
The price of two grams of cocaine dropped nearly 31 percent, from 161
dollars in 2000, when Washington launched Plan Colombia against drug
traffickers and rebels, to 106 dollars between January and June 2003,
the most recent data available, according to data delivered to WOLA by
an unidentified member of Congress.
The same data show that during the same period, the cost of a gram of
heroin dropped 14 percent, from 414 to 362 dollars.
In the first half of 2003 the prices of cocaine and heroin were
one-fifth of their prices in the early 1980s, Walsh said.
"After 25 years and 25 billion dollars fighting drugs in Latin America,
we are no closer to winning the drug war -- which is ultimately about
reducing drug abuse," said Joy Olson, executive director of WOLA, in a
presentation of the 400-page report.
"We've spent billions on anti-drug efforts in Latin America and have
nothing to show for it but collateral damage," Olson added. "We can do
better. We've been tough on drugs; now it's time to get smarter."
WOLA, which seeks an alternative US drug policy, said that the data was
prepared by the Rand Corporation for the Office of National Drug Control
Policy, headed by White House "drug czar" John Walters. Rand is a
private analysis firm.
An anti-drug official confirmed the Rand statistics, but told AFP that
WOLA's report was "sort of a half truth."
He said that because the most recent statistics were not available, a 33
percent drop in Colombia's coca cultivation had not had a chance to be
felt in the United States.
"The impact of Plan Colombia is something that's going to be felt in the
future, not in the past," the source said on condition of anonymity.
"We need to keep up that pressure but there's no way that June 2003 data
even address much less disconfirm the impact of Plan Colombia."
He added that a recent study showed a drop of 11 percent in drug
consumption among the young, including cocaine, in the last two years.
"We know that in general the amount of cocaine assumed to be used in the
US has gone down fairly steeply," he said.
"The US had 300-350 metric tones of cocaine consumed a year, that has
dropped in our estimates to around 250 metric tones of cocaine. So the
numbers of users have been relatively stable and the use among young
people has dropped, the amount consumed has dropped and has some
relationship to price (and) purity," he said.
Walters said in October 2003 that the eradication of drug-producing
crops in Latin America would cause substantial change in the
availability of cocaine in the world in the next six to 12 months. In
August, he repeated that in 12 months there would be results.
The United States has spent 3.3 billion dollars on Plan Colombia since
2000 and President George W. Bush said last week in Cartagena, Colombia
that he would push Congress for more money in 2005.
Erosion of Rights a Long U.S. War Tradition-Author
Mon Nov 29, 6:25 PM ET, By Ellen Wulfhorst
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush administration uses "Gestapo tactics" to
clip civil liberties in its war on terror but the author of a new book
said on Monday that today's climate pales compared to other times of war
in U.S. history.
The gutting of the CIA by the right wing may damage U.S. security
By David Ignatius , Special to The Daily Star
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Driving past the George Bush Center for Intelligence, as the CIA
headquarters is officially known, you can't help but wonder how on earth
America's spy service has become the favorite whipping boy of the right
It's crazy for a nation at war to be purging its spies. But that's what
has been happening in the weeks since Republican former Representative
Porter Goss and a phalanx of conservative congressional aides took over
at the CIA. What makes the putsch genuinely scary is that it seems to be
driven by an animus toward the agency that could do real damage to the
Goss' supporters argue that he's just trying to rebuild an agency that
needs a shake-up. And certainly, the CIA could improve its performance:
It is too risk-averse, too prone to groupthink, too mired in mediocrity.
But the cure for these problems is hardly to send in a team of
ideologues from Capitol Hill to drive out the agency's most experienced
intelligence officers. This politicization can only make the agency's
underlying problems even worse. And heaven knows what foreign
intelligence services, which are America's crucial partners in the war
against terrorism, are making of the spectacle at Langley.
But I doubt that performance issues are what's really motivating this
housecleaning. The CIA, after all, did a better job of recognizing the
Al-Qaeda threat before September 11, 2001 than did the FBI, the Pentagon
or the National Security Council. And while the CIA could certainly
improve its operations in Iraq, the agency at least understood that
America would face a bloody postwar insurgency there. If performance
were the yardstick, surely it would be the official who bungled postwar
planning for Iraq, Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, who would be
out on his ear.
Press Release Source: OSS.NET
Information Peacekeeping and Inter-Agency/Multi-National Information
Sharing Proposed as Focus for 109th Congress - Intelligence Reform is Dead
Tuesday November 30, 2:36 pm ET
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- According to OSS CEO Robert David
Steele Vivas, international proponent for information and intelligence
reform, "Intelligence reform is dead in America, and this is a good
thing -- we have been focusing on the wrong end of the telescope."
Steele believes that secret intelligence comprises less than 5% of the
relevant information needed to make sound decisions about national
security and national competitiveness. "The 109th Congress does need to
address changes to how we manage secret intelligence," Steele says, "but
if it does not do so in the larger context of how all information is
handled, and how all information -- secret, protected, and open -- is
shared among federal, state, and local agencies, and among Nations, then
it may as well do nothing."
Ruppert will be having a cow with this one.
New senior CIA post to Near East veteran
Washington, DC, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The senior CIA position of associate
deputy of operations has been filled by Robert Richer, the U.S.
intelligence agency's Near East Division Chief.
Richer becomes the No. 2 official in the directorate, which is charged
with obtaining secrets, recruiting spies and carrying out covert
operations overseas, the Washington Post said.
His newly appointed boss, the deputy director for operations and former
director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, is still undercover and
therefore not being named.
The deputy director and associate deputy positions were left open this
month when Deputy Director Stephen Kappes and his deputy, Michael
Sulick, resigned to protest what they believed to be unwarranted attacks
on staff members by Patrick Murray, the new chief of staff.
How stupid do YOU think our nation is right now?
Stupendously so: 60.0%
Stuporifically not so: 0.0%
Stupid is as stupid does: 40.0%"
Intelligence Revamp Glitch Leaves Nation "Temporarily Stupid"
Nov 29 2004 by Ross Bender
The nation will be vulnerable to a second major terrorist attack due to
"temporary stupidity" if Congress continues to delay a major overhaul of
the nation's intelligence services, said Thomas Kean, head of the 9/11
Kean stated on the Fox News show "It's the Arts" that "This bill will
pass. The only question, like duuhhh, is whether it will pass now or
after a second attack."
The bill to reform the nation's intelligence has been blocked in
Congress by two elderly, although technically not-yet-senile, right-wing
Congressmen. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) refuses to let the bill out of
committee until provisions are attached which would grant drivers'
licenses to illegal aliens only if their license photo shows them fully
nude, "with, of course, the naughty bits blacked out. Or perhaps if
they're wearing pink tutus."
Boy scouts cost Pentagon school access
Tue Nov 30th, 2004 at 19:16:39 CDT
Legal blowback from the Boy Scout's homophobia. Universities may bar
military recruiters from their campuses without risking the loss of
federal money, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit, in Philadelphia, found that educational institutions have a
First Amendment right to keep military recruiters off their campuses to
protest the Defense Department policy of excluding gays from military
The 2-to-1 decision relied in large part on a decision in 2000 by the
United States Supreme Court to allow the Boy Scouts to exclude gay
scoutmasters. Just as the Scouts have a First Amendment right to bar
gays, the appeals court said, law schools may prohibit groups that they
That, my friends, is called irony. Or karmic payback. Or something.
Court lets colleges ban military recruiters
Tue Nov 30, 8:23 PM ET, Community - Planet Out
Ann Rostow, PlanetOut Network
SUMMARY: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled the
government cannot restrict funds from colleges and universities because
they don't allow military recruiters on campus.
A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled
Monday that the government does not have the right to make federal funds
for schools of higher education contingent on allowing military
recruiters equal access to campus facilities.
For now, therefore, the 1996 Solomon Act has been ruled
unconstitutional, although the federal government may appeal the
decision to the full Third Circuit bench or to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Solomon Act, named for its author Gerald Solomon of New York, aimed
to deliver a patriotic slap in the face to a number of law schools that
had decided to stop cooperating with military recruiters based on the
ban on gay and lesbian service members. No other employers with
discriminatory policies were allowed to recruit on campus, the schools
reasoned, so why should the armed forces be an exception?
Congress disagreed. "Starry-eyed idealism comes with a price," one
member said. "If they are too good to treat our nation's military with
the respect it deserves, then they may be too good to receive the
generous level of taxpayer dollars presently enjoyed by many
institutions of higher learning."
Harvard Law to Bar Military Recruiters
Tue Nov 30, 9:29 PM ET
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard Law School will return to a policy that keeps
the military from recruiting on campus in the wake of a federal court
decision allowing colleges and universities to bar recruiters without
fear of losing federal money.
N.Korean official has surgery in Russia
Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A close aide to North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il has undergone surgery in Russia to treat pancreatic cancer,
South Korea's main news agency reported Tuesday.
Updated: November 29th, 2004 11:55:38 AM
Iran Offers to Train Iraqi Police
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran offered to train Iraqi police and border
guards two days before it was scheduled to host a meeting of security
chiefs from Iraq's neighboring states, the official news agency reported
It was unclear how Iraq would respond to the Iranian offer. The
countries fought a war from 1980-88 that killed or wounded nearly one
million people on both sides.
"The Islamic Republic is ready to train Iraqi police and border guards
and even equip them as well as help with the country's reconstruction,"
said Ali Asghar Ahmadi, Iran's deputy Interior Minister for Security
Affairs, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
Terrorists Interested in Unconventional Weapons, CIA Says
But report concludes conventional tactics are still favored
The Central Intelligence Agency sent a report to Congress in November
noting that many terrorist groups and non-state actors around the world
are interested in using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear
weapons in the future.
An unclassified version of the report, posted on the CIA's Web site
November 23, says that any attacks that might occur in the future would
likely be "small-scale, incorporating improvised delivery means and
easily produced or obtained chemicals, toxins, or radiological substances."
Destabilizing the CIA
by Jason Vest
In Washington, it's hardly without precedent for a presidential
appointee to swear one thing before a Senate confirmation committee and
then, once ensconced in the sought-after post, do another. But even by
this standard, George W. Bush's new Director of Central Intelligence,
Porter Goss, has been particularly brazen. Appearing before the Senate
Intelligence Committee on September 14, Goss--until recently, a Florida
Congressman and chair of the House Intelligence Committee--not only
swore to "commit myself to a nonpartisan approach to the job of DCI"; he
even went so far as to state that "it would be entirely inappropriate to
make anything that looks like a partisan comment."
On November 15, however, the newly appointed DCI told CIA employees in a
memo that "we support the Administration and its policies in our
work...we do not identify with, support or champion opposition to the
Administration or its policies." One of the most insightful analyses of
the memo came from Jon Stewart's Daily Show; correspondent Rob Corddry
explained it as reflective of the Administration's desire to deal only
"with intelligence that's been vetted to support decisions they've
already made. They're tired of having to repeatedly misinterpret
information the CIA gives them, so from now on intelligence will arrive
at the White House pre-misinterpreted." In addition to heralding a
likely continuation of the intelligence "stovepiping" process that
reformers agree has to change, Goss's memo was a stunning and
unparalleled articulation of CIA fealty to the White House. It was also
tantamount to a declaration of war by Goss and his Capitol Hill cronies
against career civil servants--and necessary intelligence reform--that
shows a remarkable lack of judgment and competence.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
COLUMN LEFT by Robert Scheer
The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket
It is shocking: The Bush Administration is suppressing a CIA report on
9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the
report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in
June, it has not been made available to the Congressional intelligence
committees that mandated the study almost two years ago.
So where is the report????
Steve sent this days and days ago. Sorry it took so long to get it out.
Bush, Biscuits and DeLay
Steve sent this too, saying:
This was sent to me and I find it to be a pretty interesting story.
Somehow, I get the feeling it could be more contemporary... if not
This page is Chapter-8 in a series. There is different music with each
chapter. I've only read Ch-* and heard music on 7, 8, 9.You'll like
Delaware Oil Spill Worse Than Thought
By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press Writer
PAULSBORO, N.J. - The Coast Guard said Tuesday that investigators
believe much more oil spilled from a ruptured tanker in the Delaware
River near Philadelphia than the 30,000 gallons initially reported.
Judge Tosses Challenge to Nev. Bush Win
By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press Writer
RENO, Nev. - A judge Tuesday tossed out a legal challenge aimed at
blocking Nevada's five electoral votes from being cast next month for
President Bush (news - web sites). In election challenges in two other
states, a recount was sought and another was ended.
The plaintiffs in the Nevada case, who described themselves as concerned
citizens, had asked the judge to schedule a hearing so they could prove
their claims of voter registration fraud and malfunctioning voting
Washoe County District Judge Peter Breen said in dismissing the case
that they couldn't show the outcome of the presidential election would
change if it went forward.
"An election contest is a great disruption of the regular process,"
Breen wrote. "The election should not be disturbed nor scrutinized by
the court without a reasonable showing of a different outcome or an
EPA May Conduct Human Tests for Chemicals
Tue Nov 30, 8:46 PM ET
By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - In setting limits on chemicals in food and water, the
Environmental Protection Agency may rely on industry tests that expose
people to poisons and raise ethical questions.
Power and Interest News Report (PINR)
01 December 2004
For a detailed analysis about the objectives of al-Qaeda, visit the
"The Threat of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Revolutionary Movement"
Do Al-Qaeda's East Africa Operations Pose a Threat to U.S. Interests?
Drafted By: Erich Marquardt
White House Proposes Cuts in Salmon Areas
Tue Nov 30,10:56 PM ET, By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Bush administration Tuesday proposed large cuts
in federally designated areas in the Northwest and California meant to
aid the recovery of threatened or endangered salmon. Protection would
focus instead on rivers where the fish now thrive.
Recount sought in N.M. presidential election
Dallas Morning News Tue, 30 Nov 2004 12:06 PM PST
SANTA FE ,ÃÃ¬ Green and Libertarian Party presidential candidates are
seeking a statewide recount of ballots in New Mexico's presidential
contest that President Bush won by a 5,988-vote margin.
Nearly one month after Election Day, Ohio ballot challenges continue
The Californian Tue, 30 Nov 2004 5:26 PM PST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Nearly a month after John Kerry conceded Ohio to
President Bush, complaints and challenges about the balloting are
mounting as activists including the Rev. Jesse
Jackson demand closer scrutiny to ensure the votes are being counted on
Jesse Jackson: Kerry's "Early Concession Betrayed the Trust of the Voters"
Democracy Now! Tue, 30 Nov 2004 7:27 AM PST
As voter fraud in Ukraine's election dominates the headlines, we take a
look at the U.S. election and the widespread reports of voter
irregularities in Ohio. We speak with the Rev. Jesse Jackson who is
calling for an Ohio recount and an attorney filing a lawsuit in the Ohio
Supreme Court this week to contest the election.
Something's fishy in Ohio - Independent Media TV
Independent Media TV Wed, 01 Dec 2004 6:59 AM PST
In the Ukraine, citizens are in the streets protesting what they charge
is a fixed election. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell expresses this
nation's concern about apparent voting irregularities. The media give
the dispute around-the-clock coverage.
Republican is certified the winner in Washington governor's race, but a
recount is all but certain
The Californian Tue, 30 Nov 2004 5:51 PM PST
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Republican Dino Rossi was certified as the winner
Tuesday of Washington's race for governor, but the closest gubernatorial
contest in state history is far from over.
ABQjournal: Recount Sought In New Mexico's Presidential Election
Albuquerque Journal Tue, 30 Nov 2004 1:12 PM PST
This story is available free without registration as a public service of
the Albuquerque Journal. ABQjournal content is always free to
Albuquerque Journal 7-day newspaper subscribers.
Mail & Guardian Online:
Mail and Guardian Wed, 01 Dec 2004 0:48 AM PST
George Bush's victory in the United States presidential election will be
challenged in Ohio's supreme court on Wednesday, when a group of
Democratic voters will allege widespread fraud.
Welcome to www.independent-media.tv
Independent Media TV Wed, 01 Dec 2004 7:03 AM PST
''One-third of President Bush's top 2000 fund-raisers or their spouses
were appointed to positions in his first administration, from
ambassadorships in Europe to seats on policy-setting boards, an
Associated Press review found.''
Latest CEPR Research
The partial privatization of Social Security is high on the agenda for
President Bush's second term. CEPR economists re-assert that Social
Security is financially sound and does not require reform or
privatization. Further, the proposed privatization will incur costs that
will require either spending cuts or tax increases while reducing benefits.
See "Basic Facts on Social Security and Proposed Benefit
See the Social Security section of our website for more,
Trade and Poverty
The Bush administration announced plans in November to move forward with
bilateral and regional trade agreements in President Bush's second term.
But the World Bank has cast doubt on the benefits to developing
countries from these agreements in its Global Economic Prospects 2005. A
new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
entitled "Poor Numbers The Impact of Trade Liberalization on World
Poverty" by Mark Weisbrot, David Rosnick, and Dean Baker, similarly
finds that gains to developing countries from trade liberalization have
been greatly overstated. The authors' calculations show that the impact
of trade liberalization on poverty reduction - while not inconsequential
- will be to lift less than 100 million people from a per capita income
just below the international poverty line of $2 per day to just above $2
See "Poor Numbers The Impact of Trade Liberalization on World Poverty,"
Prescription Drugs and Alternatives to Patents
The recently introduced Free Market Drug Act (FMDA) would provide
billions in savings to state governments, according to a new study by
the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). The FMDA would allow
states to purchase drugs for state employees and Medicaid beneficiaries
at sharply reduced prices. While the projections developed in the study
show that all states would see substantial savings, New York,
California, and Texas would be the biggest winners. Over the years 2009
to 2013, these states would save $9.3 billion, $7.1 billion, and $3.7
The Free Market Drug Act, which was introduced this fall as H.R. 5155,
would essentially double the amount of federal money that goes to
support biomedical research. Current funding is provided primarily
through the National Institutes of Health. While most current funding
supports basic research, the additional funding would be used to
actually develop and test new drugs, bringing them through the Food and
Drug Administration's (FDA) approval process.
See "The Benefits to State Governments from the Free Market Drug Act,"
See also a November New York Times article that examines this topic,
See www.cepr.net for more CEPR research and most recent columns and op-eds.