Daily Archives: November 22, 2011


Propaganda Driven Hysteria Over Iranian Nuke Program

Democracy Now the article and interview Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Is Now Being Reused over Iran’s Nuke Program. The story was repeated by Truth Out.

In his latest article for The New Yorker blog, titled “Iran and the IAEA,” Hersh argues the recent report is a “political document,” not a scientific study. “They [JSOC] found nothing. Nothing. No evidence of any weaponization,” Hersh says. “In other words, no evidence of a facility to build the bomb. They have facilities to enrich, but not separate facilities to build the bomb. This is simply a fact.”

From the blog post on The New Yorker web site posting “Iran and the IAEA” mentioned above, I have Hersh’s words:

I’ve been reporting on Iran and the bomb for The New Yorker for the past decade, with a focus on the repeated inability of the best and the brightest of the Joint Special Operations Command to find definitive evidence of a nuclear-weapons production program in Iran. The goal of the high-risk American covert operations was to find something physical—a “smoking calutron,” as a knowledgeable official once told me—to show the world that Iran was working on warheads at an undisclosed site, to make the evidence public, and then to attack and destroy the site.

Hersh also reports the information that never makes it to the news:

The report did note that its on-site camera inspection process of Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment facilities—mandated under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a signatory—“continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material.” In other words, all of the low enriched uranium now known to be produced inside Iran is accounted for; if highly enriched uranium is being used for the manufacture of a bomb, it would have to have another, unknown source.

It is just terrible how much propaganda the United States, Israel, and other countries are using to drum up an hysteria that has absolutely no cause that I can see.  Seymour Hersh has about 20 minutes in the interview we he just keeps laying on the evidence that President Obama and Israeli politicians are lying about almost everything they say about Iran.

Are we going to get into yet another war fomented by lying politicians, the press, and the wealthy?  Does Iran have oil? Enough said.


Three days after this post, there was a story, Big CIA Bust Reported in Iran, with possible links to this one.

The future post How China Has Benefited From America’s Hostility to Iran may also be relevant.


Rep. Barney Frank on why Super Committee failure is a win for Democrats

In the article Super Committee’s Loss Is Democrats’ Gain, Truth Out explains:

Keith and Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, analyze the potential outcome of the bipartisan congressional super committee’s failure to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit.


Can stupid questions lead to useful answers? I think we may have seen two examples where it is possible.

(See also Sen. Bernie Sanders: GOP lost in super committee failure.)


Really, Newt?

The article AFSCME Mock Gingrich’s Child Labor Scheme — With The Power Of Song explains the video below.

Newt Gingrich’s turned heads at the last GOP debate with a plan to repeal child labor laws, fire the nation’s janitors, and replace them with underprivileged children. Now AFSCME is giving his quote the musical treatment with a mashup web video featuring footage from the Annie.

The web video, which is actually pretty funny, is part of a petition drive highlighting Newt’s plan. Give it a look:



Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis

The article Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis tries to set the record straight. Here is a small sample of what is in the article:

Between 2004 and 2006, when subprime lending was exploding, Fannie and Freddie went from holding a high of 48 percent of the subprime loans that were sold into the secondary market to holding about 24 percent, according to data from Inside Mortgage Finance, a specialty publication. One reason is that Fannie and Freddie were subject to tougher standards than many of the unregulated players in the private sector who weakened lending standards, most of whom have gone bankrupt or are now in deep trouble.

During those same explosive three years, private investment banks — not Fannie and Freddie — dominated the mortgage loans that were packaged and sold into the secondary mortgage market. In 2005 and 2006, the private sector securitized almost two thirds of all U.S. mortgages, supplanting Fannie and Freddie, according to a number of specialty publications that track this data.

Those of us who believe in fact based reasoning need to shout this information from the rooftops over and over again.  Somehow we have to drown out the right wing media that want you to believe that the corporate world is as pure as the driven snow and the root of all evil is the government.

As the people’s mic showed Newt Gingrich (see Newt Gingrich and The Peoples’ Mic), they may have electric amplification, but we have numbers.