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Angry Bear Nominations List

National Council of Teachers of Englishgives awards for double-speak, an Orwell, just like an Oscar only better. The NCTE Public Language Award Committee is now seeking nominations for this year’s Doublespeak Award, which is given to a glaring example of deceptive language by a public spokesperson. The words must originate from an American. While I […]

Watch the media reactions

I have read that American Conservative magazine published by Pat Buchanan will release this issue Oct. 8 on General Patraeus. Whether or not it actually is published this way, this is just an alert for readers to watch what happens in the media when General Patraeus is named with no respect. Sort of a random […]

More on water resources and GATS

OMB Watch has posted a notice on something we rarely think about, and take for granted. The Raw Sewage Overflow Right-to-Know Act (H.R. 2452), introduced by Reps. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) on May 23, requires sewage treatment facilities to notify the public, public health officials and any other downstream “affected entities” when […]

Bureau of Public Debt

Bureau of Public Debt is something I missed in the news. If you would like to help reduce the national debt, make your check payable to the Bureau of the Public Debt. In the memo section, note that it’s a gift to reduce the Debt Held by the Public. Mail your check to: Attn Dept […]

Do you know what SPP is?

What is the SPP US and SPP Canada? Many agreements in one. One point of view is the notion of The Shock Doctrine. The timing of The Shock Doctrine’s release in Canada is very relevant here because it just hosted a summit with George Bush and Mexican President Calderon to meet with Prime Minister Steven […]

Update on WTO GATS, gambling, and Antigua

The Register provides an update to the tiny Antigua case. The case originated back in 2003 after the prosecution of Jay Cohen, an expatriate American who ran a sportsbook out of Antigua called the World Sports Exchange, and ended up doing time in a federal prison – in Las Vegas, of all places – for […]

In the words of a founder

Thomas Jefferson wrote a dire warning about banks and debt: ‘If the American people ever allow the banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up […]

Feisty one lays it on the line to Americans

“When you’re up to your eyeballs in alligators, it’s hard to remember that you came to drain the swamp.” As an anti-war crazy left wingnut, I suggest we look further abroad than our own noses for the Swampthing, the movie version actually being a love story and not a horror movie. Hat tip to Tom […]

Slavery in my backyard and a thousand points of light

Local slaves from Mexico, Russia, and… (At the lecture) Coonan also said that it’s happening within the Chinese community as well, with traffickers promising young women a better life in America. According to Coonan, in nearby Quincy, a Chinese restaurant has Hispanic women working there and living in a small shed behind the restaurant. Many […]