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Showing posts from January 15, 2008
"A November 2007 Harris poll found that less than 15 percent of the population believes each of the following industries to be 'generally honest and trustworthy:' tobacco companies (3 percent); oil companies (3 percent); managed care companies such as HMOs (5 percent); health insurance companies (7 percent); telephone companies (10 percent); life insurance companies (10 percent); online retailers (10 percent); pharmaceutical and drug companies (11 percent); car manufacturers (11 percent); airlines (11 percent); packaged food companies (12 percent); electric and gas utilities (15 percent). Only 32 percent of adults said they trusted the best-rated industry about which Harris surveyed, supermarkets. [1]

These are remarkable numbers. It is very hard to get this degree of agreement about anything. By way of comparison, 79 percent of adults believe the earth revolves around the sun; 18 percent say it is the other way around.[2]"

Al Jazeera English - News - Abbas: Israeli Raid 'A Massacre'

Al Jazeera English - News - Abbas: Israeli Raid 'A Massacre': "Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has described as 'a masscre' Israel's latest deadly incursion into the Gaza Strip which left 17 Palestinians dead.

At least 50 Palestinians were also injured in the military operation on Tuesday which had started the previous night while US president George Bush was in Saudi Arabia.

David Chater, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Jerusalem, said: 'Apache helicopter gunships, armoured bulldozers, tanks and ground troops were all involved in this incursion.

'There are also reports of another incursion"

Truthdig - Reports - The End of the Road for George W. Bush

Truthdig - Reports - The End of the Road for George W. Bush: "He may yet rise again to torment us with an attack on Iran, condemning more innocents to slaughter. He and his cigar-smoking soul mate Ehud Olmert would like to go out with one more flash of mayhem and violence. But even this will not ultimately save him. Bush will soon be reduced to the cipher he once was, left to spend the rest of his life trying to salvage a legacy of shame and deceit. In a just world he would be put on trial, if not by the International Criminal Court of Justice then by the U.S. Congress. He would be forced to face up to his lies and wars of aggression. But the moral rot that infects the nation has seeped into the bowels of the legislative as well as the executive branch."

Truthdig - Reports - The End of the Road for George W. Bush

Truthdig - Reports - The End of the Road for George W. Bush: "The Gilbert and Sullivan charade of statesmanship played out by George W. Bush and his enabler, Condoleezza Rice, as they wander the Middle East is a fitting end to seven years of misrule. Despots stripped of power are transformed from monsters into buffoons. And this is the metamorphosis that is eating away at the Bush presidency."

Iraqis 'Awake' to a New Danger - by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail

Iraqis 'Awake' to a New Danger - by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail: "Awakening forces have been widely criticized for corruption and brutal tactics. Many speak of them as 'gangs,' 'criminals,' 'dogs of the Americans,' and 'thieves.' But the Bush administration and many media outlets in the West credit the Awakening forces with bringing stability to volatile areas."