Monthly Archives: January 2006

Cindy Sheehan to speak at Saint Xavier

The Student Activities Board has invited peace activist Cindy Sheehan to speak about her son’s death and the organizations she started at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Shannon Center Main Arena. This will be Sheehan’s first appearance on … Continue reading

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University of Texas to Host Antiwar Conference

Despite the general conservatism in American higher education, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, this conference may end the war–it would be nice but I concede is of minimal probability–and create an awareness in academia of its historic mission … Continue reading

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Kirstein Linked to Marx Analytic Web log

An earlier post on Karl Marx and America was kindly linked on the Karl Marx blog site with nice graphics and colour. I will have to learn this stuff but I am just lucky to keep my blog online. I … Continue reading

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Marx and Worker Alienation (Entfremdung in German)

One of Karl Marx’s greatest contributions to sociology and contemporary labour theory is his exploration of alienation. In fact this emerges before he fully embraces socialism or “Marxism” for that matter. Alienation clearly catapaults him on his path of destiny … Continue reading

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D.A.R.P.A.: Welcome Weapons’ Designers!!

This latest component of the military-industrial-complex visited my web log. OrgName: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency OrgID: DARPA Address: 3701 North Fairfax Drive City: Arlington StateProv: VA PostalCode: 22203-1714 Country: US D.A.R.P.A. kills people in the 21st Century in classic … Continue reading

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Karl Marx and America

If one were sympathetic to Marxism and believed in the majesty of his writings, would that constitute anti-Americanism or a radical perspective? Should that trigger, to be a little sardonic, a National Security Agency warrantless wiretap to insure non-involvement in … Continue reading

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Proudhon’s Criticism of Government and Marx’s Criticism of Proudhon

“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. … Continue reading

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CeeCee54 Daddy Mack (US History 104): I Defend Your Rights of Free Speech. I Hope You Will Defend Mine

http://forums.student.com/viewtopic.php?t=202634 While almost weekly I am the subject of some chatroom or other topic on the Internet: hey it comes with the territory but I can’t duck for a minute or I will lose the battle of a lifetime for … Continue reading

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One Blogger Ed Strong Believes Ms Dowd is Just Another Centrist Liberal

Maureen Dowd Is The Orthodox Liberal Googling Past the Graveyard, [see next post below please] today’s column by Maureen Dowd, is a pretty shallow analysis of bin Laden, the so-called terrorist threat, and that the invasion and occupation of Iraq … Continue reading

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Maureen Dowd is Critical of Mr Bush and Vice President Cheney’s Dedication to Civil Liberties

Saturday, January 21, 2006 “Googling Past the Graveyard” By Maureen Dowd New York Times Op-Ed I don’t like the thought of Dick Cheney ogling my Googling. Because what I’m Googling, of course, is Dick Cheney. I have to constantly monitor … Continue reading

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Lawrence Franklin: Slap on the Wrist for American Traitor and Spy for Israel

January 20, 2006 Pentagon Analyst Gets 12 Years for Disclosing Secret Data By DAVID JOHNSTON New York Times WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 – A federal judge sentenced a former Defense Department analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, to more than 12 years in … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden’s January 19, 2006 Audiotape Offers Negotiations.

As a pacifist I have to say that Osama bin Laden’s call for negotiations cannot be ignored. He offered them before to Europe and now specifically to the US. What can be lost in negotiations? If he is sincere fine; … Continue reading

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Aljazeera: Terrorist America Tortures According to Human Rights Watch Report

Aljazeera Report US accused of torture policy Wednesday 18 January 2006, 23:21 Makka Time, 20:21 GMT The United States has a deliberate strategy of abusing terror suspects during interrogation, Human Rights Watch has said in its annual report on abuses … Continue reading

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An “Interview” With Mr George W. Bush

Scene: An Undisclosed Location PNK: Mr Bush are you a war criminal? GWB: This is irresponsible. I am attempting to defend the free world from Islamic fundamentalism. How can you, a professor, ask such an egregious question? PNK: Mr Bush … Continue reading

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Columbia University Student’s: Bipolar Escape Blog Quotes Kirstein Article on Academic Freedom

I appreciate being quoted by Bipolar Escape Blog from an article I published in the UK on academic freedom and its attenuation during war. There were a couple of typos that I edited. This is the student’s article: After the … Continue reading

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St Xavier University Should be Commended for Canceling Classes on Martin Luther King Jr Day

Saint Xavier University has canceled classes on Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr’s National Holiday. For years professors tried to get some type of formal acknowledgement of this holiday from the university. Finally the administration of President Judith Dwyer had … Continue reading

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Eugene McCarthy: The Last Heroic Democratic Presidential Aspirant Remembered

January 15, 2006 Hundreds Honor McCarthy as Man Who Changed History By JOHN FILES New York Times WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 – Eugene J. McCarthy, the Minnesota senator who upended President Lyndon B. Johnson’s re-election effort amid the Vietnam War tumult … Continue reading

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Complete Programme: H.A.W. Conference on Iraq War at University of Texas

Conference Schedule (as of Jan. 2) Friday Evening Plenary, 7:00 pm Keynote Speakers: Howard Zinn, Boston University (retired), author and activist Andrea Smith, University of Michigan Saturday Morning Panels NOTE: One panel is scheduled for each time slot. Empire and … Continue reading

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Resurgence of Military Interest In Kirstein Academic Freedom Case.

OrgName: DoD Network Information Center OrgID: DNIC Address: 3990 E. Broad Street City: Columbus StateProv: OH PostalCode: 43218 Country: US This visitor is from the military, and I am honoured to get hits from those serving in the armed forces … Continue reading

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Question about Military Rank:

Majors are higher in rank than lieutenants. BUT Lieutenant Generals, three stars, are higher in rank than major generals, two stars. Why? If you know the answer for this apparent flip flop in major-lieutenant hierarchical inconsistencies, can you let me … Continue reading

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Welcome back Naval Academy!!

OrgName: United States Naval Academy OrgID: USNA Address: 290 Buchanan Road City: Annapolis StateProv: MD PostalCode: 21402 Country: US I get tonnes of visitors from the military and several from the academies. Thank you. I also visit your websites and … Continue reading

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Maureen Dowd on Judge Alito’s Senate Confirmation Hearings for the Supreme Court

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Maureen Dowd “Doing the Alito Shuffle” New York Times WASHINGTON You’ve got to like a man who knows how to juggle. Samuel Alito picked up the skill on a summer vacation a decade ago, and his … Continue reading

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The Military is Endless

This came from the latest military visitor hit to my web log. OrgName: USAISC-FT McPherson OrgID: USAISC-9 Address: P.O. BOX 368081 City: Fort McPherson StateProv: GA PostalCode: 30330-5000 Country: US What is the Bush strategy for ending the war?? Killing … Continue reading

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Free David Irving: Nations Should Not Suppress Revisionist Speech and Conservative Scholarship

David Irving is in jail in Austria for entering the nation while under an arrest warrant since 1989. Austria, Germany and many other nations have speech codes that prohibit Holocaust denial. While many European nations are naturally resistant to encouraging … Continue reading

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Maureen Dowd Questions the Value of Mr Bush’s Meeting With Former Secretaries of Defence and State

January 7, 2006 “Reach Out and Touch No One” The New York Times By Maureen Dowd Doing the math, you’ve got to figure that the 12 wise men and one wise woman had about 30 seconds apiece to say their … Continue reading

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Geopolitics: Miscellaneous Thoughts on Iraq War and Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

The Bush administratin wanted to remove Saddam but I think could care less about the liberation of the Iraqi people. Invasion objectives had nothing to do with the possibly noble spread of democracy but had everything to do with geopolitics. … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Debra A. Banaszak K.I.A.

The URL was a hit to my blog. The individual had Googled, Banaszak Debra. See her picture in top photo row. OrgName: Army Information Systems Command OrgID: AISC-9 Address: Information Systems Software Development Center Address: Attn: ASQB-ILM-S, Stop L-40 City: … Continue reading

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David Horowitz, Academic Bill of Rights, Legislating Academic Neutrality

December 25, 2005 Professors’ Politics Draw Lawmakers Into the Fray New York Times By MICHAEL JANOFSKY While attending a Pennsylvania Republican Party picnic, Jennie Mae Brown bumped into her state representative and started venting. “How could this happen?” Ms. Brown … Continue reading

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Mr Bush Dissimulates In Denying Warrantless Spying on American Citizens

Mr Bush has lied again to the American people. Now he denies having misled his subjects about the Gestapo’s latest violation of our civil liberties: The National Security Agency: a terrorist organization that is beyond the control of Congress or … Continue reading

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Update: Kirstein to Present Paper at University of Texas Conference on the Iraq War.

Conference Theme: Empire, Resistance, and the War in Iraq: A Conference for Historians and Activists University of Texas, Austin February 17-19, 2006 My Panel’s Theme: “Defending Democracy and Civil Liberties” Chair: Professor Ben Alpers, University of Oklahoma Presenters: Jana Lipman, … Continue reading

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