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Quebec: Police Violence Breaks Up First Nations' Blockade 
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Kitiganik/Rapid Lake, Algonquin Territory- Yesterday afternoon, the Conservative government and Quebec used riot police, tear gas, and 'pain compliance' techniques to end a peaceful blockade erected by Algonquin families from Barriere Lake, rather than negotiate, as requested by the community.
The blockade on Highway 117 in Northern Quebec began at 6:00am Monday, with nearly a hundred community members of all ages and their supporters promising to remain until Canada's Conservative government and Quebec honoured signed agreements and Barriere Lake's leadership customs.
Around 4pm, nearly sixty Quebec officers and riot police encircled families after a meal and without warning launched tear gas canisters, one of which hit a child in the chest.
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Market News: Into "l'abîme!"

French Premier Francois Fillon: We're on "the edge of the abyss”
by Mike Whitney
Years from today, when the current financial crisis is over, historians are likely to agree that it would have been far better if the Bush administration had declared a state of emergency earlier in the process so that the necessary steps could have taken to avoid a complete financial meltdown. The media could have been used to bring the American people up to date on market-related developments and educated in the bizarre language of structured finance. Knowledge is power; and power can prevent panic.
Now we're in a terrible fix. People are scared and removing their money from the banks and money markets which is intensifying the freeze in the credit markets and driving stocks into the ground like a tent stake. Meanwhile, our leaders are "caught in the headlights", still believing they can "finesse" their way through the biggest economic cataclysm since the Great Depression. It's madness. 
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Intellectual Cleansing Pt. II

Intellectual Cleansing Pt. II
by Media Lens
"I woke up after four hours sleep my head buzzing with recollections of my early years in journalism. I've been sitting and writing ever since, trying to make sense of it all. It's quite therapeutic and more revealing about how the media work than I had appreciated before. Your alert really has set off processes in my head." (Email to Media Lens, October 3, 2008)

A short piece Cook initially sent us on this theme was brilliant, in fact one of the most honest and insightful media analyses we have seen. The key point he made is that crude sackings of the kind we highlighted "are a great rarity":

"Editors hardly ever need to bare their teeth against an established journalist because few make it to senior positions unless they have already learnt how to toe the line."

But Cook didn't stop there. He appears to have spent most of the weekend October 4-5 writing a 6,500-word piece which had the effect of "reframing my career in a way that finally makes sense to me". We have published an edited version of this below. The full article is available on our website:

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Jonathan Cook for the time, energy and thought he has put into his response.
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Zeitgeist Addendum

Zeitgeist Addendum 
by Zeitgeist Addendum
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The Merciful Who Confront the State Without Mercy

The Voyage of Hope: Blessed Are the Merciful Who Confront the State Without Mercy
by William A. Cook
“Hope” was scheduled to sail to Gaza on Thursday, September 25th, but could not because negotiations to buy a boat fell through repeatedly “due to outside pressure.”
Regardless, whatever day “Hope” sails, and it will sail, is a day every Christian and every humane person, regardless of religion, should mark on his or her calendar as the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount live in our day as true believers in the Beatitudes give meaning and life to “Blessed are the merciful for they shall see God and Blessed are the peacemakers for they are the children of God.”
Five physicians from 4 countries, Human Rights lawyers and monitors, a member of the Israeli Knesset, the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a veritable Ship of Mercy, will confront the Goliath of Mercilessness that has besieged 1.5 million people in Gaza for almost  two years now making their lives not a state of beatitude, but rather a state of misery – “afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.” 
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Fascist Rise in Bolivia (with U.S. Support of Course)

Bolivia: Fascism Seizes Power - Morales Complains        
by James Petras
Bolivian fascists have seized power in five of the richest states in Bolivia, forcefully ousting all national officials, murdering, injuring and assaulting leaders, activists and voters who have backed the national government – with total impunity. Ever since Evo Morales was elected President over 33 months ago, the Bolivian far-right has taken advantage of every concession, compromise and conciliatory gesture by the Morales regime to expand their political power, block even the mildest social reforms and paralyze the functioning of the government, through legal maneuvers and gangs of violent street thugs.

While the Bolivian government has used state repression against peasant squatters and striking miners, it remained a passive, impotent spectator to the right-wing seizure of the Constitutional Assembly, the major airfields in Santa Cruz (forcing the President to flee back to his palace), suspending all public transportation, federal tax collection and public investment and projects. Worse still, paramilitary fascist gangs have repeatedly insulted, beaten, stripped and paraded ethnic Indian peasant supporters of President Morales through the main streets and plazas of the capital cities of the provinces they control.

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Back to the Woods

Cathedral Grove Tree-Sit Slated
by Ingmar Lee 
Hi All, Here we go again!! There's only one way to stop this incessant bullshit at Cathedral Grove, and that is to directly confront these Island Timberlands bastards.

We've stopped them before, we'll do it again

There are no due-process options to protect this magnificent CDF remnant, -the Wilderness Committee and the rest of BC's organized bureaucratic ENGO's will simply stand by as usual and watch the slaughter. 
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Pakistan's New Dictator?

Is Pakistan's Zardari creating new dictatorship?
Tariq Khan: Pak President Zardari is not rescinding legal framework of dictatorship. Pt. 1 here.


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When (internet) "LUV" Come to Town

When Internet "LUV" Comes to Town: Vulnerable People Who Need People
by MNN
We've come to realize that this whole "love" scamming business on the internet is being studied and schemed by agents of the elite thugs.  One category is the "player" and the "target." 
"Players" are predators of other human beings. They operate from their own unwritten "con manual" on how to carefully "profile" their targets, move in and get what they want. Intelligence agencies have scientifically studied this and converted it into internet relationships which lead to a map of how to subvert individuals and communities. The players have determined that there are basic personality types and traits of the targets, along with age, physical appearance, ethnicity, culture, income, etc.  From this a player develops models of their targets, how they can play them and how they are likely to behave. 
A player learns how to spot these people when he enters a room like a bar or an internet "chat room".   We are not denying that genuine relationships have developed on the net.  
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Awful Gwen: Pre-emptive Attacks on Press Debate Moderator

The Ifill Factor
by Scott Horton
The recent debate at Washington University in Saint Louis between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin was the most watched vice presidential debate of all time. Polling and pundits seem to have settled on a consensus view, namely that the debate was a clear win for Senator Biden on points and persuasion. But Governor Palin gets an important consolation prize in that she outperformed the historically low expectations for her, expectations set by a series of gaffes and misfires in handling questions, particularly in interviews conducted by CBS News’s Katie Couric.
None of that is particularly surprising. What really merits scrutiny in my mind are the tactics employed by the McCain campaign going into this debate. As Ken Silverstein noted in the days just before the debate, McCain operatives claimed to have made a “shocking discovery.”
Ifill was about to publish a book entitled The Breakthrough that discusses Barack Obama, and a number of other black politicians, achieving national prominence in the last few years. (One of them, Alabama’s Artur Davis, has been profiled in this space recently.)
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Animal Planet Follows Sea Shepherd Crew to the Bottom of the World

Animal Planet Follows Sea Shepherd Crew to the Bottom of the World
by Sea Shepherd Society 
We are excited to announce a new show on Animal Planet which covers last year's Antarctic Whale Campaign, Operation Migaloo, during which Sea Shepherd saved over 500 whales from the whaler's harpoons.

This weekly series comprising seven one-hour episodes follows the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel, Steve Irwin as they use non-violent direct action techniques that garner world wide media attention in an effort to shut down the illegal Japanese whaling fleet and enforce international conservation law.
Click here for more information and a link to a special SNEAK PREVIEW
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