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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:31:00 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.25.10 1. Vs UofM pay cuts 3.25 1:45pm 2. Eagan peace vigil 3.25 4:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 3.25 5pm 4. Israeli apartheid 3.25 5pm 5. McChesney/Nichols 3.25 6/8pm 6. Vandana Shiva 3.25 7pm 7. Cuban film fest 3.25 7:30pm 8. StP women/history 3.26 12noon 9. Mexico 3.26 12noon 10. Palestine vigil 3.26 4:15pm 11. Marx on value 3.26 7pm 12. Eclipsed/play 3.26 7pm 13. CRA/Bicking petition - comments 14. ed - Bicking for CRA sign-on (updated) 15. Paul Craig Roberts - Truth has fallen and taken liberty with it --------1 of 15-------- From: Steff Yorek <yosteff [at] gmail.com> Subject: Vs UofM pay cuts 3.25 1:45pm Faculty for the Renewal of Public Education at U of M Hold Press Conference Opposing Across the Board Pay Cuts. FFI: Prof. Teri Caraway (612-624-3839; caraway [at] umn.edu Prof. Eva von Dassow (612-626-4787; vonda001 [at] umn.edu Prof. August Nimtz (612-624-1512; animtz [at] tc.umn.edu Thursday, March 25, 2010, 1:45 P.M. In front of Room 25, Mondale Hall (Law School), University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus, Minneapolis, MN 55455 University of Minnesota faculty opposition to President Bruininks's proposal for salary cuts "At the University of Minnesota Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday, March 25, representatives of the recently organized Faculty for the Renewal of Public Education (FRPE) will urge Senators to reject a motion by President Bruininks that calls for uniform salary reductions," said Prof. August Nimtz. "What we propose are alternative strategies, including a sliding-scale pay cut, for dealing with the University's budget shortfall." In a recent letter to the Minnesota Daily, Drs. John Conley and Gilbert Rodman emphasized this point, writing, "If pay cuts and mandatory furloughs (which are, of course, pay cuts) really are necessary, the administration's top priority needs to be protecting its lowest paid workers: Bruininks' plan would impose mandatory three-day furloughs on all hourly workers, reduce salaries for all other workers by 1.15 percent for the coming fiscal year, with an additional 1.15 percent reduction for a handful of senior administrators. Given Bruininks' rhetoric about how severe the current crisis is, however, his proposed pay cuts are both unfair to the University's most vulnerable workers and inadequate to the task at hand." The press conference will precede a 2:30pm Faculty Senate meeting to vote on this issue, "Faculty are willing to accept reductions in compensation sufficient to protect lower-paid employees, especially those who lack the privilege of tenure, from suffering any cuts at all. We urge the administration first to cut expenditures that bear the least relation to the University's academic mission, and if cuts to compensation are necessary, to adopt a plan that is equitable rather than regressive" said Professor Eva von Dassow. In addition to FRPE speakers Professors Eva von Dassow (Dept. of Classical and Near Eastern Studies) and August Nimtz (Dept. of Political Science), representatives from unionized workers at the University and laid off workers will express their support for the FRPE proposals. For further details see the recent FRPE op-ed in the Minnesota Daily and FRPE blog http://www.mndaily.com/2010/03/21/bruininks%E2%80%99-plan-bad-u. <http://umnfaculty.blogspot.com/> --------2 of 15-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 3.25 4:30pm PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------3 of 15-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.25 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------4 of 15-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Israeli apartheid 3.25 5pm Israeli Apartheid Week @ the U of M : A talk by refusenik and member of Boycott from Within, Yonatan Shapira Thursday March 25th, 5pm, Blegen 5 All events are open and free with refreshments provided. IAW is sponsored at the U of MN by Break the Bonds <http://www.tc.umn.edu/~mnbbc/>, Teachers against Occupation <http://www.teachersagainstoccupation.org/>, and Al Madinah Cultural Centre <http://www.madinahonline.org/>. More information: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~mnbbc/apartheid.html<http://www.tc.umn.edu/%7Emnbbc/apartheid.html> For more on Israeli Apartheid Weeks taking place across the world, see apartheidweek.org. --------5 of 15-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: McChesney/Nichols 3.25 6/8pm psa/MAR.25-26:MCCHESNEY & NICHOLS:"Death & LIfe of American Journalism If you care about the crisis in journalism and want to be part of the search for solutions, then come to one of these talks. And please be sure to share news of the event with your friends in the area. FREE PRESS Free Press co-founders Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols are going on the road to talk about journalism in America today - and how we can save it. They'll be appearing at three free events in the Twin Cities area on Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26. This is a great chance to hear about the state of the media from two of the country's leading minds. As newspapers continue to shutter bureaus and TV newsrooms cut staff, can new Internet news sites fill in the gaps? What about the future of public media? McChesney and Nichols will discuss how we can support newsgathering in our changing media landscape. Don't miss these exciting events. They are free and open to the public. Here are the details: A Discussion on Saving Journalism Thursday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. University Bookstore at the University of Minnesota Room 130 Murphy Hall 206 Church St. SE Minneapolis, MN TC Daily Planet Presents: McChesney & Nichols on the Future of Journalism Thursday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 1011 Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN A Discussion on Saving Journalism Friday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hamline University, Sundin Music Hall 1531 Hewitt Avenue N Saint Paul, MN Jordan Berg Powers Outreach Coordinator Free Press www.freepress.net --------6 of 15-------- From: Doris Marquit <marqu001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Vandana Shiva 3.25 7pm Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration <http://womenandwater.net> KEYNOTE PRESENTATION-Dr. Vandana Shiva March 25, Thursday 7-8:30 pm: Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center, U of M West Bank, Minneapolis --------7 of 15-------- From: Minnesota Cuba Committee <mncuba [at] gmail.com> Subject: Cuban film fest 3.25 7:30pm Cuban Movie Festival 2010 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 4-April 8 St. Anthony Main Theatre www.stanthonymaintheatre.com/ 115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis Free parking in ramp at 2nd Street SE and 2nd Avenue SE Admission: $6; 4 for $20 March 25 " The Waiting List** (Lista de Espera) by Juan Carlos Tabío* Mixing sharp social commentary and comedy, director Juan Carlos Tabío (Strawberry and Chocolate, The Waiting List) brings together a cast of characters who possess drastically different personalities, yet find much in common while they wait (and wait, and wait) for a bus to Santiago. As each person enters the terminal, he or she must sign a waiting list for the next bus. Reflecting the unwieldy nature of Cuba's problems, the line grows longer, and the only buses that seem to stop are full or broken down. As the passengers get to know each other, romance develops, friendships form, and the bus station becomes more than a bus station--an undertaking that echoes Cuban governmental calls for grassroots efforts toward community improvement.105 minutes. General audience discussion of film after screening with Gary Prevost, Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, who will share his research and experience with Cuba's social democracy and the people's power government in Cuba. Pracna on Main, next to the theater. --------8 of 15-------- From: Andrew Hine <amhine2 [at] gmail.com> Subject: StP women/history 3.26 12noon Preservation Talks: Women's History Month Presented by: Historic Saint Paul & St. Paul League of Women Voters Stories of Women in Saint Paul History Friday March 26 12:00 - 1:30 317 Landmark Center | 75 West 5th Street | Saint Paul, MN League of Women Voters Leadership facilitates presentations by: Steve Trimble discussing Patsy Sherman (of 3M Scotchgard fame) Nellie Francis (Suffragist, Anti-Lynching Activist) and others Mary Wingerd discussing Early Saint Paul Women's History --------9 of 15-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Mexico 3.26 12noon Celebrate Mexican Consulate website launch - Bicentennial of Mexican Independence and Centennial of Mexican Revolution - Mar. 26 The Consulate of MÃ©xico in St. Paul, MN is honored to invite you to the official launch of web site for the Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico and Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, in Minnesota. Friday March 26th of 2010, 12:00 pm Midtown Global Market Lake St & 10th Ave Minneapolis, MN55407 Come and let yourself be delighted with the music of Mariachi Mi Tierra and the traditional dance of Folkloric Group MÃ©xico Azteca as well as meet visiting Mexican film director Natalia Almada This website will allow access to all cultural activities, gastronomic events as well as showcases of music and film throughout 2010. Come and stay to enjoy the food and shops at the Midtown Global Market after the event. There will be special offers at various restaurants! --------10 of 15-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 3.26 4:15pm The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs available. --------11 of 15-------- From: jtmiller jtmiller <jtmiller [at] minn.net> Subject: Marx on value 3.26 7pm Friday March 26, 7:00 pm Working Democracy Book Club Concluding "Value, Price & Profit," by Karl Marx at MayDay Bookstore http://www.meetup.org/working-democracy-meetup-group --------12 of 15-------- From: Peter Rachleff <rachleff [at] macalester.edu> Subject: Eclipsed/play 3.26 7pm SPECIAL EVENT STAGED READING OF THE PLAY "ECLIPSED" FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 26, 2010, 7PM WEYERHAUESER CHAPEL, MACALESTER COLLEGE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC You are invited to a staged reading of this compelling new play which explores the evolving relationships among five women caught up in the Liberian civil war. Written by Macalester graduate ('01) Danai Gurira, who won an Obie Award in 2006 for co-writing "In the Continuum," in which she also performed, "Eclipsed" received highly praised professional productions in the fall of 2009 at the Woolly Mammoth (DC), the Kirk Douglass (LA), and Yale Rep. Danai was born in Grinnell, Iowa, but relocated as a child to Zimbabwe with her parents, where she lived until she graduated from high school. She came to Macalester in the late 1990s, performed in a number of mainstage productions while also majoring in Psychology, graduated in 2001, and then earned an MFA degree in Acting at New York University. Her career has followed multiple tracks, acting as well as playwriting, and she has performed in Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as across the US. Some of you may recognize her as "Zainab" in "The Visitor," the remarkable independent film which explores the experiences of two undocumented immigrants in New York City. In 2007 Danai received a "New Generations" fellowship from TCG, the Theatre Communications Group, with the support of the McCarter Theater at Princeton University, to visit Liberia and conduct the research that would provide the basis for "Eclipsed." She continues to act in film and television, but she is also at work on a trilogy of historical plays about Zimbabwe. "Eclipsed" is a stunning, heart-wrenching and heart-warming journey, undertaken by five women whose lives are shaped by their historical context, a warlord, each other, and by themselves. While hewing closely to the actual history of the Liberian civil war and its impact on women, "Eclipsed" also raises thought-provoking questions about power and resistance, solidarity and complicity, and transcendence and transformation that are relevant the world over, including right here in the United States. You will be entertained, but you will also be challenged and inspired to think. This staged reading is sponsored by Afrika!, the cultural organization of African students at Macalester College, with support from many sectors of the college community, including the Provost's Office, Alumni Relations, Academic Programs, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Five diasporic African women - of African, Afro-Caribbean, and African-American experiences - under the leadership of Yeukai Mudzi ('12) came together to bring this script to life. Two professors in the Macalester Department of Theater and Dance, Harry Waters, Jr., and Beth Cleary, have helped to shape and direct this reading, and the cast will benefit from the personal involvement of Ms. Gurira in the days leading up to the reading. Indeed, Danai is returning to Macalester in a public capacity for the first time since her graduation nine years ago. On Thursday evening, March 25, she will participate in a post-show discussion after a screening of "The Visitor" (John B. Davis Auditorium, Campus Center, 7PM, also free and open to the public) supported by our Urban Studies Concentration. She will speak to a number of classes and work directly with the cast of "Eclipsed." And she will participate in a post-show discussion after the staged reading on Friday night. There will also be a reception sponsored by Alumni Relations. Ms. Gurira's residency sits at the intersection of January and February's Black History observances, March's Women's History Month activities, and Afrika!'s celebrations of African and African diasporic experiences. As an undergraduate student, Danai was not only a dedicated proponent of all of these perspectives, but she insisted on their confluence. This residency is an appropriate way not only to honor her achievements in the world but also to participate in her passionate vision and creativity. Please join us. For more information, please contact History Professor Peter Rachleff at rachleff [at] macalester.edu and 651-696-6371. --------13 of 15-------- CRA/Bicking petition - comments taken from: http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?CUAPB004&51 We endorse the IN SUPPORT OF THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DAVE BICKING TO THE CRA Petition to Minneapolis City Council. Read the IN SUPPORT OF THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DAVE BICKING TO THE CRA Petition [Signer - comment] Jeanne Hollingsworth - Dave Bicking is highly ethical and dedicated and he represents me, a Minneapolis voter. I strongly support his reappointment. Janet Nye - Keep Dave on the CRA, where he has contributed so much. Aaron Neumann - Dave Bicking really cares about his work, and it has shown not only with his passion but also his research that made a difference for the City Council. It's that kind of dedication and diverse view that makes the CRA viable. I wholeheartedly support Dave's reappointment to the CRA. Kimberly DeFranco - He is a trust worthy man and needs to be in the CRA Richard Gravrok - I trust Dave, please keep him so I can have a bit more trust in the Mpls. police & our mayor. Anne Ness - Thanks to CUAPB for starting the petition to keep Dave Bicking on the CRA! Bruce Leier - His point of view need to be heard on the CRA Ann Galloway - Dave is a great asset to the people and the police of Minneapolis. We need his wise wisdom and diplomacy. The public trusts him and his advise Theodore. A. A. Bagg - We need more like Dave. Linden Gawboy - This weekend's Strib article showed only the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Bicking has a strong history of working for faireness and justice. Tim Nolan Editor of Global Peace - I have been invovled with Dave in many civic events he is qualified for the postion I am in favor of his reappointment. PAUL HANSEN - DAVE IS A KEEPER Mustafa Adam - As a member of immigrant community in Minneapolis, I support Dave Bicking to be reappointed to CRA. He is the only voice we have in CRA. frank s. kennett - I've met dave, spoken with him. He's a superb man and wholly on the side of justice. He has my complete confidence and support. Ron Holch - I work on the streets of Minneapolis almost everyday. Having had the privilege to work with Dave Bicking in the past I believe that Dave is a reasonable, responsible and level headed member of the CRA Board. I feel confident that Dave has the best interests of all the people of Minneapolis with his efforts on the CRA Board. Lynn Levine - It alarms me that Dave Bickings re-appointment is even in question. He is bright, dedicated, moral, knowledgeable and an amazing asset to the Board. I feel he represents me. Gayle Bonneville - I am a Minneapolis voter who supports the reappointment of Dave Bicking. Chuck Turchick - According to the CRA Board's Feb. 3, 2010, minutes, Mayor Rybak's nominee for Vice Chair of the Board said "that no one since past chair Michael Weinbeck has pushed this board harder to do more work than Bicking. He really appreciates the work that Bicking has pushed the board to do. He thinks that Bicking needs to know that he supports him. He does think that Bicking should exercise some discretion. It is his hope and prayer that the CRA does not lose Bicking as a board member; he is needed. He has let his council member know that it is important to him that Bicking be reappointed." William McGaughey - Dave can be critical but isn't that what we need on this board? Michelle Gross - Dave Bicking must stay on the CRA board! --------14 of 15-------- From: ed Subject: Bicking for CRA sign-on (updated) [See signatures at end and add yours!] Greetings Here is THE Bicking support statement: [statement approved by Dave Bicking] Do you want to sign on personally? If so, email me at shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu and say "sign me on", write/spell your name as you would like it to appear, and if adding an affiliation, write out how you want that to appear (Affiliations for identification purposes only). Thanks! -David Shove -begin statement- IN SUPPORT OF THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DAVE BICKING TO THE CRA We, the undersigned, support the reappointment of Dave Bicking to the board of the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA). For nearly two years, Dave Bicking has been an active and effective member of the CRA. He has strengthened the important work of civilian oversight of the Minneapolis police. We see his reappointment as an indication of whether the Mayor and City Council are committed to the importance and independence of the CRA. In addition to the central work of hearing cases, Bicking has taken the initiative in other important roles for the CRA, and has worked with other board members to gain support for these ideas and projects. Bicking led the work to bring to light the Police Department´s overturning of the Taser policy that was developed by the CRA and passed by the City Council. He did much of the work of bringing together CRA data and board members´ observations to produce the CRA report on the performance of the Police Chief. Dave Bicking has brought to the board a long history of activism, hard work, and skills. He has remained outspoken in his support for police accountability and civilian review, and in his critique of current police policies and leadership. That has not precluded fair and impartial adjudication of the complaints against individual officers, nor has he been criticized for bias by any who have witnessed his work on hearing panels. It would be unprecedented to not reappoint a dedicated CRA board member who wishes to continue on the board. Four year terms for CRA board members help insure the independence of the CRA. Bicking is up for reappointment after less than two years only because he was originally appointed to fill an unexpired term. Effective civilian review has always been opposed by powerful interests. The attempt to remove Dave Bicking from the CRA is part of an effort to eliminate the CRA or make it too weak to matter. We support strong provisions for police accountability and we support those who stand up for victims of police misconduct. We appeal to the Mayor and the City Council to reappoint Dave Bicking to another term on the CRA. Signed by: Organizations: CUAPB (Communities United Against Police Brutality) New Broom Coalition Individuals: (affiliations for identification purposes only) Roznne Abbas Mustafa Adam Theodore A A Bagg Shane Bastien Margaret Beegle Emily Murphy Bicking Ian Bicking Lisa Bolton Gayle Bonneville, Mpls voter Louise Bouta, Well Mind Association of Minnesota Kris Broberg Joey Brochin Paul Busch, Metro Watchdog Alan Carlson, St Paul Gary Carlson, 4CD Green Party Michael Cavlan RN, Progressive Independents Kevin Chavis Tom Cleland John Colier Duncan Connel Rebeccca & Scott Cramer Chris David, DFL activist Kimberly DeFranco Ayan Deriam, 5CD Green Party Mary Devitt Dan Dittman Ted Dooley, attorney Tom Dooley, Working Democracy member Kim Doss-Smith Eskit Pam Franklin Michael Friedman, Former Chair, Mpls CRA Ann Galloway Amber Garlan, Secretary 4th CD Green Party David Garland Linden Gawboy Rhoda Gilman Richard Gravrok Michelle Gross, President, CUAPB Greg Groettum Farheen Hakeem, National Co-chair of the Green Party of the United States Robert Halfhill Andy Hamerlinck Paul Hansen George Hamm, Green Party Melissa Hill Brian Hokanson Allan Hancock, Chair, 3rd Congressional District Green Party Local Ron Holch Jeanne Hollingsworth Lydia Howell Ashley James Carrie Anne Johnson, Mother, Resident of East Phillips Sonja Johnson Neal Juliar Richard Kendall Frank S Kennett John Kolstad, president Mill City Music, candidate for Mpls mayor Andrew Larson Bruce Leier Lynn Levine Diana Longrie, Attorney at Law Niklas Ludwig Brian Mahaffy Doug Mann, Mpls School Board candidate Wizard M Marks Susan Ann Martinson Karen McDowell Bill McGaughey Jan McGee Tracy Mohm Carol Mellom Peter Molenaar Justine Murphy Anne Ness Aaron Newman Tim Nolan, Editor of Global Peace Janet Nye Jeff Nygaard Eric Oines, Mpls Ruthann H Ovenshire Craig Palmer, Mayday Bookstore Thistle Parker-Hartog Dan Prozinski Kathleen Ruona Sarah Santiago Margaret Sarfehjooy Lauren Schira Doug Sembla, North Country Coop Board Member & VP, AFSCME Steward Local 3800 Shar in Mpls John Simcox Morgan Soderberg Kari Sprung David Shove, Progressive Calendar Esther Snype Scott Stenwick Jessica Sundin Paolo Tapia, Incarnation Catholic Chirch Tom Taylor Whitney Taylor Scott Travis Michael L Tupper Chuck Turchick Dorian J Ullman Cameron Ulmer Charley Underwood David Weisberg Bryce Williams Mike Whalen and you!... --------15 of 15-------- Good-Bye Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty With It By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS March 24, 2010 CounterPunch There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest. Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it. Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded "anti-American," "anti-semite" or "conspiracy theorist". Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government. Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt. Truth is inconvenient for ideologues. Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid handsomely to hide it. "Free market economists" are paid to sell offshoring to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relicts from long ago, we are best shed of them. Their place has been taken by "the New Economy," a mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. All Americans need in order to participate in this "new economy" are finance degrees from Ivy League universities, and then they will work on Wall Street at million dollar jobs. Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth of "the New Economy". And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in peer-reviewed journals concocted "studies" that hype this or that new medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the "studies". The Council of Europe is investigating the drug companies' role in hyping a false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of the vaccine. The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms. And there is the global warming scandal, in which NGOs' the UN, and the nuclear industry colluded in concocting a doomsday scenario in order to create profit in pollution. Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money. Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the job. I remember when, following CIA director William Colby's testimony before the Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from assassinating foreign leaders. In 2010 the US Congress was told by Dennis Blair, head of national intelligence, that the US now assassinates its own citizens in addition to foreign leaders. When Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime, just murdered on suspicion alone of being a "threat," he wasn't impeached. No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee. In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there might be don't carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government. As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO "performance bonuses," have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession. Intelligence and integrity have been purchased by money. The transnational or global U.S. corporations pay multi-million dollar compensation packages to top managers, who achieve these "performance awards" by replacing U.S. labor with foreign labor. While Washington worries about "the Muslim threat," Wall Street, U.S. corporations and "free market" shills destroy the U.S. economy and the prospects of tens of millions of Americans. Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the police state. Americans have bought into the government's claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect "terrorists," and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free. Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any different. I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was Business Week's first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American "mainstream media". For the last six years I have been banned from the "mainstream media". My last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today. For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush's wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column. The American corporate does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government. America's fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government's 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government's account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based. These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington's deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar's role as world reserve currency. The wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar's value have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called "entitlements" as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid for in payroll taxes all their working lives. With over 21 per cent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980, with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and India, with war being Washington's greatest commitment, with the dollar over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the "war on terror," the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history. The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off. Paul Craig Roberts was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. His latest book, HOW THE ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press. 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