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YouTube: Naomi Klein on Bill Maher’s ‘Overtime’

Original video link here .

Naomi is in a state of real wild heaven and was introduced by Bill Maher as being "the most perfect booking (they’ve) ever had".

As she begins to present her theory about Disaster Capitalism – now proven exceptionally well by the meltdown on Wall Street – Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic and author of "The Conservative Soul" continues to interrupt her.  As he does so, and decries her comments about how we’ve expanded our ‘socialism for the rich’, but she puts him to shame by suggesting that we should stop nationalizing the junk and start nationalizing the profitable companies like Exxon.

Apparently – according to Sullivan – the Bush folks are actually socialists and Wall Street is NOT to blame for the crisis.  Instead, he suggests that Americans demanded it and we should not be bailing them out because they over-extended themselves.  He’s actually got a point.

However, to paraphrase Klein, the most important thing we have to do is look to who benefits from national and potentially international bailouts.  The payouts to executives on Wall Street exceeding $5-6 billion, whereas most people are just leaving their keys in the mailbox.

Also, the US never bailed out failed dot-coms.

At the end, they agree on Naomi’s central point:  we have what she calls ‘cry-baby capitalism’.

Naomi Klein Support Department of Culture

Naomi Klein, one of Canada’s best-selling non-fiction authors, has thrown her weight behind the Department of Culture, a group that is committed to disrupting Stephen Harper’s effort to gain a majority.

Here’s the text from her newsletter:

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Naomi Joins Campaign to Beat the Tories

The United States isn’t the only country in the grips of a heated election campaign. Last weekend Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper dissolved Parliament and called for a snap federal election to be held on October 14. Many groups in Canada are frantically organizing to prevent another victory for the Conservatives, aware that the stakes in this election are extremely high. Although the Tories will run on a moderate platform, there is every indication that, if elected, they will use the economic crisis to push through radical cuts to Canadian social and cultural programs — a classic Shock Doctrine tactic.

The process has in fact already begun, with $60 million slashed from cultural programs since 2006. Naomi is lending her support to a new initiative called the Department of Culture : a loose coalition of Canadian artists who are using their creative skills to unseat vulnerable Tories in the upcoming elections. If you are Canadian, check out Naomi’s speech at the launch event for the Department of Culture and find out how to get involved .

Get involved folks.  Let’s make sure Steve doesn’t win this.

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 36 (OMNINet: Greyrock IV)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 36 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

Defending the world’s largest pharmaceutical testing ground was starting to become a habit for Major Len Daniels. His current mission would be his sixth time working in Nigeria with Greyrock.

Normally, he worked with a crew in and around some of the refining facilities of the OMNINet oil operations, but apparently, the pharma division had pulled rank and it was declared that it would take priority.

Daniels hated these assignments in general because he hated Africa – its AIDS-ridden countries, the shanty towns and beggars, the level of rot that had afflicted all of the areas he’d been to. It made him shiver when people even joked about mankind originating from this dark world. At least when he was working on the oil projects, he was usually with a larger number of friends who had the same disregard for their environment as he did.

Len Daniels was on assignment with Ernie Colvin, an ex-Marine who was about 20 years old and who had signed up with Greyrock for more money and decent armour that he didn’t have to buy out of his own paycheque. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 23 (China News – China Sold Weapons to Iran & the Taliban)

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HEADLINE: CALLS FOR DEEPER INVESTIGATION INTO ILLEGAL ARMS TRADE

DATE: Late 2007

SOURCE: World Social Reporter

NEWS STORY – Did China sell weapons to the Taliban? Were weapons that were sold to the Taliban or to Iran used against American troops stationed in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Many American politicians are pushing for an investigation into the illegal trade of arms and weaponry. They insinuate that a number of countries are selling weapons to terrorist organizations, including the Taliban, Iraq insurgents and the government of Iran. According to these politicians, one of the main leaders in this market is China. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 21 (MOMYS III)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 18 of the my online book “Excited Delirium”. Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index.

“And what, pray tell, were you doing at a meeting like that?” Matthew asked Heather sternfully.

Matthew was an imposing character, of Scottish heritage, ruddy face and ruddier nose, both brought on buy an enormous amount of drinking over the bulk of his 62 years, but also by facing the merciless winds of January as he worked his farm. He weighed about 280 pounds, most of it at his centre, but a good chunk with his arms as well, given the volume of lifting and heaving that he had to do on the farm. He was in surprisingly good shape, particularly given the abuse that he hurled at himself, and he was proud of the fact that he could out-lift a man half his age. Continue reading