New McCain cartoon


McCain cartoon by Mikhaela

This is a new McCain cartoon by Mikhaela in the USA.

On the eve of the last presidential election debate, Republican candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin face big losses in public opnion polls because of their negative campaigning and racism among their supporters.

As for the “Hussein” in the cartoon, that’s not Saddam Hussein whom McCain’s top adviser William Timmons used to work for.

Haider killed by his own drunkenness


This video from England says about itself:

Protesters campaign against the visit of far-right French politician Jean Marie Le Pen to the Midlands where he was invited by the British National Party. The BNP relocated their meeting as a result but the peace protesters followed. Organised by peace, synagogue, church and mosque groups with Unite Against Fascism.

From AFP news agency:

Austria’s Haider three times over drink limit in fatal crash

VIENNA – – Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit when he crashed his car and was killed at the weekend, his party said Wednesday.

“It is true that governor Joerg Haider had 1.8 grammes of alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident,” his successor as head of the Alliance for the Future of Austria, Stefan Petzner, told APA news agency.

The legal limit in Austria is 0.5 grammes of alcohol per litre of blood.

Haider, 58, was doing more than twice the 70 kilometre (43 mile) per hour speed limit when he crashed in the early hours of Saturday after leaving a night club in Carinthia province, prosecutors said.

So, even Haider’s fellow racist Petzner recognizes now implicitly that the conspiracy theories of Haider’s death supposedly being a plot by Muslims or others, are nonsense. Unfortunately, some Rightists are addicted to nonsense.

Norbert Leser: Der Sturz des Adlers. 120 Jahre österreichische Sozialdemokratie, Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau, 2008 (The decline of the Eagle: 120 years of Austrian social democracy, Kremayr & Scheriau publishing house, 2008): book review here.

A wave of student protest is sweeping Austria. Students at the Fine Arts University in the capital, Vienna, began it by occupying their college after the principal announced fee increases and changes to course funding: here.

Bush endorsed torture, documents prove


This video from the USA is called Mancow: Waterboarding is Torture: Olbermann.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

White House memos backed waterboarding

Secret papers, issued to CIA in 2003 and 2004, were prompted by fears of backlash

By JOBY WARRICK

Oct. 14, 2008, 11:43PM

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency’s use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques against al-Qaida suspects — documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.

The classified memos, which have not been previously disclosed, were requested by then-CIA Director George Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, according to four administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents. Although Justice Department lawyers, beginning in 2002, had signed off on the agency’s interrogation methods, senior CIA officials were troubled that White House policymakers had never endorsed the program in writing.

See also here.

If I would be a suspect of being Cleopatra, Greta Garbo, Osama bin Laden, or George W. Bush, and would be tortured to “prove” that, I’d probably confess to being all four of them.

From British weekly Socialist Worker:

More ‘war on terror’ lies from Labour

In May 2004, Tony Blair told MPs that neither he nor any member of his government knew anything about the torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.

Bill Rammell, at the time a junior Foreign Office minister, now admits that he had known about the torture.

He had been briefed during a meeting in Geneva by the president of the Red Cross, seven weeks before the scandal became public knowledge.

He said, “I was assured that defence ministers were already aware of the allegations.”

So again the New Labour government is shown to be complicit in torture. Not surprising, but worth noting.

The US and Britain: a strained ‘special’ relationship: here.

300 million year old insect discovered


This video is called tree frog vs. mayfly.

From LiveScience:

Oldest Full-Body Insect Fossil Found

By LiveScience Staff

posted: 14 October 2008

Scientists have uncovered what they are calling the oldest full-body impression of a flying insect, possibly an ancient mayfly.

“[The fossil] captures a moment in time over 300 million years ago when a flying insect just happened to land on a damp, muddy surface leaving almost a perfect impression of its body behind,” said researcher Jake Benner, a paleontologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Benner and Tufts geologist Richard Knecht discovered the insect imprint in a shale and sandstone outcropping hidden in a wooded field behind a strip mall in North Attleboro, Mass. Knecht had learned of the site while reading a master’s thesis written in 1929.

With a length of about three inches (eight centimeters), the 310 million-year-old impression did not include wings. But Knecht and Benner said the insect’s body structure was similar to that of primitive flying insects. In addition, “there are no walking tracks leading up to the body impression, indicating that it came from above,” Benner said.

The insect may have been a mayfly.

“We can tell from the imprint that it has a very squat position when it lands,” said researcher Michael Engel, an entomologist at the University of Kansas. “Its legs are sprawled and its belly is pressed down. The only group that does that today is the mayfly.”

See also here. And here.