Alternative Press Review Weekly News & Views Roundup (April 26, 2010)

Alternative Press Review Weekly News & Views Roundup

(April 26, 2010)

Comic of the Week

Will the Real Tea Party Movement Please Stand Up?

Anne Landman, PR Watch

The Tea Party Express is successfully raking in money and garnering tons of media attention while the real grassroots faction of the movement, the Tea Party Patriots, struggles to raise money and get attention. The Patriots have said they do not want to support political parties or PACs, and have accused the "Tea Party Express" of being a "sham organization" and an "astroturf" outfit.

If This Be Sedition, Make the Most of It

Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society

You know things have taken a weird turn when liberals start sounding like members of the American Legion.

Obama DoJ indicts NSA whistleblower...are you mad yet?

Ross Levin, OpEdNews

That President Obama, who is regarded by many as a progressive, would not only continue some of Bush's worst policies but extend them even further is a sign of several things.

The Death Penalty for Murderous 'Corporate Persons'

Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

If corporations are 'people', as SCOTUS has said they are, then, by law, a corporation committing murder should be executed! A corporation like Dow or Union Carbide perpetrating mass murder should be tried and when found guilty put to death! Because corporations are now 'people', the same criminal penalties must apply to them as well as to the rest of us.

No Blood for Opium: The Hidden Military Agenda is to Protect the Drug Trade

Dr. John Jiggens, Global Research

Following the attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001, the armies of the northern alliance, led by US Special Forces, supported by daisy cutters, cluster bombs and bunker-busting missiles, shattered the Taliban forces in Afghanistan. The opium ban was lifted and, with CIA-backed warlords back in control, Afghanistan again became the major producer of opium.

Liberation's Lies

Felicity Arbuthnot, Uruknet

The litany of war crimes in the name of "liberation", "ridding the country of tyrants", spreading "democracy", has become the language of blackest satire.

Inventing Disorders: The Psychiatric Drugging of Children

Evelyn Pringle, Counterpunch

We're bringing up a generation in this country in which you either sit down, shut up and do what you're told, or you get diagnosed and drugged.

They're Trying to Call HIV-Positive People Bioterrorists?

Anna Clark, Alternet

HIV-positive Daniel Allen was charged with 'possession or use of a harmful biological device' after biting his neighbor during a neighborhood fight.

Bolivia's Evo Morales: Capitalism and Plastic No, Mother Earth and Indigenous Products, Yes

Jan Lundberg, Culture Change

Hydrocarbon industries were nationalized in 2006, and applauding it is tempting. However, does Mother Earth care who owns and controls the extracted fossil fuels that change the climate? Bolivia fully intends to explore and exploit the anti-capitalist petroleum. For what, more fuel for motor vehicles? Agricultural chemicals? Plastic production?

All That Glitters? Don't believe the hype

Mickey Z, Planet Green

While the word "gold" is often synonymous with luxury and we've been conditioned to consider it the ultimate gift, the truth is far more ugly.

Freegans make feasts for free

Lecia Bushak,

This feast is being prepared by Freegans, who have collected all the food from trash bags and dumpsters the night before — for free. Yet everything looked as though it were straight out of a home cooking show, fresh and delicious.

Waste-hating Freegans Dumpster Dive for Food

Megan McCourt, Infozine

Freegans try to shuck the constraints of the capitalist system. They participate in community gardening, resource sharing, squatting, Dumpster diving and other alternative methods for sustaining themselves.

No, We Can't Have It All

Derrick Jensen, Common Dreams

To pretend that civilization can exist without destroying its own landbase and the landbases and cultures of others is to be entirely ignorant of history, biology, thermodynamics, morality, and self-preservation. And it is to have paid absolutely no attention to the past six thousand years.