The New Holocaust Denial

There are two polls that show up some terrible truths about US culture, the first finds that while Americans are aware of the numbers of US soldiers killed in action they state the Iraqi figures so low that it seems akin to holocaust denial. The best count of Iraqi dead is the Lancet survey it uses peer reviewed scientific sampling to find that by now 3/4 million people have been killed by the invasion. US respondents put the figure at 10,000 and add that it is an unfortunate side effect of war (hmm, where does Richard Wolffe get his ideas?):-

“You have to look at who’s doing the killing,” said Neal Crawford, a restaurant manager in Suttons Bay, Mich., who guessed that about 10,000 Iraqis had been killed. “If these people are dying because a roadside bomb goes off or if there’s an insurgent attack in a marketplace, it’s an unfortunate circumstance of war – people die.”

Neal you’re a friggin’ idiot, overall this level of ignorance is clearly deliberate they know the US figure but are choosing not to know the Iraq figures, their craptastic corporate media helps. The other poll (h/t Lenin’s Tomb) shows that acceptance of killing innocents particularly in terrorist attacks is higher in the US than in predominantly Muslim countries:-

The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland’s prestigious Program on International Public Attitudes, shows that only 46 percent of Americans think that “bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians” are “never justified,” while 24 percent believe these attacks are “often or sometimes justified.”

Contrast those numbers with 2006 polling results from the world’s most-populous Muslim countries – Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Terror Free Tomorrow, the organization I lead, found that 74 percent of respondents in Indonesia agreed that terrorist attacks are “never justified”; in Pakistan, that figure was 86 percent; in Bangladesh, 81 percent. –

As a Vietnam veteran once famously remarked, ‘This shit is fucked’.

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David Kelly- It Wasn’t Suicide

That is the verdict of the Right Honourable Norman Baker MP, unfortunately his investigation is included in a documentary going out in the ‘Conspiracy files’ strand on BBC2 tonight so it is immediately made dubious by being labelled a conspiracy:-

Mr Baker, who has spent a year investigating the case, believes there is enough evidence to suggest that the scientist did not kill himself.

The Liberal Democrat MP said toxicology reports suggested there was not enough painkiller in Dr Kelly’s system to kill him, and the method he had apparently chosen to commit suicide was not a recognised or effective one.

“I’m satisfied it was not suicide. And after that you’re left with the conclusion that his life was deliberately taken by others,” he tells The Conspiracy Files.

He tells the programme it has been suggested to him that the weapons scientist was assassinated. –

What we now know is that on the day Kelly died a large chunk of the intelligence case for the Iraq war was formally withdrawn by the spooks, if this had been known at the time the govt’s case would have been in tatters. But this withdrawal was kept secret, the only way the public would have found out was if a highly placed source with Iraqi WMD & intelligence expertise was talking to the press, on that day David Kelly was found dead, go figure.

NB. At the end of the linked BBC article there is a hilarious theory it was done by Iraqi intelligence, the source for it is one man who has ties to neo-cons and their favoured PR agency Benador. So it’s misinformation bullshit that should be discounted.

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Random Hilarity

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A standing joke about American TV is that there are many bad formulaic shows with an unlikely premise and bad punning titles. Every so often while mooching round the IMDB you come upon one of these shows that supports that cliche. Ladies & Gentlemen I give you:-

Ghost Dog: A Detective Tail (2003) (TV)

AKA. Dog Gone

Kyle’s a police officer, and his partner is his dog, Hunter. Hunter gets killed in the line of duty, and his spirit comes back in the body of a criminal named Howie. Howie, with the spirit of Hunter in him, helps Kyle in solving a dastardly plot.-

Genius.

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News- Priorities & Biases

Front page on the BBC news site is the headline ‘World Waits To Hear Oscar Winners’, really? The whole of planet earth wants to know which film company mounted the best  campaign to pretend they are involved in art not business. Then elsewhere the report (h/t the Drum Major) that Iran has launched an orbital rocket, no congratulations for this scientific achievement just fear and paranoia that this means they are even more of a threat than ever, was this how the moon landings were reported?

-US Conquers the Moon world fearful of what will be next-?

And of course they have to include Ahmadinejad’s speech showing determination to proceed with their nuclear research. As if Iran was a monolith that does everything towards one goal determined by one man, ludicrous war pimping bollocks.

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Guillermo Del Toro

I have always liked Guillermo Del Toro’s films since seeing ‘Cronos’ many moons ago. So it is very pleasing that he is getting wide recognition and is an artist who does engage with the world in which he works and is not selling out to cowardly apolitical banality to safeguard his career:-

Guillermo Del Toro told a reception in Beverly Hills that he had been surprised to learn that his film, a fable about a little girl who retreats into a fantasy world in fascist Spain, had been shown at the White House.

“I imagine Mr President finding that it was in Spanish, first of all,” Del Toro told an audience at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Having garnered praise from Stephen King, I felt it would be interesting to see what a true master of horror would think. Or a master of science-fiction if you think about the intelligence on Iraq.”

Del Toro said his film, which is set in post-civil war Spain in 1944, was particularly relevant in the post September-11 political climate.

“It’s good to remind people how things about your security and the good of your country can turn into absolutely horrid things,” Del Toro said.-

Give that man an Oscar!

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