In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while the article is still on the presses. — Calvin Trillin
The numbers might vary a little but the basic message is clear.
A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion, the highest estimate ever for the toll of the war here.
At last count there were 340 comments on The Daily Kos blog discussing the death toll.
The Daily Kos also has more links to the story.
We couldn’t resist republishing this list as blogged by Dori Smith at Backup Brain today.
Do visit, as we’re sure she’ll find more to add as time goes by:
Republicans today, in 2006, believe that the following are:
- Pedophilia by Members of Congress
- Conspiracy by Members of Congress to cover up pedophilia by Members of Congress
- Torture of anyone the President wants
- Wiretapping everyone, including American citizens, without a warrant
- Huge and increasing deficits
- Increases in the size of government
- Starting wars on little, no, or trumped-up basis
- War profiteering
- Cherry-picking intelligence data and other subversions of national security
- Outing undercover intelligence agents
- Government interference in private lives, such as medical decisions (including contraception, abortion, and end-of-life issues)
- Bribing journalists to produce government propaganda
- Voter intimidation
- Increased pollution
- Decisions based on pseudo-science and religious faith
- Habeas corpus
- Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch
- Judicial review of the Executive Branch
- Immigration of alien workers without whom the economy would fall apart
- Sex acts between certain consenting adults
- Marriages between certain consenting adults
- Abiding by America’s treaty obligations, including the Geneva Convention
- Increasing the minimum wage
- Health care that covers all Americans
- Balanced budgets
And these people get votes… why?
Can it be so easily demonstrated why the American media has completely turned its back on journalism? Here is the current cover of Newsweek across various areas of the world.
From the cover blurb: Annie Leibovitz is tired and nursing a cold, and she’s just flown back to New York on the red-eye from Los Angeles, where she spent two days shooting Angelina Jolie for Vogue … [Read more…]
ABC News is reporting that California today sued six of the world’s largest automakers over global warming on Wednesday, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have caused billions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit is the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles’ emissions, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. [Read more…]
Between January 1 and September 12, 2006, a total of 8,653,883 acres of land had burned in the United States, exceeding the totals for the same period of any other year since 2000.
Thick white smoke seeps through the valleys of the ranges of the Rocky Mountains that run through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, in this photo-like image taken by NASA on September 12, 2006. [Read more…]