Sunday, November 7, 2010

SMC English 1 & VC English 1A

SMC English 1 &
VC English 1A

***Writing Process Homework***
 Dershowitz Argument Homework

SMC Online Databases
handout on using databases

VC Online Databases

Definition Links


The Torture Memos
UN Convention Against Torture Part 1 Articles 1-3
CIA Torture Research
Brits & US use sex torture
Abu Ghraib story
More Hersh on Abu Ghraib
Hersh on rape at Abu Ghraib
VIDEO: Third Party Torture on 24
genitals cut with a scalpel
more on the cut guy

The Dark Art of Interrogation
a broader overview of methods

VIDEO: Torture Memo Author Asked if
President Can Bury Someone Alive

Date Rape

military definition
Antioch College definition
Kobe Bryant in a nutshell

Academic Freedom

CULPA student reviews of Prof. Massad

Sexual Harassment

CNN: Sexual Harassment: Serious, Subtle, Stubborn College of the Canyons 2

Fallacy & Propaganda links

FM 33-1

Wikipedia Propaganda Methods

second best

the Propaganda Game
(a fairly exhaustive list
with good examples)


Mission Critical
(scroll down to fallacies
section. This one has some
interactive exercises)

 Fallacies Exercise Homework

Propaganda Links

9/11 Commission Report 

Chilcot Iraq Inquiry

The Rock movie plot 'may have inspired MI6 source's Iraqi weapons claim' 

Iraqis Protest to Demand Elections after Invasion

There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.
Napoleon Bonaparte

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, part I chapter X

In view of the primitive simplicity of their minds they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big.
Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others; yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as true.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, part I chapter X

I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war never mind whether it be plausible or not. The victor shall not be asked later on whether we told the truth or not.
Adolf Hitler, speech to inner circle, Aug. 22, 1939

Wagging the Dog links

Science Links

(a good site to search with credible info and easily digestible articles) Evolution

Institute for Creation Research

Dr. Duane T. Gish
pre-eminent creationist

Creationist Response to DNA

Recent Peer Reviewed Article by Grant's on Galapagos Finches

Local Evolution in Progress
Uncle Bacteria?
The Genetic Archaeology of Race
NAS on Evolution vs. Creationism
Scientific American Response to Creationist Arguments

Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

UFO/Alien Abduction
An Astronomer's Personal Statement on UFOs
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Mars or Europa: Where Does Life Exist?
New York Times: SETI article
Abduction by Aliens or Sleep Paralysis?
Nova:Kidnapped by UFOs?
Alien Autopsy--Faked or Fiction?

(I have no memory of this picture being taken)

Alien Abduction Experience & Research

Abduction test

PEER | Program for Extraordinary Experience Research | (Dr. John Mack's website)

Harvard Reaction to Mack
UFO City (UFO news)
Animal Intelligence
The Truth About Cats and Frogs; We Do Animals No Favor When We Think They Are Like Us
Time: Can Animals Think?
BBC: Overview of Animal Experiments Debate
Koko's Webpage

***Researchers Journal of talking to Koko***

Studying Wild Gorillas
***Washoe's webpage***

The Jane Goodall Institute

Animal Intelligence: How Brainy Are They?
PBS: Inside the Animal Mind
The Foundation for Biomedical Research
Americans for Medical Progress

PETA primate Experiment videos

American Anti-Vivisection Society
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Response to Animal Rights Arguments in Medical Journal

Scientific American: Animal research is vital to medicine
Full text no longer available, but you can
check dates and get print version in the library.

Looking Through Cat's Eyes
PBS Frontline: Organ farm

Language and Literature Links

Internet Movie Database: Top Movies Rotten Tomatoes: Top Movies
Roger Ebert
(movie reviews to refresh your memory)

Statistics Links

***Bureau of Justice Statistics*** Statistical Resources on the Web

List of Poll Links
(pretty exhaustive comparison of polls on many issues)

Government Links

***Bureau of Justice Statistics*** Death Penalty Information Center
CQ Researcher Index
PBS: Frontline: "The Case for Innocence"
Innocence Project
PBS: Frontline: "Drug Wars"
What Is the Matter With Mary Jane?
Yahoo! Death Penalty
Yahoo! Drug Policy
Frontline index
The Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy


Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

We can have an honest disagreement, but when we can't even agree on the facts, someone is lying.
Michael J. Dixon

Facts are stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams, Arguments in Defense of the Soldiers
in the Boston Massacre Trials
, December 1770

Research Starting Points

Ventura College
CQ Researcher & Proquest

CQ how to

***Congressional Research Service ***

better than average news

The Guardian
(respected British paper)

(a source the rest of the world trusts)

Al Jazeera
(like the BBC, but closer to the action)

Democracy Now!
90.7 FM 6-7 am, 9-10 am, M-F The best hour of news
everyday it's on

(documentary series on
PBS, lots of foreign policy,
corporate issues, etc.)

History News Network

should more accurately be
called history AND news.
Historians and experts
post articles on both.

Pick a President

Project Vote Smart
(a good starting point for
comparing candidates records) Thomas Legislative Info
(government source of links)
New York Times
Congressional Guide

Michael Moore

Fahrenheit 9/11 Notes + Sources

Michael Moore Homepage
(has press and critics)

Spinsanity analysis

Election 2000

2004 vote suppression in Florida

BBC Florida 2004

BBC TV News story
on purge of black voters
Diebold Memos Disclose
Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud
(see link to CBS News internal
review of election coverage)
US Commission on Civil Rights
Reports on 2000 Election
(discusses black voter purge,
as seen in the video in class)
Examples of Black Voters
Turned away from Polls

Flaws in 2004 felon list

Civil Rights Commission Urges
Criminal Investigation in Florida

Electronic Voting

GAO study on electronic voting

Brief summary of GAO findings

Newsweek on Electronic Voting
Black Box
(the starting point. Bev Harris is
the investigator who first broke this
and has done the best research
University of Iowa Computer Science Department analysis of Diebold flaws
Diebold head says he will do anything to get Bush re-elected
Vietnam Vet ahead in polls loses by 13% on Diebold

This is long, so here's a crucial excerpt:
In Georgia, Republican Saxby Chambliss repeatedly questioned the patriotism of Democratic incumbent and triple amputee war hero Max Cleland during his campaign. Chambliss made the absurd claim that he was more patriotic than Cleland even though he had avoided service in the Vietnam war with a "medical deferment". A Poll taken by the Atlanta Journal Constitution published on November 1st, just five days before the election, showed support for Georgia Democratic Senator Max Cleland at 49%, clearly 5% ahead of Republican Saxby Chambliss at 44%. Many People in Georgia, particularly veterans, had been angered by the crude remarks made by Chambliss and they turned out in record numbers to vote for Cleland. When the 'Diebold' Electronic Voting tally was made public it stunned and confused the Georgia voters. Saxby Chambliss had won with 53% of the vote compared to Max Cleland's 46%. It represented a 13% pro-Republican swing that seemed to materialize out of cyberspace. The victories of Chambliss and Hagel, along with the tragic October 25, 2002 plane crash that killed Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone, virtually guaranteed Republican control of the Senate.

More example of odd results using touch screens
(with links) how the vote count can be manipulated

Media Censorship/Consolidation/Bias

Project Censored

Press freedom index

Censored SNL Toon on Media Consolidation

Disinfopedia an encyclopedia of propaganda,
PR, and political BS
"viral marketing" is
worth a paper by itself

Urban Legends Reference Pages
PR firms have figured out how urban legends spread and use the same mechanism, so there's a lot of overlap

PR Watch
watching those who fake the news

PR Watch on Kuwaiti Incubator story
a good example of how PR fakes the news
Council of Public Relations Firms
(these are the guys who actually do it)

Fox News Producer on Bias
Lie or Cut Story Critical of Advertiser
Columbia Journalism Review
checks bias and accuracy
fact checks and analyzes
primarily right wing sources
Fairness and Accurary in Reporting
A great overall resource for
media issues. Takes on left and right.
fact checks and analysis
emphasis on political ads
at the moment

Media Channel
covers all the issues
Free Press Media Reform
activist website, but
covers all the issues
The Center for Public Integrity
primarily on government corruption,
but a lot of stuff on media (you have
to buy the politicians to consolidate)

Institute for Public Accuracy
in depth research on stories in the news

devastating analysis of
the fair and balanced network

***Outfoxed trailer***
funny and offensive especially
why there aren't more black cops

Primary Documents on Foreign Policy
***good for all topics except maybe energy*** Frontline

Iraqi Threat

"Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion ... and you allow him to make war at pleasure. If today he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us,' but he will say to you, 'Be silent: I see it if you don't.'"
Congressman Abraham Lincoln, 1848
Frontline: 10/03 Iraq story links

Retired Pentagon Analyst Returned to Work After 9/11
Now Critical of use of Iraq intel
British Cabinet Member Says Threat Faked
Blair Knew Iraq not a Threat says his Foreign Minister
Diplomats & Military Commanders for Change
non-partisan career diplomats and Pentagon
officials critical of Bush foreign policy and
intelligence abuses in an unprecedented public letter

Wilson on fake uranium letter

CIA director's letter to Senate before Iraq War

Pentagon Intel said no WMD Fall before war Intelligence Insiders Speak out on Iraq
Interview with Producer of UNCOVERED
a documentary comparing Bush claims about
Iraq with what Intelligence told him

Cooperative Research Iraq Bibliograghy
(some links, but an excellent outline of issues
and sources you can find yourself on proquest)

Rumsfeld, Saddam and WMD

Rumsfeld's handshake with Saddam and
primary documents on why he was there

Pew Polls of Iraq and world

Gallup poll of Iraqis Spring 2004

Coalition Provisional Authority Poll of Iraqis

What do we have for comparison?

US Nukes

Nuke Delivery systems

9/11: what did we know?

TV show on WTC attack BEFORE 9/11
Retroactively classified testimony

Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush

9/11 Families Questions

9/11 Commission

***9/11 Commission Report***

Saudi Money to Al Qaeda

Pakistani Money & Intelligence
Contact with 9/11 Hijackers

The Man Who Knew
(An FBI agent who hunted alQaeda,
was blocked by superiors, quit in
frustration, and went to work at the
WTC, where he was killed on 9/11)
Congressional 9/11 Report
Congressional 9/11 Report
(html format, easier to access, but
not directly from the government)
Cooperative Research 9/11 Bibliograghy
(some links, but an excellent outline of issues
and sources you can find yourself on proquest)

Causes of Terrorism
BBC 911 Causes overview
BBC 911 Details
Frontline: Interview with Osama bin Laden
Library of Congress Country Studies
Hunting for Bin Laden
Islam: Empire of Faith (PBS)
Yes, This Is About Islam
Al Jazeera
(like CNN in the Arab world)
Arab News 9/11
(their analysis, POV)

Business & Intervention

"There is only one thing in this world, and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless."

Napoleon Bonaparte

MARKETS; Oil Economics Lubricates Push for War

Dollar vs. Euro showdown in Middle East

Intervention & democracy/nation building, etc.

“There is such a thirst for gain [among military suppliers]…that it is enough to make one curse their own Species, for possessing so little virtue and patriotism.”
President George Washington, 1778

“I don’t want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during World War II
War Is a Racket
Major General Smedley Butler
two time Medal of Honor winner
He tells the real cause of every
military campaign he fought in

President Eisenhower's
Farewell Address:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
(see section IV)

Confessions of an Economic Hitman
One of the players explains why Third World
countries have crushing debt and who benefits

***US Military Interventions***
Great list that gives causes, propaganda, and inciting incident for wars. Somewhat biased, but mostly accurate

Speeches and Eyewitnesses to Intervention
***Mark Twain on Philippines is great, and
Lodge on need for expansion is very relevant
Recent Actions re. Turkey
New York Times Special Report: The CIA in Iran
Pentagon Papers (on Vietnam)

corporate watchdog

Corpwatch Links
Great direct links to corporate webpages
coverage of research subtopics like
globalization, WTO, war profiteers

Israel ***Frontline: Battle for the Holy Land***
***How Will Israel Survive?***
Major article in Newsweek,
looks at background and future

additional links

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