Dennis Loo

Sometimes asking for the impossible is the only realistic path

Dennis Loo

Dennis Loo
Location
Los Angeles, California,
Birthday
December 31
Title
Professor of Sociology
Company
Cal Poly Pomona
Bio
Author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society; Co-Editor/Author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member, co-author of "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them" statement, dog and fruit tree lover. Published poet. Winner of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award, Project Censored Award and the Nation Magazine's Most Valuable Campaign Award. Punahou and Harvard Honor Graduate. Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. An archive of close to 500 postings of mine can be found at my blogspot blog, Dennis Loo, link below. I publish regularly at dennisloo.com, worldcantwait.net (link below) and also at OpEd News and sometimes at Counterpunch.

FEBRUARY 18, 2011 11:33AM

Declaring War on Public Employees

ABC News, reporting on the upheavals in Wisconsin as Gov. Scott Walker declares war on state employees, cites NJ Governor Chris Christie's similar vows:

"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made clear this week that he wants to 'separate the teachers from the union.'

"'We have built a system…… Read full post »

Thank you.

We hail your determination, your collective strength, your passion, and your bravery. We mourn the deaths of the more than 300 who fell in the course of this great struggle and celebrate what they committed themselves to in the face of tremendous danger. You and the people of… Read full post »

and have chortled that the people will simply accept injustices and learn to love it, roared that the high and mighty will always get their way, argued that the populace are no more than objects to be manipulated and happy as clams with their consumer goods or with the cast offs… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2011 3:32PM

Tunamis: the Contagion of Revolution

 

The Egyptian people are waking up, inspired by the people of Tunisia, who were in turn catalyzed by Wikileaks’ revelations. They are shaking the world, with many tens of thousands in Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza, Jordan, Albania and perhaps elsewhere also casting away their fears and taking to tRead full post »

JANUARY 25, 2011 1:09AM

The Government's Criminalizing Dissent

 

Join the National Day of Action on Tuesday January 25, 2011

In December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered nine new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists. Patrick Fitzgerald’s office is ordering the nine to a… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2011 6:54PM

Glenn Beck's Murder Fantasies

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), an excellent resource by the way, posted an article by Steve Rendall on January 9, 2011 entitled "Beck: Murder Fantasies are Funny."

The article begins:

 

"Glenn Beck has expressed on-air desires to strangle Michael Moore with his ownRead full post »

 

Sarah “Cross-Hairs” Palin has been justifiably taking heat for her targeting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Ms. “Reload” and the rightwing are irrefutably responsible for this heinous assassination and attempted assassination of public officials. Their thinly disgRead full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2010 3:24PM

The Devil's Advocates

 

There is a scene in the 1997 film “The Devil’s Advocate” starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlize Theron based on the Andrew Neiderman novel that speaks to the war over Wikileaks now raging.

Mary Ann Lomax (Charlize Theron) goes clothes shopping with two… Read full post »

How fine a society is this?

Let's take stock, shall we? Our august leaders are such a wonderful lot. They range from AG Eric Holder (who can't seem to find a reason to prosecute self-confessed torturers such as Bush and Cheney) but who declares that he will find a way… Read full post »

It has come to this: people such as Julian Assange and Wikileaks are criminals and “high tech terrorists” because they are heroically and in grave danger of their lives releasing documents stamped “SECRET” thereby revealing the grotesque lies being told by our governmRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2010 9:31PM

LeBron James vs. Cleveland

Just a quick observation:

Ironically, for the same reason that Cleveland now hates LeBron - the way that he left them (not the fact of his leaving) in his utterly heartless kiss off, "The Decision"- James also could torch the Cavs in the recent highly anticipated game between the Heat and… Read full post »

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Photos are from The Daily Mail, England as part of their story, "Burning with anger: London streets in flames again as 25,000 go on rampage in new student fees riot," November 24, 2010.

The second photo above is from the protests outside the Foreign… Read full post »

The start of the Breeder's Cup Classic was painful to watch. Zenyatta always comes out slowly, like a freight train that is just getting moving, but this time she was so slow that it looked like something was wrong with her. Oh no, not another terrible injury in horseracing!

Her… Read full post »

Please read my previous posting if you haven't already, as an accompaniment to this post.

I use the Stanford Prison Experiment in my classes to illustrate the "false attribution fallacy": the notion that the actions of individuals in any social setting involving a group or groups of people… Read full post »

"[T]hat principle of habeas corpus, that a state can't just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process -- that’s the essence of who we are. I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was evenRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 10:37AM

An Open Letter to Jon Stewart

Dear Jon:

Have you lost your mind?

While the contemporary American right-wing’s unfettered-by-facts screeds are as extreme as their policies, the left (and others such as Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba)[1] calling out Bush as a war criminal are as valid as saying that the sun came up this morning.
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 10:52AM

The Political Railroad of Gregory Koger

[Note Taylor's observation in this essay that when the defense released video evidence proving that the charges against Gregory were false, the police rewrote their report and the judge refused to allow the defense to introduce the original police report into evidence because it would have shown thatRead full post »

AUGUST 8, 2010 10:10AM

Flash Mob for the Planet

 War veteran Mike Prysner's amazing speech

By Debra Sweet, National Director of the World Can't Wait

3 days after documents of 8 years of war crimes against the people of Afghanistan were leaked, what does the U.S. government do?  Admit or apologize for the crimes? Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2010 11:13PM

Black Water - Parody by Steve Goodie

 A brilliant parody of the Doobie Brothers hit featuring the world beaters, BP and their cheerleaders:
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JUNE 9, 2010 6:49PM

A Sign of Our Times

Update: The Daily Beast is reporting that the Pentagon is trying to locate Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange -

"Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cRead full post »

I wrote an essay on Counterpunch in 2008 in which I compared the US government's threats upon Iran to the "Batterer's Defense:" if the US government attacks Iran, it will be Iran's fault. 

This is how the essay began:

"When batterers explain why they beat up their partners, tRead full post »

From this morning’s Democracy Now! broadcast, three guests, the first two who were on board the Challenger 1 boat in the Free Gaza Flotilla and who witnessed the Israeli commando attack on the Maramara:

Huwaida Arraf, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and chairpersoRead full post »

 

Israel attacked in international waters today a flotilla of six boats carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. The flotilla was attempting to help bring some relief to Gazans in the face of Israel’s illegal and immoral ongoing blockade of Gaza. On board the flotilla were the 1976 Nobel Peace PRead full post »

Last night the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics again, coming back from a 0-3 hole to win two games in a row, making the score 2-3 now in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Magic are still facing elimination, and must win the next two games, but the tide has turned.Read full post »