Tomdispatch: Nick Turse, The Holiday Gifts from Hell (on Earth)

[Note for Tomdispatch Readers: For those of you who visit the site, but don’t subscribe to TD — you can, by the way, do so at any time by putting your e-address in the “sign up” box at the upper right of the main screen — just wanted to let you know that I’ve written a “Tom’s Review of Books.” It’s a little book newsletter filled with genuine recommendations for holiday gifts (unlike the ones in the dispatch that follows). Done as a special “extra” for subscribers, it’s not on the site’s main screen, but you can check it out by clicking here. It’s a little experiment. If readers enjoy it and use it, I may do a few a year.

One other matter: All you TD subscribers at Comcast who haven’t been getting your Tomdispatch emails lately, I don’t blame you for being frustrated. I am too. The server that sends out TD posts has been having trouble with Comcast and is now evidently blocked by it. I assume this will be rectified sooner or later. In the meantime, you should certainly write in and complain — and just keep checking the site for new posts every couple of days. Tom]

Thank goodness for tradition! Back in the holiday season of 2003, Tomdispatch offered you a list of “Hot as Depleted Uranium Toys for a New Imperial Age.” In 2004, we gave you the inside scoop on how to “Make It a Merry Military-Corporate Christmas.” In 2005, it was all about timeless holiday values like militarism, jingoism, and barbarism, as TomDispatch wished you an “All-American Christmas.” And last year, we sent you “On Holiday for the Holidays.” For 2007, we thought you should have your wish list ready when Military-Industrial Santa lands on your roof in his Hellfire missile-armed Predator sled. Whoa, Blaster! Whoa, Blitzkreig! Whoa, Doom and Destruction! When you hear that Ho-Ho-Ho, ! hide the kiddies in that basement bomb shelter, cross your fingers, and make that wish of your dreams. Then open your eyes. The Holiday Gifts from Hell are coming your way. Tom

A Tomdispatch Holiday One-Stop Shop from Hell

By Nick (“Tongue Firmly in Cheek”) TurseIt’s that time of year, again. Time to wander the web searching for Holiday gifts for all those hard-to-buy-for folks, the usual cast of characters who make the holidays especially nerve-wracking. Well, have no fear and wander no more. This year Tomdispatch takes care of all the fuss and muss. We’ve scoured the web and assembled a one-stop-shop that will make your gift-buying a breeze. So forget about that already over-the-Hillary Clinton nutcracker or the Rudy Giuliani head that you affix to a tree so it appears the Republican front-runner is a stalker lurking in your yard — both so last year — and enjoy the Fifth Anniversary TomDispatch Holiday List from Hell. Because if you don’t, the terrorists win.

Black(water) Xmas

Let’s face it, nobody wants a White Christmas DVD these days, so how about making it a Black(water) Xmas? Some, no doubt, think Jeremy Scahill’s bestselling book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, is a suitable gift. But we here at TomDispatch have a tad more imagination than that. So, head with us to Blackwater’s own website and purchase that wonderful “cuddly black bear… sporting a Blackwater logo t-shirt.” It’s sure to be a hit with your young mercenaries-in-training or anyone else who likes to snuggle with a plush toy totally unaccountable to the laws of war.

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