Montag, 10. März 2008

NSA quietly expands domestic spying program

"According to current and former intelligence officials, the spy agency now monitors huge volumes of records of domestic emails and Internet searches as well as bank transfers, credit-card transactions, travel and telephone records,"

http://tinyurl.com/2hlqlw


From Information Clearing House



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In signing statement, Bush asserts right to open your physical mail

"President Bush quietly has claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant.

http://tinyurl.com/295hh5


From Information Clearing House



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Kosovo's Independence: A Matter Of Western Oil Interests, Not Democracy

By Aditya Ganapathiraju

Kosovo, a small territory where primarily ethnic Albanians reside, announced its independence from Serbia last month. While Western leaders have celebrated this unilateral secession as a great moment for democracy, the actual details of the secession paint a different picture.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19504.htm

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Kosovo's declaration of independence is illegal
http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=1107&thisview=item

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Russia, Georgia, and the Kosovo connection

Independent Institute
by J. Victor Marshall

08/22/08

In Russia even more than in America, ‘Kosovo’ rhymes with ‘I told you so.’ Many Americans don’t realize that the former Serbian province of Kosovo, which broke away in 1999 after US-led NATO forces bombed Serbia for 78 days, helped set the stage for the recent conflict between Russia and neighboring Georgia. But Russian leaders, who like most leaders care intensely about what happens at their borders (Georgia) and to their longtime allies (Serbia), warned earlier this year that support for Kosovo’s independence would set a precedent that could trigger separatist conflicts in places like Georgia. It was a warning that Washington and several of its European allies foolishly, even recklessly, failed to heed...

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2301


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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'If not now, when?' Call to 'save America from disgrace and shame'

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/7242/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

George Bush and American Amnesia

http://tinyurl.com/23yu3g


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From ufpj-news



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U.S. Opponents of Interceptor Missiles in Poland Send Open Letter to Polish Prime Minister Tusk as he meets President Bush

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/31679

From Global Network



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Torture and National Security

"NOW" on PBS asks, "Will the election turn on which candidate's tougher on torture?"
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008I.shtml



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Prison Nation

The editors of The New York Times write: "Nationwide, the prison population hovers at almost 1.6 million, which surpasses all other countries for which there are reliable figures. The 50 states last year spent about $44 billion in tax dollars on corrections, up from nearly $11 billion in 1987. Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan and Oregon devote as much money or more to corrections as they do to higher education."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008F.shtml

Clinton Attacks on Obama May Boost McCain

Sarah Baxter, reporting in The Australian, writes, "Clinton thinks she can win a majority of the popular vote in primaries and caucuses, even if she cannot overtake Barack Obama, her rival, in the number of 'pledged' delegates who will vote to choose the candidate at the Democratic national convention in August."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008E.shtml



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The War and the Recession

Dean Baker, writing for Truthout, says: "Naturally, people are looking for an explanation for the cause of the recession, and many have turned to the Iraq War. This view is wrong. The war is a drain on the economy, but it is not the cause of the recession. The recession is due to the collapse of the $8 trillion ($110,000 per homeowner) housing bubble."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008D.shtml



Our Three-Decade Recession

Robert Costanza, writing for The Los Angeles Times, says: "The news media and the government are fixated on the fact that the US economy may be headed into a recession - defined as two or more successive quarters of declining gross domestic product. The situation is actually much worse. By some measures of economic performance, the United States has been in a recession since 1975 - a recession in quality of life, or well-being."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008H.shtml



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KBR Supplied Bad Water to Troops

The Associated Press reports, "Dozens of US troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using 'unmonitored and potentially unsafe' water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008C.shtml



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The Democrats' Problem With Democracy

Wilmer J. Leon III, writing for Truthout, says: "If the Democrats fail to elect their presidential candidate and allow the 'Super delegates' to select him/her in the smoke-filled back rooms at the convention in Denver, the Democrats could create a long-term problem with their base. This, along with the decision to disenfranchise the Democratic voters in Florida and Michigan, could prove to be the Democrats' problem with democracy. In order to understand why the super delegate issue could be a problem, it is important to understand why the rules were created in the first place. For that, you have to go back to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008A.shtml



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Grundgesetzwidrig: Hauptauftrag der Bundeswehr ist laut Schneiderhan nicht mehr die Landesverteidigung

Laut Grundgesetz dient die Bundeswehr der Landesverteidigung. Außer zur Verteidigung dürfen die Streitkräfte nur eingesetzt werden, soweit das Grundgesetz es "ausdrücklich" zulässt. Eine Armee im ständigen Auslandseinsatz ist vom Grundgesetz aber nicht zugelassen. Das scheint den Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, nicht zu interessieren. Nach seinen Worten hat die Bundeswehr nicht länger die Landesverteidigung als Hauptauftrag. Die Streitkräfte seien vielmehr zu einer "Armee im Einsatz" geworden, sagte der Generalinspekteur am 10. März zur Eröffnung der 41. Kommandeurtagung in Berlin. Auslandseinsätze seien nicht nur "sichtbares Zeichen" der gewachsen außenpolitischen Verantwortung Deutschlands, sondern bestimmten heute vielmehr den "Grundbetrieb". Auch von einer "außenpolitischen Verantwortung" als Legitimation für Kriegseinsätze in aller Welt ist im Grundgesetz nicht die Rede.

http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?H=N&Nr=17460



Jung will erleichterten Bundeswehreinsatz im Inneren erreichen

Vereidigungsminister Franz Josef Jung (CDU) beharrt angesichts neuer terroristischer Bedrohungen auf einen erleichterten Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Inneren. Dafür sollte es eine "Anpassung verfassungsrechtlicher Vorgaben" geben, sagte Jung am Montag auf der Kommandeurtagung der Bundeswehr in Berlin. Der Schutz der Bevölkerung und der kritischen Infrastruktur werde zunehmend wichtiger.

http://www.ngo-online.de/ganze_nachricht.php?H=N&Nr=17456



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Did Republicans Give Hillary Her Victory in Ohio?

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/10/7591/



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BTW, What Do the Iraqis Want?

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/10/7588/



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War Profiteers Work Their Schemes in Iraq

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/10/7584/



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Childhood Is Dying In Iraq

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/10/7586/



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Just Waterboarding Under the Bridge

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More Leading Economists Say US Is Now In Recession

http://www.infowars.net/articles/march2008/100308recession.htm



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The Face-Slap Theory

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times: "Friday's employment report - which was so weak that it had many economists declaring that we're already in a recession - was bad news. But it was actually less disturbing than what's going on in the financial markets."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008N.shtml



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Senate Panel Critiques Prewar Claims by White House

Greg Miller reports for The Los Angeles Times, "After an acrimonious investigation that spanned four years, the Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a detailed critique of the Bush administration's claims in the buildup to war with Iraq, congressional officials said."

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031008K.shtml



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Kinder im Fokus der Handy-Industrie

Handyhersteller und Mobilfunkanbieter richten ihre Angebote verstärkt auf Kinder aus: Handys, die besonders kinderfreundlich sein sollen, werden zunehmend im Handel angeboten. Mancherorts werden bereits fünfjährige Kinder beworben. Verbraucherorganisationen und Regierungen in Europa sind besorgt über negative Langzeitauswirkungen der Strahlung von Mobilfunkgeräten.

Mehr unter...
http://www.konsumo.de/news/1378-Mobilfunkindustrie-fokussiert-junge-Zielgruppen

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Kinder und Mobilfunk
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/311977/

Mobilfunk und Kinder
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/311978/

EU told to prepare for flood of climate change migrants

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/mar/10/climatechange.eu


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Growing concern over safety of cellphones for children

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/07/business/mobile08.php
[ http://freepage.twoday.net/stories/4770509/ ]

This is just unreal...

Mark G.

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SUBJECT: Growing concern over safety of cellphones for children

Mark: "Yes, " UNREAL still a decade after the appeals posted on the Bridlewood site by Libby Kelley, myself and others:

http://www.feb.se/Bridlewood/EDITRIAL.HTM

No responses or "action" on the part of two presidents!!!! McDonalds and "Disney phones" were huge worries in 1999.

As I often mention, if studies are done that focus only on "hours of cell phone usage" and do not address whether or not the cell phones are also being taken to bed -- kept on vibrate mode for easy texting, etc. - kept on nightstands and/or headboards at night, carried in clothing, the studies will be "flawed" and countless numbers of children and persons of all ages will continue to suffer all sorts of problems with their central nervous systems and more.

I just heard a bit of an Obama campaign speech. He used the word "solutions" but does anyone really have what it takes to start turning things around? The Clintons didn't care - I also wrote to Hillary Clinton re the Long Island breast cancer problems. No response from her either. I will try seeking help from a local Obama campaign office soon.

"Insanity prevails!!!" If we don't seriously address the issues of "all aspects of close exposures," we are unlikely to get very far with limitations re the more distant exposures. "Spinning and spinning and spinning" while countless numbers of persons cotinue to report autism-like symptoms, Alzheimers at younger and younger ages.......... We are doing what we can considering the barriers the media has in place but is it "too little, too late?" For countless persons, the answer is "YES.....!!!!"

Thanks for your help and that of others working hard to make the world a better place......... Take care - Joanne

Joanne C. Mueller
Guinea Pigs "R" Us
731 - 123rd Avenue N.W.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55448-2127 USA
Phone: 763-755-6114
Email: jcmpelican@aol.com (3-10-08)

WEBSITE: http://guineapigsrus.org

ARE YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN GUINEA PIGS?
Letter 7-22-04 by Joanne Mueller
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/282050/

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Belgium minister refuses to allow Disney to market mobiles to young children

Disney plan once again to launch mobiles for the very young but:

http://www.next-up.org/Newsoftheworld/Belgique.php#1

Mr Magnette says no to mobile phones for children

4/11/08

The minister responsible for consumer protection, Paul Magnette, will not authorise the marketing in Belgium of mobile phones intended for children. "With this type of phone children can actually be exposed to mechanical dangers or the risks of radiation. In fact scientists all recognise that it is necessary to limit children's exposure to cumulative amounts of radiation, even if not much is yet known about how sensitive they are to radio waves."
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M. Magnette will not authorise their sale, in respect for the principle of precaution.

Belgium minister refuses to allow Disney to market mobiles to young children
http://www.next-up.org/pdf/LeSoirMagnetteSaysNoToMobilePhonesForChildren04112008.pdf

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Belgian minister says no to cell phones for children

The minister responsible for consumer protection, Paul Magnette, will not authorise the marketing in Belgium of mobile phones intended for children. "With this type of phone children can actually be exposed to mechanical dangers or the risks of radiation. In fact scientists all recognise that it is necessary to limit children’s exposure to cumulative amounts of radiation, even if not much is yet known about how sensitive they are to radio waves."

http://www.elektrose.net/spip/spip.php?article62&lang=en


Informant: Electro Bel



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How government makes things worse

Boston Globe
by Jeff Jacoby

03/09/08

What do ethanol and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Each is a good reminder of that most powerful of unwritten decrees, the Law of Unintended Consequences — and of the all-too-frequent tendency of solutions imposed by the state to exacerbate the harms they were meant to solve. Take ethanol, the much-hyped biofuel made (primarily) from corn. Ethanol has been touted as a weapon in the fashionable crusade against climate change, because when mixed with gasoline, it modestly reduces emissions of carbon dioxide. … But now comes word that expanding ethanol use is likely to mean not less CO2 in the atmosphere, but more. Instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by 20 percent … ethanol use will cause such emissions to nearly double over the next 30 years...

http://tinyurl.com/36r8kn


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Corn-Based Ethanol Could Worsen 'Dead Zone'
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/11/7620/



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Freedom means responsibility

Wall Street Journal
by George McGovern

03/07/08

“Nearly 16 years ago in these very pages, I wrote that ”one-size-fits all’ rules for business ignore the reality of the market place.’ Today I’m watching some broad rules evolve on individual decisions that are even worse. Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior. Much paternalist scrutiny has recently centered on personal economics, including calls to regulate subprime mortgages. … Since leaving office I’ve written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I’ve come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society...

http://tinyurl.com/2h3ae9


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Zeitung gegen den Krieg

Zeitung gegen den Krieg Nr. 26 zum Ostermarsch 2008 ist erschienen

Zum Ostermarsch 2008 gibt es wieder eine neue Ausgabe der Zeitung gegen den Krieg – ZgK. Sie geht bereits am kommenden Freitag, dem 14. März in den Vertrieb, sodass sie allen, die rechtzeitig bestellen, für den Ostermarsch 2008 zur Verfügung steht.

Schwerpunkte:

Kriegsdienst und soziale Frage: die Bundeswehr rekrutiert Erwerbslose; 50 Jahre Ostermarsch – 50 Jahre Drohung mit dem atomaren Erstschlag; Reservistenarmee - „Gegen Demonstranten und Demokraten, da helfen nur Soldaten“; EU-Rüstungsprogramme (Die EADS wird zu einem deutsch-französisch-Militärisch-Industriellen Komplex mit direkter Staatskontrolle ausgebaut, EU-Verfassungsvertrag mit verpflichtender Rüstungskomponente); Afghanistan (Ausweitung des deutschen Einsatzes, Interview mit Malalai Joya, einer afghanischen Parlamentarierin, Aktionen und Mobilisierungen gegen den deutschen Kriegseinsatz); Irak (Bilanz fünf Jahre Besatzung, Nordirak: Einmarsch und Rückzug der türkischen Truppen, Der deutsche Beitrag zum US-geführten Krieg); Israel/Palästina (Gaza als größtes Gefängnis der Welt); Energieknappheit, Hunger und Kriege; USA: Neue Hochrüstung und Wahlen

Hieraus exklusiv im LabourNet Germany:

Argumente zur europäischen und deutschen Rüstungsindustrie

„Wenn die Worte „Rüstungsindustrie“ oder „militärisch-industrieller Komplex“ fallen, dann denkt man unwillkürlich an große US-Konzerne wie Boeing, Northrop Grumman oder Lockheed Martin. Als Anfang März 2008 der deutsch-französische Rüstungskonzern EADS einen gigantischen Auftrag für militärische US-Tankflugzeuge erhielt, rieben sich der eine und die andere erstaunt die Augen: Wer ist denn bloss EADS? Was, Airbus hat mit Rüstung zu tun? Warum sind denn EADS/Airbus so dick im US-Rüstungsgeschäft engagiert? Doch der Vorgang hat Methode. In Europa wächst – mit massiver Unterstützung durch die Regierung in Berlin - eine gewaltige Rüstungsbranche heran, deren Eigendynamik die Militarisierung vorantreibt und in immer neue Kriege hineinführt. Die Zeitung gegen den Krieg – ZgK liefert Antworten auf gängige Argumente, mit denen der EU-Rüstungsboom bagatellisiert wird…“ Artikel von Winfried Wolf http://www.labournet.de/krieg/zgk_euruest.html

Autorinnen und Autoren:

Uri Avnery, Joachim Guilliard, Heike Hänsel, Brigitte Kiechle, Arno Neuber, Gerald Oberansmayr, Wolfgang Pomrehn, Tobias Pflüger, Ulrich Sander, Monty Schädel, Laura von Wimmersperg, Winfried Wolf

Die Bezugspreise der ZgK sind so günstig wie folgt:
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Diseases could wipe out honeybees by 2018

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Ending America’s domestic quagmire

LewRockwell.Com
by Paul Armentano

03/10/08

America now spends nearly $50 billion dollars per year targeting, prosecuting, and incarcerating illicit-drug users. As a result, the population of illicit-drug offenders now behind bars is greater than the entire U.S. prison population in 1980. Since the mid-1990s, drug offenders have accounted for nearly 50 percent of the total federal prison population growth and some 40 percent of all state prison population growth. For marijuana alone, law enforcement currently spends between $7 billion and $10 billion dollars annually targeting users — primarily low-level offenders — and taxpayers spend more than $1 billion annually to incarcerate them. Despite these unprecedented punitive efforts, illicit drugs remain cheaper and more plentiful than ever...

http://www.lewrockwell.com/armentano-p/armentano-p21.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Another Criminal War
http://list.lewrockwell.com/t/1185697/12759198/65351/0/



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A strategy for peace and survival

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

03/10/08

Our foreign policy has put us in mortal danger, and not only because it empowers the worldwide Islamist insurgency that aims to attack the American homeland, but also because the ‘Iraq recession’ is fast threatening to become the Iraq depression. The U.S. is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and the $3 trillion war is going to sink us if it isn’t stopped. Libertarians who believe their program of less government, more freedom, and a return to the principles embodied in the Constitution can survive another four years of constant warfare are deluding themselves. Unless the post-9/11 War Party juggernaut is stopped, our old Republic is doomed. Not only that, but libertarianism as a credible alternative to the statist ideologies of Left and Right will be swept away in a tide of economic and political tumult, rendered ineffective and irrelevant by much larger forces. In short, we are facing a crisis, and this is where the ethics of emergencies kick in...

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=12491


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Senators: Where is Iraq’s oil money going?

CNN

03/09/08

Two senators are asking congressional investigators to look at Iraq’s oil revenues and see if the war-ravaged nation can pay for its own reconstruction, an effort that has been bankrolled to this point mostly by U.S. taxpayers. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and John Warner, R-Virginia, said in their Friday letter to the Government Accountability Office that Iraq has ‘tremendous resources’ in banks worldwide but is doing little to improve security and reconstruction efforts...

http://tinyurl.com/3754jh



Iraq costs US $12 billion per month

Iowa City Press-Citizen

03/09/08

The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the ‘burn’ rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book. Beyond 2008, working with ‘best-case’ and ‘realistic-moderate’ scenarios, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 trillion and $2.7 trillion — or more — by 2017...

http://tinyurl.com/3853co


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Iraqis Pay?

The Arrogance of the USA

By Enver Masud

The war ended with the toppling of Saddam's statue, the Iraqis want them out, and now the occupiers, having destroyed much of Iraq, have the arrogance to ask Iraqis to pay for the occupation and reconstruction.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19779.htm



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Water makes US troops in Iraq sick

Richmond Palladium-Item

03/10/08

Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using ‘unmonitored and potentially unsafe’ water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company, the Pentagon’s internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq...

http://tinyurl.com/ynula2


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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International experts foresee collapse of U.S. economy

Dr. Nouriel Roubini of the New York University's Stern School of Business, who, in 12 steps, outlines how the losses of the American financial system will grow to more than $1 trillion - that's one million times $1 million. That amount is equal to all the assets of all American banks.

http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=918803


From Information Clearing House



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Pharmaceuticals found in drinking water of 24 major metro areas

Both prescription and non-prescription drugs were detected.
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Indians treated 'like pigs' in US

The workers, hired from India in 2006 to tide over a labour shortage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that killed over 1,800 on the Gulf coast in August 2005, said they were made to live "like pigs in a cage" in a "work camp" run by their employer, marine fabrication company Signal International, in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

http://tinyurl.com/2jezgz


From Information Clearing House

Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor

The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity funds, may soon acquire the $2 billion government contracting business of consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest suppliers of technology and personnel to the U.S. government's spy agencies.

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14963


From Information Clearing House



Exposed: The Carlyle Group

Video

Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy. I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm



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McCain supports Bush veto of bill banning torture

"This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe," the president said.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/03/09/MNBHVGLVO.DTL


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John 'I’m a War Criminal' McCain
http://www.lewrockwell.com/gaddy/gaddy34.html



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World Food Program warns of global food shock

Some food prices rose 40% last year, and the WFP fears the world's poorest will buy less food, or be forced to rely on aid.

http://www.ww4report.com/node/5230


From Information Clearing House

60,000+ Iraq, Afghanistan Vets Diagnosed With PTSD

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in a person who witnesses, or is confronted with, a traumatic event. PTSD is said to be the most prevalent mental disorder arising from combat.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00119.htm


From Information Clearing House



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Architect Of Iraq War Strategy Blames Powell In New Memoir

In the first insider account of Pentagon decision-making on Iraq, one of the key architects of the war blasts former secretary of state Colin Powell, the CIA, retired Gen. Tommy R. Franks and former Iraq occupation chief L. Paul Bremer for mishandling the run-up to the invasion and the subsequent occupation of the country.

http://tinyurl.com/3d84qy


From Information Clearing House



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McCain Called Chalabi 'A Patriot' With Iraq's 'Best Interests At Heart'

A new book by Aram Roston reveals that Chalabi supported John McCain (R-AZ) for president in 2000, believing that the senator would be the most receptive to his agenda.

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/09/chalabi-mccain/


From Information Clearing House



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American Empire Comes At A Very High Price

By Cynthia Tucker

Not one of the remaining political candidates -- not Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, much less John McCain -- talks about significantly downsizing the military-industrial complex and decreasing our military footprint around the world. Superpowers are darned expensive, and the United States simply doesn't have the money for all that anymore.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19497.htm



Readiness For Endless War

By Axel Brot

Frustration and the craving for revenge have become main drivers of US policies. The events of September 11 focused their common dysfunctionality, but they are not its root cause.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19491.htm



Propaganda

Video

An open source video compilation, Propaganda offers a critical look at the "mainstream" media, featuring interviews and lectures by Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Amy Goodman and much more.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19496.htm



John Pilger: That Unspeakable Word "Empire"

Video lecture: John Pilger speaks about the US Empire, "War On Democracy", 9/11 Truth Movement. and The effects of US foreign policy on Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa.

http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/carc/john-pilger-video-6-12-07/index.html



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Mr. Blackledge's Black Helicopters

By Scott Horton

This weekend, the darkness continues to descend in Washington, the powers of the state continue to grow and the mechanisms of accountability rot away unused. Americans are focused on the selection of a new president. Many of them share the naïve assumption that on January 20, 2009, when a new leader takes the oath of office from the south steps of the Capitol Building, the Founders' constitutional order will once more be set aright and the extra-constitutional excesses of the Bush years will be but a bad memory.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19499.htm



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Crisis Over Teheran's Alleged Nuclear Plans Nearing Climax

By Bill and Kathy Christison

Iran, a nation of proud people in a neighborhood of proud peoples, sees only absurdity in the discrimination against it when the nearby nations of India, Pakistan, and Israel have all developed their own nuclear weapons without the U.S. stopping them.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19498.htm



The Politics Of Non-proliferation

By Mohammad Kamaali

The US has proved in more than one way that the concerns it has expressed regarding Iran's nuclear programme do not have much to do with realities on the ground. For the past few years Iran's nuclear file has been a platform from which the US has coordinated an agenda which goes far beyond Iran itself.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19490.htm



http://freepage.twoday.net/topics/Is+Iran+next/

The Bush Family Chronicle

The Patriarchs
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/021008a.html


Informant: Dorothee Krien



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Soldiers, Only You Can End the War

http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance136.html



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Headrock Adoption Campaign

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How sophisticated are we, really?

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/287.html

YOU WILL COME TO LOVE BIG BROTHER

by Dennis Cuddy

Most people see George Orwell’s 1984 (published 1949) as fiction, but Orwell had been a Fabian Socialist and was actually warning people about a planned future dictatorship under Big Brother. When Big Brother’s agent O’Brien is torturing Winston, who eventually reluctantly submits, O’Brien tortures him again and Winston is bewildered because he has already submitted. However, O’Brien explains that the goal is to have people submit not out of fear, but because they have actually come to love Big Brother and his rule over them......

http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis124.htm



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When the Department of Justice obstructs justice

by Devvy Kidd

When are these so-called leaders in Washington, DC, from both parties going to stand up and do what is right for this nation and the rule of law? The Republicans finally got up the nerve to go after Richard Nixon over something as foolish as an office break in. However, both parties are sitting on their hands while Bush, Cheney & the Federal Department of Justice run amok....

http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd348.htm



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MOBILFUNK KONTRA KLIMASCHUTZ

HLV-Info-080309-018-kb
09.03.2008

Spiegel-Online

09. März 2008

MOBILFUNK KONTRA KLIMASCHUTZ

Energiesparfenster sollen Handy-Empfang stören

Eine Managerin der Bank of America verblüfft die Branche mit ihrem Bericht über Energiesparfenster, die Mobilfunksignale behindern. In einigen Bankgebäuden mussten Signalverstärker installiert werden, um den Empfang zu sichern. ...

http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/mobil/0,1518,540092,00.html

[HLV-Kommentar: Die für die amerikanischen Mobilfunker verblüffende Weisheit ist allgemein bekannt: Fensterscheiben als Wärmeschutzglas haben sehr gute Dämpfungswerte, die bis zu 99,9% erreichen können. Das Rahmenmaterial Aluminium hat ebenfalls eine sehr gute Dämpfung, weshalb in der Bank of Amerika die genannten Probleme auftreten.]



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Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7077

Santa Cruz County hops back into cell-tower fight

Kurtis Alexander - Sentinel Staff Writer

Article Launched: 03/05/2008 04:01:54 AM PST

SANTA CRUZ -- Cell phone companies will have a tougher time putting up towers in the rolling hills and residential neighborhoods of Santa Cruz County under a proposal put forth this week by county planners.

But not a tough enough time, say watchdog groups who claim the telecommunications giants are poisoning the public with their radio frequencies.

"This is a medical and environmental issue," said longtime opponent of cell towers Marilyn Garrett, who can rattle off a number of health risks, most widely contested, that may be posed by wireless facilities.

The proposed changes to the county's cell tower ordinance, which include requiring setbacks between wireless towers and schools and limiting their concentration in unincorporated areas, come in response to ongoing complaints.

Read More...
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_8460606


Informant: Mark G.

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Latest Letter to the Local Santa Cruz Government
http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/t/e8e5700be07f6ca9

Calling all cell tower opponents

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=903779

Any way we can back these folks up?

Lawyer for Industry says:

"There is no evidence, no evidence by any peer reviewed study anywhere in the world ... there is no evidence that these towers cause health and safety situations."

1) Is this statement True or False?
2) Can he lose his Legal License over this?
3) Would that be a good idea?

From:
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=909068


Mark G.



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Gary Hart says Hillary Clinton is displaying 'raw, unrestrained ambition for power'

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/7238/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



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The "On The Table" Impeachment Movement Spreads, More Primary Challenges Breaking Out

Inspired by the courageous leadership of Shirley Golub in San Francisco, challenging the majority leader herself for the Democratic congressional primary nomination there, we have been told that there are now primary challenges is most of the districts in the state of Oregon, running on an impeachment now platform.

And we could not have asked for a more valiant candidate than Joe Walsh, who has been leading his fellow constituents in their own weekly rally in front of Earl Blumenauer's district office in OR-03, demanding action on impeachment, and on ending the indefensible and ruinous occupation of Iraq.

Joe needs your help this weekend, to put together the filing fee of $1,000 to pay for the publication of his full platform in the official Oregon voter pamphlet. This is critical in the state of Oregon to get our message out, as it is a completely vote by mail state. This should be so easy for us to do. Please make whatever contribution you can make now, small or large, and we will certainly reach this very modest goal.

http://www.usalone.com/donations_walsh.php

Joe Walsh is a long time dedicated peace activist, who gave up a Navy career he already had, by filing as a conscientious objector in 1970 during the Vietnam War, and received an honorable discharge. He has put his own body on the line many times as a political activist also, for demonstrations in front of Oregon senator Smith's office last year, for another example.

But more than that, Joe is well known to his local community for his generous volunteer work, also donating many hours on a weekly basis working for Portland's "Fish", who distribute emergency food to people in serious trouble.

The primary in Oregon is coming up fast on May 20. So your contribution can have an immediate impact on Congress right now, by demonstrating that any incumbent who does not get it can, and will, face a serious primary challenge.

Won't you make a contribution to Joe now if you can, so that he can carry the banner of impeachment, and all the other issues we are fighting for, in the official Oregon voter pamphlet. We need his voice. Without him there would be no challenger in his district, and people like Blumenauer would just blithely think that they forever disregard the will of the people.

And even if you can't make a contribution, please spread the word about the growing "On The Table" impeachment movement, and take heart that in just the next couple months we can apply enough pressure through these primary challenges to make impeachment an actual reality.

Paid for by Joe Walsh for Congress

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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Bush begins negotiating unconstitutional pact tying US to Iraq

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/7239/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

BIPARTISAN CRIMES AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION

By Cliff Kincaid

March 9, 2008

http://www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff211.htm



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Wexler responds to Mukasey's refusal to enforce contempt charges



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