Montag, 17. Mai 2010

Kanzlerin allein in Europa

17. Mai 2010

Zur Forderung des österreichischen Finanzministers Josef Pröll, dass Frau Merkel den Weg für eine Transaktionssteuer frei machen soll, erklärt die Vorsitzende der Partei DIE LINKE, Gesine Lötzsch:

Frau Merkel muss ihrem Finanzminister für das Treffen der Finanzminister der Eurogruppe grünes Licht für eine europäische Finanztransaktionssteuer geben. Die Kanzlerin hat sich wieder ins europäische Abseits begeben. Sie verhindert mit ihrem Veto eine Regulierung der Finanzmärkte. Frau Merkel darf sich nicht länger für den Deutschen-Bank-Chef Ackermann als Prellbock missbrauchen lassen. DIE LINKE erwartet schnelle Beschlüsse zu einer Finanztransaktionssteuer in Europa. Das wäre ein erster Schritt zur Regulierung der Finanzmärkte. In einem 2. Schritt müssen gefährliche Finanzinstrumente und Hedgefonds verboten und Steueroasen geschlossen werden.

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An important rule of the empire

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

05/14/10

“It is important that Americans be fully aware of an important rule with respect to U.S. foreign policy that the U.S. government has implemented and is now enforcing. In fact, knowing and understanding the rule is a matter of life and death. As everyone knows, the First Amendment guarantees the fundamental right of freedom of speech from infringement at the hands of U.S. officials...

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-05-14.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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US faces same problems as Greece, says Bank of England

Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, fears that America shares many of the same fiscal problems currently haunting Europe.

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"World's Worst Financial Crisis Ever": Governor Bank of England

The following experts have said that the economic crisis could be worse than the Great Depression.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/05/mervyn-king-worlds-worst-financial.html



Bank-Failure Tally Grows to 72 for 2010

So far this year, 72 banks have collapsed and the spate of failures is expected to continue throughout 2010.

http://snipurl.com/wd7el



Bank Failures Exceed 2009's Pace

Year-to-date bank failures were more than double the pace for the same period in 2009, when there were 33 bank closures.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/10757598/1/bank-failures-exceed-2009s-pace.html



Bankers' earnings surge towards pre-crash levels

Pay and bonuses totalled £20.5bn in four months to April, compared with £24bn at height of boom in 2007.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/may/13/bankers-pay-bonuses-surge



US bankruptcies resume upward path in 1st quarter

U.S. bankruptcy filings resumed their upward climb in the first quarter, nearly equaling their highest level since 2005, as high unemployment and a still-strained housing market squeezed consumers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1418760920100514



Eight banks face US investigation

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is looking at whether the relationship between the banks and credit rating agencies was manipulated to gain a better ratings for risky securities.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10115471.stm



Millions of jobs lost, many may never return

Jobs in the beleaguered manufacturing sector aren't the only ones likely lost forever. What sets the Great Recession apart is the variety of jobs that may not return.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37132888/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/



Great Depression 2.0. Bet on it

By Mike Whitney

If the government cuts spending at the same time as consumers, then overall spending declines and the economy slips into recession. This is what the deficit hawks want--a return to recession. This is politics, not economics.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25516.htm


From Information Clearing House

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Crony capitalism caused the crisis

Nolan Chart
by Kenn Jacobine

05/15/10

The old mantra goes, ‘capitalism is a flawed system that requires government intervention to alleviate the suffering caused by its shortfalls.’ Supported by their tax dollar dependent cronies in academia and their big government loving mouthpieces in the mainstream media, our ruling elite has been effective in socializing the masses that they know what they are talking about. It is of course all an attempt to justify expanding the size of government even more so there is more for the politicians to give away to their faithful supporters. Capitalism did not cause the financial crisis that we are still mired in some 29 months after it began; crony capitalism did...

http://www.nolanchart.com/article7704.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Deficits To Go Galactic
http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north845.html



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US let BP drill in Gulf without permits

Federal records show that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP the green light for drilling, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=126495&sectionid=3510203



In pictures: Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico

Seawater covered with thick black oil splashes up in brown-stained whitecaps.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/disaster_unfolds_slowly_in_the.html



BP And The 'Little Eichmanns'

By Chris Hedges

Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25468.htm



Reports show NOAA knew Gulf of Mexico drilling operations were illegal

An Interior Department agency has authorized more than 300 drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico without first obtaining permits from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to published reports and the notice of intent to file a law suit by an environmental non-profit.

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From Information Clearing House

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BP Stands for Bad Petroleum

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Saturday the White House warned BP that it expects the oil giant to pay all damages associated with the disastrous oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico, even if the costs exceed the $75 million liability cap under federal law. BP responded Sunday saying its public statements are 'absolutely consistent' with the Administration's request."

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Protect Our Oceans From Oil Drilling's Invisible Threat: Acidification
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Speak Out Now Against More Offshore Oil Drilling

Two weeks ago we told you the truth when everyone else was trying to downplay the size of the Deepwater Horizon oil "leak". Let's see a show of hands of who believed us then.

Now the New York Times is finally reporting that the oil blowout disaster in the Gulf is much larger than we were led to believe, at LEAST 25,000 barrels a day versus 5,000. British Petroleum and our own government have done nothing but lie to us about the scale of this catastrophe since the beginning. And the reckless use of massive quantities of "dispersants" to try to further hide the hide the truth, trying to make it look like there is less oil out there, is just making things worse.

And yet, astonishingly, members of Congress are still talking as if the way to respond to the climate crisis is to drill MORE oil wells off shore, and in the Gulf in particular. Driven by their self-serving corporate contributors they want to burn MORE coal to further accelerate global warming, and preferentially subsidize absurdly expensive and dangerous nuclear power plants instead of true renewables like concentrated solar technologies, where the same investment would make our country energy self-sufficient safely.

Please tell your members of Congress to stop treating the Gulf, and the rest of our coastline, like the oil companies' own personal industrial sewer. This may be our last chance to put sane energy policy in place, assuming it is not already too late.

No More Offshore Oil Drilling Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1044.php

Right wing flacks for the oil companies may seize on every bogus temperature signal, one isolated snow storm, any fleeting aberration from the undeniable trend, but the climate crisis is inescapably the reality that it is. For in the meantime the percentage of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is already over 392 ppm, and climbing more and more every year without respite.

And that is why we created a couple months ago our "350 ppm or catastrophe" cap, embroidered in beautiful ocean tones of blue, with a red arrow pointing the way to where we need to go, an atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration down to no more than 350 parts per million. Yes, we were using the word catastrophe even before the latest disaster. It was not an exaggeration then, and it is even less so now.

Please consider requesting one of these new caps from the return page after you submit the action page above, to help spread the climate sanity message. Start the conversation about carbon dioxide as a global warming pollutant. As you know, we never set a price on our policy advocacy message items. You can have one for a donation of any amount at all. Submit the action page, or you can get one directly from this page.

350 PPM Or Catastrophe Caps: http://www.peaceteam.net/message_items.php

As bad as the situation in the Gulf is right now, it will unfortunately get so much worse when the hurricane season hits again, and all that oil gets dumped on land by the storm surges, hurricanes themselves driven by rising global temperatures.

This is not just a wake up call, this is a kick in the head. Either we get serious about the climate crisis, and STOP burning fossil fuels, requiring literally a Manhattan project to develop alternative renewable resources, or the day will come all too soon when the scientists tell us there no longer anything we can do to save ourselves.

No More Offshore Oil Drilling Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1044.php

Please submit the action page to your members of Congress calling on them to dramatically shift the focus of the new Climate Crisis bill, away from more emphasis on coal and especially the insane push for even more oil drilling in the Gulf, assuming it has not already been turned into an industrial sewer by the irresponsible corporate criminals at BP. No amount of dispersants can continue to conceal the truly biblical scale of the ongoing Gulf eco-catastrophe.

And instead of providing subsidies to dangerous and expensive new nuclear power plants, we need to redirect those same resources into real support for true renewables, concentrated solar technologies in particular. Only a fundamental shift in direction offers any hope of averting the climate disaster of our future, just as otherwise inevitable as a blow out incident just like the one we are witnessing in the Gulf right now.

If our legislative representatives will for once in their lives ever take actual scientists seriously, you must understand that just a half hearted bit of carbon offset trading has NO chance of actually reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million and keeping it there. Unless we do that, its inexorable rise, which continues unabated even now, will make the world of our near future unrecognizable from the temperate one we now enjoy.

How they have so ignorantly ridiculed the environmentalists for so many years, calling us "tree huggers". Well, they can call us "shrimp huggers" now too, and "oyster huggers", and "fish huggers" and "bird huggers". It's about time we gave mother nature a hug. Lord knows she could sure use one right about now.

And here is the Facebook link for the No More Offshore Oil Drilling action page further above.

[Facebook] Action Page: http://apps.facebook.com/fb_voices/action.php?qnum=pnum1044

And this is the Twitter reply for this same action

@cxs #p1044

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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American Arrogance

US attack kills 15 people in Pakistan

About six missiles were fired at two suspected militant compounds in the western most part of Khyber tribal agency, intelligence sources told KUNA. They confirmed 15 casualties and said about five others were critically wounded.

http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2083630&Language=en



US kills 5 people in NW Pakistan

A suspected U.S. missile strike killed at least five people in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Saturday, in what would be one of the first such attacks in the area, intelligence and government officials said.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9FNDQA80.htm



American Arrogance

By Javed Hussain

Hillary Clinton's outburst is reminiscent of the arrogant 'stone age' call after 9/11. On reflection she just might have discovered that Pakistan has lost more soldiers than the combined losses suffered by foreign forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and five times more civilians than those lost in the 9/11 strikes, which eminently reflect on Pakistan's commitment to the war on terror.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25510.htm



US Attack Kills Women and Children In Pakistan

The airstrike in North Waziristan Friday night allegedly killed two children, two women and five men, Pakistani intelligence and administrative officials said.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/05/22/Pakistan-9-killed-by-drone-airstrike/UPI-15181274541772/


From Information Clearing House



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The Vicious Circle of Debt and Depression: It Is a Class War

By Ismael Hossein-zadeh

Having bailed out the insolvent banksters, many governments have now become insolvent or nearly insolvent themselves, and are asking the public to skimp on their bread and butter in order to service the debt that is not their responsibility.

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The Bailout of Big American Banks Cost Trillions More Than We've Been Told

By Washington's Blog

These are just a few of the secret bailouts programs the government is giving to the giant banks. There are many other bailout programs as well. If these bailouts and subsidies are added up, they amount to many tens - or perhaps even hundreds - of trillions of dollars.

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Will the Wall Street Banksters Ever Be Held Accountable?

By Danny Schechter

We are all still stuck in the "big Muddy." No, not the wars of old or even the oil disaster. The mud I am referring to is more like quicksand and it sucks anyone who wants to look at what happened in the financial crisis deeper and deeper into it.

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The May 6 Stock Crash Revisited

By PAM MARTENS

"Over My 21 Years on Wall Street, I Never Saw Anything Remotely So Suspicious".

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Is This The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See?

This video has been viewed by more than 1.4 million people

You'll just have to watch to see what's so amazing about what he (Prof. Albert Bartlett) has to say.

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Unfair Trials: Silenced for Speaking the Truth About Guantanamo

By Robert Fisk

Another horrible, obscene story from Guantanamo. But wait. We can't have this kind of publicity show in the Canadian press, can we?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25452.htm

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Amnesty: G20 frustrating human rights progress

Newnan Times-Herald

05/26/10

Amnesty International accused the United States, Russia and China on Thursday of ignoring human rights violations by allies and failing to open their own records to scrutiny in an annual survey meant to pressure governments to act more compassionately. The human rights organization took the U.S. to task for President Barack Obama’s failure — despite promises — to close its prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and criticized Russia and China for what it described as blocking international scrutiny of the Sri Lankan government’s conduct during its bloody conflict with insurgents...

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Solare Wärme verliert Unterstützung

Klimaschutz kommt jetzt per Auto
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Geld ist eine Illusion, es gibt keine Sicherheit

Die Weltweisheit der FAZ, allerdings nur für Anleger, also für diejenigen, die mehr Geld als notwendig haben.

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/147631



Steuererhöhungen oder Kürzungen im Sozial- und Bildungsbereich?

Was Deutschland womöglich bevorsteht, macht Kalifornien vor, wenn Steuererhöhungen für die Reichen tabu sind.

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/147630



Leistung muss sich wieder lohnen bei der Arbeitsagentur

Da gibt es so tolle Arbeitsplätze und dann erfährt niemand etwas davon. Schade, denn da hätten sich bestimmt auch viele ALG II-Empfänger beworben.

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Can a Christian Kill for His Government?

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Your Life Is Theirs
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Replies to Neoconservative Objections
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A Just War?

Jim McCluskey, Truthout: "War has been problematic since Roman times, especially after the rise of Christianity. 'Thou shalt not kill' did not seem to leave much wiggle room. Yet, it was recognized that people have a right to defend themselves when under lethal attack. Saint Augustine suggested a solution in his theory of a Just War. This was developed by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Middle Ages and his tenets for a Just War have been more or less accepted every since by those who concern themselves about such things."

http://www.truthout.org/a-just-war59836

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Civil rights and “total war”

Pro Libertate
by Will Grigg

05/26/10

William Sherman’s march to the sea, writes Victor Davis Hanson approvingly, was a war of ‘terror’ intended to destroy an aristocratic Southern culture he hated because of its impudence in resisting the central government’s authority. Although rarely acknowledged as such, Sherman could be considered America’s first ‘civil rights’ crusader. This isn’t an endorsement of Sherman; it’s an indictment of contemporary ‘civil rights’ ideology...

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