Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2007

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel schiebt Robbenschutz auf die lange Bank

Kein Herz für Robben?

Millionen arbeiten sich kaputt

Unter dem Titel "Gute Arbeit - Gutes Leben" hat die Linksraktion im Deutschen Bundestag am 23. Oktober ein Manifest für eine gerechte Arbeitswelt vorgelegt. Immer weniger Menschen hätten eine "Gute Arbeit", meinen die Linken. "Millionen haben gar keine Arbeit, Millionen arbeiten zu Hungerlöhnen, Millionen arbeiten in unsicheren 'Jobs', Millionen arbeiten sich kaputt vor lauter Überstunden und Arbeitshetze." An dieser Entwicklung habe die Politik von Rot-Grün und Schwarz-Rot einen erheblichen Anteil. Mit der Liberalisierung der Finanzmärkte, der Privatisierung öffentlicher Unternehmen und den Hartz-Gesetzen hätten die Regierungen Schröder und Merkel der Ausbreitung "schlechter Arbeit" den Weg geebnet. "Unsicher, gering bezahlt, ohne ausreichende Sozialversicherung, nicht mitbestimmt", dies seien die Markenzeichen der schlechten Arbeit.


The Presidency Is Taking Over the Courts and Congress

Jim Hightower, writing for the Hightower Lowdown, says: "Where is Congress? It's way past time for members to stand up. Historic matters are at stake. The Constitution is being trampled, the very form of our government is being perverted, and nothing less than American democracy itself is endangered - a presidential coup is taking place."



Lawbreaker in Chief

Jed Rubenfeld, in an op-ed for The New York Times, writes: "I practiced before Judge Mukasey when I was an assistant United States attorney, and I saw his fairness, conscientiousness and legal acumen. But before voting to confirm him as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, the Senate should demand that he retract this statement. It is a dangerous confusion and distortion of the single most fundamental principle of the Constitution - that everyone, including the president, is subject to the rule of law."



Plamegate Finale: We Were Right; They Were Wrong

David Corn, writing his final column for The Nation, says: "So is anyone apologizing? For ruining Valerie Wilson's career? For perhaps endangering operations and agents? For lying about the leak? For misleading the public about Rove's role? For placing spin above the truth? Armitage did apologize (via a media interview) to the Wilsons. But no one else involved has. And no one - not Bush, not Cheney, not their aides, not their neocon confederates - has admitted any wrongdoing in this saga."



Robobugs maybe next wartime tool

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs

Informant: Informant: bigraccoon


Robobugs maybe next wartime tool

Fox News

It looks like something out of the latest science-fiction movie, but it could be the next line of defense for U.S. soldiers fighting on the front lines. The British defense and aerospace company BAE Systems is creating small electronic insects, spiders and snakes that have the ability to enter places before combat soldiers and electronically report back what’s inside, the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper reported. BAE just signed a multi-million dollar contract to develop the robots for the U.S. Army, the newspaper reported. Some of the insect-like robots will have small cameras, while others will have sensors able to detect chemical, biological or radioactive weapons...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


'No Nukes' Rockers Renew Fight Decades Later



Kucinich Pushes Bush Impeachment



CO2-Konzentration in der Atmosphäre nimmt schneller als erwartet zu

Nach den Berechnungen eines internationalen Wissenschaftlerteams steigen seit 2000 die CO2-Emissionen steil an, während die Aufnahmefähigkeit der natürlichen Senken stark zurückgeht.


Peak-Oil in 2006?

Die Energie- und Klimawochenschau: EnBW will Kohlekraftwerke bauen und lässt Al Gore für den Klimaschutz werben, die Arktis friert, aber nicht schnell genug, und deutsche Wissenschaftler sehen Peak-Oil bereits gekommen.



In den USA wachsen die Widerstände gegen neue Kohlekraftwerke



The displacement of black Louisianans helps turn the state red

All According to Plan


A $46 Billion Slap In The Face

by Isaiah J. Poole

The Bush administration wants Congress to throw more dollars into the Iraq war furnace while fighting over dimes for domestic needs.


From TomPaine.com


No to phones on planes? Business travellers say no to mobiles on planes

Holiday Extras - Dartford, England, UK

Several airlines are believed to be planning to introduce mobile phone use in the future, but the survey suggests they may be wasting their money...


Business travellers say no to mobiles on planes

Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom

A spokesman for Flybe confirmed that it had encountered "little demand" for mobile phone usage in-flight. The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) told...


Iraqis Weigh Limits on US Military

Christian Berthelsen reports for The Los Angeles Times, "Leaders in the Iraqi parliament said Monday that they were taking steps to examine the US military presence in Iraq with an eye toward possibly restricting the force's activities, in a continuing backlash over an American raid that Iraqi officials say killed 13 civilians."



GOP Team Revives California Electoral Vote Initiative

Dan Morain and Joe Mathews report for The Los Angeles Times, "Veteran GOP consultants said Monday that they were relaunching a drive to change the way California allocates its electoral college votes, aimed at helping the 2008 Republican presidential nominee capture the White House."



Congresswoman Woolsey on Congress and the Bush Administration

In a wide-ranging interview with Truthout's Matt Renner, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey shared her views about many current issues facing Congress including attempts to reinstate Congressional oversight of the Bush administration's surveillance programs, the unpopular military occupation of Iraq, the ongoing fight over Congressional subpoenas and the prospect of impeachment proceedings.



New CO2 evidence means climate change predictions are 'too optimistic'


Informant: Teresa Binstock



Informant: Peter Phillips


Deep Ambivalence re: Nuclear Energy and Clean Coal as Climate Change Responses

They buy time for conspicuous energy consumption; yet are untested and far off, may cause further environmental damage and consolidate global ecological overshoot

Earth Meanders by Dr. Glen Barry
October 22, 2007

These essays have been silent on proposals for a nuclear energy revival and clean coal carbon sequestration as climate change solutions. I remain deeply uncertain and even ambivalent regarding their desirability and ultimate effectiveness. Nuclear and clean coal energies are the logical next technological steps in the progression of human dominance of the Earth. Yet at best they will only delay energy shortages while contributing little to climate change mitigation.

Nuclear energy and clean coal may need to be pursued, but let us at least be honest regarding the full range of choices and their implications. Their pursuit may well keep the lights on for awhile longer. Yet key elements of both remain untested, it is doubtful they can be ramped up fast enough to levels required to mitigate climate change, and both carry risks of serious long-term environmental damage of their own.

What is missing in the promotion of industrial responses to climate change and other eco-crises is an honest assessment whether our efforts -- in a world that has already overshot global ecological carrying capacity -- are best placed in further global scale technological manipulation, or support for resurgent nature and a powering down of industrial society.

There are well known concerns with nuclear proliferation and waste disposal. Future generations for tens of thousands of years will have to look after our nuclear waste, while not making weapons from it, even as they face potential cataclysmic nuclear accidents. Uranium itself is becoming scarce, the full process from mining to waste burial does release appreciable greenhouse gases, building the number of nuclear plants needed would be unprecedented if not impossible, and nuclear plants require large amounts of water for cooling -- which climate change may make unavailable.

Commercial scaled sequestration of carbon underground from coal burning power plants remains untested both technologically and economically. There have been no large-scale demonstrations of the feasibility of burying carbon from coal on land, or that it will stay underground once buried. Building new clean coal plants and retrofitting existing ones would take decades, which we do not have to address climate change. One earthquake or leak could in the future release huge amounts of "sequestered" carbon at once with devastating impact. Coal based energy devastates land, mountains and water worldwide; which would continue.

The primary benefit of both new nuclear and clean coal energy is that they would allow for continued profligate and even wasteful energy use, putting off difficult changes in energy policy. Their embrace would allow energy conservation and efficiency measures, that some suggest would lead to a less fulfilling life for the energy rich, to be postponed. Energy shortages and ecological collapse would be put off a decade or two, allowing perhaps one more generation in over-developed countries to enjoy McMansions, hummers, plasma TVs and other benefits of energy misuse.

It is quite possible that embracing new nuclear and coal energy will put off the pathologies stalking the human race for awhile, but at the expense of distracting from real solutions, and further entrenching trends that threaten the biosphere and humanity. Assuming they work, they would buy time on climate change, yet over- population and consumption will continue apace. The lights will be kept on a bit longer as we lose the Amazon, go from 6.5 to 9 billion people, destroy vital water resources, and the entire world strives for a western consumptive lifestyle.

Perhaps nuclear energy and clean coal could be pursued as one component in a vast program to save humanity and our habitat. This would include programs to reduce human population; pursue energy alternatives, conservation and efficiency; preserve and restore ancient forests; and reduce conspicuous and inequitable consumption. Their energy could be used to tool a renewable energy infrastructure. But this is not what is proposed. Rather the key selling point is that both make it possible to continue consuming electricity excessively for longer.

Humanity has a fundamental choice to make whether we are going to primarily pursue technological, or nature based, remedies to climate change and other ecological crises. Will we seek to engineer a biosphere, or will we again embrace living within the Earth and biosphere's natural limits?

If we embrace natural responses; such as powering down our economy, preserving and restoring ecosystems, and reducing our population and consumption; we could still pull back and avoid ecological collapse resulting from exceeding the Earth's carrying capacity. We can also try to do so by taking the Earth into human control, though at greater risk and with grave uncertainties, for all of our remaining time.

Dr. Barry is founder and President of Ecological Internet; provider of the largest, most used environmental portals on the Internet including the Climate Ark at http://www.climateark.org/ and http://www.EcoEarth.Info/ . Earth Meanders is a series of ecological essays that are written entirely in his personal capacity. This essay may be reprinted granted it is properly credited to Dr. Barry and with a link to Earth Meanders. Emailed responses are public record and will be posted on the web site unless otherwise requested.


Die Schock-Strategie: Der Aufstieg des Katastrophen-Kapitalismus

Buch von Naomi Klein, erschienen im S. Fischer Verlag und aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Hartmut Schickert und Michael Bischoff und Karl Heinz Siber (Preis € (D) 22,90/Preis SFR 40,40 (UVP), 768 Seiten, gebunden, ISBN 978-3-10-039611-2). Siehe dazu:

Informationen und Bestellmöglichkeit beim Fischerverlag http://www.fischerverlage.de/buch/9783100396112

sowie Infos zur Autorin und weitere Hinweise ebd. http://www.fischerverlage.de/microsite/autor/www.naomiklein.de/home

Blank is beautiful. Drei Jahrzehnte des weltweiten Plattmachens und Wiederaufbauens

Inhaltsverzeichnis und Einleitung von Naomi Klein (pdf) – exklusiv im LabourNet Germany http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/allg/schock.pdf

Naomi Klein deckt die „Meister-Erzählung“ und die Gewalt des Neoliberalismus auf. Doch „Die Schock-Strategie“ missfällt besonders deutschen Medienmännern.

Rezension der Rezensionen von Brigitta Huhnke vom 21.10.2007 http://www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/allg/schock.html

The Shock Doctrine Short Film http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/short-film

Homepage von Naomi Klein http://www.naomiklein.org/main

Interviews mit und ein Beitrag von Naomi Klein - Übersetzung und Einführung durch Brigitta Huhnke bei NachDenkSeiten http://www.nachdenkseiten.de/wp-print.php?p=2662

Alan Greenspan vs. Naomi Klein on the Iraq War, Bush's Tax Cuts, Economic Populism, Crony Capitalism and More Monday

Interview von Amy Goodman vom September 24th, 2007 bei Democracy now! http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/24/1412226&mode=thread&tid=25

Aus: LabourNet, 23. Oktober 2007


Know-nothing media gatekeepers



Interventionism? Isolationism? Actually, both

from Reason to Freedom
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)


A few months back, I wrote back-to-back weekly messages regarding globalism and isolationism. In writing those columns, I focused on the fact that our nation’s interventionist foreign policy was precisely what was isolating us from other countries. Turkey’s recall of their U.S. ambassador in the wake of last week’s resolution, passed in the House Foreign Affairs Committee in condemnation of Turkey, is a perfect example of what I wrote in those columns, as well as what I have been saying for years. The House has passed similar resolutions for years, praising some foreign countries or political groups while chastising others. It is my policy to vote against resolutions of this sort whenever they have the impact of placing our country in the middle of an internal political problem of some other nation, or involving us in some regional conflict...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



Strike the Root
by Glen Allport


Without the United States federal government, the Fed would not exist and the money used by Americans would be gold and silver — things which could not be counterfeited constantly to supply ‘money’ for war, for special interests, and for other groups and purposes opposed to the interests of the average American. Nor would Americans be forced to literally borrow money — money created from thin air — from a privately-owned central bank (as our government does now) and then pay interest on it as part of the national debt. What a scam!...



Self righteous warmongers, phony patriots

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
by Greg James


You have to wonder if the whole conservative movement in the U.S. is living in a weird alternate reality in which the only thing that matters is what you say, and facts, consistency and honor mean nothing. The recent remarks by Rush Limbaugh in which he called military men who opposed the Iraq war ‘phony soldiers’ is another example of the strange world in which he (and a lot of neocons) exist. The reason: Limbaugh could be the poster boy of a group of war cheerleaders (including Dick Cheney, Mike Medved, Sean Hannity, Paul Wolfowitz, Karl Rove, Mike Savage, et al.) who chose to avoid military service when it was their turn. Now that the coast is clear, they’ve all morphed into self-righteous war boosters sitting in comfortable offices lecturing the rest of us about patriotism and duty...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Halt the gold rush to corn fuel

Christian Science Monitor
by staff


Corn. There’s nothing like eating it right off the cob at a picnic. It’s also great as flakes, fritters, or a muffin. And it’s feed for livestock. But there’s one thing corn should not be: A solution for global warming or a way to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil. Corn-based ethanol fuel has been growing wildly in recent years. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the US now has 129 ethanol plants, with more than 50 online since just 2005. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Bush called for the US to make 35 billion gallons of ethanol annually by 2017, about 15 percent of its total liquid fuels. Today, half the gasoline sold in the US contains some ethanol. But the problems of mass-producing this type of ethanol are beginning to crop up. One problem, according to a report this month from the National Research Council, is that the projected increases in the use of corn to produce ethanol could cause considerable harm to water quality and supply...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bush’s “poor kids first” kept sick & freezing

Huffington Post
by Dan Brown


George W. Bush explained his recent veto of the bipartisan-supported Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, because he says he wants to put ‘poor kids first.’ … He contends that only kids born into the most desperate poverty should get help outside of private, market-priced insurance — whether they can afford it or not. And now he wants to cut government-subsidized heat to low-income households. … Using the pathetic trick of releasing the mean-spirited announcement on a Friday evening, the week’s lowest-buzzing moment of news coverage, the Bush Administration wants to cut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a move which will literally leave 30 million low-income households in the cold this winter”...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Tortured by Uncle Sam

by Philip Giraldi


The issue of torture as a reliable interrogation tool aside, torture brutalizes and degrades the individual carrying it out, the organization he or she represents, and the government that approves of the practice. Even people who support many of the excesses resulting from the so-called War on Terror frequently understand that there are lines that should not be crossed, and torture is one of them. There have been reports that the CIA has had difficulty in recruiting people willing to carry out ‘extreme interrogation.’ That attorney general-designate Michael Mukasey, who is almost certain to be confirmed by Congress, claims not to know whether water-boarding amounts to torture or not is outrageous. That the president of the United States has not been challenged by the public and press when he explains that ‘we do not torture’ — while he refuses to make public secret memos contradicting his words — marks a sad day for those who revere our liberties...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Waxman alleges Blackwater tax fraud

Fox News


Rep. Henry Waxman has leveled new accusations against embattled Iraq security contractor Blackwater USA, saying the firm appears to be conducting a ‘tax scheme’ to avoid paying millions of dollars to the federal government in payroll taxes, Social Security and Medicare benefits. Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, also alleges the company is trying to hide its actions — a claim the Moyock, N.C.-based firm vehemently denies. Blackwater is the largest private security contractor working for the State Department in Iraq, and has been under heavy political fire from Waxman’s committee for much of the past year for its conduct in Iraq...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


US mismanaged $1.2 billion for Iraqi police

USA Today


The State Department so badly managed a $1.2 billion contract for Iraqi police training that it can’t tell what it got for the money spent, a new report says. Because of disarray in invoices and records on the project — and because the government is trying to recoup money paid inappropriately to contractor DynCorp International, LLC — auditors have temporarily suspended their effort to review the contract’s implementation, said Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen Jr. ...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government Surveillance Threatens Your Freedom



Poison in the Mouth



Dying For World Government

by Darren Weeks

Americans continue to send their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren, with hugs and kisses, overseas to the killing fields, believing the lie that they are sacrificing their lives for freedom. How it grieves this writer to see the faces of America’s finest plastered on the TV screen, having given their lives for the lie. It kills me to see their weeping mothers, with broken and empty hearts, clinging to their sole source of comfort ­ the belief that their baby died “doing what he loved.”........



Pendemic Protocols May Prove Worse Than the Disease

by NWV News

For instance, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and its affiliated state organizations such as the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police have recently formulated in their 2007 Legislative Report an emergency plan for police agencies in the event of a pandemic involving the so-called Bird Flu. Prior to a pandemic event, the plan urges that local leaders prepare their communities for implementation of pandemic influenza containment measures that may be called into play during the emergency. Community disease control measures range from "individual containment measures to community-based containment measures."



Continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash fouling swath of Pacific Ocean


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Butterflies disappear as habitat shrinks, temperatures rise


Informant: Teresa Binstock

Another New Low for the Dollar

The dollar fell to a new all-time low against the euro Monday after a weekend meeting of the Group of Seven finance ministers ended without a clear statement about weakness in the U.S. currency.


Fear of global slowdown as oil price soars

Opec under fire as US crude nears $100 a barrel

IMF warns of decline in global economy

Stock markets around the world were braced for fresh falls today despite attempts by the G7 leading industrial nations and the International Monetary Fund to boost confidence after Friday's plunge in share prices on Wall Street.


US subprime crisis "an accident waiting to happen": Greenspan

"Credit spreads across all global asset classes had become compressed to clearly unsustainable levels," Greenspan told an audience at the World Bank's International Finance Corporation.


Southern California to ration water next year

Farmers will see supply cut by a third; homeowners to see price hikes in '09.

From Information Clearing House

President Bush Asks For $46 Billion For Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

The figure, which Bush was expected to announce later Monday at the White House, brings to $196.4 billion the total requested by the administration for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere for the budget year that started Oct. 1.


From Information Clearing House

U.S. army chief: Iraq war has sapped ability to fight Iran

The new chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview published Monday that the prolonged military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan may have undermined the military's ability to fight wars against major adversaries - including Iran.


The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran

That the White House Doesn't Want You to Know

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