Mittwoch, 24. Oktober 2007

War Costs Spiral out of Control

Why Those Who Love America Are Feeling Brokenhearted

Warming Could Wipe Out Half of All Species


The Edge of Oblivion: Conservationists Name 25 Primates About to Disappear

James Randerson for The Guardian UK reports that a report commissioned by three leading conservation charities names the top 25 species most in need of help and concludes that 114 primate species are also close to extinction.

Southern California Fires: Mother Nature Vs. Human Development


California's Age of Megafires

The Christian Science Monitor's Daniel B. Wood writes: "There's a reason fire squads now battling more than a dozen blazes in southern California are having such difficulty containing the flames, despite better preparedness than ever and decades of experience fighting fires fanned by the notorious Santa Ana winds. The wildfires themselves, experts say, generally are hotter, move faster, and spread more erratically than in the past."


Don't Let Burn California


The California fires should rally us to hold leaders accountable for global warming


Die Münchner Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt wegen Untreue gegen den Vorstand der Bertelsmann-Stiftung, Werner Weidenfeld

Risks of US-Iran War Through Misunderstanding Grow

Le Figaro's Renaud Girard, French Ambassador Jacques Andreani and Marc Ullmann, writing for Le Monde, and Mohamed ElBaradei in an interview with Natalie Nougayrede at Le Monde all fear the rush to use force with Iran and argue it would be extremely premature.

Will the GOP Election Theft Machine Do It Again in 2008?

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, writing for The Free Press, say: "With record low approval ratings for the Bush/Cheney regime and the albatross of an unpopular war hanging from the GOP's neck, do you think that a Democratic presidential candidate will win the White House, get us out of Iraq, and end our long national nightmare? Think again - the mighty election theft machine Karl Rove used to steal the US presidency in 2000 and 2004 may be under attack, but it is still in place for the upcoming 2008 election."

Endgame for Iraqi Oil?

Jack Miles writing for, says: "The oil game in Iraq may be almost up. On September 29th, like a landlord serving notice, the government of Iraq announced that the next annual renewal of the United Nations Security Council mandate for a multinational force in Iraq - the only legal basis for a continuation of the American occupation - will be the last. That was, it seems, the first shoe to fall. The second may be an announcement terminating the little-noticed, but crucial companion Security Council mandate governing the disposition of Iraq's oil revenues."

Afghanistan and Iraq Set to Cost More Than Vietnam and Korea

Leonard Doyle, reporting for The Independent, writes, "President George Bush will have spent more than $1 trillion on military adventures by the time he leaves office at the end of next year, more than the entire amount spent on the Korean and Vietnam wars combined."

Senate Reverses Bush's Budget Cuts

Andrew Taylor, reporting for The Associated Press, writes, "Senate Democrats on Tuesday reversed President Bush's cuts to education, health research and grants to local communities as they gird for Bush's first-ever veto of a regular appropriations bill."

The Secret History of the Impending War With Iran

John H. Richardson, reporting for Esquire, writes: "Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush Administration say the US has been gearing up for a war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise. It'll be Iraq all over again."

War Supplemental Makes Room for Iran

Maya Schenwar, reporting for Truthout, writes: "The Bush administration's $196.4 billion war supplemental spending request, released Monday, has Democrats reeling. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd called the supplemental 'short-sighted at best,' while House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey remarked in a statement, 'It's amazing to me that the president expects to be taken seriously.' Yet beyond the request's mind-boggling size, its open-ended aims point to the potentially vast scope of the 'war on terror' for years to come - including an undiminished presence in Iraq and the possibility of action against Iran."

Pettigo phone mast fight continues

Oct 24, 9:43 am

The outcome on the row over a propose Pettigo phone mast hangs in the balance this week as mobile phone company Vodafone prepare to carry out a suitability test on a site suggested by the town's residents.

The corporation want to erect three antennae on an existing Garda mast just 200 yards away from the town's primary school.

The Pettigo Action Group met again at St Mary's National School last night and were told Vodafone would be carrying out the suitability test this Tuesday.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Pettigo Group Action member Geraldine Britton said the group will not give up their search for alternative sites.

Das Weiße Haus zensiert erneut Wissenschaftlerin

Das Papier der CDC-Direktorin über gesundheitliche Folgen der Klimaerwärmung für eine Anhörung im Senat wurde massiv überarbeitet.

Panel Pushes for Mukasey to Denounce Technique

Philip Shenon reports for The New York Times, "All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee pressed Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, on Tuesday for a clear-cut statement that the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, which simulates drowning and has been used by the CIA against terrorism suspects, is illegal."

Former AG Charges Democrats Were Targets in Inquiries

Philip Shenon, of The New York Times, reports, "Richard L. Thornburgh, attorney general in the Reagan and first Bush administrations, charged Tuesday that political reasons motivated the Justice Department to open corruption investigations against Democrats in Mr. Thornburgh's home state, Pennsylvania."

White House Cut Warming Impact Testimony

H. Josef Herbert reports for The Associated Press, "The White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential health risks, according to two sources familiar with the documents."

Helicopter Gunfire Kills Iraqi Civilians, Days After Sadr City Battle

Andrew E. Kramer reports for The New York Times: "Gunfire from an American helicopter killed 11 people, including women and children, after it came under fire north of Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a statement by the military. The episode was the second this week in which multiple Iraqi deaths resulted from a United States combat action."

The new lie to justify endless war

Informant: Ashley Smith

From ufpj-news

If it isn’t martial law, then what is?

Liberty For All
by Ed Lewis


A large number of people have indicated their fear that we will soon be living in a police state and under martial law. However, if one investigates the matter, the only conclusion best represented by facts is that we already live in a police state. We are under martial law even without the ominous appearance of US military people on every street corner. Here are some interesting facts taken from the Justice Policy Institute: There are presently 2 million Americans in jail, mostly for non-violent ‘offenses’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The real war on children

Orange County Register
by Mark Steyn


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush’s last resort

The American Prospect
by Amanda Terkel


There was no shortage of chest-thumping last week at the White House. When House conservatives voted to sustain President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), White House spokeswoman Dana Perino gleefully told reporters, ‘We won this round on S-CHIP.’ Earlier in the week, Bush justified denying health insurance to four million children by claiming that vetoes show he is still ‘relevant.’ ‘That’s one way to ensure that I’m in the process,’ he said during a press conference. The media happily joined this celebration, picking up the White House’s talking points...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The spies who shagged your Fourth Amendment

Daytona Beach News Journal
by Pierre Tristam


This time around, besides a servile judiciary, the Bush administration is enjoying a groveling Congress, too — neo-Democrats who think adopting Republicans’ contempt for the Constitution is the only way to look tough on terrorists. Democrats had a chance to stop the Bush administration’s domestic spying. Twice. In June they surrendered to a law that lets secret, warrantless spying continue, sidelining a special court’s oversight role. They promised the measure would be temporary. But they’re about to do it again...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The collapse of Bush’s foreign policy

by Juan Cole


The Bush administration once imagined that its presence in Afghanistan and Iraq would be anchored by friendly neighbors, Turkey to the west and Pakistan to the east. Last week, as the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan continued to deteriorate, the anchors themselves also came loose. On Sunday, just days after the Turkish Parliament authorized an invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish guerrillas ambushed and killed 17 Turkish soldiers inside Turkey. In Karachi, Pakistan, a massive bomb nearly killed U.S.-backed Benazir Bhutto, who was supposed to help stabilize the country. The Bush administration’s entire Middle East policy is coming undone — if it even has a policy left, other than just sticking its fingers in the multiple, and multiplying, holes in the dike...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How did we get here?

by Justin Raimondo


We keep hearing about the ‘liberal,’ ‘antiwar’ media, which is supposedly spinning the ’success’ of the administration’s ’surge’ in Iraq into a defeat. The stab-in-the-back thesis is being run up the flagpole by the neocons, in the hopes that at least some of their base — the most deluded of the Kool-Aid drinkers — will swallow it. Yet it was this supposedly liberal media that led us down the primrose path to war and occupation and immersed us in what Gen. William E. Odom calls the biggest strategic disaster in American military history — and they did it by instilling fear...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Warming Climate Fuels Megafires

Scott Pelley, CBS News, reports: "Every year you can count on forest fires in the West like hurricanes in the East, but recently there has been an enormous change in Western fires. In truth, we've never seen anything like them in recorded history. It appears we're living in a new age of megafires - forest infernos ten times bigger than the fires we're used to seeing."


Creating Our Own Hell on Earth

Rising Seas Will Swamp America's Shores

According to Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, because of rising waters caused by climate change, "In about a century, some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased."

Study Says Steep Decline in Oil Output Risks War

The Guardian UK's Ashley Seager reports: "World oil production has already peaked and will fall by half as soon as 2030, according to a report which also warns that extreme shortages of fossil fuels will lead to wars and social breakdown."

Bush Has Publicly Threatened 46 Vetoes This Year

The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports: "President Bush has taken a much more personal role in opposing Congress in disagreements over legislation this year than any other year of his presidency, a tactic that government experts say is necessary because of his weakened approval ratings."

Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to Senator

Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane of The New York Times report: "Executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping."

What's at Stake in the Surveillance Debate in Congress

Congress will be considering several versions of bills that will, one way or another, expand government access to phone calls and e-mails.

From Information Clearing House

Destruction of Evidence: Ohio's 2004 Ballots

Overall this blatant destruction of evidence only reinforces the widespread belief that the 2004 election was stolen.

From Information Clearing House

Cheney, Howard 'did deal on Hicks'

"I kept thinking: this is the sort of thing that used to go on behind the Iron Curtain, not in America. "And then it struck me how much this entire process had disintegrated into a political charade. It's demoralising for all of us."

The Jose Padilla case

Scott Horton (audio) Interviews Warren Richey on Padilla's $1.00 lawsuit against the Government, the government's claim that none of his "clearly established rights" were violated, and the damage to Padilla's psyche as the result of the torture he suffered at the hands of the U.S. military.

From Information Clearing House

General claims Bush gave 'marching orders' on aggressive interrogation at Guantanamo

More than 100,000 pages of newly released government documents demonstrate how US military interrogators "abused, tortured or killed" scores of prisoners rounded up since Sept. 11, 2001, including some who were not even expected of having terrorist ties, according to a just-published book.

Intelligence knew of terrorist transports

Comments from former high-ranking CIA members to Politiken newspaper suggest that Denmark's intelligence service was aware of private planes seizing suspected terrorists in Europe and taking them to countries where torture and execution were sanctioned.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. cannot account for billion-dollar Iraq contract

The State Department does not know specifically what it received for a billion-dollar contract with security firm DynCorp International to provide training services for Iraqi police, a U.S. watchdog agency said on Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

US attack kills 11, mostly civilians

The air strike was the third resulting in civilian deaths in two weeks and comes as the U.S. military's reliance on airpower to target militants is under increased scrutiny from the Iraqi government and the United Nations mission in Iraq.

Iraqis weigh limits on U.S. military

Leaders in the Iraqi parliament said Monday that they were taking steps to examine the U.S. 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.

From Information Clearing House

UAW Sellout at GM and Chrysler

By Stephen Lendman

The September and October United Auto Workers (UAW) GM and Chrysler agreements are just the latest examples of union leadership, surrender and betrayal.

If you really want to reduce spending, you must dismantle the overseas empire

Time To Choose

By Charley Reese

Most politicians, when they talk about reducing spending, chatter on about cutting waste and fraud. That's OK, but it's a mere nick on the federal budget. If you really want to reduce spending, you must dismantle the overseas empire.

Ramped-up propaganda against Iran seems to signal coming conflict

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Next-up news n°348

New Bill to Repeal Military Commissions Act in House

Informant: shane_digital

US Food Riots Much Closer Than You Think

Informant: Useful I.

A weak dollar is bad for America

Informant: shane_digital

ElBaradei tells 'Le Monde' an attack on Iran is not justified

Informant: jensenmk

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Calls to Congress Needed to Block $50 Billion Taxpayer Giveaway to Nuclear Industry

Informant: MoJo

We are change NYC confronts Norman Pohoretz

Norman Pohoretz is one of the signatories of the PNAC document among holding many other nefarious titles. He advocates bombing Iran in his new book.

Informant: Bob Banner


Neo-Con Podhoretz Tells Audience To "Shut Up" After Tough Questions

11 Things We Can Learn from the Rest of the World

Informant: Bob Banner


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