Freitag, 28. Dezember 2007

Cheney Impeachment Cracks Corporate Media

Bush Administration Plans to Remove Protection from Colorado's National Forests

Conservation Group Challenges Interior Department's Secrecy Over Agency Corruption

Impeachment Elves Visit Rep. Lois Capps

Informant: John Calvert


Walking To Impeach: Bound For DC, Vermont Man Arrives in the East Village

The Growth of Local Power Is a Bright Spot in Seven Bleak Years of Bush

Rebecca Solnit writes in The Guardian UK, "The centre cannot hold, and that's the good news in the United States these days. Quietly, doggedly, cities, regions, counties and states have refused to march to the Bush administration's drum when it comes to climate change, the environment and the war."

Suicide Shocks Montana Into Assessing Vets' Care

Chris Adams, reporting for McClatchy Newspapers, writes: "The VA's ability to provide adequate care for veterans with mental ailments has come under increasing scrutiny, and the agency says it's scrambling to boost its resources to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, prevent suicides and help veterans cope."

Was woll(t)en Bush-Regierung und CIA verheimlichen?

Eine sich abzeichnende neue CIA-Affäre könnte sowohl den Watergate-Skandal als auch die Iran-Contra-Affäre und sämtliche darauffolgenden Skandale der vergangenen Jahrzehnte in den Schatten stellen.

Hallo, Mr. President ...

CIA-Direktoren hatten mit ihren Präsidenten schon immer ein Kommunikationsproblem.

Langsames Ertrinken

Um die Ecke gedacht: Warum ein Justizminister nicht weiß, ob "Waterboarding" Folter ist.

Tellerwäscher bleibt Tellerwäscher

Das Versprechen von der Durchlässigkeit der Klassen und der sozialen Mobilität der Marktwirtschaft bleibt für die Meisten, die in der Falle der Armut stecken, nur ein leerer Traum.

Urgent: Protest Bush's Plan to Kill Yellowstone Area Wolves

While most Americans have been celebrating the holidays, officials in the Bush/Cheney Administration have been working behind the scenes to pave the way for the *killing of hundreds of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone area. *

Don't let them get away with it! Urge U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to abandon his efforts to allow states to start killing wolves and stop promoting the premature de-listing of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.

Over the last several weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been quietly moving forward with rule changes that would allow officials in Idaho and Wyoming to begin killing wolves even before gray wolves are removed from the list of federally protected threatened and endangered species.

*This latest proposal would jump start plans to use fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and other means to kill hundreds of wolves in Idaho, leaving just over 200 wolves in the state.* In fact, three-quarters of the wolves in the Lolo District of the Clearwater National Forest could be removed ... even before they are de-listed.

And hundreds of wolves in Wyoming could be shot and trapped under the new rules, whether wolves are removed from the endangered and threatened species list or not.

A decision on this devastating proposal is expected in the next few weeks. *Take a stand now.*

Please email Secretary Kempthorne right now and let him know that you oppose any proposal that would threaten the long-term future of wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone Region.

Our partners at Defenders of Wildlife are mustering their resources to fight these terrible proposals in the weeks ahead. But right now, we need you to speak out for wolves with your message.

Thank you for acting today to save wolves!

Rebecca Young, Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

Under Attack, Drug Maker Turned to Giuliani for Help

Barry Meier and Eric Lipton report for The New York Times: "In 2002, the drug maker, Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Conn., hired Mr. Giuliani and his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, to help stem the controversy about OxyContin. Among Mr. Giuliani’s missions was the job of convincing public officials that they could trust Purdue because they could trust him."

Senate Finance Committee to Probe Six TV Ministries

Eric Gorski reports for The Associated Press, "The probe by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has brought new scrutiny to the underlying belief that brings in millions of dollars and fills churches from Atlanta to Los Angeles the 'Gospel of Prosperity,' or the notion that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches."

Airtel applies for masts at Beau Sejour

by Nigel Baudains

EXTRA mobile telephone equipment will be put up at Beau Sejour if the Environment Department approves.


Residents' anger over phone mast plans

By Alex Ross

ANGRY residents in Coalpit Heath are demanding a phone company withdraws a mast application after it failed to notify households near the planned site.

Vodafone has submitted a planning application for a 12 metre high phone mast at the junction of Badminton Road and Woodside Road.


Smearing Ron Paul

by Jacob Hornberger


I couldn’t help but be struck by the vicious smear of Ron Paul by a Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times. …. Sure, politics is a nasty business but I just couldn’t help but wonder why the New York Times would publish garbage like this. Here’s the thrust of Heffernan’s attack: that Ron Paul has received donations from neo-Nazi extremist groups and has spoken at events attended by right-wing extremist individuals. …. Is this ludicrous or what? What are Heffernan and the New York Times suggesting - that Ron Paul, one of the most committed libertarians around, has instead been a closet Nazi the whole time he has been in Congress? Or maybe they’re suggesting that this committed libertarian has, all of a sudden, decided to convert to Nazism. Or maybe they’re saying that libertarians don’t really advocate individual freedom, free markets, and limited government but instead advocate statism and government control over economic activity...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

McGovern still on the antiwar path

In These Times
by Laura S. Washington


The old antiwar horse is still kicking. In 1972, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern (once a World War II bomber pilot) won the Democratic presidential nomination on an antiwar platform. In 2007, he’s still got game. In March 2007, McGovern called on Vice President Dick Cheney to resign. A month later, opining in the Los Angeles Times, he revisited the trauma of the Vietnam War era and excoriated George W. Bush and Cheney for blithely sacrificing American lives once again. ‘We, of course, already know that when Cheney endorses a war, he exempts himself from participation,’ he wrote. ‘On second thought, maybe it’s wise to keep Cheney off the battlefield — he might end up shooting his comrades rather than the enemy’...

Creeping Fascism: History’s lessons

Consortium News

by Ray McGovern


You don’t have to be a Nazi. You can just be, well, a sheep. In his journal Sebastian Haffner decries what he calls the “sheepish submissiveness” with which the German people reacted to a 9/11-like event, the burning of the German Parliament (Reichstag) on Feb. 27, 1933. Haffner finds it quite telling that none of his acquaintances “saw anything out of the ordinary in the fact that, from then on, one’s telephone would be tapped, one’s letters opened, and one’s desk might be broken into.”But it is for the cowardly politicians that Haffner reserves his most vehement condemnation. Do you see any contemporary parallels here?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Blame abounds for housing bust

This year's housing bust is shaping up to be one of historic proportions. Sales and construction have sunk to levels not seen since the 1990 savings and loan crisis, while foreclosures and price drops are the largest since the Great Depression - and expected to get worse next year.

From Information Clearing House

Ron Paul: 'We're getting ready to bomb Iran'

Despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate finding that Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program, libertarian-leaning GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says there is still "a great possibility" of US military action against the country.

Russia upgrades Iran's air defence

Iranian officials have said they have signed a contract to buy an advanced Russian anti-aircraft system, a move that could complicate plans for an air attack by US or Israeli warplanes.

From Information Clearing House

Saddam Provided More Food Than the U.S.

According to an Oxfam International report released in July this year, "43 percent of Iraqis suffer from absolute poverty," and that according to some estimates over half the population are now without work. "Children are hit the hardest by the decline in living standards. Child malnutrition rates have risen from 19 percent before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to 28 percent now."

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Troops to Head to Pakistan

Beginning early next year, U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units, according to defense officials involved with the planning.

From Information Clearing House

Get Real, Americans: You have been ripped off

By Mary Pitt

Our nation, which spends more for health care than any other only rankS 45th in the quality of care. Those who can afford it have access to the most modern technology and life-saving procedures where those who cannot are left with medical care that is reminiscent of the nineteenth century.

And So This Was Christmas

By Eileen Fleming

We are living George Orwell's nightmare in the 21st century; for war is claimed to be the way to peace and nuclear weapons are promised as the way to provide security.

Fallujah, the Information War, and U.S. Propaganda

The U.S. Army's Intelligence Analysis of the April 2004 Fallujah Attack

By Stephen Soldz

"During the first week of April, insurgents invited a reporter from Al Jazeera, Ahmed Mansour, and his film crew into Fallujah where they filmed scenes of dead babies from the hospital, presumably killed by Coalition air strikes. Children were shown bespattered with blood; mothers were shown screaming and mourning."

Buy Some Stuff, Enslave Somebody

Josh Rosenblatt for The Texas Observer explores why Americans are so disconnected from the slave labor that produces so many of our products.

Plea for Trees as Landslide Toll Rises

Lindsay Murdoch, The Sydney Morning Herald: "The Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, urged the mass planting of trees throughout Indonesia as rescuers yesterday dug with their hands through mud for survivors from a landslide that killed at least 67 people."


Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!

Can the World Act Fast Enough to Save the Disappearing Tuna?

Moises Velasquez-Manoff for The Christian Science Monitor reports, "With the fate of bluefin hanging in the balance, scientists are now calling for a more comprehensive and, presumably, effective 'systems' approach, one that takes the entire ecosystem into account when setting fishing quotas."

Press Freedom in Iraq on Trial

Scott Horton for Harper's provides an update on the trial of Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photojournalist Bilal Hussein.

Next-up news n°421

Stephanie Seay of the Buffalo Field Campaign on the slaughter of wild buffalo

George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 fm interviews Stephanie Seay, media coordinator of the Buffalo Field Campaign about the Montana state and the federal govt. practice of capturing wild buffalo on public lands and slaughtering them or transporting them hundreds of miles in trucks or trains. In Montana in the last two weeks state and federal authorities planned to slaughter 300 wild buffalo, including calves and their mothers. It was stopped by the BFC and public outcry, but this is not the first time this has happened. In the last 7 years the government has trucked 2,000 wild buffalo to slaughter, 1,000 last year alone. Stephanie also talks about the cattle industry, the power they hold in Montana and how they influence decision making on the treatment of wild buffalo, the huge subsidies that the industry receives, and their access to public lands. And she discusses what concerned citizens can do to help defend the last remaining wild buffalo in North America.


Informant: smileycoyote

9/11 and the Twin Towers: Sudden Collapse Initiation was Impossible

Informant: John Calvert


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