Mittwoch, 6. Februar 2008

Scientists warn of looming water supply crisis

Climate change has already dramatically altered the water cycle and these changes signal a looming water supply crisis, according to a prominent group of hydrologists and climatologists writing Thursday in Science magazine.

From Information Clearing House

Waterboarding: It's torture, it's illegal

The attorney general's evasions on waterboarding are repugnant, and set a dangerous global precedent.

From Information Clearing House

IAEA chief warns against military action to solve Iranian nuclear issue

ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said a military strike to settle the Iranian nuclear issue would complicate the situation and send the Middle East region into a vicious cycle of violence.

From Information Clearing House

Military Balance report sees 'willpower gap' in NATO over conflicts

The current military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan will have long-term implications for US defence strategy as Washington will find it increasingly difficult to recruit allies for extended campaigns, a key defence analysis report said Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

NPR reporter says Iraq remains `in shambles'

Amos said that many Iraqis capable of transforming the country have left. "Two million people have fled Iraq,'' which she described as "still in shambles.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. commander says Iran not involved in hostilities in Iraq

The U.S. commander in Iraq's central province of Diyala has said he has witnessed no hostile act from the Iranian side in the region over the past 10 months, a French weekly reported on Monday.

From Information Clearing House

US 'must remain in Iraq'

Republican White House hopeful John McCain yesterday insisted the US must maintain a long-term presence in Iraq and accused Democratic rivals of caving in to the forces of "evil".

McCain: 100 years in Iraq "would be fine with me"

The United States military could stay in Iraq for "maybe a hundred years" and that "would be fine with me," John McCain told two hundred or so people at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire.

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Iraq pushes ahead with oil plans

The Iraqi government is inviting major oil multinationals to participate for the first time in the development of the oil industry, without waiting for the passage of crucial but controversial hydrocarbons legislation.

From Information Clearing House

A Pre-election Attack on Iran Remains a Possibility

By Leon Hadar

President Bush still believes the Iranians are developing nuclear weapons - and so do the Israelis. So for journalists to assume that neither the U.S. nor Israel will attack Iran before the November election could constitute another failure of imagination. Cato's Leon Hadar suggests questions the press should ask the presidential candidates about what they think the American response should be to various scenarios in the region - including a Gulf-of-Tonkin-like alleged provocation.

Iran General Staff fear U.S. attack while Bush in power

"While Bush is in power, that is throughout 2008, U.S. military action against the Islamic Republic is still likely," Gholamali Rashid said.

From Information Clearing House

More of Bush's Dead End Energy Policy

Amnesty International Calls for Criminal Investigation Following CIA 'Waterboarding' Admission

McCain: The Myth of The "Moderate Maverick"

Powell's UN Fiasco: Fresh and Festering

Dead soldiers, peak oil and mind-boggling profits


The Machine Gun of Capitalism

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

A flurry of pink slips fluttered over the job sector as corporate payrolls were sliced like sour pie. Foreclosures are skyrocketing and new home sales across the nation are plummeting faster than Britney Spears' serotonin levels. A nasty recession is either creeping or flooding in, depending on your perspective and how recently you purchased your home and/or tried to dump your Google stock.

Terrorism, Globalism and Conspiracy

Bad Boys, Nasty Boys


Some Grim Statistics

The Stolen Presidential Elections

Terrorism, Globalism and Conspiracy

Michael Parenti Discusses Contrary Notions

Informant: Dorothee Krien

New Orleans Still Looking to Recover From Katrina

Brattleboro Man Sees His Impeachment Trek As A Success

After Waterboarding Admission Senate Democrats Want Investigation

Secrecy Plea Ties Up Torture Flights Case

The Next President's Iran Dilemma

From In These Times, Chris Toensing writes: "Quick: Who is the strategic victor, to date, of the war in Iraq? Nearly everyone outside the Bush administration (and perhaps some within it) would answer: the Islamic Republic of Iran."

America's Serious Problems Require Real Solutions

For Truthout, Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III writes: "On January 28, 2008, President Bush gave his final State of the Union Address in which he was long on articulating issues and problems facing America but short on real solutions. He talked about difficult decisions between peace and war, keeping America competitive in the global economy, providing healthcare for all Americans and the overall welfare of American citizens. Unfortunately, very little, if anything that the President has done or proposed has made the average American safer, more competitive, or improved their long term health and financial well being."

Feds Want Rendition Lawsuit Dismissed

Paul Elias, writing for The Associated Press, reports, "Bush administration lawyers cited national security concerns Tuesday in urging a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit accusing a Boeing Co. subsidiary of illegally helping the CIA secretly fly terrorism suspects to overseas prisons to be tortured."

Bundespolizei soll Daten von Schiffspassagieren horten

Die Bundespolizei wird Presseangaben zufolge künftig automatisch Zugriff auf die Daten von 29 Millionen Schiffspassagieren haben, die pro Jahr einen deutschen Hafen ansteuern oder von dort abreisen. Das sehe das Gesetz "zur Änderung seeverkehrsrechtlicher, verkehrsrechtlicher und anderer Vorschriften mit Bezug zum Seerecht" vor, dem der Bundestag jüngst zugestimmt hat, so die "Frankfurter Rundschau".

Wie 0,8 Promille im Blut: Telefonieren am Steuer macht „betrunken“


How the World Bank Drives the Corporate Control of Water

Downturn Shows Up on Main Street

Neil Irwin and Tomoeh Murakami Tse, of The Washington Post, report: "the stock market plummeted yesterday after a report that businesses that account for a vast portion of the US economy are shrinking. A key index of activity at non-manufacturing businesses fell in January to its lowest level since the 2001 recession, as a downturn that began in the housing and financial markets spread to industries including hospitality, banking, insurance, telecom and retail."

Top Officer Calls US Forces "Stressed"

Anne Flaherty, of The Associated Press, reports: "the military's top uniformed officer says U.S. forces are 'significantly stressed' by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan while simultaneously trying to stem the tide of violent extremism elsewhere. 'The pace of ongoing operations has prevented our forces from fully training for the full spectrum of operations and impacts our ability to be ready to counter future threats,' Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in testimony prepared for delivery Wednesday."

The Climate May Be Right for a Global Warming Bill

Richard Simon, of The Los Angeles Times, writes: "scores of climate change bills are stacking up in the legislative queue. Numerous hearings, the most recent on the polar bear, are highlighting the issue. And some regulation-averse corporate executives have even called on Congress to step in. But despite the dramatic shift in the Capitol in favor of doing something to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming legislation remains a long shot for this year."

Corporate establishment machine protects its cherished war candidate

Bessere Arbeitsmarktpolitik statt Repressionen und Schikane gegen Erwerbslose

6. Februar 2008

Wie jetzt gemeldet wurde, sind die Sanktionen gegen Hartz IV-Beziehende binnen eines Jahres um fast 60 Prozent gestiegen. Dazu erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Hartz IV ist nicht nur Armut per Gesetz, sondern auch Repression und Schikane gegen Erwerbslose und muss daher überwunden werden. Arbeitslosigkeit ist kein individuelles Problem, sondern ein gesellschaftliches. Wenn die Bundesregierung durch ihr Konzept des Förderns und Forderns dieses zum Motivationsproblem der einzelnen Erwerbslosen erklärt, schiebt sie die Verantwortung dafür ab. Sie zwingt Erwerbslose in Armutslöhne und prekäre Beschäftigung, was nicht nur den Druck auf die Erwerbslosen, sondern auch auf die Beschäftigten in diesen Bereichen weiter erhöht. Durch die von der großen Koalition unternommenen Verschärfungen des Sanktionsregimes bei Hartz IV verstärkt sich diese Spirale aus Druck, Schikane und Armut. Die Bundesregierung kann sich nicht damit herausreden, dass die Sanktionen eine Entscheidung der Mitarbeiter und Mitarbeiterinnen der ARGEN sind. Die Beschäftigten werden von der Bundesebene zum Einsparen verpflichtet – koste es was es wolle an menschlichem Leid. Schuld sind die Zielvereinbarungen, die die Bundesagentur für Arbeit mit den Jobcentern abschließt und die vom Bundesministerium für Arbeit mit erarbeitet werden. Diese sehen Einsparungen von bis zu acht Prozent vor. Diese Zielvereinbarungen müssen daher dringend geändert werden. Die Bundesagentur hat zu aller erst einen sozialpolitischen Auftrag. Statt Erwerbslose mit immer drakonischeren Sanktionen zu traktieren, muss endlich eine Politik gemacht werden, die die Arbeitslosigkeit an ihren Wurzeln packt und die Würde von Erwerblosen wie Beschäftigten respektiert. DIE LINKE fordert deshalb eine repressionsfreie, bedarfsorientierte soziale Grundsicherung, eine Politik für gute Arbeit und einen öffentlichen Beschäftigungssektor.

The imminent threat of NAIS to our life and livelihood

National Animal Identification System: Update

by Doreen Hannes

To help get all animals (and your real estate) into the program, the USDA will be focusing on having all the breed registries roll their identification into NAIS beginning in March of 2008. I have checked out the American Dairy Goat Association site and on the USDA link it will show a beautiful placement of AIN USAXXXXXXXXXXXX (it is indeed 15 characters) for your registered dairy goats. Also of note, membership numbers are conveniently seven digit numbers. I guess it's a good thing all of my registered goats died in a horrible barn fire........

Most People Don't Want to Hear the Truth

by Doreen Hannes

Finally there are people who don't want to look at the elephant even though it's standing on their foot. We all have plenty of these people in our lives. When told about something like the NAIS with all of its effects on choice for consumers, loss of rural jobs and businesses, privacy issues, consolidation of agriculture and effects on property rights, they say things like "I want to be sure my burger is free from terrorism." These people will trade your real liberty for their false sense of security in a heartbeat. They think they get the truth from the evening news, believe that you can't understand issues without a doctorate, and that the government gives us rights. They are absolutely sure there are no absolutes.........

Doreen Hannes on the National Animal Identification System

Doreen with Carl Wilson discussing how government wants to control the food


Is the Afghan War really good?

America’s Gulag and the good war

by Chris Floyd


The long-running ‘progressive’ stance on America’s 21st century imperial adventures can be reduced to this simple dichotomy: Afghan war good, Iraq war bad. And for all progressives who want to be regarded as ’serious,’ the Iraq war is bad because it has distracted us from the real war, the good war, in Afghanistan. This theme has been sounded over and over by the ‘progressive’ candidates throughout the presidential campaign. It is the opinion of a sizable majority of the U.S. population, which has clearly repudiated the Iraq war but still supports the Afghan war...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The 2007 US economic slowdown

The Free Liberal
by Fred E. Foldvary


High rentals and purchase prices for commercial real estate increases costs for enterprise, which reduces its profits, and thus results in less economic investment. In a global economy, many enterprises cannot raise prices by as much as the increase in costs. Furthermore, even though the Fed has lowered short-term interest rates, the huge mortgage loan losses has drained banks of loanable funds, and borrowing has become riskier, which reduces credit availability. All these elements point to a crumbling of the commercial real estate market in 2008. Even in the booming Manhattan real estate market, the rise in office rentals has slowed, and the credit contraction has made it more difficult to obtain loans for purchasing condominium offices. Apartment rentals have risen as folks who now can’t buy a house are renting instead. But as unemployment rises, then those laid off will move to more crowded and less expensive dwellings, vacancies will rise, and the price of apartment buildings will fall. Less business will also result in less hotel use. Lower sales volumes will reduce rentals and prices for shopping centers...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Americans don’t care much about freedom

Tibor's Space
by Tibor R. Machan


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush vows to veto surveillance legislation



President Bush will veto terrorist surveillance legislation pushed by Senate Democrats that doesn’t give retroactive legal protections to telecommunication providers who let the government spy on e-mails and phone calls involving people in the U.S., officials said Tuesday. The veto threat, detailed in a 12-page letter from Attorney General Michael Mukasey and National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, was sent to the Senate as lawmakers grapple with how to update a 1978 surveillance law without violating privacy rights...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bush veto threatened for US surveillance bills that do not protect telecommunications companies

President George W. Bush issued a veto threat Tuesday in the debate to update terrorist surveillance laws, rebuking Democratic plans to deny retroactive legal protections for telecommunications providers that let the government spy on U.S. residents after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

From Information Clearing House

Racial harassment cases rise sharply

USA Today


Cases of racial harassment filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission increased 24% last year, a time of racial turmoil that included the Jena Six controversy and an outbreak of noose displays. At the same time, state and city lawmakers have stepped up efforts to make it a crime to intimidate someone with a noose. And the Justice Department, which set up a network to link investigators reviewing noose incidents, has indicted a Louisiana teen on hate crime charges for dangling a noose from his pickup and driving past demonstrators after a protest in Jena, La., in September...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Common treatment for women in US jails

Economists Say Recession Is Here

According to CNN's Chris Isidore, "A growing number of top economists believe that the US economy has now toppled into recession."

Ministers launch fluoride drive

Urge the USDA to tighten its lax enforcement of the downer rule

CIA director admits US tortured several dozen detainees

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The Housing Recession and the Building Trades: Unemployment, Misery, and the Fed

Collapsing House Prices

On Pentagon financial propaganda

Oil majors moving into Iraq as 'special contractors'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Diebold message & watched as paper ballot record disappeared

„Big Brother“ fährt mit

Das US-Maut-System dient auch der Überwachung.Überwachung

The CIA has now publicly admitted waterboarding


US acknowledges use of waterboarding

Cañon City Daily Record


Senate Democrats demanded a criminal investigation into waterboarding by government interrogators. Tuesday after the Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that the tactic was used on three terror suspects. In congressional testimony Tuesday, CIA Director Michael Hayden became the first administration official to publicly acknowledge the agency used waterboarding on detainees following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

1 out of 4 homeless are veterans

Accept Iran's Regional Role, Says French Envoy

In a sharp departure from U.S. policy, a leading French diplomat has called on the international coalition sponsoring U.N. sanctions against Iran to support a larger Iranian role in the Middle East.

From Information Clearing House

Full cost excluded on Iraq, Afghanistan

Bush asked for $70 billion as an "emergency allowance" for war costs for the first part of the budget year, which begins Oct. 1. The White House said it would request more - probably at least another $100 billion.

From Information Clearing House

What Did Israel Bomb in Syria?

By Seymour M. Hersh

"'You are aware of the recent Israeli statements about Syria. The Israelis are extremely serious about Iran and its nuclear program, and I believe that, if the United States government is unsuccessful in its diplomatic dealings with Iran, the Israelis will take it out militarily.' He then told the envoy that he wanted him to convey this to his government-that the Israelis were serious.

Bush Admits He Plans to Attack Iran?

Does This Video Confirm That Bush Intends To Attack Iran?

Did Rumsfeld Authorize War Crimes? The Secret Rules of Engagement in Iraq

By Stephen Soldz

Congress should demand access to these documents to determine the extent to which attacks resulting in civilian casualties were authorized, potentially providing insight into who was responsible for possible war crimes committed in the course of the occupation.

Iraqi Scientist Gave CIA Information That Should Have Prevented War

By Agence France Presse (AFP)

When Saad Tawfiq watched then-US Secretary of state Colin Powell's presentation to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, he shed bitter tears as he realized he had risked his life and those of his loved ones for nothing.

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