Freitag, 21. März 2008

Is Media Afraid of Alzheimers?

Waxman Wants Contract Fraud Documents

Lara Jakes Jordan, writing for The Associated Press, reports, "House Democrats demanded documents Thursday about a multibillion-dollar overseas contracting loophole to track down how - and why - the Bush administration slipped it into plans to protect taxpayer money."

Why the Pentagon Failed and Why the Outcome Matters

Le Nouvel Observateur's Sara Daniel interviews Pierre-Jean Luizard, who explains why the "bogus victory" of the surge will be followed by a "bogus withdrawal," while Pierre Veya, writing for Geneva's Le Temps, describes Iraqi oil as a sword of Damocles for the planet and key to resolution of the Peak Oil problem.

Cheney Tour Sparks Iran War Rumours

Time to Reject Corporate Influence on Washington

Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?

Informant: bigraccoon

Clinton, Obama Are Wall Street Darlings

Janet Hook and Dan Morain report for the Los Angeles Times, "Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, who are running for president as economic populists, are benefiting handsomely from Wall Street donations, easily surpassing Republican John McCain in campaign contributions from the troubled financial services sector."

Will Rush Limbaugh Be Indicted for Voter Fraud?

Steven Rosenfeld, of AlterNet, reports, "As the board of election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where Cleveland is located, launches an investigation into illegal crossover voting in the state's 2008 presidential primary, a big open question remains unanswered: Will county officials go after the ringleaders of apparently illegal electioneering where thousands of Republican voters swore -- under penalty of law -- allegiance to the Democratic Party in order to vote for Hillary Clinton?"

Obama's Passportgate: Historical Echo

Robert Parry writes for Consortium News, "Five presidential elections ago, when another George Bush was in the White House and when Bill Clinton was the Democratic nominee, State Department officials conducted an improper search of Clinton's passport files, an echo of the current case in which Barack Obama's passport files were penetrated three times this year."

Bush Makes False Claims on Iran

Robin Wright reports for The Washington Post, "President Bush said Thursday that Iran has declared that it wants to be a nuclear power with a weapon to 'destroy people,' including others in the Middle East, contradicting the judgments of a recent US intelligence estimate."

Annan Warns Against Conflict With Iran

The Associated Press reports, "Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Thursday that military action against Iran would be 'a real disaster' and said the Middle East could explode if the international community doesn't handle the many conflicts in the region very carefully."

Kashmiri Students to start campaign against mobile towers in Kashmir

The Cheers - Paikuse, Estonia

Over 100 parents of the burn hall school and students will sign a petition against the telecom agency, claiming that the electromagnetic radiation from the ...

Stop the Real ID Act!

by staff


The federal government is trying to bully states into accepting the Real ID Act, which would create a national identity card. So far, Governor Mark Sanford has rightly resisted this federal imposition on South Carolina. Help us show support for Governor Sanford and his resistance to allowing the federal government to centralize a power better left to the states...

Yet again with the National ID

Foundation for Economic Education
by Becky Akers


Fresh from their defeat in forcing national identity papers on us with REAL ID, the Feds are trying once more. Their plea this time isn’t terrorism but immigration — though they’re pretty much the same, or so the State has convinced some Americans. Introduced in 2005 to combat the waves of terrorists thronging our shores, REAL ID was supposed to thwart the bad guys by transforming our driver’s licenses into a national ID card...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Paying the piper

by Dave Lindorff


It’s appropriate that on this week of the fifth anniversary of the criminal US invasion of Iraq, we are also seeing several other things: the death toll of American troops in that doomed adventure is rising past 4000, the economy is sliding into a recession which could be deep and long, and the financial markets are teetering on the edge of a possibly historic collapse.The conjunction of all of these dire things is no coincidence...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Resisting the empire

Foreign Policy in Focus
by Joseph Gerson


Victories are within sight for people in a growing number of nations where communities that host U.S. foreign military bases have long fought to get rid of them. Ecuador’s decision not to renew the U.S. lease for the forward operating base at Manta (see Yankees Head Home) is the culmination of just one of many long-term and recently initiated community-based and national struggles to remove these military installations that are often sources of crime and demeaning human rights violations. A growing alliance among anti-bases movements in countries around the world, including the United States, is preventing the creation of new foreign military bases, restricting the expansion of others, and in some cases may win the withdrawal of the military bases, installations and troops that are essential to U.S. wars of intervention and its preparations for first-strike nuclear attacks...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

President sees start to victory in Iraq

Philadelphia Inquirer


President Bush sought yesterday to convince a skeptical public that the United States is on the cusp of winning the war in Iraq, arguing in a speech that the recent buildup of U.S. forces has stabilized Iraq and ‘opened the door to a major strategic victory in the war on terror.’ Vice President Cheney said separately that it did not matter whether the public supported a continued U.S. presence in Iraq, and likened Bush’s leadership to that of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. After a reporter cited polls showing that two-thirds of Americans opposed the Iraq war, Cheney responded: ‘So?’

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Mast may move on

Last Updated: Friday 21 Mar, 2008

Parents and teachers who want a mobile phone mast removed from beside Dubai British School in The Springs are hopeful of achieving their goal after du’s management visited the site. School principal Peter Moore met the telecommunications company’s representatives on Wednesday and said they assured him they would move the mast, which is disguised as a palm tree if they were provided with a suitable alternative by property developer Emaar.


Oil Deal for Alaska Wildlife Refuge on Fast Track

Public Employees for Environmental Ethics reports, "A massive land-for-oil swap in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge aims to open much of eastern Alaska up to petroleum development, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The land exchange is moving quickly despite the absence of any land appraisals for the more than half a million acres involved."

Blackwater "Blood Money" Angers Iraqis

At least two Iraqi families of victims killed by Blackwater security guards in September tell ABC News they have refused compensation offered by the company, Aadel Faiq of ABC News reports.

Cheney Ex-Aide Scooter Libby Disbarred

"Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, was disbarred today by a District of Columbia court that ruled that his convictions last year for perjury and obstructing justice in a White House leak investigation disqualify him from practicing law," reports Carol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post.

Massive ballot-rigging technique?

Approved Telecommunications Tower and Antenna Protocol



Guildwood Cell Tower Update

Dear Guildwood No Tower Members and Interested Parties,

I regret to inform you that the Presbyterian Church contacted us late last night to inform us that the Church will not break its lease with Bell Mobility.

On a more positive note, Councillor Ainslie has re-confirmed today that Bell has yet to file their own impasse with Industry Canada to pursue the site. Bell Mobility will need to file an impasse with Industry Canada should they want this site, only then will Industry Canada make a final decision.

This morning the Councillor informed us that he met with new Bell Mobility representatives yesterday and that these new Bell representatives want to work proactively with us on this issue. Bell Mobility’s meeting with the Councillor is a very positive first step to working with us!.

The Councillor mentioned that Bell Mobility is still looking at other sites, especially the Livingston Building where they can co-share their antennas with the existing Rogers antenna. Obviously this option would be most suitable to the vast majority of our group and community, it would be ~500 metres from the schools and daycares, not create unnecessary RF radiation and it will be unobtrusive, and restore our harmony.

Once again, we are disappointed with the Church’s decisions but are cautiously optimistic with the progress that Councillor Ainslie has made working on our behalf. The Councillor’s news is encouraging but we are not out of the woods yet.

Please update your friends and neighbours without access to email.

I will keep everyone apprised as soon as I hear anything else about the cell tower.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions,

Warmest regards,

US economist calls financial crisis worst since 1930s

Dollars tough to sell

The U.S. dollar's value is dropping so fast against the euro that small currency outlets in Amsterdam are turning away tourists seeking to sell their dollars for local money while on vacation in the Netherlands.

US economist calls financial crisis worst since 1930s

The current financial crisis is the worst the world has seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s and the US Federal Reserve move to cut interest rates will not make much difference, the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Wednesday.

World trade decelerates almost to a standstill

Global trade slowed almost to a standstill over the new year, threatening to shrink for the first time since the US economy went into recession in 2001.

Lehman sees risk of double-dip U.S. recession

Investors already coming to grips with the prospect of a looming U.S. recession face the even bleaker notion of a "double-dip" economic downturn, U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers (LEH.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday.

Jim Rogers: FED is using taxpayers money to buy Bear Sterns Maseratis


US leading index tumbles for fifth straight month

The US leading index fell by 0.3 per cent and six of the 10 economic indicators that form the index were down on the month, the New York-based Conference Board said.

Factory and other data adds evidence of recession

Evidence of a U.S. recession mounted today with reports showing Mid-Atlantic factory activity in its worst slump since the start of the Iraq war and more workers claiming jobless benefits.,1,7129640.story

Jobless benefit rolls hit 3-1/2 year high

The number of U.S. workers filing initial claims for unemployment aid climbed 22,000 last week, while the overall number on the benefit rolls hit a 3-1/2 year high a week earlier, the government said on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House


Printing money for Wall Street

Acton Institute
by Oskari Juurikkala

The global financial system is in a deepening crisis, largely due to greedy gambles with complex financial derivatives. The bailout of Bear Stearns Cos., in which the Fed provided $30 billion loan to J.P. Morgan Chase to acquire the investment bank, is only the latest — and probably not the last — rescue mission from the central bank. Overall, the response of the Bernanke-led Federal Reserve to the global financial meltdown has been exceedingly simple: lower interest rates....

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

U.S. "Enhancing Terror"

Interview with Noam Chomsky

Video and transcript

'We Live in a Nightmare, Death and Carnage is Everywhere'

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in Baghdad

"We came, his friends, me and Hassan and Hadi, and washed him and put him in a shroud. You know I am too emotional I cry very quickly. For six months I didn't talk to anyone, I was just sad and silent.

Five Years of Genocide

By Zuheir Kseibat

In the long night and the epic of forgotten genocide, only Bush hallucinates about victory... All the politicians of Iraq hallucinate about democracy-deception. It is the long night of genocide.

Death, Destruction and Reparations

What Do We Owe Iraq?

One thing we do not owe Iraq is another "public relations coup" but that's what appears to be up ahead as the war de-accelerates. Youngsters maimed by the aggression that Professor Feldman rationalizes will be flown to the U.S. by "humanitarian" aid scams and faith-based Christian charities to massage the collective guilt of America for having slept through the massacre into coughing up big bucks.

There Is No Such Thing As A War For Free

By J. E. Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes

President Bush talked about the enormous financial problems facing Social Security, saying that drastic reforms-even privatization-were needed. Well, for one-sixth of the cost of an Iraq war, one could put Social Security on firm financial footing for at least the next 50 to 75 years.

The Costs of Freedom Monica Benderman

Five years of this war, and no end in sight.

By Monica Benderman

In the last five years, I have come to see the real cost of freedom up close and personal. I have lived it every single day of my life, oftentimes twenty four hours of each day. I lived the days while my husband was stationed in a combat zone and I received no word from him for months on end.

The Ground Truth: The Human Cost Of War

Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth.


In the opening scenes of Patricia Foulkrod's powerful documentary, we're introduced to a number of young soldiers who speak candidly and powerfully about the motivations that led them to join the military.

The Real Friends of Terror

Video Documentary Report By Ted Honderich

"Do Americans share with "Bin Laden" some of the moral responsibility for the attack?"

In remembrance of some of our victims

- WARNING - These Pages Depict The Horror And Reality Of "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

The Cost So Far: $12 billion per month?

Given approximately $150 billion spent in FY2008, the burn rate is $12.5 billion per month, which is even higher than the "Hi" estimate.

Iraq war drag on economy: Obama

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said the $500 billion cost of the Iraq war is a drag on the U.S. economy and attempted to lay some of the blame for it on Republican rival John McCain.

From Information Clearing House

Sen. Robert Byrd: "Today, I Weep For My Country"

The speech given by Sen. Robert Byrd

Exactly five years ago, on the afternoon of March 19, 2003, mere hours before bombs began falling in Baghdad, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate condemning the use of military force in Iraq. As soon as Byrd was finished speaking, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivered a response defending the Bush administration's decision to go to war.

There Must Be A Reckoning For This Day Of Infamy

By Seumas Milne

Those who insist that the immolation of Iraq was the consequence of errors in the execution of an otherwise defensible policy are simply evading their own responsibility and culpability.

General Petraeus now taxpayer-subsidized lobbyist for big oil companies

Informant: Duane Roberts

Ron Paul Freedom Rally in Washington

The media's special relationship with John McCain

Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Golden Age of the Military-Entertainment Complex

No Torture, No Secret Prison Camps, No Police State

Why Eliot Spitzer was assassinated politically


Spitzer? I Hardly Knew Her!

Media Hacks Call Cheney A “Hero”, Say They Love Him For Not Caring What Americans Think

Informant: shane_digital

Next-up news N°513

An Election Without Meaning

By Peter Phillips

Will November 2008 bring a meaningful change to America? Will getting rid of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney without impeachment or indictment really make a difference? Will a 600 billion dollar war/defense budget be cut in half and used for desperately needed domestic spending? Will the ninety-three billion dollars profits in the private health insurance companies­­—those parasitic intermediates between you and your doctor—be used instead for full health care coverage for all? Will Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus be restored to the people? Will torture stop? Will all students in public universities be able to enroll for free? Will the US national security agencies stop mass spying on our personal communications? Will the neo-conservative agenda of total military domination of the world be reversed?

The answer to these questions in the context of the current billion dollar presidential campaign is an absolute no. Instead we have a campaign of personalities and platitudes. There is a race candidate, a gender candidate and a tortured veteran candidate, each talking about change in America, national security, freedom, and the American way. The candidates are running with support of political parties so deeply embedded with the military industrial complex, the health insurance companies, Wall Street, and corporate media that it is undeterminable where the board rooms separate from the state rooms.

The 2008 presidential race is a media entertainment spectacle with props, gossip, accusations, and public relations. It is impression management from a candidates’ perspective. How can we fool the most people into believing that we stand for something? It is billions of dollars of gravy for the media folks and continued profit maximunization for the war machine, Wall Street, and insurance companies no matter who is determined the winner in November.

We must face the fact that the US government’s primary mission is to protect the wealthy and insure capital expansion worldwide. The US military—spending more than the rest of the militaries of the world combined—is the muscle behind this protect-capital-at-all-costs agenda, and will be used against the American people if deemed necessary to support the mission.

Homeland Security, the North American Command, mass arrest practices with the FALCON raids, new detentions centers, and broadened “terrorism” laws to included interference with business profits are all now in place to insure domestic tranquility through extra judicial means if needed.

The two party corporate political system is having a HOMELAND presidential campaign—Hillary, Obama, McCain, Election, Lacking, Actual, National, Debate. It is time for real change, but it will only come with a social movement of reform in the tradition of the progressive, labor, civil rights, anti-war movements of the last century. We need to use all of our activist, legal, and political resources to reverse these threats to freedom. Naomi Wolf says it is not too late to prevent totalitarianism, but we have to act fast.

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored. Access to verifying facts and analysis for the issues mentioned above is available at .


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