Donnerstag, 21. August 2008

America in the World: Silenced by Bush

There can be no state solutions to climate change

San Francisco to Vote on Iraq War Funding

McCain Not Sure How Many Houses He Owns


Homes McCain doesn't remember having worth nearly $14 million

Even though John McCain can't remember how many houses he and his wife own, his political opponents have been keeping track of the multi-millionares' holdings.

From Information Clearing House

Key US Iraq Strategy in Danger of Collapse

Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers: "A key pillar of the US strategy to pacify Iraq is in danger of collapsing because the Iraqi government is failing to absorb tens of thousands of former Sunni Muslim insurgents who'd joined U.S.-allied militia groups into the country's security forces."

Wasserkraftwerksprojekt Belo Monte bedroht indigene Völker und Biodiversität

Indianervölker protestieren seit Jahren gegen Staudammprojekte

In Brasilien soll der weltweit drittgrößte Staudamm zur Elektrizitätsgewinnung gebaut werden. Durch das geplante Wasserkraftwerk Belo Monte sind der Xingu-Fluss, mehrere indigene Völker und Tausende von Flussanwohnern und Fischern bedroht. Die Menschen am Fluß brauchen internationale Solidarität. (Start: 21.08.2008)

Next-up news Nr 662

Councillors will oppose new mast plan

Kenilworth Today - Leamington Spa, England, UK

By Sundari Sankar

Town councillors plan to oppose a proposal to build a 12m mobile phone mast in a residential area of Kenilworth. ...

How politics destroy harmony and create conflict

Classically Liberal
by CLS


Notice that when people go to the grocery store they don’t fight. I walk up and down the aisles and pick what I want. It may not be what you want but you don’t care. You aren’t paying my bill and I’m not paying your bill. I can respect your selections and you can respect mine. You might shake your head at some items I buy and I might look down on some of your choice. But neither of us is willing to fight over other people’s choices. In politics the opposite is true. Everything is constant conflict. It is constant conflict because the political means of achieving goals means the use of government power to achieve goals. That means we direct the raw power of government against others to secure what we want. We DO take from people the things they own. We DO impose on will on others. If the grocery store worked like politics it would be a hellish experience. We’d have to lobby for the right to buy the doughnut we like...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

McCain’s foreign policy judgment is questionable

Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent


A major theme of John McCain’s campaign is that he has far more experience in foreign affairs than does Barack Obama. McCain has now escalated his attacks by targeting Obama’s judgment as well — especially the latter’s pessimism about the effectiveness of the surge in Iraq. There is little doubt about McCain’s lengthier foreign policy experience. But it is not at all apparent that his judgment is superior to Obama’s. Indeed, the record indicates that McCain’s own judgment is alarmingly bad...

McCain’s warped worldview

The Nation

by Robert Scheer


The world according to John McCain is one in which America is triumphant at home and abroad thanks to the Bush legacy, rolling to victory internationally and mastering its domestic economic problems. If daily news, like reports of the ten French soldiers killed by a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan and the US government’s imminent nationalization of much of the American mortgage-lending industry, would seem to deny such a rosy scenario, then that only shows skeptics lack the courage that sustained McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. There you have it encapsulated, the McCain campaign for President, an irrational mélange of patriotic swagger and blindness to reality that is proving disturbingly successful with uninformed voters...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Why the West can’t kick its Cold War habit

Spiked Online
by Frank Furedi


All of a sudden, we are confronted with the prospect of a new Cold — or Not-So-Cold — War. What started off as an opportunistic and misconceived local land-grab by a juvenile Georgian government has, in the space of a week, turned into a dangerous and potentially catastrophic international crisis...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Full spectrum dominance

Pepe Escobar: Welcome to the New Cold War.

War is the ultimate disorder

Liberty For All
by Donna Mancini


Many people worry about what would happen in the absence of political government. They think everyone would plunder, rape, and kill their neighbors and there would be mayhem in the streets. Come on. Give me a break! That is what is happening now because of an elite monopoly criminal gang at our helm. Known as the government, they are robbing all of us at gunpoint; playing one side against the other; and, redistributing the booty. The official ’story’ of course is, ‘It’s for our safety and security; and needless to say, it’s for ‘the children‘...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Barnards Green mast plan is thrown out

9:47am Thursday 21st August 2008

By Robert Hale

CONTROVERSIAL plans to erect a new mobile phone mast in Barnards Green were thrown out by district council planners last night.

Phone company O2 applied to put up the 12.5-metre mast in the Six Ways trading estate, behind Barnards Green Road. An application for a 15-metre mast on the same mast was thrown out in 2006.

Some 30 letters of objection were received from people who live or work around the proposed mast site.

Among their reasons for concern were the height of the proposed mast and its impact on the skyline and views towards the hills. There were also considerable worries about radiation from the mast affecting people's health.


Der (Alb)traum Onlinedurchsuchung: ungeprüft, unbefristet, zahllos

Unter anderem BKA-Chef Jörg Ziercke verfolgt weiter unbeirrt seinen Traum von der Onlinedurchsuchung. Und erinnert in seiner Argumentation an Otto Schily.

Des Zierckes neue Gesetze

Die innenpolitischen Scharfmacher sagen offen, was sie wollen: Wohnungen heimlich durchsuchen und informationstechnische Systeme verwanzen und manipulieren. Nur das Grundgesetz steht dem noch im Weg.


Noch viele Fragen offen bei heimlichen Online-Durchsuchungen

„Bei der sechsstündigen Anhörung zur Novelle des Gesetzes für das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) am heutigen Montag im Bundestag waren sich Experten uneins, ob die geplante Ausforschung informationstechnischer Systeme grundrechtskonform durchführbar ist und ob die Ermittler dafür in Wohnungen eindringen dürfen sollten…“ Artikel von Stefan Krempl in heise news vom 15.09.2008

Nackter geht's nicht. Das Ende des Datenschutzes

„Deutschland hat seine Datenschutzskandale, doch erst der Blick über den Atlantik zeigt, wie weit entsprechende Standards erodieren können: In den USA herrscht in vielerlei Hinsicht Volltransparenz. Mit Hilfe von Web-Datenbanken lässt sich fast alles über einen Menschen recherchieren…“ Artikel von Michael Soukup bei Spiegel online vom 16. September 2008,1518,577432,00.html

Aus: LabourNet, 16. September 2008


BKA-Gesetz mit Online-Durchsuchung: Die Anhörung im Innenausschuss und wie die Medien darüber berichteten

„Ein Leser schickte uns eine adäquate Zusammenfassung der Anhörung im Innenausschuss sowie der Berichterstattung darüber: Sachverständige: “Das ist verfassungswidrig.” Abgeordnete: “Ist uns egal.” Mainstream-Medien: “Keine Verfassungsbedenken bei neuem BKA-Gesetz.”…“ Zuschrift an die Nachdenkseiten vom 17. September 2008

Siehe dazu:

BKA-Gesetz mit Online-Durchsuchung soll noch in diesem Jahr verabschiedet werden

Artikel bei der Netzpolitik vom 16. September 2008

Aus: LabourNet, 25. September 2008örg+Ziercke

Middle Class Squeeze

Friday on Bill Moyers Journal: "With celebrations set to kick off in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, Bill Moyers Journal travels to Colorado where tough economic times are hitting suburban communities. And, as the Olympics are set to close, Bill Moyers interviews Philip Pan, foreign correspondent and former Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post, on how the emerging economic power of China looks from the ground."

Court Rejects EPA Limits on Emissions Rules

Felicity Barringer, The New York Times: "A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out an Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting the ability of states to require monitoring of industrial emissions. The two-to-one ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is the most recent in a series of judicial setbacks to the Bush administration's efforts to reshape federal policies under the Clean Air Act."

Fund Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground and Rainforests Standing for Our Shared Climate



FOREST ALERT! Fund Ecuador to Keep Oil Underground and Rainforests Standing for Our Shared Climate

By Rainforest Portal, August 20, 2008

TAKE ACTION It is time for the international community led by Europe to step up and finance large-scale Amazon rainforest preservation to protect the Earth's atmosphere, biodiversity, and life- giving ecosystems; while helping meet needs for national advancement

The Western Amazon -- home to some of the most biodiverse and intact rainforest left on Earth, which are critical for driving regional and global ecosystems and climatic patterns necessary for life -- may soon be decimated by oil rigs and pipelines. According to a new study in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, over 180 oil and gas "blocks" – areas zoned for exploration and development – now cover the Western Amazon, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Brazil. These oil and gas blocks stretch over 688,000 km2 (170 million acres), a vast area nearly the size of Texas.

Yet there is hope, as Ecuador's new forward-thinking government led by President Rafael Correa announced in June 2007 the innovative Yasuní-ITT Initiative which offers to keep Ecuador's largest untapped oilfields unexploited in exchange for financial compensation from the international community. Regional governments, international donors and global citizens must decide whether every last bit of the Earth's wilderness; and intact, large ecosystems, will be sacrificed to delay having to transition now to renewable energy sources, ensuring abrupt run-away climate change in the process. Given their historical strong rhetoric on the need to protect global climate and biodiversity, please ask European aid agencies to lead the effort.



The reason of high oil price

Another attempt to war on Iran

Back in the USSA

On a Tool of Neocon Imperialism


Bizarro imperialism

by Justin Raimondo


President Bush has long disdained the very idea of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, but last month had the rug pulled out from under him — and John McCain — when Barack Obama went to Iraq and was greeted by the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who promptly endorsed Obama’s call for a definitive timetable. The status of forces agreement has been demoted to the level of a ‘memorandum of understanding,’ so as not to require a vote by the US Congress, nevertheless it cannot avoid a vote in the Iraqi Parliament. That’s what they mean by ‘exporting’ democracy: It’s the Iraqis who do the voting, while we just get to foot the bill. That’s how American imperialism works. We’re the only empire on earth where, as Garet Garrett put it, ‘everything goes out and nothing comes in’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Die Macht der Unerreichbarkeit

The Power of Conformity

Langford to zone against cell towers

Informant: Martin Weatherall

Sleep Sheep creating a tranquil environment?


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