Freitag, 3. Oktober 2008

The Really Hard-to-Swallow Truth About the Bailout

Reality Is No Rehearsal

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout: "Governor Sarah Palin did very well in the vice-presidential debate. She was well handled, well rehearsed and well prepared. For a 90 minute, tightly structured quasi-debate she was able to hold her own. She demonstrated a cursory understanding of some very general issues affecting America today. The problem is the real world is unrehearsed; life is live."

Next-up news Nr 699

Democratic Congressman: Representatives Were Threatened With Martial Law In America Over Bailout Bill

Never in living memory has an election been more critical

The Choice

The New Yorker: "Never in living memory has an election been more critical than the one fast approaching-that's the quadrennial cliche, as expected as the balloons and the bombast. And yet when has it ever felt so urgently true? When have so many Americans had so clear a sense that a Presidency has-at the levels of competence, vision, and integrity-undermined the country and its ideals?"

Wanted: persons who can translate from Dutch to English and to French

The Dutch Knowledge Platform Safe Mobile Network (KPSMN) has a very interesting website on how a safer mobile network can be created
( ). They argue that a few relatively simple technical adjustments to mobile networks (namely higher placed antennas which emit at lower power) can significantly lower ambient radiation levels, without this hindering the functioning of mobile networks (like the system that is already applied in Salzburg).

The European Parliament and other policy makers around the world have become concerned about the issue of EMF. The information on the website of the KPSMN could provide them with very useful and especially useable information that shows that it is in fact fairly easy to achieve lower radiation levels. It is very concrete information that can be easily translated into policy measures.

The problem is however that the website is only available in Dutch at the moment. So it would be very, very valuable if the website could be translated to English and/or French (and perhaps other languages), preferably by native speakers of these languages, or otherwise people who master these languages very well.

People willing to do this can send an email to info[at] (please put[at] in cc)

FBI agents silenced on 9/11 “truth”

CQ Politics


The FBI has blocked two of its veteran counterterrorism agents from going public with accusations that the CIA deliberately withheld crucial intelligence before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. FBI Special Agents Mark Rossini and Douglas Miller have asked for permission to appear in an upcoming public television documentary, scheduled to air in January, on pre-9/11 rivalries between the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency. The program is a spin-off from The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, by acclaimed investigative reporter James Bamford, due out in a matter of days...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

McCain struggles to explain support for bailout

Ithaca Journal


Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who insists he would veto any pork barrel bills to come across his desk as president, is struggling to explain his vote for the revised financial bailout plan that contained a number of those pet projects. In an interview on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ program Thursday, McCain said the extra sweeteners added to the financial bailout bill that passed Wednesday night in the Senate are ‘just the way the system is working in Washington, and the reason why it’s got to be fixed and it’s got to be changed’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


In case you missed it:

McCain Rejects Broad U.S. Aid on Mortgages

Drawing a sharp distinction between himself and the two Democratic presidential candidates, Senator John McCain of Arizona warned Tuesday against vigorous government action to solve the deepening mortgage crisis and the market turmoil it has caused, saying that "it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers."

From Information Clearing House


Trailing, McCain Prepares to Go Negative

Michael D. Shear, The Washington Post: "Senator John McCain and his Republican allies are readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama's character, believing that to win in November they must shift the conversation back to questions about the Democrat's judgment, honesty and personal associations, several top Republicans said. With just a month to go until Election Day, McCain's team has decided that its emphasis on the senator's biography as a war hero, experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick is insufficient to close a growing gap with Obama. The Arizonan's campaign is also eager to move the conversation away from the economy, an issue that strongly favors Obama and has helped him to a lead in many recent polls."

McCain's Kremlin Ties

Lawyers: Guantánamo Detainee Has No Hope of Fair Trial

Investigating 'Africa's Guantanamo'

Salim Awadh is talking to me from inside a cell somewhere in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

From Information Clearing House

Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million

Add up the couple's 2007 income and the estimated value of their property and investments and they appear to be worth at least $1.2 million. That would make the Palins, like Democratic vice presidential rival Joe Biden and his wife Jill, well-off but not nearly as wealthy as multimillionaire couples John and Cindy McCain and, to a lesser extent, Barack and Michelle Obama.

At home with the Palins: 'struggling working-class Americans' worth $1.2m

Her governor's salary brought in $125,000 (£71,000), while her husband Todd earned almost $100,000 from his part-time job at BP, combined with income from commercial fishing. The couple appeared to be worth at least $1.2m.

Food Stamp Participation Increases As Economy Slows

Almost a million more people participated in the federal government's food stamp program for the needy between April and July, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the program.

From Information Clearing House

Former Abu Ghraib guard says prisoners were treated even worse than was reported

"The public was told the problem was resolved when a few people were prosecuted," the decorated war veteran told a recent gathering of anti-war activists in Madison. "But the culture and the political reality that turned Abu Ghraib into a concentration camp was never addressed. Nothing in the camp really changed."

From Information Clearing House

Bailout Focus On House as Crisis Spreads

By Eddie Evans and Ralph Boulton

U.S. factory orders fell 4 percent in August, on top of data on Wednesday that showed manufacturing activity in September at its weakest since the 2001 recession. U.S. jobless claims rose last week to their highest level in seven years, ahead of September payrolls data due out on Friday.

Soros Says Paulson's Financial-Rescue Plan Is `Ill-Conceived'

Billionaire investor George Soros said the U.S. should inject equity into banks rather than buy their bad debts as proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in his financial-rescue package.

Wall Street battered by economic fears, credit worry

Stocks slid on Thursday as tight credit markets and bleak economic data forced investors to focus on the rocky road still ahead for the U.S. economy even if Congress passes a $700 billion rescue package.

Middle Americans unite against the great bank rescue

"It's g... un-American," Mr Benway said as he leant against his pickup outside the Thrift Store in Richfield, Minnesota. "We don't give money to companies. We're not France - yet." For Ms Valentine, sitting in a nearby mall: "Congress was right to vote the Bill down. It doesn't tackle the root causes or help the people that need it."

From Information Clearing House


Economist Asks: Is Bailout Necessary?

How the Media Sold Their Souls to Wall Street

This Crisis Is Also a Big Opportunity


How to break the money monopoly

The Nation/Howl
by Nicholas von Hoffman


Once again, the small group of financial organizations and the few thousand people who constitute what we call Wall Street have brought the country to the verge of ruin. It’s been barely ten years since they visited the dot-com boom and bust on the nation and twenty years since they took us to the edge of ruin in the savings and loan scandals. Leading the first response team trying to save Wall Street is Henry Paulson, secretary of the treasury and the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman Sachs, Paulson is estimated to have enriched himself by a one-half billion to three-quarters of a billion dollars...

Deflation on the horizon

The Nation
by Nicholas von Hoffman


The next phase in this great unraveling is deflation. Deflation is when you go to the supermarket and things cost less. Deflation is when prices go down–but in our present situation that is nothing to cheer about. If everyday life is hit by a deflationary wave, it will bring extreme hardship to millions. This will not be a gentle dropping of prices, as when safe and competent hands are running the Federal Reserve Board and those in charge are simply steadying the value of money. This, if it comes, will be a brutal and jarring drop in prices. We have just experienced one example of a deflationary drop when the stock market took a nose dive and share prices went down at a sickening speed. In one day pension funds, 401(k)s, college savings accounts, charitable foundations, college and university endowments collectively lost $1.3 trillion. That’s deflation of the brutal kind...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp$700

Iraq Facing New Civil War, Insurgency

By Robert Dreyfuss

What does the start of a new civil war in Iraq look like? It looks a lot like this.

Red Flag on Purging Voter Rolls

Pia Malbran, CBS News: "With Election Day rapidly approaching, a new report, obtained exclusively by CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian, raises serious questions and exposes flaws in the way states maintain their voter registration rolls."

Voter Purges

Myrna Perez, Brennen Center for Justice: "Voter registration lists, also called voter rolls, are the gateway to voting. A citizen typically cannot cast a vote that will count unless her name appears on the voter registration rolls. Yet, state and local officials regularly remove - or 'purge' - citizens from voter rolls."

Job Losses at 600,000 and Counting

Steve Hargreaves, CNN: "Job losses have been mounting, and the slowing economy and credit crunch are likely to take an even greater toll in the coming months. Analysts on average forecast that the monthly employment report expected Friday will reveal that the economy shed 105,000 jobs in September - the largest monthly loss in five years. The economy already has lost 605,000 jobs this year."

Pakistan, United States: Brink of War?

Mustafa Qadri, Foreign Policy in Focus: "As the United States steps up border raids into Pakistan, troops from both countries have commenced a deadly game of brinksmanship. Although aimed at asserting each other's military presence along the Pakistan-Afghan border, the skirmishes risk outright hostilities."


Dueling partners: Pakistan and America

A country once callously shrugged off simply as India's "lesser" neighbor, now commands global attention and scrutiny as the next, crucial battleground on the never ending "war on terror."

Heeding the lessons of another war

If continued, ground incursions by U.S. troops across the border into Pakistan in search of the Taliban and Al Qaeda risk drastically undermining the Pakistani state, society and army.

From Information Clearing House

From Empire to Democracy

Howard Zinn, The Guardian UK: "This current financial crisis is a major way-station on the way to the collapse of the American empire. The first important sign was 9/11, with the most heavily armed nation in the world shown to be vulnerable to a handful of hijackers."

Next-up news Nr 698

Pariser Umweltministerium sorgt sich um Mobilfunkstrahlung

Mobilfunkbetreiber Bouygues Telecom dazu verurteilt, eine Antenne im Namen des Vorsorgeprinzips abzubauen


Pariser Umweltministerium sorgt sich um Mobilfunkstrahlung

Umweltstaatssekretärin Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet forderte die Mobilfunkanbieter auf, sich beim Aufstellen von Relais-Antennen vorsichtshalber zusammenzuschließen, um die Strahlenbelastung zu verringern. ... Eine Familie aus dem Großraum Paris hatte den Mobilfunkanbieter Bouygues Telecom angezeigt, weil eine der beiden 17-jährigen Töchter von dem "Elektrosmog" Herzrhythmusstörungen bekommen habe.

Aus: FGF-Infoline vom 02.10.2008
Der Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF), gehören alle deutschen Mobilfunkbetreiber an.

Rachel's News #979

Gasoline is toxic waste, literally

Friday: Last Chance to Stop Paulson's Plunder

New masts get a bad reception

Friday, October 03, 2008, 07:00

THEY'VE been linked to everything from suicides in Bridgend to cancer in Bristol, and every time a phone company wants to install a mast near houses, schools and public places there's outcry.

The most recent furore has surrounded a mast installed by Vodafone in Townhill, despite Swansea Council planners voting to reject the company's application.

A delay of 24 hours in telling the company of the council's decision meant the installation could go ahead anyway.

Around 200 local people had signed a petition to stop the mast being built in the middle of a residential area. They were concerned about their and their children's health.


The Presidency in Wartime: George W. Bush


"The Age of the Warrior"

By Robert Fisk
Democracy Now!

As the US-led wars in the Middle East shows no sign of abating we turn now to a man who has chronicled eleven major wars in this part of the world.

America's War, Not Ours

By Ahmed Quraishi

The New American Century: Cut Short By 92 Years

By Mike Whitney

There's trouble ahead. The multi-polar world is about to collide head-on with the "faith-based" unipolar world and millions are bound to suffer. But there is no doubt about the final outcome. The geopolitical plates are shifting inexorably away from Washington. America's ability to wage war will steadily erode as capital and resources dry up. Its only a matter of time before the war machine sputters to a halt and the troops return home. When the killing stops, a truly new world order will begin.

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