Montag, 6. Oktober 2008

GM is Dangerous and Futile

ISIS Press Release 06/10/08

We Need Organic Sustainable Food and Energy Systems Now

New genetics research invalidates the science underpinning the $73.5 billon global biotech industry and confirms why genetic modification is futile and dangerous; we must implement organic sustainable food and energy systems now Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

Invited Lecture at Conference on Future of Food: Climate Change, GMOs and Food Security, 1-2 October 2008, India International Centre, New Delhi

I am deeply and doubly honoured to be part of this important conference on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, because it was Vandana Shiva and Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher who inspired me and turned me from an ivory tower academic into a science activist. Consequently, I was thrown out of my university and liberated to join civil society in fighting corrupt science and protecting good independent science.

“Change to gene theory raises new challenges for biotech” The headline appeared in the business section of the International Herald Tribune 3 July 2007 [1]. The article went on to say: “The $73.5 billion global biotech business may soon have to grapple with a discovery that calls into question the scientific principles on which it was founded.”

It was referring to the findings of project ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA elements), organised by the US National Human Genome Research Institute. A consortium of 35 research groups went through 1 percent of the human genome with a fine-tooth comb to find out exactly how genes work.

To their surprise, researchers found that the human genome might not be a “tidy collection of independent genes” after all…Instead, genes appear to operate in a complex network, and interact and overlap with one another and with other components in ways not yet fully understood.”

The Human Genome Research Institute said that these findings will challenge scientists “to rethink some long-held views about what genes are and what they do.”

The author of the article Denis Caruso commented that, “the report is likely to have repercussions far beyond the laboratory. The presumption that genes operate independently has been institutionalized since 1976, when the first biotech company was founded. In fact, it is the economic and regulatory foundation on which the entire biotechnology industry is built.” She went on to point out that gene patents and safety assessment based on the same paradigm are also in trouble.

She is right on all counts. I pointed that out 10 years previously when a plethora of findings in molecular genetics had already invalidated the genetic determinist paradigm underpinning the biotech industry. In fact, the paradigm had begun to unravel almost as the industry was starting up twenty years earlier.

Read the rest of this article here

They're Stealing from You and Me: Where's the Outrage?

WiMAX in der Schweiz so gut wie tot

Warnings of the creation of a Police State are coming from everywhere, except the mass media

Field of Ruins

Mario Roy, La Presse: "This frightening crack in the American financial edifice comes after the failure of its military apparatus, the slow collapse of which insidiously began, one may perhaps consider, in Korea. After the erosion of the United States' scientific and technological hegemony - which, in fact, leaves American students indifferent, while Asian youth gobble up the molecule and the algorithm. And after the great disenchantment with its diplomacy, to the point we see Nicolas Sarkozy's France cheerfully resume the role it has always considered its own since the time of Cardinal de Richelieu! The United States' only intact power today remains its culture. But for how much longer?"

Wall Street Follows the Path of the Steel Industry in Pittsburgh

Dean Baker, Truthout: There is a joke circulating on the Hill these days. 'What is the technical term for a Wall Street investment banker who supports free trade?' The answer, of course, is 'liar.' In spite of the $700 billion bailout package, Wall Street is going the way of the steel industry in Pittsburgh. The financial industry in the United States is hugely bloated and hopelessly uncompetitive in international markets. In this way, it shares similarities to the US steel industry in the late 70s, except Wall Street is much more poorly situated."$700

Ron Paul: Bailout Unconstitutional, Special Interests Forced Bill Through Congress

Up in arms over mast plans

10:00am Sunday 5th October 2008

By Cadisha Brown

PLANS to erect a mobile phone mast near residential homes will be a detriment to Kidderminster’s street scene, it has been claimed.

Labour Worcestershire county councillor, Nigel Knowles, believes Vodafone’s “hostile” proposal for a 12-metre high mast at the Highway Verge, next to Wolverley Road, is in an inappropriate location.

He is urging residents to object to the plans, as he says it will be placed at a “very busy” road junction and is concerned for people’s health.

“It’s a hostile application,” Mr Knowles said. “There are a lot of people who live in that vicinity. The street scene will be affected.


Government will spy on every call and e-mail

Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

GCHQ, the government's eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1 billion to finance the first stage of the project.

Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country's biggest internet and mobile phone providers - thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers.

Ministers are braced for a backlash similar to the one caused by their ID cards programme. Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: "Any suggestion of the government using existing powers to intercept communications data without public discussion is going to sound extremely sinister."

MI5 currently conducts limited e-mail and website intercepts which are approved under specific warrants by the home secretary.

Further details of the new plan will be unveiled next month in the Queen's speech.

The Home Office stressed no formal decision had been taken but sources said officials had made clear that ministers had agreed "in principle" to the programme.

Officials claim live monitoring is necessary to fight terrorism and crime. However, critics question whether such a vast system can be kept secure. A total of 57 billion text messages were sent in the UK last year - 1,800 every second.

There's no hiding place as spy HQ plans to see all

First ID cards are to be issued within weeks

Informant: Teresa Binstock

Mit Hartz IV ist keine Teilhabe am gesellschaftlichen Leben möglich

6. Oktober 2008

Zu aktuellen Forschungsergebnissen des Instituts für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Das Institut für Arbeitsmarkt und Berufsforschung hat eine umfassende Befragung von Hartz IV Beziehenden durchgeführt. Die Ergebnisse zeigen: Die Regelsätze sind deutlich zu niedrig und verstoßen gegen die verfassungsrechtlich garantierte Menschenwürde der betroffenen Menschen. Eine Teilnahme am sozialen und kulturellen Leben ist für die Bezieherinnen und Bezieher von Arbeitslosengeld II nicht möglich, denn die Leistungen im Rahmen von Hartz IV reichen kaum, um das nackte Überleben der Hilfeempfänger zu gewährleisten. So kann sich ein Teil der Hilfeempfänger nicht mal eine warme Mahlzeit am Tag leisten, kann rezeptfreie Medikamente nicht bezahlen, keine angemessene Winterkleidung anschaffen oder leidet unter anderen gesundheitsgefährdenden Einschränkungen, wie feuchten Wänden in der Wohnung. DIE LINKE fordert, dass der Regelsatz für die Grundsicherung kurzfristig auf 435 Euro angehoben wird. Alle Kampagnen und Forderungen, die auf eine Leistungsreduzierung hinauslaufen, lehnen wir auf das Schärfste ab.


Günter Wallraff stellt ein neues Buch vor: Markus Breitscheidel hat 18 Monate mit Hartz IV gelebt.

Der bekannte Enthüllungsautor Günter Wallraff hat ein neues Buch der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Das neue Machwerk handelt vom Leben eines Arbeitslosengeld II Empfängers. Nicht Wallraff selbst hat sich der Hartz IV Wirklichkeit unterworfen, sondern sein Co-Autor Markus Breitscheidel. Das Buch hat den brisanten Titel: "Arm durch Arbeit". Breitscheidel hat sich 18 Monate mit den Hartz IV Gesetzgebungen und den niedrig bezahlten Jobs auseinandersetzen müssen und am eigenen Leib erfahren, dass man als Hartz-Betroffener kaum Rechte hat.

Lesen Sie weiter:


Leiharbeit undercover: Mein heimliches Leben in deutschen Fabriken

„Seine gelbe Weste leuchtet schon von Weitem. Sie markiert ihn, zeigt, dass er anders ist als die anderen Arbeiter in der Werkshalle. Matthias P. ist Leiharbeiter. Er arbeitet Schulter an Schulter mit den Facharbeitern des Unternehmens. Matthias P. bekommt sechs Euro brutto pro Stunde, weniger als die Hälfte des Lohns, den sein Nebenmann erhält, ein Festangestellter mit Tarifvertrag. Noch am Morgen saß Matthias P. in seiner Wohnung. In Hose und Leuchtweste hockte er neben dem Telefon. Er ist verpflichtet, bis eine Stunde vor Schichtbeginn zu warten - auf einen Anruf der Firma, die ihn verleiht. Matthias P. gibt es erst seit einem Jahr. Der Name ist ein Pseudonym, hinter ihm verbirgt sich Markus Breitscheidel. Der Undercover-Rechercheur und Autor arbeitete für diesen Film über ein Jahr lang mit falscher Identität in der Leiharbeitsbranche, im Niedriglohnsektor. Die Reportage begleitet Matthias P. bis zum Werkstor, seine Arbeitstage filmt er verdeckt. Nur so ließ sich dokumentieren, wie das Leben eines Leiharbeiters tatsächlich ist. „Viele aus der Stammbelegschaft behandeln mich, als hätte ich eine ansteckende Krankheit“, sagt Matthias P. Die Reportage dokumentiert die Erlebnisse von Matthias P. und spricht mit seinen Kollegen, den festen und den ausgeliehenen. Die Reportage geht aber auch in die Betriebe und konfrontiert die Verantwortlichen.“ Siehe weitere Infos zum Film von Julia Friedrichs (WDR, 45 Minuten) bei ARD,tn8oib5fy9yjfui4~cm.asp

Sendetermin: Montag, 27.10.2008, 21:00 Uhr, Das Erste

Siehe dazu auch:

Mit Lizenz zur Ausbeutung. Enthüllungsbuch über Leben mit Hartz IV

Was Breitscheidel in den 18 Monaten verdeckter Recherche erlebt und erfährt, wirft einige Fragen nach der Effizienz des Systems auf. Er ist etwa auf eine Praxis gestoßen, die es, wie er sagt, "Unternehmen in diesem Land möglich macht, kostenlos an Arbeitskräfte zu kommen". Artikel in Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 22.10.08

Aus: LabourNet, 27. Oktober 2008

Seven Palin Aides to Testify in Abuse-of-Power Probe

The Associated Press: "Seven aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether the Republican vice presidential nominee abused her powers by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law. There is no indication, however, that Palin or her husband will now agree to testify in the legislative inquiry, which has dogged her for the past several months and could hurt John McCain in the final weeks of the presidential race."

The encirclement of Russia

Chalmers Johnson: "We have to back down unless we are looking for real confrontation with Russia".

Schäuble setzt sich durch: Bundeswehr gegen den inneren Feind

Petition „Dem Frieden eine Chance – Truppen raus aus Afghanistan!“ – Letzte Chance für Unterschriften

DFG-VK informiert: Am 07. Oktober 2008 beabsichtigt der Deutschen Bundestag über weitere Truppenentsendungen in den Krieg nach Afghanistan zu diskutieren. In der dann folgenden Woche sollen die Abgeordneten über die Verlängerung des Kriegseinsatzes abstimmen. Diese Planungen wollen wir zum Anlass nehmen, um den Fraktionen des Bundestages am 07.10.2008 um 10:00 Uhr auf der Treppe des Reichstagsgebäudes die Forderungen von zehntausenden Menschen gegen die weitere Beteiligung am Krieg in Afghanistan zu übergeben. Listen, die bisher noch nicht eingeschickt wurden, sollten dringend eingeschickt werden, damit sie in die Zählung bis zur Übergabe an den Petitionsausschuss noch einfließen können. Noch kann online unterzeichnet werden:

Militarisierung und die Bundeswehr

Schäuble setzt sich durch: Bundeswehr gegen den inneren Feind

Die Koalition ist sich einig über Einsätze der Bundeswehr zur Terrorbekämpfung im Inland. Die Armee kann damit bei Gefahren aus der Luft, zur See und zu Lande eingesetzt werden. Artikel von Christian Rath in der taz vom 6.10.08

Aus dem Text: „…Künftig könnte die Polizei im Fall einer Terrorwarnung gegen einen Staatsbesuch auch Panzer anfordern, zum Beispiel um Demonstranten in Schach zu halten, die Polizeimaßnahmen zum Schutz der Gäste behindern. Innenminister Schäuble verzichtet im Gegenzug auf Bundeswehreinsätze zum Objektschutz, gegen Piraten und im Quasiverteidigungsfall, die von der SPD abgelehnt wurden.“

Aus: LabourNet, 6. Oktober 2008


6. Oktober 2008

Fortsetzung des innenpolitischen Irrweges

Die Große Koalition hat sich auf den Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Inneren verständigt. Dazu erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Halina Wawzyniak:

Mit der Einigung der Großen Koalition, den Artikel 35 des Grundgesetzes zu ändern, treten Union und SPD das Erbe des Parlamentarischen Rates mit Füßen. Während der Parlamentarische Rat vor 60 Jahren versucht hat, die Lehren aus der Zeit des Faschismus zu ziehen, fabuliert die Große Koalition heute von einer abstrakten Terrorismusgefahr und will die Bundeswehr im Inneren einsetzen. DIE LINKE bleibt dabei: Die Bundeswehr hat im Inneren nichts zu suchen. Die Regelungen des Artikels 35 des Grundgesetzes sind völlig ausreichend. Bündnis 90/Die Grünen und Hans-Christian Ströbele können sich die Krokodilstränen sparen. Die Große Koalition setzt jetzt fort, was Hans-Christian Ströbele mit dem Luftsicherheitsgesetz im Bundestag für Rot-Grün begründete und nur durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht gestoppt werden konnte. Ob Rot-Grün oder Schwarz-Rot: Die Würde des Menschen wird antastbar. Mit juristischen Verrenkungen soll offensichtlich der Begriff Notfall umdefiniert werden, damit die Bundeswehr auch im Inneren die Waffen in Anschlag bringen kann.

9. Oktober 2008

Einknicken vor der CDU

Zur beabsichtigten Änderung des Grundgesetzes für den Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Inneren erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Halina Wawzyniak:

Bundesjustizministerin Zypries hat sich vor Schäubles Karren spannen lassen. Angesichts schwindender Umfragewerte versucht die Union ein Jahr vor der Bundestagswahl noch ihre abstrusen Sicherheitsphantasien in Gesetze zu gießen. Die SPD muss sich entscheiden, ob sie Schäubles-Sicherheitshysterie folgend sich erneut am Nasenring durch die Manege ziehen lassen will. Über die Grundgesetzänderung hat das Parlament zu entscheiden. Jeder Abgeordnete muss selbst entscheiden, ob er einen Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Inneren mit seinem Gewissen vereinbaren kann. Vor 60 Jahren hat der Parlamentarische Rat versucht, bei der Erarbeitung des Grundgesetzes die Lehren aus der Zeit des Faschismus zu ziehen. Nicht umsonst sind die Hürden für eine Grundgesetzänderung hoch gesetzt. Niemand sollte aus Gründen der Koalitionsräson leichtfertig einer Änderung zustimmen. DIE LINKE bleibt dabei: Die Bundeswehr hat im Inneren nichts zu suchen.


Bundeswehr-Einsätze im Inneren

Große Koalition will Grundgesetz für "Notfälle" ändern

Der Bundeswehr soll nach dem Willen der großen Koalition künftig in Notfällen leichter im Inland eingesetzt werden können. Dafür ist eine Grundgesetzänderung beim Artikel 35 (Amts- und Katastrophenhilfe) geplant, der um zwei Absätze ergänzt werden soll, teilten Innen- und Justizministerium am Montag (6. Oktober) in Berlin mit. Danach soll die Bundesregierung zur "wirksamen Bekämpfung besonders schwerer Unglücksfälle" auch die Streitkräfte heranziehen und den "Einsatz militärischer Mittel" anordnen dürfen. Die Opposition lehnte geschlossen eine solche Verfassungsänderung ab. Die Linke rechnet fest mit Bundeswehreinsätzen bei Demonstrationen.

Widerstand gegen Bundeswehreinsatz im Inneren
Geplanter Grundgesetzänderung droht Scheitern im Bundesrat

Die von der großen Koalition geplante Verfassungsänderung zum Bundeswehreinsatz im Inland droht im Bundesrat zu scheitern. Nordrhein-Westfalens FDP-Fraktionschef Gerhard Papke kündigte am Mittwoch (8. Oktober) an, dass die Freidemokraten über ihre Regierungsbeteiligungen in den Ländern versuchen würden, eine Zustimmung im Bundesrat zu verhindern. Grünen-Chefin Claudia Roth sagte, ihre Partei stelle sich "auf allen Ebenen, im Bundestag und Bundesrat", gegen eine Verfassungsänderung, die einen Einsatz der Bundeswehr im Inneren erlauben würde. Für die rot-rote Koalition in Berlin schloss Innensenator Ehrhart Körting (SPD) aus, dass der Senat der geplanten Formulierung zustimmt. Für eine Grundgesetzänderung ist sowohl im Bundestag als auch im Bundesrat eine Zweidrittelmehrheit erforderlich. In der Länderkammer verfügen Union und SPD mit ihren Alleinregierungen und gemeinsamen Koalitionen aber seit der Bremer Bürgerschaftswahl 2007 nicht mehr über die dafür notwendigen 46 der 69 Bundesratsstimmen.äuble

Next-up news Nr 700

Tell World Leaders: Urgent Climate Change Action Cannot Wait for a Return to Economic Hyper-Growth



CLIMATE ALERT! Urgent Climate Change Action

By Ecological Internet's Climate Ark, October 5, 2008

TAKE ACTION Climate change and the bad economy are both symptoms of the same growth-based "ecological bubble". Tell governments to urgently address climate change despite the economic downturn, as both Wall Street and Main Street must realize that without ecosystems there can be no economy

Wall Street's sickness of growth at any cost, and its damage to both the world economy and global ecosystems, is bad news for already faltering efforts to craft a new international climate change treaty. Tighter budgets and worries about jobs will surely be used at upcoming UN talks as excuses by governments hesitant to make the sacrifices necessary to avoid looming abrupt and run-away climate change. Current global economic difficulties must not stop urgent ecological measures -- like dramatic emissions reduction and natural habitat protection and restoration -- necessary to maintain a habitable Earth. The global growth machine is seizing up because it is hitting ecological and economic limits, and because of its own greed.

We must demand world leaders not ignore looming apocalyptic global ecosystem collapse, in a vain effort to return to unsustainable and inequitable economic growth which caused the problems in the first place. This is a last warning, after which all men and women of good conscience and clear minds must commit to escalating "people power" resistance to bring about the necessary changes to ensure a continuation to being and a livable Earth. Tell world government below that climate change is a deadly fact, action cannot be delayed and its solution will help, not harm the economy.


P.S. After sending the alert please continue to participate in the other numerous and on-going ecological protest campaigns, particularly the FSC campaign which is at a critical juncture.


Bail out vote constitutional?

by Devvy Kidd

It's almost difficult to describe in mere words what happened last week in Washington, DC. That Blitzkrieg is today's definition of shock and awe. When the enemy hits you at a speed you may not have time to get ready for is exactly what the money masters planned when they dropped the bail out swindle into the laps of a body of individuals (Congress), with a few exceptions like Congressman Ron Paul, R-TX, who have virtually no understanding of the subject matter.......

World Government is Not Coming, It's Here!

by Joan Veon

The remaining piece that needs to be put in place is for the United States to adopt a global regulatory system to merge our banking, insurance, and stock market and commodity industries to that of the other countries of the world. While only a handful of countries like Britain, Canada, Australia, and the Nordic countries have already adopted some type of global regulatory system, it is America’s turn and once America changes, the rest of the countries will follow suit........

Rush Limbaugh

by Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D

Several decades ago, Rush Limbaugh entertained the idea that there might be a conspiracy toward a world government. However, when someone informed him that his hero, William F. Buckley, Jr., might be part of this as secretly a Commie sympathizer, he then no longer entertained such notions, saying on his radio show, “You have to believe all of this or none......


Is the bailout constitutional?

Cato Institute
by Robert A. Levy


Realists might say, ‘Save your ivory-tower doubts for the law journals.’ Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson famously wrote, ‘The Constitution is not a suicide pact.’ Douse the flames first; then repair the bad wiring. But a declaration of unconstitutionality, if justified, serves three vital purposes today. It imposes a heavy burden on proponents of the bailout to explain why the Constitution can be violated with impunity. It reinforces the case for abandoning the program once any true emergency has passed. And it helps establish a presumption against adopting similar measures that might be proposed to resolve future ‘emergencies’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

A call to arms over cellular antennas

Residents, concerned about radiation being emitted from mounted structures, file complaints

Sunday, October 05, 2008


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As a telecommunications company nears completion of installing hundreds of poletop cellular antennas on Staten Island, residents who live near them are ramping up their fight to have them removed.

Concerns about radiation from the structures -- in which NextG Networks has mounted antennas to the top of street light and utility poles to improve cell phone reception in dead zones -- are causing residents from Westerleigh to Great Kills to file complaints with city, state and federal agencies.

It likely won't do much to help their cause, however.


Informant: Lawrence A. Plumlee

Bailout Creating a Financial Black Hole to Suck Us All In

The Truth Will Set You Free

Informant: Neo Mulder

The day Americans went broke

Militarizing the Police

When Dictatorship Came to America

Financial Dictatorship Comes to America

It’s Not as Though Anyone Saw It Coming

"For entertainment uses only" that would be Mad Money with Jim Cramer


The biggest armed robbery in history

Las Vegas Review Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz


Eleven days ago, the entire government of the United States — OK, no one invited the Supreme Court — sat in the White House in front of the gathered cameras and played used car salesman. From Bernanke of the Fed to Paulson of the Treasury; from Harry Reid to Nancy Pelosi; from Chris Dodd to John McCain to Barack Obama to their earnest front man George W. Bush, the government sat there stern-faced and swore in all earnestness that the nation was in an economic crisis — a liquidity crisis (despite the fact the Fed has been printing up and handing free money to the big bankers all year, by the billions.)...

The rebellion that failed

by David Lindorff


The lesson is clear. No grassroots rebellion that focuses on Congress as its battleground, or that counts Republican or Democratic elected officials as its troops, will go anywhere. The government party will hew to the people with the money. A wiser course of action would be the wholesale rejection this Election Day of all incumbents who voted for the bailout bill in both House and Senate. Do that once, and watch how much better Congress responds to citizen pressure the next time around...

And the market crashed anyway

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson


So, last week, the stock market fell 777 points on news of the failure of Congress to pass the Wall Street Fat Cat Bailout Bill of 2008. Why did the market crash? Pundits claimed because the bill failed. Why did the bill fail? I think because Americans were against it 9 to 1 and contacted their Congress critters. So, this week, the Senate added another $150 billion of sleaze and “incentives” and various kinds of pork, and Congress ate it up. The president signed the bill, and the stock market crashed. Huh?

Toldya so

The Libertarian Enterprise
by A.X. Perez


I’ve stated in at least one previous article that tyranny leads to arrogance and stupidity. As tyrants exercise and become used to power they reach a point where their will to power can only be satisfied by abusing power. Consider Speaker Pelosi’s recent performance...

Who controls your choices?

Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights


The only way to abolish the slavery passed onto you by your government is to recognize how you are being exploited and what you can do to bring it to an end. James Bovard said it best in the preface of his 1994 book on government abuse entitled Lost Rights when he wrote, ‘Americans need to remember their constitutional birthright and stand up to arrogant government officials who treat them like subjects rather than citizens’...

Why the big bailout?

Nolan Chart
by Lou Poumakis


This past month has been an eye-opening experience for many Americans. We have seen the beginning and are still very much in the middle of the greatest economic disaster this nation has ever experienced. Many of us still don’t understand how or why this has happened. The simple explanation is that the Federal Reserve (our central bank), led by Alan Greenspan, continuously inflated the currency from the early ‘90’s until 2006, when Ben Bernanke replaced him...

How government stoked the mania

National Center for Policy Analysis
by staff


Many believe that wild greed and market failure led us into this sorry mess. What’s missing is the role politicians and policy makers played in creating artificially high housing prices, and artificially reducing the danger of extremely risky assets, says Russell Roberts, a professor of economics at George Mason University and a scholar at the Mercatus Center...

The bubble boys

by Justin Raimondo


This is what Ayn Rand — Greenspan’s old mentor — used to call ‘the aristocracy of pull,’ as she put it in one of her fascinating and audaciously self-referential essays. The housing boom — and bust — was made possible by U.S. government-guaranteed loans, given to individuals who failed to meet minimum credit standards. This ‘backed by the faith and credit of the U.S. government’ label created a market that continued to overvalue these ‘assets,’ which were then bundled together into instruments of increasing complexity and sophistication. These ‘derivatives’ and other exotic securities became progressively further and further removed from real market conditions. The Greenspan bubble, pumped up to its limit, continued to expand — and quite naturally popped. Rand used to call him ‘the undertaker,’ because of his dark suits and darker demeanor. Little did she realize that her loyal disciple — Greenspan used to give lectures on ‘The Economics of a Free Society’ at the old Nathaniel Branden Institute — would one day become the undertaker of the U.S. economy...

Time for a second American revolution

by Wendy McElroy


It is October 1st. The mechanism for martial law to be imposed domestically by the American military at the whim of the feds is now in place; that mechanism is loaded and cocked and pointed at your head; it will be fired at the discretion of federal authorities. American soldiers the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team — who have been trained to kill, remember, and are fresh from long duty in Iraq — are ready to aim their weapons at American citizens who disobey and, so, constitute an ‘unruly crowd.’ Vis-a-vis the U.S. military, dissenting Americans will have the same status as the Iraqi population has ‘enjoyed’ for several years now...

Raping the taxpayer for fun and profit

Classically Liberal
by CLS


I fully expect the Bush bail out to become policy. It is bad policy but bad policy and Congress go together like salt and pepper. The politicians have raised their token resistance. Minor changes will be made. Pressure will be put on the holdouts and they will change their votes assuring voters that they held out for the ‘best’ they could hope for...

The fatal conceit of Congress

Independent Institute
by Michael Reksulak


On Monday, the House of Representatives narrowly rejected the ballyhooed ‘Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008′ which would have funneled $700 billion of taxpayer money to bolster the stumbling American financial sector. Figureheads from both major parties immediately vowed commitment to revised bipartisan legislation. However the bill is tweaked to placate feuding Democrats and Republicans, though, its passage is liable to bury years of dirty financial secrets under politicians’ largess at taxpayer expense. Of course, we may have to wait until after the general election to learn just what any adopted bailout entails. The current bill, obligingly, gives all who would support the plan great cover since the Treasury has 45 days to ‘publish program guidelines’ explaining how the distressed assets in this bailout will be priced and valued...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


A £516 trillion derivatives 'time-bomb'

Not for nothing did US billionaire Warren Buffett call them the real 'weapons of mass destruction'.$700

Remember… Remember… Vote Them Out in November

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

Depression or Hyperinflation?

Steal from The Poor, Give To The Rich

Vote fraud: How They Rig Elections

Fear Based Voting: A Nation in Turmoil

by CJ Graham

My email is filled with letters from truly fearful Americans. Never before, have I experienced this level of fear from citizens. It is incredibly disconcerting. Fears expressed are from every possible point of view, all seemingly unrelated. Fears of illegal immigration, shadow government, terrorism, war, failing economy, loss of sovereignty and liberty indicate a distrustfulness of the intentions of our government and I think is well founded..........

A Little Candy For Little Communism

by Dr. Patrick Johnston

I am amazed at the liberty Americans are willing to give up for a little treat. Americans were overwhelmingly against the bailout of Wall Street executives and high-rolling bankers. Investors who took big risks to earn big profits must also bear the losses. According to many experts, the government bailout only postpones the inevitable, making it much more painful and expensive over the long run. It also devalues the dollar through the Federal Reserve’s inflationary printing of money to meet Congress’ deficit demands. Over 400 economists........


Independent Media Source

User Status

Du bist nicht angemeldet.



Aktuelle Beiträge

Trump and His Allies...
https://www.commondreams.o rg/views/2022/06/21/trump- and-his-allies-are-clear-a nd-present-danger-american -democracy?utm_source=dail y_newsletter&utm_medium=Em ail&utm_campaign=daily_new sletter_op
rudkla - 22. Jun, 05:09
The Republican Party... les/the-republican-party-i s-still-doing-donald-trump s-bidding/?eType=EmailBlas tContent&eId=804d4873-50dd -4c1b-82a5-f465ac3742ce
rudkla - 26. Apr, 05:36
January 6 Committee Says... les/jan-6-committee-says-t rump-engaged-in-criminal-c onspiracy-to-undo-election /?eType=EmailBlastContent& eId=552e5725-9297-4a7c-a21 4-53c8c51615a3
rudkla - 4. Mär, 05:38
Georgia Republicans Are...
https://www.commondreams.o rg/views/2022/02/14/georgi a-republicans-are-delibera tely-attacking-voting-righ ts
rudkla - 15. Feb, 05:03
Now Every Day Is January...
https://www.commondreams.o rg/views/2022/02/07/now-ev ery-day-january-6-trump-ta rgets-vote-counters
rudkla - 8. Feb, 05:41


Oktober 2008


Online seit 6969 Tagen
Zuletzt aktualisiert: 22. Jun, 05:09


Animal Protection - Tierschutz
AUFBRUCH für Bürgerrechte, Freiheit und Gesundheit
Big Brother - NWO
Care2 Connect
Civil Rights - Buergerrechte - Politik
Cuts in Social Welfare - Sozialabbau
Death Penalty - Todesstrafe
Depleted Uranium Poisoning (D.U.)
Disclaimer - Haftungsausschluss
... weitere
Weblog abonnieren