Mittwoch, 22. Oktober 2008

McCain Campaign Paid Republican Operative Accused of Voter Fraud

How I Committed Voter Fraud

McCain and Palin: To Their Eternal Shame

Long Lines on Election Day: A Form of Voter Suppression?

Bush Authorizes Record Defense Budget

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "Last week, Bush signed the 2009 Defense Authorization Act, allowing $611 billion to be spent this fiscal year on defense. Though the number was not a surprise - the money in the bill had already been appropriated over the last few months - this bill makes it official, placing ceilings on spending, granting authority on who gets to spend what, and nailing the 2009 defense budget into place. It is the highest defense budget since World War II, and Pentagon officials estimate that it will increase by $450 billion over the next five years."

Leben mit Hartz IV: Mit Lizenz zur Ausbeutung

Protect Otero Mesa's Wild Beauty, Wildlife

Enough Joe the Plumber, Here's to Kareem the Soldier

Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: "'Joe the Plumber' was only one of two Americans injected into the presidential election this past week. The other was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, whom former Secretary of State Colin Powell invoked in his endorsement Sunday of Barack Obama."

McCain Giving Up on Colorado, Reports Say

US Election: McCain Campaign Backing Away From Colorado

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian UK: "John McCain's path to the presidency narrowed further today with reports that the Republican was giving up on Colorado, a day after a campaign swing through the battleground state by his running mate, Sarah Palin. The signs of retrenchment for McCain came as a new poll showed Barack Obama steadily increasing his lead since mid-September."

F Is for Failure: The Bush Doctrine in Ruins

Tom Engelhardt, "On the brief occasions when the President now appears in the Rose Garden to 'comfort' or 'reassure' a shock-and-awed nation, you can almost hear those legions of ducks quacking lamely in the background. Once upon a time, George W. Bush, along with his top officials and advisors, hoped to preside over a global Pax Americana and a domestic Pax Republicana - a legacy for the generations. More recently, their highest hope seems to have been to slip out of town in January before the you-know-what hits the fan. No such luck."

Number’s up for phone mast plan

by Ben Turner

Macclesfield Express - United Kingdom


RESIDENTS are celebrating after plans for a large Vodafone mast in the centre of Tytherington were scrapped.

The communications’ giant withdrew its application to install a mobile phone mast on Manchester Road, close to the Shell Service Station, following objections from Ian Davies and his neighbours on Bluebell Close – and, bizarrely, the Bat Society.

Residents sent letters of protest to Macclesfield Borough Council on the grounds that the mast did not meet Government guidelines and was too close to Marlborough Primary School and Tytherington High School.


Would Republicans accuse Joe the Plumber of voter fraud?

Mother Jones
by James Ridgeway


Under the GOP’s current vote suppression strategy in Ohio, McCain’s now famous icon might have had a hard time casting a ballot. In a case that has now gone to the Supreme Court for review, Republicans in the state are challenging the registrations of all new voters whose names and other information do not exactly match those in government databases. It turns out that one of the present Ohio voters who could have fallen into this category is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher — or is it Worzelbacher? — otherwise known as Joe the Plumber. The man John McCain lionized in Wednesday night’s debate has since had every aspect of his life scrutinized by the media. They’ve uncovered some contradictory facts, to say the least: He’s not really a plumber, he probably wouldn’t pay more taxes under Obama if he bought his business, and he hasn’t actually paid some of the taxes he already owes. He’s also registered to vote under a different name...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

ACLU Demands Information on Military Deployment Within US Borders

No Child Left Behind Fails Us All

That Sarah Palin Is One Unreal Alaskan

McCain Evolved From Reluctant Warrior to Interventionist

Protect Your Right to Vote

Sigmar Gabriel in Nöten

Die Energie- und Klimawochenschau: Eine "unbequeme Wahrheit" für den Bundesumweltminister und unangenehmen Nachrichten aus der Arktis.

US-Army will "Schmerzwaffe" kaufen

Seit Jahren ist immer wieder die Rede, dass die angeblich nichttödliche Strahlenwaffe ADS oder der kleinere "Silent Guardian" zum Einsatz kommen könnten.

Crunch May Spur Rethink of Nature as "Free"

Reuters: "The worst financial crisis since the 1930s may be a chance to put price tags on nature in a radical economic rethink to protect everything from coral reefs to rainforests, environmental experts say."

Powell's Endorsement an Indictment of GOP

David Yepsen, The Des Moines Register: "Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday was more than just a nod of approval. It was also an indictment of the state of the Republican Party and the way John McCain has conducted himself and his presidential campaign."

Iraqi MPs demand changes to US troop withdrawal agreement

The Iraqi Cabinet dealt a blow today to a draft agreement to allow US forces to stay in Iraq beyond the end of the year, demanding changes to the document to make it more acceptable.

Iraqi-U.S. pact dishonors Iraq: Jaafari

Former Iraqi Premier Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday said from Iran that the Iraqi-U.S. long-term proposed security agreement is both detrimental to and dishonors Iraq, calling on the Iraqi people to reject it, according to Fars News Agency.

From Information Clearing House


The Real News Network: US-Iraq Security Deal in Doubt Again

The Grand Illusion of American Power

By H.D.S. Greeway

"We have a choice," said Donald Rumsfeld in September, 2001. Either we change the way we live, "which is unacceptable," or we "change the way they live, and we chose the latter. "

How Should You Vote? Vote Your Values, Not Your Fears

Chomsky: The Bewildered Herd


Noam Chomsky: People should vote against McCain and for Obama - but without illusions.

How Should You Vote?

Defining a new framework for electoral strategy in America.

By Jeremy R. Hammond

The "we have to ensure the greater evil doesn't gain power" mindset wins out over "we have to ensure the best candidate wins". But, of course, strict adherence to this electoral strategy can only result in the self-perpetuation of the same political process they they are so disillusioned with in the first place.

Cynthia McKinney - Vote Your Values - Not Your Fears


Vote Your Values and you can get the leadership that reflects those values.

The Real Scandal

Can a rancid Congressional committee be far behind? Leave it to a right-wing Republican to long for those sunny, bygone days of political witch-hunting.

Will Your Vote Be Counted?

Video - Bill Moyers sits down with Mark Crispin Miller, professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, who has been following voter fraud allegations in his blog News from the Underground. An expert on propaganda and media, Miller's book LOSER TAKES ALL is an anthology of writings covering election fraud.

From Information Clearing House

A Philosophical Dead-end

By Conor Clarke

In 2000 George Bush ran for president as something called a compassionate conservative, which Bush described obscurely as "first and foremost springing from the heart". But the heart, Bush was quick to insist, must be set free. The word "regulations" or its variants crops up 28 times in the 2000 platform, and Bush wasn't asking for more of them. Instead, he was fond of mocking Al Gore for presiding over a regulatory bureaucracy.

The ABCs of Paulson's Bailout

Licensed Kleptocracy for Years to Come

By Michael Hudson

Wall Street is in control, but its policies are so shortsighted that they are eroding the underlying economy - which is passing from democracy to oligarchy, and indeed it seems to a bipartisan financial kleptocracy.

What Went Wrong in the Capitalist Casino?

By Tony Benn

What we are watching is nothing less than the steady transfer of real political power from the polling station to the market and from the ballot to the wallet - reversing the democratic gains we have made over the last century when we were able, increasingly, to use our votes to shape our economic future.

Why Wont The Bail Out Work?


Voters are rightly furious at the proposal to spend $700,000,000,000 that the government doesn't have to bail out Wall Street bankers who created the current economic crisis in the first place. But why then aren't we concerned about the trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve is pumping into the system? Or the trillions missing from the Pentagon? Or the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble.

Layoffs spreading across corporate America

Shock waves from the global financial crisis are now being felt in almost every corner of working America as companies press the eject button on increasing numbers of employees.

Homeless numbers 'alarming'

More families with children are becoming homeless as they face mounting economic pressures, including mortgage foreclosures, according to a USA TODAY survey of a dozen of the largest cities in the nation.

From Information Clearing House


Any Pay Cuts on Wall Street Yet?

Dean Baker, Truthout: "Congress assured us that there would be no more big paychecks for incompetent Wall Street bankers when they passed their bailout bill. They told us that the tough pay provisions would put an end to the multimillion-dollar payouts to these folks."


No Golden Parachutes for the Working Poor

Current Crisis Demonstrates Anti-Democratic Nature of Financial System


Fed announces new plan to help money market funds

Las Vegas Review-Journal


First, it was the banks. Now the Federal Reserve has come to the aid of money market funds as the government seeks to break the credit logjam that threatens the global economy. A week after the government announced it would spend $250 billion to buy stakes in U.S. banks, the Fed stepped up Tuesday to help money market funds that have been squeezed by worried investors demanding to cash out their holdings. Meanwhile, the Treasury named two accounting firms to help manage the $700 billion bailout package...

Taxpayer-funded bank mergers?

Tom Paine/Our Future
by Isaiah J. Poole


The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Treasury Department is considering using part of a $250 billion fund associated with the Wall Street bailout effort to help facillitate bank mergers. Is this a good idea? The surprising answer in this video from Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research highlights why it’s important for grassroots activists to stay informed and stay active as federal officials move quickly, with no real congressional or public input, to reshape the financial landscape...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp$700

Steal the Election Once Shame on Me, Steal it Twice

The Global War on Terror Report Card

Omar Khadr: The Guantánamo Files

Ron Paul Has the Cure, But Will Anyone Listen?

The Sick Man of North America

Too Big to Fail?

Four More Years

Being Prepared

Depression Update

HC notice to Centre on PIL against mobile towers

Chennai, Oct 20, 2008 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) --

Madras High Court today issued notices to the Centre, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), BSNL and private cellular operators on a petition seeking a direction to stop erection of communication towers atop buildings in populated areas.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice A K Ganguly and Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, ordered notices returnable by three weeks.


Informant: Martin Weatherall


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