Montag, 27. Oktober 2008

Spending Stalls and Businesses Slash US Jobs

Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times: "As the financial crisis crimps demand for American goods and services, the workers who produce them are losing their jobs by the tens of thousands."

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The Cost of Slumber

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "Despite a collapsing economy and complicity in a system that is devouring the embers of a burning planet, the privileged carry on with their lives, 'unaware.' But everyone knows. Even the most ardent supporter of the powers that be is aware of what the government of the United States has done and is doing to Iraq, to the world, to the planet."

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Fluoride Added To Children's Milk In Schools Throughout UK City

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Bildung statt Bomben

10 Milliarden Euro für Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr seit 1992

Deutschland hat für Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr in den vergangenen 15 Jahren mehr als 10,5 Milliarden Euro ausgegeben. In dieser Summe, die die Bundesregierung in einer Antwort auf eine parlamentarische Anfrage der Linksfraktion nennt, sind nach Angaben der Fraktion die anfallenden Betriebs- und Personalkosten nicht einmal enthalten. Zu der Summe müssten noch Betriebs- und Personalkosten hinzugerechnet werden. Der Außenexperte der Linksfraktion, Wolfgang Gehrcke, sah darin einen Beleg, dass in der deutschen Außenpolitik eine Verschiebung "zum Militärischen" hin vollziehe. "Die Bundeswehr ist zu einem Instrument deutscher Außenpolitik umgebaut worden", so Gehrke. "Die hohen Investitionen in die Rüstung, weltweit, in Europa und in Deutschland, haben zu den Haushalts- und Finanzkrisen erheblich beigetragen. Die US-Kriege in Afghanistan und im Irak belasten die Haushalte und spülen Milliarden in die Kassen der Rüstungskonzerne." Sie seien die Nutznießer dieser Kriege.

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Manipulationen: Einsatz von Wahlcomputern umstritten

Kurz vor der Verhandlung vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht über den Einsatz von Wahlcomputern ist die Technik umstritten: Während der Wahlprüfungsausschuss des Bundestages die Geräte für sicher hält, sieht der Verein "Mehr Demokratie" die Legitimität der Wahl als nicht gewährleistet an. Gerald Häfner, Vorstandssprecher von "Mehr Demokratie" bezweifelt die Einhaltung des Öffentlichkeits- und Geheimhaltungsprinzips sowie einen ausreichenden Schutz vor Manipulationen. Er betonte am Montag (27. Oktober) in Berlin, eine nachprüfbare Speicherung und Zählung der Stimmen sei unmöglich. Ferner könnten von den Wahlcomputern ausgestrahlte Radiofrequenzen abgefangen und Stimmen somit entschlüsselt werden. Die Überprüfung eines Mustergerätes durch die Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt gewährleiste zudem keine Übereinstimmung mit den tatsächlich eingesetzten Geräten.

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Bundesverfassungsgericht beendet elektronisches Wahlroulette
//www.ccc.de/press/releases/2009/20090303/

Das Bundesverfassungsgericht hat heute entschieden, daß der Einsatz von Wahlcomputern nicht verfassungsgemäß ist. Vielmehr müssen Wahlen in Deutschland von jedermann ohne Expertenwissen nachvollzogen werden können. Der Verfassungsgrundsatz der Öffentlichkeit der Wahl, den der Chaos Computer Club zum Kernpunkt seiner Kampagne gegen Wahlcomputer gemacht hatte, wurde vom BVerfG als wesentlich für die Durchführung demokratischer Wahlen definiert. Hingegen ist die Geschwindigkeit der Ergebnisermittlung keine Anforderung an eine Wahl. Damit sind die bisher in Deutschland verwendeten NEDAP-Wahlcomputer nur noch Elektroschrott.

In seiner heutigen Entscheidung zur Verfassungsmäßigkeit der Bundestagswahl im Jahre 2005 [1] haben die Karlsruher Richter klargestellt, dass nachvollziehbare und geheime Wahlen zum Kern unseres demokratischen Systems gehören. Dieser wird durch den Einsatz von Wahlcomputern ausgehöhlt. Es müsse auch "Menschen ohne technische Fachkenntnisse" möglich sein, die Wahl komplett nachzuvollziehen. Dazu dürfen Wählerstimmen zu keiner Zeit einzig und allein in elektronischen Speichern abgelegt sein.

Die bisher praktizierte und vom Bundesinnenministerium und der Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt propagierte Kultur des Expertentums, bei der sich die Wähler auf eine vorab festgelegte Vertrauenswürdigkeit der Computersysteme verlassen müssen, hat sich damit erledigt. Der demokratische Urakt darf nicht der unmittelbaren Kontrolle der Wählers entzogen werden.

"Wer jetzt noch mit dem digitalen Zeitgeist oder der angeblich besseren Effizienz elektronischer Wahlen argumentiert, hat nicht verstanden, was das Wesen von Demokratie ist und sollte nicht weiter mit wesentlichen Aspekten des Wahlvorgangs betraut werden", sagte Dirk Engling, Sprecher des Chaos Computer Club.

Zwar hat das BVerfG die Tür für elektronische Wahlen einen Spalt breit offengelassen, allerdings nur, wenn der Wähler jederzeit ohne Fachkenntnisse die Korrektheit der Stimmabgabe und -auszählung überprüfen kann. Diese Anforderungen an Wahlcomputer bedeuten jedoch defacto ein Verbot, da die ökonomischen Argumente für den Einsatz von Wahlcomputern hinfällig werden, sobald mindestens ein Wähler das Nachzählen der Papierstimmen verlangt.

Engling kommentierte die vom Bundesverfassungsgericht errichteten Hürden, "Wir sind gespannt, ob zukünftige Hersteller von Wahlcomputern in der Lage sind nachzuweisen, dass ihre Systeme den von den Richtern bestimmten Grundsätzen entsprechen. Der CCC wird sicher sehr genau hinschauen."

Gleichzeitig stärkte das Bundesverfassungsgericht den Grundsatz der geheimen Stimmabgabe, was die Einführung von Online-Wahlsystemen erheblich erschwert. Kernprobleme etwa von Internet-Wahlsystemen sind – neben der mangelnden Öffentlichkeit – möglicher Stimmenkauf oder die Abgabe einer Stimme von jemand anderem als dem Computerbesitzer.

Den Kommunen, die trotz umfangreicher öffentlicher Debatten über die Wahlcomputer, auf die Werbeversprechen von 20-jähriger Verwendbarkeit des Herstellers NEDAP hereingefallen sind, bleibt nun nur noch die Schadensbegrenzung. "Um nicht zum Endlager für Wahlcomputerschrott zu werden, empfiehlt der CCC den betrogenen Kommunen, sofort Ansprüche gegen die Hersteller der offensichtlich minderwertigen Systeme geltend zu machen.", so Engling weiter, "Später würden diese höchstens noch als unhandliche Schachcomputer zu gebrauchen sein."

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Der Vorschriftenstaat rettet durch ein Glühbirnenverbot die Welt

Eine treffende Glosse aus den Manufactum-Hausnachrichten, die das für 2012 drohende Glühbirnenverbot als das entlarvt, was es ist: Ein geschickter Schachzug der Großindustrie. Jetzt unter //www.buergerwelle-schweiz.org/Strom_im_Haushalt.505.0.html#5868


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The Predator State

by James Galbraith on Bill Moyer's Journal: Video and transcript

This is the big one. I have been working on financial crises since the New York City rescue in 1975. And this is, by far and away, the biggest threat to the system as a whole that we've seen in my lifetime and I think the biggest threat since the late 1920s.

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US public pension funds face big losses

California's Calpers, the US's biggest pension fund, last week reported a loss of 20 per cent of its assets, or more than $40bn, between July 1 and October 20 this year.

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Banks pull squeeze play on credit cards

Companies cracking down, even on those with good credit, leaving customers to face interest rate leaps, lower credit limits and even canceled cards.

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This Is What Denial Does

The financial crisis for which we must now pay so heavily prefigures the real collapse, when humanity bumps against its ecological limits.

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From Information Clearing House



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Black America may get a president before black Americans get to vote

The manipulation and intimidation that African-Americans must face in order to cast a vote will only get worse this year.

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Former generals support accused combatant's case

Former generals and U.S. Justice Department officials filed briefs Thursday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Bush administration's authority to indefinitely detain the only suspected enemy combatant held on U.S. soil.

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"October Surprise": Preparing for "Something Unexpected"?

By Dr. Judith H. Young

In adding my voice to the widespread speculation about the spate of warnings of coming crises, I again proffer the hypothesis of a staged terrorist attack as an imminent October surprise going into the final weekend of the current campaign.

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October Surprise? Don't be too surprised…
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War or Peace? The World After the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

By Richard C. Cook

Those with eyes to see knew the present crisis was coming long ago. That vision now has spread to more people. What is increasingly clear is that positive change, as opposed to the change that is just a drift to disaster, will only happen when people who love freedom demand it, work for it, and sacrifice for it. Will the next president of the United States facilitate such change or stand in its way?

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Chickenhawks and the Horrors of War

Interview with Anthony Teolis, Veterans For Peace

By Mike Whitney

Our leaders are using their power to invoke fear. They are operating secret prisons and torturing people. They are deploying paramilitary forces that not answerable to congress and spying on the American people. Our representative form of government has become corrupt, ineffective and unresponsive to its citizens.

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US-Iraq "Security" Agreement Includes `Some Secret Provisions`

By Press TV

Based on those provisions, the US would be granted the permission to build military bases, camps and prisons inside Iraq. The scope of the immunity from legal prosecution for the US forces--the most controversial provision of SOFA-- would also be extended to include all US security, military and civilian firms as well as the US army's contractors.

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New Study: Large Counties in Swing States May Face Election Day Problems

FairVote
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The Pentagon's New Iraq Propaganda

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Tenuous Agreement on Maintaining US Troops in Iraq
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The Ugly America

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Needed for This Election: A Great Rejection

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Republicans Fear The Loss of Their Only Weapon Left: The Filibuster

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Sen. Ted Stevens Found Guilty in Corruption Case

Matt Apuzzo and Jesse J. Holland, The Associated Press: "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska's political patriarch. The verdict, coming just days before Election Day, adds further uncertainty to a closely watched Senate race. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate."

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The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America

Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com: "Wars, bases, and money. The three are inextricably tied together. If the United States had never wasted the better part of a trillion dollars fighting a war in Vietnam and, following defeat there, embarked on a scheme to saddle the Soviets with a similarly ignominious loss - which has now led to wars with a multi-trillion dollar price tag - the United States might not be in such dire financial straits today. And yet, despite the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the US continues to sink money into costly wars fought from expensive bases overseas with no end in sight. The result is sheer waste in every sense of the word."

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Obama Ties McCain to Republican Philosophy

Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times: "With the final week of campaigning ahead, Senator Barack Obama redoubled his efforts to tie Senator John McCain to the Bush administration by seizing on Mr. McCain’s remark Sunday that he shared a 'common philosophy' with the president. 'I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk, and owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common,' Mr. Obama said at a rally here. 'Here’s the thing, we know what the Bush-McCain philosophy looks like. It’s a philosophy that says we should give more and more to millionaires and billionaires and hope that it trickles down on everyone else.'"

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US Threatens to Halt Services to Iraq Without Troop Accord

Roy Gutman and Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers: "The US military has warned Iraq that it will shut down military operations and other vital services throughout the country on Jan. 1 if the Iraqi government doesn't agree to a new agreement on the status of US forces or a renewed United Nations mandate for the American mission in Iraq. Many Iraqi politicians view the move as akin to political blackmail, a top Iraqi official told McClatchy Sunday."

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Bundesregierung lässt Banken weiter zocken

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Mock the vote

The Price of Liberty
by David Heleniak

10/27/08

Our political system is a farce. This year, we have running for president a warmonger who’s a reluctant socialist versus a socialist who’s a reluctant warmonger. We have two parties that claim they’re different, but when the Establishment, the Complex, our shadowy overlords, whatever you want to call them, really want something, they get it. When the Establishment wanted the Bailout in the face of almost universal grassroots opposition, they got it. When the Complex wanted immunity to the telecoms who knowingly spied on Americans, they got it. When our shadowy overlords wanted stormtroopers to brutally stifle protesters during the party conventions, they got it. But even if voters had a real choice, and even if the politicians followed the majority will on issues that matter, the system would still, most likely, be a farce...

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How I plan to vote

The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith

10/26/08

I am tired of being a political orphan in a country that was supposed to be all about liberty. … In the short run, however, there is only one thing to do, and I intend to do it — and encourage everybody within the sound of my cybernetic voice to do it, too. Cast a blank. I have no use for those who fastidiously disdain to protect themselves or their loved ones, either with weapons or by voting defensively. I tried that path for a while, myself, and it leads directly to where we are now, a broken subject people, nearly in chains. Cast a blank. That’s a technical term for something every professional politico detests. You never hear about it on the news, and you probably never will, but it’s the best way that exists to send a message to the establishment...

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The exit from fascism is open

Ethics in panic

Tibor's Space
by Tibor R. Machan

10/25/08

[T]he current economic fiasco has shaken some people’s confidence in the soundness of the free society. To me that’s akin to being shaken in one’s conviction in an honest and loving marriage because, well, they are rare. Free markets do not produce the mess that we are witnessing. Free market champions have forecast this mess for over a century, making the point that the more we permit government to attempt to direct the economy, the more we are inviting catastrophe, just as this has happened elsewhere...

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The exit from fascism is open

from Reason to Freedom
by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

10/24/08

When you lose your illusions you see yourself and your own actions clearly. We need to see our present circumstances as they are and not as we want them to be. We have an opportunity to take back our country but that window of opportunity will close rapidly. We need to return to the form of government experienced by our Founders. We need to stop talking about freedom and set tasks that return control of government to the people at the most local level and change our economy from one that has us hemorrhaging jobs and money to one that keeps money local. Each of these goals takes us to freedom; not just words but the reality. And despite appearances to the contrary, the establishment of a real freedom has never been more possible...

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Iraq and the arrogance of Washington

CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

10/26/08

I should be used to it by now, but I’m not. When I read statements from US policymakers telling the world that Iraq is still not capable of defending itself without US help, I am still angered and amazed at the bold-faced arrogance. Most recently, several US political leaders and generals have told the Iraqi and American people that only they know when it is time for US troops to leave Iraq. Furthermore, while Iraqis from virtually every segment of that nation’s political sphere demand changes in the US-imposed agreement to keep US forces there, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice vocalizes Washington’s response: we decide what we want to do in Iraq and we decide how long we will stay, so take it or leave it. If you leave it, then we will find another way to stay, and if we do, we will make your lives more miserable than we already have...

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Recent Fed machinations

Liberty & Power
by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

10/25/08

Many believed that Ben Bernanke had begun pumping up the money supply as early as the end of last year in response to the financial situation. But in fact, the Fed did not actually open the monetary spigots until a little over a month ago. Up until then, Bernanke effectively sterilized all his monetary injections, either by directly trading Treasuries from the Fed’s portfolio for riskier financial securities, or by indirectly loaning to financial institutions with money recouped by selling Fed-held Treasuries on the open market. Either way, there was no major impact on the monetary base. As a result, the annual rate of growth of the monetary base remained in the neighborhood of 2 percent through August 2008, whereas total bank reserves remained virtually constant...

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The velocity of worthless money

Asia Times
by Richard Daughty

10/25/08

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke refusing to discuss the size of a proposed fiscal stimulus in the form of the government again sending out money to taxpayers, which he had just recommended that the US Congress do! He thinks it is a good idea to send out the money, and such a thing would have a whopping huge impact on his whole economic theory encompassing the standard economic theory of idiotic neo-Keynesian, econometric, deficit-spending crapola and outright socialism...

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McCain banking on a Confederacy of Dunces

In These Times
by David Sirota

10/24/08

Is John McCain stupid, or does he believe we are? That’s the question as he criticizes Barack Obama for allegedly trying to ‘redistribute the wealth’ with a plan to lower taxes on the middle class and raise them on the super-rich. Of course, the Democrat’s proposal would merely slow down (not fully halt) the less-talked-about redistribution whereby Washington sends middle-class money up the income ladder. Either McCain doesn’t know about this kleptocracy and is the dumbest presidential candidate in history, or he thinks America is too ignorant to recognize theft. Which is it?

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What are they thinking?

Fox News
by Ellen Ratner

10/24/08

Whoever is making decisions for the McCain-Palin campaign should think about another profession. The mistakes just keep piling on. This week was highlighted by the Palin wardrobe costs. No one disputes that a candidate has to look good and professional but you can ‘dress for success’ at about one fifteenth of what the Republican National Committee spent. Then instead of hitting hard on the economy the McCain-Palin campaign continues to beat the Bill Ayers drum. Today, the campaign put out a press release on Obama’s ACORN connections. … Do they really think they can move the undecided voter with negative attacks? Do they believe that the independent voter is going to come to the McCain-Palin ticket in this economic climate?

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Camp followers

Human Events
by Pat Buchanan

10/24/08

Perhaps the only institution in America whose approval rating is beneath that of Congress is the media. Both have won their reputations the hard way. They earned them. Consider the fawning indulgence shown insider Joe Biden with the dripping contempt visited on outsider Sarah Palin. … Contrasting McCain with his hero, Joe [Biden] declared a few weeks back, ‘When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and … said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.” Nice historical reference. Except when the market crashed in 1929, Hoover was president, and there was no television. Can one imagine what the press would have done to Sarah Palin had she exhibited such ignorance of history. Or Dan Quayle? Joe gets a pass because everybody likes Joe. Fine. But Joe also has a record of 36 years in the Senate...

//www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29179&s=rcmp



Government is already an income-transfer machine

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

10/24/08

Isn’t it a little late for John McCain and the Republicans to start worrying about government redistribution of wealth? McCain claims to be alarmed by Barack Obama’s tax plan, which would tax upper-income people in order to provide tax cuts to lower- and middle-income people, many of whom don’t pay income taxes. McCain and running-mate Sarah Palin call this socialism. But the criticism is odd considering all the redistribution McCain has proposed in his presidential campaign and has supported during his long career...

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Angst vor der Depression

Neue Gefahr für Finanzmärkte könnte von Hedge-Fonds drohen, Ökonom vermutet, dass die Börsen geschlossen werden müssen.

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FORESTS ALERT! Join Local Peoples in Resisting Paraguay's Devastation by Genetically Modified Soya Monocultures

By Ecological Internet's Forests.org, //forests.org/ Partnering with Salva la Selva, //www.salvalaselva.org/
October 26, 2008

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Deforestation, eviction, drought and murder are too high of price to pay for toxic soybeans.

In Paraguay, genetically modified (GM) soya plantations, planted in vast toxic monocultures, are the main cause of deforestation, destruction and pollution of other ecosystems, and violence and eviction of small farmers and indigenous peoples. Paraguay has nearly 2.6 million hectares of soy plantations for animal feed exports and, more recently, for agrofuel. The remnants of Paraguay's Atlantic Forest and of the Alto Parana forest, as well as wetlands, grasslands and rivers are being destroyed and polluted by the expansion of immense soya fields. Deforestation is worsening global warming and also causing severe regional warming and droughts.

Local peoples are resisting ecocide bravely, and against long odds, and need our support. Please write to the authorities in Paraguay and urge them to fully support small farmers and their demands for protection from pesticide spraying, unlawful evictions, environmental destruction and pollution; while supporting their demands for food sovereignty and land reform.

TAKE ACTION NOW: //forests.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=paraguay_soya

DISCUSS THIS ALERT: //forests.org/blog/2008/10/alert-paraguays-devastation-by.asp

LIST NOTE: Together we have recently achieved victories against FSC's greenwashing, Congo's rainforest logging and Cambodia's river dams. When you do not participate, we are weakened. After protesting Paraguay's toxic soya below, PLEASE respond to subsequent alerts as well -- including calling upon governments to maintain climate policies in rough economic times. Please respond to alerts whenever you can -- regular participation is vital to continued success. And the Earth needs us NOW.

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