Freitag, 31. Oktober 2008

Vote Watchdogs Warn of Troubles on Election Day

Carol J. Williams and Noam N. Levey, The Los Angeles Times: "Counting down to an election day expected to draw a record-shattering turnout, voting-rights watchdogs are sounding the alarm that a repeat of the Florida fiasco of 2000 could occur in any of a dozen battleground states. Lawsuits are already flying in many of these states."

Unterbezahlte Leiharbeiter: Laut DGB sind fünf Millionen Menschen auf Arbeitssuche

DGB-Vorstandsmitglied Annelie Buntenbach kritisiert, dass die amtliche Zahl von unter drei Millionen Arbeitslosen über das wahre Ausmaß der Erwerbslosigkeit in Deutschland hinwegtäuscht. "Noch immer sind fünf Millionen Menschen auf Arbeitssuche", sagte sie der "Passauer Neuen Presse". Die Zahl ergebe sich unter anderem, weil Ein-Euro-Jobber und Menschen in kurzfristigen Trainingsmaßnahmen in der Statistik nicht mitgezählt werden. Zudem liege die Zahl der sozialversicherungspflichtigen Jobs trotz Aufschwungs gegenüber 2001 um rund 500.000 niedriger.

Phone mast ban could be lifted

Oct 31 2008 by Helen Hunt, Liverpool Echo

A BAN on putting mobile phone masts on land owned by a Merseyside council could be lifted.

Sefton council is considering a request to lift a moratorium that prohibits mobile telecommunications equipment on its land and buildings.

The argument is that the current rules lead to masts being put up elsewhere – against the wishes of residents and the council.


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Bush Administration Makes a Last Push to Deregulate

R. Jeffrey Smith, The Washington Post: "The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January."

Ultrasound Shown to Exert Remote Control of Brain Circuits

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Blacks Face Voting Obstacles — While formal poll taxes were declared illegal in 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act, versions of it remain in place — for instance, in the cost of taking time off work, traveling to the polls, or obtaining identification. African American votes are now discounted by many other means, as well. In Florida in 2000, the suppression of black votes changed the final outcome of the presidential election. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found "widespread disenfranchisement and denial of voting rights" in Florida, which was ten times more likely to affect African Americans.

Wall Street Bonus Madness

Wall St. has created such an "obscene" standard of compensation that the big shots really believe "it's hard to live on just a half million dollars a year." This does not appear to be much of an exaggeration. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported securities-industry employees averaged $400,000 a year in salary alone last year."

Broken Securities Industry Still Has $20 Billion to Pay Bonuses

Five straight quarters of losses and a 70 percent slide in its stock this year haven't stopped Merrill Lynch & Co. from allocating about $6.7 billion to pay bonuses.

From Information Clearing House

CIA officers could face trial in Britain over torture allegations

Senior CIA officers could be put on trial in Britain after it emerged last night that the Attorney General is to investigate allegations that a British resident held in Guantanamo Bay was brutally tortured.

From Information Clearing House

U.S Gap Between Rich and Poor Widening

By Bob Kendall

Now that the U.S.A. has discovered that only Mexico and Turkey had poverty rates higher than the 30-country study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, what if anything will be done to help the U.S. poor obtain health care?

Call This a Crisis? Just Wait

By David M. Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General

Staring into the abyss always focuses the mind, which can help you avoid falling in. So let's take a look at the potential catastrophe that awaits us once we survive our current crisis.

Bush Will Soon Be Free To Do Just What He Wants

By Jonathan Freedland

The raid on Syria is a dark portent. The current president has three long, unaccountable months to cement his legacy.

Undervotes: The Scary Canary

In 2004, voters in key states waited in long lines at the polls only to later discover the voting machines did not record their vote for a presidential candidate. This occurrence is known as an undervoting. This clip from David Earnhardt's documentary film, "Uncounted," focuses on cases of undervoting in the 2004 battleground states of New Mexico and Pennsylvania.

Ohio Provisional Ballots May Prove Pivotal

Ian Urbina, The New York Times: "If the outcome of next week's presidential election is close, this precariously balanced state could be the place where the two parties begin filing the inevitable lawsuits over voting irregularities, experts say.... The most likely source of litigation is the state's heavy use of provisional ballots, which are issued when a voter's identity or registration cannot immediately be verified or when polls stay open late. Ohio has a history of requiring large numbers of voters to use these ballots, which are easy to disqualify and are not counted until after the election."


Dying for free elections

Studie "Gewalt im Web 2.0": Massive Auswirkungen auf Kinder und Jugendliche


Durch das Web 2.0 sehen sich Kinder und Jugendliche mehr denn je mit den grausamsten Formen fiktionaler und realer Gewalt konfrontiert. Prof. Dr. Petra Grimm, Dekanin der Fakultät ...


Cyber-Bullying (Cyber-Mobbing)

A Second 9/11: An Integral Part of US Military Doctrine

Latest News on Global Financial Crisis

October 31, 2008

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Millions not allowed to vote

Spencer Overton: We need an independent election commission; Is the fox guarding the henhouse.


Sarkozys Antikrisenprogramm: Mehr arbeiten, weniger verdienen

"IM NAMEN DER KRISE bekämpft Nicolas Sarkozy den befürchteten Anstieg der Massenarbeitslosigkeit - mit einem neuen Bündel von Maßnahmen. Dieses enthält jedoch vor allem Altbekanntes: Befristete (also prekäre) Arbeitsverträge, Sonntagsarbeit, Druck auf Arbeitslose" so beginnt der aktuelle Artikel "Blut, Sch... und Tränen" von Bernard Schmid vom 31. Oktober 2008:

Aus: LabourNet, 31. Oktober 2008är

"Hört auf, von den Banken zu reden, sprecht von ihren Opfern!"

Im Jahr 2008 wurde im Zuge der kapitalistischen Krise in den USA alle 10 Sekunden ein Haus beschlagnahmt - macht in der Jahressumme runde 2 Millionen. Mit Abschiedsbriefen, die darauf verwiesen, sind im Verlauf des Jahres mehrere hundert Selbstmorde registriert worden. Die Kommerzmedien sorgen sich um die Banken: LabourNet Germany versucht, in der aktuellen knappen Materialsammlung "Bankenopfer" vom 31.Oktober 2008, den Blick nicht auf beschenkte Millionäre sondern auf beraubte Millionen Menschen zu lenken:

Sign your life away: The problem with presidential signing statements

by Damon W. Root


The U.S. Constitution, of course, already provides the president with a crucial check on the legislative branch: It’s called the veto. Nowhere in our founding documents, however, does the president receive the authority to pick and choose which laws he’s going to obey. Thankfully, George W. Bush won’t be president much longer. But the executive powers he helped forge will still be around. Is there any reason to think his successor will be much better? Not really...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq stands firm against US threat

Asia Times
by Gareth Porter


The threat by the George W Bush administration to withdraw all economic and military support from the Iraqi government if it does not ratify a pact to regulate the US presence in the country has fallen on deaf ears. The financial loss will hurt, but more than anything politicians - acutely aware of the country’s history - know what their fate will be if they are perceived as “agents for the Americans’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The “dictator” label

Boston Globe
by Jeff Jacoby


It has been a favorite trope of the Bush-bashers: The 43d president’s power-lust is so insatiable, his disdain for constitutional checks and balances so complete, that he has fashioned himself into a dictator. … ‘In terms of the power he now claims without significant challenge,’ Michael Kinsley asserted, ‘George W. Bush is now the closest thing in a long time to dictator of the world.’ When it emerged that the National Security Agency was sifting telephone records for possible counterterrorism leads, CNN’s Jack Cafferty fumed that the administration intended to establish ‘a full-blown dictatorship in this country.’ In a recent piece for the Times of London, Andrew Sullivan informs us that ‘in war and economic crisis, Bush has insisted that there is no alternative to dictatorial rule’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

McCain: Not more of the same

The American Prospect
by Ezra Klein


Give the Obama campaign this: They have message consistency. John McCain is ‘more of the same.’ He voted with George W. Bush ‘more than 90 percent of the time.’ … Obama campaign allies have taken up the call with a single-mindedness not seen since Republicans discovered the political potency of summer footwear in the 2004 election. In one of the best-received lines at the Democratic Convention in Denver, Bob Casey, Jr. said, ‘John McCain calls himself a maverick, but he votes with George Bush 90 percent of the time. That’s not a maverick. That’s a sidekick.’ … At the same time, the ‘more of the same’ rhetoric has muddied the actual choice facing the electorate...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Elliot Cohen, Truthdig: "Sen. John McCain's ideological ties to the Bush-Cheney administration have mostly passed beneath the radar of the mainstream media, but if McCain loses the presidential race to Barack Obama, his neoconservative legacy could erupt into the open with a force that should not be underestimated."

Sarkozy, selbsternannter Retter der französischen Medien

Der Präsident will der unter Druck geratenen Presse unter die Arme greifen. Vor allem aber wohl seinen reichen Freunden.

Computerized election fraud

The Next President and the Global War on Terror

Andrew J. Bacevich, "A week ago, I had a long conversation with a four-star US military officer who, until his recent retirement, had played a central role in directing the global war on terror. I asked him: What exactly is the strategy that guides the Bush administration's conduct of this war? His dismaying, if not exactly surprising, answer: There is none."


The War on Terror is 'a very expensive fraud'

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Sharpest Consumption Drop Since 1980 Pushes GDP Negative

Dean Baker, Truthout: "A surge in defense spending added 0.86 percentage points to gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Consumption spending fell at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, which was the main factor leading to a 0.3 percent decline in GDP. Inventory build-ups prevented an even larger decline; final demand fell at a 0.8 percent annual rate."

Running Against Both Parties

Ann Wright, Truthout: "I am in San Francisco this week before the election, campaigning for Cindy Sheehan. She is running against both the Republican and Democratic establishments, but more specifically against Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi."


Sheehan campaign HQ damaged in late-night attack

Breitbart News


Just 5 days before the election, at 3a.m. on October 30th, all of the front windows of the Cindy Sheehan for Congress campaign offices were shattered. Although staffers had been in the office less than an hour earlier, no one was in the building at the time of the incident. No one was hurt and there were no witnesses. Cindy Sheehan is a candidate for Congress in California’s 8th Congressional District race against incumbent Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). ‘It seems to have been a calculated intimidation tactic,’ said Tiffany Burns, the Cindy for Congress campaign manager. ‘One of our computers was stolen, but no other property was taken from our offices and no surrounding buildings were targeted. Clearly they wanted to both frighten us and to gather information.’ Total damage to the campaign office is currently estimated at more than $5,000...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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