Mittwoch, 12. November 2008

Next-up News Nr 735

Cold War Hawks Nesting With Obama

Robert Scheer, Truthdig: "So, Vladimir Putin was right: It was Georgia that started the war with Russia, and once again it was President Bush who got caught in a lie. As The New York Times reported last week, 'Newly available accounts by independent military observers of the beginning of the war between Georgia and Russia this summer call into question the long-standing Georgian assertion that it was acting defensively against separatist and Russian aggression.'"

The Danger of Keeping Robert Gates

Robert Parry, Consortium News: "Press reports say Barack Obama may retain George W. Bush's Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a gesture to war-time continuity, bipartisanship and respect for the Washington insider community, which has embraced Gates as something of a new Wise Man. However, if Obama does keep Gates on, the new President will be employing someone who embodies many of the worst elements of U.S. national security policy over the past three decades, including responsibility for what Obama himself has fingered as a chief concern, 'politicized intelligence.'"

One Company's Toxic Agenda or Our Poisonous Way of Life?

Leslie Thatcher, reviewing Marie-Monique Robin's "The World According to Monsanto" for Truthout: "How did a nation of would-be self-sufficient yeoman farmers and master craftsmen become the wellspring of the new thralldom? Can we blame corporate barons and their enablers in government for our dependence on 'systems that mask and disperse responsibility while simultaneously spreading and intensifying risk' or have our own frivolity and negligence perverted the American dream?"

'Bush ruined prospect of Iran-US talks'

Former US National Security Adviser: The former US Air Force official said that the Bush administration's Iran policy has been inspired by a neoconservative worldview, which has been counterproductive for American interests.

From Information Clearing House

How the Iraq war humiliated the British

The fact that we're hanging around there still today (over 4,100 soldiers) is a testimony to President Bush's desire not to lose the fig leaf of his biggest partner in the entire endeavour. Only now, with Obama preparing to move into the White House, can the British finally leave - a reality that Maliki confirmed in October when he sealed the humiliation, tersely informing the British that "their services were no longer required".

From Information Clearing House

US May Lose Its 'AAA' Rating


"The U.S. might really have to look at a default on the bankruptcy reorganization of the present financial system" and the bankruptcy of the government is not out of the realm of possibility, Hennecke said.

Too Poor for Bankruptcy

By David Glenn Cox

Most all of our problems seem to evolve from a falling standard of living in America's working class, and yet when we call for help for America's working poor we are told that it can't be helped. Here in Atlanta a local food pantry advertises that 40% of all its recipients are employed.

Public refused entry to Leixlip council meeting with mast experts

Published Date: 13 November 2008

By Henry Bauress

AN apparent conflict has arisen over who asked for a meeting on controversial telecommunications masts in Leixlip to be held in private.
Leixlip Town Councillors met representatives of Vilicom, a company advising the Office of Public Works (OPW) on telecommunications in private on Tuesday, 4 November.

Journalists and a member of the public arriving for the Council's monthly meeting were surprised that representatives from Vilicom met the Town Council 'in committee'.

The Council had invited the OPW to send its experts to a meeting but instead of answering questions at the regular monthly open public meeting, the Council opted to meet the company at an 'in-committee' (private) protocol meeting being held prior to the normal monthly meeting.


Mobile phone mast opposition grows

Burton Mail - Burton on Trent, England, UK


OPPOSITION is mounting to a proposed mobile phone mast which could dwarf a pub and be situated near two schools. Communications giant O2 wants ...

A Veterans Day tribute

by David R. Henderson


Every Veterans Day, I try to do something special to remember or honor a veteran. I don’t like the standard flag-waving event that this day has become for many people. In many Veterans Day speeches, the speakers talk about the hundreds of thousands of American veterans who gave their lives for our freedom. The problem with that is twofold: (1) Very few of those who were killed in war literally gave their lives but instead had their lives ripped away, and (2) very few of them fought for our freedom. So my tribute this time is to a veteran who did not give his life and knew that he wasn’t fighting for our freedom. That veteran is Richard H. Timberlake, Jr. ...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Refusing orders to serve again

Corvallis Gazette Times (Oregon)
by Benjamin Lewis and Brandon Neely


On this day, Veterans Day, we would like to express to the American public why we, veterans of the Global War on Terror, have chosen to refuse orders to reactivate into military service. We are direct witnesses to the horrors of this war, having experienced its atrocities at their source, and we have decided that we can no longer carry out these illegal and immoral policies.

We believe that veterans and active duty G.I.s are in a key position to stop illegal and unjust war, and we are inspired by the resistance of troops who stood against the war in Vietnam. One of the pre-eminent reasons for the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam was increasing dissent among the active duty troops stationed abroad and at home. By the end of the war, there were entire units refusing to participate in combat, many going as far as outright mutiny...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Are jobless next for a bailout?

Christian Science Monitor

The nation’s economic focus is turning from saving the banking system to how to provide a rapidly rising tide of jobless with benefits and a road map to employment. And, just as there was a flashing-red-light urgency to the banking crisis, economists say the same haste has to be taken to deal with what is becoming a massive lay-off problem. Dealing with the jobless has already become a priority for President-elect Barack Obama. Congress is now likely to enact a fiscal stimulus package, including extending unemployment benefits, in either its lame duck session or early in the new year. The risk to the economy is that layoffs cause more Americans to tighten their belts. As they cut back on their purchasing, business reduces its production, laying off yet more workers...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Where Homes Are Worth Less Than the Mortgage

While home values have declined across the country, in some places the declines are so sharp that people owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth.

One third of homes sold for a loss

Nearly one out of three homes sold in the last year was sold at a loss, and an estimated one in seven U.S. homeowners were "upside down" on their loans at the end of September, according an analysis of public records in 163 markets by Zillow.

From Information Clearing House


New Federal Mortgage Plan Offers Relief to Only a Few

Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: "The Bush administration on Tuesday announced another plan to modify what it thinks will be hundreds of thousands of distressed mortgages held or backed by mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the plan, more than 15 months into a deep nationwide housing slump, is far short of the moratorium on foreclosures sought by President-elect Barack Obama and the Democrats who next year will have stronger control of Congress."

Lobbyists Swarm the Treasury for a Helping of the Bailout Pie

Mark Lander and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times: "When the government said it would spend $700 billion to rescue the nation's financial industry, it seemed to be an ocean of money. But after one of the biggest lobbying free-for-alls in memory, it suddenly looks like a dwindling pool. Many new supplicants are lining up for an infusion of capital as billions of dollars are channeled to other beneficiaries like the American International Group, and possibly soon American Express."


The High Priests of the Bubble Economy — Along with former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers compose the high priesthood of the bubble economy. Their policy of one-sided financial deregulation is responsible for the current economic catastrophe.$700

US Postal Service Looks To Cut 40,000 Jobs In First Layoff In History

"We lost 2 billion dollars and like any other business we have to stay afloat." And to keep from sinking, the United States Postal Service is considering cutting thousands of jobs nationwide.

From Information Clearing House

Palin wants God to show her way to White House

The devoutly religious 44-year-old mother-of-five said that if God wanted her to run for the highest office, she hoped to be shown the way.

From Information Clearing House

Release of three prisoners highlights failures of Guantánamo

On the eve of the Presidential election, three prisoners - one from Kazakhstan, one from Tajikistan and one from Somaliland - were released from Guantánamo, and their stories neatly encapsulate many of the chronic failures relating to the prisoners' initial arrest and detention that still plague the prison as the new administration begins considering how to shut it down.

From Information Clearing House


UC Berkeley Report Details Shattered Lives of Released Guantánamo Detainees

Ex-KGB general cautions US against Iran war

A former KGB general and Russian prime minister says a war on Iran would produce a question mark over the Republican Party's sanity.

IAEA 'doubts anti-Iran files authenticity'

"The new evidence of possible fraud has increased pressure within the IAEA secretariat to distance the agency from the laptop documents," a source close to the International Atomic Energy Agency told Raw Story.

Iran Nuke Laptop Data Came from Terror Group

German officials have identified the source of the laptop documents in November 2004 as the Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK), which along with its political arm, the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), is listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organisation.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. draft is rejected by Iraqis

Iraq's government spokesman said yesterday the proposed U.S. changes to a draft security agreement were "not enough" and asked Washington to offer new amendments if it wants the pact to win parliamentary approval.

From Information Clearing House

The US Government Will Default On Its Debt

A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks

With Attention on Bailout Debate, Treasury Made Change to Tax Policy

By Amit R. Paley

The financial world was fixated on Capitol Hill as Congress battled over the Bush administration's request for a $700 billion bailout of the banking industry. In the midst of this late-September drama, the Treasury Department issued a five-sentence notice that attracted almost no public attention.

Global systemic crisis Alert For Summer 2009

The US Government Will Default On Its Debt


Our researchers anticipate that, before next summer 2009, the US government will default and be prevented to pay back its creditors (holders of US Treasury Bonds, of Fanny May and Freddy Mac shares, etc.). Of course such a bankruptcy will provoke some very negative outcome for all USD-denominated asset holders.

The DOW a year from now

By Denver Research Group

Without new dollars flowing on a consistent basis to middle class consumers, many analysts believe the DOW would necessarily fall below the level of the post, post 9/11 crash of 2002 (8,000)...most likely to the range of 6,500-7,000.

Fannie Mae warns of insolvency

Fannie Mae, the troubled US mortgage finance giant, has said that the $100 billion bailout it received from the US government may not be enough to keep it solvent.

From Information Clearing House$700

Remembering The Victims of Those Who Profit From War

By Chycho

How unfortunate that we have a need for such a day, especially since "War is a racket It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." So stated Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, the most decorated Marine in US history.

Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

Audio Documentary

He joined the Marine Corps when the Spanish American War broke out, earned the Brevette Medal during the Boxer Rebellion in China, saw action in Central America, and in France during World War I was promoted to Major General. Smedley Butler served his country for 34 years, yet he spoke against American armed intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations.

The Midnight Deregulation Express

Matthew Blake, The Washington Independent: "It's something of a tradition - administrations using their final weeks in power to ram through a slew of federal regulations. With the election grabbing the headlines, outgoing federal bureaucrats quietly propose and finalize rules that can affect the health and safety of millions."

Next-up News Nr 734

Food Matters

Constitutional Dead Letters

Debtomania: On Government Borrowing Insanity

Conservatives Follow the Leader

Stop the Slaughter of Kangaroos in Australia

This link: will take you to a petition to stop the slaughter of the Kangaroos in Australia. Before the government will even consider this petition, it will require at least 100,000 signatures. Please sign this petition and send it to everyone you know by forwarding this... Sites to see:

These beautiful creatures need our help. Again, PLEASE SIGN AND PASS IT ALONG TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS.


Online petition - Moratorium urgently needed: Kangaroos heading for Extinction

Telcos to conduct audit to check radiation

Press Trust of India / New Delhi November 06, 2008, 18:55 IST

The government today said telecom companies have to conduct audits and provide self-certification to be compliant to the radiation limit norms.

Amending the UASL licenses, Department of Telecom said that this has been included in public interest.


Will Obama Free the Slaves?

Change we can believe in?

Intelligence Policy to Stay Largely Intact

Informant: Duane J. Roberts


Will Obama Free the Slaves?

Will Congress cede its powers to the Obama administration?


"Martin, Malcolm, Obama, and Nader"

By Doug Tarnopol

We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is as bankrupt as our treasury. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, whether Obama prevails or not, we must cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice -- the freedom of economic justice and the justice of economic security.

Common Sense: A Revolutionary Idea

Would there be a revolution, if every American saw this? The time is now.

What "Change" In America Really Means

By John Pilger

He says he wants to build up US military power; and he threatens to ignite a new war in Pakistan, killing yet more brown-skinned people. That will bring tears, too. Unlike those on election night, these other tears will be unseen in Chicago and London.

Obama and the Imperial Presidency

By Jack Balkin

The Bush administration has worked hard to increase presidential power. Will Barack Obama give it up?

Driving Mister Barack

By Mickey Z.


The machine grinds on

by Morton Skorodin


The machine grinds on relentlessly. Now it’s: give Obama a chance. This means: Public, go back to sleep. In the meantime Obama and the state machinery work at feverish pace. Take a look at the people who have quickly been announced as contenders for high office in the Obama administration...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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