Dienstag, 2. Dezember 2008

Bush: The biggest regret’ of his presidency was ‘the intelligence failure in Iraq’

Bush Still Lies about Iraqi Inspections

Media Still Letting Bush Lie on Iraq Inspectors

WMD Report: Ignoring Root Causes?


Bush’s pity party

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


It’s tiresome to need to point this out at this late date but, yes, George W. Bush and his administration misled the country while making the case for war with Iraq and, remarkably, are still trying to mislead people about it. In a Dec. 1 interview with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson, Bush said that ‘the biggest regret’ of his presidency was ‘the intelligence failure in Iraq.’ In other words, his biggest regret wasn’t regret over anything he did but rather regret over something that was done to him, a vague ‘intelligence failure’ rather than a misguided decision to invade another country...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Great Crash of 2008

Robert Reich: "If this isn't a Great Crash I don't know how to define one. Stocks were down another 7 percent today. Since the peak of last year, major stock indexes have dropped 47 percent. We're in range of the Great Crash of 1929. Why is the Great Crash of 2008 happening? First, because investors are beginning to understand the enormity of the bubble economy that began to form in the late 1990s when all constraints were lifted on borrowing in order to buy everything that was assumed to be increasing in value -- starting with houses and including securities and shares of stock themselves."



In Courtroom Showdown, Bush Demands Amnesty for Spying Telecoms

David Kravets, Wired.com: "The Bush administration on Tuesday will try to convince a federal judge to let stand a law granting retroactive legal immunity to the nation's telecoms, which are accused of transmitting Americans' private communications to the National Security Agency without warrants."



Join the world in telling Brazil "No" to Amazon deforestation



Dow Plunges 680 Points as Recession Is Declared

Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times: "The evidence of a recession has been widespread for months: slower production, stagnant wages and hundreds of thousands of lost jobs. But the nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research, charged with making the call for the history books, waited until now to make it official - and the announcement came on a day when the American stock market fell nearly 9 percent in a single session."



Barack Obama's Kettle of Hawks

Jeremy Scahill, The Guardian UK: "Barack Obama has assembled a team of rivals to implement his foreign policy. But while pundits and journalists speculate endlessly on the potential for drama with Hillary Clinton at the state department and Bill Clinton's network of shady funders, the real rivalry that will play out goes virtually unmentioned. The main battles will not be between Obama's staff, but rather against those who actually want a change in US foreign policy, not just a staff change in the war room."



Pragmatism trumps change

Lawrence Korb and Phyllis Bennis discuss the significance of Obama's foreign policy appointments.


Empire classic or empire lite?

Obama foreign policy does not question basic assumptions of the past.


An EHS greeting reissued for New Year


Truro mobile phone mast plan brings out the protestors

8:30am Tuesday 2nd December 2008

By Stephen Ivall

Plans by one of the UK’s largest communications company to site a mobile phone mast just metres from homes and schools, have been slammed as ‘completely ridiculous’.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Truro Terrye Teverson said the plan by Vodaphone for a 12 metre mast with three antennae just metres from Knoll Park, Truro Rugby Club, local schools and the new Trelander Children’s Centre should not be allowed.

Local residents from Knoll Park, Penair View and Trelander, who have been fighting the proposals, called on Mrs Teverson to step in and support their campaign.

“Having seen where Vodaphone are planning to site this mast I can only say the proposal seem completely ridiculous,” Mrs Teverson said.


China’s six-to-one advantage over the US

Asia Times
by Spengler


America outspends China on defense by a margin of more than six to one, the Pentagon estimates. [1] In another strategic dimension, though, China already holds a six-to-one advantage over the United States. Thirty-six million Chinese children study piano today, compared to only 6 million in the United States.[2] The numbers understate the difference, for musical study in China is more demanding.It must be a conspiracy. Chinese parents are selling plasma-screen TVs to America, and saving their wages to buy their kids pianos - making American kids stupider and Chinese kids smarter. Watch out, Americans - a generation from now, your kid is going to fetch coffee for a Chinese boss...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The poor are still with us

Boston Globe
by Jim Gomes


Economic developments of the last several months have gotten everyone’s attention. People are losing their homes as their mortgages are foreclosed. Workers are losing their jobs, and often their family’s health insurance, as unemployment rises to its highest level in 16 years. People who have never done so before stand in line at food pantries to receive donated canned goods and diapers. Millions of middle-class people are in danger of becoming … poor. The poor. Remember them? In this year’s campaign, the candidates spoke a lot about the middle class. This is no surprise. A majority of Americans describe themselves as middle class, and middle-class people vote and make campaign contributions at much higher rates than poor people...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Financial crisis may worsen food crunch it eclipsed

Christian Science Monitor


Call it crisis eclipse. The global food crisis that dominated headlines earlier this year has been overshadowed by this fall’s financial crisis, but it continues to exact a crippling toll on the world’s poor. And, although commodity prices for a wide range of crops have fallen by as much as 50 percent from record highs in June, the financial crisis is expected to make it dramatically worse: credit for farmers could dry up, meaning less money to buy fertilizer and seed, leading in turn to greater global shortages of food. Money for food aid could dry up as well. In June, governments and donors pledged $12.3 billion for the food crisis. So far, only $1 billion has actually been disbursed, as lending institutions and governments instead scramble to save ailing banks...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Impeachment spot to run in California

Raw Story


The National Impeachment Network is planning to run an advertisement on California television during the months of December and January 2009 which advocates for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. Headed by Ralph Lopez, diarist at the left-leaning Daily Kos, the National Impeachment Network is supported by grassroots groups such as Code Pink, Veterans for Peace and Republicans for Impeachment...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Zwangsversteigerungen von Wohnraum in den USA vergrößert die Anzahl der Obdachlosen

Vom eigenen Haus direkt auf die Straße

Die Welle der Zwangsversteigerungen von Wohnraum in den USA vergrößert die Anzahl der Obdachlosen. Folge: Repressionen und Gewaltakte gegen Obdachlose nehmen dramatisch zu.



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Beyond the Bailout State



Getting Real on Climate Change

Ted Nordhaus / Michael Schellenberger

Will Networks Ignore Military Analyst Report?



Paulson and Bernanke Spread the Wealth Around

Dean Baker, Truthout: "During the campaign, Barack Obama provoked a media flurry and right-wing outrage over his comment to Joe the Plumber about 'spreading the wealth around.' They told us that this view was contrary to the American Way, that this was socialism. Given all the concern over Obama's ideas about spreading the wealth, it is remarkable how little attention is being given to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's much more ambitious effort to spread the wealth."



The Democratic Warfare State



Bush's War on Civil Liberties



Shall We Save the Economy or the Government?



On the magnificence of falling prices



Press and "Psy Ops" to merge at NATO Afghan HQ

The U.S. general commanding NATO forces in Afghanistan has ordered a merger of the office that releases news with "Psy Ops," which deals with propaganda, a move that goes against the alliance's policy, three officials said.


From Information Clearing House


Breakdown of the Global Monetary System by Summer 2009


Without a complete overhaul of the system inherited from 1944 by summer 2009, the failing of the current system and that of the United States at the center, will lead the whole planet to an unprecedented economic, social, political and strategic instability, and more specifically to a breakdown of the global monetary system by summer 2009.


Climate Juggernaut 'On The Horizon'


WAR, hunger, poverty and sickness will stalk humanity if the world fails to tackle climate change, a 12-day UN conference on global warming heard today.


The Great Land Giveaway: Neo-Colonialism by Invitation

By James Petras

Colonial style empire-building is making a huge comeback, and most of the colonialists are late-comers, elbowing their way past the established European and US predators.



Censorship in America?

By Timothy V. Gatto

The attacks by missile-bearing unmanned Predators have killed hundreds in Pakistan attending funerals and weddings, yet this hardly gets mentioned in the MSM. When Americans see the demonstrations and protests against our actions in the Middle-East, it is apparent that most Americans are wondering why.




By Reuters

Obama has backed the Bush administration's program to increase the size of the U.S. military's stretched ground forces. He restated his commitment to a larger military at Monday's news conference.


With Gates, Obama Opts for Empire

By Matthew Rothschild

He's about running the U.S. empire-with less bravado than Bush-Cheney, but perhaps more efficiently. And he's perfectly willing to use the old hands like Gates, bloody as they are, to get that job done.


The End of the Affair

Obama and the antiwar movement

By Justin Raimondo

Antiwar voters took a chance on Obama, reasoning that anything would be better than four more years of Bushian belligerence, yet now they discover to their chagrin that the dice are loaded.


The Cost of Hegemony is Beyond Reach

By Paul Craig Roberts

Undeterred by massive budget deficits from wars, a falling economy, and financial bailouts, the US government has managed to start a new cold war with Russia. Last Friday, the Russian military announced that it was developing a new generation of ballistic missiles in response to the US government's decision to deploy ballistic missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.



That déjà vu feeling

by Lynn Stuter

More and more Americans are becoming concerned by the fact that Barack Hussein Obama may not be eligible to the office of president. More and more articles are appearing on internet sites concerning this issue. While the mainstream media continually and erroneously refers to the fraudulent document released by the Obama camp as a “birth certificate” and tries to play down the growing concerns with fluff pieces like the one.......




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