Samstag, 6. Dezember 2008

Suit Claims Halliburton, KBR Sickened Base

Kelly Kennedy, Army Times: "A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against contractor KBR and its former parent company, Halliburton, saying the companies exposed everyone at Joint Base Balad in Iraq to unsafe water, food and hazardous fumes from the burn pit there. Joshua Eller, who worked as a civilian computer-aided drafting technician with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, said military personnel, contractors and third-country nationals may have been sickened by contamination at the largest U.S. installation in Iraq, home to more than 30,000 service members, Defense Department civilians and contractors."

One in 10 American on food stamps

With 3.2 million more Americans unemployed than 12 months ago, the need for food assistance has risen. Last month saw the evaporation of 533,000 jobs, the biggest one-month loss since 1974.

Record 10% of U.S. homeowners in arrears or foreclosure

A record 10% of the nation's mortgage-burdened homeowners fell behind on their loan payments or were in foreclosure during the third quarter, according to a survey released Friday by the Mortgage Bankers Assn., which said California and Florida were the biggest contributors to the worsening picture.

Retail Sales Are Weakest in 35 Years

The nation's retailers turned in the worst sales figures in at least a generation on Thursday, starting the holiday shopping season with double-digit declines across a broad spectrum of stores.

Unemployed and hungry in the US

Jobless numbers highest in 15 years, food stamp users hit record 31.6 million or 1 in 10 Americans

From Information Clearing House


Foreclosures Soar 76 Percent to Record 1.35 Million

Tami Luhby, "A record 1.35 million homes were in foreclosure in the third quarter, driving the foreclosure rate up to 2.97%, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Friday. That's a 76% increase from a year ago, according to the group's National Delinquency Survey. At the same time, the number of homeowners falling behind on their mortgages rose to a record 6.99%, up from 5.59% a year ago, the association said."


Unemployed and hungry in the US

Jobless numbers highest in 15 years, food stamp users hit record 31.6 million or 1 in 10 Americans.


Head of nuclear watchdog calls efforts against Iran 'a failure'

US in charge of Iraqi shores' security

Iraq 'has signed an agreement' to put the US in charge of the security of its shores along the Persian Gulf without parliament's approval.

From Information Clearing House

US attack kills six in northwest Pakistan

A suspected US pilotless aircraft Friday targeted a militant hideout in Pakistan's restive tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, killing six people, Pakistani intelligence official said.

From Information Clearing House


Suspected US Strike Kills Six in Pakistan

The Associated Press: "A suspected US strike killed six people Thursday on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border, a lawless region believed to be a stronghold of al-Qaeda, two intelligence officials said."

The Radicalization Of An American Prisoner

By George Peter Jr.

My "radicalization" has been incubated and nurtured by this cesspool you call a penal system, and every day your brutality adds yet another name on the rolls. At what point will you sit up and take note?

Drawing the Future From the Past

By Channapha Khamvongsa

For nearly three decades, the U.S. secret war in Laos and the impact of the most massive bombing campaign in the world was nearly forgotten. For those who remembered, the events seemed surreal. They witnessed the reckless destruction of a people and their land, and careful efforts by the U.S. government to conceal it.

The History Of The Spanish American War And The Rise Of US Imperialism

By Michael Parenti - Audio

Michael Parenti uses the history of the Spanish American War to answer several very intriguing questions.

Empire Vs. Democracy

Video (2005)

Internationally renowned Political Scientist Michael Parenti to the UW Oshkosh campus, Parentis discussion focused on the topic: Empire Vs Democracy.

The Functions of Fascism

Michael Parenti - Audio

Many of the measures enacted by fascists were frighteningly similar to those enacted today: They include the privatization of state owned enterprises, reduction of corporate taxes and inheritance taxes, defeat of unions, and the suspension of civil liberties.

"Contrary Notions"

Video - Michael Parenti

Scholar and Political Ideological Surgeon, Michael Parenti, lays the truth down on the intentionality of today's ruling elite and its harmful consequences. Discussion on Michael's latest book, "Contrary Notions".

Just look how we've forgotten the CIA's secret prisons

By Robert Fisk

In Afghanistan, a Fisk source who has never - ever - been wrong, tells me that there are at least 20 of these torture centres still active in the country, six in Zabol province alone. But we don't care about Afghans.

The plot to shift taxes from wealthy and on the wage earners

Nie ohne Beistand zur Hartz IV Behörde

Warum es wichtig ist, bei schwierigen Gängen zur Hartz IV-Behörde einen Beistand mitzunehmen. Wichtige Hinweise & Ratschläge der KEAS e.V. Welcher Alg II-Empfänger kennt das nicht? Der einsame Gang zur ARGE ist nicht selten begleitet von uns innigen Maßnahmen, Sanktionen, Hilfevereitelung, etc. Bestenfalls droht Langeweile, schlimmsten falls die Einstellung der Leistung.

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Mit Beiständen zum Amt!

»Strategie gegen die Schikanen der Ämter«. Aktion »Zahltag«: Arbeitslosenselbsthilfegruppe in Oldenburg begleitet Erwerbslose bei ihren Jobcenter-Terminen.

Interview von Björn Kietzmann mit Roman Langner, Aktivist der Arbeitslosenselbsthilfe Oldenburg (ALSO). Mit dem Konzept der solidarischen Begleitungen versucht die Gruppe, den Betroffenen den Ämtern gegenüber den Rücken zu stärken. Langner bemüht sich um einen Ausbau dieses Konzeptes. Durch Workshops will ALSO weitere Menschen dazu ermutigen, Erwerbslose bei ihren Jobcenter-Besuchen zu unterstützen. Das Interview ist zuerst erschienen in junge Welt vom 11.03.2009

Aus: LabourNet, 16. März 2009

Arge Köln verlangt Bildung von Rücklagen

Keine Verpflichtung zur Bildung von Rücklagen für Hartz IV Empfänger. Arge Köln verlangt "Bildung zu Rücklagen". Hartz IV Betroffene sollen Geld vom Regelsatz ansparen, um Anschaffungen selbst zu finanzieren. Die Abgeordneten der Linkspartei staunten nicht schlecht, als sie davon erfuhren, dass die Arge Köln Arbeitslosengeld II (ALG II) Antragsteller dazu aufforderte, Rücklagen zur Beschaffung von Möbeln, Nachzahlungen von Stromrechnungen und Hausrat vom ALG II Regelsatz zu bilden. Die Antragsteller sollen dazu eine Unterschrift ableisten. Wird dieses Ansparen nicht vollzogen, so liegt für die Arge Köln ein "unwirtschaftliches Verhalten" vor.

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Third mobile phone company planning a mast for busy street

Saturday, December 06, 2008, 08:34

A BUSY Exeter street could soon have three telephone masts within the space of 225m.

Phone company O2 already has permission to put up a structure in Barrack Road, just south of the bus stop on the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital side of the road.

And Vodafone has been given the go ahead on appeal for a mast 25m north of the O2 site.

Now, Orange wants to put up a third, 200m from the Vodafone site, on the same side of the road. All the masts will be about 40ft tall.

The phone companies have been looking for new sites because the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has withdrawn permission for the masts on the roof of the pathology lab.

While Exeter City Council approved the O2 mast, planners objected to Vodafone's proposal, arguing it would add to the street clutter and detract from Barrack Road's appearance.


Interior Department Changes Rule to Remove Congress Veto

Felicity Barringer, The New York Times: "In another regulatory action in the waning days of the Bush administration, the Interior Department on Thursday unveiled a new rule that challenges Congress's authority to prevent mining planned on public lands."

The Voting Rights Act: Still Needed in Obama's America

Laughlin McDonald, Jurist: "When Congress amended and extended the Voting Rights Act in 2006, it found, among other things, that evidence of racially polarized voting justified continuing its special federal oversight provision. Now, some opponents of this provision - known as Section 5 - have argued that Barack Obama's election as president in 2008 shows that voting is no longer divided along racial lines, and that it is not necessary to require certain states with egregious histories of racial discrimination to get federal approval of changes in their voting practices. But the record proves these critics are wrong."

Shall We Call It a Depression Now?

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Today's employment report, showing that employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, 320,000 in October, and 403,000 in September - for a total of over 1.2 million over the last three months - begs the question of whether the meltdown we're experiencing should be called a Depression."

Escalating the War in Afghanistan

ACLU Challenges Government Suppression of Torture Testimony at Guantánamo

Applying the Rule of Law to All Heads of State

Obama Doesn't Plan to End the Iraq Occupation

Hope, Change, and the Iraq Displacement Crisis

The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing

How PBS and Chevron got together to kill the alternative fuel movement

The response from the "antiwar" wing of the Democratic party to Obama's Iraq sellout

U.S. Collective Dictatorship Enlarges

Trust In the GOP?

Our Semi-Soviet Surveillance State

U.S. Collective Dictatorship Enlarges

By Michael S. Rozeff

Dictatorship is unlimited rule. Collective dictatorship is unlimited rule by an assembly. National government in the U.S. has tended toward collective dictatorship over its entire history.


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