Montag, 22. Dezember 2008

Hedge Funds Get Access to $200 Billion — Hedge funds will be allowed to borrow from the Federal Reserve for the first time under a landmark $200 billion program intended to support consumer credit. The Fed said on Friday it would offer low-cost three-year funding to any US company investing in securitized consumer loans under the Term Asset-backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF). This includes hedge funds, which have never been able to borrow from the US central bank before, although the Fed may not permit hedge funds to use offshore vehicles to conduct the transactions. The TALF is a key plank of the unorthodox strategy set out by the Fed last week as it cut interest rates virtually to zero.

Suspected US Drones Kill Seven in Pakistan

Hafiz Wazir, Reuters: "Suspected U.S. drones fired at least two missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Monday, killing seven people, intelligence agency officials and residents said. U.S. forces in Afghanistan, frustrated by a spreading Taliban insurgency that is getting support from militant enclaves in northwest Pakistan, have stepped up strikes by pilotless drones despite Pakistani objections."

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- Lyon Santé Publique Dossier avec vidéo HD : "Pour la première fois une campagne publicitaire de sensibilisation contre le téléphone portable pour les enfants".

- "Por primera vez una campaña de publicidad contra el teléfono móvil para los niños" (Posters).

Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag kritisiert deutsche Kriegswaffenexporte

Der Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag hat die deutschen Rüstungsexporte kritisiert. In einer Stellungnahme zu dem am 17. Dezember vom Bundeswirtschaftsministerium veröffentlichten Rüstungsexportbericht 2007 kritisieren Peter Strutynski und Lühr Henken, dass Kleinwaffenexporte in Länder außerhalb von NATO und EU erneut den Vorjahrsrekord übertreffen würden. Das unabhängige schwedische Friedensforschungsinstitut SIPRI platziere Deutschlands Rüstungsexporte für 2007 auf Platz 3 in der Welt und auf Platz 1 in der Europäischen Union. SIPRI habe für 2007 für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland den höchsten Rüstungsexportwert seit 1949 ermittelt.üstung

Frontex ist ein Beispiel für die Heuchelei der EU

„Was hat die Agentur Frontex mit Entwicklung zu tun? Sehr viel. Jean Ziegler, der ehemalige UN-Sonderbeauftragte für das Recht auf Nahrung, hat den Zusammenhang in der Zeitschrift le monde diplomatique im März dieses Jahres klar beschrieben. Er sagt: “Damit sind wir wieder bei Frontex und der Heuchelei der Brüsseler Kommissare, die auf der einen Seite die Hungersnot in Afrika organisieren und auf der anderen Seite die Opfer ihrer Politik, die Hungerflüchtlinge, kriminalisieren.” Konkrete Beispiele: Die EU betreibt ein Agrardumping und vernichtet damit den afrikanischen Nahrungsmittelanbau und damit ist es mehr und mehr so, dass Menschen fliehen müssen. Es werden insbesondere auch durch Fischfabrikschiffe aus der EU Fischgründe abgefischt - innerhalb der verschiedenen Meilenzonen afrikanischer Staaten und es gibt eine rapide Zerstörung traditioneller Fischereidörfer zum Beispiel in der Sahel-Zone, aber auch Mali und Guinea Bissau sind da Beispiele…“ IMI-Standpunkt 2008/064 von Tobias Pflüger vom 18.12.2008

Aus: LabourNet, 22. Dezember 2008üger


Published Date: 23 December 2008

COUNCILLORS have run up a red flag over plans for a mobile phone mast on Banbridge's Old Newry Road.

Planners have approved the Vodafone UK proposal for a 12m high streetworks pole, three tri-sector shrouded antennae (1.9m high), dish and equipment cabinet on a grass verge some 100m north east of No.2 Thornwood.

But councillors have asked for the matter to be deferred for a month, insisting a better location should be sought.

The request came first from Councillor Junior McCrum at a recent meeting of the council's Public Services Liaison Committee.

The DUP councillor said one of two nearby fields had been zoned for a new Abercorn Primary School.

He didn't think it a good idea, he said, to have a mobile phone mast located so close to a school site.


The body count on Main Street

In These Times
by Nick Turse


On Oct. 4, in Los Angeles, Karthik Rajaram, 45, shot his wife, mother-in-law and three sons before turning the gun on himself. In a suicide note, Rajaram wrote that he was broke, having incurred massive financial losses in the economic meltdown. ‘I understand he was unemployed, his dealings in the stock market had taken a disastrous turn for the worse,’ said Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michel R. Moore in a public statement. In recent weeks, the media has begun to address the burgeoning body count, at least anecdotally. Suicide is, however, just one type of extreme act that has resulted from the financial crisis, and the attendant rise in foreclosures...

America needs a period of pain

Toronto Sun
by Eric Margolis


Washington’s response was panic, then flooding the economy with freshly printed money in hope something positive would happen. Japan made precisely the same gamble when its bubble economy collapsed in the early 1990s. Today, Japan has one of the world’s highest deficits and its economy remains dead in the water. The U.S. economy must be weaned off credit addiction. Pumping billions and billions of dollars into the economy is like mainlining more drugs to a sick junkie. The economy needs a period of cold turkey in which remaining credit bubbles, bad debt and financial distortions are purged. This is called recession, and it’s a vital part of the capitalist free market cycle. Without a period of pain, we can’t restore economic health or sanity. But panicky American politicians plan to spend $8.5 trillion to stave off this necessary, beneficial recession. Their misguided efforts risk igniting a future firestorm of inflation that will be far more dangerous and painful than any recession...

The final absurdity

Financial Sense
by JR Nyquist


It is important to understand that private property is fundamental to civilization. Without private property and the legal concept of ownership there cannot be a market, there cannot be material progress, and there cannot be civilization. At the same time, if the government intervenes with trillions of dollars in support of failed private businesses — with the money extorted from taxpayers and strings attached to the money — the result signifies a mighty negation of private property. In this situation the government assumes economic responsibility for every individual, even though such an assumption of responsibility is utterly absurd and unrealistic. And yet, despite the absurdities on every side, President Bush excuses himself by saying, -I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.- Oh ye of little faith! The free market doesn’t need you to save it! Even if it happens to collapse, it will recover if you leave it alone...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury

Does the bailout spree signal the end of democracy?

Christian Science Monitor
by Randy Salzman


‘A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.’ … In the past few months, Uncle Sam has bailed out Wall Street, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, home-owners, banks, and US automakers, while the incoming administration promises a massive infrastructure investment. Is it any surprise that cities, counties, and states are jostling for space at the federal trough? Who’s next? Big Media? Big Sports? Agribusiness?

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Bush, Obama opt for corporatism

Cato Institute
by David Boaz


We’ve always had some elements of the corporate state in America — subsidies, tariffs, monopoly privileges, regulatory cartels — but we’ve prospered because of the freewheeling entrepreneurship and creative destruction that characterizes most of our economy. In a few short months, the Bush administration has turned the focus of our economy to corporatism. Every day brings another story about businessmen seeking their profits in Washington, not the marketplace …. Meanwhile, Obama advisers are saying that if the federal government invests billions of dollars in businesses, it should get some influence on company policies regarding foreclosures, lending, executive compensation, environmental effects and product lines...

Aristocratic putsch

Nolan Chart
by Dan Alba

In previous episodes of corporatism this year, Congress passed unconstitutional legislation allegedly meant to ‘rescue’ the major financiers of their election campaigns. Which was tyrannical enough. But this time around, President Bush has issued a word-of-mouth mandate, as if it was set in stone. He has taken it upon himself to extract the loot from the rest of us in order that the most pathetic failures of the automotive industry won’t have to pay their just dues for their egregious business failures...

Economic stimulus amounts to central planning

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


That there will be a huge ’stimulus’ package in the early days of the Obama administration is a certainty. Nearly everyone thinks the government must do something drastic to, using President-elect Obama’s word, ‘jolt’ the economy into recovery. That something is deficit spending on ‘infrastructure.’ But it’s not as simple as it sounds. A big debate is shaping up over whether the program should concentrate on big, transformative projects or boring bridge repairs and pothole filling...

Shut the door on your way out, George!

Nolan Chart
by Gene DeNardo


We are finally witnessing the last days of the Bush administration. Many of us feared we would reach the final days of civilization before we saw the day the second Bush family president left office. It is fitting that we revisit the philosophy behind the administration, the logic or lack of, that attempts to justify the actions that so changed our world since the year 2000...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Obama v. Washington Mythmaking

By Robert Parry

Over the years, Washington has evolved into a city of deceptions where semantics cloud reality and where a hazy mix of lies, half-truths and mythology can combine to unleash the devastating military might of the United States for no good reason.

Transfer of Bush e-mails held up by glitches, suits

Washington Post


The required transfer in four weeks of all of the Bush White House’s electronic-mail messages and documents to the National Archives has been imperiled by a combination of technical glitches, lawsuits and lagging computer forensic work, according to government officials, historians and lawyers. Federal law requires outgoing White House officials to provide the Archives with copies of their records, a cache estimated at more than 300 million separate messages and 25,000 boxes of documents depicting some of the most sensitive policymaking of the past eight years. But archivists are uncertain if the transfer will include all the electronic messages sent and received by the officials, because the administration began trying only in recent months to recover from White House backup tapes hundreds of thousands of e-mails that were reported missing from readily accessible files in 2005...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer

$1.6 billion went to bailed-out bank execs

Bozeman Daily Chronicle


Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits in the calendar year 2007, an Associated Press analysis reveals. The rewards came even at banks where poor results last year foretold the economic crisis that sent them to Washington for a government rescue...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Über die Hilflosigkeit von Linken angesichts der Dominanz der neoliberalen Ideologie

No safe way to phone and drive

The Perfect Soldier

Trained to deal with crowd control and other population management tasks


Canadian Military Units To Undertake "Domestic Security"

Duties would include mass internment of citizens after terrorist attack, mirroring militarization of law enforcement in U.S. and Britain

Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Canadian military is reorganizing its priorities to suit a “post 9/11-world,” by creating reservist units for each area of the country that would be tasked with providing “domestic security,” and involve roles such as the mass internment of citizens in the event of a terrorist attack.

Police Trained Nationwide That Informed Americans Are Domestic Terrorists

Law enforcement across the country are being educated that informed Americans who know their rights are dangerous and that cops are their enemy

Paul Joseph Watson, Kurt Nimmo & Alex Jones
Friday, March 13, 2009

A secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists. This is merely the latest example in an alarming trend which confirms that law enforcement across the country is being trained that American citizens are a dangerous enemy.

The Meaning of the National Debt

Weihnachtsengel übergibt Resolution

Der Weihnachtsengel (Insa Gausepohl) verleiht dem Protest zahlreicher Bürger aus Milte gegen den Bau eines Funk-Sendemastes Nachdruck.

Warendorf/Milte. Zahlreiche Menschen wenden sich gegen die Errichtung eines Funk-Sendemastes in der Nähe ihres Wohnbereichs. Sie befürchten für sich und Tiere Gesundheitsschäden, die ihrer Meinung nach durch die gefährliche Strahlung, den Elektrosmog, hervorgerufen werden könnten. In Ostmilte ist ebenfalls die Errichtung eines Mobilfunk-Sendemastes geplant, was eine Gruppe von Bürgern unbedingt verhindern möchte. Deshalb entwickelte sich eine Protest-Initiative, die am Samstag bei Bürgermeister Jochen Walter vorstellig wurde.

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Was Blagojevich ousted for asking Illinois government agencies to suspend doing business with the Bank of America?


Bailout Blago

The American Conservative
by Justin Raimondo

The stoning of Rod Blagojevich recalls Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery,’ a sinister short story about the inhabitants of an otherwise placid village where, periodically, someone’s name is chosen out of a hat for a public stoning. Like much of Jackson’s idiosyncratic fiction, a dark river of fear runs beneath the formal narrative — in this case fear of randomness, of sudden death at the hands of fate. It was, perhaps, Blagojevich’s fate to go down in history as a symbol of political corruption, Chicago’s Boss Tweed and the most infamous of mobster-politicians. Yet one can’t help but think it could have happened to anyone — to any member of the political class, that is. This scandal is noteworthy because of the honesty and purity of its protagonist, the Illinois governor who has become a leper in the political universe because he didn’t deign to dress up his avarice and power-lust in the language of ‘public service’ and altruism... (for publication 01/12/09)

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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