Montag, 29. Dezember 2008

Iraq War No Longer 'Visual' Enough For US News Coverage

O2 criticised for "sneaking through" mast application in Bushey

5:30pm Monday 29th December 2008

Residents in Bushey have criticised a mobile telephone network for “sneaking through” a mast application before Christmas.

A public consultation regarding O2's application for a communications mast in green belt land by Elstree Road started at the end of November and ended on Boxing Day.

Residents concerned about the impact the mast will have on their lives suggested the consultation was intentionally run during a time when many people were on holiday.


Wall Street Faces Worst Losses Since Herbert Hoover

Joe Bel Bruno, The Associated Press: "Investors are preparing to close out the last three trading days of 2008 with Wall Street's worst performance since Herbert Hoover was president. The ongoing recession and global economic shock pummeled stocks this year, with the Dow Jones industrial average slumping 36.2 percent. That's the biggest drop since 1931 when the Great Depression sent stocks reeling 40.6 percent."

A Disturbing Night in Iraq: Witnessing the Abuse of 'Insurgent' Prisoners

U.S. contractors, bound to no legal accountability, are continuing to administer highly questionable treatment of prisoners in Iraq. This is an eyewitness account.

US Special Forces Execuation

Video Report

A killing in Iraq puts a spotlight on U.S. special operations. Was it an accident or something more? CNN's Michael Ware reports.

From Information Clearing House

Families urged to fight phone mast


29 December 2008 17:00

Families were today urged to stand together to fight an appeal which would see a phone mast installed close to people's homes.

Phone giant Vodafone submitted plans in September for a 10m imitation telegraph pole to be installed north of the Old House Plantation in Cunningham Road, Earlham.

But it was turned down by Norwich City Council's planning officers before it got to planning committee.

However, Vodafone has appealed that decision and today city councillors Bert Bremner and Rupert Read urged people living nearby to fight it again.

Mr Bremner, a city councillor for University ward, said his team had leafleted people in September calling on them to oppose the original application.

He said: “We will oppose the appeal again and would urge anyone who opposed the original plans to do likewise.


Dan Rather's $70 Million Lawsuit Likely to Deal Bush Legacy a New Blow

Christopher Goodwin, The Observer UK: "As George W Bush prepares to leave the White House, at least one unpleasant episode from his unpopular presidency is threatening to follow him into retirement. A $70m lawsuit filed by Dan Rather, the veteran former newsreader for CBS Evening News, against his old network is reopening the debate over alleged favourable treatment that Bush received when he served in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war."

The Real Significance of The Fed’s Zero-Interest-Rate Policy

Informant: Neo Mulder

Whose Ponzi scheme worse: Madoff’s or Government’s?

Fox News
by Jon Kraushar


Pardon my humbug … but how many people have considered that the trillion-or-so dollars the Bush and Obama administrations might spend on bailout and stimulus efforts could turn out to be a worse Ponzi scheme than Bernard Madoff’s fleecing of investors, estimated at up to $50 billion? Before we rush headlong and panicked into throwing even more good taxpayer money into believing that, yes Virginia, government programs like this actually work, have we looked at the model for all this — similar government ‘rescue’ spending during the Great Depression? That ‘New Deal’ turned out to be a bad deal. … When was the last time that government spending on such a large scale turned out to be anything more than a stimulus to special interests?

The seven deadly deficits

Mother Jones
by Joseph E. Stiglitz

November/December 2008 issue

When president George W. Bush assumed office, most of those disgruntled about the stolen election contented themselves with this thought: Given our system of checks and balances, given the gridlock in Washington, how much damage could be done? Now we know: far more than the worst pessimists could have imagined. From the war in Iraq to the collapse of the credit markets, the financial losses are difficult to fathom. And behind those losses lie even greater missed opportunities. Put it all together … and the gap between what we could have produced and what we did produce will easily exceed $1.5 trillion. Think what that kind of money could have done to provide healthcare for the uninsured, to improve our education system, to build green technology … The list is endless.

Bush’s no regrets tour

Boston Globe
by Ellen Goodman


I was doing fine until I saw the rocking chairs. My attacks of Bush-bashing were in remission. I told myself it was time to move on, to embrace the change you can believe in and, well, you get the idea. So when the president — he’s still the president? — popped up on television, I would repeat what Republicans told Democrats in 2000 after the Supreme Court ruling made George W. Bush president: Get Over It. Snap Out Of It. … But then came the moment when the senior staff of Bush enablers gave two comfy rocking chairs to the man who described himself as ‘an old sage at 62 … headed to retirement.’ The symbolism was too much...

Theft by government

Intellectual Conservative
by Nancy Morgan


Question: How does con man Bernie Madoff differ from the state of California? Answer: Bernie’s victims surrendered their life savings voluntarily. In California, the victims’ money was taken under threat of force by the IRS. As pundits, politicians and the media focus America’s wrath on Bernie Madoff for conning willing dupes out of over $50 million bucks, the same scam carried out by elected government officials in both Kansas and California goes virtually unnoticed...

“Something must be done”

Campaign For Liberty
by Anthony Gregory


Historians have long understood that during social and national calamity, political oppression often takes root. This is principally because politicians try to seize power and the people let them. In uncertain times, people tend to turn toward their governments in desperation. Social scientists like Oppenheimer and Murray Rothbard have observed the vital role of public opinion in shaping the government. The relationships between crises, public ideology, and government growth have been fleshed out in scholarly detail by Robert Higgs in his various studies on political economy. Whether we’re looking at the march to World War I, the New-Deal response to the Great Depression, the construction of a national-security state and global empire to counter the Communist threat, the war on terror or today’s war on recession, existential fear is channeled into support for a growing government and its predations on our liberty and wealth. What’s more, the big-government racket is formulated so as to make it difficult to falsify. If things get worse, it is an excuse for more government. If things get better, government claims the credit...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The number of gears in the government machine greased by taxpayer money is staggering

Surviving a War Against Savages

25% of Retailers May Go Bankrupt

Analysts estimate that from about 10% to 26% of all retailers are in financial distress and in danger of filing for Chapter 11. AlixPartners LLP, a Michigan-based turnaround consulting firm, estimates that 25.8% of 182 large retailers it tracks are at significant risk of filing for bankruptcy or facing financial distress in 2009 or 2010.

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