Freitag, 9. Januar 2009

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) Decries Pentagon Rejection of Purple Hearts for PTSD

ACLU: Justice Department Releases Several Legal Memos on Bush Administration's War Policies

The Outcry Is Muted, But the Food Crisis Is Getting Worse

US Says Iraqis May Still Be Held Without Charge

International Energy Agency 'Blocking Global Switch to Renewables'

How Globalization Set the Stage for the 2008 Economic Collapse

ROBERT CREAMER — The extent of the 2008 economic collapse surprised and shocked the conventional wisdom in Washington and on Wall Street. But in hindsight, a good case can be made that the massive globalization of labor and financial markets, coupled with "free markets über alles" policies, formed a toxic mixture that made the collapse inevitable.

FDA Scientists Complain to Obama of "Corruption"

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press: "In an unusually blunt letter, a group of federal scientists is complaining to the Obama transition team of widespread managerial misconduct in a division of the Food and Drug Administration. 'The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the scientific review process for medical devices at the FDA has been corrupted and distorted by current FDA managers, thereby placing the American people at risk,' said the letter, dated Wednesday and written on the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health letterhead."

Rachel's News #993

Gegner des NATO-Gipfels kündigen Protestaktionen an

Drei Monate vor dem NATO-Gipfel in Baden-Baden und Straßburg haben Gegner des Treffens Proteste angekündigt. "Wir wollen nicht nur unseren Protest ausdrücken. Wir wollen ganz klar dieses Treffen verhindern", sagte ein Sprecher des Aktionsbündnisses "resistance des deux rives" (Widerstand der zwei Ufer) am Freitag (9. Januar) in Offenburg. Es böten sich zahlreiche "Möglichkeiten für Blockaden und zivilen Ungehorsam".

Families' joy over new mast site victory

A residents protesting about the proposed phone mast on Reepham Road.


09 January 2009 17:00

Campaigners against plans for a controversial mobile phone which was to be built near homes without planning consent are celebrating today after it emerged an alternative site in the countryside had been found.


Church set for phone mast

Published Date: 09 January 2009

RELIGION could be set to connect with modern-day technology when a mobile phone mast is installed in a church spire.


Hunger Strikers Surge to 10 Percent at Guantanamo

Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers: "Guantanamo captives are staging a fresh wave of hunger strikes ahead of the seventh anniversary of the controversial prison camps -- a campaign a lawyer links to the speedy release of Osama bin Laden's driver from US military detention. As of Thursday, 30 of the 250 war-on-terror detainees were classified as hunger strikers, 25 of whom were being fed through tubes in their noses, said Navy Cmdr. Pauline Storum at Guantanamo."

President Bush Saved US Lives?

Richard Clarke, The New York Daily News: "George Bush, still President, is engaging in a legacy tour of media outlets. This comes despite his earlier having said he did not know how history would judge the Iraq war 'because we'll all be dead.' Actually, many people are already dead because of Bush, and that is the point to keep in mind when he talks about his legacy. Among the themes Bush is striking are that through action at home and fighting 'them' over there, not over here, his administration stopped terrorist attacks and prevented another 9/11."

The Lost Years

Mario Roy, La Presse: "Above all, by his perfect indifference to the way things evolved in that powder keg, Bush demonstrated the character trait that has left its strongest impression on the United States and on the world: total contempt for reality, for pragmatism, and for effectiveness."

OVG Münster: Es hat sich ausgefunkt

Franz Dyckmanns kämpft seit Jahren gegen Mobilfunkmasten in Burgaltendorf. Das Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster gab ihm jetzt Recht.

Helmut Langenbach
Hammerweg 44
57258 Freudenberg
Tel. 02734 / 434 500


Klage gegen Funkmasten erfolgreich

The Psychotropic Drug Scam

Re-assume your responsibility or take your punishment

Nolan Chart
by Ken D. Berry


The American People have shirked their duty and squandered their power almost from the beginning. We are not speaking here of government officials or business leaders, but of the common man and woman on the street. For decades, the citizenry of other countries, being in love with the American Ideal, have given the American people a pass as being either too powerless or too innocent to be held accountable. This has been changing for the past few years, accelerating with the Islamic uprising(s), and this acceleration is accelerating. Soon, the American Citizen will be held accountable in fact for their government’s actions...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The war on rhetoric

by John Dickerson


Jonathan Martin of Politico reports that Joe Biden declared ‘we’re at war,’ when talking about the current economic crisis with a group of congressional leaders yesterday. Biden’s spokeswoman said that the vice president-elect was making the case that passing the stimulus bill will require members of Congress to join in the same spirit of cooperation that reigned just after the 9/11 attacks. Politicians are fond of comparing things that aren’t war to war. It’s both an abuse of language and a rhetorical trick. We hear about war, and we think whatever bold actions this politician is asking us to take must be worth it because, well, it’s war. But a lot of the things presidents have declared war on are still with us...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How do we limit the damage?

The Medical Freedom Channel
by Steve Trinward


Judging from the choices Barack Obama has made so far, with few exceptions, we will likely have no rollback of the USA PATRIOT Act, no release of unindicted ‘terrorists’ from Gitmo, no rapid withdrawal of troops from overseas interventions, no curtailment of the DEA and other incursions on state-approved medical marijuana … Instead, we face a strong likelihood of nationalized health insurance, expanded welfare statism, additional business regulation for-its-own-sake and who-knows-how-many other agenda-items from the ‘progressive’ laundry-list. (And then, maybe, if we give them all they want in that realm, they MIGHT condescend to begin dealing with a few of the ‘fascism’ issues, like the restoration of the Bill of Rights?) So it’s becoming pretty clear that we’re going to face some form of ‘healthcare reform’ in the coming administration...

Spreading the wealth

by NSwift


Or rather, spreading the pain and the blame. Obama is working pretty hard to bring Republicans in the House and Senate over to his brand of Keynesian economics by packing his proposed ’stimulus’ package with loads of tax cuts. Around $300 billion, in fact. It’s not a little ironic that the left has suddenly decided that tax cuts are beneficial to the economy and to taxpayers in general. It’s just too bad that they’re going about it all wrong...

Change is coming, to benefit trial lawyers
by Hans Bader


Obama promised change, and it’s already happening, at the expense of the poor, consumers, and small business. ‘Regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children’s clothing.’ That’s the result of a law championed by Obama and trial lawyers, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which imposes draconian requirements and penalties on sellers of childrens’ toys and clothing. As a result, used clothing stores for poor kids, like Kid to Kid, are going out of business. Price increases in children’s toys and clothing will also likely result...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


What Obama Can Learn From Europe

Steven Hill, Truthout: "The inauguration of the 44th president of the United States is starting to look like the most spectacularly dramatic debut since the Beatles arrived in New York. Before too long, though, the buildup and the hype will be over, and it will be time for Team Obama to produce. Particularly when it comes to three of the president-elect's top priorities - energy and climate change, health care and jump-starting the economy - President Obama would do well to look toward Europe for guidance."


Obama 'softens' Guantanamo pledge

Barack Obama, the US president-elect, has appeared to soften his election campaign promise to shut the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay as one of his first acts as US president, saying its closure would be "a challenge".

From Information Clearing House

Cheney: CIA did nothing illegal in interrogations

ABC News

Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that he sees no reason for President George W. Bush to pre-emptively pardon anyone at the CIA involved in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists. ‘I don’t have any reason to believe that anybody in the agency did anything illegal,’ he said. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cheney also said that Bush has no need to apologize for not foreseeing the economic crisis...

Bush to tout his “No Child Left Behind” initiative

Wall Street Journal


President George W. Bush will tout the successes of his No Child Left Behind education reform and challenge Democrats not to weaken it, in one of his final speeches recapping his White House record. ‘He will talk about the fact that now is not the time to water down standards or roll back accountability,’ White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said. ‘Leaders in the business community and among civil rights organizations want to make sure that we maintain high standards’...

From Information Clearing House


Mythbusting the Obama recovery package

Our Future
by Sara Robinson


Here it is: our moment of economic truth. We’re standing at that historic fork in the road where the nation decides, now and for the foreseeable future, whether it’s going to hang on to the catastrophic assumptions of the free-market fundamentalists and rely once more on the nostrums that have so far failed to fix the mess, or take a bold step down a new, more progressive path that will finally re-empower the American people to build an economy that works for us all. As usual, the conservatives have absolutely no conscience about what they did to create this mess. If they did, they’d all be holed up in their gated communities or on their private islands, embarrassed into silence at best and terrified of peasant uprisings at worst...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Wird Obama der neue Schröder?

Zwei Personalentscheidungen im Justizbereich sprechen für das genaue Gegenteil der Politik, die der zukünftige Präsident im Wahlkampf versprach.öder

Worldwide Vigils Marking the 7th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay

Amnesty International to Hold Worldwide Vigils Marking the 7th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay and Urging New Administration to Close Facility.

Witness Against Torture: Anti-Torture Activists to Fast and Rally Sunday to Call on Obama to Close Guantanamo

Cheney Says Obama Should Keep Terror Polices, Calls Himself 'Lovable'

Value of 2008 Bailouts Exceeds Combined Costs of All Major U.S. Wars

The total value of the bailouts undertaken by the federal government in 2008 now exceeds the combined cost of every major war the United States has ever engaged in, according to a comparison of war costs calculated by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the value of the bailouts as calculated by Bloomberg News or Bianco Research.

Bank of England cuts interest rates to lowest in more than 300 years

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to the lowest level in its 315-year history as it desperately attempts to prevent the UK recession deepening into a slump.

From Information Clearing House

Kissinger: Obama primed to create 'New World Order'

Policy guru says global upheaval presents 'great opportunity'.

From Information Clearing House

Former Pentagon chief predicts Iran crisis soon

William Perry, who headed the Pentagon during a 1994 nuclear standoff with North Korea, predicted on Thursday that President-elect Barack Obama will soon face a nuclear crisis with Iran.

Iran likely taking US nuclear threat seriously

US ex-defense chief: Iran may regard the threat of a US nuclear attack as "much more likely" in light of Hillary Clinton's warning during the US presidential campaign that Washington can obliterate Tehran, a former US defense secretary said Thursday.

From Information Clearing House

America's Soul Sickness And Permanent War

Obama's Rude Awakening

By Roberto Rodriguez

Obama's first challenge will not be the unresolved Middle East crisis. Nor will it be Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo or the economy. His primary challenge will come in coming face to face with the Bush/Cheney doctrine of permanent worldwide war. Unless Obama renounces it on inauguration day, this doctrine will continue to be U.S. policy.


The same old change

by Justin Raimondo


We keep hearing Obama is making all these business-as-usual appointments in order to disarm his critics in advance when he starts taking those really bold initiatives, but doesn’t there come a point when that somewhat dubious strategy becomes suspiciously repetitive? Is he really appointing Dennis Ross just so he can usher in a new era of equal justice and sustained peace in the region? Come off it, you Obama-ites — there won’t be any change in our foreign policy, except for the worse. Just remember: you were warned...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp\raimondo

The Difficulty of Being an Informed American

By Paul Craig Roberts

The function of the "mainstream media" is to sell products and to brainwash the audience for the government and interest groups. By subscribing to it, Americans support their own brainwashing.

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