Dienstag, 13. Januar 2009

Common sense, isn't it?



No end in sight for the “enemy combatants” of Guantanamo

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


On the seventh anniversary of the opening of the ‘war on terror’ prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (on January 11, 2002), this is perhaps a rather bleak title, given that Barack Obama has pledged to close the prison, but recent events in a U.S. District Court — largely overlooked in the mainstream media — have demonstrated how difficult it will be to deliver justice to the remaining prisoners, because of the veneer of legitimacy that covers the Bush administration’s self-declared right to seize anyone the president regards as an ‘enemy combatant’ and hold him indefinitely without charge or trial...

[ //www.lewrockwell.com/worthington/worthington9.html ]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Von der Liberalisierung der globalen Märkte profitieren die reichen Länder

Die Doha-Runde der WTO will angeblich den Entwicklungsländern helfen, das Versprechen, dies durch den Abbau von Zöllen und Subventionen zu leisten, könnte das Gegenteil bewirken.



Is Obama a Neocon? No, but if he acts like one, what's the difference?



Another permanent state of emergency

The Liberty Papers
by tarran


Many people have expressed a hope that Barack Obama will be an improvement over George Bush and that he will roll back some of George Bush’s excesses. They see in Obama a man who understands nuanced argument, who at least acknowledges that those who oppose his policies can have good reasons and arguments for doing so. However, those who are so hopeful are doomed to have their hopes dashed. Barack Obama may give of good vibes, but a review of his policy papers show nothing more than a few crumbs of freedom thrown to the people. Make no mistake, under Barack Obama’s leadership, the federal government will seize more wealth, violate more liberties and wreck the economy more thoroughly than George Bush did...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Draft is needed because we may have to invade Pakistan

Conservative columnist Tony Blankley foresees a dangerous future, in which the United States will be able to ensure its own survival only through a universal military draft and may routinely have to commit hundreds of thousands of troops to overseas excursions, including a potential invasion of Pakistan.


From Information Clearing House


Bush Cites Few Regrets Defending White House Record

President George W. Bush, looking back at eight years of decisions on war and peace, expressed few regrets and defended his administration's actions in the fight against terrorism, the war in Iraq, and the response to a global financial meltdown.


From Information Clearing House


Another Bush Legacy: 84 Percent More Unemployed

Isaiah J. Poole, The Campaign for America's Future: "Let history be clear on one point when it comes to Bush's mismanagement of the economy: Since January 2001, the month George W. Bush took office, the number of unemployed people has increased more than 84 percent."


History Cannot Save Him

Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers: "As he leaves office, President Bush is passing on to his successor two wars and a growing economic debacle. What a way to go! Not to worry, Bush says he isn't concerned about how history will view his militant eight years in the White House, telling ABC News that he 'won't be around to read it.' Well, they say that journalism is the first draft of history. So I am going to predict that those future historians will not deal kindly with the Bush presidency."



U.S. Spending on Nuclear Weapons Exceeds $52 Billion

By Federation of American Scientists

Thus, the majority of nuclear weapons spending (55.5%) is allocated towards upgrading, operating and sustaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal. A much smaller fraction (10%) is devoted to controlling the spread of nuclear weapons and technology, the study found.



A towering debate

5:28 PM

By Chris Bone

A controversial chimney is rare. But when what's coming out of it is not smoke, but possibly radiation, people pay attention.

Those people mostly include residents of Wheeler Manor Senior Housing center, 651 6th St., where various cell phone carriers have operated a wireless transmitter disguised as a 10-foot chimney for the past decade. Most seniors had no idea they even lived beneath the rooftop tower until a few months ago. Yet, the chimney has since become a lightning rod for the ongoing international debate concerning the safety of cell phones, cell phone towers and electromagnetic radiation.



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