Montag, 19. Januar 2009

Obama Reaches Out for McCain’s Counsel

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For Businesses Big and Small, It's Lights Out

Annys Shin, The Washington Post: "With the economy in the tank, companies are doing all they can to stay afloat. For many, though, even the most desperate measures have not been enough. Former giants in American business have recently tilted into extinction. Circuit City announced Friday it would follow Linens 'n Things and Sharper Image into liquidation and sell its assets. Over the next two years, analysts say, countless other businesses will simply fade away."

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TARP II: Money for Banks, Not Homeowners

Dean Baker, Truthout: "TARP II, the second helping of $350 billion that is supposed to restore the health of our financial system, will soon be dished out by the Obama administration. Ostensibly, much of this money will go to help homeowners stay in their homes. But, as is the case with many Washington policies, this money is also going to end up in the bankers' pockets."

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Requesting a TARP disapproval resolution

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by CEI Staff

01/15/09

On behalf of the millions of taxpaying citizens represented by the public interest organizations below, we write to strongly encourage you to swiftly pass a notice of disapproval on releasing the remaining $350 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds. From the beginning, the TARP plan was questionable, but a number of Members nonetheless resolved to support it. It should be clear now that this was a mistake.

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Lija mayor calls for antenna’s removal

Neighbours can nearly touch antenna from bedroom window – Castaldi Paris

James Debono Lija mayor Ian Castaldi Paris tomorrow will be filing a judicial protest against Melita plc and the Malta Communications Authority, calling for the removal of an antenna on the roof of a house in Preziosi Street. The antenna, which faces neighbours’ bedrooms, is so close that a resident “can nearly touch the antenna from his own bedroom window,” Castaldi Paris claims. MaltaToday is informed the house on which the antenna was erected is rented out to foreign students. The Lija council is demanding that the antenna be removed in a week’s time. The council is also holding the owner of the house, the MCA and Melita plc responsible for any harm caused to residents by the antenna.

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Inauguration Day

Schlappe 150 Millionen Dollar plus X wird das Spektakel zur Amtseinführung am Dienstag kosten. Ein paar Dollar sind da natürlich auch für die Obdachlosen drin. So wie berichtet wird, weitet der Secret Service die „Sicherheitszone“ um das Spektakel herum ziemlich weit aus. Verboten sind für alle Besucher Rucksäcke, Handtaschen usw., also alles wo man eine Bombe verstecken kann. Und damit hat es dann auch die Obdachlosen erwischt, welche zusammen mit ihrem gesamten Besitz (ein Einkaufswagen, ein Zelt oder Schlafmatte) die Unverschämtheit besitzen, bei Temperaturen um den Gefrierpunkt, in eben dieser Sicherheitszone ums Überleben zu kämpfen. Siehe dazu:

Obamas Amtseinführung: Notstandsfeier ohne Obdachlose

„Um viel Geld auszugeben, braucht die neue US-Regierung kein Konjunkturprogramm: Die Amtseinführung von Barack Obama wird rund 150 Mio. $ kosten - bei Schnee noch mehr. Nochpräsident George W. Bush, dessen eigene Vereidigungsfeierlichkeiten 2005 nur 42 Mio. $ gekostet hatten, hat sogar den Notstand für Washington ausgerufen. Die Stadt hatte um die Einstufung als Katastrophengebiet gebeten, damit sie die Sicherheitskosten nicht allein tragen muss. Der Anblick von Obdachlosen soll dabei das Fest nicht stören. Busse sollen sie abholen und in Unterkünfte fahren, wo Getränke und Essen auf sie warten, berichtete die "Washington Post". Natürlich freiwillig. Man wolle nicht den Eindruck erwecken, die Obdachlosen sollten "weggekarrt" werden, so Stadtrat Tommy Wells.“ So der kurze Artikel von Sabine Muscat in der FTD vom 18.01.2009 //www.ftd.de/politik/international/:Obamas-Amtseinf%FChrung-Notstandsfeier-ohne-Obdachlose/461861.html


Where do the homeless go during inaugural?

“Clifton Wayne Lee, a homeless veteran, usually sleeps on a heating grate outside the Federal Trade Commission building. It would be a prime spot on Inauguration Day — just steps from the inaugural parade route. But he'll have to give it up. District of Columbia and federal authorities are telling homeless people that they'll soon have to vacate the large chunk of property that will be secured before President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday. The zone includes the National Mall, Capitol Hill and more than 10 blocks that make up the parade route…” Ein (englischer) Artikel von Kamala Lane( AP) erschienen im Austin American-Statesman vom 15.01.2009 //www.statesman.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/US_President_And_White_House_Advisers/Inauguration_Homeless.html


Alternative Aktionen

Auch ansonsten ist in Washington in den nächsten Tagen eine Menge los. Eine Zusammenfassung über alternative Events gibt bei Indymedia Washington DC „Inauguration Schedule For Activists” //dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/145273/index.php


After the Inauguration: A Day of action for Immigration Rights!

Am Tag nach der Amtsübernahme veranstaltet die “The National Capitol Immigrant Coalition and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement” eine Demo für die faire Behandlung der Immigranten. Siehe dazu //www.ncicmetro.org/


ARREST BUSH 2009

“We call for the arrest of George W. Bush for instigating an unwarranted war of aggression against a sovereign nation, wanton attacks on civilian populations, use of torture and violations of the Constitution of the United States and United Nations charter. Here is how you make a citizens arrest of a war criminal…” Am Tag der Amtseinführung versuchen Aktivisten vom „Washington Peace Center“, „After Downing Street“ und „Shoes For Bush” mit Plakaten (obwohl das strikt verboten ist) in die Nähe des FBI-Centers zu kommen und Bush’s und natürlich auch Cheney’s Verhaftung zu fordern. Surft auf der Seite vielleicht mal ein bisschen rum. Die haben da Videos, Plakate und viele weitere Informationen //www.arrestbush2009.com/


Offizielle Seite

Natürlich gibt’s auch eine regierungsoffizielle Seite //inaugural.senate.gov/2009/


Wer ist Barack Obama?

Die Vereinigten Staaten hoffen auf einen Neuanfang. Kann und wird ihr neuer Präsident die Erwartungen erfüllen? Noam Chomsky, Weltstar der Sprachwissenschaft und Amerikas härtester Kritiker, ist skeptisch. Ein Interview von Hans-Joachim Neubauer mit Noam Chomski im Rheinischen Merkur vom 15.01.2009 //www.merkur.de/index.php?id=32125&type=98&uid


Aus: LabourNet, 19. Januar 2009



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Demokratisieren statt privatisieren - Proposal for a Labour Network on and in the World Social Forum process

Ein Beitrag des LabourNet Germany zur Diskussion beim Workshop „Privatisierung, Prekarität, demokratische Alternativen“ mit FISENGE (CUT Brasilien) während des Weltsozialforums Belém 2009. Text von Helmut Weiss (und vielen, die mitdiskutiert haben)(pdf) //www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/seattle/wsf09/antipriv.pdf


Privatisierung, Prekarisierung – demokratische Alternativen

Einladung zum Workshop beim Weltsozialforum Belém (30. Januar 2009, 9-12 Uhr), organisiert von FISENGE (Föderation brasilianischer Ingenieursgewerkschaften) und LabourNet Germany (pdf) //www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/seattle/wsf09/workshop.pdf

Inputs: Márcio Monzane (Uni-Américas, Kontinentale Föderation der Dienstleistungsgewerkschaften), João Felício (Leiter Internationale Beziehungen CUT Brasilien), Helmut Weiss (LabourNet Germany)

Zum Hintergrund siehe Anders gegen Privatisierung. Über den Stand der Dinge bezüglich des von LabourNet Germany vorgeschlagenen Arbeitskongresses „Demokratisieren statt Privatisieren“ //www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/gats/labournet.html


Will an Alternative Global Labour Network Take Off and Take Shape at the World Social Forum, Belem, 2009?

Article by Peter Waterman (pdf) //www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/seattle/wsf09/waterman.pdf

Siehe dazu auch

Proposal for a Labour Network on and in the World Social Forum process

Sonderseite bei Labour and Globalization //openesf.net/projects/labour-and-globalization/project-home


Peter Waterman - Work in Progess. Sonderseite mit Texten von Peter Waterman beim NetzwerkIT //www.netzwerkit.de/projekte/waterman/


World Social Forum - Trade Union Perspective

ITUC Position on WSF frim April 2008 by International Trade Union Confederation //openesf.net/projects/labour-and-globalization/blog/2008/08/03/ituc-position-on-wsf-april-2008/

Darüber hinaus alle Grundinformationen zum Weltsozialforum 2009 im neuen Special //www.labournet.de/diskussion/wipo/seattle/wsf09/index.html


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Stimulating consumption won’t help economy

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

01/16/09

Anyone with common sense and innocent of Keynes’s crackpot views will wonder what the fuss is. Saving and paying off debt are generally seen as wise for individuals, so it makes no sense that they are bad for society as a whole. Yet that is what we our ‘leaders’ expect us to believe. Ask yourself: can you consume your way to prosperity? Of course not...

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King’s Message of Nonviolence Should Not Be Overlooked

Common Dreams
by Robert E. Griffin

01/18/09

The media fixate on only a part of King’s dream. In the final years of his life, King moved from concentrating on civil rights for blacks to other issues he deemed important, even critical. King realized that poverty needed to be dealt with in America. Poverty was not as popular a message as civil rights. Favorable and abundant media coverage dried up. Then on April 4, 1967, King gave the ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. Although he had been warned not to do so, King spoke out against the Vietnam War. Moreover, King spoke of a larger soul-sickness in America of which the war was only a symptom. This was not a popular message. King spoke out against the militarism and the hyper-nationalism that he saw in his country. He viewed it as a form of idolatry...

//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/17


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The more things change …

AntiWar.Com
by Alan Bock

01/19/09

While an Obama administration is likely to have a different tone than the outgoing Bush administration, and will also come into office with a reservoir of good will that may not extend beyond the superficial, much of the evidence is that there will be more continuity than change. His plan for withdrawing from Iraq is not all that different from what the Bush administration has begun to implement, and the likelihood is that even after ‘combat’ troops have been withdrawn there will still be tens of thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq. Obama plans to issue an executive order early on to close the Guantanamo prison camp, but his aides stress that the process of actually doing so will be gradual and difficult and could take a year or so. Then there’s his apparent conviction that the real central front in what he also calls the ‘war on terror’ (an unfortunate misnomer with implications for how one confronts problems) is in Afghanistan...

//www.antiwar.com/bock/?articleid=14094



Fleas on a dog? Change? A new direction?

The Libertarian Enterprise
by David Earnest

01/18/09

We humans are an odd bunch. We like continuity, tradition and habit. When things happen outside the ordinary, the customary and the habitual we call that ’stressful.’ We don’t deal with change real well do we? Look around in your own world how you deal with change. Been fired lately? How did that make you feel? Been dumped by a woman or a man? How did that make you feel? Ever been first in line at the bank when 3 of 4 tellers go to lunch? Been in a speed trap? Try being rational with a 3 year old. Life is designed to be unfair, how well you deal with the intrinsic unfairness of life is a gauge of how successful in life you’ll be...

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Are we there yet, Martin?

Salon
by Joan Walsh

01/19/09

Clearly Obama’s race as well as his commitment to equality and opportunity for all makes him a powerful symbol of King’s legacy. ‘I may not get there with you,’ King prophetically told supporters the night before he died, ‘but I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.’ Some 40 years later, are we there yet? Obama echoed King (and Sam Cooke) on election night: ‘It’s been a long time coming, but change has come to America.’ But how much and what kind of change, and will it be enough?’ Of course King was an activist and agitator; Obama will be president. Comparisons may obscure as much as they illuminate. Still, on the day we celebrate King’s life, it’s hard not to think about the ways Obama does and does not resemble him, and will and won’t complete his work...

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Very mixed feelings

Tibor's Space
by Tibor R. Machan

01/18/09

Clearly I am not euphoric about the inauguration of Barack Obama, certainly not the way that millions appear to be across America. In fact some of this euphoria is very disappointing to me because, well, it is too tribal, too much a matter of ‘one of us got elected.’ Never mind his political vision, his prospective policies, his way of conceiving of his job. Then, too, the fact that Mr. Obama is talking about a ‘new Declaration of Independence’ is frightening — what on earth would he want to change about the old one?

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Hounding Obama Nation, part 1

from Reason to Freedom
by Peter Namtvedt

01/18/09

He committed to limit campaign spending by public matching funds for the presidential election …. He promised to stop smoking cigarettes. … He promised to hold open town hall meetings during the campaign with John McCain. Then he reneged, because of the huge inflow of contributions. Here is a list of more promises broken …. What a political candidate says ought to mean what he really expects to get done if elected. What a winning candidate says needs to be what he will do...

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The seduction of silence

Liberty For All
by R. Lee Wrights

01/18/09

Whether we remain silent out of mere convenience or simply to avoid criticism from our peers, it almost always looks like we are trying to ‘get away with something.’ This is exemplified perfectly by a situation we face right now on the Libertarian National Committee. You see, we have a national Treasurer who is refusing to release the details of the budget recently passed by the committee unless those of us seeking the information promise not to forward it to anyone, including other committee members. He has even gone so far as to refuse to obey several direct requests from our national Chair to forward the budget. A document that was shown, debated, and voted upon in open session is now being treated as though it were some sort of State secret! Why, I ask, why?!

//www.libertyforall.net/?p=1929


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Inauguration Day, 2009: A day of mourning

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

01/19/09

When Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated, he sought to dismantle the evolving Federalist tradition of pomp and circumstance. In a ceremonial sense, royalism seemed to have been restored, or so it seemed to him. As this blogger put it, ‘Dressed in simple attire, Jefferson walked over to the Capitol with a phalanx of riflemen, friends, and fellow citizens from his home state of Virginia.’ In these last days of the American Empire, such austere republicanism would be considered impossibly quaint. Having long ago morphed into Jefferson’s worst nightmare, the closer we get to the end, the more glamorous our inaugurals become. The poorer we are, the more millions we’ll throw at a ceremony that is really the crowning of a monarch — and not just any old king, but an emperor bestriding the globe. Appearances must be kept up...

//antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=14097


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Vodafone drops mast appeal plan but is still looking in Kenilworth

Published Date: 19 January 2009

By Staff Copy

Vodafone has pulled plans to appeal against objections to two mobile phone masts.

Just last month the mobile phone giant told the Weekly News it would carry out a review of the decision and the reasons for refusal of masts at Beehive Hill and Oaks Road before an appeal would be considered.

But this week Kenilworth MP Jeremy Wright has revealed they have decided not to appeal, but are keen to look at other areas in the town.

Mr Wright said: "This is great news for the residents in these two areas and shows that people can really make a difference. Vodafone does want to talk to residents at another point, however, to discuss where future masts could go."

The proposals were thrown out by Warwick District Council planners twice last year, but the phone company is still looking at Kenilworth as a serious option for a new mast.

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Unanimous Consent

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The Problem of Looting

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George Bush is worried about his legacy

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Bush: Failure?

KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp

01/18/09

According to a CNN poll, 68% of American’s regard George W. Bush’s presidency as a ‘failure.’ Are they right? Per the conventional wisdom, there’s little doubt — thinking of Bush administration from beginning to end, it’s an eight-year stack of epic fails which, taken together, comprise perhaps the ultimate, the Great Pyramid, of Fail. … But … ‘failure’ presupposes an objective which has not been achieved, and it’s by no means obvious that George W. Bush’s objectives were those contemplated in the Constitution...

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Vorratsdaten: Überwachungstechnik als Wettbewerbsvorteil

Teil 2: Merkantiler Mehrwert und bereits anfallende Daten
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Cell Phone Carnage

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Bailout Is a Windfall to Banks, if Not to Borrowers

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On National Security, DOJ May Stay the Course

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