Donnerstag, 29. Januar 2009

Obama: Trilateral Commission Endgame

by Patrick Wood

In short, Obama is merely the continuation of disastrous, non-American policies that have brought economic ruin upon us and the rest of the world. The Obama experience rivals that of Jimmy Carter, whose campaign slogan was "I will never lie to you." When the Democrat base finally realizes that it has been conned again, perhaps it will unleash a real political revolution that will oust Trilateral politicians, operatives and policies from the shores of our country.......

Geplante Streckenkontrolle beunruhigt Datenschützer

Der Bundesbeauftragte für Datenschutz, Peter Schaar, befürchtet, dass die erfassten Daten bei der geplanten Streckenkontrolle im Straßenverkehr auch für andere Zwecke missbraucht werden könnten. "Das Verkehrsverhalten, aber auch die Frage, welcher Fahrer sich wann wo aufhält, wird durch solche Methoden immer umfassender registriert", sagte Schaar der "Frankfurter Rundschau".

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Behind the Executive Orders

Jane Mayer, The New Yorker: "On Thursday, President Barack Obama consigned to history the worst excesses of the Bush Administration's 'war on terror.' One of the four executive orders that Obama signed effectively cancelled seven years of controversial Justice Department legal opinions authorizing methods of treating terror suspects so brutal that even a top Bush administration official overseeing prosecutions at Guantanamo, Susan Crawford, recently admitted that they amounted to torture. According to some of those opinions, many of which remain classified, President Bush could authorize US officials to capture, interrogate, and indefinitely imprison terror suspects all around the globe, outside of any legal process."

Iraq, Afghanistan VA Patients Exceed 400,000

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "Amid talk of a drawdown of troops in Iraq, new statistics from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) show that US casualties are still climbing quickly. Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield injuries and deaths number 81,361, up from 72,043 last January, according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Veterans for Common Sense (VCS). Veteran patients - including those who didn't seek care until their return home - shot up to 400,304 (from 263,909 in December 2007). For the thousands of soldiers flooding the VA, mental illness tops the list of ailments.... However, many barriers to adequate care and compensation remain, particularly for veterans filing for disability benefits."

Purple Hearts: A Cold-Blooded Decision

Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus: "Behind the recent Pentagon decision to deny Purple Heart medals to soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a cold-blooded calculation: It saves money. The official rationale for refusing to honor what is widely considered the 'signature wound' of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is that PTSD, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez, is 'an anxiety disorder caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event,' not 'a wound intentionally caused by the enemy.'"

The Human Costs of the Economic Crisis — For months on end, marked by bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions, and layoffs, the economic meltdown has taken a heavy toll on Americans. In response, a range of extreme acts including suicide, self-inflicted injury, murder, and arson have hit the local news.

Citizens, Not Subjects

On Thomas Paine's birthday, it's worth reflecting on the significance of an America in which the people themselves are the rulers.

Arbeitslosenzahl: real 6,2 Millionen laut Bundesregierung: 3,6 Millionen

Turnaround expert, economist sees stimulus making economy worse

Heartland Institute
by Steve Stanek


Garret blames the financial crisis largely on excessive spending and borrowing by government, financial institutions, and individuals. Because businesses, individuals, states, and local governments cannot legally print money, says Garret, ‘they’re stuck, and we’re bailing them out. This means our federal government is going to print money for those liabilities, and that will mean inflation in another year or two at levels we haven’t seen in a long, long time. Also, when government distributes money quickly, there’s usually a lot of money going to where it wasn’t intended. This wastes resources’...

Kitchen sinks? You betcha

by NSwift


Legislators have included everything they can think of that could require money in the ‘Stimulus’ plan. Maybe no specific kitchen sinks, but there are definitely kitchen appliances. The Wall Street Journal takes a good look at all the government growing, unnecessary, super-expensive, and non-productive waste in this bill. And, like Sowell yesterday, illustrates how the Left is taking advantage of this ‘crisis’ (market correction) to ram all their favorite projects down the throats of American taxpayers - and all, for nothing...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Suprynowicz responds to a “conservative Republican”

Freedom's Phoenix
by Vin Suprynowicz


To be of any use, Libertarian political activity has to confront people with truths, and for the most part (in the immortal words of Jack Nicholson, ‘A Few Good Men,’ 1982) they ‘can’t handle the truth.’ We have no choice but to tell them compulsion-based tax-funded schooling does more harm than good. … We have no choice but to tell them drug prohibition is an unenforceable moral evil, giving birth to the complete police state. … But these positions do not ’sell,’ politically. So anyone trying to win public office — or even raise funds to run for public office — soon learns to pussy-foot around such issues, using euphemisms that allow the listener to avoid confronting these unpalatable truths...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government and fraud

Liberty For All
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)


Billions of dollars were recently lost in the collapse of Bernie Madoff’s self-described Ponzi scheme, in which too-good-to-be-true returns on investments were not really returns at all, but the funds of defrauded new investors. The pyramid scheme collapsed dramatically when too many clients called in their accounts, and not enough new victims could be found to support these withdrawals. Bernie Madoff was running a blatant fraud operation...

A country of Madoffs

The Daily Reckoning
by Bill Bonner


Like Bernie Madoff, the CEOs put it over on everyone — the capitalists as well as the proles. The poor working stiffs had foreign labor breathing down their necks. If they got out of line, their employers would export their jobs to China. The patsy stockholders had no chance either. They knew perfectly well that the schmuck running the business wasn’t worth what he was being paid, but who could argue with ‘performance?’ Besides they had ‘compensation committees’ and consultants to tell them is [sic] was ‘reasonable’ or competitive. Retired CEO of DuPont, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., did. In 2005, he was chairman of the NYSE’s executive compensation committee. As to the need to pay such high compensation in order to get good talent, he replied with a single word: ‘bull.’ But did not the super-paid super-CEOs create super wealth? It was a ‘joke,’ said he. He blew the whistle. But no one came a running...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Defense doesn’t need stimulus

Cato Institute
by William D. Hartung and Christopher Preble


As the Obama administration and Congress move forward with a multifaceted economic-stimulus package with a price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars, yet another interest group has staked its claim to a share of those funds — the nation’s defense contractors. The arms lobby and its supporters in the think-tank world have made their case in a series of ads, articles and talking points. Martin Feldstein of the American Enterprise Institute describes defense spending as a ‘great stimulus.’ Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol agrees. Noting that the military was ’spending all kinds of money already,’ Mr. Kristol wondered aloud, ‘If you’re buying 2,000 Humvees a month, why not buy 3,000? If you’re refurbishing two military bases, why not refurbish five?’ Such comments ignore that military spending is supposed to serve one central purpose: advancing U.S. security. The defense budget is not a jobs program, nor should it be...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama the imperialist

Guardian [UK]
by Richard Seymour


The first Democratic president in the modern era to be elected on an anti-war ticket is also, to the relief of neocons and the liberal belligerati, a hawk. Committed to escalation in Afghanistan, his foreign policy selections also indicate bellicosity towards Sudan and Iran. During his first week in office he sanctioned two missile attacks in Pakistan, killing 22 people, including women and children. … It is tempting to dismiss the ‘pro-war left’ as a congeries of discredited left-wing apostates and Nato liberals. Their artless euphemisms for bloody conquest seem especially redundant in light of over a million Iraqi deaths. Yet their arguments, ranging from a paternalistic defence of ‘humanitarian intervention’ to the championing of ‘western values,’ have their origins in a tradition of liberal imperialism whose durability advises against hasty dismissal. In every country whose rulers have opted for empire, there has developed among the intellectual classes a powerful pro-imperial consensus, with liberals and leftwingers its most vociferous defenders...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

NSA could have prevented 9/11 hijackings

Raw Story


The super-secretive National Security Agency has been quietly monitoring, decrypting, and interpreting foreign communications for decades, starting long before it came under criticism as a result of recent revelations about the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program. Now a forthcoming PBS documentary asks whether the NSA could have prevented 9/11 if it had been more willing to share its data with other agencies...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US Army to report record number of suicides



The U.S. Army will report Thursday the highest level of suicides among its soldiers since it began tracking the rate 28 years ago, CNN has learned. Statistics obtained by CNN show the Army will report 128 confirmed suicides last year and another 15 suspected suicides in cases under investigation among active-duty soldiers and activated National Guard and reserves...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Army Reports Alarming Spike in Suicides Last Month

Pauline Jelinek, The Associated Press: "The Army is investigating an unexplained and stunning spike in suicides in January. The count is likely to surpass the number of combat deaths reported last month by all branches of the armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the fight against terrorism. 'In January, we lost more soldiers to suicide than to al-Qaida,' said Paul Rieckhoff, director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He urged 'bold and immediate action' by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs."

Senate Attempts to Waste up to $50 Billion in Stimulus Funds on Preemptive Bailout for Nuclear Industry


The Nuclear Industry's Latest Money Grab


The desperate, dangerous nuclear power industry has dropped a $50 billion stealth bomb meant to irradiate the Obama Stimulus Package.

'Organizing for America' Means Fighting for Human Rights Worldwide

War on Terrorism Over?

Obama Lets CIA Keep Controversial Renditions Tool

Out of Iraq in 16 Months: Yes We Can, Yes We Must

Is Gates Undermining Another Opening to Iran?

KBR Must Be Accountable for Iraq Deaths: US Senators

'Wake Up, World!': SOS From the Amazon

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Boomers and Seniors Caught in the Financial Meltdown

NOW: "The economic crisis is affecting people in all income and social brackets, but America's baby boomers and seniors don't have the option to wait it out. The housing meltdown, market crash and rising costs of everything from food to medicine have taken the luster out of seniors' "golden years," or worse, put them into deep debt. "

Obama Lawyers Set to Defend Yoo

Josh Gerstein, The Politico: "In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called torture memos that Barack Obama last week sought to nullify. But now President Obama's incoming crew of lawyers has a new and somewhat awkward job: defending Yoo in federal court."

Economic crisis to claim 51 Million jobs

The economic downturn could result in the loss of up to 51 million jobs worldwide by the end of this year, a UN agency has predicted.

Financial crisis hangs over Davos

The World Economic Forum has got under way in Davos, Switzerland, as the international monetary fund slashed its economic growth forecasts, predicting the severe financial crisis would brake global growth to the slowest pace in six decades.

Rioting Greeks, angry Germans and why the euro may well collapse

The Brussels elite are pretending the question does not arise, but the financial world knows the question is there, hanging over the entire European Union economy: is the single European currency going to break apart?

Europe's winter of discontent

Thursday's French national strike reflects growing despair on the Continent with the way governments are handling the recession, says Adrian Michaels.

Boeing to cut 10,000 jobs

Plane maker announces an additional 5,500 job cuts as demand for new aircraft is expected to remain weak.

How top financiers paid themselves £1bn before the wheels fell off

A dozen senior bankers whose influence has shaped the financial world gave themselves pay awards valued at more than £1bn before the credit crunch spectacularly exposed the fragility of the profits they appeared to have secured for shareholders.

From Information Clearing House

My Future As An Arms Manufacturer

By Terry Jones

I've decided to start manufacturing weapons. Nothing too ambitious, just some small arms, a few automatic weapons, and maybe a couple of bombs. You know the sort of thing. It's not that I'm keen on killing people. I haven't actually killed anyone myself yet. It's all to do with economics.

Let's Rethink Military Escalation in Afghanistan Before It's Too Late

By ZP Heller

Why is our government sending an additional 30,000 US soldiers to Afghanistan? So far, not even members of the Obama administration seem able to answer this question.

Astonishing Incongruities

Is It Time to Bail Out of the US?

By Paul Craig Roberts

How can President Obama even think about fighting wars half way around the world while California cannot pay its bills, while Americans are being turned out of their homes, while, as Business Week reports, retirees will work throughout their retirement (which assumes that there will be jobs), while careers are being destroyed and stores and factories shuttered.

The Obama Spectacle

History, Hypocrisy, and Empire

By Larry Pinkney

Let us commit and re-commit ourselves to the struggle for systemic change in this nation, and not be duped by this latest dose of U.S. hypocrisy in the person of Barack Obama.

The United Haters of America

By Guy Reel

Somewhere deep inside the authoritarian minds of the ultra right-wingers, the fear, helplessness and paranoia that have always been so evident have reached the boiling point. For them, Obama's election and, perhaps even more so, the sight of him standing on the Capitol steps and taking the oath of office, have brought home a grim truth.

In Brasilien expandieren die Zuckerrohrplantagen

Brasilianisches Ethanol aus Zuckerrohr spielt für die Energie- und Klimapolitik der Bundesregierung eine zentrale Rolle. Es ist billig und wird in immer grösseren Mengen produziert. Der Amazonasregenwald wird dazu gerodet und die Arbeiter von der Ethanolindustrie auf unmenschliche Weise geknechtet. Pater Tiago und die Landpastorale CPT aus Brasilien klagen die dramatischen Missstände an.

Waldrodung mitten in Deutschland

Deutschland präsentiert sich gerne als Vorreiter beim Klima- und Umweltschutz. Die Bundesregierung unterstützt weltweit Projekte zum Schutz der Wälder. Doch im eigenen Land herrscht die Axt im Walde. Zum Bau einer vierten Landebahn auf dem Frankfurter Flughafen sollen 300 Hektar Wald vernichtet werden. Dabei ist das Flugzeug das Verkehrsmittel mit dem höchsten Energieverbrauch und der grössten Klimabelastung.

More Bush Freedom Hokum

Usurpation Blather


Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail

By Amy Goodman

Without thorough, aggressive, public investigations of the full spectrum of crimes alleged of the Bush administration, there will be no accountability, and the complete record of this chapter of U.S. history will never be written.

The Torture State Endures

Protection Through 'Law Enforcement'?

The Greatest Depression in History

Where Are U.S. Consumer Goods Prices Headed?


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