Mittwoch, 18. Februar 2009

Consumers Cut Food Spending Sharply

Little-known agency that insures pensions of 44 million workers braces for recession fallout

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. already has an $11 billion deficit that seems sure to grow larger as Corporate America suffers through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.,0,4468385.story

Consumers Cut Food Spending Sharply

Markets and Restaurants Feel the Pinch as People Purchase Generic Brands and Stay Home.

From Information Clearing House

"Looking Ahead" or Overlooking Crimes Against Humanity?

"Somewhere in Texas, former President George W. Bush is clearing brush in perfect peace." Former Vice President Dick Cheney is likely out duck hunting in Wyoming, as if he has every right to be walking around free.

From Information Clearing House

Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's

In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A.'s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.

From Information Clearing House

CIA runs secret bases in Pakistan

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was covertly using the Shamsi airfield in Pakistan's restive south-western province of Balochistan, The Times Online reported.

Officials Confirm CIA Drones In Pakistan

This report was filed by CBS News' Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad. Pakistan, the U.S., and other NATO member countries have had a quiet, unwritten agreement for the past three to five years to allow the CIA to fly unmanned drones out of remote airstrips in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, a senior military official from a NATO country confirmed to CBS News on Thursday.

From Information Clearing House


Secrecy and Denial: Pakistan Lets CIA Use Airbase to Strike Militants

Google Earth Reveals Secret History of US Base in Pakistan

A Day of Reckoning for the USA

By Norm Lowry

We can die or live, dependent on the Mercy of those we have offended... or... we can simply suffer the consequences of a terrible Day of Reckoning, with its guarantee of more destruction & death than any of us would like to see.

Rahm's Rent Is Just The Tip Of The Ethics Iceberg

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

NEWS broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undislosed ethics problems.

10,000 Americans Going Into Foreclosure Every Day

It's Time to Treat America's Homeowners as Well as We've Been Treating Wall Street's Bankers

By Arianna Huffington

Why hasn't the foreclosure crisis gotten the attention it deserves?

Strange Math

By Ignacio Merino

Right now President Obama is a new broom and the country thinks he is resolving a problem left to him by a Republican administration. He is about to sign in a stimulus package that will fail to stimulate the economy. Then in three months he'll be back at the trough looking for more money. Six months will pass, things will get worse, and it will be viewed as his problem to clean up. By the end of 2009, assuming he follows the path laid out with the stimulus bill, he will be viewed by the American public as inept and the "wrong man for the job". Things will be a lot worse than they are now.

The Oligarchs' Escape Plan at the Treasury's Expense

By Prof. Michael Hudson

The financial "wealth creation" game is over. Economies emerged from World War II relatively free of debt, but the 60-year global run-up has run its course. Finance capitalism is in a state of collapse, and marginal palliatives cannot revive it. The U.S. economy cannot "inflate its way out of debt," because this would collapse the dollar and end its dreams of global empire by forcing foreign countries to go their own way.

How Banks Are Worsening the Foreclosure Crisis

Brian Grow, Keith Epstein and Robert Berner, Business Week: "The bad mortgages that got the current financial crisis started have produced a terrifying wave of home foreclosures. Unless the foreclosure surge eases, even the most extravagant federal stimulus spending won't spur an economic recovery. The Obama Administration is expected within the next few weeks to announce an initiative of $50 billion or more to help strapped homeowners. But with 1 million residences having fallen into foreclosure since 2006, and an additional 5.9 million expected over the next four years, the Obama plan - whatever its details - can't possibly do the job by itself."

Obama O.K.s 17,000 More Afghanistan Troops

Anne Gearan and Jennifer Loven, The Associated Press: "President Barack Obama approved adding some 17,000 US troops for the flagging war in Afghanistan, his first significant move to change the course of a conflict that his closest military advisers have warned the United States is not winning. 'This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,' Obama said in a statement. That was a slap at his predecessor, George W. Bush, whom Obama has accused of slighting urgent national security needs in Afghanistan in favor of war in Iraq."

EU-Bankensystem ist bankrott

Would you like chips with that?

Vodafone’s plan for a telephone mast on a busy Southport road has been rejected

Feb 18 2009 by Janine Yaqoob, Midweek Visiter

AN application to erect a telephone mast on a busy Southport road has been rejected.

Vodafone Ltd submitted the application for the 12.5m mast to be erected on the corner of Manchester Road and Zetland Street.

Councillors ruled against the plans at last Wednesday’s Planning Committee meeting at Bootle Town Hall.

Residents had submitted a 75-signature petition opposing the application.

Cllr Lord Ronnie Fearn, who endorsed the petition, commented: “I am very pleased that the application has been turned down, as are the residents.

“At last Vodafone have seen sense and realised they can not put up a phone mast where there is a conglomeration of people.



Orange finish alternative Marlow site testing

Bucks Free Press - London, UK

In October 2008 Orange was granted permission to build a mast at the junction of ... The mobile phone operator has finished testing a series of temporary ...

Support a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Die Wahrheit muß ans Licht!

Thank you for signing my petition at, urging Congress to consider the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate Bush-Cheney Administration abuses.

Now, please urge your friends and family to sign the petition as well:

Thank you for supporting this important effort.


Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

Informant: Ruth Gill


Obama's Justice: Reconciliation, Not Retribution

Cynthia Boaz, Truthout: "In the wake of Sen. Patrick Leahy's (somewhat) surprising and determined call for a Truth Commission to investigate the abuses of the Bush-Cheney administration, the Obama administration has been - to many progressives and those on the left of center - disturbingly silent. It's safe to say that the president's less-than-forceful position on the issue has been a source of intense criticism and skepticism from the left about the president's sincerity regarding his claims to promote a new era of transparency and accountability in American politics. These concerns reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the president's perspective as well as his role."

The Case for a Truth Commission

Sen. Patrick Leahy, TIME Magazine: "More than 30 years ago, a special Senate investigation peered into abuses that included spying on the American people by their own government. The findings by Senator Frank Church's committee, drawn from testimony spanning 800 witnesses and thousands of pages of government documents, revealed how powerful government surveillance tools were misused against the American people... The parallels with today are clear, and so are the lessons. Then, as in recent years, some were willing, in the name of security, to trade away the people's rights as if they were written in sand, not stone."

Truth Commission May Not Lead to Prosecutions

Matt Renner, Truthout: "The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to explore setting up a commission to investigate and report on potentially criminal policies of the Bush administration. Critics of this approach charge that it could interfere with high-level criminal prosecutions, which are ready for immediate action by an independent or special prosecutor."


Support Senator Leahy's brave move: Call and email your Senator today




Sen. Patrick Leahy, Issues Call For Investigations Into Bush Crimes


From Information Clearing House

Geschockt über das Ausmaß der Schäden durch exzessive Antiterrormaßnahmen

Der Bericht der "International Commission of Jurists" nimmt den siebenjährigen Kampf gegen den Terror in vierzig Ländern genauer unter die Lupe.

Full-Page USA Today Advertisement Warns Obama about Canada's Controversial Tar Sands Oil

America's Law-Free Zone

Rettung von Arbeitsplätzen muss Vorrang haben

17. Februar 2009

"Arbeitnehmerinteressen müssen in der Debatte um Maßnahmen zur Rettung von Banken und Unternehmen stärker berücksichtigt werden", fordert der stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Klaus Ernst. Ernst erklärt:

Die Debatte muss vom Kopf auf die Füße gestellt werden. Der deutsche Arbeitsmarkt steht am Abgrund. Die Zahl der Arbeitslosen und Kurzarbeiter steht vor einer beispiellosen Explosion. Ab sofort muss gelten: Richtig ist das, was Arbeitsplätze rettet. Die Rettung von Banken und Unternehmen darf kein Selbstzweck sein. Der Einsatz von Steuermitteln muss immer an soziale Kriterien gebunden werden. Unternehmen, die Staatshilfe in Anspruch nehmen, müssen dazu verpflichtet werden, auf Massenentlassungen und Lohnsenkungen zu verzichten. Dort wo der Staat bei Unternehmen einsteigt, muss er zuallererst dafür sorgen, dass die Arbeitnehmer ihre Jobs behalten. Jobs sind wichtiger als Renditen. Solange die Regierung das nicht begreift, sind alle ihre Maßnahmen eine Verschleuderung von Steuermitteln.

Commanders in Iraq Challenge Petraeus on Pullout Risk

Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: "Although Oates did not explicitly address the issue of drawdown plans, he has been known to favour a more rapid withdrawal from Iraq than Petraeus and Odierno for some time, according to a military officer who served under Odierno and is familiar with Oates's views. 'His belief is that we need to get out of the country and let the Iraqis take responsibility for their areas.'"

'No phone masts on Civic Centre roof'

18 February 2009

ACCUSATIONS of double standards have been levelled at Devon County Council after a "not-on-our-roof" reaction to suggestions a mobile phone mast be installed on the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.

District councillor Des Brailey was told staff were "likely to object" to having it on the building, despite most authorities and the Government having declared the controversial radiation-emitting equipment safe.

It began when alarmed Sticklepath Hill residents alerted Cllr Brailey, after learning Vodafone had started work to erect a 44-ft mast on the roadside verge by High Wall and in front of their bedroom windows.

North Devon Council planners issued a "stop work" notice and subsequently refused permission for the scheme, designed to replace an existing mast at North Devon College before the college moved.


China is right to have doubts about who will buy all America's debt

Chinese doubts about the value of US Treasury bonds highlight a crucial question: who will buy the estimated $2.7 trillion (£1.9 trillion) to $4.2 trillion of debt expected to be issued over the next two years?

From Information Clearing House

Rove not covered by executive privilege in political prosecution case, lawyer says

Representatives of the Bush White House are no longer advising former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove that he is protected by executive privilege as regards testimony about the alleged political prosecution of an Alabama governor.

Obama, not Bush, now seeking delay of Rove deposition

In a court brief quietly filed Monday, Michael Hertz, Obama's acting assistant attorney general, said it was necessary to delay an effort to force Rove to be deposed in a congressional investigation into the firing of nine US Attorneys and the alleged political prosecution of a former Alabama governor.

From Information Clearing House

Rumsfeld prosecution could set precedent

There is now enough evidence to try former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes, Manfred Nowak, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, recently told "Frontal 21," a German television program.

From Information Clearing House

3,000 troops near Kabul mark start of surge

The process began to take shape under President George Bush but has been given impetus by President Barack Obama's call for an increased focus on Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

Cheney Furious at Bush for not Pardoning Libby

By Johanna Neuman

It is being described as a full-court, all-out campaign, waged in the last days of the Bush administration by then Vice President Dick Cheney, to get George W. Bush to grant a full pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Nationalization by Autumn, Bank on It

By James Saft

Like it or not the United States will be forced to nationalize large swathes of its banking system by the time the leaves fall from the trees in Washington.

The New Depression

By Martin Jacques

The business and political elite are flying blind. This is the mother of all economic crises. It has barely started and remains completely out of control.

The President of Special Interests

By Paul Craig Roberts

The Bush/Obama bailout/stimulus plans are not going to work. Both are schemes hatched by a clique of financial insiders. The schemes will redistribute income and wealth from American taxpayers to the shyster banksters, who have destroyed American jobs, ruined the retirement plans of tens of millions of Americans, and worsened the situation of millions of people worldwide who naively trusted American financial institutions.

Obama on Torture and Wiretapping

By Thomas R. Eddlem

President Obama's public rhetoric against torture is increasingly at odds with his decisons to defend John Yoo (the former Justice Department official who authored the "torture memo" justifying Bush administration policy), keep in place policies that have protected torture, and even keep in office Bush-era appointees who helped establish torture policies.

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