Montag, 23. März 2009

CIA Has 3,000 Documents on Torture Tapes

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "The CIA has about 3,000 documents related to the 92 destroyed videotapes that showed 'war on terror' detainees being subjected to harsh interrogations, the Justice Department has disclosed, suggesting an extensive back-and-forth between CIA field operatives and officials of the Bush administration."

Another Mother Blames Gardasil for Daughter's Illness

Gewerkschaften kritisieren vorgesehene Erhöhung als Wahlkampfmanöver

Gewerkschaften fordern von der Bundesregierung einen Kurswechsel in der Rentenpolitik. Der Bundesvorsitzende der Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU), Klaus Wiesehügel, bezeichnete die in diesem Jahr anstehende Rentenerhöhung als "Wahlkampfmanöver". "Die im Vergleich zu den Vorjahren hohe Rentensteigerung in diesem Jahr bleibt ein durchsichtiges Wahlkampfmanöver, solange nichts gegen den langfristig drohenden Anstieg der Altersarmut getan wird." Der IG-BAU-Chef forderte, dass insbesondere Erwerbsgeminderte, prekär Beschäftigte und Bezieher niedriger Einkommen künftig besser vor Altersarmut geschützt werden. Außerdem müsse die "Rente mit 67" wieder rückgängig gemacht werden. Die Rentensteigerungen in diesem Jahr seien auch eine Folge der Aussetzung des "Riester-Faktors", die nur vorübergehend greife, erläuterte Wiesehügel. Daher drohten in den Jahren 2012 und 2013 entsprechend größere Rentensenkungen.är

Next-up news Nr 883

- Acción B arcelona 22 de marzo de 2009: Protéjase de la locura de los irresponsables!
- Alto a las irradiaciones medioambientales de las microondas artificiales.
- Manifestación de sensibilización contra la irradiación de la población y para la aplicación del principio de precaución
¡Protegerse de las irradiaciones artificiales de las microondas, es liberar su metabolismo, es encontrar un bienestar.

March on the Pentagon's Industrial Complex

America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout

The Real Criminals are Neither Lynndie England nor the AIG Traders


Five Reasons Why Americans Won't Resist

By Mickey Z.

With the stakes never higher than they are now, why aren't activists ramping up the pressure and looking beyond tactics that are allowed by those in power? Here are my five guesses:

Nobel Laureate Krugman Slams Geithner Bailout Plan

Support The Historic Bill to End Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt


This just in from Anthony Marr. We live in a sick world.

Earle Bingley


The following is direct testimony from sealers, taken by Department of Fisheries and Oceans staff. It was obtained through Access to Information laws, and contains graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. To date, seven charges have been laid as a result of the investigation, but only one had resulted in a court hearing.

"Prior to March most females were killed with the pup inside them. I seen seven pups threw over the side after the female was pelted. I took two out myself. Me and another sealer even agreed that this was shocking and there should be another way to hunt seals. We were in the whelping on March 10/98 because I observed that eight of tens pans of ice had young pups with the after birth and other debris from the birth on the ice. There was once I can remember the young seal watching his parents being hoist aboard. He watched the boat as we steamed away. The pups were not killed but left by themselves on the ice." - Sealer's statement, taken by Fergus Foley, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

"I did see some mother seals killed and the pup fall out on deck still alive. (Deleted) told me to throw it overboard and I did. It crawled up on a pan of ice. The mother was full of milk, the milk ran out on deck when the pup fell out." - Sealer's statement, taken by Cyril Furlong, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

"I was present when female seals were pelted and did see pups fall out of the female on deck. I seen this happen twice and know that it happened eight to ten times during the first trip. I knew this happened because of conversations with the crew. The two pups that I saw on deck were alive. The pups were threw over board and on one occasion I did see one of these pups swimming in the water. I don't know what happened to the pups." - Sealer's statement, taken by Cyril Furlong, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

"I seen a female being pelted and the pup came out of her when they cut her open, the pup was dead. This seal was killed for a while. This was on the day we got one hundred and seventy. Someone passed the comment, 'If Green peace were only here to see this.'" - Sealer's statement, taken by Fergus Foley, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Anthony Marr, founder and president Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)


Sign the Petition to Stop the Cruel Slaughter of Seals

Stop Iceland from Killing endangered whales

Mobile antennae one for every 194 inhabitants

James Debono

Malta has a high concentration of mobile phone antennae that eclipses countries such as the UK, the latter having one antenna for every 1,297 inhabitants while Malta has one for every 194. With a population of 61 million, the UK has 47,000 mobile masts. But Malta’s population of 410,000 already has 2,114 antennae.


A.I.G. Bonuses: Class War in the Media

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The debate over the A.I.G. bonuses is class war in its full naked glory. On the surface, everyone agreed that paying multi-million bonuses to the folks who bankrupted their company and handed the taxpayers a bill for $170 billion ($2,300 for a family of four) was outrageous. The difference is between the angry masses, who actually want to take back the bonuses, and the elites who insist that there is nothing that can be done. In spite of the superior education of the elites, the masses have the much better argument. As a result, the elites have been desperately cooking up excuse after excuse as to why their well-heeled friends at A.I.G. and the bankrupt banks shouldn't lose their bonuses."

As Credit Markets Froze, Banks Loaned Millions to Insiders

Stella M. Hopkins, The Charlotte Observer: "Banks nationwide hold $41 billion in loans to directors, top executives and other insiders, a portfolio that experts say should be stripped of secrecy. Insider lending to directors is particularly troublesome because it could cloud the judgment of people charged with protecting shareholders and overseeing bank management, the experts say. At Charlotte-based Bank of America, those loans more than doubled last year, to $624.2 million - the biggest dollar jump in the country. The largest of them likely went to three directors or their companies."

Economic Dirty Bomb Goes Off in New York

Tom Engelhardt, "In my neighborhood, back in those fateful September days in 2001, you could hear the sirens, see the jets streak overhead, catch the acrid smell of the towers and everything chemical in them burning, and like the rest of America, watch those apocalyptic-looking scenes of the towers collapsing in clouds of ash and smoke again and again. But if the look then was apocalyptic, the damage, however grim, was limited. This time around there's no dust, no ash, no acrid smell, no sirens, no jets, and no brave rescuers either. And yet the effect might, sooner or later, be far more apocalyptic and the lives swallowed up far greater. This time, of course, the fanatical extremists were homegrown. Their 'caves' were on Wall Street. They hijacked our economy and did their level best to take down our world."

The Big Takeover

Matt Taibbi, The Rolling Stone: "It's over, no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far. It happened when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was forced to admit that he was once again going to have to stuff billions of taxpayer dollars into a dying insurance giant called AIG, itself a profound symbol of our national decline - a corporation that got rich insuring the concrete and steel of American industry in the country's heyday, only to destroy itself chasing phantom fortunes at the Wall Street card tables, like a dissolute nobleman gambling away the family estate in the waning days of the British Empire."

Councillor gives up vote to vent his feelings

12:58pm Monday 23rd March 2009

By Alex Lewis

A MARSHALSWICK councillor has decided to give up his right to vote against a massively controversial mobile phone mast scheme so he can speak out against it in the Review.

Councillors are not allowed to vote on planning applications they have already publicly commented on , but Councillor Salih Gagasuz told the Review: “I feel very strongly about this.

“For every expert who says there are no health risks in mobile phone masts there is another who disagrees.

“And this particular site – the corner of Gurney Court Road and Sanpit Lane - is the only bit of maintained green space in the area.

“A mast will be an eyesore and it will be dangerous as it will block the view of drivers.”


Obama Told Us To Speak Out, But Is He Listening?


Financial Policy Despair — Mr. Obama has apparently settled on a financial plan that, in essence, assumes that banks are fundamentally sound and that bankers know what they're doing. By the time Mr. Obama realizes that he needs to change course, his political capital may be gone.


Obama Told Us To Speak Out, But Is He Listening? — The president is getting what he asked for, but perhaps not what he had in mind. During the campaign, he asked Americans to put aside their cynicism about politics and re-engage as active citizens. They are now doing so with red-hot anger. The president is now trapped between the governing elites who decide things and the people who are governed. Which side is he on? If he does not choose wisely, the anger could devour his presidency.


Obama and the economy: Incompetence, disinterest, or something else?

by Michael Wade


Over the past several weeks we’ve been pondering Pres. Obama’s handling of the economic crisis. For the most part we’ve all agreed that Obama’s lack of leadership (whether from a dearth of experience or ability) is only serving to exacerbate the situation. But we also have somewhat divergent views as to whether there is a method to Obama’s madness.

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hampton residents say no to phone mast plans

HAMPTON residents have objected to plans to erect a phone mast in the area.

9:36am Monday 23rd March 2009

Vodafone UK Ltd submitted planning application for a new mast, comprising of a 10m high ‘street furniture column’ with three antennas, to be installed on a grass verge off Davies Road in Evesham.

The company say the mast is necessary to ensure Hampton has sufficient coverage of its 3G network which facilitates use of the latest technology, including mobile broadband.

Wychavon District Council’s planning case officer, Heather Pearson, confirmed she did not have any objection to the plans based on its proposed location away from residential properties and within a commercial area.

The council also confirmed consultation had already been carried out with Little Hampton Ward councillors, Evesham Town Council and residents from St James Drive and Woodlands.

However residents have since set-up a petition objecting to the mast which they claim will have an impact on people’s health and property prices in the area.


On the edge of the volcano

The emperor has no clothes

Socialist Watch
by Benjamin Weingarten


What we are seeing right now are the kinds of last ditch efforts that reveal how truly inept and desperate our leaders are. First there is the AIG bonus fiasco, a case study in the bumbling incompetence of the representatives in charge of containing the financial fallout (ironically the very people that preempted it). Then there is the move to quantitative easing — a seemingly sophisticated way of getting around the fact that the state is effectively socializing the government debt market and literally printing a trillion dollars out of thin air (as is the government’s wont). The implications of these two bamboozles are very telling...

On the edge of the volcano

by Alexander Cockburn


Since last September Barack Obama has been trying to pull off the tricky shot of backing bailout schemes at taxpayers’ expense for the Wall Street operators who have brought the economy to its knees, while simultaneously presenting himself as a populist crusader battling for economic justice and the regular folks on Main Street. Right now, for the first time since he was elected president, he’s perilously close to plummeting from this high wire act and ending up publicly derided as Mr Facing-Both-Ways, a toxic label for a man whose moral keynote has always been that he’ll play it straight with the American people...

Abandoning the rule of law

The Liberty Papers
by tarran


The United States is a banana republic. The Jeffersonian ideal of a series of republics built upon enlightenment values of freedom and reason has died. It wasn’t a sudden death, like that which occurs in a car crash; where one can pinpoint to the second where death occurred. Rather it was a slow lingering death, with organ after organ gradually slowing, a long twilight that ended in the dark of a moonless night. Some would argue that this is a melodramatic claim, made by some bitter conservative in reaction to the evolution of society, the rantings of a ‘dead-ender’ in knee-jerk opposition to the inevitable and gradual improvement of society. We can test whether or not they are right by comparing the principles of a free society to those dominating the U.S. right now...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Dollar heads for record weekly loss versus euro



The dollar headed for a record weekly drop against the euro after the Federal Reserve ramped up supply of the currency by unexpectedly saying it will start buying Treasuries. The greenback traded near a two-month low versus the European currency and headed for a second weekly decline versus the yen as the Fed said March 18 its balance sheet will grow by as much as $1.15 trillion as it buys up to $300 billion of government debt and purchases more mortgage bonds...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Palin faces mounting legal bills over ethics complaints

Anchorage Daily News

Gov. Sarah Palin owes more than a half million dollars to an Anchorage law firm that has defended her against ethics complaints, and she may create a legal fund to pay the bill, she said Friday. Legal bills have mounted fighting complaints that she called partisan, false and frivolous, starting with ‘the politically motivated Troopergate probe,’ Palin said in a written response to questions. She said the legal bills all stem from her actions as governor...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Soldiers: Army forced us to deploy despite health woes

USA Today


When the ‘Arctic Warriors’ Stryker Brigade left for Iraq from nearby Fort Wainwright late last year, commanders told soldiers who were suffering medical problems that they would also go to war. Spc. Mark Oldham was on a plane to Iraq by Dec. 5 despite being declared unfit because he passes out during training and requires a 30-day heart-monitor exam, his medical records show...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Council mast blunders uncovered

By Malcolm Prior

BBC News

The council's refusal letter

See the full list of errors

Council blunders have allowed dozens of mobile phone masts to win planning permission across southern England, a BBC News investigation has revealed.

On 68 occasions, councils have fallen foul of a legal loophole allowing masts to be approved if an operator is not sent an answer within a set time limit.

In 39 of those cases, the council had intended to object to the application.

A catalogue of errors has been uncovered across the BBC South region using the Freedom of Information Act.



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