Mittwoch, 1. April 2009

Alarming News: Bank Losses Spreading

For the first time in history, U.S. banks have suffered large, ominous losses in a giant sector that, until now, they thought was solid: bets on interest rates. I'll explain what this means for your savings and your stocks.

//www.moneyandmarkets.com/alarming-news-bank-losses-spreading-32910


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Is Pakistan Really Double Dealing?

In 2003, the 'NY Times' severely damage its once stellar reputation by serving as a primary conduit for fake war propaganda put out by the Bush administration over Iraq. The 'Times' is now beating the war drums for more US military operations against Pakistan.

//snipurl.com/f0vgk



Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Pakistan:

World has to see Pakistan as 'epicentre of terror'

PM: Declaring Pakistan as the 'epicentre' of world terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has urged the world's most powerful countries to rid both Pakistan and Afghanistan of terrorism.

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Petraeus: Military Reserves 'Right of Last Resort' for Threats Inside Pakistan

The U.S. military will reserve the "right of last resort" to take out threats inside Pakistan, but it would prefer to enable the Pakistani military to do the job itself, Gen. David Petraeus said Monday in an exclusive interview with FOX News.

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DOJ Watchdog "Revising" Critical Report on John Yoo's Legal Work on Torture

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "A Justice Department watchdog report that is said to be highly critical of the legal work conducted for the Bush administration by three attorneys who worked at the agency’s powerful Office of Legal Counsel is in the process of being revised after the agency received responses on the report's conclusions from the attorneys under scrutiny, according to a letter sent to two Democratic senators by a Justice Department’s acting assistant attorney general. The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is apparently 'watering' down some of the more critical conclusions related to legal opinions on 'enhanced interrogation' policies based on responses from John Yoo, Steven Bradbury and Jay Bybee. It's now unknown, the DOJ, said when the revised version of its report will be complete."

//www.truthout.org/040109J



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Are mobile phone masts the cause of bee deaths?

dave.tanner@archant.co.uk

01 April 2009

SIR - Scientists from Edinburgh and Oxford Universities are studying swarm behaviour.

Apparently, most swarms use their large groups to protect themselves, their own interests, unlike ants and bees which work together as a single unit and are prepared to die for the greater good of the colony.

No, I am not suggesting politicians show the same commitment!

I was reminded of these swarming instincts when I read that been colonies have suffered significant losses in the last two years.

Read More...
//tinyurl.com/d7yrc5

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Loss of bees is more than a threat to honey supply
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Unmasking the Fed

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Robbery of the American People

OpenMarket.org
by Hans Bader

03/31/09

‘Nobel Prize-winning liberal economist Joseph Stiglitz points out that the Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s plan to have the government subsidize investments in ‘toxic assets’ creates a serious moral hazard: Private investors will pocket any gains, while the federal government promises to cover virtually all potential losses: ‘Quite frankly, this amounts to robbery of the American people.’’ It’s the London Telegraph that’s reporting this, though...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Democrats Duck Bush Torture Probe

In These Times
by Jason Leopold

03/31/09

Last June, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and 55 other congressional Democrats signed a letter to then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey demanding a special prosecutor to investigate the growing body of evidence that Bush administration officials had sanctioned torture, which had been documented by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Not unexpectedly, Mukasey — a staunch defender of Bush’s theories about expansive presidential powers — ignored the letter. Now, however, despite even more evidence of torture and a Democratic administration in place, the calls for a special prosecutor have grown muted. Aides to several Democratic lawmakers who signed the June 2008 letter told me that the focus has shifted to the economy and that pressure for a special prosecutor to bring criminal charges over the Bush administration’s past actions could become a distraction to that focus...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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With liberty and justice for us, not them

Last Free Voice
by author unknown

03/31/09

Here in America it seems that most people have a very hypocritical understanding of ‘freedom.’ Most people believe in the premise of ‘liberty and justice for all,’ but it seems deep down we don’t believe this. On a micro level people don’t believe in the abolition of drugs because others can’t be trusted with ‘legal’ drugs. On a macro level America believes in controlling other people’s countries regardless of whether they pose a legitimate threat or not...

//tinyurl.com/daoey3


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Neoconservatism: The return

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

04/01/09

It was a neocon moment: there they were, the organizers of the Foreign Policy Initiative, the new neoconservative think-tank — Bill Kristol, Dan Senor, and Robert Kagan, with Clifford May, Randy Scheunemann, and junior neocon James Kirchick in tow. It was the occasion of FPI’s first public event — their Washington coming out party, so to speak — and who should show up but I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby. A more fitting symbol of the neoconservative tendency in American politics — its history, its methods, and its essential criminality — could hardly be conceived. While John McCain was ostensibly the main attraction, the real focus of the conference was a celebration of the man who defeated him...

//tinyurl.com/c7d4n6



Beware the cult of Obama

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

03/30/09

You’ve met them. They may be friends of yours, or family members. You may even be one of them (in which case you’ll hate this column). I’m referring to those who’ve heard the Call of Obama. Tucker Carlson compares it to a dog whistle: Inaudible to most, but irresistible to those who can hear it. … Conservatives like to think they’re above this sort of thing. Their attitude is summed up by the subtitle of Jerome Corsi’s recent bestseller: Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. But any conservative who thinks cultishness is exclusively a leftist phenomenon ought to take a good long look in the mirror. Because many of those who decry the “cult of Obama” are the same people who made a flight-suited action figure hero out of such common clay as George W. Bush...

//www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10082


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Neo-Cons and Moral Degeneracy

By Jacob G. Hornberger

What is fascinating to me is how so many conservatives, neo-cons, and liberals fail to recognize the morally degeneracy of U.S. foreign policy. It's as if they have just resigned themselves into accepting that the U.S. Empire is now a permanent feature in American life and the life of the world and, therefore, that anything it does should automatically be considered good and moral.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22330.htm



Terror as a Tool of Empire

By Chris Floyd

The United States is deliberately fomenting terrorist attacks in order to pursue its political and military agendas.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22331.htm

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Endless Right-Wing Self-Pity
//www.lewrockwell.com/greenwald/greenwald34.html



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Tell Secretary Salazar to Protect Endangered Wildlife

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Judge Must Release Woman Sentenced to Jail for Being Poor

Government website now offers 'suicide warning signs' for victims of recession.

When the government starts warning you not to commit suicide, you know things have gotten bad.

//snipurl.com/eylnv



Judge Must Release Woman Sentenced to Jail for Being Poor, ACLU Says in Court Papers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked for an emergency hearing today on behalf of an Escanaba woman sentenced to 30 days in jail because she is too poor to reimburse the court for her son's stay in a juvenile detention facility.

//aclumich.org/issues/due-process/2009-03/1353


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Pentagon war spending hits $685.7 billion: GAO

The spending total equals about 85 percent of the $808 billion that Congress has appropriated for military operations in the global war on terrorism since the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the GAO said.

//www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE52T7K220090330


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U-20: Will the Global Economy Resurface?

By Walden Bello

The Group of 20 (G20) is making a big show of getting together to come to grips with the global economic crisis. But here's the problem with the upcoming summit in London on April 2: It's all show. What the show masks is a very deep worry and fear among the global elite that it really doesn't know the direction in which the world economy is heading and the measures needed to stabilize it.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article22322.htm



UK: Demonstrate at the G20 on 1 April

The leaders of the world's big powers will meet at the G20 summit in London on 2 April. It is Barack Obama's first visit to Britain. It is our chance to demand a change from Bush's war policies.

//stopwar.org.uk/content/view/1121/1/



G20: Will China make this the G1?

Alone among the big economies, China is still in the ascendancy. It may well hold the swing vote at the G20

//www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/02/g20-china-hu-brown



G20 pledges $1 trillion in funds

World leaders at the G20 summit in London have announced they are to triple the finances of the International Monetary Fund to help fight the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and will impose new curbs on financial markets.

//english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/04/200942143554840312.html


From Information Clearing House

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G-20: Welcome to the Multi-Polar World

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian UK: "The run-up to the G-20 meeting has been interesting and colorful. President Lula Da Silva of Brazil declared that 'this crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing.' His full remarks made it clear that he was not promoting biological race theories but calling attention to the injustice that the vast majority of the world, who happen to be both poor and non-white, should suffer for the greed and stupidity of a few."

//www.truthout.org/040109R

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G20 Protests: Thousands Flood Into City of London
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/01

Why We Should Listen to the Protesters
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/03-11

Promises, Promises, That's All They Ever Give Us
//www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/03-5

G20 protests turn violent
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New World Order: Still A Conspiracy Theory?

Wikipedia still thinks so, despite hundreds of pronouncements during G20 summit

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, April 3, 2009

Despite the fact that the term “new world order” was mentioned in connection with the G20 this week hundreds of times by both global leaders and in news reports, it is still regarded as a “conspiracy theory” by that bastion of truthiness, Wikipedia.

//www.prisonplanet.com/new-world-order-still-a-conspiracy-theory.html



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Obstruction of Justice

By Chris Hedges

The trial of Al-Arian is a cause célèbre in the Muslim world. A documentary film was made about the case in Europe. He has become the poster child for judicial abuse and persecution of Muslims in the United States by the Bush administration.

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Obama's Domino Theory

By Juan Cole

Obama broke with his pledge of straight talk to the public and fell back on Bush-style boogeymen and implausible conspiracy theories.

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Regional Wars and the Decline of the US Empire

By James Petras

We are living the end of an entire epoch: Experts everywhere witness the collapse of the US and world financial system, the absence of credit for trade and the lack of financing for investment. A world depression, in which upward of a quarter of the world's labor force will be unemployed, is looming.

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Nightmare on Wall Street

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Destination Collapse
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The Dollar’s Days Are Numbered
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New World Disorder: On the G20 Meeting and Following

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Jubilant campaigners claim mast victory

Wednesday, April 01, 2009, 00:00

SCHOOL leaders are celebrating victory after a controversial application for a mobile phone mast – which would sit just yards from their gates – was withdrawn.

For the past three weeks, Newquay Pre-School has campaigned against mobile phone giant Vodafone, which planned to erect a mobile mast on a floodlight at Newquay AFC'S Mount Wise Stadium.

However, after a public crusade against the plans by the school, Newquay AFC's committee withdrew their consent for Vodafone's application on the stadium, scuppering the plans.

Reacting to the news, Karen Austin, chairman of the preschool committee, said she was overjoyed.

"I am absolutely delighted that it's all over now and the school can now focus on other things," she said.

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