Freitag, 3. April 2009

Next-up News Nr 900

The Trillion-Dollar Question

TERENCE SAMUEL — Rather than ask how to better conduct our costly wars, the Obama administration should focus on getting out of them.


Capitalism Is Doing Its Work

One in Ten Americans Receive Food Stamps — A record 32.2 million people — one in every 10 Americans — received food stamps at the latest count, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month. Food stamps, the major U.S. anti-hunger program, help poor people buy groceries. The average benefit was $112.82 per person in January. The January figure marks the third time in five months that enrollment set a record. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February, the highest in 25 years. New claims for jobless benefits totaled 669,000 last week, the highest in 26 years. Food stamp enrollment rose in 46 of the 50 states during January as the national total rose by 580,000 people, or 1.3 percent, from December, when the previous record was set, said Agriculture Department figures.

Executive Pay and the Obscene Culture of Wall Street

SARAH ANDERSON AND CHUCK COLLINS — Who is to blame for the bailout bonus scandal? What reforms Congress should implement? What is the alternative to Wall Street? What is the role of government in fixing the economy? Some expert talking points on an economy in crisis.

Families celebrate mast victory


03 April 2009 17:00

Families have won their battle to prevent another mobile phone mast from being built on their doorsteps, after councillors blocked the proposal.

People living in the Earlham area of Norwich had already contested eight masts and four appeals on the basis they were an unsightly blight on the area where they live.

And this week, members of Norwich City Council's planning committee blocked a proposal by communications giant Orange to build a 12m imitation telegraph police in Earlham Green Lane.

Fourteen letters of object to the plans were sent to City Hall questioning the need for the mast, saying it would be unsightly and raising concerns about the health impact of mast emissions.


Commodifying Kids: The Forgotten Crisis

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "As the United States and the rest of the world enter into an economic free fall, the current crisis offers an opportunity not only to question the politics of free-market fundamentalism, the dominance of economics over politics, and the subordination of justice to the laws of finance and the accumulation of capital, but also the ways in which children's culture has been corrupted by rampant commercialization, commodification and consumption."

Stop the Crop-Aktion

Stimulating the economy into the ground

Campaign For Liberty
by William Anderson


Not long ago, it seemed that the economic possibilities in this country were endless. The unemployment rate was low, the official inflation numbers seemed to be in check, and the housing market was booming. Who would have thought — other than some of those pessimistic Austrian economists — that the United States really had what Peter Schiff has called a ‘phony economy?’ Today, as unemployment creeps toward double digits and economic growth is headed south, people clearly understand that the U.S. economy is in trouble and, naturally, they want to blame someone...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

On Tea Parties and Republican hypocrisy

The Liberty Papers
by Jason Pye


As you may already know, there will be nationwide protests on April 15th, Tax Day, to protest spending and tax hikes by the Obama Administration. These protests, referred to as Tea Parties, have taken place nearly every week since Friday, February 27th (yours truly attended the Atlanta Tea Party and was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Fox News about the events) and have been gaining notoriety and slowly more people are attending. The protest here in Atlanta had around 300 people, not bad for a cold, rainy day. Other cities have seen as many as a few thousand people show up. These protests serve do a purpose, despite what pseudo-libertarian talk show host, Neal Boortz, says or believes. They show that everyday Americans want less spending, less government and personal responsibility. However, they are at risk of being co-opted by Republicans who either stood silently or only gave passive criticism to the spending spree of George W. Bush...

End abuse of power by removing the power to abuse

Liberty For All
by Barbara Howe


The ‘voter owned elections’ bills currently circulating in the General Assembly will do nothing to end corruption in government. Like most legislation, the title belies the real intent. Rather than ensure voter ownership of elections, the bills will strengthen the grip of the Democrat-Republican duopoly that controls our state government. No doubt many sponsors of these bills are sincere in their desire to end corruption. They’re well meaning — but misguided. In their quest to legislate morality, they entirely miss the real problem...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Real Boston Tea Party was an Anti-Corporate Revolt

The Changes And Chances Of This Mortal Life


Obama: The hollow man

Liberty Unbound
by Jim Walsh

for publication 05/09

Normally, I try not to think too much about presidents. The mainstream media focus excessively on them, cheapening the quality of political discourse. As a result, American citizens who are inclined to talk about politics regurgitate pointless trivia about the White House occupant and staff — things they’ve heard on National Public Radio or seen on TV. But we have a new occupant in the White House, one whom the popular media laud as a visionary and transformative figure. To anyone who loves liberty, this overwrought praise is by itself a cause for skepticism. And skepticism is surely warranted, on many grounds...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Electronics Firms Urged to Boycott 'Blood Minerals'

No End in Sight for Afghanistan Occupation

Silence on Afghanistan: If Only It Were a Joke


America’s “Long War”

by William Pfaff


The Thirty Years’ War occupies little space in the school texts of the English-speaking world, but its futility comes to mind when Richard Holbrooke, a civilian closer than most foreign policy appointees to realism, indicates that the war he is supposed to manage, now the Af-Pak war, is the entry passageway into another stage in the war. George W. Bush’s war on terror was the front door, and Barack Obama now has gone through the waiting room door into what the Pentagon has prepared for him, our very own thirty years’ war: purposeless, neither winnable nor losable short of genocidal measures — or, as in the 17th century, by laying waste the lands and ruining nations...

Beyond Afghanistan: Choosing nonviolence

Common Dreams
by War Resisters League


As we approach the April 4 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s great 1967 ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech in New York City’s Riverside Church, the War Resisters League reiterates King’s urgent cry for nonviolence ­and nonviolent resistance. The parallels between the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. war against Vietnam fill us with foreboding. While we adamantly oppose continued U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we also call upon people of conscience to think beyond Afghanistan and challenge, as King did, ‘the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Vulnerable Supply Lines Put US Mission at Risk

Shahan Mufti, GlobalPost: "As President Obama sets in motion a new strategic initiative in Afghanistan and Pakistan, supply lines remain vulnerable to attack and a black market is still thriving in stolen military hardware and computers. As the US begins a surge of 21,000 troops and military advisers in Afghanistan over the summer, the threat to supply lines and the stolen equipment could compromise the mission, military analysts say. More than six weeks after GlobalPost broke the news of American military hardware and software being sold openly in markets in Pakistan's northwest, the trade of American goods robbed from supply trucks and smuggled in from Afghanistan is still going on."

Wir sind uns darin einig, dass wir uneinig sind

Beim Weltfinanzgipfel in London siegten einmal mehr nationale Egoismen.

Trommelfeuer für neue Konjunkturprogramme

Während Russland und China eine neue Leitwährung wollen, fordern die USA, Großbritannien und Japan neue Konjunkturprogramme.

Big Brother is watching: surveillance box to track drivers is backed

Surprising that this article is in the UK national paper "The Guardian" because it has hardly ever reports anything about cellphone and mast health risks. The rest of the British national papers do report health risks and also cancer clusters. It is sad to think that the British publish are not only riaking their health but also paying for their own total surveillance. Even George Orwell in his book "1984" didn't have Big Brother make the British prols pay for their own surveillance.


Cellphone snooping

Big Brother is watching: surveillance box to track drivers is backed

Highway Wi-Fi: How the new tracking system works

From Mast Sanity/Mast Network


Texas Schoolkids Tagged With GPS Tracking Devices

Latest evidence that schools are now youth internment centers training kids to accept the prison planet

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, January 22, 2010

A judge has ordered 22 students at Bryan Highschool in Texas to carry GPS tracking devices in the name of preventing truancy, another example of how schools are now youth internment centers – preparatory camps for brainwashing kids to accept the prison planet.

Revolt over St Albans telecom masts

Advertiser 24 - Welwyn Garden City, England, UK

Both Cllrs Melvyn Teare and Salih Gaygusuz have made clear their opposition to Orange's proposal for a mobile phone mast at the junction of Gurney Court ...


Opposition soars in phone mast campaign

St Albans & Harpenden Review - St Albans, UK

By Manisha Mistry

CAMPAIGNERS against the siting of a mobile phone mast in the area are set to gather in force at a meeting next week. ...

Cheney has moles in Obama Administration, reporter says

Speaking with NPR's Terri Gross, Hersh revealed that the former Vice President -- who he characterized as "really smart" -- has individuals that report back to him from key positions in government. He called these individuals "stay-behinds," an intelligence term generally applied to insiders left behind in foreign governments after the occupying power is driven out.

From Information Clearing House

US Military Wants More Occupation Troops for Afghan "War"

Gen. David H. Petraeus disclosed yesterday that American commanders have requested the deployment of an additional 10,000 U.S. occupation troops to Afghanistan next year, but he said the request awaits a final decision by President Obama this fall.

Afghanistan: A surge towards disaster

"The very first outcome of the surge for Afghan people will be increase in the number of civilian casualties ..."

From Information Clearing House

The Collapse of the Dollar

By Joseph Farah

The death of the dollar is near. If you want to avoid a total catastrophe in this country - one that will affect not only you but your children and grandchildren - it's time to get out in the streets and stop the madness.

G20 Leaders Begin Talks to Bury 'Free' Markets

By News Team International/Pool/PA

G20 leaders and ministers sat down to hammer out new rules for world financial markets today after a warning from France and Germany that a London summit should declare an end to the unfettered capitalism that has plunged the global economy into recession.

U.S. Debtor Meets G20 Creditors at the Dollar's Funeral

By Jim Willie CB

The quintessential problem, plainly stated, is the United States Govt leaders and officials insist on sitting apart from the debtor nations. They must join the debtors, and be treated in similar fashion. They must accept terms dictated to them. They must accept and endure a much lower standard of living. They must institute policies to rebuild the industrial base of the US Economy.

Foreclosure Crisis Hits Warp Speed

6 Million Families Face Losing Their Homes in the Next Three Years

By Nan Mooney

What would you do if someone foreclosed on your home? If suddenly you and all your possessions were out on the street with a bank account depleted from trying to make mammoth mortgage payments, where would you go?

Fake Faith and Epic Crimes

These are extraordinary times.

By John Pilger

Why Fearing the Police Is Not Irrational

Große Unruhen in London vor Banken

For the financial crisis that has wiped out trillions in wealth, many have felt the lash of public outrage

Bailout Baloney

The Feds Take On the Auto Industry

The Humanitarian with the Printing Press

The Federal Railroading of Victoria Sprouse

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