Dienstag, 14. April 2009

Bush's Institute of Failure

Richard Cohen, The Washington Post: "Former president George W. Bush and some of his White House aides are gathering in Dallas this week to plan the future George W. Bush Policy Institute. There, I guess, they will ponder grand themes and marble foyers, but I propose they begin by simply renaming the place. I suggest naming it the 'George W. Bush Institute of Management Failure' and dedicating it to studying how this presidency went so wrong -- a task as big as Texas itself. Bush's tenure was truly remarkable. He left office with the lowest presidential poll ratings in 60 years, two wars begun and not ended, and the deepest recession since the Great Depression. If it's true that we learn from our mistakes, Bush's eight years represent a bonanza of lessons."



The Bailout We Owe the Developing World

The Bailout We Owe the Developing World

The Corporate Lobbyists Behind the Tea Parties

US News Media Fails America, Again


Anatomy of Bush's Torture 'Paradigm'



Why Not Send My Tax Check Directly to Wall Street Execs?



Overfishing to Wipe out Bluefin Tuna in 3 Years: WWF



US Appears Set to Boycott UN Session on Racism



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- European Commission - Brussels "Workshop on EMF and Health: Science and Policy" (High Definition 16/9)
- EHS Tv News: EEA (European Environment Agency) David GEE
"EMF: Evaluating Evidence and Use of the Precautionary Principle"


impf-report Newsletter Nr. 4/2009


Rethinking Afghanistan

Anne Miller, Truthout: "The lack of serious scrutiny of the president's Afghanistan policy is nothing short of stupefying, especially given our recent misadventures in Iraq. Where is the critical debate? The mantra of many Democrats is that military force alone won't solve the problem in Afghanistan. The 'problem' seems to be how to keep the corrupt US-backed central government in Kabul from falling, and what to do about the thousands of al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Meanwhile, many conservative members of Congress lament that the president isn't sending additional brigades. Congress and the public should be asking what President Obama realistically thinks the US military can accomplish with an additional 21,000 US forces in Afghanistan. What can they do that soldiers from forty-one countries in seven and a half years have been unable to accomplish? And what the British and the Soviets were unable to accomplish before that?"



Rethink Afghanistan (Part 3): Cost of War


Call for Direct Witness Evidence of GM Hazards & Failures

ISIS Call for Evidence 14/04/09

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho

In February, 26 scientists wrote to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, expressing concern that they are being blocked from conducting independent research into GM crops by biotech corporations, and hence the information submitted to the EPA and other regulators are biased. Earlier in the same month, the group, Sense About Science (SAS) based in the UK, which describes itself as “a charitable trust to promote good science and evidence for the public” published a pamphlet Making Sense of GM, to help overcome “misconceptions” that have prevent the public from accepting GM crops and all the benefits they will bring. It was exposed in the public media as having been sponsored and co-written by Monsanto’s former director of scientific affairs (see Corporate Monopoly of Science, //www.i-sis.org.uk/corporateMonopolyOfScience.php SiS 42). Corporations are aiming for an absolute stranglehold on scientific research and the flow of scientific information.

We have exposed the lies and half-truths concerning the performance of GM crops in the past partly by asking protesting citizens to photograph field trials or problems caused by GM crops near them, which we make available to the public and policy-makers (see Citizen's Vigil Exposes Bad Science in GM Crop Trial, SiS 13/14; //www.i-sis.org.uk/MunlochyVigil.php Bogus Comparison in GM Maize Trial, SiS 22; //www.i-sis.org.uk/BogusComparison.php Deadly gift from Monsanto to India, SiS 38). //www.i-sis.org.uk/Deadly_Gift_from_Monsanto.php This kind of direct witness evidence is very important; but is inadequately and only sporadically documented. This makes it easy for our regulators to ignore it, using the lame excuse that they are relying only on evidence “peer-reviewed and published” in scientific journals.

Fortunately, the law courts do not take that view. Such witness evidence, properly documented, is powerful, and often sufficient for incrimination. We should take inspiration from Georgina Downs’ High Court victory on 14 November 2008 ( //www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article51
61219.ece ). The judgement concluded that the British government has been acting unlawfully in its crop spraying policy and failing to protect the health of the public living near agricultural land. The evidence included a two part video, together with pesticide-soaked mannequins having a ‘picnic’ during a spray.

ISIS has already accumulated a large dossier of evidence (GM Science Exposed., //www.i-sis.org.uk/MunlochyVigil.php), and your help in assembling witness evidence may be just what’s needed to make the case for a global ban on environmental releases of GMOs that we have advocated since 2003 (see The Case for A GM-Free Sustainable World, Independent Science Panel Report, //www.i-sis.org.uk/onlinestore/books.php)

Please submit to us photographic and video evidence of hazards and failures

via e-mail: evidence@i-sis.org.uk, or send CD/DVD in envelope marked “EVIDENCE”, to ISIS, Omnibus Business Centre, 39-41 North Road, London N7 9DP, UK. This could consist of failures of GM crops (including monstrous plants such as those observed in Mexico), death and sicknesses of animals or human beings exposed to GM crops that you have personally experienced, or witnessed in your community or neighbourhood. Evidence from experiments that you have conducted will also be appropriate.

Be sure to include detailed documentation of the subject filmed or photographed, giving date and location, including your name, e-mail, address and telephone number, as we may contact you for an interview. These details will not be disclosed without your permission.

This article can be found on the I-SIS website at //www.i-sis.org.uk/CallforDirectWitnessEvidenceGMHazards.php


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Neoconned again

The American Conservative
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

After successive elections unseated the Republican majority and sent John McCain to defeat, neoconservatism seemed like a spent force. Francis Fukuyama wrote wistfully about life ‘After Neoconservatism’ in 2006. Ian Buruma described the McCain campaign as the neocons’ ‘last stand’ and harrumphed that they ‘will not be missed.’ One would expect neoconservatives to be friendless and circumspect, grumbling about Obama’s inevitable failure as they slump away from Washington. Instead, they are jubilant, palling around with liberals again, enjoying renewed respect. Obama is their hero... (for publication 04/20/09)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


China’s threat to the US is exaggerated

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


The Pentagon’s annual publication, ‘Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2009,’ accused China of stocking its military with weapons that can be used to intimidate or attack Taiwan and mitigate U.S. air and naval superiority near its territory. Even if the Department of Defense’s report has not exaggerated the threat from China — unlikely since the department has an inherent conflict of interest in evaluating threats and building weapons to counter those threats — the report is good news. You would never know it by the statement of Ike Skelton, Democratic Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who warned that ‘China’s military budget continues a trend of double-digit increases and questions remain about China’s strategic intentions.’ Unfortunately, no questions exist about U.S. strategic intentions, even under a new more liberal president...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bankruptcies surge despite law meant to curb them

Bismarck Tribune


The number of U.S. businesses and individuals declaring bankruptcy is rising with a vengeance amid the recession, despite a three-year-old federal law that made it much tougher for Americans to escape their debts, an Associated Press analysis found. ‘There’s no end in sight,’ said bankruptcy lawyer Bryan Elliott of Hickory, N.C., who is working seven days a week and scheduling prospective clients a month in advance...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Fending Off the Mortgage Industry

Savvy Activists Are Winning in Court and on the Streets, Keeping People in Their Homes.

From Information Clearing House


Indictment of Bush Officials May Come in Days

The imminent indictment in Spanish courts of former officials of the Bush Administration is being applauded by civil and human rights organizations and legal scholars. The popular wave of support for indictment of Bush officials will inevitably lead to Bush himself.


From Information Clearing House


Cost of Iraq war will surpass Vietnam's by year's end

If Congress approves the latest funding request, as expected, the Iraq war will have cost about $694 billion, making it the second most expensive conflict in U.S. history behind World War II.


Iraqi babies for sale

People trafficking crisis grows as gangs exploit poor families and corrupt system.

Troops Stole Boxes of Iraq Reconsruction Cash ... Literally ...

But There's a Lot More to the Story

From Information Clearing House


The amount of U.S. dollars in circulation is skyrocketing

Inconvenient Debt


The amount of U.S. dollars in circulation is skyrocketing. What does it mean for you?



By Ralph Nader

Where were the giant accounting firms, the CPAs, and the rest of the accounting profession while the Wall Street towers of fraud, deception and cover-ups were fracturing our economy, looting and draining trillions of dollars of other peoples' money?



A Fraud That Makes Madoff Look Small Time

By Ron Smith

To take effective action would reveal what they believe cannot be revealed. The lurid facts must be hidden.



9/11 and Military Families Oppose Afghanistan Escalation



Rights Groups Call on Obama to Declassify Documents on Secret Detention, Rendition, and Torture



Truth and reconciliation

by Philip Giraldi


The Obama administration can no longer dodge the bullet of the war crimes committed while George W. Bush was in office. It is clear that the president is reluctant to act, fearing that this can of worms, if opened, could afflict Republicans and Democrats alike. He prefers, as he puts it, ‘looking forward’ instead of ‘looking back.’ Political realities explain his posturing. The deep, dark secret of the Democrats is that the party leadership wanted war with Iraq just as much as most Republicans, and it has been prominent Democrats who have been pushing hardest for military action against Iran. Many Democrats have spoken out in favor of ‘extraordinary rendition’ and the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation’ methods that are nothing more than euphemisms for torture. But Barack Obama’s reluctance notwithstanding, it is time to know the truth about what the government has been doing on behalf of the American people...



An Emerging Progressive Consensus on Obama's Executive Power and Secrecy Abuses



Female Vets Struggle for Treatment for PTSD



If the Bank Bailout Fails, Will Anyone Get the Boot?

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The prospect of taxpayers losing hundreds of billions on a bank bailout, which doesn't even fix the banks, is not very inspiring. In fact, it is a complete disaster. Even in Washington, $200 billion is real money. This would be enough to pay for almost 70 million kid years of SCHIP. If the government loses this much money on a failed bank bailout effort, it would be a true disaster."



No Coincidences in Iraq

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "Following George W. Bush's example of keeping war funding off the books, President Barack Obama is seeking $83.4 billion in additional 'emergency' funding for the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which, if approved, would bring the 2009 funding to around $150 billion and the overall costs of the two wars to nearly $1 trillion."



Explizit repressiv

Frankreich glänzt zur Zeit nicht durch Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit: Letztes Jahr sind über eine halbe Million Franzosen vorübergehend festgenommen worden.


Chip im neuen Pass weckt Ängste vor «Big Brother»



Why We're Not at the Beginning of the End

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Are we at the beginning of the end? Mortgage interests are now so low (the average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages was 4.87 percent Thursday, slightly higher than the 4.78 percent last week, but still the lowest level since 1971) that President Obama has begun urging Americans to refinance their homes so they can save money and start spending again. Presidential aide Larry Summers says the country is likely to see positive economic signs in the next few months. Wells Fargo Bank rallied stocks and surprised analysts Thursday when it predicted a strong $3 billion first-quarter profit, citing surging mortgage originations."



The Big Business/Big Government Axis Of Evil

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Corporatism is the marriage of Big Business with Big Government. Corporatism uses the force and weight of government to create giant monopolies, which strangle competition and freedom. Rules and regulations are enacted that make it impossible for "little" guys to compete. The trade laws of nations are pitted against each other, forcing free nations to sacrifice their own peace and security to accommodate the economies of totalitarian regimes. And, of course, Big Business is the recipient of gargantuan profits in the process.......



The Declining American Empire




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