Dienstag, 2. Juni 2009

To Counter Terror, Build Justice

Kathy Kelly, Truthout: "Shortly after arriving in Pakistan, one week ago, we met a weaver and his extended family, numbering 76 in all, who had been forcibly displaced from their homes in Fathepur, a small village in the Swat Valley. Fighting between the Pakistani military and the Taliban had intensified. Terrified by aerial bombing and anxious to leave before a curfew would make flight impossible, the family packed all the belongings they could carry and fled on foot. It was a harrowing four-day journey over snow-covered hills."

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More talking, more problems: 'Cell phone elbow' damages nerves

By Madison Park

CNN

(CNN) -- If your pinkie and ring fingers tingle or feel numb, you might not want to pick up that cell phone to call the doctor.

Too much cell phone use can lead to overextending nerves, causing what doctors call "cell phone elbow."

Orthopedic specialists are reporting cases of "cell phone elbow," in which patients damage an essential nerve in their arm by bending their elbows too tightly for too long.

When cell phone users hold the phone to their ears, they stretch a nerve that extends underneath the funny bone and controls the smallest fingers. When talkers chat for a long time in that position, it "chokes the blood supply to the nerves. It makes the nerves short-circuit. The next thing you know, there's tingling in the ring and small finger," said Dr. Peter J. Evans, the director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

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//www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/02/cell.phone.elbow/index.html


Informant: Mark G.

Air France pilots NFC-based mobile boarding passes

Following the terrible tragedy unfolding re the missing plane: //www.computing.co.uk/computing/news/2240573/air-france-pilots-nfc-mobile - Coincidence? KLM also offer this - so we will see.

Sylvia

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- Airbus, Wifi and GSM: "A protective and an inverted Faraday cage, safeguard electronic systems"

- Airbus and mobile phones: "How mobile phones work in an aircraft"

- Aircraft safety and electromagnetic compatibility: "Wifi Airbus A330 flight Qantas QF72"

Airbus Faraday Cage and Emf Immunity Airbus Faraday Cage and Emf Immunity omeganews
//www.next-up.org/pdf/Airbus_Faraday_Cage_and_Emf_Immunity.pdf

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Helfen Sie mit Ihrer Unterschrift, die Wale zu schützen

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Petitionsausschuss lehnt neue Gesetze gegen Überwachung abhängig Beschäftigter ab

„Am 13.05.2009 teilte mir der Petitionsausschuss mit, dass die Damen und Herren in Berlin trotz ausufernder Überwachung von abhängig Beschäftigten, „die derzeitige Rechtslage für sachgerecht und geboten“ halten und deshalb mein Anliegen „nicht unterstützen“. Da in je-der Hinsicht lesenswert, mache ich hiermit die Begründung öffentlich (vgl. Anlage unten). Über Sinn und Zweck von Petitionen lässt sich sicher abendfüllend streiten. Und bestimmt zählen hier Ideologie und Macht mehr als Argumente. Immerhin zeigt jedoch die Antwort des Petitionsausschusses, dass Wahlversprechungen das eine, aber das, was wirklich geplant ist, das andere ist. Ich kann nur empfehlen, den eventuell noch vorhandenen guten Glauben an den „eigentlich“ guten Willen der Damen und Herren am Spreeufer aufzugeben. Er existiert nicht. Was bestenfalls existiert, ist eine bestimmte Rechtslage. Wer die Antwort genau durchliest, wird sogar erkennen, dass hier sogar - recht vorbildlich - die wesentlichen Punkte zum Persönlichkeits- und Datenschutz im abhängigen Arbeitsverhältnis aus rechtlicher Sicht konzentriert dargestellt werden. Vielleicht wird der eine oder andere auch erkennen, dass das, was danach heute als Gegenwehr rechtlich möglich wäre, tatsächlich nur selten oder gar nicht genutzt wird. Die Antwort enthält hier deutliche Hinweise auf Versäumnisse [auch der Betriebsräte]….“ Kommentar von Armin Kammrad vom 31.05.2009 (pdf), darin auch die Antwort des Petitionsausschusses //www.labournet.de/diskussion/grundrechte/komm/andaten2.pdf

Beide beziehen sich auf: Petition zum Arbeitnehmerdatenschutz von Armin Kammrad vom 08.06.2008 (pdf) //www.labournet.de/diskussion/grundrechte/komm/andaten.pdf


Datensucht als Ersatz für Gesinnungskontrolle. Die Dimension der Überwachung, Kontrolle und Einschüchterung im Betrieb

„Arbeitnehmerdatenschutz - oder besser gesagt dessen Fehlen - ist momentan ein großes Thema: E-Mail-Überwachung, Speicherung von Krankendaten, Ausspähen von Kontakten etc. Egal, ob unter dem Vorwand der Spionage- und Korruptionsabwehr (Airbus, Telekom, Bahn), als systematische Kontrolle aller Angestellten und vor allem der (potenziellen) Betriebsräte bis in das Privatleben (Lidl, Schlecker, Bahn, Siemens, Telekom) oder als vorsorgliches Sammeln von Kündigungsgründen selbst bei sensitiven Daten wie Krankheitsarten (Lidl, Daimler und Drogeriekette Müller) - die Skandale brechen nicht ab. Die Unternehmen spionieren ihre Lohnabhängigen deutschlandweit aus. Die aufgeführten Beispiele stellen nur die Spitze des Eisberges dar, weil sie eindeutig belegbar an die Öffentlichkeit drangen und zugleich auf deren - launisches - Interesse stießen. Dass britische Firmen, wie der Guardian enthüllt, schwarze Listen über potenzielle Angestellte führen, kann in Zeiten, in denen jeder erstmal gegoogelt wird
(und viele z.B. beim LabourNet deshalb ihre veröffentlichten Unterschriften gegen Kriege oder Nazis entfernt haben wollen), nicht verwundern: Vorbeugen ist billiger als Entlassen. Mit immer umfassenderem Zugriff auf das Arbeitsvermögen wird auch die Kontrolle umfassend und das Misstrauen offenbar flächendeckend…“ Artikel von Mag Wompel in ak - analyse & kritik vom 15.5.2009 //www.akweb.de/ak_s/ak539/38.htm


Freedom Not Fear - Freiheit statt Angst! Demonstration am 6. Juni in Mainz

„Demonstration am 6. Juni 2009 in Mainz gegen Überwachung, Vorratsdatenspeicherung und Zensur in Rheinland-Pfalz, dem Rhein-Main-Gebiet, Deutschland und überall sonst auf der Welt! Ein breites Bündnis aus Parteiorganisationen, Verbänden, Datenschützern und Bürgerrechtsgruppen ruft gemeinsam zu einer Demonstration gegen Überwachung, Zensur und Vorratsdatenspeicherung in Mainz auf. Am 6. Juni, dem Tag vor der Europawahl, versammeln sich die Demonstranten um 10 Uhr am Mainzer Hauptbahnhof, um gemeinsam auf die immer schärfer werdende Überwachungs- und Kontroll-Gesetzgebung in Deutschland und Europa hinzuweisen…“ Pressemitteilung des Arbeitskreises Vorratsdatenspeicherung Mainz vom 29.05.2009 //www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/308/79/lang,de/


Aus: LabourNet, 2. Juni 2009



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Verstöße gegen den Datenschutz: Daimler räumt weitere Datenmissbrauchsfälle ein

„Der Daimler-Konzern hat weitere Fälle von Datenmissbrauch in seinem Bremer Mercedes-Werk eingeräumt. Der Datenschützer des Daimler-Konzerns hatte eine umfangreiche Datenprüfung im Werk Bremen veranlasst, nachdem Radio Bremen vor fünf Wochen über die illegale Speicherungen von Krankendaten bei Mercedes-Benz berichtet hatte…“ Beitrag bei Radio Bremen vom 27.05.2009

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There Are Already 355 Terrorists in American Prisons

Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine: "President Obama's remark that some Guantanamo detainees might be transferred to American prisons has prompted an extraordinary, and intellectually feeble, storm of protest. Former Vice President Dick Cheney kicked off the campaign when he said, during his May 21 speech at the American Enterprise Institute, that 'to bring the worst terrorists inside the United States would be a cause for great danger and regret in the years to come.' Sitting lawmakers - especially those from states such as Kansas and Colorado where federal prisons are based - raised the same specter and shouted the ancient cry of principled rebellion: 'Not In My Back Yard!'"

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Why'd Obama Switch on Detainee Photos? Maliki Went Ballistic

Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: "President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and that Iraqis would demand that US troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two US military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official have told McClatchy."

//www.truthout.org/060209L



Former Interrogator Presses for McChrystal's Stance on Torture

Spencer Ackerman, The Washington Independent: "A former military interrogator who contributed to the manhunt for a senior Iraqi terrorist has urged the Senate Armed Services Committee staff to press Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Obama administration's nominee to lead US troops in the Afghanistan war, on what he knew about detainee abuse committed by troops in Iraq under his command when McChrystal goes before the panel Tuesday morning for his confirmation hearing. 'Gen. McChrystal, he was there in Iraq often, and he may have been separated from these things by couple layers [of subordinates] but it would've been his responsibility to know what was going on,' said Matthew Alexander, the pseudonym of a former Air Force interrogator whose non-coercive interrogations in 2006 helped identify and kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, then the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq."

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Cheney speaks out again, this time at National Press Club lunch

//www.ufppc.org/content/view/8681/


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news



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The blinding fog of war

Strike the Root
by Roger Young

06/01/09

Only when individuals give up their humanity and principles to kill for the king can the obscene drama of war begin. Only when the state witnesses the fact that individuals are willing to surrender their benevolence and decency to fight, kill and die whenever ordered can the state feel confident to attack still more liberties that individuals hold dear...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Breaking down the status quo in six easy steps

Our Future
by Sara Robinson

05/28/09

One of the things I’m really liking about the new regime is the way the stark, terrified silence of the Bush years is giving way to noisy, energetic public discussion of subjects that would have been considered hardcore political pornography just a year or two ago. Mr. Obama himself may not want to talk about single-payer health care or employee free choice or special inquiries into CIA torture practices, but the American people are definitely going there, with or without him. We seem to have recovered our moral voice, and relocated our own interests. And the powers that be, along with their paid minions in Congress, are feeling very, very nervous about it. I admit it: I’m enjoying watching them squirm...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Downsizing America

The Nation
by John Nichols

06/01/09

The trouble with the whole ‘Nixon goes to China’ theory — which is grounded in the calculus that big progress is made when a politician goes against type to address a seemingly intractable challenge — is that sometimes the ‘bold’ gesture is really just more of the same. This is an important reality to recognize as the major media in the United States begins to play up the reshaping of General Motors by the Obama administration’s auto-industry task force as a courageous or groundbreaking ‘new’ initiative to ’save’ domestic automaking. It’s not. The GM bankruptcy and bailout is the continuation of post-industrial policies of the Clinton and Bush years. Those policies, which encouraged companies to shutter factories in the US and move operations to foreign countries with lower wages and weaker regulations, were defined by Wall Street rather than Main Street...

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Obama’s socialized bankruptcy for GM

Christian Science Monitor
by staff

06/01/09

America’s recession might have been longer and the job cuts steeper if General Motors and Chrysler had been thrown into a normal bankruptcy. Under that route, a judge would have salvaged only the most market-worthy parts of the carmakers and liquidated the noncompetitive parts. Instead, President Obama chose a different course — prenegotiated bankruptcies — to reorganize each company. He decided to used his clout to force only certain concessions from stakeholders. And he decided to cater to political interests, such as demands in Congress not to allow GM to import its own cars made in China. As a result, his socialized bankruptcy left taxpayers as majority owner of GM and with many aspects of ‘old GM’ intact...

//www.csmonitor.com/2009/0601/p08s01-comv.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Whence the terror hysteria? Follow the money

AntiWar.Com
by Philip Giraldi

06/02/09

One of the unique pleasures of living near our nation’s capital is to sit down with the first morning cup of coffee, open the Washington Post, and flip through the full-page ads placed by defense contractors. The ads almost always feature dedicated young soldiers, fierce bald eagles, and American flags. They extol our heroic warriors and note how they, the contractors, are on the front line defending freedom and the American way. They do not mention that the ads are paid for by the taxpayers, courtesy of the huge profits generated by unneeded defense spending. Their CEOs and shareholders must smile when they see the ads. The rest of us shouldn’t. This is not to suggest that defense contractors don’t do a lot of good in the world. They support armies of lobbyists and contribute to congressmen who otherwise would have to find real work...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The torture discussion we should have

Freedom Politics
by Alan Bock

The question of what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it is certainly interesting and probably embarrassing to her, or she would have had better answers. But the central questions about U.S. use of torture or torture-like interrogation techniques go much deeper than one less-than-candid politician. A good place to start might be with former Vice President Dick Cheney’s one-man campaign to justify the torture (or enhanced interrogation, if you prefer) regimen pushed by the Bush administration...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Judge puts hold on detainee cases at US base

MSNBC

06/01/09

A federal judge on Monday put a hold on his groundbreaking order allowing detainees at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan access to U.S. courts until an appeals court can rule on the case involving prisoners held in an active war zone. The Obama administration, in arguments similar to those made by the Bush White House, had challenged a ruling by U.S. District Judge John Bates two months ago that some foreign detainees at Bagram Airfield could use civilian courts in the United States to challenge their detention...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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ACLU: Court Rules In Favor Of Transparency In Guantánamo Cases

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Judge: Gitmo legal documents must be public

MSNBC

06/01/09

A federal judge ordered the United States on Monday to publicly reveal unclassified versions of its allegations and evidence justifying the continued imprisonment of more than 100 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. The Justice Department had been filing unclassified versions of its legal documents under seal, so that they could only be seen by judges, attorneys and government officials...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Leading Rights Groups Call On Obama To Release Prisoner Abuse Photos

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Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Wheat Rejected Globally

Organic Consumers Association
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The Feds' Draconian Animal ID System

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The Socialist Bailout of Wall Street

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One of the first things you learn in diplomacy 101 is not to make threats you can’t back up

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is up to its usual tricks at American airports

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Security theater in three airports

LewRockwell.Com
by Robert Higgs

06/02/09

Returning recently from a trip to Turkey, my wife and I had the distinct displeasure of passing repeatedly through ’security’ checkpoints, not to mention waiting in long queues in order to arrive at these unpleasant passages. Although every country’s airport security boasts its own unique idiocies, all have much in common. It’s a waste of time to fret about swine flu; the more pressing danger to the world is obviously fool flu — although I am not sure who are the greater fools, the politicians and their flunkies who put these stupid procedures in place or the masses who put up with them in the wholly mistaken belief that their security is thereby enhanced. But let us not dwell on generalities when specifics lie so close at hand...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The Austrian Cure for Economic Illness

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The 'End of the Line' for the World's Oceans

Climate Change Turning Seas Acid

Reuters: "Climate change is turning the oceans more acid in a trend that could endanger everything from clams to coral and be irreversible for thousands of years, national science academies said on Monday."

//www.truthout.org/060109EA

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The 'End of the Line' for the World's Oceans
//www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/06/08-0



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Congolese children work, fight and die for our cell phones and diamonds

Rape Crisis in Congo Tied to Mining Activity

Dominique Soguel, Women's eNews: "Activists concerned by this year's escalation of sexual violence in eastern Congo are trying to turn up the heat on those benefitting - directly or indirectly - from illicit mineral extractions. 'Conflict minerals power our entire electronic industry,' John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, told US senators at a May 13 hearing on sexual violence in eastern Congo and Sudan."

//www.truthout.org/060109WA

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Congolese children work, fight and die for our cell phones and diamonds
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Mobile phone metals fuelling Congo war
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Orphaned, Raped and Ignored

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Sometimes I wish eastern Congo could suffer an earthquake or a tsunami, so that it might finally get the attention it needs. The barbaric civil war being waged here is the most lethal conflict since World War II and has claimed at least 30 times as many lives as the Haiti earthquake. Yet no humanitarian crisis generates so little attention per million corpses, or such a pathetic international response.

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US Deaths in Iraq Rise Sharply in May

BBC News: "US forces in Iraq suffered their highest casualties last month of any month since September 2008. May saw 24 US soldiers killed, bringing the total number of US casualties since the 2003 invasion to just over 4,300."

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Trying Harder in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Steve Weissman, Truthout: "'Master, how long will it take for me to reach enlightenment?' the eager student asked. 'Perhaps ten years,' the teacher answered. 'But what if I try extra hard?' the student asked. 'How long will it take then?' The teacher thought for a moment and smiled. 'Then,' he said, 'it will take twenty years.' Anyone who has studied Eastern philosophy or martial arts will have heard the story in one form or another, but it has special application to President Barack Obama's escalating intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

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Your Share of the US Debt

Your family's share of the government debt is now over half a million dollars. A record $546,668, to be exact. That cheery Monday stat comes courtesy of a USA Today study, which claims that each American family's share rose 12% in 2008. That's $55,000 in new government debt last year for every US household - thousands more than the median household annual income. Here's how it breaks down:
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Crisis at the VA as Benefits Claims Backlog Nearly Tops One Million

During the past four months, the Department of Veterans Affairs backlog of unfinished disability claims from grew by more than 100,000, adding to an already mountainous backlog that is now close to topping one million.

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U.N. calls U.S. human rights record "deplorable"

A new report suggests the U.S. may have committed war crimes -- and endorses the formation of a truth commission.

//www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2009/05/29/un_report/print.html



Identity of men on CIA rendition flights to British island revealed

Two terror suspects who were flown by the CIA to the British territory of Diego Garcia and later allegedly tortured have been named and evidence about their treatment has been revealed for the first time.

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Stop the US torture ship

British human rights campaigners Reprieve have urged the Spanish authorities to board and search US torture ship USS Bataan after it moored at the Palma de Mallorca holiday resort.

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Afghanistan demands return of Guantanamo boy

Afghanistan has demanded that the United States return a young Afghan detained throughout his teenage years in Guantanamo Bay, where lawyers said Monday he was tortured at the controversial prison.

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A child at Guantanamo

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington

06/01/09

In all the recent hysteria about the supposed dangers posed by the remaining 240 prisoners at Guantanamo, it has been easy to forget that sensible appraisals of the number of individuals with any meaningful connection to terrorism have long indicated that no more than a few dozen of those still held should be regarded as any kind of significant threat and that, therefore, the prison still holds over 200 prisoners who, at best, were low-level Taliban soldiers with a strong dislike of U.S. foreign policy, and, at worst, should never have been held at all...

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Goodbye, GM

By Michael Moore

As I sit here in GM's birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

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The Future of Manufacturing, GM, and American Workers

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "We should stop pining after the days when millions of Americans stood along assembly lines and continuously bolted, fit, soldered or clamped what went by. Those days are over.... Any job that's even slightly routine is disappearing from the US. But this doesn't mean we are left with fewer jobs. It means only that we have fewer routine jobs, including traditional manufacturing. When the US economy gets back on track, many routine jobs won't be returning - but new jobs will take their place."

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General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

By Jack Hidary

The General described the failures at all levels of civilian and military command that led to the abuses in Iraq, "and that is why I support the formation of a truth commission."

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War Is Sin

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Even in Crisis, Banks Dig In for Fight Against Rules

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