Mittwoch, 3. Juni 2009

Bond Market Blowout

By Mike Whitney

Last week's ructions in the bond market, leave little doubt that the financial crisis has entered a new and more lethal phase.

Policymakers Have Created A Perfect Storm

By Paul Craig Roberts

The next shoe to drop will be the dollar's loss of the reserve currency role. Then the US, an import-dependent country, will no longer be able to pay for its imports. Shortages will worsen price inflation and disrupt deliveries.

When Will Cheney's Tower Of Lies Finally Come Tumbling Down? - Ex-vice president Dick Cheney's statement that "there was never any evidence to prove that" Iraq was involved in 9/11 is being widely portrayed as an admission. But it's less an admission than a PR move.

Stuck at Guantanamo, Uighurs Demand Freedom

Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald: "The US government has for months been seeking a nation to offer asylum to some 17 Uighurs with Chinese citizenship who fear persecution and perhaps torture if they are returned to their communist-controlled homeland. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he was willing to resettle some in the United States. But some members of Congress have rebelled, casting them as terrorists and creating a deadlock on the future of the men whom a federal judge ordered released from these remote prison camps in October 2008."


Obama’s failure to deliver justice to the last Tajik in Guantanamo

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


Two weeks ago, the indefatigable Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Guantanamo’s most dedicated reporter, outlined the story of Umar Abdulayev, the last Tajik prisoner in Guantanamo, who has been cleared for release from the prison on two occasions — once by a military review board under the Bush administration, and six weeks ago by the Obama administration’s inter-departmental Guantanamo Task Force, established by President Obama on his second day in office...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Cheney Led Lawmaker Briefings to Defend Torture

Paul Kane and Joby Warrick, The Washington Post: "Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program, part of a secretive and forceful defense he mounted throughout 2005 in an effort to maintain support for the harsh techniques used on detainees. The Cheney-led briefings came at some of the most critical moments for the program, as congressional oversight committees were threatening to investigate or even terminate the techniques, according to lawmakers, congressional officials, and current and former intelligence officials."


Cheney personally oversaw 'secret' congressional briefings on torture: report

Former Vice President Dick Cheney "personally" oversaw at least four briefings with members of Congress about the Bush administration's interrogation program in an effort to maintain support for the torture of detainees in U.S. custody.

From Information Clearing House

Church flagpole phone mast fears

by Tom Rowley

June 03, 2009

A VICAR has defended the installation of a mobile phone mast on top of his church tower – disguised as a flagpole.

Decision-makers at St George’s CofE Church in Stalybridge were accused of ignoring fears from neighbours about health risks after agreeing to the Vodafone mast, with residents petitioning the council in protest at the move.

Adrian Trudgeon, who lives near the grade II listed church, told Tameside Council’s speakers panel he had collected 70 signatures against the application from neighbours on streets around the church.


Military: Guantanamo Detainee Dies of Apparent Suicide

David McFadden and Danica Coto, The Associated Press: "A Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay has died of an apparent suicide, US military officials said Tuesday. His is the fifth apparent suicide at the offshore US prison, which President Barack Obama hopes to close by January. The Joint Task Force that runs the US prison in Cuba said guards found Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih unresponsive and not breathing in his cell Monday night."


Guantanamo prisoner 'kills himself'

Saleh is the fifth detainee held at the Guantanamo detention centre to commit suicide.

Yemeni Prisoner Muhammad Salih Dies At Guantánamo

Like the other prisoners who died of "apparent suicides" at Guantánamo, Salih had been a long-term hunger striker, refusing food as the only method available to protest his long imprisonment without charge or trial.

From Information Clearing House

Suicide or murder at Guantanamo?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


On June 2 last year, the Pentagon announced that a Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo, Mohammed al-Hanashi (also known as Muhammad Salih) had died, reportedly by committing suicide. He was the fifth reported suicide at Guantanamo, following three deaths on June 9, 2006, and another on May 30, 2007, and he was the sixth man to die at the prison, following the death, by cancer, of an Afghan prisoner, Abdul Razzaq Hekmati, on December 26, 2007...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The IMF Is Back? Think Again

Aldo Caliari, Foreign Policy in Focus: "Last year, as the financial crisis reached global and historic proportions, many commentators identified one institution as the debacle's great winner: the International Monetary Fund. Just two years ago, the IMF seemed to be on an inexorable downward path: its credibility and effectiveness in question, its portfolio of borrowers severely reduced, its legitimacy and governance structure under challenge, and its own finances in disarray."


Campaign to Stop IMF and War Funding

Red Cross Informed Powell About Torture

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "The International Committee of the Red Cross began an investigation of US war crimes in Iraq from the first days of the invasion, interviewing Iraqi captives from March to November 2003. On January 15, 2004, Red Cross President Jakob Kellenberger expressed his concern to Secretary of State Colin Powell about the Bush administration's attitude regarding international law."

Vodaphone puts phone mast plans on hold in Rhyl

Jun 3 2009 by Andrew Davies, Denbigh Visitor

CONTROVERSIAL plans to site a mobile phone radio base station near a residential area of Rhyl have been put on hold.

Vodafone recently announced plans to site the base station at the junction of Bryn Cwnin Road and Gwenarth Drive.

Many residents in the area had raised objections to the proposal and Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane took these up with Mono Consultants, which are acting on behalf of Vodafone and with Denbighshire County Council.

Mr Ruane has now received a response from Vodafone stating that the proposal for the Bryn Cwnin site has now been placed on hold.


Politicizing the process to favor the labor unions and government control oriented interests

Bailouts + bankruptcy = ?

Intellectual Conservative
by Steven D. Laib


Interestingly, according to Barack Obama the government does not want to take a 60% stake in GM, but at the same time he says it had to, to save the company. These contentions are patently false. What is going on with the government sponsored bankruptcy is simply politicizing the process to favor the labor unions and government control oriented interests so that they can push their own political agendas. There really is no reason for the government to hold on to an ownership stake, and if it truly didn’t want to, it would be a simple matter to sell the stock off to the public at market prices as soon as the bankruptcy proceedings are completed. Or, as Mitt Romney proposed, it could be simply distributed to the public. This will not happen and the fact that it will not puts the lie to the stated position...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Terrorism is a crime

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


Contrary to the U.S. government’s position, acts of terrorism are crimes that have little in common with acts of war. The terrorists whom Americans worry about are not trying to overthrow the U.S. government or conquer and occupy the United States. Instead, they are trying to obtain vengeance for U.S. government intervention in the Middle East. Historically, terrorism has been the tactic of the weak against the strong...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US deaths rise in Afghanistan from last year



U.S. deaths in Afghanistan have risen to 65 so far this year, up from 36 over the first five months of 2008 — though U.S. and coalition troops have also killed hundreds more militants, an Associated Press tally shows. As newly arriving Marines enter the violent Afghan south — the spiritual home of the Taliban and the country’s major drug-producing region — the military said Tuesday that U.S. deaths will likely increase even further this summer...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Lawsuit Last Hope for Long-Term Wolf Recovery in Northern Rockies

Sotomayor, Gingrich, and the Demise of Our Press Corps

Eavesdropping Case Tests Obama Vows on Secrecy

Wie ehrlich sind Wissenschaftler?

Wahrscheinlich manipulieren Wissenschaftler bei ihren Veröffentlichungen öfter die Daten, als man meinen würde, so eine neue Studie.

Die tiefrote US-Bilanz

Die Verfassung der US-amerikanischen Staatsfinanzen bietet weltweit Grund zur Besorgnis. Hier die Details zur öffentlichen Verschuldung der USA.

Geo-Engineering and Biochar: White Roofs, Black Dust and Slippery Slopes


Geo-Engineering and Biochar: White Roofs, Black Dust and Slippery Slopes

- Climate Engineers Seek Techno-fix As Global Negotiations Get Underway

June 2, 2009 By ETC Group, Biofuelwatch and Earth's Newsdesk, a project of Ecological Internet (EI) CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry,

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu's speech last week advocating painting rooftops and roadways white to reflect sunlight may be yet another attempt to test the international waters on the controversial subject of geoengineering.[1] "We need an unequivocal statement from the White House that the U.S. Government is not green-lighting geoengineering in the run-up to Copenhagen," said Pat Mooney, Executive Director of ETC Group, an Ottawa-based civil society organization monitoring new technologies. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets in Denmark this December; UNFCCC subsidiary bodies are meeting this week and next in Bonn, Germany. "Benign as a new planetary paint job may appear, white rooftops may be the thin edge of the wedge - a technology that seems harmless but that opens the door to riskier geoengineering schemes," suggests Mooney.[2] Geoengineering refers to the intentional, large-scale manipulation of the earth's environment, primarily to counteract the effects of climate change.

Geoengineering is likely to be a hot topic behind the scenes - if not in open sessions - this week, as governments sit down to negotiate the post-Kyoto climate plan in Bonn. Rulemaking for planetary manipulation of the biosphere, using risky and untested technologies, is far more controversial than white paint suggests. Already, the draft negotiating texts for Copenhagen are replete with references to "enhancing technology" and "private sector cooperation." Advocates for climate techno-fixes are eager for financial and policy backing to move forward with real-world testing, even when critical decisions about technology oversight have yet to be made.

"Participants in the climate change negotiations must be aware of the slippery slope that opening the door to geoengineering will put them on. Once governments opt for a techno-fix to the climate change quagmire, it will be very difficult to refocus attention and resources on the need to cut emissions in wealthy countries," says Diana Bronson from ETC Group. "Politicians will be all too eager to say they have found a technological solution that allows us to keep driving our cars and consuming so-called 'cheap' food from heavily subsidized industrial agriculture. But these technologies have not been thoroughly examined, no governance mechanisms are in place to oversee them, and the public does not have access to the information it needs to distinguish science from 'green' whitewashing."

The geoengineering lobby (corporate and scientific) has gathered strength over the past year, free-riding on the growing - and legitimate - sense of urgency about the inadequacy of the multilateral response to the climate crisis. Unfortunately, democratic and multilateral decision-making risks being hijacked by those seeking to profit from speculative technofixes.

Biochar is a case in point. The highly influential International Biochar Initiative, which seeks funding via the Clean Development Mechanism, is a hybrid of academics and industry. Biochar, essentially charcoal from burning plant material under low oxygen conditions, is being touted as a new way to sequester carbon in soil.

Indeed, the draft negotiating texts for the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December already include support for biochar. [3] "Even if biochar did sequester carbon effectively, which is far from clear, to contribute to mitigating climate change, we would need to char vast quantities of wood and plant matter, a demand that threatens the earth's remaining biodiversity as well as communities living on so-called marginal lands," argues Almuth Ernsting of Biofuelwatch.[4] "Biochar, like other forms of black carbon, actually contributes to warming when it becomes airborne. In one recent Quebec field test, 30% of the biochar dust blew away during transport and as it was being spread over the fields and tilled into the soil.[5] This hasn't been thought through at all."

"Given geoengineering's potential for unilateral execution and unpredictable impacts, civil society groups need to demand clear answers from their governments. Peasant farmers, indigenous peoples, countries and communities who will be hardest hit by the climate crisis have the absolute right to participate in decision-making about what technologies get funded and deployed," says Pat Mooney of ETC Group. "In the absence of basic democratic processes and multilateral debate, geoengineering is nothing short of geo-piracy."

-30- Diana Bronson (Montreal, Canada) Phone: +1 514 273 6661 Cell: +1 514 629 9236

Pat Mooney (Ottawa, Canada) Phone: +1 613 241 2267 Cell: +1 613 240 0045

Rachel Smolker, Biofuelwatch (USA) Phone : +1 802 482 2848 Cell: +1 802 735-7794

Almuth Ernsting, Biofuelwatch (UK)
0044-1224-324797 Cell (in Bonn): 00 44-7931-636337

Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet,

1. Steven Chu spoke at the St James's Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium in London held on May 26-28, 2009

2. Painting surfaces white falls into a category of geoengineering technologies known as solar radiation management (SRM) that seeks to diminish the effects of climate change by reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth, either by blocking it or reflecting it back to space. SRM aims to mitigate the effects of global warming without actually reducing the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - addressing symptoms rather than cause. Other, bolder SRM geoengineering techniques include cloud whitening, space sunshades, sulphates in the atmosphere, space mirrors and genetically modified trees with extra shiny leaves.

3. Paragraph 134 in the draft text on long-term cooperative actions includes "ŠConsideration should be given to the role of soils in carbon sequestration, including through the use of biochar and enhancing carbon sinks in drylands." Available on the internet at:


5. BlueLeaf: Solutions for the Environment, Preliminary Evaluation of Biochar in a Commercial Farming Operation in Canada, 2009, p 8. Available on the internet at:

Discuss release:

This is the golden age of anonymous misinformation

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The trillion dollar question: China or America?

Who is going to come out of the economic crisis stronger and with the whip hand - China or America.

U.S. manufacturing sector contracts for 16th straight month

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector failed to grow in May for the 16th consecutive month but at a slower pace, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported Monday.

Accounting error misplaces $2.3 billion in stimulus funds

If only there were a stimulus edition of Quicken. With billions of stimulus dollars flowing into the economy, some via historically unprecedented avenues, accounting mistakes were inevitable.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. judge orders disclosure of evidence against detainees

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.

From Information Clearing House

Cheney admits there was never any evidence tying Iraq, 9/11

In an interview with Fox News' Greta van Susteren Monday, Cheney said there was no evidence tying Iraq and 9/11 - and that there never was.

A History Of Lies: WMD

Who Said What and When

Cheney Justifies Invasion Of Iraq In First Televised Interview in Six Months

In attempting to sell the reasons for the war against Baghdad, Vice President Dick Cheney repeats many allegations about Iraq that have been proven false over the past two years.

When a government lies to its people

By Carla Binion

February 27, 2003-The Bush administration's lies "justifying" war in Iraq should insult the intelligence and electrify the conscience of the American people and the world community. The fact that the administration has repeatedly exploited the September 11 tragedy and used it to build a case for unjust war is the most offensive lie of all.

From Information Clearing House


Still reacting

The Libertarian Enterprise
by A.X. Perez


We are still reacting to 9/11. Apologists for the last reign, er, administration, justify W’s behavior as a reaction to 9/11. The current bosses are basing their much of their foreign policy on fence mending international relations damaged by the Bush administration’s reaction to 9/11. Please note that the only real policy in the war on terror change has been the renunciation of torture as part of US intel gathering doctrine...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama Has 250,000 "Contractors" in Iraq and Afghanistan

Newly released Pentagon statistics show that in both Iraq and Afghanistan the number of armed contractors is rising. The DoD says it sees "similar dependence on contractors in future."

From Information Clearing House

Time To Unspoil Your Children

Fight Government Encroachment into Healthcare

What’s Wrong With Our Foreign Policy?

US Headed for Hyperinflation

Surviving Hyperinflation

U.S. Marines find Iraq tactics don't work in Afghanistan

In Iraq, a half-hour firefight was considered a long engagement; here, Marines have fought battles that have lasted as long as eight hours against an enemy whose attacking forces have grown from platoon-size to company-size.

Russian advice: More troops won't help in Afghanistan

The old diplomat sighed as he recalled his years in Afghanistan, and then leaned forward and said in a booming voice that no escalation of troops would bring lasting peace.

Dexter Filkins: The 'Forever War' In Afghanistan

Audio: NPR

As a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, Dexter Filkins has recently reported on clashes pitting Taliban militants against the Afghan and Pakistani governments.

From Information Clearing House

Economic Recovery is Wishful Thinking

By Dean Baker

The media has been touting whatever good economic news it can find. But the truth is economic recovery is nowhere in sight.

Obama's Great Illusion

By Yvonne Ridley

I wonder how many of you have woken up to the fact that America's latest leader is really a political Houdini ... an illusionist on a presidential scale. Infront of our very eyes he has morphed from a gentle intellectual, and strong defender of human rights into a war-mongering bully who sponsors targetted assassinations and orders pre-emptive strikes with casual ease.

Most Arabs Know This Speech Will Make Little Difference

By Robert Fisk

I suspect that what the Arab world wants to hear is that Obama will take his soldiers out of Muslim lands.

Bush Kept Us Safe (Except When He Didn't)

By David Michael Green

Cheney: Death Only Option For Some Detainees if Gitmo Closed

By Jon Ward

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the only alternative to holding some suspected terrorists indefinitely would be to execute them, arguing against the Obama administration's plans to close the Guantanamo detainee prison.

White House betraying commitment to openness and transparency

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Next-up News Nr 980

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Bertelsmann und die Kinder

Fortgeschrittene Indoktrination

“Nahezu unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit hat es in den Kindergärten der
Republik in den letzten Jahren gravierende Veränderungen in der Erziehung
gegeben. Zuerst waren es die Hochschulen (Prozess von Bologna), dann die
Schulen (selbstständige Schulen) und zuletzt die Kindergärten, die unter
den politischen Einfluss von Lobbyisten wie der Bertelsmann-Stiftung
geraten sind. Eine erfahrene Erzieherin weiß näheres aus Erfahrung zu
berichten…“ Artikel von Ulla Wesseler in NRhZ-Online - Neue Rheinische
Zeitung vom 03.06.2009

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Bertelsmann, der Kindergarten und ich. Der Blog von Ulla Wesseler

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