Montag, 20. Juli 2009

No More Unfair Military Commissions

Cost Of Bailout Hits $24 Trillion Dollars

Cost Of Bailout Hits A Whopping $24 Trillion Dollars
$80,000 for every American

Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, July 20, 2009

According to the watchdog overseeing the federal government’s financial bailout program, the full exposure since 2007 amounts to a whopping $23.7 trillion dollars, or $80,000 for every American citizen.

Reverse Obama Administration's Approval of Tongass Logging

Bush's Key Men Face Grilling on Torture and Death Squads

Paul Harris, The Guardian UK: "America is bracing itself for a series of investigations that could see top officials from the administration of President George W. Bush hauled in front of Congress, grilled by a special prosecutor and possibly facing criminal charges. Several investigations will now cast a spotlight on Bush-era torture policy and a secret CIA assassination program, examining the role played by big names such as the former Vice President Dick Cheney and the former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld."

Zum Tod zweier afghanischen Zivilisten durch Schüsse von Bundeswehrsoldaten

20. Juli 2009

Zwischenfall ist die logische Konsequenz der weiteren Eskalation des Krieges

Zum Tod zweier afghanischen Zivilisten durch Schüsse von Bundeswehrsoldaten erklärt Christine Buchholz, Mitglied im Geschäftsführenden Parteivorstand der Partei DIE LINKE:

Je tiefer sich die Bundeswehr in den Krieg begibt, desto wahrscheinlicher werden solche Zwischenfälle. Als Reaktion auf den Tod von drei Bundeswehrsoldaten, erlaubte die Bundesregierung vor zwei Wochen deutschen Soldaten, schneller ihre Waffen einzusetzen. Folgender Satz aus den so genannten „Nationalen Klarstellungen" zum Nato-Operationsplan wurde komplett gestrichen: "Die Anwendung tödlicher Gewalt ist verboten, solange nicht ein Angriff stattfindet oder unmittelbar bevorsteht." Der Zwischenfall ist die logische Konsequenz der weiteren Eskalation des Krieges. Der Tod der beiden Zivilisten wird zu weiterem Unmut gegenüber der Bundeswehr führen. Damit wird das Leben für die Soldaten UND für die Bevölkerung unsicherer. Die LINKE wiederholt ihre Forderung nach einem sofortigen Truppenrückzug.

The Fed is the black hole of our democracy

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

The placebo president


by Missie Beattie


Barack Obama entered DC, riding a hope train. Spirits soared all over the globe. Supporters were high with the drug of anticipation, an injection to heal a sick country. Almost immediately after taking the oath, Obama began to reject his promises. Clearly, the Obama cure is just a placebo...

Many predict US financial collapse in September

Heny Makow.Com
by Charles


Let us contemplate the day in the near future when the consequences of financial chicanery finally outpace the ability of the governments, central banks and big media to cover up and obfuscate the truth. Many respected voices have now gone on record that September 30 or thereabouts will be that day...

Government monopolies really “stink!”

Strike the Root
by Patrick Ryan O'Neill


After centuries of man’s need to control individuals that they group into packs, society still insists on the draconian method of force and subsidizing unproductive institutions in order to solve economic or social problems — solutions that do not solve the problems and cause greater social and economic problems in return...

What can failures teach us?

Boston Globe
by Andrew Lippman


Our institutions are cracking at the edges. Each day, we hear about another failure that causes us to question the role and efficacy of government, industry, and social structures. But all too often the debate focuses on the specific problems of a particular sector … On closer examination, we can identify a consistent set of causes that apply across the board. The first systemic problem is simply a matter of scale. Too many organizations have grown without limit … and no correction has been made to accommodate their size. This is a common problem in engineering: We design things with some implicit size in mind, and then are expected to extend that design bit by bit until the parameters are so out of whack that the whole enterprise collapses...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Obama and the Bush Years

Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times: "Whenever he's asked about the scandals of America's war on terror - the torture, the wrongful detentions, the legal corners cut - President Obama has responded with some version of this statement: 'We have to focus on getting things right in the future as opposed to looking at what we got wrong in the past.'"'Neill

Billions in government cash behind Goldman’s “profits”

by Matt Taibbi


So what’s wrong with Goldman posting $3.44 billion in second-quarter profits, what’s wrong with the company so far earmarking $11.4 billion in compensation for its employees? What’s wrong is that this is not free-market earnings but an almost pure state subsidy. Last year, when Hank Paulson told us all that the planet would explode if we didn’t fork over a gazillion dollars to Wall Street immediately, the entire rationale not only for TARP but for the whole galaxy of lesser-known state crutches and safety nets quietly ushered in later on was that Wall Street, once rescued, would pump money back into the economy, create jobs, and initiate a widespread recovery. This, we were told, was the reason we needed to pilfer massive amounts of middle-class tax revenue and hand it over to the same guys who had just blown up the financial world. We’d save their asses, they’d save ours. That was the deal. It turned out not to happen that way...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Goldman and JPMorgan - The Two Winners When the Rest of America Is Losing

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Besides Goldman Sachs, the Street's other surviving behemoth is JPMorgan. Today it posted second-quarter earnings up a stunning 36 percent from the first quarter, to $2.7 billion. The resurgence of JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs gives both banks more financial clout than any other players on the Street - allowing both firms to lure talent from everywhere else on the Street with multi-million pay packages, giving both firms enough economic power to charge clients whopping fees, and bestowing on both firms even more political heft in Washington."

RFID chips: Saving you or enslaving you?

Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed


American government controlcrats are absolutely in love with RFID chips. They want to embed radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags in everything, passports, ‘enhanced’ driver’s licenses (ELD), PASS cards required for travel to nearby countries, other types of identity documents and credentials, and in the ears of all farm animals (but that latter is an article for another day). The justification for all of this emanates from Homeland Security. They just want to speed up border crossings, foil counterfeiters and identity thieves, and keep terrorists from sneaking into the country. But that’s just the ‘for your own good’ news. One major drawback is that GPS-equipped ’spy chips’ make everyone trackable without their knowledge...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


George Orwell's Animal Farm


Animated barn animals act out human faults in life and politics in Orwell's captivating tale.

Back to Iraq?

by Justin Raimondo


If President Obama is serious about getting out of Iraq, and if he truly respects Iraqi sovereignty – if his ascension to the presidency is really all about changing our imperial foreign policy — then Gen. Bolger should be called on the carpet and summarily canned. It hasn’t happened, and it won’t happen, for the simple reason that Iraqi sovereignty is a myth as long as the U.S. occupation force remains. The fact that a single U.S. commander can unilaterally decide to break the SOFA and essentially tell the Iraqis to go screw themselves indicates that the American Raj is not ready to withdraw just yet. Was withdrawal from Iraq just another campaign promise, made to be broken – like Obama’s pledges on government secrecy and other civil liberties issues? The president’s record, so far, does not bode well for an answer in the negative...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government is not society

The Liberty Papers
by tarran


One of the most pernicious beliefs held by Americans is the conflation of the state with society. This belief is causing them acquiesce to government actions that threaten the destruction of American civilization if not stopped...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Switzerland: Real-time Internet interception to start on August 1 - Mit dem Staat ins Internet

WOZ [Switzerland]


Soon the authorities watch, if suspicious persons in the Internet surf. The measure should have remained actually secret. Confidential documents, which the WOZ is present, show: The federation plans the complete monitoring of Internet traffic of suspicious persons. Starting from 1 August the Internet provider, thus, must rig the offerers of internet accesses technically. In the future they are to be able to transfer the Internet use of their customers directly to the authorities... [German language site in English translation; hat tip — WikiLeaks,_2009]

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Hate Crimes: The Lesson Unlearned

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