Dienstag, 15. September 2009

Protesters picket Esher station to stop Network Rail accepting Vodafone mast

4:30pm Tuesday 15th September 2009

By Jonathan Portlock

Protesters against a proposed phone mast demonstrated outside Esher station on Saturday, in the hope Network Rail will block the plans.

Residents in Lower Green Road have been fighting Vodafone’s application to erect a mobile phone mast on land belonging to Network Rail, near where they live.




Informant: Dorothee Krien



Der große Schwindel: Abzocke bei der Kurzarbeit

„Wundermittel Kurzarbeit: Der Jobkahlschlag ist ausgeblieben - doch der Erfolg hat Schattenseiten. Zunehmend tricksen und mogeln Unternehmen, um an die großzügige staatliche Förderung zu kommen�“ Artikel von T. Öchsner in Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 11.09.2009 //www.sueddeutsche.de/,ra3l1/wirtschaft/953/487361/text/

Aus: LabourNet, 15. September 2009



Arbeit als Abschreckung: Projekt Daumenschraube

Arbeit als Abschreckung: Projekt Daumenschraube

„Das umstrittene Industriekonzept ist nicht die einzige Leiche im Keller des Wirtschaftsministeriums. Nach US-Vorbild sollen Arbeitslose zur Arbeit gezwungen werden�“ Artikel von Rudolf Stumberger in Freitag (ohne Datum) //www.freitag.de/datenbank/freitag/2009/36/prekariat-armut-wirtschaftsministerium

Reichtumsförderung statt Armutsbekämpfung,eine sozialpolitische Bilanz der großen Koalition

Artikel von Christoph Butterwegge in Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 09/2009 //www.blaetter.de/artikel.php?pr=3153

Die Tafeln ein neofeudales Begleitinstrument der Hartz IV Gesetze

„Wir sammeln Lebensmittel und keinen Abfall“.So die empörte Reaktion auf Kritik an den als Marke eingetragenen Tafeln. Genauer betrachtet ist diese Kritik wirklich unzureichend. Mehr als die Sorge um das vermeintliche schlechte Lebensmittel sollte die wirkliche Absicht der Deutschland weiten Tafeln und deren Organisatoren genauer betrachtet werden�“ Artikel von Axel Mende vom 10.09.09 bei scharf links //scharf-links.de/41.0.html?&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=6717&tx_ttnews[backPid]=56&cHash=cc29a411a1

Aus: LabourNet, 15. September 2009



Obama then and now

Corporate corruption killing America

Nolan Chart
by Joel S. Hirschhorn


[T]he health insurance industry and others have successfully corrupted Congress and brainwashed much of the population to fear true reforms. Sure, Congress will pass some legislation that Obama will sign and they all will claim victory. But the nation will not get true reforms and health care spending will continue to rise and bankrupt the nation. And now we also are learning slowly that the financial sector that tanked our economy by pursuing enormously risky but profitable business practices and then was bailed out by the government has not learned any lessons. Banks and all kinds of financial companies are still pursuing risky businesses, still overpaying their top executives and still screwing consumers. Congress is unlikely to pass really tough regulations to put a halt to all the awful practices by financial companies. Why? Because Congress has been corrupted by money from this financial sector. Make no mistake: Corporate corruption is a true bipartisan effort, perhaps the most bipartisan enterprise...



Obama brings Guantanamo to Bagram

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


Following briefings by Obama administration officials (who declined to be identified), both the New York Times and the Washington Post reported yesterday that the government is planning to introduce a new review system for the 600 or so prisoners held at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, which will, for the first time, allow them to call witnesses in their defense. On paper, this appears to be an improvement on existing conditions at the prison, but a close inspection of the officials’ statement reveals that the proposed plans actually do very little to tackle the Bush administration’s wayward innovations regarding the detention of prisoners in wartime, and the officials also provided the shocking news that prisoners are currently being rendered to Bagram from other countries...



One year after Wall Street meltdown, Obama targets Main Street

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Christine Hall


One year after the Wall Street meltdown, President Obama is touting new regulations he says are urgent for preventing a crisis like this from ever happening again. He is receiving much coverage today for his speech on Wall Street on the eve of the anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse. But a closer look at new rules Obama is proposing shows that the bulk of them do not go after the Wall Street culprits, but Main Street entrepreneurs that had nothing to do with the crisis...



Obama then and now: Deficit edition

by Brittney Smears


Obama doublespeak continues to abound. This week Congress and the Prez return to Washington to continue ‘addressing’ our nation’s woes. Up next: the deficit. � Obviously President Obama and his team are being vocal about the necessity of this so that the President can keep spending like a maniac. The administration and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner are pushing for the debt ceiling to be increased ASAP. � The Senate had to consider raising the debt ceiling in 2006 and Senator Obama took the opportunity to make a floor speech: ‘Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.’ He obviously voted against raising the debt level...



Transforming America: The Bush-Obama stimulus programs

Independent Institute
by Randall G. Holcombe


George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s ’stimulus’ programs will permanently transform the American economy. The market-based system that has produced unprecedented prosperity relies on profit and loss, which rewards individuals and firms that add value to the economy and penalizes those that detract value. The various stimulus programs undermine that system...



How the Federal Reserve bought the economics profession

by Ryan Grim


The Federal Reserve, through its extensive network of consultants, visiting scholars, alumni and staff economists, so thoroughly dominates the field of economics that real criticism of the central bank has become a career liability for members of the profession, an investigation by the Huffington Post has found. This dominance helps explain how, even after the Fed failed to foresee the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, the central bank has largely escaped criticism from academic economists. In the Fed’s thrall, the economists missed it, too...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp









Reforming the United States

The Continuing Disaster of Wall Street, One Year Later

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "As he attempted to do with health care reform last week, the President is trying to breathe new life into financial reform. He's using the anniversary of the death of Lehman Brothers and the near-death experience of the rest of the Street, culminating with a $600 billion taxpayer financed bailout, to summon the political will for change. Yet the prospects seem dubious. As with health care reform, he has stood on the sidelines for months and allowed vested interests to frame the debate."



Reforming the United States

Francois Brousseau, Le Devoir: "With his timid and oh-so-cautious plan for the reform of health care insurance, Barack Obama, very much in spite of himself, unleashed the move in for a kill by an American extreme right that is in the minority, but is also influential and running riot."




What's Wrong with Our Country?

A Retired General Wants to Know What's Wrong with Our Country

Red Snow Warning: The End of Welfare Water and the Drying of the West

Afghanistan: 'Necessary' War for Empire

Riding The Economic Roller-Coaster: The Big Plunge Is Just Up Ahead

Elizabeth Warren on Getting to the Root of the Financial Collapse

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Behind the Poverty Numbers

Common Cause: Financial Industry Spends Big As Obama Pushes for Regulatory Reform

Norman Solomon on Afghanistan



Private health insurance lobbyist throws fundraiser for Nancy Pelosi

One day after House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi softened her stance on a public health option, a lobbyist for one of the country's most prominent private health insurers announced a fundraiser for the California Democrat, a news report says.



Poll: News media's credibility plunges to new low

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the news stories they read, hear and watch are frequently inaccurate, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. That marks the highest level of skepticism recorded since 1985, when this study of public perceptions of the media was first done.



Stiglitz Says Banking Problems Are Now Bigger Than Pre-Lehman

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize- winning economist, said the U.S. has failed to fix the underlying problems of its banking system after the credit crunch and the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.



Majority of Canadian employees living paycheque to paycheque, survey shows

The survey, released Monday, said 59 per cent of Canadians would have trouble making ends meet if they missed a paycheque.


From Information Clearing House


Kucinich's Health Reform Dissents Merit Consideration

Worse Than Sand: Progressive Congressman Kucinich says 'You're Building on a Foundation of Private Insurance'



Stop Begging Obama to Be Obama and Get Mad

By Chris Hedges

If we do not tap into the justifiable anger sweeping across the nation, if we do not militantly push back against corporate fraud and imperial wars that we cannot win or afford, the political vacuum we have created will be filled with right-wing lunatics and proto-fascists. The goons will inherit power not because they are astute, but because we are weak and inept.



Health Care Deceit

By Paul Craig Roberts

It is absurd to mandate that people purchase what they cannot afford and to fine them for failing to do so. A person who cannot pay a health insurance premium cannot pay the fine.



Sick and Wrong

By Matt Taibbi

Let's start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world. It's become a black leprosy eating away at the American experiment - a bureaucracy so insipid and mean and illogical that even our darkest criminal minds wouldn't be equal to dreaming it up on purpose.



Why Capitalism Fails

By Stephen Mihm

The man who saw the meltdown coming had another troubling insight: it will happen again.


Obama blamed for Taliban impasse

Peace talks with the Taliban were severely undermined by the US president Barack Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, an official involved in the discussions has warned



'I told the US to talk to the Taliban. They jailed me'

The West must start negotiating with Afghanistan's Islamists, the former foreign minister tells Kim Sengupta.



Extrajudicial Killing

US Attack Kills 4 In Pakistan

The attack targeted a vehicle believed to be carrying Taliban fighters in the North Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border. "Four militants" were killed and at least five others were wounded, a local intelligence official said on condition of anonymity.



Ex-Intel officer discloses US plans for Pakistan:

The US seeks to establish new military bases in Pakistan to keep the country destabilized and control its nuclear weapons, says a former head of Pakistan's intelligence service.



Prosecutors in Iraq Case See Pattern by US Mercenaries

Private security guards who worked for Blackwater repeatedly shot wildly into the streets of Baghdad without regard for civilians long before they were involved in a 2007 shooting episode that left at least 14 Iraqis dead, federal prosecutors charge in a new court document.


From Information Clearing House



Victims' Families Tell Their Stories Following Nato Airstrike in Afghanistan

'I took some flesh home and called it my son.'

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in Kunduz

"The villagers were fighting over the corpses. People were saying this is my brother, this is my cousin, and no one could identify anyone."




A Somber Warning on Afghanistan


Western powers now in Afghanistan run the risk of suffering the fate of the Soviet Union there if they cannot halt the growing insurgency and an Afghan perception that they are foreign invaders, according to Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former U.S. national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter.




Das "TV-Duell", das die Trostlosigkeit der Republik offenbart

Vorgeplänkel zur großen Koalition

Nach der Fernsehdebatte Merkel-Steinmeier sind die Chancen für den Fortbestand der großen Koalition weiter gestiegen.



Das "TV-Duell", das die Trostlosigkeit der Republik offenbart

Der Wähler: von den Parteien und den Medien verscheißert.

Army's Shopping Mall Game Center Shut Down By Protests




Keynesianism Has Failed Again




Obama knows no economics




'You Can’t Do This to People'

Robin McDermott’s Resistance



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An investor looks at the bailouts




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