Mittwoch, 16. September 2009

Patriot Act Provisions Get Obama Support

ABC News


“The Justice Department has indicated that the Obama administration is in support of renewing a pair of controversial sections of the USA Patriot Act that expire later this year. The provisions that will expire in December include Section 206, that allows ‘roving’ wiretaps so FBI agents can tap multiple phones or computers (with court authorization) that a specific person (target) may use. Another expiring provision, Section 215, is the so-called ‘library provision,’ which allows investigators to obtain business records with approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court...


Analysis: Iraq troops’ PTSD rate up to 35%

Science News

The Veterans’ Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers anticipating that the rate among armed forces will be as high as 35%, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®)�. The article, ‘A Dynamic Model for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among U.S. Troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom.’ is by Michael P. Atkinson of the Naval Postgraduate School and Adam Guetz and Lawrence M. Wein of Stanford University.” (09/15/09)


The paranoid center

by Jesse Walker

for publication 10/09

We’ve heard ample warnings about extremist paranoia in the months since Barack Obama became president, and we’re sure to hear many more throughout his term. But we’ve heard almost nothing about the paranoia of the political center. When mainstream commentators treat a small group of unconnected crimes as a grand, malevolent movement, they unwittingly echo the very conspiracy theories they denounce. Both brands of connect-the-dots fantasy reflect the tellers’ anxieties much more than any order actually emerging in the world. When such a story is directed at those who oppose the politicians in power, it has an additional effect. The list of dangerous forces that need to be marginalized inevitably expands to include peaceful, legitimate critics...


Interventionism, empire, and the Taliban

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


The U.S. government’s primary justification for continuing the occupation of Afghanistan is to prevent the Taliban from regaining power and providing a sanctuary for al-Qaeda. Ironically, however, this is another example of the disastrous consequences of imperialism and interventionism, for it was the U.S. invasion itself that created the problem that now serves as the main justification for the indefinite occupation of the country. Interventionists often delude themselves with respect to why the U.S. government attacked both al-Qaeda and the Taliban after 9/11. They say that the Taliban had provided a ’sanctuary’ for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda...


America must end its deadly devotion to democracy

Christian Science Monitor
by Gerard DeGroot


Usama Rehda is a photographer who lives in Baghdad. Crossing his city to ply his trade means running a gantlet of bandits, extortionists, and snipers, not to mention suicide bombers. While he once despised Saddam Hussein, he admits that life was easier under the dictator. ‘You know what they say,’ he remarked to a colleague bitterly. ‘Be nice to the Americans or they’ll punish you with democracy.’ America needs to rid itself of the hopelessly naive attitude that all nations are capable of becoming sustainable democracies.


Wall Street’s “days of reckless behavior” not over

Our Future
by Bernie Horn


I appreciate that the President is making the case for a particular solution — an agency to oversee all risky financial products. But in order to get a handle on the excesses of Wall Street, I believe the public needs to hear and understand a larger point. When the government allows — and even encourages — irresponsible corporate and individual behavior, who is most at fault? The corporations and individuals that took advantage of risky opportunities to make windfall profits or the government that allowed and/or created those opportunities? I think it is the government — in this case the Bush Administration and the Federal Reserve — that is mostly to blame. The exotic financial instruments that ultimately collapsed world markets were the result of a willful refusal to regulate. The housing bubble that brought on the current Great Recession was caused by these instruments, artificially low interest rates, and other factors within government control...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Swine Flu Virus Created from Pig Vaccine?

ISIS Report 16/09/09

The swine flu virus had three parents from two continents and appeared suddenly without warning, evading all routine flu surveillance and quarantine; sequence data suggest it may have been created from a faulty vaccine given to pigs in North America Prof. Adrian Gibbs and Dr. Jean Downie


Several papers reporting phylogenetic analyses of the gene sequences of the new pandemic swine-origin H1N1 virus (S- OIV) have been published. All show that S-OIV inherited its genes from parents that came from two well-known groups of swine flus. Flu viruses have 8 different genes and in mixed infections sometimes shuffle those genes to form ‘reassortants’ with new combinations of the 8 genes chosen from those of the parents. Several reports have shown that six of the genes of S-OIV came from a ‘triple-reassortant’ influenza virus (or viruses). These viruses have been common in North American pigs for more than a decade, and have never been found in Europe. The other two genes (NA and MP) came from Eurasian ‘avian-like’ viruses common in Europe for longer, but never found in North America. Both groups of viruses have however been found recently in pigs in SE Asia.

The analyses reveal an unusual feature of the S-OIV genes, which is that none of the genes have been found recently in swine influenzas collected during routine flu surveillance. The NA gene had not been sampled (identified in samples) for
17 years before it reappeared in S-OIV, and the others, including the MP gene, for around 11 years. Thus the NA and MP genes were most likely acquired by S-OIV from Eurasian ‘avian-like’ viruses on separate occasions, and therefore S- OIV probably had at least three parents.

We have done further specific analyses to find out which isolates contain the genes that are closest to those of S- OIV. We find that all are viruses of pigs. The NA gene of S-OIV is closest to that of European ‘avian-like’ H1N1 influenza viruses sampled in 1991/1993, its MP gene closest to that of H3N2 Asian ‘avian-like’ viruses sampled in 1999, and its other six genes are closest to those of North American H1N2 ‘triple-reassortant’ viruses sampled in
1999/2000. Note that the dates those isolates were collected agree with the calculated ‘time-line’ leading to S-OIV; NA 17 years ago, all the others 11 years.

In summary, S-OIV is a reassortant with at least three parents. The parents were sampled over a decade ago, all found in pigs, and in three very distant parts of the world; North America, Europe and SE Asia!!!

The Questions

Where were S-OIV’s genes between the time that they were last sampled and 2008 when they all reappeared in S-OIV? In which virus or viruses, which host, and when and how did they get together? It is important for us to try to answer these questions as it might help us avoid similar pandemics in future.

The Theories

There are two theories regarding the origin of S-OIV, as described below.

Read the rest of this report here

Or read other articles about swine flu here

Obama Banking Too Much On Banks

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

ACLU: Obama Administration Seeks To Deny Bagram Prisoners Access To U.S. Courts

Three Things About Obama's Health Care Speech

CREW Releases Fifth Annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report

US Justice Dept Wants Surveillance Methods Extended

The Mugging of the Common Good

Robert Borosage, The Campaign For America's Future: "President Obama traveled to Wall Street on the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers that triggered the worst financial debacle since the Great Depression. His purpose was to challenge Wall Street's barons, telling them: 'We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess ... where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses.' Those days are over, the president said. It's time for comprehensive legislation. Taxpayers won't cover your bets or your bonuses. And we know once more the threat that financial holdings can pose to the nation."

Cheney and Rumsfeld's "Close Friend" Throws Out Suit Against Alleged Abu Ghraib Torturers

Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports: "On September 11, the US appeals court for the District of Columbia announced in a 2-1 decision that it was throwing out a lawsuit against CACI International and L-3 Communications Titan unit, which are being sued by Iraqi civilians for their alleged role in the torture and abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison. The companies provided interrogators at the prison at the height of the abuses there. The suit alleges that employees of the companies conspired with US. Army reservist Charles Graner, who was convicted of prisoner abuse on January 14, 2005 and is currently serving 10 years at Fort Leavenworth, and others to torture prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Several of the plaintiffs are Iraqis whose torture was depicted in graphic photos revealed over the past several years."

Graham, Lieberman, McCain Call for More Troops in Afghanistan

By Tony Romm

"We have reached a seminal moment in our struggle against violent Islamist extremism, and we must commit the 'decisive force' that Gen. [Stanley] McChrystal tells us carries the least risk of failure."


"You Have to Learn Lessons from History"

By Cindy Sheehan

Somehow, Obama believes, he's going to stain his hands darker with blood, but he's not going to pay any political consequences.


Why Propaganda Trumps Truth

By Paul Craig Roberts

Democracy is based on the assumption that people are rational beings who factually examine arguments and are not easily manipulated. Studies are not finding this to be the case.

Der (Pseudo-) Aufschwung ist da

Der (Pseudo-) Aufschwung ist da

Man nehme: Statistische Tricks, eine fantasievolle Bilanzführung, schuldenfinanzierte Konjunkturprogramme und Billionen zur Generierung einer erneuten Spekulationsblase und schon ist die Weltwirtschaftskrise scheinbar überwunden.


Volatile Lage, die Politik zaudert

Geändert wurden an den Ursachen der Finanzkrise bislang kaum etwas, Joseph Stiglitz sieht die Lage jetzt sogar schlimmer als 2007.

Saying No to the O-ministration

Health-Care Reform and the Constitution

Handshake Equality

'Constitutional Republic'

Saying No to the O-ministration

Don't Let Them Vaccinate Your Children

On US proxy war on Iran along Iraq border

The Bush administration has long pushed the "laptop documents"

1,000 pages of technical documents supposedly from a stolen Iranian laptop - as hard evidence of Iranian intentions to build a nuclear weapon. Now charges based on those documents pose the only remaining obstacles to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declaring that Iran has resolved all unanswered questions about its nuclear programme.


IAEA Conceals Evidence Iran Documents Were Forged

By Gareth Porter

The IAEA has refused to acknowledge publicly significant evidence brought to its attention by Iran that the documents were fabricated, and has made little, if any, effort to test the authenticity of the intelligence documents or to question officials of the governments holding them.

From Information Clearing House


A Miracle: Honest Intel on Iran Nukes

Sanders' call for Afghanistan exit strategy draws cheers

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold in declaring that the United States needs to start thinking about how to extract its military from Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House


US Peace Activists Call for Near-Term Withdrawal of Foreign Troops From Afghanistan

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: "The coming weeks hold critical significance for the US occupation of Afghanistan. The Senate is expected to vote on the Obama administration's $128 billion request to fund war operations in Afghanistan and Iraq for the coming fiscal year. Next week, the Obama administration will unveil a report on whether US benchmarks for success in Afghanistan are being achieved. It's widely believed President Obama will receive a military request to escalate the Afghan war with thousands of additional troops. The apparent congressional unease over a troop escalation comes near Friday's eight-year anniversary of the vote authorizing the attack on Afghanistan. We speak to Norman Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy on his recent trip to Afghanistan and CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin."


Mullen Confirms: More troops Requied for Afghan Escalation

Eight Years Later: Speak Out Against the War in Afghanistan

Ron Paul's Battle for Financial Sanity

Ron Paul: Fed Threatens Depression, $100 Bills Worthless

Recovery? It's a Cover-Up

The Fed Owns Most Monetary Economists


Did Bernanke and Paulson Blackmail Congress?

By Mike Whitney

Lehman Bros. didn't die of natural causes; it was drawn-and-quartered by high-ranking officials at the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Most of the rubbish presently appearing in the media, ignores this glaring fact. Lehman was a planned demolition (most likely) concocted by ex-Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson, who wanted to create a financial 9-11 to scare Congress into complying with his demands for $700 billion in emergency funding (TARP) for underwater US banking behemoths.


For All Obama's Talk of Overhaul, the US Has Failed to Wind in Wall Street

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

With a blank cheque from taxpayers and no real reform the perverse incentives for risk-taking are bigger than ever.


Dems Feel Michael Moore's Wrath

By Alec MacGillis

In building his indictment against the ill-fated marriage of Wall Street and Washington, Moore zeroes in less on Phil Gramm or other GOP string-pullers than he does on White House economic adviser Larry Summers, Robert Rubin and Sen. Chris Dodd. Especially Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.


UK: TUC fears risk of riots as jobless total rises:

Public spending cuts could plunge Britain into a double-dip recession, driving unemployment above 4m and threatening to provoke riots on the streets, the country's most senior union leader has said.


Ron Paul: Federal government 'one giant toxic asset'

The US economy has not really recovered from last year's financial crisis, and the policies of the Federal Reserve, the US's central bank, are ensuring that the suffering will continue much longer than necessary, US House Rep. Ron Paul.


Need a laugh?

Bernanke: US recession "very likely" over

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the worst US recession in seven decades has 'very likely' come to an end, but warned the country's economy will remain weak for some time.


US credit shrinks at Great Depression rate prompting fears of double-dip recession

Both bank credit and the M3 money supply in the United States have been contracting at rates comparable to the onset of the Great Depression since early summer, raising fears of a double-dip recession in 2010 and a slide into debt-deflation.


How Sacramento Treats The Homeless

The City of Sacramento has sent a cruel message to the world: They would rather criminalize their community's homeless than sanction a designated area where they can safely and peacefully live.

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