Freitag, 9. Oktober 2009

Swine Flu: To Vaccinate Or Not?

Dr Marc Girard, MSc, MD, France, works as a consultant for pharmaceutical firms, including manufacturers likely to have an interest in influenza pandemic.

A positive consequence of the swine flu story could be a radical reappraisal of the ferocious antagonism between vaccine promoters and antivaccinationists. This time, by dint of ignoring the basics of drug development, things went too far – and everybody may notice. It is time now to go back, to understand that vaccines are drugs amongst others, with their potential of hazards and the inherent requirement of a cautious assessment regarding their benefit/risk ratio. It is time now to stop considering that vaccines must be beneficial and that they cannot be risky. It is time to require that the elementary principles of drug development cannot be so grossly ignored as they are nowadays as far as vaccines are considered. It is time to recognize that human body is not a bin for the dangerous gadgets that, through lack of professionalism, Big Pharma develops instead of useful drugs.

Swine Flu: To Vaccinate Or Not - Dr Marc Girard, MSc, MD, France


Doctor Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself And Will Not Give It To His Kids

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Steuererleichterungen für die Reichen, Gesindeordnung für die Arbeitenden

9. Oktober 2009 Ulrike Zerhau

Zu den Plänen von Union und FDP zur Änderung des Arbeitsrechts erklärt die stellvertretende Vorsitzende der LINKEN Ulrike Zerhau:

Die schwarz-gelbe Koalition aus Union und FDP will reiche Privathaushalte und Arbeitgeber fördern und setzt dabei auf noch mehr Flexibilität bei den Arbeitsverträgen. So sollen angeblich in der Krise neue Jobs geschaffen werden. Übersetzt heißt dies: Wer es sich leisten kann, wird in Zukunft - staatlich gefördert - billige Putzfrauen, Kindermädchen und Haushälterinnen für sich arbeiten lassen können. Unternehmen sollen über das ohnehin schon mögliche Maß hinaus noch besser heuern und feuern können. So entstehen keine Arbeitsplätze, von denen Menschen leben können, das sind Arbeitsbedingungen von Mägden und Knechten. Besonders wird es wieder Frauen treffen, die schon jetzt die Mehrzahl der prekär Beschäftigten stellen. Erst gestern wurden bei Friseurinnen in NRW Löhne von 1,50 Euro aufgespürt. Auf solche Jobs können wir getrost verzichten. Mini-Jobs und Niedrigstlöhne helfen nicht aus der Krise: Die Betroffenen stecken in ständiger Geldnot und dem Land fehlt es weiter an Kaufkraft. Arbeit muss gewürdigt und geschützt werden! Deshalb fordert DIE LINKE einen gesetzlichen Mindestlohn, Schutz vor Entlassung und Schutz vor Erpressung durch Leiharbeitnehmerinnen und Leiharbeitnehmer. Das ist die richtige Alternative!är

Bomb Iran now because...uh, what's the reason?

by Devvy Kidd

Yesterday morning on FAUX News Network, the morning stooges were gleefully talking about how our military could drop this big old "bunker buster" bomb on selected targets in Iran. We all know how well that has worked in the past. Well, what the heck, they're just collateral damage. Greta Van Susteren (FAUX) seems to be unable to find any new guests because she constantly has war monger, John Bolton, as her guest. Bolton's sole purpose in life seems to be that we must "bomb Iran now." Of course, that........

Fire McChrystal and get out of Afghanistan

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


The conventional wisdom is that the war in Afghanistan is a ‘war of necessity’ that cannot be lost if the war against al-Qaeda is to be won. This proposition is only now being questioned because the fraud-plagued Afghan election makes a legitimate government almost impossible and because the war in Afghanistan has turned into an eight-year quagmire that is getting worse by the day. Not only is the conventional wisdom wrong, but Gen. Stanley McChrystal should be fired, even if it means losing the war...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Telecom companies are an “arm of the government”



The Department of Justice has finally admitted it in court papers: the nation’s telecom companies are an arm of the government — at least when it comes to secret spying. Fortunately, a judge says that relationship isn’t enough to squash a rights group’s open records request for communications between the nation’s telecoms and the feds. … The Electronic Frontier Foundation wanted to see what role telecom lobbying of Justice Department played when the government began its year-long, and ultimately successful, push to win retroactive immunity for AT&T and others being sued for unlawfully spying on American citizens...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Human Antenna

Asian Central Banks Intervene as Dollar Tumbles

The U.S. dollar continued to tumble against most Asian currencies Thursday, prompting a wave of foreign-exchange intervention by central banks in South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand seeking to limit damage to their export industries.

Budget deficit hit record $1.4T in 2009

The federal budget deficit tripled to a record $1.4 trillion for the 2009 fiscal year that ended last week, congressional analysts said Wednesday.

Treasuries Fall After Weaker-Than-Forecast Demand at Bond Sale

Treasuries declined after the government's $12 billion auction of 30-year bonds drew weaker- than-forecast demand.

34 banks don't pay their quarterly TARP dividends

In a sign that more banks are under great pressure from the recession, 34 financial institutions did not pay their quarterly dividends in August to the Treasury on funds obtained under the Troubled Asset Relief Fund (TARP). The number almost doubled from 19 in May when payments were last made, and also raised questions about Treasury's judgment in approving these banks as "healthy"...

Fed Ratchets Up Warnings on Commercial Real Estate Debt

Two officials from the U.S. Federal Reserve issued strong signals this week that the central bank is very concerned over the banking industry's exposure to commercial real estate loans and considers it to be a major stumbling block to the road to economic recovery.

Bankruptcy Filings Spiking: Chapter 7 Booming

It is interesting what passes for good news in today's market. For example, Alcoa announced a profit for the third quarter. Good news right? Well if you look into the details the company has cut 18,000 jobs in the 12 months ending on June 30th and also planned on cutting an additional $2.4 billion in costs. In this economic crisis people need to look at the details before assuming something is just good news.

From Information Clearing House

Japan threatens to kick out US troops

Japan is threatening to ask US troops based on the island of Okinawa to leave the country amid growing resentment over crime.

Egyptian imam seeks $10 million in CIA renditions trial

Twenty-six Americans, all but one believed to be CIA agents, face between 10 and 13 years in jail for kidnapping, but are being tried in absentia. The United States has ruled out extraditing them, so any conviction would be purely symbolic.

From Information Clearing House

American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Opposition says US aid package will enslave Pakistan

Pakistan's opposition has expressed concerns about a US aid package that would provide the country with 7.5 billion US dollars over the next five years.

From Information Clearing House

What's Changed in Washington?

Health Care Reform
Saving American Lives

Keith Olbermann Special Comment

Death is the issue! How can we not be unified against death? I want my government helping my father to fight death! I want my government to spend taxpayer money to help my father fight to live and I want my government to spend taxpayer money to help your father fight to live! I want it to spend my money first on fighting death. Not on war! Not on banks! Not on high speed rail!

What's Changed in Washington?

By Laura Flanders

Think things have changed in Washington? You might be surprised by a quick review of today's headlines.

War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide In Iraq

Legal Case Filed Against 4 U.S. Presidents and 4 UK Prime Ministers

By The Brussels Tribunal

Today the Spanish Senate, acting to confirm a decision already taken under pressure from powerful governments accused of grave crimes, will limit Spain's laws of universal jurisdiction. Yesterday, ahead of the change of law, a legal case was filed at the Audiencia Nacional against four United States presidents and four United Kingdom prime ministers for commissioning, condoning and/or perpetuating multiple war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Iraq.

Tortured Law

Video Documentary

Tortured Law, examines the role lawyers played in authorizing torture, and calls upon Attorney General Holder to conduct a full investigation of not only the CIA operatives, but of the torture memo authors.

FBI Tries to Deport Muslim Man for Refusing to be an Informant

By Trevor Aaronson

After Imam Foad Farahi declined to become a federal informant, the government tried to destroy him.

Gore Vidal's United States of Fury

By Johann Hari

He says, it is clear the American experiment has been "a failure". It was all for nothing. Soon the country will be ranked "somewhere between Brazil and Argentina, where it belongs."

Protect the Grand Canyon From Irresponsible Mining

Last Chance: Protect the Grand Canyon

Erstmals kommt der Afghanistan-Einsatz teurer als der im Irak

Guantanamo-Schließung bleibt schwierig

US-Senat bewilligt 635-Milliarden-Dollar Pentagon-Haushalt, erstmals kommt der Afghanistan-Einsatz teurer als der im Irak.

What Is Not Being Discussed in the Iran Nuclear Story

Bill Fletcher Jr., The Black Commentator: " Last week's announcement of the discovery of a previously unknown but suspected nuclear research and production site became a major story in the Western media. The Obama administration, along with its allies in Europe, saw this as evidence of Iranian duplicity on the matter of its nuclear intentions. Though Iran admitted the existence of this facility, the manner in which it did so seemed to be directed at heading off the expose' from other sources."

Five Myths on Afghanistan

Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "President Barack Obama is entering a crucial decision-making phase on Afghanistan at a time when geopolitical mythology is dominating the debate, the Pentagon is requesting additional forces in Afghanistan."

Spending Bill Includes Provision to Block Release of Abuse Photos

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Congressional lawmakers moved a step closer Wednesday toward banning the Department of Defense from releasing photographs depicting US Soldiers abusing detainees held in prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Government Has No Money of Its Own

Vaccine Poison Exposed

By Dr. Rebecca Carley

Senate Committee Passes Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill

Center for Constitutional Rights Argues in Court Government Cannot Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

Human Rights Watch (HRW): US: New Legislation on Military Commissions Doesn't Fix Fundamental Flaws

ACLU: Senate Committee Passes Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill

A Historian's Account of Democrats and Bush-Era War Crimes

War of the Worlds

Afghanistan: Will Obama Listen to the Women?

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Veterans on Afghanistan

Five Questions About the Wall Street Bailouts

Democrats Disgruntled as Obama Fails to Deliver

Heads or Tails, Obama Loses

Left Claims 218 Votes in Sight

What's Changed in Washington?

Farmer wants vote against Victoria Harbour tower upheld

by Kirk Starratt/The Advertiser

Kings County Register

Kings County council voted this spring to recommend against the site being used for a wireless internet tower, but the pieces of a tower structure have appeared in a ditch not far from the proposed location.


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