Dienstag, 24. November 2009

Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government

The government faces a payment shock similar to those that sent legions of overstretched homeowners into default on their mortgages.


From Information Clearing House


Obama vows to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to "finish the job" in Afghanistan and promised to unveil a decision soon on sending tens of thousands more US troops to battle Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.


Top Democrat warns Afghanistan will bankrupt domestic programs

Threatens war surtax if Obama sends more troops.

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Obama Plans to Send 34,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

Afghan Army Turnover Rate Threatens US War Plans

Obama's 'Finish the Job' Talk Sets Stage for Afghan Troop Surge


American Casino

By Mike Whitney

The truth behind the headlines, shining a light on the negligent regulators, the colluding Fed, the unscrupulous ratings agencies, the mercenary banks, the venal mortgage lenders, and the long daisy-chain of opportunists and fraudsters who gorged themselves on the spoils from the biggest swindle in history. This is this generation's big story.


The Cost of Dying

By CBS 60 Minutes

Many Americans spend their last days in an intensive care unit, subjected to uncomfortable machines or surgeries to prolong their lives at enormous cost. Steve Kroft reports.


Our Maniacal Optimism Is Ruining the World

By Anis Shivani

If you want to have a compliant populace, what could be better than to say that everyone has to think positively and accept that anything that goes wrong in their lives is their own fault because they haven't had a positive enough attitude?



The Vicious Alliance


A Trial That Will Convict Us All

By Paul Craig Roberts

Republicans and American conservatives regard civil liberties as coddling devices for criminals and terrorists. They assume that police and prosecutors are morally pure and, in addition, never make mistakes.


The Resistance Of The Oppressed

By Paul Balles

If I die while killing 20 of my enemies, doesn't that serve my people in their war against oppression? Hasn't this been the justification for all soldiers dying in all wars?


Towards Resolving Thanksgiving Contradictions

By Emily Spence

I will not discuss fatuous repugnant myths concerning Indians and Pilgrims when I sit down to my next Thanksgiving dinner with relatives who lives so many states away from mine. I will, instead, remember the suffering that transpired after the "New World" became seen as a land of opportunity.



Why They Hate Us: On Military Occupation

By Stephen M. Walt

The bottom line is that you don't need to be a sociologist, political scientist, or a student of colonialism or foreign cultures to understand why military occupation is such a poisonous activity and why it usually fails. If you're an American, you just need to read a bit about Reconstruction and reflect on how its effects -- along with the effects of slavery itself -- have persisted across generations.


Why They Hate Us

How many Muslims has the U.S. killed in the past 30 years?


UK Drugs Dealer Supremo Squanders £1billion Plus On Swine Flu



Stoppen Sie Kochs Feldzug gegen die Pressefreiheit



Superstar CBS Reporter Blows the Lid Off the Swine Flu Media Hype and Hysteria



Rettungspaket für alle Krisen-Arbeitslosen notwendig

24. November 2009

Der stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Klaus Ernst fordert nach dem Vorstoß von NRW-Ministerpräsident Rüttgers für ein "Arbeitsplatzzukunftspaket" umfassende Hilfsmaßnahmen für alle Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer, die durch die Krise vom Jobverlust bedroht sind. Er fordert einen Mix aus Maßnahmen zur Jobsicherung und besseren Sozialleistungen. Ernst erklärt:

Rüttgers geht mit seinem Vorstoß in die richtige Richtung, springt aber viel zu kurz. Die Uhr am Arbeitsmarkt tickt. Millionen droht Jobverlust und existenzieller Absturz. Wir brauchen jetzt schnell ein umfassendes Rettungspaket für alle Krisen-Arbeitslosen. Staatliche Hilfen für Arbeitszeitverkürzungen sind ein Weg. Das kann Jobs mittelfristig sichern. Wir brauchen aber auch sofort wirkende Hilfen. Das Arbeitslosengeld I muss in der Krise für alle Anspruchsberechtigten auf 24 Monate verlängert werden. Staatshilfen für Unternehmen darf es nur gegen Jobgarantien geben. Profitablen Firmen müssen Massenentlassungen ganz verboten werden. Für Kurzarbeiter müssen die Hartz-IV-Regeln so gelockert werden, dass sie nicht Partnereinkommen und Vermögen offenlegen müssen, wenn sie mit ihren Familien unter die Hartz-IV-Schwelle fallen. Das Geld dafür ist gut angelegt, weil so eine Brücke in die Zeit nach der Krise gebaut wird.



Arbeitshilfe Sozialdatenschutz der BA

Die BA hat nach massiver und Berechtigter Kritik eine umfassende Arbeitshilfe zum Sozialdatenschutz herausgegeben, sie sind dokumentiert auf der Homepage von Harald Thomé:

Sozialdatenschutz im Zusammenhang mit der Erfassung sensibler Daten und Veröf-fentlichung von Bewerberdaten in der JOB-BÖRSE vom 18.09.2009 (pdf) //www.harald-thome.de/media/files/E-Mail-Info-2009-09-22-Anlage-1.pdf

Erläuterungen zur Liste der datenschutzrechtlich riskanten Begrifflichkeiten (pdf) //www.harald-thome.de/media/files/E-Mail-Info-2009-09-22-Anlage-2.pdf

Aus: LabourNet, 24. November 2009

One more bubble to go

The American Prospect
by Jeff Faux


The word from Washington and Wall Street is that the worst is over. Sure, it will take a while for jobs to recover, for housing to come back, and for wages to rise. But we are definitely on the road to recovery from the biggest debt-bubble collapse since 1929. Maybe. There were actually two debt bubbles. One was driven by Americans borrowing against unsustainable inflation in housing prices. The other was driven by America borrowing against unsustainable inflation in the price of the U.S. dollar. One more bubble is left to pop. … The central threat here is not the currently rising federal deficit. … Rather, the core problem is the accumulating debt that the U.S. economy as a whole owes to the rest of the world, a result of a more chronic condition: 25 years of buying more in the global marketplace than we have been selling — and borrowing to make up the difference...


The critical unraveling of US society

Amped Status
by David DeGraw


You may have missed it in the mainstream news media, but statistical societal indicators are reading red across the board. Before exposing the root causes of this breakdown, let’s look at some vital statistics and facts: (1) The inequality of wealth in the United States is soaring to an unprecedented level. The US already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis. Since the crisis, which has hit the middle class and poor much harder than the top one percent, the gap between the top one percent and the remaining 99% of the US population has grown to a record high...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The UK Iraq Inquiry



UK complicit in torture of detainees-rights group

A human rights group on Tuesday accused Britain of being complicit in the torture of terrorism detainees in Pakistan and said it should hold an inquiry into the conduct of British security services.


From Information Clearing House


"Geistiges Eigentumsrecht" auf die Verwendung menschlicher Eizellen

Dem Pharmakonzern Merck wurde angeblich ein ausgesprochen umfangreiches Patent erteilt.


Marsbewohner in Bagdad 2003

Britische Medien enthüllen Armee-Berichte zu den Vorbereitungen für den Einmarsch im Irak. Laut Guardian glauben Militärkommandeure, dass sich Mitglieder der damaligen britischen und amerikanischen Regierungen Kriegsverbrechen schuldig gemacht haben.


The Budget Crisis: The Blame Is Bipartisan

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The country is being bombarded with stories claiming that record budget deficits threaten our children's future and jeopardize the credibility of the dollar. These stories are a serious problem - they have hugely confused the public about the nature of the country's economic crisis. And both parties share the blame."



Thousands Demand Closure of Fort Benning's School of the Americas

Scott Galindez, Truthout: "This weekend, thousands of people gathered at the gates of Fort Benning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the killings of 14-year-old Celia Ramos, her mother Elba Ramos and the six Jesuit priests with whom she worked at the Central American University in San Salvador. Nearly 5,000 people are gathered in the pouring rain, according to Larry White, a protester who spoke to Truthout."



Those Who Follow Sarah Palin are Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Destruction



Gingrich, Palin, GOP Offer Magic Jobs Solution: More Tax Cuts Now!

Art Levine, Truthout: "With the economy still reeling from unemployment at 10.2 percent, Democrats and progressives are battling a barrage of GOP-driven misinformation about the first $787 billion stimulus plan as they look to create a new, targeted, fast-acting jobs program, possibly before Christmas. Aiming to cash in - literally - on growing public anger over joblessness, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich separately returned this week to the Republican nostrum of wide-ranging tax cuts, mostly for the rich, as the answer to every problem under the sun - in this case, unemployment."


Sarah, Don't Go Rogue; Go Home

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout: "With the release of her new book, 'Going Rogue: An American Life,' former Alaskan Governor and Republican Party vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is once again being given a spotlight she does not deserve. Under normal circumstances, Palin would have drifted into obscurity by now; a political has-been, who never was. Instead, a sub-par politician with no substantial constituency, no command of relevant issues and no solutions to substantive problems is being given air and face time as though she really matters. The simple reality that few are willing to articulate is, if she were not relatively attractive, of European ancestry and a woman, Sarah Palin would be day-old bread."



Why can’t we look away from Sarah Palin?

by Vanessa Richmond


Sarah Palin is a liar who is unfit for public office. This is generally accepted. And yet, she’s getting more attention than people who are honest, sane and actually holding office, and also more than people, even celebrities, who are arguably insane and vapid. Media and audiences clearly can’t take their eyes and ears off her, much as they might want to. I’m among them. Every day, I’m surprised and perplexed that she’s still in the news and on talk shows, then I watch more and read more about her. I am surely one of those liberal media elite haters she keeps referring to, and if this continues, she’s going to have to acknowledge we’re her main audience, if not her base. The question is why...


Tea Party, meet the Religious Right

The American Prospect
by Michelle Goldberg


Next month’s Tea Party National Convention has been making news for the fat fee Sarah Palin is commanding — $100,000, according to many reports. But the gathering, to be held at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, is interesting for another reason as well: It marks the attempt of the old-school Christian right to take over the tea-party movement. Speakers joining Palin include Rick Scarborough, Roy Moore, and Joseph Farah, men who are radical even by religious-right standards. Their presence shows that the tea-party movement is no longer merely populist, libertarian or anti-government, if it ever was. It is theocratic. Indeed, after several months in which the religious right seemed lost and dispirited, it has found a way to ride the tea-party express into renewed relevance...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Palin Paradox

Rehabilitating a Vengeful Rogue Going P.T. Barnum

By Robert S. Becker

Palin's circus obeys Barnum's model, "There's a sucker born every minute."


The Pentagon Garrisons the Gulf



Obama Quietly Backs Patriot Act Provisions



Will 'War Surtax' Prompt Debate on Afghan Escalation?


Bill Moyers Tells a Tale of Two Quagmires: Vietnam and Afghanistan


Realities Collide at Halifax "War Conference"

Anthony Fenton, Inter Press Service: "While the world's top military elites gather inside a fortified hotel to discuss NATO's future, protesters question the organization's legitimacy, secrecy, and the lack of democratic debate about the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan."



'Why We Fight': The Nature of Modern Imperialism



Fed Rage Boils Over on Capitol Hill



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