Mittwoch, 16. Dezember 2009

Financial Crisis Perpetrator Bernanke Hailed As World's Saviour By TIME

The real person of the year, Ron Paul, puts the record straight

Steve Watson
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has been named TIME person of the year for 2009 and hailed as a saviour when in the real world he has overseen the worsening of the financial crisis, the looting of the American economy by foreign offshore banks and the destruction of the Dollar.


The Most Powerful Man in the World

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Bernanke: Time's Man of the Year

Robert Borosage, The Campaign for America's Future: "Time Magazine's naming Ben Bernanke 'Man of the Year' is a little bit like celebrating an arsonist for his heroics in putting out a fire that he set. Bernanke has done creative and bold work in staving off a financial free fall. But he would also be on any list of the 10 people most responsible for creating the free fall."

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Forced Vaccinations, Government, and the Public Interest

Novartis Is Celebrating, Should We?


Informant: Dorothee Krien

Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control

Informant: Dorothee Krien


One million signatures for banning GMOs in Europe

Atomkraftwerke sind Klima-Verheizer und Strahlenschleudern (Pressemitteilung) Das Ergebnis: Einen Grenzwert für die "Verträglichkeit radioaktiver Strahlung" gibt es nicht. Bei der Auswertung umfangreichen Datenmaterials aus ...


Kohle- und Atomkraftwerke gehören zu Deutschlands größten Stromverbrauchern

Stapeley protesters rally against phone mast proposal

Crewe Chronicle

ANGRY campaigners have vowed to fight another bid by a mobile phone giant to put up a communications mast just yards from Pear Tree Primary School at ...

Deal Is No Deal: Leaders 'Save Face' While Biosphere Burns

Civil Society Comes Together for 'Vigil of Survival'

Obama's Speech Disappoints and Fuels Frustration at Copenhagen

Obama's Climate Sham[e]: Empty Rhetoric in Copenhagen Speech

Reaction to Obama Copenhagen Speech

Real People Will Pay Price of a Copenhagen Stalemate

Friends of the Earth - International: Copenhagen: A Disaster for World's Poorest

Report: Biodiversity Loss Puts Essentials of Life Under Threat


Fury and denunciation greet insubstantial climate accord in Copenhagen

Democracy later, because climate change is too serious and humans too dumb?


More Old Forests, Less Industrial Agriculture, Key to Climate, Food and Water



By ClimateArk Climate Change Portal - a project of Ecological Internet December 16, 2009

Securing world food security while maintaining operable forests, global climate, water, ocean and terrestrial ecosystems – and human rights, justice and equity – is the biggest challenge facing humanity. Water and food are the next bubbles to burst -- expect severe shortages of both in the 2010s. It is long past time to get back to the land through protecting and restoring old forests and organic permaculture farming. Our survival depends upon being with land, collecting water, letting forests age and growing food.


Today industrial-style agriculture uses huge amounts of water, energy, and chemicals – replacing natural terrestrial ecosystems with toxic monocultures; while poisoning and displacing local peoples. Farms are large, highly specialized, and run like factories with large inputs of fossil fuels from pesticides, other synthetic chemicals and transportation fuels. Land degradation — the decline in the quality of soil, water and vegetation — is of profound importance for any serious negotiations upon climate change. A new study finds that 24% of the Earth‘s land is degrading, some of it formerly quite productive. Large scale biofuel/biomass production – particularly promoting monoculture tree plantations within the context of Copenhagen “solutions” – runs counter to urgently addressing climate change and threatens to cause more deforestation, human rights abuses, and degradation of soil, water and biodiversity. All biofuels based upon industrial agricultural practices worsen climate change and ecologically diminish soils and ecosystems, drive food prices up, and force more people worldwide into hunger and malnutrition. It is time to transform agriculture into an ecologically sustainable enterprise, based on systems which can be employed for centuries. To reduce the pressures upon the land and allow forests to undergo succession, we must promote organic, permaculture, low impact agriculture, agro-forest and other agro-ecological systems to meet human food needs, including major reduction in meat consumption. And protecting and restoring old forests where they historically occurred is vital as well.



This Is Bigger Than Climate Change, It Is a Battle to Redefine Humanity

No War, but No Peace

Oxfam International: Climate Change Undermining Human Rights on an Unprecedented Scale

Salazar green lights Shell's controversial Alaska drilling

Informant: radtimes

Sarah Palin: American Nightmare

Palin's Climate "Epiphany"

Eugene Robinson: "Sarah Palin is such a cold-eyed skeptic about the Copenhagen summit on climate change that it's no surprise she would call on President Obama not to attend. After all, Obama might join other leaders in acknowledging that warming is a 'global challenge.' He might entertain 'opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.' He might even explore ways to 'participate in carbon-trading markets.'"

Palin the Pundit

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Dealing with Sarah Palin, in the immortal words of Pee Wee Herman, is like unraveling a giant cable-knit sweater that someone just keeps knitting, and knitting and knitting. There is no end to it, no bottom to this ocean of idiocy, as evidenced by the latest iteration of the Palin phenomenon: out of the cold, clear blue sky, the former Alaska governor and internationally-renowned dunderhead, has declared herself an expert on global climate change in general, and on the Copenhagen summit in particular."

Roguishly Rouge: A Review of "Going Rouge: Sarah Palin - American Nightmare" Entirely in Quotes

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout Book Review: "I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. Few things draw in readers and garner clicks more reliably than articles (or, even better, pictures) of Sarah Palin. We can't look away. Like everyone else, I can barely take the waves of embarrassment that come from watching someone do something so badly. My cringe reflex is exhausted."

A Peek Inside Sarah Palin's Diary

Bernard Weiner, Truthout: "Dear Diary: It's been helter-skelter around here these days. Actually, there is no 'here.' I'm on the road every day, mostly at book signings for 'Going Rogue.' Turns out I'm real popular in the real America. You betcha."

Palin Failed to Lead on Oil and Gas Safety in Alaska

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "There have been several recent oil spills and other environmental problems linked to the oil/gas production industry in Alaska. On December 23, a tugboat hit the Bligh Reef, the same reef struck by the Exxon Valdez 20 years ago. The recent grounding may have caused as much as 33,500 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into Prince William Sound."


Why I don’t write about Sarah Palin’s Facebook posts

Washington Independent
by David Weigel


The problem is that Palin has put the political press in a submissive position, one in which the only information it prints about her comes from prepared statements or from Q&As with friendly interviewers. This isn’t something most politicians get away with, or would be allowed to get away with. But Palin has leveraged her celebrity — her ability to get ratings, the ardor of her fans and the bitterness of her critics — to win a truly unique relationship with the press. She is allowed to shape the public debate without actually engaging in it...

Palin rewrites history on “death panels”

by Alex Koppelman


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin just can’t let go of her ‘death panels’ myth. After getting back on the subject — which Politifact recently named ‘Lie of the Year’ — on Twitter, on Wednesday Palin’s Facebook page played host to yet another missive about it. This time, she sought to rewrite her own history, rather incredibly asserting that what she was referring to when she first mentioned ‘death panels’ was an advisory board she claims would lead to healthcare rationing...

Palin uses PAC to buy her own book

ABC News


Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, ‘Going Rogue,’ in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had her political organization spend more than $63,000 on what her reports describe as ‘books for fundraising donor fulfillment.’ The payments went to Harper Collins, her publisher, and in some instances to HSP Direct, a Virginia-based direct mail fundraising firm that serves a number of well-known conservative politicians and pundits...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Palin, Fox, 'Jesus on Acid' and the End of the World

By Frank Schaeffer

She's all for unbridled US military action. She's for this because theologically speaking the more war the better, at least in the Middle East. Jesus needs war to fulfill "prophecy" so he can "come back"!

Study Proves Three Monsanto Corn Varieties' Noxiousness to the Organism

Le Monde (Translation: Leslie Thatcher): "A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences demonstrates the toxicity of three genetically modified corn varieties from the American seed company Monsanto, the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (Criigen, based in Caen), which participated in that study, announced Friday, December 11."

Three Approved GMO's Linked to Organ Damage

Rady Ananda, Truthout: "In what is being described as the first ever and most comprehensive study of the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers have linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto's GM maize."


The Health Hazards of GM Corn

Video: The Health Hazards of GM Corn A study demonstrates the toxicity of genetically modified corn, which shows that it is neither sufficiently healthy nor proper to be commercialized.


Health Scandal: Monsanto’s GMO Perversion of Food

by Byron Richards

In the 2010 growing season Monsanto plans to unleash its latest Frankenfood experiment on the American and Canadian public, a new version of genetically mutated corn with eight abnormal gene traits called Genuity SmartStax corn. It is the culmination of an astonishing scandal that has been steadily building over the past decade. During this time Monsanto’s mutated seeds have grown to 90% of the U.S. soy crop and 85% of the corn crop – and wheat is next on their agenda. Their efforts have been marked by.....



Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit

Informant: Dorothee Krien

The Decline: Geography of a Recession

ALBA alliance forgoes US dollar

The member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, ALBA, have decided to give up the US dollar in trading between them. They will instead use the sucre conventional monetary unit.

Gulf nations sign monetary pact

Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia signed and ratified the pact on Tuesday, which will see them work towards setting up a joint central bank and implementing a single currency.

US joblessness cripples Americans: poll

With unemployment driving foreclosures nationwide, a quarter of those polled said they had either lost their home or been threatened with foreclosure or eviction for not paying their mortgage or rent.

The Decline: The Geography of a Recession

Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. economy from January 2007 -- approximately one year before the start of the recession -- to the most recent unemployment data available today.

From Information Clearing House

US to drill Iranian attack scenario

Faith-Based Intelligence

Talk by Ray McGovern, 27-year Veteran of the CIA and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran

US to drill Iranian attack scenario

A top Pentagon official said Monday that a US missile defense drill would simulate an Iranian attack - a departure from the usual scenario of a North Korean attack - according to Reuters.

Syria will defend Iran if Israel attacks

If Israel does attack Iran's nuclear facilities, it will undoubtedly result in a regional war after Iran and Syria signed a mutual defense agreement on Sunday.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq was the first 'resource war' of the century

UK government's former chief scientific adviser says Iraq war was about oil, not weapons of mass destruction - and warns there will be more 'resource wars' to come.

From Information Clearing House

DoD to add $100B to 2011-15 spending

The Pentagon's 2010 budget request called for $534 billion, plus $130 billion to cover the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It did not include the estimated $30 billion that will be needed to fund President Barack Obama's recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

Afghan escalation means up to 56,000 more contractors, bringing total to 130,000-160,000


Obama's Afghan Surge Will Rely Heavily On Private Contractors Mercenaries

As President Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan unfolds, the number of contractors will likely jump by between 16,000 and 56,000, adding up to a total of 120,000-160,000, according to an updated study from the Congressional Research Service.

Congressman Grayson and Afghanistan Veterans Urge Congress Not to Fund Troop Surge

Congressman Grayson said, "The goals of expelling al-Qaeda and overthrowing the Taliban were accomplished years ago. The notion that an increase of 30,000 troops is necessary to ensure America's security is absurd.

Rep. Alan Grayson Reads Petition from 100,000 People

End the War Now

From Information Clearing House


Report Reveals Scope of Government Contracting

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "According to a new government report, more than 50 percent of the Department of Defense workforces are military contractors and the Obama administration's troop surge in Afghanistan is set to only increase these numbers."

Dubya: The Surreal Afterlife of an Ex-President

By Alex Hannaford

What has the most unpopular US President of all time been doing during his first year of retirement?

Unbearable Lightness of Obama

The Audacity of Retrenchment

By Robert S. Becker

How can the Obama who won the election, and the Peace Prize, by being not-Bush, match W.'s impulse to detach, delegate and default? And the final puzzle: how did a dense, inarticulate bully command his bully pulpit while the infinitely more articulate, tolerant newcomer fails to frame, let alone command key debates?

War Crime Case Against Tony Blair Now Rock-solid

By Chris Floyd

Father of Soldier Killed in Iraq Responds to Blair's BBC Interview

There is no one more qualified than Reg Keys -- whose son Tom was killed in Iraq -- to comment on Tony Blair's admission to the BBC that, if he hadn't used the non-existent weapons of mass destruction to justify a war crime, he would have found another "argument" -- that is, another lie.

Blair, Obama and the Narcissist's Defense

War Crime Case Against Tony Blair Now Rock-solid

A trial would be warmly welcomed by millions - so what happens next?

By Neil Clark

Going to war to change another country's regime is prohibited by international law, while the Nuremburg judgment of 1946 laid down that "to initiate a war of aggression", as Blair and Bush clearly did against Iraq, "is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole".

Is Blair trying to cash in on climate change?

Ex-PM arrives at summit to urge greenhouse gas deal.

Mystery of Tony Blair's money solved

A little-known loophole in UK company law is being used by Tony Blair to keep his finances secret, the Guardian can disclose.

Tony Blair's £1m-a-year paymaster seeks giant Iraqi oil deal

A Middle Eastern investment fund that pays Tony Blair about £1m a year as an international adviser is in talks to develop one of Iraq's biggest oilfields.

Revealed: Jack Straw's Secret Warning to Tony Blair on Iraq

By Michael Smith

The document begins in a way that now appears eerily prophetic: "The rewards from your visit to Crawford will be few ... there is at present no majority inside the PLP [parliamentary Labour party] for any military action against Iraq."

Blair's £200,000 hedge fund pay-day

Tony Blair is to be paid at least £200,000 by a City firm accused of profiteering from the financial crisis that brought Britain's banks to their knees.

From Information Clearing House


What Happens When We Can't Trust the Verifiers?

David Sirota: "This month, a British government report admitted that one of the major rationales for invading Iraq - the claim that Saddam could deploy WMDs in 45 minutes - probably came from a cab driver. Had the public originally been told about this sketchy sourcing, there may have been a more, ahem, forceful mass opposition to pre-emptive war in the Middle East. It's a good lesson about the need for transparency."


The Nuremberg defense

Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key


[T]he first line agents, the police for example, are only following orders and did not originate the command that ultimately results in a violation of rights. Their supervisors only gave the orders and neither originated the laws that resulted in the orders nor actually implemented the orders. The ultimate source of the laws, the politicians, neither give the orders nor obey the orders. All three links in the chain have found a way to absolve themselves of responsibility. All three of them are invoking a form of the Nuremberg defense...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

135,000 Uninsured Americans Will Die Before Health Reform Takes Effect

Over 6,600 Uninsured Veterans Will Die by 2013: Estimate

By Brad Jacobson

Even more shocking is that these are modest estimates.

Emperors of Silent Wars

Propaganda, Destruction, and Madness

By Ali Jawad

As soon as the greatest military force in history stepped foot on Arabia - adamant to grab the will of Providence by the collar - flashpoints began to spark up left, right and centre. The scars and pains of millions were not to distract the emblem of freedom from its historic mission.

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