Dienstag, 23. Februar 2010

Crewe campaigners vow to fight on against mobile phone mast

Crewe Chronicle

CAMPAIGNERS who have three times stopped contractors from installing a mobile phone mast in Crewe have vowed to continue their fight until O2 finds another ...



Proposed T-Mobile tower faces opposition

Is the United States a Failing State?

By Barry Weisberg

The American provision of public services such as health care, education, social welfare or public safety, is a failure. Fewer people are covered by health care than in any industrial country (the World Health Organization ranks the US 37th in health care delivery); the infant mortality rate has sunk from 12th in 1960 to 29 in 1990 and 30th in 2005.


'Death of American Capitalism:' The 10 Final Scenes

By Paul B. Farrell

Do Main Street's 95 million investors know something Warren Buffett's long-time partner, Charlie Munger, doesn't know? Munger is warning us "It's Over" for America. Yes, "o-v-e-r," America's in decline, at the end-of-days, coming to "financial ruin," says Munger.


Once More For The Record

An update on The Annotated Obama

By Joe Bageant

Obviously Barack Obama has wiped his a... on his campaign promises. That's yesterday's news. Americans demand jazzy new and ever more shocking "news" daily, or else they fall asleep before their TV sets face down in their sausage pizzas from Brooklyn to Beaumont.


The Drive to Eliminate Social Security Accelerates

By Shamus Cooke

Tackling Social Security has been on the to-do list of the corporate elite for years, and they're not waiting any longer.


How Advertising Manipulates Our "Caveman" Brains
Why We are Susceptible to Manipulation

By Washington's Blog

Research shows that one of the most powerful ways to stimulate more buying is celebrity endorsement. Neurologists at Erasmus University in Rotterdam report that our ability to weigh desirability and value doesn't function normally if an item is endorsed by a well-known face.



Capitalism Offers Unlimited Irresponsibility, for Some

Writing for Le Monde, corporate governance expert Pierre-Yves Gomez explores the ever more tenuous relationship between personal risk-taking and corporate management or ownership in a society where managers and owners of the biggest companies enjoy assured returns and limited risks, while taxpayers reap limited - if any - rewards, and run unlimited risks.



Romans 13 and Anarcho-Capitalism


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In den USA wird Zunahme der Langzeitarbeitslosen befürchtet

Drohnen-Wettrüsten im Nahen Osten

Israel stellte eine große Drohne vor, die Iran erreichen kann, auch der Iran fährt angeblich die Produktion von Drohnen mit großer Reichweite hoch.


In den USA wird Zunahme der Langzeitarbeitslosen befürchtet

Was machen, wenn auch Wirtschaftswachstum nicht zu mehr Arbeitsplätzen führt?


Nanotechnologies: Are We All Nanogrub Guinea Pigs?

Agnes Rousseaux, basta! "After GMO, nanotechnologies come uninvited onto our plates: nanofoods, treated with nanopesticides and contained in nanopackaging are on the rise. At stake: colossal financial profits for manufacturers and environmental and health risks impossible to evaluate today. All in a complete and unbelievable absence of rules and controls!"



Obama, Tea Parties and the Battle for Our Brains

George Lakoff, Truthout: "Over the past couple of weeks, The New York Times has been reporting on results from the cognitive and brain sciences that confirm past research in those fields partly by me and partly by my community of colleagues. What makes this of general, not personal, interest is that the scientific results are especially important for understanding what has been going wrong for the Obama administration and for liberals generally, and what has been going right for conservatives."


Terrorism Law, the New McCarthyism

Stephen Rohde, The LA Daily Journal: "Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the first encounter with the free speech and association rights of American citizens in the context of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks, and in the first test of the constitutionality of a provision of the USA Patriot Act."


Teabaggers Trying to Rewrite the Constitution

Walter Brasch, Truthout: "Sarah Palin stood before an audience of 600 at the first Tea Party convention and in her twinkly homespun rhetoric, she declared we don't need a professor of law but a commander-in-chief. As expected, she received roaring applause. And, as expected, she was wrong."


Where Is the Outrage?

William Fisher, Truthout: "It was fascinating to watch the leaders of the Republican Party going through their ritual gyrations at CPAC - the annual conservative jamboree - last week to woo the support of the Tea Baggers. The party that spent us into historic deficits now attempting to join hands with the newest proponents of fiscal restraint!"



A tea party plan to save the economy

by Wayne Allyn Root


We are not recovering from a recession. The spin, propaganda, and wishful thinking from Obama, Congress and the Fed are wearing thin on the average American. There may be a recovery for big business, due to stimulus and bailouts, but not Main Street, where the average worker and the small business owner live. What we need is a state of the union for small business owners...


The end of the Tea Party

The American Prospect

by Mark Schmitt


As the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) overtook Washington this past week, the cheering for Dick Cheney, the sessions promoting “nullification” (the concept that states can opt out of federal laws, last heard from John C. Calhoun in the 1830s), and the angry rants about ACORN and homosexuality were a reminder that the idea that there is a “conservatism” that is measured, responsible, decent, and worthy of the word is a bit of a myth. As the historian Kevin Mattson showed in his 2008 book, Rebels All!, modern conservatism even in the era when William F. Buckley was founding National Review drew much of its energy from anger, mockery, and misinformation. This year the “tea party” movement has stirred up the old conservatives of CPAC (now in its 38th year) and given them a new confidence and passion. The tea-party strain which increasingly dominates the Republican Party represents the latest wave of right-wing populism to sweep the country — or, rather, the media...


Obama’s phony populism

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman


President Obama likes to portray himself as a man of the people. But a look behind the veil shows this to be a deception. Take the financial regulatory overhaul brewing in Washington. I know what you’re thinking: What could better illustrate Obama’s bona fides as a champion of the people? He wants to regulate the banking industry after the recent debacle and is being fought by the banks and the Republicans...


The Obama regime: Year one

Liberty Unbound
by Bruce Ramsey

Apart from Universal Healthcare, two other big changes were going to happen with Obama: a cap-and-trade program and an exit from Iraq. Neither happened in 2009. During the 2008 campaign, few noticed that Obama kept saying he favored an intensified war in Afghanistan. People were thinking more about Iraq. In 2009 he did what he said he would in Afghanistan. It turns out that Obama is not an antiwar president. His policy on the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan is different in detail from Bush and Cheney’s, but not fundamentally different in respect to the way in which libertarians think about it... (for publication 03/01)


The new rules of war

Foreign Policy
by John Arquilla

Every day, the U.S. military spends $1.75 billion, much of it on big ships, big guns, and big battalions that are not only not needed to win the wars of the present, but are sure to be the wrong approach to waging the wars of the future. In this, the ninth year of the first great conflict between nations and networks, America’s armed forces have failed, as militaries so often do, to adapt sufficiently to changed conditions, finding out the hard way that their enemies often remain a step ahead. The U.S. military floundered for years in Iraq, then proved itself unable to grasp the point, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that old-school surges of ground troops do not offer enduring solutions to new-style conflicts with networked adversaries.” (for publication 03/10)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


What's So Bad About Stimulus?


The Populism of the Privileged

By E.J. Dionne

And this must be the first "populist" movement ever driven by a television network: 63 percent of the tea party folks say they most watch Fox News "for information about politics and current events," compared with 23 percent of the country as a whole.


The Return of Christian Terrorism

By Mark Jurgensmeyer

The hostile right-wing political climate in this country has created the groundwork for a demonic new form of violence and terrorism.



The consequences of Washington's debt crisis


By Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.

If you thought Wall Street's debt crisis was traumatic, wait till you the see the consequences of Washington's debt crisis! Never before in history has a world power like the U.S. been so utterly buried in debt! And never before has that debt been financed so massively by foreign investors!


This Is Liberalism?

By David Michael Green

You gotta hand it to the agents of the regressive right for playing the weakest imaginable hand so well. I'm talking about the Lee Atwaters and Frank Luntzs of the world, who both understand human psychology (read fear) and are absolutely pitiless about employing it for purposes of assisting the rich and powerful in raping the rest of us.


'Large wave of foreclosures' ahead?

Mortgage financier Freddie Mac reported today that a record 4 percent of its borrowers are at least three months behind on their loans and in danger of foreclosure.


Foreclosure crisis hits affluent towns

The foreclosure auction was still an hour away, but potential buyers were already circling the Baird home, snapping photos with their Blackberries.


"Real" Unemployment Could Surge to 25%, Portfolio Manager Says

Lekas sees the headline unemployment rate rising to 10% in February and climbing to 15% or 16% by mid-year. Even more dire, he sees the "real" unemployment figure surging to 25%.


From Information Clearing House


The Senate's Reconcilable Differences

Sen. Bernie Sanders, In These Times: "The United States is in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the 1930's. Millions of Americans continue to lose their jobs, homes, life savings and ability to send their children to college. Since December of 2007, more than 7 million Americans have lost their jobs; a staggering 17.3 percent of the American workforce is either unemployed or under-employed, and over 6 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months, the highest on record."


It's Not the Budget Deficit; It's the Trade Deficit

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The Wall-Street-financed crew that is pushing to gut Social Security and Medicare is used to playing fast and loose with facts and logic to advance their agenda. Unfortunately, many of the reporters who cover these issues have little knowledge of economics, so they are often suckered."


Explain Something to Me: Fixing What's Wrong in Washington ... in Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com: "Explain something to me. In recent months, unless you were insensate, you couldn't help running across someone talking, writing, speaking, or pontificating about how busted government is in the United States. State governments are increasingly broke and getting broker. The federal government, while running up the red ink, is, as just about everyone declares, "paralyzed" and so incapable of acting intelligently on just about anything."


America's Public Debt: The Least of Our Worries

Mark Weisbrot, The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR): "Various political demagogues and Wall Street interests have mounted a campaign to convince Americans that despite persistent massive unemployment for the foreseeable future, more than 15 million people underwater on their home mortgages, and two unnecessary wars, what we really should be worried about is America's national debt."


A Titanic Budget in an Ocean of Icebergs: Will the USS Budget Go Down?

Jo Comerford, TomDispatch.com: "Send up a flare! The 2011 federal budget has sprung some leaks in the midst of a storm. Not sure there's enough money for life rafts! Forget women and children first! Buffeted by economic hard times, the 2,585-page, $3.8 trillion document is already taking on water, though this won't be obvious to you if you're reading the mainstream media."


Abandoned Foreclosures a Mounting Crisis in Florida

Robert Napper, The Bradenton Herald: "A mounting crisis created by the record number of foreclosures in Manatee County has hit Jeannette Traylor right where she lives: An abandoned foreclosed home has brought blight, crime and fear into her neighborhood."



The US Falls Into the Sovereign Debt Ring of Fire

The Fast Track to the End of the World as We Know It


Congress Knew More about CIA Rendition, Secret Detention, and Torture Than Previously Disclosed

Poland Admits Role in CIA Rendition Program

Rights Groups Present New Documents that Show Congress Knew More about CIA Rendition, Secret Detention, and Torture Than Previously Disclosed


Ron Paul: "Take out the CIA"


U.S.: CIA Briefed Congress on Renditions

By William Fisher

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) briefed members of Congress from both political parties numerous times about the agency's interrogation and detention programmes, several prominent human rights groups said.



Civilian Deaths Continue Unabated in Afghanistan



NATO Kills 27 Civilians in Afghanistan

By Associated Press

Reports indicated that NATO planes fired at a convoy of three vehicles, killing at least 27 people, including four women and a child, and injuring 12 others.


Afghanistan slams US-led forces as 27 civilian's killed

The Afghan cabinet condemned the killing of 27 civilians by US-led NATO forces in the south of Afghanistan, describing it as an "unjustifiable" act.


U.S. Ordered Afghan Strike That Killed 27 Civilians

The airstrike Sunday hit a group of minibuses in a remote part of the south near the border between Uruzgan and Daykundi provinces.


Kucinich Challenges Gates on Civilians Killed in Afghanistan

The buck doesn't appear to be stopping anywhere in Afghanistan.

Anger spreads on Marjah's front line

People in Marjah district in Helmand province, where a Western and Afghan military operation aims to oust the Taliban, say several civilians have been killed in addition to the 12 acknowledged by the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF. They also say the fighting has caused hunger because people cannot leave their homes to fetch food.


Pakistan warns US over Operation Moshtarak

Islamabad has criticized the US over the ongoing military offensive in neighboring Afghanistan, saying the anti-Taliban offensive could threaten the stability of Pakistan.


Gates Calls European Mood a Danger to Peace


Mr. Gates's blunt comments came just three days after the coalition government of the Netherlands collapsed in a dispute over keeping Dutch troops in Afghanistan. It now appears almost certain that most of the 2,000 Dutch troops there will be withdrawn this year. And polls show that the Afghanistan war has grown increasingly unpopular in nearly every European country.


Afghan survivors: Women waved scarves to try to stop NATO air attack

The military helicopters swooped in from behind the three-vehicle convoy as it wound through a remote road in southern Afghanistan, and survivors of last week's deadly attack said they had no idea they were in danger until the lead four-wheel drive vehicle exploded.


From Information Clearing House


The Debt Dominoes Are Falling



Liquidating the Empire



Ron Paul gets some respect

Bye Bye American Pie


Can the right and left work together to oppose war and empire?

by Kevin Zeese


This past weekend Voters for Peace sponsored a meeting of 40 people from across the political spectrum who oppose war and Empire. The people attending see the U.S. military as too big and too expensive and recognize spending $1 million to keep a soldier in Afghanistan for one year is a symptom of mistaken militarism that weakens U.S. economic and national security. The purpose of the meeting was to see if we could work together. Could we put aside our differences on other issues and focus on reducing American militarism and in the long run ending reliance on war?


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Complexity and Collapse

Empires on the Edge of Chaos

By Niall Ferguson

Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice.


Iranian rebel 'admits US links'

An alleged member of a Sunni Muslim group fighting the Iranian government has said in a televised confession that his group received help from the United States.


More Terrorist Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy

According to Bush, Cheney, and their cohorts, people in the Middle East were apparently either indifferent to all this death, destruction, and humiliation at the hands of the U.S. Empire or maybe even favored it.


From Information Clearing House


The Decline of the American Empire Remains a Movie for the CIA

Samir Amin, Marianne2: "'Economist Samir Amin deciphers the latest CIA report on the state of the world. He shows that intelligence agency experts still see a single view only: the American model's dominance. In this first part of two, Samir Amin describes the experts' capitalist blindness."



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