Mittwoch, 10. März 2010

Please call off the 2010 commercial seal slaughter

Boycott threat as 32ft mast gets nod

The Cornishman

He said: "I am sure Vodafone will say there is no evidence that mobile phone masts can have an adverse effect on health. "But that is because no one ...

Technocracy and the Global Elite

by Patrick Wood

Having studied and written about the global elite for 33 years, and in particular the Trilateral Commission, I still may have been misled by an elaborate system of smoke and mirrors. 1n 1973, when the Trilateral Commission was founded by Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Rockefeller, they claimed as their goal to create a "New International Economic Order.".....

Stop calling it a financial crisis

by Dean Baker


The politicians and the media continue to refer to the economic downturn as being the result of a financial crisis. This is wrong. We have 15 million people out of work because the housing bubble that drove the economy since the last recession finally burst. The financial crisis may have been good entertainment for those who like to see huge banks collapse, but it was a sidebar. The real story was the rise and demise of the housing bubble...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama habit of telling untruths

by Matt Welch

Here’s how predictable the president’s slippery relationship with the truth has become: Hours before the State of the Union address, Washington Examiner reporter Timothy P. Carney posted a ‘pre-emptive fact check’ that, among other things, prebutted any presidential claim to have ’stopped the revolving door between government and corporate lobbying.’ As it happened, that night Barack Obama made an even bolder (read: less truthful) claim: that ‘we’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs.’ In fact, more than 40 former lobbyists work in the administration, including such policy makers as Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn (who was lobbying for Raytheon as recently as 2008), Office of the First Lady Director of Policy and Projects Jocelyn Frye (National Partnership for Women and Families), White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Munoz (National Council of La Raza), and Treasury Secretary Chief of Staff Mark Patterson (Goldman Sachs)... (for publication 04/10)

Cindy Sheehan back on the barricades

USA Today


Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is restarting her campaign against wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today, setting up tents and teaching protest seminars near the Washington Monument. Dubbed ‘Camp OUT NOW,’ the protest is geared to pressure President Obama and Democrats, whom Sheehan says have abandoned the anti-war cause now that they have control of the White House and Congress. ‘Obama said there’d be one combat battalion coming home per month, and that has not happened,’ Sheehan says. ‘We still have significant troops in Iraq, and he’s ramped up in Afghanistan. I don’t think this is what people understood they were voting for. I think they were voting for a change’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Sheehan turning attention to Obama, camping out at Washington Monument

Her new coalition, Peace of the Action, is launching the Camp OUT NOW! tent city at the base of the Washington Monument next week in an effort to get President Barack Obama to pull troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan immediately.

From Information Clearing House


Sanders: Obama Has Tragically Lost the Youth, Antagonized Unions

Apologize now for the burden future generations will bear

Liberty For All
by Barry Fagin


First, you should apologize to your children. You should apologize to them because, if you’re my age, you came into the world when the national debt was about $100 billion. That was a lot of money back then, more than any generation had ever owed. But when your children came into the world, they inherited a national debt of around $3 trillion. That’s 30 times more, and it happened on your watch...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Obama’s Potemkin Afghanistan

by Justin Raimondo


Marjah, by all accounts appearing in the US media, is supposed to have been a city, or at least a major town. Described as containing some 80,000 inhabitants — and a bustling center of insurgent activity, a Taliban stronghold that had to be taken — Marjah was depicted as a rather large target, and our glorious ‘victory’ was therefore portrayed as a major triumph. The only problem with this narrative is that it bears no relation to reality. … this mighty offensive was launched, not against the Taliban, or al-Qaeda, but against the natural skepticism of the American people...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


US Forces Hold Afghans Back to 'Prove' Town Safe for Gates Visit

By Ron Brynaert

The picture of Marja presented by military officials and obediently reported by major news media is one of the clearest and most dramatic pieces of misinformation of the entire war, apparently aimed at hyping the offensive as a historic turning point in the conflict.

More Afghan Civilians Killed By US, NATO Forces Than Insurgents During Operation Moshtarak

According to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, U.S. and Allied forces have killed and injured more civilians than have the insurgents during Operation Moshtarak. Incredibly, the Pentagon continues to insist that this operation "protects the people."

Patrick Kennedy: Media Doing "Despicable" Job Covering Afghanistan

"There's two press people in this gallery," Kennedy yelled during a debate over an anti-war resolution. "We're talking about Eric Massa 24-7 on the TV, we're talking about war and peace, $3 billion, 1,000 lives and no press? No press."

From Information Clearing House

Lies the Government Told You

Propagandaoffensive für die Kopfpauschale

Wie aus einem Köderangebot von 140 Euro schnell 570 und mehr werden können.

"Da gibt es großen Missbrauch"

Jahr für Jahr verlieren Anleger in Deutschland Milliarden am Grauen Kapitalmarkt, einem deutschen Spezifikum. Ein Gespräch mit dem grünen Bundestagsabgeordneten Dr. Gerhard Schick.

Gesundheitsminister Rösler will die Arzneimittelkosten senken

Neu ist dieser Vorstoß nicht -und wohl auch von vorneherein zu klein angesetzt Populismus oder Patientenpolitik?

Wer soll's bezahlen?

Krankenversicherung für ALG-II-Empfänger.

Protest gegen die Kopfpauschale

Nadja Rakowitz vom Verein demokratischer Ärztinnen und Ärzte über die geplante Gesundheitsreform und die Ökonomisierung des Gesundheitswesens.


Privatliquidation? Zur Subsumtion des Gesundheitswesens unter das Kapital

„Angesichts der drohenden »Reformen« durch die schwarz-gelbe Regierung ist derzeit wieder viel von Privatisierung und Ökonomisierung des Gesundheitswesens die Rede. Dass »Gesundheit keine Ware« ist oder sein soll, behaupten und fordern auch viele – von attac über die Gewerkschaften, die Bundesärztekammer bis zum Verein demokratischer Ärztinnen und Ärzte. Begrifflich lassen alle diese Beschreibungen oder Forderungen zu wünschen übrig. Im Folgenden soll daher versucht werden, die Entwicklungen im Gesundheitswesen durch die Brille der Kritik der politischen Ökonomie zu betrachten, um zu prüfen, ob sich auf diese Weise ein genauerer Begriff der genannten Tendenzen entwickeln lässt…“ Artikel von Nadja Rakowitz

Siehe dazu auch: Diskussion > Wipo > GATS > Privatisierung und Widerstand: Gesundheitswesen

Kopfpauschale verstärkt Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich

„Die Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) warnt die Bundesregierung eindringlich vor der Einführung einer Kopfpauschale. „Eine Kopfpauschale schließt keine Gerechtigkeitslücken, sondern schafft noch mehr Ungerechtigkeit“, sagte ver.di-Bundesvorstandsmitglied Ellen Paschke anlässlich der ersten Sitzung der Regierungskommission zur Finanzierung im Gesundheitswesen am morgigen Mittwoch. Die Kopfpauschale bringe nicht einen Cent mehr in das Gesundheitswesen, sondern verstärke die Kluft zwischen Arm und Reich…“ Pressemitteilung vom 16.03.2010

Reform-Kommission Gesundheit

„Der DGB hat eine eigene Gesundheits-Reformkommission eingesetzt, die Vorschläge für ein "solidarisches Gesundheitssystem" erarbeiten soll. Der DGB setzt sich damit von den Plänen der Bundesregierung zur Einführung einer einkommensunabhängigen Gesundheitsprämie, einer "Kopfpauschale" ab, betonte DGB- Vorstandsmitglied Annelie Buntenbach. Mit dem DGB-Gegenmodell solle die solidarische Finanzierung der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung erhalten und gestärkt werden…“ DGB-Pressemitteilung vom 10.03.2010

Es geht auch anders. Ärztinnen und Ärzte protestieren gegen die Pläne von Dr. Rösler

Presseerklärung des vdää vom 16. März 2010 zur Kampagne gegen Dr. Röslers Rezepte

»Kopfpauschale ist Klientelpolitik für Wohlhabende«

Kampagne empfängt Regierungskommission zur Gesundheitsreform mit Protestaktion. Ein Gespräch mit Christine Borchers von Jana Frielinghaus in junge Welt vom 17.03.2010

Krankheit und Armut in der Sozialversicherung

Wer soll's bezahlen? Krankenversicherung für ALG-II-Empfänger

„Nach dem Karlsruher Urteil zu den Regelsätzen bei ALG II können diejenigen, die privat krankenversichert sind, Hoffnung schöpfen. Ihr bisher teilweise selbst zu leistender Krankenversicherungsbeitrag könnte als regelmäßiger Mehrbedarf anerkannt werden…“ Artikel von Twister (Bettina Winsemann) in telepolis 18.03.2010

Aus: LabourNet, 18. März 2010


29 € Kopfpauschale - Schwarz-gelber Gesundheits-»Hartz«

„Bislang nicht dementierte Pläne aus dem Gesundheitsministerium sehen ab
2011 eine »kleine« Kopfpauschale von monatlich 29 Euro vor. Die Zusatzbelastung der Mitglieder betrüge je nach Ausgestaltung zwischen acht bis 18 Milliarden Euro pro Jahr - je geringer das Einkommen, um so höher wäre die Belastung. Ein staatlicher Ausgleich soll diese Verwerfung glätten. Ergebnis wäre eine Art Gesundheits-»Hartz«, der rund ein Drittel der Bevölkerung einer regelmäßigen Einkommensprüfung unterzöge…“ Info-Grafik Sozialpolitik von Johannes Steffen vom 24. März 2010 (pdf)

Aus: LabourNet, 26. März 2010ösler

43% have less than $10k for retirement

Pound falls again on deficit fears

Sterling drops below $1.50 on warnings from ratings agency Fitch - January's trade gap nears £8bn adding to pressure on pound.

Former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson warns

"We're running out of time ... to prevent a true depression." He says unless we break Wall Street's "stranglehold" we will be unable prevent the Great Depression 2.

43% have less than $10k for retirement

The percentage of American workers with virtually no retirement savings grew for the third straight year, according to a survey released Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House

Bush is a War Criminal

Video Interview

A man named Splitting the Sky, tried to arrest former President George W. Bush for war crimes. He crossed police lines during President Bush's visit to Canada and was arrested. He now faces criminal charges in court, the trial began today, March 08, 2010.

Rove 'proud' of US waterboarding terror suspects

In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as "Bush's brain", said he "was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists".

From Information Clearing House


Sorry, Rove, Bush DID lie about Iraq

In These Times
by Robert Parry


George W. Bush’s political adviser Karl Rove claims ‘one of the biggest mistakes’ of that presidency was not aggressively challenging critics who charged that Bush ‘lied’ to the American people about the reasons for the Iraq War, an accusation that Rove insists was false and unfair. In his forthcoming book, Courage and Consequence, Rove calls the ‘lie’ charge ‘a poison-tipped dagger aimed at the heart of the Bush presidency’ and blames himself for ‘a weak response’ that underestimated ‘how damaging this assault was.’ But the problem with Rove’s account is that not only did Bush oversee the twisting of intelligence to justify invading Iraq in March 2003 but he subsequently lied — repeatedly — about how Iraq had responded to United Nations inspection demands...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Collapse of the American Empire: Swift, Silent, Certain

Historians warning of a sudden 'thief at night,' an 'accelerating car crash'

By Paul B. Farrell

Harvard's Niall Ferguson, one of the world's leading financial historians, echoes Diamond's warning: "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." Yes, America is on the edge.

Stumbling About In the Graveyard of Empires

By David Michael Green

Where is the public which, in a democracy, can control their government? Where are the fine American citizens, with their "Support the Troops" bumper-stickers cracked and fading on the back of their SUVs? Where are the great advocates of Christian morality, reading about cheek-turning in their bibles at night, and pouring out of churches on Sunday mornings? Where are they, indeed?


How Dare You Tell the Truth About the Empire

Who's Really Poor in America?

By Leo Hindery Jr.

At least 50 million people are ill-fed -- up from 37 million just a year ago -- including 17 million children. Hunger in America is now at an all-time high, and there are currently entire national geographic regions -- the very large 15-state 'South' being one of them -- where more than half of all public school students are poor and ill-fed.

Breaking Up The Middle East: Who Benefits?

Video Interview With Dr. Dahlia Wasfi

Are Americans defending U.S. national security, or the security of our colonial outpost in the Arab World?

Obama's Nuclear Dreams: Resurrecting a Noxious Industry

Joshua Frank and Jeffrey St. Clair, Truthout: "He may soon be called the nuclear industry's Golden Child. No president in the last three decades has put more taxpayer dollars behind atom power than Barack Obama. And there may be good reason why the president is salivating over the prospect of building new nuclear power plants around the country."

A Campaign Promise Dies: Obama and Military Commissions

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "The crowd at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, gathered to hear their candidate outline his grand strategy for a new way forward and Barack Obama delivered. 'I will reject a legal framework that does not work,' Obama said, his words slightly drowned out by the loud applause that erupted."

The Weakness of Empire

Obama Sabotages Himself with Fake 'Pragmatism'

Obama Administration a Year Behind on Scientific Integrity Plan


Reality Challenges the CIA, Part 2

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 the first part, Samir Amin described the experts' capitalist blindness. In this section, he describes how the CIA analysis fails to meet the challenges of the real world and the better world that is possible.


American Military: Trust in the Last Vestige of US Dominance

House Liberals Force Vote on Pullout From Afghanistan

Afghanistan Withdrawal Debate in Congress


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