Samstag, 17. April 2010

Crocodile Tears on Wall Street

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Truthout: "With all due respect, we can only wish those Tea Party activists who gathered in Washington and other cities this week weren't so single-minded about just who's responsible for all their troubles, real and imagined.... If they thought this through, they'd be joining forces with other grassroots Americans who in the coming weeks will be demonstrating in Washington and other cities against High Finance, taking on Wall Street and the country's biggest banks.

FDP-Politiker wollen keine Konten in der Schweiz haben

Das Nachrichtenmagazin Focus hatte die Information zugespielt bekommen, dass sich vier bekannte Namen auf einer CD mit "Steuersünderdaten" befinden würden.

Nach dem Tod von vier deutschen Soldaten in Afghanistan hält sich die Kanzlerin an Standardantworten fest

"Wir müssen diesen Einsatz fortführen"

No Place to Fight a War

Eugene Robinson: "The Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan was a transit route and occasional haven for insurgents, so US commanders decided to drive out the enemy and turn the local villagers into allies. That was in 2005. By this week, after five years of intense combat that cost 42 American lives, US troops had fought their way halfway down the steep-sided, heavily forested valley - which is just six miles long."

Preventing Another Wall Street Bailout Requires Capping the Size of Its Big Banks

Robert Reich, "The best way for Senate Dems and the White House to respond to the Republican charge that the Dem plan for financial reform doesn't go far enough to prevent another bailout is to call their bluff - and simultaneously do what's necessary to avoid another bailout: Cap the size of big banks, as the UK is close to doing for its big banks."

The Whistleblower They Ignored

Robert Scheer, Truthout: "There aren't too many genuine heroes to come out of the banking disaster, but Armando Falcon is one of them. You have probably never heard of him, but his testimony Friday before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is must reading for anyone trying to figure out why U.S. taxpayers had to bail out companies to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars."

America and the Dictators

Ron Paul Can Be President

Obama's Presidential Corruption Has Become SOP for Americans

How Financial Reporters Create Illusion to Cover Up Wall Street's Scams

The corporate media's job is to sell confidence on Wall Street's numbers, rather than tempered or even depressed expectations, no matter how realistic they may be.

U.S. Cities In Free Fall

Cities in the "Sand States" of Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada, where overbuilding was rampant, are also in trouble, claiming nine of the top 10 spots in our list of cities in free fall. In Las Vegas, Riverside, Calif., and Phoenix, median home prices have fallen 50%, 44% and 37% from their respective peaks. Jobs are vanishing.

Foreclosure activity up sharply despite loan modification program

Banks were beginning to repossess properties at a faster clip despite the Obama administration's push to help borrowers.

California's unemployment rate hits high of 12.6%

California's unemployment rate reached a new high in March, hitting 12.6%, bolstering fears that unemployment will remain a persistent problem through at least the end of the year. The unemployment rate in February was 12.5%.

Lobbyists and Lawmakers Bond During Springsteen Concerts

DeFazio's aerie came with 18 tickets and a wet bar, televisions and a private bathroom. His campaign rented it for $2,220 from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), whose legislative agenda focuses heavily on the highway matters that pass before DeFazio's subcommittee.

Miami Beach cops are paid up to $225K and face lawsuits galore

Maybe he has pulled you over. Maybe you have passed him at CVS, where until recently he worked late-night shifts. You probably don't remember him. But Chorens has secrets. For one, he's rich. In 2008, he pulled in$175,651.84.

Why Sharks Should Not Own Sport

By John Pilger

The Corporate Distortion and Corruption of Sport.

From Information Clearing House


Democrats Haunted by Corporate Ties

U.S. Military Expands in Latin America

Following a cooperation deal with Colombia last year, the United States military this week announced plans to further expand its influence throughout Latin America, using agreements with various governments including Brazil and Peru.

From Information Clearing House

Afghans 'abused at secret prison' at Bagram airbase

Afghan prisoners are being abused in a "secret jail" at Bagram airbase, according to nine witnesses whose stories the BBC has documented. The abuses are all said to have taken place since US President Barack Obama was elected, promising to end torture.

From Information Clearing House


Inviting Torture to Appease the Right Wing

Shahid Buttar, Truthout: "On Friday, the administration conceded yet another political defeat by withdrawing the nomination of Dawn Johnsen, Obama's first nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel - the government agency made infamous by the likes of John Yoo, Jay Bybee, and other lawyers who authorized torture under the Bush administration."


Johnsen, Constitution Both Denied Role in Obama Administration

Contractor Deaths Accelerating in Afghanistan as They Outnumber Soldiers

The Pentagon reported 107,292 U.S.-hired civilian workers in Afghanistan as of February 2010, when there were about 78,000 soldiers. This is apparently the first time that contractors have exceeded soldiers by such a large margin.

U.S. doubles anti-Taliban special forces

The Pentagon has increased its use of the military's most elite special operations teams in Afghanistan, more than doubling the number of the highly trained teams assigned to hunt down Taliban leaders, according to senior officials.,0,5221105.story

US military escalates its dirty war in Afghanistan

The New York Times reported Sunday that American special forces units are operating in and around the Afghan city of Kandahar, assassinating or capturing alleged leaders and militants of the Taliban resistance ahead of the major US-NATO offensive scheduled for June.

From Information Clearing House


Senators Call For Changes to Troubled Afghan Police Training Program

Ryan Knutson, ProPublica: "State and Defense department officials took a tongue-lashing today, trying to explain to a Senate subcommittee how the government has poured $6 billion since 2002 into building an effective Afghan police force with disastrous results."

The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

Making A Killing?

A Documentary - Video

Documentary rips the mask off psychotropic drugging and exposes a brutal but well-entrenched money-making machine.

Can US Dollar Remain World's Currency?

By Real News

US dollar as world's reserve currency is great if you own a bank; not much good for Main Street.

What Do We Get For Our US Tax Dollars?

By Steven Hill

We like to think of Europeans as poor overtaxed serfs but the benefits they receive show the shortcomings of the US system.

Housing Crash Update: There's A World of Pain Ahead

By Mike Whitney

8 million homeowners are behind on their payments! And, that's not all; mortgage applications dropped 9.6 per cent last week while the Refinance Index (refis) fell 9 per cent in the same period. So, mortgage apps are down even though the Firsttime Homebuyer Tax Credit is still in effect (it ends in two weeks) and, even though this is the "peak season" for home sales.


Short the delusion

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Doug French


Ask the average guy on the street — Main or Wall — about what caused the meltdown on Wall Street in 2008, and you might get ‘greed,’ or ‘arrogance,’ or ‘too much leverage,’ or ‘too little regulation,’ or a blank stare. After all, the arcane world of mortgage securities was new. After the dot-com bust, Wall Street needed products to make money on. And with middle Americans figuring they could collectively get rich just by taking title to a home with no money down and watching the value climb to the heavens (extracting money to maintain their lifestyles along the way), well, that’s what Wall Street’s all about: something for nothing...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Recovering From Empathy

By Robert C. Koehler

I remain stuck, churning in my own outrage and despair just as I have -- and so many millions of Americans have -- since the war on terror was launched amid all its lies and cowardly righteousness in 2001. For God's sake, we're killing people. We're doing so in large numbers, with high-tech savagery. We aren't even defending ourselves.

Withdraw Your Consent?

By James Ostrowski

The American people hold the keys to their own jail cells between their ears and can leave the prison of tyranny any time a sufficient number of them choose to be free.


A dash of tyranny

Campaign For Liberty
by Stephanie Murphy


Eighty years ago, the British colonial government of India imposed strict controls on the manufacturing and sale of salt, inspiring Gandhi and thousands of others to participate in the salt satyagraha. Now, it appears that salt has once again become an implement of control — this time, to be used by the American government against the people...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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