Mittwoch, 28. April 2010

Wake The President

By Simon Johnson

Most days we can coast along, confident that tomorrow will be much like yesterday. On a very few days we need to look hard at the news headlines, click through to read the whole story, and then completely change a large chunk of how we thought the world worked. Today is such a day.

Frauds And Scandals Follow The Collapse Of The Financial System

By Bob Chapman

As the world faces an ongoing sovereign debt debacle we see an attempt to defuse an oncoming scandal involving Goldman Sachs, Paulson and perhaps others.

Carl Levin vs. Lloyd Blankfein: "How much of that shi**y deal did you sell to your clients?"


Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was grilling Goldman Sachs executive Dan Sparks during a hearing by the Senate panel investigating the causes of the nation's financial crisis.

The Big Six Banks are Shorting the American Dream

By Jerry Mazza

Financial regulators are not enough to deal with the Big Six banks, whose employees are very smart people, very hungry for financial opportunity, legit or not legit. Thus, very often regulators are sucked into large investment banks or affiliated financial institutions like the distinguished Michael Oxley, co-author of the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Oxley has joined the financial industry, along with some 124 former other members of Congress and their aides.

Flu Vaccine Pronounced Not Only Deadly But Useless Too

Why Americans Are So Lonely

By Bill McKibben

Access to cheap energy made us rich, wrecked our climate, and made us the first people on earth who had no practical need of our neighbors -- that has to change.

Stop Brazil from building a large dam in the Amazon

Please, the campaign to stop Brazil from building a large dam in the Amazon needs more participation. Please if you missed this over the weekend, send it now!

For Earth, gb



Brazil's Proposed Belo Monte Dam Damns Amazonian Rainforests and Peoples

By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet April 25, 2010


The Brazilian government continues with plans to build the massive Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon rainforest, despite massive domestic and international opposition. The 11.2 billion dollar dam will flood an estimated 500 square kilometers of the Amazon rainforest and threaten the survival of tens of thousands of indigenous and traditional peoples who depend on the Xingu River for their livelihoods. The Kayapó leader Raoni Metuktire, who gained international exposure touring the world with Sting, said indigenous men from the Xingu were preparing their bows and arrows in order to fight off the dam. "I think that today the war is about to start once more and the Indians will be forced to kill the white men again so they leave our lands alone.”


The Real War Reporters

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "A good friend noted recently how little we hear of Iraq and Afghanistan in the news anymore, and further noted the deafening silence regarding those ongoing wars from what he described as 'dishwater left-leaning political activists' whose disengagement from the issue, according to him, makes them full of something I can't repeat in print. That bogus disengagement, he asserts, stems from the fact that Obama is in office now, so everything must be OK."

Profit hat Priorität

Öl-Katastrophe im Golf von Mexiko: Den beteiligten Firmen werden Fahrlässigkeit und mangelndes Interesse an Sicherheitsvorkehrungen vorgeworfen.

Präzisionswaffen für die "saubere" Kriegsführung

Der Hang zu Präzisionswaffen für die "saubere" Kriegsführung

In Afghanistan soll die CIA bereits für Drohnenangriffe kleinere und präzisere Raketen einsetzen, auch das Konzept für den Prompt Global Strike setzt auf präzise Vernichtung oder gezielte Tötung.

Wenn US-Soldaten zu Veteranen werden, wächst für sie die Gefahr

Jeden Tag töten sich 18 Veteranen.

Wall Street Reform: A Big Flop for the Big Lie Strategy?

Lottery Economy


The Importance of Getting Wall Street Out of Washington, and Washington Out of Wall Street

Robert Reich, "Washington's relationship with Wall Street is growing more schizophrenic by the day. On the one hand, Congress is trying to show how tough it can be on the financial sector by enacting a law ostensibly designed to prevent another near-meltdown and taxpayer-supported bailout. As the mid-term election looms, a staggering number of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, and most Americans blame Wall Street (whose top bankers are raking in almost as much money as they did before the crisis)."

Could Financial Reform Curb Wall Street?


Rose Aguilar, Your Call: "Will the financial reform plan that's currently on the table prevent another economic crisis? On the next Your Call, we'll continue our Agenda for a New Economy series by looking at financial reform. Will it fundamentally change the way Wall Street operates? Will it end bank bailouts? What laws do you think should be put in place to protect citizens? Is it even possible to get a good bill with Wall Street and Washington so closely aligned?"

Financial Reform: Will We Feel Better the Morning After?

Dean Baker, Truthout: "The financial reform bills being considered by Congress will lead to a better-regulated financial system, most importantly by creating a consumer protection agency that will prevent some of the worst abuses of the last decade. However, no serious person can claim that the bills passed by the House or coming out of the Senate Banking Committee will prevent future crises."

Plunder or Enterprise: The World's Choice

To Peg or Not to Peg?

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