Donnerstag, 27. Mai 2010

Mr. President, defend America

Huffington Post
by Dylan Ratigan


The only thing more blatant than the fraud and corruption that is killing our country is our current leaders’ unwillingness to stop it. Now, as we are faced with the unspeakable damage from both the Gulf oil spill and the financial crisis, our leaders still insist that the best people to deal with the aftermath are the very people who caused it in the first place. … This kind of bizarre ignorance of incentives is now displayed by our current president, who often appears to think that government works best when it is subservient to corporations under even the most dubious circumstances. So far, it seems like the only entrenched power that our president is interested in fighting was the Democratic Party machine that wanted him to wait his turn back in the primaries...

Preventing the Civil War

by David Friedman


Imagine that someone in our future is equipped with a device capable of delivering packages to the past. He makes a list of thirty or forty of the most influential people in the U.S. as of (say) the 1850’s, prepares for each a package of history books, and delivers the package to the recipient’s desk a week or two before some prominent natural event, such as an earthquake or eruption, is due to occur. Each package includes a dozen identical color photographs and a cover letter. The letter predicts in detail the event about to occur and explains that the package is being sent in the hope of preventing a very bloody war. The photographs could not have been produced with mid-19th century technology; the hope is that they plus the prediction will be enough to persuade at least some of the recipients that the package really is from the future. What happens?

Fouling the Gulf and much more

by Steve Chapman


Every crisis is an opportunity for someone. The giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one for both Democrats and Republicans, who are shaping the same facts to fit very different narratives. Democrats see it as an example of the dangers of petroleum addiction and unchecked capitalism. Republicans think it shows the administration is proving both its excessively cozy relationship with Big Oil and its chronic ineptitude. But they may both miss the larger vein of popular sentiment that this mammoth catastrophe taps. It’s one of a series of horrifying, infuriating, and preventable debacles that has served to spread disillusionment and disgust with important institutions...

Ten things you need (but don’t want) to know about the BP oil spill

by Daniela Perdomo


How the owner of the exploded oil rig has made $270 million off the disaster, and nine other shocking, depressing facts about the oil spill...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Ron Paul: Inside Sources Told Me Fed Is Panicking At Mass Awakening

Congressman: "We are still fighting," to add stronger provisions to watered down legislation

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Appearing on The Alex Jones Show yesterday, Congressman Ron Paul revealed that through his inside sources he had learned that the people who control the Federal Reserve are panicking about the fact that Americans are waking up to the fact that the U.S. is controlled by the central bank.


The American Century Is So Over

Dilip Hiro, "Irrespective of their politics, flawed leaders share a common trait. They generally remain remarkably oblivious to the harm they do to the nation they lead. George W. Bush is a salient recent example, as is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. When it comes to foreign policy, we are now witnessing a similar phenomenon at the Obama White House."


In the Gulf is 'the earth in tears: a tragic sound'


New, giant sea oil plume seen in Gulf

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

From Information Clearing House

Afghanistan: The case for negotiations

In These Times
by Gilles Dorronsoro


The coalition’s strategy in Afghanistan is at an impasse. The renewed efforts undertaken since the summer of 2009 have failed to temper the guerrilla war. A few tactical successes are possible, but this war cannot be won. The coalition cannot defeat the Taliban as long as Pakistan continues to offer them sanctuary. And increasing resources to wage the war is not an option. The costs of continuing the war — to use Ambassador Karl Eikenberry’s expression in the leaked telegram to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — are ‘astronomical’...

War in Afghanistan set to outlast Vietnam

USA Today


Three months after 9/11, every major Taliban city in Afghanistan had fallen — first Mazar-i-Sharif, then Kabul, finally Kandahar. Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar were on the run. It looked as if the war was over, and the Americans and their Afghan allies had won. Butch Ivie, then a school administrator in Winfield, Ala., remembers: ‘We thought we’d soon have it tied up in a neat little bag.’ But bin Laden and Omar eluded capture. The Taliban regrouped. Today, Kandahar again is up for grabs. And Afghanistan soon will pass Vietnam as America’s longest war...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Money in Politics: Has Anything Changed Since the Days of Jack Abramoff?

Rose Aguilar, Your Call: "After spending four years in a minimum security prison, the convicted Washington lobbyists Jack Abramoff is scheduled to go to a halfway house next month. The former B-movie filmmaker, anti-communist, college Republican became a powerful lobbyist in 1994. He had strong ties with then House majority leader Tom DeLay, Republican Karl Rove, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, and the Christian Coalition's former head Ralph Reed."

Palin the Obfuscator

Ruth Marcus: "Has Sarah Palin learned anything since she was plucked from obscurity almost two years ago? Not that I can tell. It was not Palin's fault that she was woefully unprepared to be the Republican vice presidential nominee. For that one, blame the petulant, impetuous John McCain."

More Parents Say No to Vaccinations for Their Children

Is the U.S. Government Planning War to Quell the Tide of Economic Unrest?

Obama’s Rogue Empire

Warning: Crash Dead Ahead

Oil Regulation a Broken System

Oil Follies in the Arctic

Controversial Salazar 'Moratorium' on Gulf Drilling Was Only Verbal

Congressional Oversight of MMS Needed to Ensure Proper BP Atlantis Investigation

Congressman Dennis Kucinich: Why Do We Distance Ourselves from the Oil Disaster?

Latest Attempt to Stop Oil Gusher

Trusting the Scorpion: BP, the Legacy of Republican Hypocrisy and Democratic Cowardice

BP CEO Supports a Boycott?

Center for Biological Diversity Response to President Obama’s Gulf Disaster Speech: Temporary Suspension of Arctic Drilling Positive Step, But Permanent Protection of Arctic, Other Offshore Areas Needed

Firing of MMS Head Is Damage Control, Not Real Reform

Live Coverage from BP's Oil Volcano


After Long Argument, BP Official Made Fatal Decision on Drilling Rig

Erika Bolstad, Joseph Goodman and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers: "Company executives and top drill hands on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig argued for hours about how to proceed before a BP official made the decision to remove heavy drilling fluid from the well and replace it with lighter weight seawater that was unable to prevent gas from surging to the surface and exploding."

How BP Will Make Out Like Bandits From Its Massive, Still Gushing Oil Disaster

Zach Carter, AlterNet: "You've got to hand it to BP. After witnessing the Great Financial Crash of 2008, it seemed like it would be decades before any corporation could eclipse Wall Street's reckless rush to place its own short-term profits ahead of the public interest. But the epic drilling disaster off the Louisiana coast demonstrates that many of the problems that wrecked Wall Street are deeply embedded in other sectors of the American economy."

BPing the Arctic? Will the Obama Administration Allow Shell Oil to Do to Arctic Waters What BP Did to the Gulf?

Subhankar Banerjee, TomDispatch: "Bear with me. I'll get to the oil. But first you have to understand where I've been and where you undoubtedly won't go, but Shell's drilling rigs surely will - unless someone stops them. Over the last decade, I've come to know Arctic Alaska about as intimately as a photographer can."

BP: Obama's Do-Nothing "Root Causes" Commission

Max Ajl, Truthout: "Obama had this frozen, robotic expression on his face when he announced that he'd put his signature on the executive order establishing the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. He looked a bit like he'd been replaced with an animatronic doll, one programmed to speak very eloquently and say precisely nothing. Obama's commission is supposed to carry out a six-month investigation into the reasons underlying the explosion of the Deepwater Horizons offshore drilling rig. Securely informed and enlightened by such knowledge, the United States will be able to 'prevent and mitigate the impact of any spills that result from offshore drilling.'"

Screw the Environment: BP and the Audacity of Corporate Greed

Dave Lindorff, Truthout: "Even as BP's blown well a mile beneath the surface in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gush forth an estimated 70,000 barrels of oil a day into the sea, and the fragile wetlands along the Gulf begin to get coated with crude, which is also headed into the Gulf Stream for a trip past the Everglades and on up the East Coast, the company is demanding that Canada lift its tight rules for drilling in the icy Beaufort Sea portion of the Arctic Ocean."

This Modern Life

Award-winning political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow focuses on the hypocrisy of politics in regulating corporations such as BP.


Permanent destruction of Louisiana marshland

Obama's Border Plan Looks Similar to Bush's

US-Staatsschulden steigen über 13 Billionen Dollar

Die Staatsverschuldung liegt bei 90 Prozent des BIP.

Die Minister bitten zur Kasse

Wolfgang Schäuble sieht zusammen mit Ursula von der Leyen "erheblichen Spielraum" für Einsparungen bei den sozialen Sicherungssystemen, aber wenig Hoffnung für die Einführung einer Finanztransaktionssteuer auf internationaler Ebene.

Deutschland: Mehr Auswanderer als Zuwanderer

Die neuen Zahlen des statistischen Bundesamts weisen nach wie vor ein "Wanderungsdefizit" aus.


Die Finanztransaktionssteueräuble


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