Monday, 12. July 2010

Afghanistan is a Catastrophe

By Simon Jenkins

Our leaders would rather avoid embarrassment than be honest about the horrific futility of the wars we are fighting.

In an Afghan Hole? Dig Deeper

By Joel Bleifuss

Americans deserve to know how fighting a futile war makes their country safer.

Gesundheit ist ein politisches Problem

Nachricht von Dr. Joachim Mutter

GM Blight-resistant Potatoes: Who Needs Them?

Deutschland hat die Euro-Krise mitverursacht

EU und die Finanzkrise

"Deutschland hat die Euro-Krise mitverursacht". UN-Wirtschaftsexperte Heiner Flassbeck im

Nach Ansicht von Heiner Flassbeck, Chefökonom der UN-Organisation für Welthandel und Entwicklung, liegen die Ursachen für die Euro-Krise vor allem in Deutschland. Durch Rotstift und niedriges Lohnniveau drohe die Euro-Zone auseinanderzubrechen. Interview von Ulrich Reitz vom 06.07.2010,3672,8087395,00.html

Außer Kontrolle

„Das künftige "EU-Außenministerium" könnte ein schwer beeinflussbares und gefährliches Eigenleben entwickeln. Trotzdem gab das Europäische Parlament grünes Licht für die Megabehörde..“ Artikel von Uwe H. Sattler in telepolis vom 09.07.2010

Barroso: Umstürze im Süden Europas möglich

„Der EU-Kommissionspräsident warnt vor weitreichenden Folgen sozialer Proteste in Griechenland, Spanien und Portugal. Die Führung der Europäischen Union schließt vor dem Hintergrund der Eurokrise offenbar ein Ende der parlamentarischen Demokratien in mehreren südeuropäischen Staaten nicht aus. Von der deutschen Presse unbeachtet berichteten englisch- und spanischsprachige Medien unlängst über ein Treffen des Präsidenten der EU-Kommission, José Manuel Barroso, mit Gewerkschaftsführern. Bei der Zusammenkunft am 11. Juni habe der ehemalige portugiesische Ministerpräsident die Gewerkschaftsvertreter davor gewarnt, "dass diese Länder in ihrer demokratischen Gestaltung, wie wir sie derzeit kennen, verschwinden könnten". Die Gewerkschaftsvertreter seien von den drastischen Formulierungen des Präsidenten der EU-Kommission schockiert gewesen, schrieb der britische Journalist Jason Groves wenige Tage später in der Tageszeitung Daily Mail. Laut Groves seien von Barroso mehrere Möglichkeiten genannt worden, darunter Militärputsche und Umstürze…“ Artikel von Harald Neuber in telepolis vom 10.07.2010

Aus: LabourNet, 12. Juli 2010

Doctors Refuse To Use Swine Flu Vaccine

The long, slow flight from the US dollar

The Libertarian Standard
by Ryan McMaken


The new competition over reserve currency is interesting for more than its economics since it is an important political issue. The nation that can build up its own currency as a reserve currency will expand its ability to inflate and incur debt with less fear of inflation. The US has benefited from this situation for decades. As the Fed inflates to finance deficit spending and to “stimulate” consumer spending, dollars are eventually absorbed by foreign central banks, put in reserves and out of circulation. The United States has managed to stave off the effects of reckless money printing for decades thanks to the willingness of foreign investors and central banks to sit on dollars as a store of value. Now the demand for the dollar is fading away slowly...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

More power for the Fed

Campaign for Liberty
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)


Any legitimate objections to the audit proposal were addressed in the language of the motion to recommit. Thus, it is clear that the real reasons for opposing it are unstated and indefensible. The real reasons are that politicians like to spend money far exceeding income and it is convenient to have an enabler of this in the Federal Reserve. The easier it is for the Fed to create money, hidden from public view and accountability, the easier it is for politicians to spend that money and make sure their friends and interests are taken care of through shady political processes. The broader reasons for supporting this entire financial regulatory reform bill are just as sinister...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Can America afford an empire?

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


[I]f the deficit is to be eliminated it will have to be through dramatic budget cutting. In the current fiscal year the federal government is planning to spend $3.55 trillion. Among the largest categories of spending are Social Security (19.63 percent); unemployment/welfare/other ‘mandatory’ spending (16.13 percent); Medicare (12.79 percent); Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (8.19 percent); and interest on the national debt (4.63 percent). Of course I’ve left out a category, but it’s one often ignored by deficit hawks: the Department of Defense...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Fix the Economy?

By Mike Whitney

Fearmongering about the deficits is a political calculation to win elections and strangle popular social programs. It has no economic value.

US Deficit Reduction Painful, Commission Chiefs Warn

Eliminating mortgage interest deduction being considered

By Donna Smith

Restoring U.S. fiscal balance is going to be a painful process that mostly requires spending cuts, but also some tax increases, the leaders of President Barack Obama's deficit commission said on Wednesday.

US debt commission leaders paint gloomy picture

Yahoo! News


The heads of President Barack Obama’s national debt commission painted a gloomy picture Sunday as the United States struggles to get its spending under control. Republican Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles told a meeting of the National Governors Association that everything needs to be considered — including curtailing popular tax breaks, such as the home mortgage deduction, and instituting a financial trigger mechanism for gaining Medicare coverage. The nation’s total federal debt next year is expected to exceed $14 trillion — about $47,000 for every U.S. resident...

The worst of times, the best of times

by Alexander Cockburn


It’s the worst of times. America is plunging back into Depression. Only one out of every two Americans of working age has a job. Forty years ago that would have been okay. Dad went to the factory. Mom stayed at home to mind the kids. These days, just to keep the show on the road, mom and pop both work and the kids get daycare. … And yet … if not the best of times, you can hardly say that America is broke. It’s not. As Carl Ginsburg remarked on this site last week, ‘America is awash in cash. This is a very, very rich country with piles and piles of cash. Private US accounts today contain approximately $10 trillion in cash and liquid assets.’ … The problem is that the banks don’t want to put money out, because they think ordinary Americans are too broke to pay it back. Ordinary Americans agree. They’ve carried America forward through the past decade on the backs of their credit cards and they can’t totter another step. They’re out of juice...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order

Dirty War in Afghanistan

Addicted to the Warfare State


Welfare & warfare

Nolan Chart
by Jim Quinn


The real tragedy is that because of the fiscal irresponsibility of politicians and the Boomer generation, future generations of Americans will for the first time in U.S. history have a lower standard of living than their parents. The wealth of the nation has been frittered away by statists and war mongers. The current fiscal path of the country is unsustainable...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Der Deal von Obama

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