Saturday, 31. July 2010

Next-up News Nr 1379

- Référé contre les EHS: le jugement et les analyses
- Le Dauphiné Libéré: "les électro-sensibles devront quitter la forêt de Saoû"

SEC Lets Citi Executives Go Free After $40 Billion Subprime Lie

Zach Carter, AlterNet: "The SEC just hit two Citigroup executives with fines for concealing $40 billion in subprime mortgage debt from investors back in 2007. The biggest fine is going to Citi CFO Gary Crittenden, who will pay $100,000 to settle allegations that he screwed over his own investors. The year of the alleged wrongdoing, Crittenden took home $19.4 million. That's right. Crittenden will lose one-half of one percent of his income from the year he hid a quagmire of bailout-inducing insanity from his own investors. That's it. No indictment. No prison time. Crittenden doesn't even have to formally acknowledge any wrongdoing."

Verdi: Hartz IV-Bezieher in Hundehütten gedrängt

Auch die Gewerkschaften schlagen Alarm: Sollen Hartz IV Bezieher demnächst quasi in "Hundehütten" wohnen? Die Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft Verdi kritisiert die Planungen der schwarz-gelben Koalition, die Wohnungsgrößen für ALG II Bezieher massiv zu beschränken. Lesen Sie weiter:

Wohngeld - Kürzungen

Bundesbauminister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) wollte noch weitreichendere Wohngeld-Kürzungen, diese sind nun vom Tisch. Dennoch wird wie geplant der Heizkostenzuschuss beim Wohngeld gestrichen. Lesen Sie weiter:

Former Sri Lanka rebels 'abused in detention'

IMF Says U.S. Financial System May Need $76 Billion in Capital

US economy shows signs of slowdown as consumer spending falters

"Normally at this stage of the recovery we see confidence returning, but that just isn't happening at the moment. Instead we see anxiety about the future and the outlook for sub-trend growth," he said.

IMF Says U.S. Financial System May Need $76 Billion in Capital

The U.S. financial system remains fragile and banks subjected to additional economic stress might need as much as $76 billion in capital, according to the results of International Monetary Fund stress tests.

Homes keep falling into foreclosure as programs fail to help

In the first half of 2010, more than 1.6 million U.S. properties were hit with foreclosure filings, which include bank repossessions, default notices and auction sale notices.

From Information Clearing House

Army Suicides Reach One a Day; Epidemic Spreads to National Guard and Reserves

Thirty-two soldiers, including 11 in the Guard and Reserve, killed themselves last month, a rate of suicide not seen since the Vietnam War. Seven of the suicides took place in Iraq or Afghanistan.

From Information Clearing House

Newt Gingrich Suggests Attacking Rest Of 'Axis Of Evil'

By Jeremy Binckes

Former Speaker of the House twice called on the United States to attack North Korea and Iran because the United States has only attacked "one out of three" of so-called Axis of Evil" members by invading Iraq. He also claimed that Muslims are trying to install Sharia law on America and said that the "War on Terror" should have been a war on "radical Islamists" instead.

Exporting Death And Destruction

Obama Seeks to Expand Arms Exports

By Maggie Bridgeman

The United States is currently the world biggest weapons supplier - holding 30 per cent of the market - but the Obama administration has begun modifying export control regulations in hopes of enlarging the U.S. market share, according to U.S. officials.

Trends to Barbarism and Prospects for Socialism

By James Petras

Western societies and states are moving inexorably toward conditions resembling barbarism; structural changes are reversing decades of social welfare and subjecting labor, natural resources and the wealth of nations to raw exploitation, pillage and plunder, driving living standards downward and provoking unprecedented levels of discontent.


Newt Gingrich: A menace to society?

by Kelley B. Vlahos


While it sounds farcical, Gingrich’s usual demagoguery and naked opportunism has taken on an even more cynical and pernicious tone this time around. While it’s obvious it’s All About Newt and his lusting after the kind of pied piper eminence he enjoyed and squandered 20 years ago, his latest machinations — predicting an Islamist invasion and tyranny on par with 18th-century colonial oppression under King George III — plays on the darkest impulses coursing through the country today: fear, prejudice, xenophobia, and rage. As selfish as it is reckless, he had better be careful what he wishes for...

I guess it’s the singer, not the song

The Libertarian Standard
by William N. Grigg


[Newt] Gingrich may be history’s purest specimen of cynical political opportunism. As a recent Esquire profile makes clear, he doesn’t really believe in anything, other than his qualifications to tutor the rest of us. Like Lenin, Gingrich is adept at identifying and exploiting grievances — or creating them ex nihilo. He is many loathsome things, but ’stupid’ isn’t in that inventory. Gingrich knows that he’s spewing unfiltered nonsense about the ‘mosque at Ground Zero,’ and that he’s engendering hatred toward a moderate, establishment-centered Muslim cleric whose ‘radical’ views aren’t that different from his own...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


The Grinch Who Stole Conservatism

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Here's what Gingrich is looking at: he wants to see if the GOP makes significant gains in both houses of Congress in the November elections. If the GOP wins one house (especially if enough real conservatives win), I predict Gingrich will enter the race. So he can ride a conservative wave into the White House in 2012? No! So he can derail any potential conservative momentum that the Tea Parties might be able to create in this year's November elections. You see, Newt Gingrich is the Grinch Who Stole Conservatism from the GOP.........

Teure Bankenrettung

Die Studie der Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft schiebt erwartungsgemäß die Schuld dem Staat als schlechten Banker zu.


Banken im Test: Die Blamage geht weiter – Gesetzesverstöße sorgen für schlechte Noten

Die Qualität der Anlageberatung von Banken ist in den vergangenen Monaten noch schlechter geworden. Hauptgrund: Die meisten Kreditinstitute halten sich nicht immer an die gesetzlichen Vorgaben.


Einladung zur Aktionskonferenz 21. August 2010, Frankfurt/M.


Jahrelang strichen Banken und Konzerne Gewinne von 15-20 Prozent ein, ohne dass dieser Reichtum der Gesellschaft zu Gute kam. Dann führte der Banken-und Finanzsektor die Weltwirtschaft an den Rand eines Kreislaufkollapses. Die Krise ist weltweit. Für den größten Teil der Menschheit bedeutet sie schon lange Hunger, Unterdrückung und Krieg. Jetzt ist sie in den Metropolen angekommen.

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Von Resetknöpfen und Machtphantasien

Der Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) fordert unter anderem einen "Resetknopf" für das Internet. So sollen im Ernstfall "landesweite Netze vom Internet abgeklemmt werden" - aber wozu?

Die Anzeichen mehren sich, dass die USA wieder in die Rezession abstürzen könnte

Die Gefahr eines "Double-Dip" wächst

Protect Moscow’s Khimki Forest from Rampant Corruption

Obama breaks again promise to end war supplementals


The Missing Piece Meets the Big O

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "I've been trying to wrap my mind around the dispiriting sense of failure that seems to have enveloped the Obama administration on the eve of the November midterms. The right hates him because he won, because he's Black, and because he won.... The left is up in arms because he hasn't met the lofty goals set after his election, and because he's allowed himself to get rolled by the right and their corporate paymasters."


If President Obama carries on like this, he will be a lame duck

by Ted Abram


The president hasn’t grown into the job — all that’s needed to beat him is a serious Republican, says Simon Heffer in New York. Simon Heffer of the Daily Telegraph of England finds President Obama and his administration interested in their philosophical agenda at the expense of good governance. He writes: ‘This immediate proof of mismanagement adds to the cumulative feeling on so many other fronts that Mr. Obama and his team simply don’t understand governance’...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Rough justice in America

The US Government Is Broke

Crowding Out Our Future Wealth

Lost Billions in Iraq

Four More Years (or More) of War

What's Sadly Missing in Time's Afghan Cover


WikiLeaks: Who's Hiding What and Why


WikiLeaks Afghan War Diary Repercussions


Wikileaks: Our Weapon Shop of Isher

Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson


It’s too bad the Nobel Peace Prize went to a bloody-handed guy who’s waging two wars, instead of to people like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning who’ve weakened his ability to fight them. It’s impossible to overstate just how big this is. This is a giant leap forward for the kind of networked resistance I constantly advocate in this column: not lobbying or begging the state for permission, but bypassing it and treating it as irrelevant. This is a monumental contribution to the ability of free people to organize the kind of society they want here and now, below the state’s radar and beyond the reach of its enforcement apparatus...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

July Is Deadliest Month of Afghan War for US

Oil-Soaked Waste Worries Gulf Coast Landfills' Neighbors

Oil Industry Safety Record Blown Open

New Protest Song About BP Oil Spill in Gulf Coast

'Why Can't We Say No?' City Councilman Pushes Back Against Marcellus Drilling


Devastation: You Can Smell the Oil From a Helicopter and Birds are Frying!


The environmental devastation is now becoming more apparent, as is the human health hazard, courtesy of BP’s reckless use of toxic dispersants. Don’t go near the Gulf of Mexico without reading this first!


Despite Anger Over BP Spill, Washington Might Not Act on It

Shashank Bengali and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers: "Congress is considering stricter regulation of oil exploration, and the Obama administration has pledged to overhaul the disgraced federal agency that oversees oil drilling. Already, however, some of the toughest proposals are facing stiff opposition from Republicans and some Gulf Coast Democrats whose constituents rely on the oil industry for jobs."


Mainstream Media Helps BP Pretend There's No Oil

It's BP's job to whitewash this story and make it easier to indulge the desire to forget about the scope of the devastation, guys. Not the media's.

From Information Clearing House

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