Saturday, 28. August 2010

Our Weird and Wanton Wars

Jim McCluskey, Truthout: "Many citizens in Britain are puzzled. Why do we always seem to be at war? How can this come about? What does it mean? At the same time, we seem to think of ourselves as a peaceful nation. In seeking answers, let us list a few notable characteristics of our current wars."

http://www.truth-out.org/our-weird-and-wanton-wars62697



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Jim+McCluskey

Banks' Self-Dealing Super-Charged Financial Crisis

Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica: "Over the last two years of the housing bubble, Wall Street bankers perpetrated one of the greatest episodes of self-dealing in financial history. ... Faced with increasing difficulty in selling the mortgage-backed securities that had been among their most lucrative products, the banks hit on a solution that preserved their quarterly earnings and huge bonuses: They created fake demand."

http://www.truth-out.org/banks-self-dealing-super-charged-financial-crisis62749



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=financial+crisis
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Wall+Street
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Big+Banks
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=bubble
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=housing
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=mortgage
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=bonus
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Jake+Bernstein
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Jesse+Eisinger

Zündstoff für die aktuelle Diskussion um die Hartz IV-Regelsätze

Vorveröffentlichung aus Brigitte Vallenthins Buch: „realitätsgerechte“ Regelsätze entsprechend Bundesverfassungsgerichts-Vorgaben.

„Ursula von der Leyen gesteht erneut, wie wenig sie von Grundgesetz und Bundesverfassungsgericht hält,“ stellt Hartz4-Plattform Sprecherin Brigitte Vallenthin gegenüber dem Informationsportal „gegen-hartz.de“ fest, „wenn sie das von den Verfassungsrichtern im Urteil vom 09. Februar eindeutig als „materielle Voraussetzungen“ bezeichnete „Grundrecht eines menschenwürdigen Existenzminimums“ schon jetzt auf Chipkarten-Almosen herunter rechnet. Lesen Sie den ganzen Artikel:

http://www.gegen-hartz.de/nachrichtenueberhartziv/zuendstoff-um-hartz-iv-regelsaetze-1898.php

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Von der Ruine zum Schnäppchenobjekt für Bastler

Hartz IV soll einen neuen Namen erhalten, wenn es nach der Bundesarbeitsministerin geht. Aber das geht nicht weit genug. Mehr "Umbauten" wären dringend notwendig.

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/5/148379



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Hartz+IV
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Regelsatz
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Existenzminimum
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=von+der+Leyen
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Schwarz-Gelb

Warhogs, a History of War Profits in America

Calling Them Out: War Profiteer Steven R. Loranger

Nick Mottern, Truthout: "War profiteering is defined by Stuart Brandes in his book 'Warhogs, a History of War Profits in America,' as 'a gain in economic well-being obtained as a result of military conflict.' As he shows, there is a long history of war profiteering in the United States and an equally long history of public disgust for it. One of the most quoted expressions of this disgust came from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in World War II: 'I don't want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster.'"

http://www.truth-out.org/war-profiteers-corner-steven-r-loranger62704



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=war+profiteer
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Steven+R.+Loranger
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Nick+Mottern

Zwölf Millionen von Armut bedroht

Würde der Staat nicht mit Sozialleistungen eingreifen, wäre fast jeder vierte in Deutschland "armutsgefährdet".

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/148276

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Jeder zweite Erwerbslose von Armut bedroht

Obwohl die Konjunktur langsam wieder anzieht und die Arbeitslosenzahlen den niedrigsten Stand seit Jahren erreicht haben, sind in Deutschland immer mehr Menschen von Armut bedroht. Arm ist nach Definition der EU, wer mit weniger als 60 Prozent des mittleren Einkommens der Bevölkerung auskommen muss. Demnach lag die Armutsgefährdungsschwelle 2009 in Deutschland bei monatlich 801,- Euro für Einpersonenhaushalten und 1683,- Euro für Familienhaushalten mit zwei Kindern unter 14 Jahren, so die Angaben des Statistischen Bundesamtes. Lesen Sie weiter:

http://www.gegen-hartz.de/nachrichtenueberhartziv/jeder-zweite-erwerbslose-von-armut-bedroht-0991.php



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Armut
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Erwerbslos
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Arbeitslos

Die Regierung Karsai und die Payroll der CIA

Von vielen Seiten soll Geld in Milliardenhöhe zur afghanischen Regierung strömen und nach Dubai exportiert werden - und mittendrin sitzt der amerikanische Geheimdienst.

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/148277



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Afghanistan
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Karsai
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Karzai
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Central+Intelligence+Agency

Niedersächsischer CDU-Innenminister will eine "Heimatschutzpflicht" einführen

Derzeit sprudeln die Ideen, wie man Zivil- und Wehrdienst umwandeln könnte, Schünemann will einen "Wahlpflichtdienst" für Männer, um verfassungsrechtliche Hürden zu umgehen.

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/8/148278



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=CDU
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Schwarz-Gelb

The Great Deleveraging Lie

http://www.lewrockwell.com/quinn/quinn36.1.html



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Jim+Quinn
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=/quinn

'Moral Hazard' in Politics

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell17.1.html



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=/sowell

US troops complain Afghan war 'doesn't make sense'

http://www.ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/9903/

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Afghanistan

PowerPoints 'R' Us

By Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D., is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve

I have been assigned as a staff officer to a headquarters in Afghanistan for about two months. During that time, I have not done anything productive. Fortunately little of substance is really done here, but that is a task we do well.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26263.htm



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Afghanistan

Collapse of ancient Ellesmere ice shelf stuns scientists

The breakup points to the profound change underway in the Arctic and the accelerating loss of a unique and "majestic" part of Canada's landscape, says John England, University of Alberta earth scientist.

http://bit.ly/9HxlTO


From Information Clearing House

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US Climate Bill Is Dead While So Much Life on Our Earth Continues to Perish

Subhankar Banerjee, Climate StoryTellers: "Consider for a moment the top two carbon sinks of our planet. Oceans absorb more than 25 percent of the CO2 humans put in the air, and forests absorb almost the same amount. By doing so, our forests and oceans together make living possible on this earth for life as we know it now. All of that is changing rapidly and for the worse."

http://www.truth-out.org/us-climate-bill-is-dead-while-so-much-life-on-our-earth-continues-to-perish62713

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Arctic Ice in Death Spiral
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/09/20-2



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Arctic
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Subhankar+Banerjee
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Stephen+Leahy

Fort Carson soldiers' killing spree after Iraq combat

Seventeen US soldiers from a Colorado military base who mostly served in Iraq have been linked to violent killings and attempted killings since their return to US soil.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11057430



US soldiers back from Iraq made 'America safer': Obama

US President Barack Obama in a YouTube message on Friday thanked US troops back from Iraq for their "dedication" and "courage" that "has made America safer."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100827/pl_afp/iraqusmilitarypulloutobama



More like 1.5 million civilians killed: Iraq war inquiry 'ignoring 100,000 civilian deaths'

The official inquiry into the Iraq war has been accused of ignoring the deaths of the estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilians who have been killed since the 2003 invasion.

http://bit.ly/cD76hr


From Information Clearing House

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How much is an Iraqi life worth?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

09/07/10

One of the most morally obscene aspects of the Iraq War has been the cost-benefit analysis in which war proponents claim that the war has been worth the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people killed in the operation. Since the U.S. government has brought democracy to Iraq, the argument goes, the deaths of countless Iraqi people, while regrettable, has been worth it...

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-09-07.asp


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Obama
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=civilian+deaths
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Jacob+G.+Hornberger

NATO kills 6 Afghan children

'Six children were killed by NATO warplanes in Kunur province Thursday while they were collecting scrap metal in a mountainous area when aircraft dropped bombs,' provincial police chief Khalilullah Ziayee said.

http://bit.ly/ad1J2M


From Information Clearing House



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Afghanistan
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=civilian+deaths

Psywar: The Real Battlefield is the Mind

Video Documentary

This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the "elitist theory of democracy" and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26259.htm



http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=elitist
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=propaganda

The War on Democracy

Video By John Pilger

"The film tells a universal story," says Pilger, "analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror".

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18236.htm



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Global+War+on+Terror
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=John+Pilger

Obama Boxed In by Generals on Afghanistan

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27

Should the Senate Fund 'Enduring' U.S. Military Bases in Afghanistan?
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-0



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Obama
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Afghanistan
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=military+bases
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Ray+McGovern
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Robert+Naiman

Monsanto in Gates' Clothing? The Emperor's New GMOs

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-1



http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=Monsanto
http://sharenews.twoday.net/search?q=GMOs
http://freepage.twoday.net/search?q=Eric+Holt+Gimenez

Factory Farms Make You Sick

Let Us Count the Ways
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-7

Reduce Antibiotic Use in Food Animal Production
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/08/27-3



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