Wednesday, 8. September 2010

Genetically Modified China

Is Defaulting on the National Debt on the Table?

Dean Baker, Truthout: "In an interview last week, Rep. Chris Van Hoellen, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, persistently refused to take cuts to Social Security off the table. He said that President Obama's deficit commission would make its report after the election and that the Democratic leadership could not say before seeing it that a plan that includes cuts to Social Security was unacceptable. If there is some principle at stake here, it is not one that the vast majority of the America people share. Social Security is a hugely popular and successful program. The vast majority of retirees depend on Social Security for the bulk of their income."


Worse than Europe

John Stossel's Take
by John Stossel


Union protesters, angry over government spending cuts, shut down transportation in France and England today. … Non-socialist parties now control both the French and the UK governments, and they seem to be getting serious about budget deficits. … The ironic thing is that the US government is in a worse financial situation than those countries, but it spends more than ever...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Racialized Memories and Class Identities - Thinking About Glenn Beck's and Rush Limbaugh's America

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "Echoes of racism now present themselves in multiple forms and are spreading across the country like a highly contagious virus. This is obvious in terms of a racist cultural pedagogy spread largely through a right-wing cultural apparatus. But its traces and effects can also be found in acts of real violence that now run like a highly charged electric current through the mainstream media, which both reproduces representations of racist violence while failing to comment on it critically."

US Government Report Argues for Police Force for American Interventions Overseas

Matthew Harwood, Truthout: "President Barack Obama's declaration Tuesday that the US combat mission in Iraq is officially over may give some Americans hope that US foreign policy may become less invasive and adventurous, especially if American troops begin to return home from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. Yet, inside the defense establishment, some intellectuals continue to examine the need for the United States to build a paramilitary police force to deploy to fragile or failing states to restore security and order."

The Ten American Industries Which Will Never Recover

Here is the list of the ten jobs categories that will not recover based on 24/7 Wall St. research.

From Information Clearing House

'IAEA report confirms Iran's clean slate'

"After seven years of constant inspections, the report once again confirms the non-diversion of Iran's nuclear activities towards military and banned objectives."

From Information Clearing House

US to Spend $6B a Year on Afghan Troops

The United States expects to spend about $6 billion a year training and supporting Afghan troops and police after it begins pulling out its own combat troops in "2011", The Associated Press has learned.

From Information Clearing House

Is the Economy as Broke as Lehman Was?

By Michael Hudson

Why bail out Wall Street - and not the quarter of U.S. homeowners unfortunate enough also to suffer "negative equity" but not qualify for the help that the officials they elect gave to Wall Street's winners by enabling Bear Stearns, A.I.G., Countrywide Financial and other gamblers to pay their bad debts?

The Military's Media Megaphone and the U.S. Global Military Presence

By Tom Engelhardt

To grasp the changing nature of military influence domestically, consider the military's relationship to the media. Its media megaphone offers a measure of the reach and influence of that behemoth, what kinds of pressures it can apply in support of its own version of foreign policy, and just how, under its weight, the relationship between the civilian and military high commands is changing.

'They Kill Alex'

By Chris Hedges

Military recruiters, who often have offices in high schools, prey on young men like Alex, who was first approached when he was 16. They cater to their insecurities, their dreams and their economic deprivation.

The United States of Fear

Deutsche Banken erhalten 2010 ein Zinsgeschenk von bis zu 5,5 Mrd. Dollar

Staatsschuldenportfolios der Banken des Euro-Raums bestehen zu 54 Prozent aus Schuldtiteln des Euro-Raums, davon mehr als die Hälfte von den "PIGS".

Mass killing and mass counterfeiting

America’s Economy Is Not Here to Pay for Wars

Fuzzy Numbers

The Federal Reserve's Reserve

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