America: Hooked on war and getting poorer

AlterNet
by Clancy Sigal
07/15/10

Why is nobody talking about the Afghanistan adventure as a cause of our plunging recession? Or at least citing the 30-year-old endless war as a major contributory factor in wasting our money to ‘nation-build’ in the Hindu Kush while our own country falls to pieces on food stamps, foreclosures and child poverty — one in five kids — that would put the world’s poorest nations to shame? Iraq was George Bush’s war. But, as Republican party chairman Michael Steele correctly says, ‘Afghanistan is Obama’s war of choice,’ and a losing proposition. Historically, Bush and Dick Cheney merely toyed with Afghanistan while visiting shock and awe on Iraq. But President Obama is really, really serious about it...

http://bit.ly/d7f77p



How psychologists profit on unending war

CounterPunch
by Bruce Levine

07/22/10

While U.S. military psychiatrists are prescribing increasing amounts of chill pills, America’s psychologists are teaching soldiers how to think more positively about their tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they are next ordered to kill the bad guys and win the hearts and minds of everyone else. The U.S. Army is planning to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive training in positive psychology and emotional resiliency...

http://counterpunch.org/levine07222010.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Trading in death

Rapacious bankers are making fortunes by forcing up the price of food and leaving millions to starve.

http://bit.ly/b9YvZl


From Information Clearing House

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Race Card Fraud
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/sowell11.1.html

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Grinning Bankers
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/07/21-3

Corporate Campaign Cash Floods US Elections
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/02-0

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Washington Elites Prefer Shills for Banks and Big Business

David Sirota, AlterNet: "The message to both today's generation and the future generation of citizens who may aspire to work in government is pretty clear: If you are personally/financially connected to private for-profit corporations - even those that helped destroy the economy - that underwrite political campaigns, Washington has no problem with your appointment to a position overseeing those same private corporations."

http://www.truth-out.org/unless-youre-a-shill-banks-and-big-business-the-washington-elites-will-call-you-controversial61573



The Great Decoupling of Corporate Profits From Jobs

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Second-quarter earnings reports are coming in, and they're making Wall Street smile. Corporate profits are up. And big American companies are sitting on a gigantic pile of money. The 500 largest non-financial firms held almost a trillion dollars in the second quarter, and that money pile is growing larger this quarter. Profits that plummeted in the recession have bounced back. Big businesses have recovered almost 90 percent of what they lost."

http://www.truth-out.org/robert-reich-the-great-decoupling-corporate-profits-jobs61755



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