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American Fascism News Round-Up: The Police State is Here – What They’ve Done Is Nothing Compared To What They’re Prepared To Do

Wake Up America-Current State of Affairs in a Nutshell

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

A great summary and call to action

American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

How can the US be fascist if we have elections and the US Constitution? Ok, I’ll explain…

Civilization, Created by Mass-Murderers Using Slave Labor

The Bill of Rights Was Meant to Limit Federal Power

How fragile we are: Why the complexity of modern civilization threatens us all

Things to Come

The simple fact is while America has been sleeping, the groundwork to totally and finally break the American people into accepting global government as a solution to war, climate change, food, pandemics, and natural disasters is in place.

US Military Actions Overseas: 1798 – 2008  

Compiled by Congressional Research Service for Congress, 2009.  With the infrequent exception of year off now and again, we have been at war continuously since 1798.

A History of CIA Atrocities  

Top 100 Defense Contractors

World Wide Military Expenditures

Video: Galtung: ‘U.S. empire will fall by 2020’  

Although most of the headlines read that the U.S. economy is growing again, professor and author Johan Gultang seems to have a different perspective on the future of the U.S. RT’s Dina Gusovsky interviews him about his new book: The Fall of the U.S. Empire-And Then What?

Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state.

Angry nationalism shouts down prudence. Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government’s purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman’s hand. If the picture looks familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it many times before, from Argentina to Chile to Russia. The U.S. is third worlding.  That statement may smack of hyperbole. It may also understate the phenomenon, for many of the countries that the United States increasingly resembles are not only Third World—they are authoritarian, even rogue.

10 False Flags that Changed the World  

George Soros Lauds Chinese Model Of Goverment – Wants Global Governance Under UN Security Council   

Ron Paul: Government Can Quarantine People – H1N1, Quarantine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran   

New World Order Videos

Global Governance – EU President Admits One-World Government is Here NWO – New World Order

Ecoscience Co-Author Paul Ehrlich Maintains Global Population Control Advocacy in recent interview

U.S. Military Employs “Counterinsurgency” Strategy In Californian City

In Indiana, practice for ‘civilian surge’ in Afghanistan  

To Prepare for War, G.I.’s Get a Dress Rehearsal

In Louisiana, training scenarios in mock Afghan villages are created from intelligence reports fresh from the front.

Winchester to Deliver 200 Million 40-Cal. Rounds to Homeland Security

Winchester Ammunition was recently awarded a contract by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security to supply a maximum of 200 million, 40 cal. rounds over the next five years.

Spies for Hire: New Online Database of U.S. Intelligence Contractors

Brazil: Police Killed More Than 11,000 in the Last Six Years

Unmanned aerial “Predator” drones to patrol US/Mexico border

Welcome Home, War! Creating the “Domestic Surveillance State”

American fascism: Obama, “Justice” Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

The John Hope Franklin File: FBI Looked At Esteemed Historian For Communist Ties

U.S. Imprisoned Iranian Engineer Secretly For Two Years Before Sentencing

RAND: A Stability Police Force for the United States

Establishing security is the sine qua non of stability operations, since it is a prerequisite for reconstruction and development. Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force (SPF). The study considers what size force is necessary, how responsive it needs to be, where in the government it might be located, what capabilities it should have, how it could be staffed, and its cost. This monograph also considers several options for locating this force within the U.S. government, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the Department of State, and the U.S. Army’s Military Police. The authors conclude that an SPF containing 6,000 people — created in the U.S. Marshals Service and staffed by a “hybrid option,” in which SPF members are federal police officers seconded to federal, state, and local police agencies when not deployed — would be the most effective of the options considered. The SPF would be able to deploy in 30 days. The cost for this option would be $637.3 million annually, in FY2007 dollars.

New maritime security law will deputize U.S. officers “in every part of Canada” during integrated operations

Underming the American People’s Right to Privacy: The Secret State’s Surveillance Machine

If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have everything to worry about

 People who say this are fools, not to be too blunt about it. Not only are they willing to trade away my rights, since they haven’t a basic appreciation of theirs, but their understanding of the relationship between government and the governed is one of subservience based on fear, and the idea that their fear is not only natural, but justifiably permanent given the state of the world.

Google CEO: “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Google chief: only miscreants worry about net privacy

If you’re concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn’t be doing. At least that’s the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.  “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt tells CNBC, sparking howls of incredulity from the likes of Gawker. But the bigger news may be that Schmidt has actually admitted there are cases where the search giant is forced to release your personal data.

Google now tracking you even after you log out

Police Spying On Protesters Stirs Outrage in Britain

Release of secret reports delayed

President Obama will maintain a lid of secrecy on millions of pages of military and intelligence documents that were scheduled to be declassified by the end of the year, according to administration officials.  The missed deadline spells trouble for the White House’s promises to introduce an era of government openness, say advocates, who believe that releasing historical information enforces a key check on government behavior. They cite as an example the abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War, including domestic spying and assassinations of foreign officials, that were publicly outlined in a set of agency documents known as the “family jewels.’’ 

Homeland Security Embarks on Big Brother Programs to Read Our Minds and Emotions

The CIA Mind Control Doctors: From Harvard to Guantanamo  – with video, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

They Really Are Trying to Engineer Super-soldiers

 $3 billion super soldier program: 10 times muscle endurance, 7 foot vertical leap, wall crawling, personal flight and more DARPA today has a long-term, $3 billion program to help make such a “Metabolically Dominant Soldier.” In other words, the military is studying how to use technology and biology to meld man and machine

NSA Has Conspicuous Role in New Federal Cybersecurity Center  

Judicial Watch Obtains New CIA Documents on Terrorist Interrogations  

At U.S. airports, TSA officers covertly monitor travelers’ behavior  

Department of Justice Threatens the Internet

Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal Internet News Site

Spying on Americans: Obama Endorses Bush Era Warrantless Wiretapping  

Obama Regime: Toss NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Lawsuit   

CIA Had People Raped with Broken Bottles, Boiled Alive  

Senate Bill Would Give President Obama Authority to Pull the Plug on Your Internet

CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President. That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they’re at risk of a cyberattack, “critical” computer networks from the Internet. 

FDA dupes Interpol to achieve illegal kidnapping and deportation of herbal formulator Greg Caton

Small Community Cancer Cure Crushed by Big Pharma, Part I

The Secret ICE Prisons of the United States

“If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.” Those chilling words were spoken by James Pendergraph, then executive director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of State and Local Coordination, at a conference of police and sheriffs in August 2008. Also present was Amnesty International’s Sarnata Reynolds, who wrote about the incident in the 2009 report “Jailed Without Justice” and said in an interview, “It was almost surreal being there, particularly being someone from an organization that has worked on disappearances for decades in other countries. I couldn’t believe he would say it so boldly, as though it weren’t anything wrong.”

Police Handing Out Tickets For Air Fresheners

Ermir Spahiu was pulled over by police for his window-mounted GPS unit. For Tina Ross, it was her handicapped placard. And Mark Hubbard was nailed for an air freshener. All three Illinois drivers were stopped for what they thought were innocent items placed near their windshields.

22 million missing Bush-era emails found, set for 2014 release

Mercenaries and Assassins: The Real Face of Obama’s “Good War”

Blowback From America’s Mercenary Army–Ret. Generals Make More Than Gates

America’s Faltering Military/Mercenary Army

US: Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan

The surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US

Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control

State of Texas Saving Newborn DNA Samples

CNN finds modern-day slaves in US

Public Menace-Private Profit: America’s Biowarfare Alliance

Rahm Emanuel Says that One-Million Americans Should Lose Their Constitutional Rights  

The Annexation of Colombia to the US

Council On Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics and Foreign Policy: Fake Scarcity of H1N1 Vaccine to Convince People to Take It (Laughter)  

Where Will They Get the Troops? Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front  

Declassified FBI File Alleges an Israeli Intelligence Agent Worked at AIPAC  

KBR may have poisoned 100,000 people in Iraq: lawsuit  

Whistleblowers: Blackwater approved payoffs of Iraqi officials  

UN investigator accuses US of shameful neglect of homeless  

Support our troops when they become veterans: 25% of US homeless are veterans

Former US diplomat could make ‘hundreds of millions’ off Iraqi oil fields  

How Rahm Emanuel Made Mega-Millions and Bought His Way to Power

Son of a Zionist Terrorist: Rahm Emanuel’s Dirty Secret  

Democracy: U.S. Unveils New $60 Million Prison Wing in Afghanistan  

USA Prepares to Attack Russia in 3 or 4 Years?  

America needs a “Manhunting Agency”   

The US military’s Joint Special Operations University argues that the CIA hasn’t done enough to take out the Bad Guys, one by one. No: America needs a “National Manhunting Agency” to hunt down jihadists, drug dealers, pirates and other enemies of the state. I suggest a rebrand: “Manhunting Agency” sounds a bit too much like a gay dating site.

OBAMA’S YOUTH CORPS   

Police to Wear Ear-Cams to Record Arrests  

Young Children Taught To Inform On Parents In Tampa  

Rahm Emanuel to Disarm America:”#1 Issue”, Gun Owners are Terrorists  

Chicago Aldermen Keep Secret Slush Fund

D.C. Council Chair Adds To Growing Local Scandals

VIRUS in the VOTING MACHINES: Tainted Results in NY-23

Facts Behind ‘Men Who Stare at Goats’

As crazy as “The Men Who Stare at Goats” may seem, there’s a real story behind the psychic experimentation

Secret Global Copyright Agreement is Executive Order

Judge: Corps’ negligence caused Katrina flooding

The Pentagon Budget: Largest Ever and Growing

FDA openly allows criminally-convicted doctors, researchers to keep working on pharmaceuticals and clinical trials

The Emerging Medical Dictatorship

We may have been granted a temporary reprieve from forced medical treatments this time around, but have we been spared from the government? As usual, the answer is “no”. While the government may not be forcing a medicine down our throats or corralling uncooperative people in camps, what they are doing should send shivers down our collective spine. They are creating lists of dissidents and “terrorists”. These lists contain detailed information on individuals. And, if ever the laws were changed to permit more coercive action instead of passive data collection then the government would already have the names of the supposed “enemies of the state” on hand.



WORLD & US ECONOMIC NEWS ROUND-UP, including lessons from history

INDICATORS FROM ABROAD

Global Economic Tremors – Global Research 11/12/08

A fantastic summary of the current economic collapse, and the plans for the new economic order.

Ecuador warning on debt payments – Financial Times, UK 11/16/08

Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftwing president, has heightened fears that the Andean nation will default on parts of its $10bn foreign debt, saying an internal audit due this week will determine if the debt is “illegitimate”

The G-20’s Secret Debt Solution – Implode Explode 11/14/08

Dangers of a public backlash in response to IMF intervention : Pakistan criticized over $7.6 billion IMF bailout – Global Research 11/17/08

China, Costa Rica in free trade talks – Raw Story 11/16/08

China moves to stem mass layoffs – BBC 11/18/08

Chinese president on Cuban visit – BBC 11/17/08

President Hu Jintao of China arrives in Cuba for a visit aimed at strengthening economic ties between Beijing and Havana. 

The Financial Crisis and the G-20 Washington Summit  – Global Research 11/17/08

Iran converts some of its financial reserves to gold (AP)… – Haaretz, Israel 11/15/08

Brazil, Argentina drop dollar for bilateral trade – Int’l Herald Tribune 9/7/08

Britain may need 0% interest rate to avoid a depression, leading economist warns
Daily Mail, UK 10/27/08

Japan to offer $100 billion to the IMF – Implode Explode 11/13/08

“Sovereign Wealth Funds” Towards a Structural Shift in World Financial Order – Global Research 11/11/08

Coordinating Responses to the Financial Crisis  – Global Research 11/7/08

Global Crisis Transforms Capitalism  – Forbes 11/7/08

A Financial Meltdown 30 Years in the Making – Alternet 11/10/08

Four Crises of the Contemporary World Capitalist System – Monthly Review 10/08

Calls grow for a new model for global trade – CorpWatch 10/9/08

IMF may need to “print money” as crisis spreads  – Telegraph, UK 10/28/08

The International Monetary Fund may soon lack the money to bail out an ever growing list of countries crumbling across Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia, raising concerns that it will have to tap taxpayers in Western countries for a capital infusion or resort to the nuclear option of printing its own money.

Financial Crisis Triggers Disruption in International Shipping – Global Research 11/15/08

 

NEWS ON THE IMMINENT US ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

How our economy is killing the Earth – New Scientist 10/17/08

Picture proof of radical collapse ahead.

U.S. Housing Market Boom and Crash Engineered by the Government – Richard Cook via Market Oracle, UK 10/23/08

Richard C. Cook is a former U.S. federal government analyst, whose career included service with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Carter White House, NASA, and the U.S. Treasury Department.

Who are the Architects of Economic Collapse? – Global Research 11/9/08

Wall Street’s ‘Disaster Capitalism for Dummies’ – Global Research 11/7/08

Michael Pollan: Eating Is a Political Act – Alternet 11/8/08 

3 ‘superbanks’ now dominate industry  – MSNBC 11/6/08

Dynamic Maps of Nonprime Mortgage Conditions in the United States – Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Great Depression of the 21st Century: Collapse of the Real Economy – Global Research 11/15/08

U.S. cities seek federal help to ease economic crisis – Reuters 11/13/08

Three major American cities buffeted by the global financial crisis are requesting at least $50 billion in federal funds to help pay for infrastructure improvements, pensions and short-term borrowing.  Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta are asking U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to release funds from the $700 billion financial bailout authorized by Congress last month.  Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will hand-deliver the request to Paulson on Friday, spokesman Luke Butler said. Five or six other cities, including Chicago, may also sign on, Butler added.

States That Can’t Pay for Themselves – BusinessWeek/Yahoo 10/8/08

Soros says deep recession inevitable, depression possible – Implode Explode 11/13/08

How to End the Recession – Alternet 11/13/08

Sarkozy-US dollar no longer only currency in world – Forbes 11/13/08

The Hidden Cost of Petroleum: The National Picture  – Nat’l Priorities Project via Cryptogon 11/13/08

In 2009 alone, U.S. taxpayers will spend $103.5 billion on military resources used to secure access to petroleum, while investing only $1.26 billion in renewable energy sources. Including Iraq War-related costs doubles this figure to $215.4 billion dollars

Paulson: Foreign banks can use U.S. rescue plan (Reuters)  – Yahoo 9/21/08

A $75 trillion fright fest: Eight megahorror debts chilling America – Market Watch 9/8/08

A default by the US government is no longer unthinkable  – Telegraph, UK 9/20/08

IMF Bailout of the United States Coming?  – Market Oracle, UK 11/4/08

Foreclosures up 25 percent in October – Reuters 11/13/08

Downturn Drags More Consumers Into Bankruptcy  – NYTimes 11/15/08

Part of the Debt Trap series about the surge in consumer debt and the lenders who made it possible.

Freddie Mac worth less than zero – Times, UK 11/15/08 

College Loan Slavery: Student Debt Is Getting Way Out of Hand – Alternet 11/12/08

‘Car sleepers’ the new US homeless  – BBC 9/27/08

How To Live in Your Car – WikiHow

The Green Tax Gusher  – Forbes 11/7/08

Want to install a $60,000 solar energy system in your home? Uncle Sam will pay 30%. Really.

Cash for Conservation  – Forbes 11/7/08

Duke Energy Chief Jim Rogers has a plan to make the U.S. energy-efficient: Pay him not to deliver power.

Can Obama Stop the Bush Administration’s Final Economic Heist?  – Alternet 11/6/08

Terrible looting of public capital has a habit of taking place during periods of dramatic political transition, and Bush has one underway.

Bloomberg News sues Fed for transparency on $2 trillion in loans – Raw Story 11/10/08

Officials Refuse to Provide Details on Secret Previous Bailout – ABC 10/1/08 

Federal Reserve Refuses to Identify the Recipients of $2 Trillion Worth of Emergency Loans – Bloomberg via Cryptogon 11/10/08

Fed Stonewalling on Giving Details About Collateral Accepted for Loans  – Implode Explode 11/8/08

Worse Than the Great Depression?  – Global Research 11/17/08 

 

 

Lessons from History

History of U.S. Gov’t Bailouts – ProPublica 10/14/08

The Corrupt Origins of Central Banking – von Mises Institute 11/5/08

What If US Collapses? Soviet Collapse Lessons Every American Needs To Know  – Madconomist 6/1/08

What was it like during the Great Depression? – Metafilter 9/29/08

University of Oregon Economist Mark Thoma links to interviews by Studs Terkel which deal with the Great Depression. All interviews in Real Player format.

The Rothschilds: The First Barons of Banking – Global Research 11/8/08

 

 



Crimes of Katrina Continue

New Orleans’ Homeless Rate Swells to 1 in 25 – USA Today 3/16/08

 

Study claims FEMA ignored toxic trailer findings – AP via Raw Story 1/28/08

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency manipulated scientific research in order to play down the danger posed by formaldehyde in trailers issued to hurricane victims, according to an investigation by congressional Democrats released Monday.”

 

Katrina victims complain about red tape – AP/Yahoo 3/13/08

EXCERPT: “Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of miserable homeowners are still waiting for their government rebuilding checks, and many complain they can’t even get their calls returned. But the company that holds the big contract to distribute the aid is doing quite well for itself. ICF International of Fairfax, Va., has posted strong profits, gone public, landed additional multimillion-dollar government contracts, and, it was learned this week, secured a potentially big raise recently from the state of Louisiana. In the waning days of Gov. Kathleen Blanco‘s administration, state officials increased the management contract ceiling from $756 million to $912 million — this, after the Legislature wanted to fire ICF over its handling of the homeowner recovery program, called Road Home.”

The Cleansing of New Orleans: Half the City’s Poor Permanently Displaced – CounterPunch 3/4/08

 

Katrina aftermath erodes bayou culture – AP/Raw Story 3/16/08

 

CDC: Gulf Coast trailers contaminated – ABC 2/14/08

EXCERPT: “U.S. health officials are urging that Gulf Coast hurricane victims be moved out of their government-issued trailers as quickly as possible after tests found toxic levels of formaldehyde fumes.  Fumes from 519 trailer and mobile homes in Louisiana and Mississippi were – on average – about five times what people are exposed to in most modern homes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some trailers, the levels were nearly 40 times customary exposure levels, raising fears that residents could contract respiratory problems.”

New Orleans Mayor Nagin wants to move homeless into military barracks – AP via Raw Story 2/27/08

Because they’re a tourist eyesore, and homelessness may be contagious.

 

Bush’s czar to rebuild New Orleans is quitting – NYTimes via Science Blogs 3/1/08

His reason: after spending 200 out of 730 nights in New Orleans, his wife is complaining that he lives there.

 

38,000 families still living in poisoned Katrina trailers – NYTimes 2/15/08

 

FEMA continues to distribute poisoned trailers to hurricane victims in Arkansas and Tennessee – AP/Google 2/14/08

 

10 minute Video: A Big Easy North American Union – BrassCheckTV/YouTube 2/12/08

“Already the symbol of abandonment, must New Orleans now become the symbol of abandonment of the entire country? Going well beyond the Port of New Orleans, Security and Prosperity Partnership plans for “North American Integration” endanger port, trucking, and railroad jobs, as well as investments, incomes, and State revenues all over the country. The SPP is coming to the Big Easy, why should you care? Let’s have a look…”


ECONOMIC NEWS ROUND UP
2007 Consumer Inflation Rate 64% higher than 2006 (EconomistsBriefing 1/16/08)
The Financial Tsunami Pt 1: The Subprime mortgage debt is the tip of the iceberg (Global Research 11/23/07)
Pt 2: The Financial Foundations of the American Century (Global Research 1/16/08)
No Quick Fix to Downturn (NYTimes 1/13/08)
Social Consumer Lending (P2P) on the rise (Washington Post 1/13/08)
Bill Moyer: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Taxpayer Expense (PBS 1/19/08)
Message from Davos: The Recession is Coming (Times, UK 1/23/08)
UN: US could spark global fall (Australian, 1/10/08)
Tent city growing as US housing crisis worsens (ABC, Australia) 12/23/07
One in five expected to borrow to heat homes this winter (Yahoo 12/18/07)
Map: US Foreclosures by County (Economists Briefing 1/8/08)
Squeezed: A Diary of the Onset of the Greater Depression (via MParent 11/29/07)
The Treasury’s Missing Minutes Mystery (NYPost 11/29/07)

Turns out, Bush’s ‘Plunge Protection Team’ doesn’t take notes.

OXFAM: 85% of the world can’t afford pharmaceuticals (Raw Story 11/27/07)
How the Media Fuel Class Warfare (Alternet 11/26/07)
Head of the World Bank Fraud Unit Resigns (NYTimes 1/17/08)
Ten Talking Points for Davos (BusinessWeek 1/16/08)
Welcome to the WEF (Forbes 1/15/08)

“Some of the glitter’s gone for sure, but don’t kid yourself. Davos matters. Here’s why.”

Wesley Snipes: Tax Protester (CNN 1/17/08)

No mention is made in the article of Tom Cryer, who won his case against the IRS

Renters losing their homes without missing a payment (Raw Story 11/17/07)
The Man Who United Labor and Environment (Alternet 1/3/08)

“Tony Mazzochi was a leader in the movement to make industrial production less harmful to workers and the natural environment”

What’s Your Consumption Factor? (NYTimes 1/2/08)
Top Ten Economic Stories of 2007 (Alternet 12/30/07)
Chrysler CEO: “We are operationally bankrupt” (12/21/07)
The Ugly Side of MicroLending (BusinessWeek 12/13/07)

The corporations, as usual.

Jimmy Carter: Subsidies’ Harvest of Misery (Washington Post 12/10/07)
The Planned Collapse of America (Online Journal 12/7/07)

TASTY QUOTE from David Rockefeller: “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

With links to download the Changing Images of Man and Trilateral Commission’s The Crisis of Democracy

NAFTA Trumps State Regulations (Boston Globe 12/2/07)
Buy Some Stuff, Enslave Somebody (Texas Observer via Alternet 12/27/07)

“Why are we so disconnected from the slave labor that produces so many of our products?”

A lot of money is spent to make us so disconnected

Berlin commune fights property developers (Business Week 12/26/07)
The Post-Bush Regime: A Prognosis (Global Research 12/27/07)

A thought provoking read… The ‘new boss’ will be the same as the ‘old boss’, certainly. And the rise of ‘green consumerism’ and this ‘green agenda’ being supported by the ‘establishment’ is very suspect. However, the article ends where it should begin. Millions already realize the sociopathic and genocidal patterns of ‘civilization’, the truly important question is how to shift/change these patterns of behavior.

Merrill Lynch: US Recession Has Begun (BBC 1/8/08)

Related:

1/28/08: Forget Oil, Food is the New Global Crisis

1/28/08: Economy: Currency Wars

1/26/08: Alternatives to Corporate Power and Misc Corporate News

1/22/08: Top Corporate Business News

1/22/08: Corporate Lawsuits, Settlements and Corruption Update

1/11/08: Corporate Corruption News

12/4/07: $9 Trillion in debt, $1 homes 94% foreclosure increase & more

11/13/07: Economic Canary: News and Analysis

11/10/07: Economic News Round up

11/1/07: Even more corporate crimes and misdemeanors

10/18/07: Corporate State of America

9/18/07: Economic News Round up

8/8/07: Economic News: Have We Crashed Yet?

7/15/07: US and International Economic News

6/30/07: The Economy is just the Canary

6/23/07: News on the Economy

6/14/07: US Economy on the Downslide

 



New Orleans: Tasering Community Activists over public housing destruction and NRA sues over Katrina Gun Confiscation

Dec 19: High Noon in New Orleans (NYTimes)

 

Dec 19: City Council votes to level public housing (WDSU TV)

12,000 homeless and they’re destroying 4,500 units? 

 

Dec 20: Video: Protestors Tased and Pepper-Sprayed at New Orleans City Hall (MParent and Democracy Now! audio and transcript interview with two community activists and a former SWAT commander)

 

Save New Orleans Affordable Housing Fact Sheet (San Francisco Bay View)

 

Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans (Huffington Post)

More post-Katrina analysis via Naomi Klein 

 

Update on the Katrina Diaspora (NYTimes)

 

The NRA is (finally) planning a lawsuit on behalf of New Orleans residents whose guns were confiscated by the City (AP/Yahoo, great YouTube video, PrisonPlanet and Reason)



U.S. News Round-up: Canadaville, Prozac linked to school shootings, the most recent corruption and scandal, and more

 

What Do You Know Of War? (CounterPunch)

Monica Benderman is the wife of Sgt. Kevin Benderman, a ten-year Army veteran who served a combat tour in Iraq and a year in prison for his public protest of war and the destruction it causes to civilians and to American military personnel. Please visit their website, www.BendermanDefense.org to learn more.

EXCERPT: “Men and women volunteered to put their lives on the line to defend the peace our laws were meant to give. Their service has been abused by everyone who has stood and watched this travesty of war unfold; offering words of help only to turn and look in another direction when more than words were needed.  People will write and say, “They volunteered. They got what they deserved.”

The war is coming home and if Americans are not willing to stand together to fix what we are all responsible for breaking, they will know firsthand what it means to “get what is deserved.”  It’s time to stare into the eyes of what we have allowed to happen.

Peace is not simply a word, and war does not go away when you look in a different direction.  What do you know of war?”

The ‘atypical’ dilemma: kids on legal drugs (St. Petersburg FL Times)

“Skyrocketing numbers of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs. Is it safe? Nobody knows.”

Yes they do.  

Prozac, Paxil, Ritalin and others cause psychiatric problems, including suicide and homicide (InfoWars)

EXCERPT: “Antidepressant drugs have never been tested on children nor approved by the FDA for use on children, however, Scientific studies proving that prozac encourages suicidal tendencies in young people are voluminous and span back nearly a decade.

In 2005, it was revealed that Eli Lilly had full knowledge of a 1200% increase in suicide risk for takers of their Prozac. This evidence came in the wake of findings published in the British Medical Journal a year previously.

In 2006 a report was published outlining the fact that anti-depressant drug Paxil doubles the risk of violent behavior. Another study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry revealed that teens taking antidepressant drugs are more likely to commit suicide.  However, prescriptions of antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs among schoolchildren has more than quadrupled in that time, while use of behaviour-altering drugs, including Ritalin, for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Modafinil, for daytime sleepiness, has soared ten-fold.

It is a well known fact among the makers of these drugs that they are directly linked to behavioural disturbances including agitation, panic attacks and extreme aggression, yet their use is so commonplace that they have now even found their way into our drinking water.”

School shootings linked to psychotropic drugs – Prozac, Paxil, Ritalin and more (AntiDepressantFacts)

The list includes Columbine, but doesn’t include links on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the Amish School Shooting, the Unabomber, Mark David Chapman, Virginia Tech or the recent Nebraska mall rampage. 

Canadaville: Canadian car magnate does more for Katrina survivors than America (East Ottowa)

EXCERPT: “Canadaville, with its goats and chickens, gardens and fishing holes, is the brainchild of Frank Stronach, chairman of Canadian autoparts maker Magna International. After Katrina hit in August 2005, Magna sheltered hundreds of evacuees at its Palm Meadows thoroughbred training centre in Florida. But Stronach also wanted to set up a place outside the hurricane zone where families could start over and build their futures. “It’s a hand up, not a handout,” Magna spokesman Dan Donovan said. Stronach, who was not made available for an interview, bought 365 hectares in rural Louisiana in September 2005, and Canadaville opened three months later. Total initial investment was estimated at US$7.5 million. Officially named Magnaville, the site has been dubbed Canadaville. Canadian and U.S. flags fly side by side at the welcome centre. “This is just neighbour helping neighbour,” Magnaville president Dennis Mills said.

“People can live at Canadaville rent-free for five years if they follow a “charter of conduct.” Among other things, they must work or go to school, volunteer at least eight hours a week, participate in the community council and stay away from drugs, project manager Shane Carmichael said.  There are after-school and tutoring programs for children, computer and job-training classes for adults and plans to operate an organic farm. While Magna provides housing and other activities, residents do not receive cash payments.”

Former Alaska Republican House Speaker Pete Kott was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for receiving gifts from an oil services company in exchange of votes on a crucial oil tax bill. (All Headline News)

Katrina Survivors Storm City Hall Meeting Over Destruction of Public Housing (AP via Raw Story)

Prominent local civil rights attorney Bill Quigley was handcuffed, arrested, removed and later released after a charge of ‘disturbing the peace’.  His response: “We live in a system where if you cheer or chant in the City Council you get arrested, but you can demolish 4,500 people’s apartments and everybody’s supposed to go along with that? That’s not going to happen,” Quigley said. “There’s going to be a lot more disturbing the peace before this is all over, I’m afraid.”

Watchdog says CIA is mishandling de-classified documents, re-classifying them (Raw Story) 

Psychoanalyst: Bush is a sociopath (via MParent)

EXCERPT:  Mike Malloy, Nova M Radio, interviews Dr. Justin Frank, the author of “Bush on the Couch”. Dr. Frank is a practicing psychoanalyst in Washington, and is on the faculty of the George Washington University Medical School. This is part one of an hour interview from Malloy’s radio show. Three additional parts are forthcoming.” 

How To Really Love Your Country: 5 Objectives for True Patriots (Alternet)

FBI’s Gun Ban List Swells With ‘Mental Defects’ (Washington Post)

Bush’s Travel Entourage (BoingBoing)

CNN – Corrupt News Network (LA Times)

ABC Investigates: Soldiers Hooked on Drugs (Raw Story) 

Fox Refuses to Run Pro-Constitution Ad (Media Matters) 

California refusing to let volunteers clean oily beaches; threatening with arrest (Dvorak) 

USDA loophole means your meat could have E. coli (Treehugger) 

Alaskan Corruption Scandal Widens ( Washington Post)

EXCERPT: “On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. “I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie,” Kott said. “Exxon’s happy. BP’s happy. I’ll sell my soul to the devil.”

They should all go to prison.

 



Around the U.S.: Gatorade makes Atlanta thirsty, DU lung cancer epidemic, Colin Powell’s SS# and more
November 5, 2007, 6:45 am
Filed under: depleted uranium, homelessness, New Orleans, news, politics, random, Uncategorized

 Lung Cancer Epidemic from Depleted Uranium has begun in the U.S. (NewsWithViews)

Revealed: the little-known device used to block Democrats in the House (Guardian, UK)

Gatorade: biggest single water user in drought-stricken Atlanta (Treehugger)

Two More Pieces of the Atlanta Drought Puzzle (Treehugger)

I blame Gatorade and Coke!

United Auto Workers Sellout at GM & Chrysler (Global Research)

NYC: No Room for the Homeless (NYTimes)

The California electoral voting initiative is back on (KQED)

Sensitive Pentagon files found in Alvin, TX home (Houston Chronicle)

“Here we are in little old Alvin,” Police Chief Mike Merkel said Friday, “and I have a folder in my hand that contains Colin Powell’s Social Security number.”  After a brief look through some of the files, which appeared to be from the 1980s and 1990s, Merkel said he saw “sensitive information that doesn’t need to get out.” … The front file in the drawer was labeled “Generals list” and included names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and other information on dozens of Army generals.

While Mississippi residents get evicted and lack financial assistance post-Katrina, HUD plans to divert funds to restore and expand port (LA Times)

The White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday [10/23] by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential health risks. (AP/Yahoo)

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing $25 million in earmarked federal funds for a British defense contractor [BAE Systems] that is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and suspected by American diplomats of a “longstanding, widespread pattern of bribery allegations.” (Kentucky)

Non-military spying for 2007 could top $50 Billion (Raw Story)

Staph ‘superbug’ spreading, but statistics about it aren’t (Houston Chronicle)

Band on the Run in New Orleans: Police cracking down on time-honored funeral processions (Salon)

Chairman says Oral Roberts University over $50 Million in Debt (AP/Yahoo)