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THE MARCH TOWARDS THE ABYSS

January 10th, 2012
Categories: News, War

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21577

It is not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic, knowing or not knowing elementary things, of being responsible or not for events. Those who would like to be thought of as politicians should be thrown onto the trash heap of history when, as the norm goes, they have no idea about everything or almost everything related to it in that activity.

Corporations Hate Taxes, So They Let the Children Pay

January 9th, 2012
Categories: News

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/09-3

Two recent studies, both rather troubling on their own, are even more disturbing when the relationship between the two is considered. The first is a study by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) that shows tax avoidance at the state level. The CTJ study, which evaluated 265 large companies, determined that an average of 3% was paid in state taxes, less than half the average state tax rate of 6.2%. The ten states with 10 or more companies in the study all collected between 2.5% and 3.55%: Ohio, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia, California, North Carolina, and New York.

CPAC to Avoid Another Ron Paul Straw Poll Win. How? They are going electronic, no Paper Voting. This way they can "Assure" Ron Paul Won't win.... It's Called Fraud! - Video

January 9th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2012/02/cpac-to-avoid-another-ron-paul-straw.html

What those at the top won't do to make sure the person who people really want as President doesn't win. What those at the top won't do to make sure the person who people really want as President doesn't win. Remember last year the CPAC straw poll WIN for Ron Paul? Remember how FOX News literally lied and committed and got caught creating FAUX News?

Demonizing Iran/Venezuela, US orders expulsion of Venezuelan consul

January 8th, 2012
Categories: News

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30192.htm

The United States has ordered the expulsion of Venezuela's consul general in Miami amid reports linking the diplomat to an alleged Iranian plot to target sensitive US facilities with cyber attacks, the US State Department said Sunday.

Mitt Romney and the Tea Party: A Match Made in Greedy Capitalist Heaven. So What are They Waiting For?

January 8th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/153687/mitt_romney_and_the_tea_party%3A_a_match_made_in_greedy_capitalist_heaven._so_what_are_they_waiting_for/

Given everything the Tea Party represents, why won't they just line up behind quarter-billionaire Romney? Thomas Frank explains why Mitt is right for the Right.

When War Games Go Live. Preparing to Attack Iran. "Simulating World War III"

January 8th, 2012
Categories: News, War, Iran

Link: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28542

With ongoing war games on both sides, armed hostilities between the US-Israel led coalition and Iran are, according to Israeli military analysts, "dangerously close". There has been a massive deployment of troops which have been dispatched to the Middle East, not to mention the redeployment of US and allied troops previously stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nine thousand US troops have been dispatched to Israel to participate in what is described by the Israeli press as the largest joint air defense war exercise in Israeli history.

Obama unveils war strategy focused on China

January 7th, 2012
Categories: News, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/pent-j07.shtml

The military strategy unveiled by President Barack Obama Thursday keeps massive spending on the US war machine largely intact, while shifting its focus decisively toward China. Obama made an unprecedented appearance at the Pentagon Thursday, marking the first time that a US president has personally participated in the presentation of such a defense strategic guidance document, which presents in broad strokes the priorities and direction for the US armed forces.

White House hails tepid job growth in December

January 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/jobs-j07.shtml

President Obama on Friday hailed the Labor Department’s employment report for December as proof that the US economy is “healing,” making clear that he would propose no new measures beyond an extension of the payroll tax cut to deal with near-depression levels of joblessness.

For Many Americans, Jobs Crisis to Last Many Years

January 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/45911135

Despite an upswing in hiring during 2011, the jobs crisis could last many more years as millions of Americans struggle to find work. In Orlando, Florida, Brenda Solomon lost her retail job last May at a department store and was unable to find even temporary work during the holiday season.

Arkansas: Passenger Gets $1 After Excessive Cop Tasering

January 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://thenewspaper.com/news/36/3682.asp

Federal judge gives an Arkansas car passenger $1 after he was tasered by cops, even though he committed no crime. Barling, ArkansasA passenger who walked away from a traffic stop in Barling, Arkansas was tasered and beaten by local police. Though the force used was excessive, a federal judge ruled on December 27 that Derrol Dee Kirby III should only get $1 for his pain and suffering.

The fact that the boy was shot in the back of the head would indicate that he was not facing the officers, and strongly suggests that he could not have been threatening the police officers, as they have claimed. The mother is demanding that the officers r

January 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/brow-j06.shtml

The fact that the boy was shot in the back of the head would indicate that he was not facing the officers, and strongly suggests that he could not have been threatening the police officers, as they have claimed. The mother is demanding that the officers responsible be punished, telling the Post, “What happened was an injustice.”

The scaffolding of an American police state

January 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/pers-j06.shtml

With his December 31 signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing for indefinite military detention without charges or trial, Barack Obama has made an infamous contribution to the steady march towards police-state dictatorship in the United States. The sweeping implications of this act, pushed through to provide $662 billion to feed the US war machine, could not be concealed by the shamefaced signing ceremony, held in private and late in the day on New Year’s Eve to minimize media coverage and public attention.

Pentagon Plan: More Drones, Increased Presence in Asia

January 5th, 2012
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/05-6

US stoking fears for public to support "the next wild burgeoning arms race in the Pacific." At a news briefing at the Pentagon today, President Obama revealed today his strategy for a new defense strategy. “This ‘slimmed down’ plan continues the trend to rely increasingly on fighting the two wars with technology (drones) and ‘precision’ strategic bombing," stated Beau Grosscup, professor of international relations at California State University in Chico. In the preamble to the new plan, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense, Obama writes:

Cynicism Is for Suckers: How We Can Fight the Greedy Elites That Run Our Lives

January 5th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/vision/153670/cynicism_is_for_suckers%3A_how_we_can_fight_the_greedy_elites_that_run_our_lives/

2011's successful protests show how hope can change the system. I’m aware that the usual recipe for political effectiveness is just the opposite: to be cynical, calculating, an insider. But if you think, as I do, that we need deep change in this country, then cynicism is a sucker’s bet. Try as hard as you can, you’re never going to be as cynical as the corporations and the harem of politicians they pay for. It’s like trying to outchant a Buddhist monastery.

The 2012 US presidential campaign begins: A cynical exercise in duping the people

January 5th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/iowa-j05.shtml

The January 3 Iowa caucus, the first contest for the Republican presidential nomination, marks the official beginning of 2012 US election campaign, an exercise in mass deception whose purpose is to legitimize the individual whom the financial aristocracy chooses as its political champion for the next four years.

The return of mass poverty to Europe

January 5th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/pers-j05.shtml

Almost one in four people in the European Union was threatened with poverty or social deprivation in 2010. This is the conclusion of an official report by the European Commission presented in December. According to the report, 115 million people, or 23 percent of the EU population, were designated as poor or socially deprived. The main causes are unemployment, old age and low wages, with more than 8 percent of all employees in Europe now belonging to the “working poor.”

Military trial begins for Marine charged in Iraq massacre

January 5th, 2012
Categories: News, War, Iraq

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/hadi-j05.shtml

Today's opening of the trial of a US Marine in connection with the 2005 massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha casts a spotlight on the criminal character of the nine-year war and occupation carried out under the Bush and Obama administrations.

2012 opens with mounting war threat in Persian Gulf

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, War, Iran

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/pers-j04.shtml

The year begins with the looming threat of a new American war, this time against Iran. In the latest sharp exchange of words, the US yesterday brushed aside an Iranian warning that the American aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis should not return to the Persian Gulf as it constitutes a threat to Iran.

Europe plunging into recession

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/euro-j04.shtml

2011 was a year of austerity for Europe. At the behest of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, stringent programs imposing cuts in wages, pensions and social services, combined with the decimation of jobs, were introduced by governments across the continent.

Ethnic Cleansing of Invented People

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30156.htm

Mostafa Tamimi from Nabi Saleh, Bahjat Zaalan and his son Ramdan from Gaza died on my fiftieth birthday and just a few days after Newt Gingrich declared them an invented people. They were murdered by the Israeli terrorist organization, the IDF, an organization that is supported and funded by the US. One Israeli terrorist shot the invented Tamimi in the head with a tear gas canister, and another Israeli terrorist fired a rocket that murdered the invented Zaalan and his boy Ramadan. Both terrorists were educated and trained by Israel, and armed by the US. The Israeli terrorists are not invented but quite real, and they are safe, protected by the apartheid regime that trained and sent them on their missions, and the Israeli court system will make sure that they are never brought to justice. This is how Israel’s well-oiled ethnic cleansing machine operates.

Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30158.htm

Obama and Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu's aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran. Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinary influence his right-wing Likud Party exercises over the Republican Party and the U.S. Congress on matters related to Israel in order to maximise the likelihood that the United States would participate in an attack on Iran.

Iran/Iraq ‘Defectors’ and Disinformation

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, War, Iraq, Iran

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/iraniraq-defectors-and-disinformation-4574/

Official Washington has a soft spot for “defectors” from hostile nations, especially if their tales of perfidy about their ex-homelands fit with favored policy. That was the case with Iraq before the 2003 invasion and now with Iran, but these “defectors” often tell lies. Iranian Army CadetsA new American war hysteria is rising, this time over Iran, and – like its predecessor with Iraq – this one employs “defectors” who come forward, often under the umbrella of neocon organizations, to impart alarming tales.

Appeal To Brazil: Please Help Stop US Government Before They Kill Again

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/04-12

It is as if they learned nothing at all from the lies and imperial lust for power that dragged us into a murderous, multi-trillion dollar war with Iraq. On Friday, the New York Times editorial board lauded U.S. military threats against Iran and called for “maximum economic pressure” to be brought to bear against the country. And this is America’s most influential “liberal” newspaper. The right-wing hate media, which reaches an audience in the tens of millions every day, is even worse

2012 Is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/04-1

The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima's radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published in the International Journal of Health Services. Some 100 million tons of tsunami trash---much of it radiated by Fukushima fallout---has begun contaminating the beaches of our west coast. Germany and Japan, the world's third and fourth largest economies, along with numerous others countries, have definitively turned away from the "Peaceful Atom."

Nordic Whoring: US Workers Get Cheap

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/04-10

Sociologists tell us that the reason an otherwise happily married man will seek the services of a prostitute is because he knows she will do things his wife would never consent to do. Whether or not that explanation is accurate, the same perception appears to be Sweden’s reason for embracing the American worker.

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich GOP ticket?

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/ron-paul-and-dennis-kucinich-gop-ticket/2012/01/03/gIQAox7raP_blog.html

As a progressive, a Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich presidential ticket would stoke my fires. It might also attract Republicans who long for the party’s non-interventionist, fiscally conservative roots. This week, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) “views on foreign policy are more in line with liberal anti-war Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) than with the Republican Party.”

Israel pushing US towards war with Iran - Video

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Zionism, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/219331.html

Interview with James Morris, political commentator. The US has played down fears of an escalation of tensions with Iran over the Strait of Hormuz, saying it does not seek a confrontation with Tehran. The Pentagon, however, still insists that it has no plans to withdraw American warships from the region. Iran has long accused the US of adopting hostile policies. Press TV talks with James Morris, a political commentator in Los Angeles, to get his insight on the issue. Below is an approximate transcription of the interview:

Europe plunging into recession

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jan2012/euro-j04.shtml

2011 was a year of austerity for Europe. At the behest of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, stringent programs imposing cuts in wages, pensions and social services, combined with the decimation of jobs, were introduced by governments across the continent.

Obama versus civil liberties

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2012/01/04/obama-versus-civil-liberties

Far from being the exception, the undermining of constitutional rights is standard operating procedure under capitalism, regardless of which politicians are in charge. THE U.S. military can indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without trial--that's the latest of our supposedly "inalienable rights" sacrificed by the Democratic former constitutional law professor who currently inhabits in the White House.

US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, Officially At 100.3% Debt/GDP, $14 Billion From Breaching Debt Ceiling

January 3rd, 2012
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/us-closes-2011-record-1522-trillion-debt-officially-1003-debtgdp

While not news to Zero Hedge readers who knew about the final debt settlement of US debt about 10 days ahead of schedule, it is now official: according to the US Treasury, America has closed the books on 2011 with debt at an all time record $15,222,940,045,451.09.

The Outlook For Liberty is Dismal

January 3rd, 2012
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30151.htm

January 03, 2012 "Information Clearing House" - Those writers who are critical of Washington’s illegal wars and overthrow of the US Constitution could find themselves in indefinite detainment, because criticism of Washington’s policies can be alleged to be aiding Washington’s enemies, which might include charities that provide aid to bombed Palestinian children and flotillas that attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

How Congress Has Signed Its Own Arrest Warrants in the NDAA Citizen Arrest Act

January 3rd, 2012
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21572

I never thought I would have to write this: but—incredibly—Congress has now passed the National Defense Appropriations Act, with Section 1021, which allows for the military detention of American citizens. The section is so loosely worded that any American citizen could be held without due process. The language of this bill can be read to assure Americans that they can challenge their detention

Iowa: The Meaningless Sideshow Begins

January 3rd, 2012
Categories: News

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/03-11

The race for the White House is normally an event suffused with drama, sucking eyeballs to the page all over the globe. Just as even the non-British were at least temporarily engaged by last year’s royal wedding, people all over the world are normally fascinated by the presidential race: both dramas arouse the popular imagination as real-life versions of universal children’s fairy tales.

How Your Taxes are Being Used by the Government to Produce Junk Food

January 3rd, 2012
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/how-your-taxes-are-being-used-by.html

With rates of obesity, diabetes, and nearly every other major health problem rising each year, why has the United States decided to heavily subsidize junk food? Farmers around the country choosing to grow healthy crops like chard, broccoli, and spinach simply do not have the government funding that those growing massive amounts of corn and soy beans (of which above 90% of each are genetically modified) do.

Police: Entire NYC building was pot farm

January 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/01/police-entire-nyc-building-was-pot-farm/

A five-story building in New York City was raided by police this week, revealing that the entire structure was being used as a multi-tiered marijuana farm.Police said that four of the floors appeared to be designated to individual stages of the plants’ growth, with the most mature on the top floor.
The building also had expensive filtration and watering systems to keep plants healthy and nosy neighbors about their own business, according to NBC New York.

Ron Paul and the Killing Machine

January 1st, 2012
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/ron-paul-and-the-killing-machine-by-mike-whitney/

Ron Paul is the only antiwar candidate who has a (microscopic) chance of winning in 2012. He’s also the only candidate who will make an effort to restore the Bill of Rights and reverse Congress’s decision to allow the president to “indefinitely” imprison American citizens without due process. For these reasons alone, Paul should garner the support of leftists, liberals, and progressives. But he won’t, because liberals are convinced that Paul will try to dismantle the social programs upon which the elderly, the infirm, and the vulnerable depend.

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