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The Age of Predators

May 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/kelly05092011.html

"Where is Your Democracy?" On May 5, 2011, CNN World News asked whether killing Osama bin Laden was legal under international law. Other news commentary has questioned whether it would have been both possible and advantageous to bring Osama bin Laden to trial rather than kill him.

How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker - The Hollowing Out of the Middle Class

May 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/09-0

Think of it as a parable for these grim economic times. On April 19th, McDonald's launched its first-ever national hiring day, signing up 62,000 new workers at stores throughout the country. For some context, that's more jobs created by one company in a single day than the net job creation of the entire U.S. economy in 2009. And if that boggles the mind, consider how many workers applied to local McDonald's franchises that day and left empty-handed: 938,000 of them. With a 6.2% acceptance rate in its spring hiring blitz, McDonald’s was more selective than the Princeton, Stanford, or Yale University admission offices. It shouldn’t be surprising that a million souls flocked to McDonald's hoping for a steady paycheck, when nearly 14 million Americans are out of work and nearly a million more are too discouraged even to look for a job.

Disability Rights Activists Are Even Invisible Getting Arrested on Capitol Hill

May 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/09-10

Elite media’s selective disdain for public activism is well known. Still, you’d think some things would garner a word or two. Like 300 disability rights activists, a couple hundred in wheelchairs, occupying the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The May 2 demonstration was organized by the rights group ADAPT to protest Republican budget plans for Medicaid. Ninety-one people were arrested and carted off by Capitol police.

Nato units left 61 African migrants to die of hunger and thirst

May 8th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/08/nato-ship-libyan-migrants

Boat trying to reach Lampedusa was left to drift in Mediterranean for 16 days, despite alarm being raised. A Nato ship failed to rescue a boat in trouble – leaving 63 people on board to die. Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European and Nato military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned.

How Town Hall Protests Against Paul Ryan's Plan Changed the Medicare Debate

May 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/08-3

Paul Ryan claims the protests heard so very loud and clear during the House Budget Committee chair’s town hall meetings in April had no influence on his thinking about Medicare. Perhaps Ryan really does have a tin ear. But the outcry over his plan to mess with Medicare, heard in Wisconsin communities from Milton to Kenosha, and at spring recess sessions in the districts of Republican freshmen from Pennsylvania to Florida, obviously influenced other Republicans.

Obama Should Back Off Risky Nuclear Loan Guarantees

May 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/07-4

Well before the catastrophe at Fukushima began unfolding, a familiar word was heard in discussions about plans to build a new generation of reactors in this country. That word: risk. With President Barack Obama and Congress pushing ahead with efforts to offer up federal construction loan guarantees totaling $54.5 billion, what was the risk of taxpayers getting stuck holding the bag in the event these nuclear projects defaulted? And, why should taxpayers even be expected to assume such a risk?

Exxon Makes $30.5 Billion, So GOP Votes Unanimously To Give Them Tax Breaks

May 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28047.htm

Exxon Mobil is by far the most profitable company in the new Fortune 500 list, riding “high oil prices to a staggering $30 billion in income” in 2010. Exxon made over $10 billion more than fellow oil giant Chevron, the third most profitable company (AT&T edged out Chevron for the number two spot). ConocoPhillips’ $11.4 billion in profits put it in the 16th spot, giving the three oil giants a combined $60.9 billion in profits in 2010. Today, the Republicans in the House of Representatives celebrated this massive redistribution of wealth from American families to oil executives. With the support of 7 oil-patch Democrats, 234 Republicans voted to block a bill to eliminate a $1.8 billion annual subsidy that treats oil drilling as “domestic manufacturing”: House Republicans rejected an effort by Democrats Thursday to use a procedural maneuver to force a vote on a bill to repeal a key oil industry tax break. As they did in March, House Republicans voted unanimously to defend these wasteful, unaffordable and unfair oil subsidies, even though several members told their constituents they want to end them.

Alternative Media Rankings Surge After bin Laden Assassination Spectacle

May 7th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2011/05/alternative-media-rankings-surge-after.html

A story like the assassination of "public enemy #1" is naturally going to drive people toward all news sources. However, we in the alternative news media have been particularly busy since the announcement late Sunday night, as indicated by Alexa website rankings.

Pentagon Papers Whistleblowers and Congressman Call for a New 9/11 Investigation

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, 9-11

Link: http://beforeitsnews.com/story/616/141/Pentagon_Papers_Whistleblowers_and_Congressman_Call_for_a_New_9_11_Investigation.html

The two main players in releasing the Pentagon Papers were Daniel Ellsberg and United States Senator Mike Gravel. Senator Gravel is the person who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record. This act made the papers public record, so that they could not be censored by the government. He was the only member of Congress courageous enough to do so.

Snow Job in May

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article20754

It is difficult to express just how warped US markets have become, though, from the movements of the past two trading days, a case can be made that the markets are being guided by forces that are distinctively not based on free market ideology nor statistics that can be trusted within any degree of accuracy. Taking a look first on the massive downdraft in commodities - mostly silver and crude oil - from Thursday’s trading, one should look no further than the CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), the overarching body that controls trade in futures, options and various other derivatives.

Oil Wealth, U.S. Backing Enables Saudi Arabia to Crush Dissent in Bahrain and at Home

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/6/oil_wealth_us_backing_enables_saudi

Saudi Arabia, the oil rich kingdom that is the birthplace and former home of Osama bin Laden, has staved off the widespread popular protests that have swept across the region since January. The country’s oil-rich Eastern Province, bordering Bahrain, has witnessed protests from the minority Shia Muslim population.

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke on Use of "Geronimo" as Code for Osama bin Laden: "The Continuation of the Wars Against Indigenous People"

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Police State

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/6/native_american_activist_winona_laduke_on

The Obama administration has sparked outrage in the Native American community following the revelation it used the name of the legendary Apache leader Geronimo as a secret code word during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Geronimo was an Apache leader who fought to preserve tribal lands against U.S. and Mexican forces in the 19th century.

A Volcano of Lies

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn05062011.html

Barack Obama, who pledged to restore ethical honor to the White House after the Bush years, is now burying himself under an active volcano of lies, mostly but not exclusively concerning the assassination of Osama bin Laden. There was scarcely a sentence in the President's Sunday night address, or in the subsequent briefing by John Brennan, his chief counter-terrorism coordinator, that has not been subsequently retracted by CIA director Leon Panetta or the White House press spokesman, Jay Carney, or by various documentary records.

Strike Marked Yemeni Cleric

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/06-7

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks in the U.S, but the missile missed its target, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials.

The DeVos Family: Meet the Super-Wealthy Right-Wingers Working With the Religious Right to Kill Public Education

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/150868/the_devos_family%3A_meet_the_super-wealthy_right-wingers_working_with_the_religious_right_to_kill_public_education/

By now you've surely heard of the Kochs. Meanwhile, the powerful, wealthy DeVos family has remained largely under the radar, while leading a stealth assault on America's schools. Since the 2010 elections, voucher bills have popped up in legislatures around the nation. From Pennsylvania to Indiana to Florida, state governments across the country have introduced bills that would take money from public schools and use it to send students to private and religious institutions.

After Osama, China fears the next target

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, War

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/05/201156132839140238.html

The United States' most vilified terrorist foe has been dead only a week but China is already haunted by the phantom of the next big US enemy. Almost simultaneously with the spread of the news of Osama bin Laden's death in a covert US operation in Pakistan, Chinese analysts had begun the guessing game of where Washington will focus its attention next.

Unlimited Secret Money Is Drowning Democratic Elections

May 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news/150864/unlimited_secret_money_is_drowning_democratic_elections/

Corporate interests are flouting election law by using anonymous donations, which are drowning out the voices and votes of working Americans.

Cop Breaks a Kid's Arm and Tasers Him. His Offense? Saggy Pants

May 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-racial-justice/cop-breaks-kids-arm-and-tasers-him-his-offense-saggy-pants-1

Derby, Kansas, high school sophomore Jonathan Villarreal was walking to the bus after school when a police officer ordered him to pull his pants up above his hips. Jonathan refused, on the grounds that the school day was over. As reported in the Wichita Eagle, here’s what happened next: [Villarreal] said one of the officers, a man who was larger than him, pulled him to the ground by the neck and told him to stop resisting arrest. Villarreal denied he was resisting. Both officers kneed him in the back and neck while he was on the ground, he said. Because they were physical with him, he struggled to get up, but was pushed back down, he said. At one point as he tried to get up, Villarreal said he felt his arm break when he was pushed back down.

Potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud over The Northern Hemisphere

May 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.woweather.com/weather/news/fukushima?LANG=us&VAR=eurad5000

This animation displays a potential dispersion of the radioactive cloud (Caesium 137 Isotope measured at the near surface level (Level 1), after a nuclear accident in reactor Fukushima I. The continuous release rate is very uncertain, thus the calculations have to be interpreted qualitatively. Dispersion in the near surface level (Level 1), in appr. 2500 m height (Level 12) and in appr. 5000 m height (Level 16).

America has turned into a moral swamp

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28014.htm

What does the assassination of Osama Bin Laden have in common with Guantanamo Bay? They're both intended to send a message that the United States has sunk deeper into savagery and abandoned any commitment to conventional norms of behavior. That's the message, and we hear it "loud and clear".

How Stupid is Condoleezza Rice?

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/blum05032011.html

On April 9, Condoleezza Rice delivered a talk in San Francisco. Or tried to. The former Secretary of State was interrupted repeatedly by cries from the audience of "war criminal" and "torturer". Rice made the kind of statement that has now become standard for high American officials under such circumstances: "The children of Iraq are actually not living under Saddam Hussein, thank God." My response to such a line is this: If you went into surgery to correct a knee problem and the surgeon mistakenly amputated your entire leg, what would you think if someone then remarked to you how nice it was that "you actually no longer have a knee problem, thank God." ... The people of Iraq no longer have a Saddam problem.

Keep Your Hands Off My Medicare

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/03-7

It’s been a common refrain of politicians in Washington for as long as the capitol has been unpopular: “It’s good to get outside the Beltway, good to go get back to the real America.” But in recent days that cliché might feel a bit stale for Republican House members, who voted last month for Representative Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. Inside the Beltway, Ryan is called “courageous,” a “visionary,” a “serious man,” for having the bravery to put forth a budget that pays for tax cuts for the wealthy by ending Medicare as we know it. Back home in his district, he’s becoming known as the leader of the most serious assault on seniors since President Bush’s attempt to privatize Social Security.

Where is all that Fukushima radiation going, and why does it matter? - Video

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://fairewinds.com/content/where-all-fukushima-radiation-going-and-why-does-it-matter

Particles of death for the northern hemisphere and America.

What Will It Take to End Our Destructive, Pointless Wars?

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.alternet.org/world/150817/what_will_it_take_to_end_our_destructive%2C_pointless_wars/

Someday, the dead from today’s wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss as the millions who perished in World War One. What will bring us to that point?

Snuff Film Premier in the ‘Situation Room’ - Photograph

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, War, Police State

Link: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/87246.html

How exciting to order a killing and watch it live, so to speak.

Arctic ice melt 'alarming'

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/05/201153222731219991.html

Ocean could be ice-free in summers within 40 years and sea levels could rise by 1.6 metres by 2100, says new study. Ice in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting dramatically faster than was earlier projected and could raise global sea levels by as much as 1.6 metres by 2100, says a new study.

The river traders of Brazil - Video

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, World

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/2011/05/201153142852595854.html

Children risk getting cut to pieces as they fasten their canoes onto moving tourist boats in order to sell their goods. There is a unique commerce system at work along the narrowest stretch of the Tajaparu River in Amazonia, northern Brazil. This is where the boats pass close to the shore, and the best place for the little canoes to do business. Children are seen working the river traffic, weaving in and out among the boats, a ferry's propeller churning fast just below them. Jesse, 14 and Lisette, 11, are among those who risk death just to make a few pennies selling sweets and jams.

The river traders of Brazil

May 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, World

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/2011/05/201153142852595854.html

Children risk getting cut to pieces as they fasten their canoes onto moving tourist boats in order to sell their goods. There is a unique commerce system at work along the narrowest stretch of the Tajaparu River in Amazonia, northern Brazil. This is where the boats pass close to the shore, and the best place for the little canoes to do business. Children are seen working the river traffic, weaving in and out among the boats, a ferry's propeller churning fast just below them. Jesse, 14 and Lisette, 11, are among those who risk death just to make a few pennies selling sweets and jams.

Sticker Shock

May 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/dailybeast/20110502/ts_dailybeast/13790_niallfergusonthegreatinflationofthe2010s

The Fed may deny it, but Americans know that prices are rising. In this week’s Newsweek, Niall Ferguson takes a look at the Great Inflation of the 2010s. “I can’t eat an iPad.” This could go down in history as the line that launched the great inflation of the 2010s.

Hitting Bottom - A Personal Story

May 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.henrymakow.com/personal_story.html

While in jail, I spoke with quite a few men who were abused by the family law system. Most shocking to me at the time were those men on their way to prison for failure to pay child support. Most of these men were without income, yet they were convicted of this 'crime."

Why Was Bin Laden Buried At Sea So Quickly?

May 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28005.htm

After spending many years hunting down the world's most wanted man, why did the U.S. bury Osama bin Laden at sea within 24 hours of killing him? The reason is bound up within Islamic practice and tradition. And that practice calls for the body of the deceased to be buried within 24 hours, according to a U.S. official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters. "We are ensuring that it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition," confirmed the official. "This is something that we take very seriously. And so therefore this is being handled in an appropriate manner."

Economic Terror Wins the Day: We're in a Depression

May 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney05022011.html

On Thursday, Gallup reported that "More than half of Americans say the U.S. economy is in a recession or a depression despite official data that show a moderate recovery.....The April 20-23 Gallup survey... found that only 27 percent said the economy is growing. 29 per cent said the economy is in a depression and 26 per cent said it is in a recession, with another 16 per cent saying it is "slowing down," Gallup said."

Are We Still on an Imperial Planet?

May 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/02-8

Tired of Afghanistan and all those messy, oil-ish wars in the Greater Middle East that just don’t seem to pan out? Count on one thing: part of the U.S. military feels just the way you do, especially a largely sidelined Navy -- and that’s undoubtedly one of the reasons why, a few months back, the specter of China as this country’s future enemy once again reared its ugly head.

Osama Bin Laden is Dead; Let the Peace Begin

May 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/02-10

For us, the death of Osama Bin Laden is a time of profound reflection. With his death, we remember and mourn all the lives lost on September 11. We remember and mourn all the lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. We remember and mourn the death of our soldiers. And we say, as we have been saying for the past nine years, “Enough.”

SICK, MURDEROUS BASTARDS

May 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://malcomlagauche.com/id1.html

I just read the news that Moammar Gadaffi’s son and three grandchildren were killed by a NATO missile strike. Notice that the wording said “NATO,” so no one country can be blamed at this point, however, I would not be remiss in thinking it was a US piece of hardware. This is another accolade for the US and its partners in genocide in which it can add another few names to the family members of adversaries killed in the past three decades. The best term I can think of them for performing such acts is “fucking degenerates.”

Fatty food as lifestyle choice - Video

April 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/04/2011430191018490888.html

Obesity may be a growing concern for many Americans, but others are choosing to embrace unhealthy food. Welcome to the Heart Attack Grill, a Texan restaurant that celebrates cholesterol.

Are US Floods, Fires Linked to Climate Change?

April 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/29

The short answer to the question of whether or not on-going floods in the US Midwest and fires in Texas are linked to a warming Earth is: maybe. The long answer, however, is that while it is difficult—some argue impossible—for scientists to link a single extreme weather event to climate change, climate models have long shown that extreme weather events will both intensify and become more frequent as the world continues to heat up. In other words, the probability of such extreme events increases along with global average temperature.

Texas Bill Would Make Invasive Pat-Downs a Felony

April 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/29/texas-make-invasive-pat-downs-felony/

A former Miss USA's claims of being groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport could be a felony under a bill gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature. The bill would make it illegal for a security officer to intentionally touch someone's private areas -- even atop clothing -- unless they have probable cause to believe the person is carrying something illegal. TSA Molestation Video

U.S. Treasury: China Has Decreased Its Holdings of U.S. Debt

April 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/us-treasury-china-has-decreased-its-hold

Mainland China has decreased its holdings of U.S. Treasury securities since last October, according to a report updated today by the U.S. Treasury Department. Since September 2008, when they eclipsed Japan, entities in mainland China have been the largest foreign owners of U.S. government debt. But, as indicated by the Treasury Department chart linked here, Chinese ownership of U.S. Treasury securities peaked in October 2010 and has declined in each of the four most recent months reported by the Treasury Department.

Facebook accused of removing activists' pages

April 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/29/facebook-accused-removing-activists-pages

Protest groups claim Facebook has taken down dozens of pages over the weekend in a purge of activists' accounts. Facebook has removed dozens of profiles from its site, causing an outcry from campaigners trying to organise anti-austerity protests this weekend.

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