In today's technological age - is heavy manual labour disappearing or is it just becoming invisible? Physical work was once celebrated with hymns of praise. But workers today must be content with encouraging one another that their hard work is better than no work at all. This series looks at the state of physical work in today's world. Work that is dreary, demanding and at time dangerous.
In this latest Criminal State Series — ‘The Hate Mongers Among Us,’ the author of Guilt By Association, Jeff Gates, pretty much sums it up — All well-timed agent provocateur stunts designed to advance the latest narrative — and all traceable to the identical ideological core and as usual, the power of association is once again deployed to wage war on the U.S in plain sight — with the usual suspects blaming the U.S., many of them alleged “progressives.” Brilliant war-waging strategy—in a typically psychopathic sort of way.
Residents live under a constant fear of being hit as dozens of unmanned drones buzz the skies over North and South Waziristan. The drones frighten children and women who sometimes become the victims, especially if the intended targets are anywhere close to their homes. According to local tribal sources, the Americans have planted several spies whose job is to insert microchips in vehicles which are then tracked and taken out by missiles fired from drones.
As if voters don't have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.
Israeli settlers ransacked the home of a Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City early Sunday tossing furniture into the street. Homeowner Mazin Qirrish said Israeli police provided protection to the settlers as his family and neighbors tried to the prevent the evacuation of their home. The family's troubles began 14 September as settlers announced their plan to move in, claiming ownership. An Israeli court recently ruled in favor of the settlers...
Early in America’s crusade to spread the wonders of modern medicine, a group of researchers in Guatemala did something unspeakable in the name of science. Documentation of the project is just now coming to light, more than 60 years later, and it reads like a horror novel: Hundreds of men systematically infected with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases in an effort, endorsed by both the U.S. and Guatemalan governments, to research the effectiveness of drug treatment.
When did teachers become bums? When did it become okay to vilify an entire occupation — three million college educated professionals working as hard as anyone to make the world a better place? It wasn’t that long ago that teachers occupied a quasi-secular-sainthood. It was the underpaid, overworked teachers who guided, inspired, succored, and cajoled every one of us to find in ourselves that bigger person we all long to be.
In a first for a former Guantánamo captive freed by a federal judge, a Syrian man now living in Europe is suing the U.S. government for damages from what he calls a ``Kafkaesque nightmare.'' Abdul Razak al JankoThe 44-page lawsuit by Abdul Razak al Janko, 32, described a decade-long odyssey of detention -- first in Taliban-era Afghanistan, where he was tortured as an alleged pro-American Israeli spy, and later in U.S. military prisons that ignored or misdiagnosed his history as a torture
More senior staff including defence secretary Robert Gates, and senior advisor David Axelrod, leave their jobs. More senior White House staff are to leave in the next few months, adding to the high exit rate from President Barack Obama's administration. Political analysts attribute the attrition rate to exhaustion, but Republican opponents blame disarray inside the White House, with an insular team responsible for too many policy failures.
Henry Paulson has received widespread acclaim for his bare-knuckled decision-making as the treasury secretary at the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, but former federal regulators say he missed multiple chances to contain the disaster.
A new Field Poll highlighted Sunday in The San Francisco Chronicle (whose site has crashed as of this writing) suggests that the tide has turned in favor of medical marijuana legalization. "In a dramatic shift of sentiment, nearly half of California's likely voters now want to legalize marijuana use in the state, according to a new Field Poll," the site's authors write.
The overwhelming fact of the global currency system is that America needs a much weaker dollar to bring its economy back into kilter and avoid slow ruin, yet the rest of the world cannot easily handle the consequences of such a wrenching adjustment. There is not enough demand to go around.
ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN - Horrific protests that have seen hundreds of inmates slice their stomachs open over conditions in jails in Kazakhstan are set to continue as the UN accuses the Central Asian country of trying to mask the real state of its prison system. Convicts have said that torture, beatings and rapes are common in prisons and that the only option left to them to highlight their plight to the outside world is brutal self-mutilation.
The Afghan War has now entered its 10th year. It has become the longest US war. As of 7 October 2010, the 9th Anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the human cost of the Afghan War has been estimated as about 4.9 million violent deaths or non-violent avoidable deaths from Occupier-imposed deprivation.
Barack Obama should demand an end to settlement expansions in the West Bank, putting Israel on the road to redemption. "Disappointed." That's the best the US could do. The Israeli government ends a 10-month suspension on settlement construction - it was, in fact only a partial freeze, but that's another story - and cement and bulldozers immediately start to spread across the West Bank. Did anyone really expect better?
Cubans who previously worked for the state will be encouraged to take up farming under new economic policies. It is hard to imagine what Che Guevara, the legendary communist revolutionary, would make of Cuba's plan to lay off 500,000 state workers by 2011 as the island moves closer to a market economy.
A cascade of insurmountable obstacles now stand in the path of development of the widely trumpeted new generation of nuclear power generating plants in the US despite generous federal loan guarantees offered by Obama’s Department of Energy.
Until now, it' been a real source of pride amongst Israel's support network that big name musicians have felt 'safe' to appear at Zionist fund raisers. Even whilst Israel commits ever more stomach churning war crimes in Palestine and -as we saw in May with the attack on the Freedom Flotilla - in international waters. Aappearing at events to raise issues related to justice in Palestine was seen as a sure fire way of artists being branded anti semitic- leading to (so artists were lead to believe) falls in record sales and trouble s booking tour venues. But, as Gilad Atzmon has aptly named his latest CD ' the tide has changed.'
Oi vey, an Israeli orchestra plans to play the music of this meshigine Wagner, whom Hitler loved so much. Wagner’s music is considered taboo in Israel, it is years since he made it to top 40’s in the Jewish state. Wagner also held views that are far from being popular amongst Jews. He once wrote that Jews were only capable of producing money-making music and not works of art. I guess that Israelis do not like meshiges with an astute reading of the socio-economy of the show business.
The semi-annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank which convenes in Washington today is marked by the most serious breakdown in global economic relations since the trade wars and competitive devaluations that characterised the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The US shed 95,000 more jobs in September, up from 57,000 jobs lost in August and the fourth straight month of net payroll reduction, the US Department of Labor reported on Friday. The combined job losses for July and August were also revised upward by 15,000. Separately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said it will revise upward the number of job losses by 366,000 for the year lasting from March 2009 through March 2010.
An Ohio Republican and tea party favorite running for congress in the state's 9th district used to spend weekends dressing up as a Nazi soldier, running around in the woods simulating combat with other SS-impersonators ... And he says he did it to get closer to his son.
Jazza Festival, London Robert Wyatt. The inimitable British singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt has had a devoted audience for years, and one that crosses many musical territories. Wyatt's unique downbeat chorister sound is currently being connected to the most unexpected of repertoires for him – the Great American Songbook – and as well as being a benefit and consciousness-raiser for the people of Gaza, the Jazza festival is the launchpad for his new album, For The Ghost Within, a compelling blend of haunting vocal treatments and inspirational arrangement. http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/guardian-music-choice-jazza-festival-london.html
Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak is expected to back amendment to Citizenship Act. Here is the amended version: "I hereby declare my loyalty to the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and I pledge to honor state laws."?
Lo and behold! The transformation of the planet Earth is about to begin to usher in the Era of Peace for all of humanity. Many of you are preparing for the great events that are about to take place, but most of you on planet Earth are oblivious to these times of change and when these events will take place that will ultimately change humanity for the better. Those of you who are living in darkness will not be ready to cope with the transformation and change which is necessary.
World financial leaders agree on the problem. They just don't have a ready solution to the risk that the global economic recovery will be undermined by nationalistic elbowing over exchange rates.
But that's fine, Limbaugh explained, because "everybody's needed for something." Some people are just born to be slaves."
True story: A retired couple I know, Brian and Ilsa, own a home in the Southwest. It’s a pretty house, right on the manicured golf course of their gated community (they’re crazy about golf). The only problem is, they bought the house near the top of the market in 2005, and now find themselves underwater. They’ve never missed a mortgage payment – Brian and Ilsa are the kind upright, not to say uptight 60-ish white semi-upper-middle-class couple who follow every rule, fill out every form, comply with every norm. In short, they are the backbone of America.
Gunmen armed with a rocket torched 29 NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan before dawn today, the latest attack on the supply line for international troops in Afghanistan since Pakistani authorities closed a key border crossing amid a dispute with the United States.
Sunday 10 October 2010 - 10.10.10 - is being marked around the World as One Day on Earth to consider global cultural and climate realities. The horrible reality is that on 10.10.10. 60,000 people will die avoidably from deprivation in our US-dominated World, 1,000 children will die avoidably in the American Empire (see “Hey, hey,, USA, how many kids did you kill today? Answer: 1,000”: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article18750), and 770 Afghan under-5 year old infants will perish avoidably in war criminally US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan (see UNICEF:http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/afghanistan_statistics.html).
First man could be pulled out within days as shaft drilled to reach trapped miners is completed. Once the shaft is deemed secure, miners will be brought to the surface in a steel capsule. An escape shaft drilled by engineers has reached 33 miners who have been trapped underground in northern Chile for more than two months. The final breakthrough came on Saturday, and officials said the first workers could be pulled up to the surface of the mine, near the town of Copiapo, within a few days. "We heard sirens from the location of the drill [and] that means the shaft has made contact," Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar said, reporting from Copiapo.
On Sept. 18, 2003, a Tulsa-area pharmaceutical salesman was driving east on Interstate 40 when his bladder began to get the best of him. Realizing he couldn't make it to the next rest stop, he exited at rural Tiger Mountain Road near Henryetta. At the end of the ramp, dirt roads led off in three directions. The area was isolated and undeveloped. High grass rose out of the ditches. And something smelled terrible.
Doctors demand NHS must match health standards for school dinners after research reveals high levels of salt, sugar and fat. Children’s hospital food can contain around ten times more salt and fat than comparable dishes served in schools, a report reveals. Children receiving hospital treatment are being given meals containing "shocking" amounts of salt, sugar and saturated fat, damning new research into the quality of NHS food shows.
Stuart Littlewood views US President Barack Obama’s willingness to ride roughshod over international law and the Geneva Conventions by granting Israel reckless and extravagant favours – courtesy of US taxpayers – in return for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saving Obama’s political bacon and seeing him through November’s mid-term elections.
“For 17 years they [Palestinians] negotiated with the Israeli government during settlement construction ... ” – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 1 October 2010. The United States-brokered peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas are in suspended animation.
The international criminal court is being urged to prosecute members of the Israeli defence force for the raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. Turkish victims have formally requested an investigation, the Guardian has learned.
A Silicon Valley college student says the FBI confronted him and threatened to "make things difficult" for him if he didn't hand over a GPS tracking device he found on his car, says a report at Wired.com. Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old marketing student at Mission College who is partially of Egyptian extraction, said he found the device last Sunday when he took his car to a mechanic, and saw wires sticking out of the underside, near the exhaust pipe. He told Wired he had "done nothing to merit attention from authorities."
"Information Clearing House" -- Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors. Hundreds of millions of secret dollars are pouring into congressional and state races in this election cycle. The Koch brothers (whose personal fortunes grew by $5 billion last year) appear to be behind some of it, Karl Rove has rounded up other multi-millionaires to fund right-wing candidates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling corporate dollars from around the world into congressional races, and Rupert Murdoch is evidently spending heavily.
The head of the International Monetary Fund on Friday urged global finance ministers to stop trying to manipulate their currencies for economic advantage and instead to join to save a fragile recovery.
Sarah Palin, America’s most high-profile conservative, attracted some opprobrium earlier this year when she posed the following rhetorical question to Barack Obama’s supporters: “How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?”
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