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Palin tells Marg Delahunty Canada should 'dismantle' public health-care system

December 26th, 2009

Link: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091124/entertainment/palin_marg_delahunty

After being kicked out of the book-signing, Walsh and her crew then waited outside at a loading dock close to where Palin's bus was parked. When Palin emerged from the Borders bookstore, Walsh said, Delahunty - dressed in a more toned-down version of her trademark warrior princess costume - called out to her. "Hey, remember us, we're the Canadians! We came all the way here from Canada!" Delahunty yelled. "When we asked you that question, we didn't hear your answer." Palin strolled over, looking down on Walsh and her crew to tell them that "Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit." True Slant: Yes, Sarah, There is a Media Conspiracy.

Stunning Statistics About the War That Everyone Should Know

December 24th, 2009

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/scahill12182009.html

A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversightsubcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it. Overall, contractors now comprise a whopping 69% of the Department of Defense’s total workforce, “the highest ratio of contractors to military personnel in US history.” That’s not in one war zone—that’s the Pentagon in its entirety. It was during the First World War that Samuel P. Bush and the other board members amassed fortunes selling the weapons and materials of war not only to America but also to Germany. Most of the records and correspondence pertaining to Samuel P. Bush's activities on the War Industries Board were later burned mysteriously, "to save space" in the National Archives. When their business venture officially ended on November 11, 1918, some 37,508,686 human beings had been killed. It set a dangerous precedent for the destiny of America and the destiny of civilization itself. A small group of corporate manufactures, bankers, and industrialists had formulated a devilishly effective method by which profit is extracted from human suffering, war, and death, and their dark technique would be repeated and refined. 'Dynasty of Death' (Part 1) Because of American greed and megalomania a horrific threat, 'the sword of Damocles' hangs over humanity. War is now waged only for profit. Humanity will be consumed by America's greed. America has become the heart of darkness on the earth and Americans should hope that there is no God and no hell.

From "Yes we can" to "No we won't"

December 23rd, 2009

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/18/yes-we-can-to-no-we-wont

Many people who were Barack Obama's most enthusiastic supporters a year ago have grown disillusioned and angry. Alan Maass looks at the differences between President Obama and Candidate Obama--and where the hope for real change lies. AS THE first year of Barack Obama's presidency drew to a close, one event symbolized the gap between the promise he represented to so many people and the frustrating reality: A war president accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Here was the man who owed his electoral success, at least during the Democratic primaries, to the perception that he was the main antiwar candidate--and he accepted the Nobel in Oslo a week after announcing he would escalate the already-eight-year-old U.S. war on Afghanistan, with a second troop surge that brought to more than 50,000 the total number of soldiers he had committed to the war since taking office.

The United States, its abandonment of law and worse

December 22nd, 2009

Link: http://www.redress.cc/americas/cking20091208

Christopher King says that the United States has gone beyond lawlessness and inhumanity into pathologically vicious means of waging warfare. It has experienced blowback from its past actions and can expect more from its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pearl Harbour attack was blowback and current Japanese objections to US base arrangements might be the commencement of blowback from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility. With climate change threatening the planet itself, we do not need this as well. Europe must cease supporting this berserk state. It needs to recover the vision, the spirit of goodwill and humanity that laid the foundations of the European Union. In following America, Europe has lost its way.

Prepare For Rebellion, Obama Orders US-Canadian Troops

December 21st, 2009

Link: http://www.eutimes.net/2009/12/prepare-for-rebellion-obama-orders-us-canadian-troops/

Kremlin position papers presented to Prime Minister Putin today on his upcoming meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen state that the European-US military alliance has authorized an ‘emergency request’ from President Obama to utilize American and Canadian NATO troops to put down what is expected to be a “rebellion” after the expected January, 2010 ‘declaration of bankruptcy’ by the State of California. According to these reports, Obama’s fears of rebellion are due to the economic health of California (the United States largest State Rebellions don’t occur because people or state governments go bankrupt. Rebellion and armed rebellion occurs when people have their food supply cut off. It also occurs as a result of mass arrests and disappearances of large numbers of people during a time of say, economic collapse. So in short if there is rebellion it will be because the government does something brutal and senseless to the people like failing to feed them, or if the government murders and tortures innocent Americans en masse. If the poor beaten sheep actually stood up to their executioners, that could be considered rebellion. One last point, any American president that would call upon foreign troops to kill his own countrymen would be an obvious traitor. So, is all of this likely? Probably not, but it makes entertaining reading.

How the other 0.000003 percent lives

December 20th, 2009

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2009/06/05/how-the-superrich-live

Adam Turl examines the lives of the 10 richest people in the U.S.--and uncovers a rogue's gallery of serial polluters, budget-slashers, CIA contractors, union-busters and right-wing nuts. BACK IN February--when even the mainstream media was convinced the capitalist economy was in full-blown meltdown mode--Newsweek magazine ran an article titled "Why there won't be a revolution." Newsweek wanted to reassure the rich--and convince working people--that the masses weren't getting ready to dust off their pitchforks and head to the town square. "Americans might get angry sometimes," they wrote, "but we don't hate the rich. We prefer to laugh at them." Newsweek couldn't be more wrong. The 10 percent of Americans who rely on food stamps, the 25 percent of Ohioans who are waiting in lines at food banks, the 500,000 people who lost their jobs last month and the millions more who can't find work--these people aren't laughing.

Watchdog Group Says Ties to Health Insurance Companies Make Sen. Joe Lieberman An 'Insurance Puppet'

December 16th, 2009

Link: http://www.prnewswire.com:80/news-releases/watchdog-group-says-ties-to-health-insurance-companies-make-sen-joe-lieberman-an-insurance-puppet-78310302.html

Online advertising campaign in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. asks if health insurers are pulling the strings. Public Campaign Action Fund, a national campaign finance watchdog group, named Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) its second "Insurance Puppet" in an online advertising campaign targeting Connecticut and Washington, D.C. "Senator Lieberman has received $448,066 in campaign contributions from the health insurance industry during his time in Washington," said David Donnelly, Public Campaign Action Fund's national campaigns director. "With so much money from the industry filling his campaign coffers, it's not surprising that Lieberman has spent the last year parroting any and all insurance industry talking points he could find." The campaign finance watchdog group will release an "Insurance Puppet" each day at InsurancePuppets.com for the rest of the week in an effort to educate the public about the impact of the health insurance industry's campaign contributions on the health care debate. The industry has donated $17.7 million in campaign contributions to the Senators taking part in the current debate, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

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