Freitag, 27. Januar 2012

Top Justice officials connected to mortgage banks

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Departments' criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Whos' Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.

FDA Panelists Had Ties to Bayer

Food and Drug Administration advisers, in a recent vote, said the benefits of four popular Bayer AG birth-control pills outweigh the blood-clot risk. What the FDA didn t disclose is that three of the advisers have had ties to Bayer, serving as consultants, speakers or researchers.

From Information Clearing House


The Power to Break Up the Big Banks

Micah Hauptman, Public Citizen: ''If regulators do their jobs properly, the resulting institutions should be simpler, smaller, and safer. Those firms would be less likely to fail and less dangerous in the event that they do. Take Bank of America, for example. In its current form, it is a 'grave threat' by any reasonable definition of that phrase. On Wednesday, Public Citizen filed a petition with financial regulators, calling on them to break up the bank and reform it.''

John Reed on Big Banks' Power and Influence


Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co.: 'Bill Moyers talks with former Citigroup Chairman John Reed to explore a momentous instance: how the mid-90 s merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group and a friendly Presidential pen brought down the Glass-Steagall Act, a crucial firewall between banks and investment firms which had protected consumers from financial calamity since the aftermath of the Great Depression. In effect, says Moyers, they put the watchdog to sleep.''

Glass-Steagall Now: Because the Banks Own Washington

Dean Baker, Campaign for America s Future: What is striking about the argument on re-instating Glass-Steagall is that there really is no downside. Senators are on the right track pushing for a new Glass-Steagall, and the public should hope that bankers' lobby doesn t derail their efforts.

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who is accountable?

With the drones' ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. to deploy more warships to Gulf in March

The U.S. plans to deploy a third convoy of warships led by USS Enterprise to the Gulf in March.

What are the experts saying about Iran?


J Street is today releasing a video featuring the views of former Mossad Directors Ephraim Halevy and Meier Dagan, former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, and Middle East advisor to six U.S. Secretaries of State Aaron David Miller, among others, who have sought to challenge the facile assumptions and rhetoric of those arguing for war.

From Information Clearing House


India abandons US dollar to purchase Iranian oil

The Shame and Pride of Joining Food Stamp Nation

By Christopher D. Cook

I call myself frayed white collar-part of the privileged poor.

Manufacturing Consent: How the opinions of the United States populace are manipulated

Noam Chomsky and the Media


How government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populace.


''Manufacturing Consent'' 25 Years Later

The Human Rights ''Success'' In Libya

By Glenn Greenwald

When the West invokes human rights concerns to justify an attack on a dictator whom it has long tolerated (and often even supported), that is rather compelling evidence that human rights is the packaging for the war, not the goal.

Detainees held by Libya rebels still tortured: UN

''The lack of oversight by the central authorities creates an environment conducive to torture and ill-treatment,'' Pillay said. ''My staff have received alarming reports that this is happening in places of detention that they have visited.''

Libyan detainees tortured to Death

Several people have died after being tortured by militias in Libyan detention centres, human rights group Amnesty International has said.

NATOs' grisly crimes in Libya

It turns out that just like Vietnam and other illegal wars before it, Libya is turning into a major embarrassment for Uncle Sam.

From Information Clearing House


'Free' Libya shamed by new torture claims


Blowing the whistle on war crimes is a crime, but committing war crimes is fine

Seelöwen in Chile: Sterben fürs Lachsbrötchen?

Navy Training Blasts Marine Mammals With Harmful Sonar

Adbusters Issues New Call to Action: Occupy Chicago for G8/NATO Summit

'Right to Work' Bill Passes in Indiana House

Italy On the Verge of a Full Revolt

against the Keynesian globalists

Adelson, Gingrich, and the Selling of America

Foreign policy and campaign finance reform


Elizabeth Warren: 'Washington Now Works for Those Who Can Hire an Army of Lobbyists'


On the foreign policy of a warrior nation


What the Adelsons will want for their money

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have transformed the Republican primary by pumping $10 million into a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, thereby enabling his surge against Mitt Romney. So its' surprising that comments Gingrich made last week about what the Adelsons expect in exchange for their money haven t gotten more attention.

Tom DeLay: Newt Gingrich Was 'Erratic, Undisciplined'

Former Speaker of The House Tom DeLay tells syndicated radiothat Newt Gingrich isn t a true conservative, and compares him with Bill Clinton

Secrets of the billionaire backing Gingrichs' shot at the White House

Sheldon Adelson is not running for office but his cash could swing Tuesdays' Florida primary.

Romney: 'I'm not concerned about the very poor'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he s ''not concerned about the very poor'' because they have an ''ample safety net'' and he s focused instead on relieving the suffering of middle-class people hit hard by the bad economy.

From Information Clearing House


Romney Collects More in Donations From the Five Biggest Banks Than All Other Candidates Combined

Pat Garofalo, ThinkProgress: ''Mitt Romney has been leading the way in the 2012 presidential race when it comes to donations from Wall Street, pulling in millions from the financial sector since he launched his campaign.... Romney has received more in donations from employees of the nations' five biggest banks than all of the other presidential candidates combined.... So far, the financial industry has made 69 percent of its donations in the presidential race to Republicans.''

Buying Our Future

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: ''When Newt s presidential bid nearly flat-lined after his electoral collapses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sheldon rushed in with emergency CPR: Cash-Powered Resuscitation. This one rich guy wrote a $5-million check to Gingrich s Super PAC, which is named 'Winning Our Future.' The PAC injected Sheldon s money directly into toxic attack ads against Mitt Romney in South Carolina s primary, jolting Newt s campaign back to life.''

Republican Candidates Have to Be Cynical or Foolish

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: ''It goes as follows: to be a good Republican right now, you have to affirm your belief in things that any halfway intelligent politician can see are plainly false. This leaves room for only two kinds of candidates: those who just aren t smart and/or rational enough to understand the problem, and those who are completely cynical, willing to say anything to get ahead.''

When Mitt Says, ''I m Not Concerned About the Very Poor,'' It's Not a Slip-Up. He Said It Before


Bill Scher, Campaign for America s Future: ''Today, the nation is abuzz over Mitt Romney bluntly cold comment: 'I' m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.' This is not a slip of the tongue. This is what he believes. We know, because he said it before.... He tries to drive a wedge between the middle class and the poor, goading the middle class into being resentful of the poor for coasting on a golden 'safety net' while the rest of us scrape to get by.''


Newt Gingrich: Evangelical space cadet

by Timothy J Taylor


Newt Gingrich is often described as the smartest most intelligent man in the room as compared to his rival running mates on the debate stage, however, if this is so, it s a mystery to me how he can come up with some of the dumbest must unintelligent ideas I?ve ever heard...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Negative Ads Lift Romney, Degrade Democracy in Florida

Romney s 1 Percent Nation Under God

Mitt s Faulty History

The Three Biggest Lies the Government Is Telling You

The Founding Father s Guide to the Constitution

The Emperor s Speech

The State of the Union: Just Another Reality Show


Not A Peep About Presidents' Praise for War

Obamas? Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton

Obama the Hawk

Is Obamas' 'Economic Populism' for Real?


Obamas? justices vs. Obama

by Steve Chapman


Barack Obama, the law professor who railed against the Bush administrations' disdain for privacy, has been to civil liberties what the Hindenburg was to air travel: an unexpected debacle. Time after time, he has chosen to uphold government power at the expense of individual protections. ... But there is one big redeeming item on his record: He has appointed to the Supreme Court people who don't entirely share his taste for aggressive statism...

Obamas? game plan: Do nothing

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders


Toward the end of his State of the Union speech, President Obama observed that Washington politicians should learn from the example of the U.S. military: 'When you're marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails.' ... At first blush, it seemed like a stirring call to action. But when you look at the speech as a whole, and in context, it was a sad admission...

Thou shalt not covet

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


President Obama says that people are poor because others are rich. What a crock that is. Its? nothing more than a refusal to accept personal responsibility for the failure of the welfare-warfare way of life and the managed-economy way of life that that statists have foisted upon our nation. Whats? even a bigger crock is Obamas? solution for making the poor better off...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Putin Says U.S. Seeks `Vassals` Not Allies

The U.S. ''wants to control everything'' and takes decisions unilaterally on key questions, Putin said on a campaign stop yesterday in the Siberian city of Tomsk, 3,100 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow. ''Sometimes I get the impression the U.S. doesn t need allies, it needs vassals.''

From Information Clearing House


What About the State of the Unions, Mr. President?

Dick Meister, ''Unions? Organized labor? ... Those words were nowhere to be heard in President Obamas' State of the Union address, despite labors' vital role in the economy and strong support for Obama.... Obama failed to take advantage of a great opportunity to explain the true nature of unions and their importance to the country-at-large and make clear the often vicious anti-unionism of his political enemies.''


How the federal government gets around the Constitution

FBI Wants New App to Wiretap the Internet

ACTA Action: Poland Signs Up to 'Internet Censorship Treaty' as 20,000 Rage

Mass Demonstrations as EU Countries Sign on to Controversial ACTA Treaty

ACTA: Europe Braced for Protests Over Anti-Piracy Treaty

Tens of Thousands Across Europe Protest Against ACTA


US and EU sign ACTA, global internet censorship treaty


ACTA: The new threat to the net


Big Brother Internet

By Gerald Celente

Government control of the flow of information will strike a blow against Internet anonymity and the free speech it has made possible.


According to the FBI, Internet Privacy Is Now Considered To Be Suspicious Activity

Four reasons to act against ACTA

Downsize DC
by James Wilson


Last month, we joined with countless other groups and individuals to oppose the SOPA and PIPA bills. Similarly, people all over the world are protesting a similar proposal, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). We explain our opposition to ACTA in the letter to Congress below. We urge you take action using'[s] Internet Freedom campaign...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Libyscher Bürgerkrieg geht weiter

In Bani Walid vertreibt eine Stadtmiliz die 28.-Mai-Brigade des nationalen Übergangsrates.


Zusätzliche Altersversorgung, ein verfehltes Rentenkonzept für die Ärmeren

Geringverdiener machen keine zusätzliche Altersversorgung, so die Präsidentin des Sozialverbands VDK.

Die Innenfeinde Afghanistans: Kriminalität, Korruption und bittere Armut

Verletzte und Verlassene auf den Feldern Afghanistans.

Iran will Europa den Ölhahn abdrehen

Die Krisenländer Spanien, Italien und Griechenland sind davon besonders betroffen.


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