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Le Canada finance son propre endettement et Obama autorise une attaque meurtrière sur le Pakistan

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Émission de L'Autre Monde du 29 janvier 2009: Le Canada finance son propre endettement et Obama autorise une attaque meurtrière sur le Pakistan


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L'Autre Monde 29 janvier 2009

60 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM


Diffusion en direct : Jeudi à 11:00h
Animation : François Marginean
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Cette semaine sur L'Autre Monde:

Nous parlons du budget catastrophique de Flaherty et Harper qui va nous endetter encore plus en finançant notre propre endettement, de la guerre contre le terrorisme de Barack Obama et son dernier acte de guerre contre le Pakistan qui a fait 22 morts, de la torture qui ne va pas vraiment arrêter sous Obama, du terrorisme israélien à Gaza et de l'indécente partialité des médias, nous survolons l'actualité du Moyen-Orient et de l'Europe où les révoltes sembles vouloir prendre place. Nous complèterons avec un tour des nouvelles mondiales avec la chronique LNI.

Soyez au rendez-vous les jeudis à 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM!



***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:

La déchéance d’Israël & l’indécente partialité des médias


Canada: Opération «Relance économique», 200 milliards pour les banques
La face cachée du budget Flaherty
- par Michel Chossudovsky - 2009-01-28

L'invasion de Gaza : L'opération «Plomb durci» fait partie d'une vaste opération des renseignements militaires israéliens

- par Michel Chossudovsky - 2009-01-27


Décision criminelle de la BBC: Refus de diffuser un appel à l'aide humanitaire

- par Antonio Artuso - 2009-01-26


Obama laisse intact le système de torture et de détention illimitée

- par Tom Eley - 2009-01-26


Palestine: Chronique d'un crime de guerre

- par M. El Bachir - 2009-01-27


Le temps est venu d’appeler l’État terroriste d’Israël par son nom

Gaza, une victime qui appelle un monde nouveau

- par Silvia Cattori - 2009-01-27


Ces témoignages qui accusent l’armée israélienne de crimes de guerre

- par Pierre Barbancey - 2009-01-28


La guerre et le gaz naturel : l’invasion israélienne et les gisements de Gaza en mer

- par Michel Chossudovsky - 2009-01-12

L'invasion militaire de la Bande de Gaza par les forces israéliennes, est en relation directe avec le contrôle et la possession de réserves stratégiques de gaz offshore.


USA: Le dilemme diplomatique de la nouvelle Amérique

- par René Naba - 2009-01-20

La Palestine, véritable test de la détermination de Barack Obama d’impulser le nouveau visage de l’Amérique post-raciale et post-coloniale.


After less than a week in office, Barack Obama's approval rating plunges 15 points


Report: Ex-Gitmo detainee joins al-Qaida in Yemen

A Saudi man released from Guantanamo after spending nearly six years inside the U.S. prison camp is now the No. 2 of Yemen's al-Qaida branch, according to a purported Internet statement from the terror network.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Suuuuuuuuuuuure....

And Saddam Hussein hid his nookular bombs underneath his bed every night! Really!!!!!!

Barack Obama has just announced shutting down Guantanamo. There are people who do not want those prisoners released because they are a severe political embarrassment to the United States. Now, that is not to say that these prisoners are not dangerous, if not when kidnapped, at least now after 6 years of torture.

But this story is an obvious plant to sell the idea that regardless of how wrong it was to lock these prisoners up that we have no choice but to hold them for the rest of their lives (or until they get VERY depressed).


More Booga Booga

Al-Qaeda leader calls for attacks on Britain in retaliation for Israel's Gaza offensive

Webmaster's Commentary:

"The terrorists gonna GITCHA if you dare feel sorry for the Gazans!" -- Number 9 3/4


Mystery virus hits 15 million PCs around the world

A mysterious computer virus, the purpose of which has yet to become apparent, is spreading so fast that it has already infected more than 15 million computers around the world. Some six million machines have been contaminated in the past three days alone by the virus, a worm known as Downadup, Conficker or Kido.

Webmaster's Commentary:

How to remove the Downadup and Conficker worm

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/remove-downadup-conficker

Who wants the blog-o-sphere silenced right now?

Had it not been for the internet and the blogs, Israel would have succeeded in selling the idea that the attack on Gaza was all HAMAS' fault.

When Tzipi Livni got up and stated flat out that there were no civilian casualties in Gaza. she did so because she honestly believed that all contradictory information would be blocked from reaching the world.

She was wrong. Photos of dead children were already in wide circulation even as she stood at the podium.

Israel has invested much of the money they get from the taxpayers to buy up and control the media (see BBC). This PR disaster over the last month has finally made them realize that the precious control over the information of the world has been lost; the high ground in the war for the minds of the people is here on the net. If Israel cannot control that (and they are trying) then they will lose the war of public opinion.

So, to repeat; who wants the blog-o-sphere silenced right now?


U.S. ambassador sees no sudden pullout from Iraq

Iraq's military is "prepared for the worst" if President Barack Obama orders a faster withdrawal of U.S. troops, its defense minister said on Thursday, but the outgoing U.S. ambassador said a sudden pullout was unlikely.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The government of Iraq says the Us can go home early. The families of the soldiers want them to come home early.

So why the delay?

Give the keys to Irag back to the government, apologize for the museum and archaeological sites we wrecked, assure them that the depleted uranium will go away by itself in about 4 billion years and BRING THE KIDS HOME!

For one thing, we could put those soldiers to work here in the US repairing roads and bridges. The Roman Legions operated this way; when the legionnaires weren't killing people they were building roads and other needed infrastructure!


L'ONU veut poursuivre Bush et Rumsfeld


Official: UN may prosecute Bush administration, regardless of US action

The UN's special torture rapporteur called on the US Tuesday to pursue former president George W. Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Click for torture scandal links


Rumsfeld to stand trial for war crimes?

A UN official says there is enough evidence that former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be brought to justice for war crimes.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak in an interview on Monday told CNN that the international body had enough evidence to prosecute Rumsfeld for his direct authorization of tortures at US detention centers in 2002.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Actually, the UN Official stated quite clearly that there was evidence to charge both Rumsfeld and Bush, but from this article it looks like Rumsfeld is the designated scapegoat.


Turley: Obama 'accessory' to war crimes if no prosecution



Moyen-Orient:


US Missile attack on Pakistan kills nine

At least one missile hit a house in a village near the town of Mirali in North Waziristan, a stronghold of al-Qaeda and Taleban militants.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"But trust us; they were all terrorists!" -- Official White Horse Souse


President Obama 'orders Pakistan drone attacks'


Obama airstrikes kill 22 in Pakistan


Death toll in two 'US missile strikes' in Pakistan rises to 21: official

Six more bodies were recovered from the rubble of an Al-Qaeda den hit by a suspected US missile, pushing the death toll in two separate strikes to 21, security officials said Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"But trust us; if they are dead then they are terrorists, because we have these 'magic' missiles we got from Israel and they only kill the bad people!" -- Official White Horse Souse


President orders air strikes on villages in tribal area

Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Change we can believe in? Hardly. The US still flings missiles at "suspects" and ignores "collateral damage."


Hillary, Tzipi to stop Iran enrichment

US secretary of state and Israel's foreign minister have reportedly reached an agreement to work together in dealing with Iran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary:

... in direct violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.


Iran Discovers New Uranium Deposits

Iran said Tuesday it had found uranium ore at three new sites in the center of the country, an announcement that appeared designed as a fresh challenge to the drive by the United States and allies to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary:

A bit further down you will see another story saying that Iran is scrambling to find new sources of raw uranium, and this proves they are engaged in making nuclear weapons. In this article. Iran announces that it has plenty of uranium inside its borders (putting the lie to the first story) but the media still spins it as proof Iran is making nuclear weapons.


Iran in scramble for fresh uranium supplies

Western powers believe that Iran is running short of the raw material required to manufacture nuclear weapons, triggering an international race to prevent it from importing more, The Times has learnt.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is a repeat of the "Iraq is buying Uranium from Africa" lie used to trick you into the LAST war!


Israel switches to Iran after Gaza

Tel Aviv has reintroduced the idea of attacking Iran in the wake of a deadly military offensive in Gaza, which claimed over 1300 lives.

In a Saturday night meeting with Quartet envoy Tony Blair, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak claimed that Iran's nuclear program threaten the stability of the region.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"So you should go kill them for us!"

(Ahem)

Israel is really good at starting wars, so long as someone else pays for them. And Israel has a past history of hurling baseless accusations at other countries to justify attacks on them.

Israel made the exact same claims about Iraq leading up to the bombing of the Osirik power station in Iraq. Then it was Israel's spy within the Pentagon Office of Special Plans that fed much of the claims about Iraq's nuclear weapons to the White House, information which later proved to be lies.

After the United States invaded Iraq, the ruins at Osirik were inspected by the IAEA, and found to be remains of a power station, with no evidence of any weapons program. Likewise, the much ballyhooed weapons of mass destruction were a myth.

The recent Israeli attack on Gaza should teach us all a lesson. Israel started out claiming HAMAS had broke the cease fire, then had to backtrack and admit that it was Israel that fired the first shots on November 4th. Then after denying the use of white phosphorus over the populated areas of Gaza, Israel (unable to control the flow of damning photographs out of Gaza despite locking out the press) admitted using white phosphorus, but only as a smoke screen. Then the photos of the white phosphorus attack on the UN school surfaced and Israel said they would "look into it." Finally, the world will long remember Tzipi Livni insisting there were no civilian casualties even as the bodies of dead infants piled up, which Israel later tried (and failed) to dismiss with a claim that HAMAS was killing their own children just to make Israel look bad.

In short, Israel has a long history of "If at first you don;t succeed, lie, lie again" a disgusting habit our own government has sadly acquired through too many years of close association.

At this point it is prudent to assume Israel is lying when it makes accusations against other countries, and that any "evidence" presented will be, like the Niger Documents purporting to prove Iraq was buying Yellowcake, hoaxes.


U.S. congressman: Give talks with Iran no more than 3 months

The Obama administration should devote no more than about three months to dialogue with Iran, the chairman of the United States' House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Howard Berman, has told Haaretz.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Let Israel fight its own wars for a change.


U.S.-installed Iraqi ex-PM says Bush "utter failure"

Former U.S.-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has denounced the policies of President George W. Bush as an "utter failure"

"Yes, Bush's policies failed utterly," said Allawi, describing the U.S. administration that once backed him. "Utter failure. Failure of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, including fighting terrorism and economic policy."

"His insistence on names like 'democracy' and 'open elections', without giving attention to political stability, was a big mistake. It cast shadows on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt, and I believe this will be remembered in history as President Bush's policy," he said.


Iraq willing for quicker US troop pullout

Webmaster's Commentary:

Me too.

Barack Obama, you won your election in part on a promise to bring our kids home.

The time to do it is NOW, not in 16 months. The credibility of your entire administration rests on this.


CIA warned Condi on Niger claim

A high-ranking CIA official warned Condoleezza Rice in September 2002 that allegations about Iraq seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger were untrue and that she, as national security adviser, should stop President George W. Bush from citing the claim in making his case against Saddam Hussein’s regime, according to new evidence released by a House committee.

Nevertheless, the false Niger story showed up in Bush’s State of the Union Address on Jan 28, 2003, and Rice later joined other White House officials in blaming the CIA for failing to alert them about the dubious intelligence.

Webmaster's Commentary:

When governments lie to their people and the world to start a war, they destroy their own credibility, and the credibility of the country they supposedly represent.

Unfortunately, the possibility that Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzalez, Rumsfeld, et al, will ever be brought to trial for their crimes and lies is just about as great as that of pigs flying.


Blix reveals the threats made by Dick Cheney before the invasion

In an interview with Aljazeera today, former Chief of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq told the TV that he and the Head of the IAEA "Mohamed Al-Baradei" were subjected to direct threats from Dick Cheney before the war.

Webmaster's Commentary:

It is very telling that Blix has volunteered "...to be a witness on the United States’ false allegations before an International tribunal."

Hans, for heaven's sake, stay the heck out of small aircraft!!!!!


Hans Blix Would Testify Against Bush-Cheney War Crimes

In an interview with Aljazeera today, former Chief of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq told the TV that he and the Head of the IAEA “Mohamed Al-Baradei” were subjected to direct threats from Dick Cheney before the war.

Blix said that Cheney threatened to defame both men’s reputations if they didn’t came with the “required” answers...

Blix also added that he is ready to be a witness on the United States’ false allegations before an International tribunal.


Hans Blix: "Cheney threatened to discredit me"

Hans Blik talks about the moment Dick Cheney threatened to discredit him and Mohamed El-Baradei over Weapons Inspections in Iraq.


White House Lied About Iraqi Yellowcake Buy, But That’s Not the Biggest Scandal

A new congressional report is belatedly confirming what many have long known: that the White House and in particular then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, lied to Congress in 2004 when he told them the Bush administration was not repeatedly warned by the CIA not to make the claim that Saddam had tried to buy uranium ore from Niger.

Webmaster's Commentary:

See LIE OF THE CENTURY!


The Iraq War is Now Illegal

Ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law. As of January 1, Congress' authorization of the war expired.

The Bush administration's infatuation with presidential power has finally pushed the country over a constitutional precipice. As of New Year's Day, ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law.

In authorizing an invasion in 2002, Congress did not give President Bush a blank check. It explicitly limited the use of force to two purposes: to “defend the national security of the US from the threat posed by Iraq” and “enforce all relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

Five years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the government of Iraq no longer poses a threat. Our continuing intervention has been based on the second clause of Congress' grant of war-making power. Coalition troops have been acting under a series of Security Council resolutions authorizing the continuing occupation of Iraq. But this year, Bush allowed the UN mandate to expire on December 31 without requesting a renewal. At precisely one second after midnight, Congress' authorization of the war expired along with this mandate.

Bush is trying to fill the legal vacuum with the new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) he signed with the Iraqis. But the president's agreement is unconstitutional, since it lacks the approval of Congress. Bush even refused to allow Congress access to the terms of the deal. By contrast, Prime Minister al-Maliki followed his constitution and submitted the agreement for parliamentary approval. While the Iraqi parliament debated its terms, leading members of Congress were obliged to obtain unofficial English translations of texts published by the Arab press.

Bush defends his extraordinary conduct by claiming that it is traditional for commanders in chief to negotiate status of forces agreements without congressional consent.


US Troops Shoot Iraqi Woman in First Test to Pact

Only a few hours after the United Nations Mandate for Iraq expired and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) went into effect, US forces have sparked an incident which may prove to be the first major test of the SOFA’s power and the Iraqi government’s authority.

Earlier today near th al-Jadiriya bridge in Baghdad, US troops opened fire on a female staffer for Iraq’s Biladi TV, critically wounding her. The reason for the attack was unclear, and probably not particularly important to the question of the SOFA.


Feds drop case against Susan Lindauer

The federal government has quietly dropped its case against former congressional aide Susan Lindauer, but she may be heading back to court with a lawsuit.

Lindauer was accused of helping an Iraqi spy agency, but later she was declared mentally unfit for trial.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Here is what really happened.

In March 2001 Susan Lindauer carried a message from the Iraqi government to her cousin, the White House Chief of Staff, requesting the return of weapons inspectors. This proved that Iraq had no WMD, so the U.S. government knew that then.

Bush and Cheney nevertheless attacked and invaded Iraq using WMD as a pretext, and declared Susan Lindauer insane to silence her (a tactic copied from the former USSR).


Obama to Order Iraq Withdrawal on Day One, Axelrod Says

Incoming White House senior adviser David Axelrod said this morning that President-elect Barack Obama will fulfill his campaign promise and begin on Wednesday the process of withdrawing America forces from Iraq within 16 months.

Webmaster's Commentary:

16 months?

Why?

Just hand the Iraqi people the keys, apologize for the depleted uranium and the rotting corpses, and get out!

Delaying a withdrawal by 16 months is NOT keeping your campaign promise, Barack.


Pelosi Open to Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials

The House speaker suggests to "FOX News Sunday" that the law might compel Democrats to press forth on some prosecutions of Bush administration officials, saying they may not "have a right to ignore" them.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Forget 'right'; WE THE PEOPLE (You know, the folks who pay for all that marble you surround yourself with) DEMAND trials, convictions, and executions!


Who’s in Charge—Obama, the Pentagon or Israel?

When Pentagon officials met with Obama last month, there again were winks and nods to the press. Obama was a naive and inexperienced politician from Flyover Land. He could and would be “handled.”


Obama and Chávez Start Sparring Early

In an interview shown in the past week on the Spanish-language network Univision, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said that Venezuela's firebrand president, Hugo Chávez, has hindered progress in Latin America, and he expressed concern that Chávez's leftist government has assisted Colombia's biggest guerrilla movement, a group the United States considers a terrorist organization. Chávez responded this weekend by saying that Obama had "the same stench" as President Bush, a frequent target of Chávez's remarks.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Yeah, change we can believe in. Right.


Bush expected to pardon those with torture links

US LAWYERS battling against torture and other abuses at Guantanamo Bay are braced for George Bush issuing last-minute pardons to protect those in his Administration most closely implicated.

The lawyers' warning came after a senior member of the Bush Administration, Susan Crawford, admitted for the first time that torture had been carried out.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The hallmark of a dictatorship is that some people are above the law.


Mumbai terrorists had British link: MI5 spy chief

There were 'indirect connections' between the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November and individuals in Britain, the head of Britain's spy agency says.

MI5 director Jonathan Evans said in interviews published Wednesday that billing records have been uncovered revealing telephone calls between the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group suspected of being behind the Mumbai attacks and other countries, including Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Is this an accusation, or a confession?



Économie:


Ways and Means Passes Economic Recovery Legislation

The House Committee on Ways and Means voted today in support of a comprehensive economic recovery package to provide tax, health and unemployment relief to families while also encouraging businesses to create new jobs. The legislation, H.R. 598, passed the Committee by a party-line vote of 24 to 13. The legislation will now be combined with other components of the recovery package from other House Committees into H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for consideration by the full House of Representatives next week.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Now, here is the bad news. They are only talking about a $275 billion program, about 1/3 of the original bank bailout bill, and it works out to about $1000 per American. But the reality is that in an age of skyrocketing costs ( in particular for health care) $1000 is a token amount at best.

I have no praise for a government that steals a dollar, then proclaims its generosity while it gives back a dime!


House Rejects Obama's Request For Rest Of TARP

President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan, including proposals to award a $500 tax credit to most workers and to help the laid-off hang onto their health insurance, met Republican resistance Thursday as it began moving through the House.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Yeah, when it's a bank, there is no limit to the taxpayer dollars they can have, but when it's the taxpayers, FUGGEDABOUTIT!


Merrill Lynch Execs Paid Themselves $15 Billion on $21.5 Billion in Losses in 2008

No wonder John Thain was sacked. On the surface it appears that he and his management were 'hiding' or at best unaware of enormous losses that were only revealed after they were purchased by the Bank of America, and the recipient of enormous amounts of government funds.

And to make matters worse, they continued to pay themselves huge salaries and bonuses for the year despite those losses.


Bad news: we're back to 1931. Good news: it's not 1933 yet

The US is losing 500,000 jobs a month. Brazil lost 650,000 in December. Beijing says 10m Chinese have lost their jobs since the crunch began. Japan's exports fell 35pc last month, year-on-year. The central bank is printing money furiously, buying bonds to prevent a relapse into deflation.

So yes, it is like early 1931. Citigroup and Bank of America have more or less disintegrated. JP Morgan's health is failing fast. General Motors and Chrysler survive only on life-support from the US taxpayer.


Bad Bank, Bad News

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson blew it, Ben Bernancke blew it and now it looks like Lawrence Summers and David Axelrod, Obama's top economic advisers, are about to blow it big time. The horse is long since dead but the flogging continues.


U.N. crime chief says drug money flowed into banks

The United Nations' crime and drug watchdog has indications that money made in illicit drug trade has been used to keep banks afloat in the global financial crisis, its head was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

One can just imagine the terms of those loans!


California prepares to stop paying bills

The state of California has run out of money.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Wanna call us "Economic Girlie Men" again, Arnold? Think that will make the problems go away?

We were right.

You were wrong.

Deal with it.


We'll have to go begging to the IMF, says Cameron

Britain risks bankruptcy and a humiliating bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) because of Gordon Brown's borrowing, David Cameron said yesterday.


Financial crisis: Gordon Brown calls for new global order

Webmaster's Commentary:

Total lunacy! Globalism is why the economic crisis spread around the world! So what does Brown call for? More globalism!


Icelandic government becomes first to be brought down by the credit crunch

The government of Iceland today became the first to be effectively brought down by the credit crunch.

After several nights of rioting over the financial crisis, Prime Minister Geir Haarde, surrendered to increasing pressure and called a general election for May.

Webmaster's Commentary:

One down...


Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world (13 pictures)

Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world (13 pictures)


Cars to be crushed in insurance crackdown

TWO million uninsured drivers face having their vehicles seized and crushed under a proposed new government crackdown announced yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

I recall when insurance was made mandatory in California. Immediately the costs went way up and the benefits went way down. Life in America.


U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Match Highest Since ’82

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans filing first- time claims for unemployment benefits matched the highest level in 26 years as firings forced more workers to seek government assistance in a deepening recession.

Initial jobless claims increased by 62,000 to 589,000, more than forecast, in the week ended Jan. 17, from a revised 527,000 the prior week, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington.


GM gets second loan installment of $5.4 billion

Webmaster's Commentary:

... for which Obama got a really cool and heavily armored Cadillac to ride around in!


Microsoft to cut up to 5,000 jobs as earnings fall

Module body

NEW YORK (AFP) - US software giant Microsoft announced on Thursday that it was cutting up to 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months including 1,400 immediately due to a slowing economy and weak spending on technology.


OBAMA & CONGRESS BLAST CITI OVER JET

High-flying Citigroup executives, trying desperately to hang on to their new, $50 million luxury jet, took heavy flak yesterday from the White House and Congress after The Post revealed how the beleaguerred bank is blowing taxpayers' rescue funds.

The Financial behemoth, being kept afloat by $45 billion in public life support, should not be spending its precious greenbacks on frivolous luxuries, said President Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs.

Obama "doesn't believe" business jets are the "best use of money," said Gibbs. "He said that as it relates to the auto industry, and he believes that as it relates to banks, as well."

"The notion of Citigroup spending $50 million on a new corporate jet, even as it is depending on billions of taxpayer dollars to survive, does not fly," he said.

"To permit Citigroup to purchase a plush plane - foreign-built, no less - while domestic auto companies are being required to sell off their jets is a ridiculous double standard."


Microsoft to axe 5,000, no job cuts in India

"Microsoft will eliminate up to 5,000 jobs in R&D, HR, marketing, sales, finance, legal, and IT over the next 18 months, including 1,400 jobs today," the company said in a statement.

The layoff, however, would not be impacting the Indian operations.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Imagine my joy.


Microsoft could face $8.5 billion in damages for "Vista Capable" case

The Vista Home Basic lawsuit alleges that Microsoft's Vista Capable program would inflate the prices of PCs that were only capable of running that edition, thus enticing users to purchase machines that would not be able to upgrade to a better version of Vista at a later date.

Webmaster's Commentary:

No, it wasn't, because every single commercial for VISTA showed the Aero interface which would lead any reasonable person to conclude that this was what they were paying (huge bucks) for.

I have a VISTA machine here someone gave me when they found out the BIOS prevented them from installing XP on it, so I have had a chance to look at VISTA Home Basic closely. Frankly, it is a step down from XP, and obviously the features of VISTA shown in the TV commercials are all in the expensive add upgrades. I am probably going to load LINUX on this thing when I am done with the VISTA post-mortem.


Massive one-day job losses

Mon Jan 26 2009

NEW YORK (AFP) - Companies forecast almost 70,000 job cuts in a single day as the rampant crisis born in the banking sector struck workers in factories and offices across the globe and brought down a government on Monday.

The financial catastrophe claimed one of its biggest casualties yet as Iceland's Prime Minister Geir Haarde announced the resignation of his government after months of protests over its handling of the economic crisis.

In New York, construction equipment giant Caterpillar said it planned 20,000 job cuts worldwide to cope with plunging sales and US telecom operator Sprint Nextel announced 8,000 cuts -- 14 percent of its staff.

Japan's top 12 automakers expect to cut a total of 25,000 jobs between now and the end of March to cope with an industry slump, a survey by Jiji Press concluded on Monday.

Dutch banking and insurance group ING announced 7,000 job cuts and a deal for the Dutch state to assume 80 percent of the risk on a 27.7-billion euro portfolio of troubled assets.

Dutch electronics giant Philips said it would eliminate 6,000 jobs.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted that the crisis, which has forced his government to intervene to shore up banks, should give rise to "a new global order."

"As some want, we could close our markets -- for capital, financial services, trade and for labour -- and therefore reduce the risks of globalisation," he said, according to the text of a speech issued by his office.

"Or we could view the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth-pangs of a new global order -- and our task now as nothing less than making the transition through a new internationalism to the benefits of an expanding global society."

The announcements by the two Dutch companies came ahead of confirmation that Europe's second-biggest steelmaker, Indian-owned Corus, said it would cut more than 3,500 jobs around the world, most of them in Britain.

The US Congress was meanwhile due to begin debate this week on Obama's 825-billion-dollar stimulus bill designed to haul the US economy out of a paralysing recession.

In his first presidential radio address at the weekend, Obama raised the spectre of double-digit unemployment and a massive erosion of family incomes if Congress did not act on the stimulus bill.

"If we do not act boldly and swiftly, a bad situation could become dramatically worse," he said.


The Federal Reserve Fails to Reflate the US Banking System

Movie shows the scale of the crisis, comparing past banking crises back to 1919 to the current crisis.


Dennis Kucinich discusses taking back the FED

January 26, 2009 from cspanjunkie.org. Dennis Kucinich talks about his intention to introduce legislation to put the Federal Reserve under government control.


Just The Early Stages of Economic and Financial Collapse

There is now no question that all the legacy or money center banks will be merged into one nationalized bank, which we believe was the intention from the beginning. This will make it easier later in the formation of a One-World government to merge US banks into a world bank that will disperse a world currency. Government is going to take an ever-increasing role in bank ownership and in credit policy, as would be expected in any fascist government.


Forecasters see historic drop in retail sales

The nation’s retailers had a rough 2008, but this year will likely be even scarier, according to a sales forecast released Tuesday from the world’s largest retail trade organization.

Retailers are expected to record a 0.5 percent drop in revenue in 2009, the first annual decline in three decades and perhaps much longer, according to a National Retail Federation forecast released Tuesday.

Several big names in corporate America announced layoffs Monday.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., which is buying rival drug maker Wyeth in a $68 billion deal, and Sprint Nextel Corp., the country’s third-largest wireless provider, each plan to slash 8,000 jobs. Home Depot Inc., the biggest home improvement retailer in the U.S., is shedding 7,000 jobs, and General Motors Corp. said it will cut 2,000 jobs at plants in Michigan and Ohio due to weak sales.

Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of mining and construction equipment, announced 5,000 new layoffs on top of several earlier actions.


What caused the financial crisis in the US?

Back in 1971, the USA printed and spent far more paper money than they could cover by gold. When the French demanded redemption of their dollar holdings in gold, the USA discovered that they could not honour the debt, thus committing an act of bankruptcy. So the USA went to the Saudis to cut a deal - we’ll keep you in power, no mater what you do, as long as OPEC denominate all sales of oil in US dollars (which was termed as Petrodollar). The deal was done.

World Agenda: riots in Iceland, Latvia and Bulgaria are a sign of things to come

Webmaster's Commentary:

A global revolution against debt-based economies?

Count me in!


Worldwide Economic Protests and Riots


China fears riots will spread as boom goes sour

Today millions will leave the cities to return to their rural family homes for the new year celebrations. But this year Beijing hopes the newly jobless revellers will stay there - to prevent a fresh wave of unrest in the cities


Downturn Accelerates As It Circles The Globe

The world economy is deteriorating more quickly than leading economists predicted only weeks ago, with Britain yesterday becoming the latest nation to surprise analysts with the depth of its economic pain.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Here we see the downside of globalism.

National borders serve the same function for Earth that fireproof doors do in a building and watertight hatches do on a ship. They contain an accident so that the whole structure is not threatened.

The globalists propped open the fireproof doors and welded open the watertight hatches, and yes, things move faster without having to bother with all those latches and handles. But now there is a fire (or flooding) and nothing stands in the way of the entire building burning down (or the ship sinking).

And yet every suggested fix for the problem in the media is a call for more globalism, which is like claiming that more ice will save the Titanic.

Globalism sounds nice in the sales brochure, until you remember that globalism was the goal of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler.


Jobless Claims Likely to Surge Again Thursday


GM, Ford, Chrysler Lost About 988 Auto Dealers During 2008

General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler LLC said about 988 of their auto dealerships closed or were consolidated last year.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"But we sold the President a nifty looking Cadillac!"


Fannie, Freddie may tap U.S. Treasury for $51 bln


MAJOR ICE STORM AIMS AT WASHINGTON DC

Webmaster's Commentary:

And this time I am NOT joking; Al Gore's presentation to the congress about global warming has been put on hold.



Nouvelles diverses:


Eastern Europe braced for a violent 'spring of discontent'

Eastern Europe is heading for a violent "spring of discontent", according to experts in the region who fear that the global economic downturn is generating a dangerous popular backlash on the streets.


RIOTS The Beginning of the End for Europe


ANTI-GOVERNMENT RIOTS IN VILNIUS, LITHUANIA 1-16-2009


Rioters Were Paid To Provoke the Police in Bulgaria

The provokers at yesterday's anti-government protest turned into riots were hired and paid 300 leva (EUR150) to start fights with the police and ruin the peaceful march, DeltaNews reports on Thursday, quoting rumors.

People with black masks were roaming through the crowds giving the sum to people under the influence of alcohol. Some of the provokers claim to have been paid days in advance.


World Agenda: riots in Iceland, Latvia and Bulgaria are a sign of things to come

Our third global political column explores the start of an age of rebellion over the financial crisis - beginning in Iceland.

Webmaster's Commentary:

An age of rebellion.

I like that.


Obama Moves to Counter China in Space With Pentagon-NASA Link

President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between the U.S.’s civilian and military space programs to speed up a mission to the moon amid the prospect of a new space race with China.

Webmaster's Commentary:

While I am sharply critical of the "New NASA" management, linking it to the Pentagon is not the answer because any new technologies developed by the pairing will likely be classified for military purpose, whicih means the civilian technology market doe snot get the spin-off beneits which are the main reason taxpayuers should fund a space program.

In other words, under the Obama plan taxpayers get all the costs of a space race, but none of the benefits!

We are going backwards here!

And Obama is obviously deficient on the early history of the US Space Program. The reason NASA came into being is because the US military, which had control of the space project, was unable to get their Vanguard launch vehicles to work at all, which is why the USSR got Sputnik into orbit first. Because of the embarrassment, overall control of the nation's space program was transferred to the civilian NACA, which put Explorer 1 into orbit using a Juno rocket (modified Jupiter-C). Following that success, NACA became NASA and our space program a civilian one (the US military maintained their own secret parallel program).

I am not sure we gain anything going back to a militarily controlled space program.


Obama Asks Retired Air Force General to Run NASA

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has asked retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, one of his top foreign policy and military advisers during his campaign, to take the helm of NASA, according to a source informed of the selection.


Bush expected to pardon those with torture links

US LAWYERS battling against torture and other abuses at Guantanamo Bay are braced for George Bush issuing last-minute pardons to protect those in his Administration most closely implicated.

The lawyers' warning came after a senior member of the Bush Administration, Susan Crawford, admitted for the first time that torture had been carried out.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The hallmark of a dictatorship is that some people are above the law.


Pinochet stripped of immunity in torture, kidnapping cases

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was stripped of immunity from prosecution Friday in 59 cases of torture and kidnapping at a secret detention center where hundreds of dissidents were held — including President-elect Michelle Bachelet and her mother.

Webmaster's Commentary:

You can run, Dubya, but you can't hide!


Johann Hari: You are being lied to about pirates

Pirates have never been quite who we think they are. In the "golden age of piracy" – from 1650 to 1730 – the idea of the pirate as the senseless, savage Bluebeard that lingers today was created by the British government in a great propaganda heave. Many ordinary people believed it was false: pirates were often saved from the gallows by supportive crowds. Why? What did they see that we can't? In his book Villains Of All Nations, the historian Marcus Rediker pores through the evidence.

If you became a merchant or navy sailor then – plucked from the docks of London's East End, young and hungry – you ended up in a floating wooden Hell. You worked all hours on a cramped, half-starved ship, and if you slacked off, the all-powerful captain would whip you with the Cat O' Nine Tails. If you slacked often, you could be thrown overboard. And at the end of months or years of this, you were often cheated of your wages.


14 Percent of U.S. Adults Can't Read

Statistics released by the U.S. Education Department this week show that some 32 million U.S. adults lack basic prose literacy skill. That means they can't read a newspaper or the instruction on a bottle of pills.

ProLiteracy also estimates:
63 percent of prison inmates can't read
774 million people worldwide are illiterate
Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are women

Et n’oublions pas que 14% (32 millions d’Américains) d’entre eux ne savent pas lire, 31% ne savent pas qui est le Vice-président de leur pays et 25% des jeunes ne peuvent identifier la photo de Hitler. Dumb down education. Ça ne va pas bien….


Thousands of Shoes Dumped on Miami Expressway

Friday, January 02, 2009

AP

MIAMI — Thousands of shoes were dumped on a Miami expressway causing significant traffic delays.

The Florida Highway Patrol received the report during rush hour Friday morning, Lt. Pat Santangelo said. A private contractor brought a front-end loader and a dump truck to the half-mile stretch of highway. Workers were able to clear at least one lane after a short time by sweeping all the shoes to shoulder, but delays were expected to last until all the shoes could be removed.

Click here for photos.

Santangelo said the shoes appear to be used, and most were tied together in pairs. He says he's looking for a charity to take the shoes, rather than sending them to the dump.

Santangelo says he's not sure where the shoes came from. There were no signs of a crash, and no one stopped to claim them.


Demonstrators hurl shoes at Downing Street in day of global protest against Israeli attacks

Demonstrators demanding an end to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza hurled their shoes at the gates of Downing Street yesterday during a wave of global protests.


Bush sibling touted for presidency

FORMER president George H. W. Bush, father of the outgoing US commander-in-chief, today touted another son Jeb for a future presidential bid.


Bush 41: Jeb Bush for President

"I'd like to see him run," Bush said. "I'd like to see him be president some day...

...on W: "It's been tough on his father and his mother," the ex-president said. We're not very good sports about sitting around and hearing him hammered"


Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star

While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years, scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of nuclear fusion, the reaction that burns at the heart of the sun.

In the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.


Mahatir's Counsel To Obama

Stop killing people. The United States is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives. You call it war, but today's wars are not about professional soldiers fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries will be devastated.


World's First Wave Farm now Generating Power for 1,500 Homes

There's power in them thar waves! That's why Portugal built Agucadoura, the world's first wave farm off its coast, consisting of three Wave Energy Converters generating a total of 2.25MW.


Cable Repairs Set Back by Second Undersea Break

Efforts to restore normal communications between Europe and Asia have suffered a setback after an important undersea cable broke for a second time, this time at a much greater depth.

Engineers from France Télécom had just finished repairing the Sea Me We 4 cable on Dec. 25 when the same cable broke again in a different place, this time 388 kilometers (241 miles) off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt, a France Télécom spokesman said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


GARDAI GO HI-TECH TO FIND CANNABIS FARMS

Sources say satellite infrared technology was used there and in Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Other source report that this practice of scanning private homes from space started here in the US. Apparently if your house puts out too much heat, you can expect a visit from the DEA. So, for those of you who have a lot of computers, or you do a lot of cooking, or your insulation is in need of replacement, expect your doors to get kicked down soon.


Ex-U.S. Army engineer Kadish pleads guilty to spying for Israel

Alon Pinkas, Israel's former New York consul, said in April the charges against Kadish might have been announced to prevent the release of Pollard, whose case remains a blot on otherwise close relations between the countries.

The link between Pollard and Kadish is a now-defunct Israeli intelligence agency known as the Scientific Relations Office. The office was run by Rafi Eitan, a former agent with Israel's Mossad spy agency who is now a Cabinet minister.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Alon Pinkas and his supporters should be very, very delighted that neither Pollard not Kadish were executed by the US for treason as spies, period, end of discussion.


Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan

The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift.

Four blue pills. Viagra.

"Take one of these. You'll love it," the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.


FLASHBACK - IS ISRAEL BLACKMAILING AMERICA?

Now, I want you all to stop and think for a minute of the full ramifications of this. Israeli interests have the ability to listen in on ANY phone in America connected to any of the systems used by Amdocs or Comverse Infosys. They have had this ability for several years. They can listen in and track the phone calls made by anyone's phone, whether police officer, elected official, media talking head, editor, policy setter, news mogul, even the President of the United States. The Ken Starr report on Whitewater describes how Bill Clinton warned Monica Lewinsky that a foreign government was tapping their phone calls.



Europe:


Vatican divorces from Italian law

The Vatican City State, the world's smallest sovereign state, has decided to divorce itself from Italian law.

Vatican legal experts say there are too many laws in Italian civil and criminal codes, and that they frequently conflict with Church principles.

With effect from New Year's Day, the Pope has decided that the Vatican will no longer automatically adopt laws passed by the Italian parliament.

All Italian laws will be examined one by one before they are adopted.

Under the Lateran treaties signed exactly 80 years ago between Italy and the Pope, and the Italian Parliamentary system, Italian laws were applied automatically.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"We are above the law!"


Europe begins to freeze as gas taps are turned off in energy war

Outside, the temperature plummeted to minus 12. Inside, the gas stopped flowing to homes in some of Europe's eastern cities in the dead of night and stayed off all day while the thermometer stayed below zero.

Tens of thousands living on the shores of the Black Sea were the first to feel the bitter impact of Russia's dispute with Ukraine over gas payments on the coldest day of the year.

With even icier conditions forecast for this week, the gas flow from Russia dried up during the day to nine countries, leading Bulgaria and Slovakia to consider declaring states of emergency and others to warn that just a few days' reserves remained.


Ukraine is blackmailing us. Putin

An irate Vladimir Putin talks about the Gas supply/Ukraine problem.He reveals the cost of Russian gas in this interesting interview.

As talks aimed at ending the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine broke down in Brussels, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the government in Kiev of deliberately plotting to block supplies of Russian gas to Europe.


Ukraine wants $US 700 million worth of gas to resume transit

It is little known that the country of Ukraine contains much of the storage and trasmission infrastructure that feeds NG from Russian (GazProm) gas fields to European customers.

This story confirms that it is the Ukraine that is holding up NG from being supplied to Europe. Holding Europe hostage while the western MSM is vilifying Russian and Putin.


Russian gas begins to flow into wary Europe

Siberian gas started flowing into the EU yesterday, ending the bitter dispute between Russia and Ukraine that shredded both countries' reputations as fuel suppliers and left Europe desperately seeking to shift its energy policies away from dependence on Russian monopolies.

A new 10-year deal on gas pricing and transit between the Russian and Ukrainian state gas firms, Gazprom and Naftogaz, saw Russia pumping the gas through Ukraine's pipelines to Slovakia in the EU while Kiev allowed the fuel to flow without interruption.

The resumption of supplies appeared to end the worst, so far, of a series of disputes of distinctly political hue between Russia and its former Soviet underling, Ukraine.


Europe begins to freeze as gas taps are turned off in energy war

Outside, the temperature plummeted to minus 12. Inside, the gas stopped flowing to homes in some of Europe's eastern cities in the dead of night and stayed off all day while the thermometer stayed below zero.

Tens of thousands living on the shores of the Black Sea were the first to feel the bitter impact of Russia's dispute with Ukraine over gas payments on the coldest day of the year.

With even icier conditions forecast for this week, the gas flow from Russia dried up during the day to nine countries, leading Bulgaria and Slovakia to consider declaring states of emergency and others to warn that just a few days' reserves remained.


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