We are not going to see good economic times until 2011.Â Video is here
Archive for December, 2008
Health report showing the Conventional Wisdom was not wise.Â Story is here
Bush criminal entourage sued for incompetence/negligence and not protecting Americans during 9/11 attack.Thursday, December 18th, 2008
On behalf of Spc. April Gallop, who served in the Network Infrastructure Services Agency as an administrative specialist, California attorney William Veale has filed a civil suit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney and former US Air Force General Richard Myers, who was acting chairman of the joint chiefs on 9/11. It alleges they engaged in conspiracy to facilitate the terrorist attacks and purposefully failed to warn those inside the Pentagon, contributing to injuries she and her two-month-old son incurred.
“The ex-G.I. plaintiff alleges she has been denied government support since then, because she raised ‘painful questions’ about the inexplicable failure of military defenses at the Pentagon that day, and especially the failure of officials to warn and evacuate the occupants of the building when they knew the attack was imminent” said Veale in a media advisory.
Spc. Gallop also says she heard two loud explosions, and does not believe that a Boeing 757 hit the building. Her son sustained a serious brain injury, and Gallop herself was knocked unconscious after the roof collapsed onto her office.
The suit also named additional, unknown persons who had foreknowledge of the attacks. Story is here
A rather interesting, simplistic and substantive post on the redistribution of wealth in America
The article that started the discussion is here
A comment on the topic discussion whether the ultra rich actually derive more from society than the poor do.Â
And a response to the benefits the ultra rich see as a result in society giving them a good base to make their money from.
Because the truth is the economic world is really a game of Monopoly in which one person could quite possibly wind up with everything and the losers…well they either lose and die off or they whack the board and start a fight.Â The walking away a loser is called the nation of Mexico with extreme haves and almost all have nots.Â Tossing the board is called Revolution.Â Redistribution of wealth avoids both and gives us our stable society we have in which people can get rich however there is a good Middle Class which is called economic stability for the nation.
But you cannot do it.Â They paid 1% in taxes with over $2 billion in profits.Â Happy about that are you?Â Story is here
The most jaw-dropping of Bush’s rule changes is his effort to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act. Under a rule submitted in November, federal agencies would no longer be required to have government scientists assess the impact on imperiled species before giving the go-ahead to logging, mining, drilling, highway building or other development. The rule would also prohibit federal agencies from taking climate change into account in weighing the impact of projects that increase greenhouse emissions â€” effectively dooming polar bears to death-by-global-warming. According to Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, “They’ve taken the single biggest threat to wildlife and said, ‘We’re going to pretend it doesn’t exist, for regulatory purposes.'”
BIG OIL In a rule that becomes effective just three days before Obama takes office, the administration has opened up nearly 2 million acres of mountainous lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for the mining of oil shale â€” an energy-intensive process that also drains precious water resources. “The administration has admitted that it has no idea how much of Colorado’s water supply would be required to develop oil shale, no idea where the power would come from and no idea whether the technology is even viable,” says Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado. What’s more, Bush is slashing the royalties that Big Oil pays for oil-shale mining from 12.5 percent to five percent. “A pittance,” says Salazar.
LABOR Under Bush, the Labor Department issued only one major workplace-safety rule in eight years â€” and that was under a court order. But now the Labor Department is finalizing a rule openly opposed by Obama that would hamper the government’s ability to protect workers from exposure to toxic chemicals. Bypassing federal agencies, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao developed the rule in secret, relying on a report that has been withheld from the public. Under the last-minute changes, federal agencies would be expected to gather unnecessary data on workplace exposure and jump through more bureaucratic hurdles, adding years to an already cumbersome regulatory process.
In another last-minute shift, the administration has rewritten rules to make it harder for workers to take time off for serious medical conditions under the Family and Medical Leave Act. In addition, the administration has upped the number of hours that long-haul truckers can be on the road. The new rule â€” nearly identical to one struck down by a federal appeals court last year â€” allows trucking companies to put their drivers behind the wheel for 11 hours a day, with only 34 hours of downtime between hauls. The move is virtually certain to kill more motorists: Large-truck crashes already kill 4,800 drivers and injure another 76,000 every year.
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As usual the Republicans are looking to take from the poor and give to the rich in the auto bailout plan.Â The plan is to break the UAW and lower the bar for pay and benefits.Â Wouldn’t it just be easier to bring over imported workers from China and pay them $2 a day to make our cars.Â We could do that for retail jobs, manufacturing jobs, education jobs, all jobs relating to transportation….Â Um hey…once we do that…everyone will be making $2 a day.Â Uh.Â Wait a minute…how can that be a good idea?Â So this Republican plan for the UAW is good in what way?Â Story is here
An internal email between someone in the US Government has surfaced showing that the Republicans were looking to make points by obstructionism with this story.Â Story is here
Thomm Hartmann..THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE ROOM….ANY ROOM gives his view of the Republican view of the auto bailout.Â Story is here
Hartmann: David, what he needs to do immediately is read Alexander Hamiltonâ€™s 1791 report to Congress on manufacturers. Hamilton laid out this six-step plan to build an industrial economy in the United States. And, we followed it. Congress actually put it into place in 1792 and it stood until Ronald Reagan came along and started deconstructing this, followed by George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush, now, and the legislatures, mostly pushed by the Republicans, taking this thing apart. I mean, you could argue that some it started with Taft-Hartley. But, basically, the Founders laid this thing out; they had it figured out. And, it worked. We built the biggest industrial infrastructure, industrial economy in the world. We have goneâ€”when Reagan came into office we were the largest exporter of manufacturing goods and the largest importer of raw materials on the planet. And, the largest creditorâ€”more people owed us money than anybody else in the world. Now, just 28 years later, weâ€™re the largest importer of finished goods, manufactured goods; the largest exporter of raw materialsâ€”which is kind of the definition of a third-world nationâ€”and weâ€™re the most in-debt of any country in the world. This is the absolute consequence of Reaganomics.
Silly music video about creationism being inched back into schools.Â Video is here
The world is saying what I said 8 years ago…then I said 4 years ago.Â That Bush was no good for the world and when he finally leaves after his wake of bad things left for the world…hopefully we have heard the last of him and his kind.Â Story is here
POZNAN, Poland (AFP) â€” George W. Bush’s last hurrah in the global climate arena has met with a welling of disdain contrasting with the outsized expectations for his successor, Barack Obama.
At the UN climate talks in Poznan, no farewell tears were shed for Bush, whose rejection of the landmark Kyoto Protocol in 2001 almost destroyed multilateral efforts to roll back global warming.
“I don’t know how to put this,” top climate economist Nicholas Stern said mischievously at a dinner for businessmen and environmentalists, where he commented on Obama’s election.
“Relative to his prehistoric predecessor, it is something which we should celebrate,” he said, provoking loud cheers as he raised a wine glass to make a toast.
“Goodbye, George!”, he called out, amid cries of “Hear! Hear!”
South African Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk sighed at the legacy of Bush’s two terms.
“It was a very difficult eight years. It was a disaster for climate change,” he told AFP.
Even Ban Ki-moon, the ever-diplomatic UN chief, offered a veiled reproach when asked to comment on the performance of US federal climate policies.
“They should have done more proactively, by joining the Kyoto Protocol,” he said.
Tim Wirth, a former Democratic US senator who led climate negotiations under Bill Clinton, struggled to muster a few kind words for the outgoing US negotiators in Poznan.
“There is no need to beat up on them, they did do a few things right on climate,” he said, then paused: “But not very many.”
Democrats from the current US Congress, in Poznan to get a head start before Obama takes office on January 20, did not mince words on the outgoing team.
“This climate conference will go down in history as the retirement party for the Flat Earth Society of the United States of America,” said Edward Markey, who chairs a panel on energy independence and climate change in the House of Representatives.
Asked to sum up Bush’s record on the issue, France’s climate ambassador Brice Lalonde chose instead to pass on a story he had heard.
A man comes to the White House asking to see Bush. “He doesn’t live here anymore,” he is told. The next two days he comes again asking the same question, and receiving the same answer.
On the fourth day, the exasperated guard shot back: “I’ve already told you, he’s no longer here.”
“I know, I know,” the man replied. “But it’s such a pleasure to hear you say it.”
One thing the Bush team did do to advance the climate agenda was sign the “Bali Roadmap” last December during a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting that set a two-year deadline for a global agreement.
The US negotiators did so after enduring a firestorm of criticism for holding up the deal.
They were bluntly told to “lead or get out of the way” by a representative of tiny Papua New Guinea — an injunction that prompted many angry delegates to break into spontaneous applause.
Paula Dobriansky, who as under secretary for democracy and global affairs has played a linchpin role in US climate policies since 1981, insisted Bush’s record included quiet successes on pragmatic issues, such as financial help and the transfer of clean technology.
“Our approach has been an evolutionary one. I think you have seen an evolution from the beginning of the administration to the present time,” she told AFP.
People yearning for action on climate change hope Barack Obama will demolish Bush’s heritage, setting caps on domestic emissions and moving the United States out of the sidelines in the global arena.
But analysts also warn against over-expectations. Obama’s room to manoeuvre may be limited, cramped on one side by the US recession and on the other by the scant time before the deadline of December 2009 for completing the new UN climate treaty.
Deepak Chopra handed a plateful to truth to Sean Hannity recently.Â Chopra summed up the truth of the right quite well.Â Story is here
Here is an article about your president and his alcoholic binges which the press is not telling you about it.
With less than two months remaining in office, George W. Bush, witnessing a devastating defeat for the Republican Party, worseÂ favorability ratingsÂ than those of Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal, and the most devastating economic situation since the Great Depression, is reported by a number of well-placed sources in Washington as drinking heavily.
After having tried to explain away the collapse of several Wall Street brokerage houses by saying, â€œWall Street got drunk,â€ it appears that it is Bush who is suffering from bouts of drunkenness.
According to informed sources who spoke to WMR, Bush was visibly drunk at the recent G-20 economic summit in Washington and at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru. ,Â Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chinese President Hu Jintao, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, , Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and were among the world leaders who had the chance to witness an inebriated Bush both at the G-20 and APEC summits.
WMR has long reported on Bushâ€™s heavy drinking. On July 31, 2007, WMR reported: â€œWMR has learned that the January 13, 2002, incident in which President Bush claimed to have choked on a pretzel and passed out briefly was a cover story designed to divert the mediaâ€™s attention away from Bushâ€™s heavy drinking. A well-placed White House source has confirmed a previous account of another well-connected White House source that Bush had been drinking while watching a Sunday NFLÂ playoff game between Baltimore and Miami.
The White House nurse on dutyÂ examined Bush after he passed out from drinking at around blood alcoholÂ content at a level considered to beÂ legal intoxication.and took a blood sample ostensibly to check his blood sugar levels. The bloodÂ sample reportedly showed Bushâ€™s
Bush fell from his couch bruising his cheek and cutting his lip. His eyeglasses also cut the side of his face. Bush blamed the incident on his failure to heed his motherâ€™s advice and chew all his food before he swallowed.â€
On June 6, 2005, WMR reported: â€œA well-heeled Republican donor to the Republican Party was very frank about George W. Bushâ€™s mental and physical condition. Attending a May 17 Republican National Committee $1500 a ticket fundraiser at Washingtonâ€™s Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Bush supporter commented that he and others in attendance were talking the entire evening about Bushâ€™s strange appearance. The donor and supporter said that Bush â€˜looked like he was on crystal meth,â€™ a reference to the illegal drug crystal methamphetamine, a hallucinogenic stimulant.â€
On September 22, 2005, WMR reported: â€œThehas been whispering about Bushâ€™s drinking over the past few years. None dare write or speak about it lest their credentials are lifted and further access cut off by the most vindictive White House in American history.â€
On March 13, 2007, WMR reported: â€œOur White House Press Corps sources report further disturbing news about President George W. Bush. Our sources have witnessed a clearly inebriated Bush approaching members of the press corps and making rude comments, including one particularly crude remark about . In that case, Bush, nodding toward Laura, called her a â€˜c**t.â€™ While Bushâ€™s drinking is no secret to the White House press contingent, that particular comment was reportedly the worst they have heard uttered by Bush. Our sources also report that Laura Bushâ€™s stays at the White House are less frequent and that her overnight trips to the Mayflower Hotel often coincide with the presidentâ€™s drunken binges.â€
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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