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Community, Private intel corporations

Technorati Tags: CIA, contractors, DIA, DNI, Hayden, outsourcing, private intelligence

30.May 2007 <<Outsourced Dirty Work and Legal Liability <

[Jeppesen] The ACLU intends to file a lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen on Wednesday, on behalf of 3 alum of the CIA black sites who

allege that the company aided the CIA in violating their human rights through its logistical support of CIA rendition flights. 

This raises the larger question of legal liability for private intelligence companies that are now performing espionage functions on behalf of the CIA. 

Not everything outsourced to private intel corporations is as warm and fuzzy as support services for the NOC (nonofficial cover) program. 

The nature of some of the outsourced functions formerly performed by Agency personnel is going to violate rights or else the companies will not be doing their jobs.

So will the corporations performing these outsourced services be liable under US law?

The ACLU seems to think so.  According to the International Herald Tribune:

The civil suit is to be filed in San Jose, California, under the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789.

This law specifies that U.S. government agencies and U.S. corporations can be held responsible for human rights abuses against foreigners resulting from activities in a foreign country.

I'm no legal expert, but the fact that this hasn't successfully been used against Agency employees makes me doubtful that private intel companies are trembling at the moment, but

are taking comfort in the National Security Act of 1947 which created the CIA and gave it broad authorization to conduct the nation's dirty business. 

Contractors most likely seek indemnification under PL 85-804/FAR 52.250-1  that allow for release of liability for national defense related functions that involve unusually hazardous risks. 

Granted, it's a stretch to claim that arranging flight logistics is hazardous since it's all probably online and doesn't even risk an old-fashioned papercut. 

More likely is that the government will find a way to shut down the action.  Still, it wouldn't be a bad idea to double check with counsel...

30.May 2007 Posted by R J Hillhouse - in Private intel corporations

Technorati Tags: Boeing, CIA, contractor, Jeppesen, liability, private intelligence corporation, rendition

21.May 2007 <<But Comair 5191 Pilot Jeffrey Clay and First Officer James Polehinke didn't have the

03.Aug.200- diagram. JEPPESEN, a Colorado-based company 3.

that provides Comair's airport diagrams, did not publish the map because of a software error, according to the NTSB report. On

08.Sep.200- , nearly two weeks after the crash, JEPPESEN issued its version of the FAA's Aug. 3 map.

JEPPERSEN interprets and produces charts based on information from the FAA. Virtually all U.S. commercial airlines receive their airport charts from JEPPESEN. ... Continued:


2.) JEPPESEN, a Boeing Subsidiary, Accused of Running Torture Travel Agency

According to Grey and others, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary called JEPPESEN INC. cleared the airways and runways for the CIA, providing landing and navigation assistance,

scheduling flight crews, and booking hotels for them. Jeppesen is a unit of Boeing's Seattle-based Commercial Aviation Division.

18.Dec.2007 https://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/12/14/bashmilah/

Bashmilah, who at age 39 is now physically a free man, still suffers the mental consequences of prolonged detention and abuse.

He is undergoing treatment for the damage done to him at the hands of the U.S. government. On

Friday, Bashmilah laid out his story in a declaration to a U.S. district court as part of a civil suit brought by the ACLU against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing accused of facilitating secret CIA rendition flights.

Bashmilah said in the phone interview that the psychological anguish inside a CIA black site is exacerbated by the unfathomable unknowns for the prisoners.

While he figured out that he was being held by Americans, Bashmilah did not know for sure why, where he was, or whether he would ever see his family again.

He said, "Every time I realize that there may be others who are still there where I suffered,

I feel the same thing for those innocent people who just fell in a crack."

The ACLU charged that the U.S. government is improperly invoking the "state secrets" privilege to avoid judicial scrutiny of this unlawful policy.

Steven Watt, an attorney with the ACLU's Human Rights Programme, told IPS, "Five men have been brutally abused with the help of a U.S. corporation, and they are entitled to their day in court."

"Jeppesen must not be given a free pass for its profitable participation in a torture programme," he said.

"And the government should not be allowed to use the national security defence as a way to cover up its mistakes or, worse, its egregious abuses of human rights."

Antifascist Calling...

Forget chocolate hearts and cute cards, on February 14, the Bush regime handed aerospace giant, The Boeing Company,

an even better gift when U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, California dismissed a lawsuit brought by victims of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" torture program against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen International Trip Planning.

Citing public and confidential statements filed by CIA Director Michael Hayden alleging that "proceeding with this case would jeopardize national security and foreign relations,"

Ware dismissed the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Ware claimed that "at the core of plaintiffs' case against defendant Jeppesen are 'allegations' of covert U.S. military or CIA operations

in foreign countries against foreign nationals -- clearly a subject matter which is a state secret," the San Francisco Chronicle tells us.

Despite massive documentary evidence, and the CIA's own admission of the program's existence in public testimony before Congress, once

again, Bush consigliere's have resorted to the so-called "state secrets privilege" to deny victims of a U.S. Government program to "disappear" and torture alleged "terrorists" recourse to compensation under U.S. law.

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For now, one thing is clear.

Once the wait for the final death toll is over, there will be another agonising wait as experts drill though the statistics to learn whether Australia's bushfire preparedness policy saved or cost lives this weekend.

Time for a new Australian bushfire policy?

Rachel Nowak, Australasian editor


Gitmo Detainee’s ‘Genitals Were Sliced With A Scalpel,’ Waterboarding ‘Far Down The List Of Things They Did’ - Ben Armbruster

Last week, two British High Court judges ruled against releasing documents describing the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay.

The judges said the Bush administration “had threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with Britain if the information were made public.”

But The Daily Telegraph reported over the weekend that the documents actually “contained details of how British intelligence officers supplied information to [Mohamed’s] captors and contributed questions while he was brutally tortured.”

In fact, it was British officials, not the Americans, who pressured Foreign Secretary David Miliband “to do nothing that would leave serving MI6 officers open to prosecution.”

According to the Telegraph’s sources, the documents describe particularly gruesome interrogation tactics:

The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed’s genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding,

the controversial technique of simulated drowning, “is very far down the list of things they did,” the official said.

Another source familiar with the case said: “British intelligence officers knew about the torture and didn’t do anything about it.”

It is very clear who stands to be embarrassed by this and who is being protected by this secrecy.

It is not the Americans, it is Labour ministers,” former shadow home secretary David Davis said.

But one unnamed U.S. House Judiciary Committee member told the Telegraph that if President Obama “doesn’t act we could hold a hearing or write to subpoena the documents. We need to know what’s in those documents.”

Mohamed remains at Guantanamo Bay and “is currently on hunger strike.” “All terror charges against him were dropped last year,” the Telegraph reported.




China to defend record in Geneva

China is due to defend its human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.


Brown 'very angry' about bonuses

Gordon Brown's spokesman says he believes bankers should consider waiving their right to bonuses.


Obama’s Unscreened Town Hall Audience Is Clean Break From Bush’s Supporters-Only Public Events


The realization by the public that the government’s intervention plan had not been fully thought through, and the official story that the economy was tanking, likely led to the panic seen in the next few weeks.

And this was likely amplified by the ad hoc decisions to support some financial institutions and not others and unclear, seemingly fear-based explanations of programs to address the crisis.

What was the rationale for intervening with Bear Stearns, then not with Lehman, and then again with AIG? What would guide the operations of the TARP?

The core of Taylor’s argument, beyond finding fault with Greenspan, Bernanke and Paulson, is that arbitrary action by the government causes panic and paralysis.

There’s a compelling logic to what Taylor writes.

But there’s also a nagging feeling that his research is biased toward his own intellectual assumptions.

Source: How Government Created the Financial Crisis


09.Feb.2008 Wall Street Journal;


Blame Bernanke and Paulson



Leahy endorses ‘truth commission’ to investigate Bush DOJ abuses. - Amanda Terkel

Today in a speech at Georgetown University, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said that he — like other congressional Democrats, such Rep. John Conyers (MI) and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Carl Levin (MI) —

supports the idea of a “truth commission” to investigate abuses at the Department of Justice:

One path to that goal would be a reconciliation process, a truth commission. We could develop and authorize a person or group of people universally recognized as fair minded without any ax to grind.

Their straightforward mission would be to find the truth. People would be told to come forward and share their knowledge and experiences, not for purposes of conducting criminal indictments but to assemble the facts.

Indeed, such a process could involve subpoena powers and even the authority to obtain immunity from prosecutions for anything accept perjury in order to get to the full truth.

Leahy later added, “Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened. And sometimes is the best way to move forward is to find out the truth, find out what happened.

And we do that to make sure it never happens again.” Transcript: More »


Obama DOJ affirms Bush’s state secrets position in extraordinary rendition lawsuit. - Ali Frick

In federal court today, the Obama administration signaled it would uphold the Bush administration’s state secrets position in a lawsuit regarding Bush’s use of extraordinary rendition.

Five men who say they were victims of extraordinary rendition — including current Guantanamo detainee and torture victim Binyam Mohamed — sued, but the case was thrown out last year after Bush declared it to be a matter of state secrets.

In an appeal today, the new administration took the same position:

A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn’t changed,

that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

Last Wednesday, Britain’s High Court of Justice revealed that the U.S. had threatened to stop sharing evidence with Britain if it disclosed evidence of the torture Binyam Mohamed has endured.






00.Jan.2000 -unti-l Joseph E. Stiglitz - Joseph Stiglitz was chief economist at the World Bank .

Before that Joseph E. Stiglitz was the chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.

00.000.2001 Joseph E. Stiglitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in.

06.Feb.2009 -currently- Joseph E. Stiglitz is a finance and economics professor at Columbia University.

06.Feb.2009 is the author of Globalization and Its Discontents and The Roaring Nineties.

Stiglitz: Gov’t Should Bail Out Homeowners, Not Banks


Crisis 'more serious than 1930s'

Cabinet minister Ed Balls predicts the financial crisis will be "more extreme and more serious than that of the 00.000.1930 s".


Obama To Name Melissa Hathaway Cybersecurity Chief - ScuttleMonkey

hargrand writes "President Obama has found the cyber tsar to head his new White House office of cybersecurity.

According to US press reports this morning, an announcement expected later today will confirm Melissa Hathaway is to come in as cyber chief, after being cyber coordination executive for the director of national intelligence."


Senate votes to end debate on economic recovery package. - Faiz Shakir

The Senate voted 61-36 just moments ago to pass a cloture motion on the economy recovery package, thus ending debate on the bill and moving to a vote on final passage.

The motion received just one more than the 60 votes needed. Three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Olympia Snowe (ME), and Arlen Specter (PA) — voted with the Democrats.



Army Lab Suspends Research After Toxin-Tracking Scare - Jason Sigger

Problems accounting for high-risk microbes and biomaterials forces the only U.S. military lab equipped to handle the worst of the worst diseases to suspend its bioresearch operations.


Obama hints at cybersecurity shakeup with 60-day review

Announcement that a Bush administration cybersecurity official will conduct a review of


Mexiko: Armee übernimmt Kontrolle über Ferienort Cancun  (Politik)
10.Feb.2009 Kampf gegen Rezession: US-Senat macht Weg frei für gigantisches Konjunkturpaket  (Politik)
10.Feb.2009 https://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/02/cognitive-compu.html
The researchers say they want to an algorithm that will be capable of handling most problems thrown at it.
10.Feb.2009 https://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/02/cognitive-compu.html
The researchers' goal is first to simulate a human brain on a supercomputer
10.Feb.2009 https://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/02/cognitive-compu.html

"The plan is to engineer the mind by reverse-engineering the brain," says Dharmendra Modha, manager of the cognitive computing project at IBM Almaden Research Center.

UPDATE : Rutgers University molecular biologist Richard Ebright wonders how many more biodefense labs are having problems tracking and handling deadly agents.

In an e-mail to Danger Room, he notes: There currently are 400 U.S. institutions and 15,000 U.S. individuals authorized to possess bioweapons agents.

Security measures at the overwhelming majority of the 400 U.S. institutions that possess bioweapons agents are inadequate.

Very few of the 400 institutions has comprehensive video monitoring of work areas.

Very few of the 400 institutions has a two-person rule (a rule requiring that at least two persons be present when  bioweapons agents are handled).

Very few of the 400 institutions perform psychological screening and psychological monitoring of personnel.

In security circles the formation of the CNCI is regarded as possibly one of the most significant technology policy events of recent times, and something that could shape the cyber landscape.

Hathaway was a top aide to President Bush and helped develop that administration’s cybersecurity initiative.
Melissa Hathaway is to come in as cyber chief
10.Feb.2009 https://www.cbronline.com/news/obama_to_name_cybersecurity_chief_090209
A former consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton,
10.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7880189.stm?ad=1

A spokesman for Mr Balls insisted that the prime minister and Chancellor Alistair Darling had highlighted the "unprecedented speed and ferocity" of the crisis "time and time again".

He said: "The unprecedented global nature of this crisis and its impact on the global financial sector is affecting every single economy in the world.

"The Bank of England agrees with this analysis. As the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Charlie Bean, said in October: 'This is a once in a lifetime crisis, and possibly the largest financial crisis of its kind in human history."'

In London, Tube workers are angry at being told they will not be paid if they failed to turn up for work during last week's heavy snow.

They have accused Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) of hypocrisy, given that all bus services in the capital and much of the Tube network were withdrawn last Monday.
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09.Feb.2009 https://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11664716
"This is not change," Romero said in a prepared statement. "Candidate Obama ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state secrets, but President Obama's Justice Department has disappointingly reneged on that important civil liberties issue."
09.Feb.2009 https://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11664716
The case presented Obama's Justice Department with one of the first of many policy and legal decisions it faces in countless actions across the country left over from the Bush administration.
09.Feb.2009 https://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11664716

The lawsuit claims that San Jose-based Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. should be punished for allegedly providing the CIA airplanes and crew to carry out the program that included torture.
Madoff Claims Another Victim Forbes- Bernard Madoff has chalked up another victim in his alleged $50 billion swindle: the Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement chief who failed to detect it.

09.Feb.2009 SEC's top cop wasn't tough enough MarketWatch

09.Feb.2009 SEC's top enforcer to leave agency Reuters
09.Feb.2009 Obama lawyers maintain Bush position in suitSan Jose Mercury News- AP SAN FRANCISCO—An Obama administration lawyer is urging a federal appeals court panel to throw out a lawsuit accusing a Boeing Co.

09.Feb.2009 Obama DoJ Asserts "State Secrets;" ACLU Blasts Obama Atlantic Online

09.Feb.2009 Obama Stands Behind 'State Secrets' Defense ABC News
09.Feb.2009 400 richest Americans’ incomes doubled under Bush.

Bloomberg reports that, according to recently released IRS data, “the average tax rate paid by the richest 400 Americans fell by a third to 17.2 % through the first six years of the Bush administration and their average income doubled to $263.3 million.”

Much of their income came from capital gains resulting from the Bush [...]
400 richest Americans’ incomes doubled under Bush.


FBI officials confirmed the December incident.

"As a matter of protocol in this type of matter, the FBI was called in to investigate and we determined there was no nexus to terrorism or risk to public health," said Bryan Travers, a spokesman for the FBI office in Newark.


UMDNJ concedes it lost 2 dead mice infected with plague

The compliment was returned when the 85-year-old veteran of the Nixon # Ford administrations said last month that the young president was in a position to create a "new world order"

by shifting US foreign policy away from the hostile stance of the Bush administration.


"new world order"

09.Feb.2009 -00.000.2000 -since-Frequent visits by Mr Kissinger to Russia have largely gone unreported in the Western press.

A spokesman said: "Prof Nutt's academic research does not prejudice the work that he conducts as chair of the ACMD."

There are 500,000 regular users and between 30 million and 60 million ecstasy pills in circulation in the UK.

If the advisory council recommends downgrading ecstasy next week, the Government can over-rule it - as happened with cannabis this year.

The council heard last year that deaths among ecstasy users had trebled from 10 to 30 a year over the past 15 years. The cost of pills had slumped from £15.50 to £2.30.

"There is not much difference between horse riding and ecstasy."

In the article, titled "Equasy: An overlooked addiction with implications for the current debate on drug harms",

Prof Nutt wrote that "equasy", short for "Equine Addiction Syndrome", had caused 10 deaths and more than 100 road traffic accidents a year.

"As for the dreaded NWO -- it's a myth."

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"new world order"

Frequent visits by Mr Kissinger to Russia since 2000 have largely gone unreported in the Western press.
Pleite-Bank: Island verweigert deutschen Kaupthing-Kunden Entschädigung  (Wirtschaft)

09.Feb.2009 Katholische Kirche: Kardinal Lehmann fordert Ausschluss des Holocaust-Leugners  (Panorama)

09.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,druck-606371,00.html

Es ist kein Einzelfall, dass Google-Map-Mashups an die Grenze zum unheimlichen Überwachungsregister gehen.

Bekannt sind Tracking-Dienste, die in den USA seit Jahren via Google Maps den Aufenthaltsort verurteilter, aus der Haft entlassener Sexualstraftäter erfassen.

Diese müssen sich in vielen Staaten melden und werden regional öffentlich gemacht. Die Maps tragen ihre Bilder um die Welt.
Den Russen schwebt eher eine Dachorganisation über Russland und der Nato vor, eine Art neue OSZE", betont Rahr.

Die Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit in Europa (OSZE) war in den siebziger Jahren gegründet worden und leistete bis zum Ende der Sowjetunion einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Entspannung und Kooperation zwischen Ost und West.
[...] Mit Befriedigung registriert der "Kommersant", dass das Zusammentreffen der hochrangigen Vertreter aus Amerika und Russland herzlich verlaufen ist
Einer am Montag veröffentlichten Umfrage zufolge kann sich Obama bei seinen Konjunkturplänen der Unterstützung der meisten US-Bürger gewiss sein.

In der Gallup-Erhebung gaben 67 % der Befragten an, sie seien mit Obamas Vorgehen in der Debatte um das Konjunkturpaket zufrieden. Lediglich 31 % äußerten sich zufrieden mit dem Ansatz der Republikaner im Kongress.
[...] sagte Obama. "Die Lage, mit der wir konfrontiert sind, könnte nicht ernster sein."

Doch das Bundeskriminalamt hat andere Zahlen: Demnach ist die

09.Feb.2009 -00.000.2001 -seit-Zahl der Tatverdächtigen + der Ermittlungsverfahren im Bereich der Organisierten Kriminalität rückläufig - also

von dem Moment an, als der Anschlag auf das World Trade Center auch die kriminalistische Arbeit in Deutschland erschütterte.

Seit damals hätten Mafiaermittlungen keine Priorität mehr, Beamte seien verstärkt zur Terrorbekämpfung abgezogen worden, so Jansen:

"Und wenn nicht ermittelt wird, gehen auch die Zahlen zurück."
[...] Danach wurde Deutschland wieder zum Ruheraum.

Das bedeute vor allem eines:

Die Mafia werde hier in Ruhe gelassen und könne sich ums Geldverdienen kümmern, sagt Klaus Jansen, Vorsitzender des Bundes Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK):

"Die Mafia gefährdet schleichend unsere Demokratie."

So fehlte in vielen Bundesländern der politische Wille für aufwendige Ermittlungen.

"Die Landesregierungen fragen oft nicht, aus welchen dunklen Kanälen Investitionsgelder stammen."

"Kalte Wirtschaftlichkeit" der Mafia-Clans
Konjunkturpaket: Obama auf Werbetour an der Basis  (Politik)

09.Feb.2009 Italienische Komapatientin: Streit um Sterbehilfe spitzt sich zu  (Panorama)

09.Feb.2009 Absatzkrise: Sarkozy stützt Autobranche mit sechs Milliarden Euro  (Wirtschaft)

09.Feb.2009  Organisierte Kriminalität: "Die Mafia gefährdet unsere Demokratie"  (Panorama)

09.Feb.2009 Neue Sicherheitsarchitektur: Herzliches Missverständnis zwischen Russland und dem Westen  (Politik)

09.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-606531,00.html

Laxton hat schnell Karriere gemacht, er war bereits mehrere Jahre in Pakistan und Afghanistan und ist derzeit Chef der Süd-Asien-Abteilung des britischen Außenministeriums und

unterrichtet in diesen Fragen direkt Außenminister David Miliband, der aus einer polnisch-jüdischen Familie stammt.

Der Vorfall ereignete sich für das britische Außenministerium in einer besonders heiklen Phase:

In der kommenden Woche ist Großbritannien Gastgeber für einen Gipfel mit Politikern aus 35 Ländern - bei dem Treffen soll es um den Kampf gegen den Antisemitismus gehen.
Klage gegen Reformvertrag: "Verfassungsgericht wird EU eindeutig in ihre Schranken weisen"  (Politik)

09.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,druck-606461,00.html
CHINA Zentrale des Staatsfernsehens steht in Flammen
[...] Die Ursache des Feuers ist noch unbekannt. Die Pekinger haben am Montagabend mit einem gewaltigen, stundenlangen Feuerwerk den letzten Tag des zweiwöchigen chinesischen Neujahrsfestes gefeiert.

Binärsystem verwirrt Telekom

Immerhin sind die Rollen hier klar verteilt: Die großen Anwender-Betriebssysteme halten sich nicht an den Standard, die Hardware-Hersteller schon.

In welchen Einheiten aber nun zum Beispiel T-Online, Telekom und T-Mobile ihre Datenübertragungsraten und Inklusiv-Volumen berechnen, ist nicht wirklich ersichtlich.

Die Telekom berechnet mal auf ihrer Web-Seite in Binärlogik, ein "Megabit habe 1024 Kilobit", T-Mobile wiederum gibt in Zehnersystematik an, ein Megabit habe "eine Million Bit".

Eine Anfrage von SPIEGEL ONLINE vom Donnerstag, nach welchem Standard man nun rechne, hat die Telekom bis heute nicht beantwortet.

00.000.1864 Pius IX, Pope, issues the „ Syllabus Errorum “-condemning+Liberalism+ Socialism+Rationalism + URL: www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/1208.htm ... alfatomega.com/2004082021.html
09.Feb.2009 cinco dias » o país kamikaze Já o Papa Pio IX ( Syllabus errorum ) falava desta conspiração tenebrosa, chamando às lojas maçónicas as “sinagogas de Satanás”. 5dias.net/2008/05/09/o-pais-kamikaze/
09.Feb.2009 Entlarvende Schriften: Auch deutsche Piusbrüder hetzen gegen Juden  (Panorama)

09.Feb.2009 Antisemitismus-Vorwurf: Polizei nimmt britischen Top-Diplomaten fest  (Politik)

09.Feb.2009 Klage gegen Reformvertrag: "Verfassungsgericht wird EU eindeutig in ihre Schranken weisen"  (Politik)

09.Feb.2009 Nach dem Angriff: Chinas Regierungschef bittet um Gnade für Schuhwerfer  (Politik)
09.Feb.2009 Umfrage: Afghanen stellen USA und Nato vernichtendes Zeugnis aus  (Politik)

09.Feb.2009 Stabilitätspakt: Sechs Euro-Staaten müssen mit Defizitverfahren rechnen  (Wirtschaft)
09.Feb.2009 Exportschwierigkeiten: Mehr als 4000 Spielzeugfirmen machen dicht  (Wirtschaft)
09.Feb.2009 Sierra Leone: Beschneidungsgegnerinnen nackt durch Ort getrieben  (Panorama)
09.Feb.2009 Kommentar: Wieso die Schuldenbremse Wahnsinn ist  (Wirtschaft)

09.Feb.2009  China: Zentrale des Staatsfernsehens steht in Flammen  (Panorama)

09.Feb.2009 Ägypten: Grabkammer mit 30 Mumien gefunden  (Wissenschaft)

09.Feb.2009 09.Feb.2009 Finanzkrise: Barclays' Milliardengewinn stützt Europas Börsen  (Wirtschaft)

09.Feb.2009  09.Feb.2009 Schnee in den Alpen: Zahl der Passsperren erreicht Rekordwert  (Reise)

09.Feb.2009 09.Feb.2009 Deutsche-Bank-Trader Weinstein: Ein Pokerspieler stürzt ab  (Wirtschaft)

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Nationaler Nutzerworkshop “Operationelle Satellitensysteme der Erdüberwachung ” ... 4 cameras 16 deg coverage (shifted N). • 160 mm aperture. • ˜ 100 Kg ...

09.Feb.2009 Radio Islam: Israeli businessmen suspected of ties to Peruvian ...

"An Israeli lawyer named Mordechai Mincher is the one who represented Montesinos at the Israeli banks in Switzerland and he is also the person upon whose ... www.radioislam.org/crime/launder/peru-launder.htm

Perils of Peru - Haaretz - Israel News   They include arms dealer Zvi Sudit, businessman Rony Lerner, lawyer Mordechai Mincher (formerly a legal adviser to the Eisenberg Group), Ilan Weil and James ...

00.000.2007 Safe Haven | The Recession of   Long-time reader Jerome Schonbachler of EFG (the third-largest private bank in Switzerland) came over from Geneva. He and his team are going to work with ... www.safehaven.com/article-6419.htm
JURIST Search Results - thomas kontogiannis

00.000.2007 Check Blogdigger for more on ... finds a link to Tommy Kontogiannis . Kontogiannis is the guy who bribed ... alfatomega.com/20080214.html

Mortgage Fraud - Selected Resources For Mortgage Fraud   Mortgage Fraud Blog - Mortgage Fraud News | Real Estate Fraud News .

The feds have never charged Kontogiannis for his mortgage fraud or related criminal ... www.aspwebwizard.com/mortgage-refinance/mortgage-fraud.php
09.Feb.2009 DLJ Buys $50 Million in Bogus Loans - Lawsuit filed against Thomas ...  

21.Nov.2008 ... For a decade, Thomas T. Kontogiannis led an elaborate criminal scheme, according to a ... Mortgage Fraud News | Mortgage Fraud Blog ... www.mortgagedaily.com/LawsuitDljVsKontogiannis112108.asp

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07.Dec.2007 Mortgage Fraud Blog from FraudBlogger.com - Archives  

07.Dec.2007 ... Federal prosecutors in San Diego are seeking a sentence of ten years for Thomas Kontogiannis for a $100 million mortgage fraud scam that he ... www.fraudblogger.com/Blog120707.asp

news from MortgageDaily.com   mortgage fraud blog free mortgage news mortgage news for PDAs, ... DLJ Buys $50 Million in Bogus Loans - Lawsuit filed against Thomas Kontogiannis .
00.Dec.2005 Quarter 4 (Oct-Dec)Archive | HADD-Home Owners Against ... National: Mortgage Fraud Blog Links to numerous mortgage fraud news articles ... co-conspirator appears to be Thomas Kontogiannis , a New York developer. www.hadd.com/quarter4-2005-archive
09.Feb.2009 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/4537874/Ecstasy-no-more-dangerous-than-horse-riding.html

A spokesman said: "Prof Nutt's academic research does not prejudice the work that he conducts as chair of the ACMD."

There are 500,000 regular users and between 30 million and 60 million ecstasy pills in circulation in the UK.

If the advisory council recommends downgrading ecstasy next week, the Government can over-rule it - as happened with cannabis this year.

The council heard last year that deaths among ecstasy users had trebled from 10 to 30 a year over the past 15 years. The cost of pills had slumped from £15.50 to £2.30.
00.000.2000 -since-Frequent visits by Mr Kissinger to Russia have largely gone unreported in the Western press.
[...] Russia's dilapidated nuclear stockpile is no longer sustainable
[...] sustainable
[...] no longer sustainable
[...] Despite pressure from Moscow, the Bush Administration was reluctant to begin negotiations on a successor to START because it feared losing the flexibility needed to respond to potential challenges from rising nuclear powers such as China.
[...] "new world order"
[...] Mr Kissinger is believed to have won a verbal rather than written undertaking for the deal. Tom Graham, a senior associate at Kissinger Associates and a former member of the national security council in the White House, on Thursday confirmed that Mr Kissinger had met Mr Medvedev but denied that any negotiations had taken place and said he had not met with Mr Putin.
[...] "It is essential where such activities are carried out that security is at the highest levels and records be maintained for a long period of time, if not indefinitely," Ebright said.
[...] "I'm confident we run a safe and secure facility. We run a first-rate operation, and we will be out of business fast if people don't believe we have credibility," he said. "We have very strict controls. Safety. Security. Everything.

But you're always running the risk of even a very small minor incident, which is what this is."
[...] ongoing work
[...] The mice were part an ongoing work in a federally funded biodefense program
[...] It would have been irresponsible to raise concerns
[...] FBI officials confirmed the December incident.

"As a matter of protocol in this type of matter, the FBI was called in to investigate and we determined there was no nexus to terrorism or risk to public health," said Bryan Travers, a spokesman for the FBI office in Newark.
blog.fefee.de/Nicht nur die britische Marine lässt sich von Computerviren runterfahren, die französische Luftwaffe war mehrere Tage wegen "Conficker" nicht einsatzbereit. Die Franzosen waren halt schon immer ein im Herzen friedliebendes Volk.
09.Feb.2009 Spitzelaffäre: Kunden machen einen Bogen um Lidl  (Wirtschaft)
09.Feb.2009 Globale Rezession: Deutsche Industrieumsätze brechen um zwölf % ein  (Wirtschaft)
09.Feb.2009 Marihuana-Konsum: Joints erhöhen Hodenkrebs-Risiko  (Wissenschaft)
09.Feb.2009 Buschfeuer in Australien: Ministerpräsident spricht von "Massenmord"  (Panorama)
09.Feb.2009 Nahost-Krise: Israelisches Militär attackiert Ziele im Gaza-Streifen  (Politik)
09.Feb.2009 Raumfähre "Discovery": Nasa verschiebt Shuttle-Flug  (Wissenschaft)
09.Feb.2009 Burmas Minderheiten: Thailand schickt Flüchtlinge in den sicheren Tod  (Politik)
09.Feb.2009 Katholische Kirche: Piusbrüder degradieren Holocaust-Leugner Williamson  (Panorama)

09.Feb.2009 Weltwirtschaftskrise: Export-Wachstum sinkt auf Fünf-Jahres-Tief  (Wirtschaft)
09 Februar 2009 20090208

09.Feb.2009 https://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18390.html

Latin America poverty 'may soar'

A senior UN official says the world's economic crisis could cause poverty in Latin America to rise by 15% this year.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7876169.stm

Photosynthesis viewed in a flash

Using ultra-short laser pulses, scientists hope to understand how plants harvest the Sun's energy.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7873294.stm

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7876184.stm

US seeks to rework foreign ties

The US seeks a new tone in its foreign policy and wants to "reset" ties with Moscow, Vice-President Joe Biden says.

Temperatures set to drop further

The coldest snap for 20 years shows no sign of letting up, with temperatures expected to plummet overnight.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7876888.stm

Pound's slide hits Foreign Office The collapse of the pound will put the Foreign Office under "serious financial pressures" in the coming year, a parliamentary report warns.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7876614.stm

Maternity units 'shut to mothers

More hospitals in England turned away women in labour 00.000.2008 because they were full, figures obtained by the Tories suggest.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7875090.stm

Government plans travel database

The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7877182.stm

Treasury orders probe into banks

The Treasury is to order an independent probe into how banks are managed, chancellor Alistair Darling says.

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7877161.stm

In a May 2006 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Hoekstra wrote:

But every time classified national security information is leaked, our ability to gather information on those who would do us harm is eroded.

I regret that I see little sign of intolerance for unauthorized disclosures of intelligence to the media from some of my Democratic colleagues today.

We are a nation at war. Unauthorized disclosures of classified information only help terrorists and our enemies – and put American lives at risk.

09.Feb.2009 https://articles.latimes.com/2006/may/13/opinion/oe-hoekstra13

Hoekstra leaks unauthorized intelligence information via Twitter.

09.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/07/hoekstra-twitters-iraq/

Senate centrists’ plan = 600,000 fewer jobs. - Faiz Shakir

The Senate “centrists,” led by Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-NE), are cheering the fact that they’ve cut $86 billion in spending from the economy recovery package. “

Spending for the states and education took the biggest hit, compared with the House bill.

State fiscal stabilization funding was cut back $40 billion, school construction dropped $16 billion, and a proposed $3.5 billion line for higher education construction was zeroed out.”

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman puts those cuts in perspective:

Now the centrists have shaved off $86 billion in spending — much of it among the most effective and most needed parts of the plan.

In particular, aid to state governments, which are in desperate straits, is both fast — because it prevents spending cuts rather than having to start up new projects — and effective,

because it would in fact be spent; plus state and local governments are cutting back on essentials, so the social value of this spending would be high.

But in the name of mighty centrism, $40 billion of that aid has been cut out.

My first cut says that the changes to the Senate

09.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/07/600k-jobs/

09.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7877182.stm?ad=1

Job Losses: Comparing Recessions - Barry Ritholtz

This is one nasty looking chart:

09.Feb.2009 https://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheBigPicture/~3/FVXmOpB92Uk/

Time Magazine

09.Feb.2009 https://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/02/06/how-bad-is-it/



09.Feb.2009 CRS reports by date https://www.cdt.org/righttoknow/10mostwanted/

Jetzt hat der Forscher sein Modell nun auf Iran angewandt -

09.Feb.2009 www.epri.com/corporate/discover_epri/roadmap/index.html


Zürich schafft Steuerprivilegien für reiche Ausländer ab


EU-Staaten wird das Geld knapp

06.Feb.2009 A 10-Year Stretch That’s Worse Than It Looks -FLOYD NORRIS NYT,

06.Feb.2009 https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/07charts.html

Kyl: It’s ‘dangerous’ and ‘careless’ to describe a potential depression as a ‘catastrophe.’ - Matt Corley

The economy is currently experiencing what may be the longest recession since the Great Depression and is edging closer to another depression.

In his weekly video address today, President Obama argued that “if we don’t move swiftly to put” his economic recovery plan “in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe.”

Despite the seriousness of the moment, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) doesn’t like the stark language that Obama is using to describe the potential consequences of inaction, telling the New York Times that Obama is using “some dangerous words“:

In discussing with the American people his approach to the stimulus of our economy, he has first really used some dangerous words,” said Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican.

Mr. Kyl added, “It seems to me that the president is rather casually throwing out some careless language.”

This isn’t the first time that Kyl has complained about Obama’s choice of words.

After the Inauguration, Kyl told an Arizona radio station that Obama’s speech was “low-brow” for proclaiming “an end to the petty grievances and false promises” of the Bush years.

07.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/07/kyl-obama-words/

US diplomat expelled from Ecuador

Ecuador's left-wing President Rafael Correa expels a US customs attache in an argument over anti-drug policies.

07.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7877229.stm

07.Feb.2009 https://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2009/02/06/business/20090207_CHARTS_graphic.html


Biggest job loss ever for retail sector

Rex Nutting

MarketWatch, 12:42 p.m. EST Feb. 6, 2009

07.Feb.2009 https://tinyurl.com/WillRetailEverRecover

Afghanistan 'tougher than Iraq'

The new US special envoy to Afghanistan says winning the conflict there will be "much tougher" than in Iraq.

07.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7877505.stm

Russia 'positive' on US approach

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov welcomes the US promise to "press the reset button" in their relationship.

07.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7877415.stm

Obama reconsidering Afghanistan surge? - Faiz Shakir

President Obama was expected to “formally approve additional deployments” to Afghanistan last week. But on

Friday, ABC News reported that Defense Secretary Robert Gates was deferring a decision on whether to send more more troops “until President Obama decides what force levels he wants.”

The Pentagon has presented a proposal to send three additional brigades — 17,000 troops. The U.K. Sunday Times reports:

The Pentagon was set to announce the deployment of 17,000 extra soldiers and marines last week but Robert Gates, the defence secretary, postponed the decision after questions from Obama.

The president was concerned by a lack of strategy at his first meeting with Gates and the US joint chiefs of staff last month in “the tank”, the secure conference room in the Pentagon.

He asked: “What’s the endgame?” and did not receive a convincing answer.

Larry Korb, a defence expert at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank, said: “Obama is exactly right. Before he agrees to send 30,000 troops, he wants to know what the mission and the endgame is.”

Obama and Gates seem to be leaning towards a “more modest approach, defining the mission as limited solely to stabilizing Afghanistan.”

08.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/08/obama-reconsidering-afghanistan-surge/

08.Feb.2009 https://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/07/holbrooke.afghanistan/

Obama aide urges stimulus haste

A top US presidential advisor calls for lawmakers to quickly draw up a final version of the financial stimulus package.

08.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7877665.stm

PM orders rethink on soldier home

Gordon Brown orders a council which told a disabled soldier he could not build a specially-adapted home to reconsider.

08.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7877777.stm

Sacrificing Accuracy For Speed and Efficiency In Processors - Soulskill-Skudd writes

"Modern computing has always been reliant on accuracy and correct answers. Now, a professor at Rice University in Houston posits that some future applications could be revolutionized by 'probabilistic computing.'

Quoting: 'This afternoon, Krishna Palem, speaking at a computer science meeting in San Francisco, will announce results of the first real-world test of his probabilistic computer chip:

The chip, which thrives on random errors, ran seven times faster than today's best technology while using just 1/30th the electricity. ... The high density of transistors on existing chips also leads to a lot of background "noise."

To compensate, engineers increase the voltage applied to computer circuits to overpower the noise and ensure precise calculations. Palem began wondering how much a slight reduction in the quality of calculations might improve speed and save energy.

He soon realized that some information was more valuable than other information. For example, in calculating a bank balance of $13,000.81, getting the "13" correct is much more important than the "81."

Producing an answer of $13,000.57 is much closer to being correct than $57,000.81. While Palem's technology may not have a future in calculating missions to Mars, it probably has one in such applications as streaming music and video on mobile devices, he said.'

08.Feb.2009 https://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/UMIePdA8Hew/article.pl

'Staggering' cost of food waste

Scottish families throw away an average of £410 worth of unused food each year, it is revealed.

08.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7877767.stm

'Improve credit access' urges CBI

The credit crunch will get worse for UK firms without government action to improve access to new finance, the CBI says.

08.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7877287.stm

Economy 'threatens' news accuracy

Press intrusion and inaccurate reporting are getting worse because of the recession, a report has said.

08.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7878090.stm

08.Feb.2009 https://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/02/words-from-the-investment-wise-282009/

Words from the Investment Wise 2.8.2009
The Big Picture - https://www.ritholtz.com/blog
08.Feb.2009 https://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/02/words-from-the-investment-wise-282009/print/

Words from the Investment Wise Posted By Prieur du Plessis On

08.Feb.2009 07:22 am In BP Cafe , Economy , Markets | 1 Comment

Global stock markets shrugged off dire news on the US employment front, arguing that the gloomy data would hasten US lawmakers’ passage of a stimulus package.

After falling for four straight weeks and recording the worst performance of the major US indices for January on record, Wall Street reversed course on the back of a stimulus-induced rally.

The US government seems on track to announce two new recovery plans next week. Firstly, Senate Democrats reached an agreement with Republican moderates on Friday regarding a fiscal stimulus package.

The deal, in essence, entails about $110 billion in cuts to the roughly $900 billion legislation, according to [1] The New York Times.

Secondly, a rescue plan to inject billions of dollars into banks and entice investors to purchase toxic assets will be outlined on Monday by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

At a combined value for Hershel and Planck of approximately 1.7 billion euros, you get an idea of just how risky this strategy is. If the rocket fails, both missions are lost.

One is tempted to say "good luck"; but as Göran Pilbratt points out, when you have put as much effort into these missions as Esa has over the past 20 years, "luck doesn't come into it".
[...] Professor Griffin summed up the Esa mission in this way: "Herschel is not about studying mature stars or galaxies; it is really about studying the processes by which they are created.

"We know very little about that and we need to understand it in order to put together a picture of how the Universe we live in today grew from the earliest stages after the Big Bang."

Of those interviewed by YouGov, 75% said newspapers frequently published stories they knew to be inaccurate, while 70% said there were too many invasions of privacy by newspapers.

The 7% level of people who trusted newspapers to behave responsibly was lower than that for banks.
"We owe it to future generations and our wallets today to take action now."
[...] The Go Greener campaign claims that if everyone in Scotland stopped wasting food, the environmental impact would be the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the roads.

Ancient sewers

Human rights activists and trade unionists I have talked to ask a simple question.

If the government of India can spend billions on its space programme, if Delhi can reach all its targets for the beautification of the city in time for the

00.000.2010 Commonwealth Games, including an underground train system, then why can't the sewage system be modernised?

Why does it still rely on sending practically naked men down below the streets to clear the drains with their bare hands, being exposed to noxious gases which could take them to a premature grave?

I put these questions to the authorities.

The reply? "We are trying our best."

It did not really feel good enough after what I had seen.

The law courts have passed several orders banning human beings from going into the sewage system unless it is an emergency.

In Delhi it looks as if every day is an emergency in the sewers.
Stanford will celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday today San Jose Mercury News
08.Feb.2009 Obama’s bipartisan dream turns sour Financial Times-By Edward Luce in Washington

It did not take long for Barack Obama to crave the wind in his hair again. Several weeks of Sisyphean efforts at building a bipartisan consensus on his $800bn stimulus plan appear to have won the White House very little ...
"Das amerikanische Volk will, dass wir zusammenarbeiten", erklärte die Republikanerin Susan Collins nach Bekanntwerden der Einigung. Sie gehört zu den drei Republikanern, die mit den Demokraten stimmen wollen.
[...] Der Vorsitzende des Finanzausschusses im Repräsentantenhaus, Barney Frank, erinnerte die Republikaner daran, dass sie die Wahl im November verloren hätten.

Der republikanische Abgeordnete John Ensign wies den Vorwurf zurück, dass seine Partei das Konjunkturprogramm bewusst verzögere.
Australia wildfire deaths pass 100 Aljazeera.net-
At least 108 people are now known to have been killed in the deadliest wildfires ever to sweep Australia, officials have said. Police and a Department of Sustainability and Environment spokesman in the state of Victoria gave the latest death toll early ...

08.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-606287,00.html
Hamburg - "Die vollen Auswirkungen des Abschwungs werden in der Realwirtschaft bei Wachstum und Beschäftigung im ersten und zweiten Quartal

00.000.2009 genau zu dem Zeitpunkt sichtbar, wenn die Bürger davon überzeugt werden müssen, dass die Konjunkturprogramme mit der Zeit Ergebnisse bringen", zitiert die "Financial Times Deutschland" (Montagausgabe) aus der Studie.
The Incredible Shrinking US Job Market Forbes
08.Feb.2009 Bank rescue plan could extend gains Reuters-By Deepa Seetharaman NEW YORK

Investors are heavily betting the Obama administration's bank rescue plan, to be unveiled at on Tuesday, will extend the stock market's rally into this week and bolster the fragile US economy

00.000.1967 -Erst nach dem Krieg vo-n begann Israel mit dem Siedlungsbau auf der Westbank, und nach dem Yom-Kippur-Krieg waren es wieder die Sozialdemokraten, die junge Familien ermutigten, im besetzen Sinai zu siedeln.

Diese Politik hat niemand so treffend zusammengefasst wie der damalige Verteidigungsminister Mosche Dajan, der verkündete, ihm sei "Scharm al-Scheich ohne Frieden lieber als Frieden ohne Scharm al-Scheich".
Die Initiatoren argumentierten vor allem damit, dass das 1999 eingeführte Steuerprivileg gegen das Gebot der Besteuerung nach wirtschaftlicher Leistungsfähigkeit verstoße.
[...] Ausländer genießen im Schweizer Kanton Zürich künftig keine Steuerprivilegien mehr. Die Entscheidung könnte Signalwirkung haben.

Zürich - Zürich ist kein Paradies mehr für Reiche: Mit einer Mehrheit von 52,9 % stimmten die Einwohner des Kantons Zürich am Sonntag für eine Volksinitiative zur Abschaffung der so genannten Pauschalbesteuerung. Vermögende Ausländer, die in der Schweiz nicht arbeiten, mussten bisher nur die Höhe ihres Aufwandes, etwa für Instandhaltung oder ihrer Villa, besteuern. Jetzt werden sie wie jeder Schweizer nach Vermögen und Einkommen veranlagt.
Wahlniederlage: Liechtensteins Regierungschef Hasler tritt zurück  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 ) US-Senat: Demokraten wütend über Kompromisse im Konjunkturpaket  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Koma-Patientin Englaro: Sterbehilfe-Debatte spaltet Italien  (Panorama)

08.Feb.2009 ) Schweizer EU-Volksabstimmung: Die guten Europäer  (Politik)
08.Feb.2009 https://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2001/06/44516
In incubators of our energy future like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Bonneville Power Administration, however,

researchers are starting to describe the new system with phrases like the intelligent grid, the energy net, and the Energy Web
"One unintended side effect of the market restructuring," Kurt Yeager says, "has been a total preoccupation with the immediate."
08.Feb.2009 https://www.tesnic.com/tesnic_turbine.html
we are proud to present you the most efficient wind turbine ever built.
08.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-606263,00.html
Der russische Vizeregierungschef Sergej Iwanow begrüßte das "sehr starke Signal" aus Washington, den Dialog wieder aufzunehmen. Iwanow und Biden trafen sich am Samstag zu einem bilateralen Gespräch am Rande der Konferenz.

Biden hatte bei seinem Auftritt am Samstag für einen "Neustart" der Beziehungen zu Moskau geworben.
08.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-606257,00.html

Mesquitas Modell basiert auf der Spieltheorie und der sogenannten Theorie der rationalen Entscheidung. Mathematische Modelle dieser Art versuchen, das Verhalten von Verhandlungsparteien vorherzusagen,

indem Parameter wie die Interessen und der Einfluss der einzelnen Akteure berücksichtigt werden. Diese Theorien werden vor allem in den Politik- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, in der Biologie, der Psychologie und der Soziologie eingesetzt.

Unumstritten ist das allerdings nicht: Kritiker bezweifeln etwa, ob das Primat der rationalen Entscheidung ohne weiteres von ökonomischen Modellen auf Politik und Gesellschaft übertragbar ist.
[...] Deshalb solle man die technologischen Fortschritte Irans trotz der teils lautstarken Propaganda Teherans differenziert betrachten.
[...] Bis zum Jahresende werde Iran sein Atomprogramm zurückfahren, sagte Bueno de Mesquita auf der "Technology, Entertainment, Design"-Konferenz in Long Beach (US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien), einem jährlichen Treffen von Technologie-Größen, führenden Politikern und anderen Prominenten. Iran werde bis dahin so viel waffenfähiges Uran produziert haben, dass es die grundsätzliche Fähigkeit zur Beherrschung der Technologie bewiesen habe - aber noch nicht genug, um Atomwaffen herzustellen.
[...] Jetzt hat der Forscher sein Modell nun auf Iran angewandt -
[...] Bruce Bueno de Mesquita ist einer der bekanntesten Politikwissenschaftler der USA - und er versucht gern, die Welt in Zahlen zu fassen, selbst wenn es um so komplexe Dinge wie politische Verhandlungen geht. Damit war er bisher durchaus erfolgreich: Er berät unter anderem das Pentagon und den US-Auslandsgeheimdienst CIA. Letzterer soll zu dem Ergebnis gekommen sein, dass Bueno de Mesquitas computerbasierte Vorhersagen in etwa 90 % aller Fälle richtig liegen.
Christliche Mission ist wichtiger denn je - Seite 49 - Forum ...

"Wenn ich die Feldwebelfresse nicht mehr sehen müsste."

Wilhelm über General Erich Ludendorff während des Ersten Weltkrieges.

"Kein Mensch ist mir dankbar." forum.politik.de/forum/showthread.php?p=8336342
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08.Feb.2009 Attacke auf Regierung: Islands Notenbankchef verweigert Rücktritt  (Wirtschaft)
08.Feb.2009 Wirtschaftskrise: EU-Staaten wird das Geld knapp  (Wirtschaft)

08.Feb.2009 Schweiz: Zürich schafft Steuerprivilegien für reiche Ausländer ab  (Wirtschaft)

08.Feb.2009 Illegaler Autohandel: Abwrackprämie lockt Betrüger  (Auto)

y Gastkommentar: In Israel bringen die Falken den Frieden  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Präsidentschaftswahl in Iran: Ex-Staatsoberhaupt Chatami will erneut antreten  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Fusionsverhandlungen: WestLB erwägt Dreierbündnis  (Wirtschaft) 08.Feb.2009 )
08.Feb.2009 Streit über Holocaust-Leugner: Merkel rief Papst zur Aussprache an  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Bush: Gerichtstermin für den Schuhwerfer von Bagdad https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,606269,00.html Attacke auf Bush: Gerichtstermin für den Schuhwerfer von Bagdad  (Politik)
Computer-Orakel: Simulation prophezeit Ende von Irans Atom-Ambitionen  (Wissenschaft)

08.Feb.2009 Sicherheitskonferenz: Obamas Berater rügt mangelnde Hilfe für Afghanistan  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Raketenabwehrstreit mit den USA: Freundliche Töne aus Russland  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 "In the Electric Mist": Tommy Lee Jones auf Killerjagd    (Kultur)
07.Feb.2009 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_von_Montgelas

Das Palais Montgelas auf dem Promenadeplatz in München ist Teil des Luxushotels Bayerischer Hof.







Latin America poverty 'may soar'

A senior UN official says the world's economic crisis could cause poverty in Latin America to rise by 15% this year.


Photosynthesis viewed in a flash

Using ultra-short laser pulses, scientists hope to understand how plants harvest the Sun's energy.



US seeks to rework foreign ties

The US seeks a new tone in its foreign policy and wants to "reset" ties with Moscow, Vice-President Joe Biden says.

Temperatures set to drop further

The coldest snap for 20 years shows no sign of letting up, with temperatures expected to plummet overnight.


Pound's slide hits Foreign Office

The collapse of the pound will put the Foreign Office under "serious financial pressures" in the coming year, a parliamentary report warns.


Maternity units 'shut to mothers'

More hospitals in England turned away women in labour 00.000.2008 because they were full, figures obtained by the Tories suggest.


Government plans travel database

The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons.


Treasury orders probe into banks

The Treasury is to order an independent probe into how banks are managed, chancellor Alistair Darling says.


00.May 2006 In a op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Hoekstra wrote:

But every time classified national security information is leaked, our ability to gather information on those who would do us harm is eroded.

I regret that I see little sign of intolerance for unauthorized disclosures of intelligence to the media from some of my Democratic colleagues today.

We are a nation at war. Unauthorized disclosures of classified information only help terrorists and our enemies – and put American lives at risk.


Hoekstra leaks unauthorized intelligence information via Twitter.


Senate centrists’ plan = 600,000 fewer jobs. - Faiz Shakir

The Senate “centrists,” led by Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-NE), are cheering the fact that they’ve cut $86 billion in spending from the economy recovery package.

Spending for the states and education took the biggest hit, compared with the House bill. State fiscal stabilization funding was cut back $40 billion, school construction dropped $16 billion, and

a proposed $3.5 billion line for higher education construction was zeroed out.” Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman puts those cuts in perspective:

Now the centrists have shaved off $86 billion in spending — much of it among the most effective and most needed parts of the plan.

In particular, aid to state governments, which are in desperate straits, is both fast — because it prevents spending cuts rather than having to start up new projects — and effective,

because it would in fact be spent; plus state and local governments are cutting back on essentials, so the social value of this spending would be high.

But in the name of mighty centrism, $40 billion of that aid has been cut out.

My first cut says that the changes to the Senate



Job Losses: Comparing Recessions - Barry Ritholtz

This is one nasty looking chart:


Time Magazine


Nanotube Memory Finally Beats Flash For Speed - ScuttleMonkey

holy_calamity writes "Although flash memory that stores each bit on a single nanotube has been tinkered with in the lab for years, it has always been much slower than the devices in use today.

A Finnish team has now cracked that, demonstrating single bits of nanotube memory that can be written in just 100 nanoseconds. Existing flash memory takes tens of microseconds."


Universal Power Adapter Struggling For Support - Soulskill

Ian Lamont writes "Last year, there was a lot of hopeful discussion surrounding an initiative to have the consumer electronics industry standardize their products on a USB-based universal power adapter devised by Green Plug.

Eight months later, the effort has stalled. The reason: manufacturers have balked from using Green Plug's technology. '... Gadget makers seem to have no compelling financial incentive to adopt Green Plug's technology.

It would require them to add Green Plug's chip, or similar hardware and software, into every phone, camera, or music player they build, making them more expensive and more complicated to build.

Another stumbling block for manufacturers: A universal power supply would kill the market for replacement power supplies.

Manufacturers sell these at a steep markup price to customers who lose or break the original one that came with the device, and aren't tech-savvy enough to procure a low-cost generic replacement.'

Green Plug is now trying to drum up public outcry through a (slow) website, but the number of supportive and votes remains relatively low."


Privacy Group Calls Google Latitude a Real 'Danger' - Soulskill

CWmike writes "Privacy International is calling Google's new mapping application an 'unnecessary danger' to users' security and privacy.

The criticism follows the unveiling this week of Google Latitude, an upgrade to Google Maps that allows people to track the exact location of friends or family through their mobile devices.

Google Latitude not only shows the location of friends, but it can also be used to contact them via SMS, Google Talk or Gmail.

'Many people will see Latitude as a cool product, but the reality is that Google has yet again failed to deliver strong privacy and security,' said Simon Davies, director of London-based Privacy International, in a statement.

The group's chief concern is that Google Latitude lacks sufficient safeguards to keep someone from surreptitiously opting into the tracking feature on someone else's device."



Don't boycott Kellogg


Google knows where your eyeballs go

Google's watching what people are looking at when they search. Should you be scared? The company says it's helped make the Google home page work better.


Kaiser: Worker data breached, identity fraud reported

Health care provider Kaiser notifies its nearly 30,000 Northern California employees that data breach may have exposed their personal information.


Microsoft's Ballmer likens economy to depressions of 1837, 1873, and 1929

Chief executive Steve Ballmer tells Democrats economic conditions represent a "once in a lifetime" crisis caused by too much debt and a "fundamental economic reset" is necessary.


CIA Agent Pleads Guilty to Misusing Covert Credit Cards - Kevin Poulsen

A career CIA case officer admits to abusing four special credit cards used by the agency to conceal its activities, ringing up $75,000 in personal charges while living in a hotel under an assumed name.


Digital Overload Is Frying Our Brains - Brandon Keim

The high-speed, hyperconnected world we live in may be eroding our ability to pay attention. Our brains are being trained to expect distraction, and the results could lead to an attention-deficient future society.


Climate history 'helps conserve'

Understanding a region's climatic history can help conservationists find new species, a study suggests.


Agents 'attended INLA death plot'

An INLA meeting plotting the murder of Billy Wright was attended by two security forces agents, an inquiry is told.


Council funds facing rate squeeze

Council budgets are under growing financial pressure due to cuts to interest rates, the Local Government Association says.


US senators 'agree' economy bill

Senate Democrats say they have enough Republican backing to pass the US economic stimulus plan, but only in reduced form.


Joy and concern

Mixed emotions at Pakistani nuclear scientist's release


Brown warns banks on bosses' pay

The Prime Minister insists there should be "no reward for failure" at banks which have had to be bailed out by the taxpayer.


Boeing in $3bn air force contract

Boeing receives a US Air Force contract for 15 C-17 military cargo aircraft, worth nearly $3bn (£2bn).


Oil falls towards $39 as U.S. job losses mount Source: www.washingtonpost.com LONDON (Reuters)

Oil fell $2 a barrel toward $39 on Friday after news of more job losses in the United States heightened the prospect for still weaker demand in the world's biggest oil consumer.


In a new analysis, ThinkProgress has found that Republican lawmakers outnumbered Democratic lawmakers 75 to 41 on cable news interviews by members of Congress (from 6am on Monday 2/2 through 11pm on Thursday 2/5):


Key Bush Gitmo advisers burrowing in at the Pentagon. - Ali Frick The AP reports that

three senior officials “tapped by the Bush administration to oversee detainee policy at Guantanamo Bay” remain in their jobs,

weeks after Bush left office and despite President Obama’s efforts to dramatically change the U.S.’s detention policies.

Two of them “have been shunted into civil service jobs,” meaning Obama can’t simply fire them. On

Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressing concern about former Bush appointees that “have been improperly converted to career positions within the Department of Defense” and asked Gates to investigate:

I ask that you immediately review the circumstances behind the conversion of these positions and the hiring of any former Bush administration appointees as career or temporary officials within the Office of Detainee Affairs.

This is especially disconcerting within the Office of Detainee Affairs due to the nature of the policy recommendations that office provides regarding Guantanamo.

ThinkProgress has more on Bush appointees who have burrowed their way into lasting posts here, here, and here.






Gingrich’s Economic Recovery Plan: Obama Should Spend At Least 35 Days Talking To Republicans - Amanda Terkel

This morning on NBC’s Today Show, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted President Obama for not working enough with Republicans on the economic recovery package.

He said that Obama was wasting time giving “partisan” speeches to House Democrats, when he should be hosting bipartisan meetings. Gingrich then held himself up as a model:

GINGRICH: I think he is in real danger of becoming Jimmy Carter instead of Ronald Reagan. … What we got last night wasn’t let’s reason together, let’s sit down and negotiate.

You know, when we did the balanced budget bill — which saved $405 billion in federal debt over four years and it’s the only time since the 1920s — President Clinton and I had to negotiate for 35 days in order to work out all the details. […]

This is more money than the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war have cost in seven years, and you don’t just ram that through unthinkingly. You expect your representatives and senators to try to make the bill work.

Host Matt Lauer pointed out to Gingrich that “the situation is different this time around” than during the Clinton administration.



Kerry: Republicans insisting on housing relief are ‘a year late’; they have ‘created’ the crisis. - Satyam Kha

In recent weeks, conservatives have made housing their new battle cry, claiming that there isn’t enough addressing the housing crisis in the recovery bill. But as ThinkProgress has noted, they have been stalling housing relief for months.

In an impassioned floor speech today, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) recounted how the GOP’s stubborness has “created” the current crisis:

KERRY: We put in a 15 billion provision in the Finance Committee. … It came to the floor of the Senate. And guess what? And the very people who are here on the floor now stripped it. The President and the administration opposed it.

And for nine months, they sat there while 10,000 homes a day were being foreclosed, and they allowed us to slide into where we are today.

They are about 10 months, a year, late on that effort, and they have created…a situation where it’s out of control,” he concluded. Watch it:

We were subject to two years of inaction by the previous administration; that’s why bankruptcy is now an issue,” said House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA).





Obama appoints gay man to faith-based initiatives office. - Ali Frick

Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that President Obama was stalling in overturning Bush’s rule that allowed religious groups to discriminate — usually against gay people — in their hiring.

Today, Obama made an important gesture in naming Fred Davie, the openly gay president of Public/Private Ventures, to serve on on the policy council of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Speaking about his hopes for the Office yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama emphasized the importance of reaching out to “foster a more productive and peaceful dialogue on faith“:

I don’t expect divisions to disappear overnight, nor do I believe that long-held views and conflicts will suddenly vanish.

But I do believe that if we can talk to one another openly and honestly, then perhaps old rifts will start to mend and new partnerships will begin to emerge.

In a world that grows smaller by the day, perhaps we can begin to crowd out the destructive forces of zealotry and make room for the healing power of understanding (HT: Huffington Post)





The €3 billion machine, which will smash protons into each other at unprecedented energies to study the deepest layers of physical reality,

LHC may start up again in September

08.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-606239,00.html

Die vier Sterne auf den Schulterklappen von Petreaus funkeln angriffslustig im Scheinwerferlicht, als der General seine Rede vom Blatt abliest.

Er wiederholt noch einmal das afghanische Sündenregister: Mohn, Terror, Taliban.

Das Land sei noch nie freundlich zu ausländischen Kräften gewesen, deswegen nenne man den Hindukusch ja auch Friedhof der Großmächte.

Das müsse sich jetzt ändern.
[...] Es geht noch immer um Afghanistan, das größte Nato-Projekt unserer Zeit, und wenn es schiefgeht, vielleicht auch das letzte Unternehmen dieser Art.
[...] Natürlich
[...] Natürlich hat Karzai Fehler gemacht, jede Menge sogar: Die Vorwürfe reichen von Vetternwirtschaft über Geldverschwendung bis hin zu nachlässiger Führung.

Seine Armee funktioniert immer noch nicht richtig, ohne die Nato-Truppen wäre Karzai nur noch ein paar Wochen im Amt.
[...] "Was bringt der Westen denn für Opfer?", hat einer von Karzais engsten Vertrauten einmal wütend in kleiner Runde im Kabuler Palast gesagt. So etwas hört man in München natürlich nicht.
[...] "2001 sind Taliban und al-Qaida geflohen. Jetzt ist die Bedrohung zurück!"
Da "Lulin" anscheinend zum ersten Mal das innere Sonnensystem besuche und deshalb erstmals intensiver Sonnenstrahlung ausgesetzt sei, könne es auch zu Überraschungen kommen.
[...] 24. Februar: "Lulin" wird dann am südlichen Himmel im Sternbild Löwe in der Nähe des Saturns zu sehen sein.
Anders sieht das offenbar der Kontrolleur:
sagte er in Kuala Lumpur
[...] Auch der Chef des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, zeigte sich besorgt über die langsame Umsetzung der weltweit geplanten Konjunkturpakete.

Regierungen und Zentralbanken müssten sich glaubhaft zu ausreichenden Maßnahmen verpflichten, um eine Wiederholung der Weltwirtschaftskrise zu verhindern,
[...] Beweis für dringenden Handlungsbedarf: "Die Lage könnte nicht ernster sein. Diese Zahlen erfordern Taten." Obama
[...] Das geplante Paket sei "eine erdrückende Schuldenlast für unsere Enkelkinder", sagte der republikanische Minderheitsführer im Senat, Mitch McConnell.

"Wenn dieses Gesetz verabschiedet wird, ist das ein sehr schlechter Tag für Amerika", sagte der frühere Präsidentschaftskandidat John McCain.
[...] Obama lobte den Kompromiss, der den US-Bürgern Aussicht auf Erleichterung angesichts einer "zerstörerischen" Rezession biete.
Volksabstimmung: Schweizer bestätigen enge Partnerschaft mit der EU überraschend klar  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 08.Feb.2009 Finanzmärkte: Kauder will Firmenkäufe ohne Eigenkapital unterbinden  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Himmelsspektakel: Grüner Komet nähert sich der Erde  (Wissenschaft)

08.Feb.2009  Karzai auf der Sicherheitskonferenz: Change - bald auch am Hindukusch  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009  Bad Bank: Obama hält nach Geldgebern für Giftpapiere Ausschau  (Wirtschaft)

08.Feb.2009  08.Feb.2009 Unternehmensgewinne: Steinbrück fordert Arbeitsplätze statt Dividenden  (Wirtschaft)

08.Feb.2009  08.Feb.2009 https://www.cdt.org/righttoknow/10mostwanted/

8) Endangered Species Recovery Plans (DOI) -- These documents detail how the government plans to defend endangered species and eventually get them off of the endangered species list.

The Fish and Wildlife Service has told us that it plans to put these 700+ documents online eventually; meanwhile, researchers, students, and concerned citizens have to pay to have them sent in paper.
The Supreme Court of Mongolia has its own official Web site, but the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't.

Instead, the Court refers people to one or more of 10 different unofficial Web sites, which publish various subsets of opinions, updated with varying frequency.

While Court officials have said that they are exploring the possibility of creating a Web site, there is no official source of information from the highest court in the land.

In addition to opinions, the Court should post briefs, at least in cases accepted for oral argument.
blog.fefee.de/Also DIE Meldung hat ja echt dem Fass den Boden aus:

Die Briten speichern von Ein- und Ausreisenden Namen, Adressen, Telefonnummern, Reservierungen, Reiserouten und Kreditkarteninformationen. Äh, wie meinen?!? Das hilft gegen Terrorismus, weil ...???

Vor allem: die Briten! Keinem anderen Staat sind so viele vertrauliche Daten abhanden gekommen wie den Briten! Und DIE wollen meine Kreditkartendaten in ihrer Terrordatenbank abspeichern?!?!?

Das kann sich ja wohl nur um einen schlechten Scherz handeln!

00.000.1913 Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, a forceful proponent for open government, stated "Sunlight is the best disinfectant; electric light the most efficient policeman". Those wise words are still true today.

Welcome, Congress, to our generation's electric sun .
blog.fefee.de/Whoa, Wikileaks rockt mal wieder: Change you can download: alle Reports des Congressional Research Service seit 1990. The 6,780 reports, current as of this month, comprise over 127,000 pages of material on some of the most contentious issues in the nation, from the U.S. relationship with Israel to abortion legislation. Nearly 2,300 of the reports were updated in the last 12 months, while the oldest report goes back to 1990. The release represents the total output of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) electronically available to Congressional offices. The CRS is Congress's analytical agency and has a budget in excess of $100M per year. Nicht nur für Politologen und Historiker eine Goldgrube.
08.Feb.2009 blog.fefee.de/Apropos Schweinezucht: Lidl bietet Warengutscheine über sechs Euro an, wenn man 10 Mal deren Werbeausträger überwacht. Da passt auch gleich wie die Faust aufs Auge, dass Lidl gerade Überwachungskameras im Angebot hat.

Die sind auch echt völlig merkbefreit bei Lidl.
blog.fefee.de/Und noch ein Schlag in die Fresse für Mehdorn: jetzt entdecken endlich auch mal die Bahn-Mitarbeiter ihr Gewissen und kritisieren Mehdorn. Was sind wir Deutschen doch für ein erbärmliches Völkchen. Watergate wäre bei uns nie aufgedeckt worden, weil alle zu feige gewesen wären, mal an die Öffentlichkeit zu treten.

blog.fefee.de/Und noch ein Verkacker geradezu biblischen Ausmasses einer sogenannten "Security-Firma": Kaspersky kann nicht mal ihren eigenen Datenbankserver absichern. Alter one of the parameters and you have access to EVERYTHING: users, activation codes, lists of bugs, admins, shop, etc. Und DIE sollen die Windows-Rechner der Welt absichern?!
08.Feb.2009 blog.fefee.de/Also DIE Meldung hat ja echt dem Fass den Boden aus: Die Briten speichern von Ein- und Ausreisenden Namen, Adressen, Telefonnummern, Reservierungen, Reiserouten und Kreditkarteninformationen. Äh, wie meinen?!?

Das hilft gegen Terrorismus, weil ...???

Vor allem: die Briten! Keinem anderen Staat sind so viele vertrauliche Daten abhanden gekommen wie den Briten! Und DIE wollen meine Kreditkartendaten in ihrer Terrordatenbank abspeichern?!?!?

Das kann sich ja wohl nur um einen schlechten Scherz handeln!
[...] Ranstorp: Die Rückkehrer brauchen auf jeden Fall sehr viel Unterstützung. Und ohne vernünftige Programme wird es ein Desaster geben. Diesen Menschen wurden jahrelang Menschenrechte vorenthalten. Sie sind im Grunde orientierungslos.
[...] SPIEGEL ONLINE: In Deutschland gibt es eine Debatte, ob man einige der verbliebenen Insassen hier aufnehmen sollte. Stellen diese Leute ein Sicherheitsproblem dar?

Ranstorp: Ich denke, man sollte diese Menschen aufnehmen. Aber es ist sicher kein Fehler, wenn die Behörden sie im Auge behalten, denn einige könnten Symbolfiguren der Szene werden und Heldenstatus erlangen. Das könnte zu Radikalisierung führen.

Ein Terrorproblem ist es wahrscheinlich eher nicht. Die Aufnahme von
[...] Ranstorp : Ich habe gerade eine Studie über die mögliche Zukunft des Terrors im Jahr 2020 fertiggestellt, und ich glaube, dass der Jemen eine Art Afghanistan in der Golfregion werden könnte. Schon 2017 wird Jemen kein Öl mehr haben, das Land ist voller somalischer Bürgerkriegsflüchtlinge, und es liegt innerhalb des Piraterie-Korridors. Diese Eckdaten, zusammen mit den Rückkehrern aus Guantanamo, verlangen die Aufmerksamkeit der internationalen Staatengemeinschaft.

Wir werden definitiv eine konstruktive Rolle zur Lösung des Problems spielen.

Wir sind jedoch nicht so primitiv, als dass man uns erst, wie

2001, dazu benutzen könnte, das Afghanistan-Problem zu lösen und uns dann aber wenig später in die "Achse des Bösen" einreiht.
Unternehmensgewinne: Steinbrück fordert Arbeitsplätze statt Dividenden  (Wirtschaft)

08.Feb.2009 Abwrackprämie: Kunden stürmen die Autohäuser  (Auto)
08.Feb.2009 Politik-Quereinsteiger Siegfried Balke: Franz-Josef Strauß' generöser Geldeintreiber  (Politik)

08.Feb.2009 Irans Parlamentspräsident: "Die Großmächte müssen akzeptieren - auch auf unserer Seite gibt es Vernunft"  (Politik)
08.Feb.2009 Feuersbrunst in Australien: Mindestens 76 Menschen sterben bei Buschbränden  (Panorama)

08.Feb.2009 Sanierungspläne: US-Autobauer wollen erneut Tausende Stellen streichen  (Wirtschaft)
08.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7877161.stm?ad=1

On Thursday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted there should be "no reward for failure" at banks which have had to be bailed out by the taxpayer.

Earlier, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson sent a direct warning to RBS, saying the bank risks alienating ordinary people if it gives its executives "exorbitant" bonuses.

Big Brother

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: "The government seems to be building databases to track more and more of our lives.

"The justification is always about security or personal protection. But the truth is that we have a government that just can't be trusted over these highly sensitive issues. We must not allow ourselves to become a Big Brother society."

A spokesman for campaign group NO2ID said: "When your travel plans, who you are travelling with, where you are going to and when are being recorded you have to ask yourself just how free is this country?"

The Bush43 Republicans took Reaganomics to a whole new level with not only with more sweeping tax cuts but with addition of the expense of two wars which HAD to be financed by (foreign) borrowed money.

The current economic crisis is entirely due to the fiction that income tax-cuts are a sacrosanct device for endless national prosperity, and that “individuals know best how to spend their money”.

History and the facts say otherwise and the US wouldn’t be in the mess its in know if it weren’t for the mindless acceptance and promotion of this ridiculous trope.
(I should add though that the current dire situation would be somewhat relieved were it not for other mindless Republican Bush43 policies that have had an economic effect too.

( AND lest I forget, there has been a Democratic Party contingent deserves some blame as well).

So please, chew on that if you would.

07.Feb.2009 at 2:59 pm https://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/07/recovery-v-bush-tax-cuts/
spencers mom Says:

Where were these keepers of the cash when billions went missing in Iraq? And what is the real story behind Rumsfeld revelation of $2 trillion missing at the Pentagon on September 10th 2001? Team Obama, let’s start digging?

PEACE February 7th, 2009 at 10:10 am
08.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/07/recovery-v-bush-tax-cuts/
rimhotep Says:

tarazan: When these named senators were “rubber stamping” for Bush, it was because Bush had the goods on them via his warantless wiretapping - it’s called “blackmail”.

Time to begin digging into the closets of this gang of vocal thugs in the GOP. No doubt there’s plenty of criminal behavior and dirt to be had on each of them.

Vitter’s “scum” speaks for itself as he is a whoremonger extraordinaire; Graham’s caught in several scandals (Abramoff not the least of his problems);

McCain has cheated the IRS with Cindy’s tax returns and has the Vicky Iseman business to still explain….and the list of criminal behavior by these thugs goes on…and on. February 7th, 2009 at 10:02 am
08.Feb.2009 https://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18390_Page2.html
* Whether the Bush administration should have done more about the economy: “We did worry about it, to some extent. … I don’t think anybody actually foresaw something of this size and dimension occurring.

It’s also global. We only control part of the world economy – a very important part.”

Mit der Demonstration am Freitag wollte er zusammen mit Aktivisten aus Spanien, Großbritannien, den USA und Polen, auf die Lage im Gaza-Streifen aufmerksam machen.

"Unser Demonstrationszug ist eine Erinnerung an das andauernde Leiden in Palästina", zitierte ihn die Internet-Seite der Zeitung "Daily News Egypt" am Freitag.
[...] Eine Bestätigung dafür gibt es bisher nicht. Ein Sprecher des ägyptischen Innenministeriums sagte, ihm lägen keine Berichte zu der Festnahme vor.

Das Auswärtige Amt in Berlin bestätigte unterdessen, dass der Fall bekannt und die Botschaft vor Ort eingeschaltet sei. "Wir bemühen uns um Aufklärung", sagte ein Sprecher.

Philip Rizk ist Deutsch-Ägypter, er hat die doppelte Staatsbürgerschaft. Sein Vater stammt aus Ägypten, seine Mutter aus Deutschland. Geboren ist er auf Zypern, aufgewachsen in Kairo, wo er die deutsche Schule besuchte.

Um Philosophie zu studieren, ging er für ein Semester nach Freiburg und dann mit einem Stipendium in die USA, nach Wheaton. Jetzt studiert er Middle East Studys an der American University in Kairo.

Momentan schreibt er an seiner Master-Arbeit, auch darin beschäftigt er sich mit dem Gaza-Konflikt.
[...] "Wir wussten erst nicht, wo Philip ist", sagte seine Schwester SPIEGEL ONLINE. Es gebe bisher auch keine formale Anklage, ihm sei nichts zur Last gelegt worden. "Aber wahrscheinlich ist er zu laut und unbequem geworden", sagt sie.

Mittlerweile sei er zum "Hauptsitz des Nationalen Sicherheitsdienstes" gebracht worden, sagt sie, "das haben wir heute aus inoffiziellen Quellen des Nationalen Sicherheitsdienstes erfahren."
Schoeller-Spende: CDU bekommt großzügige Zuwendung aus Zypern  (Politik)

07.Feb.2009 Bundestagsgutachten: Große Zweifel an geplanter Sperrung von Kinderporno-Seiten im Internet  (Netzwelt)
07.Feb.2009 Bekannter Blogger: Deutsch-ägyptischer Student in Kairo festgenommen  (UniSPIEGEL)
07.Feb.2009 Steueroase: Liechtenstein klagt über Milliardenschaden durch Zumwinkel-Affäre  (Wirtschaft)

07.Feb.2009  Madagaskar: Militär massakriert Demonstranten  (Politik)

07.Feb.2009 Discounter: Lidl-Kunden sollen Prospektausträger überwachen  (Wirtschaft)

07.Feb.2009 Sicherheitskonferenz: Das Orakel von München  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 Umstrittene Thesen: Neuer Linzer Bischof hält Homosexualität für heilbar  (Panorama)
07.Feb.2009 Haftbefehl vollstreckt: Polizei fasst mutmaßliches deutsches al-Qaida-Mitglied  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-606157,00.html

Das ist der Abschied vom unipolaren Weltbild der Bush-Regierung. Das also sei die gute Neuigkeit, sagt Biden: dass Amerika in Zukunft gemeinsam mit anderen handeln werde.

Und lächelnd fügt er an: "Die schlechte Nachricht ist, dass die Amerikaner nun auch mehr Hilfe von ihren Partnern erbitten."
[...] "Es ist mir eine Ehre, eine neue Regierung zu vertreten und hoffentlich auch ein neues Zeitalter." Biden geht gleich in die Vollen. Obamas Administration sei entschlossen, "einen neuen Ton anzuschlagen".

Statt Denken in "Nullsummenmentalitäten" und Ideologien müssten die Völker einander zuhören. Kein Land, betont Biden, könne die gegenwärtigen Bedrohungen allein bewältigen, egal wie mächtig es sei.
[...] Man erwartet eine historische Wende der amerikanischen Politik, eine Art feierliche Spannung hat sich der rund 300 Teilnehmer der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz bemächtigt.

Was wird Biden sagen, hier im prunkvollen Saal des "Bayerischen Hofs"?
Katholiken-Krise: Deutsche Bischöfe verlangen erneuten Ausschluss des Holocaust-Leugners  (Panorama)

07.Feb.2009 Landesbanken: WestLB macht dank Bad Bank Gewinn  (Wirtschaft)

07.Feb.2009  Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz: Biden schlägt die Brücke nach Europa  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 Kongressentscheidung: Fahrplan für US-Konjunkturpaket steht  (Politik)

07.Feb.2009 Ausspähaffäre: Telekom beschäftigt seit zehn Jahren umstrittene Detektei  (Wirtschaft)

07.Feb.2009 Spionage- und Hackerabwehr: Bundeswehr baut geheime Cyberwar-Truppe auf  (Netzwelt)
07.Feb.2009 Three US Banks Shut by Regulators as Financial Crisis Deepens Bloomberg
07.Feb.2009 Obama chides Republicans, demands speed on stimulus Reuters-By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama pounded Republicans on Saturday for policies that fueled the US economic crisis,

while welcoming a Senate deal on his stimulus bill that ideologically split lawmakers hope to finish by ... Obama pushes stimulus plan while GOP pushes back  
07.Feb.2009 https://www.thevenusproject.com/resource_eco.htm
Money is only important in a society when certain resources for survival must be rationed and the people accept money as an exchange medium for the scarce resources. Money is a social convention, an agreement if you will.

It is neither a natural resource nor does it represent one. It is not necessary for survival unless we have been conditioned to accept it as such
[...] Our only shortage is the lack of creative thought and intelligence in ourselves and our elected leaders to solve these problems.

The most valuable, untapped resource today is human ingenuity.
[...] As we outgrow the need for professions based on the monetary system, for instance lawyers, bankers, insurance agents, marketing and advertising personnel, salespersons, and stockbrokers, a considerable amount of waste will be eliminated. Considerable amounts of energy would also be saved by eliminating the duplication of competitive products such as tools, eating utensils, pots, pans and vacuum cleaners.
[...] In a resource-based economy all of the world's resources are held as the common heritage of all of Earth's people, thus eventually outgrowing the need for the artificial boundaries that separate people.

This is the unifying imperative.
We must emphasize that this approach to global governance has nothing whatever in common with the present aims of an elite to form

a world government with themselves and large corporations at the helm, and the vast majority of the world's population subservient to them.

Our vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to be the best they can be, not to live in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.
Our proposals would not only add to the well being of people, but they would also provide the necessary information that would enable them to participate in any area of their competence.

The measure of success would be based on the fulfillment of one's individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.
In the end, Forbes says that even though these disclosures could jeopardize his current employment, he has stepped forward because,

I have mailed this information to many people, including the 9/11 Commission, but no one seems to be registering these facts.”
[...] 2

11.Sep.2001 2) Video cameras positioned atop the World Trade Center which were used to feed daily images to local television stations were inexplicably inoperative that morning.

11.Sep.2001 -Tuesday- Due to his IT-related duties on Saturday & Sunday Forbes had off, and thus watched the World Trade Center towers collapse from his apartment.

While doing so, he recalled, “I was convinced immediately that something was happening related to the weekend work.”
[...] This process, Forbes recalled, began

08.Sep.2001 -early-Saturday morning- and continued

09.Sep.2001 -until-mid-Sunday afternoon – approximately 30 hours.

As a result of having its electricity cut,

the WTC’s security cameras were rendered inoperative,

as were its I.D. systems, and

elevators to the upper floors.
Forbes did stress, though,

that there was power to the WTC’s lower floors, and

that there were plenty of engineers going in-and-out of the WTC who had free access throughout the building

due to its security system being knocked out.

In an e-mail to journalist John Kaminski, author of The Day America Died (Sisyphus Press) and America’s Autopsy Report (Dandelion Books),

Forbes wrote: “Without power there were no security cameras, no security locks on doors, and many, many ‘engineers’ coming in and out of the tower.”
The World Economic forum (WEF): Requiem for an overweight -by Eric Walberg
Global Research
07.Feb.2009 https://smokingmirrors.blogspot.com/2009/02/bank-loans-connected-to-zen-koan.html

Let’s find that extra whatever it has to be so that we can cross the ridge and we are free.

And so forth and so on.
[...] So, I am going to keep working on that and I hope that you will too.

We are rising up now as into the dawning of the age just the same way that you turn the page and it is being written every moment we are here. We are writing it.

It is being written on us; by us, for us, against us, because of us, in spite of us, without us or I don’t know… it just goes on.
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07.Feb.2009 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Alex has been wrongly predicting more big domestic terror attacks for the last eight years, yet still repeatedly asserts that he can predict the future.
07.Feb.2009 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/ On

01.Apr.2006 Cannonfire published its most famous post.
07.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,druck-606133,00.html

Konrad Freiberg, Vorsitzender der Gewerkschaft der Polizei, appelliert an die Gerichte, bei der Genehmigung von Demonstrationen die Belange der Polizei zu berücksichtigen: "Die Grenzen der Belastbarkeit sind überschritten."
[...] Im Einsatzraum zwischen Karlsruhe und Freiburg sind zahlreiche Hotels allein für die Polizei ausgebucht. Zeitgleich sind zahlreiche Demonstrationen angemeldet, zusätzlich finden sogenannte High-Risk-Fußballspiele der unteren Ligen statt.

Außerdem droht der Verkehr auf der A5 zusammenzubrechen, weil in neun Bundesländern die Osterferien beginnen.
[...] Am

03.Apr.2009 lädt Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel die Teilnehmer zum Essen nach Baden-Baden ein,

am nächsten Tag wird Frankreichs Präsident Nicolas Sarkozy in einem symbolischen Akt den Rhein bei Kehl überschreiten, um die Rückkehr Frankreichs in die militärischen Strukturen der Nato zu dokumentieren.
[...] Hamburg - Der Nato-Gipfel vom 3. bis 4. April in Straßburg, Baden-Baden und Kehl stellt die Polizei vor nahezu unlösbare Aufgaben.

Bis jetzt sind bereits 14.000 Polizisten zum Schutz der Politiker und Veranstaltungsorte eingeplant, Experten rechnen damit, dass ihre Zahl auf 20.000 steigen könnte.

Die Liste der Artenschutz-Projekte ist lang: Mit Malaria befallene Pinguine müssen behandelt, der Lebensraum von Land- und Wasser-Leguanen geschützt und Feuerameisen ausgerottet werden.

Trotz aller Herausforderungen und Rückschläge arbeiten die Naturschützer unermüdlich.

Seit Rafael Correa vor zwei Jahren Präsident Ecuadors wurde, setzt sich auch die Regierung klar für den Erhalt der Artenvielfalt auf Galápagos ein.

"Jetzt arbeiten der private Sektor, Naturschützer und die internationale Gemeinschaft zusammen", sagt Felipe Cruz. "Ich glaube, dass wir eine bessere Zukunft vor uns haben."
[...] Seit

07.Feb.2009 00.000.2006 ist Isabela frei von Ziegen, kurz darauf folgten die Inseln Floreana und Santiago.
[...] Obwohl es

07.Feb.2009 -00.000.1994 -seit- auf den Galápagos-Inseln verboten ist, die 27 Haiarten zu jagen, fangen Fischer die Tiere noch immer, schneiden ihnen die Flossen ab und werfen sie blutend wieder ins Meer.
07.Feb.2009 [...]
00.000.2006 -Die Charles Darwin Station hatte
genau 171 Insektenarten identifiziert, die von Schiffslichtern bei Nacht angezogen werden und so Gefahr laufen, von einem Eiland zum anderen transportiert zu werden.
07.Feb.2009 [...]

Kilometer vor der Küste von Ecuador liegt. Dazu kommen 27.000 Einwohner auf den fünf besiedelten Inseln. Und die Invasion des Menschen hat Spuren hinterlassen.

Die Hälfte aller endemischen Tierarten und jede fünfte einheimische Pflanze ist bedroht.

07.Feb.2009 -00.000.2007 -Seit-stehen die Galápagos-Inseln auf der Roten Liste des bedrohten Welterbes der Uno-Organisation für Erziehung, Wissenschaft und Kultur (Unesco).

Das größte Problem sind die fremden Pflanzen, Insekten und Säugetiere, die der Mensch einschleppt.

Mittlerweile gibt es auf den Inseln mehr eingeführte Sträucher und Gewächse (rund 720 Arten) als einheimische (rund 500), und auch fast jedes vierte Insekt ist fremd, wie die Unesco 2006 über Galápagos berichtete.
07.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-606082,00.html
Schröder schreibt, er sei überzeugt, dass der Bundeswehreinsatz in Afghanistan noch weitere zehn Jahre dauern wird.
[...] Steinmeier sagte, das "Ziel unseres Engagements" in Afghanistan müsse klar definiert werden. "Eine Westminster-Demokratie mit Riester-Rente und Mülltrennung für Afghanistan ist unrealistisch."

Als Kriterien für eine erfolgreiche Mission nannte er: "Afghanistan darf nie wieder ein Zufluchtsort für Terroristen werden, die Regierung muss Sicherheit und Stabilität aus eigener Kraft gewährleisten können, und

die elementaren Menschenrechte müssen gewahrt sein. Dann können wir unsere Soldaten abziehen." Auf die Frage nach einem Datum dafür antwortete er: "Wir reden nicht über Jahrzehnte, sondern über Jahre."
Am härtesten könnte es die nordamerikanischen Küsten treffen.
[...] Doch nun wird das Bild klarer: Kürzlich konnten Forscher um Eric Steig anhand von Satellitendaten und Wetterstations-Messungen zeigen:

Die gesamte Antarktis erwärmt sich - und das schon seit 50 Jahren. Zwar sind die Temperaturanstiege noch relativ gering; die Westantarktis hat sich pro Dekade im Schnitt um 0,17 Grad erwärmt, der Osten um 0,1 Grad.

Aber der Trend nach oben ist eindeutig.

07.Feb.2009 [...] 25 Millionen Kubikkilometer gefrorenes Wasser liegen am Südpol.

In Zeiten des Klimawandels ist die Antarktis damit ein entscheidender Faktor für die Zukunft der Erde - denn auch auf dem südlichen Kontinent wird es immer wärmer.
In ungewöhnlich scharfer Form forderte er eine zügige Verabschiedung durch den Kongress: Die Zeit für parteitaktische Spielchen sei vorbei, sagte er.

"Wenn wir nicht schnell zu einer Unterzeichnung des Rettungspakets kommen, wird sich eine Wirtschaft, die ohnehin in einer Krise ist, einer Katastrophe gegenübersehen."
[...] "Das amerikanische Volk möchte, dass wir zusammenarbeiten", sagte die wichtige gemäßigte Republikanerin Susan Collins nach Bekanntwerden der Einigung.

"Dieser Kompromiss hat das Gesetz deutlich verbessert. Es wird uns helfen, uns von dieser gefährlichen Rezession zu erholen."

Ihr Parteifreund Senator Arlen Spector sagte: "Wir müssen handeln, und unter den gegebenen Umständen ist dies das Beste, was wir tun können."

"Wenn dieses Gesetz verabschiedet wird, wäre das ein sehr schlechter Tag für Amerika", kritisierte dagegen Senator John McCain, der unterlegene Präsidentschaftskandidat der Republikaner.

Der Investitionsplan bürde den künftigen Generationen enorme Schulden auf, ohne das er wirklich die Wirtschaft ankurbeln werde.
[...] "Wir haben eine Einigung", sagte der demokratische Senator Sherrod Brown. Das Weiße Haus begrüßte die Einigung.
07.Feb.2009 -00.000.2030 -Mindestens bis zum Jahr- so hat ein Think-Tank gerade ausgerechnet, wird das Land brauchen, um seine Staatsfinanzen wieder auf den Stand zu bringen, den es hatte, bevor die Finanzströme einfroren.
Streit mit SPD: Unionspläne für Daten-Großregister provozieren Widerstand  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 Personalnot: Nato-Gipfel überfordert Polizei  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz: Kanzlerin fordert Ende der US-Alleingänge  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 Prognose: Finanzministerium erwartet hohe Haushaltsdefizite bis 2012  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 Katholiken-Krise: Holocaust-Leugner Williamson lehnt Widerruf vorerst ab  (Panorama)
07.Feb.2009 Durchbruch: US-Senat stutzt Obamas Konjunkturpaket  (Politik)
07.Feb.2009 https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7876068.stm?ad=1
The system is struggling to cope with the human tide of unemployment.
[...] Despite the thick snow on the sidewalks, the labour and training centre in West Warwick, just a few miles from Cranston, is packed with job seekers - at computer screens, in one-on-one interviews, in big groups doing tests.
Australia announces economic boost
06.Feb.2009 https://www.netzeitung.de/servlets/page?section=784&item=1269777
«Das Fenster der Geschichte ist geöffnet»

07.Feb.2009 https://www.netzeitung.de/servlets/page?section=784&item=1269777
Es sei offensichtlich, dass Wirtschaftskrise, nukleare Abrüstung und Klimaschutz eine gemeinsame globale Politik erforderten, mahnte Steinbrück.
07.Feb.2009 https://www.heise.de/tr/artikel/print/126830
Eine neue Studie[1] der Universität Münster gibt den Asketen nun Auftrieb: Sie zeigte, dass ältere Erwachsene, die ihre Kalorienzufuhr drei Monate lang freiwillig reduzierten, besser bei Gedächtnistests abschnitten als zwei Kontrollgruppen.

Die Ergebnisse könnten ein erster Hinweis darauf sein, dass weniger Kalorien auch im späteren Leben altersbedingte Probleme wie Demenz vorbeugen könnten.
07.Feb.2009 https://www.ftd.de/boersen_maerkte/aktien/anleihen_devisen/:Mutter-aller-Krisen-Volcker-warnt-vor-Dollarcrash/463947.html?mode=print
Derzeit stemmen sich Regierung und Notenbank gegen die Krise
[...] "Mutter aller Krisen"
Das Fundament des Maastricht-Vertrags wankt. Ganz zu schweigen von den Problemen Großbritanniens und der Schweiz, ihre übermäßig gewachsenen Banken zu schützen.
Das sozial Gerechte ist heute tatsächlich auch das einzig wirtschaftspolitisch Vernünftige.
[...] »Allmählich verliert man das Gefühl für die Größe der Zahlen …« sorgt sich schon das Handelsblatt.

00.Sep.2008 -Bereits im- waren in den USA 31,5 Millionen Menschen auf Lebensmittelmarken angewiesen –

so viele wie noch nie seit dem Start dieses Programms, das diejenigen, die im sozialen Nichts angekommen sind,

zumindest vor dem Verhungern bewahren soll.
07.Feb.2009 [...] Die Verrücktesten unter ihnen sahen sogar ein neues »deutsches Wirtschaftswunder« erblühen.
07.Feb.2009 Sicherheitskonferenz in München: Steinmeier wünscht „Jahr des Aufbruchs
24D0E82A6266/Doc~EC915FBEC8A0B4A30926019B7F444EFAB~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html" target=_blank>Deutsche Konjunktur: Die Realität ist schlimmer als die Prognosen

Demografie: Nächste Volkszählung ohne Frage zur Religion
Einkommensverluste: Deutschlands Ärzte wollen eine Milliarde Euro mehr
07.Feb.2009 Hoffnung treibt die Banken: Dickes Plus in den USA
07.Feb.2009 Senators Close to Reaching Accord on Stimulus Bill
07.Feb.2009 Markets Up Sharply Despite Report
USA fordern mehr zivile Hilfe für Afghanistan

07.Feb.2009 Steinmeier will eine Welt ohne Atomwaffen
Finanzen: Ausblick: Gute Zeichen für Dax-Erholung

07.Feb.2009 Unternehmen: Auto-Krise verschärft sich weiter
Gastkommentar: George Soros - Was vor uns liegt
Bundesbehörden handhaben Informationsfreiheit zunehmend restriktiv
Pläne zur Novelle des Datenschutzrechts entzweien die Länder
Stern: Zünderlieferant der Killer-Konvertiten war Kontaktmann der CIA

07.Feb.2009 Seehofer geht gegen Bankenskandale vor
China droht Ländern, die Uiguren aus Guantanamo aufnehmen wollen
"Das Fenster der Geschichte ist geöffnet"

07.Feb.2009 Napolitano stoppt Notverordnung gegen Sterbehilfe
Deutsche mögen den Papst nicht mehr

07.Feb.2009 Horrorzahlen alarmieren Obama
Schneechaos in Großbritannien
Iran hält an Atomprogramm fest

07.Feb.2009 Italiens Streit um Sterbehilfe spitzt sich dramatisch zu
UBS behält Vermögensverwaltung in den USA
Verstaatlichung Washingtons Tanz ums Schreckgespenst
Le chômage américain au plus haut depuis dix-sept ans
L'euthanasie au coeur d'une crise politique en Italie
«Face à la crise» : Sarkozy a convaincu

07.Feb.2009 Pouvoir d'achat : l'autre plan de Sarkozy

07.Feb.2009 Les syndicats veulent maintenir la pression

07.Feb.2009 Cinco detenidos por corrupción urbanística en alcaldías del PP
Sarkozy attacks Brown on economy

07.Feb.2009 Obama: stimulus delay inexcusable
Wie viel sind Manager wert?
Piusbrüder auf Konfrontation: Juden als Christus-Mörder
Deutschland zieht die Schuldenbremse

07.Feb.2009 Vatikan räumt Kommunikationsmängel ein
Traditionalisten geben keine Ruhe: Piusbrüder auf Konfrontationskurs
07.Feb.2009 Abstimmung im Internet: Grundeinkommen für alle
07.Feb.2009 Existenzrecht negiert
Piratenakt vor Gaza
07.Feb.2009 Versickernde Geldflut
07.Feb.2009 Israel deports passengers from impounded Gaza-bound ship:

Ten activists + journalists detained Thursday by the Israeli navy on a cargo ship carrying humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip have returned to Lebanon, security officials + activists said.

07.Feb.2009 Arab nations appeal to United Nations to stop Israeli 'piracy': "My government condemns the Israeli actions and considers them a blatant and flagrant breach to international law and international humanitarian law," she wrote.

07.Feb.2009 Egypt holds Hamas money bound for Gaza: Hamas official Ayman Taha deposited more then $11 million (7.5 million pound) in cash in a bank in the Egyptian town of El Arish on Thursday after Egyptian authorities stopped him taking it home to Gaza, police sources said.

07.Feb.2009 Obama Endorses Two-State Solution for Arab-Israeli Conflict : "Lasting peace requires more than a long cease-fire, and that's why I will sustain an active commitment to seek two states living side by side in peace and security," Obama said.

07.Feb.2009 George Mitchell and the end of the two-state solution: The super diplomat's biggest challenge, as he wraps up his first trip and lays plans for future journeys, lies in coming to terms with a grim and unavoidable fact: The two-state solution is on its deathbed.

07.Feb.2009 Talk to Hamas: Blair: In a U-turn on the isolation of the Palestinian group Hamas, Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair criticized the West's isolation of the Palestinian group, calling for including Hamas into the Middle East peace process.

07.Feb.2009 Abbas says Israel should pay for war crimes : Mr Abbas, on a tour of Europe to speak to governments about aid and reconstruction in Gaza, said Israel had committed war crimes during its offensive in Gaza.

07.Feb.2009 Hamas’ popularity soars after Gaza war, poll shows; Fatah declines: The %age of individuals who would vote for Hams if parliamentary elections were held today rose to 28.6% compared with 19.3% in April. The popularity of Fatah declined from 34% last April to 27.9% in the poll.

07.Feb.2009 Israel Heads Right: Led by Avigdor Liberman, Israel Beiteinu has actually overtaken the once powerful Labour party of Ehud Barak and is fast closing the gap on the top two contenders, Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, which opinion polls give 26-29 seats compared to 24-27 seats for Tsipi Livni's centre-right Kadima

07.Feb.2009 Netanyahu: Lieberman campaign against Israeli Arabs is 'legitimate': Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday branded as "legitimate" rival prime ministerial candidate Avigdor Lieberman's electoral campaign against Israeli Arabs.

07.Feb.2009 Turkey prosecutor to probe whether IDF Gaza op was 'genocide': The Ankara chief prosecutor's office said Friday that the investigation was opened after an Islamic human rights organization filed an official complaint against Israeli leaders, including the president, prime minister and foreign minister.

07.Feb.2009 Long Friendship with Israel in Peril: For decades, isolated Israel could count on Turkey as its only Muslim friend, if not ally, in the tumultuous Middle East. After Israel's assault on Gaza, that friendship is in doubt.

07.Feb.2009 Israel, Iran, Pakistan World's Least Popular Nations: Majorities in 19 out of the 21 countries rated Israel negatively - the two exceptions being the U.S. (47 % positive, 34 % negative) and Russia (24 % positive, 21 % negative).

Views about Israel were most negative in Egypt (87 %), Spain (71 %), Turkey (70 %), Australia (67 %), and Germany (65 %), according to the survey, which was completed before Israel's widely criticised military campaign against Gaza.

07.Feb.2009 Panetta Open to Tougher Methods in Some C.I.A. Interrogation: Leon E. Panetta, the White House pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, on Thursday left open the possibility that the agency could seek permission to use interrogation methods more aggressive than the limited menu that President Obama authorized under new rules issued last month.

07.Feb.2009 Obama CIA pick may back "limited" abuse prosecution: President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA said on Thursday he would support "limited" prosecution of any agents who deliberately violated the law in interrogating terrorism suspects.

07.Feb.2009 Key Bush Gitmo Advisers Still On Job At Pentagon: A senior judge who has not followed President Barack Obama's order to halt military trials at Guantanamo Bay is among Bush administration appointees still overseeing how the Pentagon deals with terror captives.

07.Feb.2009 Protests as US warship docks in Nagasaki: A US warship docked Thursday in Nagasaki to the protests of residents and a boycott by local leaders who said the visit was in poor taste in a city obliterated by a US atomic bomb.

07.Feb.2009 UK: Peers warn surveillance state is threat to freedom: The vast growth of surveillance and data collection risks undermining freedoms vital to the British way of life, a group of eminent peers is warning today.

07.Feb.2009 Psychiatry's 'Shock Doctrine': Are We Really OK With Electroshocking Toddlers?: Many Americans think electroconvulsive therapy has been abandoned. But American psychiatry still regards it as a respected treatment, even for kids.

07.Feb.2009 Toyota warns of big annual loss : Toyota Motor, the world's biggest automaker, warned Friday it expects an annual operating loss of 4.9 billion dollars, its first ever, as the economic crisis sends car sales plunging.

07.Feb.2009 UK: Bail-out bankers rush through bonuses to thwart Government crackdown: Politicians today condemned a rush by thousands of bankers to pick up bonuses of millions of pounds before a government crackdown.

07.Feb.2009 Bush overpaid banks in bailout, watchdog says: The Bush administration overpaid tens of billions of dollars for stocks + other assets in its massive bailout last year of Wall Street banks + financial institutions, a new study by a government watchdog says.

07.Feb.2009 List of Banks Receiving Funds From $700B TARP: This list includes all the banks receiving funds from the Treasury's $700B Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).

07.Feb.2009 On the Brink of Bankruptcy, U.S. Auto-Parts Companies Seek Bailout: U.S. companies that make and supply auto-parts to major carmakers are pleading for a bailout from Washington, as many are now on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. Auto-parts companies may seek between $10 billion and $12 billion in cash and guarantees from the federal government as soon as this week.

07.Feb.2009 US jobless claims hit 26-year high: The latest data confirms that the US economy is continuing to contract at an accelerating pace. Broad layers of the population are being hit with mounting layoffs, wage cuts, and worse working conditions.

07.Feb.2009 Senate approves $15,000 tax credit for homebuyers: The homebuyer tax credit offered by GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson would apply to any home purchased as a main residence and would cost taxpayers $19 billion. Senators approved it by a voice vote, adding the idea to President Barack Obama’s economic recovery bill.

07.Feb.2009 Revolt brews in counties: Counties in California say they've had enough – and they aren't going to take it anymore. In what amounts to a Boston Tea Party-style revolt against the state Capitol, they're threatening to withhold money.
Turkish Warplanes Bomb Northern Iraq: Brig. Gen. Metin Gurak, the military spokesman, says Air Force jets bombed the Hakurk area on Wednesday and Thursday. Gurak made the announcement during a weekly news conference on Friday.

07.Feb.2009 Military Iraq withdrawal plans include 19-, 23-month options: Responding to a request by President Barack Obama, top military and diplomatic advisers on Iraq have submitted a report to the White House that spells out the risks of drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq over periods as long as 23 months, two defense officials told McClatchy.

07.Feb.2009 Pentagon Spends $4.7 billion On PR Propaganda: As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law.

07.Feb.2009 Pentagon clashes with media over control of information: "You want to make sure you edit it in the right way," Conway said. "You have to go through the steps. ... Is this something that is going to make Joe Six-Pack look up from his TV dinner or his fast-food meal and look up at the TV and say, 'Wow, the American troops are kicking butt in Iraq?'"

07.Feb.2009 US military suicide rate at record high:

07.Feb.2009-00.000.1980 -since records began to be kept-American troops are taking their own lives in the largest numbers.

07.Feb.2009-00.000.2009 Russia plans to start up Iran nuclear plant : Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has repeatedly said Moscow does not want Iran to be armed with nuclear weapons but that Russia sees no evidence Tehran is seeking to build atomic bombs.

07.Feb.2009 Tough language on Iran continues under Obama: The US says it seeks to work more with Russia to end Tehran's nuclear activities a day after Moscow offered to help begin direct US-Iran talks.

07.Feb.2009 Iran ready to welcome US 'real changes': Iran says it is ready to cooperate with the US to tackle problems facing the world if it sees 'true and correct changes' in US policies.

07.Feb.2009 US Threats against Iran Foiled by Armed Forces: Military Official: Iran's armed forces have foiled a scenario by Washington to complete its chain of threats to the region by opening a front against Iran following the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, a senior military advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader said here Wednesday.

Israel to Obama - hold Iran's feet to fire : Israel will go along with U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, but try to shorten the deadline for results by signalling its willingness to attack Iranian nuclear sites if need be.
Tribesmen in S Waziristan protest against drone attacks: The tribesmen of Gangi Khel tribe in South Waziristan Agency on Thursday took out protest demonstration and staged a sit-in against US drones' attacks in the Tribal Areas.

07.Feb.2009 Taliban hold upper hand in Swat Valley: Despite the police and military action, local media reports reveal that control over the Swat Valley has essentially fallen into the hands of the insurgency.

07.Feb.2009 India links Pakistan ISI to Mumbai raid planners: India has for the first time directly accused Pakistan's ISI spy agency of links to the planners of last year's deadly militant attacks on Mumbai.
US-Russia Tensions Escalate Over Closure of Afghan Supply Base: Kyrgyz President Bakiyev’s announcement of his intention to shut down the US base followed a meeting in Moscow Tuesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in which Moscow promised an aid package to Kyrgyzstan worth over $2 billion.

07.Feb.2009 Exclusive: Gates Delays Troop Decision: Defense Secretary Robert Gates has deferred a much-anticipated decision on sending additional troops into Afghanistan until President Obama decides what force levels he wants.
Russia offers aid on Afghanistan - with strings: Saying Moscow and its allies "are ready for full-fledged, comprehensive cooperation," the Russian leader seemed to imply that Moscow's help on Afghanistan is contingent on a broader list of changes it wants from the new U.S. administration.
07.Feb.2009 All the Comforts of Home- Republicans Destroy, Democrats Serve Cookies -By- David Michael Green
Could the little project launched a few centuries back, and affectionately referred to as ‘America', possibly be in a more precipitous free-fall than it is right now

07.Feb.2009 The Politics Of Bollocks -By- John Pilger
It is time the Obama lovers grew up. It is time those paid to keep the record straight gave us the opportunity to debate informatively.

In the 21st century, people power remains a huge and exciting and largely untapped force for change, but it is nothing without truth. "In the time of universal deceit," wrote George Orwell, "telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Continue
07.Feb.2009 US-Russia Tensions Escalate Over Closure of Afghan Supply Base -By- Bill Van Auken
Kyrgyz President Bakiyev’s announcement of his intention to shut down the US base followed a meeting in Moscow Tuesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in which Moscow promised an aid package to Kyrgyzstan worth over $2 billion.

07.Feb.2009 Obama's CIA Man - Afshin Rattansi Interviews Retired CIA Man, Ray McGovern -Video
Afshin Rattansi talks to former CIA official Ray McGovern about the consequences for the new head of the CIA and for the United States after Leon Panetta condemns torture, extraordinary rendition and those that were involved in it all. Also, will Cheney go to jail and what about David Milliband who denies that the UK secret services do not engage in torture despite evidence to the contrary for decades of British illegal activity, from Ireland to Gibraltar?

07.Feb.2009 Obama CIA Choice Nets $700,000 From Rescued Banks -By- Christine Seib in New York
The revelations about Leon Panetta's finances highlight the difficulty the new administration faces in finding experienced advisers that do not violate the President's ban on hiring lobbyists.

07.Feb.2009 The Nightmare of Netanyahu Returns -By- Johann Hari- This is the man calling for the re-occupation of Gaza to 'liquidate' its elected government. Continue

07.Feb.2009 'It May Be Time For Mr. Cheney To Leave This Country' -Video - Keith Olbermann Special Comment
"With damnable words you protect no American, you serve no American and you aid and abet those who would destroy this nation from within or without. "... Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"

07.Feb.2009 On The Edge -By- Paul Krugman
Somehow, Washington has lost any sense of what's at stake - of the reality that we may well be falling into an economic abyss, and that if we do, it will be very hard to get out again.

As Plato believed and taught, "Follow the evidence wherever it leads."
07.Feb.2009 Cows With Names Yield More Milk, British Study Finds 

"By giving a cow a name and treating her as an individual, farmers can increase their annual milk yield by almost 500 pints," said the university's Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson in a news release. Thanks again Scott! posted by Prof. Hex
07.Feb.2009 blog.fefee.de/Tony Blair hat in einer flammenden Rede pro Religion gehalten. Tony Blair gave an extraordinary speech about the global importance of religion yesterday,

telling an audience which included the newly-inaugurated President, Barack Obama, that faith should be restored "to its rightful place, as the guide to our world and its future."

Wie konnte so ein Crackpot jemals Premierminister
06.Feb.2009 Nahost: Israelische Kampfjets bombardieren Gazastreifen  (Politik)

06.Feb.2009 Einigung: Deutsche Bank legt Rechtsstreit mit Parmalat bei  (Wirtschaft)

06.Feb.2009  Religion: Piusbruderschaft schließt Holocaust-Leugner aus  (Panorama)

06.Feb.2009  Italien: Berlusconi erlässt Notverordnung gegen Sterbewunsch  (Panorama)
Schlagabtausch auf Sicherheitskonferenz: Iran weist Dialog-Angebot brüsk zurück 

06.Feb.2009  Sicherheitskonferenz: Merkel und Sarkozy gründen militärischen Kampfverband  (Politik)

06.Feb.2009 Bundeswehr: Führungsakademie startet Umfrage zu gefallenen Soldaten  (Politik)


Police Blotter: Courts split over police searches of handhelds

If you are arrested, can police officers search every file on your cell phone or handheld looking for incriminating material? They think they can, as so do some judges.


U.K. Lords: Too much spying on Brit citizens

A report from the House of Lords decries the "gradual but incessant creep" toward pervasive surveillance via Web monitoring and 4 million CCTV cameras.


Rise in measles 'very worrying'

00.000.2008Measles cases rose 36% in England and Wales, figures show, prompting concern among health officials.


Court pressed on 'torture' case

The High Court is asked to reconsider a ruling that US intelligence relating to torture claims should remain secret.


Pakistan nuclear scientist 'free'

Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan is freed from house arrest and says he does not care what the US thinks.


US unemployment rate reaches 7.6%

The US economy lost 598,000 non-farm jobs during January, figures show, as unemployment hits a 16-year-high.


Test spots prions on equipment

Scientists have perfected a highly sensitive test to detect vCJD-causing proteins on surgical instruments.


Huge rise in companies going bust

The number of firms going bust in England and Wales rises by 220% because of the recession, official figures show.


Warning over 'surveillance state'

Electronic surveillance and collection of personal data has become "pervasive" in British society, peers warn.


Obama denounces stimulus hold-up

US President Barack Obama says the Senate's delay in passing his economic stimulus bill is "inexcusable and irresponsible".


Advertising slump hits News Corp

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp makes a $6.4bn loss as falling advertising revenues force it to write-down assets.


CIA nominee decries waterboarding

Leon Panetta, President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, condemns waterboarding as "torture" and "wrong".


German industrial output plunges

German industrial output sees a record fall in December, after a sharp contraction in manufacturing activity.


US watchdog attacks bail-out plan

The US treasury paid $78bn too much during its rescue of financial institutions last year, says a Congressional watchdog.


Google Earth 5.0 Silently Changes Update Policy - kdawson

mario_grgic writes

"Recently announced Google Earth version 5.0 adds interesting new features like images of ocean floors and some detailed images of Mars. But it also brings another unwelcome change for Mac OS X users.

Google Software update daemon is installed when the application is launched for the first time.

The user is greeted with an uninformative message that does not really explain what is about to happen.

After the user accepts, Google Update Agent is downloaded and installed. It updates all Google applications and not just Google Earth.

Also, it runs on an unchangeable schedule of its own (instead of, say, only when one of Google's apps is launched), consuming system resources. Worst of all it can not be simply removed, since it is downloaded and installed again once Google Earth is launched.

Users really have only two choices: live with it, or uninstall all Google apps. There's a discussion about the updater in this Google Group, including details of a way to disable it (not for the faint of heart).

So fellow Slashdotters, has Google crossed the line?"


General to Nuke Crews: Get It Right, or Else - Noah Shachtman

After a series of nuclear handling mishaps, the Air Force is clamping down on the troops who tend to atomic weapons. Some in the military are grumbling about impossible-to-pass inspections.

Major General Don Alston, the Air Force's new man at the Pentagon overseeing all things nuclear, has a message for the grumblers: Suck it up.

https://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/-sWec0IryeA/don-alston-inte.html Source: www.huffingtonpost.com -

WASHINGTON — As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion.

In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law.

An Associated Press investigation found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 %, to at least $4.7 billion this year, according to Department of Defense budgets and other documents. That's almost as much as it spent on body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan between

2004 and 2006.

This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations _ almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department. "We have such a massive apparatus selling the military to us, it has become hard to ask questions about whether this is too much money or if it's bloated," says Sheldon Rampton, research director for the Committee on Media and Democracy, which tracks the military's media operations. "As the war has become less popular, they have felt they need to respond to that more." Yet the money spent on media and outreach still comes to only 1 % of the Pentagon budget, and the military argues it is well-spent on recruitment and the education of foreign and American audiences. Military leaders say that at a time whe

Pentagon Boosts Spending On PR Efforts, Raises Propaganda Concerns


Watchdog: Bush overpaid banks in bailout -Source: www.rrstar.com

The Bush administration overpaid tens of billions of dollars for stocks and other assets in its massive bailout last year of Wall Street banks and financial institutions, a new study by a government watchdog says. The Congressional Oversight Panel, in a report released today, said last year’s overpayments amounted to a taxpayer-financed $78 billion subsidy of the firms. The findings added to the frustrations of lawmakers already wary of the $700 billion rescue plan, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Congress approved the plan last fall, but members of both parties criticized spending decisions by the Bush administration and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Financially ailing insurance giant American International Group, which the Treasury Department deemed to be too big to be allowed to fail, received $40 billion from the Treasury for assets valued at $14.8 billion, the oversight panel found. “Now there could be lots of policy reasons that Treasury might decide that it wanted this money to be in the banks,” panel Chairwoman Elizabeth Warren said this morning on CBS. “But our question is the one we put to Secretary Paulson, and that is, ‘Are you putting it in and getting back assets that are worth equivalent value?’ He told us yes; our independent investigation said no.” The misgivings come as new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is preparing to place the Obama administration’s imprint on the program with a sweep


Seed vault hit by financial crisis

Do we need a bail-out package for the world's plants? The Millennium Seed Bank Project, run by the UK Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew stores over 1 billion seeds from more than 18,000 plant species.

It is well on its way to achieving its goal of safeguaring 25% of the world's plant species by

2020 but has run into trouble.

The enterprise is funded in part by lottery money and in part by corporate funds, but the global economic crisis means companies are not able or willing to contribute as much as initially intended. Apparently, the

2012 London Olympics are also putting strain on lottery funds.

According to seed bank director Paul Smith it take $14 million a year to keep the vault running (each seed costs nearly $3000 to collect and store). So far, seed banks around the world hold just 0.6% of the global plant biodiversity.

The Millennium project aims to collect the rest.

Why should we care? Because plants are the basis of life on Earth. They harvest solar energy and make it available to us as food.

The World Conservation Union has shown that mass agriculture has put certain key crop species and varieties at risk of extinction because we tend to grow the same few varieties everywhere. Plants also are a key inspiration for medicine.

It's not the first time a major seed vault has been at risk of financial melt-down.

00.000.1992 the Russia's Vavilov Institute in St Petersburg, sole home to plant varieties that are extinct in nature, ran out of cash and pleaded for $2.5 million to keep its operations up and running.

00.000.1982-Ten years earlier, it had helped save the US soy industry by providing a strain of bean that was resistant to the destructive cyst nematode. It's still around today.


Real’ unemployment rate hits a record 13.9% in January


Obama takes aim at his stimulus opponents: ‘You’re headed for a cliff.’ - Faiz Shakir

Tonight, in an address before a House Democratic retreat, President Obama issued a strident defense of his economic recovery package:

We can’t embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face; that ignores critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, or the soaring cost of health care, or falling schools and crumbling bridges and roads and levees.

I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV — if you’re headed for a cliff, you’ve got to change direction. That’s what the American people called for in November, and that’s what we intend to deliver.

Republicans — and even some Democrats — have mounted attacks on the economy recovery package with a variety of superfluous attacks. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), for instance, said, “This was not a stimulus bill. It was a spending bill.”

Obama fired back: “So then you get the argument, well, this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill. What do you think a stimulus is? That’s the whole point. No, seriously. That’s the point.”


A growing number of states are running out of cash to pay unemployment benefits, a sign of how far social-welfare systems are being stretched by the swelling ranks of the jobless in the deteriorating U.S. economy,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Seven states emptied their unemployment-insurance trust funds in recent months while “another 11 states are in jeopardy of depleting reserves by year’s end.” More »

Telekom-Spitzelaffäre: Ricke und Zumwinkel sollen Ausspähung persönlich veranlasst haben 

06.Feb.2009  Bahn-Datenskandal: Aufsichtsrat sichert Gewerkschaften umfangreiche Aufklärung zu  (Wirtschaft)

06.Feb.2009  Schneechaos: Der Winter macht den Briten zu schaffen  (Panorama)

06.Feb.2009  Nahost-Konflikt: Vereinte Nationen stoppen Hilfslieferungen nach Gaza  (Politik)

06.Feb.2009  Nervöse Börse: Anonymer Brief lässt Aktie von Julius Bär abstürzen  (Wirtschaft)

06.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-606031,00.html
"Menschenrechte und Rechtsstaatlichkeit sind viel wichtiger als Diplomatie."
[...] In der EU würden die Rechte von Einwanderern verletzt. "Wir wissen auch von den Problemen in den Gefängnissen einiger demokratischer Staaten, es stimmt, dass auch wir solche Probleme haben", fügte Putin hinzu.

"Akzeptieren Sie es, dass ich den Ball an Sie zurückspiele".
06.Feb.2009 [...] Moskau/Brüssel - EU-Kommissionspräsident José Manuel Barroso und der russische Ministerpräsident Wladimir Putin haben sich einen Schlagabtausch über Menschen- und Bürgerrechte geliefert.

Barroso sprach bei einem Treffen in Moskau von großer "Beunruhigung" in der europäischen Öffentlichkeit über die Ermordung von Journalisten und Menschenrechtlern. Im

00.Jan.2009 waren der russische Menschenrechtsanwalt Stanislaw Markelow und die Journalistin Anastassija Baburowa auf offener Straße erschossen worden.

Putin reagierte schroff auf die Vorwürfe - und attackierte seinerseits die zur EU gehörenden baltischen Staaten.

Der Carlyle-Mitgründer forderte seine Kollegen auch zur Selbstkritik auf: "Wir müssen bei uns genau das tun, was wir sonst immer unseren Portfoliofirmen verordnen."

Nur so könne das Konzept Private Equity als bevorzugte Anlageform vieler Investoren aus der Krise hervorgehen.
06.Feb.2009 [...] "Wir müssen unser Image verbessern, und dazu müssen wir so viele Unternehmen und Jobs erhalten wie möglich", sagte David Rubenstein, Mitgründer des Private-Equity-Hauses Carlyle auf einem Branchenkongress.
[...] Angesichts der Märklin-Pleite geraten auch Kingsbridge Capital und Goldman Sachs in die Kritik
[...] "Carlyle hat Edscha ausgesaugt bis zur Blutleere", sagte Werner Neugebauer, Bezirksleiter bei der IG Metall Bayern, Anfang der Woche.

Das Unternehmen habe die Schulden für den eigenen Kaufpreis bedienen und seine Gewinne an den Finanzinvestor abführen müssen. Deshalb habe Edscha kaum Eigenkapital bilden können, das nötig gewesen wäre, um die schwere Krise zu überstehen.
06.Feb.2009 [...] Unter den Autozulieferern ist Edscha der bislang größte Pleitefall. Die Firma zählt nach eigenen Angaben mit einem Umsatz von mehr als einer Milliarde Euro zu den 100 weltgrößten Automobilzulieferern.

00.000.2003 -Seit- gehört Edscha dem amerikanischen Private-Equity-Fonds Carlyle. Grund für die Edscha-Pleite ist natürlich auch der Umsatzeinbruch durch die Wirtschafts- und Autokrise.

Aber Arbeitnehmervertreter machen den Investor für die Pleite verantwortlich.

"Ausgesaugt bis zur Blutleere"
06.Feb.2009 Menschenrechte: Putin und Barroso liefern sich heftigen Schlagabtausch  (Politik)
06.Feb.2009 Private Equity: Finanzinvestoren fürchten Pleitewelle  (Wirtschaft)
06.Feb.2009 USA vs. Russland: Kalte Krieger tauen auf  (Politik)
06.Feb.2009 Austrittswelle: Katholiken verlassen aus Wut über den Papst ihre Kirche  (Panorama)
06.Feb.2009 Einigung zur Schuldenbremse: Seehofer preist "Wetterwende" in der Finanzpolitik  (Politik)
06.Feb.2009 Veraltete Maschinen: Russische Kampfjets reif für die Schrottpresse  (Politik)

"I've seen social theorists argue that creativity happens around the edge of chaos,"

Markoff said.

"I have no direct proof of that, but it seems that many early people in a variety of places like the Stanford Research Institute and the Stanford AI Lab + Xerox PARC were deeply immersed in (psychedelic culture + the anti-war movement),

besides being engineers."

Even more prominent in tying the psychedelic culture to the emergence of modern Silicon Valley was the experimentation of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

"Steve talked about it, and so has Bill Gates," Markoff said of experimentation with LSD. Jobs said it was "one of the two or three most important experiences of his life, and as a result of those kinds of experiences,

he (feels) set apart from some of the more buttoned down corporate America (types) that he deals with."

Ultimately, then, the question of whether Leary himself directly helped birth the modern Silicon Valley with his research and experimentation is besides the point:

if it wasn't him, then it was others who were following a similar path.

There's value in archiving

00.Jan.2009 the US imposed sanctions on people and companies linked to Dr Khan.

00.Jul.2008 Dr Khan told the media that

00.000.2000 Pakistan had transported uranium enrichment equipment to North Korea with the full knowledge of the country's army, then headed by Gen Musharraf.

The former leader has repeatedly stated that no-one apart from Dr Khan had any knowledge of the transportation of nuclear technology.

All ages losing homes

More families are living with relatives, based on the most recent statistics available. Nearly 3.5 million brothers or sisters are living in a sibling's house, according to

2007 Census Data, up from 3 million

00.000.2000. And 3.6 million parents live with their adult children, up from 2.3 million. About 6.7 million householders live with other relatives, such as aunts or cousins, compared with 4.8 million

00.000.2000. That year, the housing market was beginning its boom stretch, which lasted until late 2005.
06.Feb.2009 https://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/02/tarp-recipients-and-their-bonuses/
Cybernaught Says:
February 5th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I have not seen yet, in any article or discussion about bank bailouts, govt insurance, or bad bank formation, the acknowledgment that the housing bubble WAS INDEED a bubble.

Yes, people do still purchase tulip bulbs, but who would argue that eventually tulips will reach the peak valuations they reached at the top of the tulip mania bubble?

If the Dutch govt had stepped in and purchased tulip bulbs at 50% of their peak value, or insured the dealers against further losses…how would that have worked out?

Do you think that tulip bulbs would have recovered their valuations even thirty years later?
06.Feb.2009 https://cannonfire.blogspot.com/ Rent

You have probably already been alerted to Paul Krugman's important Op Ed piece in the NYT.

He emphasizes that the economic news is even grimmer than you may think. Here's one point that gnaws at me... Developers of commercial real estate, watching rents fall and financing costs soar, are slashing their investment plans.
06.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,druck-605928,00.html
Nicht alle Telefone, auf denen Latitude läuft,
fasst die ORF Futurezone die Warnung zusammen, können ihre Nutzer regelmäßig darüber benachrichtigen, ob der Dienst aktiviert ist oder nicht.

Mithilfe dieser Sicherheitslücke und ein wenig Hackarbeit könnten böswillige Personen Mobiltelefonbesitzer unbemerkt verfolgen: ein Traum nicht nur für Stalker und misstrauische Lebenspartner.
06.Feb.2009 [...] Netzpolitik.org war erfolgreich: Die Bahn wird die Abmahnung gegen den Blogger Markus Beckedahl, der ein Dokument über die Überwachungsmethoden des Konzerns veröffentlicht hatte, nicht weiterverfolgen.

Ein Sprecher der Bahn bestätigte SPIEGEL ONLINE, was Beckedahl im Blog berichtet: Man werde die Unterlassungserklärung, die man dem Blogger habe zukommen lassen, nicht weiter durchzusetzen versuchen.

Das Ziel, das von Beckedahl online gestellte Dokument aus der Öffentlichkeit zu verbannen, ist ohnehin gescheitert.
06.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,druck-605752,00.html
Hinzu kommt, dass sich auch der Meeresboden, der zuvor von Eis bedeckt war, nach dem Abfließen heben kann.
[...] Die Antarktis erwärmt sich seit mindestens 50 Jahren, das haben Klimaforscher kürzlich belegt.

Sollte der Plan nicht rasch umgesetzt werden, stehe die Wirtschaft vor einer Katastrophe, sagte Obama.

Republikaner bremsen Konjunkturpaket
06.Feb.2009 [...] "Der Arbeitsmarkt läuft der Konjunktur nach und eine Stabilisierung der Konjunktur wird erst im zweiten Halbjahr erwartet", sagte Bernd Weidensteiner, USA-Experte der Commerzbank.
[...] Keine Besserung in Sicht
[...] Im

00.Jan.2009 erreichte die Zahl der Erwerbslosen einen neuen Rekord - und stieg stark wie seit rund 34 Jahren nicht mehr.

Washington - Die Talfahrt am US-Arbeitsmarkt hat sich auch zum Jahresbeginn 2009 fortgesetzt - und sich sogar noch beschleunigt, teilte das US-Arbeitsministerium am Freitag mit.

Die Arbeitslosenquote liegt inzwischen nach Rechnung der Statistiker bei 7,6 % - 0,4 Punkte höher als noch im

06.Feb.2009 Jobkrise: US-Arbeitslosenquote erreicht neuen Rekordwert  (Wirtschaft)

06.Feb.2009  Netzwelt-Ticker: Blogger setzt sich gegen Bahn durch  (Netzwelt)
Besuch in Williamsons Seminar: "Sie sind sich nicht bewusst, Hass zu lehren" 

06.Feb.2009 Vatikan: Kardinal verteidigt Wiederaufnahme Williamsons  (Panorama)
In Deutschland haben 65 % den Eindruck, dass von Israel ein eher schlechter Einfluss ausgeht. Nur noch neun % der Deutschen bewerten das Land positiv - weniger, als in allen anderen befragten Staaten der Europäischen Union.

Noch ablehnender sind lediglich Ägypter und Japaner gegenüber dem israelischen Staat eingestellt.
06.Feb.2009 Globale BBC-Studie: Deutschland ist beliebtester Staat der Welt  (Politik)
06.Feb.2009 Reaktor-Neubau: Atom-Comeback bringt Deutschland in Nöte  (Wirtschaft)
06.Feb.2009 Positiver Effekt: Klimawandel könnte Ozonschicht kurieren  (Wissenschaft)
06.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,druck-604968,00.html
Goldsteins Kinder
[...] Sie gruppieren sich stattdessen zuvor um kleine Hohlräume oder Blasen. Dann beginnen diese Blasen zu wandern, bis die gewünschte Form erreicht ist - sie wird quasi aufgeschäumt.

"Eine geniale Idee", sagt Abteilungsleiter Peter Lee. "Ich hatte ja schwere Zweifel, ob das je was wird mit der programmierbaren Materie. Aber jetzt glaube ich, dass es möglich ist."
06.Feb.2009 [...] In der Simulation genügt es nun bereits, dass die Kügelchen den Plan der angestrebten Gestalt übermittelt bekommen. Sie wuseln dann herum, beständig Informationen austauschend, bis das Ziel erreicht ist.
[...] ist der Prozessorkern eines modernen Mobiltelefons nur noch einen halben Millimeter groß.
[...] "Claytronics", zu Deutsch Lehmtronik
[...] Auf Anwendungen kommt es in diesem frühen Stadium allerdings ohnehin nicht an. Noch herrscht ungetrübt die Freude an der Magie. Die Forscher dürfen hoffen, dass sie die nächste Epoche des technischen Illusionstheaters vorbereiten.

Es war mal eine Sensation, dass Bildschirme beliebige Bilder aus dem Nichts hervorzaubern - nun aber wird die Materie selbst programmiert: Illusionen zum Anfassen.
06.Feb.2009 [...] die einen in echt, die anderen als scheinleibhaftige Kopien
[...] Im Labor erproben sie jetzt ein mit Elektronik ausgekleidetes Röhrchen von einem Millimeter Durchmesser; geliefert hat es die Erfurter Firma X-Fab.
[...] Die Firma will in der Lage sein zu liefern, sollte die Welt eines Tages Billigchips für Abermilliarden schlauer Sandkörner begehren.
[...] Anfangs schien es schier unmöglich, eine Schar von Millionen (und bald vielleicht gar Milliarden) zu dirigieren.
[...] Und wer weiß, eines Tages entsteigt dem Sack ein lebensechter Gesell nach Art des mythischen Golem, geht leise rasselnd auf seinen Schöpfer zu und reicht ihm mit einer Verbeugung die Hand.

"Die Simulation beweist, dass wir die Steuerung beherrschen", sagt Goldstein. "Das war unsere größte Sorge."
06.Feb.2009 [...] Jedem einzelnen Kügelchen wohnt sein eigenes kleines Hirn inne, mit dem es selbständig seinen Weg sucht, bis die Trompetengestalt vollendet ist.
[...] Ziel des verwegenen Projekts: Die Materie selbst soll programmierbar werden.
EZB-Umfrage: Banken verschärfen Bedingungen für Kreditvergabe  (Wirtschaft)
06.Feb.2009 Datenaffäre: Mehdorn bittet Mitarbeiter um Entschuldigung  (Wirtschaft)
06.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-605854,00.html
Wie Biden den formulieren wird? "Der Ton ist die Botschaft", sagt Laurie Dundon, Ex-Mitarbeiterin der ehemaligen US-Außenministerin Madeleine Albright und nun bei der Bertelsmann Stiftung in Washington, im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE.
[...] "Es ist sehr schwierig", sagte er in einem TV-Interview. "Ich muss daran denken, dass ich der Vize bin und nicht der Präsident - und alles, was ich sage, auf die Regierung zurückfällt."
Obama. "Dies ist kein Wettbewerb, wer an der Macht, wer oben und wer unten ist", sagte der Präsident.

"Wenn wir nicht rasch zu einer Unterzeichnung des Rettungspakets kommen, wird sich eine Wirtschaft, die ohnehin in einer Krise ist, einer Katastrophe gegenübersehen",
06.Feb.2009 [...] "Es wird nicht helfen, wenn wir zu derselben Politik zurückkehren, die in acht kurzen Jahren die Staatsverschuldung verdoppelt und die Wirtschaft ins Trudeln gebracht hat", sagte der Präsident in Williamsburg,

Virginia an die Adresse der Republikaner. Steuererleichterungen allein seien eine "Verlierer-Formel", mehr öffentliche Investitionen seien nötig. Der Opposition warf er "Verzögerungs- und Ablenkungsmanöver" vor.
06.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,druck-605767,00.html
"Nachrichten zu drucken ist nicht einfach teuer und ineffizient - es ist lächerlich teuer und ineffizient."
[...] Mit anderen Worten: "Es kostet die 'Times' etwa zweimal so viel, die Zeitung ein Jahr lang zu drucken und zu liefern, als es kosten würde, jedem Abonnenten einen brandneuen Kindle zu schenken."
[...] Denn Bezahlinhalte, das war der überwiegende Tenor, funktionieren nicht im Netz. Zumindest dann nicht, wenn es sich um Nachrichten handelt.

"Im Vatikan stimmt einiges nicht", sagt Gemmingen wieder, "also, wir sind schon Idioten."
06.Feb.2009 [...] Weltkirche
[...] Selbst die Apostolische Nuntiatur in Berlin, immerhin direkte Stellvertreter des Papstes in Deutschland, ließ durchblicken, sie habe von der Entscheidung aus den Medien erfahren.
[...] Pater von Gemmingen übernimmt in der Runde die Rolle des wortgewandten Auf-den-Punkt-Bringers. "Der Vatikan ist ein Mysterium", sagt er.

Und wiegelt ab: Er wisse das Allermeiste doch auch nicht. "Auch wenn ich ständig etwas dazu sage."

Die Zuhörer lachen, doch der Seelsorger kann es eigentlich nicht spaßig gemeint haben.
06.Feb.2009 Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz: Obama schickt seinen Brückenbauer 

06.Feb.2009  Hängepartie im Kongress: US-Senatoren wollen Konjunkturpaket zusammenstreichen  (Politik)
Psychologie: Wie die Bildschirmfarbe das Hirn beeinflusst  (Wissenschaft)
Privat- und Firmeninsolvenzen: Zahl der Pleiten gesunken  (Wirtschaft)
Schmelzende Eisriesen: Antarktis verliert an Anziehungskraft  (Wissenschaft)
Autokonzern: Toyota meldet milliardenschweren Verlust 

06.Feb.2009 Anschlag auf "USS Cole": Richterin stoppt Verfahren gegen Terrorverdächtigen  (Politik)

06.Feb.2009 Wirtschaftskrise: Medienmogul Murdoch muss Rekordverlust wegstecken  (Wirtschaft)
06.Feb.2009 / Thema / Seite 10 Das Bomben-Versprechen Zehn Jahre »Rambouillet« – eine Friedenskonferenz, die den Krieg gegen Jugoslawien brachte Kurt Köpruner
06.Feb.2009 [...] 1 Am Morgen des 16.1.1999 wurden in der kosovarischen Ortschaft Racak 45 aufeinanderliegende Leichen gefunden.

Nach Darstellung der UCK handelte es sich bei den Toten um Zivilisten, die von serbischen Einheiten kaltblütig ermordet worden waren.

Nach serbischer Darstellung waren die Toten Gefechtsopfer, die später von der UCK mediengerecht aufeinander geworfen wurden, um den Eindruck eines Massakers zu vermitteln.

Der Vorfall, obwohl nie restlos aufgeklärt, bildete den wichtigsten Vorwand für die NATO-Angriffe – d. Red.
2 Petritsch, W. u. a., Kosovo-Kosova, Klagenfurt 1999

06.Feb.2009 Rangliste der Kreditinstitute: Chinas Banken schlagen sich in der Krise am besten
06.Feb.2009 Weltwirtschaftsrat: Merkels Finanztraum trifft auf eisernen Widerstand
06.Feb.2009 Politik: Steinmeier gegen Merkels "Weltwirtschaftsrat"
Unternehmen: Telekom arbeitete mit Bahn-Spitzeln
06.Feb.2009 Pius-Bruder verunglimpft Mohammed
06.Feb.2009 Obama advierte que sólo su plan puede evitar la catástrofe
Lords: rise of CCTV is threat to freedom

Maßgeblicher Mann bei der Beschaffung Mevlüt K. soll der maßgebliche Mann hinter der Beschaffung der Zünder gewesen sein. Deutsche Ermittlungsakten weisen ihn als hochkarätigen Islamisten aus:

Er habe dem Netzwerk des 2006 von den Amerikanern getöteten al-Kaida-Topterroristen al Sarkawi angehört und dort logistische Aufgaben erfüllt.

Zudem sei er Kopf einer Gruppierung, die sich mit Anschlagsplanungen beschäftige, und verfüge über Kontakte zu Dschihad-Kämpfern in Tschetschenien und dem Iran.

Mevlüt K. ist von libanesischen Behörden international zur Festnahme ausgeschrieben - wegen des Versuchs, durch Bildung einer al Kaida-Zelle im Libanon Terroranschläge zu verüben.

Doch Mevlüt K., der mutmaßliche CIA-Mann, lebt nach stern.de -Informationen in der Türkei als freier Mann.
06.Feb.2009 blog.fefee.de/Das wird euch jetzt sicher genau so überraschen wie es mich überrascht hat: Der Chef der "Sauerländer"-"Terrorzelle" war ein CIA-Mann.

Ich bin schockiert, SCHOCKIERT!!, dass diese vertrauliche Information an die Presse geraten konnte! Haben die nur Pfuscher beim BKA? Können die nicht mal eine für unsere Regierung derart peinliche Akte unter Verschluß halten?! Mann Mann Mann.

EIN-mal mit Profis arbeiten!

Und wisst ihr, was mir gerade ein Vögelchen flüstert, wer diese Story nicht bringen wollte? Na? Kommt ihr nie drauf! Das ehemalige Nachrichtenmagazin aus Hamburg!

Dabei hat selbst deren Oberpanikmacher nach nur wenigen Jahren der Hofberichterstattung gemerkt, dass er da als Depp vom Dienst benutzt wird, um die Terroragenda unserer Junta zu verbreiten.

Und das ist deren Vorzeige-Terrorfall, mit dem sie die ganzen Gesetze begründen!! Immerhin, eines muss man denen lassen. Ich fühle mich hier erstklassig unterhalten.

Wenn die nicht eh schon aus dem Staatssäckel bezahlt würden alle könnte man über eine Art GEZ-Gebühr für die nachdenken.
06.Feb.2009 Indonesian divorce rate surges

The divorce rate in Indonesia rises dramatically, with analysts saying the cause is a change in women's attitudes.


Ten killed in Brazilian slum raid

Ten people are killed in a police raid on shanty towns in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, officials say.


Kyrgyzstan MPs to debate US base

Kyrgyzstan's parliament prepares to debate the closure of a key US air base supporting US and Nato operations in Afghanistan.


Obama's Prisoner Dilemma: Reject Torture, Defend Torturers - David Kravets

From the beginning of his term, President Barack Obama has decried the Bush administration's policies of torture and secret detentions.

Yet the Justice Department is supplying lawyers for several top former Bush officials being sued for allegedly carrying out the previous administration's policies.


TARP recipients spent $114 million last year lobbying Congress and funding political campaigns. - Ben Armbruster

The Center for Responsive Politics reports today that beneficiaries of the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program “have spent a total of $114.2 million on lobbying in the past year and contributions toward the 2008 election.”

00.000.2008 The companies’ political activities “have, in part, yielded them $295.2 billion from the federal government,” which the Center notes is “an extraordinary return of 258,449 %.”

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced rules aimed at curbing the influence of lobbyists, politicians and others in determining which firms get bailout cash.”


Cheney’s Reprised Scare Tactic: Warns Of WMD Attack If Bush Policies Are Reversed


Military official: ‘Frankly, we don’t have’ an end game in Afghanistan. - Faiz Shakir

President Obama is finalizing a plan to send tens of thousands of more troops to Afghanistan as “part of a push to beat back the resurgent Taliban and secure regions of Afghanistan that are beyond the reach of the weak central government in Kabul.”

NBC’s military correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reports that Pentagon officials haven’t been able to provide an answer to Obama’s concern about having an “end game” strategy in place:

According to military officials during last week’s meeting with Defense Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon’s “tank,” the president specifically asked, “What is the end game?” in the U.S. military’s strategy for Afghanistan.

When asked what the answer was, one military official told NBC News, “Frankly, we don’t have one.” But they’re working on it.

The New York Times reported recently, “Even as Mr. Obama’s military planners prepare for the first wave of the new Afghanistan ’surge,’ there is growing debate, including among those who agree with the plan to send more troops, about whether — or how — the troops can accomplish their mission, and just what the mission is.”


If I didn’t pay [bonuses], the people were going to go. … These people didn’t choose to cure cancer. These people didn’t choose to do public service work…These people chose to make money.” [Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric]


Video: The reality about ‘clean’ coal. - Amanda Terkel

The coal industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to convince the public that clean coal is more than a myth (it isn’t). Its gimmicks have included “blogger brigades,” cartoon “coal carolers,” and countless ads. The Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson has put together a short video spoofing these ads to show the truth about dirty coal. Watch it:


Former Gregg Aide Tied To Abramoff Scandal, Court Documents Report He Took Gifts In Exchange For Favors - Matt Corley

Earlier today, the AP reported that Kevin Koonce, who worked as Commerce Secretary-nominee Judd Gregg’s legislative director from

2002-04, “has been caught up in a long-running investigation into a Capitol Hill lobbying scandal.”

Koonce “was cited in a guilty plea last week by Todd Boulanger, a former deputy to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff,” as having taken gifts exceeding $10,000 in exchange for favors in spending legislation.

At the White press briefing today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded to the story about Koonce:

GIBBS: I don’t know about the vetting. I know that the Secretary-designate is not a target or a subject of any of the investigation about an employee that I think left his office in

00.000.2004 and I would direct you to them for additional statements.

This obviously is somebody who left his employment quite some time ago. Watch it:

According to Boulanger’s plea documents, Koonce “tried to help insert spending measures and add other amendments to legislation for Boulanger’s clients.”

At one point, Boulanger sent an e-mail to Abramoff saying that he was confident Koonce’s boss would help them out:

Later, Boulanger sent an e-mail to Abramoff expressing confidence that the senator for whom the staffer worked would give them a favor. “Easy money,” Boulanger wrote, adding that the aide “practically lives in our various suites. We are shady.”

As Raw Story notes, Gregg’s spokesman Joel Maiola said

00.000.2006 that Gregg had “never had any contact” with Abramoff, despite his acceptance of donations from “two Indian tribes represented by Abramoff’s firm

00.000.2002 and 2004.” Gregg reportedly donated the $12,000 to a New Hampshire-based charity.


UK Can't Read Its Own ID Cards - samzenpus

An anonymous reader writes "Despite the introduction of ID cards last November, it has emerged that Britain has no readers that are able to read the cards' microchips, which contain the person's fingerprints and other biometric information.

With cops and border guards unable to use the cards to check a person's identity, critics are calling the £4.7bn scheme 'farcical' and a 'waste of time.'"


First draft of Neanderthal genome completed


China declares drought emergency

China declares an emergency in north and central drought-hit regions, where nearly four million people are short of water.


Ocean Acidification from CO2 Is Happening Faster Than Thought

A lesser-known consequence of having a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air is the acidification of water.

Oceans naturally absorb the greenhouse gas; in fact, they take in roughly one third of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by human activities.

When CO2 dissolves in water, it forms carbonic acid, the same substance found in carbonated beverages. New research now suggests that seawater might be growing acidic more quickly than climate change models have predicted.

Marine ecologist J. Timothy Wootton of the University of Chicago and his colleagues spent eight years compiling measurements of acidity, salinity, temperature and other data from Tatoosh Island off the northwestern tip of Washington State.

They found that the average acidity rose more than 10 times faster than predicted by climate simulations.


What do we need?

More government is needed, they agreed. The key moment when the world could be saved will be 2 April in London, when the new grouping of nations known as the G20 will hold a summit. It must tackle climate change as well as the financial crisis.

But it needs the latest science. That's a problem because the last report by the IPCC is out of date.

Mohan Munasinghe, vice-chairman of the IPCC, admitted to the meeting that concerns about potential tipping points in the climate system had been left out of the summary report, in part because of political pressure.

"Most politicians don't know this," said Wijkman. "I am scared we will get an inadequate agreement that will lock us into believing we've solved the issue for another 10 years."

Dunlop agreed: "We are running into tipping points," he said.

Warming is on the brink of destabilising ice sheets and unlocking methane trapped in permafrost - unleashing warming that could not be halted.

Hold onto your hats. It could be a stormy year.

Fred's footprint: Credit crunch mustn't stifle climate change action


Two British High Court judges “ruled against releasing documents describing the treatment of a British detainee” at Guantanamo Bay saying the Bush administration “had threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with Britain if the information were made public.” The judges expressed dismay that “there would be made a threat of the gravity of the kind made by the United States government.”


Obama's Proposed Space Weapon Ban - CmdrTaco

eldavojohn writes "Obama's proposed ban on space weapons is a complete 180 from George W. Bush's stance on them. Space.com looks at the two sides of the issue and quotes Michael Krepon explaining, 'The Bush administration rejected space diplomacy.

We refused to negotiate on any subject that could limit US military options. We have a shift from an administration that was very dismissive of multilateral negotiations [as a whole], to an administration that is open to that possibility if it improves US national security.' You may recall discussing the necessity of space based weapons and Michael Krepon from 2005."


Uses P2P Video & Adds Terrible EULA - CmdrTaco

Futurepower(R) writes " 's use of software called Octoshape presents an incredibly abusive EULA. If you agree to the EULA, you agree that can use your bandwidth, and that you will pay any costs.

Also, you lose the right to monitor your own network traffic. You can't even use information collected by your own firewall.

Quoting the EULA: 'You may not collect any information about communication in the network of computers that are operating the Software or about the other users of the Software by monitoring, interdicting or intercepting any process of the Software.

Octoshape recognizes that firewalls and anti-virus applications can collect such information, in which case you not are allowed to use or distribute such information.' "


Snow kills six Moroccan children

Six brothers and sisters die after their house collapses because of heavy snow in Morocco, state media says.


RIAA and BSA's Lawyers Taking Top Justice Posts - CmdrTaco

An anonymous reader writes "Following the appointment of RIAA's champion Donald Verrilli as associate deputy attorney general, here's a complete roundup of all the RIAA and BSA-linked lawyers comfortably seated at top posts at the Department of Justice by the new government. Not strange, since US VP Joe Biden is well known for pushing the copyright warmongers agenda in Washington. Just in case you don't know, Verrilli is the nice man who sued the pants off Jammie Thomas."


State Wants DNA Samples For Any Arrest - CmdrTaco

An anonymous reader writes in to say that "Suspects arrested in cases as minor as shoplifting would have to give a DNA sample before they are even charged with a crime if a controversial proposal is approved by the Legislature.

"It is good technology. It solves crimes," claims Don Pierce, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Under the bill, authorities would supposedly destroy samples and DNA profiles from people who weren't charged, were found not guilty or whose convictions were overturned. Others believe that this is just another step in the process to build a national DNA database with everyone in it."


Obama gets a blessing from "good friend" Blair

Tony Blair becomes the first leading British politician to meet Barack Obama since he was sworn in as US President.


Brown warns banks on bosses' pay

The Prime Minister insists there should be "no reward for failure" at banks which have had to be bailed out by the taxpayer.


Greenpeace: Stimulus plan cuts carbon emissions

How much does the economic stimulus plan help climate change? A Greenpeace-commissioned study finds that the clean-energy provisions will have a significant impact.


Today, TP’s Faiz Shakir went on MSNBC and debated the Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner on whether or not Leon Panetta is qualified to lead the CIA.

Faiz argued that the CIA doesn’t need a director who’s going to simply “produce reports”; more important is his ability to get the attention from the White House, as highlighted by the inability of George Tenet to do so:

SHAKIR: A quick story: You know, on

10.Jul.2001 George Tenet got into a car, and went over to the White House and tried to warn Condoleezza Rice about 9/11.

They didn’t listen to him, and that’s because they didn’t really trust George Tenet.

Leon Panetta is quite the opposite. He’s somebody who the White House is going to trust and that’s good news for the agency employees.



Miliband defends secrecy stance

David Miliband tells MPs that disclosing classified US papers could do "real and significant damage" to national security.


Drone 'Surge'; Predator Flights Up 94% - Noah Schachtman

Forget the extra troops. The big "surge" in Afghanistan and Iraq has been the astronomical increase in the robotic


How many intelligent civilisations are in our galaxy?

Maggie McKee, space editor

We know of only one for sure (and some might argue even that's a stretch).


Rep. Pete Sessions: Taliban is ‘a model’ for how GOP can become an ‘insurgency.’ - Ali Frick

In an interview with Hotline, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) said the Republican party will have to be come an “insurgency” to counter Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and added that the Taliban can serve as “a model”:

Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban,” Sessions said during a meeting yesterday with Hotline editors. “

And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes.

And these Taliban — I’m not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that’s not what we’re saying.

I’m saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message.

And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.” […]

When pressed to clarify, Sessions said he was not comparing the House Republican caucus to the Taliban, the Muslim fundamentalist group.

I simply said one can see that there’s a model out there for insurgency,” Sessions said before being interrupted by an aide.

Sessions made a similar analogy last week at the House Republicans’ retreat, saying that Republicans “need to get over the idea that they’re participating in legislation and ought to start thinking of themselves as ‘an insurgency’ instead.”





Shun protectionism says Mandelson

Lord Mandelson reiterates his warning that the UK must resist the "temptation to retreat into economic protectionism". https://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7873195.stm
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/kultur/kino/0,1518,druck-605720,00.html
"The International" sei kein Film über die aktuelle Bankenkrise, sagte Tykwer denn auch auf Pressekonferenz,
Nach den Worten von Zoellick wandelt sich die Wirtschaftskrise derzeit in eine Krise am Arbeitsmarkt.
[...] Auch Weltbankpräsident Robert Zoellick mahnte, eine globale Krise brauche eine globale Lösung.

Die Finanzkrise habe sich inzwischen zu einer Wirtschaftskrise entwickelt und drohe, im laufenden Jahr auch zu einer Krise der Arbeitslosigkeit zu werden.

Für die Entwicklungsländer werde die Situation nicht zuletzt eine menschliche Krise bedeuten. Dies dürften die Industriestaaten nicht außer Acht lassen.
05.Feb.2009 [...] Der Plan der Kanzlerin: Protektionismus verhindern, ein offenes Welthandelssystem schaffen, Klimawandel und Armut bekämpfen.
Papst in der Defensive: Piusbrüder schalten auf stur  (Politik)
05.Feb.2009 Aufräumaktion: Commerzbank lagert faule Wertpapiere in Kriseneinheit aus  (Wirtschaft)
05.Feb.2009 Treffen: Weltfinanzchefs stützen Merkels Wirtschafts-Charta  (Politik)
05.Feb.2009 DNA-Rekonstruktion: Forscher entziffern Neandertaler-Erbgut  (Wissenschaft)
05.Feb.2009 https://www.networkworld.com/community/node/25439
robots that will decide on where, when and who to kill, according to the professor.
05.Feb.2009 https://www.networkworld.com/community/node/25439
Currently there is always a human in the loop to decide on the use of lethal force.
05.Feb.2009 https://www.networkworld.com/community/node/25439
Over 4,000 robots are currently deployed on the ground in Iraq and by October 2006 unmanned aircraft had flown 400,000 flight hours.
05.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2006/09/30/911-meeting/
30.Sep.2006 at 6:17 pm
05.Feb.2009 https://thinkprogress.org/2006/09/30/911-meeting/
Bush Officials May Have Covered Up Rice-Tenet Meeting From 9/11 Commission' https://thinkprogress.org/2006/09/30/911-meeting/"rel=bookmark>Bush Officials May Have Covered Up Rice-Tenet Meeting From 9/11 Commission »
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,druck-605606,00.html
"Wir haben aus den induzierten Stammzellen auch Keimzellvorläufer entwickelt, die sich zu einem Fötus entwickelt haben", sagt Schöler. "Wenn Sie das zeigen können, ist alles andere obsolet."
Rückzieher: Fremdfabrikate dürfen nun doch auf VW-Gelände  (Wirtschaft)
05.Feb.2009 Reprogrammierung: Forscher erschaffen Stammzellen mit Hilfe eines einzigen Gens  (Wissenschaft)
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/mobil/0,1518,druck-605785,00.html
"Nichts erlaubt es, klar die Wirkung auf die öffentliche Gesundheit auszuschließen, wenn Personen elektromagnetischen Wellen oder Feldern ausgesetzt werden", heißt es in dem am Mittwochabend veröffentlichten Urteil.

Auch wenn das Risiko "hypothetisch" sei, zeigten wissenschaftliche Studien und unterschiedliche Vorschriften in verschiedenen Ländern, dass es "Unsicherheit über die Unschädlichkeit" von Mobilfunkstrahlung gebe, erklärten die Richter.

00.000.2006 hatte Bouygues die Antenne am Rande einer Siedlung in der Kleinstadt Tassin-la-Demi-Lune errichtet. Anwohner klagten daraufhin über Schlafstörungen und Ekzeme.
Attacke in Schweden: Israelischer Botschafter mit Schuh beworfen  (Politik)
an analyst who raised fears about Madoff 00.000.2000 heavily criticised the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to act.
Die Vermutung, daß ein britischer Offizier verantwortlich sei für ein »Leck« in ihrem Hauptquartier, mache die »Yankees« verrückt, schrieb das Blatt weiter.

US-Generäle in der afghanischen Hauptstadt Kabul »kochen« vor Wut – wohlgemerkt, nicht ob der Toten, sondern wegen des »Verrats«.
05.Feb.2009 Währungen: Staatsschulden setzen Euro-Länder unter Druck
Gute Zeiten für Immobilienkäufer: Zinsen für Hypotheken fallen
SICHERHEITSKONFERENZ: Wo Testosteron die Welt regiert
USA: Drastische Anklagen wegen Nacktfotos auf dem Handy
Deutsche Bank 2008 mit Rekordverlust
Kann ein Papst zurücktreten?
Bahn prüfte Politiker und Journalisten"
Darf man Ackermann trauen?
Swiss Re im Sturzflug
Crash victim refused by 14 hospitals dies
Japan to chair U.N. body to sanction Iran
Encore trop de mercure dans l'air
La recesión triplica las suspensiones de pagos

05.Feb.2009 Estos son los estafados por Madoff
Interest rates cut to 1%

05.Feb.2009 Miliband backs Guantánamo secrecy
Nazis zieren Schulgebäude: Zweifelhafte Namensgeber
05.Feb.2009 Zentralasien: Russland drängt Amerika aus Kirgisien  (Politik)
05.Feb.2009 Psychologie-Experiment: Je reicher, desto unverbindlicher  (Wissenschaft)
05.Feb.2009 Rezession in Großbritannien: Brown spielt die Patriotenkarte 

05.Feb.2009 SPIEGEL-Umfrage: Krise kostet die Regierung Vertrauen  (Politik)

05.Feb.2009 Jagd auf afghanische Drogendealer: Nato-Oberbefehlshaber manövriert sich ins Aus  (Politik)

05.Feb.2009 Daten-Schnüffelei: Datenschutzbeauftragter fordert härtere Strafen  (Netzwelt)

05.Feb.2009 Vatikan-Debakel: Papst am Pranger  (Politik)

One can reasonably argue that this ancient myth of a Jewish nation exiled until its 20th century return is of little consequence; whether the Jewish people share a common genetic ancestry or are a far-flung collection of people who share the same faith, a common national identity has in fact developed over the centuries. But Zand's central contention stands, and has some significant implications for the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
05.Feb.2009 [...] Segev says, "It's all fiction and myth that served as an excuse for the establishment of the State of Israel."
[...] If Judaism is a religion, rather than "a people" descended from a dispersed nation, then it brings into question the central justification for the state of Israel remaining a "Jewish state."
[...] Zand's central argument is that the Romans didn't expel whole nations from their territories. Zand estimates that perhaps 10,000 ancient Judeans were vanquished during the Roman wars, and the remaining inhabitants of ancient Judea remained, converting to Islam and assimilating with their conquerors when Arabs subjugated the area. They became the progenitors of today's Palestinian Arabs, many of whom now live as refugees who were exiled from their homeland during the 20th century.

As Israeli journalist Tom Segev summarized, in a review of the book in Ha'aretz : There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened -- hence there was no return. Zand rejects most of the stories of national-identity formation in the Bible, including the exodus from Egypt and, most satisfactorily, the horrors of the conquest under Joshua.
02.Feb.2009 Generals Seek To Reverse Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision -By- Gareth Porter
CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 18 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.

05.Feb.2009 Iraq's Shocking Human Toll About 1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans -By- John Tirman
Now that Bush is gone, perhaps the United States can honestly face the damage we have wrought and the responsibilities we must accept from it.

05.Feb.2009 When Did We Stop Caring About Civilian Deaths During Wartime? -By- Robert Fisk- I wonder if we are "normalising" war. It's not just that Israel has yet again got away with the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza. Continue
Black Flag -By- Uri Avnery
A Spanish judge has instituted a judicial inquiry against seven Israeli political and military personalities on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The case: the

2002 dropping of a one-ton bomb on the home of Hamas leader Salah Shehade. Apart from the intended victim, 14 people, most of them children, were killed. Continue
The Whole World Is Rioting as the Economic Crisis Worsens -- Why Aren't We?: The Telegraph (UK) warned last month that protests over governments' handling of the crisis "are widespread and gathering pace," and "may spark a new revolution":
Police Listed Gay Rights Group Among Terrorists: The group was designated a "security threat" by the Homeland Security and Intelligence Division, which also kept dossiers on dozens of activists and at least a dozen groups.
Appointment of Richard Holbrooke unnerves South Asia: Officials in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have reacted uneasily to the appointment of Richard Holbrooke, a veteran diplomat nicknamed "the Bulldozer."
05.Feb.2009 Did Israeli officials help U.S. firms win security tenders?: A secret seven-year investigation at the Defense Ministry has raised concerns that senior ministry officials used inside information to help certain American companies win more than $100 million in security-equipment tenders advertised in the United States.
U.S. Sold Phosphorus Shells Used in Gaza to Israel: The United States sold phosphorus artillery shells made at the Pine Bluff Arsenal to Israel — the same kind of rounds allegedly used against civilians during the recent fighting in Gaza.
05.Feb.2009 IDF colonel leaves speaking tour of UK for fear of arrest: An Israeli colonel involved in Operation Cast Lead returned to Israel in haste on Friday, fearing arrest on charges of war crimes during a visit to the UK.
The US Is No Longer a Global Hegemon -By- Leon T. Hadar
00.000.2000 -in-the United States was at the apex of international power in a unipolar world, and the Israelis and the Palestinians were led by strong and more moderate leaderships than today. Even at that time, Washington could not significantly advance an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. There is little reason to expect that Obama will be an exception, and an effective Holy Land peacemaker, 00.000.2009. Continue

05.Feb.2009 05.Feb.2009 PetraeusVersus the President?
US military leaders are pressuring Obama to cancel his Iraq withdrawal promise -By- Real News
An interview with Gareth Porter, Porter explains his discovery that Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and other US military leaders have been applying pressure on Obama to change his plan for US withdrawal from Iraq. - According to Porter, the military has already begun its public relations campaign to paint recent events in Iraq in their favor, meanwhile setting Obama up for the fall in the future.

05.Feb.2009 The Bogus 'War on Terror' Glasnost In London – War Fever In Washington -By- Eric Margolis
Two senior British officials have created a sensation by finally speaking some hard truths that contradict all the lies spewed out by Washington and London about the bogus "war on terror."

05.Feb.2009 Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon -By- Tom Engelhardt & Chalmers Johnson
It is hard to imagine any sector of the American economy more driven by ideology, delusion, and propaganda than the armed services. Many people believe that our military is the largest, best equipped, and most invincible among the world's armed forces. None of these things is true, but our military is, without a doubt, the most expensive to maintain.

05.Feb.2009 California Goes Broke, Halts $3.5 Billion in Payments -By- Stephen C. Webster
California, the eighth largest economy in the world, is broke. "People are going to be hurt starting today," said Hallye Jordan, speaking on behalf of the state Controller. "There's no money."

05.Feb.2009 The Perfect Storm -By- Vladimir Putin
I just want to remind you that, just a year ago, American delegates speaking from this rostrum emphasised the US economy's fundamental stability and its cloudless prospects. Today, investment banks, the pride of Wall Street, have virtually ceased to exist. In just 12 months, they have posted losses exceeding the profits they made in the last 25 years. This example alone reflects the real situation better than any criticism.

Foreclosures Now One in Five Home Sales: The declines mean that U.S. homeowners lost a cumulative $3.3 trillion in home values during 2008, with much of that loss coming in the fourth quarter.

05.Feb.2009 Obama: Catastrophe Coming If Stimulus Not Passed: President Obama said Wednesday the recession will turn into "a catastrophe" if the economic stimulus is not passed quickly, lobbying anew for the plan as its price tag climbed above $900 billion and drew more criticism.
In Bolivia, Untapped Bounty Meets Nationalism: In the rush to build the next generation of hybrid or electric cars, a sobering fact confronts both automakers and governments seeking to lower their reliance on foreign oil: almost half of the world’s lithium, the mineral needed to power the vehicles, is found here in Bolivia — a country that may not be willing to surrender it so easily.

05.Feb.2009 The New Thought Police: George Orwell's secret police have nothing on two new NSA systems designed to read people's minds.

05.Feb.2009 Bush_terror_memos_0203.html Dozens of secret Bush surveillance, executive power memos found; Could be made public: Details about more than three dozen secret memoranda written by Bush Administration officials now sit atop a chart created by a public interest reporting group. The memos track new details about dozens of secret Bush Administration legal positions on torture, detention and warrantless wiretapping.

05.Feb.2009 Pentagon pick shows challenges of Obama's ethics rules: The man President Obama nominated to become the No. 2 manager at the Pentagon isn't the first person for that job to come from the defense industry. But Mr. Obama's own executive order on ethics has now become a stumbling block as the White House seeks to push the former lobbyist through confirmation.

05.Feb.2009 Mexico’s Central Bank Intervenes to Halt Peso Slide: The intervention is an “extraordinary” measure beyond the bank’s normal offer to buy $400 million worth of pesos a day, the press office said.

05.Feb.2009 Striking workers stand firm on British jobs: Day eight of the unofficial strike action over the use of foreign labour at Lindsey Oil Refinery would see no let up in the battle which has seen walkouts across the UK.
Time running out for attack on Iran: Israeli expert: – Israel has a year in which to attack Iran's nuclear facilities preemptively, an Israeli legislator and weapons expert said Wednesday.
05.Feb.2009 EU envoy: Israel must ease aid restrictions on 'hell-like' Gaza: Israel must lift its ban on materials to rebuild Gaza after its offensive in a territory resembling "hell" where children have to sleep outside shattered homes, the European Union's Middle East envoy said in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
05.Feb.2009 Abbas: 90,000 Gazans left homeless: At least 90,000 Palestinians have lost their homes as a result of Israel's war on Gaza, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has told the European parliament in France.
05.Feb.2009 Israel threatens to kill Hamas leader: Housing and Construction Minister Ze'ev Boim said Wednesday that the next step in operations against Hamas,

the democratically-elected ruler of the Gaza Strip, must be aimed at assassinating Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.
05.Feb.2009 Polish soldiers on trial for killing Afghan civilians: "It's a unique trial, not only in Poland but also in Europe or even in the world," a court spokesman told the daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

"The last such case to have found its way to court was probably in relation to US Army activities in Vietnam."

05.Feb.2009 UN chief urges end to Afghan deaths: Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has called on US and Nato forces in Afghanistan to prevent more civilian deaths.

05.Feb.2009 Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base: Video report: The President of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the US military will have to leave the Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The facility is central to NATO operations in Afghanistan.

The Kyrgyz government said the US wasn't prepared to pay an appropriate fee to use the base.

05.Feb.2009 Pakistan: 10 trucks torched along US supply line: Attackers set fire to at least 10 trucks parked overnight near Landi Kotal, a town close to the famed Khyber Pass that connects Pakistan with Afghanistan, local government official Fazl Rabi said.

05.Feb.2009 Obama Bombs Pakistan: Video and transcript: BILL MOYERS: Marilyn, what did you think last weekend when four days into the Obama administration we read those reports of the strikes in Pakistan? MARILYN YOUNG: My heart sank. It absolutely sank.

05.Feb.2009 Russia to discuss with U.S. non-military transit to Afghanistan: Moscow is hoping for constructive talks with the U.S. on the transit of non-military cargo via Russia to Afghanistan, a top Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
Saudi Monstrosity and International Silence -By- Huda Jawad -In

00.Jan.2009 Saudi courts convicted 25 young Iraqi men of trespassing into Saudi Arabia. Their punishment: beheading. Continue

05.Feb.2009 Freedom Of The Press In The USA? NY Man Admits He Helped Air Hizbullah TV -By- ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Pakistan-born owner of a satellite TV company has pleaded guilty to providing material aid to a terrorist organization by letting customers receive broadcasts from Hizbullah's television station.

Irish Civil Society Calls For Boycott of Israel -By- Pulse
Israel has never declared its borders. Instead, it has continuously expanded at the expense of the Palestinians. In

00.000.1948 it took over 78 % of Palestine, an area much larger than that

00.000.1947 suggested for a Jewish state by the UN General Assembly. Continue

05.Feb.2009 The Oldbury-upon-Utopia -By- Hasan Shikoh - "They are pretending not to know that their fellow citizens of the world are being taken away and locked up in open-air concentration camps." Continue

05.Feb.2009 Controversial Bestseller Shakes the Foundation of the Israeli State -By- Joshua Holland
And what if most modern Israelis aren't descended from the ancient Israelites at all, but are actually a mix of Europeans, North Africans and others who didn't "return" to the scrap of land we now call Israel and establish a new state following the attempt to exterminate them during World War II, but came in and forcefully displaced people whose ancestors had lived there for millennia?

The War on Terror is a Hoax -By- Paul Craig Roberts -

According to US government propaganda, terrorist cells are spread throughout America, making it necessary for the government to spy on all Americans and violate most other constitutional protections.

Among President Bush’s last words as he left office was the warning that America would soon be struck again by Muslim terrorists. Continue

05.Feb.2009 James Bamford: The Spy Factory Must Watch Video -By- PBS - Includes Transcript
"it (the NSA) also has turned its giant ear inward, listening in without warrant on thousands of American citizens, many of whom are on the government’s secret watch list, now more than half-a-million names long."

05.Feb.2009 How I Saved The USA Cheney warns of new attacks -By- JOHN F. HARRIS & MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI
An Interview With Alledged War Criminal Dick Cheney.

the current research, presented at the IEEE MEMS in Italy, is the first demonstration of a wireless beetle system.
05.Feb.2009 blog.fefee.de/Schöne neue Welt: ferngesteuerter Käfer der US Army, mit implantierten Elektroden. Ausgesprochen gruselige Fotos.

Aber hey, unter Obama wird solchen Frankensteins sicher das Budget zusammen gestrichen, denkt sich jetzt vielleicht der eine oder andere. Nun, ... Obama will die Rüstungsausgaben erst mal um 40 Milliarden Dollar steigern.

Denn wenn die USA etwas brauchen, dann sind es mehr Waffen!

04.Feb.2009 blog.fefee.de/Auch in Kanada wartet die Polizei nicht ab, bis Terroristen kommen und das Land bedrohen: Agent der Royal Canadian Mounted Police räumt Schlüsselrolle beim Aufbau und Betrieb eines "Terrorcamps" ein.

The defence has argued this week that without Mubin Shaikh, there would have been no terrorist conspiracy.

Aber aber, von solchen Details wollen wir uns doch hier nicht aufhalten lassen! Bei uns stand ja auch eine Gesetzesänderung an, weil 129a nur bei terroristischen Vereinigungen greift, und dabei sind doch die ganzen Sündenböcke immer wahnsinnige Einzeltäter.
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-605629,00.html
Bei seinem Antrittsbesuch am Dienstag
schwärmt Deutschlands Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier von einer "Frische, Neugierde, einer Bereitschaft, neue Themen zu diskutieren".
05.Feb.2009 [...] Obamas Zustimmungsraten sind von 83 % am 15. Januar auf 66 % abgesunken.
[...] Blitzschnell wurde Daschle zum Symbol für das "System Washington", das Obama doch unbedingt verändern will.
[...] Die Zustimmungswerte für den US-Präsidenten haben derzeit nur eine Tendenz: nach unten.
Sichuan-Katastrophe: Staudamm könnte Beben gestartet haben  (Wissenschaft)
05.Feb.2009 Fall Pascal: Erhebung von Telefondaten war rechtswidrig 

05.Feb.2009 Patzer in der Personalpolitik: Obama kämpft gegen seine erste Krise  (Politik)

05.Feb.2009 Wirtschaftskrise: EZB hält Leitzins bei zwei %  (Wirtschaft)

05.Feb.2009 Streit um Schuldenlimits: Struck und Oettinger wollen Finanzhilfen für arme Länder  (Politik)
Deutsche Bank: Ackermann hofft auf Profit durch Konjunkturpakete  (Wirtschaft)
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,druck-605690,00.html
"Wir glauben, langsam das richtige Datum zu finden, wann sich komplexe, mehrzellige Tiere entwickelt haben", sagte Love. "Es war im flachen Wasser vor 635 bis 750 Millionen Jahren."
[...] Geologen von der University of California in Riverside haben nun neue Spuren von Tieren aus der Zeit vor dem Kambrium gefunden - und zwar die wahrscheinlich ältesten, die bisher bekannt sind.

UC Riverside / Love lab

Schwamm: Eine der simpelsten Formen mehrzelliger Tiere 635 Millionen Jahre alt sind die organischen Moleküle aus der Zellmembran von Schwämmen,

die im Sedimentgestein einer Bohrstätte im Oman steckten, berichtet das Team um Gordon Love im Fachmagazin "Nature".

Die primitiven Tiere haben demnach schon rund hundert Millionen Jahre vor der Kambrischen Explosion die flachen Küstengewässer besiedelt.
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/reise/staedte/0,1518,druck-605322,00.html
00.000.1975 Surinam wurde in die Unabhängigkeit entlassen

00.000.1863 In den niederländischen Kolonien wurde die Sklaverei abgeschafft
05.Feb.2009 [...] Auch in Surinam – damals niederländisch Guyana genannt – und den benachbarten britischen und französischen Kolonien wucherten vor allem die Zuckerrohrplantagen.

Ihre Wirtschaftlichkeit basierte auf Sklavenarbeit -

16 Stunden oder mehr schufteten Tausende schwarzafrikanische Zwangsarbeiter täglich bei der Zuckerrohrernte.

Deren Ernährung musste gesichert sein, selbstverständlich nicht aus humanitären Überlegungen, sondern aus rein ökonomischen.
05.Feb.2009 [...] vor allem in Portugal, ist "Bacalhau" überaus beliebt, die Deutschen dagegen rümpfen fast durchweg die Nase.

Im karibischen Raum sowie im Norden Südamerikas wiederum war Stockfisch Sklavenspeise, jahrhundertelang.

Die Trockenkonserve machte den ökonomischen Erfolg der Plantagenwirtschaft sogar erst möglich.

Das explosive Wachstum dieser Branche im 17. Jahrhundert verwandelte die großen und kleinen Eilande der Karibik in wahrhafte Zuckerinseln
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/0,1518,druck-605692,00.html
00.000.2008 "Insgesamt wurden von unseren Bauern rund 25 Millionen Ratten getötet", lobte der Ministeriumssprecher den Erfolg der Kampagne.

Offiziellen Schätzungen zufolge werden in Bangladesch zehn % der Nahrungsmittel - vor allem Reis, Getreide und Kartoffeln - von Ratten aufgefressen.

"Wir haben nun mal eine Marktwirtschaft", sagt Peter Lischke von der Verbraucherzentrale Berlin. "Die Unternehmen können ihre Preise frei gestalten."

Seine Empfehlung: Wenn es irgendwie geht, sollte man sein Konto im Plus halten - und Dispozinsen auf diese Weise ganz vermeiden.

Aber warum sind die Kreditzinsen überhaupt so hoch, während die Guthabenzinsen fallen?
05.Feb.2009 [...] Als Negativbeispiel nennt Tenhagen die Commerzbank - ausgerechnet jenes Institut, bei dem mittlerweile der Staat ein Viertel der Aktien kontrolliert.

Wenn hier ein Kunde sein Girokonto über den Disporahmen hinaus überzieht, verlangt die Commerzbank knapp 20 % Zinsen.

"Bei einem Leitzins von zwei % ist das einfach unverschämt", sagt Tenhagen. Er rät Verbrauchern: "Sie müssen Angebote aktiv vergleichen - und notfalls die Bank wechseln."
05.Feb.2009 [...] Schließlich kann niemand seine Bank wechseln, wenn das Konto im Minus ist.

Santander ist bislang im Vergleich zu vielen europäischen Konkurrenten gut durch die Finanzkrise gekommen und hält auch der Rezession auf dem Heimatmarkt stand.

Als Grund dafür gilt die Konzentration auf das Privatkundengeschäft. Zudem steuerte Vorstandschef Emilio Botin das Institut an der Immobilienkrise auf der iberischen Halbinsel vorbei.
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,druck-605630,00.html
Mitverantwortliche für das spätere Desaster. Die Rating-Agenturen, die selbst die riskanten Kredite "mit Ratings geadelt haben, die sie nicht verdienten".

Die stillen Großinvestoren im Hintergrund mit schier endloser Toleranzgrenze, "bereit, jedes Risiko einzugehen". Die Aufsichtsbehörden wie die SEC, "die beide Augen zudrückten".
05.Feb.2009 [...] Jeder nahm jahrelang freiwillig teil an diesem realen Monopolyspiel:

Kleininvestoren, neue Hausbesitzer, Institutionen, Fondsmanager, ausländische Regierungen. "Als alle munter Geld machten, hat sich da jemand über uns beschwert, über unsere Gebühren, unsere Boni?", fragt Salinas. "Nein. Keine Seele."
05.Feb.2009 [...] Anlageexperten wie Salinas, einst die Stars der Wall Street, sind plötzlich die Buhmänner der ganzen Welt - gehetzt von immer offenerer Wut und verbaler Lynchjustiz.

Late-Night-Comedians verhöhnen sie als "Ratten". Die Abgeordnete Claire McCaskill nannte sie "einen Haufen Idioten". US-Präsident Barack Obama hat sie ins Visier genommen, nicht zuletzt wegen anhaltender Bonus-Bezüge ("eine Schande").

Er verordnete ihnen am Mittwoch obendrein Gehaltsobergrenzen, so ihre Konzerne Staatshilfen wollen - Kapitalismus an der Regierungskandare. "Ihre neue Rolle", schreibt die "New York Times" halb mitleidig, halb hämisch, "ist die Rolle der nationalen Parias."
05.Feb.2009 https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,druck-605537,00.html
. Doch Roosevelt war groß im Geldausgeben, noch größer aber war er im Kriegführen. Und am allergrößten war er im Krieg gewinnen. Er hatte zwar einen Weltschuldenrekord aufgestellt, aber er hatte im selben Jahr den ihm aufgenötigten Weltkrieg gegen Hitler-Deutschland gewonnen. Sein Geldeinsatz, mit dem er zuletzt vor allem die Rüstungsmaschinerie befeuerte, wurde nach 1945 hoch%ig verzinst.
[...] Zeit und Geschwindigkeit der Kreditaufnahme.

Erhard nannte solche Redensarten "Volksbetrug".
05.Feb.2009 [...] Kein US-Präsident hat so hemmungslos auf Kredit regiert wie Roosevelt. Obama eifert ihm nun nach.
[...] Es lag für Barack Obama nahe, sich für den XXL-Schuldenstaat mit angeschlossenem Beschäftigungsprogramm zu entscheiden.

Der ehemalige US-Präsident Franklin D. Roosevelt hat das Konzept entwickelt und in den dreißiger und vierziger Jahren des vorigen Jahrhunderts getestet.

FDR, wie man den Kriegs- und Krisenpräsidenten in Kurzform nennt, ist in Amerika anhaltend populär. Obama bezeichnet ihn als sein Vorbild.
05.Feb.2009 Schwämme: Forscher finden bisher älteste Spuren von Tieren  (Wissenschaft)
05.Feb.2009 Trotz Krise: Dax-Konzerne wollen Milliarden-Dividende ausschütten  (Wirtschaft)
05.Feb.2009 Bangladesch: Bauer tötet fast 40.000 Ratten 

05.Feb.2009 Spanische Großbank: Santander trotzt der Krise mit Milliardengewinn  (Wirtschaft)
Gesetzentwurf: US-Banken sollen keine Ausländer mehr einstellen  (Wirtschaft)
Wende in der Energiepolitik: Schweden baut wieder Atomkraftwerke 

05.Feb.2009 Christlicher Fundamentalismus: Kirche der Extreme  (Panorama)

05.Feb.2009 Archäologie: Forscher finden Hütte von Robinson Crusoe  (Wissenschaft)
Betrug: Ermittler stellen im Fall Madoff knapp eine Milliarde Dollar sicher 

05.Feb.2009 Rekordfund: Sternenfabrik produziert am Limit  (Wissenschaft)
Kritik am Papst: Unionspolitiker und Bischöfe attackieren Merkel 

05.Feb.2009 Investmentbank: Goldman Sachs will Milliardenhilfe noch 2009 zurückzahlen  (Wirtschaft)
Miese Geschäftszahlen: Deutsche-Bank-Chef Ackermann erwartet schwere Zeiten  (Wirtschaft)
Holocaust-Debatte: Vatikan entsetzt über Kritik aus Deutschland 

05.Feb.2009 Unruhe im Papst-Geburtsdorf: "Das hat er sicher nicht mit Absicht gemacht"  (Panorama)