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Canada: Conservatives provide austerity to workers, aid to banks

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Published on WSWS, by Keith Jones, 29 November 2008.

The annual fall update on the Canadian economy delivered by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Thursday had two central themes: the need for austerity in public spending and for the government to be equipped with new powers to come to the aid of the banks …

… The Conservatives have signaled that they will announce a package of “stimulus” measures in a federal budget early in the new year. They clearly want to have a better handle on what the incoming Barack Obama administration intends to do.

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Global problem-solving: A Buddhist perspective

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Linked with Sulak Sivaraksa – Thailand, and with Arrest of Thai academic raises free speech fears.

Published on Buddhanet.net, by Sulak Sivaraksa, not dated (1991???).

… To be honest and to begin by getting right to the point, I must state plainly that there is no serious contemporary Buddhist perspective for global problem-solving …

International Network of Engaged Buddhists: A Hopeful Beginning for Global Problem-Solving?

Some of us are trying to meet this challenge, and I hope what some of us are trying to do in connecting our being peace within to the outside world engagingly and mindfully, will contribute to a better world, with social justice, nonviolence and ecological balance — the Middle Way for each and for society at large, to live in harmony with one another and with nature.

Groups of young people in the west who believe in these principles and who try to act accordingly have established chapters of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

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3 new videos on the Real News Network

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New videos on the RealNewsNetwork:

US-Iraq: The big picture is a neo-con failure, in 3 videos of Nov. 24, 26 and 27, 2008. Michael Schwartz examines what’s left of neo-con master-plan and what is Obama’s vision Pt 2 of 3 view;

Colombia in Economic Crisis, in 2 videos of Nov. 23 and 26, 2008. Forrest Hylton: Uribe is now no longer able to create the illusion that he is in control view;

Controversy rocks lead-up to 2010 Olympics, 13.08 min. 2010 Olympics promotional train tour becomes target for protests across Canada view.

The Parable of the G-20, Blind to the Elephant

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Linked with Devinder Sharma – India.

Published on STWR, by Devinder Sharma, 20 November 2008.

The leaders of the G-20 Group of countries who met in Washington DC for an emergency meeting to revamp the global financial landscape can be compared to the well-known story of ‘blind men and an elephant’. Like the six blind men who concluded that the elephant is like a wall, snake, spear, tree, fan or rope, world leaders grappled in bright light for six hours and yet failed to frame an action plan that could truly stimulate the global economy.

The elephant in this case is the parasitical global financial system. It has thrived all these years on the hungry stomach of starving millions, extracting every last available ounce of blood. Untamed and unregulated, it demolished the borders of the nation-state to emerge unfettered and free – unrestrained by governments, and liberated from society’s control. In the process, speculative and mobile financial capital has played havoc with the global economy. The elephant has been on a rampage …

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The International Backers of the Mumbai Attacks

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Published on Axis of Logic, by Les Blough, Nov 26, 2008.

… International backing and support: Modern criminal investigation still rests on the Aristotile’s 3
equally important causal factors: Means, Method and Motivation …

… Terrorism: We must also remember where the very term, “terrorism” was born in 1947 and who carried it out? – Israel. The term has been internationalised and popularised since then by the corporate media, rarely if ever pointing to its origins. Today, “terrorism” has become a household term, associated solely with Muslims throughout the world and it was developed into a basis for a war without end. The military assault on Mumbai is another a mini-9/11 in the sense that it provides a platform for juicing and expanding the “anti-terror” war under a new Obama administration which will no doubt be backed by other western governments.

Criminal Investigation: CNN tells us that the FBI has offered to help investigate the crime. The question is whether their interest is real investigation or damage control. If the FBI uses this time worn formula it could very easily end up evidence pointing to their own government. Were the FBI to “discover” CIA or Mossad involvement can any sane person expect they would reveal their findings to the public? Using “means, method and motivation” analysis, our “criminal investigation” leads to the CIA and Mossad as perpetrators of this event. (full text).

More money wasted to save a sick system

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… instead of changing it

Watch these videos:

Bailout costs $8.5 trillion, 8.54 min;

Chomsky says on the economy, 11.00 min;

The financial crisis and the real economy, 8.50.

More:

Kelly McParland says: … It’s not all free money. A great deal consists of loans, guarantees, backup facilities, equity in troubled entities or mortgage securities which could one day produce a profit. But it’s risk, and it’s massive. And it’s apparently not enough … (full text).

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renegade trader with renegade ideas – that work

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Linked with Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Lebanon and USA, and with Philosophy Talk.

Published on seeking alpha.com, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, November 09, 2008.

Last month as the Dow dropped 20% and portfolios were battered, one investor was prepared. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who founded the risk management firm Universa Investments, watched his portfolio soar 65% and 115%.

If Taleb’s name sounds familiar, that’s because his book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable spent 17 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Universa was launched in December 2007 with $300 million in assets. It is now estimated to be worth close to $2 billion. Technically Taleb is an “external advisor” to Universa, which is managed and owned by former professional trader Mark Spitznagel.

How did Universa Investments gain 115% in the vortex of the worst bear market in two decades?

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Health Policy Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

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National and International Perspectives

Published on Wordpress.org, by Doyin Oluwole, MD, FRCP, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, D.C., September 18, 2008.

Introduction:

Worldwide, there is a growing realization that health is an integral part of sustainable development efforts. The critical importance of health among populations is also being recognized in foreign policy circles, in economic development discussions and within the context of socio-cultural issues of all countries – low, middle, and high income …

Proposed Way Forward for Sub-Sahara Africa:

As briefly shown in this article, there is no dearth of international agreements, national policies, and strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. Many countries are off track for the attainment of the MDGs while some will not attain them until 2050 or beyond due to

  • 1. poor performing health systems,
  • 2. growing health workforce crisis, and
  • 3. pervasive challenge of scaling up to achieve universal access to health care.

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too many hungry children in USA

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50% US children went hungry in 2007

Published on Times of India, by AP, Nov. 18, 2008.

WASHINGTON: Some 691,000 children went hungry in the US sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year’s sharp economic downturn, the Agriculture Department reported on Monday …

… He predicted the 2008 numbers will show even more hunger because of the sharp economic downturn this year.

“There’s every reason to think the increases in the number of hungry people will be very, very large based on the increased demand we’re seeing this year at food stamp agencies, emergency kitchens, Women, Infants and Children clinics, really across the entire social service support structure,” said James Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group.

Weill said the figures show that economic growth during the first seven years of the Bush administration didn’t reach the poorest and hungriest people. “The people in the deepest poverty are suffering the most,” Weill said. (full text).

Link: Bread for the world, and their contact link in Washington.

TROP D’ENFANTS SOUFFRENT DE LA FAIM AUX ETATS-UNIES:

Malnutrition – en 2007 et avant les effets de la crise, le nombre d’enfants souffrant de la faim est passé de 260′000 cas en 2006 à près de 691′000 en 2007. Il a donc augmenté de plus de 50% en un an.

(lu dans le quotidien Genevois le Matin Bleu, Nov. 19, 2008).

The Patriarchal See of Alexandria

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Linked with Youssef Chahine alias yousef shaheen – Egypt (1926 – 2008).

Published on Melkite, the Greek Catholic Church, (reprinted from Sophia, Volume 31, Number 1, Jan.-Feb. 2001), by Fr. Peter Boutros, April 05, 2001.

… It all started in 1724, when the first Syrian and Palestinian immigrants went to Egypt to escape the persecution inflicted on them by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Sylvester. In the seventeenth century the number of immigrants, reaching the friendly shores of Egypt, grew tremendously, and in 1838, Pope Gregory XVI gave Patriarch Maximos III Mazloom the title of “Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem”.

These immigrants were faced with either persecution or latinization to survive in their original countries. Their refusal to accept either of the choices offered to them is an indication of their strong belief, courage, and tenacity. Many families settled in the port of Damietta, Egypt’s main port at that time, and brought with them their trades and their artistic abilities. Some of the most noticeable trades were: merchants, goldsmiths, diamond-cutters, and tailors. Once settled, their friends and relatives joined them and in the following years many additional families followed their example. From that point on the Greek-Melkite Catholic Church started to expand and prosper in Egypt …

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The next financial shoe to drop … Sub prime, Round Two

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We all know about people being put into real estate loans they could not handle.

Did you know the banks also had sales hit teams to tempt people into taking cash advances way beyond what they could afford?

Two insiders spill the beans.

Watch this video: Credit card piracy, 4.42 min, published on Brasscheck TV (first on CNN).

As population grows we fail to protect our children

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Published on Countercurrents.org, by John James, 19 November, 2008.

Two trends are crashing against one another. Both are well-known. They are that world population is getting larger while food and water is getting less.

The cause of the first is out-of-control fertility producing a flood of babies, mainly in Africa, India and South America. The second is rampant consumption that makes the pollution that causes warming that is reducing the earth’s capacity to grow more food.

Over-populating and over-consuming is a bit like Christmas, we cant stop cramming ourselves, buying more presents and over-spending on our credit cards – all for the sake of the thrill of doing it together …

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The Great Depression of the 21st Century: Collapse of the Real Economy

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Linked with Michel Chossudovsky – Canada.

Published on Global Research.ca, by Michel Chossudovsky, November 15, 2008.

The financial crisis is deepening, with the risk of seriously disrupting the system of international payments …

… Bankruptcies and Foreclosures: A Money-spinning Operation for the Financial Giants:

Among the companies on the verge of bankruptcy are some highly lucrative and profitable operations. The important question: who takes over the ownership of bankrupt giant industrial corporations?

Bankruptcies and foreclosures are a money-spinning operation. With the collapse in stock market values, listed companies experience a major collapse of the price of their stock, which immediately affects their creditworthiness and their ability to borrow and/ or to renegotiate debts ( which are based on the quoted value of their assets).

The institutional speculators, the hedge funds, et al have cashed in on their windfall loot.

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The Golden State, not so golden

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The other California wildfire

Received by mail:

From: Brasscheck TV
Date: 19/11/2008

Watch the video: the Golden State, not so golden, 12.27 min, Nov. 19, 2008.

… today the biggest treath to families’ homes is not natural (the wildfire), it is financial. Here’s what Ground Zero of the credit collapse looks like:

  • Over 700 families lose their home EVERY DAY;
  • Nice neighborhoods where every other house
    is vacant;
  • Families walking away from their homes
    leaving all the furnishings.

It’s mind boggling … Brasscheck TV, 2380 California St., San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.

L’iPhone préfère l’accent américain

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Publié sur LCI/France, le 20 nov. 2008.

… Le site du géant américain Google propose une vidéo qui semble pourtant montrer que des internautes à l’accent irlandais, britannique ou chinois mènent avec succès une recherche vocale plutôt compliquée. De nombreux utilisateurs britanniques de l’iPhone ont eu moins de chance. L’un d’eux, résidant dans le Surrey et demandant “iPhone”  avec un accent du Kent, s’est vu proposer “Myspace” et “Einstein”. Un autre, s’exprimant avec un accent gallois, dit s’être vu suggérer  “gorilles” ou “évier” par le système de reconnaissance vocale.

Un conseil? Parler comme Bush:

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A Papuan woman fighting for human and environmental rights

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Linked with Yosepha Alomang – Papua, Indonesia.

Published on Down to Earth online, no. 63, by John Rumbiak, Nov. 2004.

The relationship with Freeport/Rio Tinto has dominated Yosepha’s life and work. The book contains an account of Freeport’s presence in Papua, from the company’s negotiations with Suharto regime in 1966, through the violent history of the mine’s development and the Indonesian military’s brutal response to whoever challenged the takeover of indigenous land or wholesale destruction of the environment. This included mass protests in 1994 and a large-scale military crack-down in 1994-1995 which saw the massacre of eleven adults and children in Hoea village …

… Yosepha also worked to free other Papuan prisoners held in containers by the security forces around the Freeport mine. She has been a constant thorn in Freeport’s side, repeatedly demanding that the company answers for the damage inflicted on local people’s lands and livelihoods and protesting against human rights violations.

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Philanthrocapitalism: old myths, new realities

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Published on openDemocracy, by Michael Edwards, Nov. 15, 2008.

Michael Edwards’s book on business-led philanthropy, “Just Another Emperor?”, launched a vigorous public debate across the non-profit sector and beyond. Now, in an environment transformed by the global financial crisis, he reviews the arguments the book provoked, responds to critics, and reaffirms the importance of a “civil-society-strong” perspective in face of “a tsunami of pro-business thinking”.

… Who will stand for “civil society strong”?

The second set of criticisms concerned my somewhat romantic treatment of civil society, social movements, and traditional philanthropy (which, with one or two exceptions, has never funded radical mass-based citizen action). Buzz Schmidt of GuideStar International, for example, agreed that “pressures to commercialize social activity erode the integrity of non-profit initiative” but blamed the “standard operating practices of private foundations” rather than the specifics of philanthrocapitalism for this problem.

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My deck chair on the Titanic

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Linked with Jerry Mazza – USA.

Published on Online Journal, by Jerry Mazza, Nov 17, 2008.

Well, actually, it’s my adjustable desk chair in my den. And I’m not staring at the sea. I’m looking at my sea blue computer screen whose bright light is beginning to blind me. And I’ve got a major storm to read about: Proposed $700 Billion Bailout Is Too Little, Too Late to End the Debt Crisis; Too Much, Too Soon for the U.S. Bond Market.

It’s a white paper by Martin Weiss, Ph.D., and Michael Larson, interest rate and real estate analyst for Weiss Research, Inc. Their study was submitted to the United States Congress Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee on September 25, corrected October 1. I wonder if anyone ever took at look at this brilliant piece.

For starters, their message is that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) now claims to be covering 117 institutions with $78 billion in assets. The problem (part of it is), according to broader analysis by Messrs. Weiss and Larson is that there are 1,479 member banks and 158 thrifts with assets of $3.6 trillion, 36 times the FDIC number of institutions at risk of failure. So we’re going to run a bit short in bailout funds, worse comes to worse …

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Economic crisis tops agenda of APEC leaders’ summit

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Published on channel news Asia, by AFP/vm, 16 November 2008.

LIMA – The crisis plunging the world into a recession is to dominate an APEC summit in Peru next weekend, along with efforts to firm up an international response to the turbulence.

The November 21-23 gathering of leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will also serve as the swansong multilateral summit for US President George W. Bush, who leaves office in January 2009.

Bush, and 20 other heads of state and government from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, will be attending the high-security event …

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Veterans Occupy National Archives

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Published on AfterDowningStreet.org, by David Swanson, Nov. 15, 2008.

On this site, watch 2 of 15 Lifestream Videos – Veterans Occupy National Archives … Again! 11-15-08:

  • Video one: 1.43 min;
  • Video two: 0.37 min.

UPDATE 4 p.m. Saturday: Activists plan to remain through Monday morning at least, if not longer. They lost the really big “Arrest Bush and Cheney” banner to wind but have a smaller version and still have the “We Will Not Be Silent” Banner. The Archives security chief, Mr. Adams, spoke with Elliott Adams of Veterans for Peace and offered to not press charges if they left and threatened to have arrest warrants issued for them all in 2 or 3 weeks if they did not get down immediately. They chose to stay, and Elaine Brower of Military Families Speak Out got on the PA system to announce their intention to make sure that Bush and Cheney are arrested for murder. She told her son’s story and began reading the names of the dead. Also, the similar action in Santa Monica is going well

… The veterans are demanding Bush administration be tried for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against peace; asking the media to clearly inform the public of the administration’s crimes; and encouraging citizens to take similar nonviolent actions.

According to Tarak Kauff, a VFP member, “People say Bush and Cheney will be gone soon so what’s the point? The point is, there is no statute of limitations on war crimes, and if not held accountable, criminality will continue regardless of who is in office. We either are or we are not a nation of law.”

These individuals took part: … (full text).

India Inc warns layoffs on horizon

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Published on NDTV profit, by Shweta Rajpal Kohli, November 16, 2008 (New Delhi).

Corporate India’s top leaders got together at three-day ‘Indian Economic Summit’ on Sunday and have warned of a bad situation becoming worst if the government doesn’t take action.

“If companies need to survive they don’t have an option. So they will have to cut some jobs to ensure they can retain some jobs,” said A M Naik, chairman, Larsen and Toubro …

… With general elections a few months away the government is vulnerable to a political challenge on its handling of the financial crisis. Even more so as the “real” economy feels the pain.

With the financial crisis now taking a toll on India’s growth rates, the mood at the India Economic Summit was anything but upbeat. The message is clear that we need to act aggressively and swiftly to respond to the crisis be it by way of interest rate cuts, spending on infrastructure or reform push. (full text).

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Economic Crisis is beyond the reach Of traditional solutions

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Linked with Paul Craig Roberts – USA.

Published on Vdare.com, by Paul Craig Roberts, Nov. 12, 2008.

… Khazin points out, as have others, such as University of Maryland economist Herman Daly and myself, that consumer debt expansion is the fuel that kept the U.S. economy alive.  The growth of debt has outstripped the growth of income to such an extent that an increase in consumer credit and bank lending is not possible.  Consumers are overburdened with debt.  This fact takes monetary policy out of the picture.  Americans can no longer afford to borrow more in order to consume more …

… For years, the US government’s budget has been dependent on foreigners financing the red ink.  Countries such as Japan and China and OPEC suppliers of oil to the US have huge export surpluses with the US.  They recycle the dollars by buying US Treasury bonds, thus financing the US government’s red ink budgets.

The open question is: how much longer will they do so?

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POPPY FOR MEDECINE

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Linked with Reinhard Erös – Germany, with Kinderhilfe Afghanistan /German Aid for Afghan Children GAAC, and with the International Council on Security and Development ICOS.

Published on ICOS /former Senlis Council, not authored nor dated.

  • Background In 2005, ICOS started its research into an Afghan Poppy for Medicine model. The initial findings were released in the form of a Feasibility Study at a conference in Kabul. Building on these initial findings and ongoing extensive field research, ICOS has released its Poppy for Medicine Technical Dossier, including all technical specifications and the entire economic model of the system.
  • Afghanistan faces an unprecedented security and reconstruction crisis. Resolving Afghanistan’s opium crisis is the key to the international community’s successful stabilisation and development of the country. Yet, by over-emphasising failed counter-narcotics strategies such as forced poppy eradication, the United States-led international community has aggravated the security situation, precluding the very reconstruction and development necessary to remove Afghan farmers’ need to cultivate poppy. In 2006 Afghanistan produced 92% of the world’s total illegal opium, directly involving at least 13% of the country’s population.
  • A village-based economic solution to Afghanistan’s poppy crisis is available, which links Afghanistan’s two most valuable resources – poppy cultivation and strong local village control systems – through the controlled cultivation of poppy for the village-based production of morphine. Based on extensive on-the-ground research, ICOS has developed a Poppy for Medicine project model for Afghanistan as a means of bringing illegal poppy cultivation under control in an immediate yet sustainable manner. The key feature of the model is that village-cultivated poppy would be transformed into morphine tablets in the Afghan villages. The entire production process, from seed to medicine tablet, can thus be controlled by the village in collaboration with government and international actors, and all economic profits from medicine sales will remain in the village, allowing for economic diversification. As internationally tradable commodities, village-made medicines would also benefit the Afghan government. Pilot projects are needed to enhance the controllability and economic effectiveness of this counter-narcotics initiative.

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A new global order, Bretton Woods II … San Francisco II

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Published by openDemocracy, by Simon Maxwell and Dirk Messner, Nov. 12, 2008.

Global leaders are preparing to meet in Washington on 15 November 2008 for a summit of the G20 group of states and representatives of leading international financial institutions. The gathering is being ambitiously named “Bretton Woods II” – echoing the conference on 1-22 July 1944 which established the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). With George W Bush presiding, and Barak Obama waiting in the wings, the delegates’ task will be to fix a global financial system which has failed with spectacular and highly damaging results. They need to succeed …

… Meanwhile, the talk is of cutting aid, not increasing it. Italy, for example, has proposed cuts of up to 56% in its latest budget. Britain so far is holding firm, and Germany is working hard towards its target. Quite right: it would be a bad start for the project of building “a social-market economy on a global scale” of which Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken if the bailout of the global banking system were to entail budget cuts affecting the poorest 30% of mankind. Those intent on preventing the emergence of further anti-western resentments should have no trouble understanding the logic of aid.

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The last 5 newslettres from the Orion Project

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all received by mail in these times

Linked with Steven M. Greer – USA, with Redefining Alternative Energy, and with CSETI/Disclosure Project News – Upcoming Interviews and Reports.

In my eyes this project is very important, takes much time, energy and needs much money, but it is worth to be sustained. Here the five last (compressed) newsletter received by the Orion Project:

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again a SWISH Report for al-Qaida …

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A ninth report from the South Waziristan Institute of Strategic Hermeneutics to the al-Qaida Strategic Planning Cell (SPC) on the progress of the campaign

Published on INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND SECURITY NETWORK ISN, by Paul Rogers, Nov. 7, 2008.

… As you will appreciate, these are no more than initial comments. We would emphasise, however that – even if individual policies turn out to be not so different – the change of style that an Obama presidency may entail could have a considerable international impact.

A new danger:

In conclusion, there is one potential trend which could cause your movement a range of problems – even there is little evidence of your interest in it or of any direct relationship to your movement and its aims. An awareness of the risks of climate change has risen rapidly in some of the countries of the Atlantic community – the British government has even embraced the idea of an 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050. The mismatch of timing between problem and solution here is less important than what the decision implies: that radical action is now recognised by some western states as being essential.

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Newsletter d’ATTAC France – grain de sable no 579

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Points de vue sur la crise financière

Reçu par mail:

De: Attac France
À: Grain de Sable
Date: 10/11/2008

Regards croisés d’Amérique sur la crise:

Face au G20, les mouvements sociaux se mobilisen:

Spammers make profit …

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… with only one sale in every 12.5 million messages sent

Published on computer weekly.com, not authored, Nov. 11, 2008.

The spam study was carried out by computer scientists from University of California Berkeley and University of California San Diego.

For the month-long study the computer scientists infiltrated the Storm network, which uses hijacked home computers as relays for junk mail.

At its height, Storm is believed to have had more than one million machines under its control.

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Media Talk: Predicting the crash

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Panelists discuss criticism of the media over failure to provide warning of impending economic turmoil

Linked with Gillian Tett – England.

Published on the RealNewsNetwork, Nov. 7, 2008.

A video Talk from the Frontline Club, London, UK,  1.28′22 h.

Panellists: Paul Lashmar, Gillian Tett, Ann Pettifor, Michael Blastland, Paul Mason.

The Strange History of Economics

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Published on the Post-Autistic Economics Network, this article is not authored nor dated.

These days people like to call neoclassical economics “mainstream economics” because most universities offer nothing else. The name also backhandedly stigmatizes as oddball, flaky, deviant, disreputable, perhaps un-American those economists who venture beyond the narrow confines of the neoclassical axioms. To understand the powerful attraction of those axioms one must know a little about their origins. They are not what an outsider might think. Although today neoclassical economics cavorts with neoliberalism, it began as a honest intellectual and would-be scientific endeavour. Its patron saint was neither an ideologue nor a political philosopher nor even an economist, but Sir Isaac Newton. The founding fathers of neoclassical economics hoped to achieve, and their descendents living today believe they have, for the economic universe what Newton had achieved for the physical universe.

This brief article roughly traces the strange history of economics from the 1870s through to the beginning of Post-Autistic Economics movement in the summer of 2000.

Physics Envy: …

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Solar powered electric car

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Linked with Brasscheck TV.

Published on Brasscheck TV: watch the video Solar powered electric car, 14.10 min.

Brasscheck TV writes: Not a dream, it works – It may seem that a lot of the videos on Brasscheck TV are negative. Well, you can’t built something new until you expose and clean out all the crap. As I mentioned to a friend recently “a lot of formerly deeply buried’s is finally seeing the light of day these days.”

A new day is coming: Human ingenuity is boundless and the good guys really do outnumber the bad guys. We just have to get better organized. There’s a good reason the powers that be work so hard to try to dumb and beat us down. We’re damn hard to tame, and they know it.

If you want the plans for this car, they’re here – The KIT – SUNN, solar powered electric car ki, Sept. 05, 2008:

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Pétition (Suisse) pour le soleil et les autres énergies renouvelables

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Reçu par mail:

De: colette hein vinard
Date: 4. novembre 2008
( transmis par MAMON Delia, Verbier,  le 05/11/2008)

Colette Hein Vinard, rte des Monts 8, 1807 Blonay écrit: Chers amis et connaissances, Merci de bien vouloir imprimer la pétition de la société suisse pour l’énergie solaire ci-jointe.

Actuellement, il semble qu’aucun lobby au Parlement (Suisse) ne s’engage pour le solaire. Vu que le photovoltaïque fonctionne même lorsque le temps est gris (l’énergie électrique est produite par la lumière), qu’il faudrait des dizaines de millions de centrales nucléaires pour évaporer autant d’eau que ce que fait le soleil quotidiennement,  et que les technologies progressent à grand pas, il faut absolument obtenir un soutien fédéral conséquent pour cette énergie  gratuite disponible chaque jour. La pétition demande le soutien aux autres formes d’énergies renouvelables  également. Pour notre avenir et celui de nos enfants, merci de diffuser largement cette pétition! Lumineuses salutations, Colette.

Pièce jointe: Petition Franz. SSES.doc (application/msword):

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Are We Cruel, Stupid or Just Shameless?

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Published on strategic foresight.com, by Sundeep Waslekar, Oktober 2008.

The bright graduates of business schools have proved me wrong. Writing in Part 18 of this series in August 2007, I had warned of a worldwide economic collapse by 2010. The MBAs have ensured it already in October 2008 …

… While we have public funds for fighting wars and bailing out badly run financial enterprises, we don’t have resources for bigger problems …

… The problems are not only of the elite of the developed world. The elite in emerging economies are not fundamentally different. In India about 1 million people (according to NGO estimates and one third of this number according to government estimates) are manual scavengers. They spend their daily life cleaning, removing and carrying on their heads human faeces from dry latrines. Asia’s rising economic power is flushed with dollars and pounds to buy overseas companies but lacks pennies to provide toilets with water to every citizen.

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How Positive Thinking Wrecked the Economy

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Linked with Barbara Ehrenreich – USA.

Published on Barbara’s Blog, by Barbara Ehrenreich, Sept. 24, 2008.

… Positive thinking is endemic to American culture – from weight loss programs to cancer support groups – and in the last two decades it put down deep roots in the corporate world as well. Everyone knows that you won’t get a job paying more than $15 an hour unless you’re a “positive person” – doubt-free, uncritical, and smiling – and no one becomes a CEO by issuing warnings of possible disaster.  According to a rare skeptic, a Washington-based crisis management consultant I interviewed on the eve of the credit meltdown in 2007, even the magical idea that you can have whatever you truly want has been “viral” in the business culture. All the tomes in airport bookstores’ business sections scream out against “negativity” and advise the reader to be at all times upbeat, optimistic and brimming with confidence – a message companies relentlessly reinforced by treating their white collar employees to manic motivational speakers and revival-like motivational events. The top guys, meanwhile, would go off to get pumped up in exotic locales with the likes of success guru Tony Robbins. Those who still failed to get with the program could be subjected to personal “coaching” or of course, shown to the door …

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Which Way? … Venezuela

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A PA Interview with Michael Albert

Linked with Michael Albert – USA.

Published on pa political affairs.net/, by Political Affairs, 10-02-08.

… Regarding labels, I would call the type of society that I hope Venezuela is moving toward, and the type I would like to help attain, participatory society – and I would call that type of society’s economy, participatory economy. Why not use the word socialism? Well, there are a few reasons.

Socialism, insofar as people describe it institutionally, is overwhelming just an economic goal, and I do not think we should conflate it with the whole of society. Indeed, doing this mistakenly implies that having economic aims is sufficient to deal with kinship, cultural, political, and other basic defining features, as well as with features of the economy. This is an old error that lives on in this terminological confusion, I think.

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It’s a strange system, and it’s not in our best interests

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Linked with Paul Grignon – Canada, with Again – Money as a Dept, with G. Edward Griffin – USA, with some Publications, with … and specially this publication, with The Fed, with Bibliography: The FED, Money, Gold, Economy, Society, with … und speziell noch dieses Buch, and with Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Published on Brasscheck TV.com, first listen this video: Money as debt, by Paul Grignon, 47.07 min.

One of the last things John F. Kennedy did before he was assassinated was declare his intention to reform the central banking system of the United States. No connection between these two events? …

… The Fed has cheated the Government of these United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the Nation’s debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Fed has cost enough money to pay the National debt several times over.

This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of these United States, has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the defects of the law under which it operates, through the mal-administration of that law by the Fed and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it”. (full text).

Again – Money as a Dept

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Linked with Paul Grignon – Canada (appearing Febr. 5, 2008 on our World People’s Blog).

Just a repetition of this item from our tomorrow’s World People’s Blog, for not permitting you to miss it:

Paul Grignon’s video: Money As Debt, 47.07 min, added 12 Febr. 2007 … and: … same in french / et en français: L’Argent Dette, de Paul Grignon (Money as Debt – french), by olivier, Oct 6, 2008.

My comment: Finally a video helping to understand much easier what is really happening with our money. Remains the only question: are we foolish people able to change this damned system? Or do we wait until some LEADER tells us how to go on? Will we remain UNABLE to change this through a democratic system? Or do we wait for a dictature to reach a change?

What do you want? I still believe that democracy is our humanity’s way to go on.

We’re not robbing food from people’s mouths

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Published on The RealNewsNetwork, by The Guardian.co.uk, November 2, 2008.

Beloved of corn growers and reviled by environmentalists, ethanol is a divisive campaign issue.

Watch this video of 6.56 min.

The Interactive Panel of the UN General Assembly on the Global Financial Crisis

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Published on IFIs Choike, source: United Nations, Oct 31, 2008.

… “We are now at another Bretton Woods moment”, he (Joseph Stiglitz) said, noting that the Bretton Woods institutions had been founded principally to maintain global economic stability and employment, not to push capital and financial market liberalization or promote contractionary fiscal policy in the midst of a depression or a recession. Liberalization had led to advanced growth, but also increased instability, and the global financial system had often worked to the disadvantage of developing countries. Emerging market countries had little if any representation in decision-making, and reform of the governance structure of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had been insufficient. The current crisis also threatened to exacerbate poverty in developing nations, and the IMF had failed so far to propose adequate regulatory reform measures to avert the danger.

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