Archive for August, 2012

Index August 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

2012-08-01: Migrations to the north;
2012-08-02: Iran and the Time of Last Resort;
2012-08-03: The Corporate Vision for American Education;
2012-08-04: Remembering Gore Vidal;
2012-08-05: Islamists and Arab constitutions;
2012-08-06: A disrupted country;
2012-08-07: UK: Don’t Allow US Extradition of Assange;
2012-08-08: End of Frankfurt Protests: Occupy Will Survive the Camp Clearances;
2012-08-09: UK: Thousands of workers blacklisted over political views;
2012-08-10: Debates about Risks at The St. Gallen Symposium 2012;
2012-08-11: Comment: Olympics sexism still rife amongst tweeters and even journalists;
2012-08-12: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward 2011 spread;
2012-08-13: EU May Explode (Soon);
2012-08-14: jail for collecting rainwater;
2012-08-15: The Great American Culture of Cover-up;
2012-08-16: A law unto themselves;
2012-08-16: Kein nukleares Dorf in der Schweiz;
2012-08-16: next in Canada … ;
2012-08-17: Perfecting Illegality;
2012-08-18: some videos on Ancient Aliens;
2012-08-19: sites web positifs;
2012-08-19: Offshore wind farms;
2012-08-20: The Euro is Not in Trouble, the People Are;
2012-08-21: remembering some of my stars;
2012-08-22: Biting the 1% where it hurts;
2012-08-23: Mining, Repression, Rhetoric of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Guatemala;
2012-08-24: some Tibetan realities;
2012-08-25: A Possible Assault On The Ecuadorian Embassy In London Should Not Be Discarded;
2012-08-26: Trillions Stashed in Tax Havens;
2012-08-26: Britain withdraws threat to raid Ecuador’s embassy;
2012-08-27: Undo the maths;
2012-08-28: Francois Gautier’s web telling his India;
2012-08-28: Gericht gibt GEMA im ersten Verfahren Recht;
2012-08-29: The Great Recession and its Implications;
2012-08-30: Invisible Americans get the silent treatment;
2012-08-31: Which hidden agenda serves the euro region Lake of Constance/Basiliensis/Geneva?

Which hidden agenda serves the euro region Lake of Constance/Basiliensis/Geneva?

Friday, August 31st, 2012

cc. The French historian Pierre Hillard has examined die EU’s regionalisation policy, which serves as a means to break up the nation states – Published on Current Concerns, by Pierre Hillard, August 20, 2012.

Hillard says: “The principle of regionalisation in Europe goes far beyond a simple reorganisation of the old continent. In actual fact its goal is to pass on political, economic financial power to the regions to enable them to negociate directly with the authorities in Brussels.   Read the rest of this entry »

Invisible Americans get the silent treatment

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Published on Intrepid Report, by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, August 29, 2012.

It’s just astonishing to us how long this campaign has gone on with no discussion of what’s happening to poor people. Official Washington continues to see poverty with tunnel vision—“out of sight, out of mind” … // Read the rest of this entry »

Gericht gibt GEMA im ersten Verfahren Recht

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Musikpiraten e.V. gehen in Berufung – auf der Webseite der Piraten Partei, 27. August, 2012.

Das Amtsgericht Frankfurt hat heute der Klage der Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte (GEMA) gegen den gemeinnützigen Musikpiraten e.V. in erster Instanz stattgegeben.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Recession and its Implications

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Tax the Rich or Privatize the State? – Published on Global, by Shamus Cooke, August 27, 2012.

The Great Recession and its possible continuance has brought the issue of privatization to the forefront of American politics. But most Americans aren’t even aware that this debate is happening, because the media and politicians aren’t using the word “privatization;” instead less threatening substitutes are used to ram through a corporate agenda that aims to massively transform public resources into corporate profit.  Read the rest of this entry »

Francois Gautier’s web telling his India

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

le site web de François Gautier parlant de son Inde

in english:

  • The Empress of India, on Francois, not dated: Like Sonia Gandhi, I am a Westerner and a brought-up catholic. My father, a very good man, was a staunch Christian; my uncle, whom I doted upon, was the vicar of the Montmartre Church, one of the most picturesque landmarks of Paris. Like Sonia Gandhi, I have lived in India for more than 40 years, and I have had the good fortune to be married to an Indian.   Read the rest of this entry »

Undo the maths

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Published on en.Le Monde Diplo, by Serge Halimi, August 2012, (translated from french by Barbara Wilson);

There’s a famous scene in Casablanca where the police chief, Captain Renault, arrives to close Rick’s cafe and announces: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” A croupier hands him a bundle of notes: “Your winnings, sir.” Renault pockets the cash and orders: “Everybody out at once!” (see the video of 0.19 min).

In the financial scandal surrounding the fraudulent fixing of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), it is hard to see who is the corrupt policeman since there are so many likely candidates. Every day, 20 or so major financial establishments (Barclays, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Bank of America, etc) fix the Libor.   Read the rest of this entry »

Britain withdraws threat to raid Ecuador’s embassy

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Published on, August 26, 2012:

Ecuador says Britain has withdrawn a threat to raid its embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange – easing tensions between the two nations in their ongoing diplomatic standoff.

The Ecuadorian government revealed that it received”a communication from the British Foreign Office which said that there was no threat to enter the embassy.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Trillions Stashed in Tax Havens

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Published on The People’s Voice, by Stephen Lendman, August 25, 2012.

A new Tax Justice Network (TJN) USA report reveals an estimated $21 – $32 trillion of hidden and stolen wealth stashed largely tax-free secretly.

Titled “The Price of Offshore Revisited,” it explains what financial insiders know but won’t discuss. Many of them have their own hidden wealth.

TJN describes a “subterranean” systemic “economic equivalent of an astrophysical black hole.” The higher estimate above exceeds US GDP twofold.   Read the rest of this entry »

A Possible Assault On The Ecuadorian Embassy In London Should Not Be Discarded

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Published on ZNet, Interview with Noam Chomsky, by Jose Maria Leon, August 23, 2012.

… Here we replicate a part of the interview published on the mentioned website ( The complete document it is found on this address.

The United Stated government has issued today a statement in which it declares that this matter is a problem between the Brits, the Ecuadorians and the Swedes. Do you find this argument honest? Is the United States really not interested in the faith of Julian Assange?  Read the rest of this entry »

some Tibetan realities

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Watch these videos:

Mining, Repression, Rhetoric of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Guatemala

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Grahame Russell*, August 20, 2012.

Increasingly, over the past few years, information has been published about serious human rights violations and health and environmental harms being caused in Guatemala by (mainly) Canadian mining company operations: Goldcorp Inc, Radius Gold, Tahoe Resources, Hudbay Minerals, Skye Resources, etc.  Read the rest of this entry »

Biting the 1% where it hurts

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Book review published on Intrepid Report, by Jerry Mazza, August 21, 2012. – (Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, Neil Barofsky, Former Special Inspector General in Charge of Oversight for TARP, Free Press, July 24, 2012, Hardcover: 288 pages, ISBN-10: 1451684932).

In this fascinating account of his trial-by-fire in Washington’s wicked ways, Neil Barofsky surfaces with a searing indictment as an insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations, dealing with the ongoing mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund.   Read the rest of this entry »

remembering some of my stars

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012


The Euro is Not in Trouble, the People Are

Monday, August 20th, 2012

A CounterPunch Special Report on the Crisis in Europe – Published on CounterPunch, by VINCENT NAVARRO, August 16, 2012.

One of the phrases frequently written in economic circles in the United States (and to a lesser degree in Europe) is “the Euro is going to collapse.” Those who repeat that phrase over and over again do not seem to know how the Euro was established, by whom, and for whose benefit. If they knew the history of the Euro, they would have noticed that the major forces behind the Euro have done very well and continue to do so. As long as they continue to benefit from the Euro’s existence, the Euro will continue to exist … // Read the rest of this entry »

Offshore wind farms

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Offshore wind will play a vital role in the UK’s future energy mix, report confirms – Published on Click Green, by staff, August 16, 2012.

A new report confirms the critical importance of offshore wind in replacing aging power plants, saving up to £89bn from the UK’s energy bill, and has the potential to take a large share of a global £1 trillion market by 2050.

As well as reducing reliance on imported gas and meeting GHG emissions and renewable energy targets, offshore wind could offer business opportunities of up to £35bn to UK companies.   Read the rest of this entry »

sites web positifs

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

reçu par e-mail ces 4 propositions:

ma recherche continue dans Google, avec:  Read the rest of this entry »

some videos on Ancient Aliens

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

… (VOSTFR) – Uploaded by 69blackbox:

Perfecting Illegality

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Published on TomDispatch, by Alfred McCoy, August 14, 2012.

… Some years ago, investigating a military intelligence unit that had routinely subjected Vietnamese to torture, I got in touch with former Staff Sergeant David Carmon.  When Army criminal investigators questioned Carmon in the early 1970s, he admitted using the water rag method on a detainee.  “I held the suspect down, placed a cloth over his face, and then poured water over the cloth, thus forcing water into his mouth,” he said, according to his sworn statement.   Read the rest of this entry »

next in Canada …

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
  • A Chance to Express our Commitment to Love, Hope and Optimism, on USW united steelworkers/, August 9, 2012 … Jack’s family are inviting those in the Toronto area to join them on Wednesday, August 22 at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West, Toronto) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a celebration of Jack’s message of love, hope and optimism …
  • Calling young leaders in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon, on Policy, by BC Office, Saskatchewan, Office, Update August 8, 2012: A leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice … The deadline to apply for Next Up BC is Friday September 14, 2012 (deadlines vary for each province) …

Kein nukleares Dorf in der Schweiz

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Heute vergeben wir eine Carte Blanche an die grüne Waadtländer Nationalrätin Adèle Thorens GoumazTages-Anzeiger/Politblog, von Adèle Thorens Goumaz, 13. August 2012.

Sechzehn Monate nach Fukushima hat eine unabhängige Untersuchungskommission einen Bericht über den Verlauf des Unfalls veröffentlicht. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt hatten sich die Diskussionen lediglich auf die technischen Aspekte des Unglücks konzentriert.   Read the rest of this entry »

A law unto themselves

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Published on WSWS, by Barry Grey, August 15, 2012.

On August 9, the US Justice Department announced it was ending a criminal investigation into allegations that Goldman Sachs committed securities fraud in its underwriting and marketing of mortgage-backed securities in the months leading up to the Wall Street crash of September 2008. The department said it would not file charges against the bank or any of its employees.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Great American Culture of Cover-up

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Published on Dissident Voice, by Phillip Faruggio, August 13, 2012.

We have seen many cover-ups and scandals throughout the history of our nation. Barely twelve years into this, the 21st century, there are three major cover-ups that add to our national shame: 9/11, Iraq invasion and the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. Each time, those at the very top of power failed, or chose to fail, to follow the narrow path of truth. Truth is this funny thing because the more you either stretch it or silence it, eventually, like that puppy that runs away… it always returns. It may take months or years, or even a generation or two, but it will come back … // Read the rest of this entry »

jail for collecting rainwater

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Oregon Man goes to jail for collecting rainwater on his land, 12.22 min, uploade by ParadoxicalProd, August 8, 2012, Medford, Oregon: Gary Harrington goes to jail for 30 days because he captured rain water in his pond;

Government Owns The RAIN! Man in JAIL for 30 days and $1,500.00 Fine for Storing RAIN WATER, 1.38 min, uploaded by Luxetti, August 10, 2012;

more videos about rainwater-jail on YouTube.

(My comment: what about the neighbors who denounced him).  Read the rest of this entry »

EU May Explode (Soon)

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Can popular protests be developed to size power from the capitalist elites? – Published on Dissident Voice (first on Anti-Imperialist Camp), by Wilhelm Langthaler, August 11, 2012;

The European Union is experiencing its deepest and most acute crisis ever – both in economic as well as in political terms. We are faced with massive capital flight from Southern Europe to its centre, which is not much longer sustainable. At the same time the imposed austerity is driving a downward spiral into recession leading to mass impoverishment.   Read the rest of this entry »

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward 2011 spread

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

watch this video on YouTube, 161.26 min, uploaded by petrutek, Jan. 26, 2011: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society … download zeitgeist moving forward, film, documentary, watch online, zeitgeist information, zeitgeist movies.  Read the rest of this entry »

Comment: Olympics sexism still rife amongst tweeters and even journalists

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Published on Left Foot forward, by John Millington, August 9, 2012.

Female athletes have enjoyed a high profile at the London Olympics. British Olympic stars Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Rebecca Adlington and Beth Tweddle are amongst many who have seen their already very public profiles increase with further medal success.  Read the rest of this entry »

Debates about Risks at The St. Gallen Symposium 2012

Friday, August 10th, 2012

videos in english (and german for Prof. Dr Peter Sloterdijk), uploaded by StGallenSymposium, May 2012:

UK: Thousands of workers blacklisted over political views

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Commissioner urged to investigate ’secret database’ used by the construction industry – Published on The Independent, by , August 7, 2012.

The surveillance and blacklisting of thousands of workers, including some suspected by construction companies of being left-wing troublemakers, should be immediately investigated by the privacy watchdog, it was urged last night.

More than 40 major firms referred to the secret database, which listed thousands of people’s details, including their involvement in union activity, before hiring staff. Workers who were on the list allege they were deprived of their livelihoods as a result of their inclusion, with supporters claiming their human rights have been breached … // Read the rest of this entry »

End of Frankfurt Protests: Occupy Will Survive the Camp Clearances

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

A Commentary – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Stefan Schultz, August 7, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).

The Occupy camp in Frankfurt has finally been cleared after a court rejected an appeal by activists. The attempt to set up a utopia in Germany’s financial capital may have failed, but the movement will continue to play an important role in the debate about a better society.  Read the rest of this entry »