Archive for October, 2012

Index October 2012

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

2012-10-01: We Could Be Heroes;
2012-10-02: Election in Georgia: A Battle between Dictators and Dreamers;
2012-10-03: Peter Levenda: Secret Space Program Conference Amsterdam 2011;
2012-10-04: Marx and the Silesian strikers;
2012-10-04: Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference 2012;
2012-10-05: When the terrorists ask the terrorized for their support;
2012-10-06: Lecture at Historians’ Convention: In Defense of Leon Trotsky;
2012-10-07: The Federal Reserve System has been handed police powers, Glocks and patrol cars;
2012-10-08: Free exchange: On the origin of specie;
2012-10-09: more geopolitics … ;
2012-10-10: Capitalism’s Two Step Survival Plan – Austerity and Structural Reform;
2012-10-11: Pakistan court probes bartering of girls;
2012-10-12: Disaster on Autopilot: Overwrought Empire, the discrediting of U.S. military power;
2012-10-13: The power of struggle;
2012-10-14: Book Review: SEUMAS MILNE’S THE REVENGE OF HISTORY;
2012-10-15: Towards a politics of consensus;
2012-10-16: On shaky ground;
2012-10-17: diving memories with a leopard shark;
2012-10-17: remembering movies;
2012-10-18: Poverty rises sharply in Illinois;
2012-10-19: Underwater Signposts: Germany Tries to Halt Baltic Shipwreck Plundering;
2012-10-20: Wall Street issues its orders to Obama, Romney;
2012-10-21: California prison crisis foisted onto beleaguered counties;
2012-10-22: Can Progressives Bring Democracy to the USA?
2012-10-23: The Alliance from Hell;
2012-10-24: Noam Chomsky, then and now;
2012-10-25: Euro Crisis Lull: Schäuble Warns Worst Is Yet to Come;
2012-10-26: music goes wonderful;
2012-10-27: The divisive politics of religion;
2012-10-28: Over the edge;
2012-10-28: Geld … oder nicht;
2012-10-29: John Douglass: Embodiment of a Ruined Election System;
2012-10-30: Impact and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone;
2012-10-30: Der grosse Rausch;
2012-10-31: on Healing;
2012-10-31: Pourquoi et comment détartrer votre glande pinéale.

Pourquoi et comment détartrer votre glande pinéale

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Publié dans ELISHEAN.org, par milena, le 16 septembre 2012.

La glande pinéale pourrait être la partie la plus importante de votre système nerveux tout entier. Il s’agit essentiellement d’une antenne spirituelle, votre équivalent physique d’un troisième œil.  Read the rest of this entry »

on Healing

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
  • Roy Martina: 7 tips on the secret – omega healing, 6.10 min; uploaded by kokosbrot, on Dec. 2, 2010;
  • The Living Matrix – Film on the New Science of Healing (2010), 83.56 min, on vimeo.com: THE REVOLUTION IN ALTERNATIVE HEALING – This full-length film brings you breakthroughs that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well. Now you can get an up-close look at the science of information as medicine. Leading researchers and health practitioners share their discoveries on the “miracle cures” traditional medicine can’t explain … (full text).

Der grosse Rausch

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Impact and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The SCSL and NPWJ organise the pre-launch of the Report – Published on No Peace without Justice NPWJ, by Alison Smith and Nicola Giovannini, Oct. 29, 2012.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone and No Peace Without Justice are organising the pre-launch of the survey “Making Justice Count: Assessing the impact and legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Sierra Leone and Liberia”, on Monday 29 October 2012 at 11:30-12:30, in the premises of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague … // Read the rest of this entry »

John Douglass: Embodiment of a Ruined Election System

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Published on The People’s Voice, by David Swanson, Oct. 28, 2012.

In April I had a chat with Congressional candidate John Douglass who had just about wrapped up his party’s nomination for Congress here in Virginia’s Fifth District. Douglass is a retired Brigadier General, a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and a former deputy U.S. military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium.  Read the rest of this entry »

Geld … oder nicht

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Over the edge

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Staging their second full strike this year, workers of Dubai Sokhna Ports have escalated their confrontation with management to the point of no return – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Sherine Abdel-Razek, 18 – 24 October 2012.

Two ships that cannot leave the port terminal, shipping agents re-routing to other ports, either in Egypt or in the region, and the mother company threatening to withdraw $4 billion in new investment in the port — these are but some of the immediate results of the first days of a full strike that started at Dubai Sokhna Ports Saturday, seeing loading and unloading activities grind to a halt.   Read the rest of this entry »

The divisive politics of religion

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, Editorial, 18 – 24 October 2012.

With the rise to power of the political Islam groups following the Arab Spring revolutions, new questions have arisen concerning the nature of the state and the proper manner of handling public affairs. Religion, too, is being brought into question, as conflicting interpretations surface concerning its role in government.  Read the rest of this entry »

music goes wonderful

Friday, October 26th, 2012

long videos:

Euro Crisis Lull: Schäuble Warns Worst Is Yet to Come

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, Oct. 23, 2012.

Europe’s debt crisis seems to have entered a calm phase, but that’s only an illusion, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday. The worst is probably still to come, he warned … //

… Eye of the Storm?

Their pessimism contradicts comments made by European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn a week ago. In Bangkok for a meeting of finance ministers from Asia and Europe, he told the Bangkok Post that “there is no likelihood of any country leaving the euro zone. Read the rest of this entry »

Noam Chomsky, then and now

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Watch these 2 videos:

Links:

Bain Capital cuts jobs in rural America, on People’s World, by Pam Wright, Oct. 22, 2012;

Union member wants to join the workers’ club in Congress, on People’s World, by PAI, Oct. 22, 2012;

Unholy Dalliance, the fall of my friend Dinesh, on Counterpunch, by VIJAY PRASHAD, OCTOBER 22, 2012;

Under the Cloak of Liberalism: America on the Cusp of Fascism, on Counterpunch, by NORMAN POLLACK, OCTOBER 14, 2012;

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
; on UN.org, Oct. 17, 2012;

All Charges from Occupy Chicago Mass Arrests at The Horse Dismissed, on CT occupied, by Rosa, Sept. 27, 2012.

The Alliance from Hell

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

How the U.S. and Pakistan Became the Dysfunctional Nuclear Family of International Relations – Published on ZNet (first on TomDispatch), by Dilip Hiro, October 19, 2012.

The United States and Pakistan are by now a classic example of a dysfunctional nuclear family (with an emphasis on “nuclear”). While the two governments and their peoples become more suspicious and resentful of each other with every passing month, Washington and Islamabad are still locked in an awkward post-9/11 embrace that, at this juncture, neither can afford to let go of.   Read the rest of this entry »

Can Progressives Bring Democracy to the USA?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Gregory Wilpert, Oct. 19, 2012.

… Can Progressives Bring Democracy to the U.S.A.? – Failed Strategies:

There is an on-going debate among progressives with regard to left strategy in the U.S. On the one side are progressives who argue that the political system is hopelessly corrupt and so undemocratic that it makes no sense to run for office or to support nominally progressive candidates.  Read the rest of this entry »

California prison crisis foisted onto beleaguered counties

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Kevin Kearney, Oct. 20, 2012.

California is unlikely to meet its June 2013 deadline for the court-ordered reduction of its massive prison population. Meanwhile, the gross human rights violations described in Plata v. Brown—the May 2011 Supreme Court decision affirming a population reduction order—persist in state prisons and are increasingly being replicated at the local level as underfunded and inadequate county jails attempt to cope with a flood of tens of thousands of new inmates. (See “US Supreme Court decision exposes barbaric conditions in California prisons” http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/may2011/pris-m27.shtml ) … // Read the rest of this entry »

Wall Street issues its orders to Obama, Romney

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012.

The top bosses on Wall Street have issued their demands for action from the Obama administration and Congress to slash the federal deficit, in a letter warning that failure to take action by January 1 could produce renewed financial crisis and economic slump.   Read the rest of this entry »

Underwater Signposts: Germany Tries to Halt Baltic Shipwreck Plundering

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by David Crossland, Oct. 17, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).

Alarmed at the looting of historically valuable shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea, German archaeologists have started attaching underwater signs designating them as protected monuments. Hobby divers and trophy hunters are damaging a precious maritime legacy stretching back thousands of years, they warn … // Read the rest of this entry »

Poverty rises sharply in Illinois

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Marcus DAy, Oct. 16, 2012.

New data released by the Census Bureau reveals that greater numbers of Illinois workers and unemployed are falling into poverty. According to the American Community Survey, the number of people living below the federal poverty threshold in Illinois grew by approximately 150,000 between 2010 and 2011, increasing the poverty rate from 13.8 percent to 15 percent. Nearly 2 million people now live below the federal poverty line in the state. Seven hundred thousand more people live in poverty in Illinois than in 2000, when the rate stood at 10.7 percent; this marks an increase of more than 40 percent in little over a decade. Read the rest of this entry »

remembering movies

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

diving memories with a leopard shark

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

diving at Shark Point: MVI_3321, 0.33 min, video made by Suntorn Suntornrat, diving instructor of dive2phuket, filming at Shark-Point:  a beautifull, strong, not dangerous animal (they eat only plancton).

Find the Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata):

On shaky ground

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

… what the World Economic Outlook says about growth prospects for the Middle East and North Africa region … a recent OECD report on what needs to be done to improve the role of women in regional economic growth – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Niveen Wahish, 11 – 17 October 2012.

Growth forecasts for oil importing countries in the North Africa and Middle East (MENA) region, including Egypt, continue to be negatively affected by the aftermath of the Arab Spring … //

… On the external side, the contraction of activity in advanced Europe – a major trading partner for most economies in the group – has also been holding back growth. And should things take a turn for the worst, oil importers will feel the pinch. The Euro area is set to see negative growth of -0.4 per cent in 2012 and a modestly better 0.2 per cent in 2013.   Read the rest of this entry »

Towards a politics of consensus

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has met with representatives from across the political spectrum in an attempt to forge agreement on economic policy and other pressing issues – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Reem Leila, 11 – 17 October 2012.

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil held two meetings with representatives from a wide array of political forces to discuss the economic crisis facing the government. The meetings focussed on ways to contain the crisis, with issues such as an LE1,200 minimum wage, ways to tackle corruption and strategies to recover funds stolen by members of the Mubarak regime all being discussed.  Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: SEUMAS MILNE’S THE REVENGE OF HISTORY

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Published on Socialist Unity, reviewed by John Wight, Oct. 10, 2012.

… Covering the major domestic and international issues of what has undoubtedly been one the most politically and socially convulsive decades since the Second World War, Milne succeeds in achieving that rare thing – joining the dots between cause and effect, action and reaction, as he lays bare the venality, lies, arrogance, and racism that has lain at the root of the imperialist wars of aggression which have largely defined both domestic and international politics in our time.  Read the rest of this entry »

The power of struggle

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

The teachers’ strike was the polar opposite of what passes for politics in the U.S. – Published on Socialist Worker, October 11, 2012.

The CHICAGO Teachers Union CTU put the power of struggle back on the table after their nine-day strike won against politicians and education officials who tried to vilify them.

Rank-and-file union members were united, determined and active in standing up to the offensive against teachers and public education that has swept through cities around the country, leaving behind privatization and hamstrung unions. Instead, the Chicago teachers fought back, and they convinced a strong majority of Chicagoans to support them … // Read the rest of this entry »

Disaster on Autopilot: Overwrought Empire, the discrediting of U.S. military power

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Published on TomDispatch, by Tom Engelhardt, October 7, 2012.

… Americans lived in a victory culture for much of the twentieth century. You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism – think of it as the real “American Century” – from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off … // Read the rest of this entry »

Pakistan court probes bartering of girls

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Supreme court takes notice of barter of 13 young girls under tribal custom in Balochistan province – Published on AlJazeera, October 10, 2012.

Pakistan’s supreme court has ordered authorities to investigate the alleged barter of 13 children – all girls – to settle a blood feud in a remote area of the southwestern Balochistan province. Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry, the country’s chief justice, began proceedings on Tuesday, probing the alleged trade in the Dera Bugti district … // Read the rest of this entry »

Capitalism’s Two Step Survival Plan – Austerity and Structural Reform

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Shamus Cooke, October 08, 2012.

The coast is clear, the media tells us; economic disaster has been averted. The Euro Zone is finally stable and the U.S. economy is recovering. Whew!

Why, then, are government policies internationally still pursuing extremist measures? In the U.S., a third round of excess money printing — called Quantitative Easing — began recently in which banks are directly profiting by unloading their toxic mortgages on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet (another backdoor bailout paid by taxpayers). Read the rest of this entry »

more geopolitics …

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

watch these videos:

Free exchange: On the origin of specie

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Theories on where money comes from say something about where the dollar and euro will go – Published on The Economist, Aug 18, 2012.

MONEY is perhaps the most basic building-block in economics. It helps states collect taxes to fund public goods. It allows producers to specialise and reap gains from trade. It is clear what it does, but its origins are a mystery. Some argue that money has its roots in the power of the state. Others claim the origin of money is a purely private matter: it would exist even if governments did not. This debate is long-running but it informs some of the most pressing monetary questions of today.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Federal Reserve System has been handed police powers, Glocks and patrol cars

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Published on Intrepid Report, by Jerry Mazza, October 5, 2012.

The Federal Reserve, a privately owned banking cartel that controls interest rates and the money supply, has been given police powers, including Glock 22s and patrol cars. This was a story I originally saw in Alternet.Org and did a double take on. Were they talking about the real Federal Reserve, or was this some kind of joke? It turns out it’s not a joke … //   Read the rest of this entry »