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    Repiglican Roast

    A spirited discussion of public policy and current issues

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    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Thursday, January 31, 2008

    Starbucks announces it will close 100 stores

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    The Seattle coffee giant announced the closings and slowdown plan when reporting its first-quarter earnings increased 2 percent, to $208 million, or 28 cents a share, from $205 million, or 26 cents a share, in 2006. Total revenues rose to $2.8 billion from $2.4 billion a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial Network expected first-quarter earnings of 27 cents per share and revenue of $2.8 billion.
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    Berkeley City Council gives Marines the boot

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    Lockheed wins $52.8M Navy contract paid for by your Tax Dollars

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    Lockheed Martin to cut 250 jobs in April ahead of further layoffs

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    n line with longstanding plans, the company said some 850 positions, primarily engineering-related, will be cut during 2008. As many as 200 of the workers laid off will likely be placed in other company jobs or offset by voluntary layoffs.

    Most of the cuts will be at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth, Texas site.

    The Bethesda, Md.-based defense company is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) and U.K.-based BAE Systems.

    Lockheed Martin shares closed the regular session up 9 cents at $106.53.
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    650 Lockheed Martin engineers face layoffs

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    L-3 profit rises on aerospace, offense sales

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    L-3 reported quarterly profit of $207 million, or $1.63 per share, compared with $174 million, or $1.37 per share, in the year-ago quarter. That beat Wall Street's average forecast of $1.61 per share, according to Reuters Estimates.

    Sales rose 12 percent to $3.8 billion, ahead of analysts' average forecast of $3.6 billion.

    The New York-based company raised its full-year profit forecast to $6.48 to $6.62 per share from its previous forecast of $6.41 to $6.55 per share.
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    As a Final Fuck you to the country Bush Attempts to cut health care to nation's poorest

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    Budget documents show that Mr. Bush will propose legislative changes in Medicare to save $6 billion in the next year and $91 billion from 2009 to 2013. In his last budget, by contrast, his legislative proposals would have saved $4 billion in the first year and $65.6 billion over five years.

    The president’s budget also takes aim at Medicaid, the insurance program for low-income people. He would pare $1.2 billion from it next year and nearly $14 billion over five years.

    Those figures do not include tens of billions of dollars that Mr. Bush wants to save through new regulations. Such rules are not subject to approval by Congress, but could be revised by a future administration.

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    Kenneth E. Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, said the president’s proposals showed “great insensitivity to teaching hospitals” across the country. The proposals “would undermine our ability to train young doctors at a time when the nation is facing a shortage of doctors,” Mr. Raske said.

    Under the president’s budget, Medicare payment rates for nursing homes would be frozen in 2009, and payment rates for home health agencies would be frozen at current levels through 2013.

    William A. Dombi, vice president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, a trade group, said the proposal could affect many of the three million Medicare beneficiaries who receive home health services each year.

    “Under the proposal,” Mr. Dombi said, “75 percent to 80 percent of home health agencies would be doomed. They would not be able to meet payroll. They would not be able to operate.”

    Within 15 days of sending his budget to Congress, Mr. Bush is supposed to submit legislation to strengthen the financial condition of Medicare and to reduce its reliance on general revenues, which include income taxes. The 2003 Medicare law established special procedures to ensure that Congress would consider such legislation.

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    Blackwater ASKED, not ordered, by Pentagon to stop random murder and thuggery

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    Monday, January 28, 2008

    Smarter than the Democrats in Congress, Lebanon Shiite cleric calls for Bush trial over Iraq

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    "Bush and seven of his administration's top officials methodically propagated erroneous information," it said, with the pace of lies picking up in August 2002 ahead of US congressional consideration of a war resolution.

    The US president was found to have made the highest number of false statements, referring a total of 260 times to Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction and alleged Al-Qaeda links to the Baghdad regime, the report said.

    Charges that the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had stockpiled an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction proved to be untrue after the invasion, when no such weapons were found.

    Fadlallah warned against what he called Bush's "next big lie," and said that "political falsehoods have become the salt of US policies."

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    Kennedy family split on presidential race

    "I respect Caroline and Teddy's decision, but I have made a different choice," said Kennedy Townsend.

    "While I admire Sen. Obama greatly, I have known Hillary Clinton for over 25 years and have seen firsthand how she gets results. As a woman, leader and person of deep convictions, I believe Hillary Clinton would make the best possible choice for president."

    She added that her brother Bobby and sister Kerry were also backing Clinton.

    Kennedy Townsend is the oldest child of Robert F. Kennedy.

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    Audience Plant Enables War Monger McCain

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    Belt-tightening among wealthy shoppers could choke blue-collar households

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    American households in the top 20 percent by income — those making at least $150,000 a year — account for about 40 percent of overall consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of economic activity.

    Niemira expects the retail sector, whose growth was fueled in part by strong gains at luxury chains, will struggle to eke out a 1 percentage sales increase in stores opened at least a year during the next few months. That’s below the 2.1 percent average for 2007 and 3.7 percent for 2006.

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    Chrysler offers $100,000 buyouts to UAW plant workers in Metro Detroit

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    The latest buyouts are all part of Chrysler's effort to reach its Nov. 1 downsizing targets. Tinson said the company is not planning for additional staff cuts at this time.

    The facilities receiving buyout offers today are: Sterling Heights Assembly, Trenton Engine, Mack Engine I & II, Detroit Axle, Warren Stamping, Sterling Stamping and Mt. Elliot Tool & Die.

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    Layoffs coming, and in large numbers, survey finds

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    The First Bank Failure of 2008

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    Although its recent losses were tied to bad commercial real estate loans, not residential mortgages, the bank's problems are nonetheless linked to the global mortgage crisis that has ripped through the financial services industry, says William Michael Cunningham of Creative Investment Research. "It's this secondary and tertiary impact of the crisis in the subprime market that's beginning to impact smaller institutions mainly through [the slowdown in] consumer spending," Cunningham says.

    Douglass is the first bank to fail in 2008 and the fourth since February of last year. Before that, federal regulators hadn't shuttered a bank since June 2004.

    But Cunningham expects other small banks—especially those with weak profits and deteriorating capital bases—to follow suit in the coming months, as the slowing economy limits borrowers' ability to repay loans.

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    New Home Sales Took Record Fall in 2007 or Hey! Let's Run the Economy Through the Stock Market!

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    Sunday, January 27, 2008

    ConAgra Drops Plans For Ethanol Plant In New Mexico

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    ConAgra The Poison Food People, Fires Food Safety Exec Hired After Peter Pan Peanut Butter Salmonella Debacle

    ConAgra maintains that Hall was terminated because he violated one of the food giant’s employment policies, and that the move was not related to food safety. But the news only again underscores the food safety problems ConAgra has faced this year. Hall was hired in April 2007, following the February recall of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters that where produced at ConAgra’s Sylvester, Georgia plant. Those tainted peanut butters were blamed for an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning that sickened more than 600 people. ConAgra faulted a leaky roof and malfunctioning sprinkler system at its production facility for causing the Salmonella contamination. The plant in Sylvester, Georgia was closed due to the recall, but reopened last summer.

    In August, ConAgra re-launched Peter Pan, once one of the country’s top-selling peanut butters. The product returned to stores with much fanfare, with ConAgra backing Peter Pan with a 100-percent money back guarantee. Prior to the launch, ConAgra mailed out 2 million coupons for free Peter Pan Peanut Butter, as well as $1-off coupons. ConAgra also redesigned the Peter Pan Peanut Butter jar with a “New Look” label.

    But ConAgra’s Peter Pan re-launch was quickly overshadowed by the Banquet Pot Pie Salmonella outbreak. ConAgra’s Banquet and store brand pot pies were first linked to dozens of cases of Salmonella poisoning throughout the country on October 9. That day, ConAgra issued a health alert about the Salmonella pot pie outbreak, warning consumers not to eat any of its 7-ounce store brand or Banquet Pot Pies with the codes “P-9” or “Est 1059” on the package. Despite the health alert, ConAgra did not recall the tainted Banquet pot pies. Instead, ConAgra tried to deflect blame for the Salmonella pot pies by claiming that consumers caused the outbreak by failing to cook the pies properly. On October 11, ConAgra finally did issue a pot pie recall.

    Ultimately, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) traced 272 cases of Salmonella poisoning in 35 states to the tainted ConAgra pot pies. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation into the Banquet Pot Pie Salmonella outbreak found flaws with record keeping at the Missouri plant that produced the pot pies, as well as deficiencies with ConAgra’s Hazard Analysis Critical Control plan that spells out what the company does to ensure product safety. The ConAgra Banquet Pot Pie Recall ended up costing ConAgra around $30 million.

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    Good Place for Him, though Riyadh would be better

    President Bush seemed to confirm this week what has been an open secret for months: He and his wife will be moving to Dallas when they leave the White House next year.
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    Hi I'm Nancy Pelosi and I'm as Bad As George W Bush

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    Chavez Urges Withdrawals From U.S. Banks

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged his Latin American allies on Saturday to begin withdrawing billions of dollars in international reserves from U.S. banks, warning of a looming U.S. economic crisis.

    Chavez made the suggestion as he hosted a summit aimed at boosting Latin American integration and rolling back U.S. influence.

    "We should start to bring our reserves here," Chavez said. "Why does that money have to be in the north? ... You can't put all your eggs in one basket."

    Chavez noted that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Colombia in recent days, saying "that has to do with this summit."

    "The empire doesn't accept alternatives," Chavez told the gathering, attended by the presidents of Bolivia and Nicaragua and Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage.

    Chavez warned that U.S. "imperialism is entering into a crisis that can affect all of us" and said Latin America "will save itself alone."

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    Spy satellite loses power, will hit Earth next month

    he satellite can no longer can be controlled, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. It was not clear how long ago the satellite lost power, or under what circumstances.

    "Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, when asked about the situation after it was disclosed by other officials. "Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause."

    He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to perhaps be shot down by a missile.

    A senior government official said lawmakers and other nations are being kept apprised of the situation.

    The spacecraft contains hydrazine - which is rocket fuel - according to a government official who was not authorized to speak publicly. Hydrazine, a colorless liquid with an ammonia-like odor, is a toxic chemical and can cause harm to anyone who is in contact with it.

    Such an uncontrolled re-entry could risk exposure of U.S. secrets, said John Pike, a defense and intelligence expert. Spy satellites ypically are disposed of through a controlled re-entry into the ocean so that no one else can gain access to the spacecraft, he said.

    Pike also said it is not likely the threat from the satellite could be eliminated by shooting it down with a missile because that would create debris that would then re-enter the atmosphere and burn up or hit the ground.

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    And her Daddy Started the Viet Nam War.

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    Good Riddance to Bad Trash

    Former Indonesian President Suharto (L) salutes with former Indonesian Air Force Chief Marshall Sutria Tubagus (R) and former military commander General Feisal Tanjung during a ceremony to mark the Air Force's anniversary in Jakarta in this April 9, 1996 file photo. Suharto, who ruled with an iron fist for 32 years, has died, a senior police official told reporters on January 27, 2008 at the hospital where he was being treated. REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni/Files  (INDONESIA)

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    Right Wing Obama's Repulsive Reagan Worhsip

    Obama calls the laws and covert wars, dismantling of government oversight and regulation, abandonment of energy conservation, abuse of gay community, attacks on unions and working class people Clarity and Dynamism.
    Fuck you Obama
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    I'd rather have McCain for president. At least with that doddering, dribbling, pandering senile old asshole there won't be further confusion created in the country about what a progressive is. Obama is certainly not one)

    And in all fairness, it might be best for a republican administration to do the fixer upper in the wake of the chimp.
    Personal responsibility for your party actions.

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    Barack Obama Sucking off the Christian Right

    Although Constitutional law professor Barack Obama declined to defend the Constitution today on the floor of the Senate due to “scheduling conflicts”, he did take time out yesterday to sit down with the good folks at the Christian[ist] Broadcasting Network and send a mighty “Fuck you” to the loyal Democratic base by saying that if Democrats nominated Hillary instead of him, his supporters would take their balls and go home.

    Pre-emptive sour grapes? Quote:

    PROF. OBAMA: [After the nomination] I will get the people who voted for her. But will she get the people who voted for me?

    Well, of course she will! Because you’re going to personally urge them to, right, Professor? Not.

    Seriously, most of the progressive blogosphere—leaving aside the “they’re all the same” crowd—had a long sprawling conversation about what to do if our guy wasn’t nominated, and the consensus judgment is in my sig: Any Democrat in the general. So, that trickling sound I hear is America’s Favorite Baritone pissing all over the progressive blogosphere, its judgment, and its values. Yet again.

    Worse, I remember being given a serious lecture—kisses, Booman, you know I love you, but—after Obama won Iowa, about sour grapes. So, I’ll be expecting a post shortly on how Obama just issued a “Free Sour Grapes Card” to all his supporters.

    Even worse, Obama’s reinforcing the vicious and destructive (and profitable) right wing narrative of Hillary Hatred—just as the OFB already does. “Oh, she’s so divisive!”*

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    Barack Obama, Republican Calling himself Democrat for president

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    "There's been less emphasis from the Obama campaign on the really dysfunctional role of the financial industry in the subprime mess," says Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute. "Edwards and Clinton talk much more about regulation of the financial industry going forward, and to the extent that blame is placed, they tend to place it on the lenders for steering people into loans they couldn't afford."

    Obama's disappointing foreclosure plan stems from the centrist politics of his three chief economic advisers and his campaign's ties to Wall Street institutions opposed to increased financial regulation. David Cutler and Jeffrey Liebman are both Harvard economists who served in the Clinton Administration, and they work on market-oriented solutions to social welfare issues. Cutler advocates improving healthcare through financial incentives; Liebman, the partial privatization of Social Security.

    Austan Goolsbee, an economist at the University of Chicago who calls himself a "centrist market economist," has been most directly involved with crafting Obama's subprime agenda. In a column last March in the New York Times, Goolsbee disputed whether "subprime lending was the leading cause of foreclosure problems," touted its benefits for credit-poor minority borrowers and warned that "regulators should be mindful of the potential downside in tightening [the mortgage market] too much." In October, no less a conservative luminary than George Will devoted a whole column in the Washington Post to saluting Goolsbee's "nuanced understanding" of traditional Democratic issues like globalization and income inequality and concluded that he "seems to be the sort of fellow--amiable, empirical, and reasonable--you would want at the elbow of a Democratic president, if such there must be."

    Robert Pollin, an economist at the University of Massachussets, believes "these three advisers generally reflect Obama's very moderate economic program, similar to Clintonism." Wall Street apparently has come to a similar conclusion. Obama had received nearly $10 million in contributions from the finance, insurance and real estate sector through October, and he's second among presidential candidates of either party in money raised from commercial banks, trailing only Clinton. Goldman Sachs, which made $6 billion from devalued mortgage securities in the first nine months of 2007, is Obama's top contributor. When asked if Obama would hold these financial institutions accountable for losses incurred by homeowners and investors, his campaign refused to comment.

    But tax credits and continued deregulation won't solve the mortgage crisis, which threatens to dispossess more than 2 million homeowners this year. "There's no evidence that an unregulated market is going to be a stable market," Pollin says. "The unstable mortgage market is one indication of that. This is not anything new. What is new is that you have a serious presidential candidate who isn't really talking about it and doesn't have advisers that are prepared to deal with it."


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    Friday, January 25, 2008

    Biggest Living Organism

    Photo of a honey mushroom

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    Romney: 'I'm not concerned about voters'

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    Ought Oh. Don't we have enough Monsters Among Us?

    Using off-the-shelf chemical compounds, scientists for the first time have constructed the entire genome of a bacterium, a key step toward their ultimate goal of creating synthetic life forms, researchers reported Thursday.

    The artificial DNA was nearly identical to the natural version on which it was based – with minor modifications to identify it and render it harmless to people, according to the study in the journal Science.
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    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    General Dynamics profit goes up

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    Thursday, January 17, 2008

    Amerikkkan Government Refuses to Hold Blackwater Security Accountable for Murder


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    One of the earliest public airings of the accountability issue arose out of the December 2006 shooting in the Green Zone, which was first reported by The Virginian-Pilot in January.

    The shooter, identified in later media reports as Andrew Moonen, was one of about 1,000 armed security contractors working in Iraq for Blackwater under a multimillion-dollar contract with the State Department to protect American diplomatic personnel. Within 36 hours after the shooting, he was fired and flown home.

    In diplomatic correspondence obtained by The Pilot under the Freedom of Information Act, Vice President Abdul-Mahdi assured the U.S. ambassador that he was trying to keep the incident out of the public eye. Nevertheless, Abdul-Mahdi said, he hoped the shooter would be brought to justice because Iraqis would not understand how a foreigner could kill an Iraqi and be spirited back home a free man.

    According to State Department documents obtained by Congress, the department and Blackwater agreed on a $15,000 payment to be made to the family of the slain Iraqi bodyguard.

    CNN reported that Moonen went to work for another military contractor in Kuwait in February.

    Stewart Riley, a Seattle lawyer who represents Moonen, said government lawyers have told him there is an "ongoing investigation" of the case but have given him no indication of whether his client will be charged.

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    This is called Destroying Evidence

    Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whether enemy gunfire provoked the attack, according to people familiar with the government's investigation of the incident.

    Damage to the vehicles in the convoy has been held up by Blackwater as proof that its security guards were defending themselves against an insurgent ambush when they fired into a busy intersection, leaving 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

    U.S. military investigators initially found "no enemy activity involved" and the Iraqi government concluded the shootings were unprovoked.

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    Erik "GI Joey" Prince, Crusader, Rethuglican, Fascist in the news again but not in Prison where he belongs


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    There have been several allegations of abuses, the most recent by a group of Blackwater USA guards escorting a convoy through Baghdad on Sept. 16. Iraqi officials say the guards killed 17 civilians and wounded 24 without provocation in Nisoor Square. An investigation into the incident is under way.

    But Justice Department investigators warned congressional staff in a private meeting in December that they might have little legal justification for prosecuting the case.

    At that meeting — first reported Wednesday by The New York Times and confirmed by McClatchy — officials said it would be difficult, though not impossible, to hold the guards accountable for the deaths under current law.

    The State Department also offered the guards some immunity if they gave accounts of what happened in Nisoor Square, complicating the prosecution.

    Scott Horton, who wrote the Human Rights First report, said the group wasn't trying to end all work for private security contractors.

    That's a big mistake. Screw mercenaries. Give the same training and money to members of the actual US armed forces. Mercenaries are bad for the world.

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    War Criminal Henry Kissenger Co Chair of Davos Forum.

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    Awesome! Incomparable Assholes of Time Warner Want to Put themselves out of the Internet Service Business

    Time Warner Cable will experiment with a new pricing structure for high-speed Internet access later this year, charging customers based on how much data they download, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

    The company, the second-largest cable provider in the United States, will start a trial in Beaumont, Texas, in which it will sell new Internet customers tiered levels of service based on how much data they download per month, rather than the usual fixed-price packages with unlimited downloads.

    Company spokesman Alex Dudley said the trial was aimed at improving the network performance by making it more costly for heavy users of large downloads. Dudley said that a small group of super-heavy users of downloads, around 5 percent of the customer base, can account for up to 50 percent of network capacity.

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    How about simply expanding your capacity?

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2008

    How the Pentagon planted a false story

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    The encounter between five small and apparently unarmed speedboats, each carrying a crew of two to four men, and the three US warships occurred very early on Saturday January 6, Washington time. No information was released to the public about the incident for more than 24 hours, indicating that it was not viewed initially as being very urgent.

    The reason for that absence of public information on the incident for more than a full day is that it was not that different from many others in the Gulf over more than a decade. A Pentagon consultant who asked not to be identified told IPS he had spoken with officers who had experienced similar encounters with small Iranian boats throughout the 1990s, and that such incidents are "just not a major threat to the US Navy by any stretch of the imagination".
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    USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market

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    "Failing The Disabled"

    Two years ago, 52-year-old Sherry Farner was a manager at a Denny's restaurant. But heart problems, strokes, and kidney failure put an end to her employment.

    "I can't be alone, because I fall a lot. This is the hardest thing I've ever been through," Farner told CBS News chief investigative reporter Armen Keteyian. "And I wouldn't wish this on nobody."

    When Farner filed a claim against a lifetime of paying into federal Social Security disability, she was turned down -- twice. Even though a rejection letter acknowledged she was severely disabled. But not disabled enough: Unable to perform work of any kind.

    "It's a very tough standard," said Michael Astrue, commissioner of the Social Security Administration. "And you can argue whether that should be the standard or not, but I'm stuck with that."

    A two-month CBS News Investigation uncovered a system whose own standards have been called into question - a federal agency reeling from budget cuts and high staff turnover. Doctors making decisions outside their specialties, and inexperienced examiners under pressure to keep costs down.

    "We're failing the disabled on a very large scale," said Trisha Cardillo, who worked inside the system for years, reviewing 200 federal disability cases a month in Ohio.
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    Bill Gates, Big Brothers Technological Father

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    Hillary Clinton says Bush oil price 'begging' is 'pathetic'

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    "President Bush is over in the Gulf now begging the Saudis and others to drop the price of oil," Clinton said. "How pathetic."

    "We should have an energy policy right now, putting people to work in green collar jobs as a way to stave off the recession, moving us towards energy independence."

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2008

    Time To Throw Right Wing Skank Ass Lieberman OUT OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY. He's Pure Rethuglican

    ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: Sen. Joseph Lieberman called on Michigan's Independents and Democrats on Tuesday to come out and vote for Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary, saying he is convinced that McCain will "become our next great American president."

    "I urge them to come out today and stand for a man who is a great American patriot," Lieberman said at a joint town hall meeting with McCain in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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    Hand Holding Days Just About Over? Chimp Asks lower prices for oil companies. Saudi Thugs cites "Market Forces"

    (Photo)OPEC is due to meet in Vienna on February 1 under pressure to calm prices after shrugging off calls to increase output at its last meeting in December.

    And Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi later announced: "We will raise production when the market justifies it, this is our policy."

    Bush's warning had an instant impact on world oil prices, with New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in February, slipping 10 cents to 94.10 dollars per barrel.

    His comments came a day after his administration said it was taking the first steps in a multi-billion-dollar arms deal with the kingdom, a key US ally in the volatile region.

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    Sunday, January 13, 2008

    When Chickens Come Home to Roost

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    Laurie Anderson Smoke rings

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    Saturday, January 12, 2008

    Jesus Died For Somebody's Sins But Not Mine.


    However, that no longer matters because now I have Obama and he will save me and my wounded nation, yes he can, from the hate that fills us, by continuing to empower corporations and take the democraps ever rightward..

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    Friday, January 11, 2008

    Coast Guard stretched too thin to protect oil, LNG tankers

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    The report by the Government Accountability Office said the Coast Guard is stretched too thin in some cases "to meet its own self-imposed security standards such as escorting ships carrying liquefied natural gas."

    Also, said the report, some ports visited by the government auditors did not have the resources needed to promptly respond to a terrorist attack on a crude oil or LNG tanker, including a shortage of fire boats and inadequately trained people.

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    Someone Needs to Read The First Amendment To The Right Wing Extremist Supreme Court

    Amendment I


    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Demonstrators against continued detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay kneel on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

    Demonstrators wearing orange jump suits intended to simulate prison garb were arrested inside and outside the building in the early afternoon. "Shut it down," protesters chanted as others kneeled on the plaza in front of the court.

    They were charged with violating an ordinance that prohibits demonstrations of any kind on court grounds. Those arrested inside the building also were charged under a provision that makes it a crime to give "a harangue or oration" in the Supreme Court building.

    The maximum penalty is 60 days in jail, a fine or both.

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    US Appeals Court Urges The Faaacists to Continue Illegal Detention and Torture

    A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that four former Guantanamo prisoners, all British citizens, have no right to sue top Pentagon officials and military officers for torture, abuse and violations of their religious rights.
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    Blackwater used gas Against American Troops at Iraqi checkpoint

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    Mercenary firm Blackwater ramps up federal lobbying

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    According to a form posted online by the Senate's public records office, the Law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has been tapped by the company to lobby the government on contracting and other issues.

    Womble Carlyle is the third lobbying firm to be hired by the company since October.

    Blackwater has attracted congressional scrutiny and criticism from the Iraqi government and human rights groups for its involvement in several dozen shooting incidents.

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    Banks Whining That They Have to Have any kind of Rules or Regulation,

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    Lavish Payout, Perks for Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo

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    Shake-Up and Job Cuts at Bank of America

    Published: October 25, 2007

    Bank of America’s investment bank has lobbied hard to win Wall Street’s respect. Now, it is lowering its head in retreat.

    Bank of America announced a shake-up of its investment bank last night, cutting 3,000 jobs and installing Brian T. Moynihan as its fourth leader in fewer than seven years.

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    Bank of America to pay $4.1B to buy Dirt Mortgage Company Countrywide

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    One for the Dart Board, Slime Ball Congressfuck Darrell Issa

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    Governator Terminates California Budget. Now the Schools Will be so Bad Almost Everyone will be Ignorant Enough to Vote Republican

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    Schwarzenegger's planned trims include the elimination of $4.8 billion from public schools over the next 1 1/2 years and a reduction of prison imates by 35,000, including the early release of 22,000 inmates over the next two years. The budget would also cut prison staff by 6,000, including the layoffs of 2,000 prison guards.

    The governor also wants to close many of California's parks. Under his budget, 48 of the state's 280 parks would be affected: 43 parks would be temporarily shut down - among them nine in the Bay Area, including Portola Redwoods in San Mateo County, Tomales Bay in Marin and Candlestick Point in San Francisco; two parks would be partially closed; and the openings of three new parks would be delayed.

    Not all of the deficit would be erased by cuts. Schwarzenegger proposes that the state borrow $3.3 billion from previously approved bond money.

    As Schwarzenegger pushes for an overhaul of the state's health care system to cover nearly all of California's uninsured residents, he also is ready to cut as much as $1 billion from Medi-Cal, the state's medical service program for the poor, elderly and disabled.

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    For Profit Medicine and the Pap Test

    Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with a new genetic test. Yet doctors still use the unreliable Pap smear because a yearly pap test makes them money even if it kills you

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    Marion Jones To Do More time Than Scooter Libby, Cheny, Rummy and Gonzales Combined

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    When court adjourned, Ms. Jones turned to her husband, track and field athlete Obadele Thompson, embracing him across a railing for about a minute.

    Outside the courtroom, one of her cousins, George Hulse, told reporters that the judge unfairly singled out Jones while others had faced little or no punishment. Jones’s lawyers said probation was enough.

    "We’re disappointed for a such a harsh sentence,” Mr. Hulse said. “She had paid more than enough.”

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    Mysterious crowd suddenly stopped Bhutto's car, officer says

    Pakistan Bhutto

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    Senator Sherrod Brown Pushing a Bill to provide emergency funding for food banks.

    Brown says they're running out of food in Ohio and across the U.S. in what the Democrat calls an emergency and an outrage.

    While visiting a food bank in Youngstown on Thursday, the senator said working families "teetering on the edge" are putting increased demand on food banks, which supply local food pantries.
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    For the first time in memory, snow fell across Baghdad

    An Iraqi couple enjoys a snow battle in a garden in Sulaimaniyah in 2007. Light snow fell in Baghdad in what weather officials said was the first time in about a 100 years.(AFP/File/Shwan Mohammed)

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    Someone Should Have Bombed Grampy Pig-in-a-Suit Prescott Bush to Stop him Funding those Nazi Bastards George, you moron.

    A teary-eyed President Bush stopped in front of an aerial photo of Auschwitz on Friday at Israel's Holocaust memorial and said the U.S. should have sent bombers to prevent the extermination of Jews there.
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    The memorial was closed to the public and under heavy guard Friday, with armed soldiers standing atop some of the site's monuments and a police helicopter and surveillance blimp overhead.


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    Bush Adminstration Selling Weapons To Saudis

    The Bush administration will notify Congress on Monday of its intent to sell $20 billion in weapons, including precision-guided bombs, to Saudi Arabia, moving up the announcement to coincide with the president's arrival in Riyadh, The Associated Press has learned.

    Despite concern about the deal from some lawmakers, the State Department, which last month said it would delay the notification until after Congress comes back into session, will announce the proposed sale on Jan. 14, a day before the House returns to work and more than a week before senators return to Washington, said a senior official.
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    Wednesday, January 09, 2008

    Creepy Poppy Bush Called Patriot Agee a Traitor

    CIA Whistleblower Philip Agee Dies at 72

    And the former CIA agent turned outspoken whistleblower Philip Agee has died. Agee authored the 1975 book “Inside the Company: CIA Diary”, which detailed several clandestine CIA operations around the world. Former President and CIA chief George H.W. Bush would later call him a “traitor.” I spoke to Agee about his book in October 2003.

    Philip Agee: “We were right to do it then, because the U.S. policy at the time, executed by the C.I.A., was to support murderous dictatorships around the world, as in Vietnam, as in Greece, as in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil. And that’s only to name a few. We opposed that use of the U.S. intelligence service for those dirty operations. And I’m talking about regimes now that tortured and disappeared people by the thousands.”

    Agee died last night in Cuba at the age of 72.

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    Iranian TV: Pentagon video, audio fake

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    "The footage released by the U.S. Navy was compiled using file pictures and the audio has been fabricated," an official in Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying by the state-run English-language channel Press TV.

    State TV did not give the name of the Revolutionary Guard figure and did not offer any evidence that the footage was fabricated.

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    The audio and video recordings were made separately but were pulled together by the Navy. Often uneven and shaky, the video condenses what Navy officials have said was a confrontation of about 20 minutes.

    The Iranian fleet of high-speed boats charged the U.S. warships and threatened to blow up the Navy convoy as it passed near but outside Iranian waters, according to Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, the top Navy commander in the Gulf. The Iranian fleet "maneuvered aggressively" and fled as the American ship commanders were preparing to open fire, he said. No shots were fired.

    Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar called Western news reports that the boats threatened to blow up the U.S. warships "mischief."

    "(Iranian) navy units ... asked them to identify themselves. They responded accordingly and continued their path," the official IRNA news agency quoted Najjar as saying.

    He said the encounter was normal.

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    Bush visits Israel to push for War with Iran. Halliburton hasn't raked in enough tax dollars from Iraq.

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    Unpopular at home, Bush was greeted here with smiles and warm handshakes.

    "You are our strongest and most trusted ally in the battle against terrorism and fundamentalism and a staunch supporter of our quest for peace and stability," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the president.

    Bush also stressed the deep U.S.-Israel ties.

    "The alliance between our two nations helps guarantee Israel's security as a Jewish state," Bush said.

    That remark lent support to Israel on one of the core issues in the conflict. The Palestinians oppose calling Israel a Jewish state, saying it rules out the right of Palestinian refugees to return to lost properties in Israel. They say the fate of the refugees is a matter for negotiations. Bush has referred to Israel as Jewish state in the past but the reference — here in the region — had special significance.

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    3 dead in Ind. floods, 1 in Ark. tornado

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    On Wednesday, as remnants of the storm system moved eastward, thunderstorms knocked out electricity to nearly 40,000 customers in western New York, downing trees and power lines from Lake Erie to the Finger Lakes. Gusts of up to 75 mph were reported in Rochester, the National Weather Service said.

    Flood warnings remained in effect Wednesday in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri, the weather service said.

    A tornado that hit Appleton, Ark., on Tuesday rolled a doublewide mobile home off its cinder block supports, killing a man and injuring his wife. The trailer appeared to have rolled for 50 yards before smashing against a stand of trees in the rural area about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock.


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    Tuesday, January 08, 2008

    The Plastic Fantatic Presidential Candidate beaten by John McMacho McLame.


    How did a Ken doll, a plastic man who says whatever he thinks will get him elected regardless of what he believes, father as many children as would a well oiled evangelical? What is it with the republikkkans and all this BREEDING?

    You didn't keep your ecological footprint low Mittens. A real crime since you're already not biodegradable.

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    John McMacho McClame Napping in Public. Very Presidential.

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    Media Elects Obama

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    Bush Administration War Mongers Claim this Iranian speed boat attacked their gigantic tax payer purchased war ship in waters off Iran

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    I'm much more frightened of Genocidal Nuclear armed Israelis myself

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    Protest in Gaza before Bush visit

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    By skipping the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Bush will not see school pupils and their parents and teachers demonstrating against the ongoing Israeli siege, according to Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna.

    He will not see the shortage of medical supplies, fuel and power due to Israeli restrictions, Hanna said.

    On Tuesday, about 3,000 supporters of the Islamic Jihad marched in the Gaza Strip, chanting: "Bush, you are the great devil."

    The protesters also shouted "Death to America", "Death to Israel", and burned American and Israeli flags.
    The march was also against the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza.
    Participants carried 62 coffins symbolising those who have died because they have been unable to leave the area for medical treatment.
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    9-11 Cover-Up, Treason and The Bomb

    If a new article just published Saturday in the Times of London based upon information provided by US government whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, is correct, we have not only solid evidence of prior knowledge of 9-11 by high up US government officials, but evidence of treasonous activity by many of those same officials involving efforts to provide US nuclear secrets to America’s enemies, even including Al Qaeda.
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    One of those whom Edmonds claims in the Times report was being investigated in connection with the nuclear information transfers was Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin. Franklin was convicted and jailed in 2006 for passing US defense information to American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists and sharing classified information with an Israeli diplomat. Franklin, in 2001, was part of the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, a kind of shadow intelligence unit set up by the Bush administration inside the Pentagon whose job it was to gin up “evidence” to justify a war against Iraq. In that capacity, he (along with several other OSP members and arch neocon schemer Michael Ledeen) was also identified by Italian investigative journalists working for the newspaper La Republican, as having been at a crucial meeting in December 2001 in Rome with the Italian defense and intelligence service ministers. La Republicca reports that at that meeting a plan was hatched to fob off forged Niger embassy documents as evidence that Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein was trying to buy uranium ore from Niger.
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    If Edmonds’ story is correct, and Al-Qaeda, with the aid of Turkish government agents and Pakistani intelligence, with the help of US government officials, has been attempting to obtain nuclear materials and nuclear information from the U.S., it casts an even darker shadow over the mysterious and still unexplained incident last August 30, when a B-52 Stratofortress, based at the Minot strategic air base in Minot, ND, against all rules and regulations of 40 years’ standing, loaded and flew off with six unrecorded and unaccounted for nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
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    Meanwhile, there is enough in just this one London Times story to keep an army of investigative reporters busy for years. So why, one has to ask, is this story appearing in a highly respected British newspaper, but not anywhere in the corporate US media?

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    Monday, January 07, 2008

    I miss them. Where's The Movie?

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    Car dealers close as Ford, GM, Chrysler keep cutting

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    "It's not that the product they have isn't good. They haven't responded to the public's needs fast enough. They haven't had the small cars and niche products that people want, at least in California," Stutzke says.
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    I haven't forgotten What It Was Really Like Under the Clintons

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    The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major overhaul of United States telecommunications law in nearly 62 years. The broadcasting industry couldn't get the legislation through under Reagan or George H.W. Bush, but it succeeded under Clinton. The day he signed the bill into law, Clinton boasted, "Landmark legislation fulfills my administration's promise to reform our telecommunications laws in a manner that leads to competition and private investment, promotes universal service and provides for flexible government regulation."

    The Act removed the legal barriers to local and long distance phone companies acquiring each other. The results were immediate and massive. In 1996 there were eight major U.S. companies providing local telephone service and five significant long-distance companies. By 1999, these 13 companies had merged into five telecommunications giants, in a series of record-breaking merger deals.

    Prior to this law, tightly regulated broadcasters could own just 40 stations nationally, and only two in a given market. Suddenly, without the FCC's input or any public hearings, ownership limits on radio stations was eliminated and a feeding frenzy took place.

    By 2001, there were 10,000 radio station transactions worth approximately $100 billion. As a result, 1,100 fewer station owners were in the business, down nearly 30 percent since 1996. Two companies -- Clear Channel and Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting -- controlled one-third of all radio advertising revenue; in some individual markets their stations commanded nearly 90 percent of the ad dollars. Clear Channel alone owned nearly 1,200 stations, the result of buying up 70 separate broadcast companies.

    In 1999, the Financial Services Modernization Act overturned the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. The Act effectively barred banks, brokerages and insurance companies from entering each others' industries, and separated investment banking and commercial banking. The law was enacted in response to revelations of gross corruption and manipulation of the market by giant banking houses that organized huge corporate mergers for their own profit, leading to the collapse of the stock market in 1929.

    The Wall Street Journal celebrated the agreement to end such restrictions with an editorial declaring that the banks had been unfairly scapegoated for the Great Depression. The headline of one Journal article declared, "Finally, 1929 Begins to Fade."

    The unleashed and deregulated financial services sector boomed, bringing us the speculative boom that in turn gave us the temporary budget surplus of the late 1990s and the finance-led booms and busts since then. The hedge fund was not invented in the 1990s, but it was under Clinton that they were transformed into their modern form, with the Clinton White House cheerleading that transformation. In 1998, when the hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management, collapsed, leading to federal intervention, the president established the Working Group on Financial Markets. In February 2000, it concluded that hedge funds needed no regulation.

    Clintonism never saw a sector it didn't want to deregulate. Wholesale electricity deregulation began under George H.W. Bush, but Clinton worked relentlessly to extend it and bring it to the retail level. We forget that Ken Lay, the founder of Enron and the driving force behind electricity deregulation was a friend of and mentor to Clinton as well as George W. Bush. Enron gave $420,000 to Clinton's party over three years and donated $100,000 to his inauguration festivities.

    Clinton's appointees on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) aggressively deregulated the electric grid system, even refusing to step in when Enron and other electricity traders' manipulation of prices drove California to the edge of bankruptcy.

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    There is no question that welfare reform has succeeded in reducing welfare rolls in the states. But 10 years into welfare reform, "the number of people living in poverty had not," noted Robert Wharton, president and CEO of the Community Economic Development Administration. "At the same time, the safety net of services and support that once protected the poor lies in tatters."

    The law also led to the privatization of welfare systems in many parts of the country. And an unfamiliar provision of the law called "charitable choice" allowed religious organizations to receive government funding for providing certain welfare-related services. The month he took office, January 2001, George W. Bush's faith-based initiative opened the doors to religious organizations to get government grants to provide services previously made available by government agencies.

    And of course there is NAFTA, a key piece of legislation that Bai mentions only in passing. In retrospect, we can view it as a simple extension of Clintonism's obsession with deregulation, in this case deregulating trade and borders.

    NAFTA was enacted despite the opposition of Clinton's own party. Two-thirds of House Republicans voted in favor while 60 percent of House Democrats voted against. In the Senate, Republicans voted 4-1 in favor while a slim majority of Democrats voted against.

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    Bush Administration Trying to Provoke War With Iran

    Map showing Strait of Hormuz, with satellite photo

    Official media also reported the US statement about Iran's allegedly threatening behaviour with scepticism, implying that Washington was exaggerating the incident.

    'Serious provocation'

    The speedboats, believed to belong to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, came within about 200m of the US vessels, Pentagon officials said.

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    Martin Feldstein taking a break from circle jerking with Al Greenspan & Milt Friedman says privatized recession is about to trickle down on you peons

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    Experts uncertain if $100 crude — and possibly higher — will hurt growth. They must be Stupid, huh?

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    Fueled by strong demand, worries about supplies and the eroding purchasing power of the dollar, crude oil prices continued to close in on the $100 a barrel mark Wednesday — up $35 in just the past six months.
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    latest numbers on jobs growth showing the U.S. economy deteriorating more rapidly than expected

    Let's redefine "growth" If an economy is leaving out more and more people every year, even a small group of wealthy people are getting wildly richer, is it really GROWING?
    I say no.
    Washington's right wing says yes.
    note how the bubble is referred to as a "BOOM"
    That report follows more bad news from the housing market — which continues to collapse after a prolonged boom that came to an abrupt close last year after years of easy-money lending left lenders coping with big losses and millions of borrowers facing foreclosure.

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    Huckabee Even Dumber than Bush

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    Oil $200 Options Rise 10-Fold in Bet on Higher Crude

    The fastest-growing bet in the oil market these days is that the price of crude will double to $200 a barrel by the end of the year.

    Options to buy oil for $200 on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 10-fold in the past two months to 5,533 contracts, a record increase for any similar period. The contracts, the cheapest way to speculate in energy markets, appreciated 36 percent since early December as crude futures reached a record $100.09 on Jan. 3.

    While analysts at Merrill Lynch & Co. and UBS AG say the slowing U.S. economy will lead to the biggest drop in prices since 2001, the options show some traders expect oil to rise for a seventh straight year.
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    One hundred dollars a barrel is actually 14.9 cents a cup, so we're still talking about oil being remarkably cheap,'' said Matthew R. Simmons, chairman of Simmons & Co. International, a Houston-based investment bank that focuses on energy. Inventories ``are tight as a drum and I don't see how we get out of this box,'' he said in a Bloomberg television interview last week. ``Demand clearly isn't starting to slow down.''

    Global Consumption

    World consumption will rise to 87.8 million barrels a day this year, 2.1 million more than in 2007, or about the same amount that Nigeria supplies, according to the Paris-based IEA, an adviser to oil-consuming nations. Demand from China alone will increase 5.7 percent to 8 million barrels a day as imports expand to support an economy that's likely to grow 11 percent, the IEA said.

    Oil suppliers are straining to increase production. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter, said last week that the 500,000 barrel-a-day Khursaniyah oilfield missed a December start date. Brazil's Tupi field, the second-largest find of the past two decades, lies more than eight kilometers (five miles) below the ocean surface and will take at least five years to develop.

    Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico's state oil monopoly, suffered a three-year, 40 percent decline at its Cantarell field, the world's third-largest. Fighting in Nigeria reduced production 11 percent since December 2005 to 2.18 million barrels a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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    American Enterprise Institute, Dangerous War Loving, Reactionary Authoritarian Freaks

    Originally set up as a spokesperson for big business and the promotion of free enterprise, the AEI came to major national prominence in the 1970s under the leadership of William Baroody, Sr.[2], during which time it grew from a group of twelve resident "thinkers" to a well-funded organization with 145 resident scholars, 80 adjunct scholars, and a large supporting staff. This period of growth was largely funded by the Howard Pew Freedom Trust [1]
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    More recently, it has emerged as one of the leading architects of the Bush administration's foreign policy. AEI rents office space to the Project for the New American Century, one of the leading voices that pushed the Bush administration's plan for "regime change" through war in Iraq. AEI reps have also aggressively denied that the war has anything to do with oil.

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    n 1980, the American Enterprise Institute for the sum of $25,000 produced a study in support of the tobacco industry titled, Cost-Benefit Analysis of Regulation: Consumer Products. The study was desgined to counteract "social cost" arguments against smoking by broadening the social cost issue to include other consumer products such as alcohol and sacchrin. The social cost arguments against smoking hold that smoking burdens society with additional costs from on-the-job absenteeism, medical costs, cleaning costs and fires.[3] The report was part of the global tobacco industry's 1980s Social Costs/Social Values Project, carried out to refute emerging social cost arguments against smoking.[...]

    Casting Doubt on Global Warming

    In February 2007, The Guardian (UK) reported that AEI was offering scientists and economists $10,000 each, "to undermine a major climate change report" from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). AEI asked for "articles that emphasise the shortcomings" of the IPCC report, which "is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science." AEI visiting scholar Kenneth Green made the $10,000 offer "to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere," in a letter describing the IPCC as "resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent." [7]

    The Guardian reported further that AEI "has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil, and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees," added The Guardian.

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    Right Wing "Think" Tank Amerian Enterprise Institute Article in Support of Obama

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    UK standard of living rises above that in America for the first time in a century

    For the first time in more than 100 years, British living standards have risen above those of Americans, a report has declared.

    Increasing incomes, longer holidays and "free" healthcare have all contributed to making Britons better off than our friends across the Atlantic, according to the respected Oxford Economics consultancy.

    The feel-rich factor is calculated using the gross domestic product (GDP) per citizen - an indicator of average incomes - which in Britain will be £23,500 this year, compared with £23,250 in America, it predicts.

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    Sunday, January 06, 2008

    Great Image Found on Palestinian Pundit

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    Don't let it Bring You Down

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    Election power of the Israel lobby

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    Levee Breaks in Nevada, 3,500 Stranded

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    Kucinich files complaint against ABC News

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    Kucinich Friday filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission accusing the network of violating equal-time provisions. The two separate debates for Republican and Democrats were to be held at St. Anselm's College in Manchester Saturday night.

    Meanwhile, Kucinich and Texas Democratic officials disagree on whether he must back his party's eventual nominee unconditionally, or can withhold support if the nominee won't renounce the war in Iraq, The Dallas Morning News reported.

    Kucinich, who favors complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2008, is suing the state party to let him on the March 4 presidential primary ballot in Texas.

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    Lott and Breaux Open Bipartisan Lobbying Firm or I always knew it was the senate against the people

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    Leaving before the end of the year allowed Lott to escape a new, more restrictive revolving-door statute that prohibits former senators and their top aides from lobbying the Senate for two years. That law took effect Dec. 31. Lott and his former chief of staff, Bret K. Boyles, will instead be able to directly lobby the Senate after a one-year cooling-off period.
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    Low-energy bulb disposal warning or Your 12 dollar light bulb is full of dangerosu toxins

    Energy-saving light bulb

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    For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets

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    Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office.

    She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey.

    Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions.

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    She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against senior Pentagon officials – including household names – who were aiding foreign agents.

    “If you made public all the information that the FBI have on this case, you will see very high-level people going through criminal trials,” she said.

    Her story shows just how much the West was infiltrated by foreign states seeking nuclear secrets. It illustrates how western government officials turned a blind eye to, or were even helping, countries such as Pakistan acquire bomb technology.

    The wider nuclear network has been monitored for many years by a joint Anglo-American intelligence effort. But rather than shut it down, investigations by law enforcement bodies such as the FBI and Britain’s Revenue & Customs have been aborted to preserve diplomatic relations.

    Edmonds, a fluent speaker of Turkish and Farsi, was recruited by the FBI in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Her previous claims about incompetence inside the FBI have been well documented in America.

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    The Turks and Israelis had planted “moles” in military and academic institutions which handled nuclear technology. Edmonds says there were several transactions of nuclear material every month, with the Pakistanis being among the eventual buyers. “The network appeared to be obtaining information from every nuclear agency in the United States,” she said.

    They were helped, she says, by the high-ranking State Department official who provided some of their moles – mainly PhD students – with security clearance to work in sensitive nuclear research facilities. These included the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico, which is responsible for the security of the US nuclear deterrent.

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    The Pakistani operation was led by General Mahmoud Ahmad, then the ISI chief.

    Intercepted communications showed Ahmad and his colleagues stationed in Washington were in constant contact with attachés in the Turkish embassy.

    Intelligence analysts say that members of the ISI were close to Al-Qaeda before and after 9/11. Indeed, Ahmad was accused of sanctioning a $100,000 wire payment to Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 hijackers, immediately before the attacks.

    The results of the espionage were almost certainly passed to Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani nuclear scientist.

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    Edmonds’s employment with the FBI lasted for just six months. In March 2002 she was dismissed after accusing a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving Turkish nationals.

    She has always claimed that she was victimised for being outspoken and was vindicated by an Office of the Inspector General review of her case three years later. It found that one of the contributory reasons for her sacking was that she had made valid complaints.

    The US attorney-general has imposed a state secrets privilege order on her, which prevents her revealing more details of the FBI’s methods and current investigations.

    Her allegations were heard in a closed session of Congress, but no action has been taken and she continues to campaign for a public hearing.

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    SIBEL EDMONDS SPEAKS TO UK SUNDAY TIMES: SAYS U.S. OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN RELEASE OF NUKE SECRETS TO TURKEY, PAKISTAN, IRAN, OTHERS, POSSIBLY AL-QAEDA

    Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who has been under a Bush administration gag order for the past 5 years, has now begun to disclose some of the classified information she has been prohibited from revealing.

    "A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets," reports Great Britain's Sunday Times in the lede of their front page exclusive, headlined "For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets."

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    Despite broken promises for hearings on her case by U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), support from Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-MI), and a number of mainstream exposés several years ago detailing aspects of her story before she was willing to break her unprecedented "States Secrets Privilege" gag order, none of the American broadcast media outlets took her up on her offer.

    "She has now decided to divulge some of that information after becoming disillusioned with the US authorities' failure to act," reports the Sunday Times tonight...

    In our mid-November follow-up article, the legendary 1970's whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg had excoriated the U.S. media for their failure to cover the story, even as Edmonds was risking jail in order to expose crimes and massive corruption, allegedly, in the highest levels of the government. At the time, Ellsberg told us that he believed the information she had been forced by the Administration to withhold "is far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers."

    Ellsberg is known for having released thousands of pages of top-secret Defense Department documents, concerning America's involvement in Vietnam, to the New York Times in 1971, in what became a landmark whistleblower case.

    "I can tell the American public exactly what it is, and what it is that they are covering up," Edmonds had promised in our October article. But it was, in fact, a UK media outlet that finally took up the Turkish-born, American citizen's offer for the whistleblower interview. The result is the release of explosive details on at least one aspect of the U.S. national security-related secrets that she is now willing to disclose.

    "What I found was damning," Edmonds tells the Times about the information she learned while at the FBI concerning the nuclear blackmarket activities and proliferation of several government agencies, including her own unit at the FBI. "While the FBI was investigating, several arms of the government were shielding what was going on."

    Among the newly disclosed information from Edmonds, in the extraordinary front-page Times article tonight:

    ● Foreign intelligence agents from Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and Turkey enlisted the support of high-level US officials in order to acquire a network of moles deep inside of sensitive American military and nuclear agencies, including "PhD students – with security clearance [at] Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New Mexico, which is responsible for the security of the US nuclear deterrent."

    ● Members of the diplomatic community were given lists of potential "moles" at the sensitive installations. Edmonds tells the Times: "the lists contained all their 'hooking points', which could be financial or sexual pressure points, their exact job in the Pentagon and what stuff they had access to."

    ● Well-known US officials were then bribed by foreign agents to steal US nuclear secrets. One such incident from 2000 involves an agent overheard on a wiretap discussing "nuclear information that had been stolen from an air force base in Alabama," in which the agent allegedly is heard saying: "We have a package and we’re going to sell it for $250,000."

    ● Nuclear secrets were then subsequently sold by foreign agents to America's enemies, including Iran, North Korea and Libya.

    ● Pakistani officials involved in the nuclear black market network have significant cross-over with al-Qaeda and 9/11. Officials such as the chief of ISI, Pakistan's spy agency, allegedly sent $100,000 to 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta, and aides of A.Q. Kahn --- who had used the stolen secrets to develop nuclear weapons for Pakistan --- met with Osama bin Laden "weeks before 9/11...to discuss an Al-Qaeda nuclear device."

    ● Elements of the US government have repeatedly shut down investigations into these crimes under the guise of protecting "certain diplomatic relations."

    ● The US government has been aware of all of the above information since at least 2001.

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    Saturday, January 05, 2008

    Sun-Times newsroom staff faces 35 layoffs

    [...]
    The proposed cuts, which would be one of the worst newsroom purges there in recent memory, are part of a plan the newspaper's parent, Sun-Times Media Group Inc., announced in December to reduce operating costs by $50 million this year as the company's financial picture worsens.
    [...]
    Like most newspaper companies, Sun-Times Media has been hurt over the past several years by the march of readers and advertisers from print to the Internet. In addition, Sun-Times Media has been harmed financially by huge legal and investigative costs associated with the scandal and subsequent fraud convictions of former Chief Executive Conrad Black and former Sun-Times Publisher David Radler.
    [...]
    And of course the paper never recovered from the 1984 exodus of Mike Royko who fled the Rupert Murdoch take over

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    Bill O'reilly Physically Assaults Obama Staffer.

    [...]

    "I told him, 'Sir, I would appreciate it if you wouldn't shove me anymore.' He called me 'low class.' He was pretty upset," Nicholson said.

    Secret Service agents assigned to protect Obama ordered O'Reilly back behind the barricade. At that point Obama approached him and extended his hand.

    [...]

    Obama makes me more sick every day.

    O'Reilly, Nicholson recounted, "said the senator was great and that he would love to have him on the show."

    Nicholson, a veteran of political campaigns, worked as Sen. John Kerry's personal aide in the 2004 presidential campaign.

    "I've never seen a member of the press lay hands on a staffer before," he said.

    Yeah, he ought to be arrested, not embraced by Obama

    Democrats, prodded by liberal activists who argue Fox News is biased, have been avoiding the cable news network. Fox had to cancel a scheduled Democratic debate after the candidates refused to participate.

    "Liberal activists? I suppose some right wing fuck ball penned this garbage. As if anyone who sees FOX for what it is - pure right wing propaganda - must be liberal and an activist. Authentic conservatives, not the evangelical shake and brain bake kind who control the republican party, also hate FOX and recognize it for the Nazi shot hole it is.

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    Clinton builds her crowd, ad-libs and welcomes Bill O'Reilly

    When everyone was seated, Clinton quickly moved to questions. Her first questioner said Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News personality, wanted to know her plan for removing troops from Iraq.

    "Bill O'Reilly! How are you?" Clinton greeted him with a big grin. The audience booed, but she interrupted.:"You gotta give him points for courage."

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    Ex Bush Official Sued by Padilla Family. Lawsuit claims legal opinions led to mistreatment, illegal detention

    I heard a piece on Democracy Now a couple of months ago discussing the fact that Padilla is BRAIN DAMAGED from the severe isolation (and other abuse) he withstood at the hands of our government.
    [...]
    The lawsuit claims that John Yoo, a former senior Justice Department official, wrote several legal memos that led President Bush to designate Padilla as an enemy combatant shortly after the U.S. citizen was arrested in May 2002 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on suspicion of involvement in an al-Qaida plot.

    Yoo at the time was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, which provided many of the main legal justifications for Bush administration policy on treatment of terror detainees.

    [...]

    As to the 2008 elections, I'm supporting Edwards. Kucinich doesn't stand a chance or I'd support him. I'm disappointed about Obama's Iowa win, but do not think it means he is anointed to the presidency as do the blithering fools of Mainstream Media. They're leaving Edwards out of the discussion and everything I've heard and seen from these propagandists says the contest is between Obama and Hillary. I find Edward's being expunged in that way quite Orwellian, especially since he beat in Clinton in Iowa. And particularly since his ideas resonate far better with the public than either Hillary or Obama's


    I've seen enough of right wing Hillary already and Obama's expressed desire to compromise with fascists and criminals (to heal the nation???!) seems like a lot of insubstantial, do nothing but get elected shit to me.

    I like Edwards anti corporate talk a lot. And I agree with it completely. These corporate monsters have got to be stopped.
    And I want the next administration to launch an investigation into the conduct of this one that results in criminal trials for top officials. This law suit might make a good start.

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    Obama Borrowing Material From Edwards

    After beating John Edwards in Iowa on Thursday, Barack Obama has decided to join him -- repeatedly poaching his opponent's themes, language, and even jokes.

    "We shouldn't just be respecting wealth in this country -- we should be respecting work," Obama told an overflow crowd in a high-school gym today.

    Edwards's 2004 presidential campaign was centered around the idea that the Bush administration had launched a "war on work" through tax cuts that offer incentives for investment over labor. "Hard work should be valued in this country, so we're going to reward work, not just wealth," Edwards said in accepting his party�s vice-presidential nomination at the Democratic� convention in Boston. In this campaign, he has sharpened his populist rhetoric, railing against greedy corporate CEOs who are waging war on working people and the middle class.

    Since arriving in New Hampshire Friday, Obama has borrowed Edwards's favorite verb by bragging that he had "fought" as a community organizer and civil rights lawyer, and conceding that "insurance companies and drug companies will not give up their profits" -- which Edwards asserts repeatedly to ridicule Obama's talk of conciliation. Obama repeatedly invoked those interests, as well as "big oil and big insurance," common villains in Edwards speeches.

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    When Faced with A Deteriorating Economy Chimpy Wants to Cut Taxes and Run up More debt with his wars of aggression

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    Edwards on the Environment

    • First presidential candidate to call for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, in March 2007. Would launch a cap-and-trade program in 2010 to bring emissions down 15 percent by 2020, as an interim step to the 2050 goal.

    • First major presidential candidate to make his campaign carbon-neutral, in March 2007. He's buying carbon offsets to neutralize the effects of his campaign travel and office energy use, while also cutting energy consumption at campaign offices, buying recycled-paper office products, and encouraging staff to walk to work and take other energy-saving measures. (Tom Vilsack was actually the first candidate to go carbon neutral, but he dropped out of the race in February.)

    • Introduced a detailed energy plan before any of the other candidates.

    • Proposes a $13-billion-a-year New Energy Economy Fund that would invest in renewable energy, efficiency, carbon-capture technology, and cleaner cars; help entrepreneurs start new clean businesses; encourage Americans to buy more-efficient appliances and save energy; and help workers in carbon-intensive industries transition to new job fields. The fund would be financed by the auctioning of permits to emit greenhouse gases and the repeal of some oil-industry tax breaks.

    • Calls for a ban on new coal power plants unless they're compatible with carbon-capture and -storage technology.

    • Opposes nuclear power.

    • Opposes government investment in coal-to-liquid technologies.

    • Has been endorsed by Friends of the Earth for his position on nuclear power and early support of strict climate legislation.

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    Obama on the Environment

    • Calls for cutting U.S. carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Would accomplish this through a cap-and-trade system that would auction off 100 percent of emissions permits, making polluters pay for the CO2 they emit.

    • Would channel revenue raised from auctioning emissions permits -- between $30 billion and $50 billion a year -- toward developing and deploying clean energy technology, creating "green jobs," and helping low-income Americans afford higher energy bills.

    • Calls for 25 percent of U.S. electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025, and for 30 percent of the federal government's electricity to come from renewables by 2020.

    • Calls for improving energy efficiency in the U.S. 50 percent by 2030.

    • Call for all new buildings in the U.S. to be carbon neutral by 2030.

    • Calls for reducing U.S. oil consumption by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels a day, by 2030. Introduced the Health Care for Hybrids Act, which would have the federal government help cover health-care costs for retired U.S. autoworkers in exchange for domestic auto companies investing at least 50 percent of the savings into production of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

    • Supports raising fuel-economy standards for automobiles to 40 miles per gallon by 2020.

    • Supports a phaseout of incandescent light bulbs by 2014.

    • Cosponsor of the Boxer-Sanders Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, the most stringent climate bill in the Senate.

    • Cosponsor of the Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act. After being badgered by MoveOn and other progressives over the issue, he "clarified" his position by saying he would support liquefied coal only if it emitted 20 percent less carbon over its lifecycle than conventional fuels.

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    Friday, January 04, 2008

    Robert Nardelli's Disclosed Federal Campaign Contributions

    $90,300 Republican
    $1,480 Democrat
    $44,100 special interest
    total: $135,880


    NARDELLI, ROBERT L MR
    ATLANTA , GA 30327
    CHRYSLER/CHAIRMAN AND CEO

    NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE (R)
    $25,000
    primary
    09/05/07
    Nardelli, Robert L.
    Atlanta, GA 30327
    The Home Depot
    DREIER, DAVID (R)
    House (CA 26)
    DREIER FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE
    $2,100
    general
    06/16/06
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    The Home Depot Inc./PRESIDENT AND C

    HOME DEPOT INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, THE
    $5,000
    primary
    05/12/06
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30342
    RETIRED
    CHAMBLISS, C SAXBY (R)
    Senate - GA
    CHAMBLISS FOR SENATE
    $2,100
    primary
    12/23/05
    Nardelli, Robert
    Atlanta, GA 30327
    The Home Depot/CEO
    WESTMORELAND, LYNN A. (R)
    House (GA 03)
    WESTMORELAND FOR CONGRESS
    $1,000
    primary
    08/11/05
    NARDELLI, ROBERT MR
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    HOME DEPT/EXECUTIVE
    ISAKSON, JOHN HARDY (R)
    Senate - GA
    GEORGIANS FOR ISAKSON
    $2,100
    primary
    07/29/05
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    The Home Depot Inc./PRESIDENT AND C

    HOME DEPOT INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, THE
    $5,000
    primary
    07/20/05
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    ISAKSON, JOHN HARDY (R)
    Senate - GA
    GEORGIANS FOR ISAKSON
    $2,000
    general
    08/31/04
    Nardelli, Robert L Mr.
    Atlanta, GA 30339
    The Home Depot/President & CEO

    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
    $20,000
    primary
    05/13/04
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    The Home Depot/PRESIDENT AND CEO

    HOME DEPOT INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, THE
    $5,000
    primary
    05/07/04
    Nardelli, Robert L. Mr.
    Atlanta, GA 30327
    Home Depot Inc./President & CEO

    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (R)
    $25,000
    primary
    09/17/03
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L MR. SR.
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    THE HOME DEPOT/CHAIRMAN/C.F.O./PRES
    BUSH, GEORGE W (R)
    President
    BUSH-CHENEY '04 (PRIMARY) INC
    $2,000
    primary
    06/30/03
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA , GA 30327
    The Home Depot/PRESIDENT AND CEO

    HOME DEPOT INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, THE
    $5,000
    primary
    04/08/03
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    HOME DEPOT INC
    CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL (D)
    Senate - GA
    FRIENDS OF MAX CLELAND FOR THE US SENATE INC
    $480
    primary
    06/19/02
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    HOME DEPOT INC
    CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL (D)
    Senate - GA
    FRIENDS OF MAX CLELAND FOR THE US SENATE INC
    $1,000
    general
    05/16/02
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    SPECTER, ARLEN (R)
    Senate - PA
    CITIZENS FOR ARLEN SPECTER
    $1,000
    primary
    01/21/02
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    ATLANTA, GA 30327
    THE HOME DEPOT INC/PRESIDENT & CEO

    HOME DEPOT INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, THE
    $5,000
    primary
    02/07/01
    Nardelli, Robert Mr.
    Schenctady, NY 12345
    GE Power Systems/President
    BUSH, GEORGE W (R)
    President
    BUSH-CHENEY 2000 COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE INC.
    $1,000
    general
    11/03/00
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GE POWER SYSTEMS
    SWEENEY, JOHN E. (R)
    House (NY 20)
    SWEENEY FOR CONGRESS INC
    $1,000
    general
    10/28/00
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GE POWER SYSTEMS

    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    primary
    10/24/00
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    general
    10/24/00
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    general
    10/24/00
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GE POWER SYSTEMS

    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $3,000
    primary
    09/09/99
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GE POWER SYSTEMS

    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $3,000
    primary
    07/15/98
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345

    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $-1,000
    primary
    12/31/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $100
    primary
    12/31/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GE POWER SYSTEMS
    SOLOMON, GERALD B H (R)
    House (NY 22)
    FRIENDS OF JERRY SOLOMON
    $1,000
    general
    07/26/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GE POWER SYSTEMS
    SOLOMON, GERALD B H (R)
    House (NY 22)
    FRIENDS OF JERRY SOLOMON
    $1,000
    primary
    07/26/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    general
    07/18/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    primary
    07/18/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT LD'AMATO, ALFONSE M (R)
    Senate - NY
    FRIENDS OF SENATOR D'AMATO (1998 COMMITTEE)
    $1,000
    primary
    06/02/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT LD'AMATO, ALFONSE M (R)
    Senate - NY
    FRIENDS OF SENATOR D'AMATO (1998 COMMITTEE)
    $1,000
    general
    06/02/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    general
    05/29/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    primary
    05/29/97
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GE POWER SYSTEMS
    D'AMATO, ALFONSE M (R)
    Senate - NY
    FRIENDS OF SENATOR D'AMATO (1998 COMMITTEE)
    $1,000
    general
    06/03/96
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    general
    05/29/96
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12345
    GENERAL ELECTRIC CO P A C
    DOLE, ROBERT J (R)
    President
    DOLE FOR PRESIDENT INC
    $1,000
    primary
    06/09/95
    NARDELLI, ROBERT
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    primary
    05/11/95
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    ERIE, PA 16531
    GENERAL ELECTRIC CO

    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $2,000
    primary
    01/27/93
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)
    $1,000
    general
    06/04/92
    NARDELLI, ROBERT L
    ERIE, PA 16531
    GENERAL ELECTRIC CO

    GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (GEPAC)

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