Sunday, January 20, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Jan 20, 2008

· The Fraud of Bushenomics: They’re Looting the Country. Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace: The voodoo economics the Bushies have sold America obscure their systematic fleecing of the nation's public wealth.

· Bad Mouthing De-regulation
Ralph Nader, January 19, 2008. The assault on regulation over the past quarter century caused a mortgage collapse that is producing hundreds of thousands of foreclosures.

· Top Rumsfeld Aide Gets Cushy Contract From Spy Agency He Created. Steven Cambone, an advocate of torture who was briefly sought for war crimes by German prosecutors, is raking it in.

· Conservative Judges to Enron Retirees: Drop Dead. Roe v. Wade is still standing. But consumers, workers, small investors, and the freedoms of Americans are taking it in the ear.

· There Could be a Green Lining in Those Dark Clouds of Recession. If policy-makers would think outside the box, a stimulus package to mitigate the recession might have a real impact.

· Corporate America's War on Unions
Paul Krugman, The New York Times. December 27, 2007. The U.S. labor movement isn't dying a natural death: corporations and politicians are helping.

· Dennis Kucinich's Fight to Bring Credibility to the Democratic Party. The resilient 2008 candidate attacks the "inside game between competing corporate interests" in U.S. politics.

· UK Sunday Times Scoops US Media Again, Confirms FBI Cover-Up of Documents in Sibel Edmonds Nuke Secrets Case. Existence of FBI Case Number, Described in Anonymous Letter Obtained by The BRAD BLOG, Corroborated by Paper. Letter Describes Senior State Dept. Official Marc Grossman as Tipping off Turkish Embassy to Valerie Plame Wilson's 'Brewster Jennings' Counter-Proliferation Operation...

· McCain wins South Carolina; Clinton, Romney take Nevada

· Florida's the next stop on the 2008 campaign trail. One state now stands between an elbow-to-elbow Republican field and the Feb. 5 voting sweepstakes that could cinch the party's presidential nomination: Florida.

· E-Voting Train Wreck 2008: The Horry County, SC Disaster. ES&S iVotronic Touch-Screens Fail In 100% of the County's Precincts, Voters Reportedly Being Turned Away Without Being Able to Cast a Vote. Virus-Vulnerable Voting Machines Had Been Sent Home with Pollworkers on 'Sleepovers' Prior to Today's Republican Primary...

· The "seals" are not seals. The "chain of custody" is not a chain of custody. Ballots being transported by the "state police" are actually transported by Butch and Hoppy, who are not employed by the state police. Butch and Hoppy's real names are not really Butch and Hoppy. In New Hampshire, it's all hidden in plain sight. Click here to see a brief photo essay for how this all works. (bd: THIS IS A "MUST CLICK"!!! YOU MUST SEE THIS!!! BEV HARRIS' CREW @ BLACKBOXVOTING.ORG FOLLOWS & PHOTOGRAPHS 2 GUYS GOING AROUND NEW HAMPSHIRE COLLECTING BALLOTS!!!!!!! HOW INSECURE THIS PROCESS IS!!!!!!!!!!).

· VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Election Integrity Expert Mark Crispin Miller Says 'Fringe Movement' Within Republican Party Is 'Dismantling Democracy'. Says Movement 'Has Been Destroying The Voting System On Every Conceivable Front'. Adds That Even A 'Cursory Study' Of The 2004 Election 'Makes It Abundantly Clear That The Election Was Stolen'

· VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Senator John Edwards Gives Stirring Speech At L.A. Rally. Says Bringing Change To America Requires 'Guts, Some Determination and Some Fight'. Points Out That He 'Has Never Taken A Dime From A Washington Lobbyist Or Special Interest PAC'

· Why does Johnny come marching homeless? In Wake of Afghanistan and Iraq, a New Generation of Homeless Veterans Emerges

· Surge Architects Tout ‘Success’ Of De-Baathification Bill As Reason To Stay ‘Heavily Engaged In Iraq’. Today in a Washington Post op-ed, surge advocates retired general Jack Keane, AEI scholar Frederick Kagan, and the Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon trumpet Iraq’s new de-Baathification legislation as a first step in the surge’s “remarkable” success:

· Pentagon Report On ‘Real Toll’ Of Iraq War: 1 In 5 Vets Are Affected By ‘Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries’

· Damn you, Osama bin Laden! Here's another rotten thing you've done to us: After 9/11, untold thousands of New Yorkers bought machines that detect traces of biological, chemical, and radiological weapons. But a lot of these machines didn't work right, and when they registered false alarms, the police had to spend millions of dollars chasing bad leads and throwing the public into a state of raw panic.

OK, none of that has actually happened. But Richard Falkenrath, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, knows that it's just a matter of time. That's why he and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have asked the City Council to pass a law requiring anyone who wants to own such detectors to get a permit from the police first. And it's not just devices to detect weaponized anthrax that they want the power to control, but those that detect everything from industrial pollutants to asbestos in shoddy apartments. Want to test for pollution in low-income neighborhoods with high rates of childhood asthma? Gotta ask the cops for permission. Why? So you "will not lead to excessive false alarms and unwarranted anxiety," the first draft of the law states.
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