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Archive for October 22nd, 2008

UN announces green ‘New Deal’ plan to rescue world economies

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Paul Eccleston, The Telegraph
October 22, 2008

Achim Steiner: ‘There will be enormous economic, social and environmental benefits likely to arise from combating climate change’

A global green ‘New Deal’ is needed to transform the world’s economies, according to a new UN report.

It would be similar to Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal which helped the US recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s.

But it would be aimed at a fundamental restructuring of economies weaning away dependence on oil and towards cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy.

The Green Economy Initiative from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) calls for global economies which invest in better care and management of the Earth’s natural resources such as rainforests and oceans.


Homeland Security Assuming Broad Powers, Turning Swaths of U.S. into “Constitution-Free Zone”

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

By Barry Steinhardt, Director, ACLU Technology & Liberty Program
Oct 22, 2008

You’re driving along a remote, dusty road, when suddenly you come upon a border patrol checkpoint. There, agents demand to see your identity papers, and search your car. You are taken by surprise, because you know you haven’t wandered across the Texas-Mexico border. In fact, you’re quite sure of that, because you’re driving through rural Wisconsin countryside west of Green Bay. Even the Canadian border is more than 90 miles away.

This scene is not as far-fetched as you might want to believe. The government is turning vast swaths of our country into a “Constitution-Free Zone” in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is allowed to exercise extraordinary authority that would not normally be permitted under the Constitution. The government says that “the border” – where there is a longstanding view that the Constitution does not fully apply – actually stretches 100 miles inland from the nation’s “external boundary.” And increasingly, we are seeing DHS vigorously utilize that authority.



Global financial summit set for Nov. 15 in Washington

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

CBC News
October 22, 2008

World leaders will meet in Washington on Nov. 15 discuss the current financial crisis in an effort to mitigate the global economic downturn.

The meeting will be the first in a series of summits, said White House press secretary Dana Perino in a statement on Wednesday.

“The leaders will review progress being made to address the current financial crisis, advance a common understanding of its causes, and, in order to avoid a repetition, agree on a common set of principles for reform of the regulatory and institutional regimes for the world’s financial sectors,” Perino said.


History: How the US Government Was Overthrown In Three Easy Steps

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Something a little different from the usual outrages this site chooses to spotlight in the news cycle. Consider it a primer in ‘adult history’ – expanding on the sanitized history of nation-states you were taught in school. This is a must read, in it’s entirety. Kudos to ‘TocqueDeville’ for the investigative journalism.

by TocqueDeville, Daily KOS
October 22, 2008, originally published July 27, 2008

So what if I told you that the powers of financial capitalism (bankers etc.), had a far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands, able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. [Ed. Note: He is not talking about freemarket Capitalism here - free trade between consenting individuals in a system where individual rights are respected - this is an older system, the "Ancien Regime", in which the state and the economic sector are one and the same. Mussolini called it Corporativism or Fascism. With that caveat, I cede the floor.]

This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations?

And what if I told you they had succeeded?

Wow! The most powerful bankers creating a world system of financial control, dominating the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole, with secret meetings. Surely you would think Tocque has fallen under the spell of a wild conspiracy theory.

But you can put away the cat in the tinfoil hat. Those are not my words. And it’s not a theory. They are the words of one of the greatest, most eminent historians in modern times, the late Carroll Quigley – of Harvard, Princeton and the Georgetown Foreign School.