October 29, 2009
Many colleges now require criminal background checks of all new employees. But the University of Akron -- in what some experts believe is a first -- is not only requiring a criminal background check, but is stating that new employees must be willing to submit a DNA sample.
The requirement was added quietly and is now receiving attention -- and criticism -- because an adjunct faculty member at Akron quit this week, citing the new rules. "It's not enough… Continue
Added by Tara on October 30, 2009 at 12:45pm —
Any number of pundits claim that we have now passed the worst of the recession. Green shoots of recovery are supposedly popping up all around the country, and the economy is expected to resume growing soon at an annual rate of 3% to 4%. Many of these are the same people who insisted that the economy would continue growing last year, even while it was clear that we were already in the beginning stages of a recession.
A false recovery is under way. I am reminded of the outlook in 1930,… Continue
Added by Tara on October 30, 2009 at 12:34am —
By DAVE LINDORFF
The Nuclear Regulator Commission is considering an application by the US Army for a permit to have depleted uranium at its Pohakuloa Training Area, a vast stretch of flat land in what’s called the “saddle” between the sacred mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island, and at the Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu. In fact, what the Army is asking for is a permit to leave in place the DU left over from years of test firing of M101 mortar… Continue
Added by Tara on October 29, 2009 at 11:05am —
coalition is more than a million everyday people who have banded together with thousands of non-profit organizations, businesses and bloggers to protect Internet freedom.
The fight for Net Neutrality has reached a crucial moment. The FCC chairman has just called for new Net Neutrality rules, backed by President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and several congressional leaders. Now we need to complete the… Continue
Added by Tara on October 28, 2009 at 10:35am —
The brother of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has been receiving regular payments from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The New York Times has reported.
The newspaper, quoting current and former US officials, said on Wednesday that Ahmed Wali Karzai, a suspected participant in Afghanistan's booming illegal opium trade, has taken payments for much of the past eight years that the US has been in the country.
It said Karzai gets paid for a variety of services… Continue
Added by Tara on October 28, 2009 at 10:18am —
By Karen DeYoung
When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.
A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban… Continue
Added by Tara on October 27, 2009 at 3:00pm —
I just came back with the fam's from a trip to the Upper Peninsula of MI and even though it rained everyday, a good time was had by all! It was nice to hide out in the woods for awhile and be in the comfort of family and friends. Unfortunately, the trip had a few question marks lingering and things that make you go hmmmm along the way!
One thing that was a little askew about this particular trip to the U.P. was all the school closings going on over fear of the spread of the Swine… Continue
Added by Tara on October 26, 2009 at 10:00am —
LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki
President of the Sixty-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly
"Unspeakable horror, they knew this is the effects of DU and they calculatedly chose to use it en masse all over the country. DU has a radioactive half-life of over 3.5 billion years. Arrest these god damn criminals."
Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies… Continue
Added by Tara on October 20, 2009 at 9:30am —
by Ron Paul
With a faltering economy, multiple wars, and the approaching demise of the dollar’s reserve status, there are more than enough problems to keep politicians in Washington working day and night. In between handing out cash for clunkers and nationalizing healthcare, the administration is busy sending more troops overseas, escalating existing wars, and seeking out excuses to start new wars. Congress is working on “urgent” legislation to address crises like healthcare reform… Continue
Added by Tara on October 20, 2009 at 9:04am —
By ALAN MAIMON
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia.
In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find.
Launched in March by Las Vegan Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers bills itself as a nonpartisan group of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the… Continue
Added by Tara on October 18, 2009 at 11:10pm —
For OpEdNews: David Swanson - Writer
“This is so cool! This is so cool!” a thirteen-year-old boy repeated as he squeezed rounds from a real M-16, picking off “enemy combatants” in a video game while perched atop a real Army Humvee. “I just came to the mall to skateboard but everyone said this was pretty cool. I just had to try it and it's great!”
The person reporting on this youthful enthusiasm was Pat Elder, who serves on the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposing… Continue
Added by Tara on October 18, 2009 at 11:41am —
ISLAMABAD: The US embassy has been found involved in importing sophisticated weapons to Pakistan without the permission and knowledge of the authorities here.
The Foreign Office and the Commerce Ministry denied having authorised the US or any other foreign mission to import huge quantity of weapons. However, the fact remains that the US embassy in Islamabad has brought to Pakistan at least two consignments of modern weapons during this year.
The Foreign Office, which is the main… Continue
Added by Tara on October 17, 2009 at 11:29am —
DESPITE electing an unusually liberal president, on at least one measure Americans are more conservative than at any time before. Public support for a ban on handguns has fallen to 28%, the lowest level in nearly 50 years, according to a new poll from Gallup. When Americans were first asked the question in 1959, 60% were in favour of introducing a law to ban handguns, but support has declined steadily. Enthusiasm for stricter laws relating to the sale of firearms is also ebbing, falling from… Continue
Added by Tara on October 16, 2009 at 2:50pm —
Check out this cartoon from 1934 in the Chicago Tribune. This could be put in any paper today and still be relevant.…
Added by Tara on October 16, 2009 at 2:28pm —
Our view is that the elitists are currently buying time for the dollar, and stalling the rally in precious metals, by weakening other currencies until they are ready for the big stock takedown/correction. This process of supporting the dollar is becoming extremely expensive and difficult, so they had to take the Dow down 200 points on Thursday to start some stock contagion in Asia and Europe to flush some money into dollars and treasuries.
The FTSE, Nikkei and Hang Seng were all down… Continue
Added by Tara on October 16, 2009 at 9:27am —
By Jerry Mazza Continue
Online Journal Associate Editor
Oct 15, 2009, 00:19
Thanks to Stephanie Gaskell, New York Daily News Staff writer, we read of the above’s shocking news, which New York City and the US governments seemingly refuse to let sink into their thick heads and even thicker skin. Thousands of first responders are in dire health conditions, and consequently dire financial and familial conditions, due to illnesses contracted while working at…
Added by Tara on October 15, 2009 at 10:00am —
Today, the director of the Congressional Budget Office warned the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that proposed climate change legislation would impose "significant costs" on America's GDP and employment. That’s not exactly what proponents had promised.
According to CBO chief Douglas Elmendorf, the Waxman-Markey bill passed in the House last June would reduce GDP by between one and three quarters of a percent by 2020, and between 1 and… Continue
Added by Tara on October 15, 2009 at 9:08am —
by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation
The Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “no Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
Obviously, the Third Amendment has little relevance today. But what is relevant for us today is the mindset that underlay the passage of that amendment – a mindset of deep antipathy toward militarism and… Continue
Added by Tara on October 14, 2009 at 9:39am —
by Justin Raimondo, October 14, 2009
The official explanation for Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize is that the Norwegians are using the Nobel as an incentive for the president to fulfill what many see as his bright promise and a kind of prophylactic against a repeat of Bush-era warmongering. After all, how could a recipient of the Peace Prize engage in the kind of brazen militarism that has characterized U.S. foreign policy in the post-9/11 era?
Easy – do it on the… Continue
Added by Tara on October 14, 2009 at 9:07am —
October 13, 2009
Hold Ben Bernanke Accountable
Last week, Congressmen Ron Paul and Alan Grayson sent an open letter to the Senate Banking Committee about the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. I agree with their sentiments that, before he is reconfirmed for a second term, the Senate should know who got the $2 trillion the Federal Reserve has lent out over the last two years. Only then will the Senate be able to judge… Continue
Added by Tara on October 13, 2009 at 11:16pm —