4.20.2009

The European open internet is under imminent threat

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URGENT - VOTING IN EU PARLIAMENT 5th of MAY 2009
Don't let the EU parliament lock up the Internet! There will be no way back!

Act now!
Internet access is not conditional

Everyone who owns a website has an interest in defending the free use of Internet... so has everyone who uses Google or Skype... everyone who expresses their opinions freely, does research of any kind, whether for personal health problems or academic study ... everyone who shops online...who dates online...socialises online... listens to music...watches video...

The internet as we know it is at risk because of proposed new EU rules going through end of April. Under the proposed new rules, broadband providers will be legally able to limit the number of websites you can look at, and to tell you whether or not you are allowed to use particular services. It will be dressed up as ‘new consumer options' which people can choose from. People will be offered TV-like packages - with a limited number of options for you to access.

It means that the Internet will be packaged up and your ability to access and to put up content could be severely restricted. It will create boxes of Internet accessibility, which don't fit with the way we use it today. This is because internet is now permitting exchanges between persons which cannot be controlled or "facilitated" by any middlemen (the state or a corporation) and this possibility improves the citizen's life but force the industry to lose power and control. that's why they are pushing governments to act those changes.

To learn more go to blackouteurope.eu...

The Tower of Basel: Secretive Plans for the Issuing of a Global Currency

·Do we really want the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) issuing our global currency
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13239
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In an April 7 article in The London Telegraph titled “The G20 Moves the World a Step Closer to a Global Currency,” Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote:

“A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

“‘We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,’ it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

“In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global ‘quantitative easing’. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.”

Indeed they will. The article is subtitled, “The world is a step closer to a global currency, backed by a global central bank, running monetary policy for all humanity.” Which naturally raises the question, who or what will serve as this global central bank, cloaked with the power to issue the global currency and police monetary policy for all humanity? When the world’s central bankers met in Washington last September, they discussed what body might be in a position to serve in that awesome and fearful role. A former governor of the Bank of England stated:

“[T]he answer might already be staring us in the face, in the form of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). . . . The IMF tends to couch its warnings about economic problems in very diplomatic language, but the BIS is more independent and much better placed to deal with this if it is given the power to do so.”

And if the vision of a global currency outside government control does not set off conspiracy theorists, putting the BIS in charge of it surely will. The BIS has been scandal-ridden ever since it was branded with pro-Nazi leanings in the 1930s. Founded in Basel, Switzerland, in 1930, the BIS has been called “the most exclusive, secretive, and powerful supranational club in the world.” Charles Higham wrote in his book Trading With The Enemy that by the late 1930s, the BIS had assumed an openly pro-Nazi bias, a theme that was expanded on in a BBC Timewatch film titled “Banking with Hitler” broadcast in 1998. In 1944, the American government backed a resolution at the Bretton-Woods Conference calling for the liquidation of the BIS, following Czech accusations that it was laundering gold stolen by the Nazis from occupied Europe; but the central bankers succeeded in quietly snuffing out the American resolution.

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YouTube Partners with MOSSAD

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2008/12/16/youtube-partners-with-mossad
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I know it sounds too weird to believe, but that's the news. YouTube now has on-board one of the US’s domestic branches of Israel's intelligence service, the Mossad. The ADL, the Mossad’s most "professional" organizations whose "speciality is spreading hate", are recruited as a professionals in the just struggle of "fighting against hate"?!

It seems that the days of using YouTube as #1 media to distribute documentaries, videos and presentations about the truth of Israel and Zionist and their horrific war-crimes history and terrorism profile, has come to END.

Yesterday, it was announced that YouTube officially connected to the infamous ADL as partner to "Fight Against Hate." -YouTube has reached out to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for its expertise in dealing with hate on the Internet. In one outgrowth of that partnership, the League is now a contributor to YouTube's newly launched Abuse & Safety Center, where users are empowered to identify and confront hate, and to report abuses.

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Exxon Mobil ousts Wal-Mart for top rank on Fortune 500 list

·Exxon Mobil has unseated Wal-Mart Stores to top the 2009 Fortune 500 list after a year Fortune called the worst ever for the nation's 500...

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2009086102_fortune20.html
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NEW YORK — Exxon Mobil has unseated Wal-Mart Stores to top the 2009 Fortune 500 list after a year Fortune called the worst ever for the nation's 500 largest publicly traded companies.

Fortune ranks companies by revenue. Exxon shrugged off plummeting oil prices to take the No. 1 rank with $442.85 billion in revenue in 2008.

Wal-Mart held it for six of the last seven years but now has slipped to No. 2, with $405.6 billion in revenue.

Fortune on Sunday said 2008 was the worst year for the 500 companies on its closely watched list. It said profits fell 85 percent, the biggest one-year drop in the list's 55-year history.

Among the hardest hit were financial-services companies, accounting for almost 70 percent of the total dollar decline from the peak in 2006.

Thirty-eight companies fell off this year's list, including Lehman Brothers Holdings, Washington Mutual and Wachovia, which have either gone under or been acquired by rival banks.

Source: seattletimes.com

YouTube boosts full-length movies, TV show lineup

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Google Inc.'s YouTube said Thursday it is vastly expanding its library of full-length movies and TV shows it offers online, while also launching a new advertising service and adding about a dozen new content partners.

The long-form videos will be housed on a unique page at http://www.youtube.com/shows and get a "Shows" tab on the main YouTube site.

The offering, which went live late Thursday, marks a further departure from the fuzzy homemade clips that made the Web site popular and is the latest move in YouTube's attempt to boost sales and profits. Last week, YouTube announced it was teaming up with Universal Music Group to create an online music video venture.

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Behind the scenes: Why Microsoft made the changes you'll see in Windows 7

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-tec-windows-behind-the-scenes,0,1510077.story
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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — To design Windows 7, Microsoft analyzed billions of pieces of data. It studied exactly what PC users do in front of their screens. It tallied hundreds of thousands of Windows surveys. It got feedback from people all over the world who tried different versions of the software.

As a result, every change or new feature in Windows 7 comes with a back story. Here is a sampling of things you'll see in the next operating system and explanations of how each came about.

— New feature: You decide the left-to-right order of icons in the task bar at the bottom of your screen.

— Back story: Microsoft's research showed Vista users commonly launching a series of programs, then closing and immediately reopening some. Microsoft realized that these people wanted their programs to appear in the same order on the task bar every time.

— New feature: Right-click on a task bar icon and get a "jump list," a menu of important or frequently used options for the program.

— Back story: Microsoft had resisted the idea of hiding a key feature behind a right click, worried people wouldn't find it. But the data showed most people right-click on icons to see what that might do.

— New feature: Drag one open window to the left side of the screen, then another to the right side to line them up so they are the same size and side by side.

— Back story: Microsoft couldn't initially figure out why people were spending so much time resizing windows and dragging them around. It turned out that users were trying to give themselves a side-by-side view of documents for easy comparison.

— New feature: Libraries, or virtual folders that have shortcuts to files that are actually stored in many different places on a hard drive or home network.

— Back story: From its Vista data, Microsoft could see people's photos, music and other files were swelling in number and stashed all over the place, not organized into the dedicated folders Microsoft had set up.

— New feature: "Shake" an open window with your mouse to make all the other ones "minimize" into the task bar.

— Back story: Microsoft's research showed that people often had six or even 10 windows open at once, which gets distracting. Shake is one of several features designed to help people tame all the open windows.

— New feature: Move your mouse to the bottom-right corner to make all your windows temporarily transparent. Then click the mouse, and all the windows minimize.

— Back story: What's notable here is what Microsoft didn't do. There's no tutorial or bubble advertising the feature, a small step toward making Windows 7 quieter than Vista. "We want people to confidently explore the system," said Sam Moreau, a user experience manager.

[Does the Chicago Tribune have any economic interests attached to Microsoft's well being? Or is it just a blatant infomercial?]

Source chicagotribune.com

Idea of quick GM bankruptcy filing meets with skepticism

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DETROIT — General Motors (GM) may be inching toward bankruptcy court, but the theory that GM could get through the process quickly faces increasing skepticism.

On Friday, Fritz Henderson said he came into his new position as GM's CEO three weeks ago believing a bankruptcy filing was more probable than not.

"I feel the same way today," he says. Henderson said GM is working on two scenarios: one that involves bankruptcy and one that doesn't. The plan that does not includes looking at each GM brand to see if it's needed. USA TODAY reported Thursday that dropping Pontiac and GMC was being looked at, along with Hummer, Saab and Saturn, which are already on the block.

GM has resisted filing for bankruptcy court protection, saying the process would be messy and long and would scare away customers. But some in the government have argued that GM could enter a "prepackaged" bankruptcy that could take a few weeks and result in a healthier company.

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Secret police intelligence was given to E.ON before planned demo

·Secret police intelligence passed to firm
·Emails show civil servants passed data on protesters to security officials at E.ON

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/20/police-intelligence-e-on-berr
Police officers scuffle with climate change protesters near Kingsnorth power station in Kent
Government officials handed confidential police intelligence about environmental activists to the energy giant E.ON before a planned peaceful demonstration, according to private emails seen by the Guardian.

Correspondence between civil servants and security officials at the company reveals how intelligence was shared about the peaceful direct action group Climate Camp in the run-up to the demonstration at Kingsnorth, the proposed site of a new coal-fired power station in north Kent.

Intelligence passed to the energy firm by officials from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) included detailed information about the movements of protesters and their meetings. E.ON was also given a secret strategy document written by environmental campaigners and information from the Police National Information and Coordination Centre (PNICC), which gathers national and international intelligence for emergency planning.
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La nueva ministra de Cultura, azote de las descargas en la red, provoca un rechazo sin precedentes en el colectivo internauta

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Pasaron 20 minutos. Entre el anuncio de que la antigua presidenta de la Academia del Cine, Ángeles González-Sinde, iba a ser la nueva ministra de Cultura y la primera solicitud de recusación pasaron, eso, 20 minutos. "No más --recuerda Víctor Domingo, presidente de la Asociación de Internautas (AI)--. Los miembros de la junta directiva estábamos reunidos cuando un compañero dijo que José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero iba a dar una rueda de prensa para anunciar los cambios en el Gobierno. Pusimos la tele, escuchamos el nombre de la ministra y decidimos sacar el comunicado". Y así es como comenzó a bajar por la pendiente una bola que desde aquel 7 de abril se ha ido haciendo más y más grande, hasta el punto de que González-Sinde es, sin duda, la ministra de la historia de España más criticada en menos tiempo. ¿100 días de gracia, como la tradición política suele dar a cada nuevo ministro? El colectivo internauta solo ha dejado pasar 20 minutos.[...ya no dejamos pasar ni una! Excelente.]
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Revuelo por el discurso preelectoral del SPD

·La propuesta de incrementar la imposición a los ricos, cae bien en la sociedad pero no en la prensa [...porque también son ricos!].
http://www.lavanguardia.es/internacional/noticias/20090420/53686371169/revuelo-por-el-discurso-preelectoral-del-spd-cdu-steinmeier-berlin-partido-socialdemocrata-walter-st.html
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El Partido Socialdemócrata alemán (SPD) presentó ayer en Berlín su borrador de programa electoral para las legislativas del 27 de septiembre. Su candidato a la cancillería y actual Ministro de Exteriores en el gobierno de coalición con los conservadores, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, divulgó su contenido en un acto preelectoral ante 2500 militantes del partido en Berlín.

Como otros países europeos, Alemania se encuentra inmersa en la mayor transferencia de dinero público de la historia, que fluye hacia los bancos que provocaron o contribuyeron a la quiebra financiera. Esa operación, en la que la aportación de cada ciudadano a la impune irresponsabilidad de unos pocos es considerable, no ha sido objeto de debate, ni ha provocado reacciones. Por el contrario, el programa del SPD que contempla un ligero aumento de impuestos para los ricos, del 45% al 47% para quienes ganen mas de 10.000 euros al mes, y un bono de 300 euros para quienes no tienen más ingreso que su salario y renuncien a hacer declaración de impuestos, que en Alemania se suele hacer con fines de retribución, está generando un revuelo considerable.
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El ex director de la CIA dice que Obama pone en riesgo la seguridad nacional

·Michael Hayden defiende la tortura[!!!] en los interrogatorios y dice que, al eliminarlas, ''dificultamos a agentes de la CIA [su tarea] de proteger a nuestra nación''[!!!].
·Critica al presidente de EE. UU. de comprometer la seguridad nacional al autorizar la publicación de informes que revelan el uso de prácticas coercitivas.
[!!!!!]
http://www.lavanguardia.es/internacional/noticias/20090420/53686422296/el-ex-director-de-la-cia-dice-que-obama-pone-en-riesgo-la-seguridad-nacional.html
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Washington. (EFE).- El ex director de la CIA, Michael Hayden, acusó al presidente Barack Obama de haber comprometido la seguridad nacional al autorizar la publicación de informes que revelan las prácticas coercitivas que se usaban en interrogatorios.

En declaraciones a la cadena Fox, Hayden, que fue director de la CIA desde 2006 a 2009, afirmó que publicar memorandos legales en los que constan las prácticas de interrogatorio a presuntos terroristas envalentona a grupos como Al Qaeda.

Los informes publicados el jueves revelan que el anterior Gobierno de EEUU autorizó emplear la tortura contra detenidos mediante métodos que incluían el uso de insectos en cajas en las que se introducía a los interrogados, la privación del sueño, la asfixia simulada, y el estampar al sospechoso contra paredes.

Hayden afirmó que al eliminar técnicas de interrogatorio -por decisión del Gobierno y por haberlas publicado- "dificultamos a agentes de la CIA (su tarea) de proteger nuestra nación".
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[Y también...]
El ex director de la CIA defiende las torturas en los interrogatorios


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[And also...]
September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 'waterboarded 183 times'

[More so...]
Waterbording used 266 times on 2 suspects

http://robertbonnett.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/waterboarding.jpg
[...and a blog post from february 2009]
It's not a question of ... guilt or innocence