Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Common Man News 7/2008

News for the common man because the elite already know!



A Revealing Day In The Systemic Problem Known As Our Financial System

Why the Economy Went South

IMF predicts no end in sight to credit crisis

Fed Extends Emergency Loan Programs Through January

Economy hitting elderly especially hard

Cloned Beef Has Already Entered U.S. Food Supply, Even Before FDA Nod

Welcome To The 21st Century Police State

House formally apologizes for slavery and Jim Crow

Privatization of Mexican Oil Will Advance SPP Objectives

Why We’re Working More and Earning Less

Eaten Up

Haiti: Mud cakes become staple diet as cost of food soars beyond a family’s reach

Acts of War

Sucking Up to the Bankers: A Bipartisan Lovefest

The Systematic Destruction of Voting Rights in America

WTO Talks Collapse Amidst Concerns for Food Security

Gravel: Take Bush to The Hague For War Crimes

Will Culture War Overshadow Real War in 2008?


It’s the Deficit, Stupid

Unequal America

BP boss warns of more pain for consumers from oil prices

BP profits soar on record oil price

Home Price Index Declined in May

EPA tells its staff: Don’t answer watchdogs’ queries

Are We Facing Just Another Market Problem or a System Collapse?

Bank Failures So Far

U. S. biofuel plants go bankrupt on feedstock costs

U. K. Retail Sales Index Fell to Lowest Level in 25 Years

Special-interest lobbies pour cash into judicial races

U. S. Headed for ’Heightened Alert’ Stage

Speculators Trying to Buy Control of Food Supply

New Evidence Reveals Top Secret Government Database Used in Bush Spy Program

Over $4 Billion Wasted In Iraq Reconstruction, Government Inspector Estimates

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Pull the Plug on the War State

Senate Republicans block heating aid bill

Report finds Justice aides illegally discriminated against career hires who weren’t Republican

Senator Stevens Indicted in Corruption Inquiry


Mortgage Debt Least of Bad Bets as Investing Sinks

U. S. Deficit to Reach Record $490 Billion in 2009

U. S. Treasury to Barrow $171 Billion This Quarter

Fannie Mae Unsold $5 Billion Homes Bring Peril to Shareholders

Bad News and Bank Runs

Wall Street declines on renewed concerns about health of financials

How deregulation fuels the global food crisis

The Suicide Solution

Struggling college students turn to food banks

Time to Address Foreclosures

The Bush Administration’s Secret Biowarfare Agenda

Big Media Hectors Obama on ’Surge’

South Asia Awaits Another Secret War

After Iowa Raid, Immigrants Fuel Labor Inquiries

Iraq: Poised to Explode

Ex-insurgents Want More Money, or Else

Warning: Mercenaries at Work

Promoting Incompetence in Iraq

What’s So ‘Free’ About Philly’s New Wi-Fi Plan?


Putting the "Federal" Back in the Federal Reserve

U. S. Housing Overvalued By 20%

Feds Seize Two More Banks

U. S. Senate Nationalizes More Private Banking Losses

Senate Gives Final Approval to Sweeping Housing Bill

Russia to Turn Cuba into a Base for Long-Range Nuclear Bombers?

Bush’s Mass Pardons Predicted

4,000 U. S. Deaths, and a Handful of Images


Americans Say No to War with Iran: Will Washington Listen?

Free College for Poorest Students Puts Ivy League to Shame

Massive Economic Disaster Seems Possible -- Will Survivalists Get the Last Laugh?

The Endless Smearing of Joe Wilson

House Committee Considers the "I" Word

Bill Moyers Takes Us to the Heart of the Mortgage Meltdown


Index Research: The Pentagon and Oil

U. S. Foreclosures Double as House Prices Decline

Evidence of the US Banking System Teetering on the Brink of Collapse

Attack of the Global Pirate Bankers

Ron Paul: "The Mother of All Bailouts"

Crystal Ball Gazing: Visualize the Dow at 6,000

Palestine: The Structure of Oppression and Dispossession

The Federal Reserve: Whining About the Economy

Banks sharply increased fees as US households fell deeper into debt

Bush on the financial crisis: “Wall Street got drunk”

FARA’s Failings: Or How The DOJ Fails To Monitor Foreign Lobbying

Veterans Respond to McCain’s "Obama Wants to Lose" Remark

Military show trial of Hamdan opens at Guantánamo Bay

Obama promotes wider war in Afghanistan: Another presidential race between pro-war candidates

Three States Accused of Illegally Purging Voter Lists

How Wall Street Wrecked Your Retirement

Impeachment backers gear up for hearing

Torture Memo Shields Interrogators

Who’s Paying for the Conventions?

Conyers plans George W Bush impeachment substitute

ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods

The Greatest Threat America Has Ever Faced: the GOP?


Let’s Add More Debt To the National Total

Bush Bans State Department Officials From Obama Rally

Two troubled U. S. banks each post billions in losses

Super Losses, Super Layoffs, Super Bailouts

Schwarzenegger to State Workers’ Pay to Minimum Wage?

The Economic Show Trials Begin

Ford posts $8. 7 billion loss on asset write-downs

Blackwater is here to stay

Big Pharma Pushes Drugs That Cause Conditions They Are Supposed to Prevent

Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation With Iran

Better Ballots

Bush Labor Department Cheats Workers

US removes Chevron from Burma sanctions

Pentagon Auditors Pressured To Favor Contractors, GAO Says

Rove End-Runs House Democrats

Sales of Existing Homes Drop to Lowest Level in More Than Decade


How to fight foreclosure on your home

GM, Ford ’On the Verge of Bankruptcy,’ Altman Says

New Spying Law Quickly Challenged

War crime suit filed against Israelis

Why They Want To Attack Iran

How Scores of Black Men Were Tortured Into Giving False Confessions by Chicago Police

Protecting McCain; Pounding Obama

Faith-Based Currency by Ron Paul

There’s More to the Economy Than Taxes

Cost of Loan Bailout, if Needed, Could Be $25 Billion

Mukasey to Congress: Defy the Rule of Law

Bush: ‘Human life is precious’—EPA: ‘Less than you might think’

Bush administration ratchets up diplomatic pressure on Iran

Obama in Iraq underscores his commitment to US militarism

U. S. Rushes to Change Workplace Toxin Rules

House defeats paper ballot funding

Madness and Shame

Blackwater to leave security business following problems in Iraq

Plane carrying Ron Paul, congressmen makes emergency landing

McCain’s Afghan Strategic Blunder

The Exaggeration of Terror


Fannie and Freddie

Michael Collins: Election Fraud and Tyranny

US food groups plan hefty price rises

Documents show Md. law enforcement spied on protesters

COINTELPRO Comes to My Town: My First-Hand Experience With Government Spies

The Shortage Isn’t Food, It’s Democracy

Union-busting by Any Other Name. . . .

Nine Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now

Influx of Voters Expected to Test New Technology

U. S. -Africa Relations to Militarize?


Fannie, Freddie Rescue May Cost Taxpayers $25 Billion, CBO Says

Paulson Says Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac Rescue Is Needed to Stabilize Markets

Arabs Buying Out Collapsing Western Banks

8,500 U. S. Banks; Many Will Die Soon

The abuses of the Federal Reserve System

McCain gets $1,930 a month from ’broken’ Social Security system

Wachovia loses $8. 9B, cuts 6,350 workers, dividend

Homeland Security claims far reaching power over your guns

Bad Days for Newsrooms—and Democracy


Inflation and the Specter of World Revolution

Housing prices haven’t hit bottom yet

Commercial bankruptcies soar, reflecting widening economic woes

Regional US banks in fears of cash calls

US airlines escalate attacks on workers as losses mount

The global economy is at the point of maximum danger

Bank of China may hold huge US debt

Bernanke, Paulson Pressed to Seek Big-Government Bank Bailout

Think Tank Calls For Bush to Be Dictator For Life

Death of Free Internet is Imminent

Lives lost at home

Vicious Ideologue Renews Attack on Social Security

Gitmo ’Justice’ for US Citizens?

Generation Warfighters

The Problem Of Patriotism

The Democrats Are The Real Problem

An Empty Seat and An Exotic Getaway

President Bush lobbyist Stephen Payne in ‘bribes’ row quits

US to Iran: You have two weeks

It’s the Economic Stupidity, Stupid

Fallujah Braces for Another Assault


“Measure of America” report documents social decay of the United States

U. S. Financial Breaking Point Soon

More doom for global economy

Eulogy For The "Ownership Society"

’Massive potential’ for global ’financial meltdown’

US faces global funding crisis, warns Merrill Lynch

Activists help condo owner fight eviction

Why Karl Rove Should Go To Jail

Economic Realities Are Killing Our Era of Fantasy Politics

’Justifying’ Torture: Two Big Lies

Judge: Vote Must Be Defended

Mother’s Milk of Politics Turns Sour


Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style

The Costs of War: The Parents’ Agony

George W. Bush’s About-Face on Iran

As economy sours and oil rises, Washington postures

Will 401(k) losses set off panic?

Citigroup posts $2. 5B loss, but beats expectations

Operation Gladio: CIA Network of "Stay Behind" Secret Armies

Canada hands US Iraq war resister over to Pentagon for punishment

Barney Frank and the putrefaction of American liberalism



‘Centrists’ Running the Asylum

The Do-It-Yourself Economy

Don’t Drink the Nuclear Kool-Aid

The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius

Conyers Plans Impeachment Substitute

Iraq’s Falling Fig Leaf

Making a Killing in the Green Zone at Expense of U. S.

A Leader in a Struggling City Bled by U. S. Trade Schemes is Cast into State Prison

Canada, U. S. Move to Make Vitamins Prescription Drugs

Fannie, Freddie spent $200M to buy influence

Greens Nominate Cynthia McKinney

Howard Zinn’s Memo to Obama, McCain: No One Wins in a War

Israel Planning a September/October Surprise?

Making Americans Unsafe


Ron Paul: "Something Big is Happening"

Financial Collapse Edges Closer

Amid surging prices, Fed raises specter of renewed class struggle

Lies, Damn Lies and Government Inflation Statistics

Home Construction Hits 17-Year Low

Merrill Has Larger-Than-Estimated $4. 65 Billion Loss

The Pentagon Fuels Up

One million names on US government “terrorist” watch list

US court upholds president’s power to detain Americans as “enemy combatants”

Kucinich Denounces Bush Policy on Gaza

Little War Criminals Get Punished, Big Ones Don’t

The Zionist Power Configuration in America

Why Our Food Waste May Be Our Greatest Asset

How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

Media Coverage of Obama and McCain: "Nuts" or a "Disgrace"?

Veterans Have Medical Claims Denied To Reduce Backlog, According to House Subcommittee Report

Bush Hides ’Plame-gate’ Testimony


Wall Street Socialism

Status Report on the Collapse of the U. S. Economy

Bernanke’s Dour Message

Southern California depositors could lose $500 million in IndyMac bank failure

U. S. ‘Misery Index’ Climbs to 15-Year High on Prices

U. S. Consumer Prices Climb Most Since 2005; Homebuilder Confidence Slumps

Obama outlines policy of endless war

Interview With Rep. Dennis Kucinich

GM continues job slashing in effort to stave off bankruptcy

Bush claims executive privilege on CIA leak

Unrest Surfaces in Fallujah Again

Maliki’s ’Timetable’ Shakes Iraq Debate

Court Backs Bush on Military Detentions

Wall Street’s Great Deflation

The Untold Health Care Story: How They Crippled Medicare

Kicking Sand In Russia’s Face

A Phony Crisis – And a Real One

"A Nation of Whiners" or Wall Street Crybabies?


The Current Oil Shock

Florida voter law threatens to cloud elections

Enabling Tyranny

Canada to deport U. S. war deserter

Returning US veterans’ lives shattered: the growing toll of PTSD

When the war comes back home

President Bush Backs Israeli Plan for Strike on Iran

Amber Alert! Get Ready For War

Dollar freefall: New record low

Panic On Wall Street Building - Credit Crisis Threatens Nation’s Banks

The Financial Tsunami: The Next Big Wave is Breaking

The U. S. Economic Meltdown Continues

US bailout of mortgage giants: The politics of plutocracy

Wholesale inflation is worst in 27 years

FDIC says 90 banks are troubled

Analysts say more U. S. banks will fail

NY: 50 Percent of Sequoia Voting Machines Flawed


Major Bank Failure: 10,000 People Lose Massive Amounts of Savings Deposits Of Over $1 Billion Unisured Deposits!

Bernanke, Paulson testify before Congress: Democrats cower before Wall Street

Reactions to Iranian missile tests underscore danger of war

Worries About War Crimes Heat up in the White House

U. S. Soldiers No Longer Find Haven in Canada

Kucinich Pushes on Impeachment

There Is No Fourth Amendment

This Is Your Brain on Cell Phones

Free trade’s false promises

Pelosi Slips Impeachment Onto the Table

Kucinich impeach bill charges Bush ’fabricated threats’; Pelosi hints at possible hearing

Is There an Oil Shortage?

The Seething

Worse than McCain

How Britain Wages War

Antarctic ice shelf ’hanging on by a thread’

Unfolding Financial Meltdown: Sorry, But Just the Facts

US crisis over $5 trillion loans liability

US government bails out mortgage giants

US airline CEOs call for controls on oil speculation


Hurting, Not Whining

Israel hints at pre-emptive attack on Iran

Crude Oil Rises to Record on Speculation Israel May Attack Iran

US foreclosure filings rose 53 percent in June

Armed attack on US consulate in Istanbul

U. S. Pushing Water Fluoridation Agenda

EPA Says American’s lives are worth less today

6700 Tons of Radioactive Debris Shipped From Kuwait to Idaho

McCain Thinks the Recession is All in Our Heads

Mortgage Crisis Is Leaving Children Homeless

Disorderly or Not, America Should Withdraw

The Death of Reaganomics

Freddie and Fannie in turmoil

McContradiction: McCain’s fantastical balanced-budget pledge

A Lesson From the ’04 Election in Ohio: How Latinos Were Disenfranchised

Suburbs feeling the pinch as fuel prices soar

Military Whistleblower Highlights Attempts to Keep War Dead From Public

Time for Iraq War Oil Profits Taxes

Stalling on Impeachment

Bush Looks to His (Secret) Legacy

Foreclosure rescue to pass Senate; House next

The Week That Should Have Ended McCain’s Presidential Hopes

The Unitary Executive Congress


Crisis wipes $1 trillion from financial stocks

From The Bad To The Really Sinister

US officials can now tap phones officially

The FBI’s Plan to ‘Profile’ Muslims

The New Era


Housing Market Meltdown Will Cause Massive Losses in Household Wealth

Congress studies how people track your online use

ACLU, EFF will challenge FISA update in court

Foreclosures Rose 53% in June as U. S. Bank Repossessions Triple

Kucinich to bring single article of impeachment for misleading US into war

Karl Rove’s Contempt for the Constitution and the Public’s Right to Know

High-level panel urges new law to regulate how US goes to war

Obama joins Senate vote to legitimize Bush’s domestic spying operation

Bernanke, Paulson outline strategy to make working class pay for Wall Street crisis

Inside the Bush White House’s Nonstop Propaganda War

The Goodbye Republic

LA Police to be Punished for Attack on May Day Protest

U. S. deserter could qualify as refugee: court

More scrutiny, secrecy at Justice Department

DOJ Oversight Office Isn’t Releasing Reports on Waterboarding, Wiretapping

The Persecution of Political Prisoner Sami Al-Arian

For an Easy, Unequivocal Message to Obama on FISA, Use Your Wallet

Impeach Bush Now

Mukasey: Bush’s New ’Mr. Cover-up’

Social Security: An ’Absolute Disgrace?’


"A People’s History of American Empire" A Howard Zinn Video

A Work Force Betrayed, Watching Greed Murder the Economy

Barack Obama’s Whitewashed History of U. S. Foreign Policy

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

It’s the Oil, stupid! by Noam Chomsky

Why Cheney Won’t Take Down Iran

Senate Approves Telecom Immunity and Expands Govt Surveillance Powers

Judge to Justice Department: Guantanamo is top priority

Chicago families face mounting economic hardship

G8 summit marked by impotence and division

Rove Officially Refuses to Testify ... Will the House Follow Through on Threats to Arrest?

Billionaires Are Gouging Your Grandparents

Bush’s Secret Army of Snoops and Snitches

Cold-Filtered Economics

A Loss of Transatlantic Harmony

EPA dropped wetlands cases after Supreme Court ruling

War Powers Resolution of 1973 Declared Obsolete By 2 Former Sect. of State

Cheney Aides Altered CDC Testimony, Agency Official Says


US exports to Iran increase more than tenfold during Bush years

Pension plans suffer huge losses

U. S. businesses file for bankruptcy at a faster rate

Home Prices Fall in 23 of 25 U. S. Metropolitan Areas

Amendment Would Put Spy Lawsuits, Amnesty On Hold Pending Investigation

The New Geography of Trade: North America Doesn’t Exist

AIPAC’s Hirelings Rush to Resolution

Iraqis Demand Timetable For Withdrawal

Mass layoffs, cutbacks signal further disintegration of Detroit public schools

Long-term unemployment in the US climbs 37 percent in one year

Facing bankruptcy threat, General Motors to slash thousands more jobs

Fannie, Freddie Shares Plummet on Capital Worries

Retail Property, Vacancies Q2 Worst in 30 Years

Pending U. S. Home Resales Decline More Than Forecast

VIDEO - CNN: ‘Top secret’ weapons to be used at political conventions

Oaxaca’s Government Land Grab

Will the Democrats Ever Learn?

Surviving the Fourth of July

Bush’s Blood-Orgy in Somalia: "They Are Slaughtering Somalis Like Goats"

New War Brewing: US, Israel Take Dangerous Steps

Maliki Stunner: He Wants US Pullout Timetable


Want some torture with your peanuts?


The Bush Administration Strikes Oil in Iraq

The buck doesn’t stop here; it just keeps falling

Small Banks’ Reckoning Day Is Coming

Financial market losses could top 1,600 billion dollars: report

Supreme Court, Inc.: Supremely Pro-Business

Averting Catatrophe: When the Leaders are the Problem

Bloated Military-Industrial Complex Needs to be Challenged in this Election

The Economy? Words Fail Me.

America Is in Major Need of Electoral Reform

Racist, reactionary and defender of dictatorships: Former Senator Jesse Helms dead at 86

Oil Companies Sought to Boost Prices by Cutting Refinery Output

The Next Erin Brockovich?


L. A., Miami Home Foreclosure Rates More Than Double

The Ashes Have Been Passed To A New Generation

Why I’m Not Patriotic

Marching Toward Hell

Bush-Cheney Crony Got Iraq Oil Deal

Cause for Alarm

Criticism of Israel Called ‘Unintentional Anti-Semitism’


Dean if New Englan law school : BUSH MUST BE PROSECUTED

Iran: War or Privatization: All Out War or "Economic Conquest"?

SEC Plan Would Allow Shift to Foreign Rules

Indonesia seeks to shut Navy lab researching avian flu

Judge Rejects Bush’s View on Wiretaps

Rove’s Third Term

Army ’vacuum’ missile hits Taliban

Debate Over Guantanamo’s Fate Intensifies

Google Told to Turn Over YouTube User Viewing Records

How dare they rip the Fourth Amendment?

In Congress, July 4

The House I Live In


A Declaration Of Independence From The Government Of The USA

The Federal Reserve’s dilemma

The Commodities Bubble

Employment Rate Drops as Economy Sheds 62,000

Oil rises to record above $US146 a barrel

Bush’s Dollar Drop Maps Loss of U. S. Clout at Final G-8 Summit

Single Moms’ Poverty Spikes After Welfare Overhaul

New York court dismisses case against former stock exchange head

Bush administration encouraged oil deal in Kurdistan, undermining Iraqi “national unity”

Obama continues lurch to the right on Iraq war and militarism

States face dwindling unemployment insurance funds

The Rise of Food Fascism

Hunkering Down in Afghanistan with Field-Marshall Obama

Iran Warms To Freeze-For-Freeze Plan

Rep. Ron Paul Assails Congress’s "Virtual Iran War Resolution"

House Judiciary Committee: Rove Must Testify

VA Stalls, Dissembles While Vets Suffer and Die

The U. S. Is Drowning in Pretend Patriotism

Disaster Capitalism: State of Extortion

Snapshots of Life and Death in Baghdad

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather’s Dream


Fighting the NAFTA Super-Highway

Vendor Misinformation in the E-Voting World

Waxman: State Dept. ‘misleading’ on Hunt Oil deal

Journalist Charges Censorship by U. S. Military in Fallujah

"A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind ..."

A Devil’s Bargain

Federal Terror Watch Program Uses Local Law Enforcement Eyes

Pentagon extends tour of Marines in Afghanistan


Job losses mount as US economy heads into virtual freefall

Deepening Cycle of Job Loss Seen Lasting Into ’09

U. S. Loses 62,000 Jobs, Jobless Rate Holds at 5. 5%

Mortgage ruling could shock U. S. banking industry

Citigroup says long-term gold price could double or even triple

World Bank Chief: World Entering Danger Zone

Ron Paul: "Something Big is Going On"

Happy Birthday America: Americans need to stop listening to the myths they’ve been fed

"Keeping America Safe"--from the Constitution

The Human Cost Of War

New Documents Detail Civilian Deaths Caused by US Forces

Monsanto has to Accept Full Responsibility for Genetic Contamination

Global food price rises exacerbate famine in Ethiopia and Somalia

Bush administration settles Hatfill suit, buries anthrax investigation

Analysis: U. S. military to patrol Internet

UN Envoy Rips US Violations in Iraq, Guantanamo, Afghanistan

From Triumph to Torture

Panel Questions State Dept. Role in Iraq Oil Deal

Hey Y’all Watch This!

How Regan Made It Possible for Bush To Attack Iraq

State officials protest ban on voter registration at VA facilities

Republican Campaign Against Likely Democratic Voters Begins

The Air Force Wants Your LOV: Aerial Seeding of Biological Implants into Food, Water, & Air


We, the Salt of the Earth, Take Precedence

American Stupidity

Iran ’seriously considering’ new international nuclear offer

Lawmakers Cash In As Lobbyists

Iran Is Not The Belligerent Party

Whistle-Blower Suits Languish at Justice

Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity

China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo

Dow Jones breaks Great Depression record for poor performance

US Stock Market Posts Worst Monthly Decline Since 1930s

Utah company puts operations on hold due to food and fuel prices

Overdue Home-Equity Credit Lines Rise Most Since 1987, ABA Says

Gold getting ready for another big move

Financial Telegraph predicts complete meltdown of US banking system

More oil will not bring price down-Saudi king

IMF issues oil and food warning

The Exxon Valdez ruling: the Supreme Court once again defends big business

US appeals court emphatically overturns military tribunal ruling

Obama’s patriotism tour: the last refuge of a Democratic scoundrel

Israel bars UN rights team from WBank, Gaza

Israel re-closes Gaza crossings, blocks entry of food stuff

The Illusion of Saving Nations From Themselves

The Court vs. Voters

The Doctors’ Revolt

DNC protests will be behind fence

FBI to descend on Denver for Dem event

Pentagon fights EPA on hazardous waste cleanups

Obstacle to abortion law topples

Midwest floods spotlight decrepit infrastructure


Disorderly Dollar Drop Can’t Be Ruled Out, BIS Says

Factories hit worldwide as commodity prices soar

America’s Shrinking Groceries

Consumer confidence hits lowest level in 28 years

World economy may be at “tipping point”

The Subprime Swindle

Bush’s Failed Bin Laden Hunt

Judges Cite Need for Reliable Evidence To Hold Detainees

American Axle CEO’s reward for slashing wages—$8. 5 million bonus

US advisers steered Iraqi oil contracts to Western firms

Has Maine Set a Precedent on Anti-War Protests?

Florida’s 2008 Election Landscape Looking More Like 2000

High gas prices threaten to drain small towns’ populations

Kucinich won’t rally for Obama until he gets answers

U. S. Settles With Scientist Named in Anthrax Cases