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1) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE: BEE, 3-16-07
Schools need billions
40 percent funding hike required to boost student achievement,
By Clea Benson - Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, March 16, 2007
The state's schools need at
least 40 percent more money than they are currently getting to boost
student achievement to acceptable levels, according to a report
That would amount to an additional $25 billion a year on top of the more than $54
billion that currently goes to schools.
the findings, both Republicans and Democrats said they weren't
about to suddenly and dramatically increase spending on schools.
is a conversational opportunity for us to think very
carefully about how we move forward," said Assembly Speaker
Fabian Núñez, a Democrat from Los Angeles.
"Today's studies show that no amount of money will improve our
schools without needed education reform," he said.
Legislature's nonpartisan budget adviser has predicted that as the
state's revenues increase naturally over the next five years, there
will be about $6 billion in new money available for discretionary
spending on education.
second report released Thursday, by Jennifer Imazeki of San Diego
State University, gave a different estimate of how much it would
take to adequately fund schools: an additional $1.7 billion to $1.5
researchers who released the reports said that estimate "should
not be considered reliable," because the economic model used in
the calculations did not work.
SCHOOLS IN A DEATH SPRIAL
decades of underfunding and massive, unfunded, increases in
enrollment, California's schools are incapable of educating our
is a decision we have made, but will not admit. Thirty five years
ago, our national and state leaders decided cheap labor was more
important than paying the wages and taxes to support our
and Repubs both agree that spending money on schools is not in the
books: Thieves do not voluntary give back what they have stolen.
suggest an alien tax. Many groups like to crow about how much money
illegals, and the semi-legals, make for business. Let's figure out
just how much money business has stolen from American Workers, and
their schools, using illegal labor, add the figures together, and
charge them for the services provided and the wages lost.
suggest a policy innovation. Since we don't know how many illegal,
foreign kids are going to show up at our schools every year, we must
do an annual poll, determine the number, and charge the business
community for the expenses they are incurring.
same thing would work at the hospitals, prisons, and social
hidden costs of our business community's labor policy are coming
due, and nobody but average middle-class Americans are going to pay
Updates 4, 2nd article on page, “Special Interests and Politicians Play,
Our Education System Melts Away"
Updates 34, 3rd article on page, “LONG
TERM PRISON CRISIS RECOGNIZED?SEEING IT HAS NEVER BEEN A
Updates 36, 7th article on page,
IMMIGRATION POLICY SUCCESSFUL: PERMANENT
LOW COST LABORING UNDERCLASS CREATED IN US”
Updates 36, 9th article on page, “HONEST
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS ONLY SHOWS MONETARY COST OF IMMIGRATION: EDUCATION,
MEDICINE, DEMOCRACY, AND JUSTICE ARE HIDDEN “COSTS” OF
CHEAP FOREIGN LABOR ON AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS”
Schools need billions, bee, march 16, '07
Updates 45, 8th article on page, “Income
Gap Is Widening, Data Shows”
Updates 51 , 10 th article on page, “Lenders Loot Database: Add Education: Everything Bush Touches Turns to Pain for Average Americans, Profit for Corporate Criminals"
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2) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE : LA TIMES, 3-19-07:
accuses White House of 'Nazi' tactics
By Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
1:05 PM PDT, March 19,
-- A government scientist, under sharp questioning by a federal
panel for his outspoken views on global warming, stood by his view
today that the Bush administration's information policies smacked
of Nazi Germany.
James Hansen, director of the
Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the National Aeronautics and
said the Bush administration was not the first in U.S. history to practice information
management over government scientists, but it has been the most
vigorous. He deplored a "politicization of science."
I testify to you as a government scientist," he said, "why
does my testimony have to be reviewed, edited and changed by a
bureaucrat in the White House?" Sitting beside him was one
of the bureaucrats Hansen was talking about: Philip Cooney, chief
of staff to the White House Council on Environmental Quality from
2001 to 2005.
Cooney, an official of the American
Petroleum Institute before going to the White House,
acknowledged having reviewed some of Hansen's testimony as part of a
long-standing practice designed to result in consistency.
CLAIMS BUSH A NAZI
policy decisions can only be made with honest information.
Scientists do studies and experiments, and provide the results to
politicians, who then argue, and eventually decide upon a policy.
Bush, Scientists are not necessary. Bush has replaced science with
political propaganda, rendering honest policy formation impossible.
same mechanism was used on the CIA intelligence, to make up an
excuse to attack Iraq. US Attorneys have been fired for not
politicizing federal prosecutions. Bush uses “signing
statements” to illegally modify law.
President betrayed the identity of an American Spy to distract
attention from, and cover up his lies.
news kids. The climate has already changed. Significantly. Apparently we are too stupid to notice. Fall has been running deeper
into Winter for 11 years, now ending in early December. Winter has
been more Fall-like every year, producing diminishing rain and snow.
Spring has been bringing us the majority of our winter-like storms.
Our Winter rain has been coming in Spring, or not at all.
Winter storm track, usually bringing storms here from the North
West, has shifted to the West, and even brings humid storms from the
are local trends that have been occurring in the SF Bay Area for the
last 12 years. They are significantly different than the weather
patterns during the previous 30 years.
most people in the Bay Area have no idea what the weather here was
like 30 years ago, as the majority just arrived from somewhere else,
and think, “It's always been like this here.” No, it
hasn't. These people are not here to protect our environment or
resources, but to consume them. And things are heating up.
failed to deliver the Winter rains this year, and people are still
piling into California.
long we can go on like this? Bush won't let the scientists talk, so
ignorance and greed will light our path into the future, as they
have guided us for the last 50 years.
Updates 33, 10th article on page, “Bush
Suppressing Science and Truth: climate scientists censored,
Updates 21, 9th article on page, “WHITE
HOUSE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CENSORING SCIENCE: INSPECTORS FOR NASA
AND COMMERECE DEPTS MAY EXPOSE WIDESPREAD MISCONDUCT”
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3) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE : LA TIMES, 3-20-07:
hearing heats up over changes to climate reports
Democrats lay out a paper trail that they say shows how
non-scientists edited scientists' work to downplay the impact of
By Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
March 20, 2007
WASHINGTON — Government scientists, armed
with copies of heavily edited reports, charged Monday that the
Bush administration and its political appointees had soft-pedaled
their findings on climate change.
To underscore their
charges of the administration's oil-friendly stance, Democrats
grilled an oil lobbyist who was hired by the White House to
review government climate change documents and who made hundreds of
edits that the lawmakers said minimized the impact of global
targeted a NASA director who testified about administration
pressure, accusing him of political bias, of politicizing his work
and of ignoring uncertainties in climate change science.
they disputed his contention that taxpayer-funded scientists are
entitled to free speech. "Free speech is not a simple thing and
is subject to and directed by policy," said Rep. Chris Cannon
hearing was the latest effort to challenge what the Democratic
congressional majority sees as the Bush administration's unchecked
use of power.
support their charges Monday, the Democrats produced hundreds of
pages of legal depositions, exhibits and e-mail exchanges between
administration officials. The paper trail illustrated how officials with no scientific training shaped the administration's
climate change message and edited global warming reports, inserting
doubt in the place of definitive statements and diminishing
the role people play in the planet's rising
may have been a concerted effort directed by the White House
to mislead the public about the dangers of global climate change,"
said Waxman, who also cited the administration practice of
"controlling what federal scientists could say to the public
and the media about their work."
"It would be a
serious abuse if senior White House officials deliberately tried to
defuse calls for action by ensuring that the public heard a
distorted message about the risks of climate change," Waxman
Philip Cooney, the oil lobbyist who became chief of
staff at the Council on Environmental Quality, (made significant
changes to report)
Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said
the edits confused public understanding of the issue. "If we
push our climate system hard enough, it can pass tipping points,"
he said. "That is not a situation we want to leave for our
now with Exxon Mobil Corp., came to the White House in 2001
after more than 15 years with the American Petroleum Institute, the
oil industry lobby group. His last post there was leader of the
DEMAND SCIENCE SAYS WHAT THEY WANT IT TO SAY
Administration is the greatest gift Exxon Mobil corporation has ever
received. The Interior Department has become a department of Big
Oil, and Exxon, one of the biggest funders of junk science about
Global Warming, got one of its own people in position to turn
government science into junk.
Bush's middle eastern policy (Wars) has raised Big Oil's profits to
the most money ever made by any corporation. Ever. An all-time
was just “normal” political corruption and abuse of
office, until Congress got involved. Congress gives this issue an
Orwellian character, as if distorting science and fact is normal,
Chris Cannon (R-Utah) is obviously confused. “Free
Speech,” Administration policy, and science are three separate
scientific study, to be valid, is not subject to prior “free
speech” or political policy distortions. It is science,
and must be objectively structured and executed. If not, it must be
thrown out, and done again. Then the product of the scientific
method, the result, is to be put before policy makers, the
Administration, and the public.
Speech, Administration policy, and debate are then brought to bear
on the science, and policy results. Corrupted science is
unacceptable. It is a subtle way for the President to lie to
Congress and the People.
has intervened at the “science” level, where experts
analyze and organize data, in every executive branch agency. This is
a gross misuse and abuse of office, and must be throughly
investigated, and severely punished.
Administration is in charge of our Food, Drugs, and the safety of
our roads. Vioxx is killing people, SUVs roll over, and our cats and
dogs are dropping like flies. Feel safe?
is putting itself back on the table, despite the best efforts of the
Democratic Leadership to roll over on the war, on business
subsidies, and the massive tax breaks for the richest people in our
Administration has given Americans the best chance in a hundred
years to take our democracy back. Let's not waste it. Get involved.
the links from article two, above.
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4) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE : McClatchy, 3-15-07:
twist in tale of attorneys
By Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor - McClatchy Washington
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, March 15, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department said
Wednesday that revisions in the USA Patriot Act that gave
the administration unprecedented powers to replace ousted U.S. attorneys were
designed by a mid-level department lawyer without the
knowledge of his superiors or anyone at the White House.
e-mails released this week, Justice Department officials
discussed relying on the new powers to get "our preferred
person appointed" with "far less deference to home state
senators," according to an e-mail by Kyle Sampson, the
former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Moschella, principal associate deputy attorney general, said
that he pursued the changes on his own, without the knowledge or
coordination of his superiors at the Justice Department or anyone at
the White House.
Moschella nor other department officials disclosed at what point
Moschella or anyone else at Justice realized the provision could be
used as part of the wider strategy of replacing U.S. attorneys.
ACT” OR ATTACK ON CONSTITUTION?
a bunch of Shit. Moschella was guided, if not by a specific person,
by the evil spirit of tyranny that lives in, and guides this
Administration. In any case, this was no accident.
irony is that Moschella was working in, and for, the Justice
Department when he secretly modified our Constitution, not only
stripping citizens of their rights, but also stripping the Senate of
their rights. It is impossible to believe that Moschella, working
alone, had the balls to alter our Constitution without guidance from
questioned by Congress about the reasons and methods used for firing
the US Attorneys, Moschella
lied to congress.
taken at face value, (which I don't) and you believe that Moschella
independently altered the Constitution, then Moschella's boss in the
Justice Department is responsible for the actions of this rogue
employee. Moschella and his bosses should be punished for secretly
altering the Constitution, and lying to Congress about why they did
must take full responsibility for short circuiting both the
Constitution, and the Senate's power. For this secret Constitutional
amendment alone, he should be fired, or forced out of office. This
would be mandatory for an honest Administration, unless Moschell's
trick, his follow-up lies to Congress, and his department's other
illegal actions, had been approved at the highest level of
authority, by the President.
Moschella been suspended pending investigation? Has he been fired? I
think not. A review of the DOJ website and news sources indicates he
has not been censured in any way. Heck, they tried to keep Sampson
on the payroll after he was forced to resign.
punishments for these crimes will come from this Administration.
This Administration exercises many unconstitutional powers, and
sought the power to control Federal Prosecutions. This
Administration intentionally used the “Patriot Act” as
an instrument to expand illegal police powers as much as it could.
was willing to take the blame for the Administration's
underhandedness, but I hope the full story will come out.
any case, Moschella seriously, and unconstitutionally expanded the
President's ability to escape the Senate's Constitutional check,
expand illegal governmental power, and corrupt our Justice system.
Patriot Act has seriously, and unconstitutionally, expanded the
President's ability to illegally search Americans.
Administration has been trying to draw as much power into its hands
as it can, with no checks, since they took office. Although it has
exploded in their face, the US Attorney clause in the Patriot Act
was no accident, or surprise to the Administration. It compliments
the rest of their actions.
were just too prepared to use it.
Updates 16, 1st article on page, October
5, 2006, “BUSH
TRAINING CONGRESS TO OBEDIENCE PROBLEM TEACHING THEM TO
ROLL OVER WHEN THEY ARE ASLEEP”
Updates 22, 7th article on page, “Reid
Threatens Bush with Oversight”
Updates 23, 4th article on page, “Bush
Claims to Unlimited Power Contested”
Updates 23, 8th article on page, “Harmon
Calls Wiretapping Illegal”
Updates 23, 9th article on page, NYTIMES,
SOFTPEDALS PRESIDENTIAL WAR CRIMES AND DOMESTIC CRIMES. LEAVE
IT TO THE TIMES TO PUT LIPSTICK ON PIGS”
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page, December 8, 2006, “GOP senator
says war may be 'criminal'”
Updates 25, 7th article on
page, 12-6-06, “Italy Seeks Indictments of C.I.A.
Operatives in Egyptian’s Abduction”
Updates 25, 8th article on page,
12-6-06, “Senators rap FBI over domestic spying”
Updates 31, 1st article on
page, 1-17-07, “AG criticizes judges for terror
Updates 31, 2nd and 3rd articles on page, “Deputy Assistant Secretary for
the Indefensible,” and “A
Bush appointee's crude gambit on detainees' legal rights”
Updates 31, 6th article on page, 1-17-07, “Secret Court to
Govern Warrantless Taps”
7th article on page, 1-19-07, “Pentagon
Revises Its Rules on Prosecution of Terrorists”
Updates 31, 8th article on page, 1-19-07, “Pentagon
sets rules for detainee trials”
Updates 34, 2rd article on page, “WHITE
HOUSE CLAIMS SECRET POLICY POWER"
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5) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE :
Violations May Number 3,000, Official Says
By R. Jeffrey Smith
Wednesday, March 21, 2007; A07
The Justice Department's
inspector general told a committee of angry House members yesterday
that the FBI may have violated the law or government policies as
many as 3,000 times since 2003 as agents secretly collected
the telephone, bank and credit card records of U.S. citizens and
foreign nationals residing here.
Inspector General Glenn A.
Fine said that according to the FBI's own estimate, as many as 600 of these violations could be "cases of serious misconduct"
involving the improper use of "national security letters"
to compel telephone companies, banks and credit institutions to
security letters are comparable to subpoenas but are issued directly
by the bureau without court review.
FBI tally showed that the bureau made an average of 916 such
requests each week from 2003 to 2005, but Fine told the House
Judiciary Committee that FBI record keeping has been chaotic and
"significantly understates" the actual use of that tool.
estimate of the incidence of serious abuses was extrapolated from
his investigators' scrutiny of 293 national security letters, out of
44,000 letters -- containing 143,074 data requests -- that the FBI
has reported issuing during the three-year period he reviewed.
DO YOU SAY ILLEGAL SEARCH? “NATIONAL SECURITY LETTER”
is a “Patriot Act?” In the twisted logic of our
corporate politicians, acting “patrioticlly,” means
attacking one of the core values in our Constitution, our right to
be SECURE in our Persons, Houses, Papers,
and Effects. Today's Patriot is yesterday's traitor, and
Patriot Act is an attack on the rights that the Patriots fought and
died for. It is an act of traitors, not patriots. Beware of
politicians and media outlets who speak benignly of illegal
governmental powers, in terms of acceptability.
without warrants are criminal acts, even when approved by Congress,
and carried out by the President, the FBI, or the government as
portrayed by network television police and CIA dramas.
the President, and Network television believe that if they invoke
“Terror,” they can justify doing anything with unlimited
Security Letters” are abuses of power, a criminal misuse of
political office, and insults to our Constitution.
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article on page, “Harmon Calls Wiretapping Illegal”
9th article on page, “TIMES SOFTPEDALS PRESIDENTIAL WAR CRIMES
AND DOMESTIC CRIMES”
Updates 25, 8th article on page, “FBI
CHIEF DEFYS CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT REFUSAL TO DISCLOSE ILLEGAL
Updates 31, 6th article on page, “Secret Court to Govern Warrant less Taps”
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6) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY: McClatchy,
defends transfers, absolves U.S.
By Shashank Bengali - McClatchy Nairobi Bureau
12:00 am PDT Thursday, March 15, 2007
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan
authorities on Wednesday defended the secret transfers of dozens of
prisoners to war-torn Somalia and rejected allegations that its
ally, the United States, was directing its actions.
The U.S. government refused
to confirm or deny allegations that it played a significant
A spokesman for Kenya's
police, who detained at least 150 people caught fleeing December's
U.S.-backed war against Islamist militias in Somalia, said top
levels of government in Kenya and Somalia had directed the transfers
of at least 80 of the prisoners.
spokesman, Gideon Kibunja, said U.S. law
enforcement agents had provided "consultations" to Kenyan
authorities, who held and interrogated the prisoners. The countries
routinely cooperate on terrorism cases in Kenya, where alleged
al-Qaida operatives bombed the U.S. Embassy in 1998.
secret transfers have caused alarm because of transfers of detainees
by the CIA without court proceedings to foreign countries to be
interrogated. Critics say the practice violates international law
and has led to the torture of prisoners.
LAWLESSNESS SPREADS TO KENYA:
HOLDING-TRANSFERING PRISONERS OK BY US
crimes, his lawless use of American power, here and around the
world, in pursuit of his endless “global war on terror,”
have given solace to tyrants and dictators around the world.
international crimes have justified the use of arbitrary authority
by harsh governments and dictators around the world. A dictator need
only employ the word “Terror,” and the rule of law,
political dissidents, and factional opponents, magically disappear.
is providing a new role model of international relations and
propriety, based on lawless brutality. It is a lawless brutality
based on what they can get away with, and makes democracy and the
rule of law irrelevant. Bush's fight against terror is terror, and
fans the fires of violence. This was not unexpected.
global human rights naturally follows the destruction of our
Constitutional rights and democracy. We have secretly supported
death squads for a Century. Bush has not just exposed these crimes,
he has exposed our political system for what it is.
has broken through the tired facade of American Justice, to show the
world what we really are, rather than what we say we are. Bush's
lawlessness, while mouthing the terms democracy and freedom, has
established a new global standard of political hypocrisy. This has
been taken up by dictators and tyrants around the world.
world has a new role model and standard for international
lawlessness. Bush's new legal standards, of arbitrary authority and
violence, is spreading around the world.
United States' example of illegal kidnappings, torture, illegal
extraditions, and endless unlawful detentions, have destroyed our
credibility, undermined our alliances, and angered people around the
world. Bush has damaged, if not destroyed, the spread of democracy
around the world, degraded the state of human rights, and made extra
judicial violence an acceptable tool for our allied governments
around the world. This will engender increasing global instability
into the foreseeable future.
is the just the latest example of how countries around the world are
following our lead by dropping the rule of law from their domestic
and international relations.
crimes encourage, not discourage, resistance and violence against
tyrannical governments around the world.
bred Terror, and now it's breeding more.
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7) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE : BEE,
New agency would help the foreign-born with integration into
civic life of California.
By Aurelio Rojas - Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 12:00 am
PDT Saturday, March 17, 2007
nine-year legislative effort to allow illegal immigrants to apply
for driver's licenses has made him a polarizing figure. Fitton is
suspicious SB 1 would not distinguish between legal and illegal
immigrants and "undermine the enforcement of our nation's
Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said such an office would not
serve the interests of all Californians.
"Is the office going to
be supporting the enforcement of federal immigration law, or is it
going to be targeted amorphously at immigrants, no matter their
status?" he said. "I think it's more of the latter."
is amazing to watch people become “Americans.”
is amazing that they come to a country that is illegitimate by its
own standards. It is amazing they come to work for, and obey the
corporations that broke our democracy. Criminals moving to a
Criminal Nation for money.
being an American no more than crimigrant self-interest and
Corporate Greed? Obedience and Consumption by illegal peasants are
now, apparently, the only thing required to become an American
Citizen. No wonder the government is seizing our rights without
immigrants are swearing allegiance to the criminal fucks that broke
our Constitution, stole our democracy, then looted our country of it
wealth. “For a better way of life.” I hope the long term
cost is worth the short term gain. If not, the Crimigrants will be
disappointed, and may have to move where there is more money.
Special Interests and Corporations have no problem lifting foreign
peasants to wages that impoverish Americans.
political poichos are right there, and Cedillo is serving his
corporate criminal masters, and his foreign criminal “constituents,”
by claiming America has no rights to control its borders or labor
policy. According to California Democrats, “the
Constitution doesn't count anymore. It was written for a different
time and place, and doesn't apply any more.”
are fighting words.
has a duty, according to Cedillo and other traitors like
him, to flood our country with illegal foreigners, and subsidize
their education, medicine, and incarceration, while they work to
make American Corporations richer.
Updates 36, 7th article on page,
“CORPORATE-DEMOCRAT IMMIGRATION POLICY SUCCESSFUL: Poverty”
Updates 36, 9 th article on page, “HONEST
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS ONLY SHOWS MONETARY COST OF IMMIGRATION:
EDUCATION, MEDICINE, DEMOCRACY, AND JUSTICE ARE HIDDEN “COSTS”
OF CHEAP FOREIGN LABOR ON AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS”
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8) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE : BBC,
associate guilty of graft
Monday, 19 March 2007, 08:10 GMT BBC
A close associate of
former Philippine President Joseph Estrada has been sentenced to at
least two years and four months in jail for corruption.
Ang was also fined 25m pesos ($500,000) by the Manila court.
Ang confessed to helping Mr
Estrada divert money generated from tobacco taxes for his own
personal use - a charge which the former leader denies.
Mr Estrada himself is
currently awaiting a verdict in his own long-running plunder trial.
was arrested shortly after being ousted by a popular revolt in
January 2001, and faces charges of illegally acquiring tens of
millions of dollars from state funds and gambling rackets.
EX-PRESIDENT'S BUDDY GETS TWO YEARS FOR CORRUPTION
our Phillippino dictator, Marcos, wore out his welcome, we have been
having a hard time regularizing political and economic corruption in
the Philippines. A political-economic axis of corporate elites has
been unable to form.
lack of stable, local authority in the Philippines, assures chaos
until they have their own “American” revolution, and
throw out their foreign supported corrupt politicians.
no stable governmental institutions, political corruption in the
Philippines is personal, informal, and endemic. The after affects of
our colonial brutality in the Philippines has left a stubborn legacy
of political corruption and social disorder.
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9) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE : BBC, 3-19-07:
jails editor for subversion
Monday, 19 March 2007, 16:14 GMT BBC
editor of a Chinese website has been sentenced to six years in
prison for writing articles criticizing the government, Chinese
media have said.
media rights group said Mr Zhang was arrested last September after
posting articles demanding the release of jailed political
Chinese authorities have
moved recently to tighten control over the internet.
Zhang spent 18 months in a labour camp for his role in the Tiananmen
protests, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said.
JAILS JOURNALISTS FOR “SUBVERSION”
has become a Bushiean Corporate Fascist dreamland. China's Commie
Government possesses unlimited power over individuals, business, and
governmental authority. And they are greedy for wealth, power, and
prestige, just like our leaders.
has transformed itself into a nearly perfect capitalist state
dedicated to profit, but this arrest shows that the relationship
between political and economic power has not quite been worked out.
has been made apparent by recent political power struggles that have
been described as “anti-corruption” drives by the
central government. This arrest is different, in that the target is
not an opposing political faction, but free speech.
of how the political and economic elites solve their problems, the
average person will be held to obedience, or severely punished.
are we enriching and empowering these people?
our greed is more important than our ethics and values.
Updates 36, 6th article on page, “AMERICA
REFUSES TO STOP EXPANDING POPULATION AND CONSUMPTION: AMERICAN
GREED-CONSUMPTION FUELS MANUFACTURING (POLLUTION) IN CHINA”
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10) THE ABSTRACT PRINTED BELOW WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE :
might be right to replumb water system
March 19 2007
support for a new off-stream reservoir could be traded for
Republican backing of a comprehensive healthcare plan. Or swapped
for a state budget, if lawmakers get stuck in a long summer
stalemate. Or, more appropriately, bargained for an environmentally
friendly fix to the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
all of the above.
"Everything's on the table,"
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) said in an interview.
"Healthcare really is important to me. And water really is
important to people on the other side.
water debate is changing in Sacramento, largely because the climate
is, and so will the hydrology. Global warming will convert Sierra
snow to rain and result in more rapid runoff, requiring added
storage space to quickly catch the water before it tumbles into the
sea. At the other extreme, there'll be longer, more severe droughts
and the need for water reserves.
voted for $4.9 billion in flood control bonds in November, but the
delta still needs to be re-plumbed. The water flow south is unstable
and the fishery is failing.
A big reservoir — north or
south of the delta — is something Republicans really want and
conceivably could get in this legislative session because of the
dire warnings and compromise opportunities.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is siding with the GOP lawmakers, even if it
is seen in the Capitol as a fence-mending sop after he ignored
Republicans on so many issues last year. The governor is sponsoring
legislation, carried by Sen. Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto), to place a
$5.95-billion water bond issue on the 2008 ballot. It would include
$4.5 billion for water storage.
comments: “...we're just waiting for that earthquake or
sustained drought. Then we'll be falling all over each other to do
something. Like in the energy crisis."
Cogdill bill doesn't go," asserts Assemblywoman Lois Wolk
(D-Davis), who heads the house water committee.
GROWTH BEYOND NATURAL LIMITS: POLITICIANS-CORPORATIONS WANT MORE
education, roads, and every tax supported social and infrastructural
institution of this state has been drained of its value by our
corporate class during the last 37 years.
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