* HOW THEY’RE GOING TO KILL MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY
Source: The Political Carnival
[…] This is their plan for killing off Medicare and Social Security: First, frame the argument that they’re welfare.
Social Security was originally referred to as old age insurance. It, and Medicare, were designed as insurance programs. You pay into them when you don’t need them, they pay out when you do. Just like any other insurance.
The right wing’s plan is to make us stop talking about them like they’re insurance, start thinking of them as need-based plans. When they win on the terms of the argument, they’re halfway to winning the argument — the next step is supposedly fiscally necessary savage cuts to these “welfare” programs.
Do not succumb. Do not let them frame the argument by comparing Social Security and Medicare with Food Stamps or any other need-based program. They’re insurance. We’re paying into them so that they’ll pay out when we need them. End of story. […]
* MENTAL HEALTH CARE WORKERS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST AUSTERITY IN GREECE
By Giorgos Panagakis, DEMOTIX
Greek public mental health care workers demonstrate in front of the Ministry of Health against governments plans to reduce the spending for mental health as a wave of austerity measures makes their lives more difficult.
* KATSELI, KASTANIDIS ESTABLISH NEW POLITICAL PARTY
Source: Athens News
Independent MPs and former Pasok ministers Louka Katseli and Haris Kastanidis on Wednesday announced the creation of a new political party, Social Contract (Koinoniki Symfonia, Κοινωνική Συμφωνία), during an event at the Aigli conference centre at the Zappeio.
Among those attending the event were several Independent MPs who, like Katseli, were expelled from Pasok after they defied the party whip and voted against the second bailout memorandum agreement.
The new party’s website is www.koinonikisymfonia.gr. […]
Middle aged woman: The economic hardship forced me to close my store, from which I supported my family.Young man: I regret all the votes that I have cast the past eight years.
Female student: The young people are looking for a reversal, so that they can hope for a better future.
Middle aged man: The crime rate has risen to unprecedented levels. Yesterday, my friend Thanasis’ car was stolen.
Young man: Now in the hard times everyone will be judged.
Woman from Albania: I came from Agioi Saranta 22 years ago. Now I don’t have a job.
Young man: How can it be possible that I have to wait every day for half an hour for the bus to come? How did we manage to reach this point?
Old man: I didn’t raise my kids and send them to a university to see them leave for abroad.
Woman: I have to wait for two months to have a hospital appointment. Have mercy!
Man from Egypt: I’m from Egypt and I work for 10 euros per day without social security.
READ and VIDEO @ http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/8/54033
* WEEK OF CHARTER 77 MARKS THE 35-YEAR-ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANTI-COMMUNIST HUMAN RIGHTS MANIFESTO
Source: Radio Praha
This week marks the 35-year-anniversary of the founding of Charter 77, an informal civic initiative against the communist regime. Many of its signatories would later become important figures in post-communist Czech society, such as philosopher and playwright Václav Havel, who was elected the country’s first president after the revolution. Now, the anniversary of the charter is being honored in Prague with a week-long commemoration, the Week of Charter 77.
“We believe that the mission of Charter 77 went beyond the things it declared directly, and that it also called on citizens to be active, to make themselves heard, which I think is still as relevant today. And it also highlighted the importance of being interested in public affairs. We fear that today, the focus on financial success distracts many people from these values, and a society which forgets their importance is destined to fail.”
A series of special events will mark the charter’s 35th anniversary. They include seminars, exhibitions, film screenings, public debates and a series of special performances of the late president Václav Havel’s plays. At the plaza of the National Theatre, the open-air photo exhibition “Prague through the lens of the secret service” offers visitors a chance to see photographs taken by secret police agents who were spying on and following dissidents. […]
* J.P. MORGAN CHASE’S UGLY FAMILY SECRETS REVEALES
By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
In a story that should be getting lots of attention, American Banker has released an excellent and disturbing exposé of J.P. Morgan Chase’s credit card services division, relying on multiple current and former Chase employees. One of them, Linda Almonte, is a whistleblower whom I’ve known since last September; I’m working on a recount of her story for my next book.
One of the things we were promised by the lawmakers who passed the Dodd-Frank reform bill a few years back is that this would be a new era for whistleblowers who come forward to tell the world about problems in our financial infrastructure. This story now looms as a test case for that proposition. American Banker reporter Jeff Horwitz did an outstanding job in this story detailing the sweeping irregularities in-house at Chase, but his very thoroughness means the news may have ramifications for Linda, which is why I’m urging people to pay attention to this story in the upcoming weeks. […]
* OBAMA’S PERSONAL ROLE IN A JOURNALIST’S IMPRISONMENT
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon
Jeremy Scahill, The Nation‘s national security correspondent, is easily one of America’s best and most intrepid journalists. He spends his time in dangerous places in order to uncover what the U.S. Government is doing around the world. He often produces vital scoops that, during the Obama presidency, are — for reasons often recounted here — largely ignored by the American establishment media and both political parties. In July of last year, he returned from Mogadishu and documented the Obama administration’s maintenance and proxy operation of secret CIA-run prisons in Somalia of the type that caused so much controversy during the Bush administration and which Obama supporters like to claim the President ended, and last month he returned from tribal regions in Yemen and detailed how U.S. civilian-killing drone strikes (along with its support for Yemeni despots) are the single most important cause fueling Al Qaeda’s growth in that country. But his newest article – describing President Obama’s personal, direct role in ensuring the ongoing imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist – may be his most important one yet; even for those inured to the abuses of the Obama administration, it’s nothing short of infuriating.
As we now know, on December 17, 2009, President Obama ordered an air attack — using Tomahawk cruise missiles and cluster bombs — on the village of al Majala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province; the strike ended the lives of 14 women and 21 children. At the time, the Yemeni government outright lied about the attack, falsely claiming that it was Yemen’s air force which was responsible.
The Pentagon helped bolster this misleading claim of responsibility by issuing a statement that “Yemen should be congratulated for actions against al-Qaeda.” Meanwhile, leading American media outlets, such as The New York Times, reported — falsely — that “Yemeni security forces carried out airstrikes and ground raids against suspected Qaeda hide-outs last week with what American officials described as ‘intelligence and firepower’ supplied by the United States.” Those U.S. media reports vaguely mentioned civilian deaths only in passing or not at all, opting instead for ledes such as: “Yemeni security forces carried out airstrikes and ground raids against suspected hide-outs of Al Qaeda on Thursday, killing at least 34 militants in the broadest attack on the terrorist group here in years, Yemeni officials said.” While it is certain that dozens of civilians were killed, Scahill notes that “whether anyone actually active in Al Qaeda was killed remains hotly contested.” […]
* “THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX HAD GOT US BY THE THROAT!”
By Eric W. Dolan, RawStory
CNN commentator Jack Cafferty railed against the United States’ ongoing involvement in Afghanistan following the alleged murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a rogue U.S. soldier.
“How much is enough?” he said Tuesday. “The United States has been in Afghanistan for more than ten years. And President Obama insists we will remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2014. Why? What will be accomplished by staying in that godforsaken hellhole for another 20 months that hasn’t been accomplished in 10 and a half years?”
He noted that recent events, including the burning of Qurans and desecration of Taliban corpses, had inflamed hatred against Americans in Afghanistan. […]
READ and VIDEO @ http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/13/jack-cafferty-military-industrial-complex-has-this-country-by-the-throat/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+%28The+Raw+Story%29
* MILITARIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT RAIDS OCCUPY MIAMI BEFORE 3-13-2012 ACTION
As we were leaving to do a march and rally multiple trucks and cars filled with SWAT looking officers with military armament came and drew their weapons on us and proceeded to round up all Occupiers and tenants and put them on the ground along with searching us and most rooms in the building. They had assault rifles and tactical shotguns. They were accompanied by FBI Agents and City of Miami police. These people were extremely violent and looked anxious to use their weapons so this first video was taken under my leg. This whole situation is very strange. Police state is nearly upon us.
* PLANETARY GENOCIDE: THE POISONING OF PLANET EARTH ONE YEAR POST FUKUSHIMA
On the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, we now know that this nightmare has engulfed all of us. On top of nuclear fallout, we are being assaulted with chemtrails, genetic engineering, electromagnetic pollution, and industrial ecodestruction, writes Dr. Perlingieri.
By Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri, Food Freedom
“The most difficult thing of all is to see is what is right in front of your eyes.” Goethe.
As we mourn the tragic one-year anniversary of Fukushima’s multiple nuclear reactors accident on March 11, 2011 that initially affected the entire Japanese population, we now know that this nightmare has engulfed all of us. Let us also not forget that this is the third nuclear attack on the Japanese (the first two were Hiroshima and Nagasaki). Given what has not been done to ensure public safety, we cannot think of it any other way. From the very first day, there were lies and a massive cover-up about the extent of the destruction and the inherent radioactive dangers –not just from Japanese officials and TEPCO corporate reports, but also from the US. The Mark 1 reactors, built by General Electric, have design flaws. There are many of these same-designed reactors in the US.
A year later, much of the corruption, deceit, and careless practices have been documented extensively here at Global Research –while mainstream news continues Orwellian doublespeak. Last month, in a rare but very belated mainstream account, CBS News reported that after the tsunami and nuclear accident: “The normal lines of [government] authority completely collapsed in Japan.” See: www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57386266/report-govt-collapsed-during-japan-nuke-crisis
Early on, even essential radioactive monitoring was shut down. In May 2011, the prestigious Norsk Institute’s online site was blocked from the US. They had been monitoring on a daily basis the worldwide radioactive contamination to which we were all –and continue to be– exposed. Conveniently, any early radiation monitoring in the US was inconsistent, with numerous sites supposedly not working for one or another reason. Then the so-called “acceptable” radiation levels in food were raised in the US and EU: www.activistpost.com/2011/04/eu-follows-epa-raises-acceptable.html
As Dr. Helen Caldicott and Dr. Chris Busby have repeatedly reported: “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water, or other sources. Period.” See: www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=23902 and www.helencaldicott.com/2011/05/unsafe-at-any-dose/#more-285 […]
* RADIATION, COVERUPS AND THE LEGACY OF FUKUSHIMA
One year on from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan’s northeast, details continue to emerge about how the crisis was much worse than the government and TEPCO originally let on.
Joining us to discuss the legacy of Fukushima is Helen Caldicott, a physician, author and radio host who has spoken out for decades about the deadly effects of nuclear radiation.