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David Neiwert – Catfood Commission proves we are at the political and economic mercy of the financial-services sector

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From Crooks and Liars:

Catfood Commission proves we are at the political and economic mercy of the financial-services sector

By David Neiwert

Americans really want to know why we don’t make stuff anymore. What happened to American manufacturing? Why is everything made in China now?

The answer: Because we are now at the economic — and political — mercy of the nation’s financial-services sector.

Here’s an illustration of what’s happened to America in the past 30 years, taken from page 33 of Kevin Phillips’ fine book, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, which predicted the global economic crisis well before it happened:

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As Phillips explains, this shift came about because both political parties in Washington — well fed with Wall Street money — decided America’s economic future lay in the financial sector, not in manufacturing.

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Kim Zetter – National Opt-Out Day Called Against Invasive Body Scanners

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From the Threat Level:

National Opt-Out Day Called Against Invasive Body Scanners

By Kim Zetter

November 12, 2010

Air travelers, mark your calendar. An activist opposed to the new invasive body scanners in use at airports around the country just designated Wednesday, Nov. 24 as a National Opt-Out Day. He’s encouraging airline passengers to decline the TSA’s technological strip searches en masse on that day as a protest against the scanners, as well as the new “enhanced pat-downs” inflicted on refuseniks.

“The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change,” reads the call to action at OptOutDay.com, set up by Brian Sodegren. “No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy, and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.”

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The Mail Online – Drug expert claims David Kelly was murdered as he could not have taken overdose

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From The Mail Online:

Drug expert claims David Kelly was murdered as he could not have taken overdose

By Miles Goslett and Sue Reid

Last updated at 5:23 PM on 13th November 2010

Mystery: Dr Kelly was found in woods near his home

Police have been urged to start a murder inquiry into Dr David Kelly’s death following further allegations that he did not commit suicide.

Officers have been told the government scientist could not have taken an overdose of painkillers.

This overdose was found by the original pathologist to be one of the causes of his death.

Dr Andrew Watt, an experienced clinical pharmacologist, says he has told Thames Valley Police it is not possible Dr Kelly could have swallowed more than a ‘safe’ dose of two coproxamol tablets because there was so little in his system after death.

He said: ‘I reported to the Thames force that I believe that the death of Dr Kelly may have been murder. I have received an acknowledgement and they have given me an incident number.

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National Security Archive – Justice Department Censors Nazi-Hunting History

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From the National Security Archive:

Justice Department Censors Nazi-Hunting History

Washington, D.C., November 13, 2010 – The Department of Justice censored dozens of pages of a candid history of Nazi-hunting (and Nazi-protecting) by the U.S. government to such a self-defeating extent that former officials leaked the entire document to the New York Times this week, instead of fulfilling the Freedom of Information request and lawsuit filed by the National Security Archive and its counsel David Sobel.

“Now that we can compare the redacted document with the complete text of the original report, it is clear that the Justice Department is withholding information without legal justification,” said David Sobel. “For an administration — and an Attorney General — supposedly committed to an ‘unprecedented’ level of transparency, this case provides a troubling example of how far the reality is from the rhetoric.”

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