Sunday, December 28, 2008

Open Your Eyes News - Edition 43

Open Your Eyes News Radio Show - RTR FM on Tues 30th December 4am-6am WST (UK - 7pm-9pm Mon 29th GMT) Unfortunately due to the wheels of community organisations moving slowly this will be a "lite" version of the planned show with just a run through of headlines & some music, but not in-depth analysis of issues. Hopefully full sign off will be given early in the New Year.
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Areas Covered Each Week:
Civil Liberties - Health - Environment - Democracy & International Relations - Economics - Science - The War on Terror - The Next War
Stories of the week:
The year of the hungry: 1,000,000,000 afflicted (The Independent)
West Australia Approves Commercial Trial of GM Canola (The West Australian)
Pilot killed in Ohio crash was Bush IT consultant (Associated Press)
Arrested UK Opposition Minister was secretly recorded by police (The Times)
Fatal flaws in Australian website censorship plan, says report (The Age)
US army ready if downturn gets out of hand (New York Post)
Prominent Scientist Fired By Gore Says Warming Alarm ‘Mistaken’ (The US Senate)
The end of the British honeybee? (The Guardian)
IMF warns of 2nd Great Depression (Associated Press)
FDNY Lieutenant admitted plan to "take down" World Trade Centre 7 live on TV on 9/11(MSNBC)
KBR knowingly exposed troops to toxic dust (CBS News)
North Korea says South seeking war, threatens "sea of fire" (AFP)

Democracy & International Diplomacy:
The year of the hungry: 1,000,000,000 afflicted
The Historian - Does your local news outlet tell you this, or feed you a diet of petty politics, reality TV, celebrities and sport?

Obama the most admired man in the world, American poll says
The Historian - The fact that he was put there by exactly the same people/corporations who put Bush there is beside the point. I'm sure British & Australian readers will see the irony in the slogan "Time for change" (which incidentally never comes). And as the sheep are herded into their pens what do they say but "O-baaaaa-ma"

Secret of the Lusitania: Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship
The Historian - But that means the USA & Britain were lying over the principle cause for the USA to join a war which had previously been very unpopular with the American people. At least things like that don't happen these days eh?

Pilot killed in Ohio crash was Bush IT consultant
The Historian - How "unfortunate an accident". 'Mike Connell's untimely death will haunt Karl Rove and the Republican Party. As the key witness in investigations into election fraud and the firing of US attorneys, Mike Connell informed investigators that he had received death threats. Connell's testimony threatened to lead to the indictment of Karl Rove. Key allegations in the cases that were converging on Rove were to the effect that Connell was ordered to manipulate election returns in 2004 to deliver the presidency to George W. Bush instead of John Kerry who was leading the pre-election polls. Connel was under investigation in the case of thousands of missing emails relevant to the probe into the politically motivated firing of US attorneys. Oh well never mind eh....

Speaker of House of Commons blocks inquiry into his handling of MP's arrest

General George S. Patton was assassinated to silence his criticism of allied war leaders

Japan asked US to prepare for nuclear strike on China

UNICEF says 6,000 child soldiers in Darfur

Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer

Lord Mandelson goes on holiday again with Nat Rothschild

Arrested UK Opposition Minister was secretly recorded by police

Riots push Greece to the edge

Bush pardons 19, commutes sentence of meth dealer
The Historian - "Democracy" in action.

China begins anti-piracy mission
The Historian - We will look back on events like this as the changing of the international guard as China begins to flex its military muscles on the international stage and eventually gains supremacy over the (soon to be bankrupt) USA

UK Government planning secret tax on 'nice houses'

Kissinger & Nixon celebrated 1972 bombing of North Vietnam, new transcripts show

EU spends £2bn each year on 'vain PR exercises'
The Historian - Remind me, how many people in the 3rd World could you feed or educate for £2 billion?

Civil Liberties:
Fatal flaws in Australian website censorship plan, says report

Australian Government denies trialling flawed internet filter,25197,24840273-15306,00.html

Web sites could get film-style ratings

Americans prefer news from Web to newspapers: survey
The Historian - All the more reason for the powers that be to control the internet "more closely"

Australia reviews anti-terror laws

U.S. Military Preparing for Domestic Disturbances

US army ready if downturn gets out of hand

Indian parliament passes tough new terrorism laws

Tasers are an outrage we must resist

Mugabe unleashes wave of terror with mass abductions

UK bailiffs get power to use force on debtors

Clown strip-searched by airport security guards - because they thought he was a terrorist

Credit crunch Britain must learn the lessons of Nazi Germany, warns

"Please give me an ID card" say UK citizens,3800010403,39368026,00.htm?r=4
The Historian - Yeah, sure they do

US police could get 'pain beam' weapons

Brazil to Equip All New, Imported Cars with Tracking Devices

German Journalists Worry 'Big Brother Law' Will Kill Press Freedom

Naked Man Dies After 4 Shocks From Taser Gun

US police use excessive force, ER docs say

NSW bus drivers angry over 'spy cameras',25197,24849695-2702,00.html

West Australia Approves Commercial Trial of GM Canola

West Australian farmers eye GM wheat

Facts melted by 'global warming'

Blight hits world's vanilla supply

EU plans to impose fish quotas on amateur sea anglers
The Historian - Yes clearly individuals with a single line are the problem and not drift net trawlers

Beijing's coldest December day in 57 years

Prominent Scientist Fired By Gore Says Warming Alarm ‘Mistaken’

How kangaroo burgers could save the planet
The Historian - Yes they probably are, though not because of "methane emissions causing global warming". More that they are 100% free range, aren't pumped full of steroids and vaccines, they are very lean, and very abundant. (and currently mainly put into pet food!)

Farmers raising a stink about possible law that could tax cow 'emissions'
The Historian - The "argument" is being slowly manipulated to that of mankind being the problem - (after all you emit methane and CO2, and consume all these animals. Wouldn't it be a lot better if there were a whole lot less human's - say a manageable 500 million? Slowly the mindset of the world's population is being twisted by this false religion. The question is how to get rid of the other 7.5 billion "useless eaters"?

Children's Books Use Christmas to Push Global Warming Agenda,3566,472164,00.html

Fix For Global Warming? Scientists Propose Covering Deserts With Reflective Sheeting
The Historian - Boy this global warming lark is great for gaining those hard to find research grants isn't it?

Food needs 'fundamental rethink'

The end of the British honeybee?
The Historian - not to mention the introduction of GM crops & new pesticides that coincided with the bee disappearances

UK's holiday waste smashes all records

Finance & Economics:

IMF warns of 2nd Great Depression

Japan recession deepens, China cuts rates

US housing crisis worsens as economy weakens

IMF warns of 'disturbing' UK debt

Where'd bailout money go? Shhhh, it's a secret

World faces "total" financial meltdown: Bank of Spain chief

Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid

Britain's job 'bloodbath'

Repossession threat even when mortgage repayments have been paid

The Federal Reserve Bank is the Reason for America's Downfall

U.S. Economy: Home Prices Fall Near Depression Pace

Central banks revolution gathers pace

Britain's GDP will decline at fastest pace since the 1940’s

Gold Rises Most in a Week on Middle East, South Asia Tensions
The Historian - You just wait until the bombing of Iran starts in the next few months

Global oil supply will peak in 2020, says energy agency

Leading Psychiatrist denied Emory University Chairmanship after Revelation of Secret Financial Ties to Big Pharma

Hairspray Exposure in Pregnant Women Increases Risk of Common Birth Defect in Boys

Radiation 'threat' to air crews

Science & Technology:
'Sex chip' being developed by scientists
The Historian - Away from the obvious about this article however is the worrying realisation that mind-control and manipulation technology is well advanced and is nearly at nano size. The possibilities for nefarious usage are terrifying.

Did warfare drive out-of-Africa migration?

Minerals suggest life could have survived on Mars

Saving humanity from gays as important as saving the rainforest from destruction, says Pope
The Historian - You could never tell that he spent his formative years in the Hitler Youth could you?

Bishops attack 'immoral' British Government

The War on Terror:
FDNY Lieutenant admitted plan to "take down" World Trade Centre 7 live on TV on 9/11
The Historian - The key bit is the interview that takes place after the collapse, about a minute in. Ask yourself how could anyone have organised to bring down a 40 storey skyscraper over the course of a few hours, while WTC 1 & 2 collapsed around them?

Iraq shoe-thrower to go on trial amid new torture claims

Afghan parents selling their sons to survive

KBR knowingly exposed troops to toxic dust

No evidence to convict 10,000 detainees– U.S. commander

Many killed by Baghdad car bomb

Afghan police die in suicide bomb

Homeland Security forecasts 5-year terror threats

The Next War:
Suspected U.S. drones kill 7 in Pakistan

US, Ukraine risk irking Russia with strategic accord

Russia orders 70 strategic nuclear missiles by 2011: Report

Georgia’s attack was no surprise – Rice

Budget will decide whether Israel attacks Iran

Iran urges ECO to drop dollar

2 alleged U.S. spies killed in Pakistan's tribal region

USA needs nuclear explosion to turn the world into dictatorship

North Korea says South seeking war, threatens "sea of fire"

Pakistan cancels army leave as India tensions rise

Iranian ship to break Israel' siege of Gaza
The Historian - The trigger that the Israeli's have been waiting for?

Quote of the Week:

"Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians"
Robin Cook MP, British Foreign Secretary 1997 - 2001, Leader of The House of Commons 2001-2003. Writing in The Guardian, 8th July 2005.

If this is your first visit I would suggest that, after viewing the articles in this page, you click onto the "Blog Archive" on the right hand panel. Have a look at some of the previous editions too. That will give you a much fuller picture of what is happening than by simply reading what has happened in the last week.