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Real ID, Expensive and Unnecessary
“The legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security was very specific on the question of a national ID card. They said there will be no national ID card.” – Tom Ridge Liar.

War Resister Deported from Canada, Faces Trial This Week
The first war resister to be deported from Canada since the Vietnam War faces court-martial and three years in jail. Who is next?

End Asset Forfeiture
“Civil asset forfeiture instead refers to legal property or cash owned by individuals not charged with any crime, which is nevertheless seized by law enforcement agents who merely suspect it was used in a crime.”

North American Union War Room
Editors Note: The Burdock Collective doesn’t agree with each stance advocated by persons on this page.

What is the NAU?

Introduction from FREEDOM IN CHAINS (1999)

I think this goes here.

The Fix is In for Retail Prices
Audio.

List of Smoking Bans in the United States

I feel safer.

How the Feds Make Bad-For-You Food Cheaper Than Healthful Fare

Smoking bad, bad food good!

Economics

Failed Bank List
Updated regularly. . .does that tell us something?

Scramble for Cash as Central Banks Dry Up
“British banks soon could be scrambling for short-term funding once more amid reports that supplies from Threadneedle Street and from Frankfurt may be drying up.”

Treasury Set to Bail Out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
“The Treasury Department is expected to announce as early as this weekend a plan to bail out and recapitalize collapsing home mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in one of the biggest government rescues in U.S. history.”

Freddie’s and Fannie’s Favors
“With Congress set to weigh in on the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department’s plan to rescue Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the increase in political contributions by the two corporations’ political action committees is receiving extra attention.”

What Are the Origins of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae?
We hear about them, but what are they?

Gulf Arab States to Urge OPEC Not to Cut Oil Output: Week Ahead
“OPEC’s Gulf-Arab members, which pump half of the group’s oil, are likely to urge their colleagues to leave output unchanged when they meet this week as prices above $100 a barrel squeeze the global economy.”

Credit Crunch Cancer Metastasizing
Wow.

Police State

Nearly 400 Arrested on Last Day of RNC, Including Over a Dozen Media Workers
“As John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination inside the Xcel Center last night, nearly 400 people were being arrested on the streets of St. Paul, including more than a dozen media workers.”

Video Coverage of RNC Protest Police Raids
Watch a few of America’s finest defend the plutocrats, technocrats, and oligarchs.

Peru Suspends Civil Liberties as Indigenous Struggle for Their Land
The government of Peru suspended civil liberties following clashes between indigenous Peruvians and police. The action is taking place in remote jungle regions where Indian groups are blocking highways and oil and gas installations. The protests and blockades have followed the accusation by a Peruvian indigenous association which accused the Peruvian government last week of violating the rights of the native communities in the Amazon with laws that favour foreign oil companies. The recently signed Free Trade Agreement with the United States and a number of draft laws in the legislature all allow for the easy commercial exploitation of indigenous territories.”

Georgia Town Buys Closed Strip Club
Things that make you go hmmmm. . . On the other hand, maybe this should go under the nanny state. However, policing morality is pretty scary as well.

Capitalism

What Do Prisoners Make for Victoria’s Secret?
“Tens of thousands of US inmates are paid from pennies to minimum wage-minus fines and victim compensation-for everything from grunt work to firefighting to specialized labor. Here’s a sampling of what they make, and for whom.” Prison: What is it good for?-It’s good for business!

The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand

Contact the Burdock Collective for a hard copy of this wonderful essay. burdockmidwest at gmail.com

Human Disasters

Gulf ‘dead zone’ suffocating fish and livelihoods

“Fertilizer flowing into the Gulf of Mexico triggers an overgrowth of microscopic algae, which eventually die and fall to the bottom. When they die, they decompose, and decomposition requires oxygen, So these things will fall to the bottom and as they decompose they consume oxygen.”

Vital Signs Online
Vital Signs Online provides business leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens with the latest data and analysis they need to understand critical global trends. Newly updated trends are released every two weeks-providing consistently fresh content to underpin intelligent business and policy decisions.”

Eco-Economy Indicators: Trends to Track
“Eco-Economy Indicators highlight the twelve trends that the Earth Policy Institute tracks to measure progress in building an eco-economy”

Ranchers vs. Inhabitants
“The Guarani were one of the first peoples contacted after Europeans
 arrived in South America around 500 years ago.” Imperialism lives on.

Phillipines: Half a Million Displaced in Fighting

“Up to 500,000 people are enduring poor health services and unsanitary conditions after fleeing the fighting between the government and Muslim rebels in the south.”

Colombia:Oil Palms, Right Abuses Hand in Hand in Northwest
“As of this week, there is one less human rights defender in the northwestern Colombian region of Bajo Atrato. Jimmy Jansasoy of the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission was forced to flee the area, where oil palm plantations have encroached on the collectively-owned jungle territories of traditional black communities.”

Natural Disasters

Grand Canyon Flooding Forces Massive Evacuation

“An earthen dam at the Grand Canyon breached after heavy rains, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of campers and residents in Arizona , including a portion of a Native American reservation, officials said.”

National Hurricane Center
Stay up to date.

Is Global Warming Worsening Hurricanes?

“It could be a sign of just how traumatic 2005’s Hurricane Katrina was that when Hurricane Gustav failed last week to fully pulverize New Orleans, it was news.”

Warmer Ocean Leads to Fiercer Hurricanes
Hmmm. . .

Key legal Loss for open source
“In simplified terms, the Artistic License permits the modification of the source code or its incorporation into other software programs, but requires any distributor of such programs to include with any distribution certain information identifying the source of the included code, as well as text the Artistic License itself, among a number of other things.” Step by step, the notion of open source or free software will be completely eroded to nothing more than the monopolies of copyright licensing.

Health

There May Be A Solid Connection Between Moisturizers And Skin Cancer

“According to the findings of a recent study, the use of certain moisturizing creams increases one’s chances of developing a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.” The Burdock Collective is vehemently opposed to vivisection and animal testing in general.)

http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20080811155038323

“If adopted, these changes would seriously weaken the safety net of habitat protections that we have relied upon to protect and recover endangered fish, wildlife and plants for the past 35 years,” said John Kostyack, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Conservation and Global Warming initiative.

Bush could weaken Endangered Species Act

Almost 50 percent of the world’s primates are in danger of extinction, according to a report from an international conservation group that cites habitat destruction and hunting as the two greatest threats.

Nearly half world’s primates face extinction

The International Olympic Committee has filed a copyright infringement claim against a youtube video showing August 7th’s high profile projection action at the Chinese Consulate in NYC.

http://blog.studentsforafreetibet.org/2008/08/10/the-ioc-projects-censorship-on-nyc-projection-video/#more-1544

Why Bees Matter
This article is just to get the ball rolling; ignore, however, the poppycock about stronger government regulation, etc. I would argue that dismantling the global-state-capitalist industrial complex would be a much better place to start; if not at least shooting Monsanto and Con-Agra in the face. Expect to hear more about this issue from us.

Court authorities in San Antonio, Texas will be able to track students with a history of skipping school under a new program requiring them to wear ankle bracelets with Global Positioning System monitoring.

Texas truant students to be tracked by GPS anklets

If the government-sponsored enterprises fail to raise fresh capital, the administration is likely to mount its own recapitalization, with Treasury infusing taxpayer money into the agencies.

U.S. likely to recapitalize Fannie, Freddie

Privacy advocates said tracking suspects electronically constitutes illegal search and seizure, violating Fourth Amendment rights of protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, and is another step toward George Orwell’s Big Brother society. Law enforcement officials, when they discuss the issue at all, said GPS is essentially the same as having an officer trail someone, just cheaper and more accurate. Most of the time, judges have sided with police.

Police Moving Towards Warrantless GPS Tracking

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” -Albert Einstein

World War 3

The United States and Poland reached a long-stalled deal on Thursday to place an American missile defense base on Polish territory, in the strongest reaction so far to Russia’s military operation in Georgia.

U.S. and Poland Reach Missile Deal

The report of the test launch comes amid back and forth between Iran and Western powers on the country’s controversial nuclear program.

Iran test fires rocket, says state media and Iran Reports Test of Craft Able to Carry a Satellite

Pop-Culture & Co-optation:

Solving the west’s apathy crisis is a big issue in and of itself. None of the important issues can be solved until our culture’s own apathy can be solved first.

Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization and here.

Stop Fucking Yourself

Rhizome Collective

Zines

http://www.tangledwilderness.org/?page_id=3

http://www.anti-politics.net/distro/

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