7/23/08 What Will You Do Now?

"The 'civilized' have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their 'vital interests' are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience' of the 'civilized' world. "
James Baldwin [From chapter 1 of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976), page 489 of Collected Essays

"If war aims are stated which seem to be solely concerned with Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of the world. The interests of other peoples should be stressed. This would have a better propaganda effect."
Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the US State Department, 1941

“All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about us years from now.”
Richard Perle

"the centerpiece for the CENTCOM Master Plan for future access to and operations in Central Asia."
Admiral William J. Fallon, then the commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) seeking funds in 2007 for $62 million ammunition storage facility at Bagram Air Base

CENTCOM's Master Plan and U.S. Global Hegemony
By Robert Higgs
Many people deny that the U.S. presides over a global empire. If you speak of U.S. imperialism, they will fancy that you must be a decrepit Marxist-Leninist who has recently awakened after spending decades in a coma. Yet the facts cannot be denied, however much people's ideology may predispose them to distort or obfuscate those facts.... The United States government divides the world into six military regions called Unified Combatant Commands. A separate Africa Command [AFRICOM] has been created recently. Once it is fully operational, it will include all of the African countries except Egypt. A few other northeastern African countries were previously included in the Central Command's area of responsibility. The Central Command, abbreviated as CENTCOM, stretches from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen in the West to Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan in the East. The easternmost reaches of this combatant area butt up against India, China, and Russia.
Looking carefully at the map, one discovers that Israel is not included in the CENTCOM area, but in the European Command area. In a sense, however, we may describe the twenty-one countries in CENTCOM's newly defined "area of responsibility" as a sort of logical complement of Israel: the people of every one of these countries devoutly wish (and here I have chosen my adverb carefully) that Israel had never come into existence and that it will go out of existence as soon as possible.... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20334.htm

Imperialist geostrategy: divide to conquer with 'hard & soft' power
China and Russia’s Geographic Divide
http://www.stratfor.com/
...So why Stratfor’s interest in the topic? The primary reason the United States is the most powerful state in the international system is that it faces no challengers on its continent. (Canada is de facto integrated into the United States, and Mexico — even were it stable and rich — would still be separated from the United States by a sizable desert.) This allows the United States to develop in peace and focus its efforts on projecting its power outward rather than defending itself. For the United States to be threatened, a continental-sized power or coalition of similar or greater size would need to arise. So long as China and Russia remain at odds, the United States does not have to work very hard to maintain its position. ...
If China and Russia are going to stand together against the United States — or really, anyone — in any way, shape or form, the first thing they have to do is stop standing against each other. And that is just about to happen.... Which brings us back to the island battles that cemented the Sino-Soviet split: Russia is giving them back. On July 21, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov put Russia’s final signature — in a deal already signed and ratified by both sides — to a deal that commits Russia to the imminent removal of its forces from 67 square miles of territory on a series of... two of the islands over which the Chinese and Soviets battled in 1969, formalizing the Sino-Soviet split. The final pullout of Russian forces is expected within a month... a Chinese-Russian alliance remains neither natural nor likely. But, with the territory handover, it has just become something that it was not a week ago: possible.

Russia: Losing Its Toehold in Europe
July 23, 2008
With the arrest of one of its last war crimes suspects, Serbia has clearly signaled a policy shift toward Europe — and away from Russia.
Stratfor's intelligence runs the gamut of economic, military, and political events that will be shaping the geopolitical environment for corporations, individuals, and government entities.

imperialist liberation by
STEEL RAIN
Robert C. Koehler
"Civilian casualties have been a continuing issue in Afghanistan, and President Karzai has rebuked American and NATO forces for what he has called carelessness in their military operations." This is the genteel, bloodless language of geopolitics, spoken by the Gray Lady and the heads of state and makers of policy whom she serves. You wouldn't know that "carelessness" referred to killing a bride (and twenty-some guests) on her wedding day, except that the observation comes at the end of the New York Times' account of our July 6 bombing of an Afghani wedding, which followed a Fourth of July missile strike in that country -look at the fireworks, Mom! -that killed 15 innocent civilians. Careless superpower indeed.... "carelessness" meant a deliberate U.S. policy of waging the war on terror from the air. But that has been our policy all along, from "shock and awe" and "mission accomplished" to "the surge is working." It is undebated, unreported, unquestioned, this policy conceived with the vacuous single-mindedness of serial killers. The death it has caused has not been calculated and is perhaps incalculable, especially when you factor in the time-bomb effects of depleted uranium and other deadly substances that bombing spreads both locally and around the world...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45881

another u.s. liberation facing defeat...
Taliban Threaten to Kill Officials Held Hostage
...The standoff has grown into one of the most serious recent challenges to the government’s resolve to curb the militants’ rapid expansion. The threat comes just 10 days before Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is scheduled to meet with President Bush at the White House....In an oblique reference to the Bush administration’s worry that Al Qaeda is planning a major attack from sanctuaries in the tribal areas, Mr. Gilani said, “The majority of these foreigners are hiding in the tribal areas and their presence raises the specter of another 9/11.” ... a columnist in the daily national newspaper The News, said Pakistan’s tribal areas had become an extension of the war in Afghanistan just as Cambodia became an extension of the war in Vietnam.... He warned in a column on Friday that the United States bombing of Viet Cong sanctuaries in Cambodia had not succeeded in bringing North Vietnam to the negotiating table. Similarly, he said, if the United States enters the tribal areas and starts “bombing ‘terrorist sanctuaries’ or sending in ‘special forces,’ [...] [which of course it already has]
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/world/asia/19pstan.html?th&emc=th

Obama Opens a Foreign Tour in Afghanistan
Senator Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, opening a high-stakes foreign trip in a country that is increasingly the focus of his clash with Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign over whether the war in Iraq has been a distraction in hunting down terrorists... Mr. Obama flew to eastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan, to get a first-hand look at the region where American troops are feeling the brunt of increased attacks from militants infiltrating across the border from Pakistan. In selecting Afghanistan as the opening stop of his first overseas trip as the presumptive Democratic nominee, he was seeking to highlight what he says is its importance as the key front in the fight against terrorism....
The White House also made clear on Saturday that it was monitoring Mr. Obama’s travels, accidentally [sic] sending an internal e-mail message to a broad distribution list of reporters of a news report that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq supported Mr. Obama’s proposed 16-month timeline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq. President Bush’s agreement to a “general time horizon” for withdrawing American troops in Iraq has opened the door to new consideration of strengthening the American and NATO presence in Afghanistan, which Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain both agree on in principle.... “Barack Obama thanked the officials of Nangarhar and the people of Nangarhar for eliminating poppy cultivation, fighting corruption, and he promised that the United States would give more help to Afghanistan ..."...On the Afghanistan and Iraq leg of the trip, he has been joined by Senators Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, and Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, both of whom have been mentioned as possible running mates for Mr. Obama....“What have we seen from the current president that we should expect anything from a future president?” said Abdul Wakil, 28, who runs a juice stall in the street near the heavily guarded United States embassy in central Kabul....
Mr. Obama’s trip is drawing considerable attention in the United States and abroad. It is being choreographed by his strategists to coincide with a new television advertisement intended to highlight his ideas on foreign policy and portray him as ready to serve as commander in chief, an issue on which, polls suggest, he trails Mr. McCain.... a significant opportunity for him to be seen as a leader who can improve America’s image.

unlike stupid amerikans...
Among Iraqis, Obama is not Topic No. 1
Ordinary citizens appear skeptical of differences between the U.S. presidential candidates....
"I remember Iraqis being very hopeful that Clinton would lift the sanctions [against then-President Saddam Hussein's regime] when he came to power in the '90s," said rental truck driver Amer Abdullah, 38. "But history will tell us that this was not the case."... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45882
Said Rifai and Saif Rasheed, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

Mideast Sees More of the Same if Obama Is Elected:
From the religious center of Jerusalem to the rolling hills of Amman to the crowded streets of Cairo, dozens of interviews revealed a similar sentiment: the United States will ultimately support Israel over the Palestinians, no matter who the president is.
http://tinyurl.com/65f745

Obama: I condemn bulldozer attack, will always back Israel's war on terror:
"I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security," Obama told a news conference in Amman, Jordan, before a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1004447.html

Father of eight children dies due to Israeli siege on Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
Palestinian citizen Kamel Abu Rezeq, 44 and a father of eight children, died on Sunday after the [U.S. SPONSORED] Israeli occupation government denied him permit to leave abroad for proper medical treatment, Palestinian sources announced Sunday. The popular committee against the siege confirmed that Abu Rezeq was suffering from cancer and that he had appealed several times to the IOA to allow him travel abroad for medical treatment but the IOA rejected his appeals...

"we have become a barbarian people"
Shulamit Aloni, former minister of education in Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, 2001

other words for genocide...
Israel’s collective psychosis: The denial syndrome
Khaled Amayreh
This week, Israel sank in an avalanche of national lethargy, hypocrisy and self-righteousness. Seeking to cope with Hezbullah’s success in getting Israel to release all Lebanese prisoners, dead and living, in exchange for the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Israeli leaders, media and shapers of public opinion have been indulging in sanctimonious self-glorification while denouncing the other side as "hateful, uncivilized and representing an inferior cultu re." This is a characteristic Israeli behavior. It perfectly characterizes a society that has been living in a state of denial ever since Zionist gangs, aided by western powers, succeeded in uprooting the bulk of native Palestinians from Palestine, their ancestral homeland, and implanting therein Israel, a state based on racism, terror, ethnic cleansing and falsification of history.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45832

will you vote for Obama's no-change imperial state terrorism?
In his address on foreign policy, Mr. Obama argued that the war in Iraq had distracted the United States from what he called the central front in the fight against terrorism... Senator Obama said on Tuesday that the addition of tens of thousands of combat troops to Iraq last year had significantly reduced violence in the country. But he said that positive developments there had not changed his mind about the need to pull troops from Iraq so America could focus more on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.... to address the resurgent Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he said posed a far greater danger to American security than did the chaos in Iraq.... Mr. McCain also said the United States should help strengthen civil institutions in Afghanistan and help eradicate the heroin trade, proposals echoed by Mr. Obama on Tuesday.... Mr. Obama has been laying out a broad vision of America’s role in the world in an Obama presidency. He has spoken of reducing American combat forces in Iraq and adding as many as 10,000 troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has emphasized the application of so-called soft power, the use of diplomacy and economic aid...

Obama, in Israel, Says a Nuclear-Armed Iran Poses Grave Threat:
... at a joint press briefing with Peres, Obama praised the president's involvement in Israel's 60-year history, describing the country as ``that miracle that has blossomed.'' "A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat,'' Obama told reporters today in Sderot, Israel. ``The world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.''... Obama is using his visit to Israel to reassure Israel's leaders and Jewish voters in the U.S. that his policies aren't unduly pro-Palestinian... Obama, as well as expressing his commitment to Israel's security, has rejected the Palestinians' demand for the right of those who left Israel to return. He has said the U.S. shouldn't negotiate with Hamas, the Islamic Palestinian group that the U.S. and the European Union consider a terrorist organization, unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist. Obama also backs a plan that has angered Palestinians to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, though he says the matter should be part of negotiations with the Palestinians. That issue is among the most contentious in Israeli- Palestinian negotiations and may derail President George W. Bush's goal of laying the foundations for a Palestinian state with a peace agreement before he leaves office in January. "There's a lot of suspicion about Obama in Israel, a feeling he may be more sympathetic to the Palestinians than the current administration,'' said Gadi Wolfsfeld, a political scientist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. "They're looking for reassurances that U.S. foreign policy isn't going to change. People in Israel like George W. Bush.''
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a8EAXBGdfnpA&refer=p...

TWO FACES: Iran talks tough for the Iranian people and regional power, while wheeling and dealing with u.s.
No limits on foreign investment in Iran
IranMania.com
Iran's Deputy Minister of Commerce says foreign investment in Iran simply requires an authorization permit with no additional complications, PressTV reported. In a meeting with South Korean private and public entrepreneurs designed to explain Iran's rules and requirements for foreign investment and to introduce Iran's economic and trade capabilities and potential, Mahdi Ghazanfari discussed Iran's ongoing privatization process of its industries and the many incentives for foreign investment... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45836

u.s. psywar 'talks' 'stalemated' as expected, since "...Iranian diplomats reiterated before the talks that they considered the issue [enriching uranium] nonnegotiable."
U.S. Is Present, but Iran Nuclear Talks End in Stalemate
International talks included one of the most important diplomatic encounters between Iran and the United State since 1979, but they ended in deadlock.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/20/world/middleeast/20nuke.html?th&emc=th

"The Iranian people are steadfast and will not step back an inch against the oppressive powers," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday at a rally in the southwestern province of Kohgelouyeh-Boyerahmad.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/07/200872382614455738....

bipartisan unity: extreme right Kristol sitting in for neoliberal Krugman, gives Obama suggestion and vote of confidence
No Substitute for Victory
By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In Berlin, Barack Obama will surely pledge our commitment to victory in the struggle for freedom.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/21/opinion/21kristol.html?th&emc=th

another 'civilized' western u.s. partner, a catholic country with fascist prez., ratchets up white supremacist reaction against muslims in terror war
A Veil Closes France’s Door to Citizenship
...France’s highest administrative court upheld a decision to deny citizenship to Ms. Silmi, 32, on the ground that her “radical” practice of Islam was incompatible with French values like equality of the sexes. It was the first time that a French court had judged someone’s capacity to be assimilated into France based on private religious practice, taking laïcité — the country’s strict concept of secularism — from the public sphere into the home....
M’hammed Henniche, of the Union of Muslim Associations in the Seine-St.-Denis district north of Paris, says he fears that the French ruling may open the door to what he considers ever more arbitrary interpretations of what constitutes “radical” Islam.“What is it going to be tomorrow?” he asked. “The annual pilgrimage to Mecca? The daily prayer? “This sets a dangerous precedent,” he said. “Religion, so far as it is personal, should be kept out of these decisions.”...

In a sign of the nature of some of the criteria used to evaluate Ms. Silmi’s fitness to become French, the government commissioner approvingly noted in her report that she was treated by a male gynecologist during her pregnancies....

France is home to about five million Muslims, three out of five of them French citizens, experts estimate. Criteria for granting French citizenship include “assimilation,” which focuses on how well the candidate speaks French. Ms. Silmi’s French is fluent. Lately, though, President Nicolas Sarkozy has stressed the importance of “integration” into French life. Part of his tougher immigration policy is new legislation to require foreigners who want to join their families to take an exam on French values as well as the French language before leaving their countries.
Ms. Silmi’s husband, a former bus driver who says he is finding it hard to get work because of his beard, dreams of moving his family to Morocco or Saudi Arabia. “We don’t feel welcome here,” he said. “I am French, but I can’t really say that I am proud of it right now.”
"I would never have imagined that they would turn me down because of what I choose to wear."
- FAIZA SILMI, a Muslim who applied for French citizenship and was turned down because she wears a veil.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/world/europe/19france.html?th&emc=th

THE DAYS OF RECKONING ARE NOW --WAKE UP

Taxpayers Cost of Loan Bailout Could Be $25 Billion
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/business/economy/23treasury.html?8au&e...

WILL YOU BUY IT? " The fate of the economy now rests on the shoulders of the American consumer" -- meaning workers, declares the following analysis "Uncomfortable Answers...", on behalf of u.s. ruling class. To convince us to shoulder not only the cost but the blame, the bourgeoisie indicts those whose labor power produces their predator profits in order to hide capitalism's responsibility and 'psych' us who now must bailout capitalism to escalate its endless wars and drive the world into deeper destruction and death. To save the systemic source of war and misery worldwide, we must finance finance capitalism's barbaric political-economic global dictatorship over humanity. Will we ever stand up and resist?

Uncomfortable Answers to Questions on the Economy
Is this a recession? How bad is housing? When will bank revive? Is my job safe? Are consumers done? Who's to blame?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/business/economy/19econ.html?th&emc=th
By PETER S. GOODMAN
You have heard that Fannie and Freddie, their gentle names notwithstanding, may cripple the financial system without a large infusion of taxpayer money. You have gleaned that jobs are disappearing, housing prices are plummeting, and paychecks are effectively shrinking as food and energy prices soar. You have noted the disturbing talk of crisis hovering over Wall Street.
The fate of the economy now rests on the shoulders of the American consumer, whose spending amounts to 70 percent of all economic activity. When people go to the mall and buy televisions and eat out, their money circulates through the economy. When they tighten their belts, austerity ripples out and chokes growth.

Through the years of the housing boom, many Americans came to treat their homes like automated teller machines that never required a deposit. They harvested cash through sales, second mortgages and home equity lines of credit — an artery of finance that reached $840 billion a year from 2004 to 2006, according to work by the economists James Kennedy and Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman. That allowed Americans to live far in excess of what they brought home from work. But by the first three months of this year, that flow had constricted to an annual rate of about $200 billion.

Average household debt has swelled to 120 percent of annual income, up from 60 percent in 1984, according to the Federal Reserve.
And now the banks are turning off the credit taps. “Credit is going to remain tight for a time potentially measured in years,” said Mr. Tilton, the Goldman Sachs economist.
This is the landscape that has so many economists convinced that consumer spending must dip, putting the squeeze on the economy for several years.
Long term, Americans may have no choice but to spend less, save more and reduce debts — in short, to live within their means. “We’re getting a lot of the adjustment and it hurts,” said Kristin Forbes, a former member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush, and now a scholar at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. “But it’s an adjustment we’re going to have to make.” ...
Through it all, a lot of ordinary Americans borrowed a lot more money then they could afford to pay back, running up enormous credit card bills and borrowing against the value of their homes. Now comes the day of reckoning....

the state is prepared for days of reckoning --- are you?
“Our colleagues hold that the president can order the military to seize from his home and indefinitely detain anyone in this country — including an American citizen — even though he has never affiliated with an enemy nation, fought alongside any nation’s armed forces, or borne arms against the United States anywhere in the world,”
Judge Diana Gribbon Motz for the Fourth Circuit Court

threats of disease terror serve fascist global terror war
World warned over killer flu pandemic
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrats' health spokesman, likened the threat from a pandemic to the threat of international terrorism. He said: "Globally there has been massive attention to the threat from terrorism and rightly so. But the potential for loss of life from a pandemic is massive, enormous and yet we stare a disaster in the face and we see a chaotic, uncoordinated and incoherent international response to it. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health acknowledged that "more clearly needs to be done improve detection, surveillance and general response capacity building".
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news...

State Terrorism Preps in Drag
Teams use airport to stage bird flu drill
http://starbulletin.com/2008/07/23/news/story11.html
Local, state and federal workers and military and civilian health care personnel worked as a team in a bird flu drill yesterday at Honolulu Airport. The drill, Lightning Rescue '08, simulated what would happen if an airliner from Asia arrived at Honolulu Airport bearing more than 300 passengers with some experiencing symptoms of avian influenza or "bird flu." The coordinated response plan included personnel from the Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, federal Centers for Disease Control, airport paramedics, airport firefighters, medical personnel from neighbor island and Oahu hospitals, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense and others. On Friday, Lightning Rescue '08 will continue with a second simulation staged at the Naval Pacific Missile Range facility on Kauai.

HHS and DHS Announce Guidance on Pandemic Vaccination Allocation
http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1216831362171.shtm
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) released guidance on allocating and targeting pandemic influenza vaccine. The guidance's vaccination structure defines four broad target groups: people who 1) maintain homeland and national security, 2) provide health care and community support services, 3) maintain critical infrastructure and 4) are in the general population. [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack

AFL-CIA thugs working OT to unite working class with capitalism need new name and tactics
Politics Has Dissidents Talking to A.F.L.-C.I.O.
The presidents of several labor unions that quit the A.F.L.-C.I.O. three years ago have been quietly meeting with union presidents in the federation to coordinate their political operations and message for the fall election, a move that labor leaders say could lead to several of the unions rejoining the federation. In a series of dinners and meetings in Washington, the presidents of several breakaway unions and the presidents of several federation unions have been mapping strategies to help elect Senator Barack Obama and forge joint policies on trade and other issues...
Several union officials have proposed creating a new labor federation that perhaps would have a new name and be more nimble than the A.F.L.-C.I.O.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/us/19labor.html?th&emc=th

supporting its gun-fodder
'Disposable Heroes': Veterans Used To Test Suicide-Linked Drugs
An ABC News and Washington Times Investigation Reveals Vets Are Being Recruited for Government Tests on Drugs with Violent Side Effects
By BRIAN ROSS and VIC WALTER June 17, 2008
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5180437&page=1

translation: it's a sham, prez has already been selected
Influx of Voters Expected to Test New Technology
Election officials fear that new voting technologies paired with millions of new voters may cause the nation's system to buckle under the increased strain.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/21/us/21voting.html?th&emc=th

how u.s. changes reality: 'terrorists' are only 'non-state actors' by u.s., e.g. official 'international community', definition
UNITED NATIONS — Diplomats from the world’s governments met throughout this week on agreements to cut the global illicit trade in small arms, but their work was curtailed in part by the near-boycott of the meetings by the United States...
The movement for greater controls... raised worries in Washington that a call to curb transfers to “nonstate actors” could restrict governments that now distribute arms to rebel groups or work with armed private contractors. United States intelligence agencies and the Pentagon do both... if the agreement were narrowed to automatic assault rifles and other infantry arms, such as rocket-propelled grenades, objections might fade. These weapons have been blamed for destabilizing large portions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. “If they would only concern themselves with military arms — fully automatic and on up — that would go a long way,”... “...a huge amount of progress has been made,” said Rebecca Peters, director of the International Action Network on Small Arms...also said other nations — including China, widely faulted for providing most of the weapons and ammunition for the epidemic killing in Sudan, and Iran, accused of exporting arms to terrorist organizations and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan — have used the United States’ more visible resistance as a cover for their own opposition....http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/world/europe/19guns.html?th&emc=th

Hoping Two Drugs Carry a Side Effect: Longer Life
Sirtris, a drug company, has two drugs in clinical trials that it hopes will avert degenerative diseases of aging...Mice on the drugs generally remain healthy right until the end of their lives and then just drop dead.“If they work in people that way, one would look to an extension of health span, with an extension of life as a possible side effect,” Dr. Guarente said. “It would necessitate changing ideas about when people retire and when they stop paying into the system.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/health/research/22long.html?nl=8hlth&e...

U.S. Spends Heavily on Health Care, Study Faults tark contrast between what it spends on health system [SIC] and quality of care delivered http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/business/17health.html?nl=8hlth&emc=hl...

when other capitalist tricks fail, how about a dose of behavioral psychology pacification?
Eyes Off the Price
By DAN ARIELY
As I stand at the gas station filling my tank, the meter tallies how much it’s going to cost me. At this station, a gallon is $4.26, and as the meter passes the $20 mark, then the $30, I realize that I am paying too much attention to the price of gasoline. I bet you are too.
Looking back at my family’s expenses over the past few years, I see big increases in our health care costs and in how much we pay for food. The rise in what we spend on gas is not nearly as extreme as our increases in categories like electricity and telephone. So why does the amount we spend on gasoline feel so enormous? I think it is because of the way we buy gas.
Perhaps it would be better if gas station attendants filled the tank for us, as they used to, so we did not stand at the pump watching the rising price of our gasoline. Maybe it would help if gas pumps came with bigger hoses so that filling up would go faster and we’d spend less time watching the meter. Or maybe we should just learn to examine all our purchases and expenses more holistically so that we see where rising costs make the biggest difference.
Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics at Duke University, is the author of “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.”...