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Harold Estes' Letter to President Obama


Written By Harold Estes
January 27th, 2010

Dear President Obama,


My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.


I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.


One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man. So here goes.

 

WWII Veteran Writes Letter to Obama Stating That He is Not a Leader But a Slave.


Written By Harold Estes
January 27th, 2010

Retired Master Chief Boatswain Mate Harold Estes of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii wrote a letter to President Obama and his wife. Some how it found it's way to Florida and someone there posted it on Congress.org . Since then the letter has begun to bounce around the internet and has become a sort of manifesto for the frustrated, confused and angry citizen.  You may not agree with his particular point of view but a least some one is speaking up. 

 

Vermont Assumes a Heavy Burden in Iraq War


Written By John Curran
January 27th, 2010

Vermont, a bastion of ex-hippies and Ben & Jerry liberals, has another distinction seemingly at odds with its peace-loving, tie-dyed politics: It has suffered more deaths per capita in the Iraq war than any other state. Beginning with Chief Warrant Officer 4th Class Erik Halvorsen on April 2, 2003, a total of 22 Vermont men have perished in roadside bombings, firefights, sniper attacks and helicopter crashes during the six-year-long war.

 

Clinton, in London, Pushes Foreign Ministers to Join in New Sanctions Against Iran


Written By Matthew Lee
January 27th, 2010

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is using meetings in London this week to press ahead with imposing tough new international sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that Clinton had raised the prospect of new U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran if it continues to defy demands to prove its nuclear program is peaceful in talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

 

Indonesian Group Wants Obama Statue Torn Down



January 27th, 2010

Indonesians, who welcomed Barack Obama as one of their own two years ago, now want a statue commemorating his Jakarta school years to be removed, a sign the U.S. president's global appeal may be waning. The statue of Obama as a 10-year-old was installed in Menteng park in central Jakarta in December 2009 to mark the four years he attended a local primary school there while living in Jakarta.

 

Court Rules That Mass Surveillance of Americans is Immune From Judicial Review



January 27th, 2010

A federal judge has dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls and emails. "We're deeply disappointed in the judge's ruling," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "This ruling robs innocent telecom customers of their privacy rights without due process of law. Setting limits on Executive power is one of the most important elements of America's system of government, and judicial oversight is a critical part of that."

 

You Won't Find Consciousness in the Brain: Opinion


Written By Ray Tallis, NewScientist.com
January 27th, 2010

MOST neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest this orthodoxy. Among them are those who focus on claims neuroscience makes about the preciseness of correlations between indirectly observed neural activity and different mental functions, states or experiences.

 

Organic Family Dairies Being Crushed by Rogue Factory Farms



January 27th, 2010

Family farmers from around the country, who produce organic milk, are petitioning president Obama, and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for the swift adoption of new strict rulemaking that will rein in the abuses of a handful of factory farms they claim are violating both the spirit and letter of the federal organic law.

 

Video: An Interview With Bruce Lipton


Written By Conscious Media Network
January 26th, 2010

Regina Merideth from Conscious media network Talks with Bruce Lipton, about his new book Spontaneous Evolution. If you have read Biology of belief or are familiar with Bruce's Work then you will thoroughly enjoy this interview.

 

Record Number of Young Americans Jobless


January 26th, 2010

The U.S. economic recession has taken a particularly heavy toll on young Americans, with a record one out five black men aged 20 to 24 neither working nor in school, according to research released on Tuesday. Teenagers have found it significantly harder to get a job since the recession began in late 2007, with black youths and young people from low-income families faring the worst, wrote Andrew Sum of Northeastern University in Boston, a employment researcher commissioned by the Chicago Urban League and the Alternative Schools Network.

 
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