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1//EUobserver.com-BRITONS ARE THE MOST SPIED ON IN EUROPE

Britain has emerged as surveillance society number one, while Germany is the only EU country offering significant privacy protection, according to a study by civil liberties group Privacy International. It estimates that there are now over four million cameras in Britain, one for every 14 residents, a 300 percent increase in just three years. ... The study, called The Privacy and Human Rights Report, assesses the state of technology, surveillance and privacy protection in all EU countries together with eleven benchmark countries. Britain ranks as the worst western democracy at protecting individual privacy, at the level of Russia, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Only slightly better were the US, Thailand and the Philippines, described as "extensive surveillance societies." ... Germany comes out as the only EU country offering significant privacy protection, followed by Belgium, Austria and Greece offering "adequate safeguards against abuse," while citizens in nine EU countries are exposed to "systemic failure to uphold safeguards." These are Denmark, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Spain, Slovenia, Netherlands and Sweden. Only the UK ranks in the black box of "endemic surveillance societies."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Stephen Crockett, co-host of Democratic Talk Radio

American politics is experiencing a historic challenge by average citizens to the Corporate control of American politics. The old Left-Right division has largely been eclipsed as a realistic way of analyzing American politics. Corporatism is now being seriously challenged by a new populism.

This populism cuts across the normal political divide in surprising ways. Tax policy, public spending, legal rights, immigration, environment, civil liberties, government secrecy, healthcare, campaign financing, trade policies, public debt, minimum wage, outsourcing, media concentration, anti-monopoly policies, government contracting, worker rights, foreign policy, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are all seriously driven by the financial and political power of the largest corporations. Small businesses, workers, consumers, small investors, taxpayers and the poor are all being negatively impacted by the Corporate Agenda on these and many other issues.

Monday, 06 November 2006 01:12

Will Durst: The Demagogic Whistle Stop

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Oh for crum's sake, people. It was a joke! "If you don't study in school you'll end up getting stuck in Iraq." Get it? LIKE THE PRESIDENT! He can't get out of Iraq. He didn't study. He's stuck. John Kerry was talking about George Bush. He wasn't talking about our troops. John Kerry was a troop. Anybody who can't figure that out is either a cynical oaf hiding their scurrilous ass behind the troops or pretending they're dumber than they already are, and from all appearances, the President falls into one of those categories, and if its the latter, that's a very scary proposition indeed.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Haggard + Foley + Kolbe + Gay Porn & The RNC = Tough Times For Republicans

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb, author of "The Impossible Will Take a Little While"

Is there meth in Ted Haggard's heaven? Does it rot your teeth? In his 2005 Barbara Walters interview, Haggard says you can eat all the food you want in heaven and never gain weight. Can you shoot all the meth you want and never lose your teeth or grow emaciated? What about unprotected sex with gay prostitutes? Do you get divine protection against AIDS? Or only if you give regular spiritual advice to the President, and help the Republicans blame gays for America's family problems

Make your election outcome predictions in the coment section below this BuzzFlash News Analysis.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

First of all, before we get into the punditry, don’t stop doing whatever you might be working on to get out the vote for Democrats. Don’t stop until the polls close and you see that the doors are locked!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

American commanders in Iraq have privately told the President that additional troops will be needed in Iraq to maintain the current policy.

Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.

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by Brent Budowsky

It is now very possible that we wake up on Wednesday morning with the Republicans keeping control of Congress and Karl Rove proclaimed the reigning genius of American politics.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

To save any semblance of rationality for American policy in Iraq new leaders, a Democratic Congress and the resignation of Secretary Rumsfeld are urgently needed.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Rost, M.D., former Vice President of Pfizer and author of "The Whistleblower, Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman"

Few recent elections have been as critical for the drug industry as this one. And that's the reason The Wall Street Journal reports that "Assailed by Democrats, drug companies are pouring millions of dollars into close races, giving some Republicans a financial edge."

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