The Ranting Kraut

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Archive for May, 2008

The Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal – an anti-feminist conspiracy?

Posted by rantingkraut on May 30, 2008

In this clip –apparently an outtake from “Standard Operating Procedure”– former Abu Ghraib prison commander Janis Karpinski alleges that the Abu Ghraib torture scandal was needed by the Pentagon which was desperate to tarnish women’s image in the Iraq war. She alleges that the positive image of Jessica Lynch had to be counteracted by that of Lynndie England and herself.

She doesn’t state, however, whether Read the rest of this entry »

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Were the supply-siders right?

Posted by rantingkraut on May 15, 2008

A short report by the Centre for Policy Studies, Keith Marsden’s “Big, not Better?”, published in April this year claims to provide evidence from 20 countries that slim governments work better. It’s a conclusion I like to hear. Unfortunately the evidence is less than solid.

The report compares 20 industrialised economies and classes their governments as big or slim depending on which side of a 40% of GDP threshold their government revenue and expenditure lie. Slimmer governments are shown to have lower top rates of tax, higher average growth figures and lower debt and deficit burdens on average.

Marsden then goes on to argue that Read the rest of this entry »

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German Socialist Eurocrat warns of Eco-totalitarianism

Posted by rantingkraut on May 11, 2008

I am increasingly worried by all kinds of legislation regulating peoples’ private lives. We are approaching a situation which I would call lifestyle-regulation. I don’t want a society in which people are told how to live in the privacy of their own homes. We must not deprive our citizens of the right to make independent decisions.” (source)

These are the words of Günther Verheugen, Read the rest of this entry »

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