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April 24, 2010

Apr 24 06:25

UK unemployment increases to 2.5 million

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 43,000 to 2.5 million during the three months to February, official figures have shown.

Apr 24 06:25

UK borrowing hits record £163.4bn

Government borrowing hit a record high of £163.4bn in the last financial year, official figures have shown.

Apr 24 06:24

Union: Winslow to layoff 12 police officers, 11 others

Winslow Township has plans to layoff a dozen police officers and 11 civilian employees, according to police union officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the US Taxpayer still pays for Israel's illegal settlements.

Apr 24 06:23

LSD and Ecstasy being used to combat cancer anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder

Hallucinogenic drugs including LSD and Ecstasy are being used by doctors in tests to treat conditions including cancer anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scientists are once again striving to prove that psychedelic drugs can be of medical benefit more than four decades after authorities clamped down on their use for both recreational and research purposes.

There are a handful of studies currently taking place across the U.S. with drugs like LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy) and psilocybin, the main ingredient of 'magic mushrooms'.

Apr 24 06:21

Holocaust Tax Allowance by Gilad Atzmon

I do believe that Jews must unite and fight the sudden change and the growing dismissal of the holocaust. I suggest that Holocaust Museums such as Yad Va Shem and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington dedicate one of their many rooms to the sufferers of “hide and hoard”. They can even call it ‘Yad Va Tax’. They can advise tormented people how to hide their money from the tax man. They can also monitor the Madoffs of this world just to make sure that the Elie Wiesels do not become a subject of a Ponzi scheme once again.

Apr 24 06:18

South Korea Raises Bow of Sunken Warship

South Korea has retrieved the bow of a sunken warship that exploded mysteriously last month in disputed waters near North Korea, leaving 46 sailors dead or missing and hiking already-high tension between the two countries.

Investigators say the blast was from an external source, not mechanical failure on the boat itself. South Korea hasn't outright accused the North of torpedoing its ship, but unnamed intelligence officials have suggested it in media reports. The North has denied it.

Apr 24 06:17

Israel's criminal water policy

Stipulated: Since 1967, when it occupied the Palestinian territories, Israel has been progressively robbing Palestinians of their land, thus pauperising them and stultifying their economy. A given. But what seems to have passed largely unnoticed here is the robbery of these people's water supplies, a more reprehensible crime with a more devastating impact on the quality of life in the occupied territories.

The world's most precious resource, when you get down to it, is not oil, but water. Rob a people of their water resources, or dramatically reduce their access to them, and you transform them into a community living in the manner of beasts.

Apr 24 06:16

Watch the Euro for Important Clues on Global Markets

If you’re looking for clues on where stocks, commodities and global economies are headed, you might be better served keeping a close eye on the euro, rather than on the incoming stream of corporate earnings reports.

That’s because the ongoing crisis in the euro zone, and the respective threat that Greece and the other weak spots in Europe are posing to the lifespan of the euro, has very significant implications for global markets.

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Apr 24 06:15

Cover-up investigation bishop Vangheluwe

Cover-up investigation bishop Vangheluwe

The Roman-Catholic Church in Belgium is investigating whether bishop Vangheluwe, who resigned yesterday, covered up cases of sexual abuse concerning his collegues as well.
The bishop stepped down after confessing having abused his little nephew for years.

Now reports surface Vangheluwe knew about sexual abuse by other clergy, without acting.

Possibly he even consecrated a deacon into office whom he knew abused a boy. The deacon's victim by then had already committed suicide.

Apr 24 06:14

It’s Official: Google Can Sell Power Like a Utility

Google has said it wants to go carbon neutral. With the FERC order, it can now effectively erect as many solar panels and install as many fuel cells as it likes without worrying about having purchased too much capacity; the company can now sell off the extra power it generates.

Apr 24 02:50

An Act Of War

This legislation, whether the House or Senate version, will lead us to war on Iran. The sanctions in this bill, and the blockade of Iran necessary to fully enforce them, are in themselves acts of war according to international law. A vote for sanctions on Iran is a vote for war against Iran. I urge my colleagues in the strongest terms to turn back from this unnecessary and counterproductive march to war.

Apr 24 02:33

FIRA - The 800 LB Gorilla In The Financial 'Reform' Bill

The lackluster Republican opposition to Senator Dodd's Financial Reform bill is focused on whether or not the Democratic proposal allows for or prohibits additional bailouts. A secondary hot topic is the supposed derivative limitations. Frankly, these are both red herrings. They serve to mask an even larger danger that no one is talking about: a huge new government agency that will control all financial institutions in the US--and not just the "too big to fail" ones. It's called the Financial Institutions Regulatory Administration (FIRA), and its authority absorbs and supersedes every other banking, thrift and stock market regulatory agency including the SEC--though it technically doesn't actually eliminate any agency (as we might expect of government).

April 23, 2010

Apr 23 23:07

Climategate: Googlegate?

What is going on at Google? I only ask because last night when I typed “Global Warming” into Google News the top item was Christopher Booker’s superb analysis of the Climategate scandal.

It’s still the most-read article of the Telegraph’s entire online operation – 430 comments and counting – yet mysteriously when you try the same search now it doesn’t even feature. Instead, the top-featured item is a blogger pushing Al Gore’s AGW agenda. Perhaps there’s nothing sinister in this. Perhaps some Google-savvy reader can enlighten me…..

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Gore is a major investor and adviser at Google.

Apr 23 23:04

CLIMATEGATE - Where Do These People Come From?

Whether it’s on television or in the newspapers or the endless stream of news releases I receive, the message over and over again is that people believe such stupid stuff about the planet and their environment that I keep asking, where do they come from?

Apr 23 23:03

New Revelations on Climategate

Apr 23 22:58

Another probable hate crime hoax

Boca Raton police are investigating a possible hate crime after finding a swastika carved atop a Jewish Journal newsstand this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, nobody living here in the 21st century gives a rat's gonads about the Swastika. It is a relic of a bygone age; a symbol of a government that lost WW2 and nobody except Israel's propagandists think it has any relevance today.

Apr 23 18:07

Government improvement in 2 easy steps

Are you fed up by the daily reports of government abuses? Here's a possible solution: let's add to the laws that from now only dead people may hold public office. (No living representants of any kind allowed, either.)

It's a bottom line initiative. Dead politicians don't take campaign bribes, they don't send your kids to wars, they don't cost much in taxes nor they enact laws like the Patriot Act. A 400% improvement on the main issues over any living representative. Try this with the Political Reform Act! If a politico is unable to quit his cushy DC post, he might try to outsmart the citizenry by shooting himself dead. If he shoots as well as he governed, he will miss anyway. If he shoots better - well, I guess we'll have to put up with him not working for us again.

Apr 23 17:39

Boobquake bid to prove cleric wrong

A US student has attracted 30 000 supporters for a Facebook campaign urging women to show as much cleavage as possible to prove that breasts do not cause earthquakes.

Jen McCreight's Boobquake day on Monday, April 26 is in protest against an Iranian cleric who claimed that women who do not cover up were to blame for predictions that Tehran would be hit by a quake.

Apr 23 14:48

Yousef Al-Khattab, Man Behind Virulent Islamic Website, Grew Up Jewish

The Brooklyn Ink first broke the story of Revolution Muslim, the organization that has issued a threat against the creators of “South Park” for their depiction of the Prophet Muhummad. The story profiled the group’s founder, Yousef Al-Khattab who grew up as Joseph Cohen in Brooklyn.

Apr 23 14:47

They're laughing at Obama overseas

Until he reached the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that the United States apply more pressure on Sudan so as to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and elsewhere.

Yet, as president, Mr. Obama and his aides have caved, leaving Sudan gloating at American weakness. Western monitors, Sudanese journalists and local civil society groups have all found this month's Sudanese elections to be deeply flawed - yet Mr. Obama's special envoy for Sudan, Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, pre-emptively defended the elections, saying they would be "as free and as fair as possible." The White House showed only a hint more backbone with a hurried reference this week to "an essential step" with "serious irregularities."

Apr 23 14:45

Broadway Bank to Close: Chicago Mob Linked Bank to Shut ABC Reports; Obama's Side Kick Could be Affected in Senate Race

Apr 23 14:44

Report from Bil’in: ’soldiers showed no discrimination with their firing, shooting directly at the faces of the protestors’

At 1:30pm the crowd of demonstrators processed to the site of the Wall, carrying posters and flags, and were immediately met by soldiers, sound grenades, and smoke bombs. Protestors encountered a line of soldiers who were hiding; these soldiers fired a wall of gas at the protestors in order to force the demonstrators into a second line of soldiers who were waiting to make arrests. Demonstrators reported that soldiers showed no discrimination with their firing, shooting directly at the faces of the protestors, and no discrimination in their arrests, trying to arrest even journalists.

Apr 23 14:29

The words that make you free


One of the fraud cycles to end soon is fiat money, which causes a collapse of the power structure and its enforcement gang every time. It imploded the Roman Empire (in spite of all their weapons and ruses), it imploded the Soviet Empire (ditto), and it will implode the current empire too (ditto). When this happens and a new productive economy emerges based on interest-free citizen-issued money (if people are smart), all you need to do is to keep anyone from imposing a new fraud cycle on you. You can handle this much. The main revolution took place half an hour ago already. It was in your head.

Apr 23 13:00

Thresholds of Wireless -

A great deal of ambiguity, conflict and promise surrounds humanity’s use of energy. Wars are fought over access to sources of energy, freedoms are repressed in order to maintain control over access to energy, and the planet is poisoned while we refuse to renegotiate our addiction to particular forms of energy. Even still, demand for energy is going to steadily increase and anyone who thinks humanity’s energy consumption is going to face a bottleneck – e.g., peak oil doomsayers – are victims of a lack of imagination. In spite of their naive alarmism, we don’t suffer from a lack of access to energy or have any difficulty in finding clean, non-polluting sources of energy. The gap isn’t in our understanding or in physical constraints; rather, it lies in our political and social momentum.

Apr 23 12:27

Max Keiser sacrifice Goldman Sachs gnomes to the volcano god

I start to like this guy.

Apr 23 12:22

Minimum Wage Cruelty

One of the more insidious effects of minimum wages is that it lowers the cost of racial discrimination; in fact, minimum wage laws are one of the most effective tools in the arsenals of racists everywhere, as demonstrated by just a couple of examples. During South Africa's apartheid era, its racist unions were the major supporters of minimum wages for blacks.

Apr 23 12:20

In Oklahoma, the AP Gets It Wrong One More Time

Charles Key is a one-man truth squad.

The Oklahoma state legislator – who has been a tireless investigator of the Oklahoma City bombing and champion of the Tenth Amendment – was recently misrepresented in an Associated Press report on Tea Parties, militias, and Sooner State lawmakers.

And he’s speaking up about it – loudly, but civilly.

Apr 23 12:18

Truth Does Not Fear Investigation

“Auschwitz” has come to symbolize the greatest crime in human history. The significance of the alleged murder of a million or more persons, most of them Jewish, by gassing at the German concentration camp of that name has elicited endless discussion among philosophers, theologians, and litterateurs as well as jurists and historians, and evoked numberless platitudes from journalists and politicians. The focus of this article, however, is on the following questions:

1. Should the alleged monstrous crime be subject to careful scrutiny by means of thorough forensic analysis?
2. What forensic examinations of the purported crimes scenes at Auschwitz have been conducted thus far, and with what findings? How are we to assess the results?

Apr 23 12:18

Top 10 Israeli Obfuscations

Apr 23 12:14

Happy Earth Day - NYPD trashes hundreds of bikes for Obama visit.

Apr 23 12:10

The IPCC's Brand New Global Warming Screw-up: Happy Earth Day?

Today is the 40th annual Earth Day, when the Blue Bird of climate change look at every country to see if they have been environmentally good or bad. She rewards the good countries with favors and punishes the bad by pooping on their bad gas-guzzling methods of transportation.
Bangladesh, must have been a good country, because a new study has proven the UN's climate change body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is wrong again, and despite the IPCC prediction, Bangladesh is not about find itself under the rising ocean anytime soon.

Apr 23 12:09

CLIMATEGATE - Dial “M” for mangled – Wikipedia and Environment Canada caught with temperature data errors.

As I pointed out last Saturday there’s a common reporting flaw in world meteorological stations that use the METAR weather data format to report their hourly temperatures. Just one bad report in a cold location in the Arctic or Antarctic is enough to throw off the whole month’s worth of data when averaged. And it is monthly data that is used for climate. The all time high temperature error identified below has found it’s way into Wikipedia as “factual” when it is clearly wrong.

Apr 23 12:08

Hockey Sticks and “Climategate”: a Death of Scientific Integrity

The presentation will be in two parts: the first will discuss the theory that human emission of CO2 is causing dangerous global warming or climate change and that drastic measures of “carbon control” are needed. That discussion will be prefaced by a showing of a condensed version of the documentary “Not Evil, Just Wrong”, followed by a summation of the available data that shows that the theory is false. The evolution of two fraudulently concocted “hockey sticks” is revealed: one for the average temperature of the earth’s atmosphere, and the other for the atmospheric CO2 concentration. They are discussed in the context of the recent disclosures of the e-mail correspondence among the various global warming advocates: the so-called “climategate” scandal.

Apr 23 12:07

CLIMATEGATE - And we would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that damned Internet

Dale Spurlock, of Shirland, said he believes global warming is a complete hoax, and just another way for the government to find ways to pass on taxes.

“It’s just bologna,” he said.

Apr 23 12:06

California Warming? The Actual Temp Data Indicates No Statistically Significant Warming For 80 Years

The craziness that possesses California includes the fear of global warming and climate change. Fortunately for California citizens, the actual, real-world California temperature data is a concrete rebuttal to the special interests promoting green craziness. Since California isn't burning up, there is no need to sacrifice its economic well-being on the altar of CO2-less utopia.

Apr 23 12:05

Global warming: Examiner exclusive interview with Richard Tol: IPCC was 'captured'

Richard Tol writes of the IPCC being captured by political activists and how that colored the IPCC report AR4 in 2007. He also characterises the Oxburgh report on Climategate as 'harsh criticism', saying the report faulted their performance on their mission critical duties. As Professor Tol participated in the IPCC process since 1995, his criticism of the IPCC's internal processes and procedures should be take seriously.

Apr 23 12:02

Mayor's aide links Earth Day to eugenics

Apr 23 11:23

A History of Labor Unions from Colonial Times to 2009

Labor unions have been defined as "private combinations of workingmen" that try to increase wages and improve working conditions for members. But how? What means do labor unions use? As Henry George suggests, trade unionists are hardly known for their kindness to strangers and genteel ways.

Apr 23 11:14

Greek workers strike, challenge EU/IMF talks

Greek public sector workers went on strike Thursday to protest austerity measures and press the government not to agree to further cuts as it discusses an aid package with the EU and the International Monetary Fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the Greeks are tired of being forced to pay for government mistakes and corporate greed!

Apr 23 10:35

Are Interest Rate Derivatives a Ticking Time Bomb?

What is not so obvious is the extent to which the U.S. economy and financial markets are betting on the continuation of unusually low short-term interest rates and a steep yield curve. This doesn't necessarily resolve into immediate risks, but it could profoundly affect the path that the economy and financial markets take during the next few years, by making the unwinding of debt much more abrupt.

In response to very low short-term interest rates, many U.S. corporations have swapped their long-term (fixed interest rate) debt into short-term (floating interest rate) debt, to the extent that an increase in short-term rates could substantially raise default risks.

Apr 23 10:34


It was an early morning, farmers relieved to have harvested the 6 dunam (1 dunam is roughly 1000 square metres) field of lentils planted 5 months ago in Al Faraheen borderlands. The village, east of Khan Younis, includes land cut off to farmers by the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone”. That technically 300 metre no-go zone stretching south to north along Gaza’s border with Israel actually extends far beyond the few hundred metres, up to 2 km in some areas where Palestinian civilians have been shot, injured or killed, by Israeli soldiers while on their land.

Apr 23 10:34


or those of you that might not be aware, the journalist spoken about on this post, Khalid Amayreh, has been an Associate of this Blog for quite some time. An attack against him, verbal or otherwise is an attack on all of us…..

Apr 23 10:33


The past two days witnessed further Israeli war crimes from shooting at unarmed protesters in Gaza, to destruction of land and property, and to raids in the middle of the night.

Apr 23 10:32

Layoff Notices Sent to Thousands of US Teachers

Hundreds of thousands of public school teachers across the United States are facing possible layoffs this coming academic year.

Pink slips were sent out to 22,000 teachers in California, 17,000 in Illinois, and 15,000 in New York. The jobs of 8,000 school employees in Michigan, 6,000 in New Jersey, and 5,000 in Oklahoma may also be axed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US lays off thousands of teachers, but this country still shells out 3 billion dollars a year to Israel?

What is wrong with this picture?!?


Apr 23 10:31


Bulldozers return to destroy children’s playground in Beit Jala. Six activists arrested

Apr 23 10:29

The Goldman Sachs Indictment

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil case Friday against giant investment bank Goldman Sachs charging “fraudulent misconduct” in relation to $1 billion of worthless sub-prime mortgage securities Goldman palmed off to its clients in 2007.

The SEC’s submission to New York’s Southern District Court provides a devastating glimpse into the criminal activities of a financial oligarchy that was not only indifferent to the destructive social consequences of its operations, but eager to profit from a crisis precipitated by its own speculative activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that the lawsuit is civil, and not criminal, is a reasonably clear indication that this is simply pre-election political "slop" for the masses, as an indication that the Democrats are hard on graft.

But were I a betting person, I wouldn't bet that these revelations will cause a significant change in the fundamental problems which caused the mess in the first place.

Apr 23 10:29

Dick Morris Reveals Bombshell on Waco and Janet Reno

Janet Reno to Clinton: "If you don't appoint me, I'll tell the truth about Waco"
Apr 23 10:28

Silverstein Was Calling Lawyer To Get Double Insurance On WTC On The Evening Of 9/11

Apr 23 10:27

Russia and Georgia clash over uranium

A new row has erupted in the Caucasus after Georgia's president blamed Russia for a foiled attempt last month to smuggle highly enriched uranium across the volatile border.

Moscow today accused Mikheil Saakashvili of lying after he declared that such nuclear seizures have been "mostly from the direction of Russia".

Apr 23 10:24

U.S. military suffers major defeat in Korengal Valley, forced to retreat

The U.S. military has retreated from a base in the remote Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, after spending over four years trying to hold the ground. The U.S. forces even negotiated the terms of their defeat, paying the resistance fighters and leaving them the base fully intact with buildings, fuel, generators and military equipment, in order to be allowed a peaceful retreat out of the valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is no "shift in strategy"; it is a bloody military catastrophe for the US, which never learned the lessons of the old Soviet Union, when they had to pull their soldiers out of Afghanistan.

There were two outcomes intended from the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. One has happened to amazing effect, and that is the control over the illegal drug business, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The other was to "pacify" the Afghan people to the point where the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil could be installed. Almost 9 years on, this outcome is not closer to fruition than at the point when this insane and illegal war began.

If the US and NATO had any shred of rationality, they would declare victory, leave, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing about the pipelines.

Of course, that would be logical.

Apr 23 10:19

Five Israelis charged with organ trafficking

The indictment says that the ring exploited the desperate condition of sick people and called it a "form of modern slavery." The traffickers allegedly offered up to $100,000 per kidney but in at least two cases did not pay the donors, who were sought through advertisements and then flown from Israel to Europe, South America or Southeast Asia, where the organs were extracted in illegal procedures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when that Swedish newspaper ran a story about Israeli organ traffickers and the screeches of "Anti-Semite" and "blood libel" hurled at the reporter? Well, in hindsight, guess who was telling the truth, and who the lies!

Apr 23 10:18

Greece calls on EU-IMF rescue loans

Greece has formally asked for the activation of an EU-IMF financial rescue package to help pull the debt-ridden economy out of its crisis.

It had hoped that just the promise of EU support, agreed last month, would have been be enough to reassure markets and help its recovery.

But Greece's problems have continued to hit investor confidence in the euro and other European economies.

Eurozone countries will now provide tens of billions of euros in loans.

Apr 23 10:18

Senior SEC staffers spent hours at work looking at porn websites

Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.

The SEC's inspector general conducted 33 inquiries of employees looking at explicit images in the last five years, according to a memo first reported Thursday evening by ABC News. It reports some shocking findings:

• A senior attorney at the SEC's Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this story suggests a campaign orchestrated by Goldman Sachs and other potential targets of fraud investigations. The porn surfing has been going on for 5 years, and certainly explains why Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot made off with the loot for as long as he did.

The SEC has two choices. Acknowledge the problem and fire the offenders, and get back to work on Goldman Sachs, or they can choose to stonewall like the Pope is doing and be destroyed.

Apr 23 10:16

Taleban defectors 'are rejoining insurgency'

Almost a quarter of the low-ranking Taleban commanders lured out of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan have rejoined the fight because of broken government promises and paltry rewards, a scathing report on reintegration claims.

Nato plans to spend more than $1 billion (£648 million) over the next five years tempting Taleban foot soldiers to lay down their arms.

But research by a Kabul-based thinktank warns that those efforts could make matters worse by swelling the ranks of the insurgency, exacerbating village level feuds and fuelling government corruption.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable; your tax dollars at work, folks!

Apr 23 10:13

Bulldozers return to destroy children’s playground in Beit Jala. Six activists arrested.

Israeli bulldozers today destroyed a garden and children’s playground in Beit Jala, and 100 fruit and olive trees in Al Walaja, both in the Bethlehem district, to make way for the continued construction of their illegal apartheid wall. Soldiers present used violent force to remove Palestinian, Israeli and international activists who attempted to prevent the destruction. Two Israelis were arrested immediately, and six internationals were later arrested.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we will continue to see here, if the international community remains impotent on this issue, is a dramatically accelerated annexation of Palestinian lands by the Israeli government, followed by forced expulsions of all Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Apr 23 10:13

President Obama was part of the Blagojevich scandal after all

According to a FOXNews report, “Among the blacked-out portions are paragraphs about what the attorneys say was Obama's role in suggesting two candidates for the seat he vacated when he was elected president. The uncovered portion states that even though Obama said in December 2008 that no representative of his had any part in any deals, Blagojevich met with a labor union official who said he was in contact with Obama on Nov. 3, 2008, and had suggested his adviser Valerie Jarrett be appointed to the Senate seat.”

Apr 23 10:12

Mega-Banks Which Received Bailouts Slashed Lending More, Gave Higher Bonuses, and Reduced Costs Less Than Banks Which Didn't Get Bailed Out

This helps to confirm what I've been saying for many months: breaking up the too mega-banks will actually increase lending to small businesses and individuals.

Breaking up the giant banks is also required before derivatives can be made transparent.

Apr 23 10:12

"Nuke D.C." sign stirs up controversy in McGregor

It's only about five feet tall and two feet wide, but it's become the biggest piece of controversy in the small town of McGregor.

The sign reads "Nuke D.C., and watch the White House glow in the dark."

Apr 23 10:11

Google Catches Flak for Mapping European Homes' Wireless Networks With Street View Car

There is a specter haunting Europe. Nope, not that one, but several European nations have expressed concern about Google’s slow but steady encroachment on citizens’ privacy protections. Now the search behemoth is in hot water with Germans for using its wandering Street View cars to log the location of private WLAN networks and media access control (MAC) addresses in that country.

Germany’s data protection chief said he was “horrified” by the discovery – which has been rumored for a while now – and called on Google to delete what he claims was unlawfully collected personal data from wireless networks, as well as to cease cruising German streets for Street View.

Apr 23 10:11

Afghanistan: Another massacre as a bloody summer looms in Kandahar

A car carrying an Afghan police officer and three teenagers was blasted with machine gun fire by NATO troops on Monday, allegedly because it came "too close" to a convoy traveling along a highway in the eastern province of Khost. All four occupants were killed.

After protests by the local Khost authorities and Afghan president Hamid Karzai, the ISAF admitted that all four were civilians and that no weapons had been found in the vehicle. According to the father of two of the boys who were killed, the teenagers were returning from a volleyball game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "winning of hearts and minds" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 23 10:06

Demonizing Iran: U.S. Media Continue Beating War Drums

Just yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had a lead story about Israeli planning to possibly “go it alone” in an attack on Iran if the US were not to “succeed” in its diplomatic efforts to get Iran to “stop” it’s alleged attempts to develop a nuclear weapon capability.

No Israeli military effort can go forward without the full backing of the US, and to say otherwise is to simply perpetrate a fraud on the American public, implying that Israel is an independent actor on the world stage. It is not.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, too many people in the halls of power in this country are convinced that a war against Iran would serve as a "deus ex machina", a machine of the gods, if you will, to get this country out of its financial mess.

What these people, in the fog of their collective adult attention deficit disorder, fail to realize is that the US no longer has the manufacturing base to sustain such a war; that capability has long since been moved offshore.

Apr 23 10:01

Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US

The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders.

“Antipsychotics, which are being widely and irresponsibly prescribed for American children–mostly as chemical restraints–are shown to be causing irreparable harm,” warned Vera Hassner Sharav, president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, in a February 26, 2010 InfoMail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The completely cavalier way in which some of these drugs are prescribed could well be considered a form of child abuse.

Apr 23 09:58

Alan Grayson Discloses That Dodd Bill Covertly Eliminates Already Passed Legislation Requiring Full Fed Audit

There can be no compromise on this issue. Congress and America have spoken. If Dodd believes he can usurp the democratic process in this most critical of issues, which allows the entity in charge of money printing with practically the same liberties as it had when it bailed out in full secrecy every bank in the US and threw countless generations of working-class Americans in a debt-induced coma, it is one thing. If he manages to get away with, it either shows that the degree of apathy demonstrated by US citizens is indicative that nothing can save this country, or that any pretense of democracy in America has been trampled in our accelerating conversion to an autocratic state.

Apr 23 09:52

UN: Thousands of children without school in Israeli-blockaded Gaza

The United Nations refugee agency in Gaza Strip has not built any schools in the past three years because the Israeli blockade prevented the importation of construction materials, a UN official said Thursday.

As a consequence, tens of thousands of Palestinian children have had no opportunity to attend school, said John Ging, the director of the UN refugee work agency operation in the territory. He said there are about 50,000 new born Palestinians a year in the Gaza's 1.5- million population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable.

Apr 23 09:50

U.S. sees sanctions by May; Iran lobbies against West

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects new sanctions on Iran by May as Tehran began lobbying the U.N. Security Council to oppose new steps against the Islamic Republic over its atomic plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Vice President Joe Biden; sir, forgive me, but have you just gone barking mad to make this assertion?!?!

You know, as well as you know your own name, that at least China (Iran's number-one trading partner) will veto this at the UN.

So with UN sanctions against Iran not happening, what will happen next will be some multilateral sanctions, courtesy of the EU, the US, and Israel, which will simply be a prelude to a war against Iran.

Apr 23 09:49

Cops Steal Bikes

Now NY City cops have stolen truckloads of bicycles, on a recent visitation by the emperor, on the grounds that they might be pipe bombs. Hey, NY’s Finest, isn’t every building and indeed every human being a potential bomb? Better raze and ethnically cleanse Manhattan, except Wall Street, big banks, and federal buildings, of course, before a golden slipper touches ground.

Apr 23 09:47

Iran’s nuclear threat is a lie

In 2001, the Observer published a series of reports that claimed an "Iraqi connection" to al-Qaeda, even describing the base in Iraq where the training of terrorists took place and a facility where anthrax was being manufactured as a weapon of mass destruction. It was all false. Supplied by US intelligence and Iraqi exiles, planted stories in the British and US media helped George Bush and Tony Blair to launch an illegal invasion which caused, according to the most recent study, 1.3 million deaths.

Something similar is happening over Iran: the same syncopation of government and media "revelations", the same manufacture of a sense of crisis.

Apr 23 09:46

This Jew Says 'Sorry Sarah, America is Not a "Christian" Nation'

And until The Wasilla Wonder regrettably slithered onto the national political scene I, like many people, had this crazy notion that America is the great Melting Pot. Not a Christian nation, but a secular one with a majority of citizens who just happen to practice Christianity. Big difference. The truth is, the number of people calling themselves Christians has declined 10% over the last 15 years. And maybe this decline can be attributed to the polarizing rhetoric of good Christian folk like Palin and others before her who've served to turn many off to religion. Which may explain why the fastest growing group in America are the non-believers. Sarah Palin: Poster Girl for Atheism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What did atheists ever do to YOU?!?!?

Apr 23 09:44

US warms to strike on Iran

Pentagon's press secretary, Geoff Morrell, said this week. "The president always has at his disposal a full array of options, including use of the military ... It is clearly not our preferred course of action but it has never been, nor is it now, off the table."

Days ago it was revealed that the US military was actively preparing for war against Iran. “The Pentagon and US Central Command are updating military plans to strike Iran's nuclear sites, preparing up-to-date options for the president in the event he decides to take such action," CNN reported on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A US/Israeli-led attack against Iran could well have the following consequences:

1. Our military in Iraq would wind up as targets for an Iranian counterattack.

2. This war has every possible potential of bringing Russia and China on board on the side of Iran, and those countries do have nuclear weapons.

3. If Israel and/or the US uses armor penetrating rounds, this will leave depleted uranium over a very large area, and there is nothing that can be done to contain this after these weapons have been deployed.

4. Depleted uranium is proven to cause cancer, and horrendous birth defects.

I would like to hope that the above potential scenarios might cause some folks Washington and Tel Aviv to stay awake at night.

But looking at the deadly combination of hubris blended with a colossal failure of imagination on the part of both US and Israeli leadership, one has to wonder.

Apr 23 09:39

McAfee admits "inadequate" quality control caused PC meltdown

If your company uses enterprise security products from McAfee, you probably had a bad day yesterday. If you’re an IT professional at one of those companies, you’re probably still cleaning up the mess caused by a defective virus signature update that disabled systems running Windows XP with the most recent service pack (SP3). The worst part? According to a confidential document from McAfee, the cause was a fundamental breakdown in the most basic of quality-assurance processes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The security software causes more damage than the @#%$ing viruses

Apr 23 09:37

School lawsuit filed for Illegal Stripsearch

The suit alleges that the boys were strip-searched Feb. 18 when Lee was looking for $120 in cash reported missing by another student.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If we want moral children we must give them moral leadership, by which I mean the leadership by example of moral people, not simply do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do tyranny from corrupted politicians and corrupted clergy.

We proselytize our children to be fair, honest, and altruistic yet they see around them politicians who lie, bankers who cheat and priests who molest with impunity. The resulting cognitive dissonance lies at the root of most behavioral issues in young people. They are told it is an horrendous crime to steal a copy of a music file yet watch as the Government steals country after country from the rightful owners with lies and congratulates itself for cleverness. Kids are smart; they see that theft and murder are rights reserved to the state, while servitude is their position in life. The kids are watching as their parents near the end of a lifetime of work only to see the accumulated wealth of that lifetime of labor vanish into the pockets of the bankers. The kids are smart enough to see their own futures in the worn faces of their elders, and they are angry. They want something different, and any teacher who thinks that children can be forced to act like adults while the nation's leaders act like children is delusional.

Apr 23 09:35

UK taxpayers nearly $1 billion loss via Goldman's alleged fraud - Keiser Report No36: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

This time Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert wonder why Iceland's volcanic ash cloud spared the victims of banking fraud; they also look at the scandals behind the Fabulous Fab Tourre's "monstrosities," Gordon Brown's "shock" at Goldman's "moral bankruptcy," and at the political markets shocking the currency markets. In the second half of the show, Max talks to author and journalist Afshin Rattansi about the surprise outcome of the UK's first ever televised political debates; the UK taxpayers nearly $1 billion loss via Goldman's alleged fraud; and about Tony Blair's lucrative post-Downing Street banking career.

Apr 23 09:29

GOP ramps up attacks on SEC over porn surfing

Republicans are stepping up their criticism of the Securities and Exchange Commission following reports that senior agency staffers spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were supposed to be policing the nation's financial system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time for the finger pointing to end. The entire Federal System is corrupt beyond redemption. Arguing over which necks deserve the tallest trees and the shortest ropes is a waste of time.

Apr 23 09:25

Curt Maynard Kills Wife, Self

Last night blogger Curt Maynard killed his wife, then turned the gun on himself when about to be apprehended by police.

Apr 23 09:21

No Sign Scuds Moved to Lebanon - U.S. Officials

Doubts are growing within the U.S. defence and intelligence community about allegations that long-range Scud missiles from Syria have been shipped to the Hezbollah guerrilla group in neighbouring Lebanon, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Washington believes Syrian was moving towards transferring more sophisticated Scuds to Hezbollah, but U.S. intelligence agencies have not been able to confirm Israeli allegations that the missiles have changed hands, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the matter's sensitivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I get a sense that the Intelligence agencies realize that allowing Israel to set foreign policy will end with a war between Russia and the US; a war which clearly serves Israel's goal of domination of the Mideast if the two superpowers destroy each other, but which will be a disaster for both Russia and the US.

Apr 23 09:20

SEC and Pornography: Workers Spent Hours on Porn Sites Instead of Stopping Fraud

On a day when President Obama argued for more government regulation over the financial industry, a new government report reveals that some high-level regulators have spent more time looking at porn than policing Wall Street. Photo: SEC and Pornography: Workers Spent Hours on Porn Sites Instead of Stopping Fraud: Gov't Report Finds SEC Employees Spent Hours Surfing Porn Websites at Work. Instead of the policing the likes of Bernie Madoff, many high-level Securities and Exchange Commission officials have spent more time viewing pornography than investigating Ponzi schemes, according a government report. (Getty Images) The Securities and Exchange Commission is supposed to be the sheriff of the financial industry, looking for financial crimes like Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Apr 23 09:19

Netanyahu: Iran provoking Israel-Syria conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran is trying to provoke a war between Israel and Syria.

Netanyahu says Iran is trying to convince Syria that an Israeli attack is imminent, which he says is a "lie."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, Israel could never be accused of ratcheting up the bellicose belligerence against Syria all on its own, so they have to have someone to blame!

Apr 23 09:17

Feds invade farm for 5 a.m. inspection

Federal agents invaded an Amish farm in Pennsylvania at 5 a.m. to inspect cow-milking facilities then followed up the next day with a written notice that the farmer was engaged in interstate sale of raw milk in violation of the Public Health Services Act.

Apr 23 09:15

Biden: Israel Agrees to Wait on Attacking Iran

ABC’s “The View” is hardly the place one would expect to find breaking foreign policy news, but it was today as Vice President Joe Biden sought to assure the show’s viewers that Israel wasn’t about to attack Iran.

“They’re not going to do that,” insisted Biden, adding that Israel had already agreed to hold off on such an attack until they see what affect the next round of sanctions in the UN Security Council will have.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply for the domestic consumption of those herds of unthinking humanity which watch this kind of television, and consider it "entertainment."

Biden, and Israel's leadership know, without a doubt, that Russia and China will not go for another round of sanctions, unless those sanctions are so weak as to have absolutely no effect.

This is, if you will, the "lulling of the herd" before the slaughter against Iran begins by way of a brutal US/Israeli attack.

Apr 23 09:09

House Overwhelmingly Votes to Advance Iran Sanctions

Accusing Iran of working on a nuclear weapon is something done with very little ceremony, its almost a matter of course for most US officials when discussing the nation. So much so, it seems, that they don’t even proof their own reports to make sure they’re internally consistent in that regard.

So it seems a bit strange when the Pentagon made the usual accusations and simultaneously insisted that they haven’t even determined if Iran has decided to make such a weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently at the Pentagon, the right hand of their propaganda machine doesn't what the left hand is doing!

Apr 23 09:06


Webmaster's Commentary: 

The TV show "Warehouse 13" has popularized a retro design style called "Steampunk" in which modern machines are made to look like Victorian-era science apparatus. And while I am not that old, I find I have a resonance for the scientific machines of that era, which one could intuit simply by looking at them, and when needed, easily repair. I think this stuff is cool, and that alone justified putting up this link for my fellow "Steampunkers!"

Apr 23 09:06

House Overwhelmingly Votes to Advance Iran Sanctions

The prospect of the US moving forward with unilateral sanctions against Iran seems all but assured today, after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that set up talks with the Senate on a finalized bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions are simply a prelude to war.

Apr 23 09:04

At least 61 dead in Iraq bombings

A wave of bombings targeting Shiites, a market in Baghdad and a neighborhood in Anbar province killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 100 others Friday, police said.

The strikes conjured memories of the bloodshed that once engulfed both the capital city and the vast province every day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, we may well be looking at an escalation of this kind of activity, as there is as of yet no cohesive government structure here.

Apr 23 09:01

Mexican gov't slams Arizona immigration law

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said in a statement relayed through Mexico's U.S. embassy that it viewed the measure with great concern and said it "could have potentially serious effects on the civil rights" of Mexican nationals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last part of that statement should have read "...it "could have potentially serious effects on the civil rights" of Mexican nationals working and living in Arizona illegally!"

The US border has, for too long, been the "safety valve" of a succession of Mexican governments which have proven themselves pathologically incapable of taking care of their own people, in terms of jobs and education.

This bill, and others like it which will likely be passed in other state legislatures, will send a very clear message to the Mexican government that this situation is no longer tolerable.
The states' unfunded mandates, in terms of housing, health care, education, and welfare, have become costs which US states can no longer bear.

Apr 23 08:56

Goldmans banker always asked: Where's the brothel?

A City banker who boasts of sleeping with prostitutes worked on the deal at the centre of the Goldman Sachs 'fraud' scandal.

Eton and Oxford-educated Tetsuya Ishikawa regularly travelled abroad and admitted: 'The first thing I asked on arriving was, where is the brothel?'

Apr 23 08:55

Job seeker, 21, with 3 A-levels and 10 GCSEs, kills herself after she was rejected for 200 jobs

A day after her latest rejection, and on the eve of her fortnightly trip to sign on, she wrote heartbreaking notes to her parents and boyfriend saying 'I don't want to be me any more' and took a huge drug overdose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now read THIS story!

Apr 23 08:52

Polanski set for extradition after Obama rejects plea from Sarkozy that he be spared

Disgraced Roman Polanski is set to be extradited to the U.S. under armed guard after a bid to halt the process was rejected.

It follows French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy hand-delivering a personal letter to Barack Obama from the film director asking to be spared jail – a move which apparently failed because the American President refused even to read the note.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good. And frankly I think that the people of France should be angry that Sarkozy in his official capacity worked to protect a child molester!

Apr 23 08:50

Billions more for bankers as City workers are handed £6.8bn bonuses

Critics described the payouts as 'sickening', coming so soon after the recklessness of the banking industry triggered a global recession.

Apr 23 08:49

"Oh, HELL No!"

To paraphrase George Patton, I thought I'd stand up here and give y'all a chance to see if I'm as big and bad a "mad dog militia terrorist" as Rachel Madcow, Chris Matthews, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Medved and Billy Jeff Clinton say that I am.

Apr 23 08:48

US victim sues to open secret Vatican priest sex abuse files

The alleged victim of a US priest accused of being a serial pedophile sued the pope and the Vatican on Thursday in an attempt to open secret files containing internal investigations into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

"There is a painful and long history of the Vatican and the top officials... muffling and suppressing the truth and protecting themselves and their own reputation instead of protecting the children," attorney Jeff Anderson said at a press conference.

"This suit demands further action by the Vatican and the removal of every single priest that has offended a single child and every single bishop and cardinal that has been complicit in those crimes."

Apr 23 08:48

Escalating Greek default fears rock Europe's debt markets

Goldman Sachs said it is expecting Greece to offer some sort of “voluntary debt-restructuring” to creditors over coming months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Greece needs to sue Goldman Sachs out of existence!

Apr 23 08:47

Iran Begins Large-Scale War Games

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Thursday started large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported.

Iran has been holding military maneuvers in the gulf and the Strait of Hormuz annually since 2006 to show off its military capabilities. The last four editions of the games were held in the summer, but there has been no official explanation why they were brought forward this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the escalation of belligerence against Iran by the US and Israel, one can hardly blame them for sending a very clear message that they are prepared for any military confrontation which may come their way.

Apr 23 08:47

Riot police clash with Greek protesters during anti-government demo

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at these photos and learn the lesson that the police are never the friends of the people. The police are never the friends of the people.

Apr 23 08:44

Biden: Israel Agrees to Wait on Attacking Iran

“They’re not going to do that,” insisted Biden, adding that Israel had already agreed to hold off on such an attack until they see what affect the next round of sanctions in the UN Security Council will have.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Heck, as far as I am concerned, let Israel attack Iran. Just don't send US kids and US tax dollars to dig Israel out of the mess they will make of it!

Apr 23 08:43

Iran Agrees To More Nuclear Inspection

Iran has agreed to give the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency greater inspection and monitoring rights to a sensitive site where it is enriching uranium to higher levels, diplomats said Friday.

The move – indirectly confirmed by a senior Iranian envoy – comes as Tehran mounts a diplomatic offensive meant to stave off new U.N. sanctions for its defiance of Security Council demands that it curb nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this may not be enough, soon enough, to forestall a US/Israeli-led military confrontation against Iran.

Apr 23 08:40

Wikileaks Video Revisited: What Needs To Happen Now

And here's something else I want.

I want someone on Capitol Hill to give a shit.

So far (and I've done a bit of calling around) I haven't heard any member of Congress express any intention of holding an oversight hearing into the matter -- or even asking any questions at all.

Apr 23 08:36

Dodd Bill KILLS Jobs, Creates Permanent Bailout

Today, Obama promoted another government takeover bill, this time the financial sector is the target. The bill is basically a sweetheart deal for the banking industry, much like how ObamaCare was a bailout for the insurance companies. The 1,408 page bill includes many provisions like the creation of a permanent and unlimited bailout authority for Wall Street and has the potential for making it difficult for startup businesses to succeed.

Obama claims the bill will “put a stop to tax-payer-funded bailouts” when in reality the bill will create a permanent and unlimited bailout mechanism for the big banks and companies that are ‘too big to fail’.

Apr 23 08:36

Catholic nuns also abused children

Jorissen, now a 59-year-old journalist, recalled how the sister would also come to her room at night. "When I heard the squeaking of her lacquered men's shoes I immediately knew it was her," Jorissen said. "Only after she had come to my bed would she turn on her flashlight. By then, she had always carefully closed the curtains surrounding it." The sister would then fondle her genitals.

Apr 23 08:35

18 veterans kill themselves every day: report

The suicide rate among war veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals.

Thirty try to commit suicide each day, on average, reports the Army Times. Seven percent succeed, while 11 percent are likely to make another attempt in the next nine months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if perhaps one of the most significant factor behind these horrendous numbers is a moment of clarity, in which they realize these wars without end absolutely have the US on the wrong side of history.

Apr 23 08:34

House Overwhelmingly Votes to Advance Iran Sanctions (for AIPAC on behalf of Israel)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Chanted in unison) "We hear and obey, O mighty Israel! We hear and obey, O mighty Israel! We hear and obey, O mighty Israel!"

Apr 23 08:33

Why the Valued Added Tax Is Coming On Top of the Income Tax

There are plenty of reasons to shudder at the idea of higher taxes. There are also plenty of reasons to expect them nonetheless.

It is understandable that everyone dislikes paying taxes, because they are a forced personal outlay for things one does not necessarily appreciate.

Economists, for their part, teach their students that in addition to this understandable opposition to taxes, taxes also tend to change economic behavior, mainly in undesirable directions.

A tax on wages and salaries, for example, lowers the net reward to supplying hours of work to the economy. Sometimes, to be cute, economics professors style that tax as a “subsidy for consuming leisure,” just to drive home the point.

Apr 23 08:31

Belgian bishop resigns, apologizes for sexual abuse

Belgium's longest serving bishop resigned Friday, saying he was "enormously sorry" for having sexually abused a young boy about 25 years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"God knows I'm sorry!"

Apr 23 08:30

Vatican contemplates legal action following failure of ‘climate forest’

Three years after it was announced that the planting of a forest in Hungary would allow the Vatican would become the world’s first carbon-neutral state, the Vatican is contemplating legal action over the failure of the project.

Cardinal Paul Poupard, then president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, accepted a donation in 2007 from Planktos, Inc., and KlimaFa to plant enough trees to offset the Vatican’s carbon-dioxide emissions. Following the failure of Planktos, not a single tree has been planted, leading the mayor of an impoverished Hungarian village to lament, “We felt honored because the Vatican chose our village. Now we feel sorry.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story is a double-header! First, there is the matter that yet another "Green" project has turned out to be a fraud and a failure.

Second, why didn't the Catholics' God just sprinkle a few trees around the property himself? I read in the buy-bull that He does that sort of thing! :)

Apr 23 08:27

New Lawsuit Shows Letters to Vatican on Sexual Abuse Earlier Than Previously Thought

Documents released in a lawsuit filed Thursday against Pope Benedict XVI show that the Vatican was informed more than a year earlier than previously thought about the case of a priest who molested deaf boys for two decades at a boarding school in Wisconsin.

Apr 23 08:26

Chilean Abuse Case Tests Loyalty of a Parish

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Selling loyalty to a child molester as a good thing!

Apr 23 08:25

Mass. foreclosure petitions rise 21%

The number of foreclosures in Massachusetts increased dramatically last month as more homeowners fell behind on mortgage payments or lost homes to lenders — a sign the housing market’s recovery remains tenuous, real estate specialists say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be no housing recovery until there is a recovery of the high-paying jobs taken away from us by the Federal Government's corporate tax policy.

Apr 23 08:23

D-FW commercial foreclosures up 63%

Commercial property foreclosures in North Texas have climbed 63 percent so far this year, with land and apartment complexes among the hardest hit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Commerce Department is claiming that new home sales increased by 27% last month. ABCNNBBCBS is dutifully reporting this as proof that the economy is improving, and in an economy that was not still losing jobs I might not argue (not that I trust any numbers coming from the Federal Government these day).

But we had a booming housing market that set the stage for the crash of the mortgage-backed securities. New home buyers were lured on by teaser rates, just as they are being lured on by the first time homebuyer tax credit. And like the first crash, this surge in buyers all assume that their income is steady and safe. So while this 27% increase may look good at first examination, it may actually be the harbinger of a new round of home foreclosures in the coming months.

The Government Tax Credit may encourage people to go back into debt to the bankers, but as has been the problem all along, the government is still not addressing the availability of high paying jobs to allow those people to pay the bankers back!

Apr 23 07:56

State sharpens budget ax again

State agencies, which already have cinched in their belts, now must find even more ways to cut spending.

Apr 23 07:55

Nixon trims $45M more from Missouri budget because of revenue shortfalls

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is cutting another $45 million in state spending in light of further drops in state revenues.

In a Thursday announcement, state officials said that while income tax refunds were up nearly 8 percent in April compared with a year before, the average payment has fallen 30 percent. As of Tuesday, April net collections were down 19 percent.

Apr 23 07:52

Im Tirtzu: delegitimising the 'delegitimisers'

A campaign to suppress all criticism now extends to smearing Israeli human rights activists as hostile to Jewish statehood

Apr 23 07:51

Sanctioning Iran Is an Act of War

I rise in opposition to this motion to instruct House conferees on HR 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, and I rise in strong opposition again to the underlying bill and to its Senate version as well. I object to this entire push for war on Iran, however it is disguised. Listening to the debate on the Floor on this motion and the underlying bill it feels as if we are back in 2002 all over again: the same falsehoods and distortions used to push the United States into a disastrous and unnecessary one-trillion-dollar war on Iraq are being trotted out again to lead us to what will likely be an even more disastrous and costly war on Iran. The parallels are astonishing.

Apr 23 07:51

Computerized Front Running and Financial Fraud

While the SEC is busy investigating Goldman Sachs, it might want to look into another Goldman-dominated fraud: computerized front running using high-frequency trading programs.

Market commentators are fond of talking about “free market capitalism,” but according to Wall Street commentator Max Keiser, it is no more. It has morphed into what his TV co-host Stacy Herbert calls “rigged market capitalism”: all markets today are subject to manipulation for private gain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Common sense has to tell you that in a nation with declining manufacturing and vanishing agriculture, the incredible fortunes being made by the Wall Street insiders are coming from nefarious activity.

Apr 23 07:46

Don't give children flu jab: chief medical officer

Professor Bishop is concerned about a spike in the number of West Australian youngsters experiencing fever and convulsions after getting the shot.

Apr 23 07:42

Obama and Biden to Celebrate Earth Day by Tying Up New York Air Traffic

On a day when many Americans will be reflecting upon how they can reduce their impact on the environment, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will board separate jets in Washington on Earth Day morning to fly 250 miles up the east coast to New York, where they will land at separate airports to attend separate events within a few miles of each other.

Apr 23 07:29

Which Mitch Do You Believe?

Just to make clear that this was a two-way scratch-my-back deal, McConnell brought along John Cornyn, the banker hugging senator from Texas who just happens to be head of the senate Republican fundraising arm. In fact, Cornyn has been making regular trips to Wall Street in recent weeks seeking their support.

So let's review: Mitch-the-the-prairie-populist is publicly pretending to be fighting Wall Street, while Mitch-the-bankers'-buddy is privately shaking them down for campaign cash in exchange for being on their team. Who could be cynical about that?

Apr 23 07:24

WA kids in flu vaccine alert

The State Government has suspended its free flu vaccine program for WA children aged under five after 22 children became ill and were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital within hours of having their injections.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the otherwise fit and healthy children had suffered febrile convulsions – which involved a fit or seizure due to high fever – within 12 hours of having their vaccine.

Apr 23 07:22

Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says

leading Israeli airport security expert says the Canadian government has wasted millions of dollars to install "useless" imaging machines at airports across the country.

"I don't know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747," Rafi Sela told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada.

"That's why we haven't put them in our airport," Sela said, referring to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, which has some of the toughest security in the world.

Apr 23 07:19

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

Consider the facts:

  • The fires in WTC 7 were not evenly distributed, so a perfect collapse was impossible.
  • Explosions occurred in WTC 7 before it sustained any damage from the twin towers' collapses.
  • Silverstein said to the fire department commander "the smartest thing to do is pull it."
  • Firefighters withdrawing from the area stated the building was going to "blow up".
  • The building subsequently collapsed perfectly into its footprint.
  • Molten steel and partially evaporated steel members were found in the debris.
  • Apr 23 07:17

    Bombshell: Silverstein Wanted To Demolish Building 7 On 9/11

    Fox News hit piece against 9/11 truth and Jesse Ventura inadvertently reveals a shocking truth; WTC leaseholder was “on the phone with his insurance carrier to see if they would authorize the controlled demolition of the building”

    Apr 23 06:55

    Did Schumer, Paulson, Soros Kill the Bank & Profit From It?

    At the end of 2007, hedge fund billionaire John Paulson invested $15 million in the leftist non-profit, Center for Responsible Lending, their largest single donation ever. Around the same time, Paulson and his employees contributed over $100,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, headed, at the time, by Sen. Chuck Schumer. Roughly six months later, CRL and Sen. Schumer both launched a highly public attack on the California-based mortgage lender, Indymac. The lender failed, wiping out the investment of thousands of people. Roughly six months after that, John Paulson, in partnership with George Soros, bought up the remnants of Indymac for pennies on the dollar.....

    Apr 23 06:44

    Gerald Celente: Finance reform, just a show

    Wall Street regulation is the hot topic today; President Barack Obama gave a speech to the finance industry encouraging them to join him in reforming Wall Street. Gerald Celente says that there is a huge problem with Obamas Financial Reform bill because the same people that got us into this economic mess are the ones advising Obama.

    Apr 23 06:12

    'Sun' censored poll that showed support for Lib Dems

    The Sun newspaper failed to publish a YouGov poll showing that voters fear a Liberal Democrat government less than a Conservative or Labour one.

    Apr 23 06:10

    Rumbling again, Iceland's volcano throws up more black smoke against the amazing backdrop of Northern Lights

    The beauty of the Northern Lights provided a breathtaking backdrop against Iceland's troublesome erupting volcano, which after blowing small white plumes just days ago returned to shooting thick ash and smoke.

    These stunning pictures show the heavenly phenomenon of green aurora ripples above Eyjafjallajokull's fire fountains.

    Apr 23 05:55

    Biofuels cause four times more carbon emissions

    Green fuels made from soy beans cause four times more climate-warming emissions than standard diesel or petrol, according to a European report into biofuels.

    Apr 23 01:31

    Just Who Is This Guy, Obama?

    Barack Obama is less of a person than an image— a brand. People see what ever they want as they do on a Rorschach test.

    But does anyone really know him? In fact, he is:

    * A man with no birth certificate.

    * A man whose birth records, both in the United States and Kenya, are sealed by government order.

    * A man whose childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, spied on U.S. military installations in Hawaii for the Soviet Union, edited a communist newspaper, authored pornographic novels, and wrote poetry in praise of Joseph Stalin.

    * A man who promised transparency in government, but has spent over a million dollars in legal fees hiding information that would determine his eligibility to be President.

    Apr 23 01:23

    Ukraine extends lease for Russia's Black Sea Fleet

    Deal with new President Viktor Yanukovych to cut Russian gas prices sees Ukraine tilt backs towards Moscow

    April 22, 2010

    Apr 22 21:41

    Hypersonic Cruise Missile: America's New Global Strike Weapon

    Your tax dollars at work (when not being passed to Wall Street)

    Apr 22 21:37

    US Rules Out Removing Its Nukes From Europe

    Despite increased calls from European officials to remove them, the United States today ruled out moving its hundreds of “battlefield nukes” from Europe, insisting that they must remain to ensure that Europe shares the “nuclear risks and responsibilities.”

    Apr 22 20:59

    The US Finds its Superpower Structure and Capital are Insufficient to Cope with a Transformed World

    The United States of America, in global strategic terms, is tumbling down a series of misadventures, declining in a “step of sighs” through frustrating economic and military endeavours as it discovers that its superpower structures and massive capital wealth are insufficient to cope with a transformed world.

    Apr 22 17:55

    RAF grounds fighter jets after volcanic dust is found in engines

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) assured the public that air services were safe last night, despite the emergency grounding of RAF training flights following the discovery of volcanic ash. Responding to the decision to suspend flights of the £69m Typhoon jets to check for the presence of volcanic particles, Britain's air regulator said commercial airlines had made "no reports of damage to [commercial] planes".

    Apr 22 17:20

    The Radioactive Nature of Jewish Thinking–Transforming the Garden Of Eden into the Little Shop Of Horrors

    Having realized that the chickens of hell have indeed come home to roost in the form of a barely-alive US economy as well as the fact the rest of the world looks at America (rightly) as Israel’s favorite whore, these same characters have suddenly begun to take the business of national survival seriously. Only now are they beginning to realize that the same kind of havoc the West has assisted in creating in places such as Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere is like nuclear fallout that spreads everywhere, and as such, having decided that “it’s personal this time,” something’s got to be done about it.

    Apr 22 15:48

    End Israel lobbies’ pervasive and damaging influence in US politics

    Debbie Menon argues that Washington’s support for Israel is tragic, immoral and extremely damaging to Americans given that US “congressional representatives continue to put Israel’s interests before the interests of Americans”

    Apr 22 14:54

    ACORN CEO compares Tea Party to bowel movement

    During a speech at the Winter Conference of the Young Democratic Socialists in late March, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis remarked that the Tea Party movement was more like a “bowel movement” and warned that “they are coming.”

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    Everyone who lives on the tax dollars of others is in a total panic over the rising tide of anti-tax rage sweeping the nation.

    Apr 22 14:49

    American Arrested in Mexico for Carrying 150 Gold Coins; Coins Seized

    Arnold even had a receipt for some of the coins and it appears there was no legitimate reason for them to be seized, or for him to be arrested.

    Apr 22 14:36

    It’s Official! Freedom Watch Coming To TV!

    After a little more than a year in existence Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano will be making the switch to television. We just received official word that this is happening.

    Apr 22 13:43

    Mysterious X-37B unmanned space shuttle set to be launched by U.S. tonight...and they won't say what it's for

    The U.S. military is poised to launch the mysterious X-37B unmanned winged spacecraft tonight - but what America plans to do with it there is anyone's guess. The mission has been wrapped in secrecy from the get-go.