Mar 17 13:49

Washington Post Shows Its Hand

The Washington Post is apparently losing lots of money and may close in the foreseeable future, barring a deus ex machina intervention by some foreign billionaire such as saved the New York Times. While the decline of newspapers worldwide is regrettable, the Post's troubles are really good news, and bankruptcy would be a richly deserved fate for a rag that has been an enabler of every neocon fantasy for the past 20 years. Imagine no longer having to enjoy Charles Krauthammer, Fred Kagan, John Bolton, Bill Kristol, and Robert Kaplan with your morning coffee.

Mar 17 12:36

Rise of the Recessionista - A caller into CBC’s Sunday afternoon talk-radio show, Cross-Country Checkup, said that men like Stewart were doing the job the media should have done before the financial meltdown. “This is just like the war in Iraq,” the caller complained. “The media were asleep at the wheel and didn’t do their job.

Yes, leave it to MSN/Sympatico Finance to give us the crucial facts about how image plays a part in these troubling times. “What does appearance have to do with personal finance?” this outlet asked in a recent article entitled Why It Pays to be a ‘Recessionista. “At first glance - nothing. After all, what do hemlines have to do with home equity loans?”

The answer? “More than you think.” Oh man, this oughta be good.

Mar 17 07:39

Seattle Post-Intelligencer halts print edition

The Hearst Corp. announced Monday it will publish its last print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Tuesday and shift the operation of Seattle's oldest business wholly to the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It isn't paper versus the net that determines readership. It is whether you give the people what they need to know versus selling corporate and government lies to them.


Meanwhile, you can buy a copy of the last edition HERE

Mar 16 09:09

So eager to call CNN 'Communist News Network,' Fox fudges name of Latin American leader

But Fox was so eager to tie CNN to communism that they couldn't get the name of Venezeula's leader right when making an unsourced allegation.

A second Fox pundit pointed out that Funes' party, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, is liberal and said it was essentially communist. He then declared that FMLN "allegedly" has ties to Caesar Chavez.

Except that Caesar Chavez doesn't lead a party in Latin America. He was a Mexican-American farm worker and labor activist who died in 1993.

Mar 15 17:26

No teleprompters for Prez at dinner

No Teleprompters, No Gridiron Club Dinner
March 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Obama won’t be appearing at the Gridiron Club dinner this year —only the second president in more than 150 years to miss this wonderful opportunity to schmooze with our fine class of journalists. But as we saw all through the campaign, the media whores need no schmoozing from their American idol. They have been Obama’s lapdogs all through the election season licking his stinky feet and continue to be.

Mar 15 13:49

WPost Is a Neocon Propaganda Sheet

The sad truth appears to be that the Washington Post can no longer be counted on to be anything like an honest broker, especially when it comes to issues near and dear to the hearts of neocons. Rather the Post’s role is now to set the parameters for whatever debate the neocons find acceptable.

Mar 15 12:45

Listening to the show and all the rest that you have read, do you believe groups that lobby on behalf of Israel have too much influence? Or do you think this is a bogus, even scurrilous charge?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drop a quick note and let him know what you think of the Israel lobby's influence in Washington DC.

Mar 15 09:34

It's All Good: Media Reports for Duty as Militarists Plan More Wars

Surely there is no one who still needs to be apprised of the fact that the New York Times is one of the chief organs of the American Empire, operating in a semi-official fashion to disseminate the intentions and wishes of our rulers. The fact that the paper also publishes some excellent reporting -- and can even, on occasion, assume an adversarial stance against one faction of the elite or another -- in no way undermines its essential function in the imperial power structure. After all, Pravda and Izvestia did the same under the Soviets.

Mar 15 08:59

Partial list of corporate lickspittles who are allowed to know what s in the secret copyright treaty the Obama administration claims is a matter of "national security"

Mar 15 08:02

Stewart exposes Cramer (pardon the commercials)

Mar 14 11:34

Washington Post to cut business section

The Washington Post will stop publishing a business section six days out of the week and move business news to the front section of the paper at a time when finance stories dominate world headlines.

The decision, which the Post's editors explained in a memo obtained by Reuters, means that the paper will save money on newsprint when newspaper advertising revenue is plunging.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe your readership and ad revenues would return if you didn't spend all your time sucking up to Israel.

Mar 14 11:33

'Washington Post' urges dismissal of AIPAC espionage case, asks for counter-argument, and promptly rejects same

The other day the Washington Post editorial page--which I am harping on because it has been on the pro-neocon track at least since declaring that the Iraq war was "essential to American security"-- ran an editorial urging the Justice Department to drop the "misguided" espionage case against former AIPAC staffers Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman.

The editorial was followed by this statement: "Do you have a different view of this issue? Debate a member of the editorial board in the Editorial Judgment discussion group."

Mar 14 09:02

Jim Cramer admits to manipulating the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We had it down to a science in 1992: my wife would pick stocks that technically looked ready to go up, or she would keep track of merchandise to see what was down to tag ends. She would then generate a list of stocks that could move quickly on good news. Jeff would then go to work calling the companies to try to find anything good we could say about them. I would call the analysts to see I they were hearing anything. When we found a stock that looked ready technically to break out, or where the supply had been mopped up, and Jeff found something positive at the company, and I knew the analyst community didn’t know anything positive, we would load up with call options and common stock and then give the good news to our favorite analysts who liked the stock so they could go do their promotion. That would get the buzz going and we would then be able to liquidate the position into the buzz for a handsome profit." (Confessions of a Street Addict, page 61).

Mar 14 09:00

MSNBC producers told ‘not to incorporate’ Cramer’s Daily Show interview into their programming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sour grapes...

Mar 14 08:53

Washington Post Columnist Gives Private AIPAC Talks

Journalists should be allowed to make money from speaking engagements, but I find Beinart's appearances unseemly. AIPAC is a "controversial" organization (the adjective routinely used for Walt and Mearsheimer's book in the mainstream media). Or anyway, it's an important advocacy group on a central issue in the election. I wonder what a Time and Washington Post columnist is advocating to advocates about.

More important, Beinart's 2006 book, The Good Fight, urged Americans to make their country great again by going to war against terror in Iraq and elsewhere and in doing so utterly suppressed the Israel/Palestine issue.

Mar 13 06:29

Jim Cramer admits to manipulating the market.

Mar 12 13:48

Columbia Journalism School professor: ‘F*ck new media.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Painting animals on cave walls was good enough for my parents and it is good enough for me!!!!"

Mar 11 06:27

You WILL Believe! - Nano-treatment to torpedo cancer - Science by propoganda bites

BBC Health News - Nanotechnology has been used for the first time to destroy cancer cells with a highly targeted package of "tumour busting" genes.

"Gene therapy has a great potential to create safe and effective cancer treatments but getting the genes into cancer cells remains one of the big challenges in this area.

"This is the first time that nanoparticles have been shown to target tumours in such a selective way, and this is an exciting step forward in the field.

"Once inside the cell, the gene enclosed in the particle recognises the cancerous environment and switches on. The result is toxic, but only to the offending cells, leaving healthy tissue unaffected.

Mar 10 09:53

Rep. Conyers wants science to be secret… or you will pay

Recently, government-sponsored agencies like NIH have moved toward open access of scientific findings. That is, the results are published where anyone can see them, and in fact (for the NIH) after 12 months the papers must be publicly accessible. This is, in my opinion (and that of a lot of others, including a pile of Nobel laureates) a good thing. Astronomers, for example, almost always post their papers on Astro-ph, a place where journal-accepted papers can be accessed before they are published.

Mar 09 10:29

Steeped in taxes and ready for tea

Protesters invoked tariff-weary Colonists, blasted Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan at rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I tagged this under Corporate Media because all morning I am getting these stories about major tax protests (I loved the "Off with his head" chant in Fullerton; made me proud to have gone to school there) over the internet and yet have not seen a single such protest reported on ABCNNBBCBS. MSNBC led off with a video tour of the home from where a young girl was kidnapped some time ago. Yeah, it's a shame, but the girl isn't there; just furniture and it doesn't actually affect my life directly.

Taxes affect my life. Taxes have wrecked my life, to be honest, and I find stories about my fellow Americans getting pissed off and chanting "Off with his head" far more relevant to my life than stories about the homes of missing girls, Chandra Levy, or Michael Jackson.

Mar 08 10:10

Our society suffers if newspapers fall silent

As a kid, the first thing I did each morning was read the newspaper. My teenage children today have no such interest. Their disinterest mirrors that of their generation. Television watching and Internet surfing have supplanted newspaper reading. Newspapers, unfortunately, are becoming relics; a victim of our society's shortened attention span.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WRONG! Newspapers are becoming relics BECAUSE THEY HELPED THE GOVERNMENT LIE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE into a pointless war of conquest.

Nobody likes a liar.


Mar 08 03:59

Discipline of Military Redirects Dropouts - Teaching kids to kill provides leadership skills!

New York Times ERIK ECKHOLM - FORT GORDON, Ga. — By his own account, Donte’ A. Dungey had no motivation in high school, sleeping through classes and sometimes showing up only for the free lunch to reduce the burden on his mother, who was struggling with nine other children. Held back three times and scheduled to enter the 10th grade at nearly 18, he knew that “high school just wasn’t going to work for me,” he said.

But he was also ready to change. More than five months ago, Mr. Dungey took up residence in a program for dropouts called Youth Challenge, run by the National Guard, that is proving effective at using military atmosphere and discipline to turn around at-risk teenagers.

Mar 07 16:06

Bailout for The Mainstream Media May be Next

Does the News Industry Deserve a Bailout? That was the headline in a recent article written in Time Magazine. Written by Douglas A. McIntyre, the article argues “the strategic value of the print media comes from the centuries that it has served as a check and balance to the central government both in the United States and elsewhere ...Politicians have every reason to want to see print media fail. That can be said tongue in cheek, but too many governors and congressmen have lost jobs after newspaper investigations to make the relationship between Fourth Estate and politicians a comfortable one. A neutered press would benefit a number of elected officials.

Mar 06 13:41

Fox Admits To Planting Political Brainwashing In Popular TV Shows

A corporate video currently being showcased on another part of Murdoch’s media empire,, shows Fox executives and stars of its universally recognized shows bragging about how they use the platform of hit shows that are broadcast globally to implant messages about the supposed threat of global warming.

This is not the first time Fox have been enthusiastic in propagandizing for the establishment. In 2003, Rupert Murdoch himself admitted that the corporation had “tried” to help the Bush administration sell the war in Iraq.

Mar 06 10:12

A public stoning in Germany

A few days later, Dierkes gave an interview to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), a conservative paper based in the nearby city of Essen. He explained the demands of the World Social Forum, and requested that the published interview should stress that this had nothing to do with anti-Semitism -- a qualification that invariably needs to be made in Germany, except when there is suspicion of Islamophobia. Predictably, his precautions were in vain; scenting a political coup, the reporter published his article without including the qualification.

Mar 06 08:26


Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and maybe we can get O.J., Robert Blake, Robert Wagner, and Bill Shatner to do a chorus line for you!

Mar 06 06:28

Undisclosed Losses at Merrill Lynch Lead to a Trading Inquiry - But No One Ever Goes to Jail

The New York Times LOUISE STORY and ERIC DASH March 6, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Merrill Lynch trader apparently gambled away more than $120 million in the currency markets. Others seemingly lost hundreds of millions on tricky credit derivatives.

But somehow all this red ink did not spill into plain view until after Merrill earmarked billions for bonuses and staggered into the arms of Bank of America.

Merrill hemorrhaged $13.8 billion during the final three months of 2008 alone.

Mar 05 17:39

Dow Tumbles 4% to New 12-Year Low - Well, duh?

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker Aaron Task Thur March 5, 2009

The Hits Just Keep on Coming: Dow Tumbles 4% to New 12-Year Low

The Dow shed 4% to 6594, its lowest close since April 15, 1997, while the S&P lost 4.25% to 682.55, its lowest close since 1996.

[The same news outlet yesterday shouted "Stocks jump after 5 days of heavy selling" and in between then and now the collective markets paid a fine of a quarter billion for stealing from investors. Maybe the markets aren't the place for your money. The DOW is down 50% in the last year, and all those people running the 401k swindle made money on your losses all the way down. Can you say, SUCKER! - I knew you could.]

Mar 05 09:08

Obama Officially Picks Genachowski To Chair FCC

One of Washington's worst-kept secrets -- that Julius Genachowski would be the next Federal Communications Commission chairman -- ended Tuesday when President Barack Obama formally nominated Genachowski for the position.

After Obama won the presidential election, Genachowski was an immediate odds-on favorite for the FCC position given his background that is steeped in technology and that included a stint as legal counsel to ex-FCC chairman Reed Hundt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Genachowski is also the son of holocaust survivors, so I think we can write off the First Amendment on any broadcasts related to Israel or the history of WW2.

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 09:39

Video - The N3TWORK- Big Media Exposed! (Remember - it's not against the law for them to lie to you.)

The N3TWORK is an independent media organization that explores issues not typically discussed by the mainstream because we are not swayed by corporate, political, or religious influences. Our only influence is the interest of the people. At the N3TWORK, we hope to generate inspiration and empowerment through awareness. Instead of assigning blame, we encourage individuals to become responsible and active citizens.

Mar 04 08:56

The Rush to Kiss Rush's Ass

Something funny is happening in Washington. Within the Republican Party. Something that's music to Democrats' ears. It seems that desperate and disillusioned conservatives, not having learned their lessons from the November election--or worse, still reeling from it--are allowing the rabid right wing talking head Rush Limbaugh to hijack the party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Pills has decided that if Sarah Palin can be a candidate, that so can he! I think Pills is exploring running in 2010.

Mar 04 08:35

Payday as the Enemy of Truth

It is a rule of thumb in the life of the freelance journalist, almost as sure as the law of gravity, that the more you get paid for an article, the greater likelihood it will turn to mush at the hands of too many people paid to “edit” the work. We might even work out a financial equation for this degenerative process: for every cent-increase in per-word payment, there will be a meaning-decrease in every word. Or, rather, the words will take on all sorts of meanings you never thought they had. Or the words will pop their heads into scenes where they had not been meant to pop. Or the editors will attach like ticks to the ideas of the people quoted and suck out entirely, perfectly, inanely, the meaning of what the person really said.

Mar 03 08:29

White House Lets Limbaugh Be Voice Of GOP Opposition

After the radio host delivered a raucous red-meat speech Saturday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said on CBS's "Face the Nation" the next day: "He is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party, and he has been upfront about what he views, and hasn't stepped back from that, which is he hopes for failure."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs added his voice yesterday, saying reporters should ask Republicans "whether they agree with what Rush Limbaugh said . . . in wishing and hoping for economic failure in this country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where this will blow up on the GOP face.

1. "Pills" Limbaugh and his ditto heads, in chanting "I hope Obama fails", are showing that winning at political contests is far more important to them than the welfare of their fellow Americans. Apparently millions of homeless Americans is not too great a price to pay to score points for the 2010 elections.

2. By openly taking a stance of wanting the current administration to fail, "Pills" had given the Obama administration the perfect scapegoat to blame for that inevitable failure we know is coming, "Pills" himself, and by labeling "Pills" as the voice of the GOP, the GOP as a whole.

Limbaugh's ego has led him into a trap.


Mar 03 07:51

Broadcaster ITV 'Set To Lay Off 500 Staff'

Broadcaster ITV is set to announce it is laying off at least 500 workers, according to Sky sources.

Mar 03 06:57

Cutting the Cable as the Economy Pinches - Something Positive in the News

The New York Times City Room - Ken Belson

For most New Yorkers, moving into a new home means calling Con Edison, Verizon and the cable company. But some younger New Yorkers are no longer paying for cable television [...]

“So many of my friends treated cable as a utility, that it wasn’t a home until it was set up,” said Nick Jackson, 24, who lives on the Lower East Side and works in publishing. “I basically chose Internet over the cable.”

Mar 03 06:48

Prosecutors Fight Release of Spitzer Records - Huh? What are they up to?

The New York Times March 2, 2009 William K. Rashbaum

Prosecutors of the prostitution case that exposed Eliot Spitzer as a client are appealing a court order directing them to unseal records that may shed light on the origins of the investigation.

The prosecutors, from the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, filed a notice in court on Monday saying that they would appeal Judge Rakoff’s ruling to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a decision that was made by senior Justice Department officials in Washington.

Mar 02 20:09

Crews Take Name Of Closed Newspaper Off Building

Workers from a sign company on Sunday removed the name of the Rocky Mountain News from the Denver Newspaper Agency building it shared with The Denver Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We the blogs made an earnest and sincere effort to share the information we had developed that the claims used to kick off the war in Iraq were fictional.

The newspapers made the choice to stand with the government and help sell those lies to the people.

And the people, who do not like being lied to, took their business elsewhere.

Sic Semper Mendicium!

Mar 02 12:55

This chart RIGHT NOW shows the pathetic volume in the DOW.

The collapse is nearing capitulation.

Soon enough, there will be no buyers at any price.

Mar 02 07:51

Why I believe the theory of the Israel lobby

The issue is not that these people have backward views of the Middle East. There is not much anyone can do about that. Iraq, where terrorists are now part of the government, has taught them nothing. The issue is that they are routinely granted access to mainstream publications. The realists whom Chait despises don't get that access; Mearsheimer has been out at the New York Times ever since he made the mistake of opposing the Iraq war. Nor do leftwing critics of Israel get access--Glenn Greenwald, Tony Kushner. Nor do Arab-Americans. It is true, as Chait observed some time ago, that Steve Walt has a blog at Foreign Policy. Great. And yes, I believe that things are softening, and we are winning, under Obama. But Walt's perch is still the exception that proves the rule.

Mar 02 05:21

Joe the Janitor Brought Out to Take a Bow, While AIG Gets Another 30 Billion

Actually the guy's name is Mark. It's the same political fraud. He's touted as having had a salaried position ($70k per year, certainly not a job with Merrill). He's now working as a janitor to make ends meet! Such sacrifice is indeed noble, were it even probable. If the janitor-job were advertised in any city in the country, you'd start a major riot among the frantic applicants, and bus tickets to the scene of the mayhem would be difficult to come by.

Mar 01 10:39

How Radio Wrecks the Right

Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare.

Feb 28 14:57

911 WTC7 CBS Breakthrough

Feb 28 11:53

Gallup: Obama approval rating rises to 67% OMFG! THIS IS FRAUD!

The Oval Tracking and Observing the Presidency - Feb 27, 2009

Gallup attributes the week's improvement to Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night and a sharp rebound among Republicans, from 27% approval to 42%.

The latest rating is based on polling conducted Tuesday through Thursday. Reaction to Obama's new budget proposal should be reflected in coming days.

Feb 28 09:39


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... just because Bill Maher pissed me off!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 27 15:00

Senate bars FCC from revisiting Fairness Doctrine

The Senate has barred federal regulators from reviving a policy, abandoned two decades ago, that required balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves.

The Senate vote on the so-called Fairness Doctrine was in part a response to conservative radio talk show hosts who feared that Democrats would try to revive the policy to ensure liberal opinions got equal time.

The Federal Communications Commission implemented the doctrine in 1949, but stopped enforcing it in 1987 after deciding new sources of information and programming made it unnecessary.

President Barack Obama says he has no intention of reimposing the doctrine, but Republicans, led by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., say they still need a guarantee the government would not establish new quotas or guidelines on programming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course the GOP would fight to maintain their monopoly over the corporate media, but I wan to know why Democrats went along with this.

Feb 27 08:46

Noam Chomsky On Corporate Propaganda

Feb 27 07:46

In Revision, G.D.P. Shrank at 6.2% Rate at the End of 2008

The New York Times CATHERINE RAMPELL Feb 27, 2009

The economy at the end of last year contracted at a far faster rate than initially estimated, a government report released Friday said.

[...] the last quarter of 2008 was the worst since the 1982 recession [...]

Feb 26 22:10

The Sun: We Made "False Allegations" Against Muslim

According to the Sun the story went something like this: Muslim bus driver in London kicks passengers off his bus in order that he can pray. Keeps them waiting and then lets them back on after he has done his "Muslim thing."

Anyway it transpires that the story was a fabrication by the Sun. That's right it never really happened as the Sun claimed.

Feb 26 20:32

This Domain ( Has Been Disabled

Let's hope this is temporary....

Feb 26 15:36

Rocky Mountain News Is Shutting Down

The Rocky Mountain News in Denver will cease publication on Friday.

E.W. Scripps, which owns newspaper, known locally as The Rocky, announced Thursday that it had failed to find a buyer for the daily. Scripps’s chief executive, Rich Boehne, said in a statement that The Rocky was “a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges.” Scripps said the newspaper lost $16 million last year.

Feb 25 14:21

The Anchorwomen of Fox News

Conservative watchdog groups are giving Fox News flack for their gratuitously hot anchorwomen and their short skirts.

Feb 25 14:21

Fox News Anchor or Porn Star?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can you tell the difference?

(I flunked this one.)

Feb 25 10:42

Maine Man Tries to Build Dirty Bomb, No One Cares

A leaked FBI report states that a man named James G. Cummings was trying to build a dirty bomb when he was shot and and killed by his wife last December 9th in Belfast, Maine. He had plans, parts, explosive ingredients, and small quantities of radioactive material, though nothing that could not be purchased legally within the US. Cummings was a white supremacist who was reportedly very upset about Obama’s election.

Feb 25 10:13

San Francisco Chronicle may shut down

San Francisco may lose its main newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, as owner Hearst Corp cuts a "significant" number of jobs and decides whether to shut or sell the money-losing daily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Corporate Media

I will make you a deal.

Start telling the people the truth about what is going on. Tell them the truth about 9-11, the truth about the lie of Saddam's "nookular" weapons, the truth about what went on an Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the truth about how FDR suckered the Japanese into the attack on Pearl Harbor, the truth about no torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, the truth about USS Liberty. Tell the public the truth about MOCKINGBIRD and COINTELPRO and the 16th Amendment and the Federal Reserve. And I don't mean twenty years after the fact when it no longer matters, tell the people the truth when they need to hear it, like right now about how Iran does not have a clandestine weapons lab under their power station but Israel does.

You all start telling the public the truth and I will gladly shut this blog down and let your readers go back to you, because frankly after 16 years I am tired of doing your job for you for no money while listening to you whine about how your ad revenues have declined because of us mean old bloggers.





Feb 25 09:33

War Reporting and Propaganda in Iraq and Afghanistan

Feb 25 09:28

Hollywood to make 30 anti-Iranian movies

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, has said that Hollywood film makers have thirty anti-Iranian movies in the offing.

"Hollywood has thirty anti-Iranian movies in the offing with the subject of hostility towards Iran's historical and Islamic identity," Qashqavi told reporters at a weekly news conference in Tehran on Monday.

"The subject of making various movies has directly targeted not only Iran's religious and historical identity but also the country's social values including hospitality in an attempt to show hostility towards the Islamic Republic," he added.

"There are certain political objectives behind a number of movies under the pretext of creating art," he explained.

Feb 24 16:02

Study: Israel "retaliates" to Palestinian "provocation" in UK press

The study, the first to investigate this aspect of British press coverage of the conflict, examined a period from January to June 2008. It found that when the British press represents a party as retaliating or responding in the conflict, that party is Israel 72 percent of the time. The tabloid press showed a particularly marked bias, representing Israel as retaliating in 100 percent of all representations of "retaliation."

Feb 24 12:21

Documentary to Air About Lynching of Jewish Businessman

Frank was accused and convicted of killing 13-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913.

Phagan worked in a pencil factory Frank managed in downtown Atlanta.

The governor at the time, John Slaton, commuted Frank's sentence from death to life in prison, but he was kidnapped from the state prison in Milledgeville in 1915 and taken to Phagan's hometown of Marietta where he was hanged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interestingly enough, Leo Frank, like Rubashkin, based his defense on claims that his accusers (and ultimately the jury) were anti-Semites.

The Leo Franks case gave rise to the Anti-Defamation League whose mission, as the name suggests, is to suppress any and all negative reporting on individuals who happen to be of the Jewish faith, even if the reporting is factual.

Feb 23 09:35


Webmaster's Commentary: 

You will feel sorry for and cease criticizing Israel, dammit!

Feb 23 09:27

Philadelphia papers owner files for Chapter 11

Philadelphia Newspapers and Journal Register, which publishes several small papers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, join the much larger Tribune Co, publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, in a growing line of U.S. newspaper publishers seeking bankruptcy court protection to stay afloat while they restructure.

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I for one would gladly shut down this blog and spend the rest of my life chasing Claire around the shop if the corporate media could be relied upon to tell the people the truth about what the government is up to, as its traditional role is supposed to be.

But until the corporate media starts telling the truth and stops acting like the government's ministry of propaganda, blogs like this will remain and we will continue to take your readership and advertisers away from you.

It's simple; if you lie, you die!

Feb 23 09:18

Philadelphia Inquirer seeks bankruptcy protection

The publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer has become the second US newspaper group to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in two days, succumbing on Sunday to vanishing advertising revenues and an unmanageable debt burden.

Feb 22 19:39

Fresh BBC row after reporters asked not to cover Gaza demo

SENIOR BBC Scotland managers were plunged into a new row over trust last week after it emerged the corporation's journalists felt they could not report on a demonstration held inside their own building.

Last month more than 20 demonstrators occupied the foyer of BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters in protest at the corporation's decision not to broadcast an appeal from the Disasters Emergency Committee on behalf of the people of Gaza. More than 40,000 people complained to the BBC about its decision.

According to one BBC Scotland source, radio journalists were told by editors not to include the demonstration on Radio Scotland's news bulletins - even though other branches of the corporation were reporting the story in full.

Feb 21 09:23


Feb 21 08:13

Money for Idiots - We are indeed into some very deep shit

The New York Times Op/Ed Columnist David Brooks Feb 20, 2009
Money for Idiots

Our moral and economic system is based on individual responsibility. It’s based on the idea that people have to live with the consequences of their decisions. This makes them more careful deciders. This means that society tends toward justice — people get what they deserve as much as possible.


[...] The greedy idiots may be greedy idiots, but they are our countrymen. And at some level, we’re all in this together. If their lives don’t stabilize, then our lives don’t stabilize.

Feb 21 08:11

WSJ & Dow Jones Are Blaming ME For The Bank Stock Slide!

Dow Jones traces today's pre-market hysteria back to, which claimed last night that "Bank of America and Citigroup won't live to see May."

Feb 20 19:34

Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa
by John Mbaira

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity.

Feb 20 11:20

Senator to Force Vote on Bill Banning Fairness Doctrine

DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, said on Feb. 19 he will offer the Broadcaster Freedom Act as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill next week. The Broadcaster Freedom Act was introduced by Republican lawmakers last month and prevents the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We bought up all the radio so we could force everyone to listen to us and WE'RE NOT GIVING IT UP!!!"

Feb 20 07:01

New York Times Stock Now Costs Less Than Sunday Paper

Shares of NYT (NYT) dropped 29 cents today to close at $3.77. The Sunday paper goes for $4 at the newsstand.

Maybe they could save costs by printing the paper on their stock certificates.

Feb 19 12:48

Hollywood's New Censors

None of this, of course, was new; it was how Hollywood created the myth of the Wild West, which was harmless enough unless you happened to be a Native American; and how the Second World War has been relentlessly glorified, which may be harmless enough unless you happen to be one of countless innocent human beings, from Serbia to Iraq, whose deaths or dispossession are justified by moralizing references to 1939-45. Hollywood's gooks, its Untermenschen, are essential to this crusade – the dispatched Somalis in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and the sinister Arabs in movies like Rendition, in which the torturing CIA is absolved by Jake Gyllenhal's good egg.

Feb 19 12:39

CBS Falsely Portrays Stanford as Democratic Scandal

On Wednesday, federal authorities reported they did not know the whereabouts of Texas banker and scammer Allen Stanford. But what we do know for certain about the financier whose frauds may yet rival the $50 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme is that he donated generously to both political parties in Washington. Of course, that would be news to viewers of CBS Evening News. Because while Stanford gave early and often to Texas Republicans John Cornyn, Tom Delay and George W. Bush, CBS portrayed the fleeing financier as a bagman for Democrats alone.

Feb 18 14:43

NY Post Cartoon Depicts Shooting The Obama Ape?

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The apes should be insulted.

Feb 17 13:48

"Worst Is Yet to Come:" Americans' Standard of Living Permanently Changed

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker | Posted Feb 17, 2009 |

An Interview with Howard Davidowitz

But "the worst is yet to come," according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, who believes American's standard of living is undergoing a "permanent change" - and not for the better as a result of:

* An $8 trillion negative wealth effect from declining home values.
* A $10 trillion negative wealth effect from weakened capital markets.
* A $14 trillion consumer debt load amid "exploding unemployment", leading to "exploding bankruptcies."

The end of rampant consumerism is ultimately a good thing, he says, but the unraveling of an economy built on debt-fueled spending will be painful for years to come.

Feb 16 09:55

Firestorms and Deep Freeze: Climate Change May Bring Both

Global warming deniers keep pointing to snowstorms as proof that climatologists are wrong. But both extreme heat and cold are on tap.

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The cult, still eager to get their hands on your carbon tax money, are trying to equate those who question the science behind their claims as "deniers", apparently to put them in the same class of people as "9-11 deniers" or (horrors) "Holocaust deniers."

But as the cult changes their name from "global warming" to "catastrophic climate change" this is in effect an admission that their earlier prognostications have not come to pass. The attempt to claim that the severe cooling weather is the result of human caused global warming may look good in the science fiction film from which they apparently stole the idea (along with scenes used in Al Gore's movie), but it is not really science.

The bottom line is that this is all about creating a new crisis as an excuse to take more money and freedom from you.

Feb 16 09:26

Why We Must Restore the 'Fairness Doctrine'

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Because Pills Limbaugh didn't tell you about the attempted economic 9-11 that happened last September. THAT'S why!!!!

Feb 16 09:08

The Dark Side of the Moon: 40 years after moon landing the doubts persist

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Man, they really MUST be desperate to distract the public from what is going on if they are dusting this crap off and waving it around again!

Feb 15 12:52

Toothless: The Watchdog Press That Became the Government’s Lapdog

An AP investigation had just revealed that the Pentagon budget for “influence operations” this fiscal year is at least $4.8 billion, with about 27,000 civilian and military personnel assigned to information dissemination.

Feb 15 09:55

“Beware the Inventor”

" Well informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires, as may be done by dots and dashes and signals of the Morse Code. " -– Boston newspaper, 1865, quoted by Edison's assistant Francis Jehl in Menlo Park Reminiscences, 1937

Feb 14 18:32

Anti-Semitic ups and down

The Community Security Trust, which is responsible for the safety of Jews in the UK. reports that the number of anti-Semitic attacks in 2008 went DOWN from 561 to 541.

How does the BBC news site choose to headline this?

'Rise in attacks' on British Jews

Feb 14 15:49

Glenn Beck Tells O'Reilly Depression & Revolution Are Coming - And the Masses Will Hang BILL FIRST!

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My moment of fame at 2:48. :)

Feb 13 10:30

27,000 Work in Pentagon PR and Recruiting

Forget the drone stuff. Here is your eye-popping statistic of the day: "This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department."

Feb 12 08:20

Emerging global elite to use new global media to educate 'global citizens'

Elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, recently considered a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of “global governance.” The concept strikes some as authoritarian, even totalitarian. But the parent company of Fox News was one of the sponsors of this year's gathering.

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Making FOX News global doesn't mean people will trust it any more than they do now.

Feb 12 08:07

BBC should not keep Israeli bias report secret according to Lords

A four-year battle by lawyer Steven Sugar to make the 20,000-word report about alleged anti-Israeli bias at the BBC, is now expected to become public when a final decision is made by the High Court.

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This is a joke, right? I mean after the BBC ban on the Gaza fundraiser any report claiming an anti-Israel bias is just lipstick on a pig.

Feb 11 11:21

Fleischer: I kept Bush from calling on 'dotcoms and oddballs'

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Now I am pissed!

Feb 11 08:34

SA TV make 'Bush is dead' blunder

A South African TV station mistakenly broadcast that former US President George Bush had died during one of its news bulletins.

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Wishful thinking, but even if true, far too late to accomplish anything.

Feb 11 08:20

Fox News Producer Arrested For Child Pornography

A Fox News Channel producer has been arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in a federal courthouse in Washington.

Aaron Bruns appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. According to charging documents, investigators say Bruns had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site.

Feb 11 06:21

Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research -- typo and all

Summary: In purporting to "take a look back" at how the economic recovery plan "grew, and grew, and grew," Fox News' Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods -- all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release.

Feb 10 14:28

O'Reilly Overboard

Last night Jon Stewart brilliantly lampooned Bill O'Reilly for his ambush on Columbia Journalism Review editor Mike Hoyt, who was followed onto a bus by an O'Reilly Factor minion because CJR ran a piece by someone who once wrote for--gasp!--The Nation. Here's the video:

Feb 10 11:12

Gaza Television Ad

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This is the ad DirectTV refused to show.

Protest HERE

Feb 10 09:45


The recent disastrous bushfire in Australia, which have killed some 180 people and destroyed nearly 800 homes, has been callously and cynically used by ‘Sydney Daily Telegraph’ senior journalist and right-wing blogger at that paper, Piers Akerman, to push his extreme anti-Islam hate mongering by claiming that Islamists may have deliberately lit the fires as a terrorist act.

Feb 10 09:36

New Bailout May Top $1.5 Trillion

In announcing the plan, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will not ask Congress for more funds than the roughly $350 billion that remain in the Treasury Department's original rescue package for the financial system, though congressional sources said such a request could come later if the new programs are unsuccessful. The rest of the money would come from other government agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, as well as private-sector contributions.

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The federal Reserve is NOT a government agency. It is a private company, no more "Federal" than "Federal Express."

Drop a note to the Washington POst and remind them of that.

Feb 10 07:52

Desperately seeking $4 gasoline

The New York Times | Tue- Feb 10, 2009 | Stephen Labaton and Edmund Andrews

Geithner Set to Make Public Case for Bank Bailout Plan Google article title Citing ‘Lost Faith’ in Banks, Geithner to Push Bailout NY Times article title

Feb 09 21:24

O'Reilly just called Helen Thomas the Wicked Witch of the East...

Feb 09 10:01


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Feb 09 09:42

Jewish Community of Venezuela Fears for Their Safety

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Okay. Here is the part FOX isn't telling you. All this "Anti-Semitism" in Venezuela was kicked off by the attack on the synagogue where a bunch of guys ran through and spray-painted the walls. This was headline news around the world (while the six totally destroyed Mosques in Gaza did not rate a mention on ABCNNBBCBS). Yesterday, the Venezuelan police arrested the vandals, who turned out to be other police officers AND THE SECURITY GUARD FOR THE SYNAGOGUE ITSELF!

Feb 09 08:17

Muslims furious at Gaza 'bias'

AUSTRALIAN Muslims are "seething with anger" at what they perceive as the Australian Government's one-sided treatment of last month's Israeli incursion into Gaza, a Melbourne leader said yesterday.

Feb 08 19:18

Reporters Without Borders and Washington's Coups

British press baron Lord Northcliff said, "News is something that someone, somewhere wants to keep secret, everything else is advertising." If this is true, then U.S. government funding of Reporters Without Borders must be news, because the organization and its friends in Washington have gone to extraordinary lengths to cover it up. In spite of 14 months of stonewalling by the National Endowment for Democracy over a Freedom of Information Act request and a flat denial from RSF executive director Lucie Morillon, the NED has revealed that Reporters Without Borders received grants over at least three years from the International Republican Institute.

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For the record, WhatReallyHappened has received no grants whatsoever to operate. We survive on private donations and advertisers.

And coffee.

We could not survive without that finest kind Kona coffee.


As in, "the spoon won't lay down after we stir it" strong.

As in, "that dark brown coffee mug was actually white when we bought it last week" strong.

Feb 08 15:04

Forget about Gaza; let's wave NAZIS! NAZIS! NAZIS! morning noon and night it's non-stop NAZIS! NAZIS! NAZIS! Here a NAZI there a NAZI everywhere a NAZI NAZI ee-eye-ee-eye-oh!!!!!

Feb 08 10:18

Scottish politicians urge BBC to take Clarkson off air over Brown jibes

Top Gear presenter condemned after calling prime minister a 'one-eyed Scottish idiot'

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Oooooh, here is another chance for the BBC to show us how "impartial" it really is!!!!!!!!!