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CURRENT EVENTS

Apr 12 09:18

US Navy Snookered in Pirate Hostage Drama

For Washington, the seizure of the Alabama serves as a powerful reminder that the world is full of different kinds of threats and that the U.S.’s military might alone is incapable of neutralizing them.

While the crew of the Alabama eventually retook the ship, some of the pirates escaped on a lifeboat with the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips of Vermont, as a hostage.

In a hyper-poignant example of the ineffectiveness of military force, a beefed up U.S. (and international) naval presence in pirate-infested waters has failed to prevent acts of piracy, and, in the case of the Alabama, proved virtually useless in resolving the standoff.

Apr 12 04:46

U.S. is weaker than France

Apr 11 17:04

Ex LAPD officer in Rampart scandal takes the 5th

One of the former police officers convicted in the Rampart corruption scandal said he will refuse to answer questions in a related upcoming lawsuit because he doesn't want to incriminate himself with more crimes

Apr 11 15:05

Hundreds of Illinois patients possibly exposed to TB

Hundreds of patients and staff at three Chicago-area hospitals may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a contagious health care worker, officials said Friday.

Apr 11 07:56

Sending a Brutal Message About Human Rights

Monterroso, a petite 52-year-old with dark brown eyes, teaches the law to university students in an almost lawless nation. But it is her personal life that made her a target. She is the wife of Sergio Morales, Guatemala's human rights ombudsman.

For 3 1/2 years, Morales has been scouring and digitizing an extraordinary trove of millions of documents discovered by chance in a rotting warehouse. The archive contains the secret files of Guatemala's notorious national police agency.

Assassins have tried to silence Morales with bombs. They have tried to silence him with bullets.

None of that has worked.

So last month, they came for his wife.

Apr 11 07:21

Police chief fired for using taser on wife

“The chief of a small Central Texas town’s police department has been fired and jailed for allegedly using a Taser gun on his wife after an argument.

Apr 11 07:03

Oil Companies Dividing and Conquering Nigeria - Nigeria oil unrest 'kills 1,000'

The New York Times - Violence in Nigeria's oil region left 1,000 people dead and cost $24bn (£16bn) last year, a report says, according to an official and activist.

Ledum Mitee, chairman of the Niger Delta Presidential Technical Committee, says the figures only cover the first nine months of 2008.

Apr 11 07:02

Freedom Rider: Phony Nuclear Disarmament

President Obama sent a near-declaration of war to Iran, all wrapped up in greetings for the Iranian New Year. The message may have looked like “a smiley faced video” in which the “president appeared to be very amiable and wished peace, love and harmony,” but was actually “nothing more than a well executed propaganda ploy intended to give him cover on the day he announces his true intentions.” Then he told Europeans, ''As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.'' Beneath the charm, “Barack Obama repeats the worst, most untruthful and belligerent policies of the Bush administration.”

Apr 11 06:18

Are you a writer? Do you have a blog?

I would like to send a copy of my book The New Epistemology of Morality and Truth at my expense to a few writers who will consider publishing a book review online on their blog. This is about marketing.

The title might appear daunting to some, but don't be misled. This is a 212 page paperback. The book is philosophy, but written for a general readership. I am not an academic. This is not some dreary and foolish academic philosophy book.

This book tells a story, the story of the meaning of a new secular morality arising in the world that has solutions for the future. It is not a god-book. There are some humorous passages, as well as come insightful commentary on life made by an old guy well-past his physical prime.

Apr 11 05:39

FACING THE DEPRESSION OF THE SPIRIT

Or consider the Jewish cigar makers in early 20th century New York City each contributing a small sum to hire a man to sit with them as they worked - reading aloud the classic works of Yiddish literature. The leader of the cigar-makers, Samuel Gompers, would later become the first president of the American Federation of Labor. And those like him would become part of a Jewish tradition that profoundly shaped the politics, social conscience, and cultural course of 20th century America. It is certainly impossible to imagine liberalism, the civil rights movement, or the Vietnam protests without the Jewish left.

Apr 11 04:47

With Legions of Two-Bit Nepotism Jobs at Stake - Municipalities Turn to Fees to Fill Budget Gaps

The New York Times - David Segal After her sport utility vehicle sideswiped a van in early February, Shirley Kimel was amazed at how quickly a handful of police officers and firefighters in Winter Haven, Fla., showed up. But a real shock came a week later, when a letter arrived from the city billing her $316 for the cost of responding to the accident.

Such cash-per-crash ordinances tend to infuriate motorists, and they often generate bad press, but a lot of cities are finding them hard to resist. With the economy flailing and budgets strained, state and local governments are being creative about ways to raise money. And the go-to idea is to invent a fee — or simply raise one.

Apr 10 16:23

LAPD officer allegedly forces himself on Texas motel employee

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested over the weekend in Travis County, Texas, for allegedly forcing himself on a motel employee while she was retrieving a crib for his child, authorities said Monday.

Apr 10 16:21

Ex-LAPD officer gets a year in jail for fabricating story

Anthony Razo, a 14-year veteran, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for torching his car and filing a false report that he had been shot outside his home when he had wounded himself.

Apr 10 12:13

2 killed in Michigan community college shooting

Police say two people have been killed in what they believe was a murder-suicide at a community college in Dearborn.

Apr 10 11:33

That Bow

Obama's been globe-trotting and claiming his youthful experience in a Muslim land has given him a greater understanding of Islam. Clearly, this is not true as it is STRICTLY forbidden to bow to anyone (or thing) but God in Islam. To top that off, he bowed to perhaps the least respected leader in the eyes of most Muslims/Arabs.

Apr 10 11:13

Defence contractor suspended over neo-Nazi link

Mat Henderson, a volunteer with Australian anti-racism group Fight dem back, said bad economic times were always a fertile recruitment ground for racist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad economic times were always a time when unethical people will use ANY means, including smears, to wreck competitors.

As for Fight Dem Back, it has a less than sterling reputation.

Apr 10 10:23

Germany denied help in bishop probe

In a criminal investigation against Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who denied that the Holocaust happened in an SVT interview broadcast in January, German prosecutors want to question the Swedish journalist who interviewed him. The Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern) has denied the request.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The history of the first half of the last century, which cannot be undone and occurred before most of us were born, has to be de-prioritized. We have crimes against humanity happening right before our eyes that we can and should be dealing with.

Apr 10 10:14

Mother who smacked son, 8, with hairbrush in 'moment of madness' is forced to give him up to social services

A mother had her eight-year-old son taken into care after she smacked him with a hairbrush for refusing to get ready for school.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I was
an itty bitty baby
my mama used to
whop me in the head,
with an old
rotten seal backed comb!
-- sung to the tune of "Those old cotton fields back home"

Apr 10 07:54

Obama's New World Order

This article addresses Washington's financial coup d'etat in the context of discussing Michael Hudson's important, very lengthy and detailed April 5 Global Research.ca one titled: "The Financial War Against Iceland - Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare." It reviews its key information in advance of Hudson's April 14 scheduled appearance on The Global Research News Hour to discuss.

Apr 10 07:40

Banks aren't reselling many foreclosed homes

Observers say several factors are at work.

-- The "pig in the python": Digesting all those foreclosures takes awhile. It's time-consuming to get a home vacant, clean and ready for sale. "The system is overwhelmed by the volume," Sharga said. "In a normal market, there are 160,000 (foreclosures for sale nationwide) over the course of a year. Right now, there are about 80,000 every month."

-- Accounting sleight-of-hand: Lenders could be deferring sales to put off having to acknowledge the actual extent of their loss. "With banks in the stress they're in, I don't think they're anxious to show losses in assets on their balance sheets," O'Toole said.

Apr 10 07:25

Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results

The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.

The Fed wants to ensure that the report cards don’t leak during earnings conference calls scheduled for this month. Such a scenario might push stock prices lower for banks perceived as weak and interfere with the government’s plan to release the results in an orderly fashion later this month.

Apr 10 07:16

Ethnic Kurds file class action in Baltimore against chemical makers

Five survivors of the 1988 poison gas attacks of ethnic Kurds in Iraq have filed a class action lawsuit in Maryland claiming three American companies and the government of Iraq violated the Geneva Convention by using mustard and nerve gasses to kill tens of thousands of people.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the lawsuit says the companies supplied the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the chemical precursors and compounds needed to make the poison gases used in the six-month long “Operation Anfal.”

Apr 10 07:12

Russia to test launch 14 ICBMs in 2009 - missile forces chief

Russia plans 14 test launches of ballistic missiles this year, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said on Friday.

"Fourteen launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles of various types are planned for 2009," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said.

He also said the SMF would have two mobile Topol-M missile regiments.

Apr 10 06:10

It's Not Funny

It's not funny when our President calls the Iraqi war 'an achievement'. It is a dishonorable atrocity and a lie.

It's not funny when our current administration openly ignores all the main figures of the former anti-Bush movement, when it does not care for the truth of 9/11 when Cindy Sheehan, Vincent Bugliosi, Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter and Greg Palast are not welcome, when the horrible shadow of lawlessness still hangs over us.

It's not funny when Karl Rove spits on Congress and they.. say, 'Thank you.'

It's not funny when Nancy Pelosi, the queen of lying eyes writes and publishes a book to guide our daughters. God save us from harm.

It's not funny when our 'Defense' budget is an offense to decency and common sense, a monstrosity beyond belief.

Apr 10 04:51

The Case Against Shell

Apr 10 02:57

The TOO BIG TO FAIL versus THE DESTINED TO BE THROTTLED

The New York Times - John Leland - More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home - MIAMI — When the woman who calls herself Queen Omega moved into a three-bedroom house here last December, she introduced herself to the neighbors, signed contracts for electricity and water and ordered an Internet connection.

What she did not tell anyone was that she had no legal right to be in the home.

Michael Stoops, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said about a dozen advocacy groups around the country were actively moving homeless people into vacant homes — some working in secret, others, like Take Back the Land, operating openly.

Apr 09 19:43

Russian man survives five storey fall - twice

A Russian man survived after downing three bottles of vodka and leaping from a fifth floor balcony - twice.

Alexei Roskov says he jumped the second time because he couldn't take his wife's nagging about the first time.

Wife Yekaterina had watched in horror as her drunken hubsand opened the kitchen window of their Moscow apartment, and hurled himself out.

Astonishingly Mr Roskov, 22, survived and managed to stagger back upstairs with barely a scratch after the 50ft fall.

But while his wife called for an ambulance and began to scold him, he jumped again.

Apr 09 12:06

Ukraine's Yushchenko tells diplomats of plans to dismiss govt.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has told ambassadors of G8 countries that he plans to dismiss Yulia Tymoshenko's government, Kommersant-Ukraina business daily reported on Thursday.

At a meeting with the envoys on Wednesday, Yushchenko said he had drafted and submitted to parliament "a national anti-crisis plan" and disclosed solutions to extricate the country from the current political deadlock. All presidential proposals envisage Tymoshenko's dismissal, the paper said.

Apr 09 08:38

Man with flatulence problem gets stabbed

Five men from the Houston area were sharing a Waco motel room Tuesday night, and two were inside the room eating when one had a flatulence problem, Waco police Officer Steve Anderson said. One man was so upset about the gas that he threw a large knife at him, cutting his leg, and then stabbed him in the chest, Anderson said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, we are supposed to have a gun to blame this all on!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 09 08:35

U.S. indicts Cuban exile Luis Posada, links him to bombings

A federal grand jury in Texas has linked Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, viewed as a hero by some exiles, to tourist-site bombings in Cuba in 1997.

Apr 09 08:31

Mobster accidentally shot by FBI gets $150,000

Apr 09 08:00

Quebec dad sued by daughter after grounding loses his appeal

She had been living with her father after her parents split up when he grounded her in 2008 for defying his order to stay off the internet. The father caught her chatting on websites he had blocked, and alleged his daughter was posting "inappropriate pictures" of herself online.

Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.

The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.

That's when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents' separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.

Apr 09 07:46

Gambling probe rolls after death of suspect Samuel Nastasa

A probe into a reputed Bonanno gambling den in Brooklyn won't be derailed - even by the death of a 72-year-old suspect while in police custody.

Apr 09 07:45

FBI suspects link between truckers, serial killers

The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the past three decades.

Apr 08 13:54

Policeman convicted over schoolgirl's crash death

A traffic officer who drove his patrol car at 94mph without blue lights or sirens moments before knocking down and killing a schoolgirl was convicted today of causing death by dangerous driving.

Apr 08 12:02

A declaration of separation

We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We merely wish to be left alone.

Apr 08 12:01

Obama and the Reawakening of Corporatism

In 1970, General Motors was the largest and most profitable company in America. Today, of course, GM is neither. Instead, in 2009 America’s largest company is Wal-Mart, which was still only a regional, privately-held retailer in 1970. Wal-Mart’s rapid rise is not unique, however. Among the 100 largest firms today, a number—including FedEx, Microsoft, Cisco, and Home Depot--didn’t even exist in 1970. So profoundly has the landscape changed that 80 percent of the Fortune 100 companies today are different from 1970.

Apr 08 11:39

Moldova blames Romania for riots, expels ambassador

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin on Wednesday accused Romania of involvement in the riots in Chisinau, announcing visa restrictions for Romanians and the expulsion of the country's ambassador.

Protests in Moldova's capital against the ruling Communist Party's victory in Sunday's elections turned violent on Tuesday with 5,000 rioters taking control of the presidential residence and nearby parliament building. Some protesters called for the unification of Moldova with Romania.

Apr 08 11:30

What does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?

Have you ever wondered what one trillion dollars looks like? With all the talk about bailouts and stimulus packages - a million here, a billion there - it’s pretty easy to lose track of exactly how MUCH money they’re talking about.

Apr 08 10:09

Paralyzed Brooklyn man pushed off of building by cops awarded $4.6 million by jury

The jury found Officer Jason Boreman shoved Lewis in the chest causing him to tumble backward over the two-foot-high parapet of the Pennsylvania Ave. building in 2005.

Apr 08 09:32

Drug Decriminalization in Portugal

In 2001, Portugal began a remarkable policy experiment, decriminalizing all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Some predicted disastrous results—that drug addiction rates would soar and the country would become a haven for "drug tourists." Now that several years have passed, policy experts can study the results. In a new paper for the Cato Institute, attorney and author Glenn Greenwald closely examines the Portugal experiment and concludes that the doomsayers were wrong. There is now a widespread consensus in Portugal that decriminalization has been a success.

Apr 08 09:20

‘Progressive’ Warmongers Liberals rally 'round Obama's war

As President Barack Obama launches a military effort that promises to dwarf the Bush administration’s Iraqi adventure in scope and intensity, the "progressive" community is rallying around their commander in chief as obediently and reflexively as the neocon-dominated GOP did when we invaded Iraq. As John Stauber points out over at the Center for Media and Democracy Web site, the takeover of the antiwar movement by the Obamaites is nearly complete. He cites MoveOn.org as a prime but not sole example:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's approach has been calibrated to better "sell" the crap we've been getting from this administration for the monsters of war which control the political and military machines of this country.

Apr 08 09:12

Blood, Gore, Guts and God

If I had five bucks for every time I have witnessed the unbelievable moron of the moment utter the phrase, "kill them all and let God sort them out" I would be able to put my begging career on hold until at least next month. From the glaring inside job of 9/11 to the ultimate scam of organized religion, I am in total awe of the invisible chains of what people believe to transform their personalities. Though there have been some great scams throughout history, (including the current Federal Reserve World Wide Ponzi Scheme) I have to tip my hat to whom ever coined the catch all phrase "It is Gods Will".

Apr 08 02:43

The Two Faces of Barack Obama One for the masses, one for the power elite

The news from Europe, if you listen to our infatuated media, is that the Euros love President Obama: according to the American reportage, his recent trip there was a cavalcade of photo-ops, cheering crowds, and hugs from the queen of England. Even the French were in awe of him! However, if you look beneath the surface, not that far beneath the gloss and the glam there runs a current of irritation, and, dare I say it, resentment.

Apr 08 00:35

Borderless World the Long-held Dream of Bilderberg Group

Bilderberg will continue to push for world government at the May 14-19 secret meeting in Vouliagmeni, Greece, according to a participant. Alice Rivlin, who has represented the Brookings Institution at Bilderberg, smiled and nodded when asked if the agenda this year includes “world government, a world without borders and an American Union.”

Apr 07 18:56

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday his predecessor, Dick Cheney, is "dead wrong" on America's Security Policy

Biden said the exact opposite is true and added that President George W. Bush's vice president was part of a dysfunctional decision-making system.

Apr 07 14:51

Cairo university in US ‘spy’ furore

A series of newspaper articles published in the past week by one of Cairo’s most popular daily newspapers has given rise to suspicions that the American University in Cairo (AUC), one of Egypt’s most prestigious universities, is acting as a proxy for the US department of defence.

Apr 07 13:52

Escape from the Zombie Food Court

I just returned from several months in Central America. And the day I returned I had iguana eggs for breakfast, airline pretzels for lunch and a $7 shot of Jack Daniels for dinner at the Houston Airport, where I spent two hours listening to a Christian religious fanatic tell about Obama running a worldwide child porn ring out of the White House. Entering the country shoeless through airport homeland security, holding up my pants because they don't let old men wear suspenders through security, well, I knew I was back home in the land of the free.

Apr 07 10:33

PM feared Galloway's message

Anyone who has ever seen George Galloway in action knows why he had to be stopped at the border. He definitely poses a threat – although not the security one alleged by the Harper government.

Rather, Galloway, a five-times elected member of the British Parliament, poses a threat to Stephen Harper's ability to sell Canadians on our involvement in the Afghan war and on Ottawa's support for Israel in its battle against the Palestinians.

Apr 07 09:30

From heaven to hell: 18 die as drugs war rages on streets of Vancouver

Vancouver is the battlefield in a war between myriad drug gangs, which include Hell's Angels, Big Circle Boys, United Nations, Red Scorpions, Independent Soldiers and the 14K Triad. Guns – often machineguns – are fired almost daily.

Apr 07 09:10

German kills relative in Bavarian courthouse shooting spree

A man shot two people dead and gravely injured four others in a dispute over an alleged inheritance in a Bavarian courthouse.

The shooter, whose identity is still not known, is believed to have killed himself shortly after the incident. The man is said to be 60. It is unclear how he got his gun – a large-calibre handgun - past metal detectors and security guards into the court building.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Staged incident?

Apr 07 08:57

Twenty reasons never to fly Ryanair

This week The Sun reports: “A saucy stewardess is putting the thrills in no-frills airline Ryanair.”

The “34B Czech stunner” , it alleges, has been given her bosses’ blessing to moonlight as a porn star.

Apr 07 08:41

NATO backs US escalation of war in Central Asia

Even now what still unites the US and Europe is a common desire to face off any challenge from Russia and China to their global influence. Two new eastern European states joined NATO at Strasbourg: Albania and Croatia. The continued integration of former Warsaw pact countries into NATO has angered Russia, leading to sharp conflicts over US plans to establish its so-called Nuclear Missile Shield stationed in Poland and the Czech Republic and over NATO support for Georgia on the ongoing conflict over Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Moscow, however, knows that it is under threat. During the G20 summit, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned of further NATO expansion eastwards.

Apr 07 08:34

Is Obama even more Dangerous than Bush?

We have carefully watched the new President’s first 100 days and we are appalled. We find that Obama has continued Bush policies affecting the abuses of Wall Street banks, and allowing Wall Street wrongdoers to manage our economy and the "recovery."

Apr 07 08:19

US to Destroy the Homes of Criminals

Gunman kills 3 police officers in Pittsburgh Ohio. Now US government will bulldoze his house down. Members of his family were not involved in the shootings and were declared innocent of any crimes. However, despite pleas from his family to keep their family home which they own, the US government has determined that it must bulldoze the house to the ground, totally destroying it. Even though the rest of the family were innocent, they must also be punished, as this will be a deterrent to others who may decide to break the law.

Apr 07 05:19

Peru faces water versus oil dilemma - No PROBLEM - Peruvians Can Drink Oil if they Try Hard Enough!

BBC- It is all part of an aggressive drive by the government of President Alan Garcia to attract private investment and boost the economy.

Health at stake

"You can't jeopardise the health of future generations for the immediate gain from natural resources. Until now that has been a rare concept in this country."

"We also have to recognise the rights of the company, which signed a legal contract with the state to carry out its work", he insists.

Apr 06 19:16

NY Gunman Blames Police In Purported Letter

The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center thought police had harassed him for years, even spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently was intent on killing people before returning "to the dust of the earth," according to a rambling letter in broken English mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anti-Depressants?

Apr 06 17:35

House Preparing To Legalize Payday Loans With 391% APRs

A House subcommittee wants to legalize payday loans with interest rates of up to 391%. Lobbyists from the payday industry bought Congress' support by showering influential members, including Chairman Luiz Gutierrez, with campaign cash. The Congressman is now playing good cop, bad cop with the payday industry, which is pretending to oppose his generous gift of a bill.

Congressman Gutierrez is competing with Congressman Joe Baca to see who can author the biggest giveaway. Baca's legislation would allow rollovers, higher fees for online banks, and would pre-empt state laws banning payday loans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When one talks about corporations "acquiring" Congress members, the situation here could not possibly be more "in your face" to American taxpayers than this one.

Apr 06 16:42

Obama to the rescue of Italy with $50,000

This has to be a misprint, right? We give billions to the wealthy ingrates of Israel and 50K to Italy after a disaster?

Apr 06 14:13

Video sharpens focus on raid

Officer Jeffrey Cujdik told store owner Jose Duran that police were in search of tiny ziplock bags often used to package drugs. But, during the September 2007 raid, Cujdik and fellow squad members seemed much more interested in finding every video camera in the West Oak Lane store.

For the next several minutes, Tolstoy and other Narcotics Field Unit officers systematically cut wires to cameras until those "eyes" could no longer see.

Then, after the officers arrested Duran and took him to jail, nearly $10,000 in cash and cartons of Marlboros and Newports were missing from the locked, unattended store, Duran alleges. The officers guzzled sodas and scarfed down fresh turkey hoagies, Little Debbie fudge brownies and Cheez-Its, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And you are wondering why the people are starting to shoot the police?

Apr 06 10:16

Tax Day Tea Party

Is your Tea Party listed?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember, the US Government is stuck in a deep hole of debt. The US economy has stumbled, badly. Foreign investment and loans to the US Government are pledged on one and only one thing, YOU!

The security for all loans and investments in the United States is your lifetime of work. The US Government and corporations consider you chattel, to be bartered and traded, and when need be, sent to die in wars.

Demonstrated by the S&L crisis of the 1980s and in the current bailouts, the US Government promises that YOU will be forced to work your life away to make good any bad debts by the US Government and corporations.

When the American people stand up and say "We refuse to pay", foreign nations will no longer loan money to the US Government, and foreign investors will start searching for a safer home for their wealth.

There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no."

Join a Tea Party and send the world a single message; "NO!"

Apr 06 04:10

Darkness Renewed: Terror as a Tool of Empire

Here's a purely hypothetical scenario. Let's say you were a dedicated imperial militarist who believed that your country's security, prestige and financial interests could best be served by war and the ever-present threat of war. Let's say you had some really hot and juicy operations going on, endless deadly conflicts that were pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into your war machine and entrenching national policy even more deeply in the militarist philosophy – the machtpolitik – that you believe in.

But there's a problem. The general public – the cow-like herd out there that doesn't understand grand strategy the way you and your fellow elites do – is growing weary, and wary, of your Long War. The national treasury is bankrupt, the national infrastructure is rotting, the nation's communities are dying; millions of people are out of work, losing their homes, losing their dreams, spiraling down into want, privation and despair. Yet you have big plans to escalate the war, expand your war machine, and maintain the global dominance that you believe is the right and natural role for your special nation – and its elites. What to do? How to galvanize the truculent, self-absorbed herd into enthusiastically supporting your vital agenda once more?

Apr 06 03:10

The G20 Moves the World a Step Closer to a Global Currency

A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

"We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity," it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF's power to create money and begin global "quantitative easing". In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.

Apr 05 20:11

Putting You in Charge of Your Own Health Care

How government has removed medical service and insurance far from the individual, and what to do about it.

Apr 05 13:59

Tsvangirai grandson dies in pool

The death of the child, Sean, comes less than a month after Mr Tsvangirai's wife Susan died in a car crash.

Apr 05 11:40

A Human Nature Story - Fight over urinating dog got 3 Pa. policemen killed

The Associated Press - The Saturday morning argument between Margaret and Richard Poplawski [about the urinating dog] escalated to the point that she threatened to kick him out and called police to do it, according to a 12-page criminal complaint and affidavit filed late Saturday that contains her account.

Apr 05 11:06

[Binghamton] Gunman took the lives of others as his own fell apart

Police initially said it took 90 minutes to rescue her. On Saturday, Zikuski said it was actually 39 minutes, and he said the police response followed all proper procedures.

"The police did the right thing," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so according to Police Chief Zikuski, waiting 45 minutes before entering the scene where a mass shooting is taking place is the "right thing" for police to do.

That only reinforces what I have been saying; The police cannot, will not, and do not arrive on the scene of a crime in time to prevent/thwart a crime. Anyone who relies on the police to save them is an idiot. Relying on the police to keep you safe is suicidal.

It is time for the pro-crime activists to realize that the very mass shootings they point to to prove the need for a gun ban in fact prove the exact opposite. Every year millions of Americans thwart crimes using legally owned firearms. Statistics prove time and again that where conceal carry is allowed, crime goes down.

Only months before the mass shooting at Virginia tech, there was another campus shooting incident. Only you probably didn't hear about it because a student with a legal firearm dropped the perp.

The fact is that if just one of those people in the civic center had been carrying a gun, Jiverly Wong would not have gotten very far. Indeed, had there simply been the awareness that some people walking the streets of Binghamton were carrying concealed weapons, it is quite possible Wong might not have even started his rampage.

The fact is that when you study these mass shootings, they all take place in locations where the shooters are reasonably confident that their targets will not be armed. And of course, that the police will not interfere for at least 45 minutes.

Apr 05 10:22

Police: 5 children, father die in murder-suicide

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was he on anti-depressants?

Apr 05 10:04

Richard Poplawski: Two profiles emerge

Friends described a Richard Poplawski far different from the 22-year-old man accused of gunning down three police officers today -- a partier sometimes, a guy in search of an understanding of politics, even a walking comedian.

He was also convinced that the government wanted to take away his guns and his freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anybody here NOT convinced that the government wants to take away your guns and your freedom?

Apr 05 09:38

Domestic fight over dog brought police to Pa. ambush

An ambush that resulted in the shooting deaths of three Pittsburgh policemen was precipitated by a 911 call from the gunman's mother over a dog urinating in the house.

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"But we're all agreed we're gonna blame Alex Jones for this!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 08:54

Louisiana: Public Slams Traffic Cameras in Referendum

In a special election yesterday, a Southern Louisiana city of 22,000 overwhelmingly rejected photo enforcement. Asked, "Shall Ordinance No. 873, M-C Series adopting automated speed enforcement for the City of Sulphur, Louisiana, be repealed?" eighty-six percent of voters said "Yes." After results are certified on April 13, the Australian speed camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems will be sent packing.

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Across America, the message from the people to the government at all levels is strikingly clear; "LEAVE US THE @#$% ALONE!!!"

Apr 05 07:43

The question that flummoxed the great orator

Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama ummed, ahed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes. Here, John Crace decodes what he was really thinking ...

Apr 05 07:34

Utah Student Who Prevented Bush Administration Sell-Off of Public Land Charged for Disrupting Auction

In December, the University of Utah student disrupted the Bush administration's last-minute move to auction off oil and gas exploitation rights on 150,000 acres of federal land in Utah. DeChristopher was arrested after he posed as a bidder and bought 22,000 acres of land in an attempt to save the property from drilling.

Speaking on Democracy Now! days after that auction, DeChristopher explained his decision to disrupt the bidding process.

Apr 05 01:24

MURDEROUS Binghamton Rampage Prompts Calls to END ALL IMMIGRATION !

BBC - US police are piecing together details of the man they say shot dead 13 people and took several hostages at a New York state immigration centre.

The man, who also killed himself, was identified as Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong, 41. He used the alias Jiverly Voong, police said.

Apr 05 00:50

Axis of EVIL Defeats U.S. in Global Terror War - N. Korea Launches Communications Satellite - Iran Builds Power Plant!

BBC - State media [BBC?] said North Korea had succeeded in putting a satellite into orbit after the 0230GMT launch.

North Korea says that the launch is part of what it calls peaceful space development.

Apr 04 19:03

FLASHBACK - Accused Nazi guard says he's no war criminal

An 85-year-old Gwinnett County man accused of guarding people in concentration camps in Nazi Germany said Monday that the U.S. should not deport him.

Paul Henss addressed a throng of reporters at his home near Lawrenceville just hours after the federal government announced plans to expel him from the United States. The government says Henss trained attack dogs to kill people who tried to escape from two concentration camps during World War II.

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FEED A DOG, GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 04 18:42

New Malaysia PM frees detainees

Malaysia's new prime minister has freed 13 men held under security laws and pledged to review the statutes under which they were held, seeking to allay fears of a crackdown against political dissent.

Apr 04 12:21

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."

Apr 04 10:56

The Smooth Criminal Transition from Bush/Cheney to Obama

To sober, clear-eyed observers of history and political deception, the ascension of Barack Obama held the promise for unprecedented new dangers: a revitalized New World Order, led by the Anglo-American empire’s neoliberal criminal faction and an iconic, deceptive new facilitator; and a continuation of Bush/Cheney criminality and war, under smarter and much more effective management.

Now, just months into their tenure, the Barack Obama administration has more than fulfilled the promises he made to his elite constituency, deepening the mass destruction of Bush/Cheney, while charming its victims all over the world into enjoying their own demise.

Apr 04 10:20

Nazi camp guard wins right to stay in US

A Nazi death camp guard accused of helping to kill some 29,000 Jews during World War II has won the right to remain in the United States for now, an immigration judge has ruled.

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He fed the camp guard dogs.

Apr 04 08:59

Diana Palin, Sarah Palin's Sister-In-Law, Arrested For Breaking Into Home

Police say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's sister-in-law is accused of breaking into the same home twice to steal money.

Apr 04 08:50

'Sexting' Hysteria Falsely Brands Educator as Child Pornographer

The investigation was inconclusive, but led to a stunning aftermath: Oei himself was charged with possession of child pornography and related crimes -- charges that threatened to brand him a sex offender and land him in prison for up to seven years. Transferred from his school and isolated from colleagues, Oei spent $150,000 and a year of his life defending himself in a Kafkaesque legal nightmare triggered by a determined county prosecutor and nurtured by a growing hysteria over technology-enabled child porn at America's schools.

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BURN THE WITCH! BURN THE WITCH!

Apr 04 08:27

DNA going untested in cases throughout L.A. County

Dozens of police departments throughout Los Angeles County routinely have not tested DNA evidence collected in rape and sexual assault cases, and are unable to accurately account for thousands of pieces of evidence that could potentially help solve crimes, according to a report to be released today.

Apr 04 08:26

Jury awards $2.3 million in LAPD harassment case

Officer Melissa Borck, 45, said she suffered discrimination and abuse while she was at the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division in 1996, and was retaliated against for reporting the harassment to Internal Affairs. The unanimous jury verdict comes a decade after Borck first filed the lawsuit in April, 1999. A mistrial was declared after her first trial in 2007 because of juror misconduct.

Apr 04 08:26

LAPD officer is accused of torching his car and lying about his shooting

A Los Angeles police officer who said he was shot in an off-duty incident early this year lied to investigators about the attack and, weeks earlier, intentionally set fire to his own luxury sports car in a scheme to collect an insurance payment, according to charges filed by prosecutors late Wednesday.

Apr 04 07:53

The Modern Art of Cluelessness.

I supposed we could chicken and egg it to death, whether the leaders or the people themselves are responsible for the state of the world. We know that the majority of the leaders are self-aggrandizing scum who line their pockets and the pockets of the ones who own them with the fruits of the industry of common labor. We know they have no shame. These days they do it right in front of their victims and then laugh about it. The people play their part in this vicious cycle as you can see here. This has been done before by others and Jay Leno used to have it as a part of his show in the feature called “Jaywalk”. I honestly don’t know what to make of something like this but the leaders certainly do.

Apr 04 04:26

BBC Reports: Pakistani Taleban claim responsibility for the attack in Binghamton NY

BBC - Pakistani Taleban leader Baitullah Mehsud called the BBC in Islamabad to claim responsibility for the attack.
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[This is the only line in the story referencing this claim]

Apr 03 16:59

Gunman barricaded back door before rampage, police say

Apr 03 16:35

Why isn't the media talking about Charles Freeman?

Apr 03 15:01

Is This The Year That Congress Finally Says The Word “Hemp?”

Texas Republican Ron Paul, along with ten co-sponsors, is seeking once again to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp.

Apr 03 14:34

Republican warns of 'gay marriage Mecca'

Iowa Rep. Steve King condemned his state Supreme Court's Friday decision to lift a decade-long ban on same-sex marriage, saying it puts the state in danger of becoming a "gay marriage Mecca."

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Shut up and enjoy the tourism dollars!

Apr 03 13:59

Video - Journalist Robert Fisk describes his deja vue over US invasion of Iraq.

Points out the many similarities and parallels between what the British experienced after they invaded Iraq in 1917 and what the US experiences in Iraq today.

Apr 03 13:51

Hawaii Wants Navy to Pay for Reef Damage

Hawaii officials said Wednesday they plan to seek money from the U.S. Navy for environmental damage to a coral reef caused by a warship that ran aground in February.

The state said it would file a claim in Admiralty Court for the damage and cost of emergency restoration for the reef, which dates back hundreds of years. Hawaii would also seek money for other coral habitat restoration projects. Officials did not specify a dollar amount, which would be decided by the court.

Apr 03 11:57

Video - Indian Ecologist Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food and Seed

Dr. Shiva asks why regulate natural seeds that have evolved for thousands of years and which cause no harm. "Since it has no harm, it has no need for state regulation." What should be regulated are the genetically modified seeds which do cause harm, including genetic contamination.

She likens the seed wars to India's salt wars when the British empire tried to regulate salt. "Seed doesn't belong to the humans; it belongs to all the species that are nourished by it." And she asserts on behalf of all farmers:

"We will not obey a law that makes it illegal for us to perform our highest ecological duty on earth, which is to save seeds for the future."

Direct link to video:
http://vodpod.com/watch/1474602-vandana-shiva-the-future-of-food-and-s...

Apr 03 11:13

Gunman takes hostages during shooting spree in New York state

At least 13 people were reported to have been killed and up to 40 thought to have been taken hostage on Friday when a gunman stormed an immigration services centre in western New York state.

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Here is the lesson to be learned from today's shooting,. and please spread this far and wide.

The shooting in Binghamton proves once again that the police cannot and will not arrive in time to prevent crimes, including mass shootings. Had just one person inside the building been carrying a legal firearm, they could have stopped this shooter dead (literally) in his tracks.

LEGALIZE CONCEAL CARRY ACROSS THE NATION NOW!

Apr 03 10:38

Reports: At least four people shot, 40 taken hostage in Binghamton, New York

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This is starting to reek of a staged event. Or maybe the perps were on anti-depressents.

Get ready for the flood of "GUNS ARE BAD!"

Apr 03 09:36

GEORGE GALLOWAY: “I AM NOT A TERRORIST”

Amid bravos he couldn’t actually hear, George Galloway, the British MP who was controversially barred from Canada for his ties to Hamas, told an Ottawa crowd Thursday he is no terrorist.

“I have instructed my lawyers in Canada to bring an action for defamation against Bernie Farber, the CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and CTV, for comments he made that they allowed him to make,” he said via an Internet connection. “I am not a terrorist. I am not a threat to Canada’s national security.”

Apr 03 06:49

Squirrel leaves Navy base incommunicado

A senior official at the weapons station, who asked not to be identified, said the problem began when a squirrel came in contact with an electrical transformer. The rodent was electrocuted and the transformer exploded, knocking out power for a time, and seriously damaging a key component of the base phone system.

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OSAMA BIN SQUIRREL!!!!!

(ahem)

Actually, many years ago (mid 70s) when I was working at JPL, the entire facility (except SFOF, which has its own generators) was blacked out when a raccoon made the same mistake.

C'mon evolution! We need animals smart enough to understand not to touch the hot wire!

Apr 03 05:24

G20 summit – leaders' statement

Gordon Brown has unveiled a $1.1 trillion rescue fund for the global economy at the end of the G20 summit in London. Here’s the text of the final statement.

Apr 03 04:56

G20: When Gordon met Barack

We now know the form with these events: British PM pays deferential homage to the American president, who repays the compliment with warm words for the special ties the US feels for Britain. The dynamic is usually clear: the Brit is grateful simply to be standing next to the most powerful man in the world. He is yapping spaniel; the American is top dog.

Wednesday's joint press conference of Gordon Brown and Barack Obama had no such dynamic at work:

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