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Nov 02 07:15

Is the American Dream Over?

America has long been a country of limitless possibility. But the dream has now become a nightmare for many. The US is now realizing just how fragile its success has become -- and how bitter its reality. Should the superpower not find a way out of crisis, it could spell trouble ahead for the global economy.

Spiegel Online

Nov 02 06:16

Harley-Davidson to Open India Plant

Nov 01 23:53

VOTE BY MAIL PUTS NOVEMBER ELECTION AT HIGH RISK

Vote-by-mail is the second highest risk method of voting. It conceals three of the four crucial processes. (Internet voting, illegal in most states, is the highest risk form of voting because it conceals all four essential election processes from the public.)

THE FOUR CRUCIAL PROCESSES ARE:
1) Who can vote (the voter list)
2) Who did vote (the pollbook, or participating voter list)
3) Whether votes counted were the votes cast (chain of custody)
4) Whether counting was accurate (public can see and authenticate counting)

Vote by mail conceals #2, #3, and usually #4 from the public. I'm going to show you the details on that below, along with documented examples of insiders exploiting absentee voting processes to alter election results, and I'll point out some of the things we can do to resolve these problems.

Nov 01 23:50

Absentee voting is even more opaque and high-risk than most US voting methods.

Absentee voting is even more opaque and high-risk than most US voting methods. Locations with no-fault absentee voting like Marin County, California now have nearly two-thirds of all votes cast as absentee votes.

A recent ballot measure of great concern to environmentally-conscious citizens was Marin County's Novato Sanitary District "Measure F", which won by just 179 votes in June 2010. Measure F was thumped at the polls, but absentee votes flipped this to a win.

..."Measure F" concerns a controversial French company trying to to land a water contract in Novato California. The locals were up in arms about it, citing a dubious corporate reputation and a heavy-handed company financial investment in the election: http://newsblaze.com/story/20100603073032zzzz.nb/topstory.html

Nov 01 23:46

Don't believe what you hear right now on who will control congress, because it is still very much up in the air.

Don't believe what you hear right now on who will control congress, because it is still very much up in the air. Not only do we not have any idea how the computer programming really affects vote counts with many different locations, vendors and IT guys, but going by the polls alone there are really a TON of very close races.

Nov 01 23:44

Places to watch for Nov. 2 election? Kentucky. Colorado, yikes! Florida.

Places to watch for Nov. 2 election? Kentucky. Colorado, yikes! Florida. Washington State, and I've particularly got my eye on Snohomish County this time. California. DuPage and Cook Counties (Illinois). Nevada. Arizona. New Jersey and Memphis Tennessee, about which I can only say "sheesh!"

But now about Kentucky: I'm here for this election, parked just outside of Louisville, in Bullitt County, watching a situation I've seen brewing since 2006. I think the Republican Party may be in for a rude awakening here in Kentucky.

...Local concerns are exacerbated by a statewide privatization and elections Freedom of Information atrocity caused by installation of a company called Harp Enterprises as middleman.

Nov 01 19:23

Crash Near Tampa Claims 7th Bay Area Bicyclist In Four Months

A bicyclist died Monday after he was struck by a truck entering Fowler Avenue from Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol...

Nov 01 19:16

Greece Intercepts Parcel Bomb Addressed To Sarkozy

Greek police intercepted a booby-trapped parcel addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday, after another package exploded at a courier company in Athens, slightly wounding an employee...

Nov 01 14:35

US attitude to people's national sovereignty

Lawrence Davidson considers why so many US officials, some ostensibly intelligent, end up blatantly lying or blindly following murderous orders without question, and why the general public seems to accept this.

Nov 01 07:47

Student Tricked Into Yemen Bomb Plot

Nov 01 07:13

CIA Covert Role Pushed in Yemen After Thwarted Attack

Editor's Note: Wait for it, wait for it; yes, there it is: problem-reaction-solution. Never mind the fact that the CIA has been in Yemen for quite some time. It must be announced publicly that death squads will be sent in to yet another country, to be followed by expanded drone strikes to kill more civilians. The Nobel Peace Prize winner does it again. Nice job.

Nov 01 06:46

Incomes Fall, Consumer Spending Weakest in 3 Months

Activist Post

Only a few days after the U.S. government reported that the economy expanded 2% in the third quarter on consumer spending, where they claimed that, "Household purchases, about 70 percent of the economy, rose at a 2.6 percent pace, the best quarter of the recovery that began in June 2009," a new conflicting report says otherwise.

Nov 01 06:19

ISRAELI SETTLERS’ TERROR - DR. ELIAS AKLEH

Those terrorist settlers (colonizers) are funded by large segments of the American Jewish community and by American tax exempted Jewish organizations with the knowledge and protection of both the Justice Department and Department of Home Land Security. Such funding encourages more terrorism and counter-terrorism rather than peace the Obama administrations claims to pursue in the Middle East

Nov 01 06:16

ROAD TO HOPE CONVOY STALLED AT EGYPTIAN BORDER - KEN O'KEEFE

“Now we find ourselves in our third day at the Libyan / Egyptian border and we remain hopeful that the land route will be opened to us in the coming days” -Ken O’Keefe

Nov 01 06:13

IS RUPERT MURDOCH IGNORANT OR AN AGENT OF ZIONIST DECEPTION? - ALAN HART

The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory

Nov 01 05:25

Habitable Hotspots on Mars? Volcano Vents May Be Signs

The residue of hydrothermal vents on the flanks of a volcano on Mars could be signs of one of the most recent habitable environments on the Red Planet, researchers suggest.

Nov 01 05:23

Politics of the Fed's easy money

While voters cast ballots on Tuesday in an election expected to shift Congress to the right, the Federal Reserve convenes what could be its most pivotal meeting since the height of the financial crisis.

The central bank was designed to be above political influence. But its policy decisions are not completely immune to the political environment.

Nov 01 04:44

Finally!!! Silver Trades Above $25

Gold climbed for a third day in London as a weakening dollar boosted demand for precious metals as an alternative investment. Silver jumped to a 30-year high of more than $25 an ounce and palladium reached a nine-year high...

Nov 01 01:22

ZIONISM’S ZOA PUSHES TO MAKE ALL CAMPUS CRITICISM OF ISRAEL ILLEGAL

By James M. Wall — My Catbird Seat –

What effect will Tuesday’s midterm elections have on US-Israel relations?

What effect will Tuesday’s midterm elections have on US-Israel relations?

Let us count the ways, starting with the impact of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on American college and university campuses.

A new and much more conservative Congress will bring us changes we don’t want to believe in. A recent news release from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) offers a clue on what we can expect.

Nov 01 01:02

Not Just Stocks: High Frequency Traders Manipulating Futures, Options, Bonds, Currency and Commodities Markets

We know that high frequency trading is used to manipulate the stock market. The prevalence of high frequency trading in other markets means that it might be used to manipulate those markets - perhaps virtually all markets - as well.

Nov 01 00:54

Third Quarter Foreclosure Activity Up in 65 Percent of U.S. Metro Areas But Down in Hardest-Hit Cities

Among all 206 metro areas tracked in the report 133 (65 percent) posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity, and 11 of the nation’s 20 largest metro areas posted year-over-year increases. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue led the way with a 71 percent increase in foreclosure activity from the third quarter of 2009, followed by Chicago-Naperville-Joliet with a 35 percent increase, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown with a 26 percent increase, Detroit-Warren-Livonia with a nearly 23 percent increase, and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta with a 20 percent increase.

Oct 31 18:53

NASA Planning for Mars Colony -- Looking at Billionaire Private Investors (VIDEO)

Reuters video commenting on NASA's planning for Mars Colonies. They are looking for private funding for this mission. Billionaires can now take a one-way vacation to Club Red.

Oct 31 17:37

REPORT TO UNGA BY SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR PALESTINE

Richard Falk’s Report to the UNGA on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967

Summary

The present report considers developments relevant to the obligations of Israel under international law, as well as the situation of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Emphasis is given to the cumulative impact of Israeli policies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem arising from prolonged occupation, which exhibits features of colonialism and apartheid, as well as transforming a de jure condition of occupation into a circumstance of de facto annexation.

Oct 31 17:34

GORDON DUFF: BOMBS, TERRORISM AND MANURE

“Worse still, the “terrorists” father, described by the press as a “Muslim banker” turned out to be a partner in an Israeli managed defense company and a close friend of the CIA.”

“Never was America, its freedoms and security less free and less secure as when Michael Chertoff was watching over us.”

We have seen it all before. Last Christmas, the “Crotch Bomber” was another “PETN/Yemen” terror fiasco. Press stories blamed Al Qaeda and were ready to build this into a new 9/11 except that reliable witnesses, Detroit area attorneys, saw the terrorist, no passport, no visa, escorted onto the plane. Before that, newspapers said the bomber had a diplomatic passport, a visa and had “evaded” security.

Oct 31 14:33

Is Rupert Murdoch ignorant or an agent of Zionist deception?

Using the testimony of former senior Israeli military and political leaders, Alan Hart debunks News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch’s gross misrepresentation of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the purported "danger" facing Israel and the Jews today.

"If I had the opportunity to address Mr Murdoch directly, I would say to him the following. If you really care about the Jews (I mean the Jews as people as opposed to their money), you would put your media empire at the service of the truth of history...

"I would then say to Murdoch that my charge today is (generally speaking) that the mainstream media has betrayed democracy. And I would add: 'You, sir, are the greatest betrayer, traitor, of them all.'"

Oct 31 14:32

Rupert Murdoch: hiding truth behind euphemisms, omissions, slanders and lies

William A. Cook exposes the falseness of Rupert Murdoch’s warped and distorted view of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as summarized in a speech Murdoch gave recently at a dinner hosted by the hate-mongering Israeli mouthpiece, the so-called Anti-Defamation League.

Oct 31 14:31

Tribal affiliation and intolerance of the "Jewish left"

Gilad Atzmon takes a close look at the so-called “Jewish left” and argues that their strong exclusivist Jewish tribal affiliation and Stalinist intolerance of divergent views diminishes their claim to universalism and means that, in essence, they subscribe to the same worldview as Zionists.

Oct 31 14:30

Elders’ report on Israel and occupied Palestinian territories

Paul J. Balles reviews the main conclusions of a report by the group of Elders, which includes Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, following a visit in mid-October to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Oct 31 13:49

Time For A New Theory Of Money

We have emerged from the financial crisis with new clarity: Money today is simply credit....

...When the credit is advanced by a bank, when the bank is owned by the community, and when the profits return to the community, the result can be a functional, efficient, and sustainable system of finance.

Oct 31 09:20

Dirtiest election ever

No Justice for Military Voters in Illinois

http://www.mvpproject.org/pressrelease_102510.html

New York City and Several New York Counties Snub Military Voters

http://www.mvpproject.org/pressrelease_100810.html

Oct 31 08:54

Halloween is a Many Fractured Thing.

In the hallowed halls of Congress the only friends that you have are hungry ghosts and negatively charged electric eels that suit the waters and shock into submission anyone and everyone. Most of the people looking to hang out there aren’t very good swimmers anyway. They think they are but if they were good swimmers the things that happen in the country wouldn’t be happening..

Oct 31 07:09

Airport Body Scanners Under Pressure: Experts Now Warn X-ray Devices "could give you cancer"

Activist Post

As we wrote in our newsletter this week: scanners and backscatter devices are under pressure from all sides. Despite the best efforts of Michael Chertoff and the TSA, word is out that the Backscatter X-ray scanner technology that is being used in airports is exceedingly harmful, along with being an invasion of privacy.

Oct 31 06:23

BREAKING NEWS: JEWISH SETTLERS BURN OLD CHURCH IN JERUSALEM

Group of Israeli settlers broke a number of windows of the two-story church and hurled Molotov cocktails inside it completely burning the first floor. Zakaria Al-Mashriqi, a leader in the church, denounced in a press release the “sinful crime”

Oct 31 05:26

UK to sell half of forests

Oct 30 21:49

FRANKLIN LAMB : WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

What were the Special International Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) investigators imagining as they walked into Dr. Iman Charara’s private obstetrics and gynecology clinic this week demanding personal information on her patients?

Perhaps more interestingly, what was Jeffrey Feltman’s ‘Special STL Unit’ housed on the 6th floor of the U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC thinking when their clearly exasperated boss, according to a Hill Rag source, recently shouted by phone to the STL investigators in the Hague: “ Just hold your […]. Stop chasing Dutch […], and get your […] over to Hezbollahistan for Christ’s sake!”

Oct 30 21:46

KEN O’KEEFE: “ROAD TO HOPE” GAZA RELIEF CONVOY NEEDS YOUR HELP

Road to Hope convoy stalled at Egyptian border

By Ken O’Keefe — My Catbird Steat

PRESS RELEASE

Oct 30 18:37

WERE “THE CHOSEN PEOPLE” PICKED FOR THEIR VIRTUES OR VICES? - Khalid Amayreh

Perhaps the Roman Catholic hierarchy has woken up to the fact that tens of thousands of Palestinian Arab Christians are forced to leave their ancestral homeland as a result of the brutality and oppression stemming from the ongoing Israeli occupation.

More than two thousand years ago, the frenzied multitude rejected Jesus because they thought he was going to rob them of their “chosen people” status and equate them with the rest of mankind. Today, 2000 years later, under the same chosen people rubric, Palestinian villagers, Christians and Muslims alike, are still being chased, assaulted, and hunted down “because they don’t belong”.

Oct 30 17:59

THE ELDERS REPORT – PAUL BALLES

- Peace cannot be achieved without an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land (They add: Settlement activities are contrary to international law).

- The window for a two-state solution is closing rapidly because of changing facts on the ground driven by settlement activity, evictions and deportations.

- An agreement on Jerusalem is central to any solution. The threats to the Arab identity of East Jerusalem are an obstacle to peace.

Oct 30 17:04

ON THE ISSUE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY – DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

The question I would like to ask both Ambassador Rice and Secretary Feltman is, when did the United States government start taking seriously any state’s sovereignty other than its own or its allies? Neither could answer this question seriously (at least not in public) for to do so would reveal that they are loyal agents of a government that practices a murderous hypocrisy

Oct 30 13:04

Humiliate, strip, threaten: UK military interrogation manuals discovered

The British military has been training interrogators in techniques that include threats, sensory deprivation and enforced nakedness in an apparent breach of the Geneva conventions, the Guardian has discovered.

Training materials drawn up secretly in recent years tell interrogators they should aim to provoke humiliation, insecurity, disorientation, exhaustion, anxiety and fear in the prisoners they are questioning, and suggest ways in which this can be achieved.

One PowerPoint training aid created in September 2005 tells trainee military interrogators that prisoners should be stripped before they are questioned. "Get them naked," it says. "Keep them naked if they do not follow commands." Another manual prepared around the same time advises the use of blindfolds to put prisoners under pressure.

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Oct 30 09:18

Pentagon Forges NATO Proxy Armies In Eastern Europe

On October 27 the U.S. 86th Airlift Wing and 435th Air Ground Operations Wing completed two weeks of joint exercises in Bulgaria in the context of Thracian Fall 2010, during which American personnel "were able to train and lead more than 1,000 Bulgarian paratroopers to successful landings from U. S. Air Force in Europe's newest tactical aircraft."

As to the purpose of such exercises, an American officer present for them said, "We are hoping by them [Bulgarians] being able to observe how we conduct our operations they will use this to enhance their own ability, from paratrooper operations to flying and one day be able to conduct exercises and even assist in future conflicts." [9]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well be the way the Pentagon sees as a viable method for conducting various proxy wars while not raising the size of the US military through a compulsory draft.

Russian leadership has every reason to be nervous about the US doing these joint exercises in Eastern Europe.

Oct 30 09:07

Fraud Caused the 1930s Depression and the Current Financial Crisis

Robert Shiller - one of the top housing experts in the United States - says that the mortgage fraud is a lot like the fraud which occurred during the Great Depression. As Fortune notes:

Shiller said the danger of foreclosuregate -- the scandal in which it has come to light that the biggest banks have routinely mishandled homeownership documents, putting the legality of foreclosures and related sales in doubt -- is a replay of the 1930s, when Americans lost faith that institutions such as business and government were dealing fairly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where this article says that "...the biggest banks have routinely mishandled homeownership documents," there is a word which should follow the word "routinely", and that is "deliberately".

Oct 30 09:02

Northrop Navy Ships `Not Survivable' in Combat, Official Says

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s $1.68 billion amphibious warship, designed to transport Marines close to shore, wouldn’t be effective in combat and couldn’t operate reliably after being hit by enemy fire, according to the Department of Defense’s top testing official.

The San Antonio-class vessel’s critical systems, such as electrical distribution, ship-wide fiber optics and voice- communications networks, aren’t reliable, according to Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation. The ship’s armaments can’t effectively defend against the most modern anti-ship weapons, Gilmore said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this ship is such a lemon, why did the US buy it, for 1.68 billion taxpayer dollars?!?!?

Oct 30 08:22

CONNECTING THE DOTS: ZIONISM AND ITS EFFECTS – NAN WITHINGTON

Even more shocking is the story of the U.S. spy ship, Liberty off the coast of Sinai when the war started. Israel attacked and tried to sink the ship with no survivors. When the U.S. 6th fleet in the Mediterranean sent rescue planes, President Lyndon Johnson personally told the commander of the fleet, Admiral Geis, to call the planes back. Johnson said: “I don’t give a damn if the ship sinks and all the Americans are killed.

Oct 30 07:19

PEACE GROUP DIRECTOR AMEER MAKHOUL ’FORCED TO ACCEPT’ PLEA BARGAIN ON SPY CHARGES

Makhoul’s case has been extremely controversial. He was denied access to a lawyer for two weeks after his capture and his supporters allege that he was subjected to forms of torture during detention that included beatings and sleep deprivation. He had been held for seven months prior to the trial.

Oct 30 06:47

The US$200-Trillion Debt Which Cannot Be Named

The scary real U.S. government debt ... Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff says U.S. government debt is not $13.5-trillion (U.S.), which is 60 percent of current gross domestic product, as global investors and American taxpayers think, but rather 14-fold higher: $200-trillion – 840 per cent of current GDP. "Let's get real," Prof. Kotlikoff says. "The U.S. is bankrupt." Writing in the September issue of Finance and Development, a journal of the International Monetary Fund, Prof. Kotlikoff says the IMF itself has quietly confirmed that the U.S. is in terrible fiscal trouble – far worse than the Washington-based lender of last resort has previously acknowledged...

Oct 30 04:59

Empire - The Asian Arms Race

Oct 30 02:59

IS RUPERT MURDOCH IGNORANT OR AN AGENT OF ZIONIST DECEPTION ?

By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat

It is true that in the eyes of many if not most peoples of the world (and probably many of their governments behind closed doors) Israel is increasingly being seen as a pariah state. But that’s a consequence of Israel’s policies and actions, war crimes and all.

In a recent speech at an ADL (Anti-Defamation League) dinner, Rupert Murdoch, arguably the most influential mainstream media chief on Planet Earth, made some extraordinary statements which must be challenged. But first it’s necessary for us all to be clear about what ADL’s role is.

Oct 30 02:17

A REPLY TO RUPERT — HIDING TRUTH BEHIND EUPHEMISMS, OMISSIONS, SLANDERS AND LIES

By William A. Cook – My Catbird Seat

Rupert Murdoch’s recent speech before the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) gathering at their gala dinner, opened with this flattering observation: “You have championed equal treatment for all races and creeds.”

Oct 29 21:02

Powerful EU Nations May Reform “Mission Impossible” Treaty in Secret

Eric Blair
Activist Post

The AFP reported today that the European Union members agreed to make "landmark" and "tricky" reforms to the current Lisbon Treaty designed to "fend off another financial crisis." To clarify, they did not all agree on final reforms, yet they all agreed changes must be made.

Oct 29 16:32

HIDING TRUTH BEHIND EUPHEMISMS, OMISSIONS, SLANDERS AND LIES: A REPLY TO RUPERT MURDOCH

Given the veto power of the United States in the UN, a veto that has prevented any action on any resolution that has condemned Israel’s illegal and/or inhumane policies and military actions against Palestinians and its neighbors over a period of 63 years.

Oct 29 15:14

Is talk of secession sedition? Arundhati Roy responds to charges

Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

In a speech last week supporting ‘azadi’ — or freedom — for the occupied people of Kashmir, Arundhati Roy won the ire of right wing extremists who started a petition to have her arrested on charges of sedition. Even moderates are shocked by her support of secession. I sit on an Indian listserve, and the comments against her were vicious, with most people supporting prison for this freedom-loving, earth-loving, prolific writer and activist.

Sedition is being openly discussed in several states in the US. Bill Kaufman’s new book, Bye Bye, Miss American Empire, addresses the topic head on (Chelsea Green, 2010):

Oct 29 14:21

Bring me the head of Silvino Herrera: "Us vs. them" and "modern" myths of war and civilization

Against the background of the leaking of the USA's secret Iraq war crimes files by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Daniel Patrick Welch peers beneath the West's self-proclaimed cultural and moral superiority in the face of atrocities against innocent people all over the world.

"When we peel away all the layers of burning flesh, all the carefully constructed fiction of human progress and benefits of science and technology, we must face a reality perhaps even more grim. There simply is no 'us versus them'. The side claiming to represent progress has done more and done worse, using as low-tech and brutal methods as any on either side of the technological and cultural divide."

Oct 29 11:52

GlaxoSmithKline whistleblower awarded $96m payout

Whistleblower who exposed contamination problems at Glaxo plant in Puerto Rico receives $96m

The case centred on a factory in Cidra, Puerto Rico, where GSK made a range of products including an antibiotic ointment for babies, and drugs to treat nausea, depression and diabetes. In August 2002, Eckard, a global quality assurance manager, led a team sent to the plant to investigate manufacturing violations that had been identified by the US Federal Drugs Administration (FDA). Eckard lost her job nine months later after warning that the problems ran deeper than the FDA realised.

Eckard's lawyers, Getnick & Getnick, said she was made redundant against her will in May 2003 after repeatedly complaining to GSK's management that some drugs made at Cidra were being produced in a non-sterile environment, that the factory's water system was contaminated with micro-organisms, and that other medicines were being made in the wrong doses.

Oct 29 11:05

65% Favor Getting Rid of Entire Congress and Starting Over

Let’s face it: Most Americans don’t have much use for either of the major political parties and think it would be better to dump the entire Congress on Election Day.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say if they had the option next week, they would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start all over again. Only 20% would opt to keep the entire Congress instead. Fifteen percent (15%) aren’t sure.

Oct 29 10:56

Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides

Monsanto's ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I'm not referring to the company's triumph in our recent "Villains of Food" poll. Instead, I'm talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies.

Oct 29 10:47

US Mulls Escalating Drone Attacks in Yemen

Bomb scare = required excuse

Oct 29 10:31

Fraudclosure: ‘When you save broken companies from their own incompetence, this is what you get.’

The banks have gotten the Big Lie technique down to a science: State a lie so colossal that no one could believe anyone “has the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” In practice, adding factually accurate, but irrelevant or misleading color, helps push the lie on unsusp0ecting rubes.

Oct 29 10:17

In Omar Khadr’s Sentencing Phase, US Government Introduces Islamophobic “Expert” and Irrelevant Testimony

This has been a very poor week for American justice. On Monday, the Obama administration secured a plea deal in the trial by Military Commission of Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, who was 15 years old when he was seized by US forces in July 2002.

Oct 29 10:02

Cholera Catastrophe Spreads in Haiti

"They are doing exactly the wrong thing," said Dr. Manolo Castro. "When you bring cholera victims into a hospital, especially one with poor conditions, you stand a good chance of infecting all the patients in that hospital."

"It is essential to isolate cholera victims from other patients, especially where there is poor sanitation," said Dr. Castro, who helped squelch another cholera outbreak when stationed in the Cape Verde islands in 1994. "The government should also stop all traffic and travel between the affected area and those not affected. Otherwise, the disease is going to spread."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This health catastrophe may well become far worse before it has really been been stabilized.

Oct 29 09:48

Getting Medieval On Your Assets: Four Reasons Foreclosure Fraud Really, Really Matters

Here's the bottom line: More than one in ten mortgages is in bad trouble. What's more, one in four mortgages is underwater, which means there's not enough collateral to cover billions of dollars in loans. The generous explanation for the banking industry is that they're completely incompetent at what they do. A huge chunk of the loans they've written are bad. Forgive the language here, but the bank-friendliest explanation for this systemwide breakdown is that bankers suck at what they do.

But the real explanation is that they knew these loans were bad -- and wrote them anyway.

Why? Because they intended to make quick and easy money by pumping up housing values, churning loans to customers who they knew couldn't pay. (The customers didn't know that, but the banks did.) They thought they could float this crap game forever, riding an ever-growing bubble and tossing the defaulting homeowners away when they couldn't pay the nut. But the bubble burst and the crap game got shut down.

Oct 29 09:23

Ex B'nai Brith head ashamed of child porn

The former director of B'nai Brith Quebec says he's ashamed he had pornographic videos on his computer, but Bill Surkis maintains he's not a sex offender.

Surkis, 71, has admitted to downloading nearly nine hours of videos of men engaged in sexual activity with girls, but said it was because he was curious.

The Crown and the defence are recommending Surkis be sentenced to 45 days in jail to be served on weekends.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, if you were caught with 9 hours of videos of men screwing little girls on your computer, do you think you would get such light treatment by the courts?

Oct 29 09:13

Mexico: America's Drug Habit Is Killing Us

At the root of Mexico's increasing troubles with narco-terrorism is American consumption, Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the BBC in an interview that aired Wednesday.

"They [the Americans] have a clear responsibility in this because they are providing the market for the drug dealers and the criminals," he said. "They need to do a lot more in terms of reducing the consumption of drugs and to stop the flow of weapons towards Mexico."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you take the profit motive out of drugs by non-criminalization of small amounts in personal possession, as has happened in the Portuguese model, that would cause a substantial reduction of the problem.

Portugal has gone to a very successful concept of treatment, not punishment, for drug users, and this has caused a very noticeable drop in drug usage, particularly among young people.

If there is no profit motive, and these substances are controlled by prescription (as you see in Australia), this would do much to diminish the problems associated with criminal cartels and the mayhem they create.

Oct 29 09:09

'Time Traveler' May Just Be Hard of Hearing

What Clarke didn't consider was that a simple ear trumpet could still explain it all, said hearing device historians,

And the fact that the were not so many cellular base stations around in that era for a time traveler to attach to...

Oct 29 08:54

Unemployment Offices To Add Armed Guards

Armed security guards will be on hand at 36 unemployment offices around Indiana in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent.

No specific incidents prompted the action, Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter told 6News' Norman Cox.

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this is the same state whose governor has vetoed waivers for care of the developmentally disabled:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/indiana-tells-parents-drop-disabled-kids-shelters/

"Indiana's budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home, parents and advocates said."

One has to wonder, at the end of the day, just what form American anger will take in retaliation at what has been done to them and their families, courtesy of a thoroughly corrupt, tone-deaf, money-addicted government and the corporations they slavishly serve and protect (like BP, for instance).

Oct 29 08:43

Total U.S. intelligence bill revealed for first time

The annual cost of U.S. intelligence is public for the first time: just over $80 billion for 2010.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! I have a couple of ideas on how to cut costs here, and still protect Americans and American interests:

1. Stop mucking about in other people's countries.

2. Discontinue propping up tinpot dictators (like Saleh in Yemen, for example) who have absolutely no regard for the welfare of their own people.

3. Find and support moderates who do care about the future of their country, and work toward achieving a better life for their people.

4. Stop pouring money into these immoral and illegal wars without end to obtain financial and geopolitical objectives. Look at the Russian and Chinese models of "Let's Make a Deal" to get what they want and need (like energy resources)without firing a shot.

When people in any country thrive because of conscientious, morally principled US involvement, rather than suffer, it will enhance the reputation of the US around the world.

Ah, but sadly I forgot: all the above would be logical! Logic and foreign policy have rarely had a good ongoing relationship in the bowels of power in this country, and that is one damned shame.

Oct 29 08:43

Woman Kills Baby For Interrupting Farmville Session

H/T to Cedar Sage at Facebook.

A 22 year-old woman from Jacksonsville, Florida has pleaded guilty to killing her baby son over a game of...Farmville.

Oct 29 08:12

5 Dangers To Global Crops That Could Dramatically Reduce The World Food Supply

Already, there are huge warning signs on the horizon. Just check out what agricultural commodities have been doing. They have been absolutely soaring.
A recent article on the Forbes website noted a few of the agricultural commodities that have skyrocketed during this year....

Here’s what’s happened to some key farm commodities so far in 2010…
•Corn: Up 63%
•Wheat: Up 84%
•Soybeans: Up 24%
•Sugar: Up 55%

Oct 29 06:15

The Food Crisis of 2011

Every month, JPMorgan Chase dispatches a researcher to several supermarkets in Virginia. The task is to comparison shop for 31 items.

In July, the firm’s personal shopper came back with a stunning report: Wal-Mart had raised its prices 5.8% during the previous month. More significantly, its prices were approaching the levels of competing stores run by Kroger and Safeway. The “low-price leader” still holds its title, but by a noticeably slimmer margin.

Oct 29 04:17

SAYYED NASRALLAH CALLS FOR “BOYCOTT” OF INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called on Thursday for boycotting and ending cooperation with the international investigators affiliated with the international tribunal tasked with finding out the truth in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri’s case. His eminence warned that cooperation with these investigators was the same as facilitating their mission and attacking the Resistance.

Oct 29 03:52

Video. NZ Hospital administered IV Vit C (under protest) & cures swine flu victim on "brink of death."

The 18-minute long New Zealand News3 video report shows the compelling story of Allan Smith, a man conventional doctors claimed "could not survive," after contracting a severe case of swine flu in June of last year.

But they were wrong.

Allan's family refused to accept the hospital's hopeless prognosis and the subsequent decision to turn off his life support. Instead, his family insisted the hospital try high dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C.

You'd think the hospital would have willingly agreed. After all, none of their conventional treatment methods had worked. The entire intensive care unit staff declared he was beyond hope.

Oct 29 03:33

SQUEEZING HEZBOLLAH: JEFF FELTMAN’S ‘REALLY GREAT PLAN’

Let’s blame (Imad) Mughniyah for killing Hariri. He’s dead so the investigative trail ends. Just say, ‘We had no idea what he was doing’. No more tribunal. Everyone is happy. And as a sweetener we’ll take Hezbollah off our Terrorism list.” US undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Hezbollah via the Saudi-Syrian, back channel on 10/22/10

Oct 29 00:00

GORDON DUFF: BRUTAL OCCUPATION TROOPS OR SAVIORS, YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

AMERICA’S ARMY, A TALE OF MISUSE AND ABUSE –

“Yes, even without Wikileaks we always knew that such things were happening and now we know that altered versions of some of our reports and additional forgeries have been mixed in with documents meant to incriminate Iran.”

For nearly a decade, America has been, in the eyes of the world, the successor to Nazi Germany. Last week, nearly 77% of Australians polled (over 10,000 respondents) considered the 9/11 terror attacks an American “false flag” and that nation has troops in Afghanistan fighting alongside Americans. Imagine what nations that oppose American involvement think?

Oct 28 22:06

FLASHDANCE FOR BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI HUMMUS HITS WEST PHILLY SUPERMARKET [VIDEO]

The Philly BDS Coalition dances into action in a local grocery store chain to push them to deshelve Sabra and Tribe of Hummus; both brands support Israeli war crimes.

Oct 28 21:36

Activism Raw Footage: We Are Change Confronts Frank Caprio, RI Candidate

Note: This was submitted by Truth Radio 990 AM -- We Are Change, Blackstone Valley, RI. Great work being true activists.

Oct 28 19:47

Is the world running out of food, alongside oil, metals, water and much else?

The answer to this question, according to a recent OECD and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation report is a definitive no; global agricultural production is on track to satisfy the expected long-term increase in demand, the OECD reckons.

Oct 28 16:57

North American Union- The Road To A Global Climate Deal

Deep Integration and harmonization of laws, standards and policy between Canada, United States and Mexico is what is driving the North American Union agenda forward and is how they avoid Parliamentary scrutiny. We already have deep economic integration, security Integration and now they seek the integration of environmental law and promote the idea to redefine the meaning of national sovereignty to include what they call “sovereign duties”. Duties imposed on a sovereign nations that they will no longer have any control over unilaterally and are place under the jurisdiction of International law. A regulator to regulate the regulators as Paul Martin (former Prime Minister of Canada) likes to say.

This is a scam in progress! The big lie is that we need to harmonize and integrate, give up our sovereignty, and consolidate North America, in order to “save the planet” from the ravishes of climate change or to enjoy security and prosperity.

Oct 28 16:29

SQUEEZING HEZBOLLAH — JEFFREY FELTMAN’S “REALLY GREAT PLAN”

By Dr. Franklin Lamb — My Catbird Seat

“ Let’s blame (Imad) Mughniyah for killing Hariri. He’s dead so the investigative trail ends. Just say, ‘We had no idea what he was doing’. No more tribunal. Everyone is happy. And as a sweetener we’ll take Hezbollah off our Terrorism list.” US undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Hezbollah via the Saudi-Syrian, back channel on 10/22/10

“Do you think we’re that stupid?” Hezbollah (smelling a set-up) to Obama via the same channel 10/23/10

Oct 28 16:26

Every day is Halloween in the Empire: The zombie apocalypse of duopoly

This zombie empire and its planet-decimating, neo-liberal death cult are marching toward the boneyard of history. What an empire contributes to the world is equivalent to the carnage an army of zombies inflicts upon the scenery of B-movies. Zombies (neither living nor dead creatures that create exponentially larger numbers of themselves) are an apt metaphor for the entropy inherent to closed systems -- the exponentially destructive force of The Second Law of Thermodynamics.

That is why I’m not a member of either party extant in our current duopoly: I’m betting on the emergence of the Entropy Party. It is the only party with a plausible platform; the only party that will keep its promises.

The US Empire is dead meat. We should lose the imagery of a noble and lofty bald eagle: rotting road kill should be proclaimed our official national animal.

Oct 28 14:48

Silver Money for Americans

I think that my readers will agree that there is a desperate need for some fresh thinking about money in the U.S.

Many respected analysts worry that the expected action by the Fed to apply a new bout of QE after the coming elections is fraught with danger.

Fiat money in the US is in an advanced stage of decomposition and when money rots, the whole social, economic and political structure of the nation rots with it. A return to sound money is urgent...

Oct 28 14:11

American democracy: Pro-Israel Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Maidhc Ó Cathail views the US mid-term congressional election campaign in a district of Illinois where two rabid Israeli stooges, Democrat Jan Schakowsky and Republican Joel Pollak, are vying with one another not over what they can do for the American people, but over which of the two cares about Israel most.

Oct 28 14:09

Israeli police shoot "hated" Arab legislator in back

Jonathan Cook reports on the shooting in the back of Israeli Arab MP Haneen Zoubi by Israel police who used special paramilitary forces against an Arab demonstration provoked by ultra-right-wing Jewish extremists staging a march through an Arab town in northern Israel.

Oct 28 14:09

America on Sale, From Matt Taibbi's 'Griftopia'

When you're trying to sell a highway that was once considered one of your nation's great engineering marvels — 532 miles of hard-built road that required tons of dynamite, wood, and steel and the labor of thousands to bore seven mighty tunnels through the Allegheny Mountains — when you're offering that up to petro-despots just so you can fight off a single-year budget shortfall, just so you can keep the lights on in the state house into the next fiscal year, you've entered a new stage in your societal development.

You know how you used to have a job, and a house, and a car, and a wife and a family, and there was food in the fridge — and now you're six months into a drug habit and you're carrying toasters and TVs out the front door every morning just to raise the cash to make it through that day? That's where we are. While a lot of this book is about how American banks used bubble schemes to strip the last meat off the bones of America's postwar golden years, the cruelest joke is that American banks now don't even have the buying power needed to finish the job of stripping the country completely clean.

Oct 28 13:18

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during 'National Emergencies'

Unbeknownst to most Americans, the United States Coast Guard has been attempting to 'cross the Rubicon' for decades, and actually achieved that goal in a silent coup in 2003 when it was moved from the Department of Transportation into the newly-created Department of Homeland Security. This change was not merely bureaucratic; it allows the Coast Guard to now openly declare itself "one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security." The problem is that the Coast Guard is now attempting to straddle the line between a civil service agency (as it was set up to be and indeed has always been, except during times when it was specifically placed in the service of the Navy) and a branch of the military, conforming to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Oct 28 11:51

Historic Resolution Adopted by Costa Mesa: Official Position Taken to Ban Dental Mercury Fillings

Experts and citizens gathered at Costa Mesa City Council Chambers to speak against the use of the mercury silver filling. Dr. James Rota, a Los Angeles biological dentist and past UCLA dental educator, was among the speakers at this historic event. He will also be speaking at a free seminar in Los Angeles to continue the discussion and education of the dangers of amalgam fillings to people and the environment.

Oct 28 11:18

Preparing for a Mumbai-style Active Shooter

Kevin Hayden, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

Over the last few weeks, the mainstream media has capitalized on recent intelligence reports warning of a “Mumbai-style attack” in Europe.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the details of the Mumbai incident, several gunmen took over seemingly-random buildings, such as a large hotel, cafes, a movie theater and a children’s hospital. Over the course of 3 days, they were able to kill 173 people, injure another 308 civilians and fend off police approaches with grenades and overwhelming firepower. After the attacks had finally been stopped, investigators learned that many of the gunmen had been injecting themselves with cocaine and steroids to remain alert and awake, some staying up for over 50 hours at a time.

Oct 28 10:17

Cholera Epidemic: Toxic Drinking Water Killing Haitians - Real Aid is Blocked

Foul drinking water is killing Haitians in the first epidemic of cholera on the island in over a century. Behind the TV images on German television of the misery lies a tale of international corruption and malfeasance that goes directly to former US President Bill Clinton and leading families of the so-called Haitian Oligarchy. According to Haitian civic organizations donations that could have provided permanent clean water are not being used to do so. Instead, the money is part of a racket by so-called “poverty aid” NGOs to earn huge financial gain off the outpouring of international contributions to the victims of the January devastating earthquake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haiti has experienced many tragedies and challenges in its history, but that this epidemic could be stopped, but isn't being stopped,due to profiteering individuals and organizations, is an absolute travesty.

Oct 28 09:17

Pa. couple: County took baby over bad drug test

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania couple say their newborn was taken by county officials when a drug test the mother took came out positive because she had eaten a poppy seed bagel.

Oct 28 09:12

Obama Directive “Essentially Nullifies” Child Soldiers Law

The short presidential directive reads:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, pursuant to section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA), title IV of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110 457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA.

I just spoke with Jo Becker of Human Rights Watch who told me this “essentially nullifies the law.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!

Obama has truly shown his stripes by issuing this presidential directive, and it does not augur well for the rights of children in these countries.

Oct 28 09:12

Nullification of the "Chosen Ones"

Archbishop Cyrille Salim Butros of Newton, Mass, the leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in the U.S., has caused a little 'spat' in Catholic and Jewish relations by remarks made at a Vatican meeting of Middle Eastern bishops.

Unless I'm mistaken, until the jewish creation of "christian zionism' what Butros said was standard Christian theology. Basically it's that Jesus' teachings nullified the concept of the 'chosen ones' and introduced the novel idea that everyone is equal. It was out with the old and in the new.

Oct 28 09:01

Indiana tells parents: Drop disabled kids at shelters

Indiana's budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home, parents and advocates said.

They said workers at Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services have told parents that's one option they have when families can no longer care for children at home and haven't received Medicaid waivers that pay for services that support disabled people living independently.

There have been no confirmed cases of families dumping severely disabled people at homeless shelters because Indiana wouldn't provide the care needed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any society is, rightly, judged by how it treats the most fragile members of that society.

This is why Indiana's governor, having collectively thrown the severely disabled people with special needs in his state under the proverbial bus, is both transparently cynical (these people don't vote) and very morally wrong.

I find it very difficult to imagine that there was no place else in the state budget which couldn't have been cut.

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