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CURRENT EVENTS

Jan 19 10:13

IMF to Haiti: Freeze Public Wages

What the world should be pondering instead is: What is Haiti owed?

Haiti's vulnerability to natural disasters, its food shortages, poverty, deforestation and lack of infrastructure, are not accidental. To say that it is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere is to miss the point; Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States, Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank.

Jan 19 09:25

No plans for policing role for US troops in Haiti: Gates

Amid tensions and looting in the aftermath of the massive quake, Gates said maintaining security was "a high priority."

He added that American troops had the authority to use force to defend themselves or others if necessary.

"I think obviously anywhere we deploy our troops they have the authority and the right to defend themselves, and they also have the right to defend innocent Haitians and also members of the international community if they see something happening."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if US military will be defending "innocent Haitians" the way we have been defending innocent Afghanis and Iraqis!

Jan 19 08:51

William Lind on Political Correctness: Or why the Fifties were better

Were they able, our 1950s family would head back to the 1950s as fast as they could, with a gripping horror story to tell. Their story would be of a nation that had decayed and degenerated at a fantastic pace, moving in less than a half a century from the greatest country on earth to a Third World nation, overrun by crime, noise, drugs and dirt. The fall of Rome was graceful by comparison.

Jan 19 08:19

Blackwater's Owner Has Spies for Hire

The operation, Total Intelligence Solutions, has assembled a roster of former spooks -- high-ranking figures from agencies such as the CIA and defense intelligence -- that mirrors the slate of former military officials who run Blackwater. Its chairman is Cofer Black, the former head of counterterrorism at CIA known for his leading role in many of the agency's more controversial programs, including the rendition and interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects and the detention of some of them in secret prisons overseas.

Jan 19 06:23

Japan Airlines files for bankruptcy

Japan Airlines Corp filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday owing more than $25 billion, and vowed to slash 15,700 jobs in an effort to survive in an industry hit by volatile fuel costs and fickle fliers.

SHAREHOLDERS WIPED OUT

Shares of JAL, which have fallen more than 90 percent since the start of the month, closed flat at 5 yen after trading down 2 yen to 3 yen. They will be de-listed on February 20, according to the stock exchange.

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... shareholders in US airlines are waiting for the shoe to fall in the US airline industry.

Do you fell lucky?

Jan 18 19:55

Pennies for Haiti, Billions for Israel, Egypt

[I]n fiscal 1998 Haiti received $106 million from the U.S, the No. 9 nation among foreign aid recipients. Ten years later, it didn't even make the top 15 list.

Compare that to the more than $5 billion paid out to Israel and Egypt.

Jan 18 19:41

The U.S. must not 'occupy' Haiti, declares French minister as aid FINALLY trickles through

The UN must step in to ensure the U.S. is not occupying Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake that may have killed 200,000 people, a French minister has said.

French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet spoke as the country descended into anarchy. Aid is only just trickling through the 'bottleneck' at Haiti's airport, while angry Haitians desperate for help are striking out at international agencies - and each other.

Some 10,000 U.S. troops are on the way to try to restore order - but their role is being questioned.

'This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti,' Joyandet, in Brussels for an EU meeting on Haiti, said on French radio.

Jan 18 15:38

Jumping Through The Hoops For America’s Imperialist Wars.

It is truly amazing when it comes to the security of the United States the margin for error is an absolute zero. Let there be even one failed terrorist act against the homeland and there is mass panic, security is raised to yet another spellbinding level, politicians give fleeting reassurances, more money is thrown at the problem and millions of air travelers are inconvenienced.

Nobody seems to consider that as fortress North America is being turned into a police state security ghetto we grant terrorists their victories one after another as even a failed attack cause’s great political turmoil, huge public inconvenience, and further millions thrown at an ineffective and dysfunctional security bureaucracy.

Jan 18 15:26

A North American Security Perimeter on the Horizon

Plans for a North America security perimeter might have seemed like a pipe dream just a short time ago, but it could become a reality sooner than one thinks. Some believe that a perimeter approach to security would be a more effective way of providing safety while ensuring the free flow of trade and investment. For those pushing for deep continental integration, this move is seen as the next logical step. A recent article from the Toronto Star, Canada warms to idea of a tougher 'perimeter' suggests that Canadians might now be ready to debate the concept of perimeter security. David Biette who specializes in U.S.-Canada relations and is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center stated that a, "Perimeter is no longer a dirty word.

Jan 18 12:53

US doctors beg their government to admit critically injured children from Haiti

US immigration officials had been refusing to allow children into the country until next weekend. However, as Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, arrived to assure Haitians that America stood ready to help “in any way we can”, doctors managed to persuade the US authorities to allow in Jean, a four-month-old Haitian girl for treatment. The orphaned child has cut through immigration rules used to bar entry to the US for Haitians even in extreme circumstances.

Jan 18 11:26

OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA

The Internet has literally been melting down the past week over the second, dangerous Executive Order issued by Marxist Barack Obama. Below are links to the documents I wish to bring to your attention. Not only are these Executive Orders an in your face blueprint for tyranny, the timing is what should concern everyone.

Jan 18 11:00

Toronto 18 conspirator sentenced to 12 years in prison

Toronto 18 terrorist Saad Gaya was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, minus seven-and-a-half years credit for pre-trial custody.

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Another case of - messing with the politics of foreign nations causes terrorism. Clearly, this guy is just a pawn.

Jan 18 10:29

HYPOCRISY ~~ THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH IN GAZA AND HAITI

Journalists struggle to describe the scenes of misery, death, and despair in language befitting of its tragedy in Haiti. Over 100 countries mobilized for aid. Even Israel has mobilized its usual contingent of Israeli doctors and the mass Zionist media to show how humanitarian it can be (but tiny Qatar sent far more actual aid). What is little discussed is that the natural disaster would have claimed far fewer lives had Haiti been allowed to develop without Western Interference over the past few decades.

Jan 18 10:27

THE RIGHT TESTICLE OF HELL: HISTORY OF A HAITIAN HOLOCAUST

Chinese search and rescue teams arrived in Port au Prince within 48 hours after the earthquake. Now that the airport is controlled by the U.S. military, aid agencies and other governments trying to bring in relief are furious at being turned back.

Jan 18 09:17

Real Faith

By John Kaminski

Not the fake stuff they dispense
in churches, mosques and synagogues.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2010/01/real-faith.html

Jan 18 07:35

US waves white flag in disastrous 'war on drugs'

After 40 years, Washington is quietly giving up on a futile battle that has spread corruption and destroyed thousands of lives

Jan 18 06:56

Five dead as Taliban militants strike across Kabul

KABUL (AFP) - Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked buildings across the heart of Kabul on Monday, triggering fierce gun battles with security forces and killing at least five people including a child.

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Translation: The good guys are fighting off the U-SUK insurgent forces.

Jan 18 04:54

From Blackwater to Xe, the Templar Crusade

X is an archaic form of abbreviation for Christ and/or Christian that was derived from the cross and the Greek Alphabet. X or Chi is the Greek letter that is the initial of "Christos" - X - which at the same time served as a symbol for the cross. Sometimes written Chi-Rho, (Xp) is another abbreviation for Christos and his followers, the Christians. From the perspective of medieval Christian symbology, 'Xe' is a combination of the Christic cross and the Greek letter, Epsilon, the first letter in the Greek word, Evangelion, glad tidings or gospel. From the perspective of a modern member of the Knights Templar, Xe is immediately recognizable as it symbolizes Christian Evangelism.

Jan 18 00:38

Summer Snow falls on Australian towns

Summer holidaymakers could be forgiven for thinking winter has come a few months early, with a cold snap bringing a light dusting of snow to some parts of New South Wales.

Jan 17 23:43

Israeli army crosses into Lebanon

Israeli army crosses into Lebanon
10:54, January 18, 2010
An Israeli army unit on Sunday crossed the borders with Lebanon in the direction of the occupied part of al-Ghajar village, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.
"An intense Israeli build-up of forces during the past 24 hours has been observed along the eastern sector of the Blue Line, with mobile and fixed patrols," said NNA.
It added that "Israeli tank emplacements were spotted amid intense overflights by helicopter gunships and warplanes."

Jan 17 17:57

Obama mobilizes military reservists to reinforce Haiti aid

US President Barack Obama Sunday mobilized military reserves to help quake-hit Haiti, particularly medical staff to work on hospital ships and Coast Guard staff to secure the ports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is starting to look less and less like a humanitarian mission, and more and more like a US military takeover.

Jan 17 17:09

Haiti: UN/USA partners in preventing aid

17.01.2010
Haiti: Too Many Cooks…
Lisa KARPOVA
Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
The Earthquake devastated Haiti last Tuesday afternoon. On Sunday evening, five days later, only 60% of the disaster area has been covered, water is not reaching those most in need, heavy lifting gear is bottled up at the airport and the people are understandably getting desperate.
For those who claim that the UNO had no contingency plans, it is a pity that international media can print or broadcast not only half-truths but also blatant lies. The United Nations Organization has been drawing up contingency plans for years, holds workshops regularly and constantly updates and upgrades its humanitarian relief capacity.

Jan 17 16:04

Haitians Have Had 100 Years of This-They Don't Need More

The Heritage Foundation quote is revealing:

"In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti’s long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region."

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The last thing Haiti needs is for the US to use this as an excuse to continue shaping their government.

Also, it's not surprising that the Heritage Foundation would treat a massive human tragedy like this as a marketing opportunity. This is exactly the kind of people they are.

Jan 17 15:53

US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti

The US military's takeover of emergency operations in Haiti has triggered a diplomatic row with countries and aid agencies furious at having flights redirected.

Brazil and France lodged an official protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic.

Jan 17 15:51

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince

Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.

Jan 17 13:25

Real Faith

You believe in nothing, you say? Well, you're on the right track. Jefferson and Buddha agreed that God gave us our minds to use, not to turn off and obey weird rules we don't really understand. Convince yourself that you're acting on behalf of some omnipotent deity if you like. But don't ever believe in anything you can't prove to yourself. That would be an insult to God and you’d look like an idiot.

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
— Galatians 4:16

Jan 17 12:32

Snyders Drug Stores closing; 150 to lose their jobs

Snyders Drug Stores, a fixture in Minnesota's retail landscape since the 1940s, announced it will cease operations Jan. 21, closing eight stores in the East Metro area and leaving 150 workers without jobs...

Jan 17 10:45

The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?

While presidents Obama and Préval spoke on the phone, there were no reports of negotiations between the two governments regarding the entry and deployment of US troops on Haitian soil. The decision was taken and imposed unilaterally by Washington. The total lack of a functioning government in Haiti was used to legitimize, on humanitarian grounds, the sending in of a powerful military force, which has de facto taken over several governmental functions.

Jan 17 10:08

The Right Testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian Holocaust

There's no such thing as a 'natural' disaster. 200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF "austerity" plans.

Jan 17 09:54

Americans Pledge Millions, but Cash Flow Takes Weeks

Thousands of Americans have pledged $9 million to Haitian relief agencies this week by punching a code and sending a text on their cellphones. But it could be weeks, if not months, before any of that money actually can be used.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN, and users of Twitter Inc. have urged people to punch 90999 and then type in the word "HAITI" on their phones to send $10 to the American Red Cross. But the money won't be routed from most U.S. wireless carriers to relief efforts until cellphone users pay their phone bills.

Jan 17 09:54

The Muslim Cabbie Who Saved Christmas

At the same time, I bet there are very few American who’ve heard the story of the Muslim cabbie who saved Christmas. It is another heartwarming but true Christmas story that took place last year on Christmas eve that is worthy of being made into a film for its profound effect. This was a story about honesty, integrity, ethics, and human decency, yet those who heard about, knew very little about the honest cabbie or where he came from.

Jan 17 09:44

The Battle for the American Soul is Over and Jay Leno Won

The 24/7 deluge of falsely manufactured issues has done more than detract from comprehension of the real and life or death issues at hand. Over a couple of generations, it has rendered us incapable of ever grasping the real ones and what is at stake. The ability to do so dies out, as each subsequent generation is conditioned by the reality (or state induced non-reality) it comes up in.

Important as they look and feel because we have lived our entire lives amid these so-called national debates, they have nothing to do with our freedom. Freedom itself was always, and will always be The Issue. The only issue. Everything else follows. The Big Lie is that it does not.

Jan 17 09:38

Strong quake jolts Argentina's offshore region

A strong magnitude-6.3 quake has shaken a sea area in the Atlantic Ocean off Argentina's coastal waters with no casualties or damage reported so far.

Based on a report released on Sunday by the US Geological Survey federal agency, the earthquake hit the sea area at 8:00 a.m. (1200 GMT) with its epicenter about 354 km (220 miles) southeast of Ushuaia, Argentina, at a depth of 21 km (13 miles), Reuters said.

Jan 17 09:18

Ortega warns of US deployment in Haiti

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says that the United States has taken advantage of the massive quake in Haiti and deployed troops in the country.

"What is happening in Haiti seriously concerns me as US troops have already taken control of the airport," Ortega said on Saturday.

The Pentagon says it has deployed more than 10,000 soldiers in Haiti to help victims of Tuesday's earthquake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's a lot of US military personnel in Haiti.

As reported on 17 October, 2008 in:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7675234.stm

"The state-owned Cuban oil company says the country may have more than 20bn barrels of oil in its offshore fields - more than double the previous estimate."

"Such reserves would place Cuba among the top 20 oil producing nations."

I hate to be cynical, but have to wonder if potential oil reserves close to Haiti may in fact be the "real reason" the US military appears to be scrambling to take control of the island.

Jan 17 08:47

US military suicides hit record high in 2009

Despite a wide range of prevention efforts, suicides in the US military have risen to a new record high in 2009.

The Department of Defense has reported that 160 active-duty army soldiers committed suicide in 2009, up from 140 in 2008.

The report says the military service members have come under severe strain from years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Repeated deployments and combat stress have been fueling the depression and marital problems resulting in suicidal impulses, it goes on to explain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The report deliberately avoids the true motivation for many of these suicides.

Yes, combat stress, coupled with multiple deployments, depression, and marriage difficulties can bring this about.

However, in the background, lurks the reality that many of these men and women, once deployed, understand with absolute clarity.

That is, unfortunately, that with these continuous invasions and occupations of other countries for private profit (oil fields, oil pipelines to control oil fields, and the profit from illegal drugs) the US is absolutely on the wrong side of history.

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Jan 17 05:41

Anti-piracy agency's logo broke copyright

France's new internet agency set up to protect the rights of artists is facing legal action for using a copyrighted design for its logo.


Talk about Irony.

Jan 16 15:19

Reports: Blackwater is "protecting" in Haiti

Nice. Good. This should go a long way to improve their image. Why not just send Karl Rove out to defend President Obama's policies while they're at it?

And these thugs are on the government payroll why again? Oh, wait. I know. Our military is stretched tighter than Joan River's face.

Jan 16 15:05

Haiti aid flow grows; feuds over reaching victims

France's Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet told The Associated Press that he had filed an official complaint to the US government after two French planes, one carrying a field hospital, were denied permission to land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has apparently already taken over control of the Haiti air traffic, and as usual is messing things up.

Jan 16 14:47

Security Breach at JFK Forces Terminal Evacuation

A security breach at John F. Kennedy Airport has forced an evacuation of an American Airlines terminal and all passengers in the area have to exit and be re-screened, the Port Authority confirmed.

A person went into a secure area without being properly screened at about 4 p.m., said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority. All travelers in Terminal 8 were forced to leave the area and be re-screened, according to Coleman.

Jan 16 10:46

After a day of deliveries, US ship runs out of aid

Helicopters sit ready to go from this US aircraft carrier off Haiti, but there's a problem: after a day of frantic aid runs there is simply nothing left to deliver.

"We have lift, we have communications, we have some command and control, but we don't have much relief supplies to offer," said Branch, who commands the battle group led by the nuclear-powered Carl Vinson.

Jan 16 07:47

Pennies for Haiti, Billions for Israel

Limbaugh's suggestion invited reproach from many. Even Republicans like Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan expressed dismay. But making this into a referendum on whether Limbaugh has a heart of lead leads nowhere. He was doing what he gets paid to do as a radio provocateur. Besides, he relishes the attention.

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Jan 15 20:55

Haiti Update, From shock to desperation

15 January 2010
Haiti Update
by Phil Johnson

My friend Ron Pierre, board president for Baptist Haiti Mission, sent this update:

Jan 15 18:19

Chambersburg man says state troopers storm his home, drag him down after he makes parking comment

When a Chambersburg man left the grocery store Sunday afternoon, he thought it was nervy that someone parked a pickup truck in the fire lane beside the entrance, so he asked the driver what gave him the privilege. The driver was an off-duty state police trooper, and by the end of the night the man with the question was in jail with facial injuries and charges pending against him.

Jan 15 15:49

Gaza: what are promises of humanitarian aid worth?

Stuart Littlewood takes the British government to task for failing to deliver aid it pledged to beleaguered Gaza, for the lack of any sense of urgency or determination "to actually deliver real help into the living (and dying) hell that our so-called friends in Tel Aviv have created", and for making Britain "appear complicit in prolonging the criminal devastation” of Gaza.

Jan 15 15:40

"Defamation": the morbid conditions of Jewish secular identity

Israeli-born musician and writer Gilad Atzmon reviews Yoav Shamir's documentary, "Defamation", which explores the notion of contemporary "anti-Semitism" and seeks to establish whether it is a real and continuous danger that requires eternal vigilance or a tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit and cow their critics.

Jan 15 12:10

Former Red Cross chief faces court in fraud case

The trio are believed to have shared 5.7 million kronor from the Red Cross and pocketed a sum of 2.5 million kronor from the Swedish Cancer Society.

Those greedy jokers are all over the place it seems.

The corruption by the RED CROSS has been well known for many years.
If anyone of you guys want to donate, do that to doctors with out borders.

Jan 15 10:55

Johnson&Johnson recalls more Tylenol lots and some Motrin caplets due to mouldyodour

Johnson&Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a mouldy smell that has made users sick.

Johnson&Johnson says the smell is caused by small amounts of a chemical associated with the treatment of wooden pallets.

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How did the chemical get into securely sealed product containers?
Methinks there is an 800 pound rat in the room.

Jan 15 09:52

U.S. Preparing for Potential New Wave of Haitians Fleeing North

"Guantanamo is going to be an enormously valuable asset as we go through this," State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters on Thursday, speaking generally about U.S. efforts to help Haiti. "[Guantanamo] is in the vicinity. ... So we're identifying all of the assets in the region that we can use in order to stage operations."

Once at the Guantanamo facility, the refugees would be supervised by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which oversees the facility and has contracted the Florida-based Geo Group firm to manage day-to-day operations.

Officials involved with the center emphasized that no decision has been made concerning possible refugees from Haiti, but officials said they are prepared just in case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GITMO?!?!?

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?

After the hell these people have endured,that the US government is even thinking about warehousing themat GITMO betrays a human insensitivity right up there with the callous treatment victims of Hurricane Katrina received.

Jan 15 09:39

Possible peacekeeping role for US troops in Haiti

The US relief mission in Haiti remains focused on saving lives but American troops could be called on to help keep order if security deteriorates, officials said.

"At this time we're not seeing any security concerns," a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

But he added: "Soldiers and Marines are trained to conduct security operations if they need to."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported in:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3401700108.html

Other exports include cocoa and essential oils for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Haiti has become a major transshipment point for illegal drug trafficking.

One has to wonder, looking at what happened in Afghanistan after the invasion and occupation, and how illicit drug traffic exploded, if this is why the US sent in soldiers and marines, but not the Army Corp of Engineers.

Jan 15 09:10

Secure your checked bags -- fly with a gun

VIA Lew Rockwell

Many airports won't let you effectively lock your suitcases when you fly, and the new limits on carry-on luggage thanks to moisture-terror-hysteria mean it's open season for unscrupulous TSA employees and baggage handlers who want to help themselves to expensive cameras and other valuable in checked bags.

But once you add a gun -- even a starter pistol -- to your luggage, it gets extra-locked, gains new tracking privileges, and is subject to heightened scrutiny all the way to your destination.

Jan 15 07:31

HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE, MADE IN USA?

It is, or ought to be, widely enough understood that the category of ‘natural disaster’ is increasingly redundant. Whether it’s an earthquake, a storm, a flood or a crop failure, the truly shocking and baleful consequences of ecological events are generally caused by their interaction with existing political economies.

Jan 15 07:09

George Carlin's Greatest Moment

Webmaster's Commentary: 

George, we miss you.

Jan 15 03:43

Red Cross Says Quake Killed Up to 50,000

Two days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook apart most of the country's infrastructure, the full scale of destruction is only beginning to emerge. A Haitian Red Cross official in the capital Port-au-Prince estimated the quake's death toll at between 45,000 and 50,000 people, according to Reuters, while stressing that precise figures remain impossible to confirm.

The Red Cross says three million people -- a third of the entire population -- need help. A spokesperson also said that the aid organization estimates that the quake destroyed roughly 200,000 houses in Port-au-Prince alone.

Jan 14 21:19

Haiti earthquake: law and order breaks down

Law and order began to break down in Haiti yesterday as "constant" gunshots were heard across the capital and shops were looted.

Jan 14 21:11

Greg Bacon On CHRISTIANS, Corruption, Insider Trading & Slimebags

The only 'satanic' being screwing with poor Haiti is the USA. We've been sticking our noses in the country for decades, installing and propping up sadists went it realized our goals and tearing down democratically elected leaders when it didn't.

Tell me Pat old boy, when one makes a 'pact with the devil,' doesn't that mean a life of luxury and wealth? Sort of like your life?

Jan 14 17:08

Ron Paul: US has broken with reality, sanity, and rule of law; calls for "Revolutionary changes"

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Ron Paul made the following 4-minute speech on the House floor admonishing the American public to counter Orwellian conditions in the US with “revolutionary thinking,” and to prepare for “revolutionary changes in the not-to-distant future.”

With the implosion of the US economy, the beginning of international recognition that US wars are obviously unlawful while the US rejects peace offers from Iran to escalate rhetoric to add that country to the list we madly attack, US refusal to prosecute or end obvious torture, stripping rights and torturing US citizens on the flimsiest of claims, and more, Congressman Paul is right.

Jan 14 17:05

Ansel Herz in Haiti, Haitians helping each other

Ansel Herz Reports from Haiti; Jeremy Dupin Reportedly Fine
January 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm
By Al Giordano
You can listen to Ansel in this audio interview with PBS taken today for an on-the-ground account of the situation outside a UN Peacekeeping Forces base outside of Port-au-Prince describing the scene, as well as what he has seen and heard in his reporting. He says that he had been told last night not to venture downtown, that there could be "violence and theft," but Ansel went anyway and reports he saw no such thing: "Haitians are banding together as best as they can to help each other."
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/01/reporter-in-port-au-prince...

Jan 14 15:14

Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter caught in online sex sting

Scott Ritter, who served as chief weapons inspector in Iraq, told a 15-year-old girl he wanted to have sex with her and also filmed himself carrying out a sex act on a webcam.

But instead of talking to a teenage girl, he was in contact with an undercover police officer in an online chatroom seeking out child predators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very stupid, Scott, especially when you know you are a target.

Jan 14 15:06

How the White House Used Jonathan Gruber’s Work to Orchestrate the Appearance of Broad Consensus

On the 29th Nancy-Ann DeParle, head of the very White House Office of Health Reform that Gruber was hired to consult for, posted perhaps the most misleading column of all on the White House blog:

"MIT Economist Confirms Senate Health Reform Bill Reduces Costs and Improves Coverage"

She identified Gruber as an “MIT Economist who has been closely following the health insurance reform process” who had “issued a compelling new report.” There was no acknowledgment that her very own White House office had commissioned Gruber’s work.

Jan 14 14:29

U.S. Intelligence Found Iran Nuke Document Was Forged

The absence of any date on the document also conflicts with the specificity of much of the information. The Times reported that unidentified "foreign intelligence agencies" had dated the document to early 2007, but gave no reason for that judgment.

An obvious motive for suggesting the early 2007 date is that it would discredit the U.S. intelligence community's November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which concluded that Iran had discontinued unidentified work on nuclear weapons and had not resumed it as of the time of the estimate.

Discrediting the NIE has been a major objective of the Israeli government for the past two years, and the British and French governments have supported the Israeli effort.

Jan 14 12:43

“Us” versus “them”: on the meaning of fascism

Roger Tucker considers the linguistic root, visual representation, usage and practise of fascism, and examines the circumstances under which the concept, “which is neither good nor bad in itself”, becomes malevolent. To illustrate, he looks at two contemporary examples of fascism: the USA and Israel.

”Fascism ... it is a social pathology and it can legitimately be considered humanity's most urgent public health problem. If enough people come to understand what the disease is and how to diagnose it, perhaps there will emerge a means to inoculate ourselves. At this point American and Jewish fascism appear to have converged into an aggressive pathological force that endangers humanity more than any such phenomenon in the past.”

Jan 14 09:33

THE A.D.L. vs. FAITH AND FREEDOM

How the ADL is working to destroy America

It is difficult to write about Jewish traitors, but I have the obligation to do so. My life as an American and a Jew is rooted in one miracle: individual liberty and freedom of speech and conscience. We are living in dangerous times, times when men of good will are afraid to speak out. There are some things you cannot say in America today.

I will say them anyway.

Jan 14 09:31

Help Haiti: The Unforgiven Country Cries Out

The relentlessly maintained, deliberately inflicted political and economic ruin of Haiti has a direct bearing on the amount of death and devastation that the country is suffering today after the earthquake. It will also greatly cripple any recovery from this natural disaster. As detailed below, Washington's rapacious economic policies have destroyed all attempts to build a sustainable economy in Haiti, driving people off the land and from small communities into packed, dangerous, unhealthy shantytowns, to try to eke out a meager existence in the sweatshops owned by Western elites and their local cronies.

Jan 14 07:48

Man gets through security with gun at MT airport

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that screeners at Gallatin Field near Bozeman inadvertently allowed a passenger with a firearm in his carryon luggage through security last month.

Jan 14 07:36

Meritocracy and Jewish kinship networks

But I’d like to inject a realistic note here. How much of Jewish achievement reflects the fact that Jews look out for one another? When I had to get a partner on this website to keep it going, I was most comfortable getting another Jew. Years ago when I was at the Harvard Crimson newspaper, my Irish-Catholic friend Mary Ridge informed me that it was a “Jewish club”–we selected for our own kind; and the Crimson produced a lot of professional journalism talent. I have gotten most of my journalism work from Jewish bosses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a valid point. During the antibellum south and even the reconstruction, popular myth held that whites were superior human beings because they held all the top positions in society. Now we know better. Whites held those dominant positions because whites were hiring whites for those top jobs, thereby reinforcing the myth of superiority.

There is no question that Jewish interests, as quick as they are to scream about discrimination if they feel kept out of the halls of power, show a clear bias and preference in hiring. It's discrimination when anyone does that to the Jews, but "empowerment" when they do it to anyone else. Toss in the morality of the Madoffs, and the illusion of superiority begins to melt to reveal a core of ruthless racism and the presumption of cultural
entitlement.

Jan 14 07:17

Astronauts' urine clogs space station water recycler

Engineers investigating a problem with the system, which processes urine into clean water for drinking, said they believed the cause for the back-up was a high concentration of calcium in the astronauts' urine.

"Folks had good knowledge of the content of the urine going in, but the chemistry changes as it works through the processor are not always understood," said Julie Robinson, a scientist working on the project. "There are a lot of parameters including urine calcium and pH (acidity) that everyone is looking at."

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MMMM. Are we REALLY sure that water is good to drink?

Jan 14 07:11

Your typical Muslim!

Jan 14 06:37

David Bratzer and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Have Fought in the Trenches of the War on Drugs and Want to End It

If you really want to know about a war, ask the soldiers on the ground. In the case of the four-decades-old War on Drugs, those soldiers would be the police officers charged with busting dealers and users. And, though they may not represent a majority within their profession, some cops are beginning to break ranks, to publicly question the wisdom and effectiveness of drug prohibition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drugs are kept illegal to keep them profitable.

See The Politics of Contraband (Clinton years)

Jan 14 06:20

Top Obama czar: Infiltrate all 'conspiracy theorists'

In a lengthy academic paper, President Obama's regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, argued the U.S. government should ban "conspiracy theorizing."
Among the beliefs Sunstein would ban is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.
Sunstein also recommended the government send agents to infiltrate "extremists who supply conspiracy theories" to disrupt the efforts of the "extremists" to propagate their theories.

Jan 13 19:21

Judgment begins: Dutch govt declares Iraq war unlawful in first "Emperor has no clothes" report

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You’ll be so embarrassed in the near future if you have to admit you never learned the laws of war to add your self-expression to this “Emperor has no clothes” historical judgment of early 21st Century US history.

Imagine telling your children and grandchildren, “Nope. I just believed George Bush and then Obama. I didn’t think dying people in the Middle East worth my time to understand the issue clearly. That’s all the love I had in my heart, all the responsibility I carried for my citizenry, all the attention I had outside my little self.”

Ending mass-murder is something you want to do as soon as humanly possible.

Like now.

Jan 13 19:01

Iraq, Iran, and the CIA: Carl Herman interview by Jim Fetzer, editor of Assassination Science

hyperlinks live at source:

Marine Corp Captain (ret.), professor emeritus, author, editor of Assassination Science and pioneer of research into the assassination of JFK, early advocate to apply the rigor of science to the analysis of what really happened with the attacks of 9/11, and host of “The Real Deal” of Revere Radio, Dr. Jim Fetzer, interviewed me for two hours discussing unlawful US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the prospect for war with Iran, and related topics. The interview is here.

Jan 13 11:50

The screw turns tighter still on Gaza

Jonathan Cook assesses the significance of new Israeli missile systems designed to shoot down short-range rockets. He argues that the real significance lies in the fact that Israel is tightening the screw even further on Gaza and sending warning signals to the West Bank in order to force a total Palestinian submission.

”The increasing isolation of Gaza – and the ratcheting up of pressure – is designed to send a message to Gaza: that Hamas has nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from resisting Israel’s occupation, and that ordinary Gazans should turn their back on the Islamic movement.

Jan 13 11:49

Truth will prevail: Israel panicking as the truth catches up with it

Gilad Atzmon argues that a recent attempt by an Israeli minister to humiliate the Turkish ambassador is a sign that the Zionist entity is beginning to panic as an increasing number of countries begin to see the true nature of the entity.

Jan 13 11:39

Reach Out & Distrust Someone.

In addition to finding out that France is going to ban cellphones for children (and would like to make it illegal to sell them phones at all), scroll down and check out the other links – i reproduced a few after the summary.

In fact, according to Jean-Louis Borloo, Environment Minister for France, the government is planning to not only make it illegal to pitch cell phones "in a manner designed to appeal to children aged under twelve years,"; but if Borloo has his way, it will also be illegal to sell cellphones that are designed for the under 7 set.

Wherify Wherifone - Cell Phone with GPS Locator Lets You GPS Track Your Kids

More Electronic Babysitters for the Kids with Verizon's Chaperone, Tmobile kidConnect, and Disney Mobile Cell Phones and Service for Children

All AT&T, Verizon, and Alltel Analog Cell Phones Will Stop Working after February

Jan 13 10:21

10 Random Things That You Should Know About D.C.

You can read just about every policy and economics article in the past decade and still not get the complete picture of D.C. Some experiences can only be appreciated from the ground level by living in the metropolitan area itself. The point of this list is not to hit you with a bunch of statistics but just to give some day-to-day observations lending a closer look at our nation's capital.

Jan 13 09:35

Reality check: If China "liberated" US like we "liberated" Iraq, here’s how we would look

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How bad is the death and injury toll in Iraq since the US invasion? Let’s extrapolate the data from Iraq onto the US and see the effects. Imagine that China is playing the role of the US and the US is in Iraq’s position. Several areas of data might need updating; I welcome your suggestions for any improvement.

Jan 13 08:35

Who else but Fox News would have Sarah Palin?

Palin fits in totally at Fox – standing up for ignorance and stupidity.

Sarah Palin has signed a multiyear deal to work as a “contributor” to the Fox News Channel. Thing is, the number of people who watch Fox News in Canada is so tiny that it never even registers in the ratings here.

Jan 13 08:18

Pipeline Geopolitics: Major Turnaround. Russia, China, Iran Redraw Energy Map

We are witnessing a new pattern of energy cooperation at the regional level that dispenses with Big Oil. Russia traditionally takes the lead. China and Iran follow the example. Russia, Iran and Turkmenistan hold respectively the world's largest, second-largest and fourth-largest gas reserves. And China will be consumer par excellence in this century. The matter is of profound consequence to the US global strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a truly "game-changer" in the "Great Game" of energy dominance.

Jan 13 08:07

Millions More US Children in Poverty

The “Great Recession” of 2008 and 2009 has spread poverty to millions more US children, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institute. The report, “The Effects of the Recession on Child Poverty,” estimates that a large number of states witnessed marked increases in child poverty in 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, in what used to be a land of plenty and opportunity; and President Obama is asking for 33 billion more dollars with which to fight these illegal and immoral wars without end?!?

Since when did this country's kids become expendable?!?

Jan 13 07:43

India, China relations to worsen further

The Chinese military have been carrying out incursions into Indian side and its jet fighters have been violating the Indian airspace, especially along LAC in Indian administered Kashmir. Of late, the Chinese incursions and air space violations have witnessed manifold increase. On July 31, 2009, Chinese military had entered nearly 1.5 km deep inside into the Indian territory near Mount Gya in IaK and painted “CHINA” on boulders and rocks in red spray paint.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is encroaching on Indian border territory because it can, and India doesn't have the kind of military prowess necessary to fight back effectively.

The US is unlikely to be of any help with China right now, because it is defaulting on a huge loan from the Chinese government.

n/a
Jan 13 07:16

Obama will seek additional $33 billion for wars

The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned.

The administration also plans to tell Congress next month that its central military objectives for the next four years will include winning the current wars while preventing new ones and that its core missions will include both counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, with a population already taxed to death, where the blazes does the Obama administration think it's going to get this additional 33 billion dollars??

And secondly, what is their definition of "winning" the war in Afghanistan? The US and NATO forces can barely hold Kabul.

And the Taliban has developed governmental and judicial systems in parallel with that the Karzai regime which actually seem to be functioning, much to the chagrin of the current "official "government.

Jan 13 07:13

Tenth Amendment At Work : New Jersey Medical Marijuana

Let's quit beating around the bush so to speak and legalize this stuff along the tomato model expoused by Ed Rosenthal!

Jan 13 05:40

Federal Reserve Posts $52 Billion Profit For 2009

The world’s most powerful private bank, the Federal Reserve has posted a record profit for 2009 of $52 billion. The Fed says the record is due to profits made on investments which supposedly rescued the US economy from collapse...

Jan 13 01:56

TRANSLATED: Pakistani Op-Ed: "the US is taking out its anger on us"

...A flagrant violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, these strikes speak volumes about the Obama Administration's unilateralist policies and military adventurism resembling the situation in Afghanistan where thousands of civilians have been crushed to death so far, thanks to a joystick controlled thousands of miles away in the US and raining missiles on a hapless population. Since the first strike in Damodola back in 2006, countless Pakistani civilians have lost their lives. Just the previous year, reports have it that around 700 people were killed in 44 strikes, only five of which had hit actual targets. What the US falsely reports as militants' compounds usually turn out to be houses belonging to innocent families having no connection with extremists.

Jan 12 19:52

Thousands feared dead as huge earthquake destroys UN headquarters in Haiti

Thousands of people were feared dead after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti last night, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic.

The United Nations headquarters was one of scores of buildings that were toppled, including the presidential palace,government buildings and a cathedral. Roads and bridges also lay in ruins.

Jan 12 18:46

Explaining parasitic US economics: Carl Herman radio interview by George Berry on GCN

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For those better served through auditory communication, today I discussed our economic condition and solutions on Genesis Communication Network’s show, "Crash! Are you ready?” with host, economist George Whitehurst Berry.

The interview is here; at 40 minutes when commercials are forwarded.

For a written explanation that covers most of our problems with extensive links documenting solutions, click here.

Jan 12 15:37

Too Many Dots, Too Many Enemies

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, let's keep it simple; Who HASN'T the United States pissed off?

Jan 12 14:08

Jewish settlers flood Palestinian neighbours with sewage

The authorities in the illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, which is built on stolen Palestinian land, regularly open their sewage tanks on to the farmlands of the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen, ruining crops, contaminating the water table and posing a serious health threat to villagers.

The video is from 2008 but this is still happening today!

Jan 12 10:31

NC port closed after containers are punctured

Officials shut down a North Carolina port and urged people to leave the area Tuesday after nine containers with highly explosive materials [PETN] were punctured.

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If they had detonated, presumably the blast would be blamed on Iranian/Yemeni/Somali/Al Qaeda terrorists.

Jan 12 09:20

Mark Pittman Remembered

Bloomberg News reporter Mark Pittman predicted the subprime mortgage crisis, timed the stock market decline of 2008-09 and took on the Federal Reserve. He died Nov. 25, 2009, at the age of 52.
Jan 11 21:37

85,000 lose jobs in Dec.; US govt. could hire for infrastructure, education, but chooses poverty

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Over four million Americans lost jobs in 2009, with December adding 85,000 to this unnecessary economic and social tragedy. Unemployment is falsely claimed at 10%; it doesn’t count those forced into part-time jobs and those “discouraged” who do not regularly submit new job applications. Including those categories is how unemployment was measured in the Great Depression. Adding those categories today puts unemployment at 22%; worse than all years of the Great Depression except for 1932 and 1933 at 24.9% and 23.6%.

Jan 11 16:12

George H.W. Bush Heckled in Restaurant

This clip is only 29 seconds long but it is 29 seconds of courageous invective spewed at Bush. Now if we only had another few thousand people do the same thing....

Jan 11 13:46

US injustice and arbitrariness as sources of terrorism

Paul J. Balles argues that post-9/11 arbitrariness and blind revenge by the USA lay behind acts of counter-vengeance by Al-Qaeda and likeminded groups, the latest of which was the attempt by a Nigerian man to bomb an American airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

”What was the post-9/11 madness but blind revenge? What were the lockups at Guantanamo but revenge? What is joining Al Qaeda but revenge? Is revenge a legitimate response to an attack on America? Why isn't it equally appropriate for those who have suffered sadistic American brutality?”

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