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CURRENT EVENTS

Jan 23 21:10

Raw Story: Pentagon's terror 'recidivism' claims blasted as 'propaganda'

Ever wonder how many of President Bush's terror war detainees were released, only to "return to the fight"?

"Their numbers have changed from 20, to 12, to seven, to more than five, to two, to a couple, to a few, 25, 29, 12, and then 24," quoted Keith Olbermann on Thursday's edition of Countdown.

Jan 23 19:28

Olympic security boss puts protesters on notice

Unlawful' actions will be met with swift response, RCMP assistant commissioner warns, as activists vow to take on 'two-week circus'

VANCOUVER — The head of security for the 2010 Winter Olympics is warning protesters to think twice about plans to disrupt activities at the Games.

Jan 23 15:06

New plane crash video released

Authorities release new video of a US Airways plane seconds after it made an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River.

...but 9/11 Pentagon crash videos are kept under wraps.

Jan 23 09:43

Microsoft Cuts Hit Home in City That Loves $1,599 Carbon Bikes

Peter Robison | Bloomberg.com | Fri- Jan 23, 2009

[...] For older employees, the $1,599 carbon-fiber Scattante CFR is a top seller, [the bike-store owner] said.

Jan 23 00:10

Obama appoints key hotspot envoys

US President Barack Obama has named his two key envoys - to the Middle East, and Pakistan and Afghanistan.

George Mitchell, who negotiated an end to Northern Ireland's Troubles, has been charged with moving forward the Middle East peace process.

Jan 23 00:07

Obama orders Guantanamo halt

Jan 22 21:56

What caused the financial crisis in the US?

Back in 1971, the USA printed and spent far more paper money than they could cover by gold. When the French demanded redemption of their dollar holdings in gold, the USA discovered that they could not honour the debt, thus committing an act of bankruptcy. So the USA went to the Saudis to cut a deal - we’ll keep you in power, no mater what you do, as long as OPEC denominate all sales of oil in US dollars (which was termed as Petrodollar). The deal was done.

Jan 22 20:12

Mystery Prison Buses in the Desert

By Ellen Brown

On a recent visit to Tucson, Arizona, where I was invited to give a presentation on monetary reform, I was disturbed by a story of strange goings on in the desert. A little over a year ago, it seems, a new industrial facility sprang up on the edge of town. It was in a remote industrial zone and appeared to be a bus depot. The new enterprise was surrounded by an imposing security fence and bore no outward signs identifying its services. However, it soon became apparent that the compound was in the business of outfitting a fleet of prison buses. Thirty or so secondhand city buses were being reconfigured with prison bars in the windows and a coat of fresh paint bearing the “Wackenhut G4S” logo on the side.

Jan 22 14:41

Housekeeper and Taxes Said to Derail PRINCESS CAROLINE'S SENATE SEAT Bid

DANNY HAKIM and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Wed- Jan 22, 2009 | New York Times

ALBANY — Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate [...]

Jan 22 04:14

Barack Obama could visit Russia in April

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. President Barack Obama could pay a visit to Moscow in April, a Russian business daily said on Thursday, citing a source close to the U.S. State Department.

Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S. on Tuesday in Washington, becoming the country's first African-American head of state.

According to the source quoted by Kommersant, Obama will set off for his first European tour in April and is to visit London on April 2 to participate in the G20 summit, and meet for the first time with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Jan 21 18:21

Limbaugh: I Fear Obama’s Repeal Of Bush-Era Secrecy Rules ‘Make It Easier’ To Hold Bush To Account

What I’m afraid of is what Obama’s done here is made the gathering of the information for this kind of stuff– This is not American. This is not America. This is not what America does. We don’t– This is Banana Republic kind of stuff.

Jan 21 06:14

The Economy, Obama's Race to Lose | Obama to be led around by his nose on economy

Obama Starts ‘Remaking America' by Tackling Banks, Afghanistan

Ken Fireman and Edwin Chen | Bloomberg.com | Wed-Jan 21, 2009

The plunge in bank stocks yesterday added pressure on Obama to take quick action as he meets with his economic advisers today. While full details of a bank rescue haven’t been settled yet, people familiar with the deliberations said the package is likely to include a $50 billion-plus program to forestall foreclosures, fresh injections of capital into the banks and steps to deal with toxic assets clogging lenders’ balance sheets.

Stimulus Package

The plan for the banks may be twinned with an $825 billion economic-stimulus bill being negotiated with Congress.

Jan 21 03:29

More Americans Joining Military as Jobs Dwindle

As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.

Jan 20 08:59

LIVE COVERAGE

Jan 20 08:16

Obama Optimism Pathetic Hobbledehoy

CNBC News | 20 Jan 2009 | Inauguration Day

Stocks Skid as Banks Take a Beating

Big banks dragged down the Dow, with Bank of America [BAC 6.00 -1.18 (-16.43%), Citigroup [C 3.13 -0.37 (-10.57%) and JPMorgan [JPM 20.35 -2.47 (-10.82%) all down more than 10 percent.

Bank of America may slash as many as 4,000 jobs in its capital-markets unit, the Financial Times reported.

Jan 19 15:51

Eating the Rich, Tasty!

Welcome to the golden age of schadenfreude.
By Vanessa Richmond
Published: January 14, 2009

Mmmm, schadenfreude. Is there anything more delicious at this point of an economic cycle?

Why? At this point, doesn't everyone know at least one good, honest, hard working person who's lost a job or at least suffered a downturn? And though because economic forces are complex, it's impossible to blame just a few individuals, it's also almost impossible not to feel some satisfaction about the plight of a multi-billionaire who now has to fly economy instead of in the private leer jet. Poor thing. See -- I started out trying to explain the phenomenon and ended up relishing a rich person's misfortune. Hands up if you didn't enjoy it, too. (Bernie Madoff and his investors, put your hands down).

Jan 19 07:48

Video of the recent meteor from Europe

This footage is capture from a security cam in Sweden. People in Denmark, Germany and Poland have seen it, too. This is real. They say it was a meteorite. Some claim it must have come down in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Germany.

Jan 19 04:46

And again, this is somehow supposed to be a good thing?

BBC News | In Pictures | Mon, Jan 19, 2009

In pictures: We Are One concert

Jan 19 04:13

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning
For the victims of future wars, and for our old republic
by Justin Raimondo

When Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated, he sought to dismantle the evolving Federalist tradition of pomp and circumstance. In a ceremonial sense, royalism seemed to have been restored, or so it seemed to him. As this blogger put it, "Dressed in simple attire, Jefferson walked over to the Capitol with a phalanx of riflemen, friends, and fellow citizens from his home state of Virginia."

Jan 18 08:24

Betraying the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Infusing the dreams and ethos of Dr. King in to the presidential persona demands a confluence of ideals and actions to truly deserve the association. To betray the dream, to profit from the sacrifice is to insult the legacy. To be worthy of the torch demands integrity.

Jan 17 20:18

Why it was time for a Dem in the oval office

The shadow government that controls both parties makes equal use of Democrats and Republicans. They need to continue to show some small degree of difference between the parties, to maintain the illusion of choice on election day. These small differences are played up as much as possible, while the huge areas of agreement are ignored.

People with a conscience generally see the Dems as the good guys and the Repubs as the bad guys. This is a particularly useful fiction at this point in history because so many progressives were distraught to the point of despair about the Bush administration. Some reason needed to be held out for hope, and indeed Obama's main theme was hope.

Jan 17 15:26

Illegal Aliens Will Have Access to New SCHIP Expansion, Smokers to Pay For It

So let me get this straight, in order to provide healthcare to the children of families who already have healthcare, the Democrats want to impose a tax that will disproportionally hurt the poorer families. Yeah, that makes sense.

Jan 17 14:44

"A Radical Revolution of Values": Dr. King's Most Important Speech

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

No, it's not the "I Have A Dream" speech most people associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ceremoniously trot out every year as we commemorate his birthday. These words are from a King speech largely ignored by mainstream commentators who are content to pigeonhole him as a "slain civil rights leader," as though his Nobel Prize was awarded solely for his civil rights efforts.

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Jan 17 05:55

Glenn Greenwald: Establishment Washington unifies against prosecutions

The Washington Post's David Ignatius today does what he does best: serve as the spokesman for the Washington establishment's most conventional wisdom in a way that really illuminates what it is:

To underscore the message, Obama indicated that he would oppose retrospective investigations of wrongdoing by the CIA and other agencies, arguing: "When it comes to national security, what we have to focus on is getting things right in the future, as opposed [to] looking at what we got wrong in the past." This is the kind of realism that will disappoint liberal score-settlers, but it makes clear that Obama has a grim appreciation of the dangers America still faces from al-Qaeda and its allies.

Jan 16 11:46

Healthcare For All Far Less Than the Wall Street Bailouts

First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy with 2.6 Million New Jobs, $317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Jan 15 20:34

How to Steal Billions in Plain View: Bernanke’s Robber Banks

The Federal Reserve is living up to its purpose, which is to enrich bankers at the expense of everyone else.

Jan 15 14:10

Ukraine wants $US 700 million worth of gas to resume transit

It is little known that the country of Ukraine contains much of the storage and trasmission infrastructure that feeds NG from Russian (GazProm) gas fields to European customers.

This story confirms that it is the Ukraine that is holding up NG from being supplied to Europe. Holding Europe hostage while the western MSM is vilifying Russian and Putin.

Jan 15 10:45

Rewriting the First Draft of History

Seeing as how we currently find ourselves hurtling along this downhill run towards new history - the countdown to the day America has itself a president named Obama can be measured in hours instead of days or weeks now - it seems an appropriate moment to pause and reflect on a bit of older history we've already passed through. I'm not talking about any kind of ancient history, mind you. For the purposes of this reflection, we need only take a small leap backwards in time, just six short years ago.

We all passed through the little slice of history that began to take shape in the early months of 2003, and we all remember that time in our own way. Today, however, there is a great deal of effort being expended to make sure this bit of history is remembered differently than how it really happened. An even better result for those exerting this effort would be if this bit of history were not remembered at all. That may, in fact, be their ultimate goal.

Jan 15 07:35

'Working, what's the point?' What the bailout surge and socialism do to the future.

Paula Dear | BBC News | Jan 15, 2009

With redundancies rising and vacancies shrinking, unemployment is back in the headlines. But for millions it never went away. One young couple on unemployment benefits explain how being out of work affects their lives.

Carl, 24, and Lauren, 20, have been together for nearly a year. They are both unemployed and receive benefits.

Lauren has been out of work for a year, and Carl for three years. They live in a deprived former mining village in the north of England where - a generation or two down the line from the pit closures - unemployment levels remain high.

Jan 14 20:43

The global warming cabal

Hillary Clinton says that, unless something is done, global warming could spark food and resource shortages and wars. According to Senator John Kerry she is one of the first to recognize that global warming is an “unambiguous security threat”.

Jan 14 20:38

Desperate Times Call For More Secrecy

In what should be a shock to absolutely no one, the Bank of England decided yesterday to move away from transparency and shroud itself in even more secrecy.

Jan 13 17:25

Bush gives Blair highest US civilian honour

George Bush presented Tony Blair with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honour awarded to civilians in the United States, at a ceremony at the White House today.

Hmmm...I wonder why.

Jan 13 17:24

Bush gives Blair highest US civilian honour

George Bush presented Tony Blair with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honour awarded to civilians in the United States, at a ceremony at the White House today.

Hmmm...I wonder why.

Jan 12 08:20

Bush defends presidency in final news conference

In a nostalgic farewell news conference, Bush recalled the start of his own presidency, called Obama "a smart, engaging person" and said he wishes his successor all the best.

As for his own presidency, Bush defended his decisions on the Iraq war, the issue that will define his presidency like no other. There have been over 4,000 U.S. deaths since the invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Bush referred to the enormous weight Obama is about to experience, describing what it might feel like on Jan. 20 when, after taking the oath of office, he enters the Oval Office for That will be the major threat," Bush said, putting the risk of another attack over the dire economic problems now facing the nathe first time as president. "There'll be a moment when the responsibility of the president lands squarely on his shoulders," Bush said.

Jan 11 07:21

Five Somali pirates drown as they squabble over their $3million ransom

Five Somali pirates drowned when a wave washed off their getaway boat as they squabbled over over how to split their $3 million ransom.

The ransom had been paid to the pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.

The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images - and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.

Jan 10 14:12

BART murder/riot indicates planned violence

Jan 8, 2009 1:38 pm US/Pacific
Inside The Oakland Riot: A First-Hand Account
Eye On Blogs: Post Your Comments, Reactions To Joe's Riot Account

OAKLAND (CBS 5) --
You've heard of a mob mentality. Well, I've just seen it in action.
Wednesday night's riot in Oakland developed quickly like a spark into a wildfire, and I was right in the middle of it.
It started with a peaceful demonstration at the Fruitvale BART station. Hundreds of demonstrators carried signs, shouted into megaphones and voiced their opinions.
Suddenly, a large segment of the crowd started walking off.

"Suddenly, a protester pointed at a police car. Someone started cursing at the officers who were standing behind it. The crowd surged. They rolled up a dumpster and set it on fire. It escalated. Someone else threw rocks; breaking the windshield. Traffic piled up and officers started shouting to the drivers, "Roll up your windows!"

Jan 09 17:54

Veterans Issues - Please take a moment to read this ...

Please take a moment to read some of the info contained at the 'Courage to Resist' .org website. Why are our veterans so important when they are in a combat zone and so forgotten when they return home?

"By Benji Lewis. January 1, 2009

I am Benji Lewis. I deployed to Iraq twice in 2004 and 2005 and was discharged honorably in 2007. Recently I have been involuntarily activated from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) by the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an activation that I have been publicly refusing."

Please check out:

http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/

LIVE FREE OR DIE

Jan 09 09:36

NYPD Wants to Jam Cell Phones During Terror Attack

The New York Police Department wants to be able to shut down cell phones, in case of a terrorist attack.

During last month's massacre in Mumbai, terrorist handlers over micromanaged via mobile phone the assaults on the hotels, train stations, and Jewish center that killed more than 170 people.

In testimony today before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (pictured) said he wanted to take out that "formidable capacity to adjust tactics while attacks are underway."

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Jan 08 15:31

Why Can't Big Oil Match Hugo Chávez?

Why Can't Big Oil Match Hugo Chávez?
By Tim Padgett Wednesday, Jan. 07, 2009

Four years ago, Hugo Chávez scored one of the more impressive p.r. coups of the new century when he started delivering free heating oil to low-income Americans. Even if it was political opportunism, as conservative critics insisted, it got home-heating fuel to hundreds of thousands of yanquis during the past four winters, when the price was often skyrocketing. On Monday, however, with world oil prices plunging, the Venezuelan President decided to suspend his large-scale, multistate U.S. program in order to tend to financial concerns at home. Then on Wednesday, at the urging of U.S. politicians whose constituents had come to rely on the oil, Chávez reversed himself and said the heating oil would keep flowing this winter.
All of which raises the question: If Chávez can keep donating fuel even as his oil revenues tumble, why can't any U.S. oil companies step up to do the same?

Jan 08 05:15

Predictions Save your candles – the Dark Ages are coming by Justin Raimondo

A new year, and a new president – plenty of grist for my prediction mill, or, at least, for the obligatory January "predictions" column. Not that there's anything special, really, about it: all punditry is prediction, in an important sense. Every time a writer advocates a particular policy or decries another, the author is predicting a certain outcome, good or bad. The question is, which policies will win out in the battle of ideas? As we look at the incoming administration, especially in the context of trends that have been building over time, a certain scenario begins to emerge, with the first act unfolding on the domestic stage.

Jan 06 20:55

A Jewish Defector Warns America

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to hear a very frightening speech. This speech is an explanation of the plans now being laid to throw the United States into a third world war.

Jan 06 18:58

"What are you doing here?": man asks wife at brothel

A Polish man got the shock of his life when he visited a brothel and spotted his wife among the establishment's employees.

Polish tabloid Super Express said the woman had been making some extra money on the side while telling her husband she worked at a store in a nearby town.

"I was dumfounded. I thought I was dreaming," the husband told the newspaper on Wednesday.

The couple, married for 14 years, are now divorcing, the newspaper reported.

Jan 06 07:35

POLL - Who do you support ? Israel VS Palestine

Fight the propaganda war!
The site is being attacked by unhappy people. Keep trying if the server is down.

Jan 05 23:23

Russian carrier to train near Greece

I was wondering why those undercover cops were infiltrating the Greek rioters, inciting the demonstrators during the recent street protests in Greece.

Jan 05 21:21

New video shows BART officer shooting Hayward man in the back

While the man is lying face down on the ground, one officer appears to be seen pulling out a gun and firing a single shot into his back.

Jan 05 20:36

The Credit Crunch that Isn't -- Another Political Fast One

What is at work is another political "fast one" to rationalize and justify the growth of the interventionist-welfare state.

Jan 05 14:18

Obama picks Panetta for CIA director

Leon Panetta was Bill Clinton's chief of staff and Iraq Study Group member.

Jan 05 07:13

Britain in grip of longest cold snap for 10 years

Britain is in the grip of the longest cold snap for more than 10 years as forecasters predict another week of freezing temperatures.

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Jan 04 12:42

Richardson to withdraw as Commerce nominee

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

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Jan 03 20:06

Bush chuckers target shoe discount

A Chinese shop is giving discounts to customers who hit an image of George Bush by throwing shoes.

Jan 03 14:40

Not everyone can be a Rivero, or a Rense

I don't have much influence, but I am making an effort at Yahoo forums. I have quite a few, besides the ones shown below. I used to be brain-blind about Israel,too. I use my own graphics for impact, so they include a lot of info. I am currently using a graphic from rense. com, because it says so much. I don't know if it is really allowable, so it may not get to stay. I am ashamed of the lack of US Christian voices, but I know they are as generally brain-washed by US Zionist-dominated media as are US Jews themselves by their own media. Be glad, those who have been freed from gov/edu/media/church/synagogue propaganda bondage. Everyone is vulnerable to being seduced by slick, and continual mis-representation. And "they" never stop the attack!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/us_israel_crimes/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christian_zionists_deceived/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/explicitly_exposing_the_msm/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/water_walkers/?yguid=225298015

Jan 03 10:49

Oregon to Penalyze Good Gas Mileage

The state of Oregon is apparently piloting a program in which drivers will be taxed according to how many miles they drive, rather than how much fuel they buy. Compared to the status quo, this effectively penalizes hybrids and rewards vehicles that get bad gas mileage.

Jan 02 21:06

False Diagnosis of Deflation

My conclusion is that the USFed and the Federal Reserve Banks themselves are orchestrating a collapse of sorts for the USEconomy. Their purpose is unknown, but if the Great Depression Era is any teacher, this elite group of banksters harbors great lust for consolidated power.

Jan 02 19:23

Icicle sculpture created by cars

It has been created by cars splashing through a puddle and shooting water on to the branches of a tree.

As the water ran off it created scores of icicles and has formed an ice sculpture.

The 10 foot-high icicles were created on the outskirts of Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

They are a beautiful reminder of just how cold the start to the year has been.

Jan 02 12:13

Another Year of Oppression

At the end of this month, we'll usher in a Democratic president who will join a Democratic Congress -- a wholesale guarantee that this single-party control over the federal government will only result in further growth of the state.

Jan 02 09:02

US is the World’s Number One Sponsor of World Terrorism

In a ‘manual’ which is officially to be released only to ’students from foreign countries on a case-by-case basis only’, the US Army outlines a program of what it now calls ‘irregular warfare’, in fact US state sponsored terrorism, insurgency, and PSYOPS.

Jan 01 18:01

San Francisco: Man fatally shot by BART police officer

BART officials said officers were responding to the station at about 2 a.m. after the operations control center reported an altercation aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

The train arrived at Fruitvale and passengers began getting on and off.

The victim was shot on the platform when a BART police officer's firearm discharged, Allison said. The critically injured man was taken to Highland Hospital where he died this morning, the Alameda County Coroner's Office said.

While witness accounts reported by news organizations indicate Grant was on the ground and handcuffed when he was shot...

Dec 30 21:59

Former drug officer launches 'KopBusters' TV show

'KopBusters' is a reality TV program that aims to sink crooked officers.

Dec 30 00:08

Tens of Thousands Protest Facebook Ban of Breastfeeding Photos

A photo of a baby breastfeeding is obscene, says Facebook, and it has banned all breastfeeding photos on its social networking website. Photos of babies drinking melamine-contaminated infant formula out of Bisphenol-A plastic baby bottles, however, are perfectly acceptable.

Dec 30 00:05

For the Love of Chrysler

Chrysler decided to use $100,000 of taxpayer money to buy a full-page "Thank You" ad in USA Today.

Dec 29 21:50

"The Revolution: A Manifesto' Amazon Most Loved Book of the Year

Ron Paul's seminal book on the princples of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, sound money and peace, has been rated Amazon's "Most-Loved" book of the year.

Dec 29 17:00

Bristol Palin Welcomes Baby Boy "Tripp"

The baby's name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, according to Jones

Dec 27 22:45

John Edison, Jr: Victim of Lies, Perjury, and Corruption

After being smeared as a rapist in the media, extricated from friends and family, and forced to miss more than three months of school, Edison faced 51 years in a penitentiary for a crime he not only didn't commit, but one that police and prosecutors almost certainly knew he couldn't possibly have committed but pursued anyway.

Dec 27 21:30

The Federal Reserve Plan: Steal the Value of Your Money and Give It to Banks

Banks devalue all existing money when they create new money. They reduce its purchasing power. Devaluing everyone else's money is a form of theft, because the new money banks created obtains the purchasing power that the other money has lost.

Dec 27 16:37

Selling more bailouts and the death of us all too.

The Week in Review | Debt Sweat | Printing Money – and its Price | PETER S. GOODMAN | New York Times | Dec 27, 2008

So it may seem perverse that in this new era of reckoning — with consumers finally tapped out, government coffers lean and banks paralyzed by fear — many economists have concluded that the appropriate medicine is a fresh dose of the very course that delivered the disarray: Spend without limit. Print money today, fret about the consequences tomorrow. Otherwise, invite a loss of jobs and business failures that could cripple the nation for years.

Dec 27 01:25

Oahu Suffers Major Power Outage

Honolulu Suffers Major Power Outage as Obama Visits
By Vanessa Kaneshiro / Honolulu Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008

Dec 26 16:24

Thousands injured trying to open plastic packaging

What you need to know about opening clamshell plastic packaging:

- Always clear the area of people
- Use heavy duty, utility scissors with blunt tips
- Wear protective gloves to protect both hands
- Always cut away from yourself
- Don’t use your legs to keep the product stable; you may end up inflicting serious injury to yourself.

Dec 26 15:30

Iranians hold shoe-throwing contest in capital's university

Iranians in the capital were invited to throw their shoes at a poster of U.S. President George Bush after the country's traditional Friday Muslim prayers were over. The event was held at Tehran University.

Dec 25 16:32

Perseverance gets toys to the Pine Ridge reservation

This is the Christmas that almost wasn't for about 500 children on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

A truck filled with toys broke down about halfway along its 480-mile journey from Omaha. The driver climbed out and made some calls but found no help. So he smacked this and pushed that and, somehow, the engine started back up.

Dec 25 16:28

Room at the inn: Hyatt in downtown Dallas welcomes the homeless

Participants are given a night in a warm, clean room at the Hyatt. They get new clothes and time to shower before an afternoon banquet. Later, Pizza Hut and Chick-Fil-A provide dinner and snacks for the men and women in their rooms.

Dec 23 22:53

Amtrak trains delayed by bitter cold, snowstorms

On one of the biggest travel days of the year, hundreds of Amtrak passengers bound for holiday destinations hunkered down in waiting rooms - some for nearly 24 hours - as snowstorms and Arctic cold delayed their trains and disrupted other Christmas traffic.
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Humans just have to be responsible for this. They're upsetting our plan for carbon taxing. We'll have to have cold tax too! -- Al Bore

Dec 23 22:50

Woman linked to Ohio corruption probe found dead in home

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman linked to a corruption investigation in Cuyahoga County has been found dead in her home in Cleveland.

Dec 22 18:06

Malaysian minister's praise for man who threw shoes at President Bush

Despite his country's close relationship with the United States, Rais Yatim's government has always opposed the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

Now Mr Rais has talked in laudatory terms about Muntadar al-Zeidi, whom he called "that remarkable reporter who gave President Bush his final farewell last week".

He went on to say: "That shoe-throwing episode, in my view, is truly the best weapon of mass destruction to the leader who coined the phrase 'axis of evil' to denote Iran, Iraq and North Korea."

Dec 22 18:03

Bush shoe-thrower 'tortured into writing letter of apology'

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush was tortured into writing a letter of apology, his brother said today.

Muntazer al-Zaidi was wrestled to the ground after throwing his shoes during a news conference held by the US president and the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, on 14 December.

The investigating judge in the case said last week that Zaidi, who will stand trial on 31 December, was beaten around the face and eyes. Zaidi's brother, Uday, said the journalist suffered worse injuries, including a missing tooth and cigarette burns to his ears, and would sue.

Dec 22 18:02

Stampede for 'Bush shoe' creates 100 new jobs

Their deployment as a makeshift missile robbed President George Bush of his dignity and landed their owner in jail. But the world's most notorious pair of shoes have yielded an unexpected bonanza for a Turkish shoemaker.

Ramazan Baydan, owner of the Istanbul-based Baydan Shoe Company, has been swamped with orders from across the world, after insisting that his company produced the black leather shoes which the Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi threw at Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last Sunday.

Dec 22 11:49

Iraq shoe-thrower's brother says he'd do it again

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.

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Let's hope his aim is better the next time.

Dec 22 11:49

Iraq shoe-thrower's brother says he'd do it again

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.

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Let's hope his aim is better the next time.

Dec 21 20:01

Specially Prepared Obama Administration Propaganda to Clear Rahm Emanuel in Senate-Gate Inquiry.

Obama To Release Blago Report This Week
CBS News: Report Expected To Clear Rahm Emanuel, Transition Team Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2008 Some cowardly unattributed staff writer | CBS Interactive Inc. | All Rights Reserved.

Dec 21 06:37

A World Enslaved

Standing in New York City, you are five hours away from being able to negotiate the sale, in broad daylight, of a healthy boy or girl. He or she can be used for anything, though sex and domestic labor are most common. Before you go, let’s be clear on what you are buying. A slave is a human being forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. Agreed? Good.

Dec 20 18:49

Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel

BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich is legendary in Illinois political circles for not picking up the phone or returning calls, even from important figures like the state's senior senator, Dick Durbin.

But there was always one call Blagojevich regularly took, say his aides, and that was from Rahm Emanuel — his congressman, his one-time campaign adviser and, more recently — and troubling for Emanuel — one of his contacts with President-elect Barack Obama's transition staff.

Dec 20 13:01

Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid

Hedge funds will be allowed to borrow from the Federal Reserve for the first time under a landmark $200bn programme intended to support consumer credit.

Dec 20 10:44

DO YOU THINK THE RIOTS IN EUROPE WILL HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES?

Yes
70% (2646 votes)
No
19% (700 votes)
Not Sure
11% (418 votes)
Total votes: 3764
Dec 20 07:08

Kissinger Calls For New International System Out Of World Crises

Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger has repeated his routine call for a new international political order, stating that global crises should be seen as an opportunity to move toward a borderless world where national interests are outweighed by global necessities.

Speaking with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Kissinger cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster a new global order.

Dec 20 05:30

What is right with American Politics? Governor Rod Blagojevich, that's what.

Accused governor to fight charges

Saturday, 20 December 2008 | BBC

Scandal-hit Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has told reporters he is innocent of any crime and will not be resigning his position.

Mr Blagojevich was arrested last week and charged with attempting to "sell" Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Dec 19 13:55

NO SUNGLASSES THEME GETS A REBIRTH! 'They Live' Remake

Strike Entertainment is in talks to acquire rights to remake John Carpenter’s 1988 cult film They Live.

Dec 19 12:31

'Angel' of foreclosure defense bedevils lenders

Charney, a lawyer with the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid agency, is quickly developing a national reputation as a champion of homeowners facing foreclosure and a serious adversary for those attempting to take possession of those homes. Her encyclopedic knowledge of contract law, debt-collection practice, securitized mortgages, the trusts that hold them and the agreements that govern the trusts have put her at the forefront of the rapidly expanding specialty of foreclosure defense.

Dec 19 04:48

Mark Felt, Watergate's `Deep Throat,' dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Dec 18 08:21

Court sides with ACLU, strikes down Patriot Act gag provision

A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.

Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out. The letters, usually a demand for documents, or a notice that private records had been searched by government authorities, were criticized as a cover-all for FBI abuses.

Dec 17 19:31

Aretha Franklin to sing at inauguration

ASSOCIATED PRESS • December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Aretha Franklin will sing, Pastor Rick Warren will pray and Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello during President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

Dec 17 16:03

Monkeys turn on their trainer and beat him senseless with his own stick [pic]

"Who need shoes when you've got a stick?!"

Dec 17 05:49

The United States: A Country Without Mercy

The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate, among whom are those who have been wrongly convicted.

In the United States, the country with the largest prison population in the world, the number of wrongly convicted is very large. Hardly any felony charges are resolved with trials. The vast majority of defendants, both innocent and guilty, are coerced into plea bargains. Not only are the innocent framed, but the guilty as well. It is quicker and less expensive to frame the guilty than to convict them on the evidence.

Dec 16 05:25

Blagojevich Crime Spree, Not Really Illegal.

David Johnston | New York Times

Blagojevich legal hurdle: a crime, or just talk?

Tapes of Ill. governor discussing Senate pick may fall into a legal gray area

[...] some lawyers are beginning to suggest that the juiciest part of the case against Mr. Blagojevich, the part involving the Senate seat, may be less than airtight. There is no evidence, at least none that has been disclosed, that the governor actually received anything of value — and the Senate appointment has yet to be made.
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Dec 15 19:21

Jewish Charities Shut Down Following Madoff 'Ponzi Scheme' Wipeout

Jewish philanthropies wiped out by the Bernard Madoff "Ponzi scheme" are closing their doors, the latest victims of an alleged $50 billion investment scam whose fallout continues to shock investors.

The Chais Family Foundation, a California-based charity that distributed about $12.5 million annually, was forced to shut down after investing — and losing — all of its money with the one-time wizard of Wall Street.

Dec 14 16:55

Billions for Bankers - Nothing for Workers

$700 billion to bail out the financial industry! Actually, over $800 billion once they got done "sweetening" the bailout package. That is what the US Congress voted to allow Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to hand over to his Wall Street buddies, with virtually no oversight. And that was just for openers.

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