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Jan 31 04:59

THAT'S a ROBOT? (or, Red Tape Killed Her Nursing Career, But That Isn't All Roxxxy Can Do)

Lifelike Sexy Robot Girlfriend Talks Sports as Well as Having Sex with You

summary by Anne (praiseworthy and tireless) of The Internet Patrol.

The ultimate female robot has just hit the scenes. The Roxxxy robot - (not Roxxy robot or Roxy robot because, you see, "Roxxxy" is triple-X) - is one sexy robot girl. In fact, Roxxxy is a sex robot - which means that as girl robots go she is, well, the ultimate fantasy robot. And, indeed, for some the ultimate fantasy girlfriend. Not only does Roxxxy talk sports, respond to touch, and come with three ... er ... serviceable ports ... but she also sports five distinct personalities, ranging from 'Frigid Farrah' to 'Wild Wendy' (bad robot!) and everything in between - including a 'Mature Martha' and 'S&M Susan' (we kid you not). Want a topless robot? A bottomless robot? Roxxxy can be anything you want her to be!

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Hines says that initially he thought about creating a robotic home health care aide. “But there was tremendous regulatory and bureaucratic paperwork to get through. We were stuck. So I looked at other markets,” explains Hines.

Jan 30 22:20

Haiti detains Americans taking kids across border

Although I may not fully agree with this, there is merit to the fears of the people. After all, didn't we (USA) try to decimate their county a short 4-5 years ago?

As far as child trafficking--Why is israel onsite when a disaster occurs?

"B’Tselem says its fieldworkers gathered death certificates, photos, and testimonies relating to all 252 of the children."

Human Rights Group Exposes Israeli Atrocities?
http://www.midwestfreepress.com/2009/09/12/human-rights-group-exposes-...

Enough said about this putrid little israeli state that is our "ally."

Jan 30 17:29

UK's Jewish Chronicle warns Gordon Brown: safeguard Israeli war criminals or else

Gilad Atzmon comments on an editorial in Britain’s top Zionist newspaper in which the paper’s editor, Stephen Pollard, and its chief political editor, Martin Bright, appeared to be threatening British Prime Minister Gordon Brown with electoral defeat unless he restricts the application of universal jurisdiction to ensure that suspected Israeli war criminals can travel to the UK without risk of prosecution.

”In plain language the Jewish Chronicle is suggesting that Gordon Brown, as far as the Jews are concerned, is basically finished. I wonder how long it will take for the British people to wake up and say enough is enough? How long will it take before they say NO to Israeli and Zionist infiltration of their politics, laws and values?”

Jan 30 17:27

Barack Obama’s paralysis in the face of the Zionist lobby

Uri Avnery laments Barack Obama’s weakness and lack of leadership, as manifested in his failure to exercise leadership, invest political capital in a confrontation with the Israel and Christian-Evangelical lobbies in Congress and move forward by announcing a clear peace programme for the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Jan 30 15:48

In west Pasco, U.S. 19 becoming a retail ghost town

...This weekend marks a dismal business-related milestone for the corridor: Target closed its doors after 18 years on the strip, leaving another gaping hole in a shopping center prominently located near Gulf View Square mall. It was one of only four Targets in the country to close...

Jan 30 11:55

The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti

Behind the smoke, rubble and unending drama of human tragedy in the hapless Caribbean country, a drama is in full play for control of what geophysicists believe may be one of the world’s richest zones for hydrocarbons-oil and gas outside the Middle East, possibly orders of magnitude greater than that of nearby Venezuela.

Jan 30 11:45

Medicine running out at Haiti hospitals, clinics

Basic medical supplies such as antibiotics and painkillers are running dangerously low at some hospitals and clinics in Port-au-Prince, the capital, and in the countryside, alarming doctors who are struggling to keep up with demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US military presence in Haiti was strictly about humanitarian relief, this situation would not have happened.

Jan 30 11:26

What the TV doesn’t tell us about Haiti

The "globalisation" of capitalism, initiated in the 1980s and triumphant in the 90s, meant in the first place carte blanche to find places around the world to establish the most savage exploitation of the working class, without limits. China, with its miserable salaries and brutal super-exploitation, is the best example, but not the only one.

Jan 30 11:23

Obama's Outreach to Americans: Empty Rhetoric, Business As Usual

Obama's rhetoric hides a failed agenda he'll continue, serving capital and militarists, not people in dire need. He wants more business tax cuts and windfalls to stimulate growth and new jobs, repackaged Reaganomics that cost record numbers of job losses in the past two years, well over 500,000 in December alone based on the broader household survey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With this presidency, "change and hope" morphed into "shock and awe" faster than the speed of light!

Jan 30 11:04

Haiti in Desperate Need of Aid

Members of Haiti-Life.org , a grass roots organization chartering ships to take aid into the remote areas of southern Haiti, is reporting that conditions in Haiti are worsening as aid shipments are either being blocked by customs officials, or stored in warehouses in Port Au Prince, where there is yet insufficient infrastructure yet in place to distribute it. In Port Au Prince, where the majority of people still have no water and no food, frustrated Haitians are passing petitions to remove the current government. Tens of thousands of refugees from Port au Prince have also descended on the Southern Provinces, where groups of starving citizens are blocking roads in protest of the the aid bottleneck.

Jan 30 10:13

U.S. suspends medical evacuations from Haiti

The U.S. military said on Friday it has stopped flying Haitian earthquake victims to the United States for medical attention following concerns by some state governments about who will pay for the treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trillions for wars; but no money for desperately needed medical evacuations and treatment for badly hurt Haitians?!?

Welcome to the new Ameristan.

Jan 30 08:45

Trial dates set for chiefs in surrogate scandal case

TRIAL DATES have been set for two area police chiefs who stand accused of illegal activities stemming from a celebrity scandal involving a local surrogate mother.

The two law enforcement officials, along with local businessman Bruce Callarik, are accused of conspiring to obtain items from the home of a Martins Ferry woman who was the surrogate mother for acress Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To protect and to serve ...

Jan 30 08:43

Former Hopedale PD head appears on sex charges

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles, a former police chief made a second appearance in Harrison County Court yesterday afternoon.

Ron Bone Sr. who until Aug. 31 had served as the head of the Hopedale police force, sat before Judge Mark Beetham along with his court appointed attorney, Public Defender Adrian Pincola.

The 50-year-old had been arrested on Sept. 24 on two felony charges of having unlawful sexual conduct with a juvenile.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To protect and to serve...

Jan 30 08:22

Officer Errs, Uses Pepper Spray On Burning Man

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer said an officer who was attempting to help a man who had set himself on fire accidentally sprayed him with pepper spray.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To protect and to serve?

Jan 30 08:18

Rescue Worker Blasts Haitian Relief

From a friend that just got back from Haiti...

To All...

I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous Ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.

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USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water Flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and His wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to People trapped in the rubble.

Jan 30 07:43

We are the Government here to help

While 18oo rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID (another organization full of little OBamites and Communists who openly speak against America) These two organizations Exemplared their parochialism by:

USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water Flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and His wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to People trapped in the rubble.

Jan 30 07:18

We've Been Neo-Conned!

Great Ron Paul piece!

Jan 29 20:05

Blair admits "legal" basis for Iraq war an Orwellian lie; psychopathic monster then threatens Iran

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The UK Chilcot inquiry of the Iraq war previously disclosed unanimous legal opinion in the Foreign Office that the war is unlawful. Today former Prime Minister Tony Blair testified that he authorized war when his Attorney General “changed his mind” to embrace an "interpretation" of UN Security Council Resolution 1441 that any objective legal analysis definitively proves as an obvious Orwellian lie.

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Jan 29 17:02

Lobbyist charges $30,400 to ‘raise a glass’ with Pelosi

f you want to spend a couple hours hobnobbing with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, be prepared to pay up -- way up.

The price of admission? $5,000 for an individual, $15,000 for a representative of a political action committee, and $30,400 -- the maximum allowable donation -- for the privilege of being a co-host.

Read the admission form here.

Tony Podesta, along with his brother John, runs the Podesta Group, considered to be one of the most influential lobby groups in Washington. Among its clients are large defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon. In the medical industry, the Podesta Group represents Amgen, Novartis and RehabCare Group. The firm also works for such giants as Google and Walmart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Madame Speaker! It's really nice to know who owns your votes! :-)

Jan 29 16:24

Tucumcari fires police chief

Tucumcari has fired Police Chief Roger Hatcher, who was placed on paid leave earlier in the month.

Hatcher says the reasons given for his firing were weak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not counting 5the tasering of the girl in her head.

Jan 29 14:57

The Blair Iraq conspiracy is unravelling

Christopher King argues that Britain's Iraq Inquiry “appears now to be part of a general unravelling of the Blair conspiracy" and has underlined that UK politicians cannot be trusted. He says the lesson of Iraq lies not in whatever the inquiry might report but in the necessity for British people to take on oversight of the political process themselves.

Jan 29 13:51

Israel’s voice on Britain's Iraq Inquiry accuses critics of “anti-Semitism”

Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war has been dealt a severe blow by a pro-Israel activist on the inquiry committee who has given an interview to a Jewish settlers’ radio accusing his critics of “anti-Semitism”.

Jan 29 10:36

It's None of Your Business! Ron Paul on the trouble with the US census.

Keep in mind the survey is not voluntary, nor is the Census Bureau asking politely. Americans are legally obligated to answer, and can be fined up to $1,000 per question if they refuse!

I introduced an amendment last week that would have eliminated funds for this intrusive survey in a spending bill, explaining on the House floor that perhaps the American people don’t appreciate being threatened by Big Brother. The amendment was met by either indifference or hostility, as most members of Congress either don’t care about or actively support government snooping into the private affairs of citizens.

Jan 29 09:45

WHO IS APPEASING WHO? JUST AS THE WEST APPEASED NAZI GERMANY IN THE 1930s, SO IT APPEASES ZIONIST ISRAEL TODAY.

There’s been a lot of rhetoric from Israel and their neoconservative supporters over the years about ‘appeasing’ Iran in much the same way as Nazi Germany was appeased prior to the Second World War. The truth, however, is that it is not Iran that is being appeased at all, but Israel.

Jan 29 07:46

Biden: U.S. budget to seek nuclear funds increase

Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama's budget proposal will include $7 billion to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, which would be $600 million more than Congress approved last year.

Even in a time of tough budget decisions, these are investments we must make for our security. We are committed to working with Congress to ensure these budget increases are approved," Biden said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm ready to scream at the sheer insanity of these moves, and these statements.

Vice-President Biden, this is not an "investment" in US security. The "investments" we need to provide real security to our nation include fixing the national infrastructure (roads, bridges, ect.,) fixing our schools, (which for the most part are dysfunctional pre-prison detention holding pens), fixing our hospitals and health care in an intelligent and cost-effective way (Belgium has managed this, sir, why can't the US?), and bringing manufacturing back to this country.

THESE actions, taken together, will do more to protect our security than any bomb we develop, or produce, can do.

Oh, and the other measures we can take internationally would include: mandating international aid programs which actually reach the people for whom it was intended (our aid to Afghanistan right now is flooding in to Karzai and his minions' pockets), stop supporting tin-pot dictators who have absolutely no regard for the welfare of their people, and resolve our country's needs for energy with negotiated deals, and well-supported technical innovations not invasions.

These efforts, Vice-President Biden, will make our country truly safe.

If the true safety of this country was your highest priority, these are the steps you should be advocating.

Jan 29 07:32

Funds flee Greece as Germany warns of "fatal" eurozone crisis

Germany has triggered a near-panic flight from southern European debt markets by warning that there will be no EU bail-outs, even though it fears the region's economic crisis has turned dangerous and could prove "fatal" for the entire eurozone.

Jan 29 07:23

White House asks Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial

The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be willing to bet you one plugged and worthless American dollar that the trial will be closed to the public, and put into the most inaccessible place they can find.

The reason?!?

As reported in on April 19, 2009 in

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/04/18/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-was-waterboarded-183-times-in-one-month/

"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month"

But the sick torture didn't actually start there.

As reported on April 17, 2009 in

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/04/17/bush-torture-memos-align-with-account-that-911-suspects-children-were-tortured/

"At a military tribunal in 2007, the father of a Guantanamo detainee alleged that Pakistani guards had confessed that American interrogators used ants to coerce the children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed into revealing their father’s whereabouts."

So, there you have it. Torture is now an American institution. And the problem with torture, as we have known from the time of the Inquisition, generally gets the person being tortured to say anything the torturers want the tortured individual to say.

If this information is ever allowed into sworn testimony at this trial, the case against this guy will have absolutely no legs whatsoever.

And that's what terrifies certain people in state and federal government the most.

Jan 29 07:03

Taliban Conduct Commando Raid In Lashkar Gah

Raging gun battles have taken place between NATO-backed Afghan troops and well equipped insurgents who assaulted UN and government buildings in the city of Lashkar Gah...

Jan 28 20:44

The streets of Washington: Politics by day, Poverty by night

During the day, the streets of Washington DC are filled with the power brokers, lawmakers, and professionals who make the nation's capitol tick. But by night the city changes, and you might be surprised who takes over.

Jan 28 19:07

All 27 UK Foreign Affairs lawyers: Iraq war unlawful. Obama, politicians, US media: no response

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All the lawyers in the UK’s Foreign Affairs Department concluded the US/UK invasion of Iraq was an unlawful War of Aggression. Their expert advice is the most qualified to make that legal determination; all 27 of them were in agreement. This powerful judgment of unlawful war follows the Dutch government’s recent unanimous report and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s clear statements.

This stunning information was disclosed at the UK Chilcot inquiry by the testimony of Foreign Affairs leading legal advisor, Sir Michael Wood, who added that the reply from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office to his legal department’s professional work was chastisement for putting their unanimous legal opinion in writing.

Jan 28 15:50

Jewish settlers seek to recruit Indian immigrants to occupied territories

The Israeli government is reported to have quietly approved the fast-track immigration of 7,000 members of a supposedly “lost Jewish” tribe, known as the Bnei Menashe, currently living in a remote area of India.

”The Bnei Menashe belong to an ethnic group called the Shinlung, who number more than one million and live mainly in the states of Manipur and Mizoram, close to the border with Myanmar. They were converted from animism to Christianity by British missionaries a century ago, but a small number claim to have kept an ancient connection to Judaism.
 
“DNA samples taken from the Bnei Menashe have failed so far to establish any common ancestry to Jews.”

Jan 28 12:00

Freeze Frame: Flopsweat and Farce in the Hollow Halls of Power

But Obama is not "failing"; he is doing exactly what he set out to do: be the president. That's it. That's all he wanted to do. And he's doing it. The panic now emanating from the White House is not that of a man watching a chance to realize his deeply held ideals for a better world slipping away from him; it's just the flopsweat of a guy trying to stay perched on top of the greasy pole for another term.

Jan 28 11:40

Troops fire on starving crowds in Haiti

The total number of American military personnel in Haiti, including those on ships just offshore, rose to 15,400 by Tuesday. One third of these are soldiers on the ground in and around Port-au-Prince, with the bulk of them from the 82nd Airborne Division, an elite unit that specializes in combat, not logistical support.

A French reporter asked why US troops were controlling flights into the Port-au-Prince airport. Preval replied: "You need to run the airport, you need technical help and they offered it to us. I really can’t understand why the need for that is so difficult to accept."

Preval also announced that Haitian legislative elections, previously scheduled for February 28, would be postponed indefinitely.

Jan 28 11:36

Chicken Love On NYC Subway

YouTube Video Shows Man Kissing, Hugging Live Chicken
Seaton says only service animals and those in containers are permitted in the subway system.

Jan 28 11:21

Dump Truck Slams Footbridge

Oops.

Jan 28 10:57

Family evacuated due to naked man on roof

Cprl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department told the Orange County (Calif.) Register a man, his wife and a child were evacuated from their home Wednesday afternoon after freeway drivers contacted authorities regarding a naked man allegedly performing a sex act on a rooftop.

Jan 28 10:05

Your Retirement Plan Will Soon Become Washington's ATM Machine

Today over $15 trillion is sitting in tax-favored retirement plans, including $4 trillion in IRA accounts. Retirement savings make up 35% of all private assets. Washington is broke, the deficit is soaring and Congress simply can’t wait for Americans to retire so they can start taxing these funds. The politicians are tired of waiting; they need your money now.

Jan 28 09:00

The Holocaust Backfires By Gilad Atzmon

In the wake of the ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’ I will say it loudly and openly. To oppose the Jewish state and Jewish nationalism is the true meaning of the memory of the Holocaust. To say NO to Israel is to say NO to racism. This is what ethics and universalism are all about.

Jan 28 08:39

Law would keep FCC off low-power radio

The “Communications Freedom Act” would give stations that are not interfering with existing signals authority to broadcast without federal license.

Jan 28 08:13

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’

Deception is a common war-time tactic nations use to gain a leg up on their enemies, but as Wired notes, the Pentagon apparently believes the United States must begin engaging in strategic tricks even before it wages war against another country.

"Deception cannot succeed in wartime without developing theory and doctrine in peacetime," the DSB report reads. "In order to mitigate or impart surprise, the United States should [initiate] deception planning and action prior to the need for military operations."

"By Deception Thou Shalt Do War" Now, where have I heard that before?

Jan 28 05:46

The Kidnapping of Haiti

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.

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Jan 27 21:42

If You Rebuild It, They Will Come, by Paul Shirley

I do not know if what I'm about to write makes me a monster. I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.

"It", is this:

I haven't donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort. And I probably will not.

I haven't donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads "Need You’re Help" is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don't think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.

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Jan 27 15:22

Haiti Gets a Penny of Each U.S. Aid Dollar

Of each U.S. taxpayer dollar, 40 cents is going to the U.S. military, paying for security, search and rescue teams, and the Navy's hospital ship USNS Comfort.

Another 36 cents funds US AID's disaster assistance - everything from $5,000 generators to $35 hygiene kits with soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste for a family of five.

Just over a dime has already been spent on food: 122 million pounds of pinto beans, black beans, rice, corn soy blend and vegetable oil. When purchased in bulk, the actual food prices are relatively low. Pinto beans, for example, cost the U.S. government 40 cents a pound when purchased in 5 million-pound batches last week.

Jan 27 13:56

Faulty gas pedal involved in Toyota recall manufactured at Ontario plant

The faulty gas pedal involved in a massive recall and sales suspension of eight popular Toyota models in North America was built in Ontario.

The supplier is Indiana-based CTS Corp. and the problem part was manufactured at its plant in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. CTS did not immediately return requests for comment today.

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Hey, don't blame Toyota. It's the cheap local crap that's responsible.

Jan 27 12:04

Obama’s State of the Union will be all about him: last speech referenced himself 132 times

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Wise advice for understanding political commitment is to analyze where our political “leaders” spend our money, never from what they say. However, when political arrogance supersedes intelligent management of speeches, even what presidents say become quite revealing.

The following less-than-2-minute video created by a member of Americans for Prosperity documents Mr. Obama giving a speech trying to convince an audience at an Ohio community college on January 22, 2010 that the economy will improve, all evidence to the contrary. In this speech allegedly about leadership in the face of near-record unemployment, our President talks about himself 132 times. Eugene Robinson also points out that Mr. Obama articulated “fighting” for us 20 times.

Jan 27 09:56

MONSANTO ~ PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

The War of the Empire has many faces.

Jan 27 09:38

The 6 Most Statistically Full of Shit Professions

Elusive as they are to study, it's hard to say for sure how good criminal profilers are. Some have certainly been less successful than others, like the FBI profilers hunting the Unabomber, who identified their suspect as a married man living in a house in the suburbs, most likely an airplane mechanic. He was finally arrested in 1996 at his remote cabin where he had been living as a wild-haired, crazy, mountain man for 25 years.

Jan 27 09:19

Dangerous Crossroads: US Moves Missiles And Troops To Russian Border

....on January 20 the Polish Defense Ministry announced that a U.S. Patriot missile battery, and the 100 American soldiers who will operate it, would not be based on the outskirts of the capital of Warsaw as previously announced but in the Baltic Sea city of Morag, 35 miles from Poland’s border with Russia.

The missile battery and troops are scheduled to arrive in March or April. As part of the Obama administration’s new missile shield project, one which will be integrated with NATO to take in all of Europe and extend into the Middle East and the Caucasus, the Patriots will be followed by Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor deployments on warships in the Baltic Sea and, for the first time ever, a land-based version of the same.

Jan 27 08:45

Venezuela Oil Chief Heads To Russia, China To Discuss Pacts

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China have been making deals for the energy they need, without firing a shot, unlike the US's pursuit of the same objectives through perpetual wars.

Jan 27 08:24

Bases, Missiles, Wars: U.S. Consolidates Global Military Network

From invading and establishing military bases in the Middle East and Central and South Asia to operating a satellite surveillance base in Australia and taking charge of seven military installations in South America. In the vacuum left in much of the world by the demise of the Cold War and the former bipolar world, the U.S. rushed in to insert its military in various parts of the world that had been off limits to it before.

And this while Washington cannot even credibly pretend that it is threatened by any other nation on earth.

Jan 27 08:22

Rule by the Rich

How can President Obama restart an economy that has been moved offshore? Millions of manufacturing jobs are gone, as are millions of jobs for college graduates, such as software engineering, Information Technology--indeed, any intellectual skill the product of which can be conveyed via the Internet. Even those intellectual skill jobs that do remain in the U.S. are filled increasingly by foreigners brought in on work visas.

Jan 27 08:14

Haiti’s Oil, Gold & Iridium Resources Explains the Post Earthquake Occupation/Invasion

Haiti’s oil reserves are larger than Venezuela’s, Haiti also has huge resources of Gold & Minerals like Iridium

Ed Comment: Oil, Gold and Minerals resources like Iridium would explain why the post earthquake occupation/invasion has taken place in Haiti by the UN and US forces primarily. The EU is now also sending Poilce to Port-au-Prince.

Jan 27 07:41

More Signs of the Moral Decline of the West

When it first came out, the mini-skirt was frowned upon by the prudes of the time – but it was not illegal.

Now, when overly modest women wish to shield their bodies from the eyes of unknown males, they may soon be fined or imprisoned.

At the same time, we see airport security setting up machines where we will all be seen naked.

Is this the only way some men can prove that they have balls ?

Jan 27 07:34

Crowds seeking aid in Haiti met with pepper spray and rubber bullets

United Nations troops used pepper spray yesterday to hold off a crowd of hungry Haitians queueing for food at a makeshift camp in the grounds of the wrecked presidential palace.

“They’re not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat,” Fernando Soares, a Brazilian army colonel, said. “The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the sugar-coated photo-ops of American troops bringing reasonable food and some comfort to a desperate people.

This occupation is about militarily securing Haiti for ultimate corporate profit from its rich resources in oil, gold, and other mineral resources.

Jan 27 07:05

Price of US Wars: $1 Trillion and Rising

The Congressional Budget Office’s newly released budget outlook notes that Congress has approved over $1 trillion in direct spending on wars and war-related activities since 2001, and that price tag is only getting higher as the wars drag on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet defense spending is the only area where it appears President Obama refuses to cut funds.

Jan 27 06:40

Brazilian soldiers spray tear gas at crowd of Haitians rushing for food aid

Brazilian soldiers sprayed tear gas on a crush of Haitians seeking food from relief workers Tuesday, as international aid groups struggled to match the extraordinary demand for food two weeks after this country's paralyzing earthquake.

Jan 26 17:33

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For...)

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wishlist
(or, What to Watch Out For)

"What I Want To Know Is..." – issue #1

American citizen: if you think the danger is only relevant to those with "something to hide," you had better think again. Please.(Anonymous)

The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men. (Justice Louis D. Brandeis)

Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen... (Zbigniew Brezhinsky)

I hope you find this helpful, gentle Reader. I could have, you understand, done something more immediately useful instead, like looking for a place to move to – a land like the America of my youth - an America I only thought I lived in, an America that may have never existed.

Jan 26 15:27

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For)

A friend of mine saw the PDF and shook his head, saying, "Its always been about the same thing: The drugs and the downloads. What they've wanted all along." If this is true - and I think it is - then quite a few people are in for a surprise.... Five years ago, ten years ago, there would only have been hints...One could tell, however, that the new technology could easily handle substitutions.... Like one knows when they really want dissidents, they talk child porn; when they want drugs, they talk explosives; when they want file-sharers, well, they try not to say anything until the scheme is underway.

...Try to make out at what they take such urgent, deliberate, expensive aim.... What will become of this, of us? How far, given what we know, will it actually go? And what I really want to know is, what can I - can we - do about it? Hopefully knowledge is power. Tell people about this. Post it. Email it. Find other documents like it while you can. Download them, just in case. Let us keep what Freedom we have; let us figure out how to reclaim the rest.

Google Quick View: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:mXiMm6PugnIJ:cryptome.org/dh...

Google HTML Link: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache%3AmXiMm6PugnIJ%3Acryptome.org%2Fd...

Original PDF: http://cryptome.org/dhs-sandt.pdf

Alternate link with fulltext of document:
http://johannafausta.deadjournal.com/689.html

Jan 26 13:55

Pinellas County's $40 million shortfall will mean layoffs and program cuts

Pinellas County needs to cut spending by 10 percent to solve a $40 million budget deficit for next year, County Administrator Bob LaSala announced Tuesday...

Jan 26 09:25

Focus on Haiti: Washington's Militarized Takeover

After Washington ousted President Jean-Betrand Aristide in February 2004, UN Blue Helmets (MINUSTAH) occupied Haiti as paramilitary enforcers. They still do, subordinate to around 20,000 US land and sea based troops, including Marines, Army 82nd Airborne paratroupers, Navy assault ships, and Coast Guard vessels offshore, a powerful force for indefinite occupation, severe repression, and ruthless exploitation for American interests - obstructing, not providing, humanitarian aid, and facilitating potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths from starvation, dehydration, disease, untreated wounds, trauma, and for some perhaps just giving up and expiring unnoticed, unreported, and uncared about by forces able to help.

Jan 26 09:01

Report says Al-Qaeda still aims to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S.

The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

The former official, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, draws on his knowledge of classified case files to argue that al-Qaeda has been far more sophisticated in its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction than is commonly believed, pursuing parallel paths to acquiring weapons and forging alliances with groups that can offer resources and expertise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More ratcheting up the fear factor, I see.

First, a couple of quick factoids, and then to the matter at hand.

The word "al Qaeda", in Arabic, means "the base".

However, in colloquial Arabic slang, it means "the toilet". Could someone please explain to me why any self-respecting insurgency name their movement "the toilet"?!?!?

And good old (and quite dead) CIA asset Osama Bin Laden (a fact thoroughly ignored in this article). Although made the scapegoat of the 9/11 attacks, here is the truth about how deep that relationship between the CIA and Ben Laden actually went.

As reported at:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES

/binladen_cia.html

"Tim Osman (Ossman) has recently become better known as Osama Bin Ladin. "Tim Osman" was the name assigned to him by the CIA for his tour of the U.S. and U.S. military bases, in search of political support and armaments. [...] There is some evidence that Tim Osman ... visited the White House. There is certainty that Tim Osman toured some U.S. military bases, even receiving special demonstrations of the latest equipment. Why hasn't this been reported in the major media?"

Apparently, this particular author loves to lump every single insurgency into "the toilet", oops, I'm sorry, Al Qaeda.

I wish absolutely no ill or injury coming to the people of the US, coming from any direction, period, end of discussion.

However, that being said, what mightily unnerves me is the potential reality that the next massive attack against the US may not come from any insurgent groups pwishing us ill of some sort.

But such an attack may well come from our own government in the form of a "false flag" shock and awe event, which will so psychologically devastate the American people that they will clamor for martial law, and line up behind whatever devastation the government has in mind for the alleged perpetrator (let's say, Iran, for example.)

People like this Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen are paid to pump up the volume on collective fear, and to deflect attention away from the real issues.

People around the world do not hate America "because we are free"; they hate us, particularly in areas like Pakistan, and Afghanistan, because they are seeing their loved ones being blown to smithereens to order to control their countries' natural resources, like oil, which are crucial to military operations, and drugs, from which so many profit so handsomely.

They hate us for our support of US-backed dictators, like Mubarak in Egypt, Karzai in Afghanistan, and Selah in Yemen. This country's officials cannot speak with straight faces about their commitment to democracy in the world while supporting such rulers because they are "our thugs".

It is not the insurgents, ultimately, who are the culprits here: it is the colossal, consistent failure of US foreign policy-makers to find ways of obtaining what this country needs without going to war to get it.

China and Russia have been making deals around the globe to secure the energy resources they need; we've been waging wars to obtain the same objectives.

Please remember: as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban for pipeline rights in Afghanistan. Apparently, the price the Taliban demanded was "too high".

And we all know what happened next.

Jan 26 08:10

Growing Movement To Disband Police Departments

The city of Pewaukee, Wisconsin voted to do the same towards the end of 2009. As of the new year, the department was eliminated. Police protection is now handled by the Waukesha country sheriff's department where the majority of the old officers now work. Of course, the union is suing to reverse the vote of the people.

Jan 26 08:02

Schwarzenegger proposes Mexican jails take US inmates

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested the state could reduce prison spending by housing undocumented inmates in Mexican jails.

Mr Schwarzenegger said the costs of building and running the prisons in Mexico would be half of California's.

Earlier this month, the California governor declared a fiscal emergency, announcing that severe cuts would be needed to stem a $19.9bn (£12.3bn) deficit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gone barking mad?!?

With a 19 billion dollar deficit, where the sam hill is this money supposed to come from?!?

The problem is not just California, in terms of warehousing illegal aliens: it's nationwide, because there is absolutely no enthusiasm in Washington to really control the country's highly porous borders.

This is not helped by the reality that large corporations love the cheap labor illegal aliens provide.

This is also not helped by successions of Mexican governments unable to provide a decent living or economy for its own people, thereby covertly encouraging illegal immigration.

Other countries manage to enforce and protect their borders; but here in the US there is no political will to resolve this issue, so the situation will just continue to get worse nationally.

Jan 26 07:16

Haiti PM begs for help as looting grips devastated Port-au-Prince

Haiti's premier begged foreign donors Monday to back the reconstruction of his quake-hit country as fresh looting and chaotic food hand-outs underscored the grim conditions facing survivors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, this demonstrates that despite all the photo ops of US troops handing out supplies and food, that very little is actually getting to the people who need it most desperately.

If in fact there is looting, it becomes yet another "excuse" for the US military to forcibly occupy the island and create a total martial law environment.

That will make it easier to grant sweetheart deals to companies salivating for the rights to exploit Haiti's mineral and oil wealth.

And ultimately, the people of Haiti will be no better off than they were before the quake struck.

Jan 26 07:09

Italian official calls Haiti earthquake relief effort 'pathetic'

Bertolaso directed much of his fire at the United States military that was able to bring more than 13,000 troops to help with operations. "The Americans are extraordinary, but when you are facing a situation in chaos they tend to confuse military intervention with emergency aid, which cannot be entrusted to the armed forces," he said.

“It’s a truly powerful show of force, but it’s completely out of touch with reality,” Bertolaso continued.

Jan 26 07:04

Stuck on the phone, literally

"I hit my ear on the boom of my truck and broke the headset of my phone," Mr Gardner told the Northern Territory News.

"So I got some superglue and glued it back together - and that was ... when my boss rang."

...

After having the headset in his ear for more than five minutes the adhesive had hardened - and Mr Gardner found himself with a earpiece glued into his ear.

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Jan 26 04:35

Obama Budget to Call for Freeze in Non-Security Discretionary Spending

original post by Matthew Yglesias for ThinkProgress.org

...The freeze would not apply to the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, or to the foreign operations budget of the State Department....

The official emphasized that there’s more to the administration’s plans that this freeze proposal, though what that might be will have to wait. Suffice it to say that I’m very skeptical of this approach. I’m attempting not to freak out because (a) I don’t have details and (b) I suspect this initiative was deliberately leaked to progressive bloggers in an effort to get denounced by the left and I don’t want to give them the satisfaction.

Jan 25 20:41

No Sex Please! We're Just Kids!

Perhaps it's not that surprising that a mother in Menifee, California, asked the Menifee Union School District to ban all copies of the 10th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary after her child stumbled across the term "oral sex." What is surprising, indeed horrifying, is that district officials immediately complied with her request, and pulled all dictionaries off classroom shelves throughout the Southern California school district

Jan 25 20:15

Russia: Mental Checks for Police

“If we resume testing, we’ll find that at least a third of all active police officers have some kind of mental pathology,”

In October, a police officer in Siberia shot his girlfriend to death and then a taxi driver before committing suicide... a Moscow officer shot the driver of a snowplow after sideswiping his car, leaving the man to die from blood loss. ...a Siberian cop beat to death a drunken journalist, saying he was “stressed out” over having to support the two families he has with different women.

Uh, remember that deadly Mt Dew bottle? No further comments.

Jan 25 15:39

EES the New Dark Age

Jan 25 10:40

Nobel economist Stiglitz: "US privatized profits, socialized losses is not capitalism." It’s fascism

*hyperlinks and videos live at source*

Joseph Stiglitz understands half the US economic disaster when he explains current policy is “no way to run an economy that’s going to work,” “there’s moral hazard everywhere,” and newly-invented and unregulated financial markets have only increased risk, not decreased it.

Jan 25 09:49

Delaying aid for a photo-op

If there was one day when the Haitian people needed aid to flow all day long, that was the day, because the people trapped under the rubble on Tuesday evening couldn’t survive much beyond Saturday without water.

Defenders of Clinton will say that her disimpassioned, monotone, photo-op speech was needed to draw attention to the plight of the Haitians. But no one north of hell can defend her next move: according to airport personnel that I spoke to during my recent evacuation from Haiti, she paralyzed the airport later that same day to have a new outfit flown in from the Dominican Republic.

Jan 25 09:31

Securing Disaster in Haiti

Nine days after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, it's now clear that the initial phase of the U.S.-led relief operation has conformed to the three fundamental tendencies that have shaped the more general course of the island's recent history. [1] It has adopted military priorities and strategies. It has sidelined Haiti's own leaders and government, and ignored the needs of the majority of its people. And it has proceeded in ways that reinforce the already harrowing gap between rich and poor. All three tendencies aren't just connected, they are mutually reinforcing.

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Jan 25 08:55

Obama or Osama?

Obama takes credit for U.S. airline bomb plot

It's just a typo, but funny nevertheless.

Jan 25 08:53

Gates Pledges “Steady Growth in the Pentagon’s Budgets”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates hosted a meeting with the nation’s top defense company executives Wednesday, stressing the need for a closer partnership with them and pledging to work with the White House to secure steady growth in the Pentagon’s budgets over time, according to his spokesman.

Gates’s meeting was part of a day-long session between Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter and the Aerospace Industries Association, the top trade group for American aerospace firms. The heads of the nation’s top two defense firms – Lockheed Martin and Boeing – attended, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Pentagon is committed to even more wars without end... while our infrastructure crumbles, our schools are a mess, and homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets!

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Jan 25 01:06

War Is Sin

Truthdig
War Is Sin
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
By Chris Hedges
The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

Jan 24 19:41

A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Was Envisaged by the US Military One Day Before the Earthquake

A Haiti disaster relief scenario had been envisaged at the headquarters of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami one day prior to the earthquake.

Jan 24 18:59

There is no help. We need food and water. Urgently

In front of the presidential palace, its roof folded in like a collapsed soufflé, Marcellus Samuel, a Haitian preacher, grabs my notebook and scribbles frantically on to the page.

“There is no help. Everybody is sleeping in the streets. We need food, water and clothes,” he writes. “URGENTLY!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US invasion and occupation of Haiti has nothing to do with real relief efforts for the people of Haiti; it is a calculated military takeover, the purpose of which is to secure oil and mineral resources for private companies at bargain basement prices.

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Jan 24 17:32

BROWN VICTORY REFLECTS NEW POWER OF BREAK-AWAY PROGRESSIVES NOT A REPUBLICAN SURGE

in a poll taken by Research 2000 which showed that 18 percent of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 supported Scott Brown in the Senate race. Of that group an overwhelming majority - 82 percent - favored a public option health plan while just 14 percent oppose it. Of those who stayed home 86 percent support a public option while just 7 percent oppose it.

Jill Stein Green-Rainbow Party co-chair noted that “Without the ’public option‘ voters Scott Brown would not have been elected. Interpreting Brown’s victory as a mandate to weaken the health care bill misses the boat – and is the opposite of what voters are saying. The Brown win is a directive to go back to the drawing boards to create a public-option improved Medicare-for-all bill.

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Jan 24 16:56

US Army ordered to stop giving out food to Haitians

Soldiers in Haiti told to stop handing out food
By Jim Michaels - USA TODAY
Posted : Friday Jan 22, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Food handouts were shut off Tuesday to thousands of people at a tent city here when the main U.S. aid agency said the Army should not be distributing the packages.
"Tuesday morning, the helicopters came only with water. Soldiers carried boxes of water in the hot sun and supervised Haitian volunteers who handed the supplies out."

Jan 24 13:45

Man beaten by police in case of mistaken identity

VANCOUVER - A 44-year-old man whose face was left swollen and battered after he was arrested in a case of mistaken identity did not resist arrest, Vancouver police said yesterday -- contradicting an earlier version of events offered by police.

Jan 24 13:25

White House adviser: Obama has brought 'enormous change'


Are the White House being sarcastic or are they suffering by delusions?

Jan 24 09:24

Bin Laden claims responsibility for U.S. plane attack

Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the December 25 failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane and promised more attacks on the United States, in an audio tape Al Jazeera said on Sunday was of the Al Qaeda leader.

BOOGA BOOGA - be vewy vewy scared you dumb fools! OBL gonna gitcha.

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