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Oct 08 22:43

The Evil Scam Called 'Global Warming'

Meanwhile, they’ve been changing the cry from "global warming" to "climate change" because there’s so little evidence there’s actually any warming going on. I believe that as little as a decade from now, global warming will be recognized as one of the greatest swindles in world history. It has so little scientific basis, it can only rationally be considered a political scam.

Oct 08 18:24

Russia plots return to Venus

Densely clouded in acid-laden mist, Venus used to be the Soviet Union's favourite target for planetary exploration.

Now, after a lull of almost three decades, Russia is making plans for a new mission to the "morning star" and has invited Western scientists to participate.

Oct 08 18:13

Proof! Probe photos of Apollo landing sites reveal to doubters that man DID walk on the Moon

The images, which were released this month, reveal the TV camera, Lunar Module descent stage and even Armstrong's footsteps to the Little West crater.

You can also identify two parts of the Early Apollo Science Experiments Package including the Lunar Ranging Retro Reflector, which is still used today to work out the daily distance between Earth and the Moon.

Oct 08 18:10

NEVER Dial 911

Anthony Arambula acted quickly on the evening of September 17, 2008 after an intruder broke into his house. After the invader crashed through a window in the family’s Phoenix home, Arambula grabbed his personal firearm and held him at gunpoint.

Then he made the nearly fatal mistake of dialing 911.

Oct 08 17:59

Cameron: I will send more troops to Afghanistan

David Cameron today promised to send more soldiers to Afghanistan in a bid to bring the war to a speedier end.

The Conservatives want to deliver ‘pain for everyone’ in the UK in order to fund a futile face saving exercise in Afghanistan.

Oct 08 17:42

US envoy returns to Mideast amid pessimism

US envoy George Mitchell sought on Thursday to push Israelis and Palestinians to quickly relaunch peace talks, but Israel said Washington's vision of a regional Middle East peace was unrealistic.

"We will continue with our efforts to achieve an early relaunch of negotiations... because we believe that is an essential step to achieving a comprehensive peace," Mitchell said as he began talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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WHAT THE SAM HILL IS MITCHELL THINKING?!?

Avigdor Lieberman has just said, in no uncertain terms, that there can be no peace negotiations now (what he means is, ever), and both Obama and Mitchell are complete fools for believing, for one millisecond, that Israel really wants peace.

Israel wants territory, and they are willing to obtain it by any means necessary.

Oct 08 17:40

How Does Bank Atlantic Remain Solvent?

Bank Atlantic(BBX) is a Fort Lauderdale based bank and has approximately 100 locations throughout Florida. The company calls itself, “Florida’s most convenient bank”.

What makes this small bank so significant is the fact that the company has earnings per share(EPS) of -21.42 and trades for just under $3 a share. You read that right, there’s a ‘negative’ sign in front of the EPS. After reading this the first question that pops in my mind is, “How can this bank continue to operate when it trades for $3 a share and has an EPS of -21.42?”...

Oct 08 17:34

CCTV schemes in city and town centres have little effect on crime, says report

The Campbell Collaboration report says that CCTV is now the single most heavily-funded crime prevention measure operating outside the criminal justice system and its rapid growth has come with a huge price tag. It adds that £170m was spent on CCTV schemes in town and city centres, car parks and residential areas between 1999 and 2001 alone. "Over the last decade, CCTV accounted for more than threequarters of total spending on crime prevention by the British Home Office," the report says.

The Lords report said that £500 million was spent in Britain on CCTV in the decade up to 2006, money which in the past would have gone on street lighting or neighbourhood crime prevention initiatives.

Oct 08 14:22

Inglorious Bastards Film Promotes Terrorism and Torture

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Inglorious Bastards, gets relatively passing grades from a sampling of reviews on the Internet—or at least kid’s glove criticism—that is from some prominent and influential cyberspace sights—why? Granted, some aspects of the film were very good. But still one wonders why the “psychology” of this movie was not much considered? And you can take it as given that if Jewish Americans dominate in the U.S. film industry, which they do, then surely they have something to say on how movies are reviewed in America?

Oct 08 14:06

'Israel not after real peace with Palestine'

An unapproved document outlining Israel's future foreign policy states that the government should not attempt to reach a permanent settlement with the Palestinians but should focus instead on a temporary accord to prevent US and European frustration.

Oct 08 14:04

‘The Times’ lets everyone off the hook on Goldstone

The New York Times is covering the Goldstone Report. Where is it covering it? Well: the furor over the report among Palestinians. We’re pretty sure this is a good story. Neil MacFarquhar is on it. But it’s really not The Story, it’s just an angle of a hugely-important international story, and the only angle the Times is covering.

Here’s what the Times refuses to cover:

–the furor over the Goldstone report on the part of the Israel lobby in the U.S., and the pressure it’s put on the Obama administration, number one. Even J Street has been quiet about the Goldstone report, while it puts out a statement applauding an Israeli Nobelist.

Oct 08 13:26

Obama Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski:”Its easier to kill a million people than it is to control them” Speech to British Elite in November 17, 2008

Zbigniew Brzezinski, a senior adviser to President-elect Barack Obama on matters of national security and foreign policy, was the featured speaker at Chatham House in London on November 17, 2008. The title of his lecture was Major Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next US President.

Oct 08 13:15

Following al-Aqsa clashes, Israel mulls banning Islamic movement

The Israeli government announced yesterday it would consider banning Israel's Islamic Movement at the next cabinet meeting, in a significant escalation of tensions that have fueled a fortnight of bloody clashes in Jerusalem over access to the Haram al-Sharif compound of mosques.

The move followed the arrest of the movement's leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, on Tuesday on suspicion of incitement and sedition. Police accused Sheikh Salah of calling for a "religious war" in recent statements in which he warned that Israel was seeking a takeover of the Haram, which includes the al-Aqsa mosque.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, once again, Israel carries out a provocation, waits for a reaction, then uses the reaction to escalate the situation.

Oct 08 13:06

Exploding Pyrex

A long, long time ago in a country we all know and love was a company named Corning. They made Pryex dishes. The material they used is called borosilicate glass. This stuff is indestructible.

But like everything else, the Bottom Liners had a great idea: sell the technology to another company. The Chinese discovered that using soda lime glass was almost as good as borosilicate glass and a lot cheaper. Today, Wal-Mart is the largest distributor of Pryex products. Corning not only sold the technology to a company called World Kitchen, they also sold the rights to the original Pyrex logo. Seamless. The consumer will never know.

Oct 08 12:52

Dylan Ratigan On Corporate Communism

"It is a system that takes resources from the citizenry and redistributes it to a tiny elite."

Oct 08 12:22

Banks 1, America 0

Of course, it is not that hard to make profits when you get to borrow money from the Fed at almost no interest and then lend it back to the government at 3.5% interest. Suppose the state of California was given the privilege of not only borrowing $1 trillion from the Fed at near zero interest but also using the money to buy Treasury bonds paying 3.5% interest. The $35bn in annual interest rate subsidies would take care of California's huge budget deficit pretty quickly.

But hey, California is just a big state. It's not a Wall Street bank. Congress is not going to tolerate special treatment for state governments.

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Or the people.

Oct 08 12:20

Special Ed Student Beat by Cop for SHIRT!

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Marshawn Pitts, 15, was walking down his school hallway when he says a Dolton, Ill. police officer went from berating him for his untucked shirt to slamming him to the ground and beating him.

Oct 08 12:04

Retailers’ Sales for September Only Reach 2005 Levels

On Thursday morning, some of the nation’s biggest retail chains posted September sales that were better than in previous months, though that was largely because the stores had easier year-over-year comparisons.

Oct 08 11:54

10,000 applications for 90 factory jobs

Job seekers filed 10,000 applications over three days with General Electric for 90 openings paying about $27,000 a year building washing machines, General Electric spokeswoman Kim Freeman said Thursday.

Oct 08 11:53

Israeli Settlements and Obama's Offer

Both the US President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced this agreement during the tripartite meeting of Obama, the Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Again shortly after the meeting, the United States asserted it would no longer demand Israel to stop or freeze the establishment of settlements , but to "rationalize it".

Oct 08 11:38

9th year of Afghanistan war: US ready to embrace facts of an illegal War of Aggression?

This is a hub article with linked titles and one paragraph summaries of all the articles I’ve written so far relevant to the US war in Afghanistan. The one point I suggest that you become powerful in articulating is that these wars are illegal (documentation clearly explained); US “leaders” of both parties have used our American labor to fund the most evil, destructive, and shameful crime a nation can commit, all under our flag and with our propagandized troops. We've been duped. This should motivate your passionate response for justice.

Oct 08 11:17

The Beauty Parlor Bomb Plan; Massive Terror Plot Alleged

According to court documents, Zazi "purchased unusually large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone from beauty supply stores in the Denver metropolitan area."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting more and more out there.

You can buy hydrogen peroxide in large bottles at any pharmacy or bulk buy store (two bottle minimum at SAM's), and acetone can be purchased by the gallon from any paint supply or hardware store, all without raising eyebrows.

This whole Zazi case is a staged setup.

If Zazi was buying these chemicals in large amounts from beauty stores, then he was trying to attract attention.

Oct 08 11:14

When the FBI Comes Knocking; ABC Reporter Discovers Broad Terror Net

Zazi is accused of purchasing the hair products because they contain the chemicals necessary for the homemade bomb recipe the FBI says it found in his computer. At the time of his arrest, officials were convinced Zazi was prepared to set off bombs in several crowded areas throughout the United States. Government prosecutors believed he was "creating weapons of mass destruction."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A weapon of mass destruction?

From hair care products?

And they wonder why nobody believes the FBI any more.

Oct 08 11:13

34 banks don't pay their quarterly TARP dividends

In a sign that more banks are under great pressure from the recession, 34 financial institutions did not pay their quarterly dividends in August to the Treasury on funds obtained under the Troubled Asset Relief Fund (TARP). The number almost doubled from 19 in May when payments were last made, and also raised questions about Treasury's judgment in approving these banks as "healthy," a necessary step for them to get TARP funding.

Oct 08 11:02

Fed Ratchets Up Warnings on Commercial Real Estate Debt

Two officials from the U.S. Federal Reserve issued strong signals this week that the central bank is very concerned over the banking industry's exposure to commercial real estate loans and considers it to be a major stumbling block to the road to economic recovery.

Oct 08 11:02

Banks fail to absorb commercial real estate loan losses

Remember the havoc in the financial markets when the residential bubble burst last year? Are we in for a rerun this year or next year?

You are probably thinking that such an event could not occur. Well think again. There is a report that says that we may be in for another crisis.

The report was initiated by Federal Reserve analyst, K.C. Conway. Conway is a senior real estate analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Federal Reserve has acknowledged the report but said that it is not part of its formal opinion. What does the report say?

Oct 08 11:00

I-Believe-in-Strong-Dollar Turns Relic as China Begs

More than a decade after former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin made the “strong dollar” national policy, currency traders say the same words coming from the Obama administration have little meaning.

Timothy Geithner, the current Treasury secretary, has tolerated the greenback’s 12 percent slide from its peak this year in March as measured by the Federal Reserve’s trade- weighted Real Major Currencies Dollar Index. While he said as recently as Oct. 3 that “it is very important to the United States that we continue to have a strong dollar,” the last time the U.S. intervened in markets to support its currency was 1995.

Oct 08 10:59

Treasury Bonds Decline After $12 Billion Auction of Securities

Treasury 30-year bonds fell after the government’s auction of $12 billion of the securities was met with lower-than-average demand.

The bonds drew a yield of 4.009 percent, compared with a forecast of 3.994 percent in a Bloomberg News survey of six of the Federal Reserve’s 18 primary dealers that underwrote the sale. The bid-to-cover ratio, which gauges demand by comparing total bids with the amount of securities offered, was 2.37, compared with 2.92 at the September auction and an average of 2.42 at the last 10 auctions.

Oct 08 10:58

GOLD & HYPERINFLATION

Oct 08 10:56

TALF Doubts

To see why a key government program aimed at resuscitating the securitized commercial-property debt market is off to a slow start, one need only look at the financing of the office tower at 100 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan, which is owned by New York landlord SL Green Realty Corp. and insurance giant Prudential Financial Inc.

On Tuesday, the venture refinanced a $175 million mortgage on the building for $215 million. The interest rate on the new loan, 6.64%, may be even lower than what the venture would have received had it opted for a bond sale financed by the Federal Reserve's Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF, program.

Oct 08 10:55

Debt-Market Paralysis Deepens Credit Drought

The continued disarray in debt-securitization markets, which in recent years were the source of roughly 60 percent of all credit in the United States, is making loans scarce and threatening to slow the economic recovery. Many of these markets are operating only because the government is propping them up.

Oct 08 10:50

Russia acts against 'false' history

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Looks like everyone has something to hide from back in WW2!

Oct 08 10:49

After Goldstone, Hamas faces fateful choice

The uproar over the Palestinian Authority's (PA) collaboration with Israel to bury the Goldstone report, calling for trials of Israeli leaders for war crimes in Gaza, is a political earthquake. The whole political order in place since the 1993 Oslo accords were signed is crumbling. As the initial tremors begin to fade, the same old political structures may appear still to be in place, but they are hollowed out. This unprecedented crisis threatens to topple the US-backed PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, but it also leaves Hamas, the main Palestinian resistance faction, struggling with fateful choices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Side note: HAMAS won the elections. They are the ELECTED government in Gaza.

Oct 08 10:37

The great swine flu mystery

It's a bonanza! At least that is how some describe the drug industry's expected windfall from the swine flu pandemic as it prepares to cash in on what could be the most widespread winter flu season for a generation.

The H1N1 outbreak will certainly be good news for the pharmaceutical groups, but just how good remains a mystery as the firms supplying the vaccines and treatments, and the governments buying them, refuse to give details on how much it is all costing.

Oct 08 10:34

'Lucky break' as UK swine flu spread slows

Estimates show there were 18,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the last week, up from 14,000 in the previous week and 9,000 the week before that.

The rate of increase is nowhere near the weekly doubling experts feared.

Oct 08 10:08

Atrazine: Poisoning the Well: How the EPA is Ignoring Atrazine Contamination in the Central United States

Approximately 75 percent of stream water and about 40 percent of all groundwater samples from agricultural areas tested in an extensive U.S. Geological Survey study contained atrazine. NRDC found that the U.S. EPA's inadequate monitoring systems and weak regulations have compounded the problem, allowing levels of atrazine in watersheds and drinking water to peak at extremely high concentrations.

The adverse reproductive effects of atrazine have been seen in amphibians, mammals, and humans-even at low levels of exposure. Concentrations as low as 0.1 ppb have been shown to alter the development of sex characteristics in male frogs.

I have attached a table excerpted from the pdf: concentrations as high as 237.50 were reported - and ignored.

Oct 08 10:00

Obama offers no relief to growing army of jobless workers

In the face of the mounting unemployment crisis, the Obama administration has no plans to offer serious relief to the 15 million workers out of work and the millions more facing job losses and economic ruin in the coming months.

Obama signaled with his lauding of "our entrepreneurs" that no measures would be taken to address the social crisis that impinged on the profit interests of big business.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Obama's watch, this economy has morphed from potential "hope and change" to "shock and awe" for those millions of US citizens out of work, and unable to find work.

Oct 08 09:59

The Jewish Internet Defense Force Is Shutting Down

According to the website, David Appletree claims that the site will be shut down due to at least 3 of the following reasons:

1) Fellow Jews who are allegedly “attacking” him:
@JIDF “maybe fellow Jews spend too much time attacking me, and i fight back – just as all Jews should do, when attacked.

2) Not having enough funds to continue:
“I’m [...] tired of this operating at a serious financial loss.
Due to lack of funds to keep this thing alive and because of how lame most people (especially many of my fellow Jews) have been toward me, and to this project, this thing is finished.

Oct 08 09:56

Falk: The PA betrayed its own people

Richard Falk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that that the Palestinian authority (PA) in Ramallah betrayed its own people at a moment when the international community was so close to endorse Goldstone’s report accusing Israel of war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

"The Palestinians have betrayed their people, this was a moment when finally the international community endorsed the allegations of war crimes and it would have been an opportunity to vindicate the struggle of the Palestinian people for their rights under international law and for the Palestinian representatives in the UN themselves to seem to undermine this report is an astonishing development," he told al-Jazeera.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Abbas has lost all credibility by caving to Israel and the US on this.

No wonder certain sources have mentioned that he is no longer welcome in Ramallah.

Oct 08 09:53

Tensions Mount Again at Al-Aqsa A Third Intifada?

Concerned that most Palestinians can no longer access the mosques, Salah has taken it on himself to campaign against Israeli moves under the banner "Al-Aqsa is in danger", urging Israel’s Palestinian minority to protect the mosques by increasing their visits and ensuring a strong Islamic presence at the site.

Palestinian concerns about Israeli intentions towards the Haram are not without foundation. Israel’s religious and secular leaders have been staking an ever-stronger claim to sovereignty over the compound since the occupation began, despite an original agreement to leave control with Islamic authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is looking to ethnically cleanse every single Palestinian still breathing out of East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank.

It appears that Israel is deliberately attempting to provoke violence here, to again portray themselves to the world as "the victims" instead of "the perpetrators".

It's not going to work.

Oct 08 09:45

Vile Bodies: Reagan Revenants Return to Enforce Empire's Agenda

The main thing is not to upset the golden applecart of the Empire and its Establishment. Thus the appearance of "weakness" consistently shown by the Administration is not due (or not solely due) to its own pusillanimousness; rather it comes from the inherent disconnect between the vague rhetoric of reform that it was forced to adopt to win popular support, and its real business: servicing the most powerful elements of a militarized, oligarchic state.

Oct 08 09:44

New Jobless Claims Fall to 521,000, Lowest Since January

The Labor Department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped last week to a seasonally adjusted 521,000, from the previous week's upwardly revised total of 554,000.

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Read that carefully. This week's totals are a drop because they revised last week's numbers UPWARD!

The "seasonally adjusted" is the clue. These are not real numbers.

Oct 08 09:42

Tensions Mount Again at al-Aqsa

Tension over control of the Haram al Sharif compound of mosques in Jerusalem’s Old City has reached a pitch unseen since clashes at the site sparked the second intifada nine years ago.

Ten days of intermittently bloody clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem culminated yesterday in warnings by Palestinian officials that Israel was “sparking a fire” in the city. Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper similarly wondered whether a third intifada was imminent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is trying to kick off a new war, even as Obama blocks the war crimes charges against Israel with the Orwellian claim that this will disrupt the peace process.

Oct 08 09:42

Official: US will not support action on Goldstone report at UNSC

Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies – Washington will not support any potential action by the UN Security Council on the Goldstone report on war crimes in Gaza, Former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff has declared.

The announcement came after a closed-door meeting Wednesday, where the UN Security Council decided to push up their next meeting from 20 to 14 October so a discussion on the Goldstone report can be held, UN officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you didn't know before, you have to know now precisely who is in charge of US foreign policy.

Oct 08 09:37

Congressmen Grayson and Paul Ask Senate Banking to Delay Confirmation of Bernanke Until Fed Releases Information on Secret Bailouts

"Dear Chairman Dodd and members of the Banking Committee,

We are writing to ask you to postpone the confirmation of Ben Bernanke until the Federal Reserve releases documentation that will allow the public and the Senate to have a full understanding of the commitments that the Federal Reserve has made on our behalf. Without such an understanding, it is impossible to know whether Chairman Bernanke is fit to serve another term and fulfill the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate to ensure price stability and full employment. A list of said documentation is enumerated below."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope these guys have their Kevlar undies handy right now!

Oct 08 09:35

A STAGED PROVOCATION TO KICK OFF "CAST LEAD: THE SEQUEL?"

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I mean, seriously, at a time when the Palestinians are trying to get the United Nations to refer the Goldstone Report to the Hague, who benefits from a shooting at a school bus?

Would real Palestinians do something so obviously intended to destroy public sympathy for Gazans?

Especially as Israel makes their move on the Temple Mount.

Oct 08 09:28

Informed sources: Abbas advised not to return to Ramallah

Informed Palestinian sources revealed on condition of anonymity that Mahmoud Abbas was advised by some of his aides to delay this return to Ramallah in the West Bank until the popular anger and the scandal he caused by his position regarding Goldstone’s report subside.

Oct 08 09:26

Chaos reigns at Detroit aid event

“It’s a disaster here,” former assistant Detroit Police chief and city council candidate Gary Brown said, handing out water. “This is dangerous. Very unorganized, very dangerous.”

The City of Detroit Planning & Development Department was to pass out 5,000 applications to those standing in line. But a line of people snaking back and forth inside Cobo, down Washington Boulevard and around the corner to the circular parking deck far outnumbered the applications available.

The program is part of the city’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. By 11:30 a.m., the Detroit mayor’s office was asking people not to head to Cobo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the third world country of "Americastan", courtesy of the past and current administrations!

Oct 08 09:23

Snow in Chicago

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"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!!!!" -- The Goracle

Oct 08 09:21

Settler leader: Obama, keep your hands off Israel

Some 3,000 members of Likud, as well as thousands of right-wing supporters gathered on Wednesday in the Samaria National Park in the northern West Bank, to voice their support for further construction in the settlements.

Samaria Regional Council leader Gershon Mesika, sent a direct message to the U.S. President Barack Obama in his address to the demonstration:

"Keep your hands off of Israel," he said. "It is outside of your jurisdiction. Netanyahu should stand rock solid to protect his country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Samaria Regional Council leader Gershon Mesika; Obama should stand rock-solid to protect his country (meaning the USA), and immediately stop signing any more checks for aid or military support to Israel.

With 'friends' like you, in what you allege to be "the only democracy in the Middle East", who needs enemies?!?!?

Oct 08 09:18

Dark Omens for the US in Afghanistan

Now officially in its ninth year since the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. should have little reason to recount, in Chalmers Johnson’s words, the Sorrows of Empire. By now everyone on the planet knows by heart the tragic tale. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan without a clear understanding of its goals and after eight years remains as torn as ever over defining them. It was hoped that the incoming Obama administration and its new AfPak strategy would finally end the drift toward quagmire, but that hope is fading fast. Last week, AfPak architect Bruce Riedel revealed in the Financial Times that “Pretty much six months has since gone by without a rigorous implementation of what was agreed to and that has only made a bad situation worse.”

Oct 08 09:18

It Is Time To Help America

I too, have proposed many solutions, but I finally stopped doing so. Why? Because the politicians (which 'strangely' seem to always get re-elected...hmmmm...) aren't interested in solutions that make sense. This growing sense of inevitability and frustration is the genesis of the anger seen in Tea Parties and Town Hall meetings. The politicians are somewhat rattled, but think (based on what we've heard) this will all blow over, and Americans will go back to sleep. They have their own agenda's, their own self-interest, and the interests of the powerful interests from around the world to serve. The politicians aren't interested in your solutions - look at last year's bailout bill.

Oct 08 09:16

A Media Failure Compounds The Financial Failure:

The Press Is Still Missing The Story Of Fraud and Economic Decline Ahead

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media's job is to keep you spending until the last penny is extracted from the last pocket.

Oct 08 09:14

THE TEN PLAGUES OF EAST JERUSALEM

Much has changed in East Jerusalem over the past decade – to the point of becoming intolerable. When Teddy Kollek was Jerusalem’s mayor, its Arab citizens were disadvantaged, but their honour was scrupulously defended. They felt that at least they received civilized treatment. Recently though, several moves have made their lives unbearable and- the most difficult to bear- they feel their honour is being trodden underfoot. Ten plagues are being inflicted on East Jerusalem’s Arab citizens, and they cannot be ranked by gravity.

Oct 08 09:14

Scenes From a Crackdown

These are precisely the kinds of events where free speech and the freedom to protest is in most need of protection. Instead, the more high-profile the event, the more influential the players, and the more high-stakes the decision being made, the more determined police and political officials seem to be in making sure dissent is kept as far away from the decision makers as possible. Or silenced entirely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Police becoming more militaristic, both in garb and tactics, is a sobering sign that something is very unwell with the state of this Republic.

Oct 08 09:13

‘HEROIC’ ISRAELI SOLDIERS CAUGHT ON FILM

The complaint states that one of the soldiers, whom the residents call “Captain Fuad” threatened Hatib that if protests in Bil’in did not stop, he “would end up like Bassem,” an apparent reference to Bassem Abu Rahmeh, a Bil’in resident who was shot and killed by IDF fire on April 17 during protests against the fence.

Oct 08 09:12

NO AGE LIMIT FOR HEROISM

As US-made Hellfire missiles and white phosphorus rained down on the entrapped people of the Gaza Strip earlier this year, a number of “refuseniks,” young Israeli men and women who refuse to serve mandatory military conscription after high school, along with anti-occupation activists attempted to shut down the Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv. It was from this base that airborne weapons of war, flown by their former classmates, took off to kill Palestinians just miles down the beach in Gaza.

Oct 08 09:12

ANOTHER FIRM JOINS THE ‘BOYCOTT LIST’

With increasing calls for boycott of and divestment from companies that support Israel’s occupation, Volvo Group can expect activists around the world to put pressure on responsible investors to divest from the company and to call on public bus companies not to buy Volvo buses.

Oct 08 09:10

How almost one in four people in the world are Muslim... and 1,647,000 live in Britain

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"Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out!" -- Attributed variously to Pope Innocent III, Arnaud-Armaury; the Abbot of Citeaux, and Domingo De Guzman (Saint Dominic) and now apparently the official policy of the United States Government and Israel.

Oct 08 09:10

Japan Threatening to Oust US Troops From Okinawa

The DPJ is reportedly playing hardball now, however, threatening to kick the US military off the island of Okinawa, which is where the bulk of their presence is situated. The islanders have long complained about the major burden of tens of thousands of US soldiers occupying a large chunk of their island.

The LDP’s solution was to pay the US billions of dollars to relocate one of their bases. The DPJ however insists that if the US wants a sustainable alliance with Japan it will return to the bargaining table, and soon.

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This could go from zero to ugly in a heartbeat.

Oct 08 09:07

Aid Package From U.S. Jolts Army in Pakistan

The section of the legislation that has outraged the army says the secretary of state must report to Congress every six months on whether the government is exercising “effective civilian control over the military.”

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"If you're going to be a client state of the US, you had better darned well BEHAVE like a client state of the US!" - official white horse souse.

Oct 08 09:05

Why Is Goldman Advising CanWest On Its Programming Line Up?

When a few weeks ago we presented the concept of certain banks stealthy encroachment into the media world we were half joking. After all, the FCC would never allow Wall Street entities, even with equity control, to have a say in program line up and content, right? Needless to say, the potential for abuse (call it brain washing, or what you will) is simply staggering. Separately, two days ago, we highlighted the bankruptcy of Canada's biggest media company, CanWest, whose bankruptcy filings we are still combing through, looking for some of the usual suspects. Which is why we read with great interest Andrew Willis' article in today's Globe and Mail "Inside Goldman's deal with CanWest" which may have helped us, and our readers, elegantly put some of the pieces together.

Oct 08 09:00

On Afghan War’s Anniversary, US Troop Morale Plummeting

It was eight years ago today that the United States began its invasion of Afghanistan. At the time titled “Operation Infinite Justice,” the war, later rebranded as “Operation Enduring Freedom” has certainly been enduring, and many fear it will end up infinite.

But after eight full years of occupation, the exit strategy remains as elusive as ever, and chaplains are cautioning that the troops on the ground, 68,000 strong, are growing increasingly disillusioned with risking their lives in what is seen to be a futile and endless war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It doesn't take long for these soldiers, no matter how loyal they are both to the US and their military service, to realize that that we are absolutely on the wrong side of history with this war.

There were two objectives here; one was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the degree that pipelines could be placed to control Eurasian oil, and to protect and encourage the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize which of the two objectives has come to pass, 8 years on.

Oct 08 08:59

Who Is a Jew?

As things stand at the moment, The British media are yet to decide whether Ahmadinejad is a ‘Jew rebel’ or just a ‘Meshugena Goy’. The Guardian was very quick to publish its own take on the subject refuting the Telegraph’s account. However, one thing is clear, neither the Guardian nor the Telegraph or any other so called ‘free media’ outlets are free enough to address the questions raised by Ahmadinejad. 1. Why only the Jews? 2. Why do you all say NO to scrutinizing the past? 3. Why do the Palestinians have to pay the price? Instead of engaging in these crucial elementary questions. The British main papers succumb to racially orientated bloodline digging.

Oct 08 08:57

Is Eli Lilly Milking Cancer by Promoting and Treating It?

Years ago, an owner of a glass company was arrested for throwing bricks through store windows in his town. What a way to increase business! Has Eli Lilly figured out the drug equivalent of breaking, then fixing our windows?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That SBGH caused cancer was uncovered by FOX News reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson. When FOX News ordered them to remove that fact from their story on SBGH (which was supposed to extol the benefits of that chemical) Jane and Steve refused and were fired. They sued and ultimately LOST the case when the court of appeals ruled that since there is no actual law requiring the news media to tell the public the truth about anything, TV news corporations can legally fire any reporter for refusing to lie when ordered to do so.

Oct 08 08:55

Army Officers Criticize Rebuke of Gen. McChrystal

Army officers gathered at a convention in Washington this week said senior White House officials should not have rebuked Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, for saying publicly that a scaled-back war effort would not succeed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

McChrystal may well have been pulling a "General Patton" on this, but there is every reason to believe he was simply trying to prove his case publicly for more troops.

Unless the mission is completely redefined there is no path for "victory" here, with the US and NATO military just continuing to do what hasn't worked, with the current troop strength.

But there is a growing anger in the military about how the war in Afghanistan is being conducted, and the hard reality that the Taliban is now resurgent, in spite of the best efforts of US and NATO military. The comparisons to Viet Nam are inescapable, eight years on.

Only if a complete destabilization of Afghanistan, coupled with a massive rise in the drug trade, was precisely what the Pentagon and the White House wanted here, can we say "mission accomplished" in Afghanistan.

Oct 08 08:49

Buchenwald - A Dumb Dumb Portrayal Of Evil

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The maker of this video advocates kindness toward all Jewish people; and is against what Hitler did in Europe. Having said that, the video maker also believes the holocaust is a giant myth. A myth which is parlayed today into the justification of war. The author of this video (and the uploader is not the author) wishes to remain anonymous.

As a side note, the lampshade was rediscovered and tested and found to be goat skin.

As you watch this video, just remember, "Saddam has nookular bombs! Saddam has nookular bombs! Saddam has nookular bombs! Saddam has nookular bombs! Saddam has nookular bombs!"

Oct 08 08:41

American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe they are just tired of fighting and dying for opium, but of course the corporate media won't tell you that.

In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Oct 08 08:41

U.S. Retail Center Vacancies Rise to 17-Year High, Reis Says

Vacancies at U.S. shopping centers rose in the third quarter to a 17-year high as unemployment climbed, consumers cut spending and stores closed, real estate research company Reis Inc. said.

Vacancies at neighborhood and community shopping centers increased to 10.3 percent, the highest level since 1992, from 8.4 percent a year earlier, New York-based Reis said today. Vacancies at regional and super-regional malls rose to 8.6 percent from 6.6 percent a year earlier, a high for this decade.

Oct 08 08:38

Debt-Market Paralysis Deepens Credit Drought

The continued disarray in debt-securitization markets, which in recent years were the source of roughly 60 percent of all credit in the United States, is making loans scarce and threatening to slow the economic recovery. Many of these markets are operating only because the government is propping them up.

But now the Federal Reserve has put these markets on notice that it plans to withdraw its support for them. Policy makers hope private investors will return to the markets, which imploded during the financial crisis.

Oct 08 08:31

Avigdor Lieberman: No Chance For Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal

Israel's foreign minister declared Thursday that there is no chance of reaching a final accord with the Palestinians any time soon, casting a pall over the U.S. Mideast envoy's latest effort to get peace talks moving again.

"Anyone who says that within the next few years an agreement can be reached ending the conflict ... simply doesn't understand the situation and spreads delusions, ultimately leading to disappointments and an all-out confrontation here," Lieberman told Israel Radio.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be no peace accord, because Israel doesn't want peace; it wants territory by any means necessary.

Oct 08 08:26

US 'bunker buster' bomb to be ready soon: Pentagon

The Defense Department had said in August it wanted to speed up production plans for the super bomb, asking Congress to shift funds to the project.

Congress approved the request and the Pentagon announced Friday it awarded McDonnell Douglas Corporation a 51.9-million-dollar contract to enable B-2 aircraft to carry the enormous MOP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how much crumbling US infrastructure 51.9 million dollars could fix in this country.

But the development of this and other weaponry is a very clear signal from the Pentagon and this administration that they are on a course toward endless war, with no letup in sight.

Oct 08 08:24

Say no to war in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The escalation of war in Afghanistan may be only a stalking horse for an even larger war in Pakistan as the United States seeks to secure the nukes there that might fall into the hands of terrorists. These newly proposed wars are only the Obama phase of what is likely to be an endless 21st-century crusade called "the war on terrorism."

Yet what we justifiably fear - terrorists acquiring a nuclear weapon and detonating it in the United States - cannot be prevented by the United States imposing itself on one country after another in the Middle East or elsewhere. A more plausible strategy is to address the grievances and problems that lead people to want to strike out against the West in general, and the United States in particular.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like protecting Israel from war crimes charges!

Oct 08 08:22

HOT: Dollar Intervention!!!

Things are really bad when the Philippines is propping up the dollar. The Philippines!

These declines are really hard to stop, near impossible. Is this the the start of the tsunami wall of dollars that could hit markets?

Oct 08 08:21

Mainstream Medias Failed Reporting on the Dollar Collapse

AS of 7:09 AM ET CNBC and Marketwatch do not have anything on their front page about the Asian intervention in foreign currency markets to prop up the collapsing dollar.

FT has a general story on the weak dollar four stories down.

WSJ covers it, but only half way down, in the "Before the Bell" segment.

Let me make clear what MSM is obviously not getting. Panic out of the dollar is the great tsunami that could rock the financial system to its core. If this escalates. It means soaring--double digit-- U.S. inflation, a near impossible ability for the U.S. government to finance its debt, a complete restructuring of the international financial structure.

Oct 08 08:20

Asian Central Banks Intervene as Dollar Tumbles

The U.S. dollar continued to tumble against most Asian currencies Thursday, prompting a wave of foreign-exchange intervention by central banks in South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand seeking to limit damage to their export industries.

Traders said the dollar selloff is unlikely to fade soon, given the prospect for a long period of low U.S. interest rates to support a sluggish U.S. economy and increasing signs central banks in Asia will begin tightening monetary policies in the months ahead.

Oct 08 08:13

Mitterrand faces calls to quit over 'boys' for sex claim

The French culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, last night faced calls for his resignation over an autobiography published four years ago in which he described paying "young boys" for sex while travelling abroad.

Mitterrand was the first major political figure to leap to the defence of the film director Roman Polanski when he was arrested in Switzerland last month facing deportation to the United States for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl there in 1977.

Mitterrand's impassioned comments in support of Polanski, who had initially faces charges of rape, and against an "a frightening America", were controversial and the French government eventually distanced itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the reason the world is so screwed up is that high office is very attractive to sociopaths. And given that they are such good liars, because they feel no guilt, they tend to get it!

Oct 08 08:10

Laptop theft gives 850,000 doctors the blues

Another stolen laptop ... and this time we have 850,000 doctors swallowing the bitter pill of knowing that their sensitive professional and personal information may have fallen into hands bent on identity theft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is such an easy solution to this.

Encrypt the data and have the encryption software and keys on a jump disk ON YOUR KEYRING.

(Nobody listens; I don't know why I bother any more.)

I think it is time for all Americans to start top refuse to be on databases, public or private. The endless string of identity theft proves that neither government nor corporations can get their act together regarding data security and the best way to prevent identity theft is to keep your life off their computers.

Oct 08 08:06

Former White House Speechwriter Suggests Military Coup Could Oust Obama

Former White House speechwriter John L. Perry has courted controversy by suggesting that the U.S. Military, upholding their oath to defend the Constitution against domestic enemies, could stage a bloodless coup to oust President Obama.

In an article originally posted on the Newsmax website, Perry wrote, “There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would have to be a coup against pretty much the entire government. Obama is just the public focus. The problem lies with the Federal Reserve system, AIPAC, and all the other corrupters that need to be put in front of a firing squad.

Most military I know are strict constitutionalists.

Oct 08 08:03

Is Medea Benjamin Naive or Just Confused?

Benjamin: "And we want our troops to pull out. We just want to do it in a way that is not going to lead to a Taliban takeover that will put women back inside the home."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yeah. that is a great reason to allow more young Americans to get killed; to force Afghanistan women to lead American-style lives (take a good look around at how wonderful that is working out right now).

Code Pink is either smoking some of that opium coming out of "Americanized" Afghanistan or their opposition to the war was really opposition to Bush and now that this is Obama's war they are willing to look the other way!

Oct 08 07:58

Afghan Taliban say they pose no threat to the West

The Afghan Taliban pose no threat to the West but will continue their fight against occupying foreign forces, they said on Wednesday, the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that removed them from power.

U.S.-led forces with the help of Afghan groups overthrew the Taliban government during a five week battle which started on October 7, 2001, after the militants refused to hand over al Qaeda leaders wanted by Washington for the September 11 attacks on America.

"We had and have no plan of harming countries of the world, including those in Europe ... our goal is the independence of the country and the building of an Islamic state," the Taliban said in a statement on the group's website www.shahamat.org.

Oct 08 07:56

Western media steps up pressure on China over Iran

In the case of the US, it is precisely the lack of economic ties that is driving its confrontation with Iran. One only has to ask the question: what would happen if relations with Iran were normalised and sanctions lifted? Immediately there would be a scramble for economic position and political influence in Tehran by all the major powers. The US, which has no diplomatic relations with and virtually no trade and investment in Iran, would be starting with a major disadvantage. Confrontation and sanctions, on the other hand, serve to undermine the position of US rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US Government is bashing Iran to prevent the rest of the world from gaining an economic advantage over the US?

Now THERE's a great reason to let your children be killed and crippled!

Oct 08 07:55

Music piracy costs money; does fighting it cost more?

The major music labels say that they stand to lose £200 million this year in the UK alone thanks to Internet file-sharing. But one of the country's biggest ISPs is now slinging around some huge numbers of its own, saying it will actually cost ISPs £365 million a year to adopt "three strikes" rules meant to stem piracy.

Oct 08 07:53

US budget deficit may hit record $1.4 trillion

The deficit resulted from both declining revenues and increased spending, stemming mostly from aid to the financial system and fiscal stimulus to jolt the world's largest economy from a prolonged recession, the CBO said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is a lie. Roughly half of that deficit is for the wars.

Oct 08 07:51

The still-missing central fact in the Iran drama

Ever since Iran reported the existence of its Qom enrichment facility to the IAEA, one central assertion has been repeated as fact over and over by the American media to make the story as incriminating as possible: namely, that Iran only disclosed this because they discovered they had been "caught," i.e., they found out that the West knew of this facility and they thus had no choice but to disclose it. That assertion has been fundamental to the entire Iran drama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, if the US or Israel had actually known of this facility, they would have revealed it immediately BEFORE Iran had a chance to inform the IAEA.

From where I sit the Iranian announcement caught them by surprise and they are in full CYA mode.

Oct 08 07:48

NASA to bomb the Moon on Friday morning, watch from Earth

NASA plans to crash a rocket into the moon early Friday, blasting a huge hole in the lunar surface to search for hidden water.

The explosion, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Florida time, is expected to visible with from Earth using amateur telescopes, according to NASA.

It's also expected to be aired live by NASA-TV and on www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Oct 08 07:46

Google: Computer memory flakier than expected

Wondering why your computer just crashed again? Its memory might be to blame, according to real-world Google research that finds error rates higher than what earlier work showed.

With hundreds of thousands of computers in its data centers, Google can collect an abundance of real-world data about how those machines actually work. That's exactly what the company did for a research paper that found error rates are surprisingly high.

"We found the incidence of memory errors and the range of error rates across different DIMMs (dual in-line memory modules) to be much higher than previously reported," according the paper jointly written by Bianca Schroeder, a professor at the University of Toronto, and Google's Eduardo Pinheiro and Wolf-Dietrich Weber. "Memory errors are not rare events."

Oct 08 07:46

Ron Paul Calls for Delay to Bernanke Confirmation Hearing

In a letter they will send to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd this afternoon, Rep. Ron Paul (R., Tex.) and Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) will ask that the Senate hold off on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing until the central bank releases more information about its rescues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, it's nunya business. We get to print it up. We get to decide how to spend it. Your job is to pay for it all; THAT'S what God created you for. That is ALL God created you for. Now shut the @*#% up, slave, and get back to work! and stop whining about not being able to find a job; that's not my problem to deal with."

Oct 08 07:44

Peace deal impossible: Israel

Lieberman says it’s unrealistic to think a long-term agreement on ending the conflict can be reached at this time and that whoever thinks an agreement can be reached soon just doesn’t understand the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They won't leave and give us their land, dammit!"

Oct 08 07:36

Trips to Mars in 39 Days

Using traditional chemical rockets, a trip to Mars – at quickest — lasts 6 months. But a new rocket tested successfully last week could potentially cut down travel time to the Red Planet to just 39 days. The Ad Astra Rocket Company tested a plasma rocket called the VASIMR VX-200 engine, which ran at 201 kilowatts in a vacuum chamber, passing the 200-kilowatt mark for the first time. "It's the most powerful plasma rocket in the world right now," says Franklin Chang-Diaz, former NASA astronaut and CEO of Ad Astra. The company has also signed an agreement with NASA to test a 200-kilowatt VASIMR engine on the International Space Station in 2013.

Oct 08 07:10

Transcript of the IAEA Director General's Remarks at the Joint Press Conference with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, 4 October 2009

....I will answer in English only. Agency regulations require, with all countries, without exception, that they should inform the IAEA on the day they decided to construct a nuclear facility. Iran has joined that regulation in 2002, then in 2007 decided they will go back from that arrangement or regulation and decided to apply the old regulation, which says that 6 months before the nuclear material is introduced, they should inform the Agency. We disagree with that interpretation by Iran; our legal interpretation, in the Agency, is that Iran should have informed us the day they decided to construct that facility. That is the Agency's view; that is the regulation that is applied to all parties of the NPT, without exception. Iran takes a different view, but the Agency view (is) as I explained....

Oct 08 07:04

Big Brother FBI

Like a vampire rising from it's grave each night to feed on the privacy rights of Americans, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is moving forward with programs that drain the life blood from our constitutional liberties.

From the wholesale use of informants and provocateurs to stifle political dissent, to Wi-Fi hacking and viral computer spyware to follow our every move, the FBI has turned massive data-mining of personal information into a growth industry. In the process they are building the surveillance state long been dreamed of by American securocrats.

Oct 08 07:00

A poverty of leadership

Absent from this discussion is what happened in those three weeks in Gaza. Nearly 1,500 Palestinians were killed, including 109 women and 320 children and thousands more were injured. Basic infrastructure, homes, businesses and schools were destroyed and because of the siege, are yet to be rebuilt. The use of white phosphorous and flechette bombs, indiscriminate shelling and bombing of civilian areas, use of human shields, and the list goes on. By burying the Goldstone report, the US, Israel and the PA also hoped to bury these crimes. With Gaza isolated and besieged, they believe that claims of Israeli war crimes will get overtaken by other events and lost in the media din.

Oct 08 06:33

Bloomberg says we are in a "Deepest Depression" but trys to hide it with the word "recession"

The weaker dollar may boost America’s exports as the economy recovers from

    the deepest recession since the 1930s.

SO we can infer that we are not in a . . "Great Depression". but a . . "Deepest Depression" . . PS: Please note i coined this term first LOL!

The risk is that it may also drive away America’s largest creditors just as the Treasury relies more than ever on foreign investors to buy the bonds financing Barack Obama’s stimulus spending. The dollar’s share of global currency reserves fell in the second quarter to 62.8 percent, the lowest level in at least a decade, the International Monetary Fund in Washington said on Sept. 30.

Oct 08 06:00

The Fall of the Maya: 'They Did it to Themselves'

For 1200 years, the Maya dominated Central America. At their peak around 900 A.D., Maya cities teemed with more than 2,000 people per square mile -- comparable to modern Los Angeles County. Even in rural areas the Maya numbered 200 to 400 people per square mile. But suddenly, all was quiet. And the profound silence testified to one of the greatest demographic disasters in human prehistory -- the demise of the once vibrant Maya society.

What happened? Some NASA-funded researchers think they have a pretty good idea.

"They did it to themselves," says veteran archeologist Tom Sever.

Oct 08 05:48

UN data shows huge discrepancies in Afghan voter turnout

Voter turnout data kept confidential by the United Nations' chief envoy in Kabul after Afghanistan's disputed August presidential election show that in some provinces the official vote count exceeded the estimated number of voters by 100,000 or more, providing further indication that the contest was marred by fraud.

In southern Helmand province -- where 134,804 votes were recorded, 112,873 of them for President Hamid Karzai -- the United Nations estimated that just 38,000 people voted, and possibly as few as 5,000, according to a U.N. spreadsheet obtained by The Washington Post.

Oct 08 05:32

Gold Rises to Record for Third Day on Dollar

Gold Rises to Record for Third Day on Dollar The price of gold broke another record yesterday after hitting new highs the previous two days...

Oct 08 05:18

House prices 'have further 17pc to fall'

The recent rises in house prices will prove to be a false dawn because of the broader problems facing the British economy, Fitch Ratings said yesterday.

The ratings agency predicted that house prices in Britain would fall by around 30pc in total from the October 2007 peak, indicating that they have a further 17pc left to fall. The current average house price of £162,000 is 13pc lower than that peak, Fitch said.

Rising unemployment, which will peak next year and remain at that level into 2011, as well as a low wage inflation and poor credit availability, will drag on house prices, the report said.

Oct 08 05:03

Areas hit hard by flu in spring see little now

While concern over the spread of the H1N1 virus sweeps the country, epidemiologists in New York and a few other cities that were awash in swine flu last spring are detecting very little evidence of a resurgence.

Although flu season will not peak until the weather gets cold, in New York, which was the nation's hardest hit city, officials say that flu activity is no higher than it normally is at this time of year and that school attendance is normal.

Oct 08 04:59

PCTs doubtful over arthritis drug after 'thumbs down' from NICE

Doubts have been raised over whether the ‘smart’ drug Tocilizumab, which treats rheumatoid arthritis, will be made available on the NHS.

Trials have shown that the drug can significantly improve the lives of patients who can no longer benefit from other therapies, but at a cost of £9,300 per patient per year, the drug may be too expensive for the NHS.

Omega fish oil and cod liver oil have worked wonders for me, and they cost pennies to buy.

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