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Jan 30 22:04

CLIMATEGATE - UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article

The United Nations' expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world's mountain tops on a student's dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.

The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.

Jan 30 22:02

Storm blankets southern states with snow

As Tennessee digs out, up to a foot of snow comes down in N. Carolina

Jan 30 19:17

The Palestine You Don't Know:Pre-Occupation

You hear it often said that once the Zionists invaded Palestine they “made the desert bloom” – history,on the other hand, documents a fairly different picture when it comes the region, pre-occupation.

These men,women and children had their own lives and their own stories which shall not be forgotten, regardless of how hard Zionist occupiers try and pretend that they did not exist.

Jan 30 18:54

US accelerating missile defenses in Gulf: report

The US administration is speeding up deployment of defenses against potential Iranian missile attacks in the Gulf to heed off any possible retaliation, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is a flat-out admission that the United States intends an unprovoked attack.

Jan 30 18:19

Obama's SLOWLY given, glib answer without a teleprompter

Obama Asked Why US Doesn't Condemn Israeli Human Rights Abuses (VIDEO)[Transcript]
Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham 01-28-10
Obama carefully avoided directly addressing any questions of human rights abuses by Israel or Egypt, instead choosing to frame his answer in the broader context of the troubled region.
He was quick to state that he "makes no apologies" for strongly defending Israel while also asserting that the Palestinians have rights as well:

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 13:17

OBAMA’S CONSPICUOUS FAILURE

The conspicuous failure of the latest visit to the region by US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell raises questions as to the Obama administration’s ability — or even willingness — to pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands. Prior to his arrival, Mitchell was widely thought to be carrying “serious ideas” that would help resume stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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 11:53

Israel will widen any future Lebanon conflict into Syria

The Israeli state must take into account Syria’s role in supporting Hizbullah in any future war with the Lebanese group, an Israeli security analyst said on Friday. Renewed hostilities could also see Israel launch a ground invasion of the Bekaa to cut Syrian supply routes to the Shiite group, Jonathan Spyer, senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center, wrote in the Jerusalem Post. Hizbullah officials contacted by The Daily Star declined to comment on the story.

“The logic of confrontation in Lebanon suggests that Syria may find it hard to avoid direct engagement in a future Israel-Hizbullah clash,” Spyer said. The “point of no return” would be if Damascus provided anti-aircraft devices to Hizbullah to use during Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A regional war in this area will spiral into a potential world war very quickly.

And Israel is itching for a way any, which way they can, and are currently doing illegal overflights of Lebanese airspace right now on a consistent basis.

When at some point, the Lebanese military strikes back, that will be the excuse Israel will use for going to war against it, to gain both territory and the water of the Litani river.

I am hoping that the adults in the room in the Lebanese government will not give the Israelis the luxury of getting such a war going, because that may definitely spiral from a regional confrontation to a world war.

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 11:41

Breaking the Silence publishes shocking testimonies from women who served Occupation

There’s a new and shocking booklet of testimonies out from Breaking the Silence, this one from anonymous female soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories and routinely abused the "Arabs" or "illegal aliens." Because they could, or needed to. Ynet has published many of the testimonies, and they’re horrifying/nightmarish, all about the kind of warped psychological/gender power abuse that people talk about in David Hare plays or in Eastern European memoirs. What if these stories of sexualized humiliation were published in the U.S.? (Noam Sheizaf asks). Don’t worry, they won’t be.

Jan 30 11:39

Many Gazans remain homeless one year after siege: UN offers temporary mud-brick houses

Thousands of Gazans were made homeless during Israel's three-week military offensive against the Hamas-ruled territory a year ago. Most Gazans are still living in tents.

Majid Al Athamna is one of these homeless people but he is considered lucky to receive the key to his new house from the UN officials. He left his tent to live in a mud house, which the officials told him was just a temporary replacement for the house the Israelis demolished nearly a year ago.

Jan 30 11:36

Obama's DOJ Clears Torture Memo Authors John Yoo, Jay Bybee of Professional Misconduct

A long-awaited Department of Justice watchdog report that probed whether John Yoo and his former boss Jay Bybee violated professional standards when they provided the Bush White House with legal advice on torture has cleared both men of misconduct, according to Newsweek, citing unnamed sources who have seen the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, it's official: whatever moral compass the government of this country might have had in times past has gone the way of the dodo bird and the dribble glass.

Constitution and Bill of Rights, R.I.P.

Jan 30 11:34

10 Women, 15 Children, Wounded After Soldiers Fired Gas Bombs Into A Palestinian Home

Palestinian medical sources reported on Friday at night that 10 women and 15 children were hospitalized suffering severe effects of tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs into the lower floor a house in Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Local residents rushed to the house and managed to rescue the wounded women and children after pulling them through the windows of the gassed home.

Soldiers violently attacked and beat Manal and Nariman after kidnapping them during the nonviolent weekly protest against settlements and illegal settler violations. Manal is a mother of four children, and so is Nariman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The soldiers of the IDF must feel when they injure women and kids, because they do it so consistently!

And a memo to Israeli political leadership: if you don't want your soldiers to look like war criminals, stop the IDF from committing the kinds of atrocities which make them look like war criminals, as in the beating of these women.

In the 21st century, the IDF can no longer hide even one of these incidents anymore.

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 11:13

To gasps from the gallery, Blair said we should be proud of the war

Sir John appealed for calm as a heckler shouted: "What, no regrets? Come on!" His voice fading, Mr Blair insisted that Britain – especially its armed forces – should feel an "immense sense of pride" over the Iraq war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is always the consummate sociopathic political leaders, whose kids were never threatened in battle for private corporate profits, who can make such statements.

Tony Blair, history will judge you as a mass murderer, and declare that on the issue of the invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US and the UK, these two countries were absolutely on the wrong side of history.

Jan 30 11:08

Obama Losing Control of Iran Policy

The Senate move reveals an administration losing control of even its own party in foreign policy dealings, as U.S. President Barack Obama has tried to maintain engagement with Iran aimed at curbing its nuclear program, which the Islamic Republic insists is for peaceful purposes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a completely incorrect assessment.

The only power governing US foreign policy toward Iran is neither Obama or the US Senate.

That power is Israel.

Jan 30 11:03

Pentagon to Send More Special Forces Troops to Yemen

The Pentagon is assigning more special forces personnel to Yemen as part of a broad push to speed the training of the country's counterterror forces in the wake of the failed Christmas Day attack on a crowded U.S. airliner.

Military officials familiar with the matter said the U.S. will begin rotating the same groups of special forces personnel through Yemen and keeping some of the elite troops there for longer tours, changes designed to help the American trainers develop closer relationships with their Yemeni counterparts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great timing; just when the Shiite rebels in north Yemen have signaled that they would accept the government's conditions to end the war, what is the US doing?

Sending in more troops, of course!

Jan 30 10:57

Paulson Says Russia Urged China to Dump Fannie, Freddie Bonds

Russia urged China to dump its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds in 2008 in a bid to force a bailout of the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.

Paulson learned of the “disruptive scheme” while attending the Beijing Summer Olympics, according to his memoir, “On The Brink.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice a crescendo of Russia and China-bashing here in the US, in order to deflect Americans' anger away from what our own government has done to destroy this economy.

Jan 30 10:53

California controller: State will run out of cash before April

State Controller John Chiang issued a stern warning Friday about California's cash reserves, telling legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger they must act on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts the governor is seeking by March — or the state will run out of cash to pay its bills.

Even with the budget cuts, the state's cash reserve would still be far below that cushion in March and April.

To that end, Chiang is calling for an additional $2 billion in cash-flow "solutions." Looking at previous cash crunches, that could mean some payments, like income tax refunds, would be delayed for a few weeks to keep the cushion intact.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is currently going on in California is very likely to be played out in many other cash-strapped states.

Jan 30 10:49

Clinton warns China to stay the course on Iran nuclear sanctions

Reporting from Paris - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned China on Friday that it faced international pressure and increasing isolation unless it joined other world powers in sanctioning Iran to try to halt Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

The admonishment from Clinton came on the same day the Pentagon announced more than $6 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, a move certain to infuriate Beijing and add a new complication to the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

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Secretary Clinton either has to be barking mad, to make such a demand, or the US has made the decision that a world war is inevitable, possibly because of the following potential economic scenario.

As reported on 17 January, 2010 in:

http://www.gold-eagle.com/editorials_08

"The move to reduce the use of U.S. dollars in trade has been a two-part process. While China has engaged in a long series of bilateral trade agreements to boost its share of global trade, it has simultaneously inked numerous "currency swaps", supplying its trade partners with renminbi to use in their future trading - and permanently excluding the U.S. dollar from those bilateral relationships./nielson011710.html

"Indeed, inept Western analysts point to the large hoard of U.S. dollars still in China's possession, and conclude (erroneously) that the Chinese government is still increasing its holdings of U.S. IOU's through "buying" its debt. In fact, such accumulation has almost stopped."

China is willing to take whatever "hit" that it must on the U.S. dollars which it is holding (through currency swaps), because it is effectively "sterilizing" global trade from the cancerous effect of the biggest flood of greenbacks in history (and the horrific inflation they would cause). Instead of these depreciating dollars being used again and again, in that back-and-forth flow of trade, those dollars have been removed from global markets - and replaced with renminbi."

Jan 30 10:30

s There Trouble In Paradise? My Return to Honolulu

But (my wife) Kathy and I rented a car and had the opportunity to drive around the entire Big Island and see a lot of Hawaii. What we found was very disturbing. On the western shore from north to south, we saw thousands of tents and huts where people were living. Many are also living in their vehicles, some their own, some abandoned by someone. When I mentioned this to a few political folks they told me that they had heard about this but that they themselves seldom get to that part of the island. So this destitution, within only miles of the great city of Honolulu, is largely invisible to the public at large.

Jan 30 10:24

Nigerian oil rebels threaten 'all-out' attacks

Nigeria's main rebel group Saturday called off a truce in the oil-rich Niger Delta, threatening an "all-out onslaught" and adding to the political and economic woes of Africa's oil and gas giant.

The announcement is a fresh blow for authorities amid uncertainty over the health of the country's president, in hospital in Saudi Arabia for more than two months, which has sparked an unprecendented political crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The adults in the room in the halls of power in Nigeria need to negotiate with MEND leadership, which is simply asking that there be a more equitable distribution of oil revenues, which is a reasonable request.

The only other possibility here will be a massive civil war, which will be an horrendous outcome for all of Nigeria's citizens.

Jan 30 10:17

Yemen rebels 'would accept conditional end to war'

The leader of the Shiite rebels in north Yemen said on Saturday in a message released on the Internet that he will accept the government's conditions to end the war if attacks against them cease.

I announce our acceptance of the (government's) five points, after the aggression stops," Abdel Malak al-Huthi said in an audio message released on the Internet. "The ball is now in the other party's court."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope to heck that Yemen's President Saleh and the US are listening, very carefully, to this offer.

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 10:08

North Korea says it holds 2nd American

The North Korean government informed the State Department on Friday that it is holding a second American citizen who the North Koreans say entered the country from China, a State Department spokesman said.

The American, who has not been identified, was detained Monday for trespassing on North Korea's border with China, state-run Korea Central News Agency reported Thursday. The incident is under investigation, according to the agency's report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These two men being held by North Korea are there because of only two possibilities: either complete, abject stupidity, or this is some kind of a set-up.

There is absolutely no middle ground here.

Jan 30 10:04

FDIC clocks 15 bank failures so far in 2010

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) said First Regional Bank in Los Angeles, Florida Community Bank, First National Bank of Georgia, American Marine Bank in Washington, Marshall Bank in Minnesota and Community Bank and Trust in Georgia had failed -- pushing the tally to 15 banks that have failed this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yikes! And we're not even out of January yet!

Jan 30 10:01

Obama: Time for ‘painful choices’ in deficit battle

US President Barack Obama on Saturday promised to rein the burgeoning US budget deficit, saying it was now time for Americans of different political persuasions "to come together" to solve this problem.

"Because we've heard plenty of talk and a lot of yelling on TV about deficits, and it's now time to come together and make the painful choices we need to eliminate those deficits," Obama said in his weekly radio address.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama, just in case he has suffered a major attack of economic ADD.

We the People didn't bankrupt this country; the government did it by funding these wars without end, through successive administrations, including yours.

There is a momentous and burgeoning anger among the middle class voters who actually believed you might keep at least some of your campaign promises.

They are working longer hours (if they are fortunate enough to find a job), for less money, and taxed almost to death as it is.

Your statement in that radio speech about "...it was now time for Americans of different political persuasions "to come together" to solve this problem.' is going to make these voters furious, because they understand precisely where such a statement is leading; to a sharp upturn in their taxes, which you promised in your campaign speeches you wouldn't do, as witnessed here on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJVMWjTQh_Y

Mr. President, as this country teeters on the brink of financial default, this might be one hell of a good time to end these wars without end .

Iraq is a complete mess, on the keening edge of a new civil war, and Afghanistan.... please, don't get me started on what a charlie foxtrot that has become.

Stop the wars. Start rebuilding our infrastructure, here at home. Find a way to stop outsourcing, particularly in our manufacturing sector.

These wars do not protect our country; investing in our own infrastructure will, and it will be one hell of a lot cheaper.

Jan 30 09:42

You're Either With Us, Or You're With The Greenhadists

Osama Bin Laden, or whoever makes those tapes, is reinventing himself as an anti-capitalist, anti-global warming green jihadist.

A Greenhadist, if you will.

Bin Laden hasn't finished with his greenhadist speeches. Oh, you know that's the truth. That was just an intro. This is going to be his Big New Thing.

Jan 30 09:28

Testimonies of Israeli Female Soldiers Regarding Violations Against Palestinian Civilians

Part of the testimonies is regarding “extra efforts” that female soldiers should conduct in order to be recognized and accepted by the fellow male soldiers.
Another soldier said that she saw a fellow female soldier humiliating Palestinian residents “in a way that cannot be described by words”, and added that “you have to see it to realize how she behaves, how she humiliates the Palestinians without caring about anything”.

“Everybody is doing that”, the soldier added, “Soldiers and senior officers, nobody objects”.

Jan 30 09:13

A French Revelation, or The Burning Bush

Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse.

Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.

Jan 30 09:12

Anti-Israelism: Why Zionism doesn't and can't get it

There is no doubt it. More and more people all over the world, and probably many of their governments behind closed doors, are beginning to see the Zionist state of Israel for what it really is – not only the obstacle to peace but a monster apparently beyond control; and they, more and more so-called ordinary folk everywhere, are beginning to turn against it.

That explains why Prime Minister Netanyahu is leading Zionism's hysterical call for the world to stop demonizing Israel.

Jan 30 09:11

"Stability and Justice and Right of Al-Quds and Palestine" – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed

They world of today is one hypocritical mess. Despite high-sounding sentiments and slogans, the killings are still going on and there is injustice everywhere. The rich and the powerful are still inventing, producing and equipping themselves with more and more weapons of mass destruction (WMD) even as they go to war to stop others from having the WMD.

Jan 30 09:10

The Merchants of Fear: Israel's Profiting from Homeland Insecurity

In the wake of the weird Christmas Day "underwear bomber" incident on Northwest Flight 253, former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, as if on cue, was all over the mainstream media touting whole-body scanners as the answer to America's airline security problems. Since leaving public office in 2009, Chertoff had co-founded the Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm whose clients include a manufacturer of body-imaging screening machines. While some in the media noted this rather commonplace conflict of interest, ignored by all was a far more significant abuse of the American public's trust.

Jan 30 09:09

Tel Aviv Professor Calls For Boycott Of Israel

An Israeli professor is set to call for a boycott of the Jewish state during a talk at a London University.

Jan 30 09:07

NATO troops clash with Afghan allies

NATO troops clashed with their Afghan allies in a so-called "friendly fire" incident on Saturday, calling in air strikes that killed four Afghan soldiers and stoked anger among villagers.

Jan 30 09:01

Bank Sues Victim To Avoid Replacing $200k In Stolen Funds

What constitutes adequate security for a bank? PlainsCapital Bank in Lubbock, Texas says what it currently has is enough, and if after all that some crooks still manage to steal your money, it's not the bank's fault. The bank has preemptively sued a business customer, Hillary Machinery, to absolve itself from any liability on what it couldn't get back from the more than $800,000 that was stolen by foreign hackers last November.

Jan 30 08:59

Chinese company pre-emptively clones iPad

The unveiling of Apple's iPad tablet computer was one of the most anticipated technology events in recent years, but a similar looking device has been on sale in China for nearly six months.

The touchscreen iPad look-alike marks a new milestone by Chinese manufacturers: cloning a product before it had even been announced, mused Shanghaiist.com, a Shanghai city blog, and Shanzhai.com, a tech blog dedicated to Chinese copies.

But Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial Co. -- makers of the Chinese device, which resembles an over-sized iPhone -- said Apple appeared to be the copycats.

Jan 30 08:54

Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life

Laptop owners upgrading their Windows XP and Windows Vista machines to Windows 7 are complaining that Microsoft's new OS has severely reduced their available battery life.

One user tells The Reg that after upgrading his circa 2007 HP notebook from Vista to Windows 7, the machine's battery life dropped from two hours to a half hour, and countless others are voicing similar complaints on Microsoft's TechNet forums.

Jan 30 08:53

Britain's affair with antisemitism - PROPAGANDA ALERT

By questioning the allegiances of Jews serving on the Chilcot inquiry, Sir Oliver Miles continues a long tradition of prejudice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two of the five members of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war are Jewish, yet according to David Cesarani it is "Anti-Semitic" to point out that fact even in the aftermath of one of those Jewish members stating that any opposition to the Iraq war is itself "Anti-Semitic!"

Jan 30 08:53

Former Malaysian leader: Jews cause world’s problems

Malaysia’s former prime minister accused America’s "Jewish lobby" of preventing President Obama from ending the war in Afghanistan.

Local Malaysian media reported that Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled the Muslim nation between 1981 and 2003, told the Conference for the Support of Al-Quds on Jan. 21 that AIPAC was hindering two of Obama’s key election promises: ending the war in Afghanistan and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Jan 30 08:50

Robert Fisk: Why does the US turn a blind eye to Israeli bulldozers?

President Ahmadinejad of Iran is no more Adolf Hitler than the Israelis are Nazis. But the "threat" of Iran is distracting the world. So is Tony Blair yesterday, trying to wriggle out of his bloody responsibility for the Iraq disaster. The real catastrophe, however, continues just outside Jerusalem, amid the fields, stony hills and ancient caves of most of the West Bank.

Jan 30 08:49

Cell phone ban does not reduce accidents: California revenue scheme exposed as complete fraud

A new study reveals that the hand-held cell phone ban for drivers that went into effect July 1, 2008 has not reduced accidents in California, as the proponants of this tyrannical nanny state law had falsely purported. Is anyone surprised?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder how much money the makers of blue-tooth headsets donated to certain political campaigns.

Jan 30 08:47

FBI investigates another alleged 'Ponzi-style' scheme

Scott's report, which reads like an indictment, says the Sun Village scheme was a "two-tier criminal enterprise." It points the finger at Frederick and Derek Elliott, a father and son team of resort developers from Canada, and James B. Catledge, a Nevada-based investment guru whose company, Impact Inc., peddled Sun Village property.

"Catledge and his group, along with the Elliotts, created, developed, marketed, and sold a Ponzi-style scheme, bilking millions upon millions of dollars from investors," the report says.

Catledge, a major Republican Party donor who dined with President George W. Bush in 2008, is described in the report as "the main architect of the Ponzi scheme."

Jan 30 08:46

The Hockey Stick vs. Ice Core Data

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 08:45

Taliban 'buy out' fund to cost hundreds of millions

An international fund amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars will be established this week in a bid to buy off Taliban leaders in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tribute?

Did we lose and nobody told us??????

Jan 30 08:44

China threatens U.S. sanctions over Taiwan arms

China threatened to impose sanctions on U.S. arms firms and cut cooperation with Washington unless it cancels a $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, in an unprecedented move signaling Beijing's growing global power.

Jan 30 08:43

China suspends military contacts with U.S. over Taiwan arms

China suspended on Saturday military contacts with the U.S. over its plans to sell $6.4 billion worth arms to Taiwan, the official Xinhua agency reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary tried to talk tough to China yesterday. China's canceling of contracts with US companies is the reply.

In a larger scope, since war with Iran will likely mean war with Russia and China, Hillary may have decided to start pissing China off now.

But if the US Government thinks that war with Taiwan can keep China from intervening in Iran, they are sadly mistaken.

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 08:41

Rapidly melting credibility

Q: Recently, a U.N. scientific report was found to have included a false conclusion about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. That followed the release of stolen e-mails last year, which showed climate scientists commiserating over problems with their data. Is there a broader meaning in these two incidents, and should they cause the public to be more skeptical about the underlying science of climate change?

You can't call them isolated incidents now that they are coming in droves.

It is clear that global warming science has been hijacked by a subset of researchers who have crossed the line into advocacy and alarmism.

Jan 30 08:39

Pentagon review to address climate change for the first time

The Pentagon is addressing climate change for the first time in its sweeping review of military strategy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We'll have Al Gore trick them into thinking it';s getting warmer, then when they take their coats off, WHAM; we hit the bastards with an ice age!!!!"

(ahem)

Despite the collapse of AGW, Obama is trying to push ahead with cap and credit, so now with IPCC discredited, he's going to get the US Military to be the new door-to-door salesmen.

Jan 30 08:33

Obama's DOJ Clears Torture Memo Authors John Yoo, Jay Bybee of Professional Misconduct

A long-awaited Department of Justice watchdog report that probed whether John Yoo and his former boss Jay Bybee violated professional standards when they provided the Bush White House with legal advice on torture has cleared both men of misconduct, according to Newsweek, citing unnamed sources who have seen the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything Hitler did was legal under the laws of Germany at the time.

Jan 30 08:31

ISRAEL’S LONG AWAITED RESPONSE TO THE GOLDSTONE REPORT

“The Goldstone Report is a distorted, false, and irresponsible report.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is a distorted, false, and irresponsible state!

Jan 30 08:31

U.S. Drops Plan for a 9/11 Trial in New York City

“I think I can acknowledge the obvious,” an administration official said.

(*nudge nudge wink wink)

Jan 30 08:29

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT STOLE OVER 1 BILLION SHEKELS FROM PALESTINIAN LABOURERS ‘INSURANCE PAYMENTS’

The government of Israel has siphoned over a billion shekels in money taken from Palestinian laborers for national insurance between 1970-1994, a report released on Wednesday states.

According to the report, compiled by the workers’ rights organization Kav LaOved, between the years 1970-1994 over NIS 1 billion was withheld from Palestinian workers’ salaries in order to pay their national insurance, but in practice, the report states, the money was instead funneled to the Finance Ministry and used to pay National Labor Union fees, even while the workers were not given membership in the union.

Jan 30 08:29

IS YOUTUBE FINALLY PREPARED TO SHOW THE TRUTH?

An increase in the activities in Occupied East Jerusalem has apparently sparked enough interest throughout the world for YouTube to agree not to pull the videos off the Web. Could we be seeing an end to their zionist censorship? Let’s hope so…..

Jan 30 08:26

Settler Rabbi publishes “The complete guide to killing non-Jews”

“In any situation in which a non-Jew’s presence endangers Jewish lives, the non-Jew may be killed even if he is a righteous Gentile and not at all guilty for the situation that has been created…When a non-Jew assists a murderer of Jews and causes the death of one, he may be killed, and in any case where a non-Jew’s presence causes danger to Jews, the non-Jew may be killed…The [Din Rodef] dispensation applies even when the pursuer is not threatening to kill directly, but only indirectly…Even a civilian who assists combat fighters is considered a pursuer and may be killed. Anyone who assists the army of the wicked in any way is strengthening murderers and is considered a pursuer. A civilian who encourages the war gives the king and his soldiers the strength to continue.

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The Jewish version of "Kill them all and let God sort them out!"

Jan 30 08:25

Holder Under Fire

... Now the left is going to be upset: an upcoming Justice Department report from its ethics-watchdog unit, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), clears the Bush administration lawyers who authored the “torture” memos of professional-misconduct allegations. ...
...Previously, the report concluded that two key authors—Jay Bybee, now a federal appellate court judge, and John Yoo, now a law professor—violated their professional obligations as lawyers when they crafted a crucial 2002 memo approving the use of harsh tactics, say two Justice sources who asked for anonymity discussing an internal matter. But the reviewer, career veteran David Margolis, downgraded that assessment to say they showed “poor judgment,” say the sources.

Jan 30 08:24

Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows

The idea of secret banking cabals that control the country and global economy are a given among conspiracy theorists who stockpile ammo, bottled water and peanut butter. After this week’s congressional hearing into the bailout of American International Group Inc., you have to wonder if those folks are crazy after all.

Jan 30 08:23

Council snoopers question five-year-olds on home life

Children as young as five are being told to fill in Big Brother-style forms which let councils snoop on intimate details about their home lives.

The questions - which have been attacked as exploitative - ask about junk food, television habits, family time and even whether the youngsters 'like themselves'.

Results are stored on a database, allowing families deemed to be 'at risk' to be referred to social services or doctors.

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.

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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.

...

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 08:06

climategate: Climate chief was told of false glacier claims before Copenhagen

The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false

Jan 30 07:47

Blackwater's Youngest Victim

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 30 07:08

The U.S. Constitution: The 18th Century Patriot Act

Jan 30 06:02

THE REAL REASON CANNABIS HAS BEEN OUTLAWED HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIND AND BODY

THE REAL REASON CANNABIS HAS BEEN OUTLAWED HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIND AND BODY

MARIJUANA is DANGEROUS. Pot is NOT harmful to the human body or mind. Marijuana does NOT pose a threat to the general public. Marijuana is very much a danger to the oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries and a large number of chemical corporations. Various big businesses, with plenty of dollars and influence, have suppressed the truth from the people.

Jan 30 05:00

What the TV doesn’t tell us about Haiti

The world’s TV is showing, as we might expect, a false picture of reality. In the case of Haiti, this is all the more outrageous given the circumstances. With barely disguised racism they paint the picture of a people who are suffering but "ignorant" and "barbarous", incapable of "keeping order" by themselves after the earthquake, necessitating a renewed colonial occupation, with a fresh US invasion.

Of course, no-one mentions the two-hundred-year sentence capitalism and imperialism imposed on the Haitian people for having carried out the only successful slaves’ social revolution in history. Still less do they tell us about recent events, like the significant workers’, students’ and peasants’ struggles against colonial occupation and Preval’s puppet government which developed in 2009.

Jan 30 04:51

Is Corporate Personhood the End of Democracy?

I find it disturbing that a Supreme court with so many “King George” appointees are returning this nation to colonial conditions where common people again struggle for rule against a government beholden to its corporate sponsors. I have to wonder: Are we now witnessing Lincoln’s apocalyptic vision of the end of democracy?

Jan 30 04:47

Swine Flu Didn't Fly

For makers of the swine flu vaccine, 2009 was a year to remember. By June, CSL Limited's annual profits had risen 63 percent over 2008. GlaxoSmithKine's 2009 earnings spiked 30 percent in the third quarter alone, to $2.19 billion. Roche made a stunning 12 times more in the second quarter of 2009 than of 2008. But in 2010, drug companies may get their comeuppance.

Jan 30 04:29

China protests US arms sales, warns of 'serious' impact

China on Friday protested the US decision to sell 6.4 billion dollars in weapons to Taiwan and warned of "serious" damage to relations and cooperation with Washington.

Jan 30 04:15

Pasco's Homeless Speak Out (Update)

Jan 30 01:17

Israel, Please, No More Bin Laden Tapes, Nobody is Buying It!

The new audio tape from “Osama bin Laden” taking responsibility for the idiotic and childish incident in Detroit where a moronic Nigerian armed with a useless “bomb” is simply too much.

Now using audio tapes because, supposedly, nobody in Al Qaeda got a flash drive video for Christmas is even more of a joke. Please, with the hundreds of millions our Saudi allies have given to terrorists, a video camera the size of an Ipod might have been a nice touch. Even funnier was releasing the audio, using algorithm software probably illegally downloaded off the internet, and giving it to Al Jazeera is funnier still.

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