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May 25, 2009

May 25 10:20

700,000 overcharged in the great council tax 'cover-up'

A million homeowners have paid the wrong council tax for years in a funding scandal ministers tried to cover up.

New documents have shown that more than 700,000 households may have been overcharged to the tune of tens of millions.

Ministers and officials have known since at least 2005 that many homes were in the wrong tax bands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an object lesson for those who insist that the entire US government would never go along with pretending that the 16th Amendment was ratified if in fact it was not.

As Judge James C. Fox implied in Sullivan Vs. United States, the government will go on using the unratified 16th Amendment as long as they can get away with it.

May 25 10:16

Like pigs to the slaughter

May 25 10:15

Gilad Atzmon - The Three-Legged Monster

“Zionism,” writes Philips, “is simply the movement for the self-determination of the Jewish people. And its significance is greater than any other movement of national liberation because Judaism itself rests upon three legs — the people, the religion and the land. If one is lopped off by having its legitimacy denied, the whole thing collapses. That is why anti-Zionism is far more than an unpleasant political position. It is a direct attack on Judaism itself.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Philips is just the latest propagandists to try to equate anti-Zionism with hatred of Jewish people.

It is about the only card Israel has left to play as world opinion of Israel starts to collapse.

May 25 10:13

Israel Report: Most Police Killed in Gaza War Were ‘Terrorists’

As the war went on the civilian toll in Gaza dwarfed the toll against the police working for the Hamas-run government. Still, criticism of the indiscriminate destruction of police stations and the killing of police en masse was enough of a thorn in then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s side to order an investigation into the background of the slain police. Now, roughly four months after the end of the siege, the report claims that the vast majority of those police, though indeed indiscriminately killed, happened to be “terrorists” of one stripe or another.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe that, I have a diamond mine in Topeka to sell you!!



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May 25 10:10

Charles Lindbergh’s September 1941 Anti-War Speech

He gave this presentation at an America First rally a couple months prior to the December 7, 1941 “surprise attack” by Japan on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.

May 25 10:10

Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday.

Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is reminding the world that if US and Israel attack Iran, this will affect all the world's oil supplies.

May 25 10:08

Healthy Skepticism Toward Memorial Day

The war of choice that is still Iraq---its utter devastation and inhumanity---brought into focus for my self what the Vietnam generation recognized decades ago. Not only is the current Iraq War brutalizing and tearing apart the lives of millions of Iraqis and squandering the lives of thousands of Americans but it is also an illegal war.

May 25 10:07

Nancy Pelosi dissembles to avoid taking responsibility

The CIA lied to her, she said on Thursday. She was not told about waterboarding in her briefings. Nor, for that matter, was she told directly about CIA interrogators using any enhanced interrogation techniques.

She was never briefed, she says, but was "told" about them by a staff member. As if there is a lick of difference between those split hairs.

And she raised no objections to what she learned because she was too busy trying to gain a majority for her party in Congress.


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May 25 10:06

Israel drops warning pamphlets over Gaza

Israeli aircraft have scattered pamphlets over the Gaza Strip warning residents to stay away from the border.

The Arabic pamphlets warn Gazans to stay out of areas 300 meters to 500 meters (yards) from the border fence, saying they risk being shot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gazan Palestinians may well be shot anyway, if this pamphlet-drop is potentially the prelude to another Israeli military assault on Gaza.

May 25 10:06

FBI stops supposed ‘Temple Plot’ in New York City

What is most interesting about this is not that we were protected from a supposed terrorist attack, but that the whole “plot” was invented by an FBI informant:

The defendants, in their efforts to acquire weapons, dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, authorities said. The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to the informant for the defendants, a federal complaint said.

In June 2008, the informant met Cromitie in Newburgh and Cromitie complained that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess "they hate us for our freedoms" doesn't work any more.

May 25 10:03

Memorial Day Disaster

This would normally be my time for a quiet Memorial Day at home.

But even as we seek calm, investors overseas are doing precisely the opposite.

They’re dumping U.S. assets.

They’re driving those assets down in price.

And they’re threatening to sink our entire economy into a THIRD phase of this crisis.

May 25 10:03

'Israel will face terror, missiles in future war'

Vilnai made the comments during a session of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, in which he said the Home Front Command would simulate defending against such an assault as part of a large-scale drill to be held next week.

"This isn't an imaginary situation. This isn't detached from reality and if there is a war, it's very likely that this is what will happen," said the deputy minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai: what appears to be completely detached from reality is your lack of recognition that it is the issue of how the Palestinians are being treated, in Gaza, Jerusalem, and the West Bank, which is the crux of any possible rage against Israel that its neighbors might harbor.

How to cure the problem? Well, sir, let's chew on these for starters.

1. Declare your borders, period, end of discussion. (Invading Lebanon to steal the Litani River didn't do very well for Israel's reputation in the international community.)

2. Immediately sit down with all levels of Palestinian leadership to declare an iron-clad, absolute cease-fire, while a Palestinian state is established (and not, thank you very much, within the boundaries of Jordan.)
3. Invite countries from around the world to invest in a viable re-building/replanting program for Palestine (the IDF has done such a grand job of burning and otherwise destroying Palestinian crops, as you are well aware)
4. Prepare for a new era of peace, with unprecedented economic and social cooperation at all levels from all of your neighbors.

Or.... you can continue doing precisely what you have been doing, and be constantly on a war footing.


May 25 09:59

The New American Century

This film is astonishing, it goes in detail through the untold history of The Project for the New American Century with tons of archival footage and connects it right into the present.

This film exposes how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud with video of insiders themselves admitting it.

May 25 09:52

FDA takes issue with Cheerios claim

The Food and Drug Administration said in a warning letter to General Mills that language on the Cheerios box suggests the cereal is designed to prevent or treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol. Regulators say that only FDA-approved drugs are allowed to make such claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that FDA doesn't claim Cheerios does not actually lower cholesterol, only that they are not allowed to say it (which would annoy the pharmaceutical companies no end).

May 25 09:47

China warns Federal Reserve over 'printing money'

Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, said: "Senior officials of the Chinese government grilled me about whether or not we are going to monetise the actions of our legislature."

His recent trip to the Far East appears to have been a stark reminder that Asia's "Confucian" culture of right action does not look kindly on the insouciant policy of printing money by Anglo-Saxons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at the fact that the Fed just keeps printing up money with absolutely nothing to back it up, the Chinese, who hold a great deal of their surpluses, have every reason to be concerned at what they see happening to the US economically right now.

May 25 09:46

Just what are we commemorating this Memorial Day?

While millions of Americans will go to national cemeteries today to visit departed loved ones and to cry their hearts out, one has to ask just what those brave souls died for.

America the Beautiful? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Fighting and dying so the Fed can steal trillions and trillions of OUR money?

Or is it what former Secretary of State Kissinger said, referring pointedly to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy?


May 25 09:45

GE's Jeff Immelt: Global Warming 'Compelling'; Cap-and-Trade Most 'Effective' Way to Go

The General Electric CEO said he favored a cap-and-trade system to regulate carbon emissions versus a carbon tax.

"Look, I've said it - there's got to be a price for carbon," Immelt said. "I've come to the conclusion that cap-and-trade is the most effective way to create a market and go. There's going to be people that argue for taxes. But, I - I just think cap-and-trade is the more practical approach. But let's debate all that stuff, but let's get it done."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep telling you; this cap and trade system creates a product/currency out of thin air, the "carbon credit" and Enronizes it to make the brokers rich.

May 25 09:44

Tent cities fill with 'economic homeless'

Elsewhere in the nation, tent cities and shelters from California to Massachusetts report growing demand from the newly homeless. The National Alliance to End Homelessness predicted in January that the recession would force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years. Already, "tens of thousands" have lost their homes, Alliance President Nan Roman says.

"We're hearing from shelter providers that the shelters are overflowing, filled to capacity," says Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

May 25 09:42

Iran's Ahmadinejad rejects Western nuclear proposal

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected a Western proposal for it to "freeze" its nuclear work in return for no new sanctions and ruled out any talks with major powers on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iraq has shown the world that it does not matter what you agree to do with the USreal; the war will be on anyway and even if Iran froze its nuclear power station, the same media that has transformed that power station into a weapons lab in the public eye will simply claim that Iran continues the weapons work anyway.

Ahmadinejad understands that caving into the US will accomplish nothing except waste the investment in the power station. The war is on anyway.

Iran has a legal right to build that power station, and the US is acting illegally in trying to deprive Iran of its legal rights under the NNPT. Iran knows that, and more the the point, the rest of the world knows it.

Iran does not want a war, but it sees the US already at the bring of disaster with three ongoing wars and a crippled economy, and with Russia ready (indeed eager after Afghanistan) to logistically support Iran against the US, Iran knows that the outcome of this was may not be the foregone conclusion the US imagines.

May 25 09:41

US bonds sale faces market resistance

The interest yield on 10-year US Treasuries – the benchmark price of long-term credit for the global system – jumped 33 basis points last week to 3.45pc week on contagion effects after Standard & Poor's issued a warning on Britain's "AAA" credit rating.

The Obama administration needs to raise $2 trillion this year to cover the fiscal stimulus plan and the bank bail-outs. It has to fund $900bn by September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US economic situation is about to get infintely more ugly than it already is.


May 25 09:37

U.S. appeals to China to help stabilize Pakistan

The Obama administration has appealed to China to provide training and even military equipment to help Pakistan counter a growing militant threat, U.S. officials said.

The proposal is part of a broad push by Washington to enlist key allies of Pakistan in the effort to stabilize the country. The U.S. is seeking to persuade Islamabad to step up its efforts against militants, while supporting the fragile civilian government and the nation's tottering economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CHINA?!?!?!

Chinese officials are no fools: they know what the US is trying to do here, they know the geopolitical outcome the US wants to achieve, and they are absolutely right not to want any part of it, for many reasons.

May 25 09:32

Bush's Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to "Erase" Mid-East Enemies "Before a New Age Begins"

The story has now been confirmed by Chirac himself in a new book, published in France in March, by journalist Jean Claude Maurice. Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush's invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and "wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs".

In the same year he spoke to Chirac, Bush had reportedly said to the Palestinian foreign minister that he was on "a mission from God" in launching the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and was receiving commands from the Lord.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to face facts, people; all those family members you mourn and remember today died because Bush was hearing voices in his head!

Don Robertson; please take note.

May 25 09:28

Israel's Barak to US next week for Iran talks

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak will fly to Washington next week for talks with his counterpart Robert Gates and senior officials set to focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions, an official said.

The defence minister was also planning to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones and special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just to calibrate the fine points of a US-led military offensive against Iran; nothing more, nothing less.

Were I a betting person, I would bet that such an attack may well happen before the end of this year.

But what will be very interesting, after his conferences here, will see if Ehud Barak will be going to Russia next, because that is the great unknown in terms of how they would respond to such an attack against Iran.

Russia cannot be seen to just let its 7th largest trading partner go down to an Israeli/US invasion without a really good reason; Barak knows that he will have to give it to them, to prevent them from going to war on Iran's behalf.

May 25 09:22

3,800 UNION CARPENTERS OUT OF WORK IN HAWAII – almost half of local 745’s members are on the bench


May 25 09:19

Job Losses Push Safer Mortgages to Foreclosure

In the latest phase of the nation’s real estate disaster, the locus of trouble has shifted from subprime loans — those extended to home buyers with troubled credit — to the far more numerous prime loans issued to those with decent financial histories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for this trend to accelerate during the summer.

May 25 09:18

Special Tribunal Spokeswoman, Hezbollah Dismiss Spiegel’s Allegations

Hezbollah media relations’ bureau issued a statement on Sunday in which it dismissed allegations published by the German magazine Der Spiegel and broadcast by Al-Arabiyya Channel saying that it is nothing less than “police fabrications”.

Der Spiegel claimed on Saturday that the UN special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, had new evidence that Hezbollah special forces "planned and executed" the Beirut car bombing that killed the former premier and 22 others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Originally, Syria was blamed for Hariri's death, which led to Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon ... whereupon Israel attacked Lebanon in an attempt to gain access to the Litani river whose water Israel covets.

But Hezbollah, even without Syrian assistance, stopped Israel and the consensus is that Israel lost the 2006 invasion.

So it comes as no surprise that the frame up for Hariri's assassination (thought to have actually been carried out by Israel) shifts to Hezbollah, as Israel needs to find a way to get them out of the way before the next attempt to steal the Litani River.

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May 25 08:42

FOR MEMORIAL DAY - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

Looking back on that time, while the US Government declared political victory in the war, and the "Captains of Industry" grew rich turning looted war material into corporations that could hardly fail in competing with nations whose industrial bases had been bombed into rubble, I recognize that the town I grew up in had been defeated in that war. It had been eviscerated. It had had its very heart cut out of it; a gaping hole that never healed, but could only be forgotten.



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May 25 08:41

MEMORIAL DAY - WALTER LEWIS SMITH

So, here is one veteran; not a glyph on a wall, but a man with a name, a face, and a history. To his friends and family he was a real human being, even though to the War Department he was just another statistic.

But as I think back on him, I know for a fact that he and the millions of others who served in all the various wars the United States became entangled in would be shocked and saddened to see that the government for which they sacrificed so much has become the very embodiment of all that they fought so hard against. No more First Amendment, warrantless spying on Americans, show trials, confessions extracted by torture; for this Walter gave up a lung?

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May 25 08:36

Thai Govt Closes Dozens of Websites After Boy Commits Suicide Over Game Ban

Following the suicide of a 12-year-old boy on Thursday, Thailand's Criminal Court has ordered the closure of 72 websites.

The Bangkok Post reports that Pongsathorn Wattanabenjasopha leaped to his death from the sixth floor of his school building, after being banned from playing video games by his father.

Oddly enough, the 72 sites shuttered by the Thai government include both online game and gambling venues. The Post reports comments by a government official who said that game-addicted children were more likely to commit suicide.

May 25 07:31

Make Mine Freedom - 1948

This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.


May 25 07:30

Memorial Day - Map the Fallen in Google Earth

This is one of the most powerful poignant ways I´ve seen yet of showing who died where and when and where they lived.

This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.

http://www.mapthefallen.org/2009/05/for-past-two-years-ive-been-workin...

May 25 06:37

US must rein in Israel's nuclear arms

The surprise announcement by Rose Gottemoeller, a US assistant secretary of state, that America would like every nation – including Israel – to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) has sent shockwaves through Tel Aviv, confirming the fears (or hopes, depending on who you ask) that the Obama administration is initiating a major overhaul of its policy on nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

The Israeli government will certainly challenge the Obama administration on this issue, as Israel is not likely to co-operate, to put it mildly, with the state department's new logical, fair-minded approach to non-proliferation.

May 25 06:29

‘Clean’ Energy and Poisoned Water

In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public toilets. It pays off politicians to ward off regulation and inspection. It uses the mechanisms of state control to repress an increasingly desperate and impoverished population.


May 25 06:20

Man wrongly jailed for 27 years walks free ... and is hit by a taxi

The man released after spending 27 years in jail for a murder he did not commit has spent his first weekend of freedom in hospital after being hit by a taxi.

Sean Hodgson needed stitches in his face after being struck by the cab as he was about to cross a busy road in London.

May 25 06:02

NHS 'loses' thousands of medical records

The personal medical records of tens of thousands of people have been lost by the NHS in a series of grave data security leaks. Between January and April this year, 140 security breaches were reported within the NHS – more than the total number from inside central Government and all local authorities combined.

The sacred principle of doctor-patient confidentiality is being compromised, Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, has warned. Britain's information watchdog has ordered an urgent overhaul of data security in the health service.

Some computers containing medical records have been left by skips and stolen. Others were left on encrypted discs – but the passwords allowing access were taped to the side.

May 25 05:41

Egyption Collaboration With Israel Is Strangling Gaza

he Egyptian Authorities blocked on Sunday the European Hope Convoy, filled with medical aid, from crossing into the Gaza Strip despite all preparations and calls on Egypt to facilitate the entry of the convoy into the besieged and impoverished coastal region.

The Egyptian authorities only allowed some members of the convoy and some said to cross into Gaza , but the European Campaign to End the Siege said that is insufficient and would not enable Gaza hospitals to treat the patients, especially those injured during the three-week Israel offensive earlier this year.

Nearly 160 peace activists and workers of non-governmental organizations from different European countries were about to enter Gaza after the Egyptian authorities stamped their passports, but then were not allowed through.

May 25 05:19

The Original White "Extremists"



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May 25 05:04

They May Not Want The Bomb

Everything you know about Iran is wrong, or at least more complicated than you think. Take the bomb. The regime wants to be a nuclear power but could well be happy with a peaceful civilian program (which could make the challenge it poses more complex). What's the evidence? Well, over the last five years, senior Iranian officials at every level have repeatedly asserted that they do not intend to build nuclear weapons. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has quoted the regime's founding father, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who asserted that such weapons were "un-Islamic." The country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa in 2004 describing the use of nuclear weapons as immoral.

May 25 04:09

A Bitter Cup of Joe: Bagman Biden's Bully-Boy Diplomacy

Anyone who lived through the howling, roaring exhalation of meaningless noise that was the 2008 race for the Democratic nomination and still retained some fleeting, desperate, hope against hope that Barack Obama might represent at least some modicum of substantial change surely had that last, microscopic flicker extinguished for good the instant they got the news that Obama had picked Joe Biden as his running mate.

May 24, 2009

May 24 21:54

United States of Hypocrites:US holds Iraqi journalist without charges

A Reuters cameraman arrested in Iraq in 2008 accused of being a 'high security threat' is still being held by the US military without charges.

Reuter's freelance photographer was detained for being a "threat" to the security of Iraq and coalition forces; the Iraqi Central Criminal Court, however, later concluded that there is no evidence against the photojournalist and ordered his release.

Wait what was the uproar about that one Iranian journalist....oh yea....

May 24 20:01

Stolen RAF vice files spark blackmail fear

Sensitive files detailing the extra marital affairs, drug taking and use of prostitutes by very senior officers in the RAF have been stolen, raising fears within the Ministry of Defence that personnel could be vulnerable to blackmail.

Up to 500 people in the service could be affected by the theft. They have been interviewed individually about the possible consequences to them and to their families.

The potentially damaging information was stored on three computer hard drives that went missing from RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire, last September. The files were not encrypted, so could be opened easily.


May 24 19:55

Thermite and the WTC Collapses

A thermite reaction generates extraordinarily high temperatures (>2500° C) and provides a credible explanation for the fires, hot spots and molten steel (a by-product of the thermite reaction) found in the collapsed buildings.

See also: 1,000 Pounds of Thermite

There are a lot of similarities here...

May 24 18:08

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will expand settlements

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said that his country will continue to expand its settlements in the occupied West Bank, despite calls by President Barack Obama for construction to stop.

May 24 18:06

Undead deleted photos linger on social networking websites

That embarrassing party shot of you and that hot dog may still come back to haunt you - photos posted on social networking websites can often be easily viewed even after users attempt to delete them, according to a study by security researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Researchers posted photos on 16 social networking and Web 2.0 websites, keeping a careful record of the URL associated with the photos, before deleting the images. Even after this supposed deletion the researchers were able to find the photos on seven of the 16 websites a month later, simply by visiting the web location associated with the image.

The problem arises because sites often fail to remove image files from their photo servers after they are deleted from the main website.

May 24 18:00

£500,000 Government report: commuters want trains to run on time

A two-year-long, 178-page report that cost taxpayers £500,000 has arrived at the unsurprising conclusion that commuters want trains to run on time.


May 24 17:57

MPs' expenses: Alistair Darling's claim for help with his tax return

The Chancellor was among nine members of the Cabinet who used publicly funded expenses to pay for an accountant to complete their personal tax returns, The Telegraph can disclose.

Alistair Darling, along with others including Hazel Blears, Geoff Hoon and Jacqui Smith, have all claimed for the costs of accountancy advice using expenses intended to fund their parliamentary and constituency offices.

A tax expert described the claims as “scandalous”, especially as the expenses are tax-free.

Under HM Revenue and Customs rules, most people are not allowed to claim the cost of employing an accountant to fill in a self-assessment tax form as a legitimate business expense.

May 24 17:55

Sat nav system could break down within a year

Satellite Navigation systems could be in danger of breaking down within the next year, according to the US government.

Officials have expressed their concern that the 20-year-old Global Positioning System could begin to fail as early as next year.

According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO), mismanagement and a lack of investment means some of the satellites are increasingly approaching their sell-by date.

Should problems occur, the impact could be significant on millions of sat nav users, while there would also be problems for the military and national security, who use the devices to gather intelligence.

May 24 17:35

"FROM THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO BROUGHT YOU THE INQUISITION!"

Throughout history, a wide variety of religions worshiping Molech, Baal, Odin, Jupiter, Zeus, Ahura Mazda, Jehovah, Allah, Quetzalcoatl, Coatlicue, Vishna, and others far too numerous to elucidate here have come and gone.

The followers of each of these religions believed that theirs was the true faith and contained within it the correct answers to life's great questions. All too often, as will be seen below, followers of a faith were ever eager to cut the throats of those who disagreed with them.

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Relinked in light of the recent witch-hysteria, and crucified nuns.

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May 24 17:20

Rethinking the costs of peace

Josh Ruebner calls on US President Barack Obama to make US military aid to Israel consistent with the Arms Export Control Act, which limits the use of weapons given to foreign countries to “internal security” and “legitimate self-defence”, not the killing of innocent civilians and illegal occupation, as Israel is doing.

“The provision of US weapons to Israel at taxpayer expense has done nothing to bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to achieving a just and lasting peace. Rather, these weapons have had the exact opposite effect, as documented recently by Amnesty International, which pointed to US weapons as a prime factor “fueling” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”


May 24 17:20

Armed Israeli police close theatre on first night of Palestinian festival

Armed Israeli police last night tried to halt the opening night of a prominent Palestinian literary festival in Jerusalem when they ordered a Palestinian theatre to close.

The week-long festival, supported by the British council and Unesco, has brought several high-profile international authors – among them Henning Mankell, Michael Palin and Ahdaf Soueif – on a speaking tour of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Shortly before the opening event was due to begin, a squad of around a dozen Israeli border police walked into the Palestinian National Theatre, in East Jerusalem, and ordered it to be closed.

May 24 17:18

Netanyahu says settlements can expand

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says settlements in the occupied West Bank will be allowed to expand despite US objections.

Mr Netanyahu said no new settlements would be built, but natural growth in existing settlements should be allowed.

May 24 17:08

Security turnaround in Afghanistan in 18 months a must: Mullen

Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military solution was not enough but the buildup in US forces would be used to turn around the security situation.

President Barack Obama has approved deployments that would double the size of the US force in Afghanistan to 68,000 by the fall.

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Memo to Admiral Mullen: the old Soviet Union couldn't do this with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, and by fall, we'll have a total complement of (drum roll, please) ......68,000 troops with which to accomplish security improvement?

I am willing to bet one whole cent that we will see a draft be reinstituted by the end of Obama's first term.

The very muscular foreign policy goals he's put forward cannot be brought about without a return to conscription, particularly now that he's potentially looking at military involvement against Pakistan and Iraq.

May 24 17:06

Wow - Maddow hits Obama hard on his "detention" plan.


May 24 16:59

Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

America's richest people meet to discuss ways of tackling a 'disastrous' environmental, social and industrial threat.

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"How do we kill off all those useless eaters, CHEAPLY???"

May 24 16:58

U.S. prepares to withdraw, Iraqi resistance prepares for battle

"If we hear from the Americans they are not capable of supporting us . . . within six hours we are going to establish our groups to fight against the corrupt government," says the commander, a portly man with gold rings and lemon-colored robes who, perhaps understandably, spoke on condition of anonymity. "There will be a war in Baghdad."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: there is no meaningful or practical way for the US to withdraw without igniting another civil war in Iraq.

May 24 16:40

Who is an anti-Semite?

Someday the word “anti-Semite” will be studied as an example of distorted political discourse — as a signifier attached to somebody who advocates the reign of demonology. How does one dare critically talk about the extraordinary influence the Jews in the West without running the risk of social opprobrium?

We certainly cannot expect that Jewish intellectuals will think critically about Jewish influence. As a French author Hervé Ryssen writes, “internationally-known Jewish authors, haunted by the either real or surreal specter of anti-Semitism, consider it a sickness, which enables them to avoid any form of introspection.”



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May 24 15:03

Dealerships are not the problem at GM, Chrysler

According to that AP dispatch, the key purpose in all of this is so that you, the buyer, will lose your negotiating advantage. By forcing potential buyers to travel more, the opportunity to “shop around” is reduced and purchasers will pay more. It’s clear: thousands of customers are being forced to change their buying habits and, once again, the customer pays.

May 24 12:00

Meeting Force with Force

”A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” – Thomas Jefferson

I strictly believe people have a right to not only rebel against their government, but also to use violence against their government when it is absolutely necessary. However,people should not initiate force against their government as a primary movement, instead people should work at asserting their rights first and foremost with nonviolence. If nonviolent movements fail then they should be more than welcomed to defend their lives and liberties physically.

Every freedom that we have, all natural freedoms we possess by right of being human mean nothing if we are not permitted to defend them when they are under attack.
Currently every American is under attack,and has been for the passed 9 years.

May 24 11:01

The Weimar Hyperinflation: Time to get out the wheelbarrows?

What actually drove the wartime inflation into hyperinflation, said Schacht, was speculation by foreign investors, who would bet on the mark's decreasing value by selling it short.

Short selling of the German mark was made possible because PRIVATE banks made massive amounts of currency available for borrowing, marks that were created on demand and lent to investors, returning a profitable interest to the banks.

At first, the speculation was fed by the Reichsbank (the German central bank), which had recently been PRIVATIZED. But when the Reichsbank could no longer keep up with the voracious demand for marks, other PRIVATE BANKS WERE ALLOWED TO CREATE THEM [MARKS] OUT OF NOTHING AND LEND THEM AT INTEREST.

May 24 10:42

How Those Who Kill Can Enter Canada While Those Who Save Lives Are Barred

World renowned, award winning journalist John Pilger commented on George Galloway’s autobiography: “Galloway’s work has saved countless lives, particularly in Iraq”. This is an accurate statement about the record of the five-times elected British MP who was described by Canadian Minister for Immigration Jason Kenny as “a threat to Canada’s security” and subsequently banned from entering Canada during March of this year. Juxtaposing the blood-soaked records of George W Bush and Bill Clinton - especially in relation to Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Somalia and elsewhere - with the unimpeachable record of George Galloway MP, the patent rudderless and deceptive nature of the current Canadian government and its media accomplices becomes transparent.


May 24 10:40

Media Lying over Churchill's Crimes

Churchill is our hero because of his leadership in World War 2, but his immense crimes, notably the WW2 Bengali Holocaust, the 1943-1945 Bengal Famine in which Churchill murdered 6-7 million Indians, have been deleted from history by extraordinary Anglo-American and Zionist Holocaust Denial.

May 24 10:23

FLASHBACK - A moment of reflection

That we have been attacked is certain. But before we send out the cruise missiles to prove how big our national dick is, we had better make sure we are aimed at the right party, and not just being suckered into bombing someone that the real planners and perpetrators of the World Trade Center attack want to trick us into bombing. Because if, in the heat of the moment and the lust for vengeance we surrender our basic American principles such as demand for proof beyond a reasonable doubt, then we ourselves will have damaged America and what it stands for far more than those who attacked the World Trade Center could ever do themselves. What the hijackers could not knock down, we will have thrown down ourselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I stumbled across this while searching for another article and decided that it was worth a relink after all these years. I wrote this only a couple weeks after 9-11, when the calls for war in Afghanistan and Iraq were starting to crank up.

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May 24 10:14

Committee Approves Anti-Catastrophe Day Bill

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation has approved a proposed a bill banning the commemoration of Independence Day as a day of mourning.

The bill was originally proposed by MK Alex Miller (Israel Our Home). It addresses the increasingly widespread practice, by Arab citizens of Israel, of marking Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning, or Naqba Day.

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Memo to the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation; you may - or may not - be able to control some people's behavior on this issue, but you cannot control the way they feel.

May 24 10:08

Now at last it's time for Shell to atone for my father's death

Ken Saro-Wiwa's real "crime" was his audacity to sensitise local and global public opinion to the ecological and human rights abuses perpetrated by Shell and a ruthless military dictatorship against the Ogoni people. The success of his campaign had mobilised our community to say "No to Shell" and to demand compensation for years of oil spills that had polluted our farms, streams and water sources. My father called the world's attention to the gas flares that had been pumping toxic fumes into the Earth's atmosphere for up to 24 hours a day since oil was discovered on our lands in 1958. He accused Shell of double standards, of racism and asked why a company that was rightly proud of its efforts to preserve the environment in the west would deny the Ogoni the same.

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Whatever the outcome, the practices in which Royal Dutch Shell indulged in Nigeria - and I am sure, elsewhere - will be seen the light of day.

I think that this man's dad - had he lived - would have been very proud of his son.



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May 24 10:03

Eyes Wide Shut: Gross Negligence with NIST Denial of Molten Metal on 9/11

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"WE DON'T SEE IT AND WE DON'T HEAR IT AND YOU CAN'T MAKE US NYAH NYAH NYAH..." U.S. Government.

See video further down proving that melted aluminum cannot account for the glowing metal seen pouring out of the building.

May 24 09:59

LEONARD COHEN:DON’T PLAY ISRAEL

May 24 09:59

THE SIEGE OF GAZA HAS BEEN BROKEN

Great news the convoy aid and vehicles remained safe over night nothing happened, everything is grand. The members left for Rafah at 6AM Egypt time and just a few minutes ago I was informed they are 5 km from the border, now I just got another text and it looks like they are all together at the border waiting (Sorry the last text is a little confusing and I’m not really awake yet)

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Maybe. The article does not say the convoy has gone through the border yet.


May 24 09:58

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ THE SWINE FLU ‘INDUSTRY’

May 24 09:51

NJ lawyer pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

Bergrin is a former prosecutor in Essex County, N.J., and with the federal government. He was accused of taking control of the NY Confidential escort agency which had been created by his client Jason Itzler.

May 24 09:50

Hoover Alabama police beating - calling all attorneys

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Cops caught editing arrest videos may open up thousands of cases which used such tapes for evidence for appeals.

May 24 09:47

Federal Reserve Cannot Account For $9 Trillion

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"Dammit, it was here just a minute ago!!!"



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May 24 09:44

TARP Warrants Show Banks May Reap ‘Ruthless Bargain’

While 17 financial institutions have repaid TARP funds, two have come to terms with the U.S. on the value of the rights to buy stock that taxpayers received for the risk of recapitalizing the industry. The first was Old National Bancorp in Evansville, Indiana, which gave the Treasury Department $1.2 million last week for warrants that may have been worth $5.81 million, according to the data.

If Geithner makes the same deal for all companies in the rescue program, lenders may walk away with 80 percent of the profits taxpayers might have claimed.

May 24 09:41

Should we Overthrow the gov't on July 4?

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Will it still be here?

May 24 09:39

Provoking the Inevitable

On Monday, Iraqi government security forces arrested two prominent Sunni leaders in Iraq?s volatile Diyala Province. One of them, Sheikh Riyadh al-Mujami, not coincidentally, is a prominent leader in the local Sahwa (Sons of Iraq), the 100,000-strong Sunni militia that was set up by the US military to quell attacks against occupation forces and launch an effort to battle al-Qaeda in Iraq. Both of those objectives were accomplished, but these efforts are being erased by ongoing missions by Iraqi government security forces, sometimes backed by the US military, to kill or capture both Sahwa leadership and fighters.

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It appears that Iraq is once again simmering close to the boiling point of a new, bloody civil war.

May 24 09:36

Who do you think made this? A Christian or an Israeli?



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May 24 09:32

FBI ‘lured dimwits’ into terror plot

“This whole operation was a foolish waste of time and money,” claimed Terence Kindlon, a defence lawyer who represented the last terror suspect to be tried in New York state. “It is almost as if the FBI cooked up the plot and found four idiots to install as defendants.”

Kindlon’s complaints were echoed by other legal experts who have repeatedly questioned the FBI’s reliance on undercover informants – known as confidential witnesses (CWs) – who lure gullible radicals into far-fetched plots that are then foiled by the agents monitoring them.

May 24 09:29

Toledo Police Beat 14 Yr Old Trevor Casey For No Reason

May 24 09:28

Cop Puts Innocent Man In Coma

May 24 09:28

FHP trooper accused of sexual battery

A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrested on allegations that he followed a woman to her home, made her strip naked and then coerced her to have sex with him to avoid a traffic citation or a trip to jail — was ordered held on $105,000 bond today.

May 24 09:27

Israeli forces shoot Ni?lin demonstrator in the head with tear-gas projectile

At 2:30, one Palestinian youth, aged 20, was shot in the head with a tear-gas canister from around 10 meters as he was standing near a home on the outskirts of the village. He was bleeding profusely from his head and had to be taken to Ramallah hospital. The tear-gas canister shattered part of his skull and he had to undergo surgery.

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Wow, shooting an unarmed kid in the head with a tear gas canister has really got to make IDF soldiers feel sooooooo butch!

And remember: this kind of obscene violence against Palestinians is supported by your tax dollars: doesn't this make you feel proud?!?!?!?!

May 24 09:26

Senator: "We're Talking About Rape And Murder Here. We're Not Just Talking About Giving People A Humiliating Experience"

Remember, the government is not just withholding images of torture. It is withholding images of rape and murder, including - apparently - the sodomy of boys.

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How do you justify sodomizing young boys in front of their mothers as in any way protecting the United States?

May 24 09:25

Religion vs Insanity

You can't even really tell the difference between insane and religious other than that the religion has been established as having it's own brand of insanity passed on to an idiot where as regular insanity at least requires some creativity on the part of the crazy person.

In the modern world psychology has to give religion a pass because under any other context those same beliefs would constitute major schizophrenia, delusion, paranoia, and narcissism all at the same time.

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When you talk to God, that is prayer.

When God talks to you, that is schizophrenia!

May 24 09:23

New York Times Falsifies Obama-Netanyahu Meeting

The New York Times assigned to the story a campaign-trail reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, whose political perceptions are bland and whose knowledge of Israeli-American relations is an antiseptic zero. At the newspaper of record, a thing like that does not happen by accident. They took the most anxiously awaited meeting with a foreign leader of President Obama's term thus far, and buried it on page 12. The coverage of a major event, which the same newspaper had greeted only the day before by running an oversize attack-Iran op-ed by Jeffrey Goldberg, has officially now shrunk to the scale of a smaller op-ed.

May 24 09:22

Shell board told to pay back bonuses

The backlash against executive pay took a dramatic new turn this weekend when shareholder activists demanded that Royal Dutch Shell directors return their bonuses.

May 24 09:21

Spain's Judges Cross Borders In Rights Cases

Spanish judges are boldly declaring their authority to prosecute high-ranking government officials in the United States, China and Israel, among other places, delighting human rights activists but enraging officials in the countries they target and triggering a political backlash in a nation uncomfortable acting as the world's conscience.

May 24 09:17

Brown calls Blair in to No 10 for secret talks as crisis mounts

Gordon Brown has called Tony Blair into Downing Street as he desperately tries to rescue his leadership from a series of crises. The meeting on Thursday lasted more than an hour, coming amid the continuing outcry over MPs' expenses and warnings from ministers that Labour faces its worst performance in decades at next month's local and European elections.

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"Either declare war on Iran or call Diebold. Otherwise you've stuffed it!" -- Phony Tony

May 24 09:16

Double dipping MPs in another dodgy deal

THE husband and wife Tory MPs who have been "double-dipping" expenses so the taxpayer funds BOTH their homes were last night caught up in a new scandal.

Julie Kirkbride and Andrew Mackay are letting her brother live rent-free in their mansion flat that WE pay for, the News of the World can reveal.

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We need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:15

Fraud challenge to home secretary

A man has appeared in court to try to start a private prosecution against the home secretary over her expense claims.

Anthony Weaver, from Holborn in London, applied for a summons before a district judge in Jacqui Smith's constituency in Redditch, Worcestershire.

He alleges she defrauded the public purse of between £116,000 and £200,000 by claiming her main residence was her sister's London house.

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We need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:14

I attended Andrew MacKay's meeting and I think his position is now untenable

The meeting got off to a shaky start when the Chairmen of the proceedings (David Osborn, former Rector of Bracknell) stated that we could of course expect "transparent honesty" from Mr MacKay and large parts of the audience broke out into derisive laughter. This must have been very embarrassing for a Member of Parliament of 25 years standing.

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We need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:14

Feingold: Prolonged detention would ’set the stage for future Guantanamos’

Feingold announces in the letter that he plans to hold a hearing on the matter next month and asks for top Justice Department officials to testify.

“While I appreciate your good faith desire to at least enact a statutory basis for such a regime,” Feingold writes, “any system that permits the government to indefinitely detain individuals without charge or without a meaningful opportunity to have accusations against them adjudicated by an impartial arbiter violates basic American values and is likely unconstitutional.”

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Should this be put into effect, the entire system of American jurisprudence will have been pushed off a cliff.

Apparently, this is precisely the outcome Obama wants.

May 24 09:11

Parliament in crisis: When will MPs start to listen to the people?

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When they are standing on the gallows with the rope around their neck, and the executioner's hand on the lever?

Meanwhile, we need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:09

Taliban might launch retaliatory attacks across Pakistan, says Gilani

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday that terrorists might carry out retaliatory attacks in the country as they have suffered heavy losses in the wake of the military offensives in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

"There are intelligence reports that terrorists can carry out attacks in any part of the country as reaction," Gilani told reporters in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

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If history has taught us anything, it has taught us that the remedies to radicalization cannot be sought solely through military suppression; social and political changes have to be part of the process.

Does a person who's able to go to work at a meaningful job at a decent wage, who can take care of himself (or herself) and the family, and who sees hope in the political process and the future suddenly wake up and say "I think I'm going to start shooting at government and military personnel!?!"

People become radicalized because they have no voice in what is going on with them, and not one whole heck of a lot to lose by becoming violent. In fact, under those circumstances, many think they may have everything to gain.

Gilani just doesn't get it, or doesn't care. Unfortunately, that does not bode well for the future of the Pakistani people.

May 24 09:06

U.S. may loan Nissan ¥100 billion

Nissan Motor Co. is likely to receive more than ¥100 billion in low-interest loans set up by the U.S. government to promote the development of and transition to electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient cars, sources said Friday.

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For the same money we could start a new auto company here in the US, providing jobs for Americans, that makes electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient cars.

Why are we not doing that?

May 24 09:04

Dubya, Condi, Paul, Rummy and Colin: where are they now?

Since leaving the White House and moving to Dallas, the former president has almost completely stepped out of public life. He has decided that, unlike Cheney, it is more dignified to maintain his silence about Barack Obama's presidency.

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When the economy collapses, Obama may need to hold torture trials simply to save his own sorry ass, and Bus is perfectly happy for Dick Cheney to make himself a real target with his public appearances.

May 24 09:02

US politician floats torturing Bush officials for charity

An American politician says former US President George W. Bush and two close allies should be subjected to waterboarding -- a harsh interrogation technique -- for charity.

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I VOLUNTEER TO POUR THE WATER!!!!!!

I have a couple questions to ask, if given the opportunity! :)

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