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June 29, 2010

Jun 29 09:36

Wheat harvest met with live ammunition in Gaza “buffer zone”

Israeli forces attacked women farmworkers and international human rights activists with heavy gunfire during three days’ wheat harvest in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israel-imposed "buffer zone" illegally claims over 30% of Gaza’s arable farmland. In Khoza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, substantial wheat remains unharvested despite severe poverty and food shortages, as a result of the attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They were making muffins of mass destruction! and you are a dirty, filthy, anti-Semite if you don;t believe me!" -- Tel Aviv

Jun 29 09:34

Consumer confidence craters in June

A key measure of consumer confidence fell in June, reversing a three-month gain, as Americans remain nervous about the job market.

Jun 29 09:33

EXPOSED! - G20 Police in Black Bloc Anarchist Gear @ 0:45 - Toronto

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch this obvious agent provocateur. She and her associates attack the protesters, including the cameraman, then rush behind the police lines, with the police covering their escape from the crowd.

Jun 29 09:33

Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion

For American taxpayers, now on the hook for some $145 billion in housing losses connected to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, that amount could be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the losses could balloon to $400 billion. And if housing prices fall further, some experts caution, the cost to the taxpayer could hit as much as $1 trillion.

Two things are clear: Taxpayers don’t want to foot the bill, and Fannie and Freddie, taken over by the government in 2008 to stanch the financial bloodletting, need a major overhaul.



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Jun 29 09:32

Agent provocateur tactics at the G20 Protests?

After the incidents at Montebello and Pittsburg, Sid Ryan claimed it was not beyond the police to use agent provocateur tactics to try to provoke violence at the G20 riots in Toronto.

Jun 29 09:27

From the USS Liberty to the Mavi Marmara

After international pressure forced my kidnappers to release me and the other activists, Canadian media outlets kept asking me if it was we – the passengers of the ship – who had attacked the Israeli commandos! These questions were based solely on the footage released by the Israeli military and the Israeli narrative of what took place. Accordingly, it is worth taking a step back and looking at the big picture and the facts that have become common knowledge to everyone.

Jun 29 09:26

Israeli link possible in US torture techniques

The head of the American defense contracting firm implicated in the torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison has close ties to Israel and visited an Israeli "anti-terror" training camp in the occupied West Bank earlier this year.

Jun 29 09:25

Giant Green Algae Slick Heads Towards China

A massive floating expanse of green algae is heading towards China's east coast, potentially threatening wildlife and the region's tourist industry, state media reported on Tuesday.



Jun 29 09:22

Jordan ‘not to give up nuclear rights’

The head of Jordan’s Atomic Energy Commission says that it is not ready to surrender its peaceful nuclear rights in negotiations with the United States.

The US wanted Jordan to sign a nuclear agreement similar to a deal they reached with the United Arab Emirates, Khaled Tukan told AFP on Monday.

The UAE “has relinquished its rights under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” he said, adding, “Why should we give up our rights?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently US policy is to guarantee Israel's monopoly on nuclear technology in the Middle East, so that only Israel is allowed to sell nuclear weapons to nations that do not like us!

Jun 29 09:21

Consumer Confidence Collapses Massively In June

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index for June dropped sharply to 52.9, which is a horrible underperformance of expectations given that consensus had forecast a reading of 62.

It also disappoints bulls after three consecutive months of improvement previously.

To some degree a pullback was expected as the economy has been long forecast to slow as we enter the second half of 2010, but this shift in consumer sentiment has clearly been surprisingly severe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the US economy is in a state of paralysis, and people are very concerned as to whether the US will ever get out of it.

Jun 29 09:20

Banks Financing Mexico Drug Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal

They found 128 black suitcases, packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100 million. The stash was supposed to have been delivered from Caracas to drug traffickers in Toluca, near Mexico City, Mexican prosecutors later found. Law enforcement officials also discovered something else.

The smugglers had bought the DC-9 with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.: Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp., Bloomberg Markets reports in its August 2010 issue.

Jun 29 09:17

Attack On Iran Imminent, Warns Fidel Castro

As I was writing every one of my previous Reflections, and a catastrophe was quickly zeroing in on humanity, my major concern was to fulfill the primary duty to inform our people.

Today, I feel more relax than 26 days ago. As the situation evolves, I can reiterate and expand on the information to the national and international public.

Obama has committed to attend the quarterfinals match on July 2, if his country’s team makes it to that stage. He supposedly knows better than anyone that the quarterfinals will not be contested because very serious developments will take place before that; or at least he should know.



Jun 29 09:15

IMF Report Shows Deeper Cuts Would Boost Growth

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... for the IMF!

Jun 29 09:12

CNN: Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead!!!

Jun 29 09:11

Muqtada Sadr's Mahdi Army militiamen slowly resurface

After two years, ex-militiamen are being seen again in Baghdad neighborhoods. Officials fear the shadowy group could take advantage of Iraq's festering political crisis and U.S. troop withdrawals.

With its ideological fervor intact and bolstered by a powerful 40-member parliamentary bloc, the shadowy organization could take advantage of the country's instability as a political crisis festers and U.S. troops withdraw.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this article isn't part of an attempt to justify why the US must stay in Iraq long after the withdrawal date which was originally agreed to by the US and Iraqi governments.

Jun 29 09:11

A spy, with a modelling portfolio, and NY Post already has it ready to go?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story gets fishier by the day.




Jun 29 09:10

CARLOS LATUFF ~~ ROCKING THE FOUNDATIONS OF ZION

Jun 29 09:09

VIOLENCE IN JERUSALEM CONTINUES

Two days after hundreds of Israelis marched through the East Jerusalem city of Silwan in protest of expanding settlements, the Palestinian residents of the city experienced another reminder of their position as occupied in the holy city. Confusion broke out last night around one of the main settler houses in Silwan, Beit Yoantan. Palestinians thought an eviction was going to take place and became understandably excited. However, there was no eviction. A private security force that guard the settler house started shooting very closely into the house that the settlers threatened to evict, prompting the family (and the whole village) to think that they are trying to invade and take over the house.

Jun 29 09:07

TIMELYTOONS ~~ DAY ONE OF THE FLOTILLA ‘PROBE’

Jun 29 09:06

American Zionists gave russia nuclear technology

John F. Kennedy may have signed his own death warrant when he sent the final demand to Israeli President David Ben Gurion on July 5, 1963 demanding inspection of the Dimona nuclear facility.



Jun 29 09:05

US ‘Frustrated’ with Netanyahu on Indirect Talks

According to Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, US special ambassador to the Middle East George Mitchell is growing increasingly frustrated with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “unserious” attitude on the indirect peace talks.

According to the reports, officials say that Netanyahu is refusing to seriously address a number of core issues, allowing the already slow-moving talks to turn into a glacial paced act of futility. The potential borders of a future Palestinian state have been one matter Netanyahu has refused to touch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to US special ambassador to the Middle East George Mitchell; just come on home, stop ratcheting up those frequent flier miles to Tel Aviv, and please get a grip on the obvious.

Israel doesn't want peace; it wants territory, by any means necessary. This is why you are seeing the current brisk Israeli annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the absolute devastation and destruction of the lives (and homes) of Palestinians in those areas, and in Gaza.

There is nothing the US is willing to do to attempt to prevent this, except the one thing that the US refuses to do: pull every bit of financial and military aid from Israel right now, and stop the very deep integration of the Israeli military with that of the US military.

Jun 29 09:03

Mullen: Iran will continue to strive for nukes

Jun 29 08:56

Russia Complains to UN Over German Seizures of Cargo Bound for Iran

The Russian government has today issued a formal complaint to the UN Security Council about the German government’s seizures of Russian cargo bound for Iran and the detention and questioning of men involved in the deal.

The equipment was meant for the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear reactor, and German officials seized it under the pretext of sanctions against Iran. According to Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the seizure was not in line with the UN Security Council sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia was hoping that certain items their country manufactured would be exempt from the sanctions banning certain items from Iran.

Obviously, it appears that they didn't strike that deal with the UN, US or the EU before these sanctions were put into place.

Or, if there had been an "understanding" in place about these items, that understanding has been left unfulfilled.

Jun 29 08:55

Cameron 'agrees torture inquiry terms'

David Cameron has agreed the terms of a judge-led inquiry into claims British agents were complicit in the torture of terror suspects, the BBC understands.

The PM is understood to have agreed it could offer compensation if it shows they were tortured and UK agents knew.



Jun 29 08:54

Thousands of Gazans trek to Cairo for medical treatment

Thousands of Gazans are taking advantage of an open border crossing with Egypt since 1 June to seek treatment for a range of illnesses in Cairo hospitals.

“Israel’s blockade has left everything in Gaza in tatters. People can’t find the simplest things to meet their needs,” said 40-year-old Gazan Sayed Abu Asi, whose six-year-old son Mohamed has a severe deformity in his right leg.

Due to the scarcity of medical equipment and medicines in Gaza, he said he had been trying for months to bring his son to Egypt for treatment but the Rafah border crossing had always been closed.

Jun 29 08:53

FLASHBACK - AIPAC Pressures Congress: Back Netanyahu, not the President!

Republicans (and some Democrats) in Congress are arguing that President Obama's demand that Israel stop expanding settlements activity is somehow a unique position for a president to take. This is not true. In fact, Presidents Carter and Clinton both demanded a settlement freeze, as did Bush I and II, and President Reagan.

Jun 29 08:53

British trade union boycotts Israel

A motion has been clinched in Britain calling for a complete boycott of Israel and for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to the country.

One of Britain's largest unions voted at its annual conference in Bournemouth last week for thoroughly boycotting Israel, saying that Israeli regime lied over the Gaza flotilla incident.

The largest British public sector union with around 1.4 million members, UNISON, discussed the emergency motion on the third day of its annual conference and unanimously approved it to take effect immediately.

The union said Israel was "brazenly lying over the flotilla incident, as it attempted to define it as an attempted lynch mob of its troops by passengers on the boats"

Jun 29 08:50

THE APPARENT RIFT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE U.S. IS A MIRAGE.

Obama cannot be seen to be caving in to Israel when it comes to resolving the Palestine issue and US efforts to create a Palestinian state and so, for the sake of public opinion, needs to be seen resisting Netanyahu’s insistence that settlement building and building in Jerusalem continues. Of course, Netanyahu’s insistence, in turn, is designed to placate Zionist public opinion.



Jun 29 08:45

Russian Oil Company Opens Office in Cuba

The Russian oil company JSC Zarubezhneft opened on Thursday an operations office in Havana that will lead to an increase in the production of petroleum and accompanying gas in the island in the coming years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were it not for the stupid, pig-headed continuation of the US embargo of Cuba, it could have been a US company doing that development of petroleum and gas here.

The US has business relations with China, and Viet Nam; to continue the embargo against Cuba is petty, vindictive, and ultimately counterproductive for this country.

Jun 29 08:41

U.N.'s Ban urges new talks on Iran nuclear program

The U.N. chief on Monday called for more talks on Iran's atomic program, saying new sanctions against Tehran have not shut the door to a diplomatic resolution of its nuclear standoff with the West.

"Even with the Security Council's resolution adopted on other sanctions, the door is still open for a negotiated settlement," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; in the words of my late grandmother, the horse is already out of the barn on this one, and the time to have called for more negotiations was before, not after, the Security Council passed the sanction resolutions against Iran.

You cannot bring Israel to see reason on this issue (and in fact, the UN has almost never, in Israel's existence, been able to get Israel to comply with any UN resolutions), and it appears that the die is cast here.

You understand that there have been high level talks between Israel's defense minister Ehud Barack, the US's admiral Mike Mullen, and Secretary of State Clinton in a stealth visit a couple of weeks ago; you have Russian Foreign Minister in Jerusalem today, begging for new IAEA-US talks regarding Iran; you have Admiral Mullen in Tel Aviv for talks ahead of his going to Afghanistan; you have King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Washington today; you have Secretary of State Clinton in Baku, Azerbaijan this weekend; and you have Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington DC for talks next Tuesday.

Connect the dots: The timing, and increase in tempo of these meetings, is not an accident.

You also understand has been a large US military naval deployment (which included an Israeli vessel) to the Persian Gulf, and there are 3 Dolphin-Class Israeli nuclear-armed subs in the Persian Gulf, already pre-positioned ahead of any military conflict.

Secretary-General, you and your colleagues at the UN are about to become irrelevant in terms of stopping a regional war which
could very well go global; the UN has been an abysmal failure in preventing this conflict, and you know it.

If the United Nations cannot control Israel, a country half the size of New Jersey, they are incompetent to manage the entire world.

Jun 29 08:41

Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff creates artworks that call on the world to condemn Israeli holocaust of Gaza

Jun 29 08:41

A ‘Kill Switch’ for the State

The Internet – like the printing press before it – is not the cause of the transformations in society, but only the vehicle through which free minds can explore alternatives to the inhumane, destructive, inefficient, anti-life implications from which institutions are unable to separate themselves. The question before us is whether life is to belong to the living, or to long-revered systems that insist upon their authority to control and destroy life for organizational interests.



Jun 29 08:38

Ellen Brown: Who Will Pay: Wall Street or Main Street , The Tobin Tax or the VAT?

Two Green Party candidates for governor, Laura Wells in California and Rich Whitney in Illinois, have included a state-imposed Tobin tax in their platforms. Both are also campaigning for state-owned banks in their states, on the model of the Bank of North Dakota. People around the world look to the United States for boldness and innovation, and California and Illinois are two of the hardest hit states in the nation. If those states manage to turn their economies around, they could establish a model for economic sovereignty globally.

Jun 29 08:37

The CIA's Entertainment Industry Liason!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL hire Matthew Fox to play us!

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Jun 29 08:35

In light of California's woes --- Cali-fun-ication

OK, you've probably watched California's attempt to lure tourists ...

Some people think that life in California is easy -- but it's really hard work.
We've got board meetings.
Lots of board meetings!
We're always playing catch up.
We're really just a bunch of pencil pushers.
We work with some real characters.
We're always working weekends.
We burn the midnight oil.
Hey, it's a dirty job...
...But somebody's gotta do it.
So, if this looks like your kind of work, we've got just one question for you:
WHEN CAN YOU START?

Now have a look at a humorous version.

Some people think that life in California is easy

Jun 29 08:34

A Florida judge utilizes concepts of 'the Jewish tradition' to condemn Hispanic defendent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't take my word for it; translate this one yourself!



Jun 29 08:31

Spying is OK, Everybody Does It

Only a few days after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama went to Ray's Hell Burger to bond and eat some dead animals, 10 Russian spies are arrested.

The alleged "deep-cover" spies are accused of working for the SVR, the Russian Federation version of the CIA. Mikhail Fradkov, director of the SVR, reports directly to Mr. Medvedev. {more}

Their job, according to the court papers in the case, was "to search and develop ties in policymaking circles" in the United States.

Each of the 10 was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison on conviction.

Jun 29 08:27

Corruption Suspected in Airlift of Billions in Cash From Kabul

KABUL—More than $3 billion in cash has been openly flown out of Kabul International Airport in the past three years, a sum so large that U.S. investigators believe top Afghan officials and their associates are sending billions of diverted U.S. aid and logistics dollars and drug money to financial safe havens abroad.

The cash—packed into suitcases, piled onto pallets and loaded into airplanes—is declared and legal to move. But U.S. and Afghan officials say they are targeting the flows in major anticorruption and drug trafficking investigations because of their size relative to Afghanistan's small economy and the murkiness of their origins.

Jun 29 08:22

Panic brews on Gulf coast under suspicions of oil spill media blackout of threats to public safety

A quiet panic is brewing among residents of Florida’s Gulf coast. People are starved for updates and official information, and the lack of them is accelerating conspiracy theories and rumors of a media blackout. Founded or not, to residents they are quite real.

Unconfirmed reports of evacuations have been circling the internet, along with suggestions that they will never be implemented because the scale is too enormous. Why announce a plan that can’t be carried out? That has led to theories that human life is more expendable than political careers and BP’s public image.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is exactly the situation I warned about ten years ago. Because of all the US Government lies, about Saddam's "nookular" bombs, about the economy, about 9-11, about TWA-800, OK City, Osama Bin Laden, Waco, Israel's attack on the Aid Flotilla, etc. the US Government has a credibility crisis of their own making. And now that there is a real emergency, the US Government might actually be telling people the truth, but who would dare believe them after such a long career of deceptions against the American people?

I sure as hell won;t!

Jun 29 08:22

7 Potential Economic Effects Of A War With Iran

As each day passes, war in the Middle East seems increasingly likely. The truth is that Israel will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, and Iran is absolutely determined to continue developing a nuclear program. So right now Israel and Iran are engaged in a really bizarre game of "nuclear chicken" and neither side is showing any sign of blinking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one consequence of such a military conflict this article doesn't mention; the potential for the start of World War III, with Russia and China coming in on the side of Iran, both of whom are nuclear armed.



Jun 29 08:18

China to hold naval drills to counter US-SKorean moves

In a move that could escalate tensions in the surcharged Korean peninsula, China said its military forces would kick-off live ammunition exercises in East China Sea from Wednesday in an apparent response to a joint naval manoeuvre between US and South Korea.

Jun 29 08:18

Israel and US allegedly preparing military strike on Iran

Reports have surfaced in the Middle East claiming Israel and the US are making military preparations for a possible attack on Iran.

Jun 29 08:17

Workers' strike hits Greece

Thousands of Greek workers have staged a 24-hour strike, in protest against the government's austerity measures, bringing much of the country to a standstill.

The strike shut down public services and disrupted transportation on Tuesday as public and private-sector employees prepared to march in Athens, the capital, at around 0900 GMT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greeks have gonads Americans only dream of.

Jun 29 08:15

U.S., Afghan forces launch assault along Pakistani border

A force of about 700 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a major assault along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan in an attempt to destroy a growing insurgent haven and blunt rising violence in the area, senior Army officials said Monday.

The assault represents one of the largest in eastern Afghanistan in the past several years and reflects growing concern among U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders that Taliban insurgents are seeking to intensify pressure in the east as troops prepare for a tough summer of fighting in the south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, as has continued to happen throughout the almost 9 years of this brutally immoral and illegal war, the more innocent civilians we kill, the more we literally shove those left standing into the waiting arms of the Taliban.

When those elements of rampant governmental corruption, lack of infrastructure, no chance for a decent education or job come together to create a witch's brew of despair, that is what makes insurgency look attractive to some, because they think they have no other option.

The US has a long track record of backing various thugs internationally, because they are looked upon as "our thugs" who can and will protect US business interests, even at the expense of the welfare of their own people.

And almost every time, the US gets caught completely off guard when the people in those countries governed by such a thug, decide they have had enough, and revolt against the US-backed thugocracy in power.

US and NATO leadership, in their Afghanistan "strategy" (if one can even call it that) appear to be doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome.



Jun 29 08:02

Erdogan: Israel must apologize for Gaza flotilla, blockade

Referring to the aftermath of the flotilla incident, Erdogan told Charlie Rose that Israel attacked "from the sea and from the air and there were plastic bullets used, guns used. Nine people died, eight Turkish, one a U.S. citizen, the American citizen Furkan Dogan."

"The U.S. administration should take ownership of the situation because there was an American citizen involved," the Turkish PM said, adding the Turkish government would "do the same because families have a right to ask their government what has happened."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at:

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0629/turks-shot-multiple-times-gaza-aid-ship-forensics/

Those forensic reports to which Turkish President Edrogan is referring found that:

"All but two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot more than once, and five died from bullet wounds to the head, according to forensic reports.

The documents, penned this month, were made available to AFP Tuesday by lawyers for the victims' families, who have petitioned Turkish prosecutors to investigate the May 31 bloodshed on the Turkish Mavi Marmara ferry.

"The findings make it clear the Israeli forces shot to kill the activists and not to overpower them," one of the lawyers, Yasin Divrak, told AFP."

The 19 year old American with the group, Furkan Dokan, was assassinated with four bullets to the head and one to the abdomen.

Apparently, on this administration's watch, it is perfectly acceptable for American humanitarian aid workers to get assassinated on the high seas, as long as those assassins are Israeli.

Jun 29 07:59

Wikipedia's million-dollar faux pas

Jun 29 07:57

New Big Screen Documentary Exposes Pat Tillman Cover-Up

A new documentary set to hit the big screen this summer lifts the lid on the cover-up behind the death of Pat Tillman, the pro-football star who gave up a lucrative career to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq before preparing to return to the U.S. as an anti-war icon, at which point he was killed in a so-called friendly fire incident that more closely resembled a deliberate assassination.

Whether or not the documentary delves into the question of whether Tillman’s death was a targeted act of murder remains to be seen, but the evidence strongly indicates that Tillman was deliberately assassinated in order to prevent him from becoming an anti-war icon and derailing public support in the United States for the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jun 29 07:56

Cash-strapped states cut everything, except the grass

Cash-strapped cities are having to dig deep to come up with funds to do jobs that have been cut out of state budgets — like cutting grass along roads.



Jun 29 07:53

Accident during exercise could start war, North Korea warns

North Korea warned Tuesday that any accidental clash during an upcoming US-South Korea naval exercise could spark war, as tensions remained high over the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Minju Josun, the cabinet's official daily, accused the South and its US ally of "fabricating" facts about the sinking to incite a war against the communist state.

"It is as clear as day that a small accident that might occur during the joint military exercise would easily spread to an armed clash and eventually, to an all-out war," it said, slamming the planned drill as provocative and dangerous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both the US and China appear to be ratcheting up tensions in the Korean peninsula.

What should be happening here is a renewal of multilateral talks with North Korea on a number of issues, including its nuclear program, consummated with the signing of a peace treaty to replace the tenuous, uneasy truce between North and South Korea, with some guarantees for North Korea's safety and security.

Jun 29 07:46

Chicagoans have paid dearly for police brutality

Two decades ago, Burge was able to quietly leave town after being fired amid allegations that he and his crew tortured scores of suspects when he commanded the Chicago Police Department’s violent crimes unit.

Burge received his pension and was able to relocate to sunny Florida.

During his trial, jurors got an earful from convicted criminals who accused Burge of torturing them.

Jun 29 07:45

100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs, While Pharma Companies Get Rich

Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That's one person every five minutes. How did we get here?

Jun 29 07:44

14 Scary Facts About The The US Real Estate Nightmare

New homes have never sold this slowly ever since the U.S. Commerce Department began tracking this data back in 1963.



Jun 29 07:43

Mullen: Omar could be part of Afghan settlement

The top U.S. military official said last night that Taliban leader Mullah Omar could conceivably be part of a political settlement in Afghanistan, which he called the only way to bring peace to the tortured central Asian nation, battered by three decades of war.

"A political solution ... is the only solution" in Afghanistan, Adm. Mullen said, addressing the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. "It's hard to say ... who would be a part of that, and I wouldn't do that."

But he added, "It's hard to rule out that political entities who are now the enemy might be a part of that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Mullen is saying is totally logical; which is why the White House, State Department, and Pentagon will probably reject the notion out of hand.

And the fact that the Kandahar offensive has been delayed because "...One third of the extra troops allocated by President Obama following his review of Afghan strategy last year still had not arrived..." is chillingly telling.

Jun 29 07:43

Unemployed dumping car leases

The unemployed are walking away from their car leases in droves as more laid-off workers see their jobless benefits cut off.

Jun 29 07:42

800,000 mortgages in California are 30+ days late or in foreclosure. Only 132,000 show up in the MLS. Why there will be no housing bottom for California until at least 2012

Jun 29 07:39

Shabtai Rosenne and the Qibya Coverup

Ben Gurion and his defense minister, the notorious Pinhas Lavon, planned the attack on the West Bank village of Qibya without notifying the rest of the cabinet. Foreign minister Moshe Sharett was informed in general terms though given no specifics about the exact nature of the attack.

During an all-day assault, Israeli forces under the command of Ariel Sharon, destroyed 41 buildings in the village including the school. Many homes were dynamited with the residents still within them. 60 residents were killed. The response by the international community was, much like the Gaza flotilla incident, pure outrage. In the aftermath of the bloodbath and the ensuing furor, the IDF turned to the foreign ministry to devise a way to mitigate the damage to Israel’s reputation.



Jun 29 07:37

China military denies exercise aimed at U.S

Analysts and a military officer said the live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday that will close off parts of the East China Sea off China's coast over six days were routine and the timing was coincidental.

"The PLA artillery exercise in the East China Sea and the joint U.S.-South Korea exercise in the Yellow Sea are a complete coincidence," Li Daguang, a professor at China's National Defense University told the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong newspaper under mainland control.

"The outside world shouldn't read anything into this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing does not appear to be "coincidental"; it appears to be a projection of Chinese power in the region after Obama had the audacity to publicly criticize China's handling of North Korea at the G-20 summit.

Jun 29 07:36

On the developments in Kyrgyzstan

Two sister nations have been made to confront each other and shed blood as a result of well-planned provocations and plots designed and executed in a very professional way. These two nations have lived together as brothers and sisters throughout our history and shared the same homeland and culture.

Jun 29 07:34

Lieberman: Absolutely no chance for a Palestinian state within next two years

Foreign Minister slams Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov over Moscow's contacts with Hamas, as the two officials meet in Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another possible motive for the timing of yesterday's story about Russian spies.

Jun 29 07:33

Russia calls for U.S.-IAEA-Iran meet on fuel delivery

Russia's Foreign Minister called for a meeting between Iran, the United States, Russia and the IAEA on nuclear fuel delivery for the Islamic Republic's medical reactor, Itar-TASS news agency reported.

Sergei Lavrov, speaking to Itar-TASS in Jerusalem, did not give details on the nature of the proposed discussions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov will most likely not get that meeting, particularly after the US arrest of those alleged Russian spies.

He was probably briefed by Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, about the impending US/Israeli attack against Iran, and is desperately trying to find some way to stop it.

Unfortunately, such an attack appears to be already in motion, and there is nothing Lavrov can do to stop it.

This might well be a major motive for the gratuitous Russia-bashing spy story yesterday.

Jun 29 07:29

G20 Toronto Police Rape Threats + Strip Searched - Amy Miller

Jun 29 07:28

EU Expands Stress Tests To Include Up To 120 Banks

Jun 29 07:28

Obama comments on N Korea 'irresponsible': China state media

China's state media on Tuesday slammed US President Barack Obama for suggesting Beijing had turned a blind eye to North Korea's actions, calling his remarks "irresponsible and flippant".

At the Group of 20 summit in Canada at the weekend, Obama said China must not show "willful blindness" over Pyongyang's "belligerent behaviour", noting he had spoken bluntly to Chinese President Hu Jintao on the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's pathetic attempt at diplomacy with China on North Korea is beginning to sound just as stridently off-key as that of his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

If that was the way he figured he was going to get North Korea back to the bargaining table by insulting China in public, he made a colossally grave error in judgement.

Jun 29 07:27

Russia says U.S. spy accusations baseless and improper

Russia on Tuesday said U.S. allegations that it had broken up a major Russian spy ring just days after President Dmitry Medvedev met Barack Obama in Washington were baseless and improper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course Russia is going to deny spying, just as Israel did in 2001 and in the AIPAC spy case. But the Israeli spies were actually caught spying, in possession of classified documents, feeding false information into the Pentagon, and dancing while the World Trade Towers fell.

In contrast the accusations against the Russians are rather vague. We are told they were looking at gold trading, something that is actually legal to do.As I pointed out yesterday this story feels weird and it looks like Obama wanted to put Russia on the defensive, which means that whatever Obama and Medvedev talked about in their meeting, it did not go well for Obama. This is Obama's bitch-slap back at Medvedev!

Jun 29 07:20

Chaos erupts in Greece over austerity measures

Greek riot police fired teargas at protesters chanting "burn parliament" in Athens on Tuesday just hours before lawmakers were to begin debating a sweeping pension reform to help tackle the country's huge debt crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greek government, like the US Congress, sold the people of their nation into the slavery of a private banking system that is allowed to print up money out of thin air, and issue the public currency at interest. The politicians are in the pay of the bankers, and the Greeks understand that there is really only one way for them to become free again. The private central banks and the politicians who serve them must go.

Jun 29 07:19

Obama to meet Saudi King Abdullah at White House

President Barack Obama welcomes Saudi King Abdullah to the White House on Tuesday, as he seeks to reinvigorate his Middle East peace drive and crank up pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Obama understands that Israel is not interested in peace; it only wants territory, by any means necessary, including annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank, coupled forced expulsion of Palestinians into stateless refugee status, and Obama is impotent to stop this.

King Abdullah understands this.

This meeting with King Abdullah is first about what concessions can be wrung out of Saudi Arabia in advance of a US/Israeli attack against Iran.

It is secondly about what weapons systems the US is willing to sell Saudi Arabia in exchange for their acquiescence on moving forward with the strike (as long as Israel approves of such a weapons sale).

Jun 29 07:10

Russia furious over Cold War-style US spy arrests

Russia angrily hit back on Tuesday at US claims that it had smashed a Moscow-organised spy ring, saying the accusations were reminiscent of the Cold War and could damage efforts to improve relations.

"In our opinion, such actions are groundless and pursue unseemly aims," a Russian foreign ministry spokesman said. It is highly deplorable that all of this is happening against the background of the reset in Russia-US ties."

The arrests Sunday in four northeastern US states came only three days after President Barack Obama described his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as a "solid and reliable partner" at a White House summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Obama didn't get what he wanted in that meeting with Medvedev (a clear "understanding" about an impending US/Israeli attack against Iran, perhaps?), and this is his churlish attempt at payback.

Jun 29 07:09

Palestinian boycott of Israeli settlement goods starts to bite

Campaign to clear supermarket shelves of West Bank settlement wares forces Israeli factories to cut production.

Jun 29 07:07

Stocks plunge on global jitters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is interesting is watching ABCNNBBCBS try to find some positive economic news, as in, "The 8 month trans-industrial index of cross-market trending indicators shows a .08% gain, so the news isn't all bad!

The PPT is probably working overtime, but looks like the public perception is that the recent bull run (shove) into the 10,000s is over and a yawning chasm is before us!

Jun 29 07:06

Turks shot multiple times on Gaza aid ship: forensics

All but two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot more than once, and five died from bullet wounds to the head, according to forensic reports.

"The findings make it clear the Israeli forces shot to kill the activists and not to overpower them," one of the lawyers, Yasin Divrak, told AFP.

The youngest victim, 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-US national, was shot five times, including twice in the head, the report said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: these humanitarian aid workers were assassinated on the high seas by Israeli military.

Jun 29 07:06

BP worker, 48, dies of "natural causes" in hotel room after cleanup duty

A BP cleanup worker was found dead in his Village Inn room Sunday afternoon.

The 48-year-old man’s identity has not been released.

“There are no signs of foul play,” said Michele Nicholson, spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. “I don’t think there was anything suspicious about it.”...

Jun 29 07:01

Dennis Kucinich - End the Wars. Bring our Troops Home.

Millions of Americans are out of work, losing their homes, their savings, their pensions, their retirement security.

We are losing our Nation to Lies about the Necessity of Wars.

Bring our Troops home. End the war. Secure our economy.

Jun 29 06:57

Obama's PROMISE To End The Iraq War - Oct. 27, 2007 - "You Can Take That To The Bank"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bumped to the top as John McCain states in the Patreus confirmation that we are i Afghanistan until we win (same comment LBJ made about Vietnam).

Jun 29 06:54

Turks shot multiple times on Gaza ship: forensics

All but two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot more than once, and five died from bullet wounds to the head, according to forensic reports.

The documents, penned this month, were made available to AFP Tuesday by lawyers for the victims' families, who have petitioned Turkish prosecutors to investigate the May 31 bloodshed on the Turkish Mavi Marmara ferry.

"The findings make it clear the Israeli forces shot to kill the activists and not to overpower them," one of the lawyers, Yasin Divrak, told AFP.

Jun 29 06:43

Pre-Crime? Try Pre-Diagnose and Pre-Drug: Psychiatrists target infants as mental patients

A new study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and headed by psychiatrist John H. Gilmore, professor of psychiatry and Director of the UNC Schizophrenia Research, claims to be able to detect “brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia risk” in infants just a few weeks old. We would like to point out the obvious flaw in this bogus study; there is no medical/scientific test in existence that schizophrenia is a physical disease or brain abnormality to start with. There is not one chemical imbalance test, X-ray, MRI or any other test for schizophrenia, not one.

Jun 29 06:39

Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder

In its never-ending attempt to fabricate "mental disorders" out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they've invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.

This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you're "mentally diseased" and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs.

Jun 29 06:27

Airport body scanners deliver radiation dose 20 times higher than first thought, warns expert

A leading scientist is calling for more research into body scanners like those used at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airport after questioning the amount of radiation they deliver to parts of the body.

Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University's centre for radiological research, thinks officials have miscalculated the dose that the controversial X-ray scanners deliver to the skin - where nearly all the radiation is concentrated.

He believes that the dose delivered to the skin is twenty times higher than previously thought as the official figure is averaged over the whole body - with the most likely risk being skin cancer.

Jun 29 05:37

Jeju islanders want love, not war

By Matthew Reiss

Plans for a missile base on South Korea's Jeju island, 450 kilometers, from Shanghai have threatened to disturb a precarious balance of power in the East China Sea. But Washington's aspirations to use the base have been blocked by residents of the island.

The administration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced commitments in 2008 and 2009 to purchase and deploy a fleet of Aegis destroyers equipped with US anti-ballistic missile and radar systems, built jointly by Hyundai and Lockheed-Martin. To date, opposition to construction of the base and a pending lawsuit have delayed preparation of a home port for the ships. But following the March 26 sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan, the government has grown less tolerant of dissent.

June 28, 2010

Jun 28 22:55

LA TIMES - IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN: American casualties total 500,000, counting injury and disease, writer claims

Jun 28 22:48

Kucinich: We are losing our nation to lies about the necessity of war

Jun 28 22:47

The Fed Has Lost It; Publishes Essay Bashing Bloggers, Tells General Public To Broadly Ignore Those Without An Econ PhD

Some Fed economist (with a hard-earned Ph.D mind you) named Kartik Athreya (who lasted at Citigroup as an associate Vice President for a whopping 7 months before getting sacked in 1998 only to find solace for his expiring unemployment benefits in the public sector) has written the most idiotic "research" piece to come out of the Federal Reserve since 1913, and the Fed has written a lot of idiotic research since then - after all you don't destroy 98% of the dollar's purchasing power in 97 years with non-idiotic research. But this just takes the cake. In "Economics is Hard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don't lecture ME about icebergs, my young man! I am a Captain!" -- Captain E. J. Smith, Master, RMS Titanic

Jun 28 22:23

Ariel Sharon: "We, the Jewish People, Control America, and The Americans Know it"!

“Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Jun 28 22:20

James Petras: War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America

This book not only provides a detailed account and illustration of Israeli war crimes in Gaza but equally important it provides a comprehensive analysis of the reasons why more and more people are recognizing that the US Congress and White House are zionized occupied territory.

FROM THE PREFACE

Jun 28 21:35

Bishop Donald Corder: The Sun Tzu of a Turkish Samurai

Such as is eminently personified in 1980 when General Sharon signed an oath with his blood along with very many senior IDF officers who aligned themselves with the same blood oath throughout the years since, “In the event of a government of Israel seeking to withdraw from Judea and Samaria for peace with the Palestinians, the oath commits those who signed it to make common cause with the settlers and fight that government to the death.

Jun 28 20:23

Israel Releases Abducted Lebanese Shepherd, Leaves Scars All Over His Body

It seems that the Lebanese citizens remain to be subject to the “Israeli” enemy’s atrocities while the UN Interim Forces set a blind eye to all violations, and it seems that its only mission is to keep record of these “Israeli” violations.

Jun 28 19:07

DIANA BUTTU at Melbourne Forum: “Apartheid & Boycotts”

Special thanks to our friends at: AUSTRALIANS FOR PALESTINE

Palestinian lawyer and advocate Diana Buttu will be joining fellow compatriot UCLA Prof SAREE MAKDISI in a forum entitled “Apartheid and Boycotts” that will also include Dr NED CURTHOYS from ANU and Sydney Peace Foundation Chairman Professor Emeritus STUART REES AM. Below you will find details of the event being held tomorrow evening in Melbourne and also some background to the participants in the forum. Ms Buttu has been brought out specifically to speak to unions, the media and the public on the impossible conditions endured by the Palestinians under Israel’s apartheid policies and brutal military rule.

Jun 28 19:01

Hawaii versus US Imperialism

Jun 28 18:32

German Defence Minister questions role of Nato in Afghanistan war

Germany is arguing for the aims of Nato's operations in Afghanistan to be significantly scaled down and wants the alliance to adopt criteria to ensure that it never commits itself to a similarly open-ended mission in future.

This was the message conveyed by the German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, during a lecture at a London think-tank yesterday.

Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, has spoken of the difficulties of 'selling' the Afghan mission to a sceptical German public

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to German Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: you can no more "sell" Germany's mission in Afghanistan than can your US counterpoint US Secretary of Defense Gates to the American people.

Thinking Germans, like thinking Americans, understand that the occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the alleged "war on terror", and everything to do with the potential profits available from drugs, oil pipelines, and mineral rights.

The four criteria for NATO involvement ze Guttenberg puts forward are completely logical, and were no where to be found when NATO began its mission in Afghanistan.

Jun 28 18:20

A Moving Sidewalk for Terrorists

While Americans march against Arizona’s new restrictions on unlawful immigration, hundreds of illegal aliens from countries awash in Muslim terrorists tiptoe across the U.S.-Mexican frontier.

According to the federal Enforcement Integrated Database, among the deportable aliens apprehended along that border from FY 2009 through April 20, 2010 were two Syrians, seven Sudanese, and 17 Iranians, all nationals from the three Islamic countries that the U.S. government officially classifies as state sponsors of terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the steady drip of articles like this, if the US government is getting ready to perpetrate some kind of of "false flag" operation, and blame it on the "terrorists du jure", most probably Iran.

Jun 28 18:09

USS Carrier Harry Truman Now Officially Just Off Iran, As Israel Allegedly Plotting An Imminent Tehran Raid

As for the catalyst the two carriers may be anticipating, we provide the following update from the Gulf Daily News where we read that Israel may be on the verge of an attack of Iran, with an incursion originating from military bases in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's a given that the US will allow Israeli warplanes to attack Iran through Iraq, even though that places our kids at risk, and I would not rule out pre-positioned Israeli aircraft striking from US bases in Afghanistan.

Jun 28 18:03

New York Fed Probes Wall Street Exposure to BP Say Sources

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been probing major financial firms' exposure to BP Plc to ensure that if the oil giant buckles under the costs of the Gulf oil spill, it won't put Wall Street or the global financial system at risk, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No problem; we'll just get another taxpayer bailout!"

Jun 28 18:00

CLEAR Water Tests Positive for Oil, Officials “Only Doing Visual Assessments”, "What You Can't See May Be More Dangerous"

Dick Snyder, director of the Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation at the University of West Florida, began conducting water samples May 3 on Pensacola Beach every Tuesday and Thursday because beach and health officials were only doing visual assessments.

What you can't see in the water may be more dangerous than what you can see, he said.

"That's why we thought we had to start looking for dissolved oil," he said.

Jun 28 17:59

Ten Russians Arrested in the U.S. as Spies; Relayed Reports on Gold Market

Information theyb were seeking was pretty broad based but it included reports about gold. Moscow relayed back to the spies that the gold reports were "very valuable" and reported that it was passed on to Russia's finance minister.

Also, according to the complaint, one spy, "Cynthia Murphy," was developing a relationship with a prominent New York financier. The financier is apparently a big political money raiser and has a close friend in the Cabinet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story feels weird for some reason. The information the spies are accused of accessing is information any decent researcher on the internet can find without breaking any laws. This story is either take the heat off of Israel's spies (who did far worse), bash the Russians just when they are starting to dig in their heels regarding Iran, or this "New York financier" is the start of a new political scandal to "clear out the competition" going into 2012.

But the same network that softballed both the 2001 spy scandal and the AIPAC spy scandal is hitting this very hard considering the actual "crime".

Jun 28 17:22

GAZA: A Festival Of Lights.

Jun 28 17:03

ISRAEL 'PLOTS TEHRAN RAID'

MANAMA: Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran, it was revealed yesterday.

Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources.

Israel was, in fact, training pilots in Turkey to launch the strike and was smuggling planes into Georgia using Turkish airspace, they said.

However, Turkey was unaware of Israel's intention of transferring the planes to Georgia, the sources said.

The unexpected crisis between Israel and Turkey following an Israeli commando raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza Strip hit Israeli calculations.

Jun 28 15:59

Chomsky Says "No Credible Pretext"

Jun 28 15:52

Remember Vietistan?

The debacle over General Stanley McChrystal dramatizes how military thinking dominates United States policy - look at how much of the budget the Pentagon commands - as well as the utter hopelessness of achieving anything but draining defeat from the US occupation of Afghanistan. This lesson should have been learned after Vietnam. As Yogi Berra said, it's "deja vu all over again”.

Jun 28 15:44

‘Dozens’ of US citizens on assassination list, White House adviser hints

When it was confirmed last winter by then-Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair that the Obama administration had authorized the assassination of American citizens working with terrorist groups overseas, it appeared that no more than three Americans were being targeted in this manner.

In an interview last week with the Washington Times, however, Deputy White House National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan suggested that the number might actually amount to "dozens."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how soon extrajudicial assassinations will morph into a process targeting American citizens here at home who simply have a logical, reasoned difference of opinion with that of the official policy of the US government.

Jun 28 15:29

Spies told to reveal instructions which 'turned blind eye to torture'

MI5 and MI6 have been ordered by a High Court judge to release secret guidelines which human rights groups claim instructed spies to turn a blind eye to the torture of British terror suspects abroad.

The guidelines will be released to six British former Guantanamo Bay detainees who are suing the Government for allegedly being complicit in their torture by the Americans.

The guidelines were issued to agents in 2002 and 2004.

Jun 28 15:19

Jurors convict Burge of perjury, obstruction

Jun 28 15:07

Animation: On the wrong track

You can derail the New World Order… if you want to.

Jun 28 15:01

Letters from Palestine: a must-read book

Stuart Littlewood reviews Kenneth Ring’s book, Letters from Palestine, a collection of personal stories from Palestinians and an “an accurate portrayal of the plight of the Palestinians”, which “will put you through the emotional wringer – you’ll share the laughter, pride, helplessness, despair, anger and even the camaraderie”.

Jun 28 15:00

Lieberman’s “peace" plan: strip Palestinians of citizenship

Jonathan Cook reports on Israel’s Moldovan bouncer-cum-Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman’s so-called “peace plan”, which entails stripping Israel’s Arab citizens of their citizenship and expelling them from the country.

Jun 28 14:47

Supreme court overturns Chicago's handgun ban

The Supreme Court has ruled Chicago's 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership unconstitutional, a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons.
Dan Moran, the president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said "What I would like to suggest to the mayor (Daley)... is he take those millions of dollars he spent in litigation or continues to spend in litigation, use that to improve his educational system in the City of Chicago".

Jun 28 14:43

To Israel, all opposition is "racism"

Unbelievable as it may sound, an Israeli official has dubbed any opposition to the expansion of Jewish settlements on annexed Palestinian land in the West Bank as "racist."

Jun 28 14:40

Diner reports finding crude oil in Gulf oyster

Jun 28 14:28

Former ambassadors question silence on the 'excesses' of Israel

A former Australian ambassador to Israel has accused the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, of being silent on the ''excesses'' of Israel and questioned why her partner has been given a job by a prominent Israel lobbyist.

In a letter to the Herald, Ross Burns, who served as an ambassador between 2001 and 2003, said Ms Gillard has been ''remarkably taciturn on the excesses of Israeli actions in the past two years''.

Ms Gillard has been part of the Australian delegation to the last two meetings of the Australia Israel Leadership Forum, founded by the Melbourne property developer Albert Dadon.

Jun 28 14:26

ISRAEL UPSET AT ITS NEW NAZI IMAGE

Yesterday I posted a piece which made reference to Israel’s Foreign Minister being a nazi…
Today Israel sent a protest to an Egyptian newspaper for publishing a cartoon linking Israel to nazis…. Instead of protesting, perhaps they should stop acting as such.

Jun 28 14:08

Cybersecurity Measures Will Mandate Government “ID Tokens” To Use The Internet

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Prison Planet.com
Monday, June 28, 2010

The move to shut down and regulate the Internet under a new government-controlled system has accelerated into high gear with the announcement that the government’s cybersecurity strategy revolves around issuing Internet users with ID “tokens” without which they will not be able to visit websites, the latest salvo against web freedom which, in combination with Senator Joe Lieberman’s ‘kill switch’ bill, will serve to eviscerate the free Internet as we know it.
Under the guise of “cybersecurity,” the government is moving to discredit and shut down the existing Internet infrastructure in the pursuit of a new, centralized, regulated world wide web.

Jun 28 14:02

'Ten big media lies' about Israel

Michel Collon, a Belgian journalist and author, in his book "Israel, let's talk about it," has slammed European media over decades of "lying" to people in order to support Israel.

Collon, in his book, has recounted "10 big lies" spread by Western media in order to "justify the existence and actions of Israel", which are concisely presented below:

Jun 28 13:47

Iran is Surrounded by US Troops in 10 Countries

Iran literally is surrounded by American troops, notes an oil market analyst, Energy and Capital editor Christian A. DeHaemer. There is no evidence of an imminent attack, but he connects a number of recent events and the presence of American soldiers to warn that oil prices might soar -- with or without a pre-emptive strike aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear power ambitions.

Jun 28 13:36

OPEC Warns War With Iran Would Cause 'Unlimited' Oil Price Hike

Still, OPEC's secretary general acknowledged that dangers to steady supply exist. Addressing one — the threat of a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran because of its nuclear defiance — he warned that his organization was unprepared — and unable — to make up for resulting oil shortfalls.

"It is impossible to replace the production of Iran," OPEC's No. 2 producer, Abdalla Salem El-Badri told reporters at the presentation of the organization's long term oil market outlook. “The prices would go unlimited ... I can’t give you a number.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yes, I had hoped that the oil under Deepwater Horizon would have met all our needs while we kill all you Arabs, but that didn't work out. And yes, I fully understand that Israel's attack on Iran will mean great hardships for the American people, endless suffering, starvation, death, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make for Israel! Anybody doesn't like it, remember what Israel did to that kid from New York. If I didn't stick up for him, I sure as hell won't stick up for you losers!" -- Official White Horse Souse.

Jun 28 13:23

Israeli Occupation Authority still banning entry of 3,500 commodities into Gaza

The lawmaker noted that in the first week the IOA opened two commercial crossings out of four, which were all completely closed, then it opened one crossing for a couple of days while the fourth was only partially opened.

There is no real end to the siege without opening all commercial crossings on permanent basis, allowing influx of all types of goods, opening a safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank, and finally allowing a sea route between Gaza and the outside world under European supervision, Khudari elaborated.

Jun 28 13:15

FLASHBACK: Someone Stole A Nuclear Warhead in 2007

SIX LEAVE MINOT MINUS FIVE ARRIVE AT BARKSDALE EQUALS ONE MISSING NUKE.

This is the definitive article on the B-52 incident. Most sources get the story only partly right, or only tell part of it -- either six leave, or five arrive -- and thus do not tell it at all. Some mention a series of "mistakes" the sheer impossibility of which is easily shown. The article, though lengthly, is accurate, clear, uncompromising, and very much worth your time.

Because the bomb is still unaccounted for.

Now what was that that Bill Clinton said recently, about Iran?

Jun 28 13:02

I just Realized We're Fucked!

So far the residents of the Gulf states have been relatively lucky as the majority of the massive oil spill has remained offshore by 5-10 miles .

Well that's all about to change...

Hurricane ALEX is already sending out massive feeder bands into the gulf that are blowing all that oil straight onshore...

Even if this hurricane hits mexico the feeder bands will still push ALL THE OIL ONSHORE...

THIS WEEK

Jun 28 12:33

Shalit’s Case is Also Palestinian

Gilad Shalit was a soldier in the Israeli army, serving in an area where his sole purpose was to occupy the Palestinians. As an occupying soldier, he was vulnerable to attack, just like any occupying army in the world. The Palestinians did not attack civilians, they attacked soldiers, who were clearly in that place, at that time in order to oppress and occupy the residents of Gaza.

And so, Shalit was a legitimate target – a prisoner of war – so to speak. Whether one agrees with military action as a means of resistance or not, no one can refute the fact that the Palestinians – as an occupied people – have every right to resist that occupation.

Jun 28 12:23

Queen Rania of Jordan:The Hard-Line on Grocery Items

What do chocolate, cookies, A4 paper, potato chips, cumin, toys, jelly, nuts, dried fruit, nutmeg, and goats have in common?

It’s a tricky one. If you’re a moderate, they have absolutely nothing in common. But if you are a hard-line Israeli politician, they are all potentially dangerous goods that could threaten Israel’s security.

Jun 28 11:51

Gaza Siege: Catastrophic, Not 'Unsustainable'

Sadly, all one hears from the US is that the situation in Gaza is “unsustainable.” One has to wonder how many opinion polls were taken and how many brilliant communications experts it took to come up with this bland, overcooked and useless expression. I am sure they had to get the Department of State, the Israeli Embassy and AIPAC to OK it before the President uttered this unbearably lifeless word. The situation in Gaza is not ‘unsustainable’, the situation in Gaza and in all parts of Palestine is catastrophic.

Jun 28 11:44

RBS tells clients to prepare for 'monster' money-printing by the Federal Reserve

"The US government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many US dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... excerpt to the people trapped by hyper-inflation, but hell, they don't count! If they complain we'll just let the Israelis kill them!

Jun 28 11:42

Napolitano: ‘You’re Never Going to Totally Seal That Border’

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whose agency is charged with securing America’s borders, told an audience in Washington, D.C., in reference to the U.S.-Mexico border, “You’re never going to totally seal that border.”

When asked if she could give a timeline on when the border would be secured, Napolitano said, “The plain fact of the matter is the border is as secure now as it has ever been, but we know we can always do more. And that will always be the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: corporations supporting the politicians in DC love the cheap labor illegal immigration brings, and how it effects their costs.

They have become sophisticated enough to never hire illegals directly, but have found some convenient "third party" companies which can do that for them.

And when states, like Arizona, pass immigration laws which simply echo what the federal government should be doing, but are not, they will get punished by lawsuits, as is currently happening to Arizona.

Jun 28 11:38

Erdogan: Turkish Airspace Closed to Israel

Turkey's prime minister is quoted as saying Monday that his country has closed its airspace to Israeli flights following a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Jun 28 11:35

SBA declines 70 percent of Louisiana businesses applying for oil spill loans, state complains

In an eerie repeat of difficulties after Hurricane Katrina, the Small Business Administration is turning down more than two-thirds of Louisiana companies seeking Gulf oil spill relief loans, according to a top state official's complaint to the federal agency Thursday.

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret sent a letter to SBA Administrator Karen Mills complaining that the SBA is using its normal loan approval processes even though the circumstances are extraordinary, and that the agency is turning down far too many Louisiana businesses because of "credit concerns" or because they can't prove they'll be able to repay quickly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable!

One has to wonder if the federal government is betting against any real BP compensation of damage claims, which is why SBA is rejecting these loans.

Jun 28 11:32

HUMANITARIAN AID WORKERS IN GAZA RESPOND TO THE ‘EASE OF THE SIEGE’

Over time, Israeli will perhaps take further measures to ease the assault on daily life Gaza. However, until Israel permits exports out of Gaza, raw materials to enter, and freedom of movement, no amount of chocolate and mayonnaise can ease the misery the siege is causing.

Jun 28 11:31

Gulf Oil Disaster Effects May Go On For DECADES

Reposted from the Austin Statesman. Well researched.

Jun 28 11:25

Israeli Government Releases Blueprint For East Jerusalem 'Master Plan' Including Expulsion Of Arabs

The plan includes the large-scale expulsion of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, to be replaced by Jewish neighborhoods and tourism centers. Even areas that had been previously designated as 'green areas', such as places like Ir David, in order to justify the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in those areas, have been re-designated as Jewish settlements in the new Jerusalem master plan.

The plan is subject to a public comment period of 60 days, after which it will go into effect and the Israeli government will implement all parts of the plan. Impacted Palestinians have no say, however, as they are unrepresented in the Israeli government or planning process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This annexation will only be the tip of the iceberg.

Next stop for Israel: the West Bank and Gaza!

And what happens to the Palestinians being forcibly expelled from these areas?

They will be reduced to stateless refugees which no other Middle Eastern country can - or will want to - absorb.

Jun 28 11:21

Power cuts threaten health disaster in Gaza's health sector

The next warning that is being issued is that if something is not done about power access to the Gaza Strip the next victims will be the patients lying helplessly in hospitals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, yet another gruesome milestone in Israel's "Final Solution" for sick Gazan Palestinians, including children and infants.

Jun 28 11:11

Clinton In Azerbaijan: Testing Waters For Attack On Iran

Russian expert Alexei Vlasov thinks this whole "military operation on Iran" is nothing more, than a rumor.

"I have big doubts that Azerbaijani government, which always thinks first, and acts second, will allow such air strike from its territory. This kind of move goes against the diplomacy of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev. The upcoming Clinton visit to Baku is a way to get Azerbaijan to answer one question - how would it behave, if a strike on Iran will happen? I think, Ilham Aliyev will find a way to maintain a much needed balance." said Vlasov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would really like to believe that Alexei Vlasov is correct in his assessment here.

Unfortunately, however, a series of publicly noted military moves and high-level diplomatic meetings between the US and Israel do not augur well for any hope of a peaceful solution to the non-existent problem of Iran's alleged weapons program.

That Clinton is going to Baku for meetings is just another manifestation of the quickening of the drumbeats toward this war.

As reported today in:

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=125183

" Nagorno Karabakh conflict will be the issue of primary importance during U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to the South Caucasus countries."

"Note that Clinton is expected to visit the region on July 1-5."

Clinton will be in the region right before Israel's Prime Minister will be in Washington on 6 July.

Although the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict will be the "good reason" for her trip, the "real reason" is most likely the coming military assault on Iran, and to determine just what Azerbaijan's government can be counted upon to do or not do when that happens.

Take a good look at a map to see why this is so critical for the US strategy against Iran.

http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/atlas/iran.htm

Azerbaijan borders Iran on Iran's northwest border by the Caspian Sea.

Jun 28 10:51

Afghanistan, the 50-Year War

First of all, the reality of Al Qaeda is fairly tenuous. It may stem from a "list" of Arab militant activists that the CIA kept in the 1980s and 1990s. Second, without state funding there cannot really be an Al Qaeda. It is a dominant social theme – a fear-based promotion, if you will – that terrorist organizations can exist as free-floating cells within the larger body politic.

Jun 28 10:33

States of Crisis for 46 Governments Facing Greek-Style Deficits

Even as the U.S. appears to be on the mend -- gross domestic product has climbed three straight quarters -- finances in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and other states show few signs of improvement. Forty-six states face budget shortfalls that add up to $112 billion for the fiscal year ending next June, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington research institution. State spending is 12 percent of U.S. GDP.

“States are going to have to cut back spending and raise taxes the same way Greece and Spain are,” says Dean Baker, co- director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. “That runs counter to stimulating the economy and will put a big damper on the recovery in the latter half of this year.”

Jun 28 10:30

Taxes coming for $1 trillion in commercial real estate. 1.2 million partnerships own over $1 trillion in CRE. Too big to fail dumping CRE debt.

Unlike residential loans, there is little sympathy for CRE owners. It is expected that those who buy into million and billion dollar projects understand what they are doing (even if this assumption is wrong as we are finding out). So the potential for massive support here is limited from the public but we have seen the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve bail out virtually anything with a connection to the banking industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There can no longer be any industry or business considered "too big to fail", and that includes commercial real estate.

Mired with trillions of dollars in debt, the federal government does not have the money to bail these businesses out, and taxpayers are already taxed to death at this point.

Jun 28 10:26

The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police engaged in Purposeful Provocation

Jun 28 10:21

Alabama State Troopers Moonlighting as BP Security Guards

WMR's sources on the Gulf coast report that BP Security personnel are being augmented by off-duty Alabama state troopers and G4S Wackenhut private security guards. The BP Security personnel ensure that no observers are present on Gulf coast beaches during night time hours when BP contractors scour the beaches and pick up and covertly dispose of dead dolphins, turtles, birds, and other sea animals that wash ashore covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Jun 28 10:20

60 Years Into War, US Delays South Korea Forces Handover

Earlier this week, the Korean War turned 60 years of age. Though the combatants all signed a temporary ceasefire decades ago, the conflict has never actually been ended and the United States has declined, as recently as January to sign a formal peace treaty to end the conflict.

It cannot but be noticed that the pledges of US staying power mirror those in Afghanistan, which are behind the Obama Administration’s disavowal of the July 2011 drawdown date in that nation. Perhaps in another 50 or so years, the US will be comfortable with setting a handover date for the Afghan War.

Jun 28 10:20

Officers claim they don't need law to stop photographer taking pictures

Two police officers stopped a teenage photographer from taking pictures of an Armed Forces Day parade - and then claimed they did not need a law to detain him.

Jules Mattsson, a 16-year-old freelancer from Hackney, east London, was photographing police cadets on Saturday when he was ordered to stop and give his personal details by an adult cadet officer who claimed he needed parental permission to capture images of the cadets.

Jun 28 10:17

Iran is Surrounded by US Troops in 10 Countries

Iran literally is surrounded by American troops, notes an oil market analyst, Energy and Capital editor Christian A. DeHaemer. There is no evidence of an imminent attack, but he connects a number of recent events and the presence of American soldiers to warn that oil prices might soar -- with or without a pre-emptive strike aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear power ambitions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To make the statement that "...There is no evidence of an imminent attack..." against Iran is an outright lie.

The very facts in this article demonstrate that there is every probability that the US and Israel expect to start some kind of military assault on Iran, and most likely, very soon.

Jun 28 10:10

Hamas official: Wave of flotillas to sail for Israel after World Cup

Israel should expect at least eight more Gaza-bound ships headed in its direction shortly after the World Cup tournament, senior Hamas official Mahmoud A-Zahar told British daily The Independent on Monday.

"After the Mondial [World Cup] at least eight ships will come from the Gulf," Zahar said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The World Cup will end on 11 July, barely two weeks from today.

If Israel does not want the international outrage and condemnation which will result from either arresting and prosecuting, or killing foreign nationals attempting to bring desperately needed aid to Gaza, they should lift the siege now.

Jun 28 10:08

College: Big Investment, Paltry Return

The value of a college degree is a middle-class article of faith. But exclusive new research suggests it may be far less than previously thought.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that college stopped being an education and became a fashion accessory. A lot of college degrees do not have a practical application in real life. They are just decorations to prove one had the money and freedom to attend a school and study ... something.

Jun 28 10:05

Bill Clinton: Iran Poses 'Suitcase Nuke' Threat

The key nuclear threat that Iran poses to the world, according to former President Bill Clinton, is the risk that it may sell dangerous materials that could be used in suitcase bombs.

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Jun 28 10:01

Russia alarmed by CIA view of Iran's weapons

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday he was alarmed by U.S. assertions that Iran may have enough fuel for two nuclear weapons and warned that if confirmed the Islamic Republic may face new measures.

"As to this information -- it needs to be checked," Medvedev told reporters in Toronto, where he was attending the Group of 20 summit of rich and emerging nations.

"In any case, such information is always alarming because today the international community does not recognize the Iranian nuclear program as transparent," Medvedev said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Medvedev is "alarmed" because he knows precisely where Panetta's statement yesterday will almost inevitably lead: to an Israeli/US attack against Iran, and most likely sooner rather than later.

Jun 28 10:01

Robert Nyman DEAD: Massachusetts Lawmaker Dies After Being Found In Pool

Officials say Massachusetts state Rep. Robert Nyman has died after being found unresponsive in the swimming pool at his Hanover home.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz and police say neighbors pulled the 49-year-old lawmaker out of the pool Friday night as his family called 911. He was pronounced dead at South Shore Hospital.

Jun 28 10:01

Italian PM: Israel ‘will probably react preemptively’ on Iran

Has the leader of Italy's government revealed how the global community plans to handle Iran?

That's entirely possible, according to a report from Israel which cites Silvio Berlusconi as telling reporters at the G8 summit in Toronto, "Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power, [so] the members of the G8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do I have a "right" to kill the mailman because he might rape my wife some time in the future?

No, of course not.

Yet that is the justification for USreal to attack Iraq and now Iran, and it should be noted that there really were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It was a lie to trick you into war.

Fool me once ...

Jun 28 09:56

Russia alarmed by CIA view of Iran's weapons

Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta told ABC's "This Week" television program that the agency thinks Iran has enough low-enriched uranium now for two weapons, but that Tehran would have to further enrich the material first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under the terms of the NNPT Iran is ALLOWED to have that nuclear material enriched to its current levels for medical isotopes. There is still zero evidence of building a bomb. Quite a contrast to Israel, which has never signed the NNPT not only has bombs but is selling them to who knows who?

Jun 28 09:53

Tehran: CIA waging anti-Iran psychological warfare

Iran on Monday accused the US Central Intelligence Agency of waging psychological warfare against it through "fake reports," saying the CIA knows Tehran's nuclear programme has no military aims.

Jun 28 09:52

The Saving Shalit Business

In this context the reaction of the Hamas looks innocent. Apparently, they expect to exchange the captured soldier for a large number of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. This could be a reasonable assumption; but facts prove it wrong. If it was a simple question of negotiating the deal – who would be released in exchange – then we would see direct or indirect negotiation efforts. That would be done through the Red Cross or by any neutral organization or individual. After a while a compromise would be reached.

Jun 28 09:49

Florida Governor Urges Vacationers To Swim In Toxic Sludge

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sure, you can go swimming! It's just benzine. It's not like there are sharks out there or anything; hell, they already died off!

Jun 28 09:48

The Third Depression

We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense.

And this third depression will be primarily a failure of policy. Around the world — most recently at last weekend’s deeply discouraging G-20 meeting — governments are obsessing about inflation when the real threat is deflation, preaching the need for belt-tightening when the real problem is inadequate spending.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is even more scary, should this come to pass, is the sure and certain knowledge that historically, the US has recovered from depression through war, at least in the 20th century.

The next war (most against Iran) will most probably go global.

And one has to wonder if that is not the design intent here,crafted by an administration desperately in need of "the mother of all distractions" upon which Americans will hopefully focus, rather than the rapid disintegration of the quality of their lives.

Jun 28 09:47

800,000 mortgages in California are 30+ days late or in foreclosure. Only 132,000 show up in the MLS. Why there will be no housing bottom for California until at least 2012.

The latest data on new and existing home sales shows us evidence that housing has benefited from a bear market bounce but that has now come to an end. The drop in existing home sales was sizable but the drop in new home sales came in at a record breaking figure.

Jun 28 09:39

N. Korea: U.S. bringing 'heavy weapons' to border

- North Korean officials are criticizing the U.S. for bringing heavy weapons into a border village in the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean peninsula, state media reported Monday.

State-run KCNA claims U.S. forces brought weapons into the Panmunjom area Saturday morning. A U.S. military spokesperson did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, it appears that it is the US, rather than North Korea at this point, which is looking to create a provocation here.

Jun 28 09:32

Iran freezes nuclear talks for two months

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran will penalise world powers by freezing nuclear talks for two months as he laid down several conditions for resuming the negotiations.

The hardliner said Iran wanted more countries to be involved in talks over its nuclear programme, and added that world powers must clarify Israel's status of nuclear arsenal and what exactly they sought from the discussions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran has recognized the futility of any future talks on its nuclear energy program, and that most likely, there will be a military strike against it, lead by the US, because that's what Israel wants.

Jun 28 09:30

THE REAL EFFECT ‘EASING’ THE SIEGE HAS ON GAZA

Easing the siege so that Gaza starves more slowly may be better than nothing. But breaking 1.5 million Palestinians out of the prison Israel has built for them is the real duty of the international community.

Jun 28 09:29

10 Jordan Valley families given 24 hours to leave homes

Bethlehem – Ten families in the Jordan Valley were handed home demolition orders on Sunday and given 24 hours to evacuate their lands.

Most of the homes to be demolished belong to the Daraghmah and Al-Makahmreh families, who say they have documents proving their ownership of the land filed with Israel’s Land Registry.

The families said they had been issued demolition orders before, however this was the first time they had been given a 24-hour notice.

A spokesman from the Israeli Civil Administration office said the orders were given because the homes are in a “fire zone”, putting the residents “at risk.”

Jun 28 09:29

Report: US warships stationed off Iranian coast

As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters.

The chart, published by Stratfor and obtained by the Zero Hedge financial blog, shows that over the last few weeks a naval carrier -- the USS Harry S Truman -- has been positioned in the north Indian Ocean, not far from the Strait of Hormuz, which leads into the Persian Gulf. The carrier joins the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was already located in the area. The chart is dated June 23, 2010.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If these reports are true, expect that there will be some massive strike against Iran in the not so distant future.

But one has to wonder; with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan going so catastrophically badly, how will the US be able to "sell" yet another war against yet another of Israel's "existential enemies" to the American people?!?

Jun 28 09:27

Gulf ofMexico: FROM BAD TO WORSE

A definitive wake-up-call. Original by Rob Kall, reposted from Op-ed news.

Sit down. Get ready. Your life has begun to change. It will never be the same again. This gulf disaster is changing everything. Call your legislators. Tell them that they are now on notice. There are the constituents and there are planet killing corporations, ready to wipe out life on the planet for a profit. Those legislators have to choose whose side they are on.

Jun 28 09:25

ALL OUT WAR IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

Protests in the neighborhood have been a regular event in recent months, but picked up speed last week after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat approved the demolition of 22 illegally built Arab homes in the neighborhood to make room for a for a tourist park.

Considering that the ENTIRE state of Israel has been built ILLEGALLY…..

Jun 28 09:24

UNRWA strongly condemns second attack on Summer Games locations

At 0230 on Monday 28 June 2010, a group of approximately 25 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility on the beach in Nuseirat, Gaza. The guards at the facility were physically assaulted and handcuffed but they were not injured. Fortunately no one else was hurt in the incident.

The attack is the second of its kind in a month, following on from an attack on Sunday 23 May 2010 when a group of approximately 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA Summer Games recreation facility then under construction on the beach in Gaza City.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And ABCNNBBCBS keeps telling you that these attacks are on "suspected weapons factories." Yeah, I guess a swing set or jungle gym can be sued to make bombs, right?

Jun 28 09:23

Quagmire? Nine years on, Americans grow weary of war in Afghanistan

A recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters finds that just 41 percent “now believe it is possible for the United States to win the nearly nine-year-old war in Afghanistan.” More to the point, a plurality of 48 percent now say ending the war in Afghanistan is a more important goal than winning it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Afghanistan has not been about any kind of "war on terror" because Afghanistan is not a threat to the US.

This has been a war on people, cursed with the really bad luck of living over a country whose resources - and access to resources - the US government has decided belongs to them.

This has always been about potential profit from oil, drugs, and mineral rights, and never about Afghanistan being a threat to the US.

The US government and NATO should declare victory, bring their troops home, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline and mineral rights.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jun 28 09:20

Corexit/oil eats through boat hulls, kidneys

Jun 28 09:17

1.2 million to lose benefits in days if stalemate continues

Millions of people will lose their health insurance and unemployment benefits because of the Senate stalemate over a tax package.

More than 1.2 million Americans will exhaust their unemployment benefits by the end of June if Congress fails to work out a deal on an extension of unemployment benefits, according to the National Employment Law Project, a group studying the issue.

In addition, neither the House nor the Senate bill have approved an extension of the COBRA subsidy that requires unemployed workers to pay only 35 percent of a premium to maintain health insurance. That subsidy was originally included in last year’s stimulus bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people, and the jobs they have lost due to offshoring, don't matter to Congress.

And yet, they can approve billions for the immoral wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and billions annually for Israel.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

Everything!

Jun 28 09:11

US Supreme Court deals pedophilia blow for Vatican

The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by the Vatican in a landmark case that opens the way for priests in the United States to stand trial for pedophilia.

Allowing a federal appeals court ruling to stand, the decision means Vatican officials including theoretically Pope Benedict XVI could face questioning under oath related to a litany of child sex abuse cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!

Jun 28 09:11

The Powers-That-Be Are Terrified of the Mass Awakening Taking Place Worldwide

Our situation is admittedly dire.

Oligarchs are seizing more overt control in most countries in the world, the worldwide economy is on course for another - even bigger - train wreck, countries are cracking down on freedom and becoming more tyrannical, we are in a permanent state of war (and see this), and companies like BP are destroying our natural resources without any checks and balances.

But as Andrew Gavin Marshall points out, the elites are actually terrified of the mass political awakening which is occurring worldwide.

Jun 28 09:03

Huge tent city takes root

The strip of land is bounded by Waipahu High School on one side and the calming waters of Pearl Harbor's Middle Loch on the other, where the Navy's mothball fleet sits idle. It's the most visible portion of an enormous homeless encampment that stretches five miles over approximately 50 acres of city, Navy and state land that serpentines around Waipio Point Access Road, the Ted Makalena Golf Course and the city's Waipio Soccer Complex and back down to Pearl City in the opposite direction, said Beth Chapman, who uncharacteristically lost a suspect in the swampy brush last year after five straight days of searching the area with her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman, and their bounty hunting family.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A government with citizens sleeping in alleys and eating out of trash dumpsters is a government with no moral right to send a single penny of the taxpayers' money to a foreign government.

Jun 28 08:53

How many Americans are targeted for assassination?

I've written at length about the reasons why targeting American citizens for assassination who are far away from a "battlefield" is so odious and tyrannical, and I won't repeat those arguments here. Suffice to say -- and I'm asking this literally -- if you're someone who believes, or are at least willing to acquiesce to the claim, that the U.S. President has the power to target your fellow citizens for assassination without a whiff of due process, what unchecked presidential powers wouldn't you support or acquiesce to? I'd really like to hear an answer to that.

Jun 28 08:50

The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police engaged in Purposeful Provocation At Tax Payers' Expense

Toronto is right now in the midst of a massive government / media propaganda fraud. As events unfold, it is becoming increasingly clear that the 'Black Bloc' are undercover police operatives engaged in purposeful provocations to eclipse and invalidate legitimate G20 citizen protest by starting a riot. Government agents have been caught doing this before in Canada.

Jun 28 08:48

Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina

Jun 28 08:47

THE APPARENT RIFT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE U.S. IS A MIRAGE.

On the surface there seems to be some confusion about Israel’s relationship with the US. On the one hand we have Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, yesterday telling Israel’s diplomats in Jerusalem, “Relations are in the state of a tectonic rift in which continents are drifting apart." The remarks mainly refer to Obama’s stance on settlements in the West Bank and building in East Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey just cut off diplomatic relations with Israel, canceled the water contract, and nor forbids Israeli aircraft to enter Turkish air space. Now THAT is a rift (and good on Turkey for having that kind of balls). In contrast, President Pussy turned tail and ran to the United Nations to defend that Israel's attack on American citizens in international waters! So the US is still firmly under the thumb of Israel with the willing and eager complicity of the President and almost the entire Congress.

Jun 28 08:47

IRS says it wants its share of BP payments received by oil spill victims

The Internal Revenue Service says oil spill victims who receive BP payments for lost wages will have to pay up come tax time.

Under current law, BP payments for lost wages are taxable -- just like the wages would have been, the IRS said in tax guidance issued Friday. Payments for physical injuries or property loss, however, are generally tax free. Payments for emotional distress? Taxable, though medical expenses related to the emotional distress are deductible.

Jun 28 08:45

Gulf oil spill: Could 'toxic storm' make beach towns uninhabitable?

Residents fear mass relocations should a hurricane kick the Gulf oil spill onto resort towns. ‘Hazmat cards’ are a hot commodity among residents, since they could be the key to return.

Jun 28 08:44

Florida Panhandle tourism tanks as more spilled oil hits beaches

Tourist businesses from Pensacola to Panama City are starting to feel the full financial crunch of the massive BP oil spill.

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Jun 28 08:43

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children Should Stay Away from Oil

Given that parents are letting their kids play in the oil, please note that the American Academy of Pediatrics has released the following statement on the Gulf oil spill:

* Children should be directly supervised and should not be allowed to play in or around areas where the water or beach contains oil or sludge.

* Children, and whenever possible teens, should not be involved in clean-up efforts but should only return after the area is cleaned up. Children should be the last group to return to areas impacted by oil or other toxic substances.

* Children should not be involved in swimming, boating, or clean-up activities in areas impacted by the oil spill.

Jun 28 08:41

Ohio 6-Year-Old Turns Up on Terror Watch List

The father of a 6-year-old Ohio girl who turned up on the U.S. government's terror watch list says the worst thing his daughter has ever done is probably been mean to her sister.

Jun 28 08:39

Flotilla Survivors Speak Out

Jun 28 08:39

Why We Dream: Real Reasons Revealed

The slumbering mind might not seem like an apt tool for any critical thinking, but humans can actually solve problems while asleep, researchers say. Not only that, but one purpose for dreaming itself may be to help us find solutions to puzzles that plague us during waking hours.

Dreams are highly visual and often illogical in nature, which makes them ripe for the type of "out-of-the-box" thinking that some problem-solving requires, said Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard University.

Jun 28 08:33

Britain will not defeat Taliban and should open talks, says head of Army

Britain and its allies will not defeat the Taliban with military force and should soon open peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan, the head of the Army said yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that what McCrystal got fired for saying?

Jun 28 08:32

Americans don't know why we celebrate 4th of July

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 4th of July is the day when we kicked out the LAST tax-happy bastards who thought We The People only exist to be looted!

Jun 28 08:30

Karzai officials seen hindering bribery probes

Top officials in President Hamid Karzai's government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan's authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic graft.

Jun 28 08:29

A Very Funny Typo

More than four years ago Project Gutenberg introduced a glaring but very funny mistake into the first paragraph of their digital edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, adding the word "tush" instead of "tusk" to the poem that opens the chapter "Mowgli's Brothers". More than four years later, Google now finds over 2,500 sites quoting the "tush" version of Kipling's poem, including several universities and even the Encyclopedia Britannica!

Jun 28 08:28

Bad data blamed for ASX 'flash spike'

THE manager of sharemarket indices said wrong price data on a single stock had caused the ASX 200 to incorrectly jump 500 points today.

Standard & Poor's, which manages the indices, confirmed that just after 10.13am AEST the indices showed incorrect levels, after it received "erroneous prices" from its data provider.

Jun 28 08:23

Palin: Obama administration selling out Israel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Palin is selling out YOU to Israel!

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

Memorize this list of Israel's whores in the US Government and vote them out of office before it is your children being murdered by Israel! There is no more important issue this election!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Jun 28 08:18

FLOTILLA ‘PROBE’ ~~ A GOLDSTONE REPORT IT WON’T BE …..

Amos Horev, the retired IDF general, former Technion president, and chief booster of the Israeli defense industry, has a rather sordid past that many might find akin to being a terrorist, Israel-style.

Jun 28 08:17

ZIONIST HATRED REARS ITS UGLY HEAD IN THE NEW YORK SCHOOL SYSTEM

When plans were announced in February 2007 to open the Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA), New York City’s first dual-language Arabic public school, ugly anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia reared its head.

Yesterday, the New York Times profiled a Brooklyn-based Hebrew language charter school. There has been barely a peep about this school–a stark reminder of the privilege Jewish-Americans hold in our society and how racism against Arabs is an accepted part of our national discourse.

Jun 28 08:16

JERUSALEM ~~ MASTER PLAN OR FINAL SOLUTION?

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee is set to approve an unprecedented master plan that calls for the expansion of Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, a move largely based on construction on privately owned Arab property.

Jun 28 08:14

Chicago Handgun Ordinance Pushed By Chicago Mob Member Struck Down

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only groups who want to totally disarm the public are organized crime and the government. But then I repeat myself!

Jun 28 08:08

Panetta says Afghan insurgents show no real interest in reconciliation talks

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that U.S. officials have not seen "any firm intelligence" that insurgent groups in Afghanistan are interested in reconciliation, and he dismissed reports that a top militant leader is open to a Pakistan-brokered agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have you noticed how the people who actually live in the lands we have invaded are the "insurgents"; like they are somehow not supposed to be there, while our own barbarian hordes are never described as being the foreign invader?

Jun 28 08:05

Gilad Atzmon Concert Cancelled due to Zionist Pressure

I have just been informed that a concert and presentation that was scheduled to be given this coming Tuesday night at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, by jazz saxophonist and noted Israeli Anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon, and myself, is being canceled due to pressure from a local rabbi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If a Christian priests ever dared tell a Rabbi what they could or could not do in their synagogue, the Rabbi would be screaming "Anti-Semitism!"

Jun 28 08:01

Made in his own image: The Catholic Church faces another scandal

But as a new church scandal exploded last week, hard on the heels of the paedophilia storm, this one involving allegations of massive corruption at the heart of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict's papal career risks being eclipsed by the dark shadow of John Paul's legacy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Paul I was assassinated in 1978 for looking too deeply into the activities of the Vatican bank. His successor, John Paul II heeded the warning and avoided digging into the links from the Vatican bank through Banco Ambrosiano to BCCI. After Banco Ambrosiano collapsed under suspicious circumstances, Roberto Calvi, aka "God's Banker" was murdered and his body left hanging underneath Blackfriar's Bridge in London.

Jun 28 07:58

Audio: Illegal conditions / Human Rights Violations @ G20 Detention Center

URGENT: Conditions at 629 Eastern Ave. Illegal, Immoral, Dangerous

Jun 28 07:57

General McChrystal couldn’t fake it anymore

The world we live in, is like a big school, the day we stop learning, is the day we die.

And as students in the big school of life, we all know that in every class room there are students who tend to act out or misbehave. There are students who are trouble makers by nature, or maybe suffer from (ADHD) attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But those don`t worry me as much as the student who suddenly misbehave after being the topnotch kid of his class, I’m talking about the four- star General, Stanely McChrystal who suddenly started mocking his civilian leaders, and showed disrespect to the American political and military administration.

Jun 28 07:46

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings…

While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas. …

Shira Kramer, an epidemiologist who has conducted research for the petroleum industry on the health consequences of exposure to petroleum, said she is concerned that the risks are being downplayed.

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Jun 28 07:44

Graft fears as massive cash sums fly out of Kabul: WSJ

More than three billion dollars in cash has been flown out of Kabul in recent years amid fears that ill-gotten gains from corruption and narcotics are being stashed overseas, a report said Monday.

The Wall Street Journal said the cash -- more than the Afghan government collects in tax and customs revenue annually -- is legally declared and packed into suitcases or cargo pallets on flights out of Kabul International Airport.

"A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen. And opium, of course," a US official who is investigating corruption and Taliban financing told the newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Told ya! :)



In Afghan fields the poppies grow.

Between the crosses.

Row on row.

Jun 28 07:42

States Must Honor Gun Rights, U.S. High Court Says

A divided U.S. Supreme Court extended the reach of the constitutional right to bear arms by saying it binds state and local governments as well as federal officials.

The justices, voting 5-4 in a case involving Chicago’s handgun ban, said an individual right to bear arms was among the fundamental guarantees protected against state interference through a constitutional amendment after the Civil War.

“A provision in the Bill of Rights that protects a right that is fundamental from an American perspective applies equally to the federal government and the states,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

Jun 28 07:41

Israel Seizes Oxygen Machines Bound for Gaza Hospitals

According to officials with the Palestinian Authority’s Health Ministry, Israeli forces have seized seven oxygen machines bound for hospitals in the Gaza Strip. The machines were donated by the Norwegian Development Agency.

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Reader comment: Well, that shoots down the anti-flotilla argument that the humanitarian-aid flotilla groups should just hand over all their Gaza donations to the zionists who - of course - would transfer them all to Gaza.

Jun 28 07:39

Derivative Monster: Alive and Kicking Despite Reforms

Anyone who thinks the new financial reform law will save us from the next debt disaster must be dreaming. Here are the facts …

Fact: The U.S. derivatives that helped cause the last debt crisis are merely being shifted around like deck chairs on the Titanic.

Fact: Nothing whatsoever is being done about the derivatives monster overseas, which is more than TWICE as big.

Fact: Most important, despite months of debate and thousands of pages of legislation, the two biggest risk-mongers of all — the Treasury and the Fed — didn’t even get a slap on the wrist. They got more power.

Jun 28 07:37

Illinois Debt goes on "likely to default" list.

Jun 28 07:36

Almost Nine in Ten Americans Give Congress Negative Ratings

Normally in politics the one thing that can be counted on is that Republicans and Democrats will think differently about most issues. But, when it comes to how Congress is doing their job, it does not matter what party label someone has — they all give Congress negative ratings. More than four in five Americans (86%) give the overall job Congress is doing a negative rating while just 14% give it positive marks.

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To put this in perspective, only three out of every ten Americans sported the revolution in 1776.

Jun 28 07:33

Supreme Court says 2nd Amendment applies to the States in a 5-4 decision

Just minutes ago the Supreme Court of the United States delivered their opinion on McDonald v. City of Chicago. The Court has decided that the
2nd Amendment does apply to the states in a 5-4 decision.

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