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June 30, 2010

Jun 30 08:43

Toronto G20 – Man run down by police horse

The mounted officers were from the Toronto and Montreal police forces. After being knocked down, the man was nearly stepped on. He was able to get up and walk away, so hopefully he was not badly hurt.

Jun 30 08:43

Attack on Gaza Flotilla: Brute force of Zionism

The act of piracy committed by Israel against what is being called the 'Gaza Flotilla' has created more than a firestorm. It's dividing many countries. Besides the outrage and threats from countries like Turkey, sides are being drawn here in the U.S. Those who wish to see the killing stopped against the people of Gaza and the sanctions lifted and those who believe Israel has a right to attack ships some 80 miles out in international waters. Those who support Israel no matter what they do have become hysterical in their support while dismissing anyone trying help the people of Palestine as haters of Israel.

Jun 30 08:42

Bring Them Home Now Endless Occupation?

The idea that the U.S. government can turn Afghanistan into a unified, stable, liberal country is absurd. It has no such tradition, and it is situated in a region where its neighbors have their own agendas that coincide with some Afghan factions and conflict with others.

Of course, creating a unified, stable, liberal country is not the actual objective of the U.S. political and military planners, despite what they say for public consumption. Rather, the goal is to achieve dominant influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, whose resources and proximity to Russia and China make the area of paramount interest to those who insist that America has been anointed to lead the world.

Jun 30 08:41

Palestinian land vandalized by Israeli settlers



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Jun 30 08:38

25 Signs That Almost Everyone Is Expecting An Economic Collapse In 2010

At times like these, it is hardly going out on a limb to say that we are headed for hard economic times. In fact, it seems like almost everyone in the financial world is either declaring that a recession is coming or is busy preparing for one. The truth is that bad economic signs are everywhere. Consumer confidence is plummeting, big banks are hoarding cash, top financial experts are issuing recession warnings and it seems like almost everyone is trying to accumulate as much gold as possible. Now that the G20 nations have all pledged to dramatically cut government spending in an effort to get debt under control, worries about a double-dip recession have reached a fever pitch.

Jun 30 08:36

Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal

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 magazine reports in its August 2010 issue.

This was no isolated incident. Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!!!

And this admission came about only because they got caught.

One has to wonder how many of these kinds of deals are still in play with large financial institutions.

Jun 30 08:30

Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. the Banks

The most powerful nations in the world met recently at the G-20 in Toronto and managed to agree on only one thing of significance: the need to reduce deficits, “half by 2013.” Implied by the statement is the need to lower deficits via “austerity,” meaning eliminating or reducing social programs.

Why does every mainstream political pundit or corporate CEO fanatically agree that reducing deficits is the most important thing to do now? Let Obama explain:

“… if financial markets are skittish and don't have confidence in a country's fiscal soundness, that is also going to undermine our recovery."

Jun 30 08:29

Israel: A Suicidal, Apartheid State By John Mearsheimer

The bungled assault on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the flotilla, shows once again that Israel is addicted to using military force yet unable to do so effectively. One would think that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would improve over time from all the practice. Instead, it has become the gang that cannot shoot straight.



Jun 30 08:24

Hardship Continues for Gazans Despite Easing of Israeli Blockade

Israel may have eased its blockade of the Gaza Strip in response to international pressure, but life for many of the Palestinians living there has so far changed little. Even hardliners in Israel are starting to recognize that the blockade only helps to strengthen Hamas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged Israeli "easing" of the siege against Gaza has been primarily cosmetic, for Western domestic consumption.

The siege needs to be lifted, period, end of discussion. It has had the absolute opposite outcome from what the Israeli government had hoped it would have, and, due to the blockade - according to UNICEF figures, has left 14% of Gazan children malnourished.

Jun 30 08:19

Israel raid on Gaza flotilla was a premeditated 'terrorist attack', say Turkish organizers

As long as the people of Israel and the world public remain silent, they will be supporting the terrorist attack and the inhumane occupation policies of [the] Israeli government, which are complete against the international law," the IHH added.

The IHH said in its report that Israel's decision to block and raid the Gaza-bound flotilla meant that the "Israeli government has waged war on peace," adding that "those who wage war on peace are doomed to lose."

Jun 30 08:17

‘Weapons’ seized in G20 arrests not what they seem

Chief Bill Blair, who told reporters the items were evidence of the protesters’ intent, singled out arrows covered in sports socks, which he said were designed to be dipped in a flammable liquid and set ablaze.

However, the arrows belong to Brian Barrett, a 25-year-old landscaper who was heading to a role-playing fantasy game when he was stopped at Union Station on Saturday morning. Police took his jousting gear but let Mr. Barrett go, saying it was a case of bad timing.

Jun 30 08:15

Blagojevich trial: Judge halts questioning on Obama

Sheldon Sorosky, one of Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers, has been trying to drag President Barack Obama into the fray this afternoon, asking union official Tom Balanoff whether the FBI asked him about campaign money going to Obama.

Prosecutors objected, as they have so often during cross-examinations, and U.S. District Judge James Zagel said Sorosky should only ask in general what the FBI had said to Balanoff.

Sorosky tried the question again, using Zagel’s recommended wording. “I know that won’t be objected to,” Sorosky said, causing the nearby Blagojevich to laugh.

But Balanoff didn’t get to give an answer, and Zagel wouldn’t let the line of questioning go on after a private sidebar discussion among the lawyers.



Jun 30 08:15

Israeli Soldier: "They are animals, we are humans!"

Video at link.

Jun 30 08:14

Dozens of U.S. 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 the number might actually amount to "dozens."

Jun 30 08:14

Indian Kashmir on the boil again

Indian Kashmir is on the boil again: this time over the killing of eight young Kashmiris in less than three weeks allegedly at the hands of Indian security forces.

The deaths have brought thousands of war-weary residents out onto the streets chanting "Blood for Blood!" and "Freedom for Kashmir!". Authorities have responded with bullets, tear gas, curfews and arrests.

The latest wave of unrest started on June 11 when a 17-year old student died after being hit by a teargas shell fired by police during an anti-India demonstration in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's summer capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the adults in the room in New Delhi and Islamabad: it is high time that the Kashmiris be allowed to control their own destiny by way of a referendum.

The issue of Kashmir has been a flashpoint for far too long, and these people deserve the opportunity to chart their own destiny.

Jun 30 08:12

A Thought Experiment: Iran

So perhaps a thought experiment is in order—for once, let’s try looking at the world from the Iranians’ point of view:




Jun 30 08:08

Activist Arrested On Bogus Charge To Cover For Illegal Conduct Of Toronto Police

Activist Charlie Veitch has been arrested for the second time by Canadian authorities for “impersonating a police officer” on a bogus charge designed purely to cover for the fact that Veitch’s original arrest on June 24 for refusing to show ID was based on a law that didn’t exist and one that Toronto’s Chief of Police lied about to media outlets before the G20 summit.

Jun 30 08:06

RBS: Equity Investors Are The "Worst Cult In History," Prepare For The "Cliff Edge"

I’ve read some alarming research in recent weeks and months, but this one takes the cake. RBS is sounding the alarm on risk assets with a call that markets are at risk of falling off the edge of the cliff. They refer to equity investors as the “worst cult in history….which has no basis in fact, or history, but yet seems universally accepted.” (There’s actually a strange truth in that comment). They believe the current downturn could very well “destroy” this “cult”:

Jun 30 08:05

US Futures Shoot Lower After Horrible ADP Report

US futures are now clearly in the red, with about an hour to go until the market opens.

The weak ADP jobs report punched the market in the gut. Tomorrow we get initial claims, and then Friday is the big jobs report.

Jun 30 08:05

A New Capture of a Mossad Agent in Lebanon

Lebanese security arrested a newly uncovered Mossad agent who had a sensitive post at “Alpha”, the Lebanese telecommunications sector company. The Lebanese authorities described the capture of the new Mossad agent as a big catch saying that we are in the vanguard of uncovering a very precious treasure in terms of the services and information which was provided during the past 14 years to the Israelis and the Mossad, including information that helped the Israeli army to identify their targets during the criminal war of 2006.



Jun 30 08:02

Kangaroos being poisoned by fluoride

(NaturalNews) Hundreds of kangaroos have been euthanized due to acute fluoride poisoning in the Australian state of Victoria, the country's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has announced.

Jun 30 07:59

Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling

You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.

The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil's Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama shuts down our oil and caps our production -- and now signs exec order for US loan of $2 billion for offshore drilling in Brazil in operation that will supply China exclusively

U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a "preliminary
commitment" letter

Obama executive order to underwrite offshore drilling to the tune of $2 billion ... in Brazil . (Have we seen that kind of money in the Gulf?)

President Obama is stopping off shore drilling for our country, yet he has now signed an executive order to loan 2 Billion of our taxpayers dollars underwriting a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (which is the 8th largest company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil ! The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of China and NOT THE USA ! Now here's the real clincher...the Chinese government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this oil field will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels of oil"..

And that is how a slave president of a slave country works off the
debt of its debt slavery. Yet this debt payment does not show up on the books -- it does not pay down our debt.

We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever!

Wait, it gets more interesting.

Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil Company and who would benefit most from this? It is American
BILLIONAIRE, George Soros, who was one of President Obama's most
generous financial supporter during his campaign.

Jun 30 07:56

Sinking Ship

Israel’s botched raid against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to which Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States. This situation is likely to get worse over time, which will cause major problems for Americans who have a deep attachment to the Jewish state.

The bungled assault on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the flotilla, shows once again that Israel is addicted to using military force yet unable to do so effectively. One would think that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would improve over time from all the practice. Instead, it has become the gang that cannot shoot straight.

Jun 30 07:56

Low vitamin D levels linked to poor blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost 11 percent of Americans age 20 or older have diabetes. And the most common form of this disease, type 2 diabetes, has reached epidemic proportions. Now scientists have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and the inability of many patients with this kind of diabetes to keep their blood sugar under control. What's more, this raises the strong possibility that, along with being overweight and sedentary, a lack of vitamin D could be a major factor in triggering type 2 diabetes in the first place.



Jun 30 07:55

Nearly 1 in 3 first-quarter home sales a foreclosure

Nearly one out of every three U.S. home sales in the first quarter was a foreclosure property as steep price discounts boosted demand for distressed real estate, RealtyTrac said in a new report on Wednesday.

Jun 30 07:54

Cold snap set to stay

"It's definitely quite unusual to see such widespread cold weather in June, it would be more typical in July and August," he said.

"So people are complaining about the cold for a good reason."

Mr Creed says most areas across the south-east are experiencing temperatures well below average.

...

Sydney recorded its coldest June morning today since 1949, with temperatures diving to 4.3 degrees just before 6:00am (AEST).

Jun 30 07:53

With federal stimulus funds running out, economic worries grow

Much of the $787-billion stimulus has been spent, creating jobs and extending jobless benefits. But with lawmakers reluctant to approve more funding, concerns are rising about staving off another recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They didn't bring back the manufacturing!

They didn't bring back the manufacturing!

They didn't bring back the manufacturing!

Jun 30 07:53

Lavrov: US, Russia Offer Fuel Talks with Iran

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the US and Russian governments have made an offer to hold additional talks with Iran over the possible provision of nuclear fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), a US-build reactor which produces Iran’s isotopes for nuclear medicine.

The fact that the US has just finished turning down materially the same offer it had previously proposed will likely make Iran more than a little suspicious of the prospect of further diplomacy. Exactly what terms would be changed are not clear at this point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is perfectly within its rights to be creating these nuclear isotopes for medical use.

This will be just another case of the US slamming Iran for not doing precisely what the US wants it to do, when it wants Iran to do it, which is to completely surrender its nuclear program.



Jun 30 07:52

The “Hitler” option in Afghanistan

There is every indication that the change in command is the result of growing dissatisfaction with McChrystal’s counterinsurgency methods, which have failed to dislodge the Taliban-led guerrilla forces that control the bulk of southern and eastern Afghanistan. It presages a drastic increase in the level of US military violence, and especially the scale of civilian casualties among the Afghan population. Their "crime" is to sympathize with and support the anti-US insurgency.

Petraeus is already, according to one media report, preparing to modify the rules of engagement to allow for greater use of force.

Jun 30 07:46

Light fantastic: Stunning pictures show Northern Lights over erupting Icelandic volcano

The Northern Lights are effortlessly one of Earth's most visually striking natural spectacles.

But when they shine over an eruption at the Icelandic volcano which caused ash cloud flight chaos across Europe, the results are stunning, as these pictures show.

Jun 30 07:43

Oops! Reporters caught on tape mocking Sarah Palin speech

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can anyone point out where the reporters were actually incorrect?

Jun 30 07:41

Islamic finance moves into mainstream as investors seek ethical alternatives

The global Islamic finance market is growing at 15 per cent a year and is expected to be worth $1,000 billion by 2010. In the UK it has grown to more than £500 million. A recent Mintel report said that 400,000 Muslims in Britain held Islamic products.

Moreover, although the official estimate of the Muslim population in the UK is two million, it is likely to be closer to three million, which means that there is a huge potential market.

Non Muslim Britons are getting a taste for Sharia-compliant products. Steven Amos, head of marketing at the Islamic Bank of Britain, said: “We’ve got nonMuslim customers, including some really famous names, because they like the ethical standpoint we take.”



Jun 30 07:40

Sex-abuse victims oppose cardinal's promotion

Canada's highest-ranking Catholic doesn't deserve a rumoured promotion to the Vatican because of the way he's handled the church sex-abuse scandal, a victims' group said Monday.

France Bédard, the group's founder, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet repeatedly refused to apologize for crimes committed within the church, and for the hundreds of lives destroyed.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/06/21/marc-cardinal-ouell...

Jun 30 07:39

Economist to bloggers: Shut up, fools

Athreya's basic argument appears to be that only professional research economists should be allowed to discuss economics because, well, economics is really hard, and nobody else has a chance of understanding it or appreciating all the complexity of the discipline. "When a professional research economist thinks or talks about social insurance, unemployment, taxes, budget deficits, or sovereign debt, among other things, they almost always have a very precisely articulated model that has been vetted repeatedly for internal coherence," he writes. Everybody else, not so much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This seems to be a return to the mindset of the middle ages where only the clergy were allowed to read and interpret the bible and the laity were presumed incapable of comprehending the intricacies and subtle nuances of the faith.

and indeed there is a great deal of similarity between economics and religion in that both depend on the unquestioning faith of the masses that those pretty printed pieces of paper represent something real, albeit invisible.

But the advent of the printing press led people to take a closer look at the actual content of religion and it has been revealed not as a complex and sophisticated system but as a mish-mash of half-baked myths and legends often in contradiction with itself and used to enrich the church and conceal their sexual crimes against children.

The same is true of eocnomics. the advent of the blog has led people to take a closer look at the actual content of economics and it has been revealed not as a complex and sophisticated system but as a mish-mash of half-baked theories and math often in contradiction with itself and used to enrich the bankers and conceal their fraud against the public. Athreya is reacting to the blogs the way priests reacted to Gutenberg's Printing Press. The fraud and danger of the Federal Reserve system of banking stands exposed to the public eye, sans the "benefit" of correct interpretation by the self-appointed priests of Mammon. The public now understands that when a private bank issues the public currency at interest, debt will always exceed the available money supply. The public now understands that the Federal Reserve is no more Federal than Federal Express. The public now understands that the Federal Reserve is a legalized counterfeiting operation, that creates the money they loan out out of thin air! The public now understands that the Federal Reserve system of banking, since its creation in 1913, has reduced the value of a dollar down to about four cents! The public now understands that the Federal Reserve system is a pyramid scam that only works when ever larger populations of borrowers can be found, and that once an entire nation or planet has borrowed to the max, the system must crash (which is what is happening now).

Just as the priests, stripped of the arcane scriptures and rituals, stand exposed as a bunch of dirty old men screwing the altar boys, so too the economists, stripped of their arcane equations and theories, stand exposed as a bunch of greedy bastards screwing the public.

Pope Benny the Rat doesn't like that fact that the public sees the church for what it really is.

Karthik Athreya doesn't like that fact that the public sees the Federal Reserve for what it really is.

Jun 30 07:38

UN Denies Bringing Heavy Weapons Into Korean DMZ

The United Nations command in Korea is denying Pyongyang's allegation that U.S. and South Korean forces introduced "heavy weapons" into the demilitarized zone last Saturday.

North Korea's army is threatening retaliation, if the unspecified weaponry is not removed from the DMZ. The allied forces say the allegation made by Pyongyang is not true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One would like to hope that these accusations are not true.

If they are true, it might mean that South Korea and the US are looking to provoke the North into doing something stupid, and believing that the timing is right to do so, particularly if the following report is true:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/29/kim-jong-il-son-north-korea

"The youngest son of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, became a member of parliament last year, South Korean news reports said today.

The reports are another sign that Kim Jong-un is being groomed to succeed his father as the head of the communist regime.

It is widely believed that 68-year-old Kim plans to hand power to his third son at some point, although little is known about him. "

The US may believe that the time of transition might be the right time to look at starting some provocation. And this administration certainly needs "the mother of all distractions" right now, ahead of midterm elections in November.

But should war break out between North and South Korea, the US will find itself in a two-front war.

Jun 30 07:26

US & China play 'chicken' in the Yellow Sea

According to reports from Beijing on Monday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army plans to conduct live ammunition exercises during June 30 to July 5 in roughly the period when US and South Korea will be conducting their joint anti-submarine exercises.

Days before the summit, Obama had suggested that the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington might join the planned military exercises with South Korea later this week. The prospect of a rare American deployment of an aircraft carrier has angered Beijing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A military confrontation with China over North Korea is the last thing we need right now.

I would like to hope that the adults in the room in DC (if there are any) and the adults in the room in Beijing will recognize that a ratcheting up of tensions here is counterproductive in the extreme.



Jun 30 07:20

Hamas: Don’t give in on Shalit

In Israel, it is difficult to find an adult Israeli male whose hands have not been stained with Palestinian blood. After all, Israel is a society of murderers and child-killers. It is a society whose members Zionism has transformed into racists, cannibals and Nazi-minded murderers and child killers.

Jun 30 07:16

NYC Cop Beats Iraq War Vet

A NYC Cop Officer David London, beat an Iraq War Veteran Walter Harvin, for not showing him his ID. Prosecutors have released potentially explosive evidence against an NYPD officer on trial for beating a man with his baton. The video taken from security cameras shows the 45-year-old housing cop beating an Iraq war veteran with is baton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Video starts after the ad

Jun 30 07:15

U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said Tuesday.

The State Department said in a news release that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that's been accepted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This assistance should have been accepted quickly from qualified companies with extensive experience in cleaning up these types of spills.

That neither the Federal government nor BP made this move immediately amounts of criminal negligence.

Jun 30 07:11

Taliban attack Nato base in Afghanistan

Insurgents have attacked Nato forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the use of the word "insurgents" to describe the Afghani; like they are not supposed to be there whereas the NATO forces, who are the foreign invaders, are "defending" themselves.



Jun 30 07:09

US Attorney General on surprise Afghanistan visit

US Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for meetings with Afghan and US officials to improve law enforcement ties and battle corruption, the US Justice Department announced.

"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said in the statement datelined Kabul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is only cosmetic, primarily for US domestic consumption, and will do absolutely nothing to stem the tide of cheap heroin coming from Afghanistan.

Jun 30 07:09

US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill

The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said Tuesday.

The State Department said in a news release that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that's been accepted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

72 days after the disaster...

Jun 30 07:04

Pope slams cardinal who exposed abuse cover-up

The Vatican on Monday issued an unprecedented rebuke of a top cardinal who had accused the retired Vatican No. 2 of blocking clerical sex abuse investigations, publicly dressing down a man who had been praised for his criticism of church abuse cover-ups.

The silencing of Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna and long considered a papal contender, drew heated criticism from clerical abuse victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pope Benedict just gave the world a magnificent demonstration of the Catholic church's deeply ingrained "shoot the messenger" attitude when there's a nasty, systemic problem within the organizational culture of the church itself which needs to be fixed.

Jun 30 06:57

At trial, Noriega claims Panama drug money a US-run ‘imaginary banking scheme’

Panama's ex-dictator Manuel Noriega on Tuesday dismissed charges of laundering drug money as an "imaginary banking scheme" concocted by the United States as he took the stand in a French court.

he 76-year-old general denied taking payments from Colombian drug lords in the 1980s and told a Paris courtroom that cash deposits transferred to French banks came from his legitimate businesses and the CIA.

His lawyers argue that the charges against Noriega, who was extradited to France two months ago, hinge on dodgy testimony from ex-drug traffickers who were paid and given protection by US authorities.



Jun 30 06:54

Flotilla Cover-up: The New York Times Accused

For the past month, the alternative media have sought concrete evidence that the mainstream U.S. media, including the New York Times, willfully aided Israel's cover-up of information about their Gaza flotilla attack. Here are the results of that research: http://usmediaandisrael.com/?p=437

Jun 30 06:53

COURT CASES ON GUN CONTROL AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY ARE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE. FREEDOM HANGS IN THE BALANCE

In a conversation with G. Edward Griffin, he said that there are two competing philosophies about the Bill of Rights

Jun 30 06:37

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

Senator Joseph Lieberman,claims that the Jewish state is their greatest ally, if they knew that Israeli agents planted firebombs in American installations in Egypt in 1954 in an attempt to undermine relations between Nasser and the United States; that Israel murdered 34 American servicemen in a deliberate attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967; that Israeli espionage, most notably Jonathan Pollard’s spying, has done tremendous damage to American interests; that five Mossad agents were filming and celebrating as the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001;



Jun 30 05:39

Hurricane Alex delays Gulf oil clean-up efforts

Hurricane Alex disrupted the BP oil spill clean-up effort in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday as the storm gathered strength and was expected to make landfall.

US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Texas as Alex strengthened into the first Atlantic hurricane of the season late Tuesday.

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Gulf of Toxico getting its first oily "blow job".
(And this is only the beginning ...)

Jun 30 05:36

Vatican promotes controversial Quebec priest

The Vatican has promoted Canada's highest-ranking Catholic priest despite recent controversy over his response to the church sex-abuse scandal.

Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet has been named chief of the Vatican's powerful Congregations for Bishops, which vets bishop appointments around the world.

Sixty-six year old Ouellet is the Archbishop of Quebec and the Roman Catholic Primate of Canada, the church's top official in the country.

Earlier this month, a victims' group said Ouellet had refused to apologize for crimes committed within the church.

Jun 30 05:32

Family caught up in spy drama wants answers

An Ontario family caught up in a global espionage drama wants answers from the Canadian government amid fears they'll now have trouble traveling abroad — or might even get a late-night visit from Russian spies.

Brampton resident David Heathfield said Tuesday he'd like to hear from authorities in Ottawa after his dead brother's name turned up in U.S. court files about an alleged spy ring run from Moscow.

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The details sound like a script for a CSI Miami episode where everything is solved all too easily.
Is this really just another elaborate Russia bashing scheme?

Jun 30 05:28

Man impersonated officer at G20, police say

A man from England faces a charge of impersonating a peace officer at the G20 summit security fence in Toronto.

Police say a man filming the security fence area last Thursday was approached by a security officer and asked to provide identification.

Police say the man indicated that he was not carrying identification because he was a peace officer working undercover.

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Fake Cops. Fake Protestors. Fake Conference.



Jun 30 04:10

Facebook says it disabled "Boycott BP" page in error

"I don't think it's much of an explanation at all," said Greg Beck, a Public Citizen attorney. "They didn't explain why their system took it down, and just the fact that a community that large -- with more than 700,000 users -- could be taken down without explanation is problem. The automated system doesn't tell us that much."

Jun 30 01:00

Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri 'flees US captors'

A man who says he is an Iranian nuclear scientist claims to have escaped after being abducted by US agents.

Does anyone have a link to the web site being run by his family and friends campaigning for his freedom? It seems like he's some kind of a stooge - widely reported story with no human background. Read it - it's like no-one actually knows the guy.

June 29, 2010

Jun 29 23:21

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

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 29 23:00

Center for Constitutional Rights Demands Return of Property and Evidence Seized by Israel from Flotilla

U.S. CITIZEN KILLED BY ISRAELI FORCES, OTHERS BEATEN: U.S. MUST ACT!
The statement requests that the United States join other nations to call for an independent inquiry into the matter by an impartial tribunal and demand that Israel immediately release property appropriated from the flotilla.



Jun 29 22:56

Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri 'flees US captors'

A man who says he is an Iranian nuclear scientist claims to have escaped after being abducted by US agents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure.

Jun 29 22:55

Report: Russian Spies are "Goldbugs" Who May be Plotting to "Destroy the Value of the U.S. Dollar"

In what can only be described as a laughable piece of propaganda, CNN/Fortune is reporting the recently caught Russian spies are actually "Goldbugs" who may be secretly plotting to "destroy the value of the American dollar." That the US dollar has been collapsing in value for the last 100 years due to the Federal Reserve's inflationary policies is somehow conveniently missed. Instead, Russia is gearing up some Soviet style espionage plot to destroy the dollar by instituting a "new global currency" backed by gold. Again, that the Russian government itself benefits heavily from having its own inflationary fiat central bank is also somehow conveniently missed.

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Jun 29 22:54

"Russian Spy" Anna Chapman

Suspect Anna Chapman, a demure divorced 28-year-old who said she founded an online real estate company worth $2 million.

Spy on me any day :-)

Jun 29 22:52

Department of Energy: Segments of Oil Well Casing Were Violently Ejected Upwards Into the Blowout Preventer

A team of scientists from the Energy Department discovered a new twist: Their sophisticated imaging equipment detected not one but two drill pipes, side by side, inside the wreckage of the well's blowout preventer on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jun 29 22:51

THE GREATEST CON OF ALL / AL-QAEDA AND THE WAR ON TERROR

" Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life. But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism. A powerful and sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media."

Jun 29 22:50

Despite wider remit, soldiers won't be questioned in Gaza flotilla probe

Turkel's demand for wider powers comes amid widespread media criticism that has painted the committee as being designed mainly to retroactively justify the blockade of Gaza.

Jun 29 22:49

Israel doesn't seem to want to really probe Gaza flotilla raid

Turkel quickly discovered that a panel with a limited mandate and no authority to subpoena witnesses, which is at the mercy of officials' willingness to appear before it, cannot do its job properly.

Jun 29 20:50

I Have a Dream…” I Dream of Liberation of Palestine.

Nahida the Exiled Palestinian
If Palestinians were to comply and abide by the rules of the game as defined by the colonial “super-powers” the sheer word “Palestine” would have disappeared by now. There would be no mention of us anywhere, and yet we achieved already so much. We have more than ever the strength to resist, to dream and to force our way to expose and defeat the criminal Zionist project.

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 29 17:01

Russia's Gazprom Neft Seeks Expansion Into Cuba, Iran

Gazprom Neft Seeks Expansion Into Cuba, Iran
30 June 2010
Reuters
Gazprom Neft is looking to expand its foreign operations into oil-rich Cuba and Iran, which are both hindered by trade sanctions, CEO Alexander Dyukov said Tuesday.
The company is actively seeking to increase its resource base to meet an ambitious oil output goal of 100,000 million metric tons a year by 2020, up from about 60,000 million.
"Gazprom Neft wants to join Petronas' project in Cuba," Dyukov said during the company's annual shareholders' meeting.

Jun 29 16:48

The £84 per year green tax hidden on energy bills that most consumers do not know they are paying

Families are paying £84 a year in 'hidden' green taxes to subsidise a shift to wind power and other environmental measures, a study has revealed.

The taxes, which are driven by EU legislation, are expected to climb to as much as £176 a year over the next decade. Most consumers are unaware the taxes are included in their energy bills.

Jun 29 16:43

UK will miss carbon emissions targets 'unless government takes urgent action'

Translation: screw more money out of the taxpayer

Jun 29 16:17

Can A Muslim Have A Tattoo?

Jun 29 15:33

Jerusalem politicians face expulsion by Israeli occupation authorities

Jonathan Cook considers the significance of Israel’s decision to expel four Palestinian politicians from their home city of East Jerusalem, in violation of international law, for belonging to a “foreign parliament”, i.e. the Palestinian parliament, in effect demanding loyalty from the the people it occupies.

Jun 29 15:30

Congressman wants Attorney General to explain $12 million settlement for $100 million energy fraud

A proposed anti-trust settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and a subsidiary of energy giant National Grid is under fire for allegedly being too lenient to the power company -- and critics say it's just another sign of a dysfunctional regulatory climate.

Jun 29 15:29

Markos charges polling fraud

We contracted with Research 2000 to conduct polling and to provide us with the results of their surveys. Based on the report of the statisticians, it's clear that we did not get what we paid for. We were defrauded by Research 2000, and while we don't know if some or all of the data was fabricated or manipulated beyond recognition, we know we can't trust it. Meanwhile, Research 2000 has refused to offer any explanation.

Jun 29 15:20

Kagan explains Barak remarks

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said her admiration for a former Israeli chief justice was rooted in her Jewishness and admiration for Israel.

Jun 29 15:17

Police open fire on peaceful protesters at G20

Jun 29 15:02

Bureaucracy Bungling Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup

As crude oil washes over Gulf beaches, the federal bureaucracy is denying use of effective tools to mitigate damage. Sitting in Norfolk, Virginia, a converted oil tanker is awaiting permission to go to the gulf to help clean up the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon break.

The ship, called the S.S. A-Whale, a giant oil tanker, was built in South Korea, modified in Portugal, is owned by Taiwanese, and flagged in Liberia. Hence its use is stopped by the Jones Act which has yet to be waived to allow foreign ships to help. This ship has the capacity to gather up 500,000 barrels of oil a day from surface waters. To put that in perspective, the current government authorized fleet has taken 70 days to collect 600,000 barrels of oil.

Jun 29 14:51

Amnesty reports US, Europe shielding Israel over Gaza war crimes

Amnesty International complained in its annual report released Thursday that the U.S. and members of the European Union had obstructed international justice by using their positions on the UN Security Council to shield Israel from accountability for war crimes allegedly committed during last year’s Gaza war.

Jun 29 13:48

Obama Is Deliberately Protracting Gulf Oil Disaster

Obama Is Deliberately Protracting Gulf Oil Disaster
Contributed by Fellowship of the Minds (Reporter)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
* Obama inexplicably and irrationally refused 13 countries’ offers to help.
* The Obama administration is also thwarting Gulf coast states and private citizens from helping.
The unavoidable conclusion is this:
(A) Obama is either grossly incompetent and unfeeling; or
(B) He’s so evil that he’s deliberately protracting and worsening the spill so as to foist on us the Cap ‘n Trade Tax “climate change” bill. Just as ObamaCare is not about health care, so Cap ‘n Tax is not about the climate. It’s all about more power to the already too-big too-powerful government.

Jun 29 13:29

The Tillman Story Trailer

Jun 29 11:58

Foreign/ US Oil-fighting skimmers withheld from Gulf

Red tape keeps prized oil-fighting skimmers from Gulf, coastline
Updated: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Chris Kirkham, The Times-Picayune
On the Senate floor last week, Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., pointed to a Coast Guard map detailing more than 850 skimmers available in the southeastern United States -- and more than 1,600 available in the continental United States.
"We are literally talking about more than a thousand skimmers that are available, but we only have 400 - if this number is correct -- at work," LeMieux said. "It is hard to believe that the response is this anemic; it is hard to believe that there is this lack of urgency or sense of purpose in getting this done."

Jun 29 11:09

Large patches of thick oil from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill in the United States have washed ashore for the first time in the state of Mississippi.

"Later, a reporter visited seven oil-affected beaches and saw only one clean-up crew at work."

Jun 29 10:46

This is why I only buy tuna in water

Jun 29 10:30

Gulf Seafood: Who Decides How Safe Is Safe?

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"It's sorta, kinda, maybe, safe to eat!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Seriously, after the MMS and SEC "whacking off to internet porn instead of doing their jobs" fiascoes, would you trust this government to take care of you? I mean, these are the guys who just told Israel it is cool to shoot your ass anywhere in the world!

Jun 29 10:26

Gaza aid victims shot more than once - report

Forensic reports have found that all but two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship last month were shot more than once.

The examinations carried out in Turkey found five of the nine died from bullet wounds to the head and that the nine volunteers were shot a total of 31 times

Jun 29 10:24

Sinking Ship: Israel’s bleak future

Israel’s botched raid against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to which Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States. This situation is likely to get worse over time, which will cause major problems for Americans who have a deep attachment to the Jewish state.

Jun 29 10:19

Reader Photos from G20 Protest

Jun 29 10:16

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

An independent Palestinian State is not a possibility in the next two years, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said following a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

"There is absolutely no chance of reaching a Palestinian state before the year 2012," Lieberman said, adding that "one can dream and imagine, but we are far from reaching an agreement."

An apparent disagreement broke out between Lieberman and Lavrov during their meeting in Jerusalem over Moscow's increased efforts to include Hamas in Mideast peace talks.

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There will be no "peace process", and no Palestinian state, because Israel wants neither. It only wants territory, and by any means necessary, as it has demonstrated time and time again.

The US Special Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, should pack his bags, go home, and stay there, because there is absolutely nothing he can do cause Israel to change its agenda.

Jun 29 10:16

True Reporting Gulf Oil Spill

The oil slick on the beaches is literally being covered up, plowed under the sand and pollution warning signs are being removed for the weekend.

Just like BP using corexit to keep the bulk of the oil from reaching the surface, it's all about cosmetics and perception. Anything to keep the dumb masses coming and spending their dollars, who cares how many will die from cancer. Here, have some Goo Gone. Of course people should know better and learn to think for themselves but public safety is still the primary job of the government and the authorities. How to maintain business as usual seems to be their only concern. Guillotines!

Jun 29 10:14

HRW Report Says Britain, France, Germany Use Foreign Torture Intel

Britain, France and Germany use foreign intelligence obtained through torture in the fight against terrorism, a new report from Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

The use by three heavyweight European powers of information from secret services in countries that routinely rely on torture was damaging the reputatio

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Gee, I wonder what foreign nation they mean?

Jun 29 10:08

Jerusalem Politicians Face Expulsion

Jun 29 10:07

G20 protesters rally at Toronto police HQ

Jun 29 10:05

ISRAEL’S LEFT OUT LEFT

If this is an example of the Israeli ‘Left’s leadership’ you can understand why they never got anywhere…..

Jun 29 10:05

'Strike on Iran would be destabilizing'

A military strike against Iran would be "incredibly destabilizing" to the region said the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. He believes Iran will continue to pursue nuclear weapons, even if sanctions against the country are increased.

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"Which is why the US and Israel are going right ahead, full-tilt boogie, with an attack against Iran!" - official White House and Tel Aviv Souses.

Jun 29 09:57

Congresswoman Fears Hizbullah %u2018Israel-Like Bombings%u2019 in US

A Republican Congresswoman has warned that Hizbullah terrorists, hooked up with Mexican drug cartels, may be planning ”Israel-like bombings” against customs officials or National Guard units on the U.S. border.

“Across states in the Southwest, well trained officials are beginning to notice the tattoos of gang members in prisons are being written in Farsi. We have typically seen tattoos in Arabic, but Farsi implies a Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hizbullah. These tattoos in Farsi are almost always seen in combination with gang or drug cartel tattoos.”

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One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at this drivel!

And a short memo to AIPAC member, Israel-Firster, North Carolina legislator Sue Myrick: Islam specifically forbids tattooing, as it it is considered a defilement of the body!

However, the steady drip of articles like this does have me concerned about a possible manufactured "false flag" event coming up in the not so distant future, to be blamed on the "terrorists du jure" (possibly Iran?) as the justification for an attack against the alleged perpetrator.

Jun 29 09:56

Sea Ice News #11

We have been hearing a lot about how the decline in Arctic ice is following the “steepest slope ever.” The point is largely meaningless, but we can have some fun with it. The Bremen Arctic/Antarctic maps are superimposed above, showing that ice in the Antarctic is at a record high and growing at the “steepest slope ever.” You will also note that most of the world’s sea ice is located in the Antarctic. But those are inconvenient truths when trying to frighten people into believing that “the polar ice caps are melting.”

Jun 29 09:52

Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition

It is one of the most exquisite views we have ever had of the Earth.

This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe.

I now know why I struggle to get out of bed in a morning - there's too much gravity here in the UK

Jun 29 09:48

Markets tumble on poor Chinese, US economic data

The index of 100 leading shares fell 3pc by early afternoon to 4905 points – the lowest since September. Markets in France , Germany and the US suffered similar declines after a larger-than-expected decline in US consumer confidence.

Jun 29 09:46

Methane Release From the Gulf Oil Spill: What Does It Mean? How Bad Could It Get?

Jun 29 09:45

Netbooks dead? I think not

An awful lot of tech pundits have decried the death of the netbook, with the iPad selling a million units in its first month of life.

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The iPad is a fashion trend. And for what it does it is okay. But the netbooks are far cheaper and at least for what I need in a portable, more useful.

Jun 29 09:43

Suspicious Staged Accident Claims Soar in Florida

A study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) of questionable claims (QCs) submitted by its insurance company members shows a 58 percent jump from 2008 to 2009.

"South Florida used to be the focal point of these deliberate crashes," said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. "While the Miami and Hialeah areas continue to show increased activity, the criminals have expanded their operation northward and Tampa is now at the epicenter of this crime trend."

Jun 29 09:41

Palestinian boycott of Israeli settlement goods starts to bite

Israeli factories based in settlements on the West Bank have been forced to cut back production as a growing Palestinian boycott movement begins to take effect.

The boycott, endorsed by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, was given further momentum this week when a campaign to clear supermarket shelves of produce originating in settlements was rolled out in Ramallah.

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GOOD!

Jun 29 09:37

Naomi Klein: 'Sticking the Public with the Bill for the Bankers' Crisis' #g20

My city feels like a crime scene and the criminals are all melting into the night, fleeing the scene. No, I’m not talking about the kids in black who smashed windows and burned cop cars on Saturday.

I’m talking about the heads of state who, on Sunday night, smashed social safety nets and burned good jobs in the middle of a recession.

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.

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"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

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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.

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?”

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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.

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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

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... 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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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"You WILL hire Matthew Fox to play us!

See MOCKINGBIRD

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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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

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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"

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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.

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"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

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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.

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"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.

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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".

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