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February 12, 2009

Feb 12 09:10

Rahm’s fingerprints all over package, tactics

Rahm Emanuel may have moved his office down Pennsylvania Avenue, but to stand in the hallways of the Capitol lately, it seems he never left.

And if anyone’s fingerprints are on the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package being sorted out in Congress this week, they belong to Emanuel, the former Illinois House member who is now the White House chief of staff.

Feb 12 08:57

Did a widow aged 97 freeze to death at her private care home during one of the coldest nights in 20 years?

Detectives are investigating whether a 97-year-old woman froze to death in a private care home.

Frail Rosetta Maslen died after allegedly being left without heating as temperatures plummeted during the coldest week in almost 20 years.

Feb 12 08:56

'Here's the problem... people really hate you,' US bankers told

Announcing the hearings last week, Barney Frank, the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, said that public patience with Wall Street bailouts had worn thin.

"As I've said to a couple of the bankers, 'Here's this problem: People really hate you, and they're starting to hate us because we're hanging out with you,'" Mr Frank said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is utter NONSENSE, Mr. Frank.

We've actually hated you politicians all along!

Feb 12 08:54

Take low-skilled jobs, class of 2009 told

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too bad about starting life in debt with all those student loans.



Taboola
Feb 12 08:53

Financial chiefs: fortunes at the top

Feb 12 08:51

Millions face 'stealth tax' on heating bills to subsidise green energy

Millions of families face yet another hike in heating bills to pay for a massive expansion of green energy.

Ministers say that the money raised will subsidise solar panels, wind turbines and wood-burning boilers for hundreds of thousands of homes.

But critics warn that the levy is an 'insidious' stealth tax that will hammer households at a time of rising unemployment, falling incomes and economic uncertainty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The law of the hammer states that if you give a small boy a hammer, everything he encounters will require pounding.

I think by now it is obvious that the one and only response by legislature to any situation is to impose a new tax. Common sense would suggest that a massive tax reduction is what is needed during difficult economic times, but somehow this eludes the intellectual capacity of politicians.

Feb 12 08:49

Large Hadron Collider to restart in September

Feb 12 08:48

Meltdown 101: Highlights of economic stimulus plan

Now that there's a tentative agreement on the economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama and other supporters hope will provide a considerable jolt to the economy, how long will it take to get infrastructure and other projects moving? And do economists think the plan is big enough to create millions of jobs?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the real problem. In looking through the various projects for the stimulus plan, virtually none are for permanent jobs. They are all temporary employment.

Here in Hawaii a large number of the proposed stimulus projects are for repairing roads. Most of that money will go to already established road-building companies, who will hire on additional help for those projects.

But once those projects are done the workers will be let go again.

So we will be 6 months down the road, deeper in debt, people will be out of work again, the roads will look good (if they are not already starting to crumble based on previous experience), and there will STILL be no manufacturing of products to export to bring new money into the system.

So, this $700 billion is at best a patch. The real core problem with the economy continues to be ignored.



Feb 12 08:38

SWINDLER'S LIST - Markopolos: I gift wrapped and delivered the largest Ponzi scheme in history to the SEC

Harry Markopolos, an independent financial fraud investigator for institutional investors and others seeking forensic accounting expertise, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner, testifies.

Feb 12 08:33

Shut down Israel!

Enough is enough. Now Gaza, on top of everything else. The Palestinians symbolise the ongoing struggle worldwide against USrael’s neo-colonial wars. Zionist goals cannot be met without genocide. To uphold a Jewish state it is necessary to commit crimes that are defined as genocide in The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide signed by the General Assembly on December 9th, 1948.

Feb 12 08:30

Stimulus Watch - who is doing what with the money

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't see a whole lot of support to rebuild America's manufacturing in there.

Feb 12 08:26

Home prices plunge to 30-year low



Feb 12 08:24

Deconstructing Israel's 'Right to Exist'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Israel must exist; they keep dropping white phosphorus on our kids!!!"

Feb 12 08:23

New Windows virus attacks PHP, HTML, and ASP scripts

Researchers have identified a new strain of malware that can spread rapidly from machine to machine using a variety of infection techniques, including the poisoning of webservers, which then go on to contaminate visitors.

The malware is a variation of a rapidly mutating virus alternately known as Virut and Virux. It has long proved adept at injecting itself into executable files, which are then able to attack uninfected machines through network drives and USB sticks.

The variant, which Microsoft is calling Virus:Win32/Virus.BM, is also able to infect web scripts based on languages such as PHP, ASP, and HTML. Servers that become infected include an iframe in webpages that attempt to spread malware to visitors.

Feb 12 08:23

US 'lost track of Afghan weapons'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dagnabit; they were right here just a minute ago!!!"

And folks, you paid for all of that!

Feb 12 08:20

Emerging global elite to use new global media to educate 'global citizens'

Elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, recently considered a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of “global governance.” The concept strikes some as authoritarian, even totalitarian. But the parent company of Fox News was one of the sponsors of this year's gathering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Making FOX News global doesn't mean people will trust it any more than they do now.



Owl 1
Feb 12 08:18

Phorm: damn the EU, full speed ahead!

The EU has some tough questions for the UK government about why it never prosecuted advertising firm Phorm for its secret trials. Not that Phorm sounds worried; the company's CEO pledges the system will be live in the UK by the end of 2009.

Feb 12 08:16

Dresden 13/14. Feb.1945

Feb 12 08:16

Dresden Holocaust --- The Real Holocaust

The Germans did not begin the bombing war!

It should be reminded that Great Britain and France declared war on the German Reich on 3 September 1939, and that England began the terror bombing against the German civilian population as early as two days after its declaration of war. On 5 September 1939 the first raids took place against Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven; on 12 January 1940, Westerland/Sylt was bombed.

Feb 12 08:12

Décryptage, Analyses, Veille - Downside The World News UK Killed Over 10 Million Indians In Holocaust

A controversial new history of the Indian Mutiny, which broke out 150 years ago and is acknowledged to have been the greatest challenge to any European power in the 19th century, claims that the British pursued a murderous decade-long campaign to wipe out millions of people who dared rise up against them.In War of Civilisations: India AD 1857, Amaresh Misra, a writer and historian based in Mumbai, argues that there was an “untold holocaust” which caused the deaths of almost 10 million people over 10 years beginning in 1857. Britain was then the world’s superpower but, says Misra, came perilously close to losing its most prized possession: India.



Feb 12 08:12

Barack Obama and Tim Geithner rob Main Street of $3 trillion

Trillion-dollar giveaways are like buses: there will be another one along in a moment. Driving the next vehicle is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who thinks it would be a nice gesture to hand another $2 trillion to Gordon Gekko and his pals on Wall Street. Apparently the last handout made no appreciable difference, so better throw some more moolah into the piranha pool - some of those poor SOBs are down to their last executive jet.

Where will the money come from? No problem - we just divert it from Main Street to Wall Street, an increasingly familiar route to those in the White House and on Capitol Hill who specialise in redistributing wealth from the poor to the rich.

Feb 12 08:11

The Kosher Nostra-Damien, Armaggedon Minstrel Show.

I hate to get into things like arcane forces; prophecy and the like but… my mind works in funny ways. I notice things like the presence of just about six million Jews in Israel as if… as if they are gathering themselves together there… thinking one thing while setting themselves up for another… as if they just might get that previously imaginary number of six million after all. The world has a strange way of working against every attempt to gain control of it. No matter how many times anyone has tried, they’ve never gotten there.

Feb 12 08:09

NASA warns of 'space Katrina' radiation storm

A study funded by NASA has flagged up yet another terrible hazard for those no longer able to get excited about nuclear war, global pandemics, terrorism, climate change, economic meltdown and asteroid strike. Top space brainboxes say that even if the human race survives all those, there is a serious risk of civilisation being brought crashing to its knees by a sudden high-intensity solar radiation storm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I hereby demand a solar storm tax and credit system, since humans are obviously the cause of it all and must be made to pay for it!" -- Al Bore

Feb 12 08:07

BBC should not keep Israeli bias report secret according to Lords

A four-year battle by lawyer Steven Sugar to make the 20,000-word report about alleged anti-Israeli bias at the BBC, is now expected to become public when a final decision is made by the High Court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a joke, right? I mean after the BBC ban on the Gaza fundraiser any report claiming an anti-Israel bias is just lipstick on a pig.



Lockerdome
Feb 12 08:06

Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash

For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt: Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.

The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.

In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

Feb 12 08:04

Israeli helicopter strike on besieged Gaza

The helicopter fired two missiles on the Khan Yunis headquarters of the security services of the democratically elected Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Feb 12 07:47

DOW PLUNGES AT OPENING BELL - MARKETS RESPOND TO THE STIMULUS?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: TAKE A LOOK AT THAT LAST HOUR AND TELL ME THAT THE MARKET ISN'T BEING RIGGED!

Feb 12 07:40

Nuke weapons lab missing 69 computers

The nuclear weapons lab at Los Alamos, N.M., is missing 69 computers, including at least a dozen that were stolen last year, the AP is reporting.


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Feb 12 07:39

Indonesia continues to be battered by quakes

Feb 12 05:38

Video: US Army Col Ann Wright (ret) describes Gaza damage

Retired US army colonel Ann Wright talks about her recent trip to Gaza. Throughout Israel's intensive war in Gaza, reporters and international observers have been barred from entering the region. Wright says that the damage is extensive and Israel's disproportionate response "criminal." During her visit to Egypt and Gaza, Philip Rizk, a 26 year old student of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo was detained after participating in a rally in support of Gazans. Rizk has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli invasion and of the Egyptian government's feeble response to the suffering of Palestinian civilians. His whereabouts remain unknown and no formal charges have been issued. A demonstration in support of his release will take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 11:30 in front of the Egyptian Consulate in New York.

Feb 12 05:13

Video: Worst economic collapse ever

In 2009 were going to see the worst economic collapse ever, the Greatest Depression, says Gerald Celente, U.S. trend forecaster. He believes its going to be very violent in the U.S., including there being a tax revolt.

Feb 12 05:06

28% difference in crude oil price between Brent Crude and West Texas Crude Oil???

The link is to the BBC financial markets page.

Brent Crude Oil Future $/barrel 45.78
W. Texas Intermediate Crude Oil Future $/barrel 35.59

That is a 28% difference! That says manipulation in a very big way.

This is a stunning development that can indicate only one thing.

The Obama Administration has picked up where the Bush Administration left off manipulating financial markets.

In this case, the Obama Administration is intentionally defrauding the American people in order to eliminate any possible perception that just the news of the 2 trillion dollar stimulus will be inflationary.


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Owl 2
Feb 12 04:34

Millions 'opt for DIY dentistry'

BBC News | Thu- Feb 12, 2009

Millions of people in England have resorted to DIY dentistry, a survey by consumer magazine Which? suggests.

The poll, of 2,631 adults, found 8% had tried to fix their own dental problems - and a similar number knew somebody who had tried.

Of those who admitted trying the DIY approach, one in four had tried to pull out a tooth using pliers.

February 11, 2009

Feb 11 23:24

Chavez, "foes trying to spur 'religious war'"

Chavez says foes trying to spur 'religious war'
Tue Feb 10, 7:23 pm ET

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez accused Venezuela's opposition and privately-owned media on Tuesday of attempting to incite "a religious war" by unjustly accusing his government of fomenting anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue.
Chavez railed against opposition leaders for suggesting that his harsh criticism of the Israeli government and its military offensive in the Gaza Strip have inspired anti-Semitism, and he challenged them to publicly retract their statements.
"Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said Monday a synagogue security guard and a police officer who worked as a bodyguard for a local rabbi are among the 11 people detained over the weekend."

Feb 11 22:17

Fresno Police Officers Violent Arrest of a Homeless Man

Two Fresno police officers are under an internal investigation following the release of a video tape obtained by KSEE 24 News showing the officers beating a homeless man.

Feb 11 22:05

Robbery, Not Anti-Semitism, Motive for Attack on Venezuelan Synagogue

The attack on the synagogue occurred in the early morning of January 31st. Burglars tampered with security cameras, stole property, defaced sacred items including the Torah, and spray-painted the walls with anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli phrases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they spray-painted graffiti, then robbery was not the motive.

This story is being put out to conceal that this was a hate-crime hoax.



Feb 11 22:02

Big satellites collide 500 miles over Siberia

The Iridium craft weighed 1,235 pounds, and the Russian craft nearly a ton.

No one has any idea yet how many pieces were generated or how big they might be.

"Right now, they're definitely counting dozens," Matney said. "I would suspect that they'll be counting hundreds when the counting is done."

As for pieces the size of micrometers, the count will likely be in the thousands, he added.

This was the first high-speed impact between two intact spacecraft, NASA officials said.

Feb 11 22:00

Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them

A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the passerby spat in his face.

The clergyman prefered not to lodge a complaint with the police and told an acquaintance that he was used to being spat at by Jews. Many Jerusalem clergy have been subjected to abuse of this kind. For the most part, they ignore it but sometimes they cannot.

Feb 11 21:47

Black history month, adding some little-known truth

DIXIE'S CENSORED SUBJECT
BLACK SLAVEOWNERS
By Robert M. Grooms
© 1997

"The fact is large numbers of free Negroes owned black slaves; in fact, in numbers disproportionate to their representation in society at large. In 1860 only a small minority of whites owned slaves."

Feb 11 19:12

Spirit of Sixties revived as student protests at links with Israel spread

The occupation of Edinburgh University's George Square lecture theatre at noon yesterday is the fourth such protest to be held at a Scottish university in two weeks, as students voice opposition to links with Israel following its bombing of Gaza.

Already, the protests have led to university authorities at Strathclyde agreeing to end a contract with Eden Springs, an Israeli water company.



Feb 11 19:02

Huffington Post: Obama: Reopen the 9/11 Investigation -- Part 1

By Melissa Rossi

Feb 11 18:46

Quinn Has Her Own Income Tax Plan (The desperate insanity grows fierce)

The New York Times | David W. Chen | Wed- Feb 11, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn plans on Thursday to propose that Albany raise the income tax on people making over $300,000 a year as a way to generate $1 billion. And if that happens, she wants $72 million of the new revenues to pay for her proposal to eliminate personal income taxes for low-income families in New York City who owe no state or federal income taxes.

The proposals are wholly dependent, of course, on what Albany does. But they also suggest that there could be tough negotiations with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg over how to plug a $4 billion budget deficit.

Feb 11 17:24

US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package

US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management."

Clearly, a lobbyist whispering in Feinstein's ear has taken Comcast's now famous euphemism even further into the realm of nonsense.

According to Public Knowledge, Feinstein's network management amendment did not find a home in the stimulus bill that landed on the Senate floor. But lobbyists speaking with the Washington DC-based internet watchdog said that California's senior Senator is now hoping to insert this language via conference committee - a House-Senate pow-wow were bill disputes are resolved.

Feb 11 16:30

The recent attack on the Catholic Church

There are sensitive topics buried in this for sure, but frankly it's also the height of vulgarity for the media as a whole, for Jewish groups, commentators and non-Jewish sympathisers, along with the likes of Angela Merkel to try to grandstand by creating a campaign out of the views of one man, against the recent backdrop of the horrors in Gaza at the hands of Israel, and the overall situation there for some time.

I think it's very conspicuous.



Owl 3
Feb 11 15:28

IRS warns against e-mail filing scam

El Pasoans beware of an e-mail scam that is making the rounds.

The e-mail claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service and asks people to complete a W-4100B2 form. The form asks for a name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, bank account and other personal information.

The e-mail states, "Our records indicate that you are a non-resident alien. As a result, you are exempted from United States of America tax reporting and withholdings. ... Therefore, you are to authenticate the following by completing form W-4100B2, and return to us as soon as possible through the fax number: +1-646-519-7245."

Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman, said the e-mail has the IRS seal and may look real.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not just El Paso. I just got one here.

Feb 11 15:14

Green ideas must take blame for deaths

Gentle complained of obstruction from green local government authorities of any type of fire mitigation strategies. He told of green interference at Kinglake - at the epicentre of Saturday's disaster, where at least 147 people died - during a smaller fire there in 2007.

"The contractors were out working on the fire lines. They put in containment lines and cleared off some of the fire trails. Two weeks later that fire broke out, but unfortunately those trails had been blocked up again [by greens] to turn it back to its natural state

Feb 11 14:51

Mass. regulator to yank Madoff feeder fund's license

Massachusetts' top securities regulator moved on Wednesday to stop Cohmad Securities Corp from doing business in the state after the company funneled millions of dollars from clients to Bernard Madoff.

Feb 11 14:48

U.S. And Russian Satellites Collide

A commercial Iridium communications satellite collided with a Russian satellite or satellite fragment, Tuesday, creating a cloud of wreckage in low-Earth orbit, officials said Wednesday. The international space station is not threatened by the debris, they said, but it's not yet clear whether it poses a risk to any other satellites in similar orbits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay folks, here is the difference between orbit and Earth.

When two objects collide on Earth the pieces fall down to the ground and that is pretty much the end of the affair.

But debris from this accident, some 280 pieces large enough to track and countless others too small to detect with Earth-based radars, for the most part will go into different and unpredictable orbits.

Yes, some will enter the atmosphere and provide a pretty show for people on the ground, but despite the calming in this article the real danger is a "cascade" in that some of these 280+ pieces will hit other satellites, breaking them into 200-400 pieces, then those pieces will hit more satellites, creating more debris, which hit more satellites, etc.

The end result is a near-Earth "no spacecraft" zone, filled with a cloud of dead debris ready to shotgun any spacecraft coming in or going out.

Now, having thought about this back when the Pentagon idiots were talking space-based weapons, there is a cheap and easy way to de-orbit this debris, and if someone wants to invest in a company to do just that, drop me a line.



Carambola
Feb 11 14:39

Survey: Some senators admit tax errors

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and the rest say nonyafrickinbidness!!!

Feb 11 14:24

Science of global warming doesn't support the hype

Think how people in Chicago feel. They're going through the coldest winter in a quarter-century, and the ninth-coldest of all time.

Of course, none of this contradicts the theory that we are turning Planet Earth into a convection oven.

Feb 11 14:22

The fox was guarding the peanuthouse

The salmonella outbreak, tied to contaminated peanut products from a Georgia processing plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America, has produced one delicious irony. In 2005, the Bush administration appointed the owner and president of the company, a man from Lynchburg, Virginia named Stewart Parnell, to serve on the Peanut Standards Board.

Feb 11 14:20

UN says Israel must open Gaza ghetto

The United Nations has warned that Israel must allow more trucks to enter the Gaza Strip to allow the flow of relief supplies to continue.

Feb 11 14:20

The New Nazis

Knowing the documented truth about the creation of Israel by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing, and watching - mainly thanks to Al Jazeera and Press TV live feeds - the war on Gaza, Israel's latest display of state terrorism, I have come to a conclusion. It is time to give Israel's hardcore Zionists their real name. They are the New Nazis.

Feb 11 14:18

'Apocalyptic climate predictions' mislead the public, say experts

Experts at Britain's top climate research centre have launched a blistering attack on scientific colleagues and journalists who exaggerate the effects of global warming.

The Met Office Hadley Centre, one of the most prestigious research facilities in the world, says recent "apocalyptic predictions" about Arctic ice melt and soaring temperatures are as bad as claims that global warming does not exist. Such statements, however well-intentioned, distort the science and could undermine efforts to tackle carbon emissions, it says.

In an article published on the Guardian website, Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office, calls on scientists and journalists to stop misleading the public with "claim and counter-claim".

Feb 11 14:17

Popular Rage Grows as Global Crisis Worsens

As the global economic crisis deepens, tempers around the world are getting shorter. French and British trade unions are organizing strikes, Putin is sending troops into the streets and Beijing is trying to buy itself calm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US Government borrows money to put in their own pockets and sticks you with the bill.

Feb 11 14:16

Nearly 1 billion starving worldwide

The increasing price of food has spiked the number of hunger-stricken people in the world by 40 million to reach 923 million in 2008.

Feb 11 14:00

Veritas Vos Liberabit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recently we ran a poll here at WRH asking if the story of the holocaust needed to be objectively re-examined, in light of more recent deceptions such as Saddam's 'nooks'. The overwhelming response was that a fresh and objective re-examination is long overdue.

But one respondent offered the suggestion that it didn't matter if the story was 100% accurate or not, and that even if there were some lies involved, "When a person stands in a Gas Chamber or stand in front of those furnaces it gives a really sickening feeling knowing what happened in them even if the account is not accurate!"

I wrote a lengthy reply to that comment, which has now been picked up by other blogs as an article.

Feb 11 13:40

IS IT TIME FOR A NEW JUBILEE?

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Feb 11 13:22

Western Digital Passport USB Portable Hard Drive (160GB, black)

It seemed ok in the beginning - installed itself quickly and easily, and started humming along as I moved my 120 GB of music from my brand new XP desktop to the drive. But when I checked on it an hour later, there was an error, saying the drive was not recognized. I tried different USB ports, which would work for a few seconds, and then again, the drive wouldn't be recognized.

I tested my USB ports with other devices - all were fine. When I called WDC Customer Support, they told me the drive does not work with front USB ports (not close enough to the motherboard), but the cord is too short to use it effectively on the back ports. I tried it anyway - doesn't work. There are no drivers to download, no fixes, it's just a bad drive. Apparently this is a common issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes it is, because my Western Digital Passport drive did the exact same thing. It will work with one laptop, but not my main desktop machine (the one I am typing this post on). It will work with the VISTA machine but only though a rear USB port, not the front one.

Now, this review of this product dates to 2 years ago. And yet, this item is still being offered for sale! Shades of the Parnell guy ordering his peanut company to ship out peanuts laced with Salmonella!

And yes, I am still in a very negative mood about American products after those made-in-the-USA Duracall batteries leaked and ruined my Mead Captureview binocular/camera a few days ago, not to mention anything sold by Microsoft. So yeah, I am pissed off and not at all tolerant of crappy American products.

But here is my point. After I pulled this drive out to use it to make an offsite copy of WRH's source tree, and found I could not get it to work any more (like the author of the linked piece, the drive worked the very first time I tried it, then decided to piss me off), I did a web search and I found TONS of complaints about this drive and model, and astonishingly, an overwhelming amount of "consumer reports" on supposedly unbiased computer information websites which lauded this drive to the high heavens!

So, one of two cases applies. Either these supposedly unbiased computer information websites which lauded this drive to the high heavens were testing something other than what is really being sold to us consumers, or, these supposedly unbiased computer information websites which lauded this drive to the high heavens are biased, which means their websites are just covert advertising for whoever hands them the most cash.

Bottom line. If the US cannot make products like batteries that don't leak and disk drives that operate longer than a few weeks, then our nation is in far worse trouble than we thought.

Feb 11 13:04

Homeowner invites homeless man living under porch to move in

Jim Stewart moved the homeless man, Kenny Woods, from under his porch to inside the home. Woods and his dog, "17," are now security guards for Stewart's property. It's an arrangement Stewart says keeps Woods out of the rain and keeps his second home safe.

Feb 11 13:00

$550 Billion Dollar Bank Run - Collapse Of The Entire World Economy In 24 hours

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 2:20 the big ugly secret comes out. Within an hour, some $550 billion was electronically withdrawn from the money market accounts. The claim is that had the government not blocked further withdrawals and stared offering guarantees, the US and World economies would have been collapsed.

Maybe.

Obviously there are theories all around as to what happened, and one is very simple.

Wall Street knew they were in trouble. The American people were no longer asking for new loans that could create new money that would be used to pay the interest on old loans. Collapse was imminent, and worse, the American people rightly blamed the financial shysters for their poverty. People were starting to sue the mortgage lenders and the mortgage-back securities fraudsters.

So the investment banks and brokerages and loan companies pulled off a scam. Working through overseas "cut-outs" they yanked $500 billion dollars to put a scare into the US Government, then turned around and warned that if the bailout was not passed, they would collapse the US economy itself and shift the blame onto the government.

This theory explains the absolute total panic we saw in Congress as they ramrodded through the first bailout despite overwhelming taxpayer opposition.

And the problem is that is this theory is correct, and the Wall Street "Bernies" are blackmailing the US Government with their own financial doomsday weapon, then the bailouts will continue, as blackmailers never stop on their own.

This may be why, even as Congress passes this most recent bailout, word is already coming from the White House that yet another trillion and a half bailout is already being planned.

Feb 11 12:30

ISRAELIS were 9-11 short sale stock buyers, betting on WTC terror strikes, story killed...

Between August 26 and September 11, 2001, a group of speculators, identified by the American Securities and Exchange Commission as Israeli citizens, sold "short" a list of 38 stocks that could reasonably be expected to fall in value as a result of the pending attacks. These speculators operated out of the Toronto, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany, stock exchanges and their profits were specifically stated to be "in the millions of dollars."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reader asked a cogent question of how it was possible to know that Bernie Madoff's wife withdrew $15 million days before he confessed to his ponzi scheme, yet nobody ever found out who shorted the stocks of the airlines involved with 9-11.

So I dug this out in reply, and especially in light of Bernie Madoff's scam-capades, decided to relink it here to the front page.

Feb 11 12:04

Here’s an Idea . . . solve the toxic asset problem by give those assets to bank executives as bonuses!

Why not say that all bank compensation above a baseline amount - say, $150,000 in annual salary - has to be paid in toxic assets off the bank’s balance sheet? Instead of getting a check for $10,000, the employee would get $10,000 in toxic assets, at their current book value. A federal regulator can decide which assets to pay compensation in; if they were all fairly valued, then it wouldn’t matter which ones the regulator chose. That would get the assets off the bank’s balance sheet, and into the hands of the people responsible for putting them there - at the value that they insist they are worth.

Feb 11 11:45

The popular uprising against central banking

It’s not surprising that arguments against the Fed are finally resonating. Since the crisis began in 2007, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has engaged in all manner of emergency activity, much of it unprecedented and of such dubious legality that even some of those who may reject or be unfamiliar with arguments against the Fed have begun to wonder about the unaccountable power this institution wields over the economy.

Feb 11 11:44

Ruth Madoff Withdrew Funds, Massachusetts Says

Ruth Madoff, the wife of Bernard Madoff, withdrew $15.5 million from a Madoff-related brokerage firm in the weeks before Mr. Madoff's arrest, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Feb 11 11:28

Magnitude 7 quake hits Indonesia

Feb 11 11:27

7.0 and 5.6 Earthquakes Rock Indonesia

The Ring of Fire has been quite active today.

Feb 11 11:21

Fleischer: I kept Bush from calling on 'dotcoms and oddballs'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now I am pissed!

Feb 11 11:02

Man arrested for sending copies of "7/7 Ripple Effect" (about the London Bombings) to judge and jury members

Here is a link to the video in question: "7/7 Ripple Effect." (It was posted at WRH just a few days ago)

From Belfast Telegraph, 10th February 2009:

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

A 60-year-old man wanted in the UK on a charge of perverting the course of justice during the trial of a number of men in connection with the London bomb attacks has appeared in the High Court this afternoon.

Anthony John Hill, orginially from Sheffield, was arrested on Carrig Street in Kells this morning on foot of a warrant issued by the authorities in Britain.

It is alleged he sent DVDs entitled "7/7 Ripple Effect" to the jury, the judge and members of the victims' families.

The DVDs claimed the attack was an inside job and that the accused men were innocent.

Feb 11 10:56

Stuck Navy ship failed to report sewage release near Hawaii shore

5,000 gallons of raw wastewater went into sea during Port Royal grounding.

Feb 11 10:50

Letter to the New York Times December 4, 1948 signed by Albert Einstein and other prominent Jews

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now for the quiz: What is missing from this letter? That is, based on what we were all taught in school, what should be uppermost in the minds of the people who signed this letter, but is not actually mentioned at all?

Feb 11 10:42

The votes are counted…. 28 Seats for Kadima (Livni) 27 Seats for Likud (Netanyahu)

Feb 11 10:41

Obama's First Press Conference: Repeating Old Lies, Dodging Old Truths

So how's that "change" thing working out? Are we getting better, or more of the same, and why? In his first press conference, Obama labeled the regime a destabilizing influence in the Middle East because it allegedly sought nuclear weapons, while ignoring the longstanding Israeli nuclear threat to all its neighbors.

Feb 11 10:40

Solar powered spy plane breaks flight record

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... but we can't tell you about it.

Feb 11 10:30

Israeli cluster bombs continue to harm Lebanon's children, farmers

n the aftermath of the 2006 war, the UN put the figure of unexploded duds at about one million. So far deminers in south Lebanon have cleared about 155,000 cluster bomblets, though the rate of new discovery is slowing. By January 2008, deminers had cleared 137,000 bomblets, meaning only around 18,000 bomblets were cleared in the past year.

Feb 11 10:29

Violence, fraud mar Israel's elections

Fraud and violence have marred Israel's vote with rival factions accusing each other of conspiring to hijack the results of the Elections.

Police arrested a woman in Jerusalem (al-Quds) after she entered a polling station with forged ballots allegedly belonging to Avigdor Lieberman's YIsrael Beiteinu faction.

Feb 11 10:28

Pain Beam to Get Tougher, Smaller, More Powerful

The Pentagon's pain beam weapon could get tougher, smaller, more powerful, and more mobile under a series of new research and development projects. And that could pave the way for the so-called "Active Denial System" to finally be sent to war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... or deployed to the streets of America to keep you "uppity" taxpayers from complaining about the $30,000 in debt just dumped on you by the US Government.

Feb 11 10:25

Peanut Co. owner urged shipping tainted products

The company e-mails obtained by the House panel showed that Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell ordered the shipments tainted with the bacteria because he was worried about lost sales.

Parnell was ordered by subpoena to appear before Congress on Wednesday to discuss the outbreak that has led to 600 illnesses, eight deaths and one of the largest recalls in history, more than 1,800 products pulled. His Georgia plant is blamed for the outbreak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who is this Stewart Parnell that he could do such a thing?

Feb 11 10:06

Protesters' accounts show Israel ‘breaking the bones’ of peaceful demonstrators

Israeli forces are carrying out a policy of shooting at the legs of peaceful demonstrators who protest the Israeli separation wall each Friday in towns across the West Bank, demonstrators are reporting.

Feb 11 10:05

The Day After: Stocks Struggle to Overcome Geithner's Stumble, RIM's Warning

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stock's aren't supposed to "overcome."

Stocks are supposed to be shares in a company, paying dividends based on that company's earnings. The price of the stock is ideally supposed to be directly proportional to the earnings of the company, usually 13 to 16 years worth of the dividends payouts.

But when speculation takes over the market, as it has done over the last 12 years, the dividends cease being a factor, and the stock prices are driven by supply and demand, and more often the hopes and fears of the speculators who purchase stocks solely to sell them a short time down the road at a profit.

Wall street has been turned into a gigantic open-air casino, with one advantage over Las Vegas. When you lose, the taxpayers are forced to cover your losses, but you still get to pocket your winnings.

Feb 11 09:55

Intruder Hacks Into Colorado Woman's Facebook Page

Over the weekend Gamberg received a phone call from a Facebook friend from out of state.

"She's said 'Donna Lu, please call me as soon as you get this message. Somebody is ... I'm chatting with you and it sounds like you need help, and so I'm very worried,'" she said.

Someone had hacked into Gamberg's Facebook account and had started chatting.

Her poser wrote "I'm in London. I've been robbed. Send money."

Feb 11 09:50

Al-Qaida Commander Threatens India in Video Message

A senior al-Qaida leader has appeared in a video message warning India that it could face additional terror attacks similar to last November's siege on Mumbai.

Western news organizations - BBC, Reuters - that have seen the video said al-Qaida in Afghanistan commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid said that the mujahedin (Islamic holy warriors) will not allow India to attack neighboring Pakistan.

"Al Qaeda", the only terrorist outfit to issue threats from the spirit world.

Feb 11 09:37

9 Humiliating Ways Cell phones Injure People

Despite their usefulness, cellular phones get a lot of negative press. Excessive and improper cell phone use accounts for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths around the world every year. A recent study showed that a coordinated 20 year-old has the same reaction time as that of a 70 year old when talking on a cell phone. This waned concentration can lead to many dangerous situations. And while most of us have made it this far without the need of protective shoulder pads or helmets, the risk of cell phone injury still exists. The following is a list of cell phone injuries, ordered in their likeliness to occur, from most to least.

Feb 11 09:22

PM's adviser quits financial watchdog over sacking of 'reckless banks' whistleblower

Former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby dramatically resigned as deputy chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) today.

The shock move follows claims that he sacked a former head of risk management at the bank after he warned over the rapid growth of the business.

Feb 11 09:20

Organized Jewry Opposes Free Speech

The reader is led to believe that the allegations of Israeli atrocities are overblown propaganda - when the real question is just how Palestinians manage to survive at all in the occupied territories. The recent horrifying incursion into Gaza is only the most recent example. Not only did Israel carry out a starvation-inducing blockade during a ceasefire and an assault that finally provoked Palestinian retaliation, there seems little doubt that Israel committed war crimes - particularly the use of white phosphorus bombs in densely populated civilian areas.

Feb 11 08:51

As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

Feb 11 08:50

Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so the Pope is playing kissy kissy with Darwin, and Galileo, but is going to bitch-slap Bishop Williamson for being a more recent heretic?

And by the way Pope, your boys were VERY rude to my ancestors back in 1493. Don't I get a "Mea Culpa" and a papal smooch?

Feb 11 08:37

Letters: Anglo-American model for financial disaster

The present decade of "financial exuberance" dates from 1999 when a Republican Congress pushed through, and a Democrat President, Bill Clinton, signed, a definitive repeal of the Glass-Stegall Act of 1933, which had separated commercial banking from investment banking.

Ed Balls is more honest than he thinks. We are in the mess that we're in because our government decided to hitch the British workhorse on to the American bandwagon. If President Sarkozy of France last week was rather rude to us, he was merely repaying Gordon Brown for his lecturing European leaders, in sunnier economic times, for not embracing the Anglo-American model of deregulated finances.

Feb 11 08:36

Clarke loses hedge fund job as credit crunch hits politicians

The shadow business secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has become the latest victim of the credit crunch after losing his job on the board of a hedge fund, the Guardian has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My heart bleeds.

Feb 11 08:35

MPs should put themselves on trial

Parliament has slept while the Treasury pursued the gigantic folly of tipping public money into a black hole of bank speculation.

Feb 11 08:34

SA TV make 'Bush is dead' blunder

A South African TV station mistakenly broadcast that former US President George Bush had died during one of its news bulletins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wishful thinking, but even if true, far too late to accomplish anything.

Feb 11 08:33

UN moves to charge Israel with war crimes

The United Nations moves to set up a commission to look into Israeli war crimes and respond to its human rights violations in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The children of Gaza return to their classes. The cardboard signs carry the names of the students who died in Israel's attacks.

Feb 11 08:27

China Needs U.S. Guarantees for Treasury Bond Holdings

China should seek guarantees that its
$682 billion holdings of U.S. government debt won’t be eroded by
“reckless policies,” said Yu Yongding, a former adviser to the
central bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Printing up trillions of dollars from the Federal Reserve lowers the value of all dollars everywhere, including those held by China.

So what China is asking is how the US Government plans to print up trillions of dollars without having the value of the dollars owed to China decline.

And the only answer is to treat all that new money as a loan, to be eventually repaid by the US taxpayers.

You.

To date, all of the bailouts and emergency loans (which are not being repaid so far) have created $30,000 of tax-debt for every living human in the United States. It is actually worse than that since many Americans, the very young and very old, the disabled, the illegals, do not pay taxes. So the real burden of all this new debt works out to about $50,000 per taxpayer, or $100,000 per married working couple, all created in the last 6 months.

Long before this crisis had hit, the US Government was already so deep in debt that all the income tax paid by every American did not even keep up with the interest. Nothing was being paid on the principle and as a result, since the Vietnam war Americans have been taxed for the interest four times the entire amount of the debt itself ... without seeing the debt reduced.

We are slaves to this debt that was created for us without our permission by politicians whose campaigns are funded by the same bankers our tax checks go to. We have been sold into perpetual bondage by the politicians.

And if by some miracle we work hard and sacrifice to pay off this debt and can persuade the government not to simply add more debt on top (as they are doing even as I type these words) and save the government from financial collapse, what will we have won for all our work and sacrifice? We will still live under a government that lies to us, takes our money, reads our emails, listens to our phone calls, and treats us as if we are slaves that cannot be trusted because we will escape to freedom at the first opportunity.

Feb 11 08:20

Fox News Producer Arrested For Child Pornography

A Fox News Channel producer has been arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in a federal courthouse in Washington.

Aaron Bruns appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. According to charging documents, investigators say Bruns had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site.

Feb 11 08:19

Mauritania says it has closed its embassy in Israel

The head of Mauritania's military junta says the West African country has closed its embassy in Israel.

Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz made the announcement late Tuesday.

Feb 11 08:14

The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach

People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.

Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?

Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back and court and they settle because they have no choice.

Feb 11 08:13

Poll: 31% of Europeans blame Jews for global financial crisis

The ADL, a Jewish-American organization polled 3,500 adults - 500 each in Austria, France, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom - between December 1, 2008 and January 13, 2009.

According to the survey, 40 percent of polled Europeans believe that Jews have an over-abundance of power in the business world. More than half of the respondents in Hungary, Spain and Poland agreed with this statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that Abe Foxman ran this poll, I suspect the numbers are low.

Feb 11 08:06

TARP II is TARP I with a coat of varnish

The new TARP II will roll in more than $1.5 trillion from the Treasury, private investors (hopefully) and the Federal Reserve. The trouble is that that the Fed will be just printing its money, and in so doing devaluing the dollar, sounding its swan song conceivably as the reserve currency.

Feb 11 08:04

Booga Booga BOOGA!!!!!!

"Never before has Interpol been asked to alert the world about so many dangerous fugitives at one time," Noble said in a news release.

Feb 11 07:40

Iranian Overture Might Complicate Relations With Israel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooooh, you mean they might send back those checks?

Check out the reader comments on this piece. The American public had clearly had it with being led around by Israel.

Feb 11 07:30

Cuomo: Merrill Improperly Gave Out Bonuses

In a letter to Braney Frank, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has accused Merrill Lynch executives of corporate irresponsibility by secretly and prematurely awarding $3.6 billion in bonuses as taxpayers were bailing out the industry.

Feb 11 07:22

Wearing the Beard for Petraeus

Jeff Huber | February 10, 2009

The most telling part of Ricks’s version of the surge genesis is what it omits. Ricks makes no mention of the American Enterprise Institute, or of Fred Kagan, or of the neoconservative movement’s role in selling the surge to the public, an effort spearheaded by Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the New York Times, AEI and the Project for the New American Century.

On Sunday’s Meet the Press and in his Monday Post article, Ricks describes with often horrifying candor how Petraeus set out to pave the way for a “long war” that would last well beyond the Bush presidency. Petraeus needed time “not to bring the war to a close, but simply to show enough genuine progress that the American people would be willing to stick with it even longer.” That the surge has, as Ricks acknowledges, “failed politically,” is of little consequence.

Feb 11 07:20

Bailout Plan: $2.5 Trillion and a Strong U.S. Hand

Ed Andrews-Steve Labaton The New York Times Tue-Feb 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — The White House plan to rescue the nation’s financial system, announced on Tuesday by Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, is far bigger than anyone predicted and envisions a far greater government role in markets and banks than at any time since the 1930s.

Administration officials committed to flood the financial system with as much as $2.5 trillion — $350 billion of that coming from the bailout fund and the rest from private investors and the Federal Reserve, making use of its ability to print money.

n/a
Feb 11 06:55

Will Obama Break the Law for Israel's Sake?

by Grant F. Smith

Since entering office, President Barack Obama has promised sweeping changes in three aspects of governance: transparency, law enforcement, and stewardship of American tax dollars. For a public weary of law enforcement forever prosecuting street but never elite crime, Obama's many statements about holding all individuals accountable under the law have been encouraging. He also called for government-agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a White House mandate for transparency. Obama swore any bailouts of financial institutions and industries will hereafter avoid secretly funneling taxpayer funds into bloated Wall Street bonuses, executive junkets, and private jets.

But does Obama intend to follow these rules himself? Probably not. Obama's entire facade momentarily crumbled under a single withering question – "Do you know of any country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons?" – launched by veteran reporter Helen Thomas during the president's first evening press conference on Feb. 9, 2008.

Feb 11 06:29

Video - War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex

This 1999 documentary from Dutch TV explains how the "War on Drugs" has led to a loss of civil liberties while at the same time it has become a cash generator for police departments (through asset seizure) and a source of prisoners needed by the growing, privatized "Prison Industrial Complex". However, it has not had much of an effect at all as far as its supposed purpose of eliminating or, at least significantly reducing, the illegal drug trade.

The documentary is in English although there are a few introductory comments in Dutch. (1hr 32min)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=864268000924014458&ei=1LKSSdz6...

Feb 11 06:21

Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research -- typo and all

Summary: In purporting to "take a look back" at how the economic recovery plan "grew, and grew, and grew," Fox News' Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods -- all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release.

February 10, 2009

Feb 10 20:48

Letters To Leaders at Congres.org makes it clear what the concensus is on Bank Bailouts. NO!

Letters To Leaders on Congress.org allows anyone to take a fair sampling of the mood of the nation simply by reading letters sent to government leaders that have been made public by the writer's request.

The link provided gives anyone access to the headers to those letters and the actual content, by issue (search "budget"), and by state, and by individual elected officials in Washington D.C.

In other words, you can read the mail that went to your Congressional leaders or even to Barack Obama on the stimulus package.

How these assholes one by one can ignore the will of the people is simply beyond comprehension.

Feb 10 15:49

Abortion laws to blame for bush fires?

Let's see, so far we have the Aussie fires blamed on God's Will, Islamic terrorists (according to Rupert Murdoch), and inevitably, human caused global warming.

Feb 10 15:23

Another Bailout Bill Another Selloff

The $838 billion bailout out bill dujour won approval in the Senate by a vote of 61-37. The market reacted in the same way as the passing of previous bailout bills - It sold off.

Feb 10 15:13

Senate backs Obama's bank bailout as details of new $1.5trillion rescue deal are revealed

Feb 10 14:36

New Hampshire talks Civil War against feds!

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step today by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New Hampshire was the very first state to sign the Declaration of Independence. They lead the way again.

Feb 10 14:28

O'Reilly Overboard

Last night Jon Stewart brilliantly lampooned Bill O'Reilly for his ambush on Columbia Journalism Review editor Mike Hoyt, who was followed onto a bus by an O'Reilly Factor minion because CJR ran a piece by someone who once wrote for--gasp!--The Nation. Here's the video:

Feb 10 14:23

Those People in Gaza: Where Do They Come From, And Why Are They So Mad?

Feb 10 14:18

America Needs Howard Dean as Health Secretary

NBC's Chris Matthews on Howard Dean: “How come he's not the HHS secretary? He's getting squat from the president. Howard Dean is the chairman of the Democratic party....he had a big hand in bringing this victory that you all enjoy this year; he's a medical doctor; he succeeds in so many ways in building your party up and raising money and doing everything right; he began this populist thing back in the last election....he’s getting nothing!"

Feb 10 14:17

The Implications of Recognizing Israel's "Right to Exist"

But, if acknowledging Israel’s ‘right to exist’ means accepting that anyone who is Jewish can automatically become a citizen of Israel and then live on the very land, and in some cases, in the very home, of a Palestinian family who has lived there for generations; if it means relinquishing the right to say “this was my land and my home before you took it away from me”; if it means forsaking the right to return to Palestine with deed and keys in hand, demanding to know what entitled the families from England, Russia, Morocco or Ethiopia to live on the property of those 700,000 who were forcibly expelled in 1948; if it means denying the very existence of Palestine and Palestinians—as Golda Meir tried to do—by erasing their history, culture, and collective memory … then no.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has a right to exist, but it does not supercede the Palestinian's right to exist.

Feb 10 14:16

How many "stimulus" bills does it take...

Q: How many "stimulus" bills does it take for a light bulb to go up over people heads to understand that they're being screwed?

Feb 10 14:15

Still Standing: The Building That Proves WTC 7 Was Imploded

New videos of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel fire in Beijing highlight the vivid contrast between the damage it suffered as it was completely consumed by roaring flames, yet remained standing, and the comparative sporadic fires across just 8 floors that led to the complete free fall collapse of WTC 7.

9/11 truth debunkers are in a bind as to how to respond to the Beijing skyscraper fire because of the building’s similarity in size to Building 7 and the gargantuan fire damage it suffered in comparison with the limited “office fires” witnessed in WTC 7. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is over 500 feet tall, just 100 feet short of the height of WTC 7.

Feb 10 14:11

NY hedge fund swindler's girlfriend pleads guilty

Debra Ryan, 45, of Armonk, testified in federal court that the night before Samuel Israel III was to go to prison, he pleaded with her to help him flee.

"He woke me up and begged me to help him," Ryan told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas. "I agreed to help. ... I knew that was wrong."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Feb 10 12:47

SEC Enforcement Chief Leaving

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday the departure of the director of enforcement and prepared to name a former federal prosecutor to replace her.

New SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro is close to naming Robert Khuzami, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who had concentrated on financial crimes, as the new enforcement director, a person familiar with the matter said.

Feb 10 12:27

FAA to loosen fuel-tank safety rules, benefiting Boeing's 787

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has quietly decided to loosen stringent fuel-tank safety regulations written after the 1996 fuel-tank explosion that destroyed flight TWA 800 off the coast of New York state.

The FAA proposes to relax the safeguards for preventing sparks inside the fuel tank during a lightning strike, standards the agency now calls "impractical" and Boeing says its soon-to-fly 787 Dreamliner cannot meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fuel-tank rules were part of the public relations aspect of the cover-up. They were cosmetic right form the start.

TWA 800 was shot down by a US Navy missile during a botched test of the Aegis-CEC system conducted off of Long Island during that summer. Missiles had been seen in flight both before and after the tragedy.

But the US Government covered it up (as they have covered up so much through the years) and blamed an exploding fuel tank. So, the FAA, to conform to the deception, had to impose new rules on fuel tanks, rules which were pointless, and as this article confirms, to be quietly disposed of once they were no longer needed to support the official story.

Feb 10 12:22

FBI Believed that Bombs Used on 9/11

On 9/11, the FBI believed that bombs were involved in the attacks.

How do I know that?

Feb 10 12:19

Chinese TV station sorry for accidentally burning down brand-new luxury hotel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that the building did not burn "down." It is still standing, although burned right to the steel frame. Take a look at that picture of the building the next morning. It is still standing!

Once again we are left with the stark contradiction between WTC-7's sudden collapse into its own footprint on 9-11, even though it had not been struck by an airplane, was built far more fire and bomb proof than a normal building owing to the Federal offices that rented space in it, and showed far less fire than this hotel.

See BBC announced WTC-7 collapse before it actually happened.

Feb 10 12:17

Do Americans Cherish Freedom Anymore?

I am often guilty of using the term "freedom-loving Americans." But I think the question now needs to be asked, Do Americans really cherish freedom anymore? I believe an argument could be made that not many do. In fact, I doubt that most Americans today remotely understand what freedom--as envisioned by our Founding Fathers--even is.

Feb 10 12:06

911 hijackers in two places at once? Who were they really?

Here is the kicker. Al-Omari is not dead. After the FBI named the wrong guy, based on a man with the same name in Florida wh owent to a flight school, they changed it to a new person and they changed the birth date too to make it match. They have a photo of this man. Well the second Alomari also turned out to be alive. He said his pass port had been stolen. Now wait a minute. If this man is alive and his passport was stolen...then just who the Hell was it that went out of their way with Atta to get photographed on Two ATMs and one Airport security video?

Feb 10 11:50

UK top "bankers" had no formal Banking qualifications

four ex-chiefs of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HBOS admitted to having no formal banking qualifications between them in today's dramatic grilling by MPs.

Sir Fred denied he lacked experience, saying he had a degree in law and was a qualified chartered accountant, while also having worked as chief executive of the Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank before joining RBS.

Sir Tom McKillop, previously chairman of now part-nationalised RBS, said he was "certainly numerate", although he conceded he had not studied banking specifically.

Andy Hornby, who had headed HBOS until its rescue takeover by Lloyds TSB, said he had gained an MBA at Harvard Business School, while his ex-colleague Lord Stevenson said he had a history as an entrepreneurial businessman.

Feb 10 11:50

Justice Department Follows Bush Administration in Invoking 'State Secrets' Privilege in Rendition Lawsuit

The Obama administration is siding with its predecessor in a federal case over the CIA's rendition program, claiming lawsuits should not proceed because they could disclose secret national security information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Change?

Feb 10 11:38

Barackonomics: Debt Is Good!

Last night Barack Obama continued his Chicken Little routine, warning that if Americans don't let him stimulate the printing presses -- and quick! -- we the people will be responsible for economic catastrophe.

Feb 10 11:32

Stimulus contains rationed medicine

The former lieutenant governor of New York is warning that the $50 billion that President Obama expects to spend in the next few years on a nationwide digital health records system for every individual easily could, and probably will, result in rationed medical care.

Feb 10 11:24

The Coming Great Depression

We can't over-emphasise that the Great Depression did not become "great" due to the economic problems signaled by the 1929 stock market crash, but, instead, due to government policies undertaken to counteract the economic problems.

Feb 10 11:12

Gaza Television Ad

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the ad DirectTV refused to show.

Protest HERE

Feb 10 11:10

Stimulus Plan Caters to the Privileged Public Sector

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports state and local government workers get paid 33% more than their private sector counterparts. If you add in the pensions and other benefits, the difference is over 40%. In New York alone, public-sector wages and benefits since 2000 have grown twice as fast as those of the average private-sector worker.

Egregious stories of overpaid public workers are legion. In suburban Chicago, for example, some school administrators are making over $400,000 with benefits and incentives. Recent reports out of Boston suggest hundreds of firefighters and police officers make well in excess of $100,000 a year. And of course, there are the California prison guards who can make upwards of $300,000 a year with overtime.

Feb 10 11:09

The Growing Army of Angry Men Whose Lives Have Been Destroyed by the Federal Government

One of the hardest things to deal with in the current economic depression is the disgusting hypocrisy of the U.S. congress, the new president, and the members of the Federal Reserve System. It is one thing to be told, as we all are, that we must hand over fat wads of our hard-earned money to these warmongering and thieving snakes or face jail terms, but one feels a whole new level of revulsion when these people make statements to the effect that they, and they alone, are in a position to "save the economy" by "creating jobs." These statements are made by people who have done virtually everything in their power to destroy the American economy over the last few decades, but who have now proclaimed themselves to be our saviors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is the scam of government. They CREATE the "problem" then sell us the solution to it. Whether it was the "Red Menace", or the "War On Drugs" or the "Rape Crisis" or "Saddam's Nooks", or "The War On Terror", or "Human Caused Global Warming", it is the same swindle over and over again; create the illusion of a problem, then offer to sell us the solution in exchange for higher taxes and blind support for the candidate/agenda.

Feb 10 10:56

Deadly cold snap has led to month's delay in funerals

Grieving families are being forced to wait more than a month to bury their dead as Britain struggles to cope with the worst winter in 13 years.

Undertakers say the number of unburied bodies has risen sharply since the start of the cold snap - and is expected to grow.

The sub-zero conditions and snowstorms have triggered a surge in deaths and left the ground too frozen to dig up across much of the UK.

Feb 10 10:54

Bad economy forcing immigrants to reconsider U.S.

Pablo is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who came to the United States to support his wife and five sons back home. When he arrived, construction jobs were plentiful. Over the last year, he says, he's worked three days.

Feb 10 10:52

9/11 victim's wife asks uncomfortable questions

Is it luck that aberrant stock trades were not monitored?

Is it luck when 15 visas are awarded based on incomplete forms?

Is it luck when Airline Security screenings allow hijackers to board planes with box cutters and pepper spray?

Is it luck when Emergency FAA and NORAD protocols are not followed?

Is it luck when a national emergency is not reported to top government officials on a timely basis?

To me luck is something that happens once.

When you have this repeated pattern of broken protocols, broken laws, broken communication, one cannot still call it luck.

Feb 10 10:51

RBS to axe 2,300 jobs.. but still plans to pay out £1bn in bonuses to bankers

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to axe 2,300 jobs, it was revealed today.

They come after the struggling bank accepted £20billion from taxpayers when the Government took a 68 per cent stake in the business.

RBS has faced a storm of criticism after it was revealed it would pay out £1 billion in bonuses even though it lost £25billion last year.

Feb 10 10:51

Eye-witness to 911 Pentagon Strike States There Was a Second Plane

Based on this eye-witness account description of the second plane, it sounds like the following plane was a C-130-type aircraft equiped, perhaps, with radio control?

CAUTION, THE SOUND IS VERY LOUD AT THE START. TURN YOUR SPEAKERS DOWN!

Feb 10 10:50

OBAMA BAILOUT JUST PASSED BY SENATE.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bend over and spread 'em, like the good American you are!

Feb 10 10:47

NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD WEEK

Feb 10 10:46

Why didn't it fall like WTC 7?

Feb 10 10:44

Israeli settlers open fire on Bethlehem village

With the Israeli elections being largely campaigned on support for the militant settler movement Jewish extremists continue to act with impunity.

The occupied West Bank was the scene last night of the type of shooting that has become routine from the south's Hebron to Nablus in the north.

Israeli settlers from the Beitar Illit Settlement built on the land of several western Bethlehem towns opened fire on Husan Village Monday.

Feb 10 10:29

House bill would end ban on travel to Cuba

Feb 10 10:28

Key to success in the big bank bailout? Let 'em fail

In other words, the same people who blew through their shareholders' capital are now handling the government's capital. That, Mr. Seidman said, is a pretty bad way to save the financial system. “We've already seen some very poor managements and some very poor banking. What they're doing now is ensuring that the bad bankers stay in business. So I don't like the idea. I think it's bad for the industry. The worst thing to do is to compete against people who don't know what they're doing.”

Feb 10 10:27

DOW DROPS

Feb 10 10:00

No dinner... so cons flip

RIOTING lags went on a prison rampage because they hadn’t been fed for TWO DAYS, sources claimed last night.

Feb 10 09:59

'This is the worst recession for over 100 years'

Britain is facing its worst financial crisis for more than a century, surpassing even the Great Depression of the 1930s, one of Gordon Brown's most senior ministers and confidants has admitted.

Feb 10 09:45

SICK AUSTRALIAN MURDOCH JOURNO EXPLOITS BUSHFIRE TRAGEDY TO PUSH ISLAMOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA.

The recent disastrous bushfire in Australia, which have killed some 180 people and destroyed nearly 800 homes, has been callously and cynically used by ‘Sydney Daily Telegraph’ senior journalist and right-wing blogger at that paper, Piers Akerman, to push his extreme anti-Islam hate mongering by claiming that Islamists may have deliberately lit the fires as a terrorist act.

Feb 10 09:36

New Bailout May Top $1.5 Trillion

In announcing the plan, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will not ask Congress for more funds than the roughly $350 billion that remain in the Treasury Department's original rescue package for the financial system, though congressional sources said such a request could come later if the new programs are unsuccessful. The rest of the money would come from other government agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, as well as private-sector contributions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The federal Reserve is NOT a government agency. It is a private company, no more "Federal" than "Federal Express."

Drop a note to the Washington POst and remind them of that.

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