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October 18, 2008

Oct 18 08:49

Climbing Down the Ladder

While the news media have been focusing on the banks, brokerage houses and mega-millionaires being buffeted by the ill winds of the financial crisis, the millions of lower- and middle-income Americans sinking toward the protracted hell of destitution are getting very little attention.

Older Americans are taking a particularly wicked hit. Analysts at AARP have found that “Americans age 50 and over represent about 28 percent of all delinquencies and foreclosures in the current crisis.”

Oct 18 08:28

Baghdad not as ‘secure’ as government claims, residents say

The security situation in Baghdad has aggravated recently amid a rise in car bombings and attacks directed mainly at government troops.

Residents say conditions are worsening in the Iraqi capital once again despite the heavy presence of Iraqi security forces and a surge in number of checkpoints.

Oct 18 08:28

Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain

In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you. And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver for Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s focus group were “audibly snickering” at John McCain’s grimaces, eye-bulging, and repeated references to “Joe the Plumber.”



Oct 18 08:26

McCain: Don't Give Me That "Health of the Mother" Crap

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, to be accurate, McCain does not use the word "crap", but he is clearly dismissive of the mother's health aspect.

Oct 18 08:23

Senator Honorable in the Sewer

Back in 2000, in South Carolina, the robocalls--and calls to local right-wing talk radio shows--were about John McCain's "interracial child" and Cindy McCain's drug addiction. They were a craven, disgusting tactic by the George W. Bush campaign. McCain was, rightly, outraged by them.

Now McCain's campaign is making robocalls distorting Barack Obama's non-existent relationship with Bill Ayers:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The whole campaign is headed for the septic tank these last days.

Oct 18 08:21

Putin May Use Credit Squeeze to `Destroy' Oligarchs

Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000 vowing to destroy Russia's oligarchs ``as a class.'' Within two years, he'd driven two into exile and imprisoned another.

Now, he may use the global markets meltdown to finish the job.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sic 'em, Vlad!

Oct 18 08:20

Bush Strategist: McCain Knows He Put Country At Risk With Palin Pick

Matthew Dowd, a prominent political consultant and chief strategist for George W. Bush's reelection campaign eviscerated John McCain on Tuesday for his choice of Sarah Palin as vice president.

Dowd proclaimed that, in his heart of hearts, McCain knew he put the country at risk with his VP choice and that he would "have to live" with that fact for the rest of his career.



Oct 18 08:14

If at first you don't succeed ... raise taxes!

Oct 18 08:14

The Children of Gaza: Weaned on Fear and Trauma

The summer of 2007 was a start of a mayhem for a poor Bedouin family of Sahar. Sahar Owaidat, 6, remains in state of shock or perhaps is exhibiting symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder ever since Israeli soldiers stormed her home and brutally beat her father and siblings while she and the rest of the family members helplessly observed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every American tax dollar which goes to Israel supports activities like this.

Oct 18 08:11

Los Angeles Times - Barack Obama for president

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing of this endorsement (and the one from the Washington Post yesterday) proves that the corporate media has lost their role as definers of the public opinion. Only now, when the blogosphere has made it obvious that Obama will win (barring vote theft) do the major newspapers wade in with their endorsements.

Oct 18 08:08

Israel “brand” will magically smell sweeter

As many others have remarked, Israel is among the worst brand-names on the planet.

That’s understandable considering the regime was founded on terror, is massively armed and subsidized by the US, thrives on lands seized from its neighbours at gun-point and is bent on making its illegal occupation permanent. As a brand it never had a chance to flourish in any nice way.



Oct 18 08:07

Ending the War Without End

To a consumer of U.S. corporate media this makes some sense. The occupation is for the benefit of the people of Iraq and, with the help of "the surge", it is "succeeding." President Bush is actually working on an "agreement" to "end" the "war." Peace activists should be celebrating, right?

Oct 18 08:06

Million person demonstration in Iraq on Saturday October 18th

A million-person demonstration… or at least mass demonstration is supposed to take place in Iraq tomorrow. Of course there is nothing about it in US news.

This demonstration was scheduled to take place several times before, but US forces always stopped it by either spraying a few bombs over Iraqi cities or blocking the cities violently with US forces and concrete walls so that people couldn’t join the center where the demonstration was to start from.

Oct 18 08:05

FLASHBACK: "Panic of 2008" - Dollar could drop 90% and Gold soar to $2000 an ounce

Oct 18 07:59

Global Cooling: Alaskan Glaciers Grow For First Time In 250 Years

Plans to implement a worldwide carbon tax in the name of saving the planet from global warming have taken another blow after it was revealed that Alaskan glaciers have grown for the first time in 250 years after an abnormally cool summer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, we, ummm, we still NEED the tax, because, because, because, the glaciers are GROWING, and, and, and, they are gonna GETCHA if we don't stop them with taxes! Yeah, that's it, we need a carbon tax to save the Earth from the glaciers!" -- Al Bore



Oct 18 07:55

IS A PEACE SYMBOL ENOUGH TO CREATE A LASTING PEACE?

The monument, the gift of a Polish billionaire, was erected on the invisible seam between one of the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and the predominantly Jewish West. At the ceremony, there were ethereal moments, suggestive of a greater harmony, as the strains of an orchestra mingled with the Muslim call to prayer from countless minarets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a path to peace, and it starts by hanging the greedy bastards on both sides.

Oct 18 07:54

NIGHT FELL, AND THE SEARCH BEGAN ~~ AN ONGOING PALESTINIAN NIGHTMARE

Nobody thinks about the terror these searches sow among thousands of little children, women and old people. Nobody thinks about the blatant and crude invasion of the privacy of peaceful citizens while they are sleeping. Palestinians, as you know, are never `trauma victims,` that`s for Jews only. It happens every single night and sometimes it ends badly, very badly.

Oct 18 07:53

THE PHANTOM PEACE

The end of Ehud Olmert’s Israeli Prime Ministership should see the likely new leader Tzipi Livni continue peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. She will have a difficult time. The illegal settlement movement supported by every Israeli administration to date has burgeoned out-of-control and its right-wing leaders are vehemently opposed to negotiating land for peace. More than likely, we will see Livni use the same stalling tactics that have up until now allowed land grabs from the Palestinians for the Zionist dream of a greater Israel. After all, Livni was nurtured on that dream.

Oct 18 07:53

Bleak scenes as Ethiopia puts war before famine

The restrictive Ethiopian security regime hiding the worsening crisis in the country's southern Somali region has infuriated important donors. Western officials privately warn that a damaging stand-off with the country is unfolding.

Addis Ababa this week conceded that 6.4 million people were on the brink of death and agreed to open up the worst hit parts of the country to shipments of outside assistance.



Oct 18 07:52

Jesse Trentadue’s Quest for Truth

New developments in the near fourteen year quest to determine the actual truth behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing can be attributed to the tireless work of attorney, Jesse Trentadue. Trentadue, a former Marine, began his personal mission in an attempt to uncover the cause of his brother’s death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about the OK City Bombing HERE

Oct 18 07:50

Officer admits deleting part of record of events before tube shooting

A police officer yesterday admitted he had altered a key document about the events leading up to the shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes.

An official investigation was announced into the admission by the officer, known only as Owen, who was the deputy surveillance coordinator on the day De Menezes was killed after being mistaken by police for a suicide bomber.

Oct 18 07:48

Computer circuit builds itself

A team of European physicists has developed an integrated circuit that can build itself. The work, appearing in this week's Nature1, is an important step towards its ultimate goal — a self-assembling computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That old joke about the human brain being the only computer built by unskilled labor is about to be obsolete!

Oct 18 07:48

Civilian dead are a trade-off in Nato's war of barbarity

This is the conflict western politicians and media continue to urge their reluctant populations to support as a war for civilisation. In reality, it is a war of barbarity, whose contempt for the value of Afghan life has fuelled the very resistance that western military and political leaders are now unable to contain.



Oct 18 07:47

Mutant Seeds for Mesopotamia

One would think that Iraqi farmers, now prospering under "freedom" and "democracy," would be able to plant the seeds of their choosing, but that choice, under little-known Order 81, would be illegal.

Oct 18 07:45

20bn barrel oil discovery puts Cuba in the big league

Estimate means reserves are on a par with US

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Invade! Invade! Invade NOW! NOW NOW NOW!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 18 07:44

The US agrees: only a 'surge' can beat Taliban

American officials have backed the view of General Sir David Richards, the new head of the British Army, that a "surge" is needed in Afghanistan to beat the Taliban.

The Independent revealed yesterday that General Richards would replace General Sir Richard Dannatt as the head of the Army – he will take over next summer – and disclosed that the new commander believed 30,000 more troops would be needed to fight the Taliban. He is seeking 5,000 extra British troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another 65,000 troop increase over a 5 year period?

Let that sink in for a second.

We've been in Afghanistan for 7 years at this point, and the thinking is that this catastrophe of occupation and aerial bombardment is going to go on for another 5 years?!?.

The US's own military protocol indicates that we will need at least 400,000 soldiers to successfully manage this occupation. Even with the 134,000 troop strength they are talking about here, we will still be 267,000 soldiers short of the number necessary to actually do the job.

And the troops will not get to Afghanistan anywhere nearly soon enough to be effective against the Taliban.

Oct 18 07:36

Huge Protests As New Jersey Declares Flu Vaccines Mandatory

Hundreds of concerned parents participated in demonstrations outside the New Jersey Statehouse yesterday in protest of the State’s decision to mandate flu vaccinations for young children.

Protesters also turned out to support a bill that would allow for conscientious objections to forced vaccinations, arguing that medication should be the choice of the parent not the government.


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Oct 18 07:35

Wall Street banks in $70bn staff payout

Financial workers at Wall Street's top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70bn (£40bn), a substantial proportion of which is expected to be paid in discretionary bonuses, for their work so far this year - despite plunging the global financial system into its worst crisis since the 1929 stock market crash, the Guardian has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh, I get it; you guys are bookies!" -- Eddie Murphy, "Trading Places"

Oct 18 07:33

Nation’s First Baby Boomer Receives Her First Social Security Retirement Benefit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is when the cash flow in the Social; Security Trust fund swings negative. During the 1980s, we all paid extra SS tax to build up a cash surplus in the fund to cover the extra drain from the boomers, but during the Clinton and Bush Presidencies, that money was "borrowed" and spent as general funds. absent higher SS taxes, the fund will go broke before all the baby boomers are retired.

Oct 18 07:29

Food Stamp Challenge prompts belt tightening

"Nearly all you see in a well-stocked grocery store is simply something you cannot afford," said John Ziraldo, CEO and president of Lighthouse, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to low-income families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, just tell them to go get a job, then!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 18 07:28

U.S. Bank Plan Hits Snag in Rules

Treasury's plan, announced Tuesday, rests on the ability of banks to use the government's money to buttress their core capital, the financial foundation that supports a bank's operations. Those foundations have been eroded by recent losses, limiting lending to customers and damaging the broader economy.

But under federal banking regulations at the time of the announcement, investments with the conditions attached by Treasury cannot be counted as core capital because that category is reserved for only the most stable kinds of funding.


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Oct 18 07:27

GOP Sen. Susan Collins decries anti-Obama robocalls

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, facing a tough reelection fight, urged GOP presidential contender John McCain on Friday to stop making automated calls into her state linking Democratic nominee Barack Obama to a 1960s radical.

Oct 18 07:26

Has the 'Amber Light' Turned Green?

Furthermore, the reception the Iranian delegation got at that UN General Assembly meeting – to put it mildly – dismayed the Israeli Ambassador.

"It was very upsetting, the whole atmosphere – yesterday they [the Iranians] were hugged and applauded."

And why not? Just a few days before, IAEA Director-General ElBaradei had issued his most recent report on Iran's Safeguarded programs and facilities, in which

Oct 18 07:23

Voters say they were duped into registering as Republicans

YPM, a group hired by the GOP, allegedly deceived Californians who thought they were signing a petition. YPM denies any wrongdoing. Similar accusations have been leveled against the company elsewhere.

Oct 18 07:22

Iraqis stage mass anti-US rally



Oct 18 07:21

B.C. pipeline explosion likely terrorism: ex-CSIS chief

Former CSIS chief David Harris says a weekend explosion near the town of Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. fits the description of terrorism, despite police statements to the contrary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!"

Oct 18 07:11

Al-Sadr Urges Rejection US-Iraq Pact

"The Iraqi government has abandoned its duty before God and its people and referred the agreement to you knowing that ratifying it will stigmatize Iraq and its government for years to come," he said.

"I am with every Sunni, Shiite or Christian who is opposed to the agreement ... and I reject, condemn and renounce the presence of occupying forces and basis on our beloved land," the message added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Muqtada Al-Sadr's military forces are unleashed again if this legislation is approved in Iraq, all bets are off regarding any kind of future stability here.

Take a good look at the photo in the upper left of this article.

I will guarantee you one thing about the people demonstrating in this photo: they do not hate Americans "....because we are free."

Oct 18 07:11

Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In

Mrs. McCain, 54, describes herself as her husband’s best friend, though for the last two decades they have mostly lived apart, she in Arizona, he in Washington. She initially seemed like an ideal political partner, giving Mr. McCain a home state, money and contacts that jump-started his career. But as the years passed, she also became a liability at times. She played a role in the Keating Five savings-and-loan scandal, and just as her husband was rehabilitating his reputation, she was caught stealing drugs from her nonprofit organization to feed her addiction to painkillers.

Oct 18 07:09

BioTerror False Flag Warning: Anthrax and Avian Flu

On October 1st, the same day that Bush activated the 1st Brigade domestically, the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services released a disturbing "Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act":



Oct 18 07:07

TSA agent steals $200K worth of gear, resells it on eBay

The TSA reached a mind-boggling new low in customer service this week when it was revealed that one agent had single-handedly absconded with over $200,000 worth of travelers' belongings, primarily cameras and laptops, and proceeded to unload his booty on eBay. His latest haul: A near-$50,000 camera that an HBO employee had been traveling with.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And they broke a laptop of mine, too. It is hard to imagine terrorists causing as much damage on such a wide scale.

Oct 18 07:04

Financial Storm of the Century, or a Turning of the Tide?

But the world is most definitely not prepared for a world government. These people know that, though. So to put in a one world government, they have to do it by using forceful stealth tactics, one of which is known now as the global financial crisis. This “intellectual elite” seem to be on some sort of deadline by the speed at which things are being centralized this year, which I believe is around the time of the mistakenly believed by New Agers and others to be the magical ascension year 2012.

Oct 18 07:02

Bush staff says hiring by faith no bar to aid

In a newly disclosed legal memorandum, the Bush administration says it can bypass laws that forbid giving taxpayer money to religious groups that hire only staff members who share their faith.

October 17, 2008

Oct 17 23:59

Andrew Lahde bows out in style

Say what you will about Andrew Lahde, but the man knows how to write a letter.

Last month, the famed-for-betting-against-subprime hedge fund manager shuttered his operations, citing unacceptable levels of counterparty risk.

His goodbye missive is impressive not just for its length, but for its clearly-articulated (and somewhat apocalyptic) closing arguments.

Verbatim:



Oct 17 20:43

Report: NJ Voting Machines Easily Hacked

The electronic voting machines used in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties can be hacked into in as little as seven minutes and manipulated to alter votes or fix elections, a new report by a Princeton University professor shows.

Oct 17 17:12

Are You Kidding Me?

The above chart illustrates that the "buy and hold investor" that entered the market in the year 2000 would have made a negative 23% total return on their money by October 9, 2008. Keep in mind that this return does not factor inflation into the equation.

Oct 17 15:19

Do You Support the Constitution? YOU'RE A TERRORIST SUSPECT!

Oct 17 14:24

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM - THE FULL MOVIE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an award winning documentary on the 9-11 truth movement.



Oct 17 13:36

R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008

Dropping all of Usenet to lose alt.binaries.videos.of.criminal.acts is definitely throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but at the same time I don't have much pity for the binaries crowd. Usenet is a hideously inefficient way to distribute binary file—you end up making thousands of unused copies on various servers and encoding your files in inefficient ways. And way too much of the binaries traffic consists of piracy and warez.

Oct 17 13:22

DOW - FRIDAY RALLY FIZZLES

Oct 17 12:32

McCain's Snivelling On Letterman The Last Straw?

Letterman was brilliant, doing the job that far too many "news" anchors have failed to do, asking tough questions.

Oct 17 12:29

Holocaust denial accused intended no offence, extradition hearing told

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bottom line is that when you tell the truth, there will always be somebody who does not like it.

Oct 17 12:27

Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market

An internal investigation by the popular online market Intrade has revealed that a single investor’s purchases prompted “unusual” price swings that significantly boosted the prediction that Sen. John McCain will become president.

Oct 17 12:06

How McCain Will Steal the Election from Obama (Sort Of)

Conservatives are scared of a progressive majority. And they're going to lie, cheat and steal to prevent it from happening. But they can only be successful if we let them.

The best way to deflate the conservative fable is to win with an overwhelming landslide that guarantees there won't be a dispute of the results.

We also need to confront the Republican vote purging and suppression. Already big efforts by the Obama campaign, the DNC and independent groups are working on this. Progressives and Democrats are united in this effort.

Oct 17 12:00

Limo Nazi 'murder' probed

NEO-NAZI leader Jorg Haider may have been MURDERED, it was claimed last night.

Oct 17 11:29

Republicans flood Minnesota with anti-Obama phone calls

A woman's voice on the line told him Democratic nominee Barack Obama associated with "domestic terrorist" William Ayers, who "killed Americans." She warned about Obama's "extreme leftist agenda" and hung up after leaving the Washington number for the Republican National Committee.

"It's very disturbing that the campaign has gotten to the point where the Republicans have sunk this low to suggest Obama consorts with murderers," said Streeter, who identified himself as an Obama supporter.

Oct 17 11:26

John McCain calls JFK's assassination an "intervention"

Oct 17 11:10

The Long Johns - The Last Laugh

Oct 17 11:00

Exchange Floor Trader Prank

While giving a live report on futures at the Chicago Board of Trade, reporter Steve Cohn is interrupted by an enraged trader asking the age-old question, "Who put this dick on my back?":

Oct 17 10:49

Automaker Lays Off Detroit Office With Blog Post

Tesla notifies Detroit workers today they were laid off two days ago...today! In a sign of what this new Financiapocalypse might bring, employees in the Metro Detroit branch of electric car maker Tesla Motors were laid off via a blog post. Yesterday, we reported that Tesla would be cutting back and reorganizing, which included shutting down the office in Rochester Hills, near Detroit. Unfortunately, no one told the employees in Rochester Hills. Some of them logged on to find that they were now, according to their own website, obsolete. But it gets worse.

Oct 17 10:49

Not sure how your Bank is doing ? Check it out for yourself.......

Ah ha, it's amazing what you can find when you look around a little. My own bank, Credit Agricole in France, took the oppurtunity last week to make a pre-emptive strike against doubts about their integrity....

From the Email I received last week from the Director himself..

Oct 17 10:49

A LETTER TO AMERICA: WHY MUST THE SHOW GO ON?

It’s not easy or even fun to be an expatriate. Unless you didn’t know, that is just a highfalutin word that is used especially for American emigrants. Why the special word? Because people who “leave” America are expected to see it with a critical (perhaps even artistic) eye, and Americans who “remain” are expected to disregard the criticism, and even accuse the expat of Anti-Americanism or sheer snobbery. In writing, you will see the word distorted to “ex-patriot”.

Oct 17 10:33

CAMERAS ARE A THREAT TO ZIOVIOLENCE

An Israeli human rights group hopes the 150 video cameras it gave to West Bank Palestinians deter the rising tide of attacks by radical settlers.

Oct 17 10:32

Pogrom Acre-style

Racism raised its ugly head in the northern coastal town of Acre this week, exposing Israelis’ shocking bigotry and intolerance towards its non-Jewish citizens, especially the sizeable Palestinian minority which constitutes nearly one fourth of Israel’s population.

Oct 17 10:31

Nader: Tax Wall St. for bailout

"Make Wall Street pay for its own bailout, by implementing a securities speculation tax, starting with derivatives," Nader told a crowd of several hundred in front of the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

Oct 17 10:31

Early Voters Favor Obama, Surveys Show

While Barack Obama has a substantial lead in national polls, early signs suggest he’s built an even bigger lead at the ballot box so far.

Oct 17 10:30

Short Memories

Most reporters were slow to catch on to the significance of the US Attorney Firings story. And though it eventually became a big scandal, it seems most of the reporters have now more or less forgotten the whole thing since we're now seeing a replay of the offenses no more than two years later. And rather than calling the bad actors out, most of them are whooping and hollering and going along for the ride.

Oct 17 10:30

Crisis may make 1929 look a 'walk in the park'

Twenty billion dollars here, $20bn there, and a lush half-trillion from the European Central Bank at give-away rates for Christmas. Buckets of liquidity are being splashed over the North Atlantic banking system, so far with meagre or fleeting effects.

Oct 17 10:09

Gradient close to collapse as hedge funds feel heat

One of London’s best known hedge funds, Gradient Capital Partners, is on the brink of collapse after dropping nearly 42pc in value last month.

Oct 17 10:09

Coming Soon: The 600 Trillion Derivatives Emergency Meeting

Current emergency meetings on banks and markets are still only in the stage where politicians and central bankers are bickering over how to create a few more hundred billions Euros and FRNs. But toxic MBS pale in comparison to the mushrooming growth of the derivatives market. According to figures released in the quarterly review of the BIS (pp A103) in September the total notional amount of outstanding derivatives in all categories rose 15% to a mindboggling $596 TRILLION as of December 2007.

Oct 17 10:08

Corporate Media Sour Grapes...

"But if there's an overarching culprit, it is the Internet, which in the run-up to Election Day is betraying its dark side as the perfect conduit for crackpot conspiracy theories, manipulative propagandists and obnoxious chatter."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And after all, that's OUR job!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Oct 17 10:07

Election 2008: Missouri Presidential Election

Barack Obama has expanded his lead over John McCain in Missouri to six percentage points.

Oct 17 10:03

Bad Spin Watch: Drudge Touts Weeks-Old, Web-Based Poll

Oct 17 10:01

VA claims found in piles to be shredded

Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices have been ordered to immediately stop shredding documents after an investigation found some benefits claims and supporting documents among piles of papers waiting to be destroyed.

Oct 17 10:00

Northern Rock criticised over 'aggressive repossessions'

A debt charity today urged the Treasury to put pressure on Northern Rock to change its approach to property repossessions.

Credit Action has criticised the nationalised bank saying it is twice as likely as other lenders to repossess a home if borrowers fall behind with their mortgage repayments.

Oct 17 10:00

Video US Tried To Ban

See this up close video of the interrogator putting a cable around
a man's neck and at the end, telling him that he has 3 minutes to
live. Videos of US soldiers sodomizing children at Abu Ghraib have
successfully been kept off the Internet

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Oct 17 09:59

Top Tampa GOP Figure Circulates Joke About Killing Obama

Al Austin, a longtime, high-level Republican fundraiser from Tampa, today sent to his list of political contacts an e-mail containing a joke that refers to the assassination of Barack Obama.

When asked about the e-mail, Austin said it was a mistake and apologized and that he wouldn’t knowingly have circulated it. He said he planned to send an apology and retraction to the same e-mail list.

Oct 17 09:58

Dads of Dead Soldiers Protest Bush's McCain Fundraiser in OK

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gold Star dads John Scripsick and Warren Henthorn protest outside of Bush's McCain fundraiser in Oklahoma. They are supported in larger numbers than police expected.

American SiCKO Reggie Cervantes, one of the 9/11 rescue workers in the movie, can be seen at the 30 second mark.

Oct 17 09:15

How Deeply is the U.S. involved in the Afghan Drug Trade?

The 64,000 rupee question that arises from Admiral Mullen's new anti-drug policy is: Why was it not done seven years ago when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan? Why did Washington turn a blind eye to the Afghan drug trade and is only now taking some action?

Oct 17 09:10

ROLLING STONE: It's Already Stolen

Don’t worry about Mickey Mouse or ACORN stealing the election. According to an investigative report out today in Rolling Stone magazine, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast, after a year-long investigation, reveal a systematic program of "GOP vote tampering" on a massive scale.

- Republican Secretaries of State of swing-state Colorado have quietly purged one in six names from their voter rolls.

Over several months, the GOP politicos in Colorado stonewalled every attempt by Rolling Stone to get an answer to the massive purge - ten times the average state's rate of removal.

Oct 17 09:05

Letterman/McCain: What about G. Gordon Liddy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sauce for the goose.

McCain wants to make an issue out of Obama associating with Bill Ayers so Letterman reminds McCain of McCain's association with Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy!

Oct 17 09:04

Pentagon Considering Portable ‘Pain Ray’ Guns

The Department of Defense is negotiating with Raytheon to purchase a more portable version of the contractor’s non-lethal “pain ray” weapons.

The devices, which are part of Raytheon’s Active Denial System, use high-frequency radio beams that make human targets feel like they are catching on fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

a "....more portable" version of the weapon?

One has to wonder against whom the Pentagon intends this weaponry to be used.

Oct 17 09:00

MELTDOWN SHOWDOWN: The Dinosaur's Next Dirty Trick

A highly successful Sydney based financial analyst, Lincoln Lok (not his real name) is fed up with the way the US is turning its current meltdown into a global burden. Even worse, he believes the plan to introduce a world currency is imminent. This will be manipulated in a way that enriches the US at the expense of the rest of the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A global currency will be a hard sell, since globalism is the reason the problems in the US are dragging down the rest of the world.

Oct 17 08:51

On top of everything else: Manufacturing sector hits a wall

Oct 17 08:51

Housing Starts Hit 17-Year Low

Home construction took its third tumble in a row during September, falling to the lowest level in 17 years, and a sign points to further decline in the fourth quarter.

Oct 17 08:51

LAPD blames fingerprint errors for false arrests

Police have arrested innocent people due to faulty fingerprint analysis but have not determined how many cases were affected by such errors, police officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I oppose the death penalty. Between sloppy labs, ambitious prosecutors, and kiss-ass police, there is a real danger that innocent people are convicted for crimes they did not commit. You can always let a wrongfully convicted person out of jail, but you cannot bring a wrongfully executed person back to life.

Oct 17 08:48

European markets tumble as confidence collapses

Oct 17 08:48

Is Switzerland the next Iceland?

In an extraordinary move for a nation proud of its financial prudence and stability, Switzerland was forced to take emergency measures yesterday to shore up its two biggest lenders to prevent a collapse in confidence in the country's banking system.

Oct 17 08:47

FLASHBACK - Homeschooling Banned in California as State Turns Parents Into Criminals for Teaching Their Own Children

Oct 17 08:46

As crisis bites, more Americans turn to food stamps

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm this week is doing something millions of her constituents are being forced to do year-round; she's living on food stamps.

Oct 17 08:46

10,000 jobs go as crunch hits the public sector

Nearly 10,000 jobs are to be lost and up to 100 courts could close as budget cuts hit the public sector.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe it is time to pare down the laws, so that some trivial things like marijuana and clothing optional beaches are no longer treated as crimes!

Oct 17 08:45

Russian stocks fall on falling oil prices

Oct 17 08:45

Back to the Future

This crisis, like the one that followed in the wake of 9/11, conjures the atmosphere and the rhetoric of wartime. Already we are hearing about the "war on recession," Little surprise that the solutions proposed require the regimentation of capital under Washington's command. Economic actors are no longer free individuals but soldiers in an army. What we are witnessing is how an economy – and a society – becomes militarized.

Oct 17 08:44

EU to bring back customs duties for cereals imports

Oct 17 08:44

IRS Rule on 529 Plans Allows Just One Portfolio Shift a Year; Weighing a Cheaper School

A rule designed to protect investors in 529 college-savings plans is having the unintended side effect of preventing them from shifting to more-conservative investments as the stock market swoons.

Oct 17 08:44

Nevada tent cities rise in shadow of casinos

Here, in the shadow of the giant casinos which mark the downtown landscape of this northern Nevada gambling mecca, as many as 150 people lived in a tent city until last weekend, one of a number of emergency shanty towns that sprang up in U.S. cities this past summer.

Oct 17 08:43

Hedge funds could fall victim

HEDGE funds could be the next victims of the international financial crisis, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said in an interview published on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, at some point they HAVE to unwind their positions in the bear market or they will go broke. That will trigger a major stock sell-off.

Oct 17 08:41

‘Armageddon’ Loan, Bond Prices Keep Debt Investors on Sidelines

Credit markets have fallen so far that they are providing a "once in a lifetime opportunity," and investors are still selling.

Oct 17 08:40

Credit markets still on life support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are trying a forced transfusion. They are transfusing blood (money) from you to the patient. Of course, when you run out of blood, you die. But, that is a small price to pay to keep the patient alive another day!

Oct 17 08:38

'We need 30,000 more soldiers to beat Taliban,' says general

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You cannot beat the "enemy" in a war of occupation. You can only kill them.

Oct 17 08:37

Report: Bush offers swift Golan withdrawal

US President George W. Bush suggested to Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights in exchange for a complete disbandment of the Syrian-Iranian alliance, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida reported Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Ahem).

Memo to the White House and US State Department; the last time I checked, it is Israel which is currently in control of the Golan Heights.

The US has absolutely no control here.

And one has to wonder; did Bush and his minions happen to mention anything to the folks at the top of the Israeli political food-chain, who are this very moment scrambling for supremacy in either the coalition Livni is struggling to achieve, or in the general elections which will happen if the coalition is not achieved by the deadline?

My guess would be that this absolutely hasn't happened.

Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad is many things, but he is no idiot. In fact, he appears to be a smart human being.

He and the Syrian government will recognise this for precisely what it is; a promise the US can't keep, because it's not the US's promise to make, should such a deal be struck. It is Israel which must make this promise for such a deal to even be considered.

Oct 17 08:32

Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher related to Charles “the Crook” Keating. Oops.

Oct 17 08:30

While You Were Sleeping and Dreaming it was Real.

Yesterday I saw an article in Newsweek that said that Christians in India were being abused. It was the sort of dedicated disinfo that gets churned out by lying, agenda driven hacks who write what they get told to write since journalism got buried in an unmarked grave.

I have friends in India who keep me abreast of what’s been going on there and from what I am told, the Christians are rapacious in their efforts to gain political power and access to the ‘goodies locker’ by any means necessary.

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Hardly unique to India!

Oct 17 08:28

Financial crisis may take toll on business media

The financial crisis has given the business media an unprecedented opportunity to pick up readers and viewers as millions follow the markets' every lurch. The future, though, may be much less appealing.

Fresh drama in a rapidly changing story has guaranteed large, 24-hour audiences for business magazines, websites, newspapers and television channels.

But a grim advertising outlook, subscribers looking for a myriad ways to save money, and the inevitable prospect that the story will cool make optimism unsustainable.

Oct 17 08:26

New voter registration law snares mostly minorities

Democrats were four times as likely to be tripped up by the law as Republicans, and more than half of the people affected are 30 years old or younger. One of every four unmatched voters lives in Miami-Dade, the state's largest county and the one with the largest Hispanic population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the actual text of the law reads, "If you are likely to vote for Obama, you are not allowed to vote."

Oct 17 08:25

Bush the Pathetic

It is well recognized that term limits on the U.S Presidency create a lame duck status for the President beginning on his second inauguration. This status gets cranked up in the final year of a president's term but no one exemplifies the lame duck status more than George W. Bush.

Oct 17 08:24

Private Military Contractors Writing the News? The Pentagon's Propaganda at Its Worst

Less than a week after the Washington Post reported that the Department of Defense will pay private contractors $300 million over the next three years to "produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to 'engage and inspire' the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government," Virginia Sen. Jim Webb wrote a strongly worded letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the Pentagon is so deeply concerned about the real news coming from Iraq that they felt compelled to make up their own.

Oct 17 08:24

Dangerous and depraved: paedophiles unite with terrorists online

The realisation that there might be something in common between violent Muslim fanatics known for their supposed piety and sexual deviants who prey on children has only slowly dawned on officers. Cracking the mystery of how these worlds overlap is expected to improve understanding of the mindsets of both types of criminals and has been hailed as a potentially vital intelligence tool to undermine future terrorist plots. “A way of finding who the extremists and terrorists are”, an anti-terror source said, “is to go through the child-porn sites.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just got a phone call from NASA. They are billing me for damage done to the space station when shrapnel from the bovine excrement meter hit it just now!

These propagandists really do think we are idiots!

I mean, would a real terrorist hide their secrets in websites GUARANTEED to already be under examination by the police??????

I understand the Pentagon is paying $300 million for their propaganda this year. They gotta stop using the lowest bidders because they are looking like fools right about now!

Oct 17 08:20

Iraq War Appears Over in Most Provinces, Pentagon Data Show

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, let's take a look at the scorecard, shall we?

We did NOT find and destroy Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, because ... he didn't have any.

We did not punish Saddam for defying the United Nations by being in possession of banned weapons of mass destruction because ... he had in fact destroyed them when ordered to by the UN.

We did not punish Saddam for 9-11 because he had nothing to do with it.

We did not punish Saddam for aiding Al Qaeda because Iraq and Al Qaeda (whoever that really is) were arch-enemies.

We did not punish Saddam for gassing the Kurds because as it turns out, Saddam did not have the specific type of gas used on the Kurds, Iran (whom the Kurds were raiding) did.

More than 4000 Americans dead. A million Iraqis dead. Cities ruined. Infrastructure trashed. Archaeological treasures lost forever. And we still don't get the oil.

"They created a desolation and they called it peace." -- Tacitus

Don't it makya proudernshit to ba Amarikun??

Oct 17 08:16

Hawaii To Drop Universal Health Care

Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.

The Republican governor signed Keiki Care into law in 2007, but it and many other government services are facing cuts as the state deals with a projected $900 million general fund shortfall by 2011.

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Children and the medically fragile elderly generally get cut out of budgets first when there's a shortfall.

Oct 17 08:11

VA claims found in piles to be shredded

Department of Veterans Affairs regional offices have been ordered to immediately stop shredding documents after an investigation found some benefits claims and supporting documents among piles of papers waiting to be destroyed.

VFW National Commander Glen Gardner said the problem could be significant.

VFW National Commander Glen Gardner said the problem could be significant.

He suggested that some claims may have been set aside for shredding by employees who did not want to complete them or were trying to hide a backlog.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The VA's answer to backlogged claims..... has been to shred the paperwork?!?

Every culpable individual who either gave or followed orders which allowed this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows!

Oct 17 08:09

Sources: US to waive visa rules for 7 countries

President Bush will announce Friday that Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and South Korea will be added to the U.S. visa waiver program as early as next month, the aides told The Associated Press.

Oct 17 08:06

JPMorgan Responsible for the Destruction of U.S. Financial System

The tag team of JPMorgan as the monster and Goldman Sachs as its harlot represent a powerful pair that is more responsible for destroying the entire US financial system than 95% of the American public has any awareness. The colossus of JPMorgan is a monster, a predator, nurtured by pond scum.

They manage the Plunge Protection Team efforts to intervene in financial markets, making America strong for freedom and liberty.

Oct 17 08:05

Private Military Contractors Writing the News? The Pentagon's Propaganda at Its Worst

Months after the Pentagon pundits flap, the Department of Defense continues to hand down contracts for propaganda in Iraq and beyond.

Oct 17 08:03

Gates, Rice Brief Lawmakers On Draft Accord With Iraq

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice briefed senior lawmakers yesterday on a draft agreement that covers U.S. forces in Iraq, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki prepared to submit the document to its first political test in Baghdad.

Oct 17 07:59

Renzi: Gov't Listened to GOP Leadership Meetings Through Wiretap

Lawyers for Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) have alleged in new court filings that the FBI "recorded dozens of sensitive conversations concerning House leadership races" after the 2006 elections, reports The Hill.

Days after the Democrats won control of Congress, say Renzi's lawyers, the bureau recorded part of a conference call involving the entire House Republican Conference.

Oct 17 07:58

Hawaii Ending Universal Child Health Care After 7 Mos.

Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

Oct 17 07:58

Putin personally defeats the West

“Prime Minister Putin visits Central Asia several times a year, and his personal diplomacy is highly important for Russia’s success. NATO and EU leaders did not find time, energy and the political capital that the West needed to establish its relations with the region,” the senator said during his appearance at the National Defense University in Washington.

Oct 17 07:56

Russian analysts expect Obama to become U.S. president

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian analysts believe we have fair and honest elections in the US.

Oct 17 07:33

Washington Post Endorses Barack Obama for President

The choice is made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president.

Oct 17 07:30

Volcanic lightning may have sparked life on Earth

One of the most famous experiments of all time has just been found to have been even more successful than anyone realised. The Miller-Urey spark flask experiment could hold the key to the origin of life on Earth.

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More, including some further links at the New Scientist site link above. Plus here is a little video from there:

Kooch

Check out my politically-charged rock band, ThE Gitmos, at:
http://www.myspace.com/thegitmos

Oct 17 07:27

ANOTHER WILD RIDE ON THE DOW

Oct 17 07:26

ANOTHER WILD RIDE ON THE DOW

Oct 17 03:22

Banks borrow record $437.5 billion per day from Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial institutions ran to their lender of last resort for record amounts of cash in the latest week, under extreme pressure from the worst global financial crisis in a generation, Federal Reserve data showed on Thursday.

Banks and dealers' overall direct borrowings from the Fed averaged a record $437.53 billion per day in the week ended October 15, topping the previous week's $420.16 billion per day.

Some analysts are concerned that banks' dependence on Fed lending might become long term and difficult to change.

Oct 17 03:18

Israel's 'City of Coexistence' Shows Its True Colors

Israel has been suffering its worst bout of inter-communal violence since the start of the second intifada, with a week of what has been widely presented as "rioting" by Jewish and Arab residents of the northern port city of Acre.

The trigger for the outbursts occurred on the night of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The country effectively shuts down for 24 hours as religious Jews fast and abstain from most activity, leaving secular Jews little choice but to do likewise.

Oct 17 03:06

Additional Thoughts on the Bailout

By Paul Craig Roberts

October 16, 2008

Oct 16 22:10

Bailouts - Throwing good money after bad.

The recent House vote on the Bailout Plan was the seminal example of pouring good money after bad in to a bottomless pit.The Dow and Nasdaq plunged straight after the announcement and Americans finally realised just how blatantly they had just been royally screwed by a Government that has been royally screwing their citizens ever since that Black Day they entered Pennsylvania Avenue.

Oct 16 22:06

Dr. Michael Hudson: The Bailouts New Financial Oligarchy

A very important radio broadcast about the economy from KPFA's Guns & Butter Program.

Oct 16 19:41

Central banks failing to solve crisis

But, this time, the USD is not really able to back the world’s currencies. Some new form will be invented. The trouble is, what currency is able to step into that gap? None that I can see.
So, will this relentless bailout mentality lead us all ultimately to a new world currency? A single new world currency, or one that the major economies subscribe to?

That may sound preposterous but I don’t think it’s quite that unlikely.

Oct 16 19:18

October 21st is Pay Day

October 10th was "D-Day", where D stands for "derivatives". That was the day that an auction for Lehman's $400 billion dollars worth of credit default swaps determined that sellers of swaps would have to pay out 91.375 cents on the dollar.

October 21st is "Pay Day", when those liabilities actually have to be paid by the counterparties to Lehman's CDS.

Oct 16 18:54

THE FINAL LOOTING OF AMERICA BY OUTLAWS IN DC

Outlaw is defined as: a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law. Americans who care about freedom and liberty have known for a long time that Congress has simply become a lawless group of political animals who care nothing for the supreme law of the land. For decades they have turned a blind eye to other outlaws operating on their behalf: non elected officials in the various cabinets and agencies who have been destroying a free market system and the Bill of Rights. The list is so long, it would fill ten columns.

Oct 16 16:23

No opt-out of filtered Internet

Australians will be unable to opt-out of the government's pending Internet content filtering scheme, and will instead be placed on a watered-down blacklist, experts say.

Under the government's $125.8 million Plan for Cyber-Safety, users can switch between two blacklists which block content inappropriate for children, and a separate list which blocks illegal material.

Pundits say consumers have been lulled into believing the opt-out proviso would remove content filtering altogether.

Oct 16 15:17

Paulson regrets mistakes on economy

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"I feel REALLY bad about it, too!"

Oct 16 15:02

Judge Nottingham resigning amid misconduct complaints

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One down.

Oct 16 15:00

As Economic Storm Brewed, Congressional Wealth Grew 11% Last Year

Oct 16 14:48

Watch me on CNN advocating for a new American Revolution

Oct 16 14:10

Gitmo prosecutor consulted priest for help

E-mail: 'I am beginning to have grave misgivings about what I am doing'

Oct 16 13:48

Al-Jazeera: Palin supporters fear 'blacks will take over'

Supporters of Sarah Palin attending a rally in St. Clairsville, OH on Sunday were not shy about displaying their racist attitudes and their ignorance about Barack Obama -- along with their very real fears and insecurities -- to al-Jazeera reporter Casey Kauffman.

Oct 16 13:43

Joe the Plumber? Nope. Joe the Tax Dodger. Joe the Relative of Charles Keating. Hilarious.

According to Lucas County, Ohio court records, there is a Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher who has a state income tax lien of $1,182.98. According to the court record he lives on a street that is part of the Lincoln Green subdivision.

And Joe the Plumber's Father appears to be Robert Wurzelbacher right wing fanatic and contributor who is the son in law of..... you're not going to believe this. Charles Keating.

This just gets better and better.

Oct 16 13:40

10 years of the Pinochet principle

The arrest warrant served on the Chilean head of state in 1998 changed history and has implications for the US government now

Oct 16 13:34

Dummy bomb hits truck near Nev. Air Force base

Authorities are investigating how a dummy bomb fell from a military jet and hit a truck traveling near a Nevada Air Force base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because we sure as hell aren;t hitting anything in Eye-rack!!!!"

Oct 16 13:27

HERE A BAILOUT, THERE A BAILOUT, EVERYWHERE A BAILOUT ... EE EYE EE EYE OH!

Another multi-billion-dollar taxpayer bailout could lie ahead, this time to rescue a cash-strapped government program that insures pensions of 44 million American workers and retirees, a University of Illinois finance professor warns.

Oct 16 12:30

Afghan strike 'kills civilians'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Oct 16 12:12

DOW - Did the PPT finally figure out the magic formula?

Oct 16 11:46

The End of the Financial World As We Know It

Where does the recent turmoil leave investors? Leaving emotions aside and taking a sober look at fundamentals, we arrive at the following conclusions. The global economy is likely already in recession. Despite the recent decline in energy costs and commodity prices, any recovery in domestic demand will be a protracted process.

Oct 16 11:33

SARAH PALIN AS PRESIDENT!

Oct 16 11:19

McCain calls Kennedy Assassination an "Intervention" During Debate

...he said - intervention, then mumbled and changed it to tragedy.

Oct 16 10:49

Now THAT'S a maverick!

Be sure to click on things--especially the doors and windows....

Kooch

Check out my politically-charged rock band, ThE Gitmos, at:
http://www.myspace.com/thegitmos

Oct 16 10:00

Bush Regime Threatened Martial Law To Pass Bailout

Rep. Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California, says in this
short video, that the Bush admin warned some members of
Congress if they did not pass the $700-billion bailout for
banks, the government might be forced to declare Martial Law!

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