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August 1, 2009

Aug 01 13:21

The HC Monstrosity-All 1,018 Pages

Since Congress doesn’t want to read the Health Care Bill and Obama, ACORN, Unions, Lawyers, & Special Interest Groups don’t want you to know whats in this monstrosity, I decided to do it myself.

Aug 01 13:19

NY AG: Banks Paid Bonuses That Were Substantially Greater Than The Banks' Net Income

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's report on the bonus structures of the banking industry is out and — oh my— it's damning. The AG says that 3 banks, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP. Morgan Chase, paid out bonuses that " were substantially greater than the banks' net income."

Aug 01 13:18

Nearly Half of the $7.7 trillion in Loans Outstanding at FDIC Insured Banks are in the form of Commercial Real Estate.

The commercial real estate debacle is heating up. Although the market is cheering the better than expected drop in second quarter GDP, much of the reason for a less than spectacular fall came from the “G” in the equation, government spending.

Aug 01 13:13

Before you’re forced to get any mandatory vaccinations…

…have your physician sign this:



Taboola
Aug 01 13:11

The real reason behind the Cash for Clunkers program

“This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, Dot, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”

Aug 01 13:03

Imagine For An Instant

Imagine for an instant that for 4 weeks you huddled in a school that was later hit by bombs,rockets and morters,that you weren’t afraid but you did not want to die.

Imagine for an instant hearing your mother land screaming and tearing at her flesh while she was being torn and battered…

Imagine for an instant that on the news you were the enemy,you were the insurgent yet you had no means of rebellion – you had no America funded weapons,you had no shelter or aid…

You have nothing.

Aug 01 12:49

U.S. Recession Worst Since Great Depression, Revised Data Show

The first 12 months of the U.S. recession saw the economy shrink more than twice as much as previously estimated, reflecting even bigger declines in consumer spending and housing, revised figures showed.

The world’s largest economy contracted 1.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 to the last three months of 2008, compared with the 0.8 percent drop previously on the books, the Commerce Department said yesterday in Washington. Gross domestic product has shrunk 3.9 percent in the past year, the report said, indicating the worst slump since the Great Depression.

Aug 01 10:16

Geithner says US concerned about the deficits

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really, we are. Honest!"



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Aug 01 10:15

Hawaii Dem Linked to Questionable Bank Bailout

Bank regulators had designated Central Pacific Financial as a marginal candidate to receive federal assistance, according to documents cited in the report. But soon after the phone call from Inouye's office, the Treasury directed millions of dollars to bolster the bank's capital reserves.

Inouye, D-Hawaii, owns shares in the bank that totaled between $350,000 and $700,000 at the end of 2007, according to the report. That amounts to roughly two-thirds of the senator's personal wealth.

Aug 01 10:14

Big Content: ludicrous to expect DRMed music to work forever

Rightsholders can't understand why people who bought DRMed music only to have the authentication servers go dark might demand the right to crack the DRM. Big Content believes the idea that rightsholders "are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to copyrighted works" is laughable.

Aug 01 10:09

Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work.

EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system.

EBay admitted in a regulatory filing that it might have to close down the company. It said it was trying to develop alternative software but if that did not work, or if eBay lost the right to the original software: "Skype would be severely and adversely affected and the continued operation of Skype's business as currently conducted would likely not be possible."

Aug 01 10:05

Complete Analysis of the Government Take-over and Socialization of Healthcare

Please take the time to read the entire 10-page analysis. You won't believe what you read.



Aug 01 10:02

New York Fails to Hit 90 Degrees for June, July for Second Time

The high in New York City today is forecast to hover around 80 degrees, making it only the second time on record that June and July temperatures failed to reach 90, the National Weather Service said.

Central Park thermometers haven’t touched 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius) since April, and if this holds through today the month would be one of the 10 coolest Julys on record, according to the weather service records.

The only other time a June and July passed in the city without temperatures reaching the 90s was 1996.

Aug 01 09:59

Happy Days Aren't Here Again

We are now in an even deeper hole than when the crisis began. Rather than wrapping up a recession, we are actually sinking into a depression. If things look better now, it's just because we are in the eye of the storm.

Aug 01 09:59

Turkey demolition goes wrong

A plan to demolish a building in Cankiri, central Turkey went badly wrong when the 25-metre high structure rolled over onto its roof.

Aug 01 09:49

US job cuts, foreclosures mount

This week brought new indications that any economic “recovery” in the US will not be shared by the working class. Telecommunications giant Verizon announced that it would eliminate 8,000 jobs by the end of the year, new data showed that the foreclosure crisis is continuing to mount, and weekly initial jobless benefit claims rose.

What is emerging is a protracted period of extremely high unemployment and growing social misery, which will be used to further slash wages, increase productivity and lower the standard of living and social position of the working class.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

throughout history, opposition against governmental agendas has most frequently come from the middle class, not the working poor.

The current economic realities are about to shove more and more of us into the category of the working poor.

Aug 01 09:47

Osama bin Laden, A.K.A. CIA Asset "Tim Osman"

There is some evidence that Tim Osman ... visited the White House. There is certainty that Tim Osman toured some U.S. military bases, even receiving special demonstrations of the latest equipment.

Aug 01 09:46

After $182 billion taxpayer rescue, is AIG on the verge of collapse?

It looks like the rot at AIG is not limited to FPG. While AIG officials have claimed that its problems were isolated to FPG, the reality is that AIG seems to have been running something akin to a shell game of massive proportions. Its shell game version took the form of selling insurance and assigning the resultant risks among its 71 different North American insurance companies.

Aug 01 09:44

Study: Leftover bombs killed 10,500 in Vietnam

Bombs and land mines left over from the Vietnam War have so far killed more than 10,500 people in the south Asian country, a study has found.

The report, released on Friday by Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) and Vietnam's Ministry of Defense, said that 10,529 people have been killed and 12,231 others injured by leftover bombs, shells and mines since the war ended in 1975.

Most of the casualties were men collecting scrap metal, farming or herding, the report found, but many children were also killed or injured playing with unexploded ordnance.

The survey found 3,260 areas, covering 1.6 million hectares (4.0 million acres) in six central Vietnamese provinces, which are lethally contaminated with unexploded bombs and landmines.



Owl 1
Aug 01 09:38

July in Afghanistan: A Month of Worsts

As the US continues to commit more troops to the war, it takes more and more aggressive stances, like launching the Helmand River Valley offensive, the largest the nation has seen since the Soviet occupation. But it has little to show for its escalation, with attacks on the rise and deaths among both allies and bystanders reaching ever higher levels.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has conceded that the US most show some sign of improvement in the nation within a year, or it risks long international support. There is certainly no sign that is going to happen, but the bigger question is: how much worse is it going to get in the mean time?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those who do not understand the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

You cannot win a ground war from the air; there should have been a bitter but crucial lesson from the Viet Nam War for US civilian and military leadership on that, but it has, apparently gone unlearned.

In another article on Afghanistan from the GLOBE AND MAIL, it is reported that "Tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers may soon be needed in Afghanistan to quell the raging Taliban insurgency, top American generals are preparing to tell President Barack Obama."

However, just where these troops are supposed to come from appears to be a big unknown.

One has to wonder if a draft will be reinstituted in this country to even begin to come up with the numbers potentially necessary to do the job.

The old Soviet Union couldn't "pacify" this area with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.

And the reasons the old Soviet Union was in Afghanistan are, essentially, the same reasons the US and NATO are there right now: the installation of pipelines, to control Eurasia's oil, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

We are coming, at some point to a "Saigon moment" in Kabul; the only question is when, and how many more American, Afghan, and NATO lives will be lost to this military misadventure. And the most ghastly reality about this war was that the Bush/Cheney administration decided that this war would be "cheaper" than actually paying the Taliban the price they demanded for the pipelines in August of 2001.

I want Bush and Cheney to go on national television, and make that decision perfectly clear to the moms, dads, kids, relatives and friends of our Vets who have died, become permanently physically or psychologically maimed for life, committed horrendous acts of violence upon coming home, or committed suicide as a result of this war. For once in their wretched lives, they should tell the American people the truth.

And a small memo to SecDef Gates: I know of no thinking American who understands the geopolitical outcomes desired here, and supports the US presence in Afghanistan; not one, period, end of discussion.

Aug 01 09:17

Regulators shut down banks in five states

Regulators on Friday shut down banks in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Illinois, boosting to 69 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year amid the pressures of the weak economy and mounting loan defaults.

Aug 01 09:06

Causes of Depression Yet To Be Addressed

Aug 01 09:04

U.S. generals to demand thousands of additional soldiers for Afghanistan

Tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers may soon be needed in Afghanistan to quell the raging Taliban insurgency, top American generals are preparing to tell President Barack Obama.

A spate of apparently deliberate leaks - seemingly aimed at preparing public opinion for a second "surge" involving as many as three or four more brigades or 20,000-plus soldiers and Marines - culminated yesterday with several reports saying General Stanley McChrystal, who took command of U.S. and NATO forces in June, wants lots more troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US military stressed almost to the breaking point with current commitments around the globe, one has to wonder where these additional troops will come from.

And if you think that the reinstitution of the draft would never happen under this President's watch, think again.

The sheer muscularity of Obama's foreign policy objectives may well make it impossible for him to achieve them without this happening.



Aug 01 08:59

North Jersey: epicenter of 'Kosher Nostra' and Mossad activity

It appears that the FBI was being careful about naming “I.M.” due to his extensive contacts from Israel to countries around the world, an indication that “I.M.,” unlike the rabbis and the New Jersey politicos, is a big fry who is laundering large sums of money, possibly from gambling operations, through synagogues and Jewish charities. It is known that Solomon Dwek was involved in a casino boat business and that jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff was similarly involved in taking control of Sun Cruz Casino boats in Florida. Abramoff also funded radical Israeli settler movements on the West Bank.

WMR has learned from a reliable source that the identity of “I.M,,” if revealed, would serve as a body blow to the Likud government of Netanyahu and his major coalition partners, Yisrael Beiteinu of extreme right-wing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the ultra-orthodox Shas Party. The revelation of “I.M.’s” identity, we are told, will also provide encouragement to the Palestinians to stand their ground against Israeli encroachment in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. In fact, the timing of the recent arrests in New Jersey and New York may be directly tied to Israel’s move to build a residential complex in east Jerusalem over the objections of President Barack Obama.

Aug 01 08:55

Israel Prepares for War Over WHO Gaza Reports

Six months after Israel’s devastating assault on Hamas, its south-western border with Gaza has not been as quiet in a decade — only two rockets in the past six weeks on Israeli towns. Yet, the plight of Palestinian civilians in Gaza continues to haunt Israel.

The World Health Organization is charging that Gazans have limited access to proper medical supplies because of the continuing Israeli blockade. In a detailed report Thursday on the dire medical situation in the Hamas controlled area, the WHO report notes that equipment now in use is often broken or outdated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Defending the indefensible is going to get harder and harder for the Israeli government,as more light - and more humanitarian aid - begins to get into Gaza, thanks to the work of some very brave humanitarian organizations, like Viva Palestina.

Aug 01 08:55

ZIONISTS STILL ‘KVETCHING’ IN SAN FRANCISCO

As a Jew, I am sick and tired hearing the zionists ‘kvetch’ every time their ‘wonder state’ comes under attack.

Aug 01 08:54

ARE ISRAELIS WAGING WAR ON WAR?



Aug 01 08:53

WHAT’S NEW? IS WASHINGTON GIVING IN TO ISRAEL’S SETTLEMENT EXPANSION??

Is Washington retreating in the face of Israel’s refusal to halt settlement building, asks Khalid Amayreh from occupied Jerusalem

Aug 01 08:53

EYE FOR AN EYE

The conference will see the election of a new leadership of Fatah, which means that some of the movement’s current faces, including high-ranking leaders, will either be re-elected or voted down. New faces will likely be brought to the fore, which could have important ramifications on the peace process, the rift with Hamas and Fatah’s own internal troubles.

Aug 01 08:49

Anthrax investigation too narrow, congressman says

A key congressional critic of the FBI's investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks called Friday for a broader inquiry into the government's handling of the case, saying he remained deeply skeptical of the bureau's assertion that a Maryland scientist acted alone in carrying out the country's worst bioterrorism attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Aug 01 08:49

Georgia Says Russia Plans Military Airport in Breakaway Region

Georgia’s Foreign Ministry said the Russian military plans to build an airport near Tskhinvali,capital of the breakaway South Ossetia region, potentially stoking tensions one year after a war between the two countries.

Russia routed Georgia’s U.S.-trained army in a war over separatist South Ossetia last August and later recognized both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another breakaway region, as sovereign countries. The defeat caused about $1 billion in damage to Georgia’s economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians are sending the West (and particularly the US) a very strong message with the building of this military airport, and that is"BACK THE FLIP OFF!"



Lockerdome
Aug 01 08:38

Of the Criminals,by the Criminals and for the Criminals

Great article! Gets to the heart of the problem.

Aug 01 08:37

Russia warns of force if more Georgia 'provocations'

Russia on Saturday warned Georgia its military reserves the right to use force if the ex-Soviet state continues "provocations" in the Caucasus, one week ahead of the first anniversary of their 2008 war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If we see more of these provocations against Russia by Georgia, and/or a serious escalation in the situation on the ground in Pakistan (which would prevent Russia from supplying aid to Iran over land routes), look for a potential strike against Iran in the not too distant future.

Aug 01 08:32

KBR 2Q profit surges 40 percent on revenue boost

Engineering and construction company KBR Inc. posted second-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street expectations as revenue rose on work in its energy and power projects and contracts in Iraq.

Net income of $67 million, or 42 cents per share, was up 40 percent from $48 million, or 28 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks, and primarily through "no-bid" contracts with the military.

How sweet for them!

Aug 01 08:30

Suicide and The Insanity of War

To all the families on all sides who have had their loved ones ground up by this most disgusting of all rackets;WAR!



Aug 01 08:24

Iran arrests three US tourists near Iraqi border

Iran, a longstanding adversary of Washington, detained three US tourists on Friday after they crossed into the country from Iraqi Kurdistan, CNN reported.

fourth member of the group, who took ill and stayed behind at a hotel, spoke by telephone to the group who said they had been surrounded by the Iranian military, CNN reported.

The detention of US nationals by Iran likely would be seen as a major propaganda victory for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or attempting to jump-start an international incident?!?

And note how the fourth member of the group, who conveniently "took ill" was in perfect position to take the call of someone in the group to inform them that they had been "... surrounded by the Iranian military..."

Aug 01 08:21

Amish farmers lose court battle against RFID, Beasts must still be numbered

Michigan farmers have failed in their attempt to block the introduction of RFID tags for cattle, despite arguments about the cost and the risk of upsetting an otherwise benevolent deity.

The case was bought by the catchily-named Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defence Fund (FTCLDF), representing small farmers in Michigan as well as a group of six Amish farmers: the former concerned about the cost of the tags, while the latter were more worried about eternal damnation brought on by applying numbers to God's own cattle.

Aug 01 08:16

The Great Repeal Bill

Britain is over regulated. Laws, regulation and red tape stifle individuals, infantilise communities and strangle enterprise. We need a Great Repeal Bill.

Bills are traditionally drafted by "experts" and professional politicians. But it will require the wisdom and experience of all those struggling to cope with them to know which ones to scrap. That's why the Great Repeal Bill is not being drafted by them - but by you.

Do you run a business or community group? What rules and red tape have prevented you from reasonable actions you'd otherwise have taken? Please be specific and only cite rules that you personally know to be overbearing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Britain starts to shake loose their paper chains.

The US needs to follow suit.

Aug 01 08:14

H1N1 Pandemic: Pentagon Planning Deployment of Troops in Support of Nationwide Vaccination

Militarization of public health in the case of emergency is now official
by Michel Chossudovsky
According to CNN, the Pentagon is "to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials."



Aug 01 08:13

COINTELPRO

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Aug 01 08:13

FLASHBACK - victim who charged FBI agent with pedophilia found murdered?

Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Never embarrass the agency!" -- J. Edgar Hoover

Aug 01 08:12

CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE F.B.I.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A rather impressive list!

Aug 01 08:10

Subpoenas Issued to Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, U.S. Senator Says

A Senate panel seeking evidence of fraud tied to last year’s mortgage crisis has issued subpoenas to financial companies including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., said U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot is just the tip of the iceberg.


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Owl 2
Aug 01 08:08

3 American "hikers" arrested in Iran

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. State Department said Friday it was investigating reports that three American tourists have been detained by Iranians while hiking near Iran's border with the self-ruled Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

Two Kurdish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information, said the Americans apparently were arrested after entering Iranian territory without permission.

U.S. helicopters were buzzing overhead and many U.S. Humvees had moved into the Kurdish city of Halabja to search for the Americans, said a Kurdish border force official.

Aug 01 08:06

Israel admits white phosphorus use in Gaza

(Al Jazeera) – Israel has admitted to using white phosphorus during its war on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, but says it did so in accordance with international law.

The admission came in a 163-page document published by the Israeli foreign ministry on Thursday ahead of a UN report next week.

Aug 01 08:05

The Barack backlash: How Obama's presidency has gone from deity to doubtful

On Thursday night, the most powerful man on earth spent 55 minutes of his priceless time simply sharing a beer with a police officer from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Harvard professor.

This minutely orchestrated media event was designed to rescue Barack Obama from the most idiotic, yet nonetheless damaging, row of his presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just 7 months on the job, and Obama is already in Bush country.

Aug 01 08:04

Young Guantánamo detainee must be released, US judge rules

A judge ruled today that one of the youngest detainees brought to Guantánamo Bay is being held illegally and must be released.

US district judge Ellen Huvelle's order does not end the case of Mohammed Jawad, however. Deputy assistant attorney general Ian Gershengorn told the judge that as the United States negotiates with the detainee's home country of Afghanistan for his return next month, the US justice department also is pursuing a criminal investigation.



Aug 01 08:04

A cancerous conspiracy to poison your faith in organic food

(DailyMail) – Despite its obvious benefits for our health and for the environment, organic food continues to be denigrated by the political and corporate establishment in Britain.

The food industry, in alliance with pharmaceutical and big biotechnology companies, has waged a long, often cynical campaign to convince the public that mass-produced, chemically-assisted and intensively-farmed products are just as good as organic foods, despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

Aug 01 08:00

Health and safety row over man who died in 18in of water as 999 teams were told it was too risky to rescue him

Police, firemen and paramedics refused to go to the aid of an accident victim who was drowning in just 18 inches of water... because they believed it was too dangerous.

A senior fire officer banned his men from using ropes and ladders to climb down a 15ft bank to the victim after carrying out a ‘risk assessment’.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pussies!

Aug 01 07:59

MIT's 'bokode' chip said to outperform bar codes

The new tag, which can be read by consumers with a cellphone camera, looks like a 1-mm-high raised bump. Called a "bokode," the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invention consists of an illuminated microdot behind a plastic lens. It will use flat, reflective holograms in future versions.

MIT's bokode is named after the Japanese term "bokeh," which refers to the image of a round blob that results when a camera is out of focus. MIT researchers reversed that process by encoding the microdot's blob-like image based on the angles at which rays emerge from the lens--an encoding that allows the out-of-focus camera to recombine the rays into the original.

Aug 01 07:53

Elite Power is a Source of Destruction

The use or abuse of power over people, is less dependent on who legally owns the “means of production” or the resources, it rather depends on who and how many control those means and resources. A group of party-leaders in control of state-owned industries have just as much power concentrated into their hands as the board of directors of a large corporation.
But experience shows, that power is addictive, and it seems to work like a mind-altering drug.



Aug 01 07:52

The non-profit worker from Bethlehem who was branded a terrorist by Bruno

Promoting the film recently on the David Letterman talkshow in the US, Baron Cohen explained that finding a "terrorist" to interview for the movie took several months and some help from a CIA contact. He described the secular Martyrs Brigades, most of whom signed an amnesty deal with Israel in 2007, as "the number one suicide bombers out there".

Abu Aita said: "My file is clear with the Americans. I was in the states twice and I travel all the time." He is a Christian Fatah representative – of the movement's political wing, he stresses – for Bethlehem district. He is also a member of the board of the Holy Land trust, a non-profit organisation that works on Palestinian community-building. "I am a non-violent activist and I am not ashamed of that," he says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sasha Cohen is the most racially insensitive "entertainer" to come along since Al Jolson painted his face black and sang "Mammy!"

Aug 01 07:48

RBS poised to deliver £1bn blow to investors as Stephen Hester plays safe

Royal Bank of Scotland is set to disclose worse than expected results on Friday, in a week when Britain’s banks will set the tone for economic confidence for the rest of the year.

RBS is set to disappoint investors with results that could fall short of estimates by at least £1 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Can we get a bailout from those dumb American taxpayers?"

Aug 01 07:47

Card PINs traded at two for a dollar

It is here, in this polite, super-exclusive online marketplace, that the world’s most dangerous cybervillains plot to make your life a misery and get fabulously rich in the process. This is where your debit card PIN is bought and sold, your e-mail inbox engorged with spam, your identity touted to the highest bidder and the company you work for blackmailed or incapacitated.

From here, a rogue IT engineer can sell access to the tills of 50 high street stores or a Taiwanese factory worker can be bribed to install spy software in a dozen credit card readers. Botnets, trojans, worms — and worse — are fomented here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These hackers cause far more damage than terrorists, yet the US Government seems to remain totally unconcerned, probably because security software is now a huge business that tithes the appropriate congressional campaigns

Aug 01 07:42

Trader on Bloomberg says markets are manipulated and volumes 'ficticious'.

Joe Saluzzi talks on Bloomberg and explains how machine trading is distorting the financial markets.
Webmaster's Commentary: 

The stock market is a rigged casino game!



Owl 3
Aug 01 07:28

Regulators shut Mutual Bank of Harvey

The bank’s president, Amrish Mahajan, was a top fundraiser for ex-governor Rod Blagovejich and an original Daley appointee to the Chicago Plan Commission.

Aug 01 07:26

D.C. Power Players Get Sweetheart Loans

At the height of the subprime boom, perhaps nobody gave out more risky loans than Countrywide Financial.

But while the government debated how to regulate the mortgage industry, Countrywide pursued a shrewd strategy: attempt to curry favor among influential people by offering them sweetheart loans.

Aug 01 07:25

Urgent appeal on the pending execution of nine Iraqi women

International human right and civil society organisations do not accept that Iraqi courts can, in the current conditions, guarantee justice and fairness.

This is especially the case following widespread evidence that some of the prisoners, including these women, have been tortured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By golly, we HAVE brought the American way of life to those Iraqis!

Aug 01 07:23

Hold your fire

Walking back the cat: Looks like Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis was forced to backtrack on his deadly force policy amendment -- tipped in Sneed's column Wednesday -- allowing cops to shoot at suspected felons fleeing in motor vehicles.

• • To wit: Sneed hears City Corporation Counsel Mara Georges and Mayor Daley were flummoxed by the order, which they felt could have been a huge liability problem for a city already reeling in debt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No kidding.



Carambola
Aug 01 07:16

Breaking Israel's spell

Yet the blind spot that persistently handicaps those from the upper echelons of power down to street level is British Jewry's relationship with Israel. The community is bewitched by a 60-year old spell which dictates that to be a "loyal" Jew, one must profess unconditional love for Israel, regardless of the many faults and failings of the Jewish state.

Aug 01 07:15

Public pensions draw scrutiny amid Calif. crisis

California's rapid economic decline has prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to propose what once was unthinkable — rolling back generous pensions in a state heavily influenced by public employee unions.

Aug 01 07:06

What Happened to 'Kenny's Sideshow?'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

kennysideshow.blogspot.com cannot be found at the internet archive, either!

Aug 01 07:04

Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’

This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety.

This growing phenomenon is often marked by violence and absurdity. Recently, right-wing demonstrators hung Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) in effigy outside of his office. Missing from the reporting of these stories is the fact that much of these protests are coordinated by public relations firms and lobbyists who have a stake in opposing President Obama’s reforms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article is trying to use "Right Wing" to portray the protests as the work of the opposition party when the truth is that the Democrats have complete control of the Federal Government and are seen to simply not be keeping any of the promises made during last year's campaign season.

These protests at the Town Hall meetings are just ordinary citizens who have reached the breaking point.

Aug 01 07:01

THE SWINE FLU AND THE LAW WHICH NOW APPLIES TO YOU !

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting that people born before 1957 are naturally more immune to the "When Pigs Fly" flu.

Aug 01 06:57

Hamas Chief Outlines Terms for Talks on Arab-Israeli Peace

The chief of Palestinian militant group Hamas said his organization is prepared to cooperate with the U.S. in promoting a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict if the White House can secure an Israeli settlement freeze and a lifting of the economic and military blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and about those nuclear weapons being built under Dimona!

Aug 01 06:50

Slithering hell! The snakes that eat crocs for breakfast and are fast becoming super-predators of the Florida Everglades

The impostors, which have been lurking in these swamps for the past 17 years, are huge Burmese pythons, many of whom are descended from pet-shop specimens that escaped from captivity during the mayhem of Hurricane Andrew.

Finding themselves in an almost perfect environment, one full of food and totally devoid of predators - apart from the alligators - the carnivorous pythons, some of the world's largest reptiles, have thrived.

Aug 01 06:32

Why We Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

What if the perpetrators of the financial, military, torture, and other crimes and their assistants were granted amnesty from prosecution on the condition that they fully explain how and why the crimes happened? And anyone caught consciously lying would automatically go to jail? The following might occur:

• Lower-level conspirators would probably be more likely to come forward and tell what they know

• When they come forward, they are more likely to point their finger at the real masterminds

• Seeing a way to support the truth without destroying the country, others who have knowledge of the true facts -- even if they were not direct participants -- would be more likely to work publicly for truth and justice, instead of hindering us

Aug 01 06:03

BIS Slammed Federal Reserve and Other Central Banks for Blowing Bubbles and then "Using Gimmicks and Palliatives" which "Will Only Make Things Worse"

If you have any doubt that the Fed and other central banks should have known that a crash was coming, all you have to do is look at this June 2007 article from the Telegraph:

The Bank for International Settlements, the world's most prestigious financial body, has warned that years of loose monetary policy has fuelled a dangerous credit bubble, leaving the global economy more vulnerable to another 1930s-style slump than generally understood...

The BIS, the ultimate bank of central bankers, pointed to a confluence a worrying signs, citing mass issuance of new-fangled credit instruments, soaring levels of household debt, extreme appetite for risk shown by investors, and entrenched imbalances in the world currency system...

Aug 01 05:54

It's NOT Anti-Semitism~It's Our Right

Now here's the unvarnished truth; the world is sick of Foreign Israeli infiltration into every single aspect of our personal lives. From banking scams, to body parts, to politicians, to censorship of the media and online, to sucking the world into wars, to the Annual billions of taxpayer money, to the thousands of groups worldwide in every single country whose sole purpose is to advance the cause of a foreign country, it is not Anti-Semitism, we have had enough and want to be free from your world agenda. That is our right.

Aug 01 05:46

Hate Crimes Bill - who benefits?

The United States Senate recently passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA/S.909), a "Hate Crimes Bill" that provides authorities with the power to increase prosecution and punishment for crimes which were already covered under current laws but which will now receive special attention. The new American law ostensibly only covers "hate violence," but, if we look to Europe and Canada as examples of how it will truly be used, we can see that a seriously threatening can of worms has been opened. Although it sounds at first to many to be a good thing, this legislation in fact represents a slippery slope, the thin edge of the wedge, for tremendous oppression, including increased censorship based on perceived "hate speech."

Aug 01 03:54

Emails Show Rove's Role In U.S. Attorney Firings

The Washington Post and New York Times have obtained emails that offer glimpses into Rove's role in the firing of certain of the U.S. attorneys. They jibe closely with many similar emails that were released last year as part of a Justice Department inspector general report which essentially found that the firings were engineered by Rove and other White House officials.

Aug 01 03:33

Rove Says His Role in Prosecutor Firings Was Small

Mr. Rove portrayed himself as having “a lot on my plate” at the White House and therefore too busy to play a significant role in the firings.

Aug 01 01:32

The National ID Bracelet

This is a struggle to the death between permanent Escape or permanent Bondage: This is what is on the table right now. Efforts by the Bush-Dictatorship to implement the National ID Card program FAILED because they tried to pass the costs of that program on to the States, and the "States" are broke. (1)

The states are still broke, but now this new mythology of the national ID Bracelet is beginning to make its way into the national terror-network, in the public's paranoid mind, where it is intended to scare the public into compliance.

July 31, 2009

Jul 31 20:11

let's go to Gaza

Let's get Mike to Gaza for x-mas, with his wife and some friends, if he feels like joining !

The event will aim to bring thousands of demonstrators from around the world to march alongside Gazans as they breach the blockade imposed upon the population since the election of Hamas in 2006

We will march the Long Mile across Erez checkpoint alongside the people of Gaza in a nonviolent demonstration that breaches the illegal blockade,’ it said, adding that ‘We conceive this march as the first step in a protracted nonviolent campaign … If we bring thousands to Gaza and millions more around the world watch the march on the internet, we can end the siege without a drop of blood being shed.’

http://australiansforpalestine.com/march-on-gaza-norman-finkelstein-ex...

Jul 31 19:46

Corrections Officer Internment/Resettlement Specialist

As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers. This will require you to know proper procedures and military law; and have the ability to think quickly in high-stress situations. Specific duties may include assisting with supervision and management operations; providing facility security; providing custody, control, supervision, and escort; and counseling individual prisoners in rehabilitative programs.

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Resettlement, eh?

Jul 31 18:52

Iraqis Paid Not to Burn Oil Wells: Wilson-Oldie but Goodie

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has told The Politico that before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the CIA paid Iraqi oil workers not to burn the oil wells. The agency, he said, also offered them future employment in exchange for their cooperation.

Jul 31 18:46

'FBI sting was a case of anti-Semitism'

Anti-Semitism was behind the highly publicized arrests last week of rabbis...

Jul 31 18:02

Anti-Defamation League Has Lost It's Way

In my opinion, shame accrues to the corrupt behavior of Professors Sharlemann and Ettenberg; to the Anti-Defamation League, once devoted to vigorous defense of persecuted persons, now devoted to scurrilous smear-mongering and attempts to silence those (especially elected officials and teachers) who oppose the despotic policies of the state of Israel; and to University of California Chancellor Henry Yang, whose failure immediately to provide Professor Robinson with an apology reeks of cowardice.

Jul 31 17:30

Student Must Pay $675,000 in Downloading Case

Jul 31 17:24

ReRun: U.S. Money: Will Pay to the Bearer on Demand ? Two Photos

FYI if you haven't seen this before...

Jul 31 17:01

Two Guys Walk Into A Bar...

...One of them starts bellowing "Drinks for everybody" the other guy glances sideways and says ; "What's up with that ?" the first guy says ;
"Profit reports push Dow to best July in 20 years"

Jul 31 16:41

Bin Laden worked for US till 911

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11."

Jul 31 16:36

Parent Of The Year Arrested After Dragging Kid Through Verizon Store On a Leash-Video

fter being arrested she told the police "My young 'un loves being dragged around on a leash.

Jul 31 15:29

Michelle Obama’s Patient Dumping Scandal Revealed!

Hope And Change: Michelle Obama’s Patient Dumping Scandal Revealed!
Written by: Uncle Seth The Noble on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
This story premiered on Hannity’s America last night. It involves Michelle Obama being at the center of a controversy when she worked in a Chicago hospital that is being accused of turning away medicare patients and those that have no insurance for those that have private plans, plans that pay hospitals higher premiums.
http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&stre...

Jul 31 15:17

THE IKEA GUILLOTINE!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The perfect accessory for these troubled times!

Jul 31 14:54

City of Olympia: Illegal undercover spying on U.S. Citizens by Fort Lewis Military Employees (Obama Administration)

Embarrassment for the Obama Administration as local bloggers break national news story involving illegal domestic surveillance on local peace activists by Fort Lewis military police operatives.

Jul 31 14:32

Few freeze for Iranian freeze protest at Disney resort

A flash mob "freeze" protest about the Iranian election scheduled to take place at the Disney Resorts entrance plaza had few people show up to freeze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear CIA

The attempt to recreate your 1953 overthrow of the Democratically-elected government of Iran has cratered. Badly.

Please stop trying to raise on a busted flush; you are embarrassing the nation.

Mike

Jul 31 14:25

Dozens Fall Ill on Cruise Ship

About 60 crew members on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have been diagnosed with swine flu and confined to their cabins while the ship is in a French port, a French official said Friday. The cruise line says the sickness isn't swine flu.

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I love the fight between the people who own the ship (and should know) and the outsiders intent on pushing this as a swine flu outbreak.

Jul 31 14:18

Eyeing Iran, US seeks to rush production of 30,000 bomb

The US Defense Department is seeking to accelerate by three years the development of a 30,000-pound bomb, a move that underscores growing unease over nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, the Bloomberg news network reported on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in theory, each B-2 (pictured in the article) can only carry a single bomb. Hardly an efficient use of such an expensive aircraft.

Or is this a cover-story for the US to use 30Kton yield nuclear weapons against Iran and declare the resulting radioactivity "proof" that the bombed targets were nuclear sites?

Jul 31 13:57

Wake up Call to America! The Third Jihad is Here!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A rather pathetic piece of propaganda trying to convince people that it is Muslims and not the Jews taking control of the United States.

Jul 31 13:48

Elaine Morgan says we evolved from aquatic apes

Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why mainstream science doesn't take it seriously.

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Somewhere along the path from ape to human we lost our hair (slows us down in the water), we added buoyant adipose tissue (which helps us float), and a nose which unique among large apes keeps water from flooding our sinus cavities when briefly submerged.

Jul 31 13:39

Easy Guide To Not Becoming a Terror Suspect

I thought this was bloody brilliant!

Jul 31 13:37

Readar Photos - Rally for Peltier in Waikiki

Jul 31 13:21

WELCOME HOME VIVA PALESTINA!

Scores of New Yorkers gathered last night to hear reports and welcome home the Viva Palestina Convoy that went to Gaza a few weeks ago.

Jul 31 11:50

They Hate Us for Looting Their Countries - Museum and Economic Hitman - Vids

They don't hate us for our freedoms - they hate us because we are destroying, looting, and enslaving.

Jul 31 11:44

Time to break cycle of no skills, no jobs

One out of three working-age adults in Michigan — 1.7 million people — cannot read well enough to be hired for a job that will support a family. More than 40% of those potential workers, who all read below a sixth-grade level, also lack a high school diploma or GED.

Jul 31 11:29

New York Fails to Hit 90 Degrees for June, July for Second Time

The high in New York City today is forecast to hover around 80 degrees, making it only the second time on record that June and July temperatures failed to reach 90, the National Weather Service said.

Central Park thermometers haven’t touched 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius) since April, and if this holds through today the month would be one of the 10 coolest Julys on record, according to the weather service records.

Jul 31 11:07

GDP falls for 4 straight quarters, the first time that has happened since 1947

"Media headlines, however, focus on fact that decline is less than expected, which spins the story into a message of "recovery." - G. Edward Griffin

Jul 31 10:55

Illinois Army National Guard Puts Military War Machines on the Streets

In Springfield, Illinois, the commoners will get acclimated in the coming week to the idea of the military on the streets. “A Springfield-based military police company will be training with a new armored vehicle in the area this week,” the Associated Press reports. “The Illinois Army National Guard says training with the new Armored Security Vehicles will start Thursday and run through Sunday.”

Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker said that people shouldn’t be afraid when they see the armored vehicles on the road.

Jul 31 09:38

The Truth About the Flu Shot

Jul 31 09:37

Senate passes bill to drain Iran gas pumps

In an attempt to force Tehran to halt its enrichment program, the US Senate has voted to put pressure on companies selling gasoline to Iran.

A bill approved on Thursday by the Senate says companies that continue to sell gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran will be banned from receiving Energy Department contracts to deliver crude to the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Reuters reported.

Jul 31 09:14

Israeli Massacres: Details and Numbers

Although the Image that Israel distributes about herself is that of an oppressed nation, it is with heavy hearts that we present these crimes that stand for themselves for the brutality of the Israeli Army and the heartlessness of its soldiers who seem to have a thirst for blood.

Jul 31 09:13

Corporate Media Gets You Ready for Your Forced Experimental Vaccination

Northcom has a plan “on the table” for “five regional military teams” to back up FEMA when the pandemic hits.

Jul 31 09:12

Industrial Capacity Use Hits Record Low

Falling production idles nearly a third of nation’s factories, mines, utilities

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Jul 31 09:09

NAFTA Trade Takes Record 35.4 Percent Dive

Trade using surface transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico dropped 35.4 percent in May, the largest year-over-year decline on record for the North American Free Trade Agreement partners, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Jul 31 09:06

World Agenda: Manmohan Singh shows his mettle with bold Pakistan initiative

Ten weeks after helping to win a general election, however, he is not only still Prime Minister: he has launched one of his boldest diplomatic initiatives yet in a bid to restart the peace process with Pakistan.

But while he watered down some parts of the joint statement, he stood by the basic position that India needs to talk to Pakistan directly, saying that the only realistic alternative is another war.

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This is a very brave man, with a bold agenda to help stabilize the region.

Jul 31 09:05

Crumbling Bridges Forgotten, Stimulus Money Spent on Safer Spans

Tens of thousands of unsafe or decaying bridges carrying 100 million drivers a day must wait for repairs because states are spending stimulus money on spans that are already in good shape or on easier projects like repaving roads, an Associated Press analysis shows.

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Here is where all the "deferred maintenance" comes back to bite the various local governments.

Jul 31 09:01

Pictured: U.S. missile defence test hailed a success as North Korea tensions rise

The latest US missile defence test, conducted last night in Hawaii waters, was deemed a success as tensions continue with North Korea over that country's missile programme.

There had been speculation North Korea would launch a missile toward Hawaii - about 4,500 miles away - to coincide with the July 4 Independence Day holiday in the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to whoever actually wrote this piece of tripe.(If you have any kind of a science advisor, it might be useful actually talking to them before writing an article like this!)

As reported in:

http://astroprof.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!9914389DC1F1ADC6!606.entry

"Accuracy of the Taepodong-2 rocket is believed to be poor, particularly as the target range increases. At extreme range, it would probably be lucky if the rocket landed close enough to its designated target to do any damage at all, even with a nuclear warhead."

The Taepo-Dong missile is notoriously difficult for the North Korean Military to control, in terms of staging and targeting. In other words, in its current configuration, it probably couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.

And unfortunately, with regard to North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, the US has given a magnificent object lesson to that country and the world about what happens to a nation which does not have a working nuclear deterrent, as was the case of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Jul 31 09:01

Potential Liabilities of Mysterious Insurance Company May Result in New Maneuvers to Protect Goldman and JP Morgan Chase

It appears in many ways to be a sham insurance company used by the members so that they could tell clients their investments had unlimited coverage. When a client checked out Capco to see what kind of assets it had to back up such a claim and saw minimum assets, the members moved Capco to Vermont where it would be impossible for any other clients to discover the miniscule assets.

Jul 31 08:44

Politicians: Wake The Hell Up

Our government has become an unacceptable and unaccountable den of liars and thieves, and the people are getting damn tired of it. The evidence of extreme dissatisfaction, which may rise beyond the soapbox and ballot box if this trend is not reversed and soon, is clear. Nobody with a shred of intelligence wants to see the inevitable outcome of a government that refuses to follow the law itself, refuses to prosecute criminal wrongdoing by favored parties, and refuses to listen to the electorate on the issues of the day, instead mollycoddling those who have committed massive fraud upon the public and giving them hundreds of billions of dollars in hand-outs funded by the very people they ripped off in the first place!

Jul 31 08:40

UN: 1000 Afghan civilians killed in 2009

A latest UN report shows that the number of Afghan civilians killed either in US-led airstrikes or Taliban attacks has risen beyond the 1000 in first half of 2009.

UN assistance mission in Afghanistan said Friday air strikes by the US-led forces were responsible for a higher number of civilian causalities in the war-torn country.

The mission warned that more civilians would likely be killed as militants try to battle a troop increase by the administration of President Barack Obama.

The UN also noticed that the number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24 percent so far this year.

Jul 31 08:39

New York Judge Dismisses Claim Negligent Construction Contributed To WTC 7 Collapse

A New York judge presiding over a multi-million dollar insurance case has dismissed the claim that negligent design or construction of WTC Building 7 contributed to its collapse, and in doing so has destroyed a key justification cited by debunkers in claiming that WTC 7 was not deliberately imploded.

Though the ruling by no means advocates any factor other than fire and debris from the twin towers as the cause of the collapse of Building 7, it does reject the premise that the diesel tanks stored in the structure contributed to the building’s destruction.

Jul 31 08:38

Billions in graft behind Baghdad kidnappings

Over the past 10 months interviews have been conducted with senior Iraqi figures and witnesses as well as the former British military officer who investigated the kidnapping for the men’s employers.

Their accounts allege the hostage-takers had contacts in the Iraqi Government, and that Ministry of Defence officials warned off witnesses to the kidnapping. The investigation has also uncovered compelling evidence that the one of the motives behind the kidnappings was the nature of the work the hostages were doing in fighting huge corruption in Iraq’s ministries.

The intelligence source said: ‘‘Many people don’t want a high level of corruption to be revealed.

Jul 31 08:35

U.S. banks paid out $32.6 billion in bonuses as government spent $175 billion bailing them out

Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and seven other American banks banks paid more than $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Crippled Wall Street giant and major City employer Merrill Lynch led the way by paying 14 of its bankers more than $10 million (£6 million) last year despite racking up losses of nearly $28 billion.

Some 53 high-flyers at Merrill trousered more than $5 million as it paid a total of $3.6 billion in bonuses to its 59,000 staff worldwide, including thousands in London.

Jul 31 08:34

Iraqi prime minister: US forces can stay after 2011

The most noteworthy aspect of the visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to Washington last week was the unscripted remark he made on July 23 while addressing the foreign policy thinktank, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP).

In answer to a question concerning the December 31, 2011 expiry of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),the legal basis for American troops being on Iraqi soil, Maliki made clear the date was open to extension.

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Anyone who actually thinks we're leaving Iraq anytime soon has to be dreaming.

Jul 31 08:32

Motorists to pay £250 for parking at work under new Government scheme

Commuters who drive to work face paying a new 'parking tax' of up to £350 a year, Ministers announced today.

They are backing a new 'workforce parking levy' which will come into force in Nottingham in 2012 - and is likely to be adopted across the country.

The pilot scheme will see firms with more than 10 parking places for staff charged £250 a year for each, rising to £350 in two years.

And employers would be free to pass on the charge to their staff - meaning it would effectively be a tax on commuters.

Jul 31 08:32

Town halls gone wild

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

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It will be tar and feathers next!

Jul 31 08:31

Deconstructing Bibi - Between Darth Vadar and Julius Caesar

This is where things have been for over 61 years. Israel has stolen things and land, and now wants it ratified so that the wheels of justice can stop turning. They won't. He's not Julius Caesar, he's a small, small politician in an invented country that has size-obsessions.

Jul 31 08:31

Will Krakatoa rock the world again?

Bright orange lava spews up into the air, dark smoke mingles with the clouds and the gloomy night takes on an ominous red glow.

Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more.

Almost 126 years to the day since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over.

Jul 31 08:30

Military police test new vehicles near Springfield

Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker says the vehicles were designed to keep soldiers safe. They have the safety features of other vehicles on the road — like turn signals, brake lights and headlights.

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So, we can rule out that these vehicles are headed for anywhere but the streets of America.

Jul 31 08:27

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ‘KOSHER NOSTRA’

Solidarity Forever, or ‘Medieval Minds in Armani Designs’?

Jul 31 08:26

FATAH: DON’T ALLOW DAYTON TO CONTROL YOUR CONVENTION

I think it would be safe to say that virtually all Palestinians, including Hamas, would like to see Fatah’s upcoming Congress succeed in rehabilitating the movement, mainly by extricating it from the quagmire of corruption, treachery and “security coordination” with Israel, the Nazi-like occupier of our homeland and tormentor of our people.

Fatah is a large movement and its role in leading Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism can’t be denied. But it is also true that for many years Fatah has been metamorphosed into a “contra force” working, knowingly or unknowingly, against the national interests of the Palestinian people.

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Kind of like Congress under the influence of AIPAC.

Jul 31 08:25

Obama's empire

Unfortunately, many of the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts are being directed towards maintaining and garnering new access for the US military across the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we are getting from Obama is nothing even remotely close to change.

It's more of the same crud we got from Bush, just using an infinitely more telegenic and intelligent pitch-man up front; that's the only discernible difference between these two administrations so far.

Jul 31 08:25

Recession Worse Than Prior Estimates, Revisions Show

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In other words, the government "experts" lied to you to keep you docile as everything you ever worked for collapses around you.

Jul 31 08:23

FLASHBACK - DoD leaders seek clues to Army suicide spike

“And so we’re trying to understand, is this cumulative?” Cartwright said. “Is there something that is a trigger event here? We’re working with several agencies, on the national health side, to try to understand this.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll tell you what the problem is. Despite all the propaganda and censorship to isolate our kids in uniform from real news, those young men and women in uniform are smart enough to figure out that THEY ARE THE BAD GUYS IN THIS WAR.

Those soldiers are not defending America from a threat. It is America that is and has repeatedly invaded other nations to steal their resources. and this time, the kids in uniform know it.

This is now personal for me. We just received word that a family member has committed suicide following a tour in Iraq. And as much as I search the web, every article I see about the epidemic of military suicides only speaks of those that happen on the front lines. Nobody seems to want to look at what is happening to these people after they come back home, unless they start shooting at their neighbors.

What is the government doing to our young people?

And why will nobody try to stop it?

Jul 31 08:22

American surgeons called in to help with record number of wounded

American surgeons had to be drafted in to operate on British troops in Afghanistan as the military experienced its worst month for casualties since the Falklands War, senior medical staff disclosed.

Jul 31 08:20

'$10 trillion' credit crunch cost

The global credit crunch has cost governments more than $10 trillion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.

Jul 31 08:08

Bombshell: Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11."

These 'intimate relations' included using Bin Laden for 'operations' in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These 'operations' involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner "as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict," that is, fighting 'enemies' via proxies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other posters at Kos (the megaphonies) are bashing Sibel for this claim, but as reported by AFP CIA met with Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American hospital at Dubaï, and did not appear interested in arresting him!

Jul 31 08:00

Israel admits white phosphorus use

The Israeli government report follows charges from the UN and human rights groups that Israeli forces committed war crimes and violated international law during the operation.

UN officials have also said that they have evidence that white phosphorus was used in an attack on the UN relief agency's main building in Gaza that left three people injured.

But the government defended its military campaign as a "necessary and proportionate" response to Hamas rocket fire at Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....Necessary and proportionate", my astrolabe!

They were using this stuff in an attack against the UN relief agency's main building in Gaza.

And soldiers who participated in "Breaking the Silence" have come forward to say that they were told to shoot everyone...women, kids, the elderly, the medically infirm, it didn't matter who they killed; just as long as it was a Palestinian.

Jul 31 07:45

Obama’s Secret Police

This incident throws the spotlight on a shadowy national network of domestic spies – in effect, Obama’s political police, who infiltrate dissident groups of whatever sort and send the information back to what are called "fusion centers," part of the new "integrated" approach to fighting our eternal "war on terrorism" — a war that isn’t only being fought on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

The antiwar movement is not a collection of "terrorist cells," and yet that is precisely how the US government is dealing with them: infiltrating and spying on our organizations, planning "raids" on activist gathering places and homes, and no doubt engaging in further disruptive activities yet to be revealed. How is this possible in the land of the free?

Jul 31 07:40

The Great Tax Con Job

Republicans are using the T-word - taxes - to attack the Obama healthcare program. It's a strategy based in a lie.

A very small niche of America's uber-wealthy have pulled off what may well be the biggest con job in the history of our republic, and they did it in a startlingly brief 30 or so years. True, they spent over three billion dollars to make it happen, but the reward to them was in the hundreds of billions - and will continue to be.

Jul 31 07:38

Grand Canyon Photographer

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I have been to that very spot (with camera). These days Grand Canyon is all walled in with safety cages, which kind of takes the fun out of it.

Jul 31 07:37

U.S. fall deadline for Iran not coincidental

·Gates has given Iran a deadline until fall to respond positively to request to enter talks.
·Analysts say the deadline will tie in with opening of UN General Assembly in September.
·Barak said Israel will rely on its own force to defend itself during his meeting with Gates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Gates was given his marching orders on Iran during his visit.

And for Ehud Barak to make the statement that " Israel will rely on its own force to defend itself during his meeting with Gates." is utterly laughable.

They may well be able to start this war, but most probably cannot finish it on their own without US help and military expertise. The Israeli and US military is already thoroughly integrated, as joint military exercises earlier this month in the US indicated.

The US and Israel both know that they are not going to get more sanctions from the UN, because Russia and China will veto any such measures at the Security Council level.

Look for the UN to again become "irrelevant", as it did right before the US invaded Iraq.

Jul 31 07:35

Grandpa, Pregnant Mom Tasered at Party

Prince William County Police responded to a noise complaint at a child's baptism party. By the time they left, a grandfather and a pregnant woman had been Tasered.

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In the good old days, cops would confine themselves to whupping on other men with their clubs (see Rodney King), but in the age of the taser these manly men in uniforms go after kids, dogs, grandmas and pregnant women!

Nothing like progress, right?

Jul 31 07:32

US Senate votes to penalize Iran gasoline suppliers

To pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program, the U.S. Senate has voted to ban companies that sell gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran from also receiving Energy Department contracts to deliver crude to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Iran holds some of the world's biggest oil reserves, but it imports 40 percent of its gasoline to meet growing demand. U.S. lawmakers hope that by cutting off the country's motor fuel, Tehran will abandon its nuclear program, which they fear could be used to make weapons.

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For at least the 19 millionth time: Iran is building a power station, which it is perfectly within its right to do, as a signatory to the NPT.

The IAEA has consistently reported no loss of nuclear material at the site, and also no enrichment of uranium beyond that which is necessary to build a power plant.

Ah, but these are the facts of the case. And we know that the US doesn't like facts when they don't gibe with certain geopolitical agendas (i.e., the "neutralizing of Iran to make Israel happy, as was the case with the the invasion and occupation of Iraq)

And as to this ban on companies selling gas to Iran?!?

Russia will simply step up to the plate and provide the gas for Iran.

As one of the major players in the gas, oil, and energy sectors, Russia will be delighted to help Iran out on this.

More sound and fury from the US Senate, signifying.....nothing.

Jul 31 07:31

California Film & Television Tax Credit Program

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While Hawaii cuts its support for the Film industry other states jump in to fill the gap.

The following is a letter I wrote ot the Hawaii legislature opposing planned cuts in the film incentive program

EXT. STARS AND PLANETS - NIGHT

SUPER: "A LONG TIME AGO ... IN THE GALAXY NEXT DOOR..."

INT. SHABBY OFFICE - DAY

Two aliens, DARTH RECKLESS, Dark Lord of the Budget, and
his assistant EBOO, are sitting behind their desks.

EBOO
(reading paper) Hey, did you hear,
another 'Star Wars" movie comin'
out!

DARTH RECKLESS
Another one? How many DOES that
make, now?

EBOO
Six.

DARTH RECKLESS
Six! How come my cousin gets all
the attention? I'm uglier and much
more evil! Right?

EBOO
Yes, your evilness, you are. MUCH
uglier. Everyone says so.

DARTH RECKLESS
So how come George no make a movie
about me?

EBOO
Well, your cousin, he have 'tax
incentives', makes it more
attractive for George to make a
movie about your cousin than you!

DARTH RECKLESS
But I'm more evil!

EBOO
Yes, your evilness.

DARTH RECKLESS
I got the force!

EBOO
Yes, you do. But your cousin's
galaxy, they got the film
business, and all that money
pouring in. You see the new public
transit starships they got? WITH
the chrome. They need them too.
Tourists want to visit where the
movies get made. That's because
they kick off a business cycle
with tax incentives.

DARTH RECKLESS
Get off the tax incentives before
I use the force on your nose. I
stand for fairness in taxation.
Everybody gotta pay the same, and
we get 100% of what we're owed!

EBOO
So, what we got in the budget?

DARTH RECKLESS
Ummmm, looks like about forty
dollars, not counting loose
change, and a couple old Janet
Jackson tickets.

EBOO
No mass transit starships for our
galazy this year, huh?

DARTH RECKLESS
No.

EBOO
Before you collect tax, people
gotta have something TO tax. No
money come in, no tax to pay, even
at 100%.

DARTH RECKLESS
I guess not. But we got
principles, right?

EBOO
Right.

DARTH RECKLESS
I said, 'Right'?

EBOO
Right! Principles.

DARTH RECKLESS
Right.

EBOO
And you uglier and more evil than
your cousin, too.

DARTH RECKLESS
Right.

EBOO
And dumber.

DARTH RECKLESS
What?

EBOO
Nothing.

Long pause.

DARTH RECKLESS
It's sure quiet in our little
galaxy, isn't it.

EBOO
Quiet.

DARTH RECKLESS
Quiet.

MUSIC UP

FADE TO BLACK.

Jul 31 07:27

Plans for “vaccine” bracelets to be forced on people at road blocks

“Have you been made aware of the massive roadblock plans to stop all travelers for a vaccine bracelet (stainless steel band with a micro-chip on board) that will force you to take the shot? Refuse it? You will be placed on a prison bus and taken to a quarantine camp. What will you do when your children are NOT allowed into school without the shot? What will you do when you are not allowed into the workplace without the vaccine paperwork? Buy groceries? Go to the bank? Shop anywhere?? Get on a plane, bus or train? Use the toilet in the mall? Nope. Police officers will become loathed, feared, despised and remembered for their “official” duties,” writes Evensen.

Jul 31 07:25

Israeli forces, Palestinian fighters clash near Gaza border

The Israeli army has escalated its operations along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and its territories, saying the incursions were preventive, aiming at stopping possible Palestinian attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how many women, kids, the medically infirm, and the elderly get killed or wounded in these attacks against Gazan Palestinians, they are always described as "preventative" by Israel, making these incursions sound squeaky clean.

They are anything but that.

Jul 31 07:24

Former lab worker charged with vandalism in Calif.

Federal authorities said Tuesday they arrested a former employee of a national laboratory who is suspected of slipping past security and destroying a science project.

Silvya Oommachen, 32, of Palo Alto was arrested and charged Monday with destroying government property.

She acknowledged sneaking into the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on July 18, the FBI said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me see if I have this right.

Lady walks into a government lab and wrecks some samples used for crystallography reference and even though nobody is actually harmed the FBI leaps into the case and arrests her.

Philip Zack walks into a government lab where biological weapons are kept without authorization after losing his job, then anthrax stolen from that very same lab shows up in letters that kill a bunch of people and the FBI never treats Zack as a suspect????????

Jul 31 07:22

Obama's Empire

Jul 31 07:21

Corporate Media Gets You Ready for Your Forced Experimental Vaccination

Fox’s Shepard Smith almost said “draconian” and instead said “drastic” while reporting on Northcom’s involvement in plans to “administer” a toxic H1N1 vaccine, more than likely in October. Robert Gates, the Bush admin leftover at the Pentagon, is ready to sign off on marrying troops with FEMA when the engineered pandemic breaks out later this year. No mention of the egregious violation of Posse Comitatus this plan presents in the Fox News report:

Jul 31 07:21

Tamiflu causes sickness and nightmares in children, study finds

More than half of children taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu experience side-effects such as nausea and nightmares, research suggests.

Studies of children attending three schools in London and one in the South West showed that 51-53 per cent had one or more side-effects from the medication, which is offered to everyone in England with swine flu symptoms.

Jul 31 07:18

'No rhyme or reason' for bank pay

Wall Street banks that were bailed out by the government gave executives bonuses regardless of performance, it has been suggested in a report.

Jul 31 07:17

Questions remain in light of coming swine flu vaccine trials in Oklahoma City

And the medical director for IPS Research, Dr. Louise Thurman, told The Oklahoman that "(f)rom a science standpoint, it should work."

I'm sorry Dr. Thurman, that's not good enough. Are our children's lives and well-being worth the risk, particularly in light of swine flu levels plateauing around the world, according to news reports this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another thought occurred to me. In theory all nations are at more or less equal risk from this flu pandemic we are assured is on the way. are any nations other than the US deploying their armies to "assist"?

Jul 31 07:17

Banks Paid $32.6 Billion in Bonuses Amid U.S. Bailout

Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and seven other U.S. banks paid $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to a report by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There, now! Don't you feel ever so much better, and so much more trusting about what the Federal government does with your tax dollars?!?!?

Jul 31 07:15

Recession Worse Than Prior Estimates, Revisions Show

The first 12 months of the U.S. recession saw the economy shrink more than twice as much as previously estimated, reflecting even bigger declines in consumer spending and housing, revised figures showed.

Jul 31 07:13

Obama says GDP to show contraction, job losses

U.S. President Barack Obama braced the country for more bad economic news on Thursday, saying second-quarter GDP figures would show the economy contracted and job losses were still a "huge" problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suppose we are supposed to congratulate the man for his magnificent grasp of the obvious.

And as to that statement that the banking system has "settled down", he should be attempting to negotiate with his credit card companies, which have jacked up the interest rates on his account for no damned good reason, when he has been a consistent customer who always paid timely, and way more than the minimum due.

That's one of the ugly, nasty economic shocks many Americans are experiencing right now.

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