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April 14, 2009

Apr 14 10:37

Filling the sky with assassins

The unceasing drone attacks with their reckless and unconscionable contempt for Pakistan's sovereignty are taking place under the auspices of Barack Obama, the so-called good and law-abiding President as opposed to the unlamented, lying, warmongering, torture espousing George W. Bush. Pakistan's descent into the abyss is at least in part the result of deliberately executed US policy that places elite conceptions of US security and national interests ahead of the interests of its ally.

Apr 14 10:29

NiN - We are letting you get away with it : Download Free Album

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails demonstrates what all socially conscious artists ought to do. He's released an album with meaninful lyrics, and is giving it away for free. Not only that, he encourages You to remix it and post it on your blog, podcast it, and basically give it away however you see fit, under a Creative Commons license.

I jut downloaded The Slip and was listening to the song Letting You. I didn't catch all the lyrics so I looked them up, and was impressed enough to want to post this...

The sky is painted black
The smoke pours out the stack
One hand upon your heart
One hand behind your back
You train us how to act
You keep the fear intact
The imminent attack
Everything is right on track

And we are letting you get away
We are letting you get away with it

Apr 14 10:24

The Catastrophe of Humanitarianism - 6.7 million Children born to Illegals in two years

The Washington Post - N.C. Aizenman -The number of U.S.-citizen children born to illegal immigrants has dramatically increased over the past five years from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million in 2008, according to a study released today.

Apr 14 10:17

Gates: Iran Attack Would Create Backlash

During a meeting today at Marine Corps University, Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned against a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, saying they would create a “disastrous backlash”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too bad nobody is listening.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 14 10:16

More Military Charter Flights to Land in San Jose, California

As for why the airport is seeing an increase in military flights, the reason is literally up in the air. "We don't know the answer to that. That's something for the military to explain, but it's probably related to troop movements of one kind or another. We've seen in the past that sometimes there's an increase in military operations and charters because of training exercises or deployments, but we don't have the precise reason here," explained airport spokesman Dave Vossbrink.

Apr 14 10:10

**MUST READ** George Galloway's Charities Commission letter

I have become increasingly concerned about the abuse of your powers displayed in your brazenly obvious political double standards. About your attempts, under the guise of regulating British charities, to police the democratic efforts of political activists in Britain in a way never envisaged by parliament. About your preparedness to waste large sums of public money in political stunts, either at the behest of others or in the hope that you are properly anticipating their wishes. And above all, in the context of this issue, your almost laughably obvious prejudice against the Palestinian cause and against Britain's two million-strong Muslim community.

Apr 14 10:09

Israel army on high alert on Egypt border

The Israeli army has gone on high alert along the border with the Sinai peninsula as Egyptian forces hunt for suspected members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, a senior official said.

Apr 14 10:04

Heeeeeer's the wind up......and ................the pitch!!



Apr 14 09:55

Tea Bag Terror: Protests Causing Scares, Evacuations At Congressional Offices

A recent email to hundreds of thousands of conservatives exhorted them to "Send a Tea Bag to Washington, D.C. for $1." Other activists have organized local efforts to mail tea bags to the offices of their members of Congress.

It's all part of the anti-Obama, anti-tax "tea party" movement, backed aggressively by corporate-funded "astroturf" organizations like FreedomWorks. But now one of their symbolic protests is drawing attention for the wrong reasons.

Local reports indicate that the practice of mailing actual tea bags to legislators has repeatedly raised security concerns, and sometimes forced the evacuation of congressional offices in anthrax-like scares.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More propaganda. Note yet again the attempt to portray the tax revolt as a purely GOP and anti-Obama phenomenon.

And now this lame-ass attempt to portray tax protesters as potential sources of terror threats.

Apr 14 09:51

TEXAS GOV. BACK RESOLUTION AFFIRMING SOVEREIGNTY

Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Apr 14 09:49

Gaza 2009- Operation Cast Lead

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A very special shout out to David Shamah at the Jerusalem Post, overworked, overpaid, overstressed, and inaccurate as all hell!

Apr 14 09:41

9/11 Commission Counsel: Government Agreed to Lie About 9/11

The senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission - John Farmer - says that the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11, echoing the assertions of fellow 9/11 Commission members who concluded that the Pentagon were engaged in deliberate deception about their response to the attack.



Apr 14 09:40

10 years later, the real story behind Columbine

Their rampage put schools on alert for "enemies lists" made by troubled students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren't on antidepressant medication and didn't target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now say, citing the killers' journals and witness accounts. That story about a student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never happened, the FBI says now.

Apr 14 09:39

Obama's Cigarette Tax Puts the Lie To His No New Taxes Pledge

Apr 14 09:38

Celente Calls For 'Revolution' As The Only Solution

Taxed to death, angry at government bailouts, outraged by Wall Street greed, and bitterly resentful of a system that rewards the undeserving rich, the American public is ready to revolt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Obama's speech wasn't a convincer. He said what he has already said before and said it very well, but the long list of things he wants to accomplish was devoid of the least mention of just how he plans to do any of it. Short version: We're going to go on doing what we are doing and hope for the best.

Apr 14 09:35

Guns, Drugs Seized From Homeland Security Officer

A Homeland Security employee at Orlando International Airport is in the Brevard County Detention Center on numerous drug trafficking and gun charges.

Monroe was caught with 40 grams of cocaine, 65 grams of marijuana bagged for sale, a shotgun, two pistols, close to 100 rounds of ammunition and more than $6,000 in cash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And these are the guys fondling our wives and daughters in the airports?



Apr 14 09:30

Huffingtonpost goes tabloid??????????

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I asked Claire if we should have more naked babes at whatreallyhappened and for some reason she did not like the idea.

Apr 14 09:26

Obama's Windfall Taxes Shift: First Broken Promise?

The Obama team's decision to drop the idea of forcing oil and natural gas companies to pay a tax on their windfall profits has caused a firestorm among liberals and small business coalitions.

Apr 14 09:22

THE FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM THAT ISN’T

Apr 14 09:19

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AND DESERT PEACE FEATURED IN TODAY’S JERUSALEM POST

For example, one of the premier internet anti-Semites runs his site (and home business) from the suburbs of Honolulu, Hawaii. This blogger, who claims to know “what really is happening” in the world, is a radical leftist/liberal type, whose site gets a fair amount of traffic, and seems to be a source of material for many other anti-Semitic blogs. Most of his content consists of links to “legitimate” news sites, with his commentary.

But reading his site, I’ve never seen this fellow address his own sins of occupation - the one where he is part of the horde of mainland Americans who have occupied Hawaii, breaking treaties signed with the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which proves that this asshole never actually visited this website or he would have seen THIS PAGE.



Owl 1
Apr 14 09:14

FLASHBACK - An Open Letter to Paul Wellstone

Senator Wellstone: I will not go on about the curious timing of your death. People are very impatient with conspiracy theories these days, even when past theories have revealed conspiracies. Still, I read with weary cynicism that you spoke to a meeting of war veterans in Willmar, Minnesota in October 2002 and told them that Dick Cheney said to you, "If you vote against the war in Iraq, the Bush Administration will do whatever is necessary to get you. There will be ramifications for you and the state of Minnesota." Days later, you were dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the revelation that the US Government assassination squad reported directly to Dick Cheney.

Apr 14 09:12

Palestinian Agriculture Ministry: Gaza fishing boat was not booby-trapped

The Agriculture Ministry said it spoke with eyewitnesses who swore the boat contained no explosives, and that it exploded only when an Israeli warship shelled it.

Apr 14 09:11

Goldman Sachs Backlash Is Picking Up Steam

Now that AIG has been incinerated in the mainstream media, Merrill has hidden itself under B of A’s (BAC) skirts and the dynamic duo of Lehman and Bear are no longer here to be kicked around, taxpayer furor is beginning to turn its attention to Goldman, and the blogosphere’s criticism of the once-teflon firm is reaching a boiling point.

Apr 14 09:10

Here a terrorist there a terrorist everywhere a terrorist, terrorist

This is a real winner. Looks to me like they hired the same individuals that created reefer madness. While watching this film notice the level of booga booga is freaking hilarious as the bad guy is in typical bad guy hoodie, glasses the whole outfit. According to the sweet little sell out bitch, if you see someone with a pair of binoculars, call the cops! Some one sitting outside working with a laptop? Call the cops! Someone lost and asking directions- Call the cops!! Farting in an elevator..



Apr 14 08:46

Iraq war: Gordon Brown aims to delay inquiry report until after election

Apr 14 08:46

More Hotels Facing an Uncertain Future

Apr 14 08:45

They've got your number

Every call made, email sent and website visited is now being logged under new regulations. What does that mean for investigative journalists - and their need to protect sources?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You could meet in the real live world, maybe????

Apr 14 08:44

Israeli Bestseller Breaks National Taboo

Dr Shlomo argues that the idea of a Jewish nation is a myth invented little more than a century ago.



Apr 14 08:15

Bernanke on economy -"The parachute came out of the bag, but it didn't open."

Yahoo! Finance - Robert Holmes, TheStreet.com - Fed Officials Divided on Recovery - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that there are signs the rate of decline in economic activity appears to be slowing [...]

Apr 14 08:12

USS Liberty: Cover Up

But Tordella was not prepared for what he heard. According to NSA documents - classified top secret - he was told that some senior officials in Washington wanted above all to protect Israel from embarrassment. "Captain Vineyard had mentioned during this conversation," wrote Tordella, "that consideration was then being given by some unnamed Washington authorities to sink[ing] the Liberty in order that newspaper men would be unable to photograph her and thus inflame public opinion against the Israelis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even back during the Johnson era, US Government officials were whoring themselves to Israel.

Look at how Israel treats the Palestinians.

Now look at how the US Government treats you.

See any similarities?

That is NOT a coincidence!

Apr 14 08:04

U.S. may drop key condition for talks with Iran

The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This approach, the "you give us what we want before we talk, and then we'll decide what if anything to give in return" was a non-starter for two reasons.

First, everything Iran is doing is permitted under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which both the US and Iran have signed. Iran is merely enforcing its rights as recognized by the US.

Second, the "you give us what we want before we talk, and then we'll decide what if anything to give in return" is a classic Israeli negotiations tactic that precludes any fairness at all in discussions, and the Iranians prudently refuse to play along.

Apr 14 07:59

Reporters threatened with arrest for filming private Federal Reserve building

After Aaron Dykes refused to provide his full name, he was told to leave public property immediately or face arrest because the bank was concerned about what he was filming– despite the fact that the female security guard repeatedly admitted he had done nothing wrong. In the face of Free Speech under the First Amendment, as well as common sense, the other reporter, Rob Jacobson was also told to leave despite complying with the request to provide his name.

"Officer Booth", the female private security guard for the Federal Reserve, dared to pronounce that he was "guilty by association."



Lockerdome
Apr 14 07:58

GM recalling 1.5 million vehicles over potential fires

The recall includes:

* The 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue.
* The 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix.
* The 1997-2003 Buick Regal.
* The 1998-2003 Chevrolet Lumina, Monte Carlo and Impala.

Apr 14 07:56

Power station protesters released

All 114 protesters arrested in connection with a suspected plan to protest at a Nottinghamshire power station have been released on bail.

Apr 14 07:52

Queen to get party of century

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taxpayers to get bill of the century!

Apr 14 07:51

Don't be fooled by the power of the blog

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blogs scoop the corporate media, and now corporate media tries to ride the blogs' coat tails!



Apr 14 07:49

“P-A-K-I-S-T-A-N IS A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL JUST WAITING FOR A MATCH”

“We are all Taliban,” one young man said - meaning that people in his region support the cause, if not the terrorist tactics. He explained that the insurgency is spreading in Pakistan, not because of proselytizing by leaders such as Baitullah Mehsud, but because of popular anger. For every militant killed by a US Predator drone, he says, 10 more will join the insurgent cause.

Apr 14 07:39

Another "Five Day" Exception As Obama Signs Lands Bill

Again, however, Obama was signing legislation that had not been posted on the White House Web site for public comment for five days, as was promised during the campaign. Robert Gibbs was asked about this at today's briefing, and said Obama is still "committed to and has brought greater transparency" in office.

Apr 14 07:31

An emerging progressive consensus on Obama's executive power and secrecy abuses

In the last week alone, the Obama DOJ (a) attempted to shield Bush's illegal spying programs from judicial review by (yet again) invoking the very "state secrets" argument that Democrats spent years condemning and by inventing a brand new "sovereign immunity" claim that not even the Bush administration espoused, and (b) argued that individuals abducted outside of Afghanistan by the U.S. and then "rendered" to and imprisoned in Bagram have no rights of any kind -- not even to have a hearing to contest the accusations against them -- even if they are not Afghans and were captured far away from any "battlefield."

Apr 14 07:30

Has Cheney been Murdering Americans?

The stunning revelation from our nation’s premiere investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh, that Vice President Dick Cheney was running an “executive assassination ring” directly under his control and outside of the normal chain of command has raised the specter that the Vice President of the United States may have been murdering Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like Paul Wellstone?



Apr 14 07:30

Lebanese ex-general accused of spying for Israel

The ex-general from the General Security Department of the Interior Ministry's detention is among several arrests in recent months that appear to be part of a stepped up campaign in Lebanon against those suspected of gathering information on Hezbollah militants for Israel.

Apr 14 07:28

Stores suffer big drop in March sales

Retail sales suffered an unexpected big decline in March which broke two straight months of improving sales, the government reported Tuesday.

The Commerce Department said total retail sales fell 1.1% last month, compared with February's revised gain of 0.3%. Sales in February were originally reported to have dipped 0.1%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the tendency for "revised" figures to look better?

Apr 14 07:22

Reality check: Do you trust the US Government more now that Obama is President?

YES
9% (253 votes)
NO
91% (2549 votes)
Total votes: 2802
Apr 14 07:20

Obama breaks promise on posting legislation

Whether by omission or commission, both the White House and Congress get a dose of blame for not living up to the new era of transparency promised by President Obama.

The president's old campaign Web site still has this commitment there for all to see:

"As president, Obama will not sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days."

Well, the president broke that promise barely a week after taking office when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Bill dealing with equal pay for men and women.



Apr 14 06:22

Accidental "Girls Gone Wild" TV ad during Vatican telecast brings record sales.

Softcore porn franchise Girls Gone Wild is claiming record sales after one of its ubiquitous basic cable ads accidentally aired during a live telecast of the Good Friday service at the Vatican.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a Girls Gone Wild commercial was broadcast throughout the Philadelphia market at 2 a.m. by Comcast. A spokesman for the cable company said the ad was aired inadvertently due to a test of the Emergency Alert System, during which the channel airs regular programming -- which in this case included an advertisement for "Girls Gone Wild’s Search for the Wildest Bar in America" DVD.

Now GGW CEO Joe Francis says he received a record spike in sales.

Apr 14 06:12

Banks rushing to dilute shareholders - Fidelity National To Offer 13.3M Shares

The Wall Street Journal - Fidelity National To Offer 13.3M Shares, May Pay Down Debt The deal's underwriters will have the option to buy an additional 15% of the total to cover overallotments.

Apr 14 06:00

Chop Shop Economics and Stealth Zionism

Causing $64 trillion of liquidity to vanish from the world financial system and then manipulating the US government to reward the perpetrators with bailout money requires the presence of the “right people” in government, academia, and finance industries.

Apr 14 05:30

More Americans wary of U.S. tax man this year

IT'S TEA-TIME , BABY !


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Owl 2
Apr 14 05:21

U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Talks With Iran

The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

Apr 14 04:51

Did Bank of America Break the Law?

Did Bank of America break the law by not telling its shareholders about Merrill Lynch’s plan to pay out $3.6 billion in bonuses before the banks merged? The SEC is investigation the matter, with its chairwoman writing that the regulatory body is “carefully reviewing the Bank of America disclosure.” According to the Financial Times, “Federal securities law prohibits institutions from ‘omitting material facts’ in connection to the purchase or sale of securities.”

Apr 14 04:16

Where Do We Go From Here?

The recent economic circumstances, the bailout, Madoff, Gaza, are having the effect of waking up large numbers of people to the truth. Truths that dissidents and the disaffected have been attempting to alert others to for decades and centuries. The public’s consciousness has never within recent memory been as cognizant of truth as it is now. Rather than point out certain truths, it seems to be a good time to look at the principles behind what might be possible to put into place when those who are responsible for the current problems are rendered irrelevant, along with knowing what the operating premises and principles of the current powers-that-be are so that in the process of rebuilding we do not make the same mistakes which they are doing.

Apr 14 04:15

The Bush Six to Be Indicted

Spanish prosecutors will seek criminal charges against Alberto Gonzales and five high-ranking Bush administration officials for sanctioning torture at Guantánamo

Their decision is expected to be announced on Tuesday before the Spanish central criminal court, the Audencia Nacional, in Madrid



Apr 14 03:53

Goldman Sach Soars into Market Infamy - Issues Stock - Declares Mark to Market Bonanza - Brings US One Step Closer to Depression

BBC - Business Goldman sparks bank shares rally -Financial stocks across Europe have risen sharply after US banking giant Goldman Sachs announced surprisingly good first quarter results.

Goldman also announced plans to raise $5bn from shareholders in order to repay some of the $10bn emergency loan it received from the US government to help it through the financial crisis.

He believes the results from Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo will not set the tone for upcoming results in general.

"It's not going to be pretty reading on the corporate results front this quarter," he said.

Apr 14 03:08

AGAIN ?

MV Irene seized by Somali pirates undeterred by deaths at hands of US and French navies

Apr 14 02:48

Forget Star Wars. It’s Back To Colonial Warfare

There are a lot of unhappy campers at the Pentagon right now. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates chose last week to present a controversial new budget that will affect the course of US foreign and military policy for decades to come.

Furious debate has raged in the Pentagon over the future and mission of US military forces ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Pentagon has been deeply divided over whether the US military should be configured to fight conventional wars against Russia and China, or be transformed into an agile force to combat Third World guerillas.

Apr 14 02:38

Dennis Ross's Iran Plan

The core of the Bipartisan Policy Center report predicted that diplomacy with Iran is likely to fail. Anticipating failure, Ross and his colleagues recommended "prepositioning military assets" by the United States--i.e., a military buildup--coupled with a US "show of force" in the Gulf. This would be followed almost immediately by a blockade of Iranian gasoline imports and oil exports, meant to paralyze Iran's economy, followed by what they call, not so euphemistically, "kinetic action."



April 13, 2009

Apr 13 19:34

FIDONET

FidoNet consists of approximately 10,000 systems world-wide which comprise a network which exchanges mail and files via Modems using a proprietary protocol. They are connected for the purposes of exchanging E-Mail to the Internet thru a series of gateway systems which interact with the Internet via UUCP with cooperating UNIX-based smart-hosts which act as their MX-receivers.

With some exceptions, you cannot Telnet or FTP to a FidoNet site, only communicate via E-Mail and Usenet News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the alternative to the internet discussed on today's radio shows.

Apr 13 19:11

They've got your number

Every call made, email sent and website visited is now being logged under new regulations. What does that mean for investigative journalists - and their need to protect sources?

Apr 13 18:51

Who in their right mind believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Much of the American public has been successfully conditioned to abandon independent thought at the cue of the corporate media whenever a talking head on TV labels someone a "Conspiracy Theorist." For independent thinkers this presents a challenge when attempting to carry on an adult conversation about topics where possibilities for conspiracies must be considered.

Apr 13 18:40

World Cup invitation brings down final part of Iron Curtain

The Soviet legacy in the Caucasus and the painful burden of history have conspired to keep the border closed long after the end of the Cold War. Now more than 70 years of separation may be only weeks from ending as relations between Turkey and Armenia undergo a remarkable thaw.

The opening of the border is being seen as a pivotal moment in Turkey’s rise as a major force in the Caucasus and beyond to Central Asia. With Russia also resurgent in the Caucasus after last summer’s war with Georgia the stage is being set for an intensified struggle for control of the region’s energy resources



Owl 3
Apr 13 18:22

Judges say Franken is winner of Senate race

A three-judge panel ruled Monday against Republican Norm Coleman in his dispute with Democrat Al Franken over who should be declared the winner of the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.

(*Coleman has 10 days to appeal the 68-page ruling to the state Supreme Court)

Apr 13 18:09

Goldman Sachs Sucker-Punches Its Own Shareholders Issuing Stock by the Truckload

The Wall Street Journal Susanne Craig, Kate Kelly & Deborah Solomon - Goldman Pushes Stock Issue in Plan to Escape U.S. Grip - On Monday, Goldman [...] announced ...] that it plans to raise $5 billion by selling new common shares [...]

Apr 13 17:53

American Twilight Zone

I think we in the USA are living in an old episode of “The Twilight Zone”. Watch this never-before seen clip. It is so creepy, scary, and unbelievable that it just might be true! Have we been fooled again?

Look! It may already be too late!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncyDKgEpE9c

Apr 13 17:48

Video - Activist Luke Rudkowski - 'We ask the quesions mainstream media is not asking."'



Taboola
Apr 13 17:45

Goldman Sachs Gets Heavy-Handed with Smalltime Critical Blogger

Needless to say, we will most likely fight this one in court with Goldman Sachs and now we will expedite adding relevant content to this website. We have followed all of the legal requirements to own and maintain the website under the address we have selected. If you have any media contact you want to forward this to, be my guest. It's just another example of how a bully like Goldman Sachs tries to throw their weight around and this is a clear violation of our Constitutional Rights.

Apr 13 17:20

Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly was murdered, by the MP who spent a year investigating his death

My investigations have since convinced me that it is nigh- on clinically impossible for Dr Kelly to have died by his own hand and that both his personality and the other circumstantial evidence strongly militate against suicide.

Given that his death was clearly not an accident, that leaves only one alternative - that he must have been murdered.

This is not a conclusion I have come to lightly. I simply set out to examine the facts, to test the evidence, and to follow the trail wherever it took me.

The account I give in this series may not be correct in all respects, but I suggest that it is rather more credible than the verdict reached by Lord Hutton.

Apr 13 16:55

CPAs MIA

Where were the giant accounting firms, the CPAs, and the rest of the accounting profession while the Wall Street towers of fraud, deception and cover-ups were fracturing our economy, looting and draining trillions of dollars of other peoples' money?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Martha Stewart's daughter is suing her CPA over a huge tax goof and our previous CPA made a mistake that cost us almost ten thousand dollars.

The fact is that the economic and tax system is too obfuscated for anyone to understand, apparently intentionally.

Something to keep in mind when we start a new nation.

Apr 13 16:27

The Worst of the New Deal Repeated Today

- Government to Buy 17,600 Cars to Boost Economy

Obama made the announcement Thursday in a statement issued by the White House, saying the General Services Administration will spend $285 million of Recovery Act Funds to purchase the vehicles for the government fleet.

All purchases will be made from manufacturers with an existing contract with the GSA, which are General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), Chrysler LLC, which operates an engine plant in Kenosha, and Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F). This includes the purchase of 2,500 hybrid sedans that will be ordered by April 15.

Apr 13 16:18

Somali mortars miss US politician

A US congressman has had a narrow escape on a visit to Mogadishu after Somali insurgents fired mortars towards his plane as it was about to take off.

Apr 13 16:07

Remains of 5 killed in Iraq arrive in Dover

Sunday's ceremony marks the fourth time the media has been allowed to cover the arrival of overseas casualties since the Pentagon adopted a new policy that requires getting family permission. It ended an 18-year ban on press coverage of the arrival ceremony.

Apr 13 14:43

Thousands rally to oust Georgian president

Some 15,000 protesters have rallied in front of the President's residence and the parliament building in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Peaceful protests are set to continue during the upcoming days.

Apr 13 14:42

Federal Authority Over the Internet? The Cybersecurity Act of 2009

One proposed provision gives the President unfettered authority to shut down Internet traffic in an emergency and disconnect critical infrastructure systems on national security grounds goes too far. Certainly there are times when a network owner must block harmful traffic, but the bill gives no guidance on when or how the President could responsibly pull the kill switch on privately-owned and operated networks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to start setting up those FIDOnet nodes, folks.

Apr 13 14:41

Man Killed While Trying to Rob Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

The State newspaper reported that Columbia police said Sunday that a visitor to the AA center shot and killed the 18-year-old man who was trying to rob members there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cops, as usual, were not there. Fortunately, a citizen with a firearm was.

Apr 13 14:39

Holocaust denier Fredrick Toben vows to defy judge

REVISIONIST historian Fredrick Toben has declared he will go to jail rather than pay a fine if the Federal Court this week finds him guilty of publishing material denying the Holocaust occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth needs no law to support it. Truth is self-evident to all. Truth withstands re-examination. Truth survives questions. Throughout history, from Galileo to Zundel, only lies and liars have resorted to the courts to enforce adherence to dogma." -- Michael Rivero

Apr 13 14:37

Boycott the Independent on Sunday

The paper blames the dead victim Ian Tomlinson. No person with a shred of decency should buy or subscribe to Independent on Sunday. If you want to read Robert Fisk or Patrick Cockburn’s reports, do so online. Don’t waste your money on this pseudo-liberal, conformist shit-rag. Editor-at-Large Janet Street-Porter writes an execrable apologia for police brutality in today’s paper where she warns readers that ‘before we put the police in the dock, it might be worth considering what Mr Tomlinson was doing that night, and what state of mind he might have been in’. The situation, she tells us, is ‘a great deal more complicated’.

But what exculpatory evidence does she proffer?

Apr 13 14:34

Pro-Palestinian Supporters Enter French Supermarket And Remove Israeli Goods From Shelves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tres bien, mes amis!!!!!!

Apr 13 14:31

Venezuela Prepares for U.S. Economic Collapse

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said here Thursday that he has reached an agreement with Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on a plan to boost Venezuela's oil shipments to China to 1 million barrels per day next year.

Apr 13 14:30

Police investigate shocking video of 17 drunken soldiers 'roasting' underage schoolgirl

An investigation has been launched after a 15-year-old girl was smuggled on to an Army base and filmed having "roasting" sex session with up to 17 drunken soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Roasting" = "Gang Bang" or "Pulling the Train" to the American readers!

Apr 13 14:24

FLASHBACK - What was the British SAS doing in Basra?

The September 19 arrest of two undercover Special Air Service officers in Basra, traveling in an unmarked car containing weapons and explosives, has led to numerous accusations that they were acting as agents provocateurs.

The BBC reported that the SAS men’s car contained “weapons, explosives and communications gear,” before claiming that these were “standard kit for British special forces.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something to remember as we see the push for war in (pick a country, any country).

Apr 13 13:07

Integrity Now? What happened to Kucinich?

I would like to end this with a warning to the Ron Paul activists. You can pour all the money you want into the campain, put your every effort into electing Ron Paul 2012, but it appears that he is playing the same game.

Apr 13 12:34

America’s 20% Unemployment Rate

Measuring unemployment is an art that can result in widely varied rates. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Government uses a method that excludes millions of Americans seeking employment. This lower rate is used to prove that America’s economic system is superior to those in Europe. Their higher unemployment rates are blamed on unions and socialism, which guarantee workers health care and paid vacations. The implication is that while many American workers lack such benefits, at least they have jobs. This argument is faulty since unemployment is measured differently.

Apr 13 12:00

Students send the CIA packing

Students and activists won a victory April 9 when they forced the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into a last-minute cancellation of its recruitment session at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Apr 13 12:00

Above the Fold: Our Financial Follies

The bottom line here is that the government’s failure so far to investigate or indict any of the financial titans most responsible for destroying the economy is a much larger scandal that the bonuses being paid by AIG or anybody else.

Apr 13 11:47

The Imminent Disinformation Schism

With articles like this coming out of Time magazine, it is inevitable that in the immediate future, the United States will be split into two partisan camps. However, this will not be the traditional schism of republicans vs. democrats, contrary to Mr. Barney Frank's attempt to start ideological partisan warfare.

Apr 13 11:17

114 arrested for conspiracy to stage power plant eco-protest

'Just after midnight tonight, Nottinghamshire Police arrested 114 men and women from across the UK on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage.'

Apr 13 10:46

Bloomberg Finances Gun-Control Ad in Virginia Race - This guy knows he should be shot!

The New York Times City Room - David W. Chen Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is getting involved in an election other than his own this November, thanks to an issue he has long cared about: gun control.

Apr 13 10:45

Georgian protests expand on 5th day of rallies to oust president

Thousands of Georgians moved their protests to the presidential residence on Monday to press on with demands for President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign.

Opposition leaders said protesters would stay in front of the residence in central Tbilisi day and night until Saakashvili, criticized for last August's war with Russia and authoritarian trends, stepped down.

Apr 13 09:46

TEA PARTY IN HONOLULU

Apr 13 09:42

Mortar shells fired at US congressman in Somalia

US congressman Donald Payne came under mortar fire Monday as he was leaving in a plane from Mogadishu airport, but no one was injured in the attack, an African Union official told AFP.

"The plane of the congressman was leaving and the mortars started falling. There were no casualties, but the attack was aimed at the congressman. He flew out safely," the AU official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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Set-up.

Apr 13 09:38

Blogwatch

So-called citizen journalists bagged another trophy last week when THE SCIENTIFIC ACTIVIST discovered that NASA public-affairs aide George Deutsch--accused of trying to muzzle agency scientists on the issue of global warming--had never graduated from Texas A&M University

Apr 13 09:36

Will Israel Attack Iran?

One of the genuinely strange aspects of just about anything you can read here in the U.S. on nuclear weapons and the Middle East is this: all fear and much print (and TV time) is focused on whether the Iranians may someday, in the near or far future, get a nuclear weapon; that is, we’re focused on a weapon that doesn’t yet exist and, for all we know, may never exist.

Apr 13 09:34

Why do the police need masks?

There's another mystery. In one still, Tomlinson is sitting on the ground before the police line, being aided by a stranger. There are eight helmeted officers and two dog handlers in shot. Of these, only three have balaclavas. Two wear the garment normally, covering the chin. The third, having stepped aside after his attack on the passer-by, has the thing high on his face, leaving only the eyes showing. And his shoulder tabs, the tabs bearing his police number, have gone.

Apr 13 09:33

"Mommy, al Qaeda did it"

And blaming the horrific 9/11 attacks on some Muslim, needing dialysis frequently, who was living in a cave 12,000 miles away, when we all know the real 9/11 perps were closer, much closer to home. Some are hiding behind Secret Service agents, others, behind a weirdly shaped six-pointed star, still screaming far and wide that "al Qaeda" was responsible for 9/11.

That's when the cry of "Mommy, al Qaeda did it" doesn't sound so funny.

Apr 13 09:19

Schools hiring bouncers instead of supply teachers to cover lessons

Schools are recruiting nightclub bouncers, prison officers and ex- soldiers to stand in for absent teachers.

Classroom supervisors with military or law enforcement backgrounds are being hired instead of supply teachers to administer 'crowd control'.

Apr 13 09:16

Honeybees in Danger

"[P]esticides are like dope drugs. The more they are used the more powerful the next one must be to give satisfaction" and therein develops the spiraling effect, the pesticide treadmill. The chemical salesman, in pressuring the grower to use his product, practically assumes the role of the "dope pusher." Once the victim, the grower, is "hooked," he becomes a steady and an ever-increasing user.

No government agency listened to McGregor.

The result of America's pesticide treadmill is that now, in 2009, honeybees and other pollinators are moving towards extinction.

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In 1990, the journal Nature ran a research article which showed that pollen from genetically modified plants was harmful to benevolent insect species. The inset studied for the article was the Monarch Butterfly, but the implications of the research clearly extend to other species, including bees.

Apr 13 09:13

Somali Pirates: Fighting Against Nuclear Waste and over-fishing?

Yo ho ho, mateys. Don't be so quick to make these Somali Pirates walk the plank. They might be havin' themselves a good reason to be arrestin and detainin them ships. (If you believe allegations of nuclear waste dumping and illegal fish-trawling, that is)

Apr 13 09:10

Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly was murdered, by the MP who spent a year investigating his death

For Dr David Kelly, the UK's leading weapons inspector, there was to be no adulation, no medal, no standing ovation.

His life ended in the cold, lonely wood where he was found the next morning, his left wrist cut open, and three nearly-empty blister packs of painkillers in his jacket pocket.

His death was, of course, sensational front-page news. Dr Kelly, unknown to almost everybody at the beginning of that July, had in recent days barely been absent from media headlines.

Much to his chagrin he had been thrust into the harsh glare of publicity, accused of being the mole who expressed to the BBC deep concerns about the Government's "sexing up" of its dossier on weapons of mass destruction.

Apr 13 09:07

Thai army moves to quell protests

A BBC correspondent saw soldiers fire hundreds of live rounds, some into the crowds of anti-government protesters, in a bid to clear a big road junction.

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This may be the Thai government's Amritsar; the massacre in India that signaled the end of the legitimacy of British Rule.

Apr 13 09:05

Chaos as Thai protestors storm Asia summit

Choppers plucked dignitaries from the roof of the luxury hotel venue after the red-shirted supporters of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra caused chaos by breaching police lines, breaking down glass doors and streaming into the building unopposed.

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The Thai people realized that their last election was rigged, and unlike Americans, decided to do something about it.

Apr 13 09:04

Ganis: Iran far from what US media say

“Our entire group was somewhat surprised to see how different Iranian life is, the way people live it on a daily basis, from the usual depictions we see in the media, especially the news media,” said Ganis in an interview with Foreign Policy Journal.

“Iranians are very sophisticated, educated and culturally literate people and they have access to far more western media and technology than any of us had realized.” He said.

“We traveled freely around Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan and we didn't see any signs of political demonstrations or speech directed against Americans.”

Ganis also referred to the unexpected hospitality of Iranians saying that they “were met with an incredibly warm and hospitable welcome by the filmmakers of Iran, and the people in general.”

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Any Iranian film studios need a really good visual effects wizard? :)

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