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June 24, 2009

Jun 24 08:04

German pensioners ‘kidnap and torture their investment adviser’

A group of well-to-do pensioners who lost their savings in the credit crunch staged an arthritic revenge attack and held their terrified financial adviser to ransom, prosecutors said yesterday.

The alleged kidnapping is the latest example of what is being dubbed “silver crime” — the violent backlash of pensioners who feel cheated by the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not torture, it's 'enhanced investment!'

Jun 24 08:03

Pensions crisis: 96% of final salary schemes are doomed... OAPs worst off in Britain... and state funds withering on the vine

Jun 24 08:02

On sale soon: The mobile aimed at four-year-olds

A mobile phone designed for children as young as four is to be sold in Britain.

The brightly coloured Firefly handset has just five buttons - including two which call Mum and Dad directly.

Details of the phone, which looks like a toy, came as it emerged that more than half of under-tens now own a mobile.

Jun 24 08:01

Afghanistan: Ex-detainees allege abuse at US base

Prisoners at the US military base at Bagram outside the Afghan capital Kabul were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs there, former detainees have told the BBC. The broadcaster interviewed separately 27 former inmates of Bagram around the country over a period of two months and asked them the same questions. Only two said they had been treated well.

The BBC findings were shown to the Pentagon, which has denied the charges and insists that all inmates in the facility are treated humanely.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 24 08:00

Iran ex-monarch's son asks Israel to back rioters

The ousted Shah of Iran Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi's son urges Israel to support post-election riots in Iran to bring down the government of Tehran.

Jun 24 07:59

Nicolas Sarkozy says Islamic veils are not welcome in France

Jun 24 07:55

Argentina case threatens to criminalize criticism of Israel

In what Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel has termed "a witch hunt and an attack on democratic freedoms," nine pro-Palestinian protesters in Argentina have been detained following a demonstration at an event celebrating Israel's 61st anniversary. The activists have been vilified as violent anti-Semites by politicians and the television and print media, and now face up to 12 years in prison for "ideological arrogance," under revived Juan Peron-era anti-terrorism legislation of dubious constitutionality.

Jun 24 07:52

Electric Drag racing: White Zombie

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like a lot of fun.

How is the electricity GENERATED to put in those batteries?

Jun 24 07:50

CIA and Assassinations: The Guatemala 1954 Documents

Arbenz was elected President of Guatemala in 1950 to continue a process of socio- economic reforms that the CIA disdainfully refers to in its memoranda as "an intensely nationalistic program of progress colored by the touchy, anti-foreign inferiority complex of the 'Banana Republic.'" The first CIA effort to overthrow the Guatemalan president--a CIA collaboration with Nicaraguan dictator Anastacio Somoza to support a disgruntled general named Carlos Castillo Armas and codenamed Operation PBFORTUNE--was authorized by President Truman in 1952.

Jun 24 07:48

THE CIA AND JACOBO ARBENZ: HISTORY OF A DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN

The covert operation by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to forcibly oust Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz in June 1954 has been almost completely documented now, thanks to the near-total declassification of the operation's records.



Jun 24 07:47

Obama Claims CIA Involvement In Iran “Patently False”

President Barack Obama was forced to address accusations that the CIA was involved in fomenting the post-election riots in Iran during his White House press conference yesterday, claiming the allegations were “patently false,” despite the fact that the U.S. government publicly gave the CIA approval to undertake a destabilization campaign in Iran more than two years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Mr. President

You are full of shit.

An American

Jun 24 07:45

U.S. Officials Leaked a False Story Blaming Iran

Both before and after being brought to Washington, moreover, Al-Sayegh steadfastly denied any knowledge of the Khobar Towers bombing.

Despite that consistent denial by al-Sayegh, a Washington Post story on Apr. 14, 1997 quoted U.S. and Saudi officials as saying that al-Sayegh had met two years earlier with senior Iranian intelligence officer Brig. Gen. Ahmad Sherifi and that Iran was the "organising force" behind the Khobar bombing. That story, leaked by officials supporting the Saudi version of the Khobar story, cited Canadian intercepts of al-Sayegh’s phone conversations in Ottawa before his arrest as allegedly incriminating evidence.

Jun 24 07:41

Bagram: Is it Obama’s new Guantanamo? (BBC reports it sure looks like it is)

Jun 24 07:40

Press One For English

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many years ago when I had to work briefly in Germany and Italy, I made the effort to learn those languages ahead of time, and while I would not impress anyone with my linguistic skills in those pre-Rosetta days, the Germans and Italians were impressed that I had at least made the effort. They saw it as courteous and respectful.



Jun 24 07:34

West Bypass alternate name garners attention around the world

A section of West Bypass near the Springfield city limits may soon have an alternate name. The move comes after a Nazi group called the National Socialist Movement adopted a half mile section of the road for cleanup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... or someone pretending to be a domestic Nazi group for propaganda purposes!

Jun 24 07:31

Netanyahu - Mitchell meeting postponed over settlement disagreement

Netanyahu aides said the Israeli leader decided to call off the meeting and denied an the headline story of Yedioth Ahronot newspaper that Obama administartion had cancelled it over Israel's refusal to halt "natural growth" in the settlements.

Jun 24 07:29

Avoiding catastrophe with Iran

What was the Shah’s human rights record? The Shah instituted an interrogation organization called SAVAK. The methods used by SAVAK included electrocuting genitals, beating the soles of feet, nail extraction, rape and “cooking,” a method where a victim would be strapped to a bed of wire that was then electrified until hot.

Derek Ive of the Associated Press investigated a SAVAK prison before the Iranian Revolution and saw that each cell had “a steel bed with straps and beneath it two domestic cookers. There were lowering devices on the bed frames so that the people strapped to them could be brought down onto the flames.”

In 1976, Martin Ennals, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said that, “No country in the world has a worse record in human rights than Iran.”

Jun 24 07:27

'Dozens dead' in US drone strike

At least 43 people have died in missile strikes by a US drone aircraft in a militant stronghold of Pakistan, a Taliban spokesman has told the BBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't see a whole heck of a lot of moral difference between a "drone strike" and a "suicide bomber", do you?



Owl 1
Jun 24 07:22

America Closing Her Door To Freedom

Jun 24 07:20

Obama's Classroom Spies

As the continuities and disjunctures between the Bush and Obama administrations come into focus it becomes increasingly clear that while Obama’s domestic agenda has some identifiable breaks with Bush’s, at its core, the new administration remains committed to staying the course of American militarization. Now we have an articulate, nuanced president who supports elements of progressive domestic policies, can even comfortably say the phrase LGBT in public speeches, while funding military programs at alarming levels and continuing the Bush administration’s military and intelligence invasion of what used to be civilian life.

Jun 24 07:18

A Timeline of CIA Atrocities

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As President "Obey me" struggles to deny CIA involvement in the near-coup in Iran, a short history of the fact that overthrowing democratically-elected foreign governments and installing puppet dictators is what the CIA's main job appears to be!

Jun 24 06:51

Ignorance is Strength

The American media’s one-sided and propagandistic coverage of the Iranian election has made an American hero out of the defeated candidate, Mousavi.

This leaves one wondering if anyone anywhere in the US media or US government knows that Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who served as prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1981 to 1989, the decade following the overthrow of the American puppet government by Khomeini, has been fingered as the Butcher of Beirut, responsible for the bloody attacks on the US embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut during the Reagan administration that blew to pieces 241 US Marines, Sailors, and Army troops.



Jun 24 06:43

Survival Training

Sure, the government ignores the constitution, and especially The Bill of Rights, but I as an individual am still aware they are the laws of the land even if the government chooses not to follow these laws. Now that I have tried to protect myself legally, let's get on with the real protection.

In the last century, the 20th century, it has been estimated that up to 200 million people were murdered by their own governments and up to 250 million murdered in wars. I believe that in the new century we could see over a billion deaths.

Jun 24 06:37

Obama Claims CIA Involvement In Iran “Patently False”

President Barack Obama was forced to address accusations that the CIA was involved in fomenting the post-election riots in Iran during his White House press conference yesterday, claiming the allegations were “patently false,” despite the fact that the U.S. government publicly gave the CIA approval to undertake a destabilization campaign in Iran more than two years ago.

n/a
Jun 24 06:04

Special Report: Iran Falls to US PSYOPS

By Paul Craig Roberts

June 22, 2009 “Information Clearing House“ — -President Obama called on the Iranian government to allow protesters to control the streets in Tehran. Would Obama or any US president allow protesters to control the streets in Washington, D.C.?

There was more objective evidence that George W. Bush stole his two elections than there is at this time of election theft in Iran. But there was no orchestrated media campaign to discredit the US government.



Jun 24 05:56

Pentagon to Outline Shift in War Planning Strategy

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by The New York Times
by Thom Shanker

The US military has set up a new "cyberspace" command designed to bolster the country's defenses against cyber threats and to wage digital warfare, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. (Pentagon)

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will adopt a new strategy that for the first time orders the military to anticipate that future conflicts will include a complex mix of conventional, set-piece battles and campaigns against shadowy insurgents and terrorists, according to senior officials.

Jun 24 05:50

The Government Is Running a Secretive Intelligence Recruitment Program in Schools

By David Price, CounterPunch
Posted on June 24, 2009, Printed on June 24, 2009

The "Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program" may become a permanent budget item, making universities unwitting agents of state intelligence.

Jun 24 03:39

More Respect for Dr Ahmedinejad

Zionism, on the other hand, poses an ever-present threat to peace and stability.
The mad sectarian project of a supremacist Israeli State – with a self-appointed mandate to interfere anywhere it wishes whenever it pleases – must indeed be ‘removed from the pages of history’.
To vanquish this Mordor of our times, anti-Zionists need to re-learn the basic lessons of solidarity.
Iran and its courageous leadership are on our side. They are staunch allies and we should be grateful.

Jun 24 03:11

Iran: Media Loves a Revolution

More than murder, corruption, war, scandal, it’s revolution that the media adores. Revolution’s the ultimate conflict and the ultimate upset. Even more, the media loves a revolution that produces media—that is, pictures. Even better when you don’t have to send a camera crew, as with the YouTube video of the dying Iranian woman, Neda Agha-Soltan. Curiously, it may not matter whose side is revolting.



Lockerdome
Jun 24 01:35

Touring Empire's Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon

The empire ends with a pull out. Not, as many supposed a few years ago, from Iraq. There, as well as in Afghanistan, we are mulishly staying the course, come what may, trapped in the biggest of all the "too-big-to-fail" boondoggles. But from Detroit.

Of course, the real evacuation of the Motor City began decades ago, when Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler started to move more and more of their operations out of the downtown area to harder to unionize rural areas and suburbs, and, finally, overseas.

Jun 24 01:21

Pushing Obama's Buttons

Obama scheduled his Tuesday press conference, like the three that came before, on home turf, in the Rose Garden, just outside his office. But owing to the heat, the event was moved inside at the last minute -- to the foreign soil of the briefing room. And the press corps, which has been deferential through repeated prime-time pressers in the East Room, began to assert itself as never before in his tenure

(*Here's a compilation of the testy moments:)

June 23, 2009

Jun 23 22:38

Police discover unrest HQ in Tehran

The Intelligence and Security Department of the Tehran Police has declared that the building -- located on Tehran's Haft-e-Tir Square -- was investigated on Monday night after a search warrant was obtained, IRNA reported.

The plotters have been arrested and are currently under investigation.

Documents found in the building indicate an ongoing plot against Iran's security was being implemented, the police said in a statement.

“After scrutinizing the building, which was the campaign office of a presidential candidate, it was discovered that the organization of illegal gatherings, the promotion of unrest, and efforts to undermine the country's security were carried out from the building,” the statement added.

Jun 23 21:50

Neda's death gets Media hype, Rachel Corrie's didn't

Footage of Iranian woman's death ‘heartbreaking’
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Her name is Neda Agha-Soltan and when a sniper shot her dead on Saturday the uprising got its martyr
They banned memorial services and told friends not to speak publicly, but Iran's authorities were unable to stifle the story of a young woman called Neda, who was killed as she arrived at a protest in central Tehran on Saturday.
http://rachelswords.org/2006/03/28/guardian-the-lonesome-death-of-rach...
Guardian: The lonesome death of Rachel Corrie
by Billy Bragg
An Israeli bulldozer killed poor Rachel Corrie
As she stood in its path in the town of Rafah
She lost her young life in an act of compassion
Trying to protect the poor people of Gaza
Whose homes are destroyed by tank shells and bulldozers



Jun 23 21:42

Flashback: mysterious call from "Flight 93"

Jun 23 19:11

Citigroup Is Said to Be Raising Pay

After all those losses and bailouts, rank-and-file employees of Citigroup are getting some good news: their salaries are going up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Americans who forked over $320 billion in bailouts and loan guarantees for Citi didn't get a raise.

Jun 23 19:07

Despite FAA ban, US spy aircraft patrols northern border

Even though the Federal Aviation Administration has banned the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the Department of Homeland Security currently has a US spy aircraft patrolling the northern border of New York for the month of June.

Jun 23 18:49

Question Authority

How many times have you truly asked why a certain bureaucratic edict must be followed? More importantly, what is your line in the sand where your servitude stops and your resistance begins? Just say no to big government. Once a man establishes his limitations for tolerance of interference in his life and adopts a resolute stand against the forces buffeting him against his will, the world will change.


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Jun 23 18:42

Mousavi, Celebrated in Iranian Protests, Was the Butcher of Beirut

He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.

Jun 23 18:38

Clueless commentator finds conservative appalling

To anyone paying attention to the American political scene, Schiff is something of a hero.

But then there's Stuart Rothenberg. Rothenberg is the author of an inside-the-Beltway political report who apparently has no idea that the smart people are outside the Beltway.

Jun 23 18:18

BBC Caught In Mass Public Deception With Iran Propaganda

The BBC has again been caught engaging in mass public deception by using photographs of pro-Ahmadinejad rallies in Iran and claiming they represent anti-government protests in favor of Hossein Mousavi.

An image used by the L.A. Times on the front page of its website Tuesday showed Iranian President Ahmadinejad waving to a crowd of supporters at a public event.

In a story covering the election protests yesterday, the BBC News website used a closer shot of the same scene, but with Ahmadinejad cut out of the frame. The caption under the photograph read, ‘Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi again defied a ban on protests’.

Jun 23 18:01

Full horror of Japanese whaling exposed

The HSI said data from Japan's 2008/2009 hunt showed of 679 whales it reported killing, 304 were female. The data showed 192 of the whales were pregnant. Four were lactating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eve when hunting for food, hunters know not to kill the females and the young or there will be less to hunt the following year!



Jun 23 17:34

Obama talks tougher on Iran, says US 'appalled and outraged' at violence

Dramatically hardening the U.S. reaction to Iran's disputed elections and bloody aftermath, President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the violence against protesters and lent his strongest support yet to their accusations the hardline victory was a fraud.

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Personally, I am appalled at the US involvement in the violence in Iran and Iraq and Afghanistan and Somalia and ....

If Americans ever hope to feel safe in this world, it is time to MAKE their "democratically elected government" work on issues facing the US rather than messing up foreign nations in hopes that they are worse off than their own country - with nothing but personal profit as the goal.

Jun 23 17:09

Flashback success?: CIA's-backed "soft revolution" agents in Iran

01/19/09
Iran busts another CIA network
TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran has broken up a CIA-backed network that sought to carry out a "soft revolution" in Iran through people-to-people contacts.
The Intelligence Ministry official said that $32 million of the $75 million allocated by the U.S. Congress to destabilize Iran was spent on this project.The CIA used institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Soros Foundation, AIPAC, and charity organizations and sought the help of William Burns and other people in the United States and agents in the Azerbaijan Republic, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
[ Info from torture, good intelligence, rewards, or all?]

Jun 23 17:05

FLASHBACK - Iran busts another CIA network

Iran has broken up a CIA-backed network that sought to carry out a "soft revolution" in Iran through people-to-people contacts.

Jun 23 16:59

US lawmakers target Iran gasoline imports

Spurred on by post-election turmoil in Iran, a key committee in the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to target the Islamic republic's gasoline imports and its domestic energy sector.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, this is a repeat of the tactics used to overthrow Iran's democratically elected government in 1953. British and American oil interests, outraged at Mossedegh's insistence that the profits from Iran's oil remain with the Iranian people, organized a boycott of Iran's petroleum industry in order to wreck Iran's economy, leading to the overthrow and the installation of the Shah.


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Owl 2
Jun 23 16:53

Remote bombing: US drone kills 65 in S. Waziristan

US drone attacks kill 65 in South Waziristan
PESHAWAR (June 24 2009): At least 65 'militants' were killed in US drone attacks in South Waziristan Agency on Tuesday,....
In the second attack, one or more drones fired three missiles at a funeral of one of those killed in the morning, killing at least 65 people and wounding many, intelligence officials said. The United States has carried out about 42 drone strikes since the beginning of last year, most since September, killing more than 345 people, including many foreign militants, according to reports from security agents, officials and residents.

Jun 23 16:48

China wants Ahmadinejad election recognized

China wants Ahmadinejad election recognized
By Mitch Moxley THE WASHINGTON TIMES | Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jun 23 16:47

FLASHBACK - Is the Bush administration behind the bombings in Iran?

US officials insist that American forces are targetting Iranian agents inside Iraq, not in Iran itself. No more credibility should be placed in these denials than in US claims that it has no plans for attacking Iran. Over the past year, the Bush administration has boosted its funding for “regime change” in Iran, including support for Iranian opposition groups. Moreover, there are growing signs that Washington is taking an active interest in exploiting unrest among Iran’s numerous ethnic minorities and may be covertly assisting armed groups such as Jundallah.

Jun 23 16:46

FLASHBACK - The US War with Iran has Already Begun

As with Iraq, the president has paved the way for the conditioning of the American public and an all-too-compliant media to accept at face value the merits of a regime change policy regarding Iran, linking the regime of the Mullah's to an "axis of evil" (together with the newly "liberated" Iraq and North Korea), and speaking of the absolute requirement for the spread of "democracy" to the Iranian people.

"Liberation" and the spread of "democracy" have become none-too-subtle code words within the neo-conservative cabal that formulates and executes American foreign policy today for militarism and war.



Jun 23 16:41

FLASHBACK - Q&A: "U.S. Funding Armed Groups to Overthrow Iranian Govt"

Author of the upcoming book "The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis", due for release in September from Polipoint Press, Reese Erlich recently spent three weeks investigating Kurdish resistance organisations in Iran and Iraq's Kurdish region. He tells IPS that "the United States is officially funding armed groups to overthrow the Islamic government" in Tehran.

Jun 23 16:14

'Zionist-Run News Media' are Wasting Their Time

According to this editorial from the Islamic Republic's conservative, state-controlled Kayhan newspaper, "the illegal demonstrators, foreign spies and terrorists are wasting their time trying to overturn the will of the majority."
EDITORIAL
June 22, 2009
Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Zionist-run news media continue to take sides, favoring the defeated Mir Hossein Mousavi and the illegal demonstrators who are destroying public and private property. And they are doing so under the pretext of protesting the official presidential election results that show Mousavi losing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by a 2-to-1 margin.

Jun 23 16:11

President Ahmadinejad: Election a 'Blow to World Oppressors'

Has Iran's now-disputed election been a 'blow' to the United States and its allies? According to the logic of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, all resistance to the election results are due to 'the enemy," also known as the 'Global Arrogance." Iran's state-controlled Kayhan, quotes the incumbent Iranian president as saying in part: 'The 84 percent-plus participation by eligible voters is a major blow to the oppressive system ruling the world.'

Jun 23 14:57

How the banking crisis is destroying the UK economy

From the London Review of Books:
It's Finished
by John Lanchester

I get the strong impression, talking to people, that the penny hasn’t fully dropped. As the ultra-bleak condition of our finances becomes more and more apparent people are going to ask increasingly angry questions about how we got into this predicament. The drop in sterling, for instance, means that prices for all sorts of goods will go up just as oil and gas prices have spiked downwards. Combined with job losses – a million people are forecast to lose their jobs this year, taking unemployment back to Thatcherite levels – and tax rises, and inflation, and the increasing realisation that the cost of the financial crisis is going to be paid not over a few years but over a generation, we have a perfect formula for a deep and growing anger.



Jun 23 14:45

New All-Time Lows for Both CBS & ABC Evening Newscasts

TVNewser has learned the CBS Evening News has once again set an all-time low last week with 4.89 million Total Viewers and 1.42 million A25-54 viewers. But it was also the lowest (since records began in the 1991-'92 season) for ABC's World News with Charles Gibson. The Gibson program drew 6.42 million Total Viewers and 1.77 million A25-54 viewers.

Jun 23 14:40

DEBKA positively drolling over war with [insert name here]

Jun 23 14:24

Fighting the New World Order: Information Revolution 2009

Jun 23 14:09

Iranian protesters focus rage on British Embassy in Tehran

Students are planning a mass demonstration outside the British Embassy in Tehran today, warning that it could trigger a repeat of 1979, when students stormed the US Embassy and held 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, stop and think. These students are supposedly the Mousavi supporters who were protesting/rioting over what they claim to be a stolen election?

Does it make sense that people frustrated with a stolen election would attack the embassy of another country? What does that accomplish ... except to give that country an excuse to send troops in to "save their staffers and families."

Jun 23 14:05

Ron Paul: Obama’s ‘goal’ is economic collapse

Ron Paul, the popular Republican Congressman from Texas, is tearing into the president and congress for what he sees as their “goal” with round after round of stimulus: complete economic collapse.

“From their spending habits, an economic collapse seems to be the goal of Congress and this administration,” he said in his June 22, 2009, weekly address.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You want to save the economy?

Okay, here ya go!

Short term: Cut taxes by 50%. That will light up the economy for the short term. Yes, we will have to make sacrifices like not running around the world killing brown people, or giving very expensive (and illegal) weapons to other nations so that they can kill brown people, but I for one an willing to make that sacrifice.

Long term: We have given away our manufacturing to other countries for the last 30 years. Our government actually gave tax breaks to corporations to make it easier to send high paying American jobs to other countries, then scratched their heads trying to figure out why Americans stopped buying things and worse, were suddenly unable to make the payments on their mortgages and credit cards!

Rather than deal with the loss of manufacturing back when it was still a small issue, the government covered up the loss of manufacturing jobs with the so-called "service economy"; the theory that you can prosper a nation by doing each others' laundry for a fee. From the point of view of the government (composed of politicians only thinking in terms of the next election) this was a great plan because tax revenues still poured into government coffers from all the services. Problem was that while money transferred from the private sector to the government, no new money was coming into the system. Inevitably that leads to a point in time where people start doing their own laundry again and tax revenues dry up.

So, here we are, dirty clothes piling up. unable to find work, unable to pay the bills, unable to buy new products, and unable to manufacture.
We cannot simply re-open the old factories. We could spend 100 years playing catch up to the nations who now lead the US in manufacturing, if we manufacture what they manufacture, and those foreign governments, much wiser than our own, will not allow their leads to evaporate. Look how Japan has committed to better computers and robots (while the US commits to making better bombs).

If we are to save our nation, we need a national commitment to new technology development. Not just refinement of what already exists but a leap way beyond, into totally new and portable energy sources (not just storage), photonics, large scale ultra-cheap desalinization, and of course ideas not yet thought of.

We need a revived CIVILIAN space program to jump start our technology the way the Apollo missions jump started our technology in the 1960s. Or we need a new Manhattan project devoted to the development of commercial technologies. We need to create something that ONLY the United States knows how to make, and that the rest of the world will want to buy.

Above all we need to recreate our national culture so that the products are the focus and value of a company, not the stock options. We need to remember that it is the beans and not the counting of the beans that makes real wealth. Above all, we need to reverse the trend that abandoned products as a way to make money and made money itself the product.
These are the ONLY things which can save our economy and our nation from economic collapse.

Jun 23 14:03

Obama warns of worse economy to come

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Which is why we are working day and night to start a war on someone, anyone, that you can blame for the hardshi0ps instead of us!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 23 14:01

North Korea warning suggests missile may not be headed toward Hawaii

An impending missile test threatened by North Korea is expected to launch short- to medium-range missiles rather than a long-range missile fired in the direction of Hawaii, according to U.S. intelligence reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Aw hell, what do we scare the suckers with NOW?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse



Taboola
Jun 23 13:59

Iran's diplomatic ties nosedive

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pushing for war.

Jun 23 13:53

THE SHAH OF IRAN IS ALIVE AND WELL IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Look carefully at the flags in this demo…. they are not the ones of today’s Iran…. they are from the days of the Shah…. America’s last official representative over there.

Jun 23 13:50

The Western media and Iran

The US media often celebrate themselves as the "freest and fairest" in the world, completely independent of a state unlike, for example, the media in Iran. Yet, an astute observer will notice that the US media generally choose stories and cover them in a way that play directly into the US's global agenda.

Jun 23 13:22

Vaccinate Canadians for H1N1

Just a little heads up for our Canadian friends, members, readers and listeners.

Jun 23 13:12

New ADL Hate Bills Attack America

This Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT the battle to save America from becoming a hate crimes police state will be joined in the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Every American who is able should view the live webcast of the hearing at www.judiciary.senate.gov.

But even as the hate bill battle rages, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith moves forward two more monster hate bills. While it is important that lovers of freedom not allow themselves to become distracted from present opposition to S. 909 in the Senate, we cannot remain ignorant of these new attempts by the ADL to batter down the walls of freedom.

Jun 23 13:06

The Golden State Is Melting

California 's meltdown has begun, along with many other states that are cash starved and bleeding thanks to the total lack of leadership at all levels of what we so casually refer to as 'government.' Here's the situation now:
"California is home to the largest manufacturing belt in the United States and to Silicon Valley, the nation's largest high-tech center.

California is America's most populous state with 38 million people. Its GDP of $1.8 trillion is the largest in the U.S. Its economy is bigger than those of Russia, Brazil, Canada, or India.

And it's collapsing.

Jun 23 11:52

ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE FLAG OF THE SHAH AT THE WHITE HOUSE IRAN PROTEST!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PEOPLE OF IRAN, You are being used!

This is a repeat of the US-backed overthrow of Iran's elected government in 1953 and the installation of the Shah.

Even if Ahmadinejad is brought down, the media is prepared to destroy Mousavi because of his links to terror attacks against the USA.

That will leave Iran without a clear leader, ready for the USA to install, by force if necessary, the next Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty.

... and a new SAVAK to keep him there!

Jun 23 11:48

ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE FLAG OF THE SHAH AT THE WHITE HOUSE PROTEST!

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Note the creases in the flag as if just unpacked from the factory that made them.

Remember, this design flag has not been used by Iran for thirty years. So someone had to order them to be manufactured ahead of time for this protest!

Jun 23 11:45

A woman wears a mask during a protest in front of the White House

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And behind her flies the flag of the Shah!

Jun 23 10:57

Bankster "Holiday" Planned for September

Fits in with default article.

Jun 23 10:55

IRANITOON OF THE WEEK

Jun 23 10:55

WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU ELECT A ZIONIST AS PRESIDENT

If you elect a zionist to the office of President of your country…. the following is just one example of what you can expect:

French president: Burkas not welcome here

Jun 23 10:54

A TRIBUTE TO A TRUE FRIEND OF PALESTINE, VICTORIA BUCH

We have the sad duty to tell you that our friend and longtime partner in
activism, Prof. Victoria Buch, passed away yesterday, after a
courageous struggle with cancer.

Jun 23 10:53

Obama Defends Expansion Of Fed Powers

President Obama defended his recent decision to give the Federal Reserve expanded oversight powers over the nation's biggest financial institutions, during an exclusive interview with CBS' The Early Show.

While his critics argue the Fed was partly responsible for letting reckless practices on Wall Street get out of control, the president disagreed.

"It wasn't the Fed," Mr. Obama said.

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"And I have their permission to say so!"

Jun 23 10:24

Iran Protest at White House

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TAKE CAREFUL LOOK AT THE FLAGS BEING FLOWN. THOSE ARE THE
FLAG OF THE PAHLAVI DYNASTY. IN OTHER WORDS,
THEY ARE FLYING THE FLAG OF THE SHAH!

This particular flag has not been used for 30 years. It is not like they were sitting in a warehouse someplace. SOMEBODY PAID TO HAVE ALL THESE PAHLAVI FLAGS MADE UP FOR THE PROTEST!

ATTENTION TWITTER ARMY! PLEASE RETWEET THIS ONE! THE IRANIAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THEY ARE BEING SET UP FOR A NEW SHAH!

Jun 23 10:13

Who had motives to cheat in the Iranian elections?

Sure, the opposition made it widely known, that they would sue Ahmadinejad in court for defamation. But he seemed quite confident that he could prove his case in open court with documented evidence. If this is true, a lot of rich people would loose a lot of money. And some might even go to jail.

Jun 23 09:41

The U.S. and the U.K. Will Both Default on Their Debt by the End of Summer

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Good reason to kick off WW3!

Jun 23 09:36

Back in line, suckers: Clear Lanes closes abruptly, angering fliers everywhere

Clear -- the company that runs paid security lanes at 20 U.S. airports to speed its 250,000 members through airports -- is out of business.

Jun 23 09:35

Oahu Firefighters Cause Blaze At Own Fire Station

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There is a confidence builder!

Jun 23 09:31

Obama's Undeclared War On Pakistan Continues

By Jeremy Scahill

June 22, 2009 "Rebel Reports" -- Three days after his inauguration, on January 23, 2009, President Barack Obama ordered U.S. predator drones to attack sites inside of Pakistan, reportedly killing 15 people. It was the first documented attack ordered by the new U.S. Commander in Chief inside of Pakistan. Since that first Obama-authorized attack, the U.S. has regularly bombed Pakistan, killing scores of civilians. The New York Times reported that the attacks were clear evidence Obama "is continuing, and in some cases extending, Bush administration policy." ...

Jun 23 09:29

Suspected US missile strike kills six in South Waziristan

PESHAWAR: A suspected US missile strike killed six militants in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region Tuesday, officials said.

‘A missile attack by a suspected US drone took place in rugged mountainous terrain in Neej Narai in South Waziristan,’ said a Pakistani security official who did not want to be named.

He said the drone fired three missiles, adding that ‘six militants were killed and seven others wounded in the attack.’

Another security official confirmed the incident and casualties, saying that the missiles destroyed a compound, a bunker and two vehicles of the Taliban.

It was not immediately known whether there was any high value target present in the area at the time of attack.

Jun 23 09:27

Israel Land Grab: Palestinian plots up for grabs

A Palestinian advocacy group is accusing Israel of removing by stealth, what Palestinians see as a one of the key elements of any future peace deal – the right of return for refugees.

Adalah, a legal centre for Arab rights in Israel, claims that the possibility of Palestinians returning to the homes they left in what is now Israel is slowly being eroded away by the sale of an increasing number of their properties to private individuals.

In most cases, the original owners are either in exile or unable to afford the prices offered by tender on the Israel land administration website.

"Based on its law, Israel is allowed, as a state, to use this property. However they are not allowed to sell it to private hands," Hassan Jabareen, the managing director of Adalah, said.

Jun 23 09:26

Israel Land Grab: Outcry over Silwan

Outcry over Silwan
By Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Jerusalem

The Palestinian village of Silwan clings to a steep hillside facing the southern walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

In the valley below, Al Bustan neighbourhood stretches out in the shadow of Haram al-Sharif, also known as the Temple Mount. It is a setting rich in meaning for Muslims, Jews and Christians.

But the Israeli authorities in Jerusalem have plans for the network of narrow alleyways and walled compounds that make up Al Bustan.

They say the area has been ear-marked for parks and open spaces – and most of the homes here were built without permits.

Which is bad news for Khaled Mohammad Rouwady, his children and grandchildren who live crammed together in a few small rooms.

Jun 23 09:25

Stop dancing with dictators, Zardari tells US

Stop dancing with dictators, Zardari tells US
By Anwar Iqbal
Tuesday, 23 Jun, 2009 | 04:59 AM PST

WASHINGTON: In an unusually harsh article published in The Washington Post on Monday, President Asif Ali Zardari blamed the United States for the present mess in Pakistan, claiming that Washington used his country as a ‘blunt instrument of the Cold War.’

But in the same article, he urged his American allies to send ‘immediate assistance’ to help him save democracy.

The tone and the content of the article surprised many in Washington, causing some to speculate if relations between the two governments were still as friendly as both say.

Jun 23 09:24

Obama's Money Cartel

How Barack Obama Fronted for the Most Vicious Predators on Wall Street

By Pam Martens
CounterPunch
May 5, 2008

Wall Street, known variously as a barren wasteland for diversity or the last plantation in America, has defied courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for decades in its failure to hire blacks as stockbrokers. Now it’s marshalling its money machine to elect a black man to the highest office in the land. Why isn’t the press curious about this?

Jun 23 09:22

U.S. Troops Kill Two Iraqi Protesters

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Why is the US criticizing Iran for doing the same thing the US did in Iraq?

Jun 23 09:21

FLASHBACK - Anger Mounts After U.S. Troops Kill 13 Iraqi Protesters

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Why is the US criticizing Iran for doing the same thing the US did in Iraq?

Jun 23 09:16

HRPottyParade

Jun 23 09:08

Iranian hacktivists hand-crank DDoS attack

Cyber attacks against pro-Ahmadinejad (government) websites have largely been driven by hand, in sharp contrast to the botnet-fuelled attacks associated with cyberconflicts between Russia and Estonia, for example. Security watchers are describing the Iranian conflict as a "crowd sourced cyber-war", featuring DIY denial of service attack tools, web page “refresher” tools and PHP scripts, security blogger Dancho Danchev reports.

Jun 23 09:01

Diminishing Middle Eastern Christians

Apart from the consequence of the invasion, Iraqi Christians, especially those in Mosul, came under attacks unleashed by the Salafi militants as well as the Al-Qaeda.
These Salafi groups did not appear over night in the Arab countries. Some regional governments have been funding these groups primarily to target Shia Muslims and those Sunnis who rose up against extremism.
Therefore, it is no wonder to see that the holy Shia sites including Askariya shrine and Imam Musa al-Kadhim shrine as well as churches became the targets of such groups. Interestingly, many of these regional governments are very close allies of the West, especially the US.

Jun 23 09:00

Western Stooge Pahlavi Positioning Himself To Take Power In Iran

Reza Pahlavi, son of the former Shah of Iran, is positioning himself to become the new US-backed puppet leader of Iran should the current regime be toppled by protests still sweeping the country after the disputed election, following revelations that Mir-Hossein Mousavi directed terrorist attacks against the United States in the 1980’s.

Jun 23 08:57

The "Bullet fee" story.

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There is no outside corroboration for this claim of a $3000 bullet fee, either in this instance of in general within Iran. China has a bullet fee, but it is the cost of the bullet only.

This feels like more of the same "Let's go overthrow Iran" propaganda.

Jun 23 08:49

Does Odious Debt apply to fraudulent mortgages?

Jun 23 08:37

Broker aided Madoff, US says

Boston broker Robert M. Jaffe was a key source of fresh investor cash for Bernard L. Madoff, federal regulators alleged yesterday, steering $1 billion in client funds to the man who was conducting the biggest fraud in Wall Street history, and earning $150 million for himself in return.

Jun 23 08:36

United We Serve Kick-Off

Last week, when President Obama announced United We Serve -- he called on all Americans to volunteer this summer and do our part to rebuild our communities.

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"... because we spent all your tax money on Wall Street and overthrowing Iran!"

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