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June 20, 2009

Jun 20 09:07

Co2 Propaganda Clock for New York

Jun 20 08:59

Obama Administration Looks to Colleges for Future Spies

The Obama administration has proposed the creation of an intelligence officer training program in colleges and universities that would function much like the Reserve Officers' Training Corps run by the military services. The idea is to create a stream "of first- and second-generation Americans, who already have critical language and cultural knowledge, and prepare them for careers in the intelligence agencies," according to a description sent to Congress by Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair.

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One has to wonder just how many of these people will be recruited for international operations, and how many for domestic surveillance of "terrorists" like Quaker anti-war groups, people who can actually speak coherently in complete sentences, etc., etc., etc.,

We are rapidly devolving into a society where "thought crime" is any logical disagreement with any policy or position this government may take, and that is chilling in the extreme.

Jun 20 08:57


23-year-old journalist Sameh Habeeb is looking for a way to tell the world. But it is not easy: the power remains out in most of the strip, and as he searches Gaza City for somewhere to connect to the internet – often his only link to life outside Gaza – bombs fall around him.

When he finally manages to transmit his daily reports over a slow and unreliable dial-up internet connection, his words are picked up by friends and readers waiting to hear the updates, but more importantly, waiting to see if he has made it through the night. From his blog – Gaza Strip, the Untold Story – and his Facebook page, his words spread like wildfire throughout the internet:

Jun 20 08:42

Do We Really Care About Democracy? #IranElection

After being victims of multiple false and propagandistic media campaigns one would think that we would be able to read between the lines when our mainstream media sources act in lockstep with one another in marketing the agenda du jour.

Have we already forgotten the “flowers and candy” which the gracious Iraqi people were going to greet us with? You know, as “Liberators.” The weapons of mass destruction? The fear campaign waged against us to surrender our national treasure to a few Wall Street firms? When the mainstream media moves together in uniform, repeating the same talking points, it’s time to get suspicious, not complacent.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 20 08:41


Israel’s attempt to legislate loyalty to the Jewish state is proof of the failure of the Zionist/colonial project of Israelification, writes Azmi Bishara

Jun 20 08:24


On Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech that — by categorically ruling out the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state — ought to have been seen as a mortal blow to the quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On Monday morning, however, newspaper headlines across the United States announced that Netanyahu had endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state, and the White House welcomed the speech as “an important step forward.”

Reality can be so easily stood on its head when it comes to Israel because the misreading of Israeli declarations is a long-established practice among commentators and journalists in the United States.

Jun 20 08:23

Wag The Dog–Israel Threatens “Punishment” Against the US

Similar in appearance to some KGB-produced indictment that in darker times would have been used in charging, convicting and then executing an individual classified as an enemy of the state, the 11-page letter written and then personally given to Netanyahu by his colleague asserts that the new America governed by President Obama has now become “hostile” to the Jewish state.

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"You wanna piece of us, Israel? Huh? HUH?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 20 07:56

For tortured detainees, U.S. considered life sentences on boats

For tortured detainees, U.S. considered life sentences on boats

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, along with "enhanced" interrogation (waterboarding), there were two other classifications, "Robust" and "Special." These supposedly employed even more severe techniques of which the American people are still unaware. But clues to the meanings of "Robust" and "special" lie in reports of released prisoners whose testicles have been completely destroyed, as well as Binjam Mohammed, whose genitals were repeatedly sliced with a knife over a period of many weeks.

The plan to keep the rest of the detainees on boats is not a plan to keep the prisoner but to keep them unseen by the public and the press. Clearly they bear scars which the US Government wants hidden.

Jun 20 07:20

Molester free while dad who bashed him could be jailed

A QUEENSLAND father who bashed a man caught molesting his 10-year-old son is facing a prison sentence, while the boy's attacker walks free.

Jun 20 07:19

Israel's deployments in Lebanon raise tension

The Lebanese Army has condemned recent Israeli deployments inside Lebanon's borders, saying that it will follow up the move through international bodies.

Jun 20 07:16

U.S. Govt. Threatens to Prosecute Waterboarding

We've been lobbying the Department of Justice all these months without realizing that the key to justice lay in the Department of the Interior, and specifically in the National Park Service, which has told activist Steve Lane he will be prosecuted if he attempts to demonstrate waterboarding at Thursday's anti-torture rally in Washington, D.C. The permit for the rally reads "Waterboarding exhibit will not be allowed for safety reasons."

Jun 20 07:13

Beijing toys with tougher tactics

Apart from anger at Pyongyang's disobedience - and fears that its nuke program could endanger China - Beijing is worried that the latest development would hand a pretext to countries including South Korea and Japan to procure or produce more sophisticated weapons. Former senior director of the US National Security Council Dennis Wilder pointed out that Kim's nuclearization gambit could be "a game-changer in Northeast Asia security dynamics".

Jun 20 07:11

Is Ken Lay, The Ex-CEO and Chairman Of Enron, Really Dead?

Jun 20 07:06

Calif. unemployment rate hits 11.5 percent

Jun 20 07:05

Israel Accuses ElBaradei of ‘Bias’

So, ElBaradei had written the Israelis a letter, requesting specifically whether Israeli munitions could have been the source of the "natural uranium" they found at the facility they destroyed.

No answer from the Israelis by report time to ElBaradei’s request.

So, in his latest report ElBaradei again "equally" calls upon Israel to "cooperate" in the IAEA investigation in "establishing the facts and making progress in its [NPT] verification mandate."

Jun 20 07:01

Distorting US Intel On Iran: Obama Follows Bush’s Lead, Again

Any intervention by the U.S. government on behalf of the Iranian opposition is destined to backfire given the role it played in overthrowing Iran’s last truly democratically elected prime minister and its subsequent support for the brutal dictatorial reign of the shah, a reality President Obama appears to be mercifully aware of in rejecting self-righteous calls from the likes of John McCain for him to show greater "solidarity" with the Twitter-savvy protesters. Still, while Obama’s generally calm and considered response to the Iranian election is appreciated, it would be nice if he could refrain from repeating unsubstantiated accusations about an active Iranian nuclear weapons program his own Director of National Intelligence says doesn’t exist.

Jun 20 07:00

Between the lines of Netanyahu’s speech

If you can bear the full windbag, here he is. The outcome of it comes quicker via Reuters’ Abbas aid urges world shun Netanyahu over speech. The headline was President Mahmoud Abbas’ response to Netanyahu, who wants to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state, and with certain conditions no less. Are the Israelis demilitarizing? I don’t think so. They will remain America’s Mid-East Super-heroes, ready, willing and able to either bomb Iran or finish off the Palestinians if they don’t listen.

Jun 20 06:58

Israeli troops humiliate Palestinians - and put it on YouTube

A few dozen viewers sent comments. "Hahahaha, it was great the way he excruciated himself." Another added: "That's how it should be!!!!! Stinking Arab."

And a third pointed out, "He should have been shot!! Sons of bitches."

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You won't this this video on ABCNNBBCBS

Jun 20 06:56

Ramses II was King Solomon

There is in fact substantial evidence - acknowledged but ignored by the mainstreamers - that the early years of rule of Ramses II were a coregency with Sethos (King David), whose daughter he married (as Solomon also married the daughter of the pharaoh). Is it not remarkable that a Jewish king is marrying into the royal "Egyptian" Pharaonic family, which allegedly was not Jewish - come on, what nonsense is that? The scholars are clueless.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is consistent with Sigmund Freud's theory that Moses was actually the banished monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaten, based on the obvious problems with the traditional story.

1. Could or would an Egyptian princess hide a Hebrew baby in Pharaoh's household?

2. "Moses" is not the Hebrew word for "to draw out." The Hebrew for "To draw out" is "Mushui". "Moses" is an Egyptian word meaning "Prince" and is found incorporated into many Pharaoh's names. Ahmoses, Tutmoses, etc. And again, why would an Egyptian Princess trying to hide a Hebrew baby in Pharaoh's household give the child a Hebrew name.

Then there is the actual archaeological evidence to suggest that the story of the Exodus did not happen to the Hebrews, but to the Hyksos.

Given the amount of propaganda and deception we have seen just in the last few years, together with Ramses II's own lie about Kadesh still carved in the stones of the Temples of Egypt, and the bible's numerous acknowledged factual errors, mistranslations, and alterations through history, and it may well be that we know very little of the true history of ancient times, being on the receiving end of thousands of years of a chain of self serving propaganda and spin.

Jun 20 06:43

Opinion: This Is Zionism?

Then a band launched into a rousing rendition of Am Yisrael Chai. I spent more than 25 years as an activist for Soviet Jewry. This was our theme song signaling solidarity both with the history of our people and with all those oppressed Jews in the world whose cause we championed. A group of young men in their 20's with kippot and tziztzit were right in front of me dancing in a frenzy. But they alternated the verse that meant "the people of Israel lives" with "all the Arabs must die." It rhymed with the Hebrew. Given the way all joined in, it was clear that this was not the first time it was sung.


Jun 20 01:17

AGAIN: Take Back the Power to Create Money from the Private Banking Industry

"Take Back the Power to Create Money from the Private Banking Industry" is now tied for 9th out of over 4000 entries on the President's brainstorming website.

It's still not too late to vote! It's here --

Jun 20 01:05

The Retreat of the Shadow Lenders: Why Deflation and Not Inflation Is the Order of the Day

The retreat of the shadow lenders has created a credit freeze globally; and when credit shrinks, the money supply shrinks with it. That means there is insufficient money to buy goods, so workers get laid off and factories get shut down, perpetuating a vicious spiral of economic collapse and depression. To reverse that cycle, credit needs to be restored; and when the banks can’t do it, the Fed needs to step in and start “monetizing” debt.

June 19, 2009

Jun 19 20:44

The Daily Show on the Museum Shooting Aftermath

Jon Stewart really nails it. He criticizes everyone who rushed to blame the isolated murder at the Holocaust Museum on the ideological beliefs of their political enemies. He even goes after the gun controllers.

Jun 19 20:07

Uncle Sam’s Dirty Little Secret

If an agency is sitting on billions in losses but nobody asks about it, can we forget about it?

If an entire group of banks is sitting on hundreds of billions more in losses, and the media is not even aware of this banking system, can we pretend they don’t exist?

Jun 19 20:05

Back in the U.S.S.A.

Harry Browne used to say: "the government is great at breaking your leg, handing you a crutch, and saying 'You see, without me you couldn't walk.'" That maxim is clearly illustrated by the financial industry regulatory reforms proposed this week by the Obama Administration.

Jun 19 19:51

US Supreme Court gets it Wrong: No Right to DNA tests after conviction -Videos

"...Macy has said publicly that he believes executing an innocent person is a sacrifice worth making in order to keep the death penalty in the United States."

Owl 1
Jun 19 19:46

Early museum news video report, 3 males shot

Shots fired at Holocaust museum
3 shot males taken to hospital.[ If so, one witness is alive to talk.]

Jun 19 19:32

An Unlikely Discussion on Common Sense and Roses

Competitors who risked their depositors' monies by accepting troubled assets are now rationalizing their poor financials by blaming them on the economy, the global financial crisis, tax rates and the national financial slump. They are forced to accept government bailout money to dress up those troubled assets on their balance sheets. Rather than admit that they accepted bailout money under the 'Troubled Asset Relief Program,' they call it a Capital Purchase Program. Our common sense tells us that a rose by any other name is still a rose and their troubled assets are still troubled.

Jun 19 18:10

New crisis in Swat valley as residents run out of food

The government says that total victory is imminent. But military success has come at a human price. More than one million people have fled Swat, according to revised government figures. And inside the valley, hidden from the world, a second crisis is brewing.

"The fields cannot hold them any longer. We have to do it now," said Muhammad Sher, a squat man in a white turban who wrenched onions from his riverside plot. His 23-year-old nephew, Razaullah, lifted his shirt to reveal a shoulder wound.

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When a government starts treating its people as "expendable", that government is in dire peril of collapsing under the weight of its own indifference.

There will come a point when the rage of the people being starved and driven to extinction can no longer be suppressed.

Jun 19 17:47

Moves away from safe havens hit dollar

The dollar drifted lower Friday as investors showed more confidence in world economic prospects, moving away from the safe-haven US currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the writer of this story characterizes the dollar as "....safe-haven US currency" appears, given the current state of the US economy, to be a very odd way to describe the status of the US dollar.

This is particularly strange in light of the fact that so many countries are getting out of their dollar reserves right now.

Jun 19 17:19

Where was the Temple of Herod?

The Temple was not located on the high spot currently occupied by the Dome of the Rock. The Dome was built on the most imposing location, the situation of the former Strato's Tower, a pagan place of worship. It incorporated the eight-sided design of Astoreth's place of worship into its architecture, a feature of the Dome that is unique in Islamic architecture. The actual location of the Temple was to the south of the Dome of the Rock at the approximate location of the Al Kas fountain which is north of the current location of the El Aksa mosque at the south end of the current Temple Mount. This places the Temple directly to the west of the Western Wall (a.k.a. Wailing Wall).

Jun 19 16:54

Mossad still stalking malls for U.S. military personnel

Mossad still stalking malls near U.S. military bases
By Wayne Madsen
Jun 19, 2009, 00:18
(WMR) -- Cells of young Israeli intelligence operatives continue to openly solicit relationships with U.S. military personnel from shopping mall kiosks, according to an informed source.
WMR has learned that one such kiosk operates at the MacArthur Center Mall in Norfolk, Virginia, where a number of U.S. Navy personnel from the nearby naval bases are regularly confronted by aggressive young Israelis selling Dead Sea cosmetic products who inquire about where the personnel are stationed and the nature of their jobs. Young Israeli women working at the kiosk also appear to want to strike up a closer relationship with some of the naval personnel.

Jun 19 15:51

Iranian Election Day Bomb Plot Uncovered?

June 19, 2009
Iranian Election Day Bomb Plot Uncovered - State TV
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian authorities have uncovered a plot that was aimed at carrying out bomb attacks on the day of the presidential election last week, state television reported on Thursday.
"The bombers, who have extensive ties with foreigners, sought to sabotage the election and create unrest," the report said, without identifying the alleged conspirators or disclosing any foreign links.
They had identified 20 spots in Tehran, of which Hosseiniyah Ershad was the main target, it added.

Jun 19 15:46

Ohio's Credit Rating Downgraded

A major rating agency has downgraded Ohio's credit rating on the general obligation bonds it issues.

Fitch downgraded $7 billion in outstanding state bonds from "AA+" to "AA" on Wednesday. The rating downgrade could make it more expensive for Ohio to borrow money.

Jun 19 15:32

Has historian finally discovered real reason for Hitler's obsessive hatred of Jews?

At the time almost half of all German private banks were Jewish owned, the stock exchange dominated by Jewish stockbrokers, almost half of the nation’s newspapers were Jewish run as were 80 per cent of chain stores.

It became fashionable to decry the loss of the war on Jewish financiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! Vuja de!!!!!! :)

Jun 19 15:30

Obama's Bix Fix

The administration's financial fix-it plan was laid out this week and it was, underwhelming, to say the least. The New York Times dubbed it, "back to business as usual.." not a phrase commonly seen in the paper of record which, by the way, essentially managed to miss the true source of the country's crisis -- Underpaid America -- for two generations.

Jun 19 15:14

Police Car hits Pedestrian in Wheelchair- charges against pedestrian dropped

I thought the rule was that pedestrians had the right of way - I suppose there is an "unless" in there somewhere.

Jun 19 14:25

Gerald Celente on Russia Today 17 June 2009

Jun 19 13:12

Consumers could get $4,500 for new, efficient car

For owners of low-mileage models such as the 1994 Ford Bronco, 1998 Nissan Pathfinder or the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer, the plan could give them a reason to visit their local car dealer during an economic downturn.

Jun 19 13:09

Should Edwards be shvitzing?

The resolution, introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), passed 390-5 with overwhelming bipartisan support. But Edwards balked at supporting the measure, joining 21 other members who voted “present.”

At the time, Edwards said the “House voted on the wrong resolution at the wrong time” and that she chose not to back the resolution because Congress ought to instead support the United Nations’ call for an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East.

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This chick is TOAST!

Jun 19 13:09

McMenacing? Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun At McD's

"...after his order took too long to fill."

Jun 19 13:06

UK war veteran becomes oldest man in the world at 113

Despite an apparently blameless life, he attributes his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women – and a sense of humour". On his 110th birthday, when he was already the oldest man in Britain, his presents included enough whisky to swim in, including a bottle personally presented by Gordon Brown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... I'm wasting my time with these vitamin pills???????

Jun 19 13:06

Minn. lawmaker vows not to complete Census

"I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home," she said. "We won't be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that."

Jun 19 12:30

24 Sarasota County clerk employees lose their jobs

Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Karen E. Rushing has announced a reduction in the size of the workforce at the Sarasota County Clerk's office.

"In spite of skyrocketing case load in foreclosures, recently-passed and ill-conceived legislation forces me to terminate a number of highly skilled workers needed to process record high case load. This is the saddest day of my career," said Rushing.

Jun 19 12:29

BBC RETRACTION - What really happened

Some blogs, including WhatReallyhappened.com, are pointing out that the LA Times used a similar photograph which showed President Ahmadinejad waving to supporters. The Getty pictures we received did not show Mr Ahmadinejad.

When a reader contacted us about it, we checked our caption and corrected it. We're sorry for the mistake and have added a note explaining the correction to the story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I ... will ... not ... gloat ... I ... will ... not ... gloat ...

Per reader request, here is the original article.

Jun 19 12:23

Why the Federal Reserve is NOT the only money system.

# There is no commodity backing the money in our system. There is not enough gold for every dollar in circulation. It's a system of faith that the paper and numbers on paper can be exchanged for real things. It's called a fiat money system.

# The local banks operating under the rules set by the Federal Reserve and they loan out many times as much money as they take in as savings. It's called the Fractional Reserve system.

# The Federal Reserve is not under the control of the Federal Government.

# The Federal Reserve loans the U. S. government money at interest paid to anyone who has the money to loan, and can be and often is non Americans.

# There are monetary systems that operate successfully without paying any interest.

Jun 19 12:18

Local Money Strengthens Communities

FEDERAL currency was in short supply during the Great Depression, so local banks, stores, town governments and others with initiative issued their own scrip. In Springfield, Massachusetts, the publisher of the Springfield Union News, Samuel Bowles, began to pay his employees in scrip redeemable at local stores, which used it to pay for advertisements in the newspaper. Seeing Bowles regularly and knowing his character, locals developed more confidence in his dollars than federal money, which helped the Springfield economy stay relatively healthy during those hard times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the Federal Reserve forecloses on the US Government, expect the passage of laws that make the use of any medium of exchange other than Federal Reserve Notes illegal.

Jun 19 12:16

Paper: Detroit Police Underreport Homicides

A Detroit News review of police and medical examiner records found that the Detroit police department is “systematically undercounting homicides.” Detroit police routinely reclassify homicides as justifiable, or deaths by suicide, or accident in annual reports to the FBI, and by doing so, the department has falsely lowered the city’s homicide rate, the paper found.

Jun 19 12:16

U.S. Fortifies Hawaii to Meet Threat From Korea

Mr. Gates told reporters that the U.S. is positioning a sophisticated floating radar array in the ocean around Hawaii to track an incoming missile. The U.S. is also deploying missile-defense weapons to Hawaii that would theoretically be capable of shooting down a North Korean missile, should such an order be given, he said.

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The North Korean Missile does not have the range to reach Hawaii and obviously North Korea is not going to do something so stupid as to give the US the excuse the US Government wants to crank up a major war. So this "fortification" is just for propaganda purposes.

Jun 19 12:08

Berlusconi suggests legal brothels

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has raised the possibility of legalising brothels - outlawed in the country since 1958.

The number of prostitutes working the streets in Italian cities has increased, with many women smuggled into the country from eastern Europe and Africa by criminal gangs.

Jun 19 12:07

Showgirl ‘has video of Berlusconi’

The former model who claimed to have been paid to attend parties at the PM's residence now says she has bedroom footage

Jun 19 12:06

Hidden Image Three

Hidden Image one showed there's more danger from one's own government than an outside enemy. Hidden Image two showed there is an age old battle between governments and central banks and that when central banks win it's bad for the people. In Hidden Image three I will show that we have been fooled into believing our government is a Democracy when so much evidence shows it's historically a Republic.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag and the Republic for which it stands"

Jun 19 12:05

California Rating Placed On Downgrade Watch By Moody's

California's chances of borrowing in capital markets grew slimmer Friday as Moody's Investors Service warned that it could downgrade the economically and fiscally beleaguered state's bond ratings.

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Jun 19 12:04

Taser inquiry on hold after RCMP email bombshell

A bombshell revelation at the public inquiry into the Taser death of Robert Dziekanski has put the hearings on hold until September.

Just as lawyers were to begin their final submissions, it was revealed an internal RCMP email sent a month after the Polish immigrant was Tasered at Vancouver International Airport suggests officers discussed using the weapon even before they confronted Dziekanski.

If true, that would contradict previous sworn testimony by the officers. All along they maintained they did not discuss how they would respond while en route to the scene, and had no plan to use a Taser before they confronted Dziekanski.

Jun 19 12:00

Nestle Recalls Toll House Cookie Dough Products

Nestle USA on Friday voluntarily recalled its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after a number of illnesses were reported by those who ate the dough raw.

Jun 19 11:55

Police attacks a student at a peaceful german student demonstration in Berlin.

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Note that the police are there to protect the money, not the people.

Jun 19 11:54

U.S. housing market to get boost from home demolitions

Last year the Senate Housing Committee came up with a scheme to support high real estate values in order to protect the assets of institutions that hold mortgage debt. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 provides general fund financed grants to local governments through the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NSP funds may be used to:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a nation with a huge homeless population, the US Government plans to start demolishing empty homes, simply to create an artificial shortage and boost housing prices supposedly to protect the value of the mortgages the banks hold.

But the mortgages the banks hold are not valued based on UNsold homes!

The only point of bulldozing empty homes to create an artificial shortage to keep prices up TO PROTECT BANKERS' FUTURE PROFITS!

If homes are cheap, you borrow less and the banks get less interest from you. If the homes are expensive, you have to borrow more money anmd the banks make more interest off of you.

In other words, they are using bulldozers to re-create the housing bubble from a few years ago.

And this will fail because they are artificially inflating housing prices WITHOUT BRINGING BACK THE JOBS THAT ALLOW AMERICANS TO BUY THESE HOMES AT THESE INFLATED PRICES!!!

Owl 2
Jun 19 11:45

North Korea Intends to Lift Border-Crossing Restrictions

North Korea indicated during the second government-level talks Friday that it was willing to completely lift restrictions on inter-Korean boarder-crossings imposed last December in a bid to help solve problems at companies operating in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Call me silly, but this does not sound like the action of a country about to blow the heck out of any other country. And I will bet that there are no US news outlets carrying this info.

Jun 19 11:40

Scotland Yard will investigate some MPs over expenses scandal

A small number of MPs and peers will face criminal investigations into allegations they misused their expenses, it was revealed tonight.

Scotland Yard confirmed that a joint assessment panel of senior detectives and prosecutors decided full inquiries were necessary.

Jun 19 11:34

100,000 people a month made redundant as jobless rate soars to 13-year high

* A job is now being lost every 30 seconds
* McDonald's receiving 2,200 applications a day
* Directors and CEOs claiming the dole up 200%

Jun 19 11:30

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A map of cases where the cops kick down the wrong doors.

Jun 19 11:29

Lisbon's light-touch drugs policy

Fears that Portugal would become a haven for drug tourists have not come true and the number of deaths from drugs has decreased.

The secretary of state for health told me it has been a great success, with police figures suggesting that the use of every drug has either gone down or remained stable, apart from cocaine which has recently become fashionable.

Jun 19 11:20

Ron Paul Slams Federal Reserve’s New Dictatorial Powers

Responding to the Obama administration’s new regulatory reform plan, which will officially hand the Federal Reserve complete dictatorial control over the U.S. economy, Congressman Ron Paul told MSNBC that the Fed was now more powerful than Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the Federal Reserve has foreclosed on the US Government.

Jun 19 11:18

U.S Judge Fines 40 people $80.000 for signing petition

Jun 19 11:16

Corps used the internet to attack its critics

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When the levees failed due to US Government negligence, the US Army Corps of engineers used taxpayer-funded computers to go onto blogs and bash critics of the government.

Jun 19 11:12

Woman fined to tune of $1.9 million for illegal downloads

A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, being a content creator and being married to a content creator my sympathies are with the copyright holders and against the content pirates, who are criminals no matter what self-delusions they wrap themselves in.

That being said, however, I think this kind of excess is going to do more harm than good for the RIAA, which is already seen as being a bully rather than a seeker of fairness and justice.

In this case the woman simply does not have that kind of money. The RIAA are making an example of her pretty much for the same reason Truman made an example of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; to prove they have the means and will to do so.

Content piracy is a moral issue, and RIAA blew it when they tried to make it a technical contest between themselves and the pirates, which us ordinary computer users caught in the middle and paying for the additional mandated software and hardware on our computers. By
reducing the issue to "who has the better hackers", RIAA abandoned the moral high ground and reshaped the conflict as an online game with all players on an equal moral footing (especially since the recording industry was caught using stolen software in their anti-piracy systems).

In the end, members of a society are no more moral than their leaders and it is impossible to convince kids that copying a music file is a big deal when they see the US Government lying the nation into a war (which the kids know they will end up fighting in), and torturing innocent people to death to "find" weapons of mass destruction that turned out never to have existed.

If you want a moral people, you need a moral leadership. Otherwise, the content theft issue will remain a gigantic online game and RIAA is simply outnumbered.

Jun 19 11:04

Hey ma, look what I did to an Arab & loaded onto You Tube

Border Policemen have filmed themselves abusing and humiliating Palestinians in videos they have posted on YouTube over the past year.

In one clip uploaded to the video sharing website an Arab youth is shown in arid terrain, slapping himself, while a voice is heard instructing him to say "I love you, Border Police," and "I will f**k you, Palestine," in Arabic. The victim is forced to respond to everything he is ordered to do, to the raucous laughter of the cameraman and his friends, all Border Policemen.

Jun 19 10:57

PETA's Dirty Secret

Hypocrisy is the mother of all credibility problems, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has it in spades. While loudly complaining about the "unethical" treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers, and countless other Americans, the group has its own dirty little secret.

PETA kills animals. By the thousands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Linked in light of the Obama fly kerfuffle.

Jun 19 10:44

George W. Bush, proving again he was the worst ever

George W. Bush is once again at the deceptive podium, trying his best to sink both the pathetic vestiges of his party and his own reputation to ever-greater historic lows. And Georgie is doing a helluva job.

Owl 3
Jun 19 10:41

School bus traffic sting generates tickets, controversy in South Pasadena

More than 160 people received $500 traffic citations Wednesday as part of an elaborate sting by the South Pasadena Police Department involving a decoy school bus complete with people walking on and off the vehicle.

The sting — designed to nab motorists who fail to stop for school buses with flashing red lights — has generated debate in the city. Some think the program was unfair, charging that the location was unusual for a school bus, the officers created a distraction, and there were no schoolchildren present.

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The point is not to keep traffic safe but to make money off of the citizens.

Jun 19 10:40

FDA Threatens to Seize All Natural Products that Dare to Mention H1N1 Swine Flu

In an effort to censor any online text that might inform consumers of the ability of natural products to protect consumers from H1N1 influenza A, the FDA is now sending out a round of warning letters, threatening to "take enforcement action... such as seizure or injunction for violations of the FFDC Act without further notice."

"Firms that fail to take correction action," the FDA warns, "may also be referred to the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations for possible criminal prosecution for violations of the FFDC Act and other federal laws."

Jun 19 10:39

Obama-backed Bill to Ban Release of Bush-Era Torture Photos Passes Senate

In a move that didn’t receive much attention, the Senate on Wednesday passed by unanimous consent the Graham-Lieberman bill, which seeks to make it illegal to make public any images of US prisoner abuse and torture from the Bush era. Specifically, the bill bans the release of images “taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States.” The Obama White House supports this outrageous legislation whose sole purpose is to make it illegal to reveal the truth about US torture.

Jun 19 10:37

Iranian Elections: The ‘Stolen Elections’ Hoax

There is hardly any election, in which the White House has a significant stake, where the electoral defeat of the pro-US candidate is not denounced as illegitimate by the entire political and mass media elite. In the most recent period, the White House and its camp followers cried foul following the free (and monitored) elections in Venezuela and Gaza, while joyously fabricating an ‘electoral success’ in Lebanon despite the fact that the Hezbollah-led coalition received over 53% of the vote.

Jun 19 10:27

Trans-Atlantic Airliner lands safely after pilot dies in flight

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the flight landed 11 minutes ahead of its noon EDT scheduled arrival.

Jun 19 10:23

As Post fires liberal columnist, Bush war architect gets ink

On Thursday, the Washington Post confirmed it had fired liberal online columnist Dan Froomkin. On Friday, they gave a guest column to Bush war architect Paul Wolfowitz.

To be fair, Wolfowitz isn’t being paid, and his column is a guest editorial. But the paper’s promotion of a man who was a key architect of President George W. Bush’s policy on Iraq — and one of its most ardent hawks — is sure to raise eyebrows among the liberals and those critical of the Post’s coverage in the run-up to the Iraq war.

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Palestinian Authority (PA) officials have been quite reticent over the death of Haitham Amr, a 28-year-old nurse, in PA custody in Hebron earlier this week.

Amr, a father of two children, was arrested on Thursday, 11 June at his home, at the village of Beit al-Rush el-Fouga, 20 km south-west of al-Khalil, by a combined force of the Preventive Security (PSF) and General Intelligence (GI) or (Mukhabarat).

Jun 19 10:21

Legendary CBS journalist Walter Cronkite reportedly gravely ill

Legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, 92, long known as the "Most Trusted Man in America," is gravely ill, according to multiple CBS News sources and published reports.

According to Mediabistro's blog, TVNewser, the network began updating his obituary more than a week ago; a CBS News executive had no comment to TVNewser on the reports of Cronkite's failing health.

One of the most recognized and honored journalists in America, Cronkite anchored the "CBS Evening News" for 19 years, when he was replaced by Dan Rather.

Jun 19 10:15

Iran supreme leader calls for calm

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has said that the country needs "peace and tranquility" following days of protests over a disputed presidential election.

Delivering a sermon during Friday prayers at Tehran University, Khamenei called on Iranians to keep true to their faith in order not to "go awry".

Jun 19 10:09

Dumped: Despite popularity, liberal blogger fired by Washington Post

"What one finds virtually nowhere in the establishment press are those who criticize Obama not in order to advance their tawdry right-wing agenda but because the principles that led them to criticize Bush compel similar criticism of Obama. Rachel Maddow is one of the few prominent media figures who will interview and criticize Democratic politicians "from the Left".... In general, however, those who opine from the Maddow/Froomkin perspective are a very endangered species."

Jun 19 09:58

Passengers cheat flu scan with fever reducers

"That's why when they passed through the airport, the body temperature scanners skipped them," Chau said.

Jun 19 09:37


The Foreign Office summoned Iran's ambassador Friday to complain about remarks by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was quoted as calling Britain "the most treacherous" of Iran's enemies.

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Jun 19 09:33

‘The Daily Show’s’ Jason Jones Goes “Behind The Veil”

‘The Daily Show’ senior foreign correspondent Jason Jones has traveled to Iran to report on the country - where he narrowly escaped the election disaster by leaving just in time.

Watch as he guides you through the trenches of the international destination - where he interviews people on the street and visits an Iranian family - to show exactly “why these people are evil”… or maybe just kinda nice people who are just like us.

Jun 19 09:31

U.S. Military Set to Intercept North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes

The U.S. military is planning to intercept a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.

The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The order to inderdict has not been given yet, but the ship is getting into position.

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Just like Haaretz, Fox(faux)News loves to non-source a number of its articles, which it spews into the blogosphere like excess mucus from a sneeze.

Notice the use of the terms "...according to a senior US defense official", and "appears to be heading toward Singapore", again, "according to a senior US military official", and "a possible interdiction".

Who are these people, and why can't this story be actually sourced?

Is it possible that this is just more propagandistic sound and fury signifying nothing?

I wouldn't be against it.

Jun 19 09:17

Russia receiving 'relevant' intel on N. Korea missiles

Russian military says its reconnaissance units are relaying 'relevant information' on potential missile launches by North Korea.

On Friday, a senior Russian military official said the country's armed forces had alerted its entire surveillance squad to the possibility of a Pyongyang-led ballistic missile launch, Interfax reported.

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One has to wonder the degree to which Russia is sharing this information with the US.

Jun 19 09:15

CIA Recruiting Laid-Off Bankers in NYC

Laid off from Wall Street? The CIA wants you -- as long as you can pass a lie detector test and show that you are motivated by service to your country rather than your wallet.

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If they were motivated by service to the country they wouldn't have been in Wall Street to begin with!

And "Service" in the CIA's dictionary means lying, cheating, stealing, assassination, overthrows, stuff that even a Wall Street Ponzi-artist might balk at!

Jun 19 09:13

Judge rejects argument Cheney needs to be shielded from Daily Show

Tired of waving the national security flag, Obama administration lawyers are apparently trying another tactic to get the courts to back Bush administration arguments which never worked to prevent the release of critical documents. Forget Qaeda or North Korea, late night hosts who tell jokes are why the government should retain its secrets.

“A federal judge yesterday sharply questioned an assertion by the Obama administration that former Vice President Richard B. Cheney’s statements to a special prosecutor about the Valerie Plame case must be kept secret, partly so they do not become fodder for Cheney’s political enemies or late-night commentary on The Daily Show,” R. Jeffrey Smith reports for The Washington Post.

Jun 19 09:13

U.S.- Canada Border Security and Military Integration

Jun 19 09:08

Koreas negotiate as nuclear tensions grow

NORTH and South Korea have resumed talks on the fate of their last remaining reconciliation project as the US moved to defend itself in the event of a North Korean missile strike on Hawaii.

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The fact in and of itself that North and South Korea are at least talking about the Kaesong industrial estate is at least somewhat of a hopeful sign.

And as to the threat about North Korea even contemplating a missile strike on Hawaii?

The North Korean leadership may be many things, but stupid isn't one of them. They understand precisely what the US response would be to such an attack.

Jun 19 08:59

Obama-backed Bill to Ban Release of Bush-Era Torture Photos Passes Senate

In a move that didn?t receive much attention, the Senate on Wednesday passed by unanimous consent the Graham-Lieberman bill, which seeks to make it illegal to make public any images of US prisoner abuse and torture from the Bush era. Specifically, the bill bans the release of images "taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States." The Obama White House supports this outrageous legislation whose sole purpose is to make it illegal to reveal the truth about US torture.

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Imagine my (absence of) shock.

Jun 19 08:58

Your Morning Iran-Unrest Update

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Jun 19 08:47

Letters Mullen: Unlikely Anyone Will Face Disciplinary Action Over Farah Killings

Admiral Michael Mullen says that while “there are additional changes we’re clearly going to have to make” in the wake of the massive civilian toll in last month’s air strikes in Afghanistan’s Farah Province, he does not expect anyone will face disciplinary action over the killings.

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There will be no disciplinary charges, because this same kind of carnage will continue to happen, at an even more furious pace.


The military can't think of anything else to do, because they have no where near enough boots on the ground to pacify Afghanistan, nor will they, without the possible reinstitution of a draft in the US.

And right now, I wouldn't bet against that under Obama's watch.

The military and civilian leadership of this country has never intelligently integrated the major lesson of the Viet Nam war, which was that it is impossible to win what is a essentially a ground war from the air.

Jun 19 08:39

Israel, ElBaradei Trade Condemnations Over Syria Investigation

Israeli Ambassador Israel Michaeli publicly chastised International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Muhamed ElBaradei today for what he called “political bias” in his investigation of Israeli accusations of Syrian activity. Michaeli added that if ElBaradei wanted Israeli cooperation he should “refrain from publicly lashing at Israel.”

ElBaradei angrily denied the accusation of bias, adding that international law applies to every nation and that the 2007 Israeli attack on the alleged Syrian facility was “not only making it almost impossible for us to establish the facts, but it was a clear violation of international law.”

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Apparently, for Ambassador Michaeli, "lashing out" means telling the honest truth

You've gotta love El Baradei for his dedication to what must be an exhausting and thankless task.

Jun 19 08:35

US Drone Strike Imperils Delicate South Waziristan Negotiations

With Pakistan poised to launch a massive military invasion of South Waziristan, the latest US drone strike into the restive agency could cause serious harm to delicate negotiations the Pakistani government is engaged in to convince a key warlord to remain neutral during the offensive, analysts warn.

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Looking at the degree to which the US is using drone strikes as a blunt instrument - guaranteed to cause maximum collateral damage - in the war against Pakistan, one has to wonder if total destabilization isn't the desired outcome here.

That certainly would be an excuse for the US to "save a nuclear-armed Pakistan from itself".

Jun 19 08:28

Israeli troops humiliate Palestinians - and put it on YouTube

Forty-three seconds: that's the duration of a video clip uploaded to YouTube less than a year ago under the category of "Comedy."

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The comments you see here, plus the video, are a very clear indication of what Palestinians have to live with every day at the hands of Israelis.

Jun 19 08:25

U.S. intelligence 'unequivocally opposed' to parole for Pollard

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