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January 18, 2010

Jan 18 11:08

Government Takeover of 401(k)s and IRAs?

Bloomberg reports that the Obama Administration is considering measures to encourage Americans to convert their 401(k)s and IRAs into Government-provided annuities.

Jan 18 11:04

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

Jan 18 11:02

Obama and the Global Police: More Friendly Fascism?

Over the course of his first year in office, Barack Obama has shown himself to be a skillful and savvy politician, saying the things Americans want to hear while stealthily and inexorably moving forward the government's agenda of centralized power. For example, in one breath, Obama pays lip service to the need for greater transparency in government, while in another, he issues an executive order that will result in even more government secrecy.

Jan 18 11:00

Toronto 18 conspirator sentenced to 12 years in prison

Toronto 18 terrorist Saad Gaya was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, minus seven-and-a-half years credit for pre-trial custody.

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Another case of - messing with the politics of foreign nations causes terrorism. Clearly, this guy is just a pawn.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jan 18 11:00

Gun Salesman of the Decade

The plundering of the economy and Constitutional rights, which started under the Bush administration, was accelerated by the Obama administration and was driving America to ruin. In March two top IMF officials said that the U.S. had already become a third-world banana republic.

State legislatures now moved to stem the tide with state resolutions, state amendments or firearm freedom acts, putting the Federal government on notice that the tenth amendment to the Constitution was still valid.

Even so America’s skepticism remained evident. The numbers of weapon checks preformed by the FBI continued to rise. Even with shortages in ammunition 14,033,824 firearms were sold in 2009, an increase over 2008 of 9.44% and over 2005 by a whooping 36.20%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Americans have every possible reason to distrust their government, at this point in the history of the Republic.

Jan 18 10:48

The Wages of Fear in Israel and the US

Keep in mind that fear, wherever directed, is a remarkably profitable emotion to exploit. Just think of those controversial full-body-scan machines now being installed in airports at a cost of up to $170,000 each. One promoter of them is former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff, "who now heads the Chertoff Group, which represents one of the leading manufacturers of whole-body-imaging machines, Rapiscan Systems." He’s part of a growing "full-body-scanner lobby" of ex-Washington politicos just made for our moment.

Jan 18 10:45

Report on Pak nukes ’absurd, mischievous: Pakistan

Pakistan’s strategic assets are as safe as that of any other nuclear weapon state and these assets are fully safeguarded and secure under the protection of a well-established command and control system, a Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this foreign office spokesman is never sourced.

Jan 18 10:41

Israeli attack on Iran could be disaster — for U.S. economy

Israel will not be complicit in a second Holocaust. If Iran or any other nation that has called for the destruction of Israel is about to acquire nuclear weapons, the Israelis will attempt to destroy that nation's uranium-enrichment facilities. In June 1981, Israel launched a successful air attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor, and in 2007 it bombed a Syrian factory suspected of producing plutonium warheads.

But Americans should be aware that when Iran becomes the next target, it will be a blow to the U.S. economic recovery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, for an "alleged" academic, this guy comes up catastrophically short on actual research.

As reported on 26 May, 2007 in

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/norouzi.php?articleid=11025

"So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in Farsi:

"Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."

That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "regime." pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem).

So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want "wiped from the map"? The answer is: nothing. That's because the word "map" was never used. The Persian word for map, "nagsheh" is not contained anywhere in his original Farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's president threatened to "wipe Israel off the map." despite never having uttered the words "map." "wipe out" or even "Israel." "

So having thoroughly demolished that assertion, let's go to the next.

"There is no evidence that sanctions will persuade Mr. Ahmadinejad to abandon the opportunity he foresees to destroy his hated enemy. That leaves Israel with no choice."

Israel has a number of choices, none of which involve a military attack against Iran.

Israel could "fess up" to the reality that it has nukes (As validated by Mordechai Vanunu, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and former US President Jimmy Carter), sign the NNPT, and accept IAEA inspections.

Israel could define their borders, and sign a peace treaty with Palestine which recognizes those borders as going back to those of 1967, in which Israel and Palestine formally recognize each other's right to exist.

It appears that this gentleman is attempting to "soften up" the American public for an impending strike against Iran, and the horrendously more intense economic pain the US will suffer for it.


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Mgid
Jan 18 10:38

Executive Orders – The Hallmarks Of Fascist Tyranny

The Executive Branch of our federal government has become a 500 pound tick that’s being fed by a 50 pound dog (the American people) due to presidential Executive Orders (EOs).

Jan 18 10:30

NEVER GET USED TO THE UNSPEAKABLE VIOLENCE

Understanding the obvious stupidity of that logic, activists gathered outside of the street where settlers stole Palestinian houses with the approval of the Israeli courts. The entrance to the street itself was blocked by the Israeli military and police under the pretext that leftist activists walking into the street will be dangerous for the public safety. Those who met at an earlier point were surrounded by police and soldiers, who demand to see their ID’s and ordering some to appear for an investigation in the following week. They were not allowed to walk in a group, only in pairs, and were followed until the very point of arriving to the neighborhood.

Jan 18 10:29

HYPOCRISY ~~ THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH IN GAZA AND HAITI

Journalists struggle to describe the scenes of misery, death, and despair in language befitting of its tragedy in Haiti. Over 100 countries mobilized for aid. Even Israel has mobilized its usual contingent of Israeli doctors and the mass Zionist media to show how humanitarian it can be (but tiny Qatar sent far more actual aid). What is little discussed is that the natural disaster would have claimed far fewer lives had Haiti been allowed to develop without Western Interference over the past few decades.

Jan 18 10:28

M L K – A MAN OF GOD DEDICATED TO MAN …..

When I was a High School student I was given the nickname of ‘Mr. Button’. This was because there were so many struggles I was involved in, and for every struggle there was a button…. here are just a sampling of them;



Jan 18 10:27

THE RIGHT TESTICLE OF HELL: HISTORY OF A HAITIAN HOLOCAUST

Chinese search and rescue teams arrived in Port au Prince within 48 hours after the earthquake. Now that the airport is controlled by the U.S. military, aid agencies and other governments trying to bring in relief are furious at being turned back.

Jan 18 10:26

Danny Glover: Haiti Earthquake Caused By Global Warming

"What happened in Haiti could happen to anywhere in the Caribbean because all these island nations are in peril because of global warming," Glover said. "When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I'm sayin'?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We see it, Danny. You just jumped the shark. Instead of a concerned peace activist you now look to the world like just another pathetic former star desperately grasping at fame as it slips away from you, willing to be one of Al Gore's "useful idiots" (as is apparently Arianna Huffington) to spend a few more seconds in the light.

Jan 18 10:21

Australian Alps sprinkled with summer snow

Flurries of snow have been falling all morning in the Australian alps after a cold front forced temperatures to drop to below zero.

Jan 18 10:16

WOW if ever there was a reason to audit the fed...



Jan 18 10:12

Netanyahu weighing a trip to Moscow in mid-Feb.

Six months after a clandestine, 10-hour trip to Moscow, details of which have not been revealed to this day, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is planning a trip to Moscow in mid-February, according to Russian sources.

According to these sources, Netanyahu was originally scheduled to travel to Moscow on January 27, a day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's scheduled arrival in Moscow for a four-day visit. The proximity of the two dates led some Russian officials to talk about the possibility of a summit between the two leaders in Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My best bet would be that this will have nothing to do with Israeli/Palestinian peace moves, but everything to do with getting Russia on board for sanctions against Iran.

And if Netanyahu threatens a military attack against Iran if the sanctions are not supported by Russia, I hope that Putin and Medvedev have the collective "male attributes" to let Netanyahu understand that a war against Iran means a war against Russia.

Jan 18 10:10

2010: Giant Gathering Storm Clouds

The year 2008 bore my mark as the year the system broke. A public article addressed the issues, laid out before the breakdown occurred in September of that year. The consequences for the many failures, the desperate nationalizations, the hasty scrambles to put financial sewage under USGovt ownership, the realization of TARP as a vast slush fund for illegitimate bank rescues, the official monetization plans put forth to prevent bond implosions, and much more occurred in the year 2009 as a recognized aftermath. Here we are in 2010 and the threats must again be laid out.

Jan 18 10:09

Heckling Obama

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The body language says it all.

Jan 18 10:08

Netanyahu, Merkel to discuss Iran

After a secret meeting with US President Barack Obama's advisor Dennis Ross, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Berlin on a visit focused on Iran.

An Israeli delegation comprising Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have headed to Germany to attend the second German-Israeli cabinet meeting in the German capital Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle are to host the meetings originally scheduled for November.

Netanyahu last week secretly met with Dennis Ross, a senior advisor to the Obama administration on Iran, who had accompanied US National Security Advisor James Jones to Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Bibi Netanyahu; without China and Russia on board at the UN, sanctions against Iran are a non-starter.

So what, then?!? A military attack against Iran?!?

If that's on the Israeli agenda, Bibi, how about you folks go solo this time, inviting the political and military wrath of both China and Russia!

And Bibi, just in case you've forgotten: Russia and China have nukes!!



Jan 18 10:07

Bible Possibly Written Centuries Earlier, Text Suggests

Scientists have discovered the earliest known Hebrew writing - an inscription dating from the 10th century B.C., during the period of King David's reign.

The breakthrough could mean that portions of the Bible were written centuries earlier than previously thought.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a classic case of twisting archaeology to support a political agenda (just in case you thought Climategate was the first time science was prostituted for politics).

Now, setting aside the likelihood that this pottery shard is yet another in a long line of biblical/archaeological forgeries for which Israel has become notorious, all that has actually been found is the shard with some Hebrew on it.

Nobody has found a part of the Old Testament written in Hebrew from that time period. Making the leap from a sample of the language to assuming the Old Testament was written at that time is like saying that because English is known to have existed in the time of Shakespeare that we can guess that is when the Declaration of Independence was created!

But the government of Israel has a vested interest in any support for the idea that Hebrews are the original inhabitants of that land (even though the majority Ashkenazi are actually descended from the Khazars). A perpetual thorn in the side of the "original occupant" argument used to dispossess the Palestinians of their homes is that other peoples, such as the Philistines and Hittites, predate the presence of Hebrews in that region. So, the earlier Hebrews can be "factually" documented, the better for Israel's claims to the land.

All this artifact (if genuine, and you can count the number of genuine artifacts from the time of King David on the fingers of a very clumsy butcher) proves is that Hebrew was a viable language in use at the time, which was already known. It does not confirm anything about the Bible. For that matter it does not confirm that there was a kingdom of Israel present at the time.

The fact is that the majority of the Old Testament deals with Judean history AFTER the Assyrian invasion, i.e. the 10th century. Stories of earlier times, like the story of Noah and the Flood, are simply copied from other texts such as the Epic of Gilgamesh. The tale of Moses trip down the Nile in a basket is lifted from the Mesopotamian legends of King Sargon I as an infant.

If there is one thing that Climategate taught us all, it is that politicians will use science to further their ends. As this attempt to use a pottery shard to claim an earlier authorship date for the Old Testament proves, such practices are not confined to Al Gore.

Jan 18 09:56

More evidence of terror threat than US admits: report

Top US national security officials failed to fully appreciate mounting evidence that Al-Qaeda might be preparing a new attack on the United States and of the dangers posed by extremists linked to Yemen, The New York Times reported Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more frightened people are made to feel by the corporate media, the less they can think logically.

The most intelligent way of getting rid of any kind of terror threat is to stop mucking about in other people's countries, period, end of discussion!!

Jan 18 09:47

MARTIN LUTHER KING - THE FATAL SHOT CAME FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION

The evidence in the photo taken just moments after the assassination is unequivocal. The claim that the witnesses are pointing to the rooming house where James Earl Ray was staying is a complete fabrication. The gunfire came from another direction high above the bathroom window.

Jan 18 09:46

200 Bank Failures Expected in 2010



Jan 18 09:43

Tylenol recall expanded to Motrin, Benadryl, more

Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall Friday of over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph's aspirin because of a moldy smell that has made people sick.

It was the second such recall in less than a month because of the smell, which regulators said was first reported to McNeil in 2008. Federal regulators criticized the company, saying it didn't respond to the complaints quickly enough, wasn't thorough in how it handled the problem and didn't inform the Food and Drug Administration quickly.

Jan 18 09:40

5 Americans detained in Pakistan allege torture

Five Americans arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of terrorism told a court Monday that they had been tortured by police — charges that could add to political sensitivities surrounding the case.

Jan 18 09:33

Israel to station German nuclear submarine in Persian Gulf

Ahead of an Israeli-German cabinet meeting in Berlin, median reports indicate that Israel intends to station one of its German-made Dolphin submarines in the waters of the Persian Gulf.

“Israel’s use of the dolphin submarine in exercises in the red sea aroused fears that Israel may seek to maintain a continued presence in the Persian Gulf as soon as it receives its submarines form Germany in 2011-2012,” the tagesspiegel said on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the submarines widely acknowledged to be armed with nuclear cruise missiles.

Jan 18 09:32

Israel Cracks Down on the Press

Malsin, a Jewish-American who lives and works in the West Bank, was picked up on Tuesday at Ben Gurion International Airport, as he and his partner returned from vacation in the Czech Republic. After being subjected to eight hours of interrogation, Malsin was deemed a security threat and was slated to be deported to Prague Thursday morning.

Why?

Maan states: Hebrew-language interrogation transcripts obtained by Ma'an reveal that Malsin was deemed a security risk on the apparent basis of his political beliefs.



Jan 18 09:31

Brown up 5

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They hate Obama in Massachusetts - one of the most reliably Democratic States in the country This race has become a referendum on the Big Zero... The two candidates are mere pawns in the larger political drama

Jan 18 09:29

Saudi warplanes attack northern Yemen again

Saudi fighter jets have launched another round of airstikes on Houthi positions in northern Yemen.

According to a statement issued by the Houthi fighters on Sunday, Saudi forces carried out 24 aerial attacks on Jebel Razih, Sha'af, Bani Maaz, and villages in close proximity to the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Jan 18 09:28

Turkey slams Arab response to Gaza plight

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the leaders of the Arab states for their inadequate response to the Palestinian's plight under the three-year Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Shortly before flying to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, Erdogan denounced Arab leaders' inadequate response to Palestinian suffering as "pitiful."

Jan 18 09:26

Four Israeli jets seen over Lebanon

Four Israeli fighter jets were seen flying over Lebanese airspace in violation of the Lebanese sovereignty and UN resolution 1701, a Lebanese statement said on Sunday.



Owl 1
Jan 18 09:24

Blackwater/XE behind terrorist bombings in Asia and Africa?

WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out “false flag” terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel.

Fingers are being pointed at Blackwater/XE and Mossad operatives for the motorbike bomb in Tehran that killed Tehran University nuclear physicist Dr. Moussad Ali-Mohammadi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like I pointed out yesterday, it does not make sense that the Taliban would stage bombings that kill their own people. It is like asking if George Washington and the boys got their jollies gunning down civilians along the Potomac.

Jan 18 09:22

War Criminals Peddle “Humanitarian” Aid for Haiti

The disaster “reminds us of our common humanity. It reminds us of needs that go beyond fleeting disagreements,” said Clinton.

Fine words coming from one of the world’s foremost war criminals. Not only did Bill Clinton terror bomb to death an untold number of people in Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, he also facilitated death squads in Colombia. He is responsible for bombing a crucial pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan. He helped the United Nations kill 500,000 Iraqi children. Bill Clinton’s favorite targets were the sort of poor people he is now claiming to help in Haiti.

Jan 18 09:19

Official US conclusion on crotch bomber: "Missed him by THAt much!!!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government has a real credibility problem. How to let a "terror incident" (Copyright 2010 White House) take place without undermining public confidence (and continued spending) on all the security systems the insiders are peddling.

Even for those who accept the official story of the crotch bomber at face value, it still calls into question the effectiveness of the costly and inconvenient security systems.

The fastest way to end terrorism is to quit screwing around with other peoples' countries.

Jan 18 09:17

Ukraine votes pro-Russian candidates into run-off

Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich has won the first round of the country's first presidential election since the Orange Revolution and now faces a run-off against Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Although Sunday's election failed to produce a winner, initial projections show Pro-Russian Yanukovich more than 10 percent ahead of Tymoshenko.

Final results are expected to be released later on Monday, but the central election commission said counted ballots from 91 percent of the polling stations showed Yanukovich had garnered 35 percent of the vote and Tymoshenko nearly 25 percent.

Incumbent President Victor Yushchenko was eliminated in the first round.



Jan 18 09:07

Hawaii is not legally a state!

On November 23, 1993, President Clinton signed United States Public Law 103-150, which not only acknowledged the illegal actions committed by the United States in the overthrow of the legitimate government of Hawaii, but also that the Hawaiian people never surrendered their sovereignty. The latter is the most important part of United States Public Law 103-150 for it makes it quite clear that the Hawaiian people never legally ceased to be a sovereign separate independent nation. There is no argument that can change that fact.

United States Public Law 103-150, despite its polite language, is an official admission that the government of the United States illegally occupies the territory of the Hawaiian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On the Anniversary of the Overthrow and theft of Hawaii by the US.

Jan 18 08:11

Israel 'collectively punishing' Gaza: Amnesty

Amnesty International on Monday accused Israel of "collectively punishing" the population of Gaza with border closures tightened after the Islamist Hamas movement's bloody 2007 takeover.

The British-based rights group said the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants -- which the Israeli military says has dropped by about 90 percent since its offensive in Gaza last year -- did not justify the sanctions.

"The blockade does not target armed groups but rather punishes Gaza's entire population by restricting the entry of food, medical supplies, educational equipment and building materials," said Malcolm Smart, the group's Middle East and North Africa director, in a statement.

"The blockade constitutes collective punishment under international law and must be lifted immediately."

Jan 18 07:47

Billy Bragg in Facebook protest as he refuses to pay income tax unless RBS bonuses are curbed

Billy Bragg is refusing to pay his taxes unless the Government curbs the 'excessive' bonuses at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The singer-songwriter and political activist is urging the public to withhold tax payments to 'convince the Treasury to act'.

RBS, which is 84 per cent owned by the taxpayer following a string of bailouts, is expected to pay up to £1.5billion in bonuses to its investment bankers.

Bragg, 52, has launched a Facebook campaign in protest and is urging people to write to Alistair Darling about the huge payouts at the part-nationalised bank.



Jan 18 07:45

Why the US Owes Haiti Billions:The Briefest History

Why the US Owes Haiti Billions:The Briefest History

By Bill Quigley

17 January, 2010
Countercurrents.org

Why does the US owe Haiti Billions? Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, stated his foreign policy view as the "Pottery Barn rule." That is - "if you break it, you own it."

The US has worked to break Haiti for over 200 years. We owe Haiti. Not charity. We owe Haiti as a matter of justice. Reparations. And not the $100 million promised by President Obama either - that is Powerball money. The US owes Haiti Billions - with a big B.

Jan 18 07:41

Proposed Web video restrictions cause outrage in Italy

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.

Jan 18 07:37

'Find me some obviously sick children': What PM Tony Blair told aides on hospital visit

Downing Street officials were ordered to round up ‘obviously sick children’ for a photo call on a hospital visit by Tony Blair during the 2001 General Election.

Labour Party general secretary Peter Watt tells how he prepared for the visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

‘En route I got a call from one of the PM’s team asking if I could make sure that there were half a dozen “obviously sick” children for Tony to meet,’ he says. ‘I spent several hours scouring hospital wards for poorly looking kids ... and had them in position seconds before Tony turned up.’



Lockerdome
Jan 18 07:35

US waves white flag in disastrous 'war on drugs'

After 40 years, Washington is quietly giving up on a futile battle that has spread corruption and destroyed thousands of lives

Jan 18 06:56

Five dead as Taliban militants strike across Kabul

KABUL (AFP) - Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked buildings across the heart of Kabul on Monday, triggering fierce gun battles with security forces and killing at least five people including a child.

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Translation: The good guys are fighting off the U-SUK insurgent forces.



Jan 18 04:55

Taliban Attack Presidential Palace

To hell in a hand basket!

Jan 18 04:54

From Blackwater to Xe, the Templar Crusade

X is an archaic form of abbreviation for Christ and/or Christian that was derived from the cross and the Greek Alphabet. X or Chi is the Greek letter that is the initial of "Christos" - X - which at the same time served as a symbol for the cross. Sometimes written Chi-Rho, (Xp) is another abbreviation for Christos and his followers, the Christians. From the perspective of medieval Christian symbology, 'Xe' is a combination of the Christic cross and the Greek letter, Epsilon, the first letter in the Greek word, Evangelion, glad tidings or gospel. From the perspective of a modern member of the Knights Templar, Xe is immediately recognizable as it symbolizes Christian Evangelism.

Jan 18 04:50

On The Duty of Civil Disobedience

Jan 18 04:44

Tense Anniversary For Overthrow of Hawaiian Kingdom

For those who think that the United States attacking sovereign countries is a new thing!



Jan 18 04:30

Heckling Obama

Jan 18 02:02

More Dead Afghans: Franken is “Cautiously Optimistic”

Turn them upside down and they all look alike. Democrats and Republicans that is. When Bush and the neocons ruled the roost, Democrats complained about the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that their man is in office, Democrats support Obama’s criminal expansion in Afghanistan.

Jan 18 01:49

Haitians Receive Little Help Despite Promises

World leaders pledged massive aid programmes to rebuild Haiti but desperate earthquake survivors were still waiting on Sunday for food, water and medicine

Jan 18 00:38

Summer Snow falls on Australian towns

Summer holidaymakers could be forgiven for thinking winter has come a few months early, with a cold snap bringing a light dusting of snow to some parts of New South Wales.



January 17, 2010

Jan 17 23:43

Israeli army crosses into Lebanon

Israeli army crosses into Lebanon
10:54, January 18, 2010
An Israeli army unit on Sunday crossed the borders with Lebanon in the direction of the occupied part of al-Ghajar village, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.
"An intense Israeli build-up of forces during the past 24 hours has been observed along the eastern sector of the Blue Line, with mobile and fixed patrols," said NNA.
It added that "Israeli tank emplacements were spotted amid intense overflights by helicopter gunships and warplanes."

Jan 17 23:25

6 Simple Ways to Dramatically Cut Costs of Medical Care — at Zero Expense to Taxpayers

What if it were possible to cut your medical care costs by 20% or 30% or even 50% now — while keeping current levels of quality and service

Jan 17 20:02

UN science report which stated Himalayan glaciers would melt within 25 years 'was a guess'

Claims by the world's leading climate scientists that most of the Himalayan glaciers will vanish within 25 years were last night exposed as nonsense.

Jan 17 19:45

Naomi Klein Issues Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert



Jan 17 17:57

Obama mobilizes military reservists to reinforce Haiti aid

US President Barack Obama Sunday mobilized military reserves to help quake-hit Haiti, particularly medical staff to work on hospital ships and Coast Guard staff to secure the ports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is starting to look less and less like a humanitarian mission, and more and more like a US military takeover.

Jan 17 17:09

Haiti: UN/USA partners in preventing aid

17.01.2010
Haiti: Too Many Cooks…
Lisa KARPOVA
Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
The Earthquake devastated Haiti last Tuesday afternoon. On Sunday evening, five days later, only 60% of the disaster area has been covered, water is not reaching those most in need, heavy lifting gear is bottled up at the airport and the people are understandably getting desperate.
For those who claim that the UNO had no contingency plans, it is a pity that international media can print or broadcast not only half-truths but also blatant lies. The United Nations Organization has been drawing up contingency plans for years, holds workshops regularly and constantly updates and upgrades its humanitarian relief capacity.

Jan 17 17:09

Maimed Afghan hero tells Gordon Brown to bring troops home from 'unwinnable' war

Tom James’s heroic decision to attend a comrade's funeral despite his own horrific injuries from Afghanistan inspired the nation.

The 20-year-old fusilier is determined to return to duty with the Army and fight again for his country.

Yet in a heartfelt interview he has described the war against the Taliban as hopeless - and said British troops should be brought home. Gordon Brown, he suggests, is simply afraid to admit defeat.

Jan 17 17:08

Minor 'crimes' of the middle classes raking in a £400m fortune for cash-hungry councils

More than £400million a year is being raised by police and town halls targeting minor 'middle-class' crimes.

They are hitting millions of people with tickets for speeding, parking, litter and even putting out bins on the wrong day.

The 'offenders' are being caught using a range of increasingly advanced surveillance techniques, including spy cameras.

The amount raked in from 'soft crimes' includes £330million in parking fines, £100million from speeding tickets and £12million from spot fines for offences such as over-filling a dustbin so its lid will not close.



Owl 2
Jan 17 16:04

Haitians Have Had 100 Years of This-They Don't Need More

The Heritage Foundation quote is revealing:

"In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti’s long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region."

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The last thing Haiti needs is for the US to use this as an excuse to continue shaping their government.

Also, it's not surprising that the Heritage Foundation would treat a massive human tragedy like this as a marketing opportunity. This is exactly the kind of people they are.

Jan 17 15:56

Top Protest Signs of the 2009 Year

Jan 17 15:53

US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti

The US military's takeover of emergency operations in Haiti has triggered a diplomatic row with countries and aid agencies furious at having flights redirected.

Brazil and France lodged an official protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic.

Jan 17 15:51

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince

Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.



Jan 17 14:25

Cut-price gas deals 'put patients at risk'

Hospitals have been accused of putting patients at risk by agreeing cut-price energy contracts that allow their gas supplies to be cut off with just a few hours' warning.

The pressure group Health Emergency said it was "beyond belief" that St Bartholomew's in central London and 100 other NHS establishments had signed interruptible contracts.

Jan 17 14:04

Core Of Corruption Volume 1: In The Shadows {Full Film}

If you have time you might want to watch this video.



Jan 17 13:31

Climate: Pollutants plucked from air with copper

"chemists have stumbled on a catalyst that strips only carbon dioxide from the air — ignoring oxygen — and converts it into a useful compound."


Sorry to spoil the fun guys, but nature has already beaten you to it.
It's called photosynthesis and can be found in trees and plants.

Jan 17 13:25

Real Faith

You believe in nothing, you say? Well, you're on the right track. Jefferson and Buddha agreed that God gave us our minds to use, not to turn off and obey weird rules we don't really understand. Convince yourself that you're acting on behalf of some omnipotent deity if you like. But don't ever believe in anything you can't prove to yourself. That would be an insult to God and you’d look like an idiot.

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
— Galatians 4:16

Jan 17 12:44

Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.



Owl 3
Jan 17 12:32

Snyders Drug Stores closing; 150 to lose their jobs

Snyders Drug Stores, a fixture in Minnesota's retail landscape since the 1940s, announced it will cease operations Jan. 21, closing eight stores in the East Metro area and leaving 150 workers without jobs...

Jan 17 12:03

World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

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In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC's 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

Hasnain has since admitted that the claim was "speculation" and was not supported by any formal research.

Jan 17 10:57

Haiti Earthquake Hides the Cracks of Hypocrisy

This has been a quick response and all of those who have been helping, donating and providing assistance should be commended. The United States has been a big pusher of a lot of this, the US news media has basically become a 24 hour ad like the ones you see asking for donations to help the orphaned children. Israel has been a big medical supplier and it has not gone unnoticed by the media either.

But, what happened during these disasters?

Jan 17 10:56

Yemen: Toward Another US Quagmire

Like his predecessor, Obama is recklessly plunging into impoverished Yemen in a bid to shore up US strategic and economic interests in the Middle East. At this stage, the Pentagon has ruled out sending US troops. This reflects concerns that as well as the US military being overstretched by the neo-colonial occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, sending in ground forces would intensify opposition to President Saleh’s autocratic and widely detested rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with military campaigns all over the Middle East, what the finite upper limit may be to how many contract mercenaries the US can hire before the US if forced to re-institute some kind of draft/national service policy.



Taboola
Jan 17 10:55

Behind The Der Spiegel Tirades

At the beginning of the new year, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel ran a controversial report claiming that the Lebanese movement Hezbollah was involved in drug trafficking to finance its “terrorist operations against Israel”. The article proceeded to allege that individuals involved in the cartel had contacts with the central nexus of the resistance movement including its Secretary-General. Needless to state, no factual evidence was cited in support of the claims as in the case of a growing list of previous smear-campaigns.

Jan 17 10:54

Kuwaiti FM: Israel's Prime Minister Is “Stupid and Insane”

Kuwait's foreign minister lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him "stupid" and "insane," the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported on Sunday.

Mohammed al-Sabah said the policies of "Israel's stupid and insane prime minister" had jeopardized the so-called peace process, but that the Kuwaiti government remained committed to an Arab peace plan put forward by Saudi Arabia and would keep working to heal a split between the major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas.

Jan 17 10:45

The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?

While presidents Obama and Préval spoke on the phone, there were no reports of negotiations between the two governments regarding the entry and deployment of US troops on Haitian soil. The decision was taken and imposed unilaterally by Washington. The total lack of a functioning government in Haiti was used to legitimize, on humanitarian grounds, the sending in of a powerful military force, which has de facto taken over several governmental functions.

Jan 17 10:43

US Envoy: Brutal Attacks Erode Militants' Support

The brutality of Taliban attacks in northwest Pakistan has cost the militants public support, the U.S. special envoy to the region said Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only if you believe the Taliban are doing it.

Would George Washington have targeted innocent American civilians? No, of course not. Washington NEEDED the support of his fellow citizens against a foreign invader and the same applies here. The Taliban is fighting the US, not their neighbors and friends. Of course, the US, probably killing as many innocent civilians as they are down in Pakistan, would love to pin the blame on the Taliban specifically to sabotage their popular support. But a moment's thought reveals that such a claim just does not make any real sense at all. Whenever you see or hear a report that the insurgents in any war are killing their own people, just ask transfer the story to Washington and the boys and ask if it would make sense there. Would they really kill their own people? What possible benefit would they gain? Then, when you realize that Washington and his boys do not benefit from killing their fellow colonials, ask who does benefit from such a story being put out.
Jan 17 10:41

Obama Executive Order Seeks to "Synchronize and Integrate" State and Federal Military Forces

In the wake of the Flight 253 provocation, over-hyped terrorism panics, and last year's Big Pharma and media-engineered hysteria over the H1N1 flu pandemic, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13528 on January 11.

Clearly designed to weaken the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which bars the use of the military for civilian law enforcement, EO 13528 is the latest in a series of maneuvers by previous administrations to wrest control of armed forces historically under the democratic control of elected state officials, and a modicum of public accountability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder under what conditions the mechanisms of this Executive Order would be invoked.

Jan 17 10:36

Obama Fanning War Flames to Engulf the Middle East

Instead of seeking diplomatic solutions, President Obama is continuing the blind wars of aggression launched by his predecessor. Terrorist missile strikes kill just like IEDs. Those who wage war are terrorists, period. When will Americans catch on?

Jan 17 10:35

Diskin to Abbas: Defer UN vote on Goldstone or face 'second Gaza'

The request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the United Nations Human Rights Council last year to postpone the vote on the Goldstone report followed a particularly tense meeting with the head of the Shin Bet security service, Haaretz has learned. At the October meeting in Ramallah, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin told Abbas that if he did not ask for a deferral of the vote on the critical report on last year's military operation, Israel would turn the West Bank into a "second Gaza."

Jan 17 10:32

CIA Cable “Granting Permission” to Destroy Torture Videotapes Surfaces

A January 8 release of documents in the ACLU FOIA lawsuit seeking materials related to the CIA’s destruction of videotapes of interrogators using "enhanced interrogation techniques" has revealed the first evidence of a precise instruction for the destruction of those tapes.

According to Rachel Myers at the ACLU, while there was previous evidence of requests from the "field" that the videotapes be destroyed, this is our first verification of the exact date CIA headquarters gave its approval.

Jan 17 10:31

TODAY’S PHOTO ~~ NEW PALESTINIAN CHILDREN’S GAME … ‘LET’S PLAY DEAD’

Palestinian boys pretending to be dead during a demonstration to support the children of Gaza, in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Jan 17 10:12

FBI admits Spanish politican was model for 'high-tech' Osama bin Laden photo-fit

The US state department was forced to withdraw the mocked up photo-image, circulated around the world last week, after the discovery that it was not quite as technically sophisticated as the FBI had originally claimed.

It created an unexpected stir in Madrid when a Spanish MP recognised strong elements of himself in the image and complained to the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I understand that is guy is contemplating suing the FBI! :-)

Jan 17 10:08

Ortega warns of US deployment in Haiti

"There is no logic that US troops landed in Haiti. Haiti seeks humanitarian aid, not troops. It would be madness we all began to send troops to Haiti," said Ortega.

Jan 17 10:08

The Right Testicle of Hell: History of a Haitian Holocaust

There's no such thing as a 'natural' disaster. 200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF "austerity" plans.

Jan 17 10:07

World’s unease over Gaza

Bright is wrestling with a phony dilemma. When every allowance has been made about Israel’s right to defend itself, the notion that there could be a middle ground of opinion about the humanitarian catastrophe it has precipitated in Gaza taxes credulity. Jewish opinion would be outraged were anyone to suggest that he or she was struggling to decide what to think and say about any comparable persecution of Jews, or indeed about persecution of Jews of any description.

Jan 17 10:05

Taliban increasingly targets civilians in eastern Afghanistan

One major challenge that remains is the Taliban targeting innocent civilians, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser said during a videoconference with reporters at the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Would George Washington have targeted innocent American civilians? No, of course not. Washington NEEDED the support of his fellow citizens against a foreign invader and the same applies here. The Taliban is fighting the US, not their neighbors and friends. Of course, the US, probably killing as many innocent civilians as they are down in Pakistan, would love to pin the blame on the Taliban specifically to sabotage their popular support. But a moment's thought reveals that such a claim just does not make any real sense at all. Whenever you see or hear a report that the insurgents in any war are killing their own people, just ask transfer the story to Washington and the boys and ask if it would make sense there. Would they really kill their own people? What possible benefit would they gain? Then, when you realize that Washington and his boys do not benefit from killing their fellow colonials, ask who does benefit from such a story being put out.
Jan 17 10:01

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

The rising number of innocent Afghan casualties constitutes a major failure for the American forces if judged by the standards set out by General Stanley McChrystal in the summer of 2009, when he testified before Congress.

American success in Afghanistan should be measured by "the number of Afghans shielded from violence," not the number of enemy fighters killed, he said at the time.

According to the UN report, it is the Taliban that is killing more and more civilians. Civilian deaths at the hands of American-led forces actually declined dramatically last year. But as Wood wrote, "the perception among most Afghans is that the United States is responsible when Afghans are killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What McChrystal said was simply for US public consumption, and had nothing to do with the realities on the ground in Afghanistan.

Either:

1. The US and NATO will simply go on maiming, mutilating, and killing Afghans either until the nation is "pacified" enough for the pipelines to be installed to control Eurasian oil,

OR:

2. We leave, very much like the armies of the old Soviet Union did, ultimately negotiating with whatever government is left standing to lease the pipeline rights. There is no middle ground here.

And let's think about that statement in the UN report that "...it is the Taliban that is killing more and more civilians."

First, there appear to be zero statistics the UN brings to bear to back up that claim.

And secondly, if the Taliban is trying to build consensus among the Afghan people that they're the "good guys" in this conflict, would the logical extension of that consensus-building process be slaughtering their own!?

Jan 17 09:59

We're Sailing Again: Join Us!

This spring, the Free Gaza Movement is sending at least six boats to Gaza to break Israel’s illegal blockade on 1.5 million Palestinians. This blockade constitutes an act of collective punishment, a crime prohibited under international humanitarian law.

Jan 17 09:58

SUPPORT FOR GOLDSTONE REPORT CONTINUES TO GROW

Jan 17 09:58

Climate change causes … heroin addiction?

In one of the odder discoveries related to climate change, researchers with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have found that rising carbon dioxide levels are causing opium poppies to become more potent.

Jan 17 09:58

DON’T WORRY HAITI, AMERICAN MARINES ARE ON THEIR WAY

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"WHEN IT ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, HAS TO BE DESTROYED OVERNIGHT: THE U.S. MARINES!"

Jan 17 09:57

ISRAELI OCCUPATION ON FILM….. JANUARY 2010 ….. WHAT THE ZIONISTS DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE

“Israel continues to strip Palestinians from their Jerusalem IDs,” BBC- Arabic
“Birth defects in Gaza increase by 40 percent,” Al Aqsa, Gaza

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