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May 8, 2009

May 08 01:13

The Great Water Heist

May 7, 2009

May 07 21:06

'Dear Mr. Lieberman, in General, You Are not Welcome Here'

Throughout his political career, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has rattled sabers in the Middle East. On Thursday, Germany's foreign minister is meeting with the ultranationalist. Here's the dressing down Frank-Walter Steinmeier should give him when the press isn't listening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Germany finally grows a spine.

May 07 20:58

Report: Iran could have enough material for nuke in months

A foreign intelligence agency and some U.N. officials estimated that Iran could reconfigure its centrifuge cascades and produce enough weapons-grade material for a bomb within six months."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pop Quiz:

Is that "foreign intelligence agency" ...

A. Israel?

B. Israel?

C. Israel?

D. Israel?

E. Israel?

or

F. Israel?

May 07 19:27

Al-Jazeera Airs Call for Biological Attack

In the video, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Nafisi expresses ardent support for terrorism,



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 07 19:25

New York Fed chairman Friedman abruptly resigns

Stephen Friedman, chairman of the board at the Federal Reserve bank of New York, abruptly resigned Thursday, days after The Wall Street Journal pointed out his approval of a request by Golaman Sachs was in violation of policy because of his considerable holdings in Goldman shares.

May 07 19:17

Jews are Blamed for Economic Crisis

A survey conducted by the Boston Review in its May/June issue shows that nearly 25% of American non-Jews blame “the Jews” a moderate amount or more for the financial crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, look who is in the key positions of power in the economy. Ben S. Bernanke: Chairman of the Board of Governors of Federal Reserve. Donald L. Kohn: Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of Federal Reserve. Randall S. Kroszner: Member of Board of Governors of Federal Reserve.
Frederic S. Mishkin: Member of Board of Governors of Federal Reserve.
Alan Greenspan: Advisor to Board of Governors of Federal Reserve. Recent Chairman.

... and Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot didn't help things, either!

May 07 17:46

Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Guantanamo Cases

A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some written by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-known provision of a federal court order the Bush administration obtained in 2004.

May 07 16:35

Michael Crichton predicted this in "Looker."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is more than a little scary. This technology allows advertisers and presumably politicians to directly measure the brainwaves of people seeing their commercials and speeches. This could lead to carefully crafted advertisements and campaigns able to reach past the rational and logical centers of thought and trigger specific emotional responses of trust and agreement.

The potential for abuse is rather obvious.



May 07 16:35

NY Fed chair Friedman resigns

Stephen Friedman, chairman of the New York Federal Reserve's board of directors, resigned on Thursday amid questions about stock purchases in his former firm Goldman Sachs.

May 07 15:32

Poverty and Food Insecurity in the Developing World: For Us, Tolls the Bell

"Senator Lugar and others [Senators John Kerry, Susan Collins, Robert Casey, Richard Durbin and Thomas Harkin] of the US Senate have introduced ‘Global Food Security Act’ [GFSA, No. S384] to be administered by the USAID. [1] ‘The bill was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.’ Although it seems to have a humanitarian purpose, GFSA is as sinister as the two pending bills HR875 and S425. I say this because not one US regulatory authority has successfully regulated industries in the interest of the people at least in the last ninety-odd years. Monopolies have been protected and cartels continue to kill in the US and across the world.

May 07 14:18

Georgia's Pain

On May 5th, a Georgian former diplomat, Vakhtang Maisaia, was arrested by the Counterintelligence Department of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is being charged with espionage for having passed sensitive information to Russian agents. That is the official spin.

I have no evidence to offer the contrary except the word of a human rights activist and journalist inside Georgia who says Maisiai is innocent. Obviously there is a conflict here. But in Georgia, truth comes at a terrible cost.

May 07 14:17

The AIPAC Spy Case

A much smaller news item competing with these sensational stories was that the U.S. Justice Department announced that it is dropping the espionage charges against two former AIPAC agents. The story was so small that it barely was a blip on the media's radar, bringing absolutely no comment on the network news and talk shows.

That's known as clever public relations. Announce the bad news on a day when it won't be noticed.



May 07 14:15

Insiders Selling At A Furious Pace

Last week there was a report that corporate insiders were selling at a faster rate that at any time since October, 2007 -- right near the top of the market.

Well, the market's only raged higher since then and insider selling is only getting more intsense.

May 07 14:14

Rupert Murdoch: “Internet Will Soon Be Over”

The establishment media is dying and advertising revenue has plummeted as people turn to blogs and the alternative media for their news in an environment of corporate lies and spin.

This has forced sectors of the corporate media to charge the dwindling number of loyal readers they have left for news content, a practice which is set to become widespread according to Murdoch. This will only send more people over to the alternative media as the old organs of de facto state-controlled propaganda wither and die.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The revolution has begun!

Do not wait for orders; grab your keyboards and ride towards the sound of lies.

May 07 14:11

Shock as woman returned to home

A woman has spoken of her shock after social services and police turned up at her home with a battering ram to take away her 86-year-old mother.

Ros Figg, of Coventry, took her mother Betty, who has dementia, from her local care home to look after her at home.

But two social workers and four police officers with a warrant arrived to take her back and placed a blanket over her head as they did so.

May 07 14:00

Take Your Torture Photos to Church Day

Predictably, recent polling found that white evangelical Christian Americans are more likely to support torture, followed by white Catholics, other white protestants, and trailing far behind: the non-religious.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a torture photo to church and show these Christians what it is they support.



May 07 13:22

Christian Zionists Snap at the Heels of A Man From Galilee

The next speaker from the floor challenged to the Archbishop’s strong assertion that God never favors killing. This bible educated churchgoer set out to prove that God does endorses killing if he wants to. Drawing on a large Study Bible, the floor speaker said Joshua received direct instructions from God to annihilate entire tribes in the course of land acquisition. By inference he imputed this same authority to political Israel now, which presumably may also annihilate the present day Philistines with God’s Blessing. Elias Chacour simply objected to his interpenetration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is really absurd since the population of present-day political Israel is mostly the descendants of converted Khazars, and the people they are killing in Palestine are direct descendants of the Biblical Israelites, including the extended family of Jesus himself.

May 07 13:18

The Economy Will Not Recover Until The Perpetrators Of Our Crises Are Held Accountable.

One of the leading business schools in America - the Wharton School of Business - has written an essay on the psychological causes and solutions to the economic crisis. Wharton points out that restoring trust is the key to recovery, and that trust cannot be restored until wrongdoers are held accountable:

May 07 13:18

Lahore Attack Mossad & Co. strikes again

“Al-Qaida is the top secret code name of special covert operations of the U.S. CIA, Israeli Mossad, British SIS, Indian RAW. Al-Qaida is a fake name, an imaginary illusion, a deceptive fraud, a fictitious hoax and a fraudulent scam of the unlawful war of terror, which is still being cunningly and clandestinely supported and promoted by the CIA, Mossad, SIS, RAW, and the Corrupt Mercenary Media (CMM) to frame, blame, defame, harm and kill Pakistanis, Kashmiris, Afghans, Arabs, Muslims and other innocent humans by falsely and maliciously labeling them as the Al-Qaida militants, extremists, or terrorists. Actually, Al-Qaida or Al-CIA-da is the CIA. Al-Qaida is the Mossad. Al-Qaida is the SIS. Al-Qaida is the RAW. Al-Qaida is the ISI. Al-Qaida is the CMM.

May 07 13:17

The Insiders Have a Good Belly Laugh

Is there opposition? [Laughter] Congratulations! As you've observed, the democratic process has worked without a flaw



May 07 13:04

Economic Casualties Pile into Tent Cities

Marshall is among a growing number of the economic homeless, a term for those newly displaced by layoffs, foreclosures or other financial troubles caused by the recession. They differ from the chronic homeless, the longtime street residents who often suffer from mental illness, drug abuse or alcoholism.

For the economic homeless, the American ideal that education and hard work lead to a comfortable middle-class life has slipped out of reach. They're packing into motels, parking lots and tent cities, alternately distressed and hopeful, searching for work and praying their fortunes will change.

May 07 12:54

A Book Review: The New Epistemology of Morality and Truth by Don Robertson

Epistemology is an uncommon word for what should be a common act. This is what this book is all about. This is a book not just for the philosopher - but for everyone. It is a wake-up call, a challenge for all of us - to think very critically about everything we think we know.

May 07 12:08

FED Inspector General Know Roughly Nothing About the FED

The inspector general tasked with overseeing and auditing the Federal Reserve knows pretty much nothing about what the Fed is doing. That's the conclusion that comes from watching the exchange Tuesday between Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and inspector general Elizabeth A. Coleman.

Coleman could not tell Grayson what kind of losses the Fed has so far suffered on its $2 trillion portfolio, which has greatly expanded since September.

May 07 12:04

The G.O.P. Is Finished — Stick a Fork in It

The experts think the Republican Party can get up off the canvas and stage a comeback, but don’t bet on it. The poor GOP isn’t really even a party anymore; it’s more like a vaudeville troupe scuttling from one backwater to the next performing the same worn slapstick. No wonder party membership is in the tank. Who wants to stick with a loser. George Bush drove a stake through the heart of the Party with his gratuitous wars and his reckless spending. He left behind a bloated, intrusive, out-of-control Federal government and an economy in tatters. Things have gotten so bad, the Party has a hard time fielding a second place candidate in a two-person race.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Democrats are not far behind.



May 07 12:03

Security forces arrest two more suspected spies for Israel

Lebanese security forces have arrested two more people suspected of spying for Israel, bringing the total number of suspected collaborators detained since the beginning of the year to 16. A police statement published late on Monday said Lebanese policeman Haissam al-Sahmarani and his wife were arrested during a raid on their house in Beirut's Bourj al-Barajneh neighborhood on Sunday evening.

May 07 11:45

Is Everyone In Washington Being Blackmailed?

And so now Republicans are blackmailing Holder, saying they will focus the spotlight on his role in approving renditions if Holder pulls back the cover to far on torture under the Bush administration.
This pretty much ties into Sibel Edmonds' allegations that virtually everyone in Washington is being blackmailed by someone else not to rock the boat. Are most members of Congress being blackmailed on torture, spying, and other issues of national security? Is the White House?

Webmaster's Commentary: 
May 07 11:36

If this doesn't prove that the US Government is controlled by Israel, nothing will.

May 07 11:33

Feds to condemn land for Flight 93 memorial

The government will begin taking land from seven Somerset County property owners so that the Flight 93 memorial can be built in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Park Service said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Enshrining the lie for future generations.



Owl 1
May 07 11:29

DHS Prepping Guidelines On Laptop Searches

PC Magazine - Chloe Albanesius - What standards should border agents consider when deciding whether or not to search a person's laptop?

[I can think of two standards. 1) Invasion of privacy. 2) A moral aversion to theft. But we'll see what the Supremes have to say about who can look in you drawers and for what these clutzes might even have a reason to ask to look. In any event the answer is, NO!]

May 07 11:29

AIPAC has summer camps - part of a 30 year plan

For AIPAC, that message is ensuring that campus student organizations toe a pro-Israel line and that all campus initiatives to disinvest in Israel are defeated.

But it is not just America’s college students who are being subjected to AIPAC’s right-wing propaganda blitzkrieg. This editor overheard a conversation by another AIPAC attendee about continued non-profit funding for a network of summer camps to stress support for Israel and “Jewishness” among the generation following in the footsteps of college students and the generation following that. Clearly understood in the conversation was that the effort was planning for 30 years into the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 07 11:25

Wesleyan Shooting: Suspect Targeting School, Jews

Evidence "suggests that Mr. Morgan may be focused on the Wesleyan University campus as well as the Jewish community," Middletown Police Chief Lynn Baldoni said. "Investigators have been in contact with Wesleyan University and leaders of the Jewish community, urging both to be extra vigilant."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate to stop you in your rush to turn this shooting into a much-needed-by-Israel "Anti-Semitic" incident, but Wesleyan University is a Methodist school!

Should not the assumption be that Stephen Morgan is targeting Methodists?

May 07 11:15

New adrenaline sport sees boarders surf down active volcano

A group of thrill-seekers have developed a 'hot' new adrenaline sport called 'volcano boarding', in which participants race at speeds of up to 50mph down the side of an active volcano.



May 07 11:12

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel

Rahm Israel Emanuel hasn’t been mopping floors at the White House.
As soon as he gets the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 passed, it will become a crime for any American to tell the truth about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and theft of their lands.

It will be a crime to report the extraordinary influence of the Israel Lobby on the White House and Congress, such as the AIPAC-written resolutions praising Israel for its war crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza that were endorsed by 100 per cent of the US Senate and 99 per cent of the House of Representatives, while the rest of the world condemned Israel for its barbarity.

It will be a crime to doubt the Holocaust.

May 07 11:09

House bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty

Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma’s sovereignty.

"We’re going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’ author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City.

"I think our governor is out of step.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Governors see themselves as potential Presidents. Once they have that office at the state house, their focus and allegiance shifts to Washingtno DC.

May 07 11:07

Clinton 'quite impressed' by new war

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oooh, she looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy, in that photo!

May 07 11:04

Naomi Klein: Poorest, most vulnerable paying for bank bailouts

However, political analyst Naomi Klein doesn’t trust the stress tests. “It still feels like they’re playing with the numbers,” she told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, “that they’re trying to delay the moment of truth — and I think that that’s why that confidence is really, really tentative.”

Klein is concerned that “the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country are being asked to bail out the most wealthy.”



May 07 10:53

Republicans warn Holder on torture

The clear suggestion was, if any criminal investigation is opened, Republicans would push to get it expanded beyond events during the Bush administration. Alexander, for example, asked several times whether members of Congress, who were told about the interrogation methods, should also be investigated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both parties are eager to bury the torture scandal before more Americans
wake up to the horror that the US Government has been torturing prisoners all along.

LIFE magazine cover depicting US Army waterboarding a prisoner during the US Intervention in Panama in 1902.

May 07 10:34

FLASHBACK - Mayor Newsom's Israel trip is ill-advised

Mayor Gavin Newsom's acceptance of an all-expense-paid trip to Israel this week exhibits poor moral and political judgment.

May 07 10:30

Praise the Lord and Start Waterboarding

Hensley, the chief of the US military chaplains in Afghanistan, also told US troops that, as followers of Christ, they all have “a responsibility to be witnesses for him” (Jesus). Evidently, God’s covenant entails torture too. A recent survey conducted in the US found that the more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists. Over 60 percent of Evangelical Protestants strongly justified the use of torture, such as waterboarding, beatings, and electrical shock. It seems lately though, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” has turned into “Praise the Lord and Start Waterboarding and Proselyting.”

May 07 10:27

Report: Turkey To Break With NATO On Iran

Jerusalem — A report issued by the Washington Institute says Turkey has moved steadily away from its NATO allies and toward Iran, Russia and Syria.

The report, titled “The AKP’s Foreign Policy: The Misnomer of Neo-Ottomanism” and authored by senior researcher Soner Cagaptay, says Turkey’s new foreign policy — led by the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP according to its Turkish initials — has come at the expense of Ankara’s relations with Israel, the European Union and the United States.



Lockerdome
May 07 10:26

A Cheney Cover-Up?

On April 21, Philip Zelikow, who was counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Bush administration, revealed on Foreign Policy's "Shadow Government" blog that he wrote a memo in 2005 disputing the conclusions of Bush Justice Department lawyers that torture was legal. The existence of such a memo was a surprise. But Zelikow also disclosed that the "White House attempted to collect and destroy all copies of my memo."

This story is not over. Zelikow tells Mother Jones that he doesn't know for sure who in the White House ordered the suppression of his memo, but he says that his "supposition at the time" was that the office of Vice President Dick Cheney was behind the cover-up.

May 07 10:20

Man Detained for Displaying “Don’t Tread on Me” Bumper Sticker

Our friends at The Patriot Depot just received a call from Rosemarie in Ball, Louisiana alerting Patriot Depot that her brother-in-law was stopped by small town Louisiana police and detained by the roadside for half an hour. A background check was conducted to determine whether he was a member of an "extremist" group. Why? Her brother-in-law (name not disclosed for privacy) had purchased and displayed a conservative "Don't Tread on Me" bumper sticker on his car.

May 07 10:19

HEY AIPAC…… WHAT ABOUT GAZA?…. WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN??

May 07 10:18

Will ‘San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Face of Israel’ be the next governor of California?



May 07 10:14

Israel, Racism and Zionism

Korea Times - It is not surprising at all that the U.N. Review Conference from April 20 to 24 in Geneva to ``assess progress made since the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa,'' adopted a protective attitude toward one of the most racist states on earth today.

It was obvious long before the conference began that the U.S. government and the European Union would not allow any honest scrutiny of Israel's racist laws and policies vis-a-vis non-Jews.

May 07 09:58

'120 die' as US bombs village

A misdirected US air strike has killed as many as 120 Afghans, including dozens of women and children. The attack is the deadliest such bombing involving civilian casualties so far in the eight years since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Families in two villages in Farah province in western Afghanistan were digging for bodies in the ruins of their mudbrick houses yesterday. "There were women and children who were killed," said Jessica Barry, a Red Cross spokeswoman. "It seemed they were trying to shelter in houses when they were hit." Survivors said the number of dead would almost certainly to rise as the search for bodies continued.

n/a
May 07 09:53

Computer hard drive sold on eBay 'had details of top secret U.S. missile defence system'

Highly sensitive details of a US military missile air defence system were found on a second-hand hard drive bought on eBay.

The test launch procedures were found on a hard disk for the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) ground to air missile defence system, used to shoot down Scud missiles in Iraq.

The disk also contained security policies, blueprints of facilities and personal information on employees including social security numbers, belonging to technology company Lockheed Martin - who designed and built the system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, simply deleting files does not destroy the data. The computer's delete command just wipes out the directory. The data is still there and easy to recover.

If you are selling or giving away a hard drive, FORMAT IT, preferably more than once. Personally, I would physically destroy my old hard drives rather than sell or give them away.

If you are selling or giving away a computer, you need to repeatedly over-write the files using tools which can be found online. Even this can be risky since modern computers are designed to leave "forensics files" hidden in places where the users are not likely to look containing information of potential interest to law enforcement. When I process a computer for "Hawaii's Computers For Kids" I will mil-spec wipe the drive completely, then reinstall a new operating system. These days I put LINUX and Open Office on the machines since Microsoft is being such pricks about donating XP to charities.



n/a
May 07 09:51

Anti-missile defence details found on secondhand computer

Highly sensitive details of a key US missile defence system have been found on the hard drive of a computer that was disposed of in California.

The information about defence contractor Lockheed Martin included a document detailing test launch procedures, blueprints of facilities and photos and personal daat about employees – including their social security numbers.

Access to such data could allow identity theft or industrial espionage against Lockheed Martin, which is working on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system – a project begun under president Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" Strategic Defence Initiative in the 1980s.

May 07 09:51

Silly John Kerry worried about online journalism, 70,000,000 bloggers

In short, here's what Kerry says: Blah blah blah blah blah blah time we examine the future of journalism in the digital Information Age blah blah and what it means to our Republic and to our democracy.

Blah blah blah blah blah newspapers blah entertained us; they enraged us, but always, they have informed us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if the fact that the blogs uncovered Kerry's hot young trim back in 2004 might have something to do with his concerns?

May 07 09:42

Peres: Israel Won’t Rule Out ‘Other Options’ Against Iran

Speaking before a group of Jewish leaders and diplomats in New York today, Israeli President Shimon Peres says the nation will not “cross out any other options” in dealing with the Iranian nuclear program in the event that the US diplomatic endeavor fails to see the program dismantled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran's nuclear program consists of a power station and the manufacturing of fuel rods for it, both activities Iran is legally allowed to so under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Unlike Israel, Iran's nuclear facilities are subject to outside inspection by the IAEA and despite Israel's obvious war-mongering propaganda, the hard fact remains that no evidence exists that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon.

We have all been down this road before. Israel made the same accusations against Iraq; that the power station being built at Osirik concealed a clandestine weapons laboratory. Following the invasion in 2003, inspectors examined the ruins of the Osirik complex that Israel had bombed and found no indications of any weapons activity.

Anyone think Israel is any more accurate with their claims about Iran?

Fool me once ...



May 07 09:32

Israel Reacts With Shock, Dismissal at US Calls to Join NPT

Yesterday’s comments by Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, suggesting that the Obama Administration would like every nation, including Israel to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) came as a considerable shock to the Middle Eastern nation, which has for the past 40 years kept its nuclear arsenal one of the most poorly-kept secrets in the world.

Israeli officials dismissed the call, citing Iran’s membership in the NPT as proof that the pact is not “a miracle cure for the world’s ills.” The Israeli Foreign Minister has reportedly contacted the US for confirmation, unwilling to believe that a US officials could possibly suggest they should be a party to the non-proliferation agreement.

May 07 09:31

Gates: U.S. troops won't be sent to Pakistan

Speaking to about 300 Marines at Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, Gates assured them that they wouldn't be fighting in the neighboring sovereign nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We're gonna send you all to Iraq, and send THOSE guys into Pakistan!!!"

May 07 09:27

Chaos by design?

As the world teeters on the brink of financial disaster, leaders are calling for a new world order. As early as the late 1990s, David Rockefeller, author of the idea of private power that is due to replace the governments, said that the world was on the threshold of global changes. He invoked the need of "some large-scale crisis that will make people accept the new world order..." Is the current crisis being used as a mechanism to stoke civil fear and unrest, inducing people to succumb to a system of transnational private power? Olga Chetverikova believes we are in the final stage of that long-time planned ?global control? agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world's people see that globalism is what turned a US economic mess into a global catastrophe. Selling them more globalism as a solution is going to be tough.

What happens if there is only a single global government the next time a Hitler comes to power? Or a Bush? Who will stop them from declaring a particular group of people as no longer necessary to the smooth functioning of the planet and ordering their "erasure?"

Look how badly our leaders have run the country. Think they will do any better with an entire planet? If a kid crashes his VW, do you allow him to drive a bus as a reward?

May 07 09:17

Economic casualties pile into tent cities

The unemployed Detroit autoworker moved to Florida last year hoping he'd have better luck finding a job. He didn't, and he spent three months sleeping on sidewalks before landing in a tent city in Pinellas County, north of St. Petersburg, on Feb. 26.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet the US Government can spend tax money on bailouts for the rich, weapons of mass death, torture prisons across the globe, and of course, billions to Israel.



May 07 09:10

A War No Longer on Autopilot: What if Iraq Unravels?

The signature shift in President Barack Obama's handling of the wars he inherited from the Bush Administration has been to reverse their order of priority. The campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan has eclipsed the stabilization of Iraq in Washington's focus, which is hardly surprising given the trend lines in the two wars. While Afghanistan and Pakistan have been sharply deteriorating, the assumption has been that Iraq is on course to a more or less acceptable outcome.

However, in recent weeks, insurgents in Iraq have begun to challenge their relegation in the order of U.S. strategic priorities...

May 07 09:10

Rosen likens AIPAC spy case to Dreyfus Affair

Steve Rosen, the former foreign policy chief for AIPAC who was charged with illegally disclosing classified information, said ulterior motives against "Jews, Israel and AIPAC" were behind the case against him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rosen, you need to learn when to shut the hell up and quit while you are ahead.

May 07 08:59

Netanyahu to offer Autonomy, not a state

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's what Ariel Sharon gave Gaza, remember? In exchange for the world turning a blind eye to West Bank settlements. And once the settlements were established facts on the ground, look what Israel did to Gaza.

May 07 08:51

MPs move to outlaw vulture funds

Former UK ministers and MPs from all UK parties are set to back a bill later on Wednesday outlawing the activities of vulture funds, hedge funds which divert debt relief from the poorest countries into their own pockets.



Owl 2
May 07 08:50

The vulture fund culture must end

I am proposing a bill to outlaw profiteering by financial firms who make millions from the debts of developing countries Cracking down on the excesses of our financial services must include controls on the vulture funds that profiteer out of developing countries' debt. Because in the history of corporate greed, there's a special place for the funds that scavenge on the debts of the poorest people in the world. Like Donegal International, which paid $3.3m (£2.2m) to buy up some Zambian debt, sued for $55m, and settled for $15.5m. Or FG Hemisphere, which bought up $44.1m of Democratic Republic of the Congo's debt and settled for a $100m recovery.

May 07 08:49

Karzai Visit to U.S. Set Against Backdrop of Civilian Deaths, Opposition to Obama Plan

U.S. President Barack Obama met this week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, while another U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan resulting in dead civilians set the tone for the visit.

May 07 08:49

FLASHBACK - 'Respecting Lebanon's Sovereignty'

Foxman was invited to the studio to comment on Kofi Annan's announcement that four UN observers had been apparently killed by Israel deliberately. From the odd choice of "expert" for this subject to the style and content, the "interview" – in a prestigious foreign news weekly magazine – looked like propaganda from the darkest regimes. Moderator Yaakov Achimeir stated time and again as a matter of fact that the observers had been killed "by accident," so that the only realm left to investigate was Annan's personal psychopathology for suggesting otherwise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last time Israel shelled UN positions, we saw the same song and dance as we are seeing in the aftermath of CAST LEAD. The UN was targeted "by accident" and the UN was "biased" in claiming otherwise.

May 07 08:46

THURSDAY TOON ~~ A MESSAGE FOR OBAMA



May 07 08:46

CARING IS NOW ILLEGAL IN ISRAEL

Ezra Nawi was ridiculed and arrested for trying to protect people’s homes. Only international attention can help him now

May 07 08:45

THE INTERNET IS THE GREATEST THREAT FACING AMERICA TODAY

Jay Rockefeller: Internet should have never existed….. all because of ’some kid in Latvia’.

May 07 08:40

Dirty little secrets of the keyboard revealed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We use spill-proof keyboards here which have a solid membrane over the actual switches. Those are far easier to clean because you can open up the keyboard case, clean the membrane (I use a vacuum cleaner) then re-assemble the unit.

Of course, these keys are so worn down I can't see the letters any more, so maybe it is time to get a new keyboard! :)

May 07 08:35

UN IPCC Scientist: 'No convincing scientific arguments to support claim that increases in greenhouse gases are harmful to the climate'

I have reluctantly concluded, after detailed study of the evidence presented by the IPCC, that there are no convincing scientific arguments to support the claim that increases in greenhouse gases are harmful to the climate. [...]

The IPCC “central/benchmark projections” are based on a combination pf ridiculously oversimplified models and unrealistic futures scenarios. The projections themselves conflict with the current fall in global temperatures, the absence of any warming in New Zealand, and the lack of local evidence of sea level change. [...]



May 07 08:34

Mayor Villaraigosa Speaks at AIPAC

Recalling his trips to Israel, he cited images from Sderot’s “campus filled with bomb shelters”; teachers “unsure whether their schools or homes would be standing the next day.“

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; you can tell this guy is running for governor because he is sucking up to Israel.

I note that on those rare occasions when a rocket does fly from some unknown provocateur in Gaza into Israel that it almost inevitably hits an empty field. The reality is that Israalis are far more likely to lose their homes to lightning strikes than to a Palestinian attack.

May 07 08:31

Israeli military occupation 'severely compromises Bethlehem'

The Israeli military occupation around Bethlehem is severely restricting its growth, undermining its economy and compromising its future, according to a UN report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A little something for the Christian Zionists who think Israel loves and respects them.

May 07 08:29

Time running out to stop Iran nuclear pursuit, investigator says

New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that although he's not an expert on proliferation, many such experts were consulted in the financial probes "and it comes out loud and clear: It is late in this game and we don't have a lot of time to stop Iran from developing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me see if I have this right.

Morgenthau, who is paid by the taxpayers of New York to protect the taxpayers of New York from crime, is using his tax-payer funded time to proselytize Israel's war propaganda to Congress.

Morgenthau, who is paid by the taxpayers of New York to protect the taxpayers of New York from crime, is pushing the idea of Americans going off to fight yet another war on Israel's enemies, which will presumably kill and cripple many of those same New Yorkers whose taxes pay Morgenthau's salary and expenses.

Morgenthau, who is paid by the taxpayers of New York to protect the taxpayers of New York from crime, openly admits he knows nothing about nuclear proliferation, yet CNN carries his rant as straight news even though the IAEA inspectors in Iran continue to confirm that Iran is building a nuclear power station and UNLIKE Israel, does not conceal a nuclear weapons factory underneath their reactor.

And even IF Iran had a nuclear weapon, they are STILL not a threat to the United States because the United States has been spending your tax money, not on schools, hospitals, and roads, but on bombs. Lots of them. And nobody dares attack us, not even Iran (whic hasn;t attacked anyone in the last 200 years anyway).

I hope the taxpayers of New York wake up and realize that Morgenthau, who is paid by the taxpayers of New York to protect the taxpayers of New York from crime, is helping to sell their children into slavery for Israel's wars.

May 07 08:13

New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found -- And Spreading

Evolving faster than any other new rabies virus on record, a northern-Arizona rabies strain has mutated to become contagious among skunks and now foxes, experts believe.

The strain looks to be spreading fast, commanding attention from disease researchers across the United States.



Owl 3
May 07 08:12

Gaza laborers injured in Israel left to dry

More than 700 Palestinian workers in Gaza who suffered on-the-job accidents inside Israel used to receive monthly disability payments from Israeli employers. But in January 2009, workers stopped receiving these payments as the Israeli courts decided that Israeli insurance companies are no longer liable towards Palestinians living in what the state has declared a "hostile entity."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone think the Israeli courts will order the Israeli insurance companies to rebate those premiums?

May 07 08:10

Under Fire for Memos, Bybee Reaches Out

In some ways, the controversy concerning John Yoo and Jay Bybee — the former Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos sanctioning the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques, is dying down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No it isn't. We are just putting the focus back where it belongs, on the war criminals who ORDERED the torture; not the hired help that tried to paper over the gaping rent in the Constitution.

May 07 08:07

Climate Model Predictions: It’s Time for a Reality Check

To forecast global warming, we need to know how the average climate state — and especially clouds — will change in response to the little bit of warming from the extra CO2. Indeed, the model that best replicates the average climate of the Earth might be the worst one at predicting future warming.

This fact gets glossed over – or totally ignored – as the IPCC dazzles us with the level of effort that has been invested in computer modeling of the climate system over the last 20 years. The IPCC can show how many people they have working on improving the models, how many years and how much money has been invested, how big and fast their computers are, and how many peer-reviewed scientific publications have resulted.

May 07 07:53

Pro-Israel lobbyist hits back at prosecutors

Steven Rosen, formerly of the America Israel Public Action Committee, told Israel's Channel 10 TV that the charges against him were part of an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish search for Israeli "spies under every bed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You knew this "it's all anti-Semitism" crap was coming, right?

"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell
you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
--
US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.



Taboola
May 07 07:42

If Hitler’s henchmen were tried at Nuremberg, why not Bush and his gang?

May 07 07:41

Murdoch: Web sites to charge for content

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch expects News Corporation-owned newspaper Web sites to start charging users for access within a year in a move which analysts say could radically shake-up the culture of freely available content.

May 07 07:41

Patrick seeks to toughen gun laws

Backed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, the Patrick administration asked lawmakers yesterday to allow prosecutors to hold suspects in gun cases without bail and to bar gun owners from buying more than one firearm within 30 days or face 2 1/2 years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason Boston has such a crime problem is that the gun laws disarm the law-abiding citizens while offering only minor inconvenience to criminals.

May 07 07:37

Drowning in oil, Supertankers sit idle, and -OIL rises 60% under Obama- CHANGE YOU KNOW YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

Wall Street Journal - the newspaper of market suckers - Brian Baskin

NEW YORK -- Crude futures surged to nearly a six-month high Thursday, driven by the prospect of higher oil demand as major economies recover.

[Oh yea, the economy is in great shape. The banks are stealing only slightly faster than the oil companies, so YOU should feel just peachy living in that minivan with the bald tires under the bridge with your three kids and that wife of yours who's taken to talking to herself about suicide being the only way out. Buy a gun, Bubba. Buy a gun.]

May 07 07:36

Wait to have sex, Palin's daughter tells U.S. teens

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter, who caused a stir on her mother's U.S. vice presidential campaign last year when it was revealed she was pregnant, urged young Americans on Wednesday to abstain from having sex to avoid becoming a teenage mother like herself.

May 07 07:32

Justice Dept. drops case against war resister Watada

In Feb. 2007, military judge Lieutenant Colonel John Head halted Watada’s case following possible inconsistencies concerning a “stipulation of fact” agreed before the hearing. The decision led to a mistrial, ending Watada’s court martial. The Army appealed, but a judge said Watada could not be tried again on the same charges, as it would violate his right to be free of double jeopardy.

The Justice Department is dropping its appeal of that judge’s decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Nuremberg tribunals established the principle that all military people are responsible for their actions. They may not excuse war crimes by claiming they were only following orders. It is in the uniform code of military justice that all soldiers have a moral right and an obligation to refuse orders they honestly feel are illegal and immoral. (By extension, that right should apply to all US citizens as well)

Ehren Watada understood that the war in Iraq was illegal and immoral, being based on lies, and he refused to be in a position where he would be required to order his own men into what he knew to be an illegal war.

May 07 07:32

FLASHBACK - Interview with Bob Watada, Ehren Watada's father

May 07 07:31

FLASHBACK - Lt. Watada at Church of the Crossroads

May 07 07:23

Be wary of hosting US torture camps

The US government’s handouts should not be taken lightly considering recent revelations that the US is expanding its secret detention centres for terror suspects to Mauritania, Ethiopia, some countries in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Obama is not only not going to prosecute for torture, he is in fact planning to expand and continue the practices.

May 07 07:22

Afpack vs Pacification

Global Post's second installment on the Vietnam - Afghanistan analogy merits comment (The Pitfalls of Pacification).

We throw words around in the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) and do not stop to consider their Orwellian implications. Take for example, pacification, from pace (L): peace.

May 07 05:45

Stanford Antiwar Alums Call for War Crimes Investigation of Condoleezza Rice

"We the undersigned students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other concerned members of the Stanford community, believe that high officials of the U.S. Government, including our former Provost, current Political Science Professor, and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Condoleezza Rice, should be held accountable for any serious violations of the Law (included ratified treaties, statutes, and/or the U.S. Constitution) through investigation and, if the facts warrant, prosecution, by appropriate legal authorities."

May 07 05:41

Democratizing the US Monetary System: Urgency of the American Monetary Act

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, Stephen Zarlenga, director of the American Monetary Institute (AMI), delivered two briefings on Capitol Hill on the American Monetary Act that AMI drafted and that may be introduced as legislation during the current congressional session. This single measure has the potential of bringing together the tens of millions of people who have realized it’s our bank-run debt-based monetary system that lies at the center of the financial rot that is destroying our republic and its values.

May 07 05:03

Looking Back on the Greatest Depression

On average, world trade fell 31 percent in January 2009. To varying degrees, recession and depression gripped globally.

“The outlook for global consumption remains bleak. Exports are likely to remain lackluster until global consumers regain their appetite for consumption,” wrote Jing Ulrich, managing director at JPMorgan in Hong Kong, in response to the dire data.

To track and make practical use of trends requires critical analysis of not only the data but also of the interpretations arising from the data. This becomes particularly essential when interpretations express a virtual media consensus. “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect,” advised Mark Twain.

May 07 04:59

GM reports six billion dlrs loss in first quarter

Troubled US auto giant General Motors on Thursday reported a net earnings loss of six billion dollars in the first quarter, as it faced the prospect of bankruptcy saddled with mounting debt.

On a more humorous note ...

IKEA to take over General Motors Corporation

May 07 04:59

Group names 25 lenders responsible for economic meltdown

US and foreign banks were not unwitting victims of circumstance but deliberately culpable in the financial meltdown that engulfed the United States last year, a campaign group said Wednesday.

The Center for Public Integrity named 25 “subprime” mortgage companies whose risky lending was blamed for the US property market collapse and the subsequent global economic crisis.

Many of the lenders were either controlled by US and European banks, or could not have indulged in their high-risk lending spree without the connivance of banks, the investigative journalism group said in a new study.

May 07 03:34

Cashing In on ‘Government Sachs’

We are so inured to tales of business corruption that even a devastating exposé in The Wall Street Journal no longer shocks us. The fact that the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank made millions off his secret purchase of Goldman Sachs stock has barely registered a blip of outrage.

May 07 03:17

Taking a Page From the Bush Playbook

truthdig: The Obama administration is now considering reinstating the Military Commissions Act after a four-month suspension, in contradiction to the president’s promise to end military tribunals for detainees and to close down Gitmo.

May 07 03:08

Shadow of the Taliban

dawn.com While the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and its supporters constitute a direct challenge to the authority and resources commanded by the state, it is equally worrying that the extremist right-wing ideology they represent and the tactics they employ are casting a shadow that looms far beyond their strongholds. Large sections of the citizenry living far from the actual theatre of war are being threatened in this manner. This is dangerous for the former threat, it can be hoped, may be countered through superior weaponry and sufficient political will; but the latter threat, being nebulous and diffuse, is almost impossible to control.

May 07 02:58

GOP Pollster: Our National Security Attacks On Obama Make Us Look “Irrelevant”

A high-profile and well-respected GOP pollster is strongly criticizing the new effort by the GOP Congressional leadership to revive the party’s national security attacks on Obama, saying the strategy risks making the party look “out of touch and irrelevant.”

“What are we, in a time machine?” the pollster, Tony Fabrizio, asked scornfully in an interview with me moments ago. “We just got clobbered in two successive elections and lost majorities in both Houses, and the leadership appears to keep on playing the same cards.”

May 07 02:53

Afghans to Obama: Get Out, Take Karzai With You

The title of his lecture shows a certain cheek. Karzai’s seven years in power since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001 have been notable for his failure to prevent their resurgence. Suppose the president’s motorcade this week had taken a different route and headed, not for the airport, but for the southern outskirts of Kabul, he would soon have experienced the limits of his government’s authority. It ends at a beleaguered police post within a few minutes’ drive of the capital. Drivers heading for the southern provincial capitals of Ghazni, Qalat and Kandahar nervously check their pockets to make sure that they are carrying no documents linking them to the government.

May 07 02:49

House bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty

Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma’s sovereignty.

Unlike House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does not need the governor’s approval.

The House passed the measure 73-22. It now goes to the Senate.

"We’re going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’ author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City.

"I think our governor is out of step.”

May 6, 2009

May 06 22:41

Why there are no REAL Christians...

You are not a Christian so stop lying to yourself!

May 06 22:13

Japan sentences Hasidic Israeli to 8 years in jail after Ecstasy bust

A Japanese court sentenced an Israeli to eight years in prison on Friday after convicting him of attempting to smuggle Ecstasy into the country, according to friends of his family.

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