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July 19, 2009

Jul 19 09:24

Did anyone notice Mossad's new outlook on an Iran bomb?

Paradoxically, the current crisis in Iran is producing two contradictory impacts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first clear outcome was the statement made by head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan, two weeks ago. In a surprise move, Dagan dismissed the previous assessments of the Israeli intelligence community regarding Iran's nuclear program and stated that Iran's secret military program would mature only in 2014.

Jul 19 09:23

Israel should answer for Gaza war crimes

The Israeli assault on Gaza in January was an outrage against humanity. Israeli frustration and fury with Hamas led to the government allowing the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to break its own rules and commit a wide variety of war crimes in an effort to punish the entire population and reduce Gaza to rubble.

Jul 19 09:16

Mr. President, we are still torturing?

How do we know that the Obama administration is not itself continuing those inhumane practices at Bagram? Since President Obama also shrouds our prison there in Cheney-style secrecy, the ACLU is trying very hard to find out exactly what is happening there.

What has happened to Obama's repeated pledge to ensure "the most transparent administration in American history?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here, instead of the promised "change", we're just getting more of the same agenda and behavior by the government, fronted by an infinitely more telegenic "pitch-man".

Jul 19 09:16

Man given six months to live discovers tumour is harmless abscess

Phil Collins, 61, quit his job, planned his own funeral and blew £18,000 from a pension pay-out after being told he had inoperable gallbladder and liver cancer.

He fulfilled a lifelong dream of buying a Triumph motorbike, bought wife Isabel a car and made financial arrangements to ensure she was secure after his death.

But when the six month deadline passed he went back to hospital - where further checks revealed the growth on his liver was in fact an abscess.

However, Mr Collins claims that complications from the cocktail of cancer drugs he was prescribed have ruined his health and he is now planning a legal bid for compensation.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jul 19 09:14

IMF warns that Britain's soaring debt is 'testing the limits'

The International Monetary Fund has delivered its sharpest rebuke yet on the ‘dramatic deterioration’ in Britain’s public finances.

In a major blow to Gordon Brown, the Washington-based fund warned the UK is ‘testing the limit of the market’s confidence’ by pushing the national debt towards 100 per cent of gross domestic product - or close to £1.5trillion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those bombs used to kill brown people are rather costly. Perhaps we could all learn to get along without so many of those.

Jul 19 09:13

Israeli warships rehearse for Iran attack in Red Sea

Israeli warships have deployed to the Red Sea for what has been described as a rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran.

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Jul 19 09:09

Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says pamphlet for IDF troops

The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Officials encouraging the booklet's distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

This demonization of Arabs, wrapped around the "big lie" technique, is something you'd expect from the old USSR's playbook.

This is almost an incitement and an encouragement for every member of the IDF to go out and kill every Arab they can find, with the justification that "God wills it!"

Is this the outcome the IDF is hoping to achieve here?!?

Jul 19 09:09


Just a year and a few days after Israeli Military personnel beat, almost to death, Mohammed Omer on his return to Gaza, another beating took place. This time, also to a journalist involved in one of the Humanitarian Convoys bringing aid to the people living there.

Jul 19 09:09


Israel’s plan to annex the whole of Jerusalem, part of its efforts at bolstering its international legitimacy, is being carried out without regard for legal, moral or historical considerations.

Jul 19 09:01

Netanyahu-Mitchell meeting postponed again

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled meeting with US Mideast envoy George Mitchell has been postponed at least until the end of the month.

Another meeting between the two, which was set to take place in Paris last month, was also canceled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Mitchell and Obama are getting a taste of things to come from "my way...or the highway" Netanyahu.

Of course, Mitchell and Obama will never consider stopping military or financial aid to Israel, no matter how deeply and publicly Netanyahu humiliates them.

They'd better hunker down, then, for lots more public insults from Netanyahu, who appears to be utterly secure that this behavior will not cost Israel one dime of US taxpayer-funded support.

Jul 19 09:01

Could we be wrong about global warming?

Could the best climate models -- the ones used to predict global warming -- all be wrong?

Maybe so, says a new study published online today in the journal Nature Geoscience. The report found that only about half of the warming that occurred during a natural climate change 55 million years ago can be explained by excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. What caused the remainder of the warming is a mystery.

"In a nutshell, theoretical models cannot explain what we observe in the geological record," says oceanographer Gerald Dickens, study co-author and professor of Earth Science at Rice University in Houston. "There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models."

Jul 19 08:54

Gates: US public may stop backing Afghan war

The US defense secretary has admitted that the American public will likely stop backing the war in Afghanistan a day after a top US military chief said he can not see an end to the long-fought war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to SecDef Gates: thinking Americans have already stopped backing the war in Afghanistan (if they ever really did).

This has been about two things: the "pacification" of Afghan citizens for long enough to install the pipelines throughout the country, and the protection of the opium crops, from which so many profit so handsomely.

You've got an American puppet in power, swirling in a sewer of corruption which has even included his own brother's connections to the drug trade, a government so crooked that it has to, collectively, screw its socks on in the morning, and a people infinitely less better off than when the US and NATO invaded and occupied Afghanistan.

The options are very limited. Viet Nam should have taught both US civilian and military leadership that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; apparently, that bitter lesson has yet to be learned.

We can, of course, declare victory and go home. That might free up a little money for fixing our crumbling infrastructure.

We can attempt (and this will be impossible without the reinstitution of the draft) to overwhelm the Afghans with a number of troops which will crush the Taliban.

And when the old Soviet Union couldn't do this with 500,000 pairs of combat boots on the ground, how many troops do you think, SecDef Gates, you'd actually need to get the job done; 750,000? One million?!?

Those are pretty impressive numbers. But at the current military complement of about 68,000 troops - give or take - we're just a touch over 10% of the numbers the Soviet Union had here - when they failed.

We could declare a scorched earth policy, killing every single man, woman, and child left breathing in this country, and I am certain that this has been considered under some vilely euphemistic language, such as "final emergency pacification" of the Afghan population. However, coming from the country which so obnoxiously trumpets the values of human and civil rights and democracy (while observing those values in the breach), whatever shred of respect for this country any other country might have will have been utterly destroyed.

At the end of the day, what is needed here are not more bombs, but butter; Afghans deserve the right to create their own destiny, and a working infrastructure at every level (social, political, and economic) which will give them hope for a future.

The current US and NATO military strategy is making that absolutely impossible.

Jul 19 08:52


When it comes to the First Amendment, Team Obama believes in Global Chilling.

Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law professor who has been appointed to a shadowy post that will grant him powers that are merely mind-boggling, explicitly supports using the courts to impose a "chilling effect" on speech that might hurt someone's feelings. He thinks that the bloggers have been rampaging out of control and that new laws need to be written to corral them.

Jul 19 08:51

Now we are borrowing Russian helicopters to fight the Taliban

British frontline troops in Afghanistan are so short of helicopters and transport planes that they are being bailed out by the Russians.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200620/Now-borrowing-Russian-...

Jul 19 08:51

Fiscal ruin of the Western world beckons

For a glimpse of what awaits Britain, Europe, and America as budget deficits spiral to war-time levels, look at what is happening to the Irish welfare state.

Jul 19 08:49

Israel to US: Go f*** yourself. We do as we please.

Jul 19 08:27

Windfalls for Bankers, Resentments for the Rest

All of these companies were beneficiaries of gargantuan government bailouts, in assorted forms and varied sums, but if they assumed they’d hear bravos for prompt paybacks and quick turnarounds, they were in for a shock. At a time when so many people are struggling with foreclosures and are either unemployed or worried about losing a job, these earnings were bound to stir up some basic questions of fairness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The game is rigged; period, end of discussion.

Jul 19 08:21

Obama Ally Throws Cold Water On Health Care

""I have a lot of concerns as a governor," Schweitzer said from the National Governors Association meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi. "Now, let me lay this out, there are only a few states that have a budget surplus, we are one them, we have about $400 million in cold hard cash in the bank. Very few states have got that. And we got there through good fiscal management. You can't put more things on your plate than you can afford to pay for. Now what is happening in Congress right now, things that disturb us as governors, is first they are looking at the rules and one of the proposals would be that the way we are going to pay for a portion of this health care is we will turn to the states and ask them to bond, to pay for some of the health care.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not about people who need health care actually getting healthcare.

This is about more and more taxation on an already tax-strapped population, taxed for money borrowed by this government to continue their wars without end.

At the end of the day in Congress, we don't have democrats or republicans; all we have is the War Party.

And even though we go through our kabuki-style elections every so often in this country, what we have come to in recent years is a new version of taxation without representation, the very issue which caused the
American colonies to rebel against the British government.

Representatives no longer represent We the People; they represent those large interests which have acquired them (through overt and covert campaign contributions and perks), and the people be damned.

Schweitzer is absolutely correct in stating that an intelligent government won't spend more than it has, something the federal government has blown by a wide margin, looking at the national deficit.

Were we not borrowing money to fund these wars without end, then perhaps we could actually fund meaningful health care reform.

But this legislation, which Obama is hoping desperately to stampede through congress without it even being read and digested by congress members, cannot logically be paid for under the current circumstances.

This appears to be just another ploy to stave off the very real possibility that the US will default on its debts before the end of this year.

Jul 19 08:20

'Biting The Rabbit'

About a week later my mother and I went to The Big Store and I pointed it out to her. She gave no indication that I could one day own that rabbit. Easter 1962 arrived and with it....the chocolate rabbit! I was ecstatic!

But when I opened the box, something did not seem right. The weight did not match the size, and when I bit into the ear the awful truth hit me like a framing hammer....the rabbit was hollow!

What I thought was a week's worth of chocolate was the equivalent of two Hershey bars! That was my first inkling that things are not always as they seem in this world and that sometimes things are misleading on purpose.

Jul 19 08:19

President Obama's Favorite Banker

I knew something was up but, I couldn't figure the connection. Now, in retrospect, it should have been obvious. JPMorgan Chase is at its core Chicago-based Bank One. In record time, Dimon weaseled his way into the Chicago's old boys network that launched Obama's presidential campaign.

Jul 19 08:18

Dismantling the Temple

The financial crisis has propelled the Federal Reserve into an excruciating political dilemma. The Fed is at the zenith of its influence, using its extraordinary powers to rescue the economy. Yet the extreme irregularity of its behavior is producing a legitimacy crisis for the central bank. The remote technocrats at the Fed who decide money and credit policy for the nation are deliberately opaque and little understood by most Americans. For the first time in generations, they are now threatened with popular rebellion.

Jul 19 08:15

Copter crash kills 16 in Afghanistan, NATO says

The helicopter was not shot down, ISAF said, adding that the exact cause of the crash was not known.

Jul 19 08:12

Health Care Reform Cannot Wait

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, what Obama is saying is that the TAXES justified by the health care program cannot wait... or the US Government will default on its debt.

Jul 19 08:06

Israel rejects US demand to halt east Jerusalem project

Israel on Sunday rejected a United States demand to stop a building project in annexed east Jerusalem, in the latest dispute between the close allies over the prickly issue of Jewish settlements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama: what did I tell you, Mr. President?!?

Netanyahu has decided that his response to the request to halt this settlement is going to be to spit in your face, and tell you it's raining.

Of course, no matter how intently you're spat upon, you'll never stop sending those checks to Israel, right?!?

No matter how deeply Israel is publicly humiliating you and your administration, you'll just keep on sending those checks, and continuing to validate bad behavior on the part of the Israeli administration, right?!?

And what is wrong with this picture, Mr. President?!?


Jul 19 08:03

Russia’s Sickness: ’Anti-Americanism’

No one in Russia is buying tickets to the traveling Obama road show.

This is the road show whereupon Obama flies into a foreign country and makes a pretty speech that all two of our allowed political viewpoints will pretend to bicker over and then he flies home and US policy continues on the same as before… as this news story from the other day makes clear. So much for that "reset button."

Americans, especially liberals, line up for tickets to the Obama road show. The lines are around the block.

Outside of cocoon America, however, sales are dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The USA is starting to act just like Israel; act like total assholes to the rest of the world, then say there is something obviously wrong with any nation that does not love us.

Jul 19 08:01

Alex Jones The Carbon Tax Deception

Jul 19 08:00

Government Hit Squads, Minus the Hits

The real surprise is that in eight years of off-again, on-again brainstorming, planning and training, the program did not kill a single terrorist. It did not even mount an attempt, C.I.A. officials say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We were too busy whacking real threats like Dr. David Kelly, Deborah Jean Palfrey, and Paul Wellstone!"

Owl 1
Jul 19 07:58

Israel told by US to stop east Jerusalem project

Israel's ambassador in Washington Michael Oren was summoned to the State Department at the end of last week over the project, which aims to build housing units in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, the official said on condition of anonymity, confirming earlier media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, if in fact there ever is a Palestinian state, with consistent Israeli encroachments on Palestinian lands, the state of Palestine won't be much larger than a postage stamp.

And this US posturing about settlements will win absolutely no concessions from Netanyahu.

The only thing Israel will understand will be when the checks, funded with your tax dollars stop until the settlements stop.

Of course, that will only happen when pigs fly.

Jul 19 07:36

Will Chromosome Y Go Bye-Bye?

Is the End of Men Imminent?
ABC News Medical Unit
July 17, 2009—
What makes a man a man? Socially, that is a complicated question. Genetically, however, it is as simple as a single Y chromosome.

But guys, that chromosome is in trouble.

In a new study, researchers say there is a dramatic loss of genes from the human Y chromosome that eventually could lead to its complete disappearance -- in the next few millennia. While the Y chromosome's degeneration has been known to geneticists and evolutionary biologists for decades, the study sheds new light on some of the evolutionary processes that may have contributed to its demise and posits that, as the degeneration continues, the Y chromosome could disappear from our genetic repertoire entirely.

Jul 19 07:35

Palestinian saved Israeli children

Palestinian child called Ahmen Chatib from Jenin was shot by Israeli soldiers in 2005. Although his father Ismeil suffered his child death he decided to donate the organs of his son. The organs were given to four children from Israel. Thanks to the courageous act of Chatib family that shows us the tolerance of the Arabs in Palestine in despite of their suffering under the Israeli occupation and crimes !

Jul 19 07:30

Government Announces Flu Pandemic PSA Propaganda Contest

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Bilderberg member in good standing, has announced yet another waste of taxpayer money. On the USGOVHHS YouTube channel, Sebelius “invites our talented and creative citizens to create and share your PSA about flu prevention and good health.” The videos, according to a blog post on the White House website, “can be funny, cute, dramatic, but most of all, they should help make a positive impact. HHS is organizing an expert panel to evaluate submissions and will present the best PSAs to the public so everyone can vote on their favorite submission. The winning PSA will receive $2,500 in cash and will appear on national television.”

Jul 19 07:10

John Yoo: Al Qaeda Uses Telephones But KGB Spies Don’t

Well, really, the whole thing is worth more for laughs, as Yoo desperately tries to shoot down the straw men haunting his unconscious.

Jul 19 06:57

Internal Rifts on Road to Torment

Interviews Offer More Nuanced Look At Roles of CIA Contractors, Concerns Of Officials During Interrogations

In April 2002, as the terrorism suspect known as Abu Zubaida lay in a Bangkok hospital bed, top U.S. counterterrorism officials gathered at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., for a series of meetings on an urgent problem: how to get him to talk.

In August 2002, as the first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks approached, officials at CIA headquarters became increasingly concerned that they were not learning enough from their detainee in Thailand. When the interrogators concluded that Abu Zubaida had no more to tell, Langley scolded them: "You've lost your spine." If Mitchell and his team eased up and then al-Qaeda attacked the United States again, agency managers warned, "it would be on the team's back," recalled the former U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified information.

Jul 19 06:46

Captive G.I. on Video by Taliban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American soldier who disappeared June 30 in eastern Afghanistan, and was later confirmed to have been captured, appears on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two United States defense officials said.

The soldier is shown in the 28-minute video with his head shaved and the start of a beard. He is sitting, wearing a nondescript gray outfit. When one of his captors holds the soldier’s dog tag up to the camera, the name and ID number are visible.

The soldier, whose identity the Pentagon has not yet released, says his name, age and hometown on the video. American defense officials confirmed that the man in the video is the captured soldier.

(Video at the source link).

Jul 19 06:38

Women, elderly, children and the ill among thousands in Israeli prisons

July 18, 2009
Nablus / PNN – Among the approximately 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 360 are children. Another portion is made up of women.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society confirmed today that the occupation authorities have arrested hundreds of thousands of children, women, youth and the elderly since 1967.

Jul 19 06:34

Are Israeli courts staffed by Nazi judges?

Just as anti-Semitism became official policy in Germany in the mid 1930s, it is seems hostility toward Arabs, including Israel’s own 1.5 million Palestinian citizens, is becoming a de facto official policy of the Israeli state.

This ominous orientation is being constantly promoted by a number of manifestly racist cabinet ministers and Knesset members who declare openly that their aim is to make everyone in Israel "submit to the Jewish nature of the state."

Jul 19 06:29

How Israel Lobby Took Control Of US Foreign Policy

AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
By Jeff Gates

July 19, 2009 "Information Clearing House" -- LOUISIANA - In the early 1960s, Senator William J. Fulbright fought to force the American Zionist Council to register as agents of a foreign government. The Council eluded registration by reorganizing as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. AIPAC has since become what Fulbright most feared: a foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as a domestic lobby.


July 18, 2009

Jul 18 22:39

Before kicks were caught on tape, witnesses say man was beaten on street

The rough treatment of Juan G. Perez during a recent arrest began before he arrived at the Sarasota County Jail, where a surveillance video recorded an officer kicking the handcuffed man and stepping on him.

Two friends, one a former police officer from North Carolina, say they were waiting to sort out a traffic accident on June 26 when they saw the initial arrest of Perez.

The officer repeatedly punched Perez in the face and pushed his face into the concrete as he tried to handcuff Perez, who was drunk but otherwise calm, said Robin Peters and Ann Marie Locklear on Wednesday.

Perez was not bleeding when the officer arrived, and was too drunk to be fighting back, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New motto of the Sarasota Police: "WE TREAT YOU LIKE A KING!!!"

Jul 18 22:35

Fifty thousand General Motors retirees face destruction of benefits

The bankruptcy of General Motors, and the organization of a “new” auto company in its place, is being carried out at the expense of tens of thousands of active and retired auto workers, along with dealerships, other small businesses, and entire communities.

It is a ruthless Wall Street operation, presided over by the Obama administration, that will benefit only the corporate elite. Characteristically, a White House statement July 15 declared that it “strongly opposes” a measure in Congress pressing GM and Chrysler to restore the several thousand dealerships closed by the auto companies’ bankruptcies.

Jul 18 22:34

Swedish Man Attacked & Molested by Tattooed Girl Gang

As the man was lying defenceless on the ground, the women proceeded to pull off his trousers and underwear and molest him sexually before fleeing the scene.

“It’s downright unusual for five girls [to do something like this]. Perhaps there are others who’ve had the same thing happen to them,” Haaster told Aftonbladet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Used to happen to me all the time. I just never felt the need to ... call ... the ... police! :)

Jul 18 22:29

Wienermobile crashes into home in Wisconsin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh I'm glad I'm NOT an Oscar Mayer wiener...!"

Jul 18 22:27

Government pork!

Jul 18 22:09

CBS 60 Minutes: 300 death claims from 1976 swine flu vaccine, only one death from flu

A headline in today's newspaper proclaims "U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine flu." Yet don't miss the powerfully revealing video clip below from the CBS investigative reporting program 60 Minutes before making your decision on whether or not to get the swine flu vaccine when it comes out.

This excellent 60 Minutes exposé reveals blatant U.S. government propaganda and fear-mongering in the swine flu outbreak and mass vaccination of 1976. The incisive report states that though only one person died as a result of the swine flu, "4,000 Americans are claiming damages from Uncle Sam amounting to three and a half billion dollars because of what happened when they took that [swine flu] shot."

Jul 18 22:08

Swine flu eases hold on Victoria

Deputy chief health officer Rosemary Lester says hospitals are reporting fewer patients with swine flu, and services monitoring the virus have recorded a decline in the number of infections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting similar reports from Chile.

How very interesting that just as the "When Pigs Fly" flu starts to wane, the World Health Organization announces they will not be keeping track of infections any more.

Jul 18 19:19

Goldman's $4 Billion High Frequency Trading Wildcard

And based on a few lines of code, retail investors get suckered into a rising market that has nothing to do with green shoots or some Chinese firms buying a few hundred extra Intel servers: HFTs are merely perpetuating the same ponzi market mythology last seen in the Madoff case, but on a massively larger scale.

Jul 18 19:12

Ain't life grand?

In other words, the taxes levied on the people who are now losing their homes and jobs are used in part to pay multi-million dollar bonuses at Goldman.

Jul 18 17:44

I Hate This Phony Democracy

I Hate This Phony Democracy
July 13, 2009
Basically, the rule on freedom of speech in America is this; you are free to say anything you want, provided you don't attract too many listeners, because once you do, the regime will deem you a threat, and you will be attacked by the press as a racist extremist lunatic, afterward, Jewish hate mongers will organize their usual groups of anarchists, liberals, communists, etc and protest at your home and place of work - complete with bottle and brick throwing, not to mention balloons filled with urine.

Jul 18 15:57

I, Government

I grant monopoly privileges to influential industrialists and trade associations. I do this with tariffs and import restrictions that hobble foreign competitors. I do this with regulations that place burdens on new businesses. I do this with licensing laws that restrict access to professions. Of course, these interests pay me to get what they want. Sometimes they pay me simply to leave them alone.

Jul 18 13:30

Is Quoting the Talmud Anti-Semitic?

Should one be defined as anti-Semitic for quoting from Talmud texts that preach for committing or justifying crimes? Texts that define the Talmud supporters – at least – as collaborators, or even instigators to commit, a crime?

This question is a serious one, since the modern State of Israel forces on its citizens the religious views of the Pharisees descendants, namely the rabbis. The rabbis act according to the Talmud teachings. In such a way, Israel is accepting the Talmud and its teachings. What does that mean?

Jul 18 12:51


The main thrust of president Barack Obama’s speech before the centenary meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Thursday was to blame working class African-Americans for the social crisis engulfing them.

Jul 18 12:12

If you like Organic GMO-Free foods... TOO BAD!

If you like Organic foods and don't want to feed yourself or your families Genetically Modified foods, this is a MUST READ article.

Here's an excerpt:
We might, as American eaters, still be having a healthy debate about whether we want to eat genetically-engineered corn, soybeans, and other foods. But the USDA data shows that our farmland is much farther along in making up its mind.

See a new chart showing the huge increase in the percentage of farms planting GMO crops here

Read the rest of the article & take action here:

Jul 18 12:05

MK Ariel: 10 Million Shekels for Urban Torah Seed Groups

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) has reached agreements with government agencies that will allocate 10 million shekels ($2.5 million) for activities of Torah seed groups in the so-called “periphery” cities in the coming fiscal year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...While Israeli soldiers burn and destroy desperately needed Palestinian food crops.

A memo to Tel Aviv: the bitter irony of these agreements, juxtaposed against what Israel is doing to destroy what little Palestinian food is growing on Palestinian lands, is not lost on the rest of the world.

Jul 18 12:01

MoD computers become part of Ghana’s dangerous trade in e-waste

Britain was accused yesterday of dumping toxic household and industrial waste in developing countries on two continents in breach of an international convention.

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, ordered an investigation into two British companies linked to 90 shipping containers containing 1,400 tonnes of waste. They included syringes, condoms and nappies. The companies that received the waste — sent from Felixstowe to three Brazilian ports — said that they had been expecting recyclable plastic.

Jul 18 11:57

Larry Summers cites Google search as progress

Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended.

The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this man "foaming at the mouth mad" to have made such a stupid statement?

We use Google to find out information we DON'T know! There is no need to Google something staring us right in the @#$%ing face!!!!!

Jul 18 11:44

Obama's war

With Obama approaching the end of his sixth month in the White House, there is growing evidence that his administration is in only the first stages of what is shaping up to be a major and sustained escalation of the US war in Afghanistan.

Elected in large part because of the hostility of American working people to the militarist policies of the Bush administration, Obama and the Pentagon are waging an intensified and brutal counter-insurgency campaign that has the potential of dwarfing the carnage in Iraq and dragging on for another decade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The muscularity of Obama's foreign policy (even with mercenaries, which comprise a sizable complement of military forces) cannot be sustained by the continuation of an all-volunteer military.

There will be a point where he will have to re-institute the draft.

Sound crazy?!?

As reported in:


(Updated July 15, 2009)

"Since the inception of the High School Registrar Program in 1981, thousands of volunteers have been appointed as Selective Service High School Registrars. They provide an important civic service, ensuring that students are in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act which requires young men to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. They provide a convenient alternative to registering at the post office, and they can assist men in registering on-line using school computers to connect to http://www.sss.gov. Anyone wishing to serve as a high school registrar can complete the online application."

Remember: all US young men between the ages of 18 through 25 must still register for the Selective Service, under US law, with draconian penalties and consequences if they don't.

We barely have enough military to fulfill their tasks around the world right now.

If there are not a massive number of new recruits for the all volunteer army, where will the rest of the person-power come from for further military deployments?

Jul 18 11:31

Senior Obama Official Backs Cheney and C.I.A., Says Concealment of Assassin Program Legal

Early moves, however, by the Obama administration indicate that it is backing Cheney and the C.I.A.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever have one of those recurring nightmares that you're screaming, but no one can hear you?

I'm having one of those right now, except I'm fully awake, and in absolute disbelief that the Obama administration would back Cheney and the CIA on this.

What we unfortunately appear to have, in the Obama administration, is simply a continuation of precisely the same policies we thought we were voting to get away from last November.

The only difference is, the "front man" pitching these policies appears infinitely more telegenic, and intelligent, than his predecessor.

And that's absolutely ZERO "change we can believe in"

Jul 18 11:25

Prisons expert: Palestinian children in Israeli prison are deprived the most basic of human rights

There are 345 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons where physical and psychological torture are both practiced.

The figures come as part of a report by prison expert Abdel Nasser Ferwana issued today that says children constitute 3.6 percent of the total number of Palestinian political prisoners. "The future of these children are at risk and face harsh torture and degrading treatment," he said. "Children are subjected to systematic violations and the continual deprivation of their most basic rights, among them sickness without medical care."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the US didn't rip a page from the Israeli torture if Palestinian kids.

And withholding medical care has to be characterized as a component of Israel's own "final solution" for sick Palestinian kids in their jails.

Owl 2
Jul 18 11:22

President Carter: Many Children Were Tortured Under Bush

President Jimmy Carter wrote that the Red Cross, Amnesty International and the Pentagon "have gathered substantial testimony of torture of children, confirmed by soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse." In "Our Endangered Values" Carter said that the Red Cross found after visiting six U.S. prisons "107 detainees under eighteen, some as young as eight years old." And reporter Hersh, (who broke the Abu Ghraib torture scandal,) reported 800-900 Pakistani boys aged 13 to 15 in custody.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the "land of the free and the home of the brave" has been torturing......CHILDREN?!?!?!?

If that doesn't get you angry, and demonstrate, concretely, the moral depths to which this country has fallen, I'm sorry: you're just not alive. You may have the appearance of being alive, and going about your daily routine, but you cannot possibly count yourself a moral human being if you are not outraged by this.

There needs to be an investigation, starting at the rotting top of the head of this government, and everyone who signed off on any torture should be persecuted to the fullest extent allowable by law.

If this country is to ever regain any kind of moral reputation, both at home and abroad, it should be made clear by these investigations and subsequent prosecutions, that this country will never, ever use torture again, particularly against children, which is an absolute crime against humanity.

Jul 18 11:13

Israeli forces penetrate half kilometer into Gaza; burn fields

Israeli forces made their deepest incursion into the Gaza Strip in months near Beit Hanoun, penetrating 500 meters past the buffer zone to burn 150 dunums of land.

The agricultural field of wheat and barley crops belonging to the Shabat family was destroyed after an Israeli militarized vehicle left the Erez District Coordination Office (DCO) and drove into the Strip, stopping only to set the land on fire. Dry weather meant the crops burned quickly, consuming the much needed grains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every American tax dollar which goes to support Israel goes to support precisely this kind of Israeli behavior against Palestinians.

We're talking about food here - food for a starving population which only gets its siege lifted rarely(very temporarily, as with the Viva Palestina Convoy, which wound up having to hand-carry supplies because aid trucks were not permitted into Gaza)due to international public outrage.

That outrage cannot be allowed to die. Every possible Israeli and US official should be contacted (politely) and told that siege against Gaza must stop, period, end of discussion.

Jul 18 11:09

Palestinian home and olive tree destroyed by settlers in At-Tuwani

On the morning of 17 July, a Palestinian family from the village of At-Tuwani discovered that their newly constructed house was destroyed during the previous night. In addition, the family discovered an olive tree located near the new house cut in half. The family believes that Israel settlers from the Ma'on settlement and Havot Ma'on outpost are responsible for the vandalism. Despite being threatened by both settlers and officers from the Israel military District Coordinator (DCO), the family plans to rebuild the house.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sometimes, simply surviving is the greatest act of defiance against an illegal and immoral occupation of Palestinian lands.

Jul 18 11:06

US air strikes kill Afghan civilians

Attacks by US warplanes this week killed up to six Afghan civilians, including a four-year-old girl, and left another 16 wounded. The incidents in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province have again underscored the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that despite protestations to the contrary by General Mc Chrystal, the Obama doctrine, when it comes to Afghan civilians is that of the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars.

When notified that there were women and children among the men, the Legate gave the order: "Kill them all: God will find his own".

Jul 18 10:58

Secret US-Israeli meeting to focus on Iran

Ria Novosti reported on Friday that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is planning to visit Tel Aviv within the next two weeks to discuss a whole range of international issues, including Tehran's nuclear case, in secret meetings with the Netanyahu government.

US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, will reportedly accompany Gates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is getting its marching orders from Tel Aviv on Iran.

It appears that there may well be a military strike against Iran, sooner rather than later.

And what is so mind-melting in this entire scenario is, Iran has done absolutely nothing wrong.

As a signatory to the NPT (which Israel, which has nuclear weapons is not), Iran is perfectly within its right to use nuclear energy peacefully, as in the building of its power station.

The IAEA has found absolutely zero evidence that Iran is enriching uranium to the point of weapons-grade development; only to the level necessary to fuel a power plant, which is far lower than is necessary for a nuclear weapon.

But just as in the case of Iraq and the IAEA (remember the hatchet job done on Hans Blix, when he declared that there were no nuclear weapons in Iraq?), the truth has absolutely nothing to do with the outcome which appears to be moving forward.

I would like to hope that some adults in the room in Tel Aviv, Washington, (and Moscow, as Iran is Russia's 7th largest trading partner)will see yet another military misadventure against Iran as the folly it truly is.

Unfortunately, there are some in the corridors of power in DC who see yet another war the only way to get the American economy out of the tailspin it's in, and give the American people something else to focus on other than the economic misery this country's leadership has created in the handling of the US economy.

Jul 18 10:46

Legal Immunity Set For Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

If, in fact, the new vaccines are "rolled out" this fall (and remember: we're just about at the end of July right now), there is absolutely no time to do the normal protocol of clinical trials to insure that there is no danger to humans from this vaccine.

It can't happen.

Computer models are simply just that, and can rarely effectively predict just how certain people may react negatively to a specific vaccine.

Please remember that, for both yourselves and your kids, your family, when evaluating whether or not to receive this immunization, if personal choice in this issue is not countermanded by a Presidential Executive Order.

Jul 18 10:36

Diplomats: Iran advancing nuclear program

Iran is blocking U.N. nuclear agency attempts to upgrade monitoring of its atomic program while advancing those activities to the stage that the country would have the means to test a weapon within six months, diplomats told The Associated Press Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, AP has received its "marching orders" to run this article, variants of which appeared in other on-line entities with an agenda favoring a US/Israeli-mounted attack on Iran.

German authorities, who were originally alleged to be the source on this, have denied making any statements to confirm this.

And notice that AP can't precisely seem to source this, so is running for the the cover of stating that "diplomats" (who apparently refuse to be named) have validated this.

Come on, AP: "who, what, when where and why": these are, have been, and continue to be, the cornerstones of true, honest reporting.

Apparently, the "who" here cannot be corroborated. Consequently, this article cannot possibly be characterized as reporting.

It is, simply put, bad propaganda at best, with a specific geopolitical agenda as its purpose.

Jul 18 10:25

U.N. not to name culprits in Bhutto assassination

The U.N. team conducting an inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will not seek to name culprits, the commission's head said Friday, lowering expectations from the outset.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the UN knows the assassination was an inside job, precisely who ordered the hit and why, but doesn't want to "embarrass" the perps.

Jul 18 10:20

No-bid contracts mean higher costs

The Pentagon saves more than three times as much money when companies compete, the AP analysis showed. Yet more than $242 million in federal contracts — representing more than one-fourth of the military's stimulus contract spending so far — has been awarded under the recovery program through no-bid contracts for repairs and maintenance.

Across the government, more than $543 million in federal contracts have been awarded so far without competition under Obama's $787 billion stimulus program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means even more tax dollars out of your wallets, folks.

But then, of course, people in the Pentagon and Congress do not care about what those extra taxes mean to your quality of life (or the lack of it).

Jul 18 10:15

U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan tests McChrystal's new order

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, ordered American ground troops two weeks ago to avoid calling in airstrikes if civilian lives are at risk, in an effort to avoid casualties and to show the local population that U.S. forces are here to protect them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal: the Afghan people are not stupid.

They understand full well that the American and NATO presence in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with "protecting" the people of Afghanistan: it is about "pacifying" the Afghan people to the degree necessary to install the pipelines for the oil companies, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit.

Notice that the attempts at eradication of the opium poppy crop have been abandoned.

As reported in"


on 11 July in the Air Force Times, Via AP:

"Convinced that razing the cash crop grown by dirt-poor Afghan farmers is costing badly needed friends along the front lines of the fight against Taliban-led insurgents, U.S. authorities say they are all but abandoning the Bush-era policy of destroying drug crops."

So, there you have it, General McChrystal: the Afghan people know precisely why the US and NATO troops are in Afghanistan. And so, by the way, do the American people.

Jul 18 10:00

Zardari presses for ‘economic diplomacy’ to speed up aid

At the Tokyo conference, the US and Japan pledged $1 billion each in aid to Pakistan. Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Turkey also promised millions of dollars to Islamabad to help the thousands of people uprooted from their homes due to the war against the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has just pledged WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?

One billion dollars?!?!?!?

While homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets and this government is broke?

With absolutely zero accountability as to who actually gets the money after the Pakistani government has received it?!?

That's tax dollars the American people, many of whom are struggling just to keep the lights on, unemployed or underemployed because the high paying jobs have been shipped overseas, do not have.

Congress, State Department, and the White House, We the People are putting you on notice.

You are about to encounter a tsunami of resistance toward these governmental policies which take infinitely from the American people, but give absolutely nothing back.

Stop spending for these insanely evil wars without end.

Stop borrowing money We the People did not agree to borrow to finance these wars without end.

We are ceasing to be an endless pit of tax dollars with which you can bail out those companies which made catastrophically bad business decisions, wage wars without end for no damned good reason, and give billions to your other good buddies in earmarks which bring nothing back to the American people

We have had it, thank you very much. We understand that there is, fundamentally, absolutely no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. They both have morphed into "Loot America, Who Cares" Party.

And that cannot be allowed to stand.

Jul 18 09:59

Free Gaza--and Palestine

Last month I led a group of twenty-one human rights workers on a boat from Cyprus to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. We carried toys, medicine, olive tree saplings, toolkits, a fifty-kilo bag of cement and school supplies on our small converted ferry boat.

At 2 AM on June 30, almost eighteen hours into the 230-mile journey, a colleague awakened me. The Israeli Navy was calling our boat on the VHF radio. "You are navigating towards a blockaded area. You are hereby ordered to change your course. If you do not, we will be forced to use all necessary force to stop you."

Owl 3
Jul 18 09:49

Drug Makers Score Early Wins as Plan Takes Shape

The pharmaceuticals industry, which President Barack Obama promised to "take on" during his campaign, is winning most of what it wants in the health-care overhaul.

Jul 18 09:42

Baghdad imposes new limits on U.S. forces

In a curt missive issued by the Baghdad Operations Command on July 2 — the day after Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. troops to bases outside city centers — Iraq's top commanders told their U.S. counterparts to "stop all joint patrols" in Baghdad. It said U.S. resupply convoys could travel only at night and ordered the Americans to "notify us immediately of any violations of the agreement."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; the Iraqi people want their country back, thank you very much.

And remember Cheney's claim that it would be the Iraqi oil which would defer the entire costs of the US military misadventure in Iraq?

Just one more lie in a sea of lies used to justify the "neutralization" of Iraq for Israel, which considered Iraq one of its "existential threats" in the region.

Just as they view Iran at this time.

Jul 18 09:24

Another broken Obama promise - Sell off ROADLESS Nat. Forest logging rights.

"This week, the Obama administration approved the sale of timber in a roadless national forest in Alaska. The Tongass National Forest is a 17 million acre temperate rain forest in southeast Alaska, which is home to both endangered species and native Alaskan tribes. It is the largest temperate rain forest in the United States....

...President Obama supported the roadless rule in his campaign."

Jul 18 09:11

Did You Miss It ?

i think you did
in Poorrichard's post

Max Keiser takes offense to Goldman Sachs oligarchy
By: poorrichard
Link to post: http://whatreallyhappened.com/comment/reply/33844
Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSwWy4E6I04&fmt=

AT 7:36 into the video they reveal that on 911 world trade center building 7, held important bank files that were conveniently lost with the building. "THAT EXPLODED" (Note they don't disagree with him NOR do they say collapsed do to fire but "EXPLODED"

here is a transcript as best as i can make it.
"This is not only about the FED, this is about the bank of England, European Central bank. Where you got the assets, that have gone up, not through sound instruments, but through the files, that banks can not recover anymore."

Jul 18 09:06

Unemployment tops 10 percent in 16 states in June

The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment topped 10 percent in 16 states last month. The rate in Michigan surpassed 15 percent, the first time any state hit that mark since 1984.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember: these are just the "official figures"; the real numbers may well be much higher than what has actually been reported.

Jul 18 08:54

LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

Jul 18 08:53

Glenn Beck "Get Off My Phone" Radio Freak Out (TWILIGHT VAMPIRE METAL REMIX)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love it! :)

Jul 18 08:44

'A Microcosm of America's Foreign Policy'

British commentator hits home runs all the way through this video. And the implication that the U.S. police state does its best to treat its own subjects the same way it treats foreigners is priceless.

Jul 18 08:43

Why Obamacare Can't Work: The Calculation Argument

The correct framework within which to diagnose the problem is to admit that costs are out of control because they do not reflect prices created by the voluntary exchange between patients and providers, between customers and producers, like every well-functioning industry.

Instead, health costs reflect the distortions that government regulators have introduced through reimbursement mechanisms created by command-and-control bureaucracies at federal and state levels.

Jul 18 08:42

Congresswoman introduces bill to ban Credit Default Swaps

I'm a little late to this story, but last week Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced a bill to ban all credit default swaps.

As Waters said:

Preventing all credit-default swaps is essential to bringing stability to the market and preventing a similar crisis in the future.

Many top experts - including nobel prize winning economists and numerous other well-known PhD economists - agree.

Jul 18 08:42

Russia-China Warn US That Israeli Attack On Iran Means “World War”

A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an “urgent warning” to the United States that says if the Americans allow an Israeli nuclear attack upon Iran, “World War will be our response”.

Jul 18 08:41

Having Eyes but Never Seeing

Four Montgomery County police officers are refusing to pay speeding tickets they received from speeding cameras.

Two of them were driving twice the speed limit, driving 50 and 51 mph in 25 mph residential zones.

Jul 18 08:40

Can The Economy Recover?

There is no economy left to recover. The US manufacturing economy was lost to offshoring and free trade ideology. It was replaced by a mythical “New Economy.”

The “New Economy” was based on services. Its artificial life was fed by the Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rates, which produced a real estate bubble, and by “free market” financial deregulation, which unleashed financial gangsters to new heights of debt leverage and fraudulent financial products.

The real economy was traded away for a make-believe economy. When the make-believe economy collapsed, Americans’ wealth in their real estate, pensions, and savings collapsed dramatically while their jobs disappeared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeee-HAAAA; it WORKED!!!!" -- Gold'n-mah-Sacks

Jul 18 08:39


Jul 18 08:39


The recent decision by the Ramallah-based regime to close down the al-Jazeera offices in the West Bank illustrates the vulnerability and utter stupidity of the American-backed and Israeli-tolerated junta.

The decision came a day after Fatah Secretary-General Farouk Kaddoumi appeared on al-Jazeera, accusing Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas and his aide, former Gaza strong man Muhammed Dahlan, of complicity in poisoning the late Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat.

Justifying the decision, PA officials accused al Jazeera of bias, incitement and fostering division within the Palestinian community.

In fact, al-Jazeera didn’t go beyond transmitting Kaddumi’s impromptu news conference as other TV networks and news agencies did.

Jul 18 08:38


Jul 18 08:36

Twenty Steps to a Better and "Secret Nazi Cabal" Free America

1. The first thing the United States military must do is employ U.S. submarines and surface ships in an effort to begin shadowing "secret nazi cabal" submarines and prepare for a preemptive strike upon them if they get within range of American cities.

2. Immediately cease and desist the delivery of any and all weapon systems and ammunition to the "secret nazi cabal" state. Ignore any threats that will inevitably follow – if the "secret nazi cabal" has low yield nuclear weapons in U.S. cities as Seymour Hersh claimed they did [or still do] in Russia, so be it – if they [the "secret nazi cabal"] use them, they seal their own fate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"if the "secret nazi cabal" has low yield nuclear weapons in U.S. cities as Seymour Hersh claimed they did [or still do] in Russia," that would sure explain why the US Government kowtows to the "secret nazi cabal" in such a humiliating manner!

Jul 18 08:31

First Gaza rocket for a month hits Israel: army

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST in time to divert world attention from the hijacking of the Humanity, the kidnapping of a congresswoman, the blockage of the French medical mission to Gaza, the UN report on Gaza, and the Viva Palestina convoy being forced to hand carry their food and medicine into Gaza!

Jul 18 08:28

Goldman's $4 Billion High Frequency Trading Wildcard

A recent story in Advanced Trading goes after some of the minutae of High Frequency Trading and provides a glimpse of the total value that HFT may provide to behemoth PT powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs. The article presents a very valuable perspective on just why HFT is so critical these days, especially when cash traders go for 6 hour Starbucks breaks between 10 am and 3:30 pm: "high frequency trading firms, which represent approximately 2% of the 20,000 or so trading firms operating in the US markets today, account for 73% of all US equity trading volume.

Jul 18 08:27

Goldman's not acting like a bank ... yet

When Goldman switched to a bank holding company, such big profit seemed unlikely as analysts worried the firm would face stricter regulatory oversight from the Federal Reserve, with limits on risk-taking and higher capital requirements. See story Wall Street changes.

But almost 10 months later, nothing much appears to have changed, some analysts said in the wake of the firm's second-quarter results.

After two quarters as a bank holding company, Goldman is still "not reporting like a bank and not acting like one either," said David Hendler, Baylor Lancaster, Pri de Silva and Kristine Lanspa, analysts at CreditSights, an independent fixed-income research firm.

Jul 18 08:23

Four million British identities are up for sale on the internet

Highly sensitive financial information, including credit card details, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and even PINs are available to the highest bidder.

At least a quarter of a million British bank and credit card accounts have been hacked into by cybercriminals, exposing consumers to huge financial losses. Most of the personal data has been gathered as a result of “phishing” — a process whereby members of the public are duped into handing over their key details, such as user names, passwords and credit card details.

Jul 18 08:21

MoD spies on heroes wounded in battle: Hundreds seeking compensation are filmed covertly to see if they're lying

Jul 18 08:20

Israel planned 'Ahmadinejad assassination'

Israel, in collaboration with Iranian terror groups, planned to assassinate Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says Tehran's top intelligence official.

Intelligence Minster Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i said Israeli officials met with the terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) to execute the plan, according to a report by the semi official Fars News Agency.

"The Zionist regime had met with the MKO on the sidelines of the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting in Egypt and in Paris to assassinate Mr. Ahmadinejad," Mohseni-Ejeie was quoted as saying on Friday.

The terrorist group had, however, set conditions for carrying out the assassination, he added. "They had asked that the US and the West remove their name from their blacklists."

Jul 18 08:17

W.H.O. Says It Plans to Stop Tracking Swine Flu Cases

In a move that caught many public health experts by surprise, the World Health Organization quietly announced Thursday that it would stop tracking swine flu cases and deaths around the world.

The announcement, made in a “briefing note” posted on the organization’s Web site late in the day, perplexed some experts, and even baffled a W.H.O. spokesman, Gregory Hartl, who said in an e-mail message, “I don’t have reliable info” about what his agency would track instead.

Jul 18 08:12

Swiss banks running out of storage space for gold bullion

In a note entitled No more space for Gold Bars, Swiss news website 20 Minuten Online reports that Swiss banks are running out of secure storage space for gold bullion held by investors and institutions. Fears of hyperinflation, the economic downturn and the success of gold index funds (ETFs), which are supported by physical gold, has led to a run on precious metals investment – and in gold in particular, and in the necessary secure storage space in which to hold it..

Jul 18 08:12

WEEKEND COMMENT - What is 'Fractional Banking'?

Stop lending for long enough and people start going out of business at which point you, the goldsmith, buy up as much property and as many real commodities as you can (just by printing some more paper).

Including the current recession (which I call Grand Theft, Planet) this has happened in the Capitalist world exactly six times, once in each generation, since the South Sea Bubble burst in 1775.

Jul 18 08:03

Homeless vets get helping hand

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... but not from the government they sacrificed so much for and whose economic policies made them homeless.

Jul 18 08:02

U.S. Lenders Lean on Investment Banking for Profits

Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., the three biggest U.S. lenders, reported a total of $10.2 billion in profits for the second quarter that relied on investment banking and asset sales to counter growing losses on consumer loans.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which gets almost none of its revenue from retail consumer banking, had a record quarter, reporting earnings of $3.44 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means that Goldman Sach's profits come ENTIRELY from it's high frequency program trading, which draws $100 million a day from the stock market without putting anything of value back in.