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August 7, 2010

Aug 07 14:12

Former U.S. Cabinet Member Detained and Interrogated in Israel

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala was detained and interrogated for two hours at Ben-Gurion Airport last month, according to The Chronicle for Higher Education’s blog The Ticker.

Aug 07 13:30

Historic 9/11 Truth Billboard Revealed in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The 24’ (w) x 12’ (h) billboard was installed sometime Thurs. afternoon, Aug. 5, 2010 on South Higuera, just south of Elks Lane in San Luis Obispo (near the Sutcliffe Cemetery). [ MAP: http://tinyurl.com/24jcasv ].

The activists who brought this matter to the people of San Luis Obispo County and the thousands that will drive by the billboard over the next 8 weeks realize that the evidence we are attempting to share is difficult to digest. Many simply cannot bear to question the official version of what happened on 9/11 because the implications are so difficult to face.

Aug 07 13:23

NIST piles it higher and deeper: structural engineer Anders Björkman refutes Dr. Zdenek Bazant

Björkman became a formal critic of the “Progressive Collapse” or “Piledriver” theory promoted by Dr. Zdenek Bazant, a consultant for the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) in its work on 9-11. The Piledriver Theory basically says that prolonged heating weakened the support columns of a single floor which caused the upper section to crush what was below it in a chain-reaction all the way to the bottom.

"I explained on my website that you cannot destroy a building by dropping the top on the bottom; you have to destroy it from the bottom,” Björkman said. “Then a lot of people criticized that and said, ‘But Dr. Bazant says the opposite, and he has written all these papers,’ so of course I looked at these papers, and said, ‘This Bazant is nonsense.’ But others said, 'But he’s peer-reviewed. It has been published in a scientific journal—the Journal of Engineering Mechanics.’”

Aug 07 13:01

Tea Party Traitors and RINOS

Fred Costello and Lloyd Marcus being confronted at a public event in Debary, FL. 8-5-10. You can see Lloyd Marcus slink away and leave his boy Costello to take the heat. WHAT A BUDDY!!

Aug 07 12:50

How Many Iraqis Did We "Liberate" From Life on Earth?

Is there a man or woman in America today who is willing to stand at noon in the public square and claim that demands to bomb, invade, and occupy other people's countries have anything to do with human liberation?

If such people can be found, let them answer a few simple questions about the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from the companionship of their loved ones?

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from dwelling in the houses and towns and the country of their birth?

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from life on Earth?

Aug 07 11:25

Freedom Rider: White Citizenship

Freedom Rider: White Citizenship
08/04/2010 — Margaret Kimberley
We want our country back” is not just an anti-Obama call to action. It is a call to revive an idea which ought to have been firmly discredited by now, that America should belong only to white people and that they alone should have a voice in how it is run. It would be a terrible mistake to see these citizenship proposals only as anti-Latino based bigotry. They are surely that but they are also a means of keeping the non-white population under control and depriving them of any rights which a white person need respect.

Aug 07 11:07

There is NO Down side for Israel for the coming Zionist instigated, USA Attack on Iran

Israel wanted Saddam gone and pulled their puppets strings in the WH and Congress to raze that nation to the ground, but by using American money and other people's lives and the horrible visions of the MOSSAD/CIA 9/11 false flag to scare the hell out of Americans into invading Iraq.

Since then, the USA has been bogged down, stuck in Iraq with no clear signs or intent to exit.
Israel's goal of removing Saddam was realized, along with the utter destruction of Iraq and the murder of millions of Iraqis.


Aug 07 11:03

Clinton Refuses to Answer My Questions About Gaza Flotilla

As a former US diplomat who worked for 16 years in the State Department and served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan (I helped reopen the US Embassy in December, 2001) and Mongolia, and who received an award for heroism from the State Department for actions during the evacuation of the US Embassy and the international community during the Sierra Leone civil war, I am deeply saddened by the lack of professionalism in my former organization in responding to such a request.

Now that your daughter Chelsea's wedding is over, could you please ask the State Department's inspector general to determine why after seven weeks there has been no response to my June 14, 2010 letter?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Americans - even those with such an incredible background of service to their country as that of Anne Wright - don't matter to this government, and are completely second-class citizens when it comes to taking care of Israel.

The silence from Washington remains deafening.

Aug 07 10:57

Fallujah – a poisoned city

Unreported in the New Zealand media and virtually unreported in the United States was the release of a report by public health academics who studied the cancer rate, infant mortality and the birth to sex ratio of children in Fallujah. The authors concluded that the findings, "show increases in cancer, leukaemia and infant mortality and perturbations of the normal human population birth sex ratio significantly greater than those reported for the survivors of the A-Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good hard look at the kids in the photo midway through this article.

Then, imagine for just one second that these were your kids; poisoned, ill, and robbed of any semblance of a normal life.

What would you be thinking about the people who did this to your familiy?!?!

Aug 07 10:51

Uribe's appointment to flotilla probe guarantees its failure

It is hard to believe that, in spite of Uribe's appalling human rights record, he has been chosen to be part of a UN human rights commission. Going beyond Uribe himself, any representative of the Colombian state must be suspect when it comes to investigating human rights violations as official and "unofficial" state-sanctioned human rights abusers act with impunity; 98 percent of such cases remain unprosecuted ("Baseless Prosecutions of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia," February 2009).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the fix is already in!

Aug 07 10:48

Kashmir death toll rises as India faces fresh protests

THE DEATH toll from the recent round of recurring clashes between demonstrators and the security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir province is now close to 50.

Most of the dead were shot by the security forces for defying a curfew.

Since the middle of June, the Kashmir valley has been rocked by violent agitation. Protesters, angry over decades of repressive Indian rule over their disputed Muslim-majority Himalayan province, have hurled rocks and set government buildings and vehicles alight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, India is behaving as miserably imperialistically against Kashmir as the British did against India, before the popular revolt forced the British out.

India has a very brave decision to make, and a game-changing decision in terms of enhancing peace and stability in the entire region.

India needs to allow the Kashmiri people to determine their own destiny, with the long-promised referendum.

This is the only honest answer to ratcheting down the tensions in the region.

I hope Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recognizes, as hard as it is going to be, what the right thing to do here will ultimately be.

Otherwise, he - and the Indian and Kashmiri people - may well be looking at decades more of bloodshed and civil unrest.


Aug 07 10:38

Palestinian-American professor threatened by Israeli authorities

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, who has taught at Yale and Duke Universities in the US, and is a renowned author and activist on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has been issued an order by the Israeli military to appear before a military tribunal on August 9th.

Qumsiyeh's supporters believe that he is being targeted by Israeli authorities for his documentation of non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli Annexation Wall in the Bethlehem area. He has posted dozens of videos on Youtube in recent months, showing Israeli troops attacking non-violent demonstrators engaged in 'sit-ins' to protest the illegal construction of the Israeli Wall on their land, in violation of international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Israeli government is attempting to take the concept of "shooting the messenger" to a new low.

Aug 07 10:23

The next justification for war

The cover of Time’s Aug. 9 edition features a shocking photo of an 18-year-old Afghan woman whose nose was brutally cut off by the Taliban. The stories associated with the photo assure us that this will be the fate of many, if not all, Afghan women if the U.S. does not continue its occupation ad infinitum.

Aug 07 10:20

US believes Spain to be Al-Qaeda base and target

The US State Department on Thursday evening issued a report regarding terrorist activity in 2009 in which it highlighted two of its key conclusions: That Spain is being used as a base by Al-Qaeda and that the new Basque Government's antiterrorist policy is "less unequivocal for dealing with ETA".

The US Government considers that during 2009, Spain continued to be "an important base" for terrorist organisations and that (the country) "worked hard to prevent terrorist acts that may have been aiming at US interests".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but is this the same US government which believed that it was perfectly OK for Michelle Obama and her daughter to travel to Spain on vacation, and that they were not in danger of any possible threat from these alleged "Al-Qaeda"?!?

Is there not some deep level of disconnect here?!?

Aug 07 10:14

The Next War

With Adm. Mike Mullen’s ambivalent acknowledgment several days ago on "Meet the Press" that the military indeed has a plan for invading Iran, to be used if necessary, "the next war" has begun, suddenly, to take shape in the media. No public input needed! We’re the spectators here. Stay tuned. We’ll bring it to you live.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a very real possibility that a US/Israeli strike against Iran could well end in catastrophe for these two countries, particularly if Russia and China decide to enter the war on the side of Iran.

I would like to hope that this possibility keeps some in the corridors of power in Tel Aviv and Washington awake at night, but seriously doubt it.


Aug 07 10:06

Fluoride water 'causes cancer'

Fluoride in tap water can cause bone cancer in boys, a disturbing new study indicates, although there is no evidence of a link for girls.

New American research suggests that boys exposed to fluoride between the ages of five and 10 will suffer an increased rate of osteosarcoma - bone cancer - bet-ween the ages of 10 and 19.

The increased cancer risks, identified in a newly available study conducted at the Harvard School of Dental Health, were found at fluoride exposure levels common in both the US and Britain. It was the first examination of the link between exposure to the chemical at the critical period of a child's development and the age of onset of bone cancer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Parents, this is reason enough to start screaming at the local city councils to stop the practice of fluoridation of your city's water supply immediately.

Aug 07 09:53

US-Vietnam nuke deal will likely allow enrichment

The Obama administration has told U.S. lawmakers that a nuclear cooperation deal with Vietnam is unlikely to include a coveted promise by the Hanoi government not to enrich uranium, congressional aides say.

The United States had sought a no-enrichment pledge, which the State Department promotes as the "gold standard" for civilian nuclear cooperation accords.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why, when the US and Israel are pounding on Iran for their moderate enrichment of uranium for medical isotopes, is the US not insisting on a non-enrichment pledge from Vietnam on this deal?!?

Aug 07 09:42

Ex-Pakistan spy chief: Afghanistan war 'lost cause'

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is a "lost cause," said a former Pakistani intelligence chief, and the United States needs to negotiate peace with Taliban leader Mullah Omar. "You have to talk to him, and I'm sure it will work out very well," Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview to air Sunday.

U.S. intelligence documents published last week by WikiLeaks cited Gul and implicated Pakistani intelligence as supporting al Qaeda. Gul has denied the allegations. "I'm quite a convenient scapegoat," he said. "I don't support any one faction in Afghanistan. I support the Afghan nation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this man is saying is painfully logical, which means that the US will dismiss this notion about a negotiated settlement with the Taliban out of hand.

Aug 07 09:29

Dollar nears 15-year low versus yen

The U.S. dollar approached a 15-year low against the yen on Friday and fell against the euro after news that the United States shed twice as many jobs in July as expected added to worries about the economic recovery.


Aug 07 09:26

GORDON DUFF: NEW “AL QAEDA” LEADER MAY BE ISRAELI

Adnan Shukrijumah, 35 formerly of Brooklyn, New York and Miami Beach is more likely to carry the real name Levine or Goldstein. The “legend,” intelligence jargon for a false background constructed for an imaginary person, created for Shukrijumah is paper thin. An FBI Agent named Brian LeBlanc in an “exclusive interview” with the Associated Press warned the world of this new “bin Laden” clone.

Aug 07 08:44

Greenpeace Leader Admits Arctic Ice Exaggeration

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the media screaming "Global warming" about the chunk of Greenland ice breaking free.

Aug 07 08:40

Alex Jones is being exposed by patriots as Israeli agent

Then I saw where Alex Jones said that the Saudis controlled Hollywood, which was off the charts full of shit. Then I saw him defending Israel and never doing anything more than taking the attention of his readers and followers away from the truth, by acting like a loud embarrassment proof version of all the things he was supposed to despise and being proud of it. Then I found out who his advertisers are and who handles his public relations and the tree of money and influence that is the fruit of the poisoned message that takes the attention away from who and why is what and where.


Aug 07 08:30

Massive ice island breaks off Greenland

Environmentalists say ice melt is being caused by global warming with Arctic temperatures in the 1990s reaching their warmest level of any decade in at least 2,000 years, according to a study published in 2009.

Current trends could see the Arctic Ocean become ice free in summer months within decades, researchers predict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It didn't melt, it cracked off, and if you stop and think about it,. ice is ALWAYS breaking off the edges of the ice masses. Or did you think space aliens dropped off that iceberg that E.J. ran the Titanic into?

and the above claim is in error. The Earth was much warmer during the Medieval warm period than today.

Aug 07 08:22

PREPARING FOR THE ZIONIST ARMAGEDDON

Despite the growing number of individuals, including many prominent Jews, speaking out and demonstrating against Israel’s polices, the government of Israel is going ‘full steam ahead’ in preparation for still another war in the region.

Aug 07 08:21

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORK’S FLOTILLA CRUISE FOR GAZA

Aug 07 08:09

Exclusive Interview With Wife And Friend of Turkish Marmara Ship Martyr

"He lived like a martyr and became a martyr", says Derya, Martyr Cevdat K?l?çlar (Jawdat kilichlar)'s wife and life partner.


Aug 07 08:06

Globalists Race To Enforce Criminal Carbon Tax

Both Strong and Gore come from the Club of Rome clique, who in their 1991 Report, “The First Global Revolution” openly admitted how they were planning to exploit the contrived hoax of global warming in order to further their agenda.

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.,” they wrote.

Aug 07 08:04

Israel Being Mocked by The Independent

According to the Jersusalem Post the IDF told the inquiry that the group on the boat were "well-trained and likely ex-military" because "each squad of the mercenaries was equipped with a Motorola communication advice, so they could pass information to one another". A Motorola communication advice? So these so-called peace-activists were armed with mobile phones! It's a wonder the whole Middle East wasn't set alight. And to think Motorola and other sinister arms dealers such as Nokia and Orange go round trading in this deadly merchandise quite openly.

Aug 07 08:03

FARTHER!

Aug 07 07:55

A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?

Could Obama have Asperger's? He might have some mild traits, but certainly not the full-blown disorder. In contrast to Obama, those with Asperger's get fixated on some behavior, like programming computers. Obama lacks this kind of passion and zeal.



Lockerdome
Aug 07 07:55

Flashback VIDEO: Pro-State Bank Gov. Candidate Bernero OWNS Fox News Host

Former Lansing Mayor and current Democratic candidate for Governor of Michigan Virg Bernero in a flaskback video where he owns Fox News anchor who tries to pepper him with petty questions. Virg Bernero’s proposal to establish a state-operated bank that can make direct loans to businesses in emerging, job-creating industries will make him part of a large growing movement of regaining direct control of local economies through state-owned banks. His site says "It has worked in North Dakota, and we can make it work here."

Aug 07 07:53

Gilad Atzmon: Goyim’s Organs Are Needed

Haaretz reported yesterday that an Israeli man was “arrested on Friday for allegedly running an organ trafficking network in the Ukraine”

According to the report, the network operated for over three years and recruited donors via the internet. Most of the donors were young women who agreed to sell a kidney for $10,000.

The organs were sold to Israelis for $200,000 and more. Ukrainian police estimated that the network made a gross sum of $40 million.

Aug 07 07:51

Arizona: A “Revolutionary” line in the sand?

I believe that history will show that the passage of SB 1070 by Arizona, and the federal government’s lawsuit to stop its implementation will be regarded the first battle of the 21st century American Revolution.

Aug 07 07:50

Turkey summons US diplomat

Turkey has summoned a top US diplomat to protest against Washington's interference in a UN mandate probing Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.


Aug 07 07:48

6 million dead fish, alligators, turtles and dolphins floating down Bolivian rivers

"The extreme cold front that hit Bolivia in mid-July caused water temperatures to dip below the minimum temperatures river life can tolerate. As a consequence, rivers, lakes, lagoons and fisheries are brimming with decomposing fish and other creatures.

Unprecedented

"Nothing like this has ever been seen in this magnitude in Bolivia. Inhabitants of riverside communities report the smell is nauseating and can be detected as far as a kilometer away from river banks.

Aug 07 07:45

Weekly Standard Falsely Claims Iran Is Starting Proxy War With Israel

It’s nothing unusual for the flagship neocon rag, the Weekly Standard, to try to start wars in the Middle East. But Gabriel Schoenfeld’s post today on the magazine’s blog was irresponsible even by the Standard’s… well, standards.

Schoenfeld, a fellow at the neocon Hudson Institute, fabricates the details of incidents at the southern and northern edges of Israel in order to connect the attacks to the Islamic Republic.

Aug 07 07:42

America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

One of the key signs that we are in the early stages of an economic collapse and that we are heading towards another Great Depression is America's crumbling infrastructure. The truth is that our infrastructure is literally falling apart all around us.

Aug 07 07:41

Local Governments To Cut 500,000 People In 2010 And 2011, As $400 Billion Budget Shortfall Brings State Economies To A Halt

Ever wonder why according to the latest economic poll published by Reuters earlier the general public's satisfaction with Obama's handling of the economy is deteriorating faster than any other issue? (not to mention that 46% of Americans believe Obama is not focused enough on job creation, and that 72% of republicans say they are certain to vote at the November congressional elections versus 49% of democrats).


Aug 07 07:38

Literacy - Where does your country rank?

Aug 07 07:36

Israeli organ-trafficking ring busted

Ukrainian police have smashed an Israeli-run organ-trafficking network illegally recruiting organ donors to send their body parts to Israel.

Ukrainian authorities said on Friday that twelve people, most of them Israelis, were arrested for taking part in a scheme to recruit organ donors from Ukraine and other former Soviet countries via internet and transplant the organs into Israelis who had ordered them in advance.

Aug 07 07:34

'No prison for Mossad hit squad helper'

A suspected Mossad agent, wanted in Germany in connection with the murder of a Hamas leader in the United Arab Emirates, may only be fined after he is extradited by Poland, reports say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No investigation for possible involvement in the Dubai hit squad operation, just a slap on the wrist, and off he'll go ready to participate in the next murder.

Aug 07 07:32

Masked settlers attack international peace activists in Hebron

This morning, in a second day of violence in the village of Al-Buwayra, near Hebron, two international peace activists were attacked by three Israeli settlers wearing black masks.

Both were left seriously injured and have been hospitalized following the unprovoked attack.


Aug 07 07:29

THE MOST REASONABLE EXPLANATION I'VE SEEN FOR THE WHOLE "BIRTHER" THING

Makes sense to me, too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good. Maybe we can ditch this whole birther issue as the distraction it was made to me. We have a lot of really good reason to want Obama out of office, mostly related to job performance, and in this writer's opinion, treason against the American people in the face of Israel. This birther nonsense was never going to go anywhere and was a waste of time and energy. Let's refocus on the horrible job this man has done, the broken campaign promises, the broken nation, and broken economy.

Aug 07 07:26

Holocaust Museum whines and whines and whines and whines and whines ...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shut the @#$% UP, already! We are sick and tired of all you people who are stuck living in the past and cannot deal with the 21st century!

Aug 07 07:15

"No Hablo Ingles" (Official Music Video)

Aug 07 06:46

Another Nuremberg in the Making: Intelligence Agencies Employ Physicians to Torture Detainees

John Galt
Activist Post

A series of recent revelations have scratched the surface of just how deranged the actions of America's intelligence agencies have become. Using legalese and secret directives, U.S. intelligence agencies have attempted to argue that certain human beings are . . . not human.


Aug 07 06:30

Suspected Israeli torturer gets key police job in Jerusalem

A police officer known as “Major George” who is accused of torturing Arab prisoners in his previous role as chief interrogator in a secret military jail has been appointed to oversee relations with Jerusalem’s Palestinian population, Jonathan Cook reports.

Aug 07 03:09

Who will take out the garbage if our courts of justice won’t punish war crimes?

By Stuart Littlewood

Millions would love to see the present crop of war criminals dangling from lamp-posts.

But somebody called “Ellie” writing on Medialens has put a damper on this happy prospect. She explained the difficulties in bringing the scum to book. One of the things the British government wants to do, she said, is “stop the possibility of private prosecutions for (international) crimes committed by foreign nationals, so that friendly war criminals can continue to sup tea in Buckingham Palace”.

Unfortunately crimes that can supposedly be tackled under universal jurisdiction are limited and don’t include waging a war of aggression (although they do include war crimes in general), “so we can’t get anywhere with this charge (e.g. against Bush) in a domestic court”.

Aug 07 03:05

JOHN PILGER : Tony Blair must be prosecuted

Tony Blair must be prosecuted, not indulged like his mentor Peter Mandelson. Both have produced self-serving memoirs for which they have been paid fortunes.

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger writes about the “paramount war crime” defined by the Nuremberg judges in 1946 and its relevance to the case of Tony Blair, whose shared responsibility for the Iraq invasion resulted in the deaths of more than a million people. New developments in international and domestic political attitudes towards war crimes mean that Blair is now ‘Britain’s Kissinger’.

Aug 07 02:08

Nothing short of nukes will work

The Noor anti-ship missile is a locally built version of the Chinese YJ-82. It has a 200km range, enough to cover all the major choke points in the Gulf. It flies at twice the speed of sound just metres above the sea's surface and has a tiny radar profile. Its single-shot kill probability has been put as high as 98 per cent.

Iran's mountainous coastline extends along the whole northern side of the Gulf and these missiles have easily concealed mobile launchers. They would sink tankers with ease and, in a few days, insurance rates for tankers planning to enter the Gulf would become prohibitive, effectively shutting down the region's oil exports completely.


Aug 07 01:55

S510 - Illegal To Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food SB S510 Will Allow Government To Put You In Jail ....

S510 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US.

"If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public's right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one's choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God." It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food." ~ Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower.

Aug 07 00:08

Texas sheriff says it's “domestic terrorism” at the border

Border sheriff shares views at local town hall meeting
By COREY L. TURNER
Updated: 08.04.10
According to Sigifredo Gonzalez, the sheriff of Zapata County, the battle on the Texas border is best described as “domestic terrorism.”
“How many more police officers have to die? The border is not owned by the United States or Mexico - it is owned by the drug cartels,” Gonzalez said to the crowd at Congressman Ted Poe’s town hall meeting at Lone Star College-Kingwood July 31. ...

August 6, 2010

Aug 06 22:48

HP Stock Dives 10% as Disgraced CEO Collects $28M in Cash and Stock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Lauded for making Hewlett-Packard Co. the world's biggest technology company, CEO Mark Hurd was in negotiations for a new contract worth about $100 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Instead, he's getting about a third of that to just go away.

Aug 06 22:05

7.9 million jobs lost, many forever

The recession killed off 7.9 million jobs. It's increasingly likely that many will never come back.

The government jobs report issued Friday shows that businesses have slowed their pace of hiring to a relative trickle.

"The job losses during the Great Recession were so off the chart, that even though we've gained about 600,000 private sector jobs back, we've got nearly 8 million jobs to go," said Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of Economic Cycle Research Institute.

Excluding temporary Census workers, the economy has added fewer than 100,000 jobs a month this year -- a much faster and stronger jobs recovery than occurred following the last two recessions in 2001 and 1991.

But even if that pace of hiring were to double immediately, it would take until 2013 to recapture the lost jobs. And the labor market very likely doesn't have years before it gets hit with the shock of the inevitable next economic downturn.



Pixfuture
Aug 06 21:53

Former Cabinet Member Donna Shalala "Humiliated" by Israeli Officials Because of Arab Last Name

strong>Donna Shalala, Clinton's secretary of health, arrives in Israel in order to fight academic boycott against Israel, was held for two-and-a-half hours at Ben Gurion Airport during which she underwent a humiliating security debriefing because of her Arab last name

Aug 06 20:35

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORK’S FLOTILLA CRUISE FOR GAZA

New Yorkers Turn Out to Support U.S. Boat Sailing to Break Gaza Blockade.

More than 400 New Yorkers crowded into the Marco Polo Marina on 23 rd Street at the FDR Drive last night for a sunset cruise around Manhattan to support the U.S. Boat to Gaza.

Aug 06 20:24

BP oil spill: Obama administration's scientists admit alarm over chemicals

The Obama administration is facing internal dissent from its scientists for approving the use of huge quantities of chemical dispersants to tackle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Guardian has learned.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has come under attack in Congress and from independent scientists for allowing BP to spray almost 2m gallons of the dispersant Corexit on to the slick and, even more controversially, into the leak site 5,000ft below the sea. Now it emerges that EPA's own experts have been raising similar concerns within the agency.

Aug 06 20:23

GM plants 'established in the wild'

Researchers in the US have found new evidence that genetically modified crop plants can survive and thrive in the wild, possibly for decades.


Aug 06 20:18

Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On

Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further — it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation and sending working parents scrambling to find care for them.

Faced with the steepest and longest decline in tax collections on record, state, county and city governments have resorted to major life-changing cuts in core services like education, transportation and public safety that, not too long ago, would have been unthinkable. And services in many areas could get worse before they get better.

Aug 06 19:55

An AUTOPSY of the BP Gulf Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect

Many have been asking about the current state of the previously gushing BP Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The following questions have been coming fast and furiously since the well was capped.

Is it still leaking at the wellhead? Has the wellhead been pierced? Are there other wells leaking in the region?

Are there methane seeps in the area around the well? Are there other leaks in the area coming from this well?

Has the well been breached? Is it beyond repair? How deep are the leaks and breaches?

Has the well-casing been compromised? Has the well-bore lost its integrity? Did the methane explosion undermine the foundation of the wellhead?

Is BP considering a nuclear option?! Are the relief wells about this? If so, what are the potential consequences should BP execute such a plan?

What is the purpose of the upcoming top kill operation by BP, and will it work? What is the likelihood of success of the relief wells?

What are the prospects of this well ever being permanently sealed? Should BP have ever drilled this well in the first place? Why has so much gone wrong with the entire process of drilling, and then capping this seemingly untamable oil gusher?

Aug 06 19:54

You are a slave to the Government

Aug 06 19:31

The Ministry of Oil Defense

It's not polite to say so, but if Americans understood just how many trillions their military was really spending on protecting oil, they wouldn't stand for it.



Taboola
Aug 06 18:45

Palestine – The Third Option

By Rehmat - Rehmat’s World

The other day, I came across two interesting articles. One written by an American Jew and the other by an Israeli-born Jew. Roger Tucker, an American and founder of One Democratic State, had featured this blog once and Israeli-born Brit Gilad Atzmon who has been quoted several times on this blog. Both writers dismiss the western ‘option’ of the two-state solution – in order to make the modern Jews-only (demographically) colonial experiment, everlasting. These two Jew writers are not blinded by their Jewishness, like columinist Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post or Daniel Pipes, who claim that the world is against Israel and Jews to please Muslims.

Aug 06 18:39

The ‘Audacity of Hope’ Ship Sails from New York to Gaza in Human Rights Mission

Michael Leon at Veterans Today and Greta Berlin at witnessgaza.com

Will there be another Massacre in the Mediterranean; does Israel dare?
They said it couldn’t be done, that Americans couldn’t raise money fast enough to buy a boat to join Freedom Flotilla 2 in the fall. But never underestimate American determination in the face of Israeli intransigence and brutality. The launch of the US Boat to Gaza began last night in New York, and Free Gaza was there to participate.

Listen to Col. Ann Wright’s eloquent speech at witnessgaza.com.

And this is just a beginning, as witnessgaza.com gets ready to go live for events across the US and across Europe.

Aug 06 18:12

Antony Loewenstein: Isolating Iran is Part of the ‘Great Energy Game

The current concern is President Obama allowing Israel to use tactical nuclear weapons or simply a military adventure against the Islamic Republic in a misguided attempt to stop its supposed nuclear program. There is no doubt that many members of the U.S. Congress and the Zionist lobby are encouraging a military strike against Iran.

Aug 06 16:45

Disaster in progress

Hossein Askari is a professor of international business and international affairs at George Washington University, and Noureddine Krichene is an economist with a PhD from UCLA, which I mention to establish their credentials, since some bozo from the Federal Reserve created a stir when he said, with a sniff of condescension and smugness, that nobody should comment about economics unless they have a PhD in economics from a "proper" university, because we unwashed huddled masses are "dangerous" and a "threat to society".

Aug 06 16:40

The state of education in America (NSFW)

I have tried to express how CULTURE is more important than what most here are fixated on (politics.) I submit this as proof:

Aug 06 16:36

With midterms looming, Democrats take time out to celebrate Obama's birthday

Maryland's Democratic Party chair Susan Turnbull is certain Obama's meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had nothing to do with the upcoming elections.

“President Obama made it very clear that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is unbreakable. In 2008, 78% of the American Jews voted for Obama, for a good reason – the Jewish community knows that the support of Israel and a commitment to its security is not a partisan issue." Turnbull said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Maryland Democratic Chair Turnbull: what you have stated is precisely the problem for those who love this country.

Israel is a true and dangerous liability to the real security of the US.

Its steadfast annexation of the West Bank, and East Jerusalem coupled with its pathological refusal to work with the Palestinians to create a viable Palestinian state; its belligerency against all of its neighbors; its constant pushing of the US to neutralize its neighbors it deems as existential threats (as was Iraq in 2003 and Iran in 2010) all swirl together to create a deadly cocktail of instability in the region.

And then, there's all the money and military aid Israel receives from the US, while our economy is in meltdown, and homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets.

In conclusion, Israel is far more a liability than any kind of asset in the Middle East.

Thinking people will remember, come this next election, that anyone in Congress who puts Israel's needs ahead of those of We the People, must either be fired, and handed their hats, or never elected in the first place.

Aug 06 16:28

"No Hablo Ingles"

I bet this will get you out of quite a few tickets, especially in Arizona...

Aug 06 16:18

American VIP humiliated at airport

Prof. Donna Shalala, Clinton's secretary of health, arrives in Israel in order to fight academic boycott against Israel, claims she was held at Ben-Gurion Airport just because she has Arab last name.

This is not how she imagined her visit to Israel. Prof. Donna Shalala, who served as the US Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under Clinton and is currently the president of the University of Miami, was held for two-and-a-half hours at Ben Gurion Airport during which she underwent a humiliating security debriefing because of her Arab last name – all this despite the fact that her hosts notified the airport ahead of time that she is a VIP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if Shalala's great love for Israel has been in any way diminished, having received, first hand, a true taste of the apartheid mentality of the Israeli government!

Aug 06 16:07

Chilly in Chile: South America Hit by Cold Snap

The U.S. might be experiencing a hot, hot summer, but south of the border, things couldn't be more different. Latin America's southernmost regions are shivering through the coldest winter in decades, which has left vast swaths of Argentina and Brazil with snow, and caused millions of freshwater fish to freeze to death in Bolivia.

To get an idea of how unusual this icy snap is, you just have to take a look at the weather records of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires. It's snowed there three times since 1918 -- and two of those dustings have taken place in the past month. (The other was in July 2007).

Aug 06 16:04

New Chinese missile 'challenges US'

China is reportedly developing a game-changing new naval missile that can pave the way for ending the US dominance at sea, experts say.

The missile, named the Dong Feng 21D, can be launched from land to destroy the most advanced moving aircraft carrier 900 miles away.

Aug 06 16:00

Sick US veterans sue over pollution from war-zone rubbish pits

Hundreds of American military service members and contract employees have fallen ill with cancer or severe breathing problems after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They say they were poisoned by thick, black smoke produced by the burning of tonnes of rubbish generated on US bases.

In a federal court lawsuit in Maryland, 241 people from 42 states are suing Kellogg Brown & Root, which has operated more than two dozen so-called burn pits in the two countries. The pits were used to dispose of plastic water bottles, Styrofoam food containers, mangled bits of metal, paint, solvent, medical waste and even dead animals.

Aug 06 15:54

US: Iran 'most active state sponsor of terrorism'

"And we'll invade anyone who disagrees with us" - Official White Horse Souce

Aug 06 15:50

Palestinians Denied Access To Water

According to OCHA (the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), Palestinians face a serious water crisis, being denied access to their own resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The denial of water is denial of literally a basic human right.

When the water is filled with contaminants, people begin getting sick, particularly the most vulnerable portions of the population; the elderly, the ill, and the children.

The Israeli government understands this.

This has to be a very deliberate part of Israel's "final solution" for Palestinian Gazans.

Aug 06 15:48

US to charge £9 for Esta compulsory travel entry form

The US government is to start charging UK travellers $14 (£9) to apply for permission to enter the country.

The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is free at present, but from 9 September visitors to the US will have to pay for it.

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The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.

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"It is rather strange that this fee is mainly going to promote US tourism. You would've thought keeping it cheaper to get in would help more - after all, it's free for most Americans to come here."

Aug 06 15:42

BP: We might drill again in disaster zone

BP PLC said Friday it might someday drill again into the same lucrative undersea pocket of oil that spilled millions of gallons of crude, wrecked livelihoods and fouled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

"There's lots of oil and gas here," Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said at a news briefing. "We're going to have to think about what to do with that at some point."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman just gone barking mad?!?!?

And what guarantee does the US public, and particularly those in the Gulf whose lives, livelihoods, and health has been destroyed, that BP isn't going to cause another catastrophe here?!?

Aug 06 15:39

Michelle Obama's £250,000 Spanish holiday

Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day.

One wonders why she didn't choose to vacation on the picturesque Louisiana Coast... oh yeah...

Aug 06 15:14

New Film Documents U.S. Government’s Betrayal Of The Border

July 21, 2010
New Film Documents U.S. Government’s Betrayal Of The Border
By Donald A. Collins--Video
Kephart's co-panelist, Congressman, Rob Bishop (R-Utah) spoke eloquently about a dreadful anomaly: US Border Patrol agents can perform quite effective border protection on private lands located on the border and in highly populated areas such as Yuma (where illegal numbers have gone down substantially recently). But US Border Patrol agents are not allowed by law to perform the same enforcement on public lands–National Parks– which comprise 40% of the Arizona border.
Thus, the illegal alien traffic has simply shifted to National Parks and Forests. The film shows thousands of illegal crossings, including heavily armed men bearing drugs.

Aug 06 15:10

Israel plans mass forced removals of Bedouin. Negev village torn down for second time

Jonathan Cook reports from the Negev village of al-Araqib, which has been ethnically cleansed by the Israeli authorities twice in a few days as part of a plan financed by the Jewish National Fund, whose patrons include British Prime Minister David Cameron, former British prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, and UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Aug 06 14:23

TOON FOR THE DAY ~~ THE IMPENDING NEW HOLOCAUST

Aug 06 14:20

Japan: America's Lost Decade

Aug 06 12:14

BP Fires 10,000 Cleanup Workers

On July 13, the Deepwater Horizon Joint Command was reporting 46,000 responders. On July 23, it was down to 30,000, and the numbers have hovered around the low 30s since. Included in this tally are some Coast Guard and National Guard staff, but BP and subcontractors comprise the vast majority. (I've been trying to get the exact breakdown from the Coast Guard for four days, but to no avail, and BP said it didn't have it on hand, though the Coast Guard has told me it just reports BP's numbers.) In Grand Isle, Louisiana, cleanup workers (none of whom can be named; you know this drill by now) say their coworkers were either told to go home for Tropical Storm Bonnie and then never called back or fired in a massive and sudden drug test.

"Friday, the day before Bonnie, they sent a bunch of people home until further notice, and a lot of people didn't get the further notice," one supervisor told me. "Then last week, they shut the whole [cleanup operation] down. It was 'Piss in a cup or throw your ID in the bucket.' This was a BP drug test, not a [subcontracting] company drug test. It's the first time BP tested us."

Aug 06 12:13

Gulf oil spill: White House accused of spinning report

Scientists say it is 'just not true' that the vast majority of oil from the BP spill has gone

Aug 06 12:13

Jewish Democrats - U.S. Funding for Israeli Missile Defense Programs Reaches New High

The Jerusalem Post reported that under President Barack Obama’s leadership, and with the help of Congressional Democrats and other members of Congress, funding for Israeli missile defense programs is set to reach its highest level ever.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, let us spend US tax dollars creating high-tech jobs in Israel, while Americans continue to lose their homes and businesses!

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America, especially after the attack on American aid workers in international waters!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Aug 06 12:10

Middle class in shambles – more debt, more job losses, more deceit. Banks attempt final push to break up the middle class.

Aug 06 12:09

Pentagon to Troops: Taliban Can Read WikiLeaks, You Can’t

Any citizen, any foreign spy, any member of the Taliban, and any terrorist can go to the WikiLeaks web site, and download detailed information about how the U.S. military waged the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2009. Members of that same military, however, are now banned from looking at those internal military documents. “Doing so would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks,” according to one directive issued by the armed forces.

That cry you hear? It’s common sense, writhing in pain.

Aug 06 12:00

Apple devices are vulnerable to attack, say German security officials

Several Apple devices including the iPhone and iPad have two critical security weaknesses for which no patch exists, the German government warned last night.

Users of Apple mobile devices should only use websites they deem trustworthy and refrain from opening PDF files until Apple releases a fix, Germany's federal office for information security said.

"This allows potential attackers access to the complete system, including administrator rights," the statement warned. "It has to be expected that hackers will soon use the weak spots for attacks."

Aug 06 11:57

Israel Says Ancient Muslim Gravestones 'Built Illegally'

Israel's Jerusalem Municipality said Thursday that tombstones razed by authorities a day earlier in a 12th-century Muslim cemetery were "built illegally with the aim to take over the plot."

At least 15 tombstones and structures were torn apart Wednesday in the Mamilla (Ma'man Allah) cemetery, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said. The latest demolitions follow the disinterment of over 1,500 graves in 2009 to make way for a controversial Museum of Tolerance. The foundation quickly denounced the move, describing it as a "heinous crime."

Aug 06 11:48

Settlers torch farmland east of Nablus

Aug 06 11:37

‘Price tag’ Policy: Payback In Ten Easy Steps

It’s a relatively new method, but it’s been hitting headlines almost every day lately. It’s called the ‘price tag’ policy. Here’s how to do it.

Aug 06 11:36

County apologizes for closing girl's lemonade stand

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Multnomah County chair Jeff Cogen personally apologized Thursday to the mother of a seven-year-old girl whose Last Thursday lemonade stand was shut down by county health inspectors.

Aug 06 11:30

DMI polar data shows cooler Arctic temperature since 1958

It seems that average Arctic temperatures 80N – 90N in melt season of the years 2004, 2009 and 2010 are around 0,4-0,5K whereas the temperatures in 1991 and 1993 where around 1,3 K. In general DMI´s data (if correct) reveals a cooling from the mid 1990´ies till today.

Aug 06 10:57

Obama is Preparing to Bomb Iran.

After about two and a half years during which the danger of war between the United States and Iran was at a relatively low level, this threat is now rapidly increasing. A pattern of political and diplomatic events, military deployments, and media chatter now indicates that Anglo-American ruling circles, acting through the troubled Obama administration, are currently gearing up for a campaign of bombing against Iran, combined with special forces incursions designed to stir up rebellions among the non-Persian nationalities of the Islamic Republic. Naturally, the probability of a new fake Gulf of Tonkin incident or false flag terror attack staged by the Anglo-American war party and attributed to Iran or its proxies is also growing rapidly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is really terrifying about the growing threat of war, is that Obama desperately needs "the mother of all distractions" to misdirect the anger of the American people (reaching a boiling point right now due to a gasping economy, two failed wars, and the disastrous outcomes of ill-conceived domestic and foreign policies) at some outside source.

And to those working in the bowels of the White House, Pentagon, or State Department who might, occasionally lurk on this site, I would offer a very dark cautionary note; it is eminently possible that the US and/or Israel, could lose this one, and in a hugely catastrophic manner

There are two gorillas in the living room, sitting on the Steinway, with regard to the issue of an attack against Iran, and they are Russia and China.

China right now is Iran's #1 trading partner, particularly in terms of energy. And even though Russian/Iranian relations have taken a bit of a chill since Russia voted for sanctions at the UN Security Council, and has yet refused to deliver the defensive aircraft, a military attack against Iran could change that equation in short order.

Both China and Russia are nuclear-armed powers; their decision to support Iran in the event of a military attack against it could well spark World War III.

Aug 06 10:43

Calling Gaza a prison camp is an understatement

There may be some semblance of civil life and stability in Gaza, but it is our freedoms that are under siege..
And as long as freedom of movement is stifled, whether by Israel or Egypt, and export-quality goods, which account for a large portion of Gaza’s manufacturing output, are forbidden from leaving Gaza, all the malls and mangoes in the world won’t make a bit of difference.

Aug 06 10:40

The New Push for a Global Currency

The long-term plan with the unmistakable stamp of Keynes: "A global currency, bancor, issued by a global central bank would be designed as a stable store of value that is not tied exclusively to the conditions of any particular economy.... The global central bank could serve as a lender of last resort, providing needed systemic liquidity in the event of adverse shocks and more automatically than at present."

If we want an alternative to the dollar, there is one that could appear before our eyes if only we would let it happen. Private currencies traders the world over could, on their own, give rise to a new currency rooted in gold and traded by means of digital media. On many occasions over the last 20 years, such a system nearly came to be. But guess what? The government cracked down and stopped it. The governing elites have decided that there will be no currency reform unless it comes from the marble palaces of the monetary elites.

Aug 06 10:36

Israel Plans Mass Forced Removals of Bedouin

Israeli security forces destroyed a Bedouin village this week for the second time in a matter of days, leaving 300 inhabitants homeless again after they and dozens of Jewish and Arab volunteers had begun rebuilding the 45 homes.

Human rights groups warned that these appeared to be the opening shots in a long-threatened campaign by the Israeli government to begin mass forced removals of tens of thousands of Bedouin from their ancestral lands in the southern Negev.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rapid annexation of any lands upon which Arabs have lived for centuries is Israel's game plan.

This annexation and forced expulsion may well soon extend to the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and ultimately...Gaza.

Aug 06 10:32

Marines headed for Afghanistan baptized in ocean off Camp Pendleton

A group of Marines headed for Afghanistan underwent baptism in the ocean off Camp Pendleton, an area normally used for amphibious assault training.

The 29 Marines, all volunteers, are reservists assigned to the Ohio-based 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment. The baptisms, done Sunday morning by the battalion chaplain, are part of Operation Sword of the Spirit, a program meant to prepare the battalion for duty in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, the war is going so badly that Marine officials believe that baptizing recruits deployed to Afghanistan will actually make a difference?!?

I thought "killing in the name of Christ" had gone out of vogue after the Crusades; I was obviously wrong on that, however.

And what bothers me beyond my capacity to articulate, is the hard, morally repugnant reality that these kids are not being deployed to Afghanistan to protect the security of this country in any way; this is a war for potential private profit.

This is a war for the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil; this is a war for the control of the drug trade; this is a war for control of the huge and untapped mineral rights.

If these kids don't come back from their deployment (and I pray that everyone does, without experiencing any harm), or come back maimed in body and spirit, that is precisely what every grieving loved one should be told.

Families and friends of those killed or maimed deserve to be told the truth about why we are still in Afghanistan.

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