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May 1, 2009

May 01 10:49

Thought police muscle up in Britain

The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years' prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out. It was Straw who previously called for a redefinition of Englishness and suggested the "global baggage of empire" was linked to soccer violence by "racist and xenophobic white males". He claimed the English "propensity for violence" was used to subjugate Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and that the English as a race were "potentially very aggressive".

May 01 10:48

Racist escapes terror charge after threat to behead and bomb Muslims

THE Crown Office has been accused of double standards by Scotland's biggest Islamic group for not bringing terrorism charges against a man who threatened to blow up a mosque and behead Muslims.

The Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF) has written to Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini querying the decision to prosecute Neil MacGregor for a breach of the peace, not terrorism offences.

May 01 10:46

FDA warns against Hydroxycut diet pill after one death

Dieters who use the weight loss and energy-boosting Hydroxycut supplements should immediately stop, the US drug regulator warned Friday after reports of liver injuries and one death.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said one person had died from liver failure. The agency has received 23 reports of liver problems linked with use of the products, ranging from jaundice to damage requiring liver transplant.

May 01 10:43

The Israel Boycott is Biting

The protest, organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, is part of a drive to "Hang Up On Motorola" until it ends sales of communications and other products that support Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land.

Inside the meeting, the Presbyterian, United Methodist and other churches will urge shareholders to support their resolution, which calls for corporate standards grounded in international law. Doing the right thing could also reduce the risk of "consumer boycotts, divestment campaigns and lawsuits."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone care to bet on when Congress starts passing bailouts for ISRAELI companies?

May 01 10:41

China has 'canceled US credit card': lawmaker

"It would appear, quietly and with deference and politeness, that China has canceled America's credit card," Kirk told the Committee of 100, a Chinese-American group.
"I'm not sure too many people on Capitol Hill realize that this is now happening," he said.

May 01 10:40

Kiss the Era of Human Rights Goodbye

Recently, in a Washington Post op-ed, Mark Danner wrote: "However much we would like the [torture] scandal to be confined to the story of what was done in those isolated rooms on the other side of the world where interrogators plied their arts, and in the air-conditioned government offices where officials devised ‘legal’ rationales, the story includes a second narrative that tells of a society that knew about these things and chose to do nothing."

May 01 10:39

A historic day for Iraq – but not in the way the British want to believe

One hundred and seventy-nine dead soldiers. For what? 179,000 dead Iraqis? Or is the real figure closer to a million? We don't know. And we don't care. We never cared about the Iraqis. That's why we don't know the figure. That's why we left Basra yesterday.

May 01 10:38

Heavy Battles Raging With Taliban in Pakistan

Heavy fighting raged for a third day in Pakistan’s northwest on Thursday as civilians flooded from the area and the Pakistani military reported some gains in pushing back Taliban insurgents.

May 01 10:35

Dumbed down news drives down newspaper circulation

USA TODAY attributes its decline to a drop-off in hotel occupancy due to the economic slump plus a December price increase for non-subscription copies. Does that give you a clue? It’s famous for the easy-to-read, non-investigative, non-challenging and totally bland as a hotel room’s wallpaper writing with lots of pictures to boot, duh. It is the antithesis of what journalism should be -- and the opposite of what the Internet is, rich with facts, opinions, theories, history, politics, blogs, websites, search engines, conspiracy theories, truth, lies and videotape, name it.

May 01 10:34

UN: Israel must freeze East Jerusalem home demolitions

The United Nations is demanding that Israel freeze all pending demolition orders against Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.

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Which Israel will pay about as much attention to as any other UN demand.

May 01 10:29

Clinton-era appointee dead in apparent DC suicide

An attorney who served in the Clinton administration was found dead Thursday in an apparent suicide at his Washington law office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"DC suicide" is the new term for getting whacked by someone powerful.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Mark Levy was in the Department of Justice during the Vince Foster cover-up.

May 01 10:21

Fox News: Martial Law If It’s a Pandemic?

A segment on Fox News’ Fox and Friends this morning explored the issue of whether a swine flu pandemic could result in a declaration of martial law in America and a suspension of constitutional rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be what Calderone did down in Mexico to maintain his election-fraud Presidency.

May 01 10:19

Children as Unlamented Victims of Bush’s War Crimes

Torture has received the most attention among the many war crimes of the Bush administration. But those who support Bush’s pursuit of the "war on terror" have not been impressed by recriminations over torture. Worse than torture are the murders of at least 50 prisoners in Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo, but again the hard-hearted are unimpressed when those whom they perceive as terrorists receive illegal extrajudicial capital punishment.

The case for abusing children, however, is more difficult to support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... but I have no doubt the torture-enablers will figure out some bizarre and gross self-deception to get them past that little moral speed bump.

Alcohol will probably be in there in great quantities.

May 01 10:18

Obama and "Two States"

A false claim is wafting through the press: Obama is hanging tough with Benjamin Netanyahu, he’s going to "twist Israel’s arm" and at long last force the Jewish state into a two-state agreement, settling the Israel-Palestine question for good. There’s even talk that Obama backs the Arab League’s 2002 peace initiative, complete with its main demand: Israel’s withdrawal to its 1967 borders.

There’s no proof for any of this.

May 01 10:16

Pelosi playing defense on torture

Nancy Pelosi didn’t cry foul when the Bush administration briefed her on “enhanced interrogation” of terror suspects in 2002, but her team was locked and loaded to counter hypocrisy charges when the “torture” memos were released last week.

Many Republicans obliged, led by former CIA chief Porter Goss, who is accusing Democrats like Pelosi of “amnesia” for demanding investigations in 2009 after failing to raise objections seven years ago when she first learned of the legal basis for the program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, BOTH PARTIES ARE GUILTY of war crimes!

This is a bipartisan crime to be solved with bipartisan ropes around bipartisan necks, and arguments over which neck gets the tallest tree and the shortest rope are pointless.

May 01 10:16

Pesticides Shown to be Huge Parkinson’s Disease Risk

In previous animal studies and cell cultures, researchers have shown pesticides spark a neurodegenerative process that leads to Parkinson’s disease. The UCLA scientists, however, are the first to provide evidence for a similar process in humans.

May 01 10:07

Indonesian Soldiers In Revolt

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Indonesia's government loses the support of the military, it's all over.

Actually, that is also true here in the US.

May 01 09:55

Palestine's Holocaust museum

On one wall, there is a picture of a scared Jewish boy holding up his hands as Nazi soldiers look on; the caption reads: "Make your final account with Hitler and the Nazi Germans, not with the Palestinians."

May 01 09:54


While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is striving to put a good face on his conspicuously extremist government, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that he will bring down the government if Netanyahu gives even an inch to President Barack Obama over the two-state solution with the Palestinians and doesn’t take Lieberman’s views into account.

May 01 09:51


This time, however, the Jews actually did conspire, albeit openly, to sabotage the conference.

…But for the most part, Durban II’s organizers and participants did not want to point the finger at the Jews for the anti-Durban effort for fear of being labeled anti-Semites.

“I can’t tell you exactly who the lobby is,” Pillay said in a March 12 interview with Australia’s ABC.net. “I can just pick out that it seems to be one source putting out this wrong information and labeling this review conference as ‘hate fest.’ ”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What happens when you refuse to stand up to a bully?

The bullying goes on.

And on.

And on.

And on.

And on.

And on.

And on.

May 01 09:50

Hooray! Today is 6th Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom Fries-with Video

"The vast majority of casualties, among both coalition (approximately 98.3% as of October 2008) and Iraqi combatants, and among Iraqi civilians, has occurred since the speech."

May 01 09:49


May 01 09:44

FLASHBACK - Lawyer: Rice Allegedly Leaked Defense Info

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday.

May 01 09:42

FLASHBACK - AIPAC Spy Case: Larry Franklin Sentenced

Pentagon Iran analyst Larry Franklin was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison after he pled guilty to passing classified military intelligence about Iran and Iraq to two indicted former top lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as well as an Israeli diplomat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So if this crime was serious enough to send Larry to jail for 12 years, then why did Rosen and Weissman get to walk?

Yeas, it is a rhetorical question.


May 01 09:38

Torture Memos Expose Dark, Imperial Presidency

This was not a happy week for the torture lobby, nor its defenders, derailing months of charm offensive by Bush-Cheney legacy boosters. A wary President Obama backed off attempts to defuse the torture parade – fretting over divisive investigations and hard-to-win court convictions. Public indignation likely surpassed February polling when 65% favored torture investigations, 40% criminal prosecutions.

May 01 09:37

Vice’s Secret Vices

“Those insects weren’t even poisonous,” Cheney growled. “Facial slaps? Abdominal slaps? Throwing a naked man into a wall? Kid stuff. Those methods worked. They kept us safe for seven years. Safer than with that delicate Hawaiian orchid in the White House. America is coming across as weak and indecisive. Just when Rummy and I had stomped out that ‘Blame America First’ flower-child culture, Obama has dragged it back, apologizing profusely all over the world for the country he’s running, canoodling with greasy dictators, kissing up to those weasels in Europe, which is only free today because of our military. Friends and foes alike will be quick to take advantage if they think they’re dealing with a Creamsicle.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you defend the indefensible, you can wind up looking like a real jerk.

Owl 1
May 01 09:35

The Lobby Wants War With Iran

This bill is all about provoking the Iranians, effectively sabotaging efforts to engage in a mutual dialogue with Tehran. Why the egregious packaging? Well, it seems the American people are sick and tired of war, and preparations for war, and so it is far less incriminating if a member of Congress can say he (or she) voted for "the Iran Diplomatic Enhancement Act" than it is to admit they supported isolating Iran economically.

May 01 09:34


In exchange for money, a certain group of people have agreed to let your kids be killed. That group is the United States Congress. And for the last several years, many of them have been accepting money from AIPAC, a supposed lobbying group that stands exposed as a spy operation for a foreign government, in order to promote that foreign government's agenda, which includes war in the Mideast, waged against that foreign government's enemies.

This selling of America's children to a foreign government to be that government's mercenaries has to rank as the greatest single betrayal of a people by their government in all of history.

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May 01 09:33


May Day has become nothing more than the 1st of May in many countries, Israel included. It was once the day the workers of the world took to the streets and demanded their rights…
Has that been achieved? Has the Working Class finally gotten its fair share? Somehow, I think not…. yet the red flags are not as visible as they once were.

May 01 09:32

Web tool 'as important as Google'

A web tool that "could be as important as Google", according to some experts, has been shown off to the public.

Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram.

The free program aims to answer questions directly, rather than display web pages in response to a query like a search engine.

The "computational knowledge engine", as the technology is known, will be available to the public from the middle of May this year.

"Our goal is to make expert knowledge accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime," said Dr Wolfram at the demonstration at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

May 01 09:31

First dino 'blood' extracted from ancient bone

Schweitzer took a look at the pristine leg bone of a plant-eating hadrosaur that had been encased in sandstone for 80 million years. She and colleagues exhaustively tested the sample, sequencing the proteins they found with a new and better mass spectrometer and sending samples to two other labs for verification.

Now they report recovering not just collagen – which conveys little evolutionary information because it is the same in almost all animals – but also haemoglobin, elastin and laminin, as well as cell-like structures resembling blood and bone cells. The proteins should reveal more about dinosaur evolution because they vary much more between species.

May 01 09:28

New Homeland Security memo lists black power, shaved-head Doc Marten wearers as ‘extremist threats’

The memo, dated March 26, 2009, is titled “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,” and came after the original memo fingering right-wing groups as a threat.

Those now listed as dangerous extremists include: Mexican separatists, “black power” advocates, “racial Nordic mysticism” practitioners and black nationalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Let's simplify this; anyone not wearing a uniform is the enemy!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 09:23

3.4 Trillion! Gawd!

Three point four TRILLION dollars for the 2010 budget. The numbers boggle the mind.

May 01 09:09

Bungled attack on Dutch Royal Family; Four Dead, Several Injured + UPDATE

In the Dutch town of Apeldoorn a man attempted to crash his car into a bus carrying the Dutch Crown Prince, his wife and other members of their family. Queen Beatrix was not aboard the bus. Four people were killed when the man drove his car at considerable speed through the crowd. Five people, three of them children, were critically injured and a number of others suffered lesser injuries. The car did not reach the royal bus, but came to a standstill against a statue when the driver lost control over his vehicle. The driver, who was also severely wounded, is in custody. The car came within some 40 yards of the bus. The royal bus tour was part of Queen’s Day activities, a national holiday celebrating the bond between the Netherlands and the House of Orange.

May 01 09:09

Yousef Al-Helou: Palestinian artists show Gaza suffering

Palestinian artists in the besieged Gaza say they use their art and talents to shed light on the suffering of the people as reconstruction has not begun yet because Israel refuses to allow in building materials.

May 01 09:04

Obama Administration seizes Tamez/Lipan Apache land for border wall

"Although this land has been in the Tamez family prior to the Spanish colonization, and also designated to them through Spanish Crown law (1767), as of today, it is in the possession of the United States Department of Homeland Security."

May 01 09:02

New Homes Demolished in Victorville, CA

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Sheer madness.

May 01 08:53

U.S. to Drop Spy Case Against Pro-Israel Lobbyists

and the reason?..."the case was fraught with deep political dimensions, as it raised delicate issue of behind-the-scenes lobbying over Middle East policy and the role played by American Jewish supporters of Israel."

May 01 08:50

Newly Released Memo: Government 'Minders' at 9/11 Commission Interviews 'Intimidated' Witnesses

The memo, entitled “Executive Branch Minders’ Intimidation of Witnesses,” complains that:

* Minders “answer[ed] questions directed at witnesses;”
* Minders acted as “monitors, reporting to their respective agencies on Commission staffs lines of inquiry and witnesses’ verbatim responses.” The staff thought this “conveys to witnesses that their superiors will review their statements and may engage in retribution;” and
* Minders “positioned themselves physically and have conducted themselves in a manner that we believe intimidates witnesses from giving full and candid responses to our questions.”

May 01 08:49

Karl Rove Case Witness Michael Connell Killed in Plane Crash, Sisters Want Answers

Shannon Connell of Madison says her brother Michael rarely talked about work. She knew he ran an Ohio company called New Media Communications that set up websites for Republicans including former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But it wasn't until after he died last December, when the small plane he was piloting crashed, that she learned via the Internet of his tie to a voter fraud case and to allegations that presidential adviser Karl Rove had made threats against him...."But as time goes on, it's hard for me not to believe there was something deliberate about it."

May 01 08:44

An Alternative Explanation for the "Health Emergency" in Mexico

At this moment, Mexico is in the midst of an existential crisis. The combined realities of its corrupt government, the routes of the drug trade, and the neighboring drug market have combined to give rise to a system of drug cartels that rival the Mexican Government in economic power as well as raw firepower. Calderón is losing grip on the country his illegal election stole from Lopez Obrador . This darling of the corrupt Mexican ruling class has little means left with which to hold his grip upon power. Whether or not it will work, he seems to have made the decision to exaggerate a health crisis as a means to consolidate absolute power and to confer upon himself the powers necessary to stamp out those parts of the drug oligarchy not under his personal control.

May 01 08:41

Farewell to the American Century

Americans have perpetuated a mythic version of the past that never even approximated reality and today has become downright malignant.

May 01 08:38

Cap-And-Trade: Al Gore's Cash Cow

At the cap-and-trade hearings, it was revealed that not everyone will suffer from this growth-killing energy tax. A congresswoman wanted to know why sea levels aren't rising but Gore's bank account is.

When Gore left office in January 2001, he was said to have a net worth in the neighborhood of $2 million. A mere eight years later, estimates are that he is now worth about $100 million. It seems it's easy being green, at least for some.

Gore has his lectures and speeches, his books, a hit movie and Oscar, and a Nobel Prize. But Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was curious about how a man dedicated to saving the planet could get so wealthy so quickly.

May 01 08:33

China has 100 million people with mental illness

Mental illness has now overtaken heart disease and cancer as the biggest burden on the Chinese health system, according to the World Health Organisation, affecting seven per cent of the population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you had YOUR retirement invested in American Debt, would you be feeling sane right about now?

May 01 08:29

Did Mars' Magnetic Field Die With a Whimper or a Bang?

Giant asteroids may have wiped out Mars's magnetic field. The energy released by massive collisions upset the heat flow in the planet's iron core that produced the magnetism, according to a new study. The finding offers a solution to the mystery of the disappearing magnetic field and sheds light on early Earth conditions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even during the Viking Missions, the subjective consensus was that we were looking at the remains of a dead world, one that had once had, water, once had more atmosphere, once had life.

The Hella Planitia region is an obvious impact feature, and what is interesting is the antipode of that monster impact is the obviously elevated and fractured Tharsis/Valles Marineris region, suggesting that the impact almost punched its way completely through the planet! Such a deep impact would disrupt the normal internal convection currants that generate a magnetic field, and without that field, the solar wind would over millions of years strip away whatever was left of the atmosphere of Mars after the impact.

May 01 08:06

Lithium in water 'curbs suicide'

Researchers examined levels of lithium in drinking water and suicide rates in the prefecture of Oita, which has a population of more than one million.

The suicide rate was significantly lower in those areas with the highest levels of the element, they wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

High doses of lithium are already used to treat serious mood disorders.

May 01 08:05

US keeps Cuba on terrorism blacklist

The United States announced Thursday it has retained communist Cuba on a list of countries that allegedly support terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We know how to hold a grudge!" We're AMERICANS!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 08:01

Gaza Friends - We are sailing again

We will not be stopped by the Israeli Navy. We will continue to sail again and again.

May 01 07:57

Professor's comparison of Israelis to Nazis stirs furor

Controversy has erupted at UC Santa Barbara over a professor's decision to send his students an e-mail in which he compared graphic images of Jews in the Holocaust to pictures of Palestinians caught up in Israel's recent Gaza offensive.

The e-mail by tenured sociology professor William I. Robinson has triggered a campus investigation and drawn accusations of anti-Semitism from two national Jewish groups, even as many students and faculty members have voiced support for him.

May 01 07:53

As deadline looms, will NY Times shut The Boston Globe?

The New York Times Co, which bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993, threatened at the start of April to shut the money-losing, award-winning broadsheet unless the paper's 13 unions agree by Friday to $20 million in concessions.

As the deadline approaches, the future of one of America's most acclaimed regional newspapers looks unclear, illustrating deepening problems for an industry that has few answers for an accelerating, long-term shift of advertising to the Internet.

Names of potential buyers have surfaced only to disappear nearly as quickly, some worrying about finding a profitable financial model for a newspaper that won 20 Pulitzer Prizes and dominates news coverage in the six-state New England region but has faced steep drops in circulation.

May 01 07:52

Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants

Jay Severin, the fiery right wing talk show host on Boston's WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday after calling Mexican immigrants "criminaliens," "primitives," "leeches," and exporters of "women with mustaches and VD," among other incendiary comments.

May 01 07:50

Souter known as low-key, fierce defender of individual rights

David who? was the initial reaction of Americans to a little-known judge from New Hampshire named in 1990 to sit on the nation's highest court. Even the nominee didn't know what to think when President George H.W. Bush called him with the news, telling supporters, "I was in a state of virtual shock."

Now, more than 18 years later, Souter plans to retire after the current term recesses in June, a source close to Souter told CNN.

May 01 07:48

Report on Chicago Police Torture Is Released

Special prosecutors said today that scores of criminal suspects were routinely tortured by police officers on the South Side in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but that extensive legal research convinced them that there was no way to skirt the statute of limitations preventing prosecution.

May 01 07:40

Collins: Enabling Acts - For An Era Of Greed

The strategic goal was to turn Wall Street into a big casino for the "in crowd" of major investors, funds, and institutions. No rules and no regulations: "let the market take care of it" was the philosophy.

The tactics were easy. First you set up a scholarly group called the Law and Economics movement to give your scheme legitimacy. Then you give money and other favors to members of Congress.

At the right moment, you call in your congressional markers to let the banks start doing what they did to spark the Great Depression. Walk into the Wall Street casino loaded with cash and spend like they're on coke.

May 01 07:37

THROW THE BUMS OUT - ALL OF THEM Senate Millionaires Kill Mortgage Assistance for Citizens

The denial of assistance to citizens by Senators is ironic given the fact that the origins of the current economic crisis came from Senate legislative actions in 1999 and 2000.

While their avarice knows no bounds, their memory suffers.

May 01 07:36

Enraged About Corporate Greed? Kidnap Your Boss

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Every once in a while I'll kidnap the Chief Operating Officer in the next office over, but she's my wife, and it's not about money! :)

May 01 07:30

Rice may have admitted to conspiracy, former Nixon counsel says

“She tried to say she didn’t authorize anything, then proceeded to say she did pass orders along to the CIA to engage in torture if it was legal by the standard of the Department of Justice,” Dean said. “This really puts her right in the middle of a common plan, as it’s known in international law, or a conspiracy, as it’s known in American law, and this indeed is a crime. If it indeed happened the way we think it did happen.”

Asked if the comparison between her comments and Nixon’s were fair, Dean said it was “fuzzy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nixon's comment and Bush's apparent use of it rests on the claim of Sovereign Immunity; the idea that a ruler is indeed above the law. Sovereign Immunity was created originally by the church (along with Papal Infallibility) back in the middle ages, and it has become an implied part of English Common law. BUT, and this is the important part, Sovereign Immunity is not in the Constitution, and while Presidents try to imply that they are indeed sovereigns, they are actually executives, which is not the same thing. This has not stopped the DOJ from invoking Sovereign Immunity, sometimes with success, to block invest9igatrion of government wrongdoing.

May 01 07:25

Dutch queen escapes as driver crashes into crowd, killing four

Witnesses said that the black Suzuki Swift appeared to deliberately target an open bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family in the town of Apeldoorn during festivities to mark Queen's Day, a national holiday.

Owl 2
May 01 07:23

NASA to begin layoffs as shuttle retirement nears

The U.S. space agency NASA plans to eliminate 900 manufacturing jobs over the next five months as it prepares to retire its space shuttle fleet in 2010, NASA officials said on Thursday.

The first 160 layoff notices go out on Friday, primarily to contractors producing the space shuttle fuel tanks outside New Orleans and the shuttle solid rocket boosters in Utah.

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"Hey, but the bomb factories are hiring like crazy, so it's not all THAT bad!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 07:22

China has 'canceled US credit card': lawmaker

China, wary of the troubled US economy, has already "canceled America's credit card" by cutting down purchases of debt, a US congressman said Thursday.

China has the world's largest foreign reserves, believed to be mostly in dollars, along with around 800 billion dollars in US Treasury bonds, more than any other country.

But Treasury Department data shows that investors in China have sharply curtailed their purchases of bonds in January and February.

May 01 07:19

US Senate defeats mortgage relief measure

The US Senate on Thursday defeated a measure that could have helped millions of Americans avoid foreclosure by letting bankruptcy judges cut their mortgage payments.

The White House-backed proposal, an amendment to another bill, fell in a 51-45 vote that failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to ensure passage.

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Well, so much for thinking that the Democrats were going to change anything.

May 01 07:08

Netanyahu aides fear 'surprise' demands from Obama

A political source in Jerusalem said that Netanyahu's associates have been recently discussing a scenario in which Obama makes unequivocal demands on issues like West Bank settlement construction, illegal outposts and negotiations with the Palestinians.

The aides also fear a public clash between the two premiers, such as during a news conference or in comments the pair make, in which their differences will be aired.

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This is posturing in the aftermath of "Calamity" Jane Harmon and AIPAC-gate. Netanyahu will return to Israel, grinning from ear to ear, because he will be returning home triumphantly with everything he wants.

May 01 06:54

Robot attacked Swedish factory worker

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.

"The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," said Leif Johansson.

May 01 06:41

Swine flu? A panic stoked in order to posture and spend

We have gone demented. Two Britons are or were (not very) ill from flu. "This could really explode," intones a reporter for BBC News. "London warned: it's here," cries the Evening Standard. Fear is said to be spreading "like a Mexican wave". It "could affect" three-quarters of a million Britons. It "could cost" three trillion dollars. The "danger", according to the radio, is that workers who are not ill will be "worried" (perhaps by the reporter) and fail to turn up at power stations and hospitals.

Appropriately panicked, on Monday ministers plunged into their Cobra bunker beneath Whitehall to prepare for the worst. Had Tony Blair been about they would have worn germ warfare suits. British government is barking mad.

May 01 06:23

Swine Flu Is Bad PR For Pigs

AS swine flu sweeps the globe the most pressing thing on EU ministers’ minds isn’t vaccinations or containing the virus… it’s pork PR.

Sales of pork have plummeted as consumers panic about contamination as the disease continues to spread.

Today ministers will gather to discuss and decide upon a more "appropriate" name for the piggy disease.

May 01 06:19

Peres: Bombing Iran may not be the 'best solution'

President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that attacking Iran would only postpone its ability to build an atom bomb.

"I'm not sure that bombing the nuclear facilities is the best solution. You know, the moment there are centrifuges, you can destroy the centrifuges. You cannot destroy the know-how to create centrifuges. You can postpone," he told Channel 10.

May 01 06:09

[Video] WTC-7 Any Questions

A comparison of Madrid's Windsor Building fire and the fire that "collapsed" WTC 7.

Any questions?

May 01 05:17

Pirate Suspect to be Charged as Adult in New York

The New York Times - B Weiser -[In the case of ...] Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, a Somali who speaks no English...

[...] a New York police detective, Frederick Galloway, who went to Africa as part of an investigative team, told the judge that Mr. Muse [the father of the defendant], after giving different ages, said he had been untruthful, apologized and said he [his son] was “between 18 and 19.”

“He also said, ‘I’m sorry for lying to you,’ ” Detective Galloway testified. “He said, ‘When I pray again, I’ll ask Allah to forgive me for lying to you, and I won’t lie to you again.’ ”

May 01 05:14


Get ready.

Owl 3
May 01 04:38

Reducing conscious awareness in humans reduces suicide -Psychiatrists

BBC Health - "Large-scale trials involving the addition of lithium to drinking water supplies may then be feasible, although this would undoubtedly be subject to considerable debate. Following up on these findings will not be straightforward or inexpensive, but the eventual benefits for community mental health may be considerable."

May 01 04:25

Why Congress Won't Investigate Wall Street

Why Congress Won't Investigate Wall Street
Republicans and Democrats would find themselves in the hot seat.

The famous Pecora Commission of 1933 and 1934 was one of the most successful congressional investigations of all time, an instance when oversight worked exactly as it should. The subject was the massively corrupt investment practices of the 1920s.

A new round of regulation is clearly in order these days, and a Pecora-style investigation seems like a good way to jolt the Obama administration into action.

May 01 04:15

At Treasury, Big White House Role

At Treasury, Big White House Role
After Early Snafus, Emanuel Helps Geithner With Policies; 'Rahm Wants It'

WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 20, Timothy Geithner took control of the Treasury Department, directing the government's response to the financial crisis.

Within three weeks, the White House tightened its grip, alarmed by the poor reaction to Mr. Geithner's performance during the rollout of his rescue plan, government officials say. Since then, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been so involved in the workings of the Treasury that "Rahm wants it" has become an unofficial mantra among some at the Treasury, according to government officials.

May 01 04:15

Chrysler "bankruptcy" turning out to be another banker-bailout

BBC - Lenders object to Chrysler plan -A [unnamed] group representing 20 Chrysler lenders, holding $1bn (£674m) in debt, are set to object to the firm's move into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

"They [Chrysler] say they are going to allocate out and distribute the proceeds of the sale in a way that they couldn't do if they were going to do it under a Chapter 11 plan," said Tom Lauria, a bankruptcy attorney at White & Case, representing a [unnamed] group of secured lenders.

May 01 04:02

Bankers made 'astonishing mess'

BBC - The effects of the continuing banking crisis will be felt for generations, a committee of MPs has warned.

The Treasury committee, in its second report on the crisis, said it had been caused largely by the banks' own reckless behaviour.

"Bankers have made an astonishing mess of the financial system," said committee chairman John McFall.

[The credit economy drops its drawers to expose the extent of its hideous disease. It's just creepy, the credit economy.]

May 01 04:00

The Importance of Battlefield Nuclear Weapons

The problem is that bankruptcy is the only weapon Chrysler and Treasury have in this fight, and it’s a strategic nuclear weapon. Bankruptcy is the only threat that can get the bondholders to agree to a swap; but because a bankruptcy carries some risk of destroying Chrysler (because control will lie in the hands of a bankruptcy judge - not Chrysler, Treasury, the UAW, or Fiat), and taking hundreds of thousands of jobs with it, everyone knows that Treasury would prefer not to use it. The bondholders are betting that they can use Treasury’s fear of a bankruptcy to extract better terms at the last minute.

May 01 03:57

The Western notion of global PROGRESS cuts a huge reality fart - EU unemployment hits 20 million

BBC - Unemployment across the 27 EU member states reached 20 million in March.

[Oh yeh, sure... The Western design and the Western ethic knows how to make for a better world for all of us, -sure it does. 20 million people in Europe are standing in the unemployment line. Kafkaesque enough for you? Did someone REALLY vote for this? Feudalism was better than the credit economy, all these morons bought for themselves.]

May 01 03:47

YOU-WATCH! Chasing down rich U.S. tax cheats with Swiss bank accounts - Will not be like fighting the fictitious war on terrorism -or putting phony economic sanctions on Iran

BBC - Swiss bank refuses US tax request -Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, has asked a US court not to go ahead with a tax case involving more than 50,000 US customers with Swiss accounts.

UBS told a federal court in Florida it would violate Swiss laws on banking secrecy if it provided the information on its clients.

[The road to rapacious globalism -just hit a major snag!]

May 01 03:06

Evolution classes optional under proposed Alberta law

A controversial Alberta bill will enshrine into law the rights of parents to pull their children out of classes discussing the topics of evolution and homosexuality.

The new rules that would require schools to notify parents in advance for "subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation" is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

Bruseker did happen to mention that it would be difficult for teachers to avoid the topic of evolution in science or geography classes.

May 01 02:38

GOP Chair Michael Steele Admits Republicans at Fault for Banking Crisis

"Look, we can't go back out and start pointing fingers at Democrats and saying look how bad they're performing, look at what they're doing with the economy when we jumpstarted this thing," Steele said
"We were the ones that put the $700 billion on the table and said, all right, let's start nationalizing the banking system."
Added Steele, "So now, for us to stand back and go, oh, that's a bad thing to do is disingenuous."

"It was poor leadership. It was coming to Washington, drinking the Potomac River water, getting that fever, if you will, and spending, growing government 40 percent,"

May 01 00:37

Obama’s First 100 Days: The Madmen Did Well

In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus, and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush’s gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On April 24, his lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo prisoners were not "persons" and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national intelligence director, Adm. Dennis Blair, says he believes torture works. One of his senior officials in Latin America is accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, America experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of "defense," Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, have been retained by Obama.

May 01 00:25

Government Motors: Only the Beginning

One of the enduring myths of the present era has been the Big Lie that auto manufacturing plants cannot be profitable without ultra-cheap labor. When one sees the well-paid autoworkers that are with Nissan in Smyrna, Tennessee, or the Honda workers in Marysville, Ohio, it is apparent that employees at these places are doing just fine.

May 01 00:17

Israel warns EU to tone down its criticism

JERUSALEM – Israel warned the European Union on Thursday to tone down its criticism of the new Israeli government or risk forfeiting the bloc's role as broker in Mideast peace efforts.

The warning came after EU's commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, this week criticized Israel's refusal to endorse a Palestinian state. She said an upgrade in Israeli-EU relations would depend on Israel's commitment to the "two-state solution."

It also came ahead of a planned trip to Europe next week by Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman — his first official trip abroad. The ultranationalist Lieberman's comments about Arabs and Mideast peace have raised international concerns about the new Israeli Cabinet's intentions.

May 01 00:13

Swine flu source spawns wild theories

Finding the source of a new virus is key for scientists because understanding how it jumped to humans can lead to better drugs and vaccines as well as help prevent future outbreaks.

But one link experts probably won't be exploring is an Internet report charging that Mexican drug cartels working with al Qaeda unleashed the swine flu.

"The claim of the conspiracy theorists is that this new combination could not have occurred naturally, but this is not true," the New Scientist's biology editor Michael Le Page wrote.

April 30, 2009

Apr 30 19:36

Police accused of abusing powers as anti-terrorism stop and searches treble

The number of people who police in England and Wales stop and search under anti-terrorism laws has trebled in just a year, but only a handful result in arrests.

Officers were last night accused of abusing their powers after it emerged just one per cent of around 124,000 "suspects" targeted in 2007/08 were arrested - and only a fraction of those were for terrorism related offences.

Nearly 90 per cent of the searches were carried out in London by the Metropolitan Police, which saw a 266 per cent increase, with the aftermath of the attempted nightclub bombing in the Haymarket in the summer of 2007 blamed for the rise.

The level of stop and searches for other suspected offences also increased to more than a million last year - the highest for a decade.

Apr 30 19:19

North American Union takes priority over the Swine Flu Pandemic - Lou Dobbs 4/30/09

President Obama announced that the flu is already here, no need to trying to stop it with shutting down the border.

Apr 30 18:46


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), America’s pro-Zionist Israeli lobby group, will meet from Sunday 3 May through to 5 May to determine the Obama administration’s foreign policy for the coming year. America’s foreign policy chief for the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be flying in especially for the occasion.

Apr 30 18:44

New Vulnerability Discovered in ALL Adobe Reader Versions

Earlier this year, Adobe had to fess up that its flagship PDF Reader, used by virtually the entire business and Internet communities had a critical security vulnerability which could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Now their security staff is reporting that a critical vulnerability in every version of the Reader may be affected due to a weakness found in JavaScript.

Apr 30 18:44

New Vulnerability Discovered in ALL Adobe Reader Versions

Earlier this year, Adobe had to fess up that its flagship PDF Reader, used by virtually the entire business and Internet communities had a critical security vulnerability which could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Now their security staff is reporting that a critical vulnerability in every version of the Reader may be affected due to a weakness found in JavaScript.

Apr 30 18:34

The real victims of swine flu

As the media focus on a global sneezing fit, the plight of people in Congo, Somalia, Burma and China is being ignored.


For others, like the Israeli and Sri Lankan governments, flu victims provide a welcome diversion from military victims. While the Sri Lanka's Tamil-bashing president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, seems hell-bent on turning his country into a rogue state, Israel's army has been quietly insisting its not dissimilar operations in Gaza in January were entirely in accordance with international law.

Human Rights Watch heaped scorn on Israel's claims this week while the International Crisis Group warned that a "boiling" Gaza could soon explode again. But with the world busy holding its nose and examining the contents of its handkerchief, who's listening?

Apr 30 18:33


Apr 30 18:02

Swine flu pandemic? It feels like a phoney war

Today, so far, there have been no calls at all. We have 15,000 patients and are close to one of the larger airports in England, but have not seen a case of flu. We have not had a single patient worrying that he or she might have flu. It feels like a phoney war. We have seen two patients with heart attacks, three acute asthmatic attacks, and a child who had swallowed an implausibly large piece of Lego. Such is general practice.

We met at lunchtime, not to talk of heart attacks and Lego, but of flu. There have been deaths in Mexico. There has been one in the US. Our Indian partner said: "There were 2,000 deaths, mainly children in Africa and Asia, yesterday."

Apr 30 17:48


It has been called "the most astounding piece of sleight of hand ever invented." The creation of money has been privatized, usurped from Congress by a private banking cartel. Most people think money is issued by fiat by the government, but that is not the case. Except for coins, which compose only about one one-thousandth of the total U.S. money supply, all of our money is now created by banks. Federal Reserve Notes (dollar bills) are issued by the Federal Reserve, a private banking corporation, and lent to the government. Moreover, Federal Reserve Notes and coins together compose less than 3 percent of the money supply. The other 97 percent is created by commercial banks as loans.

Apr 30 17:46

Churchgoers more likely to back torture, survey finds

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.

Apr 30 17:45

Gold Falls After Being Hit by Unusually Large Sell Orders

Such sharp and speedy declines are very unusual and would suggest a large player wanted gold prices lower in the futures market.

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... to keep the suckers from deserting the stock market.

Apr 30 17:32

Clinton-era appointee dead in apparent DC suicide

Levy attended Yale University's law school with former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and more recently worked on fundraising for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Dennis Gingold, an attorney who was working with Levy on a case.

"I don't know anyone who isn't shocked by what just happened," Gingold said. "He was a good guy. He really was ... and professionally, he was first class."

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Apr 30 17:19

The CIA's $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations

According to current and former government officials, the CIA's secret waterboarding program was designed and assured to be safe by two well-paid psychologists now working out of an unmarked office building in Spokane, Washington.

Bruce Jessen and Jim Mitchell, former military officers, together founded Mitchell Jessen and Associates.

Both men declined to speak to ABC News citing non-disclosure agreements with the CIA. But sources say Jessen and Mitchell together designed and implemented the CIA's interrogation program.

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