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April 25, 2009

Apr 25 10:35

Clinton reassures Iraq in surprise stop in Baghdad

She tells Iraqis the U.S. is 'very committed' even though troops will be withdrawn.

Apr 25 10:32

WHO: Swine Flu has 'Pandemic Potential'

The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak has "pandemic potential" because it is infecting people. But she said it is too early to say whether it will turn into one.

Apr 25 10:04

Testimony: Settlers assault pregnant woman with sticks and stones, April '09

Being pregnant, I couldn’t run fast. After about one hundred meters, the settlers caught me. One of them hit me in my right arm and left leg with his stick. The other settler threw a stone at me, which hit me in the left leg. Then one of them pushed me, and I fell onto some thorns. My arm and leg hurt a lot. When I fell, the two settlers left me and ran toward the farmers and other shepherds. I remained there, crying. I was in terrible pain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, beating a pregnant woman makes young male Israeli settlers feel "macho"?!?!?

, This is really mentally ill behavior.

And the ugly irony here is, some of these guys are probably great grand-children of Holocaust survivors.

Apr 25 10:02

Abdul Sattar Qassem: “They kept me in the company of criminals and murderers”

Just released from a PA lockup ostensibly in connection with his outspoken criticisms of the Palestinian Authority, Abdul Sattar Qassem has accused his incarcerators of mistreating and humiliating him.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 25 10:00

Kiss GM Goodbye, Its Bondholders want Bankruptcy

Only in an thoroughly corrupt economy, overseen by a thoroughly corrupt government is it legal to create financial instruments that allow bondholders to collect more money on their bonds if a company fails than if it survives.

Apr 25 09:54

The Destabilization of Pakistan: Finding Clarity in the Baluchistan Conundrum

A new dirty game of geopolitics has already started in Baluchistan, Pakistan. To understand the recent wave of violence in Baluchistan we must understand the vested interests in Baluchistan. The root cause of violence in Baluchistan is not internal poverty or lack of development but the covert operations of foreign intelligence agencies. Internal issues might act as catalysts to inflame the situation but the root cause is foreign interference in internal affairs of Baluchistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone feel a draft?!?!?

Because the massive military escalation by the US in this region cannot succeed without it.

Apr 25 09:49

The Psychologists of Torture

One of the key, if underreported, findings in Tuesday’s bombshell Senate committee report on the Bush-era treatment of U.S. military detainees was the role of civilian and military psychologists in devising, directing and overseeing the torture of prisoners.

Understanding the role of these professionals should be a "specific focus" of an investigation into the use of these tactics, according to Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which has condemned the tactics as illegal and medically unethical.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mengele would have been so proud of these guys: I sure as hell am not.

Why?!?!? Because a country which legitimizes torture cannot, for one second, have its representatives speak about freedom, human dignity, or human rights without getting rightfully booted off the international stage as hypocrites and liars.

If we are silent, knowing that this government legitimized torture, we become accomplices after the fact.

Everyone who signed off on torture, from former President Bush on down, should be prosecuted within the fullest extent of the law. Only then can we begin to restore this country, both in the eyes of its citizens, and the eyes of the world, as a moral country with a conscience.

Apr 25 09:39

CDC says too late to contain U.S. flu outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it was too late to contain the swine flu outbreak in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hearing reading this statement, you have to shake your head and wonder: just what kind of colossal failure of imagine and planning has left the CDC impotent to defend the American public, which it is charged to protect, against this outbreak??

As the victims of Katrina learned the terrifyingly hard way, the government isn't going to anything to help you here; you're on your own.

Please, do your own due diligence about foods and supplements which can assist the body fight against flu and other viruses.



Apr 25 09:30

Why Americans Carry Guns

I don't carry a gun just because I'm constitutionally guaranteed this right.
I carry a gun because history has proven it to be the final defense against a tyrannical, oppressive, police state-type of government.

Apr 25 09:27

"... The Horrible Truth"

Rather than talking about three Iraqis being killed today, or two dozen, we are again talking about several dozen, and over 100 wounded, as we are seeing recently. Each of these Iraqis have been killed as a direct result of the US occupation of Iraq - their blood splattered on the hands of President Obama, who, during a visit to Baghdad's airport on April 7, praised the US military for their "extraordinary achievement" in Iraq.

Apr 25 09:24

Venture capital firm set to reap rewards on swine flu

The swine flu outbreak is likely to benefit one of the most prolific and successful venture capital firms in the United States: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Thomson Reuters Private Equity Week reported on Friday.

The World Health Organization said the virus appears to be susceptible to Roche's (ROG.VX) flu drug Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir, but not to older flu drugs such as amantadine.

Apr 25 09:13

Hezbollah win in Lebanon poll would be big upset

With quiet campaigning and moderate talk, Hezbollah is building its strength for Lebanon's June 7 parliament elections — and the militant Shiite Muslim group and its allies stand a good chance of winning.

Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has even said that if the coalition wins, it would invite its opponents to join in a national unity government to ensure stability. His deputy, Sheik Naim Kassem, says the West will have to accept the election results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Hezbollah does win the Lebanese election in a process deemed free and fair, the following should happen.

First, Israel, in no way, should not be allowed to go on a military rampage against the Lebanese people for the choice they have made, as they did when Palestinians, fed up with the complete corruption of Hamas, voted Hezbollah in.

Finally, should this come about, the West is going to ultimately need to deal with Hezbollah as a legitimate political force to be reckoned with.

We've managed to deal with China, and we've managed to deal with Russia, geopolitically.

Surely, we can somehow manage to deal with Hezbollah.



Apr 25 08:58

IDF dogs attack 99 year old Palestinian man

Apr 25 08:57

WESTERN WALL DEMOLISHED BY ISRAELI TROOPS

Early Saturday morning, Israeli troops entered the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City and cleared the area of it’s usual Shabbat worshipers. They then proceeded to demolish the centuries old structure.

Apparently they were given orders to demolish any structure that was built without a permit in East Jerusalem. King Herod was responsible for the construction of the wall around 1900 BCE. He neglected to obtain the proper building permits.

Apr 25 08:56

Tension grips Buner as military operation looms

After days of deliberations, the government on Friday decided to deploy the Pakistan Army troops in the Buner district in an apparent move to launch a military operation against the Taliban, who reportedly quit the town on the appeal of Tehrik Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad.

However, when reached by telephone, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj-Gen Athar Abbas said the military leadership had not yet received any order from the government to launch the military operation in Buner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that by telegraphing their planned military action, the Pakistani military are hoping they will not have to engage in one.

Apr 25 08:54

Army says missing Fort Detrick samples likely destroyed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really, they were destroyed. I mean, we don't know that for a fact, but heck, where ELSE would they have gone?!?!?"

Note that one of the diseases missing is Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis. anyone want to wager that that will turn out to be cause of deasth for the Venezuelan Polo Ponies in Miami?



Apr 25 08:52

Petraeus Calls On Pakistan To Redirect Military Focus

Gen. David H. Petraeus warned yesterday that al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists in Pakistan are posing "an ever more serious threat to Pakistan's very existence," and he said that Pakistan's leaders must act to counter the challenge with a well-trained military counterinsurgency force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Getting the Pakistani government to "...reconfigure its military forces to deal with counterinsurgency operations rather than to continue its conventional focus on traditional rival India" will be a herculean task, given the history of these two countries.

The current government of Pakistan, riddled as it is with corruption and a consistent tendency to ignore popular outrage at the lack of economic growth, is in a death spiral.

And that issue about Centomm actually controlling the money and how it is spent?!?

That will not go down at all well for the Pakistani government, which is traditionally accustomed to taking US aid money, and not having to account for a dime.

Apr 25 08:50

In 2002, Military Agency Warned Against 'Torture'

The military agency that provided advice on harsh interrogation techniques for use against terrorism suspects referred to the application of extreme duress as "torture" in a July 2002 document sent to the Pentagon's chief lawyer and warned that it would produce "unreliable information."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in 2002, the word "torture" was actually being used inside the government to discuss the procedures.

Apr 25 08:38

Israeli FM: US Will Accept Any Israeli Decision

In particular, Lieberman insisted that despite America’s support for the “two-state solution” which the Israeli administration has rejected, President Obama will not put forth any new peace initiatives unless Israel wants them to. “Believe me,” Lieberman declared, “American accepts all our decisions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we've got you by the short hairs, and will defy with impunity any possibility of bring of peace to the region other than a "Pax Israelianis" (short for exterminating all Palestinians still breathing).

Apr 25 08:33

Petraeus: Tunisian militants attacking Iraq

The top U.S. military commander in the Mideast says attacks in Iraq will continue for some time, and they may be the work of a network of foreign fighters from Tunisia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, we've gotta blame someone for the current uptick in violence here, and it's Tunisia's turn in the rotation!" - official white horse souse.



Apr 25 08:31

CFR getting Lions share of Bailout?

Newspapers are fixated upon $160 million in bonuses given to American International Group (AIG) executives. And it’s nice to know where the millions are going (note: the bonuses could have been canceled had the federal government let the company go bankrupt, as officials should have). But where are the trillions in TARP, TALC and Federal Reserve Bank bailout funds going?

Apr 25 08:28

Keith Olbermann offers Sean Hannity $1000 for every second he can endure waterboarding

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll chip in a few hundred to see THAT!!!!!!

Apr 25 08:28

Jordan's King Abdullah: Israel must choose integration or isolation

Jordan's King Abdullah on Friday said that Israel must choose between integrating into the region or remaining isolated, and warned that delaying a two-state solution would be disastrous for Israelis and Palestinians.

The Jewish state can "integrate into the region...or to remain fortress Israel, isolated, holding itself and the entire region hostage to continued confrontation," Abdullah said during his visit to Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This gentleman understands, completely, what is at stake here.

Apr 25 08:25

Of Concern (NOW URGENT-See UPDATE)

Even more curious about this breakout is the timing. NYT again:

Mexico’s flu season is usually over by now, but health officials have noticed a significant spike in flu cases since mid-March. The W.H.O. said there had been 800 cases in Mexico in recent weeks, 60 of them fatal, of a flu like illness that appeared to be more serious than the regular seasonal flu.

As if to emphasise the uselessness of more government regulation, to those who call for more government regulation of every aspect of life, if there ever was a time to warn about travel to Mexico, it is now. Yet, because of political reasons it won't happen. The NYT reports one helluva contradiction from the CDC:



Apr 25 08:23

NY officials test students for swine flu -report

As many as 75 students at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens became sick with flu-like symptoms on Thursday, and more fell ill on Friday, WCBS television reported. Health officials had tested the students and were investigating, and the school canceled its Friday evening programs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The school's total population is about 2700 kids, but that is a large number to have fallen ill so quickly at the same time.

Apr 25 08:21

Random Drug test in high schools

So I went in today to sub for a high school class and I learned something shocking. I was teaching the LD students in the first periods and a woman comes in and gets one of the girls. I find out form another student that she had been selected for a random drug screening as were many other kids that day. I said is that legal? The boy said "well their parents have to sign a form.
And if they don't take the test then it's an automatic failure."
"So guilty until proven innocent then."
" Yep.."

Apr 25 08:21

US lawmakers vow public probe into torture

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just like the one we had for 9-11!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 25 08:20

Flying over the GOP's Cuckoo Nest

A thought occurs: There has been one momentous upside to Cheney & Co.'s uninterrupted visitations and unprecedented vileness, however. And it is this: By comparison, our visits to just plain Republicans now seem like a walk in the park, almost like a return to the clean world; a bit like dropping in on some hopelessly crazy but essentially harmless old uncle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It isn't "Plain" Republicans, it's Neocons versus Paleocons.

Paleocons believe in small government and balanced budgets. Paleocons don't torture people. Paleocons are cool people! :)



Owl 1
Apr 25 08:18

Iran leader blames U.S. for bombings in Iraq

Apr 25 08:16

Appeals court rules Gitmo detainees are not 'persons'

A Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are not "persons" according to it's interpretation of a statute involving religious freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Untermenschen!

Another way in which the US has become the Nazis!

Apr 25 08:16

Reacting to outbreak

TheNews.com.mx - NACHA CATTAN - Mexico City was swept up in a wave of alarm on Friday, prompting some residents to rush to pharmacies or hole up in their homes to escape a potentially deadly swine flu virus.

Parents picked up their children from school early Friday, as classes were suspended in Mexico City and surrounding municipalities. Some residents said they opened all the windows in their homes to increase ventilation; others stocked up on surgical masks, reportedly clearing out many large drug stores.

Companies responded by sending people with flu-like symptoms home, while some offices - an entire Banamex headquarters building on Reforma, for instance - were closed for the day.

Apr 25 08:15

Four more banks fail

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These won't be the last.



Apr 25 08:15

Worried about swine flu? Wash your hands

Worried about swine flu? There is one easy way to protect against infection, health experts agree -- handwashing.

Global health officials are worried about an unusual new strain of flu that may have killed as many as 68 people in Mexico, with 1,000 showing possible symptoms. It has infected at least eight people in the United States. [ID:nN24462379]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Skin to skin contact seems to be the primary mode of contagion at this time.

Apr 25 08:13

MONSANTO SUES GERMANY TO FORCE THEM TO GROW GMO CROPS!

Monsanto is now suing the German government (and, by that, the people) to force them to grow their GM Corn.

Apr 25 08:11

Your request is being processed... Clinton Assures Iraq Of US Support

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to assure Iraqis on Saturday that the Obama administration would not abandon their country even as it presses ahead with plans to withdraw American troops amid a recent surge in violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We're sure as hell not going to abandon your oil, which was the real reason we came in and stomped all over this country in the first place!"

Apr 25 08:08

Passengers Subdue 'Unruly' Man Who Charged Cockpit

A plane was diverted to Logan Airport just after 10 p.m. Friday after a passenger on a transatlantic flight tried to break into the cockpit and was subdued by passengers, Massachusetts State Police said.

The incident was not terrorism, according to officials at Massport, the agency that runs the airport. The passenger, identified as Itay Atmor, may have been suffering from an anxiety attack, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why was this not terrorism? Because the guy who tried to break into the cockpit was an Israeli, you silly! Had the guy banging on the door been Iranian, THEN it would be an act of terror!!!!



Apr 25 08:07

Torturing detainee may have produced false terror alerts

There were also two peculiar episodes of heightened security alerts in the US in April and May, which were said at the time to have been based on information obtained from Abu Zubaydah. These vague and ultimately implausible threats gave a strong impression that Abu Zubaydah might have been inventing al Qaeda plots simply to satisfy his interrogators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that no one in the White House under the Bush administration ever bothered to pick up a history book, ever.

Because had they done so, they would have understood - as intelligent people have from the time of the Catholic Inquisition - that torture isn't designed to get the truth: it is designed to get a confession. This means that the tortured individual will say anything he thinks his torturers want to hear in order to get the torture to stop.

So the CIA actually thought they could wrest great truths from the use of torture?!?! In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, "fuggetaboutit!"

Apr 25 08:03

Bush aware of 'unreliability' of torture info

In July 2002, the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency notified the former administration that torture yields 'unreliable information,' just weeks before the Justice Department authorized use of harsh interrogation techniques, The Washington Post reported.

"The unintended consequence of a US policy that provides for the torture of prisoners is that it could be used by our adversaries as justification for the torture of captured US personnel," the paper quoted from a document attached to a JPRA memorandum.

Apr 25 08:00

Politically Correct BS from the Center For Disease Control

With a serious deadly flu threat emanating from Mexico, the CDC chooses to warn clinicians about patients who may have been in San Diego County, California or San Antonio, Texas but not a word about patients who may have travelled in Mexico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And no mention that our open borders may be the prime reason a flu outbreak in Mexico City has already spread to San Diego County, Imperial County, California and San Antonio, Texas.

Apr 25 08:00

Appeals court rules Gitmo detainees are not 'persons'

"Last year, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, a member of the Court of Appeals panel who issued the decision today, referred to the Court’s holding that detainees are not 'persons' as 'a most regrettable holding in a case where plaintiffs have alleged high-level U.S. government officials treated them as less than human.'"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have just become thoroughly disgusted by the Obama "Justice" Department on this one.



Lockerdome
Apr 25 07:58

The Housing Crash: The Data Confirms a Downward Momentum

Why is the media misleading the public about housing? The housing market is crashing. There are no "green shoots" or "glimmers of hope"; the market is worn to a stump, it's kaput. Still, whenever new housing figures are released, they're crunched and tweaked and spin-dried until they tell a totally different story; a hopeful story about an elusive "light in the tunnel". But there is no light in the tunnel; it's a myth. The truth is, there's no sign of a turnaround or a "bottom" in housing at all; not yet, at least. The real estate market is freefalling and it looks like its got a long way to go. So why is the media still peddling the same "rose-colored" claptrap that put the country in this pickle to begin with?

Apr 25 07:57

Just Because this is Awesome

Sometimes we just need to relax and look at the amazing abilities humans are capable of.

Apr 25 07:56

Family claims Chicago police officer beat autistic teenager

Despite Guzman's parents yelling to the officers that he was a "special boy" with "special needs," one of the officers struck Guzman in the head with a baton, cutting a gash that would require eight staples, his sister said. The parents witnessed the blow being struck, she said.

On the ground, blood pouring from his head, Guzman, who has the mental capacity of a 5th grader, mumbled again and again, "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I submit. I submit," his family said.

Apr 25 07:55

Insider Selling Jumps to Highest Level Since 2007

Executives and insiders at U.S. companies are taking advantage of the steepest stock market gains since 1938 to unload shares at the fastest pace since the start of the bear market.



Apr 25 07:50

Our Fearless Independent Media Ignore the Pulitzer Prize That Calls Them On Their Own Conflicts of Interest

I meant to get to this earlier in the week. It's so illustrative of the problems with our corporate media that the guy who wins a Pulitzer prize for investigative reporting is ignored - because he was investigating the corporate media for stacking the deck with paid sources to support the Iraq war

Apr 25 07:49

Russian Oligarchs To Become Government Employees To Avoid Bankruptcy

Amid the financial crisis sweeping through Russia, the oligarchs, the country's financial and industrial elite, are faced with a dilemma they did not anticipate a mere year ago: how not to go broke? As their wealth plummeted and the cost of borrowing skyrocketed, they are struggling to hold on to their assets and to get out of debt. And they are appealing to the friend of last resort -- the Kremlin.

Apr 25 07:49

Obama's stance worries Israelis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this is just posturing to help Obama with an American people tired of Israel's constant interference in our country. I will believe it when I see something concrete, like war crimes trials for Cast Lead, or a Palestinian State. Until then, it's just more Israeli smoke and mirrors.

Apr 25 07:47

How The Bank Frauds Happened - William K. Black

http://revolutionarypolitics.com/?p=461
The financial industry brought the economy to its knees, but how did they get away with it?

Apr 25 07:47

Democrats Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore At Congressional Hearing

UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday April 24, 2009 at 10am in Washington. Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.

“The House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated, so they slammed the door of the Capitol in my face,” Monckton told Climate Depot in an exclusive interview. “They are cowards.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This pretty much proves that Human-Caused Global Warming is a political agenda and not science.

Apr 25 07:45

50p tax rate 'could cost government money'

Thinktank says tax avoidance and wealthy reining in spending could undermine Treasury plan.

Apr 25 07:43

Happy Birthday Ernst Zündel

Apr 25 07:41

1 month before JFK was murdered, he told the LOBBY to register as agents of a foreign government

One month before he was murdered in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy told the American Zionist Council (AZC), the Daddy of today's 900 pound AIPAC gorilla, to register as a foreign agent, which was and still is the law for all countries, except Israel.



Apr 25 07:34

DOES RELEASING THE TORTURE DOCUMENTS ENDANGER NATIONAL SECURITY?

Yes; It reveals methods.
2% (21 votes)
No; Blocking the release is just covering up for crimes
98% (1142 votes)
Total votes: 1163
Apr 25 07:26

INTERNET LINKS FOR MEXICO TV STATIONS

Apr 25 06:24

Estimated Iraqi Death Count Waaaaay Off

READ IT YOURSELF !

I just did . I need a shower now .

Apr 25 05:52

EU stimulus amounts to a ticket out of town - As Jobs Die, Europe’s Migrants Head Home

The New York Times RACHEL DONADIO and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - Mr. Mituletu, who is planning to return to Romania next month, is one of millions of immigrants from Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa who have flocked to fast-growing places like Spain, Ireland and Britain in the past decade, drawn by low unemployment and liberal immigration policies.

I Pity The Poor Immigrant



Apr 25 05:30

To Save Money, M.I.T. Drops 8 Sports Teams

The New York Times - Cate Doty - alpine skiing [...] — competitive pistol, golf, wrestling, and men and women’s ice hockey and gymnastics — were eliminated on Thursday by M.I.T.’s athletics department, citing the need to trim $1.5 million from its budget.

[You ARE a nerd! Now get back into that laboratory until you can come back out -with something that can kill great swathes of humanity.]

Apr 25 05:21

A danish scientist Niels Harrit, on nano-thermite in the WTC dust

http://revolutionarypolitics.com/?p=453

Niels Harrit and 8 other scientists found nano-thermite in the dust from the World Trade Center. He is interviewed on danish TV2 News.

Apr 25 05:14

Black hole spews water vapour

BBC Science - The water maser resides in a distant galaxy

Apr 25 04:52

Los Angeles or Waterboarding?

Do I like waterboarding? No, but it is not life threatening; in extreme cases, I can live with it. And I'll take waterboarding over a 9/11 in Los Angeles any day.

Oh Really ?
GET ON NATIONAL TELEVISION THEN , AND PROVE IT ! (*talk is cheap)



Owl 2
Apr 25 04:42

No Proof Torture Stopped Terror Attacks

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has requested the release of two CIA reports which he claims will strengthen his assertions that the torture of detainees helped thwart terrorist plots, but already released memos from the CIA inspector general point out that there was no conclusive proof that the harsh interrogation tactics helped the Bush Administration thwart any “specific imminent attacks.”

Apr 25 04:35

58% SAY RELEASE OF CIA MEMOS ENDANGERS NATIONAL SECURITY

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the Obama administration’s recent release of CIA memos about the harsh interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects endangers the national security of the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 28% believe the release of the memos helps America’s image abroad.

Apr 25 03:40

Geithner Sounds Darker Tone Than G-7

"Financial conditions in some markets have shown modest improvement," Geithner said, adding that it would be "wrong to conclude that we are close to emerging from the darkness that descended on the global economy early last fall."

Apr 25 03:18

Dem beats Con in battle for NY Congressional Seat

the daily beast: Should Norm Coleman be taking notes? Democrat Scott Murphy has won Kirsten Gillibrand's former seat in New York’s Congress after Republican James Tedisco conceded this afternoon. The race was too close to call on election night nearly a month ago, but a recount showed Murphy’s lead expanding. The heated special election race began after Gillibrand left to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Murphy’s district has more than 196,000 registered Republicans and 125,000 Democrats.



Apr 25 03:05

Chrysler Canada, Canadian Auto Workers Union strike tentative deal

The Canadian Auto Workers Union or CAW reached tentative deal with Chrysler Canada Ltd. that would save Chrysler more than C$240 million per year at its Canadian operations.

Apr 25 02:13

What Caused the Economic Crisis?

Warren Buffett called them “weapons of mass destruction” in 2003.

President Bush said they had to be regulated.

So did the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the current head of the Federal reserve.

As did the G-20 group of the world’s 20 richest nations.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan - after being one of their biggest cheerleaders - now says they are dangerous.

And a Nobel prize-winning economist said they should be “blown up or burned”, and we should start fresh.

What Are They Talking About?

What are the above-listed folks talking about?

A financial instrument called “credit default swaps” (CDS for short).

April 24, 2009

Apr 24 21:24

Music: Men at Work - Underground

I "discovered" Men at Work while in college in the 90's. This song mesmerized me for its portrayal of what is becoming increasingly clear a political future. I was charmed by the lyric "the signs were there you should have bought connections before" for it's cynical-realism. Something to think about.

Move fast in the tunnels of the underground.

Apr 24 20:47

How night owls are cleverer and richer than people who rise early

It has long been held that the early bird catches the worm. But it is the night owl that lasts the distance, research shows.

It found that late risers tire less quickly than those who make a point of getting up at the crack of dawn.

The study is likely to be embraced by anyone tired of being branded lazy for their love of a lie-in.

And it adds to growing evidence that it is night owls that rule the roost.

Time for another coffee...



Apr 24 20:37

Pollution 'fights global warming'

Let's make every day a "carbon belch day" :)

Apr 24 20:24

Brown apologises for McBride emails

"I take full responsibility for what happened, that's why the person responsible resigned as soon as it happened."

So who's the new Prime Minister then, Gordon?

Apr 24 20:20

Iraqi suicide bombers at Baghdad Shia shrine claim 60 lives

Major General Qassem Atta, a military spokesman, said the bombings were a direct consequence of the arrest of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the country's most wanted man. He also said he expected a revenge bombing campaign to intensify.

So an imaginary terrorist is captured and violence flares up only nine weeks before US troops are to withdraw from Iraqi cities. What timing.

Apr 24 20:09

Jury Nullification, Your Awesome Power

Friday, April 24, 2009
JURY NULLIFICATION
YOUR AWESOME POWER
By: Alan Stang

"This week let’s look at a power you have that is equally devastating, a power that could bring our communist nightmare to its knees, that you can begin using right now with absolutely no risk. It is another awesome power the totalitarian, legal bozos have labored long to conceal. It is called "jury nullification.""
"All you need do is vote for acquittal. They won’t ask you why. If they do, furious, or just frustrated by your monkey wrench vote, you will not say you did it to nullify the law. If you say that, they will throw you into jail. So you will either say nothing or you will smile the subservient smile and say merely that you thought he was innocent."



Owl 3
Apr 24 19:42

AIPAC Initiates Another Politician

Seriously America, how is your President supposed to do what is best for America and what is best for the Middle East peace process, when you allow Zionists like AIPAC to run your country?

Apr 24 19:42

Slash population to save the world: green lobbyist

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Been in Mexico lately?

Seen the 12 monkeys??

Apr 24 16:55

John McCain says 9-11 terrorists came from Canada

John McCain is the latest high-profile politician to repeat the diehard American falsehood that the 9-11 terrorists entered the United States through Canada.

Apr 24 16:46

Fed Admits "Stress Tests" Are a Sham

The "stress tests" were supposed to triage those banks worth saving from those which were already too far gone to save.

But as Nouriel Roubini, FDIC chief Sheila Bair, Nobel economist Paul Krugman, former senior S&L regulator William Black and many others said, the "stress tests" are a sham.

Well, they've been proven right.

The Fed said today that - instead of letting the insolvent banks fail - which is what virtually all of the independent experts are recommending (see this for example), the Fed will rescue all banks which fail the stress test.



Taboola
Apr 24 16:43

Former Chief Accountant for the SEC: Bernanke and Paulson Broke the Law and Should be Prosecuted

The New York Attorney General says that Bernanke and Paulson forced Bank of America to buy Merill Lynch:

Apr 24 16:35

Jamaican army deployed ahead of tax increase

Jamaica's government put police and the army on alert to prevent violent demonstrations as it prepared to announce tax increases on gasoline, cigarettes and other consumer items on Thursday.

Apr 24 15:22

Bishop bows to Zionism

One Wonders what relevance there is to Catholics singing Yaweh?
A suspect he is being blackmailed!

Apr 24 15:01

STATEMENT BY DENIS RANCOURT REGARDING HIS DISMISSAL BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

It appears that among the real reasons for the university’s attempts to discipline me since September 2005 and for its recent most harsh actions against me under President Allan Rock’s mandate might be the administration’s opposition to my political views about the Palestine-Israel conflict, which, starting in 2005, I have expressed in articles, on radio, in my blog postings, at public venues, and in my classes. In September 2005 the dean cancelled my Physics and the Environment course following a complaint (regarding an email comment about Zionism), channelled through the university’s Canadian Studies Institute director Pierre Anctil to the VP-Academic.

Apr 24 14:56

the key to the opposition to ahmadinejad

The 23 countries that walked out of the Geneva Conference during Ahmadinejad’s speech are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The 27 EU members are the above plus Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland, which had already decided not to send delegates at all. The other 5 countries which had already decided not to send delegates at all are Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the US. So the formula for the bloc claiming that Ahmadinejad is ‘racist’ is: EU, plus Israel, plus the surviving ‘Anglo-Saxon’ or ‘English-speaking’ — i.e., white colonial — states: Australia & New Zealand, the USA & Canada.

Apr 24 14:42

Mexico shuts schools, museums to stop flu outbreak

Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital Friday in hopes of containing a swine flu outbreak that authorities say killed at least 20 people — and perhaps dozens more. World health authorities worried openly that the strange new virus could become a global epidemic.

Apr 24 14:33

Anti-racism Durban Review Conference concludes with successful outcome

She said that the Conference proved to be "a celebration of tolerance and dignity for all", and it produced a "meaningful outcome enshrining a common aspiration: to defy racism in all its manifestations and work to stamp it out wherever it may occur."

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Obviously, this writer missed Ahmadinejad's speech!

Apr 24 14:17

ACLU: Pentagon to release images of prisoner abuse

The Defense Department will release a "substantial number" of photos depicting abuse of prisoners by U.S. personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American Civil Liberties Union said late Thursday.

The photos will be made available by May 28, the ACLU said, citing a letter dated Thursday from the Justice Department to a federal judge in New York. The photos' release is in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2004 and will include images from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan at locations other than Abu Ghraib, the ACLU said.

Apr 24 14:03

84 Cosponsors for HR 1207!! (Audit the Fed)

Some people have reported the number to be as high as 88 cosponsors, but we can confirm 84 cosponsors through the Library of Congress.

Apr 24 14:00

Outrage at 'skin and bones' Miss Universe model

Australia's Miss Universe competition found itself under scrutiny yesterday as doctors and dieticians questioned the inclusion of a finalist they claimed was severely underweight.

Dietician Melanie McGrice told Australia's Daily Mail that at 180cm and weighing just 49kg, 19-year-old Stephanie Naumoska was well under the World Health Organisation's benchmark for malnutrition.

"I would certainly want to be doing an assessment of her diet to make sure she doesn't have some type of eating disorder," she said.

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Hey, in the current economy, plump is the new status symbol!!!!!

Apr 24 13:41

Bil'in 17.4.2009

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In this video tape, Bassem Aburahma (nick named ElFeel, the elephant, for he was always thought of as a giant among his peers) is seen pleading with Israeli soldiers to wait (saying Raiga in Hebrew) as Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals protested the land confiscation and building of the apartheid fence on vilage land. The soldiers then shoot Bassem point blank with a high velocity gas grenade which kills him within five minutes.

Apr 24 13:36

New flu strain is a genetic mix

It is genetically different from the fully human H1N1 seasonal influenza virus that has been circulating globally for the past few years. The new flu virus contains DNA typical to avian, swine and human viruses, including elements from European and Asian swine viruses.

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Must have taken quite a blender to make that mix!

Apr 24 13:35

What kind of democracy is that?

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Israel calls itself a democracy, but actions speak far louder than words!

Apr 24 13:17

The Great Credit Card Battle To Come

What's happening to credit card lending is a smaller replay of what happened to mortgage lending. For years, banks used every gimmick possible to get the public to use their cards -- regardless of the credit worthiness of the customer. They lured borrowers with low "teaser" rates. They told borrowers they could get by paying minimum balances.

Apr 24 13:06

Obama, Biden ’Relocated’ After Small Plane Strays

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were “relocated” briefly while at work at the White House after a small plane strayed into restricted airspace over Washington, administration spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Apr 24 13:06

Stress Tests Fabricated to Produce Bullish Surveys

In my view the stress test survey is just a “show” for the investment markets and in the end really doesn’t mean very much because credit quality is still deteriorating. Bank balance sheets remain highly vulnerable to more losses later this year, including credit cards, commercial real estate, home equity loans, residential mortgages and commercial/industrial loans.

Apr 24 13:05

FLASHBACK - The mysterious deaths of top microbiologists

Now, statistically, it's possible, even likely, that one or two of these microbiologists legitimately were killed in random accidents. But for so many to die in such a short while exceeds all reasonable bounds of statistics. Prudence would demand an investigation, not the "ho hum" attitude of the government which even today continues to issue dire warnings to the general population of how much we are all in danger from "bioterrorism".

So, let's take a moment and step away from the perpetual fear-mongering of the media (and Rumsfeld) as they assure us another attack IS coming (with a certainty which suggests inside information on the subject) and assume for a moment that some party has indeed decided to "liquidate" weapons research infectious disease experts.

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Apr 24 13:02

A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

Ignore for a moment the lies surrounding torture, AIPAC, 9-11, TWA 800, the USS Iowa, and the Gulf of Tonkin, and step back into horrid history with me.

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Apr 24 13:02

Stray small plane sparks scare in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were moved to a secure spot Friday when a small plane strayed into restricted airspace triggering a brief evacuation of parts of the White House and the U.S. Congress.

Apr 24 12:39

Georgian opposition predicts Saakashvili to go in 'several days'

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his government will succumb to pressure to quit in several days, the country's former foreign minister and an opposition leader said on Friday.

Protesters in the Geogrian capital, Tbilisi, have been on the streets since April 9 demanding the president's resignation

Apr 24 12:36

Gene Burnett - Jump You F*#kers

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Guess I can't use THIS one for bump music!!!!!!

Apr 24 12:23

SATURDAY: NATIONWIDE End the Fed! Rallies

Apr 24 12:22

ISRAELI TERRORISTS ATTACK PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST APARTHEID

Friday is the Holy Day for Muslims. Friday is also the day most Muslims are on a day off and can participate in demonstrations against the growing wall of apartheid being built on Occupied Palestinian Lands.

Friday is also the day the Israeli army participates in these demonstrations by shooting at the participants. A month ago an American Solidarity Worker, Tristan Anderson, was seriously wounded by these terrorists. Last Friday, A Palestinian named Bassem Abu Rahama was murdered by these bastards. Today, 11 others were wounded, some seriously, by rubber bullets and tear gas.

All this while the world looks on and DOES NOTHING.

Apr 24 12:21

TODAY’S TOON ~~ SHHHHHHHHHH!!!…. COLOUR ME AN ANTI-SEMITE

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