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April 19, 2009

Apr 19 18:11

SAG Strike Likely Averted as Actors and Producers Reach Tentative Agreement

It looks like the threat of a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild has been averted.

The union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced Friday that the two sides have reached a tentative agreement on actors' contracts for film and television work. No details were released.

Apr 19 18:10

Columbine 10 Years Later

Certainly there are many interests that oppose private citizens being able to stop crime. Organized crime tops that list, followed by many polioce officials who see their own authority and pensions threatened by a public able to take care of themselves. Finally there are the pro-dictatorship forces in the US which see a disarmed and hyelpless population as crucial to their designs.

It is in this context that the very odd aspects of the Columbine shooting need to be examined. Looking back from a time when we know the government lied about weapons of mass destruction, and with 84% of Americans no longer trusting the official story of 9-11, it is valid to ask if Columbine was a staged event to trick Americansinto surrendering their Second Amendment rights.

Apr 19 18:06

Hawaii foreclosures soar 503 percent

Hawaii's foreclosure activity rose a staggering 503 percent in March, the ninth consecutive month of double-digit increases for the state, according to RealtyTrac.

Apr 19 17:43

A Warning About Spyware On Rightwing Blogs

Today I clicked over from memeorandum to the hardline rightwing blog Stop The ACLU, to see what the bloggers there had to say about an issue. Immediately, my Avast! anti-virus software and Spybot S&D software warned me that a Win-32 Trojan virus had been uploaded and was trying to re-write my registry files so it could snuggle in closer.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 19 17:27

Obama's Environmental Disaster

Okay, I get it. Carbon dioxide is bad. It’s a pollutant. Thus, based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed finding on greenhouse gases, everyone is now a polluter.

This includes me

Pardon my sarcasm, but the EPA’s plan to equate carbon dioxide, the substance that we emit every minute of every day of our lives, with pollution—a term I equate with noxious substances like benzene, dioxin, and PCBs—seems like something out of a bad science fiction novel.

Apr 19 17:21

The Real Pirate Bay

Set up a torrent tracker, get fined, go to jail.

Join a bank, destroy the economy, profit.

Apr 19 15:37

Saying the IPO money TOTALLY ran out months ago, Yahoo plans to eliminate up to 600 jobs

The San Francisco Chronicle Verne Kopytoff -In an effort to jump-start its business, Yahoo Inc. is planning to cut up to 600 jobs, a person familiar with the matter said.

Apr 19 15:09

KILLER Psychotropic drugs have struck again - Pharmaceutical companies should be prosecuted - shuttered

San Francisco Chronicle Disbelief among those who know Tracy suspect - Kevin Fagan - Demian Bulwa -Melissa Huckaby just doesn't seem to make sense as a child rapist and killer.

Authorities and relatives say she has grappled with depression over the years, and before she was arrested last year in Tracy on theft charges, she had a "pre-existing diagnosis" and was on prescription medication for mental health issues, Fox said. Also, sources say, she tried to commit suicide by swallowing razor blades in the week leading up to her arrest.



Apr 19 14:07

The Tower of Basel: Secretive Plans for the Issuing of a Global Currency

The key to their success, said Quigley, was that the international bankers would control and manipulate the money system of a nation while letting it appear to be controlled by the government. The statement echoed one made in the eighteenth century by the patriarch of what would become the most powerful banking dynasty in the world. Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild famously said in 1791:

“Allow me to issue and control a nation’s currency, and I care not who makes its laws.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13239

Apr 19 13:07

Some of the Most Sinister SOBs in the Country Are Economists

The New York Times GREGORY MANKIW - It May Be Time for the Fed to Go Negative -Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman, is the perfect person to make this commitment to higher inflation. Mr. Bernanke has long been an advocate of inflation targeting. In the past, advocates of inflation targeting have stressed the need to keep inflation from getting out of hand. But in the current environment, the goal could be to produce enough inflation to ensure that the real interest rate is sufficiently negative.

[Higher inflation is a recipe for virtual servitude for the lower classes that will not see any inflation in their wages under this scheme.]

Apr 19 11:48

Emanuel addresses torture memos

Asked if Obama believes that those who devised the policies should be prosecuted, Emanuel said "no":

"Yes, but those who devised policy, he believes that they were -- should not be prosecuted either, and that's not the place that we go -- as he said in that letter, and I would really recommend people look at the full statement -- not the letter, the statement --in that second paragraph, "this is not a time for retribution." It's time for reflection. It's not a time to use our energy and our time in looking back and any sense of anger and retribution.



Apr 19 11:35

The Oklahoma City Bombing Were there additional explosive charges and additional bombers?

Apr 19 11:33

The Oklahoma City Bombing - The CNN Reports of additional bombs.

Apr 19 11:33

The Oklahoma City Bombing - PROOF there were additional explosive charges.

Apr 19 11:31

OBAMA PLANS CREDIT-CARD PUSH ?!?!?



Apr 19 11:31

The Oklahoma City Bombing - What was the Army doing with a Ryder Truck just before the Murrah blast?

The pilot who took the photos wishes (for the obvious reasons) to remain anonymous, but these photos are purported to be of an area near Camp Gruber-Braggs, Oklahoma in early April of 1995.

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for full size (111K) picture.
Side view showing the Ryder truck. All
other vehicles are covered. Note the all encompassing screens set up to
conceal the presence of the trucks and the outer screen set up to conceal
the entire compound.

Apr 19 11:27

WACO - Who Shot First?

The public has been told that the members of the church had .50 caliber rifles. Had they used them, the cars and trucks would have not stopped the bullets and there would be bullet holes on the sides of the vehicles facing the cameras where the rounds exited.

In short, there is nothing in these photos to support the suggestion that the members of the church were actually firing on the BATF at this point in the raid, let alone that the members of the church fired first.

Apr 19 11:24

Beware Obama's false spring

The Washington Post is saying the emperor has no clothes, and calling the Obama administration's bluff that the winter of the financial crisis has given way to a spring of bank stability and profitability

Apr 19 11:23

Head of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Explains How We Got Into This Financial Mess

When optimism is high and ample funds are available for investment, investors tend to migrate from the safe hedge end of the ... spectrum to the risky speculative and Ponzi end. Indeed, in the current episode, investors tried to raise returns by increasing leverage and sacrificing liquidity through short-term—sometimes overnight—debt financing. Simultaneously, new and fancy methods of financial engineering allowed widespread and complex securitization of many types of assets, most famously in subprime lending. In addition, exotic derivatives, such as credit default swaps, were thought to dilute risk by spreading it widely. These new financial products provided the basis for an illusion of low risk, a misconception that was amplified by the inaccurate analyses of the rating agencies.



Apr 19 11:06

Sony Ericsson to cut 2,000 jobs

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson is to cut a further 2,000 jobs as it seeks to make 400m euros of savings.

It comes as the firm revealed a pre-tax loss of 358m euros ($469m; £316m) in the first three months of this year.

Apr 19 11:05

‘America lives in a fascist state’ – trend forecaster

The merger of corporate and government powers in modern America is plain and simple fascism, believes Gerald Celente, the founder of the Trends Research Institute and publisher of Trends Journal.

Apr 19 11:02

Aust to boycott UN's Geneva racism talks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proof that Australia is just as subverted by Israel as the United States.

Apr 19 10:58

The Truth about Facebook!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not to say that social networking sites are not useful and fun, but use some common sense about what you share. Computer nets are NOT private. Imagine that whatever you post to a social network site is the same as gluing it to the front of your house where people on the street can see it.



Apr 19 10:58

Free Gaza Movement: We are coming back, this time with a flotilla

Bethlehem - Ma’an - The Free Gaza Movement will return to the Strip with a "flotilla" of boats at the end of May carrying generators for hospitals and schools, medical supplies as well as journalists and politicians to observe the situation in the coastal area.

The team said it hoped to have supplies and sponsors organized by the end of April, and hope to set sail for the Gaza Strip between 25 and 31 May. The flotilla will include 5-10 boats from several nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The quiet courage demonstrated by these people, knowing what may well confront them on this journey, is something to be applauded.

The eyes of the world will no longer remain shut to the vicious desperation engineered by the Israeli siege.

And a note to the Israeli government: making these people into martyrs for attempting to deliver humanitarian aid will only raise an international chorus of condemnation against the lengths Israel has gone to destroy Gaza.

And this time, it will have financial consequences, which unfortunately appears to be the only thing the Israeli government understands.

Apr 19 10:55

Who Murdered our beloved president, JFK?

Rep. Paul Findley: "During John Kennedy's campaign for the presidency, a group of New York Jews had privately offered to meet his campaign expenses if he would let them set his Middle East policy. He did not agree … As the president, he provided only limited support of Israel."

Reuven Pedatzer, in a review of Avner Cohen's Israel and the Bomb, in the Israeli Newspaper Ha'aretz on February 5, 1999 wrote, "The murder of American president John F. Kennedy brought to an abrupt end the massive pressure being applied by the U.S. administration on the government of Israel to discontinue their nuclear program."

Apr 19 10:52

Tea Party Spokane Wa -- Pics!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know, I know, it's Free Republic, but in this case the freepers did good!

Apr 19 10:51

Barack Obama: Crime Boss

Today’s crisis represents "the bursting of the huge 25-year, almost $50 trillion debt bubble that helped underwrite the hijacking of the US economy by a rabid financial sector…" It’s realigning global power with America losing its economic leadership won in WW II.

"The ignominy deserved by Wall Street after 1929-1933 is peanuts compared with the opprobrium the US financial sector and its political and regulatory allies deserve this time." Financialized America radically transformed the country, now "doubly staggering because of the crushing burden of its collapse."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have not seen even the beginnings of an outpouring of public rage concerning what has been done to We the People by these knuckleheads.

The question is, how that rage is likely to play out, and whether it leads to an organized (and hopefully, peaceful) movement dedicated to throwing the liars out of government, no matter which side of the isle they come from in Congress.



Owl 1
Apr 19 10:51

WE NEED A REVOLUTION - NOT TEA PARTIES

That's like saying we don't agree with your oppressive, unconstitutional despotism of our nation and to show our ire in no uncertain terms we're going to break public law and disrupt the peace so take that, nah- nah-ne-boo-boo. But don't worry because we'll put everything back when we're done as if nothing happened cuz we don't want any trouble!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody doubts that a crisis is coming. But beware of letting government plants tell you where and when to turn violent, because if you let the enemy decide the field and the timing, you have already lost.

Leaderless resistance, non-violent non-cooperation, forcing the dictator to act like one where all the world can see it; these are the tools by which tyrants are brought down.

Apr 19 10:47

Norman Finkelstein - The Coming Breakup of American Zionism

Apr 19 10:45

The Reawakened Specter of Iraqi Civil War

April has already been a cruel month in Iraq. A spate of bombings aimed at Shi'i civilians in Baghdad has raised fears that the grim sectarian logic that led the capital to civil war in 2005-2007 will reassert itself. On April 6, a string of six car bombs killed at least 37 people; the next day, shortly after President Barack Obama landed in Baghdad, another car bomb killed eight; and on the morrow, still another bomb blew up close to the historic Shi'i shrine in Kadhimiyya just northwest of the capital’s central districts, taking an additional seven civilian lives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to ask yourself who the real winner in the US invasion of Iraq has actually been.

That can be summed up in one word: Iran.

And the US is no closer to extracting Iraq's oil than the day before the invasion began.

And all of these amazing unintended consequences have been purchased with your taxpayer dollars, and with billions in borrowing by the Federal government, which it, of course, expects you and your kids to repay.

Apr 19 10:40

Digital World: What creeps under the Internet rocks

For example, one of the premier internet anti-Semites runs his site (and home business) from the suburbs of Honolulu, Hawaii. This blogger, who claims to know "what really is happening" in the world, is a radical leftist/liberal type, whose site gets a fair amount of traffic, and seems to be a source of material for many other anti-Semitic blogs. Most of his content consists of links to "legitimate" news sites, with his commentary.

Note, incidentally, that I haven't mentioned this person's name, or site; the reason is that Wikipedia recently banned a biography page on this guy, because he's famous only among conspiracy theory nuts. He hasn't been mentioned in the real media enough, and I don't intend to help him (if you want details, drop me an e-mail).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the article that the Jerusalem Post wrote in an apparent response to KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS, which was posted at the Desert Peace website

I am linking this obvious hit piece here because people asked what all the fuss was about (and because fair is fair; the JP hit piece drove a lot of traffic to WRH and Desert Peace and I am returning the favor). I also wanted to point out that the comments added to this article included many positive comments for Desert Peace and WRH.



Apr 19 10:33

G20 supports IMF's plan to sell 403 tons of gold

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gotta keep gold prices down so people don't desert the stock markets!

Apr 19 10:31

Parents left devastated in 'assassin' death riddle

His distraught family was yesterday trying to come to terms with claims by Bolivian authorities that he was shot dead because he was a foreign mercenary involved in a plot to murder the socialist President Morales.

Apr 19 10:31

Were Democrats Aware About the CIA's Torture Program?

According to former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the brutal interrogation methods, such as slamming a detainee’s head against the wall dozens of times and the use of waterboarding, "were disclosed repeatedly in more than 30 congressional briefings and hearings beginning in 2002, and open to all members of the Intelligence Committees of both Houses of Congress beginning in September 2006."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No congress person walks away clean on this.

An American which tortures can no longer be the "land of the free and the home of the brave".

Through the allowing and enabling the use of torture and intrusive surveillance, congress allowed this country to become "the land of the cowed and the home of the snitch."

Apr 19 10:22

Lessons of the Mengele Affair

In its sensationalized treatment of the Mengele story, the mass media ignored what is probably the most important lesson of this entire affair. Right up until the summer of 1985. when it was conclusively established that Mengele had been dead since 1979, the "Holocaust experts" and professional "Nazi hunters" solemnly insisted that the German doctor was alive. Most of them maintained that he was hiding in Paraguay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Demjanjuk has already been charged with being Ivan the Terrible, convicted, sentenced to death, and almost executed when the charges against him were revealed to be false. Now he faces a second trial based on a single written note whose author is dead and unavailable for cross examination.

Careful examination continues to reveal that the media stories about Nazis are at the best inaccurate, at worst outright fabrications. In the Mengele case, reports that he was seen alive in 1984 and 1985 were clearly propagandistic lies since Mengele had actually died in 1979.

Maybe it is time for a great deal more skepticism to be applied to some of the hysterical claims presented as "evidence" against the targets of the Jewish state.



Apr 19 10:16

IPCC chief slams tactics of G20 police at demo

Senior police officers face serious questions over the "unacceptable" trend of officers disguising their identity during clashes with protesters, the chair of the independent police watchdog warned yesterday, as it began formally investigating a third alleged assault on a G20 protester.

Nick Hardwick, chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), called for a national debate over how police maintain public order and demanded much tougher political accountability, warning that police should remember they were "the servants not the masters" of the people.

Apr 19 10:15

Defending the Second Amendment: List of Self Defense Incidents

Businessman Fired Shots

Alleged robber was free on bond. Omaha Police say that one of the owners of the Benson Jewelry and Loan fired a weapon that killed a would-be robber and critically injured his alleged accomplice...

Apr 19 10:13

Conspiracy Theorists Were Right All Along!

All the federal government’s offensive and defensive mechanisms are being put in place while the lowly sheep await the slaughter. More economic tensions with more unemployment along with over-zealous police thugs bent on revenue creation; what will be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back? What will it take before civil unrest is not just discussed on talk shows, but is evident in the streets of America? How much unrest will be tolerated by the now fully armed military-type police before they become physical?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at how Israel treats the Palestinians.

That is Israel's future for Americans. It is happening right now. Look at Obama's cabinet; hell, look at the White House Seder! The Zionification of the United States in well underway.

Apr 19 10:11

Scenario for 2009 Israeli Strike on Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

1. Israel bombs Iran's power station.

2. Iran launches counter attack against Israel through Iraq.

3. Israel stands off to one side laughing hilariously as Iran and US go to war.



Lockerdome
Apr 19 10:10

Janet Reno Awarded the Justice Award by the American Judicature Society

The award is the highest honor given by the society for Reno's devotion and dedication to the administration of justice in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By awarding this to Reno (right before the 16th anniversary of the Waco massacre), the American Judicature Society has absolutely blown any bit of professional credibility they may have ever had with this despicable perversion.

Of course, this country has a long history of rewarding those who do the dirty work necessary to achieve the results desired by certain interests in the US government.

Reno gave the order to gas a church-full of woman and children at Waco with CS gas which, cannot be used in war internationally by treaty. The dispersal agent used in conjunction with this gas causes lunges to melt.

Mentioning Reno's name in the same breath with the word "justice" is enough to make me vomit.

Apr 19 10:09

Majority in US want Israel to be penalised

Despite claiming continued support for Israel, a majority of US residents want a change in policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A decisive plurality said US aid to Israel is “too much”, and a majority want to see Israel penalised for building new settlements on Palestinian land.

Apr 19 10:00

Iran leader urges reporter rights

Ahmadinejad has said an Iranian-American journalist jailed for spying must have her legal right to defend herself.

Apr 19 09:55

CIA waterboarded Al Qaeda suspect 183 times in 1 month, memo reveals

Perhaps more shocking than these newly revealed torture methods is a memo's reference to the fact that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (still in U.S. custody) was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah (the man who allegedly fears insects) was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has nothing to do with intelligence gathering, and everything to do with the collective mental illness of the torturers doing this, who obviously derived tremendous emotional pleasure from the process.

We have known from the times of the Catholic Inquisition that torture doesn't produce intelligence; it simply gets the tortured person to say whatever they think their torturers want to hear to get the torture to stop. Torture is never about obtaining the truth: it is about garnering confessions, period, end of discussion.



Apr 19 09:55

Labour general secretary denies plan to set up website to spread Tory smears

Apr 19 09:54

Herald de Paris: “It’s time for a second look on the 9/11 events”

LONDON (Herald de Paris) - “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Quoting Upton Sinclair, professor David Ray Griffin addressed an attentive audience at the City University of London last Tuesday for almost three hours in the first of the ten appointments of his European tour entitled “9/11: Time for a Second Look,” a second and deeper look at the events that eight years ago cost almost 3,000 american citizens their lives, and that were used as the root cause to wage war to Afghanistan first and among the excuses for the invasion of Iraq.

Apr 19 09:54

'US drone attack' claims 4 in Pakistan

Washington has stepped up its missile strikes inside Pakistan since last year, claiming the operations are aimed at countering Taliban and Al Qaeda militants operating in the country.

The raids have killed scores of civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since Pakistan has never given permission for these violations of their airspace, these are acts of war by the US Government.

Apr 19 09:53

BOUNCER IN JERUSALEM

Many see Netanyahu as culpable in the collapse of the Oslo Peace Accords, since he had rejected them from the outset. Some even found Netanyahu culpable in Rabin’s death by inciting public fears that the peace process left Israel at risk. This time around, post-Oslo, he is making history again by joining forces with another Israeli party leader who did well in Israel’s latest elections, Moldova-born Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s David Duke.



Apr 19 09:52

ARE WE FINALLY SEEING ‘PART OF THE CHANGE’?

Chavez told CNN affiliate GloboVision that he has tapped Roy Chaderton, Venezuela’s ambassador to the Organization of American States, as his candidate for the post.

Apr 19 09:50

Iran sentences Roxana Saberi to 8 years

An Iranian American journalist accused of spying for the U.S. was sentenced Saturday by an Iranian court to eight years in prison, a move likely to put a chill on the Obama administration's efforts to improve relations with Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been reports that Francis Gary Power's U-2 aircraft was sabotaged to bring it down over the USSR to prevent President Eisenhower from ending the already costly cold-war.

So, who benefits if a revealed spy wrecks prospects for peace with Iran?

Apr 19 09:50

American officials predict dangerous insurgency, collapse of Pakistani government

The forecast for the Pakistani state is troubled at best, according to multiple senior intelligence sources and analysts. Many are predicting an imminent collapse, contingent on continued American assassinations in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that what the US has been doing inside Pakistan was bound to cause more instability, and not less.

If the instability was not intentional (i.e., to give the US and NATO the justification to "save Pakistan from itself" by installing a more American-friendly puppet government), a complete destabilization of Pakistan has to be seen as "The Mother of All Unintended Consequences" in this already fragile region, courtesy of US state department's and Pentagon's "planning".

Apr 19 09:45

Gerald Celente Violent Revolution will start soon



Apr 19 09:45

PALESTINIAN PREVENTIVE SECURITY CARRIES OUT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON HOLY MAN

Palestinian lawmaker Sheikh Hamed al Beitawi on Sunday miraculously escaped an assassination attempt carried out by a member of the Palestinian Authority Security Force (PSF).

A bullet reportedly hit the 66-year-old Sheikh in his thigh but his wound was described as “not life-threatening.”

Apr 19 09:42

New Milepost for Arctic Sea Ice Extent

Next time Washington Post writers decide to bash George Will about ice, perhaps they should check their facts first. The comment below from that piece shows just how irrational the thinking of climate "journalism" has become.

"citing "global" sea ice statistics like that is nearly meaningless in the context of global climate change"

Why would you use "global" statistics when examining a "global" problem? What was George thinking of?
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Apr 19 09:42

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times In One Month

That means he was made to feel as if he were drowning an average of 6 times and day for 30 straight days.

Apr 19 09:39

Live Broadcast from the Rally at Lexington Green!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HAPPY PATRIOTS DAY!



Apr 19 09:38

New Labour has betrayed us, says veteran MP as she quits

Labour veteran Alice Mahon has quit the party, saying she is ‘sickened’ by email smear tactics and disillusioned with Gordon Brown’s leadership.

Mrs Mahon said that she felt ‘betrayed’ by the party she had joined more than 50 years ago.

She singled out revelations last week that the Prime Minister’s adviser, Damian McBride, sent emails proposing to smear top Tories.

Apr 19 09:17

Fortune 500 Loses 85 Percent

When embattled companies like Ford and GM remain at the top of the Fortune 500 list, you know the economy's bad. I

Apr 19 08:48

It Is Time to Dissolve All Central Banks

As previously noted, the Federal Reserve has failed on its own terms. Specifically, it has failed to provide the counter-cyclical influence on the economy which is its very justification for existing in the first place.

Moreover, prominent Wall Street economist Henry Kaufman says that the Federal Reserve is primarily to blame for the financial crisis:

Apr 19 08:45

US finally boycotts UN anti-racism conference

The United States asserts that it will boycott the upcoming UN-led anti-racism conference citing the event's anti-Israeli draft document.

"The Obama administration will with regret boycott a UN conference on racism next week over objectionable language in the meeting's final document that could single out Israel for criticism and restrict free speech," the US State Department said in a statement on Saturday.

The anti-racism conference will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on April 20-25.

Washington and Tel Aviv had also walked out of the previous conference in Durban, South Africa in protest at its draft declaration among other things.



Owl 2
Apr 19 08:34

US Rejects Netanyahu’s Condition for Renewing Talks

he US State Department said during special envoy George Mitchell's visits over the weekend to Ramallah and Cairo underlined that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people as a condition for renewing peace talks was unacceptable to the United States.

The State Department released statements saying that the United States would continue to promote a two-state solution. In Ramallah, Mitchell met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mitchell's talks also seem to indicate that the United States does not accept Netanyahu's position that the renewal of negotiations should be postponed until the Iranian nuclear threat is removed.

Apr 19 07:55

Pro-Israel boycott group: Dutch Jewish leadership 'abusing' our postal system

A Dutch consumer rights group promoting a ban on Israeli goods is planning to take legal action against one of the Netherland's largest Jewish institutions for alleged "abuse" of the postal system. The Jewish group denies foul play.

Peace, which is advocating a boycott of Israeli goods from the West Bank, says the umbrella group for the Jewish Orthodox communities in the Netherlands, NIK, deliberately caused it losses of thousands of euros.

Apr 19 07:36

Venezuela's Chavez to restore ambassador in US

The fiery president of Venezuela, who has compared the U.S. to Satan on numerous occasions, pledged to restore his ambassador to the U.S. after meeting and shaking hands with
President Obama .

Apr 19 06:48

History Of Staged Terrorism Exposed In German Mainstream Media

The conservative german Süddeutsche Zeitung on April 4 published an remarkable article within a series on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of NATO.

excerpts and summary here:

Underground Troops In Nato Countries - Guerilla For The State

It was a secret of many Nato member countries. Underground armies were existing to fight in the case of a Soviet invasion in guerrilla fashion. The trails lead back into the 1950s - NATO is still blocking the facts.
from Jonathan Stock



Apr 19 06:27

General Taguba: Accountability for Torture Does Not Stop at White House Door

Major General Antonio Taguba called for an independent commission to investigate war crimes committed by senior members of the Bush Administration in remarks in Ames Courtroom on Tuesday, April 14. The event was sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

Apr 19 06:21

Obama Exceeds Bush in Lawlessness

On Thursday, April 16, in response to a lawsuit initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union, President Barack Obama released four redacted Office of Legal Counsel memoranda from the Bush administration to the CIA justifying torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment. (The CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques were modeled on the Chinese Communist coercive brainwashing program against Americans captured in the Korean War to induce false confessions.) Each memorandum hedged its conclusions with substantial caveats, such as the absence of judicial precedents and concessions that reasonable persons could dispute their exculpatory conclusions. The memoranda were later renounced as bad law.

Apr 19 02:32

FINALLY -OBAMA DELIVERS!

Mark Tran - guardian.co.uk - Hugo Chávez becomes the latest leader to fall under Barack Obama's spell - 'He is an intelligent man,' says Venezuelan president after leaders meet and shake hands at Summit of the Americas

[NOTE THE EXPRESSION ON HUGO'S LOVELY FACE! AMERICA IS AGAIN THE WORLD LEADER. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!]

April 18, 2009

Apr 18 21:03

US boycotts UN racism conference

Washington has confirmed it will boycott a UN forum on racism in Geneva next week because of differences over Israel and the right to free speech.



Apr 18 19:56

"On 9/11, I think they hit the wrong building"

Another seemingly sedate protester, Brian Smith, a marketer from Greenville, S.C., who was in Washington on business and came by the rally, wandered equally off message. "I love my country and I don't like what's going on," Smith said. "Government -- to be honest with you, and this will probably be misquoted, but on 9/11, I think they hit the wrong building. They should have gone into the Capitol building, hit out, knocked out both sides of the aisle, we'd start from scratch, we'd be better off today." I pointed out that "they" did try to hit the Capitol. "Yeah, I know, they missed," he said. "The wrong sequence. If someone had to go, it should have been the Capitol building. On that day I felt differently, but today that's the way I feel."

Apr 18 19:38

Israeli Scholar Disputes Founding Myth

The founding narrative of the modern State of Israel was born from the words of Moses in the Old Testament, that God granted the land of Israel to the Jewish people and that it was to be theirs for all time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the bible says that God gave Israel to the 12 tribes that followed Moses (Akhenaten) out of Egypt. The Bible even mentions specific assignments. Jerusalem, for example, was given to the tribe of Benjamin.

Mary Magdalene was supposedly of the surviving members of the house of Benjamin, while the Historical Jesus was of the house of David. Their pairing was thus a dynastic match intended to merge and consolidate power.

Apr 18 18:09

Antarctic ice is growing, not melting away

ICE is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.

The results of ice-core drilling and sea ice monitoring indicate there is no large-scale melting of ice over most of Antarctica, although experts are concerned at ice losses on the continent's western coast.

Apr 18 17:16

Janeane Garofalo Slams 9/11 Commission’s ‘Pitiful’ Investigation

FLASHBACK:Garofalo clearly indicated the need for a new 9/11 investigation, but had doubts that any truth would emerge from any official efforts for many, many years to come, slamming the 9/11 Commission’s “pitiful” investigation, which was never meant to uncover the truth.



Owl 3
Apr 18 16:45

Report: Bush-era torture orders enforced by top officials

The first use of waterboarding and other harsh treatment against suspected Al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah was ordered by senior Central Intelligence Agency officials over objections from his interrogators, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The newly released Justice Department documents indicate the psychologist provided ideas, practical advice and even legal justification for interrogation methods that would break Zubaidah physically and mentally, The Post noted.

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This psychologist, whoever they were, was obviously an interesting piece of work, intellectually and emotionally.

Mengele would have been so proud of this person.

Apr 18 16:40

UN torture investigator: Obama has broken International law

“Like all other contracting states to the UN convention against torture, the US has committed to conduct criminal investigations of torture and to bring all persons to court against whom there is sound evidence,” Manfred Nowak, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on torture, told Austrian weekly paper Der Standard.

“They are party to the convention and the convention is very, very clear,” Nowak told the paper. “The fact that you carried out an order doesn’t relieve you of your responsibility.”

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One has to wonder just how soon the UN will - again - become "irrelevant" to yet another American administration.

Apr 18 16:18

Police beat another G20 protester

GRAPHIC new video evidence showing a policeman hitting a protester with a shield during the G20 demonstrations in London is being released by The Sunday Times today.

Lawyers have included this and another film of a policeman punching a man as part of a dossier alleging 10 serious assaults. It will be passed to MPs.

Footage filmed at the Climate Camp protest on April 1 shows an officer in riot gear punching a man hard in the face as a crowd retreats from a police line.

A second video shows Alex Kinnane, 24, an IT technician from London, being hit on the back of the head with a shield by an officer in riot gear. In both cases the victims appear to pose no threat to the officer.

Apr 18 16:07

NOT ONE "SELL" AMONG THEM - It Costs Nothing to Tell People to Buy Stocks - ANALYST OPINIONS - These Are Some of the People Who Get Bonuses Paid for With Your Tax Dollars Thanks To Tim Geithner

From Propaganda-Central-Reuters You are here: Home > Business & Finance > Markets > Upgrades/Downgrades

[Like so many other shills, these people at Reuters are the Soylent Green of news services. - Destroy the credit economy and Wall Street. This is the source of our perpetually violent and perpetually impoverished society.]



Taboola
Apr 18 15:56

Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression, New Deal

* FDR did not get us out of the Great Depression; instead, he prolonged it
* The Fed deserves most of the blame for the bubble and the crash in 2008
* Herbert Hoover and George Bush have more in common than one thinks
* The free market did not cause the crash of 1929 or the Great Depression, and government intervention did not end it

Apr 18 15:53

SEC to Prudential Securities - Give us $68 million and we'll make your little Wall Street stealing problem go away

Reuters - NEW YORK, April 17 - A unit of Prudential Financial Inc (PRU.N) has agreed to pay $68 million to settle two regulatory probes into improper market-timing involving variable annuities, but the insurer said it is entitled to be reimbursed for the costs.

[Done on the weekend.]

Apr 18 15:49

NASA says clean air regulations are a cause of global warming

A new NASA study informs us that clean air regulations have prevented sulfates (from coal and oil) from entering the atmosphere, and sulfates have a net cooling effect. The sulfates offset the effect of black carbon (from diesel and biofuel.)

Apr 18 15:45

Conspiracy Theorists Were Right All Along!

The Department of Homeland Security is warning "law enforcement officials" (jackbooted criminal types) about a rise in "rightwing extremist activity," but a footnote in this report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines rightwing extremism as "including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that (don’t miss this part) reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority." If I’m interpreting this correctly, this report is going after anyone who dares to question federal authority.

Apr 18 15:43

Fed's Lockhart: commercial property woes pose risk

Reuters - NASHVILLE, Tenn, April 18 (Reuters) - The problems in the U.S. commercial real estate market are a real risk for the economy, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said on Saturday.

[This a weekend propaganda news-bite]

Apr 18 15:39

I can't bear to look! - Obama says he'll cut dozens of wasteful programs

Reuters - WASHINGTON, April 18 - President Barack Obama said on Saturday he would soon announce the elimination of dozens of wasteful or ineffective government programs as part of a broad effort to restore fiscal accountability to the federal budget.

Apr 18 15:17

Israelis warn of Eritrea flashpoint

Security sources say Israel and Iran are conducting rival intelligence operations in Eritrea, the poor African state on the Red Sea.

The Israelis fear Eritrea could be a flashpoint if Iranian Revolutionary Guards continue to ship arms to militants in Gaza via the Eritrean port of Assab. Israel is said to have two Eritrean bases, one a “listening post” for signals intelligence, the other a supply base for its German-built submarines.

Apr 18 15:11

CIA Agents Were Not Following "Orders"

The CIA is a civilian agency, and that means its employees are not subject to prosecution for refusing to obey instructions (not "orders") from superiors in the agency. They can quit, like anyone of conscience when asked to do something in conflict with their personal ethics.

Apr 18 14:43

Bill Moyers Journal - David Simon Interview

This is an absolutley brilliant interview with a 'REAL JOURNALIST' - Please take the time to watch this video.

"From crime beat reporter for the BALTIMORE SUN to award-winning screenwriter of HBO's critically-acclaimed The Wire, David Simon talks with Bill Moyers about inner-city crime and politics, storytelling and the future of journalism today."

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04172009/watch.html

Apr 18 14:12

Dumbass celebrity liberal plays the race card

I understand that the Tea Parties were a mixed bag with lots of warmongering republicans there, but there were also a lot people who were protesting about legitimate things like taxes and the emerging police state. For Janeane Garofalo to characterize them as just racists is misleading and once again takes the focus away from the real issues. She's just another stupid party hack. Most liberals are hypocrites.

Apr 18 13:50

'A Ton More People Were Wiretapped Than We've Been Led To Believe': FBI Whistleblower Thomas Tamm

This week the New York Times revealed that the National Security Agency has continued spying on Americans well into the Obama era, with government officials listening in on phone conversations and monitoring e-mails on a massive scale.

Apr 18 13:15

Debate Sharpens over Ward Churchill Verdict

The jury also awarded $1 in damages. Five out of the six jurors argued to pay Ward Churchill more in damages, but the jury as a whole could not agree. A juror who spoke to the press later explained their decision: “…it wasn’t a slap in his face or anything like that when we didn’t give him any money. It’s just that David Lane (Churchill’s attorney) kept saying this wasn’t about the money, and in the end, we took his word for that.”1 Professor Churchill said: “What was asked for—and what was delivered—was justice.”

Apr 18 13:07

Sucker Rally!

Sucker rallies (or bull traps) in a bear market are a time-honoured tradition. Bear markets see many rebounds, ranging from feeble rises of maybe 10 per cent over a period of a couple of weeks to ones that last years and recoup anywhere from 50 per cent to even over 100 per cent from the low. Call it from the little sucker to the really big sucker. Little suckers bring a wave of short-term euphoria that “This is the end of the bear,” while really big suckers make everyone forget about the previous drop, and then just when they believe it won’t happen again, they are slammed in the teeth. The former are wonderful for nimble traders; the latter are wonderful for those who possess a healthy skepticism and realize that this is a nice party but it will eventually end badly.

Apr 18 12:57

How to turn a recession into a depression.

Apr 18 12:41

Settler council: Peace talks with Palestinians perpetuate terror

The Yesha Council of Settlements on Friday said that Israeli cooperation in the efforts to create a Palestinian state were to blame for the attempted terrorist attack on the West Bank settlement of Beit Haggai earlier in the day.

"The pressure being applied on Israel to help establish a state for these terrorist organizations only encourages the terrorists," Yesha Council leaders said in a statement on Friday.

Apr 18 12:21

Are You Kidding Me?

Yes!

Apr 18 11:12

Israel Stands Ready to Bomb Iran's Nuclear Sites

JERUSALEM - The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.

Apr 18 11:07

Unemployed Turn To Armed Forces

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"It's working!!!! We starve them into 'volunteering' and we don't have to call it a draft!!! Yee-HAAAA!!! START THE @#%ING WAR!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse"

Apr 18 11:03

US court: Ex-Israeli cabinet member cannot be sued

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"Israel is above the law!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 18 11:02

Welcome to pay-cut Britain

Few have felt the effects of the economic downturn more keenly than Gary Thompson. The 50-year-old, who has worked for the Birmingham-based van manufacturer LDV for almost 25 years, has not been paid properly since February, and along with 750 other staff, has just been put on half pay – taking his wage to just £150 a week.

Apr 18 10:02

Children and the war on terror

The Americans also once stripped and beat two Arab boys, ages fourteen and sixteen, who were turned over by the Pakistani guards at the detention center,” he said. “These guards told my son that they were very upset at this and said the boys were thrown like garbage onto a plane to Guantanamo. Women prisoners were also held there, apart from their husbands, and some were pregnant and forced to give birth in their cells. According to Mohammed, one woman also died in her cell because the guards could not get her to a hospital quickly enough.

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This article also confirms that the Red Cross were not allowed to see the prisoners kept at the "black" sites. The NAZIs allowed the Red Cross full access to the slave labor camps in WW2. The Red Cross even had permanent offices at some of the camps.

What is still being hidden?

Apr 18 09:43

The War Prayer

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For Thomas in Sweden

Apr 18 09:17

Now is the Time: DEMAND Not-For-Profit Health Care!

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) announced that the Committee will hold another hearing in a series on reforming the health insurance market. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22

Help us make sure that Chairman Rangel hears us loud and clear. Call his office now (toll free at 866-338-1015) to request they invite expert single-payer witnesses to testify.
If you can't call, you can easily email him here.
https://forms.house.gov/rangel/forms/contact.shtml

Apr 18 08:55

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

Even though "Africa is united in rejecting US requests for a military headquarters" inside Africa, there are reports that "from oil rich northern Angola up to Nigeria, from the Gulf of Guinea to Morocco and Algeria, from the Horn of Africa down to Kenya and Uganda, and over the pipeline routes from Chad to Cameroon in the west, and from Sudan to the Red Sea in the east, US admirals and generals have been landing and taking off, meeting with local officials. They've conducted feasibility studies, concluded secret agreements, and spent billions from their secret budgets." This is the future that awaits Africa with AFRICOM and the agenda to control the "oil, and the diamonds, and the uranium, and the coltan."

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