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January 5, 2009

Jan 05 21:21

New video shows BART officer shooting Hayward man in the back

While the man is lying face down on the ground, one officer appears to be seen pulling out a gun and firing a single shot into his back.

Jan 05 20:40

America’s Hidden Role in Hamas’s Rise to Power

The United States bears much of the blame for the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and nearby parts of Israel. Indeed, were it not for misguided Israeli and American policies, Hamas would not be in control of the territory in the first place.

Jan 05 20:36

The Credit Crunch that Isn't -- Another Political Fast One

What is at work is another political "fast one" to rationalize and justify the growth of the interventionist-welfare state.

Jan 05 20:34

Gaza, booby-trap or "friendly fire" blast spin?

Gaza Blast Kills 3 Israeli Soldiers, Wounds 30, Al-Jazeera Says
By Edward DeMarco

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Three Israeli soldiers have been killed and 30 wounded in a booby-trapped house in Gaza, al-Jazeera reported, citing unidentified sources.

The house was blown up in the incident, al-Jazeera reported.
Last Updated: January 5, 2009 16:18 EST

'Friendly' fire kills Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza
Article from: Agence France-Presse
Adel Zanoun in Gaza City

January 06, 2009 12:55pm

THREE Israeli soldiers were killed and 24 wounded in northern Gaza when they were accidentally hit by Israeli tank fire.

An army spokesman said the soldiers were from the army's elite Golani Brigade.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jan 05 20:31

The SEC Makes Wall Street More Fraudulent

The mainstream reaction to the Bernard Madoff scandal was inevitable. Whenever a government regulatory agency proves itself to be incredibly incompetent or corrupt, the respectable media swoop in to declare that the "free market" has failed and the agency in question obviously needs more money and power.

Jan 05 18:44

Chavez: US backed Israeli Attack Is ‘Genocidal’

Venezuela’s Chavez Says Israeli Attack Is ‘Genocidal’ (Update1)
By Matthew Walter

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are “genocidal” and called on governments around the world to demand a cease-fire in the Middle Eastern conflict.

Chavez said that Venezuela will show “solidarity” with the Palestinian people and that the U.S. is supporting the Israeli attacks on Gaza, in comments broadcast today on Venezuelan state television.

“How sad that Israel continues to act as the assassin arm of the Yankee empire,” the president said.

The South American country plans to collaborate with humanitarian efforts to send medicine and food to Palestine, Chavez said. Israeli warplanes bombed new Palestinian targets today and troops moved into the outskirts of Gaza City today, while at least 34 rockets from Gaza have struck Israeli territory since last night.

Jan 05 18:35

Chavez's heating oil for US needy ends

Venezuela’s Chavez Scraps U.S. Heating Oil Program (Update2)
By Steven Bodzin

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, under pressure to maintain domestic social programs as his country’s oil income falls, ended a three-year-old program that provided heating oil to low-income households in the U.S.

Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. refining unit of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, is suspending deliveries of the oil “until further notice,” Joseph P. Kennedy II, president of Citizens Energy Corp., said today on his company’s Web site. Boston-based Citizens Energy handled logistics for Citgo’s program and will keep providing below-market-rate oil to some customers, he said.

Jan 05 16:10

Israeli Wiretappers, the NSA, and 9/11

By Reprehensor at http://911Blogger.com

(James Bamford has done another great deed for the public by revealing the extent of the NSA's wiretapping on U.S. soil, and how the NSA sub-contracts the vast majority of its work to Israeli high-tech firms bristling with "former" Israeli military intelligence agents, and in the case of Verint, a company with serious corruption issues. It was Bamford who popularized the existence of Operation Northwoods in his 2001 book, Body of Secrets. In The Shadow Factory, he sheds light in the secret rooms of Verizon and AT&T, and shows the NSA to be a very poor custodian of the nation's security.)

Bamford Brings the Goods

On October 14, 2008, James Bamford talked about some of the shocking research in his new book on Democracy Now!, with Amy Goodman;


Jan 05 14:18

Obama picks Panetta for CIA director

Leon Panetta was Bill Clinton's chief of staff and Iraq Study Group member.

Jan 05 13:41

New Israeli Nazi Party formed

Today, in Tel-Aviv, a new Israeli Nazi Party was formed.

It's leader, Shimon Peron, said: 'Our country has been riddled by Palestinians, so now we will deal with the vermin. First, we'll put them all in a huge ghetto - OK, we already did that - then we'll treat them like animals, and even cut off their water and allow thousands of them to die from diseases. And after that we'll launch air strikes against them, jets bombing the probably most harmless people in the world, and blame it on a few idiots that dare to fire rockets at us. Well, it's the Nazi way, picking on the weakest and killing them!'

Jan 05 13:16

Gaza civilians bearing brunt of violence: aid agencies

Civilians in Gaza are bearing the brunt of the violence in the Gaza Strip, where people wounded in fighting are dying because ambulances cannot reach them, humanitarian agencies said on Monday.

As troops battled militants in Gaza's main city for the first time since Israel unleashed its offensive against the Islamist Hamas movement on December 27, the agencies painted a grim picture of the suffering in the impoverished territory.

"Wounded people have died while waiting for Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances," ICRC spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas said in Geneva.

Jan 05 13:14

Gaza conflict: Who is a civilian?

The International Committee of the Red Cross - guardian of the Geneva Conventions on which international humanitarian law is based - defines a combatant as a person "directly engaged in hostilities".

But Israeli Defence Forces spokesman Benjamin Rutland told the BBC: "Our definition is that anyone who is involved with terrorism within Hamas is a valid target. This ranges from the strictly military institutions and includes the political institutions that provide the logistical funding and human resources for the terrorist arm."

Philippe Sands, Professor of International Law at University College London, says he is not aware of any Western democracy having taken so broad a definition.

Jan 05 13:02

Gaza - Warsaw Redux and a good time to remind Obama of his silence on the genocide of the Palestinians


from April 19th to May 16th , 1943 a Nazi campaign, led by SS General Jürgen Stroop with over 2000 soldiers, mostly Waffen SS, SS Ordnungspolizei, and SS Sicherheitsdienst troops began a short brutal campaign to end the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The Nazis had walled off and sealed the ghetto in November 1940 and refused to allow in enough food to support life.

Jan 05 11:09

Israel's 'Fait Accompli' in Gaza

There are two completely different versions of what is currently happening in Gaza.

In the Israeli and North American press version, Hamas – "Islamic terrorists" backed by Iran – have in an unprovoked attack fired deadly rockets on innocent Israel with the intent of destroying the Jewish state.

North American politicians and the media say Israel "has the right to defend itself."

True enough. No Israeli government can tolerate rockets hitting its towns, even though the casualty totals have been less than the car crash fatalities registered during a single holiday weekend on Israel's roads.

The firing of the feeble, homemade al-Qassam rockets by Palestinians is both useless and counterproductive.

It damages their image as an oppressed people and gives right-wing Israeli extremists a perfect reason to launch more attacks on the Arabs and refuse to discuss peace.

Jan 05 09:52

Illinois Lieutenant Governor says state is `laughing stock'

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' Lieutenant Governor says his state has become an "international laughing stock" and he wants to form a panel to find ways to clean up corruption.

[Lieutenant Governor] Quinn would become governor if Blagojevich leaves office. [...]

Jan 05 09:44

Living on Borrowed Time in a Stolen Land

Communicating with Israelis may leave one bewildered. Even now when the Israeli Air Force is practicing murder in broad daylight of hundreds of civilians, elderly persons, women and children, the Israeli people manage to convince themselves that they are the real victims in this violent saga.

Jan 05 09:40

Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water

Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water.

A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.

Jan 05 09:38

How the Megaphonies manipulate the internet

IsraeliGirl. Here's her user profile page.

On that page, in the about section, it says:

I've been a marketing consultant to high tech companies for the last 10 years. I am also one of the founders of giyus.org, a pro-Israeli public diplomacy group.

So I went to GIYUS.org to see what kind of a group it is. There homepage is as you might expect.

GIYUS it turns out is an acronym for Give Israel Your United Support. And here is what is displayed on the front page of GIYUS.org.

Today's conflicts are won by public opinion.
Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world.

Join the effort in 3 easy steps:

1. Download and install Megaphone desktop tool
2. Receive desktop alerts on key articles and surveys
3. Click alerts to easily voice your opinion

Help us by reporting relevant articles and surveys.

Together we can make a difference!

Jan 05 08:00

Uh-Oh, Monetary Flat Spin

Evidence that Bernanke's Monetary Flat Spin is already impacting the economy in ways that may do critical (if not fatal) damage was found this morning in the Case-Schiller numbers. Everyone, including Bernanke, was expecting the rate of home price declines to start to slow in the second half of the year. Instead, they accelerated. We're in uncharted territory folks, and the forecast is for dark-and-stinky storms.

Jan 05 07:57

Top 5 Lies About Israel’s Assault on Gaza

Jan 05 07:36

List of Companies that support Israel - Boycott them

The boycott of Israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity is about ordinary people around the world using their right to choose what they buy in order to help bring about an end to oppression in Palestine. Its a peaceful means of putting international pressure on the racist state of Israel and follows in the footsteps of the successful boycott against South African racist apartheid.

Jan 05 07:13

Britain in grip of longest cold snap for 10 years

Britain is in the grip of the longest cold snap for more than 10 years as forecasters predict another week of freezing temperatures.





January 4, 2009

Jan 04 22:19

Has the NSA sold out to Israel? Video

Democracy Now interview with James Bamford has shocking revelations.

Jan 04 21:49

Another Chapter in the Bush Legacy Will Shortly Be Written

2009 begins with three stories out of Iraq that will begin to write the final chapter on George Bush's U.S.-Iraq adventure. On January 3 the U.S. military began the process of pulling combat troops out of Iraqi cities in compliance with a U.N. mandate that calls for the transfer of security to the Iraqi government. On January 2 an 18 year old blew himself and 23 other up at a tribal Sunni/Shiite tribal meeting aimed at reconciling their differences. On January 4 a Female bomber killed or wounded more than 112 in a Shiite Muslim shrine. These incidents will help write the story of Iraq in the years to come.

Jan 04 18:32

Cancer cells 'can outwit chemotherapy'

The diseased cells have a Houdini-like "escape tactic" which can outwit even potent drugs, researchers found.

The study could explain why some cancers recur after treatment.

Scientists had previously believed that no cells could live after the therapy triggered a process called apoptosis, or cell suicide.

However, laboratory tests have shown that some breast, skin, liver and cervical cells can survive even after that stage.

Jan 04 18:22

The plain truth about glorious Carbon Dioxide

It is time to rebuke everyone attempting to foist the global warming hoax and carbon taxes on the United States and the rest of the world. It is time let Congress and the White House know that Americans will not be ruled by laws that have no scientific merit.

Jan 04 13:41

May We No Longer Be Silent

In the West Bank, the Americans and Israelis imposed a puppet government, but Hamas held on in Gaza. After unheeded warnings to the Gazans to rid themselves of Hamas and accept a puppet government, Israel has decided to destroy the freely elected government with violence.

Jan 04 13:34

LEAKED: graphic, uncensored video shows carnage in Gaza

As Israel's IDF wages it's own "media war" via Twitter and YouTube, uncensored footage from Palestine has been completely blacked out in the US.

Until now.

Jan 04 12:42

Richardson to withdraw as Commerce nominee

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

Jan 04 12:20

The Invasion of Gaza: "Operation Cast Lead", Part of a Broader Israeli Military-Intelligence Agenda

The aerial bombings and the ongoing ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli ground forces must be analysed in a historical context. Operation "Cast Lead" is a carefully planned undertaking, which is part of a broader military-intelligence agenda first formulated by the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001.

Jan 04 12:04

Do Israel pilots feel happy killing innocent women and children?

"The Israeli planes came and suddenly the building collapsed on us. I saw four dead bodies near me. They were in pieces. Outside there were more bodies. Everyone was shouting. I lost consciousness and then found myself in hospital."

Jan 04 11:35

Bush 41: Jeb Bush for President

"I'd like to see him run," Bush said. "I'd like to see him be president some day...

...on W: "It's been tough on his father and his mother," the ex-president said. We're not very good sports about sitting around and hearing him hammered"

Jan 04 09:39

Obama's statement on the Crisis in Palestine

It's no small wonder that President Elect Barack Obama is keeping silent on the current round of wanton slaughter and destruction in Palestine. After all He had already made his position crystal clear when he addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, otherwise known as "The Israeli Lobby", on June 4th of last year. There had been doubts amongst a portion of Jewish voters as to his fealty to Israel but in his opening statement he put those fears to rest.

Jan 04 09:04

Gaza protesters gather near Obama's home

Nearly three dozen demonstrators walked in front of police barricades a few blocks from Obama's Kenwood home, waving a Palestinian flag and chanting anti-war slogans that chastised the United States for manufacturing the bombs and warplanes used by Israel.

Jan 04 08:23

Phishing Scam Spreading on Twitter

A few minutes ago, I received a direct message from one of my twitter followers:

hey! check out this funny blog about you… jannawalitax . blogspot . com

And there’s another one:

Hey, i found a website with your pic on it… LOL check it out here twitterblog . access-logins . com / login

DO NOT VISIT the URL in question. It will redirect you immediately to a suspicious domain: twitter . access-logins . com - notice the subdomain?

Jan 04 08:01

Gaza: Life under bombardment

Hatem al-Shurrab, an aid worker for the Gaza-based Islamic Relief organisation, has kept a video diary of the last few days to show what conditions have been like since Israeli air strikes began

Jan 04 07:56

Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted

You are probably wondering whether President-elect Obama owes the world an apology for his actions regarding global warming. The answer is, not yet. There is one person, however, who does. You have probably guessed his name: Al Gore.

Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that "the science is in." Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind.

Jan 04 07:53

State of the Sun for year end 2008: all’s quiet on the solar front - too quiet

The NOAA Space Weather Prediction center updated their plots of solar indices earlier today, on January 3rd. With the exception of a slight increase in the 107 centimeter radio flux, there appears to be even less signs of solar activity. Sunspots are still not following either of the two predictive curves, and it appears that the solar dynamo continues to slumber, perhaps even winding down further. Of particular note, the last graph below (click the read more link to see it) showing the Average Planetary Index (Ap) is troubling. I thought there would be an uptick by now, due to expectations of some sign of cycle 24 starting up, but instead it continues to drop.

Jan 04 07:25

UN: Stop Israeli 'monstrosity' in Gaza

UN General Assembly chief Miguel d'Escoto has criticized the Security Council for its inability to curb Israel's "monstrosity" in Gaza.

D'escoto criticized the UN Security Council for not showing enough tenacity in ending Gazans suffering in the wake of the weeklong Israeli offensive in the coastal strip.

"I think it's a monstrosity; there's no other way to name it," D'escoto said Saturday when asked about the Israeli incursion on Gaza.

The UN Security Council again failed to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip due to US intervention. The statement would have called on Israel to end its ground incursion into the region.

"Once again, the world is watching in dismay the dysfunctionality of the Security Council," D'escoto argued.

The two previous UN draft resolutions seeking an end to the violence in the region have been blocked by Washington. The United States has so far vetoed over 40 anti-Israel resolutions at the UN.

Jan 04 07:11

Gazprom to take Ukraine to court

Russia's energy company Gazprom has increased the volume of gas being delivered to Europe. The company blames Ukraine for siphoning the transit gas and is filing a lawsuit against it in the European court.

This follows the cutoff of gas supplies to Ukraine on January 1, after the two countries’ gas companies failed to agree on a price for 2009.

Gazprom is now filing a lawsuit against Ukraine's Naftogaz claiming the firm violated its obligations as a transit party. Several countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and the Balkans, all say their supplies have dropped.

“Our European consumers in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Poland and in the Balkans are reporting unlicensed siphoning off of Russian gas on Ukrainian territory. In this situation Gazprom must provide additional volumes of gas through other gas transporting corridors,” said Gazprom CEO Aleksy Miller.

Jan 04 06:35

Gaza: the Belligerence of Oppression

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the most stubborn and indeed the most volatile political dilemma facing the world. Today, as in its inception over sixty years ago, the victims are denied their day in court. The cruelly caged, oppressed people of Palestine have a story to tell in the court of history…if only history would lend them the opportunity to be heard.

The saga of the oppression suffered by the people of Palestine does not begin with “…we became under rocket attack and we reacted accordingly,” unless, of course, the narrative is controlled by the oppressor.

Now that Israel is one of the mightiest military powers on the face of the earth; now that it has routinely been exercising that power without sense of proportionality and restraint and thus putting world security at a greater risk, it is high time to hold it accountable.

It is about time that the state of Israel is pressured to comply with the Geneva Convention or be dealt with as a rogue state.

Jan 04 06:15

US Troops Shoot Iraqi Woman in First Test to Pact

Only a few hours after the United Nations Mandate for Iraq expired and the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) went into effect, US forces have sparked an incident which may prove to be the first major test of the SOFA’s power and the Iraqi government’s authority.

Earlier today near th al-Jadiriya bridge in Baghdad, US troops opened fire on a female staffer for Iraq’s Biladi TV, critically wounding her. The reason for the attack was unclear, and probably not particularly important to the question of the SOFA.

Jan 04 02:18

The Iraq War is Now Illegal

Ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law. As of January 1, Congress' authorization of the war expired.




Jan 04 00:09

Desperately Seeking Obama ( missing pair of testes}

Surely the lesson cannot be lost on President-elect Barack Obama. That such violence can be waged on so defenseless a population with the support of the Bush Administration is unconscionable. That Obama chooses to remain silent is nothing short of cowardice.


Obama's silence on the Gaza crisis grows more curious by the day; it has already cost him much political capital. He appears weak and ineffectual even before his inauguration, one more symbol of hope capitulating to the realpolitik of the ‘special' U.S./Israeli relationship.

Unfortunately, Obama is missing in action in this first challenge to his Presidency. The Israelis have used his own words to justify their aggression, and Obama has responded with a deafening silence. This does not bode well for the future.

January 3, 2009

Jan 03 22:18

Bush officially gave Israel the go-to-it signal

US gives green signal to Israel to launch ground invasion of Gaza
Washington, Jan.3 : U.S. President George W. Bush's administration is reported to have given Israel the green signal to decided when it wants to send ground troops into the Gaza Strip to neutralise the Hamas once and for all.

Bush Blames War On Hamas 'Terror'
Yesterday, 01:32 pm
SkyNews Sky News

President Bush has blamed Hamas for the bloodshed in the Middle East, which has so far left more than 400 people dead.
He used his weekly address to urge Arab countries to do more to stop militants firing rockets into Israel - which he described as an "act of terror".

Israeli forces have continued their air strikes on the Gaza Strip today, killing a senior Hamas commander, and militants have fired more than five rockets into Israel.

Jan 03 20:37

Ron Paul condemns Gaza invasion

Jan 03 20:06

Bush chuckers target shoe discount

A Chinese shop is giving discounts to customers who hit an image of George Bush by throwing shoes.

Jan 03 19:55

How MySpace's New 'Pay Per Click' Ads Rob Artists

Any bands or solo artists out there thinking about trying MySpace's new "MySpace Ads" advertising campaign? Think again.

What MySpace is doing, in my opinion, is nothing short of a scam. Because, in the end, for most of us, what they're promoting is nothing close to what you'll get.

Owl 2
Jan 03 17:32

Thousands rally in Tel Aviv

The Chairman of the Balad Party, MK Jamal Zahalka, said at the rally that there is a need to "try Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi in an international war crimes tribunal for their role in the killing of civilians in the Gaza Strip."

Jan 03 17:25

Tel Aviv rally decries Gaza assault

Amid cries of "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies!" and banners reading, "Enough!" thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night to protest against the country's war on Gaza...

"It is a cynical war, for political reasons and people are very much aware of that."

Jan 03 14:40

Not everyone can be a Rivero, or a Rense

I don't have much influence, but I am making an effort at Yahoo forums. I have quite a few, besides the ones shown below. I used to be brain-blind about Israel,too. I use my own graphics for impact, so they include a lot of info. I am currently using a graphic from rense. com, because it says so much. I don't know if it is really allowable, so it may not get to stay. I am ashamed of the lack of US Christian voices, but I know they are as generally brain-washed by US Zionist-dominated media as are US Jews themselves by their own media. Be glad, those who have been freed from gov/edu/media/church/synagogue propaganda bondage. Everyone is vulnerable to being seduced by slick, and continual mis-representation. And "they" never stop the attack!





Jan 03 13:21

European protesters urge end to attacks on Gaza

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in European cities on Saturday against Israel's bombardment of Gaza, including protesters who hurled shoes at the tall iron gates outside the British prime minister's residence in London and waved Palestinian flags.


Meanwhile, Americans roll over on the sofa and go back to sleep hoping Palestine will be gone soon.
Americans should be so "proud" of what their support of the Israeli AshkenNAZI leaders is bringing about.

Jan 03 10:51

U.S.-installed Iraqi ex-PM says Bush "utter failure"

Former U.S.-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has denounced the policies of President George W. Bush as an "utter failure"

Jan 03 10:49

Oregon to Penalyze Good Gas Mileage

The state of Oregon is apparently piloting a program in which drivers will be taxed according to how many miles they drive, rather than how much fuel they buy. Compared to the status quo, this effectively penalizes hybrids and rewards vehicles that get bad gas mileage.

Jan 03 06:29

Bush's Final F.U.

With president-elect Barack Obama already taking command of the financial crisis, it's tempting to think that regime change in America is a done deal. But if George Bush has his way, the country will be ruled by his slash-and-burn ideology for a long time to come.

In its final days, the administration is rushing to implement a sweeping array of "midnight regulations" - de facto laws issued by the executive branch - designed to lock in Bush's legacy. Under the last- minute rules, which can be extremely difficult to overturn, loaded firearms would be allowed in national parks, uranium mining would be permitted near the Grand Canyon and many injured consumers would no longer be able to sue negligent manufacturers in state courts. Other rules would gut the Endangered Species Act, open millions of acres of wild lands to mining, restrict access to birth control and put local cops to work spying for the federal government.


Jan 03 05:38

Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy?

Russ Baker's new book presents an account of the U.S. government that is both remarkably new and extensively documented. According to this account, George H. W. Bush, the father of the current president, devoted his career to secret intelligence work with the CIA many years before he became the CIA director, and the network of spies and petroleum plutocrats he began working with early on has played a powerful but hidden role in determining the direction of the U.S. government up to the current day.

Owl 3
Jan 03 04:12

The Economist: U.S. In Depression, Not Recession

Renowned financial publication The Economist reports that, based on the characteristics of the current financial crisis, the U.S. is in a depression, not a recession.

The admission marks the first time that a major international financial news outlet has acknowledged that the scale of the economic mess is unlike anything seen in recent decades.

Under the headline, Diagnosing depression, the article asks, “What is the difference between a recession and a depression?”

A depression is characterized by “falling asset prices, a credit crunch and deflation,” according to the article, all factors that we see unfolding in the current crisis.





January 2, 2009

Jan 02 21:56

Obama and JINSA power

JINSA Blames Iran for Hamas’ Glorified Bottle Rockets
By Congress Check in Uncategorized on January 1st, 2009
Kurt Nimmo
January 1, 2009

"As The Forward reported on December 19, the in-coming Obama administration is receptive to JINSA demands. “In their first meeting with Jewish leaders Thursday, the Obama transition team proved that change is indeed on its way. For the first time in years, a full spectrum of Jewish groups sat around one table for a lengthy, detailed and civilized discussion about the future,” Nathan Guttman wrote. Representatives included the “hawkish ZOA and JINSA.” ZOA, short for the Zionist Organization of America, is specifically tasked with attacking critics of Israel nominated for important government positions and regularly ships off activists to Israel for leadership training programs."

Jan 02 21:52

Obama’s deadly silence

Obama’s deadly silence
By Congress Check in Uncategorized on January 2nd, 2009
Ali Abunimah
The Electronic Intifada
January 2, 2009

“I would like to ask President-elect Obama to say something please about the humanitarian crisis that is being experienced right now by the people of Gaza.” Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney made her plea after disembarking from the badly damaged SS Dignity that had limped to the Lebanese port of Tyre while taking on water.

The small boat, carrying McKinney, the Green Party’s recent presidential candidate, other volunteers, and several tons of donated medical supplies, had been trying to reach the coast of Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli gunboat in international waters.

Jan 02 21:06

False Diagnosis of Deflation

My conclusion is that the USFed and the Federal Reserve Banks themselves are orchestrating a collapse of sorts for the USEconomy. Their purpose is unknown, but if the Great Depression Era is any teacher, this elite group of banksters harbors great lust for consolidated power.

Jan 02 19:23

Icicle sculpture created by cars

It has been created by cars splashing through a puddle and shooting water on to the branches of a tree.

As the water ran off it created scores of icicles and has formed an ice sculpture.

The 10 foot-high icicles were created on the outskirts of Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

They are a beautiful reminder of just how cold the start to the year has been.

Jan 02 18:55

Why Anarchists Hate the State

Real Anarchists (not the kind you see in movies, but the ones that exist in the real world) are actually opposed to violence and chaos. This, in fact, is where their resistance to the state actually stems from, as they believe that governments are amongst the worst perpetuators of violence, oppression, and chaos in the world.

Jan 02 18:52

Chicago’s Mob Boss Daley to hold “gun conference”

Mayor Richard Daley said today that Chicago will host a “gun conference” next month to look for ways to beef up gun laws and get guns off the streets.

Jan 02 15:22

Bombing Refugee Camps in Gaza Instead of Paying the Refugees Reparations

The news keeps reporting that the Israeli air force bombed refugee camps in Gaza.

Did you ever wonder how those refugee camps got to be in Gaza? Cont'd . . .

I mean, where are they refugees from? There didn't used to be refugees in Gaza, before 1948, after all. The grandparents of today's refugees were living in their own homes, which their ancestors had lived in for centuries if not millennia.

After Germany created Jewish refugees in WW II, it was made to pay reparations to the victims, right?

Israel hasn't paid a dime to any of the Palestinian families it expelled in 1948, [pdf] which is itself a violation of international law.

Jan 02 13:43

FKN News video: Death in Gaza 2 Easy (satire)

Here are Tonight's Headlines. As the Sixth day of Israeli bombing of Gaza gets underway, international outrage grows at the number of innocent men, women and children dieing so easily at the hands of the poor, desperate, peaceful Israeli nation. Four hundred Palestinians have willfully, maliciously, and purposefully died compared to only four Israelis. UN officials have called for a cease fire to allow Israel to re-arm and give mediators time to talk to Palestinians into dieing a bit harder. Israel has refused to allow aid or journalists into Gaza for fear it would cause more indiscriminate dieing and independent description of their genocide to be broadcast.


Jan 02 12:04

Ukraine steals European gas

Ukraine has started siphoning off Russian gas bound for European customers. This follows the cutoff of gas supplies to Ukraine on January 1, after the two countries’ gas giants failed to agree on a price for 2009.

“The Ukrainian side has openly admitted to stealing transit gas destined for Europe. Naftogaz officials are avoiding negotiations with Gazprom. However, they have promised to pay $US 1.5 billion by January 11, but there will still be an outstanding debt of $US 614 million. Therefore, we plan to increase the transit level of gas through Belarus,” said Sergey Kupriyanov, spokesman for Russian energy company Gazprom.

Ukraine, however, has denied it is siphoning off gas from transit pipes.

Also, according to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Grushko, Russia has asked the EU parliament to hold a special meeting to discuss the issue of Russian gas transits via Ukraine.

Jan 02 09:02

US is the World’s Number One Sponsor of World Terrorism

In a ‘manual’ which is officially to be released only to ’students from foreign countries on a case-by-case basis only’, the US Army outlines a program of what it now calls ‘irregular warfare’, in fact US state sponsored terrorism, insurgency, and PSYOPS.

Jan 02 08:58

We’re a Republic, NOT a Democracy

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
- Thomas Jefferson

Jan 02 08:54

Social Security:Ponzi Scheme Within A Ponzi Scheme

Dwarfing the Madoff Ponzi scheme, which in the end may turn out to be, at least in part, a scam to feign investment losses for purposes of ripping off insurance companies with invalid claims for fraud while bilking taxpayers out their hard-earned money with deceitful requests for government bailouts and tax breaks, is the Social Security Ponzi scheme.

While the Madoff Ponzi scheme, so-called, may be measured in the tens of billions, the Social Security Ponzi scheme can be measured in the tens of trillions, making it a thousand times worse.

The Social Security system is truly a Ponzi scheme in the classic sense, where the first contributors to the fund are paid benefits mainly out of the funds received from the contributions of later participants.

Jan 02 07:59

Israel’s War Crimes and Change we can believe in

Once again, Israel is in the midst of murder and wanton destruction in Palestine. Gaza, after being starved of food, shelter, medical supplies and electricity, is again the stage for mass murder, the likes of which would normally elicit cries of protest the world over. However, the warped zeitgeist that currently pollutes reactions to Israeli violence has only led to the usual commentaries of moral equivalence.

Jan 02 07:57

Transcript: Obama's Speech at AIPAC....Maybe this is why Obama has been silent on the Gaza Genocide

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama delivered a speech on Wednesday, June 4, before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The speech comes the day after he secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination and become the first African-American candidate for president.

Jan 02 07:05

Defying Predictions, Sea Level Rise Begins to Slow

World's oceans rise slower since 2005, fail to display predicted accelerating trend.

Satellite altimetry data indicates that the rate at which the world's oceans are rising has slowed significantly since 2005. Before the decrease, sea level had been rising by more than 3mm/year, which corresponds to an increase of about one foot per century. Since 2005, however, the rate has been closer to 2mm/year.

The decrease is significant as global climate models predict sea level rise to accelerate as atmospheric CO2 continues to increase.

Jan 02 06:54

Mars Rovers Near Five Years Of Science And Discovery

NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity may still have big achievements ahead as they approach the fifth anniversaries of their memorable landings on Mars.

Of the hundreds of engineers and scientists who cheered at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 3, 2004, when Spirit landed safely, and 21 days later when Opportunity followed suit, none predicted the team would still be operating both rovers in 2009.

"The American taxpayer was told three months for each rover was the prime mission plan," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The twins have worked almost 20 times that long. That's an extraordinary return of investment in these challenging budgetary times."

Jan 02 06:34

UK: Private firm to guard database of every phone call, e-mail

A contentious proposal to create a massive database of communications metadata in the United Kingdom has just become even more controversial. According to reports in the British press, a "consultation paper" laying out the plan, slated for release in January, contemplates outsourcing the maintenance of the database to private-sector firms. The proposal has already come under fire from civil liberties groups, the European human rights commissioner, and former public officials.

Jan 02 06:28

FBI posts fake Child Porn hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects

A CNET News.com review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who's using an open wireless connection--and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.

Jan 02 06:18

More oddities in the U.S. "debate" over Israel/Gaza

By Glenn Greenwald


It's not at all surprising, then, that Republican leaders -- from Dick Cheney and John Bolton to virtually all appendages of the right-wing noise machine, from talk radio and Fox News to right-wing blogs and neoconservative journals -- are unquestioning supporters of the Israeli attack. After all, they're expressing the core ideology of the overwhelming majority of their voters and audience.


Jan 02 05:51

Gaza rockets put Israel’s nuclear plant in battle zone

Israeli officials say that Hamas has also acquired dozens of Iranian-made Fajr-3 missiles with an even longer range. Many fear that as the group acquires ever more sophisticated weaponry it is only a matter of time before the nuclear installation at Dimona, 20 miles east of Beersheba, falls within its sights. Dimona houses Israel’s only nuclear reactor and is believed to be where nuclear warheads are stored.

“Maybe Hamas will get a big present from Iran or Hezbollah, a few good long-range missiles and they’ll use it,” said Limor Brina, 40, a jeweller who is learning the lessons of life under rocket threat: she sleeps with her clothes on and heads to a shelter whenever the siren sounds.

Israel’s worst nightmare is that soon all its cities will be within range either of the Hezbollah Katyushas arrayed on the Lebanese border to the north or the increasingly sophisticated missiles stockpiled by Hamas to the south. Both groups have links to Israel’s archenemy Iran.