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June 18, 2009

Jun 18 22:54

FBI: Child porn on accused museum shooter computer

Child pornography was found on a computer belonging to the white supremacist charged with shooting and killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the FBI said in court documents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bovine excrement meter exploded on this one.

As witnesses came forward to report that the security guard at the museum may have been shot by the other guards, Vin Brunn became less and less the villain the propagandists needed to link to Ron Paul, the 911 truth movement, anti-semites, and klog dancers, and a PR device was needed to re-demonize him.

Looks like they figured one out.

Frankly, my first assumption is that the FBI planted the child porn on the computer (they have the very next that taxpayer money can buy) both because it gets them out of a public relations jam and because at 88, I doubt Von Brunn was interested in any kind of sex at all! I am only in my 50s, and long ago swapped Playboy and Penthouse for National Geographic and Popular Mechanics!

It's just too convenient, know what I mean?

Jun 18 21:33

Militarized police SWATs, but not at Columbine, VTech

Our Militarized Police Departments
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Crime
Radley Balko | July 2, 2007
I’m here to talk about police militarization, a troubling trend that’s been on the rise in America’s police departments over the last 25 years. Militarization is a broad term that refers to using military-style weapons, tactics, training, uniforms, and even heavy equipment by civilian police departments.
SWAT teams were originally designed to be used in violent, emergency situations like hostage takings, acts of terrorism, or bank robberies.

Jun 18 20:56

Flashback: Skolnick's "Why So Many 'Lone Gunmen'?"

FBI/CIA Warehouse -
Why So Many 'Lone Gunmen'?
By Sherman H. Skolnick
7-8-99
Then there was a fellow named Benjamin Nathaniel Smith....He supposedly used a .22 caliber weapon to shoot, from a distance, six Orthodox Jews on the way to and from a Synagogue in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in Chicago. Smith supposedly did the shooting from a distance. One problem: the .22 caliber is the favorite political assassination weapon of the FBI/CIA, and others in the secret political police, to shoot someone in the head close-up, not from a distance.

Jun 18 20:05

U.S., European Union Try Good-Cop, Bad-Cop Approach

European states are taking a considerably more aggressive line toward Tehran's clerical leaders than the Obama administration as Iran's postelection crisis deepens, fueling the ire of U.S. Republicans and some democracy activists.

The approach suggests an unusual reversal among the Americans and Europeans from recent history, with Washington emerging as a relatively passive voice and the European Union assuming the role of Tehran's chief scold. But the dynamic also is being welcomed by many European officials involved in Iran diplomacy as an effective approach against Tehran.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 18 19:46

Beating And Torturing Palestinian Children

The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits.

The findings by Defence for Children International (DCI) come in the wake of revelations from Israeli soldiers and senior commanders that it is “normal procedure” in the West Bank to terrorise Palestinian civilians, including children.

Jun 18 18:56

1968 Chicago riot cops set to ‘celebrate’ mass beatings

As the official Chicago Riot Cops website explains, “The time has come that the Chicago Police be honored and recognized for their contributions to maintaining law and order - and for taking a stand against Anarchy. The time was the hot summer month of August ‘68. The Democratic National Convention was about to start and the only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order was a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They really showed American citizens what they thought "to protect and serve meant" during that time!

And in most big cities, things have gotten worse in terms of police brutality against its citizens ever since.

You find home invasions in the wrong house, the regular beating and tasering of individuals by the police (many times leading to death, massive corruption, and now, several police departments actually own grenade launchers, as in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

How and why have state and federal governments become so terrified of We the People that a grenade launcher is now a completely normal piece of equipment to have on hand?!?

Jun 18 18:37

US military debates release of Afghan air strike probe

The release of a Pentagon investigation into deadly US air strikes in Afghanistan has been delayed amid an internal debate about what details of the report should be revealed, US officials said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are unlikely to ever see any details of these airstrikes revealed.

Were I a betting person, I would bet that we will see an increase in these kinds of strikes, with ever more collateral damage (i.e., the destruction of the lives of innocent civilians), because the Pentagon doesn't know what else to do.

The US is essentially trying to win what is a ground war from the air. We tried that tactic in Viet Nam; it didn't work then either.

One would think that the US civilian and military leadership would have learned that lesson, but apparently not.

Unfortunately, that doesn't augur well for the US military campaign in Afghanistan.

Jun 18 18:24

Hawaii being used for N.K. attack/false flag propaganda

Japan warns that North Korea may fire missile at U.S. on Independence Day
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 4:55 PM on 18th June 2009
North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.
Intelligence analysts do not believe the device would be capable of hitting Hawaii's main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea.
Details of the launch came from the Japan's best-selling newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun.
Both Japanese intelligence and U.S. reconnaissance satellites have collated information pointing to the launch, according to the report.


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Mgid
Jun 18 17:56

Lawmakers Call For An End To Federal Marijuana Prosecutions

Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with co-sponsors Ron Paul (R-TX); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), will reintroduce legislation today to limit the federal government’s authority to arrest and prosecute minor marijuana offenders.

The measure, entitled an “Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults,” would eliminate federal penalties for the personal possession of up to 100 grams (over three and one-half ounces) of cannabis and for the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of pot – making the prosecutions of these offenses strictly a state matter.

Jun 18 17:35

Michigan jobless rate is highest in decades

Michigan's unemployment rate in May shot up to 14.1%, the highest level in more than a quarter-century, according to state figures released Wednesday.

After years of steadily inching upward, Michigan's jobless rate has been accelerating higher in recent months as layoffs have mounted. Just a year ago, in May 2008, the unemployment rate stood at 8.2%

Jun 18 17:14

Fusion falters under soaring costs

An international plan to build a nuclear fusion reactor is being threatened by rising costs, delays and technical challenges.

Tip - research cold fusion:



Jun 18 17:03

It's mid-June, surely there can't be any snow around?

Actually there is. Many of the glacier resorts in Europe are opening up for summer skiiing and it's winter down under with Australia and New Zealand having record early-season conditions.

Jun 18 16:59

Sharks, Drugs, Lies, and Corruption in Costa Rica

For years, the tiny nation of Costa Rica has enjoyed the fruits of the myth that it is some sort of ecological paradise. The truth is that Costa Rica is one of the most corrupt and ecologically destructive nations in Latin America.

Ecuador, Panama, and Columbia are far more concerned about ecological issues and controlling environmental crime than Costa Rica. But Costa Rica has a good public relations agency and a steady stream of green washing keeps Costa Rica dazzling green like an emerald on the outside as a steady rot permeates the nation inside.

Aside from the chemical pollution of the banana industry and the destruction of the rainforests by overzealous logging, Costa Rica is one of the most shark-destructive nations on Earth. In the port of Puntarenas, the “shark-fin mafia” controls the police and the courts, has bought the local politicians, and has tentacles that slither their corruption in the government bureaucracies in San Jose.

Jun 18 16:51

Row over blacked out MP expenses

MPs. What a load of [redacted]

Jun 18 16:27

China’s Got a New Currency… and It Sure AIN’T the Dollar

Other, former Chinese officials have been less polite in their public statements. Yu Yongding, a former Chinese central bank adviser, recently referred to the US Federal Reserve “as the world’s biggest junk investor… ridden with rubbish assets,” and to Chairman Ben Bernanke as “helicopter Ben.”



Jun 18 16:19

Kissinger threatens regime change in Iran if coup fails

" I am sure that Americans would favour the emergence from the present situation of a truly popularly based government and it is very appropriate for the president to make clear that that is what he favours. Now if it turns out that it is not possible for a government to emerge in Iran that can deal with itself as a nation rather than as a cause then we have a different situation, then we may conclude that we must work for regime change in Iran from the outside but if I understand the president correctly he does not want to do this as a visible intervention in the current crisis."

Jun 18 15:49

Tehran is burning, and who is fueling the fires?

But if the election results are not the problem, then what is?
To find the roots of the current crisis, one has to go back and look at the history of Rafsanjani’s presence in the political scene in Iran. Don’t forget that he is the second most powerful man in Iran and his family has amassed wealth beyond the borders of Iran.

Jun 18 14:48

US Supreme Court gets it Wrong: No Right to DNA tests after conviction -Videos

The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled that a defendant does not have the constitutional right to demand DNA tests to prove his innocence after his case has already been tried.

Am I naive in my old-fashioned way of thinking that our justice system is based on the protection of the innocent - that it is better to let the guilty free than to punish an innocent person?

Jun 18 14:47

Supreme Court Spares Former Enron Exec

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a former Enron Corp. executive in a ruling that makes it unlikely he can be tried a second time on charges related to financial fraud at the one-time energy giant.



Jun 18 14:43

The O'Reilly Procedure

Bill O'Reilly has been brought low by the same process that afflicted Jerry Springer. Once respected journalists, they sold their souls for higher ratings, and follow their siren song. Springer is honest about it: "I'm going to Hell for what I do, and I know it," he's likes to say. O'Reilly insists he is dealing only with the truth. When his guests disagree with him, he shouts at them, calls them liars, talks over them, and behaves like a schoolyard bully.

Jun 18 14:39

Here is the weather for 2080: floods, droughts and heatwaves

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... unless you give us all your money and let us tell you how to live your life!!!!!!

Jun 18 14:17

Ron Paul on MSNBC - 6/18/2009

Jun 18 13:44

Another US Soldier given clemency for murder of Iraqis

Soldier's crime met with clemency
He admits to executing Iraqis who were bound, and his family fought for leniency
By Joel Hood | Tribune reporter
June 18, 2009
When Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. was sentenced to life in prison this year for his role in the grisly, execution-style slayings of four bound Iraqi prisoners, the Downers Grove soldier's supporters banded together.
In Iraq, reports of abuses and extrajudicial killings by U.S. soldiers have been met with outrage and demands for severe punishment.
...Family members say they remain unashamed by Leahy's role in the crime.

Jun 18 13:28

Hawaii Ending Universal Child Health Care

Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the United States just seven months after it launched.

Jun 18 13:28

Demolished house in protest at repossession

According to Stod 2 News, the former owner recently received a final eviction notice and felt he had nothing to lose – it made no difference to him if he went bankrupt owing 60 million kronur or 120 million. With this very public act of disobedience he apparently hoped to draw attention to the terrible situation many in financial difficulties find themselves in these days.

Jun 18 13:27

US planning Velvet Revolution in Iran?

Mohammad-Javad Zarif, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, claimed on Tuesday that Washington is conspiring to foment discord among Iranians in order to topple the Tehran government.



Jun 18 13:26

The AMERO, Leaked Photos!! (may be a hoax)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, they look good, and whoever made these up is pretty knowledgeable about currency production, but if these are Ameros, why do they say "Dollar" on them?

Jun 18 13:13

BBC Caught In Mass Public Deception With Iran Propaganda

Mossadeqh 1953 coup replayed in 2009!

Jun 18 13:12

NYPD sgt. admits assisting crack dealer

A former New York City police sergeant faces up to five years in prison after admitting he helped a crack dealer in exchange for three pairs of sneakers.

Jun 18 13:05

Iran Faces Greater Risks Than It Knows

Paul Craig Roberts take on the U.S. government's attempted coup in Iran.



Owl 1
Jun 18 12:55

Want a city job? Fork over your usernames, passwords

Officials who run the city of Bozeman, Montana -- perhaps setting a new standard for privacy invasion in the name of public safety -- are insisting that job applicants cough up their usernames and passwords for any social networking sites or online forums in which they participate. Reason: background checks.

Jun 18 12:54

FLASHBACK - Lou Dobbs on Amnesty

Jun 18 12:35

Holocausts

I certainly think that Holocaust museums should exist in a wide variety of locales. But why place one on the Mall, home to the American History Museum, the National Air and Space Museum and so many patriotic memorials?

The Nazi genocide occurred in Europe. The United States was neither victim nor victimizer during that tragedy.

Those who visit the Holocaust Museum probably come away thinking: "Thank God we live in a democracy; such things can't happen here." But such things did happen here.

Jun 18 12:31

Iran: Dissidents Debate Merits Of U.S. Democracy Aid

There is a growing debate, inside and outside Iran, about whether millions of dollars in U.S. pro-democracy aid to Iranian dissidents is helping to build the foundations of civil society -- or giving the regime in Tehran an excuse to crack down even harder on dissident students, journalists, and other activists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We openly fund so called dissident groups .... Can you imagine the hue and cry in America if the show was on the other foot ....



Jun 18 12:30

University of Colorado team finds definitive evidence for ancient lake on Mars

A University of Colorado at Boulder research team has discovered the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars, an indication of a deep, ancient lake there and a finding with implications for the discovery of past life on the Red Planet.

Jun 18 12:27

JEWISH CHABAD’S GENOCIDAL MORALITY

“The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way. Destroy their holy sites; kill their men, women, children, and even cattle.”

These are not the words of a loony Jewish terrorist, marauding through the hills of the West Bank in search for an elderly Arab peasant or shepherd to kill.

In fact, these words were uttered last week by Manis Friedman, a prominent and highly-respected Chabad-lubavitch rabbi who is widely admired among many Orthodox Jews, especially in the United States.

Jun 18 12:24

"Death to the Dictator!" Mousavi supporters gather for Iran rebellion

The scenes recalled the mass mourning protests of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets to play their part in the overthrow of the American-backed Shah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and now a new US-backed puppet ruler gets put back in!

Jun 18 12:21

The McCollum Memo: The Smoking Gun of Pearl Harbor

The memo, scanned below, detailed an 8 step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States. President Roosevelt, over the course of 1941, implemented all 8 of the recommendations contained in the McCollum memo. Following the eighth provocation, Japan attacked. The public was told that it was a complete surprise, an "intelligence failure", and America entered World War Two.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

RELINKED TO REMIND YOU ALL OF THE DECEPTIONS USED BY THE US GOVERNMENT TO TRICK YOU INTO A WAR.



Jun 18 12:21

THE BONES OF "STATION H"

Contrary to the government propaganda that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a total surprise, documents declassified in May 2000 confirm that Yamamoto's message was intercepted in Hawaii at a radio intercept station known as "Station H" overlooking Kaneohe Bay on windward Oahu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

RELINKED TO REMIND YOU ALL OF THE DECEPTIONS USED BY THE US GOVERNMENT TO TRICK YOU INTO A WAR.

Jun 18 12:21

PEARL HARBOR MOTHER OF ALL CONSPIRACIES

11 February 1941 - FDR proposed sacrificing 6 cruisers and 2 carriers at Manila to get into war. Navy Chief Stark objected: "I have previously opposed this and you have concurred as to its unwisdom. Particularly do I recall your remark in a previous conference when Mr. Hull suggested (more forces to Manila) and the question arose as to getting them out and your 100% reply, from my standpoint, was that you might not mind losing one or two cruisers, but that you did not want to take a chance on losing 5 or 6."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

RELINKED TO REMIND YOU ALL OF THE DECEPTIONS USED BY THE US GOVERNMENT TO TRICK YOU INTO A WAR.

Jun 18 11:58

Could you tell me why the Palestinians have to recognize the zionist state's right to exist on Arab Palestinian Land ?

- Is it because God gave his chosen people my land ,even though most of the citizen of the zionist state are not even from the region ?

- Is it because the Arab Palestinians have to pay for Hitler and the European's ruthlessness ?

- Is it because the zionist state never respected International Law ?

- Or is it because we are Arabs ,our blood,suffering ,dignity etc....do not count ?

No other people in the history of life on this Earth have been asked to do this ,and that's why I am asking .......Why ?

Jun 18 11:57

Tony Blair knew of secret policy on terror interrogations

Tony Blair was aware of the ­existence of a secret interrogation policy which ­effectively led to British citizens, and others, being ­tortured during ­counter-terrorism investigations, the Guardian can reveal.



Lockerdome
Jun 18 11:57

Smokers as Lab Experiments

The new "Fire Safe Cigarettes" just hit Indiana. They are gross. They burn your lungs. They have a vinyl acetate infused in the paper that can't be good. I'm rolling my own from now on.

Jun 18 11:54

Freedom Watch 19: Ron Paul & Judge Napolitano Discuss Giving the Fed More Power

Get the latest on the Federal Reserve and our HR 1207/S 604 Call-A-Thon here:
http://bytestyle.tv

Jun 18 11:50

ISRAEL: Still a destination for human trafficking

Women from the former Soviet Union and China are still being trafficked across the border with Egypt into Israel for forced prostitution by organized criminal groups.

Jun 18 11:45

Justices Rule Inmates Don’t Have Right to DNA Tests

Convicts do not have a right under the Constitution to obtain DNA testing to try to prove their innocence after being found guilty, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Once we convict you, you STAY convicted! Even innocence is no excuse!" -- Official White Horse Souse



Jun 18 11:43

SSRIs Prescribed for Autistic Children Make Them Worse

After the three month treatment period was over, the scientists could find no improvement in the group treated with citalopram when compared to the kids in the placebo group. However, there were differences in the two groups of youngsters — the ones on the SSRI had far more problems after taking the drug than the kid who didn’t. In fact, instead of halting repetitive movement, citalopram actually increased a form of repetitive movement.

Jun 18 11:42

NKorea accuses SKorea of driving to brink of war

North Korea has accused the South of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.

Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the North’s ruling communist party, said the United States and its allies had launched a smear campaign against Pyongyang at the UN Security Council and drastically raised the danger of invading the North.

“The situation on the Korean peninsula is more tense than ever,” the daily said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And anyone who thinks South Korea is doing this on their own is a fool!

Jun 18 11:37

Dodd: Giving the Fed More Power is like Awarding a Son a “Bigger, Faster Car Right after He Crashed the Family Station Wagon"

The chairman of the senate banking committee - Christopher Dodd - quoted a critic of the plan to expand the Federal Reserve's powers as being:

like awarding a son a “bigger, faster car right after he crashed the family station wagon.” He added that he hadn’t made a conclusion on the issue.

The critic is correct.

Jun 18 11:31

U.S. Military Tracking North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes

The U.S. military is tracking a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.

The ship, Kang Nam, left a port in North Korea Wednesday and could be carrying weaponry, missile parts or nuclear materials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That ship could be carrying kimchee, too!

But it doesn't matter what it is carrying; the moment the US interdicts that ship (fancy USA-speak for piracy), that will be the very provocation North Korea warned they would respond to.

In other word, the US Government, unable to get a war in Iran going, is going to start a war with North Korea.

The DC boys know they have screwed the economy. They know it. They know you know it. They hope, they PRAY, that if they can start a war the resulting surge of patriotism and war fever will addle your puny (in their estimations) little brains and make you forget that it is not North Korea but Washington DC which is the gravest threat to your way of life.



Jun 18 11:18

US says it will not accept NKorea as nuclear state

US excoriates North Korea's nuclear defiance, urges Pyongyang to return to negotiating table.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that the United States is the only nation to actually use nuclear weapons of mass destruction against the civilians of another country, the displayed attitude towards North Korea is both arrogant and hypocritical.

But of course, nuclear weapons are not the real issue. The USA needs a nation to beat up to distract the American people from the total melt-down of the economy brought about by reckless government policy and corruption.

And they don't even care which nation it is.

Jun 18 10:56

Clinton says interdiction possible for NKorea

The Obama administration wants help from U.S. allies and possibly China to cut off North Korean shipments that may be carrying nuclear technology or other weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"This is called "An Act Of War" and is exactly the provocations North Korea said it will respond to.

In other words, the US is trying to start a war, ANY war, any WHERE.

Jun 18 10:53

REALITY CHECK….. BIBI’S TWO STATE ‘SOLUTION’; ONE FOR JEWS, ONE FOR JEWISH SETTLERS

nothing has changed as far as paving the way to the creation of a Palestinian State as long as the settlers get their way and as long as the likes of a Lieberman remains in the position he is in.
The reality is that there will not be a Palestinian State under Bibi’s leadership until all Palestinians become committed zionists. And that my friends, is not about to happen.

Jun 18 10:53

Iran: Who's Diddling Democracy?

Watching the protesters in Tehran, many Americans feel a strong sense of empathy, exhilaration and hope. I strongly share those feelings, especially since I know firsthand the danger the protesters face from government thugs on motorcycles, provocateurs and the secret police. But none of this should blind us to the likelihood that our own government is dangerously meddling in Iran's internal affairs and playing with the lives of those protesters.



Jun 18 10:40

Man Files Suit Over Alleged Sac PD Brutality

A man who says he brutally beaten by Sacramento police has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, and he says the police chief admitted that officers acted improperly.

Jun 18 10:17

Video: Rethink Afghanistan - Civilian Casualties

The footage you are about to see is poignant, heart-wrenching, and often a direct result of U.S. foreign policy. In order to help the refugees whose lives have been shattered by U.S. foreign policy and military attacks, please provide aid through the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. For more on Afghan civilian casualties, watch Director Robert Greenwald on MSNBC's The Ed Show.

Jun 18 09:23

These Are Obama’s Wars Now

No longer can the blame for the turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan rest at the feet of George W. Bush alone. This is now Obama’s War on Terror, fully funded and operated by the Democratic Party.

Despite Obama’s historic (albeit rhetoric filled) speech in Cairo, the new Commander in Chief is still not about to radically change, let alone reform, the US’s long-standing role in the Middle East. A master of his craft, Obama is simply candy coating the delivery of US imperialism in the region. Given the lack of opposition to Obama’s policies back home, it is becoming clear that he may well be more dangerous than his predecessor when it comes to the US’s motivations internationally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Same agenda; infinitely more intelligent and telegenic pitchman.

"Change you can believe in" ?!?!? Zero, zip, nada, nothing, zilch.

Jun 18 09:18

US Drone Attack Kills 13 in South Waziristan

US drones launched an apparent attack on a compound near South Waziristan’s capital of Wana today, killing at least 13 people and wounding an unknown number of others. Four missiles were said to be fired at a compound belonging to a suspected commander in the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The use of aerial bombardment in Pakistan which insures the killing and maiming of innocent civilians, is a coarse and indiscriminate tactic.

This will only further enrage the Pakistani people against both American interests and their own government, guaranteeing more destabilization.

One has to wonder if this is precisely the outcome the US wants as the excuse, ultimately, to create a "regime change" here in order to "save nuclear-armed Pakistan from itself."



Jun 18 09:10

Japan and China fight it out for right to mine lithium under Bond's battlefield

The flurry of ruthlessly competitive diplomatic and corporate overtures to Bolivia from both Tokyo and Beijing is driven by the same dream: ultimate control of the future global market for electric vehicles. An ample supply of lithium, at least using current technology, is the critical weapon in that quest and Bolivia is to lithium what Saudi Arabia is to oil, say geologists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's worth noticing that Japan and China are attempting to make deals in order to get what they want, not dropping bombs in that pursuit, as the US is prone to do.

Jun 18 09:03

Qurea' says no peace talks until Netanyahu halts settlement activities, accepts two-state solution, and Palestinian right of return

Senior Fat'h leader, Ahmad Qorea', Abu Ala', stated Monday that the Palestinian leadership rejects the speech of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and added that the Palestinians are determined to establish their state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He added that a transitional solution would not be accepted, and that Israel must recognize the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees as stated in Security Council Resolution number 194.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In his speech, Netanyahu crafted precisely what he hoped to achieve; a proposal which would be an absolute non-starter as a basis for a comprehensive peace agreement, and the establishment of a Palestinian state.

And the question is, what will Obama and the US do now, stop signing the checks to Israel for financial and military aid?

Never. This country will continue to reward Israel's bad behavior, and probably get suckered into another war to neutralize yet another of Israel's existential threats (probably Iran), and it will be our money and our kid's blood which will pay for it.

Jun 18 08:54

McMenacing? Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun At McD's

A Denver police officer has been suspended after allegedly brandishing his gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Aurora after his order took too long to fill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cops are totally out of control!

Jun 18 08:54

Standard & Poor's Cuts Ratings On 22 Banks

Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's lowered its ratings and revised its outlooks on 22 U.S. banks on Wednesday, citing concerns that operating conditions will be less favorable than they were in the past due to volatile financial markets during credit cycles and tighter regulatory supervision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that the article doesn't name which 22 banks.



Owl 2
Jun 18 08:52

Two Days Before 9/11, Military Exercise Simulated Suicide Hijack Targeting New York

The US military conducted a training exercise in the five days before the September 11 attacks that included simulated aircraft hijackings by terrorists, according to a 9/11 Commission document recently found in the US National Archives. In one of the scenarios, implemented on September 9, terrorists hijacked a London to New York flight, planning to blow it up with explosives over New York.

Jun 18 08:51

World Can't Be Changed Without Fighting Western Propaganda

The era of brave reporters and determined editors seems to be over. Correspondents who covered the Vietnam War, who actually helped to stop the Vietnam War, are getting older. They write memoirs and publish books, but they hardly witness today's conflicts. There are still some fearless and dedicated journalists - Keith Harmon Snow or John Pilger to mention just two - but they are more exceptions that prove the rule than a common occurrence.

And yet brave alternative voices are needed more now than in any other time in recent history.

Jun 18 08:50

Baxter to delivery flu vaccine to WHO by July

Biotechnology

Baxter expects to deliver A/H1N1 vaccine to WHO by July
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:00 IST
Deerfield, Illinois

Baxter International Inc. has completed testing and evaluation of the A/H1N1 influenza virus and is now in full-scale production of a commercial A/H1N1 vaccine using its Vero cell culture technology. Baxter received an A/H1N1 strain from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center] in early May and is diligently working to deliver a pandemic vaccine for use as early as July.

Jun 18 08:49

Health insurers refuse to limit rescission of coverage

An investigation by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations showed that health insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group and Assurant Inc. canceled the coverage of more than 20,000 people, allowing the companies to avoid paying more than $300 million in medical claims over a five-year period.

t also found that policyholders with breast cancer, lymphoma and more than 1,000 other conditions were targeted for rescission and that employees were praised in performance reviews for terminating the policies of customers with expensive illnesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While these policies are shameful, if not completely immoral, do not expect things to change any time soon.

As reported in:

http://healthcare.change.org/actions/view/stop_the_insurance_lobby_from_robbing_you_of_national_option

"The Post reports: "The health-care sector has long ranked with financial services and energy interests as one of the most powerful political forces in Washington, and it spent nearly $1 billion on lobbying in the past two years alone."

That's only the billion we know about. Companies and industries acquire congressional representatives as though they were commodities, which can be tremendously useful under some circumstances;like allowing insurers to drop coverage of critically ill people.



Jun 18 08:43

LCROSS TWITTER PAGE!

NASA is about to launch a twin spacecraft to the Moon. The orbiter will create the most detailed map of the Moon ever, down to 12 inches resolution, and yes it will see the artifacts from the Apollo Moon missions sitting on the surface.

The second part of the mission involves a large impactor that will be driven into the Moon at high speed to blast a 6 mile-high cloud of debris back into space where scientists will analyze it for traces of water ice from deep inside the Moon. If water ice is indeed present it will make the establishment of a permanent Moon base far easier.

The plume from the impact is expected to be visible from Earth with moderate power telescopes.

Follow the mission here!

Jun 18 08:29

Civilian Casualties Could End Airstrike Support

Rising anger over Afghan civilians accidentally killed in U.S. military bombing campaigns has prompted some U.S. officers to issue a stark warning to troops involved in airstrikes: If grave mistakes persist, they could lose armed air support—considered by most soldiers and marines to be an invaluable tool during battle. "Maybe they're just saying that to us as a scare tactic," says one U.S. military officer in Afghanistan. "But they are really serious about cutting these deaths."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this statement was made for Afghan civilian consumption, it won't work... because Afghans have the horse-sense to know it can't work.

Air strikes are the blunt instrument in this war, and there is no way to separate civilian from insurgent when the bombs are targeted and launched.

There was a war a while back in American history, the Viet Nam war. It was there that civilian and military strategists should have learned that you cannot win what is absolutely a ground war from the air.

Apparently, that lesson has been stricken from all military and historical textbooks that are required reading for military leadership these days.

So, the bombing will continue; the civilian deaths will continue; the documentation of the carnage will continue; and we will continue to lose this war, because you cannot win a ground war from the air.

Jun 18 07:57

EFF and Public Knowledge Reluctantly Drop Lawsuit for Information About ACTA

The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). EFF and PK had been seeking important documents about the secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that has broad implications for global privacy and innovation.

Federal judges have very little discretion to overrule Executive Branch decisions to classify information on "national security" grounds, and the Obama Administration has recently informed the court that it intends to defend the classification claims originally made by the Bush Administration.

Jun 18 07:48

Robert Fisk: Secret letter 'proves Mousavi won poll'

In a highly sophisticated society like Iran, forgery is as efficient as anywhere in the West and there are reasons for both distrusting and believing this document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, you think?

Jun 18 07:48

Blocked Technology Example

Jun 18 07:44

The Revolution Will Not Be Twitterized

Overnight we're being sold on the critical global relevance of these repositories of heretofore useless information about what the Average Joe is doing, thinking, saying, listening to, watching, reading and eating every 5 minutes. Now they'd like us to believe that Twitter and Facebook are fueling a revolution and serving as the vessel for democracy in Iran. Power to the @People.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Twitter has provably been hijacked as a new tool for propaganda, so of course you have to be told this is the place to go to get the "facts" about what is going on in Iran.

Jun 18 07:43

FLASHBACK - So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go?

At the end of the Iraq war, vast sums of money were made available to the US-led provisional authorities, headed by Paul Bremer, to spend on rebuilding the country. By the time Bremer left the post eight months later, $8.8bn of that money had disappeared. Ed Harriman on the extraordinary scandal of Iraq's missing billions



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Jun 18 07:35

Proposed New Law Would Let Police Snoop On What You Do Online

It's not exactly Big Brother and the overall intentions seem to have the public's best interest at heart. But many are very uncomfortable about a proposed new law being introduced in the House of Commons on Thursday that could affect anyone using the Internet in Canada.

The bill, with the unwieldy name of "An Act Regulating Telecommunications Facilities to Support Investigations," would allow police to force your ISP to hand over any records of your emails, chat room conversations, website history or surfing habits to authorities without a warrant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, real terrorists and criminals will be using less obvious means of communication, like steganography, so this snooping is really about keeping the uppity serfs in line!

Jun 18 07:32

ODIOUS DEBT

Our Grandchildren do NOT have to pay Haliburton for these wars!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A more in-depth explanation of Odious Debt and why it applies to the US population.

Jun 18 07:29

Stun gun death: Taser fired 28 times

A Taser used on a man who died after being stunned went off 28 times at the time of the incident, say police.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taser: Police brutality with all the modern improvements!

Jun 18 07:27

Head of CA GOP Voter Registration Firm Pleads Guilty to Voter Registration Fraud

The owner of a voter-registration company pleaded guilty Tuesday to voter-registration fraud, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

And what they didn't bother to mention in that story?...Amongst other things, the fact that Jacoby and Young Political Majors were hired by the California Republican Party to head up their voter registration efforts in the state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But we're going to get all hot and bothered about Iran's elections!



Taboola
Jun 18 07:17

THE TOWER OF BASEL: DO WE REALLY WANT THE BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS ISSUING OUR GLOBAL CURRENCY?

Which naturally raises the question, who or what will serve as this global central bank, cloaked with the power to issue the global currency and police monetary policy for all humanity?

Jun 18 07:16

North Korea may fire a missile toward Hawaii

While the newspaper speculated the Taepodong-2 could fly over Japan and toward Hawaii, it said the missile would not be able to hit Hawaii's main islands, which are about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the Korean peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, so the Korean missile can't actually reach Hawaii, but we at least stirred up images of Pearl harbor and sneak attacks, and we can use that to sucker the people into another invasion!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 18 07:08

The Retreat of the Shadow Lenders, Why Deflation and not Inflation is the Order of the Day

The retreat of the shadow lenders has created a credit freeze globally; and when credit shrinks, the money supply shrinks with it. That means there is insufficient money to buy goods, so workers get laid off and factories get shut down, perpetuating a vicious spiral of economic collapse and depression. To reverse that cycle, credit needs to be restored; and when the banks can’t do it, the Fed needs to step in and start “monetizing” debt.

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Jun 18 07:05

How Monsanto kills the news

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Jun 18 07:00

Dress the Set With Tears: It’s a Wrap

Mr. Schwartz, the owner of 20th Century Props, plans to go out of business next month and auction the inventory. Battered by the surge in out-of-state movie production and the demise of scripted programming on network television, the once-thriving business — one of a handful of its type remaining — is failing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those old Hollywood prop houses are amazing. Frankly, Harvey ought to simply turn it into a museum for the tourists. People would wander through trying to recall where and when they saw the items.

Jun 18 06:50

Experts see no ‘smoking gun’ for Iran election fraud

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election victory is disbelieved by hundreds of thousands of Iranians who have poured onto Tehran's streets in protest, but experts say hard evidence of vote rigging is elusive.

Jun 18 06:45

Officer indicted in "Ace Capone" drug case

Authorities allege that Durham, assigned to an FBI task force, made the phone call about 3 a.m. Aug. 10, 2005, as he and more than 200 other law enforcement agents were preparing to launch a series of predawn raids aimed at cocaine kingpin Alton "Ace Capone" Coles and several of his top associates.

Jun 18 06:43

What if Ahmadinejad Really Won?

Mr. Ahmadinejad spent the last four years traveling across the country courting the rural and small town votes. There is even evidence that his programs to distribute income and wealth more evenly have begun to bear fruit. The so-called “justice shares” that entitle each individual to receive about $1,000 worth of equity in public companies pay out about $70 a year have been distributed to many in rural areas, and many more are waiting for their turn. Others are waiting to receive funds for housing and marriage from various funds that his administration has established.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... by asking the US for more covert funding.

Jun 18 06:40

Thousands of Unlisted Pathogens Discovered at Fort Detrick

An inventory of potentially deadly pathogens at Fort Detrick's infectious disease laboratory found more than 9,000 vials that had not been accounted for, Army officials said yesterday, raising concerns that officials wouldn't know whether dangerous toxins were missing.

After four months of searching about 335 freezers and refrigerators at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick, investigators found 9,220 samples that hadn't been included in a database of about 66,000 items listed as of February, said Col. Mark Kortepeter, the institute's deputy commander.

Jun 18 06:33

Our Rights are Suspended by Mayor Cedric Glover

According to Mayor Cedric Glover of Shreveport, LA, when you are stopped by the police department, your "rights are suspended." That's right - even if the stop is a traffic violation - your rights as a citizen have been suspended. Huh?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rights cannot be suspended or taken away. If they can be taken away, they are not rights; They are but indulgences granted by a master to a particularly well-behaved slave.

Jun 18 06:31

Contrasting protest coverage Iran vs G-20 and Georgia

What is so unique about unrest in Iran? Isn't there unrest everywhere? Sure there is!
Aren't there protests everywhere?
Yup, there are!

Jun 18 06:29

Mystery Company To Assemble Cars in Louisiana

A company described as a well-financed start-up reportedly is close to choosing a shuttered north Louisiana site to start a new automobile manufacturing facility -- its first, creating up to 1,500 jobs, two elected officials from the region told the Associated Press.

Jun 18 06:19

Obama Says He Can't Deliver Change Because "We Don’t Want to Tilt at Windmills”

The president’s [economic reform] plan results from many compromises with industry executives and lawmakers, and is not as bold as some had hoped.

Mr. Obama seemed to acknowledge as much when he posed the question: “Did, you know, any considerations of sort of politics play into it? We want to get this thing passed, and, you know, we think that speed is important. We want to do it right. We want to do it carefully. But we don’t want to tilt at windmills.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, tilting at windmills is sort of what we thought you meant by "Yes we can!"

Jun 18 06:17

US Senator: Obama will block abuse photo release

A key US Senator said Wednesday that the White House had assured him that photographs allegedly showing US troops abusing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan will "not see the light of day."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They are MUCH more useful to me as blackmail material!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 18 02:29

Bush political appointees serving in Obama administration appoint GOP cronies to senior civil service jobs

WMR has now learned that a similar burrowing of GOP cronies took place at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to sabotage President Obama’s plans for a universal health care system.

June 17, 2009

Jun 17 22:33

Flashback: Taking down Iran covertly, now Obama's agenda

Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh July 7, 2008
Under federal law, a Presidential Finding, which is highly classified, must be issued when a covert intelligence operation gets under way and, at a minimum, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate and to the ranking members of their respective intelligence committees—the so-called Gang of Eight. Money for the operation can then be reprogrammed from previous appropriations, as needed, by the relevant congressional committees, which also can be briefed.

Jun 17 20:44

Strange Inconsistencies in the $134.5 Billion Bearer Bond Mystery

Thus, all of the above irreconcilable and illogical points, other than the coincidence of the amount of the bearer bonds exactly matching the remaining TARP fund amount declared on March 30th, seem to indicate that not only were the seized bearer bonds counterfeit, but also that the smugglers were intent on being caught.

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