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April 4, 2010

Apr 04 08:38

Bringing in millions by selling personal data

At least $65 million has been made in the past five years from the sale of millions of motor vehicle records that include birth dates and other personal information of all state drivers, Department of Public Safety records show.

A private company has collected about $15 million conducting most of those transactions on behalf of the state, records show.

Apr 04 08:37

US warns Pakistan against gas pipeline deal with Iran

The United States appears to be "forewarning" Pakistan, about continuing with the billion dollar gas pipeline from Iran into Pakistan, but officialdom here, is relaxed, saying that China and Russia were bound to veto any further stringent measures against Iran in the United Nations Security Council, which would want to see this ambitious project wrapped up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is more proof positive, that no matter how US Secretary of State Clinton spins it in her irritatingly monotone schoolmarm voice, the UN is not going to back another round of sanctions against Iran.

Unfortunately, what we will have at that point will be multi-lateral sanctions as a prelude for a war which may go well beyond regional into a global world war.

Apr 04 08:32

Vatican dismisses child abuse scandal as 'petty gossip' as row overshadows Easter services

The Vatican defended the Pope today, insisting he would not be intimidated by 'petty gossip' about the child abuse scandal during a special Easter Sunday statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, given the number pf priests who have admitted molesting children, we are not dealing with gossip. What the Vatican is saying is that they don't think the pain and suffering endured by the children merits any concern.

Apr 04 08:28


It is the slow decline of a historic population; the only Christian population with roots in the land of Jesus. There is angry irony in this for some.

“If the Palestinian population before 1948 had been mostly Christian, England and other European countries would never have allowed anyone to colonise this country.”

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Apr 04 08:27



Apr 04 08:27


The American-backed Fatah group has been demanding the organization of general elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as soon as possible. However, the demands don’t seem to reflect genuine concern about democracy as one might take it at face value.

Fatah officials and apologists argue that elections represent the only exit out of the present political deadlock at the Palestinian arena, including the enduring rift between Fatah and the Islamic movement, Hamas.

However, in the absence of real guarantees for holding truly free elections, the raucous blather about elections by the Fatah organization, or any other Palestinian group, remains an expression of deception and hypocrisy.

Apr 04 08:24

India snubs US, to attend nuclear meet in Iran

The Indian government will stand by its decision to take part in a nuclear meeting slated for mid-April in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in a move that is set to irk the US administration.

According to a report published by The Hindustan Times on Sunday, the conference dubbed “Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapon for None" will be held on April 17 and 18 in Tehran. The Indian Ambassador to Iran, Sanjay Singh, will represent India at the event, which will be attended by ministers, officials and nuclear experts from over 55 countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and Israel are fast losing any kind of propaganda war against Iran in the potential run-up to any kind of attack against it, and India understands that.

If, in fact either the US and/ or Israel goes ahead with such an attack, there will be no moral justification for that attack whatsoever.

Apr 04 08:20

Easter bunny eggs photo radar!

Apr 04 08:19

Israel to use anti-Iran strike to win Chinese backing

The Israeli regime plans to send its top military strategist to China this week to convince Beijing to back sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.

Head of Tel Aviv army's planning directorate Major General Amir Eshel intends to serve Beijing with 'renewed' threats of military strikes against Iran, wishing to persuade China to follow along with the US-led push at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, British weekly newspaper The Sunday Times reported today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Israeli Major General Amir Eshel: the Chinese leadership doesn't take to well to strong-arm tactics or attempted economic blackmail.

I would like to remind Major General that China is a nuclear-armed country.

So just what happens, sir, if China comes in on the side of Iran if Israel attacks it?!?

I would like to hope that this question keeps someone awake at night in Tel Aviv, although, given the hubris of the current Israeli leadership, I am not certain that it does.

Apr 04 08:14

Afghan upper house backs Karzai anti-US decree

The Afghan parliament's upper house has voiced support for President Hamid Karzai in limiting the role of foreigners in the five-seat election fraud watchdog.

In a Thursday speech to Afghan election commission workers in Kabul, Hamid Karzai blamed foreign powers for the fraud that occurred during last years elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Apr 04 08:05

Heroin 'tsunami' sweeping Russia

Russian officials accuse Nato troops of refusing to destroy poppy fields in Afghanistan, which account for around 90% of the world's heroin supply.

The head of Russia's drug control agency described Russia's heroin problem as a "tsunami" sweeping over the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When elements control the drug trade, those elements also control where the drugs wind up.

It can cause massive destabilization of a country without firing a single shot.

Apr 04 08:03

We Can’t Tell You

Judge Walker’s ruling establishes that state secrecy claims do not trump the requirements of FISA. The next big case, filed by several human rights groups and still being appealed, challenges the 2008 amendments.

Apr 04 07:59

Iraq Election Fallout May Spark New Wave Of Violence

For the first time since the 2003 overthrow of their patron, Saddam Hussein, Iraq's Sunni Arabs are on the winning side. But the triumph may be short-lived.

With possible Iranian encouragement, al-Maliki's bloc is flirting with the more doctrinaire Shiite forces that came third in the election, and if they can patch together a majority in the 325-member parliament, Iraqiya would be left out in the cold despite having topped the poll.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the main benefactor from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq appears to be....IRAN?!?

Apr 04 07:55

Ahmadinejad: Sanctions Make Iran Stronger

Faced with the prospect of new sanctions because of Iran's nuclear defiance, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that new penalties would only strengthen the country's technological progress by encouraging it to become more self-sufficient.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What an attack on Iran will do, to which these sanctions are a prelude, is absolutely unify people who have disagreements with the government to the government's side.

Apr 04 07:53

Junk bond sales hit a record as investors rush for yield

Investors’ appetite for U.S. Treasury securities may have waned, but their hunger for high-yield corporate junk bonds remains robust.

Yield is king: If you have it, investors want it -- and nobody’s terribly worried about risk at the moment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A symptom of "the party is almost over" thinking.

Apr 04 07:52

Taliban Retake Control, Momentum In Northern Marjah

Just a few weeks since the start of the operation here, the Taliban have “reseized control and the momentum in a lot of ways” in northern Marja, Maj. James Coffman, civil affairs leader for the Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, said in an interview in late March. “We have to change tactics to get the locals back on our side.”

“You shake hands with them, but you don’t know they are Taliban,” Colonel Sakhi said. “They have the same clothes, and the same style. And they are using the money against the Marines. They are buying I.E.D.’s and buying ammunition, everything.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Apr 04 07:51

Penniless Americans provide Billions for Israeli Murderers

I suppose that money is intended for "defense" - and I would also suppose that some of that money makes its way to the Mossad. That means I might have payed for the hotel the murderers stayed in - or maybe you did.

Apr 04 07:47

FBI, DHS probe ‘Guardians’ who demanded governors resign

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have launched an investigation into letters sent by an anti-government group to over 30 governors demanding they resign within three days or face peaceful removal from office.

The letters, sent by a group calling themselves the "Guardians of the Free Republics," do not threaten violence but warned recipients they would be removed from office if they did not resign by the deadline, law enforcement and state officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Excuse me, but this reeks of set-up and Cointelpro.

And notice the image of the Declaration of Independence on the right hand side of the story, replete with quill, as to suggest that anyone with the temerity to believe that the tenets expressed therein, or those stated in the the Constitution or Bill of Rights, is a crazed nutjob.

Apr 04 07:46

Shadow Justice Secretary backs call for inquiry into death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly

A senior Conservative MP has signalled that the investigation into the death of Government weapons inspector Dr David Kelly should be reopened because the public ‘have not been reassured’ by the official verdict that he killed himself.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263411/Shadow-Justice-Secreta...

Apr 04 07:46

Sarkozy sparks party revolt as voters lose confidence in him

France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is facing an unprecedented crisis as a poll showed that fewer than 28% of voters had confidence in his leadership, and deputies in his own UMP party launched a revolt against his tax policies, a pillar of his administration.

Apr 04 07:45

Did you know Bush had the Pope's name removed from a sexual abuse of minors lawsuit?

Things haven't always been tense between Bush and Benedict. They share similar views regarding abortion, gay marriage, and other hot-button conservative issues. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (as Benedict was known before becoming Pope in April 2005) even helped Bush secure the White House for a second term.

Apr 04 07:44

Pope makes no mention of abuse scandal in Easter sermon

The pope urged humanity to undergo a "spiritual and moral conversion" during his traditional Easter message, but did not directly address the ongoing scandal over child abuse, which has rocked the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

Apr 04 07:27

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

We really have to take our hats off to NATO. This clique of arms lobbyists and defender of jobs for the boys invaded Afghanistan in 2001 on the pretext that Osama bin Laden was using the country to attack western interests. Almost a decade after the Taleban declared war on drugs production, NATO’s Afghanistan is not only the world’s largest producer of opium but now, of hashish also.

Apr 04 07:27

Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US

Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person.

Apr 04 07:25

EASTER IS CANCELLED! They found the body.

Apr 04 07:24

John Paul ‘ignored abuse of 2,000 boys’

Allegations that the late pontiff blocked an inquiry into a paedophile cardinal, promoted senior church figures despite accusations that they had molested boys and covered up innumerable cases of abuse during his 26-year papacy have cast a cloud over his path to sainthood.

Apr 04 07:24

5 Agents busted in my door this morning - Unlawful entry 3-30-2010 - 6:30 am.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the statement by the police at 2:30 that under Federal Law they no longer need a warrant to enter.

Apr 04 07:20

More Toxic Paper: New Subprime Bonanza in the Housing Market

Whew. That was fast. It didn't take long for Wall Street to figure out how to game Obama's new mortgage modification program, did it? The plan was hyped as help for "struggling homeowners", but it turns out, it's just another stealth bailout for pudgy bank-execs. It's funny, the program hasn't even kicked in yet and, already, bigtime speculators are riffling through their filing cabinets looking any garbage paper they can find to dump on Uncle Sam.

Apr 04 07:19

Norman Finkelstein vs. Israel

Apr 04 07:17

How Neda Soltani became the face of Iran's struggle

The killing of Neda Soltani, the grisly images of blood spreading across her face, have become perhaps the defining sequence in the 10-day uprising against the regime in Tehran, a gruesome ­manifestation of Ayatollah Ali ­Khamenei's threat to use force on the tens of thousands of people ­contesting the outcome of the presidential election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/22/neda-soltani-death-iran http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/15/iran-neda-caspian-makan-in... Makan told Amnesty International that he was imprisoned in a jail in Iran because he was an eyewitness to the murder of NEDA by Pro -Government Basij paramilitary "thugs" Google : " 3 September UA 236/09 " http://www.google.com ....He had earlier told the Guardian that at the fatal moment he was taking photos of the protest on the other side of town (Tehran ) ..There is another other curious figure in this made for TV psycho-drama who can't keep a story straight : http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=10979

Apr 04 07:16

Michelle says Barack's Home country is Kenya - full statement

Apr 04 06:59

Climate Change Act has the biggest ever bill

One of the best-kept secrets of British politics – although it is there for all to see on a Government website – is the cost of what is by far the most expensive piece of legislation ever put through Parliament. Every year between now and 2050, acccording to Ed Miliband's Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the Climate Change Act is to cost us all up to £18.3 billion – £760 for every household in the country – as we reduce our carbon emissions by 80 per cent.

Apr 04 06:33

Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush.

Apr 04 06:09

"Spin" by Brian Springer-Part 1

Artist Brian Springer spent a year scouring the airwaves with a satellite dish grabbing back channel news feeds not intended for public consumption. The result of his research is SPIN, one of the most insightful films ever made about the mechanics of how television is used as a tool of social control to distort and limit the American public's perception of reality.

Take the time to watch it from beginning to end and you'll never look at TV reporting the same again. Tell your friends about it. This extraordinary film released in the early 1990s is almost completely unknown. Hopefully, the Internet will change that.

Note: We have posted excerpts of this film. You can find these excerpts by going to the "Spin" section of Brasscheck TV.

Apr 04 06:01

Survey Shows Record Number of Americans Ready to Leave the U.S.

In a survey of readers on March 22, 2010, InternationalLiving.com found that nearly 96% of respondents said they are more likely to move out of the United States than they were last year.

More than 500,000 readers of the company's free Daily E-letter were asked a single question: Are you more open to moving outside the United States than you were 12 months ago?

A stunning 95.6% of those who responded said they were now more willing to make the move and leave the U.S.

Apr 04 00:07

Was Israel Ever Legitimate?

The history of Israel as a geopolitical fraud will fill entire libraries as those defrauded marvel at how so few deceived so many for so long. Those duped include many naive Jews who—even now—identify their interests with this extremist enclave.

Israeli leaders are wrong to worry about “de-legitimization.” They are right to fear that a long-deceived public is fast realizing that Israel’s founding was key to an ongoing deception.

The Invention of the Jewish People did not begin with Shlomo Sand’s 2009 bestseller by that title. There was no Exile says this Jewish scholar. Nor was there an Exodus. So how could there be a Return, the core premise of Israeli statehood?

April 3, 2010

Apr 03 23:07

Israeli children - why are they hated? Such a mystery.

Apr 03 22:51

Dutch peacekeeper recalls how Israel started the 1967 war

Try and download this - it gets taken down OFTEN!

A Dutch UN observer in 1966-67, Jan Muhren, describes how he witnessed how Israel provoked their Arab neighbours in the run-up to the Six-Day War on Dutch Nova TV (clips below). The former UN observer in Gaza and the West Bank has said Israel was not under siege by Arab countries preceding the Six-Day War, and that Israel provoked most border incidents, which Muhren surmises was part of its strategy to annex more land.

Apr 03 21:14

DHS Global Biometric Plan

DHS Global Biometric Plan, Facial Recognition Billboards (plus more)...

Apr 03 20:42

Video: The Truth About Facebook

Apr 03 20:32

Great Firewall: Not Just Of China Anymore?


Security experts are not sure exactly how this happened, but it appears that at least one ISP recently began fetching high-level DNS (domain name server) information from what's known as a root DNS server, based in China. ...returned DNS information intended for Chinese users, effectively spreading China's network censorship overseas.... The issue was reported Wednesday... DNS queries for sites such as Facebook.com, Twitter.com and YouTube.com -- all of which have been blocked in China -- were being redirected to bogus addresses.

It is unclear how widespread the problem is.

Apr 03 20:31

The Ethics of Tax Resistance

Tax resistance may be morally defended on grounds nearly identical to resisting any kind of aggression against oneself. If one is accosted on some city street and threatened, one has the right to defend oneself. The right of self-defense is derivable from the basic right one has to one's life, one that rests on one's nature as a human being as a moral agent. If one carries on in one's life peacefully and is nonetheless attacked, one is justified – has the right to – resist. This also holds if the attack is aimed at confiscating one's resources, even if one misuse these – wastefulness may not be criminalized in a free society unless it involves dumping, imposing it on others, as in pollution.

Apr 03 19:46

Maiden Lane Asset Disclosure Reveals Truth In Bailout Farce

When the crisis began with Bear Stearns in March of '08, Bernanke and Geithner likely never imagined they would be eventually forced to disclose the details of their dirty work. Yesterday was a victory for the good guys, but that doesn't mean you're going to like what you read.

Apr 03 19:38

The Coming Dictatorship

I have long believed that the mathematics of an insatiable entitlement society in the U.S. guarantees a runaway inflation, which likely would be followed by anarchy and chaos – a perfect excuse for government to resort to strong-armed totalitarian measures to ”restore order.” My model has always been Germany’s Weimar Republic in the 1920s, where runaway inflation brought Adolf Hitler to power.

Apr 03 19:33

American Monetary Institute (AMI): History of money, monetary reform, public action. 2 of 6

*hyperlinks live at source*

The American Monetary Institute is the world’s leading organization for understanding monetary history and how to reform monetary policy. These six articles reprint AMI’s principle information, available at AMI’s website, with their express permission to share widely:

1.Explaining the need for monetary reform: the heart of our economic crisis
2.Monetary history: synopsis of Stephen Zarlenga’s The Lost Science of Money
3.How to reform our monetary system: understanding the mechanics of creating money
4.The American Monetary Act: monetary reform legislation for Congress
5.FAQ of monetary reform
6.What can Americans do for monetary reform?

Apr 03 19:25

Pope begins Easter with Church under a cloud

Pope Benedict led the world's Catholics into Easter with the holiest day of the liturgical calendar clouded by persistent allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests.

The 82-year-old pope presided at an Easter Eve service that began late on Saturday night in St Peter's Basilica. During the service, he received six adult converts into the Church and administered the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation to them.


And ... what little boys are under his robe today?

Apr 03 13:38

Obama lies to CBS on Iran nuclear evidence; CBS publishes lies in conspiracy for unlawful war

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Based on the history of lies preceding the unlawful US armed attack and invasion of Iraq (explained verbally here), Americans have little time to stop a lie-based US armed attack of Iran. Official US policy allows first-strike use of nuclear weapons based upon these lies.

CBS printed obvious lies of President Obama that are fully refuted by all International Atomic Energy Agency reports that ALL of Iran’s nuclear material is fully accountable for peaceful and legal use for energy and medical isotopes. Mr. Obama’s lies are also fully refuted by the current unanimous agreement of all 16 US intelligence agencies published in their current National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). The documentation for the two above facts is here.

Apr 03 11:47

Holy Water-Gate: The Search for the Pope's “Deep Throat”


What Did the Pope Know and When Did He Know It?

By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved

Somewhere in the byzantine caverns and workings of the Vatican there surely must be one honest priest troubled by what he sees around him. Perhaps he is shredding documents, has recordings, or is an eyewitness to a monstrous coverup. Clearly the massive pedophilia cover-up is the biggest scandal to befall the Catholic Church in decades.

Apr 03 11:44

'US, Israel see eye to eye on Iran'

The United States and Israel are fully in sync when it comes to Iran, a senior member of the US National Security Council told Jewish leaders in Washington Friday.

The official, who according to Politico, was Dan Shapiro, Director for Near East Affairs at the National Security Council, assured the leaders that Iran is the National Security Council's top priority and that the US is adamant to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it's only a question of who actually starts the bombing, the US or Israel, and when.

Apr 03 11:40

Report: Iran gets parts needed for uranium enrichment

The International Atomic Energy Agency and Western authorities are still trying to determine exactly how the valves and gauges in question reached Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this alleged "report" is completely unsourced.

Apr 03 11:30

Swedish Pension Fund Divests From Elbit Systems

Sweden's largest pension fund, Forsta AP-Fonden has divested Elbit Systems shares from its portfolio due to the company's work on Israel's security separation barrier.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Shachar Arieli expressed Israel's regret Thursday in response to the move, noting that the barrier was built to save lives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Shachar Arieli: these barriers are not ..."built to save lives."

They are built to separate Palestinians from their farmland, and their homes, enabling Israel to encroach on more and more territory.

The executives of Forsta AP-Fonden understand this, as well as do all the other companies and organizations divesting from Israeli corporations.

Apr 03 11:25

The pagan roots of Easter

Easter is a pagan festival. If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox, whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection. However, early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of which we enjoy today at Easter. The general symbolic story of the death of the son (sun) on a cross (the constellation of the Southern Cross) and his rebirth, overcoming the powers of darkness, was a well worn story in the ancient world. There were plenty of parallel, rival resurrected saviours too.

Apr 03 11:21

Ireland Archbishop stunned by Dr Rowan Williams' criticism of Catholic Church

The Archbishop of Dublin today said he was "stunned" to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury declare that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility because of the child abuse scandal.

Diarmuid Martin, the second most senior Catholic in Ireland, responded to a rare breach of ecumenical protocol by Dr Rowan Williams in an interview with BBC Radio 4.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: "stunned" is about to become your "new normal", as swathes of the faithful watch in stunned disbelief as the Vatican bobs, weaves, and blames the victims and the press for its problems, but refuses to accept any blame for its institutional corruption when it comes to child abuse by its clergy.

Unless and until the Vatican tackles this crisis head-on, in a public and responsible way, look for thousands, if not millions, to desert the church immediately, pronto.

Apr 03 11:21

Senators pressure Obama on Iran sanctions

Comparing a delay in confronting Iran's nuclear program with the WWII-era appeasement of Adolf Hitler, Schumer said there was no choice but to move forward with new Iran sanctions now.

"Diplomatic efforts have failed. We are too close (to a nuclear Iran) to simply continue those efforts," said Schumer. "The U.S. must hit Iran first, on our own, with unilateral sanctions, no matter what the other nations of the world do. And we cannot wait, we must push those sanctions now ... we cannot afford to wait for Russia or China."

Schumers phone number: (202) 224-5141

Apr 03 11:06

Sayyed Nasrallah: Israel Doesn’t Have A Future In Our Region

I say that Israel doesn’t have a future in our region. Even those buildings they are erecting in Al-Quds to Judaize the city, there will come a day when its real owners will reside in them. I call for adopting the choice of the resistance again. If the Palestinian Intifada was meant to continue, it would have put the Israeli scheme and all of the Israeli entity on the verge of collapse; it was an abandoned Intifada. We should go back to the real choice of the resistance inside Palestine. Supporting this choice, by all resistance factions and resistant states is the only way to save Palestine and Al-Quds. Of course Hezbollah back them and we are their partners in the struggle, resistance, sacrifice, and martyrdom.

Apr 03 11:05

Ahmadinejad: Israel “Closer to Death” if it Attacks Gaza

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that world pressure on Iran, including talks of imposing new sanctions, makes the Islamic republic more determined than ever to pursue its nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad also reiterated his view that his US counterpart, Barack Obama, has been ineffective in ushering “real” change despite his promises. “You (world powers) can cut your own throat, jump up or down, issue statements and declarations and pass resolutions… but don’t think you can stop the progress and building of the Iranian nation,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

Apr 03 11:04

The Myth Called The Islamic World

The term “Islamic World” frequently appears in print and the electronic media thus creating an impression that such an entity exists. Especially after September 11, 2001, the term has taken on a menacing look and evokes great fear in the minds of many people; thanks to the propagandist nature and the global reach of the Western media. The term is portrayed as a monolithic group opposed to the Western World.

However, this is not true in reality. Upon examination, we see that the virtual Islamic World entity does not fulfill the requirements of a cohesive and separate monolith.

Apr 03 10:57

What Do the New Unemployment Numbers Mean?

The official unemployment rate is 9.7%. However, if you start counting all the people that want a job but gave up, all the people with part-time jobs that want a full-time job, all the people who dropped off the unemployment rolls because their unemployment benefits ran out, etc., you get a closer picture of what the unemployment rate is. That number is in the last row labeled U-6.

It reflects how unemployment feels to the average Joe on the street. U-6 is 16.9%.

Apr 03 10:53

NATO’s Afghanistan: The Champion of Drugs Production

We really have to take our hats off to NATO. This clique of arms lobbyists and defender of jobs for the boys invaded Afghanistan in 2001 on the pretext that Osama bin Laden was using the country to attack western interests. Almost a decade after the Taleban declared war on drugs production, NATO’s Afghanistan is not only the world’s largest producer of opium but now, of hashish also.

Apr 03 10:50

Vietnam’s forgotten victims Four decades on, Agent Orange continues to ravage the children of those exposed.

To this day, Tran weeps over the memories of bloodshed and the hellish cries of his dying friends. But one bizarre memory will haunt him forever. "The American airplanes came right toward me and dropped a mist in the jungle, and the next day, the trees were dead," he recalled. "We weren't scared. We were confused."

Thanks to that experience, his son has been unable to walk since birth.

The U.S. government insists the direct spraying of Agent Orange onto people — like in Tran's case — cannot be linked to any illnesses in Vietnam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The consistency with which the US has lied about this issue through the decades since the Viet Nam War is a catastrophic moral failure on the part of this government.

Apr 03 10:42

Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

The former head of the UN’s chief nuclear agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview with the British newspaper Guardian Wednesday that those who launched the war in Iraq were responsible for killing a million innocent people and could be held accountable under international law.

Apr 03 10:36

Israeli journalist secretly detained, another flees for life for exposing war crimes

Gilad Atzmon argues that the revelation that an Israeli journalist had been secretly held under house arrest and that another had fled to the UK for his life expose the hollowness of the Zionist claim that Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East”.

Apr 03 10:35

Settlers Attack a 89-year-old woman, her 50-year-old daughter in Jerusalem

Israeli settlers attacked on Friday Rifqa Al Kurd, 89, and her daughter Nadia, 50, in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, the Maan News Agency reported.

The Israeli police did not attempt to stop the settlers and asked the family of Nadia to file a complaint.

The attack against Rifqa and her daughter was caught on film, but the police did not arrest any of the assailants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "normal" for Palestinians.

Apr 03 10:34

Who’s afraid of 9/11 conspiracy theories?

Maidhc Ó Cathail views some of the more intriguing facts as reported in the mainstream media implicating Israel in the 9/11 attack on the New York Twin Towers.

"...it’s hardly surprising that some of the most obsessive critics of 9/11 “conspiracy theories” have ties to Israel. If Americans ever find out that their 'staunchest ally' had anything to do with the mass murder of their fellow citizens on 11 September 2001, the would-be conspiracy debunkers have good reason to be afraid."

Apr 03 10:33

Putin bolsters oil, defense ties with Venezuela

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Venezuela on Friday to discuss oil, defense and nuclear energy cooperation with Latin America’s main leftist foe of the United States, President Hugo Chavez.

They were to launch a $20 billion venture between Russian firms and Venezuelan state company PDVSA to pump 450,000 barrels a day — almost a fifth of the OPEC member’s current output — from the vast Orinoco heavy oil belt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A note to the US State Department: Russia and China have been making deals to insure energy stability for their respective countries.

What has the US been doing in that regard? Waging wars, those writ large on the radar screen, like Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the proxy wars in places like Somalia we don't hear all that much about. And don't forget; when it comes to energy, Africa is the new Middle East in terms of untapped resources.

As reported in:


"In its FY 2011 budget request for security assistance programs for Africa, the Obama administration is asking for $38 million for the Foreign Military Financing program to pay for U.S. arms sales to African countries."

Forgive me, but the model of making deals rather than waging wars to secure energy resources makes infinitely more sense to me.

But again, that would be logical.

Apr 03 10:20

Will Feds Use Letter Sent by Sovereign Citizen Group to Stage False Flag?

Following sensational news stories claiming the Guardians of the free Republics threatened state governors around the country in letters demanding they leave office or be removed, the FBI has today warned police around the country that the letters “could provoke violence,” according to the Associated Press.

Investigators do not consider the letters threatening or see threats of violence in the Guardians of the free Republics message. However, according to the Associated Press, the FBI believes the organization’s call for removal of top state officials in its Restore America Plan may lead others to act out violently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding how the US government operates, this is not at all beyond the realm of possibility.

Apr 03 10:10

Tent Slums Spring Up in America

The California tent slum depicted in the BBC report is quite different, because they are not migrant workers, so much as locals who have lost their homes. It is hard to tell if the newly dispossessed are all the victims of the subprime market. More likely, the tent slum population is a mix of new and old homelessness -- perhaps with a few migrant workers in the mix.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to Ameristan, brought to you courtesy of the previous and present administration!

Apr 03 10:08

Eighteen Million, Out in the Road

How cold and callous can we become? When, as a society and as a nation, we can undergo a massive earthquake under our very feet and before our very eyes, how can we just ignore its victims?

RealtyTrac, the California-based authority on property trends and valuations, projects 4.5 million home foreclosures before the end of this year. That’s 4.5 million homes, and with four people to a household that is eighteen million people. Eighteen million men, women and children put out into the road, people who must scramble to find shelter and scramble to find new schools for their children.

Last year it was 2.8 million homes or 11.2 million Americans put out into the road. In two years that is 29.2 million people just put out into the road.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we are experiencing economically is not "recovery" but a true economic depression, a financial and human catastrophe of almost unprecedented proportions.

Apr 03 09:54

Thousands of vets missing out on better benefits

Only a fraction of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to see every one of our Vets get the same health package and benefits every member of the US Congress gets.

Our Vets have earned it.

Apr 03 09:49

Obama confident of securing broad support for more U.N. sanctions against Iran

President Obama said Friday that "all evidence indicates" Iran is pursuing the capacity to develop nuclear weapons, but he expressed confidence that the United States could muster broad international support for a new round of U.N. sanctions designed to curtail Tehran's atomic ambitions.

The remarks followed an hour-long phone discussion Obama held late Thursday with Chinese President Hu Jintao, who will travel to Washington to participate in a nuclear security summit April 12 and 13. In their conversation, the two discussed the "importance of working together" on Iran, the White House said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama; of course, China will be interested in "discussing" Iran.

But if Obama thinks, for one millisecond, that China would actually to support "crippling" sanctions against its number one trading partner, he is deluded beyond belief.

Apr 03 09:41

US Nuclear Test Ban Ratification ‘Just Not Going to Happen’

While the Obama Administration claimed a major victory on nuclear disarmament last week with the finalization of the new START treaty with Russia, repeated delays in the negotiations mean it will come at a serious cost to the overall effort to sell the moves to the Senate.

With mid-term elections just seven months away, analysts say that the effort to get the START treaty ratified will force the Obama Administration to abandon efforts on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not ratifying the comprehensive test ban treaty does not make this country more safe; ultimately, it makes us less safe.

Apr 03 09:38

Israel Gags News on Extrajudicial Killings

Anat Kam, 23, who used to work for the Israeli news site Walla, was arrested last December for allegedly copying secret Israeli Defense Force (IDF) documents during her compulsory military service.

These documents outlined how Israeli assassination squads would plan the killing of Palestinian political leaders and fighters months beforehand and then pass their deaths off as "mishaps" during "failed" attempts to arrest them.

Due to a military gag order the news has remained suppressed even as Israeli journalists fight the suppression order in court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to applaud Anat Kam and Uri Blau for their courage.

Because of their acts, the way Israel operates is being seen in the light of day, which is a really instructive moment for the world.

Apr 03 09:31

Israel Threatens Gaza Invasion in ‘Near Future’

According to Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, the military may escalate beyond the air strikes and launch another ground invasion of the Gaza Strip “in the near future.”

Israel last invaded the Gaza Strip in January of 2009, an attack that killed over 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz suggested earlier this week that another invasion was inevitable and that they would resume their occupation of Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what Israel wants: territory by any means necessary.

And they are ready to kill any and all Palestinians they believe are standing in their way on "their" land.

And what does the international community do? It plays deaf, dumb, and blind, as this slow genocide continues, and does nothing.

Apr 03 09:25

US sees Afghan reconciliation drive lasting years

U.S. and NATO advisers in Afghanistan have urged President Hamid Karzai not to rush into deals with insurgents as part of a national reconciliation process that they envision lasting several years, Western officials said on Friday.

Karzai plans to hold a "peace jirga," or assembly, to promote reconciliation with insurgents starting May 2. Pakistan and some insurgent groups have started jockeying for position in anticipation of negotiations, however far off they appear to be, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is terrified that the Karzai government, in its reconciliation and coalition mode, will be far more likely to demand a quick exit from the US and NATO before the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil can be installed.

Should this happen, the US government will then be right back in the situation in which it found itself in Afghanistan as late as August 2001, when the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban government for pipeline rights, but considered the price "too high". Then, rather conveniently, came 9/11, followed by the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

Apr 03 09:15

Long Lines and Good Participation in Sadr’s Referendum

With Ayad Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc and Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law in a near deadlock after the vote, neither can form a government without the support of the third place INA. In addition to Allawi and Maliki, voters will also have the option to choose INA member and Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and Sadr’s cousin, State of Law member Jaafar Mohammed al-Sadr, who has frequently been presented as a “compromise” candidate.

State of Law is seen as a more natural ally, as a fellow Shi’ite religious bloc which also maintains close ties to Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a brilliant tactical move on the part of Al-Sadr.

It will be fascinating to see how this shakes out, probably greatly to the US's great chagrin.

Apr 03 09:09

Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

This growing U.S. military involvement in Africa reflects the fact that counterinsurgency has once again become one of the main elements of U.S. security strategy.

Or, as a senior U.S. military officer assigned to Africom was quoted as saying in a recent article in the U.S. Air University’s Strategic Studies Quarterly, "We don’t want to see our guys going in and getting wacked. … We want Africans to go in."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Africa needs to confront insurgency is the reduction of poverty and corruption in those countries to whose leadership we are now supplying guns and training.

Progress in infrastructure, the introduction of microcredit, education and healthcare, can all contribute to improving the lives of the people in these countries.

Of course, that would be a logical, long-term solution for stability.

Apr 03 08:52

Pfizer ordered to pay up over ‘AIDS-like’ virus infections

n what is being hailed as a major victory for workers in the biotech and nanotech fields, a former scientist with pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has been awarded $1.37 million for being fired after raising the alarm over researchers being infected with a genetically engineered "AIDS-like" virus.

Becky McClain, a molecular biologist from Deep River, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit against Pfizer in 2007, claiming she had been wrongly terminated for complaining about faulty safety equipment that allowed a "dangerous lentivirus" to infect her and some of her colleagues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

The corporation knew what they were dealing with, but cut safety for their workers to the bone, in an effort to pinch pennies.

Apr 03 08:22

Canadian Jewish groups rankled by Pope preacher's anti-Semitism comparisons

Two of Canada's largest Jewish groups say they are outraged that the Pope's personal preacher would compare the uproar over sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church with anti-Semitic persecution.

Frank Dimant, chief executive officer of B'nai Brith Canada, called it "a very unwise choice of analogies and verbiage."

Apr 03 08:14

How Private Health Insurers Purchased Healthcare Reform

In a moment of frank political revelation, Firedoglake reports that Senator Max Bacchus has confirmed that former WellPoint Vice President Liz Fowler wrote substantial portions of the recently approved Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Liz Fowler's pro-corporate credentials run far deeper than WellPoint.....

Apr 03 08:03

Real terrorists are rare and usually easily caught. Always ask, Who gains from this?

Radicals within the United States have always been a serious problem. A good analytical tool is the simple public poll. It reveals how gullible a population is and how easy they would be to fool. The primary groundwork for terrorism is control of the press and the molding of public opinion. With foreign governments with highly suspect intelligence agencies infiltrating the press, as they have in the United States, there is little doubt that providing cover for "false flag" terrorism is in the cards.

Apr 03 07:22

The problem of empty office space

Even as other parts of the economy show signs of life, the commercial real estate market in Boston will remain depressed, with a vicious cycle of falling rents and foreclosures preventing construction of new buildings that would create jobs.

Apr 03 07:21

Layoffs Ahead for DC Workers

"There probably will be in excess of five to six hundred positions that will be eliminated in the government. That's just the types of tough decisions you have to make, not just in an economy but when you're running a government the size of the D.C. government. And that's what I was elected to do," Fenty said on his weekly Connecting With the Mayor segment on News4.

Apr 03 07:21

Deposition: Levada defends decision on Ore. priest

In a newly released court deposition, a top Vatican official who is a former Portland archbishop defends not telling Oregon parishioners about the sex abuse allegations against a priest he restored to duty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The next domino tips.

Apr 03 07:20

Erick Erickson will pull 'shotgun' over Census

CNN contributor and prominent Republican blogger Erick Erickson is threatening to pull out a "shotgun" to scare away census workers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, just clean the weapon while they ask questions. That way they cannot arrest you no matter how nervous you make them. After all, you are in your own home, and rust never sleeps, right? You are not actually threatening them in any way that can get you arrested, right? Those uninvited census workers just happened to show up while you were cleaning your arsenal!

Apr 03 07:17

Attorney for sex-abuse victims releases former Portland archbishop's 2006 deposition

An attorney who represented priest sex-abuse victims in Oregon, released for the first time Friday a 2006 deposition by Cardinal William J. Levada, a former archbishop of Portland and now a top Vatican official.

Much of the information, including his decision to reassign to another parish a priest known to have sexually abused teenage boys, has been reported in the past, through lawsuits and the archdiocese's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. But Portland attorney Erin Olson released the 293-page deposition after reading statements this week by Levada, who attacked The New York Times in a defense of the pope and his role in handling priests who sexually abused children.

Apr 03 07:16

Feds Prepare To Use Anarchists To Provoke Tea Party Violence

According to leading anarchist website Infoshop News, “On April 15th thousands of right-wingers will attend rallies in cities and towns across the United States. The organizers of this nationwide day of protest call it a tea party. This tea party movement that emerged only a year ago is a coalition of conservatives, anti-Semites, fascists, libertarians, racists, constitutionalists, militia men, gun freaks, homophobes, Ron Paul supporters, Alex Jones conspiracy types and American flag wavers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government plans to use agents provocateurs to commit violent acts that the obedient media will then use to portray critics of the government as low-life thugs no real American would ever want to listen to, much less support.

A classic example of how the US Government plays their games occurred in 1970 when undercover FBI informants that had infiltrated the anti-war groups on several Southern California college campuses organized a mass peace march outside the Disneyland theme park, then led the students inside and started to cause as much damage as they could. Already waiting were the police and press.

Needless to say the media portrayed the peace marchers who had been duped in the wor4st possible light, effectively derailing the anti-Vietnam war movement for an additional two years.

Years later a whistle-blower leaked FBI documents on Operation COINTELPRO which confirmed that the entire riot had been ordered by the Nixon White House in order to continue the war in Vietnam despite growing public opposition.

I was there, invited by someone I thought was my best froend at the time. Afterwards he confided the plan to me while revealing he was one of the FBI informants and trying to recruit me. That was the last time I ever spoke to that son of a bitch.

The lesson here is that the US Government likes to play dirty and they always have. Be careful.

Apr 03 06:55

Will Feds Use Letter Sent by Sovereign Citizen Group to Stage False Flag?

“While there does not appear to be a credible or immediate threat of violence attached to the letters, we’re working with state and local authorities to continue to assess the matter,” said FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey of Las Vegas. The letters are from a “sovereign citizen extremist group” and that those groups “reject all forms of government authority,” said Dickey. He said those groups don’t believe they have to pay taxes or obey federal, state or local laws.

“As of Wednesday, more than 30 governors had received letters saying if they don’t leave office within three days they will be removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security,” the Associated Press reports.

Apr 03 06:54

Vatican should have replied to Murphy letters, says cardinal

THE CATHOLIC primate Cardinal Seán Brady has criticised the lack of response by the Vatican and papal nunciature to correspondence from the Murphy commission.

Speaking to The Irish Times in Dundalk yesterday he said “it was unfortunate that requests from the [Murphy] commission didn’t get the courtesy of a reply” from the Vatican. “They should have,” he said.

Apr 03 06:53

FLASHBACK - Vatican reinstates priest put on leave in '02

A Roman Catholic priest suspended in 2002 over allegations of sexual misconduct has been reinstated and will return to active ministry, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said.

Apr 03 06:52


They finally released our 10 friends yesterday from Israeli jails on bail pending “trial”. Those kidnapped from the peaceful march in Bethlehem area on Palm Sunday attended a press conference in Ramallah and passed by Beit Sahour late last night. Each is to appear in front of a military judge later this month. Yet, the Friday regular demonstration in Al-Ma’sara was large and daring. Speeches were given at the site where soldiers had stretched barbed wire blocking the road. Internationals (including Israelis) participated with Palestinians. The occupation troops decided to end the demonstration early with a barrage of concussion/stun grenades.

Apr 03 06:51


Palestinian frustration in this regard stems in part from a collective feeling that whatever decisions Arab leaders adopt at their summit meetings remain largely within the “realm of rhetoric” and don’t rise to the level of being serious challenges to Israel’s efforts to Judaise East Jerusalem and efface the city’s Arab-Islamic identity. Most Palestinians have come to interpret the mediocrity of Arab summits as either a failure to understand reality in occupied Palestine or as an expression of a shrinking commitment by the Arab world to the Palestinian cause.

Apr 03 06:50