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November 12, 2008

Nov 12 07:49

Senate Finance Chief Calls for Making Health Coverage Mandatory

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Max Baucus, presenting the first Democratic health plan since President-elect Barack Obama's victory, said all Americans should be required to have insurance once coverage is made affordable.

Required? Required to have health insurance? This is what the Obamians voted for?

Nov 12 06:13

U.S. Mint Makes Drastic Cuts to Its Collector Gold & Platinum Coin Offerings

Yesterday the United States Mint announced some sweeping cuts to the number of products that it will offer to coin collectors. The deepest cuts take place in the US Mint’s offerings of collectible versions of gold and platinum bullion coins.

Nov 12 05:34

Treasury continues to harpoon the Real Economy.

With the ever increasing amount of taxpayers' money handed over to "bail out" Financial Firms, manufacturing firms and Insurance firms, the Treasury has given a new meaning to the term "Venture Capital". Venture, by it's very definition, involves risk for reward. But risk and reward for whom ? All the risk for the U.S. taxpayer and all the reward for Company CEO's and boards. Has any of the money stuffed in to the back pockets of the Banking Community actually done any good ?

November 11, 2008

Nov 11 23:59

U.S. Housing Market Boom and Crash Engineered by the Government

They Did It On Purpose: The Housing Bubble and Its Crash Were Engineered from the Highest Levels of the U.S. Government, the Federal Reserve, and the Financial Industry



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Nov 11 21:49

The Five Stages of Collapse

by Dmitry Orlov

Hello, everyone! The talk you are about to hear is the result of a lengthy process on my part. My specialty is in thinking about and, unfortunately, predicting collapse. My method is based on comparison: I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and, since I am also familiar with the details of the situation in the United States, I can make comparisons between these two failed superpowers.

Nov 11 21:33

Thanks for the Freedom, Vets

In America, we enjoy the freedom of giving half our income to the government through various forms of taxes. We have the freedom to participate in a Ponzi scheme known as Social Security. We have the freedom to vote for the president. Unlike the voters of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, who only had one choice for president, we have two choices! We have the freedom to choose between Republican-led big government programs and Democrat-led big government programs. We have the freedom to use government-controlled money, which loses value every year.

Nov 11 20:23

Blown Up by Blow Back and the Demise of the Dream of Pipelinestan

The US chose last week to offer India access to nuclear technology, despite the fact that India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Whereas the US threatens Iran with air strikes, when Iran, a signatory to the Treaty exercises it's lawful rights to build a civilian nuclear power industry. Hypocrisy without end, corrupted logic knows no bounds.

Nov 11 19:55

Fed Covers Up Financial Crisis

The China connection to Goldman Sachs figures prominently in the current crisis. Because China owned $376 billion of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae paper, it played a big role in the financial crisis, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, with his own personal and financial ties to China, admittedly tried to reassure the Chinese through this process that their investments would be protected. They are being “protected” in the sense that the American taxpayers are now on the hook for these government mortgage companies, which have been nationalized.



Nov 11 16:43

Vegas May Lower Gambling Age to 18

An idea is floating around Nevada to lower the state's gambling age from 21 to 18. A gaming industry lawyer says it has the potential to create a windfall of new business.

Nov 11 12:21

Let the Bankrupt Banks Fail

Everywhere today politicians are blaring that they must save America's financial institutions, alleging catastrophic risk to the economy were any to fail. Paulson and the entire Bush administration, in a discernible panic, are now pouring $700 billion into the big banks, having already bailed out AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Bear Stearns to the tune of $300 billion.

Capitalism doesn't work, they declare, but fortunately the government is here to rescue us.

Nov 11 08:35

Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained evidence suggesting that documents which have been described as technical studies for a secret Iranian nuclear weapons-related research program may have been fabricated.

The documents in question were acquired by U.S. intelligence in 2004 from a still unknown source -- most of them in the form of electronic files allegedly stolen from a laptop computer belonging to an Iranian researcher. The US has based much of its push for sanctions against Iran on these documents.

Nov 11 08:05

Palin: God May Lead Me To Top Job

Defeated Republican Sarah Palin has suggested she might run for president in the next US election - and says she hopes God will show her the way.

"Just follow this road, dear" - booming voice from the clouds.



Nov 11 07:56

ACLU wants probe into police-staged DNC protest

When a Jefferson County deputy unleashed pepper spray at unruly protesters on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, he did not know that his targets were undercover Denver police officers.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is questioning whether that staged confrontation by police pretending to be violent inflamed other protesters or officers during the most intense night of the four-day event.

Nov 11 07:46

UN warns Gaza food aid may end

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) aid agency said Tuesday that it will have to halt food distribution to 750,000 needy Gazans by Friday if Israel keeps the territory sealed.

Agency spokesman Chris Gunness said food stockpiles were running low.

Nov 11 07:39

AIG spends $343,000 for Arizona retreat as thousands lose their jobs

If just one more dollar is given to AIG from taxpayer money, it will be $1 too much!

If you click on this link to better understand my angst, I suggest that you do so on an empty stomach as otherwise you may make a mess all over your computer!

Nov 11 07:34

Why Washington Cannot Prevent Economic Depression

In order to raise money for the government, I must retain your confidence, your trust. To do that, I cannot run the printing presses or destroy your money. Instead, I have to let the deflation and depression run its course.

Bottom line: It's preposterous to believe that Washington can save every failing individual, company, country and government on this planet.



Nov 11 04:59

Policeman held for India blasts

A policeman has been arrested in connection with the last month's bomb blasts in India's north-eastern Assam state which killed more than 80 people.

Constable Chandra Bodo was arrested on Monday for allegedly planting a bomb in a car in the state's capital, Guwahati.

November 10, 2008

Nov 10 23:29

Health Care Talking Points *For When They Tell Us We Can’t Afford Universal Health*

The Medical Industrial Complex exploits our fear of sickness and death to create new, expensive often ineffective sometimes dangerous treatments which are foisted upon us while preventive care that might actually keep us healthy is denied all in the name of corporate profits.

Nov 10 21:15

Mystery of lost US nuclear bomb

The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice in northern Greenland following a crash in 1968, a BBC investigation has found.



Nov 10 21:13

Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails

A new study details how spammers – the bane of our email inboxes – still make pots of money, despite only receiving a response to one in every 12,500,000 emails they spam out.

The study, by a team of seven computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD) infiltrated the Storm network, which uses hijacked home PCs to relay much of the junk email you spend your days wading through while wondering 'who the hell responds to this stuff?'

Well. Now you know. One gullible idiot in 12,500,000 recipients. Or thereabouts.

Nov 10 20:42

A Bone in America's Throat

Even before the voting began, Israeli politicians and pundits were asking: Will an Obama Administration be good for Israel? “Be good for Israel” is our code for “Will the US allow us to keep our settlements and continue to support our efforts to prevent negotiations with the Palestinians from ever bearing fruit?” For Americans the question should be: Will the Obama Administration understand that without addressing Palestinian needs it will not be able to disentangle itself from its broader Middle Eastern imbroglios, rejoin the community of nations and rescue its economy?

Nov 10 18:39

Princeton Prof on "9/11: More than meets the eye."

Discussion of the very real doubts over the World Trade Center attacks was conspicuously absent from the US presidential race. But America's international image will always be tainted as long as the uncertainty remains

By Richard Falk

Nov 10 12:47

7 Year Old Boy Removed from Father and Placed in State Custody Over mistaken Order of Hard Lemonade

U of Michigan professor unfamiliar with Mike's Hard Lemonade orders his son a lemonade at baseball game. After boy is discovered by a security guard sipping the bottle police and child protective services remove boy to foster home.



Nov 10 12:01

Documents linking Iran to nuclear weapons push may have been fabricated

No! Say it ain't so! Who could've benefited from such deception?

Nov 10 10:21

Reports: Russian accident sub intended for India

Armed with cruise missiles capable of hitting targets 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) away, Akula-class subs are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian attack submarines. A sub of that class could unsettle the military balance of power in Asia, dramatically bolstering India's navy capability as it jockeys with China for influence over energy supply routes in the Indian Ocean.

Nov 10 09:06

Nitrogen Trifluoride - The Greenhouse Gas You Never See Movies About On Your Flat Screen TV

Enjoying your HD TV? Nitrogen trifluoride is one of several gases used during the manufacture of liquid crystal flat-panel displays, thin-film photovoltaic cells and microcircuits. Many industries have used the gas in recent years as an alternative to perfluorocarbons, which are also potent greenhouse gases, because it was believed that no more than 2 percent of the NF3 used in these processes escaped into the atmosphere.

Nov 10 09:04

Plasma Turns Garbage into Gas

Every year 130 million tons of America’s trash ends up in landfills. Together the dumps emit more of the greenhouse gas methane than any other human-related source. But thanks to plasma technology, one city’s rotting rubbish will soon release far less methane—and provide power for 50,000 homes—because of an innovation in plasma technology backed by Atlanta-based Geoplasma.

Engineers have developed an efficient torch for blasting garbage with a stream of superheated gas, known as plasma. When trash is dropped into a chamber and heated



Owl 1
Nov 10 08:55

Pilot struck blind in flight shepherded to safe landing by RAF

A light aircraft pilot who went blind in mid-air after suffering a stroke at 4,500 metres (15,000ft) was shepherded in to land by an RAF aircraft.

Jim O'Neill, 65, was flying his four-seater Cessna over North Yorkshire when he lost his sight and called for help.

O'Neill was flying home to Essex from a holiday in Scotland when he had the stroke, and descended to 1,500ft. With the instrument panel a blur, he failed four times to land at Full Sutton airstrip near York, and was diverted to Linton-on-Ouse.

Nov 10 08:40

Neocons and Neoliberals: Two Masks, One Face

Do you get it? Both the Republican and Democratic party are now run by people with identical agendas: make the big corporations richer and expand the American empire.

Nov 10 08:28

[Pic] Now this is what I call a hot dog!

:)

Nov 10 08:21

U.S. review likely to say Afghanistan situation 'dire'

A classified review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is likely to judge that the United States is losing ground there, according to a government official involved with preparing the review.

The review is likely to say the U.S. doesn't have forces for an Iraq-style "surge."



Nov 10 08:19

UK forces sent in to Helmand Province 'half-cocked' on 'con' mission, says officer

British forces were sent into Afghanistan's troubled Helmand Province on a "half-cocked" campaign to "con" world opinion about the country's military strength, a former senior officer who resigned from the army has claimed.

Nov 10 08:18

Canada firm on quitting Afghanistan by 2011

The Americans may have shown renewed interest in Afghanistan but Canada stays firm on its decision to end its mission in the war-torn country by 2011, says Canada’s new foreign minister Lawrence Cannon. The minister told a television channel Sunday that the tough stand by US president-elect Barack Obama on Afghanistan will have no impact on the Canadian decision to pull out of Afghanistan by 2011.

During the US presidential campaign, Obama promised to send two more US brigades to Afghanistan to go after the Al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden.

Nov 10 08:09

Bank executives enjoy SECRET £300,000 champagne party... just weeks after £20bn bail-out by taxpayers

The Royal Bank of Scotland has blown £300,000 on a secret champagne junket for executives - less than a month after being given a £20billion handout by the taxpayer.

Bankers and their partners enjoyed the lavish party to mark their 'success' after a year in which the collapse of the banking industry led to global financial meltdown.

The supposedly stricken bank laid on the celebration amid extraordinary secrecy to try to prevent details reaching the public, even cancelling the original venue, a top hotel in Hampshire, and transferring the party 350 miles north to Edinburgh.

Nov 10 06:45

Great David Icke presentation about New World Order / Big Brother

New World Order / Big Brother:

Real good summary of: How, who and how to work against it. Almost 3 hours long, but by far a much better introduction than any book or video I have seen.
Also talks about how the top make the lower levels work for them.

Make sure to watch 5 minutes after minute 2:04:30. Ike talks about a conversation he had with traffic enforcer and how they are being prepared for civil unrest in England -- they talk about a war that will create civil unrest. Could this be related to what Powell and several others are warning (see link in full preview version):



Nov 10 06:22

The New York Times Covers up Bush's Crimes again.

"WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials."

November 9, 2008

Nov 09 15:20

Who are the Architects of Economic Collapse?

The October 2008 financial meltdown is not the result of a cyclical economic phenomenon. It is the deliberate result of US government policy instrumented through the Treasury and the US Federal Reserve Board.

This is the most serious economic crisis in World history.

The "bailout" proposed by the US Treasury does not constitute a "solution" to the crisis. In fact quite the opposite: it is the cause of further collapse. It triggers an unprecedented concentration of wealth, which in turn contributes to widening economic and social inequalities both within and between nations.

Nov 09 02:59

Help out automakers, Capitol Hill leaders say, Reid and Pelosi want White House to use bailout fund

WASHINGTON — With the nation's automotive industry hemorrhaging cash, congressional leaders called on the Bush administration Saturday to offer government assistance to the car companies as part of the Treasury Department's $700 billion emergency rescue program.

Nov 09 02:18

Israeli soldiers terrorise villagers in Zawata

Israeli soldiers terrorise villagers in Zawata
November 8th, 2008

Three households were terrorised by Israeli soldiers in the village of Zawata on Friday night, 7th November.

At least twenty Israeli soldiers from the nearby military base at Shave Shomron stormed through the upper parts of the village on foot - throwing sound bombs and firing at family homes; surrounding houses and forcing families out into the night. Soldiers advised the invasion and terror tactics were a response to the discovery of a few small children burning a tyre on the nearby military road.



Lockerdome

November 8, 2008

Nov 08 15:01

More Bailouts Needed!

It’s about time the government recognized the importance of industries that are suffering & need billions of dollars to sustain their business. Where were the government bailouts when so many other worthy industries in the past were dying and struggling for their very existence?

Where were the government bailouts when the horse and buggy industry was fighting to keep up with the newly invented automobile?

Nov 08 14:49

More Unintended Consequences of the Bailout

Like many large companies, Fannie and Freddie had contracts promising to cover legal bills for their executives. When the Treasury Department delivered a $200 billion bailout to Fannie and Freddie, that obligation passed to the government, which may find itself paying for the lawyers defending the executives against the government's own prosecutors.

Nov 08 14:39

Bloomberg Sues Fed to Force Disclosure of Collateral

Bloomberg News asked a U.S. court today to force the Federal Reserve to disclose securities the central bank is accepting on behalf of American taxpayers as collateral for $1.5 trillion of loans to banks.

Nov 08 14:30

What Obama Should Ask His CIA Briefers

As President-elect, Obama is already receiving daily briefings from the CIA.

There are many important questions which Obama could ask about, and which "normal" Senators and congress people wouldn't have the power or the security clearance to get answers to.



Nov 08 11:13

U.S. And Allies Tortured Kids in Iraqi Prisons

Since it invaded Iraq in 2003, the U.S. has detained thousands of juveniles—some of whom were tortured and sexually abused, according to published reports. Figures of the number of children behind bars vary. Some estimates put the number as high as 6,000.

While the criminal abuse of male prisoners at Abu Ghraib is well known, child and women prisoners held there have also been tortured and raped, according to Neil Mackay of Glasgow’s “Sunday Herald.” Abu Ghraib prison is located about 20 miles west of Baghdad.

Nov 08 09:37

Watching Them Squirm: Is Fox News Abandoning the Mob It Created?

by Mark Ames (Alternet)

The first polls had just closed when the Republican Right's "Agony of Defeat" moment arrived. It was just after 8 p.m. -- right as Fox's "America's Election HQ" show returned from a commercial break, and Brit Hume welcomed viewers back to his "Fair and Balanced" network.

Nov 08 06:20

A look at Hell on earth for the uninitiated.

First thing this morning I am confronted with a suffocating story about despair.

Most people suffer passing bouts with depression.

But when we strive to understand depression, and especially its non-clinical causes, its causes rooted in the modern reality we all suffer, we are finally addressing the needs of the world, if by "needs" we are talking about a universal wish to make the world a better place.

Making the world a better place, is no easy task. But, it is clearly the only moral task.

November 7, 2008

Nov 07 22:01

Police staged confrontation amid convention

The American Civil Liberties Union says undercover police officers posing as protesters staged a violent confrontation with another officer during the Democratic convention in Denver.

The ACLU said it obtained a police document showing the undercover officers pretended to struggle with a police commander so they could be removed from the crowd without blowing their cover.



Nov 07 14:03

The strange case of falling international reserves

If the Reserves are no longer growing but diminishing, this might indicate that the exporting countries are no longer buying and accumulating more US, British and European debt. If they are not accumulating more foreign currency bonds and debt, then the fiscal deficits of the US, the Brits and the European Union countries are no longer being funded – especially important to the US, which is running an immense fiscal deficit, what with the US Treasury going into debt like a drunken sailor on account of the need to bail-out all and sundry debtors.

Nov 07 13:02

Getting down to bizness with Obama

The answer is: Jane Harman – as head of the CIA! (If she doesn't get it, not to worry: she's also up for head of Homeland Security – and if she doesn't get that, she's on the short list for National Intelligence czarina).

Nov 07 10:22

Ford announces $129M 3Q loss, burns $7.7B in cash

Ford Motor Co. said Friday it lost $129 million in the third quarter as the struggling automaker burned through $7.7 billion in cash and set plans for more job cuts.

Ford said it will eliminate about 2,260 more white-collar employees in North America as it battles continued weak demand, the credit crisis and the worst economic downturn in decades.

Nov 07 10:18

GM reports $2.5B 3Q loss, says running out of cash

General Motors Corp. says it lost $2.5 billion in the third quarter and warned that it could run out of cash in 2009.

GM also said it has suspended talks to acquire Chrysler. While it didn't specifically name the automaker, GM said it was setting aside considerations for a "strategic acquisition."

The automaker also said its cash burn for the quarter accelerated to $6.9 billion due to a severe U.S. auto sales slump.



Nov 07 08:05

Monetary Dikes Created to Dam Fiscal Floods

This morning as I read an article concerning GM junk bonds on Bloomberg, I followed my now dormant investor's instinct to a rotting pile of putrid economic mistakes and policy decisions, gasoline soaked rags, cans filled with gasoline and diesel fuel awaiting ignition by yet another pilfering group of greedy arsonists.

Nov 07 06:46

Obama's Legislative Voting Record

They say a Man is known by the company he keeps. With this in Mind, let's examine the voting record of the new President Elect...

Nov 07 00:11

3 ‘superbanks’ now dominate industry

Several of the nation's biggest banks have failed or been absorbed by healthier institutions, leaving three giant "superbanks" with an unprecedented concentration of market power: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

November 6, 2008

Nov 06 23:44

Ron Paul: Obama Equals Shift Toward Global Government

Commenting on the much touted “International crisis” that luminaries such as Colin Powell, Joe Biden and Zbigniew Brzezinski have all guaranteed will occur within weeks of Obama entering the White House, the Congressman stated that he believes it may be a catalyst for a shift toward world government:

“I think it’s going to be an announcement of a new monetary order, and they’ll probably make it sound very limited, they’re not going to say this is world government, even though it is if you control the world’s money and you control the military, which they do indirectly.”



Nov 06 23:37

Fox News Angrily Smears Nader For Daring To Criticize Obama

The corporate media’s frightening obsession with maintaining Obama’s messianic complex now apparently extends to the so-called “right-wing” Fox News, who have eagerly picked up the baton and are right behind the mindless fervor of Obamamania - acting in lock step with the establishment left.

Nov 06 22:27

Ron Paul on the Obama Presidency

Nov 06 22:04

Chris Matthews comes out of the closet

Video HERE.

Nov 06 19:58

Magnetic shield for spacefarers

Future astronauts could benefit from a magnetic "umbrella" that deflects harmful space radiation around their crew capsule, scientists say.

The super-fast charged particles that stream away from the Sun pose a significant threat to any long-duration mission, such as to the Moon or Mars.

But the research team says a spaceship equipped with a magnetic field generator could protect its occupants.

Lab tests are reported in the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.

The approach mimics the protective field that envelops the Earth, known as the magnetosphere.



Owl 2
Nov 06 19:14

Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. ... His comments echo those of the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who told Sky News last year that intelligence suggested terrorists were trying to get their hands on materials and know how to make a dirty bomb.

Nov 06 13:17

Rahm Emanuels father was a member of IRGUN "terrorist" gang in 1946,that bombed The King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

I don't think it would be wise,considering present American or Israeli socio-political situations,that we continue appointing White House staff/Congressional leaders who have direct family ties to previous tragic/lethal events. It doesn't quite fit in with "Change" or transparency of Government.
After the bombing of the King David Hotel by the Irgun militia gang 1946:

"British Prime Minister Clement Attlee commented on the attack to the House of Commons:

Nov 06 10:51

(Iraqi) Lawmakers call on Obama to pull out troops from Iraq

Fawzai Akram, parliamentarian for the Sadr bloc, told Aswat al-Iraq “We demand Obama to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, to achieve sovereignty and independence for Iraqis.”

“I hope that major changes would occur in the U.S. policy, especially after the promises made by Obama, stressing his attempts to impose peace worldwide,” he said.



Nov 06 09:26

Obama Strongly Considering RFK Jr to Head EPA

Now the bad news...

"Obama’s transition planners are weighing several other celebrity-level political stars for Cabinet posts, including retired general Colin L. Powell for secretary of Defense or Education, the officials said."

WTF!!!

Nov 06 09:14

How to entertain your pet: barmy advice from the British!

Under a new government-issued code of practice, British cat and dog owners are now obliged to provide “entertainment” and "mental stimulation" for their pets.

The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."

"You should ensure that your cat has enough mental stimulation from you and from its environment to avoid boredom and frustration,” the document proceeds to point out.

Nov 06 09:10

Robert Rubin Says He Won't Be Joining the Obama Administration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said he will not be joining the administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Nov 06 09:09

Israel cautions against dialogue with Iran

Israel said Thursday U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's stated readiness to talk to Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness in efforts to persuade Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

"We live in a neighbourhood in which sometimes dialogue -- in a situation where you have brought sanctions, and you then shift to dialogue -- is liable to be interpreted as weakness," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, asked on Israel Radio about policy change towards Tehran in an Obama administration.



Nov 06 09:04

Can’t Access Your Google Account? Tough Luck

A web programmer is the latest victim in a string of recent Google account shut-downs the company has been slow to remedy.

Axod, creator of the Ajax-powered chat webapp Mibbit, which we’ve written about previously, was apparently the victim of a malicious hacker last Thursday. While that sort of random attack could happen to anyone, it’s Google’s response that has Axod steamed.

“A company really shows its true colors when things go wrong, or when users need help,” he writes. “Google has shown that it simply doesn’t care.”

Some details from the Mibbit blog:

Nov 06 08:59

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Rose Higher Than Forecast

More Americans than anticipated filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week and total jobless rolls climbed to the highest level in 25 years, indicating further deterioration of the labor market.

Nov 06 08:58

An Open Letter to Barack Obama: Between Hope and Reality by Ralph Nader

Dear Senator Obama,

In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words "hope and change," "change and hope" have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not "hope and change" but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.

Nov 06 08:52

Subpoena Dementia

We interrupt this honeymoon to remember that there's something we should be remembering.

Here is a list of some of the subpoenas issued by the 110th Congress and laughed at by the Bush-Cheney Justice Department: http://democrats.com/subpoenas



Owl 3
Nov 06 08:05

Cannibalism could be a viable solution

As I sat here this morning reading a gut-wrenching BBC story entitled Growing slums 'face water crisis' it dawned on me, canniblism may become necessary to adequately address the humanitarian needs that will certainly arise in this snow-balling economic downturn.

Even if it has never been a good idea to eat street vender meat products, no, we're still probably not going to see widespread cannibalism here in the U.S.

Nov 06 04:50

Taxpayers may pay legal bills for mortgage execs

WASHINGTON - When the government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers inherited more than just bad debts. They're also potentially on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in legal fees for the executives at the center of the housing market's collapse.

November 5, 2008

Nov 05 21:54

Global Crisis? This is the real crisis!

If you think that the current economic crisis is something that has never happened in history before, you may be wrong! After the collapse of the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe in 2000, the inflation in that country skyrocketed to 231 million percent a year!

Nov 05 21:04

World markets cash in on Obama win

World markets traded lower Wednesday despite strong gains in Asia overnight as investors booked profits after Senator Barack Obama won the U.S. presidential election and the Democrats took a firmer hold on Congress.



Taboola
Nov 05 20:39

Happy Guy Fawkes Day

All the incredibly scary features of the Bush regime – the secrecy, the spying, the lying, the aggressive, presidential wars – are in the Obama catalog. He promises more of the same. He lied about the FISA bill, voted for it after he vowed that he wouldn’t.

And now he is going to be our president. "Our commander in chief," as Joe Biden says.

Nov 05 18:22

News Corp. profit declines 30%

News Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit fell 30% on losses related to its investment in a German pay-TV operator and comparisons with year-earlier results that included contributions from DirecTV and Gemstar-TV Guide, which have since been divested.

Due to the economic crisis and its impact on TV- and newspaper-advertising sales, News Corp. Chief Financial Officer Dave DeVoe told analysts that the company now expects fiscal 2009 operating income to drop by a percentage in the low to middle teens from $5.13 billion in fiscal 2008.

Nov 05 18:15

Hackers and Spending Sprees

The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown "foreign entity," prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.

Nov 05 17:08

Obama asks Rahm Emanuel to be his White House chief of staff

Possible secretary of state picks include Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; and Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

At the Pentagon, there has been discussion about Defense Secretary Robert Gates staying on for some months.

The Party is Over.

Nov 05 16:57

Bad Incentives and Bad Laws Hurt Good Citizens

Incentive systems are a complex subject but I know that people will do exactly what produces the desired reward. Since police are people we must expect them to respond to offered incentives like ... well...people. And they do.

Nov 05 16:34

A letter to Barak Obama, from an Israeli peace activist

Obama my dear, they tell me that you are going to change the world. Do me a favour, come and change my life personally.

Come to Israel, grab its stupid leadership by the throat and take its foot off the neck of another people. Come and force us to do what is clear, and written, and fitting, and necessary, come and get us out of the Territories, if necessary do it with a smile that reveals million-dollar teeth. If necessary bare your teeth and force us to do it.

Nov 05 16:18

Contact Nancy Pelosi right now and demand impeachment

THE TIME FOR EXCUSES IS OVER

The Democrats have majorities in the House and the Senate, and the election is over. The time has come to do the right thing. The evidence is overwhelming.

Nov 05 15:40

Fed Warns Consumers About Pitches on Phony U.S. Lending Program

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve cautioned consumers against fraudulent solicitations claiming access to a nonexistent federal consumer loan program.

Nov 05 07:04

Who's going to Finance the rising US National Debt ?

Election Fever is over and President Elect Barack Obama has until January to formulate a realistic game plan to address the unprecedented financial morass that he will shortly be inheriting. He will , no doubt, have to have the moral character to honestly inform his electorate of the true gravity of the situation they now face. Gone is the time for platitudes, electioneering and vacuous speeches. The time of "Change we can believe in" is over; now it's time for "Change we have to Go Through"

Nov 05 03:48

Re-Legitimizing America?

Many millions of Americans, and literally billions of human beings outside the United States, are right now hoping the election of Barack Obama, the first American of significant color to be elected to be President of the United States, will somehow re-legitimize the promise of the ethic of the America experience.

Black Americans of every shade are waking up this morning pinching themselves, wondering what it all will mean.

Many youthful Americans of every color too are stirring from their slumber, and saying to themselves, Yes! Yes! Yes!

November 4, 2008

Nov 04 22:44

Video - Zelikow confronted by activist about his work on 9/11 Commission.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosted a speaking event by the director of the 9/11 Commission, Dr. Philip Zelikow. When asked real questions by the independent media, he had no answers. Please do your part in researching the 9/11 cover up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2XcD5oA26E

See also this livevideo.com clip Phillip Zelikow 911 commission author College Thesis Creating Public Myth (9 min)

Nov 04 22:19

White House surrounded!

Just shown on CNN.

Nov 04 22:02

Video - You are an E V I L, E V I L, E V I L man, Karl Rove

War criminal, official George Bush election fixer, and all round turdblossom, Karl Rove, is chased down & confronted on video by WeAreChange activists. The Rover beats a hasty retreat and finally manages to evade the pursuing WeAreChange possy to reach the safety of his limo and flee the scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_51XsphHi4

Nov 04 21:31

An Official Apology From White America

To Every African American, Chinese American, Japanese American, Native American, and Latin American that has lived in a nation that has treated them as second class citizens: America has apologized!

Nov 04 13:45

Elite combat brigade for homeland security missions raises ire of ACLU

In the next three years the military plans to activate and train an estimated 4,700 service members for specialized domestic operations, according to Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which was created in 2002 for homeland defense missions.

“This isn’t a military police brigade or a civil affairs brigade. This is actually a combat brigade being assigned a domestic mission,” said Mike German, national security counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative office in Washington., D.C.

Nov 04 13:44

FLASHBACK: Mossad Agents Killing Oz Tourists to Steal Their Identity

"He (Barkan) goes to Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Thailand and is running gangs that he pays to kill tourists, and steal their Identity papers passports then cover it up, most just disappear or their deaths have been reported as accidents, drownings and such, they like to throw their victims off the side of tour boats" said a New Zealand security official

Nov 04 13:40

Then There Was The Pim Fortuyn Assassination

Once Jörg Haider resigned as leader of the Freedom Party in Austria's newly-established governing coalition with the Austrian People's Party in February 2000, it was time for the Mossad's Zev Barken aka Bruckenstein to move on.

Nov 04 12:05

How they flip votes with paper ballots

A friend in Florida just told me of his experience in voting this morning. He wasn't hampered in any way because they use paper ballots. But what he told me is startling. They could be trying to turn the flow of red to blue votes. If this is widespread, it could have a significant impact across the country where paper ballots are used.

Here's his story ...

I was standing in line and started reading a sign. The sign said:

Nov 04 11:32

George W Bush Sewage Treatment Plant in San Francisco on Ballot

SAN FRANCISCO: Reagan has his highways. Lincoln has his memorial. Washington has the capital, and a state, too. But President George W. Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.

Nov 04 09:59

[Video] EMINEM MOSH - Original Version

Nov 04 06:59

Societe Generale's Mea Culpa

I recall the massive news coverage on the sacrificial lamb that had been chosen by the Bank. This was early 2008. I was very suspicious about this story as it would provide a preemptive cover for derivative and cds losses they had to see coming. I wonder if the list below had anything to do with it ?

Nov 04 06:24

YOUTUBE CENSORING VIDEOS FOR U.S. CITIZENS watch!

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/YOUTUBE_CENSORING_VIDEOS_FOR_U_S_CIT...

Oh... but you CAN'T watch! At least not if you live in the U.S. For those of you who think this is nothing more than another conspiracy theory click on this link and see for yourself. The video is "NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR COUNTRY." The video is titled "Vote and be vaccinated!!!" Why do you suppose it is being censored in the U.S.? Digg this viral. Don't put up with this censorship from youtube.

Here is the original youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe84sKcwmF0

I found the link on this users page:

Nov 04 04:36

Fed report: Banks tighten lending standards even more

Banks have become even more squeamish about lending to both consumers and businesses, according to a quarterly survey of loan officers issued Monday by the Federal Reserve

November 3, 2008

Nov 03 22:57

ES&S Voting Machines in Michigan Flunk Tests, Don't Tally Votes Consistently

Optical-scan machines made by Election Systems & Software failed recent pre-election tests in a Michigan county, producing different tallies for the same ballots every time, the top election official in Oakland County revealed in a letter made public Monday.

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