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March 24, 2009

Mar 24 09:45

New Powers for Geithner - Seizure of Companies

The Obama administration will ask Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said this morning.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is set to argue for the new powers at a hearing today on Capitol Hill that was scheduled to address the furor over bonuses paid to executives at American International Group, which the government has propped up with about $180 billion in federal aid. Administration officials say the proposed authority would have allowed them to seize AIG last fall and wind down its operations at less cost to taxpayers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is it the responsibility of the US Government to save AIG's counterparties form their own poor choices?

Why is it the responsibility of the US taxpayer to pick up the tab?

Mar 24 09:42

FBI’s mole in Real IRA ‘was dishonest as the day is long’

An FBI spy who infiltrated the Real IRA was involved in picking up runaway teenage girls to sleep with and “keep like puppy dogs”, the Omagh bomb civil action has heard.

Lawyers for jailed terror chief Michael McKevitt likened David Rupert to an iceberg, with nearly all of his treachery unexposed beneath the surface.

Rupert was a con-man prepared to do anything short of murder, and anyone who tangled with him came off badly, it was claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I ran into a lot of FBI informants back during the Vietnam/COINTELPRO days and they are all pretty much like this loser.

Mar 24 09:39

FBI informant on RNC protesters found guilty in unrelated case

An FBI informant during last September's RNC protests has been found guilty of assault and property damage charges in an unrelated incident.

Mar 24 09:37

FBI investigates lobbying firm that is generous donor to Dicks, Murray

Questions have been raised about whether some PMA-related campaign contributions were actually given by the people listed as donors. For example, thousands of dollars in contributions to Dicks, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers came from a sommelier and a golf-club employee who were identified as PMA officials on some campaign-finance reports.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Mar 24 09:35

PJB: The Weimar Solution

Deflation is what America underwent in the 1930s. A Fed-created bubble burst, causing margin calls to go out to stockholders, who ran to their banks that, besieged, collapsed, wiping out a third of our money. As Milton Friedman, who won a Nobel for his thesis that the Federal Reserve caused the Great Depression, told PBS in 2000:

“For every $100 in paper money, in deposits, in cash, in currency, in existence in 1929, by the time you got to 1933 there was only about $65, $66 left. And that extraordinary collapse in the banking system, with about a third of the banks failing … with millions of people having their savings essentially washed out, that decline was utterly unnecessary.

Mar 24 09:33

Why High-Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Insulin Resistance

A new study in mice sheds light on at least part of the reason for the insulin resistance that can come from diets high in high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in most sodas and many other processed foods.

Fructose is much more readily metabolized to fat in the liver than glucose, and in the process can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. NAFLD in turn leads to hepatic insulin resistance and type II diabetes.

Mar 24 09:14

Israel slams UN rights report on Gaza

Israel on Tuesday slammed as "one-sided" a report by a UN human rights investigator which said its three-week war on the Gaza Strip was possibly a war crime.

"Unfortunately this is a further example of the very one-sided, unbalanced and unfair attitude of the (UN) Human Rights Council," government spokesman Mark Regev told AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I mean, in fairness if the United Nations is going to report every time Israel drops white phosphorus onto a Gazan school yard, they should report an incident of the Gazans dropping white phosphorus on an Israel school yard! Yes, I know the Gazans didn't actually do that, but it would be fair for the UN to say that they did!!!!" -- Tel Aviv

(Ahem) Israel, you are raising on a busted flush on this one. Quit while you still have some dignity ... never mind.

Mar 24 09:11

U.N. reports say Israel targeted civilians in Gaza

United Nations investigators said on Monday Israel violated a range of human rights during its invasion of Gaza, including targeting civilians and using a child as a human shield.

The accusations came in reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council which also called for an urgent end to Israeli restrictions on humanitarian supplies to Gaza and a full international investigation into the conflict.

"Civilian targets, particularly homes and their occupants, appear to have taken the brunt of the attacks, but schools and medical facilities have also been hit," said one report by Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bias! BIAS! Biasbiasbiasbiasbiasbiasbiasbiasbias ... oooooh they are just a bunch of anti-Semites over there at the United Nations and NOBODY should ever listen to anything they say about Israel!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse


Mar 24 09:07

The Big Takeover

No empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far. It happened when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was forced to admit that he was once again going to have to stuff billions of taxpayer dollars into a dying insurance giant called AIG, itself a profound symbol of our national decline — a corporation that got rich insuring the concrete and steel of American industry in the country's heyday, only to destroy itself chasing phantom fortunes at the Wall Street card tables, like a dissolute nobleman gambling away the family estate in the waning days of the British Empire.

Mar 24 09:04

Obama Dials Down Wall Street Criticism

Bankers were shell-shocked, especially when Congress moved to heavily tax bonuses. When administration officials began calling them to talk about the next phase of the bailout, the bankers turned the tables. They used the calls to lobby against the antibonus legislation, Wall Street executives say. Several big firms called Treasury and White House officials to urge a more reasonable approach, both sides say. The banks' message: If you want our help to get credit flowing again to consumers and businesses, stop the rush to penalize our bonuses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "Let us keep our bonuses or we'll wreck the economy!"

Mar 24 08:59

Time to believe Gaza war crimes allegations

Ashkenazi reacted like most Israelis - as though the reports, including those in Haaretz and Maariv, were the first about the Gaza offensive that were issued by someone other than the military spokesman or the military reporters, who rely on him for their information. But ample information was available from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports, based on statements collected from hundreds of people in the Gaza Strip in January and February.

Ashkenazi, like other Israelis, could have read the Red Cross' protest during the offensive, that the IDF prevented medical teams from reaching wounded Palestinians by shooting at them. He or his aides could have gone to the Web site set up by Israeli human rights organizations, which was full of reports and testimonies.

Mar 24 08:43

NYPD Detective Accused of Lying About Drug Bust

The indictment says Eager appeared before a grand jury after several people were charged with drug possession in November 2007. Prosecutors say her testimony was contradicted by video surveillance tape of the arrests. All charges were dropped against the defendants.

Mar 24 08:34

People died at Three Mile Island

As news of the accident poured into the global media, the public was assured there were no radiation releases.

That quickly proved to be false.

The public was then told the releases were controlled and done purposely to alleviate pressure on the core.

Both those assertions were false.

The public was told the releases were "insignificant."

But stack monitors were saturated and unusable, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission later told Congress it did not know---and STILL does not know---how much radiation was released at Three Mile Island, or where it went.

Mar 24 08:33

UN expert 'biased' on Israel's Gaza offensive: US

The United States Monday said UN expert Richard Falk was "biased" in calling for an investigation on Israel's January offensive in the Gaza Strip on grounds it could be construed as a war crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here we have Israeli soldiers admitting they committed war crimes in Gaza and the US Government still continues to act as Israel's whore at the United Nations.

Mar 24 08:31

Extremists stir bloody clashes in Israel

The clashes erupted on Tuesday when a number of extremist Jews entered the town to stage a march and encountered Arab residents of the city who had called for a ban on the demonstration.

Mar 24 08:30

U.S. fund for developing electric cars is untouched

The U.S. Energy Department has $25 billion to make loans to hasten the arrival of the next generation of automotive technology - electric-powered cars. But no money has been allocated so far, even though the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan program, established in 2007, has received applications from 75 companies, including start-ups as well as the three Detroit automakers.

Mar 24 08:29

Car Bomb Found Near Crowded Israeli Mall

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said that the car had been stolen from East Jerusalem and that officials are trying to determine the source of the explosives and the route traveled by those responsible. The fact that the explosives-laden vehicle was able to enter a major civilian area deep inside Israel without detection constituted a major breach of Israel's normally tight security system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning that this was a staged false-flag attack to justify Netenyahu's plan for new wars in Gaza and Lebanon.

Mar 24 08:28

NYPD rookie cop accused of crippling Brooklyn man in victim lawsuit

A Brooklyn man ended up a paraplegic because a rookie cop "asserting his authority" made him tumble three stories off a rooftop, the man's lawyer charged Monday.

Mar 24 08:25

Terror threat to UK has risen, Home Office says

The threat to the UK from terrorist groups obtaining chemical, biological or nuclear weapons has increased, the Home Office said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The terrorists gonna GITCHA if you don't do what we tell you!!!" -- Number 9 3/4

Mar 24 07:03

Demonstrating just how third world the US has become- Pennsylvania Sees Increase in Tuberculosis

FOX NEWS HARRISBURG, Pa., "In 2008, we saw an increase in the number of cases of tuberculosis and we are seeing more cases resistant to medication, which makes the disease more difficult and costly to treat," said Secretary James. "We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to educate the public about this disease in order to prevent its spread."

Mar 24 07:02

Shocker: 'Global warming' simply no longer happening

This may come as bad news for Al Gore.

The modest global warming trend has stopped – maybe even reversed itself.

And it's not just the record low temperatures experienced in much of the world this winter.

For at least the last five years, global temperatures have been falling, according to tracking performed by Roy Spencer, the climatologist formerly of NASA.

"Global warming" was going to bring more and more horrific hurricanes, climate change scientists and the politicians who subscribed to their theories said. But since 2005, only one major hurricane has struck North America.

Mar 24 05:43

Treasury to Buy Troubled Assets…Again

This rally began with the profitability assurances of Citigroup’s CEO, a repeat of last years “Assurances” (which were lies) and will soon end with the announcement of the proposed purchase of troubled assets by the Treasury Secretary, another repeat of 2008.

Mar 24 03:51

Coolest picture of Redoubt on the web

This is taken as the sun is either setting or rising, hence the orange color. But what a spectacular shot, eh?

Mar 24 03:02

Nafta’s Promise, Unfulfilled - Or Was it the Economists' Delusion?

The New York Times Elisabeth Malkin MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s former president, Carlos Salinas, used to promise that free trade and foreign investment would jump-start this country’s development, empowering a richer and more prosperous Mexico “to export goods, not people.”

Mexico’s exports have exploded under Nafta, quintupling to $292 billion last year, but Mexico is still exporting people too, almost half a million each year, seeking opportunities in the United States that they do not have at home.

Mar 24 02:52

Sweden Says No to Saving Saab

The New York Times Sarah Lyall TROLLHATTAN, Sweden — Saab Automobile may be just another crisis-ridden car company in an industry full of them. But just as the fortunes of Flint, Mich., are permanently entangled with General Motors, so it is impossible to find anyone in this city in southwest Sweden who is not somehow connected to Saab.

Struggling for its own survival, G.M. has said it will completely pull out of Saab by the end of 2009, a course that Ms. Olofsson, the enterprise minister, described as tantamount to declaring “that they wash their hands of Saab and drop it into the laps of the Swedish taxpayers.”

March 23, 2009

Mar 23 22:20

Climate Change Myths and Facts

A recent controversy over claims about climate science by Post op-ed columnist George F. Will raises a critical question: Can we ever know, on any contentious or politicized topic, how to recognize the real conclusions of science and how to distinguish them from scientific-sounding spin or misinformation?

Mar 23 21:46

Video - Fool Me Twice - Official Release (2002 Bali bombings/East Timor Documentary)

Exposing the Australian government's lies about the East Timor massacres, the cover-up of the Bali bombings (including '93 WTC attack) and subsequent anti-terror legislation forced through parliament. Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/foolmetwicethemovie

Mar 23 21:30

FoxPan, IsCan, and Galloway

Macleans (a Canadian news magazine /SR) is all confused about who is keeping Galloway out of Canada. They wonder what part the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) actually played in it. They should have asked me. None, except to carry out orders. The government lied, period. Does it all the time. The Canadian JDL has blown the cover by going on record as saying they opposed Galloway's entry into the country. See the video where Galloway confronts them in my earlier blog entry. And don't forget Kenney's pals, the rabbis.

Jews have a lot of occult guilt over what's being done to Palestinians and hidden guilt tends to express itself by creating more of same.

The utterly hypocritical alliance between Israel and evangelic Christianity (one side suckering the other into supporting it by turning itself into a "Holy Land" theme park - the other side playing nice while plotting to either convert all the Jews from their inferior religion, or happily consign them to eternal hellfire) has allowed some of the worst crimes in history.

Mar 23 21:17

Ryan Dawson's website

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Website of tonight's LNR radio show guest.

Mar 23 20:09

The Origins of John F. Kennedy’s Struggle against the CIA

A couple months ago I wrote a DU post titled “The GAME”, which I began by noting the many unmentionable things in U.S. politics, and I concluded that the purpose of the censoring of so many important issues is the creation of an alternate reality among a critical mass of the American people. The belief in that alternate reality is necessary in order to convince the American people to continue to play the GAME that has been laid out for them by the GAME’s masters. For the actual reality of the GAME’s methods and purposes, I believe, is so terrible that if people consciously recognized it they would refuse to play, and the GAME would have to be radically altered or come to an end – peaceful or otherwise. The ultimate purpose of the GAME’s masters is to arrange the world to their advantage or according to the way that they believe things should be. In pursuit of their goals we have wars, overthrow of sovereign governments, and obscene wealth accumulation into the hands of the GAME’s masters and prime players.

Mar 23 20:05

Activists confront AIPAC donors with checkpoint

Story below:
Activists confront AIPAC donors with checkpoint outside fundriaser
Press release, Ad-hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East - Los Angeles, 11 March 2009

Activists set up a mock Israeli checkpoint outside the AIPAC fundraiser. (Roxane Auer)

Mar 23 18:45

The Guard Who Found Islam

Terry Holdbrooks stood watch over prisoners at Gitmo. What he saw made him adopt their faith.

Owl 1
Mar 23 18:03


Congress approved landmark legislation today that opens the door for a new era on Wall Street in which commercial banks, securities houses and insurers will find it easier and cheaper to enter one another's businesses.


The decision to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 provoked dire warnings from a handful of dissenters that the deregulation of Wall Street would someday wreak havoc on the nation's financial system. The original idea behind Glass-Steagall was that separation between bankers and brokers would reduce the potential conflicts of interest that were thought to have contributed to the speculative stock frenzy before the Depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As mentioned on the LNR radio show this evening.

Mar 23 17:31

Vatican plots battle with Dan Brown over Da Vinci Code sequel

It was described as a “phantasmagorical cocktail of inventions”, a “masonic plot” and a “pot pourri of lies”. Now a nervous Vatican is braced for the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and the return of its nemesis, Dan Brown.

Mar 23 17:05

Commander confirms Netanyahu war plans

Israel is preparing for all-out war on multiple fronts that include Iran, Syria and Lebanon, a senior military commander claims.

Israeli army Home Front Command Major General Yair Golan said Sunday that Tel Aviv is preparing for "all possible scenarios", indicating that one such scenario would be to fight a simultaneous war against Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

Mar 23 16:50

Rate Obama's Progress (poll results)

With ten being the best and zero the worst, rate how you think the President has done so far in office:

Mar 23 16:50

Head of China's Central Bank Proposes New World Currency

There have been rumors and announcements from China about a new reserve currency.

And the IMF has said that it is considering printing hundreds of billions of dollars worth of its own currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that what got us INTO this mess?

Mar 23 16:49

FLASHBACK - William S. Cohen Elected to AIG Board

American International Group, Inc.'s Board of Directors announced the election of former United States Secretary of Defense and former United States Senator William S. Cohen as a Director.

Mar 23 16:48

Obama Envoy Richard Holbrooke Served On AIG's Board

Mar 23 16:44

Oops: Colbert wins space station name contest

NASA's online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey Stephen, WE GOT THERE FIRST!!!!!!!!!

Mar 23 16:39

IDF soldiers ordered to shoot at Gaza rescuers, note says

"Rules of Engagement: Open fire also upon rescue," was handwritten in Hebrew on a sheet of paper found in one of the Palestinian homes the Israel Defense Forces took over during Operation Cast Lead. A reservist officer who did not take part in the Gaza offensive believes that the note is part of orders a low-level commander wrote before giving his soldiers their daily briefing.

Mar 23 16:10

As credit markets froze, banks loaned millions to insiders

Banks nationwide hold $41 billion in loans to directors, top executives and other insiders, a portfolio that experts say should be stripped of secrecy.

Mar 23 16:05

Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track

Two top lawyers in President Barack Obama's Justice Department are former RIAA lawyers: Donald Verrilli Jr. is the associate deputy attorney general who brought down Grokster and fought to prevent a retrial in the Jammie Thomas case. Then there's the No. 2 in the DOJ, Tom Perrilli. As Verrilli's former boss, Perrilli argued in 2002 that internet service providers should release customer information to the RIAA even without a court subpoena.

Mar 23 16:04

B-2 Bomber Radar Spectrum Accidentally Sold, Adds to Military Bandwidth Woes

Last year during the bandwidth auction, the portion of the spectrum used by the B-2 bomber's Raytheon APQ-181 radar was accidentally sold to an obscure multinational organization according to Military.com. As a result, U.S. taxpayers will be footing the over $1B USD bill to replace the radar in the 20 remaining jets.

Mar 23 16:02

'IDF troops used 11-year-old boy as human shield in Gaza'

Israel Defense Forces soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a group of UN human rights experts said Monday.

IDF troops ordered the boy to walk in front of soldiers being fired on in the Gaza neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa and enter buildings before them, said the UN secretary-general's envoy for protecting children in armed conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Moral army, eh?

Mar 23 14:07

Russia could focus on tactical nuclear weapons for subs

Russia may prioritize the development of nuclear-powered attack submarines armed with nuclear-capable cruise missiles in the future, while maintaining its fleet of strategic subs, a senior Navy official said.

Mar 23 13:32

Bankruptcy is Economic Stimulus

We should have learned from Japan. The 1990's is referred to as Japan's "lost decade" because of the zombie banks kept on life support by the Japanese government. Any productivity was redirected through these engines of wealth destruction, resulting in long term stagnation.

Mar 23 13:27

How big a deal is the loss of the dollar's reserve status?

The process of foreign nations extracting themselves from the dollar is not going to be pretty.

Mar 23 13:24

Existing Home Sales Fall 4.6%

Home prices dropped 15% from the same period one year ago; Despite the price drop, sales fell 4.6%. How anyone can try to spin this as a positive is beyond my mathematical comprehension.

Mar 23 13:07

IDF officer: Testimonies of lax moral standards in Gaza are 'exaggerated'

"The reports were exaggerated and any deviations from the IDF's moral standards will be dealt with," GOC Home Front Command Major General Yair Golan said during a panel discussion at the Institute of National Defense Research in Tel-Aviv.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We were very moral when we poured white phosphorus on those children. after all, they would have grown up to be terrorists, so that makes it okay!"

Mar 23 13:04

U.S. sought ex-Guantanamo detainee's silence-court

U.S. government lawyers tried to get a British resident held at Guantanamo Bay to sign a deal saying he had never been tortured and that he would not speak to the media as a condition of his release, according to documents presented in Britain's High Court.

U.S. lawyers also wanted Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen held at Guantanamo for more than 4 years, to plead guilty to secure his freedom, even though he was never charged with a crime, according to documents released by two judges who ruled in the High Court case.

Mar 23 12:49

The Second American Revolution

Mar 23 12:48

Real estate investors: ‘Tsunami’ still ahead

“The job market will be the last piece of this to recover,” said economist Sam Chandan, a panelist at the quarterly meeting of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council. REIAC members were polled on questions including where unemployment will top out; 64 percent said it could go as high as 12 percent.

Mar 23 12:42


America has become an oligarchy ( a government ruled by a powerful few ) versus a Republic ( a government limited by law ) as the banking and Wall Street Masters of the Universe continue their tyranny and class economic rape while the public ignites in furor.

Mar 23 12:42

What ARE the Toxic Assets Everyone Is Talking About?

I obviously agree with Krugman, Smith, Mish and everyone else who is not directly making money off of this scam that it is a horrible plan which will probably fail and end up sticking it to the taxpayer.

Mar 23 12:41

Judgment Day for Geithner

It is in this atmosphere of simmering public fury that Geithner will announce the details of his long-awaited plan for removing up to $1 trillion of toxic assets from the balance sheets of some of the country's biggest banks. Information about Geithner's "Public-Private Partnership" and the so called Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) has been spotty so far, but enough is known about the plan to predict that it will likely be the noose into which Geithner thrusts his scrawny neck bringing his dismal career at Treasury to a end. The country will not endure another pretentious-sounding banker-friendly flim flam, which is precisely what Geithner has in mind.

Mar 23 12:40

Improvement on 'Self-hater'...'Uncle Tom Israelbasher'

First Melanie Phillips accuses Haaretz and all others of the blood libel for suggesting that the atrocities in Gaza were anything other than an accident. Then she calls these critics "Uncle Tom Israelbasher" and says the phenomenon is "global." She's got a point there; it is global.

Mar 23 12:39

Man Arrested for Feeding the Homeless!

Mar 23 12:37

China Backs Russian Call To Discuss Replacing US Dollar

MOSCOW, March 19 (Reuters) - China and other emerging nations back Russia's call for a discussion on how to replace the dollar as the world's primary reserve currency, a senior Russian government source said on Thursday. Russia has proposed the creation of a new reserve currency, to be issued by international financial institutions, among other measures in the text of its proposals to the April G20 summit published last Monday.

Calls for a rethink of the dollar's status as world's sole benchmark currency come amid concerns about its long-term value as the U.S. Federal Reserve moved to pump more than a trillion dollars of new cash into the ailing economy late Wednesday.

Mar 23 12:35

New Afghan Puppet to Be Appointed

The United States is poised to appoint a new leader in Afghanistan. It seems that Washington is disappointed with the work of current Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai is the former Unocal executive who was appointed and then later "elected" President following the NATO invasion and defeat of the Taliban government of Afghanistan in 2001. Karzai's rule has been marked by two related and disturbing trends: a deteriorating security situation and an increase in opium production. Though these developments are nothing new, almost to the point where they could be considered traditional in the region, (read your history) the Americans seem to have had about enough of Karzai, thinking that they can find a better puppet.

Mar 23 12:34

The Reagan Revolution For Dummies: This Graph Shows Just When The Class War Started, And How Many Prisoners It’s Taken

I’ve heard from more than a few people who get all hot under the collar when I say that the whole class war against America started under Reagan. This graph pretty much says it all: it was Reagan who saw to it that America defeated China, Russia and all the other repressive regimes… to make us the world’s number one Gulag Nation. Why did he lock up so many Americans, and keep them there? Put it this way: how can you get away with looting the middle-class and working-class wealth without an uprising? How can you keep people down when you arrange it so that the CEOs’ pay goes from 30 times their workers’ salary when Reagan took over, to over 500 times their salaries? Here’s how you make sure they shut up or else:

Mar 23 12:33

Israel opens fire on Gaza

Israeli army launched several air attacks on the Gaza Strip. Khan Younis City mid of the occupied Gaza Strip faced heavy Israeli bombings from the naval forces in the western part.

Mar 23 12:32

US will appoint Afghan 'prime minister' to bypass Hamid Karzai

The US and its European allies are ­preparing to plant a high-profile figure in the heart of the Kabul government in a direct challenge to the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, the Guardian has learned.

The creation of a new chief executive or prime ministerial role is aimed at bypassing Karzai. In a further dilution of his power, it is proposed that money be diverted from the Kabul government to the provinces. Many US and European officials have become disillusioned with the extent of the corruption and incompetence in the Karzai government, but most now believe there are no credible alternatives, and predict the Afghan president will win re-election in August.

Owl 2
Mar 23 12:32

Euro Currency of Choice as Fed Easing Devalues Dollar

Less than a month after lambasting European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet for failing to keep up with Ben S. Bernanke’s efforts to stem the recession, foreign-exchange traders are glad he’s behind the curve.

The 16-nation currency strengthened 7.7 percent versus the dollar since February, after tumbling 9.3 percent in the first two months of the year. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. are advising investors to buy euros.

Mar 23 12:32

USA has Two Options to Save its Economy: Declare Default or Trigger a War

The United States is the largest borrower in the world. The US national debt has already exceeded the level of 11 trillion dollars as of the beginning of 2009 and continues to grow like an avalanche. Experts say that the USA has only two ways to solve the problem: to either declare default or trigger off a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Say, what's that bright flash out the win&^C&$%^&...[NO CARRIER]

Mar 23 12:28

Rockefeller: Internet is “Number One National Hazard”

According to the great-grandson John D. Rockefeller, nephew of banker David Rockefeller, and former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller the internet represents a serious threat to national security. Rockefeller is not alone in this assessment. His belief that the internet is the “number one national hazard” to national security is shared by the former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Obama’s current director Admiral Dennis C. Blair.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If we can't lie and get away with it, how are we supposed to control the slaves???" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 23 12:27

China Voices Support For New Global Currency To Replace Dollar

China has expressed support for Russia’s proposal to hand the IMF the power to create a new supra-national global currency in response to the call for an alternative to the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government is about to learn the wisdom of the old adage that one should be very careful who one steps on on the way up because you will likely meet them again on your way back down.

Mar 23 12:23

Popular Waikiki Park Shut Down

Tensions were high in Kapiolani Park Sunday as the city prepares to shut down part of the popular park for major clean up and relocate homeless campers.

Mar 23 12:19

Daimler saved by Middle Eastern wealth fund

A sovereign fund controlled by the oil-rich sheikhs of Abu Dhabi has become the biggest shareholder in Mercedes owner Daimler, guaranteeing its independence and future with a €1.95bn (£1.8bn) capital injection.

Mar 23 12:13

Parents of critically injured US peace activist demand justice from Israel

Tristan Anderson, 38, was hit in the forehead by a high-velocity teargas canister fired by an Israeli border policeman in the village of Nilin earlier this month. The incident came after a demonstration against Israel's West Bank barrier, which as elsewhere has cut off a large slice of the village's agricultural land.

Since last July, four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in similar demonstrations in the village.

Mar 23 12:13

Three patients die in Gaza due to the ongoing siege

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip reported on Sunday that three patients died in Gaza hospitals after being barred from leaving the area for medical treatment abroad, and added that the number of patients who died due to the siege has now reached 311.

Mar 23 12:03

Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama

South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup.

The decision, confirmed to The Times by senior government officials, was met with outrage by his fellow Nobel peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former President F. W. de Klerk, who are organising the conference on March 27 with the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee.

Mar 23 12:00

Government Again Concedes Vaccines Cause Autism

In a curious and hypocritical method of operation, the mysterious Vaccine Court not only protects vaccine makers from liability but supports a policy that has tripled the number of vaccines given to U.S. children – all after being made aware of the fact that these vaccines do, in fact, cause autism and repeatedly ruling in favor of families with children hurt by their vaccines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The law that protects vaccine makers from lawsuits was included in the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security.

Mar 23 11:53

Israeli troops shut down press conference with injured American's parents; beat activists

A woman and journalist were among those beaten by Israeli troops during a press conference held by the parents of critically wounded American peace activist Tristan Anderson Monday afternoon.

Anderson had an Israeli tear-gas canister shot at his head in Ni’lin on 13 March, his skull shattered and several surgeries have left him semi-conscious in a Tel Aviv hospital. His parents arrived shortly after Tristan was hospitalized.

Mar 23 11:52

Israel's navy fires on Gaza shore; fisherman injured

The head of Emergency and Ambulance Services Dr Mu’awiyah Hassanein said that the Israeli ships fired on fishing boats at the Gaza City shore.

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Mar 23 11:27

MT State considers return to gold, silver dollars

A bill being considered in the Montana Legislature blasts the Federal Reserve's role in America's money policy and permits the state to conduct business in gold and silver instead of the Fed's legal tender notes.

Montana H.B. 639, sponsored by State Rep. Bob Wagner, R-Harrison, doesn't require the state or citizens to conduct business in gold or silver, but it does require the state to calculate certain transactions in both the current legal tender system and in an electronic gold currency. It further mandates that the state must accept payments in gold or silver for various fees and purchases.

Mar 23 11:07


Yahoo! Finance ONE DAY chart for the DOW.

The volume is minuscule. THAT'S how many chairs there are left to sit in when the music stops. LOOK OUT PEOPLE! You are dancing on a mousetrap!

"Happy Talk" Won't Solve Crisis, Galbraith Says: Much More Govt. Action Needed

Mar 23 09:44

I am NOT a terrorist! (New WRH T-shirt design)

Mar 23 09:43

G20 warned unrest will sweep globe

A wave of social and political unrest could sweep through the world's poorest countries if G20 leaders fail to come to their aid, the World Bank warns today, as new research says the credit crunch will cost developing countries $750bn (£520bn) in lost output and drive millions more into poverty.

Mar 23 09:34

Never use E-Trade

These mother fuckers have been quietly giving me 40 dollar fees a quarter without reporting it for 8 fucking years. I find this out after selling stock which tripled since i got it and they took all the money for it and charged a transaction fee on top of it.

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You were expecting flowers?????

Mar 23 09:25


Israel has created an enemy of a nation which it claims does not even exist. It has, for the past 61 years, occupied the land belonging to that nation. It has denied them every basic human right guaranteed them by the United Nations. It has ignored every condemnation against them by the World Body as well as a handful of other nations.

Mar 23 09:22

Death squad leader ‘was top CIA agent'

THE LATE President Milosevic's secret police chief and organiser of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade, according to the independent Belgrade Radio B92.

The claim that from 1992 until the end of the decade, Jovica Stanisic, head of Serbia's murderous DB Secret Police, was regularly informing his CIA handlers of the thinking in Milosevic's inner circle has shocked the region.

Mar 23 09:04

Americans' interrogation methods have probably destroyed the nation's reputation

It's unlikely that the United States will ever live down the shame of torture during the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney administration.

It's history now and all the piety and wit of those former U.S. officials responsible for this horrendous chapter cannot wipe out a word of it.

Mar 23 09:04

The United States of Chaos, a fresh look

In fact, it seems the more things are said to change the more they stay the same: inflation, deflation, unemployment, rendition of detainees, torture redux, Blackwater re-upped by the Pentagon despite Iraq saying no dice. Chris Bollyn, the Internet writer, living in exile for fear of his life, writes that the loot has been largely money-laundered by New York Banks to Israel over the past 10 to 20 years. Also, Bernie needs to straighten out some papers at home.

Mar 23 09:01

I'm Surrounded by Beautiful People.

It appears that we don’t know much about what came before and it looks like we generally don’t know jack about what’s coming. Here we are in the seventh day and the one thing you might reasonably expect is that we might have learned something about how to behave toward each other but we haven’t learned a damn thing about that either.

What the hell is wrong with you people? Seven thousand years and counting and the only difference between you and the classical image of the cave man are your weapons and appliances. Other than that, nothing has changed.

Mar 23 08:56

The Lasting Problem of Guantanamo Bay Prison

The prison at Guantanamo Bay has become such an international symbol of the U.S. abandoning its principles because it reflects an anti-terrorism policy gone badly awry. First, the Bush administration was both callous and careless in imprisoning people, even paying unreliable tribal allies for captives. Second, the U.S. government created no effective and objective truth-determining processto assess guilt. Third, Washington employed torture, violating both domestic and international law.

No doubt dangerous terrorists have been incarcerated at Gitmo. But so too have many innocent people.

Mar 23 08:56

What More in the Name of Love?

If there is a day for mass action in the United States for peace and justice, April 4 is it. And if there is a place for it right now, it's Wall Street. April 3rd is a Friday, so more robber barons will be at "work" that day, but April 4th is a Saturday, so more of the robbed will be off work and able to take part. April 4 is also the anniversary, not only of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, death in 1968, but of his speech exactly one year earlier at Riverside Church in New York City in 1967.

Mar 23 08:45

Airport security technique debated

Behavior detection is a touchy topic at the nation's airports. An October report by the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that there is "no scientific consensus" that behavioral surveillance techniques like those employed by the TSA are an effective way to combat terrorism. It found they have "enormous potential for privacy violations."

Some security experts and civil libertarians say the practice also invites ethnic profiling.

But the agency defends the practice. Carl Maccario of the TSA helped develop the program known as Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT.

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"It just HAS to work! Look how much tax money we spent on it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 23 08:44

Bailed-Out Companies Owe $220 Million in Taxes

According to the House Ways and Means Committee's oversight panel, the delinquent companies owe as much as $220 million in income or employment tax to the federal government.

Mar 23 08:42

Japan Home Prices Slump to 24-Year Low

Japanese residential land prices fell to a 24-year low as job losses and wage cuts discouraged homebuyers, while tighter credit markets choked off funding for property developers.

Mar 23 08:41

Gaza war crime claims gather pace as more troops speak out

Although Breaking the Silence's report is not due to be published for several months, the testimony it has received already suggests widespread abuses stemming from orders originating with the Israeli military chain of command.

Mar 23 08:38

IRS Audit Rate for Millionaires Plummets

The IRS's audit rate for wealthy Americans sharply declined in the just-ended fiscal year .... The IRS data clearly show that the audit rate on the 300,000-plus returns reporting incomes of more than $1 million was substantially down last year — dropping at least 19%....

Mar 23 08:37

Water, Crisis and War

Many, including the US, may believe Iran and North Korea’s existent or non-existent nuclear weapons pose the gravest threat to human existence. However, the scarcity of safe drinking water will prove to be the biggest challenge to humanity in the coming decades.

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There are some pretty effective and very inexpensive water purification and desalinization systems out there. And I have no doubt that if we were to take just 10% of the money spent on making bombs we could develop some pretty decent water treatment technologies.

But I suspect that this concern over the nonavailability of fresh water is being promoted, like global warming, for private profit. Already much water service, formerly a function of government is now in private hands. People drink water from plastic bottles because the tap water, harmless in my childhood, is now contaminated with industrial chemicals and medical wastes that the municipal water treatment plants cannot remove.

Corporations clearly want monopolistic control over the basic necessities of life; the better to control and exploit the masses!

Mar 23 08:17

Financial Policy Despair

Over the weekend The Times and other newspapers reported leaked details about the Obama administration’s bank rescue plan, which is to be officially released this week. If the reports are correct, Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, has persuaded President Obama to recycle Bush administration policy — specifically, the “cash for trash” plan proposed, then abandoned, six months ago by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

This is more than disappointing. In fact, it fills me with a sense of despair.

Mar 23 08:16

Gov. Bobby Jindal's volcano remark has some fuming

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's swipe at federal sp

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And I would imagine the folks living close to Mount Redoubt have an opinion as well.

Mar 23 08:15

IDF ceased long ago being 'most moral army in the world'

What shock, what consternation. Haaretz revealed grave accounts by officers and soldiers describing the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians during the war in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman was quick to respond that the IDF had no prior or supporting information about the events in question, the defense minister was quick to respond that "the IDF is the most moral army in the world," and the military advocate general said the IDF would investigate.

All these propagandistic and ridiculous responses are meant not only to deceive the public, but also to offer shameless lies. The IDF knew very well what its soldiers did in Gaza. It has long ceased to be the most moral army in the world. Far from it - it will not seriously investigate anything.

Mar 23 08:11

A New Look At CE 399 and the Autopsy of JFK

As shown in a January 22, 1963 Warren Commission closed-door secret session, of which a surviving stenographer’s tape (ordered destroyed but was not) clearly shows that the Commission decided early on to go for the lone gunman scenario. They were afraid of finding out more than they wanted to know about Lee H. Oswald and feared if it were discovered that he was a government agent of some type, then the public would never believe the lone gunman theory. Notice the thinking here—they have a predetermined conclusion and they concerned about the pubic not buying it. This is before the first witness was called to testify!

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More about the assassination of John F. Kennedy is HERE

Mar 23 08:09

The Forked-Tongue Eunuchs and Israel

For years, US administrations called Israeli settlements "illegal" and an "obstacle to peace," but in recent years those terms have been replaced by a mere "unhelpful." On her first official trip to the region earlier this month, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton referred to the Israeli demolition of Palestinian Arab homes in East Jerusalem as "unhelpful." Earlier this week, the European Union presidency said that Israel's demolition of homes in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem "threatens the viability of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, in conformity with international law."

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Double-plus ungood!

Mar 23 08:08

Brit Hume and the demented world of Fox News

Respectable, "mainstream", and "serious" American foreign policy differences that are allowed to see the light of day in our media fall into one of two camps.

The first camp believes that anything more than issuing bad faith ultimatums before dropping bombs is appeasement.

The second camp believes the US should spend a little time manufacturing legalisms before commencing our wanton aggressions and also arm twist a few "allies" into blessing our murder campaigns against hapless weakling third world countries on the other side of the globe before hand.

Obama falls into the second camp. To what passes for a "right wing" in this country he is now "appeasing" Iran for sending them a video tape address in which he doesn't threaten to murder them or call them dirty Moooslim scum.