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May 19, 2009

May 19 10:02

Fossil Ida: extraordinary find is 'missing link' in human evolution

Scientists have discovered an exquisitely preserved ancient primate fossil that they believe forms a crucial "missing link" between our own evolutionary branch of life and the rest of the animal kingdom.

May 19 09:58

Fight Fire with Humor - French comedian faces off against Zionists

This was hardly the first time that the French Zionist mob had decided to crush an outspoken critic of its role in French politics or its unconditional support for the last racist state on the planet: Israel. But this time, the Ziomob miscalculated, badly.Dieudonne began making the accusations of anti-Semitism made against him a central piece of his shows.

May 19 09:56

PATHETIC PROPAGANDA

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This is so bad it is almost an insult.

First off, these look like hobby model rockets. Palestinians making their own rockets are not going to waste time and money painting them in black and specially bright yellow (Hey Israelis, look over HERE!!) nor spend the time and money printing up stickers. Paint adds weight. So do stickers.

The real Qassams as photographed after landing in empty fields in Israel are metal and usually painted (if at all) in green.

If these WERE metal rockets with full solid fuel loads and explosive payload, I rather doubt those wood stands would support them.

May 19 09:44

Obama Administration Is Not Requiring GM To Maximize U.S. Jobs In Its Restructuring

The Obama administration is not requiring GM to maximize U.S. jobs, despite having enormous leverage over the company – and despite President Obama’s pledge to save or create millions of jobs.



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May 19 09:42

Buy-Bull Bangers: Regular, or Extra-Crispy? (Updated)

But for those of you who buy into the God gambit, those of you who believe that God ordaineth every bird that flies and every leaf that falls, your own beliefs have to be telling you that something is very much out of whack. All the biblical signs of an angry God are directed at the United States and its allies. Storms, flooding, wildfires, famine, pestilence; the list goes on.

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May 19 09:29

U.S. stirs a hornet's nest in Pakistan

The Obama administration had threatened to stop $2 billion US annual cash payments to bankrupt Pakistan's political and military leadership and block $6.5 billion future aid, unless Islamabad sent its soldiers into Pakistan's turbulent NWFP along the Afghan frontier.

Unable to pacify Afghanistan's Pashtun tribes (a.k.a. Taliban), a deeply frustrated Washington has begun tearing Pakistan apart in an effort to end Pashtun resistance in both nations. CIA drone aircraft have so far killed over 700 Pakistani Pashtun. Only 6% were militants, according to Pakistan's media, the rest civilians.

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Newton's third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Unfortunately, the same can be said in geopolitics.

This genocide cannot make Pakistan stronger; it can only cause people, barely living on the edge of existence who were not radicalized before this, to become radicalized.

May 19 09:24

"Cowboys" and Other Horrors of Empire, Version Obama 1.0

Intervention always leads to more intervention: the first intervention leads to unforeseen and uncontrollable consequences, which are then used as the justification for still further intervention. That intervention in turn leads to still more unforeseen and uncontrollable consequences, which are then used as yet another justification for still further intervention. The process can go on indefinitely, and the ultimate consequences are always disastrous in the extreme.

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What we have in Obama is a magnificently telegenic pitch-man, with no real deviation from either the domestic or foreign policy blunders of his predecessor.

He just looks so good and intelligent in front of that teleprompter, he makes his adoring followers just want to believe every word which comes out of his mouth.

Unfortunately, you have to look at what he is doing, rather than listen to what he says, to get a sense of where things are headed in this country and geopolitically around the world.

It's not a pretty picture.

May 19 09:22

Hawaii swine flu scaring off tourists

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Don't let them kid you. Hawaii tourism was already in the "Al Qaeda" from the economy and the abuses of the TSA long before H1N1 showed up.

And folks, there are only 8 confirmed cases in the entire state right now.

But, in the last two weeks, it has become known to the rest of the world that the US Government based the invasion of Iraq on a single confession extracted under torture. Right now the rest of the world sees the USA as the 21st Century version of the Nazis ... and who wants to take a vacation with THEM?


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May 19 09:20

Lindsey Graham VS Lindsey Graham on Detainee Torture

Sen. Lindsey Graham Debates Himself on Detainee Torture
He was a passionate critic of the Bush Justice attorneys. Lately, however, Graham seems to have had second thoughts on the matter.

May 19 09:18

FDIC Hits Up Big Banks to Pay for Small-Bank Cleanup Ahead

Big U.S. banks would bear a larger part of the burden of replenishing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp's deposit insurance fund under a proposal being considered by the agency, according to a source familiar with the plans.

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... which could raise the insurance rates, which means bank customers pay higher fees and interest on loans while savers get less return on their money.

May 19 09:17

West Bank Becomes Waste Land

Israel has found a cheap and easy way to get rid of its waste, much of it hazardous: dump it into the West Bank. A few Palestinians can be bought, the rest are in no position to complain.

"Israel has been dumping waste, including hazardous and toxic waste, into the West Bank for years as a cheaper and easier alternative to processing it properly in Israel at appropriate hazardous waste management sites," Palestinian Environmental Authority (PEA) deputy director Jamil Mtoor told IPS.

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This is a bloody crime.

The legacy, in terms of terrible health consequences for Palestinian West Bank residents, will go on for generations.

May 19 09:17

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May 19 09:16

Jesse Ventura slams Sean Hannity, who actually says America is 'better off' after George Bush!

Hannity: ...and we have radicals that think God is going to reward them with virgins in Heaven Jesse, how do we stop em? Tell me, what do you do?

Ventura: You pay attention to memos on August sixth that tell you exactly what Bin Laden is going to do. Instead we hear Condoleezza Rice going, "I didn't know what they were going to do." And the memos says Bin Laden set to hijack planes and ram them into buildings and your buddy George Bush, he was on vacation in Crawford at the time. Do you know he took over 900 days off for vacation?

May 19 09:14

Bank of America accuses JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs of cheating on stress test

In a dispute that is threatening to divide the banking community, Bank of America this week accused JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs of cheating on the government’s stress test and demanded that failing grades be assigned to the two banking giants.

May 19 09:13

THE OBAMA–NETANYAHU TALKS HAVE TOTALLY PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES: NO PALESTINIAN STATE, PROMISES OF ‘TALKS’, AND IRAN STILL UNDER THREAT FROM ISRAEL.

You have to wonder why they even bothered since it was so clear that the meeting was intended only to be a public relations exercise from the outset.

Obama is only making noises about ‘talks’ with Iran in an effort to keep public opinion on side. The reality is; there’s nothing to actually talk about. The US knows full well there’s no nuclear weapons program to talk about. So do the Israelis. So what’s to talk about?

May 19 09:12

PROGRESS REPORT ON CONVOY TO GAZA


May 19 09:12

THE RIGHT OF RETURN: THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE

Today, Israel is a well-established state from the materialistic view point. It is quite advanced in the realm of science and technology and has a horrendous war machine with which it constantly savages its Palestinian victims and threatens its neighbors, near and distant.

The evil entity also exerts tremendous influence on the politics and policies of the United States to the extent that U.S. Congress has been described as “an Israeli occupied territory.”

Moreover, the worldwide Zionist movement controls much of the western media which it utilizes to terrorize western politicians who often hasten to support Israel, right or wrong, lest they be haunted with the virulent canard of “anti-Semitism.”

May 19 09:08

Beholden to the BIG POWERS: Israel, Gaza and the UN

In effect, then, the UN Secretary General rejected his own inquiry which had been lead by Ian Martin, a former head of Amnesty International. Moreover, Ban's effective suppression of the full report was doubtless an attempt to draw a line under the inquiry, minimising damage to Israel and the United States.

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Ban Ki-moon, in this action, rendered himself irrelevant, and not worthy of leading the UN.

May 19 09:06

The Apocalypse and the Looming Abyss.

It’s Obama campaigning on a platform of hope and change and an end to illegal conflicts and finding daily, casual extermination of Pakistani civilians in a new war; tens of thousands more troops for Afghanistan in a conflict that CANNOT be won, rubber stamp support for Israel in her genocide of the Palestinians… it goes on and on. Not a day passes that Howdy Doody doesn’t institute some new insanity while maintaining all of the former administrations anti-constitutional edicts. Edict would be the operative word as it tries to find its place in a democratic process. You might as well go looking for the democratic process. Good luck with that.

May 19 09:04

Robot warriors will get a guide to ethics

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"I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING! I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING! I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING!"


May 19 09:04

The Siege on Gaza is Not Over

Since the end of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the humanitarian situation there has been constantly worsening. And although Israel unilaterally declared an end to the war, the violence has not stopped in Gaza.

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The plight of Gazan Palestinians has not gone away with Israel having declared a unilateral cease-fire.

It is time that the rest of the world realized that every time countries give aid to Israel, they are themselves complicit in the continuing destruction of Gazan Palestinians.

This siege of Gazan Palestinians is not "an Israeli problem"; it is a problem of the rest of the world letting Israel get away with it.

May 19 09:03

Film festival hands back Israeli cash after director Loach calls for boycott

ORGANISERS of the Edinburgh International Film Festival have been forced to return a donation from the Israeli embassy after director Ken Loach waded into the funding row and called for people to boycott the event on political grounds.

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Good for Ken.

May 19 09:02

Bernard Madoff, the Mafia, and the Friends of Michael Milken

Over the previous year, the businessman had provided Patrick with some information about the naked short selling scam, and the hope was that he might have something more to say.

But that day at the diner, all he had was a message.

“I’ll make this quick,” the businessman said, with two other witnesses present. “I have a message for you from Russia. The message is, ‘We are about to kill you. We are about to kill you.’ Patrick, they are going to kill you. If you do not stop this crusade [against naked short selling], they will kill you. Normally they’d have already hurt someone close to you as a warning, but you’re so weird, they don’t know how you’d react.”

May 19 08:59

Don’t Believe the Hype -- Fructose Truly is Much Worse Than Glucose

New research shows that there are big differences in how the sugars fructose and glucose are metabolized by your body. Overweight study participants showed more evidence of insulin resistance and other risk factors for heart disease and diabetes when 25 percent of their calories came from fructose-sweetened beverages instead of glucose-sweetened beverages.

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I can personally attest to this one., I thought I was going hypo-glycemic because I was starting to have these major sugar crashes that felt like going into insulin shock. I was on the verge of going to the doctor when I read one of these articles about high-fructose corn syrup, which is not only in various beverages, but has become as ubiquitous as MSG and Aspartame because it is cheap and has a good shelf life. HFCS is even found in ketchup these days.

Anyway, to keep the story short I dropped all HFCS out of my diet and not only did the sugar "crashes" stop but I have started losing weight again.

If you must have a cola every now and then try the new Pepsi "Natural". It's pretty good.


May 19 08:57

Losing Pakistan

Whatever the actual chain of events that transpires, the great (and avoidable) tragedy is that the policies the US is pursuing in the region greatly increase the likelihood of the loss of Pakistan to the Islamists. The frightening consequences of this, for both Pakistan and the US, are easy to imagine. Any successes the generals can achieve in their war in Afghanistan would be meaningless; military campaigns divorced from the real needs of national policy usually end up as expensive failures. The pages of history are littered with them.

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Expect the level of radicalization to rise sharply after the Pakistani military's campaign in Swat.

People don't become radicalized when enlightened governmental policies are working for them; they become radicalized when they have nothing left to lose.

And that is the very sorry state of affairs for many Afghans and Pakistanis right now, dealing with corrupt and dysfunctional governments.

May 19 08:54

U.S. Preparing For War With Russia?

Last week the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. Kevin Chilton, told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast on May 7 “that the White House retains the option to respond with physical force – potentially even using nuclear weapons – if a foreign entity conducts a disabling cyber attack against U.S. computer networks….”

Ok so apparently we have Afghanistan,Iraq,Pakistan,Palestine,we kinda' helped with Lebanon,we paved the way for that one thing in Georgia/Russia,we're threatening Iran... Yea. We're pretty much screwed here...

May 19 08:50

Who Rules America? Sure as hell ain't us...

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups?

May 19 08:48

WTC 911 Secret Bush-Clinton-Federal Reserve Accounts Revealed

It can now be reported that the recent resignation of former New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York Chairman, Stephen Frieidman, signals an expanding investigation of New York Attorny General Andrew Cuomo, who is not only focused on the massive New York state financial derivative Ponzi Scheme, but is now centered on money laundry, and possible funding of alleged terrorists in Pakistan.



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May 19 08:48

1300 Girls Harmed by HPV Vaccines in UK; Bizarre Side Effects Like Paralysis and Epilepsy

More than 1,300 girls in the United Kingdom have experienced negative reactions to the government-mandated Cervarix vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to adverse events reports collected from doctors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

“When they introduced this new vaccine, we had major concerns about its safety,” said Jackie Fletcher of Jabs, a support group for those negatively affected by vaccines. “The current statistics detailing adverse reactions — including cases of epilepsy and convulsions — bears out that we were right to be concerned.”

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With pharmaceutical companies, it's rarely about the health of the person mandated to have this or that vaccine; it's all about the profits from the mandated vaccination.

If you've never seen the film "The Constant Gardener", it explains how this works in a very disturbingly rich way.

May 19 08:43

1300 Girls Harmed by HPV Vaccines in UK; Bizarre Side Effects Like Paralysis and Epilepsy

More than 1,300 girls in the United Kingdom have experienced negative reactions to the government-mandated Cervarix vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to adverse events reports collected from doctors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

May 19 08:38

Present Economy worse than Depression

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Stocks are up...great news, right?
Everything's going to be OK.

Optimism is a lovely thing.

Realism is better.

Few on the boob tube are capable of being realistic about
the real state of the credit system and thus the economic system and thus society.

Here's the reality:

Wall Street created exponentially more paper assets than there
are hands to hold them and it can't sell off all these assets at the same time without causing mind-boggling deflation.

(Imagine an auction where only one person shows up and
there is no minimum price.)

Lower prices are not a bad thing, but lower prices
with a massive overhang of super-inflated debts that
have to be paid back is. A very bad thing.

Two serious economists who warned about the current
calamity well in advance and who don't have a dog in the fight (i.e. over-priced assets they hope to sell to optimists) explain
the potential scale of the consequences facing the world.

May 19 08:37

Man Testifies Chicago Cops Beat Him For 30 Minutes

A man serving a life sentence for a 1990 murder testified Monday he confessed only after he was beaten for half an hour by Chicago police detectives under the command of disgraced former Cmdr. Jon Burge.

Cortez Brown, 38, who now goes by his birth name of Victor Safforld, is seeking a new trial, arguing that his confession was coerced because he feared for his safety and that of his family.

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For those who insist that torture is something that only happens to Arabs.


May 19 08:33

People Power

And all this chaos when we are facing the biggest economic crisis for more than 60 years.

When our servicemen and women are risking their lives in Afghanistan to protect us from worldwide terrorism.

Yet many politicians stand rigid with fear that they may be next to be exposed for ripping off taxpayers with dodgy expense claims.

Claims that would have mere voters up before a judge, on fraud charges.

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Can we arrange the beheadings to take place during tourist season? I would gladly pay to see corrupt politicians getting "whacked!"

May 19 08:31

Time for 'Little People' to have their revenge..

Martin will be the first in history to be kicked out for bullying MPs and bringing the Mother of Parliaments into disrepute.

“Gorbals Mick” long ago lost all credibility as an impartial upholder of his high office.

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"little people?"

Charles the First learned (the hard way) that they are not all that little.

May 19 08:28

Government Has Pledged $12.8 Trillion on Bailouts - Every Household on the Hook for $109,887

The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent, lent or committed $12.8 trillion, an amount that approaches the value of everything produced in the country last year ...

The money works out to $42,105 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. and 14 times the $899.8 billion of currency in circulation. The nation’s gross domestic product was $14.2 trillion in 2008.

That means that every American household is on the hook for $109,887 for the bailouts.

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And what do we get for all this money?

More bombs to drop on brown people. More wars for our children to die in. More TV cameras watching us. More informants setting us up. More spooks reading our emails. More cops listening to our phone calls. Crumbling roads. Rotting schools. Medical care that is the most expensive on Earth yet only 29th in quality. Rigged elections.

Such a DEAL!!!!!!

May 19 08:25

Pakistani Military Killing Fleeing Swati Civilians

As the Pakistani military’s offensive against the Swat Valley continues, around 1.45 million are reported to have successfully fled. For several families today attempting to leave their homes, that trek ended in disaster as the Pakistani military attacked and killed several of them, and wounded an unknown number of others. Women and children were among the slain

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This "victory" in Swat is going to come with an horrendous backlash for Pakistani politicians.


May 19 08:22

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross border

U.S. officials are trying to stop the violence from crossing the border. The Obama administration committed to spending an additional $700 million to help Mexico fight the cartels and agreed to double the number of U.S. agents working the border.

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Violence "threatens" to cross the border?!? I don't know quite what planet this particular writer lives on, but it cannot possibly be earth.

Drug-related crime has been expanding exponentially for the last years in the border areas.

Of course, there's one thing the US could do to make this go away, and very quickly. That would be complete decriminalization of drugs, just pulling the plug out of the profit motive. You'd see addiction plummet.

But, of course, that would be logical. And too many people at too many levels of government and commerce are making too much money to have this happen.

May 19 08:20

U.K. police swamped by surveillance TV data

The police cannot deal with the amount of information generated by surveillance cameras, according to the U.K.'s Association of Chief Police Officers.

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Good.

May 19 08:19

Israel gives Obama until end of year on Iran

In practice, this means that Netanyahu agreed to give Obama until the end of the year. Then, if Iran's nuclear program is still proceeding, Israel will consider "other options."

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I doubt that this is what they really talked about in their meeting. Neither Netanyahu nor Obama talked about Iran's nuclear weapons because both of them know full well that Iran is not building nuclear weapons nor has the IAEA found any evidence Iran is building nuclear weapons.

If the nuclear power station were the real concern, the US would abide by article 4 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which OBLIGATES the United States to assist any developing country with the construction of peaceful nuclear power plants. I cannot think of a better way for the US to see what Iran is really doing with that power station than actually being there helping to pour the foundations and weld the pipes.

So, what Netanyahu has really told Obama is that Obama has until the end of the year to convince the US population to support a war in Iran, or Israel will just start one for us.

I told you Obama looked like a whipped puppy coming out of that meeting.

May 19 08:13

Economy in 'emergency situation,' Finance Minister Steinitz warns

The economy faces an "emergency situation," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz warned on Monday, while urging lawmakers to support the government's draft budget, as Israeli exports plunged 32 percent in the first four months of this year

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Of course, what Israel doesn't want to acknowledge is that some in the world are reluctant to trade with a country which feels it's perfectly acceptable to throw white phosphorous on unarmed Palestinian civilians.

The language of of money is pretty much all Israel understands. And if their economy is off because of their actions against Gaza, so be it.



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May 19 08:11

Japan flu cases soar

More than 4,000 schools have either been temporarily closed or requested to close in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures as the number of people confirmed to be infected with the new strain of Type A influenza reached 164 on Monday, according to the health, labor and welfare ministry and the education, science and technology ministry.

So far, though, symptoms among those infected have been mild, and many are recovering, according to the health ministry.

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If what I had last week WAS the Swine Flu (and the main cluster of H1N1 is just up the H2 from where I live) then it was indeed mild, so mild I never bothered going to the doctor.

The stories of lethality may be due to other factors working with the virus, or there may actually be more than one virus going around lumped together as "H1N1".

May 19 08:06

City to investigate whether swine flu caused baby boy's death at Queens hospital

May 19 08:06

Why Republicans May Never Again Control Washington

You can stick a fork in the once mighty right-wing GOP. The Republican Party, to quote the hilarious Bily Crystal character in the magical film The Princess Bride, is "mostly dead." The majority has clearly swung to the center, becoming a much more moderate representation of the party. Statistics now show that more Americans have abandoned religion and the hot button social issues that used to be conservatives' bread and butter campaign themes. What's more, the evangelical wing, the party's core base just a few short years ago, has shrunk to negligible, insignificant levels.

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I would not gloat just yet. If Obama goes on proving that there really is no difference between the two parties, then the Democrats may join the Republicans in the scrap heap of history.

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May 19 08:01

A Matter of Trust

Because the story was so radioactive from Israel’s point of view, examining its progress as it made its way into the international media can serve as a sort of case study—it shows in real time how America’s media differ from other countries’ in their portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And it helps illuminate the frequent charge that the American press is biased in Israel’s favor. Or against it, again, depending on your point of view.

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May 19 08:00

Housing construction, permits hit record lows

A modest rebound in single-family home construction in April raised hopes Tuesday that the three-year slide in housing could be bottoming. But with the supply of unsold homes bulging,


May 19 07:59

Bailing out banks drains Social Security and Medicare

Recession Drains Social Security and Medicare was a headline from the New York Times that seemed to me a distortion of facts in order to scare people.

After all, what caused the recession but the criminal behavior of predatory mortgage companies and banks who made unfair subprime loans, collateralized them, shipped them downstream to investment banks that securitized them and sold them knowing what junk they were to investors. That combined with a shark tank of hungry salespeople who went at the assets of poor and not so poor homebuyers with time-bomb mortgages whose interest exploded at some point, scattering them into massive indebtedness. Neither Social Security nor Medicare did this.

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Social Security is already depleted. They are just going to blame the recession for it.

May 19 07:59

Sack Rahm

Maybe the question is whether President Obama is getting any good advice ... or put with even more sinister implication ... maybe he is being manipulated by a cunning staff into making these really obnoxious and difficult to abandon decisions about a whole range of things? Or, as the folks around the electronic water coolers have it after a hundred day honeymoon, the sexiness has worn off, the bright light seems dim, the promise broken, the tragedy continues, and so who will we support in 2012 ... clearly not Obama?

May 19 07:57

Too much cola zaps muscle power

Excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis, doctors are warning.

May 19 07:54

Taxpayers May Lose Out in TARP Paybacks

Americans were promised a reward for rescuing the nation’s banks. In return for all those bailouts, the banks essentially granted stock options to the government — a potential jackpot for taxpayers once the crisis blew over.

But now banks, eager to get Washington out of their hair, are pushing to undo those investments as quickly — and cheaply — as possible. If the Obama administration acquiesces, billions of taxpayer dollars could be left on the table, The New York Times’ Eric Dash writes.

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Any taxpayer who really believed that any tiny bit of this money would somehow trickle down and back to them had to be naive in the extreme.


May 19 07:47

Brazil, China team up against the dollar

Brazil and China are teaming up to initiate the decline of America's currency as the world's reserve standard.

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You've just got to love the line above - as though the US government hasn't done enough of its own to sink the value of the dollar by having the Federal Reserve continue to print US money as though it actually was backed by something of worth, not to mention throwing away billions of dollars in these endless wars.

China and Brazil are teaming up to support their own economies without having to use the dollar at all, which - from the look of the current economic status in the US - doesn't appear that unreasonable.

May 19 07:33

WTF??!!

Breast Cancer Diagnosed In 10-Year-Old California Girl

The 10-year-old is the youngest girl ever to suffer from breast cancer in the U.S.

I hope we're not witnessing the beginning of a trend.

May 19 06:28

Peter Schiff The Schiff Report Video Blog May 18 2009

Peter Schiff talks about Alan Blinder, Mike Norman (they nonsense keynesian theories) and the victory for capitalism in India.

May 19 05:40

Brazil and China eye plan to axe dollar

Brazil and China will work towards using their own currencies in trade transactions rather than the US dollar, according to Brazil’s central bank and aides to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president.

The move follows recent Chinese challenges to the status of the dollar as the world’s leading international currency.

Mr Lula da Silva, who is visiting Beijing this week, and Hu Jintao, China’s president, first discussed the idea of replacing the dollar with the renminbi and the real as trade currencies when they met at the G20 summit in London last month.


May 19 05:31

The 7/7 London Bombings: How to Set Up a Patsy

A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.

May 19 05:29

Sixty one years ago…

My dad was in his late teens when the Noble Peace winner Yitzhak Rabin ordered the Israeli Army to attack Lydda (my home town) and Ramla. A few months earlier, the Jewish terrorist groups, the Haganah and Irgun attacked armless Palestinian civilians in the town. By July, David Ben Gourian ordered Rabin to attack Lydda by planes and troops entered the city. The men in town were gathered and locked inside the Dahmash Mosque (my grandfather’s). Some men were also locked inside the Greek Orthodox Monetary nearby. The people of both towns (Christians and Muslims) resisted with all means the brutal attack. My dad and older Uncle (who is still alive until today) were locked inside the Mosque. But luckily they managed to escape when Rabin’s men starting shooting and killing everyone inside.

May 19 05:21

Picking on AIPAC?

While some might argue that critics of AIPAC have gone too far, it is equally possible to argue that they have not gone far enough. It is time for the American people to demand that AIPAC be registered as a foreign lobby and cease and desist from its interference in U.S. politics. Neither America nor Israel is well served by having a United States Congress, White House, and media so cowed by AIPAC that they will endorse anything the corrupt politicians in Tel Aviv choose to do. It is time for Washington to return to a foreign policy based on the United States’ national interest, not Israel’s.



Owl 2
May 19 05:19

Flashback: MP Who Gave Bomber a Tour of Parliament

One of the London suicide bombers was strolling the corridors of the House of Commons just a year before he blew himself up.

In an extraordinary twist which sent shockwaves through Westminster it was revealed that Mohammad Sidique Khan attended Parliament as the guest of a Labour MP.

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On his visit Khan even met Cabinet Minister Hilary Benn, the International Development Secretary.

Mr Benn met Khan in Portcullis House - where many MPs have their offices - and talked about his role as the school's local MP. He then answered questions from the children who were with Khan.

The bomber then rubbed shoulders with unsuspecting politicians on a tour of the Palace of Westminster with Mr Trickett.

May 19 05:10

Victims and relatives fume as 'whitewash' 7/7 report clears security services

The families of 7/7 victims are today set to renew their calls for a public inquiry into failings by the intelligence services, branding a new report exonerating MI5 a 'whitewash'.

The long-awaited dossier said limited resources were to blame for MI5's failure to make extra checks that might have connected July 7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan with terrorism.

In the second report on the 2005 London attacks on, MPs said they 'cannot criticise' decisions made by MI5 and police in the months before the atrocities which killed 52 innocent people.

May 18, 2009

May 18 23:04

The Disease of Permanent War

The embrace by any society of permanent war is a parasite that devours the heart and soul of a nation. Permanent war extinguishes liberal, democratic movements. It turns culture into nationalist cant. It degrades and corrupts education and the media, and wrecks the economy. The liberal, democratic forces, tasked with maintaining an open society, become impotent. The collapse of liberalism, whether in imperial Russia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire or Weimar Germany, ushers in an age of moral nihilism. This moral nihilism comes is many colors and hues. It rants and thunders in a variety of slogans, languages and ideologies. It can manifest itself in fascist salutes, communist show trials or Christian crusades. It is, at its core, all the same.

May 18 22:10

We Are the 'Enemy of the State'

In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me –
and by that time no one was left to speak up.


May 18 20:43

Party whips face expenses focus

The focus in the row over MPs' expenses has shifted to claims made by the Labour and Conservative chief whips.

The Daily Telegraph has published details on expenses claimed by Labour's Nick Brown and the shadow chief whip, Patrick McLoughlin.

It says Mr Brown made claims totalling £87,708 over four years, including £18,800 for food, and Mr McLoughlin claimed £3,000 for new windows.

Both politicians say that they have done nothing wrong.

May 18 20:42

He's contemptible and incompetent. But the Speaker is the least of our worries

Michael Martin needs to quit his office quickly, not because he bears sole responsibility for Parliament's fall from grace, but because he has become the symbol of it.

Only when he, along with the most conspicuous fraudsters of all parties, has been purged from the House, can it make a start towards restoring public trust.

...

We are governed by third-rate people, who expect to appropriate first-rate rewards.

May 18 20:36

Miracle bugs: Fancy 'probiotic' yoghurt drinks really ARE good for you, scientists say

Last month, for instance, researchers from University College Cork reported that two probiotics specially prepared in their lab were as effective as the best available antibiotics in fighting off various infections in animals.

Lead scientist Dr Colin Hill explains that each works in different ways. 'We've got one that protects mice from an infection called listeriosis that causes vomiting and nausea and can affect pregnant women. The probiotic works by producing a type of small molecule known as a peptide that specifically kills the listeria bacteria.'

The other probiotic strain, rather than directly destroying the harmful bacteria, stimulates the gut to produce a strong immune response that does the job instead.

May 18 20:32

Komodo Dragons 'use poison to kill their prey'

Scientists thought that the reptiles, which bite their prey and then let them go, allowing them to bleed to death, used only the bacteria from their mouths to hasten their victims' end.

But a new study shows that they use snake-like venom, making them the world's largest poisonous lizard.

"The view that the Komodo routinely kills using dirty oral bacteria is wrong," said Dr Stephen Wroe from the University of New South Wales in Australia, a co-author of the report. "The dragon is truly poisonous. It has modified salivary glands that ... allows it to kill large animals through rapid blood loss."

Tip: don't keep a Komodo Dragon as a pet.



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May 18 20:18

China Gold Reserves May Back Yuan

Zheng, who was speaking at a forum over the weekend, said increasing gold holdings would provide China with a useful hedge as the dollar faced the possibility of depreciation, according to the report.

May 18 19:11

Change We Can’t Believe In

Yes, in the name of "creating jobs," the president and his government are going to destroy wealth by forcing us to pay more for everything. They also will add to the burdens of healthcare professionals, all in the name of "cutting costs."

May 18 19:08

We wouldn't want to inflame anti-American sentiment

If we're actually worried about inflaming anti-American sentiment and endangering our troops, we might want to re-consider whether we should keep doing the things that actually spawn "anti-American sentiment" and put American soldiers in danger. We might, for instance, want to stop invading, bombing and occupying Muslim countries and imprisoning their citizens with no charges by the thousands. But exploiting concerns over "anti-American sentiment" to vest our own government leaders with the power to cover-up evidence of wrongdoing is as incoherent as it is dangerous. Who actually thinks that the solution to anti-American sentiment is to hide evidence of our wrongdoing rather than ceasing the conduct that causes that sentiment in the first place?

May 18 18:34

Davidowitz Calls Bank Stress Tests "A Con Game" And Says "The Worst Is Yet To Come"

Harold Davidowitz is a an analyst and consultant to the retail industry operating his own firm Davidowitz & Associates. He's in the wrong industry. He should have Tim Geithner's job. This guy is a frggin' genius. Seriously, watch both clips and tell me he doesn't have a better grasp than Geithner and Summers.


May 18 16:27

Israel's security is paramount, don't misunderestimate the power of "change"

May 18 16:21

Pfizer offers free prescription drugs for the jobless

Pfizer is offering free drugs, including Viagra and Lipitor, for those who have recently lost their jobs.

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Viagra????

May 18 16:09

Supreme Court action upholds medical marijuana law

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case Monday contesting California’s medical marijuana law, in a win for medicinal marijuana advocates.

May 18 14:33

American Capitalism Gone With a Whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the backdrop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.



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May 18 14:30

With wireless 911 system complete, lawmakers raid fund created to pay for it

A 66 cent fee on local monthly cell phone bills intended to pay for 911 emergency location technology is now a windfall for the cash-strapped state.

State lawmakers are moving $16 million from the cell phone fund to help balance the state budget and they may grab future revenue from the fee.

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There is no such thing as a "temporary" tax.

May 18 14:19

Patriots know why they own guns

All Patriots Are Gun Owners But Not All Gun Owners Are Patriots
by Karen De Coster
May 18, 2009
This is from a patriot friend of mine out West:
I was in a gun store in a different town a few weeks ago. Someone was trying to purchase 9mm ammo, which the store didn't have, and the clerk was decrying all the internet-driven hysteria that caused people to stock up on guns and ammunition. The clerk went on to claim that this buying spree by millions of people was stupid, as the government would NEVER pass laws to take away guns or ammunition, or infringe on the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms.

May 18 14:12

Obama’s Animal Farm: Bigger, Bloodier Wars Equal Peace and Justice

“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…”, a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980’s. Now President Obama has elevated the most notorious of the psychopaths, General Stanley McChrystal, to head the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s rise to leadership is marked by his central role in directing special operations teams engaged in extrajudicial assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities and search and destroy missions. He is the very embodiment of the brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building.



Taboola
May 18 13:57

Lieberman named to U.S.-Israeli gov't post

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be in charge of the country's strategic dialogue with the United States, the Cabinet said Sunday.

The appointment means Lieberman will become Israel's point person on the 10-year-old strategic dialogue effort, which serves as a multi-agency, high-level framework for discussions of U.S.-Israeli strategic concerns, The Jerusalem Post reported.

May 18 13:56

Jesse Ventura on 'The View' Destroys Torture Arguments

Why so often in the media does this become a technical brain cramp? Jesse does a great job of deflecting the "Nancy Pelosi said this" and "so-and-so did that." He also easily dismisses arguments claiming waterboarding is effective as a truth-finding tool.

May 18 13:29

What's The Frequency Alex?

May 18 13:17

Russian Report on 1980 'October Surprise' Case

That case centered on allegations that, during the summer and fall of 1980, the Reagan-Bush campaign conducted secret negotiations with Iran's Islamic fundamentalist government, which was holding 52 Americans hostage. The lingering crisis sapped President Jimmy Carter's political strength and cleared the way for Ronald Reagan's historic victory. The hostages were freed immediately after Reagan became President.

The Russian assistance was requested on Oct. 21, 1992, by the House task force chairman, Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind. The Russian report asserted that the allegations of secret Republican negotiations with Iran were true. But the Russian report was never released by the task force, whose public findings reached the opposite conclusion.

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The slime didn't start with Dubya...

May 18 13:14

The Case of the Missing H-Bomb: The Pentagon Has Lost the Mother of All Weapons

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Dang it, it was right here just a minute ago!

May 18 13:14

Jim Rogers - On Lew Rockwell "Obama will Devastate the Economy" - 5.17.09

Jim Rogers talks about the coming inflation crisis, the Obama effect on the economy and future opportunities for investments.

May 18 13:14

One small, mangled screw and Hubble is back from the dead

May 18 13:12

90% of Gitmo prisoners innocent:-Lawrence B. Wilkerson deputy to Colin Powell

May 18 13:11

Madoff Victims Investigated

The criminal investigation into who knew about Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud has expanded to include some of his highest-profile investors, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Kind of hard to feel sympathy for "victims" who knew they were invested in a crooked operation.

May 18 13:09

Bad US goverment

The 1st rule of trouble shooting is to identify the problem. The American government is imbedded with a corrupt criminal establishment (mob, syndicate, or cabal) that has complete control. The Americans are living in a “Banana Republic” with a façade of democratic representation. (A “Banana Republic” is a dictatorial regime, especially one where elections are often fraudulent and corruption is rife). The wealth-elected corrupt clique is facilitating the rule of a small above the law gang of war criminals and international gangsters.

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Sent in by a reader.

May 18 12:48

Shanghai Exodus

This is a documentary on the many people who emigrated to the United States from China during WW2, when the "International City" was devastated by the Japanese invasions. This is the real history behind the movie "Empire Of The Sun".

This documentary is still seeking a good home (Hello, anyone from HBO reading this?) and while I am not associated with the producer, my father makes a brief appearance in the trailer and film as does film actor Mario Machado.

May 18 12:44

Court: Sept. 11 detainee lawsuit cannot proceed

FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be sued by a former Sept. 11 detainee who claimed he was abused because of his religion and ethnicity, a sharply divided Supreme Court said Monday in a decision that could make it harder to sue top officials for the actions of low-level operatives.

The court overturned a lower court decision that let Javaid Iqbal's (Ick-ball) lawsuit against the high-ranking officials proceed.

Iqbal is a Pakistani Muslim who spent nearly six months in solitary confinement in New York in 2002. He had argued that while Ashcroft and Mueller did not single him out for mistreatment, they were responsible for a policy of confining detainees in highly restrictive conditions because of their religious beliefs or race.

May 18 12:05

MEMORIAL DAY - WALTER LEWIS SMITH

But as I think back on him, I know for a fact that he and the millions of others who served in all the various wars the United States became entangled in would be shocked and saddened to see that the government for which they sacrificed so much has become the very embodiment of all that they fought so hard against. No more First Amendment, warrantless spying on Americans, show trials, confessions extracted by torture; for this Walter gave up a lung?

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May 18 10:34

Lindsey Graham Denounces Ron Paul

This is after the creepy Graham, senator from the military-industrial complex, invokes the "11th commandment" about not criticizing fellow Republicans. PS: Say, why do all these birds require 1930s-style flag displays? Isn't one enough?

May 18 10:20

MK: Expansion of settlement 'slap in Obama's face'

Contractors tour Maskiot as Netanyahu lands in Washington; council chairman says timing 'coincidental', but Peace Now head claims planned expansion 'clear message to US'

May 18 10:20

FLASHBACK - The assassination of Rafiq Hariri: who benefited?

What of the acknowledged doubt—summarily dismissed by the Post—that the Syrian regime is being “framed” for a crime it did not commit? Curiously, the newspaper gives no indication of who might be responsible for such a frame-up. Here, however, the question of “who benefits” is definitely worth pursuing.

May 18 10:13

FLASHBACK FOR MEMORIAL DAY - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

The government may declare victory in wars started in foreign lands, but for the people who live in small towns in this land the results are barely distinguishable from defeat. Lives are lost, families destroyed, futures shattered, hopes ruined; all this is the price paid by the people for the "foreign entanglements" we were long ago warned to avoid. The real price of war is paid not just by those who died in it, but by those who are left behind who bury their dead and pay the bills.

May 18 10:12

"War is a racket"

Butler was only one of 19 people ever awarded the Medal of Honor twice and the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two different actions.

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... and now you will find out where you never heard of him in school!

May 18 10:01

Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says

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Heeeere's the windup ..... and the pitch...............and the invasion..... and the reinstitution of the draft.

May 18 09:54

Chicago Alderman Has Art Destroyed on Private Property

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's graffiti busters are seen all the time in the city painting over gang signs, or spraying them away. But this week they painted over a mural on private property. The artist says there was no mistaking the mural for graffiti and he thinks the local alderman just didn't like it.

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