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March 18, 2009

Mar 18 19:23

How To Destroy the Government in Three Easy Steps

In eight short years, conservatives have effectively bankrupted many state governments and left the fed in shambles. And now citizens have to "make tough decisions" and share the suffering equally across the land (unless of course, you're part of that lucky 1% who co-opted the functions of government to serve their own ends... they'll be cozy with their offshore bank accounts, golden parachutes, and permanent tax holidays).

Mar 18 19:13

Of Patriots and Assassins

Realizing the assaults would not end, Freeman last week withdrew, saying, "I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction of a foreign country."

The foreign country is Israel; the political faction Likud.

Nor did Freeman shrink at naming the source of the noxious campaign of slander against him.

"The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods and an utter disregard for the truth."

Mar 18 19:13

Eureka! The Banking Industry’s Problems Are Solved!

Who knew it would be so easy? Who knew we could solve the banking industry’s collapse by simply changing how we account for assets. Eureka! Problem solved!

Mar 18 19:09

Military Laser Hits Battlefield Strength

Does that mean energy weapons are a done deal? Hardly. There are still all sorts of technical issues -- thermal management and miniaturization, to name two -- that have to be handled first. Then, the ray gunners have to find the money. The National Academies figure it'll take another $100 million to get battlefield lasers right.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Mar 18 18:15

Why does the US (really Israel) object to Iran's DEFENSIVE weapons?

It is unreasonable for Russia to object to our missile shield but we object to Iran's defensive weapons?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090318/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_iran

Supplying S-300s to Iran would change the military balance in the Middle East and the issue has been the subject of intense speculation and diplomatic wrangling for months.

Israel and the U.S. fear that, were Iran to possess S-300 missiles, it would use them to protect its nuclear facilities — including the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz or the country's first atomic power plant, which is now being built by Russian contractors at Bushehr.

Mar 18 17:52

Death of the Internet

More and more I'm hearing alarmism about the "takeover of the internet" or the "death of the internet". Some in the survivalist and patriot movements fear that any day now, the Federal Government is going to move to take down half of the sites on the World Wide Web, and restrict access to the other half.

Poppycock.

Mar 18 17:49

Dollar Trades Near 2-Month Low on Fed’s Plan to Buy Treasuries

The dollar traded near the lowest in two months against the euro after the Federal Reserve said it will buy $300 billion of longer-term Treasuries, spurring speculation the central bank is debasing the currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Fed buys "Treasuries", what they are buying is YOU, and a pledge that you will work off that debt in the years to come.

That is what the Treasuries are redeemable in... the sweat of your brow and the ache of your back.

Mar 18 17:47

Dodd facing fresh political firestorm

Dodd just admitted on CNN that he inserted a loophole in the stimulus legislation that allowed million-dollar bonuses to insurance giant AIG to go forward – after previously denying any involvement in writing the controversial provision. .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chris Dodd is the second largest recipient of campaign contributions from AIG ... after Obama.


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Mgid
Mar 18 17:40

The Real AIG Scandal

Everybody is rushing to condemn AIG's bonuses, but this simple scandal is obscuring the real disgrace at the insurance giant: Why are AIG's counterparties getting paid back in full, to the tune of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars?

Mar 18 17:37

A BIG TECHNICAL PROBLEM WITH AMERICA’S STORY ABOUT THE IRANIAN DRONE SHOOT-DOWN.

The US military identified the Iranian drone as an Ababil 3 unmanned aircraft. While the aircraft can be used as a type of flying bomb capable of delivering some 45kgs of explosives, its usual use is as a reconnaissance aircraft fitted out with cameras and other such equipment.

Mar 18 15:51

Neo-Cons Try to Copy Ron Paul; Too Little, Too Late

There is a new phenomenon sweeping across the political landscape. It’s the new “revolution” complete with meet-up groups and tea parties. It’s full of the usual rhetoric about the out-of-control politicians in Washington. What’s strange is that this “movement” is full of new faces that were nowhere to be seen during the Ron Paul Revolution. This new “movement” is being promoted by the Republican party, and neo-con hacks like Glenn Beck - who all did their absolute utmost to slander, squelch, and stop the Ron Paul Revolution

Mar 18 15:41

Ron Paul on Bloomberg

"I see no reason for the Federal Reserve except for the mischief it causes". ~Ron Paul



Mar 18 15:17

U.S. Injecting Billions Into Foreign Central Banks

For more than a year, the U.S. Federal Reserve System has been increasingly acting as the world's central bank, injecting hundreds of billions of dollars into foreign government treasuries in an effort to increase liquidity in those countries.

The foreign central banks have used the U.S. currency to bail out financial institutions within their borders. The Fed program links its balance sheet directly to the fates of foreign central banks at a time when they're on the ropes.

Mar 18 15:03

Terrorism By Another Name: AIG Is Blackmailing America

When will people start demanding that the government rescind AIG's credit default swaps? The government has that power. Indeed, the same arguments which have been made for the government's authority to cancel AIG's bonus contracts can be used to cancel AIG's CDS contracts. In order to receive any more bailout money (and to have to give back money they already received), AIG's counterparties need to cancel their CDS contracts. And for foreign CDS counterparties, the government could simply say "we will not loan your central banks any more money unless you cancel the CDS contracts".

Mar 18 14:47

Israel’s American Chattel

"The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.

Mar 18 14:46

This Pope is stumbling from one outrageous blunder to another

It's been quite a few months for the Pope.

First there was that rather embarrassing de-excommunication of a renegade bishop who claims that the Nazis didn't use gas chambers during the Second World War.

Then the Vatican supported the excommunication of a Brazilian mother and four doctors who had helped perform an abortion on a 9-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather and would have died had she given birth to the twins growing inside her tiny uterus. (The stepfather, by the way, was not excommunicated for his sin of raping a 9-year-old. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, it seems, child rapists can still be part of the flock, mothers who wish to save their child's life are not.)



Mar 18 14:44

FOLLOW THE MONEY / MADOFF, MOSSAD, AIG AND 9/11

The Madoff investigation is very similar to the 9-11 investigation in that evidence of a larger conspiracy is being avoided and ignored. It is possible that the billions that Madoff stole, and is still unaccounted for, was being used to finance Israel’s vast global spy and sabotage network Mossad with connections to both AIG and quite possibly 9/11 itself

Mar 18 14:40

"Getting Tough" with Predator Financial Institutions

Finally the US authorities have gotten ‘tough’ with the predator financial institutions. The world has been waiting for such decisive intervention since an unending series of Government bailouts of financial institutions began early in 2008 amounting to now trillions of taxpayer dollars. Now, with the world’s largest insurance giant, AIG, the White House Economic Council chairman, Larry Summers has expressed ‘outrage.’ President Obama himself has entered the fray to promise ‘justice.’ US Senators have threatened a law to change the injustice. The only problem is they are all exercising ‘politics of deflection,’ taking attention away from the real problem, the fraudulent bailout.

Mar 18 14:39

ADL is nothing but a group of character assassins

Mar 18 14:37

The writing on the wall

In Israel, research institutes count every abusive slogan scrawled on Jewish cemeteries abroad and document every problematic article, to monitor the upsurge in anti-Semitism. The media attributes importance to every piece of graffiti against assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. But the everyday racism - both institutionalized and popular, declarative and practical - against the Arabs of Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank are usually cautiously and frugally covered.



Mar 18 14:36

US Army Confirms Israeli Has Nukes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That means that all aid to Israel must stop, as it is a violation of the 1976 Symington Amendment to the Foreign Appropriations Bill of 1961.

NOT ONE DIME MORE TO ISRAEL UNTIL IT SIGNS THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY AND ALLOWS IAEA INSPECTIONS!

Mar 18 14:23

Looking In On America

Only in America can an employee working for a large international company sign a contract that guarantees the payment of a six figure bonus even if the company looses money. Even more astonishing is that the bonus is paid even if the Federal government bails the company out to the tune of $170 billion dollars. What a country! That is free wheeling capitalism like no one has ever seen before. And to think that the Republicans are complaining that the country is heading down the path to socialism. Truly amazing.

Mar 18 14:14

Doubly dangerous game - An Isolationist and Protectionist Act within NAFTA

BreakingNew.com - Martin Hutchinson Since U.S. trade with Mexico totaled $368bn in 2008, the Mexican tariffs represent a minor protectionist step. The danger is that with both the US and Mexican economies in recession, such small steps may precipitate bigger trade clashes.

Mar 18 12:26

Conflicting studies fail to quell prostate debate

Two large studies looking at the benefits of a common screening test for prostate cancer produced conflicting results about whether it saves lives, researchers said on Wednesday.

The studies, one in Europe and one in the United States, aim to settle a long-running debate over the benefits of a blood test called prostate specific antigen, or PSA. Both were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.



Mar 18 09:48

Be God on Iphone

Clearly. For the virtual megalomaniac.

Mar 18 09:40

Former Bush aide gets 30 months in prison

Mar 18 09:40

Popular state sovereignty bills draw comparison to Civil War posturing

The threat is only implied in more than two-dozen state sovereignty bills making the rounds in legislatures across the country, except for a New Hampshire bill where the authors didn't hold back. Any law infringing on the state's right to self govern would trigger the dissolution of the nation: "All powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution ... shall revert to the several states individually."

Mar 18 09:29

The Parable of the Shopping Mall

In town after town across America these days one can physically see the economic mantras of an entire generation turning to boarded-up wasteland before one’s eyes. Shopping malls, which changed the American landscape within the course of a generation, are dying week by week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least around here, the malls are full of what some marketing genius in another time zone wants to sell me, instead of what I want to buy. As a result, I tend to purchase more and more of my needs online, even though I know this ultimately costs retail workers their jobs.



Mar 18 09:27

Aboriginal elder arrived 'with third-degree burns'

A RESPECTED Aboriginal elder who died in the back of a non-airconditioned prison van while being transported across the West Australian outback in the middle of summer arrived at hospital drenched in sweat, unconscious and with third-degree burns on his stomach, an inquest has heard.

Mar 18 09:23

IRS Commissioner Dodges Income Tax Question

New York Times reporter, David Cay Johnston, asks IRS Commissioner Mark Everson - "What law requires Americans to file or pay income taxes?" His answer: Blah blah blah blah blah. Dodge dodge dodge...

Mar 18 09:19

Russia wants to start debate on new reserve currency at G20

Russia is proposing that discussions into the possibility of creating a new world reserve currency are initiated at the upcoming G20 summit in London, a government source said on Wednesday.

"We fully agree that this is not the issue, which would enable us to get out of the crisis and cut costs. The main idea is to initiate discussions on this issue," the government source said.

Mar 18 09:13

Government launches bid to allay fears over GM food

The Government has asked its top scientist to investigate the merits of genetically modified food in the hope that his verdict will allay public fears about so-called "Frankenstein foods".

Officially, Gordon Brown and his ministers remain neutral on the issue of GM because of public hostility, saying that they will be "guided by the science". But they have quietly ordered a major research project, which they hope will provide the launchpad for a campaign to persuade people that GM food is safe.



Owl 1
Mar 18 08:50

Shuttle-Riding Bat Dies The Most Glorious Death Imaginable

Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his little mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream—a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.

Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern to us. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.

Mar 18 08:29

Britain will be only nation still in recession next year

The British economy is heading for its worst year since the Great Depression, according to the latest predictions from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The fund shocked analysts during a briefing in which it was revealed that the UK will see its economy shrink by 3.8 per cent in 2009, and a further 0.2 per cent in 2010 – the only large economy predicted to still be in decline next year as well as this.

Some believe that the scale of the downturn signals the UK moving from recession to depression.

Mar 18 08:24

Madoff's Accountant Charged With Securities Fraud

Bernard Madoff's longtime accountant was arrested on fraud charges Wednesday, accused of aiding the man who has admitted cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars in the past two decades.

Mar 18 08:23

Report: IDF chief gave U.S. fresh intel on Iran nukes program

American sources told the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan that Israel Defense Forces chief Gabi Ashkenazi provided fresh intelligence to the United States concerning Iran's nuclear facility in Arak during his visit to Washington earlier this week, according to Israel Radio.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All 16 United States Intelligence agencies (and the IAEA) are convinced Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, yet the Obama administration only listens to Israel; the same nation that helped lie us into the war in Iraq.



Mar 18 08:21

US kicks Iran war prep into high gear

Just days after the top US commander sketched out plans to strike Iran, the US military claims Tehran sent a drone into Iraq in February.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very @#%$ing convenient for the warhawks.

Mar 18 08:19

FLASHBACK - Guilty Verdict for 5 in A.I.G. Case

Five former insurance executives were found guilty Monday of fraud and conspiracy in a scheme to manipulate the financial statements of the insurance company American International Group.

Mar 18 08:18

Israel Guilty of War Crimes; Palestinians are Winning the Legitimacy War

Finally is the issue of the tactics and weapons that were used. There is a lot of eye-witness evidence that prohibited targets were struck, including several UN buildings; that civilians were deliberately targeted in an act of vengeance, apparently; and that legally dubious weapons were used in contexts where civilians were exposed to them, such as phosphorous bombs and a weapon called DIME, which involves a very intense explosive power that makes surgical and medical treatment impossible. So there's a whole bunch of issues that together create quite an inventory of violations of the law of war as well as violations of the UN Charter.

Mar 18 08:17

FLASHBACK - Insurer Ex-Chief Is Called Target of Stock Inquiry

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have opened an investigation into whether Maurice R. Greenberg, the former chairman and chief executive of the insurance giant American International Group, orchestrated an effort to manipulate the company's stock price in his final weeks as chief, people officially briefed on the inquiry said yesterday.



Mar 18 08:16

FLASHBACK - Smooth Earnings Growth Was Reassuring, but It Was Often Fictional

In some cases, the products arguably complied with accounting rules. But the intent was to deceive investors, and in the post- Enron world that is not permissible. It may be that the biggest error of Maurice R. Greenberg, the deposed boss of the American International Group, was that he did not realize the world had changed.

Mar 18 08:15

Smash-Me Bernie

Angry investors who lost collective billions to confessed Ponzi schemer Bernie "Made off with my Money" Madoff may not get to face Bernie in court Thursday, but a new website offers them a little therapy in the form of laughter. My Mini-Me Modelworks, creator of the Smash-Me Bernie figure, recently launched www.smashmebernie.com

Mar 18 08:13

FLASHBACK - A.I.G. Disclosures Give a Hint of How Accounting Inflated Results

Within the insurance industry, Mr. Greenberg was an icon for generating fewer losses than peer companies on the insurance A.I.G. wrote.

Now that performance appears to have been a mirage. In A.I.G.'s most recent inventory of accounting improprieties, disclosed late Sunday, the company said it would probably reduce its net worth by $2.7 billion, $1 billion more than it had previously estimated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They ARE all crooks!

Mar 18 08:10

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS PROTEST THE BUTCHER OF GAZA

People of conscience took to the streets again last night in New York…. this time to protest at a fund raising dinner for the Israeli army.



Lockerdome
Mar 18 08:08

PALESTINIANS: WHO ARE THEY? ~~ WHERE ARE THEY??

Mar 18 08:06

RACHEL CORRIE’S LAST E MAILS TO HER FAMILY

Mar 18 08:06

OBAMADOFF TOON OF THE DAY

Mar 18 08:05

HR 875/S 425: Farm to Fork Food Fascism Comes to America

Food is becoming a battle ground like no other: freedom, survival, fascistic take over of a once-free people (more or less, at least), corporate triumph over independent producers - it’s all happening around food. And the mechanism is simple: a set of bills ostensibly devoted to “food safety” and “food security”.



Mar 18 08:04

The Real AIG Conspiracy

"The Washington crowd wants to focus on bonuses because it aims public anger on private actors," it accused in a March 17 editorial. But instead of explaining that the shift is away from Wall Street grabbers of a thousand times the amount of bonuses being contested, it blames its usual all-purpose bete noire: Congress. Where the right and left differ is just whom the public should be directing its anger at!

Mar 18 08:02

A Silenced Drug Study Creates An Uproar

The saga of Study 15 has become a case study in how drug companies can control the publicly available research about their products, along with other practices that recently have prompted hand-wringing at universities and scientific journals, remonstrations by medical groups about conflicts of interest, and threats of exposure by trial lawyers and congressional watchdogs.

Even if most doctors are ethical, corporate grants, gifts and underwriting have compromised psychiatry, said an editorial this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the flagship journal of the American Psychiatric Association.

Mar 18 07:58

Diebold Admits ALL Versions of Their Software Delete Ballots Without Notice

Even the audit log system on current versions of Premier Election Solutions' (formerly Diebold's) electronic voting and tabulating systems --- used in some 34 states across the nation --- fail to record the wholesale deletion of ballots. Even when ballots are deleted on the same day as an election. That's the shocking admission heard today from Justin Bales, Premier's Western Region manager, at a State of California public hearing on the possible decertification of Diebold/Premier's tabulator system, GEMS v. 1.18.19.

Mar 18 07:57

Senate quietly stripped measure restricting bonuses from bailout legislation

A new revelation in the scandal surrounding AIG's decision to pay multi-million dollar bonuses to executives -- a provision that would have restricted companies receiving federal government bailout aid from paying bonuses was quietly stripped from a bill last month.



Mar 18 07:56

Hey, Big Spender!

The so-called fiscal 2010 topline budget for the Defense Department is $534 billion, which does not include supplemental spending for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (that would push defense spending to $644 billion in fiscal 2010, according to the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation). Even though the base budget of $534 billion is $21 billion more than fiscal 2009, some are characterizing this is as a defense cut because it is less than the Pentagon's internally generated request of $584 billion. Predictably, Fox News led people down this primrose path which, of course, generated exactly the kind of discussion you would expect.

Mar 18 07:52

5 Horrifying Tales Of 911 Incompetence

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When 911 doesn't work, try .357

Mar 18 07:49

Ballad of Timothy Geithner

"They're writing laws on income tax, but not for me..." A musical salute to Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, who for five years avoided paying a significant part of his income ...

Mar 18 07:46

stop paying taxes legally

For all of you who ask the question, "What can I do to stand up against the fascist US Government?The answer is under your noses.



Mar 18 07:39

Misdirected “Bailout Rage” Sets Pretext For New Financial World Order

The backlash or “bailout rage” as others have dubbed it, has been further heightened by revelations regarding AIG’s squandering of almost $100 billion in taxpayer rescue funding - which it siphoned off to Goldman Sachs and a number of European banks - in addition to the company’s plan to continue issuing massive bonuses to the people in the very division that were responsible for it’s spiraling derivative-driven downturn.

The intention to use such practices to push for increased authoritative regulation is clear.

Mar 18 07:38

U.S. Weighs Taliban Strike Into Pakistan

President Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the American covert war in Pakistan far beyond the unruly tribal areas to strike at a different center of Taliban power in Baluchistan, where top Taliban leaders are orchestrating attacks into southern Afghanistan.

Mar 18 07:35

Israeli army ordered to devise Iran war

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Step 1: Bomb Iran's power station clandestine nuclear weapons factory.

Step 2: Turn war over to the Americans to finish.

Mar 18 07:34

Netanyahu embraces threat to US security

Sources close to Netanyahu have confirmed that Uzi Arad will be Israel's next national security adviser, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

The former Mossad chief has been denied entry into the United States during the past two years based on the grounds that he is a security risk.

Arad was implicated in the indictment of former Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to providing classified information about Iran to two employees of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).



Mar 18 07:26

Rundle: there is no bigger issue than net censorship

Of course, the ACMA decision doesn't affect many people at the moment, only sites hosted from Australia. But should mandatory filtering be introduced, the pages would be blocked for everyone. As would the pages telling you which pages had been blocked. And the pages telling you the pages that tell you the ... and so on, a repressive tower.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All this net censorship is sold "To protect the children", but already it is being applied to political speech; the very sport of speech the First Amendment is intended to protect.

Mar 18 07:04

Shareholders' rage, reforms needed to end fat-cat bonuses

How odious must executive pay abuses become, people kept wondering, before Congress and corporate boards recoil in horror? When will a company devise a compensation scheme so laughably grasping, so utterly counter to the idea of a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, that the jig will finally be up?

Ladies and gentlemen, we appear to have a winner. The people at AIG's financial products unit did such a great job crippling the economy that they're getting $165 million in bonuses.

Their job was to sell insurance on toxic mortgage bonds.

Mar 18 07:03

Israel could use ballistic missiles against Iran: report

Israel neither confirms nor denies having Jerichos, as part of an "ambiguity" policy veiling its own assumed atomic arsenal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the double standard in which it is perfectly fine for Israel to conceal what weapons they have, but Iran is totally open and allows inspections and they are the bad guys!!!!!!

Mar 18 07:00

Citigroup CEO awarded $10.8 million

Citigroup Inc awarded Chief Executive Vikram Pandit $10.82 million of compensation in 2008, a year when the government propped up the bank with $45 billion of capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which YOU will be forced to repay down the road.



Owl 2
Mar 18 06:59

Rage at AIG Swells As Bonuses Go Out

A tidal wave of public outrage over bonus payments swamped American International Group yesterday. Hired guards stood watch outside the suburban Connecticut offices of AIG Financial Products, the division whose exotic derivatives brought the insurance giant to the brink of collapse last year. Inside, death threats and angry letters flooded e-mail inboxes. Irate callers lit up the phone lines. Senior managers submitted their resignations. Some employees didn't show up at all.

"It's a mob effect," one senior executive said. "It's putting people's lives in danger."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bottom line: If the US Government cannot control what bailed out companies do with our money, then the Us Government should cease handing out our money.

NO MORE BAILOUTS! PERIOD!!!

Mar 18 06:45

Philippine 'rape' victim recants

A Philippine woman who secured a rape conviction against a US marine more than two years ago has now suggested the sex was consensual.

A statement from the woman, known as Nicole, says she is tormented by guilt.

Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was sentenced to 40 years in jail. He is currently being detained at the US embassy in Manila, pending an appeal.

Mar 18 06:45

The other 900 lb gorilla pro-Israeli PAC, NORPAC

NORPAC is a non-partisan political action committee whose primary purpose is to support candidates and sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel.

Mar 18 06:32

THE RUSE: Outcry Builds in Washington for Recovery of A.I.G. Bonuses

The New York Times Jackie Calmes - Louise Story

Those payouts are expected to come under intense scrutiny Wednesday as Edward Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G, testifies before Congress amid mounting public outrage about the bonuses, which were paid out after nearly $200 billion in taxpayer funds were pumped into the company.

They're feeding you stupid today again. The price of a barrel of oil has going up 38% since Obama got his money. That's the real story. And this huge jump has happened exactly as demand for oil has plummeted, so you're getting inflation-screwed a second time with all this stimulus bailout crap.



Mar 18 05:30

Plan Would Limit Prison Chapel Books

The New York Times Solomon Moore The Bureau of Prisons in January proposed that “materials that could incite, promote, or otherwise suggest the commission of violence or criminal activity” may be excluded from chapel libraries.

The American Civil Liberties Union and several other civil rights and religious groups argue that the agency is going beyond the provision of the Second Chance Act of 2007, which included a restriction on materials that “seek” to incite violence.

They argue that the act was meant to prohibit only books that intend to suggest violence, and that the agency’s new rule would expand that ban to all books that could possibly lead to violence.

March 17, 2009

Mar 17 21:04

Banned hyperlinks could cost you $11,000 a day

The Australian communications regulator says it will fine people who hyperlink to sites on its blacklist, which has been further expanded to include several pages on the anonymous whistleblower site Wikileaks.

Wikileaks was added to the blacklist for publishing a leaked document containing Denmark's list of banned websites.

Mar 17 19:44

Armed shopping in Texas

Safe Shopping

Have you ever stopped to ponder the fact that most mass-shootings happen in places where guns are banned? As I have often stated here on the 'Grok on this subject-- the only real defense against such tragedies is for law-abiding, properly skilled people to carry, thus being able to shoot back.

Here is a lighthearted video that makes this serious point:
Shopping in Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt7FDTpzGvo&eurl

Mar 17 19:32

Livid Democrats demand AIG return bailout bonuses

Talking tougher by the hour, livid Democrats confronted beleaguered insurance giant AIG with an ultimatum Tuesday: Give back $165 million in post-bailout bonuses or watch Congress tax it away with emergency legislation. Republicans declared the Democrats were hardly blameless, accusing them of standing by while the bonus deal was cemented and suggesting that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner could and should have done more. While the White House expressed confidence in Geithner, it was clearly placing the responsibility for how the matter was handled on his shoulders.

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Great show. Can we vote them a Grammy? They know they can't touch AIG without inflicting damage elsewhere. AIG has the US "gummermint" apes over a barrel.



Mar 17 18:59

Caterpillar to lay off 2,454 workers in 3 states

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What happened to all these road improvement projects that were supposed to be part of Obama's stimulus plan??????

Mar 17 17:54

Industrial production down for fourth straight month

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what is driving the DOW up??????

Mar 17 17:53

Cheney says U.S. can torture but can't heal

According to recently released legal memos from the Bush-Cheney administration, the former vice president believes that the federal government can ignore the First Amendment and suppress free speech and freedom of the press as part of its "war on terror."

An October 23, 2001, memo from Justice Department lawyers John C. Yoo and Robert J. Delahunty said, "First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully."

Mar 17 17:52

Obama Undercuts Whistle-Blowers, Senator Says

A leading Republican senator maintains that President Obama is violating a campaign promise with his claim that he can bypass whistle-blower protections for executive branch officials who give certain information to Congress.



Owl 3
Mar 17 17:52

The taxes have gone too far

I've been rolling my own for years, have beat the taxes and didn't have to put up with the 599 additives 'approved' by the government for R.J. Reynolds and the rest to use in their product.

Well, no more. I knew the taxes on production cigarettes was going up on April 1st but until today I thought the roll-your-own product was safe from the long arm of the tax law.

Mar 17 17:49

Senator Grassley: Throw AIG to the Wolves (and Ignore Us)

The fellows at AIG are indeed amoral pigs, and they make no pretentions to be otherwise, whereas Chuck Grassley and his ilk are venal hypocrites who are attempting to deflect attention from their own significant role in the current financial crisis, and a disastrous foreign policy conducted under false pretenses for the enrichment of private interests and corporations.

Those who take his pious pronouncements seriously are born to be shorn, over and over, again and again.

Mar 17 17:40

South Central Farm Destruction

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At a time when people are going hungry, a community garden gets bulldozed.

Maybe now they understand how the Palestinians feel.

Mar 17 17:08

George Bush Does Stand-up Comedy While Protester Call For His Arrest

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Police keep protesters outside, while Bush cracks jokes inside at Calgary speech
at 18:29 on March 17, 2009, EDT.
Bill Graveland And Shannon Montgomery, THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY - Former U.S. president George W. Bush was full of jokes as he spoke at a private luncheon Tuesday, while outside several dozen police officers worked to keep 200 to 300 unruly protesters under control.

At least four demonstrators were arrested outside the downtown Calgary convention centre where Bush was appearing.



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Mar 17 14:50

Website-infecting SQL injection attacks hit 450,000 a day

SQL attacks take aim at the database layer of websites. They typically were manual attacks designed to pilfer customer data from merchant websites. But last June someone figured out how to automate the attacks, and use them to plant infections.

Mar 17 13:51

Video "Israel Does Not Target the Palestinian Civilians"

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"The Palestinians are throwing themselves onto our bullets just to make us look bad!"

Mar 17 13:50

Of Patriots and Assassins

He opposed the bombing of Serbia and said aloud what few privately deny: Reflexive support for Israel's repression of the Palestinian people is high among the reasons America is no longer seen as a beacon of liberation in the Arab and Muslim world.

Freeman echoed the Obama of yesterday, who bravely blurted, "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."

At MEPC, however, Freeman committed a great crime. He published The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, which went onto the New York Times bestseller list – and put Freeman on AIPAC's enemies list.

Mar 17 13:49

Washington Post Shows Its Hand

The Washington Post is apparently losing lots of money and may close in the foreseeable future, barring a deus ex machina intervention by some foreign billionaire such as saved the New York Times. While the decline of newspapers worldwide is regrettable, the Post's troubles are really good news, and bankruptcy would be a richly deserved fate for a rag that has been an enabler of every neocon fantasy for the past 20 years. Imagine no longer having to enjoy Charles Krauthammer, Fred Kagan, John Bolton, Bill Kristol, and Robert Kaplan with your morning coffee.

Mar 17 13:48

Democrats Finally Waking Up to the Ongoing Looting of the Economy

Just as a certain percentage of republicans refused to admit that rotten things were happening under the Bush administration, many democrats have fought to defend the Obama administration against charges of mishandling the response to the economic crisis.

Mar 17 13:47

The Real AIG Scandal

Everybody is rushing to condemn AIG's bonuses, but this simple scandal is obscuring the real disgrace at the insurance giant: Why are AIG's counterparties getting paid back in full, to the tune of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars?

Mar 17 13:47

US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites

Mar 17 13:46

Bibi envisions 'major' war in coming months

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"God says we should start it and you Americans should finish it for us!"

Mar 17 13:41

Obama says Americans will get a good F.U.C.K.I.N.G.

President Obama unveiled his plan to help Americans with the slipping US dollar. "I feel your pain," President Obama stated, "And I am officially releasing my latest plan for righting the economy, called "Fixing Up Currency Keeping It New & Good," or as it will become known as F.U.C.K.I.N.G.

"Under my watch, Americans will get a good F.U.C.K.I.N.G. from the Treasury Department and my dear friend, Secretary Geithner. The Secretary has assured me this FUCKING will be relentless, in order to bring about a new order to this crisis by inflating our way out of this mess caused by our dear friends at the Federal Reserve

Mar 17 13:40

Students tie £56 camera to balloon and send it to edge of space to capture stunning images of Earth

Mar 17 13:40

Is This Last Gasp for the Israel Lobby and the Neocons?

Is the Israel lobby in Washington an all-powerful force? Or is it, perhaps, running scared?

Judging by the outcome of the Charles W. ("Chas") Freeman affair this week, it might seem as if the Israeli lobby is fearsome indeed. Seen more broadly, however, the controversy over Freeman could be the Israel lobby's Waterloo.

Mar 17 13:38

Obama Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG

Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American International Group in the form of political contributions according to Opensecrets.org. The two biggest Congressional recipients of bonuses from the A.I.G. are - Senators Chris Dodd and Senator Barack Obama.

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That explains why Obama says he can do nothing about taxpayer money going to bonuses.

Mar 17 12:36

Rise of the Recessionista

SomethingCool.ca - A caller into CBC’s Sunday afternoon talk-radio show, Cross-Country Checkup, said that men like Stewart were doing the job the media should have done before the financial meltdown. “This is just like the war in Iraq,” the caller complained. “The media were asleep at the wheel and didn’t do their job.

Yes, leave it to MSN/Sympatico Finance to give us the crucial facts about how image plays a part in these troubling times. “What does appearance have to do with personal finance?” this outlet asked in a recent article entitled Why It Pays to be a ‘Recessionista. “At first glance - nothing. After all, what do hemlines have to do with home equity loans?”

The answer? “More than you think.” Oh man, this oughta be good.

Mar 17 12:15

Watching the market? Then Watch the Volume NOT the Index Level

What is going on right now is as contrived as it comes.

The chart shows a rising index price with declining demand for all stocks.

The same thing is going on in the futures industry, where oil is up 38% since Obama took office, and demand has fallen almost as much in the same period of time.

Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

BULLSHIT, ROCKY. IT'S JUST BULLSHIT!

CAPITULATION IS NEXT.

Mar 17 08:58

Google Filters “The Give Act” - Mandatory Volunteerism

Does anyone know anything about HR 1388 and exactly what it is?? It will create a Uniformed Force of 250,000 members, that’s a force greater than the number of troops we now have in Iraq, a virtual army. A force of 5,000 per state if evenly divided, more realistically the force will be deployed according to the size and population of each state. It talks about a volunteer force, yet speaks of 3 year obligations as in a Draft, and a pay scale of from $17,000 to $22,000.

Mar 17 08:47

L.A. Times Op-Ed: Anti-Zionism Is Hate Crime

Zionists are attempting to equate anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism as a means of silencing opposition to their brutal political agenda. This has nothing to do with protecting Jewish people against racism and everything to do with shutting down criticism of the Israeli government and its warmongering policies which, with the support of the U.S. elite, have made life a living hell for both Jews and Muslims in the Middle East for centuries.

Mar 17 08:44

RACHEL CORRIE ~~ MURDERED BY THE STATE OF ISRAEL 6 YEARS AGO

We thank all who continue to remember Rachel and those who, on this sixth anniversary of her stand in Gaza, renew their own commitments to human rights, justice and peace in the Middle East. The tributes and actions in her memory are a source of inspiration to us and to others.

Mar 17 08:43

NO RECOGNITION OF THE EVIL STATE

And while it may be somewhat premature to pass a final judgment on George Bush’s successor in the White House, the signs from Washington are not encouraging.

Obama has already surrounded himself with a large number of Israel Firsters from Rohm Emanuel to Dennis Ross. He has also shown signs of surrendering rather miserably to congressional pressure, especially on matters pertaining to Israel. The latest “Freeman affair” is surely a worrying example.

Mar 17 08:43

TUESDAY’S TOON ~~ THE ROAD TO IRAQ

Mar 17 08:39

Fed-up Americans mobilize: More than 150 tea parties

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This article includes the list of cities where anti-tax protests will be held. I plan to attend the one in Honolulu!

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