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March 30, 2009

Mar 30 11:28

Someone else is spying on YOU. And it isn’t the NSA. Fusion Centers.

Ever hear of a Fusion Center?

They are run by the Department of Homeland Security and are locally based across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was a fusion center that came up with that MIAC report that claimed anybody not not giving the government a hand job (metaphorically) was a potential terrorist.

Mar 30 11:26

Marijuana is illegal because, uh, uh...

One member of the press corps, however, brought up the fact that marijuana legalization is a serious subject to many people, particularly with Mexico right now, and when Gibbs didn't really respond, the reporter asked him to explain "Why?" "Why he feels that way about legalizing marijuana?"

Here was Gibbs' response:

"Uh, he, he does not think that, uh, uh, that that is uh, uh, [pause] he opposes it, he doesn't think that that's the, the right plan for America."

Apparently that is the new U.S. Government position on why marijuana should be illegal.

Wow.

It's fascinating that he couldn't come up with anything other than the equivalent of... "because."

Mar 30 11:16

Judge Must Release Woman Sentenced to Jail for Being Poor, ACLU Says in Court Papers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked for an emergency hearing today on behalf of an Escanaba woman sentenced to 30 days in jail because she is too poor to reimburse the court for her son’s stay in a juvenile detention facility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The law, in its infinite majesty and equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor from begging in the streets and sleeping under the bridges.

Mar 30 11:13

4.3 quake wakes up San Francisco



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Mar 30 10:46

LEXICON OF RESISTANCE

Jews- the people who happen to identify themselves as Jews. Jews are not a race, they do not follow a single belief system either. I made myself a rule. I categorically refrain from dealing with “the Jews” as a collective or an ethnic group. Instead I restrict myself to criticism of Jewish politics, Jewish ideology and Jewish identity.

Mar 30 10:45

THE SIEGE OF GAZA IS FAR FROM OVER

There has been talk in the Western Press the past week of President Obama’s intention to keep the embargo on Cuba. There has been no talk of the continuing embargo on the Gaza Strip. America is as much responsible for that embargo as the one on Cuba.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"DO WHAT WE WANT, OR WE STARVE YOU!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

(ahem)

Cuba has survived 47 years of the US embargo. If embargo was going to work, it would have done so by now. All continuing the embargo does is make the United States look petty, vindictive, and mean, not to mention afraid of a tiny Caribbean island.

Mar 30 10:42

‘As American as apple pie….’

Mar 30 10:42

Tunguska blast caused by exploding comet - Russian scientist

The mysterious Tunguska blast in 1908 that flattened millions of trees in Siberia was due to the explosion of a hydrogen-saturated part of a comet in Earth's atmosphere, a Russian scientist said Monday.


Mar 30 10:40

G.I.s Blinded, Hospitalized by Laser 'Friendly Fire'

An American solider was blinded in one eye and three others required medical evacuation out of Iraq in a series of laser "friendly fire" incidents, the U.S. military has disclosed. These injuries to be the result of the misuse of green laser dazzlers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another "harmless" crowd control weapon by the US Government.

Blue lenses in eyeglasses are about to become very popular.

Mar 30 10:37

Five activists arrested in G20 'bomb plot' as London goes into lockdown for world leaders

Five people suspected of terrorist offences are being questioned by police today in connection with an alleged plot to target the G20 summit.

Three men and two women have been arrested under the Terrorism Act in Plymouth over the last three days after officers uncovered a cache of weapons and suspected extremist material during a house search.

They are being questioned over claims they planned to target the meeting of the world's most powerful political leaders in London later this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if this "plot" was staged in order to justify keeping the protesters at a greater distance from the troublemakers, I mean, the financial leaders.

Mar 30 10:36

Mandy: Give the bankers a break... we need them to succeed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what? Looting the population?

Mar 30 10:35

Spanish human rights attorney: ‘I would recommend that Mr. Feith…get a very good lawyer.’

Last week, a Spanish court agreed to consider “opening a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials…over allegations they gave legal cover for torture at Guantanamo Bay.” Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith said the charges “make no sense,” adding, “they criticize me for promoting a controversial position that I never advocated.” Gonzalo Boye, one of the lawyers filing the complaint, responded to Feith, saying, “If they [Bush officials] are innocent, they shouldn’t be afraid” to come to court:


Mar 30 10:34

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With OUR money???????

Mar 30 10:33

Peering into the Abyss

For a few fleeting, horrifying moments this past week the fault lines that underlie the global economic crisis erupted into plain view. With deft and quick effort leaders in Washington, Europe and Asia papered over the fissures and fears largely subsided. But the shock of plain truths which resulted in violent currency movements are the latest reminder that the 21st century economic order will bear little resemblance to the world we now know.

Mar 30 10:32

Beware Conficker worm come April 1

Thanks in part to a quarter-million-dollar bounty on the head of the writer of the worm, offered by Microsoft, security researchers are aggressively digging into the worm's code as they attempt to engineer a cure or find the writer before the deadline. What's known so far is that on April 1, all infected computers will come under the control of a master machine located somewhere across the web, at which point anything's possible. Will the zombie machines become denial of service attack pawns, steal personal information, wipe hard drives, or simply manifest more traditional malware pop-ups and extortion-like come-ons designed to sell you phony security software? No one knows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could easily be as overblown as the Y2K bug, and little more than a coordinated campaign to sell you more computer security software you do not need, but prudence suggests at least using whatever free resources are out there.

Mar 30 10:26

Tax havens batten down as the hurricane looms

In the basement of the sprawling whitewashed classical complex, 70 senior politicians and their advisers heard that prising open to increased scrutiny the secretive and corrupt world of tax havens - where trillions of dollars are stashed far from the reaches of the tax man - was akin to an evil Big Brother conspiracy that would smash civil liberties and hamper world economic growth.


Mar 30 10:25

The age of rage

Thousands of police officers who patrolled the route between the Embankment and a closing rally in Hyde Park seemed surprised at how peaceful and calm the mood of the marchers were given advanced warnings that the trade-union-backed march could be hijacked by anarchist groups and others seeking a violent clash with the police to mark what authorities believe could be a "summer of rage".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The protesters spotted the undercover cops playing agent provocateur.

Mar 30 10:24

Planting cyber seeds

In a 600-word post, Brad questioned the credibility of an online petition on Smith's website, urging the administration of President Barack Obama to require labeling of biotech foods. He called the petition "sheer political theater" and prodded the activist for purportedly being a yogic flying instructor.

More than 30 comments followed in the next few weeks. On one level, the exchange was just another online debate about GMOs. But this one was notable because of who initiated and hosted it: Monsanto Co.

Mar 30 10:21

Propaganda.com

Many of these governments have honed their Internet strategies beyond censorship and are employing more subtle (and harder to detect) ways of controlling dissent, often by planting their own messages on the Web and presenting them as independent opinion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Mar 30 10:19

Water police could ban power showers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the other day when California was talking about banning dark paint on cars, and I said that given enough thought, there will always be another reason to justify some bureaucrat telling you how to live your life.

And before the cultists write in to me to talk about how precious fresh water is and all that, I wish to remind you how here in Hawaii we were for many years the land of faucet restrictors and a permanent water shortage, until the day the last sugar cane field closed. Then we found out that there had never really been a water shortage; it was just that the agricultural corporations wanted more of the water, so we the people got less, while being assured the shortage was for "the environment."


Mar 30 10:00

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly boycotting Sean Penn films

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ARE THERE ACTORS WHOSE POLITICAL OPINIONS DISTURB YOU SO MUCH YOU WON'T SEE THEIR MOVIES?

O'Reilly: Just Sean Penn.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: SOMEONE WILL READ THAT AND ACCUSE YOU OF ENCOURAGING A NEW BLACKLIST ERA.

Mar 30 09:57

Israeli military in PR offensive to explain civilian deaths in Gaza

The Israeli military has moved to deflect a mounting barrage of criticism over the deaths of hundreds of civilians during its 22-day offensive in Gaza.

The public relations drive by the Israeli Defence Force has been given impetus by allegations made by some soldiers that permissive rules of engagement failed to protect civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel went into Gaza secure in their belief that they could control the narrative of what the rest of the world saw; that Israel could prevent anyone from inside Gaza from getting information and images out, and that the owned and subservient corporate media would feed the public Israel's lies as truth.

But the corporate media no longer has a monopoly on the flow of information. The high ground in the war for the minds of the world is here in the blog-o-sphere. Israel didn't understand that, and as a result, Operation CAST LEAD exploded in their face and wrecked Israel's carefully crafted image as perpetual victim. Now they are trying to get it back, again trusting that if they only spend enough of the American Taxpayer's money on the problem, the world can be made to forget the images of dead Palestinian children.

Mar 30 09:45

Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President

I was wrong. I had been saying that it would be naïve to take too seriously presidential candidate Barack Obama’s rhetoric regarding the need to escalate the war in Afghanistan. I kept thinking to myself that when he got briefed on the history of Afghanistan and the oft-proven ability of Afghan "militants" to drive out foreign invaders – from Alexander the Great to the Persians, the Mongolians, the Indians, the British, and the Russians – he would be sure to understand why they call mountainous Afghanistan the "graveyard of empires."

Mar 30 09:42

Lights In Sky Prompt Flood Of Calls In Md. Va. N.C.

One 11 News viewer in Carroll County e-mailed to say she "spotted a large fireball in the western sky. It started out being about star brightness, then increasingly got brighter and greener. As it got green, it had an orange sparkling tail...We saw it go almost all the way to the ground before losing sight of it in the trees."

A WBALTV.com visitor who was in Durham, N.C., wrote the following: "I remember seeing something greenish and changing colors. It was leaving a trail (not sure of the color). I never saw it hit the ground either because it faded, got covered by trees, or burnt out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like re-entering space debris to me. If you take a look at Google Earth with the special plugin that shows the current paths of the debris for the Cosmos/Iridian collision, the debris pattern continues to expand and some of that lower-flying debris is hitting the upper atmosphere and de-orbiting.


Mar 30 09:35

Fear of new regs drives gun, ammo shortage

Concern that the Obama administration could impose a new ban on some semiautomatic weapons is driving worried gun owners to stockpile ammunition and cartridge reloading components at such a rate that manufacturers can't meet demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is not the whole story.

A few weeks back, there was a report of a planned ban on certain imported ammunition, then the US Government stopped selling used brass to reloading companies.

So, saying that the shortages are solely cause by marketplace forces is not being entirely honest, is it?

Mar 30 09:33

US opens route to Afghanistan through Russia's backyard

The road passes a shimmering green mountain pasture, then dips steeply to a new US-built bridge. Across the languid Panj river is Afghanistan and the dusty northern town of Kunduz. On this side is Tajikistan, Afghanistan's impoverished Central Asian neighbour.

It is here, at what used to be the far boundary of the Soviet empire, that the US and Nato are planning a new operation. Soon, Nato trucks loaded with non-military supplies will start rolling into Afghanistan along this northern route, avoiding Pakistan's perilous tribal areas and the ambush-prone Khyber Pass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Non-military." Right.

Mar 30 09:29

Military Escalation and Obama s "War on Terrorism"

Long considered the realm of "conspiracy buffs" The New York Times, citing anonymous "American government officials," have belatedly "discovered" that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency (ISI) is aiding the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Mar 30 09:28

'Global War On Terror' Is Given New Name

In a memo e-mailed this week to Pentagon staff members, the Defense Department's office of security review noted that "this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' [GWOT.] Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.' "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And instead of the US flag, let's wrap those coffins in a somber yet tasteful floral print." -- Official White Horse Souse


Mar 30 09:27

Venezuela Confronts Capitalism's Crisis with More Revolution

The right-wing opposition once again erred - Confident in the idea that the world crisis and the fall in oil prices would finally bled dry the revolution and put an end to Chavez.

Chavez said in a recent speech: "To the opposition: pray that the great world crisis of capitalism, the great world capitalist economic crisis, doesn't reach here with the intensity that you are wishing for.

"Why? Because Carlos Andres Perez [a former social democratic president who, in 1989, implemented harsh anti-poor neoliberal policies that resulted in the Caracazo uprising] is not the person heading this government. Hugo Chavez is.

Mar 30 09:25

Credit card details freely available on web

The credit card details of up to 19,000 British shoppers have been made freely available on the internet.

The data, which includes names and home addresses as well as full card information, was accessible through a simple Google search.

It is believed that the details of thousands of Visa, Mastercard and American Express customers was mistakenly put in the public domain by fraudsters, who planned to sell it on to other scammers.

A spokesman for the banking industry body APACS said that most of the cards on the list had already been cancelled, but there are concerns that their owners were not made aware that they had been leaked online.

Mar 30 09:24

I NEED SPARE CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN!

Courtesy of [WAITING FOR PERMISSION TO USE NAME] here is a sign you can print up and give to the homeless people in your area. Nothing will open up wallets faster than a good laugh, so you'll be helping these victims of Wall Street.

Mar 30 09:12

Flim-Flam Obama Man: The “New Democrat[ic]” President's Wall Street Loyalties Get Clearer Every Day

Many on what passes for a left in the United States have been led to believe that Barack Obama is a "Mr. Smith-goes- to-Washington" character eager and ready to struggle against entrenched corporate and financial interests. A considerable number of so-called "left liberals" make curious bedfellows with right-wing noisemakers (including dangerous reactionary nut-jobs like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Bernard Goldberg) in fantasizing that a leftist has taken up residence in the White House. But, as Harper's Magazine president John R. MacArthur notes, this "is an absurd reading of Obama," who MacArthur rightly describes as "a moderate with far too much respect for the global financial class" and as "surely the unleft, unradical, president."



Lockerdome
Mar 30 09:09

Jewish writer raises a storm in America with his report from a 'tolerant' Iran

A row has broken out over allegations of antisemitism at the New York Times, America's most vaunted name in journalism and a newspaper with a large Jewish readership.

The storm centres on a column about Jews in Iran written by New York Times journalist Roger Cohen and a cartoon attacking the recent war in Gaza.

The newspaper, and Cohen in particular, has been accused of being too critical of Israel and an apologist for Iran and its leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Cohen's column was written from Iran about the country's small Jewish minority. His piece acknowledged the difficulties the group experienced and portrayed them as part of an Iranian society that he said was more tolerant, democratic and sophisticated than many American critics allowed.

Mar 30 09:04

Earth-lover Gore doesn't love 'Earth Hour'

Do as I say, not as I do? Seems like former Vice-President Al Gore may be embracing that motto as evidenced Saturday night by his failure to turn off the lights of his Nashville home for “Earth Hour.”

Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research —the same organization that also found Gore's home consumes 20 times more electricity than the average household — told Yeas & Nays that Gore’s Belle Meade-section mansion did not go dark during the global campaign’s designated hour between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Imagine my shock.

Mar 30 09:02

Economic Boycott of Israel Works: 21% of Israeli Exporters Affected

21% of Israeli exporters have been directly affected by the boycott movement since the beginning of 2009. So reports today (29 March) The Marker, a Hebrew-language economic newspaper.

Mar 30 08:59

Prominent Chechen killed in Dubai

Saturday's killing is the fourth of a prominent Chechen since September, when Mr Yamadayev's brother Ruslan was shot dead while driving in central Moscow.

The Chechen leader has denied any involvement in the killings.


Mar 30 08:55

MPS VOTE THEMSELVES AN EXTRA £1500-A-YEAR...AS REST OF US FIGHT TO SAVE JOBS

MPS have voted themselves a whopping yearly pay rise of £1,468 - as the rest of the country fights to save their jobs.

As most of the UK suffers pay freezes - or even reductions - due to the dismal economic situation, MPs will see their salary jump 2.33 per cent from April 1, it emerged today.

The Westminster rise brings their parliamentary pay - before allowances - up from £63,291 to around £64,766.

News of the extra money set to pour into MPs' pockets came as the row over expenses reached boiling point today.

Humiliated Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was facing demands to resign after her husband admitted paying to watch adult films using her taxpayer-funded expenses.

Mar 30 08:50

Khmer Rouge prison chief on trial

The Khmer Rouge regime's prison chief finally stood trial on Monday for Cambodia's "Killing Fields" atrocities, accused of overseeing the torture and execution of 15,000 people three decades ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"As well he should! Try the scum! Hang the bastard! Because after all he waterboarded his victi... ummm ... ah ... you know, maybe we are moving too quickly on this one." -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 30 08:48

Obama denies bailout funds for automakers

Washington: The White House says neither GM nor Chrysler submitted acceptable plans to receive more bailout money, setting the stage for a crisis in Detroit and putting in motion what could be the final two months of two American auto giants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is what I predicted was going to happen, meaning that YOU, the taxpayers, are on the hook for all the bailout money the automakers received to date.

Mar 30 08:46

Daily Kos: CIA Engineered Controlled Opposition?

“Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, owner of the DailyKos website, now admits that he spent six months in the employ of the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001,” writes Holland. “In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006 at the Commonwealth Club, Moulitsas, also known as ‘Kos,’ admitted that he was a CIA employee and would have ‘no problem working for them’ in the present.”


Mar 30 08:43

Activists Arrested For Asking Bloomberg A Question Plan Countersuit

Luke Rudkowski, along with fellow We Are Change members Manny and Anthony, were all arrested on Saturday night for asking Bloomberg a question about 9/11 first responders outside the Hilton Hotel on Sixth Avenue.

They followed orders by police to stay in one designated area and yet were arrested for trespassing and were later hit with the charge of “impersonating a journalist,” despite having Infowars press credentials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The courts have already ruled that bloggers are journalists, so press credentials from Infowars (and from What Really Happened) are legitimate and the holders of same or not "impersonating" anything.

Mar 30 08:40

India boom threatened by slowdown

On the edge of Delhi they're building the new India.

In just a decade an entire new city, Gurgaon, has risen above the dusty plain.

Mar 30 08:36

Blood and Excrement... the Movie. Coming Soon.

April is almost here. The day after tomorrow is April Fools Day. I hope we don’t get fooled again… as the song goes, more or less. There are great stinking piles of excrement all over the place. The world has become a marsh of hog lagoons and you’ve got to watch your step. The problem is, when people are watching their step they tend to notice shit; pun intended. That’s not good for the people who put it there and nothing will take the mind off of the smell quite as well as the smell of blood.

Mar 30 08:34

PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008

Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) killed 95 percent of the adoptable pets in its care during 2008. Despite years of public outrage over its euthanasia program, the animal rights group kills an average of 5.8 pets every day at its Norfolk, VA headquarters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So when you hear talk about ethical treatment of humans, you'll know what they really mean!


Mar 30 08:20

Evidence mounts of deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogen MRSA in pigs, will the FDA and the USDA act?

Despite mounting evidence of the link from Canada and Europe, U.S. public-health officials had never formally studied the issue, even though MRSA kills something close to 20,000 Americans every year -- more than AIDS*.(*and the 9/11 terrorist attacks)

Mar 30 08:09

DOW - GRAVITY IS A BITCH!

Mar 30 08:09

The Myth of Democratic Defense Cuts

Obama's defense spending is higher than Bush's

Mar 30 08:08

Spain court mulls US torture case

Spanish judges have agreed to consider charging six former US officials with providing legal justification for alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay.

Human rights lawyers brought the case against the six, who all served under former President George W Bush.


Mar 30 08:07

Obama’s involvement in Chicago Climate Exchange… the rest of the story

“Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress” is a FOXNews story by Ed Barnes. In short, “While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read this one carefully all the war through, and you will see what I have been telling you all along. This "human caused global warming" crisis is a gigantic scam to make the insiders rich selling you a total fantasy.

Mar 30 08:03

Obama vows no pursuit by US troops into Pakistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, and we were told that our troops in Vietnam were not pursuing into Cambodia, too!

Mar 30 08:03

Obama's Banking Rescue: O for Opaque

President Obama has promised to run an administration of unprecedented openness. And in some respects, such as the ground rules for spending stimulus funds, he has. But in the most important area of all, the financial rescue, the administration is making trillion dollar decisions relying on the Federal Reserve and a small Wall Street club of advisors, with no transparency or public accountability.

Mar 30 08:01

Obama's War

Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent noted last week that “President Obama’s announcement of an escalation in the American presence in Afghanistan is being met with mostly silence – and even some support – from the most influential liberal groups who opposed the Iraq War. ... MoveOn.org … declined to make any public statement about Obama’s Afghan policies in response to my queries. An official close to the group confirmed to me that MoveOn wouldn’t be saying anything in the near term. ... Nor will we hear anything from Americans United for Change, which ran $600,000 worth of TV ads against the Iraq War in the summer of 2007.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War isn't any more right just because a member of your party starts it.

Either you stand for principles, or you are just another apparatchik!

MoveOn have proven they are the latter.


Mar 30 07:55

Obama demanded GM CEO resign

GM CEO Rick Wagoner will be resigning at President Barack Obama's behest, US media reported Sunday just hours before Obama was to unveil an auto industry rescue package.

Mar 30 07:54

White House to let Chrysler fail

Goodbye, Chrysler.

At least that's the message from the White House, whose newly released plan for the automakers includes financing for just 30 days, after which point the Administration will leave the firm in the hands of the banks and an Italian company that's proposed a partnership.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was never the government's place to decide whether not not Chrysler should or should not fail. Not with our money, at any rate!

Mar 30 07:53

Petraeus denies systematic torture during Bush years

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It was more of a free-form make-it-up-as-you-go-along kind of torture!"

Mar 30 06:24

Futures Point to Another Decline; Is it really because of GM?

Stock futures are down sharply this morning ahead of the open. The DJIA is down 170 points while the NASDAQ is off 21 points. The mainstream media sources are attributing todays sell off to a comment made from the Obama administration that suggests a GM bankruptcy is a possibility. Is that really the reason for the sell off? GM is a company with a $2 billion market capitalization



Pixfuture
Mar 30 06:16

Realizing Real Estate is Just a Liability - Banks Starting to Walk Away on Foreclosures

The New York Times - Susan Saulny - City officials and housing advocates here and in cities as varied as Buffalo, Kansas City, Mo., and Jacksonville, Fla., say they are seeing an unsettling development: Banks are quietly declining to take possession of properties at the end of the foreclosure process, most often because the cost of the ordeal — from legal fees to maintenance — [and elevated property taxes] exceeds the diminishing value of the real estate.

Mar 30 05:46

Capitalist Incarnate: My interview with a vampire

A funny interview with a Kansas City capitalist. While not agreeing with some of the author's political philosophy,(I eat animals,but not my cats or dogs)I grew up in the area and am intimately familiar with the Country Club Plaza and you will run across people like this, (capitalist vampires) in the area. The author links to WRH so he ca'nt be all bad.

Mar 30 04:41

Scared Cheney puts his head in the noose

By coming out so forcefully and so publicly so soon after he left office, Cheney is intent on asserting that the torture programme he set up was legal, moral and defensible. Like many of Obama’s former foes, he may come to regret making that move in his own defence.

March 29, 2009

Mar 29 20:26

DHS Approves Fictitious Medical Device Review Board Led by a Dead Dog

The next time you considering using an "FDA-approved" medical device or pharmaceutical, remember this simple truth: In America, the Department of Health and Human Services will certify a fictitious review company headed by a dog!


Mar 29 19:13

Bachmann Blasts Obama's "Economic Marxism," Calls For "Orderly Revolution" To Save Freedom

At this point the American people - it's like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point, Sean, of revolution. And by that, what I mean, an orderly revolution -- where the people of this country wake up get up and make a decision that this is not going to happen on their watch.

Mar 29 19:10

Daniel Hannan MEP presents .... Gordon Brown, the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government

THIS IS A MUST SEE!

Daniel Hannan dresses down Gordon Brown before the British Parliament. The USA is facing exactly the same problems and challenges.

Mar 29 16:45

Greek Jews 'shocked' after Holocaust denier is acquitted by Athens Appeals court

The Greek Jewish community said Friday it was “shocked” after neo-Nazi militant Kostas Plevris, who wrote a book denying the Holocaust and containing offensive references to Jews, was acquitted by an Appeals court in Athens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People who claim Elvis is still alive are not arrested. People who claim to have had sex with a space alien on a UFO are not thrown in jail. People who claim to have filmed Bigfoot don't have their lives ruined even after they admit the film was faked.

Only in this one area of inquiry is the full weight of the legal system brought to bear on those who ask a simple question.

Are we lied to about important matters? Of course we are. The lies used to start the war in Iraq are proof of that.

Truth needs no laws to support it. Truth does not fear re-examination. Truth does not hide from questioning. Throughout history, only lies and liars have resorted to the courts to enforce adherence to dogma.

Mar 29 15:26

Fined for illegal clearing, family now feel vindicated

They were labelled law breakers, fined $50,000 and left emotionally and financially drained.

But seven years after the Sheahans bulldozed trees to make a fire break — an act that got them dragged before a magistrate and penalised — they feel vindicated. Their house is one of the few in Reedy Creek, Victoria, still standing.



Taboola
Mar 29 15:24

Could a Massive "False-Flag" Cyberattack Be On The Horizon

Since the attacks on September 11th, 2001, which many have called a "false-flag operation", meaning elements within the Federal Government carried out the attacks while blaming it on its enemies, there has yet to be a massive Internet attack which would, no doubt, cripple the global infrastructure, especially in these unstable times. But could one be in the works in order to usher in complete worldwide government control of the Internet?

Mar 29 15:19

How insurers secretly blacklist millions with common ailments

Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You'll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied.

What's more, you can discover that if you lie to an insurer about your medical history and drug use, you will be rejected because data-mining companies sell information to insurers about your health, including detailed usage of prescription drugs.

Mar 29 15:17

Financial sector set to shed 30,000 jobs

Job losses across the financial services industry are gathering pace, research shows today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Live by the derivative, die by the derivative!

(That sounds like another T-shirt!!!)

Mar 29 15:17

Gordon Brown left red-faced at summit as UK's debts soar

Gordon Brown faced huge embarrassment on the eve of the G20 summit as it was revealed that Britain is heading for the top of Europe’s borrowing league.

The figures – which came as the first world leaders began arriving in London – mean Britain’s chairmanship of the meeting is likely to be overshadowed by the dire position of its public finances.

Mar 29 15:16

Eight killed in North Carolina nursing home rampage

The suspect, identified as 45-year-old Robert Stewart, faces eight counts of murder and one count of felony assault on a police officer, she said.

Stewart was not an employee of the nursing home -- the Pine Lake Health and Rehab Center -- and he did not appear to have been related to any of the patients, Krueger said.

"There is still more to be uncovered as far as his purpose in being there," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Really? From here it looks like a staged incident to call for a ban on guns!

Mar 29 14:59

Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told'

But if there is one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. And the uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I made a comment on this very topic a few weeks ago which triggered the usual flood of irate emails from the cult, and the observation was this.

Yes, as the Earth gets warmer, the ice will melt and at the edges of the ice sheet, water will drop into the oceans.

HOWEVER, it is equally true that as the Earth gets warmer, evaporation from the oceans accelerates, and given that the surface area of the ocean is so much larger than the edges of the ice sheets, one would expect the oceans to drop rather than to rise.

As a side note, Al Gore's film, may have won an Oscar (ending the credibility of the Academy), but they stole some of the more dramatic and scary scenes from a science fiction move called "The Day after Tomorrow", itself an enviro-terror story.

Mar 29 14:55

Russia backs return to Gold Standard to solve financial crisis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh my gawd, attack! Attack! Attack NOW! NOW, NOW, NOW!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 29 12:28

FLASHBACK - Digg Blocking WhatReallyHappened.Com

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sent in by a reader.

Mar 29 12:20

WHATREALLYHAPPENED HAS BEEN TAGGED BY OPENDNS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this page is accurate, OpenDNS is not yet blocking What Really Happened, but it has been submitted for potential tagging by some who fear the spread of truth. If you have an OpenDNS account (this is free) you can vote on this issue., If you vote "YES" for the tag, you are voting for WRH to be blocked by OpenDNS filters.

As to why OpenDNS is not showing WRH right now, that remains a mystery.

Mar 29 12:12

U of T team tracks China-based cyber spies

Although the Canadian researchers said most of the computers behind the spying were in China, they cautioned against concluding that China's government was involved.

Ronald Deibert, a member of the research group and an associate professor of political science at Munk, said: "This could well be the CIA or the Russians. It's a murky realm that we're lifting the lid on."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that they give out no information that would help computer users determine if their computers were indeed targets.

Mar 29 12:05

largest model railway in the world

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh to have a life so simple where this was all you had to worry about!

Mar 29 11:59

NC Nursing Home Shooting Kills 6, Hurts 3

A gunman opened fire at a North Carolina nursing home Sunday, killing six and wounding at least two others, police said.

McKenzie said the man wasn't a patient at the nursing home but didn't offer further details on what the gunman's motive might have been.

Mar 29 11:55

OpenDNS now allows "user" defined filtering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been receiving a lot of complaints from users of OpenDNS that they can no longer reach whatreallyhappened.com using OpenDNS. Apparently OpenDNS is now offering filtering services, and worse, they are allowing anyone who has an account to decide who gets on the ban list. Clearly it doesn't take too many "megaphonies" to add a website to the ban list and "vote" it into activation.

The end result is that OpenDNS is becoming ClosedDNS and will soon mutate into just another corporate ISP that only allows a bland porridge made of things that offend nobody to get through.

Mar 29 11:41

Tristan Anderson Deserves Medal of Freedom

Tristan–38 years old and of Oakland, California–was shot by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on March 13th while peacefully protesting against the “separation wall” deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in the Palestinian West Bank village of Bi’ilin. Israel was ordered to halt building the wall and compensate Palestinians for land illegally annexed. The wall–longer and taller than the infamous Berlin wall–zigzagged into Palestinian lands, thus preventing farmers and villagers from reaching their farms, hospitals, and schools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

According to Sasha Solanas from ISM, Tristan has had to have part of his frontal brain lobes removed to prevent swelling from killing him.

Mar 29 11:38

SHAME ON US!

It is at least as insulting and humiliating as some Jews were forced or duped to play music to SS, Gestapo and Wehrmacht soldiers during the Second World War. In both cases, the act was meant to humiliate the victims and rob them of the last visages of human dignity.

And now, Jews in Israel are doing the same thing to Palestinians, Nazism’s vicarious victims.

Mar 29 11:37

PALESTINE LIVE ~~ LAND DAY 2009

Unlike any other nation, Palestine has nothing positive to celebrate at this point in time. There are two ‘major holidays’ on the Palestinian calendar, the first being The Nakba, a commemoration of the day Palestine was literally wiped off the map by the zionists….

Mar 29 11:33

History Lesson: And These Are the People We Expect to Fix Things Now?

George Santayana once famously said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” But what about those who don’t just ignore history, but who hire and take counsel from those who committed historic follies in the past?

Back in November 1999, Congress passed legislation pushed by then Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX), rescinding the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act. The measure, backed by the Clinton administration, and overwhelmingly passed by the Senate (90-8) and the House (362-57), opened the way for banks to merge with investment banks and insurance companies, and led directly to the current financial cataclysm.

Mar 29 11:26

Washington Post Shills for Terrorists

The Bush administration -especially Dick Cheney - loved and protected the MEK because the MEK ginned up information to justify threatening to attack Iran. The Post notes that “U.S. officials credit the MEK with providing information about Iran’s nuclear program.”

The Post neglects to mention that MEK’s allegations turned out to be crap and were debunked by a National Intelligence Estimate in late 2007.

Mar 29 11:26

Typical ignorant Zionist tries to debate Ryan Dawson

Mar 29 11:22

Who would you rather trust - the BBC or a blogger?

The best reason for wanting my colleagues to survive is that serious reporters and broadcasters offer a guarantee that what they say is true. If they stray, their editors impose journalistic standards and insist on objectivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like this?

The BBC's 'WTC 7 Collapsed
At 4:54 p.m.' Videos

Because BBC to this very day will not "impose journalistic standards and insist on objectivity" on just why they reported the collapse of WTC-7 while it was clearly still standing behind the reporter.

This article is little more than a desperate gasp of a corporate media that knows it has committed suicide by standing together with those who lied us into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and fears paying that final dark price for its betrayal of the public trust.

Too goddamned bad!

Mar 29 11:21

Obama Commits Himself To War

Under pressure from U.S. drones many Pashtuns in Pakistan will move from the areas in the tribal lands into the cities and will eventually fight the Pakistani government there. Recent days already saw deadly clashes between internally displaced persons and the police. With the fighting brought into major cities, the Pakistani government will lose even more legitimation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just where the adults who are supposed to be guiding US foreign policy were when Obama and his advisors came up with this mound of steaming excrement, and dubbed it "an intelligent foreign policy decision".

Mar 29 11:16

Freedom Rider: Opposing Obama

This weekend's pitifully small peace demonstration in the nation's capitol reveals a near-totally demobilized U.S. Left mired in such timidity and delusion, activists fear to mention Barack Obama's name when denouncing the wars he so aggressively prosecutes. "The new president, who makes no secret of his intention to continue the previous administration's war of terror, escaped serious scrutiny and the condemnation he deserves." Forgetting that power concedes nothing without a demand, the Left shrinks from making real demands of the actual president in power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is just a very bright, very attractively packaged warmonger, no different from his predecessor in terms of the kind of geopolitical outcome he has promised to achieve for those to whom he holds himself accountable (and I can assure you, these folks are NOT "We the People".

But I would also observe that true conservatives (like Ron Paul, for whom I have an enormous amount of respect) also find this consistent "wars without end" approach to geopolitics truly abhorrent. They know that this kind of behavior on the part of any country puts that country in both moral, and economic, peril.

Paul had two main problems in the 2008 campaign; he wasn't any where near telegenic enough to be elected, and he was telling the American people the truth about what was going to happen if we continued on the road the previous president had this country traveling.

His assessment, unfortunately, has become prophetic.

Mar 29 11:15

Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh reveals Cheney's assassination ring, gets no press

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is best known for breaking the shocking My Lai massacre story during the Vietnam war, in which hundreds of unarmed civilians in a Vietnamese village were slaughtered by U.S. soldiers in March 1968. His courageous reporting on this sad chapter in history won him a Pulitzer Prize. In recent years, his incisive coverage of the Abu Ghraib abuses and torture has also been widely followed and respected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(I do admire that rifle in the photo!)

Mar 29 11:11

Biden rules out lifting Cuban embargo

In his first official visit to Latin America, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday the White House wants the region to play a more active role in organizations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund and ruled out lifting the embargo on Cuba.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about holding a grudge!!!!!!!!

Mar 29 11:08

Netanyahu and the Future of the Peace Process

So what is the peace process to which the media refers? What are the prospects for a viable two-state solution that are being so passionately discussed?

Equally confusing is the fact that some Western leaders and diplomats maintain a wait-and-see position, hoping that Netanyahu will respect and maintain this non-existent peace process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no peace process at this point, which of course, corporate media will not tell their viewers.

The evisceration - and ethnic cleansing - of Palestinians will continue apace under Netanyahu's leadership, unless the rest of the world screams, "that's enough: no more!"

Unfortunately, that is about as likely a probability to happen as that of pigs flying. But a concerted, unrelenting ending to all aid, financial and/or military, to Israel until a separate state of Palestine is duly established and recognized, will be the only way to get Israel's attention.

Otherwise, the Israeli government is just going to continue to kill Palestinians, yet scream that they are, in fact, always, the victims.

Mar 29 11:08

Freedom Tower name changed to One World Trade Center

The reason for the name swapping? One World Trade Center is more marketable, said Steve Sigmund, a spokesman for the Port Authority.

Mar 29 11:02

Big Money is Going to Take Your Internet Access Away!

The subject has been dubbed net neutrality, but that`s an entirely too bland term for what is going on. What is at stake is whether you and I can have the same kind of high-speed, equal-service access to the Internet that Big Business has, or whether giant telecommunications companies like Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will get away with creating a tiered, or multilevel system of Internet speeds so that certain providers can buy a fast lane ahead of you and me. It would be like a rich guy having a lane all to himself on a six-lane highway because he paid for it. You would get the lane you could afford. Net neutrality, on the other hand, would mean no special privileges for Big Money. It would mean equal access and equal service.

Mar 29 10:56

The Global Warming Scam

Are the oil companies conspiring to keep
us addicted to fossil fuels?

No doubt.

But Al Gore never talks about that, does he?

Instead he talks about carbon taxes which keeps
the oil companies in business - and further impoverishes
an already struggling world population.

Here's the real story on Al Gore and the so called
global warming menace:

Mar 29 10:54

Judge OKs probe of torture complaint against Bush officials

A senior Spanish judge has ordered prosecutors to investigate whether key Bush aides should be charged with crimes over the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a lawyer said Sunday.

Mar 29 10:54

The ‘New’ Strategy - Did Obama Expand the War Into Pakistan?

While promising “A New Way Forward” (not so coincidentally the working title of the 2007 escalation in Iraq), it seems that all roads lead to Pakistan. The government will be getting billions in new aid, the US is committing itself to fight militants in the area (above and beyond the repeated drone attacks). They’re not even ruling out sending ground troops.

So Afghanistan has its new strategy, which is its old strategy with more guys. But maybe the real story here is that President Obama has made the equivalent of a de facto declaration of war against Pakistan’s border regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"CHANGE"?!?!?!?

Change, my astrolabe!!

Mar 29 10:54

France calls Gaza 'open-air prison'

France has warned that the Gaza Strip cannot remain an 'open-air prison' forever, urging Israel to lift the blockade on the territory.

Mar 29 10:53

'Holy Mary, Help Us in Our Hour of Need!'

The unexplained illness has farmers deeply worried. Hildegard and Josef Kirmeier, from the Bavarian town of Wurmsham, have already lost five calves. "Perhaps the soy we add to the feed is genetically modified," Kirmeier speculates. Or could a vaccination be causing the problem?

Many farmers blame the "blood sweating" on a controversial vaccine against bluetongue disease, which became mandatory for cattle in Germany in April of last year.

Mar 29 10:51

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

Their strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution blended Alinsky concepts with their more aggressive efforts at bringing about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation's wealth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me start off by saying I do NOT agree with this article. But I felt I needed to call attention to it because this appears to be the current PR strategy by the rich to stay rich, and it goes something like this; The poor don't really have any reason to be unhappy at losing their homes and jobs; they are just part of an EVIL INSIDIOUS PLOT to alter the natural order of the universe and steal the wealth the gods hath decreed should be ours in perpetuity.

... or something like that.

Keep in mind that American Thinker is the same group that accused the New York Times of anti-Semitism because they reported that Jews in Iran are not subject to the intense political and religious repressions Israel claimed they were.

Mar 29 10:48

Where In The World Is The Next Bubble, US TREASURY BONDS

Bubbles, they keep forming everywhere you look, and most are created and busted by the Federal Reserve. The latest bubbles to burst included the housing market, crude oil prices, and commodities except gold. The Fed has had it's hand in making and breaking all these bubbles. The USA passes laws to curb demand or increase demand in particular markets. The next "Great bubble in the making is US Treasury bonds" also propelled by the Fed, in recent news the Fed announced they would be buying a trillion dollars in treasurys over the next 3 months, This will go down as the biggest bubble of all time when its over. All in all, who's side do you think the "Fed" is on we will see.

Mar 29 10:46

Clinton has no plan for "substantive" Iran meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no plans for a "substantive" meeting with Iranian officials at a conference on Afghanistan in the Hague next week, the State Department said on Thursday.

"No substantive meetings are planned with Iranian officials at this time," said State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid when asked if Clinton planned to have a meeting with Iranian officials on the sidelines of the conference on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Israel has ordered us to wreck Iran and it is a total waste of my precious time in meetings pretending otherwise!" -- Hillarious

Mar 29 10:45

Obama will face a defiant world on foreign trip

Despite his immense popularity around the world, Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London on Tuesday for the Group of 20 summit meeting of industrial and emerging market nations plus the European Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Obama appears to not realize - or perhaps he doesn't care - that the US's strident assurances about how Western finance, based on the concept of fractional banking, will save the world's economy, has brought world economy to a standstill.

He appears not to realize - or to care - that every time a US- piloted drone somewhere kills women, kids, and the elderly, this country is creating another generation of young radicals are righteously and rightfully angry. That anger will have only one way to express itself, and that doesn't at all augur well for the future of peace on this planet.

He appears not to realize - or to care - that US military misadventures around the world to steal resources - rather than acquire them through treaties, as Russia has done - make us look as though we have a "psychotic thug" class of juveniles running this country.

He appears not to realize - or care - that the billions of dollars sent to Israel - a country doing its level best to ethnically cleanse every Palestinian from any part of its territory, does not make us look like an honest broker to the rest of the Middle East, or the world.

And unfortunately for this President, those intellectual capabilities with which he is remarkably endowed, mean nothing if the only guiding emotion in his life is hubris.

Hubris, like ignorance, should be painful.

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