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April 16, 2009

Apr 16 20:41

Illinois jobless rate rises to 9.1% Under Squirming Quinn as The Taxing Governor

The Chicago Tribune James P. Miller | Tribune reporter A worsening U.S. economy pushed Illinois joblessness half a percentage point higher in March, to 9.1 percent—a rate the state hasn't seen since November 1985.

The state's unemployment rate surpasses the nation's 8.5 percent , but Illinois remains below the levels of Michigan (at 12.0 percent) and a handful of others.

Apr 16 20:33

Stiglitz Says White House Ties to Wall Street Doom Bank Rescue

April 16 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration’s plan to fix the U.S. banking system is destined to fail because the programs have been designed to help Wall Street rather than create a viable financial system, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said.

"All the ingredients they have so far are weak, and there are several missing ingredients," Stiglitz said in an interview. The people who designed the plans are "either in the pocket of the banks or they’re incompetent."

Speaking of "in the pocket of the banks", from the NY Times: Government Sachs

Apr 16 20:10

Canada's RBC takes $850-million hit

The Toronto-based bank said the charge covers a write-down of goodwill, which "reflects the impact of prolonged challenging economic conditions." It said the charge in particular reflects declines in the U.S. economy, the U.S. housing market and the market value of U.S. banks.

Translation: they aren't bold enough to go after the government for a bailout. They know the Canadian taxpayers will hunt them down and string them up.

Apr 16 19:46

While Tourists Search for Bargains, Budget Cuts Are Affecting State Parks

The dire economy could make it harder to enjoy the great outdoors.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 16 19:41

Allen Texas Tea Party April 15th, 2009

Apr 16 19:29

Border Patrol Goons Beat Baptist Pastor

He was IN the United States!!! He had crossed no international border!!!

Apr 16 19:10

Baptist minister beaten by "police"

Apr 16 17:32

Obama consulted widely on memos

A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos “unbelievable.”

“It's damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama's action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are,” the official said. “We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this "official" is never, actually sourced, and apparently doesn't have the courage to let this country - and the world - know just how much he loved torture (at least, vicariously, which does say something about his mental state), and how thoroughly disappointed he is that the chances are this country may not do this again.

The US should never have tortured in the first place, period, end of discussion. We, the People of the United States of America, should never torture, because it is completely antithetical to those principals upon which this country was founded, and makes us criminal hypocrites in the eyes of the rest of the world.

And one small remark for this "unidentified official" to chew on for a moment. We have known, absolutely, and without doubt, from the times of the Inquisition, that torture doesn't produce the truth; it simply gets the tortured person to say whatever they think they need to say to get the torture to stop.

Apr 16 17:14

Desperate veterans turn to suicide

Several branches of the military are reporting significant spikes in the number of suicides committed by both active-duty troops and veterans returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Experts are calling the number of military-related suicides sweeping the country an "epidemic."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please make sure, if you know a young person, seriously contemplating joining the military, that they see this.

We can't know the mindset of these individuals, but perhaps one factor may stand out here.

It is, for many of these young men and women, the sure and certain realization that this time in history, the US is the bad guy in these wars of aggression.

And that's something that will never, ever go away.

Apr 16 17:09

Blind Amputee Has to Fight AIG for New Plastic Leg, Wheelchair

An Oklahoma man who lost an eye and a leg in Iraq says the giant insurance company AIG refused to provide him a new plastic leg and fought to keep from paying for a wheelchair or glasses for the eye in which he has 30 percent vision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, AIG: how about taking a little bit of that bailout money, or some of those huge bonuses, and actually taking care of your clients?

Your image, already mud in the eyes of most thinking Americans, has just sunk to the level of manure on this one.

Every one of our wounded vets deserves exactly the same kind of health care Dick Cheney will get for the rest of his life. That they are not getting it is an indictment of the total health care process for our vets.

Apr 16 16:55

Israel turns back 250 tons of truckloads of food

Israeli troops manning the land Al-Ojah checkpoint in Central Sinai sent back 13 truckloads of 250 tons of flour dispatched by the Egyptian Red Crescent to Gaza Strip on Thursday.

The official Egyptian news agency, the Middle East News Agency, quoted a source in the association as saying that the Israeli authorities have hampered dispatch of aid to the Palestinians in Gaza Strip through this checkpoint.

Apr 16 14:50

Think What We Think...Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus

Apr 16 13:49

Montana Firearms Freedom Act

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All firearms, short barrel shotguns, short barrel rifles, silencers, and firearms with a bore under 1.5" are deemed exempt from the NFA if they're made in MT.

They're exempt from the 1968 GCA as well, which means no serial numbers and no NICS check either.

This means that you can make and sell armor piercing pistol rounds (9mm) as well as AP 5.56 and AP 7.62x39.

This will provoker a challenge over the Tenth Amendment.

Apr 16 13:44


Webmaster's Commentary: 

A few redacted sections, but what is admitted to is that in addition to waterboarding, other tortures involved slamming prisoners heads into walls (which is proven to produce permanent neurological damage) and locking prisoners into small boxes filled with live insects.

This is the image of the United States of America in the 21st Century.

Apr 16 13:18

Holocaust museum: Sunday's opening in Skokie to have powerful message of hope amid the horrors

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every Holocaust museum is a monument to people who REFUSED TO STAND UP AND DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST TYRANNY IN GOVERNMENT and instead demanded the rest of the world step in to protect them!

Every Holocaust museum is a testimonial to people who chose to remain silent and inactive even as their neighbors were being rounded up and sent to slave labor camps.

Every Holocaust Museum is a reminder of all the Jewish people who could have stood up to stop Hitler and decided not to.

Is that an ideal we want to teach our children in museums? To knuckle under, to go along, to bow, to obey, even when you know the leadership of the nation is on a dangerous and destructive path?

Israel demands money and unconditional support from the rest of the world with the claim that "we" let it happen. But in truth, isn't it the people who were there in Germany, closest to the crimes that bear the blame for allowing "it", whatever "it" really was, to happen?

Every Holocaust museum is an attempt to re-write history, to transfer the blame for one people's inaction and cowardice onto the rest of the world.

Where are the museums in every American city to the American soldiers who DID step in, often at loss of life, to stop Hitler from completing whatever his plans were?

Why are we not seeing Museums to them in every American city?

Are the lives of Americans somehow less important?

Apr 16 12:58

9-11 Boston Tea Party in Milwaukee

Apr 16 12:48

Truth Action Ottawa - 9/11 Truth Action - April 11, 2009

Apr 16 12:32

CIA employees won't be tried for waterboarding

The Obama administration on Thursday informed CIA officials who used waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects that they will not be prosecuted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we can't wait to roll John Demjanjuk and his wheelchair onto a plane for Germany!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 16 12:27

"Tea" protests flood America

Hundreds of anti-tax 'tea parties' have been held all over the US by protesters who think Obama's bank bailout and stimulus package are mortgaging the future for an easier present. >p>

Apr 16 12:20

CBO Report Says Ethanol Drive Food Prices Higher

Even if you subtract the $0.45 federal subsidy for ethanol from the $1.62 price, resulting in a cost to wholesalers of $1.17, ethanol is still more expensive than gasoline on a per-Btu basis. Why? Ethanol contains just two-thirds of the heat energy of gasoline. Therefore to match the energy content of 1 gallon of gasoline, you need 1.33 gallons of ethanol. And the total cost of that fuel would be $1.55. ($1.17 * 1.33 = $1.556). That’s $0.14 more than the listed cost of gasoline.

Thus, the reality is that for buyers in Omaha and many other parts of the country, the real cost of ethanol remains higher than that of gasoline. Given that reality, it’s no wonder that companies like Aventine are going down the drain.

Apr 16 11:30

Surfing the Kill Chain

I was minding my own business reading the funny papers when the wife sits down, clicks on the devil box, and there sat an interviewed multi starred general and into my brain forever burned these words:
"We must always strive to have the latest technology to guarantee that we continuously have dominance of the kill chain." I find myself wondering what it must be like to live your entire life scheming to kill people. Laying awake at night worrying about the kill chain must be a real pisser.

Apr 16 11:28

Jewelry storeowner investigated in shooting of thief

Vancouver police are looking into a jewelry-store heist, but it's not just the suspected thieves they are investigating.The store owner is also under scrutiny for allegedly shooting one of the thieves, police say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, catching the crooks is OUR job, dammit. You're supposed to just sit and wait until we GET here and we will get here when we damn well feel like it and not one second SOONER!!!!" -- RCMP

Apr 16 11:25

Tea Parties Are Missing The Point

Where is Sam Adams and Patrick Henry when you need them!

Apr 16 11:22

Schakowsky Calls Parties "Despicable' and "Shameful"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We really scared the hell out of them, didn't we!!!!

That is a good first step.

Apr 16 11:20

Government spending, taxes protested in Lodi

While waving American flags and holding up signs with the motto, "Taxed Enough Already," more than 200 people attended a tea party to protest taxes and government spending Wednesday.

"We work so hard and give so much to this country and government, and all we ask is that they listen to us," said Brandon Jones, who owns a local business.

Apr 16 11:18

China buys less U.S. debt as reserve growth slows

China bought more than $4.6 billion worth of U.S. Treasury securities in February, despite fears that the United States' top foreign lender may be growing nervous about its massive holdings of U.S. government debt.

"I don't think there's any real evidence of a turn away from U.S. securities, certainly no evidence of a turn away from Treasuries," says Brad Setser, a former Treasury Department economist now with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That may change.

Yesterday WE THE PEOPLE sent a message to the world that we will no longer allow ourselves to be taxed into poverty to cover the losses of reckless business ventures.

Foreign investors had to notice.

Apr 16 11:15

Don’t Fall For the Old Divide And Conquer Trick

To my friends on both the left and the right, I urge you to remember that folks on the other side of the aisle are not the problem. As honest people on both the left and the right agree, the real problems are:

* Lack of honest disclosure about the shenanigans of the financial giants

* Failing to prosecute the criminal actions of those companies and their big wigs

* Failing to break up zombie insolvent companies

* Slipping trillions of dollars into the hands of the richest and most powerful companies under the table

* Gaming the numbers

* And continuing to pursue failed economic policies even after they’ve been proven counterproductive

Apr 16 11:12

The Pentagon's Monster in the Mirror

Without a hint of irony, the report expresses concern about, "the purposes to which China's current and future military power will be applied," and suggests that Beijing could even use its armed forces "to ensure access to resources or enforce claims to disputed territories."

Sound familiar? Well, Washington apparently needs to relearn the basic moral principle of universality: What is wrong for others to do, must also be wrong for us.

Apr 16 11:11

Overwhelmed Illinois Court Postpones Foreclosures Until September

Citing a backbreaking caseload of foreclosures, the court serving the nation’s second-most populous county has decided to postpone most foreclosures until September, while it attempts to work through tens of thousands of existing filings. Cook County, Illinois is home to Chicago and surrounding areas — and is also traditionally a foreclosure hotspot.

Apr 16 11:10

Geithner and Summers Want More Debt Bubbles: The Result Could Be Catastrophic

The Geithner/Summers plan seems to hinge on reinflating the debt bubble. The outcome will be inflation, a more serious crash, or both.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when I described the bailout as taking a trillion from the people to give to the banks to loan back to the people?

Did I lie!

Apr 16 11:08

Pentagon Closes Office Accused of Issuing Propaganda Under Bush

A Pentagon office responsible for coordinating Defense Department information campaigns overseas has been abolished in an effort by the Obama administration to distance itself from past practices that some military officers called propaganda, senior officials said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The office closed, but that does not mean the activities have stopped, only that they (like the torture of prisoners) is being moved someplace it is harder to see.

Apr 16 11:07

US Air Strikes in Iraq Kill Mostly Women, Children

In a report to be published in tomorrow’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have concluded that air strikes by US-led coalition forces have killed mostly women and children. 39 percent were children, while 46 percent were women.

Interestingly enough, though the high-tech weaponry used by the invading forces killed a disproportionately large number of (presumably mostly non-combatant) women and children, it showed that among victims of suicide bombings only 12 percent were children.

Apr 16 11:06

Napolitano stands by controversial report

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.

Apr 16 10:49

Photos from the Glendale 'Tea Party' Protest: Kids & Parents Get Angry

Apr 16 10:48

FLASHBACK: Two FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Government Officials

The National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) has obtained a copy of an official complaint filed by a veteran FBI Special Agent, Gilbert Graham, with the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ-OIG). SA Graham’s protected disclosures report the violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in conducting electronic surveillance of high-profile U.S. public officials.

Apr 16 10:37

Tax day ‘tea-party’ protests reach Trenton, southern New Jersey

Apr 16 10:33


“We have secured a number of trucks loaded by many aids and medical kits for Gaza children. We expect to have more people and Organizations with us in few days.”

Apr 16 10:32


“We are talking about a country that sanctions murder of non-Jews, theft of their property and demolition of their homes. It is a state that uses every conceivable extenuating circumstances to exonerate Jewish murderers of Palestinians while concocting all sorts of pretexts to condemn and incriminate Palestinians.”

Apr 16 10:31


“The Israelis came and pointed their guns at us. they told us to get into the back room, where the shots had been fired, and to stay there, and they went on to the roof. They told us that if we moved, they would shoot us. They went upstairs, they stole my money, soiled the beds, left condoms everywhere. They fired holes in the bed - for what?’ While people were dying they were making love with each other in our bed, and then they destroyed it. All our money was in the mattress, everything for the whole family, and they took it all. then after 3 days, they left. Just left”

Apr 16 10:29

Robber gets surprise when pharmacist opens fire

A gunman walked into a CVS drugstore expecting to hold up the place. What he didn't expect was to find a pharmacist who had a gun and was not afraid to use it.

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(And luckily there was a first aid kit nearby!)

Apr 16 10:26

US banks step up home foreclosures

One day after President Barack Obama defended the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the banks and pledged to funnel more taxpayer funds into their coffers, the Wall Street Journal published a front-page article headlined “Banks Ramp Up Foreclosures.”

Apr 16 10:25

Woman killed by laptop

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Goddamned VISTA!!!!! :)

Seriously, I wonder why they are going on about the laptop when it was the Tow Truck that is the obvious cause here.

Apr 16 10:21

WTC towers to be delayed for decades

The owners of ground zero, locked in a new round of heated talks with a private developer about how and when to build office towers at the World Trade Center site, have proposed indefinitely putting off two of three planned skyscrapers until the real estate market recovers, officials familiar with the negotiations say.

Apr 16 10:19

Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request

Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”--symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It strikes me as odd that Obama would host a Seder at the White House and he is NOT Jewish. But he speaks at a Catholic University, he professes to be a christian, and they have to cover up the signage?

Apr 16 10:13

Navy Takes Next Step Towards Laser 'Holy Grail'

U.S. Navy ships could one day knock down incoming missiles with energy weapons that never run out of shots, and tune themselves to slice through the ocean air.

Apr 16 10:11

Jobless claims top 6M; housing starts plummet

Apr 16 10:11

Lending By Bailout Recipients Falls Again

Lending by the nation's largest banks fell 6 percent in February from the previous month, continuing a downward trend that began in October with the financial crisis, according to data published yesterday by the Treasury Department.

The 21 banks in the survey have received more than $211 billion in federal funding to support new lending with the aim of stimulating the economy. The money has not accomplished its purpose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is what the blog-o-sphere PREDICTED would be the case.

They never listen to us. I don't know why I bother any more!! :)

Apr 16 10:10

The Top 10 Enemies of Single-Payer

Outside the beltway cesspool/hot tub, the majority of doctors, nurses, small businesses, health economists, and the majority of the American people – according to recent polls – want a Canadian-style, single payer, everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital, national health insurance system.

Inside the beltway cesspool/hot tub, the corrupt elite will have none of it.

They won’t even put single payer on the table for discussion.

Why not?

Because it will bring a harsh justice – the death penalty – to their buddies in the multi-billion dollar private health insurance industry.

Apr 16 10:05

NSA spied on member of Congress and broke new laws, report says

An article in The New York Times detailing new violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reports that in recent months the National Security Agency has been intercepting the communications of Americans on a scale going well beyond the broad legal limits established last year by Congress.

Even more shocking, the paper reveals that under the Bush administration the NSA spied on a member of Congress and sought to wiretap the lawmaker without a warrant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey Congress; welcome to OUR world!

Apr 16 10:04

Moncada family has questions regarding Raul's death

Family members said another military representative told them that Moncada lost an arm and leg in the attack and died in a hospital.
"They don't know what happened," said Moncada's older brother, Ruben Moncada, expressing the family's frustration at hearing differing accounts of the attack.

Apr 16 09:55

Screwed. Blued and Tattooed under the Hairline.

Well, if King and Gandhi were both assets financed by the omnipresent, Illuminati/Elite, Communist and or Capitalist or… pick anything really… guys in black sunglasses ...then it stands to reason that the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus were too. They didn’t even try to hide it with Santa Claus; red suit and all, come to think of it. There’s a guy who’s got a white beard AND works to dispense presents among the masses. He might be the real heavyweight we’ve all been looking to identify.

Apr 16 09:50

Tax Day Becomes Protest Day

Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies -- dubbed "tea parties" -- to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending. There is no political party behind these rallies, no grand right-wing conspiracy, not even a 501(c) group like MoveOn.org.

So who's behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the power of the Internet to organize.

Apr 16 09:50

Wells Fargo’s Profit Looks Too Good to Be True: Jonathan Weil

Dig below the surface of Wells’s numbers, though, and there are reasons to be wary. Here are four gimmicks to look out for when the company releases its first-quarter results on April 22:

Apr 16 09:49

Man Who Says He Is Former AIPAC Member Puts Up Billboards Decrying Gaza as Monstrous Inhumanity

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sincere remorse, or polishing a turd?

Apr 16 09:49

Italian Says 9-11 Solved

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio, has told Italy’s oldest and most widely read newspaper that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad, and that this was common knowledge among global intelligence agencies. In what translates awkwardly into English, Cossiga told the newspaper Corriere della Sera:

“All the [intelligence services] of America and Europe…know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the Mossad, with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part … in Iraq [and] Afghanistan.”

See also: The 9/11 Reichstag Fire

Apr 16 09:47

U.S. phone intercepts go beyond legal limits: report

The National Security Agency intercepted Americans' e-mails and phone calls in recent months on a scale that went beyond limits set by the U.S. Congress last year, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Citing unnamed intelligence officials, it said the NSA had engaged in "'over-collection' of domestic communications of Americans." The sources variously characterized the practice as significant, systemic or unintentional, the Times said.

"A series of classified government briefings have been held in recent weeks in response to a brewing controversy that some officials worry could damage the credibility of legitimate intelligence-gathering efforts," the paper said.

Apr 16 09:46

A danish scientist Niels Harrit, on nano-thermite in the WTC dust ( english subtitles )

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story hits the major media in Denmark

Apr 16 09:41

Vanishing Employment Map

The economic crisis, which has claimed more than 5 million jobs since the recession began, did not strike the entire country at once. A map of employment gains or losses by county tells the story of how those job losses first struck in the most vulnerable regions and then spread rapidly to the rest of the country

Apr 16 09:36

The Tea Party movement could be an anti-GOP brew

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But, but, but, yesterday you were telling us the tax protesters were all right-wing neo-nazi GOP extremist fanatics!!!!!!!!!!


Obviously the size of the tax protests took the government by surprise, and they are still continuing their pathetic attempt to transform the issue of excessive taxation and misappropriation of tax money into a partisan issue, to turn us against each other to save their own sorry asses.

What is amazing is the large number of useful idiots in the corporate media willing to play along!

Apr 16 09:32

Man Detained As Terror Suspect For Photographing Police Car

62-year-old Malcolm Sleath, who is chairman of his local park society, saw a police car driving erratically down a North London park footpath, despite the fact that by law police are supposed to investigate on foot in such circumstances.

He began filming the police car to document the misconduct so that he could later present it to the chief sergeant.

Sleath was subsequently approached by the two officers in the car and was told he was being detained because he had breached Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

Apr 16 09:27

IAEA inspectors start leaving North Korea - Japanese media

North Korea announced on Tuesday it was ceasing all cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog and pledged to restart work at its Yongbyon reactor. The move, and Pyongyang's withdrawal from six-party talks on its nuclear program, came in response to UN condemnation of its launch of a rocket on April 5.

Apr 16 09:20

Tell us about your TEA Party

Apr 16 09:16

Bailed-out banks to 'lend' staff their deferred bonuses immediately, making mockery of Government ban

Tens of thousands of staff at Britain's state-run banks will receive full bonuses in defiance of Government pledges to rein in pay.

Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have drawn up plans to reward middle managers despite being propped up by the taxpayer.

Apr 16 09:11

Obama's huge test today: do we believe in secret law?

Today is the most significant test yet determining the sincerity of Barack Obama's commitment to restore the Constitution, transparency and the rule of law. After seeking and obtaining multiple extensions of the deadline, today is the final deadline for the Obama DOJ to respond to the ACLU's FOIA demand for the release of four key Bush DOJ memos which authorized specific torture techniques that have long been punished (including by the U.S.) as war crimes. Today, Obama will either (a) disclose these documents to the public or (b) continue to suppress them -- either by claiming the right to keep them concealed entirely or, more likely, redacting the most significant parts before releasing them.

Apr 16 09:08

Jacqui Smith on the rack again as it's announced top Tory will NOT be charged over Home Office leaks

Jacqui Smith was under fresh pressure today after prosecutors announced a senior Tory MP arrested as part of the controversial Home Office leaks inquiry will not face charges.

Apr 16 09:07

Texas could bid for independence, says Governor as fury over Obama's spending rises

The governor of Texas has suggested that his state could secede from the Union after accusing the federal government of strangling Americans with taxation and debt.

Governor Rick Perry whipped his 'patriotic' supporters into a frenzy during tax protests yesterday, with many waving flags and shouting 'Secede!'

Apr 16 08:59

West Bank a Time Bomb Waiting to Explode

Suicide attacks or bombings against Israeli civilian targets within Israel's borders have over the last few years largely become a thing of the past.

However, settler attacks on Palestinians, leading to serious injuries and numerous deaths as well property destruction, have risen. Over the years these attacks have been meticulously recorded by Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem.

B'Tselem released a report last month expressing concern at a wave of attacks by Israeli security forces on Palestinian civilians this year.

Apr 16 08:58

Supermarket Big Brother: The spy in your shopping basket... but how DOES Ocado know I'm Jewish?

I remember being at a Michael Moore gig in which the film-maker invited the audience to cut up their store cards as a gesture of protest against big corporations. I'm ashamed to say I held on to my Boots card because I had £11 worth of points on it, which I was planning to cash in for a mascara.

Now that such cards have become commonplace, most people seem to have accepted them unquestioningly.

But the fact remains that every time you hand over your loyalty card, data is stored about what you've bought and how you've paid for it.

Apr 16 08:50

Robert Fisk: How can you trust the cowardly BBC?

The BBC Trust's report on Jeremy Bowen's dispatches from the Middle East is pusillanimous, cowardly, outrageous, factually wrong and ethically dishonest.

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Apr 16 08:43

'Spirituality for Kids' class draws fire

The exchange is part of "Spirituality for Kids," a class offered in several Los Angeles public elementary schools during the day or after school. Created by a leader of the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre International, a spiritual and educational organization, the program is promoted as a nondenominational effort to teach children to make wise choices.

But it is drawing fire from parents and others who say it is illegally bringing religion into public schools under the guise of ethics training.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you @#%ing kidding me? The LA School system is having to lay off 4500 teachers and support staff because of the economy, but they can afford to teach the Kaballah to our kids?????????

Apr 16 08:39

General Growth Files Biggest U.S. Property Bankruptcy

General Growth Properties Inc. filed the biggest real estate bankruptcy in U.S. history after amassing $27 billion in debt during an acquisition spree that turned it into the second-largest shopping mall owner.

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Here comes the commercial real estate crash.

Apr 16 08:38

Splitting The Sky vs War Criminal George W. Bush et al

Apr 16 08:36

Obama Protecting Bush from Spain?

We know that the top law enforcement official in Spain has made an argument for dismissing the case against the lawyers that an 8 year old would spot as an illegal absurdity, that was not a necessary argument for dismissing the case, but that would be a necessary argument for preventing a case against Bush. While he could have argued, like Doug Feith, that those engaging in the torture or ordering it were more culpable than the lawyers (as they are indeed), he instead argued that ONLY those present for the torture are culpable, thus exonerating Hitler, Pinochet, and every other official who has ordered a crime from a distance.

Apr 16 08:34

Armitage: 'Maybe I should have quit'

Richard Armitage, the former US Deputy Secretary of State, tells Avi Lewis on Al Jazeera's Fault Lines why he should have resigned from the Bush administration over its lack of respect for the Geneva conventions.

Apr 16 08:31

Man Detained As Terror Suspect For Photographing Police Car

Despite police claiming that an ambiguous section of the UK Counter Terrorism Act of 2008 would not outlaw taking photographs or film of police, a man was detained as a terror suspect this week simply for taking a photograph of a police car in order to document police misconduct.

62-year-old Malcolm Sleath, who is chairman of his local park society, saw a police car driving erratically down a North London park footpath, despite the fact that by law police are supposed to investigate on foot in such circumstances.

Apr 16 08:28

Surveillance society at town hall as Big Brother councils spy on their staff

Town halls are routinely using controversial 'Big Brother' surveillance powers to spy on their own employees in the workplace, a survey has revealed.

Council bosses are sanctioning bugging and secret CCTV operations to gather evidence of workplace theft or even 'inappropriate relationships'.

Privacy campaigners called the tactics 'disgusting' and said they 'would make the KGB nervous'.

Apr 16 08:17

Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law

The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.

Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the N.S.A. had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional.

Apr 16 08:12

Holocaust denier guilty of contempt

The former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Jeremy Jones, launched a civil action against Frederick Toben after he published claims on the Adelaide Institute's website that the holocaust never happened.

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Note that the defenders of the orthodoxy never EVER suggest having an open debate where both sides present their evidence before the public. The strategy continues to be to use the courts, rather than science, to make sure that one and only one point of view is ever allowed to be seen.

Apr 16 05:29

Video Prank at Domino’s Pizza Taints Brand - Draws Felony Charges - "Defaming a Pizza Franchise"

The New York Times - Stephanie Clifford -When two Domino’s Pizza employees [Kristy Hammonds and Michael Setzer] filmed a prank in the restaurant’s kitchen, they decided to post it online. In a few days, thanks to the power of social media, they ended up with felony charges [...]

[Expressing their solidarity with Hammonds and Setzer, Domino's Pizza employees nationwide promised to defecate in every pizza they make for the next five weeks, or until the two young pop-culture Youtube celebrities are exonerated of the spurious felony charge of defaming a pizza franchise. BOYCOTT DOMINO PIZZA! FREE HAMMOND AND SETZER!]

Apr 16 04:28

What is really happening - Human Beings Are Like a Plague of Locusts

BBC - Richard Black - Pet trade puts orangutans at risk The trade in Sumatran orangutans for pets -shows little sign of decline and is taking the species to the brink of extinction, a report concludes.

Apr 16 04:17

Sales of Guns and Ammo are Shooting Up

Purchases of guns and ammunition are surging across the country. Nearly four million background checks -- a key measure of sales because they are required at the purchase of a gun from a federally licensed seller -- were performed in the first three months of 2009. That is a 27% increase over the same period a year earlier, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

No one knows exactly what is behind the gun-buying craze. Some buyers say they are stocking up for themselves in anticipation of new gun-control laws, while others say they're worried about deteriorating public safety as the economy worsens.

Apr 16 04:07

Ex-Bush official says waterboarding is torture

(*The Heat Must Be On) A former No. 2 State Department official in the Bush administration says he hopes he would have had the courage to resign if he had known the CIA was subjecting terrorism suspects to waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

Richard Armitage, the former deputy secretary of state, told Al Jazeera English television in an interview airing Wednesday that waterboarding is torture

(*Violins please?)"I hope, had I known about it at the time I was serving, I would've had the courage to resign. But I don't know. It's in hindsight now," Armitage said in the interview.

Apr 16 03:22

Is America the new Russia?

s the US Russia? The question seems provocative, if not outrageous. Yet the person asking it is Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and a professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In an article in the May issue of the Atlantic Monthly, Prof Johnson compares the hold of the “financial oligarchy” over US policy with that of business elites in emerging countries. Do such comparisons make sense? The answer is Yes, but only up to a point.

Apr 16 01:50

Audit the Fed!

Apr 16 00:58

Economic survivalists take root

When the economy started to squeeze the Wojtowicz family, they gave up vacation cruises, restaurant meals, new clothes and high-tech toys to become 21st-century homesteaders.

Now Patrick Wojtowicz, 36, his wife Melissa, 37, and daughter Gabrielle, 15, raise pigs and chickens for food on 40 acres near Alma, Mich. They're planning a garden and installing a wood furnace. They disconnected the satellite TV and radio, ditched their dishwasher and a big truck and started buying clothes at resale shops.

April 15, 2009

Apr 15 23:27

Reader Photos! Lafayette Park, DC Tea Party

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Apr 15 23:18

Honolulu Tea Party

... in which a certain local webmaster gets drafted into making a speech!

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Apr 15 23:03

Tea Party - Murfreesboro TN 4-15-09

Apr 15 23:00

Reader Photos! Tucson, Arizona Tea Party

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Apr 15 22:42

First Black President of the American Empire

Eshu's Blues: First Black President of the American Empire
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Apr 15 21:20

Jerome Hauer and Jack Bauer

I have often thought how fortunate for the creator of the hit Fox action TV show "24" that they picked November of 200l to air the first show. Think of it! This was a TV show that mirrored the times so perfectly. Jack Bauer belonged to an illusive counter-terrorist unit that went out and did things that most elected officials wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. He got to torture Muslim terrorist, for example. He knew the enemies: Muslims, Chinese, and Russians. Jerome Hauer also worked for a kind of counter-terrorist unit, Kroll Associates. Now Jerome is working for Homeland Security and he is worried about a bioterrorist attack. Jack Bauer is worried about a bioterrorist attack too. Does anyone think that Jack Bauer might be the action hero side of Jerome Hauer.

Apr 15 20:45

State Sovereignty Movement Keeps Growing

As more governors declare their opposition to the Stimulus Bill — which is now estimated to include more than $1 trillion in unfunded mandates for the states above and beyond the initial $800 billion cost — more and more state legislators across the nation have been introducing bills to assert state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment in an effort to assert the rights of their citizens and the authoirity of state governments against unwarranted interference by the federal government.

Apr 15 20:34

Obama: No to Marijuana Legalization

I don't want people to think that -- this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy

Apr 15 20:29

Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization And Recruitment

I've said time and time again that the government (think Eric Holder's hate speech) is trying to fan the flames of a race war in this country. And they are trying to set it up so that they can blame peoples' rebellion on the fact that Obama is (half) black and not the fact that the government, under Bush and now Obama, has stepped up its totalitarian, Communist, Fascist, Socialist agenda faster than ever.

Apr 15 20:17

Ron Paul on Drug Legalization

Apr 15 18:18

Columbus, OH Tea Party

Apr 15 17:19

The Income Tax: WWII Disney Propaganda

Apr 15 16:19

Reader Photos! Oklahoma City Tea Party

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Apr 15 16:05

Win 7: Looks to be Vista disaster, Take 2

InformationWeek has been given a first-look at data collected by KACE from over 1100 sources regarding corporate uptake of Windows 7 after it's released later this year. According to their stats, 83% of businesses will not be upgrading to Windows 7 until at least 2011, making the Windows 7 launch quite possibly a Vista Take 2 under additional declines in OS market share.

The failure of corporations to migrate to Windows 7 raises additional concerns over Microsoft's slipping OS market share as Vista sales have declined 8% in the most recent quarter, and Linux is reaping the benefits.

Apr 15 15:59

The police should take note: little brother's watching you

The assault on Tomlinson will not spark off a riot, but nobody should underestimate the outrage it has generated. And from the instant the video footage - shot by an American bystander using his digital still camera - appeared on the Guardian website, it was clear that we had reached a pivotal moment. Consumer technology had given citizens a serious tool for recording how policemen behave.

See also: Taking photos of police officers could be considered a crime