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May 10 14:34

Dear Ms Atwood, I regret to inform you that you have failed the lie detector test

By going to Israel to accept the Dan David Prize, Margaret Atwood has chosen to go over to the Dark Side. "If you do make the trip, there is no turning back. Please consider well what people who have appreciated your literary work and heretofore took seriously your vaunted support for human rights have to say.">>

May 10 14:34

Economist Tim Madden: The PIIGS Brief: understanding how oligarchs rig, loot our economies

*hyperlinks live at source*

Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The good news is that structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of America’s brightest historical minds. The bad news is that we’re still mired in oligarchic looting of our economies.

May 10 14:32

Palin And The Religious Right: A Trojan Horse In The GOP

With failing numbers, damaged credibility, waning political influence and the lack of any platform, conservatives have left a vacuum in their own party to be exploited. The voice of conservative Independents, Republicans and Libertarians has been stolen. Political ideology has been infused with fundamentalist religious theology with the hope of garnering additional votes. The result has been internal division, further loss of credibility, and the abdication of responsible political discourse. The productive and necessary views and desires of non-religious libertarians and conservatives have been silenced in favour of the media friendly, accidentally-comic hyperbole of the entertainingly ridiculous rhetoric of Palin, Beck, et al.



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May 10 14:05

FLASHBACK - Bomb-Making Factory Found in Brooklyn

A Jewish Brooklyn man has pleaded not guilty to charges of anti-Semitic hate crimes. Police arrested Ivan Ivanov Monday after discovering pipe bombs and other weapons at his home. Ivanov, who had long been suspected of a September spree of spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on houses, cars, playgrounds and two synagogues in his Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, implicated himself in the graffiti incidents during a search of his home Sunday and was arrested....

The New York Times reported that Ivanov told police that he was Italian by birth, raised in Bulgaria and trained by the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how this never got the media coverage that the Bandini Bomber did!

May 10 14:03

Schools Chief Ackerman Discloses New, Million-Dollar Security System at South Phila. H.S.

Ackerman's budget chief Mike Masch whispered to her to talk about cameras:

(Ackerman:) "We've put into place…"

(Masch, whispering): "…one million dollars' worth of cameras."

(Ackerman, to Council): "...one million dollars' worth of cameras. I was trying not to talk about that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Money for surveillance, just no money for teachers.

May 10 14:01

Convicted killer freed after victim found alive

A man in central China was freed after nearly 10 years in prison for murder after his alleged victim turned up alive, state media reported Monday, in a case that raises concerns about police using torture to extract confessions.

May 10 13:59

The 72 Virgins Myth

It seems to be the staple ammunition for attacking Islam. Mention the atrocities and suicide bombings that are being committed by Muslims around the world and you get the same response – they are doing it for the “virgins in heaven”.

In various Internet forums and conventional media, Muhammad has been accused of luring foot soldiers, past and present, with promise of eternal copulation in the afterlife. In the process Islam has been tainted with a dubiously sexual tint. Islam seems to be the path where sex-hungry young men can end their lives into a promise of endless erotica.

The simple truth is, there is nothing in the Quran or Hadith that has ever promised this. Every Muslim knows it.


May 10 13:57

HOW CAN ISRAEL GET RID OF ARABS NOT LIVING IN THE WEST BANK?

The new Military Order of the IDF deals only with the deportation of Palestinians from the West Bank. Just how is Israel to ‘deal’ with those Palestinians living ‘on the other side’ of the wall?

May 10 13:09

How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Map it over your home area.

May 10 13:04

A Frightful Despotism

President Washington was opposed to political parties. He saw a sinister nature to partisanship. Washington feared the perpetuation of “the most horrid enormities” as the factions battled bitterly for domination, competition, and vengeance while ignoring what was best for the nation.

He feared that the Party would become the sum and the whole, and surveying our current landscape I would argue his skepticism wasn’t unfounded.

May 10 12:53

Obama Criticizes Ipad XboX and the Internet in General

Seems Like O Bama doesnt like Blogs and Stories he deems made up and a threat to security. Just one more nail in the coffin of the internet.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7702359/Bar...

Which just so happens to also go against freedom of speech!!


May 10 12:29

Obama Administration Continues to Supply Israel with Advanced Weapons

I have repeatedly pointed out that as of now the Obama Administration has never put any material pressure on Israel. There are wild rumors and irresponsible materials floating around to the contrary. They aren't true.

In fact, the United States is equipping Israel with GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs for its F-15I fighter-bombers and this will be followed by the same system on F-16I planes. These 250-pound bombs are called bunker busters because they are smart bombs that will go through more than six feet of reinforced concrete.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Billions to Israel in the form of weapons and financial aid, while sick, homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING.

May 10 12:24

Afghan Mothers Face Worst Conditions in the World

Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out that the occupying Afghanistan is not working – and is not improving the conditions of Afghan women and children? With a foreign policy based on occupation rather than aid to the most vulnerable, surging special forces instead of midwives and water treatment, we get it all wrong.

May 10 12:22

For Those Who Don't Believe Israel Shoots Innocent Farmers

International Human Rights Activists have repeatedly witnessed Palestinian farmers being shot at by Israeli forces as they attempt to work on agricultural land situated within 700m of the Green Line.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Business as usual for the IDF; shooting innocent, unarmed Palestinians just because they have the audacity to still be breathing!

May 10 12:18

Afghanistan's My Lai Massacre

here was, however, a massacre recently that was not a mistake - a massacre, which, while it only involved fewer than a dozen innocent people, bears the same stench as My Lai. It was the execution-style slaying of eight handcuffed students, aged 11-18, and a 12-year-old neighboring shepherd boy who had been visiting the others in Kunar Province on December 26.

Sadly, no principled soldier with a conscience like pilot Thompson tried to save these children. No observer had the guts of a Bernhardt to report what he had seen. No Ridenhour among the other serving US troops in Afghanistan has investigated this atrocity or reported it to Congress. And no American reporter has investigated this war crime the way Hersh investigated My Lai.


May 10 12:15

Russia and the Central Asian Drug Trade: The Role of Kyrgyztan

A drug trafficking campaign is being conducted against Russia on a broad scale affecting all spheres of its political, social and economic life. Kyrgyzstan plays an important role in this campaign. There are ten main routes of heroin traffic from Afghanistan (occupied by the US forces) with six of them crossing the Kyrgyz city of Osh, an important hub of Afghan drug traffic.

On April 1, 2010, during a special operation in the city of Osh to detain a drug suspect, the agents of the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry confiscated more than 160 packages of Afghan hashish (about 107, 8 kg) and 24.4 kg of heroin. That was a serious blow to the drug mafia, so a few days later, on the night of April 6th, the country saw a people’s uprising, and a coup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

May 10 12:12

OBAMA: THE PROBLEM IS THE MALIGNANT TUMOR CALLED ISRAEL

One of the most scandalous aspects of US foreign policy toward the Middle East is the shocking dishonesty inherent in the American approach toward the Palestinian plight.

The US often watches Israel indulge in pornographic criminal acts against Palestinian civilians, acts that contradict the most fundamental American ideals and norms.

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The comic is well done!

May 10 12:11

Palin Stands By Fiorina Endorsement Amid Backlash From Supporters

Despite facing fierce criticism from her supporters, Tea Party hero Sarah Palin isn't backing down from her endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP's U.S. Senate primary in California.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has government turned into an asylum for the helpless as Mark Twain claimed? Fiorina wrecked every company she was involved with and almost sank Hewlett/Packard (I still won;t buy HP products to this very day going back to all the problems we had while Fiorina was in charge).

Palin is a total disaster for the Tea Party!

May 10 12:10

The Militarization of Outer Space: The Pentagon's "Space Warriors"

It's not as if things aren't bad enough right here on planet earth.

What with multiple wars and occupations, an accelerating economic meltdown, corporate malfeasance and environmental catastrophes such as the petroleum-fueled apocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico, I'd say we have a full plate already.

Back in 2005, The New York Times reported that General Lance W. Lord, then commander of AFSPC, told an Air Force conference that "space superiority is not our birthright, but it is our destiny. ... Space superiority is our day-to-day mission. Space supremacy is our vision for the future."

Five years on, that "mission" is still a top priority for the Obama administration. While some might call it "net-centric warfare" on steroids, I'd choose another word: madness.


May 10 11:44

Palestinian children in al-Quds live below the poverty line

A survey by an Israeli rights group shows that three out of four Palestinian children in al-Quds (East Jerusalem) live below the poverty line.

May 10 11:40

Fed Set to Go Nuke to Help Bailout Europe

Even if this were done for Americans it would be a terrible policy, but to do this for foreigners, where there would be little benefit for Americans reflects the extraordinary madness of the elite bankers.

May 10 11:34

Raw milk battle reveals FDA abandonment of basic human right to choose your food

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), an organization whose mission includes “defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods”, recently filed a lawsuit against the FDA for its ban on interstate sales of raw milk. The suit alleges that such a restriction is a direct violation of the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, the suit led to a surprisingly cold response from the FDA about its views on food freedom (and freedoms in general).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are few freedoms more fundamental than the freedom to make informed decisions about what you, and your family, eat.

The more you know about where that food comes from, and the kids of processes to which it has been subjected (or not), the more intelligent decisions you can make about just what food you're bringing home to feed to your family.

Having that choice taken away from you, where "frankenfoods" are deemed "good for you", because they fatten the coffers of industrial food makers,, but raw, natural foods are somehow "bad", is one of the most draconian, stupid policies the FDA could possibly embrace.

May 10 11:29

Did "left-wing media" trigger the Times Square Bomber?

What's good for the goose is good for the gander, as they say. If it is legitimate for the MSM to speculate on whether conservative talk radio and Fox News could inflame an unstable right-wing "nut case" into a violent act, then the opposite question can be posed as well. Was would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad "radicalized" by the incessant drumbeat of hatred toward George W. Bush by CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and left-wing talk radio for the years during which Shahzad was a US resident?


May 10 11:29

Tracing the pattern of WMD lies back to the source

"According to the former official, also feeding information to the Office of Special Plans was a secret, rump unit established last year in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel. This unit, which paralleled Shulsky's – and which has not previously been reported – prepared intelligence reports on Iraq in English (not Hebrew) and forwarded them to the Office of Special Plans. It was created in Sharon's office, not inside Israel's Mossad intelligence service, because the Mossad – which prides itself on extreme professionalism – had views closer to the CIA's, not the Pentagon's, on Iraq.

May 10 11:28

Kagan’s Goldman Ties Won’t Hurt Supreme Court Chances, White House Says

The White House said Friday that Elena Kagan’s membership on an advisory panel for the securities firm Goldman Sachs Group Inc. wouldn’t disqualify her for a position on the Supreme Court.

Ms. Kagan, the solicitor general, is considered a top contender to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nomination next week. An announcement could come “at any moment,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ms. Kagan's affiliations with GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC., will probably clinch her nomination and subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

May 10 11:23

Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse

As Europe is bailed out to the tune of nearly $1 trillion dollars, Congressman Ron Paul warns that the constant monetization of debt, allied with taxpayer-funded bailouts, will inevitably lead to runaway inflation and the collapse of paper currencies.

Under the terms of the Federal Reserve’s credit swap deal with the EU – in addition to an additional IMF bailout of which U.S. taxpayers will be picking up 20 per cent ($57 billion dollars) of the tab, Paul pointed out that not just taxpayers but “anybody that buys anything” will be funding the European bailout because of the attendant inflationary consequences.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmmm.... taxation without representation... darn it, where the heck did I hear that before?!?

Because folks, that is precisely where the US taxpayer is right now.

The question is, what are they going to do about it?!? If voting and voting to attempt to reverse that trend goes nowhere, then what?!?

May 10 11:20

Gulf oil spill spreads west toward Texas

BP Plc engineers desperately explored options on Sunday to control oil gushing from a ruptured well deep under the Gulf of Mexico after a setback with a huge undersea containment dome fueled fears of a prolonged and growing environmental disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Henceforward, the acronym BP will stand for "biohazard provocateurs".


May 10 11:14

Gulf oil spill: BP has a long record of legal, ethical violations

The causes of the disastrous blowout and gas explosion on BP's leased Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico are a long way from being determined.

Yet already BP's actions are facing unprecedented scrutiny, thanks to a years-long history of legal and ethical violations that critics, judges and members of Congress say shows that the London-based company has a penchant for putting profits ahead of just about everything else.

Over the past two decades, BP subsidiaries have been convicted three times of environmental crimes in Alaska and Texas, including two felonies. It remains on probation for two of them.

May 10 11:13

Israeli Settlers Step Up Attacks on Palestinian Mosques

"There is immense anger as well as a feeling of vulnerability and fear when a place of sanctuary and holiness is subject to indiscriminate violence," says Issa Hussein.

May 10 11:12

CLIMATEGATE - The World Turned Upside Down

Climate change is the hot topic of the day, and Phillips methodically charts the rise of the "movement." A core problem is that science has given way to ideology. The scientific method has been dispensed with -- or abused -- to serve the myth of anthropogenic (man-made) warming (AGW). There is more than a taint of ideology involved: Many of the advocates of AGW view the Western world and its way of living as the culprits. Computer models are built in an almost backwards fashion: The goal is to show evidence of AGW, and the "scientists" go to work to produce such a result. When even these models fail to show what advocates want, the data and interpretations are "fudged" to bring about the desired result.

May 10 11:11

Brown to resign as UK prime minister

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping down after his party was defeated in parliamentary elections last week, he said Monday.

"As leader of my party I must accept that that is a judgment on me," he said.


May 10 11:11

DCCC pulls plug on Hawaii special election

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Monday that it was pulling out of this month’s Hawaii special election race.“The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 Abercrombie-open special election. Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences,” DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said in a statement. “The DCCC will save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November.

May 10 11:10

Israel's fated bleak future

The most likely outcome is that Greater Israel will become a full-fledged apartheid state. There are already separate laws, separate roads and separate housing in the occupied territories, and the Palestinians are essentially confined to impoverished enclaves. Indeed, two former Israeli prime ministers — Ehud Barak and Olmert — have made just this point. Olmert said that if the two-state solution collapses, Israel will face a "South African-style struggle." He went so far as to argue, "as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mearsheimer is, unfortunately, incorrect in his assessment that "...A Jewish apartheid state is not sustainable over the long term.The discrimination and repression that underpin apartheid are antithetical to core Western values. How could anyone make a moral case for it in the United States, where democracy is venerated and segregation and racism are routinely condemned?"

He has obviously forgotten that the US has traditionally overlooked governments' cruelty and repression of their own people as long as that government is the "US's thug" in the region, and Israel, a nuclear armed country in the Middle East, will certainly be tolerated as a member of this club.

Nothing will happen, and the fate of Palestinians will be left to the mercy of an Israel which would love to see them all exterminated.

May 10 11:07

CLIMATEGATE - The Scam That Would Not Die; Cap-and-Trade Is Back

May 10 10:58

Revenues down, state to tap ‘rainy day’ fund

State revenues fell by $41 million in April, forcing the state to again cut its forecast this fiscal year and to tap the state’s “rainy day’ fund.



Lockerdome
May 10 10:58

Gulf oil slick can be seen from space

May 10 10:57

Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse

As Europe is bailed out to the tune of nearly $1 trillion dollars, Congressman Ron Paul warns that the constant monetization of debt, allied with taxpayer-funded bailouts, will inevitably lead to runaway inflation and the collapse of paper currencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All that the Federal Reserve has is paper, which is why they will never voluntarily change their methods.

May 10 10:56

Obama Administration Targets Military for Pay Reductions

President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel.

May 10 10:56

Has Faisal Shahzad Started a War?

The Obama administration is determined to link the Times Square Fizzler, Faisal Shahzad, to the Pakistani Taliban, and isn’t about to let logic, reality, or anything remotely related to the facts get in its way. With the complicity of the Obama-stricken media, they just might get away with it, opening the way for expanded military operations in Pakistan, in “retaliation” for an attack that never even happened.


May 10 10:55

BP goes back to dispersants, as it eyes options

Chemicals sprayed mile below sea level; smaller containment cap possible.

May 10 10:55

DERSHOWITZ: LEGITIMATING BIGOTRY

Goldstone is an ambitious opportunist who lacks the courage of his convictions – if he ever had any. He has always put personal advancement over principle. He is a master of rationalization and self justification. This time he has run out of excuses. He’s been exposed as a poseur who will sell his integrity for a careerist opportunity. Fortunately he now has little integrity left to sell.’

May 10 10:54

ISRAEL’S STATE OF NATIONAL AMNESIA

More than one unwitting visitor to Jerusalem has fallen prey to the bizarre delusion that they are the Messiah. Usually, they are whisked off to the serene surroundings of Kfar Shaul psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of the city, where they are gently nursed back to health.

May 10 10:54

BELLA CIAO LENA HORNE

In her own words, this is how she saw herself….. “My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.”



Donate
May 10 10:53

ELTON JOHN: LISTEN TO REASON(s)…… SIX OF THEM!

Palestinian civil society has called on Elton John to respect their boycott call and cancel his June 17th concert in Tel Aviv. If he does so, he’ll be joining Santana and Gil-Scott Heron, who recently cancelled their spring concerts in Israel. This video suggests six reasons why Elton should join the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement.

May 10 10:52

Intel officials: US missiles kill 10 in Pakistan

Suspected U.S. missiles killed 10 people in a militant-controlled region close to the Afghan border Sunday, the first such strike since an alleged Pakistani-trained extremist was accused of a failed Times Square attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason the US Government is trying to hard to create a link between the Times Square "Bandini Bomber" and Pakistan is to obscure the fact that up until now, the US has been killing large numbers of civilians with their robotic drones and in most cases, missing the intended targets entirely. By creating a pretext to portray Pakistan as a whole as the "enemy", the US Government hopes to regain the illusion of moral rightness in its continuing attacks on Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan says they have found no evidence to support the US story that the Bandini Bomber is working for the Taliban or anyone else in Pakistan, which means we have another "Saddam's Nooks" hoax on our hands!

May 10 10:51

Israel primed for war on Iran: Netanyahu deputy

Israel is primed for a war on Iran, a deputy to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, in a rare break with his government's reticence as world powers try to talk Tehran into curbing its nuclear plans.

"There is no doubt, looking at the overall situation, that we are already in a military confrontation with Iran," he said. "Iran is the main motivator of those attacking us."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel is hell-bent on attacking Iran, the problem is that they can certainly start a military assault, but all the wargaming has indicated that they cannot finish it without US military help, meaning that the US will dragged into this war.

Such a military confrontation may well have Russia and China join the fray, in Iran's defense.

What we are then looking at is the beginning of World War III, brought to you courtesy of Israel

May 10 10:41

Palestinians report first Israeli violation of talks to U.S.

Just two days after resuming peace talks with Israel, the Palestinian Authority has reported to the United States what it termed the first violation of negotiation terms, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.

Yasser Abed Rabbo said the construction of 14 housing units for Jewish settlers in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood, as reported by the Israeli Peace Now pressure group, violated the terms of new talks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Obama Administration: it is apparent that you do not understand that the Israeli government doesn't want peace; it only wants territory by any means necessary.

And because the US and the world have proven themselves pathologically impotent in dealing with Israel by speaking the only language they understand (a complete, immediate cessation of all financial and military aid to Israel), what we are about to witness is the following: a brisk Israeli annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, coupled with massive forced expulsion of all Palestinians left standing into Gaza.


May 10 10:40

Vatican's Cardinal Sodano accused of sex abuse cover-up

IN A HIGHLY unusual development, the archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, has accused the former Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, of having blocked a Vatican inquiry into sex abuse allegations against the late, disgraced cardinal of Vienna, Hans Hermann Groer.

Cardinal Schönborn’s accusations come on a weekend when Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of yet another bishop, German Walter Mixa, the bishop of Augsburg in Bavaria, who is under investigation in relation to accusations of child sex abuse.

May 10 10:40

Angela Merkel punished by voters for dithering over Greek bailout

The German chancellor's Christian Democrats (CDU) dropped more than 10% in the election in North Rhine Westphalia, according to exit polls. The CDU, which polled 34.5%, and its coalition partner, the Free Democratic party (FDP) – which secured 6.5% – no longer have an outright majority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The media spin is that she should have acted sooner to save Greece, but in reality the polling is showing that the German voters were angry that Merkel was sending Germans' money to foreign nations at a time when Germany is suffering.

May 10 10:37

Kerry To Advance Climate Bill Minus Graham

Kerry and Lieberman released a joint statement Friday announcing their plan to roll out comprehensive energy and climate change legislation this coming Wednesday. If that roll-out goes off as planned, it will mark a major milestone for the bill that has languished in the Senate for most of the last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
May 10 10:35

U.S. Debt Shock May Hit In 2018, Maybe As Soon As 2013: Moody's

Spiraling debt is Uncle Sam's shock collar, and its jolt may await like an invisible pet fence.

"Nobody knows when you bump up against the limit, but you know when it happens it will really hurt," said fiscal watchdog Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

The great uncertainty about how much debt is too much has tended to make fiscal discipline seem less urgent, rather than more. There is no obvious threshold beyond which investors will demand higher real yields for holding U.S. debt. Vague warnings from ratings agencies about the loss of America's 'AAA' status haven't added much clarity — until recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US itself may well collapse under the weight of an impossible to repay debt load sooner rather than later.


May 10 10:34

Chaotic polling problems lead to calls for e-voting

Voting electronically could prevent future problems at election polling stations, some experts claim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
May 10 10:31

Message to the Environmental Movement - Climategate

May 10 10:29

At least 84 killed in attacks across Iraq

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a textile factory Monday in a crowd that gathered after two cars bombings at the same spot in the worst of a series of attacks killing at least 84 people across Iraq, the deadliest day this year.

The attacks targeted both Shiites and Sunnis and added to fears that political instability will inflame sectarian violence once again - this time as U.S. forces prepare to go home. Iraq is entering its third month since the March 7 elections without a new government in sight or even a final determination of the results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Iraq, I see, courtesy of the US invasion and occupation.

May 10 10:27

Fannie Mae seeks new $8.4 billion US bailout to stay afloat

US mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae said Monday it needs an additional government bailout of 8.4 billion dollars after reporting a 2010 first-quarter loss of 11.5 billion dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The addiction Fannie Mae has to your tax dollars has to stop, right now.

There is no such institution which is "too big to fail", in terms of having been hoisted by the petard of their own bad business decisions.

We the People did not put Fannie Mae in this position: they put themselves there.

Consequently, let the institution fail, as a warning to other corporations, that the American people have had quite enough, thank you very much, and have no more money to send to corporations like this.


May 10 10:27

Israel rejects expansion freeze again

Israel has threatened the ‘peace process’ by again rejecting to enforce a freeze in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) settlement construction on the first day of the so-called proximity talks.

May 10 10:26

We did not agree to bailing out the banks!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FACEBOOK page for people angry with the looting of Ame4rica to bail out the bankers.

May 10 10:25

BP 'may stem oil with golf balls and tyres'

BP officials desperate to stem a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are considering stuffing the well with golf balls and tyres, it was revealed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about we stuff that well full of the US Government officials who handed out all those safety exemptions and waivers to BP?

May 10 10:04

BlackBerry-loving President Barack Obama declared war on technology, singling out Apple’s super-popular iPods and iPads for criticism at a commencement ceremony in Virginia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You don't need computers.

"You don't need blogs.

"You don't need alternative media.

"You don't need What Really Happened.

"Just watch ABCNNBBCBS and do as you are told and all will be well.

"Oh yes, you get to go to heaven when you die in our wars!"

-- Official White Horse Souse



Pixfuture
May 10 09:54

Four Acres and Independence – A Self-Sufficient Farmstead

In this episode of Peak Moment the host gives us a tour of Mark Cooper’s homestead. Over a period of several years he’s transformed his property into a self-sufficient farm...

May 10 09:52

Federal Reserve Kosher Financial Tsunami Drowns US

OBAMA NOMINATES THREE TO FED BOARD,” reported the Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2010.

What the Journal failed to report is that all three appointees are cookie-cutter pro-Zionist Jewish Americans. This is hardly a surprise…the Fed has always been a Zionist-Jewish enterprise…and Obama follows ‘the rules’ carefully. He remembers what happens to those who go astray…Ron Brown, Senator Wellstone and so many others.

The nominees are: -1- Janet Yellen, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, to be the board’s Vice Chairman; -2- Peter Diamond, MIT economist; -3- Sarah Bloom Raskin, Maryland state banking regulator.

May 10 09:52

Ctrl-Alt-Planet

Bill Gates, the Microsoft gazillionaire, is funding a geo-engineering project that aims to form white clouds to reflect the Sun’s rays and ‘reduce global warming.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the man who gave us VISTA????

And by the way, unless the process removes the salt, then Bill's plan will result in ocean salt contaminating fresh water supplies on land when all that salt water comes raining back down.

May 10 09:51

American Taxpayers Looted To Bail Out The Euro

American taxpayers have been freshly liberated of hundreds of billions more dollars as part of the IMF’s new bailout package which is principally going straight to European banks, in addition to the Federal Reserve program to ship U.S. dollars to Europe, in a move that represents little more than a desperate effort to save the Euro and rescue the credibility of economic global governance.


May 10 09:48

What Business is Wall Street In ?

The best analogy for traders ? They are hackers. Just as hackers search for and exploit operating system and application shortcomings, traders do the same thing. A hacker wants to jump in front of your shopping cart and grab your credit card and then sell it. A high frequency trader wants to jump in front of your trade and then sell that stock to you. A hacker will tell you that they are serving a purpose by identifying the weak links in your system. A trader will tell you they deserve the pennies they are making on the trade because they provide liquidity to the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The DOW is soaring today on news that the Federal Reserve is going to bail out Europe no matter how many Americans it has to put into bankruptcy to do it!

May 10 09:46

I Told You! On Rachel Corrie’s Assassin

When the The Cross of Bethlehem was in the last stages of its publication, someone in the team expressed concern about my statement in the book that the Terror State of Israel knows the identity of Rachel Corrie’s assassin and is protecting him. The issue is simple; you can’t move a vehicle in the IDF service– not even a D-9 bulldozer – without filling a form, having it signed by an officer, and leaving a copy of it at the military base of departure. The form contains also the list of passengers – including the driver – and is sacred because it allows identifying the victims if the vehicle goes missing in action or suffers an accident. I stood firm on the issue.

May 10 09:44

6 "Non-Lethal" Weapons That'll Make You Wish You Were Dead

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, it is a humor magazine, but the weapons are real, and this is what the government is spending your tax dollars on instead of flood control, bridges, and decent education.

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May 10 09:40

Deep cuts likely in updated state budget

The state budget crisis has been quiet for the past few months but will return to center stage this week as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to belt out some bad news.

The governor is scheduled to release an updated budget plan Friday that will probably include even deeper cuts than those he proposed in January, when he called for reductions in health and human services, prisons, education and state worker pay, among other areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See comment about death spiral below.

May 10 09:39

U.S. Special Forces Slaughter Family In Afghanistan, Attempt Cover-Up

On Feb. 12, a family in Khataba, Afghanistan, held a party to celebrate the birth of a baby boy. Just hours after they went to sleep, U.S. Army Special Forces assaulted the house. They kicked down the door, rushed to the roof and began shooting at everybody below.

The site that had so recently been a scene of dancing and celebration was now a pile of bodies and a river of blood.

May 10 09:39

Emperor Hickel: The Man Who Invented Alaska ... and Sarah Palin

By Greg Palast

Wally Hickel invented Alaska and told me he regretted it. He also invented Sarah Palin, and I was hoping, when I travel to Alaska next month, to ask him whether he also regretted that second creation.

Hickel wanted to be President; of what nation, well, that changed. First, he wanted to be President of the United States. That required that his home, Alaska, become united with the States, a task he accomplished in 1959 with the help of his buddy, and later enemy, Richard Nixon.

"That was a mistake," he said, referring to US Statehood. "We should have been our own nation," which, I pointed out, would have made him President instead of Governor.

May 10 09:39

A Concurrence In The Case Against Elena Kagan

Last week Glenn Greenwald penned a solid case delineating why current Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who is at the top of the purported Obama “short list”, would make a poor nominee to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. Despite the hard truth in Greenwald’s facts and arguments, he has been blistered by both the Obama Administration and their apologists and fanboys. The Administration has, as reported by Sam Stein, even enlisted a hit team of loyalist flaks and supporters to discredit Greenwald and his article.

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Glenn Greenwald has been attacked for making the case against Elena Kagan as a nominee for the Supreme Court on policy and ideology grounds. But neither Greenwald nor the Kagan supporters have addressed the fact Kagan would be effectively the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have had no experience whatsoever in court as either an attorney or judge, a critical deficiency in her already thin background.

Obama appears to have nominated Kagen for no other reason than she supports indefinite detentions without trial, and of course, she is linked to Goldman Sachs.

May 10 09:36

Scientists Speak Out Against Climate Change Deniers' McCarthy-Like Threats

In a letter published in the journal Science, more than 250 members of the US National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel Prize laureates, condemned the increase in "political assaults" on scientists who argue greenhouse gas emissions are warming the planet.

The 'climategate' scandal and mistakes by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have led to a surge in attacks on climate scientists around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They are being mean to us, mommy!!!"

(Ahem)

The global warming cult, unable to support their hysterical claims, is trying to pull the debate out of science and turn it into a political one, in that we should all go along with AGW and carbon taxes because it is the "polite" thing to do!

May 10 09:34

Literary Dissent: Why They Won’t Bell The Israeli Cat

It is a bit incongruous to expect writers to spurn awards on political grounds when the business of publishing itself has become a political game. Several groups have appealed to authors Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh to reject the Dan David Prize jointly being given to them by Tel Aviv University on May 9.

May 10 09:33

Yet another pathetic attempt to dismiss the Tea Party as "racist."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "tea" in Tea Party stands for "Taxed Enough Already" and high taxes know no racial bounds. We are all taxed way too high, to the point where the entire economy is grinding to a halt before our eyes. The looters and pillagers are desperate to grab those last few coins from your pockets before they leave, so they are attacking the one group that represents taxpayers of all races by claiming it is racist.

May 10 09:30

41 percent of Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area single-family homes believed 'underwater'

More tough news for Twin Cities metro homeowners surfaced this morning as home values in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area slid 4.6 percent in March from a year ago.

More troubling, the real estate website Zillow.com calculates that more than 268,000 Twin Cities area single-family homeowners with mortgages owe more than their homes are worth. That number is about 41.2 percent of the total. That compares with an estimated national average of 23.3 percent of single-family mortgages with negative equity, according to the report.

May 10 09:29

Early Christianity and the Hazard of Soap

Ferdinand Magellan
Monday, May 10, 2010
Early Christianity and the Hazard of Soap
Greeks and Romans were known for public baths, and many other cultures on the planet also believed in being clean, and still do. However, the expression 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness' is nowhere to be found in the entire Christian Canon of Scripture, including the apocryphal / pseudo-epigraphical texts. There must be a reason for this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This avoidance of hygiene on religious grounds is what made Europe a fertile ground for the spread of the Black Plague. It is an interesting irony that a cure for the plague and the knowledge that the disease was carried by fleas goes back to the time of Imhotep in ancient Egypt. A copy of Imhotep's medical text existed at the Library of Alexandria, but was lost when Christians burned the library.

May 10 09:29

Pledge of Allegiance?

As a self-proclaimed “angry white man” I should have sent this sooner but am just now getting around to it. The volatility of anything happening in Arizona these days seems evident. From the President of the United States to the superhero Al Sharpton, or Reverend Al Sharpton if you like, the latest and greatest limousine-liberal cause célèbre is the evil state of Arizona. How dare they pass a politically incorrect bill that would actually help protect our borders and allow Arizona law enforcement agencies to, well, enforce the law...

May 10 09:22

State revenues fall again after one-month reprieve

Gov. Sonny Perdue's office said Friday that tax collections in April were down 4.2 percent from April 2009, a return to negative numbers after March's reprieve. March ended a 15-month skid of revenue declines with a 1 percent gain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Georgia's death spiral! Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates.

May 10 09:21

Double dip in housing values continues, despite tax credit/spring bump

The home buyer tax credit may have sparked a surge in sales before it expired on April 30th.

But in the first quarter, Greater Boston home values continued a slide that began last fall, Zillow.com contends in its latest quarterly report.

And if present trends continue, local home values could sink below their 2009 low point, the report suggests. And, as I note below, that moment may come faster than you think.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Worse, bribing people to buy homes with a tax credit may look good for an election year, but if the economy continu7es to decline,m as all signs indicate, then these newly purchased homes are headed for foreclosure down the road.

May 10 09:19

Revenue: April numbers are sobering

Gov. Haley Barbour said last week that April revenue was 8.5 percent below estimates - a $45.1 million shortfall.

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Mississippi's death spiral! Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates.

May 10 09:16

State's revenue below projections for April

California’s controller, John Chiang, said the state’s April cash receipts fell below budget estimates by $3.6 billion, or 26.4 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

California's death spiral! Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates. Higher tax rates = less business. Less business = less taxes. Less taxes = higher tax rates.

May 10 09:14

A Simple Way To Clean Up The Oil Spill In The Gulf

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Use politicians and bankers to soak it all up, then set them on fire?

May 10 09:11

Boston Activists Infiltrate Israeli Propaganda Show: (Haly way down page)

In another positive sign of Israel’s increasing marginalization, there were so few people in actual attendance of the lecture that after all the activists had been removed, there was more security present in the auditorium than attendees.

May 10 09:04

Sex, Lies and Oil Spills

A common spin in the right wing coverage of BP's oil spill is a gleeful suggestion that the gulf blowout is Obama's Katrina.

In truth, culpability for the disaster can more accurately be laid at the Bush Administration's doorstep. For eight years, George Bush's presidency infected the oil industry's oversight agency, the Minerals Management Service, with a septic culture of corruption from which it has yet to recover. Oil patch alumnae in the White House encouraged agency personnel to engineer weakened safeguards that directly contributed to the gulf catastrophe.

May 10 08:58

PROPAGANDA ALERT - Manning Predicts White Revolution

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just another pathetic attempt to portray people dissatisfied with the government as motivated by racism.

May 10 08:57

Dispatch The War Department

A large standing military is the greatest threat to our freedom.Do we need a large standing military? No!

May 10 08:45

Jeremy Scahill is a Douche Bag

Once the truth comes out about 9-11, people are going to eventually start asking why all our “serious” investigative journalists like… Jeremy Scahill… missed something so goddamned obvious.

Not only did they miss it, they made up shit to attack people who were actually trying to investigate it; trying to tell people.

So one day, when this does all come out, after all the confessions and the accusations and the trials, one day the attention of the angry population will eventually turn to our “serious” investigative journalists like Goodman, like Taibbi, like … Scahill…

… and they will be asked to account for how they chose their careers and their “respectability” over the Truth. A truth I know they feel in their hearts.

May 10 08:09

Goldman Sachs Has First Perfect Quarter With Zero Trading Loss

Goldman Sachs, which is facing a fraud lawsuit from the SEC related to the firm’s sale of a mortgage-linked security in 2007, generated $9.74 billion in trading revenue in the first quarter, exceeding all of its Wall Street competitors. Trading accounted for 76 percent of first-quarter revenue.

That's what happens when you control the markets.

May 10 08:02

Are Cops More Criminal Than Criminals?

Until we get a president and congress that will do their jobs and take back control of "our" intelligence services, from the foreign and private International Monetary/ Banking Cartel, the US government will continue to force on us a police state as tyrannical as was those of communistic Russia or Nazi Germany.

Instead, "our leaders" consider every American to be a potential terrorist, while these very same leaders terrorize us with warrantless spying of our emails, postal mail, telephone calls. They beat us, taser us, and falsely arrest us, while pretending to protect us from the very terrorists they've created.

And, unless more of us wake up to the tyranny afoot, we ­ the American people ­ are, indeed, the problem.

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May 10 07:00

NHS 'scaring patients into accepting electronic records database'

The NHS has been accused of scaring patients into agreeing to have their personal information included on the controversial electronic records database.

The agency charged with rolling out the new system is warning of "adverse consequences" if people choose to opt out of the computerised network, which has been criticised as chaotic by doctors.

May 10 06:29

Humorous Look at Fake War on Terror

How many terrorists are there in the US?

Hard to say. Based on their level of activity (and lack of sophistication) not very many.

Meanwhile, there are many, many thousands of people in the US terrorism industry - tracking "terrorists," talking and writing about terrorists, supposedly protecting us against terrorists, and, yes, posing as terrorists.

My off-hand guess: For every real terrorist in the US, there are 1,000 or more on the federal payroll pretending to be one.

Your tax dollars are work.

May 10 04:30

A Mother's Nightmare: Oregon Judge Holds Canadian Child Without Cause

Bonnie King Salem-News.com

“You can't imagine the pain of not being able to hold your child on Mother's Day, knowing that you may never be able to hold him again.”

(SALEM / CALGARY) - Noah KirkmanSome stories are so far-fetched, so incredible, that they are hard to believe at first look, even though they ring of truth. The arduous journey of 12-year old Noah Kirkman is one such story. An unfinished story.

Almost two years ago, he came to Oregon to spend the summer with his stepfather, John Kirkman. Less than three months later, DHS took the boy into custody, and, four foster homes later, he still hasn’t been allowed to go home to Canada.

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http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may092010/noah_kirkman_bk.php

May 10 04:28

American Serfdom

With ‘ Hat In Hand ‘ : American Serfdom

A scene in Claude Berri’s fine 1993 film Germinal captures the essence of it all. French coal miners, circa 1880s, are enduring bleak conditions. They have no union, so a group of them ask to speak to the mine owner at his manor house. This one scene reveals the extent of a certain mindset of that day , and of now . The workers enter the study of the boss. He is seated at his desk as the group enters. They take their hats off and, to a man, seem to lower their heads in his presence. Ce le vie!

May 10 04:23

Gaza's Version of the World Cup Soccer Tourney

Tim King Salem-News.com

A UN-sponsored tourney aims to help Palestinians end siege.

(GAZA CITY / SALEM) - Salem-News.comA soccer tournament in Gaza is raising spirits, as players compete under sparkling sunny skies in a special two week event.

Don't be misled though, this is Gaza, a bombed and ravaged city surrounded by walls and an ocean heavily patrolled by the Israeli navy.

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http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may092010/gaza-cup-tk.php

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