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April 5, 2009

Apr 05 10:41

German and French banks got $36 billion from AIG Bailout

the majority of the funds—$58 billion—went to banks headquartered outside the U.S. The big winners were French and German banks, which pulled in $19 billion and $17 billion respectively.

To put these numbers in perspective, remember that the U.S. fiscal stimulus bill passed in February provided only $27.5 billion for highway and bridge construction.

Apr 05 10:27

DC attorney general decries gun amendment

WASHINGTON — The nation's capital would be more vulnerable to a terrorist attack if the District of Columbia's gun laws were weakened, the city's attorney general said Friday.
Peter Nickles testified before a House subcommittee examining the potential effect of a gun amendment attached to legislation that would give D.C. its first full vote in Congress.

The measure sponsored by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., would repeal the city's strict gun registration requirements and restrictions on semiautomatic weapons.

Apr 05 10:22

Police: 5 children, father die in murder-suicide

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was he on anti-depressants?

Apr 05 10:19

Montana Poised to Buck Federal Gun Control

"We'd like to just be able to make our own guns here in Montana and have the feds stay out of it," said Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, which helped draft the bill.



Taboola
Apr 05 10:17

Developing Story: North Korea Has Launched A Long Range Rocket

"Preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is a high priority for my administration." -- Obama

Webmaster's Commentary: 

START HERE

Apr 05 10:16

Moderate Taliban leader warns Barack Obama's plan will make Afghanistan worse

Nato's planned troop surge to Afghanistan will lead to an escalation in fighting and jeopardise secretive peace moves, a senior Taliban moderate has warned.

n an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mullah Abdul Salem Zaeef said the surge of mainly American troop reinforcements would only deepen the country's problems and was likely to act as a magnet to foreign fighters. His comments appeared to dent hopes that President Barack Obama's strategy could produce rapid progress towards peace in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is only stating the obvious, unfortunately.

And a little footnote from history: the only leader who was able to successfully invade - and hold (albeit briefly) - Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

Apr 05 10:16

New laws on minds of gun owners

The Tulsa Arms Show may draw nearly 35,000 this weekend, the manager says.

Apr 05 10:15

Anti-siege fleet scheduled to arrive in Gaza in May

Activists are planning a “Freedom Fleet” to break the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip in early may.

The flotilla is part of an “uprising” that is being prepared by the official anti-siege committee in the Gaza Strip, said spokesperson Adel Zu’rub.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 05 10:14

Cartoon strip aimed at under-12s depicts Christian boy as Islamaphobe thug

A Government-funded charity was at the centre of a row last night after a magazine it publishes for children appeared to depict Christians as Islamaphobes who regard Muslims as terrorists.

Apr 05 10:12

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ THE AFTERMATH OF THE GAZA BLITZKRIEG

Apr 05 10:12

ECONOMIC BLUES HOVERING OVER ISRAEL

The main challenge facing the new right-wing government in Israel is not going to be the moribund peace process with the Palestinians, but rather the depressive crisis now haunting the Israeli economy.

Some economists label the current crisis as the “harshest in Israel’s history.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is the global boycott actually working?

Apr 05 10:10

Obama promotes nuclear-free world

Barack Obama has outlined his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons in a major speech in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

START HERE


Apr 05 10:07

Obama Wants to Control the Banks

I must be naive. I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money. Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California. This isn't much when we routinely talk in trillions, but clearly that money has not been wasted or otherwise sunk down Wall Street's black hole. So why no cheering as the cash comes back?

My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell 'em what to do. Control. Direct. Command.

Apr 05 10:07

Shell in court over alleged role in Nigeria executions

Lawyers in New York will allege that Shell actively subsidised a campaign of terror by security forces in the Niger Delta and attempted to influence the trial that led to Saro-Wiwa's execution. The lawsuit alleges that the company attempted to bribe two witnesses in his trial to testify against him. Members of Saro-Wiwa's family will take the stand for the first time to give their version of events, among them his brother Owens, who will allege that Brian Anderson, managing director of Shell's Nigerian subsidiary, told him: "It would not be impossible to get charges dropped if protests were called off." Anderson is fighting the action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the brutal truth of how the "great game" for oil and other resources is played.

And right now, Africa is being looked at as "the next Middle East" in terms of rich, hitherto unexploited (or only moderately exploited) resources.

Apr 05 10:05

Remember that NIST report? NIST officials involved with nano-thermites

“Was the steel tested for explosives or thermite residues? … NIST did not test for the residue of these compounds in the steel.” NIST Responses to FAQs, August 2006

Apr 05 10:04

Richard Poplawski: Two profiles emerge

Friends described a Richard Poplawski far different from the 22-year-old man accused of gunning down three police officers today -- a partier sometimes, a guy in search of an understanding of politics, even a walking comedian.

He was also convinced that the government wanted to take away his guns and his freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anybody here NOT convinced that the government wants to take away your guns and your freedom?


Apr 05 10:02

Global Financial Collapse

Apr 05 09:59

Man who died of a heart attack during G20 protests 'was violently attacked by riot police'

A newspaper seller who died of a heart attack during the G20 protests was 'violently attacked' by riot police, eye witnesses claim.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, was hit 'near the head' with a police baton and shoved to the ground by charging riot officers, according to statements received by the police watchdog.

Another witness claims he was bitten on the arm by a police dog.

The Independent Police Complains Commission is examining a series of accounts that allege Mr Tomlinson was a victim of police violence.

Apr 05 09:57

Death at a Demonstration

There was a fascinating and drawn out scene outside the Bank of England yesterday when a distinct group of some thirty were attacking the police, one hitting the police with a long pole. Prominent was a group of young Asian lads.

I recognised them because I was crushed up hard for a good while against the same bunch of young Asians outside the Israeli Embassy a couple of months ago, where again they were being inexcusably violent.

The very strange thing was that, plainly from Sky's overhead cam, the Police had the ability to isolate and snatch this group of obviously violent individuals, and the police would have had my support in doing so. But they didn't.

So who are they?

Apr 05 09:56

Saint Stan Brock

Dr Joseph Gambacorta is a dentist who has driven 300 miles from Buffalo, New York, with his 13-year-old son, Patrick. He has been pulling teeth nonstop for four hours. “The American system is not working,” he says. “There are a lot of people who are working middle class and can’t afford the co-pay or the deductible.”

To understand what he’s referring to, it’s important to grasp some basic facts about American health care. In 2008, there were approximately 48m Americans with no health insurance whatsoever and 25m-30m more who were under-insured, according to the National Coalition on Health Care in Washington, DC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is a tribute to all that is good and kind in humanity.

That he should have to do this for Americans in the 21st century is a terrible indictment of how many people just fall through the cracks of American health care.


Apr 05 09:43

French minister defends police over NATO protests

France's interior minister defended on Sunday the police handling of violent anti-NATO protests in Strasbourg in which shops were ransacked and buildings including a seven-story hotel were set ablaze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Agents provocateurs?

Apr 05 09:42

MPs slammed for going on a £70,000 trip to New Zealand...to investigate binge-drinking

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can do your binge drinking here in London, same as always!!" -- Number 9 3/4

Apr 05 09:41

They've claimed it all, kitchen sink included

Is there anything that MPs will not claim on expenses? Today we reveal they have been submitting bills for stamp duty when buying homes. The same people who voted through the big increases in this tax (it now costs £40,000 on a £1m house, an increase of £30,000 since 1997) cheerfully claim it back when it applies to them.

Apr 05 09:39

Blair steps up fight to be crowned first 'President of EU'

Tony Blair has emerged as the leading candidate to become the first permanent president of the European Union after Gordon Brown gave his grudging blessing to the plan. The former prime minister has stepped up his campaign for the job, which he wants to use to build a bridge between Europe and the new Obama administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seriously, Phony Tony, what did Europe ever do to you?

And to my European readers, please remember the Dodgy Dossier!


Apr 05 09:38

Domestic fight over dog brought police to Pa. ambush

An ambush that resulted in the shooting deaths of three Pittsburgh policemen was precipitated by a 911 call from the gunman's mother over a dog urinating in the house.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we're all agreed we're gonna blame Alex Jones for this!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 09:36

snow in Kuwait on 30/3/2009?????

Apr 05 09:34

POUND TO GO BELLY-UP?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This commentator is saying the same thing i have been saying. All the "plans" to deal with the economic crisis involve moving the debt around, and little or no plans on how to get high paying jobs back to the people.

Apr 05 09:29

Barbaric Israel

Despite the best efforts of the American corporate media, the Israeli lobby, and compromised politicians, the true nature of Israel’s barbarity towards the Palestinian people is not easily hidden. The massacres of Gaza’s civilian population that were recently carried out by the Israeli Defense Force created a turning point in worldwide public opinion. Only the Israeli and American governments try to deny that war crimes were committed.

Now members of the IDF themselves are coming forward to admit that they committed war crimes. Soldiers have told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that they were ordered to murder civilians without provocation. Haaretz has also revealed that the IDF prepares soldiers to kill civilians by openly condoning the killing of pregnant women and little children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully ironic, watching the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors practicing ethnic cleansing against Palestinians, who somehow justifying their ethnic cleansing as their religious and moral "right".


Apr 05 09:16

Extradition judgement of the information mailer

The judge said the European Arrest Warrant Act does not give him permission to not surrender John under the grounds of freedom of expression, religious reasons or if it was a violation of the Irish constitution. After the judgement, in the public corridors of the four courts, John’s barrister said that the European Arrest Warrant Act states he cannot be surrendered if he will be treated unfairly in the UK as a result of his political opinion, which they feel he wont. But if you read the key article 37 of the European Arrest Warrant Act (below) from the Irish Statute Book you can clearly see what it really says. It talks about the warrant being invalid at the issuing point, it does not talk about being treated unfairly if extradited to the issuing state (UK).

Apr 05 09:14

Spain, Israel and War Crimes

Spanish National Court Judge Fernando Andreu says he will redouble his probe of seven top Israeli military and government officials for suspected “crimes against humanity.” He made the decision after determining that documents forwarded by the Israeli Embassy in Madrid show that Israel has decided not to prosecute anyone for the targeted assassination of Salah Shehadeh, the commander of the military wing of Hamas, in Gaza City in 2002. Spanish law allows the prosecution of foreigners for such crimes as genocide, crimes against humanity and torture committed anywhere in the world if the suspects will not be tried in their home country.

Apr 05 09:13

FLASHBACK - Flirting With Fascism on CNN Headline News

Host Glenn Beck threatens Muslims with concentration camps.

Apr 05 09:12

Shooting and Crying - Nothing New Since 1948 ... Or is it?

Did anything change in Israeli politics? Are those really completely new phenomena, suddenly coming up in the discourse, out of thin air? Or do we only witness the consequences of a continuing strategy that had begun more than sixty years ago? There are good arguments for the latter alternative, especially when you look at the facts


Apr 05 09:11

As Home Values Fall, Property Tax Revolt Brews

Homeowners watching the value of their houses slowly ebb are storming tax offices from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Atlanta, demanding that county officials reassess their homes and lower their property taxes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What will happen is that the cities will lower the appraised value, but then raise the property tax rates.

But I an glad to see the word "revolt" being used more and more often.

Apr 05 09:09

North Korea space launch 'fails'

North Korea failed in its attempt to get a satellite into space after a rocket launch early on Sunday, US and South Korean officials say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All North Korea has to do is publish the TLE for their new satellite and let the world see who is lying.

And if the launch did fail, then North Korea's rockets aren't really much of a threat, are they?

Apr 05 09:08

Students feel pain of Holocaust survivors

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These brainwashing sessions are going on all over the country...Under the guise of beknighted humanitarianism , a new generation is being set up to worship and die for Israel

Apr 05 09:02

Corporate Media trying to link mass shootings to conspiracy blogs!

Believing most media were covering up important events, Mr. Poplawski turned to a far-right conspiracy Web site run by Alex Jones, a self-described documentarian with roots going back to the extremist militia movement of the early 1990s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"See? See? If you read those nasty blogs, YOU BECOME WEIRD!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Seriously, look at the example set by the US government. No matter what the problem is, shoot it! Iraq's nuclear weapons? Shoot everybody (even though the nukes didn't exist). Afghanistan? Shoot them. North Korea? Shoot them (twice). Vietnam? Shoot them, then apologize. Japan? Shoot them, then buy TVs and computers from them. Germany? Shoot them, then buy cars from them. Cuba? Shoot them, then sneer at them forever. Indians sitting on land you want? Shoot them, then give them blankets infected with smallpox.

Gee, I wonder why Americans grow up thinking that shooting people is the first thing to try.



Lockerdome
Apr 05 08:58

We Have Named the Enemy (Abstractly)

I was listening to NPR and they were discussing how the military was having trouble getting equipment to its troops in a certain region in Afghanistan. The correspondent said something like, "Supplying the troops has been made more difficult by..." And here I thought, "Whoa, are they going to admit that they are meeting fierce resistance from rebels?"

But instead she finished the sentence, "...the deteriorating security situation."

Apr 05 08:58

From Twin Towers to Twin Camelots

Woe betide a president who believes his own stump speeches. In his campaign Obama outflanked charges initially from Hilary Clinton and then from John McCain that he was a peacenik and a wimp by declaring week after week that Iraq was the wrong battlefield, that the enemy was al Qaida and their sanctuary Afghanistan. An excited vibrancy colored the community organizer’s rhetoric as he spoke of his determination to “kill bin Laden.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

1. Ben Laden is dead.

2. People who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

3. Ignorance, hubris, and stupidity should be painful.

Apr 05 08:57

John Conyers calls for special prosecutor

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has renewed his call for a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal inquiry into “war on terror” policies of the Bush administration, including whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on alleged terrorist detainees violated international and federal laws against torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attention Congress: Look, either you punish all of the war criminals, or we'll assume you are all accessories and do it ourselves. Your choice.

Mr. Obama, right now you NEED a scapepoat. Bush will make a great one. Think about it.

Apr 05 08:54

Louisiana: Public Slams Traffic Cameras in Referendum

In a special election yesterday, a Southern Louisiana city of 22,000 overwhelmingly rejected photo enforcement. Asked, "Shall Ordinance No. 873, M-C Series adopting automated speed enforcement for the City of Sulphur, Louisiana, be repealed?" eighty-six percent of voters said "Yes." After results are certified on April 13, the Australian speed camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems will be sent packing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Across America, the message from the people to the government at all levels is strikingly clear; "LEAVE US THE @#$% ALONE!!!"


Apr 05 08:53

$500K homes now selling for $200,000

Mary Ann Lepley, her husband, Derrick, and their 2-year-old daughter, Melody, have been in their 3,000 square-foot home here for about three months. They bought it for about $250,000. Just two years ago, amid California's housing boom, the same house sold for nearly $550,000.

Apr 05 08:49

Obama Asks Security Council to Punish N. Korea

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States lies to start a war in Iraq, tortures prisoners to death, has actually USED nuclear weapons against another country, and Korea's communications satellite is the problem?

Israel defies the United Nations 65 times, breaks the cease fire with Gaza on Nov 4th, commits war crimes there, and Iran's power station is the problem?

Mr. Obama, kindly shut the #$%^ up. I didn't think it would be possible, but you are a greater embarrassment to the nation than your predecessor.

The Security Council will not go along with your wishes to pound on North Korea as a distraction from the fall of America. All you will succeed in doing is reinforcing the impression that the United States Government
is simply thrashing about the floor in its death throes, striking out at anything that happens to be in reach.

Apr 05 08:45

Hawaii looks to sports for economic boost

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is also hoping to lure the 31st Summer Olympic Games ...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If you get through the Honolulu Airport without the TSA wrecking your laptop, you get a gold medal!"

Apr 05 08:43

Women choose exile as Taliban laws return

THE first Afghan woman to appear on television after the fall of the Taliban has fled the country, saying it is too dangerous, as her husband was shot dead outside their house.

Paween Mushtakhel, 41, and her two children left Afghanistan on Friday. Hours later, under intense pressure from critics worldwide, President Hamid Karzai promised to review new laws that are said in effect to legalise marital rape in the Shi’ite minority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the current situations in Afghanistan, who can blame the women who can get out for leaving?!?


Apr 05 08:42

FLASHBACK - Complaints Flood CNN After Beck Smears Ron Paul Supporters As Terrorists

Apr 05 08:40

Nato leaders agree new approach on Afghanistan

Up to 5,000 more soldiers are pledged, but Obama fails to win additional combat troops

Apr 05 08:40

Israel ignoring 65 UN resolutions

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 was created because of an Israeli false flag. It called on Syrian troops to be removed from Lebanon after a vicious car bombing which killed the former prime minister of Lebanon Rafik al-Hariri. This was blamed on Syria, later because of a lack of evidence the blame was shifted to a Palestinian however UN investigations cleared the suspect of being capable of the attack and later it was discovered that Israeli agents were responsible for the attacks. The result was a call by the UN to remove Syria's troops from Lebanon something Israel desperately wanted. Bush even goofed up admitting this accidentally while having lunch with Tony Blair and speaking into a mic he didn't know was still on.

Apr 05 08:39

U.S. to lift ban on Bibi aide

Arad reportedly was banned because he is referred to in the indictment against Larry Franklin, a former Pentagon Iran analyst who pleaded guilty to relaying classified information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

However, it's just a very clear indication that whatever Netanyahu wants from Obama.... he's going to get.

And that does not auger well for any prospects for peace in the Middle East.


Apr 05 08:38

Cats and Arabs and the USS Liberty

Why did Shoher name his blog (and a book he authored) “Sampson Blinded?” Biblical Samson, blinded by the Philistines, killed thousands of them in (a) suicide attack. Israeli nuclear weapons are aptly called the Samson Option.

How lovely. At least we know now who it was who invented suicide missions in the region.

Apr 05 08:37

Scientists find active 'super-thermite' in WTC dust

Apr 05 08:33

G-20 message to indebted countries. "Drop Dead "

Not much substantive news was expected to come out of the G-20 meetings that ended on April 2 in London – certainly no good news was even suggested. Europe, China and the United States had too deeply distinct interests. American diplomats wanted to lock foreign countries into further dependency on paper dollars. The rest of the world sought a way to avoid giving up real output and ownership of their resources and enterprises for yet more hot-potato dollars.

Apr 05 08:33

No Combat Troops, But Obama Lauds ‘Strong’ NATO Support for War

President Barack Obama’s attempt to secure firm commitments of significant additional troops from NATO allies to help in the planned escalation in Afghanistan was, by any objective measure, an abject failure. He got no combat troops, and only the most temporary commitments to send police and training personnel to help with the elections. Don’t tell that to the president, however.

Today, he lauded the very guarded commitments as “strong and unanimous support,” and praised NATO members for making a “strong down payment” in Afghanistan. The Obama Administration has pledged tens of thousands of additional troops for Afghanistan, in addition to massive increases in civilian aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

He had to be completely naive to believe that he was going to get support from other NATO members in terms of sending more troops.

And President Obama, here's just one little factoid for you and your "magical thinkers" in the Pentagon to chew on; the former Soviet Union couldn't hold Afghanistan with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.


Apr 05 08:26

Obama resumes Iran threat rhetoric

President Barack Obama vows not to shelve the controversial US missile plans until an "Iranian missile threat" is eliminated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What threat, Mr. Obama?

Iran has not attacked or invaded another country in 200 years.

The United States can hardly make that same claim. WE are constantly attacking and invading other countries, usually on the basis of lies and fabrications, as we saw in Iraq. and for all the effort to transform Iran's nuclear power station into a cause for alarm, one and only one nation has actually used nuclear weapons of mass destruction against the civilians or another country and that nation is the United States.

Nor can Israel claim to be innocent. Israel has attacked its neighbors repeatedly, most recently on the day you were elected when Israel broke the cease fire with Gaza and initiated operation Cast Lead.

We the people of the world know what you are doing, Mr. Obama. The United States has committed war crimes. It has lied to start wars. You flopped at the G20 and the dollar is in decline. NATO told you to clean up the mess in Afghanistan yourself. The United States is an empire in decline. and you hope (in vain) that if you can maintain the illusion of enemies all around that the American people will continue to support you out of blind fear.

Fat chance.

Our eyes are opened.

Apr 05 07:51

Sarah Palin's Latest Fiery Showdown

Apr 05 07:43

The question that flummoxed the great orator

Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama ummed, ahed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes. Here, John Crace decodes what he was really thinking ...

Apr 05 07:34

Utah Student Who Prevented Bush Administration Sell-Off of Public Land Charged for Disrupting Auction

In December, the University of Utah student disrupted the Bush administration's last-minute move to auction off oil and gas exploitation rights on 150,000 acres of federal land in Utah. DeChristopher was arrested after he posed as a bidder and bought 22,000 acres of land in an attempt to save the property from drilling.

Speaking on Democracy Now! days after that auction, DeChristopher explained his decision to disrupt the bidding process.


Apr 05 07:26

Conyers calls for Special Prosecutor for Bush Crimes

On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers quietly released the final draft of an extensive report he first unveiled in January documenting the Bush administration’s "unreviewable war powers" and the possible crimes committed in implementing those policies.

In order to determine whether Bush officials broke laws, Conyers has recommended that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor to launch a criminal inquiry to investigate, among other things, whether "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against alleged terrorist detainees violated international and federal laws against torture.

It's about time.

Apr 05 06:17

I'll Have A "Draught Dodger!"

“The courts have spoken, Parliament has spoken and Canadians have made their views clear. These conscientious objectors should not be sent back to the United States to face jail time for opposing the Iraq War.”

Apr 05 02:00

Obama is Cuckoo! - Obama promotes nuclear-free world - Amidst Worst Social Collapse Since the Black Plague !

BBC- He is expected to call for a global summit [Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!]

Apr 05 01:24

MURDEROUS Binghamton Rampage Prompts Calls to END ALL IMMIGRATION !

BBC - US police are piecing together details of the man they say shot dead 13 people and took several hostages at a New York state immigration centre.

The man, who also killed himself, was identified as Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong, 41. He used the alias Jiverly Voong, police said.



Pixfuture
Apr 05 01:17

Let's Play Pretend! by Peter Schiff

When elementary school kids want to escape the confines of their circumstances they pretend to be pirates, princesses, and Jedi knights. Now, with the relaxation of "mark to market" valuation rules announced yesterday by the accounting trade's self-regulatory body, our bankrupt financial institutions can escape their own reality by pretending to be solvent. The unraveling of our fairytale economy over the last few months has not yet convinced us that the time has come to put away childish things. The applause that greeted the news yesterday on Wall Street is a clear sign that we still have some growing up to do.

Apr 05 00:54

Should We Kill the Fed?

For the financial crisis that has wiped out trillions in wealth, many have felt the lash of public outrage.

Fannie and Freddie. The idiot-bankers. The AIG bonus babies. The Bush Republicans and Barney Frank Democrats who bullied banks into making mortgages to minorities who could not afford the houses they were moving into.

But the Big Kahuna has escaped.

The Federal Reserve.

April 4, 2009

Apr 04 22:25

North Korea launches Satellite

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check out the media spin on this. They are so desperate to turn this into a booga booga for the people to be afraid of.

Apr 04 22:23

U.S. on alert to protect Isles

The head of a U.S. missile defense advocacy group warned that a North Korean long-range rocket launch — expected between tomorrow and Wednesday — will be on an azimuth that puts Hawai'i on the tail end of a possible failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ramming the USS Port Royal into the reef and then dumping 5000 gallons of raw sewage onto the reef did a heck of a lot more damage than a falling communications satellite will.


Apr 04 22:18

Who's The Boss?

ON THE first day of the new Israeli government, the fog cleared: it's a Lieberman government.

Apr 04 20:37

£15bn for Government snoop network? Just use Facebook

Cambridge University researchers have revealed how the profile information Facebook releases to search engines could be exploited by spammers or even governments.

Public listings allow search engines to crawl a limited version of your Facebook profile, displaying your name, photo, and eight people you're friends with. A limited selection of fan listings and affiliations are also displayed.

In a paper entitled Eight Friends Are Enough the team from Cambridge's Computer Security Group, reveal how they developed a programme capable of sifting through thousands of these public profiles.

This information was then used to map out a person's network of friends. The paper's authors claim this is valuable information that could be easily exploited by spammers and governments.

Apr 04 19:03

FLASHBACK - Accused Nazi guard says he's no war criminal

An 85-year-old Gwinnett County man accused of guarding people in concentration camps in Nazi Germany said Monday that the U.S. should not deport him.

Paul Henss addressed a throng of reporters at his home near Lawrenceville just hours after the federal government announced plans to expel him from the United States. The government says Henss trained attack dogs to kill people who tried to escape from two concentration camps during World War II.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FEED A DOG, GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 04 18:43

Bill Moyers' interview with William K. Black

The financial industry brought the economy to its knees, but how did they get away with it? With the nation wondering how to hold the bankers accountable, Bill Moyers sits down with William K. Black, the former senior regulator who cracked down on banks during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. Black offers his analysis of what went wrong and his critique of the bailout



Xmas w/o borders
Apr 04 18:42

New Malaysia PM frees detainees

Malaysia's new prime minister has freed 13 men held under security laws and pledged to review the statutes under which they were held, seeking to allay fears of a crackdown against political dissent.

Apr 04 18:41

Senior S&L Regulator Says Government Engaging in Massive Cover-Up of Economic Crisis: “The Entire Strategy Is to Keep People from Getting the Facts”

[They] don't want to change the bankers, because if we do, if we put honest people in, who didn't cause the problem, their first job would be to find the scope of the problem. And that would destroy the cover up....

Geithner is ... covering up. Just like Paulson did before him....

These are all people who have failed. Paulson failed, Geithner failed. They were all promoted because they failed....

Until you get the facts, it's harder to blow all this up. And, of course, the entire strategy is to keep people from getting the facts....

Apr 04 18:40

Stiglitz: Bank Plan Makes Taxpayers Suckers

“The Obama administration’s $500 billion or more proposal to deal with America’s ailing banks has been described by some in the financial markets as a win-win-win proposal,” Stiglitz writes in The New York Times.

“Actually, it is a win-win-lose proposal: the banks win, investors win — and taxpayers lose.”

Apr 04 18:40

Mexican president: US authorities 'complicit' in drug trafficking

The President of Mexico has an unfortunate message for Americans still ignorant of the Drug War's cold realities: Some of your politicians are involved.

Yes folks, it is long-past time to start thinking about alternative strategies for combating both the harmful effects of drug addiction and the deadly effects of forcing an economy outside of the law.

"It is impossible to pass tons of drugs and cocaine to U.S. without some great complicity of some American authorities," said Mexican President Felipe Calderone.

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Apr 04 18:25

British celebrities' assets seized under draconian California law

Celebrities including Kate Winslett, Dame Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Sir Michael Caine and the Irish actor Colin Farrell have all fallen victim to legislation that allows California's state government to take possession of bank accounts, stocks and the contents of security deposit boxes if they are dormant for longer than three years.

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Penny wise and pound foolish!

This is a PR disaster! Politics is perception and this makes California look like they are so desperate for a few more dollars that they will screw over the entertainment industry's biggest stars.

Hollywood is already on the wane as the film capital of the world; this open looting will just accelerate the shift to another country.

Apr 04 18:19

Three homes Hoon: Iraq war Minister claimed expenses on one home, rented out second ... and lived in third for free

The Cabinet Minister who sent Britain's Armed Forces into the Iraq war claimed expenses on his constituency house and rented out his London home - while living throughout the conflict in a palatial grace-and-favour apartment in Whitehall.

Apr 04 18:16

Obama's splendid week is subject to downward revision

Bundle it all together -- from the restrained response to a global meltdown to a ceaseless hot spot of unilateral quicksand to impregnable mossbackism at home -- and Obama may someday recall the glorious week that wasn't.

Apr 04 18:16

U.S. slams court decision to halt Demjanjuk's deportation

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"Look, Israel says fry him, we gotta fry him! They screwed up claiming that he was 'Ivan the Terrible', but Israel is never wrong, can never be SEEN to be wrong, so for the good of Israel we gotta fry this 85 year old fart for feeding the Nazi pooches!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 04 18:07

Economist: US collapse driven by 'fraud,' Geithner covering up bank insolvency

In an explosive interview on PBS' Bill Moyers Journal, William K. Black, a professor of economics and law with the University of Missouri, alleged that American banks and credit agencies conspired to create a system in which so-called "liars loans" could receive AAA ratings and zero oversight, amounting to a massive "fraud" at the epicenter of US finance.

Apr 04 18:06

Red River Flood Hit By 24 Inch Blizzard: Global Warming?

I live in breckenridge MN the red river is one block from my home, and I can tell you global warming does not exist as we are getting pounded with 25 inches of snow in april!

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"NO YOU ARE NOT! IT'S JUST YOUR MENTAL ILLNESS!!!!!" -- Al Bore

Apr 04 18:03

Man-Made Climate Change Deniers Have a Mental Illness

The idea that ‘climate change denial’ is a psychological disorder – the product of a spiteful, wilful or simply in-built neural inability to face up to the catastrophe of global warming – is becoming more and more popular amongst green-leaning activists and academics. And nothing better sums up the elitism and authoritarianism of the environmentalist lobby than its psychologisation of dissent. The labelling of any criticism of the politics of global warming, first as ‘denial’, and now as evidence of mass psychological instability, is an attempt to write off all critics and sceptics as deranged, and to lay the ground for inevitable authoritarian solutions to the problem of climate change.

Apr 04 18:00

US to fight 'anti-Israeli crap' at UN

The US envoy to the United Nations says that Washington has a duty to fight the growing anti-Israeli sentiments in the world.

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Oh?

Would someone explain to me why it is a "duty" for the US Government to protect Israel from criticism, especially criticism that is well and truly deserved?

"Duty" implies an obligation? What obligates the United States to wipe Israel's butt all the time, or to pay for the weapons with which it has earned its dark reputation?

I am sorry Ms. Rice, but the first duty of the United States Government is to take care of the people of the United States. The second duty of the United States Government is to take care of the people of the United States. The third duty of the United States Government is to take care of the people of the United States.

Israel has created its own problems. I suggest that we allow Israel to deal with them.

Apr 04 17:55

Jewish terrorist group (JDL) demanded Canadian gov't ban Galloway.

An organization that planned to blow up Concordia University, and that the FBI, the U.S. State Department, and U.S. courts have branded a 'terrorist organization', has given advice to the Harper government that led Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to barring a British MP from Canada.

A Kenney spokesman said Kenney first heard about British MP George Galloway's visit from a Jewish Defense League (JDL) March 16 letter.

The Jewish Defense League, is categorized by the FBI as a "right-wing Jewish terrorist group", founded in 1968 by ultra Zionist Meir Kahane. Kanahe then founded the terrorist group Khach in Israel. JDL leader Meir Weinstein (no relation to the author) boasts of getting the Canadian government to ban Galloway.

Apr 04 17:54

I guess Adam Pearlman wasn't good enough!

Apr 04 17:38

Thousands flee bomb attacks by US drones

AMERICAN drone attacks on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan are causing a massive humanitarian emergency, Pakistani officials claimed after a new attack yesterday killed 13 people.

The dead and injured included foreign militants, but women and children were also killed when two missiles hit a house in the village of Data Khel, near the Afghan border, according to local officials.

As many as 1m people have fled their homes in the Tribal Areas to escape attacks by the unmanned spy planes as well as bombings by the Pakistani army. In Bajaur agency entire villages have been flattened by Pakistani troops under growing American pressure to act against Al-Qaeda militants, who have made the area their base.

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Neither the Pakistanis nor the Afghans hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing and maiming their kids, their wives, their friends and families, and their grandparents.... indiscriminately.

One has to wonder if the ramp up in the creation of more instability in the region is by design, rather than by accident, to accomplish other geopolitical agendas.

Apr 04 17:16

Texans delay 'Agent Orange' spraying on border

Did you know that American authorities want to spray a toxic herbicide over 1.1 million acres of land on the US-Mexico border?

The residents here dodged a bullet when the U.S. Border Patrol delayed the spraying of a toxic herbicide along the Rio Grande.

The herbicide, the U.S. agency said, is meant to eradicate a wild plant that supposedly protects illegal entities from detection on the riverbanks.

However, U.S. citizens living near the 1.1 mile spray area took a legal stand to halt the $2.1 million pilot program before it began last week because they haven’t been educated on the effects of the poison, they said.

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CBP Spokesperson Prichard what the hell are your people thinking?!?!?

The documentation is there and the incontrovertible scientific evidence is in: this product causes birth defects, miscarriages, and cancers. Is this how expendable the people in Texas are you are supposed to be protecting?!?!?

Please don't tell me there isn't another way to handle this invasive cane. This may be the cheapest in terms of dollars per pound of chemical, plus the spraying; but it is also the most deadliest in terms of the effects on humans. Someone in the CBP's Laredo office has to know this.

As reported in http://www.gsmp.org/agentorange/history.html

" Dioxin is the most toxic and most durable chemical mankind has developed so far. Its half-life is very long. The scientific community has agreed that dioxin causes cancers, terrible deformities, birth defects and many other ailments.
In 1966, 29 American scientists protested the use of the AO/dioxin herbicide by the U.S. in Vietnam because AO couldn't distinguish enemy solders from innocent people. They called for the U.S. Army to study the short- and long-term effects of the chemicals used in Vietnam . Over 5,000 American scientists asked President Johnson to stop using herbicides in Vietnam . Nevertheless, the chemicals continued to be used there.
At the beginning of the 1970s, the Herbicide Assessment Commission (HAC) - a scientific body - sent a group of experts to Vietnam to investigate the effects of the herbicides, especially AO/dioxin, on the environment and humans. After the trip, they asked the U.S. government to stop the use of the herbicides in Vietnam because these chemicals destroyed mangrove forests and caused miscarriages and birth defects. The culprit was the dioxin contained in AO. This conclusion conformed to the results of experiments on animals. It means that the U.S. was quite aware of the negative effects of the herbicides, AO in particular, on the environment and humans."

Apr 04 16:41

Times Co. threatens to shut Globe; seeks $20m in cuts from unions

The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut The Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said yesterday.
Paper reported to face $85m loss this year, as recession, Internet economy batter news industry

Apr 04 15:25

Geithner 7: Like US Taxpayers Giving Arms to Al Qaeda

The Geithner plan is simply stated another giveaway to the financial elite who together with the government caused the current economic "crisis."

Any society is doomed when its officials openly legalize looting operations. Come on folks, who do you think will pay for this in the long run?

Apr 04 12:21

The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."

Apr 04 11:54

Tax Day party count nearing 2,000 U.S. cities

"The runaway spending by President Obama and Congress will have a definite negative effect on our families," he said. "We are leaving a debt of trillions of dollars to be paid by our grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

Apr 04 11:02

Hawaiians May Need Special ID to Buy Gas in 2010

In a move completely ignored by the corporate media, the state of Hawaii has introduced resolutions in the Senate and House to initiate a study by the Insurance Commissioner to determine how best to deny gasoline purchases to uninsured motorists.

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"You WILL give money to AIG, dammit!"

Apr 04 10:56

The Smooth Criminal Transition from Bush/Cheney to Obama

To sober, clear-eyed observers of history and political deception, the ascension of Barack Obama held the promise for unprecedented new dangers: a revitalized New World Order, led by the Anglo-American empire’s neoliberal criminal faction and an iconic, deceptive new facilitator; and a continuation of Bush/Cheney criminality and war, under smarter and much more effective management.

Now, just months into their tenure, the Barack Obama administration has more than fulfilled the promises he made to his elite constituency, deepening the mass destruction of Bush/Cheney, while charming its victims all over the world into enjoying their own demise.

Apr 04 10:50

Toxic Asset Plan Will Leave The Same Amount Of Toxic Assets In The System, But With the Taxpayers Now Liable For Most Of The Losses

The government is guaranteeing 85% of the value of the toxic assets.

So the taxpayers (who anteed up for the bailout funds which the banks are now using to purchase the assets) will again pick up the tab when the assets turn out to not be worth as much as the banks are paying for them.

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At the end of the day, in the way this deal has been structured, it is We the People, We the Taxpayers who are winding up getting screwed twice.

Angry yet?!?!?

Apr 04 10:43

US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats

In the wake of the accusation by Chas Freeman that his nomination to lead the National Intelligence Council was derailed by an "Israeli lobby," a forthcoming memoir by another distinguished ambassador adds stunning new charges to the debate. The ambassador, John Gunther Dean, writes that over the years he not only came under pressure from pro-Israeli groups and officials in Washington but also was the target of an Israeli-inspired assassination attempt in 1980 in Lebanon, where he had opened links to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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With "friends" like Israel........

Apr 04 10:39

U.N. official pleads for opening of Gaza borders

The top U.N. aid official in the Gaza Strip urged Israel Friday to ease restrictions on the flow of goods into the conflict-torn territory, saying they were "devastating" for the people.

"It's wholly and totally inadequate," John Ging, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, said about the amount of goods Israel permits into the territory, where some 1.5 million Palestinians live.

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Memo to John Ging: you are wasting your breath.

The only thing (which will happen when pigs fly) that will stop Israel from continuing this siege is for a universal, global stop to any aid, military or monetary.

Let us hope that the increasing alternative media focus on what Israel has done - and continues to do - in Gaza will open at least some eyes on what is happening her.

Apr 04 10:32

All Unclear Over Israeli Policy

How genuine is Israel’s new leadership about peace when the Prime Minister says that he will go a long way towards striving for a settlement with the Palestinians, but purposefully omits to endorse an independent Palestinian state; and, when his foreign minister warns, "If you want peace, prepare for war," a blunt statement on which the prime minister stays studiously silent?

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Where I a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that there will be no real push for peace or for a Palestinian state under Netanyahu's watch.

What there will be will be further escalation of attacks in Gaza, and massive ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Jerusalem... and, oh, perhaps an attack against Iran on top of this.

And to Fatah and Hamas; unless the leadership of your organizations find a way to let egos go, and create a unified political front with which to confront the Israeli political structure, there will be no Palestinian state.

Apr 04 10:20

Nazi camp guard wins right to stay in US

A Nazi death camp guard accused of helping to kill some 29,000 Jews during World War II has won the right to remain in the United States for now, an immigration judge has ruled.

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He fed the camp guard dogs.

Apr 04 10:18

ACTS OF VIOLENCE ASSOCIATED WITH ANTI-DEPRESSANTS

Apr 04 10:16

Inside Obama's bank CEOs meeting

“My administration,” the president added, “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

Apr 04 10:09

Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Baby Formula

When a parent puts a bottle of baby formula to a child's lips, the parent might not know exactly what ingredients are in that thick, nutritionally packed mix. But rocket fuel? That's not an ingredient many expect to find.

The two brands with the highest levels -- more than double that of the other milk-based products -- command 87 percent of the market share for infant formula.

The report does not specify the brand names of any formula tested.

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There is no safe level of perchlorate, and that's the problem.

And of course, for the CDC, in choosing not to name and shame the companies involved in this practice, corporate profits appear to trump your baby's health, every time.

And as reported at:

http://blog.syracuse.com/family/2008/11/melamine_found_in_topselling_u...

This isn't the first time there have been problems with infant formula. Remember the melamine contamination of infant formula, discovered by AP last year?

And in an article covering this, the following statement was made:
"The three firms -- Abbott Laboratories, Nestle and Mead Johnson -- manufacture more than 90 percent of all infant formula produced in the United States."

If you are an infant's mom or dad, and have been using these products, or have friends or families who are, you might want to consider stopping the use of these products, and see what organic alternatives you might want to start feeding your baby.

Will the cost be higher?? Absolutely. But your baby's good health and development have to be worth it.

Apr 04 10:05

Missouri MIAC Documents Scandal Leads to Advisory on SPLC & ADL

The Southern Poverty Law Center was cited as a research source for the 'Missouri Documents'. Furthermore, the attempt of these documents to cast suspicion of violent and life threatening behavior on millions of Americans who are concerned about these issues is consistent with the regularly released political materials of both the SPLC and ADL.

Apr 04 09:40

THE CHURCH AT SALEM

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Website of church seized for refusing to incorporate as a 501(C)3

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