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April 3, 2009

Apr 03 07:49

Mark to Market Madness … Geithner Plan Shenanigans … the Economy … and More

Mark to Market Accounting Mess Shows That
Congress, Bankers Just Don’t Get It …

This week, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) caved on the mark-to-market accounting front. Members of the board agreed to give financial institutions more flexibility in valuing assets, including the “toxic” ones that have given investors so much agita.

You could see this coming a mile away because Congress has essentially been browbeating the group into submission. Recent hearings and commentary from legislators made it clear that if FASB didn’t kowtow to the banking lobby and amend mark-to-market standards, Congress would find a way to make it happen.

Apr 03 07:48

Caterpillar Announces Plans For Greater Share Of The Ethnic Cleansing Market In Apartheid Israel!

Although many have been concerned about the recent right wing shift in Israel's leadership, Caterpillar Tractor's CEO, J.W Owens, is not one of them. Owens told UPI that he has all the confidence in the world that the next Apartheid regime will be just as murderous and committed to ethnic cleansing as the last, if not more so. Owens added, Caterpillar is prepared for this opportunity with a full array of ethnic cleansing products and has enhanced many of it existing product lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the "megaphonies" have already gotten Google to attach a content warning to this page.

Apr 03 07:44

LIFE EXCLUSIVE! The Day MLK Died

About a dozen black-and-white pictures published Thursday on www.life.com include scenes of King’s associates meeting solemnly in the civil rights leader’s motel room, standing on the balcony where he stood for the last time, and workers cleaning the last of the blood.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this photo spread is still pushing the claim that the shot that killed Dr. King came from a rooming house at 422 South Main Street where James Earl Ray was staying, waiting for "Roul".

But as can be seen in this report, the bullet that killed Dr. King actually came from a different direction.

Apr 03 07:44

The Death Of Martin Luther King

July 11, 1997
Web posted at: 11:47 a.m. EDT (1547 GMT)

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (CNN) -- Markings on some of the test bullets fired from the rifle believed used in the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. do not match the markings on the bullet that killed King, according to an affidavit filed by confessed killer James Earl Ray's attorneys.

The results of bullet tests, conducted in May, were read in court by Judge Joseph Brown .

Lawyers for Ray, who sought the tests in a bid to prove his innocence, are asking Brown to approve additional tests on Ray's .30-06 hunting rifle .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The FBI claimed that the gun had not been properly cleaned for the test firings and demanded they be allowed to retest, then simply stalled carrying out the new tests until James Earl Ray died in prison. At that point, legal efforts to get at the truth of Martin Luther King's assassination were thrown out of court for "lack of standing."

As for the rifle claimed to have been James Earl Ray's, the marks left on the test bullets were caused by a manufacturing defect, and would have had to have been on all bullets fired previously by that same rifle. Since those marks did not appear on the bullet that killed Dr. King, Ray was indeed innocent. There was no evidence that ever linked him to the murder. He was jailed on the basis of a confession suggested by his conveniently court-appointed lawyer; a confession James immediately retracted to no avail.

Yes, I am aware that some of the external links on this page no longer work. I am trying to locate copies of the relevant videos.



Taboola
Apr 03 07:37

MARTIN LUTHER KING - THE FATAL SHOT CAME FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION

The official story is that these men are pointing at the bathroom window in the rear of the rooming house from which James Earl Ray is supposed to have fired a gunshot.

But is that where the witnesses are pointing?

Apr 03 07:26

Little Change in Negative Images of Bush and Cheney

Neither George W. Bush's deliberate silence about the Obama administration nor Dick Cheney's ready criticism of it appear to have altered U.S. public perceptions about either man. The former president and former vice president are each viewed unfavorably by 63% of Americans, very similar to where they stood with the public in their final White House years.

Apr 03 07:24

Using the Discarded Silver Bullets

The rich will say that the poor are marginalized and will waste it all, but that's just an out-of-date slam that is no longer true—given all these years that paychecks have been shrinking since 1973, when the Tri-lateral Commission mandated this; because “Too many people have too much time on their hands to think about too many things that will be dangerous to our position as the leaders of the global economy.”

Apr 03 07:12

Obama Tax Conference Today in D.C.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First topic: Why Cabinet Officials should not have to pay their taxes!



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 03 07:09

Ward Churchill Wins Lawsuit

A jury ruled Thursday that the University of Colorado wrongly fired the professor who compared some Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi, giving him only $1 in damages but a chance to get his job back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is easy to support the First Amendment when someone says something you agree with.

The real test of principle comes when someone says something you do not agree with.

I do not agree with Ward Churchill's original speech because he approaches 9-11 from the point of view that the attacks were indeed carried out by Muslim extremists, which of course I d not agree with at all.

However, Ward Churchill has every right to express his opinions, especially at a university which is supposed to be the source of new ideas in society, not the stern defenders of the status quo such as they appear to be today.

That being said, a careful review of what Ward Churchill actually did say shows that the Eichmann comment was intentionally take out of context by the media (especially Bill O'Reilly at FOX) and fanned into a furious demand for his firing by what in hindsight was a cadre of individuals terrified at anyone who might interfere with the carefully planned propaganda that led from 9-11 to war in the Mideast.

Ward Churchill's "crime" was that while he accepted the official story of 9-11, he questioned whether years of US Mideast policy might not have created the justification for such an attack. The promoters of war needed to sell the idea that the attack was unprovoked and undeserved, the better to create a war-list in the public.

So Ward was publicly pilloried as a warning to any who might challenge any aspect of the propaganda, and now that he has had his day in court, the whole world knows it.

More information is at Ward's personal website at http://www.wardchurchill.net/churchill_v_cu.html

Apr 03 06:55

Holder Pledges Caution in Prosecuting Public Corruption Cases

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: They just got a huge can of whitewash!

Apr 03 06:49

Squirrel leaves Navy base incommunicado

A senior official at the weapons station, who asked not to be identified, said the problem began when a squirrel came in contact with an electrical transformer. The rodent was electrocuted and the transformer exploded, knocking out power for a time, and seriously damaging a key component of the base phone system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OSAMA BIN SQUIRREL!!!!!

(ahem)

Actually, many years ago (mid 70s) when I was working at JPL, the entire facility (except SFOF, which has its own generators) was blacked out when a raccoon made the same mistake.

C'mon evolution! We need animals smart enough to understand not to touch the hot wire!

Apr 03 06:41

Smoking lowers Parkinson's disease risk

A new study adds to the previously reported evidence that cigarette smoking protects against Parkinson's disease. Specifically, the new research shows a temporal relationship between smoking and reduced risk of Parkinson's disease. That is, the protective effect wanes after smokers quit.

"It is not our intent to promote smoking as a protective measure against Parkinson's disease," Evan L. Thacker from Harvard School of Public Health emphasized in comments to Reuters Health. "Obviously smoking has a multitude of negative consequences. Rather, we did this study to try to encourage other scientists...to consider the possibility that neuroprotective chemicals may be present in tobacco leaves."


Apr 03 06:34

London cops reach new heights of anti-terror poster stupidity

The London police have bested their own impressive record for insane and stupid anti-terrorism posters with a new range of signs advising Londoners to go through each others' trash-bins looking for "suspicious" chemical bottles, and to report on one another for "studying CCTV cameras."

Apr 03 06:09

Student Arrested...for Being Honest

AN HONEST student who handed in a mobile phone he found was stunned when police arrested him for theft.

Paul Leicester, 18, played the Good Samaritan when he discovered the handset lying in the street.

He rang the last number dialled and told a friend of the owner he would leave the phone at a nearby police station. But officers arrested him for “theft by finding”, held him for four hours and took a DNA sample.

Apr 03 06:01

Another Huge Job-Loss Month as Jobless Rate Hits 8.5% After 663,000 Jobs Lost in March

The New York Times Jack Healy -The American economy shed another 663,000 jobs in March, the government reported Friday, bringing the toll of job losses during the recession to more than 5 million.

The agency also drastically revised the job losses in January to 741,000 from the earlier report of 655,000, but left February’s job loss estimate of 651,000 unchanged.

“There is no letup,” said James O’Sullivan, senior United States economist at UBS. “The trend has been truly dismal.”

Apr 03 05:24

G20 summit – leaders' statement

Gordon Brown has unveiled a $1.1 trillion rescue fund for the global economy at the end of the G20 summit in London. Here’s the text of the final statement.


Apr 03 05:02

Thieving, Lying Obama hails 'historic' G20 summit and Pledges to Give another 750bn Away

BBC - Barack Obama: 'By any measure the London summit was historic' - Barack Obama has hailed the G20 summit as a historic turning point in the pursuit of world economic recovery.

Apr 03 04:56

G20: When Gordon met Barack

We now know the form with these events: British PM pays deferential homage to the American president, who repays the compliment with warm words for the special ties the US feels for Britain. The dynamic is usually clear: the Brit is grateful simply to be standing next to the most powerful man in the world. He is yapping spaniel; the American is top dog.

Wednesday's joint press conference of Gordon Brown and Barack Obama had no such dynamic at work:

Apr 03 04:36

Cornell University Expert on The "Scolding" The U.S.

"This might be one of the most eventful global economic summits since the breakdown of the original Bretton Woods system in the early 1970s. The Europeans and others are in no mood to take orders from the U.S. to print more money or incur more debt to "stimulate" their economies, for at least three reasons:

Apr 03 01:28

Who Controls The Black Bloc Anarchists?

Government Decides Who Protests At G20: Violent anarchists allowed to smash up buildings despite announcing target in advance, yet anti-poverty group barred from protesting.


Apr 02 19:55

One Way to Save America

We have 40 million Americans facing retirement age. Why don't we give each one of them one million dollars with the stipulation that they buy an American car? 40 million cars sold in the USA. And a condo or house in the USA, not overseas? 40 million real estate buys.

This is just 40 million productive dollars (they'd pay “health insurance” and not need Medicare) instead of 160 million AIG “bonus” dollars which pay for... nothing. Oh, wait, private jets!

I wish this were my idea.... I am so down with it.

Apr 02 19:43

Bailing Out Retirees Would Save America

This is an idea I heard but I wish I would have thought of it. Someone please find the original source!

The USA has, let's say, 40 million people entering retirement age. So for a fraction of the bank bailout, let's say we give each one of those retirees a million dollars. You're 65? Here you go, thank you. Their financial security is ensured. Then, we just stipulate they buy one American car. Okay. 40 million new American cars sold! Then we ask them to buy a condo. Okay, say, a nice comfy quarter of a million ocean view somewhere. They will live, the autoworkers will be called back to work and real estate might be viable for people other than Candy Spelling. Oh, and they will be able to pay the outlandish health insurance premiums they cannot today.

Apr 02 18:32

Police records indicate cop planted gun on dead teen: lawsuit

Officer Jason Anderson, who shot Fong Lee eight times after chasing him through a playground, was honored for his bravery after a Baikal .380 was found just two feet from the corpse.

But a new suit filed by Fong's family carries the weight of police records which indicate officer Anderson had taken the Russian firearm from his precinct's evidence locker, where it had been logged after a burglary in 2004.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aim for the badge.

Why take chances?

I mean, if it is okay for the US Government to attack Iran without warning because it MIGHT build a nuclear bomb, then it must be okay for us to attack cops without warning because they provably might gun us down and plant evidence on us.


Apr 02 14:47

THEY KNEW! - AIG was a Ponzi scheme plain and simple

AIG was a Ponzi scheme plain and simple, yet the Obama Administration still thinks of AIG as a real company that simply took excessive risks. No, to us what the fraud Bernard Madoff is to individual investors, AIG is to the global financial community.

Apr 02 14:42

Cleveland Columbus newsrooms will "pool" news

The TVNewsday and TVB/Television Broadcast trade websites report that Columbus is now the second Ohio TV market where two different newsrooms will "pool" news footage of events such as press conferences or other planned events.

Apr 02 14:41

Gaza Aid Prevented by U.S.

The United States (U.S.) Patriot Act is preventing Save The Children Norway from rebuilding schools in Gaza. The organization is in despair.

"We are allowed to distribute emergency rations, such as food and water, but systematic relief efforts and rebuilding is blocked", according to Bjørn Lindgren, Save The Children's regional director for Europe and the Middle East, in a Klassekampen interview. "It is a terrible policy that keeps us from helping children."

Apr 02 14:37

ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE CAREER FOR WHICH YOU TRAINED?

YES
38% (971 votes)
NO
62% (1552 votes)
Total votes: 2523
Apr 02 14:18

'New world order' emerging from global economic crisis: Brown

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Thursday that "a new world order" is emerging following the G20 summit in London on tackling the global financial crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New World Order: "I'm in charge now; you bow down and worship ME, serf!!!!"

Apr 02 13:55

SDRs - Special Drawing Rights

But Keynes' Bancor proposal did not only entail pegging SDR's to a basket of currencies:

He proposed a global bank, which he called the International Clearing Union. The bank would issue its own currency - the bancor - which was exchangeable with national currencies at fixed rates of exchange. The bancor would become the unit of account between nations, which means it would be used to measure a country's trade deficit or trade surplus.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12999

Apr 02 13:52

Climate Change's Dim Bulbs

"Tariffs can be lowered to grant special preference to climate-friendly goods, or they can be maintained at high levels to discourage trade in GHG- [greenhouse gas-] intensive goods and services." The working group says protectionism "in the service of climate change objectives" might virtuously "shelter domestic producers of climate-friendly goods." Furthermore, using "border carbon adjustment," a nation might virtuously "impose costs on imports equivalent to that [sic] faced by domestic producers" operating under a carbon tax.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about money.

Apr 02 13:49

N Korea begins fuelling rocket with ‘help from Iran’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jack the Ripper is helping with the hoses and Lee Harvey Oswald works the pumping systems.


Apr 02 13:45

Watchdogs: Treasury won't disclose bank bailout details

The massive programs designed to rescue the nation's financial sector are operating without adequate oversight, with vague goals and limited disclosure of their details to the taxpayers who are paying for them, government watchdogs told a Senate panel Tuesday.

Apr 02 13:44

Recession-hit US reels from violence surge

A spate of high-profile mass killings in the United States in the past six months show the impact that the economic meltdown is having on rising violence, experts say.

The recession's fallout on victims of domestic violence is also being felt as donation-starved shelters fill to capacity and are forced to turn away abused women.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please be more careful choosing your targets!

Aim for the guilty.

Apr 02 13:43

White Phosphorus Bombs, a Legacy of Suffering (VIDEO)

During Israel's 3-week long offensive on Gaza launched on December 27th, the Israeli army used internationally banned weapons according to foreign military and medical experts.

American made white phosphorus shells were used in populated areas across the Gaza strip, home to about 1.5 million people.

Apr 02 13:42

The bankers' view of G20: an arresting bet for traders

And these two wanted to see the long arm of the law carting a few protesters away – because they had a financial interest in arrests. "I'll make money if they arrest more than 140", he said. Traders, he explained were putting spread bets on the number of arrests – with the quoted spread on Bloomberg at 130-140. They were also paying out on deaths and if more than 20 demonstrators are injured by horse charges.

The riots, they said, were only a minor inconvenience: "We've been in this morning, made a lot of money and now are chilling out".


Apr 02 13:40

To urban hunter, next meal is scampering by

Hunting is prohibited within Detroit city limits and Beasley insists he does not do so. Still, he says that life in the city has gone so retrograde that he could easily feed himself with the wildlife in his backyard, which abuts an old cement factory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the local wild chickens seem to have gone away these last few months. and now the feral cats are thinning out!

Apr 02 13:32

Defense Officials: Afghan Situation Dire, More Troops Needed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

READ THIS AND THE NEXT TWO STORIES, ESPECIALLY THE ONE TWO DOWN WHERE THE US HAS APPROACHED THE TALIBAN FOR "RECONCILIATION."

THE US IS LOSING THIS WAR, JUST AS THE USSR DID.

Apr 02 13:31

U.S. Weighs Putting 70,000 Troops in Afghanistan

Apr 02 13:30

US reconciliation offer lunatic idea, say Taliban

Taliban rejected on Wednesday a US offer of “honourable reconciliation” as a “lunatic idea” and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan.



Lockerdome
Apr 02 13:29

Army lied about how my son died in Iraq: Friendly-fire victim was 'misidentified' as enemy gunman

For four months after the Army knew the truth, it still insisted to Sharrett's father that he was killed by enemy fire - and gave only atemporary wrist slap to Hanson under pressure from the families of Sharrett and two other G.I.s killed in the clash.

After The News uncovered new video evidence and raised questions, a 101st Airborne Division general said the probe into Sharrett's death may reopen.

Apr 02 13:28

Obama tells Netanyahu: U.S. committed to Israel's security

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Whatever Bibi wants, Bibi gets!

Apr 02 13:26

Sources: Pentagon seeks $3B for Pakistan military

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A billion here, a billion there...

Better throw a little something extra into that 1040 this year. It's the patriotic thing to do!!!

Apr 02 13:23

Aircraft could be brought down by DIY 'E-bombs'

Yael Shahar, director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, and her colleagues have analysed electromagnetic weapons in development or used by military forces worldwide, and have discovered that there is low-cost equipment available online that can act in similar ways. "These will become more of a threat as the electromagnetic weapons technology matures," she says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, you should shut down the internet just to be sure. Except the part we make money on, of course. That should stay. It should be bigger even!"


Apr 02 13:22

This is un-cool, Obama. Best stay home.

Is this Obama’s idea of cool? How eco-friendly is all this, just so that one person can go to a meeting? When the leader of the western world gets this twitchy, haven’t the terrorists won without detonating a single device?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It ain't the terrorists he is afraid of, it's the taxpayers!

Apr 02 13:19

Israel's Illegal Annexation of East Jerusalem

So says a confidential EU report revealed on March 7 by The London Guardian's Rory McCarthy. It accuses Israel "of using settlement expansion, house demolitions, discriminatory housing policies and the West Bank (Separation) barrier as a way of 'actively pursuing the illegal annexation' of East Jerusalem." More still, including restrictive permits, "closure of Palestinian institutions," and various other ways to "increase Jewish presence in" the city, "impede Palestinian urban development, and separate East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank" incrementally to annex it.

Apr 02 13:14

Syria offers Israel chance to avoid war

In an interview with the al-Sharq newspaper on Thursday, Assad said there is enough evidence to assume that Tel Aviv will never seek peace.

"All Israeli governments are the same: Ariel Sharon carried out a massacre in Palestine, and [Ehud] Barak aided the war in Gaza in that there is no difference between the right and the left in Israel," he explained. "This enemy does not want peace."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only now you figure this out?

Apr 02 13:12

It Is Here! The Banned SNL Skit


Apr 02 12:01

"Fine Tuning" Mark To Market: The Two Cows Version

The Financial Accounting Standards Board is meeting on today to discuss proposals to give banks more flexibility in valuing toxic legacy assets in illiquid markets.

We explored what this would mean a few months ago. It sounds like it is time to bring back our illustration, with a couple of adjustments to reflect recent developments

Apr 02 12:01

FNC’s Napolitano Claims Bush Administration Committed ‘Extortion’ Against Banks

“This person runs a bank that’s worth about $250 billion, it has no subprime loans, it has no bad debts, wasn’t involved in credit default swaps,” Napolitano said. “It didn’t need any money. It didn’t ask for the money and didn’t want it. The FDIC with Treasury backing – officials from both the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Treasury said if you don’t take this money, we will conduct a multi-year public audit of you.”

Apr 02 11:57

Will Mexico’s drug war lead to tighter gun control laws in U.S.?

On Thursday, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in Mexico City to discuss ways to prevent smuggling weapons into Mexico. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said recently that “it is necessary to reduce the sale of weapons, particularly of high-power weapons, in the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States government, itself drug corrupted, is clearly siding with Mexico's drug-corrupted government against what is starting to appear to be a massive popular uprising against the drug corruption.

The drug criminals already HAVE guns. It is the PEOPLE who are opposing the drug lords who need weapons.

Apr 02 11:43

House approves FDA regulation of tobacco products

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would for the first time give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products.


Apr 02 11:41

Top Down

What went wrong at AIG? Since the uproar over the firm's bonuses, it's become fashionable to distinguish between the masters of the universe at AIG Financial Products, the subsidiary that nearly torched the global economy, and the working stiffs at the rest of the company. So compelling is this dichotomy, in fact, that even the AIG basher-in-chief has invoked it. "You've got a company, AIG, which used to be just a regular old insurance company," President Obama explained during his recent "Tonight Show" appearance. "Then they decided--some smart person decided--let's put a hedge fund on top of the insurance company and let's sell these derivative products to banks all around the world."

Apr 02 11:23

Gorbachev blasts NATO eastward expansion

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has criticized NATO's eastward expansion and the failure by Western powers to keep their promise not to deploy military bases near Russia's borders.

Gorbachev said in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper

Apr 02 09:48

Budget ‘rider’ would bid ‘Hasta la vista’ to Windows Vista

It could be “Hasta la vista, baby” to state agency purchases of Microsoft’s Windows Vista information technology under a proposed state budget provision.

The “rider” in the proposed two-year, $182.2 billion state budget — expected to be taken up Wednesday by the Texas Senate — would require state agencies to get written approval from the Legislative Budget Board before buying Vista technology related to an operating system, equipment or licenses.

Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, added the provision in committee and said it’s meant to block purchases of the technology, which has been targeted by criticism: “Don’t buy it, because it’s not worth it.”

Apr 02 09:42

Report: Chinese Develop Special "Kill Weapon" to Destroy U.S. Aircraft Carriers

With tensions already rising due to the Chinese navy becoming more aggressive in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy seems to have yet another reason to be deeply concerned.

After years of conjecture, details have begun to emerge of a "kill weapon" developed by the Chinese to target and destroy U.S. aircraft carriers.

First posted on a Chinese blog viewed as credible by military analysts and then translated by the naval affairs blog Information Dissemination, a recent report provides a description of an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) that can strike carriers and other U.S. vessels at a range of 2000km.


Apr 02 09:28

Something is Rotten at PBS

So, Reid traveled around America, interviewing patients, doctors, and health insurance executives.

The documentary that resulted – Sick Around America – aired Monday night on PBS.

But even though Reid did the reporting for the film, he was cut out of the film when it aired this week.

And the film didn't present Reid's bottom line for health care reform – don't let health insurance companies profit from selling basic health insurance.

Instead, the film that aired Monday pushed the view that Americans be required to purchase health insurance from for-profit companies.

Apr 02 09:26

The Israeli army kidnaps 27 Palestinian civilians from the West Bank

Eleven were kidnapped from a village near Jenin, three from Qalqlia city, seven from Jericho, while three from Al Izriyah town near Jerusalem, and two from Bethlehem city

Apr 02 09:25

Thousands of dunums confiscated for Israeli settler road near Nablus

On the land a road will be constructed linking the three illegal settlements, He noted that “this decision aims at to construct a three kilometer road to link the Israeli illegal settlement of Shilo, and the illegal settlement outposts of Hayovel and a second known locally as the “Qaryut” outpost.

Apr 02 09:24

Thefts From Luggage: Yup, Still Happening

I have not yet had anything stolen from my luggage, but this may just be a testament to the poor quality of my belongings. I have had my bag come off the conveyer belt unzipped and with the contents disarranged and spilling out. (The airline blamed it on the TSA, and nothing was missing, so I dropped it.)


Apr 02 09:23

ZIONISTS: WE HATE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE EVIL, NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE JEWISH

Needless to say, this psychotic attitude stems from deep-seated convictions that a Jew is a special creature whose life is worth more than the rest of humanity. Haven’t we noticed, for example, how Israel has made “Gila’ad Shalit”, the Israeli soldier imprisoned by Hamas, a household name all over the world, while next to nothing is mentioned about the estimated 10,000 Palestinian political and resistance prisoners languishing in Israeli dungeons and concentration camps?

Apr 02 09:13

Water wars leave northern Colo. farmers dry

Many farmers in this northern Colorado plains region are struggling to keep their crops irrigated and stay afloat as they find themselves on the wrong side of state water rules dating back to the 19th century.

Apr 02 09:11

Why all the American traitors?

I've been thinking more about the peculiar relationship of the Jewish power structure that controls America and the various hangers-on like Cheney and Rumsfeld. What's the connection?

Apr 02 09:02

Israeli police question FM Lieberman

Israeli police questioned Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman under caution for over seven hours Thursday on suspicion of bribery and money laundering, a police spokesman said.

Ultranationalist Lieberman, who has denied any wrongdoing, became Israel's foreign minister Tuesday. His anti-Arab rhetoric has alarmed Palestinians and Arab leaders in the region.

"Avigdor Lieberman was questioned under caution by police today for seven-and-a-half hours on suspicion of carrying out the following: bribery, money laundering and breach of trust," said the police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld.



Pixfuture
Apr 02 08:59

Analysis: Crisis may lead to new world order

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the pitch...

Apr 02 08:57

ANOTHER "VICTORY" FOR LT. COL. CHESSANI

Apr 02 08:52

'Israel unlikely to attack Iran this year'

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Financial Times on Wednesday that Israel is unlikely to launch military operations against Iranian nuclear installations this year in a bid to derail the Islamic regime's drive to attain atomic weapons.

"I guess I would say I would be surprised if they did act this year," Gates told the Financial Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So all you Iranians, you can go back to sleep. You don't have to watch out for us. Honest!"

Apr 02 08:50

Sean O'Grady: Next stop in the crisis could be the collapse of the euro

Yet, in its own small way, Ireland and the other economic sick men of Europe could presage the most violent international currency crisis in decades; the break-up of the euro. Alarmist? Certainly. Impossible? Certainly not.


Apr 02 08:49

Summits? They are for show, not solutions...

Would you accept a lift from the Prime Minister? Probably not. His car would be sure to be struck by lightning, or mown down by a lorry. He seems jinxed.

The sleaze factor mounts, with the Home Secretary - and maybe more than her - now on life support. And all this just as he prepares to chair the G20, where, far from the summit allowing him to rise above little local difficulties, he faces a rebuff.

Apr 02 08:47

PM in mudbath heaven

Well, Obama was thrilled to be here too. Nobody has poured praise over us quite so thickly since Nicolas Sarkozy was here last year - before the French president decided to disagree with Gordon on everything.

Apr 02 08:45

Changing of the guard: British forces hand over control of Basra airport to Americans

Apr 02 08:45

Darth Vader and Mr. Potato Head Go to London.

Why are all these world leaders laughing and smiling? What is this, Feast Day in the High Tower? Maybe for them it is. They get to strut around with all of their protective escorts and act important with the other self-important fools who got paid to allow what happened in the first place. I’m no expert but I can see what they’ve been up to and I can see what really happened. Surely they know. They engineered it. So why are they laughing?



Xmas w/o borders
Apr 02 08:43

U.S. signals new era for global economy

On the eve of a global economic summit here, President Obama delivered an unusual warning Wednesday for an American leader: The "voracious" U.S. economy can no longer be the sole engine of global growth.

The statement signaled a recognition of a new economic era with a less dominant U.S. role.

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In other words, the G20 has sidelined the US and Barack is trying to make it look like it's his idea.

Apr 02 08:39

Commercial real estate loan defaults skyrocket

Delinquency rates on loans for hotels, offices, retail and industrial buildings have risen sharply in recent months and are likely to soar through the end of 2010 as companies lay off workers, downsize or shut their doors.

Apr 02 08:39

S.F., U.S. home prices in free fall

Apr 02 08:38

Lebanon's Econ Grows at 4%, Bks Avoid Toxic Assets-Ctrl Bk Gov

"Lebanon won't be negatively affected by the global credit crisis," he said in a copy of his speech seen by Zawya Dow Jones. "This is mainly due to the fact that banks in Lebanon have no toxic assets and were merely doing commercial banking without leverage."

Apr 02 08:36

Record fine for Soros 'illegal manipulation of financial markets'

The principle financier of the Democrats, the man whose early support catapulted Obama into the lead for the nomination, the man who made billions from the stock market crash that changed everything in the fall campaign (McCain was in the lead when the crisis hit), has been given a record fine by Hungarian financial authorities.

Apr 02 08:24

Pentagon Spokesman: "We've found Osama Bin Laden!"

Apr 02 08:19

Give Obama a Chance to Do What?

The populist anger across America is refreshing. People are angry and getting into it over issues that need to be deliberated over.

For all the problems America faces, its citizens do not have the time to give Obama a chance.

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Obama has had his chance.

The honeymoon is over.

We got fucked.

Apr 02 08:17

US marshals seize Madoff property

Marshals in Florida have seized the multi-million dollar Palm Beach house of disgraced US financier Bernard Madoff and his wife.

Madoff's 55ft (17m) yacht, named Bull, and a motor boat were seized earlier from two Florida marinas.

Apr 02 08:16

Ohio man asks US to halt deportation in Nazi case

Demjanjuk was sentenced to death in 1988 after being tried and convicted in Israel for war crimes. In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court determined he was not the notorious Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible at Treblinka in Poland, and he was sent home to Seven Hills in suburban Cleveland.

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Israel tried to convict this man and failed, and the fact that they provably had the wrong man called into question every other accusation Israel had made regarding Nazis.

So Israel came back after Demjanjuk again rather than risk the world doubting Israel's claims about the Holocaust. and now they want to try him again, convict him, and this time kill him.

And his crime? Did he actually kill Jews in the camps? No. Did he kill ANYONE in the camps? No.

He fed the dogs.

That's it.

Demjanjuk is accused of being an accessory to whatever supposedly happened at Sobibor because he fed the guard dogs!

And this is why Israel wants to haul him into court a second time, mere weeks after standing there with a straight face insisting that reports by Israel's own soldiers of war crimes committed in Gaza are "merely hearsay."

Israel may well exact their pound of flesh from Demjanjuk, but like operation CAST LEAD, this is going to turn into a public relations disaster.

Apr 02 08:06

Call emerges to stop UK military sales to Israel

Revelations that in the first nine months of 2008 Britain licensed the sale of military equipment to Israel worth £27 million has brought a call for the UK government to stop arming Israel.

Apr 02 08:03

Photo Gallery: Protests and Protestations at the G-20

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Check out 4, 7, and 14.

Apr 02 07:55

Criminals For Gun Control

Apr 02 07:48

Israel's choke-hold in America loosens

One of the important, even historic, changes taking place in the United States these days is the slow but steady erosion of the once absolute taboo to speak about the excessive influence of pro-Israeli groups in the United States. Pro-Israeli forces in politics and the mass media can still destroy a public career, especially for a politician, but the stranglehold on discussing this phenomenon is slowly loosening.

Apr 02 07:45

Lieberman and Wiping Countries off the face of the Map

The world has had a lot of fun laughing at the pronouncements of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who stands falsely accused of threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the map. But Ahmadinejad has protested that it would be wrong to kill large numbers of civilians.

In contrast, Lieberman has threatened to wipe at least two countries, Egypt and Palestine, off the map. Monstrously, he suggested bombing the Aswan Dam, which would have the effect of murdering all 80 million Egyptians and sweeping them into the Mediterranean in a vast continental African tsunami.

Apr 02 07:44

As US arms shipment reaches Israel, President Obama urged to halt further exports

The new delivery to Israel of a massive consignment of US munitions, revealed by Amnesty International today, throws into question whether President Obama will act to prevent the US fuelling further Israeli attacks against civilians that may amount to war crimes, as were perpetrated in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More than that, it proves I was correct in predicting that the US would not react at all after the new government of Israel told the US Government to go @&#% itself over the Annapolis Peace Initiative.

Apr 02 07:38

Initial jobless claims rise to highest level since 1982

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits rose a seasonally adjusted 12,000 in the week ended March 28, hitting the highest level since October 1982, the Labor Department reported Thursday. These initial claims totaled 669,000, a level that is up 72% from the same period in the prior year.

Apr 02 07:37

Dear A.I.G., I Quit!

I was in no way involved in — or responsible for — the credit default swap transactions that have hamstrung A.I.G. Nor were more than a handful of the 400 current employees of A.I.G.-F.P. Most of those responsible have left the company and have conspicuously escaped the public outrage.

Apr 02 07:35

FASB VOTES DURING BOARD MEETING TO RELAX FAIR-VALUE ACCOUNTING

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Enron style accounting becomes the norm for US banks.

If you have not seen the documentary "The Smartest Guys In The Room." GET IT! Because the entire US banking system is now being run the same way!

Apr 02 07:15

Former AIG chief: Bailout not working

Former AIG Chief Executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, blaming his successors for the mistakes that led to the company's failure, told Congress Thursday that the government's plan to unwind the giant insurer is not working and threatens its ability to pay back the billions it has received in taxpayer funds.

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So guess who gets stuck with the tab!

Apr 02 07:12

Stock rally recharged

In addition, bank stocks surged Tuesday after the Financial Accounting Standards Board, as expected, decided to ease rules that determine how banks value bad assets, so-called "mark-to-market accounting." This gave a surge to the financial sector, with the KBW Bank (BKX) sector index gaining 4%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, today's soaring DOW is a bookkeeping trick, not real improvement.

And as the DOW soars while the unemployment figures continue their decline, you need to ask what KIND of people are buying in right now, and clearly these are speculators driving the market rather than long term investors.

Apr 02 05:29

Merrill Lynch Bonus Payments Dwarf A.I.G..

The political firestorm over the $165 million bonuses to executives at the failed American International Group (A.I.G.) that ripped through Washington, DC, in mid-March could be reignited by further attention on failing financial companies who were given taxpayer dollars then turned around and spent the cash on bonuses.

Apr 02 05:28

Tom Friedman pulls his head out of his ass long enough to say, The Price Is Not Right, before stuffing it back in.

The New York Times T. Friedman - Opinions are like Assholes - “Destructive creation” has wounded both the Market and Mother Nature. Smart regulation and carbon taxation can heal both.

Apr 02 05:23

G20 summit masks the elite’s fears

Group of 20 is making a big show of getting together to come to grips with the global economic crisis. But here’s the problem with today’s summit in London: IT IS ALL SHOW !

Apr 02 05:20

U-20: Will the Global Economy Resurface?

The Group of 20 (G20) is making a big show of getting together to come to grips with the global economic crisis. But here's the problem with the upcoming summit in London on April 2: It's all show. What the show masks is a very deep worry and fear among the global elite that it really doesn't know the direction in which the world economy is heading and the measures needed to stabilize it.

The latest statistics are exceeding even the gloomiest projections made earlier. Establishment analysts are beginning to mention the dreaded "D" word and there is a spreading sense that a tidal wave just now gathering momentum will simply overwhelm the trillions of dollars allocated for stimulus spending.

Apr 02 05:14

Tarp cop’ launches probes into bail-out fraud

US authorities have launched “more than a dozen criminal investigations” into possible fraud involving bank bail-out funds, the special inspector-general for the troubled assets relief programme told Congress on Tuesday.

Apr 02 05:00

The THROW-AWAY society rapidly expands - Boats Too Costly to Keep Are Littering Coastlines

The New York Times D. Streitfeld - MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Boat owners are abandoning ship.

They often sandpaper over the names and file off the registry numbers, doing their best to render the boats, and themselves, untraceable. Then they casually ditch the vessels in the middle of busy harbors, beach them at low tide on the banks of creeks or occasionally scuttle them outright.

Apr 02 04:46

The Manically Depressed, Pedophiles, Psychopaths, Chonically Homeless, YES, It's Your PUBLIC LIBRARY!

The New York Times - S. Saulny and K. A. Cullotta - People in Need Are Filling and Taxing Libraries ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The public library here had just closed its doors one evening in December when two homeless men who had been using the stacks as shelter from the cold got into a fight on the outside steps.

What began as bickering took a violent turn when one of the men pulled out a knife and stabbed the other six times, leaving him bleeding beside the book drop.

Apr 02 04:13

U.S. Debtor Meets G20 Creditors at the Dollar's Funeral

In my view, the US banking system died in September 2008, never to be revived from its terminal insolvent state. In my view, the US Economy suffered a death experience, but with a lagged time period. We are witnessing the death now. Its downward spiral is unmistakable. Each month shows worse data than the previous. The degree of doctoring data has escalated to unseen levels, like with seasonality adjustment that amplify raw data many-fold, not just many percent.

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