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December 16, 2009

Dec 16 09:27

US: Another Busy Day in the Oval Office

Dec 16 09:27

Charitable Front

Dec 16 09:24

The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.

Despite its good intentions, San Francisco is not leading the country in gay marriage. Despite its good intentions, it is not stopping wars. Despite its spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, its homeless problem is worse than any comparable city's. Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit.

Dec 16 09:10

Tell PBS: Don't Abandon Hard-Hitting Journalism

Now and the Bill Moyers Journal will be taken off the air in April 2010.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Dec 16 09:09

DNA testing clears man who served 28 years

A man who spent 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he said he didn't commit walked out of a federal prison in Arizona on Tuesday with $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio after DNA testing showed he was innocent.

The conviction of Donald Eugene Gates, 58, was based largely on the testimony of an FBI forensic analyst whose work later came under fire and a hair analysis technique that has been discredited.

"I feel beautiful," Gates, 58, said by telephone after leaving the U.S. penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz.

Just hours before, the same judge who had presided over Gates' trial years ago in D.C. Superior Court ordered his release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"On further DNA testing we have found that Mr. Gates probably worked as a camp guard for the Nazis and we are deporting him to Germany to remove this embarrassment from our legal history."


Cases like this are why I cannot support a death penalty. The courts are not perfect. Driven by ambition, prosecutors, judges, and even lab techs will fudge the facts to get what they want (shades of climategate).

If you imprison someone wrongfully, you can release them later and although you cannot give them their youth back, they can still have a portion of life restored to them.

But once you kill someone, and you find out you had the wrong person plugged into that execution chamber...

Until we know that the court system is perfect, or until we can restore a life wrongfully taken by the state, we should not be so quick to deal out death.

Dec 16 09:05

Israel: Women’s Group Tells Livni to Turn Herself In

Bethlehem – Ma’an - The Women’s Coalition for Peace sent a letter on Wednesday to Israel’s former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, calling on her to cooperate with international investigations into her role in the assault on Gaza last winter, after a British court issued an warrant for her arrest on Monday.

The Israeli organization wrote in the letter, which was attached to a translated copy of the Goldstone report on alleged war crimes in Gaza, “We are convinced that if you refer to the report you will understand why British citizens and organizations have turned to the courts with a request to issue a warrant for your arrest.”

Dec 16 09:04

Stuart Littlewood: Israeli-style 'justice' for Berlanty – official version

The dragged-out scandal of final-year Bethlehem student Berlanty Azzam's arrest and abduction - handcuffed and blindfolded – and subsequent dumping in Gaza in the middle of the night just weeks before she was due to complete her degree, has horrified the Christian world far beyond the walled-in, imprisoned city of modern-day Bethlehem.

Berlanty, a young Christian girl, is being persecuted and cruelly denied her inalienable rights by the illegal invader and occupier, just like any of her Muslim friends and neighbours.

Dec 16 09:00

Israel's Leaders on the Run by Gilad Atzmon

Senior officials in Israel confirmed reports on Monday that a British court issued a warrant against opposition leader Mrs. Tzipi Livni for her role in orchestrating Israel's military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip last December.

Dec 16 08:59


This data provides the longest direct measurement of the sun's activity, and reveals the 11-year sunspot activity cycle, as well as other longer-term solar changes.

Also, these records show a notable period of almost non-existent sunspot activity that occurred between 1645 and 1715, known as the Maunder Minimum and named after the English astronomer who studied it.

This period was also dubbed the "Little Ice Age" because of the prolonged period of low temperatures that happened during that same time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Nonsense! I can't tax a solar flare, dammit!!!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

Dec 16 08:56

CLIMATEGATE - Past Temperatures Debunk Global Warming Hysteria

This is what the Global Warmists don’t want you to see, if people only knew the climate temperatures 12,000 years ago they would be glad to live on a planet that is livable and not in an Ice Age. If you look at the charts in this video it will show you how lucky we are to live in a long and relatively warm period that is somewhat constant even though earths temperatures have not increased in the past 15 years.

Dec 16 08:51

Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America

Most Americans may find it hard to accept that millions in this nation are suffering from hunger -- an affliction most often associated with war-torn Africa or flood-ravaged Bengal. It flies in the face of everything we've been told about our nation's prosperity. First the Clinton and then the Bush administration have led us to believe that poverty is under control, pointing to the mass exodus from the welfare rolls since the 1996 reforms were launched. The $27 billion cut in food stamps? Justified, lawmakers told us, because the poor are working and feeding themselves. Hunger, it is commonly understood, has long since vanished, along with the 7 million people who no longer receive public assistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See story below about Wall Street bonuses.

Dec 16 08:50

I think I am gonna puke.........

Dec 16 08:49

Wall St. Bonuses Boom; Luxury Sales Are Proof

Swank Restaurants, Art Auctions, Porsche Dealers Report Good Times

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How wonderful for them.

Dec 16 08:47

CIA hid Headley terror connection from India

Premier US investigating agencies knew about David Coleman Headley's link with a Pakistan-based terror outfit one year before 26/ 11, a Union government source claimed on Tuesday.

According to a long-standing home ministry's (MHA) doubt, the CIA came to know of the terror merchant's connection with the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) when it started tracking him in October 2008.

But the US sleuths chose not to convey the information to their Indian counterparts while he was freely travelling across India.

Dec 16 08:46

Torture suit too hot to be heard, U.S. says

A lawsuit accusing a Bay Area flight-planning company of aiding an alleged CIA program of kidnapping and torturing terror suspects threatens national security and is too sensitive to discuss fully in a public courtroom, an Obama administration attorney argued Tuesday.

"The case cannot proceed without getting into state secrets," Justice Department lawyer Douglas Letter told an 11-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time the people complain about all the surveillance on us all, the usual reply by the government is "If you have done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear."

Well, sauce for the goose; if the US Government has done nothing wrong, then let the torture case proceed publicly.

Otherwise, it will be logical to conclude based on their statements about surveillance that the US Government has done something wrong.

Dec 16 08:43

MPs talk green, drive SUVs

A staggering 225 out of the 243 private-plated cars chosen by MPs and Senators have six or eight-cylinder engines, in contrast to the national trend towards smaller, more fuel efficient models.

Dec 16 08:42

'Just War' Is Just Words by Ralph Nader

President Obama, the Afghan war escalator, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and proceeded to deliver his acceptance speech outlining the three criteria for a "just war" which he himself is violating.

The criteria are in this words: "If it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence."

Dec 16 08:40

Story Of Stuff: A Must Watch Video

Consumerism in the U.S. was and is intentionally created to subjugate us and enrich the Corporations.Simple and easily understood explanation of the entire process.

Dec 16 08:32

Chilcot censors Iraq inquiry's live broadcast

He told the inquiry the government did not like the designation of Britain as an "occupying power" of Iraq along with the US even though that was the status under international law. Greenstock said London did not like the image it created, comparable, he said, to the "Israeli occupation of Palestine".

He described the feeling of resentment in the UN when it was asked to help cope with the problem after the invasion. There was a feeling the invasion was an "almost wanton act of destruction of the country's ability to look after itself," Greenstock said.

Dec 16 08:26


THE European Union has been swindled out of £4.5billion by organised gangs targeting complex carbon trading rules.

Dec 16 08:23


Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And they dress funny, and their dog is really ugly, and their mothers swim after troop ships, and ..."

Dec 16 08:18

Nato's Rasmussen seeks Russia's help in Afghanistan

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is seeking greater Russian assistance for the war in Afghanistan, on his first official trip to Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia will offer no more than token efforts. Russia is delighted that the USA fell into the Afghan trap, and knows that just as walking out of Afghanistan signaled the end of the USSR,
walking out of Afghanistan signals the end of the USA.

Dec 16 08:16

IRS Eased NOL Rules for Citigroup in Exchange for Repayment of TARP Funds

On Friday, the IRS eased NOL rules for companies that sold stock to the Government under the TARP program, resulting in a $38 billion tax break for Citigroup. On Monday, Citigroup agreed to repay the $20 billion of TARP funds it received from the Treasury Department.

Dec 16 08:15

RETURN OF THE UNTERMENSCHEN - US: Guantanamo Prisoners Not ‘Persons’

Channeling their predecessors in the George W. Bush administration, Obama Justice Department lawyers argued in this case that there is no constitutional right not to be tortured or otherwise abused in a U.S. prison abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Bill of Rights does not apply to everyone, everywhere, then it is not worth the parchment it is written on.

If the government can selectively grant the protections in the Bill of Rights, or revoke them at will, then they are not rights but merely indulgences granted by a master to well-behaved slaves.

Dec 16 08:10

CLIMATEGATE - UN Sponsored Poster Campaign Depicts Humans As Evil Monsters

A new poster campaign sponsored by the United Nations depicts humans as evil horror movie monsters intent on slaughtering wildlife, another abhorrent example of how eugenicists are following through on the Club of Rome’s 1991 promise to portray Homo sapiens as the enemy in an effort to construct a world government around the pretext of saving the earth.

The three posters reverse the roles of famous horror movies Jaws, King Kong, and Tarantula, characterizing humans as rampaging monsters out to kill defenseless species. They were produced by the Center for Migratory Species.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a great deal of self-hatred evident in the extreme environmental movement, typified by the conflicting ideas that a dam built by beavers for the beavers' use is natural but a dam built by humans for human use is not, or that human condos are artificial scars on the landscape but termite mounds, bee hives, wasp nests, and ant hills are beautiful parts of nature.

Dec 16 08:05

CLIMATEGATE - Climate conference president Hedegaard resigns

The Danish president of the U.N. climate conference, Connie Hedegaard, has resigned and will be replaced by the Danish prime minister as head of the historic talks.

Dec 16 07:39

Fewer Canadians planning and saving for retirement, says RBC survey

Fewer Canadians are putting money into retirement plans, according to the Royal Bank's annual RRSP poll.

It says 32 per cent of Canadians have not started saving for retirement yet, compared to 24 per cent in 2008. The study also found only 36 per cent say they are planning or have planned for retirement, down from 42 per cent in 2008.


I know several Canadians that are working through their retirement years.

Dec 16 07:34

Iran test-fires missile, West concerned

Iran successfully test-fired a long-range, upgraded Sejil 2 missile on Wednesday, state television reported, a move likely to add to tension with Western powers worried by Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the launch was of serious concern to the international community and underlined the case for tougher sanctions against Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter.


Well, now. Isn't that interesting?

The west has a habit of attacking "enemies" who cannot mount any significant form of retaliation. The significance of this event is the fact that the West is unable to attack Iran knowing that they CAN and WILL retaliate in a VERY big way.

Gordon Brown had better put his tail between his legs and crawl off under a rock somewhere.

Dec 16 07:22

Thousands Waiting on Extended Unemployment Benefits

Less than a month ago I wrote a short story about Florida’s Serious Unemployment Problem. Today I came across an article which adds a new twist to the issue. According to the St. Petersburg Times on November 1st thousands of jobless Floridians who were receiving unemployment benefits had their payments expire...

Dec 16 06:57

Is Jewish Hate, still Hate?

We came across this one over the weekend. At the time, there was not much objective coverage so I was surprised to see one of the below articles. This story really breaks the model. You know the model of our peace-loving, poor, poor, premier victim, the Jew and the hateful rest of the world...

Dec 16 04:55

Sanctioning Iran a Dangerous, Illegal Move

I rise in strongest opposition to this new round of sanctions on Iran, which is another significant step toward a U.S. war on that country. I find it shocking that legislation this serious and consequential is brought up in such a cavalier manner. Suspending the normal rules of the House to pass legislation is a process generally reserved for "non-controversial" business such as the naming of post offices. Are we to believe that this House takes matters of war and peace as lightly as naming post offices?

Dec 16 03:54

Is Joe Lieberman Protecting Israel?

Sen. Joe Lieberman’s latest threat to scuttle health-care reform – vowing to join a Republican filibuster to block an over-55 buy-in to Medicare, a proposal that he has long championed – is raising questions about his motives. But no one is mentioning the unmentionable, the cause that has come to define Lieberman’s career: Israel.

Dec 16 03:33

U.S. House passes Iran gasoline sanctions bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to impose sanctions on foreign companies that help supply gasoline to Iran, a move lawmakers hope will deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear program.

An Act Of War?

Dec 16 00:38

EU, IMF Revolt: Greece, Iceland, Latvia May Lead the Way

Iceland, Latvia and Greece are all in a position to call the bluff of the IMF and EU. In an October 1 article called "Latvia - the Insanity Continues," Marshall Auerback maintained that Latvia's debt problem could be fixed over a weekend, by a list of measures including (1) not answering the phone when foreign creditors call the government; (2) declaring the banks insolvent, converting their external debt to equity, and having them reopen with full deposit insurance guaranteed in local currency; and (3) offering "a local currency minimum wage job that includes healthcare to anyone willing and able to work as was done in Argentina after the Kirchner regime repudiated the IMF's toxic package of debt repayment."

Issuing and lending currency is the sovereign right of governments, and it is a right that small European countries lose when they join the EU. Argentina is a large country with more resources than Iceland, Latvia or Greece, but new technologies are now available that could make even small countries self-sufficient.

December 15, 2009

Dec 15 23:52

The Healthcare Insurance Debate: The Elephant in the Room

It is agonizing to observe the national debate on healthcare insurance reform and realize there is an elephant in the debate room that nobody wants to discuss – self-care and preventive medicine.

Dec 15 23:47

The Thin Blue Whine: Petulant Police Demand Impunity

Known to many people in his neighborhood as a gentle and talented man – a successful musician and artist before the onset of his mental illness – Chasse was beaten so severely by the bold and valiant guardians of the public that nearly all of his ribs were fractured. Several of them had been pulverized. He was also treated to a dose from law enforcement's favorite "non-lethal" toy, the portable electro-shock torture device (more commonly called a Taser).

Dec 15 22:28

Israel: British Arrest Warrant For Tzipi Livni Threatens Ties

LONDON — Britain pledged Tuesday to reform a peculiar legal power that lets judges order the arrest of visiting politicians and generals – a threat currently focused on Israeli visitors that, one day, might be invoked against Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin.

Lawyers working with Palestinian activists in recent years have sought the arrest of senior Israeli civilian and military figures under terms of "universal jurisdiction." This ill-defined legal concept empowers judges to issue arrest warrants for visiting officials accused of war crimes in a foreign conflict.

Dec 15 22:10

'Sanhedrin': Kill prisoners if Shalit doesn't return

Rightist reestablished rabbinical body says agreement to free hundreds of terrorists for kidnapped soldier is treasonous. Their recommendation: Another war against Hamas, threat to kill prisoners if captive is not returned to Israel

"If Gilad Shalit, Heaven forbid, is executed or not returned in peace, prisoners will be executed immediately," ruled the court of the reestablished "Sandhedrin" organization, in a ruling published last week on the backdrop of the negotiations to release the captured Israeli soldier.

Dec 15 21:27

Two years late, Boeing's Dreamliner takes to the skies

More than two years late, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jet took to the skies Tuesday, in a critical milestone for the problem-plagued aircraft seen as key to the US aerospace giant's future.

Under dreary skies, the Dreamliner took off at 10:27 am (1827 GMT) to loud applause from those gathered at Paine Field near Boeing's plant in the western state of Washington, returning just over three hours later.


Does anyone have the heart to tell them that air travel is a dying business?

Dec 15 20:19

Miami Herald asks online readers for donations

The Miami Herald began Tuesday asking readers of its Web site to voluntarily pay for the privilege, a new wrinkle in newspapers' ongoing battle to increase revenue from their online operations...

Dec 15 19:38

American fascism: Obama, "Justice" Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

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Orwellian Peace Prize winner President Obama is instructing his Department of Justice (DOJ) to block prosecution of torture. The Supreme Court is upholding this "defense."

Impeachment is the constitutional recourse against President Obama and civil officers for their criminal complicity after the fact in torture. Covering-up a crime is a crime. The fact that Congress has not impeached to enforce US law, Constitutional law, and international law is gradually overcoming Americans' blindness to the obvious admission of fact that the US government is a de facto fascist state; a constitutional republic in empty rhetoric only.

Dec 15 19:19

As NHS faces cuts, health bosses defend spending £2,500 on office Christmas tree

Health Secretary Andy Burnham was under fire last night after his department admitted spending almost £2,500 on a Christmas tree for its London offices.

Opposition MPs and health campaigners condemned the ‘astonishing’ expenditure at a time when ministers have ordered health chiefs to find £20billion of savings.

The Department of Health confirmed it had spent £2,485 on a ‘dressed tree’ at its Skipton House offices in London, where 950 staff work.

A further three trees costing £250 each have been bought for the department’s Whitehall HQ.

Dec 15 19:08

Whitehall's £8m stress ball splurge: Ministers lavish cash on promotional gimmicks

More than £8million of taxpayers' money is being spent on goods such as cakes, stress balls and Frisbees decorated with government propaganda messages.

Only a week after Gordon Brown promised to slash spending on marketing, Whitehall officials have unveiled new contracts for 'vanity marketing' projects.

The money will go towards buying items such as umbrellas, mouse mats, beanie hats and even food branded with the logos of quangos and Whitehall departments.

One company awarded the right to produce branded food specialises in making sticky cupcakes.

...but money for soldiers kit in Afghanistan is really tight.

Dec 15 18:46

Australia: Internet censorship plan gets the green light

The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

But critics, including the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year’s elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users...

Dec 15 18:30

Chuck Norris : Impeach Obama If he Tries To Enforce Copenhagen agreement!

Alex Jones welcomes back to the show martial artist, actor and media personality Chuck Norris.

Dec 15 18:19

Navy and RAF pay the price to fund Afghan war

The RAF and Royal Navy will bear the brunt of swingeing cuts in defence spending to pay for the rapidly rising cost of the war in Afghanistan.

The Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth, also announced that 7,500 civil servants will lose their jobs and that the size of the armed forces would be slimmed down.






Dec 15 18:00

Police Shoot U.S. Student's Laptop Upon Entry To Israel

“Who do you know? Do you have a boyfriend? Is he Arab, Egyptian, Palestinian? Why do you live in Egypt? Why not Israel? What do you know about the ‘conflict’ here? What do you think? They quizzed me on Judaism, which I know nothing about,” she continued.

Moments later a man came to her and introduced himself as the manager on duty. “I’m sorry but we had to blow up your laptop,” Sussman said he told her.

Dec 15 16:58

Israeli-style “justice” for Palestinian student Berlanty – official version

Stuart Littlewood views the justification given by Israel’s UK embassy for the terrible treatment meted out to 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam, who was abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

”It’s a classic example of how Israel’s administrative 'laws' are framed to ride rough-shod over citizens’ rights, as enshrined in international law, and to disregard its own obligations entirely...

“They say the consideration with which a country treats the young and the elderly is a mark of its moral standing in the civilized world. Israel, evidently, has yet to emerge from the swamp.”

Dec 15 16:36

Kids' Swine flu shots recalled; not strong enough

Hundreds of thousands of swine flu shots for children have been recalled because tests indicate the vaccine doses lost some strength, government health officials said Tuesday.

Dec 15 16:34

Peter Taylor presents Climate Change: The Alternative View

Dec 15 16:32

Great Britain considers legalizing war crimes.

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GB sucks and swallows again.

Dec 15 16:30

“Rotten” sea ice? – Not even in Denmark

There’s plenty of stories about how Arctic sea ice is now “rotten”. There’s darn few that talk about yearly comparisons or what other scientific outlets are saying about the claim.

As many WUWT readers know, 2007 was the minimum year of summer extent in sea ice, a year that is routinely held up as a cause for alarm. Another cause for alarm has been the “decline of multi-year sea ice”. Most recently we’ve gotten claims of “rotten ice” in the news media. That “rotten” ice is “duping the satellites” they say. This all from one fellow, Dr. David Barber on a ship that took a short expedition in the Arctic and observed what he called “rotten ice”.

Dec 15 16:30

CLIMATEGATE - Al Gore Gets It Wrong at Copenhagen Talks

With the specter of the "Climategate" e-mails hanging ominously over the Copenhagen climate change summit, the former vice president told a crowd there on Monday that one scientist had predicted the polar ice cap would have no summer ice in five to seven years.

But the scientist Gore quoted, Dr. Wieslaw Maslowski of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., told the Times of London that he never said such a thing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a good example of raising on a busted flush.

Dec 15 15:37

Government Employees - Well Overpaid

Dec 15 14:21

Why is Democracy Now shielding “war for oil” against reality?

In its headlines for December 14, Democracy Now followed the report on Blair’s confession about his committment to regime change in Iraq regardless of the absence of WMDs [...]

The wording is careful: it appears to suggest a connection between what Blair said and the Iraqi oil contracts. The war in other words was for oil. That is a remrkable conclusion to draw from news about an auction in which US companies were the big losers (hence DN’s careful choice of the words ‘foreign companies’). Unless Democracy Now is suggesting that the US waged a war for Russia, Norway and China — biggest winners in the auction — it is not clear why it continues to insist on the discredited “war for oil” argument? Why is it so difficult to admit who actually conceived the war?

Dec 15 14:18

The Shooting of Ashraf Abu Rahma

Dec 15 14:08

Over 275,000 Federal Workers Are Tax Deadbeats

Over 276,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3 billion in back income taxes in 2008 (up from $2.7 billion owed in 2007).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe they know something we don't?

Dec 15 13:54

Portions of the Book of Jeremiah

he next time someone from the Zionist community talks of the Jews being ‘God’s chosen people’ and how we are all supposed to ‘bless them so that we will be blessed’ and why all the violence and suffering that has been inflicted upon the innocent of the Middle East is justified because of how favored these people are in God’s eyes, temper their delusion with just a few words from the Book of Jeremiah–

‘I will pronounce my judgment on these people (the Jews) because of their wickedness in forsaking me…

I brought you into a fertile land, but you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable…

The priests did not ask ‘Where is the Lord?’ …

Those who deal with the law did not know me and the leaders rebelled against me…

Dec 15 13:53

CLIMATEGATE - Inconvenient Question to Al Gore

Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer (Mine Your Own Business, Not Evil Just Wrong) attempts to ask Al Gore a question about 'Climategate' emails at the UN Climate Change Conference. Al Gore's Press Secretary grabs his McAleer's microphone and UN security guard pulls the cable from the microphone.
Dec 15 13:49

Ethanol-powered vehicles generate more ozone than gas-powered ones

Ethanol, often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil, would likely worsen health problems caused by ozone, compared with gasoline, especially in winter, according to a new study led by Stanford researchers.

Ozone production from both gasoline and E85, a blend of gasoline and ethanol that is 85 percent ethanol, is greater in warm sunny weather than during the cold weather and short days of winter, because heat and sunlight contribute to ozone formation. But E85 produces different byproducts of combustion than gasoline and generates substantially more aldehydes, which are precursors to ozone...

Dec 15 13:12

Palestinian Man Prevented By Jewish Municipality From Building On His Own Land

Aadel Suad, a Palestinian resident of the town of Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel, has been prevented for twelve years from building on his own land, and continues to live in a temporary shack with his family.

When Suad first applied for a permit to build a home in 1997, he says a senior official told him “Don’t waste your time. We’ll keep you waiting for 30 years.”

He said that they made the reason very clear: they do not want Palestinians in their otherwise all-Jewish town...

Dec 15 13:09

Rumination on the state of our lives

Maybe it’s not about winning and losing as much as it is to profit financially from the conflicts. The people who start the wars don’t fight in them. War is a very profitable business and perhaps we should see it as just that; not an unfortunate condition that is due to border disputes or the spread of a preferable ideology, religion or ancient racial hatred but due to economics. War is like any other industry. It creates jobs and markets and a cornucopia of opportunities for collective and personal enrichment. As long as you can get enough people together to fight them you’ve got a cash cow.

Dec 15 13:05


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As ABCNNBBCBS cranks up the propaganda for war with Iran, remember they have been caught lying before!

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Dec 15 13:03

Iran vs Israel: What The Media Wants You To Forget

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Dec 15 13:00

Sanctions Against Iran

Leaving aside the debate about whether or not Iran actually has a nuclear weapons program, let’s consider just how absurd this line of thinking actually is. By establishing a sanction on Iranian oil or other imports/exports, the American military will effectively impoverish the Iranian people. Unable to export their cash cow or import those products that cannot be efficiently produced in Iran, the Iranian economy will come to a screeching halt. Poverty, starvation, and disease will begin to run rampant. Furthermore, it should be noted that it is not the politically and economically elite that bear the weight of the sanction; but the average Iranian family.

Dec 15 12:57

West Decries Iran's Latest Nuclear Offer

Western officials said the Iranian foreign minister's weekend comments that Tehran would be willing to make a uranium trade in small batches, and on Iranian soil, fell well short of their demands.

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What the US (Israel, really) wants is for Iran to ship all of its uranium for reprocessing, then wait like a good little drone for the western powers to deign to give it back.

Of course, the last time Iran did so, they got screwed when France took their unprocessed uranium and simply kept it.

Iran is totally in compliance with the NNPT. The US is simply looking for a reason to start a new war and between the lies used to start the war with Iraq and the lies about Human-Caused Global Warming, the people of the world and not about to accept the rush to war with Iran at face value.

At this point, the credibility of the US and Israeli governments is so bad that nothing short of Israel nuking the Vatican on Christmas Day and blaming Iran for it is likely to get more than passing notice from the people of the world.

Dec 15 12:50

Syria says they will defend Iran if Israel strikes

Dec 15 12:36

Two Choices

What would you do?…..you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

Dec 15 12:32

Federal agents raid Gibson guitar plant

Federal agents on Tuesday raided a Gibson guitar manufacturing plant and seized guitars amid concerns about where the Nashville-based company obtains the fine woods that go into its instruments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nashville has a lot of real crimes, i.e. violent assaults, rapes, homicides, etc.

But the US Government is going to prove how butch it is by sending in the "Wood Patrol" to raid a guitar factory.

This nation's priorities are really screwed up.

Dec 15 12:18

Carbon Dioxide Quotes

“Because CO2 is heavier than air, it doesn't readily rise into the atmosphere and, instead, tends to pool in low areas.”

Dec 15 12:16

Climategate: Al Gore spews the usual nonsense but this time no one believes him

Something truly remarkable happened at Copenhagen yesterday. Al Gore told yet another of his massive whoppers about ManBearPig. But this time no one believed him.

Dec 15 12:12

Flashback: Thick Arctic ice surprises scientific expedition

Ice in the Arctic is often twice as thick as expected, report surprised scientists who returned last week from a major scientific expedition. The scientists - a 20-member contingent from Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Italy - spent one month exploring the North Pole as well as never-before measured regions of the Arctic. Among their findings: Rather than finding newly formed ice to be two metres thick, "we measured ice thickness up to four metres," stated a spokesperson for the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization.

Dec 15 12:00

The Nobel War Prize

Much was made about the irony of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to a president overseeing one war while escalating another. But with breathtaking boldness, in his speech accepting the award, Barack Obama marched past the irony and into a declaration of war on much of the rest of the world.

Dec 15 11:14


Commit a horrendous crime, be found GUILTY, then threaten anyone that tries to prosecute you….
Israel takes the cake once again!

After Livni arrest warrant, Israel warns U.K. ties at risk

Dec 15 11:13


Although ignored by much of the Western media, a battle which echoes the biblical story of David and Goliath is taking place in The Hague. In the modern-day version, young David is personified by a soft-spoken 15-year-old girl named Amira Alqerem. Goliath takes the form of the world’s fourth most powerful, nuclear-armed military state: Israel. At stake is victims’ rights the world over and the international commitment to “never again.” It is this commitment—as well as to international law, as laid down in the Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—that Amira is asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to recognize and uphold.

Dec 15 10:57

Holocaust Survivor Talks About Obama's Peace Prize

As President Obama accepts a Peace Prize he does not deserve, it's a good time to model what real peacemaking looks like. That's why-at the ripe age of 85-I'll be joining the Gaza Freedom March on December 31. Over 1,000 peacemakers from around the world will join hands with 50,000 Palestinians in Gaza as we walk together to the Israeli border. As Jews, Christians, Muslims, atheists, and members of many faiths we will come together as one humanity to condemn the brutal invasion of Gaza one year ago and demand that Israel lift the siege that has brought 1.5 million people to the brink of disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one very courageous lady, working for peace in a very concrete, demonstrable way.

The fact that she is herself a holocaust survivor lends a tremendous amount of credibility to her support of the Gazan Palestinian people.

Israeli officials are not going to be happy about her participation in this event.

Dec 15 10:37

Despite Sense of Entitlement, US Companies Lose Iraq Oil Auctions

The Chinese may not be getting all the oil, but they’re getting some. The spoils of war were something a lot of American oil companies apparently took for granted, as they lost big in auctions for a massive chunk of Iraq’s oil reserves.

Oil magnates who took the “blood for oil” mantra literally will have to look elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sure that folks like T. Boone Pickens were assured, behind the closed doors in the Bush/Cheney era, that they would get the rights to most of the oil in Iraq.

That is the only factor which can account for the absolute, self-aggrandizing arrogance of Pickens' statement that "...we're entitled to it."

One has to wonder just how many of Picken's relatives were on the ground during combat operations in Iraq. I would be willing to bet; absolutely none.

But I want every family member of every US solder who fought, died, or got maimed for life to understand just what the objective of this war and occupation truly was; control over Iraq's oil.

This was about private companies profiting from the blood and money spent on the invasion and occupation of Iraq to obtain its oil.

And now, it appears that is absolutely not going to happen.

Dec 15 10:32

Climategate TKO in Copenhagen?

Will "cooler heads" prevail in Copenhagen? Have the scientists who have been working overtime in the past two weeks to make "climate sense" out of the global warming nonsense carried the day? Or is the idea of cutting back drastically on industrial production as we know it and transferring billions of dollars from rich nations to poor nations as "reparations" for the "sins" of carbon emissions and drowning polar bears simply so stupid that it is finally failing for lack of merit? Is global warming getting a technical knockout in Copenhagen?

The good guys may have won. Deep breaths, everyone. We won't know for sure until Friday.

Dec 15 10:26

Blast kills 22 near lawmaker's home in Pakistan

A suicide car bomb exploded in a market close to the home of a politician in Pakistan's most populous province Tuesday, killing 22 people and wounding 70 others.

The blast in the Punjabi town of Dera Ghazi Khan was the latest in a series of attacks that have killed more than 500 people in Pakistan since October. The bloodshed has been blamed on Taliban militants avenging an army offensive against the Taliban in the northwest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistan has been pushed by the US into a war against its own people.

Unfortunately, Pakistan has no real way of winning this war, short of ordering the US out of the country, which it really has no real way of doing at this point.

Dec 15 10:22

'CIA, GHQ threaten democracy in Pakistan'

A Pakistani government attorney claims that the United States' CIA and General Headquarters pose a serious threat to the federal government.

Azfar's remarks in the court sent ripples across the country the moment they were broadcast on television.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US goal here is maximum destabilization of Pakistan as a way to prevent Russia from resupplying Iran by land, should there be a US/Israeli-led attack against Iran.

Dec 15 10:20

CLIMATEGATE - Dust and soot, not CO2, melts glaciers

In fact, the new research, by NASA’s William Lau and collaborators, reinforces with detailed numerical analysis what earlier studies suggest: that soot and dust contribute as much (or more) to atmospheric warming in the Himalayas as greenhouse gases. This warming fuels the melting of glaciers and could threaten fresh water resources in a region that is home to more than a billion people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We need a gigantic dust-buster to save the Earth from man-bear-pig!" -- The Goracle

Dec 15 10:17

Human Rights Watch alert over Yemen 'climate of fear'

The Yemeni government has created a "climate of fear" in the south of the country and has unlawfully killed civilians, campaigners say.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has released a report accusing the government of human rights abuses against a secessionist movement there.

"Yemenis have to learn a lesson from what had happened in Iraq and Somalia," Mr Saleh said in May this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember; this is the same government (that of "President for Life" Ali Abdullah Selah, that the US is supporting with US airstrikes against the rebels, and "advisors" being dispatched to train the Yemen military.

President Saleh's threat to his countryman about having to "...to learn a lesson from what had happened in Iraq and Somalia" has come true, thanks to US intervention in this country.

Dec 15 10:13

CLIMATEGATE - How Not To Create A Historic Global Temp Index

I take this position as someone who works ‘in space’ – where we have complex and interrelated models of all sorts of physical processes. And yet we have to keep refining the models to fit the data to do what we do. Climate science naively (and ignorantly in my mind) does just the opposite; it keeps adjusting the data (for no good reason) until they get the result they want!

Dec 15 10:10

CLIMATEGATE - NSW electricity prices set to rise by 62%

NSW households will need to brace themselves for the first impact of the Federal Government's proposal to cut emissions, with electricity prices expected to rise steeply over the next few years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all abut making you pay more money for less living standards.

Dec 15 10:09

US military intervention in Yemen: reports

A three-way civil war seems to be developing between the Shi'ite Houthi rebels (with presumed Iranian backing), Sunni militants (with presumed al-Qaeda links) and the US-backed government forces. Along with the air-strikes, the Yemeni government announced it had intercepted a vessel transporting Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged Iranian support of the Houthi rebels will be the excuse the US may well use as the excuse for a military strike against Iran.

Unfortunately, the US is, yet again, backing a guy and a government so collectively crooked they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

Dec 15 10:08

Bombs Rock Baghdad, Mosul

Dec 15 10:06

Survival Tools

I’ve read many articles regarding “survival “ and “preparedness” topics, my conclusion is that an important area has been missed. Lots of planning seems to focus on food storage, water, supplies, and so on, yet I have not seen or read anything about “survival tools -- how to be prepared for anything mechanically”. So after considering this topic for several years, I’ve decided to introduce my own topic as far as tools for the self-reliant individual.

Dec 15 10:04

Dairy, Meat Prices Will Spur Food Inflation, Wells Fargo Says

Rising milk, beef, pork and chicken prices will double the pace of U.S. food inflation next year as livestock supplies shrink and rebounding economies boost demand, said Michael Swanson, a senior economist at Wells Fargo & Co.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will push already food-insecure families (and that means their children) into an even worse situation than they already are.

Child malnutrition is skyrocketing in this country, and for a country with so much wealth (sopped up by the war machinery), this is an outrage and a scandal.