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May 1, 2009

May 01 10:49

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ SWINE FLU AND YOU

May 01 10:44

FLASHBACK - Lawyer: Rice Allegedly Leaked Defense Info

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday.

May 01 10:42

FLASHBACK - AIPAC Spy Case: Larry Franklin Sentenced

Pentagon Iran analyst Larry Franklin was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison after he pled guilty to passing classified military intelligence about Iran and Iraq to two indicted former top lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as well as an Israeli diplomat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So if this crime was serious enough to send Larry to jail for 12 years, then why did Rosen and Weissman get to walk?

Yeas, it is a rhetorical question.

FREE LARRY FRANKLIN!!!!!!!!

May 01 10:38

Torture Memos Expose Dark, Imperial Presidency

This was not a happy week for the torture lobby, nor its defenders, derailing months of charm offensive by Bush-Cheney legacy boosters. A wary President Obama backed off attempts to defuse the torture parade – fretting over divisive investigations and hard-to-win court convictions. Public indignation likely surpassed February polling when 65% favored torture investigations, 40% criminal prosecutions.

May 01 10:37

Vice’s Secret Vices

“Those insects weren’t even poisonous,” Cheney growled. “Facial slaps? Abdominal slaps? Throwing a naked man into a wall? Kid stuff. Those methods worked. They kept us safe for seven years. Safer than with that delicate Hawaiian orchid in the White House. America is coming across as weak and indecisive. Just when Rummy and I had stomped out that ‘Blame America First’ flower-child culture, Obama has dragged it back, apologizing profusely all over the world for the country he’s running, canoodling with greasy dictators, kissing up to those weasels in Europe, which is only free today because of our military. Friends and foes alike will be quick to take advantage if they think they’re dealing with a Creamsicle.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you defend the indefensible, you can wind up looking like a real jerk.

May 01 10:35

The Lobby Wants War With Iran

This bill is all about provoking the Iranians, effectively sabotaging efforts to engage in a mutual dialogue with Tehran. Why the egregious packaging? Well, it seems the American people are sick and tired of war, and preparations for war, and so it is far less incriminating if a member of Congress can say he (or she) voted for "the Iran Diplomatic Enhancement Act" than it is to admit they supported isolating Iran economically.

May 01 10:34

WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR YOUR CHILD'S LIFE?

In exchange for money, a certain group of people have agreed to let your kids be killed. That group is the United States Congress. And for the last several years, many of them have been accepting money from AIPAC, a supposed lobbying group that stands exposed as a spy operation for a foreign government, in order to promote that foreign government's agenda, which includes war in the Mideast, waged against that foreign government's enemies.

This selling of America's children to a foreign government to be that government's mercenaries has to rank as the greatest single betrayal of a people by their government in all of history.

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May 01 10:33

WHERE HAVE ALL THE RED FLAGS GONE?

May Day has become nothing more than the 1st of May in many countries, Israel included. It was once the day the workers of the world took to the streets and demanded their rights…
Has that been achieved? Has the Working Class finally gotten its fair share? Somehow, I think not…. yet the red flags are not as visible as they once were.

May 01 10:32

Web tool 'as important as Google'

A web tool that "could be as important as Google", according to some experts, has been shown off to the public.

Wolfram Alpha is the brainchild of British-born physicist Stephen Wolfram.

The free program aims to answer questions directly, rather than display web pages in response to a query like a search engine.

The "computational knowledge engine", as the technology is known, will be available to the public from the middle of May this year.

"Our goal is to make expert knowledge accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime," said Dr Wolfram at the demonstration at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

May 01 10:31

First dino 'blood' extracted from ancient bone

Schweitzer took a look at the pristine leg bone of a plant-eating hadrosaur that had been encased in sandstone for 80 million years. She and colleagues exhaustively tested the sample, sequencing the proteins they found with a new and better mass spectrometer and sending samples to two other labs for verification.

Now they report recovering not just collagen – which conveys little evolutionary information because it is the same in almost all animals – but also haemoglobin, elastin and laminin, as well as cell-like structures resembling blood and bone cells. The proteins should reveal more about dinosaur evolution because they vary much more between species.

May 01 10:28

New Homeland Security memo lists black power, shaved-head Doc Marten wearers as ‘extremist threats’

The memo, dated March 26, 2009, is titled “Domestic Extremism Lexicon,” and came after the original memo fingering right-wing groups as a threat.

Those now listed as dangerous extremists include: Mexican separatists, “black power” advocates, “racial Nordic mysticism” practitioners and black nationalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Let's simplify this; anyone not wearing a uniform is the enemy!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 10:23

3.4 Trillion! Gawd!

Three point four TRILLION dollars for the 2010 budget. The numbers boggle the mind.

May 01 10:09

Bungled attack on Dutch Royal Family; Four Dead, Several Injured + UPDATE

In the Dutch town of Apeldoorn a man attempted to crash his car into a bus carrying the Dutch Crown Prince, his wife and other members of their family. Queen Beatrix was not aboard the bus. Four people were killed when the man drove his car at considerable speed through the crowd. Five people, three of them children, were critically injured and a number of others suffered lesser injuries. The car did not reach the royal bus, but came to a standstill against a statue when the driver lost control over his vehicle. The driver, who was also severely wounded, is in custody. The car came within some 40 yards of the bus. The royal bus tour was part of Queen’s Day activities, a national holiday celebrating the bond between the Netherlands and the House of Orange.

May 01 10:09

Yousef Al-Helou: Palestinian artists show Gaza suffering

Palestinian artists in the besieged Gaza say they use their art and talents to shed light on the suffering of the people as reconstruction has not begun yet because Israel refuses to allow in building materials.

May 01 10:04

Obama Administration seizes Tamez/Lipan Apache land for border wall

"Although this land has been in the Tamez family prior to the Spanish colonization, and also designated to them through Spanish Crown law (1767), as of today, it is in the possession of the United States Department of Homeland Security."

May 01 10:02

New Homes Demolished in Victorville, CA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Madness.

Sheer madness.

May 01 09:53

U.S. to Drop Spy Case Against Pro-Israel Lobbyists

and the reason?..."the case was fraught with deep political dimensions, as it raised delicate issue of behind-the-scenes lobbying over Middle East policy and the role played by American Jewish supporters of Israel."

May 01 09:50

Newly Released Memo: Government 'Minders' at 9/11 Commission Interviews 'Intimidated' Witnesses

The memo, entitled “Executive Branch Minders’ Intimidation of Witnesses,” complains that:

* Minders “answer[ed] questions directed at witnesses;”
* Minders acted as “monitors, reporting to their respective agencies on Commission staffs lines of inquiry and witnesses’ verbatim responses.” The staff thought this “conveys to witnesses that their superiors will review their statements and may engage in retribution;” and
* Minders “positioned themselves physically and have conducted themselves in a manner that we believe intimidates witnesses from giving full and candid responses to our questions.”

May 01 09:49

Karl Rove Case Witness Michael Connell Killed in Plane Crash, Sisters Want Answers

Shannon Connell of Madison says her brother Michael rarely talked about work. She knew he ran an Ohio company called New Media Communications that set up websites for Republicans including former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But it wasn't until after he died last December, when the small plane he was piloting crashed, that she learned via the Internet of his tie to a voter fraud case and to allegations that presidential adviser Karl Rove had made threats against him...."But as time goes on, it's hard for me not to believe there was something deliberate about it."

May 01 09:44

An Alternative Explanation for the "Health Emergency" in Mexico

At this moment, Mexico is in the midst of an existential crisis. The combined realities of its corrupt government, the routes of the drug trade, and the neighboring drug market have combined to give rise to a system of drug cartels that rival the Mexican Government in economic power as well as raw firepower. Calderón is losing grip on the country his illegal election stole from Lopez Obrador . This darling of the corrupt Mexican ruling class has little means left with which to hold his grip upon power. Whether or not it will work, he seems to have made the decision to exaggerate a health crisis as a means to consolidate absolute power and to confer upon himself the powers necessary to stamp out those parts of the drug oligarchy not under his personal control.

May 01 09:41

Farewell to the American Century

Americans have perpetuated a mythic version of the past that never even approximated reality and today has become downright malignant.

May 01 09:38

Cap-And-Trade: Al Gore's Cash Cow

At the cap-and-trade hearings, it was revealed that not everyone will suffer from this growth-killing energy tax. A congresswoman wanted to know why sea levels aren't rising but Gore's bank account is.

When Gore left office in January 2001, he was said to have a net worth in the neighborhood of $2 million. A mere eight years later, estimates are that he is now worth about $100 million. It seems it's easy being green, at least for some.

Gore has his lectures and speeches, his books, a hit movie and Oscar, and a Nobel Prize. But Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was curious about how a man dedicated to saving the planet could get so wealthy so quickly.

May 01 09:33

China has 100 million people with mental illness

Mental illness has now overtaken heart disease and cancer as the biggest burden on the Chinese health system, according to the World Health Organisation, affecting seven per cent of the population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you had YOUR retirement invested in American Debt, would you be feeling sane right about now?

May 01 09:29

Did Mars' Magnetic Field Die With a Whimper or a Bang?

Giant asteroids may have wiped out Mars's magnetic field. The energy released by massive collisions upset the heat flow in the planet's iron core that produced the magnetism, according to a new study. The finding offers a solution to the mystery of the disappearing magnetic field and sheds light on early Earth conditions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even during the Viking Missions, the subjective consensus was that we were looking at the remains of a dead world, one that had once had, water, once had more atmosphere, once had life.

The Hella Planitia region is an obvious impact feature, and what is interesting is the antipode of that monster impact is the obviously elevated and fractured Tharsis/Valles Marineris region, suggesting that the impact almost punched its way completely through the planet! Such a deep impact would disrupt the normal internal convection currants that generate a magnetic field, and without that field, the solar wind would over millions of years strip away whatever was left of the atmosphere of Mars after the impact.

May 01 09:06

Lithium in water 'curbs suicide'

Researchers examined levels of lithium in drinking water and suicide rates in the prefecture of Oita, which has a population of more than one million.

The suicide rate was significantly lower in those areas with the highest levels of the element, they wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

High doses of lithium are already used to treat serious mood disorders.

May 01 09:05

US keeps Cuba on terrorism blacklist

The United States announced Thursday it has retained communist Cuba on a list of countries that allegedly support terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We know how to hold a grudge!" We're AMERICANS!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 09:01

Gaza Friends - We are sailing again

We will not be stopped by the Israeli Navy. We will continue to sail again and again.

May 01 08:57

Professor's comparison of Israelis to Nazis stirs furor

Controversy has erupted at UC Santa Barbara over a professor's decision to send his students an e-mail in which he compared graphic images of Jews in the Holocaust to pictures of Palestinians caught up in Israel's recent Gaza offensive.

The e-mail by tenured sociology professor William I. Robinson has triggered a campus investigation and drawn accusations of anti-Semitism from two national Jewish groups, even as many students and faculty members have voiced support for him.

May 01 08:53

As deadline looms, will NY Times shut The Boston Globe?

The New York Times Co, which bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993, threatened at the start of April to shut the money-losing, award-winning broadsheet unless the paper's 13 unions agree by Friday to $20 million in concessions.

As the deadline approaches, the future of one of America's most acclaimed regional newspapers looks unclear, illustrating deepening problems for an industry that has few answers for an accelerating, long-term shift of advertising to the Internet.

Names of potential buyers have surfaced only to disappear nearly as quickly, some worrying about finding a profitable financial model for a newspaper that won 20 Pulitzer Prizes and dominates news coverage in the six-state New England region but has faced steep drops in circulation.

May 01 08:52

Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants

Jay Severin, the fiery right wing talk show host on Boston's WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday after calling Mexican immigrants "criminaliens," "primitives," "leeches," and exporters of "women with mustaches and VD," among other incendiary comments.

May 01 08:50

Souter known as low-key, fierce defender of individual rights

David who? was the initial reaction of Americans to a little-known judge from New Hampshire named in 1990 to sit on the nation's highest court. Even the nominee didn't know what to think when President George H.W. Bush called him with the news, telling supporters, "I was in a state of virtual shock."

Now, more than 18 years later, Souter plans to retire after the current term recesses in June, a source close to Souter told CNN.

May 01 08:48

Report on Chicago Police Torture Is Released

Special prosecutors said today that scores of criminal suspects were routinely tortured by police officers on the South Side in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but that extensive legal research convinced them that there was no way to skirt the statute of limitations preventing prosecution.

May 01 08:40

Collins: Enabling Acts - For An Era Of Greed

The strategic goal was to turn Wall Street into a big casino for the "in crowd" of major investors, funds, and institutions. No rules and no regulations: "let the market take care of it" was the philosophy.

The tactics were easy. First you set up a scholarly group called the Law and Economics movement to give your scheme legitimacy. Then you give money and other favors to members of Congress.

At the right moment, you call in your congressional markers to let the banks start doing what they did to spark the Great Depression. Walk into the Wall Street casino loaded with cash and spend like they're on coke.

May 01 08:37

THROW THE BUMS OUT - ALL OF THEM Senate Millionaires Kill Mortgage Assistance for Citizens

The denial of assistance to citizens by Senators is ironic given the fact that the origins of the current economic crisis came from Senate legislative actions in 1999 and 2000.

While their avarice knows no bounds, their memory suffers.

May 01 08:36

Enraged About Corporate Greed? Kidnap Your Boss

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every once in a while I'll kidnap the Chief Operating Officer in the next office over, but she's my wife, and it's not about money! :)

May 01 08:30

Rice may have admitted to conspiracy, former Nixon counsel says

“She tried to say she didn’t authorize anything, then proceeded to say she did pass orders along to the CIA to engage in torture if it was legal by the standard of the Department of Justice,” Dean said. “This really puts her right in the middle of a common plan, as it’s known in international law, or a conspiracy, as it’s known in American law, and this indeed is a crime. If it indeed happened the way we think it did happen.”

Asked if the comparison between her comments and Nixon’s were fair, Dean said it was “fuzzy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nixon's comment and Bush's apparent use of it rests on the claim of Sovereign Immunity; the idea that a ruler is indeed above the law. Sovereign Immunity was created originally by the church (along with Papal Infallibility) back in the middle ages, and it has become an implied part of English Common law. BUT, and this is the important part, Sovereign Immunity is not in the Constitution, and while Presidents try to imply that they are indeed sovereigns, they are actually executives, which is not the same thing. This has not stopped the DOJ from invoking Sovereign Immunity, sometimes with success, to block invest9igatrion of government wrongdoing.

May 01 08:25

Dutch queen escapes as driver crashes into crowd, killing four

Witnesses said that the black Suzuki Swift appeared to deliberately target an open bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family in the town of Apeldoorn during festivities to mark Queen's Day, a national holiday.

May 01 08:23

NASA to begin layoffs as shuttle retirement nears

The U.S. space agency NASA plans to eliminate 900 manufacturing jobs over the next five months as it prepares to retire its space shuttle fleet in 2010, NASA officials said on Thursday.

The first 160 layoff notices go out on Friday, primarily to contractors producing the space shuttle fuel tanks outside New Orleans and the shuttle solid rocket boosters in Utah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, but the bomb factories are hiring like crazy, so it's not all THAT bad!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 01 08:22

China has 'canceled US credit card': lawmaker

China, wary of the troubled US economy, has already "canceled America's credit card" by cutting down purchases of debt, a US congressman said Thursday.

China has the world's largest foreign reserves, believed to be mostly in dollars, along with around 800 billion dollars in US Treasury bonds, more than any other country.

But Treasury Department data shows that investors in China have sharply curtailed their purchases of bonds in January and February.

May 01 08:19

US Senate defeats mortgage relief measure

The US Senate on Thursday defeated a measure that could have helped millions of Americans avoid foreclosure by letting bankruptcy judges cut their mortgage payments.

The White House-backed proposal, an amendment to another bill, fell in a 51-45 vote that failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to ensure passage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, so much for thinking that the Democrats were going to change anything.

May 01 08:08

Netanyahu aides fear 'surprise' demands from Obama

A political source in Jerusalem said that Netanyahu's associates have been recently discussing a scenario in which Obama makes unequivocal demands on issues like West Bank settlement construction, illegal outposts and negotiations with the Palestinians.

The aides also fear a public clash between the two premiers, such as during a news conference or in comments the pair make, in which their differences will be aired.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is posturing in the aftermath of "Calamity" Jane Harmon and AIPAC-gate. Netanyahu will return to Israel, grinning from ear to ear, because he will be returning home triumphantly with everything he wants.

May 01 07:54

Robot attacked Swedish factory worker

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.

"The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," said Leif Johansson.

May 01 07:41

Swine flu? A panic stoked in order to posture and spend

We have gone demented. Two Britons are or were (not very) ill from flu. "This could really explode," intones a reporter for BBC News. "London warned: it's here," cries the Evening Standard. Fear is said to be spreading "like a Mexican wave". It "could affect" three-quarters of a million Britons. It "could cost" three trillion dollars. The "danger", according to the radio, is that workers who are not ill will be "worried" (perhaps by the reporter) and fail to turn up at power stations and hospitals.

Appropriately panicked, on Monday ministers plunged into their Cobra bunker beneath Whitehall to prepare for the worst. Had Tony Blair been about they would have worn germ warfare suits. British government is barking mad.

May 01 07:23

Swine Flu Is Bad PR For Pigs

AS swine flu sweeps the globe the most pressing thing on EU ministers’ minds isn’t vaccinations or containing the virus… it’s pork PR.

Sales of pork have plummeted as consumers panic about contamination as the disease continues to spread.

Today ministers will gather to discuss and decide upon a more "appropriate" name for the piggy disease.

May 01 07:19

Peres: Bombing Iran may not be the 'best solution'

President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that attacking Iran would only postpone its ability to build an atom bomb.

"I'm not sure that bombing the nuclear facilities is the best solution. You know, the moment there are centrifuges, you can destroy the centrifuges. You cannot destroy the know-how to create centrifuges. You can postpone," he told Channel 10.

May 01 07:09

[Video] WTC-7 Any Questions

A comparison of Madrid's Windsor Building fire and the fire that "collapsed" WTC 7.

Any questions?

May 01 06:17

Pirate Suspect to be Charged as Adult in New York

The New York Times - B Weiser -[In the case of ...] Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, a Somali who speaks no English...

[...] a New York police detective, Frederick Galloway, who went to Africa as part of an investigative team, told the judge that Mr. Muse [the father of the defendant], after giving different ages, said he had been untruthful, apologized and said he [his son] was “between 18 and 19.”

“He also said, ‘I’m sorry for lying to you,’ ” Detective Galloway testified. “He said, ‘When I pray again, I’ll ask Allah to forgive me for lying to you, and I won’t lie to you again.’ ”

May 01 06:14

Refuge

Get ready.

May 01 05:38

Reducing conscious awareness in humans reduces suicide -Psychiatrists

BBC Health - "Large-scale trials involving the addition of lithium to drinking water supplies may then be feasible, although this would undoubtedly be subject to considerable debate. Following up on these findings will not be straightforward or inexpensive, but the eventual benefits for community mental health may be considerable."

May 01 05:25

Why Congress Won't Investigate Wall Street

Why Congress Won't Investigate Wall Street
Republicans and Democrats would find themselves in the hot seat.

The famous Pecora Commission of 1933 and 1934 was one of the most successful congressional investigations of all time, an instance when oversight worked exactly as it should. The subject was the massively corrupt investment practices of the 1920s.

A new round of regulation is clearly in order these days, and a Pecora-style investigation seems like a good way to jolt the Obama administration into action.

May 01 05:15

At Treasury, Big White House Role

At Treasury, Big White House Role
After Early Snafus, Emanuel Helps Geithner With Policies; 'Rahm Wants It'

WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 20, Timothy Geithner took control of the Treasury Department, directing the government's response to the financial crisis.

Within three weeks, the White House tightened its grip, alarmed by the poor reaction to Mr. Geithner's performance during the rollout of his rescue plan, government officials say. Since then, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been so involved in the workings of the Treasury that "Rahm wants it" has become an unofficial mantra among some at the Treasury, according to government officials.

May 01 05:15

Chrysler "bankruptcy" turning out to be another banker-bailout

BBC - Lenders object to Chrysler plan -A [unnamed] group representing 20 Chrysler lenders, holding $1bn (£674m) in debt, are set to object to the firm's move into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

"They [Chrysler] say they are going to allocate out and distribute the proceeds of the sale in a way that they couldn't do if they were going to do it under a Chapter 11 plan," said Tom Lauria, a bankruptcy attorney at White & Case, representing a [unnamed] group of secured lenders.

May 01 05:02

Bankers made 'astonishing mess'

BBC - The effects of the continuing banking crisis will be felt for generations, a committee of MPs has warned.

The Treasury committee, in its second report on the crisis, said it had been caused largely by the banks' own reckless behaviour.

"Bankers have made an astonishing mess of the financial system," said committee chairman John McFall.

[The credit economy drops its drawers to expose the extent of its hideous disease. It's just creepy, the credit economy.]

May 01 05:00

The Importance of Battlefield Nuclear Weapons

The problem is that bankruptcy is the only weapon Chrysler and Treasury have in this fight, and it’s a strategic nuclear weapon. Bankruptcy is the only threat that can get the bondholders to agree to a swap; but because a bankruptcy carries some risk of destroying Chrysler (because control will lie in the hands of a bankruptcy judge - not Chrysler, Treasury, the UAW, or Fiat), and taking hundreds of thousands of jobs with it, everyone knows that Treasury would prefer not to use it. The bondholders are betting that they can use Treasury’s fear of a bankruptcy to extract better terms at the last minute.

May 01 04:57

The Western notion of global PROGRESS cuts a huge reality fart - EU unemployment hits 20 million

BBC - Unemployment across the 27 EU member states reached 20 million in March.

[Oh yeh, sure... The Western design and the Western ethic knows how to make for a better world for all of us, -sure it does. 20 million people in Europe are standing in the unemployment line. Kafkaesque enough for you? Did someone REALLY vote for this? Feudalism was better than the credit economy, all these morons bought for themselves.]

May 01 04:47

YOU-WATCH! Chasing down rich U.S. tax cheats with Swiss bank accounts - Will not be like fighting the fictitious war on terrorism -or putting phony economic sanctions on Iran

BBC - Swiss bank refuses US tax request -Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, has asked a US court not to go ahead with a tax case involving more than 50,000 US customers with Swiss accounts.

UBS told a federal court in Florida it would violate Swiss laws on banking secrecy if it provided the information on its clients.

[The road to rapacious globalism -just hit a major snag!]

May 01 04:06

Evolution classes optional under proposed Alberta law

A controversial Alberta bill will enshrine into law the rights of parents to pull their children out of classes discussing the topics of evolution and homosexuality.

The new rules that would require schools to notify parents in advance for "subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation" is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

Bruseker did happen to mention that it would be difficult for teachers to avoid the topic of evolution in science or geography classes.

May 01 03:38

GOP Chair Michael Steele Admits Republicans at Fault for Banking Crisis

"Look, we can't go back out and start pointing fingers at Democrats and saying look how bad they're performing, look at what they're doing with the economy when we jumpstarted this thing," Steele said
"We were the ones that put the $700 billion on the table and said, all right, let's start nationalizing the banking system."
Added Steele, "So now, for us to stand back and go, oh, that's a bad thing to do is disingenuous."

"It was poor leadership. It was coming to Washington, drinking the Potomac River water, getting that fever, if you will, and spending, growing government 40 percent,"

May 01 01:37

Obama’s First 100 Days: The Madmen Did Well

In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus, and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush’s gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On April 24, his lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo prisoners were not "persons" and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national intelligence director, Adm. Dennis Blair, says he believes torture works. One of his senior officials in Latin America is accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, America experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of "defense," Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, have been retained by Obama.

May 01 01:25

Government Motors: Only the Beginning

One of the enduring myths of the present era has been the Big Lie that auto manufacturing plants cannot be profitable without ultra-cheap labor. When one sees the well-paid autoworkers that are with Nissan in Smyrna, Tennessee, or the Honda workers in Marysville, Ohio, it is apparent that employees at these places are doing just fine.

May 01 01:17

Israel warns EU to tone down its criticism

JERUSALEM – Israel warned the European Union on Thursday to tone down its criticism of the new Israeli government or risk forfeiting the bloc's role as broker in Mideast peace efforts.

The warning came after EU's commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, this week criticized Israel's refusal to endorse a Palestinian state. She said an upgrade in Israeli-EU relations would depend on Israel's commitment to the "two-state solution."

It also came ahead of a planned trip to Europe next week by Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman — his first official trip abroad. The ultranationalist Lieberman's comments about Arabs and Mideast peace have raised international concerns about the new Israeli Cabinet's intentions.

May 01 01:13

Swine flu source spawns wild theories

Finding the source of a new virus is key for scientists because understanding how it jumped to humans can lead to better drugs and vaccines as well as help prevent future outbreaks.

But one link experts probably won't be exploring is an Internet report charging that Mexican drug cartels working with al Qaeda unleashed the swine flu.

"The claim of the conspiracy theorists is that this new combination could not have occurred naturally, but this is not true," the New Scientist's biology editor Michael Le Page wrote.

April 30, 2009

Apr 30 20:36

Police accused of abusing powers as anti-terrorism stop and searches treble

The number of people who police in England and Wales stop and search under anti-terrorism laws has trebled in just a year, but only a handful result in arrests.

Officers were last night accused of abusing their powers after it emerged just one per cent of around 124,000 "suspects" targeted in 2007/08 were arrested - and only a fraction of those were for terrorism related offences.

Nearly 90 per cent of the searches were carried out in London by the Metropolitan Police, which saw a 266 per cent increase, with the aftermath of the attempted nightclub bombing in the Haymarket in the summer of 2007 blamed for the rise.

The level of stop and searches for other suspected offences also increased to more than a million last year - the highest for a decade.

Apr 30 20:19

North American Union takes priority over the Swine Flu Pandemic - Lou Dobbs 4/30/09

President Obama announced that the flu is already here, no need to trying to stop it with shutting down the border.

Apr 30 19:46

A.I.P.A.C. MEETS NEXT WEEK TO DETERMINE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), America’s pro-Zionist Israeli lobby group, will meet from Sunday 3 May through to 5 May to determine the Obama administration’s foreign policy for the coming year. America’s foreign policy chief for the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be flying in especially for the occasion.

Apr 30 19:44

New Vulnerability Discovered in ALL Adobe Reader Versions

Earlier this year, Adobe had to fess up that its flagship PDF Reader, used by virtually the entire business and Internet communities had a critical security vulnerability which could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Now their security staff is reporting that a critical vulnerability in every version of the Reader may be affected due to a weakness found in JavaScript.

Apr 30 19:44

New Vulnerability Discovered in ALL Adobe Reader Versions

Earlier this year, Adobe had to fess up that its flagship PDF Reader, used by virtually the entire business and Internet communities had a critical security vulnerability which could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Now their security staff is reporting that a critical vulnerability in every version of the Reader may be affected due to a weakness found in JavaScript.

Apr 30 19:34

The real victims of swine flu

As the media focus on a global sneezing fit, the plight of people in Congo, Somalia, Burma and China is being ignored.

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For others, like the Israeli and Sri Lankan governments, flu victims provide a welcome diversion from military victims. While the Sri Lanka's Tamil-bashing president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, seems hell-bent on turning his country into a rogue state, Israel's army has been quietly insisting its not dissimilar operations in Gaza in January were entirely in accordance with international law.

Human Rights Watch heaped scorn on Israel's claims this week while the International Crisis Group warned that a "boiling" Gaza could soon explode again. But with the world busy holding its nose and examining the contents of its handkerchief, who's listening?

Apr 30 19:33

THE INFORMATION UNDERGROUND INTERVIEWS CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, BLOWS THE LID OFF OF THE ISRAEL LOBBY

Apr 30 19:02

Swine flu pandemic? It feels like a phoney war

Today, so far, there have been no calls at all. We have 15,000 patients and are close to one of the larger airports in England, but have not seen a case of flu. We have not had a single patient worrying that he or she might have flu. It feels like a phoney war. We have seen two patients with heart attacks, three acute asthmatic attacks, and a child who had swallowed an implausibly large piece of Lego. Such is general practice.

We met at lunchtime, not to talk of heart attacks and Lego, but of flu. There have been deaths in Mexico. There has been one in the US. Our Indian partner said: "There were 2,000 deaths, mainly children in Africa and Asia, yesterday."

Apr 30 18:48

DOLLAR DECEPTION: HOW BANKS SECRETLY CREATE MONEY

It has been called "the most astounding piece of sleight of hand ever invented." The creation of money has been privatized, usurped from Congress by a private banking cartel. Most people think money is issued by fiat by the government, but that is not the case. Except for coins, which compose only about one one-thousandth of the total U.S. money supply, all of our money is now created by banks. Federal Reserve Notes (dollar bills) are issued by the Federal Reserve, a private banking corporation, and lent to the government. Moreover, Federal Reserve Notes and coins together compose less than 3 percent of the money supply. The other 97 percent is created by commercial banks as loans.

Apr 30 18:46

Churchgoers more likely to back torture, survey finds

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.

Apr 30 18:45

Gold Falls After Being Hit by Unusually Large Sell Orders

Such sharp and speedy declines are very unusual and would suggest a large player wanted gold prices lower in the futures market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... to keep the suckers from deserting the stock market.

Apr 30 18:32

Clinton-era appointee dead in apparent DC suicide

Levy attended Yale University's law school with former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and more recently worked on fundraising for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Dennis Gingold, an attorney who was working with Levy on a case.

"I don't know anyone who isn't shocked by what just happened," Gingold said. "He was a good guy. He really was ... and professionally, he was first class."

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Apr 30 18:19

The CIA's $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations

According to current and former government officials, the CIA's secret waterboarding program was designed and assured to be safe by two well-paid psychologists now working out of an unmarked office building in Spokane, Washington.

Bruce Jessen and Jim Mitchell, former military officers, together founded Mitchell Jessen and Associates.

Both men declined to speak to ABC News citing non-disclosure agreements with the CIA. But sources say Jessen and Mitchell together designed and implemented the CIA's interrogation program.

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Apr 30 18:01

50-100 Guantanamo inmates can't be tried, freed: Gates

US officials planning the closure of Guantanamo prison are weighing the cases of about 50 to 100 detainees who cannot be tried or released, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they cannot be tried it means there is no evidence against them.

If they cannot be freed it means they were tortured.

Apr 30 17:54

The Holocaust-Denial Debate

Apr 30 16:42

Warning over swine flu spam emails

The swine flu spam is being sent from all over the world from a network of compromised computers, with the majority coming from Brazil, the United States and Germany.

Spammers are using the virus to try to sell bogus pharmaceuticals or infect computers with malicious software.

Internet users were warned not to click on links embedded in the emails and to try to avoid opening the mail in the first place.

McAfee's director of security research, Dave Marcus, said: "Malware writers, spammers and scammers are low lives. They will use any high impact news story to push their wares."

Apr 30 16:30

FIRST 100 DAYS

April 27, 2001: He is doing very well with the public. There were a lot of polls this week. If you put them all together, the average is about 60 percent saying they approve of him -- and that's pretty good in absolute terms. If you look at our poll, we have a monitor there, 56 percent say they approve of George W. Bush's job performance so far. Twenty-seven percent disapprove -- very comparable to what his father got 12 years ago, to what President Clinton got eight years ago. In fact it's better than President Clinton got eight years ago because the disapproval ratings are lower.

Apr 30 16:29

Americans: Has your bank robbed YOU?

I ask the reader to consider the following every time the phone rings from a mortgage company looking for payment, every time they receive notice of investment losses, every time their government asks for what little they have left, and every time they are told that a "global solution" is the answer. I ask the reader: Has your BANK robbed YOU? (That is...with the help of YOUR government.)

Apr 30 16:18

Tamiflu linked to abnormal behaviour

Influenza patients between 10 and 17 who took Tamiflu were 54 per cent more likely to exhibit serious abnormal behaviour than those who did not take the antiflu drug, a final report from a Japanese Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry research team, said.

The team, led by Yoshio Hirota, a professor at Osaka City University, studied the cases of about 10,000 children under 18 who had been diagnosed with influenza since 2006.

Apr 30 16:04

Mexican ambassador: Flu's reach exaggerated

The Mexican ambassador to the United States said Thursday reports about the deadly H1N1 flu virus have dramatically overstated the disease's reach, and that just eight deaths can be definitively pinned on the virus.

Apr 30 16:03

Former Soldier Accused of Brutal Rape and Murder of 14-Year Old Iraqi Girl Starts Trial

It was called one of the most horrific crimes by U.S. troops against Iraqi civilians: In March 2006, a group of whiskey-fueled soldiers, their faces concealed and wearing black long underwear, descended upon a farmhouse some 20 miles south of Baghdad, gang-raped a teenage girl and shot her in the head, killing her along with her younger sister and their parents. The soldiers then tried to burn the bodies, setting fire to the house.

The grisly crime was initially blamed on insurgents -- "This is what happens when you harbor terrorists," a military translator told a relative after the bodies were found -- but three months later, the truth was revealed, when a fellow soldier from the unit told combat-stress counselors about what had happened.

Apr 30 15:52

Hate Crime 101

Is this really a job for our Federal Government? Talk about an all enslaving big brother attitude. This bill will leave the door open for the FBI to investigate every traffic accident, every fist fight behind the bar, every domestic dispute and every quarrel in public between any individuals so that our loving, from cradle to grave protectors, can determine if there MAY have been some form of "hate" involved.

Apr 30 15:25

Swine Flu: CDC Recommendations CDC Recommends Tamiflu, Researchers Have Reservations

The CDC recommends Tamiflu for
prevention and treatment of swine flu, as they
did with the avian flu several years ago. Yet at the height of the avian flu scare, European researchers conducted a
review of numerous studies of of anti-viral medications,
which was then published in the prestigious medical journal Lancet on Jan. 19, 2006. According to this review of 51 randomized controlled trials, Tamiflu was useless against the avian flu and many other flus.
Contrary to the CDC, their recommendation was not to use Tamiflu. What about now?

Apr 30 15:19

William Ayers to speak at Brandeis this evening

Former radical William (Bill)Ayers will finally get a chance tonight to be heard on a Massachusetts college campus.

The onetime member of the 1960s militant antiwar organization The Weather Underground will speak at 9 p.m. at Brandeis University in Waltham. It will come more than two months after Boston College canceled a scheduled appearance by Ayers.

Ayers will speak about "lessons learned from the antiwar movement, He might have some interesting insights about the successes and the failures of the movement."

Apr 30 14:51

Hawaii so far free of swine flu but short of drugs at pharmacies

Hawai'i remained swine flu-free yesterday, but some patients on O'ahu with the common flu could not get their prescriptions filled for flu medications known as Tamiflu and Relenza.

Apr 30 14:50

12 Stocks To Watch in the Swine Flu Crisis

Just when investors thought they had seen it all, a potential global pandemic is rocking markets across the world.

Here is a look at the stocks that could be impacted by the epidemic -- and a few that could come out of it on the winning side.

Apr 30 14:40

Bank of America CEO Lewis Loses Chairman Title

Bank of America Corp.'s (BAC) shareholders voted in historic fashion on Wednesday to strip chief executive Ken Lewis of his title as chairman, demonstrating just how precarious Lewis's hold on his other job - chief executive - has become.

The shareholder resolution, which requires Bank of America to appoint a separate chairman and chief executive, marks the first binding shareholder resolution to pass at a S&P 500-member firm, according to RiskMetrics Group.

The resolution passed with 50.34% of the vote . The margin was so razor-thin that Bank of America recounted the votes . Following the vote's tally, Bank of America's board huddled and elected Dr. Walter Massey as the bank's chairman

Apr 30 14:30

To Stockpile Or Not To Stockpile

A "run on the shops" to stock up on enough food and water to last your household for two weeks of voluntary home isolation is exactly what's needed to pump those $900 bonuses straight back into the economy

Apr 30 14:27

Fla. hedge manager pleads not guilty in NY

A Florida hedge fund manager who disappeared while investigators closed in on him has pleaded not guilty to fraud.

Defense lawyer Mark Gombiner (GAHM'-beye-nur) told a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday that Arthur Nadel cannot make his $5 million bail.

Apr 30 14:23

On the border of disaster?

In 1993, Harvard academic Samuel Huntington controversially identified Islam as the biggest danger to global stability. Now he is arguing that Latino immigration into the US is destroying the American way of life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, whatever gets the funding!"

Apr 30 14:18

Top Senate Democrat: bankers "own" the U.S. Congress

Sen. Dick Durbin, on a local Chicago radio station this week, blurted out an obvious truth about Congress that, despite being blindingly obvious, is rarely spoken: "And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

Apr 30 14:18

The Jewish Media Insists Dr. Fredrick Toben Has Apologized for his Views on the holocaust. Per Usual They're Lying.

Dr. Fredrick Toben, perhaps the best known historical revisionist outside of prison walls today was convicted last week of "contempt of court," enabling the Australian JEWdicial system to make him another martyr for the cause, but not before the Jewish media attempt to destroy Dr. Toben's hard fought for credibility among the world's truth seekers. For those familiar with how the Jewish media works this comes as no surprise, they did the exact same thing with Bishop Williamson last month, insisting that he had apologized for his views on the holocaust, when in fact nothing of the kind ever happened, he apologized to the Catholic Church and the Pope for bringing them the negative attention of the Jewish media and nothing more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ask yourself, why so much effort and energy devoted to crushing down those who asks questions? Their fear is obvious.

It is nothing so much as the methods employed by the defenders of the official story that make it clear to any objective observer that something is indeed being hidden; some great secret protected from examination.

Apr 30 14:11

Beware surfers: cyberspace is filling up

Experts predict that consumer demand, already growing at 60 per cent a year, will start to exceed supply from as early as next year because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry websites such as YouTube and services such as the BBC’s iPlayer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They were warning about a potential collapse of the net in 1996 and it didn't happen.

Apr 30 14:02

White House aide's family likely has swine flu

A member of the U.S. delegation that helped prepare Energy Secretary Steven Chu's trip to Mexico City has demonstrated flu-like symptoms and his family members have tested probable for swine flu.

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Probable?"

Apr 30 13:52

Karl Rove case witness killed in plane crash, sisters want answers

Shannon Connell of Madison says her brother Michael rarely talked about work. She knew he ran an Ohio company called New Media Communications that set up websites for Republicans including former President George H.W. Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But it wasn't until after he died last December, when the small plane he was piloting crashed, that she learned via the Internet of his tie to a voter fraud case and to allegations that presidential adviser Karl Rove had made threats against him.

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