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March 22, 2009

Mar 22 11:51

'1000% rise in Jew attacks on Palestinians'

A research by an Arab human rights group shows a ten-fold increase in Jewish attacks on the Arab population in Israel over the last year.

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... not including the attack on Gaza.

Mar 22 11:41

Monsanto's Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers

The impact of GMO’s on soil organisms is not commonly studied. This is a vital lacunae because Bt toxin crops such as Mon 810 corn or Bt-cotton or Bt Brinjal have serious impact on beneficial soil organisms.

Mar 22 11:40

Fed Running Out of Ammo

The Fed’s decision to purchase $300 billion of long-term treasury bonds is indicative of two things: 1) The U.S. government has lost all sense of value relative to its currency, and 2) The U.S. Federal Reserve is getting desperate and is running out of options.

Far from giving the economy any kind of boost, these tactics are essentially more of the same, which has already proven futile in terms of getting the economy moving again. Major financial institutions are not lending or borrowing much more than they were when the crisis began, and all the Fed is doing is undermining what little value is left in the U.S. Dollar.

Mar 22 11:35

Bill in Texas would allow creationists to grant Masters of Science degrees

Berman admits that his 'inspiration' for the bill was the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School, a Young Earth Creationism institution that has been trying to achieve certification in Texas for two years. Young Earth Creationism, much more popular than the recent Intelligent Design Creationism, is essentially Biblical literalism – Earth is 10,000 years old, Noah's Flood occurred, Adam and Eve were real people. ICRGS insists that they teach more than just “Biblical Creationism," which is based only on the word of the Bible; they also have incorporated tenets of “Scientific Creationism” into their bylaws. Most of these relate to origins of Earth and the evolution of species.

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I think I will start a college offering a Master's Degree program in the biology of Leprechauns!

Mar 22 11:32

HA!!! AND YOU THOUGHT ISLAM WAS THE PROBLEM…… GUESS YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF THE ‘ZIONIST JIHAD’

Through the Western media, through the propaganda machines run by AIPAC and the ADL, many are lead to believe that the world’s problems are the fault of Islam. The continual dehuminisation of Islam perpetuates these lies.

If you take the time to read the following, you will see where the real problem stems from and who the real terrorists are…..

Mar 22 11:29

The long and sadistic history behind the CIA's torture techniques

All the techniques in the accounts of torture by the International Committee of the Red Cross, as reported Monday, collected from 14 detainees held in CIA custody, fit a long historical pattern of Anglo-Saxon modern. The ICRC report apparently includes details of CIA practices unknown until now, details that point to practices with names, histories, and political influences. In torture, hell is always in the details.

Mar 22 11:28

Man's contribution to climate change is negligible in geologic time

Some evidence exists suggesting that the current phase of warming MAY have peaked in the 1970s and the earth MAY be returning to a cooling phase. Regardless of the rhetoric on either side of the arguments, man's total contribution to global climate change is negligible and probably not measurable within the context of geologic time. Instantaneous events like the asteroid or meteor strike that ended the age of dinosaurs by creating a global wide "dust cloud" or continuous volcanic eruptions that have also shrouded the earth with ash and smoke clouds have had a far greater and long lasting effect on climates. If all of man's "contribution" were to cease immediately, the net effect, measured in geologic time, on the earth's natural warming and cooling cycles would not be measurable.

Mar 22 11:26

Archaeological Views: Who Pays for Excavations?

We archaeologists don’t like to admit it, but all private funding sources have agendas. Even at the lower level, many of the consortium members that commonly help support excavations in terms of both staff and funding are religious colleges and seminaries. Whenever one accepts philanthropy, there is, as Ilan has phrased it, a moral price attached. That some foundations are more overtly political while others are more subtle in their stated interests is less relevant than we would like to think; it is, after all, only a matter of degree.

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Translation: Archaeologists are paid to dig up proof of the funding body's desired outcome.

Mar 22 11:09

Treasury secretary not allowed to resign: Obama

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But Freeman was toast because Israel did not like him?

Mar 22 10:58

Ex-cops apologize for deadly drug raid ahead of sentencing

Junnier and two other ex-officers, Arthur Tesler and Jason Smith, face prison in connection with the November 2006 drug raid that left 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston dead in a hail of gunfire.

Investigators later determined the raid was based on falsified paperwork stating that illegal drugs were present in the home.

Mar 22 10:55

The Raid on Mayor Cheye Calvo's Home

The Prince George’s County Police Department had intercepted a package addressed to Trinity containing 32 pounds of marijuana and delivered it to the house earlier that evening. But despite it being common knowledge among narcotics officers that criminals were sending drugs to innocent people in the hopes of grabbing the packages before they got home, nobody bothered to do even the most basic background research into the Calvo’s before invading their house.

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THIS IS HOW OUT OF CONTROL THE POLICE HAVE GOTTEN IN THIS COUNTRY.

READ THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

AFTER YOU ARE DONE YOU WILL REALIZE THAT SHOOTING BACK MAY BE THE BEST POSSIBLE OPTION.

Mar 22 10:49

Follow the Bailout Cash

There was plenty of outrage on Capitol Hill last week over the executive bonuses paid out by AIG after getting federal bailout money. But another money trail could make voters just as angry: the campaign dollars to members of Congress from banks and firms that have received billions via the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Mar 22 10:48

Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

Some say that if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, they simply shouldn’t buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds. But it isn’t quite that simple. Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples, and then sues, saying they own the crop.

Meanwhile, Monsanto is taking many other steps to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of normal seeds:

Mar 22 10:46

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH WOUNDED AMERICAN PEACEMAKER IN PALESTINE

On Friday, New Yorkers took to the streets yet again to show solidarity with Tristan Anderson, the young American that was wounded in the Occupied West Bank on the 13th of March.

As always, our roaming photographer, Bud, was there…… following are his photos of the demo.

Mar 22 10:45

THE CHANGING CHARACTER OF JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY…. WITHOUT PALESTINIANS

With its own municipal development plan in place since 1969, the Jewish quarter and its modern buildings are expanding, out and over the city. Another layer is being added on top of the many below. Jerusalem is changing character, yet again, in the hands of new rulers.

“The Israelis want this city to be a Jewish city,” said Yasser Qous, a guide who runs alternative tours around the Old City. “But the history of Jerusalem is far too complex to narrow it down to one people. The city must remain diverse and open, a spiritual centre for three religions and home to dozens of peoples.”

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United Nations Resolution 252: "...‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital"

United Nations Resolution 267: "...‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem"

United Nations Resolution 271: "...‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem"

United Nations Resolution 298: "...‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem"

United Nations Resolution 476: "...‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claims to Jerusalem are ‘null and void’

United Nations Resolution 478: "...‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’

Mar 22 10:42

Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?

A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers’ bonuses won’t fix it. Firing Timothy Geithner won’t fix it. Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans’ anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed. It would be foolish to dismiss as hyperbole the stark warning delivered by Paulette Altmaier of Cupertino, Calif., in a letter to the editor published by The Times last week: “President Obama may not realize it yet, but his Katrina moment has arrived.”

Mar 22 10:35

Gross brutality during British "terrorism" raid

During what his counsel Phillippa Kaufmann described as a "prolonged and violent series of gratuitous assaults" the 34-year-old IT support analyst claims officers forced him into the Muslim prayer position before shouting "Where is your God now? … Pray to him."

Kaufmann said: "The acts of the officers were ones of gross brutality, intended to humiliate and debase the claimant and to make him fear for his life. The officers engaged over a prolonged period in extreme, sadistic and dangerous acts of violence against an individual who was completely restrained and vulnerable.

"This was an extremely serious abuse of power which is in no sense justified, nor was it excusable on the grounds that it was perpetrated in the heat of an arrest for terrorism."

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As the instruments of the state begin to reveal themselves, the instruments of the state will suppress their own doubts by becoming ever more brutal in an attempt to force the real world to conform to the beliefs they have been indoctrinated with; hence the forcing of the prisoner into the Muslim prayer position, even though such an act is totally inappropriate to the mission. The police cannot be wrong, therefore the state must be right. From this grossest of self-deceptions
arises the fanaticism that can destroy a nation.

Mar 22 10:29

The Meaning of the CIA's 3,000 Pages of Destroyed Interrogation Tapes

Obviously, the CIA could have "blurred" the face of the interrogator and shifted his voice (like you've seen on investigative tv shows like 60 Minutes) to protect the interrogator's identity. And since the CIA is not releasing the transcripts, it similarly could have refused to release the videos.

The fact that the CIA instead destroyed the videos shows that it has something to hide.

Mar 22 10:28

Palestinian cultural events disrupted

Israeli authorities broke up a series of Palestinian cultural events in Jerusalem yesterday, disrupting a children's march and bursting balloons at a schoolyard celebration in a crackdown that underscored the emotional battle over control of the disputed holy city.

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Artifacts of Palestinian culture seem to vanish all the time.

It's like someone wants to pretend that there is no Palestinian civilization at all, maybe because of the scarcity of archeological evidence of the one they claim as their own!!

"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

Mar 22 10:14

San Francisco police provided security for pro-Israel supporters in front of City Hall.

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Only a week ago, those same San Francisco Police Officers now protecting pro-Israel demonstrators attacked pro-Palesrinian protesters with billy clubs!

Do you need any more proof that Israel controls the United States government?

Which means the US Government is of no use whatsoever to We The People.

Mar 22 09:13

Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns

After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings.

Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program

Mar 22 08:37

Greetings from the Starship Visible.

In my last posting I tried to clarify a few things and from some of the responses I got via comments and emails, I would have to say that I didn’t do all that good a job of it. Some of you see all Jews as parasitical aliens and I would guess that some of you see members of other races, religions, color and cultures as being some sort of a collective threat as well. Some of you feel this way about Muslims. Some of you feel this way about Asians and some of you feel this way about the darker races, lighter races and, I guess there’s no end to that given how many of you there are.

Mar 22 08:35

Filmmaker Urges International Tribunal to Probe 9/11

Italian film-maker Giulietto Chiesa, who was in Berlin for a screening of his documentary which questions the official US version of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has called for an international tribunal to probe events.

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Why?

WE know we were lied to. Details do not matter. Let us quit wasting time with more investigations and decide what to do with a government that lies to the people.

Mar 22 08:34

Magic bunnies

Mar 22 07:28

The Lobby Falters

Freeman’s remarkable statement has shot all around the world and been read by countless individuals. This isn’t good for the lobby, which would have preferred to kill Freeman’s appointment without leaving any fingerprints. But Freeman will continue to speak out about Israel and the lobby, and maybe some of his natural allies inside the Beltway will eventually join him. Slowly but steadily, space is being opened up in the United States to talk honestly about Israel.

Mar 22 06:25

Launching Lifeboats Before The Ship Sinks

The initial impact of the announcement of the Fed's plan to purchase existing debt was to drive up the bond prices. However, if the reserves poured into the banking system by the bond purchases result in new money growth, and if the Fed purchases the new debt issues to finance the governments' budget deficits, the outlook for bond prices and the dollar becomes poor.

Mar 22 03:49

Study Backs Bosnian Serb’s Claim of Immunity - and Richard Holbrooke Turns out to be a Liar.

The New York Times Marlise Simons PARIS — Every time Radovan Karadzic, the onetime Bosnian Serb leader, appears in court on war crimes charges, he has hammered on one recurring claim: a senior American official pledged that he would never be standing there.

The official, Richard C. Holbrooke, now a special envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Obama administration, has repeatedly denied promising Mr. Karadzic immunity from prosecution in exchange for abandoning power after the Bosnian war.

“Holbrooke was angry; he was ranting,” the American recalled. He quoted Mr. Holbrooke as saying: “That son of a bitch Karadzic. I made a deal with him that if he’d pull out of politics, we wouldn’t go after him. He’s broken that deal and now we’re going to get him.”

Mar 22 00:41

"Pullit" ... no not the building...

the lever! You can fill in the blanks as to which lever that is.

Mar 22 00:38

Use Cash and Undermine the State and the Banksters

Lew Rockwell interviews Dr. Joseph Salerno

March 21, 2009

Mar 21 19:39

Glenn Greenwald: The virtues of public anger and the need for more

This anti-anger consensus among our political elites is exactly wrong. The public rage we're finally seeing is long, long overdue, and appears to be the only force with both the ability and will to impose meaningful checks on continued kleptocratic pillaging and deep-seated corruption in virtually every branch of our establishment institutions. The worst possible thing that could happen now is for this collective rage to subside and for the public to return to its long-standing state of blissful ignorance over what the establishment is actually doing.

Mar 21 19:24

City Pays Settlement in 1995 Police Shooting Case

The New York Times ROBERT D. McFADDEN Fourteen years after two young robbery suspects were slain in a barrage of 28 police bullets as they lay on the floor of a Bronx apartment, New York City agreed on Friday to pay the victims’ families $1.15 million to settle a $20 million lawsuit that accused two detectives of inexplicable, execution-style killings.

Mar 21 19:13

Administration Seeks Increase in Oversight of Executive Pay - Okay, bring in that chain-smoking lefty with the curve ball.

The New York Times Stephen Labaton WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, government officials said.

Mar 21 19:06

US Military Deaths in Iraq War at 4, 260 - I forget, What was this about?

The New York Times Filed at 8:24 p.m. ET - As of Saturday, March 21, 2009, at least 4,260 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Mar 21 17:40

Australia's Vast, Scattershot Censorship Blacklist Revealed

"Australia's secretive Internet filter blacklist held by its communications watchdog has been leaked, revealing the government has understated the amount of banned Web pages by more than 1000. Multiple legitimate businesses and Web sites have been banned including two bus companies, online poker sites, multiple Wikipedia entries, Google and Yahoo group pages, a dental surgery and a tour operator.

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Wikileaks has been taken offline since publishing the list.

Mar 21 17:35

The U.K. wants your Twitter chatter under surveillance

Not happy with pushing the EU Data Retention Directive which would make ISPs store communication data for 12 months Vernon Coaker, the U.K. Home Office security minister, now wants all social networking sites and IM messaging service monitored as well. The Interception Monderisation Programme (IMP) is the government proposal for legislation to use mass monitoring of traffic data as an antiterrorism tool.

The IMP has two objectives; that the government use deep packet inspection to monitor the Web communications of all U.K. citizens; and that all of the traffic data relating to those communications are stored in a centralized government database.

Mar 21 17:03

RBS traders hid toxic debt

Traders received multi-million pound bonuses after acquiring more than £30 billion of sub-prime assets during early 2007. Following these purchases the bank “didn’t stand a chance” of surviving unaided, one board director told this newspaper.

The sub-prime assets are being blamed for causing the bank’s near collapse last year. Last month RBS posted a loss of £28 billion – the largest in British corporate history.

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of RBS, is this weekend under pressure to disclose what he knew of the sub-prime trading.

He repeatedly put out statements to the City saying that RBS “don’t do sub-prime” even though traders were buying the sub-prime assets.

Mar 21 16:52

Microsoft Officially Launches Surface PC In UK

Microsoft has finally launched its widely anticipated tabletop PC, dubbed Surface, in the UK; the computer was launched earlier this month at the CeBit Show in Germany.

Eliminating the need of mouse and keyboard, Surface is a coffee table that has a high-tech computer integrated into the tabletop, and it sports a 30-inch multi-touch screen that reacts to the movements of fingertips of the users.

If you like backaches you'll love this.

Mar 21 16:02

Israelis told to fight 'holy war' in Gaza

The soldier testified that the "clear" message of literature distributed to troops by the rabbinate was: "We are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the Gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land."

The claim comes in the detailed transcript of a post-war discussion by soldiers, publication of which has triggered a military police inquiry into allegations about the use of lethal firepower against unarmed civilians.

Mar 21 14:28

Israel tries to foment unrest AGAIN

Israeli police warned on Friday it would not allow the Palestinians to hold cultural events in east Jerusalem to mark the city's designation as the 2009 "capital of Arab culture."

"Police will deploy reinforcements in Jerusalem tomorrow to prevent any Palestinian attempt to hold official activities," police spokesman Smulik ben Rubi said.

The Palestinian Authority was planning to organise Saturday cultural activites in annexed, mostly Arab east Jerusalem to launch celebrations marking the proclamation of the Holy City as 2009 "capital of Arab culture."

Arab culture ministers have confered that designation on a city each year since 1996. Damascus held the title in 2008.

Mar 21 14:15

Canada ban: Galloway faces his accusers a Jewish Defence League (JDL) "Terrorist"

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Just a reminder that the JDL is classed as a terrorist group by the FBI.

Mar 21 13:58

Yahoo starting to censor email? Image verifcation as chilling effect?

Rest of the parts (didn't embed so it wouldn't take so much real estate, but please click on them.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBhU6d0HCJI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwy8rMUJl6g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O2PX0bhnwQ

Can't say that I've seen this image verification before while trying to send email. Anyone else? It could just be something he is doing with formatting - like using HTML. I'd like to narrow it down so it could be demonstrated that two messages that are exactly the same except for a certain target word are treated differently.

Mar 21 13:51

Major Decline Found In Some Bird Groups

The Washington Post Green Science Policy Living -Juliet Eilperin Several major bird populations have plummeted over the past four decades across the United States as development transformed the nation's landscape, according to a comprehensive survey released yesterday by the Interior Department and outside experts [...]

"Just as they were when Rachel Carson published 'Silent Spring' nearly 50 years ago, birds today are a bellwether of the health of land, water and ecosystems," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. "From shorebirds in New England to warblers in Michigan to songbirds in Hawaii, we are seeing disturbing downward population trends that should set off environmental alarm bells."

Mar 21 13:33

Flashback: Tom Delay and Joe Lieberman and others at Zionism cult conference

This is the cause of our problems - right here.

Mar 21 13:30

U.N. panel says world should ditch dollar

A U.N. panel will next week recommend that the world ditch the dollar as its reserve currency in favor of a shared basket of currencies, a member of the panel said on Wednesday, adding to pressure on the dollar.

Mar 21 12:25

Larry Silverstein asks for a bailout

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"... or I'll tell the world what I really meant when I said 'pull it'!"

Mar 21 12:22

Bi-coastal Tax Chutzpah: CA & NY Congressmen Say They Live in Maryland to Claim Property Tax Break on Million Dollar Vacation Homes

In yet another amazing case of tax chutzpah: California congressman Pete Stark has improperly claimed a Maryland lakefront home (assessed at $1.7 million) as his primary residence in order to qualify for a special real estate tax break:

Mar 21 12:20

The Israel lobby gets its man—and tips its hand.

The message to all office-seekers is obvious. “They want to kill the chicken to scare the monkeys. They want other people to be intimidated,” Freeman told The American Conservative just before he withdrew his name to be chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He went on, “If the administration does not stick with me, then it’s destroying the argument that the Israel lobby is only a mythic entity and does not control the public space. … It will show the world that it is not able to exercise independent thinking on these issues.”

Mar 21 12:20

Obama maneuvers to protect Wall Street bonuses

Following the passage Thursday of a bill by the House of Representatives that would tax some bonuses at a handful of companies that have received government bailout money, the Obama administration is seeking to discourage passage of a similar bill by the Senate, even as Obama feigns indignation over $165 million in bonuses awarded by the bailed-out insurance giant American International Group (AIG).

Mar 21 12:19

OUR AMBASSADOR TO POLAND

Socializing amicably with the representative of a Nazi-like state, whose SS-like army, has just reduced the Gaza Strip to ruins and exterminated and incinerated thousands of Palestinian civilians with White Phosphorus and dart shells, implies that the Palestinian representative in Warsaw is either habitually drunk, blackmailed, ignorant or traitor, characters each of which is sufficient to get him sacked immediately.

Mar 21 12:18

ISRAELI SOLDIERS: “WE CAME, WE SAW, WE KILLED”

When we read reports about the
nazi atrocities in Eastern Europe during the last
World War, we very often hear the excuse from the soldiers involved that “We were only following orders”…..
This is not necessarily the case with
the atrocities carried out during the recent Israeli blitzkrieg in the Gaza Strip.

Mar 21 12:16

Having run out of real live Nazis to wave at you....

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... they are going to dig up a few dead ones to distract you from Israel's war crimes in Gaza!!!!!!

Mar 21 12:14

Official: AIG bonus estimates grow $53 million

Mar 21 12:12

Madoff-Gate now New York State Real Estate-Gate

A reliable source who is close to both the U.S. Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York's Organized Crime Unit tells WMR that Ponzi scammer Bernard Madoff, who was remanded to prison last week by U.S. Judge Denny Chin, took a "fall" for some of New York's most powerful and wealthiest politicians who were using Madoff's private investment scheme as a "front" to assist in a major real estate redevelopment plan for New York that stood, and still stand, to make the conspirators super-rich.

Mar 21 12:10

FLASHBACK - Canadian government forming pro-Israel lobby

The Canadian government is establishing an "Israel Allies Caucus" this week meant to mobilize support for the State of Israel and promote Judeo-Christian values amid a groundswell of Christian support for Israel around the world.

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"I mean, look how much money the American politicians got out of the same deal down there!!! Israeli lobby; MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!!!!!"

Mar 21 12:06

The Mother of All Bells by Peter Schiff

There is an old adage on Wall Street that no one rings a bell at major market tops or bottoms. That may be true in normal times, but as many have noticed, we are now completely through the looking glass. In this parallel reality, Ben Bernanke has just rung the loudest bell ever heard in the foreign exchange and government debt markets. Investors who ignore the clanging do so at their own peril. The bell’s reverberations will be felt by everyday Americans, whose lives are about to change in ways few can imagine. While nearly every facet of America’s economy has been devastated over the past six months, our national currency has thus far skipped through the carnage with nary a scratch. Ironically, the U.S.

Mar 21 12:04

FLASHBACK - Harper condemns criticism of Israel as thinly-veiled anti-Semitism

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Because of course only an anti-Semite would object to seeing a Palestinian child covered in flaming white phosphorus!

Mar 21 11:58

Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street

For five years, Li's formula, known as a Gaussian copula function, looked like an unambiguously positive breakthrough, a piece of financial technology that allowed hugely complex risks to be modeled with more ease and accuracy than ever before. With his brilliant spark of mathematical legerdemain, Li made it possible for traders to sell vast quantities of new securities, expanding financial markets to unimaginable levels.

His method was adopted by everybody from bond investors and Wall Street banks to ratings agencies and regulators. And it became so deeply entrenched—and was making people so much money—that warnings about its limitations were largely ignored.

Then the model fell apart. Cracks started appearing early on, when financial markets began behaving in ways that users of Li's formula hadn't expected. The cracks became full-fledged canyons in 2008—when ruptures in the financial system's foundation swallowed up trillions of dollars and put the survival of the global banking system in serious peril.

Mar 21 11:18

THE CHURCH AT SALEM

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This is the website of the church which was raided and seized by the US Government for refusing to incorporate as a 501(c)3, the Pastor of which was a caller on today's GCN show.

Mar 21 11:00

Galloping Galloway

Well, I guess I don't have to tell you that British Respect Party MP George Galloway has been banned from entering Canada. We are fast becoming a fascist state.

Mar 21 10:58

The global economic crisis isn't about money - it's about power. How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution

It's over — we're officially, royally fucked. no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far. It happened when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was forced to admit that he was once again going to have to stuff billions of taxpayer dollars into a dying insurance giant called AIG, itself a profound symbol of our national decline — a corporation that got rich insuring the concrete and steel of American industry in the country's heyday, only to destroy itself chasing phantom fortunes at the Wall Street card tables, like a dissolute nobleman gambling away the family estate in the waning days of the British Empire.

Mar 21 10:17

Accused French Ex-Official Says Jews Aided Nazi Deportations

Maurice Papon, the former French official facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity in World War II, has broken a long silence and accused French Jews of helping to organize deportations to Nazi death camps.

Mar 21 09:57

Was the Bailout Itself a Scam?

The Bush/Obama bailouts require serious investigation. Were these bailouts necessary, or were they a scam, like “weapons of mass destruction,” used to advance a private agenda behind a wall of fear?

Mar 21 09:55

FUMING OVER OBAMA SAYING NICE STUFF TO IRANIANS, CHIEF NEOCON LETS SLIP IT’S ABOUT REGIME CHANGE.

It didn’t take too long for Murdoch’s chief neocon propagandist, William Kristol of the neocon comic ‘The Weekly Standard’, to pen his response to President Obama’s televised offering of a tentative hand of peace.

According to Kristol, Obama didn’t offer the Iranian people ‘liberty’ nor ‘freedom’ nor ‘democracy’ nor ‘human rights’. The reason for that is because Obama doesn’t have it to offer. Every where else the neocons have talked about giving people these things has turned to utter disaster. Why would Obama offer more of the same to Iran?

Mar 21 09:50

Police Trained Nationwide That Informed Americans Are Domestic Terrorists

A secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists. This is merely the latest example in an alarming trend which confirms that law enforcement across the country is being trained that American citizens are a dangerous enemy.

Mar 21 09:49

US halts Madagascar aid over coup

The US has halted all non-humanitarian aid to Madagascar after the army forced out the elected president and installed the opposition leader in his place.

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The Government ordered a crackdown on protests by unarmed people. The Army refused to fire on the citizens.
Instead they told the President ~ backed by the USA ~ to resign.
When he didn't they deposed him and allowed the Opposition Leader to take over.

So the USA stopped aid. Typrical American interference in the internal affairs of another country.

Until Western interference some years ago Madagascar was a peaceful island.

Mar 21 09:47

Ron Paul is a finalist for the Time 100 - Rank his influence

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What?!? I didn't make the list AGAIN?????????????? :)

Mar 21 09:45

In Israel, recession pressures boil over into looting

Isolated outbreaks have erupted after beleaguered business owners or managers defaulted on debts, stopped paying workers and went into hiding.

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I decided to relink this one to make a point. Despite billions of US taxpayer dollars showered on Israel, they are in serious financial trouble.

Which means that a boycott of Israeli products in response to the war crimes committed in Gaza is has the potential to be very effective, if indeed it is not already a major component of Israel's downturn.

Mar 21 09:41

Boy aged TWO is youngest Briton to be threatened with an Asbo after he is accused of verbally abusing adults

She received the warning - on headed police paper - from a Community Support Officer who delivered it by hand on Tuesday.

It referred to a number of anti-social incidents that had taken place over the previous few weeks and pointed the finger of blame at her children.

It read: 'Children from your address are involved in incidents of anti-social behaviour and nuisance problems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you guys have real crimes to deal with? I mean, the statistics make it clear that ever since Britain banned private ownership of firearms, crime has exploded. Instead of harassing autistic children for behaving like autistic children, shouldn't you go catch the burglars, rapists, and thieves?

Or is that not politically correct?

Mar 21 09:39

Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A lot of people are making a big deal over this issue of "Redistribution of wealth" and equating it to communism. But the reality is that the government exists solely by and implements policy through the redistribution of wealth. That's what taxes do.

And as we head into Tax Month, we need to remember that right now the US Government is indeed already redistributing the wealth, and has been for quite some time, with wealth being taken from the working and middle classes to shower on the ultra-wealthy, who are the ones leading the whining not because they see redistribution of wealth as inherently evil but because the direction the money is flowing might change away form their own pockets.

Mar 21 09:28

RBS traders hid toxic debt

Billions of pounds of “toxic” sub-prime mortgages were bought by Royal Bank of Scotland traders in a spree that was not disclosed to the bank’s board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the point to keep in mind. These assets were not toxic when they were bought. They became toxic ONLY after the US Government gave corporations tax breaks that made it advantageous to send high paying American jobs to other countries.

Sub-prime borrowers are being blamed for this downturn supposedly because they bought homes they could not afford. But at the time they bought them, they COULD afford them. Then US Government tax policy took their means of making those payments away.

Mar 21 09:27

State Takes Over City Of Pontiac

The state of Michigan has officially taken over the city of Pontiac.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared a financial emergency exists in the city and announced Thursday that Fred Leeb has been named as an emergency financial manager, effective March 23.

Mar 21 09:26

Professor Igor Panarin: When America fell to pieces the shouting was outrageous

As early as autumn 2009 the economic crisis may lead to a civil war in the USA and then to its division into parts. Igor Panarin, doctor of political science, dean of the foreign affairs department at the Diplomacy Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, presented this forecast ten years ago. At that time his forecasts seemed unrealistic, but now many of them are coming true.

Mar 21 09:25

Seize their Porches and throw them in jail! Shameless bankers are worse than Train Robbers

At least the former RBS chief executive is no longer at his desk. Almost all the others still occupy fat, padded chairs in City institutions. The time has come to address the entire robber banker culture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, some very evil people are attracted to banking, because banking, like power, attracts the very sort of people who should never be allowed to control it.

But it is the system itself which allows bankers to print up money out of thin air then lend it to the government at interest, which is evil. This system, designed to impoverish the masses for the benefit of a few, perpetuates itself through corruption and even occasionally wars on alternative systems, such as the declared "war" on Germany in 1933 and the present "war" with the Islamic banking system (which is proving immune to the current disaster).

So, while the Federal Reserve will gladly offer up the AIG executives as feed for the righteous anger of the population, it is in fact the Federal Reserve itself which has created this mess.

Mar 21 09:17

G20 protesters 'will try to bring London to standstill'

Police fear anti-capitalist groups will seek violent confrontation on streets

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Police will CAUSE violence to blame on the protesters out of fear that the anti-globalist message will be heard by the rest of the very pissed-off world!

Mar 21 09:15

Israel soldier calls order during Gaza assault 'murder'

They said it was permissible because anyone who remained in the sector was in effect condemned, a terrorist, because they hadn't fled. I didn't really understand. . . . They don't have anywhere to flee to.

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"Pay no attention to what happened in Gaza! We have some 80-year old Nazi guards to whup on as a distraction!!!!!!!" -- Tel Aviv

Mar 21 09:12

Repayment begins sooner for new college loans

As of Monday, some private loans will take much less time to pay off, which ultimately will save you money.

The bad news: Students will have to start making monthly payments of at least the interest while still in school.

Mar 21 09:11

Austria frees 'murder pits guard'

A former SS man alleged to have taken part in the extermination of 8,000 Jews in one day has been freed by Austria, a day after being extradited from the US.

The Austrian justice ministry said the former guard, 83-year-old Josias Kumpf, could not be put on trial because the statute of limitations had expired.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, let us focus once more on Nazi Germany so that we don't have to look at what war crimes the US has been committing.

BTW, Kumpf's job at the camp was FEEDING THE GUARD DOGS!

Mar 21 09:04

Torture Revealed Yet Again

But let's not kid ourselves. Everyone has known that the United States was torturing for years.

Congress has known it so well that it has both attempted to legislate immunity for the torturers (through the McCain Amendment to the Detainee Treatment Act and through the Military Commissions Act) and put on a show of attempting to "ban" torture, despite its having already been illegal under US law and treaties to which the United States is a party.

Mar 21 09:03

Afghanistan and Iraq: War Crimes Against Children ascribed to former President Bush

“American guards videotaped Iraqi male prisoners raping young boys but took no action to stop the offenses (and) children in Abu Ghraib were deliberately frightened by dogs,” writes political scientist Michael Haas in his new book, “George W. Bush, War Criminal?”(Praeger), a question he answers in the affirmative.

Mar 21 09:02

The Internet Surging as a Major Influence in the Political Landscape

Democracy is only as good as the information that we receive. Our right to vote means very little if we don’t have enough information on which to make an intelligent choice in the voting booth.

That is why corporate monopoly control over much of our national news media, which was greatly facilitated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, has been so toxic to our democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blogs are already beating newspapers and magazines, and we are closing in on TV.

Mar 21 08:58

Who allowed Google to put my big knickers online?

This week, almost everybody in the UK became unwitting participants in Google's own not-so-little version of Through the Keyhole. Street View provides pavement-level pictures of 22,639 miles of road in 25 cities across Britain. All you need to do is type a road name or postcode into your computer and there it will be on your screen in glorious Technicolor; with the drag of a mouse you can stroll down the street and take a look in all of the front gardens. Frankly, it makes the aerial views on Google Earth look as antiquated as Christopher Columbus's map collection.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you have no problem airing your knickers to the neighbors, why is it a big deal when Google images it?

There is and should be an expectation of privacy inside your home, but as any law enforcement expert will tell you, the expectation of privacy does not extend outside the walls. You can be arrested for indecent exposure (whatever the heck that means) while sunbathing nude in your own back yard, as one example.

Now, that being said, it might be a courtesy for Google to run an announcement in the local newspapers when they start scanning a neighborhood so that people may clean up their front yards if they so desire.

Mar 21 08:51

Khamenei: No change in hostile US policy

Mar 21 08:51

Geithner's Crappy Bank Plan Coming Monday

Tim Geithner will finally roll out his banking fix on Monday. The plan still appears to be a public-private hodge-podge that most likely either won't work or will result in a huge giveaway to banks and hedge funds (or both).

A brief review:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Geithner's problem is how to hold up a piece of steak at the dog pound and still maintain an appearance of order and organization.

Mar 21 08:46

Duplicate Payments to AIG Counterparties?

These firms include AIG International, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo/Wachovia, and possibly others. The total of counterparty payments due to these firms from AIG appears to be at least $30,900,000,000. This presents the possibility that some of these firms could have applied for and received TARP funds last fall, in anticipation of defaults by AIG; and are now in line to receive payment by AIG. Thus, they stand to be paid twice, with the money for both payments coming from taxpayers.

Mar 21 08:42

Secret inquests should be binned, say MPs

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has pushed ahead with the controversial proposals to allow some inquests to be held behind closed doors if they involve issues of national security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course if an inquest is held in secret, then the intention is hide
the cause of death which is actually the sole purpose of an inquest.

Mar 21 05:45

Toxic Asset Plan Foresees Big Subsidies for Investors - (The "Investors" Will Again Be the Banks)

The New York Times Edmund L. Andrews, Eric Dash and Graham Bowley WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is expected to unveil early next week its long-delayed plan to buy as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and related assets from financial institutions, according to people close to the talks.

The plan is likely to offer generous subsidies, in the form of low-interest loans, to coax investors [read "banks"] to form partnerships with the government to buy toxic assets from banks.

Many investment executives [again read "banks"] said they were worried that participating in any bailout program would expose them to political wrath and potentially steep new restrictions on their own pay.

Mar 21 02:19

Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America? (I Hope So)

Seems that Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro, the sponsor of HR 875, the (so called) Food Safety Modernization Act, has a husband employed by Monsanto, a company that would directly benefit from the provisions in her bill that threaten to destroy organic farmers and even backyard gardiners via threats of gigantic fines and massive red tape....

Please utilize the info below to raise bloody hell with De Lauro and your own member of Congress, and if you happen to live in the state of Connecticut, and can help me contact every organic gardening club in the state about this, please let me know your phone number.

We'll organize a Tsunami of opposition to this bill from De Lauro's constituents especially so it can be dutifully buried and De Lauro's congressional career appropriately ENDED.

Mar 21 01:49

Terence Corcoran: Is this the end of America?

Helicopter Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve is dropping trillions of fresh paper dollars on the world economy, the President of the United States is cracking jokes on late night comedy shows, his energy minister is threatening a trade war over carbon emissions, his treasury secretary is dithering over a banking reform program amid rising concerns over his competence and a monumentally dysfunctional U.S. Congress is launching another public jihad against corporations and bankers.

March 20, 2009

Mar 20 23:11

Calamitous day sees banks, credit unions seized

The pace of the ongoing credit crisis quickened significantly Friday when regulators seized three banks and placed two large corporate credit unions into conservatorship, citing a need to "stabilize the corporate credit union system."

Mar 20 21:48

Flashbacks: Women alone at home attacked while on 911 calls

911 Caller With Gun in Home Invasion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3vWsa4ags
911 Caller Without Gun in Home Invasion

Mar 20 20:15

Treasury Plans to Offer Loans to Buy Bad Assets - Latest Geithner Flimflam - Government-backed 95% equity loans to banks to buy toxics assets from other banks at a steep discount.

The New York Times Edmund L. Andrews, Eric Dash and Graham Bowley

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is expected to unveil early next week its long-delayed plan to buy as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and related assets from financial institutions, according to people close to the talks.

Industry analysts estimate that the nation’s banks are holding at least $2 trillion in troubled assets, mostly residential and commercial mortgages made at the height of the housing bubble.

Although the details of the F.D.I.C. part were still being finalized on Friday, it is expected the government would provide the overwhelming bulk of the money — possibly more than 95 percent — through loans or direct investments of taxpayer money.

Mar 20 19:45

IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the website for tonight's LNR guest.

These kids have been there. They know what is really going on in Iraq. Listen to their insights. Hear their regrets. Learn their truth.

Mar 20 18:48

Seeds - How To Criminalize Them

Now, watch how they will be able to easily criminalize seed banking and all holding of seeds.

Mar 20 18:46

The Rich-Hunt - Busload of Crazies to Tour Homes of AIG Executives This Weekend

Mar 20 18:40

Canada ban: Galloway faces his accusers a Jewish Defence League (JDL) "Terrorist"

The decision to ban George Galloway from Canada seems odd, but now it emerges that the Jewish Defence League (JDL) pressured the Canadian Government to so the action takes on sinister connotations for Canada, why? Becasue the Jewish Defence League are according to the FBI a Terrorist Group. In its report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI referred to the JDL as a "violent extremist Jewish organization". This "violent extremist Jewish organization" now it seems has power and influence over the Canadian Government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Canadians are just waking up to the fact that Israel controls their government just as much as it does the USA.

And note that inevitably, the Israeli shill has to fall back on the Holocaust to try to bludgeon his way through Galloway's arguments.

The good point is watching the Israeli whore thrashing around and clearly aware that he is losing the war for legitimacy in the public eye.

Mar 20 18:37

CIA reveals it has 3,000 pages of documents relating to destroyed interrogation tapes

The Central Intelligence Agency disclosed Friday that it has 3,000 summaries, transcripts, reconstructions and memoranda relating to 92 interrogation videotapes that were destroyed by the agency, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed Friday evening.

The agency, however, says they won't make them public or provide them to the civil rights group. The disclosure came as part of a lawsuit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CIA is guilty of obstruction of justice, and is at the very least an accessory to torture and murder after the fact.

Mar 20 18:34

FLASHBACK - Obama and McCain Suck Up to the Bankers

This is a time to condemn the bankers, not to embrace them. They are the scoundrels who got us into the biggest economic mess since the Great Depression, lining their own pockets while destroying the life savings of those who trusted them. Yet both of our leading presidential candidates are scrambling to enlist not only the big-dollar contributions but, more frighteningly, the "expertise" of the very folks who advocated the financial industry deregulations at the heart of this meltdown.

Mar 20 18:26

GOLDMAN SACHS = Obama's biggest backer?

Some other contribs:

Lehman Brothers - $229,090
JP Morgan Chase & Co - $216,759
Exelon Corp - $194,750
Citigroup Inc - $180,650
Citadel Investment Group - $166,600
UBS AG - $146,150
Time Warner - $142,718
UBS Americas - $106,680
Morgan Stanley - $104,425
Credit Suisse Group - $92,300

Mar 20 18:25

Eliot Spitzer takes shots at Andrew Cuomo over handling of AIG mess

Without mentioning Cuomo by name, Spitzer told WNYC radio politicians who focus on the huge bonuses paid out by AIG are missing the larger picture.

"The bonuses are the flavor of the month," Spitzer said. "You see the word bonus in a headline, someone gets a subpoena two minutes later."

Mar 20 18:24

Goldman Sachs, Welfare Queen

Wall Street's most storied firm is surviving on taxpayer dollars.

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