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February 8, 2009

Feb 08 01:36

It's More or Less Official: We're In a Global Depression

The IMF has also performed a complete audit of the whole US financial system, and therefore has a clearer idea of American finances than just about any other organization.

So the fact that the head of the IMF is saying that the world's advanced economies are already in a depression carries great weight.

Feb 08 01:35

Khazaria—The Myth of Anti-Semitism Exposed at Last!!

"This was written before the full extent of the holocaust was known, but that does not alter the fact that the large majority of surviving Jews in the world is of Eastern European - and thus perhaps mainly of Khazar - origin. If so, this would mean that their ancestors came not from the Jordan but from the Volga, not from Canaan but from the Caucasus, once believed to be the cradle of the Aryan race; and that genetically they are more closely related to the Hun, Uigur and Magyar tribes than to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Should this turn out to be the case, then the term "anti-Semitism" would become void of meaning, based on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims.

Feb 08 01:33

My Holocaust Memoir

I was born in Chicago in 1969. Shortly afterward, in 1941, my entire family was rounded up by the authorities and sent to the Theresienstadt camp, along with tens of thousands of other Jews, who hailed principally from Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Germany. The first few days there, separated from my family, denied even the most basic creature comforts, I was in a state of shock. I could hardly eat or sleep, and, to make matters worse, I had misplaced my cell-phone charger. I felt powerless.

Feb 08 01:31

Australian paper suspends columnist over slur

A London-based columnist who blamed Israel for the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks was suspended by the Australian newspaper that published his article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And don't you DARE say we control the media either, you putz!"

Feb 08 01:29

Sure, the Googlebots know your deepest secrets - but it's worth it

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No it isn't.

Feb 08 01:25

Warning on US online entry

Websites are charging tourists for a service that is free. Conrad Walters reports.

Feb 08 01:25

Thousands of state workers stay home as part of governor's furlough program

Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento -- Thousands of state workers stayed home without pay Friday, closing Department of Motor Vehicles offices but allowing some agencies to function on Day One of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's mandatory furlough program.

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Feb 08 01:22

Why Are You Such a Dick?

Dick Cheney lets everyone know that Barack Obama will be responsible if there's another terrorist attack.

Feb 08 01:19

Something to tell the world!

An animated message from Rabbi Weiss, expressing what a real Jew feels towards the Arab and Muslim people of the world!

Feb 08 01:16

Plague-Infested Mice Missing From New Jersey Research Lab

The frozen remains of two mice infected with the bubonic plague are missing from a New Jersey bioterror research facility, and the facility waited seven weeks to report the incident to federal and state authorities.

Officials with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, where the remains went missing, and FBI officials, said the missing mice pose no public health threat.

This is the same facility where three live plague-inflected mice went missing in September 2005. Officials concluded those mice died.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very reassuring.

Feb 08 00:24

Israeli jets stage mock raids in Lebanon airspace

Israeli fighter jets have carried out mock attacks and reconnaissance missions in border regions with Lebanon, Press TV has learned.

Violating the Lebanese airspace, the warplanes carried out reconnaissance flights over border regions including Hasbaya, Arqub, Shaaba farms and Western Beqaa on Friday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Feb 08 00:20

Columnist banned for approaching the truth: Is the truth anti-semitic?

Michael Backman, an Australian writer now living in London, was effectively booted from the pages of The Age, a Melbourne paper, for supposedly penning an “anti-semitic” column.

Below is the column in question. Is the truth anti-semitic?

February 7, 2009

Feb 07 22:59

Stimulating Tyranny

"I never imagined, when I set out to protect people from the crooks and criminals, that I would have to protect them from by fellow police officers," Murphy regretfully declared. Granted, it's entirely unfair to consolidate cops and crooks into one undifferentiated group. Police are far more dangerous to innocent people.

Feb 07 22:56

America’s march towards fascism

According to National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directives NSPD 51 and HSPD 20, the president of the United States of America has already obtained dictatorial powers.

Feb 07 22:22

Britain turns to ice with treacherous conditions predicted

“It will be more like Skate Britain than Great Britain. There will be low temperatures – down to -15C in Scotland – but many places will see -10C."

Feb 07 22:20

Backlash over bankers' bonuses

Despite the recession, Britain's clearing banks will this month pay out millions to staff in bonuses. RBS, now propped up with £20bn of public money, wants to pay its staff almost £1bn in bonuses, it emerged yesterday. Critics contrasted the Government's "mere words" with the decisive and legally enforceable cap on executive pay and bonuses announced by President Barack Obama in the US. They dismissed the Chancellor's plans as not much more than a non-binding code of conduct, which banks are sure to flout.

Feb 07 22:14

Video Flashback - 7/7 Ripple Effect (London bombing)

>>Regarding the 7/7/2005 terrorist attacks in London, let us look at the facts, and what we were told, and compare them. Then, using Ockham’s Razor and common-sense, let us see what conclusions are to be drawn, so we can all understand what most likely really did happen that day.<<

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8756795263359807776
(57 min)

Feb 07 17:23

More Bailout Propaganda, This time from GRETCHEN MORGENSON

New York Times Online | Saturday Feb 7 2009 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON

JUST in case you missed it: The Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the Treasury Department’s bailout of broken banks — the Troubled Asset Relief Program — reported last week that Henry M. Paulson Jr.’s team at Treasury paid significantly more for the assets it bought from banks than they were worth when the deal was announced in the fall.

[...] the report said. “This disparity translates into a $78 billion shortfall for the first $254 billion in TARP funds that were spent.”

More taxpayer money down the drain, alas. And all the more reason to focus closely on executive pay restrictions at any bank that receives TARP funding.

Feb 07 17:23

Video- UK Minister Geoff Hoon reamed out on TV for caving to US on torture issue.

Shami Chakrabarti SAVAGES UK Minister Geoff "Buff" Hoon over the US attempts to BLACKMAIL Britain into silence over evidence of Torture.

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

Feb 07 16:30

FLASHBACK - Ringworm and Radiation

To fool the parents of the victims, the children were taken away on "school trips" and their parents were later told the x-rays were a treatment for the scourge of scalpal ringworm. 6,000 of the children died shortly after their doses were given, while many of the rest developed cancers that killed thousands over time and are still killing them now. While living, the victims suffered from disorders such as epilepsy, amnesia, Alzheimer's disease, chronic headaches and psychosis.

That is the subject of the documentary in cold terms. It is another matter to see the victims on the screen.

Feb 07 15:59

Obama's bank rescue package may not be enough

The Obama administration hopes the new bailout plan it announces on Monday will rescue the U.S. banking system, but experts caution it will be difficult to get through Congress, difficult to implement and may ultimately fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bailout: Stealing a trillion dollars from the American people to give to the banks to loan back to the American people ... at interest.

Feb 07 15:58

The War on Terror is a Hoax

The most obvious indication that there are no terrorist cells is that not a single neocon has been assassinated.

Feb 07 15:55

US Jewish leader sees "pandemic of anti-Semitism"

Israel's recent war in Gaza has unleashed the worst outbreaks of anti-Semitism in decades, the U.S. head of the Anti-Defamation League said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's recent war in Gaza has unleashed the worst outbreaks of CRITICISM AGAINST ISRAEL in decades.

Trying to deflect just criticism of Israel's actions by claiming the critics hate Jews is like trying to deflect just criticism of Hitler's actions by claiming the critics hate Germans!

Feb 07 15:53

Will Ukraine follow Iceland into financial meltdown?

Feb 07 15:51

Oakland bank apologizes to Muslim woman it denied service

A bank has apologized to a Muslim woman denied service in December because she was wearing a hijab, but has also defended its decision.

When Safa Magid went to Community Bank of the Bay to make a deposit, a teller refused to serve her, explaining that the bank's policy prohibiting people from wearing hats included head scarves.

"The woman asked if I could take off my scarf," Magid said Thursday. "And I said, `No, I'm not going to take off my scarf.' Then, she said she couldn't serve me because I'm wearing a scarf."

Magid then tried to explain that she wore the scarf for religious reasons, but that a second bank employee confirmed the "no hat" ban included Magid's scarf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to know if this bank makes nuns remove their wimples, or Jews their yarmulkes.

Feb 07 15:30

Navy missile cruiser runs aground on Hawaii reef

One of the biggest and most technologically advanced warships based at Pearl Harbor ran aground in 17 to 22 feet of water half a mile off Honolulu International Airport's reef runway.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can see this from my office window!

This is a Ticonderoga Class warship, and normally draws 33 feet, so it is really stuck way beyond letting high tide float it off, and it's for certain the below-hull sonar domes are a write-off.

This is going to bring back memories of the Ehime Maru ramming!

Feb 07 15:25

Did You Know?

Feb 07 14:47

PAUL KRUGMAN proves he's as big a tool as any economist.

New York Times Online Op-Ed Columnist PAUL KRUGMAN | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

On the Edge

"A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery."

Feb 07 14:17

STIMULUS ABOUT TO FAIL IN SENATE | A GREAT DAY FOR SANITY

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Times Online | Sat- Feb 7. 2009

Obama Calls Stimulus Necessary to Save Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday championed his economic stimulus plan as ''absolutely necessary'' -- if imperfect -- while Republicans dug in against a bill they said hadn't even been written, let alone properly reviewed or sufficiently revised.

''This is still a very big spending bill,'' Kyl said during a rare Saturday session on the Hill. ''You can't fix it by simply shaving a little bit off.''

He also sought to bring Republicans into the mix, pledging to listen to them, praising the late-Friday negotiations.

GOP leaders, however, said the rhetoric didn't match what was written.

Feb 07 13:14

WORLD NEEDS A CREDIBLE BODY TO PURSUE ISRAELI WAR CIMINALS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I volunteer.

Feb 07 13:14

RACIST PARTIES DIVIDED IN ISRAELI ELECTION

This coming Tuesday is Election Day in Israel. One hundred and twenty people will be elected to serve in the Knesset (Parliament). Israel fancies itself as a country with a Parliamentary System as is found in England and Canada. Nothing is further from the truth.

Feb 07 12:56

This just in: Israel is indeed our 51st State!

I'd thought it would just be a breezy Friday afternoon, when I clicked on today's post of M.J. Rosenberg, here on Huffington Post. Director of Policy for the Israel Policy Forum, Mr. Rosenberg's blog entry concerns the upcoming Israeli election -- and he tells us the outcome is "really not our business." After all, he blithely notes, "As Americans, our job is to promote policies that are best for America, and for Israel."

There weren't comments when I started reading -- but by the time I read through his post and hit the reply button, there were already five comments and more pending. All of them saying the same thing -- no, Mr. Rosenberg -- our job is to promote policies that are best for America. PERIOD.

Feb 07 11:48

Gates, mosquitoes, and terrorism

How do Gates' actions not qualify as terrorism? Seems to me he was using terror to advance an agenda. Seems to be the working definition. And the first 5 letters of "mosque" is in the word "mosquito" - probably the connection would have been made half-jokingly by Malkin or Rush had the actor been a Middle Eastern man instead of the poster boy for corporate America - Gates.

Gates' statement prior to the release hangs him - 'Not only poor people should experience this.' Sic semper Bourgeoisie? Clearly his intent was to create terror - yet the MSM seems to laugh it off. What if that hypothetical Middle Eastern man had released powerdered sugar and claimed it was Anthrax spores only to say "just kidding"?

Feb 07 11:43

SSPX Expels Father Abrahamowicz

The news out of Italy is that the SSPX has expelled Father Floriano Abrahamowicz of the SSPX Northern Italian District “for grave reasons of discipline.” Fr. Abrahamowicz, you’ll recall, is the SSPX priest who expressed doubts about the Holocaust just days after Bishop Williamson’s interview with Swedish TV aired:

Feb 07 10:49

Controversial bishop to 'examine Holocaust evidence'

A British bishop who faces a Vatican demand to recant his denial of the Holocaust said he would examine the evidence of the Nazis’ mass killings, but it “will take time,” a German magazine reported today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A very clever move because it looks like he is backing down from his claims, yet opens the door (indeed encourages) others to study the matter and decide for themselves.

This is a good thing.

Feb 07 10:48

Biden Charts Course for New Wars

He proposed a shared fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban with Russia as part of an era of improved relations between Washington and Moscow.

"The last few years have seen a dangerous drift in relations between Russia and the members of our [Nato] alliance," he said. "It's time, to paraphrase President Obama, to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should work together."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Arming and training the Georgians was probably not a good idea.

Feb 07 10:45

AK-47, Not 401K

Michael Gaddy suggests an investment strategy of a different sort — Investing In Liberty for Fun and Profit. Other suggested investment plans go by initials like AR-15 and M1-A.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Canned foods and shotguns.

Feb 07 10:41

Lawmakers in 20 states move to reclaim sovereignty

As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.

Feb 07 10:35

Disgraced HBOS bankers received their goodbyes in cash

Disgraced banking boardroom executives at HBOS walked away with cash payments worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each, the Guardian has learned.

Feb 07 10:33

Irish economy 'worst hit in eurozone'

For 15 years, Ireland's economy boomed, but today it is the country most severely hit by recession in the Eurozone. Every five minutes, a job is lost. When the property bubble burst, Irish banks had to pay the price. In Limerick, computer giant Dell is shedding 1900 jobs, closing its plant and moving to Poland.

Feb 07 10:28

State can run out of money, but can't file for bankruptcy

"A state is not going to just shut down," said Elizabeth McNichol, a state budget specialist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C., think tank.

"As bad as things are, no state is going to have zero revenue coming in," McNichol said. "It's really just a matter of choices."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, like when Governor Schwarzenegger wrote off those billions Enron was supposed to repay to California.

Feb 07 10:25

Boycott Israel - Stop Funding Israel - IFCJ Call Part One

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel commercial asking for support for Israel caught using CGI explosions.

Feb 07 10:20

Give the irreligious a turn at the holy microphone

The BBC won't allow non-religious opinion to be expressed in Thought for the Day. In the name of common sense, why?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For many years the "impartial" BBC has refused to permit non-religious opinion to be expressed in Thought for the Day.

Feb 07 10:19

Jeremy Clarkson arrives with mouth in top gear

"It's the first time I've ever seen a world leader admit we really are in deep shit ... He geniunely looked terrified. Poor man, he's actually seen the books. We have this one-eyed Scottish idiot who keeps telling us everything's fine.''

Feb 07 10:18

Blizzards, blocked bridges and a baby born in a car as bad weather spreads

Feb 07 10:16

Record numbers are declared bankrupt as recession bites

The number of people being made bankrupt hit an all-time high during the last three months of 2008, as the country's worst recession in three decades left thousands of individuals unable to pay their debts.

Feb 07 10:15

All of Them Must Go

Its message was simple enough. You--politicians and CEOs huddled at some trade summit--are like the reckless scamming execs at Enron (of course, we didn't know the half of it). We--the rabble outside--are like the people of Argentina, who, in the midst of an economic crisis eerily similar to our own, took to the street banging pots and pans. They shouted, "¡Que se vayan todos!" ("All of them must go!") and forced out a procession of four presidents in less than three weeks. What made Argentina's 2001-02 uprising unique was that it wasn't directed at a particular political party or even at corruption in the abstract. The target was the dominant economic model--this was the first national revolt against contemporary deregulated capitalism.

Feb 07 10:07

SWINDLER'S LIST - Savings lost to Madoff, elderly forced back to work

After losing his entire life's savings to disgraced fund manager Bernard Madoff, 90-year-old Ian Thiermann abandoned retirement and now works the aisles of a grocery store to make ends meet.

Feb 07 10:02

Alternative Energy and the Americas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

His inventions made CDs and DVDs
possible...

His batteries are found in every
hybrid car...

He's moved solar panel technology
into the 21st century...

So why isn't he lauded by the US
news media?

Because in addition to being a successful
businessman, he's been an outspoken
advocate for social justice.

Feb 07 10:00

The nightmare of Netanyahu returns

Israel is about to make a misjudgement as disastrous – and deadly – as the attack on Gaza. In a few days, it looks as if it could elect Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister once again.

Feb 07 09:59

Israel to Obama: hold Iran's feet to fire, or else

Israel votes on Tuesday and its next prime minister -- the front-runner is rightwinger Benjamin Netanyahu -- is likely to go to Washington within a few months and press Obama to stick to his campaign promise not to let Iran develop an atomic bomb.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the Iraq debacle, kindly show us that Iran is actually developing a nuclear bomb, because frankly, I conclude that Israel is once again lying to start a war.

Feb 07 09:53

Netanyahu 'will coax Obama into Iran war'

"The Israelis will be pushing [Washington] to ensure that Iran never gets to that point and failing that, they will consider a military strike," Reuters quoted Miller -- who is a former US Middle East peace negotiator and is currently an analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center -- as saying late Friday.

"It need not be conclusive or threatening, but it will be very serious and ... scare the daylights out of the president that unless the international community mobilizes to address the situation, the Israelis will," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it." -- Ariel Sharon

Feb 07 09:52

Obama to Launch Recovery.gov Website

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (The bailout bill of the week) calls for the launch of a new Recovery.gov website. Its purpose is to provide transparency to the public as to where and how their tax dollars are being spent. Let's form a similar site for the fed!

Feb 07 09:50

Arrests over Israel boycott in Tesco's

A group of people took produce labeled as WEST BANK as country of origin from a TESCO store in Swanseas City Centre. The two filled their trollies with dates, fresh herbs, fruit and salads. The trollies, full of produce were up-turned at the supermarket entrance and covered in fake blood to represent the lives lost in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a signatory to the UN charter, Great Britain is supposed to enforce a ban on goods produced in Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Feb 07 09:47

KBR wins contract despite criminal probe of deaths

Defense contractor KBR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electrical work, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Black carries the phase current, white is neutral, and green goes to ground.

The circuit breakers and switches go on the black line, not the white.

Got it?

PS How about some ground fault detectors while you are at it?

Feb 07 09:43

US firm 'knew nuts were tainted'

A peanut supplier blamed for a US-wide outbreak of salmonella poisoning sold nuts it knew were infected, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how the "impartial" BBC avoids mentioning the name of this company's owners.

Feb 07 09:39

Robert Fisk: War reporters used to prefer morality over impartiality

It's not just the power of the writing I'm talking about here; the screaming soldiers, the dying Communard, the condemned men, the woman wanting to sell her car, the death of an age, the flowers. These reporters were spurred, weren't they, by the immorality of war. They cared. They were not frightened of damaging their "impartiality". I wonder if we still write like this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some of us do.

Feb 07 09:37

Explosive Video Reich, Obamas economic advisor no "White Male Construction Workers"

Explosive Video Robert Reich, Obamas economic advisor doesn't want recovery jobs for "White Male Construction Workers"

Feb 07 09:26

Arms ship set to leave for Kenya

A Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates for a reported ransom of $3.2m (£2.2m) on Thursday is preparing to leave Somali waters for Kenya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Left unsaid by the "impartial" BBC; MV Faina is owned by an Israeli, Vadim Alperin.

Feb 07 09:24

Gary McKinnon profile: Autistic 'hacker' who started writing computer programs at 14

From the bedroom of his girlfriend's aunt's house in north London, he hacked into 97 America military computers at the Pentagon and Nasa between 2001 and 2002.

McKinnon was caught in 2002 as he tried to download a grainy black-and-white photograph he believed was an alien spacecraft on a Nasa computer housed in the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Feb 07 09:22

Republicans’ audacity boggles the mind

Call it what you want — nerve, gall, chutzpah — but congressional Republicans have it in spades. Our country just went through a horrendous eight years with President George W. Bush, supported and enabled by congressional Republicans, who among other wrong choices took us to an unnecessary war in Iraq and ran the national debt up by more than $5 trillion.

Now that President Barack Obama is attempting to use a stimulus package to dig the country out of the economic crisis that Bush left for him, they’re all upset, claiming he’s spending too much and objecting to parts of the package.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is easy to understand. When it was Bush's bailout, Republican cronies got the cash. Now that it's Obama's bailout. Democratic cronies will get the cash.

But from where We The People sit, it's the same raw deal.

Feb 07 09:20

More Nazis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a continuation of the "Dr. Death" story started by BBC a few days ago. Here we have a guy given a catchy name, whose crimes (whatever they were) occurred in the first half of the last century, and who died 17 years ago Yet right now, with the economy melting down (and at a time when Israel openly admits a campaign to improve their post-Gaza public image) the AP decides that WAG THE NAZI is an important story to shove at you.

We get it, already. The Nazis were jerks. It's time to move on! We have monsters today we should be dealing with.

Feb 07 09:14

Passengers of freighter seized by Israel return home with tales of abuse

"The soldiers kicked Dr Hani Suleiman, in the chest and back; we asked for a physician to check Dr Suleiman who suffered short breath; one Israeli female soldier answered: 'You should have thought about his health condition before you attempted to come and break the siege of Gaza'," Khodr said.

Feb 07 09:13

CNN Deletes Claim Tax Rebates are a Refund Advance

If this is right, the vaunted "rebates" are in fact loans to be repaid on next year's taxes. So I'm going to get a check that I haven't asked for, and that check is going to increase my tax liability next year, and for this I'm supposed to be grateful?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same scam Bush pulled in 2002 and 2008. They will suck your blood a little bit less this year, but will suck twice as hard next.

Feb 07 08:03

Afshin Rattansi talks to Bill Christison, fmr. Senior CIA Official

Leon Panetta retracts his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee and says he doesn't know about the Bush administration's involvement in torture and he says kidnapping is okay, after all.

Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years.

Feb 07 07:58

Letter to Editor, CNN Money – Why Won't President Obama's Stimulus Work

February 06, 2009, 2 PM, California, USA

In reference to your article of January 13, 2009 'Bernanke: More bank bailouts needed', perhaps Dr. Bernanke, Ph.D. 1979 from my alma mater, has an altogether different agenda because he can't obviously be an imbecile. An expensive MIT education does not create crétins. It can however, create hectoring hegemons.

As Mr. Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute recently observed to Alex Jones:

“We are going to go into a depression worse than the Great Depression, and here is why. There is a way to get out of this but not through fiscal or monetary stimulus”

So what is that way out which Dr. Ben Bernanke will not inform the President of the United States of America as he clamors for more stimulus and bailout?

Feb 07 07:49

Does "Intelligent Design" trump Evolution this time?

Can we remain faithful to scientific rigor while acknowledging that human needs demand adjoining rooms for both science and spirituality?

Feb 07 07:44

How Bush Threatened Britain-LETTERS NOW RELEASED PROVE-Bush Intervened-To Suppress Torture Evidence

How Bush Threatened Britain

In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable.

Feb 07 07:32

A-Bomb Plants Could Shift to Control of Pentagon

New York Times Online | MATTHEW L. WALD | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

The Obama administration is considering whether to shift the management of nuclear weapons production to the Pentagon from the Energy Department, a step that would end more than 60 years of civilian control over nuclear bomb manufacture.

The goal would be to better focus the Energy Department on energy research, production and conservation, central priorities of the new administration.

Oversight of the costly cleanup of heavily polluted weapons plants would stay with the Energy Department.

The Energy Department had no comment.

Feb 07 07:09

Read constituent letters to our national leaders on Congress.org.

This link goes to a page on Congress.org where you can read what others have written to their Congressional leaders. The Congress.org interface provides an option to make public your letter when you construct it.

I know there are a lot of slackards here who do not think it is worthwhile to write the clowns in Washington D.C. But you are wrong, AND lazy, worthless, good-for-nothing putzes too.

When you click the link, AND YOU WILL CLICK THE LINK, you do not have to read my letters, though you certainly may. I however, suspect you will find I express myself to my elected public officials just as I express myself to those who read here.

Feb 07 05:24

A conflict with Turkey would mean the suicide of Israel.

Turkey can turn the crisis in Davos into an opportunity, and this has become possible because of a historical turning point in the meeting in Davos that occurred when Mr. Erdo?an (as he should have) left a panel discussion after an argument with the Israeli president. While the Turkish media discuss whether the behavior of Prime Minister Erdo?an was right, Erdo?an’s action, which can be defined as active, smart and not to be outdone, has carried Turkey into a key position. Now, what is the probability that this attitude and this occasion will be turned into a stable one in the international arena? This aspect of the issue deserves to be discussed. One of the things that bothers Israel most is the possibility that Turkey may work out a stable peace between Hamas and Fatah.

Feb 07 05:14

US-Russia Tensions Escalate Over Closure of Afghan Supply Base

The threatened closure of a key Pentagon supply base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, with serious implications for the Obama administration’s planned escalation of the US-led war in Afghanistan, has deepened tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The Manas air base, located near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, is the major air link between the US military and American occupation forces in Afghanistan. Last year, at least 170,000 US military personnel passed through the base on their way to or from Afghanistan, together with 5,000 tons of military equipment. Approximately 1,000 US troops are stationed at the base, together with smaller contingents from France and Spain.

February 6, 2009

Feb 06 22:42

Feds Seize Two More Banks

What Friday would be complete without a bank failure (or two)?

Federal regulators shut down a bank in Southern California and another in the Atlanta area today, bringing the number of U.S. failures this year to eight in almost as many weeks. This is the 33rd collapse since the depression began.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced that Ga.-based FirstBank Financial Services and Calif.-based Alliance Bank have been seized.

Feb 06 21:51

Former US justice secretary: Israeli war on Gaza genocide

Former US secretary of justice Ramsey Clark has accused Israel of waging a war of genocide against the Gaza Strip and of killing women, children and old people without any differentiation.

Feb 06 21:43

Dog Bleeds to Death After “Routine” Microchip Implant Procedure

“I wasn’t in favor of getting Charlie chipped, but it was the law,” said Lori Ginsberg, citing a Los Angeles county ordinance that requires all dog owners to chip their dogs once they reach four months of age.

Feb 06 21:38

What The "Stimulus" Debate Teaches Us

The man has demonstrated a frightening lack of intelligence during his first days holding the honorary title "president of the United States". He thinks redistribution of consumption - in the amount of nearly one trillion fiat dollars - will "stimulate" the economy, and that failure to do this will unleash "catastrophe." It's one thing not to understand the basic tenets of economics, but to publicly stomp your feet when others refuse to ignore reality and embrace your false beliefs can only be interpreted as a lack of basic intellectual capacity.

Feb 06 21:30

We or Me?

When you breakdown the logic behind a Liberal persons argument on any subject, they base the correctness of their argument upon what is best for the whole of "mankind". Conservatives, on the other hand, base the correctness of their argument upon what is best for the individual. Both sides can make good cases. The conservative logic of "me first" may sound bad to a liberal, but is that only because a liberal is a "we first" person?

Feb 06 20:57

Motherhood, and, fatherhood too! Nothing Wrong with this Either!

FOX News | Thur- February 5, 2009

Girl Says Mother Allowed Father to Rape, Impregnate Sister

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The older sister of a girl allegedly molested and impregnated four times by their father said Thursday their mother allowed the abuse and should face more than a child-endangerment charge.

The 47-year-old mother was allowed to miss a scheduled court appearance Thursday; a preliminary hearing was set for March 5. Her public defender, Angela Weatherford, declined to comment on the case.

Her husband, also 47, faces charges including second-degree murder in the death of a boy born in November 2006. The infant is believed to have died months later after not receiving medical treatment for pneumonia.

Feb 06 20:26

Russia allows transit of US military supplies

Russia granted transit rights Friday to non-lethal U.S. military supplies headed to Afghanistan but only after apparently pressuring a former Soviet state to close an air base leased to the Americans.

Feb 06 19:53

Gore to Children: Question Your Parents' Climate Beliefs as We Questioned Segregation

Imagine this – a former high-ranking and well-respected government official telling your children that they know something you don’t. Is this Cold War-era Soviet Union? Nope. It’s Maryland, and the official is former Vice President Al Gore.

In audio aired on the Feb. 4 “Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Gore was advising school children on the eve of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, presumably at the University of Maryland Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. He said that it’s up to them to question their parents on conventional wisdom in order to overcome the challenges of modern America, one of them being global warming.

Feb 06 19:43

Warning over 'surveillance state'

Electronic surveillance and collection of personal data are "pervasive" in British society and threaten to undermine democracy, peers have warned.

CCTV cameras and the DNA database were two examples of threats to privacy, the Lords constitution committee said.

It called for compensation for people subject to illegal surveillance.

The government said CCTV and DNA were "essential" to fight crime but campaign group Liberty said abuses of power mean "even the innocent have a lot to fear".

Feb 06 15:07

Now that Kyrgyzstan has kicked out the US, should Uzbekistan also refuse a US base?

YES
98% (2115 votes)
NO
2% (51 votes)
Total votes: 2166
Feb 06 14:30

Amended Journal of 9/11 Studies Paper: Additional Non-Pilot Control Capabilities of 9/11 Planes

Included in this update of a Journal of 9/11 Studies publication is information pertaining to aspects of Performance Based Navigation systems in place prior to September 11, 2001, that can allow for highly precise GPS-based auto-pilot guidance of the Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft allegedly overtaken by foreign hijack pilots that day. Included is a GPS guided auto-pilot alternative explanation for the 330 degree descending turn performed by American Airlines flight 77 prior to its reported impact with the Pentagon building.

Feb 06 13:47

Obama Calls Delay on Stimulus Bill ‘Inexcusable’ | Says his pen ready NOW to sign MORTGAGE ON FUTURE!

New York Times Online | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — Prodded by President Obama’s reaction to yet another dismal economic report on Friday, the Senate resumed its efforts to reach an accord on his economic stimulus plan, with Democrats calling for quick action and Republicans arguing against what they described as wasteful spending.

"The situation could not be more serious." said Obama.

And Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said the numbers being talked about show that each of the 3 million to 4 million jobs President Obama has said he wanted to create would cost more than $900,000 each. “The American people are figuring it out,” Mr. McCain said. “This is not a stimulus bill; it is a spending bill.”

Feb 06 10:23

Video - Gainsville Fla. Mayor and Commissoners get a 9/11 update.

Gators911Truth.org members, Harold Saive, Eduardo Arenas Reyes and Bob Tuskin took their allotted 3 minutes each to update the commission and community on recent progress on the biggest unsolved crime in American History.

Each Commissioner and the City manager were given a copy of the letter to the FBI, a copy of the response from the FBI's Michael J. Heimbach and a video DVD containing the evidence submitted to the FBI. "9/11:BLUEPRINT FOR TRUTH" by Architect, Richard Gage, AIA.
LINKS:

http://gators911truth.org/PDF/FBI-CD-FF.pdf
http://gators911truth.org/
http://ae911truth.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh8qJt98nng

Feb 06 09:59

Smoking Pot: Horrors! Gasp! Unbelievable! I am Outraged!

The horrified response from the media, and people in general, is yet another fine example of the wussified wimps that people have become. No one ever stops to question how it is that marijuana became illegal while much more potent drugs - nicotine and alcohol (and rubber-stamped prescription drugs) - are entirely legal.

Feb 06 09:58

Unemployment rate jumps to 7.6%

The Labor Department reported that the US unemployment rate jumped to 7.6% and nonfarm payrolls fell by the largest amount in 34 years.
Nonfarm payrolls dropped by a seasonally adjusted 598,000 in January, after a revised loss of 577,000 in December.
January marked the largest payroll loss since December 1974, according to a survey of workplaces. Payrolls fell by 597,000 in November.

Feb 06 09:00

State employee: I get $93,803 for no work

His work agenda involves placing his feet up on his desk, staring out his office window and counting cars on the New York State Thruway. He arrives at 7:30 a.m., leaves at 3:30 p.m., sees no one and talks to no one.

He never does any work. It's been this way for Hinton for most of this decade.

Feb 06 08:11

David Brooks says it's the The Gang System

New York Times Online Opinion | David Brooks | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

The substance of the legislation set up the polarized debate that followed. Liberal interest groups were happy. Conservative Republicans were united in opposition. But something interesting happened this week. The momentum of the debate was set by moderates. Conservative protests wouldn’t have amounted to much without nagging moderate unease.

Moderate economists looked at the package and complained about the vast parts that don’t even pretend to stimulate. Education reformers took a look at the education section and noted that the huge amount of money is not leveraged to produce any real reform.

Feb 06 07:46

Octuplets mum wanted huge family | and damn the world!

BBC News | Fri- Feb 6, 2009 | (with video)

Octuplets mother on NBC's Today programme

A Californian single mother of six who recently gave birth to octuplets has spoken for the first time about her desire to have a "huge" family.

In excerpts from a TV interview yet to be broadcast, Nadya Suleman said she wanted to make up for the loneliness she felt growing up as an only child.

Feb 06 07:26

Beware Of Latest Scheme Targeting Social Networking Sites

Last week, Bryan Rutberg's Facebook page fell into the wrong hands and a strange message appeared.

"It changed to "BRYAN IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!", all caps, exclamation point," Rutberg said. "I guess that is the way the scammer set the table for reaching out to my friends."

Rutberg couldn't access his own account because a hacker changed the password and was posing as Bryan.

That hacker was chatting by instant message with the friends listed on Bryan's Facebook page, telling them a harrowing story.

"The story was I'm stuck here in London," Rutberg said. "I was on vacation at a resort. We were held up at gunpoint and now I have no way to get back home. Please send money."

Feb 06 07:17

UK Spends Billions On High Tech IDs, Has No Way To Read Them [Brilliant]

Kudos to the British government for spending the equivalent of .6 billion US on a biometric National Identity Card program without budgeting for a single card reader. Truly, they operate like a finely-tuned machine.

Basically, they are set to roll out these cards to government officials and then on to private citizens as a way for the authorities to to protect identities and safeguard borders—but not a single police station, border entry point, or job center has a reader capable of extracting information from the card’s biometric chip.

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Feb 06 01:03

Fidel Castro demands unconditional return of Guantanamo

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has demanded the United States unconditionally return the Guantanamo Bay military base to Cuba in an article published on the CubaDebate website.

Feb 06 00:59

Bernanke: Federal Reserve caused Great Depression

Despite the varied theories espoused by many establishment economists, it was none other than the Federal Reserve that caused the Great Depression and the horrific suffering, deprivation and dislocation America and the world experienced in its wake. At least, that's the clearly stated view of current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Feb 06 00:27

Obama's CIA Man: Afshin Rattansi and ex-CIA man, Ray McGovern

Afshin talks to former CIA official Ray McGovern about the consequences for the new head of the CIA and for the United States after Leon Panetta condemns torture, extraordinary rendition and those that were involved in it all. Also, will Cheney go to jail and what about David Milliband who denies that the UK secret services do not engage in torture despite evidence to the contrary for decades of British illegal activity, from Ireland to Gibraltar?

February 5, 2009

Feb 05 21:59

Army official: Suicides in January 'terrifying'

One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year.

The Army said 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January alone -- six times as many as killed themselves in January 2008, according to statistics released Thursday.

Feb 05 19:42

Americans' doubts grow over stimulus bill

Reuters | Thu Feb 5, 2009 | 5:10pm EST

Two opinion polls show support dwindling. [...]

Even Democratic voters have reservations. Some voters decry a lack of political consensus; others argue the government should do more to explain the plan's benefits to voters. Obama took office on January 20.

"It's not going to work. We are just going to add to the debt. What would be better is if they (Congress) think about job creation and make it as clean as possible," Spencer said, citing a need to remove unnecessary projects.

"When politicians start talking about, 'Hurry up, hurry up,' that gives me pause always," Borders said. "It makes it very suspect."

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