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"The target suffered a terminal illness before a firing squad in Baghdad." -- CIA officer testifying to US Senate hearing, after bloody CIA aided Ba'th Party coup overthrew Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Kassem, 1963

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May 27, 2009

May 27 10:42

Mandatory internet filter could become voluntary

The Federal Government appears to have changed its approach to the proposed mandatory internet filter, now claiming that internet providers could join a filtering scheme on a voluntary basis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder how they will be "encouraged" to "volunteer?"

May 27 10:30

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORK DECLARED WAR CRIMINAL FREE ZONE

May 27 10:27

ETHNIC CLEANSING AND GENOCIDE ARE NOT MATTERS TO POKE FUN AT

There were, however, some valid points in the mock speech that I wish to address here today….. points that make the status of Israel as a member of the United Nations look like an April Fool’s joke as well…. but unfortunately at the expense of the entire Palestinian population.

May 27 10:25

America's Double-Dip Depression

If the economy climbs out of one recession and into another, it wouldn't be the first time. It happened most recently in the early 1980s, when the United States endured two recessions in less than three years.Regardless of what triggers a relapse, the Obama administration won't stand idly by, Banc of America's Rosenberg said.

Of course, given that the U.S. has actually been in a depression, we're really talking about the possibility of a double-dip depression.

This is, of course, what happened during the Great Depression, and what followers of Elliot wave and other technical indicator systems have been predicting.



Taboola
May 27 10:19

Pentagon: Ex-Gitmo detainees turning to terrorism on rise

On Tuesday, the Pentagon released information that showed 14 percent of former detainees have turned to, or are suspected of having turned to, terrorism activity since being released from Guantanamo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that rates a huge "Duh!"

You grab these innocent guys, torture them, then release them; you are expecting flowers and kisses already????????

Is there something about brass and ribbons that kills brain cells?

You want to stop terrorism? I can tell you how to stop terrorism.

STOP SCREWING AROUND WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S COUNTRIES!!!!!!

May 27 10:18

Does Obama understand Israel's war goal in Iran?

If Israel launches a military attack (= act of war) against Iran, what would the main goal of this attack be?

There is good reason to believe that the goal would be not the direct physical destruction/incapacitation of Iran's nuclear programs but rather, to trigger an all-out US-Iran war in the course of which, Israel's planners hope, the US would do the dirty work in Iran that it is unable to do itself.

This is a course of action of greatest consequence for Americans.

May 27 10:17

Spy Fired Shot That Changed West Germany

The killer, Karl-Heinz Kurras, though working for the West Berlin police, was at the time also acting as a Stasi spy for East Germany.

It is as if the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard had been committed by an undercover K.G.B. officer, though the reverberations in Germany seemed to have run deeper.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 27 10:16

Nasrallah: Der Spiegel, Israel teamed for murder

Hezbollah's secretary general calls the recent accusatory article in the German daily, Der Spiegel a cover-up for Israeli assassinations in Lebanon.

May 27 10:14

National Archives: What, Me Worry?

While many of you this weekend were firing up your barbecues, cooking grilled meats and drinking chilled beers, you might have missed a small announcement that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) made last Thursday having to do with a eensy, weensy, rather trivial data loss — it managed to misplace a TWO TERABYTE EXTERNAL STORAGE SYSTEM containing confidential information from the White House during the Clinton administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for a Secretary of State who may be aiming at the VP slot come 2012.

May 27 10:13

Atheo News: Obama Demands Right to Recruit Minors

Humboldt County, California voters passed measures F and J last November prohibiting military recruiters from initiating contact with minors. Now the Obama administration is demanding that the law be overturned. A court hearing is scheduled for June 9 in Oakland, California.

May 27 10:13

Employer Gets Whacked For $17.5 M For Stealing Employee's PC

Before Trealoff got fired, the company president Peter Liegl took Trealoff's laptop, stole the hard drive and deleted thousands of files.

During the time he worked for Forest River, Trealoff used his spare time to develop a software program which kept track of sales data. That information was on the computer as was Trealoff's personal financial information.

Trealoff got the computer back and tried to restore some of the files. None of it was usable.


May 27 10:10

Protests This Week Throughout U.S. Demand Release of Torture Photos by Obama Administration, Prosecution of Bush Era War Crimes

In the face of the Obama administration's refusal to release a reported 2,000 additional photographs of detainee abuse, in spite of being ordered by a federal court to do so, torture opponents will hold visible protests to demand that the government make the photos public. In 15 cities, they will also call for prosecution of those who ordered, legally justified and carried out torture in US detention and secret prisons during the Bush years

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 27 10:05

FLASHBACK - Ahnuld, Ken Lay, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Gray Davis

Schwarzenegger still won’t respond to questions about why he was at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills two years ago where he, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and junk bond king Michael Milken, met secretly with former Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay who was touting a plan for solving the state’s energy crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of California's woes (including the Governator) track back to ENRON.

May 27 10:02

The Silence of MoveOn

The most powerful grassroots organization of the peace movement, MoveOn, remains silent as the American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan simmer or escalate.

When he met with Obama in February, Jason Ruben, executive director of MoveOn, told the president it was "the moment to go big," then indicated that MoveOn would not oppose the $94 billion war supplemental request, nor the 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, nor the increased civilian casualties from the mounting number of Predator attacks.

What was MoveOn's explanation for abandoning the peace movement in a meeting with a president the peace movement was key to electing? According to Ruben and MoveOn, it was the preference of its millions of members, as ascertained by house meetings and polls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Move On is NOT a peace organization. Go back to look at when and how it was created, and you will find that Move On was created specifically to help Bill Clinton evade impeachment. Now that Hillary is SecState and PRO-war, MoveOn shows us its true origins and purposes.

May 27 09:58

Obama's Exit Strategy


May 27 09:57

Willy D. Gullible: Helping the Global Economy

Wanting to do my part in helping the Global Economy recover, I decided to respond to some of the e-mails I keep receiving from all the nice people who want to improve my life.

May 27 09:53

Interest Rate Indicators Flashing Stock Sell Signals

One of the first lessons I learned in analyzing and forecasting the direction of the stock market was the extreme importance of interest rates. That’s because holding a stock gives you the right to part of a company’s future cash flow. And to determine the value of that cash flow back to today’s value, you need an accurate interest rate gauge.

May 27 09:52

Don’t say I didn’t warn you: Big Brother is back!

On April 20, I wrote an article, Big Bro’s Cybersecurity ACT: A means to shut down the Internet. Lo and behold, yesterday, this article Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate appeared in the Washington Post.

The Post reported, “President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a ‘cyber czar,’ a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation’s government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.

May 27 09:43

Economists: Recession to end in 2009

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Enjoy the kool-aid!


May 27 09:41

Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look

With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Originally, a national sales tax was floated as a replacement for the income tax, given the dubious issue of the ratification of the 16th Amendment.

But in this case, and typical of the government, they are talking about having a sales tax IN ADDITION TO the income tax.

And forget about health care or anything else offered as the justification; the fact is that the US Government is deeply in debt, and since government cannot earn any of their own money, inevitably, they must take it from you.

I mean, look at the last 6 months alone. The Federal Government has loaded an additional $100,000 in tax debt onto every US tax payer; money they are expected to pay back in the coming years for which they will receive no services at all. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Government has become a black hole into which your life's blood is being sucked, and it will not stop until you stop it.

May 27 09:35

COULD CALLS FOR A ONE-STATE SOLUTION BECOME AN IMPRISONABLE OFFENCE IN ISRAEL?

A bill passed a preliminary reading through the Knesset on Wednesday ‘that would mandate the imprisonment of anyone who calls for the end of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state’ according to a report in the ‘Jerusalem Post’.

May 27 09:33

U.S. Miltary Takes Long-Term Lease With Option to Buy in Iraq & Afghanistan

Remember those campaign promises to bring a swift and honorable peace in the two wars that President Obama inherited? Forget about it.

May 27 09:33

Ex-diplomat has plan to solve Iran nuclear row

Francois Niccolaud, who was the French ambassador to Iran from 2001 to 2005, says if the international community accepts Iran's right to enrich uranium and Tehran agrees to an intrusive monitoring system, the nuclear standoff would be solved in a short time.


May 27 09:29

123 Real Change

We all have been tirelessly screaming about issues related to Congressional leaders abdicating their main responsibility of 'oversight.' We have been outraged for way too long at seeing 'no' accountability whatsoever in many known cases of extreme wrongdoing. I, and many of you, believe that the biggest reason for this was, and still is, the lack of true journalism and media coverage -- which acts as the necessary pressure and catalyst for those spineless politicians on the Hill and in the Executive branch. Or, at least it's supposed to. So, in our book, the MSM has been the main culprit.

May 27 09:28

Watch Pamela Anderson's Explicit New Video - PETA

............live birds are forced into tanks of scalding-hot water while completely conscious and able to feel pain, and in Moorefield, West Virginia slaughterhouse workers kill birds by slamming them against the wall and stomping on them!..........

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay so my question is, where are the big Hollywood celebrities' documentaries demanding action to end torture by the US Government?

Or are most Hollywood types only willing to champion causes where there is no risk of personal inconvenience?

May 27 09:21

UNCLE SAM'S WAY-TOO-NOSY SURVEY

Then come the really nosy questions, ranging from your college major and your health insurance to how you spend each day at the office. The survey even asks what time you leave for work, down to the hour and minute.

It also asks whether, "because of a physical, mental or emotional condition," you have difficulty "concentrating, remembering or making decisions," "walking or climbing stairs," "doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping" or "dressing or bathing."

May 27 09:19

Ireland World’s Biggest Debtor Nation

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow, I think Ireland actually comes in second.


May 27 09:17

MKs support arrest over denial of Israel's existence

A heated discussion erupted at the Knesset before the vote. Meretz Chairman Chaim Oron slammed the government, saying, "Have you lost your confidence in the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state? This crazy government – what exactly are you doing? Thought Police? Have you lost it?

"Israel's citizens have the right to say that they believe Jewish and democratic is an incorrect wording. I think they are wrong, but what does this have to do with the criminals area? Enough with this story." MK Orlev replied, "You used very shallow demagogy."

'You want to punish people for thinking?'

May 27 09:15

India: Rifle cartridge siezed, Israeli detained

An Israeli citizen was arrested at the Mumbai airport in India on Wednesday after being found in possession of a rifle magazine.

Jerusalem resident Natan Magar is believed to be a high-tech company's employee who finished a visit to the country and was returning to Israel.

Officials believe he left Israel with the cartridge in his possession.

May 27 09:12

Torture kept no one safe

It is time to end the myth that these practices kept Americans safe. It is time to call these "enhanced interrogation methods" by their real name: torture.

May 27 09:11

Here Comes the Internet Tax

What is the single modern invention most responsible for enhancing peoples' freedom and standard of living across the world? Arguably, it is the Internet. Yet, Democrats from revenue-starved states and Congress are proposing to make it less free by taxing Internet commerce. (Content regulation should be coming soon to a screen near you.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is the single invention most responsible for limiting peoples' freedom and lowering the standard of living across the world?

Government!


May 27 09:09

Don't replace the old Guantánamo with a new one

President-elect Obama has pledged to close the infamous military prison in Cuba. So why are people trying to give him the right to start all over again?

May 27 09:03

North Korea threatens to attack South if ships searched

North Korea, facing international censure for this week's nuclear test, threatened on Wednesday to attack the South after it joined a U.S.-led plan to check vessels suspected of carrying equipment for weapons of mass destruction.

In Moscow, news agencies quoted an official as saying that Russia is taking precautionary security measures because it fears mounting tensions over the test could escalate to war.

May 27 09:01

GM says bondholder offer fails; bankruptcy likely

General Motors (GM) said Wednesday that not enough bondholders agreed to an exchange offer, which expired at midnight Tuesday, to make the deal go through. GM's board of directors will meet shortly to discuss the next step.

The automaker was attempting to persuade bondholders to trade in $27.2 billion in unsecured public debt notes in exchange for a 10% stake in the restructured automaker. GM needed 90% of bondholders to agree to the plan. On Wednesday, the automaker said the amount of notes turned in were "substantially less than the amount required by GM to satisfy the debt reduction requirement" set forth by the U.S. Treasury.

May 27 08:57

Nukes 'politically retarded', says Ahmadinejad

Tehran says its program is directed at the civilian applications of the technology. The US and Israel, however, accuse the country of developing nuclear weapons.

President Ahmadinejad reiterated Iranian assertions that the country would never seek weapons of mass destruction -- including nuclear weapons.

"We think those who assume restoring nuclear weapons can have the upper hand in political equations are politically retarded," the president said.

Iran says nuclear weapons are "un-Islamic" and "developing, producing or stockpiling nuclear weapons are forbidden under the rule of Islam."


May 27 08:50

The Bilderberg Plan for 2009: Remaking the Global Political Economy

Before the meeting began, Bilderberg investigative journalist Daniel Estulin reported on the main item of the agenda, which was leaked to him by his sources inside. Though such reports cannot be verified, his sources, along with those of veteran Bilderberg tracker, Jim Tucker, have proven to be shockingly accurate in the past. Apparently, the main topic of discussion at this year's meeting was to address the economic crisis, in terms of undertaking, “Either a prolonged, agonizing depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline and poverty ... or an intense-but-shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.”

May 27 08:26

Woman blasts off boyfriend’s penis with firecrackers

A Russian woman got so upset by the news that her boyfriend intended to leave her that she tied several firecrackers to his penis and exploded them, the Life.ru web-site reports.

...

When Alik started moving out Kira suggested that they had a farewell dinner. After a hearty meal and some heavy drinking Alik fell asleep. The girlfriend tied several firecrackers to Alik’s penis and exploded them.

I'll never complain about my alarm clock again.

May 27 07:47

Muslims Are Good Folks

I wish more Americans had an opportunity to get to know Muslims. Then they would not be susceptible to the silly anti-Muslim propaganda that is floated by some right-wing Christians.

Muslims are good folks. One fellow e-mailed me quite convinced that Muslims lop off the heads of every infidel they meet. I've been a guest in the homes of many Muslim friends, and the only thing they lopped off were extra servings of lamb.

May 27 06:22

Peter Schiff Report Video Blog May 26 2009

Peter talks about how recently the MSM is shutting him out.



Lockerdome
May 27 03:58

Attention To Hate Laws, At Last

In the past month, unprecedented attention has been given to hate crime laws-it's about time! Conservatives and, surprisingly, some liberals have railed against hate laws in general and the "Pedophile Protection Act" in particular. They're a wee bit late-the bill already passed the House-but the breaking of this epically under-reported story is worth a roll call.

May 26, 2009

May 26 22:54

Israeli police harrassment at checkpoint

It's those darned unreasonable Palestinians that rejected the offer of a "homeland" consisting of separate lands controlled by these Israeli checkpoints that are the problem, right?

May 26 22:00

Obama: Figurehead-In-Chief of the Re-branded NeoCons

Monday, April 13, 2009
Obama As The New Face of The Re-branded NeoCons
"In actual fact, the NeoCons survive and Figurehead-In-Chief, Barack Obama, is firmly in their graces."
"As Chris Floyd wrote in his April 9, 2009 article entitled, "Hope Abandoned":
http://uruknet.info/?p=m53293&hd=&size=1&l=e

May 26 20:57

FLASHBACK - A Moment in History: Passage of California Proposition 13 & Insane Tax-&-Spend Liberalism leads to Unprecedented Fiscal Nuclear Blast 3 decades later

Warren Buffett, named earlier this week as an adviser to Schwarzenegger's campaign in a move widely touted as giving the movie star credibility on economic issues, may have nullified his own value when he told the Wall Street Journal that property taxes in California are too low and suggested that Prop. 13 ought to be undone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The phrase "taxes are too low" betrays a mindset in which those in the government truly believe it is all their money anyway and ordinary people should be allowed no more than the bare minimum needed to keep them complacent.


May 26 20:52

Rand Paul: The Other Doctor Paul

Lew Rockwell interviews Dr. Rand Paul

May 26 20:45

Story Exposing HSUS Buried: Read Transcript

An ABC-TV affiliate in Atlanta aired an Investigative Report on where the Humane Society of the United States spends its money. Twenty four hours later, the story was pulled from the air. I wasn’t able to locate it in their archives either, even though there were older investigative stories still there. I spoke with Mark Winne of Channel 2 and was told that it is routine to take down this type of news report, however he was less specific when asked why it wasn’t saved in their archives. A copy of the video played on YouTube for one day then mysteriously disappeared from that site as well.

PetPAC posted, on our site, the written transcript you see below, sent to us by several of our supporters.

May 26 20:28

Why We Should Listen to Peter Schiff's Bad News

Our society failed spectacularly this decade at solving the problem of how to price houses and mortgage bonds. It would have done better if people had paid more attention to skeptical voices like Schiff's.

May 26 20:26

The Greatest Swindle Ever Sold

How the Financial Bailout Scams Taxpayers, Subsidizes Wall Street, and Props Up Our Broken Financial System



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May 26 18:49

Economic disaster for Blacks, Obama is not being their savior

Freedom Rider: Economic Disaster for Black America
by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 03:03

The day of economic reckoning is appearing early on in the Obama administration, and not just for the president. This is the day of reckoning for the black citizens of this nation, who must soon decide if they will voice their grievances or silence and diminish themselves for the sake of a man who cares so little about them.

May 26 18:48

The World's Billionaires

NEWS FLASH: The richest people in the world have gotten poorer, just like the rest of us.

It's been a tough year for the richest people in the world. Last year there were 1,125 billionaires. This year there are just 793 people rich enough to make our list.

(*The world has become a wealth wasteland)

May 26 18:44

Army chief says US ready to be in Iraq 10 years

The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday.

Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, said the world remains dangerous and unpredictable, and the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said. "They fundamentally will change how the Army works."

Change hu?


May 26 18:34

Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?

North Korea thumbs its nuclear nose at Washington.

During the U.S. Presidential primaries last year, I had expressed my misgivings that Barack Obama might turn out to be another Jimmy Carter, whose confused thinking and soft image paved the way for the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The subsequent Iranian defiance of the U.S. and Carter's inability to deal effectively with the crisis in which Iranian students raided the U.S. Embassy in Teheran and held a number of U.S. diplomats hostage led to disillusionment with him in sections of the U.S. and to his failure to get re-elected in 1980.

May 26 18:21

If Major Alexander Says Torture Doesn't Work, Believe Him

Major Matthew Alexander says that torture doesn't work, that it creates terrorists and that Dick Cheney doesn't know what he's talking about.
In a fresh video from Brave New Films, Matthew aims directly at Cheney:

Major Alexander is a credible witness - he was a U.S. military interrogator for 14 years and recieved a Bronze Star for leading the team that got the information that led to the capture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi without using torture.

May 26 18:06

Petraeus Backs Obama, Not Cheney, On Torture And Gitmo

In an appearance on Radio Free Europe on Sunday, the man hailed by conservatives as the preeminent military figure of his generation left little room for doubt about where he stands on some of Obama's most contentious policies.

"I think, on balance, that those moves help [us]," said the chief of U.S. Central Command. "In fact, I have long been on record as having testified and also in helping write doctrine for interrogation techniques that are completely in line with the Geneva Convention. And as a division commander in Iraq in the early days, we put out guidance very early on to make sure that our soldiers, in fact, knew that we needed to stay within those guidelines.

"With respect to Guantanamo," Petraeus added, "I think that the closure in a responsible manner, obviously one that is certainly being worked out now by the Department of Justice -- I talked to the Attorney General the other day [and] they have a very intensive effort ongoing to determine, indeed, what to do with the detainees who are left, how to deal with them in a legal way, and if continued incarceration is necessary -- again, how to take that forward. But doing that in a responsible manner, I think, sends an important message to the world, as does the commitment of the United States to observe the Geneva Convention when it comes to the treatment of detainees."

May 26 17:56

Empathy and Torture

Right now my daughter is an absolute angel. One of the toughest things my wife and I will be doing over the next several years is teaching her empathy.
Empathy is great because it allows one to put oneself into situations without risk or harm. It informs judgment and reason, and it keeps people safe. Empathy would probably convince my daughter that water boarding really is torture, especially if it was a favorite technique, to be used against prisoners, of the Spanish Inquisition, the Khmer Rouge, the Japanese Army and the North Vietnamese.
Whoops! Waterboarding is torture and it should not take personal experience to verify that fact (I wonder how Mancow and other survive if they must verify every fact including the inadvisability of dropping a toaster in an occupied bathtub).


May 26 16:21

Nuremberg war crimes criteria apply to Iraq/Iran, Bush/Obama

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Nuremberg set a valid precedent for trials of war-crime suspects in Iraq's destruction
By CESAR CHELALA
Benjamin Ferencz, also a former chief prosecutor for the Nuremberg Trials, declared that "a prima facie case can be made that the United States is guilty of the supreme crime against humanity — that being an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign nation."

May 26 15:44

Big Banks have already killed reforms

As Newsweek noted April 10th, the big boys were using bailout money to aggressively lobby against the regulation of credit default swaps:

Major Wall Street players are digging in against fundamental changes. And while it clearly wants to install serious supervision, the Obama administration—along with other key authorities like the New York Fed—appears willing to stand back while Wall Street resurrects much of the ultracomplex global trading system that helped lead to the worst financial collapse since the Depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why would the banks let anything change? They have a fantastic open-air casino that can pay out billions, and all the losses get dumped on the people.

May 26 15:31

Economic Crisis: My Two Rubles

I discuss how to survive during deflation and inflation. Serguei Vorojtsov talks about cash and barter sectors of the economy and give an example of multilateral barter transaction.

May 26 15:06

For aggravated rape, battery and attempted sexual battery, with a plea to malfeasance in office and second-degree battery, cop gets probation

EDGARD, La. -- A former lieutenant in the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts and received a sentence of 10 years of probation.

Mutz wasn't satisfied with the deal that allows Schaeffer to avoid prison.

"I think he got off easy," she said Friday.


May 26 14:34

Torturing the Rule of Law

While Congress is sidetracked by who said what to whom and when, our nation finds itself at a crossroads on the issue of torture. We are at a point where we must decide if torture is something that is now going to be considered justifiable and reasonable under certain circumstances, or is America better than that?

“Enhanced interrogation” as some prefer to call it, has been used throughout history, usually by despotic governments, to cruelly punish or to extract politically useful statements from prisoners. Governments that do these things invariably bring shame on themselves.

May 26 14:29

Conspiracy Buffs Warn of Kissinger Cabal, Red Mailbox Dots: TV

Dave Shiflett
Bloomberg
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Radio host Alex Jones says 9/11 was “an inside job” orchestrated to create panic and more reliance on an increasingly repressive government. One of his sympathizers is convinced that Halliburton Co. is building “concentration camps” capable of holding 50 million Americans.

Jones and his fellow conspiracy theorists are the subject of “New World Order,” an engrossing, scary documentary airing tonight on IFC at 6:45 p.m. New York time.

Better watch it or someone may start following you.

May 26 13:07

Bolivia rejects report it is supplying uranium to Iran

Bolivia on Tuesday denied a report by Israel’s Foreign Ministry that it was supplying uranium to Iran for its nuclear program, saying that the country has never produced the element.

“There isn’t even a geological study (of uranium deposits), much less export” of uranium to another country, said Mining Minister Luis Alberto Echazu, according to the Associated Press.



Pixfuture
May 26 12:03

Did Hillary Clinton Threaten UK Over Binyam Mohamed Torture Disclosure?

The identity of the author was one of many questions that bounced around the High Court on Friday, as Mohamed’s lawyers sought once more to challenge the British government’s refusal to release the documents in its possession, but the most interesting little tidbit of information to emerge from these discussions was when one of Mohamed’s barristers referred to the author of the letter as “he,” and a ripple of knowing laughter followed from those who had been informed of the identity of the author, prompting speculation, of course, that “she” was none other than Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State.

May 26 12:01

JEKYLL ISLAND: A NEW BEGINNING FOR AMERICA

“Ironically, 99 years ago this week, a train left Newark, N.J., for Jesup Station, Ga., carrying some of the wealthiest, most powerful people in the world. They met in secret at the Jekyll Island Club and laid the plans to create the Federal Reserve System.

May 26 12:00

Former military interrogator says torture cost hundreds ‘if not thousands’ of American lives

“Torture does not save lives,” Alexander said in his interview. “And the reason why is that our enemies use it, number one, as a recruiting tool…These same foreign fighters who came to Iraq to fight because of torture and abuse….literally cost us hundreds if not thousands of American lives.”

Moreover, Alexander avers that many — as many as 90 percent — of those captured in Iraq said they joined the fight against the United States because of the torture conducted at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If your enemy knows he will be tortured when captured, then he is more willing to fight to the death, making him far more deadly.

To convince your enemy to surrender, they must believe they will be treated humanely after they do so.

May 26 11:57

MSM: Ohio counties want to use siezed assets to fund services

State legislators ought to make it easier for financially troubled counties to use seized assets from drug cases to pay for essential services, a group that represents Ohio county commissioners said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which means the police, instead of fighting crime, will be looking for opportunities to confiscate assets.

We had a case like that a few years back in Malibu, California, in which the police coveted a pricey piece of real estate and decided that if they raided it and found any marijuana plants growing on it, they could confiscate the property under the civil forfeiture laws and balance their departmental budget.

They did not have any evidence against the property owner, of course, but assumed that it would be "likely" to find a marijuana plant on property that large just from a seed dropped by a smoker.

So they raided the place, and the property owner, not aware that the guys in black were cops, tried to defend his home and was killed.

No marijuana was found anywhere on the property.

Folks, what they are talking about here is pillage, where an occupying armed force simply takes what it wants from the population. They may proclaim it just and legal under the rules they make up for themselves, but it is still pillage.

And it will get worse.


May 26 11:49

Ian's Voice

This site is dedicated to giving voice to our son Ian Larsen Gromowski. Our child died of an adverse reaction to the hepatitis B vaccine. Our hope is that Ian's story will inspire you to learn the benefits and the risks of vaccines, so that your decisions are informed and best suited for your child.

May 26 11:49

The American Form of Government

An explanation of the various forms of government and political systems, and why America is not a democracy, but a republic.

Glossary of definitions:

despotism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

tyranny - the government or rule of a single person (dictator) or absolute ruler.

spectrum - a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects, the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence

federalist papers - a series of 85 articles advocating the approval of the United States constitution (1780's).

May 26 11:48

USA's enforced democracy plan turns Middle East into one big gaping wound

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember what happened when Gaza exercised their democratic rights and voted HAMAS into power?

May 26 11:46

More Proof that Credit Default Swaps Caused the "Credit Crisis"

“It’s premature to judge that the credit meltdown is fully over,” said Kazuto Uchida, chief economist in Tokyo at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., a unit of Japan’s largest bank. “Banks remain wary of extending credit to each other due to strenuous concerns about counterparty risk.”....

("Counterparty risk" is, of course, the term for the risk from credit default swaps.)



Xmas w/o borders
May 26 11:44

LaHood Admits Transportation Policy Is Intended to Push People Out of Cars

Responding to a critique of Obama Administration transportation policy by George Will in Newsweek, U.S. Dept of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood admitted that the purpose of pro-transit policies in the Obama Administration is to force people out of their cars.

May 26 11:43

US Economy at Risk for Double-Dip Recession

The U.S. economy appears destined for several years of weak growth and high unemployment that leave it vulnerable to a recession relapse after the massive dose of government stimulus wears off.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because the stimulus went to the wrong place.

The stimulus was spent to prop up the middlemen, the brokers, and the bankers, and did not address the fundamental problem with the economy, which is the migration of high paying manufacturing jobs to other countries. Nothing has been done to bring those jobs back, and when the bankers have spent their taxpayer-funded loot, the same reality will reassert itself.

May 26 11:40

California Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with majority rule is that it too often expresses itself by taking something away from the minority.

May 26 11:37

Living with 75 tons of depleted uranium in Gaza

Gaza is littered with the depleted uranium Israel uses to strengthen its warheads. Now there will be many children born with deformities and even more precious land beyond human habitation or farming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Depleted Uranium is used in warheads intended to attack heavily armored targets, such as tanks and bunkers, neither of which the Palestinians have.

So, Israel's only reason to shower Gaza with depleted uranium is to trigger further health problems for the Palestinians.

May 26 11:34

Iran-Pak-Afghan Alliance?

The significance of the meeting draws from the recognition of forging regional alliances to resolve common security threats and socio-economic challenges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning the encroachments by the US and Israel.

May 26 11:32

Malignant Ignorance

Yes, some folks are honest, no doubt about it. But few truly honest people ever achieve much of anything above average (you and I are exceptions of course). The truth is, despite its virtuosity, honesty doesn’t pay very well. As I ponder the matter, I can’t think of a single profession or industry that’s uncompromisingly rooted in truth. Try it. Name one. Just one. I’m all ears.

May 26 11:30

The Survival of Billy Best Proves Cancer Doctors Wrong about Daniel Hauser

If there’s one thing that cancer doctors and health authorities can’t stand, it’s being wrong. And in the case of 13-year-old Daniel Hauser, the cancer doctors insist that unless the boy submits to chemotherapy as a “treatment” for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he will almost certainly die.

May 26 11:24

The Joy of Conspiracy Denial

Recently I read another stinging rebuke of the 9-11 conspiracy theorists for their frightful mishandling of evidence, their will to believe only what gives them psychological comfort, and their general state of delusion. It was not the first I had read, nor will it be the last. The writer held unwaveringly to the party line: all those who seek to discredit the official, announced version of the events of 9-11 are "conspiracy theorists"- and should not be listened to. That this position constitutes an attempt at prior censorship does not seem to bother the deniers, nor the fact that the central tenets of conspiracy denial are an ad hominem attack. We are told that conspiracy theorists are crazy, or at least cowardly clingers to delusions that they find comforting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing a major media campaign to portray those who doubt the official story about anything as of dubious mental condition (how Stalin-esque).

Meanwhile, check out some of the comments on this article.

May 26 11:20

Government to change “diets & lifestyles” to fight global warming

"GIVE up lamb roasts and save the planet. Government advisers are developing menus to combat climate change by cutting out “high carbon” food such as meat from sheep, whose burping poses a serious threat to the environment."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I warned you that this global warming hoax was going to be used to justify further control over your lives. Now they are talking about the government telling you what you can and cannot eat. And remember, these are the same people that told you Aspartame, MSG, and High Fructose Corn Syrup are good for you!

May 26 11:12

Shell 'played role in activist executions'

The Anglo-Dutch petrochemicals giant will be accused of asking Nigeria's military dictatorship to silence Mr Saro-Wiwa and other activists campaigning against ecological damage allegedly brought about by oil extraction.

Mr Saro-Wiwa and eight other campaigners were executed by hanging in November 1995 after being found guilty of what were widely seen as trumped up murder charges.

If found liable, Shell would be forced to pay damages that amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.

May 26 11:11

North Korea’s Nukes: Paid For By The U.S. Government

Clinton, Rumsfeld and Bush played key role in arming Stalinist state, CIA asset AQ Khan helped provide means for Stalinist state to build nuclear arsenal, with the protection of Uncle Sam

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Playing the "Saddam" gambit; give them WMDs, then declare war on them because they have WMDs.

May 26 11:09

Netanyahu to ‘give up outposts’ for US backing on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to tear down settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank in return for US backing on its stance on arch-foe Iran, local media reported on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when Ariel Sharon promised to get out of Gaza in exchange for the rest of the world turning a blind eye to the building of more settlements in the West Bank? And as soon as the settlements were facts on the ground, Israel went right back into Gaza.

The facts it that once Israel gets what it wants from Obama, the settlements will start building again. Obama probably already knows this, but will accept the promise (empty thought it is) as political cover.

May 26 11:03

Netanyahu bringing Israel closer to war with Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the lifting of the Iranian nuclear threat his life's mission. Before coming to power, he had mentioned that such an operation might cost thousands of lives, but the price was justified in view of the threat's severity. His comments yesterday at the meeting of Likud's Knesset faction put to rest Ariel Sharon's doctrine that Iran is not just Israel's problem but the entire world's problem, and Israel must not be at the forefront of the struggle. Israel is now at the forefront.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel wants to attack Iran, let 'em go to it. Just leave our Americans kids out of this.

May 26 11:02

Gates Says Taliban Have Momentum in Afghanistan

American public support for the Afghan war will dissipate in less than a year unless the Obama administration achieves "a perceptible shift in momentum," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview.

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WHAT public support??????

May 26 11:01

PROGRESS OF THE HOPE CONVOY IN GAZA

Sorry for being so late in posting today, but it has been difficult to both make and receive phone calls from Gaza. Additionally, the electricity cycles on and off, so I have been unable so far to get the photos upload to me. After several attempts, we got lucky and I managed to get a report directly from Gerry MacLochlainn. I am posting it below and when I get the photos and other updates they will appear as usual on this blog.

May 26 10:57

So Philip Gourevitch Can See the Torture Photos, But We Can’t?

In the Sunday Times Week in Review section, Philip Gourevitch, editor of the Paris Review, defends Barack Obama’s decision not to release the torture photos.

In the process, he reveals that he himself has seen some of the photos.

“I saw many more pictures than were ever published in the press, including, I believe, many—if not most—of the photos that president would now prefer that you don’t see,” he writes.

He can see them, but we can’t.

May 26 10:57

Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in New Court Case

That government scientists conducted human experiments at Edgewood is not in question. "The program involved testing of nerve agents, nerve agent antidotes, psychochemicals, and irritants," according to a 1994 General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) report (PDF). At least 7,800 US servicemen served "as laboratory rats or guinea pigs" at Edgewood, alleges Erspamer's complaint, filed in January in a federal district court in California. The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that military scientists tested hundreds of chemical and biological substances on them, including VX, tabun, soman, sarin, cyanide, LSD, PCP, and World War I-era blister agents like phosgene and mustard. The full scope of the tests, however, may never be known.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Mengela was a war criminal because he carried out experiments on live human subjects.

May 26 10:49

FLASHBACK - Iran says has own raw uranium supply, no shortage

"Even if the reserves of yellow cake are over, of course we will be able to use yellow cake produced in Iran using our own uranium mines," he said, shortly after the release of the IAEA's latest report on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel's latest claim that Iran is getting uranium from Venezuela is total nonsense.

May 26 10:47

U.S. shuns direct criticism to Netanyahu's claim on Jerusalem

The Obama administration on Sunday reiterated that the status of Jerusalem should be solved by peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, avoiding criticizing Israel's tough stance on the issue.

"Jerusalem is a final status issue. Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resolve its status during negotiations. We will support their efforts to reach agreement on all final status issues," U.S. State Department said in a statement on Sunday.

It would be the first official response by the administration to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that all of Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.

May 26 10:46

Fury at Israeli ‘oath of allegiance’

An ultra-nationalist party headed by the Israeli foreign minister said yesterday that it has prepared legislation linking citizenship to an oath of allegiance in what amounted to a threat to the country's Arabs to swear loyalty to the Jewish state or risk severe punishment.

May 26 10:43

Israel fears Hezbollah anti-aircraft missiles could spark war

The defense establishment is concerned that Hezbollah will try to smuggle advanced anti-aircraft missiles into Lebanon in the near future - yet another reason for the rising tension on the Israel-Lebanon border. Israel has made it clear in past statements that it will consider such a development as crossing a red line, which might necessitate preventative measures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel may create a false flag against them, blaming Hezbullah, particularly if they do well in the Lebanese elections.

May 26 10:39

Tom Cruise and a trial that could drive Scientology out of France

The French state prosecution service has failed to back the trial but denies that its decision was influenced by the lobbying of French politicians, including Nicolas Sarkozy before he became President, by leading Scientologists, including the actor Tom Cruise. After an 11-year inquiry, following complaints from four French former Scientologists, an independent, investigating magistrate decided that the prosecution should go ahead.

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May 26 10:35

Threats to Judges, Prosecutors Soaring

"I live with a constant heightened sense of awareness," said John R. Adams, a federal judge in Ohio who began taking firearms classes after a federal judge's family was slain in Chicago and takes a pistol to the courthouse on weekends. "If I'm going to carry a firearm, I'd better know how to use it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Overall, when judges and prosecutors are seen to enforce just laws equally, personal danger is low (never gone completely, of course). But in these times, as the obvious double standard in the way (for example) Michael Vick is treated versus Dick Cheney becomes more obvious, judges and prosecutors are not seen as the upholders of the law, but merely enforcers of the tyrants. It is understandable that patriots might see them as part of the problem rather than a solution to the injustices occurring daily across the land.

May 26 10:29

Obama’s Guantánamo Appeasement Plan

Obama's plan would backtrack on an early promise to shut down the military commissions. Obama now claims that such commissions can be fair because they will no longer permit the use of evidence obtained by cruel, inhuman or degrading interrogation methods. He fails to mention, however, that the Pentagon is using "clean teams" to re-interrogate people who were previously interrogated using the prohibited methods. When they once again give the same information, it miraculously becomes untainted. Obama also fails to acknowledge that those tried in the military commissions are forbidden from seeing all the evidence against them, a violation of the bedrock principle that the accused must have an opportunity to confront his accusers.

May 26 10:29

Home prices fall at record pace in first quarter

Home prices fell at the fastest annual rate on record in the first quarter, but the pace of month-to-month declines continues to slow, a closely watched housing index showed Tuesday.

May 26 10:28

Woman in Rendition Case Sues for Immunity

A former American official charged with kidnapping in Italy in the 2003 seizure of a radical Muslim cleric filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to force the State Department to invoke diplomatic immunity to halt the prosecution.

Italian prosecutors have claimed that the former official, Sabrina De Sousa, 53, was a C.I.A. officer serving under diplomatic cover in the United States Consulate in Milan at the time the cleric, known as Abu Omar, was grabbed on the street by American counterterrorism officers.

May 26 10:26

Do you approve or disapprove of Obama's job performance?

APPROVE
11% (239 votes)
DISAPPROVE
89% (1982 votes)
Total votes: 2221
May 26 10:25

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 31% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty percent (30%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +1. That’s the lowest positive rating yet received by the new President (see trends).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuure.

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