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April 26, 2009

Apr 26 17:31

H1N1 Swine Flu - Google Maps

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not as many as the previous map, but I think this is more accurate.

Apr 26 17:28

Taliban finger on Pak N-switch has US worried

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton raised the ultimate scare this weekend saying the "unthinkable" could actually happen in
Pakistan — that the Taliban and Al Qaeda could topple the government, giving them "the keys to the nuclear arsenal".

In an interview in Baghdad, she said the US would not "let this go on any further, which is why we're pushing so hard for the Pakistanis to come together around a strategy to take their country back".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Pakistan has become the next target for the US military.

Unfortunately, due to the dysfunction of the Pakistani government, by the time Islamabad realizes they've been had, it will be too late to do anything about it.

Apr 26 17:18

George Galloway, MP: Building 7 collapse "practically impossible"

George Galloway MP had a New Yorker called Tom Kiley on his Talksport radio show friday and saturday night talking about 9/11 and with particular focus on the destruction of the Twin Towers and World Trade Centre Building 7. George Galloway opens the first show http://www.wearechange.org.uk/galloway17april.mp3 explaining that he still holds Islamic extremists responsible but a recent chance meeting with Tom in New York has planted seeds of doubt in his mind. Soon into the second show http://www.wearechange.org.uk/galloway18april.mp3 George Galloway admits "it's hard to see scientifically why both of the Towers fell down in the way that they did and it's practically impossible for me to see how Building 7 could have fallen in the way it did"

Apr 26 15:08

We Executed Japanese for Waterboarding our POWs

On November 29, 2007, Sen. McCain, while campaigning in St. Petersburg, Florida, said, "Following World War II war crime trials were convened. The Japanese were tried and convicted and hung for war crimes committed against American POWs. Among those charges for which they were convicted was waterboarding."

McCain's claim was verified.



Taboola
Apr 26 14:53

Torture? It probably killed more Americans than 9/11

A US major reveals the inside story of military interrogation in Iraq. By Patrick Cockburn, winner of the 2009 Orwell Prize for journalism

The use of torture by the US has proved so counter-productive that it may have led to the death of as many US soldiers as civilians killed in 9/11, says the leader of a crack US interrogation team in Iraq.

"The reason why foreign fighters joined al-Qa'ida in Iraq was overwhelmingly because of abuses at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and not Islamic ideology,"

Major Alexander's attitude to torture by the US is a combination of moral outrage and professional contempt.

Apr 26 14:50

Prepare to die; it's been planned and has begun

What few considered was that our government is already saddled with so much debt they cannot hope to afford another Great Depression. They don't have the funds to pay unemployment, welfare, food stamps, free medical care through medicaid and and they have zero chance of borrowing the money to provide it. So, the decision has been made to "cull the herd."

Apr 26 14:35

FLASHBACK: CIA Link to Cuban Pig Virus

With at least the tacit backing of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officials, operatives linked to anti-Castro terrorists introduced African swine fever virus into Cuba in 1971.

Apr 26 14:33

McCain: Time to 'move on' from the torture memos

McCain: Time to 'move on' from the torture memos , and make it 'snappy'!

If nothing else , McCain's statement reaffirms where we'd be , had he won the election , back in November .



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 26 14:10

Iraq Accuses U.S. Of "Crime" That Breaks Security Pact

A U.S. raid in Southern Iraq in which a woman bystander died has led to Iraqi prime minister Nour Al-Maliki calling for the arrest and trial of U.S. officers who commanded it.

Unless the Obama administration exerts far more control over the military there will be more incidents like this, opening a credibility gap which will by itself do more to create violence than sticking to the agreement ever would.

Apr 26 14:05

Pandemic Shopping List and Immune-System Boosting Recipe

Real chaos potential waiting in the wings now, though if you keep cool you ought to be alright. So far, I'm not convinced that this Swine Flu is the big one, at this point it seems
more like a great opportunity for disaster capitalists like Donald Rumsfeld of Tamiflu to cash in on the panic. Things are tense, and I expect that people are going to be freaking out. Ignore and avoid them. Let's not over-react kids, don't be one of those panicked idiots, now is the time for calm smarts. So far, my personal TSHTF meter is only at about 3 out of 10, but I'm watching for a handful of specific events in order to signal that we have a real problem here.

Watch For Any of the Following.

Widespread Mandatory Quarantine (at the city or county level or greater)

Apr 26 13:57

The girl suspended from school - and threatened with expulsion - for taking her birth-control pill.

A teenage girl has been suspended from school for drug-taking, and recommended for expulsion - because she was seen at school taking her birth-control pill.
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I pity anyone with kids on asthma medication.

Apr 26 13:48

No Vaccine?: Obama family fine after Prez's flu exposure

Man Who Greeted Obama Dies Of Flu Next Day
4-26-9
EXCERPT under 'Obama's Visit' section in story below:
"The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama's trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico's anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn't confirm if Solis had swine flu or not. "
Mexico's Calderon Declares Emergency Amid Swine Flu Outbreak
By Thomas Black
April 25 (Bloomberg) --

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-flu-box25-2...
How swine flu spreads in humans
Reuters
April 24, 2009


Apr 26 13:34

How to End a War, Eisenhower’s Way

Bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq might require President Obama to be like Ike.

Like President Obama, Eisenhower was an incrementalist who preferred to move gradually, often invisibly, within an existing policy framework. But on the question of war and peace, his views were categorical. He rejected the concept of limited war, and believed that American troops should never be sent into battle unless national survival was at stake.

After Eisenhower made peace in Korea, not one American serviceman was killed in action during the remaining seven and a half years of his presidency. No American president since Ike can make that claim.

Apr 26 12:20

Consumerism: an Historical Perspective

Sharon Beder explores the history of consumer societies from the 1920s when over-production of goods exceeded demand. Instead of stabilising the economy, reducing working hours, and sharing work around, which would have brought more leisure time for all, industrialists decided to expand markets by promoting consumerism to the working classes. The social decision to produce unlimited quantities of goods rather than leisure, nurtured wastefulness, obsolescence, and inefficiency and created the foundation for our modern consumer culture. People were trained to be both workers and consumers in a culture of work and spend.

Apr 26 12:18

Treason Fest™ 2009

The excitement is surely building. Only a week to go until the annual AIPAC Policy conference when several US elected officials and associated shills will remind the world who they really work for.

Even Tel Aviv Jane Harman is scheduled to give opening remarks and to discuss "an insider's look at the Middle East," if she is not deemed too radioactive.

Over 300 members of Congress reportedly attended in 2008 but the guest list for this year has been hidden at the organizer's request. I suppose that's to keep constituents from publicly questioning their representatives about where their loyalties lie and ruining a good time.

Apr 26 12:12

"Rebuilding America's Defenses"

"And advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool"


Apr 26 12:01

End The Fed Rally NYC 1/2 - Who is the CRAZY Guy?!!!

Apr 26 12:01

End The Fed Rally NYC 2/2 Peter Schiff Speaks to Angry Crowd!

Apr 26 11:58

Canada confirms 4 swine flu cases among students

Nova Scotia's chief public health officer says the east coast Canadian province has four confirmed cases of swine flu.

Apr 26 11:41

Ohio Swine Flu Case Confirmed


Apr 26 11:41

U.S. declares swine flu public health emergency

Apr 26 11:40

WHO Fukuda: No Evidence Swine Flu Is Bioterrorism Attack

The World Health Organization said Sunday there is no evidence an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico represents an act of bioterrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We never thought it was terrorists!

Apr 26 11:37

Waiting outside the Theater for the Curtain to go Up.

Thank you to those who pointed out to me that it is “still April’ and we have our first signs of coming events for the year. We have a nasty selective virus that is doing one thing on one side of a border and another on the other side. It makes some people wonder. You don’t have to go too far to wonder some more. It makes sense that the next thing that the people who have been hard at work on the majority of the bad things we have seen so far and are due to see more of… it makes sense that they would target the populations with something certain to strike fear far and wide; something that would make travel very undesirable.

Apr 26 11:33

Vitamin D deficiency linked to more colds and flu

Lab work has shown that lack of vitamin D is associated with weaker production of an antimicrobial peptide called hCAP-18, a protein that works with immune-system cells to kill pathogens. "We think that if you're exposed to a virus [and] you have sufficient vitamin D, those cells will be better equipped to fight off that organism so you don’t get an infection," says Ginde, an assistant professor of surgery in his university's department of emergency medicine. In people with vitamin D deficiency, it's possible that "those cells don’t work as well so you're more like to get a cold or infection or something more severe."


Apr 26 11:16

Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D

Apr 26 10:48

FLASHBACK - CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study

One of the worst fears of infectious disease experts is that the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in parts of Asia will combine with a human-adapted flu virus to create a deadly new flu virus that could spread around the world.

Apr 26 10:34

Pandemic 1918

Apr 26 10:12

US blasts NKorea for reactivating nuclear program

The United States on Saturday blasted North Korea's decision to reactivate its nuclear program and called for the reclusive nation to return to international denuclearization talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of of the most geopolitically unintended consequences of the US's having invaded Iraq was the lesson it taught about what could happen to nations which did not have a nuclear deterrent.


Apr 26 10:09

ISRAELIS TURN HUMOUR INTO HATE

Its creators and fans see a humorous series that resembles “South Park” — at least visually — and mocks Islamic terrorism. Its critics see a hate-filled cartoon that uses crude stereotypes to dehumanize Muslims, intensify Arab-Israeli divisions and inflame the conflict between Muslims and Jews.

“What they do is strengthen old stereotypes of the Arabs and Muslims as radical and stupid and terrorists,” said Yizhar Be’er, the executive director of Keshev, an Israeli media-monitoring group. “These episodes are so full of hatred that if an Arab did this about Jews, immediately the Anti-Defamation League would make big noise about it.”

Apr 26 10:08

An open letter to author Elie Wiesel regarding Gaza

One would think that a man that supposedly suffered would be the first to speak out against others suffering….. but one would be wrong to assume something like that when the person involved makes his living by wailing about his own suffering…. caring nothing about the plight of others.

This is what the ‘holocaust industry’ is all about….. it’s all about money and the hell with everyone else!

Apr 26 10:07

UN warns of new highs for Afghan hashish production

Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world’s opium, most of it refined into heroin inside the country, an enterprise that earns the extremist Taliban millions of dollars a year for their insurgency against the government.

It is also the world’s second largest source of cannabis resin, producing 1,603 metric tonnes in 2006 after Morocco’s 1,915 tonnes, according to the UN’s World Drug Report 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; so far, the biggest "winner" in the US's alleged "war on terror" in Afghanistan are.......the drug dealers??!?!?!?

Apr 26 10:02

Taliban bar Pakistan army convoy from valley stronghold as tension grows

Taliban gunmen stopped an army convoy from entering their valley stronghold Saturday, casting a U.S.-criticized peace deal back into doubt a day after the militants called off a move closer to the Pakistani capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long the Pakistani military will be able to hold off the Taliban when they reach the outskirts of Islamabad.


Apr 26 09:59

(Al Gore’s) Venture capital firm set to reap rewards on swine flu (along with Donald Rumsfeld)

(Another payday in the making for Al Gore. His venture capital firm is heavily invested in swine flu vaccines as well as Global warming money making schemes. Wow, what a week for Al, huh? And look who he’s connected with this time; Donald Rumsfeld.)

Apr 26 09:58

‘Stop the Taliban now – or we will’

American military and intelligence forces already run limited ground and air operations on Pakistani soil along the border with Afghanistan. But an overt military operation such as that threatened in Swat, away from the border, would mark a major escalation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Pakistani leadership, from Zardari on down,fail to see that Pakistan is absolutely the next US target in the "war on terror" boggles the mind.

Apr 26 09:57

FLASHBACK - Half a Million Plastic Coffins?

Yep, these are cheap plastic coffins. Hundreds of thousands of them. Don’t believe it?

Why coffins? Why in the middle of Georgia?

Well, apparently the Government is expecting a half million people to die relatively soon, and the Atlanta Airport is a major airline traffic hub, probably the biggest in the country, which means Georgia is a prime base to conduct military operations and coordination. It is also the home of the CDC, the Center for Disease Control. I don’t want to alarm anyone, but usually you don’t buy 500,000 plastic coffins "just in case something happens," you buy them because you know something is going to happen. These air tight seal containers would be perfect to bury victims of plague or biological warfare in, wouldn’t they?

Apr 26 09:56

Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America



Lockerdome
Apr 26 09:55

The "When Pigs Fly" flu is ...

A deliberate distraction from the torture scandal
14% (321 votes)
A deliberate attempt at depopulation
8% (187 votes)
A deliberate attempt to scare us all into world government
8% (188 votes)
A combination of depopulation and world government
50% (1164 votes)
Someone dropped a beaker at the bio-weapons lab
4% (89 votes)
A sales pitch for Rumsfeld's vaccines
10% (232 votes)
God's punishment for bad singers in church choirs
7% (158 votes)
Total votes: 2339
Apr 26 09:53

Clinton Pledges to Keep Troops in Iraq if Violence Escalates

“These are tragic and terrible events,” Clinton conceded, “but they do not reflect any diversion from the security progress that has been made.” At the same time, the primary reason for the visit was to reassure Iraq’s leaders that if the violence continues to worsen, the Obama Administration will back off its already neutered pullout plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we're not leaving, possibly ever.

Apr 26 09:51

Flu Bug

By 2005, we lost 40 micro-biologists in less than 4 years, all under suspicious circumstances, and during this time someone discovered that they were all working for the government, or government contractors, on projects related to bio-terrorism, flu pandemics, or anthrax. Obviously they weren’t trying to find a cure for anything, or there would be no need to silence them.

Then it was discovered that our government was involved in strange experiments that involve exhuming bodies of people that were killed by the 1918 Spanish flu, and genetically engineered flu viruses, all the while the media is preparing the public with stories of bird flu wiping out thousands of chickens (acid test?) and even a few people here and there.

Apr 26 09:49

Flu 'Oddities' Archives


Apr 26 09:45

We cannot live like this much longer

spy for us, or no medical treatment
no fishing in your own waters
pay rent to lying usurpers
& jailhouse antics

Apr 26 09:44

Obama targets Holocaust deniers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But shaddap already about the torture!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 26 09:35

7 years after 9/11, Air Marshalls missing on almost all US flights

That would explain why five ordinary passengers had to stop that 22yr old israeli lunatic (redundant?) from doing God knows what with the plane and its passengers (and God knows who else on the ground) when he tried to storm the cockpit on yesterday's flight from New York to Tel-Aviv.

Apr 26 09:35

HARMAN-AIPAC: Second Mossad Agent Emerges

Earlier this week, I was cited at Justin Raimondo's Anti-War blog for my conclusion that the identity of the "Israeli intelligence agent" in the Harman-AIPAC case is Naor Gilon, former Mossad Chief of Station, the figure referenced in the Larry Franklin indictment. See, http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2009/04/23/the-shame... /

It’s been a busy week, and I am only now following up on this story. There have been inquiries about how I reached this conclusion. Thought that question is a very good one, and it deserves a careful response.

Richard Silverstein at Tikun Olom reached the same conclusion about Gilon and Harman. See, http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam /

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Harmon was making deals with the Mossad!



Donate
Apr 26 09:33

Swine Flu Is Deadly Mix Of Never-Before-Seen Viruses

Swine flu panic is spreading in Mexico and soldiers are patrolling the streets after it was confirmed that human to human transmission is occurring and that the virus is a brand new strain which is seemingly affecting young, healthy people the worst, and that the bug is a never-before-seen intercontinental mixture of human, avian and pig viruses from America, Europe and Asia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The name "Swine flu" is misleading (kind of like calling the Fort Riley outbreak the "Spanish" flu).

Given the avian and porcine blend, we should call it the "When Pigs Fly" virus!

Apr 26 09:17

Mexico Takes Powers to Isolate Cases of Swine Flu

This sprawling capital was on edge Saturday as jittery residents ventured out wearing surgical masks and President Felipe Calderón published an order that would give his government emergency powers to address a deadly flu outbreak, including isolating those who have contracted the virus, inspecting the homes of affected people and ordering the cancellation of public events.

Apr 26 09:17

The Pulitzer-Winning Investigation That Dare Not Be Uttered on TV

The New York Times' David Barstow won a richly deserved Pulitzer Prize yesterday for two articles that, despite being featured as major news stories on the front page of The Paper of Record, were completely suppressed by virtually every network and cable news show, which to this day have never informed their viewers about what Bartow uncovered. Here is how the Pulitzer Committee described Barstow's exposés:

Awarded to David Barstow of The New York Times for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.

Apr 26 09:16

The life and death of a fiscal theory

Monetarism is finally dead. It's been ailing for a while, but this week Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney drove a stake through the heart of the economic theory that has dominated Canadian government thinking since 1980.

Put simply, monetarism was a reaction to government activism. Purists, such as the late U.S. economist Milton Friedman, argued that governments should focus on balancing their budgets and cutting taxes. Indeed, state efforts to regulate or stimulate the economy (which the Friedmanites usually called government interference) could only make matters worse.

In the monetarist world, the only legitimate government actors were central banks. Their role was to be strictly limited to issuing just enough money to keep the economy rolling without causing inflation.


Apr 26 09:15

Israeli man fails to hijack US plane

The Aviation Herald reported that Logan officials said it appeared the situation was not terrorist-related and that the man likely suffered an anxiety attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hijacking" and "panic attack" are generally not works said in the same sentence. One has to wonder what really went down here, and how it was later sanitized by the Aviation Herald.

Apr 26 09:15

Mexico flu deaths raise fears of global epidemic

Unique virus connected to cases in Calif. and Texas; source still a mystery

Apr 26 09:12

Lieberman wants US 'responsible' for Iran

Israel says it will not resort to military invasion to suppress Iran's nuclear activities even if the international pressure proves to be of no avail.

His remarks come in line with a recent shift in Tel Aviv's policy toward Iran which was adopted after Israeli president Shimon Peres said that "the solution in Iran is not a military one."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Lieberman is telling the truth, the fact that a member of the Israeli cabinet is making the statement that "...Israel says it will not resort to military invasion to suppress Iran's nuclear activities ...", this is profoundly good news!

If he is telling the truth, after so many months of belligerence, and various military exercises to assure their victory in an attack against Iran.

Apr 26 09:09

'Locking down' Georgia's capital

For more than two weeks, Georgia's opposition have been holding street protests calling on President Mikhail Saakashvili to resign. Organisers have barricaded the city centre and placed some of their supporters in "prison cells" to attract attention, as the BBC's Tom Esslemont reports.


Apr 26 09:08

Lieberman hits out at Iran, rejects talks with Syria

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview published Friday Iran was a key obstacle to resolving the Mideast conflict and rejected resuming indirect talks with Syria. The biggest obstacle to any comprehensive solution "is not Israel, it is not the Palestinians. It's the Iranians." the right-wing minister told the English-language Jerusalem Post.

The daily also said Lieberman cited Syria's deepening ties with Iran - Israel's archfoe - and added that he saw no point in resuming the indirect talks with Damascus conducted by the last government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talking, of course, generally reduces the possibility of a military confrontation.

So it appears that precisely what Lieberman wants with both countries is a military confrontation (in which the Americans, of course, do the fighting, getting maimed, and dying part of of it.)

Apr 26 09:07

Anxiety grips hospital waiting room as fears of swine flu spread through city

Mothers and fathers clutched their ailing sons and daughters, many of whom had blue surgical masks covering their mouths.

And then, shortly after 4 p.m., came the five terrifying words that everyone gathered inside Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park, L.I., Saturday hoped not to hear.

"It is likely swine flu," Frieden said.

Jaws dropped. Their fears had been realized.

Apr 26 09:02

Levees 'cannot save New Orleans'

Building bigger, stronger levees in New Orleans will not be enough to save the US city from another Hurricane Katrina, a report has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Really? Levees work just fine in Holland, which is much further below sea level than New Orleans. They have not had a flood for the last half century.

Apr 26 08:59

'BAILING' ON US WORKERS

US banks that have taken billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts are still shipping thousands of jobs overseas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dumping American jobs to get the cheapest labor possible is not illegal; but dumping American jobs while getting bailed out by taxpayer money is simply a manifestation of the bucks the execs earn being what they consider the absolute measure of who they are as human beings.

And that is not a pretty picture.


Apr 26 08:59

They Added a Tracheotomy Kit to the Torture Chamber

Evaluating the new constraints placed on waterboarding in the "2005 Bradbury memo" reveals a MAJOR change. "Harmless" waterboarding now required that a physician be present in the room in which the detainee is waterboarded to prevent death. Furthermore, they now included a tracheotomy kit in the room where "harmless" waterboarding was conducted:

Apr 26 08:55

Swine flu outbreak suspected in NZ school children

Ten New Zealand school children who recently returned from Mexico have tested positive for influenza and are “likely” to have the potentially fatal swine flu, the country's Health Minister revealed today.

Tony Ryall said that samples from the infected students had been sent to a World Health Organisation laboratory in the Australian city of Melbourne to determine whether they had contracted H1N1 swine influenza. The teenagers have already tested positive for influenza A, of which swine flu is a sub-set.

“Ministry of Health officials advise me there is no guarantee these students have swine influenza, but they consider it likely,” the minister said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, in this age of jet travel, this thing is already all over the globe.

Apr 26 08:53

Washington to B of A: Shareholders be damned!

Bottom line: When faced with the choice of saving his own job or saving his shareholders, Lewis decided to keep his mouth shut, go ahead with the merger and save his job.

He had a gun pointed to his head, the classic case of a shotgun merger; and the rest is history...

Apr 26 08:50

Swine flue: 22 new suspected cases found in New Zealand



Pixfuture
Apr 26 08:48

FBI report finds pattern of police misdeeds

The FBI memorandum describes a pattern of corruption among a group of Philadelphia narcotics officers: false information used to get search warrants, planted evidence and perjured testimony, thefts of drugs, cash, and valuables from dealers.

It's called the Roberts report and, though it's nine years old, it deals with the same issues that a federal-city task force is now investigating.

Apr 26 08:47

Narc supervisors repeatedly ignored procedures for issuing search warrants

Search-warrant applications read like form letters. A confidential informant made drug buys across the city, sometimes just minutes apart, defying the laws of physics. And narcotics officers worked alone with their informants, violating a Police Department rule.

Yet police brass apparently failed to notice.

Apr 26 08:47

NYPD misconduct payouts doubled since 1998

The amount New York City is paying to settle claims or cover judgments related to improper police conduct is soaring.

According to a report in the New York Post, the city paid $66.4 million last year to 1,265 claimants who accused the NYPD of bad behavior. That compares with $31.8 million paid to 571 claimants in 1998.

Apr 26 08:46

FBI takes judge's records

The FBI has questioned a district court judge in connection with its case against a Macomb County-based motorcycle club called the Devils Diciples.

Paul Cassidy, 42-2 District Court judge, confirmed Friday that FBI officials took court records on Thursday to determine whether the club's members received special treatment in proceedings before him.


Apr 26 08:46

Pelosi Now Remembers Harman Wiretap

Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged today that she had indeed been briefed about a wiretap that recorded conversations involving Representative Jane Harman, contradicting a statement she made on Tuesday when she said she didn’t remember being advised of such surveillance.

Apr 26 08:44

Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor

Apr 26 08:44

Judge Bybee's cruelty: In approving torture, his remoteness from the actual torturers increases his degree of responsibility.

And she quoted from the judgment against Eichmann: "[T]he extent to which any one of the many criminals was close to or remote from the actual killer of the victim means nothing, as far as the measure of his responsibility is concerned. On the contrary, in general the degree of responsibility increases as we draw further away from the man who uses the fatal instrument with his own hands."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you think the flu is going to make the torture scandal go away; think again!

Apr 26 08:33

Looking Behind the Curtain

The "club" is probably the most powerful force behind the curtain. There have been conspirary theories about secret groups, but they work together like Anti-Trust groups to just rig the financial markets. The club has been untouchable because they can hire government attorneys directly who truly control far more than anyone has been willing to expose.



Xmas w/o borders
Apr 26 08:22

US created Taliban and abandoned Pakistan, says Hillary

Two days of continuous congressional hearings on the Obama administration’s foreign policy brought a rare concession from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who acknowledged that the United States too had a share in creating the problem that plagues Pakistan today.

In an appearance before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, Mrs Clinton explained how the militancy in Pakistan was linked to the US-backed proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Apr 26 08:21

You Are Being Lied to About Pirates

If you became a merchant or navy sailor then - plucked from the docks of London's East End, young and hungry - you ended up in a floating wooden Hell. You worked all hours on a cramped, half-starved ship, and if you slacked off for a second, the all-powerful captain would whip you with the Cat O' Nine Tails. If you slacked consistently, you could be thrown overboard. And at the end of months or years of this, you were often cheated of your wages.

Apr 26 08:21

Waterboarding Approved Specifically To Justify Iraq War

I have just learnt something which has convinced me that Bush, Cheney and Rice are indeed evil in the sense that Hitler was evil. I did not actually believe that until today.

The excellent and much-respected Marjorie Cohn, President of the National Lawyers Guild of the USA and Professor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has discovered that waterboarding was first approved in July 2002 by Condoleeza Rice, specifically to force confessions of links between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just keep that evil in mind when deciding whether to go along when the government insists that drastic changes are needed to deal with the flu pandemic.

Apr 26 08:18

Bil'in 17.4.2009 Israelis shoot protester

Apr 26 08:16

FLASHBACK - Department of Homeland Security transporting flu on the highways?????

Apr 26 08:14

Israeli man in hospital on suspicion of swine flu

A 26-year-old Israeli man was hospitalized Sunday in Netanya after returning from Mexico with signs of swine flu, local news service Ynet reported.

The man has been isolated and doctors are trying to determine whether he has been infected with the swine flu virus, which has led to the death of dozens of people in Mexico, said the report.

Apr 26 08:13

FLASHBACK 2007 - The Flu Is Really Dangerous

It's now leaking out that there was more going on than met the eye at the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Summit in Montebello, Canada in August. The three amigos, Bush, Harper and Calderon, finalized and released the "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza."

The "Plan" (that's what they call it, with a capital P) is to use the excuse of a major flu epidemic to shift powers from U.S. legislatures to unelected, unaccountable "North American" bureaucrats.

Apr 26 08:05

Conficker virus begins to attack PCs

A malicious software program known as Conficker that many feared would wreak havoc on April 1 is slowly being activated, weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm, security experts said.

Apr 26 08:03

MAP THE INFLUENZA CASES

Use the menu on the left to isolate only flu cases around the world.

This map may be including non-swine flu cases as well.

Apr 26 07:15

German FM to US: Remove Nukes

In the lower house of the Bundestag, German Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier today called for the United States to remove its nuclear arsenal from German soil.

Apr 26 06:16

Obama Didn’t Ban Torture

In fact, the President has not “banned” torture. Torture was illegal before President Bush came to office, through our incorporation of the Geneva Convention into domestic law. (This is to say nothing of centuries of American custom and tradition holding that torture is unconscionable and morally abhorrent.) Members of the Bush administration did not somehow “unban” torture; they simply chose to ignore the law.

Apr 26 05:57

They Still Think This Is About Politics

At some point they are going to figure out that for most of us, we don’t care if the person has a ( R ) or (D) behind their name when they were instituting a policy of torture. That is what is so depressing (to me, at least) about the Ari Fleischer’s and the Thiessen’s of the world. They honestly seem to think this is nothing more than a partisan witch-hunt, the same old Washington gotcha poltics. It isn’t. When you torture people, you have crossed a really clear line. Innocent people are dead. Lives have been ruined. Our international reputation has been destroyed. Yes, the Bush administration will get most of the blame, but that is because they were in charge and they did this, not because of what party they happen to belong to.

Apr 26 05:43

Afghan officials burn 6.5 tons of drugs, chemicals

Afghan counter-drug officials destroyed 6.5 tons (6 metric tons) of drugs and precursor chemicals in a raging bonfire Sunday they said symbolized recent successes in Afghanistan's fight against opium poppies and heroin.

Khodaidad acknowledged that the 6.5 tons of drugs — including heroin, opium, hashish and chemicals used to turn opium into heroin — was only a symbolic drop in the bucket.

Apr 26 05:16

Amnesty International: Israeli army probe lacks credibility

Israeli army probe lacks credibility and is no substitute for independent investigation

The Israeli army should make public the full details of the findings of its probe into some of its attacks during the 22-day Gaza military offensive, Amnesty International said today in reaction to the army’s conclusion that its forces had committed no violations and only rare mistakes, some of which may have resulted in the killing of Palestinian civilians.

A briefing paper distributed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to journalists yesterday, which states that “All findings are to be used as background information to be attributed to the reporter only”, lacks crucial details.

Apr 26 05:07

How I Survived The Swine Flu Fraud - THIS IS HOW DEAD SCIENCE IS - How Hysteria and Hype Kills

BBC - UK monitoring swine flu outbreak

[-To read the BBC article headline, one could be sure England had been waylaid with the swine flu, but it just hasn't happened.

England, like the world, has been waylaid by the much more virulent swine flu hysteria.

The important news in the article comes a bit later, Northwick Park Hospital said a BA worker who arrived from Mexico City and fell ill does not have swine flu. And again here, -WHO Director-general Margaret Chan said the strain had "pandemic potential" but that it was too early to say whether one would actually occur. -Emphasis added.

Apr 26 05:07

Mexico flu: Your experiences

Readers in Mexico have been emailing the BBC describing the sense of fear gripping the country as a result of a flu virus outbreak, which has so far claimed more than 80 lives.

The World Health Organization says the virus has the potential to become a pandemic.

Read a selection of BBC readers' comments below.

Apr 26 00:24

Flashback,Will Tea Partiers also protest against torture/swine flu makers?

Huge Protests As New Jersey Declares Flu Vaccines Mandatory http://www.prisonplanet.com/huge-protests-as-new-jersey-declares-flu-v...

Hundreds of concerned parents participated in demonstrations outside the New Jersey Statehouse yesterday in protest of the State’s decision to mandate flu vaccinations for young children.
Protesters also turned out to support a bill that would allow for conscientious objections to forced vaccinations, arguing that medication should be the choice of the parent not the government.
Posted on Oct 18, 2008 at 06:36

http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/bush-to-sign-torture-bill-tuesd...
15 October 2006
Bush to Sign Torture Bill Tuesday - Protest

April 25, 2009

Apr 25 23:22

Hot arrivals from Mexico face swine flu scrutiny

Japan went on high alert for swine flu Saturday in light of the deadly outbreaks in Mexico, tightening health checks and inspections on passengers and live pigs arriving from the country.

Apr 25 23:22

Pumping It Up

Investors beware: Investment newsletters can lead to riches -- but sometimes not for the subscribers. One tangled tale reveals the underside of the stock-promotion game.

Apr 25 22:46

Swine Flu Attack Likely A Beta Test

The latest bioterrorism attack by the New World Order is likely a beta test. Yes, it is a bioterrorism attack. It was a hybrid strain created from human, swine, and bird flu from North America, Europe, and Asia. It was created in a laboratory. This doesn’t happen in nature.

Apr 25 22:17

FLASHBACK - Rumsfeld Profits From Bird Flu Scare

Among the beneficiaries of the run on Tamiflu is Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who was chairman of Gilead from 1997 to 2001 and owns at least $5 million of the stock, which has jumped from $35 in April to $47. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, who is on Gilead's board, has sold more than $7 million worth of Gilead in 2005.

Apr 25 22:16

And Now an Idea ...

According to what I've been reading, the fall out of the new flu in Mexico is vastly different from that in the U.S. In Mexico, it has been very deadly. In the U.S. it has not been deadly.

Read this: New U.S. swine flu cases spread pandemic fears

Now, imagine this.

How could one develop a flu that would kill one population and not kill another population, assuming the flu could cross borders without any trouble? It might not be very hard to do.

Apr 25 21:36

Illinois-based Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu outbreak in Mexico

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Specialty drug maker Baxter International Inc. will work with the World Health Organization to develop a vaccine that could stem an outbreak of a deadly swine flu strain in Mexico.

Baxter spokesman Christopher Bona said Saturday that the Deerfield, Ill.-based company has asked the WHO for a sample of the flu strain.

He says Baxter has patented technology that allows the company to develop vaccines in half the time it usually takes — about 13 weeks instead of 26.

There have been 20 confirmed deaths in Mexico of the swine flu, with nonfatal cases also confirmed in Kansas and California.

Humans don't have a natural immunity to swine flu strain that emerged in Mexico in March. Officials have warned the outbreak could become a global epidemic.

Apr 25 21:17

AIPAC, NSA Spying and the Corruption of Congress

AIPAC, NSA Spying and the Corruption of Congress
by Tom Burghardt / April 23rd, 2009

A major scandal involving a top Democrat, the Israeli lobby-shop AIPAC and charges that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sought congressional help to suppress media reports of systematic, illegal warrantless surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA) broke on Sunday.

Apr 25 21:13

Windows 7 reveals XP mode

So there’s going to be an XP mode in Windows 7. What does that mean? For users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate - sorry, lower-end users! - you will get a full copy of Windows XP that will run under a virtual processor. However, instead of creating a new desktop environment, the XP mode will bring the application up as a window inside Windows 7.

Apr 25 20:11

CBS Cold Fusion Video

Apr 25 20:09

Bird flu is Spanish flu

Spanish flu killed 50M people before it finally disappeared from planet earth. Under close inspection it has been found that Bird flu IS actually the Spanish flu. With a few variations. How do we know this?

Well, by analysing tissue samples from WW1 soldiers and comparing them with that of Eskimo’s dug out from deep within the Alaskan permafrost, scientists have been able to connect the 2.

Apr 25 20:08

Briton quarantined as killer flu spreads

A British Airways cabin crew member was taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms yesterday afternoon after falling ill on a flight from Mexico City to Heathrow. The Health Protection Agency said it was keeping a close eye on the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you; it's the airplanes you gotta worry about, not that Mexican border.

Apr 25 20:07

FLASHBACK - Scientists isolate genes that made 1918 flu lethal

Apr 25 20:06

Seventh case of swine flu confirmed in California

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