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December 3, 2010

Dec 03 13:13

The Wiki Hoax

Nobody, at least nobody typically "answerable" will say the word "Israel" but it is what they mean when they say "intelligence agency." They mean Israel. Every Wikileak does something to help Israel in a different way at a different time. If Israel has a problem, a Wikileak is there., part of the solution. This time, Secretary Clinton was in the way and Wikileaks showed up to gut the State Department and give Israel the usual "buff and polish" job they usually do.

Dec 03 13:05

'US govt. spied on American citizens'

ACLU obtained a series of documents previously regarded as secret internal documents through a court battle, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

According to ACLU obtained documents, the US government agencies have refused to say how many communications -- including e-mail and phone conversations -- were intercepted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The documents note that although oversight teams did not find evidence of "intentional or willful attempts to violate or circumvent the law . . . certain types of compliance incidents continue to occur," as a March 2009 report stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the actions of a government which is absolutely terrified of their citizens to the point of paranoia.

Dec 03 12:59

PHILIP GIRALDI : THIRTY-NINE CONGRESSMEN CAN’T BE WRONG

Netanyahu, who despises President Barack Obama, has rightly seen the cajoling by the United States as weakness and as the consequence of failure by Washington to articulate any coherent policy in the Middle East, meaning that he knows that Israel has been empowered to get away with virtually anything it might demand. Netanyahu has obligingly gone to the whack jobs and wing nuts in his own rickety right wing coalition and asked them to present him with a wish list for Washington, confident that Hanukkah has already begun and Christmas is right around the corner.

Dec 03 12:59

Afghan officials free top Taliban fighters

Afghan security forces are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, with President Hamid Karzai and his powerful brother among those authorising and requesting releases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see!



Dec 03 12:56

Drug company used ghost writers to author work bylined by academics, documents show

According to newly released documents from GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company often paid ghostwriters to pen medical studies, editorials and even a textbook that listed physicians as the authors.

The documents—some of which date back to late 1990s—were recently unsealed in litigation over a GlaxoSmithKline product. We saw them after they were attached to a letter released this week by a nonprofit watchdog group urging the National Institutes of Health to crack down on ghostwriting in medical academia. The documents and the letter by Project on Government Oversight together outline several examples of how a major drug company contributed to the funding, writing and approval of material published in medical journals and elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but this clearly demonstrates how the drug companies have acted to skirt regulations in such a way that everyone, from physician to patient, is convinced that prescription drugs are both safe and efficacious.

Dec 03 12:42

Brazil just recognized the Palestinian State pre- 1967 borders !!!

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Friday (3) the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, that Brazil recognizes the existence of a Palestinian state, with the borders of June 4, 1967, before the War of Six Days between Arab and Israeli.

O reconhecimento, segundo o Ministério de Relações Exteriores, foi feito em uma carta pessoal de Lula a Abbas, enviada nesta quarta (1º). The recognition, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was made in a personal letter from Lula to Abbas, sent on Wednesday (1st).

Dec 03 12:35

"GOD-TV" evangelical Christian channel funds Israeli ethnic cleansing

Neve Gordon looks at how an evangelical Christian TV channel with a viewership of nearly half a billion people, including 20 million in the USA and 14 million in Britain, is funding a project to ethnically cleanse Israel's Bedouin citizens from their ancestral land.

Dec 03 12:30

No Wonder the Fed Fears Ron Paul



Dec 03 12:23

Banksters Seek To Block Ron Paul

Here’s what Boehner, Cantor, Bernanke, BofA, Citi, Goldman, Morgan, etc. do not realize. They cannot hurt Ron Paul. For if they deny him the chairmanship, which Gingrich and other corruptionists have done three times before—breaking their own rules—they will raise Ron Paul to new heights of influence.

Dec 03 12:19

Elitist Bankers and Congressional Leadership are Plotting to Stop Ron Paul

The banking elitists that were thrown billions upon billion by Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve sure don't want the real supervision that Ron Paul would bring. And they are plotting.

Dec 03 12:19

FLASHBACK - Small Law Firm’s Big Role in Bundling Mortgages

The Wall Street banks and lenders hired McKee Nelson, which is based in Washington and New York, to write or review prospectuses for the securities. It was a lucrative arrangement, helping to generate $202.5 million for the firm in 2006, the latest year for which figures are available.

Now, with losses on bad mortgage investments exceeding $135 billion, questions are growing about whether prospectuses like these adequately disclosed the risks to investors.

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Dec 03 12:04

Britain gripped by Narnia-like weather spell

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Dec 03 11:45

Cancon COP-16 starts with prayer to Mayan Moon Goddess

With United Nations climate negotiators facing an uphill battle to advance their goal of reducing emissions linked to global warming, it's no surprise that the woman steering the talks appealed to a Mayan goddess Monday.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you -- because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The delegates may not be drinking Al Gore's Kool-aid, but they are definitely hitting the tequila pretty hard down there!

Dec 03 11:20

Why Some on the Internet Are Starting to Wonder—Is WikiLeaks for Real?

The global media is in a tizzy, repeating the same mundane, stale information from 251,287 cables released by WikiLeaks, a media organization that claims a loosely organized network of international contributors. Curiously, such publications as The New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Le Monde and Spain's El País have carried the leaks dutifully, even though their well-policed pages are otherwise governed by highly divergent philosophies, policies and practices. Even more curiously, all news organizations repeat the same cherry-picked factoids that their ace reporters apparently culled from the documents.



Dec 03 11:17

FLASHBACK - 2008 Mukasey Declines to Create a U.S. Task Force to Investigate Mortgage Fraud

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey rejected on Thursday the idea of creating a national task force to combat the country’s mortgage fraud crisis, calling the problem a localized one akin to “white-collar street crimes.”

Mr. Mukasey made clear that he saw the mortgage fraud problem at the root of the nation’s housing crisis as a serious one. But he said he was confident that the Justice Department’s current approach — using local prosecutors’ offices around the country to oversee separate F.B.I. investigations — was adequate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a side note, Mukasey's son worked for Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot!

Dec 03 11:01

Helen Thomas says Zionists control U.S. foreign policy

“Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question, in my opinion,” she said. “They put their money where their mouth is. We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Dec 03 10:43

FBI investigated mortgage fraud in 2006

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and like the SEC with Bernie Madoff, did nothing about it until it was too late!

1. There was massive fraud, even Greenspan admits it.

2.The US financial system was forced to buy back all those fraudulent mortgage backed securities.

3. To cover the losses and remain solvent, the bankers started a firestorm of foreclosures to add those seized (confiscated) assets to their balance sheets.

4. In order to enable the banks to confiscate private homes, the Obama administration continued the policy of tax incentives that encouraged offshoring of high paying American jobs started by President Bush, thereby removing American's ability to make their mortgage payments.

This is wealth confiscation just as onerous as Roosevelt's 1933 grab of American's gold, only done in a way where the media can trick Americans into thinking it is their own fault.

The government took your jobs, so the banks could take your homes, to cover for the massive mortgage-backed securities fraud.

Dec 03 10:35

Hundreds line up in the cold for help heating homes

Joining Eady near the front of the line that had grown to about 30 people by 7:30 was Isata Kamara, a single mom of a 3-year-old.

“My electric bill and my gas bill are going to get cut off because I don’t have the money right now,” said Kamara, who recently lost her job.

Those news reports Wednesday night showed hundreds of people who lined up around the building throughout the day on Wednesday. Channel 2 Action News reported that ambulances were called for at least two people who had difficulty dealing with Wednesday’s cold temperatures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the beginnings of the "urban unrest" the Federal government has been preparing to suppress as it expands.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/national-guard-training-for-riot-control-mass-detentions_06152010



Dec 03 10:35

FIRE NEXT TIME

Last time it was a flood that lasted 40 days and 40 nights…. did they learn? Obviously not.

This time it was fire…. without water to put it out… Will they learn? Probably not.

When disaster strikes a country, it would seem natural for its neighbours to help in the situation. In the case of Israel, in order to maintain its special status’ of perpetual victim, it has turned virtually all of its neighbours into enemies. As a result, Netanyahu cried out to the US, Greece, Italy, Russia and Cyprus to send forces to aid the Israeli firefighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe God is just delivering a ton of new commandments, seeing as how well Israel obeyed the first ten!

On a more practical note, when you spend 60 years pissing off your neighbors, don't expect them to let you use their hydrants!

Dec 03 10:34

Amazon denies being pressured to dump Wikileaks

Amazon.com is denying widespread reports suggesting that pressure from the office of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, prompted it to boot Wikileaks from Amazon Web Services earlier this week.

Wikileaks replies that Amazon's pants are on fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It doesn't matter whose pants are on fire; we all smell the smoke, and that is enough to know there is a hoax being played on the public!

Dec 03 10:26

WALL STREET'S MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITY FRAUD DESTROYED BOTH THE US AND EU ECONOMIES!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Replay of the Justin TV feed from yesterday's show, (and yes I know it is a crappy video feed, suggestions for a new TV provider welcome).

Dec 03 10:24

$335,906 Is The Price Of The Constitution

When Senators give speeches, they will say that you can’t put a price on freedom. But as it turns out you can. You can actually put an exact dollar amount on the Constitution. And that amount is $335,906.

That’s the amount that Hollywood gave Senator Patrick Leahy. And in return, Leahy gave them COICA. That’s not the name of some new disease, it’s the abbreviation for Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, the biggest and more comprehensive internet censorship proposal in the history of this country.



Dec 03 10:15

TOO TOXIC TO HANDLE? FOLLOW-UP ALERT ON ISRAEL’S POLICY OF NEAR-STARVATION FOR GAZA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is methodically and deliberately following a plan to create near-starvation conditions for Palestinian Gazans, and those suffering the worst from malnutrition are Gaza's children.

How much longer can Israel be allowed to continue in this crime?!?

Apparently, forever.

World leadership is terrified of being labeled as "anti-Semitic" for making the moral statement that the deliberate creation of malnutrition in children is both a war crime, and a crime against humanity.

Then, they would have to do something about it, like boycott and disengage from any financial or military assistance. That would be speaking to Israel in a language it understands.

Dec 03 10:10

Assage joined the dark side and was released from the hacker rap.

so he could play his part in the NWO disinformation game, and avoid ten years in prison...That's my theory.. He probably was told he would gain fame and fortune if he played their game.. That was the plea deal.

"Assange was born in northeast Australia in 1971 and lived a nomadic life in his early years. According to a profile of Assange in a June issue of The New Yorker, he and his mother moved 37 times before he turned 15. With conventional education rendered impossible, Assange self-taught at libraries and learned to program on early PCs.

Programming quickly became hacking once Assange got an Internet connection, and soon he was accessing government networks and bank mainframes. He was arrested in 1991 and charged with more than 30 criminal counts related to his hacking. Facing as many as 10 years in prison, Assange struck a plea deal.

Dec 03 10:09

Even Mythbusters is not safe from Al Gore's global warming shills!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A rather spirited debate, complete with the usual name-calling, over at Mythbusters.

Dec 03 10:04

Gaza facing wheat crisis

-The head of Gaza's bakeries' association said Friday that the Strip is facing a crisis due to wheat shortages.

Abdul Nasser Al-Ajramy said Israel has decreased the amount of wheat it allows into Gaza, leaving mills in the Strip empty.

Israel opens Karni crossing once a week to allow around 100 truckloads of wheat and animal feed into the coastal enclave, Al-Ajramy said, adding that Gaza consumes 800 tons of wheat daily.

To avoid a crisis, the crossing must be opened for three days each week, the bakery official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Death by malnutrition; just another component of Israel's "final solution" for Palestinian Gazans.

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Dec 03 10:01

North Korea: A convenient threat for US-Japan alliance

The clearer the threat is, the more vital the alliance is. However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the US-Japan alliance lost its common enemy.

Combined with the economic conflicts between Japan and the US, the US was compelled to find a specific threat for the US-Japan alliance as soon as possible.

By doing so, it could end the belief in Japan that an alliance with the US was no longer needed after the Cold War, and make the Japanese feel that they were facing a threat that they could handle alone.

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Dec 03 09:57

Fed Report Reveals Multi-Trillion-Dollar “Shadow Bailout”

The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday posted details of its multi-trillion-dollar “shadow bailout” programs, showing that nearly every major US financial institution benefited from billions in unreported government loans.

The vast scale of the bailout underscores the fraud of the endless claims that “there is no money” for jobs, mortgage relief or even extended unemployment benefits. The publication of the Fed data simultaneously with the refusal of Congress to extend long-term jobless benefits, Obama’s pay freeze for federal workers and the preparations to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich while slashing social programs and tax benefits for the working class, highlights the naked class interests pursued by the government and both big business parties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are in the middle of a "slow-mo" economic train wreck in this country, courtesy of the Federal Government and the Fed.

If the absolute, complete destruction of the US economy was the desired outcome, the Fed and the Federal Government are very close to accomplishing their goals, using disastrous economic and monetary policies to get us there.

I keep hoping for a moment of clarity on the part of every working American, as to what treachery has been done to them.

I think that moment is not too far away now.

The only question is, what form their collective fury will take when they realize the extent to which they've been had economically.

Dec 03 09:51

The con of the century – Federal Reserve made $9 trillion in short-term loans to only 18 financial institutions. Since 2000 the US dollar has fallen by 33 percent. The hidden cost of the bailouts.

The Federal Reserve released a stunning report showing the details of bailouts that occurred during the peak of the credit crisis. They won’t call it “bailouts” but giving money when others won’t is exactly that. What the report shows is that the Fed operated as a global pawnshop taking in practically anything the banks had for collateral. What is even more disturbing is that the Federal Reserve did not enact any punitive charges to these borrowers so you had banks like Goldman Sachs utilizing the crisis to siphon off cheap collateral.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That isn't "cheap collateral" the Fed is buying from the foreign banks. The Fed is being forced to buy back all those fraudulent mortgage-backed securities Wall Street Peddled across the globe a few years back. That is WHY the Federal Reserve kept secret who was getting all that cash until the change in law forced them to make the list public.



Dec 03 09:49

Pentagon disclosure highlights special indemnity with KBR contract in Iraq in hexavalent chromium exposure case by Oregon soldiers

The Pentagon legally covers dozens of military contractors doing dangerous jobs at home, such as making anthrax vaccine or disposing of mustard gas. But the immunity for harm granted KBR in Iraq appears to be far broader -- and potentially costlier to taxpayers -- according to documents released by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Wednesday.

A deposition filed last summer in U.S. District Court in Portland revealed that on the eve of the Iraq invasion, a KBR attorney won a secret clause ensuring that U.S. taxpayers, and not KBR, would pay in the event of any death or injury.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question for me here is, why were these soldiers exposed to the carcinogen hexavalent chromium in the first place?!?

Were they that expendable to KBR, because of this deal, that it didn't matter that they got exposed, and got ill because of that exposure?!?

This is the dark and ugly side of privatizing governmental functions to corporations for profit.

I cannot believe that the US military chain of command, knowing this chemical was prevalent in a specific area, and knowing what the chemical does, would have allowed these soldiers to be exposed.

A corporation which had the kind of indemnity deal KBR had couldn't care less.

Dec 03 09:34

Clinton: U.S. will give share of lucrative fuel contract to Kyrgyzstan

The United States will agree to a demand by Kyrgyz officials that their impoverished country be given a share of lucrative fuel contracts for a critical transit hub here for troops headed to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deal is a very clear signal that the US and NATO are planning for indefinite war in Afghanistan.

Dec 03 09:32

Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

An update from AVG on Wednesday night rendered 64 bit Windows 7 systems unstable after it was applied.

Several Register readers have been affected by the problem, which leaves machines in a continuous reboot loop.

AVG has pulled the problem update (3292) and published an advisory apologising for the cock-up and providing instructions on how to get hobbled systems back up and running again.

Dec 03 09:29

Arrest Assange? Arrest the Banksters Instead!

Schnitt, O’Reilly, Liddy, and the corporate media rightwingers – as a manufactured counterpoint to the corporate media leftwingers – are not calling for the banksters to be arrested or assassinated. Assange’s crimes pale in comparison to the massive and unprecedented grand theft larceny pulled off by Wall Street, the banksters, and the global financial elite.



Dec 03 09:28

Aggressive Tactics Raise Doubts on US Claims to Protect Civilians in Helmand

The aggressive tactics on display in Sangin are exactly the sort that would cause civilian casualties, and this makes the anger amongst locals for their refusal to even investigate such charges all the more understandable. The commander in the district said it was obvious all deaths were the Taliban’s fault and that any tribal elder who claimed the Marines killed a civilian was obviously working for the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, in this phase of the almost decade long war against Afghanistan, the words "protect" and "slaughter" when it comes to Afghan civilians, are interchangeable these days.

Dec 03 09:26

No Room at the Inn – Not even a TARP

The president demonstrated new heights of indifference toward the people in his handling of the mortgage relief program made a part of the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Citizens paid the full share for TARP and were to get a modest proportion. That’s not the case. The November 2010 Congressional Budget Office Report on TARP was just issued. It showed that the funds for home mortgage assistance programs would be reduced from $50 billion to $12 billion, as reported in the Huffington Post.

Dec 03 09:26

Carmel inferno proves Israel can't afford war with Iran

Just like Israel's army in the 1973 Yom Kippur war, the emergency services were wholly unprepared to handle a shock on this scale.

Dec 03 09:24

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill

The pictorial evidence tells the whole story.
Especially that the BP narrative is nothing but a corporate-created illusion – a web of fabrication spun in collaboration with the US Federal Government and Mainstream Media. Big Oil, as well as the Military-Industrial Complex, have aided and abetted this whole scheme and info blackout because the very future of the Oil & Gas Industry is at stake, as is the future of the US Empire which sprawls around the world and requires vast amounts of hydrocarbon fuel.



Dec 03 09:22

Japan, U.S. launch largest-ever joint defense drills

Following straight on the heels of similar drills held in the Yellow Sea between the U.S. and South Korea, the drills in Japan, which will run for eight days at bases across Japan and in the air and on waters around them and are being called the "Keen Sword" drills will involve more than 34,000 Japanese and 10,000 American troops.

n terms of hardware, about 400 planes and 60 warships will participate, including the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which took part in the Korean peninsula exercises, as well as Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force's next- generation Aegis-equipped battle ships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Japan's Defense Minister is being disingenuous in the extreme when making the statement that this exercise is "...not targeting a specific country."

The world knows that this is all about North Korea.

Dec 03 09:21

Cancer 'is purely man-made' say scientists after finding almost no trace of disease in Egyptian mummies

'The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer-causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialisation.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being fondled by people wearing white lab coats is what causes cancer.

Dec 03 09:17

JPMorgan Says Crude Oil Price Will Reach $120 a Barrel Before End of 2012

Oil will advance to $120 a barrel before the end of 2012 as consumption grows in emerging economies, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which is responsible for about 40 percent of global supplies, is unlikely to increase production in the first half of next year unless prices surge through $100 a barrel, the bank said in a report today. Futures traded around $87 a barrel in New York today, near their highest price in two years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true,this will deliver the knockout punch to any hope of true economic recovery here in the US.

Dec 03 09:14

Nov. Jobs Report Far Worse Than Expected; Unemployment Rate Up to 9.8%

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember earlier in the week we were being told that the November numbers were lower and consumer confidence was high, and I predicted that these were just propaganda stunts to flog you all into the Christmas shopping paddock?

Well, those optimistic numbers were lies, and probably this one is as well. People who have run out of unemployment benefits are no longer counted as unemployed but are re-categorized in an accounting trick to keep the official unemployment figures as low as possible. Non-government experts are estimating unemployment at 23%. A family friend in California says their local unemployment has hit 30%. That exceeds the unemployment levels of the Great Depression.



Dec 03 09:08

South Korea raises rhetoric against the North

Kim Kwan-jin, a retired general, was speaking at a parliamentary meeting confirming him as new defense minister, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said North Korea threatened the region and the world.

"If there are further provocations, we will definitely use aircraft to bomb North Korea," Kim said when asked how he would respond to another attack after last week's North Korean bombardment of an island near their disputed border, killing two South Korean marines and two civilians.

But, in a sign any escalation was being kept in check, a joint industrial complex shared by the two Koreas in the North was still operating, with 200 South Koreans crossing the border on Friday.

And North Korea's sharp rhetoric has noticeably waned over the past two days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that cooler heads prevail throughout the region.

War between North and South Korea is a very, very bad idea, because it will inevitably bring China in on North Korea's side, and the US in on South Korea's side.

Unfortunately, the sabre-rattling between South Korea and the US doesn't bode well for an ultimate avoidance of a military conflict here.

Dec 03 09:00

China issues warning over US-S.Korea-Japan talks

China, after being snubbed in its call for six-way talks on North Korea, has warned the United States, Japan and South Korea not to "intensify confrontation" at a meeting next week in Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, what will most probably happen will be the escalating of tensions with North Korea as a result of this meeting on Monday.

Please remember: Japan and the US are holding exercises in the region starting today, and next week, South Korea will be holding their "regular" live fire exercises.

These actions are not the actions of nations eager to lessen the heightened state of conflict, but the actions of nations eager to enhance that state of conflict.

Dec 03 08:59

The Deadly Question for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The very best that America can make is already obsolete rolling out the door.

As I keep saying, the very best reason to avoid WW3 is that the USA will lose it.

Dec 03 08:54

China Is `Scared' of U.S. Monetary Policy, Rogoff, Rickards Say

Policy makers in China, which holds $883.5 billion in U.S. Treasuries, are concerned the nation with the world’s biggest economy is debasing its currency, according to Kenneth S. Rogoff and James Rickards.

The world is in the early stages of a currency war, said Rickards, chief financial and administrative officer of Oro Capital Advisors LLC. Rickards, Rogoff, a professor of economics and public policy at Harvard University, and Laurence H. Meyer, co-founder of Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, spoke today at the Bloomberg Hedge Funds 2010 conference in New York.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who in their right mind in China wouldn't be worried about the debasement of the value of that $883.5 billion dollars in US Treasuries, coupled with the fact that the US government has absolutely no way to pay China back?!?

Dec 03 08:51

Bloomberg Dec 1 2010

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 16 seconds, it is reported that Bank of America was one beneficiary of the Federal Reserve's generosity.

Which is weird because I recall that Bank of America made a big deal out of claiming they did not have to take any government bailout money!

Looks like BofA's word cannot be trusted!

Dec 03 08:48

Group Demands Immediate Halt of Full-Body Airport Scanners

the group claims the machines, among other things, violate the federal Video Voyeurism Prevent Act, which protects against capturing improper images that violate one’s privacy.

Dec 03 08:46

Elitist Bankers and Congressional Leadership are Plotting to Stop Ron Paul

Dec 03 08:46

Crisis-Hit Banks Flooded Fed with Junk

Banks flooded the Federal Reserve with billions of dollars in “junk bonds” and other low-grade collateral in exchange for much-needed liquidity during the crisis, as the financial sector struggled under a crippling credit crunch, new data show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not quite. What is happening here is that foreign banks, now aware that Wall Street was selling them fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, are doing "putbacks", i.e. demanding the US make good on the bad paper or risk having the entire US financial industry exposed as a bunch of Bernie Madoff clones. That is why when the Fed was handing out that $9 trillion, they did not want to tell anyone where that money went.

Now that a change in the law forced them to reveal who got the money, the American people are wondering just who is expected to repay that $9 trillion, and since there is no way the Fed can make a profit on returned fraudulent mortgages, and since Wall Street still hopes to conceal from the American people the Mortgage-Backed Securities fraud that destroyed the economy and looted their homes, this is the start of the "Gee, we're sorry, but all those foreign banks fooled us and the American taxpayer has to cover that $9 trillion" propaganda.

Dec 03 08:34

Greek students clash with police

At least five people have been arrested in fresh clashes between student protesters and police outside of parliament in Athens over government austerity plans.

Dec 03 08:32

WikiLeaks: "We got stuff about UFOs!!!! (Honest!)"

Assange said they do have real material which relates to UFOs. "It s worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive there are indeed references to UFOs," he said, without providing other information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pathetic attempt to hold the public interest.

Dec 03 08:26

Snow causes more travel problems as temperatures drop to -20C

The freezing weather, which fell to -20C overnight in parts of Scotland, continues to severely disrupt travel across the country, and has claimed the lives of two pensioners found dead in their gardens in Cumbria.

Dec 03 08:21

A Month After Elections, 200,000 Votes Found

The city’s Board of Elections routinely reminds New Yorkers that the election night vote count is unofficial and preliminary.

Still, the difference in the results from Nov. 2 and in the returns formally certified by the board on Wednesday seems striking: The board found 195,055 votes, or 17 percent more votes, than were originally reported.

That differential — which nearly equals the total vote for governor in the Bronx and Staten Island combined — does not include an additional 28,442 affidavit ballots that New Yorkers cast at the polls on Election Day because of missing registrations or other reasons and another 30,665 absentee and military ballots and scattered write-in votes.

Dec 03 08:12

Burning Bush VS. Divine Justice VS. Act of God VS. Stupidity - Or All of the Preceeding +++ (Click Here For Full Version)

Disaster in the North of Israel, at least 40 lay dead as fire rages across the Carmel Mountains. A mass evacuation has begun. Body count is increasing.

FIRE, FIRE IN THE NIGHT,
FIRE, FIRE BURNING BRIGHT.
IN THE FORESTS OF THY NIGHT,
WHAT IMMORTAL HAND OR EYE
COULD FRAME THY FEARFUL SYMMETRY?
:-))

WARNING: RT Raw (unedited) Video Footage - dead lying along road; DISCRETION ADVISED. Video has no commentary or voice over.

Dec 03 08:06

PROPAGANDISTS READING WRH; SHUT DOWN WIKILEAKS.ORG DOMAIN!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Days ago I pointed out that DHS had shut down dozens of domains for copyright infringement in the weeks before the Wikileaks document dump, but in the 6 months between the arrest of intelligence analyst Bradly Manning and WikiLeak's release of the documents Manning supposedly leaked, DHS had done nothing to shut the domain for WikiLeaks even though the documents are all supposedly classified!

Today, with much media fanfare, the US has shut down the domain WikiLeaks.org. It is being proclaimed across ABCNNBBCBS ... together with the new and still untouched new WikiLeaks domain where people can still read those nasty ol' classified documents the government is pretending they don;t want you to read!

The good news is the propagandists are reacting to us instead of the other way around. They have lost the initiative, which means they have lost the battle.

Dec 03 07:48

War Games In Northeast Asia Not Helpful For Peace: China

The war games with Japan aimed at China commence today.

Dec 03 07:45

Chinese Train Breaks Speed Record

416.6 kilometers/hour!

Dec 03 05:43

WikiLeaks Cables: Don't Trust Israel On Iran

Hey Mike,the disinfo people are reading your site and adjusting the disinfo accordingly.

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Dec 03 05:23

Lawyer Kurt Haskell, one of his potential victims, says Underwear Bomber is a "mere patsy"

It has been nearly nine months since Lori and I were almost killed by the Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. For the first few months, Lori and I were very vocal over the media blackout and corresponding cover up to the real story of the Christmas Day events. If anyone is not familiar with our experience, our story can be read here in this blog. For the past few months, we have chosen to sit back and watch as the trial, or lack thereof, plays out in the courthouse we regularly practice in. While the media blackout to the true events continues, the failed attack on our credibility has been replaced with deafening silence as to our eyewitness account. To us, this matter has never been about seeking vengeance against the Underwear Bomber. When taking our eyewitness account and adding it to the small amount of honest facts that have come out, one can only recognize the Underwear Bomber as a mere patsy. It is quite shocking that, thus far, the Underwear Bomber hasn't been forever silenced as other patsies that have come before him. What has led me to write this update is the following article:

Dec 03 03:58

Report: Homeland Security Compiling TSA Enemies List

One concern expressed repeatedly is the notion that the TSA, not content to trample on just the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans, is now moving to stifle the right to free speech as well. “The First Amendment is in more serious jeopardy than one might have previously imagined,” noted author Edward Cline, a contributing editor to Family Security Matters.

“Do not cave in to the TSA’s 'conditioning' to make your silence a measure of normalcy,” Cline concluded. “The government’s intention is to inure Americans to living in a state of obedient and submissive servitude.”

Dec 03 03:45

Wikileaks: US Hits Back At Israel

These are likely the first of many retaliatory moves by intelligence agencies around the world against Israel. As one informed source put it, "Israel overplayed its hand with these Wikileaks releases, now it will suffer the 'blow-back."

Dec 03 03:35

FIRE NEXT TIME

In spite of its nuclear power, its criminal army, the occupation, the Mossad and its lobbies all over the world, Israel seems to be very vulnerable. It is devastatingly alienated from the land it claims to own. Like the pine tree, Israel and the Israeli are foreign to the region.

We can only hope that Israel will learn from this…. learn to be a MENTCH! Learn to give as well as take. Learn that its very survival depends on this. The world is not the enemy of Israel, Israel is the enemy of the world. This has to change.

Dec 03 03:29

New York City to deploy more emergency ambulances to harvest victims' organs

(NaturalNews) The City of New York recently launched a new emergency services pilot program that seems more like something out of a science fiction movie than a real-life initiative. According to a recent New York Times report, the city has begun deploying two emergency ambulances in response to 911 calls -- one to try to save the lives of those involved, and the other to harvest their vital organs should the rescue efforts fail or be deemed likely to fail.

Dec 03 01:26

Israel Faces Child-Abuse Claims

An international children’s rights charity has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse in an effort to extract confessions from them.

The Geneva-based Defence for Children International (DCI) has collected 100 sworn affadavits from Palestinian children who said they were mistreated by their Israeli captors.

Fourteen of the statements say they were sexually abused or threatened with sexual assault to pressure them into confessions.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent in the West Bank, Nour Odeh, met one of the children, identified only as “N”, who said he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his interrogators.

Dismissive attitude

Dec 03 00:52

Press TV's with Max Keiser, FED balance sheet is "Destabilising"

*Banking system is broken
*Social unrest will continue
*Wealth goes to the top 1%, they're not creating jobs
*FED balance sheet is "Destabilising"
*How bad can it get?
*Next 6-9 months the backlash will start

Dec 03 00:43

Federal Reserve May Be `Central Bank of the World' After UBS, Barclays Aid

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-02/federal-reserve-may-be-centra...

Bailout Protection Act’
U.S. Representative Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, said he planned to introduce a “European Bailout Protection Act” to restrict the flow of International Monetary Fund loans to European countries. He said he was responding to reports that U.S. officials might bolster a European fund designed to deal with this year’s debt crisis, which has spread from Greece to Ireland.

Dec 03 00:29

Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/realtime/

Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.

The document, obtained by security researcher Christopher Soghoian, explains how so-called “Hotwatch” orders allow for real-time tracking of individuals in a criminal investigation via credit card companies, rental car agencies, calling cards, and even grocery store loyalty programs. The revelation sheds a little more light on the Justice Department’s increasing power and willingness to surveil Americans with little to no judicial or Congressional oversight.

December 2, 2010

Dec 02 21:44

Commonly used antidepressants may raise heart disease risk

How depressing...

Dec 02 21:43

Radiation scientists agree TSA naked body scanners could cause breast cancer and sperm mutations

The news about the potential health dangers of the TSA's naked body scanners just keeps getting worse. An increasing number of doctors and scientists are going public with their warnings about the health implications of subjecting yourself to naked body scanners.

Dec 02 21:27

Bloomberg: BofA Mortgage Morass Deepens on Promissory Notes Issues

“If the notes weren’t properly transferred to the trusts, then investors have the mother of all put-back claims,” Adam J. Levitin, an associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, wrote on a blog four days after citing the Wizmur ruling during a hearing by a House Financial Services subcommittee.

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It is ALL 'putbacks.' The banks in Europe (and now Australia) realized the mortgage-backed securities they purchased from Wall Street are fraudulent and demanded refunds, plus the credit default swaps. THAT is what the Federal Reserve spent trillions of tax dollars on while refusing to say where the money went, all the while knowing that since repurchased fraudulent securities can never earn a profit, that the American people would ultimately be forced to make good on the loans.

So much cash flowed out from Wall Street to cover the bad paper that the major banks and investment houses would be insolvent unless other assets were found to put on the balance sheets, and those assets were the homes of the American people.

But the government could not simply confiscate the houses the way Roosevelt had confiscated the gold in 1933, so the government changed the tax policy to send high paying American jobs offshore, making it impossible for millions of suddenly jobless Americans to pay their mortgages, which made it easy for the banks to grab the properties, all the while making it look like it was the homeowners' own fault they lost their home!

Dec 02 19:35

Federal Reserve Bank (a private bank) Doled Out 9 Trillion in Buyouts (not Bailouts)

Under orders from Congress, the Federal Reserve finally had to tell Americans, that they gave a whopping nine trillion dollars in short term loans to eighteen different financial institutions during the peak of the financial crisis. AlterNet's Zach Carter breaks down these new findings.

Dec 02 19:34

WikiLeaks - North Korea has nuclear facility on ATLANTIS! (Really!)

China obtained information in 2008 that North Korea has a secret underwater nuclear facility in its coastal waters, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show.

According to a Sept. 26, 2008 cable from the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai disclosed by WikiLeaks, a North Korea expert in Shanghai announced this in a meeting about the six-party nuclear talks with Christopher Beede, the political and economic chief at the consulate.

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WikiLeaks just jumped the shark.

Dec 02 19:28

Camden City Council Pushes Ahead With Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

Camden City Council, as expected, voted Thursday to lay off almost 400 workers, half of them police officers and firefighters, to bridge a $26.5 million deficit.

That’s about a quarter of the city’s entire work force.

Five members of City Council voted unanimously to approve the layoff plan — two other members were absent. The cuts take effect in mid-January.

walco Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire LayoffsExactly how many city workers will be affected is still an open question, although nearly half the city’s police and a third of the firefighters are slated to go...

Dec 02 17:04

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A "confidential" April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

The previous month, a Spanish human rights group called the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners had requested that Spain's National Court indict six former Bush officials for, as the cable describes it, "creating a legal framework that allegedly permitted torture." The six were former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; David Addington, former chief of staff and legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney; William Haynes, the Pentagon's former general counsel; Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy; Jay Bybee, former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel; and John Yoo, a former official in the Office of Legal Counsel. The human rights group contended that Spain had a duty to open an investigation under the nation's "universal jurisdiction" law, which permits its legal system to prosecute overseas human rights crimes involving Spanish citizens and residents. Five Guantanamo detainees, the group maintained, fit that criteria.

Back when it seemed that this case could become a major international issue, during an April 14, 2009, White House briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs if the Obama administration would cooperate with any request from the Spaniards for information and documents related to the Bush Six. He said, "I don't want to get involved in hypotheticals." What he didn't disclose was that the Obama administration, working with Republicans, was actively pressuring the Spaniards to drop the investigation. Those efforts apparently paid off, and, as this WikiLeaks-released cable shows, Gonzales, Haynes, Feith, Bybee, Addington, and Yoo owed Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank-you notes.

Dec 02 16:57

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui abducted, tortured and sentenced to 86 years in prison

The failed attempt of American war-planners to create a female AlQaeda “mastermind” for the “War on Terrorism” -
without being indicted for terrorist activities Siddiqui would still be convicted of those charges. And those false allegations against her could still be used as a propaganda tool for the “War on Terror“, which in reality is a war on Islamic countries as part of a geo-strategic game.

Dec 02 16:14

Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

The energy services company Dick Cheney ran prior to becoming Vice President of the United States was atop the tongue of liberals each time it was awarded a contract in Iraq.

Now the company's name, Halliburton, is being spoken somewhere else: Nigeria.

According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged $180 million bribery scandal.

Dec 02 16:04

UK Covered in snow, for the second winter

The University of Dundee’s satellite receiving station captured this image of how the heavy snow of the past week has affected the UK.

The picture, which was received at 1145 GMT on Thursday from Nasa satellite Terra, shows almost the entire country covered by a blanket of snow.

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Dec 02 15:40

Madison County Man Being Evicted Off His Own Land for Living Too Simply (VIDEO)

Madison County officials are forcing a man out of his home — a recreational trailer — because they say he's breaking several ordinances.

Dec 02 15:36

CHART OF THE DAY: Global Food Prices About To Break An All Time High

Inflation in emerging markets is hitting food prices hard, and now we have raw data from the UN to confirm.

The latest report from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization shows prices are back at 2008 levels, and have increased for five months in a row.

Dec 02 15:18

Canada - What Really Happened Wiki

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Wow!

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Dec 02 13:41

Buffalo, New York Gets 2 Feet of Snow

Hundreds of motorists stranded.

Dec 02 13:20

It Was a Big Dump by the Fed, But Are They Still Constipated?

What's the Fed hiding? Why no purchase and sales numbers for the Maiden Lane transactions? Why no Maiden Lane data at all for the period June 2007 to September 30, 2008?

Dec 02 12:38

Debt, So what's all the FUSS about?

Dec 02 12:04

IRS Paid $130m in Fraudulent Tax Refunds to 50,000 Prisoners

TIGTA’s analysis found that the majority of tax returns the IRS identifies as being filed by prisoners are not being screened to assess their fraud potential. The review found that 253,929 (88 percent) of the 287,918 returns filed by prisoners as of March 24, 2010 were not selected for screening. Of those, 48,887 who claimed refunds totaling more than $130 million had no wage information reported to the IRS by employers.

Dec 02 11:38

Orphanage Used As Big Pharma Testing Ground For HIV Aids Medicine

This article deals with pharmaceutical abuse in a children’s home in NYC. This piece was investigated and written in summer through winter of 2003 and published in January 2004, with occasional updates. The story broke wide in early 2004, with coverage in the New York Post and the New York Press. It served as the basis of investigation for the BBC film “Guinea Pig Kids,” and has prompted further investigation by the Associated Press – as well as a pointed attack by the New York Times. The investigation is ongoing.

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Dec 02 11:17

CHANUKAH IN EAST JERUSALEM; DOGS, BULLDOZERS AND TEAR-GAS

It seems that the only difference between the nazis and the zionists is the colour of the film used…

Dec 02 11:17

ISRAEL PLANNING NEW ATTACKS ON GAZA

Israel is laying the political groundwork for an escalation of attacks on the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in the Hamas-led government, said Wendesday.

Dec 02 11:16

ARRESTS AND INTIMIDATIONS CONTINUE IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

Israeli occupation forces arrest MP Nayef Rajoub

Dec 02 11:14

The Shrink Wrapped and Processed Formica Life.

For some years, maybe around five of them, I’ve been expecting war on Iran; a major or series of major false flag events, assassinations, world upheaval, earthquakes, super storms, tidal waves and any and all of the collection of possibilities that are bandied about in the alternative press. If these things were supposed to happen, something is holding them back. There is a degree of uproar going on around the world and all of that is connected to the psychopathic behavior of bankers and we are hoping they get their just reward sooner rather than later.

Dec 02 11:13

The four corners of the non-California economic recovery – Underemployment at 23 percent, affordability signifies bubble in prices, $25 billion budget deficit, no market is healthy when active foreclosures out number MLS non-distress inventory.

We have two economic worlds developing in the US. In one, you have a stock market that is bouncing back with many companies, especially large banks reporting extraordinary profits thanks to cheap loans from the Fed. In the other world, you have millions of Americans who have exhausted unemployment benefits and 1 out of 7 Americans on food stamps. Here in California it is expected that 454,000 will lose their benefits by year end if nothing is acted upon.

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Dec 02 11:05

Fed Trying to Make It Harder for Homeowners to Fight Mortgage Fraud by Gutting Truth In Lending Laws

As reported by the Washington Post, the Fed turned a blind eye for years and allowed massive fraud in the mortgage market.

After Alan Greenspan changed his mind and admitted that financial players commit fraud unless laws are enforced (see this and this), many hoped that the Fed would start cracking down on fraud a little bit.

Unfortunately, the Bernanke Fed is continuing to try to sweep fraud under the rug. As just one example, the Fed has been consistently trying to downplay the significance of mortgage fraud, claiming it's not widespread and that nothing much really has to be done about it.

Now, the Fed is proposing a change to the Truth in Lending laws which would make it harder for homeowners to fight mortgage fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In order to prevent the banks from collapsing when they were forced to buy back the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities from Europe, the deliberate decision was made by the US Government to allow the banks to seize private American homes to preserve their capital structure. But the US Government could not just grab homes the way Roosevelt had grabbed gold. Even the TV-numbed American people would have awakened at that and hanged the politicians from the streetlights. So the US Government and the bankers needed to find a way to allow the banks to grab the property, but make it look like it was the homeowners' own fault.

But homeowners are daring to fight back, and that just cannot be allowed, in the view of Wall Street!

Yes Virginia, there really are monsters, and they wear Armani jackets and Rolex watches and they gaze into their mirrors and admire the reflections of incarnate gods, to whom we mere mortals are but tokens in the great game of global greed.

We shall have no more debate about a civil war. It is already upon us! Millions of Americans have been driven from their homes by the invaders; not with guns and bayonets but with pens and papers and corrupted law. The American victims of this war already wander the desolate byways of this land, outcast from their own friends and families, made as destitute and hopeless as any refugee fleeing any tyrant in history. The war for America is already at your front door. What will you do?

Dec 02 10:38

FLASHBACK - President Obama: offshoring fears are outdated, unwarranted

The perception that Indian call centers and back office operations cost U.S. jobs is an old stereotype that ignores today’s reality that two-way trade between the U.S. and India is helping create jobs and raise the standard of living in both countries, U.S. President Barack Obama told a gathering of business executives in Mumbai on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality is that offshoring has accelerated under Obama.

Why?

Because in order to prevent the banks from collapsing when they were forced to buy back the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities from Europe, the deliberate decision was made to allow the banks to seize private American homes to recapitalize. But the US Government could not just grab homes the way Roosevelt had grabbed gold. Even the somnambulant American people would have awakened at that and hanged the politicians from the streetlights. So the US Government and the bankers needed to find a way to allow the banks to grab the property, but make it look like it was the homeowners' own fault, so that the people would sit in the homeless camps, feeling sorry for themselves, and not be a nuisance.

The US Government took your jobs so that the US banks could take your homes, and make you think it was all your own fault.

Dec 02 10:10

Kentucky state to pay 37 million for Creationalist Park

This ain't gonna be free: the state guvmint is kickin' in $37 million in tax incentives to help a gang of Bible-totin' theocrats build a fancy Disneyland for ignoramuses.

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Here comes the slide into the new Dark Ages!

Dec 02 10:08

Turkish official: Israel initiated massive leak

Further deterioration in ties: The Israeli government initiated the massive WikiLeaks disclosure this week in the aims of pushing Turkey into a corner, a senior official in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan charged Wednesday.

"We should look at the countries that are satisfied by the leak, and Israel is very satisfied," said Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party.

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Given that there was absolutely zero criticism of Israel represented in these leaks, and everything seemed to fit the agenda Israel's government is backing, one can see how DC Celik might have come to this conclusion.

Dec 02 09:55

Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding"

The Defense Department forced all "war on terror" detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act that an Army public health physician called "pharmacologic waterboarding."

The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.

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This is torture, with all the modern medical refinements, but torture nonetheless!

Dec 02 09:52

“Israeli Police Used Dogs In Attacking Homeowners In Jerusalem”

The Research and Documentation Unit of the JCSER reported that resident Mohammad Robin, an owner of a print house that was demolished Tuesday was attacked by dogs unleashed by the police while he was trying to get his father and equipment from the print house.

The dogs attacked and bit the two while the police used pepper spray against them before beating the wife of Mohammad. The police also fired gas bombs during the attack.

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So this is what "to protect and serve" looks like to Arab residents of East Jerusalem?!?

This is blatant, flagrant ethnic cleansing: there is no other term with which to accurately describe what happened to these people.

Dec 02 09:47

F.A.S.T. by DHS: Seems like The Minority Report

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This is truly a terrifying glimpse into this country's future.

Dec 02 09:43

FLASHBACK 2006 - The dream machine: invention of credit derivatives

That meant JPMorgan needed a new idea - one that its rivals could not copy too fast. As the bankers assembled in a hotel conference room, close to the Boca Raton marina, Hancock tried to prod them through their hangovers and jetlag into some brainstorming. “The idea was that we should think about how to take forward this large swaps business we had built... and apply it to other areas,” Hancock says.

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Read this carefully. This is how the whole derivatives mess that the people of the US and EU are losing their homes to pay for came about!

Dec 02 09:40

Lethal cold weather grips northern Europe

Dec 02 09:36

Calif approves use of pesticide linked to cancer

California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer.

The state Department of Pesticide Regulation will register methyl iodide as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer.

California's $1.6 billion strawberry industry will undoubtedly provide one of the biggest markets for the chemical, as will the Central Valley's nut orchards and the fresh flower nurseries dotting the coast in Ventura and San Diego counties.

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One has to wonder how much this cost the big makers of methyl bromide, who stand to win handsomely from this decision.

No matter how or where you make your food purchasing decisions, please make it a point know where it came from.

Dec 02 09:31

Record cold in Denmark Worst in 131 years

Dec 02 09:29

Another oil rig explodes.

Dec 02 09:27

Snow closes roads and schools from Cornwall to Scotland

Dec 02 09:16

Lebanon at Stake: Turkey Must Reveal Its Cards

Now Turkey has appeared in the picture. A new and solid card, it perhaps has the power to change the rules of this painfully predictable game. Israel, in response, is trying to undermine the risk.

Dec 02 09:11

The Austerity Hammer Starts to Fall on United States as Debt Consumes Europe

Problem, Reaction, Solution: Derivatives, Crash, Too Big To Fail, Bailout, Nationalization, Budget Crisis, Privatization, Debt Slavery, Austerity, Evaporating Pensions, Central Banks, Big Government, World Government. It’s been quite a saga, but this economic crisis has been planned sabotage by design. The age of the Offshore Global Cartel is the age of economic warfare with the wealthy Western world. The 3rd World has largely already been brought to its knees. The remaining vestiges of national sovereignty must be eliminated and the middle class consumer society must be swept back to the feudal age by way of a tidal wave looting of living standards, cut wages & pensions, and the bread and circuses of cheap plastic goods and entertainment.

Dec 02 09:10

Coldest in Trondheim, Norway, in 222 years

And the would-be dictators in Cancun keep screaming about global warming.

Or "climate disruption," as they now so coyly want to call it.

Dec 02 09:02

5-year-old Palestinian boy witnessing Israeli soldiers dragging his father away

Dec 02 09:01

TSA chief: Public outcry over pat-downs weighed vs. risk

The nation's transportation security chief says he decided to launch controversial new airport pat-down searches without first warning travelers, against the advice of his public relations aides.

"What it came down to was I wanted to make sure people are not subjected to additional risk of planes being blown out of the sky," Pistole told USA TODAY's editorial board. "I was gravely concerned that we needed to do something with a sense of urgency and professionalism that did not signal to terrorists that we had a vulnerability."

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This has absolutely nothing with passenger safety, and everything to do with cowing the American people to accept more and more physical and emotional intrusion and indignity from a government gone wild.

In Pistole's world, apparently, the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America no longer exists.

One has to wonder just how far the American people can be pushed with these practices until they push back.

Dec 02 09:00

Calif approves use of pesticide linked to cancer

California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer.

Dec 02 08:59

Uproar at Budapest pensions plan

Hungary’s financial sector is in uproar over government plans to make citizens transfer more than €10bn ($13.1bn) of savings out of private pension funds into the state pension system to reduce the country’s budget deficit – or lose much of their pensions.

The move, dubbed “blackmail” by a founder of the 12-year-old private pension system, is among several recent steps by the government of Viktor Orban’s centre-right Fidesz party that have spooked investors and caused a sell-off of Hungarian assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Money Addicts of Wall Street created this tsunami of ruin with the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, reaping billions in bonuses and secure in the knowledge that the costs would be dropped on the people of Europe and the US.

Well, the people of the US may bend over and say "Thank you sire, may I have another?" but the people of Europe are angry that their governments are going along with this looting and sell-out to the IMF.

Dec 02 08:55

Students Occupy Colosseum, Mole Antonelliana and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Police clashed with demonstrators in Florence as protesting students stormed the Colosseum, the Mole Antonelliana and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Up and down Italy, another day of protests against university reform came to an end after a government defeat in the Chamber of Deputies over a Future and Liberty (FLI) amendment. The final vote has been postponed until Tuesday 30.

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Good for the Italians!

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Dec 02 08:36

New York Times admits it got state department cables from UK Guardian, not from WikiLeaks!

New York Times editors said Sunday that although the paper's reporters had been digging through WikiLeaks trove of 250,000 State Department cables for "several weeks," the online whistleblower wasn't the source of the documents.

Dec 02 08:34

U.S. Citizens Bailing Out Banks Around the World - Did Fed Do this - Due to them KNOWING The Fraud of MERS and Selling of MBS many times over? Could it all Lead back to the MERS and Foreclosure Fraud and to Ultimately Try to Cover it Up?

Now that I have given you a sample of the Information out there about the Fed bailing out Foreign entities with the Citizen's of the United States money, so there is no need to me to go into the finite details here.... I do have a question about it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the numerous tendrils of financial corruption are starting to re-converge on the core of the scandal. Here is what happened and how you got screwed by the bankers and the US Government.

1. Wall Street created the mortgage-backed security as an investment device, sold them, used ponzi scheme tactics to make them look immensely profitable while the SEC looked the other way.

2. In order to meet the demand for MDS created by the illusion of major profits from the Ponzi activity, the mortgage bundlers pledged the same mortgages over and over and over again into different investment bundles.

3. In late 2008 the fraud started to appear in US financial circles. Congress, itself invested in the financial firms that bought those fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, voted through TARP to save their own fortunes at the expense of the US taxpayer.

4. In 2009, the foreign banks began to realize that Wall Street had screwed them and began to demand the repurchase of the bad paper. The Fed started handing out trillions of dollars borrowed against the American people, mostly to foreign banks, to cover the fraud.

5. But cash was flowing out of the nation faster than the Federal Reserve could print it up. Something needed to be done to balance the loss and put the bankers back into the black, so the only real hard assets left n the nation, Americans' homes, were to be sacrificed for the good of the banks' capital structure.

6. By perpetuating tax credits that encouraged the offshoring of American jobs to other countries, the US Government created a situation in which millions of Americans would no longer be able to make their mortgage payments and lose their homes to the banks. The banks would then add the full value of those homes to their balance sheets to keep themselves appearing solvent.

The US Government deliberately killed your jobs, so the fraudulent bankers could save themselves from prison by taking your homes to cover the buybacks from Europe. That is pretty much the story of the last few years. And now that it is out I expect US Government propaganda about how wonderful the economy is doing to hit the flood stage at least until they can get a good war with China going!

Dec 02 08:34

Israel Announces More Settlement Expansions in East Jerusalem

In a move expected to spark another flurry of international condemnation and cheer from Israel’s far right, the Israeli government announced today that they have approved another 625 settlement units inside the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

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There will soon be no place for Arabs or Palestinians in East Jerusalem or the West Bank.

The world watches Israel (literally) getting away with murder, and does absolutely nothing.

Dec 02 08:27

Japan, US to conduct biggest ever military drill

Japan and the United States will hold their biggest ever joint military drills just days after a US and South Korean show of force amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said Thursday.

The previously announced "Keen Sword" drills, which were planned before North Korea's artillery barrage of a South Korean island last week, will take place from Friday to December 10, a US military official confirmed.

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Between this drill, slated for this Friday the 3rd and supposedly ending on December 10, and the South Korean drill, slated for Monday, 6 December, it appears that that US is doing everything to provoke North Korea militarily it can possibly do.

If North and South Korea engage militarily, China will have to engage on the side of North Korea, and the US will have to engage on the side of South Korea.

It appears as though those in the bowels of power in Washington are pushing this country on a collision course to war with China, as insane as this notion might sound on the surface.

And why?!?

1. The US government is hovering on insolvency, and cannot possibly pay back the billions it has borrowed from China to conduct its illegal and immoral wars without end.

2. China refused to revalue their currency at the G20.

3. Russia and China have done away with using the dollar at all in bilateral trade.

Please note: Secretary of State Clinton was on a whirlwind tour of Central Asia these last couple of days, with stops in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

Take a look at the following map:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/china_pol96.jpg

One has to wonder if Clinton is "shopping" for overfly and/or forward basing capabilities in advance of such a potential military conflict with China.

Dec 02 08:21

Less Money Brings More Problems

How can the U.S. economy hope to “recover” if Americans have less money to spend? Tens of millions of Americans are going into 2011 scared to death about losing their jobs. Most of them know if they do lose their job that they have a very slim chance of finding another one...

Dec 02 08:15

South Korean spy chief warns of more attacks by North

South Korea's spy chief said Wednesday that there is a high chance that North Korea will attack again following a strike last month that has led to renewed tensions on the peninsula, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Meanwhile, South Korea and the United States wrapped up joint military exercises on the Yellow Sea, while South Korea carried on with plans for artillery firing drills next week amid simmering tensions with Pyongyang.

The live fire drills are a routine monthly exercise aimed at securing the safety of ships in the area, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN. They are scheduled to begin Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it appears that South Korea has been given its marching orders by the US to provoke North Korea to the point of military confrontation, and corporate media has been given its marching orders that if North Korea responds, that it will be made to look as though North Korea started the provocation.

Dec 02 08:07

Obama Worked With Republicans To KILL Bush Torture Probe

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A "confidential" April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

And just remember; at this point in the US, there is only one, party, and it is the war party.

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Dec 02 08:03

Fed Pushing To Drop Key Foreclosure-Fighting Rule That Holds Lenders Accountable

As Americans continue to lose their homes in record numbers, the Federal Reserve is considering making it much harder for homeowners to stop foreclosures and escape predatory home loans with onerous terms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US currency is on life support, and the only "hard assets" financial institutions would want, other than gold or silver, are foreclosed properties.

Without those seized homes to cover the losses from having to buy back the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, US banks would be instantly insolvent.

Is it any wonder that the Fed is working as hard as it can to put as much property as possible into the hands of private bankers?!?

Dec 02 08:00

The Fed has been Busted - EU mortage security buy-back scandal goes viral!

Dec 02 07:54

FLASHBACK - SEC Failure to Regulate Mortgage Backed Securities Resulted in Ponzi Scheme Fraud

The problems associated with a clogged foreclosure system continue to mount. Foreclosures in 23 states have been halted by major banks after allegations surfaced of various illegal practices

Dec 02 07:51

Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged $180 million bribery scandal.

"Last week, Nigeria arrested at least 23 officials from companies including Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal payments to Nigerian officials. Those detained were all freed on bail on Nov. 29," Bloomberg News' Elisha Bala-Gbogbo wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although I seriously doubt that Cheney will ever be actually brought to trial on this, it does give a whole new dimension to the phrase "Nigerian Scam", and does lay bare just a tiny bit of the corruption in which HALIBURTON was (and probably still is) neck-deep.

Dec 02 07:29

Larium- Mefloquine Effects

Dec 02 07:22

Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding"

The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.

Dec 02 07:12

Monsanto GMO Crops Ordered Destroyed By Federal Judge

So much for GMO beets, at least for awhile.

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Dec 02 07:05

Chinese Editorial on U.S. Naval Exercises Off Its Coasts

The exercise in the Yellow Sea is winding down. A new exercise with the Japanese is getting under way. The new exercise practices closing off Chinese access to the Pacific.

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Dec 02 06:59

Jahanpour: U.S. Following Israeli 5-Point Plan On Iran: Wikileaks

Looks like even Juan Cole is a little suspicious.

Dec 02 06:55

WikiLeaks Strengthens Netanyahu's Hand

Well Netanyahu thinks the leaks are helping him and Israel! Cui Bono!

Dec 02 06:51

U.S. and Japan Poke China In Eye With Stick

The U.S. and Japan to practice closing off China's access to the Pacific.

Dec 02 06:50

US soldier admits to sport killing

A US military court has spared an American soldier from an early discharge from the US Army after he admitted to shooting unarmed Afghan civilians for fun.

PressTV

Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens, 25, an Army medic from the State of Oregon, was only sentenced to nine months in prison on Wednesday for killing Afghan civilians, after pleading guilty . . .

Dec 02 06:20

Tighter food supplies, high prices to persist

Svetlana Kovalyova
Reuters

World food prices are set to remain high in 2011/12 with supplies tightening and demand running strong, the United Nations' food agency economist told Reuters on Wednesday after a new jump in prices.

"The chances of prices to remain high and extremely volatile well into 2011/12 are stronger than ever," FAO's economist Abdolreza Abbassian told Reuters in a telephone interview . . .

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