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Jan 06 22:29

Yuan-settlement test to start

CHINA'S central bank said yesterday that it plans to implement a pilot program that would settle overseas trade with the Chinese currency instead of the US dollar.

Those moves are expected to facilitate overseas trade, as Chinese exporters might face losses if they continue to be paid in US dollars, analysts said.

Jan 06 22:10

Israeli team flees to changing room in Turkey

An Israeli basketball team fled to the changing room Tuesday as hundreds of fist-pumping, chanting Turkish fans protested the violence in Gaza.

Jan 06 22:05

Israel and Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A photo essay that opens with pictures of HAMAS militants(??? check out photo 3, and how pale the skin is on the left most militant) and ends with Israel's slaughter of the Gazans.

Jan 06 21:41

Chavez called the Israeli army "cowards"

Israeli army are cowards says Venezuela

Calcutta News.Net
Tuesday 6th January, 2009

Israel's Ambassador to Venezuela has been expelled amid claims his country is carrying out genocide.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the Israeli army "cowards," while the foreign minister alleged the Jewish state was engaged in "state terrorism."

"Chavez called on Jewish people around the world to oppose "these criminal policies of the state of Israel that recall the worst pages of the history of the 20th century.""

""The Holocaust, that is what is happening right now in Gaza. The president of Israel at this moment should be taken to the International Criminal Court together with the President of
the United States," he said."

Jan 06 21:33

Gaza City: Israel Attacks International Media Building

Israel Attacks International Media Building
Tuesday, 6 January 2009, 5:10 pm
Press Release: ISM Media

Israel Attacks High-Story International Media Building - International Human Rights Activist Inside

10pm, 5th January 2009, Gaza City: A high-story building housing international media outlets in Gaza City has been targeted by the Israeli military. Seven rounds were fired from an apache helicopter into the building in which international media which houses international media outlets such as Reuters.

Canadian Human Rights Activist Eva Bartlett was inside the building as it was attacked;

"It felt like the building was about to collapse. The attack felt like it would not end. Israel has denied the international media access to Gaza, now they are targeting those who are attempting to tell the world what is happening here. Israel does not want the world to see it's crimes." Eva Bartlett - International Solidarity Movement

Jan 06 20:57

The Other Side of the Story!

More Israeli war-crime pictures.

Jan 06 20:55

A Jewish Defector Warns America

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to hear a very frightening speech. This speech is an explanation of the plans now being laid to throw the United States into a third world war.

Jan 06 20:36

Climate change now demands techno fix

Leading scientists believe a technological fix is needed if the world is to be saved from the dangers of climate change.

"Everyone must buy SUVs. Brrrrrrr."

Jan 06 19:54

Europe begins to freeze as gas taps are turned off in energy war

Outside, the temperature plummeted to minus 12. Inside, the gas stopped flowing to homes in some of Europe's eastern cities in the dead of night and stayed off all day while the thermometer stayed below zero.

Tens of thousands living on the shores of the Black Sea were the first to feel the bitter impact of Russia's dispute with Ukraine over gas payments on the coldest day of the year.

With even icier conditions forecast for this week, the gas flow from Russia dried up during the day to nine countries, leading Bulgaria and Slovakia to consider declaring states of emergency and others to warn that just a few days' reserves remained.

Jan 06 19:06

Classmates malware attack poses as school reunion invite

Remember the days of the old school yard? You may prefer to forget them, but many people are nostalgic for the days of grazed knees, poor food and double geography.

A new malware campaign seen in the last few days plays on the popularity of websites like Classmates.com and FriendsReunited, by posing as an invitation to an imminent school reunion.

Jan 06 17:43

FLASHBACK - Annan ‘shocked’ by Israeli attack on UN Lebanon post

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has a long history of shelling UN facilities in the lands it invades.

Jan 06 17:41

Agony over Gaza assault and young casualties

“We saw at least 10 kids being brought out with gunshot wounds to the head.”

Jan 06 17:39

Natural Born Killers

And what is this Old Testament, who is this Yahweh and who are these forefathers they aspire to emulate? Well, the Old Testament is like their family album they open on a regular basis for guidance. In it, Yahweh speaks to them and tells them what to do, the constant theme of which is that he loves them and ONLY THEM and hates everyone else and that it’s their duty as his loyal subjects to act as the instruments of his hatred for everyone else, meaning they are to invade, murder, tear down, burn down, enslave, rape, dispossess and steal from those on his shitlist.

Bitch and moan about it all you want fellow earthlings, but facts are facts, and if you can’t see that this Old Testament is the playbook these people are using in causing murder and carnage in the Middle East and beyond, than I don’t know what to say. It’s as incontrovertible as the connection between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and anyone who argues otherwise has obviously checked out of the Hotel Reality.

Jan 06 17:19

A Historical Survey of Proposals to Transfer Arabs from Palestine, 1895-1947 (1988)

The rabbi tells the story of the most monstuous political project of the nineteenth century. The author is a devoted supporter of the rightist fringes of the Zionist movement, those who think that Sharon is sold to the Arabs ! He compiled with a great care all the proposals, coming from all political sides, to empty Palestine of its native population. It appears that all and every Zionist had one and only one dream: to kick the Arabs out, and preferably dump them in Iraq. It also appears that if Zionist could not achieve their goal, it was due to the resistance and the resilience of the Palestinians, who started to actively oppose Zionist projects in 1936. Zionism is, in its essence, a crime, but an unfinished crime. Its only goal is to destroy others, non-Jews. This is the most important genocidal project of the passed century.

Jan 06 16:34

Kingdom denounces silence — Palestinian factions asked to unite

Saudi Arabia yesterday denounced the silence of the international community over the ferocious Israeli war on unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and the collective punishment inflicted on the inhabitants of the territory.

“The international stand of silence and defeatism in dealing with Israeli atrocities (in Gaza) has no parallel,” said a statement issued by the Council of ministers.

The Cabinet said the Israeli military attack that has killed and injured hundreds of innocent people and destroyed vital infrastructure, violated humanitarian principles as well as international law and agreements.

The Cabinet also disproved the Israeli claim that its aggression against Gaza was for self-defense against Hamas rocket fire, saying that claim has ignored the Jewish state’s history of occupation of Palestinian land, its policy of economic blockade on its people and its negative response to Arab peace initiatives.

Jan 06 16:19

Al Qaeda Vows Revenge for Gaza

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are really scraping the bottom of the propaganda barrel.

How long before they dig up the dead guy and have Jeff Dunham scare us all with the corpse!

Jan 06 15:36

Credit Card Companies Slash Credit Limits

As if access to credit wasn't already tight, credit card companies are slashing consumer credit lines and closing inactive cards - a move that could harm borrowers' credit scores and restrict access to loans.

"Card issuers are playing defense, "trying to limit their risks in "the poor economic climate and against the prospect of continued consumer defaults," said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com.

But the lenders' actions could bring more worries for consumers.

Jan 06 15:08

I Am Ashamed

The latest war crime on behalf of the whiners in Israel and their blind and ignorant supporters in the US have resulted in the deaths of 531 Palestinians and an additional 2500 wounded. Let me put that into perspective. The US has 200 times the population so for us to experience the same causalities, we would have to have 106,200 deaths and some 500,000 wounded in ten days of massacre.

Jan 06 15:00

La Nina's cool can't beat the heat

A LA Nina weather pattern pushed temperatures down in 2008, with the latest climate data showing it was the coldest year since 2001.

Jan 06 14:47

Daley plans to go directly to federal government for economic stimulus dollars

FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter | Chicago Sun Times

With Gov. Blagojevich facing impeachment, Mayor Daley is trying to engineer a political end-run around Springfield when it comes to Chicago's share of the $800 billion economic stimulus plan being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama.

Jan 06 14:07

Strike at Gaza school 'kills 30'

Israel said its soldiers had come under fire from militants inside the school.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which is the usual bovine excrement we get from Israel every time they kill more civilians.

Jan 06 14:03

Report: Dozens dead in IDF strikes

Number of Palestinian citizens killed in Gaza increases dramatically, as UNWRA school sustains direct hit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for AP's report about a hit "in the vicinity" of the school.

Jan 06 13:59

Where’s Osama?

How likely is it that Osama bin Laden, the defender of the oppressed Moslems, “the perpetrator of 9/11” as they tell us, would remain silent in the face of the Israeli massacre of the helpless Palestinians in Gaza? Asks Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich.

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Jan 06 13:47

Willem Buiter warns of massive dollar collapse

The long-held assumption that US assets - particularly government bonds - are a safe haven will soon be overturned as investors lose their patience with the world's biggest economy, according to Willem Buiter.

Jan 06 13:46

Bank Of England Policymaker Predicts Unprecedented Dollar Collapse

A former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has predicted a massive collapse of the dollar within the next two to five years, warning that a government increase in spending under President elect Obama could be disastrous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As opposed to the reckless spending of the last 4 months of the Bush administration.

Jan 06 13:45

The BBC: Eyeless in Gaza

On 29 February last year the BBC's website reported deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai threatening a "holocaust" on Gaza. Headlined "Israel warns of Gaza 'holocaust'" the story would undergo nine revisions in the next twelve hours. Before the day was over the headline would read "Gaza militants 'risking disaster.'" (The story has since been revised again with an exculpatory note added soft-pedaling Vilnai's comments). An Israeli official threatening "holocaust" may be unpalatable to those who routinely invoke its specter to deflect criticism from the state's criminal behavior. With the "holocaust" reference redacted, the new headline shifted culpability neatly into the hands of "Gaza militants" instead.

Jan 06 13:45

Norwegian doctor: Israel intentionally targeting civilians

Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor working in Gaza, told Sky News on Monday that that he believes Israel is deliberately attacking the Palestinian population, not just targeting Hamas as Israeli authorities have said numerous times.

"Just a little bit more than an hour ago, the Israelis bombed the central food market in Gaza City and we had a mass influx of about 50 injured and between 10 and 15 killed," said Gilbert, on the phone with Sky News.

Jan 06 13:44

Former Wall St. Journal Editor: "What We Are Witnessing Is A Once Great Power Engaging In Fantasy To Disguise From Itself That It Is A Failed State"

In an article entitled "Will There Be a Recovery?", Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and former editor of the Wall Street Journal editor, Paul Craig Roberts pens the best one-liner of the week:

What we are witnessing is a once great power engaging in fantasy to disguise from itself that it is a failed state.

He's referring, of course, to the U.S.

Jan 06 13:43

Self 'Hate-Crime'

Jewish professor Norman Finkelstein writes in his best selling book, The Holocaust Industry:

"Invoking the holocaust is a ploy to delegitimise all criticism of Jews", he adds, "By conferring total blamelessness on Jews the holocaust dogma immunizes Israel and American Jewry from legitimate censure."

You can see how this "holocaust dogma" is at work in the media right now to ensure that the State of "Israel" is 'immunized' from "legitimate censure".

Jan 06 13:38

Pelosi Elected Speaker of 111th Congress

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Change we can believe in?

Jan 06 12:05

U.N. official says Gaza school was clearly marked

A U.N. official in Gaza said a school where dozens of Palestinians were killed by tank shells on Tuesday was clearly marked with a U.N. flag and its location had been reported to Israeli authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh, holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism holocaust anti-Semitism" -- Official Israeli response

Jan 06 11:49

" In order to save the village we had to destroy it"

" In order to save the village we had to destroy it"

The BBC are reporting that, "at least 40 people have been killed in an Israeli air strike on the United Nations-run al-Fakhura girls school in the Gaza Strip". BBC video (timed 4.35 GMT) Israeli captain on school attack - Captain Elie Isaacson of the Israeli Defence Force said that they had had "major operational successes" in Gaza. He told the BBC's Ben Brown that the Israeli army wants to "get this thing finished as soon as possible" .. but wouldn't comment on the school massacre as they didn't have "accurate information".

Jan 06 11:07

Medics 'unable to reach Gaza wounded'

PEOPLE wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip are dying because ambulances cannot reach them, the International Committee of the Red Cross said today.

"The situation is extremely dangerous and the co-ordination of ambulance services is very complex because of the incessant attacks and military operations," ICRC spokeswoman Dorothea Krimitsas said in Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because ambulances are so well marked, they're like sitting ducks for the IDF to pick off, one by one, preventing care for wounded civilians.

But of course, this is one of the outcomes Israel wants to see happen for Gazan civilians as a result of military operations; if they are wounded, no medical care will be possible.

Jan 06 10:56

Israel is on its way to reoccupying all of the Gaza Strip

The message yesterday from Jerusalem was that it is impossible to end Operation Cast Lead without an achievement, and if in the next two days there is no satisfactory diplomatic solution, Israel will have to broaden the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but you see; Israel does not want a diplomatic solution.

This why they have given the US and the US Ambassador Khalizad their "marching orders" to defuse any possible UN resolution regarding a potential cease-fire, with instructions to veto such a resolution immediately, and prevent it from ever taking place.

What Israel wants is the military victory, enabling them to re-occupy all of Gaza. Of course, what happens to Gazan Palestinians once this is accomplished (those left standing, that is), is anyone's guess.

Jan 06 10:55

Kissinger Calls For a New World Order

With the post-911 global gulag in place, the economy of the world looted, the idea of the nation state repudiated and replaced with a zionist thugocracy, China and Russia surrounded...the Mask is beginning to come off.

Jan 06 10:45

Ex-Guantánamo detainee describes torture

The full stories of individual detainees like Iqbal are only now emerging after years in which they were shuffled around the globe under the Bush administration's system of extraordinary rendition, which used foreign countries to interrogate and detain terrorism suspects in sites beyond the reach of U.S. courts.

Iqbal was never convicted of any crime, or even charged with one. He was quietly released from Guantánamo with a routine explanation that he was no longer considered an enemy combatant, part of an effort by the Bush administration to reduce the prison's population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of this done with your tax dollars, and in your name as American citizens.

Doesn't it make you feel proud?!?!?

Jan 06 10:33

Burris turned away from Senate

Former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris was turned away from the U.S. Senate this morning.

"My name is Roland Burris, the junior senator from the state of Illinois," Burris told reporters later as he stood in the rain outside the Capitol. "I was advised that my credentials were not in order."

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Jan 06 10:25

Norwegian doctor: Israel intentionally targeting civilians

"At the same time they bombed an apartment house with children playing on the roof and we had a lot of children also. This is really like from Dante's Inferno. It's like hell here now and it's been bombing all night. Up till now, close to 500 people have been killed and the number of casualties is getting to 2, 2 and a half thousand, which 50 percent are children and women."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Israel's "Final Solution" for Gazan Palestinians is going just the way they they have planned it so far, courtesy of an enabling US and a totally corrupt corporate media.

Jan 06 10:06

Flashback - How to spot an antisemitic hate crime hoax

The information below was collected from the book "Crying Wolf - Hate Crime Hoaxes in America" written by Laird Wilcox.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am relinking this because Israel is desperate to maintain its public image as victim-with-right-to-defend-itself-by-any-means in the current conflict, and as predicted earlier this week we are seeing a rash of so-called hate crimes, some of which at least appear to be more of the sorts of hoaxes used to bolster self-declared victimhoods in the past.

Truth is the first casualty of war. Be skeptical. as George Carlin stated, "The consensus reality is usually bullshit."

Jan 06 10:01

Gaza conflict sowing violence, attacks on Jews in Europe

Israel's offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza has sparked protests across Europe, and now there are signs that some of that sentiment is turning violent.

Assaults on Jews and arson attacks against Jewish congregations are being reported in a number of countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I'll bet many of them are hoaxes trying to build sympathy for poor little Israel.

Jan 06 09:53

'40 killed at UN school' in Gaza

Israeli tank shells killed at least 40 Palestinians today at a UN school where civilians had taken shelter, medical officials said, in carnage likely to boost international calls for a halt to Israel's Gaza offensive.

Jan 06 09:26

Prominent Austin Activist Admits He Infiltrated RNC Protest Groups As FBI Informant

An Austin-based activist named Brandon Darby has revealed he worked as an FBI informant in the eighteen months leading up to the Republican National Convention. Darby has admitted to wearing recording devices at planning meetings and wearing a transmitter embedded in his belt during the convention.

Jan 06 09:22

'As I ran I saw three of my children. All dead'

The Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, promised an "iron fist" for Hamas and said he would treat the civilian citizens of Gaza with "silk gloves," though the Palestinians of Gaza know perhaps better than most that there are few silk gloves in war.

Jan 06 09:17

German mogul kills self over financial meltdown

German billionaire Adolf Merckle has committed suicide after his business empire, which included interests ranging from pharmaceuticals to cement, ran into trouble in the global financial crisis, his family said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If having to live cheaply is a fate worse than death for the rich, why do the rich work so hard to force the rest of us to live that way?

Jan 06 09:15

Shares skyrocket as Porsche takes over Volkswagen

German luxury sportscar maker Porsche has taken over Volkswagen, the biggest European car manufacturer, after purchasing more than 50 percent of VW shares, Porsche said.

Jan 06 09:15

Israeli strike hits outside UN school, 34 dead

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the spin on this one. AP claims the strike was "outside" the UN school and mentions a second strike in the "vicinity" of a second UN school. Yet the foreign press is reporting the strikes hit the schools themselves.

AP is sacrificing what little remains of its credibility on the alter of Israel.

Jan 06 09:11


"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves." Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

Jan 06 09:07


Webmaster's Commentary: 

This morning I turned on the TV (I know, my first mistake) to see the corporate media talking heads once again trying to link the situation in Gaza to Iran, about how Iran was really behind all the Mideast troubles and how Israel and the US had every right to attack Iran because of their "nuclear ambitions". I guess following the embarrassment that Iraq did not actually have "nookular bombs" after all has changed the strategy; now the claim is that merely desiring nuclear weapons is sufficient excuse to lay waste to another country.

So, I am going to start relinking the WRH articles related to how Israel tricked us into war in Iraq and how they are pushing us to make war on their other enemies.

Jan 06 09:00

What if Israel Was the Victim?

What if the roles of Israel, Gaza, and members of the international community in the ongoing conflict were reversed? How would Americans and their government respond?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same way the US Government reacted when Israel claimed Iraq had 'nookular' weapons.

Jan 06 08:59

Israeli fighters penetrate into Lebanon

Israeli warplanes have reportedly overflown southern Lebanon amid speculation that Tel Aviv may be seeking to provoke Hezbollah. The warplanes overflew the Lebanese port city of Sidon on Tuesday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Jan 06 08:49

Why Hamas (and Hizbullah) Will be Difficult to Defeat

Hamas and Hizbullah are the ideological step-children of the Likud Party and especially Ariel Sharon, whose embrace of violence, racism and colonization as the primary means of dealing with occupied Arab populations ultimately generated a will to resist. The trio currently carrying on Sharon’s legacy of brutality -- Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni -- seem genetically blind to the fact that the more force and brutality Israel uses against Arabs, the greater is the response in the form of more effective resistance movements that have wider public support.

Jan 06 08:49

Palestinians say strike on 2nd UN school kills 30

Palestinian medical officials say the death toll from an Israeli airstrike outside a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip has risen to 30.

Jan 06 08:48

Obama stimulus plan to include major corporate tax cuts

Details of Obama's proposals began to emerge on Monday, and it is clear that the US president-elect is proposing a relatively small "stimulus" package, which will include further massive tax incentives for corporate America. The provisions for ordinary people will do next to nothing to alleviate the impact of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression.

This weekend the Obama transition team revealed that 40 percent of the estimated $675-775 billion it plans to spend over the next two years on its economic package would be earmarked for tax cuts, with about half going to big business.

Jan 06 08:48

Israel Commits Genocide on Tuesday, Strikes Schools

In its last but not least crime, Israeli occupation forces killed at least 40 people, mostly children, who had taken refuge inside a UN school in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, in the third such attack in a day, medics said. The strike hit near a school run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, in the northern town of Jabaliya, they said. The people inside the building had taken refuge from the fighting.

Jan 06 08:30

Reports: Khalilzad Ordered to Keep UN From Stopping Gaza War

Indeed, Israeli paper Haaretz is quoting sources at the UN who say Khalilzad had been ordered by the State Department to “torpedo any initiative proposed by the Arab bloc which is designed to grant the Security Council the status of an official arbiter that will have direct involvement with disentangling the Gaza crisis.” And a tangled mess it is.

Jan 06 08:29

U.S. to foil any Arab bid to push Security Council resolution for Gaza cease-fire

The United States is determined to thwart any Arab initiative aimed at forcing the UN Security Council to assume a direct role in the Gaza crisis.

Reliable sources at the UN say that the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, has received explicit instructions from his superiors at the State Department to torpedo any initiative proposed by the Arab bloc which is designed to grant the Security Council the status of an official arbiter that will have direct involvement with disentangling the Gaza crisis.

Jan 06 08:07

Have Bush and the Neocons Ruined it for the Israelis?

The Israeli propaganda blitz around their attack on Gaza has been greeted with uncharacteristic skepticism by the American public and even by some of the mainstream US press. Even the Jewish American community is uneasy about this one, in a way perhaps unparalelled since the 1982 Israeli attack on Lebanon and siege of Beirut. Jews for Peace in Los Angeles are actively protesting the Gaza atrocities, and newspaper articles from around the US on local protests held this weekend often mention mixed Arab-American and Jewish-American rallies.

If it is true that Americans are greeting Israeli talking points with more criticism this time, is it because we have been intensively exposed for the past 8 years to precisely this sort of mental manipulation by Bush-Cheney and their stable of Neoconservatives?

Let's take some of the basic techniques of propaganda practiced by Bush and compare them to those deployed by the Israeli leadership in the past 8 days.

Jan 06 07:58

The Politics of An Israeli Extermination Campaign: Backers, Apologists and Arms Suppliers

Because of the unconditional support of the entire political class in the US, from the White House to Congress, including both Parties, incoming and outgoing elected officials and all the principle print and electronic mass media, the Israeli Government feels no compunction in publicly proclaiming a detailed and graphic account of its policy of mass extermination of the population of Gaza.

Israel’s sustained and comprehensive bombing campaign of every aspect of governance, civic institutions and society is directed toward destroying civilized life in Gaza. Israel’s totalitarian vision is driven by the practice of a permanent purge of Arab Palestine informed by Zionism, an ethno-racist ideology, promulgated by the Jewish state and justified, enforced and pursued by its organized backers in the United States.

Jan 06 07:56

240,000 dollars awarded to man forced to cover Arab T-shirt

An airline passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it displayed Arabic script has been awarded 240,000 dollars in compensation, campaigners said Monday.

Jan 06 07:52

“They know no limits now”

It’s absolutely impossible, unbelievable, it’s a massacre. “They know no limits now,” the medics report. “They are going crazy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and you paid for the weapons.

Jan 06 07:49

The End of the Financial World as We Know It

AMERICANS enter the New Year in a strange new role: financial lunatics. We’ve been viewed by the wider world with mistrust and suspicion on other matters, but on the subject of money even our harshest critics have been inclined to believe that we knew what we were doing. They watched our investment bankers and emulated them: for a long time now half the planet’s college graduates seemed to want nothing more out of life than a job on Wall Street.

This is one reason the collapse of our financial system has inspired not merely a national but a global crisis of confidence. Good God, the world seems to be saying, if they don’t know what they are doing with money, who does?

Incredibly, intelligent people the world over remain willing to lend us money and even listen to our advice; they appear not to have realized the full extent of our madness. We have at least a brief chance to cure ourselves. But first we need to ask: of what?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I commented on this a while back. Our big mistake as a nation is that we abandoned the idea of making products to make money and started treating the money itself as the primary product. Money became a commodity to be bartered, repackaged, reformatted, bundled, leveraged, arbitraged, greenmailed, derived, and in general shaken back and forth with great energy in the hopes it would magically grow all by itself. and, as long as new suckers, I mean "investors" could be brought in at the bottom, the system seemed to work.

But it was all a giant Ponzi scheme. The only difference between Bernie and the rest of them is that Bernie got caught!

Jan 06 07:45


Breaking News: A Massacre: Samuni family says: Israeli soldiers gather 30 persons from Al Samoni family in one house. Ten families were in the house from the same clan. Many civilians were killed as artillery shells bombed the house. The number of victims around 14, most of them are children and women. Some are in critical conditions!

Jan 06 07:44


Gaza Strip, Israeli War on Gaza still rise up in various points through the occupied Gaza Strip. More civilians killed in opposition of Israeli announced aim of hitting the Hamas militants. Monday morning a massacre happened in Al Zaytoun Quarter as Israeli army gathered around 30 persons in one house and then bombed them. Medical sources said that 14 killed and 60 injured. Around 10 of them children some are women and some other youth old people.

Jan 06 07:42

TV Converter Program Runs Out of Funding

The government's billion-dollar program to help people prepare for the transition to digital television has run out of money, potentially leaving millions of viewers without coupons to buy converter boxes they need to keep their analog TV sets working after the switch.

Jan 06 07:37

Swindler's List - Judge refuses to jail Madoff after violation of bail

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock.

Folks, they WANT this guy to flee to Israel. A full investigation into Madoff would rip open the whole belly of the beast that is Wall Street.

Jan 06 07:35

POLL - Who do you support ? Israel VS Palestine

Fight the propaganda war!
The site is being attacked by unhappy people. Keep trying if the server is down.

Jan 06 07:34

Iran freezes trade of all firms with Israeli investment

The Iranian industry ministry on Monday ordered the suspension of all trading by foreign firms "whose shares could be owned" by Israelis
in response to the Israeli assault on Gaza, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday.

Jan 06 07:34

Ex-Guantánamo detainee describes torture

When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in U.S. custody, including five at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected, and he was dependent on a cocktail of antibiotics and antidepressants.

In November, a Pakistani surgeon operated on his ear, physical therapists were working on lower back problems, and a psychiatrist was trying to wean him off the drugs he carried around in a white plastic shopping bag.

The maladies, said Iqbal, 31, a professional reader of the Koran, are the result of a gantlet of torture, imprisonment and interrogation for which his Washington lawyer plans to sue the U.S. government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dick Cheney admits authorizing the torture. Sue HIM!

Jan 06 07:32

Israeli strikes hit two UN schools in Gaza

Israeli strikes hit two separate schools run by the United Nations in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing at least five Palestinians, medics and UN officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They were training terrorists in those schools. No, wait, they had nookular bombs. That's it. They had nookular bombs in those schools. Honest. Really."

Jan 06 07:31

Union may ban Israeli academics who support offensive

An Ontario union may ban Israeli academics from teaching or speaking at the province's universities unless they condemn the current military action in the Gaza Strip, according to the Globe and Mail, sparking a fierce debate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And before you get all hot and bothered about freedom of speech please keep in mind that Israel's supporters have never hesitated to wreck the careers of those critical of Israel or skeptical of the orthodox account of the holocaust.

Payback can be a bitch.

Jan 06 07:27

FBI plans large hiring blitz of agents, experts

The FBI said on Monday it had launched one of the largest hiring blitzes in its 100-year history involving 2,100 professional staff vacancies and 850 special agents aimed at filling its most critical vacancies.

The agency, which seeks to protect the United States from terrorist attack, fight crime and catch spies, among other duties, said it currently has more than 12,800 agents and about 18,400 other employees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And it can't catch the hackers, which means they can't catch real terrorists. Is the FBI gearing up for a new COINTELPRO?

Jan 06 07:25

Israel trying to delay UN Security Council meeting

Jerusalem making diplomatic efforts to postpone meeting and prevent further international pressure on Israel to stop fighting in Gaza. Meanwhile Olmert, Livni continue to promote US-led initiative for truce.

Jan 06 07:23


Once again New Yorkers gathered to rally in Midtown Manhattan this week to protest the zioterror against the people in Gaza.

Jan 06 07:22

Eiffel Tower closed by snow

A winter storm brought blankets of snow across Europe on Monday, forcing the closure of an icy Eiffel Tower in Paris and causing flight cancellations.

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Le réchauffement de la planète de protestation est annulée. Le réchauffement de la planète de protestation est annulée. Merde!

Jan 06 07:20

'People Are Being Killed in Their Homes'

Gaza's hospitals are said to be at a breaking point, with medical supplies running low and paramedics among the many attacked. Western media have not been allowed into Gaza so far to witness and report on the situation there.

Jan 06 07:19

Greens slam Howard freedom award

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says former prime minister John Howard does not deserve the highest civilian honour from the United States.

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It's not an honor any more if Tony Blair gets one.

Jan 06 07:16

Americans Have Learned the Wrong Lesson from the Holocaust

Why do so many Americans - especially politicians and media talking heads - believe that criticizing Israel is wrong, no matter what it does (see this and this)?

I think the main reason is that the wrong lessons have been drawn from the Holocaust . . or at least the wrong lessons are pushed on the American people.

Specifically, the lessons touted by the elites are:

(1) The Jewish people were given a homeland to protect Jews from persecution; and

(2) We must allow the Israelis to use all means necessary to protect that homeland.

Jan 06 07:06

Ministers ordered 5,000 stun guns

Ministers have pledged to provide 10,000 guns to frontline officers in England and Wales.

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"Remember just WHY we call you all 'subjects, dammit!" -- Number 9 3/4

Jan 06 07:02

Israel is on its way to reoccupying all of the Gaza Strip

The way events played out yesterday did not stir the political leadership into thinking of stopping the ground offensive and moving toward a cease-fire. On the contrary, Israel is moving toward a decision to occupy the whole Gaza Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which is exactly what I predicted would happen way back in 2005 when Ariel Sharon made a deal with Bush to pull Israel out of Gaza in exchange for the US turning a blind eye to the building of illegal settlements in the West Bank. I predicted (call it "warned") that as soon as the settlements were completed that Israel would manufacture a reason to go back into Gaza; to have their cake and eat it too!

Jan 06 06:59

Conservative Party votes "overwhelmingly" to repeal hate speech law

According to reports from the Conservative Party's convention in Winnipeg, Resolution P-203 -- repealing section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the "hate speech" provision -- passed "overwhelmingly". The vote was in a policy plenary session.

My understanding is that a number of the resolutions passed in the policy plenary go on to the general convention floor for a further vote. Based on what I'm hearing, I suspect that P-203 would be handily supported in that broader forum, too, if it makes the short list of resolutions.

Jan 06 06:57

Cigna to cut 1,100 jobs

Health insurer Cigna Corp. said Monday it will cut 1,100 jobs, or about 4% of its workforce, and consolidate certain operations as it copes with the economic downturn.

As a result, the company said it expects to record after-tax restructuring charges of $30 million to $40 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Jan 06 06:55

Photographers criminalised as police 'abuse' anti-terror laws

Every week photographers wielding their cameras in public find themselves on the receiving end of warnings either by police, who stop them under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, or from over-eager officials who believe that photography in a public area is somehow against the law.

Groups from journalists to trainspotters have found themselves on the receiving end of this unwanted attention, with many photographers now fearing that their job or hobby could be under threat.

Jan 06 06:51

The World Should Stop Israel's Killing Machine

Today's Israel began its existence as a terrorist nation. That is a hard fact for many people to accept, but it is true. Great Britain and the United States were complicit in the formation of the Jewish state in 1947-48, and both nations are presently aware that Israel has undeclared nuclear weapons pointing at its neighbors, as it lies to the world and claims to be a non-nuclear entity.

Israel has evolved into a country that kills large numbers of Palestinian people in retaliation for the loss of a few of their own. Today, it is a country despised by its neighbors over its lack of lethal restraint in resolving its affairs.

But it is important to remember that just as Americans have writhed and cringed under the leadership of George W. Bush, rational Israeli's are equally dismayed and concerned over their country's militaristic approach to dealing with problems.

Jan 06 06:46

Some US cities eliminate criminal-history question

Hoping to prevent convicts from being shut out of the work force, some major U.S. cities are eliminating questions from their job applications that ask whether prospective employees have ever been convicted of a crime.

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Odd how we don't have that question for political candidates!

Jan 06 06:38

Global warming may be caused by underwater volcanoes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What utter NONSENSE! You can't tax a @#%$ing volcano!!!!" -- Al Bore

Jan 06 06:29

Israel hits UN school, nears major Gaza towns

Israeli forces edged closer to Gaza's major population centers on Tuesday and attacked new sites, including a U.N. school, taking more civilian lives after ignoring mounting international calls for an immediate cease-fire.

Jan 06 06:22

Toyota to suspend production for 11 days in Japan

Toyota is suspending production at all 12 of its Japan plants for 11 days over February and March, a stoppage of unprecedented scale for the nation's top automaker as it grapples with shrinking global demand.

Jan 06 06:21

Logitech to cut salaried staff by 15 percent

Logitech International SA, a maker of mice, webcams and other computer peripherals, said Monday it is cutting its salaried work force by 15 percent in response to weak consumer demand amid what it expects to be an extended global downturn.

Switzerland-based Logitech, which also has offices in Fremont, has about 3,500 salaried employees in a total work force of about 9,000.

Jan 06 06:13

Government Wants Madoff in Jail Now

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan today asked a court to place alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff in jail while they continue developing their case against him. Meanwhile, in Washington a Congressional panel was asking what the SEC could have done to prevent the scandal.
Government Wants Madoff in Jail Now: Meanwhile, Congress Seeks Answers to the Alleged $50 Billion Fraud
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Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff leaves U.S. District Court in Manhattan after a bail hearing in New York, today. Prosecutors on Monday said Madoff violated bail conditions by mailing about $1 million worth of jewelry and other assets to relatives and should be jailed without bail.

A federal judge, perhaps predictably, questioned the validity of the government's request to put Madoff in custody considering that Madoff's current bail terms -- home confinement in his posh Manhattan penthouse -- had earlier been agreed upon by the government.

A federal prosecutor argued that cufflinks, watches, and other personal property purportedly worth $1 million had been shipped by Madoff and his wife to relatives and friends during the holiday season, and that this constituted a violation of the terms of bail because the "dissipation of assets" could potentially harm investors seeking to recoup any of their losses from investing w

Jan 06 05:40

The Great Credit-Crunch Hoax of 2008

Remember the credit crunch? Of course, you do. We'd never seen anything like it, or so the highest financial authorities and their lapdogs in the news media told us – not in a cool, calm, and collected way, either, but in a breathless delivery that suggested imminent economic doom unless the government immediately undertook to "do something." Which it did, of course, on a scale never before witnessed in U.S. history.

So, looking back, as people are prone to do at this time of year, we can clearly see the telltale signs of the financial disaster that struck the financial markets last autumn: the terrible credit crunch, the "frozen" credit that portended a complete economic "meltdown" unless the government took drastic measures to head it off. (The government's spokespersons and the media's talking heads never got straight whether the thing was very cold or very hot, as they reached for horrifying metaphors in all directions at once.)

Jan 06 04:23

Milky Way — the galaxy — not snack-sized anymore

Take that, Andromeda! For decades, astronomers thought when it came to the major galaxies in Earth's cosmic neighborhood, our Milky Way was a weak sister to the larger Andromeda. Not anymore. The Milky Way is considerably larger, bulkier and spinning faster than astronomers once thought, Andromeda's equal.

Scientists mapped the Milky Way in a more detailed, three-dimensional way and found that it's 15 percent larger in breadth. More important, it's denser, with 50 percent more mass, which is like weight. The new findings were presented Monday at the American Astronomical Society's convention in Long Beach, Calif.

That difference means a lot, said study author Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. The slight 5-foot-5, 140-pound astrophysicist said it's the cosmic equivalent of him suddenly bulking up to the size of a 6-foot-3, 210-pound NFL linebacker.

Jan 06 02:42

The American Puppet State

President George W. Bush was in his stand-up comedian role when he declared that he wanted to be remembered as a fighter for human rights.

Seldom has a fighter for human rights amassed Bush’s death toll. According to Information Clearing House, Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq has resulted in 1,297,997 dead Iraqis. Millions more have been wounded, and millions are displaced. Bush’s legions have taken out weddings, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, and mosques.

And that’s before we come to Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan “we don’t do body counts” declared a commander of Bush’s imperial legions. But the thousands of dead civilians and school children have rallied Afghans to the Taliban, whose lightly armed fighters have retaken most of the country from the Unipower.

The Taliban doesn’t have an air force, or cluster bombs, or drones, or “smart missiles,” or tanks, or satellite capability. The Taliban has Afghan resistance to occupation.

Bush was fighting for human rights in 2006 when he prevented for one month the civilized world from stopping Israel’s massive bombing of Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure and civilian neighborhoods. Israel had intended to clear Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon in order to steal that part of the country for its water resources.

Jan 06 01:33

Florida's Jewish House votes to back Israel

Florida House shows support for Israel
By Josh Hafenbrack | Tallahassee Bureau
January 6, 2009

TALLAHASSEE - Led by South Florida Jewish legislators, the Florida House passed a resolution Monday expressing "solidarity" with Israel and its campaign against the Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The resolution, approved by a unanimous voice vote on the first day of a budget-related special session in Tallahassee, called the Israeli military action in Gaza "an effort to defend its citizens as a moral duty against the unspeakable horrors of ongoing, indiscriminate terrorism" by Hamas.

"Because of the overwhelming Jewish community in Florida, I think it's important for the state to express its support," said House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R- Boca Raton Click here for restaurant inspection reports, the sponsor.