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May 21 23:10

WikiLeaks:Keeper of secrets, Julian Assange

Keeper of secrets
NIKKI BARROWCLOUGH
May 22, 2010
N A VERY short time, Julian Assange has become one of the most intriguing people in the world. The mysterious Australian founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is as elusive as the public servants, spooks and - he assures me - cabinet ministers who regularly drop their bombshells from the anonymity of his cyberspace bolt-hole.
Far more tantalising, however, is what he says are some very, very big leaks to come - apparently within weeks. ''Right now we are sitting on history-making stuff,'' he says.

May 21 21:18

The Gathering Darkness and it's Inescapable Destiny

Here’s how it has to be and how it damn well better be. B.P. needs to be seized by The World Court or some body of influence and all of its assets commandeered. Its executives must be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. Its stockholders must be placed last in line for financial satisfaction of any claims they may have. The intentionally criminal behavior which caused this massive environmental disaster is only one of the reasons.

May 21 20:58

Why They Hate an Arab Miss USA

Yes, that is correct - our new Miss USA Rima Fakih is Arab-American! A great day for Arab-Americans - at least it should be until a group of ultra right wing haters begin their concerted attack upon her.

Now a week later comes a great uplifting event for our community with Rima winning Miss USA - but because she is Arab, some people truly don't like it. Why? Is it not possible for an Arab-American to beat out the other 49 contestants - does she lack the genetic make up to be worthy of such an accomplishment? Or can it be because a beautiful Arab woman scares the people on the far right because it humanizes Arabs and undermines the negative image of Arabs they want to perpetuate to further their political goals?

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To be quite honest, she could sit on my knee any time!

May 21 20:56

Goldman Sachs Settlement May Hinge on How SEC Justifies Penalty

Analysts predict Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will pay $1 billion or more to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission fraud suit that triggered a 26 percent drop in the firm’s stock. Extracting such a record-setting penalty may be easier said than done.

May 21 20:55

‘Nervous’ Wall Street Waits for Congress to Kill Swaps Limit

The Senate bill demands that companies like Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. conduct derivatives trading outside of their commercial banking units that benefit from federal support.

U.S. commercial banks held derivatives with a notional value of $212.8 trillion in the fourth quarter, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The five banks with the biggest holdings of derivatives -- JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup Inc., and Wells Fargo & Co. -- hold $206.2 trillion, or 97 percent, of that total, the OCC said.

May 21 20:51

Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime

The Defense Department is requesting $131 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget to upgrade Shindand Air Base so it can accommodate more commando helicopters, drone surveillance aircraft, fuel and munitions.

“Whatever U.S. intentions, the Iranian regime will see it as a threat -- as another American effort to surround Iran with U.S. military forces,” Pollack said in an interview.

“The Iranians are almost certainly going to assume that a beefed-up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance presence is really about spying on them,”

May 21 20:33

Palestinian Economic Boycott Hits Israeli Settlers

Israeli settlers are beginning to feel the bite of an economic boycott campaign launched by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements dotting the occupied West Bank.

"This is economic terrorism," complained the Yesha Council (YC), an umbrella organisation of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

May 21 20:29

Call for 'artificial life' DNA ban

The success of scientists in the US in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA has led to a call for a ban on the research.

The scientists constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell.

The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA.

Experts agree that the technology could radically change the world but some are objecting to its use on saftey and ethical grounds.

May 21 20:25

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 284

BILL TITLE: To authorize assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

---- YEAS 410 ---

---- NAYS 4 ---

Cost to American taxpayer: $205 million.

May 21 18:36

Mark Glenn : The Ugly Truth Interview with Antoine Raffoul

Mark Glenn true to his style, lays out for his listeners, at the very outset, in no uncertain terms, the price in dollars that Americans have been paying for the misdeeds of their “bestest ally” Israel, for the past 60 years and more. For those who find Mark’s commentary harsh, it rings of truth and that is all that matters today.

What Americans need to know and find out, first, is where their dollars are going; second, what those dollars are doing; third, if that is what they really want their dollars to do for their country. Nothing more. Nothing less. If they are able to link their dollars in Israel to American deaths/involvement in distant lands, perhaps when the time comes to vote, they will simply tick the right voting box. It is as simple and powerful as that.

May 21 18:06

Gordon Duff: The Karzai Rebirth

TRIBAL LEADERS SEEING MATURITY AND CHANGE IN KARZAI

US DRUG POLICY, SPENDING AND CORRUPTION STILL MAJOR FAILURES

“Gordon, Karzai finally quit smoking.” This was the call from Kabul last night, a town filled with journalists, intelligence analysts and the “best and brightest” of our government, military and civilian. “Gordon, the man has changed, it may be too late, but he is reaching out to the Pashtuns, and sounding like someone worthy of trust, not like the Karzai we have known for so many years.”

May 21 17:13

Pizza delivery man returns fire on armed robbers

Indianapolis - A pizza delivery man robbed at gunpoint pulled his own gun out and returned fire. It happened when he tried to deliver a pizza at 20th and Bosart.
Someone ordered Aunt Polly's Pizza to an empty house where Eyewitness News found the back door wide open.

"When he knocked on the door he heard somebody behind him racking the slide on a handgun," said Sgt. Linda Jackson, IMPD.
One of two suspects pointed a gun, not knowing the delivery driver had a gun too.
"The suspect fired first, missing the victim and then the victim returned fire," said Sgt. Jackson.
The two suspects ran away.

The owners of Aunt Polly's Pizza on East Michigan allows drivers to pack heat.

May 21 17:07

World got 'lucky' with H1N1 flu, WHO chief says

The World Health Organization received backing from member states yesterday over its handling of the flu pandemic as WHO chief Margaret Chan said the world had been "lucky" with H1N1 flu.

As the WHO's annual assembly opened here, French Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot bluntly dismissed criticism of the UN health agency as "unjust."

May 21 16:30

UN says case for saving species 'more powerful than climate change'

The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change, a major report for the United Nations will declare this summer.

May 21 16:18

FLASHBACK - South Korea fears mine from north sank ship

Seoul, wary of blaming Pyongyang, says malfunction could have also sunk Cheonan – leaving 46 sailors missing, feared dead

May 21 15:49

Reports Surfacing of Multi-State National Guard Mobilizations

Eye witness reports from Georgia, Minnesota, Alabama, Kansas, and perhaps Texas suggest large scale mobilizations and deployment in progress for National Guard Units.

May 21 15:45

Authorities say evidence backs charges against Newark pastor in Linden sex assault case

At the Newark church where his congregants dress all in white, he was known as a husband, father and respected pastor for more than 20 years.

But, authorities said, Moises Cotto, the 55-year-old pastor, had been meeting for the past two years with a female congregant at a motel in Linden where the pair had sex — and forced two teenage girls to videotape them in the act.

Cotto was arrested at his apartment in East Orange on Monday night, and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.

May 21 15:32

America's Broken Media And The Collapse Of World Trade Center 7

There may be a perfectly legitimate explanation to WT7. However, because the mainstream media has failed to address and investigate the issue, we are currently left with convincing evidence of thermite induced controlled demolition and an “official” explanation that defies the laws of physics. America's media is broken.

May 21 15:32

Priest in Brazil accused of having 'erotic dungeon'

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Polish-born priest accused of sexually abusing minors in his parochial residence, Rio de Janeiro state officials said Thursday.

May 21 15:17

Israeli public sector's door closed to Arab workers

Jonathan Cook looks at how the discriminatory hiring policies of the apartheid state of Israel have left thousands of Israeli Arab graduates jobless, despite the fact that the government promised affirmative action a decade ago.

May 21 15:16

Truth, Non-Violence and the Palestinian Hills

For generations, Palestinians have adopted in their daily lives a culture of non-violent “Sumud”, an Arabic word that means to be "steadfast" and to "persevere”. Through Sumud, Palestinians have been able to protect their identity and to refuse not to exist. After all, since its inception, the Zionist project denied Palestinians their existence. Who can forget the false claim that Palestine was “a land without a people”?

May 21 15:03

US vows punishment for North Korea over ship sinking

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't that South Korea's call to make? After all, it was their ship, supposedly.

May 21 14:18

L.A. Loses Deep-Fryer, 45 Percent of Items Purchased With Taxpayer Funds

Some of the items not placed into service included 9 microwaves, 1 deep fryer and 2 television sets by the Recreation and Parks Department and various computer equipment by ITA.

May 21 14:02

Iran to hand uranium swap deal letter to IAEA on Monday

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Istanbul on Friday he hoped the deal would open the way to a negotiated settlement of Iran's row with the West over its nuclear program.

May 21 12:49

Rand Paul Strikes Back At Mainstream Media Smear Machine

Would be Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has hit back at a desperate and sustained mainstream media attempt to smear him as a racist extremist following his historic primary victory earlier this week.

May 21 12:48

Official Says Pakistani Taliban Plotting to Strike US

A U.S. intelligence official said Thursday new information gathered this week indicates the Pakistani Taliban is actively planning to strike the United States, CNN reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your daily dose of BOOGA BOOGA!

May 21 12:42

"Brave" U.S. Soldiers Murder Unarmed Old Iraqi Man

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The video goes back up on YouTube. Let us see if it stays!

UPDATE: Download a copy of the video HERE

May 21 12:09

32 States Have Borrowed from the Treasury to Make Unemployment Payments; California Has Borrowed $7 Billion

EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment payments and that the U.S Treasury has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. In total as of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) amounts to $37.8 billion.

The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yank a cork from one hole, pound it into the next hole. Problem not solved!

May 21 11:12

States Gearing Up to Follow Arizona's Lead on Immigration

While Arizona faces the scorn of the White House and local governments across the country for its immigration law, lawmakers in several states are looking to follow the Grand Canyon State's lead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The global government movement, founded on a foundation of lies (Global Warming, Global Pandemic, Global Economic Crash), starts to crumble!

May 21 11:10

Top Official Says Feds May Not Process Illegals Referred From Arizona

A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.

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"We are too busy bitch-slapping the Canadians!"

May 21 11:04

The Heresy Of The Greeks Offers Hope

As Britain’s political class pretends that its arranged marriage of Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece is presented not as a beacon but as a “junk country” getting its comeuppance for its “bloated public sector” and “culture of cutting corners” (the Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.

May 21 11:04

AMERICAN AIR FORCE JETS BOMB GAZA

OMG!!!! Did I say American Air Force jets? I Meant Israeli ones…… BUT…. America paid for them!

May 21 10:49

FLASHBACK - Israel: North Korea supplying weapons to six Mideast states

Israel's IAEA envoy: North Korea has become source of proliferation of dangerous weapons of mass destruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reminder who is "cheerleading" the new push for war with North Korea.

May 21 10:44

FLASHBACK - Israel Minister: Iran, Syria, And North Korea Are New 'Axis Of Evil'

Israel's foreign minister on Wednesday declared North Korea, Syria and Iran the new "axis of evil," claiming that North Korean weapons seized in Bangkok in December were bound for Middle Eastern militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just in case you wondered why there was a sudden surge of interest in North Korea.

May 21 10:41

HAMAS LAWMAKER RELEASED FROM PRISON, ARRESTED AND DEPORTED

Israeli authorities issued recently-released Hamas lawmaker Mohammad Abu Teir with a deportation notice on Thursday, giving him until 19 June to leave Jerusalem.

Ma’an’s correspondent said the deportation order was issued on the basis that Abu Teir had lost his residency rights after participating in the Palestinian general elections in January 2006.

May 21 10:40

Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime

A U.S. plan to upgrade its airbase in southwestern Afghanistan just 20 miles from Iran’s border will likely rile the Islamic regime, bolstering suspicions the West is trying to pressure it with military might, analysts say.

May 21 10:39

THE TWO FACES OF NOAM CHOMSKY

Could somebody please explain why Noam Chomsky now appears to be supporting the dictatorial and corrupt Palestinian Authority when only a short while ago he rightly called the body fundamentally corrupt and complicit in selling out the rights of Palestinians?

May 21 10:39

Jewish groups welcome sanctions but want more

U.S. Jewish groups welcomed the announcement of the unified front by major world powers on Iran sanctions.

But they want to know the details -- and they’re still pressing for unilateral sanctions by the U.S. Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The policy seems to be to keep pushing at Iran until Iran pushes back, then blame Iran for the resulting bloodbath.

May 21 10:38

OBAMA AND THE JEWS

A look at why some Jews love him and some don't trust him; and at the key role Chicago Jews played in getting him to where he is

May 21 10:37

US Begins Massive Military Build Up Around Iran, Sending Up To 4 New Carrier Groups In Region

As if uncontrollable economic contagion was not enough for the administration, Obama is now willing to add geopolitical risk to the current extremely precarious economic and financial situation. Over at Debkafile we read that the president has decided to "boost US military strength in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions in the short term with an extra air and naval strike forces and 6,000 Marine and sea combatants." With just one aircraft carrier in proximity to Iran, the Nobel peace prize winner has decided to send a clear message that peace will no longer be tolerated, and has decided to increase the US aircraft carrier presence in the region by a 400-500%

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is it a World War yet?

May 21 10:35

U.S. And NATO Accelerate Military Build-Up In Black Sea Region

The establishment of U.S. and NATO naval, air and infantry bases and interceptor missile installations in Black Sea nations is the prototype for expansive and permanent military build-ups in Eastern Europe and into former Soviet space, which is being replicated in the Baltic Sea region. An imaginary Iranian threat is the subterfuge employed to justify the presence of U.S. and NATO warplanes, warships, troops, mechanized and airborne units, missile batteries, training centers and radar facilities in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea regions.

Iran does not border either of the two seas and has neither the ability nor any reason to threaten nations that do.

May 21 10:32

The Israeli Role in the Plundering of Iceland

The looting of much of the wealth of Iceland is one such mega-crime in which we find Israelis involved at the highest level. The First Lady of Iceland, Dorrit Moussaieff, is an Israeli Jew, which adds a significant wrinkle to the whole plot.

The Israeli Dorrit Moussaieff is the "fabulously wealthy socialite wife of the President of Iceland." So why did a "fabulously wealthy" Israeli Jew marry the president of a small Nordic nation in the North Atlantic?

May 21 10:31

Obama is Boxed In From the Gulf to Afghanistan

Afghanistan and the BP oil spill are uncannily identical in reality and reaction. Boxing himself in on both, each crisis quickly surpassed "the experts" and Obama's worst expectations. The White House’s subsequent cover-ups mirror and at times exceed its actual attempts to halt the flow of Taliban and oil.

May 21 10:31

Germany Acts Alone to Protect the Euro and Big Banks Against Speculators

If Germany’s efforts to rein in speculation in European markets were meant to surprise investors, they succeeded — just not quite in the way officials in Berlin might have intended.
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Axel Weber, right, president of Germany's central bank, and Jochen Sanio, head of BaFin, which regulates its financial markets. BaFin banned the naked short-selling of some stocks and bonds.

On Wednesday, the government’s partial ban on so-called naked short-selling took effect, as part of Berlin’s effort to protect its biggest financial institutions and the euro currency from investors who have been betting against them.

May 21 10:26

Presidents In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones

President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, the largest contributor of illegal aliens now living and working in America in the vicinity of 12 to 15 million, threw several nasty verbal rocks at Arizona for passing SB 1070. His illegal Mexican citizens residing in the United States contribute $24 billion back to his financial coffers annually in cash transfers. At the same time, their lawlessness costs American taxpayers $346 billion yearly across 15 U.S. federal agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every cent it costs the US for deporting every illegal alien should be deducted from their country of origin's foreign aid: that would go a long way toward solving the problem.

May 21 10:25

Goldman Sachs Hands Clients Losses in ‘Top Trades’

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. racked up trading profits for itself every day last quarter. Clients who followed the firm’s investment advice fared far worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One crooked trick brokers will do is buy blocks of stocks and just hold them during the day, then as the market heads to a close put the winning stocks into the accounts of favored clients and dump the losers on the suckers. This was the secret behind Hillary Clinton's "miraculous" Cattle Futures trades back in Arkansas. And it appears that GS may be playing the same games inside their computers.

May 21 10:23

Bloodbath

The correction, soon to be crash, is here: the market had a bigger relative open to close move today than it did on May 6. We closed at the day's lows on massive volume, despite definitive central bank intervention, regardless whether it was the SNB, the ECB, or the Fed. The central planners have lost control of the market, and all thanks to the inevitable collapse of hyper capitalist Keynesianism coming out of the formerly most communist country in the world. A day of ironies. And it's not over. Futures are already down another 4 handles. The correction is coming, and it will be a bloodbath. The Fed can not push rates lower. It will print. It is inevitable. It is our destiny.

May 21 10:22

Woman’s Home Confiscated Over Small Water Bill

One raw day in early February, Vicki Valentine stood by helplessly as real estate investors snatched her West Baltimore home over what began with an unpaid city water bill of $362.

As snow threatened to fall, she watched a work crew hired by the new owners punch out the lock on her front door. A sheriff’s deputy was on the scene while Valentine and her teenage son piled whatever they could into a borrowed car.

Running out of time, Valentine scrambled to pack up clothing and mementos. The home had been her family’s for nearly three decades, and her father had paid off the mortgage in 1984. “It’s hard to say goodbye to this house,” she said. “It’s like someone forcing you out of something that belongs to you. I don’t get it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to Ameristan!

May 21 10:21

Senators press for National Guard troops on border

Homeland Security and Pentagon officials are at loggerheads over a plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Barack Obama is pledging to bolster security there.

The Guard stalemate has festered for nearly a year, and frustrated lawmakers are demanding action to stem the spread of violence and drug trafficking that has spilled across the border into their states. The inaction raises questions about whether the White House is convinced the federally funded deployment is necessary, or whether border states will be forced to bear the costs of dispatching the Guard troops on their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This most probably will not happen; neither the Federal Government, nor the states, have the funds to make this a reality, and the Federal government doesn't really care what is happening to the southern border states due to crime or illegal immigration.

May 21 10:21

Bluefin tuna has been fished to the brink of extinction

Two weeks ago a single bluefin tuna sold in Japan for a surreal £111,000. The price of this fish, which ends up in the best sushi restaurants, will carry on rocketing so long as the tuna population keeps plummeting.

The Mediterranean tuna industry, which has taken tens of millions of euros in subsidies, has fished the bluefin to the brink — stocks are within three years of total collapse.

May 21 10:20

Britain's biggest insurer imposes 'ash tax' on travellers

Britain's biggest insurer is to impose an 'ash tax' on travellers who fear their holidays may be cancelled.

Just a week before thousands of families jet off on breaks during the school half-term, Aviva has become the first firm to impose the levy.

Other big insurance companies are set to follow suit.

May 21 10:17

U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Drinking Unsafe Water

Every year there are new reports of abuses being heaped on American troops in the field. They were provided with cheap and unnecessarily heavy body armor instead of lightweight titanium layered Kevlar. They were issued canvas-covered Humvees. There were unconscionable delays in deploying armored Humvees and in ordering 1970’s vintage MRAPs. They have to fight with jam-prone M-4s and live on bases blanketed by toxic burn pit smoke.

Now the method used to "purify" our troops’ drinking water is being severely criticized by organizations no less than the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this article documents is how completely expendable our men and women in uniform are to this government.

May 21 10:17

With Flu Season Over, Canada Shows Flu Shot To Be Worse Than Worthless

Last September, a large study by Canadian scientists Danuta Skowronski and Gaston De Serres threw Canada into an uproar with their findings showing people who had prior "seasonal flu" shots were much more likely to come down with newly appeared H1N1 (Swine) flu illness.

May 21 10:16

Grotesque Global Financial System: Greece. Economic Theft on an Unprecedented Scale

As Britain's political class pretends that its arranged marriage of Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece is presented not as a beacon, but as a "junk country" getting its comeuppance for its "bloated public sector" and "culture of cutting corners" (Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.

May 21 10:16

Police hunt cult leaders

Australian police were on Thursday hunting for three leaders of a Christian sect after finding a stockpile of guns, explosives and ammunition in Adelaide.

May 21 10:15

Church of Scientology faces new abuse claims

More accusations against the Church of Scientology have emerged, with new allegations they were involved in covering up the repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics.

May 21 10:14

Dr. Cass Sunstein wants to turn off your light!

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer at Prison Planet whom I greatly respect, reminded us Monday that Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites. The czar is also a Harvard professor currently dishing up the pabulum for Obama’s White House that “conspiracy theories” should be banned from the Internet. So much for Harvard, Czar-Dr. Cass Sunstein and intellectual freedom.

May 21 10:07

US Sanctions Push Puts Iran Nuclear Deal at Risk

Though US officials have continued to express hopes that the new UN Security Council sanctions being pursued against Iran “might work” in some shape or form, the immediate effect seems to be that it will ruin the third party enrichment deal reached earlier this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is precisely the design intent of pushing for sanctions after Iran agreed to a compromise deal which should have (if the intention wasn't a war against Iran) made everybody happy.

May 21 10:07

Clinton: NKorea must face consequences for attack

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government is desperate for another war with which to distract the sheeple from the crashing economy, corruption, oil spills, and the already lost wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The entire case for restarting the war with North Korea lies in a piece of metal with a number stamped on it which matches a number in a catalog of North Korean weapons sold around the world. Torpedo tubes are standard sized to facilitate this "commerce" around the world, so even if the piece of metal with a number stamped on it did come from a North Korean torpedo, that is far from conclusive proof that a North Korean submarine fired it. A US sub could have fired it. For that matter, some of the Israeli Dolphins are known to have exited the Mediterranean months ago, and providing there are surface ships to act as tenders, could easily have reached the Pacific.

Stop and think; why would North Korea do such a thing? If they truly wanted a resumption of the war would not their first strike be against a target with more strategic importance than a single ship?

May 21 10:01

Grim milestone: 1,000 Americans dead

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question thinking Americans have to ask themselves, 9 years on, is why are we in Afghanistan?

1. Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the United States. It is a broken, dysfunctional country with a puppet government, propped up by US military might, steeped in corruption with complete and callous disregard for the welfare of its own people.

2. There were two outcomes to be accomplished through the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, both for private profit. The first was control of the drug trade (mission accomplished here), and the second was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the point where pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil (not remotely close on this one).

As you will recall, as late of August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating pipeline rights with the Taliban, but considered the price "too high". Then, conveniently, came 9/11, and we were off and running to "punish" Afghanistan with our invasion and occupation.

It should be mandatory that the parents, friends,and loved ones of every soldier who has died or been maimed for life in this immoral and illegal military misadventure, should be informed by their Congressional Representatives as follows:

"Your loved one died (or was maimed) to insure control of the drug trade, which has pretty well been accomplished, and to pacify the Afghan people enough to be able to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, which we have not accomplished. Therefore, American kids are going to keep fighting, getting maimed, and dying until the latter outcome is achieved."

One wonders if that would finally wake the American people up, and what, upon that awakening, and moment of complete clarity, they would do with the rage they would be feeling upon understanding the real reason American kids are fighting, getting maimed, and dying in Afghanistan.

May 21 09:49

Senate Passes Wall Street Permanent Bailout Bill,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the stock market is up today. The US Government just officially transformed this Republic into a fascist economy, in which corporations will keep their profits, but be allowed to always dump their losses on the American people.

This is like having a casino where the gamblers keep what they win, but when they lose, the cocktail waitresses and bellhops are forced to dig into their own pockets to cover the losses.

May 21 09:45

House votes to expand national DNA arrest database

Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults "arrested for" certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this draconian and anti-American legislation be passed by the Senate, I want DNA samples taken of all members of congress, as they among the most criminal elements in this country!

May 21 09:44

Goldman's White House connections raise eyebrows

While Goldman Sachs' lawyers negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially explosive civil fraud charges, Goldman's chief executive visited the White House at least four times.

May 21 09:39

Clinton: North Korea Must Face Consequences For Attack On South Korea Warship

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Speaking in the Japanese capital, Clinton said Friday that the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China are consulting on an appropriate reaction to an international investigation that blamed North Korea for the incident. She says the report proves a North Korean sub fired a torpedo that sank the ship and that it could no longer be "business as usual" in dealing with the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary of State Clinton: all the bloviating in the world will mean absolutely nothing unless China comes on board for whatever you might be conjuring.

And the options here are profoundly limited.

Just as South Korea has a defense pact with the US, North Korea has a defense pact with China. So any military involvement would be a big, fat, hairy no-no.

And in light of the fact that China is North Korea's number one trading partner (and absolute salvation in terms of aid, without which North Korea would collapse), economic sanctions are also a non-starter.

What would probably be the logical thing would be to encourage China to get North Korea back to the negotiating table in terms of creating a comprehensive peace treaty to replace the armistice which was signed in 1953, which never technically resolved the state of war between North and South Korea.

That would go a long way to ratchet down tensions in the region, if that in fact is the outcome desired.

May 21 09:29

Federal Appeals Court Bars Bagram Detainees From Civilian Trials

Detainees at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their imprisonment the way detainees in Guantanamo Bay have, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The United States is holding the detainees at the military prison on Afghan territory through a cooperative arrangement with Afghanistan, three appeals court judges said in a unanimous decision turning aside the request of a Tunisian and two Yemeni prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if these men will receive a trial at all, either via US Military tribunal, or Afghani military tribunal, or if the ultimate outcome will be having them rot in indefinite detention.

May 21 09:28

Rand Paul Stirs New Ire by Going After Obama

Paul came under fire this week after he insinuated in multiple interviews that the landmark civil rights legislation may have gone too far by forcing private businesses to follow federal anti-discrimination laws. But he says the uproar is about politics, not racism.

"I'm in favor of everything with regards to ending institutional racism," he told NPR's Robert Siegel earlier this week. Paul continued to insist that he finds racism abhorrent, but he refused to answer questions about whether he would have voted for the legislation had he been alive.

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Starting to feel like a media witch-hunt against Paul.

May 21 09:26

Why the U.S. and Israel are such good friends

Why? Because the U.S. and Israel have so much in common. Who in the U.S. doesn’t love knishes or latkes? The U.S. and Israel are two peas in a pod.

Both nations worship the AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee), which functions as a heavenly messenger between two very good friends. Israel tells the AIPAC exactly what it wants and the AIPAC tells members of Congress to grant it unquestioned (if they’d like to keep their jobs).

Both nations obviously share the same deep moral values. For example, both agree on the moral way to take out a terrorist cleric in a wheelchair (TOW missile launched from an Apache helicopter, duh!). It wouldn’t be right to walk up and shoot a cripple in the head (sincere apologies to those within 50 feet of the wheelchair).

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Personally, I think the "Special Relationship" lies more along the lines of Colson's Law. For those who do not remember, Chuck Colson was part of the Watergate scandal, and had a sign hanging in his office at the White House that read, "When you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow."

I think Israel helped the US stage 9-11, then turned around and blackmailed the US Government with it.

May 21 09:22

Watchdog groups file FOIA requests to learn true extent of oil spill

Former EPA investigator charges, ""What the government has done over the past several years is taught BP that it can do whatever it wants and will not be held accountable"

As the current Gulf oil spill crisis intensifies, previous incidents involving BP have begun coming under renewed scrutiny, intensifying suspicions that the company may be concealing the true extent of the spill.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Greenpeace have now filed four Freedom of Information Act requests seeking documents and video feeds.

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It appears, under Obama's watch, that the US government has been the primary enabler of BP's professional malfeasance.

May 21 09:21

Message to HP Support

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I know EXACTLY how he feels about HP!

May 21 09:18

CASPER OPINON: MAY 20, 2010

For weeks all the news said 5000 barrels a day leaking into the gulf. This morning BP says 5000 barrels a day being 'captured'. Tuesday I met with an engineer who had just returned from the well site Sunday. He said 'the word' on site is that as much as 70,000 barrels a day have been spewing into the gulf. The oil has been suppressed below surface level using toxic chemicals provided by a BP affiliate. The engineer said the suppressed oil now covers an area the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Obama, his HLS management on site and BP are intentionally suppressing from public view the enormity of the disaster.

May 21 08:49

WELL, THE PPT IS UP T THEIR OLD TRICKS!

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After days of declines, Europe's defaults, the oil spill, the DOW opens in the 9000s, then skyrockets upwards today solely on the financial "reform" bill, which reforms nothing (compared to Germany) and makes the bailout mechanism permanent.

May 21 08:34

Senate Passes Faux Financial "Reform" Bill

The Senate passed a financial "reform" bill today by a 59-39 vote which won't fix any of the core problems in the financial system, and won't prevent the next financial crisis.

The bill doesn't include the Volcker Rule (it wasn't even debated), doesn't break up or even substantially rein in the too big to fails, and doesn't force transparency in the derivatives market.

May 21 08:30

Fishermen Report Illness From BP Chemicals

More and more stories about sick fishermen are beginning to surface after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fishermen are working out in the Gulf -- many of them all day, every day -- to clean up the spill. They said they blame their ailments on the chemicals that BP is using.

One fisherman said he felt like he was going to die over the weekend.

"I've been coughing up stuff," Gary Burris said. "Your lungs fill up."

May 21 08:29

"Kill Them All, For God Will Know His Own"

The truly sickening thing about the death of Aiyana Jones is that the decision to carry out a SRT raid was almost certainly dictated by the media ambitions of Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, who -- in the words of Detroit News columnist Charlie LeDuff -- is positioning himself as a "reality TV" star.

"Television executives around the country have been shown what is known in television parlance as the `sizzle reel' of Chief Evans himself, a video compilation of Detroit's top cop trying to take back the streets," writes LeDuff, who saw that footage several weeks ago. "It is part of a pitch for a full-blown television series."

May 21 08:27

Report: Facebook caught sharing secret data with advertisers

The privacy issues that have been hounding Facebook may be coming to a head. A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Facebook, along with MySpace, Digg, and a handful of other social-networking sites, have been sharing users' personal data with advertisers without users' knowledge or consent.

The data shared includes names, user IDs, and other information sufficient to enable ad companies such as the Google-owned DoubleClick to identify distinct user profiles.

May 21 08:24

The Gulf oil slick from space – NOT

May 21 08:17

The Real World: Tehran

As the drums beat against the backdrop of a U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, war with Iran seems more inevitable than it does likely. But does Iran pose a real threat to our national security or are they being used as a convenient scapegoat to divert the American people’s attention away from an impending financial collapse here at home?

May 21 08:15

Russia: We'll sell advanced missile system to Iran

Harsher sanctions on Iran will not prevent Russia from fulfilling its obligation and selling the S-300 missile system to Tehran, a senior Russian parliamentarian said Friday.

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov said the latest sanctions proposal does not pertain to agreements signed with Iran in the past.

May 21 08:11

Iran sanctions won't stop missiles: Russian senator

The head of a parliamentary foreign affairs committee was quoted on Friday as saying that sanctions on Iran being discussed by world powers would not stop Russia from delivering S-300 surface to air missiles to Tehran.

May 21 08:07

Juan Cole : Iran Threatens to Pull out of Nuclear Deal over new UN Sanctions

Turkey and Brazil, with full backing from Washington DC and in close cooperation with the Obama administration, had apparently succeeded by Monday morning in negotiating a deal whereby Iran would send over half of its low enriched uranium to Turkey, which would then send it on to (presumably) France and Russia for enrichment to 19.75 percent for use in Iran’s medical reactor for the production of medical isotopes. The deal was nearly identical to the one sought last October in Geneva by the Obama administration. Iran had agreed to something like this arrangement, but then reneged.

May 21 06:18

Dow to Break 10,000; Test of Crucial Support is Near

After dropping 376 points yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is set to open down 95 points which would put it below the psychologically important 10,000 level. In my previous post, I mentioned that the ‘flash trade’ prices were real and we were heading for a retest of those lows. Currently, the major averages are now trading in oversold territory. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if the February lows are breached, it raises the odds for steeper losses.

May 21 06:08

Facebook users targeted in 'sexiest video ever' malware scam

Facebook users have been warned about a scam which encourages you to click on a link leading to the 'sexiest video ever', but in fact installs malware on the computer.

Thousands of users on the social networking site have been targeted by the new scam which posts a link to a video on a user's newsfeed, addressing the user by name, and then leads to an installation program.

The link reads: 'This is without doubt the sexiest video ever! :P :P :P' and is accompanied by a video entitled 'Candid Camera Prank [HQ]', featuring shots of a busty woman in a bikini and short skirt.

May 21 05:36

US Bunker-Busters Being Shipped to Diego Garcia 'Prep for Possible Strike on Iran'?

Original article at Ha'Aretz.

The United States is transporting 387 "bunker-buster" bombs to... Diego Garcia... as part of preparations for a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, according to a report in Scotland's Sunday Herald.... The shipment includes... types of bombs [that] could be used against reinforced or underground facilities...

See also PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS: EXPECT FALSE FLAG ATTACK TERROR ATTACK TO PRECEDE INVASION OF IRAN

May 21 03:39

Remarks by the President on Wall Street Reform

Rose Garden

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to say a few words about the vote on financial reform in the Senate today.

I’ve said many times that the recession we’re emerging from

(*OK , I've seen enough)

May 21 03:26

Immigration crackdown for Illinois Feds to step up enforcement

In the midst of an outcry over illegal immigration and Arizona's new crackdown, a top Department of Homeland Security official visiting Chicago on Wednesday said his agency intended to step up enforcement in places such as Illinois.

May 21 01:01

Creeping Terror: The New American Way of War

The American way of war is a marvelously ingenious thing. And thoroughly modern too. No more of that "don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" jazz; your modern "warfighter" (they aren't called "soldiers" anymore, you know) prefers to view his targets through, say, a computer screen safely ensconced back in the Homeland or thousands of feet in the sky, or else through the unearthly greenish glow of night-vision scopes. And open combat? Forget it. The new American way is the sneak attack on civilian homes in the dead of night. You creep up, you break in, you cap a few ragheads, then you run away. What glory! What magnificent valor!

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