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Apr 08 21:29

Geithner's Stress Test "A Complete Sham," Former Federal Bank Regulator Says

The bank stress tests currently underway are “a complete sham,” says William Black, a former senior bank regulator and S&L prosecutor, and currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. “It’s a Potemkin model. Built to fool people.” Like many others, Black believes the “worst case scenario” used in the stress test don’t go far enough.

Apr 08 20:03

XP downgrades after Windows 7 ships? Business as usual

Microsoft has announced this week that it will continue to offer downgrade options to both volume licensing customers and end-users when Windows 7 ships. Customers who purchase a system from a qualifying OEM with a version of Windows 7 that they don't want will be able to fall back to equivalent versions of Vista or XP. This latest extension to XP's availability has, inevitably, made the headlines, as if Microsoft's decision to allow users to fall back to the venerable system is a judgment of Windows 7 before it even ships.

Apr 08 19:24

Netanyahu To The West–Destroy Iran Before Israel Destroys You

“What would serve the Jew-hating world better as repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a nuclear winter? Or invite all those tut-tutting European statesmen and peace activists to join us in the ovens? For the first time in history a people facing extermination while the world either cackles or looks away have the power to destroy the world. The ultimate justice?”

–Professor David Perlmutter, writing in the Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2002

“We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force…We have the capability to take the world down with us, and I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”

Apr 08 19:23

Moody’s Downgrades The Market Shill From Omaha - Buffett Just an Average Dupe Now

The New York Times - MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - Moody’s Downgrades Berkshire - Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday stripped away the triple-A rating of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate and investment vehicle run by Mr. Buffett, citing the economic pressures on the firm.

Though another ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, downgraded the company last month, Moody’s is bigger and more widely cited.

Apr 08 18:52

Climate Change

Clearly, evidence does not support the popular notion that carbon "causes" warming. Nor does logic. One of the common blunders identified in formal logic is the primitive syllogism, whereby two things that occur at the same time are claimed to be causally related. It's the old roosters causing sunrises syndrome. In this case, self-appointed custodians of the planet's health are committing a massive blunder in logic.

Apr 08 16:53

Olmert's Nightmare - The Growing Belief in a One-State Solution

Ehud Olmert's nightmare is at hand. Not only does the former Israeli prime minister now really have to fight those corruption charges. He also faces the realization of his fears that the Palestinians might give up on a two-state solution in favor of a struggle for equal rights that would mean, as he put it, the "end of the Jewish state."

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By carving up Palestine the way they have. Israel made a two-state solution impossible. Why they did not realize that it made a one-state solution inevitable remains a mystery; maybe they just really thought they could kill off everyone in the occupied territories given enough time and political cover.

Apr 08 16:30

Time for a Closer Look at State Involvement

Time for a Closer Look
by Michael Gaddy
April 8, 2009
"Lately, I have become increasingly skeptical of the timing and circumstances surrounding mass shootings. Any investigator worth his/her salt would question how, within a short time of the state indicating its intention of prohibiting the sale of a certain type firearm, a mass murder occurs in which that type weapon is used."

Apr 08 15:30

MUCKETY

Map relationships among people and organizations:

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Mentioned on today's GCN radio show.

Apr 08 15:17

Homes, Cars, Art Seized In Ponzi Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice says U.S. Marshals are in the process of seizing art, homes, vehicles, sports memorabilia and bank accounts as part of an investigation into a Ponzi scheme that operated for about 15 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

15 years?!? Where was the SEC all this time??????

Apr 08 15:00

Israel points Arrow II ballistic missile at Iran, Syria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the same corporate media that went totally apoplectic over North Kore's failed launch of a communications satellite says nothing.

Apr 08 14:56

Military Whistleblower Claims She Witnessed Flight 93 Shootdown Order

A person using the pseudonym Elizabeth Nelson told The Project Camelot website that she personally heard officials agree on the order to shoot down Flight 93. The decision was apparently made because the plane was flying in a no-fly zone near to Camp David and heading toward Site R, a military facility in known as the “backup Pentagon”.

Because the woman refuses to provide her real name, the authenticity of her story is very much up for debate, but in a 40 minute MP3 recording (click here to listen) of the interview, she relates what she witnessed in as sincere and genuine a way as one could expect. This individual has seemingly little to gain from making up such a story, unless it’s part of a deliberate disinformation campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It may well be the latter since the current working hypothesis for the shoot down of Flight 93 is that the passengers and crew had succeeded in regaining control of the aircraft and had they landed, the reality on the plane would not have matched the cover story and the whole 9-11 cover story would have collapsed.

Apr 08 14:53

WOMAN WHO KILLED SON AT SHOOTING RANGE CAUGHT ON TAPE

A central Florida woman who fatally shot her son then killed herself at a shooting range said she was the anti-Christ and that she needed to save her son.

Apr 08 14:50

Video shows Florida woman aiming gun at son's head at shooting range

A central Florida woman who fatally shot her son then killed herself at a shooting range wrote in suicide notes to her boyfriend that she was trying to save her son.

"I'm so sorry," Marie Moore wrote several times. "I had to send my son to heaven and myself to Hell." She signed two of the notes "Failed Queen."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WAS SHE ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS?

Apr 08 14:36

New post mortem on G20 victim as Met faces claims he was attacked TWICE by riot police

The newspaper seller was manhandled by an officer 15 minutes before a colleague was videoed striking him with his baton before shoving him to the ground, it was alleged.

Photographer Anna Branthwaite claimed Mr Tomlinson was pushed to the ground and struck twice with a baton by another officer.

He was then dragged to his feet by the policeman who continued to push him along the street, she claimed.

Minutes later, a passer-by captured footage of Mr Tomlinson being felled by a police officer's baton. It is not clear if the same officer was involved in both incidents.

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IT IS NOT THE PROTESTERS CAUSING THE VIOLENCE, IT IS THE POLICE!!!

Apr 08 13:54

Policeman convicted over schoolgirl's crash death

A traffic officer who drove his patrol car at 94mph without blue lights or sirens moments before knocking down and killing a schoolgirl was convicted today of causing death by dangerous driving.

Apr 08 13:53

Ian Tomlinson death: New video footage from G20 protests gives fresh angle on attack

Channel 4 News releases tape recovered from damaged camera showing officer hitting out at Tomlinson with baton

Apr 08 13:38

Humble and Contrite Thieves: Goldman Sachs wants to pay back 25% and walk away

Thou shall not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury. Unto a stranger thou may lend upon usury. Deuteronomy 20:19

Apr 08 13:27

Obama Admin Seeks to Legalize And Expand Government Spying

Advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned that the Obama administration is seeking to expand the government’s authority to carry out wiretapping under the auspices of national security.

The EFF points to the dismissal of its own litigation against the National Security Agency for the warrantless wiretapping, warning that arguments made in defense of wiretapping by Obama’s Department of Justice are worse than Bush’s.

Apr 08 13:04

Man detained and harassed at airport for carrying CASH!

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Is this kind of treatment what you pay taxes for?

Apr 08 13:03

Army: No plan to move sea-dumped munitions

The U.S. military dumped some 2,500 tons of weapons containing lethal mustard, cyanide, lewisite, cyanogens and chloride at three deep-sea sites several miles off Oahu. More than 16,000 individual bombs were dumped there.

Apr 08 12:54

ACLU Calls For Internal DHS Investigations On Fusion Centers

From directing local police to investigate non-violent political activists and religious groups in Texas to advocating surveillance of third-party presidential candidate supporters in Missouri, there have been repeated and persistent disclosures of troubling memos and reports from local fusions centers. The five letters sent by the ACLU to the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties asked for independent investigations into the following incidents:

* A May 7, 2008 report entitled “Universal Adversary Dynamic Threat Assessment” authored by a private contractor that labeled environmental organizations like the Sierra Club, the Humane Society and the Audubon Society as “mainstream organizations with known or possible links to eco-terrorism”;

Apr 08 12:52

Dr. Bob's Terror Shop

The missive reads like a rant by a paranoid conspiracy nut. In fact, the so-called “Prevention Awareness Bulletin” is a weekly product of the North Central Texas Fusion System, a terrorism and crime-prevention intelligence center run by the Collin County Department of Homeland Security. The system gathers and shares information for a 16-county area that includes Dallas and Forth Worth. The bulletin is written by the architect and operator of the fusion system, Bob Johnson, a former chief scientist for defense contractor Raytheon Co. Johnson has a background in data mining, the controversial, computer-aided practice of trolling massive quantities of data in pursuit of patterns and links.

Apr 08 12:51

Student Arrested ... For Being Honest

AN HONEST student who handed in a mobile phone he found was stunned when police arrested him for theft.

Paul Leicester, 18, played the Good Samaritan when he discovered the handset lying in the street.

He rang the last number dialed and told a friend of the owner he would leave the phone at a nearby police station. But officers arrested him for "theft by finding", held him for four hours and took a DNA sample.

Apr 08 12:14

The Geithner-Summers Plan is Even Worse Than We Thought

Consider a toxic asset held by Citibank with a face value of $1 million, but with zero probability of any payout and therefore with a zero market value. An outside bidder would not pay anything for such an asset. All of the previous articles consider the case of true outside bidders.

Suppose, however, that Citibank itself sets up a Citibank Public-Private Investment Fund (CPPIF) under the Geithner-Summers plan. The CPPIF will bid the full face value of $1 million for the worthless asset, because it can borrow $850K from the FDIC, and get $75K from the Treasury, to make the purchase! Citibank will only have to put in $75K of the total.

Apr 08 12:02

A declaration of separation

We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We merely wish to be left alone.

Apr 08 12:01

Obama and the Reawakening of Corporatism

In 1970, General Motors was the largest and most profitable company in America. Today, of course, GM is neither. Instead, in 2009 America’s largest company is Wal-Mart, which was still only a regional, privately-held retailer in 1970. Wal-Mart’s rapid rise is not unique, however. Among the 100 largest firms today, a number—including FedEx, Microsoft, Cisco, and Home Depot--didn’t even exist in 1970. So profoundly has the landscape changed that 80 percent of the Fortune 100 companies today are different from 1970.

Apr 08 11:44

Obama administration considers climate engineering

The president's new science adviser said today that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.

John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays.

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These bozos can't even run an economy. I do not want them tinkering with the planet!

Apr 08 11:39

Moldova blames Romania for riots, expels ambassador

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin on Wednesday accused Romania of involvement in the riots in Chisinau, announcing visa restrictions for Romanians and the expulsion of the country's ambassador.

Protests in Moldova's capital against the ruling Communist Party's victory in Sunday's elections turned violent on Tuesday with 5,000 rioters taking control of the presidential residence and nearby parliament building. Some protesters called for the unification of Moldova with Romania.

Apr 08 11:38

Geithner Bank Plan Faces New Wave Of Criticism

Two weeks after being introduced, Timothy Geithner's bank rescue plan is facing a new round of withering criticism from economists who say the proposal is likely to produce major losses for taxpayers as banks and investors game the system.

Apr 08 11:37

2009– Year of the Slave

You are a slave. When you live under a government that takes your wealth and your children and lies to you to keep you docile and scares you to keep you obedient, how can it be otherwise?

You are a slave. You can stay that way, or not. It’s that simple. Nobody is coming to save you. There are no heroes, no cavalry riding to the rescue. Whether you and your children will live as slaves or as free human beings is entirely up to you.

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Apr 08 11:30

What does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?

Have you ever wondered what one trillion dollars looks like? With all the talk about bailouts and stimulus packages - a million here, a billion there - it’s pretty easy to lose track of exactly how MUCH money they’re talking about.

Apr 08 11:23

Changing the Rules of the Blame Game

According to Politico.com, at his March 27 White House meeting with the nation's top bankers, President Obama heard similar arguments and interrupted, saying, "Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn't buying that... My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks."

Stand aside, Mr. President, and let us prod with our pitchforks to get at the facts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time for the pitchforks.

It is time for the tar and feathers.

It is time for freedom.

Apr 08 11:18

Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves?

When Army Staff Sergeant Amanda Henderson ran into Staff Sergeant Larry Flores in their Texas recruiting station last August, she was shocked by the dark circles under his eyes and his ragged appearance. "Are you O.K.?" she asked the normally squared-away soldier. "Sergeant Henderson, I am just really tired," he replied. "I had such a bad, long week, it was ridiculous." The previous Saturday, Flores' commanders had berated him for poor performance. He had worked every day since from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., trying to persuade the youth of Nacogdoches to wear Army green. "But I'm O.K.," he told her.

No, he wasn't. Later that night, Flores hanged himself in his garage with an extension cord.

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Nobody knows what it's like
to be the bad man.
To be the sad man,
behind blue eyes! -- The Who

Apr 08 11:08

Secret US-Iran meetings held in Geneva

Academics and specialists from Iran, the United States and Europe have been meeting regularly in the Swiss city of Geneva for high level but informal talks.

Apr 08 11:07

Boom in Gun Sales Fueled by Politics and the Economy

Why bear arms now? "The economy played a large part in my decision," says Baker, 27. "When people don't have jobs, they might go breaking into people's homes. I want to be safe in my home."

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"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." (Thomas Jefferson Papers p. 334, 1950)

Apr 08 11:04

Housing agencies faulted in audits to get $300M of stimulus

The federal government will soon send more than $300 million in stimulus funds to 61 housing agencies that have been repeatedly faulted by auditors for mishandling government aid, a USA TODAY review has found.

Apr 08 10:58

US arms shipment reaches Israel, president Obama urged to halt further exports

The new delivery to Israel of a massive consignment of US munitions, revealed by Amnesty International today, throws into question whether President Obama will act to prevent the US fuelling further Israeli attacks against civilians that may amount to war crimes, as was perpetrated in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama will be the first US President to attend a Seder (at the White House), and he is not Jewish.

So, what does that tell you?

Apr 08 10:54

Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex

Chimpanzees enter into "deals" whereby they exchange meat for sex, according to researchers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For our particular species, flowers and jewelry also work.

Apr 08 10:52

Jewish settlers rampage through West Bank village

"A large number of settlers came at 7:30 in the morning and started to smash car windows and throw rocks at houses," said Abu al-Abed, a resident of Safa, where 300 Palestinians live.

An Israeli military source said the violence started when Palestinians threw stones at Bat Ayin settlers praying on a nearby hill before the Jewish Passover holiday.

Safa residents said about 200 settlers, some of them carrying weapons, entered the village.

Soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and also used tear gas during the clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers, villagers said. There were no reports of any injuries or arrests among the settlers.

Apr 08 10:50

Gun control support at all-time low

The heavy coverage of mass shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., North Carolina and Washington state and the cop killings in Pittsburgh has had little apparent effect on the nation's appetite for new gun laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the heavy coverage of mass shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., North Carolina and Washington state and the cop killings in Pittsburgh have only reinforced the understanding that the police rarely if ever show up in time to prevent a mass shooting (and even when they do show up they aren't very good).

Americans are smart enough to understand that where citizens are armed, crime goes down. Every study confirms that over and over again.

The only people who do not want an armed citizenry are criminals, and tax-happy politicians who know the American people are on the verge of the same riots we are seeing in the rest of the world.

Apr 08 10:45

Before Recent Shootings, Gun-Control Support Was Fading

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It's almost eerie! Every time public support for guin bans drops, THERE IS A MASS SHOOTING!

It's, it's, it's almost like these shootings are PLANNED to manufacture support for a pro-crime agenda!

Wow!

:)

Apr 08 10:41

Government TARP Losses Reach $100 Billion

The federal government's investments in banks and automotive companies have lost more than $100 billion in value, according to analysis by an economic think tank.

Apr 08 10:38

US munitions delivered to Israel

Another US official told Amnesty International that the US authorities are reviewing Israel's use of US weapons during the Gaza conflict to see if Israel complied with US law, but no conclusion has yet been reached.

Apr 08 10:36

Professor Ends Standoff Over Sexual Harassment Training

Nevertheless, the dispute highlights the passivity with which most people accept veiled Communist-style political education, a form of control bound to increase as Castro, Chavez, Obama and Medvedev declare their common pedigree.

Although he has 30 years of service and tenure, McPherson was suspended from supervisory duties and threatened with loss of his $150,000 salary, proof that this program is a way of asserting political control over senior state employees.

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The issue here is that the professor was not accused of sexual harassment. He was simply ordered to undergo the required political indoctrination because of politics.

Truth is, these things are a matter of fashion. When I worked in Europe, women in the office place expected flirtation, and indeed would presume something was wrong if they did not get it! It was far more pleasant and relaxed for everyone in that environment. Work is stressful enough without trying to impose a load of unrealistic expectations on people. That is how postal workers go postal!

And sometimes I have to wonder if the blather about sexual harassment isn't out of jealousy, because the women screaming most about sexual harassment are women you would not want to approach anyway!

One final note. In the run-up to WW2, Nazi Germany imposed strict rules of conduct on people, discouraging sexuality as an outlet, in order to build the stress level in the population up to war fever levels. I have to wonder if the militant feminists are not serving the same function in the US along with creating the impression that men as a whole are disposable and therefore easily sent off to war.

Apr 08 10:24

Bank-owning life insurers eligible for US bailout: Treasury

It was confirming their eligibility under the 700-billion-dollar Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) following a report that life insurers have been added as a third industry, along with banks and auto companies, eligible for government bailout money.

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Either more people are dying unexpectedly, or policies are being canceled.

Apr 08 10:22

Give President Obama a grade

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I don't think this is going the way they want it to, even with the megaphonies at work!

Apr 08 10:21

17 Palestinians fall prey to Israel campaign

Seventeen Palestinians have fallen victim to the latest Israeli abduction operations launched in the various parts of the West Bank.

Apr 08 10:19

Police Brutality: Ian Tomlinson WAS attacked by the Police BEFORE his death

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The police WANTED violence, in order to portray the G20 protests and thugs and hooligans.

Apr 08 10:15

FLASHBACK - Blackwater Floats Private Navy To Fight Pirates

It's bad news for shippers, but an opportunity for Blackwater Worldwide, the North Carolina-based private military contractor. Last week, the company announced plans to dispatch the MV MacArthur, a 183-foot vessel with a crew of 14 and a helicopter pad, to the Gulf of Aden to provide escort services for ships in need of security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was today's over-before-it-began hijacking a little "sales promotion" gag?

Apr 08 10:13

Mass Thai protest over leadership

Protesters in Thailand have surrounded the home of an influential royal adviser in the capital, accusing him of engineering a coup three years ago.

Apr 08 10:11

Moldova rioters overrun Parliament

An estimated 10,000 protesters break through police lines and ransack the building, as well as the offices of President Vladimir Voronin. They say recent elections were rigged.

"What we are having here now is a spontaneous, unorganized revolution," Anatoly Tseranu, an independent liberal legislator, said of the estimated 10,000 demonstrators.

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THAT is how you deal with stolen elections!

Apr 08 10:09

Paralyzed Brooklyn man pushed off of building by cops awarded $4.6 million by jury

The jury found Officer Jason Boreman shoved Lewis in the chest causing him to tumble backward over the two-foot-high parapet of the Pennsylvania Ave. building in 2005.

Apr 08 10:06

Blair: Pope is wrong about gays – and most Catholics think so too

The Pope and the Vatican have an "entrenched attitude" towards homosexuality which is less tolerant than the views of ordinary Catholics, Tony Blair says in comments published today.

Apr 08 10:04

Ian Tomlinson death: Guardian video reveals police attack on man who died at G20 protest

Ian Tomlinson, the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton-wielding police officer in riot gear, dramatic footage obtained by the ­Guardian shows.

Apr 08 10:03

JEWISH SETTLER TERRORISTS RAMPAGE AT ARAB VILLAGE, CASUALTIES REPORTED

Eyewitnesses said as many as a hundred settler terrorists descended on the small village of Safa, 10 kilometers north west of al-Khalil, with the purpose of carrying out a pogrom against local inhabitants.

The terrorists were escorted by several Israeli army soldiers who reportedly made no effort to stop the terrorists who were shouting “death to the Arabs.”

Apr 08 10:00

URGENT APPEAL: IN GAZA A SIEGE FIRE INSTEAD OF CEASEFIRE

Actions strongly required as borders are severely restricted…

Patients still dying and death toll 313 as no exit, no enough medicines…
Tens of thousands displaced…
Re construction not allowed…
Extreme poverty and unemployment paralyzing life…
Freedom of Movement is a taboo…

Apr 08 09:58

CLEANSING THE LAND OF BREAD AND ARABS

That very same Torah teaches the Jew not to hate…. where is the uproar when that is violated? When an extreme rightwing member of the Knesset utters anti Arab remarks…. one representing a so-called religious party, what is done? He is provided with extra protection! (I was distressed to learn that this bastard lives very close to my home).

Apr 08 09:40

4 shot, 1 dead at Korean retreat center in Calif.

A gunman opened fire at a Korean Christian retreat center, leaving one woman dead and four people injured, authorities said.

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And once again the police were not there in time to prevent trhe tragedy.

What we need here are nuns with guns!

Apr 08 09:39

Countdown-Professor Turley on TeamObama: "a breathtaking expansion of sovereign immunity"

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Obama is now an accessory after-the-fact in the war crimes of the Bush administration.

So are you the moment you sign that 1040!

Apr 08 09:37

Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu

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"We gotta pretend we don't always do what Israel tells us to do. The cattle are getting restless." -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 08 09:32

Drug Decriminalization in Portugal

In 2001, Portugal began a remarkable policy experiment, decriminalizing all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Some predicted disastrous results—that drug addiction rates would soar and the country would become a haven for "drug tourists." Now that several years have passed, policy experts can study the results. In a new paper for the Cato Institute, attorney and author Glenn Greenwald closely examines the Portugal experiment and concludes that the doomsayers were wrong. There is now a widespread consensus in Portugal that decriminalization has been a success.

Apr 08 09:31

Monsanto's Roundup Residues in GM Food Cause Cell Damage

Residues of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide found in GM food and feed can cause cell damage and even death, even at very low levels. The authors of a study on the subject say their research "... points to undesirable effects which are currently masked or hidden from scientific scrutiny."

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"Millions of pounds of Roundup are used every year on U.S. gardens, lawns and farms. It works by inhibiting an enzyme called EPSP synthase, which is necessary for plants to grow. Without it, plants are unable to produce essential proteins so they slowly yellow and die. The GM Roundup Ready crops, however, produce an enzyme that has the same function as EPSP synthase, but is not affected by Roundup."

So, we have an enzyme, mimicking EPSP synthase, but in order to not be affected by the glyphosate herbicide, it is NOT an exact copy. Its form and function are slightly different.

So, how do these differences affect the chemistry of the final crop, and more to the point, we humans who ingest that crop?

Apr 08 09:29

Stephen Harper and Oz Prime Minister John Howard SAME SPEECH

In 2003, Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister John Howard deliver largely identical speeches urging their nations to join George W. Bush's Coalition of the Willing to go to war with Iraq.

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Just who was handing out the talking points?

Apr 08 09:25

Israel 'received arms shipment'

Dubai: More than 300 containers loaded with US-made arms and munitions were delivered to Israel last month, according to a human rights activist.

"A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to Amnesty International that "the unloading of the entire US munitions shipment was successfully completed at Ashdod on March 22," Wood pointed out.

The spokesperson had said the shipment was destined for a US pre-positioned munitions stockpile in Israel, he said. Under a US-Israel agreement, munitions from this stockpile may be transferred for Israeli use if necessary.

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300 containers? That's a whole lot of military munitions.

One has to wonder what this particular shipment is being pre-positioned for by Israel.

Apr 08 09:20

Ireland unveils emergency budget

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Their "fix?" RAISE TAXES!!!!!!!!

Apr 08 09:20

‘Progressive’ Warmongers Liberals rally 'round Obama's war

As President Barack Obama launches a military effort that promises to dwarf the Bush administration’s Iraqi adventure in scope and intensity, the "progressive" community is rallying around their commander in chief as obediently and reflexively as the neocon-dominated GOP did when we invaded Iraq. As John Stauber points out over at the Center for Media and Democracy Web site, the takeover of the antiwar movement by the Obamaites is nearly complete. He cites MoveOn.org as a prime but not sole example:

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Obama's approach has been calibrated to better "sell" the crap we've been getting from this administration for the monsters of war which control the political and military machines of this country.

Apr 08 09:19

Red Cross says doctors helped CIA "torture"

The medical workers, thought to be doctors and psychologists, monitored prisoners while they were mistreated at CIA prisons and advised interrogators whether to continue, adjust or halt the abuse, the ICRC said in a report based on interviews with 14 prisoners in 2007.

One prisoner alleged that medical personnel monitored his blood oxygen levels while he was subjected to waterboarding, a simulated drowning designed to induce panic and widely considered to be torture, the ICRC said.

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Another reason to avoid HMOS!

Apr 08 09:13

Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan

While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders — along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts — tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America’s ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians almost daily.

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Somehow, Zardari doesn't get it: Pakistan is next in the sites of a US military assault.

Apr 08 09:12

Blood, Gore, Guts and God

If I had five bucks for every time I have witnessed the unbelievable moron of the moment utter the phrase, "kill them all and let God sort them out" I would be able to put my begging career on hold until at least next month. From the glaring inside job of 9/11 to the ultimate scam of organized religion, I am in total awe of the invisible chains of what people believe to transform their personalities. Though there have been some great scams throughout history, (including the current Federal Reserve World Wide Ponzi Scheme) I have to tip my hat to whom ever coined the catch all phrase "It is Gods Will".

Apr 08 09:10

U.S. crew may be in control of hijacked ship

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship but Pentagon officials later said they believed the U.S. crew was back in control of the vessel.

Apr 08 09:08

Moody's Downgrades The Whole Country

For the first time ever, the ratings agency placed all munis on negative outlook, a precursor to potential downgrades. Historically, the agency looked at munis individually and considered them to be too diverse to make blanket statements about.

But it seems overspending and the hollowing out of the revenue base is a nationwide phenomenon affecting cities and states everywhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Government remains AAA only because it has 300 million slaves ready to work themselves to death to repay the loans.

Apr 08 09:05

Days May Be Numbered for US Fraudsters As High-Profile Cases Set for Hearing

Sir Allen Stanford and Ezra Merkin are among those accused of dubious schemes involving their clients' billions, writes JAMES DORAN in New York

Apr 08 09:03

Former FBI chief defends flow of money to Saudi ambassador

Former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh says $2 billion that flowed from a British arms manufacturer to U.S. bank accounts controlled by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then Saudi ambassador to the U.S., was not a bribe, but was instead part of a complex barter involving the exchange of Saudi oil for British fighter jets.

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You've gotta love Louis Freeh; just as with his stint as FBI director, the man will sell anything he's paid to sell- and I mean, anything.

Apr 08 09:02

Notable Jewish Con Artists

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They missed Andy Fastow over at ENRON!

Apr 08 08:57

Congressmen Told to Expect US-Israel Confrontation

Haaretz is reporting that in recent days, officials from the Obama Administration have been briefing Congressional Democrats that they expect a clash with Israel’s new Netanyahu-led government over the Palestinian peace process. It was speculated that the briefing was an attempt to preempt an attempt by Netanyahu to bypass the administration and lobby Congress directly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All for show.

At the end of the day, Obama will give Netanyahu anything he wants, and Netanyahu is due in Washington before the end of this month.

And potentially, that "anything" could well include a US-led an attack against Iran.

The US leadership is desperate for a war, any war, to deflect the anger of the American people for how they have suffered by getting thrown under the bus of Obama's economic policies.

Apr 08 08:52

Zardari: 'Give us the drones and we will take out the militants ourselves'

Pakistan's president has called on America to provide his country with an arsenal of drones and missiles to target militants blamed for a wave of violence rather than carrying out independent operations that violate the nation's sovereignty.

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Memo to Asif Zardari: I wouldn't hold my breath on that if I were you.

The US military and political leadership has made the decision that Pakistan is to be the next large battleground in this alleged "war on terror", and no such thing as Pakistani national sovereignty will get in their way.

Apr 08 08:51

Up Is Down: The Military Budget

There really are cuts and critics and chicken littles, but nowhere does Fox tell you that the overall budget is INCREASING. Then again, if Fox didn't lie, how would we know what was true?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real measure of what someone wants is what they will spend their money on, and it shoudl be clear that the US Government, by increasing the defense budget even as Americans are losing their homes and businesses, WANTS a war!

Apr 08 08:50

Iran energy sector open to US firms

A top Iranian oil official says the country is open to US investment in its oil and gas sector if Washington accepts Tehran's terms.

"It was not us who deprived US companies from taking part in Iran's oil and gas projects," Iran's Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs, Hossein Noqrekar-Shirazi told reporters on Wednesday.

"They know they have lost many opportunities for investment in Iran's energy sector."

Apr 08 08:49

Cyberspies Penetrate Electrical Grid

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls, the newspaper said, citing current and former U.S. national security officials.

The intruders have not sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure but officials said they could try during a crisis or war, the paper said in a report on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Befor ethe next war, or the next false flag, the US Government (and Israel) have to figure out a way to shut down the non-commercial portions of the internet and they must have an excuse that the public will buy.

A nationwide blackout caused by the cyberspies of [insert name of target country here] provides an event with immediacy, and justification to start pulling wires on the blogs.

Apr 08 08:47

Israel created 'terror without mercy' in Gaza

The Israeli military attacked civilians and medics and delayed - sometimes for hours - the evacuation of the injured during the January war in Gaza, according to an independent fact-finding mission commissioned by Israeli and Palestinian medical human rights groups.

The Israeli military has said it does not target civilians and is conducting its own investigations into some cases arising from the war.

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Sorry, Israel, there are way too many documented cases of the IDF deliberately targeting civilians for your politicians and military leaders to say that with an absolutely straight face.

Apr 08 08:46

Red Cross Described 'Torture' at CIA Jails

The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of al-Qaeda captives "constituted torture," a finding that strongly implied that CIA interrogation methods violated international law, according to newly published excerpts from the long-concealed 2007 document.

The report, an account alleging physical and psychological brutality inside CIA "black site" prisons, also states that some U.S. practices amounted to "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment." Such maltreatment of detainees is expressly prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.

Apr 08 08:44

Early signs: Netanyahu seeking to shake things up

As the new Netanyahu government gets rolling, the early signs are that there will be significant changes in foreign policy. The Likud leader has strongly signaled that he intends to be more proactive in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat and has withdrawn his predecessor's commitments to a two-state solution with the Palestinians and a pullback from the Golan Heights in return for peace with Syria.

He sees a nuclear bomb in the hands of radical Islamists dedicated to Israel's destruction as an existential threat and speaks in terms of preventing a second Holocaust.

Obviously, Netanyahu would prefer the Americans to do the job themselves.

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Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: if you believe that Iran is such a threat, go ahead, have the IDF take it out themselves.

The US has enough on its plate without creating a situation where our soldiers in Iraq and other places would be absolute sitting ducks when Iran counter-attacks, thank you very much.

And by the way, Bibi, what is Russia, Iran's 7th largest trading partner, going to do if you attack Iran?

Chew on that one for a while before you do anything profoundly stupid, would you?!?

Apr 08 08:41

Bromwich: Who talks about the 4,700,000 Iraqi refugees?

David Bromwich has a fabulous post on ways that aristocracy perpetuates itself--Larry Summers's payday. And he offers this comment on James North's piece on Mahmood Mamdani's Darfur book, posted here yesterday:

The report confirms a suspicion about the way the legitimate cause of Darfur has sometimes served to distract attention from the catastrophe of Iraq. The distinction between the unpleasantness of responsibility and the pleasantness of philanthropy is exact and pertinent. There are 4,700,000 Iraqi refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. What is the U.S. policy of assistance to Iraqi refugees whose lives were torn apart by the American bombing and occupation? Do we even have such a policy?

Apr 08 08:40

Ahmadinejad Says Iran Open to Genuine U.S. Overture

“If a hand has truly been extended with sincerity, based on justice and respect, Iran will welcome it,” Ahmadinejad said today during a speech in the central city of Isfahan. “If it’s a hand that is sincere in appearance and deep down dishonest, Iran’s answer will be the same as the one given to Mr. Bush.”

Apr 08 08:36

North Korea has improved rocket technology: Tokyo

While the North insists its satellite was placed in orbit and is beaming patriotic songs, South Korea, Japan and the US military say there is no sign of a satellite.

Experts say the rocket’s second and third stage failed to separate and that it fell in the Pacific short of the designated landing zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, as the US insists, the rocket is such a klunker, then why is anyone worried about it in the first place?

Apr 08 08:35

Cities Collapsing throughout the USA

“In its depth and suddenness, the U.S. economic and financial crisis is shockingly reminiscent of moments we have recently seen in emerging markets (and only in emerging markets): South Korea (1997), Malaysia (1998), Russia and Argentina (time and again).

But there’s a deeper and more disturbing similarity: elite business interests—financiers, in the case of the U.S.—played a central role in creating the crisis, making ever-larger gambles, with the implicit backing of the government, until the inevitable collapse. More alarming, they are now using their influence to prevent precisely the sorts of reforms that are needed, and fast, to pull the economy out of its nosedive. The government seems helpless, or unwilling, to act against them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this government is owned by the very forces which, through greed and duplicity, helped create the crisis in the first place.

And instantly placed on the heads of every taxpayer, a new burden of 100,000.00 to bail them out.

Welcome to the new "taxation without representation".

Apr 08 08:27

US will not mediate between India, Pakistan: Holbrooke

During a news conference in New Delhi, senior US envoy Richard Holbrooke made it clear that the visit was not aimed at pushing the Indian government into resuming dialogue with Islamabad.

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Islamabad knows that the US is obligated by treaty to step in on the side of India, should there be another India/Pakistan war.

Apr 08 08:26

Are We Being Conditioned To Accept a Pre-emptive Attack on Iran?

Americans who did not live through the Second World War cannot imagine the pervasive atmosphere of hatred against Germans that began in 1933. More than eight years before the Old Pearl Harbor, the American people were emotionally conditioned to wage war and spare nothing in their effort to kill Germans.

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History repeats.

Apr 08 08:24

‘No’ to joint operation in tribal areas

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan rejected on Tuesday a US proposal for joint operations in the tribal areas against terrorism and militancy, as differences of opinion between the two countries over various aspects of the war on terror came out into the open for the first time.

Highly-informed sources said the move followed a collective decision reached between the government and security establishment to adopt a tough posture against a barrage of attacks and criticism emanating in recent weeks from Washington, directly targeting the Pakistan army and the ISI and creating doubts about their sincerity in the war on terror and the fight against Al Qaeda and Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistan is about to find out what happens when "joint operations" offers from the US get rejected.

Pakistan's government is very probably slated to morph from a "relatively friendly" government to "the enemy", faster than an avalanche with an attitude.

Apr 08 08:13

Military allegedly pressured medical personnel to downgrade soldiers' diagnoses

US military officers pressured Army medical personnel not to diagnose soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder in an apparent effort to save money and reduce benefits, according to an investigation published Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Make completely sure that any young person you know who is thinking about joining the military at this point sees this article, so they know what to expect.

Apr 08 08:08

The Samson Gambit

On March 2 former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) foreign policy chief Steve Rosen filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Rosen accuses his former employer, directors, and outside public relations firm of libel and slander. Rosen seeks damages of $5 million from AIPAC and punitive damages of $500,000 each from former board members and the public relations firm Rational PR, L.C. An analysis of Rosen’s civil complaint reveals how his “Samson’s gambit” of threatening to pull down the walls of justice over the heads of the Israel lobby may prevail in getting criminal espionage charges dropped within the next two months.

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Apr 08 07:10

Richard Russell: Bear Market Will Last Longer, Go Deeper Than People Expect

Yahoo! Finance -As in the accompanying video, Russell pulled no punches when he was (inevitably) asked for his views on the market: "This bear market will be deeper and longer than most people think," said the legendary market watcher. "People got optimistic too quick" about the recent rally, which he says is doomed to fail. "None of the characteristics of a major bottom" are evident, most notably dirt cheap valuations.

Apr 08 06:12

Filling the Skies With Assassins

Soon enough, a single pilot may be capable of handling not one but perhaps three drones, and drone armaments will undoubtedly grow progressively more powerful and “precise.” In the meantime, BAE Systems already has a drone four years into development, the Taranis, that should someday be “completely autonomous”; that is, it theoretically will do without human pilots. Initial trials of a prototype are scheduled for 2010.

Apr 08 05:17

Big Bondholder in G.M. Sells Most of Its Assets in Company

The New York Times - MICHELINE MAYNARD - As talk continues to circulate about the likelihood of a General Motors bankruptcy, one of G.M.’s significant bondholders has shed the bulk of its holdings, according to a regulatory filing.

G.M. must persuade its bondholders to restructure their debt as a condition of a government-financed reorganization.

Apr 08 03:45

The crash of '09, the collapse of '10

But what's amazing is that America remains mired in stunning denial, continuing to make bad situations worse with useless bailout plans and messing around with the world instead of facing up to the reality that its time as a hyper-power is up, that's its economic system has failed and that its only recourse is to end its adversarial doctrine and get out of its lost wars as painlessly and honorably as possible

Apr 08 03:41

Too many people on the planet ruin sex for us all

BBC- Oral sex linked to throat cancer -A virus contracted through oral sex is the cause of some throat cancers, say US scientists.

HPV infection was found to be a much stronger risk factor than tobacco or alcohol use, the Johns Hopkins University study of 300 people found.

Apr 08 03:05

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe

Kudos to Brigham Young University for permitting Drs. Farrer and Jones and physics student Daniel Farnsworth to do the research described in the paper and for conducting internal reviews of the paper. Dr. Farrer was formerly first author on this paper. But after internal review of the paper, BYU administrators evidently disallowed him from being first author on ANY paper related to 9/11 research (this appears to be their perogative, but perhaps they will explain). Nevertheless, the paper was approved for publication with Dr. Farrer’s name and affiliation listed and we congratulate BYU for this. We stand by Dr. Farrer and congratulate his careful scientific research represented in this paper.

Apr 08 02:43

The Two Faces of Barack Obama One for the masses, one for the power elite

The news from Europe, if you listen to our infatuated media, is that the Euros love President Obama: according to the American reportage, his recent trip there was a cavalcade of photo-ops, cheering crowds, and hugs from the queen of England. Even the French were in awe of him! However, if you look beneath the surface, not that far beneath the gloss and the glam there runs a current of irritation, and, dare I say it, resentment.

Apr 08 00:35

Borderless World the Long-held Dream of Bilderberg Group

Bilderberg will continue to push for world government at the May 14-19 secret meeting in Vouliagmeni, Greece, according to a participant. Alice Rivlin, who has represented the Brookings Institution at Bilderberg, smiled and nodded when asked if the agenda this year includes “world government, a world without borders and an American Union.”

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