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Apr 15 23:18

Honolulu Tea Party

... in which a certain local webmaster gets drafted into making a speech!

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Apr 15 22:42

First Black President of the American Empire

Eshu's Blues: First Black President of the American Empire
Submitted by michael hureaux... on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 07:01

Apr 15 21:20

Jerome Hauer and Jack Bauer

I have often thought how fortunate for the creator of the hit Fox action TV show "24" that they picked November of 200l to air the first show. Think of it! This was a TV show that mirrored the times so perfectly. Jack Bauer belonged to an illusive counter-terrorist unit that went out and did things that most elected officials wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. He got to torture Muslim terrorist, for example. He knew the enemies: Muslims, Chinese, and Russians. Jerome Hauer also worked for a kind of counter-terrorist unit, Kroll Associates. Now Jerome is working for Homeland Security and he is worried about a bioterrorist attack. Jack Bauer is worried about a bioterrorist attack too. Does anyone think that Jack Bauer might be the action hero side of Jerome Hauer.

Apr 15 20:45

State Sovereignty Movement Keeps Growing

As more governors declare their opposition to the Stimulus Bill — which is now estimated to include more than $1 trillion in unfunded mandates for the states above and beyond the initial $800 billion cost — more and more state legislators across the nation have been introducing bills to assert state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment in an effort to assert the rights of their citizens and the authoirity of state governments against unwarranted interference by the federal government.

Apr 15 20:34

Obama: No to Marijuana Legalization

I don't want people to think that -- this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy

Apr 15 20:29

Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization And Recruitment

I've said time and time again that the government (think Eric Holder's hate speech) is trying to fan the flames of a race war in this country. And they are trying to set it up so that they can blame peoples' rebellion on the fact that Obama is (half) black and not the fact that the government, under Bush and now Obama, has stepped up its totalitarian, Communist, Fascist, Socialist agenda faster than ever.

Apr 15 20:17

Ron Paul on Drug Legalization

Apr 15 16:05

Win 7: Looks to be Vista disaster, Take 2

InformationWeek has been given a first-look at data collected by KACE from over 1100 sources regarding corporate uptake of Windows 7 after it's released later this year. According to their stats, 83% of businesses will not be upgrading to Windows 7 until at least 2011, making the Windows 7 launch quite possibly a Vista Take 2 under additional declines in OS market share.

The failure of corporations to migrate to Windows 7 raises additional concerns over Microsoft's slipping OS market share as Vista sales have declined 8% in the most recent quarter, and Linux is reaping the benefits.

Apr 15 15:59

The police should take note: little brother's watching you

The assault on Tomlinson will not spark off a riot, but nobody should underestimate the outrage it has generated. And from the instant the video footage - shot by an American bystander using his digital still camera - appeared on the Guardian website, it was clear that we had reached a pivotal moment. Consumer technology had given citizens a serious tool for recording how policemen behave.

See also: Taking photos of police officers could be considered a crime

Apr 15 15:49

US mulls stiffer sentences for common Net proxies

A key vote Wednesday on new federal sentencing guidelines would classify the use of proxies as evidence of "sophistication," increasing sentences by about 25 percent - which could mean years or even decades longer behind bars, depending on the crime. It's akin to judges handing down stiffer sentences when a gun is used in a robbery.

Yet digital-rights advocates are worried. Although they aren't absolving criminals, they complain that the proposal is so broad, it could lead to unnecessarily harsh sentences for tech neophytes who didn't know they were using proxies in the first place or who were simply engaging in a practice often encouraged as a safer way of using the Internet.

Apr 15 15:44

Afghan women pelted with stones during rape law protest

Afghan women protesting against a new law that severely undermines women's rights were pelted with stones in the country's capital Wednesday, say reports.

This was big news when the Taliban was in power...

Apr 15 14:50

Tea'd off about taxes at Oklahoma State Capitol

Well over 5,000 people crowded onto the south plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol Wednesday, taking part in the Tax Day Tea Party movement that has swept America, with 2,500 Tea Parties reportedly taking place nationwide.

Apr 15 14:33

FREENET

http://freenetproject.org/whatis.html

Freenet is free software which lets you publish and obtain information on the Internet without fear of censorship. To achieve this freedom, the network is entirely decentralized and publishers and consumers of information are anonymous. Without anonymity there can never be true freedom of speech, and without decentralization the network will be vulnerable to attack.

Communications by Freenet nodes are encrypted and are "routed-through" other nodes to make it extremely difficult to determine who is requesting the information and what its content is.

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A different way to send info over the internet.

Apr 15 14:19

Secretive U.S. Prison Units For Political Prisoners

Secretive U.S. Prison Units Used to House Muslim, Animal Rights and Environmental Activists
Published on 04-15-2009

"The power to create and maintain secretive prison facilities for political prisoners is antithetical to a healthy democracy. If there is one thing that we should learn from history, from governments that have gone down this path, it is this: If there is a secretive prison for “second-tier” terrorists, it will only be followed by a secretive prison “third-tier terrorists,” and “fourth-tier terrorists,” until one by one, brick by brick, the legal wall separating “terrorist” from “dissident” or “undesirable” has crumbled."

Apr 15 14:05

PIRATES AND EMPERORS

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PLAY THE VIDEO!

Apr 15 13:34

Gilad Atzmon - "The Wandering Who?"

A nation is a group of people united by a common mistake regarding its origin and a collective hostility towards its neighbours” [1]

Apr 15 13:33

Nature of the Beast

The IRS threatens us with destruction if we don't play along with their owners the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve creates the money and loans to the subjects and demands said subjects return a portion of this creation or face the henchmen of the IRS. So do they really need the money? Hello, McFly. They just created twelve trillion for their friends but you have damn well better pay them the two hundred sixteen dollars and fourteen cents by April 15th or your life will become a living hell. Believe me. Now think,.. they create the money..THEY create the money..Being this as obvious do you really think they need your measly sum of fiat digits? Hell no they don't, they want you subjected to their slavery! Get in line, jump through the hoops, grovel like a dog you worthless knave.

Apr 15 13:19

A fraud that makes Madoff look small time

According to the man who may be the leading expert on banking fraud, there is also no innocent explanation for the events leading to the current economic crisis. Last week on his PBS show, Bill Moyers interviewed William K. Black, the senior regulator during the savings and loan scandal in the late 1980s. Mr. Black, who wrote a book based on his experiences and called it The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, said the fraud and deceit that resulted in the world banking system's dire distress makes Bernie Madoff look like a piker. In fact, says Mr.

Apr 15 13:04

Iraq Mercenaries Custer-Battles in court for fraudulent billing

Custer Battles must face a multimillion-dollar lawsuit accusing the mercenary group of fraudulently billing the U.S. government..

Custer Battles was hired on a "cost-plus" basis, meaning it would be reimbursed for its actual expenses, plus 25 percent to cover overhead and generate a profit.

Overbilling Examples: Custer Battles provided two flatbed trucks for which it paid $18,000, but charged $80,000. It billed the coalition authority $400,000 for life-support generators that cost $74,000, and invoiced $12,000 for laundry services that cost $4,000.

Apr 15 13:03

USA TODAY- Dead Wrong on Columbine

What is Greg Toppo at USA TODAY thinking? His article is full of errors, most egregiously he writes, “Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication …”

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Apparently the recent article about Columbine by USA Today has not set well with the actual witnesses to the event. So, I agree, what was Greg Toppo thinking?

Trying to create a controversy as a distraction?

Apr 15 12:51

Appraisers Accuse Wells Fargo of Racketeering

To suck maximum profits from consumers during the subprime mortgage fiasco, Wells Fargo pressured and intimidated appraisers to violate industry and regulatory standards, blacklisted appraisers who refused, and did this by routing appraisal requests through the appraisal management company Rels Valuation, according to a RICO class action in Federal Court.

Apr 15 12:37

CNN Reporter Harassed at Chicago "Tea-Party"

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This feels like a staged event, and notice that the talking bimbo still rants on the government talking points; that this is all right-wing, anti-government extremists, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Apr 15 12:30

Don't Fall For the Old Divide And Conquer Trick

The powers-that-be are trying to distract us from the looting of our wallets by the big banks by creating a left-versus-right, us-versus-them drama.

You know, the old divide-and-conquer schtick.

Americans from across the political spectrum are furious at the financial elite who have robbed us blind, and their enablers in government.

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No shit!

Apr 15 12:26

BBC rebukes its Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen for anti-Israel comments

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen faced calls to quit tonight after he was criticised for breaching the broadcaster's rules on accuracy and impartiality in two reports about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

An inquiry found that a reference to 'Zionism's innate instinct to push out the frontier' in an article for the BBC's website breached guidelines.

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So apparently BBC considers it a breach of accuracy and impartiality to report what is already obvious to all just from looking at the maps?

Apr 15 12:24

Michelin to shut US factory, cutting 1,000 jobs

The US subsidiary of French tire maker Michelin said it will shut a US plant in Alabama, where it employs 1,000 people, due to an "unprecedented" slump in demand.

Apr 15 12:23

Thousands protest higher taxes at rally in Madison

With loudspeakers blasting “God Bless America” and the rock song “We’re Not Going to Take It” first done by Twisted Sister, thousands converged on the Capitol Tuesday to protest higher taxes.

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"They are only doing it because they hate me!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 12:16

How Goldman Posted a Profitable Quarter: They "Skipped" December

How did Goldman do it?

Well, as Floyd Norris - chief financial correspondent for the New York Times - explains, Goldman simply didn't report results for December 2008, a month in which it took huge write-downs.

Its easy to look profitable when you can cook the books . . .

Apr 15 12:04

Developing: Secret Service clears D.C. Tea Party protest

Just walked up to the Tea Party in Lafayette Park, and was surprised to see that police tape was up, the park was cleared, and police were patrolling the borders.

Apr 15 11:21

Obama to 'tea-bag' protesters: I've already cut taxes

Obliquely answering the hundreds of "tea bag" protests around the country on tax day, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's already delivered the most progressive tax cut in history, with 95% of families getting a tax break in every paycheck.

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Yeah, a nickle here and a nickle there, and maybe a $50 tax credit it takes a $400 tax accountant to find.

Talk about a "token" President!

Here is the deal. Obama has added $100,000 to the total tax debt of every taxpayer and wants to hand you back $100 and thinks this will buy you off?

This is an insult!

This is like the scene in "Tale of Two Cities" where the Nobleman runs over a small child with his carriage and tosses a coin out the window to pay for it.

This is Obama's "Let them eat cake" moment.

Apr 15 11:01

Banker linked to 1980s S&L scandal dies after jumping off Tampa International Airport garage

Wise was a former Kansas clothing salesman who became best known as the chairman of Silverado Banking in Denver, where Neil Bush (brother of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush) was one of the directors and former Tampa Palms developer Kenneth Good was a major borrower. The institution's collapse in 1988 cost taxpayers $1 billion.

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"He fell. Really. That's all. He just fell. Honest!"

Apr 15 11:00

Obama Administration may destroy torture evidence

The Bush Administration's legacy of torture interrogation may dip further into obscurity if the Obama Administration's vow to decommission overseas detention black sites means evidence of torture would be destroyed.

Apr 15 10:59

Industrial Non-Production

Intel’s earnings report and outlook – or lack thereof, really – had the stock market in a mildly pessimistic mood headed into the open. But the dreadful report on industrial production, which showed that businesses are using the lowest percentage of available production capacity since the Federal Reserve started keeping data in 1967, has soured the mood further. Adding to the malaise were comments from Wal-Mart Stores’ chief executive, who was skeptical that the recession would end soon.

Apr 15 10:58

Song of the Somali Pirate

Four Somalis on a cargo freight

Yo ho ho and a tanker of scum

Overfishing and dumping brought 'em their fate

Yo ho ho and a tanker of scum

Apr 15 10:57

Foreclosures Soar in March, Up 44 Percent Over February’s High

Completed foreclosures hit another monthly record in March as 175,199 homes were lost to foreclosure, up 44 percent from February’s record high, according to the latest U.S. Foreclosure Index released today by ForeclosureS.com, a leading real estate information provider.

Apr 15 10:45

Obama's Bubble of Ignorance - Solving Palestine While Israel Destroys It

To a greater degree than perhaps ever before, Washington today is engulfed in denial about Israel and its stupefying behavior, about its murderous policies toward the Palestinians, about the efforts of Israel and its U.S. defenders to force us to ignore its atrocities. Blinders have always been part of the attire of U.S. policymakers and politicians with regard to Israel and Israeli actions, but in the wake of the three-week Israeli assault that laid waste to the tiny territory of Gaza -- an assault ended very conveniently just before Barack Obama was inaugurated, so that he has been able to act as though it never occurred -- the perspective from which Washington operates is strikingly more blinkered than ever in the past.

Apr 15 10:43

US forces leave Iraq polluted

The initial reason to invade Iraq was the alleged presence of weapons of mass destruction. Now the US has pledged to withdraw troops, who are accused of using controversial weapons themselves, and no clean-up is planned.

Apr 15 10:40

New bird flu cases suggest the danger of pandemic is rising

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The timing of this batch of news stories about the bird flu suggests a distraction from the tax protests. I mean, bird flu has never become the pandemic that has been waved at us for going on three years, and even this article reports that the more recent cases are less severe as the flu mutates to be more compatible with its host.

Remember, a virus that kills its host is not very successful. The best viruses learn to live with their hosts, indeed form symbiotic relationships with them.

Apr 15 10:35

Israel will not cooperate with UN Gaza inquiry

Israel does not plan to cooperate with a U.N. agency's investigation into alleged war crimes by Israeli troops and Hamas militants during fighting in Gaza, an Israeli government official said on Wednesday.

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Didn't we bomb the crap out of Iraq for defying the United Nations?????

Apr 15 10:35

Bailing out Corporations but not Pensioners is Immoral

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Bailing out Corporations but not HUMANS is Immoral

Apr 15 10:32

LA school board votes to lay off 5,400 employees

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But we can send billions of tax dollars to Israel.

Apr 15 10:32

National Guard On Alert For Tea Party Protests

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FOLKS, THIS MEANS THEY HAVE PLANTED AGENTS PROVOCATEURS IN THE TAX PROTESTS TO MAKE YOU ALL LOOK BAD! BE CAREFUL OF THOSE SMELLY KIDS TRYING TO TALK YOU INTO SETTING A FIRE OR BREAKING A WINDOW!

Apr 15 10:30

DHS Rep Refuses to Say if Law Enforcement Will Tape Tax Day Tea Party Goers

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Which means they are, and who cares?

Our activities are covered by the First Amendment, which unlike the income tax amendment, actually WAS ratified!

Apr 15 10:22

THE FUTILITY OF “PEACE TALKS” WITH ISRAEL

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose term in office officially expired in January but remained at the helm of the Ramallah regime in order to spite off Hamas, reportedly has phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to wish him a happy holiday. The courtesy call, as described by Abbas’s office, has been interpreted by observers in occupied Palestine as a preliminary sign of flirting between the fascist-minded Netanyahu and the beleaguered PLO leader.

Apr 15 10:18

It's Always Darkest just before it goes Black.

I’ve been noticing signs of revolt at all levels of the social spectrum and it’s surprising me. I realize that I’ve been pretty tough on the mainstream fish caught in the nets and not giving enough credit to what looks like a revolution catching fire all around the world. I’m starting to think that some indefinable force is moving through the people of the world and they are starting to react as if they really were capable of independent thought and then I ponder what I hear from so many sources which tell me that the mysterious elite have all of the situations and circumstances programmed and that no matter what I see it is all part of ‘their plan’. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Apr 15 10:13

US taxpayers' costs likely to rise after AIGFP staff quit

Twenty key executives have left AIG Financial Products (AIGFP) after the furore over their bonuses, increasing the cost of rescuing the troubled business to US taxpayers, its chief executive has said.

As many as seven of the outgoing executives were from AIGFP's London office, where much of the division's most toxic derivatives business was done. The financial products side has been blamed for pushing AIG to the brink of collapse after selling $2.7 trillion (£1.8 trillion) worth of insurance on securities backed by mortgages and other credit products. As mortgage defaults surged, claims by AIG's counterparties rocketed. The insurer was bailed out last September with $80 billion of US taxpayers' money.

Apr 15 10:13

Obama and the Pirates

The administration of President Barack Obama is certainly owning the successful rescue of Americans held hostage by pirates in the seas off Somalia, holding it up as the epitome of what our rulers would like us to believe is a pragmatic, tough-minded, and decisive administration, and touting it as the Obamaites first overseas military success. Yet, barely a few hours after the dramatic rescue was made – complete with a display of sharp-shooting skills surpassed by none, and a tale of derring-do that featured a self-sacrificial captain and a crew determined to see him safely home – the problem with this sort of grandstanding was and is all too clear: the pirates are back, and with a vengeance, hijacking four more ships in 24 hours.

Apr 15 10:12

Resist or Become Serfs

America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them.

Apr 15 10:11

US confirms boycott of UN conference against racism

The US will not reverse a decision to boycott the upcoming UN conference on the elimination of racism in spite of the removal of a clause from a document that identified Israel as a perpetrator of racist policies.

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"We stand with the racists!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 10:10

W, the Torture Decider

How could it be that we Americans tolerate the kind of leaders who would subject others to systematic torture — yes, that’s what the official report of the international body charged with monitoring the Geneva agreements on the treatment of prisoners concludes — torture.

Over the past week I have been asked to explain how this could have happened; who authorized the torture in our name? The Red Cross report lacks the earmarks of rogues or “rotten apples” at the bottom of some barrel.

Apr 15 10:08

Does Perry's Support Of 10th Amendment Bill Make Him A Dangerous Right-wing Extremist?

Texas Governor Rick Perry has backed a House resolution in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In the eyes of the Department of Homeland Security this makes him a dangerous right-wing extremist.

Apr 15 10:08

A third all of junk bonds in Britain and Europe are likely to default over the course of this crisis as the debt-driven excesses of buy-out boom come back to haunt, according to a new report by Standard & Poor's.

"The downturn in the real estate and construction sectors, the sharp rise in unemployment, reduced consumption and investment, and the liquidity squeeze have converged," said the rating agency.

Apr 15 10:02

SULLIVAN VERSUS UNITED STATES

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This is the transcript of a hearing before Judge James C. Fox on March 21, 2003.

In it, on page 23, Judge James C. Fox admits that the 16th amendment actually failed ratification, then goes on to claim a legal "principle" that because the US Government has gotten away with pretending the 16th has been ratified all these last 94 years, that there is no reason to challenge it today!

In other words, the US Government KNOWS that Philander Knox lied when he claimed the 16th Amendment was ratified. And whenever they collect an income tax on the basis of that amendment, they KNOW they are acting illegally. And unless we wish to stipulate that Judge James C. Fox is an exceptional intellect among judges, we may assume that a large number of other judges also know this fraud is being perpetrated, but go along with it since judges are paid out of tax revenues by that very same government perpetrating that fraud!

Apr 15 09:47

The Case Against the Income Tax

Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker's paycheck. In the late 1800s, when Congress first attempted to impose an income tax, the notion of taxing a citizen's hard work was considered radical! Public outcry ensued; more importantly, the Supreme Court ruled the income tax unconstitutional. Only with passage of the 16th Amendment did Congress gain the ability to tax the productive endeavors of its citizens.

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Apr 15 09:45

Why this Crisis May be Worse than the Great Depression

The sheer size of this crisis is worrisome. During the Great Depression, the US still had viable industries that had not yet been exported to China by way of the Bushes and Wal-Mart. The US manufactured automobiles, refrigerators, radios and, later, televisions sets. The steel industry created Pittsburgh. Autos made Detroit. America's work and labor were the sources of its wealth. The right wing exploitation and export of that wealth is the source of our current poverty, the financial collapse and our impending slide into third world status. An increasingly tiny elite is the cancer upon the body politic and economic.

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Beware this "left wing versus right wing" dichotomy. This is an attempt to trick us into arguing with each other instead of uniting against the common cause of our problems.

Yes, industries left our nation for China under the Bushes but it also did so under the Clintons! The loss of manufacturing has continued unimpeded through every Presidency for the last 30 years, Republican and Democrat alike.

Has Obama reversed the tax credits, to bring those jobs and manufacturing back home? No? Bad, bad, BAD right wing President Obama. Oh wait, he's a lefty!

The only real divide is the one mentioned at the very top of this article. The one percent that owns it all against the 99% of us being driven into poverty. The poor against the oligarchs.

By the way, I love the photo!

Apr 15 09:37

1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India

All this contributes to dipping water levels. Farmers should be taken into consideration when planning policies," he said.

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How very odd. This article says nothing at all about Genetically Modified crops failing to produce as advertised, and yet only last November this was reported as the main cause for the crops failures driving Indian farmers to suicide.

The biotech spin doctors are working overtime!

Apr 15 09:33

Is Goldman Sachs Running the Plunge Protection Team?

Is the current stock market rebound based on fundamentals, or are more sinister forces at work? Tyler Durden, one of the best financial bloggers around, have found some circumstantial evidence that suggests the mysterious Plunge Protection Team (PPT) has recently been boosting the stock market. And some might say Goldman Sachs is running the show...

Apr 15 09:31

Ron Paul: Reckless Spending And Taxation Prolonged Great Depression

Congressman takes on Obama’s claim that only solution to economic crisis is more government spending.

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I don;t care if the government spends its own money to fix the economy; after all it was the government that broke it with tax credits to help export jobs, repealing Glas-Steagal, the Federal Reserve act, etc.

The problem is the government does not have any money. So they are spending YOURS.

The government is taking money from people who need it to shower on people so rich they cannot remember how many houses they own.

Apr 15 09:28

Riddle of missing CCTV as pictures reveal there WERE cameras near G20 death

The police watchdog chief investigating the death of a man at the G20 protest who was shoved over by an officer is under fire for wrongly claiming there were no CCTV cameras in the area.

Nick Hardwick, chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said last week that no cameras covered the spot near the Bank of England where Ian Tomlinson was assaulted.

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After the fiasco of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes you would think that the British police would understand that they cannot lie and get away with it in this age of the internet.

Apr 15 09:24

READERS RESPOND TO JERUSALEM POST ATTACKS

“…But reading his site, I’ve never seen this fellow address his own sins of occupation - the one where he is part of the horde of mainland Americans who have occupied Hawaii, breaking treaties signed with the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii (http://www.freehawaii.org/)…”

Actually, Mike Rivero has several times addressed this matter, and has a permanent link to an article he wrote about it.

If this is the extent of his familiarity with What Really Happened.com, then it’s likely that he is equally ignorant about Desert Peace.

And, regrettably, such people actually get paid to produce this nonsense.

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The word "Petard" comes to mind right about now.

Apr 15 09:21

'Toxic waste' behind Somali piracy

Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste.

The ransom demand is a means of "reacting to the toxic waste that has been continually dumped on the shores of our country for nearly 20 years", Januna Ali Jama, a spokesman for the pirates, based in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, said.

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"We declare war on Somalia to enforce our right to dump toxic waste anywhere in the world we choose to!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 09:06

DNA pioneer Alec Jeffreys: drop innocent from database

The inventor of genetic fingerprinting, Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, today warns that the government is putting at risk public support for the DNA national database by holding the genetic details of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

Apr 15 09:04

The old hatred updated

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"Forget about those stupid Palestinians; WE'RE the victims. We are ALWAYS the victims. We will always BE the victims, schmuck! Now how about a donation; we gotta buy some more white phosphorus."

Apr 15 08:59

The True Haters

On Good Friday, John Demjanjuk, 89 and gravely ill, was ordered deported to Germany to stand trial as an accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews — at Sobibor camp in Poland.

Sound familiar? It should. It is a re-enactment of the 1986 extradition of John Demjanjuk to Israel to be tried for the murder of 870,000 Jews — at Treblinka camp in Poland.

How many men in the history of this country have been so relentlessly pursued and remorselessly persecuted?

The ordeal of this American Dreyfus began 30 years ago.

Apr 15 08:54

US economy goes back to 1955 as deflation returns

The US economy has begun to deflate for the first time in more than half a century as a slump in demand pushes energy and food costs lower.

The consumer price index fell at an annual rate of 0.4% in March, the first decline since August 1955, figures from the US labour department showed today. It was bigger than the 0.1% drop expected by economists.

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Translation: As Wall Street and Washington suck more and more money out of the people, the nation starts to collapse like a balloon with the air escaping.

Apr 15 08:50

Who is this Netanyahu threatening world peace?

Binyamin Netanyahu is the narrowly elected prime minister, for a second time, of that tiny country, Israel, which lives off the military largesse of the United States. And now motormouth is declaring that “Israel will bomb Iran if the US doesn’t.” How much chutzpah is that? At the very least he has militarized the diplomatic dialogue in the process, and made a rather tense group of nations more so. Not smart.

Apr 15 08:49

Depression Lurks Unless There’s More Stimulus

In the face of a similar Depression-era psychology today, we are in need of massive pump-priming again. We appear to be in a much better situation due to the stronger efforts to date. Still, there is a danger that, because of a combination of faulty economic theory and inadequate appreciation of human psychology, as well as deep public anger, we will not continue with such stimulus on a high enough level.

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Get a @#%ing clue! It IS the stimulus, i.e. robbing the poor to give to the rich that is making us all angry.

And idiotic attempts to obfuscate continuing the looting are just pissing us off even more!

Apr 15 08:48

CNN Video: Ron Paul Response to Obama Speech

Barack Obama is "preaching inflation...economic fascism" ~ Ron Paul

Apr 15 08:40

Israel’s Peres says Iran aspires to “take over” the Mideast

Israel’s President Shimon Peres said on Monday that Iran aspired to control the Middle East, in his first comments on Egypt’s efforts against the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group.

Egyptian authorities have arrested 49 alleged Hezbollah agents and charged them with plotting to attack Egyptian institutions and Israeli tourists and espionage.

“Sooner or later, the world will realize that Iran wishes to take over the Middle East, and that it has colonial ambitions,” Peres said after meeting with the country’s top rabbis, reports the YNet News website.

Apr 15 08:35

Ron Paul Response to Obama Speech MSNBC 04-14-09

Dr. Paul was on MSNBC news to respond to the Obama "Five Pillars" state of the economy speech.

"You can't start a war to end a depression, that scares the living daylights out of me." ~Ron Paul

Apr 15 08:31

Israel's Master Plan for Transfer

If the Lieberman appointment wasn’t specifically designed to have him play bad cop to everyone else’s good cop, it’s certainly turning out that way. A recent J Street petition urges me and thousands of on-line others to denounce Lieberman as a threat to “our community’s values,” and also to endorse J Street’s offer of “our best wishes and congratulations . . . pledging to help Benjamin Netanyahu's government where possible, and push when necessary, to achieve the goal of real peace and security for Israel, the Palestinians, and the whole Middle East.”

Apr 15 08:30

Czar Obama - The president's incredibly imperialist wielding of executive power.

President Barack Obama's claim to czarlike powers in a perpetual global war against international terrorism has been blunted by a judicial appointee of former President George W. Bush. Last week, in the case Fadi al Maqaleh, United States District Judge John D. Bates denied that President Obama could make suspected "enemy combatants" disappear into the Bagram Theater Internment Facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan without an opportunity for exoneration. (While President Obama has abandoned the term enemy combatant for Guantanamo Bay detainees, he has retained the label for detainees held elsewhere.)

Apr 15 08:25

Spring Rally Has Reached Completion

Only a month or so ago the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down to 6,500 amid an onslaught of catastrophic economic news. The market has since rallied 25% from its low with insolvent banks such as Citigroup and Bank of America quadrupling in value. Jim Cramer has called for a market bottom (Again), as the pundits have assured the public that the worst is behind us (Again). Why is it that the people who’ve called a bottom are the same ones who never saw this coming in the first place?

Apr 15 08:25

Our Dissonance

I ADMIT that I am not free from this nostalgia. Something happens to me, too, when I hear the songs, and I join in them involuntarily.

Like many others, I am suffering from “cognitive dissonance”. The heart and the head are not coordinated. They operate on different wavelengths. In other words: my head knows that the Zionist enterprise has imposed a historic injustice on the people who lived in this land. But my heart remembers what we felt in those days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People are always taught that their nation is a noble achievement, just and honorable. But like a child with an abusive parent, there comes a time when one must grow up and face the reality of the world as it truly is.

Apr 15 08:21

Why It's Good To Pay Taxes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Reader comment)

And the media spins, spins, spins and spins: Yes, tax cuts are BAD. Having no money of your own is GOOD. DOUBLE PLUS GOOD.

We are probably the most over-taxed nation on planet earth and yet these idiots are trying to tell us what a "bargain" we are getting. Some quick facts: despite Michael Moore's propaganda, our health care system is falling the hell apart. You do NOT go to the emergency room and get helped within a few minutes or even a half hour. Even if you are gushing blood from a head wound you'll end up sitting there for SIX HOURS. Yeah, what a great "bargain" we are getting.

Bend over taxpayer. We're not done with you yet.

(Webmaster comment)

All governments are oligarchies. Some more so than others.

Apr 15 07:50

NASA photos show giant 'cosmic hand'

New photographs released by NASA have captured images of a vast stellar formation resembling a human hand reaching across space.

The image, taken by NASA's space-based Chandra Observatory telescope, shows an X-ray nebula 150 light years across.

It shows what appear to be ghostly blue fingers -- thumb and pinky clearly discernible from index, ring and middle digits -- reaching into a sparkling cloud of fiery red.

Apr 15 07:44

Man bites snake in epic struggle

A Kenyan man bit a python who wrapped him in its coils and dragged him up a tree during a fierce three-hour struggle, police have told the BBC.

The serpent seized farm worker Ben Nyaumbe in the Malindi area of Kenya's Indian Ocean coast at the weekend.

Mr Nyaumbe bit the snake on the tip of the tail during the exhausting battle in the village of Sabaki.

Police rescued Mr Nyaumbe and captured the 13ft (4m) reptile, before taking it to a sanctuary, but it later escaped.

Apr 15 07:10

94 Years of Serfdom

This April 15 is the 94th year that Americans have had to file an income tax. For most Americans, the day is a non-event. The federal and state governments have already collected the taxes due by withholding from each paycheck over the course of the calendar year. Most Americans never saw the money and have no real idea that they earned it.

Some Americans have their incomes over-withheld as a form of forced savings. They look forward to tax time as it means they will receive a refund check from the government that they can use for a summer vacation, a big screen TV, a new appliance, or a down payment on a new car.

Few Americans realize that over the last 94 years they have been enserfed and have no more rights to their own labor than medieval serfs or 19th century slaves.

Apr 15 06:36

Iran offers new package to break nuclear weapons deadlock

Tehran is preparing new proposals to break the deadlock over its nuclear programme, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said today in a sign of thawing relations with the west.

Avoiding his usual fiery rhetoric, Ahmadinejad said: "Today we are preparing a new package. Once it becomes ready, we will present that package. It is a package that constitutes peace and justice throughout the globe and also respects other nations' rights."

In an apparent reference to recent overtures from President Barack Obama, and a signal from Washington and Europe that they are prepared to make significant concessions to get Iran to restart nuclear negotiations, Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in Kerman, south-eastern Iran, that circumstances had changed.

Apr 15 05:38

Sorry But The Science Is Never Settled

Truth will win out eventually over political and religious orthodoxy.

Apr 15 04:56

Obama may keep some CIA torture details secret

President Barack Obama is "wavering" on whether to fully release details of the Bush administration's approved torture techniques

Among the details in the still-classified memos is approval for a technique in which a prisoner's head could be struck against a wall as long as the head was being held and the force of the blow was controlled by the interrogator, according to people familiar with the memos

Top CIA officials have spoken out strongly against a full release

President Obama said he doesn't want to spend all his time looking back

Apr 15 04:52

A Pirate's Life for Me

Apr 15 04:34

Antibiotic Prescription is Someomes Immoral - A Deadly Germ Unleashed by Antibiotics

The New York Times Tara Parker-Hope - on Health -For years, health officials have sounded the alarm about overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of so-called “superbugs” that resist treatment. But the spread of a deadly germ linked with antibiotic use shows just how immediate the threat really is.

The culprit is Clostridium difficile, a bacteria that can cause life-threatening infection, diarrhea and stomach pain. What is so frightening about C. difficile is that it is typically triggered by a round of antibiotic use.

Apr 15 04:27

Real, and threatened, terrorism boosts self-esteem

Progressives have often accused conservatives of playing on the politics of fear by over-emphasizing threats of terrorism. Given this research, this seems to be a misunderstanding of what conservatives actually accomplish with such hyperbole. Rather than scaring people, the over-emphasis actually aims to increase the general population's sense of value in belonging to the "American" identity group. It is actually a form of flag-waving, and what I like to call "glorifying the identity group," not fear-mongering.

Apr 15 04:25

Conspiracy Theory - Reason vs. the Crowd - JFK Blew the Whistle

American's Journey - "A conspiracy theory is the belief that historical or current events are the result of manipulations by one or more secretive powers or conspiracies." -JFK

Don't believe any conspiracy theories?

Apr 15 04:13

With Guilty Plea Pension Fund Thefts Peer out from behind Closed Doors - Hedge Fund Executive Pleads Guilty of Securities Fraud

The New York Times - Danny Hakim - ALBANY — A hedge fund executive has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and is cooperating with New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s investigation of corruption at the state pension fund, according to court records unsealed in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Hank Morris [...] -New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s top political consultant, was accused of selling access to the state’s $122 billion pension fund and reaping millions of dollars.

Apr 15 03:50

Offshore Tax Havens, US Pirg, Business News

A Senate report estimated in 2008 that the United States loses up to $100 billion a year in tax revenue to offshore tax havens (PDF). In a report released Wednesday, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group offers a state-by-state breakdown of the cost to taxpayers of tax revenue lost to "shell companies and sham headquarters" in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands

"This is the day when we're all working hard, rushing to the post office, filing our returns, and then to hear about these large multi-billion dollar corporations who have used gimmicks to avoid paying their fair share -- it's something that should end this year," says John Krieger, a staff attorney with U.S. PIRG.

Apr 15 03:30

Ballad of Timothy Geithne

Apr 15 01:47

Differing Views of the "Rule of Law" in Spain and the U.S.

Just think about what all this means: not only are we failing to investigate or indict those who authorized torture, but we haven't even reached the point yet where we've decided that these crimes are bad enough that those implicated ought to be barred from serving in the highest positions in our Government. While Spain proceeds to fulfill the Obama administration's duties to investigate and prosecute our war criminals, some of those most implicated remain in positions of high authority within our own intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies -- thanks to Senate Democrats such as Feinstein and Rockefeller.

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