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August 11, 2010

Aug 11 11:30

Has the Oil Well Really Been Capped?

Everyone is saying that the well has been capped.

I hope so.

But even the government's spokesman, Thad Allen, isn't saying that it's been capped.

Aug 11 10:58

Blackwater guards indicted for murder

Aug 11 10:56

U.S. Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Widens to $49.9 Billion in June

The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in June by a record $7.9 billion as imports rose and shipments abroad declined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Unexpectedly" means the US Government experts are just blowing smoke up our rears about the recovery.

Aug 11 10:50

Company job openings drop for 2nd straight month

Company job openings fell for the second straight month in June, a sign that hiring isn't likely to pick up in the coming months.



Aug 11 10:46

Temperatures continue well below average in Southern California

The average temperature in July was 79 degrees, five degrees below normal, and the first eight days of this month also have been five to six degrees below normal, weather experts said.

Aug 11 10:43

Israel is not a very dependable US ally

The Zionist state's relationship with the world's only superpower is one-sided, with little benefit for the latter.

Aug 11 10:41

The Fed's New Round of Quantitative Easing Is Like Trying to Patch Leaking Pipes by Pumping in More Water

Let’s get real. The U.S. is bankrupt.

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Last month, the International Monetary Fund released its annual review of U.S. economic policy.... The IMF has effectively pronounced the U.S. bankrupt.

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Based on the CBO’s data, I calculate a fiscal gap of $202 trillion, which is more than 15 times the official debt.

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This is what happens when you run a massive Ponzi scheme for six decades straight....

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Bond traders will kick us miles down our road once they wake up and realize the U.S. is in worse fiscal shape than Greece.

Aug 11 10:39

Obama's propaganda on economic 'stimulus'

There's no better definition of government waste than the estimated $192 million President Obama is forcing cash-strapped state officials to spend on road signs touting his failed stimulus program.




Aug 11 10:36

KILL FOUR PALESTINIANS ….. GET SENT HOME … PROTEST THESE MURDERS … GO TO JAIL!

Talk about double standards….

Aug 11 10:29

Report: Israel planned military op following border incident

Israel planned on launching a large-scale military operation in response to the border incident between the Israel Defense Forces and the Lebanese Army which killed Lieutenant-Colonel Dov Harari, the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported.

According to the report, Defense Minister Ehud Barak informed French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner about the plan, which was eventually withdrawn following pressure by US, French, Egyptian and other Arab state officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the tree incident was indeed staged to justify an already-planned military attack by Israel into Lebanon.

Aug 11 10:25

Russia deploys S-300 systems in Abkhazia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia knows what is coming. Before Israel can start a war in Iran, the land supply routes through the Caucasus mountains must be closed down by a war, which is what Georgia is about to start with Russia.

Aug 11 10:18

Lebanon defense minister says US can keep aid

"Whoever sets as a condition that the aid should not be used to protect Lebanon's land, people and borders from the (Israeli) enemy can keep their money," Defense Minister Elias Murr told a news conference. "We welcome any unconditional offer of aid to the Lebanese army, and if anyone announces they have decided to halt that aid, they are free to make that choice," he said.



Aug 11 10:14

Syria and Iran underline support for Lebanon

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday underlined their joint support for Lebanon in the face of Israeli aggression.

Aug 11 10:12

THE MOSQUE IN THE TEMPEST OF HATRED

“You can use all these big words like diversity and pluralism,” Ms. Levitt recalled telling Ms. Khan, noting that with the population of toddlers booming in Manhattan, “I’m down in the lobby dealing with the 500 strollers.”

Aug 11 10:12

Cybersecurity Lie Exposed: Power Plants Are Not Connected To The Internet

Senator Joe Lieberman’s draconian Internet takeover legislation, the 197-page Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, is being promoted as a vital tool to protect vulnerable infrastructure hubs from terrorist attacks, but as a recent Wall Street Journal report makes clear, large industrial power and water plants are not even connected to the public Internet.

We are constantly told that the Internet needs to be subject to government control because cyberterrorists could hack in and bring down the national power grid. However, the vast majority of the U.S. power infrastructure is not connected to the Internet. It will only be connected to the Internet if the government accelerates the implementation of “smart grid” technology, so in this sense, the government itself is leaving the power grid more vulnerable to hackers by its own programs.

Aug 11 09:58

FLASHBACK - William 'Bill' Phillips on Oil and Gas

Did you know that the United States does NOT have any big oil companies. It's true: the largest American oil company, Exxon Mobil, is only the 14th largest in the world, and is dwarfed by the really big oil companies -- all owned by foreign governments or government- sponsored monopolies -- that dominate the world's oil supply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

William Phillips, a lobbyist and former staffer to Senator Ted Stevens, died with Stevens in the recent Alaska plane crash.



Aug 11 09:51

The Gulf BLUE PLAGUE is Evolving

According to the ER nurses, in the southern Mississippi and Louisiana areas there have been more than 600 cases of what their staffs have appropriately named the "BP flu". The vast majority of these "flu" cases are with those people who are working along the coast, as well as further offshore, on boats; and those who live along the southernmost areas along the Gulf of Mexico. One might initially think - based on mainstream media reports - that these flu-like symptoms are nothing to be overly concerned about. This is not a matter of 'take two aspirins and call me in the morning'. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Aug 11 09:41

Ryan Dawson needs donations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know it is a pain to keep hearing how the patriot blogs need money, but these are hard economic times for us all, and the big money goes to the people willing to lie to you to sell you a war, or a new tax, global warming, why BP is the sweetest-smelling oil company in the world, or why critics of Israel are "weak-minded fools."

The only way to defeat the big money is for all the little money to step forward and get involved. Without your continued support, even in small donations, we can lose more of the patriot blogs including Ryan's (and WRH).

I understand how Ryan feels about asking for help to replace his camera, but right now we are all dependent on the public to keep us running.

In Ryan's case, his camera with which he makes his web broadcasts has been destroyed, and he needs some help to purchase a new one.

Aug 11 09:39

Israel Prisons to Try Dazer Lasers to Zap Terrorists

The Israel Prison Service is are buying a new “Dazer Laser” system aimed at controlling disturbances with non-violent weapons. The supplier, Laser Energetics, hopes the pilot program will be a prelude to widespread use of the lasers in the Israeli police and military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If any military or police force on earth is capable of turning this device into a torture device, it will be the Israeli military and police.

One wonders at what point the "temporary" blindness this device causes can be turned permanent.

Aug 11 09:29

Homeless Take On Israeli Forces

During the last few weeks over a thousand heavily armed Israeli riot police, soldiers and police, at times accompanied by helicopters and bulldozers, have clashed with the expelled Palestinians and their supporters as the latter attempt to rebuild the villages.

During the destruction hundreds of Palestinians -- including at least 200 children - were left homeless. At least 45 homes, chicken co-ops, animal pens, carob trees and fruit orchards were leveled, and about 800 olive trees uprooted. A protesting Arab-Israeli member of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) was amongst those injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One would think that the grandkids of Holocaust victims would have at least a basic understanding that any ethnic cleansing is a crime against humanity; however, the Israeli government continues to behave with an absolutely consistent, pathological blindness, completely oblivious to the reality that that they are practicing precisely the same evil that the Nazis did to the Jews before and during World War II.



Aug 11 09:27

More of the same "We white boys gotta save the brown women from the brown men" propaganda.

Aug 11 09:27

The great American un-recovery: Banking failures and swindling the wealth from working and middle class Americans. Household assets off by $11 trillion from 2007 peak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The last official act of any government is to loot the nation." -- Michael Rivero

Aug 11 09:25

Rep. Louie Gohmert: Hamas Tourists Are Having Babies In The U.S. Who Will Come Back To ‘Blow Us Up’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when you think the propaganda cannot get any sillier or congresscritters more stupid...

Aug 11 09:23

Gulf Coast Fishermen Challenge US Government over Dispersants

Commercial Fishing communities in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida have united to demand that local, state, and federal agencies force BP to discontinue the use of toxic dispersants and conduct better testing before reopening fishing waters.

"We need to get our government to get a handle on this situation and shut down our fishing waters until they test for dispersants, and get the use of dispersants stopped unless they can prove to us they are not harmful," Kathy Birren, a spokesperson for commercial fishermen in Florida, told Truthout, "We are seeing fish kills. They [US Government and BP] are covering this all up."



Aug 11 09:19

The “humanitarian” campaign for the war in Afghanistan

The US media has launched a full-scale effort to suppress growing popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan, using one-sided propaganda about Taliban atrocities to conceal the murderous character of the American intervention. Beginning with the cover of Time magazine, showing a young woman mutilated by her Taliban husband, the media blitz now focuses on the killing of 10 medical aid workers Friday in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. Six of the ten were American citizens.

Aug 11 09:16

Ansarriya Operation September 5 in 1997

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Footage from 1997 IDF-attack, as presented by Hezbollah

In 1997, Hezbollah managed to hack the coded of the encrypted video-signals from their illegal aerial surveillance. They used it successfully for predicting an Israeli commando-action. 12 of the invaders were killed and 4 others wounded.

Aug 11 09:15

US Planning a Coup d'Etat in Venezuela? Expanded US Military Presence in Colombia.

There's no way of knowing whether Chavez is really in danger or not, but don't be surprised if he is. After all, the US claims it has the right to kill anyone it sees as a threat to its national security, and Chavez ranks high on its list of threats. In any event, the warnings coincide with other unsettling developments. At a recent meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), Colombian officials charged Chavez with harboring guerrillas on Venezuelan territory. (The allegations could be used to justify a preemptive attack) Chavez reacted angrily to the accusations and broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia. But the row did not end there. Obama's nominee as US ambassador to Venezuela, Larry Palmer, decided to throw a little gas on the fire by backing-up Colombia's claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fortunately, the new leader of Columbia and Hugo Chavez have started to reconcile their differences, for the sake of their respective countries.

But don't count the US out in terms of coming up with some new campaign to "neutralize" Chavez in some other way than a war between Columbia and Venezuela.

Aug 11 09:14

Zombie bank to cost Irish taxpayers billions more

Zombie bank Anglo Irish may cost the Irish taxpayer far more than the $30 billion so far set aside.

Anglo Irish Bank formerly run by now bankrupt Sean FitzPatrick was at the center of the property collapse leaving billions in bad loans in its wake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are the Irish people on the hook for FitzPatrick's screw-up? Is Ireland also a fascist economy?



Aug 11 09:12

Iceland volcano thanked for bumper wheat harvest

The warm weather Iceland has been enjoying this summer has helped the wheat, and the lack of rain does not seem to have damaged the crops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Big climategate shocker; warmer weather means more food!

Aug 11 09:10

Statistics Canada jobs reports questioned

It is the most powerful economic data Statistics Canada produces, capable of making and breaking governments, moving markets and influencing interest rates. But questions are being raised about whether the monthly jobs reports are too wonky to trust.

Aug 11 09:10

Major leading indicator in free fall!

Since the year-over-year percentage change sliced through the zero line at the end of May, it has quickly fallen to levels signaling a very high risk of recession. What’s more, it has never fallen as low as its current reading without the economy already in — or on its way to — a recession.

Aug 11 09:09

Drought, Fire and Grain Production in Russia

Three interlocking crises are striking Russia simultaneously: the highest recorded temperatures Russia has seen in 130 years of record-keeping; the most widespread drought in more than three decades; and massive wildfires that have stretched across seven regions, including Moscow.

The crises threaten the wheat harvest in Russia, which is one of the world’s largest wheat exporters. Russia is no stranger to having drought affect its wheat crop, a commodity of critical importance to Moscow’s domestic tranquility and foreign policy. Despite the severity of the heat, drought, and wildfires, Moscow’s wheat output will cover Russia’s domestic needs. Russia will also use the situation to merge its neighbors into a grain cartel.



Aug 11 09:05

Freedom of Information Act exemption for SEC stirs protests

It’s been less than a month since the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was signed into law, and there’s already a serious bipartisan effort to amend part of it.

At issue is a provision that grants an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act to the agency for certain information received by the Securities and Exchange Commission from entities it regulates

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, even as Congress votes to turn over trillions more taxpayer dollars to Wall Street, it is telling the public that what Wall Street does with the money or what the SEC finds out they do with the money, is nobody's business.

What this tells us is that there are hundreds more Bernie Madoffs out there scamming the gullible investors,m being protected by the SEC just as they protected Bernie for 12 years, and you are not allowed to know about it. Apparently Wall Street is so crooked the best solution is not to call attention to it, lest the whole thing collapse.

Aug 11 09:01

Russia declares state of emergency in nuclear town as wildfires blaze

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reminder that environmental disasters on the scale of Chernobyl or Deepwater Horizon never go away completely.

Aug 11 09:00

'Possible grandiose collaboration between Israel, NASA'

Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday and discussed with him the possibility of sending a second Israeli astronaut into space.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The joke is on him, Manned missions are being canceled because we had to pay for Israel's new bombs and those West Bank roads.

Aug 11 08:58

On Crossing the Canadian Border with Two Laptops, Two Bottles of Wine, But Not Your Wife

“Why do you carry TWO laptops? Why are your keys connected to a Kubotan? How many flash drives do you have with you? Why doesn’t your wife travel with you? Are you going to be around any young children? What’s the name of the man you plan to meet in Ucluelet? Have you ever met him? No? Then how did you know about him? Why do you carry a Bible and some religious magazines, when you also carry two bottles of wine? (I quoted some pro-wine Scriptures at this point, which put an end to that line of questioning.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I expect this sort of treatment in the USA but this is a new thing for Canada!



Aug 11 08:58

Innospec executive fined over bribes to boost sales of toxic fuel additives

A British businessman has been prosecuted for helping to pay multi-million dollar bribes to numerous officials to increase the sales of a poisonous chemical to poor countries.

David Turner, 55, has been penalised for his role in a widespread bribery scheme to sell the toxic fuel additive to Iraq and Indonesia after it was banned from cars in western countries. Leaded petrol was outlawed after it was linked to brain damage in children.

The Cheshire-based firm Turner worked for has already admitted that it paid bribes to officials in Iraq and Indonesia to prevent the two countries using safer alternatives.

Aug 11 08:56

Thousands of online banking customers have accounts emptied by 'most dangerous trojan virus ever created'

Thousands of British online banking customers have fallen victim to a sophisticated attack by cyber criminals who have stolen thousands of pounds from their accounts.

About 3,000 online banking customers have been victims of a computer virus attack that empties their accounts while showing them fake statements so the scam goes undetected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or the bank just came up short and decided to blame hackers for it! Remember when Chase was limiting ATM withdrawals claiming a hacker attack no other banks reported, and it later turned out they were having cash flow problems they needed to hide from the public?

Aug 11 08:53

GM crop escapes into the American wild

A genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today.

The scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What BP just did to the Gulf of Mexico, Monsanto just did to the midwest farmlands.

Aug 11 08:53

Flashback: Hotter-burning sun warming the planet

The sun is burning hotter than usual, offering a possible explanation for global warming that needs to be weighed when proceeding with expensive efforts to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, Swiss and German scientists say.

"The sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures," said Sami Solanki, the director of the renowned Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany, who led the research.

"The sun is in a changed state. It is brighter than it was a few hundred years ago and this brightening started relatively recently -- in the last 100 to 150 years," Mr. Solanski said.



Aug 11 08:51

Russia's Lukoil resumes gasoline supply to Iran

Russian oil giant Lukoil has resumed gasoline sales into Iran in partnership with China's state-run firm Zhuhai Zhenrong, even as the United States urges the international community to be tough with Tehran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rome fell when, mired with debt, and the legions exhausted through endless wars, the provinces realized they could pretty much stop listening to imperial decrees and began to pull away. Rome, too long unable to make the products it needed to survive, and dependent on the dwindling tributes of the conquered territories, then collapsed.

Aug 11 08:51

War Preparations? US Arms ‘Bonanza’ in the Middle East

Two of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are on the brink of signing large arms deals with the US in a move designed to ratchet up the pressure on Iran, according to defence analysts.

America has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia 84 of the latest model of the F-15 jet and dozens of Black Hawk helicopters. The deal also includes refurbishing many of the kingdom’s older F-15s, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, the US is preparing to provide Israel’s air force with the F-35, the latest jet fighter made by Lockheed Martin, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This year, Ramadan ends on the 10th of September.

If there is going to be any attack against Iran, it will probably happen very shortly after.

The US government is desperately in need of a distraction from the Gulf Oil disaster, an economy in meltdown, and two miserably failed wars.

But the guarantee of the success of such an attack is absolutely in question, and could go catastrophically and hideously wrong, particularly if Russia and China (which, for all intents and purposes have collective ditched sanctions against Iran)come into the war on Iran's side.

Aug 11 08:46

Scientists call for global policy change on vitamin D

International experts have again called out for an increase in daily recommendations for Vitamin D, which they say is crucial to reduce the risk of a host a diseases.

The latest call comes from scientists in Europe and the US, who say that higher intake levels of the vitamin could help protect against conditions such as childhood rickets, adult osteomalacia, cancer, autoimmune type-1 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and muscle weakness.

Aug 11 08:45

Obama's Dangerously and Rapidly Expanding Government

I think we can all agree that Government does not create wealth. I'm not a fan or advocate of Glenn Beck, however this is a must-watch video excerpt which explicitly outlines just how insidiously expansive and invasive the Government is becoming under Obama's Presidency:



Aug 11 08:43

Extremists Demonstrate Outside Mosque in CT, USA

"Jesus hates Muslims," they screamed at worshippers arriving at the Masjid An-Noor mosque to prepare for the holy fasting month of Ramadan which begins next week. One extremist shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque after prayers and called them “murderers.”

Aug 11 08:42

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu defends action on Gaza

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly defended the need for a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

He has also backed the behaviour of the Israeli commandos who intercepted the flotilla headed for Gaza in May leaving nine Turkish activists dead.

In his opening address to Israel's commission of inquiry into the flotilla raid, Mr Netanyahu said: "The state of Israel and the IDF operated according to international law."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this man gone absolutely barking mad?!?

1. The blockade of Gaza has very little to do with Israeli security, and everything to do with the fact that Gaza legitimately elected Hamas over Fatah.

2. The ship was in international waters.

3. The IDF assassinated innocent aid workers, simply trying to get desperately needed items into Gaza, one of whom was a US citizen.

4. The civilized world does not recognize the assassination of aid workers in international waters as legal "...according to international law."

Aug 11 08:38

The Gulf BLUE PLAGUE is Evolving

According to the ER nurses, in the southern Mississippi and Louisiana areas there have been more than 600 cases of what their staffs have appropriately named the "BP flu". The vast majority of these "flu" cases are with those people who are working along the coast, as well as further offshore, on boats; and those who live along the southernmost areas along the Gulf of Mexico. One might initially think - based on mainstream media reports - that these flu-like symptoms are nothing to be overly concerned about. This is not a matter of 'take two aspirins and call me in the morning'. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Aug 11 08:37

White Men Rescue Brown Women From Brown Men..

The media is, again, drumming up support for expansion of the war in Afghanistan by appealing to women’s rights. This was precisely the same strategy employed during the war in Iraq, when statistics about female kidnapping, honor killings and so on were massaged to argue that further American intervention in the area was needed, when, in point of fact, the opposite was true - it was the US intervention that had provoked the deterioration in the general economic picture and, as a consequence, the treatment of women. This is in keeping with the old colonial strategy described by post-colonial feminist critics - “White men rescuing brown women from brown men…”



Aug 11 08:36

Raid was "lawful", Netanyahu tells Gaza flotilla inquiry

Differing accounts

Addressing the Israeli commission, Mr Netanyahu said: "I am convinced that at the end of your investigation, it will become clear that the state of Israel and the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] acted in accordance with international law."

He said the military action was necessary to prevent weapons getting into the Gaza Strip, and Israeli commandos had taken action only when they believed their own lives were in danger.

Aug 11 08:35

US Outraged as Iran Offers to Replace Military Aid to Lebanon

The US State Department has reacted with outrage today after the Iranian government offered to provide military aid to Lebanon to make up for what was lost when the US pulled all such aid yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But, but, but, we yanked Lebanon's funding that so Israel would have an easy time stealing the Litani river!!!!! And now you're just messing it up for us!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

All kidding aside, this is another example of a totally failed foreign policy in service to Israel. Sanctions have driven Iran into the Russian-Chinese sphere of influence. Support for Israel has alienated the US from the rest of the Middle East. Trying to set Lebanon up as an sacrificial lamb for Israel has driven Lebanon into alliance with Iran, meaning Russia and China. The attack on the aid fleet lost Turkey as an ally in the coming attack on Iran. All of this may please the masters in mighty Israel, but it is a cluster-fuck for the US. Along with the EU, servitude to Israel is isolating us from the rest of the world. The stage is set for WW3. Enjoy the pretty flashes of light.

Aug 11 08:33

Marketing the War with Iran

A number of happenings seem to be converging toward what Castro has predicted - that there will be attacks on Iran and North Korea that will devastate whole populations. (All relevant news links are listed below my comments.)

For starters, I have never doubted that Rafik Hariri's assassination was the work of Israeli/US/UK "intelligence" in a failed attempt to weaken Lebanon, whose water is coveted by Israel and whose strategic location is coveted as a base of operations against Iran. As usual, Israel got a little more than it bargained for when it recently provoked yet another skirmish on the Lebanese border, and (in a fit of pique?) has since fired on a Lebanese fishing boat. At the same time they are attempting to create chaos through accusations that members of Hezbollah assassinated Hariri, just as Hezbollah is about to announce evidence that Israel did it.

Aug 11 08:33

Pentagon plays down Karzai plan to dissolve security firms

Karzai's spokesman Waheed Omer said earlier in Kabul that the Afghan president will soon set a deadline for dissolving the private security firms, calling it "a serious program that the government of Afghanistan will execute."

Lapan said the Pentagon understood there were problems with the private security firms, but was working to address the issues raised by Karzai in a way that also met US security needs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if Karzai will actually be allowed to give private contractors the boot, in light of the fact that the US and NATO absolutely don't have enough military boots on the ground to begin to fight the Taliban.

Aug 11 08:29

Why hemp could save the world

That title probably should say, "Why hemp could have saved the world all along," because the plant should never have been banned in the first place, and its prohibition has led to untold suffering around the globe. If we—the global human population—had been able to grow the miracle plant hemp (Cannabis genus) locally and to use it for local industries and businesses, including and especially for fuel, we would never have needed to be addicted to oil, for one, an addiction that is at the root of much misery. We would never have allowed ourselves to be lorded over by international oil-mongers whose crimes against humanity have become legion, including wholesale invasion of other lands and slaughter of countless people.

Aug 11 08:28

Pakistan floods a megadisaster of epic proportions

The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 13 million — more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said Monday.

The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two weeks ago. But the U.N. estimates that 13.8 million people have been affected — over 2 million more than the other disasters combined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's hope that international aid organizations are able to get aid and relief to these people, and quickly.

Aug 11 08:27

'Fear factor' drives stocks lower

All three major indexes sinking more than 2%.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All Goldman Sachs' computers and all Goldman Sachs' men, can't put the DOW back together again!

Aug 11 08:26

Russia says fires burn Chernobyl-tainted forests

Fires have scorched forests contaminated with radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a Russian forestry official said on Wednesday, but it was unclear what danger the smoke from such wildfires could pose.

Aug 11 08:25

U.S. and EU fail to isolate Iran: LA Times

Efforts by the United States and its European allies to build a united front to halt Iran's nuclear program are facing increasingly bold resistance from China, Russia, India and Turkey, which are rushing to boost their economies by seizing investment opportunities in defiance of sanctions imposed by the West, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this push for sanctions on the part of the US and EU is crumbling, and fast.

Aug 11 08:20

Russia's LUKOIL resumes gasoline supply to Iran -trade

- Russian oil giant LUKOIL (LKOH.MM: Quote) has resumed gasoline sales into Iran in partnership with China's state-run firm Zhuhai Zhenrong, even as the United States urges the international community to be tough with Tehran.

Iran is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter but lacks adequate refining capacity to meet domestic demand for motor fuel, forcing it to import up to 40 percent of its requirements.

Russia and China, both permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, signed up to the latest round of U.N. sanctions on Iran, but refused to support measures that targeted the Islamic Republic's oil and gas sector.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US, in its efforts to please Israel by creating a war against Iran, has just nailed another nail in the coffin of the American economy.

While the sanctions preventing the US markets from obtaining Iranian oil are hurting our economy, we have just driven Iran even further into an alliance with Russia and China.

Aug 11 08:19

TSX down sharply after cautious Fed assessment

The Toronto stock market was sharply lower Wednesday as oil and metal prices retreated amid a much more cautious view of the economic revival by the U.S. Federal Reserve and further signs of a slowing Chinese economy.

Aug 11 08:13

VOTE FRAUD AND THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE UNITED STATES

A serious doubt exists as to whether this huge debt and its crushing interest payments ($60,000 per taxpayer since 1960) are really the responsibility of the taxpayers. Considering that the law under which this debt was incurred was voted into law before most of us were born, it's clear that the taxpayers have never really had a choice in the matter. Certainly the young people of today, not yet old enough to vote, have had no choice regarding the continuing payment of interest charges for a debt not of their making. To hand such a huge debt to our children and order them to pay it is indentured servitude at best, outright slavery at worst.

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Aug 11 08:12

UK Jews ‘dismayed by Cameron calling Gaza ‘a prison camp'

The Jewish community in Britain was “dismayed” by recent comments made by Prime Minister David Cameron regarding the Gaza Strip, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth, said on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This headline should have read "UK Jews dismayed by British Prime Minister telling the truth."

Aug 11 08:10

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL DEBT?

If the government has miscalculated the cost of meeting the agreed-to obligation to the citizen, is the citizen obligated to cover the shortfall? No. The government is responsible for the error, and if it cannot meet it's agreed-to obligations for the agreed-upon price, it should declare bankruptcy, go out of business, and make way for a new government with better fiscal sense.

Simple common sense.

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Aug 11 08:08

Reagan insider: 'GOP destroyed U.S. economy' BOVINE EXCREMENT ALERT!

Get it? Not "destroying." The GOP has already "destroyed" the U.S. economy, setting up an "American Apocalypse."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Beware this election-year whipsawing back and forth of which party is responsible for the disaster our nation faces. What destroyed our nation is rampant greed, which knows no party, no race, no religion. Every politician of every party is responsible for this mess, voting higher and higher debts for the people to enrich themselves and their cronies, knowing it would be some other Congress or administration down the road that would have to clean up the mess. The seeds of the nation's destruction were sewn in 1913 with the passage of the Federal Reserve act,m which imposed on the American people the exact same form of banking which had triggered the American Revolution.

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -- Woodrow Wilson in reference to signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913

From that day to this, nearly 100 years of politicians have worked their way through Washington DC and with precious few exceptions such as John F. Kennedy, neither Republican nor Democrat has veer challenged the system by which they become rich and the American people are made poor. By their silence, both parties give consent to the looting.

The destruction of this nation is a bi-partisan crime, deserving of bi-partisan ropes around bi-partisan necks, and arguing over who deserves the tallest tree and the shortest rope is an election-year smoke screen.

Aug 11 08:07

Obama signs $26b state aid bill after House OK

House lawmakers scurried back to Capitol Hill yesterday — booking last-minute flights and canceling appearances at town halls — and approved a $26 billion package that will provide aid to states, including an additional $655 million for Massachusetts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply a cosmetic approach to make the economy appear to be rolling right along until after the elections.

At that point, expect to see the economy really start to flail miserably, because the fundamental problems with the economy have not been addressed.

We need to stop spending on these immoral and illegal wars immediately, and bring back our manufacturing.

Of course, those steps would be logical.

Aug 11 08:01

Russia deploys air defence missiles in Abkhazia

Russia has deployed sophisticated air defence missiles in Georgia's pro-Moscow rebel region of Abkhazia, the air force commander said Wednesday, in a move that risks stoking tensions with Tbilisi.

"We have deployed the S-300 system on the territory of Abkhazia," air force commander-in-chief General Alexander Zelin said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at a map:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/images/abkhazia-unomig-2007-apr-map1.jpg

Considering US and NATO propensities for exercises on and around the Black Sea, it is no wonder the Russians put this system here.

Aug 11 07:59

U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know It: Laurence Kotlikoff

Such a tax hike would leave the U.S. running a surplus equal to 5 percent of GDP this year, rather than a 9 percent deficit. So the IMF is really saying the U.S. needs to run a huge surplus now and for many years to come to pay for the spending that is scheduled. It’s also saying the longer the country waits to make tough fiscal adjustments, the more painful they will be.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, we can do what so many other nations have done throughout history, from France to Romania to Iceland, fire the government that ran up that debt without our permission, repudiate most of that odious debt, and start over with a clean slate.

After all, why should We The People pay for government spending that We The People opposed, and more to the point, failed to accomplish any tangible result other than to fund huge bonuses for the very pirates who put us into this mess?

The Founding Fathers gave us the First Amendment so that We The People have the freedom to say "No" to the government and the Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment so that We The People could, if necessary, force the government to listen when we say, "No."

The position of this article is that no matter how badly the government has messed up the economy, We The People are obligated to cover the costs no matter how much we may suffer for it. But I see that as the mindset of a slave economy; the masters take and the slaves surrender. Slaves cannot say "no."

There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no."

Americans need to recover their right and will to say "no." We did not create this mess. Indeed when Congress was trying to pass TARP in 2008, 90% of Americans said "no", and Congress refused listen. Trillions have been spent on the public tab, the economy is no better off (indeed it is worse unless you are a Wall Street CEO or member of Congress), and now we will hear an endless series of exhortations from the media about how We" (meaning the "little people") simply MUST accept that they have to pay for the trillions of dollars spent without our permission in this fiasco. When the government taxes you to spend the money on things you do not agree with (such as Wall Street, foreign wars, and weapons for Israel so they can attack Americans in international waters) that is taxation without representation, and in that little country schoolhouse I went to as a child, I was taught that taxation without representation is a legitimate reason to fire the government and start over. And again, that is the reason the Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment, which reserves to the people military weapons equal to those of the government itself, in order to enforce the right to say "no."

We The People need to re-learn our right to say "no."

There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no."

Aug 11 07:51

ANTHONY LAWSON WITH GILAD ATZMON: “DOUBLE VENDETTA”

Video narrated by Anthony Lawson with Gilad Atzmon

Foreword by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor Veterans Today

We hear daily, even hourly, of the need to attack Iran to protect the United States. Some Americans believe the threat is real. If they believe this, they are wrong.

There is no threat, only a vendetta against Iran, a country, as the video tells us, that has never attacked another nation. The point of this foreword isn’t to make a case, the video does that with simplicity. It sticks to the facts. When faced with being pushed into a war, one well beyond our “illegal war” with Iraq, not my words but those of the British government, our primary ally in that, well, what do we call it? Attack? Fiasco? Blitzkrieg? Perhaps “con job” is closer to the truth.

Aug 11 07:50

State Owned Banks: Fixing the Economy by Ellen Hodgson Brown

Ellen Hodgson Brown explains the rationale behind state owned banks. Due to the collapsing credit bubble which in turned popped the housing bubble, leading to recession, and perhaps, economic depression, there is not enough money and credit to keep the economy running. Three possible solutions are that the federal government issue debt-free money directly, that communities create alternate or community complementary currencies, or that a state create its own state owned bank, similar to the Bank of North Dakota. ... A major advantage of a state owned bank is that the state could borrow money from the bank at zero interest, for projects, saving between 50% and 100% of the cost of the project, since there would be no interest burden when repaying the loan.

Aug 11 07:49

Top Iraqi officer warns US must stay past 2011

Iraq's top army officer on Wednesday warned that a pullout of all US soldiers by the end of 2011 was premature, after eight of his troops were killed in a brazen attack that exposed shaky security here.

Lieutenant General Babakar Zebari's remarks, which run counter to those of his political leaders, coincide with the exit of thousands of American soldiers under a US declaration to end combat operations in Iraq at the end of August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the end of August date for US military withdrawal was not set to allow for the deployment of these troops against Iran in the coming months.

Aug 11 07:49

Gov. Jindal declares “state of emergency” for storm; Some state agencies preparing for “possible evacuation”

Governor Jindal Declares State Of Emergency For Louisiana, Gov Monitor, August 10, 2010:

Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the State of Louisiana in preparation for Invest 94, which if upgraded, would become Tropical Storm Danielle. …

Department of Environmental Quality is working with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a plan to provide air monitoring services as quickly as possible should the storm impact Louisiana. …

Aug 11 07:46

Colombia and Venezuela restore diplomatic relations

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his new Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, have agreed to restore diplomatic relations.

Mr Chavez cut ties last month after Colombia accused Venezuela of harbouring left-wing rebels.

But at a meeting in the Colombian city of Santa Marta, the two leaders agreed to relaunch bilateral relations.

They admitted personal differences, but said they were putting them aside in the interest of both nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Score one point for sanity here on the part of both leaders.

Aug 11 07:43

War Preparations? US Arms ‘Bonanza’ in the Middle East

Two of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are on the brink of signing large arms deals with the US in a move designed to ratchet up the pressure on Iran, according to defence analysts.

America has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia 84 of the latest model of the F-15 jet and dozens of Black Hawk helicopters. The deal also includes refurbishing many of the kingdom’s older F-15s, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Israel is believed to have opposed the $30 billion deal. However, in a concession to Israel, the new F-15s, made by the Boeing Company, will not be equipped with the latest weapons and avionics systems available to the US military.

Aug 11 07:42

BP oil spill evidence to be collected by suspects

Key evidence on one of the world's worst oil spills could soon be in the hands of the leading suspects as BP and partner contractors are set to start salvaging the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

The US government is leading what could become a criminal investigation into the disaster. But it does not have the technical expertise to gather evidence some 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

Transocean, which leased the rig to BP, is expected to take charge of the salvage operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely unbelievable.

There are capable companies internationally with the expertise to make this happen in an honest and responsible way; why are they not being called upon here?!?

What is it that they, and the American public, are not supposed to see?!?

Aug 11 07:33

Danny Glover - The Cuban 5

Aug 11 07:32

Koch's Comments: No carrots for Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neocon Koch trots out the same old lies to derail a possible peace deal.

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Aug 11 06:22

David Icke: Elite Moves To Lobotomize, Zombify Global Population into Lifetime of Servitude

David Icke: Elite Moves To Lobotomize, Zombify Global Population into Lifetime of Servitude

Aug 11 06:21

British doctors warn new superbug could spread

British scientists have found a superbug that is resistant to most antibiotics and are warning that it is widespread in India and could soon appear worldwide.

The superbug has so far been identified in 37 people who returned to the U.K. after undergoing surgery in India or Pakistan.

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The next great pandemic?!?!?!?!?

August 10, 2010

Aug 10 23:44

IMF Report Promotes World Currency

An April report from the International Monetary Fund promoting a world central bank and a global fiat currency went totally undetected by the global press for months, but after a blog post earlier this month on the Financial Times’ website, it is now in the media spotlight.

The creation of money is the SOLE prerogative of a sovereign government.

Aug 10 20:12

WITH 20% UNEMPLOYMENT, OBAMA ISSUES OVER 1 MILLION GREEN CARDS.

The Department of Homeland Security has just reported that during 2009, they issued 1,130,818 new Green Cards to foreign nationals, allowing them to work legally in this country. That number represents the fourth highest number of cards issued in one year.

Aug 10 19:05

Captured at 15, Guantanamo's youngest inmate put on trial

"President Obama has decided to write the next sad, pathetic chapter in the book of military commissions," Lt-Col Jackson said. "So forever Obama's military commissions will be remembered for starting with a case against a child soldier."

Aug 10 19:02

New 'superbug' found in UK hospitals

A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

They say bacteria which make an enzyme called NDM-1 travelled back with NHS patients who had gone abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery.
Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global.

Bacteriophages may be a solution to the problem.

Aug 10 16:59

Eyes on the skies over Iran's reactor

Iran's light water nuclear power plant at Bushehr is preparing to go "live" - again.

Iranian and Russian nuclear scientists and officials have announced Bushehr's reactor will soon be receiving its first shipment of nuclear fuel 36 years after construction first began on the project.

This claim may be quietly fueling speculation that a military strike on Iran by Israel - or the United States - may be imminent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that some folks in Washington and Tel Aviv are laying awake at night, thinking that if Russia and China join the fray on the side of Iran, things are really apt to go to hell and quickly.

Aug 10 16:45

Rabbi Refuses to Be Questioned

The Torah of the King deals with Jewish law pertaining to Kings of Israel and the waging of wars, and describes the situations in which a Jew is permitted to kill a non-Jew. The book that was recently published in its second edition does not contain any explicit references to Arabs. The Supreme Court has ruled that the content of the book is not grounds for an investigation against Rabbi Shapira.

Rabbi Dov Lior’s office said: "The Rabbi will not cooperate with the persecution and the political investigation – the Holy Torah is not up for questioning. At any time and especially during wartime, the morals of the Torah and its leadership should be the 'moral code' of the IDF and of the entire legal system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported in:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?ID=182640

The book, which never specifically mentions Arabs or Palestinians by name, includes one section entitled “Conclusions – Chapter Five: The Killing of Gentiles in War,” which said that in some cases it is permitted to kill the babies of enemy forces “because of the future danger they may present.”

PRE-EMPTIVE INFANTICIDE?!?!?

Is this what Rabbi Lior means when he says "At any time and especially during wartime, the morals of the Torah and its leadership should be the 'moral code' of the IDF and of the entire legal system."?!?!?!

Aug 10 16:31

Fears of al–Qaida return in Iraq as US–backed fighters defect

Al-Qaida is attempting to make a comeback in Iraq by enticing scores of former Sunni allies to rejoin the terrorist group by paying them more than the monthly salary they currently receive from the government, two key US-backed militia leaders have told the Guardian.

They said al-Qaida leaders were exploiting the imminent departure of US fighting troops to ramp up a membership drive, in an attempt to show that they are still a powerful force in the country after seven years of war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what is really going on here, and who is actually paying these guys, if that is really the case?

Aug 10 16:25

Anti-terror hotline advert banned

A police advert encouraging the public to report suspected terrorists has been banned for potentially causing "serious offence" to law-abiding citizens, a watchdog has said.

The radio advert for the Anti-Terrorist Hotline listed "suspicious" behaviour worth reporting to the police as: "The man at the end of the street doesn't talk to his neighbours much, because he likes to keep himself to himself. He pays with cash because he doesn't have a bank card, and he keeps his curtains closed because his house is on a bus route."

It continued: "This may mean nothing, but together it could all add up to you having suspicions. We all have a role to play in combating terrorism. If you see anything suspicious call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline. If you suspect it, report it."

Aug 10 16:17

Robert Gibbs says leftwing critics of Obama 'ought to be drug tested'

The Obama administration's most public face, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, has tried to climbed down from angry remarks he aimed at leftwing critics, calling them "crazy".

In an interview with The Hill newspaper in Washington DC, Gibbs revealed frustration at attacks on the administration from liberal Democrats and others on the left, in terms likely to make relations even worse:

"I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs said. "I mean, it's crazy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Robert Gibbs: how old Soviet Union could you get with this statement?!?

Aug 10 16:11

A Run for the Canadian Border

Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Strategist
Casey Research

The Gulf of Mexico disaster has changed U.S. priorities, costs, and energy supply sources for years to come. But the fact that the U.S. needs energy isn’t changing anytime soon, and as mass sources of green energy are still a while away, the most likely alternative might be the most surprising one.

With US$15 billion invested annually in offshore drilling in the United States, the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico means that this money is getting ready to migrate elsewhere. And it is the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta, Canada, that are number one on the list.

Aug 10 16:05

AN OPEN LETTER TO CHICK COREA: DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON GAZA

Mr. Corea, we call upon your free soul that has been adding magnificent art for decades into this disenchanted world of ours, to join those courageous people of conscience like Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, the Pixies, Carlos Santana and Devendra Banhart in boycotting Israel until it complies with international law, and until justice and accountability are reached just as the global BDS movement made way for the collapse of apartheid in South Africa.

Aug 10 16:04

Snopes Exposed

I have recently discovered that Snopes.com is owned by a flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama. There are many things they have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to You tube yourself and find the video of Obama actually saying these things. So you see, you cannot and should not trust Snopes.com, ever for anything that remotely resembles truth! I don't even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All anyone needed to do is look at how Snopes handled 9-11 truth to know they are gatekeepers.

Aug 10 15:47

Plant damage in Minnesota

Aug 10 15:16

Business facing a wave of green taxes

Thousands of British businesses will be liable for significant fines and charges under a new government “green tax” scheme.

Companies that fail to register their energy use by next month will be hit with fines that could reach £45,000 under the little-known rules.

Those that do participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) initiative by declaring their energy use will face charges for every ton of greenhouse gas they produce.

These payments are expected to average £38,000 a year for medium-sized firms, and could reach £100,000 for larger organisations.

Aug 10 15:13

Welcome to Mexico! Excuse the Mess—We’re Remodeling

If you look beyond the barebacked illegal alien scaling a barbed wire fence, you’ll discover a trail of dead that leads all the way back to Mexico City. There you’ll find President Felipe Calderon—chillin’ like a villain—with a motley wrecking crew of CIA operatives, Latin American drug lords and an assortment of corporate henchmen from such infamous organizations as Halliburton, DynCorp and SYColeman. Look beyond them, and you’ll discover a trail of cash that leads all the way back to Wall Street and Washington D.C.

Aug 10 15:04

Hezbollah chief: Israel killed Hariri

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accused Israel on Monday of having been behind the 2005 killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Aug 10 14:53

While we debate: Female suicides on the rise in Afghanistan

TIME Magazine’s recent depiction of a mutilated woman on its cover to illustrate “what happens if we leave Afghanistan” (without a question mark, mind you) has heated tempers on all sides of the debate over the American occupation there. As Antiwar.com’s Jeff Huber put it today, “If [TIME editor Richard] Stengel wanted to show us what is really happening, why didn’t he run images of Taliban leaders receiving bribe money that came from the United States? Why not show pictures of President Hamid Karzai’s political machine stealing the most recent election? Why not show the heroin crop our military has been ordered not to destroy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We had to blow the women to bloody bits to keep them from being oppressed!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 10 14:37

Look at ALL those Israeli military vehicles!!!!!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... that you paid for.

Aug 10 14:36

Look at ALL those Israeli military aircraft!!!!!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... that you paid for.

Aug 10 14:31

Google and Verizon Usher in the Internets

Monday's announcement that Verizon and Google will create a distinct wireless experience put net neutrality discussions not so much on the back burner as in the recycling bin.

Although early speculation suggested that the corporate giants were going to create the equivalent of an E-Z Pass lane for content providers willing to pay for higher content speeds, the actual plan is to create not just what amounts to a distinct "set of pipes" to funnel high-bandwidth content, but to also clearly define the wireless Internet as a rules-free zone that allows providers to determine what content reaches consumers.

Aug 10 14:17

Push for confrontation with Iran bears a Jewish stamp

And the NYTimes is still on message, Global Warming, Peak Oil and the War on Terror all seem to merge to support Zionism:

Aug 10 14:05

Washington D.C. Metro Incident: 70 Involved In Massive Brawl

As many as 70 people were involved in a massive brawl spanning at least two Metro Stations in Washington D.C. Friday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People have reached the breaking point.

Aug 10 14:02

’If you don’t help me, I’ve got a gun in my car,’

Murder-suicide rates are soaring all over the country and the media take little note of it.

Aug 10 13:59

Iran says to drop trade in 'filthy' dollar, euro

Iran is to stop all trade and oil exports in dollars and euros in retaliation against Western sanctions over its nuclear programme, a top official was quoted as saying Tuesday.

"We are going to remove dollar and euro from our foreign currency basket and replace them with (Iranian) rial and all other currencies of the countries which accept to cooperate with us," leading economic daily Doniye e-Ektesad quoted First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi as saying.

Aug 10 13:51

"it’s more cost effective for ya’ll to sink the oil"

Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Even When It's Not Out of Sight)
Monday 09 August 2010
by: Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld
To the representatives’ request to have someone explain to him why BP would not want to clean up the oil, Blanchard angrily obliged:“Because it’s more cost effective for ya’ll to come at night and sink the son-of-a-bitch! When the oil’s coming around, they call ya’ll, they tell ya’ll where the oil’s at, and the first thing ya’ll do is tell them to go the other way, ya’ll send the planes, and ya’ll fucking sink it! [Spray dispersants from the air]...Ya’ll are putting the oil on the bottom of my fishing grounds! Ya’ll not only messing me up now, ya’ll are messing me up for the rest of my life! I ain’t gonna live long enough to buy anymore shrimp!”

Aug 10 13:21

Federal Reserve Policymakers Statement

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No shit.

Aug 10 13:15

History of climate gets 'erased' online

A new report reveals a British scientist and Wikipedia administrator rewrote climate history, editing more than 5,000 unique articles in the online encyclopedia to cover traces of a medieval warming period – something Climategate scientists saw as a major roadblock in the effort to spread the global warming message.

Aug 10 13:13

CRU cleared of wrong doing? NOT: Parliamentary Trickery

"their suggestion that Jones and others were doing nothing more than “discarding data known to be erroneous” is simply absurd. There was no testimony to the Committee (nor has it ever been suggested) that the tree ring data was measured incorrectly or that the data was “erroneous” – the data is what it is. The tree ring data goes down instead of up – but that doesn’t make it “erroneous”. It only means that the data is a bad proxy – something that was concealed from IPCC readers. It is discouraging to read such bilge."

Aug 10 13:02

US Government in Massive New Global Warming Scandal – NOAA Disgraced

But our intrepid anonymous whistleblower wasn’t done yet. He pointed out that Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, really got cooking this July 4th around 9:59AM, according to NOAA and Coast Watch. It was there, at the bottom left row of the temperature data points, that the records reveal on that day a phenomenally furnace-like 600 degrees Fahrenheit. (Click here if CoastWatch link does not work or disappears)

Aug 10 12:47

When University Scientists Found Underwater Oil Plumes, the Government Said Shut Up, Don't Tell Anyone ... and Then Tried to Discredit Them

"I got lambasted by the Coast Guard and NOAA when we said there was undersea oil," USF marine sciences dean William Hogarth said. Some officials even told him to retract USF's public announcement, he said, comparing it to being "beat up" by federal officials.

The USF scientists weren't alone. Vernon Asper, an oceanographer at the University of Southern Mississippi, was part of a similar effort that met with a similar reaction. "We expected that NOAA would be pleased because we found something very, very interesting," Asper said. "NOAA instead responded by trying to discredit us. It was just a shock to us."

Aug 10 12:46

Former Alaska Sen. Stevens dies in plane crash

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, an uncompromising advocate for Alaska for four decades who delivered scores of expensive projects to one of the nation's most sparsely populated states, including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," has died in a plane crash. He was 86.

Aug 10 11:43

Let’s consider Alex Jones MSM from now on…..

Alex Jones has been hit lately by a number of very critical reviews. Jeff Rense is the most authoritative figure disconnecting from him.

Jones has a great audience, for sure, and he has helped many people snap out of the MSM brainwashing. But there are simply too many things that don’t add up……….

Aug 10 11:10

Hawaii Internet Slow Down could last a Month or More!

This should not come as a surprise because basic bandwidth speeds have not increased here significantly in many years. We have waited and waited for promised increased speeds and it has never happened. This incident makes it very obvious that they do not have the infrastructure in place to handle increased speeds. If one fiber cable is damaged resulting in this massive decrease in available service it is obvious that they have not been investing in infrastructure . This should be a wake up call to Oceanic.

Aug 10 11:03

‘I Have a Black Male Trying to Get Away From Me on a Bicycle’

So said a Pensacola, Florida cop before he tasered the man on the bike, ran him over with his squad car, killing him, and then planted a gun on the body. According to the Tampa Bay media, Florida’s “finest” have killed 57 civilians with taser guns since 2001, leading the nation in that particular category of Death by Government.

Aug 10 11:02

Murder a Kid, Plant a Gun — Take a Vacation

Dashcam video recorded by one of the police cars that arrived on the scene showed Ard unlocking the passenger side of his cruiser and retrieving an object, then crawling under the car. He stayed there for more than a half-minute. When paramedics arrived two minutes later, they found a silver-and-black 9mm semiautomatic handguns in one of the victim’s pockets.

“Lab tests showed the gun had been wiped clean,” reports the St. Petersburg Times. “No fingerprints were on it — not Victor’s, not anyone’s.”

Aug 10 10:59

Mother To Stand Trial for Saving Son’s Life

Within minutes of their arrival at the family’s home in West Kendall, the police had shot Pagan six times with a Taser.

Ramirez and her other son, 21-year-old Hernando Yunis, tried to shield Christian with their bodies, pulling the Taser prongs from his clothing and pleading with the police to stop. Ramirez herself was shot with the portable electro-shock torture device before she and Hernando were arrested for the supposed crime of “resisting arrest without violence.”

Aug 10 10:28

Amid sexual abuse claims, synagogue revokes invite to Rabbi Elon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which puts that synagogue one up over the Vatican IMHO!

Aug 10 10:10

Website Grader, Quantcast, Compete, Alexa, Awstats - Accurate Web Analysis?

In reality, Alexa is the target of technically gifted webmasters who manage to inflate the rank of their sites, and thus deflate the rank of all other sites. It was fine when it started, but no longer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Crap.

Aug 10 10:00

Tropical weather shuts down Gulf well-killing operations

Drilling on a relief well expected to intercept the crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of this week has been suspended because of a tropical disturbance in the Gulf, BP spokeswoman Elizabeth Adams said Tuesday.

Aug 10 09:58

Anti-Hunger Bill Cuts $14 Billion From Food Stamps

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, it was either feed Americans or buy Israel a big new shiny rocket, and I mean, just look at that thing; it's so big and so shiny and manly! It's not like there was ever really a choice here!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 10 09:54

Why the US keeps minting coins people hate and won't use

In hidden vaults across the country, the US government is building a stockpile of $1 coins. The hoard has topped $1.1bn - imagine a stack of coins reaching almost seven times higher than the International Space Station - and the piles have grown so large the US Federal Reserve is running out of storage space.

Americans won't use the coins, preferring $1 notes. But the US keeps minting them anyway, and the Fed estimates it already has enough $1 coins to last the next 10 years.

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When the dollar collapses, you'll need a heck of a lot of weight in your pocket to buy a case of beer.

Aug 10 09:52

Disappearing Oil and Gulf Seafood: Passing the Sniff Test

The Feds now say, as reported by the NYT, that 76% of the mess has either been picked up on the beaches, skimmed from the surface, captured by the containment process or burned off. (I suppose breathing this stuff in the air as particulates is “perfectly safe.”)

At the risk of seeming a “Chicken Little” I’d like to point out that even if the reports of this “great disappearing” are true what is left is something on the order of 50 million gallons of crud in the Gulf or about the same as 5 Exxon Valdez spills.

So, while BP, the Government and our happy-go-lucky news media are fighting for places on the “where did all the oil go” bandwagon I see no cause for celebration.

Aug 10 09:51

Afghan Blogger Films Survivors of Massacre, Contradicts NATO Denial

In an experiment in citizen journalism, Greenwald, of RethinkAfghanistan, has trained dozens of intrepid local Afghan interns in film reporting and armed them with simple camcorders. One of these brave souls entered the area and and has released footage of interviews with the survivors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The video is linked further down

Aug 10 09:50

A massive crime compounded by a massive cover-up

The administration is promoting claims that most of the oil erupting from the leak has either been contained or evaporated, with only a quarter posing a continued threat to the region.

The claim, advanced in a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and promoted by the National Incident Command in the Gulf, is simply the latest in a long record of lies and falsifications. From the beginning, the policy of both BP and the Obama administration has been to cover up the true size and scope of the oil spill. It was NOAA which provided the claim in the days immediately following the April 20 blowout that only 5,000 barrels per day were spilling into the Gulf, and continued to drastically underestimate the size of the spill throughout the crisis.

Aug 10 09:49

GOVERNMENT ASSISTED BP IN COVERING UP EFFECTS OF SPILL

Another disturbing twist in the Gulf Oil Crisis saga is the media blackout which occurred in late May/early June. BP set up clean-up camps along the gulf coast to remove oil and tar from beaches. During this period reporters were forbidden to talk to cleanup workers--either on or off the clock--or suffer a possible $40,000 fine or Class B felony charge. I started to see videos crop up in alternative news outlets showing Blackwater-type guards forcing news reporters away from the area. I was shocked (mainly because it was allowed) to see mainstream media regular Anderson Cooper discussing the 65 feet distance required between the media and the cleanup response areas (including beaches and vessels) without permission from the Port of New Orleans.

Aug 10 09:45

CNN - Deed fish washing up on Massachussetts shores!

Experts say a lack of oxygen may be to blame for killing scores of fish off the Massachusetts coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently these fish had been dead for days... locals say they have never seen anything like it. The "Experts" (same ones who told you that you were to blame for global warming) claiming lack of oxygen 'might' be to blame. Given the dead fish in Biloxi, and the fact that this has never happened before, I think the gulf oil disaster is a likely factor.

Aug 10 09:41

illegal to mail cigarettes to the troops

Sick from DU, guarding opium plants for profit and flooding the U.S. with heroin, suicide rates spike, now the soldiers are going thru nicotine withdrawal. no wonder the suicide rates are going up.

Aug 10 09:26

Bras and Breast Cancer

n essence, what Singer and Grismaijer found was that the odds of getting breast cancer dramatically increased with bra-wearing over 12 hours per day.

* Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer (in their study, n=2056 for the cancer group and n=2674 for the standard group).
* Women who wore bras more than 12 hour per day but not to bed had a 1 out of 7 risk.
* Women who wore their bras less than 12 hours per day had a 1 out of 152 risk.
* Women who wore bras rarely or never had a 1 out of 168 chance of getting breast cancer. The overall difference between 24 hour wearing and not at all was a 125-fold difference.

Aug 10 09:25

9/11 MOSQUE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES

Here’s an old joke that has been in circulation for years…. WASPs leave and never say good-bye. Jews say good-bye and never leave.

So it is with political issues…. some Jews just never let up. Case in point is the controversy surrounding the construction of an Islamic Centre in the vicinity of Ground Zero…. it has been approved….. it will be built….. but the issue is being kept alive by the Jewish community in New York.

Aug 10 09:24

DID WE START A TREND BY PORTRAYING LIEBERMAN AS A NAZI?

When I was posting at Daily Kos I published an image of Lieberman with a Hitler face (shown above)… I was asked how I could compare a Jew to a nazi…. my response was “How could a Jew act like one?”

The furor that followed at DK resulted in myself and many other pro Palestinian bloggers having their rights revoked… we were banned!

BUT…. if you read the following you can see that our efforts were not in vain, it looks like we started a trend.

Aug 10 09:23

THE PARANORMAL STATE WE KNOW AS ISRAEL

Why would I refer to Israel as a paranormal state? Let’s look at the FACTS….

Since it’s creation Israel has ignored every resolution passed by various bodies of the United Nations …. the following video covers only those violated from 1968 to 2002…. there are more, many more…..

Aug 10 09:05

PM to quit UN panel if soldiers probed

Israel threatened Monday to pull out of a UN inquiry into a raid on a Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza, after the UN chief said there is no agreement that the panel will refrain from calling Israeli soldiers to testify.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The White Star Line threatened Monday to pull out of an inquiry into the sinking of the RMS Titanic heading for New York, after the chief investigator said there is no agreement that the panel will refrain from calling the surviving ship's crew to testify.

Aug 10 09:02

5 killed in Alaska plane crash; ex-NASA chief on board

It appears that five people were killed and four survived the Alaska crash of a small plane that was carrying former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and may have included former Senator Ted Stevens, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

Ted Lopatkiewicz, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, told The Associated Press in Washington that reports from Alaska authorities were that nine people were aboard the aircraft and that "it appears that there are five fatalities."

Aug 10 09:02

Afghanistan Civilian Casualties, Injuries Rising Sharply

The number of civilians killed in the Afghan conflict in the first six months of the year rose 25 percent compared with the same period a year ago, with insurgents responsible for the spike, the United Nations said in a report Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the US is responsible for all the civilian casualties, because there would be no civilian casualties if the US had not invaded in the first place.

Aug 10 09:00

Landmark Gitmo trial puts White House in tight spot

The sharp criticism from the U.N. official created yet another public relations dilemma for Pentagon officials as they prepare to try Khadr, a Canadian citizen who has spent nearly a third of his life at Guantanamo, in the first military commission trial during Barack Obama's presidency.

Aug 10 08:59

The Horror Show

Government workers were walking the plank from coast to coast. About 143,000 temporary Census workers were let go, and another 48,000 government employees at the budget-strapped state and local levels lost their jobs. But the worst news, with the most ominous long-term implications, was that the reason the unemployment rate was not higher was because 181,000 workers left the labor force.

With many of them beaten down by the worst jobs situation since the Great Depression, they just stopped looking for work. And given the Alice-in-Wonderland way in which we compile our official jobless statistics, they are no longer counted as unemployed.

Aug 10 08:58

Israel Won’t Allow UN Panel to Question Soldiers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel wouldn’t cooperate with a United Nations probe into its May 31 naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla if the UN tries to question soldiers who took part in the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just take our word for it! Those aid workers committed suicide!"

Aug 10 08:57

Barak contradicts Netanyahu's testimony on flotilla

Defense minister testifies before committee probing deadly IDF raid on Gaza-bound flotilla, says seven-minister forum dealt with both military, media aspects of operation. 'I take full responsibility for the orders given,' he adds, says government did not discuss possibility of violent resistance onboard Marmara

Aug 10 08:56

Israel Cannot be Both Jewish and Democratic

Israel continues to lurch and stagger in the darkened bog of tribal chauvinism. The Jewish state's further descent into the bellicose murk is being felt by the country's minorities. Home destructions and deportations are portentous of a bleaker future for non-Jews in Israel.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have lived under an Israeli apartheid regime for decades now. Over the years, Israel has demolished homes, kidnapped thousands of political prisoners, transferred 500,000 settler-colonists onto the West Bank, conducted massive military operations in civilian areas, hoarded the vast majority of Palestinian water, and committed a host of other crimes under the apartheid banner.

Aug 10 08:53

The Crime of the Century: What BP and US Government Don’t Want You to Know

Environmental activist Jerry Cope has spent the last few weeks traveling along the Gulf Coast and experiencing firsthand the contamination in the air and water. In an article published on Huffington Post, Cope argues that instead of celebrating the allegedly vanishing oil, we should be concerned about the disappearance of marine life in the Gulf. He describes the Gulf as a “kill zone” and looks into where the marine animals have gone, given that BP has reported a relatively low number of dead animals from the spill.

Aug 10 08:49

Bell, Calif. city manager who was making $800k a year was actually making $1.5 million

Aug 10 08:46

Peter Schiff: "We're in the Early Stages of a Depression"

As outlandish as he may have sounded at the time, he was right. Four years and the worst recession since the Great Depression later, Schiff stands alone again with a bleaker diagnosis for the economy: an inflationary depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the blog-o-sphere was warning this was a depression 2 years ago.

Aug 10 08:39

TOXIC OIL RAIN IN IOWA ? - More plant damage

Aug 10 08:36

Toxic Rain In Miami From Gulf Oil Leak Plants Trees Dying

Aug 10 08:35

BP Oil Spill Is Corexit Having an Effect on Plants and Wildlife

Aug 10 08:34

BP Oil Spill: Is Corexit Having an Effect on Plants and Wildlife?

Aug 10 08:32

Unknown disease killing off Florida’s state tree

An unknown but growing number of sabal palms in the Tampa Bay area have died from a mysterious disease that researchers are struggling to identify. Even after scientists pinpoint the disease — and that could take years — they will have to learn what insect spreads it. The disease will be tough to stop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeah, yeah... sure, sure... a disease. yeah, that's it; a disease! Sure, sure. Pay no attention to those oil and Corexit contaminants that have been raining down out of the sky across Florida for the last three months. Your future funding depends on your looking for a disease to explain why everything is dying off. Disease, disease, disease!"

Aug 10 08:26

Afghan resistance statement Response of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding a picture published by Time magazine

Time magazine has recently published a picture of an Afghan women Aisha, and described her horrifying story which is connected to the Taliban under the title 'Afghan women and the return of the Taliban’.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects this fabrication by the Americans, who are publishing these lies to divert attention of the people from their clear and disgraceful defeat.

This desperate propaganda by Time magazine has shown the whole world to the lengths which the world media will go to please America, even at the cost of their Journalistic integrity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, well, we kinda already knew that about the presstitutes anyway.

Aug 10 08:24

Israel Won’t Allow UN Panel to Question Soldiers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is like investigating the sinking of the Titanic but not being allowed to ask the crew any questions.

Aug 10 08:23

US warship visits former foe Vietnam, China warns US to stay out of Yellow Sea

An American warship docked Tuesday in central Vietnam where the former foes planned to conduct naval training in a sign of growing military ties amid new warnings from China
for the U.S. to stay out of its backyard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, relax; we're getting kicked out of the Afghanistan opium fields and just need to see if any of Kuhn Sa's stash is still floating around for sale!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 10 08:20

Sarah Palin's Homer Moment-D'Oh!

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Caribou Barbie gets OWNED by Alaska teacher.

Aug 10 08:15

The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people

It is the kind of impunity that has been highlighted on the world stage this week by Michelle Obama’s hugely costly trip to Spain, which has prompted a New York Post columnist Andrea Tantaros to dub the First Lady a contemporary Marie Antoinette. As The Telegraph reports, while the Obamas are covering their own vacation expenses such as accommodation, the trip may cost US taxpayers as much as $375,000 in terms of secret service security and flight costs on Air Force Two.

Aug 10 08:13

The 'Blood Diamond' Hoax, Liberia as a Parlor Game and You

In this faux-morality play, everyone has an assigned role:

•Cover-seeking panjandrums of the diamond industry—egged on by the canny PR spinners at DeBeers. The latter's main interest is in eliminating independent diamond production.

Aug 10 08:12

The Elders of Anti-Zion

The initiatives of small local groups in various countries are not what they appear to be. Far from it! They are part of a world-wide, organized and coordinated conspiracy, which uses every means to achieve their nefarious aim. Unlike the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, the forged document that was produced a hundred years ago, this is a genuine plot, something like the “Protocols of the Elders of Anti-Zion”.

Only one detail was missing in the disclosure: where is the secret headquarters of this international conspiracy?

Happily, I am in a position to provide the missing information. Shocking as it may sound, the headquarters of the Elders of Anti-Zion is located in Jerusalem.

Aug 10 07:56

How Brilliant Computer Scientists Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery

The methane—normally frozen at great pressure as gas hydrates embedded within subterranean rock—can become dislodged and transform into gaseous bubbles expanding geometrically as they explode upwards. When these bubbles reach the surface of the water they soar into the air, still expanding upwards and outwards.

Any ships caught within the methane mega-bubble immediately lose all buoyancy and sink to the bottom of the ocean. If the bubbles are big enough and possess a high enough density they can also knock aircraft out of the sky with little or no warning. Aircraft falling victim to these methane bubbles will lose their engines-perhaps igniting the methane surrounding them-and immediately lose their lift as well, ending their flights by diving into the ocean and swiftly plummeting

Aug 10 07:53

Khadr confessions admissable, judge rules

The judge presiding over Omar Khadr's war-crimes case has ruled that his confessions are admissible at trial.

Col. Patrick Parrish rejected defence arguments that Khadr's statements were the product of torture and could not be used against him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US now accepts confessions extracted under torture in trials. How far we have fallen.

Aug 10 07:52

'Afghanistan to expel US security firms'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to call on Washington and its allies to shut down their private security companies in the violence-stricken country.

President Karzai will announce the details of his demand late Saturday during a press conference in Kabul, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Informed sources in the presidential office said the Afghan leader was set to impose a ban on Western-backed security firms and announce his new policy on the fight against corruption.

President Karzai had earlier accused foreign security contractors in the country of operating as militias, saying that these firms are only worsening the security situation in Afghanistan.

Aug 10 07:52

Ambassador: Iran ready to help Lebanon’s army

Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi stated that Iran is ready to help the Lebanese armed forces, IRNA reported.

Roknabadi made the remarks in his meeting with Commander of the Armed Forces of Lebanon General Jean Kahwagi.

Aug 10 07:52

Agent Orange victims get raw deal

Doctors, scientists, lawyers, and AO victims attended the seminar, Agent Orange - Message from the Heart, held ahead of the 49th anniversary of the day the US began a 10-year campaign to spray 80 million litres of the deadly dioxin on Viet Nam.

They discussed the responsibilities of the US government and chemical companies that produced the AO that was used.

Aug 10 07:50

Odierno: Troops staying in Iraq to prevent foreign interference

U.S. forces are staying in Iraq to prevent foreign powers from meddling with the new government, Gen. Ray Odierno said Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You mean like the US already did?

Aug 10 07:48

BP Won't Fully Fund Escrow Account Until End Of 2013

BP and the Justice Department announced today that BP has made its first contribution into the $20 billion escrow fund which will pay claims related to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

BP's first payment was $3 billion.

Aug 10 07:47

Study: Age that girls hit puberty keeps dropping

The age at which girls hit puberty continues to drop, new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center shows.

Researchers led by Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children's, found that the number of 7- and 8-year-old girls with breast development was higher than found in studies conducted 10 to 30 years earlier.

Once breast development begins, menstruation typically follows within two to three years. Girls who menstruate earlier are at greater risk for breast cancer later in life.

Other health risks, including endometrial cancer, eating disorders and depression, are associated with earlier puberty and maturation. Behavioral issues, including earlier sexual activity, have also been noted.

Aug 10 07:44

Operation Opera II - Israeli Attack on Iran

The worse kept secret is the joint plans of Israel and their American stooges for a sneak attack on Iran. Succumbing to the militaristic legacy of imperial Japan, the joint chiefs of staff are ready to facilitate or even lead a stealth charge against purported WMD targets. So what is their rationale? Since the deadly weapon facilities could not be found in Iraq, maybe they will be found in Iran? If Iran was ready to develop nuclear weapons, how is that any different from Israel already deploying 200 plus warheads? Especially since the Zionist belligerent is poised to strike Iran in a repeat of their “Operation Opera” against the Iraqi Osirak reactor in 1981.

Aug 10 07:42

Economists Herald New Great Depression

The world is currently experiencing the modern day equivalent of the Great Depression, according to a prominent economist who has added his voice to scores of others now forecasting ongoing economic doom on a scale not seen since the 1930s.

Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday that he sees the stock market bottoming out in October as the world has entered significant financial depression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There they finally said it. We've known it for the last two years. Now, they admit it. We are in a depression.

Aug 10 07:40

AID WORKERS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN KILLED BY TALIBAN AFTER ALL!

The Taliban claimed responsibility and said the group had been trying to convert people to Christianity. Another Islamist group also said it had carried out the killings.

But Dirk Frans, IAM executive director told a news conference in Kabul that local police suggested bandits had committed the murders. The group's valuables had also been stolen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or, US/Israeli agents carried out the killings to try to justify a continued US occupation of Afghanistan in the face of growing opposition to the wars.

Aug 10 07:38

WHO downgrades H1N1, declares flu pandemic over

The H1N1 flu virus has run its course and the pandemic is over, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

"We are now moving into the post-pandemic period," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told a teleconference, saying the H1N1 virus "has largely run its course."

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What pandemic? Is this some sort of sick joke?

Aug 10 07:33

Battle to contain India oil spill

Aug 10 07:32

The Charade Begins: Netanyahu`s Flotilla Massacre Probe Testimony

On August 9, Israel's self-appointed Turkel Commission, its planned whitewash, began hearings into the Freedom Flotilla massacre, a humanitarian mission delivering essential aid to besieged Gazans, Israeli officials blaming the victims, not themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claiming that the Israelis were only defending themselves at the aid flotilla is like claiming the Japanese were only defending themselves at Pearl Harbor!

Aug 10 07:31

Transcript of interviews with the airstrike survivors

Aug 10 07:31

First picture of the Sun erupting in 'solar tsunami' which sparked incredible Northern Lights displays

Erupting in dazzling whorls of fire, this is the spectacular first image of the sun in the middle of a solar storm.

An ultraviolet camera was able to capture the intergalatic display - which sparked incredible skies around the world this week - in all its glory.

Aug 10 07:25

Civilian victims of Afghan war 'rises by 31% in six months'

The report said that 386, or 12%, of the Afghan casualties were due to US, Nato and other pro-government forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There would not be ANY civilian casualties if the US had minded its own business and stayed out of there! So, in a very real sense, 100% of those casualties are due to the US invasion.

Aug 10 07:17

The Government is Dealing with the Oil Spill Like the Soviets Dealt with Chernobyl

The bottom line is that the government's entire response to the oil spill is to try to cover it up, just as the Soviets tried to do with Chernobyl, and just as the U.S. government has done with the financial crisis, torture, 9/11, the anthrax attack, and every other crisis.

Aug 10 07:15

Israel threatens pullout from UN probe

Israel has threatened to pull out of a UN investigation into its May 31 attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy as the international probe seeks to question Israeli soldiers.

Despite Israeli efforts to appease the global enrage over the death of nine Turkish activists onboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the United Nations named its own panel in August to look into the deadly incident.

Israel agreed to participate in the UN probe but has opposed to have its military forces involved in the fatal onslaught grilled over the attack which was carried out in international waters.

Tel Aviv insisted that Israel's agreement was conditional on the panel relying on reports from Israel's own military inquiry, not testimony from soldiers.

Aug 10 07:08

The Occasional Posting from Transmission Central.

This is not just the passing of one age and the beginning of another. This is also the completion and genesis of a much larger cycle and provides an opportunity for an enormous personal advance, for those who have prepared themselves and who will be able to see a dimensional opening, which they can pass through into a new order of being. This aperture may appear everywhere for a certain time or it might require some travel to a launching point. You will know in either case or you won’t see it at all.

Aug 10 07:00

South Korea Police Raid Google Office

The South Korean police raided the offices of Google Korea on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether the company illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.

Aug 10 06:58

British breast cancer rates 'four times higher than eastern Africa', says report

World Cancer Research Fund survey cites lifestyle as reason for difference.

This article makes no mention of vitamin D

Aug 10 06:53

Biofuels emit 400 percent more CO2 than regular fuels

A recent report issued by the European Union has revealed that biofuels, or fuel made from living, renewable sources, is not really all that beneficial to the environment. Rather than reduce the net carbon footprint as intended, biofuels can produce four times more carbon dioxide pollution than conventional fossil fuels do.

Aug 10 06:52

Vitaminwater revealed as non-healthy beverage by Coca-Cola's own lawyers

Do you ever wonder things like "Who is actually gullible enough to think that Vitaminwater is healthy?" Although that question may seem demeaning or even arrogant, it turns out that the Coca-Cola company (which owns the Vitaminwater brand) is essentially asking that exact question.

How so? In response to a recent lawsuit against Coca-Cola filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Coke's attorneys replied in court briefings that, "...no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage."

Except, of course, millions of consumers were misled into believing precisely that.

Aug 10 06:51

USF Says Government Pushed Them To Hide Their Oil Plume Findings From The Public

A month after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began, scientists from the University of South Florida made a startling announcement. They had found signs that the oil spewing from the well had formed a 6-mile-wide plume snaking along in the deepest recesses of the gulf...

Aug 10 06:48

Congressman Markey suggests “global warming deniers to start their own country”

It is probably the most ugly statement I’ve ever seen from a politician regarding a group of people with ideas that disagree with the politician’s own view. If it were a race or class issue, he’d be vilified. He apparently has lost touch with what it means to be an American.

Aug 10 06:43

Brazil seeks origin of oil slick lapping at beach

Brazilian officials are trying to determine the origin of an oil slick that is washing onto white-sand beaches east of Rio de Janeiro.

A statement from Brazil's navy Sunday night says inspectors are being sent to investigate. A lab analysis of the oil could determine if it came from a ship or from an offshore oil platform.

State-run oil company Petrobras says its offshore fields are not responsible for the slick.

Aerial footage on Globo television shows a black tide hitting the shore in a resort area about 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of Rio.

Aug 10 05:55

Rethinking Iran-Contra

Carter’s potential second term presented unacceptable dangers to some powerful interests at home and overseas. The CIA Old Boys (whom legendary CIA officer Miles Copeland deemed “the CIA within the CIA”) thought they understood the true national interests even if the lazy-minded public and weak-kneed politicians didn’t.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his Likud Party believed in a “Greater Israel” and were determined not to trade any more land conquered in the Six-Day War of 1967 for promises of peace with Palestinians and other Arabs. In 1980, Begin was still fuming over Carter’s Camp David pressure on him to surrender the Sinai in exchange for a peace deal with Egypt.

Aug 10 03:16

Hurrah for Hugo Chavez

Chavez's policies have reduced ignorance, poverty, and injustice. The list goes on and on. Venezuelans are more engaged in the political process than anytime in the nation's history. That scares Washington. US elites don't want well-informed, empowered people participating in the political process. They believe that task should be left to the venal politicians chosen by corporate bosses and top-hat banksters. That's why Chavez has to go. He's given people hope for a better life.

August 9, 2010

Aug 09 23:35

Judge Andrew Napolitano: "The government is the servant, not the master!"

"We fought a Cold War for FORTY YEARS against governments in eastern Europe, who's agents monitored their people's every move, in private and in public, and now we have that here."

Aug 09 23:17

CBS - Grade Obama's First Year in Office

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to vote to see the result. (Hint: It's pretty much what you expect it to be!)

Aug 09 23:13

Are US-Israel intelligence agencies blocking Palestinian civil rights to weaken Hezbollah?

By Dr. Franklin Lamb

Part X of a series on securing Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (NIR) is part of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s panoply of 16 agencies, which comprise the US Intelligence Community (IC). According to Congressional sources consulted below, NIR and Israel have been working longer hours than most members of Lebanon’s Parliament, carefully analyzing the language of the main draft proposals concerning elementary civil rights for Palestinian Refugees. The proposals are currently scheduled for an August 17, 2010 Parliamentary vote and the US-Israel plan is to allow nothing to be enacted into law that would actually benefit Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees.

Aug 09 23:13

Israel, the bomb, and openness

Israel needs to drop the fiction that it is not a nuclear power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the Los Angeles Times?!?!?

Aug 09 23:10

Mullah Omar orders Taliban to attack civilians, Afghan women

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is like saying George Washington ordered the army to shoot American colonial women. Does it make any sense?

Aug 09 23:09

One-State, Two-State and the American Task Force on Palestine

By Antoine Raffoul

Until recently, we had never heard of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). After some research on the subject of the One-State vs the Two-State solution, we discovered a long Study published by the ATFP in 2009 entitled “What’s Wrong With The One-State Agenda“. It made for interesting reading and shed some light on the people behind the ATFP which claim “to promote an end to the conflict in the Middle East through a negotiated agreement that provides for two states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security”.

Aug 09 23:08

Aid group plays down Taliban link to doctors deaths

A Christian aid group has cast doubt on Taliban claims it had shot dead ten members of a medical team in northeastern Afghanistan and insisted he did not try to convert Muslims to Christianity.

The 10 team members — six Americans, two Afghans, one Briton and a German — were shot on Thursday by gunmen after finishing a two-week mission providing medical care to impoverished villagers in remote Nuristan province.

Aug 09 23:07

Magnitude 7.5 - VANUATU

Aug 09 23:07

Chris Hedges: The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

CHRIS HEDGES: The boat to Gaza will be named “The Audacity of Hope.” But these are not Barack Obama’s words. These are the words of my friend the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. They are borrowed words. And Jerry Wright is not afraid to speak the truth, not afraid to tell us to stop confusing God with America. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands [killed] in New York and the Pentagon

Aug 09 23:02

ISRAEL’S PILLARS OF SAMSON: NOT QUITE ARMAGEDDON, BUT….

By Dr. Alan Sabrosky* for My Catbird Seat

As the US edges toward an unprovoked and utterly needless war with Iran, some remarks by an eminent and experienced observer of that part of the world caught my attention. First, he noted that Israel and the US realize that the next war will burn much of the Middle East and may well spell the end of Israel.

Second, he remarked that Every week Israel becomes weaker vis a vis the “resistance axis” and at what point does Israel decide to bring down the house and start again if it can survive with enough military power (backed by the US) to remake the region.

Continue reading:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/israel%e2%80%99s-pillars-of-samson-no...

Aug 09 21:20

Israel to Drag U.S. into War Against Iran [VIDEO]

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern
The following important warning from former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern. The United States could be drawn into yet another unwinnable war if Israel attacks Iran

Aug 09 20:14

Predatory Capitalism: When Corporations Go Unregulated

Unregulated profit-seeking corporations cannot be trusted to protect the Public, because their main objective is to make profits, not to be a do-gooder for the Public. Whenever profit-making conflicts with the Public interest, profit-making wins! Thus they become Predators on the Public, not Protectors of the Public.

This is not a radical idea, but an obvious fact, if you think about it. Profit-seeking corporations exist to make a profit, and the more profit, the better. Anything which increases profits is good for them; and anything which decreases profits is bad. So they try to do whatever is necessary to make profits. This is the essence of Laissez-faire Capitalism: that profit-seeking corporations should be left alone to do whatever they choose to do in order to make profits.

Aug 09 19:14

Nuclear Carriers on the Move

Mr. President, whether it wouldn’t be wise for you to give the American people, the United Nations, and the rest of the world a reasoned statement of the need for such an oceanic display of America’s naval, air, soldierly, and electronic might at a time when the United States seems bent on continuing to act as a global policeman in the four corners of the world.

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