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CURRENT EVENTS

Sep 22 10:50

BAILOUT AND THE NEW "LOST GENERATION"

Americans are worse than broke, they are discouraged. The bailout sent a clear message that no matter how hard you work, the government can plunge you into deeper debt with the stroke of the pen or the vote of a congress inextricably linked with Wall Street itself. Black Tuesday may have plunged the United States into the Great Depression but it was a sense of hopelessness; the feeling that nothing one could personally do would improve things that kept us in that depression until WW2. The American Dream is a nightmare. Worse, for most Americans it turned out to be a cruel lie.

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Sep 22 07:27

US generals planning for resource wars

Under the auspices of the US department of defence and department of the army, the US military have just published a document entitled 2008 Army Modernization Strategy which makes for interesting reading against the current backdrop of deteriorating international fiscal, environmental, energy resource and security crises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That strange, slurping sound you're hearing is that of defense contractors, salivating in unison, over this blueprint for perpetual war.

Sep 22 06:59

Bankruptcy judge orders victim to pay back thief

Mark Poveromo feels ripped off twice over. A judge ordered him to repay money he collected from a builder convicted of stealing from him — and told him to kick in the thief's attorney fees and court costs, too.

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Just in case you are expecting the legal system to help you out in the current mess...

Sep 22 06:05

[Video] Flats tumble in four seconds

A crowd of 600 people watched the demolition of a block of 1960s high-rise flats on an Edinburgh estate.

Look familiar?

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/wtc7.html

Sep 21 10:44

Yes, There Are Deeply Angry Democratic Members of Congress by: Matt Stoller Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 10:21

I'm open to other ideas, and I am looking for volunteers who want to hold the sons of bitches so I can beat the crap out of them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I prefer to hold the camcorder. I have my own!

Sep 21 09:38

The International Day of Peace: Human Rights and Peacekeeping

Twenty years later, the General Assembly set 21 September as the date to observe the occasion annually as a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence… through education and public awareness and to cooperate in the establishment of a global ceasefire”.

Sep 21 08:41

When Refusing to Kill Has a Higher Sentence Than Murder

This week we see again that punishment is less for murdering four Iraqis than for refusing to participate in a war that many citizens, and many in the military, see as a crime against the peace - a war crime.

Sep 20 22:50

Understanding the Crisis

What caused this? It is a simple question, and yet answers are all over the map, as you might expect. Here's mine in two words: fiat money. The word fiat means: out of nothing. Money out of nothing is money that is eventually worth nothing. The possibility of precisely that happening emerged on August 15, 1971. Since Nixon severed the last tie of the dollar to gold, the world's monetary system has not been restrained by anything physical. We've depended on the discretion of central bankers. We can't trust that, and this crisis shows precisely why.

Sep 20 17:25

Russian warships in Syrian waters

Ten Russian warships have been deployed at the Syrian port of Tartus based on an accord reached by the two sides after the August south Caucases conflict.

Rear Admiral Andrei Baranov, head of the Russian Black Sea Fleet's operations directorate, said Friday the Russian engineering crew was at Tartus to expand the capacity of the harbor to host additional fleet vessels.

The teams will also be working on expanding Latakia, another Syrian port, possibly for aircraft carriers or guided missile cruisers, said Baranov.

Sep 20 09:49

The End Of The United States

US Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, in collusion with the US Congress, is about to commit an act of blatant treason.

Instead of doing the right thing, which would have been to place the system in administration (bankruptcy reorganisation), he has decided to make the United States itself bankrupt.

What Paulson has announced is this: he will establish a Federal agency to buy up what will amount to trillions of dollars of bad debt. The debt will become the liability of the US taxpayer.

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This is socialism for the rich; bailing out huge financial institutions on the backs of We the People, and at our expense.

Sep 20 09:39

No charges for reporters arrested in GOP protests

Charges will be dropped against journalists who were arrested during protests at the Republican National Convention and cited for unlawful assembly, St. Paul officials said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The arrests and harassment of journalists during these events were about one thing, and one thing only: intimidation, pure and simple.

Sep 19 10:44

UN General Assembly Opens With a Denunciation of US Policies

Sep 19 10:12

USA plans to replace Saakashvili by Burjanadze or Alasania

The American side intends to make the former speaker of the Georgian Parliament Nino Burjanadze or the permanent representative of Georgia to the UN Security Council Irakli Alasania the president of Georgia, declared Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) during a meeting with Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin. “Our faction has information about it,” said Zhirinovsky.

Sep 19 09:23

One Last Diatribe Before We Get Specific.

One respondent made me laugh. He said I would accomplish a lot more by just telling people on the street that I love them. He also didn’t think much of my attitude toward the sheep and what he inferred was my harsh declarations about what may happen to them. I’m not sure I even used the word sheep, I might have but I don’t use it often. What I immediately wondered was, “What does this guy think happens to sheep anyway?”

Sep 19 08:58

Network: I'm As Mad As Hell And I'm Not Gonna Take It Any More!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Before you can solve it, you have to get angry about it!

Sep 19 08:53

Hurricane Ike news blackout on dead bodies

News 13 in Houston reveals there is a news blackout on the truth of the fatality numbers. Government officials are not being honest on the real story of the dead from hurricane Ike.

Sep 19 08:32

U.N. assembly opens door to enlarged Security Council

Several U.N. diplomats described the breakthrough as "historic", saying it greatly increased the likelihood that the council will become larger and more representative of the world of the 21st century.

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And with every one of them having a veto, totally unable to accomplish anything.

Sep 19 07:58

Nato should stop expanding, says UK think tank

Nato needs to stop expanding, according to a leading British strategic think tank. The International Institute for Strategic Studies challenged the Nato secretary-general today by warning against embracing Georgia and Ukraine in the light of last month's Caucasus war.

Sep 19 05:40

Hornby set for shares windfall worth £2m in HBoS takeover

HALIFAX Bank of Scotland boss Andy Hornby is set for a share windfall worth £2 million following the takeover by Lloyds TSB.
News of Mr Hornby's share windfall comes at a time when staff at both HBoS and Lloyds TSB prepare for a raft of job losses as part of the new group's £1 billion a year cost savings.

The Edinburgh-based bank's chief executive is set to get 830,000 new shares in the new company if the deal announced yesterday goes through.

Sep 18 22:02

Burning the Town in Order to Save It

This may be the stupidest move yet in the "war on terror" -- a Texas municipality turned off its fire hydrants for fear of terrorism:

Sep 18 19:39

AN AMERICA THAT CAN SAY NO

So, it's really up to you.

Remember the movie "Network?" "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any longer!"

You need to be there. You need to get angry. REALLY angry. Mad-dog pissed off angry. Ready to start shooting angry. You need to say, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any longer", and you need to say it like you mean it.

Because if you stay silent and let the greedy bastards pull this off, it will be the end of the middle class. There will be the ultra-rich with their severance packages, and everyone else will be taxed into poverty to support them.

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Sep 18 18:25

FEMA Says No to Ice For Hurricane Survivors

Hurricane survivors are being put at risk in Texas and other hot weather states because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is no longer providing ice in relief situations, say watchdogs, relief workers and local leaders in Hurricane Alley.

"It's frustrating that the government can deliver $85 billion to bail out AIG, and they can't deliver ice in Texas," said Ben Smilowitz, executive director of the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), a nonpartisan organization that monitors the nation's disaster response system.

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Memo to the citizens of the US; if there's any kind of catastrophe in this country (other than financial, where you know this government will rush to protect the assets of the wealthy) you're absolutely on your own.

Sep 18 15:56

Homeland Security, Sesame Style

In a move that will make Bush administration detractors bring back those duct tape jokes again, the Department of Homeland Security has partnered up with the famous children’s show.

Sep 18 11:19

Tyler Dureden Tell It Like It Is

Sep 18 08:57

CIA Chief Speaks of Trying to Provoke Terrorists as Latest Drone Strike Kills Seven in South Waziristan

Admiral Michael Mullen made a surprise visit to Pakistan yesterday. and according to the US Embassy he “reiterated the US commitment to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty“. Just hours later, US drones fired four missiles into South Waziristan, killing at least seven and injuring three others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have GOT to be flipping kidding me: Hayden is quoted as saying the CIA is trying to "..."tickle" enemy groups to provoke a reaction, often with missile strikes targeting just an individual.
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""We use military operations to excite the enemy, prompting him to respond. In that response we learn so much," said Hayden, a retired Air Force general who has led the CIA since 2006."

That Hayden could even use the word "tickle" to describe the death and injuries to non-combatants hit in CIA-orchestrated strikes is sickening. Maybe, he thinks they die laughing?!?

And what do we "learn", Michael Hayden, from the responses of these militants, when they are left alive? I can tell you, sir, and I don't have to be a military analyst to understand this.

They grieve at the loss of their mothers, their sisters, brothers, their children, and their friends you have murdered. And you have radicalized them even further against both the US and the current Pakistani government.

And by the way: you and Admiral Mullen need to have a conversation (if in fact he is still speaking to you) about the fact that ordering a strike against militants in a country, when you know he's in a country assuring its leadership we will respect its territorial integrity, destroys any last microscopic shred of US integrity accredited to it by the rest of the world.

Sep 18 08:27

Official: U.S. considering new steps against Russia

The United States is considering to take further actions against Russia after the latter's invasion of Georgia, Under Secretary of State William Burns said here Wednesday.

"We continue to review other options," Burns told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It is important to reinforce for Russia the consequences of its actions in Georgia as a means of ensuring compliance with its commitments to President (Nicolas) Sarkozy."

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(Ahem)

Memo to Undersecretary Burns: you appear to have rather conveniently left out one of the most important aspects of Russia's actions: the fact that Georgia invaded South Ossetia to re-assert control of the primarily ethnically Russian and Russian-speaking area.

And sir, with the American economy well and truly flushed, as the events on wall street and around the world have demonstrated this last week (coupled with an estimated 410 billion dollar Federal deficit), and desperate, out of work Americans in bread-lines around the country, where is the money going to come from to do anything regarding Russia?

We'd darned well better take care of our US citizens FIRST, and clean up our own mess first, before we start thinking about retaliation against anyone.

Sep 18 08:05

Psychologists End Guantanamo Collaboration, Will No Longer Help Government In Interrogations

The nation's leading psychologist's association has voted to ban its members from taking part in interrogations at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other military detention sites.

he ban means psychologists who are association members can't assist the U.S. military at these sites and can only work there for humanitarian purposes or with non-governmental groups, according to Stephen Soldz, a Boston psychologist. Soldz is founder of an ethics coalition that has long supported the ban.

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One has to wonder if members of this organization suddenly developed a conscience, or they just couldn't handle the fallout from the bad PR.

Sep 18 07:34

Fiorina's comment called 'Biden-like'

Top McCain-Palin official Carly Fiorina is facing criticism from some within the campaign for a day of what they call "very Biden-like" comments, after the former Hewlett-Packard CEO told two separate interviewers that neither member of the Republican ticket would be capable of running a company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If someone has never had to sweat about making payroll, keeping the lights on, and running a business at a profit, then yes, they are far less qualified to run a country than the person who actually has, and been successful at it.

Sep 18 07:15

PHOTOS FROM IKE

Sep 17 16:26

How 6,000 Tons of Radioactive Sand from Kuwait Ended Up in Idaho

On April 26, 2008, the BBC Alabama arrived in Longview, Washington carrying 6700 tons of Kuwaiti sand. The sand had become contaminated with depleted uranium when U.S. military vehicles and munitions caught fire at Doha Army base in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War. The depleted uranium was being repatriated. The sand was a gift of the Kuwaiti government.

Sep 17 16:11

Confidential data on millions of Norwegians sent to media by mistake

Norway's national tax office said Wednesday it had mistakenly sent confidential information about nearly all Norwegian adults to nine media groups, an error the government described as "extremely serious."

Tax authorities said they had sent CD-ROMs filled with the 2006 tax returns of nearly four million people living in Norway, a country of just 4.6 million inhabitants, to the editorial staff at national newspapers, radios and television stations.

Sep 17 14:05

Galveston: wipeout!

Sep 17 13:54

'Look and Leave' Policy Creates Logistical Nightmare

Galveston, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm's 100 mph winds, is now filled with obliterated homes. Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas announced today that residents could return to see what was left of their homes and businesses and "gather important belongings" as part of a "look and leave" re-entry plan for 12 hours a day.

Sep 17 12:59

New York Artist gives Public and Employees of Lehman Bros an oppurtunity to vent against CEO Richard Fuld

When controversy looms on Wall Street, chances are that Geoffrey Raymond isn’t far behind, magic markers in hand. The 54-year-old Brooklyn artist has become a regular sight lately on the scene of big Wall Street fiascos, where he gives the public a chance to vent by scrawling comments on his oversized portraits of powerful corporate executives.

Sep 17 12:02

Metrolink balked at safety upgrade's cost

The head of Metrolink warned Congress a year ago that proposals to require updated safety devices on trains would involve "substantial cost" and urged lawmakers to give railroads "flexibility" in choosing and implementing the new systems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, they are trying to blame the engineer's text messaging, but the real issue is that safety was compromised to save a few bucks.

Sep 17 11:26

The Rise (and maybe fall) Of The Fourth Reich

It's easy to look back and realize what a jerk Hitler was. But at the time, Hitler looked pretty good to the German people, with the help of the media. He was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 1938. The German people assumed they were safe from a tyrant. They lived in a Republic, after all, with strict laws regarding what the government could and more importantly could not do. Their leader was a devoutly religious man, and had even sung with the boy's choir of a monastery in his youth.

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Sep 17 10:54

New General Assembly President calls for democratization of United Nations

"The state of our world today is deplorable, inexcusable and, therefore, shameful. What Tolstoy denounced as ‘mad selfishness’ explains why, as trillions of dollars are spent on wars of aggression, more than half the world’s people languish in hunger and destitution."

Sep 17 10:43

A Salute To Our U.S. Constitution

On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was adopted. 39 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies (Rhode Island did not send a representative) affixed their signatures to the greatest civil document ever conceived by men. Famous patriots such as George Washington, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, George Clymer, and Abraham Baldwin were among this gallant group.

Sep 17 10:05

U.S. intelligence gathering ship enters Sevastopol harbor

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Attention Israel: This is an AMERICAN ship. It has an AMERICAN crew. It is flying the AMERICAN flag.

PLease do not shoot it full of holes like you did the last one!

Sep 17 09:26

Palin linked electoral success to prayer of Kenyan witchhunter

The pastor whose prayer Sarah Palin says helped her to become governor of Alaska founded his ministry with a witchhunt against a Kenyan woman who he accused of causing car accidents through demonic spells.

At a speech at the Wasilla Assembly of God on June 8 this year, Mrs Palin described how Thomas Muthee had laid his hands on her when he visited the church as a guest preacher in late 2005, prior to her successful gubernatorial bid.

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For the RNC to have picked a woman VP candidate who speaks so gushingly of someone who, at this point in the 21st century believes in the reality of witches, demonic spells and influences, rather then the realities of human irresponsibility and greed, should make thinking voters sit up and take notice this election.

Sep 17 09:17

The economy must be REALLY @#$%ed; they are tossing OJ out there into the media again!

Sep 17 08:39

Editorial: Troubling developments in India-Pak relations

India’s defence minister, Mr AK Antony, has accused Pakistan of backing the terrorists who have recently bombed the cities of India. Pakistan has already accused India of funding terrorists and insurgents in Balochistan and FATA. India has just started making noises about Pakistan fishing again in the troubled waters of Kashmir. Pakistan accuses India, similarly, of turning off the Chenab waters that belong to Pakistan under a treaty arrangement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither the Indians nor the Pakistanis gain any benefit from increased tensions.

Particularly for the Pakistanis, this is a distraction from the very real and pressing internal problems they are facing, including their economy, unrest, and massive governmental corruption.

However, the timing of this is a distraction may may well be a not too subtle message from the US and NATO: tolerate the border attacks we are doing inside Pakistan's sovereign territory, and make the appropriate outraged noises to your people, or things may get very much worse.

Sep 17 07:53

GOP Group Behind Obama Jewish Smear Polls

A Republican group is taking responsibility for a poll that has roiled the Jewish community by asking sharply negative questions about Senator Barack Obama.

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For these folks to have pulled such a stunt, you can almost smell the panic emanating from AIPAC.

Sep 16 17:19

PROSECUTE GEORGE BUSH FOR MURDER

Impeachment does not even BEGIN to cover the crimes of the last 8 years!

Sep 16 17:06

After Ike, Texans take heart in simple things

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the supermarket was letting in just 20 people at a time, she said, and the long wait didn't annoy customers just happy to have a place to buy basic needs. Of Kroger, Target and Wal-Mart near her home, Garcia said, only H-E-B was fully functional.

Sep 16 09:56

LIFE AND DEATH

When it becomes obvious to the rest of the country that we are truly locked into a life or death struggle the people will rise-up from their easy chairs and demand answers. If we cannot make them aware of the obvious fateful track we are now on before then, then it will be too late for us all.

Sep 16 09:55

IMAGES - The short - but eventful - life of Ike

Sep 16 09:49

Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

Sep 16 08:55

Hot and Mad, Texas Awaits Federal Aid

Sep 16 08:33

Sarah Palin becomes just another politician

So much for Sarah Palin's claim to be a maverick, someone who doesn't play politics the old-fashioned way. Now she is.

And, in this particular case, she's inviting a subpoena for her testimony. If one comes in the next few weeks, Palin could be embroiled in a nasty legal affair touching on her veracity as governor just about the time Americans go to the polls in November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you really like what Sarah Palin did for Alaska, you'll just love what she does as VP!

Sep 16 08:11

The Vampire, Struck by Sunlight

Keep in mind, the biggest source of American power is its access to cheap capital via the US taxpayer.

You pay for all the depredations of empire: for the endless criminal wars of aggression abroad, and for the feast of the vampires here at home. It's your blood that kept them going all this time -- and it's your blood that will still keep them going.

Sep 16 08:07

'07-Lehman Brothers Hired Jeb Bush As Advisor To Its Private Equity Business

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers has hired Jeb Bush, brother of the President of the United States, as an advisor to its private equity business, a source familiar with the situation said.

Lehman hired another relative of U.S. President George W. Bush last year--George Walker, a second cousin, who heads up the bank's asset management business.

Jeb Bush is the former governor of Florida.

Lehman Brothers declined to comment.

Sep 16 07:48

Hot and Mad, Texas Awaits Federal Aid

The nation's fourth-largest city lay paralyzed, sweltering and almost completely blacked-out yesterday as frustrated residents waited in vain for promised federal disaster aid to be distributed more than 36 hours after Hurricane Ike tore through the region. Worried authorities extended a dusk-to-dawn curfew to prevent looting across the eerily darkened city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to the federal government being of any kind of help whatsoever in a disaster like this, citizens have to realize that they are absolutely on their own.

Sep 16 06:49

The Most Secretive Administration Ever?

The administration of President George W. Bush continues to expand government secrecy across a broad array of agencies and actions – and at greatly increased cost to taxpayers, according to a coalition of groups that promote greater transparency.

Sep 16 06:04

‘Release Omagh tapes for civil case’

Families of victims of the Omagh bomb today demanded a government probe into the alleged existence of potentially damning evidence against those behind the atrocity.

Relatives involved in a landmark civil action — who were due to return to the High Court in Belfast today — were expected to hold a press conference in Belfast beforehand to react to claims made in last night’s BBC Panorama programme.

Sep 15 22:02

WH erects screen blocking view of front entrance

As you can see the peoples house, has a screen covering the entire view of the front entrance.

Here is video of this screen shot, watch about 30 seconds and you will see this.

I wonder what historic precedent would precipitate the authorities at the peoples house to erect a screen blocking the view of the who was entering and exiting at 9:30pm EST?

It appears to me the White House looks more like the Kremlin than the peoples house that George Washington help build.

What is the White House hiding? I mean, is Jeff Gannon visiting? Or is it the PM of China?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very odd!

There are secret tunnels to nearby buildings to get people in and out of the WH without being seen, but this looks like a large number of people are arriving; too many to use the tunnel.

Sep 15 20:36

Gas Prices Near $6 a Gallon In Parts of Florida: Is this illegal?

Gasoline prices rose up to $5.50 a gallon in parts of Florida on Friday when rumors of a fuel shortage spread across the state. Motorists in Tallahassee were lined up to pay $5.49 per gallon.

A fuel panic swept Gainesville on Thursday, where long gas lines spilled over onto a busy thoroughfare, tempers flared and the police were called, said Randy Bly, a spokesman for AAA Auto Club South.

But Agriculture and Consumers Services Commissioner Charlie Bronson responded quickly.

“There is no fuel shortage in Florida,” Bronson said. “There's hundreds of millions of gallons available.”

Sep 15 12:58

It's just a little piece of history repeated

Although America still retains a Senate, it is no less a rubber stamp than that of the Roman Senate under the Emperors.

All important decisions are made behind closed doors, without any input from the people or their alleged representatives.

Elections have become a fraud and any opposition to the status quo will put the average citizen into conflict with any one of the numerous anti-terrorist legislation now on the books.

Sep 15 11:11

NTSB to seek cell phone records in LA train crash

Federal investigators say they will seek the cell phone records of two teenagers and a train engineer as they probe whether text messages factored into a fiery commuter train crash that killed 25 in Southern California.

Sep 14 12:54

Anti-Bush Graffiti: 25 Countries, Six Continents

Sep 14 12:52

Author Wallace Found Dead at Home

Wallace's wife found her husband had hanged himself when she returned home about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Jackie Morales, a records clerk with the Claremont Police Department.

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I wonder what book he was working on?

Sep 14 12:17

Berlin Protests Comments by US Ambassador to Sweden

The German Foreign Ministry presented an official protest to the US embassy in Berlin, expressing annoyance at comments by the US ambassador to Sweden that criticized a joint German-Russian Baltic Sea gas pipeline.

Sep 14 12:16

What Keeps Terrorism Alive

In this week marking the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attack on the United States, three noteworthy events related to the U.S. and the Middle East caught my eye: Al-Qaida's number two man Ayman Zawahiri released a new videotape; Republican Party vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin started her foreign policy education by meeting with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an extremist organization that puts Israeli interests above American interests; and U.S.

Sep 14 10:42

Obama calls for US military mobilization

In remarks that clearly pointed toward the restoration of the military draft under an Obama administration, the Democratic candidate said Thursday night that his job as president would include demanding that the American people recognize an "obligation" for military service. "If we are going into war, then all of us go, not just some," Senator Barack Obama declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The plans for a restoration of the draft (now called by its kinder, gentler name, "national service") have been quietly been put in place in congress for some time now.

There are a number of bills which have been "sleeping" in congressional committees, and will come for a vote when congress thinks it can get the American people to buy into it.

And this time, these bills will not only be coming for your sons; they will be coming for your daughters also.

Some of these bills are written in such a way that young people cannot get into college until they can prove that they have fulfilled their national service obligations.

Sep 14 09:10

Marijuana Could Be a Gusher of Cash If We Treated It Like a Crop, Not a Crime

One 2006 study called cannabis the top cash crop in the nation, worth more than corn and wheat combined. It was the leading crop in 12 states, outstripping grapes in California and tobacco in North Carolina, and one of the top three in 18 others, coming in just behind apples in Washington and cotton in Georgia. So with states facing massive deficits, could reefer revenues help?

Sep 12 22:58

Evacuee evicted

“It makes us very uncomfortable for a reporter to be inside,” one volunteer, who appears to be one of the ones in charge, told me.

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Oh?

Sep 12 19:01

Lightning kills football team

All 11 members of a football team were killed by a bolt of lightning which left the other team unhurt, a Congolese newspaper has reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That goal was offside ref!" - Booming voice from the clouds

Sep 12 17:36

JACK ALDERMAN SCHEDULED FOR EXECUTION ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - ACT NOW!

Jack Alderman is the longest serving prisoner on death row in the United States. Sentenced to death in June 1975 for the murder of his wife, Jack has been on death row in Georgia for over 34 years and is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Sep 12 09:45

The Falling Land

There is, apparently, to be no end to our falling. No bottom to the pit of moral nullity through which we keep plunging, no act of evil which we will not accept, and countenance, and even cheer.

At one time, it required great lies -- elaborate, monstrous deceits, wrapped in myths of goodness and light -- to disguise the brutal machinations of raw power. Otherwise, it was thought, the people might rise up in anger at the crimes being committed in their name, thus threatening the primacy and privilege of the elite.

But this proved to be unnecessary in the end.

Sep 12 07:34

Native Americans neglected after Gustav

Sep 12 07:23

Sea floods Texas island; get out or 'certain death'

Floodwaters surged into Galveston Island neighborhoods Friday morning with the center of Hurricane Ike still more than 200 miles from landfall.

Sep 11 17:41

George Bush isn't in charge, says Vladimir Putin

In a thinly veiled dig at George Bush, Vladimir Putin today suggested that the US President was not in charge of American affairs, saying that it was “the court that makes the king”.

Amid heightened tensions with the US in the wake of the war in Georgia, the Russian Prime Minister insisted that the US leader was a man of honour and integrity, but blamed members of the administration for the sharp deterioration of relations with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is no one's fool, and has a very clear grasp of what is happening in Washington today.

Sep 11 10:03

The Crown Dependency of Forvik - Open for Citizenship

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The The Crown Dependency of Forvik has survived its first storm, now has its first permanent home, and resident, and is trying to plant trees.

Sep 11 09:53

A Murderous Theater of the Absurd

Laughing may be difficult, I agree, given the slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan by "coalition" aircraft, including those directed by British forces engaged in "the country's rebuilding program." The bombing of civilian areas has doubled, along with the deaths of civilians, says Human Rights Watch. Last month, "our" aircraft slaughtered nearly 100 civilians, two-thirds of them children between the ages of three months and 16 years, while they slept, according to eyewitnesses.

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When judged by history, this administration will go down as one of the most callously murderous, deceptive, totalitarian US regimes through which this country and the world has ever lived.

Sep 11 09:33

Israel Warns Russia to Halt Arms Sales to Iran, Syria

In an interview with the Washington Times, Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor warned Russia that selling armaments to Syria and Iran is “destabilizing and dangerous for Israel and for peace in the region”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The truth of the business is, Israel is truly impotent to actually do anything about Russian arms sales to other countries in the Middle East.

The only things it can do are to posture and shriek menacingly, but beyond that, nothing.

Sep 11 09:18

FLASHBACK - OVERVIEW

I want to start out by responding to that tiny percentage of negative email I receive that accuses me of being anti American. I'm not. I think America is a great place, and the American people by and large are to be admired.

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Sep 11 08:47

'Jew Massacre' computer game condemned as tasteless by British Jews

A computer game in which players control a Nazi soldier on a mission to “wipe out the Jewish race” has been condemned as tasteless and offensive by British Jewish groups.

The game called Jewish Massacre, which is available as a free download over the internet, allows players to take control of an “German Hero” whose goal is to “ensure that no Jewish man or woman is left alive.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I made a slight change to the copy. I did it to point out that the offensiveness should be the same regardless of the particular races involved. We should not react with horror at racism directed against one group, then shrug our shoulders when the same offense is committed against others.

Sep 11 07:40

Here Comes Jesse

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Photos and commentary from last night's interview with Jesse Ventura

Sep 10 19:00

Next US terror attack 'could be by white Americans or Europeans'

US intelligence officials increasingly fear that the next terror attack on the United States will be carried out by white Americans or Europeans.

As Barack Obama and John McCain head to New York's Ground Zero seven years after 19 Middle-Eastern hijackers brought devastation to the US mainland, counter-terrorism experts believe that any future attack will be made by terrorists with an "American face".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply a justification for more surveillance of Americans and Europeans, and those people who are not, at this time, in one of their data bases.

Sep 09 07:54

Slowly I Turned and Step by Step, Inch by Inch, America Falls.

Many people are wondering how it is that the McCain/Palin ticket could be neck and neck with the Obama ticket after eight years of bitter misery and lies at the hands of the worst administration that America has ever known; an administration that wasn’t even legally elected either time. It becomes more absurd when you see that this new ticket agrees the majority of the time with what the former administration did. The former administration is guilty of high crimes and treason. There is more evidence than any court would need to confer the death penalty on these miscreants.

Sep 08 16:48

U.S. plans $7 billion missile-defense sale

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, our weapons systems appear to be about the only products the US makes which other countries want to buy.

Sep 08 10:51

How to Renounce your US Citizenship

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't replacing the government a batter solution?

Sep 07 10:01

Predator and Prey

In nature, the rule is - literally - evolve or die.

The same is true in human society. We must literally evolve, and innovate new ways and new tools.
The predators who are trying to take our money, our liberty, and our dignity are constantly trying to evolve new weapons against us.

We must evolve or we will die.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are evolving.

You are looking at it this very second.

Sep 07 08:26

Younger Australians wary of 'US meddling'

AUSTRALIA'S reputation as America's "deputy sheriff" in the region is entrenched despite the fall of the Howard government last year.

But in a sign that public attitudes are shifting at home, a poll to be released today shows younger Australians are more likely to see US meddling in the neighbourhood as a problem.

Sep 06 19:36

Undercover work in St. Lucie nabs TSA employee on child porn charges

Tenacious police work by a St. Lucie County undercover officer resulted in the arrest of a 48-year-old Homeland Security Agency employee from Massachusetts who is charged with several counts of child pornography.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And these are the people fondling my wife when we go through the airport?

Sep 06 14:30

The Voice of the White House

“While the American media is entertaining the American public with the on-going political three ringer, very serious storms are building, and have been building, in the Middle East. Putin, three times more a national leader than George Bush, has bided his time and patiently awaited his enemy, the United States to attack Russia. Both Washington and Moscow were fully aware of the pending Georgian attack on South Ossetia and both did nothing but wait.

Sep 06 09:14

Triangulating an Asian conflict

Even as the media feverishly debates the paternity of the Republican vice-presidential candidate's granddaughter and the difficulties associated with sitting through an Obama speech without either dancing or dozing off, these important Asian stories are being relegated to the back pages. The first of these stories gets some coverage, but perhaps without any comprehensive analysis of its longer-term ramifications; the second and third are virtually missing from all media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that there appears to be absolutely nothing in the corporate TV news-feeds about how Pakistan has sealed its supply routes to Afghanistan for the US and NATO in retaliation for a raid inside Pakistan last week?

The events going on in our world are complicated, but not reporting them will not make this country more safe.

Sep 06 08:53

US plays both sides in the Philippines

But what interests have the USIP, the US military, and the other US government agencies been advancing? Analysts have advanced two possibilities. The US is now supporting moves toward the creation of a more autonomous - or even an independent - pro-US Bangsamoro state as a hedge against a more pro-China Philippines. Or the United States has only been manipulating the peace talks to deliberately foment and prolong conflict between Filipinos and Moros in order to justify its sustained intervention in Mindanao.

Sep 06 08:52

A Beautiful Feel-good video: Colorful World Slide Show

Colors brighten our lives in ways we don't realize until we experience
a taste of what a black and white world would be like. See the everyday
miracles of life in a whole new light as digital technology colors
your world

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Sep 06 07:30

Where Have I Seen Sarah Palin Before?

Sarah Palin was much better dressed than the average show mom paraded on Iranian TV more than 20 years ago. The show moms were typically dressed in a black veil. But that’s about the biggest difference. The rhetoric was eerily familiar. When she was finished, I knew I had seen her before. Only that it wasn’t her. It was her ideological predecessors at a different time in a different country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leni Reifenstahl would have been very proud of the stagecraft behind Palin's acceptance speech: it created just the tone the Republicans were looking for.

Sep 05 17:49

Shepherd Bliss: Slow Food Nation Attracts 60,000—Beneath The Surface

“Come to the table”, Slow Food Nation invited. And come to San Francisco over Labor Day weekend they did—around 60,000 people attending perhaps the largest food celebration in American history.

Sep 05 14:53

FLOOD CONTROL AROUND THE WORLD

Webmaster's Commentary: 

as the heartland bails out from Gustav and hunkers down for Hanna and Ike, etc. etc. etc. a reminder of how well the US Government takes care of you compared with other nations.

Sep 05 13:15

THE COST OF FREEDOM

Politicians and pundits use the phrase “Cost of Freedom” a lot, usually in reference to something they are asking you to do that you probably prefer not to, such as pay higher taxes, wear a uniform, submit to intrusive surveillance, or simply keep quiet about any doubts you may have about the former.

Before going into the cost of freedom, however, perhaps we need to take a closer look at what we mean by freedom, exactly.

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Sep 05 10:13

Storm-hit Haitians starve on rooftops

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Storm-hit Haitians, 3rd Hurricane in 3 weeks, starve on rooftops. (Supposedly warehouses full of UN food, no fuel for helicopters to deliver it, and lots of red tape FUBAR).

Sep 04 17:33

Flashback: Going on an Imperial Bender

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad.

Sep 04 17:30

Army: Soldier suicide rate may set record again

Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Thursday, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars.

"Army leaders are fully aware that repeated deployments have led to increased distress and anxiety for both soldiers and their families," Army Secretary Pete Geren said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is basically an extension of foreign policy through organized violence: it possible that some of those who committed suicide no longer saw themselves as the champions of democracy, but as instruments of a geopolitical agenda only attainable at the point of a gun?

Sep 04 10:11

Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view

"Historically, the Assemblies of God have been dispensationalists, which means they believe in 'the rapture' of Christians that takes them out of the world," said Mr. Matthews. "Central to that position is a very strong support for Israel. It's integral to their view of both prophecy and politics. Denying Israel is almost like denying the faith."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is perhaps political pragmatism driving Palin's support of Israel, rather than her faith alone.

She is keenly aware of the kinds of monetary and PR resources can flow to a campaign when the politicians vow their fealty for Israel.

Sep 04 07:32

The Dumb, the Stupid, the Clueless and the Uninformed.

You believe that Russia attacked Georgia and not that the Israelis who control Georgia attacked South Ossetia which provoked a Russian response. You believe that Bin Laden is alive and masterminding world terror from a cave in Pakistan when world terror is being formulated in London, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C. You think it’s disgraceful that Sarah Palin has to endure scrutiny about hiding something from people who didn’t bother to look.

Sep 03 10:19

Al-Arian released after 5 years to await 2nd trial

A former Florida professor once accused of being a leading Palestinian terrorist was released from custody Tuesday for the first time in more than five years.

Sep 03 09:01

US Plans Billion-Dollar Aid Package For Georgia

A U.S. Navy ship loaded with humanitarian aid steamed through the Dardanelles on its way to Georgia on Wednesday, as the Bush administration prepared to roll out a $1 billion economic aid package for the ex-Soviet republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... While our homeless vets sleep in our streets.

One has to wonder just how much of that "humanitarian aid" will be weaponry.

Sep 03 07:43

U.S. warship leaves Sevastopol after protests

The ship's arrival was met by thousands of anti-NATO protesters chanting "Yankees go home!" and waving banners with the slogan "NATO Stop!" Police cordoned off the area around the ship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, you go around lying about countries to justify invasion, and people are going to not like you much!

Sep 02 12:19

Hard times hitting American students and schools in double blow

With mortgage foreclosures throwing hundreds of families out of their homes here each month, dismayed school officials say they are feeling the upheaval: record numbers of students turning up for classes this fall are homeless or poor enough to qualify for free meals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to more of the true "Bush Legacy"!

Sep 02 09:37

Finnish SDP leader wants Nato debate frozen until 2011 election

Ms Urpilainen added that there was nothing to warrant a reappraisal of Finland's stance on military non-alignment and that security policy decisions must always follow the view held by the majority of the public

Sep 01 18:16

In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret

Monday, Sep. 01, 2008
In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret
By Nathan Thornburgh/WASILLA

So his name is Levi.

That's about the only thing that I didn't know about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. The rest of the details I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't. It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that.

I happen to agree.

Sep 01 13:33

FLASHBACK: Contractor stuffed NOLA area floodwall with newspaper

"That should be criminal,"? Taffaro [St. Bernard parish president] continues.

What he's talking about was witnessed by a St. Bernard Parish resident who didn't want to be identified, but did have sharp criticism of the work done by a contractor hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Instead of an airplane, it's a floodwall, and instead of a Band-Aid, the witness says two years ago, he saw the contractor filling the expansion joint or opening between the floodwalls with newspaper.

Sep 01 09:41

Sarah Palin's daughter pregnant - McCain/Palin admit

From NBC's Mark Murray
Reuters: "The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Sep 01 09:06

VIDEO - : Hurricane Gustav water going through; cracks in lower ninth ward levee

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It occurs to me that the main reason Blackwater has all these troops in New Orleans is to prevent news crews from showing where the current flooding is coming through levees that were left unrepaired from three years ago.

See THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER

Aug 31 14:46

LATEST SATTELITE IMAGE OF GUSTAV

Aug 31 11:51

As Gustav nears, New Orleans becomes a ghost town

Aug 31 11:10

FLASHBACK - New Orleans: Destroyed by Presidential Negligence

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The White House is making a big show of pre-positioning relief resources in New Orleans, but the hard fact remains that the core reasons for the Katrina disaster have not been addressed, levees and flood control systems remain unmaintained. In many cases, repairs to levees damaged three years ago are still incomplete.


See also THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER

Aug 31 09:02

Oil companies shutting down Gulf operations

Aug 31 08:45

Hurricane Gustav, Energy Infrastructure, and Updated Damage Models

Here's the 06z NHC (current forecast issued at 5am). I think it's on the hot side, but their job is evacuation, not damage prediction. The LOOP is my main concern at this stage. It's an important piece of infrastructure, and it is right in the bullseye. A 20 mile left or right shift, and 10 or 15 knots of wind speed means the difference between days and months of repair/recovery time. NHC track is Bad for the LOOP; some tracks to the east are better (not so good for NOLA, though).

Aug 29 19:37

Tense New Orleans marks Katrina anniversary as storm Gustav approaches

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If at first you don't succeed..." -- God

Aug 29 10:45

Hurricane-force winds, heavy rain hit Phoenix area

A series of fast-moving thunderstorms packing winds of up to 100 mph plowed through the Phoenix area, leaving tens of thousands without power, briefly shutting down the airport and ripping the roof off a brand-new college football facility.

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Aug 29 10:44

With Gustav approaching New Orleans Residents stocking up on AR-15’s and ammo

We just got a call from Devline Rossell, a charter captain based out of Venice, Louisiana. He was shopping in New Orleans to get some supplies before the arrival of Gustav (currently listed as a tropical storm that has left at least 22 dead in the Caribbean) and reported that the item most in demand was not food, clothing or shelter.

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Aug 29 08:22

Halliburton sued for human trafficking

Thirteen Nepali men were recruited and held against their will for thirteen months in a human trafficking scheme engineered and perpetrated by Halliburton and its Jordanian contractor, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in California federal court.

The Nepali men, each between the ages of 18 and 27, were allegedly hired as kitchen staff by the then-Halliburton subsidiary KBR and its Jordanian subcontractor, Daoud & Partners. Once they arrived in Jordan, however, their passports were seized and they were dispatched to Iraq.

Aug 28 18:36

DNC protester, 9/11 truth activist Alex Jones drowns out MSNBC host

And while watching footage on MSNBC, with host David Gregory, Jones's unmistakeable Texas accent can be heard bellowing over a powerful bullhorn, "9/11 was an inside job! 9/11 was an inside job!" over and over. It is amazing. Jones and company have utterly taken over, drowning out Gregory and co-host Rachel Maddow. It is really quite remarkable. The voice of those questioning what really happened on that dark day are getting a voice, no matter what neo-con stooges like Michelle Malkin, Mark Davis or others might say.

Aug 27 15:56

Alex Jones: Russian TV: America has been hijacked

Excellent interview on Russian TV with Alex Jones as he declares the USA and UK have been hijacked by the Military-industrial complex

Aug 27 13:30

The United States of America is the Next Argentina

DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA SAVE YOUR TEARS FOR YOURSELF - While bankers do control the issuance of credit, they cannot control themselves. Bankers are the fatal flaw in their deviously opaque system that has substituted credit for money and debt for savings. The bankers have spread their credit-based system across the world by catering to basic human needs and ambition and greed; and while human needs can be satisfied, ambition and greed cannot—and the bankers' least of all.

Aug 27 11:47

Angry, late, tired passengers make computers crash

Scores of Chinese air passengers smashed computers and desks and clashed with police Tuesday after a night stranded at an airport without accommodation, state media said.

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"You guys can't smash computers! That's OUR job!!!" -- TSA

Aug 27 09:45

Secret files found dumped on tip

Sensitive legal documents relating to a major drugs prosecution in Liverpool have been found on a tip in Lancashire.

The files, which were meant to be destroyed, relate to Operation Montrose, which saw 59 men jailed over drug dealing in 2005.

They include more than 100 "restricted" statements from officers and forensic experts and the personal details of witnesses and suspects.

Aug 27 08:08

The Future of Death at the Pentagon

After all, this is just the way the Pentagon operates, whatever changes or budget cuts come down the pike. Four years later, plenty of people have written about various DARPA projects, but most still fail to ask the most salient question: Why does the U.S. government foster unfettered, blue-skies creativity only in the context of lethal technologies (or those that, indirectly, enhance lethality by aiding the functioning of the armed forces)? Some things never change.

Aug 27 07:47

U.S. boy in Afghan custody likely terror suspect's son

An 11-year-old boy detained with a Pakistani woman accused of trying to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan is believed to be her son, U.S. prosecutors said in a court letter obtained on Tuesday.

U.S.-trained neuroscientist and al Qaeda suspect Aafia Siddiqui, 36, was arrested in Afghanistan in mid-July and flown to New York earlier this month to be charged with attempting to kill and assault U.S. soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The details of what this woman was supposed to have done are still very unclear.

Notice that in the second paragraph she is charged with "attempting to kill and assault US soldiers", emphasis on attempting.

One thing is clear. Apparently, the days of Abu Ghraib are over, where parents were forced to watch the torture and humiliation of their children to get them to say what their interrogators wanted to hear are over; now, the US simply imprisons kids as "leverage" to get their parents to say whatever the interrogators want them to hear.

Aug 26 09:37

Of Moose and Pit Bulls

The illusion of omnipotence dies hard. The American military has been dominant for so long that neither it nor Americans can grasp that there are limits to its power. America now tries militarily to encircle Russia, Iran, and China, which increasingly looks like an aging pit bull trying to encircle a herd of moose. The Pentagon is planning for a war with China and talks of “Full Spectrum Dominance.” The current government in Washington wants to attack Iran and Pakistan, threatens Syria and Venezuela, and seems bent on igniting another Cold War with Russia (if one ignites cold wars).

Aug 26 09:07

Has US Crippled NATO?

Ironically the Bush administration -- the most imperial of U.S. governments in generations -- may well go down in history as the one that crippled NATO and effectively left the U.S. isolated.

If there is a silver lining to the grotesque destruction of human life in Iraq and Afghanistan and the inexplicably stupid adventure in Georgia, it is the possibility that the U.S. will lose its already reluctant EU partners in making the world safe for U.S. oil companies.

Aug 25 09:58

Watching the convention is like seeing a bad divorce

The Democratic National Convention that begins today in Denver looks to me less like the coronation of Barack Obama than a soap opera wedding. The kind everyone tunes in to for the fireworks.

Will Hillary use a planned reception of her delegates Wednesday to release them all to Obama, as news organizations have reported, before the roll call?

Or will she make the poor man sit there for an interminable count of her 1,600 faithful, holding his breath lest one of them throw a wingding on the floor of the convention?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After having watched Bill and Hill for a number of years, there's a bet I might possibly place: that she will "not go gentle into that good night" of meekly handing the nomination clearly to Obama at the convention.

If in fact she does wrest the nomination from Obama in a floor fight, she will destroy the Democratic party in the process, and hand the election to McCain.

Aug 25 09:24

Canadian border no longer invisible in Vermont

For longtime residents accustomed to a simpler life that flowed freely across a largely invisible border, the final shock - and what made most people really take notice - was a proposal by the border agents last year to erect fences on the small streets to officially barricade Derby Line from Stanstead, Quebec, and neighbor from neighbor.

"They're stirring up a little hate and discontent with that deal," said Claire Currier, who grew up in this border area and works at Brown's Drug Store, which has operated on the same spot since 1884. "We've all intermingled for years."

Aug 25 09:07

Kashmir on brink as India scrambles for solution

A lack of political leadership threatens to allow seething Hindu-Muslim tensions and separatist anger in revolt-hit Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) to spiral out of control, analysts say. Kashmir, which is witnessing its biggest anti-India demonstrations in years, is “poised at a very delicate stage”, said security analyst Uday Bhaskar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

India completely mis-judged the potential for Muslim response to their donating land for a Hindu Shrine in Kashmir.

The anger at India's control of Kashmir has been simmering for a long time, and unfortunately, this was the spark which moved that anger into seething rage.

Let us hope that cool heads prevail in Kashmir, Islamabad, and New Delhi and this issue will be resolved in the most peaceful and sensitive way possible. If it is not, this could rapidly spin out of control in a heartbeat.

Aug 25 08:54

Wiser but weaker

We will and have come to understand who is putting us into danger, who is leading us into one war after another, who has written a twisted book full of NWO laws called the PATRIOT Act and PATRIOT Act II, all so they can have total control over us. We know why the cameras are really focussed on us, on Americans, and not on the fake phony terrorists our leaders have made up for us to be afraid of.

Yes, we have become wiser alright, but here comes that weaker part I was warned about:

Aug 25 08:33

Top Fifteen Things That - WTF - OMFG - Run for Your Lives!!!

Aug 24 16:29

2 immigrants dead; others detained at AZ military range

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports that at least a dozen undocumented immigrants have been detained after wandering near a US Air Force Base in southwestern Arizona Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two questions which need to be asked here.

The first is, where, precisely, are these "undocumented immigrants" supposed to have come from?

There appears to be an assumption this station would like people to infer from the relative closeness of the base to the Mexican border, but the article never states a country of origin.

This is either sloppy reporting, or a deliberate fudging of the facts.

And second, how in the blazes did they get that close to this kind of military asset without having been discovered and stopped on their way far sooner?

Aug 24 09:58

A Really Bad Couple of Weeks for Pax Americana

Whatever hopes the George W. Bush administration may have had for using its post-9/11 "war on terror'' to impose a new Pax Americana on Eurasia, and particularly in the unruly areas between the Caucasus and the Khyber Pass, appear to have gone up in flames – in some cases, literally – over the past two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To look at what passes for US foreign policy these days, one has to wonder just how completely ignorant of world history the folks in Washington have to be to have made the decisions they have made, and taken the actions they have taken.

Everything they have touched globally has exploded in their faces like a box of bad trick cigars.

Aug 24 09:40

FLASHBACK - The US Government is Dying

The US Government is dying. Its ultimate fate was sealed the moment the Federal Reserve Fiat money system was put into place. Like a recreational drug user enjoying that first chemical rush, those who created the federal Reserve luxuriated in the seemingly endless flow of money pouring forth from the Federal Reserve, money used to prolong and consolidate power, money spent without worry in the full knowledge that it was going to be someone else's problem to pay it all back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am building a better WRH articles index than the one the site currently uses and as I go along I keep stumbling over these articles I wrote long ago and then totally forgot.

Aug 24 09:20

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Georgian Forum

Well, maybe it's not really so funny, especially if someone you care about has been killed or wounded in the recent fray in the South Caucasus, but corporate shareholders who are heavily invested in U.S. military-contractor stocks are laughing all the way to the bank. In their world, nothing makes for success as much as a little shooting and looting in a U.S. client state next door to Russia.

Aug 24 08:18

The mother of all paradoxes: the American social model

It’s undeniable that the American social model is a paradox in the world. All you have to do is look around at other nations and the difference is clear as the Rome sky in July. Even though today at the nadir of its profound social crisis because of its flagrant, outright failure, America continues unabashedly to hammer away at its people how fortunate they are, while simultaneously proposing itself to the world as the paradigm, the quintessence, the very epitome of western civilization.

Aug 24 07:54

New Orleans repeating deadly levee blunders

Signs are emerging that history is repeating itself in the Big Easy, still healing from Katrina: People have forgotten a lesson from four decades ago and believe once again that the federal government is constructing a levee system they can prosper behind.

Aug 23 12:30

University Professor and Tennessee Tech Firm Indicted For Arms Exports

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Tennessee returned an 18-count indictment yesterday charging J. Reece Roth, a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tennessee, and Atmospheric Glow Technologies Inc. (AGT), a Knoxville-based technology company, with conspiring to defraud the U.S. Air Force and disclose restricted U.S. military data about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or “drones,” to foreign nationals without first obtaining the required U.S. government license or approval.

Aug 23 11:26

Top UN official calls for greater effort to end contemporary forms of slavery

Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief today appealed to Member States to renew efforts to end all forms of oppression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That include the 1040 form?

Aug 23 08:54

Hundreds of thousands march for Kashmir's independence

What began as a dispute over land for Hindu pilgrims visiting a shrine in Kashmir snowballed into full-scale anti-India protests this month, boosting separatists who want India's only Muslim-majority region to secede.

Police and soldiers dressed in battle gear patrolled the streets as about 350,000 protesters arrived from nearby towns and villages, officials said.

Aug 23 08:35

Another Famous Victory for Condi

The GBIs of our GMD system employ heat-seeking Kinetic Kill Vehicles. With such a system there is literally no margin for error. We either hit the Russian/Chinese pointy-shaped nuke-carrying re-entry vehicles – which are stone cold when exo-atmospheric – with our heat-seeking bullets or we don’t.

And, of this writing, we have never even tried to hit an exo-atmospheric stone-cold RV with our heat-seeking bullet. We’re having enough trouble hitting artificially hot-hot-hot targets.

So, don’t you feel better already about Condi’s famous diplomatic triumph?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have here are systems which are completely untested regarding the manner in which they are actually supposed to work, and prone to catastrophic failure.

Aug 23 08:01

Marijuana found in Newton fire chief's car

Firefighters cleaning Newton Fire Chief Joseph LaCroix's car on Thursday found a bag of marijuana but the chief said yesterday he does not know how the drug got there.

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So THAT'S why they make all those cookies there!

Aug 22 17:05

Ex-US diplomat gets 20 years for child porn

An ex-U.S. diplomat who admitted taping his sexual encounters with teenage girls while stationed in Brazil and the Congo was sentenced Friday to 20 years, the maximum possible prison term.

Aug 22 09:59

John McCain's Foreign Policy Judgment is Questionable

A major theme of John McCain's campaign is that he has far more experience in foreign affairs than does Barack Obama. McCain has now escalated his attacks by targeting Obama's judgment as well — especially the latter's pessimism about the effectiveness of the surge in Iraq.

There is little doubt about McCain's lengthier foreign policy experience. But it is not at all apparent that his judgment is superior to Obama's. Indeed, the record indicates that McCain's own judgment is alarmingly bad.

Aug 22 08:53

Fun Size Countries: The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations

Do you ever get the urge to just start your own country, with your own damned rules?

Well, some people actually do it. All it takes is a small, uninhabited piece of land you can claim (though it helps to also be completely insane, or to have balls the size of watermelons).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that they missed The Crown Dependency of Forvik

Aug 22 07:29

Saakashvili asked the U.S. to send him a plane in the heat of the conflict

It turns out Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili planned to leave the country.

Aug 21 18:44

2000 Now or Never - Support the 9-11 First Responders

Let the masses
know we are taking on the responsibility of helping the surviving victims of
September 11 - since the government has chosen to let them die.
So go spread the word, let us know so we can post it. Take pics, make videos
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Thanks for everything you have done and will continue to do. We cannot do
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Aug 20 16:19

Tubbs Jones Dies After Suffering Brain Aneurysm

A team of doctors who evaluated her determined she had limited brain function. She remained in critical condition throughout the day before she died at 6:12 p.m., the Cleveland Clinic said.

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I guess this time it is for real!

Aug 20 11:57

NYC police want to screen Manhattan-bound vehicles for radiation, other terrorism threats

The New York Police Department is working on a plan to track every car, truck or other vehicle entering Manhattan and screen them for radioactive materials and other terrorism threats.

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Aug 20 11:38

Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died, sources say

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress, has died after suffering a brain aneurysm, said sources familiar with the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MAYBE!

There seems to be some confusion over whether Tubbs has died or not.

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