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July 23, 2009

Jul 23 08:17

New US weekly jobless claims jump

New claims for US unemployment benefits jumped last week, in line with market expectations, as employers cut payrolls to cope with the severe recession, government data showed Thursday.

The Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 554,000 in the week ended July 18, after a revised 524,000 in the preceding week.

Jul 23 08:12

ABOUT THAT PHOTO OF HITLER AND THE MUFTI!

Israel is using the photo to imply that Palestinians are Nazis andf more specifically, that Israel has a right to demolish the Shepherd Hotel. Israel's position is that they have a right to demolish the Shepherd Hotel because it was once owned by the Mufti, who was buddy-buddy with Hitler.

But this is a dangerous allusion to engage in!

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Jul 23 07:00

Cable TV Workers Trained To Spy On Citizens

One of the largest cable TV companies in the United States is training its employees to look for suspicious behavior and report it to police under the guise of a neighborhood watch initiative. Since according to law enforcement and Homeland Security guidelines, suspicious behavior includes owning guns, being politically active, and having bumper stickers on your car, the cable guy’s next visit to your house may turn out to have more interesting consequences than you originally anticipated.

Jul 23 06:10

Private Bergdahl and the Pro-Torture Crowd

I hope this kid makes it home!

Jul 23 05:51

More Than 150 Casualties in a Week in Helmand

Nothing has changed since the days of Rudyard Kipling;The Afghanis still know how to kick the crap out of the Brits!



Jul 23 05:36

Survivalism:How to Prepare for the Economic Collapse

Get ready:Shotguns and canned goods as Mike says!

Jul 23 05:29

Watch Who You Call Extremist!

Jul 23 05:10

US Escalates War Plans In Latin America

On June 29 US President Barack Obama hosted his Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe at the White House and weeks later it was announced that the Pentagon plans to deploy troops to five air and naval bases in Colombia, the largest recipient of American military assistance in Latin America and the third largest in the world, having received over $5 billion from the Pentagon since the launching of Plan Colombia nine years ago.

Six months before the Obama-Uribe meeting outgoing US President George W. Bush bestowed the US's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, on Uribe as well as on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Jul 23 04:05

The US Has No Business Being in the Murder Business

The new CIA director, Leon Panetta, has just informed the US Congress he canceled a secret operation to assassinate al-Qaida leaders. Panetta said the campaign was authorized soon after 9/11 by the Bush White House, but had not yet become operational in 2009.

I respect Panetta, but his claim is not credible. The US has been trying to kill al-Qaida personnel (real and imagined) since the Clinton administration. These efforts continue today under President Barack Obama.

Does Panetta mean that CIA and its masters in the White House sat on their hands and delayed this CIA project to kill senior al-Qaida cadres for eight long years? Sounds unbelievable. It also sounds illegal.



Jul 23 03:50

The Myth of Fed Independence

Mr. Chairman, at a time when we find ourselves once again receiving a report on the Federal Reserve's conduct of monetary policy, it is more important than ever that we in the Congress push for more effective oversight and transparency of the Federal Reserve System. It would be unconscionable for this body, especially after the financial crisis of the last two years, not to take forceful and deliberate action to bring more transparency to the Fed.

Jul 23 00:08

FLU IS NOT THE BIGGEST DANGER ... IT'S THE VACCINE

The word 'evil' is much overused and I don't say it lightly; but we are dealing with evil in the sense that the word is the reverse of 'live'. Those behind the conspiracy to cull the human population and turn the rest into little more than computer terminals are anti-life. They have no respect for it and no empathy with those who suffer the consequences of their actions, no matter how appalling.

I have been warning of what was coming for nearly 20 years and it is not 'coming' any more - it's here. No more excuses from anyone, please. We have to deal with it. We have to draw a line in the sand and say no more.

July 22, 2009

Jul 22 22:26

Video - "Operation in Afghanistan is rooted in Israel"

"Operation in Afghanistan is rooted in Israel" Video

Jul 22 19:51

Gun Control – Past, Present, & Future

Most people do not believe that brutal totalitarianism seen in other countries cannot happen here in the U.S., I beg to differ. More gun laws are being passed every day starting with gun registration, which was the first step many other totalitarian rulers did in the past.



Jul 22 19:44

Medical Insurance that Worked — Until Government “Fixed” It

The response of the medical establishment, both in America and in Britain, was one of outrage; the institution of lodge practice was denounced in harsh language and apocalyptic tones. Such low fees, many doctors charged, were bankrupting the medical profession. Moreover, many saw it as a blow to the dignity of the profession that trained physicians should be eagerly bidding for the chance to serve as the hirelings of lower-class tradesmen. It was particularly detestable that such uneducated and socially inferior people should be permitted to set fees for the physicians' services, or to sit in judgment on professionals to determine whether their services had been satisfactory. The government, they demanded, must do something.

And so it did.

Jul 22 19:13

NEVER Believe Uncorroborated Police Testimony

Simply put: Gangs and governments do exactly the same things, but the latter immunizes its agents from punishment. This explains why government enforcement agents — better known as police — so frequently engage in blatantly criminal behavior.

Whenever police commit criminal acts against innocent people, they do so in the serene confidence that their uncorroborated testimony about the incident will be accepted by judges, and most juries, as the truth.

Jul 22 19:04

Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline predicts swine flu gold rush

Britain's biggest pharmaceutical company is preparing to sell £3bn worth of swine flu drugs this year, it emerged today.

Worldwide sales from the two drugs are expected to reach £3bn by January, but the company rejected claims it was exploiting the pandemic – stressing that profits would be much lower once development costs were taken into account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The profit here all depends on how many countries decide to mandate vaccinations.



Jul 22 18:47

Congo Rapes, Violence Linked To Multinational Companies: Rights Group

The militarization of mining in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is prolonging the armed conflict which has been tearing the country apart for more than 12 years.

In their broader struggle to seize economic, political and military power, all the main warring parties have carried out the most horrific human rights abuses, including widespread killings of unarmed civilians, rape, torture and looting, recruitment of child soldiers to fight in their ranks, and forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The lure of eastern Congo's mineral riches is one of the factors spurring them on.

Jul 22 18:41

Ron Paul: End wars to fund health care

And to finance health reform, Paul would like to see the US end its overseas military engagements. “I would cut from overseas spending, I would cut from these trillions and trillions of dollars that we have spent over the years and bring our troops home so that we can finance it [health care].

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to applaud what Paul is saying (which seems to echo very closely what this website has been saying for a long time! :-))

Jul 22 18:02

Israeli cell phone ad parody that Israeli apologists are up in arms about

ORIGINAL:

Parody #1 (love the portrayal of the American stooges)

Parody #2

Media coverage of the commercial:

Jul 22 17:14

How Politicians Lie About “Budget Cuts” in Maryland (and Elsewhere)

An old political game is for a governor of a state to PROPOSE say, a $2 billion increase in next year’s budget, and then when the legislature can “only” squeeze another $1.5 billion out of the poor, hapless, and helpless taxpayers, the Gov. then decries a “half billion dollars in budget CUTS.” Since most newspapers are little more than the propaganda arms of big government in each state, there is then a chorus of crying, sobbing, moaning, gnashing of teeth, whimpering, and doomsaying over the social catastrophe that is surely imminent.



Jul 22 15:59

Land Mine Left In Colorado Goodwill Donation Box

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You want yer tax receipt for that?"

Jul 22 14:49

Israel to use Hitler shot for PR

"It is important that the world know the facts," a spokesperson for Mr Lieberman told the BBC, without giving further detail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is using a 1941 photo of Adolf Hitler meeting the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to justify demolishing a hotel

Here is a photo of Hitler with Britain's Neville Chamberlain. Does this photo give Israel the right to demolish Parliament?

Here is a photo of Hitler with the head of IBM. Does this photo give Israel the right to demolish IBM?

Here is a photo of a group of young Jews from Betar ... wearing Nazi uniforms. Does this photo give Israel the right to kill ... Jews?

Does this next photo make Richard Nixon a rock star? Or Elvis a lying crook? No?

Even for Israel, using that Hitler picture is pretty damned low.

Please post this rebuttal wherever necessary.

Jul 22 14:36

Volunteers sought for testing swine flu shots

The government called Wednesday for several thousand volunteers to start rolling up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots, in a race to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against the virus before its expected rebound in the fall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why doesn't the government volunteer itself?

Jul 22 14:34

Congressman Ron Klein: War remembrance conflicts with Rosh Hashanah

A South Florida congressman wants a national military remembrance to be rescheduled so it doesn’t conflict with the Jewish holidays.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, we know who owns his ass!



Jul 22 14:33

Fox News Alert: Captured U.S. Soldiers Should Be Killed, Because They Suck

Yesterday, while discussing the topic of the U.S. solider in Afghanistan who has been captured by the Taliban, Fox had on its senior “Military Expert,” Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, so that Lt. Col. Peters could share his wise, wise, wise wise wise views on the whole issue.

Jul 22 14:32

GAO: Pentagon tried to sway public opinion

The Pentagon tried to favorably influence public opinion when it gave retired military officers working as TV news analysts insider access to war briefings, but it did not break the law, the U.S. Comptroller General concluded in a legal opinion released Tuesday.

Jul 22 14:07

Israeli allies fly with U.S. forces at Red Flag

Flying at home station is necessary for training, but flying with other units, especially an allied unit like the Israeli Air Force, results in valuable experience and preparation for the fight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... against who?

Jul 22 11:53

25 Things About To Become Extinct

Many of us can remember “candy stores” and dial-up internet,
even if we do not want to tell others.



Jul 22 11:51

Its Official: U.S. Trapped in an Extended Deflationary Cycle

Bernanke as just confirmed that the Fed's prediction is for extended deflation.

Jul 22 11:49

Unarmed man in speedos shot dead by police

Jul 22 11:42

WAS JESUS A STONER?

This holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus (30:22-23), contained over six pounds of kaneh-bosem, a substance identified by respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis, extracted into about six quarts of olive oil, along with a variety of other fragrant herbs. The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or didn't you wonder why the boys kept falling asleep in that garden with the Romans coming to bust them!

Jul 22 11:40

ISRAEL DOING WHAT IT DOES BEST

Israel will remove from school textbooks an Arabic term that describes its creation in 1948 as a “catastrophe”, the Education Ministry said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said when he was opposition leader two years ago the word “nakba” in Israeli Arab schools was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel.



Jul 22 11:39

IS THE ISRAELI ARMY ‘RUNNING SCARED’ FROM THE TRUTH?

Something in the soldiers’ testimonies published by the organization Breaking the Silence last week must be scaring the Israel Defense Forces. Otherwise, its battery of spokespeople – official and unofficial – would not be taking part in such a violent campaign to silence it.

Jul 22 11:38

FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN JERUSALEM IS SO CLOSE, BUT SO OUT OF REACH

They all live less than an hour from Jerusalem and yet visiting the city is beyond their reach. They are children between the ages of 7 and 18, and Jerusalem to them is some kind of an imaginary city although geographically close to their place of residence, Ramallah.

Jul 22 10:29

U.S. Deaths Hit A Record High In Afghanistan

A confluence of factors has contributed to July's toll, which is the highest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in any month since the war began in late 2001. Among them: President Obama's new strategy ordering tens of thousands more U.S. troops to Afghanistan this year, a surge in offensive operations by both U.S. forces and the Taliban, and an increase in insurgents' use of powerful roadside bombs.

So far this month, 31 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan, surpassing the record of 28 deaths in June 2008. Losses for the entire NATO-led coalition, including British, Canadian, Dutch and other forces, have also spiked this month, feeding growing unease over the war in those countries.

Jul 22 10:12

Obama task force backs indefinite detention without trial

On Monday, an Obama administration task force announced it would delay for six months release of a report that was to outline plans for the prosecution of inmates at its Guantnamo Bay prison camp and future prisoners seized in the "war on terror." In its stead came an interim report and a White House press briefing that together indicate President Barack Obama is likely to rely on military tribunals or indefinite detention without trial in cases where evidences against "terror suspects" is scant or tainted by torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Indefinite detention?!?

That's what we normally equate with third-world banana republics whose "rule of law" is continually observed in the breach of that law, and not the observation of it.

Indefinite detention is unconstitutional, and a moral outrage against the principals on which this country was founded, as stated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

We cannot, as a country, talk about human rights, human dignity, and the rule of law if we cannot observe these values in the functioning of our government.

If these recommendations go forward, the US will not longer be a country under the rule of law: it will have devolved into a country under the rule of men, and that puts this republic in an horrifically deep jeopardy from which it may never recover.

Jul 22 10:05

Z Street: The New Zionist Extremist Group

On July 6, co-founders Lori Lowenthal Marcus and Allyson Rowen Taylor announced: "Z Street is launched, Will end J Street Treason." More on that below.

Continuing they said: "welcome to Z street! No more appeasement, no more negotiating with terrorists, no more enabling cowards who fear offending more than they fear another Holocaust. Z STREET is for those who are willing not only to support - but to defend - Israel, the Jewish State."

Never mind that no nation threatens Israel nor has for decades. It's a regional superpower - nuclearized and defended by the world's fourth most powerful military, armed with the latest state-of-the-art weapons and technology, and not reluctant to use them.

Jul 22 10:00

U.S. Military Holds Iraqi Journalist Without Charge

An Iraqi court document from November 2008 says that since the Americans provided no evidence or confession, Jassam should be released. Michael Christie, Reuters bureau chief in Baghdad, says arrests like this have been a problem throughout the war, especially for video journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The criminalization of telling the truth, visually, has been standard operating procedure for the US government in every current theatre of war.

Jul 22 09:57

Swine Flu: What I Believe

I believe one of the goals of the swine flu vaccine is depopulation. Perhaps it is the goal of a swine flu epidemic as well, whether bio-warfare or hype around a flu season.

These days, I keep remembering my sense of urgency leaving the Bush Administration in 1991. We had to do something to turn around the economy and gather real assets behind retirement plans and the social safety net. If not, Americans could find themselves deeply out on a limb. I felt my family and friends were in danger. They did not share my concern. They had a deep faith in the system.

Jul 22 09:56

US, Israeli and British Air Forces in big war game over Nevada

DEBKAfile's military sources report that the Nevada exercise, which ends July 24, is not related to any Israeli plans for striking Iran's nuclear facilities except from affording its air crews valuable experience in flight and combat over broad spaces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, right.

Jul 22 09:50

Authors Oz, Grossman sign petition calling for external probe of Gaza op

Following publication of soldiers' testimonies according to which commanders in Gaza told them to shoot first and worry later, Rabbis for Human Rights calls on Netanyahu, Barak to order non-military probe of IDF offensive

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are many honorable and moral people in Israel who do not agree with the current Israeli administration's actions toward the Palestinians.

These people, like Rabbis for Human Rights, are very courageous for having come forward to ask for this non-military probe into the Gaza offensive.

Jul 22 09:44

Biden Backs NATO Membership for Ukraine

Speaking in Kiev today on the first stop of a trip to the Black Sea region, Vice President Joe Biden backed Ukrainian membership in NATO, saying the nation had the right to choose which alliances it wanted membership in and assuring the nation that the recent attempts at rapprochement with Russia would not harm US ties with Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Joe Biden: can you possibly manage to keep your mouth shut in public, and not further antagonize Russia with this talk of a NATO membership for Ukraine?!?

This is not what is needed to renew positive ties with Russia, and in fact will have just the opposite effect.

One has to wonder if better ties with Russia are really a part of this administration's agenda, with Biden having made that remark.

Jul 22 09:44

California city taxes weed to escape deficit

Against the backdrop of budget deficits across the Golden State, the Californian city of Oakland votes yes to a proposal to tax the sale of medical marijuana.

Nearly 80 percent of Oakland voters endorsed the idea to make the city the first in the United States to impose taxes on medical marijuana proceeds.

To celebrate the approval, supporters hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes at Oaksterdam University where some students train to work in the marijuana industry.

Cannabis is California's biggest cash crop. It is valued at $14 billion annually.

Jul 22 09:40

Goldman Sachs to start printing its own currency

New York--Today U.S. Treasury officials announced that Goldman Sachs will start printing its own currency to be called Goldman's Own Denomination or GOD for short.

"GOD notes will be used in place of the worthless dollar bills and Americans will be required to turn in all of their cash to exchange them for the new GOD," said Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.

He continued "We who are in charge of the nation's money supply know best and we know that the dollar bills Americans are holding onto are worth less than soiled toilet paper, so we are coming to your rescue with GOD. After all, if you can't trust Wall Street and the Federal Reserve, who can you trust?"

The new GOD notes will feature the image of the best liked man in America, Fed Reserve head Ben Bernanke

Jul 22 09:39

Israel orders Palestinians to cease building on own land

While delivering the stop work orders, a member of the DCO struck a small child and an Israeli soldier shoved a Palestinian civilian to the ground. They also arrested a protesting Palestinian man who was supposedly charged with “threatening soldiers” and remains in the Kiryat Arba police station.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, the IDF is sooooo butch, smacking kids and shoving unarmed Palestinians to the ground to prove it!

And remember: every one of your taxpayer dollars sent in military and/or financial aid to Israel supports precisely this kind of behavior against Palestinians.

Jul 22 09:36

Pakistan Objects to U.S. Plan for Afghan War

Pakistan does not have enough troops to deploy to Baluchistan to take on the Taliban without denuding its border with its archenemy, India, the officials said. Dialogue with the Taliban, not more fighting, is in Pakistan’s national interest, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the end of the day, whatever concerns Pakistan may have will be totally ignored by the US, in light of the fact that public opinion in the US is being "groomed" toward some kind of an attack on nuclear-armed Pakistan "...to save it from itself".

Jul 22 09:33

Netanyahu: Israel won't dismantle West Bank fence

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel has no intention of dismantling the West Bank separation fence, which he called "a critical component of Israel's security."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the West Bank Fence has done a marvelous job of walling off more and more Palestinian lands away from the Palestinians.

Jul 22 09:27

More bodies go unclaimed as families can't afford funeral costs

The poor economy is taking a toll even on the dead, with an increasing number of bodies in Los Angeles County going unclaimed by families who cannot afford to bury or cremate their loved ones.

At the county coroner's office -- which handles homicides and other suspicious deaths -- 36% more cremations were done at taxpayers' expense in the last fiscal year over the previous year, from 525 to 712.

The county morgue, which is responsible for the indigent and others who go unclaimed, saw a 25% increase in cremations in the first half of this year over the same period a year ago, rising to 680 from 545.

Jul 22 09:18

China urges responsible U.S. policy, stable dollar

China will again press the United States at high-level talks next week to protect Beijing's extensive U.S. investments by pursuing sound policies and keeping the dollar stable, a senior official said on Wednesday.

China holds an estimated 70 percent of its $2.13 trillion in currency reserves in dollar assets, mainly government bonds, and officials have expressed worries that massive U.S. pump-priming to revive the economy could sow the seeds of inflation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This government could, of course, make a decent start against its deficit by stopping the global wars of aggression to which it seems, at this point, to be terminally addicted.

Of course, that would be logical.

And much like its predecessor, logic and this administration do not seem to have much of an ongoing relationship.

Jul 22 09:15

Bernanke Fights Audit Threat To The Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faced a grilling in Congress on Tuesday about the role of the Fed, and spoke out strongly against a legislative proposal to audit the central bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely what Bernake is terrified an audit of the Fed will reveal.

Jul 22 09:12

Brazil, Canada Pull Money Out Of Treasurys

Brazil and Canada were among big sellers of Treasurys in the latest month for which data is available and the previous year, catching analysts off guard and raising speculation that quieter nations may be concerned about investing in the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not precisely a vote of confidence for the US economy in that move.

Jul 22 09:11

Democrats irked by Obama signing statement

President Barack Obama has irked close allies in Congress by declaring he has the right to ignore legislation on constitutional grounds after having criticized George W. Bush for doing the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THIS is what Obama characterizes as "change"?!?!?

Unflipping believable.

Jul 22 09:08

States Where the Unemployed Are Giving Up

In some U.S. states, nearly half of the job seekers who have stopped looking for work have done so because they simply don't believe they'll find anything. Indeed, the number of discouraged workers nationwide has more than doubled in the past year. This trend won't be reflected in the widely publicized unemployment rate, as discouraged workers aren't included among the unemployed. Still, in states as diverse as Mississippi, South Dakota, and New York, the span of this often invisible slice of workers signals a population losing its hope.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And a short memo to congress: there is no such thing as a "jobless recovery".

Jul 22 08:59

Feingold: Obama’s Afghanistan surge might backfire

“I continue to be concerned that the troop increase in Afghanistan will lead to more grim milestones like this one and will not have a lasting impact on our ability to deny al Qaeda a safe haven in that region,” Feingold added. “Indeed, I am concerned that the so-called surge may actually make matters worse by pushing militants into Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation which is still not effectively dealing with terrorist sanctuaries in that country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between Clinton's remarks yesterday that the perpetrators of 9/11 have found safe haven in Pakistan, coupled with Feingold's remarks today, one has to wonder if the stage is being set for an outright invasion of Pakistan.

Of course, I would almost be willing to be that the current Pakistani leadership has been bought off by American "aid" to the degree that they can spend their remaining years in....Geneva or Paris, or maybe even Aspen.

Jul 22 08:55

Deep-Sixing the F-22

I’ll believe it when it finally happens. But the news that Congress might actually stop production of a high-tech, job-generating and, most of all, high-profit weapons system because it fills no legitimate national security function is a considerable victory for President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, as well as for logic.

Jul 22 08:51

Kucinich: ‘Is the Fed paying banks not to loan money?’

Before the committee — which assembled Tuesday to hear the testimony of Neil Barofsky the Special Inspector General for TARP, along with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke — Kucinich wondered aloud if “banks are parking a historic amount of taxpayers’ money in the Federal Reserve while the businesses and consumers across America are starved for credit,” and whether the Federal Reserve is paying banks to avoid making loans.

To support his line of questioning, he cited a Bloomberg report which noted that “banks’ excess reserves at the Fed rose to a record $877.1 billion daily average in the two weeks ended May 20, from $2 billion a year earlier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many households, which handle their credit responsibly, always paying early with much more than the minimum payment, have noticed that the interest on their credit cards has spiked astronomically, for no good reason.

It might be a good time to make sure you know just what your balances are, what the interest rate is (if it is fixed, or variable with the prime), and if there has been a recent spike in your interest rate.

You can can generally request, in writing, that your interest rate be lowered, and let the credit card company know that if they find this is impossible, you will take up your concerns with the individual executive who handles the credit division, and will be copying Senator Chris Dodd, head of the Senate Banking Committee on this issue.

Jul 22 08:25

Democrims!

Jul 22 08:12

That NSA Spy in your Wallet and Purse

Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he’d bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car.

It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker’s gold.

Zipping past Fisherman’s Wharf, his scanner downloaded to his laptop the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians’ electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he’d “skimmed” four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet...

Jul 22 08:05

Ron Paul on Kudlow 7/21/2009

Jul 22 07:58

White House declines to disclose visits by health industry executives

Citing an argument used by the Bush administration, the Secret Service rejects a request from a watchdog group to list those who have visited the White House to discuss the healthcare overhaul.

Jul 22 07:58

Call Committee for Single-Payer Amendment Now!

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) has introduced an amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would replace the convoluted please-the-public-and-the-insurance-companies-at-the-same-time healthcare bill with the single-payer plan found in HR 676 and backed by 86 members of Congress. The vote has been delayed beyond Wednesday, support for the measure is growing, people are phoning in constantly, and a whip count is being kept online.

Jul 22 07:57

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates outraged at arrest at his home

News that arguably the most respected scholar of African-American history had been subjected to the very treatment that he has chronicled over many years yesterday spread through the media, prompting accusations of blatant racial profiling.

Jul 22 07:56

Teachers in England are least qualified in developed world

Jul 22 07:55

Bernanke: “I Don’t Know” Which Foreign Banks Were Given Half a Trillion

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was confronted yesterday by Congressman Alan Grayson about which foreign banks were the recipients of Federal Reserve credit swaps, but he was unable to provide an answer as to where over half a trillion dollars had gone.

Asked which European financial institutions received the money, which was handed out by The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), a component of the Federal Reserve System, Bernanke responded, “I don’t know.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But I am certain they were really nice people!"

Jul 22 07:54

Thousands gather at Indian village to watch solar eclipse as Asia plunges into darkness

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We had an 11% partial eclipse here in Hawaii, and set up a telescope to do a solar projection for the neighborhood kids to see.

Jul 22 07:52

GOP Sex Offenders

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone have a similar page for the Democrats?

Jul 22 07:51

Investors Just Witnessed the Perfect Bear Trap

In having risen above the breakdown line, the sell signal was aborted. Technicians disagree about the meaning of this aborted signal. Some say it was a sign of special strength that prices did not fulfill the technical forecast of this formation.

But others, including Edwards and Magee, the authors of the first comprehensive book on technical analysis, come to a totally different conclusion …

They argue that the market signaled weakness by showing a topping formation in the first place. And the reality of this weakness should be treated with respect — as a harbinger of more weakness to come relatively soon.

Jul 22 07:50

Nun fined for 112mph Italy mercy dash

In a country where speeding is a national sport, Italian traffic police are used to hearing the most colourful of excuses from drivers.

But the patrol that pulled over a Ford Fiesta on Friday doing 112mph was surprised to find at the wheel a 56-year-old nun who claimed she needed to be at the pope's side after the pontiff lost his balance in the bathroom and broke his wrist.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I'll bet the Pope is wondering why "The Boss" didn't whisper in his ear to watch his step.

Jul 22 07:47

Police given powers to enter homes and tear down anti-Olympics posters during 2012 Games

Police have been handed 'Chinese-style' powers to enter private homes and seize political posters during the London 2012 Olympics.

Little-noticed measures passed by the Government will allow officers and Olympics officials to enter homes and shops near official venues to confiscate any protest material.

Breaking the rules could land offenders with a fine of up to £20,000.

Civil liberties groups compared the powers to those used by the Communist Chinese government to stop political protest during the 2008 Beijing Games.

Jul 22 07:43

Big Brother state wants even more spy powers

Ministers were attacked by their own surveillance watchdog last night for wanting to make it easier for public bodies to spy on the public.

Sir Christopher Rose, Chief Surveillance Commissioner, also revealed Government organisations were using tracking devices and private investigators to snoop on residents.

And he warned that councils are still using covert tactics to check on suspected minor offenders, despite being banned by law from doing so.

Jul 22 07:42

Ministers bury £32bn tax crisis as recess starts

A mountain of bad news was buried by the Government as it rushed out reports and 26 ministerial statements the day before MPs go on holiday. Whitehall sources said that many of the reports were ready to be published weeks ago, and would normally be released in stages, but ministers had insisted they all be delayed till yesterday.

Jul 22 07:41

War News for Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of four U.S. ISAF soldiers in a roadside bombing in an undisclosed province in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, July 20th.

CNN is reporting the death of a coalition service member in a vehicular accident in an undisclosed location north of Kabul in Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 21st. Two additional soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were injured in the incident.

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier in an IED blast in an undisclosed location in central Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, July 20th.

Philippines says 10 Filipinos died in helicopter crash at NATO base in Afghanistan:

10 OFWs in Afghan crash identified: (The names are listed)

Jul 22 07:40

Homeless stand in for lobbyists on Capitol Hill

Squatting next to a white wall outside a Senate hearing room recently with a cell phone glued to his ear, Gomes is being paid to hold a place in line for a lobbyist at a hearing on the climate-change bill.

Gomes -- 6 feet tall, with long curly hair pulled back, wearing a polo shirt and shorts -- is one of the contracted men and women holding places in line for this hearing. Many have been waiting since midnight to ensure their clients a seat.

Jul 22 07:37

Brown forces minister to retract parting shot on need for more helicopters in Afghanistan

A furious Gordon Brown today forced an outgoing minister to retract his admission that British troops in Afghanistan do need more helicopters.

Hours after outgoing Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown delivered the devastating final salvo, he was forced to rush out a statement this morning taking it back.

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"I deeply regret any confusion my earlier statement may have made and hope that the Prime Minister will find it in his heart to forgive me and have these wires removed from my genitalia."

Jul 22 07:34

Bottled water companies win fluoride battle

Anti-fluoride advocate Keith Oakley denounced the move to add fluoride to bottled water, saying it would make it harder for him and his colleagues to access water.

He said the move would also backfire.

"If they want to put fluoride in there, then that's their problem. But bottled water sales will go down," he said.

"It's a bit disappointing but at the very least it should be labelled so I can still buy non-fluoridated water."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I want to know is WHY the bottled water companies wanted so badly to put flouride in their bottled waters in a nation where apparently they cannot label the bottles as containing it. Why spend the added money putting in a chemical that at least some of their customers do not want, and those that do want it cannot know it is there?

Something does not make sense here.

Jul 22 07:31

Too soon to talk of sanctions over settlements: US

Washington believes it is too early to talk about imposing sanctions on Israel to force it to freeze settlement building in east Jerusalem, a State Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me see if I have this right.

The US threw sanctions on Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction that turned out not to exist, and it throwing sanctions on Iran over weapons of mass destruction that maybe kinda sorta might exist somewhere down the road, but Israel is actually building illegal settlements and stands in violation of the terms of their membership at the United Nations, and it's "too soon?"

Does Israel have a nuclear weapon hidden in Washington DC to blackmail the US Government with, and if so, where is Jack Bauer when you really need him? :)

Jul 22 07:28

Detroit Schools on the Brink

Shrinking District Heads Toward Bankruptcy to Gain Control of Its Costs

Jul 22 07:25

You Must Have Health Insurance, It's The LAW

In the case of health insurance, the idea is to eliminate cherry picking and selection bias. The problem is that people who believe they're more inclined to need health care will buy health insurance, while the insurers are searching for healthy people, while trying to steer clear of the sick. Theoretically this is solved by just creating one giant risk pool with no selection and no cherry picking.

It also has another benefit: insurance companies like it, and it's the one thing that could get them on board. That's not a mystery. Mandating insurance means more business for them, and since anti-cherry picking laws are a political reality, this is their quid-pro-quo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that when car insurance was made mandatory, prices went up, and payouts declined, because the insurance companies knew you HAD to buy their product no matter what.

Jul 22 07:13

Of Time Monks, Kairos and Benthic Zones.

I was most especially struck by the constant references to TPTB and how they are not nearly as powerful as they imagine and how the summing up of which I have been speaking about here is headed dead on for them. The system recognizes the global danger presented by the Zionists and also points out something I’ve been sensing for some time, which is that Israel’s attack on Iran is going to be the biggest mistake they ever made and will lead to the complete destruction of Israel.

Jul 22 07:11

COMMON LAW RIGHT

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"Don't call me a conspiracy nut; I KNOW that human and that dog are working together!"

Jul 22 07:08

Alex Jones Tv - Waken-Up to The Nwo!

Jul 22 07:07

Woman Detained For Filming Police in UK

Jul 22 04:00

Israel and the Nutbar Factor

What we are witnessing in Israel today is the degeneration of a once liberal democracy into a militaristic theocracy, one armed with nuclear weapons – and quite conceivably willing to use them against those they consider less than fully human. And if that doesn’t scare us into cutting them off – financially, at the very least – then we ought to prepare ourselves for the consequences. Because it isn’t going to be pretty…

July 21, 2009

Jul 21 22:42

World H1N1 death toll rises above 700 (Jul 21, 09)

Hardly the "pandemic" our leaders hoped it would be.

And listen at the start, when the Quebec man was given the shot, he developed a mutated strain. Yikes!!

Jul 21 21:12

Store video catches cop bullying woman

What they didn't know was that they'd been rear-ended by the son of a police officer who was on duty, and dad was about to get involved.

Jul 21 21:10

World's largest telescope to be built in Hawaii

Hawaii was chosen Tuesday as the site for the world's biggest telescope, a device so powerful that it will allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away and get a glimpse into the early years of the universe.

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I love the fact that the telescope will be built here, but oh, are they in for a disappointment regarding seeing the edge of the universe.

Jul 21 21:01

US House commemorates Jewish bombing, but not USS Liberty attack by Israel

House passes AMIA attack commemoration
July 21, 2009
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center bombing.
The resolution condemning the July 18, 1994 attack on the AMIA center urges Argentina to continue to investigate the crime ....
http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/ussliberty.html
On June 8, 1967, 34 American servicemen were killed and 174 were wounded during an Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. According to former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer, “Those men were then betrayed and left to die by our own government.” The survivors are still awaiting justice.

Jul 21 18:48

Pentagon lied over ambush, reveals army 'heroine'

Originally posted on Apr 25, 2007, by The Australian (but can't be found there).

Just a little flashback to remind us that the U.S. Government does not have any good intent towards Americans or its soldiers.

Jul 21 18:12

Meet the guy who survives without money

In Utah, a modern-day caveman has lived for the better part of a decade on zero dollars a day. People used to think he was crazy

Jul 21 18:04

Israel leaves the inhabitants of the West bank thirsty

Israel leaves the inhabitants of the West bank thirsty

Join us in a protest against the water shortages caused by the occupation

Dry water taps – no water for drinking or bathing, many months during the summer heat. Since March this is the situation of many families in the villages Qarawat Bani Zayed, Kufr ‘Ein, Ramani & Nabi Salah, 15,000 people. In the same time, these Palestinian villagers can see beyond the settlements’ fences a different situation. They see green lawns and sprinklers irrigating the whole day. A similar situation exsists in many other parts of the West Bank.

Jul 21 17:30

New Technology to Make Digital Data Self-Destruct

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VISTA!

Jul 21 17:04

SEND YOUR NAME TO MARS

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Kinda cheapens it for those of us who made it into space on merit! :)

Jul 21 16:58

AP NewsBreak: Palin implicated in ethics probe

An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position in seeking money for legal fees, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.

The report obtained by The Associated Press says Palin is securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust, set up by supporters

Jul 21 16:06

Detroit: The Post-Apocalyptic Future of American Cities?

Here’s a glimpse of a Turn Key Approach to Urban Wasteland Management ™. Last week I had a chance to talk to a friend who just got back from Detroit and boy did he get an eyeful of America’s Future. After listening to him describe Detroit , it’s obvious that it has all fallen apart. First of all, there’s very little civil authority or regular civil government remaining and in operation. Almost everything has been turned over to these so-called Private Management Companies. And this is how it’s being done. They block out areas, in which 80% or more of the houses have been foreclosed on, which happens to be almost the entire city and county. They have selectively begun to bulldoze the properties which have been foreclosed on. The rest have been boarded up.

Jul 21 15:45

If the IRS can audit US - Why can't we AUDIT THE FED?

Once one understands how inflation works to devalue your money - the problem becomes obvious - and that problem is the lack of oversight of the Federal Reserve.

Jul 21 15:21

Support Your Local Uniformed Child Abusers

In a touch right out of Abu Ghraib, Bowers coupled the taser torture with threats to sodomize B.B. while the poor terrorized child urinated and defecated on himself.

Jul 21 14:59

Health Care - Industry Cash Flowed To Drafters of Reform

As liberal protesters marched outside, Sen. Max Baucus sat down inside a San Francisco mansion for a dinner of chicken cordon bleu and a discussion of landmark health-care legislation under consideration by his Senate Finance Committee.

At the table on May 26 were about 20 donors willing to fork over $10,000 or more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including executives of major insurance companies, hospitals and other health-care firms.

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Great that the WP is covering this obvious corruption, but when do we see the same coverage of AIPAC's buying of the US Congress?

Jul 21 14:55

European court: Israel boycotts are unlawful discrimination

On Thursday, the Council of Europe's European Court of Human Rights upheld a French ruling that it was illegal and discriminatory to boycott Israeli goods, and that making it illegal to call for a boycott of Israeli goods did not constitute a violation of one's freedom of expression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I will bet that the same court did NOT make it illegal to boycott anyone else, did it?

Jul 21 14:34

Yannone's Blog-Interesting Reading

A violent overthrow of our government,Constitution and Bill of Rights by our government. Is it any wonder that Mr.Yannone is dead.

Jul 21 14:27

Patriot Mark Yannone Found Dead In His Arizona Home

What was that story recently about CIA hit squads!

Jul 21 14:06

FILM REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Delayed a year, the sixth film installment in J.K. Rowling’s wondrous Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was finally released in theaters last week and this Harry Potter fan was left wondering why we had to wait so long for a film that was a bit too long and a bit underwhelming in its execution.

And did I say rushed? Yes, Half-Blood Prince felt rushed, strangely enough. Sure, it’s hard to squeeze hundreds of pages of a book into a two-and-a-half hour movie, but important information in the book was overlooked, left out entirely or briefly addressed in favor of scenes of Hogwarts students “snogging” (to us Yanks that’s “making out”) and being silly teens, their hormones-a-ragin’.

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Normally I would not carry a film review, but I ran this one because I too found the latest Harry Potter film dull and boring and way too long. As a film-maker myself, I would have cut an hour out of the film and not lost what little story was actually there, and indeed it did feel like something important was missing in the story. By the time Snapes admits that he is the Half-blood Prince, my response was "who cares?" It felt like a hook for the next film was being set, even though the odds of my seeing that next film were dwindling by the minute.

Which brings me to my point.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the second film in a row I was induced into seeing because of the RottenTomatoes website. RT had this film rated at 85%. A similar high score had been attached to the recent Star Trek film, and that too had proved a disappointment.

Therefore, I suspect that a great many of these emails advertising hundreds of dollars a day to post to the web are actually hiring workers to post positive reviews for films, TV shows, music, products, Israel, etc.

I guess the advertisers do not believe in democratic process and have decided it is worth their cash to hijack the online discussions.

But, like Israel's recruiting of online propagandists, knowing that such practices exist is the first step in negating their effects.

Jul 21 13:58

New York Medicaid Fraud May Reach Into Billions

It has drawn dentists like Dr. Dolly Rosen, who within 12 months somehow built the state's biggest Medicaid dental practice out of a Brooklyn storefront, where she claimed to have performed as many as 991 procedures a day in 2003. After The New York Times discovered her extraordinary billings through a computer analysis and questioned the state about them, Dr. Rosen and two associates were indicted on charges of stealing more than $1 million from the program.

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Yep, whatever Bernie Madoff had is contagious!!!!

Jul 21 13:55

BANKER BEAUTY IN 'INSIDE JOB'

A Chase Bank investment adviser and admitted hard-partying night crawler has been charged with looting $110,000 from a millionaire's private account in Manhattan, The Post has learned.

Robin Katz -- a sexy, 25-year-old financial planner working at Chase's Midtown headquarters -- bolted the Big Apple in May, telling her bosses that she had a family medical emergency back home in California, sources said.

A month later, one of Chase's well-heeled clients realized that his seven-figure account balance had a six-figure shortfall and contacted bank officials, the Criminal Court complaint and sources said.

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OhmyGAWD ... Bernie Madoff is CONTAGIOUS!!!!!!!!!! :)

Jul 21 13:54

SIX BUSTED FOR $47M MEDICAID SCAM

Over the past ten years, Alexander Levy, with the help of several accomplices, allegedly controlled a string of health care entities to illegally obtain payment for the treatment of Medicaid recipients and then launder the profits, authorities said.

According to the criminal charges filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court and a companion civil suit filed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Levy was excluded from any participation in the Medicaid program by the New York State Department of Health in 1997 for submitting false claims to Medicaid for medically unnecessary services and for services that were never actually performed.

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So let me see if I have this right.

This clown was busted once before for filing fraudulent claims, and it STILL took the investigators ten years to find and close down his latest scam????????

Jul 21 13:49

HEROES OR TURNCOATS? ~~ THE GROUP BEHIND IDF ABUSE CHARGES

To some, they are courageous heroes bringing transparency to the conduct of the Israel Defense Forces. To others, they are a collection of turncoats who publish unaccountable and unverifiable reports, motivated by politics and a hatred of their military.

Breaking the Silence, a group composed of army veterans and reservists, thrust itself into the news July 15 with its release of a report claiming that during Israel’s invasion of Gaza last winter, Palestinians were used as human shields, hundreds of houses and mosques were destroyed for no military purpose, phosphorous gas was fired in the direction of populated areas and private property was destroyed. The group cited anonymous testimonies it said it had collected from IDF soldiers.

Jul 21 13:47

Top Epidemiologist Slams Swine Flu Fearmongering

A top epidemiologist has slammed the “dangerous fearmongering” behind the swine flu scare and dismissed it as nothing more than the product of an industry licking its lips at the prospect of a profitable pandemic.

Jul 21 13:44

AP Poll: Doubts Growing Over Obama's Presidency

An Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that a majority of Americans are back to thinking that the country is headed in the wrong direction after a fleeting period in which more thought it was on the right track.

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The honeymoon is REALLY over!

Jul 21 13:44

Honduras: More corruption - the ballot counts are in!

Agents of the DNIC (criminal investigation) discovered ballots, computers, and certified vote counts in an office rented by Enrique Flores Lanza, member of Zelaya's mediating team who you may remember made a L. 40 million cash withdrawal from the central bank two days before the election was to occur. The count sheets neatly tallied the yes and no votes, the blank or disqualified votes, and the totals for various mesas (polling places).

You won't be surprised to learn that Zelaya's proposal won heartily with approximately 80% affirmative votes.

Jul 21 12:52

Inside France's Secret War

Coming Soon to a Country Near You...

Jul 21 12:10

Family Planning: "Totalitarians for God" Spread Poison Web

In a new piece for Salon.com, Jeff Sharlet has more on the domestic side of the militarist-fundamentalist drive to devour the state, which we wrote about here yesterday. Sharlet writes of "The Family" -- the self-described "Christian Mafia" centered on the "C Street House" in Washington -- which for decades has spread its invisible, insidious influence throughout the U.S. government, while supporting mass-murdering dictators, rapacious crony capitalism -- and providing convenient cover and absolution for the high crimes and sexual misdemeanors of its members.

Jul 21 11:29

Ron Paul: Establishment Can No Longer Ignore Calls To Audit The Fed

As Paul states in the video, 272 members of the House, 95 of them Democrats, now support HR 1207, Ron Paul’s “audit the Fed” bill.

In addition, 13 members of the Senate, 2 of which are Democrats, have pledged support for S 604 The Federal Reserve Sunshine act, the companion bill in the Senate.

“I think it is going to be impossible for them just to ignore everything we have done and just walk away, something will be done,” Paul comments. “The big question is will we be able to get something worth while?”

It makes me think about what happened in the 1970s, the last time there was a major economic crisis there was an effort to go after the Fed.

Jul 21 11:20

Women's Peace Group Launches Boycott Campaign of Israeli Ahava Cosmetics

Following a dramatic, bikini-clad demonstration yesterday inside the beauty industry's annual major Cosmoprof conference in Las Vegas, the leading women's peace and justice group CODEPINK announces the launch of "Stolen Beauty," a boycott campaign against the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories. Through this campaign, CODEPINK plans to move the company -- which sells its products in upscale shops, spas and salons worldwide -- to end its exploitative, illegal practices and pressure Israel to end its violations of international law against Palestine and its people.

Jul 21 11:18

Internet surfers paid to spread Israeli propaganda

The passionate support for Israel expressed on talkback sections of websites, internet chat forums, blogs, Twitter and Facebook may not be all that it seems.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel.

Internet-savvy Israeli youngsters, mainly recent graduates and demobilized soldiers with language skills, are being recruited to pose as ordinary surfers while they provide the government’s line on the Middle East conflict.

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So, from now on, ANY positive news about Israel must be assumed to be paid propaganda!

Jul 21 10:20

Jews to Reclaim Land in Jordan?

The Israel Land Fund, a group dedicated to restoring Jewish property in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, is reportedly looking east. According to AFP, the organization plans to begin buying historically Jewish properties in Jordan as well.

The plan is in its early stages, and no properties in Jordan have been bought to date. Purchasing would likely take place with the help of Jews in Europe, King said, as Israelis are prohibited from buying land in Jordan under Jordanian law.

The same Jordanian law is enforced by the Palestinian Authority, which views the sale of land to Jews or Israelis as a capital offense. The Land Fund manages to circumvent PA law by buying land through middlemen. In many cases, the group also helps Arab sellers to flee the country in order to avoid PA retribution.

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"The Land Fund manages to circumvent PA law by buying land through middlemen."

Subtle, aren't they?!?

This Israeli group will attempt to do the same thing in Jordan.

Jul 21 10:14

250 Rabbis Sign Letter to Obama: Hands off Jerusalem

In a reference to the upcoming “nine days” which culminate in Tisha B’Av, the rabbis tell Obama that “during these days, in which the Jewish people mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and marks the disgraceful memory of its destroyers, we are certain that you, Mr. Barack Obama, do not want to enter that disreputable list of those who raise their hand to strike Jerusalem and those who live in it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear President Obama: please stop signing the checks to Israel right now.

They don't need it, and your own country's citizens are taxed to death, not receiving anything of value for the taxes they pay.

Sincerely, one of many America's many very fed-up taxpayers.

Jul 21 10:03

I’m Not A Racist,I Have Black Friends!

Typically we see that the mainstream media usually conveys to the public that the word “Semite” is to be crowned on the heads of the Jews while in diametric comparison the charge of “Anti-Semite” is to then be chained onto anyone who has a libertarian opinion of Israel,Zionism and Zionist Jews.

In todays society Green is no longer comprised of the colors Blue and Yellow;one color has been taken to represent the whole.
Jews are the Semites and everyone else is not,thus when one is being accused of Anti-Semitism they are not being Anti-Arab,Anti-Ethiopian,Anti-Somali,etc – they are just Anti-Jew.

Jul 21 10:02

Israeli officials halt distribution of booklet alleging Vatican support for Hezbollah

Israeli officials have halted the distribution of a booklet published by an American Orthodox Jewish Group and given to Israeli Defense Forces soldiers. The move follows reports of the booklet’s claims that the Pope identified with Hezbollah and that the Vatican took Hezbollah officials on a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The booklet claims the Pope and some cardinals from the Vatican helped organize the tours to teach the Lebanon-based Islamic group how to wipe out Jews, Haaretz reports.

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The only reason this booklet was pulled was Israel's reaction to the fact that this story about this insane piece of propaganda went all over the internet.

Jul 21 09:57

Hamas, Fatah: US wants Palestinians to abandon right of return

Senior Hamas and Fatah officials stated their objections on Sunday to what they said were US suggestions that Palestinians accept a land swap with Israel and give up the right of return.

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This is Israel's absolute non-starter for peace negotiations with the Palestinians: the US is only echoing this idea it to please the politicos in Tel Aviv.

Jul 21 09:49

Why is South Africa still helping apartheid Israel?

Why then, do the South African government's actions and trade relations conflict so drastically with their stated foreign policy and legal and moral obligations? It appears that the government is playing a double game by appeasing the public with lofty rhetoric on the one hand, while violating its own founding ideals as enshrined in the constitution on the other.

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With Israel, it's all about the money and the deals to keep receptive countries complacent about not lifting a finger to help the people of Gaza.

Jul 21 09:42

China Politely Moves Away from Dollar: Strategist

China’s sovereign wealth fund has taken about 1 percent in drinks group Diageo, in a move which an analyst said is a sign the country is diversifying away from the US dollar.

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Looking at the current state of the US dollar, who can blame China for doing this?!?

Jul 21 09:40

Jordan begins revoking Palestinians’ citizenship

Several Jordanian government officials, they said, are convinced that Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are secretly working toward turning Jordan into a Palestinian state.

As a preemptive measure, the Jordanian authorities recently began revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians, leaving many of them in a state of panic and uncertainty regarding the future.

The Jordanians have justified the latest measure by arguing that it’s aimed at avoiding a situation in which the Palestinians would ever be prevented from returning to their original homes inside Israel.

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When these Palestinians have their Jordanian citizenship revoked, where are they supposed to go?!?

Israel will never allow for a "Right of Return" for Palestinians, and the Jordanians know this.

Jul 21 09:32

West ignores lessons of Soviet humiliation in Afghanistan

It was an agonising process that marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet empire and eventually the USSR itself. “How to get out of this racks one’s brains,” Gorbachev despaired to his fellow Soviet magnates in the spring of 1986. He told his generals later that year: “After all this time we have not learnt how to wage war there.”

When the last troops left on February 15, 1989, about 15,000 of their comrades had been killed. It was the only war the USSR lost. To Gorbachev, one vital issue was how to “spin” it correctly. As he wrote to his key aides during the last phase of the retreat, presentation was key: “We must say that our people have not given their lives in vain,” he said.

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Those who stubbornly refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Unfortunately, many, many more Afghans, US, and NATO troops will be condemned to death because of that refusal to learn from history on the part of US military and civilian leadership

Jul 21 09:25

US to Increase Army by 22,000

Gates said the move was prompted by his concern that the Army could not continue its troop rotations at current levels in both the Afghan and Iraq wars. Pentagon officials say they will boost the numbers through both increased recruitment and increased retention of existing troops.

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And if increased recruitment, coupled with increased retention of existing troops doesn't generate the numbers necessary, then what?!?

Anyone feel a draft?

Jul 21 09:22

Clinton Rules Out Military Junta in Pakistan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today ruled out the possibility of Pakistan returning to the control of a military junta, saying in an interview with a TV channel in India that “there is no appetite, at least as we speak today,” for such a government.

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Notice the degree to which Clinton qualified this statement: "no appetite, at least as we speak today."

One has to wonder the degree to which this was a not-so-veiled threat to Zardari and his government that the US drone attacks on Pakistani civilians will continue unabated, and if they try to do anything about it, they will find themselves no longer running the Pakistani government.

Jul 21 09:14

WHO moves forward in secrecy to accomplish forced vaccination and population agenda

The WHO has refused to release the Minutes of a key meeting of an advisory vaccine group – packed with executives from Baxter, Novartis and Sanofi – that recommended compulsory vaccinations in the USA, Europe and other countries against the artificial H1N1 “swine flu” virus this autumn.

In an email this morning, a WHO spokesperson claimed there are no Minutes of the meeting that took place on July 7th in which guidelines on the need for worldwide vaccinations that WH0 adopted this Monday were formulated and in which Baxter and other pharma executives participated.

Jul 21 09:13

Israeli official: US should honor past deals

Israel's deputy prime minister said Tuesday that U.S. calls for a freeze on West Bank settlement construction run counter to past agreements between the two nations and could undermine U.S. credibility.

"We never had an agreement with the previous administration. We had an agreement with America," he added. "The agreement we had with the Americans is binding on us and them ... They should keep to the agreement."

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Memo to Dan Meridor: Neither you,sir, nor Israel had an "agreement with America" about continuing to build on Palestinian land; you had an agreement with a previous administration.

Most Americans, if they knew the true history of Israeli encroachment on Palestinian lands, would ever agree to such a situation continuing.

Israel is determined to get every Palestinian off every inch of land in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem by any means necessary.

UPDATE: What about the agreement Israel made with the United Nations in order to join? Israel's membership in the UN is based on the condition that Palestinians are allowed a right of return and if they CHOOSE not to return, Israel must pay them for their lost homes.

Jul 21 09:12

CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

No, this is not about gardening tools. Nor is it about card games. This is about the world starting to recognise that there are racists and fascists representing the Israeli government. This is about them taking a stand against these people despite zionist attempts to “reverse exactly such attitudes.”

Jul 21 09:11

“NO ARABS, NO TERROR” ~~ ISRAEL’S MISUSE OF THE WORD ‘SECURITY’

I saw this sign as I was entering Nablus last week, again on my way to Ramallah, and again near Bethlehem. The phrase is printed in Hebrew, presumably by Israeli settlers, on huge signs throughout the West Bank. Israeli racism rarely shocks me anymore, but its blatant display still makes me stop and catch my breath as I translate it into other contexts. Imagine driving through the middle of a predominantly black neighborhood in a US city or town and seeing a humongous sign that says, “The war is with the Blacks.”

Jul 21 09:05

U.S.: No unilateral moves in East Jerusalem

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the U.S. has made clear to Israel that it views construction in East Jerusalem with the same opposition that it has for settlement activity in the West Bank.

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One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at Mr. Crowley's statement.

At the end of the day, Israel will completely disregard any concerns the US has regarding settlements in the West bank and East Jerusalem, and will continue to build illegal settlements, secure in the knowledge that the flow of money and military aid will never stop.

What's wrong with this picture? Everything.

Jul 21 09:00

British troops relying on Russian supply aircraft

British forces are so short of helicopters in Helmand that they are hiring Russian civilian aircraft to transport supplies.

The Soviet-era Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters are flown by freelance Russia and Ukrainian pilots, who face the risk of being shot down by the Taliban. Their ageing aircraft also have a questionable safety record. Troops at UK forward operating bases rely heavily on the civilian helicopters to ferry in food, water, ammunition and other supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It must be painfully obvious to British soldiers in Afghanistan that they have become disposable to their government in this military misadventure.

Jul 21 08:58

Hey Republicans, Can You Answer These Questions Truthfully About the "Obama Economy?"

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Normally I would not link to tripe like this, but I felt it necessary to point out that the nation's economic health is not measured by how well the financial institutions are doing, nor is it appropriate to proclaim the rise of the financial institutions when their ascendancy was accomplished not through their own efforts but via a massive public subsidy which plunged Americans deeper into tax-debt and which will take decades to pay off (if ever).

I understand partisan propaganda, but this piece is just lame.

Jul 21 08:55

Agencies to set up mass swine flu vaccinations

Public health experts are gearing up for swine flu vaccinations this fall in what could be the largest mass-immunization campaign since the polio vaccine was introduced more than 50 years ago.

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Not counting the 1976 Swine Flu vaccination program, which would have been the largest had the vaccine not killed fifty times more people than the flu did!

Jul 21 08:54

Feds Prepare To Tax Toilet Paper In Name Of Climate Change

The vampiric and gluttonous feeding frenzy currently being enjoyed by the federal government under the pretext of climate change is set to be expanded with a range of new taxes on products disposed of via waste water, including cosmetics, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Jul 21 08:53

Congress' Wall Street Investigators Will Have Teeth But They Won't Investigate Congress

There are limitations, however, to what Angelides and his colleagues can do. While good government officials are pining for the group , which was created by Congress to investigate the roots of the crisis, to look into how lawmakers aided Wall Street's collapse, Angelides firmly insists that his purview does not extend to the legislative or executive branch.

The focus is the financial markets and the regulatory process," he says. "I want to be clear, ours is not a political mission. Ours is a fact-finding mission into the heart and soul of what went awry in the financial markets and the regulatory system."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A big part of what should be investigated here is the congressional regulatory legislation (and/or the lack of it) as one of the key factors in this meltdown.

The question which needs to be asked here, but will not, is: what were the factors in allowing regulatory boundaries to become so relaxed that no one really knew what was going on until it was too late? Who in the financial communities influenced those key members of congress to relax or obliterate these standards?

Without answering these questions, this investigatory committee will simply be an eight million dollar exercise in sound and fury, signifying....nothing.

Jul 21 08:52

We Have Given Our Blessing to Israel's Crimes

If you keep on excusing, you eventually give your blessing to the slave camp, to cowardly force, to organized executioners, to the cynicism of great political monsters; you finally hand over your brothers ~~Albert Camus

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Jul 21 08:48

SICK MURDOCH JOURNO USES DEATH OF 19-YEAR-OLD BRITISH SOLDIER FOR NAUSEATING PROPAGANDA PURPOSES.

Read some of the comments. You have to wonder if these people are actually for real.

Jul 21 08:47

A toxic health care proposal

As it turns out, this so-called “gold plated” policy I have through my employer would be non-negotiable. That is, I can’t get a better plan and I would be forbidden from joining the public plan. This is to protect the private insurance industry that has been tinkering with their plans to maximize profits for themselves and not patients. My “gold plated” plan restricts me to a list of pre-approved doctors with which my insurer has negotiated prices for services, otherwise known as “rationing”.

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In other words, Obama's health plan is a plan to LOOK like they are changing health care, without actually changing it, and selling you on higher taxes to pay for it all.

Jul 21 08:42

Washington to ink SE Asia pact to counter China

The signing by the United States this week of a friendship pact with Southeast Asia sends a strong signal of its desire to deepen ties and counter China's increasing influence, diplomats said.

The treaty commits signatories to three basic principles: the peaceful settlement of disputes, non-recourse to the use of force and non-interference in domestic affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the American government's voracious appetite for the use of martial force as a way of "resolving disputes", and interference in other countries' affairs to achieve a specific desired outcome, it's going to be fun watching the US adhere to the tenants of this treaty!

Jul 21 08:38

Foreign Embassies Urged to Stockpile Local Currencies

A top investment advisor, Harry Schultz - who was MarketWatch's Peter Brimelow pick for financial newsletter of the Year in 2008 - is now claiming:

Some U.S. embassies worldwide are being advised to purchase massive amounts of local currencies; enough to last them a year. Some embassies are being sent enormous amounts of U.S. cash to purchase currencies from those governments, quietly. But not pound sterling. Inside the State Dept., there is a sense of sadness and foreboding that 'something' is about to happen ... within 180 days, but could be 120-150 days.

Jul 21 08:35

Clinton concerned by NKorea-Myanmar military links

Fears about military cooperation between the two isolated states escalated after a US Navy destroyer last month began tracking a suspect North Korean ship that was reportedly heading for Myanmar

US officials said a key thrust of Clinton's debut at the forum would be to crank up pressure on North Korea to return to multilateral nuclear disarmament talks after its recent missile and nuclear weapons tests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only country in the world which can exert any "pressure" on either North Korea or Myanmar is China, should China be so inclined.

Both of these countries are, essentially, client states of China, which makes any military actions against them by the west a big, tacky, hairy "no-no".

So if there is any engagement to be done, China must be persuaded that it is in China's best interests to bring Kim Jong-Il back to the bargaining table; that is, if China can, considering that in the last round of talks with North Korea, the US did not keep its promises.

Jul 21 08:26

Bernanke tells Congress Fed has exit strategy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The article itself is rather luke-warm, but check out the comments.

Jul 21 08:24

Woman 'detained' for filming police search launches high court challenge

A woman is to challenge the Metropolitan police in the high court, claiming she was handcuffed, detained and threatened with arrest for filming officers on her mobile phone.

Lawyers for Gemma Atkinson, a 27-year-old who was detained after filming police officers conduct a routine stop and search on her boyfriend, believe her case is the latest example of how police are misusing counterterrorism powers to restrict photography.

Jul 21 08:23

Recession a wakeup call for elite hotels

Hotels in Chicago, as well as other big cities, are offering dramatic bargains to draw visitors during this economic lull.

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Same here in Hawaii. The big hotels are practically giving away the rooms.

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