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Dec 17 07:16

Grinding Down the U.S. Army

Signs of severe strain, of being “wasted,” are often not visible to the American public. Nevertheless, they are ominous and growing. Suicides have hit record highs in the Army. Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression, having reached an alarming 300,000 in 2008, according to Invisible Wounds of War, a RAND study, continue to escalate, constituting a mental health crisis for the Army. Traumatic brain injuries from IEDs and other explosive shocks in our war zones, difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, may already exceed 300,000, another health crisis exacerbated by a lack of treatment available to veterans. Divorce rates among active duty troops continue to climb. An epidemic of domestic violence and crime has been linked to returning veterans and to the difficulty of readjusting to “normal” life after months, or years, in combat zones. These are just five of the better documented signs of an Army that’s struggling to cope with wars of unprecedented length and still uncertain outcomes.

Dec 16 21:17

Philip Pullman 'disgusted' over claim Catholics torpedoed films

It's disgusting, but only the sort of behaviour I expect of these people," the best-selling author says of the campaign Catholics in America waged against The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of the first of his trilogy.

Of the Catholics' contention that the film had introduced children to atheism, he says: "It's rubbish. I am very disappointed because it obviously would have been very good to have seen the other two films made."

Dec 16 21:16

Mother abducted five-year-old daughter and fled to America in tug-of-love battle

Helen Gavaghan, 32, secretly snatched her daughter Pearl from nursery in Blackpool last December and fled abroad having changed her name by deed poll, after an acrimonious split from her partner, Henry Da Massa.

A High Court judge has declared that the child was removed illegally and allowed details of the case to be disclosed for the first time in the hope the pair can be traced.

Dec 16 21:05

Turnabout is fair play – Greenpeace gets a dose of their own medicine

Greenpeace, who prides themselves on civil disobedience and bannering smokestacks and U.S. national monument Mt. Rushmore gets a banner or two on the Rainbow Warrior. It is dubbed now the “Propaganda Warrior” and the “Ship of Lies”.

Dec 16 16:48

The Truth About Tamiflu

Now it looks as if our concerns were correct, and the nation may have put more than a billion dollars into the medical equivalent of a mirage. This week, the British medical journal BMJ published a multi-part investigation that confirms that the scientific evidence just isn’t there to show that Tamiflu prevents serious complications, hospitalization, or death in people that have the flu. The BMJ goes further to suggest that Roche, the Swiss company that manufactures and markets Tamiflu, may have misled governments and physicians. In its defense, Roche stated that the company “has never concealed (or had the intention to conceal) any pertinent data.

Dec 16 16:36

PML-N calls on Zardari to step down

Part II from Ness

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On Wednesday, Pakistan's Supreme Court revoked the controversial order issued by former president Pervez Musharraf which had granted amnesty to the president, several sitting ministers and thousands of politicians and bureaucrats who are accused of corruption.

Dec 16 16:35

Pakistani court revokes amnesty law

Part I from Ness

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Pakistan's Supreme Court has revoked an amnesty deal which shields President Asif Ali Zardari and many other government officials from prosecution.

The 2007 National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) allowed Zardari, his wife Benazir Bhutto, and a former prime minister, to return from self-exile without facing corruption charges.

Dec 16 14:44

Britain’s Foreign Office wimps surrender to Israeli thugs

Stuart Littlewood wonders what the British people will think of the plans by the UK’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change the law to allow suspected Israeli war criminals to visit Britain without fear of prosecution.

”This diplomatic ruckus helps us to see clearly the lunacy of stacking the British Foreign Office with Israel-lovers. There's Miliband, of course, with his ethnic links. He voted enthusiastically for the Iraq war and against an investigation.

Dec 16 14:42

Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary rushes to rescue Israeli war crimes suspect

Gilad Atzmon views the declared intention of Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change UK law so that suspected Israeli war criminals can visit the country without the risk of being arrested.

“I find myself puzzled. Why exactly is this law to be ‘reviewed’ or ‘reformed’? Is it because Britain decided to give up on its ethical tradition? Or is it because Miliband needs the support of the Labour Friends of Israel so he can be re-elected? Or is he just revealing an ever-present hidden cronyism?

Dec 16 12:46

How can the US be fascist if we have elections and the US Constitution? Ok, I'll explain…

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US policy is fascist in unlawful Wars of Aggression, obvious torture, paper-thin propaganda to expand US war to Iran, blatant violation of international treaties with WMD, transfer of TRILLIONS of our tax dollars to financial elites, and corporate media prostitution service to propagandize the above facts to an awakening American public.

This assessment is objectively factual as political theory defines fascism. Res ipsa loquitur translates roughly into “the facts speak for themselves;” with the above list of documented facts as independently verifiable evidence proving beyond reasonable doubt American fascism in those defining areas of US government.

Dec 16 10:52

The Copenhagen Conundrum

Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg has made famous the phrase “Copenhagen Consensus” which posits that money aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions would be better spent addressing other health and welfare challenges, like preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Dec 16 10:04

In Alarming Step Obama Creates Gitmo North

ACLU Press Release

… The creation of a ‘Gitmo North’ in Illinois is hardly a meaningful step forward. Shutting down Guantánamo will be nothing more than a symbolic gesture if we continue its lawless policies onshore.

Dec 16 09:40

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: explaining their war opposition in two brief videos

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The “leadership” of the Democrats and Republicans collude for unlawful Wars of Aggression, torture, rhetoric for more unlawful war with Iran, the destruction of our treaty obligations, and the transfer of trillions of our tax dollars to banksters. By political definition in any textbook, the US is now fascist and not a constitutional republic.

Dec 16 09:29

Tiger Woods: wife Elin Nordegren 'has decided to divorce him'

The former Swedish swimwear model, is "not going to be one of these 'stand by your man' women", an unnamed friend told the US television news station MSNBC.

"She's a strong woman, this is beyond embarrassing, and she has a daughter and son she has to think about, who will know about this one day."

Another unidentified source told People magazine that Miss Nordegren had already met a divorce lawyer, adding: "She's made up her mind. There's nothing to think about: he's never going to change."

Dec 16 08:09

DNA testing clears man who served 28 years

A man who spent 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he said he didn't commit walked out of a federal prison in Arizona on Tuesday with $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio after DNA testing showed he was innocent.

The conviction of Donald Eugene Gates, 58, was based largely on the testimony of an FBI forensic analyst whose work later came under fire and a hair analysis technique that has been discredited.

"I feel beautiful," Gates, 58, said by telephone after leaving the U.S. penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz.

Just hours before, the same judge who had presided over Gates' trial years ago in D.C. Superior Court ordered his release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"On further DNA testing we have found that Mr. Gates probably worked as a camp guard for the Nazis and we are deporting him to Germany to remove this embarrassment from our legal history."

(Ahem)

Cases like this are why I cannot support a death penalty. The courts are not perfect. Driven by ambition, prosecutors, judges, and even lab techs will fudge the facts to get what they want (shades of climategate).

If you imprison someone wrongfully, you can release them later and although you cannot give them their youth back, they can still have a portion of life restored to them.

But once you kill someone, and you find out you had the wrong person plugged into that execution chamber...

Until we know that the court system is perfect, or until we can restore a life wrongfully taken by the state, we should not be so quick to deal out death.

Dec 15 18:38

American fascism: Obama, "Justice" Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

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Orwellian Peace Prize winner President Obama is instructing his Department of Justice (DOJ) to block prosecution of torture. The Supreme Court is upholding this "defense."

Impeachment is the constitutional recourse against President Obama and civil officers for their criminal complicity after the fact in torture. Covering-up a crime is a crime. The fact that Congress has not impeached to enforce US law, Constitutional law, and international law is gradually overcoming Americans' blindness to the obvious admission of fact that the US government is a de facto fascist state; a constitutional republic in empty rhetoric only.

Dec 15 17:46

Australia: Internet censorship plan gets the green light

The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

But critics, including the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year’s elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users...

Dec 15 17:08

Tiger Woods: FBI investigate doctor over drugs supplied to sportsmen

Dr Galea, who was due to appear in a Canadian court on Friday, treated Woods’s knee several times after concern about his recovery from surgery in June 2008. According to The New York Times, the doctor was arrested in October, after human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood that is illegal in America, was found in his medical bag on the US-Canada border.

Dec 15 17:07

UK courts "irresponsible" for trying to publish US intelligence says Foreign Secretary

The High Court has been accused of “unnecessary and profoundly damaging” behaviour by insisting on the publication of US intelligence material concerning the treatment of the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Jonathan Sumption QC, acting for David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, told the Court of Appeal: “I would go so far as to say their views were irresponsible.”

Dec 15 15:58

Israeli-style “justice” for Palestinian student Berlanty – official version

Stuart Littlewood views the justification given by Israel’s UK embassy for the terrible treatment meted out to 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam, who was abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

”It’s a classic example of how Israel’s administrative 'laws' are framed to ride rough-shod over citizens’ rights, as enshrined in international law, and to disregard its own obligations entirely...

“They say the consideration with which a country treats the young and the elderly is a mark of its moral standing in the civilized world. Israel, evidently, has yet to emerge from the swamp.”

Dec 15 15:30

“Rotten” sea ice? – Not even in Denmark

There’s plenty of stories about how Arctic sea ice is now “rotten”. There’s darn few that talk about yearly comparisons or what other scientific outlets are saying about the claim.

As many WUWT readers know, 2007 was the minimum year of summer extent in sea ice, a year that is routinely held up as a cause for alarm. Another cause for alarm has been the “decline of multi-year sea ice”. Most recently we’ve gotten claims of “rotten ice” in the news media. That “rotten” ice is “duping the satellites” they say. This all from one fellow, Dr. David Barber on a ship that took a short expedition in the Arctic and observed what he called “rotten ice”.

Dec 15 12:49

Ethanol-powered vehicles generate more ozone than gas-powered ones

Ethanol, often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil, would likely worsen health problems caused by ozone, compared with gasoline, especially in winter, according to a new study led by Stanford researchers.

Ozone production from both gasoline and E85, a blend of gasoline and ethanol that is 85 percent ethanol, is greater in warm sunny weather than during the cold weather and short days of winter, because heat and sunlight contribute to ozone formation. But E85 produces different byproducts of combustion than gasoline and generates substantially more aldehydes, which are precursors to ozone...

Dec 15 12:09

Rumination on the state of our lives

Maybe it’s not about winning and losing as much as it is to profit financially from the conflicts. The people who start the wars don’t fight in them. War is a very profitable business and perhaps we should see it as just that; not an unfortunate condition that is due to border disputes or the spread of a preferable ideology, religion or ancient racial hatred but due to economics. War is like any other industry. It creates jobs and markets and a cornucopia of opportunities for collective and personal enrichment. As long as you can get enough people together to fight them you’ve got a cash cow.

Dec 15 11:32

Federal agents raid Gibson guitar plant

Federal agents on Tuesday raided a Gibson guitar manufacturing plant and seized guitars amid concerns about where the Nashville-based company obtains the fine woods that go into its instruments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nashville has a lot of real crimes, i.e. violent assaults, rapes, homicides, etc.

But the US Government is going to prove how butch it is by sending in the "Wood Patrol" to raid a guitar factory.

This nation's priorities are really screwed up.

Dec 15 09:06

Survival Tools

I’ve read many articles regarding “survival “ and “preparedness” topics, my conclusion is that an important area has been missed. Lots of planning seems to focus on food storage, water, supplies, and so on, yet I have not seen or read anything about “survival tools -- how to be prepared for anything mechanically”. So after considering this topic for several years, I’ve decided to introduce my own topic as far as tools for the self-reliant individual.

Dec 15 09:00

US joblessness cripples Americans: poll

Unemployment resulting from the severe US economic downturn has had an abysmal effect on the lives of the American people, according to a new survey.

The poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News released on Monday, showing joblessness caused major life changes and mental health issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to those living in luxury in the corridors of power in Washington: there is no such bloody thing as a "jobless recovery!!!

Dec 15 08:57

Congress readies defense budget

Congress is knocking nearly $1 billion off President Barack Obama's request for Afghanistan's security forces and instead devoting the money to buying more mine-resistent vehicles for U.S. troops there.

House leaders were leaning toward an end-of-session strategy Monday evening of wrapping the defense measure together with a two-month extension of the government's ability to borrow. That authority is needed to avoid a default on the $12 trillion national debt, which is considered politically unthinkable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow: they're staving off a potential US government default by...... a whole 60 days?!?!?

What then?!?

Dec 15 06:19

Boeing 787 Dreamliner to take first test flight

Boeing claims that the lightweight carbon and titanium airliner, which is seen as key to the company's financial future, promises to save airlines million of pounds in fuel and maintenance costs.

But it has been hampered by a shortage of bolts, design issues and a two-month strike.

The test flight is due at 10.00 PST (18.00 GMT).

Dec 15 06:18

Thousands flee erupting Philippines volcano

Soldiers and police marshalled the evacuation of about 50,000 people from the so-called "danger zone" of five miels around the foothills of the Mayon volcano, amid concerns a big eruption could occur at any moment.

"After the series of ash puffs and ash explosions of 1,000 metres, we cannot rule out a major explosion," said Cedric Daep, the head of the disaster relief operations in the eastern Bicol region.

Dec 14 19:38

Google 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button leads to mystery countdown clock

The feature, which usually takes users directly to the top result for their query, has been programmed to display a ticker when no words are entered into the search box.

As of 7.15pm GMT on Monday, the clock had reached 1,484,258.

Dec 14 17:40

US tie-up with TERI to provide solar energy across world

The US government has decided to involve TERI in its "ambitious" programme to provide affordable solar home system to millions of people across the globe, particular in developing countries and underdeveloped world.

Through its indigenously developed solar lanterns, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has already made its mark with its 'Light a Billion Lives' project, which aims at providing affordable solar lanterns to a billion people across the globe who do not have access to conventional electricity.

Dec 14 17:36

Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown

In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, critics of the Games have been subjected to surveillance, harassment, along with other intimidation tactics. Voicing opposition to the Olympics appears to be all that is needed for one to be labeled as a security threat. There are concerns over the negative impacts associated with holding the Games, as well as concerted efforts to stifle anti-Olympic expression. As the Coca-Cola/RBC corporate torch relay nears its final destination, the opening ceremonies in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, more protests are expected. The Olympics are providing the perfect cover for many police state measures with ramifications that could leave a lasting legacy.

Dec 14 17:29

Canadian Recording Biz Faces $6 Billion Suit

The claims arise from a longstanding practice of the recording industry in Canada, described in the lawsuit as "exploit now, pay later if at all." It involves the use of works that are often included in compilation CDs (like the top dance tracks of 2009) or live recordings. The record labels create, press, distribute, and sell the CDs, but do not obtain the necessary copyright licences.

Dec 14 14:23

Intoxicated by power, Blair tricked Britons into war - ex-prosecutor-general

Former UK Director of Public Prosecution Ken Macdonald breaks ranks with the British Establishment and argues that the members of the Chilcot Inquiry – the Iraq Inquiry – have a choice: they can be loyal to the Establishment or they can expose Tony Blair's subterfuge.

Dec 14 12:03

American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

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Look in any textbook or encyclopedia and compare US policy (not rhetoric) to the definitions of fascism and constitutional republic. I’ll explain it here, but check my work. If at the end of your consideration, you agree that the United States of America is now a fascist state, please speak-up about it. Also, consider the policy requests at the end of the article.

Dec 14 11:00

U.S. abandonment of law

We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility. With climate change threatening the planet itself, we do not need this as well. Europe must cease supporting this berserk state. It needs to recover the vision, the spirit of goodwill and humanity that laid the foundations of the European Union. In following America, Europe has lost its way.

Dec 14 09:08

To Know the End from the Beginning

What happened to Berlusconi yesterday is a watershed moment. This won’t be the general impression. In most minds this will come across as an anomaly and one of the things that happen now and then to those who are in the public eye and whose public actions have a certain amount of controversy to them. It could be said that all public figures have a certain amount of controversy attached to them, just from being public figures.

Dec 14 09:00

Bankers 'whacked' in arcade game

An arcade game that allows people to vent their anger at bankers has proved so popular the owner keeps having to replace worn out mallets.

Inventor Tim Hunkin introduced "Whack a Banker", which is based on the older "Whack a Mole" game, at his arcade on Southwold pier in Suffolk.

Instead of players hitting pop-up moles with a mallet, within a set time, the target is pop-up bald figures.

Mr Hunkin said the game was "proving very popular".

"I keep having to replace worn-out mallets," he said.

Dec 14 08:16

To know the end from the beginning

The very rich and powerful have put themselves in a most undesirable position. Instead of making sure that the underclass has enough to get by and then keeping all the usual distractions in operation, they have overstepped themselves. Their greed and lust for power and wealth and their disdain for public opinion, which they demonstrate by their arrogant disregard for what others think; believing themselves to be above the reach and judgment of those they consider beneath them, is going to come back on them with a fury. The King Louis and Marie Antoinette mindset never goes out of style with those driven mad by vanity and self-interest. It comes with the territory.

Dec 14 07:51

Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn handout to repay debts

Abu Dhabi has stepped in to help fellow United Arab Emirates member Dubai with a $10 billion injection, of which $4.1 billion was allocated to troubled state-owned conglomerate Dubai World to pay immediate obligations.

The move was the least expected of all options Dubai had on the table after requesting a standstill on $26 billion in Dubai World debt on Nov. 25, alarming markets and shaking the image of the emirate as a regional business hub.

Dec 14 07:48

UPDATE: Amnesty report grim on Iran crackdown after protests

Amnesty documents "patterns of abuse" by the Basij militia and revolutionary guards involving beatings, rape, death threats, forced confessions, intimidation and official cover-ups. Many detainees have been subjected to show trials and five have been sentenced to death. (emphasis mine).

Link to the original Amnesty report (.pdf).

Dec 14 07:19

REMINDER: US has been threatening Iran with NUCLEAR WAR

So let’s summarize this data succinctly: official and authoritative US policy for the use of nuclear weapons has first-strike plans to strike targets “intending to use WMD” against a US ally.

Please read the previous sentence again.

Let’s review the US rhetoric concerning Iran. US political “leaders” state Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map” and they have a “nuclear program.” In other words, Iran intends to develop a nuclear weapon and use it on Israel. Therefore, per US policy, Iran is a target for a US nuclear first-strike pre-emptive attack to destroy their intended use of WMD against a US ally.

The US is terrorizing Iran with threat of an unannounced nuclear attack. Or is it announced?

Dec 14 06:19

Japan will decide US base transfer policy soon: Hatoyama

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said on Monday he will decide Japan's policy on the issue of relocating a US Marine air station in Okinawa Prefecture within days, after US officials called on Tokyo to make up its mind by Friday.

"I will determine a government policy soon, and do so by consulting with my Cabinet ministers, while I can't mention the date because it is sensitive," Hatoyama told reporters.

Dec 13 20:14

Obama lies: "America has never fought a war against a democracy." Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Vietnam

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A lie of omission is a lie; it intentionally leaves out crucial information to create a false representation of reality. Obama lied in omission in his Orwellian Peace Prize acceptance speech by claiming, “America has never fought a war against a democracy.” Technically, a war is reciprocated armed conflict. However, the etymology of the word, “war” is “confusion,” which is part of the CIA role in wars against democracy in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Vietnam beginning with US support of French colonialism against Vietnamese independence and extending beyond US approval of election cancelation that began the Vietnam War.

Dec 13 18:18

Accenture ends Tiger Woods sponsorship deal amid divorce rumours

The global business consulting company said it would not continue its agreement with Woods following the scandal surrounding his private life.

The announcement came as Woods’s wife Elin Nordegren was said to be considering ending their marriage and returning to her native Sweden, despite the sports star’s decision to take a break from golf, which could ultimately cost him £100 million, to focus on his family.

Dec 13 16:47

Silvio Berlusconi punched in face after Milan rally

The Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was left bloodied and shaken after he was punched in the face as he left a political rally in Milan.

The 73-year-old premier collapsed after he was apparently struck in the face by a man who was clutching a small statue of the Duomo, the city's world-famous cathedral.

A shaken Mr Berlusconi was quickly dragged to his waiting car by his security guards and driven to hospital.

Dec 13 16:47

US special forces train Yemen army as Arab state becomes al-Qaeda 'reserve base'

US special forces have been sent to Yemen to train its army amid fears the unstable Arab state is becoming a strategically important base for al-Qaeda.

The deployment comes as Yemen's neighbours said they had arrested "dozens" of al-Qaeda fighters moving in and out of the country. Oman, a moderate Arab state on Yemen's border, is to increase the number of naval patrols around the Arabian peninsula to try to intercept suspected terrorists on the move between bases in Yemen and South Asia.

Fearful that Yemen is in danger of becoming a failed state, America has now sent a small number of special forces teams to improve training of Yemen's army in reaction to the threat.

Dec 13 12:34

Berlusconi attacked in Milan

This might catch on!

Dec 13 12:24

GM in talks to sell old Saab technology to Chinese company

General Motors Co. is in talks to sell parts of Saab Automobile's old technology to a Chinese company and the entire brand to another buyer, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

The person said GM plans to sell the technology behind the Saab models 93 and 95 to Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Not that anybody really cares right?

Dec 13 12:13

Berlusconi attacked in Milan

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally in Milan.

Good!!!Who´s next for a smack???Obama?Blair!?

Dec 13 07:43

Houston biggest US city to elect openly gay mayor

Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker after a hotly contested runoff.

Parker defeated former city attorney Gene Locke with 53.6 percent of the vote Saturday in a race that had a turnout of only 16.5 percent.

Dec 13 05:55

Tony Blair told by Azerbaijan victims: 'Give your £90,000 speaker's fee to charity'

His visit was a coup for the country's rulers as his well-known grin beamed out on state television from a press conference to homes throughout the small, oil-rich nation

The former prime minister flew to Azerbaijan where he met the country's president and visited a methanol factory owned by a multi-millionaire businessman.

Dec 12 17:34

Change blindness: research and history how Americans are as blind to US fascism as Nazi-era Germans

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Psychological research demonstrates that large-scale dramatic change can escape attention when the change is unsuspected, unannounced, and agents causing the change act as if nothing is different. Two areas of this cognitive study are “change blindness” and “inattentional blindness.” When we include consideration of “cognitive dissonance,” the rejection of facts when they conflict with important beliefs, we can approach an explanation of how educated citizens could accept fascism when it was unsuspected, unannounced, and the responsible agents fraudulently represented the new government as no different from the old. Cognitive dissonance would deter many people to accept the new reality, even when the facts were clear.

Dec 12 16:46

History to Obama: Yes, we have made war on democracies

"America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens." --- President Barack Obama, December 10, 2009

I set out to listen to the president's speech today after only catching bits of it here at work. And to read the text, too, after all, as the Rude Pundit said, this is Obama talking to History. The occasion requires careful attention.

Clearly, Americans listen to Obama differently than the rest of the world listens. But for the people of Latin America, this claim of his is a stomach punch. The window of hope and goodwill and support Barack Obama inspired among progressive Latin American leaders and even among the peoples of Latin America during his campaign just slammed shut.

Dec 12 16:35

MADOFF’S NEW BUDDIES…. (OR PRISON MAKES FOR STRANGE BEDFELLOWS)

Bernard Madoff, who engineered the largest Ponzi scheme in history which bilked investors for some $19 billion, has adjusted to life behind bars by chatting up, among others, prison-mate Jonathan Pollard, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dec 12 15:34

Britain appoints Judaeo-centric Zionist diplomat as ambassador to Israel

Gilad Atzmon asks how the appointment by Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, of a fiercely Zionist diplomat as the UK ambassador to Israel is likely to serve British interests in the event of a conflict with Israel.

"Considering Israel's crimes against humanity in general and Palestinians in particular, one would expect Britain to send an impartial ambassador to the Jewish state. Judaeo-centric by admission and Zionist by education, Gould is certainly not the man for the job."

Dec 12 13:17

Preventative Medicine: Go for Checkup, Get Tested for Drugs Without Notice Or Consent?

Saw this in March; by the summer there were first hand accounts. Buried in a WH press release about fighting the drug war in Mexico; emphasis mine.

We are renewing our commitment to reduce the demand for illegal drugs here at home.

* Approximately $5 billion have been committed in the previous year for initiatives to reduce illicit drug use within our borders.
* The Obama Administration is focusing on integrating substance abuse services into national healthcare systems with early screening, diagnosis and intervention as regular preventative medicine to reach the millions of patients who need treatment, and as a means to prevent millions more from becoming dependent.
* Expanding treatment capacity of drug courts in the United States is a priority of the Obama Administration. The FY09 Omnibus includes $63.9 million for drug courts that bring judicial, law enforcement, and treatment communities, as well as other social and public services together with the goal of breaking a non-violent offender’s drug addiction.

Dec 12 11:22

Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD Care

With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every single one of our military should get the same level of care that "Dead-Eye" Dick Cheney gets.

That being said, our young men and women in the military are going to be more stressed than in almost any military combat in which the US has participated, because a part of them knows that this time, we are absolutely on the wrong side of history.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq had nothing to do with the safety of We the People: it had everything to do with private profit, allegedly coming from Iraq's oil, which has absolutely not happened at all.

In Afghanistan, the war - again for profit - is about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and controlling the drug traffic, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Understanding that, and knowing that the Iraqis and Afghans just want their respective countries back,coupled with witnessing the death and destruction these wars are creating, has to make it nearly impossible to go on killing these people with a clear conscience.

Dec 12 10:38

Missing more than a meal; Child hunger, called the 'silent epidemic,' is an increasingly complex problem

In Philadelphia, researchers found that, during the first half of this year, one in five homes with a baby or toddler did not have enough food. And one of every dozen young children was outright hungry, a rate twice that of the same period the year before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this should be happening to even one kid, in this land of plenty, is shameful.

Lack of adequate nutrition means that kids can't focus in school, and are prone to other health challenges as well.

Dec 12 10:14

The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. I: Petulant Police Demand Impunity

Violence "is unpredictable, chaotic and thoughtless" by its nature, observed Peter Taylor in a recent op-ed column published in The Oregonian. "It doesn't like to be confined and doesn't lend itself to cooperation.... It is saddening to see the effects of violence on its victims, those who witness it and, yes, also those who wield it against others."

Dec 12 09:33

Tube announcer advises passengers to consider shooting themselves

A London Underground announcer has earned cult status after delivering a monologue which included suggesting that frustrated passengers might consider shooting themselves.

Dec 12 08:54

US House passes Bill to fend off Wall Street failures

The sprawling legislation would give the government new powers to break up companies that threaten the economy, create a new agency to oversee consumer banking transactions and shine a light into shadow financial markets that have escaped the oversight of regulators.

The vote was a party-line 223-202. No Republicans voted for the bill; 27 Democrats voted against it.

Dec 12 08:37

Cop a load of this... Traffic policeman's amazing dance routine on the job

All traffic police have a repertoire of moves to direct vehicles, but they're pretty functional - after all, the job is about impersonating a traffic light.

However, one U.S. officer has turned his duties into a spectacularly choreographed artform.

For Tony Lepore, directing traffic is no mere routine - it's a dance routine.

Dec 12 08:34

The Flaming Dumpsters at the End of the Line

They are providing -and aggressively encouraging- free flu vaccines for segments of the population but we are coming to understand what is going on there. The number of Americans on food stamps is inching up to 20% of the population. The job market is bad news and the immediate opportunities lie in military service. Massive war efforts are being financed to stop terrorism, which is routinely being performed by the very people engaged in allegedly stopping terrorism. This money turned to domestic concerns would very swiftly change the climate but… that’s not being done. Some alien intelligence has entered into the minds of the leaders and the wrong way is the right way and the law.

Dec 12 07:47

U.S. Will Settle Native American Suit for $3.4 Billion

The federal government announced on Tuesday that it intends to pay $3.4 billion to settle claims that it has mismanaged the revenue in American Indian trust funds, potentially ending one of the largest and most complicated class-action lawsuits ever brought against the United States.

Dec 11 15:42

New York City Erases Bike Lanes to Appease Hasidic Men Who Object to Seeing Women in Bike Shorts

Groups of bicycle-riding vigilantes have been repainting 14 blocks of Williamsburg roadways ever since the city sandblasted their bike lanes away last week at the request of the Hasidic community.

The Hasids, who have long had a huge enclave in the now-artist-haven neighborhood, had complained that the Bedford Avenue bike paths posed both a safety and religious hazard.

Dec 11 13:33

Rules of human decency apply to Israelis too: academic boycott of Israel now urgent

Stuart Littlewood argues that an academic boycott of Israel is now urgent in the light of an Israeli High Court ruling that the Israel occupation forces acted within their rights when they abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

Dec 11 10:44

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US

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First, the length of a headline prevents me from including the damning introduction of treaty violation of torture, legal war, use of depleted uranium, and refusal to make antipersonnel landmines illegal. Now, to substantiate the headline’s shocking and factual lead:

President Obama rejected inspection protocol for US biological weapons, in Orwellian contradiction to his statement to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). This comes after increased US investment in bio-weapons during the Bush Administration with multiple reports of secret and illegal programs.

Dec 11 10:30

Chemistry student killed by 'exploding chewing gum'

A CHEMISTRY student has reportedly been killed by what is believed to be exploding chewing gum.

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The man was studying at Ukraine’s Kiev Polytechnic Institute and was known for his habit of dipping chewing in citric acid.

Ria Novosti reports police found both citric acid packets and “some kind of explosive material” on a table in his parents’s room.

They believe he may have confused the two packets, dipping the gum into the explosive material rather than the citric acid.

Oops.

Dec 11 10:15

Billionaire Who Had Sex with Sixteen Year-olds Claims He's the Victim Now

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They promised me they were only thirteen!"

Dec 11 08:56

Bankers might be feeling public’s wrath — literally

Criminologists have long noted a correlation between violent crimes and recession, but the phenomenon of business leaders being targeted -- potentially for their roles in a financial loss of some kind -- appears to be unique to this recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just wait until the American public finally wakes up to the facts that the war in Iraq was about its oil, and the war in Afghanistan is about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and controlling the drug trade!

Once the anger that understanding comes to a head, it will be unstoppable.

In terms of real anger, this society and this government have seen absolutely nothing yet.

Dec 11 08:01

Bankers Might Be Feeling Publics Wrath-Literally

It begins! Check the comments!

Dec 10 20:05

Eiffel Tower steps to be sold at Paris auction

"Paris Mon Amour," the title given to the auction at the famed French house Drouot, brings together an eclectic batch of memories that evoke a bygone era as well as the present.

Among the 301 items to be auctioned is a section of glass broken during the construction in 1987 of the glass pyramid now standing at the entrance to the Louvre Museum. Estimated at $735-$1,470 it is accompanied by a photograph taken at the time.

Dec 10 18:27

On eve of receiving Nobel, Obama's DOJ files amicus brief upending Nuremberg Protocols

It is important to note that the Administration did not have to file this brief since it had withdrawn as counsel and paid for Yoo’s private counsel. It has decided that it wants to establish the law claimed by the Bush Administration protecting Justice officials who support alleged war crimes. They are effectively doubling down by withdrawing as counsel and then reappearing as a non-party amicus.

The Obama Administration has gutted the hard-fought victories in Nuremberg where lawyers and judges were often guilty of war crimes in their legal advice and opinions.

Dec 10 17:47

Deadly storm sweeps across America

More than a foot of snow has fallen in 12 states as blizzard conditions buried cars under snowdrifts as much as 15 feet deep.

Most of the deaths were due to traffic accidents. In Kansas, visibility dropped to only 50 feet while in Iowa a major highway was closed, leaving lorry drivers stranded.

Hundreds of schools closed, thousands of homes lost power and flights have been cancelled across a wide area.

Dec 10 17:45

Egypt digs underground wall to stop Gaza tunnels

Residents of Rafah, the border town which has become the centre for a major smuggling operation, say engineers have brought in earth moving-equipment and are placing deep steel tubes at short intervals into the ground.

The government has not confirmed the claims but one security source said the plan was to build a blast-proof, impenetrable steel wall of adjoining two inch thick sheets across stretches of the frontier known to be used by smugglers.

Another official said engineers were installing tunnel detection equipment along the border, which is about seven miles long. He refused to confirm that a wall was also being planned.

Dec 10 14:48

US expands unlawful drone war in Pakistan; violates letter, spirit of all US, UN war laws

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The US is at unlawful war with Pakistan, having bombed over 50 sites and killing over 400. the Pakistan government rejects this violation of their nation, but just as the US has no respect for the laws limiting war to a narrow definition of self-defense in Afghanistan, Iraq, rhetoric for more war with Iran, and torture, they have no respect for peace in Pakistan.

Americans receive propaganda in support of US government murder and Crimes Against Peace, such as in this piece from the NY Times that say whatever BS seems most palatable without mentioning US and international law. Other propaganda encourage escalation of this unlawful war. President Obama’s escalation of the unlawful war in Afghanistan will concentrate troops on Pakistan’s border.

Dec 10 13:25

Israel’s notorious Hannibal procedure: army directive behind shooting of mental patient

Jonathan Cook reveals that the Israeli army’s so-called "Hannibal procedure", by which Israelis deliberately kill their own rather than see them captured, is still in force, despite allegedly being revoked in 2002, and was last used earlier this week to kill a mental patient.

Dec 10 11:35

Court Officer Getting Out of Jail, Pending Appeal

Court Detention Officer Adam Stoddard is getting out of jail.

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday morning released a ruling granting Stoddard an "interlocutory stay" pending the outcome of an appeal Stoddard's attorney, Tom Liddy, filed on the court order that put Stoddard in the sheriff's custody.

Stoddard, a Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer, had been in jail since Dec. 1, after he refused an order from Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe to make a public apology to a defense attorney. It was revealed in the Appeals Court hearing on Wednesday that he was held in the Lower Buckeye Jail.

Dec 10 11:32

Mistrial in Case of Hate Blogger Charged With Judge Threats

The mistrial was declared after jurors, deliberating their second day, said they were hopelessly deadlocked. A retrial was set for March 1.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not be surprised if the second trial never happens.

Dec 10 06:19

Gunmen hold 57 in Philippines, free children

Armed mountain tribesmen raided an elementary school and nearby homes in the troubled southern Philippines on Thursday and were holding at least 57 people hostage to keep police at bay, authorities said.

The raid was carried out less than three weeks after a massacre in a nearby province in which 57 people were killed, throwing an unwelcome spotlight on the Southeast Asian nation and raising tensions ahead of presidential elections next year.

Dec 09 22:38

Kucinich calls on Congress to end wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan through War Powers Resolution

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The Founders of the US Constitution intended that the power to wage war reside directly under the authority of the peoples’ representatives in Congress. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (also known as the War Powers Act) has several provisions, but we’ll focus on this part in the section on Congressional Action:

"…at any time that United States Armed Forces are engaged in hostilities outside the territory of the United States, its possessions and territories without a declaration of war or specific statutory authorization, such forces shall be removed by the President if the Congress so directs by concurrent resolution."

A concurrent resolution of Congress requires a majority vote of the members of the Senate and the House.

Dec 09 18:25

Tiger Woods loses nomination for Congressional award

A US congressman has abandoned his attempt to have Tiger Woods awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

It is the highest civilian award given by Congress and Woods had been put forward for his sportsmanship and excellence.

Dec 09 17:07

Let the Copenhagen wealth transfer begin

Make no mistake. Copenhagen is mainly about a massive wealth transfer from industrialized and energy-producing nations like Canada, to developing nations who will agree to curtail emissions in exchange for having their economic growth offset with welfare from the first world.

Dec 09 16:58

The Myth of Neutral Academic Peer Review Exploded

These academic con men got their hands caught in the cookie jar. This has undermined the #1 myth of the global-warming crowd: the myth of peer review.

Dec 09 15:38

New York: Autopsies Show 2009 H1N1, 1918 Flu Similar

"This pattern of pathology in the airway tissues is similar to that reported in autopsy findings of victims of both the 1918 and 1957 influenza pandemics," notes Dr. Taubenberger.

Dec 09 15:04

Copenhagen and Global Warming: Ten Facts and Ten Myths on Climate Change

1. Climate has always changed, and it always will. The assumption that prior to the industrial revolution the Earth had a “stable” climate is simply wrong. The only sensible thing to do about climate change is to prepare for it.

2. Accurate temperature measurements made from weather balloons and satellites since the late 1950s show no atmospheric warming since 1958. In contrast, averaged ground-based thermometers record a warming of about 0.40 C over the same time period. Many scientists believe that the thermometer record is biased by the Urban Heat Island effect and other artefacts.

3. Despite the expenditure of more than US$50 billion dollars looking for it since 1990, no unambiguous anthropogenic (human) signal has been identified in the global temperature pattern...

Dec 09 14:49

Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state.

Angry nationalism shouts down prudence. Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing. Industry has its hand so deep in the government’s purse that private enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of the powerful, happily licks the strongman’s hand.

If the picture looks familiar, that’s because we’ve seen it many times before, from Argentina to Chile to Russia. The U.S. is third worlding.

That statement may smack of hyperbole. It may also understate the phenomenon, for many of the countries that the United States increasingly resembles are not only Third World—they are authoritarian, even rogue.

Dec 09 14:26

Why are the oligarchic elites trying so hard to push their climate change policies through right now?

Why don´t they just wait until the scandal of “climate gate” has blown over?
Because those elites know they are wrong on the issue of human caused climate change.
They know that the data doesn´t support their fear-mongering, because they themselves have fudged it to support a political agenda.
They know that their lies are being revealed to the public piece by piece, faster and faster.
Most of all, they know that the planet is at the moment once again in a cooling phase as occurs every thirty or forty odd years.
n a couple of years their claims would no longer be tenable at all.

Dec 09 13:21

TSA Blows Smoke (re: Sensitive Screening Document)

It may be that TSA has relocated the Screening solicitation to some other FBO location with a "secure version" of the Screening SOP. Even so, the insecure version remains available on the FBO site.

TSA offered a version in the original Screening solicitation which redacted in two manners, one insecure, one secure, mirrored here:

http://cryptome.org/tsa-screening-original.zip

http://cryptome.org/tsa-screening-secure.zip

[N.B.: John Young (at Cryptome.org) rocks the quote Free World unquote!! Take a moment, appreciate this man, his website, and what remains of Freedom, Justice, &c. You can order the entire seven gig, 13-year, 43,000 file collection on DVD even! Keep up the Great Work, Mr. Young!]

Dec 09 13:05

Workers discover loose Bay Bridge joint 'by chance'

Caltrans says inspectors doing their nightly check of the eyebar repair noticed the welds coming loose. Three lanes of the upper deck had to be closed from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. and traffic was a nightmare.

"It's age really," said Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney. "There are six joints that we're looking at replacing next month and this was one of them."

The bridge and its broken joint are 73-years-old. A joint failure would not have caused the whole bridge to fail, but could have damaged cars and caused accidents.

Dec 09 11:06

Official US policy: Nuke Iran because "nuclear program" might "wipe Israel off map"

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The policy describing US military use of nuclear weapons is the 2005 Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations. Its preface states:

"The guidance in this publication is authoritative; as such, this doctrine will be followed except when, in the judgment of the commander, exceptional circumstances dictate otherwise. If conflicts arise between the contents of this publication and the contents of Service publications, this publication will take precedence unless the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, normally in coordination with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has provided more current and specific guidance."

The chapter on Theater Nuclear Operations begins with a foreboding quote:

Dec 09 07:06

Oregon Grade School Removes Christmas Tree

An elementary school in Oregon removed its Christmas tree after complaints about the tree being a religious symbol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When did a Christmas tree become a religious symbol?

And who was whining about this anyway?

Dec 08 22:02

Kokesh Challenges the GOP, Asks for Salary Pledge

THIS is the kind of candidate I want in Congress:

http://kokeshforcongress.com

Dec 08 16:42

Breaking Point 2010

Gerald Celente article.

Dec 08 12:13

Ending unlawful US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq: Gandhi + MLK + prosecution ends US fall into fascism

The emperor has no clothes. The US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are unlawful; obvious when anyone takes less than one hour to understand applicable law. Rhetoric for war with Iran is also “emperor has no clothes” obvious lies (here for audio interview). America has fallen into fascism; a collusion among corporate interests for war graft, banksters taking trillions from taxpayers supervised by political pimps, and psychopaths who love torture and the pain of war. Corporate media lies to us to keep these crimes hidden as best that propaganda can try to conceal the bright light of truth.

Dec 08 10:08

It's Showtime for Mark Cuban

Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has been harassed by the SEC, will now get the chance to conduct a little harassment of his own.

A federal judge has granted Cuban the right to seek some internal e-mail messages, phone records and other communications from the S.E.C. regarding its case against him.

Dec 08 09:03

A Skeptic's Guide to Copenhagen

As the global summit on climate change gets under way in Copenhagen, Tunku Varadarajan offers an eyebrow-raising A-Z guide to the proceedings.

Very nearly a hundred years ago, Ambrose Bierce compiled A Devil's Dictionary, in which he sought to puncture the cultural cant of his time. Here is an attempt—at much shorter length—to prick a very contemporary kind of cant, that which has swollen the debate on climate change to ungovernable proportions.

Dec 08 06:33

Copenhagen Con Men Launch Global Carbon Tax Heist

Hours after flying into Copenhagen on luxurious private jets and being chauffeured around in gas-guzzling limousines, climate con men convening in the Danish capital announced that the shrinking bank accounts of the middle class would be further eviscerated via the introduction of global carbon taxes.

On the back of the EPA’s announcement that the life-giving gas humans exhale and plants absorb is a deadly poison, the British government’s climate advisory team has given the green light for a raft of new taxes to be heaped on commercial flights, which are already taxed to the hilt.

Dec 07 17:15

Michael Jackson on horseback portrait sells at auction

"Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II," commissioned by the late pop star, who died on June 25, was sold to a German collector at the Art Basel show, said Kathy Grayson from New York's Deitch Projects gallery.

The large portrait, which Jackson never saw in its finished form, measures 3.51 (11.5 feet) by 3.1 meters (10.1 feet), and is the work of New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley.

Dec 07 15:36

Divisions run deep in Copenhagen

The Copenhagen climate talks have opened with a declaration that the 12 days of negotiations represent an historic opportunity for the world, but deep divisions between delegates have already emerged.

The representative of the developing world says the amount of money set aside to help poor nations adapt to climate change is an insult, and Saudi Arabia's chief negotiator has raised issues about the validity of the scientific research used to justify claims that global warming is man-made.

Dec 07 12:46

It's official - Chelsea Clinton to wed Jewish boyfriend

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of America's most powerful political couple will soon wed a "member of the tribe," according to various media reports.

Clinton is set to marry her Jewish boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, ABC News reported on Monday.

Dec 07 12:31

US war laws explained, why Afghanistan and Iraq wars are unlawful, how to end them

The laws of war are essential for citizens and legislators to master if humanity is to evolve beyond our violent history of war to enjoy civil communities. To bring these basic laws to life, we’ll touch on war’s history, explain the letter of US war laws, explain the philosophy/spirit of US war laws, and make the obvious conclusion once the laws are clearly understood that current US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are unlawful orders that our military must refuse and stop as demanded in their oath to the protect and defend the US Constitution.

Dec 07 09:41

Why ‘Environmentalists’ Are Called ‘Watermelons’

All of their frauds and ruses, from acid rain to cellphone cancer scares, to global cooling, global warming, the “ozone hole,” “climate change,” etc., have one common denominator: They are used to make a case for a massive redistribution of worldwide wealth and central planning of the entire world’s economy. Communism, in other words.

Dec 07 07:17

This is why calling it the INFERNAL Revenue Service is no exageration.

$10 an hour with 2 kids? IRS pounces

It started a year ago, when Porcaro, a 32-year-old mom with two boys, was summoned to the Seattle office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She had been flagged for an audit.

She couldn't believe it. She made $18,992 the previous year cutting hair at Supercuts. A few hundred of that she spent to have her taxes prepared by H&R Block.

"I asked the IRS lady straight upfront — 'I don't have anything, why are you auditing me?' " Porcaro recalled. "I said, 'Why me, when I don't own a home, a business, a car?' "

Dec 07 07:08

Caviar Scoffing, CO2 Belching, Prostitute Molesting Climate Crooks Convene For The Mass Raping

Record numbers of stretch limos and private jets are descending on Copenhagen as thousands of CO2 belching, caviar scoffing, prostitute molesting, hypocritical climate crooks prepare to orchestrate the next round of mass raping in pursuit of their much cherished world government and its handmaiden, a global tax on carbon emissions.

In another stark reminder that these globalists couldn’t give a damn about CO2 emissions, only eviscerating economies and the middle class, their own behavior is completely at odds with how they are indignantly demanding other people live their lives.

Dec 06 21:30

The truth will set us free from global tyranny

An original song. Although primarily about 9/11 it does touch on some other issues such as the dumbing down of the public, the bombings of 3/11 and 7/7, the global warming/carbon tax scam, the central banking scam, fluoridated water, toxins in vaccines, the Kennedy assassination, the false left-right paradigm, the Rockefellers, the Saudi Corporation Ptech, swine flu, martial law, the police state and Internet 2.

Dec 06 20:00

Is Copenhagen to be first step in creating a carbon based currency to replace failing dollar?

This is from a comment posted at the BBC web site:

Has it ocurred to anyone that the carbon trading schemes now in play could eventually evolve into a proxy global currency and eventually a real one? The dollar will debase down to zero in a few years and we need a new global reserve currency.

A carbon currency credit backed by a negative value (pollution).

A master-stroke.

Banks, goverments, politicians and climate financiers will make hundreds of billions, maybe trillions out of it.

Call me a sceptic - watch that space!

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Yaya Canada at http://yayacanada.blogspot.com/

Dec 06 17:09

Meredith Kercher trial: Hillary Clinton to meet senator campaigning for Amanda Knox

As angry Americans promised to boycott Italian holidays, wine and food, a vociferous support group calling itself Friends of Amanda Knox urged people to email Barack Obama to ask him to support her appeal.

Maria Cantwell, a US Democrat senator for Washington state has said she plans to bring her own concerns about the trial, including possible anti-Americanism, to the Mrs Clinton's attention.

Dec 06 11:07

Dysfunctional US media stoop to new depths

Paul J. Balles views the dysfunctional mainstream US media, in a week where they have ignored a major news story – the revelation that the US government allowed Osama bin Ladin to escape – and allowed the bigoted New York Time columnist Thomas Friedman to spew out anti-Muslim bile.

Dec 06 08:07

Influential senator under fire after admitting nominating girlfriend for job

Senator Max Baucus, the head of the powerful Senate finance committee, is under fire after he admitted that he nominated his girlfriend to be a federal prosecutor earlier this year, drawing accusations from Republicans of unethical behaviour.

The Democrat from Montana said he recommended Melodee Hanes, who served on his staff at the time, and two others for the post of US attorney in his home state.

Dec 06 05:30

What we are witnessing with the Democratic and the Republican parties is a corporate merger.

Much holdover of key management. No radical rocking of policy, more continuance of same rather than change. Completely unnecessary "bi-partisan" appointments despite electoral wishes/mandates.

The hard-core remnants of both parties will be spun off as specialty shops - "Teabaggers" on one side "Old-fashioned Liberals" on the other. Makes for good theater. The stances of the candidates of the two parties will become increasingly difficult to differentiate. The bare minimum legislatively will be passed by either/both parties and they will blame the other for obstructionism. They will all grant each other plausible deniability for why we end up with the crap legislation we will get for time immemorial.

Dec 05 17:47

Italian police seize £90m art stash from Parmalat founder

Among the 19 masterpieces were paintings by some of the world's most famous artists, including Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Modigliani, Manet and Degas.

They allegedly belonged to the multi-millionaire businessman Calisto Tanzi, the founder of the Parmalat dairy empire, which collapsed in 2003 with billions of pounds of debt.

Dec 05 15:02

Are atheists really fundamentalists?

If you had to come up with a subject for a debate, one that would persuade more than a thousand people to leave their firesides on a wet winter evening to sit in a draughty sports hall, what would you plump for? It would have to be something pretty charged, you would imagine. Or at least salacious. About Katie Price, perhaps, or Tiger Woods.

Dec 05 15:00

Amanda Knox: 'Foxy Knoxy' was an innocent abroad, say US supporters

Leaks from the police and prosecution teams suggested lurid motivations for Knox’s role in the brutal killing ranging from satanic sex games that went wrong to frictions over housework.

More than 5,500 miles away in Seattle, a city on America’s Pacific North West coast renowned as a laid-back home of the designer coffee craze and grunge music, people said they knew a very different Amanda Knox.

Dec 05 06:45

Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God

The former US vice-presidential candidate argued that a humble spirit could help leaders to get more answers on issues such as health care, energy and national security.

In a video released Friday by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president, said it was important for leaders to recognise they don't have all the answers.

Dec 04 19:44

Is Erik Prince 'Graymailing' the US Government?

The in-depth Vanity Fair profile of the infamous owner of Blackwater, Erik Prince, is remarkable on many levels--not least among them that Prince appeared to give the story's author, former CIA lawyer Adam Ciralsky, unprecedented access to information about sensitive, classified and lethal operations not only of Prince's forces, but Prince himself. In the article, Prince is revealed not just as owner of a company that covertly provided contractors to the CIA for drone bombings and targeted assassinations, but as an actual CIA asset himself. While the story appears to be simply a profile of Prince, it might actually be the world's most famous mercenary's insurance policy against future criminal prosecution. The term of art for what Prince appears to be doing in the VF interview is graymail: a legal tactic that has been used for years by intelligence operatives or assets who are facing prosecution or fear they soon will be. In short, these operatives or assets threaten to reveal details of sensitive or classified operations in order to ward off indictments or criminal charges, based on the belief that the government would not want these details revealed.

Dec 04 19:32

LAPD view of Israeli organized crime

But what was really interesting was Downing's comment about that Oct. 29 shooting of two rabbis at Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue in North Hollywood, initially feared to be somehow terrorist or hate-related.

Dec 04 12:46

Americans say US should mind own business: Poll

A new poll suggests that nearly half of Americans think that Washington should “mind its own business internationally” and step out of other countries' affairs.

The poll released on December 3, was conducted by the Pew Research Center for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a policy group whose members have dominated US foreign policy since World War II.

The finding marks the first time in four decades that such a large number of Americans oppose US foreign policies.

Dec 04 11:52

AirTran Flight 297, Threatening Muslims (actors?) not arrested

Security incident aboard AirTran Flight 297 suggests terror “Dry Run”
By Doug Hagmann Thursday, December 3, 2009

On November 17, an incident took place aboard AirTran Flight 297 scheduled to fly from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport to Houston that the media does not want to cover and everyone from the airline to the TSA and other government agencies want to keep very quiet.

Dec 04 09:55

Goldstone wins Swedish prize

South African judge Richard Goldstone, author of a UN report alleging war crimes during the conflict in Gaza last year, won the Stockholm Human Rights Award Thursday.

The prize is awarded by the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), the Swedish Bar Association and the International Bar Association for "an outstanding contribution to promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the Swedes! :-)

After all the excrement-throwing this guy has endured for telling the world the truth about what the IDF did during Operation Cast Lead, some folks had the horse-sense to honor him for his work, both in South Africa, and in Israel.

Dec 04 09:26

The Peace Prize War

Military prowess seems to be the only power the United States has left. It apparently has no ability to help its own people. One in four homeowners are “underwater” on their mortgages, owing more to the bank than their homes are worth. The Obama administration has done nothing about this human and economic catastrophe. One in eight Americans receive food stamps, a staggering 49 million people in need of some assistance to keep food on the table. The record number of bank failures, the precarious state of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the lack of health care for millions are likewise left unaddressed. War is always on the table and is never rejected.

Dec 04 09:23

US base divides Japan coalition government

Japan’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) says it will quit the ruling coalition if the government decides to keep a US military base in Okinawa.
SDP leader Mizuho Fukushima said on Thursday that “the Social Democratic Party and I will have to make an important decision” if the government decides to go ahead with the plan.

Dec 04 08:14

Homeland Security chief warns of threat from al-Qaeda sympathizers in U.S

Al-Qaeda followers are inside the United States and would like to attack targets here and in other countries, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday night.

The secretary's comments were her bluntest assessment yet of terror threats within the country, and they came one day after President Obama, in announcing his decision to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, warned that extremists have been "sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit more acts of terror."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When people get scared, they stop thinking logically, and this is precisely why Napolitano is spewing this kind of drivel right now.

When any US governmental official is screaming "terror, terror, terror!", it is not only the right, but also the responsibility of every thinking citizen to understand that this kind of behavior is calculated to make you afraid to voice even the smallest criticism of your government, and to talk to people about what is going on around the world in your name, purchased with your tax dollars.

Please, particularly right now, don't let that happen.

It is through those conversations with friends and neighbors you will understand that you are absolutely not alone in the conclusions to which you have come about the fact that the current US government has become utterly dysfunctional, and has absolutely no concern about what happens to its citizens.

Dec 04 07:55

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright and Sporting Wood

The explosive nature of this climate scam is epic. It’s off the charts and the silence of the S&MSM is, against all the laws of physics, acting as an amplifier. This one has legs, not smooth and shaved, velveteen columns from the pipe organ of Heaven but Kenyan, long distance running legs. It’s the Energizer Bunny of scandals and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys. Well, it could and it will. The bankers are feeling the heat too, now that it’s been established that they are even more crooked than we always knew them to be. The hard guys at that Goldman Sachs, mob operation are packing gats. Let’s hope they’ve got good reason to.

Dec 04 07:10

Colorado cops say Tasered 10-year-old boy was ‘out of control’

For at least the second time in three weeks, police officers have shocked an unruly 10-year-old child, and, once again, the child's adult guardians are supporting the move.

The deputies involved described the boy as an "out-of-control juvenile."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The structured, approved use of a device which can injure or kill by the authorities in the US does not augur well for childhood in the US.

We used to be able to control kids without the use of stun guns or tasers; what has happened to the adults in this country?!?

Dec 04 05:10

Coming to Terms With Imperial Power

"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." -- Henry David Thoreau

To me, this quote from Thoreau expresses the only rational, moral and humane stance that a citizen can take toward the vast and brutal machinery of the American imperial state in our time. The crimes of this state are monstrous, and mounting. But what is worse is that these crimes are not aberrations; they are the very essence of the system -- they are its goal, its product, its lifeblood.

Dec 02 21:53

Climategate: summary, comprehensive explanation of unethical science, and Jon Stewart's take

Sir Christopher Monckton of the Science and Public Policy Institute has written the most comprehensive understanding I’ve found of the “Climategate” scandal, Climategate: Caught green-handed. I wrote a condensed version, here. The even further condensed version:

Dec 02 20:14

Professor in climate change scandal helps police with enquiries while researchers call for him to be banned

The scientist at the heart of the climate change email scandal was today interviewed by police about the scandal.

Two plain clothes officers arrived in an unmarked car in the afternoon and took Professor Phil Jones to Norfolk Police's headquarters in nearby Wymondham to give a statement.

Sources said the interview concerned the theft of emails from the university and alleged death threats since the contents of the emails were released, adding he was being treated as a 'victim of crime' rather than a suspect in any criminal investigation.

Detective Superintendent Julian Gregory added: 'He is one of the people assisting police with their enquiries.'

Dec 02 12:35

Afghanistan war surge: Non-defensive wars are unlawful orders US military must refuse and stop

Men and women in uniform swear an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. Military training includes the command that Americans do not follow unlawful orders; they must be refused and action taken within legal authority to end them. The US Constitution clearly states in Article Six:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Dec 02 10:17

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Dec 02 10:01

Global Warming on Other Planets, or, Someone Stands Up For the Scientific Method

from the conclusion:

It’s not about links. This won’t get many links.

It’s not about getting on Digg – anything that challenges Anthropogenic Global Warming automatically gets buried.

and it’s not about popularity: most of you don’t like the “anti anthropogenic global warming” stance.

It’s about the science. The scientific method has helped me to become successful in SEO, Business and many other aspects of my life - and it can help you too. Let’s make sure that the process is not destroyed to appease what’s popular.

for other good links on the topic of solar-system-wide climate changes, see:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread221608/pg1
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html

Dec 02 08:07

Cold facts about the hot topic of global temperature change after the Climategate scandal - by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley | PDF

THE WHISTLE BLOWS FOR TRUTH
The whistleblower deep in the basement of one of the ugly, modern tower-blocks of the dismal, windswept University of East Anglia could scarcely have timed it better.
In less than three weeks, the world’s governing class – its classe politique – would meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss a treaty to inflict an unelected and tyrannical global government on us, with vast and unprecedented powers to control all once-free world markets and to tax and regulate the world’s wealthier nations for its own enrichment: in short, to bring freedom, democracy, and prosperity to an instant end worldwide, at the stroke of a pen, on the pretext of addressing what is now known to be the non-problem of manmade “global warming”.

Dec 02 04:32

Paul Craig Roberts: The Obama Puppet -- The world's least powerful man

It didn't take the Israel Lobby very long to bring President Obama to heel regarding his prohibition against further illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Obama discovered that a mere American president is powerless when confronted by the Israel Lobby and that the United States simply is not allowed a Middle East policy separate from Israel's.

Obama also found out that he cannot change anything else either, if he ever intended to do so. The military/security lobby has war and a domestic police state on its agenda, and a mere American president can't do anything about it.

Dec 02 02:58

Brotherhood of Plunder: Snapshots of America’s Criminal Oligarchy

Sgt. Dave Schreiner, who is in charge of Canton Township's forfeiture unit – which is to say that he's the kingpin of that community's most notorious criminal gang – is astonishingly candid: "Police departments right now are looking for ways to generate revenue, and forfeiture is a way to offset the costs of doing business.... You'll find that departments are doing more forfeitures than they used to because they've got to – they're running out of money and they've got to find it somewhere."

When it can afford to, the Brotherhood of Plunder prefers to shroud its criminality in the sanctimonious argot of "public service." That veil is being lifted, and the Robber State is revealing itself in the full malevolence of its criminal corruption.

Dec 01 14:58

Ron Paul Coming to Arizona!

Dr. Paul is coming to Arizona this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 4 and 5) for a series of events!

First up, the Arizona State chapter of Young Americans for Liberty will join with Arizona Campaign for Liberty to host a public rally with Congressman Paul on Friday, December 4 from 11am-1pm at Arizona State University. The rally is free and open to the public and will be held at 951 S. Forest Mall Hayden Lawn, Tempe, AZ, 85281.

Following the rally, Dr. Paul will be available to sign copies of his latest book, End the Fed, from 1:30-2:30. The ASU bookstore will have copies of the book available for sale at the rally.

Dec 01 14:48

Translated: "Planes sprayed over Ukraine incomprehensible substance"

Fulltext of translation reposted in case the original link, uh, gets revised.

"In war (election) all appropriate means. Even if this war die Ukrainian."

Ukrainian government denies spraying aircraft aerosol preparation "of the city of Kyiv. Service emergency response in Kyiv strongly denied that the planes were rozporoshuvaly substances over the city, designed to combat the "swine flu" in Ukraine.

Dec 01 14:18

New ACTA Leak Confirms Major Threat to Internet

The internet is under attack by our very own US Government, working on behalf of corporate interests in the entertainment and content industries. What does this mean for you?

1. You can be banned from the internet, fined and even jailed if a copyright holder ACCUSES you of wrongdoing three times. Whether you violated their copyright or not.

2. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be forced to invest heavily in intrusive monitoring infrastructure. Guess who'll end up covering those costs?

Dec 01 12:45

Carl Herman interview: US lies of omission and commission with threat of war against Iran

For those who would like to hear me discuss the lying rhetoric of US government echoing the same lies we witnessed preceding war with Iraq, click here for an hour interview on GCN radio show, Crash! Are you ready? with host George Whitehurst Berry (please be patient while the interview link takes a few moments to download; the interview is 40 minutes if you move the circle forward during commercials).

My most recent articles on this topic:

IAEA rejects own reports, purpose, Non-Proliferation Treaty: Orwellian vote condemns compliant Iran

What does Jesus command Christians to do about fearing Iran and possible war?

Prostitution "journalism": Yup, mainstream media is intentional propaganda. Accept the evidence

Dec 01 12:03

Homeland Security Or Homeland Enslavement?

Think of it: in the post-9/11 world, a world that has invented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), body scanners, retina readers, the Patriot Act, hundreds of laws and regulations restricting the freedoms and liberties of the American people, thousands of cameras photographing our public movements, and satellite spy devices, a couple can walk right into the White House and meet the President and Vice President without being invited!

Is there something wrong with this picture, or what?

Dec 01 08:17

Milking the Last Bloody Nickels from Enduring Lies

Obama (rhymes with Osama) is going to send some tens of thousands of new zombies into Afghanistan to protect Bush Senior’s opium crops and secure necessary transit lines and resources for that percentage of the world that uses far more than it needs to live at a higher standard than those they are stealing from. He’s also going to Copenhagen to shill for a major criminal enterprise, whose intention is yet another unbearable tax upon the backs of humanity, as well as to secure the financing to operate a world-wide, fascist governing body.

Dec 01 07:11

COBRA subsidies begin expiring for the unemployed

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in February, launched a temporary government program to subsidize the often crippling cost of buying health insurance through a former employer's plan after a layoff.

However, the so-called COBRA subsidy was designed to last no more than nine months for each person who was unemployed. Hundreds of thousands who got this subsidy when it was first made available in March are slated to roll off the program today.

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It's bad enough that the COBRA plan is ending;but what's worse is that the people it has been covering haven't been able to find a job with insurance benefits in 9 months, because the job market is still so horrendous.

Dec 01 06:06

Preventing a pirate attack

Oil tankers are the floating goldmines of the ocean and it is of little wonder that pirates see them as attractive, if not imposing, targets. But with oil supplies supposedly running low, the last thing we need is for our precious barrels of liquid gold to fall into the wrong hands.

Yesterday, Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the United States in the increasingly dangerous waters off East Africa, in an attack that could pose a huge environmental and security threat to the region.

Dec 01 00:28

HINI Vaccine Overview of Relevant Issues (INVALUABLE)

Reposted from stillwater over at The Daily Paul. Presented here in full because the link was not working and the information is too imoprtant.

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- BELL TOLLING for the Swine Flu
An interview with TERESA FORCADES
Monastery of San Benet
Montserrat - Barcelona
9/23/2009

Nov 30 21:34

"Mainstream" media censors economic solutions, Federal Reserve controls economic journals

People with intellectual integrity and moral courage embrace the evidence of “mainstream” media lies of omission and commission regarding US wars and transfer of trillions of dollars to banksters. The evidence linked is objective, independently verifiable, and in broad daylight for anyone and everyone to see.

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