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CURRENT EVENTS

Sep 24 16:38

U.S. CONGRESSMEN TO OBAMA: Free Pollard to facilitate Mideast peace

An American Jew Jonathan Pollard, steals American secrets for the sake of a foreign country, Israel, and committed one of the most serious national security compromises in American history has U.S. Congress on his side. Does this not illustrate sufficiently the power of the Israel Lobby to influence the US Congress?

Sep 24 16:22

Pennsylvania anti-terrorism bulletins ZIP/archive from The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response

All PDF's released by PA state government. Zipped up and vacuum packed for download.

Sep 24 16:06

The Same Old Same Old don't say my Name

Bad shit happens in the world and it happens to much larger groups of people so… civilizations must have rules along which to operate for both moral and functional reasons. This doesn’t just apply to a small group of mercenary carpet baggers, it applies to any union of psychopaths who want to go into any kind of business.

Sep 24 13:01

Breaking: ‘Global Governance 2025? by US & EU Intelligence Agencies

Yes, it is true. You may read this September 2010 report, courtesy of our Freedom of Information Act, at cia.gov. Since the bulk of what this report discusses apparently has to do with international cooperation, why then, did they not choose that apparently appropriate phrase, instead of “Global Governance?”

“Global Governance” – in case you need to recheck your eyes and mind.

Sep 24 12:32

Corn, Soybeans Hit Two Year High While Cotton Jumps To 15-Year Peak

Reuters

Oil jumped 2% on Monday and sharp gains in cotton, corn and soybeans also helped boost a commodities index to eight-month highs, while gold extended record highs as investors waited to see if the Federal Reserve would signal any plans to stimulate the U.S. economy.

The Reuters-Jefferies CRB, an index that tracks commodity prices across 19 mostly U.S.-traded futures markets, was up almost half a percent by 12:00 p.m. EDT after soaring to its highest level since Jan. 20.

Sep 24 12:24

There Must Be Something More, Take a Step Back and Look At the Big Picture

It’s easy to become cynical in today’s world, especially for those who follow current events and have a desire to stay informed. Too many people are blind or dulled to both the great evil and goodness in the world. I invite you to take a step back and look at the big picture; notice the beauty that still surrounds us. There is something behind that beauty that is rarely discussed, something that is in our very genetic code and the natural world that we inhabit.

“The genetic code is 3.6 billion years old. It’s time for a rewrite.” — Tom Knight, professor at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab

Sep 24 11:53

Patriot Richard Fine: His Darkest Moment in the LA County Jail(Nazi Prison)

Richard Fine was held in solitary confinement for 18 months. Basically, this patriot was put in a NAZI type of jail because he exposed judicial corruption in California. Judges throughout California are taking payoffs and illegally helping prosecutors.

This is what happens in America when you expose judicial corruption. You are held like a caged animal and slandered throughout the media. The entire United States judicial system is a system of good old boys that cover for each other no matter how illegal and corrupt one may be.

Sep 24 11:13

Where Is Israel Located?

One young teacher described the Jewish religious school, called a Hesder, where he works one hour per week and earns $300 monthly as follows:“We do not teach math, science, English, history or literature. After morning prayer, we teach the Torah only.” Israel spends 7 million dollars annually on these schools and the government often receives fake and fraudulent progress reports in return.

Sep 24 10:32

Rep. Weiner: Glenn Beck's Goldline ‘grossly overcharges’ for gold coins

Talk show host Glenn Beck and Goldline International, a California-based gold retailer, have colluded to use fear mongering tactics to bilk investors, according to a stinging report issued Tuesday by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

The report alleges that Goldline grossly overcharges for the gold coins that constitute the bulk of its business, uses misleading sales techniques and takes advantage of fears about President Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy – which are stoked by its stable of paid conservative endorsers including Beck, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Fred Thompson – “to cheat consumers.”

“This industry goes beyond Goldline, but the Goldline circle has been particularly cynical in its cultivation of these conservative commentators,” he said. “There are two industries that are intertwined here in this cynical play: the media industry and the online gold industry, and there is a lot of blame to go around.”

Sep 24 10:14

Price Spikes Raise Spectre of Another Food Crisis

While global food prices declined for the first half of this year, they have spiked in recent months

Sep 24 09:52

Santos to Meet With Obama on Security After Killing Colombia's `Bin Laden'


“we don’t have to discuss drug trafficking and violence and kidnappings and the traditional topics that we were used to,” he said. “Now we’re sitting down as I did with the European countries with the rest of Latin America talking about social development.


Translation:
Now we have the whole market for our self and can split the loot.

Sep 24 09:28

The City that Ended Hunger

To begin to conceive of the possibility of a culture of empowered citizens making democracy work for them, real-life stories help—not models to adopt wholesale, but examples that capture key lessons. For me, the story of Brazil’s fourth largest city, Belo Horizonte, is a rich trove of such lessons. Belo, a city of 2.5 million people, once had 11 percent of its population living in absolute poverty, and almost 20 percent of its children going hungry. Then in 1993, a newly elected administration declared food a right of citizenship. The officials said, in effect: If you are too poor to buy food in the market—you are no less a citizen. I am still accountable to you.

Sep 24 09:23

Why the EU banned Avandia but the FDA didn't

Dr. Steven Nissan and his colleague sorted through a study conducted by GSK on Avandia's safety, and found that the drug significantly increased a patient's risk for heart disease.

Sep 24 08:13

ObamaCare Flatlines: ObamaCare Taxes Home Sales - Clobbers Middle-Class Americans

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,”
President Obama, September 12, 2008

Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income, including the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income.

Sep 24 07:12

Death by Vaccination: The Gates Foundation and the New Eugenics

Gates has followed in the footsteps of the Rockefellers' lead to usher the New Green Revolution, an aggressive onslaught of genetically modified seeds (GMOs) to increase large scale corporate-influenced agriculture in Africa, India and elsewhere. The international GMO initiatives have devastated small cooperative farms that have served as the lifeline of food for centuries and as resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of farmers. Of course nobody among the oligarchic elite, such as Gates, Rockefeller and Monsanto execs, will suffer from the consequences of this failed revolution.

Sep 24 05:48

Saeb Erekat: “I am a liar”

This US State Department scripted and funded commercial was delivered by the so-called ‘Chief Palestinian Negotiator’ Dr Saeb Erekat. Please watch it and pass it on specially to all those you know in Palestine so they realise that it is not the Israelis Erekat is ‘disappointing’ but his own people whom he is deceiving and selling down the drain. But because he is doing it ‘for himself’, as he claims in the commercial, he becomes even more of a traitor to the thousands of massacred Palestinians,

Sep 24 05:44

Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to Peace

Perhaps most depressing of all was Obama’s statement about the need for an independent Palestinian state. It is required, he said, to provide Israel with “true security”.

Sep 24 05:42

UN REPORT: Israel Flotilla Raid ‘Broke Law’

How could it be otherwise? Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance. What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel.

Sep 24 03:47

ALAN HART: OBAMA SPEAKS AT THE UN….GOODBYE TO PEACE

On marks out of ten for his speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five.

Earlier this month (on 4 September) I wrote a piece with the headline Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby. That surrender, it seems to me, is now effectively a fait accompli.

Sep 24 00:01

SPREADING FALSEHOODS ABOUT IRAN: “United Against Nuclear Iran”

By publishing propagandistic reports and articles on the purported hazard of Iran’s nuclear activities, UANI also functions as a mouthpiece which is exclusively dedicated to fear-mongering and spreading falsehood about Iran.

By Kourosh Ziabari (source: Global Research)

Those who regularly follow the developments of Iran might have come across the website of “United Against Nuclear Iran”, a “non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization” that seeks to “prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons”

Sep 23 18:11

Decrypting the Shadow behind Hamid Karzai

The tug of war between Kabul and Washington has become so desperate, former CIA Near East, South Asia Chief Dr. Charles Cogan recently opined that the situation was fast approaching a “Diem Moment.” Cogan even suggested that while Diem’s removal had been “horribly botched,” “a removal of Mr. Karzai might turn out to be more straightforward.” Given the similarities to America’s quagmire in Vietnam, invoking Diem raises more than a few dark memories. Yet despite vast differences in the two wars another even more deeply unsettling similarity is emerging. Hamid Karzai is in a political fight for his life like South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem. But (strange as it might seem) his contradictory behavior and the chaos and corruption surrounding it may be no accident. In fact it could be exactly the consequence that his main neoconservative backer, former RAND director, U.S. Ambassador and Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, had long intended.

Sep 23 15:33

DISCLOSE Act defeated! - For now… A message from Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty

The Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster by a final tally of 59-39.

Sep 23 15:16

Obama speaks at the UN... Goodbye to peace

Alan Hart argues that US President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations demonstrates beyond doubt that he is not interested in a just solution of the Palestine-Israel conflict and is not prepared to declare openly and sincerely that the occupation must end.

Sep 23 14:32

Horror as mother 'locks her five small children in 6ft closet while she goes out for 10 hours... then comes home to find two dead'

Edyan Farah, 28, allegedly put all five of her children - aged one through to seven - into the small closet and pushed a bed in front of the door so they could not get out.

The closet was 6ft long and about 18in deep.

Farah left for ten and a half hours to visit a friend on Sunday. When she came back to her home in Indianaopolis, she opened the closet to find her five-year-old daughter Zuhur and three-year-old son Zakariya 'stiff and unresponsive'.

She told officers she carried them downstairs but did not call for help or try to revive them.

Sep 23 12:49

Turkey : Beware of the Israeli Snake

It is crystal clear that Israel, the arrogant, fanatical and belligerent Jewish state is trying hard to undermine Turkey. Israel feels that its hegemony in the Middle East is being challenged by Turkish efforts to reassert the country’s national interests by enhancing relations with Islamic neighbors and also by courageously opposing Israeli ethnic cleansing and other manifestly criminal policies against the Palestinians.

Sep 23 12:45

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Iran’s President (Tries to) Speak Out

As soon as the Iranian president took the podium and began speaking the audio feeds supporting the UN translators started to have “technical” problems. It is a sign of the suspicious world we live in that few astute observers are ready to believe that explanation without further proof. On the other hand, very few media outlets even commented on the glitch. Al-Jazeera, however, did prosaically refer to the incident as “Ahmadinejad lost in translation.”

Sep 23 12:23

Abbott recalls infant formula on bug contamination

WASHINGTON – Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of its best-selling Similac infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

The voluntary action affects up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

The recall does not affect any liquid formulas or other Abbott-brand products.

A company spokeswoman said Abbott uncovered the insects last week in one section of a manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

Sep 23 12:21

Censorship Bill Would Claim Copyright on Commentary

Editors Note: We NEED to call our Senators and Congressman and DEMAND that they squash this bill. If you have EVER had a reason to call them it is now. This is extremely important. We must defeat this censorship bill! This bill will essentially give the government the ability to claim copyright on COMMENTARY if it was talked about in a mainstream news article. Anyone that votes for this bill should be considered an enemy of the Constitution and prosecuted accordingly.

Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

Copyright enforcement as censorship

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco

Sep 23 12:13

Ugly Side of U.S. Law? - Aafia Siddiqui

Sep 23 10:20

Authorities bust huge child porn ring

The ring used a variety of online and traditional payment methods, elaborate defense measures and a franchise business model one Interpol agent compared to a fast food chain to make millions of dollars providing 10,000 Americans and 20,000 others across the globe access to images and videos of sexually exploited boys and girls, some reportedly as young as 3 years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since 3 year olds hardly think about money, just who was being paid for their participation in these "productions?"

Sep 23 09:37

Authorities bust huge child porn ring

Among the U.S. child-porn buyers identified by the investigation were doctors, police officers, sheriff's deputies, school teachers, attorneys and church preachers. Also snared were Department of Defense personnel or contractors, including several with top-secret security clearances.

Proof that this sickness is not just in the Catholic church.

Sep 23 09:32

TIM KING: Ken O’Keefe Arrives in Northwest

In addition to helping out with Ken’s Northwest talking tour, Salem-News.com is shooting a documentary to counter a very poor use of information in a program that was highly disingenuous;

the BBC Panorama’s ‘Death in the Med’

Ken O’Keefe, a former U.S. Marine who battled Israeli commandos last May when they raided the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, arrived in Portland tonight. He went through scrutiny from Homeland Security, but this peace activist that Israel dubbed a terrorist, was treated well by U.S. authorities, unlike his experience with Israel’s.

Sep 23 08:51

Obama Deplores World Poverty: Welcome to the Theatre of Absurd

US President Barack Obama is the latest voice from the “great and good” to bemoan the lack of achievement in the United Nation’s Millennium goals, first declared 10 years ago, to drastically reduce world poverty and generate sustainable development.

Obama’s foray was particularly absurd and insidious. While he oversees a foreign policy involving mass murder and war crimes in several countries, Obama exhorts to the world to get serious about fighting poverty and human suffering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time I hear Obama speak in public, I am reminded that the late George Orwell was not only a brilliant writer, but also a prophet.

Sep 23 08:42

Israeli Flotilla Raid Violated International Law, U.N. Council Says

Frank Jordans
Associated Press

GENEVA — A report by three U.N.-appointed human rights experts Wednesday said that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year.

The U.N. Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded that Israel's naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as brutal and disproportionate.

Sep 23 08:08

US Officials Renew Focus on ‘Homegrown Terrorists’

A number of top officials in the Obama Administration testified before Congress today to warn of the growing risk of “homegrown terrorists,” suggesting that al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda styled groups are being increasingly successful in recruiting Americans.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I – CT) termed the number of Americans turned militants “astoundingly high” while FBI Director Robert Mueller warned of “domestic radicalization” become more and more pronounced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Domestic radicalization" has become "astoundingly high"?!?

If Mueller and Lieberman are making these allegations, where are statistics which back these allegations up?!?

They most probably can't be proven, because they don't exist.

But allegations like these are being used to cow the American people into accepting a quasi-martial law status as being the "new normal".

Sep 23 07:38

Seeing The Internet As An 'Information Weapon'

Using the term "mass psychologic brainwashing," the agreement said that the dissemination of information "harmful to the spiritual, moral and cultural spheres of other states" should be considered a "security threat."

Sep 23 07:29

Keiser Report: THE SHADOW INVENTORY

In the following Keiser Report Max talks about how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are keeping home prices artificially high by keeping their millions of homes off the real estate market...

Sep 23 07:23

A dirty great wrap of Big Food news

Unhappy meals (for when “happy meals” make you sick)

Junking up carrots Do we really need to market carrots as junk food to get people eating them? Apparently so, in the US, at least.
Health-washing the junk Meanwhile, on the other side of the same sorry coin, the junk is being health-washed.
World hunger – a marketing solution for obesity-promoting companies? It’s interesting how many of the companies whose products are implicated in contributing to globesity are so very keen to tackle world hunger.

Sep 23 07:00

US official: CIA runs elite well-paid Afghan fighting force

Kimberly Dozier and Adam Goodman
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The CIA has trained and bankrolled a well-paid force of elite Afghan paramilitaries for nearly eight years to hunt al-Qaida and the Taliban for the CIA, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Modeled after U.S. special forces, the Counterterrorist Pursuit Team was set up in the months following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2002 to penetrate territory controlled by the Taliban and al-Qaida and target militants for interrogations by CIA officials.

Sep 23 06:53

B'nai Brith: La Presse Cartoon Anti-Semitic Propaganda

B’nai Brith has asked a Quebec newspaper to remove a political cartoon from its website that appears to have a Star of David drawn on the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.

However, Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber rejected the idea that Badeaux’s cartoon is anti-Semitic.

“The cartoonist in question is a friend of the Jewish community,” Farber told Shalom Life. “He has, in fact, been part of a program that we sponsored a year or so ago called ‘Cartoons for Peace’ that had cartoonists involved in doing editorial cartoons showing the way for peace in the Middle East. He has spoken extensively at synagogues, [and is] very much a friend of the community.”

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I love the addition of the yellow "slippery road" sign - how true!

Sep 23 06:43

Italy To Abandon Airport Body Scanner Project

AFP - After a six-month test, Italy's government will drop the use of full-body scanners for security checks in airports, judging them slow and ineffective, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Thursday.

The scanners in the airports of Rome, Venice and the southern city of Palermo are no longer in use, and Milan's airport is likely to stop using the machines in the near future.

Sep 23 05:48

RNN Video: Gaza-Bound Land Convoy Leaves UK


More at The Real News

The fifth land convoy en route to Gaza left the United Kingdom on Saturday. Its aim is to break the closure on Gaza. In July the Israeli government eased its siege on the strip following massive international pressure due to Israeli commando's attack on the Freedom Flotilla. According to Israeli government spokesperson, Mark Regev, the ease means there are no restriction on the flow of civilian items anymore, however Sari Bashi of the Israeli NGO Gisha, says that even after the lifting of restrictions only 40% of imports actually enter. Bashi also says exports are still prohibited from leaving the Gaza strip, continuing the crippling of the Gazan economy. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports the latest on the status of the Gaza closure and the international attempts to break it.

Sep 23 05:05

Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Believe Obama Is A Cactus

According to a poll released Tuesday, nearly 20 percent of U.S. citizens now believe Barack Obama is a cactus, the most Americans to identify the president as a water- retaining desert plant since he took office.

Sep 23 04:55

Bishop Eddie Long | Radio interview, press conference canceled in wake of 3rd lawsuit

Mega-church leader Bishop Eddie Long has canceled a previously announced appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Thursday after a third man filed a lawsuit accusing the prominent minister of using his pastoral influence to coerce him into a sexual relationship. In addition, Long's attorneys canceled plans for a press conference to address the growing scandal.

Sep 23 04:46

Senators probe inaction against Stanford

Lawmakers sharply questioned Rose Romero, the director of the SEC's Fort Worth regional office, and Robert Khuzami, the agency's national enforcement director, about a report from the agency's independent inspector general.

It found that the Fort Worth compliance office decided at least four times not to act on findings by SEC staffers that Stanford appeared to be operating a Ponzi scheme.

Sep 23 04:38

JUSTIN RAIMONDO: The Pollard Principle

Why Jonathan Pollard is a national hero in Israel

Yes, in Israel they’re counting the days until this traitor is released, and their message – hand the traitor over – is now being projected by Israeli negotiators, who are pressing the US for Pollard’s release in exchange for yet another temporary halt to their aggressive “settlement” building campaign. The settlements have become a big sticking point obstructing the peace process, with unelected Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas threatening to walk if the Israelis don’t lay off.

Sep 23 02:01

UN REPORT: Israel flotilla raid ‘broke law’

How could it be otherwise? Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance.

What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel. That is all.

Sep 22 20:35

Stiffed with the bill: A private banquet at civil society's expense

In Journey to a Revolution, Michael Korda writes of the Hungarian Revolution:
"the general object of fascism was to stifle dissent, and bolster the existing establishment, while producing much drama in the way of rallies, parades, and propoganda, and the occasional foreign adventure to siphon off the energy of the lower middle class and the working class, who might otherwise have moved towards radical social reform."

The Olympics? The G8 and the G20? The Pan Am Games? Bread not circuses, anyone? In addition to ceaseless pageantry, Harper deliberately prorogued parliament a second time to enact a bill, more powerful than NAFTA to undercut our sovereignty, the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This far reaching bill will provide sub-national access to municipal services, and undermine the public sector even further, losing thousands of good, Canadian jobs to international outsourcing.

Put it together. Civil society is no longer is prioritized by our government, our country is being sold off to corporations and banks, enabled by a newly armed police state, and expanding prison system, and jobs in our public sector are about to be slashed for international corporations to profit through CETA. This is a Conservative agenda campaign, military in execution, orchestrated by Harper, against local economies and the right to self-determination. Provincially, McGuinty is designing his own policies through corporate gladhanding of governmental contracts

Sep 22 19:21

September 11th 2001 – Counter-insurgency For The World

Perhaps the real problem then is that our species’ rather poor track record of benevolent leaders is not simply due to inherent flaws in ‘human nature’ but rather the presence of specific ‘types’ of humans who LACK certain natural human traits, empathy and compassion being the most important ones. As many readers will already know, psychopaths fit this profile particularly well.

When this type of human being accedes to a position of power, the normal human beings over whom they rule are in trouble. It is a certainty that such leaders will immediately begin to manifest evidence of corruption and greed and will come to view the people as the means through which they can accrue more power and wealth. At the same time however, it must be obvious that the people also constitute a clear threat to this ‘elite’ and their privileged position. The people can, theoretically, at any moment rebel and overthrow their masters. For the elite then, the people play the role of both cash cow and a potentially deadly enemy that must be contained by whatever means.

Sep 22 18:01

Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team

From Project Censored's list of 25 most censored stories 2009-2010:

Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days in office. This represents a very narrow source of international leadership inside the Obama administration, with a core agenda that is not necessarily in support of working people in the United States.

Obama was groomed for the presidency by key members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller in 1973, has been Obama’s principal foreign policy advisor.

According to official Trilateral Commission membership lists, there are only eighty-seven members from the United States (the other 337 members are from other countries). Thus, within two weeks of his inauguration, Obama’s appointments encompassed more than 12 percent of Commission’s entire US membership.

Sep 22 17:34

Reality Report: Legislative Action Alert -- 9/22/2010

In this Legislative Action Alert, Gary breaks down 5 bills you should be looking out for.

Sep 22 13:19

Honor Cross Used In Pro-Immigration Piece

On the front page of the Arizona Republic newspaper based in Phoenix, Arizona the states capital and Arizona’s largest city is a picture of a 14 foot high metal fence on the east side of Nogales, Arizona bordering the two countries.

he 74th Engineer Company (AFB,R) and elements of 62nd Engineer Battalion and 13th COSCOM from Fort Hood, Texas were deployed in the spring of 1995 to assist the U.S. Border Patrol under operation Joint Task Force 6 in putting up the green fence, sub-terrain-al engineer work and the creation of obstacles of reinforcing border security throughout Arizona. Out of the over 300 soldiers deployed we had lost a special soldier by the name Omar C. Johnson a mechanic assigned to Support Platoon within the 74th Engineer Company.

Sep 22 13:01

Blockbuster expected to file Chapter 11

Blockbuster Inc is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy within the next few days, a source familiar with the video rental chain's plans said on Wednesday.

The Dallas-based retailer said earlier this year it would close nearly 10 percent of its stores. Customers have moved away from renting films through its outlets in favor of online services such as Netflix...

Sep 22 12:36

Israel makes meeting another Arab a crime

A vague security offence of “contact with a foreign agent” is being used by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, to lock up Arab political activists in Israel without evidence that a crime has been committed, human rights lawyers alleged this week.

Sep 22 12:23

Moscow is planning a military operation, but where?

“For the last three days both Russian ground forces and aviation have been entering Dagestan. Thousands of people have witnessed this. We have information that the Russian army Is preparing for a large operation in the South Caucasus,” these journalists report.

Link to original article (in Russian). Main WRH link (above) is to English translation and commentary.

Sep 22 11:57

City officials of Bell, California arrested for fraud and corruption

LOS ANGELES — The mayor and former city manager of Bell were led away in handcuffs Tuesday, charged with six other officials with taking more than $5.5 million from the working-class suburb in a scandal that triggered nationwide outrage and calls for more transparency in government.

Former City Manager Robert Rizzo, Mayor Oscar Hernandez and the other current and former city officials were rounded up during morning raids on their homes that prompted many of their neighbors to burst into cheers.

They were charged with dozens of counts of illegally paying themselves huge salaries in what District Attorney Steve Cooley called a case of "corruption on steroids."

---Comment---

"When city officials steal a few million dollars, thats considered fraud and corruption, but when Wall St. steals trillions, thats considered standard operations. The world has gone insane." - kdtroxel

Sep 22 11:49

Obama adviser Larry Summers stepping down

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, plans to leave the White House at the end of the year, a move that comes as the administration struggles to show an anxious public it's making progress on the economy.

In a statement, the president said he is grateful for Summers’ service during a time of "great peril for our country."

"While we have much work ahead to repair the damage done by the recession, we are on a better path thanks in no small measure to Larry’s wise counsel," Obama said.

---Comment---

"Will the next Wall St. crook please stand up, you have been appointed to defraud the nation." -- kdtroxel

Sep 22 11:32

One Wisconsin Now Exposes Voter Suppression Plans Between Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Groups

Madison - A coordinated plot by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin and organizations in the so-called Tea Party movement targeting minority voters and college students in a possibly illegal "voter caging" effort for voter suppression has been uncovered in evidence obtained by One Wisconsin Now, a statewide advocacy organization in Madison, Wisconsin.

"Based on what we have heard, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin and leading Tea Party organizations are in collusion in an effort to suppress the ability of minorities and university students in Wisconsin to exercise their right to vote this November," said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "We will be providing all of the evidence we have received on this wrongdoing to federal and state authorities so that they can investigate to ensure justice and democracy prevail."

Voter caging is the practice of sending mail to addresses on the voter rolls, compiling a list of the mail that is returned undelivered, and using that list to purge or challenge voters registrations on the grounds that the voters on the list do not legally reside at their registered addresses. Supporters of voter caging defend the practice as a means of preventing votes cast by ineligible voters. Voter caging, however, is notoriously unreliable. If it is treated (unjustifiably) as the sole basis for determining that a voter is ineligible or does not live at the address at which he or she registered, it can lead to the unwarranted purge or challenge of eligible voters. ...Moreover, the practice has often been targeted at minority voters, making the effects even more pernicious.

Sep 22 11:20

Chemical Hell on Earth

From whatever point of rationalization or greed it is clear that certain groups of corporations with government support have deliberately created a toxic hell on our planet. It’s a special kind of hell that gets chemically and radioactively more toxic each year with the damage and danger expanding to hurt, debilitate, torture, and even kill people in uncountable numbers. Welcome to planet earth.

Sep 22 10:59

CNN Declares the Constitution Racist

n a discussion about Texas governor Rick Perry, CNN’s Rick Sanchez told Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News that “people of color” consider the Constitution — in particular the Tenth amendment — racist. Sanchez made his comment at 1:45 in the following video.

Rich Sanchez literally hates the Constitution. Every time he brings it up you can see his disgust for the basic principles that our country was founded upon. Sanchez is an establishment talking head who shills on a regular basis.

At least he told us about the Mossad agents arrested during 9/11.

Sep 22 10:08

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

Let’s get real. The U.S. is bankrupt. Neither spending more nor taxing less will help the country pay its bills.

What it can and must do is radically simplify its tax, health-care, retirement and financial systems, each of which is a complete mess. But this is the good news. It means they can each be redesigned to achieve their legitimate purposes at much lower cost and, in the process, revitalize the economy.

Last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its annual review of U.S. economic policy. The IMF has effectively pronounced the U.S. bankrupt. Section 6 of the July 2010 Selected Issues Paper says: “The U.S. fiscal gap associated with today’s federal fiscal policy is huge for plausible discount rates.” It adds that “closing the fiscal gap requires a permanent annual fiscal adjustment equal to about 14 percent of U.S. GDP.”

Sep 22 09:59

Orwellian DoubleThink: Collapse is Recovery

Orwellian DoubleThink Series, part 5
Activist Post

When the National Bureau of Economic Research announced, after much deliberation apparently, that the economic recession ended in June, 2009, it was as if the news were broadcast from some other planet. It is Orwellian DoubleThink at its finest, where a compartmentalized think-tank uses some off-world calculus to come up with a conclusion that flies right in the face of observable reality and real-world experience here on Earth.

Here are just a few of the key stories of the week for those who prefer real analysis to pure propaganda:

Sep 22 09:45

Bad Bill Alert

Remember that final scene in Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, where Kumar convinces Harold to go with him to Amsterdam, reminding him that marijuana is legal in the Netherlands? Well, that might just get them thrown in jail for “conspiracy to commit, at any place outside the United States, an act that would constitute a violation of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act if committed within the United States,” under an extremely bad new law proposed by Representative Lamar Smith of Texas that might be voted on today.

The Drug Policy Alliance has an alert on it and is urging people to call Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-0100 and urging to stop the bill from going forward.

Sep 22 09:45

REALITY REPORT #62 - Homeland Security Targets Activists

In this edition of the Reality Report, Gary Franchi blows the lid off the Pennsylvania DHS list targeting activists. He also sits down with Arizona State Senate Libertarian Candidate Andrea Garcia to talk about her race for the Senate seat. Obama gets schooled during his own Town Hall meeting on CNBC, and we have the video. Nina breaks down the headlines including who is funding the Ground Zero Mosque and how the U.S. is in bigger debt than the Government is letting on. She also plays the controversial video of the middle school students praying at a Mosque during a field trip and reports on a new tax concept being proposed in the UK. The viewers brand a new "Enemy of the State" and the mailbag is sifted.Andrea Garcia: Arizona State Senate Candidate - http://blip.tv/file/4150609

Sep 22 09:01

41 words inside S 510

So more than anything else they have ever wanted, have ever sought, the corporations and banks are 41 words, a single sentence, in S 510. Perhaps they would like the US under the WTO before they crash the economy or it collapses for it would give them the connection to international agreements that would allow them

to set up a global corporate economy,

to put us under a single global currency,

to control all resources and energy here,

to tap into "premises ID" for animal disease traceability (also under S 510) so they could take US farmland as collateral on the debt,

Sep 22 08:25

Big health insurers to stop selling new child-only policies

Insurers said they were acting because the new federal requirement could create huge and unexpected costs for covering children. They said the rule might prompt parents to buy policies only after their kids became sick, producing a glut of ill youngsters to insure. As a result, they said, many companies would flee the marketplace, leaving behind a handful to shoulder a huge financial burden.

The change has angered lawmakers, regulators and healthcare advocates, who say it will force more families to enroll in already strained public insurance programs such as Medi-Cal for the poor in California.

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Those who sutured together the Frankenstinian legislation known as "Obamacare" (read: increased taxes with very few tangible benefits) had to understand that this was going to be one of the first actions insurers would take.

Any society is ultimately judged on how well it takes care of its most fragile members; its children and its medically fragile elderly. The US doesn't do terribly well with either segment of these demographics, and this legislation will just make things worse.

Sep 22 07:59

Bernero says No to Wall Street, Yes to a State-Owned Bank

Kathy Barks Hoffman
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. — Democrat Virg Bernero said Thursday he'll stop the state from doing business with banks that won't lend in Michigan if he's elected governor.

He specifically mentioned Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co., criticizing them for refusing to participate in the state's Helping Hardest Hit Homeowners Fund.

Sep 22 06:58

Nations That Lose the High Ground

Francis Anthony Govia
Activist Post

There is a compelling movie called The Diary of Anne Frank that is recommended. It is about a Jewish girl and her family who spent over two years in an attic hiding from Hitler’s goons. Anne Frank survived for much of that time through the generosity of former employees of her father who risked their own lives to bring food to these outcasts.

Like many Jews in Hitler’s Germany, their fate was not uplifting. Anne’s mother, sister, father and friends were betrayed to the powers that be, and with exception of her father, died after being transferred to concentration camps. Her father lived near forty years longer, but can you imagine the memories that tormented him before his physical being expired?

Sep 22 06:48

Economic Collapse Leading to Privatized Police and Corporate Mercenaries

But Who Will Protect Average Citizens?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Pastor Terry Jones was recently sent a security bill of $180,000 by the local authorities for his "burn the Koran" uproar. Pastor Jones is clearly another religious hack pushing hatred and division instead of love and peace, but he is still an American citizen with the right to protest and burn whatever book he wishes. His stunt was divisive and an obvious attempt to stir the pot, but for the police to charge a tax-paying citizen for securing an event that never happened is just, well, mind-boggling.

Sep 22 06:46

Clegg tax war on the middle class: Families could face 'lie detector tests'

The Daily Mail

*Hardline policy will hit thousands of ordinary small business holders
*Number of people targeted for tax checks to go from 5,000 to 150,000
*Special investigators will target people hiding money offshore
*Policies are a bid to placate angry members of Lib Dem grassroots

Middle-class families could be forced to undergo lie detector tests as part of a major crackdown on tax avoidance being spearheaded by Nick Clegg.

Sep 22 06:29

SCOTT HORTON: Reality check: Iran is not a nuclear threat

Forget the neoconservative hype. The facts show Iran is not and has not been a nuclear threat to either the United States or Israel.

Politicians, lobbyists, and propagandists have spent nearly two decades pushing the lie that Iran poses a nuclear weapons threat to the United States and Israel. After a brief respite in the intensity of the wolf cries over the past two years, the neoconservative movement has decided to relaunch the “Must Bomb Iran” brand.

The fact that Iran is not and has not been a nuclear threat to either nation is rendered irrelevant by a narrative of universal “concern” about its nuclear program.

US media distortions

Sep 22 05:26

Israel again refuses to join nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

AFP

It is against Israel's interests to join a global anti-nuclear arms treaty and the UN atomic watchdog is overstepping its mandate in demanding it to do so, its nuclear chief said on Tuesday.

Arab states have tabled a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency annual conference in Vienna for Israel to fore swear nuclear weapons and sign up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Sep 22 05:01

Blast in Tbilisi

An explosive device went off at about 1am on Wednesday in a suburb of Tbilisi, about 100 meters from the U.S. embassy building, police said. No one was injured.

Police destroyed with water cannon another explosive device found in the same site, where formerly an open-air auto market was located.

Sep 22 04:47

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: Democracy in Arab Eyes

Mesopotamian memory is full of millions of tragic stories about widows, orphans, poverty, killing and violence brought about by Americans. No one in the Western media writes about the life of these people or tries to assess the actual destruction of the quality of these people’s lives. The same applies to Afghanistan and Pakistan which have been torn by violence and war and daily killing by American drones.

Sep 22 04:13

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, A FAIR DEAL FOR TERRORIST JONATHAN POLLARD

The American public has never been told the truth about Pollard. Current figures of deaths directly attributed to Pollard’s spying are at between 110 and 120 American CIA agents and up to 1600 top American intelligence assets that were foreign nationals. Minimally, Pollard should have faced 110 murder counts for American victims alone.

Sep 22 03:51

Advancement in Science and Technology Does Not Give Israel the Right to Act like a Nazi State

The Zionists don't stop surprising us with their sickening verbal theatrics. For some time lately, they have been trying to convince the international community and the peoples of the world that criticizing Israeli crimes amounted to anti-Semitism. In other words, these sick thugs would want to silence every legitimate criticism of Israel regardless of what the Nazi-like state does to its Palestinian victims.

Sep 22 00:03

IRAN’S PRESIDENT: LOST IN TRANSLATION AT UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT

By Aljazeera

Iran’s president takes centre stage at the United Nations but his attack on the “unjust” west failed to be heard.

A calm and self-assured Iranian President, on his seventh trip to the United States, showed every sign of being in command of himself.

Ahmadinejad Lost in Translation — “there’s no translation.”

Sep 21 18:36

East Side Detroit Residents Say Fire Not A Natural Disaster

Residents on Detroit's east side rejected Mayor Dave Bing's claim that recent fires were a "natural disaster." They said a small fire caused by a downed power line grew out of control because the underfunded fire department did not respond for at least an hour.

Sep 21 18:29

Hurricanes may cost beyond those hit

A major hurricane in the southern U.S. could carry a financial punch that reaches far beyond coastal communities by forcing hefty insurance surcharges on millions of unaffected people to help pay claims on damaged homes, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The surcharges are a direct result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused hundreds of thousands of homeowners in the Southeast and Gulf Coast to lose their private insurance and join poorly financed state plans...

Sep 21 17:27

GORDON DUFF: IS AMERICA BEING ASKED TO NEGOTIATE WITH A TERRORIST STATE?

Israel is demanding the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for spying against the United States is a hero in Israel. Jonathan Pollard, an American of Jewish ancestry and Zionist extremist publicly stated that he tried to destroy America to help maintain the “racial purity of Israel.” Pollard may have been spying for Israel but all the information he stole, a truckload of America’s most vital secrets, all went to the Soviet Union.

Sep 21 17:16

Terror Suspect Arrested After Planting Bomb In U.S. City

22-year old Sami Hassoun was arrested shortly after planting a fake explosive device outside a local Chicago bar. Hassoun is a Lebanese citizen, who according to the agent involved in the investigation “want’s to kill as many people as possible”.

The story gets interesting with the revelations that the FBI provided the 22 year old alleged terrorist with the fake explosive devise. An undercover agent sold the fake explosive devise to the suspect in a “sting.”

Sep 21 16:57

No Law? No Warrant? No Problem!

"I personally don't understand why the county would use such a large amount of precious law enforcement resources on something like this," objects Ferndale Mayor Craig Covey. "This was obviously a political move by the sheriff to flex his muscles and send a message that he does not want medical marijuana clinics in Oakland County."

Covey also criticized "the use of SWAT teams with masked and armed officers ordering sick, elderly patients to the ground.... Now it's going to cost the taxpayers and the business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees to sort through this mess."

Sep 21 16:37

The Food Crisis is Not About a Shortage of Food

Monsanto giving free seed to poor small holder farmers sounds great, or are they just setting the hook? Remember, next year those farmers will have to buy their seed. Interesting to note that the Gates Foundation purchased $23.1 million worth of Monsanto stock in the second quarter of 2010. Do they also see the food crisis in Africa as a potential to turn a nice profit? Every corporation has one overriding interest - self-interest, but surely not charitable foundations?

Sep 21 15:17

12 Page 9/11 Truth Spread in Yesterday Magazine

Yesterday Magazine is a San Diego based music magazine that doesn't shy away from controversy. Their second issue just launched and it features a twelve page spread on 9/11 truth. The layout is an interview with four members of San Diego 9/11 Truth alongside David Dees illustrations and my artwork. They have an awesome, slick publication that interviews the best bands in San Diego and their publication is widely distributed throughout the city. I am sure this article will stir some dialogue...

Anyone who can buy a copy of this magazine as a show of support for the Yesterday Magazine editors going where the corporate media presstitutes and mainstream media whores dare not tread, I would encourage to do so. /SR

Sep 21 15:00

BBC under fire after removing video of Greek shoe protest from its website

BBC's Greek correspondent said to be 'furious' after his story on protest against Greek PM was removed

Malcolm Brabant, an award-winning BBC correspondent, filmed the shoe-throwing incident involving the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, earlier this month.

The incident happened when Papandreou was visiting the city of Thessaloniki, where approximately 20,000 protesters were demonstrating against his government's swingeing austerity cuts.

The corporation took the footage down from the website after what it described as "supporters of the [Greek] government" complained about the video and made allegations about its authenticity.

The film was taken down despite, it is understood, protests by Brabant. Since the Guardian made inquiries, the BBC has put the video back online.

Sep 21 14:05

Secret Document Affirms US-Israel Nuclear Partnership

Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday July 7, 2010 that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Sep 21 12:53

In-fighting

Well, I recently got in an argument with one of my best buddies in the WRH chatroom. I felt really bad. It opened my eyes though. All the in-fighting between the radio hosts, RCN, GCN etc. I got caught up in it myself. But after getting in an argument with a really cool person on WRH chatroom, it opened my eyes, and I want nothing to do with this anymore. When I think about all the negative things I could say about Alex, Mike, John, etc etc...I look in the mirror and find I am the last one to throw the first stone. I sometimes feel bad, because with all the in-fighting, there will be no one left to give some truth out there.

Sep 21 11:09

Warning All Pregnant Women: Miscarriages From H1N1 Vaccine As High As 3,587 Cases

A shocking report from the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW) presented data from two different sources demonstrating that the 2009/10 H1N1 vaccines contributed to an estimated 1,588 miscarriages and stillbirths. A corrected estimate may be as high as 3,587 cases. NCOW also highlights the fact that the CDC failed to inform their vaccine providers of the incoming data of the reports of suspected H1N1 vaccine related fetal demise.

NCOW collected the data from pregnant women (aged 17 to 45) that occurred after they were administered a 2009 A-H1N1 flu vaccine.The raw data is available on the ProgressiveConvergence.com website

Sep 21 11:06

Money for Prisons, Not for Social Services by Haider Rizvi

Many of those who have lost their jobs and homes in the United States due to the lingering economic recession are ending up in jail, according to a new study released by an independent think tank Thursday.

There is a strong link between poverty and incarceration in the United states, according to the report, "Money Well Spent: How positive social investments will reduce incarceration rates", by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI).

The report's findings on the relationship between poverty and the justice system suggests that more and more people from poor and low-income communities are being arrested and jailed, even though nationwide, crime rates have fallen.

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And let's not forget who makes big money from convict labor in the US!

As reported on March 10, 2009 at:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8289

""The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners' work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself," says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being "an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps."

Who is investing? At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom's, Revlon, Macy's, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor. Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries generally receive the minimum wage for their work, but not all; in Colorado, they get about $2 per hour, well under the minimum. And in privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month."

"Thanks to prison labor, the United States is once again an attractive location for investment in work that was designed for Third World labor markets. A company that operated a maquiladora (assembly plant in Mexico near the border) closed down its operations there and relocated to San Quentin State Prison in California. In Texas, a factory fired its 150 workers and contracted the services of prisoner-workers from the private Lockhart Texas prison, where circuit boards are assembled for companies like IBM and Compaq."

Sep 21 11:01

Project Censored "censored" because of Stance on 9/11 Truth! (Audio MP3)

This years new Project Censored 2011 Book has been released including numerous stories and references to the 9/11 cover up. Dr. Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff explain in this interview that they have been censored by so called "alternative" left wing publications because of their refusal to drop 9/11 truth content!

From the show notes: "Censored 2011" with Dr. Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff. We discuss the new Project Censored book and some of the most censored news stories of the past year.
Listen Here:
Guns and Butter: Project Censored 2011

Sep 21 10:46

PG&E releases list of 100 highest-risk sites

Bowing to public pressure, PG&E released a long-awaited list Monday of its "Top 100" riskiest natural gas pipeline segments and their locations along its 6,700 miles of gas transmission lines.

Eleven of the segments are in Silicon Valley, with one -- located near Highway 237 and Ranch Drive by the San Jose-Milpitas border -- ranked seventh among the 100.

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PG&E was awarded a rate increase specifically to repair the failing gas lines, yet never did the actual work. The residents of San Bruno reported smelling leaking gas three weeks ahead of the blast, and PG&Es only response was to advise them to keep their home well ventilated to avoid a gas buildup.

The real scandal of this explosion and this list is that the national infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate in order to fund the war machine, and that means every single neighborhood in America with a gas main running underneath it is at risk of the same kind of explosion that destroyed those homes in San Bruno!

Sep 21 10:42

New START’s Big Winners: US Nuke Complex, Pentagon, and Contractors

While ratification is by no means guaranteed, there are several clear winners already: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Aerojet General, Alliant Techsystems, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons laboratories, Y-12 nuclear labs, the Pentagon, and Bechtel Corporation.

While much noise has been made about the New START treaty’s cut to the nuclear weapons stockpile, the actual required reduction in arms may be as low as 8 percent, or 162 warheads out of a total of thousands. Furthermore, keep in mind too that this only affects deployed strategic warheads, not “tactical” weapons, and not weapons in the “reserve” stockpile.

Sep 21 09:58

U.S. Loses No. 1 to Brazil-China-India Market in Investor Poll

The U.S. has fallen behind emerging markets in Brazil, China and India as the preferred place to invest, a Bloomberg survey shows, though the world’s largest economy still ranks highest of all major developed countries.

The U.S. economic situation “is obviously unsustainable, and the concerted attempt to suspend disbelief is playing increasingly poorly abroad,” says poll respondent Eric Kraus, chief strategist for Otkritie Brokerage House in Moscow. “One can delay, but no one can forestall the unwind of a multidecade credit bubble.”

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Of course, we've fallen behind: the economy is in meltdown, and infrastructure is crumbling and falling apart.

Sep 21 09:35

Tea With Frankenstein: Please, No Masturbation

Democratic pundits who are rejoicing over the tea party primary victories, thinking that they are good for the Democratic Party, are stupid slugs who ought to have the living shit kicked out of them, just for brainlessly taking up space on the planet. First of all, who could possibly care in the slightest about the fate of the Democratic Party? Am I really supposed to be so filled with motivating joy about the prospects of electing slightly less regressive agents of the American oligarchy to Congress that I will run down to party headquarters and start phone banking for my local Democrat? Are we really supposed get electrified and rally around our president and the inspirational likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, simply because they are marginally less obnoxious than the alternative?

Sep 21 08:48

Farmer, consumer outcry helping to stop passage of draconian 'food safety' bill

(NaturalNews) Advocates of Senate Bill 510 (S.510) -- also known as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act -- are lamenting the delayed passage of the sweeping legislation that many say threatens American food freedom. According to reports, opposition from the public, local farmers and some members of Congress could delay a vote on the bill until November -- and may even kill it completely.

Sep 21 07:09

Medical marijuana growers join Teamsters union

Marcus Wohlsen
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- As organized labor faces declining membership, one of the country's most storied unions is looking to a new growth industry: marijuana.

The Teamsters added nearly 40 new members earlier this month by organizing the country's first group of unionized marijuana growers. Such an arrangement is likely only possible in California, which has the nation's loosest medical marijuana laws.

But it's still unclear how the Teamsters will safeguard the rights of members who do work that's considered a federal crime.

Sep 21 07:06

Pinellas County to Layoff 215 Employees

Pinellas County is facing a $40 million shortfall.

And this year's budget paints an ugly picture of what the county will have to do to continue to operate. Officials said 215 county employees will be out of work by October 1st.

And most departments are taking a huge financial hit as well. Fort De Soto Beach is just one place where residents will notice a difference in services...

Sep 21 06:37

Retired NASA engineer explains why he doesn’t believe the official 9/11 report

Faith in science
Retired NASA engineer explains why he doesn’t believe the official 9/11 report

By Shane Cohn 09/09/2010

It has been said that it requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. But is it unusual to want peace? Truth? Dwain Deets doesn’t think so, and the retired NASA director is determined to demonstrate that the official version of the events of 9/11 defies science. His lectures have been gaining popularity, and Deets will be speaking in Ventura to address some troubling questions about 9/11, from the perspective of science. Deets, a physicist and engineer, was the former director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center’s Aerospace project and is currently a member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Having retired from a 37-year career, Deets has set out to show that the American public has been duped into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His goal is simple. Faith alone cannot end the wars abroad. But perhaps science can.

Sep 21 05:50

END ISRAEL LOBBIES PERVASIVE AND DAMAGING INFLUENCE IN US POLITICS

By Debbie Menon

Support for Israel is not only tragic and immoral, it is also extremely damaging to Americans.

Mark Perry in a recent article in Foreign Policy journal “Petraeus wasn’t the First,” describes succinctly, the opposition to U.S. support for Israel, the rationale for it, and the cover-up on it among American publishers[

Sep 21 05:42

End of an era: Space Shuttle Discovery waits on launch pad ahead of its final mission

Its journey to the launch pad followed the same routine as any of its past 38 flights.

But as Space Shuttle Discovery was towed the 3.5 miles to Cape Canaveral last night there was a bittersweet, almost funereal, air to proceedings.

The old workhorse of Nasa’s fleet, this will be Discovery’s final mission before it is finally retired and becomes a museum piece.

Sep 21 04:52

Gaza: The Enduring Siege

Much attention has been paid to Israel’s “easing” of its siege of Gaza in early July 2010. Palestinians in Gaza now have access to previously banned items like pasta and chocolate. However, there is no freedom of movement for people and goods. In other words, Gaza remains under siege as it has since 2006, almost completely isolated from the rest of the world.

Sep 21 04:48

Israeli Discrimination Drives Kids From School

A thin Palestinian boy, no older than ten, darts between the piles of garbage and the congested lines of traffic which converge at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

He pleads with bus drivers to allow him on their buses so he can sell chewing gum at a pittance. When nobody buys any gum and the boy is ordered off the bus, he leaves on the verge of tears. Risking life and limb he then moves from car to car begging the frustrated drivers to purchase some of his goods.

Sep 21 04:31

The Disasterous Legacy of Mahmoud Abbas

In The Godfather, Marlon Brando coined the phrase "make them an offer they cannot refuse". Netanyahu is putting a new twist on the Hollywood phrase, making it "an offer they cannot but refuse". No nation in the world is recognised by another nation — certainly not with all the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict — as anything in particular. In fact, recognising Israel as a Jewish state would make non-Jewish residents of Israel (one million Palestinians) second class citizens or non-entities.

Sep 21 04:26

THE GRUDGE, AN INVERTED HISTORY OF ISRAEL AND AMERICA - GORDON DUFF

Two weeks ago, USS Liberty survivor, Philip Tourney, was told he would be killed within a month. The threat made against Tourney, US Navy veteran and heroic survivor of the Israeli attack, torpedoes, napalm, strafing lifeboats, was made by an individual identified as an agent of the security services of the State of Israel.

Sep 21 04:19

Bishop Donald Corder: Anti-Semitism versus Anti-Gentile(ism)

Witnessed in the attacks upon and eventual resignation of EU trade chief trade Karel De Gucht after his having referred to the power of the "Jewish lobby" in US policy and the difficulty of having "rational" discussions with Jews on the Middle East. Likewise, the British ambassador to Lebanon, Frances Guy and American journalist Lebanese-born Octavia Nasr, senior editor with CNN television a long-time analyst of the Arab world.

Sep 21 01:41

British Defense Sec Warns Of Threat From Solar Flares

If just one solar storm hit Earth it would wreck life as we know it. Our electricity supply and communications network would be destroyed, returning civilisation to the 18th century. Stuart Clark asks is there any way we can protect ourselves?

With no warning, the lights go out. A sudden loss of electrical power has struck the whole country. Air traffic control goes offline, hospitals switch to back-up generators and as you wait it out at home a stunning aurora dances in the sky above your head.

Sep 21 00:52

Iowa activists drew extensive FBI scrutiny

The FBI’s surveillance of a protest group in Iowa City prior to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., two years ago was far more extensive than initially reported, newly obtained FBI documents show.

Agents staked out the homes of political activists, secretly photographed and shot video of them, pored through their garbage, and studied their cell phone and motor vehicle records, according to records detailing the FBI’s counterterrorism investigation.

Sep 21 00:22

Do Google & YouTube Equate Truthers & Patriots with Terrorists?

According to G4T, Google/YouTube is a “Leftist Organization” that is actively “Promoting Socialist Values, Suppressing Video Counts, De-Indexing Patriot & Truther Channels and are actually Against Freedom and Free-Market Principles.”

The suppression of users content is reportedly based on a formula that consist of profiling user content, and if it is Patriot or Truther content or non-commercial content, it is suppressed and thrown in with Racist and Terrorist content, according to G4T’s description of the mechanics that operate at YouTube.

Sep 21 00:20

Gates Fortune to Go to “Global Poverty” Not Children

NewsCore – Microsoft founder Bill Gates told The Sun on Monday that he will not leave his estimated $53 billion fortune to his children.

The global software giant brainchild, who ranks alongside the Medicis, Romanovs, Rothschilds and Rockefellers as one of history’s wealthiest individuals, said his billions will instead go toward defeating global poverty.

Sep 20 23:38

Estimated 230,000 people have left Juárez due to violence

About 230,000 people have left Juárez, many of them because of the violence and insecurity, according to a study by the Autonomous University of Juarez (UACJ). About 54 percent of those went to the United States and 45 percent to El Paso.

Sep 20 22:01

DR. DAVID HALPIN: Blair’s Journey — Questions Before Charge

Evidence of Extensive War Crimes Committed by a British Prime Minister

You joined the dummy Bush over blood-oozing steaks in April 2002.

The false flag of 9/11 had been repeated by the media megaphones of the UK/US/Israel axis and the absence of a judicial inquiry ensured the ‘big lie, oft repeated’ sank into irrational, Mammon possessed populations. All that was modelled in the ‘think’ tanks with the aim of breaking Iraq, the Arab bastion, for ever. You, and another three of the mafiosi, Aznar, Barroso and Dubya met for an hour in the Azores 16 March.

Sep 20 18:46

I attended a Conservative 9/11 event with “US wars are unlawful” flyers. 2 of 6

*hyperlinks live at source*

This article series explains what happened when I interacted with participants of a 9/11 event to welcome home US soldiers and honor the victims of 9/11, then provides the e-mail exchange with the sponsoring group’s leadership.

Sep 20 17:19

Former LDS bishop sentenced to prison for $20 million Ponzi scheme

A former LDS bishop in Colorado pleaded guilty to cheating at least 67 investors out of more than $20 million.

In a federal courtroom last week, Shawn Merriman, the man behind the Ponzi scheme spanning 14 years, received the maximum sentence of 12 and a half years behind bars and $20.1 million in restitution. He'll also serve three years probation once out of prison.

Sep 20 17:06

Egyptian Paper Doctors Photo of Mubarak and Obama

Al-Ahram, The state-run newspaper in Egypt, recently ran the above photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leading President Obama and other world leaders during Middle East peace talks at the White House.

But that’s not quite how the walk to the East Room played out. The BBC reports that Al-Ahram apparently had some fun with Photoshop, and placed the country’s leader up front.

Sep 20 17:05

National Guard: 'We shot in the face of a Red Flag Warning'

The Utah National Guard took responsibility Monday for authorizing machine gun training in the face of Red Flag Warning.

A spark from one of those machine guns ignited a wildfire that burned three houses and 3,500 acres, forced the evacuation of 1,652 homes and closed seven schools in Herriman.

Your military at its best!

Sep 20 15:20

4.9 Anchorage Earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An earthquake jolted Anchorage and was felt well beyond Alaska's largest city.

Earthquake monitors say the 4.9-magnitude quake struck at 1:24 p.m. Monday about 10 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Cindi Preller with the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says there are no reports of injury or damage, but that people are reporting the earthquake "shook awful hard."

It was felt in Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla and Chickaloon.

According to the tsunami warning center, the quake is not expected to generate a tsunami.

Sep 20 15:13

Chinese ready to drop U.S. holdings and pour money into nation

China's young bankers and budding economists are part of a wired, frustrated generation looking for their inheritance.

They've enjoyed the savings of their parents to get this far. Now they are looking to collect their due from another source – the money China has loaned to the United States...

Sep 20 14:59

84-year-old vet suffers broken neck after police takedown

Talk about overkill by the cop in question. He broke the poor old mans neck for God's sake.

Sep 20 13:32

Utah Vaccine Suspension due to rampant neurological complications in children

Last year's pandemic influenza made a lot of people sick, but many kids got really sick.

New research released Sunday by the University of Utah shows the H1N1 virus apparently triggered a higher rate of neurological complication

Sep 20 12:49

TREASON, BETRAYAL AND DECEIT: THE ROAD TO 9/11 AND BEYOND

The 9/11 issue is increasingly being framed as not “a conspiracy theory,” but “a legitimate controversy,” based on several unanswered questions and important scientific evidence emerging showing the official story line the American public has been fed about the 9/11 attacks is a lie.

Sep 20 11:46

Anatomy of a Police State Setup and Coverup

A recent call to the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff’s department reported shots fired at a two-acre privately owned residence in an unincorporated area of the county.

When Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they immediately moved to detain homeowner Matt Hart, who was sighting in his .22 caliber rifle, as he had done for years, legally, on his own property.

What happened next is nothing short of a clear setup of the homeowner for criminal violations, and a subsequent cover up to protect the arresting officers. As luck would have it, much of the arrest and search and seizure of Mr. Hart’s home and weapons was caught on audio and video surveillance by police issued equipment.

Sep 20 11:43

Leaking Secrets, Leaking Blood

The news arrives with disturbing regularity: 72 bodies found, a federal policeman killed, 4 men decapitated and hung from a bridge, 19 corpses found, 33 men executed, a massacre at a La Quinta Inn, Girl Assassin Squad Discovered.

This isn't news from Baghdad, it's a single week of headlines from Blog Del Narco, Mexico's rawest source of news on the ultraviolence engulfing the country. Until recently, the factional chaos was mostly confined to "Lost Cities" like Cuidad Juarez and Tijuana. Now, entire states are spiraling out of control.

Sep 20 11:32

Police chief issues call to decriminalise cannabis and redirect resources

One of Britain's most senior police officers has proposed decriminalising the personal use of drugs such as cannabis to allow more resources to be dedicated to tackling high-level dealers.

Tim Hollis, chief constable of Humberside police, said the criminal justice system could offer only a "limited" solution to the UK's drug problem, a tacit admission that prohibition has failed.

Hollis, chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers' drugs committee, said he did not want to criminalise young people caught with minor amounts of substances such as cannabis. A criminal record that could ruin their career before it began was disproportionate, he said.

Sep 20 11:09

Mexican media ask drug cartels, 'What do you want from us?'

The bloody drug war that has raged across Mexico seems to have felled another victim: media coverage.

In Juarez, the city's biggest paper, El Diario, announced it would be pulling back coverage of the drug war after the second killing of one of its journalists this year.

More than 22 journalists have been killed in the past four years. Luis Carlos Santiago, 21, a photographer with El Diario, was shot in a parked car outside a shopping mall. Reporters Without Borders placed the blame not on the drug violence, but on the corruption of the government.

Sep 20 10:22

I attended a Conservative 9/11 event with “US wars are unlawful” flyers. 1 of 6

*hyperlinks live at source*

This article series explains what happened when I interacted with participants of a 9/11 event to welcome home US soldiers and honor the victims of 9/11, then provides the e-mail exchange with the sponsoring group’s leadership.

Sep 20 10:04

UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First

The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

The proposal by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stresses the need for employers to provide real-time information to the government so that it can monitor all payments and make a better assessment of whether the correct tax is being paid.

Sep 20 09:49

Good Food Is Emerging as a Real Alternative to the Dominance of Corporate Agriculture

"Every year 76 million cases of foodborne illnesses occur, leading to about 300,000 hospitalizations and 5000 deaths."

(New York Times, Sept. 4, 2010)

That's because most Americans still believe we have no alternative to the food produced by agribusinesses who care as little about our health as they do about the health of the chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs, so tightly packed in pens and cages on factory farms that the floor is scarcely visible, and where visible, is covered with excrement.

Fortunately, another healthier agriculture has been emerging in the last few decades.

Sep 20 09:30

Yousef Munayyer: When Settlers Attack: Understanding Settler Violence against Palestinian Civilians

The top five events makes up nearly 70 percent of all the different instances that we are seeing in the data for this period. The other 30 percent of events is split between abduction, harassment, land or house seizure, open fire or basically shooting at people, raids, theft, vehicular assault.

Sep 20 08:52

Industry has sway over food safety system: study

The study released on Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists found one-in-four of those surveyed have seen corporate interests forcing their agency to withdraw or modify a policy or action designed to protect consumers during the past year.

The 44-question survey, conducted earlier this year, also found more than 38 percent of those respondents said "public health has been harmed by agency practices that defer to business interests" at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Sep 20 08:19

Third world America

These cuts in infrastructure and education are more than just a temporary belt-tightening in response to a recession. They threaten long-term damage to American’s economic foundation—a foundation that has long been eroding. When the eight-lane Interstate 35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis in 2009, killing 13 people and injuring 145, the American Society of Civil Engineers warned that the infrastructure deficit of aging postwar highways and bridges amounted to US$1.6 trillion. More than a quarter of America’s bridges were rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Steam pipes have exploded in New York City and the levees failed in New Orleans.

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Welcome to Ameristan, courtesy of the last two administrations.

Sep 20 08:13

Partners in Crime: The U.S. Secret State and Mexico's "War on Drugs"

For decades, investigative journalists, researchers and analysts have noted the symbiotic relationships forged amongst international drug syndicates, neofascists and U.S. intelligence agencies, documenting the long and bloody history of U.S. complicity in the global drugs trade.

While the United States has pumped billions of dollars into failed drug eradication schemes in target countries through ill-conceived programs such as Plan Colombia and the Mérida Initiative, in the bizarro world of the "War on Drugs," corporate interests and geopolitics always trump law enforcement efforts to fight organized crime, particularly when the criminals are partners in crimes perpetrated by the secret state.

Sep 20 08:09

Jewish groups get most Homeland Security funding

Of $24 million in grants nationwide, Jewish groups have been awarded $19.6 million.

Sep 20 08:07

MY FATHER THE PIECE WORKER

For the most part, that generation is long gone. The unfortunate thing is so are the lessons they learnt. Their offspring didn’t seem interested in carrying the banners left by them. They remain tucked away in dark corners of the attic, but the horrors continue to this very day…. why the complicity? Why the ‘I don’t care’ attitude?

It is often heard from parents that “we are doing this for the children” …. is it not time to ‘do something for the parents’ as well? Is it not time to help bring about the ‘CHANGE’ that so many of our parents dreamt of? Hatred thrives in America today. Do we not owe it to ourselves and to our parents to change that situation?

Sep 20 07:33

Saudi king meets top US, Canadian counter-terror officials

AFP

Saudi King Abdullah and security czar Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz have held talks with top intelligence and counter-terror officials from the United States and Canada, the SPA news agency reported.

Sep 20 06:42

Debunking the Department of Justice's Hit Piece, Part 1

Richard Anatone, Contributing Writer

Activist Post

You have all been lied to.

Sep 20 05:43

SAHAR TV INTERVIEWS DR. ALAN SABROSKY ON 9/11 AND BEYOND

The 9/11 issue is increasingly being framed as not “a conspiracy theory,” but “a legitimate controversy,” based on several unanswered questions and important scientific evidence emerging showing the official story line the American public has been fed about the 9/11 attacks is a lie.
Dr. Alan Sabrosky in a recent interview on Sahar TV, marking the 9th Anniversary of the tragedy, once again challenges the truth of the official US Government Truth Commission and reiterates and re-affirms his earlier positions, among others that “….WT7 was absolutely a controlled demolition job…and if one of them was, then all three were”

Sep 19 21:18

American Public Opinion and the Special Relationship with Israel

Americans “also appear to be very wary of being dragged into a conflict prompted by an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In this survey, conducted in June 2010, a clear majority of Americans (56%) say that if Israel were to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran were to retaliate against Israel, and the two were to go to war, the United States should not bring its military forces into the war on the side of Israel and against Iran”

Sep 19 20:41

Former FBI Special Agent Don Adams - "JFK Assassination Exposed"

Donald A. Adams became a Special Agent of the FBI on Sept. 10, 1962.
http://adamsjfk.com

He completed 14 weeks of training in Washington, D.C., and Quantico, Va. Upon completion of training, he returned to his home in Akron, Ohio to spend the holidays. On New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 1963, he and his family departed Akron for his first office in Atlanta, Ga.

Sep 19 18:51

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL’S WAR WITH ITSELF

THE VICTIM GAME –

It is easy to spot a liar if you are willing to take an honest look. When the American press quoted President Ahmadinejad of Iran saying, “I am going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth” we had our own gullibility thrown in our faces. We, if willing to look honestly at ourselves, were being humiliated, played for fools.

It is one thing if a spokesman for Bibi Netanyahu’s Likudist government had tried this, but it was all the networks and newspapers in America, all carrying the same story, a story, not only inaccurate but an outrageous lie. The story, the translation, was so false, that it should have been a joke were it not being used to try to convince America to attack Iran to “defend” Israel. This is what Ahmadinejad actually said:

Sep 19 17:34

Focus of hurricane season may soon shift to Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico

The busy 2010 hurricane so far has been good to Florida.

But for Tampa Bay, the greatest threat is still to come.

Year in and year out, hurricanes that form in October in the Caribbean Sea present the most serious concern for the west Florida shoreline...

Sep 19 17:25

GEORGE GALLOWAY - Viva Palestina 5 Send off London

George Galloway speaking in London this morning at the start of the latest Viva Palestina convoy to attempt the Gaza run

Sep 19 17:20

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Martin Peretz And The Dangers of Obsessive Love

Back on March 6, 2010 Peretz said, "I can’t imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. That is, you will say my prejudice, but some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong."

Sep 19 16:16

Kitat Kohenut and the Israeli Police State in Amerikka

Kitat Kohenut and the Israeli Police State in Amerikka
But Kitat Kohenut indicates that this is only the beginning of their plans for armed operations within the United States....
“Our short term goal is to form rapid response teams in the larger Jewish communities in the US. These include New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Right now we are in the process of building up these Kitot Konenut (response teams) to get to the point where they are entirely self sufficient and able to cover the entire area of Jewish settlement within those urban centers, as well as their suburbs. We are starting in those areas as we see them as being the most visible, and therefore most likely targets of terrorist and antisemitic attacks.

Sep 19 15:39

BP Oil Spill Over; Or Is It?

Today BP announced that the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is now “effectively dead,” ignoring the massive oil gushing fissures in the seabed that have been outlined by many top experts.

Over the last 5 months, the BP well has shot an estimated 206 million gallons of oil into the gulf. This coupled with the use of a tremendous amount of chemical dispersant, has turned the once semi-pristine waters into a toxic chemical emulsification of death. Marine life , wildlife, and human life alike have been threatened and even desecrated by the non stop lacing of the environment with known chemical toxins.

Sep 19 14:42

Martin Peretz: editor of New Republic and agent of Israel

Lawrence Davidson profiles Martin Peretz, the editor-in-chief of the New Republic. “Martin Peretz is a good example of that subset of Americans whose single-minded dedication to Israel makes them ... agents of a foreign power. Indeed, in his willingness to pronounce his affection in the most indiscrete way, Peretz can be seen as their spokesman.”

Sep 19 10:31

Spread the New Gospel

Having spent many days reading and studying the political turmoil we face today, I have been obliged to conclude that, rather than a natural social phenomenon, today's financial and military havoc has been orchestrated for the benefit of and by persons whose aims in life are personal aggrandizement, money, and power. Thanks to propaganda, none dare call it conspiracy.

Sep 19 10:22

Xenophobia and Islamophobia in the USA

"To generalize is to be an idiot." – William Blake

Xenophobia is a fear or contempt of that which is foreign or unknown, especially of strangers or foreign people. It includes hatred of persons belonging to a different race, or different ethnic or national origin.

The fear or hatred that makes up xenophobia involves a great deal of generalizing about "others".

Unfortunately, if you develop a mindset about large numbers of people based on the actions of a few, you can treat whole populations badly.

British historian Thomas Macaulay said: "In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes."

Sep 19 09:47

Papal visit: Thousands protest against Pope in London

Thousands have marched in London to protest against the Pope's visit.

Organisers of the protest say 20,000 people took part in the rally; however, police say they are unable to confirm this figure.

The march proceeded from Hyde Park Corner through central London to Whitehall where a rally was held with speakers including gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.

- "opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of Aids"

- "promoting segregated education"

- "denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women"

- "opposing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights, including universal decriminalisation of homosexuality"

- "failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation"

Sep 19 09:41

European Jewish aid ship bound for Gaza ready to sail

Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, a leader of the German Jewish Voice organization, said the trip being managed by Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), a British group. The Jewish activists were already on board, she said, but would not reveal their port of departure.

An organization of European Jews that wants to sail an aid ship to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza said Wednesday its ship was ready to go, but its port of departure remained a secret.

Kate Katzenstein-Leiterer, a leader of the German Jewish Voice organization, said the trip was being managed by Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), a British group. The Jewish activists were already on board.

Sep 19 09:24

Big Pharma Scores Big Win: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

It's almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear, and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost.

Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness choose to send our way, and we have no option but to pay whatever rates they want.

Big Pharma and Agribusiness have almost completed their march to take over every aspect of health, from the food we eat to the way we care for ourselves when we're ill. Have no doubt about it: this takeover will steal what health remains to us.

Sep 19 05:23

Iran detains seven U.S. troops

Iranian border guards detained seven U.S. troops as they tried to illegally enter the Islamic state, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday, without giving a source.

"Recently seven American troops were detained by Iranian guards in a southeastern province of the country ... Two Iranians accompanying the troops were also arrested," said Fars...

Sep 19 01:14

FDA won’t allow food to be labeled free of genetic modification: report

Intel Hub – The FDA is actively working with corporations such as Monsanto to essentially poison the food supply. The FDA is crawling with former Monsanto execs, the same company that brought us the infamous agent orange toxin and who controls the vast majority of the American food supply. We live in a country where our government BANS companies from labeling their products GMO free!

Sep 18 22:54

AMERICA’S “JUSTICE” IN OCCUPIED IRAQ: WHY TARIQ AZIZ SHOULD BE RELEASED

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

The appearance on August 5 of an interview with former Iraqi diplomat Dr. Tariq Aziz in the Guardian was a minor bombshell, whose repercussions were to be felt worldwide. Like an underground explosion, the interview sent waves throughout international waters, rocking many boats and reaching far distant shores. It was not only what the former top Iraqi diplomat said — although his brief statements were of utmost relevance — but the mere fact that he was allowed to speak out in public, which sent eerie signals across international diplomatic circuits.

Why?

Who Is Tariq Aziz?

Sep 18 21:12

JAMES PETRAS: IMPERIALISM AND IMPERIAL BARBARISM

Excerpts from Petras thesis:

Imperialism, its character, means and ends has changed over time and place.

Under pressure from nationalist and socialist anti-imperialist movements and regimes, colonial structured empires gave way to new nationalist regimes. Some of which restructured their economies, diversifying their productive systems and trading partners.

Sep 18 20:11

By Way of Deception, We Shall do War

By Way of Deception, We Shall do War
Contributed by Deanna Spingola
Thursday, September 16, 2010 5:36
Populations wouldn't knowingly consent to their own demise. But distracted, naïve, ignorant citizens, by their consent, relinquish their liberties by placing their trust in others (1) two-faced lying politicians who have abandoned the constitution and sold their souls and, (2) the persuasive profit-driven elite media.

Sep 18 18:24

Paul Balles: More Islamophobia in America

Documentary film-maker Michael Moore pointed out, “Blaming a whole group for the actions of just one of that group is anti-American. Timothy McVeigh was Catholic. Should Oklahoma City prohibit the building of a Catholic Church near the site of the former federal building that McVeigh blew up?”

Sep 18 17:38

Drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ hit 35 states, spread worldwide

Bacteria that are able to survive every modern antibiotic are cropping up in many U.S. hospitals and are spreading outside the USA, public health officials say.

The bugs, reported by hospitals in more than 35 states, typically strike the critically ill and are fatal in 30% to 60% of cases

Sep 18 17:19

German weekly economic magazine publishes story questioning 9/11

This is a major breaktrough, as Focus Money is the second in the market for ecomomic magazines by numbers, edition about 140.000, views probably 50% more.

This is the second time Focus Money printed an article about 9/11 truth, after a 5-page article back in January. The old one was titled "We don't believe you" http://www.911komplott.de/downloads/9-11wir-glauben-euch-nicht--Focus%20...

Oliver Janich claims, it took him 5 years to convince his chief editor to run such a story, he got him convinced only after he was watching 9/11 Mysteries on tv.

Sep 18 16:52

Seattle: Protest March and Rally for John T. Williams

Hello world!

Here is video of the protest starting at the scene of the execution and ending at Seattle city hall. The rally and march took place on September 16, 2010, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Local Native American carver, John T. Williams was shot four times at close range by a Seattle police officer, Ian Birk, on August 30, 2010 at the corner of Boren Ave. and Howell St for carrying a piece of wood and a three inch folding knife.

Article here: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/426053_williams021.html

The two better Seattle news stations, KIRO and KING (in my opinion), gave the event minuscule coverage -- no big surprise.

To emphasize that there were not merely a handful of mourners participating, I start this story with video of the protesters entering city hall.

Sep 18 16:09

Seattle: Protest March and Rally for John T. Williams

Hello world!

Here is video of the protest starting at the scene of the execution and ending at Seattle city hall. The rally and march took place on September 16, 2010, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Local Native American carver,John T. Williams was shot four times at close range by Seattle police officer, Ian Birk, on August 30, 2010 at the corner of Boren Ave. and Howell St for carrying a piece of wood and a three inch folding knife.

Article here: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/426053_williams021.html

The two better Seattle news stations, KIRO and KING (in my opinion), gave the event minuscule coverage -- no big surprise.

To emphasize that there were not merely a handful of mourners participating, I start this story with video of the protesters entering city hall.

Sep 18 14:28

Germany's HRE bank 'pays millions' in bonuses

Germany's troubled Hypo Real Estate bank, which last year narrowly avoided bankruptcy before being nationalised, has paid 25 million euros (32.6 million dollars) in executive bonuses, Der Spiegel reported.

The property and municipal funding specialist paid out the bonuses for 2009 after executives threatened legal action, the German weekly said in an article to be published Monday.

---oOo---

And if you are a citizen sucks to be you!

Sep 18 14:22

Xenophobia and Islamophobia in USA

Paul J. Balles considers the mindset – the ignorance, irrationality and faulty reasoning – behind xenophobia and its latest manifestation in the United States and other Western countries, Islamophobia.

Sep 18 12:12

Year's tally of U.S. bank failures reaches 124

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Three bank failures in Georgia and one in Ohio has brought 2010's tally to 124, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday. The banks closed by regulators include Bramble Savings Bank in Milford, Ohio; the Bank of Ellijay in Ellijay, Ga.; First Commerce Community Bank in Douglasville, Ga.; and the Peoples Bank in Winder, Ga. The four failures will cost the deposit-insurance fund about $240.1 million, the FDIC said. Earlier in the day, the agency reported the failure of ISN Bank in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Sep 18 12:04

Lawsuit asks if science was manipulated in oil spill estimates

WASHINGTON — An environmental whistleblower group charges in a lawsuit that the Obama administration is withholding documents that would reveal why it issued an estimate on the gravity of the Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout that later was proved to be far too low.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued Thursday in federal court, claiming that federal officials are withholding hundreds of pages of reports and communications between scientists on the Flow Rate Technical Group, who were tasked with making the estimates, and Marcia McNutt, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey, who chaired the technical group and released a summary of its findings.

The controversy over the oil flow estimates is part of a broader question about whether political appointees at the top of the Obama administration have manipulated and publicized incorrect or incomplete scientific information in an attempt to tamp down anxiety and anger over the world's worst oil accident.

Sep 18 11:53

Natural Gas From Ruptured Gulf Well Remained Trapped in Deep Waters

Perhaps it should have been called the Gulf of Mexico gas spill.

In June, while the well resisted control, scientists led by David Valentine, a microbial geochemist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, took several hundred samples of natural gas at 31 sites in a large circle around Macondo, extending to a maximum of 8 miles from the spill's epicenter. Data from their cruise, sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, amount to the first independent snapshot of the immediate, short-term response triggered underwater by an onslaught of gas.

The majority of the methane, they found, remained dissolved more than 2,600 feet underwater, and the gas likely accounted for two-thirds of all the microbial activity in the undersea plumes. Based on government and BP data, some 206,000 metric tons of methane, 35,700 tons of ethane and 28,400 tons of propane snaked out into the subsurface, they estimated.

Sep 18 11:05

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: When they shout: “We strongly condemn …”

The lack of Western reaction towards this rise in the number of crimes against Palestinians reflects the conviction in the West that ‘violence has receded in the Middle East’, as if killing the Arabs is not ‘violence’, while killing these settlers is the only ‘violence’ in the Middle East

Sep 18 11:02

Carter in new book: Obama turned back on settlement freeze

Carter also criticizes fellow Democrat and former president Bill Clinton over his policy on Israel settlement expansion, writing that settlement building was especially rapid during Clinton's administration.

Sep 18 10:36

Video: America's poor and impoverished turn to the forest

While the number of homeless people in America is peaking, some have been forced to live in the woods for years because they have nowhere else to go. And their numbers are only growing.
Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at these people who desperately want to find work just breaks your heart.

Welcome to Ameristan, courtesy of the last two administrations!

Sep 18 10:27

Bound Palestinian Shot To Death By Israeli Policemen

The Documentation and Research Unit at the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) reported Saturday that the Palestinian resident from Jerusalem who was shot by an Israeli soldiers in Tel Aviv on September 14 was bound before he was killed.

Sep 18 10:09

Bomb-Plot Informant Testifies FBI Sent Him to Terrorist Camp in Pakistan

The confidential informant at the center of the case against four men accused of plotting to bomb New York City synagogues testified that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent him to Pakistan in 2008 to attend a terrorist training camp.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, it looks like the FBI wanted to build up this guy's "street cred" with the trip to Pakistan.

Sep 18 09:41

Gonna Have To Face It, You’re Addicted To Zionism

They are everywhere, these dangerous intellectual substances that pollute the mind, causing it to mutate from a life-giving/life-sustaining miracle-machine into a weapon of mass destruction. And of all of them out there on the street, the one most responsible for turning the world into one giant ghetto and that’s caused the most damage–both real and collateral–on God’s green earth is the one sitting atop all major world affairs these days and, it is Judaism/Zionism. Truly, as current events are proving now on a daily basis, it is the deadliest of all addictions.

Sep 18 07:47

Choose Freedom: Ignore DC

Issue by issue, law by law, the best way to change the federal government is by refusing to comply with it on a state and individual level. Withdrawing our consent for unconstitutional “laws,” acts, regulations….and mandates…has a much better effect than begging or demanding that DC limit its own power.

Over the years, wise men and women warned us that the Constitution would never enforce itself. I believe it’s time for people to recognize this as fact, and bring that enforcement closer to home.

Sep 18 06:51

STEPHEN WALT: Did Tony Blair endorse preventive war on Iran?

Political leaders often draw negative inferences from an adversary’s conduct, without realizing that their own behavior is not really that different. In particular, an opponent’s past actions is frequently invoked to demonstrate how aggressive/dangerous/hostile/unstable they are, but when one’s own country (or a close ally) acts in the very same way, we are quick to find ways to rationalize or justify it and we would never conclude that we might be equally aggressive or irrational.

Case in point: in an interview with Charlie Rose on Sept. 7, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came close to endorsing the use of force against Iran...

Sep 18 06:32

'Stasi spies' on the motorways: Big Brother fears as motorists are urged to inform on each other

James Slack and Jack Doyle
The Daily Mail

Police are asking motorists to spy on each other for examples of poor driving in an alarming new extension of the 'Big Brother' state.

Drivers are told to be on the look out for inconsiderate driving or anybody making 'excessive noise' with their car.

Detailed reports - which critics warn could easily be malicious accusations against neighbours - are submitted to the police, who log extensive details on a huge computer database.

Sep 18 06:20

GORDON DUFF: TAXPAYERS FUNDING ISRAELI DATABASE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS

CAUGHT! MOSSAD PAID BY U.S. TO SPY ON “DISSIDENTS,” TEA PARTY, ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Never has a nation funded a foreign spy organization’s efforts to catalog potential intelligence assets, operatives and, at the same time, take over the job of watching themselves. This is one of the greatest intelligence coups in history. Combine this with control of America’s airport security and total control of America’s communications networks, everything, mobile, internet, even landlines….we might as well pull down the flag and roll over.

Sep 18 05:27

States working harder to collect online sales taxes

With budgets in crisis, enforcement efforts gather steam

Alex Johnson
MSNBC

It’s too early to know exactly how much the Nebraska chapter of the March of Dimes raised this week at its annual Signature Chefs Auction in Omaha, but odds are that more than 10 percent of the charity’s proceeds are going straight to the tax man.

Sep 17 23:29

Drug recalls surge

Recalls of prescription and over the counter drugs are surging, raising questions about the quality of drug manufacturing in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration reported more than 1,742 recalls last year, skyrocketing from 426 in 2008, according to the Gold Sheet, a trade publication on drug quality that analyzes FDA data.

"A pill for every ill, not such a true statement anymore" - kdtroxel

Sep 17 22:59

Texas Sues to Block Bizarre "Global Warming" EPA Rules

Lawsuit says science behind 'global warming' claims is junk, discredited

The state of Texas today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a federal appeals court in Washington DC, claiming four new regulations imposed by the EPA are based on the 'thoroughly discredited' findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and are 'factually flawed,' 1200 WOAI news reports.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the rules are illegal and if imposed, will cost Texans in higher energy costs and tens of thousands of lost jobs.

"The state explained that the IPCC, and therefore the EPA, relied on flawed science to conclude that greenhouse emissions endanger public health and welfare," Abbott said. "Because the Administration predicated its Endangerment Finding on the IPCC's questionable facts, the state is seeking to prevent the EPA's new rules, and the economic harm that will result from these regulations, from being imposed on Texas employers, workers, and enforcement agencies."

Sep 17 22:52

Job losses cut wide swath in California

California employers eliminated 33,500 jobs in August as the state unemployment rate rose to 12.4%.

California's deeply troubled labor market took another hit in August as employers laid off more workers than expected, renewing fears that the state's economic recovery has stalled.

Employers cut 33,500 jobs, marking the third straight month of losses and pushing the state's unemployment rate to 12.4%, up from 12.3% in July, according to data released Friday by the Employment Development Department. California has lost 113,100 jobs since August 2009.

Last month's losses were widespread, hitting almost all sectors, including construction, manufacturing, financial services, leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities. Government was the biggest loser, shedding 9,200 jobs, most of them temporary census positions.

"The thing that is disconcerting is that we have lost jobs in virtually every industry," said Sung Won Sohn, an economist and UC Channel Islands professor. "At this stage of an economic recovery, we should be doing much better."

Sep 17 22:46

We Have To Understand How Badly Damaged Our Economy Is! Peter Schiff

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." - Thomas Jefferson (Begs the question, does our constitution properly constrain the actions of the Federal Government? - kdtroxel)

“A nation without the means of reform is without means of survival.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Sep 17 22:10

ANDY WORTHINGTON: Introducing the Definitive List of the Remaining Prisoners in Guantánamo

The articles to follow, covering the rest of the prisoners still held, deal with those seized in particular locations: two cover prisoners seized in Afghanistan; two more tell the stories of prisoners seized crossing from Afghanistan to Pakistan in December 2001; two deal with prisoners seized in Pakistan; and the final article covers the “high-value detainees” transferred to Guantánamo from secret CIA prisons in September 2006, and other prisoners, seized in a variety of countries, who were subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and imprisonment in secret CIA prisons.

Sep 17 21:39

How Money is Created By Banks - in 5 Minutes!

All the money in your bank account was created by private companies. Through a loophole in the law and some clever accounting, these companies (commonly known as banks) create new money whenever they make a loan. This means that every pound in your bank account was created when someone went into debt. For every £1 in your account, someone else has to be £1 in debt. If you want to get out of debt, someone else must sink further into debt.

If you want to pay off your debt, you must pay it off with someone else's debt. And every year, we must collectively pay interest to the banks on every pound that exists - a huge subsidy to the banks, and a huge expense to us. So if you've ever wondered why banks are so profitable, or where all this debt actually came from, or why the financial crisis really happened, your answer is at http://www.call4reform.org

Note: American banking system does this very same thing - kdtroxel

Sep 17 20:49

The Questions of 9/11 are Still Unanswered

Two days after the attacks, President George W. Bush said on September 13, 2001 that finding Bin Laden is the administration’s first priority. These are his words: “the most important thing for us is to find Osama bin Laden. It’s our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.”
6 months later, everything changed. These are the words of President George W. Bush, too: “I don’t know where he is. I have no idea and I really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”

Sep 17 17:15

US helping to keep Israel's dangerous WMD out of the spotlight at IAEA conference

Arab states remain adamant about bringing Israel to account for its nuclear activities by proposing a relevant draft resolution to UN's nuclear watchdog for its upcoming annual conference.

As the 54th annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to convene next week, there is great international anticipation for a major focus on Tel Aviv's nuclear activities, after so many years of ignoring the issue.

"The Arab Group urges to keep the item 'Israeli nuclear capabilities' on the agenda of the general conference and ... will submit a draft resolution," said the Sudanese envoy to the organization, Mahmound El-Amin on behalf of 22 Arab states, AFP reported.

Sep 17 17:05

Social Security Disability Seeing Increased Demand From Unemployed

...In the throes of a sagging economy, more people — many who have lost their jobs during the recession — are saying they are disabled and need to tap into the insurance program.

In 2007, 149,044 initial disability claims were filed in Florida, according to the Social Security Administration. By 2009, that number jumped nearly 33 percent to 197,960 claims...

Sep 17 16:45

County Sues Farmer For excessive crops on his own land

CLARKSTON, Ga.
An American farmer has been fined 5000 dollars for growing vegetables on his own farmland.Steve Miller says he has been growing broccoli, cabbages and other crops for 15 years. He says he sells some produce at farmers markets and gives some away.

Sep 17 16:21

Poll: Vast majority opposes attack on Iran

Two-thirds want US to be neutral in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Americans increasingly accept torture, survey finds

Fewer than one in five Americans would support a US military strike on Iran if the Middle Eastern country continued to pursue its nuclear program in the face of international sanctions, a new poll indicates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A few thoughts about the US institutionalization of torture:

1. When we torture, we violate every human rights treaty to which we have ever been signatory.

2. When we torture, US government officials can no longer speak about America's love for justice, human rights, and human dignity, because we are observing those values in the breach, not in the observance of them.

3. When we torture, we give carte blanche for any government or insurgency to torture our military or civilian personnel. Please chew on that for a while, particularly if you have friends or family currently serving in the US military

Sep 17 14:03

BP Has Ties to Michigan Oil Spill, Enbridge

On July 26, 2010, near Marshall Michigan, a part of the Olympic pipeline controlled and maintained by Enbridge Inc, dumped approximately 800,000 gallons of oil into Talmdge Creek, a creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River.

What most of us didnt know was that in Dec. 2005 the Enbridge corporation partnered with BP for ownership of the Olympic pipeline. BP spent 101.9 million dollars to gain 65% of the shares in Enbridge Inc, the leader in energy transportation and distribution in North America.

Sep 17 13:23

America’s True Believers and the Great Muslim Scare

Lawrence Davidson explains the phenomenon of Pamela Geller, an American Islamophobe who has played a prominent role in mobilizing bigots and hate-mongers against Muslims in the USA.

Sep 17 13:04

Help Free Ed Steele

Edgar J. Steele has been entrapped by a legal system that presumes his guilt in the face of false charges. Ed has been in jail and solitary confinement for three months in Spokane, WA because of false allegations that he masterminded a murder-for-hire plot to kill me and my mother. I have never believed that Ed was involved in such a plot! Ed has defended the politically incorrect for years; people who, were it not for him, never would have had representation...

Sep 17 11:49

Bacteria in the gulf mostly digested gas, not oil, study finds

The discovery tempers hopes that microorganisms have eaten up most of the spilled oil in the gulf, as other scientists had recently suggested, the lead author says.

Bacteria that attacked the plumes of oil and gas resulting from the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico mainly digested natural gas spewing from the wellhead — propane, ethane and butane — rather than oil, according to a study published in the journal Science.

The paper doesn't rule out the possibility that bacteria also are consuming oil from the spill, the authors said. Instead, it suggests that natural gas primed the growth of bacteria that may have gone on to digest "more complex hydrocarbons" — oil — as the spill aged and propane and ethane were depleted.

Sep 17 11:23

Deputy Sheriff Accused Of Sex Crimes

Sep 17 11:07

Activists Demand Investigation into DHS Bulletin, Long History of Labeling Americans as Terrorists

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a long history of labeling legitimate activists as potential terrorists. What kind of country is America without freedom of speech?

Recently, gas drilling activists, angry about tap water that has the ability to be lit on fire, were targeted as potential terrorists. More and more government agencies are working for the interests of corporations rather than the people they are supposed to protect.

There are literally hundreds of examples of DHS labeling Americans as terrorists. Here are a few.

To top it off, the company that was hired, The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response is an Israeli company. That’s right, foreign companies are running surveillance on legitimate Americans.

Wayne Madsen reported today that Israel is actively recruiting university students to go to Israel and see how great their terrorism procedures are. Mossad Recruitment?

Sep 17 11:03

Holt: FBI anthrax investigation is itself subject of probe

After years of questioning the conclusion and methods of an FBI investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened dozens of others, Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) announced yesterday that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is opening an inquiry into the matter.

Holt, along with a handful of other legislators, had sent a letter to the GAO in May requesting an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the case. The FBI officially closed the case in February after concluding in 2008 that Dr. Bruce Ivins, a former biodefense scientist, was the sole culprit in the attacks.

Ivins, a resident of Frederick, Md., committed suicide shortly before government investigators planned to formally file charges against him.

Sep 17 11:01

Candidate, Election Workers Kidnapped on Eve of Afghan Poll

Afghan officials say the Taliban has kidnapped 19 people, including a candidate and several campaign workers, on Frifay, the eve of nationwide parliamentary elections.

An Independent Election Commission spokesman confirmed Friday that a candidate had been kidnapped in eastern Laghman province. Eight election officials and 10 campaign workers were also reported kidnapped in northwestern Badghis province

Taliban militants have already killed at least three candidates and several campaign workers in the run-up to Saturday's vote. The group is threatening to stage countrywide attacks, as it did during last year's presidential elections in an effort to intimidate voters.

Sep 17 09:50

Monsanto, Blackwater and GM crop saboteurs

Agribusiness giant Monsanto, which genetically modifies plants to excude or tolerate pesticide or to produce nonviable seeds, hired the services of the mercenary firm Blackwater to spy on activists, Jeremy Scahill reports. A death-tech firm weds a hit squad.

This is no doubt in response to a decade of GM crop sabotage efforts around the globe.

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