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July 31, 2009

Jul 31 08:32

Motorists to pay £250 for parking at work under new Government scheme

Commuters who drive to work face paying a new 'parking tax' of up to £350 a year, Ministers announced today.

They are backing a new 'workforce parking levy' which will come into force in Nottingham in 2012 - and is likely to be adopted across the country.

The pilot scheme will see firms with more than 10 parking places for staff charged £250 a year for each, rising to £350 in two years.

And employers would be free to pass on the charge to their staff - meaning it would effectively be a tax on commuters.

Jul 31 08:32

Town halls gone wild

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be tar and feathers next!

Jul 31 08:31

Deconstructing Bibi - Between Darth Vadar and Julius Caesar

This is where things have been for over 61 years. Israel has stolen things and land, and now wants it ratified so that the wheels of justice can stop turning. They won't. He's not Julius Caesar, he's a small, small politician in an invented country that has size-obsessions.

Jul 31 08:31

Will Krakatoa rock the world again?

Bright orange lava spews up into the air, dark smoke mingles with the clouds and the gloomy night takes on an ominous red glow.

Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more.

Almost 126 years to the day since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over.



Jul 31 08:30

Military police test new vehicles near Springfield

Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker says the vehicles were designed to keep soldiers safe. They have the safety features of other vehicles on the road — like turn signals, brake lights and headlights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we can rule out that these vehicles are headed for anywhere but the streets of America.

Jul 31 08:27

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ‘KOSHER NOSTRA’

Solidarity Forever, or ‘Medieval Minds in Armani Designs’?

Jul 31 08:26

FATAH: DON’T ALLOW DAYTON TO CONTROL YOUR CONVENTION

I think it would be safe to say that virtually all Palestinians, including Hamas, would like to see Fatah’s upcoming Congress succeed in rehabilitating the movement, mainly by extricating it from the quagmire of corruption, treachery and “security coordination” with Israel, the Nazi-like occupier of our homeland and tormentor of our people.

Fatah is a large movement and its role in leading Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism can’t be denied. But it is also true that for many years Fatah has been metamorphosed into a “contra force” working, knowingly or unknowingly, against the national interests of the Palestinian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kind of like Congress under the influence of AIPAC.

Jul 31 08:25

Obama's empire

Unfortunately, many of the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts are being directed towards maintaining and garnering new access for the US military across the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we are getting from Obama is nothing even remotely close to change.

It's more of the same crud we got from Bush, just using an infinitely more telegenic and intelligent pitch-man up front; that's the only discernible difference between these two administrations so far.



Jul 31 08:25

Recession Worse Than Prior Estimates, Revisions Show

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the government "experts" lied to you to keep you docile as everything you ever worked for collapses around you.

Jul 31 08:23

FLASHBACK - DoD leaders seek clues to Army suicide spike

“And so we’re trying to understand, is this cumulative?” Cartwright said. “Is there something that is a trigger event here? We’re working with several agencies, on the national health side, to try to understand this.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll tell you what the problem is. Despite all the propaganda and censorship to isolate our kids in uniform from real news, those young men and women in uniform are smart enough to figure out that THEY ARE THE BAD GUYS IN THIS WAR.

Those soldiers are not defending America from a threat. It is America that is and has repeatedly invaded other nations to steal their resources. and this time, the kids in uniform know it.

This is now personal for me. We just received word that a family member has committed suicide following a tour in Iraq. And as much as I search the web, every article I see about the epidemic of military suicides only speaks of those that happen on the front lines. Nobody seems to want to look at what is happening to these people after they come back home, unless they start shooting at their neighbors.

What is the government doing to our young people?

And why will nobody try to stop it?

Jul 31 08:22

American surgeons called in to help with record number of wounded

American surgeons had to be drafted in to operate on British troops in Afghanistan as the military experienced its worst month for casualties since the Falklands War, senior medical staff disclosed.

Jul 31 08:20

'$10 trillion' credit crunch cost

The global credit crunch has cost governments more than $10 trillion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.



Jul 31 08:08

Bombshell: Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11."

These 'intimate relations' included using Bin Laden for 'operations' in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These 'operations' involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner "as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict," that is, fighting 'enemies' via proxies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other posters at Kos (the megaphonies) are bashing Sibel for this claim, but as reported by AFP CIA met with Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American hospital at Dubaï, and did not appear interested in arresting him!

Jul 31 08:00

Israel admits white phosphorus use

The Israeli government report follows charges from the UN and human rights groups that Israeli forces committed war crimes and violated international law during the operation.

UN officials have also said that they have evidence that white phosphorus was used in an attack on the UN relief agency's main building in Gaza that left three people injured.

But the government defended its military campaign as a "necessary and proportionate" response to Hamas rocket fire at Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....Necessary and proportionate", my astrolabe!

They were using this stuff in an attack against the UN relief agency's main building in Gaza.

And soldiers who participated in "Breaking the Silence" have come forward to say that they were told to shoot everyone...women, kids, the elderly, the medically infirm, it didn't matter who they killed; just as long as it was a Palestinian.

Jul 31 07:45

Obama’s Secret Police

This incident throws the spotlight on a shadowy national network of domestic spies – in effect, Obama’s political police, who infiltrate dissident groups of whatever sort and send the information back to what are called "fusion centers," part of the new "integrated" approach to fighting our eternal "war on terrorism" — a war that isn’t only being fought on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

The antiwar movement is not a collection of "terrorist cells," and yet that is precisely how the US government is dealing with them: infiltrating and spying on our organizations, planning "raids" on activist gathering places and homes, and no doubt engaging in further disruptive activities yet to be revealed. How is this possible in the land of the free?

Jul 31 07:40

The Great Tax Con Job

Republicans are using the T-word - taxes - to attack the Obama healthcare program. It's a strategy based in a lie.

A very small niche of America's uber-wealthy have pulled off what may well be the biggest con job in the history of our republic, and they did it in a startlingly brief 30 or so years. True, they spent over three billion dollars to make it happen, but the reward to them was in the hundreds of billions - and will continue to be.



Jul 31 07:38

Grand Canyon Photographer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been to that very spot (with camera). These days Grand Canyon is all walled in with safety cages, which kind of takes the fun out of it.

Jul 31 07:37

U.S. fall deadline for Iran not coincidental

·Gates has given Iran a deadline until fall to respond positively to request to enter talks.
·Analysts say the deadline will tie in with opening of UN General Assembly in September.
·Barak said Israel will rely on its own force to defend itself during his meeting with Gates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Gates was given his marching orders on Iran during his visit.

And for Ehud Barak to make the statement that " Israel will rely on its own force to defend itself during his meeting with Gates." is utterly laughable.

They may well be able to start this war, but most probably cannot finish it on their own without US help and military expertise. The Israeli and US military is already thoroughly integrated, as joint military exercises earlier this month in the US indicated.

The US and Israel both know that they are not going to get more sanctions from the UN, because Russia and China will veto any such measures at the Security Council level.

Look for the UN to again become "irrelevant", as it did right before the US invaded Iraq.

Jul 31 07:35

Grandpa, Pregnant Mom Tasered at Party

Prince William County Police responded to a noise complaint at a child's baptism party. By the time they left, a grandfather and a pregnant woman had been Tasered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the good old days, cops would confine themselves to whupping on other men with their clubs (see Rodney King), but in the age of the taser these manly men in uniforms go after kids, dogs, grandmas and pregnant women!

Nothing like progress, right?

Jul 31 07:32

US Senate votes to penalize Iran gasoline suppliers

To pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program, the U.S. Senate has voted to ban companies that sell gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran from also receiving Energy Department contracts to deliver crude to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Iran holds some of the world's biggest oil reserves, but it imports 40 percent of its gasoline to meet growing demand. U.S. lawmakers hope that by cutting off the country's motor fuel, Tehran will abandon its nuclear program, which they fear could be used to make weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For at least the 19 millionth time: Iran is building a power station, which it is perfectly within its right to do, as a signatory to the NPT.

The IAEA has consistently reported no loss of nuclear material at the site, and also no enrichment of uranium beyond that which is necessary to build a power plant.

Ah, but these are the facts of the case. And we know that the US doesn't like facts when they don't gibe with certain geopolitical agendas (i.e., the "neutralizing of Iran to make Israel happy, as was the case with the the invasion and occupation of Iraq)

And as to this ban on companies selling gas to Iran?!?

Russia will simply step up to the plate and provide the gas for Iran.

As one of the major players in the gas, oil, and energy sectors, Russia will be delighted to help Iran out on this.

More sound and fury from the US Senate, signifying.....nothing.



Jul 31 07:31

California Film & Television Tax Credit Program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While Hawaii cuts its support for the Film industry other states jump in to fill the gap.

The following is a letter I wrote ot the Hawaii legislature opposing planned cuts in the film incentive program

EXT. STARS AND PLANETS - NIGHT

SUPER: "A LONG TIME AGO ... IN THE GALAXY NEXT DOOR..."

INT. SHABBY OFFICE - DAY

Two aliens, DARTH RECKLESS, Dark Lord of the Budget, and
his assistant EBOO, are sitting behind their desks.

EBOO
(reading paper) Hey, did you hear,
another 'Star Wars" movie comin'
out!

DARTH RECKLESS
Another one? How many DOES that
make, now?

EBOO
Six.

DARTH RECKLESS
Six! How come my cousin gets all
the attention? I'm uglier and much
more evil! Right?

EBOO
Yes, your evilness, you are. MUCH
uglier. Everyone says so.

DARTH RECKLESS
So how come George no make a movie
about me?

EBOO
Well, your cousin, he have 'tax
incentives', makes it more
attractive for George to make a
movie about your cousin than you!

DARTH RECKLESS
But I'm more evil!

EBOO
Yes, your evilness.

DARTH RECKLESS
I got the force!

EBOO
Yes, you do. But your cousin's
galaxy, they got the film
business, and all that money
pouring in. You see the new public
transit starships they got? WITH
the chrome. They need them too.
Tourists want to visit where the
movies get made. That's because
they kick off a business cycle
with tax incentives.

DARTH RECKLESS
Get off the tax incentives before
I use the force on your nose. I
stand for fairness in taxation.
Everybody gotta pay the same, and
we get 100% of what we're owed!

EBOO
So, what we got in the budget?

DARTH RECKLESS
Ummmm, looks like about forty
dollars, not counting loose
change, and a couple old Janet
Jackson tickets.

EBOO
No mass transit starships for our
galazy this year, huh?

DARTH RECKLESS
No.

EBOO
Before you collect tax, people
gotta have something TO tax. No
money come in, no tax to pay, even
at 100%.

DARTH RECKLESS
I guess not. But we got
principles, right?

EBOO
Right.

DARTH RECKLESS
I said, 'Right'?

EBOO
Right! Principles.

DARTH RECKLESS
Right.

EBOO
And you uglier and more evil than
your cousin, too.

DARTH RECKLESS
Right.

EBOO
And dumber.

DARTH RECKLESS
What?

EBOO
Nothing.

Long pause.

DARTH RECKLESS
It's sure quiet in our little
galaxy, isn't it.

EBOO
Quiet.

DARTH RECKLESS
Quiet.

MUSIC UP

FADE TO BLACK.

Jul 31 07:27

Plans for “vaccine” bracelets to be forced on people at road blocks

“Have you been made aware of the massive roadblock plans to stop all travelers for a vaccine bracelet (stainless steel band with a micro-chip on board) that will force you to take the shot? Refuse it? You will be placed on a prison bus and taken to a quarantine camp. What will you do when your children are NOT allowed into school without the shot? What will you do when you are not allowed into the workplace without the vaccine paperwork? Buy groceries? Go to the bank? Shop anywhere?? Get on a plane, bus or train? Use the toilet in the mall? Nope. Police officers will become loathed, feared, despised and remembered for their “official” duties,” writes Evensen.

Jul 31 07:25

Israeli forces, Palestinian fighters clash near Gaza border

The Israeli army has escalated its operations along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and its territories, saying the incursions were preventive, aiming at stopping possible Palestinian attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how many women, kids, the medically infirm, and the elderly get killed or wounded in these attacks against Gazan Palestinians, they are always described as "preventative" by Israel, making these incursions sound squeaky clean.

They are anything but that.

Jul 31 07:24

Former lab worker charged with vandalism in Calif.

Federal authorities said Tuesday they arrested a former employee of a national laboratory who is suspected of slipping past security and destroying a science project.

Silvya Oommachen, 32, of Palo Alto was arrested and charged Monday with destroying government property.

She acknowledged sneaking into the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on July 18, the FBI said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me see if I have this right.

Lady walks into a government lab and wrecks some samples used for crystallography reference and even though nobody is actually harmed the FBI leaps into the case and arrests her.

Philip Zack walks into a government lab where biological weapons are kept without authorization after losing his job, then anthrax stolen from that very same lab shows up in letters that kill a bunch of people and the FBI never treats Zack as a suspect????????



Jul 31 07:22

Obama's Empire

Jul 31 07:21

Corporate Media Gets You Ready for Your Forced Experimental Vaccination

Fox’s Shepard Smith almost said “draconian” and instead said “drastic” while reporting on Northcom’s involvement in plans to “administer” a toxic H1N1 vaccine, more than likely in October. Robert Gates, the Bush admin leftover at the Pentagon, is ready to sign off on marrying troops with FEMA when the engineered pandemic breaks out later this year. No mention of the egregious violation of Posse Comitatus this plan presents in the Fox News report:

Jul 31 07:21

Tamiflu causes sickness and nightmares in children, study finds

More than half of children taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu experience side-effects such as nausea and nightmares, research suggests.

Studies of children attending three schools in London and one in the South West showed that 51-53 per cent had one or more side-effects from the medication, which is offered to everyone in England with swine flu symptoms.

Jul 31 07:18

'No rhyme or reason' for bank pay

Wall Street banks that were bailed out by the government gave executives bonuses regardless of performance, it has been suggested in a report.



Jul 31 07:17

Questions remain in light of coming swine flu vaccine trials in Oklahoma City

And the medical director for IPS Research, Dr. Louise Thurman, told The Oklahoman that "(f)rom a science standpoint, it should work."

I'm sorry Dr. Thurman, that's not good enough. Are our children's lives and well-being worth the risk, particularly in light of swine flu levels plateauing around the world, according to news reports this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another thought occurred to me. In theory all nations are at more or less equal risk from this flu pandemic we are assured is on the way. are any nations other than the US deploying their armies to "assist"?

Jul 31 07:17

Banks Paid $32.6 Billion in Bonuses Amid U.S. Bailout

Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and seven other U.S. banks paid $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to a report by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There, now! Don't you feel ever so much better, and so much more trusting about what the Federal government does with your tax dollars?!?!?

Jul 31 07:15

Recession Worse Than Prior Estimates, Revisions Show

The first 12 months of the U.S. recession saw the economy shrink more than twice as much as previously estimated, reflecting even bigger declines in consumer spending and housing, revised figures showed.

Jul 31 07:13

Obama says GDP to show contraction, job losses

U.S. President Barack Obama braced the country for more bad economic news on Thursday, saying second-quarter GDP figures would show the economy contracted and job losses were still a "huge" problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suppose we are supposed to congratulate the man for his magnificent grasp of the obvious.

And as to that statement that the banking system has "settled down", he should be attempting to negotiate with his credit card companies, which have jacked up the interest rates on his account for no damned good reason, when he has been a consistent customer who always paid timely, and way more than the minimum due.

That's one of the ugly, nasty economic shocks many Americans are experiencing right now.



Jul 31 07:11

Israel says Gaza war 'necessary'

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed former South African judge Richard Goldstone to investigate whether war crimes were committed during the conflict.

Israel has declined to co-operate, accusing the UN Human Rights Council of bias against it.

Jul 31 07:09

Recession 'could force the unemployment toll to 4m'

The unemployment rate could hit almost 4million by the end of the recession - far worse than the post-war peak under Margaret Thatcher.

Jul 31 07:09

Page after Page of Reasons to Hate Obama Care

Jul 31 07:08

Unemployed Over 26 Weeks

The DOL report this morning showed seasonally adjusted insured unemployment at 6.2 million, down from a peak of about 6.9 million. This raises the question (and frequent emails) of how many unemployed workers have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits (Note: most are still receiving extended benefits).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The recession certainly isn't over for these people.



Jul 31 07:06

'It burned straight away': Mother reveals how yobs threw bleach over her after she asked them to be quiet during Harry Potter film

A mother who was badly burned in a bleach attack after asking a group of youths to be quiet during the new Harry Potter film has today spoken for the first time about her ordeal.

The woman, who does not want to be named, was followed by yobs after the screening which she saw with her husband and two children.

The family were in a nearby restaurant when the bleach was thrown over her head by two youths who followed them inside.

The woman needed hospital treatment for burns and may have permanent damage to her eyes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of a nation will be no more moral than their leaders.

Phony Tony Blair lied to help George Bush start a war and threw bombs all over the Iraqis. The yobs are just showing their respect for their leaders.

Jul 31 07:05

McChrystal Preparing New Afghan War Strategy, Likely To Include More US Troops

The U.S. general in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan is likely to recommend significant changes to U.S. and NATO operations, military officials and others familiar with his forthcoming report said. Those changes could include additional U.S. troops despite political headwind against further expansion of the war.

As Gen. Stanley McChrystal readies his assessment of the war, due next month, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders apprised of his thinking suggest McChrystal will request that more American troops, probably including Marines, be added next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely where, with US military commitments around the world stressed to the breaking point, Mc Chrystal believes he will find the added troop strength to fulfill his requirements here.

But we are seeing the beginnings of a massive escalation of the military campaign in Afghanistan.

There will be a point where the muscularity of this administration's foreign policy will force the reinstitution of some kind of a draft.

Jul 31 07:04

Nigerian Islamists routed as army storms mosque

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather convenient timing for that internet cable to fail, isn't it?

Jul 31 07:03

Dan Rather slams the corporate media

Dan Rather slammed the corporate media in a talk Tuesday for the erosion of quality journalism, and the corporatization, politicization, and “trivialization” of news.

He also said:

A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press.

This is true, of course.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the guy who rocketed to media stardom by reporting that John F. Kennedy's head "rocketed forward" from the fatal head shot in Dallas.

When Jim Garrison's trial of Clay Shaw forced the Zapruder film into the public, it was revealed that Rather had "mis-stated" the facts. Kennedy's head is shoved backward by the force of the gunshot.

Jul 31 07:01

Dismantling the Empire

Three Good Reasons to Liquidate Our Empire.
Starting with Afghanistan.

Jul 31 06:59

Successful lawyer Catherine Bailey drowned herself

Ms Bailey became a partner at SJ Berwin in 2003. Her practice focused on banking and regulatory disputes, including Financial Services Authority investigations, investment mismanagement cases and financial markets litigation. The volume of her work had increased significantly since the economic downturn began.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is why I don't buy the "postnatal depression" suicide" angle.

Jul 31 06:57

US drones to target Taliban in Afghan war: report

The US military plans to use more drone aircraft to target Taliban militants in Afghanistan while focusing less on hunting down Al-Qaeda figures, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the massive increase in civilian deaths because of this policy.

And at the end of the day, you still cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air.

Jul 31 06:55

A cry for freedom and against injustice

In 1977 Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement and civil-rights group for native Americans, was jailed for the murder of two FBI agents.

Since then, his supporters have claimed Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner in the U.S. and the FBI falsified evidence to frame the activist.

Jul 31 06:55

75% Favor Auditing The Fed

So much for the ongoing secrecy of the nation’s independent central banking system. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Americans favor auditing the Federal Reserve and making the results available to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this is only likely to happen when pigs fly.

Jul 31 06:54

Sacha Baron Cohen being sued for defamation by 'terrorist' - Video

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career out of mocking people, and it looked like he had gone too far when his alter-ego Bruno met a Palestinian man he branded a “terrorist”.

Jul 31 06:52

Study: Bank Bonuses Far Exceeded Profits

Several financial giants that received federal bailout money in the last year paid out bonuses to employees in 2008 that greatly exceeded the amount of profit generated by the banks, according to a study on executive compensation released by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: We the People got the short, sharp end of the shaft with the bailout, paid for by our tax dollars.

Jul 31 06:52

Pope Benedict to release an album in time for Christmas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don we now our gay apparel ..."

Jul 31 06:48

Over 1,000 Afghan civilians killed this year: UN

Afghanistan's intensifying conflict killed more than 1,000 civilians in the first six months of 2009, an increase of nearly a quarter over the same period last year, the United Nations said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The boost in troop numbers has very little to do with the spiraling death count.

As the use of drones continues in Afghanistan, this number of killed and injured could easily quadruple before the end of the year.

And just to remind you why we are in Afghanistan, and our young men and women are fighting and dieing; the installation of pipelines (Bush and his minions thought that an invasion and occupation would be "cheaper" than what the Taliban were asking for this in August of 2001), and the protection of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Jul 31 06:46

Busted on MySpace: 2 FL men face charges over gang photos on Web sites

Elvis Rodriguez, 30, flashed Latin Kings hand signals on his MySpace.com page and called himself “King Kamel,” according to his arrest report.

Richard Figueroa-Santiago, 22, used his MySpace page to post pictures of friends making “Eastside” hand gestures, detectives said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the police don't have any real crimes to worry about down there in Florida!

Jul 31 06:43

Baghdad Shiite mosques bombed, 27 killed

A string of powerful bomb attacks targeting Shiite Muslim worshipers as they emerged from mosques across Baghdad on Friday killed 27 people and wounded more than 50, security officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for this kind of violence to worsen in Iraq, rather than get better.

Jul 31 06:42

Banks Paid $32.6 Billion in Bonuses Amid U.S. Bailout

“When the banks did well, their employees were paid well. When the banks did poorly, their employees were paid well,” Cuomo’s office said in the 22-page report. “When the banks did very poorly, they were bailed out by taxpayers and their employees were still paid well.

Jul 31 06:39

letter to the Queen from the British Academy explaining why few people saw the Credit Crunch coming.

So in summary, Your Majesty, the failure…, while it had many causes, was principally a failure of the collective imagination of many bright people, both in this country and internationally, to understand the risks to the system as a whole. …

We have the honour to remain, Madam,
Your Majesty’s most humble and obedient servants

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Queen

I saw it coming.

Can I have a job?

Mike

Jul 31 06:36

9/11’s smoking gun still smoking!

The fact is that Tower Seven vanished in its footprint in six seconds at 5:28 PM on that day, after its owner Larry Silverstein announced at about 3 PM “that there had been so much bloodshed and pain, that ‘they’ had decided to ‘pull it,’” which is the classic term for an internal demolition. So it really wasn’t the first steel Tower in history to fall by fire. Whatever fires there were, were put out and did not bring Tower 7 down, even if it had burned all day, which it didn’t. What brought it down was the order to “pull it.” The hitch is you can’t set up an internal demolition for a 47-story, steel-frame building in two and a half hours, nor two and a half days or weeks.

Jul 31 06:33

David Brooks says a Republican senator groped his thigh at a dinner party

Jul 31 05:38

Anti-theft software could create security hole

Program may let hackers modify computer settings, take control of machine

A piece of anti-theft software built into many laptops at the factory opens a serious security hole, according to research presented Thursday.

The "Computrace" software, made by Vancouver-based Absolute Software Corp., is part of a subscription service that's used to find lost or stolen computers. Many people don't know it's on their machines, but it's included in computers from the biggest PC makers.

Jul 31 05:07

Doubts About Fed's Ability To Control Inflation Are Growing

The Fed has no workable exit strategy. The US is about to enter a period of stag(hyper)inflation worst then anything experienced in over a hundred years.

Jul 31 05:04

“Responsibility to Protect” is Warmed-Over Imperialism

The United Nations last week began what will become a protracted debate over the doctrine “Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P. The doctrine is a warmed-over version of so-called “humanitarian” military intervention – another excuse for big powers to make war on weaker nations. Its primary champion in the Obama administration is UN ambassador Susan Rice, who would use the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine to justify U.S. military action in Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. One important opponent of R2P is Rev. Miguel D’Escoto, of Nicaragua, president of the UN General Assembly.

Jul 31 04:48

Government’s Chief Swine Flu Propagandist is Hired by ABC

This ought to tell you what the government-media coalition has planned for us down the road concerning its swine flu crisis and the militarization of health care. ABC certainly had to offer a sweet pot to entice Dr. Besser to jump from government mouthpiece to media mouthpiece. There’s a big job planned for this fella. Red flag anyone?

Jul 31 03:08

Hillary Out to Strong-Arm Swiss

First we attacked Afghanistan. Then we attacked Iraq. Now the U.S. has it sights set on Switzerland.

Peaceful, neutral Switzerland? That's right. What's the crime? It's not sponsoring terrorism or harboring weapons of mass destruction. No, in the eyes of the U.S. government, Switzerland has done far worse: it's kept money out of the hands of the Internal Revenue Service, money to which the IRS may not even be entitled under any law anywhere.

The U.S. and Switzerland are headed for a diplomatic showdown as the IRS demands that Swiss bank UBS turn over the names of 52,000 U.S. clients in the mere hope of exposing them as tax evaders, prosecuting them and taking their cash.

July 30, 2009

Jul 30 23:50

Mother, 40, thrown in police cells after lying pupils made up assault following bullying confrontation

When Anisa Borsberry confronted a group of playground bullies she hoped it would finally bring an end to her 11-year-old daughter’s ordeal.

But the next day she found she herself was the victim . . . with the forces of law and order lined up against her.

Eight police officers in three patrol cars and a van descended on her home and arrested her.

The 40-year-old was marched out in handcuffs even though a claim that she had hit one of the bullies had already been withdrawn.

She then had her fingerprints and DNA taken and was thrown into a cell for more than five hours.

Jul 30 23:28

Psychopathic War Vets Come Home

The Horror: War vets 'can't turn it off' as they search and destroy Stateside
David Walsh
World Socialist Web Site
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 01:49 UTC
The atrocities US troops are committing in Iraq and Afghanistan, the inevitable product of neo-colonial war and occupation, are transforming a section of returning veterans into a genuine menace to society.

Jul 30 23:08

Ron Paul: What Are They So Afraid Of?

Dr. Paul responding to Wall Street, the corporate media, and Chairman Bernanke's propaganda campaign against the audit of the Fed HR1207 and S604.

Jul 30 19:07

Join The Fight For Media Democracy

Adbusters is locked in a struggle that began 20 years ago with a citizen-produced television spot warning of the hazards of clear-cutting in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Although the networks were happy to sell airtime to the logging industry, they flatly rejected our ad. That’s when we began to perceive the scope of the disparity between public and corporate interest and the woeful lack of democracy on the public airwaves?… and from the flames of our outrage, Adbusters Media Foundation was born.

Jul 30 16:59

“NC terrorists were supported by CIA”

The terrorist group arrested in North Carolina and its leader Daniel Patrick Boyd received substantial aid from the CIA in the past, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

Jul 30 16:21

List of Israeli Massacres

Although the Image that Israel distributes about herself is that of an oppressed nation, it is with heavy hearts that we present these crimes that stand for themselves for the brutality of the Israeli Army and the heartlessness of its soldiers who seem to have a thirst for blood.
They are reported in the news for a week or two and then swept into the sea of oblivion. Those who attempt to revive the true history of Israel are charged of being anti-Semitic. So with the hope to keep those memories in mind we present this shameful history of Israel that seems to have found that the role of Goliath is more interesting than that of David.

Jul 30 16:15

Battling the "MSG Myth"

You have reached us because you or someone you care about is suffering from puzzling chronic conditions such as headaches, stomach disorders, fatigue, depression, and many other problems. Tests have come up negative and you want answers.

Jul 30 15:44

Damaged cable causes Internet blackout in four West African countries

Five days ago, the Appfrica tech blog reported an Internet blackout in Benin, a West African country roughly the size of Ohio. The outage, which also affected neighboring Togo, Niger and Nigeria, was caused by damage to the SAT-3 submarine communications cable, which links Portugal and Spain to South Africa via the West African coastline.

Jul 30 15:43

The Surprising Ingredient Causing Weight Gain

Say it isn't so! A recent study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cites what animal studies have hinted at for years: MSG (aka monosodium glutamate) could be a factor in weight gain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been telling you that for years!

Jul 30 14:47

Israeli troops open fire on Palestinian homes in Khan Younes

sraeli forces opened fire on Thursday at Palestinian homes in the eastern district of Khan Younes, southern Gaza Strip.
Sources told KUNA that Israeli armory vehicles, stationed at the borders between Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire randomly at Palestinian farmers and their houses in the district of Farheen.

Jul 30 14:19

Democrats Censors Healthcare Debate By Telling GOP Lawmakers What They Can And Can’t Say To Public

Some of the Democrats who approve of the healthcare bill told GOP lawmakers what they can and can’t say about the healthcare legislation to the public. For example, the healthcare chart was a plan to mail it off to show who and where the healthcare legislation will be affecting, but the Democrats had refused to put forth funding for shipping this chart out. They believe that it is a waste of tax payer’s dollars, as well as being inaccurate. And to think that $800 billion dollar stimulus was full of pork and was such a huge waste.

Jul 30 14:14

Flipping Enemies

Mr.DeBorchgrave is highly connected to the powers that be and even he does'nt think Afganistan is winnable.

Jul 30 12:17

FLASHBACK - THE "WHEN PIGS FLY" FLU

In 1974, a document entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests was released by the United States National Security Council under the direction of Henry Kissinger. This document, National Security Study Memorandum 200, declared overpopulation, especially in the third world to be a strategic threat to the United States because of resource depletion and popular uprisings against US foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATED TIMELINE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE.

"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists."-- J. Edgar Hoover

Jul 30 12:08

Consequences

One has to wonder why people never learn from the lessons of history. Why is it that the rulers and enforcers of laws turn a blind eye to the atrociousness and retributions leveled upon them from days past, justified by the brutality of power madness currently sweeping the landscape? Do they think they are going to continue along this destructive path and not suffer the consequences when history repeatedly proves otherwise? Are they that stupid to believe they can treat people like herds of stock and not get gored?

Jul 30 12:01

The Road to Financial Serfdom: The Official Disconnect of Main Street from Wall Street and the Financial Mainstream Media.

Jul 30 11:54

FLASHBACK - The mysterious deaths of top microbiologists

In the report printed in the New York Times on November 27th, the FBI's Memphis office distanced itself from the case saying that the available facts did not add up to a suspicion of foul play. I guess at the FBI it's a perfectly everyday occurrence for a Harvard Professor to stop his rental car on a bridge in the middle of the night before he is supposed to leave for Iceland and just walk away into the Tennessee dark.

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Relinked in light of the strange rush to job over the "When Pigs Fly" flu.

And note that the microbiologists stared vanishing shortly after the samples of the 1918 flu virus were dug up in Alaska.

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Jul 30 11:53

Scientists Describe How 1918 Influenza Virus Sample Was Exhumed In Alaska

In a mass grave in a remote Inuit village near the town of Brevig Mission, a large Inuit woman lay buried under more than six feet of ice and dirt for more than 75 years. The permafrost plus the woman's ample fat stores kept the virus in her lungs so well preserved that when a team of scientists exhumed her body in the late 1990s, they could recover enough viral RNA to sequence the 1918 strain in its entirety.

Jul 30 11:52

Osama flushed out by Conspiracy Blogger Jack Rabbit - Video - awaiting CIA verification

Something seems fishy about this video...

Jul 30 11:52

Warning:Electronically Cloning Cellular Phone Numbers

Your cellular telephone has three major security vulnerabilities:
* Vulnerability to monitoring of your conversations while using the phone.
* Vulnerability of your phone being turned into a microphone to monitor conversations in the vicinity of your phone while the phone is inactive.
* Vulnerability to "cloning," or the use of your phone number by others to make calls that are charged to your account.
Cloning is the process whereby a thief intercepts the electronic serial number (ESN) and mobile identification number (MIN) and programs those numbers into another telephone to make it identical to yours. Once cloned, the thief can place calls on the reprogrammed telephone as though he were the legitimate subscriber.

Jul 30 10:39

Netanyahu says Gaza crossings to be shut

Gaza border crossings will remain closed until kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returns home, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you know that you haven't killed him when you dropped white phosphorus all over Jesus' relations in Gaza during Operation CAST LEAD?

Jul 30 10:38

Clinton moved to halt disclosure of CIA torture evidence, court told

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, personally intervened to suppress evidence of CIA collusion in the torture of a British resident, the high court heard today.

Jul 30 10:36

Washington Post: Swine Flu Vaccine Will Contain Mercury

The Washington Post confirmed today that the swine flu vaccine, which is set to be rolled out nationwide this fall in what some fear could ultimately become a mandatory vaccination program, will contain mercury, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

Claims by the CDC and the Institute of Medicine, following a whitewash study that ignored previously verified evidence, that thimerosal, a mercury based preservative, has no causal relationship to skyrocketing cases of autism have been soundly rejected by top doctors and scientists ever since.

Jul 30 10:32

Durable goods orders tumbled in June

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket durable goods plunged in June by the largest amount in five months, reflecting the continuing troubles in the auto industry and a steep drop in demand for commercial aircraft.

Jul 30 10:16

Security Chief Urges 'Collective Fight' Against Terrorism

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged Americans on Wednesday to join a "collective fight against terrorism" that combines the efforts of individuals, companies and local, state and foreign governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tyrant is recruiting their counter-revolutionary army!

Jul 30 10:10

Across the Atlantic, a harder look into the Iraq war

A British investigatory committee examining pre-war failures plans to call the country's former head of state, former Prime Minister Tony Blair -- a move the US Congress probably will never embrace

Jul 30 10:09

Air Force on the Hunt for ‘Subversive’ Behavior Online

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Subversive activity?

Start with this link

Jul 30 10:08

Vulnerabilities Allow Attacker to Impersonate Any Website

“This is a vulnerability that would affect every SSL implementation,” Marlinspike told Threat Level, “because almost everybody who has ever tried to implement SSL has made the same mistake.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Waterboard the hackers computers.

Make 'em watch!

:)

Jul 30 10:05

Told You So. And I Told You Over Several Years - Hal Turner is a Snitch

Bear in mind that Apollonian, the dumb ass extraordinaiire defended this piece of shit for the entire time I condemned him. Hal Turner is, was, and has always been an FBI snitch period. His actions betrayed him long ago, but most of you never paid any attention. Bill White, alleged uber Nazi and Alex Linder [Webmaster of VNN and VNNforum] are also snitches and informants, and you can take that to the bank. This cunting bastard Turner was the one behind having my first blog the Politically Correct Apostate shut down.

You may not like me, but Curt Maynard does NOT lie....

Jul 30 09:57

30th July Video Free Gaza news Is Israel guilty of piracy

The Israeli navy hijacked the Spirit of Humanity in international waters.
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and the US did absolutely nothing about it.

Jul 30 09:54

Holder: Homegrown Terror Threat Increasing

Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News in an exclusive interview today that he is increasingly concerned about Americans becoming radicalized and turning to terrorism.

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Translation: The US Government knows it has pushed the people to the brink of revolution.

Jul 30 09:49

Why Obama's peace process is still going nowhere

The problem was never a lack of American engagement, but what kind. The Bush administration helped arm and train Palestinian militias opposed to Hamas and vetoed a Palestinian "national unity government." It supported the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and politicized financial aid to bolster Palestinian leaders whose legitimacy, as they have effectively become Israeli quislings, has all but vanished.

Absolutely none of this has changed under the Obama administration. Despite lip service about easing it, the United States continues to support Israel's criminal blockade of the Gaza Strip, and like the Bush administration, Obama has never criticized Israel's attack on Gaza despite incontestable evidence of atrocities and war crimes.

Jul 30 09:42

MORE ON THE CONTROVERSY OF ATTEMPTED ZIONIST CENSORSHIP

As Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb described it: “The fact that the vast majority of people in the crowd at the Castro Theatre would not let the Voice of Israel representative speak his mind without interruption reflects growing frustration with the use of pubic slander, character assassination, cancellation of speakers, firing of faculty and demand for resignations by the so-called defenders of Israel. Since when are people with views that differ from AIPAC, for instance, invited into mainstream circles to speak for five minutes before a pro-Israel speech or film? The representative of Voice of Israel was not there to dialogue. Only to chastise. The crowd refused to be chastised.

Jul 30 09:33

Homegrown terror top priority for Obama Administration

Eric Holder stated that he believes that homegrown terror is becoming an increasing threat in the United States. He said in an interview with ABC news, “The American people would be surprised by the depth of the threat, but also reassured to see the assets that have been deployed around the world.”

In the interview Holder alludes to American citizens being trained by terrorist cells over seas to return home and carry out violence against their own country.

What is troubling about this heightened attention towards homegrown terror is that in recent months the Liberty movement has suffered the experience of being profiled as a potential threat by law enforcement, so one has to wonder if the nation’s top cop is poised for an overreaction.

Jul 30 09:23

U.S. Adviser’s Blunt Memo on Iraq: Time ‘to Go Home’

A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from deeply entrenched deficiencies but are now capable of protecting the Iraqi government, and that it is time “for the U.S. to declare victory and go home.”

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"They created a desolation and they called it peace!" -- Tacitus

Jul 30 09:21

2 Ga. officers suspended for investigating Obama

That investigation was prompted after the Secret Service contacted the county telling them that someone had accessed two police databases on July 20 around 4:40 a.m. to perform a background check on the president.
Edwards said that the Secret Service is leaving the investigation up to the county.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, all the databases are being watched as well.

Everybody watching everybody.

No wonder we can't get any work done!

And why is Obama so nervous about his background being checked? I thought we all had to tolerate this kind of intrusion to save us all from Osama whatsisname!

Jul 30 09:19

Alleged `jihadist' known as friendly store owner

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Doubts start to surface about latest US "Terror" arrests.

Jul 30 09:18

Hillary Clinton made security help 'threat' to David Miliband over Binyam Mohamed case

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, warned David Miliband that America would consider cutting security co-operation with the UK if a British court releases information about a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, two judges have been told.

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Binyam Mohammed is the victim whose body carries the scars of US tortures far worse than waterboarding.

Jul 30 09:15

N.J. Man Facing Bribe Charge Is Found Dead

Jul 30 09:12

UK funding political activity in Israel

Israel is up in arms over a declaration by a British government spokesman that the UK is funding political activity in Israel.

Jul 30 08:33

Madoff gives feeder fund managers' names to lawyer

A San Francisco attorney who interviewed imprisoned swindler Bernard Madoff in a federal prison this week said on Wednesday he plans to amend a lawsuit to include possibly several fund managers who funneled investor money to Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Joseph Cotchett obtained the lengthy interview with Madoff, 71, after suing the former Nasdaq commissioner's wife, Ruth, his sons and brother, along with other parties, on behalf of duped investors in Wall Street's biggest investment fraud.

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I want to see those names of Bernie's enablers!

Jul 30 08:32

Hawaii gamblers facing taxing situation

Hawaii's new gambling tax law is being called "ridiculous" by its critics.

Under the law, island residents can no longer offset their winnings with their losses. Essentially, they'll pay tax on every winning hand, even if they end up losing.

Under the old law, gamblers were taxed on net winnings, which are calculated by subtracting losses from winnings.

But a bill signed into law recently by Republican Gov. Linda Lingle mandates all winnings are to be considered for tax purposes.

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The last thing you do during hard economic times is raise taxes. That just accelerates the decline and the really hard core gamblers will simply move to Nevada permanently.

The mindset betrayed by Linda's recent decisions is appalling. She is totally unconcerned with getting more money to the people of Hawaii and only focused on getting more money FROM the people of Hawaii.

Jul 30 08:29

You dare to call me a terrorist,while you look down your guns?

“A state which forcibly subjugates a people to colonial or alien domination is committing an unlawful act as defined by international law, and the subject people, in the exercise of its inherent right of self-defense, may fight to defend and attain its right to self-determination.“
[UN Charter art. 51]

Self Defense,scorned and unsavory,has been left helpless against international charges of terrorism,hate and insurrection.
Yet we see that resistance,in the history of many nations, against a foreign force which violates a country’s sovereignty has always been a moral obligation and right inextricably related to the human right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Jul 30 08:28

Manna

"So", he said, "they have you working the drive-thru I see. Is that a step up or a step down?"

"It's not the drive-thru," I replied, "it's a new system they've installed called Manna. It manages the store."

"How so?"

"It tells me what to do through the headset."

"Who, the manager?"

"No, it's a computer."

He looked at me for a long time, "A computer is telling you what to do on the job? What does the manager do?"

"The computer is the manager. Manna, manager, get it?"

"You mean that a computer is telling you what to do all day?", he asked.

"Yeah."

Jul 30 08:24

Israel Did 9/11: 8) Quotes From Prominent People

Former Italian PM agrees, says Mossad did 9/11.

Jul 30 08:23

CENSORSHIP~Amazon Sued By Israel

Just last week I wrote about a new law HERE which could be adopted in Europe that would make it illegal to imply that Israel could have been involved in 9-11, or any other theories involving Israel or Zionism. Moreover, this law would also make it illegal to criticize "Zionism" itself! And now we see today they are suing Amazon online for selling books that Israel does not like. This lawsuit, if successful, will impact European book sales including books in the UK. Look out America, you're next!

Jul 30 08:18

GAZAN DOCTOR MAKES A HOUSE-CALL……. TO HER OWN HOME!

As soon as I arrived home I felt a great relief, if that is the right word. I have been unable to return to Gaza before because of Israel’s winter invasion and the ongoing siege. I am not sure that the word relief summarizes my intense and conflicting emotions. Mixed feelings of relief, happiness, but also disorientation continued to overwhelm me. Gaza my beautiful home, yes my beautiful home, my beautiful people, who are trying so hard to live. To continue from one day to another. Despite the odds, the hardships, the deaf ears of the world.

Jul 30 08:12

Order to Show Kos: How to survive banning, bureaucracy & trolls on the Daily Kos

Posting a diary on the Daily Kos can sometimes be a truly humbling experience. And it is definitely a blood sport.

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The Rangers at WRH are far more civilized! :)

Jul 30 08:10

South Ossetia under fire from Georgian territory

The South Ossetian capital Tskhinval has come under fire. Two shells were reportedly fired from around five kilometers away near the Georgian town of Nikozi during the night.

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"Someone" is trying to kick up that border skirmish again.

Before Israel can attack Iran, there must be wars in Georgia and Pakistan to preclude Russia supplying Iran with military assistance by ground convoy.

Jul 30 08:06

Military to Deploy on U.S. Soil to "Assist" with Pandemic Outbreak

CNN is reporting this evening that the U.S. military is gearing up to get involved in the H1N1 swine flu outbreak widely expected to strike the U.S. this fall. As CNN reports, "The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials." (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/07/2...)

When it comes to the U.S. military, the word "assist," of course, could mean almost anything. Typically, the U.S. military offers assistance at the end of a rifle. This "assistance" could mean assisting with quarantines, assisting with rounding up infected people or assisting with arresting and imprisoning people who resist vaccine shots.

Jul 30 08:02

THE MYTH OF MORAL SUPERIORITY

Too often we see one nation conquer another one just because ‘they can’. We see these crimes committed both by the United States and Israel almost on a daily basis. Both of these countries believe that they are the superior nations, both morally and spiritually.

Israel goes as far as referring to themselves as ‘God’s Chosen People’. This, they believe gives them the right to do whatever is in their power to destroy other nations and cultures under the guise of ’security’. Along with their belief system comes the attitude that no nation, other than themselves, has a viable history….. which allows them to destroy even furthur.

Jul 30 08:01

Ariz. lawmakers consider selling Capitol buildings

Desperate for cash, Arizona state lawmakers are considering selling the House and Senate buildings, then leasing them back over several years before assuming ownership again.

Dozens of other state buildings may also be sold off and leased back as the state grapples with a huge budget deficit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hold on there; the government does not own those buildings, the people do! and this sell lease-back proposal is just a fancy shuffle to cover more government borrowing, which is how we all got into this mess in the first place!

Jul 30 07:54

Settlers undermining legitimacy of Israel's existence

The representatives of the settler organizations have recently declared their intention to establish 11 new settlements in the territories, including some, according to media reports, on privately-owned Palestinian land. The operation is being depicted as having been inspired by the 11 tower and stockade communities in the northern Negev that were established just before Yom Kippur in 1946. This is not the first time the settlers have compared their efforts to the settlement activities that provided the foundation for the establishment of the state. There is no basis for such a comparison, which is nothing more than an act of forgery and fraud.

Jul 30 07:53

Obama slammed as 'racist' at Jerusalem rally

"Obama beware. This insolence will bring about the downfall of the American leadership. Anyone who dares give an order to prevent Israeli life in Jerusalem or anywhere else in the land of Israel is destined to fall," he said.

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That sounds like an actual threat on the President to me.

It is time to cut off sending America's taxpayer money to Israel.

One of the founding principles of this nation is that the government rules with the consent of the governed and We The People do NOT consent to have any more of our money sent to such an ungrateful and disrespectful nation.

So, will President Obama be a man and stop sending billions to Israel, or will he be an obedient schmuck and continue to sign the checks?

Jul 30 07:45

Cheeky protest planned

A "moon the balloon" protest is planned against a giant balloon -- equipped with a surveillance camera aimed at Sarnia -- hovering across the border in Port Huron, Mich.

Jul 30 07:44

Why Obama should make George W. Bush his Mideast envoy.

It's a full-court press on the Israelis, and the American wish list is long. They want Israel to stop expanding settlements; to stop building Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem; and for hawks in the government to chill out while the U.S. is negotiating with Iran. And yet, odds are, they'll come back to Washington empty-handed, for reasons having to do as much with atmospherics as policy: Team Obama just doesn't have Israel's full trust.

But there is someone who does—someone who could use a job, someone who argued straightforwardly for a Palestinian state, and yet someone who has the implicit admiration and regard of Israel. President Obama needs a new envoy to the region who can get results—and George W. Bush is his man.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these people out of their minds? Bush got along with Israel because he simply gave them whatever they wanted, including thousands of American lives to smash up Iraq and full protection on 9-11.

If Bush makes the same requests of Israel as Obama is, Israel will treat him just as disdainfully.

Jul 30 07:39

It’s Crunch Time for Israel on Iran

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Bolton is out there selling a new war on Iran, using the same old tired lies they used to sell the war in Iraq; that somehow Iran, which doesn't actually have a nuclear weapon, and isn't actually making one, is still a threat to the United States, which has thousands of nuclear weapons, and to Israel, which has hundreds.

I wonder if Mr. Bolton will put himself or his own children on the front lines.

Jul 30 07:34

Pro-Israel lobby probe linked to anti-Semitism

A long-running FBI espionage probe of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington appears to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism, says a former Pentagon official who revealed this week he had cooperated for 10 weeks with federal agents conducting the probe.

Larry Franklin, a former Pentagon analyst who pleaded guilty in 2005 to revealing classified information to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), made the charge in an interview with The Washington Times, his first conversation with an American newspaper since his arrest five years ago.

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Yeah, like the FBI would have no reason at all to investigate spies if they didn't just hate the Jews so much!

Jul 30 07:31

KSA rejects Israel recognition before end to occuption

Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia on Wednesday rebuffed US calls for diplomatic overtures toward Israel and said the Jewish state’s settlement expansion is jeopardising efforts to revive peace talks.

“It is Israel that has to move seriously towards the peace process,” Saudi foreign ministry spokesman Osama Nugali said. “As we all know, Israel is continuing to take unilateral measures by changing the geographic and demographic facts on the ground, by building settlements and expanding the existing ones,” he told AFP. Nugali said Israeli settlement expansion on occupied Arab land continues to impede any progress toward a lasting two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israelis.

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Sixty years of bloodshed comes down to a simple hypocrisy.

The UN partition plan created two states, Israel and Palestine. David Ben Gurion rejected the UN plan and simply declared Israel to be in existence. The United States instantly recognized the new nation, whereupon Israel refused to recognize Palestine. It is at that point, the point where Israel refused to grant to Palestine that which Israel claimed for itself; a right to exist, that the other nations in the region refused to recognize Israel.

Peace and recognition of Israel has been offered many times by the Arab nations in exchange for just one thing; a state for the Palestinians. But Israel's fatal flaw is that it cannot see any points of view but its own.

And so the impasse will continue and we all (as a former French ambassador put it) stand at the brink of world war because of that shitty little state.

Jul 30 07:25

University Of Alabama Implements Mandatory Vaccination Program

Another major school institution has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy that bars both new and current students who haven’t received the meningitis and MMR shots from enrolling for the coming academic year.

The University of Alabama recently sent out an e mail to all its students informing them that they had to provide proof of several different immunizations before they could register for their course.

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"You WILL let us pump these untested chemicals into your arms, maggot!"

Jul 30 07:23

The Cop Meets the Scholarly Brother: Racial Profiling, Cop Arrogance and Obama's Relationship to the Capitalist State Power

Whether you're a Harvard professor or the president, in the eyes of the ruling class and its racist power structure, you're still a n****r!

Jul 30 07:22

Iran: Israel must shed nuclear arms

Iran's foreign ministry has said the United States should concentrate on getting Israel to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, instead of criticising Tehran's nuclear programme.

The comments came after Hillary Clinton last week said the US would arm its allies in the Gulf region if Iran built a nuclear weapon.

"There is no need for the US to provide a defence umbrella for the neighbouring countries," Hassan Qashqavi, a foreign ministry spokesman, said on Monday.

"It is enough to tell its ally, the Zionist regime and convince it for the issue of disarmament and dismantle its own 200 nuclear warheads from the occupied territories.

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Sounds fair to me!

Jul 30 07:20

Joblessness up in 90 percent of metro areas

Jul 30 06:57

US Soldier Demands Apology From Senator Claire McCaskill at Town Hall

A US soldier demanded an apology from Senator Claire McCaskill at an Obamacare town hall in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jul 30 06:55

Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth

The pilot episode of PRI’s POP 101 series, this video takes a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.

Jul 30 06:15

Statistical Deceptions

A great Paul Craig Roberts article on how the health bill is really about funding the debt.

Jul 30 06:14

First World War bodies to be identified

Bodies in a newly discovered First World War mass grave could be identified using new DNA techniques.

Even in a conflict defined by terrible and fruitless sacrifice, the Battle of Fromelles stands out as an exercise in bloody futility. All the ingredients of the First World War on the Western Front were present: incompetent generalship, the ill-planned frontal assault over open ground, ranks of young men scythed down by shells and machineguns, and all for the temporary gain of a few hundred yards of shattered earth.

Jul 30 06:13

New technology aims to increase oil production

A bottle holds hundreds of millions of tiny carbon clusters. The atom-sized agents, roughly 30,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, can be injected into wells to detect oil, water and other substances and also provide information about temperature, pressure and other factors that can help a company zero in on more oil.

Injecting ‘nanoreporters’ into reservoirs may help pinpoint oil supplies

Jul 30 06:08

The Meaningless Constitution

The second most abused clause in the Constitution is the Interstate Commerce Clause.

Jul 30 05:55

WSJ Let’s Break up the Fed

The Obama administration’s plan to increase the powers of the Federal Reserve, says one critic, is like giving a teenager “a bigger, faster car right after he crashed the family station wagon.” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner disagrees. He argues that the Fed is “best positioned” to oversee key financial companies, and that the Obama plan would give the Fed only “modest additional authority.”

Mr. Geithner is right about one thing: The Fed’s power is already vast.But it wasn’t even well-positioned to supervise the likes of Citicorp. Broadening the Fed’s responsibilities won’t help. Instead, we should think of how best to dismantle an overextended Fed.

Jul 30 05:18

Praetorian Presumptions

A subject near and dear to my heart.Out of control police.

Jul 30 05:12

Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak

The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, FOX News has confirmed.

This comes as a government panel recommends certain groups be placed at the front of the line for swine flu vaccinations this fall, including pregnant women, health care workers and children six months and older.

Jul 30 02:20

THE DEATH OF LIBERTY: THE FINAL SCENE UNFOLDS

Have you been made aware of the massive roadblock plans to stop all travelers for a vaccine bracelet (stainless steel band with a micro-chip on board) that will force you to take the shot? Refuse it? You will be placed on a prison bus and taken to a quarantine camp. What will you do when your children are NOT allowed into school without the shot? What will you do when you are not allowed into the workplace without the vaccine paperwork? Buy groceries? Go to the bank? Shop anywhere?? Get on a plane, bus or train? Use the toilet in the mall? Nope. Police officers will become loathed, feared, despised and remembered for their “official” duties.

July 29, 2009

Jul 29 22:13

Top Ten Ways To Tell Your President & His Party Aren't Fighting For Health Care For Everybody

This is how you can tell whether your president and his party are fighting for the health care you deserve.

Jul 29 21:46

Defense analyst in AIPAC spy case was FBI 'double agent'

His plan was to use [Steven] Rosen and [Keith] Weissman to relay his concerns to the National Security Council (NSC) staff. Instead, the AIPAC officials, without telling Franklin, took his information, some of which was classified, to Mr. Gilon at the Israeli Embassy and to a Washington Post reporter.

Jul 29 21:39

Obama’s Healthcare ‘insurance’

This is no longer “insurance” and should correctly be called welfare. Taking this course of action pushes the cost of insurance up for everybody, because now the healthy people are paying more than they would have otherwise (they have to subsidise the people who are already sick).

Jul 29 21:36

America the Great ... Police State

But what was most alarming was the plain fact that neither the president nor a “stupid” local policeman seemed to understand the rules of behavior in a new America, where we find ourselves marooned as well as guarded (is that the verb?) by armed police who have been instructed that they are indeed, once armed, the law and may not be criticized verbally or in any other way and are certainly not subject to any restrictions as to whom they arrest or otherwise torment.

Jul 29 20:49

Jesse Ventura interview Inside America

He also discusses the Kennedy assassination - how many public figures are willing to discuss this one? Why? Perhaps because they don't have the courage of Ventura who can take the heat of the shills and liars who try to discredit him as a conspiracy theorist.

Jul 29 20:49

And now get ready for a mild winter, weathermen say

The accuracy of summer forecasts lags way behind that of winter forecasts because less research has gone into them. That is why the Met Office is more confident of its early prediction that this winter will be mild and warmer than last winter, although fairly wet. It says that it is 66 per cent certain that this will be the case — a fairly confident forecast.

I'll bet they're wrong with this forecast too.

Jul 29 20:31

For first time in eight months, Israel allows cement into Gaza

Israel has authorised a one-off shipment of hundreds of tonnes of cement and building materials to the heavily embargoed Gaza Strip. It is the first official transfer of such goods since Israel's operation early this year in the coastal enclave. Many Gazan buildings damaged during the offensive have not been rebuilt because of a shortage of building materials.

Gaza has been under a strict Israeli blockade since Hamas seized control in June 2007. Some basic foodstuff and medicine are allowed in. Other items including cement, steel piping, fertilisers and cars are banned, and many others are restricted.

Jul 29 19:54

How Fake is the "Recovery"?

Currently, Wall Street, the White House, and the media are hyping a new sign of economic recovery--”surging” June home sales. John Williams at shadowstats.com predicted this latest reporting deception.

Consumer confidence typically is swayed by “good news” hype. The drops in the Conference Board’s and the University of Michigan’s measures of consumer confidence in July suggest that Americans are becoming inured to recovery hype and are realizing that the government and the media lie about the economy just as they lie about everything else.

Jul 29 19:48

How robot drones revolutionized the face of warfare

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Major Morgan Andrews is one such combatant. He kisses his wife goodbye, drives to Creech, a tiny desert air force base in Nevada, and within minutes could be killing insurgents on the other side of the world.

Jul 29 19:13

US manufacturing jobs go to China

In the small town of Cary, near Chicago, you can see American industry being dismantled in front of your eyes. Doug Bartlett's factory used to make electronic circuit boards. But orders collapsed as the recession took hold. The factory shut in March with the loss of 87 jobs. Now the wrecking crew is in and the factory is being gutted.

"We're not only watching the dismantling of my company, we're also watching the dismantling of the circuit board industry in the United States and the dismantling of American industrial might."

The gutting of this factory is not an isolated incident. It's being repeated across the United States. In the past 18 months nearly two million American manufacturing jobs have been lost.

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