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Jul 10 07:06

Turn in your Neighbor for $1000 - The War on Your Second Amendment Rigths in NJ

This is an admission that the police cannot do their job; an excellent reason to KEEP guns in the hands of law abiding citizens.
Jul 10 07:03

[Video] Nano-thermite took down the WTC?

Jul 10 07:01

Israeli agents to screen judges before appointment

Israel's internal security service has been given a de facto veto over the appointment of judges in an unprecedented decision that has the country's embattled liberals up in arms.

The move by the Judges Selection Committee on Friday is likely to make it harder for members of Israel's Arab minority and others with views that are not mainstream to become judges, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (Acri). Zahava Galon, a former MP of the dovish Meretz party, said the decision was "a scandal". She said: "We are turning into a kind of police state with Big Brother everywhere. A judge shouldn't have to pass the Shin Bet's tests. This is just something that isn't done."



Jul 10 06:58

A War of Colonial Conquest in Afghanistan

Really disgusting!

Jul 10 06:13

Vice-Chairman of Rothschild: "Carbon trading must be globally regulated"

Simon Linnett, Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild, has called for a new international body, the World Environment Agency, to regulate carbon trading.

In a recently published paper, Trading Emissions, for the Social Market Foundation, Mr Linnett argues that the International problem of climate change demands an international solution.

Unless governments cede some of their sovereignty to a new world body, he says, a global carbon trading scheme cannot be enforced and regulated.

Wouldn't you know the Rothies are in back of this cap and trade bullshit.

Jul 10 06:12

Ignorance for Dummies

Ignorance is bliss as it is seemingly better to not want to know. You see, if people really knew the depth of the rat hole into which we've descended, maybe they might have to take action or even consider putting a few cases of bottled water in the closet before the hurricane hits. But no, they don't want to know, and if you try to warn them it will fall on deaf ears because God will save them as their faith in Jesus is all they need. They have put on the armor of the Lord that nothing can penetrate including common sense. These are the so heavenly minded they become no earthly good and they are the poor sacks that were on the rooftops crying for "hep" after Katrina. Jesus must have had inventory problems or maybe his network crashed because I didn't see him delivering any Aquafina. Was there a lesson learned? The ignorant come from all walks of life, found amongst those that have the ability and means to actually do the research and search out the looming menace facing society, so there should be no excuse for the people to come begging. Or should there?

Jul 10 03:12

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eugenicist

In a revealing interview with the New York Times, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says abortion should be used to control useless eaters and unwanted populations.

She does not say it like that, but she might as well have.

Ginsberg: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”



July 9, 2009

Jul 09 23:01

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: HOW THE STATE CAN BEAT ITS BUDGET WOES

If private banks can create credit on their books, so can the world’s eighth largest economy. Indeed, there is longstanding precedent for this approach. The State of North Dakota has owned its own bank for nearly a century. North Dakota is one of only two States (along with Montana) that are not currently facing budget shortfalls. North Dakota has beaten the Wall Street credit freeze by generating its own credit. By law, ever since 1919 the State’s revenues have been deposited in its own bank, the Bank of North Dakota (BND). Using the “fractional reserve” lending scheme open to all banks, these deposits are then available to be used as the “reserves” for creating many times their face value in loans.

Jul 09 22:46

Massive Power Outage Hits West Los Angeles

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you can read this ... you are not affected! :)

Jul 09 22:00

Australian TV Exposes 'Stranded Polar Bear' Global Warming Hoax

Remember that wonderful picture of stranded polar bears on an ice floe that were used by folks like soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore to demonstrate how dire the man-made global warming issue is?

Well, ABC television in Australia, on a show called “Media Watch,” recently debunked the entire issue (video available here, h/t NB member dscott).

It turns out -- as NewBuster Jake Gontesky reported on March 20 -- the picture was taken in August, “when every year the fringes of the Arctic ice cap melt regardless of the wider effects of global warming.”

Jul 09 21:44

Fed warns on Congressional scrutiny

The Federal Reserve warned on Thursday that a growing congressional threat to curtail its independence would destabilise markets and raise the cost of servicing US debt for “current and future generations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like a threat to me.

And personally I would rather live without a Federal Reserve entirely rather than let a private bank threaten me.



Jul 09 20:46

75 Years of Housing Fascism

The current housing debacle wasn't caused by "eight years of cowboy capitalism ushered in by George W. Bush" and there was never any real deregulation of any sort at any time. It was a project created over three-quarters of a century by fascists from both parties.

Jul 09 19:59

7 Reasons You Should Decline a Home with an HOA

If you’re ticking off pros and cons of each home to help you make your final decision, here are 7 reasons why you’ll want to choose the home without the HOA.

Jul 09 19:39

White folks gonna riot and I'm gonna join 'em

Jul 09 19:34

200 Whites fired in order to hire minorities

During the first five months of this year, with the Senate under the control of its first African-American majority leader, [State Senator Malcolm] Smith, top Democrats bemoaned the lack of minority Senate staffers.

But instead of trying to recruit new hires, they fired nearly 200 almost exclusively white workers and replaced them with a large number of minority employees, many of whom were seen by their fellow workers to be unskilled at their new jobs.

The move produced severe racial tensions, made worse by the fact that, as a high-level Democratic staffer confided, “We’ve been told to only hire minorities.'’



Jul 09 19:22

Neighborhood seeks to secede from homeowners association

Mary Scott says she cannot sit by idly as the dues in her East Manatee homeowner association have continued to rise and she sees no benefit from them.

The money is not being spent equally throughout the Creekwood community's five neighborhoods, Scott says, and paying monthly dues to keep up a community pool she never uses has frustrated her even more.

Jul 09 18:58

AIG Seeks Clearance For More Bonuses

American International Group is preparing to pay millions of dollars more in bonuses to several dozen top corporate executives after an earlier round of payments four months ago set off a national furor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, there is no end of hubris for these folks.

And a short memo to Ed Liddy, Chairman & CEO of AIG: not one more taxpayer dime, dammit!

Jul 09 18:54

Active duty Army suicide rate on record-setting pace

Suicides in the US Army are on the rise with 88 suspected cases in the first six months of the year, compared to 67 in the same period in 2008, according to Pentagon figures issued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the pursuit of these seemingly endless immoral wars, many in the military have realized that we are not on the right side of history here.

Jul 09 18:25

The WTC7 collapse: 911Truth vs. Fantasyland

As the steamroller that is the grass-roots 911Truth movement ineluctably paves a road leading directly to the truth one wonders when those protecting the phony official conspiracy theory will begin running for the hills - much like animals do when they sense the approach of a tsunami. Pay attention for signs of desperation resembling kamikaze attacks from those defending the official conspiracy myth as they realize the end is close - will they rat each other out? Stay tuned.



Jul 09 18:06

The Journey to Gaza Begins

Jul 09 17:56

Tehran and Tegucigalpa: A Tale of Two Capitals

Jul 09 17:38

Netanyahu's paranoia extends to 'self-hating Jews'

Netanyahu's paranoia extends to 'self-hating Jews' Emanuel and Axelrod

Netanyahu appears to be suffering from confusion and paranoia. He is convinced that the media are after him, that his aides are leaking information against him and that the American administration wants him out of office. Two months after his visit to Washington, he is still finding it difficult to communication normally with the White House. To appreciate the depth of his paranoia, it is enough to hear how he refers to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, Obama's senior aides: as "self-hating Jews."

(*that must just be the way it is , when your as guilty as sin , Benny)

Jul 09 17:20

Generals: More forces needed for Afghan offensive.

Senior U.S. generals said Wednesday that more Afghan and NATO soldiers are needed to expand the fight against a Taliban-led insurgency in southern Afghanistan, although current military plans make such increases unlikely.



Jul 09 17:09

Army Awards Afghan Deals to DynCorp and Fluor

DynCorp International Inc. and Fluor Corp. won Army contracts that could be valued at $15 billion over the next five years to build bases and other infrastructure for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The deals show how lucrative logistics contracts in Afghanistan will be, since the country has a far less developed infrastructure than Iraq. Each company could receive up to $7.5 billion, depending on the Pentagon's needs.

Jul 09 17:01

Escalation Scam:

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

A few times since last fall, the Obama team has floated rising numbers for how many additional U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Now, deployment of 21,000 more is a done deal, with a new total cap of 68,000

In the spring and early summer of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson decided to send 100,000 additional U.S. troops to Vietnam, more than doubling the number there. But at a July 28 news conference, he announced that he'd decided to send an additional 50,000 soldiers.

Why did President Johnson say 50,000 instead of 100,000? Because he was heeding the advice from something called a "Special National Security Estimate"

Jul 09 16:56

Exclusive: Robert McNamara deceived LBJ on Gulf of Tonkin, documents show

Documents which have been available for decades in the LBJ Library show clearly that McNamara failed to inform Johnson that the U.S. naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, had changed his mind about the alleged North Vietnamese torpedo attack on U.S. warships he had reported earlier that day.

By early afternoon Washington time, Herrick had reported to the Commander in Chief Pacific in Honolulu that “freak weather effects” on the ship’s radar had made such an attack questionable. In fact, Herrick was now saying, in a message sent at 1:27 pm Washington time, that no North Vietnamese patrol boats had actually been sighted. Herrick now proposed a “complete evaluation before any further action taken.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The initial report of an attack came from the young and inexperienced sonar operator on the USS Maddox, who turned the sonar the wrong way and picked up the sounds of his own ship's screws, mistaking the sounds for an incoming torpedo.

Jul 09 16:50

The Place of Women on the Court

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of"???????????????



Jul 09 16:42

Former Teen Hacker’s Suicide Linked to TJX Probe

A Miami man who achieved fame as a teenager for hacking NASA and the Pentagon took his own life last year after Secret Service agents accused him of being part of the conspiracy responsible for the largest identity theft in U.S. history, his family says.

Jonathan James, 24, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home on May 18, 2008, less than two weeks after agents raided his house in connection with a hacking ring that penetrated TJX, DSW and OfficeMax, among others. In a five page suicide note, James wrote that he was innocent, but was certain federal officials would make him a scapegoat.

Jul 09 16:34

FBI Agent charged with illegally selling guns

John Shipley is charged with selling firearms without a license, having gun dealers falsify records, and lying.

Federal prosecutors say Shipley bought guns online and at gun shows then resold them for profit; totaling more than a hundred thousand dollars.

He then reported his sales to the alcohol, tobacco and firearms agency but Shipley used other gun dealer's records.

Jul 09 16:14

Complexity Theory and Environmental Management

Environmental disputes frequently revolve around conflicts of land use, triggered by a fear. The spotted owl is endangered, and that means that logging in the northwest must stop. People are put out of work, communities suffer. It may be, in ten or thirty years, that we discover logging was not a danger to the spotted owl. Or the issue may remain contentious. My point is that the drama surrounding such disputes—angry marches and press coverage, tree hugging, bulldozers—serves to obscure the deeper problem. We don't know how to manage wilderness environments, even when there is no conflict at all.

To see what I mean, let’s take a case history of our management of the environment: Yellowstone National Park.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This speech, by Michael Crichton, details the history of Yellowstone National Park, which went from one ecological disaster to another to another, always with the very best of intentions, and pretty much wrecked the place.

Supporters of Obama's plan to "engineer" the environment by filling the upper atmosphere with "pollution particles" to reflect sunlight (isn't that what clouds already do?) need to study the history of Yellowstone to understand that good intentions are never a substitute for actually knowing what the @#$% you are doing!

Jul 09 16:12

The Global Warming Scam

Now then, looking at Carbon Dioxide, we find that only .117% of atmospheric carbon dioxide is directly attributable to human technology such as automobiles. .117% is a rather small amount. If we were to measure out .117% of a football field, it comes out to 4.212 inches, barely long enough to get off the touchdown line.

So, if humans ceased all technological activity, we would still see 99.883% of the carbon dioxide remain in the atmosphere, assuming all other factors remain stable (which is, of course, silly.)



Jul 09 16:10

Pics From Planet Earth

Jul 09 15:18

The Prison Industry: Capitalist Punishment

Today, there are over 1.7 million people incarcerated in the United States, more than in any other industrialized country. They are disproportionately African American and Latino (almost 70% of US prisoners are people of color) and two thirds are serving sentences for non-violent crimes. One in three African American men between the ages of 20 and 29 is either in jail, on probation or parole. 1.4 million black men -- or 13% of African American men -- have lost the right to vote because they have committed felonies.

Jul 09 15:17

FEMA WEBSITE - National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)

NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies, staff and key operational elements. In addition, broad regional participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is anticipated. This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.

Jul 09 14:40

EU retracts criticism of Israeli settlements

The Foreign Ministry called in the EU ambassador to protest the report, accusing the commission of stepping beyond its authority in issuing such criticism and not taking into account Israel's security concerns in the West Bank.

"The press release unfortunately uses wording which does not reflect statements by the EU Commission," European Union spokesman David Kriss said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Israel has a "special relationship" with the EU as well!

Jul 09 14:20

Ed and Elaine Brown were convicted Thursday on all counts of plotting to kill federal agents during a nine-month standoff - Couple Gets Minimum 30 Years In Prison

The Browns holed up in their hilltop home in early 2007 to avoid arrest after being convicted of tax evasion. They amassed an arsenal of high-powered weapons and explosives, including booby-traps in woods surrounding the home.

Ed Brown testified the weapons were for self-defense, saying he believed the government planned to kill the couple.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reasonable after the Waco debacle.

Jul 09 13:55

Women spend nearly one year deciding what to wear

Women will spend almost one year of their lives deciding what to wear, a study found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And us men will spend TEN years trying to get them to take their clothes OFF!

Jul 09 13:51

Swarm of Micro-quakes at Kilauea crater!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Madam Pele about to put on a show and drive tourism up? :)

Jul 09 13:48

Hundreds injured in China Earth quake

Jul 09 13:41

No One Could Have Planted Bombs in the World Trade Center Without Being Detected, Could They?

A Government Accountability Office investigator smuggled live bomb components into a federal building in just 27 seconds, then assembled a bomb in a restroom and ventured throughout the building without being detected, a leaked tape revealed Wednesday.

In addition, congressional investigators were able to penetrate every single federal building they probed without any difficulty — 10 in all.

Jul 09 13:39

The Cost of the Global U.S. Military Presence

The final bill: The United States spends approximately $250 billion annually to maintain troops, equipment, fleets, and bases overseas.

Jul 09 13:31

Obama’s Rollback Strategy: Honduras, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan

The recent events in Honduras and Iran, which pit democratically elected regimes against pro-US military and civilian actors intent on overthrowing them can best be understood as part of a larger White House strategy designed to rollback the gains achieved by opposition government and movements during the Bush years.

Jul 09 13:29

Sen. Grassley Accuses IRS of Overstepping its Authority in IR-2009-44

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, charges that the IRS contradicted Congress by allowing the tax credit to apply to property that met the older, less stringent standard, if purchased before June 1. "The question apparently becomes ... can the IRS essentially change the words of the statute to reach a result that the IRS deems more appropriate than the one clearly intended by Congress," Grassley wrote in questions to an Obama administration nominee this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or has the entire tax code become too obfuscated and complex and in dire need of scrapping?

Jul 09 13:19

DeMint: America is ‘Where Germany Was Before World War II’

DeMint worried that it was the “eleventh hour” for freedom, but he disputed a question from a man who wondered if America was ripe for another revolution. “The reason I’m convinced we can do this in a civilized way is that I’ve seen, on a number of issues, that when people get informed and want to change their government, the government will change.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been working for 15 years to get the government and the media to tell the truth.

So far, I am not having much success.

Jul 09 13:16

US frees five Iranian diplomats in Iraq

The US military in Iraq on Thursday freed five Iranian diplomats held since January 2007 in a major source of friction between archfoes Tehran and Washington, Iraqi and Iranian officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the huge stink on ABCNNBBCBS over those arrested embassy staffers in Tehran, I'll bet it comes as a shock to know that the US has held Iranian DIPLOMATS hostage for 2 years now.

And ABCNNBBCBS hardly said a word, did they?

Jul 09 13:14

‘Evangelistic’ scientist tapped to lead National Institute of Health

The scientist chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the National Institute of Health has a controversial history of mixing politics with faith.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are going to cancel funding for Swine Flu research and pray for God to make it all better!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 09 13:12

You won't see THIS on FOX: Afghan Children Left to Die After US Bombings

Jul 09 13:10

EU finds drug firms make billions stalling generics

EUROPEAN patients, taxpayers and national treasuries are being fleeced of billions of euros because of the big pharmaceutical companies' elaborate campaigns to delay the marketing of cheaper generic drugs, the European Commission says.

"There is something rotten in the state [of the pharmaceutical industry]," said Neelie Kroes, the Competition Commissioner, unveiling the findings of an 18-month inquiry. "Makers of original medicines are actively trying to delay the entry of generic medicines on to their markets."

Jul 09 13:09

LAPD's public database omits nearly 40% of this year's crimes

The lapses mean that the map, touted by city leaders as an important and innovative resource for city residents to determine whether their neighborhoods are safe, presents a drastically incomplete image of city crime.

Jul 09 13:08

Bank Of America Bans Customer For Life

Basically, Bank Of America banned me for signing up for an account after they made the mistake of sending me two accounts.

Jul 09 13:06

Accused of returning to terrorism, former Gitmo detainee a respected Afghan politician

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was named by the Pentagon as one of 74 former captives who returned to terrorism after being released has done no such thing.

Instead, he has returned to doing what he was really doing before being picked up by US forces and shuttled off to Gitmo for six years: Working as a politician, a tribal elder representing Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Jul 09 13:06

DESTROYING GAZA

The recent meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated speculation over the future relationship between America and Israel, and a potentially changed US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Analysts on the right and left are commenting on a new, tougher American policy characterized by strengthened US demands on Israel. However, beneath the diplomatic choreography lies an agonizing reality that received only brief comment from Obama and silence from Netanyahu: the ongoing devastation of the people of Gaza.

Jul 09 13:05

Join us on our 'bank anger' tour across the blogosphere

Now, I know that it's nothing new to blast a bank on a blog, or trash it on Twitter or spread your fury about their practices on Facebook, but with bank fees climbing and climbing (overdraft fees are estimated to cost Americans $38.5 billion this year), I went on my own little Internet tour today, looking around for reactions to banking fees, just to see what I could find and get a sense of how people are feeling toward banks these days. Not too surprisingly, I found a lot of ugly out there.

People are mad. As Hell.

Jul 09 13:03

5/14/09: JINSA at USAF Special Ops Command

JINSA Visits Air Force Special Operations Command
On May 14, a group of JINSA members visited Hurlburt Field, home of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), to gain a greater understanding of AFSOC's contributions to current American military operations. The visit was planned as part of JINSA’s Base Visit Program.
Major General Bob Patterson, USAF (ret.), a member of JINSA's Board of Advisors, personally led the group, sharing his experiences at Hurlburt Field. In 1985, AFSOC, along with the Army Special Operations Command and the Naval Special Warfare Command were stood up as components of the Congressionally-mandated U.S. Special Operations Command. From 1985 to 1989, General Patterson served as AFSOC's first commander.

Jul 09 13:02

Homeless numbers include more families

Jul 09 13:01

TARP Recipients Fighting To Keep Charging Exorbitant Credit Card Fees

Undeterred by their sullied reputation, big banks and credit card companies are making a major play to protect a key source of profit: credit card swipe fees.

Last year, the country's largest financial institutions -- including many banks that have received bailout funds -- raked in an estimated $48 billion from credit card swipe fees. That's an average of $400 per American household.

Jul 09 12:57

Sarkozy: Israel strike on Iran would be catastrophe

A unilateral attack by Israel against Iran to thwart the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions would be an "absolute catastrophe," AFP quoted French President Nicolas Sarkozy as warning on Thursday.

Sarkozy was reportedly speaking after a summit of the Group of Eight and other leaders in Italy at which they agreed on the need to pursue a negotiated deal with Tehran to halt its nuclear program.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama rebuffed suggestions that Washington had given Israel a green light to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. Israel believes that a nuclear Iran would pose an existential threat.

Jul 09 12:56

Iran refuses to back down 'one step' in nuclear row

Iran will not back down "even one step" over its nuclear work, a senior adviser to the country's top authority said in remarks published on Thursday, making clear Tehran's continued defiance in a row with the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is building a nuclear power station. Iran has the legal right to build nuclear power stations and to make fuel rods for them under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which both the US and Iran have signed.

The IAEA, which enforces the terms of the NNPT, has repeatedly confirmed that Iran is NOT building nuclear weapons or making preparations to do so.

Under the NNPT, The US is not only required to allow Iran to build power stations, but under Article IV is required to assist! I think it is obvious that the best way to know for a fact that Iran is not building a weapons lab underneath their power station is to be in there helping to pour the foundations and lay the pipes!

So, Israel is now screaming that Iran is a threat because Iran is building a nuclear power station. Israel, which actually does have a used-to-be clandestine weapons lab underneath the Dimona reactor and who has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty apparently assuages its guilt over its weapons program by pointing accusing fingers at their neighbors.

Israel did in fact accuse Iraq of planning to build nuclear weapons at their power station at Osirik. Israel then bombed the power station. Following the invasion of 2003 the IAEA inspected the remains of the power station at Osirik and confirmed that it was indeed only a power station. There was no weapons factory in the ruins. So Israel's past record of knowing who does and does not have a weapons lab is rather abysmal.

So, do you want your kids to die in yet another war fought because Israel is hallucinating yet more paranoid fantasies about hidden nuclear weapons factories underneath power stations?

Jul 09 12:54

JINSA's Honduras "not a coup" orders to Obama

An Apology to Honduras is in Order
JINSA Report #: 905
July 7, 2009
But an apology is in order. Secretary of State Clinton, who plans to meet with former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on behalf of President Obama, should apologize to him and to current Honduran President Roberto Micheletti.
We suggest something like this.
"On behalf of the President of the United States and myself, I apologize for having jumped to the conclusion that events in Honduras last week constituted a military coup.

Jul 09 12:46

Criminal Rothschilds

Jul 09 12:40

Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault

Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.

What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be bu

Jul 09 12:22

Phil Gramm, one year ago today...

It's hard to believe how Phil Gramm could have been so completely, totally, fundamentally, crazy wrong one year ago today when he declared the recession to be just "mental".

Jul 09 11:29

Banks' plan to refuse California notes takes heat

After taking multibillion-dollar bailouts from the federal government, some of America's biggest banks are declining to lend a hand with a different financial mess: the California budget stalemate.

The banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc. and some regional banks, are trying to pressure lawmakers to end the impasse by warning that, after Friday, they won't accept promissory notes -- called colloquially "IOUs" for "I owe you" -- issued by the state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TIME FOR CALIFORNIA TO START THEIR OWN STATE BANK.

Jul 09 10:49

PALESTINE: I RESIST!

Jul 09 09:46

Hysteria is the real threat, not global warming

With Tony Blair launching his own plan to save the world (groans), and the G8 leaders also unveiling their thoughts about global warming, this is a big week for environmental fanaticism.

Whatever he or they offer, it will not be enough to quell the warmists' semi-religious fervour.

They are like medieval preachers, proclaiming to baying crowds that the end of the word is nigh.

Jul 09 09:45

13-year-old uses Bar Mitzva IPhone gift to become a hacker legend, an e-hero, an Apple-code-breaking bon vivantreceives hacker legend

Ari is part of a loose-knit group of hackers that has made it a mission to “jailbreak” Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. The term refers to installing unapproved software that lets people download a range of programs, including those not sanctioned by Apple.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And they want to make him a hero for this?????????

Jul 09 09:41

Police to investigate News of the World phone-hacking claims

The payments secured secrecy over out-of-court settlements in three cases that threatened to expose evidence that Murdoch journalists used private investigators to illegally hack into the mobile phone messages of public figures to gain unlawful access to confidential personal data, including tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills. Cabinet ministers, MPs, actors and sports stars were all targets of the private investigators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But, but, but, the government says it is OKAY to listen in to phone calls and read emails without a warrant now!!!!"

Jul 09 09:39

Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a 147 mph speeding ticket

At this point, neither faces suspension or any other serious discipline at work, Hirsch reported.

Jul 09 09:35

“…frost has never been reported before in July”

Temperatures dropped to a record low in Prince Edward Island overnight Tuesday, with reports of frost throughout the province.

An official record low of 3.8 C was set early Wednesday morning at Charlottetown airport.

The previous record for that date was 5.1 C, set in 2005.

Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said that to his knowledge, frost has never been reported before in July in P.E.I.

“That 3.8 we got last night kind of sticks out as being lower than some of the other records for anytime in early July,” Robichaud told CBC News on Wednesday.

Jul 09 09:35

Understanding the Bible

You have to be kidding me. Here the "smartest person in the universe" is telling us that slavery is OK and that we are free to beat our slaves.

Jul 09 09:14

Pope calls for a "global authority" on economy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And you know, we just happen to have a bank right here where God has a checking account!!!!" -- His Popeness

Jul 09 09:07

Members of Jewish militant group arrested in Paris

Masked vandals burst into the shop, armed with sticks and bottles of oil early on Friday afternoon, smashing the computers and cash till, pulling books off the shelves and emptying bottles of oil on the floor.

Following the incident, the MRAP anti-racism group repeated a call for a French ban on the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which was set up by a radical US rabbi in 1968.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The JDL is considered a top terrorist group by the FBI, yet somehow (except for Irv Rubin) they are immune from arrest.

Jul 09 09:04

New ad says pot smokers "happy to be taxed''

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are stoned, not crazy!!!!!

Jul 09 09:02

Israel and U.S. groups push forward on Iran

That was the thinking behind a decision Monday by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to plan major rallies in September to press for sanctions. The push will be coordinated to assist efforts by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to nudge toughened sanctions legislation through the U.S. Congress in September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You want to "deal" with Iran?

Here ya go!

Jul 09 08:58

Four charged after graves dug up, sold for profit at Alsip cemetery

Charges have been filed Thursday morning after as many as 100 bodies were removed from their graves and the plots resold at historic Burr Oak Cemetery in southwest suburban Alsip.

Jul 09 08:57

WALL STREET SHUTS DOWN PROGRAM TRADING REPORTS!

The purpose of this Information Memo is to advise all member organizations that the New York Stock Exchange LLC (“NYSE”) will be decommissioning the requirement to report program trading activity via the Daily Program Trading Report (“DPTR”), which was previously approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”).1 The last trade date for which member organizations will be required to file the DPTR with the Exchange will be July 10, 2009 and therefore the last required date to submit the DPTR will be July 14, 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wall Street scrambles to end record keeping ahead of what looks to be the economic scandal of the century!

Jul 09 08:53

LEGAL SLAVE TRADE IN ISRAEL ~~ PART 2

The ten ‘free hours’ are ‘payment’ to the original person for obtaining the visa.. NO ONE PAYS FOR IT…. the worker is a virtual slave to this person.

This entire procedure is considered the ‘norm’ in Israel…. as it was in the southern American States after slavery was officially ended. It is a demonstration of the non value of life placed upon those ‘not of the tribe’ by the Israeli government.

Jul 09 08:51

HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN THREE PARAGRAPHS

‘Life’s tough……it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”
– John Wayne

Jul 09 08:46

Letter Sparks Investigation of Baxter Vaccine by New Zealand Minister of Health

The New Zealand Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, has asked the Ministry of Health officials to urgently advise him on issues raised about a "swine flu" vaccine produced by Baxter International Inc. This follows his receipt of a letter raising concerns about whether vaccines produced by Baxter for "swine flu" can be trusted.

Jul 09 08:45

"Incredibly Shrinking Liquidity" as Goldman Flushed Quant Trading

The big ticket, the magic wand for a rogue quant shop is technology to grab off FIX PROTOCOL, OCX, or SWIFT messages that precede every transaction_commit at the Exchanges.

Grabbing information is way hotter for conquering Wall Street than owning a crystal ball.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a bigger fraud than Madoff!!!!!!

Jul 09 08:28

California Dreamin': How the State Can Beat Its Budget Woes

Congress has not only reneged on its agreement to create the national money supply, but it has refused to front the funds to bail out California from its relatively modest $26 billion budget shortfall. Californians are justifiably upset, since Congress hardly batted an eye before earmarking some $700 billion in bailout money for the private banking system, and the Federal Reserve has committed trillions more for that dubious purpose. Nearly ten times the sum needed by California was allotted to bailing out AIG, a private insurance company; and half the sum needed by California went to pay off the gambling debts of AIG to Goldman Sachs, a single bank.

Jul 09 08:26

‘US finances anti-Iran terrorist gang’

Jundullah leader Abdulmalik Rigi received $100,000 from US operatives to fuel sectarianism in Iran in just one of their meetings, his brother has said.

"My brother Abdulmalik met several times with US forces in Pakistan," Abdulhamid Rigi told a group of tribal leaders and citizens in the town of Iranshahr in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan.

"I myself took part in one of those meetings, where we discussed recruitment, training, infiltrating Iran and methods of inflaming Sunni-Shia sectarianism for three hours. In that meeting, the Americans gave my brother $100,000," he added.

Jul 09 08:17

All In

The fear on the street is palpable to anyone who is paying attention. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Jul 09 08:14

The Coming State of Chaos and Disorder.

These paid whores are in lockstep toward their own doom. The good men and women who could have made a difference have been marginalized or closed out of the process. No one gets into the club who will not serve the interests of the swine in the shadows. There are good people at various levels and there’s no telling what positive effort they may yet bring in government, the military and law enforcement. We are going to see every human judged according to their capacity to rise to the occasion. We’re going to see the best and the worst of what we have in us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."

Jul 09 08:11

Are they brave or mad? Office workers go naked to boost team spirit

The event, dubbed Naked Friday, was deemed a huge success and is even credited with turning around the firm’s fortunes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, we are NOT turning on the webcam!!!!!!!

Jul 09 08:08

911 Conspiracy predicted in X-Files

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the US Government has to rely on us film people for the really cool ideas! :)

Sort of like how Al Gore lifted a lot of his "science" (and a couple scenes) from "The Day after Tomorrow".

Jul 09 08:05

Embedding a YouTube Video May Cost You a Bundle in ASCAP Bills

Fresh off a court victory against Google's YouTube, ASCAP tells us it is setting its sights on users of the video-sharing site. Welcome to the exciting world of copyright licensing, blogger; you may already owe gobs of money!

ASCAP licenses the performance rights for music, collecting royalties for its songwriter members when their songs are played in certain contexts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My wife and I are both ASCAP members, and I think this is going to backfire on ASCAP, because embedded videos are often the best advertising for new songs and new songwriters.

This is roughly the equivalent of demanding a license fee for one person to say to another, "Hey, you gotta hear this hot new song" and then sharing an earphone.

Revenues will actually DECLINE because blogs will simply quit embedding music videos and public awareness of and interest in the new musicians will vanish.

Jul 09 08:03

Newest IE bug could be next Conficker, says researcher

The critical flaw that Microsoft confirmed on Monday -- but has yet to patch -- is a prime candidate for another Conficker-scale attack, a security researcher said.

The critical bug that Microsoft confirmed Monday but has yet to patch is a prime candidate for another Conficker-scale attack, a security researcher said.

"It's better than [the vulnerability used by] Conficker," Roger Thompson, chief research officer at AVG Technologies, said yesterday. "It exposes the whole world, and can be exploited through the firewall. That's better than Conficker, which mostly did its damage once it got inside a network."

Jul 09 07:58

CIA director admitted lying to Congress, say Democrats

The head of the CIA has admitted concealing "significant actions" from the US Congress over the past eight years, according to several Democrat members of the House intelligence committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eight years. Hmmm. That takes us back to 2001.

Now, what happened in 2001 that the CIA might be lying about?

:)

Jul 09 07:56

Ron Paul Is Right! We Should Audit the Fed

An amendment based on Congressman Ron Paul’s House bill to audit the Federal Reserves was blocked by the Senate this week on procedural grounds.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican Senator Jim DeMint and supporter of an audit said, "allowing the Fed to operate our nation's monetary system in almost complete secrecy leads to abuse, inflation and a lower quality of life."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But, that's what the Fed was DESIGNED to do!!!!!!!!

Jul 09 07:54

How Long Before the Fed's Days Are Numbered?

On Wall Street, there's a big debate over whether the Fed's next big move will come too soon or too late. In Washington, the Administration is promoting a plan to give the central bank new powers to oversee systemic risks. Over in the House of Representatives, maverick Republican Ron Paul has gathered more than 245 co-sponsors for a bill requiring an audit of the Fed. In the media, there are questions about whether President Obama will allow Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to keep his job when his term ends in January. And finally, some commentators are wondering whether this allegedly autonomous institution will retain its independence in a post-crisis world.

But few seem to be asking what I believe is the key question: how long before the Fed's days are numbered?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Fed is already doomed. They just don;t know it yet. The American people are realizing that this licensed counterfeiting system is the reason their lifetime of hard work yields only more poverty and debt.

Jul 09 07:50

Banks Build Better Mousetrap

Los Angeles resident Victoria Afonina received a letter from Bank of America the other day informing her that “as a result of a change in our business practices, your annual percentage rate will use a variable rate formula based on the U.S. prime rate.”

“If the prime rate changes,” it said, “your APR will vary accordingly.”

Afonina, 44, told me she had to read the letter several times to understand what BofA was saying.

She said she’d been a cardholder with the bank for about five years and had enjoyed a relatively low fixed rate of 9.9% any time she carried a balance.

“When I finally understood what they were saying, and that my rate could change every month, I was shocked,” Afonina said. “I’m a good customer. Why are they treating me like that?”

Good question.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We got the same letter.

Jul 09 07:49

Obama's Mother,Indonesia and the CIA

Jul 09 07:45

The rise of the surveillance society

Following the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks, there has been an exponential increase in Britain’s surveillance: currently, Britain has a quarter of the world’s security surveillance cameras with around four million cameras in use and we are currently the world’s most watched nation – something which is very unnerving and reflective of the surveillance dystopia envisaged by George Orwell in his fictional work “Nineteen Eighty Four”.

The steady expansion and the overuse of the surveillance in Britain risks undermining the right to privacy; it poses a huge risk to individual liberty; and one more step towards a police state in the United Kingdom.

Jul 09 07:44

Talmudic Zionists soak female reporter in spit

I found myself herded against a brick wall as they kept on spitting - on my face, my hair, my clothes, my arms.

It was like rain, coming at me from all directions - hitting my recorder, my bag, my shoes, even my glasses.

Big gobs of spit landed on me like heavy raindrops. I could even smell it as it fell on my face.
Somewhere behind me - I didn't see him - a man on a stairway either kicked me in the head or knocked something heavy against me.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very civilized of them!

The "spitting assault" described also happened to Ernst Zundel and his team of defense attorney and supporters during the first Great Holocaust Trial in Toronto in 1984.

His then defense attorney, a young woman, was absolutely covered with rivers of spit by angry Jewish activists. Ernst told me many times that the saliva covered her face and hair and ran down her neck into her cleavage. She was so revolted and terrified by the assault that she dropped out of assisting in Ernst's defense.

Jul 09 07:37

UN: Israel must tear down West Bank barrier

Israel must tear down its West Bank separation barrier, a senior U.N. official said Wednesday, marking five years since the International Court of Justice declared the barrier illegal and a violation of Palestinian rights.

Jul 09 07:12

Bush´s Russian Twin

Since Russia´s president is no longer a drunk, Washington is no longer amused by the country.
Whenever leaders of other countries are either weak or corrupt or ruthless oppressors of their own people, Washington loves them. When they show even the slightest concern for the well-being of their general population, they´ll get on the United States enemy list.

Jul 09 06:54

Ron Paul On Fed Audit: We Will Not Be Stopped

Congressman Ron Paul has vowed that he will not be stopped in his effort to audit the Federal Reserve, as he slammed Senate authorities for blocking the bill earlier this week.

Appearing on Fox News’ Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano Paul referred to Senate authorities blocking Jim DeMint’s attempt to attach the legislation, which already has 250 co-sponsors in the House, as a provision to a spending bill as a “facade”.

The amendment was blocked by Senate authorities on Monday after they claimed that it violated rules for provisions attached to spending bills.

Jul 09 06:22

THE SETTLEMENTS ISSUE: DON’T THE PALESTINIANS GET A SAY?

A headline article in the ‘Jerusalem Post’ today blared ‘Emerging settlement deal will let US, Israel claim victory’. The article went on to explain: “According to senior government officials, under this type of solution, Israel would declare a moratorium of a few months on the settlement issue, possibly half a year, while the US would give Israel a green light to complete a still-to-be-determined number of housing units in the settlements that are in advanced stages of construction.”

It seems, however, that the Palestinian people, whose lands these settlements are being built on, don’t actually get a say on the subject. Somehow it’s now the US that decides where and when settlements can be built on Palestinian lands.

Jul 09 06:06

Bioweapons, Dangerous Vaccines, and Threats of a Global Pandemic

Although international law prohibits the use of chemical and bacteriological weapons, America has had an active biological warfare program since at least the 1940s....Human subjects were used as guinea pigs in various other experiments, and numerous illegal practices continued to the present, including secretly releasing toxic biological agents in US cities to test the effects of germ warfare....
As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Better be safe than sorry. Something nefarious may or may not be afoot, but it's vital to learn the truth, know the risks, and assert your legal right to refuse all dangerous vaccines and other medications, even if mandated.

Jul 09 05:49

Where in the World Are the Federal Trade Commissioners?

Does winter weather get you down? Would you rather spend chilly days at the beach in Cancun or skiing in Quebec rather than sitting behind a desk? Well, maybe you should become a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. FTC commissioners are charged with managing the affairs of the federal government's premier consumer protection agency-a job that seems to entail a significant amount of foreign travel, some of it legitimate, some of it a bit questionable.

Jul 09 04:28

This Is Your War on Drugs

Since 1998, the drug czar has been mandated to lie to the American people. So what would a fact-based drug policy look like?

Jul 09 04:20

The Secret Plan for Citigroup

The Secret Plan for Citigroup: Leave the Bank in a Coma

Q: Why won’t the government put Citi out of its misery and let it fail?
A: The feds have a new strategy to leave the bank in a coma.

Jul 09 04:00

On Marwa al-Sherbiny

Sherbini was a young (32 years old) mother killed in a German court — yes, in an open courtroom during a judicial sesssion — in Dresden July 1 in front of her three-year old son. She was stabbed (18 times)

Oh, sorry, now it appears she was also pregnant with her second child.

(*It’s received very little coverage in Europe or the US, and that fact as well as the crime itself has outraged the Egyptian street to a remarkable degree.)

Jul 09 03:09

O’Reilly’s Comments On Franken’s Swearing In

O’Reilly “In a sad day for America, Al Franken is now a U.S. Senator . . . Franken is a blatantly dishonest individual, a far left zealot who is not qualified to hold any office, a man who trafficked in hate on his failed Air America radio program . . . .”
(*With video, courtesy of Crooks and Liars.)

Jul 09 03:08

Gaza: A Story

They lived in a place called Peace. But then came the tanks and the guns....
“Remember,” says a friend who is with him, “remember when we had breakfast their that time?” They laugh at the personal memory. I smile weakly, wondering at the their ability to still laugh amid the ruin.
Our media gets worse and worse by the minute here in Gaza. What sort of military “defense” bombs, with F-16, residential homes? Do people who supposedly fear for their safety occupy a house, loot it, desecrate its wall and shell it with tanks when done? Do they shoot and kill the harmless livestock and chickens? Do they uproot hundred-year-old trees? (Environmentalists, do you care?)

Jul 09 02:49

Obama’s Approval Rating Lowest Since Inaugaration

Rasmussen Reports: President Barack Hussein Obama’s Approval Rating Lowest Since Inaugaration

Obama’s “I inherited this crap sandwich from the previous administration” (although a somewhat true statement) seems to be running out of gas with the American voters.

Jul 09 02:38

Ending Settlements = ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

The Israel Project (TIP) — a Washington- based group that describes itself as “devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace” — advocates accusing those who support removing illegal Israeli settlements of promoting “a kind of ethnic cleansing to move all Jews” from the West Bank.

TIP says the “best argument” for settlements is this: Since Arabs citizens of Israel “enjoy equal rights,” telling Jews they can’t live in the Palestinian state “is a racist idea.”

Jul 09 02:09

The Evaporation of Privacy and Freedom

What follows is a mosaic of the future materialising, bit by bit, before our very eyes. It transcends national boundaries.
The horizon of our global future now becomes visible through the dense fog of media. Now is the time to decide if what we see is what we want.

Jul 09 01:21

Peter Schiff: Gold and gold stocks are the best bets

Gold prices are poised for a “spectacular” and prolonged rally as the recession deepens and investors finally become disillusioned with the U.S. dollar.

So says renowned Wall Street financial forecaster and economist Peter Schiff, who loudly warned of the October 2008 stock market crash and accompanying recession as far back as 2006.

Since the global economic meltdown, the president of the Connecticut-based investment firm Euro Pacific Capital has struck a chord with rattled investors who have lost faith in America’s bedrock financial institutions. Hence, his well-received television media blitz in recent months has focused on extolling the virtues of owning gold bullion or gold equities, as well as urging Americans to get out of U.S. denominated investment assets.

Jul 09 01:12

High Stakes in Honduras

When rallying in the streets of Tegucigalpa for the ousted President Manuel Zelaya, Alejandra Fernandez, a 23-year-old university student told a journalist why she supported Zelaya: "He raised the minimum wage, gave out free school lunches, provided milk for the babies and pensions for the elderly, distributed energy-saving light bulbs, decreased the price of public transportation, made more scholarships available for students." Others gathered around to mention the roads and schools in rural areas the president had created.

"That's why the elite classes can't stand him and why we want him back," Alejandra explained. "This is really a class struggle."

Jul 09 00:33

He Thinks Therefore He Is...But Why Does Norman Finkelstein Walk Among The Living?

But most disturbingly why is it that I could be imprisoned in some countries just asking these questions?
Why does Norman Finkelstein walk among the living? I don't know but I am glad he does. He seems like a good man to me.

July 8, 2009

Jul 08 22:46

French Iran-ophile takes unexpected trip -- to prison

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has dismissed the charge as "pure fantasy" and demanded her release

Jul 08 22:43

NASA to Take Photos of Lunar Landing Sites, End Conspiracy Theories

Suck it up, conspiracy theorists, because soon your cuckoo stories about the US simulating the Moon landings will be over forever. NASA has confirmed to Gizmodo that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will take photos of all the Apollo landing sites:

Jul 08 20:14

Bern to block UBS record transfer to US

The Swiss government on Wednesday waded into the legal battle between UBS and the US authorities by saying it would forbid the bank from handing over confidential client information, if a crucial court case next week required it.

Bern warned it might go as far as confiscating the data, should a US court in Miami rule the bank was obliged to transfer the client names requested.

Jul 08 20:04

T. Boone Pickens New Plan: America Is Entitled To Iraqi Oil As Compensation For Fallen Soldiers

This is the height of American arrogance and imperialism. We're gonna come in and screw up your country and its infrastructure, and we'll be taking ownership of your most strategic assets as a thank you. Buh-bye.

Jul 08 19:53

Inflation, the least of your worries

We fully expect inflation to set in in the US, and likely in many other parts of the world. But that will become an issue only after debt deflation, propelled by a deleveraging that boggles the mind, will have run its course. And, as I've indicated before, the damage to our societies caused by this deflation scourge will be so severe that inflation will be the least of your worries.

Jul 08 19:02

Iran Converts Some Foreign Reserves to Gold

flashback: TEHRAN, Iran November 15, 2008 Iran says it has converted some foreign currency reserves to gold

(*Translation:Iran says it has enriched some yellow cake uranium reserves to weapons grade . They Must Be Bombed!)

Jul 08 18:27

Rejecting Icesave deal could be akin to declaring war

If Iceland’s Althingi parliament does not pass the bill confirming the state’s overall responsibility for dealing with the Netherlands and the UK’s Icesave claims, the entire country’s economy would be put on a war footing. Iceland would not receive further loan payments, companies would be unable to finance themselves and fall increasingly into bankruptcy, and the Icelandic nation would find itself no more respected than Cuba and North Korea among the community of nations.

Jul 08 17:32

FREAK SUMMER STORM DUMPS SNOW ON YONKERS

It was Christmas in July for some Westchester County residents.

A wintry mix of hail and heavy thunderstorms downed trees and utility poles in Yonkers last night -- causing mountains of slush and ice to build up in parking lots and on grassy areas.

Jul 08 16:22

Trend Alert - Biden Admission: Obama Plan Doomed

Vice President Joseph Biden's admission that the Obama Administration's economic recovery plan was predicated on egregiously inaccurate forecasts consigns the entire effort to failure, predicts Gerald Celente.

Jul 08 16:16

B'tselem: 37% Increase in Colonies Population in 6 Years

“Since Israel accepted the Road Map, which mandated a freeze of all settlement activity, the settler population in the West Bank has swelled from 211,400 to over 289,600 - an increase of 37% in six years,” B’tselem reported.

In a report issued, Wednesday, B’tselemsa said the Israeli government has used the idea of 'natural growth' as a fig leaf to cover large-scale expansion of Jewish colonies.

Jul 08 16:14

FDIC Insurance Fund - It Doesn't Actually Exist

When FDIC head Shelia Bair says her agency might have to bolster the FDIC's insurance fund with Treasury borrowings to pay for the new spate of bank failures, a lot of us, this 40-year banking veteran included, assumed there's an actual FDIC fund in need of bolstering.

We were wrong. As a former FDIC chairman, Bill Isaac, points out here, the FDIC Insurance Fund is an accounting fiction. It takes in premiums from banks, then turns those premiums over to the Treasury, which adds the money to the government's general coffers for "spending . . . on missiles, school lunches, water projects, and the like."

The insurance premiums aren't really premiums at all, therefore. They're a tax by another name.

Jul 08 16:10

Fox to Guard Henhouse? Former Monsanto VP May Be Named To Head FDA Safety Working Group

As Jill Richardson writes at LaVidaLocavore at the link above, Taylor thinks the FDA wastes too much time on food safety inspections at meat packing plants. Further, he believes that one of their main problems is that they have to slow down their line speed too much.

Everyone who's read anything about the horrendous working conditions at US meatpacking plants knows that incomplete kills before slaughter and worker injuries increase dramatically when line speeds increase.

Jul 08 15:30

Revealed – the secret torture evidence MI5 tried to suppress

The officers from MI5 and MI6 who interrogated Ahmed should have known his detention was unlawful because he had not been brought before a court. Ahmed says he told these officers he was being tortured and that signs of his mistreatment would have been evident.

He says he was whipped, beaten, deprived of sleep and sexually humiliated. At one point three fingernails were ripped out of his left hand. He says this was done slowly, over a period of days, while he was being asked questions which he believes were handed to the ISI by British and US authorities.

Jul 08 14:50

Israel takes war on Iran underground

"Aside from accessing secret data, we could also set off deliberate explosions, just by programming a re-route of the pipelines," the Shin Bet veteran said.

Another method of sabotage mentioned in the report was the use of malware -- a commonly used abbreviation for 'malicious software' -- to "corrupt, commandeer or crash the controls of sensitive sites like uranium enrichment plants".

Jul 08 13:51

The Internet, a model for true democracy

The internet is the best example of a decentralized and non-authoritarian system where cooperation is not enforced but comes naturally and easy, just look at all those wikis, open source programs and file-sharing sites....
By becoming members of the global blogger community we are entering the closest thing to a global democracy we have at the moment. It´s a true democracy, one which crosses borders, but does not abolish national sovereignty, neither does it take power away from the individual and his or her local community.

Jul 08 13:47

All In

The fear on the street is palpable to anyone who is paying attention. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Busted World

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/

Jul 08 13:43

Historian says US backed “efficacious terror” in 1965 Indonesian massacre

The United States and British governments, supported by Australia, were deeply complicit in the murder of more than half a million alleged communist sympathisers in the wake of the 1965 Indonesian coup, a prominent historian told an international conference in Singapore last month.

Jul 08 13:37

ISRAEL; ‘WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD SETTLEMENTS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO LIE ABOUT THIS, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HIDE THE TRUTH FROM YOU’

Two representatives of the Peace Now organization and members of an Israeli television crew were attacked last week by a settler who objected to their presence in the West Bank as they documented construction in the settlements.

The footage, originally broadcast on Channel 2 Television and posted online by Peace Now, shows a security guard at the Dolev settlement snatching and destroying the TV crew’s camera equipment and later attacking the activists’ car with rocks.

Jul 08 13:32

**FLASH** Goldman Code Theft BOMBSHELL?

...GS, through access to the system as a result of their special gov't perks, was/is able to read the data on trades before it's committed, and place their own buys or sells accordingly in that brief moment, thus allowing them to essentially steal buttloads of money every day from the rest of the punters world.

Two things come out of this:

1. If true, this should be highly illegal, and would, in any sane country result in something like what happened to Arthur Andersen...

(2. ... is way off point....)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GS was given access to the databanks at the NYSE to allow them to see the data on pending trades BEFORE they were completed. GS could then modify their own trades reaping huge profits on data nobody else was allowed to see.

The ultimate in insider trading.

Jul 08 13:27

FLASHBACK - Israelis get four-fifths of scarce West Bank water, says World Bank

A deepening drought in the Middle East is aggravating a dispute over water resources after the World Bank found that Israel is taking four times as much water as the Palestinians from a vital shared aquifer.

Jul 08 13:26

Not N. Korean but Israel's Cyberwarfare pros at work?

Wary of naked force, Israelis eye cyberwar on Iran
Reuters Dan Williams - Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Yesterday, 01:57 pm Cyberwarfare teams nestle deep within Israel's spy agencies, which have rich experience in traditional sabotage techniques and are cloaked in official secrecy and censorship.
They can draw on the know-how of Israeli commercial firms that are among the world's hi-tech leaders and whose staff are often veterans of elite military intelligence computer units.
Technolytics Institute, an American consultancy, last year rated Israel the sixth-biggest "cyber warfare threat," after China, Russia, Iran, France and "extremist/terrorist groups."

Jul 08 13:25

Warming Scare Tactics

Global warming alarmists would have you believe that a rise in CO2 causes temperature rise. However, this is exactly the opposite of what is actually happening. In general temperatures have risen 400-1000 years BEFORE CO2 starts to rise.

Jul 08 13:22

China to Switch Off Bubble-Blowing Machine?

As noted previously, China experts say that the Chinese government has been blowing a huge bubble (and see this).

But the government is apparently going to switch off the bubble-blowing machine.

Jul 08 13:20

9/11 FLIR Infrared Camera proves NIST and 9/11 Commission Lies

Jul 08 13:18

Antarctic Ice Shelves Show No Sign of Climate Change

ANTARCTIC ice shelves are showing no sign of climate change, six years of unique research have shown.

Jul 08 13:17

U.S. Climate Bill to Result in More Coal-plants, Higher Emissions

President Obama’s plan to fight climate change would result in the nation burning more coal a decade from now than it does today.

Jul 08 13:16

Israel Kept Palestinian Detainees in Ditches Without Food and Water

As the United Nations wrapped up the testimony gathering portion of its investigation into the Israeli war against the Gaza Strip, an Israeli human rights group today described the “disgraceful” treatment of some of the detainees held during the war.

The group reported that the Israeli military kept the detainees in ditches, handcuffed and blindfolded, with no access to food, water or restroom facilities. The detainees were subjected to violent interrogations by Shin Bet, and their families were threatened.

Jul 08 13:15

US Drone Strikes Kill at Least 45 in South Waziristan

Yesterday, the drones had attacked another compound, killing at least 16 and wounding around 30 others. On Friday, another strike killed 17. So far there are no reports that any high profile militants have been killed in any of the strikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't see a difference morally between a drone missile strike and a terrorist bombing, do you?

Jul 08 13:13

Obama Slouching Towards an Iran War?

Unfortunately, Obama’s “sovereignty” argument is not good enough. Unless the White House declares loudly and clearly not only that it opposes any attack on Iran by Israel, but also that it will do whatever is in its power to prevent such an attack, the Obama Administration will be read as having made a plausibly-deniable but nonetheless real threat that Iran faces military action.

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