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June 30, 2009

Jun 30 12:48

Debasing the Currency is Leading to Financial Collapse . . . Just As It Has for Thousands of Years

History is repeating . . . Sound money is again being trashed, which is causing the collapse of the American empire.

Jun 30 12:46

How To Build A Spy Bat

Researchers are studying creatures that fly through the night in hopes of making tiny flying spies.

Jun 30 12:46

Witch hunts and torture

Former POW John McCain knows torture, and he has consistently condemned its use by government agents. Nonetheless, in April he warned that any probe into the Bush administration's use of harsh interrogation techniques would amount to a "witch hunt." The senator was surely unaware of the considerable historical irony involved in his invoking this phrase.

Jun 30 12:45

Fein: Obama 'shuts his eyes' to 'open confessions' of Bush-era war crimes

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, former Reagan administration Associate Attorney General Bruce Fein lamented President Barack Obama's decision to shut his eyes to open confessions of war crimes by members of the prior administration.

"It's at the highest levels that the rule of law finds its greatest majesty," he told reporters. "That's why the United States was so idolized after Nixon left. We said that the most powerful man in the world is subject to the law. He cannot defy it."



Jun 30 12:43

Paleontologists brought to tears, laughter by Creation Museum

For a group of paleontologists, a tour of the Creation Museum seemed like a great tongue-in-cheek way to cap off a serious conference.

But while there were a few laughs and some clowning for the camera, most left more offended than amused by the frightening way in which evolution -- and their life's work -- was attacked.

"It's sort of a monument to scientific illiteracy, isn't it?" said Jerry Lipps, professor of geology, paleontology and evolution at University of California, Berkeley.

"Like Sunday school with statues... this is a special brand of religion here. I don't think even most mainstream Christians would believe in this interpretation of Earth's history."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because it is in a museum doesn't mean it's true.

Jun 30 12:42

Oil companies reject Iraq's terms

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Remember Afghanistan! You don't give us a deal; we'll just invade you all over again!!!"

Jun 30 12:41

Fannie Sees Jump in Overdue Home Loans

Fannie Mae reported a steep increase in the percentage of home mortgages with overdue payments.

The government-backed mortgage investor said in a monthly summary released Monday that 3.42% of the single-family mortgages it owns or guarantees were 90 days or more delinquent in April, up from 3.15% a month before.

Fannie's main rival, Freddie Mac, reported last week that its single-family delinquency rate for May was 2.62%, up from 2.44% in April.

Jun 30 12:39

BBC - Israelis intercept Gaza aid ship

Israeli forces have boarded a ship trying to carry aid and pro-Palestinian activists to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel's blockade of the territory.

The 20 passengers include former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire.

Ms McKinney described it as "an outrageous violation of international law", as the boat was on a humanitarian mission and was not in Israeli waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finally, some notice from the corporate media!

However,m I take exception to this quote from the article...

"Israel keeps a tight hold on Gaza, which has been ruled by militant group Hamas since June 2007, having seized control of from its rival, the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority."

Hamas did not "seize control" of anything. Hamas won the election.



Jun 30 12:16

Israeli defense minister, US envoy meet in New York

On Monday the State Department said it was not ruling out the possibility of a compromise with Israel on a settlement freeze, amid reports that Israel might be ready to agree to stall settlement construction for three months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, wow, three whole months! And how many billions of taxpayer dollars does Israel get for this 'concession'?

Jun 30 12:11

Chilling echo of 1979 seizure

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The media is trying to equate the arrest of 9 local staffers who worked at the British Embassy with the capture of the US Embassy and the hostage crisis of 1979.

That is a stretch. No diplomats have been detained, the Embassy itself it still under British control and 5 of the 9 have already been released.

Meanwhile, Israel has hijacked a humanitarian aid ship in international waters whose passengers include former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and ABCNNBBCBS has yet to mention the incident at all!

Jun 30 12:08

Flashback May 1948: Zionists poison water supply in Acre, Palestine, and then use poison gas in Gaza; 1947: Zionists release Cholera in Egypt and Syria; depopulation of 530 Palestinian villages, etc.....

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has a long history of poisoning civilian populations.

Jun 30 12:06

States brace for shutdowns

Reporting from Indianapolis and Denver -- The last time Indiana missed its deadline for passing a budget and had to shut down the government was during the Civil War.

But on Monday, as lawmakers raced to hammer out an agreement over school funding, state agencies began preparing 31,000 workers to be temporarily out of a job. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has warned residents that most of the state's services -- including its parks, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and state-regulated casinos -- would be shuttered unless a budget is passed today.

Indiana is one of five states -- along with Arizona, California, Mississippi and Pennsylvania -- bracing for possible shutdowns this week as time runs out for lawmakers to close billion-dollar gaps in their fiscal 2010 budgets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No meter maids, no DMV office, no permits, no licenses, no minor annoying officials paid to harass us constantly...

I could get used to this!

I mean, just think what it will mean when the states start shutting down and people realize that life is actually better and more relaxed without all that gratuitous bureaucracy to annoy them.



Jun 30 12:04

Climate Change Alarmist Claims Arrival of Summer Is Really Global Warming

His central, and indeed his only point seems to be that because it is hot at the moment in the South East of England, this can be used to counter those who question the “consensus” on climate change because they cite the fact that temperatures around the world are actually decreasing.

Once again using the inane and extremely derogatory term of “denier” for anyone who raises questions over the theory of man made global warming, Monbiot fires his way through an immature explosion of words that may as well read “TOLD YOU SO, TOLD YOU SO, NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH.”

Jun 30 12:01

US general in Iraq will not say how many troops remain

As US forces completed a withdrawal from Iraqi cities Tuesday six years after the US-led invasion, the top US commander General Ray Odierno refused to spell out how many would be left behind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The troops are withdrawing from Iraqi cities, but NOT FROM IRAQ!

Jun 30 11:09

IDF seizes control of boat bound for Gaza

The Israel Navy intercepted a boat carrying international activists attempting to break a blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday and forced it to sail to the southern port city of Ashdod, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Earlier Tuesday, the navy surrounded the vessel, which was also carrying humanitarian aid, and told the activists to turn back because of security risks in the area and the blockade, according to the IDF.

But the boat later entered Gaza's coastal waters, the IDF Spokespersons' Office said in a statement, after which a naval force boarded it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, now I want to see which one of the corporate media that went ballistic over the arrests at the British embassy in Tehran (not to mention the Somali pirates) wants to turn this piracy into an international incident.

Don't all raise your hands at the same time.

Jun 30 09:23

What's discussed openly in Israel is toxic in Toronto

"I feel like I am in exile in my own city and my own community," says Sharryn Aiken the morning after a conference she helped organize and for which she was vilified by her Jewish community.

A Torontonian, she teaches law at Queen's University in Kingston. It took her and three academics at Osgoode Hall Law School 18 months to mount the three-day event, Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace.



Jun 30 09:14

The Truth Behind The Iraq “Sovereignty” Propaganda

The corporate media is getting all giddy and affording blanket coverage to the story of Iraqis who are “regaining their sovereignty” as U.S. troops are pulled out from Iraqi cities. This is of course lurid and baseless propaganda - hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops will remain in Iraq stationed at the dozens of military bases that have been built across the country.

“As of now, there are approximately 130,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq. Most of the U.S. soldiers that had been deployed in Iraqi cities are being returned to garrison elsewhere in country. The United States Air Force controls Iraq’s airspace. The United States Navy controls Iraq’s territorial waters,” points out the Cryptogon blog.

“Sovereignty: No. Propaganda: Yes.”

Jun 30 09:12

Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic?

It has swept across the world killing at least 300 people and infecting thousands more. Yet the swine flu pandemic might not have happened had it not been for the accidental release of the same strain of influenza virus from a research laboratory in the late 1970s, according to a new study.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Accidental? Or was someone trying to "create market demand" for vaccines?

Jun 30 09:12

What the Big Banks Have Won

It is inaccurate to call the current slump a “recession”, which suggests a mismatch between supply and demand that is part of the normal business cycle. In truth, the economy has stumbled into a multi-trillion dollar capital hole that was created by the reckless actions of the nation’s largest financial institutions. The banks blew up the system and now the country has slipped into a depression.

Jun 30 09:11

AIG adds risk factor, may recognize more CDS losses

American International Group Inc (AIG.N) revised its 2008 annual report to add a new risk factor that shows it may recognize valuation losses on a credit default swap (CDS) portfolio held by its troubled financial products unit.



Jun 30 09:10

U.S. housing misery poised to enter new phase

Signs that home prices may have bottomed have stirred hope on Wall Street that the economy is on the mend, yet tight credit and a new foreclosure wave cast doubt on any looming housing revival.

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose for a second straight month in May, realty data on Tuesday showed, while the U.S. government and Federal Reserve have designed a number of programs to alleviate a battered housing market.

Jun 30 09:09

Let's Not Audit the Fed - Let's Give it MORE Power!

http://bytestyle.tv/node/63

details & links to take action here:
http://bytestyle.tv/node/63

Thanks for watching :)
Shelly

Jun 30 09:06

Clarifying News Stories Using the Iraqis-Regaining-Their-Sovereignty Meme

There are dozens of boilerplate propaganda stories floating around today about Iraqis regaining their sovereignty because U.S. troops are being pulled out of Iraqi cities. This, of course, is ludicrous.

Within the first hour of my first International Relations class in college, I came away with an understanding of the word sovereignty that was similar to these interpretations below:

Sovereignty (Stanford): Sovereignty, though its meanings have varied across history, also has a core meaning, supreme authority within a territory.

Sovereignty (Wikipedia): An important attribute of sovereignty is its degree of absoluteness. A sovereign power has absolute sovereignty if it has the unlimited right to control everything and every kind of activity in its territory.

Jun 30 09:00

Memo to Hillary's science czar: organic ag isn't a 'myth'

Is organic farming productive enough to feed billions of people—or will it always be a yuppie niche in a food system increasingly dependent on agrichemicals, massive animal factories, synthetic fertilizers, and biotechnology?

Nina Fedoroff, the State Department’s chief technology adviser, propounds the latter view. A trained scientist with ties to the biotech industry, Fedoroff thinks organic is a fraud.



Jun 30 08:59

Pirate Bay goes legit

FILESHARING SITE The Pirate Bay is lowering the Jolly Roger and setting sail under the legitimate flag of Global Gaming Factory, a Swedish software company that also runs Internet cafes.

Global Gaming Factory (GGF) is to pay 60 million kronor ($7.8 million) for the download service in a mixture of shares and cash.

Pirate Bay had become one of the largest file-sharing sites on the web. But in April the four Swedes running the site were convicted of copyright infringement, sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ($3.9 million).

GGF intends to take Pirate Bay legit by developing a way to pay copyright holders when their content is downloaded via the BitTorrent catalogue tracking site.

Jun 30 08:51

Eric Holder, I Would Restrict The First Amendment On The Internet

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let the truth be told, though the heavens may fall!

Jun 30 08:48

US Govt. Confirms It Knew Coup Was Coming

A New York Times article has just confirmed that the US Government has been "working for several days" with the coup planners in Honduras to halt the illegal overthrow of President Zelaya. While this may indicate nobility on behalf of the Obama Administration, had they merely told the coupsters that the US Government would CUT OFF all economic aid and blockade Honduras in the event of a coup, it's almost a 100% guarantee that the military and right wing parties and business groups involved in the coup would not have gone through with it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, US claims they were trying to halt the Honduras Coup are along the lines of Obama denying involvement in the Iranian coup then sending the overthrowers a fast $20 million to help them along.

The reason the US wasn't firm with the Honduran coup plotters is that at least two of them, trained at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, work for the US. The Us was waiting to see if the coup would succeed. When it became clear that it would not, the US c0vers its tracks by claiming to have opposed the coup all along.

Jun 30 08:44

Cynthia McKinney Reportedly Taken Captive By Israeli Navy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch the same American government and media that was screaming "Hostage crisis" over the arrested British embassy workers do a big "Ho hum" about Israel's act of piracy.

UPDATE: This link is currently not working due to server difficulties (i.e. probable hacker attack).



Jun 30 08:42

Colonists burn Palestinian crops

Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Assira Qabalia village, south of Nablus city, and set fire to their crops on Monday night, local sources reported.

Jun 30 08:39

DEATHS CONTINUE TO MOUNT IN GAZA AS A RESULT OF THE ISRAELI BLITZKRIEG

Jun 30 08:38

GAZA DIARY: RELIVING THE HORRORS OF THE ISRAELI BLITZKRIEG

The 23 nights of war haven’t been forgotten form the Children memory, specially the children of camps. Consequently, I saw some children started running to get a save place in their home recalling back the same sound of missiles during the while of war (27 Dec. 2008). Ghdeer is a young girl (10 years old) living in Al Buraj Refugee Camp couldn’t control herself when she heard the sound of missiles, I found her dramatically confused. I directly pointed out the reason but I wanted to ask her WHY???!!!! . she immediately replied it was the GAZA WAR coming back again. I took her aside and started talking to her as I always like to here from children. She told me her own experience in the day and in the nights of the war.

Jun 30 08:36

Honduras-The CIA Never Quits

The United States has a long history of interference in Latin America and the recent coup in Honduras may be part of that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If so, the CIA is 0 for 2 because the latest report is that the coup in Honduras has stalled and the President is planning his return.



Jun 30 08:33

'Swatting' case shows need to ban caller-ID spoofing

Jun 30 08:32

Michael Ledeen says Israel will attack Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... then cry to the US to come save their asses from the retaliatory strike!

Jun 30 08:31

The Lesson to be Learned from Bernie Madoff

Unfortunately, when it comes to the pathological and the mentally deranged, the specter of a stiff prison sentence serves as zero deterrent. The streets are littered with evil predators searching for their next victims. It's best we know that and not fall into a false sense of security because, "Phew! Bernie's in jail!"

Jun 30 08:29

Higher Taxes for Business Mean We All Pay

The problem with sticking it to business in these three major ways is that, ultimately, business doesn't get stuck. Tax-wise, a company is just a bunch of incorporation papers; all taxes are paid by people -- customers, shareholders and employees. And guess who would bear most of the burden of these tax increases? It's the U.S. employees of the companies being taxed.

Research has shown that when business taxes are raised by a dollar, 70 to 92 cents comes out of employees' pay. When workers wake up to that fact, they may decide this is one time they don't want the White House beating up on business.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't get caught up in pointless debates about who should pay more taxes. We are ALL taxes too much! The poor are taxed too much. The middle class are taxed too much. The rich are taxed too much.

We are all being looted to enrich the private bankers who own the Federal Reserve, prop up Israel, and kill brown people around the world.



Jun 30 08:27

Conspicuous Silences: The New York Times Buries Its Head in the Sinai Sand

It’s like the Sherlock Holmes case of the dog that didn’t bark . Why does the New York Times ignore or bury news that is unfavorable to the State of Israel? Two examples follow: Chas Freeman , and the USS Liberty . One recent, and another a willful silence that has continued for forty-two years.

Jun 30 08:20

U.S. re-approves Israel loan guarantees program

Israel still has $3.8 billion left to use by 2011 after already issuing $4.1 billion in bonds backed by the U.S. and a $1.1 billion deduction for Israeli settlement building and concerns over the West Bank separation fence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait a second... Obama demands Israel stop building illegal settlements, Israel says "Screw you we are going to go on building" and the US taxpayer guarantees the loans (which means we pay for them down the road because of the Cranston Amendment, which says the US taxpayer will always give to Israel enough money to meet its debt obligations)?!?

Jun 30 08:16

"Starve The Beast" - July 4th, 2009

Look, we can rant and rave about market manipulation and government-sponsored games. We can petition the SEC, the FBI and Congress. We can demand that they stop it all we want.

But they haven't and likely won't until and unless America gets pissed off enough to force them to act.

So how do we make that happen, yet remain within the law?

Its not that hard, and in the intermediate and longer-term it would be incredibly positive for our economy and nation.

We go on a consumption strike until and unless our demands are met.

Jun 30 08:13

The view from Bronner

"Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Alabama Retirement Systems, the 43rd largest investment fund in America, spoke at Rotary Club here yesterday. He is one of the most respected fund controllers in the United States today by his peers.

Bronner had the following to say:

Jun 30 07:59

ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS; CONFISCATES MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES

[23 miles off the coast of Gaza, 15:30pm] - Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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Jun 30 07:52

Casualties rising in Gaza's "buffer zone"

This is not an unusual situation in Gaza, where Israel has repeatedly used the dart bombs. Due to their design, flechettes dig deeply into their target -- flesh, cement and metal alike -- with their "tails" frequently breaking off, leaving multiple injuries and rendering them nearly impossible to extract without inflicting more injury in the surgical search. In most cases, doctors opt against surgery, leaving the darts inside the victim's body.

Jun 30 07:31

A BURIED 60 Minutes INTERVIEW / INDICTMENT

Jun 30 07:12

Ron Paul: Democrats Who Opposed Climate Bill Voted For It Anyway

In a Campaign for Liberty video commentary, Ron Paul reveals that even though up to 20 Democrats opposed the controversial climate bill, they voted for it anyway, underscoring once again how the vast majority of Congress members are bought and paid for by the elite in Washington.

The Congressman points out that the eight Republicans who voted for the bill did so in order to provide political cover for the Democrats. Even if those Republicans had not defected, some of the 44 Democrats who voted against the bill would have changed their votes anyway to ensure the bill’s passage.

Jun 30 07:06

Cap and Trade Will Lead to Capital Flight

Ron Paul
Campaign For Liberty
Tuesday June 30th, 2009

In my last column, I joked that with public spending out of control and the piling on of the international bailout bill, economic collapse seems to be the goal of Congress. It is getting harder to joke about such a thing however, as the non-partisan General Accounting Office (GAO) has estimated that the administration’s health care plan would actually cost over a trillion dollars. This reality check may have given us a temporary reprieve on this particular disastrous policy, however an equally disastrous energy policy reared its ugly head on Capitol Hill last week.

Jun 30 06:52

Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7

European customers will pay up to twice as much for Windows 7 compared to U.S. users, even though the new operating system will ship without a browser in Europe, according to Microsoft.

When the company launches Windows 7 on Oct. 22, it will price Windows 7 Home Premium, likely the most popular of the three editions available at retail, at €119.99 in the European Union (EU) and charge £79.99 in the U.K., an EU member that has retained its own currency. Those prices are the equivalent to $168.66 and $132.14 U.S., respectively, at Saturday's exchange rates.

U.S. consumers will pay only $119 for the same software after a two-week pre-order sales discount expires July 11. That means EU residents will pay 41% more, and U.K. consumers 10% more, than U.S. buyers for Home Premium Upgrade.

Jun 30 06:34

Israeli soldiers poisoned well in West Bank village, say local officials

Jenin ? Ma?an ? Israeli soldiers poured dirt, stones and toxic chemicals in the only well in the hamlet of Khirbat Makehl near the village of Ya?bad in the northern West Bank overnight on Saturday, according to Palestinians in the community.

The village?s official representative, Walid Hamdan, said soldiers riding in three military jeeps entered the community overnight and sabotaged the well. The chemicals caused the water to change color and taste, he said.

The 80 cubic-meter well is the only source of water for the village of 70 to 80 families, Hamdan said.

Jun 30 06:25

[Pic] "OK, everyone say cheese..."

Jun 30 05:53

Spain court drops Gaza probe into Israeli air raid

As recommended by prosecutors, top Spanish court shelves investigation targeting Israeli officials for alleged crimes against humanity over deadly 2002 air raid in Gaza, which killed senior Hamas member Salah Shehadeh

(I guess they figured they didn't need any more of their trains being bombed by the "terrorists".) /SR

Jun 30 05:28

Barack Obama spotted in Eiffel Tower - in wax

Eric Saint Chaffray, the sculptor, had never seen the American president in person. "The main difficulty is making it without meeting him, from press photos," he said as the statue was unveiled on Monday. The hot summer sun at the Eiffel Tower threatened to melt the model's face, prompting helpers to shade it with an umbrella.
Mr Saint Chaffray has been creating wax statues for the museum for the past 20 years, and has worked on American presidents in the past.

Jun 30 05:26

First step towards converting solar energy using artificial leaf

An international team of researchers has achieved the first step in converting solar energy using an ‘artificial leaf’.

The researchers have modified chlorophyll from an alga so that it resembles the extremely efficient light antennae of bacteria.

The team was then able to determine the structure of these light antennae. This is the first step to converting sunlight into energy using an artificial leaf.

Jun 30 05:25

Scientists find first conclusive signature for uranium on Moon

A team of scientists has found the first conclusive signature for the presence of uranium on the lunar surface, an element not seen in previous Moon-mapping efforts.

The uranium signatures were detected by Robert C Reedy, a senior scientist at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute, who is mapping the Moon’s surface elements using data gathered by an advanced gamma-ray spectrometer (GRS) that rode aboard the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft.

Jun 30 05:23

Mississippi River Delta may drown by 2100

A new research has predicted that the Mississippi River Delta in the US would drown by the year 2100.

“There’s just not enough sediment to sustain the delta plain,” study author Michael Blum of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, told National Geographic News.

Deltas are coastal landmasses created from a river’s sediment deposits as the water flows out to sea. The Mississippi River’s delta plain, for example, includes the lacy “toe” of southern Louisiana.

Jun 30 04:05

Celente-"Obammageddon 2012"

Jun 30 04:00

Hyperdeflation On The Streets of Paris

Got a wheelbarrow!

Jun 30 03:56

Scalia breaks ranks, slams Bush officials on bank regulation

In a rebuke of the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal bank regulator erred in quashing efforts by New York state to combat the kind of predatory mortgage lending that triggered the nation's financial crisis.

The 5-4 ruling by the high court was unusual. Justice Antonin Scalia, arguably the most conservative jurist, wrote the majority's opinion and was joined by the court's four liberal judges.

Jun 30 03:56

Basic Premises

Good old Charley is still at it!

Jun 30 03:44

Disappointment Doesn't Cover It

To say I'm disappointed in Barack Obama is an understatement. I'm beginning to think he has no ideology at all only a lust for political power

There is a reason the United States has two political parties, they have different ideologies. This is not new - it's the same ideological conflict that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were having over 200 years ago but as times changed it became even more pronounced.

Jun 30 03:41

Obama's Torture Hypocrisy

President Barack Obama just announced that the U.S. government is determined to prosecute officials who are responsible for torturing prisoners. But there's a catch. Obama's pledge only applies to torturers working for other governments.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Obama quietly released a statement on Friday that called on the international community "to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment."

Jun 30 03:35

Establishment view of Obama's civil liberties record

When Obama originally announced he would release the photos, he was attacked on seemingly every television news show by people like Lindsey Graham, Liz Cheney and Joe Lieberman for endangering the Troops, but I don't know of a single Democrats who joined in with those criticisms on the ground that the photos shouldn't be released. But as soon as Obama changed his mind and embraced the Graham/Cheney/Lieberman position, up rose hordes of Obama supporters suddely insisting that those photos must be suppressed because to release them would be to endanger the Troops. I'm still searching for any pro-photo-suppression Democrats who criticized Obama when he triggered controversy by orginally announcing he would release them.

Jun 30 03:29

Worldwide Depression: Review of Global Markets

As you have already seen this is a worldwide depression and no one will escape. Europe’s economy is already in a shambles as is the US economy. Inflation will rage all over the world, because every nation has created massive amounts of money and credit as demanded by US and British elitists. They have all overmedicated the patient. As the Broadway hit play of many years ago told us, we are going to have to go through a “Period of Adjustment.” Some nations will get off easier than others. There will be no decoupling and many nations could have revolutions.

Jun 30 02:16

Beware the Dreaded Iranian Curse

We keep making the mistake of dealing with each new foreign crisis as a distinct and unique event, rather than as part of a historical-political continuum. Here is a sad example:

In 1982, my old friend and Georgetown University Foreign Service School classmate, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, was executed in Tehran after mounting a failed attempt to overthrow Iran’s Islamic Republic.

I cite Sadegh’s death because of the increasingly strident demands by Republicans and some pro-war Democrats for President Barack Obama to intervene in Iran’s post-electoral crisis, and his insistence that the US is keeping its hands off.

Jun 30 02:13

Obama Has the Power and Responsibility to Help Restore Democracy in Honduras

Viewed from a distance, the streets of Honduras look, smell and sound like those of Iran: expressions of popular anger - burning vehicles, large marches and calls for justice in a non-English language - aimed at a constitutional violation of the people's will (the coup took place on the eve of a poll of voters asking if the President's term should be extended); protests repressed by a small, but powerful elite backed by military force; those holding power trying to cut off communications in and out of the country.

These and other similarities between the political situation in Iran and the situation in Honduras, where military and economic and political elites ousted democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya in a military coup condemned around the world, are obvious.

June 29, 2009

Jun 29 21:50

Son of Iranian Shah: I know the moment will come when I will return.

Jun 29 19:45

US soldiers leaving Iraq's cities

it's still only a withdrawal in name only with 131,000 troops still in the country.

Jun 29 19:30

Swine flu 'shows drug resistance'

(*uh-Oh !)

Jun 29 18:00

FREEGAZA - Call off your attack dogs - Cynthia McKinney

We just spoke to the passengers. Everyone is OK, but the situation is still very tense. They continue to be surrounded by Israeli warships which are threatening to open fire. The Israeli Navy is actively jamming all navigation systems in violation of international maritime law, endangering the people on board.

Jun 29 17:37

The Blair Witch Project

The remake of a 1953 show,a BBC-ABC coproduction. The show, as remakes go, was less popular, however, and had far lower ratings at least among the targeted segment of the audience.

Jun 29 16:57

Could your post office be closing?

Jun 29 16:56

The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

Jun 29 16:54

Holder Admits: No Equality Under Hate Bill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Holder admits under questioning that the hate bill only protects certain classes of people.

So much for "All men are created equal."

Jun 29 16:49

Harrisburg chapter of NAACP urges martial law

The Harrisburg Chapter of the NAACP is calling on Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to suspend some civil liberties and impose martial law in the city to halt the wave of recent lawlessness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If anybody is going to be lawless, it's US!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 29 16:37

Luau at the White House

Luau at the White House while the great Obama is telling Americans they must sacrifice for the good of the country.........what a joke ..

Jun 29 16:12

Fast forward into trouble

April 2002 was a turbulent month for the people of Bhutan. One of the remotest nations in the world, perched high in the snowlines of the Himalayas, suffered a crime wave. The 700,000 inhabitants of a kingdom that calls itself the Land of the Thunder Dragon had never experienced serious law-breaking before. Yet now there were reports from many towns and villages of fraud, violence and even murder...
Why was this kingdom with its head in the clouds falling victim to the kind of crime associated with urban life in America and Europe? For the Bhutanese, the only explanation seemed to be five large satellite dishes, planted in a vegetable patch, ringed by sugar-pink cosmos flowers on the outskirts of Thimphu.
In June 1999, Bhutan became the last nation in the world to turn on television.

Jun 29 15:46

US Pullout From Baghdad "Like A Wedding"

It's been too long coming, and it's still only a withdrawal in name only with 131,000 troops still in the country. But the pro-war boosters who told us the Iraqis wanted to be occupied were oh-so wrong.

June 30th has been declared "National Sovereignty Day" by the Iraqi government.

Jun 29 15:31

Losing one war? Just start another

The next time we see the grinning William Kristol on Newsnight, serenely explaining why the 'international community' may have to take military action against Iran, we should remember we've been here before, and - to paraphrase John McEnroe - remind ourselves such men should not be taken seriously

Jun 29 15:30

Rep. Sensenbrenner on suppressed EPA report

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., on the EPA's suppression of a report directly related to the agency's endangerment finding, which would regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act.
Jun 29 15:23

Elderly driver study adds wrinkle to discount

Under scrutiny for five (*5) horrific car crashes in recent weeks, elderly drivers could face higher car insurance bills, as the industry considers whether senior citizens deserve their coveted 25 percent discount.

(*Ewww! five horrific car crashes . Seems fair that every WWII , Korean , and Vietnam era senior citizen should LOSE their coveted 25 percent discount.
so much for hang in there , it'll get better .)

Jun 29 14:40

Boycott Andy Martin!

I know a lot of you are saying "Who is Andy Martin?' Good! Mr. Martin is a "birther"- one of those people who questions where Barack Obama was born. I have no problem with anyone questioning where our President was born if they have any doubts. What I am criticizing is Mr. Martin's request for a boycott of the State of Hawaii.

Jun 29 14:28

Obama Depopulation Policy Exposed!

Jun 29 14:13

E-mails indicate EPA suppressed report skeptical of global warming

The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government, according to a series of newly disclosed e-mail messages.

Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."

Jun 29 13:58

CNN Poll: Americans don't want to intervene in Iran election crisis

Jun 29 13:57

Iconic photo of Iranian protester is faked: reveals Italy's most conservative mainstream paper

The fake picture was put on Youtube by Secondoprotocollo, which appears to be a very active Italian NGO, with offices in several countries. However, to get to the bottom of things, sometimes all it takes is to look a notch farther down the pole. Just a regular web search engine will lead one to find a critical site, which claims that Secondoprotocollo is a one-man job, entirely run by a certain Franco Londei, and which accuses Secondoprotocollo of having repeatedly made false reports and claims, especially taking photos at random from the web and claiming they represent activists of Secondoprotocollo in dangerous parts of the world.

Jun 29 13:27

Iran protests: The Onion Router, or TOR

Iran protests: TOR, anyone? June 29th, 2009
P2P | Politics:- Iran protesters, determined to share accounts of the demonstrations that have continued since the disputed elections two weeks ago, are using an encryption app originally developed by, and for, the US Navy.
It’s The Onion Router or, simply, TOR, an open source application people use to surf anonymously.
“... The Onion Router, or TOR, has become one of the most important proxies in Iran for gaining access to Web sites,” says the Washington Times, ...:“The system of proxy servers that disguise a user’s Internet traffic is now operated by a nonprofit, the Tor Project, that is independent from the U.S. government and military and is used all over the world.

Jun 29 13:21

Iran's political/military/economic partnership of power

Iran Revolutionary Guards Amass Power While Backing Ahmadinejad
By Kambiz Foroohar and Henry Meyer
June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, whose forces helped President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suppress street protests over his disputed re-election, may be among the biggest winners as he moves to consolidate power.
Guards officials, having backed Ahmadinejad, may now cement their economic power, said Alireza Nader, an analyst at the Rand Corp. in Arlington, Virginia. They already control more than 100 companies in the construction, real estate and energy industries, he said.
“The IRGC’s growing economic might has increased its sense of political privilege and entitlement,” the Rand report said.

Jun 29 12:19

Israel Prepares F-15 Jets for Long Range Attack

Jun 29 12:18

Thousands of Pakistanis hold anti-US rally

A mammoth 'Go America Go? rally organized here on Sunday by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chapter lambasted the USA for interference into Pakistani affairs and asked local rulers to shun toeing the US agenda and keep supreme the interests of Pakistani nation and country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is awkward! After a week of non-stop media propaganda demanding that Iran give into the protesters, I wonder how the media will respond to these protesters in Pakistan!

Jun 29 12:16

Was Obama's first coup d'etat in Honduras? - Key leaders of Honduras military coup trained in U.S.

At least two leaders of the coup launched in Honduras on June 28 were apparently trained at a controversial Department of Defense school based at Fort Benning, Georgia infamous for producing graduates linked to torture, death squads and other human rights abuses.

Leftist President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and transported to Costa Rica on Sunday morning after a growing controversy over a vote concerning term limits. Over the last week, Zelaya clashed with and eventually dismissed General Romeo Vasquez -- who is now reportedly in charge of the armed forces that abducted the Honduran president.
...

Jun 29 12:15

Galloway stirs up a new storm with TV defence of regime

HE IS the firebrand Scottish politician who took on the US Senate, fiercely campaigned to overturn economic sanctions against Iraq and fought for the rights of Palestinians in Gaza.

But George Galloway's confrontational approach to politics has created a malestrom for him. He stands accused of inflaming anti-British sentiment in Iran after its supreme leader publicly singled out "evil" Britain as the foremost enemy of the Islamic republic. Galloway appeared on Iranian television backing the regime of President Ahmadinejad and blaming the BBC for helping foment unrest in Tehran.

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Jun 29 12:13

EU envoys may leave Iran over British embassy arrests

Trying to turn the arrest of Iranian locals into a new hostage crisis.

But what is the difference between Iran arresting protesters in Tehran as opposed to the roundup of protesters at the GOP convention in New York?

Jun 29 12:12

Israeli soldiers poisoned well in West Bank village, say local officials

Jenin ? Ma?an ? Israeli soldiers poured dirt, stones and toxic chemicals in the only well in the hamlet of Khirbat Makehl near the village of Ya?bad in the northern West Bank overnight on Saturday, according to Palestinians in the community.

The village?s official representative, Walid Hamdan, said soldiers riding in three military jeeps entered the community overnight and sabotaged the well. The chemicals caused the water to change color and taste, he said.

The 80 cubic-meter well is the only source of water for the village of 70 to 80 families, Hamdan said.

Jun 29 12:11

'US forces attempt to hijack Iranian oil field'

American forces have attempted to take over an Iranian oil field near the country's western border with Iraq, a security official says.

“US forces backed by tanks entered the Mousian area of the Dehloran County, laying around 100 meters of pipeline in Iranian territory," the source, talking on condition of anonymity, said Monday.

The source added that the pipes, marked with Iraqi flags, were blocked after Iranian forces pushed the “intruders” back across the border.

Jun 29 12:07

Jury for the Ed and Elaine Browns' trial to be selected . They face 11 felonies from their standoff . If found guilty, they face virtual life sentences for their crimes

The couple clashed with the law when they decided to test their long-held view that no law requires them to pay federal income taxes. When they were charged with tax evasion in 2006, they had already begun extensive renovations on their hilltop home, fortified with 8-inch-thick concrete walls, an underground bunker and a four-story watchtower.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going to make a prediction here that the jury will be loaded up with people dependent on government checks.

Jun 29 11:58

Freegaza - Where is Spirit?

Jun 29 11:56

No Recovery in Sight

Jun 29 11:56

$15.3M missing from Royal Canadian Mint

There may have been a massive gold heist at the Royal Canadian Mint, an external audit has found.

The findings of the long-awaited audit, released Monday, conclude that $15.3 million in missing gold is not the result of accounting or bookkeeping errors, raising the distinct possibility it might have been stolen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is 1200 pounds of gold. Not something you just put in your pocket and walk out with.

Jun 29 11:52

In Iran, confusion surrounds Neda's death

The man who drove her to hospital said in an interview that her death looked “highly suspicious”, claiming there were no security forces or Basij members nearby.

“People were standing, there were traffic, and people were walking by. Suddenly I saw a girl put her hand on her chest and fall down, and blood was coming out of her mouth and nose,” he said.

The claims have added to the confusion already surrounding the shooting, which has been blamed upon Iranian security forces by the Western media hype.

Her death first became suspicious after revelations that she was killed by a small caliber pistol -- a weapon that is not used by Iranian security forces.

Jun 29 11:52

Michael Jackson”s Alternate Version of “Man in the Mirror” is Surprising Truthful

Michael Jackson's Self-Revelatory Version of "Man in the Mirror” is surprising truthful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAQErbOj-Pk

Jun 29 11:12

REALITY CHECK; ILLEGAL CHECKPOINTS IN PALESTINE NOW OPERATED BY PRIVATE COMPANIES

It’s important to understand that Arab family lines cross these arbitrary boundaries. It is illegal for Israeli (Arab) citizens to visit their families if they live in the occupied territories!

This is merely an attempt to keep Israelis from ‘knowing’ the truth of what is happening in the territories. The official government line would be that they don’t want Israelis to be abducted and then have to work to free them. Sounds reasonable, but what if there could be a waiver that Israelis could sign saying they would not hold the government responsible? I think that’s a great idea.

Jun 29 11:11

On Madoff, Charity and Morality

More tawdry news on the Madoff front. Lawsuits have been filed against Stanley Chais and Jeffry Picower for receiving what appear to be suspiciously generous and apparently preferential returns for their investments. An investigative report by ProPublica documents that Picower and his family withdrew an astonishing $5.1 billion from Madoff — more, apparently, than Madoff himself. Chais and Picower had been two of the most generous donors to Jewish causes, as well as a number of non-Jewish causes. (Just four months ago, Israeli non-profits held an event to honor Chais for his generosity through the years).

Jun 29 11:09

TWITTER WARS

Anyone using Twitter over the past few days knows that the topic of the Iranian election has been the most popular. Thousands of tweets and retweets alleging that the election was a fraud, calling for protests in Iran, and even urging followers hack various Iranian news websites (which they did successfully). The Twitter popularity caught the eye of various blogs such as Mashable and TechCrunch and even made its way to mainstream news media sites.

Were these legitimate Iranian people or the works of a propaganda machine? I became curious and decided to investigate the origins of the information. In doing so, I narrowed it down to a handful of people who have accounted for 30,000 Iran related tweets in the past few days. Each of them had some striking similarities -

Jun 29 10:46

Krugman: Denial of Catastrophic Global Warming is Treason

Holocaust “denial” in parts of Europe is punishable by prison, and I guarantee you that people like Krugman and his zealot friends will want similar legislation in the USA for “global warming denial.” I wish I were exaggerating, but I see this coming.

Jun 29 10:42

Global Warming Is a Fraud

As the years pass and data accumulate, it is becoming evident that global warming is a fraud. Climate change is natural and ongoing, but the Earth has not warmed significantly over the last thirty years. Nor has there been a single negative effect of any type that can be unambiguously attributed to global warming.

Jun 29 10:41

AIG Bailout

Click on the Chart to zoom in.

Jun 29 10:35

The Total Takeover Of America Enters Its Final Phase

The wholesale looting of America and the transfer of wealth and power over to a private banking elite who are setting up a world government, along with the complete obliteration of any remaining freedom to protest, resist, or even speak out against this agenda, is now entering its final phase as numerous different pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fall into place and portray a clear picture of tyranny.

We are about to sound the death knell for the United States if every one of the following attacks on our liberty, free speech, sovereignty, and right to not be ruled over by an unelected banking dictatorship is not fiercely opposed and crushed.

Jun 29 10:29

Secret camera leads to arrest of 9 in British embassy in Iran

Last week Iran and Britain each expelled two diplomats and Iran has recalled its ambassador to Great Britain, an act considered extremely serious in diplomatic circles.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement calling the British government the most treacherous in the world.

According to sources at the Daily Mail, photos obtained by another British newspaper, the Evening Standard, showed pictures of British embassy staff taking part in the demonstrations. The camera, pictured here, was placed in an attic window and trained on the street.

Jun 29 10:26

9/11 and the Unpredictable Winds of Change.

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think about 9/11 and the mountain of hard, cold facts that prove beyond question that the official story is a lie. Lately we’ve been treated to a particular insidious morphing of perception. From demagogue Glenn Beck to any number of government and corporate shills we are now hearing that 9/11 truthers are “low level terrorists” and that they would be willing to work with Al Qaeda or any other terror organization that came along. We’ve even got Howdy Doody weighing in on the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell
you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
--
US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Jun 29 10:25

Polar bear expert barred by global warmists

Over the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with extinction by man-made global warming.

This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN's major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world's leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week's meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"BURN THE HERETIC! BURN THE HERETIC! Oh, wait ... that will contribute to global warming. DROWN THE HERETIC! DROWN THE HERETIC!"

Jun 29 10:22

Struggling cities cancel Fourth of July fireworks

As the economic crisis has dragged on, city leaders around the country say fireworks are a luxury they can no longer afford. Big and small, urban and rural, the skies will remain dark over at least four dozen communities nationwide come July 4.

Jun 29 10:19

Venezuelan, Cuban, and Nicaraguan Ambassadors to Honduras Kidnapped

Military personnel kidnapped the ambassadors of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in Honduras, along with the Honduran Foreign Relations Minister Patricia Rodas, according to Venezuela’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton.

Chaderton made the announcement just before noon today during an emergency meeting of the OAS in Washington that was convened to respond to the military coup d’etat underway in the Honduras.

“Excuse the interruption, it is an urgent matter. I have just received information in this moment that the ambassadors of Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela,and Foreign Relations Minister Patricia Rodas have been kidnapped by a group ofhooded military agents,” said Chaderton.

Jun 29 10:17

Denials of US interference in Iran not credible

The US administration has responded to Iranian allegations of manipulating opposition protests inside the country with flat denials. President Obama declared last week that the United States respected Iran’s sovereignty “and is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs”.

Jun 29 10:15

Photos from Free Gaza sailing!

Jun 29 10:11

BERNIE MADOFF SENTENCED TO 150 YEARS IN PRISON

Bernie Madoff was sentenced today to 150 years in prison for his $65 billion Ponzi scheme that wiped out the savings of thousands of investors.

Cheers and applause broke out in the courtroom after the judge read the sentence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet a whole five cents Bernie gets out of jail by hook or by crook within 10 years.

Maybe spend the rest of his life playing canasta with Ken Lay in some foreign corner of the world.

Jun 29 10:09

Top WH Advisor: Obama Won’t Rule Out Middle Class Tax Hike

“The president had said in the past that he doesn’t believe taxing health care benefits at any level is necessarily the best way to go here. He still believes that. But there are a number of formulations and we’ll wait and see. The important thing at this point is to keep the process moving, to keep people at the table, to the keep the discussions going. We’ve gotten a long way down the road and we want to finish that journey.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the top WH advisor: what part of "no!" do you not get?

What is going on in this country, right now, is the 21st century's version of taxation without representation.

Oh, of course, we have our Kabuki-style elections every so many years to give the American people the illusion that their interests are really deemed valuable by their congressional representatives.

But in reality, those representatives are simply acquisitions of those large corporations which, overtly and covertly, fund their campaigns. And these acquisitions will never vote against their masters' wishes on specific pieces of legislation, and the needs of the people they allegedly represent is of utterly no importance.

And if Congress decides on a middle class tax hike, they will have demonstrated, very clearly, that they consider the needs of the people they allegedly represent to be utterly irrelevant to them.

That is going to motivate people (particularly, the young and skilled, with kids) to vote with their feet, and move to another place on the planet where, if they are paying high taxes, they actually get benefit from those taxes paid, and where they feel the country to which they have emigrated actually has a future; both a personal future for themselves, and for that economy.

Jun 29 09:59

Hawaii paper turns down ad probing Obama's birth

In the latest effort to obtain information that could settle the controversy over Barack Obama's eligibility for office as a "natural born citizen," WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Farah attempted to buy a full-page ad in a Honolulu daily newspaper soliciting assistance in finding documentary evidence of his birth in the city Aug. 4, 1961, as he claims in his autobiography.

Despite offering the full rate of $7,168.50 plus taxes for a full-page, color ad on page 2 of the news section of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin next Monday, the copy was rejected – the latest turndown by a growing list of media companies that won't touch the birth certificate issue even for money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do me a favor.

Drop the publisher of the Star Bulletin Dennis Francis a quick note and congratulate him on his decision not to run the WND ad on Obama's birth certificate.

The Birth Certificate issue is another "No Plane" distraction, designed to waste everyone's time on a dead end rather that deal with the real issues.

WND is trying to crank up a letter writing campaign against Star Bulletin to force the issue. Dennis needs a few kind words right now.

Jun 29 09:55

Buchanan: Climate Bill Is Transfer Of Wealth To World Government

During an appearance on MSNBC, political commentator Pat Buchanan correctly defined the “Climate Bill” for what it really is, not just a new tax on the American people, but a complete transfer of power and wealth to a global government that is using the manufactured fear of global warming to grease the skids for total domination.

Jun 29 09:54

CIA Torture: Prisoner Crucified at Abu Ghraib Prison

Buried in this article by Jane Mayer at The New Yorker is the following statement:
"A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs," the magazine’s Jane Mayer writes in the magazine’s June 22nd issue. "Military pathologists classified the case a homicide." The date of the murder was not given.

Jun 29 09:54

Brookings Publication mentions possibility of ‘Horrific Provocation’ to Trigger Iran Invasion

Military action. This is as acutely on the mind of the current chickenhawks, as the invasion of Iraq was on that of the neocons in the last couple of decades. Apparently, the authors feel compelled to give a justification for the bravura of their manuscript.

‘We chose to consider this extreme and highly unpopular option partly for the sake of analytical rigor and partly because if Iran responded to a confrontational American policy- such as an airstrike, harsh new sanctions, or efforts to foment regime change- with a major escalation of terrorist attacks (or more dire moves against Israel and other American allies), invasion could become a very “live” option.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is always those whose kids are not serving in our military, and who will never see their child come home in a metal box, or maimed for life, who can write about war with such absolute, reckless, and vilely immoral abandon.

And those quotes, indicated above, may well translate into the possibility that the US is thinking about some kind of "false flag", to garner fury and distraction from the American public, and raise international sympathy, toward the end result of a military attack against Iran.

Jun 29 09:45

Israel to build 50 new homes at West Bank settlement

Israel's Defense Ministry said on Monday it had approved construction of 50 new homes at a West Bank settlement as part of a plan for 1,450 housing units, an expansion that defies a U.S. call for a settlement freeze.

Jun 29 09:45

Denmark finds 1st case of H1N1 resistance to Tamiflu

By Sam Cage and Teis Jensen

ZURICH/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Scientists have established the first case of the new H1N1 influenza strain showing resistance to Tamiflu, the main antiviral flu drug, Danish officials and the manufacturer said on Monday.

"While receiving the drug, the patient appeared to develop resistance to it," David Reddy, Roche Holding AG's pandemic taskforce leader, told reporters on a conference call on a case observed in Denmark. "This is the first report we have of it in H1N1."
...

Jun 29 09:44

Betraying the Planet

But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases.

And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE those deniers resort to actual facts and figures! Scientific data is not only unpatriotic, it is UNGODLY!!!! It is time to burn the unbelievers!!!! Anyone remember how to use a butane lighter? Does burning a heretic contribute to global warming? Can we crucify them instead? That's eco-friendly!!"

Jun 29 09:41

CEI Releases Global Warming Study Censored by EPA

The report finds that EPA, by adopting the United Nations’ 2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, is relying on outdated research and is ignoring major new developments. Those developments include a continued decline in global temperatures, a new consensus that future hurricanes will not be more frequent or intense, and new findings that water vapor will moderate, rather than exacerbate, temperature.

Jun 29 09:40

Michael Jackson's Looming "Estate Tax Disaster"

In a previous article, Estate Planning Implications of the Right of Publicity, 68 Tax Notes 95 (1995), I warned that celebrities (and their counsel) must carefully plan their estates in light of the inclusion of the value of rights of publicity for estate tax purposes under § 2033.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... the tax-happy bastards in DC are going to tax Michael Jackson (the dead guy) for money DC imagines he might make in the future????

If MJ's songs fail to earn money in the future after the media circus winds down, will the IRS dig him up and jail the body for tax evasion?

Jun 29 09:38

Free Gaza Boat "Spirit of Humanity" Departs Cyprus

The Free Gaza boat the "Spirit of Humanity" departed Cyprus at 7:30am on Monday, 29 July. Twenty-one human rights and solidarity workers representing eleven different countries were aboard. The passengers include Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The ship also carries three tons of medical aid, children's toys, and rehabilitation and reconstruction kits for twenty family homes.

Over 2,400 homes were destroyed in Gaza during the Israeli massacre in December/January, 490 of them by F-16 airstrikes, as well as 30 mosques, 29 educational institutions, 29 medical centers, 10 charitable organizations, and 5 cement factories.

Jun 29 09:34

Missing banker discovered shot dead in woods

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot condone this.

Please, please, PLEASE, do NOT shoot and kill a banker unless you intend to use all of him! Don't leave anything to waste. I am sick of this trophy hunting crap!

Jun 29 09:34

The Michael Jackson media circus: My thoughts and yours

Yesterday morning the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," the Washington Post's media correspondent Howard Kurtz, asked his panel of CNN-anointed journalism experts if the media's carpet-bombing coverage of pop-star Michael Jackson's death was (is) professionally justified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, it is if the goal is to distract form the CIA's latest Charlie-Foxtrot in Iran!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Jun 29 09:34

Top US commander Petraeus in Pakistan for talks

David Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, was in Pakistan Sunday for talks with the army chief and other senior officials, the US embassy and Pakistani military said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder how large the American commitment will be to an escalation of Pakistani military offensives against the Taliban, and when we will actually see American troops, fighting on the ground, in Pakistan, if they are already not there.

Jun 29 09:32

Subsidies for Israel, Sanctions for Iran

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel is proceeding smoothly through the Congress. On June 17 the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a “markup” session on the budget. The subcommittee came under pressure from an antiwar group that sought to suspend or condition foreign aid over Israel’s use of U.S. weapons that left 3,000 Palestinians dead during the Bush administration. The subcommittee held its session in a tiny Capitol room, denying activists and members of the press access to determine whether there was any discussion on aid to Israel. The budget quickly passed and is now before the full House Appropriations committee.

Jun 29 09:31

FLASHBACK - Preparing the Battlefield

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran

Jun 29 09:29

Privately run checkpoint stops Palestinians with 'too much food'

A West Bank checkpoint managed by a private security company is not allowing Palestinians to pass through with large water bottles and some food items, Haaretz has learned.

The typical Palestinian laborer in Israel has a 12-hour workday, including travel time and checkpoint delays. Many leave home as early as 2 A.M. in order to wait in line at the checkpoint; tardiness to work often results in immediate dismissal. Workers return home around 5 P.M. The wait at the checkpoint can take one to two hours in each direction, if not longer.

The food quantities allowed by Modi'in Ezrahi do not meet the daily dietary needs of the workers, and they prefer not to buy food at the considerably more expensive Israeli stores.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government has utterly no shame when it comes to the level of to the pain and humiliation which can be heaped upon Palestinians who are just barely surviving.

And the ultimate, bitter irony here is that many in that government are the grand-children - or great-grand children - of Holocaust survivors who should know the depths of evil prejudice can create, but are somehow, in this circumstance, completely blind to what they themselves are doing.

Jun 29 09:26

The elephant in the room: Israel's nuclear weapons

At a White House press conference on 18 May 2009, US President Barack Obama expressed "deepening concern" about "the potential pursuit of a nuclear weapon by Iran." He continued:

"Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon would not only be a threat to Israel and a threat to the United States, but would be profoundly destabilizing in the international community as a whole and could set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East."

By his side was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the room with them, there was an elephant, a large and formidably destructive elephant, which they and the assembled press pretended not to see.

Jun 29 09:25

Ahmadinejad: Neda's death is 'suspicious'

"The massive propaganda of the foreign media, as well as other evidence, proves the interference of the enemies of the Iranian nation who want to take political advantage and darken the pure face of the Islamic republic," he said in a letter to Shahroudi, according to the news agency.

The letter comes a day after Iran's government-backed Press TV said Agha-Soltan did not die the way the opposition claims.

Two people told Press TV there were no security forces in the area when she was killed. iReport.com: Iranians share view from the streets

And the network said the type of bullet that killed her is not used by Iranian security forces.

Jun 29 09:19

Red Cross: Israel trapping 1.5m Gazans in despair

The Red Cross released a damning report Monday on the effects of the Israel-led blockade on the Gaza Strip, describing the 2-year-old measure as having trapped the coastal territory's 1.5 million residents "in despair."

The international humanitarian organization lamented the fact that the blockade, imposed after Hamas seized control of Gaza two years ago, was impeding reconstruction efforts after Israel's offensive in the Strip at the beginning of the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel doesn't care what happens to these people, and they cannot nor will they die off quickly enough to suit Israel's lust for territory over peace, no matter how crippling the siege of Gaza continues to be.

The only thing that Israel will understand will be the complete, immediately withdrawal of all international aid, both financial and military, until the situation in Gaza is remedied.

Of course, that is just about as likely to happen as the likelihood of pigs flying.

Jun 29 09:13

China Allows Trade Settlement in Yuan in Hong Kong

China approved use of yuan to settle cross-border trade with Hong Kong, part of a drive to broaden the use of the currency and reduce reliance on the U.S. dollar.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Chief Executive Joseph Yam said he hopes the first transactions will start next month after signing an agreement with People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan at the city’s airport today. Zhou said the program would reduce foreign-exchange risks and transaction costs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the current sorry state of both the US economy and the dollar, who can blame China for making this move?

Jun 29 09:13

CIA Topples Honduran President To Protect Drugs Trade?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the CIA is sulking over not getting a coup started in Iran, so they decided to knock over Honduras just to make themselves feel better!

Jun 29 09:11

Netanyahu to Putin: Stop selling missiles to Iran

Relations between Israel and Russia have grown tense over a significant change in Moscow's attitude regarding the possible sale of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and asked him to prevent the arms deal from going through.

Ahead of a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev next week, Israel has began an international effort to pressure Russia not to complete the sale of the advanced air defense system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the weapons in question are defensive; not offensive.

Russia is a nation of chess players; they themselves may not want to get involved in a shooting war if the US and Israel attack its 7th largest trading partner.

They will, however, want for Iran to have the best and most sophisticated defensive weapons system they can sell to them.

Further, if the Russian government has made a deal, and started to accept payments on the deal, Russia will be seen as a country with which other countries cannot do business when it comes to their marketing of arms.

Jun 29 09:07

The Coup in Honduras

Obama's Real Message to Latin America?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two of the coup leaders have been outed as graduates of the
US "School of the Americas" at Fort Benning, aka the "School for Dictators."

Jun 29 09:06

Swiss Banks Shun Americans as U.S. Compels Disclosure

Swiss banks are shutting the accounts of Americans as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service accelerates the hunt for tax dodgers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do I have to give back the clock?

(Ahem)

On a serious note, if the US Government starts to piss off the ultra-rich the way they are pissing off us ultra-poor, then the inevitable revolution will have both manpower AND funding!

Jun 29 09:02

USDA orders recall of 143 million pounds of beef

The largest U.S. meat recall before Sunday came in 1999, when about 35 million pounds of product possibly contaminated with listeria were ordered off shelves. USDA officials said that was Class I recall, involving a known risk to human health.

Raymond said cattle that had lost the ability to walk since passing pre-processing inspections were slaughtered without an inspector having examined them for chronic illness -- a practice he said violated federal regulations and had been going on for at least two years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why was there no inspector to examine this cattle for chronic illness for two years, and the USDA has only realized this now?

How many other slaughterhouses routinely don't inspect cattle for chronic illness before they are killed?

The USDA should just collectively resign and go home, if they can't do any better at protecting the US food chain than this.

Jun 29 09:01

Obama's Real Agenda: Israel's Dimona Nuclear Facility

"I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons. And any nation - including Iran - should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal."
Pres. Barack Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009

Jun 29 08:59

E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically the US Government is listening to anyone they want, reading any emails they want, raiding any hard drives they want.

And the terrorists only hate us for our freedoms.

Jun 29 08:57

FLASHBACK - Israel killed JFK,says Vanunu

In a startling accusation, nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has alleged that Jerusalem was behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, who was exerting pressure on the then Israeli head of state to shed light on the Dimona nuclear plant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Michael Collins Piper has come to the same conclusion.

Jun 29 08:53

Nixon administration pressured Israel on nukes

Documents released by Nixon Library show US tried to pressure Israel to sign Nonproliferation Treaty. 'If Israel elects to go the nuclear route it would cause a fundamental change in the US-Israeli relationship,' says unsigned memo, including 'our long-standing concern for Israel's security'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That may have been Nixon's downfall.

Kennedy's too!

Jun 29 08:51

UN hears of Gaza children's suffering

A UN human rights mission on Monday listened to testimony about the suffering of children in the Gaza Strip as it continued its probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the enclave.

The international community has pledged billions of dollars in aid to rebuild the territory, but reconstruction efforts remain paralysed by the closures, which prevent the import of virtually all building materials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great: the UN has listened (but will do nothing to compel Israel to lift the siege), and has pledged aid (which cannot get through to the siege victims because of the blockade of goods).

So what is the UN good for in this instance?

Absolutely nothing.

Jun 29 08:50

Chad Johnson compares Michael Jackson's death to 9/11

Impulsivity and the ability to instantly post things on the internet are a dangerous mix. Throw in egomania and, well, you've pretty much got Chad Johnson's Twitter page. (And, yes, we'll call him Chad Johnson(notes), because that's still his display name, despite the fact that it's easily changeable.)

Anyway, after news of Michael Jackson's death broke yesterday, Johnson had a typically measured response:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some people have a seriously distorted sense of priorities.

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