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Sep 09 03:14

Kourosh Ziabari: Who pays for the loss of life in Iran?

Salem-News.Com – Since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 which toppled the U.S.-backed regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran has been faced with devastating and agonizing financial sanctions of the United States and its European allies who didn’t favor the post-revolutionary Iran’s doctrine of confrontation with the superpowers and its denial of [...]

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Sep 08 18:56

US Courts Legalize CIA Abduction, Overseas Detention, Torture Of Innocent American Citizens

The United States Court Of Appeals 9th circuit has legalized the CIA abduction, overseas detention, and torture of innocent American citizens.

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

The lawsuit involves litigation against Boeing for its involvement the US CIA torture program of innocent US citizens.

Sep 08 17:55

Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With AK-47

He was arrested for protecting his property and family.

But it’s how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line.

He got an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled the trigger and he ended up in jail, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

George Grier said he had to use his rifle on Sunday night to stop what he thought was going to be an invasion of his Uniondale home by a gang he thought might have been the vicious “MS-13.” He said the whole deal happened as he was about to drive his cousin home...

Sep 08 17:35

LITTLEWOOD : Hamas re-positioning themselves?

“Negotiation today does not serve the Palestinian side… Just as there is currently no parity in the field of confrontation, there is also no parity around the negotiating table,” says Mesh’al

Hamas have been criticised recently for dragging their feet over the need to re-think their image.

They now seem to have at least made a start on this important task judging by a remarkable interview with Hamas chief Khaled Mesh’al by Middle East Monitor.

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/littlewood-hamas-re-positioning-thems...

Sep 08 14:12

The boycott of Israel is "gaining speed"

Lawrence Davidson outlines the reasons why the boycott of Israel is gaining speed, from “the horrors of the Israeli occupation and its ghettoizing of the people of Gaza”, to the segregation and economic and social discrimination against Israel’s non-Jewish population, to the corrupting influences of Zionism on policy-making institutions of Western governments, especially those of the United States.

Sep 08 11:20

Explosion Rocks Honeywell Uranium Facility Run by Scab Workers

Union workers have been locked out at the uranium enrichment facility in Metropolis, Illinois for two months now after contract negotiations broke down over Honeywell’s demand that workers give up their retiree health care coverage and pension plans. The Metropolis uranium facility is the only one in the United States that can convert U308 into the extremely deadly UF6.

Sep 08 10:35

Kourosh Ziabari: Who pays for the loss of life in Iran?

The United States and its European allies who boast of themselves as being the harbingers of human rights and liberty have obliviously forgotten that they are simply human beings who lose their lives as a result of the sanctions which they've devised. The civilian passengers who are destined to die in the insecure flights of Iran's aviation fleet are the victims of those who have long trumpeted in our ears that they're the sole defenders of human rights.

Sep 08 10:20

Ninth human foot washes ashore in the Pacific Northwest

VANCOUVER — A human foot washed up on a Washington State island Friday morning, raising the tally of feet found on beaches in the Pacific Northwest since 2007 to a total of nine.

A tourist found the foot while walking along a beach on the east side of Whidbey Island around 11:15 a.m., said Island County Detective Ed Wallace.

“It's a right foot,” Wallace said. “Based on the size, it's either a female or a juvenile.”

Based on the decomposition of the foot, officials estimated it has been in the water for less than two months. There are no missing persons cases in the county that match the foot, Wallace said. They will reach out to surrounding areas to try to match the foot with a missing persons case, he added.

Sep 08 09:45

Naked Justice!

A female judge has stepped down from the bench after shocking x-rated photos of her were posted online - and her lawyer husband tried to get a client to have sex with her.

Sep 08 08:58

Khaled Mesh’al lays out new Hamas policy direction

Middle East Monitor

This is the most recent interview with Khaled Mesh’al who, since 1996, has been the Chairman of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Political Bureau. After the assassination of Hamas leader Abdul ‘Aziz Rantisi in 2004 by Israel, Mesh’al became the overall leader of the movement.

Sep 08 08:09

Old Farmer's Almanac: Global Cooling to Continue

DUBLIN, N.H. – Most of the country will see a colder-than-usual winter while summer and spring will be relatively cool and dry, according to the time-honored, complex calculations of the "Old Farmer's Almanac."

The 2011 issue of the almanac, which claims to be the nation's oldest continuously published periodical, was released Tuesday. It predicts that in the coming months, the Earth will continue to see a "gradual cooling of the atmosphere ... offset by any warming caused by increased greenhouse gases."

Sep 08 07:26

Gunshot Sensors Are Giving D.C. Police Jump on Suspects

This system was just used in Nassau County, New York to direct police officers who then arrested a man for defending his home and family with warning shots. What other sensor systems are currently employed?

Sep 08 06:41

Crosstalk - America's Depression

Sep 08 06:03

Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With AK-47

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — He was arrested for protecting his property and family.

But it’s how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line.

He got an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled the trigger and he ended up in jail, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

George Grier said he had to use his rifle on Sunday night to stop what he thought was going to be an invasion of his Uniondale home by a gang he thought might have been the vicious “MS-13.” He said the whole deal happened as he was about to drive his cousin home.

Sep 08 05:49

Sarkozy faces down French unions on pension age rise

President Nicolas Sarkozy faced down French trade unions on Wednesday, refusing to back down on plans to raise the retirement age despite Tuesday's nationwide protests against pension reform.

In a statement issued shortly before unions were due to decide on possible further protests, Sarkozy said he was asking his government to make some amendments to the pension reform bill, but the rise in the minimum pensionable age would stay.

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No surprises there. This is going to be a global initiative. You will work until you die!

Sep 08 05:35

Back on TV due to popular demand…… ‘The Peace Industry’

By Joseph Glatzer –

The Nobel Prize award winning show, “The Peace Industry” comes back for its 19th season on September 2nd, after an almost 2 year hiatus. It is one of the longest running and most popular shows in TV history.

Some humour for a change!

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/back-on-tv-due-to-popular-demand%e2%8...

Sep 08 05:27

Orwellian DoubleThink: War is Peace

Orwellian DoubleThink Series, part 3
Activist Post

No need to modernize the phrasing of this most obviously relevant Orwellian slogan. Obama, our Nobel Prince of Peace, continues the endless wars, warrantless and evidence-less detentions, and illegal torture. The public is kept in an increasing state of fear of a manufactured bogeyman that assumes the faces of individual leaders as needed (and their countries), but ultimately is defined as a War on Terror, thus a war without end

Sep 08 05:26

ALAN HART: Should Saudi King Abdullah invite Netanyahu to Riyadh?

The suggestion that he should was made by Thomas L. Friedman in his column for the New York Times on 7 September. My first response was to say to myself, “That proves Friedman doesn’t understand the complexities of the conflict and is at least a little bit bonkers.”

But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that King Abdullah should do what Friedman suggested. In a moment I’ll get to what I think the Arabs and the Palestinians especially would have to gain without losing anything, but first here’s the essence of what Friedman wrote.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:
http://mycatbirdseat.com/?p=8395

Sep 08 01:10

TAG’s John Bush on Fox: “Free Market Solves Problems Not Big Government"

Thank you John for bringing the truth to the mainstream. We all appreciate it.

MyFoxAustin News reports more and more Americans do think the government has gone too far, and they are standing up to take back their rights. John Bush debates Travis County Democratic Chair Andy Brown on the role Government plays in our personal lives. You can read more about the story

Sep 08 00:34

Globalism Destroys America: 10 Reasons Why The World Trade Organization Is Bad For The United States Economy

The Economic Collapse

In 2010, education has been so “dumbed down” in America that most Americans don’t even know what the WTO is, and even fewer understand why the WTO is important. The truth is that the World Trade Organization is essentially a global government for world trade. It is a “contract” that severely restricts the ability of member nations to direct their own economies and set their own trade policies.

Sep 07 21:19

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: The Boycott of Israel is “Gaining Speed”

When you have a powerful and single-minded lobby that is able to manipulate your government in such a fashion that it pours its national treasure into a racist state, arms it and protects it to the point of becoming an accomplice to its crimes, and by doing so willfully alienates 22% of the world’s population, you know that your notion of national interest has been seriously mangled.

Sep 07 17:30

Keiser Report ?75: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

This week Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at the scandals of "the weather in healthcare", virtual girlfriends and illegal immigrants giving up on the US economy. In the second half of the show, Max talks to independent journalist Mark "Bicyclemark" Fonseca Rendeiro, who is in Kabul to assist with the elections.

Sep 07 16:34

GRENIER: Who does he think he is fooling?

Aljazeera

Robert Grenier deconstructs the political rhetoric of former United States ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.

The latest piece of ‘analysis’ of the misnamed Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’ from Martin Indyk, recently aired by the New York Times Op-Ed page, simply leaves me slack-jawed.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/grenier-who-does-he-think-he-is-fooling/

Sep 07 15:29

US takes steps against European-Iranian bank

WASHINGTON — The United States has slapped sanctions on a German-based bank it accuses of helping Iranian institutions involved in illicit nuclear trade.

The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it had taken steps against Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank that would isolate the bank from the U.S. financial system.

Sep 07 14:41

Local farms could be illegal

RT America has been discussing obesity in America and the effects of the mass consumption of genetically altered food. What are the risks and what can be done about it? George Hemminger says that as many people are feeling the economic downturn hit them, they are growing their own food. However, the government might try to take that choice away from the people as well by passing a bill that would make it illegal to clean and store seeds.

Sep 07 11:12

Hey Buddy, You want to Buy a Watch?

It is true that we should probably be more concerned with “who put the bomp in the bomp she bomp she bomp and who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong or… even more trenchantly “who wrote the book of love”. I don’t think it was these guys. Yes, the mosque at the WTC site is not at the WTC site and Zio-Nazi, Pamela Geller is not going to be played by Pam Grier in the made for TV movie but you can still watch “Machete” if you want to.

Sep 07 10:05

The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis”

By Andrew Gavin Marshall
GlobalResearch.ca – Centre for Research on Globalization

Part I

As the 9th anniversary of 9/11 nears, and the war on terror continues to be waged and grows in ferocity and geography, it seems all the more imperative to return to the events of that fateful September morning and re-examine the reasons for war and the nature of the stated culprit, Al-Qaeda.

The events of 9/11 pervade the American and indeed the world imagination as an historical myth.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/the-imperial-anatomy-of-al-qaeda-the-...

Sep 07 09:58

Eugenics: The Real Reason for Legalized Abortion

For almost 40 years, we’ve been told that the legalization of abortion was about “reproductive freedom” and “women’s rights” and “choice.” Now, an explosive new documentary is exposing this rhetoric as nothing more than marketing hype designed to conceal a nasty hidden agenda.

With a mountain of documentation, Maafa 21, is proving to audiences all across America that the real motivation behind the legalization of abortion was eugenics and racial genocide.

Sep 07 09:04

Stay Vigilant, Bird Flu Could Spark Next Global Outbreak, Urges Expert

There will always be the threat of influenza as long as groups like the World Health Organization continue to make them. Vaccines are part of a much bigger eugenics operation used to dumb down and depopulate the masses.

Robert Webster, an influenza expert, says health authorities worldwide need to remain watchful for possible influenza outbreaks, despite swine flu being much less deadly than people had originally feared

Sep 07 09:01

Pentagon Ignores Staff Child Porn

'The US Department of Defense has reportedly refused to investigate hundreds of purchases of child pornography by its personnel. According to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the Pentagon identified over 260 employees who purchased child porn in 2006, The Upshot news blog reported on Friday.

Sep 07 08:57

REMEMBERING ONE WHO WAS FORGOTTEN

Jefferson Thomas, Who Helped Integrate Little Rock School, Dies at 67

Sep 07 08:30

Analysis: Taser-related deaths in US accelerating

A 2008 report (PDF) from Amnesty International found 351 Taser-related deaths in the US between June, 2001 and August, 2008, a rate of just slightly above four deaths per month.

Sep 07 08:18

Dr. Elias Akleh: Why Negotiate …Again?

strong>Abbas demonstrated his weakness when he made it clear that he is going to talks due to American pressure and for fear of losing American funding. He, thus, indicated clearly that any possible agreements out of the talks (if any at all) would have been imposed on him and he has no choice but to accept them.

Sep 07 07:10

UN: No food crisis looms despite Russia wheat ban

Commentary: Doublespeak in action -- there is no food crisis according to the overlords at the U.N. despite riots in Mozambique; the ban by Russia; in-depth studies that already show sizable food inflation; and the U.N. itself citing that "markets will remain volatile for years." This statement is akin to all Orwellian DoubleThink (shortage is abundance now) that comes from the mouths of those who are encouraging apathy when we should be doing our best to prepare. -- Activist Post

Associated Press

ROME — A U.N. agency says no global food crisis is looming despite the Russian wheat shortfall. But it is cautioning that food markets will remain volatile for years.

Sep 07 07:03

Australia election: Labour's Julia Gillard retains power after securing support of independents

The country's first woman leader, who came to office after a Labour revolt just 10 weeks ago, scraped over the line to form a government with support from the "kingmakers" after 17 days of frantic post-election talks.

After two weeks of negotiations following inconclusive election results, the country's first woman leader scraped over the line to form a government ahead of conservative rival Tony Abbott.

"Labour is prepared to govern," she said. "I believe the Australian people, given the closeness of this vote, want us to find more common ground in the national interest."

Sep 07 06:37

Iran Bars Some Nuclear Inspectors, Raising U.N. Alarms

VIENNA — The U.N. atomic agency expressed alarm Monday about Iran's decision to bar some of its inspectors, suggesting that its efforts to monitor the country's nuclear program were suffering as a result.

The unusually blunt International Atomic Energy Agency warning was voiced in a restricted report on Iran made available to The Associated Press that otherwise contained few surprises. It followed Iran's recent decision to strip two experienced inspectors of the right to monitor its nuclear activities after the two reported what they said were undeclared nuclear experiments.

Sep 07 06:20

Food Fascism in the Land of the Free

Eric Blair
Activist Post

The food industry is no longer a free market. In fact, I'd go as far as saying it's becoming the most glaring example of corporate-government fascism in America.

Actual monopolies fully control the basic building blocks of the food that makes up the majority of the American diet -- and no one seems to care. Simply put, those who control the corn, wheat, and soybeans control all food, since all livestock and all processed foods are dependent on those food resources. These monopolies place their cronies in government regulatory agencies like the FDA and USDA to weed out their competition through excessive regulation. Currently proposed legislation are textbook examples of their methods.

Sep 07 05:55

Israel Preparing For “Mother of All Flotillas”

Israel is preparing for what is being described in Tel Aviv as the “mother of all flotillas,” which could include up to 20 different ships planning to set sail for the Gaza Strip in the coming months to break the seige, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The flotilla is being organized by a coalition of NGOs from Europe and the United States, including a group calling itself European Jews for a Just Peace.

Sep 07 05:10

Witness - The Chinese Colony

Sep 07 04:22

Gordon Duff: America’s War Racketeers, the Real Terrorists

Is America’s racketeering ‘elite’ a terrorist organization

There is a group of Americans, a combination of coward, gangster, politician, buffoonish soldier, con man and Israel obsessed bully. These are the “users” and “takers” who live their lives, some invisible, some media darlings, some famous heroes as portrayed by their friends in the media, their fellow thugs. This is the world’s greatest terrorist organization, the threat to, not only world security but the lives and freedom of the people of the world. These are the people who bleed America dry and have for generations, the people who have turned America into what the world clearly sees it as now, a weapon to be wielded against the common and decent people of the world on behalf of criminal terrorists.

Sep 06 22:35

AE911Truth in DC & NY This 9/11 Anniversary - National Press Club Debate

In advance of the 9 year anniversary of September 11, AE911Truth founder Richard Gage, AIA, and volunteers will be traveling to Washington, DC, and New York City in a flurry of important presentations and activities, including conferencing with and delivery of our petition and evidence to the offices of members of Congress.

Sep 06 22:34

FL: Author, Financial Analyst Richardson joins Khavari Ticket (for FL governor)

The centerpiece of the Khavari/Richardson platform is formation of a state bank to serve the financial needs of Florida’s people and the requirements of the state’s economy.

“The banking industry’s dirtiest secret,” says Richardson, “is that it’s half ‘socialist,’ and in the worst sense of that word. While privately held at the profit end, it externalizes all the attendant risks to the public. If the people of Florida are going to bear the risks of finance, we contend that they should also reap its benefits.”

Sep 06 21:40

Sharp series of aftershocks strike New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A sharp series of about 20 aftershocks rattled New Zealand's earthquake-hit city of Christchurch overnight, and earthquake experts warned Tuesday that another powerful temblor might hammer the region in coming days.

Sep 06 21:37

FRANKLIN LAMB: Munir’s Story -- 28 years after the Massacre at Sabra-Shatila

In Shatila Palestinian refugee camp and outside Abu Yassir’s shelter, the bullet marks still cover the lower half of the 11 “walls of death” where some of the dried blood is mixed and feathered in with the thin mortar. An elderly gentleman named Abu Samer still has some souvenirs of the event: three American automatic pistols fitted with silencers, a couple of knives and axes that were strapped to some of the killers belts as they quickly and silently shot, carved and chopped whoever they came upon starting at around 6 pm on Thursday September 16, 1982. Plus a couple of whisky bottles. These weapons were gifted to Israel by the US Congress and subsequently issued along with drugs and alcohol and other “policing equipment” to the killers in his “most moral army” by Ariel Sharon.

Sep 06 18:17

The Costumed Self and the Temporary World of Time

Let’s carry on with some of what I was talking about on last night’s radio show, which, last time I looked, wasn’t available for download yet but… it will be. Everything your senses report as a tangible item that your senses recognize as having weight, consistency, dimension and all the things that make something appear to be real in the temporary, kingdom of time came out of the mind.

Sep 06 17:42

Asteroid Strikes Colombia – American Media Buries It!

Such a colossal event, so little media coverage.

Around 3:10PM Sunday afternoon residents of Colombia were awestruck when the clear sky was cracked open by a massive fireball that exploded upon impact leaving a 300 foot wide crater and a lot of rattled nerves.

This is not the first time this year that an impact event has been underreporte

Sep 06 16:15

U.S. In Danger Of Becoming Third World Country?

The United States is on the brink of sliding down to a Third World country, as it struggles with massive debts, rising unemployment and a deteriorating economy...

Sep 06 16:11

Khaled Mesh’al Lays out New Hamas Policy Direction

This is the most recent interview with Khaled Mesh’al who, since 1996, has been the Chairman of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Political Bureau. After the assassination of Hamas leader Abdul ‘Aziz Rantisi in 2004, Mesh’al became the overall leader of the movement. In this interview with the Jordanian Al-Sabeel newspaper

Sep 06 16:03

JEFF GATES — When Will We See the Next Mass Murder?

On August 26th, a leaked memo from the Central Intelligence Agency cited American Jews as exporters of terrorism. Then came the news on August 30th from Sephardi chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who urged that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas “vanish from our world” and that “God strike (Palestinians) down with a plague.”

Sep 06 14:13

Waiting on the Cosmic Ex-Lax.

Because of the unyielding and imperial sense of entitlement that is assumed by the financial elite, the rest of society is losing everything. They are losing basic services, infrastructure maintenance, health services, retirement guarantees, the long ago lost union representation and most of those inherent truths granted them by The Constitution and The Bill of Rights and all of this has come because of the general accepted lie, concerning the origins of 9/11 and the actions taken in the follow up.

Sep 06 12:30

Earth's surface 'lurches 11ft to the right' as New Zealand earthquake rips new fault line

The earthquake that devastated a city in New Zealand, Sept. 3, 2010, tore open a new 11ft faultine in the Earth’s surface.

The 7.1-magnitude quake which hit Christchurch, the country’s second-largest city, destroyed about 500 buildings and caused an estimated £930million of damage.

But hundreds of lives were saved by tough building rules, it was claimed. Only two injuries were reported.

Sep 06 12:29

Sarah Palin – A Modern-Day Medusa?

At the very outset I must admit that I did not vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin in the last U.S. presidential election. Forget her kowtowing to the neo-conservative, Likudnik, Christian Zionist cause, and harmful divisive views on everything that mattered from internal politics to international affairs, she appeared so vague and so damn stupid in her interview with Katie Couric that I could only take pity on those brain-dead supporters that voted for her and McCain. Well, I am not alone in that evaluation of Palin’s performance.

Sep 06 12:20

Why Americans Elect Awful Presidents

For years I muttered mentally to myself about the insanity of Americans electing George W. Bush president. Now I go through the same agony about the craziness of the nation electing Barack Obama president. As much as I thought Bush was a manipulated second-rate politician that carried out the terribly destructive policies pushed by Cheney and other conservative corporate shills, now I feel equally angry that so many voters fell for the slick rhetoric and lies of Obama. Disgust produces public thirst for change and Obama was wickedly brilliant at selling change. When voters are so easily victimized what does democracy amount to?

Sep 06 10:55

Economists: Second Economic Stimulus Needed

National Debt Not Most Important Issue; Experts Suggest Infrastructure Spending, Payroll Tax Holiday Would Spur New Hires

The White House is facing a public that's very pessimistic about the economy, with new unemployment numbers rising to 9.6 percent, the first increase in four months. The Democrats are staring at possible defeat in the mid-term elections if the job market does not improve, and President Barack Obama will outline new measures Wednesday aimed at boosting the U.S. economy.

Sep 06 10:29

School closed after boy finds bomb in playground

Children at a school in County Antrim in Northern Ireland were moved to a church on Monday after a pupil found a bomb in the playground.

Police safely removed the bomb and no-one was hurt. They're now trying to find out who left the bomb.

The bishop?

Sep 06 10:20

Tony Blair cancels book signing amid protest fears

Tony Blair has cancelled a planned book signing in London on Wednesday to prevent causing the public and the police "a lot of hassle".

Sep 06 09:52

War Forevermore

“Winning” today is to just keep on making war in any shape or form so the rich get richer while the masses are just tools – now on the battlefield – as they were in the worst of factories in the West during the Industrial Revolution – and sitting on their fat asses at home mesmerized by pieces of shit like Glenn Beck. And since the media, owned of course by members of the Taliban, HAMAS, and Hizballah, have turned the American public into retards; most Americans don’t seem to notice that all we ever fucking do anymore is fight wars.

Sep 06 06:58

US expects to subsidize Afghan training for years

WASHINGTON — The United States expects to spend about $6 billion a year training and supporting Afghan troops and police after it begins pulling out its own combat troops in 2011, The Associated Press has learned.

The previously undisclosed estimates of U.S. spending through 2015, detailed in a NATO training mission document, are an acknowledgment that Afghanistan will remain largely dependent on the United States for its security.

Sep 06 06:33

China, US meet amid tension over trade, military

BEIJING — Senior U.S. and Chinese officials met Monday to steady relations upset by disputes over currency, trade and military affairs despite calls for a tougher line on Chinese economic policies that some say are contributing to American unemployment.

With congressional elections in two months, President Barack Obama is under pressure to kick-start the economy and many lawmakers say he should start by addressing China's lopsided trade surplus and currency policies.

Sep 06 06:30

International backing grows for 'Robin Hood tax' on banks

EU ministers edge closer to financial transaction levy amid signs that International Monetary Fund is softening opposition to 'Robin Hood tax'

European Union finance ministers will step up talks on raising extra money from banks this week amid signs that the International Monetary Fund is softening its opposition to a "Robin Hood tax" on financial transactions.

Sep 06 05:56

Our Long National Nightmare Isn't Over, It's Just Beginning

"We are talking about people who are already fantastically rich. And who, despite this, are absolutely hell-bent on getting richer, even if that means depriving hundreds of millions of people in the American middle class of their middle classness. Are they not essentially sociopathic?"

Sep 06 04:28

‘Firedoglake’ is progressive– just don’t talk about Palestine

By Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss

Here is an important matter that I have been sitting on for days and that people who care about American support for Palestinian oppression need to be aware of: the extent to which Firedoglake, a leading progressive site, suppresses criticism of Israel. The battle demonstrates that even inside the left, the Israel lobby is a strong force. Indeed, the founder of the site, movie producer Jane Hamsher, has dismissed concern for Palestinians as a “pet issue.”

As I have said often, our country cannot make progress on this critical policy issue until people who care about Palestinian freedom find one another and make a political combination to take on the Israel lobby.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

Sep 05 22:09

Was Iraq Worth It?

By Patrick J. Buchanan –

Six months before the invasion of Iraq, Taki Theodoracopulos, Scott McConnell and this writer launched a new magazine, The American Conservative. Goal: Convince our countrymen that invading Iraq would be imperial folly. In the first column, in mid-September 2002, I wrote: “If Providence does not intrude, we will soon launch an imperial war on Iraq...

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/was-iraq-worth-it/

Sep 05 22:05

Amen to the Imam

By Jack Hunter –

Sometimes editors like to have fun with their writers — like this week when my editor at the Charleston City Paper declared that controversial Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and yours truly are actually the same person. Explains Chris Haire:

“You want proof? Well here goes: As you know, Rauf is the guy behind the so-called Ground Zero mosque. Not surprisingly, Sean Hannity doesn’t like him.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/amen-to-the-imam/

Sep 05 18:24

As many as 2,000 more troops may be going to Afghanistan

As many as 2,000 additional troops -- including a number of U.S. forces -- may be headed to Afghanistan in the coming weeks under a plan being proposed by Gen. David Petraeus, CNN has learned...

Sep 05 14:29

CIA money behind Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS)

How amazing would it be if you could walk into McTaco King and order that mid-morning bacon taco meal with Mountain Dew Big Gulp from your mobile device? Just imagine… as you approach the restaurant, a menu pops up on your screen, the phone makes suggestions and helps you super-size your order, before you even set foot in the restaurant!

Is there anything the IPad won’t do?

This advertiser’s wet dream is about to become reality, thanks to WPS (Wi-Fi Positioning System)

Sep 05 14:24

More War Lies

Lies aren’t used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening.

Obama claimed the war on Iraq was initially a war to disarm a state. Really? And then “terrorist” Iraqis attacked our troops in their country. Yet if they had done that in our country, I suspect they would still be the terrorists. And then it became a civil war which we were innocently caught up in. Uh huh.

Sep 05 14:23

my permisson for Mike to delete this

Just read the MSM headlines...Vatican condemns Iraq for stoning.. but its ok to ass fuck little children.
And lets keep in mind...the woman has not been stoned, but the children from the vaticans employees from hell HAVE broken kids asses and had them swallow their shit. SOrry Mike, if this is over the line, and I do try to be more professional in my writings when I can. I am just getting so mad, .... I will calm down, but not right this second. Permission to delete this, I may have went overbaord for your website..I am sorry, but ...grrrr. When I think of the atrocities the vatican has committed on society, and to actually say something like this, it makes me want to... kick a can.

Sep 05 14:01

Obama targeted killings lawsuit spotlights American civilians

"An extrajudicial killing policy under which names are added to CIA and military 'kill lists' through a secret executive process and stay there for months at a time is plainly not limited to imminent threats." - Center for Constitutional Rights

Targets on Obama's high-tech kill-list in the "war on terror" hope that the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) lawsuit challenging government's asserted authority for "targeted killings” of U.S. citizens far from armed conflict zones will shed light directly on them, innocent American Targeted Individuals (TIs) and TIs in other countries, each struggling to survive the covert operation already operational. There is widespread belief that already, voiceless, faceless targets are dying or have been covertly killed according to TI support group communications.

"That the government adds people to kill lists after a bureaucratic process and leaves them on the lists for months at a time flies in the face of the Constitution and international law," stated Vince Warren, Executive Director of CCR. (CCR, Rights Groups File Challenge To Targeted Killing By U.S., Sept. 1, 2010)

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU said, “A program that authorizes killing U.S. citizens, without judicial oversight, due process or disclosed standards is unconstitutional, unlawful and un-American.”

Sep 05 09:07

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Shield Laws, Wikileaks and the Public’s Right to Know

The reason that the Wikileaks’ action in July caused such an uproar within the U.S. government is because public support for both the actions that initiated the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the policies that keep them going were and are based on lies and calculated omissions in public information. In other words, the administration of George W. Bush repeatedly misled the public and the administration of Barack Obama not only protects those responsible, but continues their practices.

Sep 05 08:55

Hamas must exploit the fake talks, reposition and rebrand itself

Stuart Littlewood argues that the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas’s threats to step up violence serve only to aid Israeli and allied Zionist propaganda. He calls on the movement to seize the moment by repositioning and rebranding itself in a manner that would give impetus to the growing public support for the Palestinian cause.

Sep 05 08:14

EU trade chief accused of anti-Semitism over 'Jewish lobby' comments

The European Union's trade chief has been accused of anti-Semitism referring to the power of the "Jewish lobby" in US policy and the difficulty of having "rational" discussions with Jews on the Middle East.

Sep 05 08:05

It's time to talk: Spain's ETA terrorist group declares a 'cease-fire'

The Basque separatist militant group ETA declared a cease-fire in a video statement issued on Sunday, suggesting it might turn to a political process in its quest for independence.

Sep 05 07:04

Heavy in dollars, China warns of depreciation

China on Friday offered a rare glimpse into its foreign exchange reserves, confirming that they are overwhelmingly allocated in dollars, while a central banker said the mountain of cash could face depreciation risks.

The Chinese government's currency reserves, the world's largest such stockpile at $2.45 trillion, are held roughly in line with what was described as the global average: 65 percent in dollars, 26 percent in euros, 5 percent in pounds and 3 percent in yen.

Sep 05 05:55

Stuart Littlewood: Hamas, Don’t Blow this Chance

strong>For example, Hamas could have said: “Israel doesn’t have a monopoly on security and we Palestinians are equally entitled to feel safe… Armed Jewish squatters terrorise Palestinian families, menace our children, damage crops, poison our water and often cause fatal harm… Therefore any armed squatter on Palestinian soil risks the same fate as an armed Palestinian found in Israel.”

Sep 05 03:52

(Audio) Eugenics: Professor David Marsland Calls for Forced Sterilization, Human Rights "Grossly Overused"

This man is an open eugenicist. The way he pretends to be calling for sterilization in order to help children is absolutely disgusting!

Sep 05 02:20

Hamas, don’t blow this chance

By Stuart Littlewood –

Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally “come good”?

Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the western media.

Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.

Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.

This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will re-focus every two weeks.

Sep 04 22:36

Ali Abunimah: Enthusiasm for Palestinian Prime Minister isn’t Shared by Palestinians

Palestinian Authority thugs raided a meeting of dozens of Palestinian political activists opposed to the authority taking part in new direct talks with Israel while settlement construction and other repression continue. Palestine’s Al-Haq human rights group condemned the attack, in which its staff along with many other individuals and journalists were assaulted, as further evidence of the “police state” the authority has become.

Sep 04 22:31

What does Increased Palestinian Political Repression say About the Prospects for Peace?

By cracking down on political opponents who reject further concessions to the Israelis (an effort supported and aided by the U.S. and Israel), Abbas is only affirming to the Israelis, Americans and Palestinians what all have long suspected: that his government is in no position to sign a binding and lasting agreement on behalf of Palestinian stakeholders.

Sep 04 18:08

Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby

Alan Hart argues that behind US President Barack Obama’s declaration that the US will not force Israel to accept a just peace – in effect, his surrender to Zionism – may lurk the conclusion that the Zionist state is already a monster beyond control.

Sep 04 18:06

Tony Blair’s bloody memoir

Gilad Atzmon calls on the Middle East Quartet – the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia – to do the decent thing and hand over suspected war criminal Tony Blair to the Hague to face justice.

Sep 04 11:15

Mad Men: The Psychopaths of Power Play the Insanity Card

Yet it is Bradley Manning who must be examined to see if he is mentally "unstable." Yes, of course, that's it: he must be crazy. Why else would anyone -- especially an American (and a real American, not one of those with, you know, funny names or dark skin), especially a soldier -- want to challenge the authority and embarrass the benevolent leaders who protect us and care for us? To those pathetic wretches afflicted with the pathologies of power, Manning's actions -- courageous, noble, humane -- literally make no sense. Therefore, he must be mentally diseased.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "Old-School Soviet Union" of the US government to take this tack!

Sep 04 11:00

Why Americans Elect Awful Presidents

All this tells me that any nation that can elect such inept people president can also elect other people that appear to have no right or chance to be president of the United States just as Bush and Obama once appeared before they were sold to the public. That is what is so frightening about the future of this nation. The two-party plutocracy with its stranglehold on the American political system has the power to elect presidents that are an insult to the great ones that once served the nation with pride and competence.

Delusional voters have produced our delusional democracy which strongly favors corporate, wealthy and elitist interests over ordinary Americans. This explains frightening economic inequality and the demise of the middle class.

Sep 04 10:58

READER PHOTOS FROM CHRISTCHURCH QUAKE

Sep 04 10:40

Gilad Atzmon: Bloody Memoir

Tony Blair, a man who launched a criminal war with no end, declared once again today that “Radical Islam is the world's greatest threat”

Sep 04 10:12

Oldsmar Pantry's Former Donors Now Seek Its Help

Bonnie Dunn sees every person who passes through Oldsmar Cares, the volunteer-run nonprofit that provides clothes as well as rental, utility and food assistance to those in need.

Over the years, the profile of the needy has changed.

"When we first started doing this," Dunn said, "they were down-and-out people — people that don't have jobs, people that have had sicknesses, the elderly who are on fixed incomes. Now we have people coming here that have never had to do this before, people from all walks of life."...

Sep 04 09:39

Richest lawmakers grew wealthier as economy faltered

The rest of the country is still struggling with high unemployment amid a sluggish-at-best economic recovery -- but the wealthiest members of Congress are in high cotton. Indeed, the top 50 wealthiest lawmakers saw their combined net worths increase last year, according to the Hill's annual analysis of financial disclosure documents.

Combined, the 50 lawmakers were worth $1.4 billion in 2009 -- an $85.1 million increase over their 2008 total -- the Hill reports. The members' total combined assets depreciated by nearly $36 million last year -- but Congress' well-to-do set also reduced their debts by a combined $120 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Sep 04 09:05

An Al Quds day letter to Tony Blair. From Lauren Booth, in Iran

Gilad Atzmon: I guess that Tony Blair’s sister in law, Lauren Booth, could easily use the phone and tell Tony what she thinks of him, his politics and his new memoir. However, being a peace activist she decided also to share it with the rest of us.

Sep 04 08:43

EU trade chief apologises for saying you can't have a 'rational conversation about Middle East with Jews'

The EU's trade chief has been forced to apologise for blaming Jews and the 'Jewish lobby' in Washington for blocking Middle East peace as the embarrassed EU head office quickly distanced itself from his comments.

Sep 04 08:15

Obama has Signalled his Coming Complete Surrender to Zionism and its Lobby

Israel’s leaders knew that settlements on Arab land occupied in 1967 are illegal. They simply didn’t give (and still today don’t give) a damn about international law. But this attitude, a mixture of extreme arrogance and insufferable self-righteousness, does not make them the main villains in the story of what happened after June 1967. The main villains were (and still are) the governments of the major powers and the one in Washington DC above all.

Sep 04 07:43

New Zealand earthquake: state of emergency declared

Police sealed off the centre of New Zealand's second largest city because of the danger from falling masonry during a series of strong aftershocks.

Eighty extra police officers were drafted in Auckland to help enforce a 7pm to 7am curfew.

Army units were also being sent in to assist with relief work.

As night fell on scenes of devastation, fears were mounting of health risks from fractured sewage pipes and residents were warned to boil drinking water.

Sep 04 06:54

Tony Blair pelted with eggs at book signing in Dublin

Eggs and shoes have been thrown at the former prime minister Tony Blair as he attended a book signing in Dublin.

It was Mr Blair's first book-signing since the publication of his autobiography.

Urge Waterstone's to cancel Tony Blair book-signing event

Please send an email to Waterstone's urging them not to host Blair's memoir launch on Wednesday 8 September. Use the model letter at the link above or delete this and write your own. Personal letters are more effective.

Sep 04 06:29

Poll: George W. Bush still gets blamed for economic woes

Nearly two years after Barack Obama was elected president, Americans still are inclined to blame his predecessor for the nation's current economic problems.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, more than a third of those surveyed said George W. Bush deserved a great deal of the blame for economic woes and a third said he should get a moderate amount of it. Not quite another third called that unfair, saying Bush warranted not much or none of the responsibility.

Sep 04 04:19

Fascism in Ramallah

Palestinian Authority Intelligence personnel have been harassing and even beating opposition figures. Clearly undemocratic, even barbaric methods, have been used to intimidate, harass and even terrorize civic leaders and public figures who dared to voice their opposition to the PA decision to unconditionally join so-called peace talks with Israel

Sep 04 04:08

ALAN HART — Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby

He did it with seven words. “Ultimately the U.S. cannot impose a solution.”

The next question asks itself. Why won’t Obama be the president to call and hold the Zionist state to account for its crimes, even when doing so is necessary for the best protection of America’s own interests?

He was speaking at the White House the day before the start of the new round of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after he had met with them and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. (In my last post I anticipated Obama saying at the point of his complete surrender that “America can’t want peace more than the parties.” He also said that – ahead of schedule!)

Sep 04 03:52

Gunshots fired outside Gibbs High football game

St. Petersburg, FL - A wild scene erupted during the football game between Lakewood and Gibbs high schools Friday night when gunshots were fired near the crowded stadium, police said.

The opening night of varsity football was marred about 10:25 p.m. when, witnesses said, Lakewood football players, cheerleaders, coaches and referees all hit the ground as several shots rang out...

Sep 04 01:33

Stop the War Talk

ED NOTE: NEVER thought I would seriously consider an op-ed piece in the NYT for My Catbird Seat, but here it is today:

A key quote:

"This drumbeat [to war with Iran] must be silenced, and only President Obama can silence it."

"An Israeli attack on Iran would almost certainly precipitate a devastating regional war with unforeseeable global consequences."

Not perfect, to be sure, but considering the source....

Stop the War Talk

By REZA ASLAN and BERNARD AVISHAI

Sep 04 00:24

Jeffrey Goldberg — The Point of No Return

GOLDBERG'S empty rhetoric plays on...

For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president’s dream of ending nuclear proliferation. But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to Israel’s very existence. In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here’s an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides—and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE & MORE HERE:

Sep 03 22:51

Charles Freeman: Stifling debate on Israel has deadly consequences

The "other half" of Amb. Freeman's very recent public utterances.
The interviewer Malsin was very competent in asking the right questions

By Jared Malsin

New York – When it comes to the normally stultified American debate on Middle East issues, Charles Freeman, the former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, is one of the most outspoken US officials.

His pronouncements, by his own admission, break established taboos against criticism of Israel, against skepticism about the two-state solution, against supporting engagement with Hamas. And the central taboo, he argues, which underpins the others, prohibits discussion of the role of right wing organizations lobbying for Israel, such as AIPAC.

Sep 03 22:44

Fisking Blair’s chapter on Iraq

Another "FACT" Buster:

By Mehdi Hasan–

Our ex-prime minister is still the best Bliar in the business.

I’m knackered and sleepy, hungry from all the Ramadan fasting and — officially — on vacation. But I couldn’t go to bed without commenting on Tony Blair’s new book, A Journey, extracts of which have been published online here.

Much of the instant attention from the chattering classes in the Westminster village has been on the Gordon Brown (GB) chapter, and on Martin Kettle’s pre-publication interview with Tony Blair (TB) in the Guardian, in which the latter says he always believed GB would be a “disaster” as prime minister.

Sep 03 18:12

Worldwide Eugenics Operation: Professor Openly Calls For the Sterilization of the “Unfit”

In what can be described as an open endorsement of eugenics, British Professor David Marsland has called for the sterilization of the people the the state deems unfit. Eugenics, the driving force behind Hitlers Holocaust, has a firm footing in our society, whether it be through the use of vaccines, Planned Parenthood, or forced sterilization.

Marsland appeared on a BBC radio program in response to a request by a local council in the West Midlands who wanted to forcefully sterilize a 29 year old girl that they had deemed mentally unfit!

Sep 03 17:09

A Middle East Peace that Wreaks Havoc

All peace proposals after 1967 were based on maintaining Israel as a regional power and forcing the Palestinians to settle for less than they were entitled to. They were repeatedly offered paltry settlements that legitimised Israel's hold on most of their land and undermined their right of return.

Sep 03 16:44

Nullify Now

You will not be surprised to learn that with a few honorable exceptions, high-profile TV and radio have so far shied away from the recent wave of interest in state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws. (Need I point out that Judge Andrew Napolitano has been his usual fearless self, even as others have run away from the topic?) But the idea has begun to trickle out anyway. Jeff Taylor, who describes himself as being more on the left than the right, managed to bring the topic of nullification to a Huffington Post audience. Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, is speaking at a major nullification rally on October 10. Martha Dean, the GOP candidate for Attorney General in Connecticut, says (see 4:50) she supports legislative efforts to nullify unconstitutional federal laws. There are plenty more examples. State and local political candidates are beginning to discuss the forbidden subject. Everywhere I go around the country I’m hearing that nullification initiatives are going to be pushed seriously in upcoming state legislative sessions. The television hosts who have been AWOL so far can go on pretending this isn’t happening for only so long.

Sep 03 16:40

Jobs Data and Why Americans Should Trust Krugman, Bernanke, and Our Government.

The Fed cranks the printing press as easily as a child cranks a Jack-in-the-Box... But eventually, "POP goes the weasel"...

Video from: http://inflation.us/videos.html

Sep 03 14:08

LA sheriff says almost all pot clinics criminal

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County's sheriff has launched a war of words against California's medical marijuana dispensaries, saying almost all of the businesses operate as criminal enterprises.

Sep 03 13:40

Middle East loses trillions as US strikes record arms deals

Rick Rozoff views the United States’ growing arms exports to Middle East countries, which will spend an estimated 100 billion dollars on arms from the US by 2014, and the lost opportunities for development in a region that “has known the least peace in the past 60 years and that is in most need of it”.

Sep 03 11:33

Huge earthquake rocks Christchurch New Zealand – Before and After Pics

One of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history has struck Christchurch and the South Island this morning.

The massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit before dawn, causing widespread damage and cutting power.

The quake was centred 30km west of Christchurch and 33m underground. It hit at 4.35am and there have been many reports of damage.

Sep 03 10:59

Is "The Day After Tomorrow" Happening Today -- Ice Age Imminent?

Jeffrey Green
Activist Post

On August 29th, Lord Stirling issued a scary report warning that "The North Atlantic Current is Gone". We were hesitant to post the article before checking with sources to confirm it's validity. After such research, many of the claims that Lord Stirling makes do indeed have some scientific evidence. However, his claims that the North Atlantic Current is "gone" and that the cause is primarily the Gulf oil disaster and subsequent dispersant spraying are slightly premature. Despite these assumptions, Stirling's report has enough support to cause alarm:

Sep 03 09:48

“Let’s Send British Petroleum into the Fires of Hell”

Dog Poet Transmitting…….

When you talk about British Petroleum you have to talk about the Bride of Dracula, the original noxious, bat cave, the Queen of England, also the head of the Black Nobility; or close enough. My favorite picture of this slithering reptile is when she goes around on Christmas Day or New Years and dispenses season’s greetings to the junkies and homeless on the street. After a heartfelt, “Merry Christmas!” and a brisk handshake, it’s on to the next affair of state, which usually involves a senior cabinet member porking his chauffeur.

When you talk about British Petroleum, you also have to talk about the true vampire elite, The Rothschilds

Sep 03 09:40

Residents near Enbridge oil spill might have faced pressure to sign waivers

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top law enforcement official is being asked to look into whether Enbridge Energy Partners pressured Michigan residents to give up legal rights to sue in exchange for hotel rooms, air purifiers and other expenses in the wake of July’s oil spill along a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.

Sep 03 09:36

What’s Killing the Babies of Kettleman City?

Maybe it’s the toxic waste dump. Maybe the pesticides, or the diesel fumes, or the arsenic. How a small-town mystery could change the way we look at pollution.

THE FIRST BABY’S NAME was America. She was born in September 2007, with Down syndrome, two heart murmurs, and part of her upper lip missing.

Sep 03 08:34

Global food shortage fears as Russia extends wheat ban

Vladimir Putin has announced Russia will not lift a ban on grain exports before next year’s harvest, extending the embargo for another year, sparking fears over a global food shortage.

The Russian prime minister said that it was “necessary to note that we will only be able to consider lifting the grain export ban after next year’s harvest ... and we have clarity on the balances”.

---Comment---

Russia has leaders who put Russia first, second, and third. - kdtroxel

Sep 03 08:28

Volcano spews in Indonesia, sends villagers fleeing

Jakarta, Indonesia -- A volcano erupted again in Indonesia early Friday in northern Sumatra, sending hundreds of villagers fleeing as it unleashed tremors and spewed powerful bursts of hot ash and debris.

"Constant tremors were felt since yesterday and, between 4:38 and 4:51 a.m. this morning, the volcano erupted, shooting thick, hot ash 3,000 meters (1.9 miles) to the sky," said Surono, the head of the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation. "This is the biggest one, compared to the last two."

Surono goes by one name, as many Indonesians do.

The villagers in Karo province had ignored warnings and returned to their homes after the volcano showed no activity since Monday. The fresh eruption forced them back into temporary shelters.

The Sinabung mountain erupted for the first time in four centuries last Sunday, forcing the evacuation of about 30,000 villagers who live within 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) of the volcano's crater.

Sep 03 06:16

Unemployment rate rises for the first time in 4 months

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate rose in August for the first time in four months as weak hiring by private employers wasn't enough to keep pace with a large increase in the number of people looking for work.

Sep 03 05:15

JOHN PILGER — Flying the flag, faking the news

Loud noises from Washington about a US pull-out from Iraq are a poor disguise for America’s determination to keep waging war. And the same sort of spin is at work here in Britain

Sep 03 03:21

ALERT:Hillary Clinton for President Ads Air in New Orleans

(*Will Run in Other Cities)

...an ad for the 2012 presidential vote with the slogan, "Where there's a Hill there's a way."

Sep 03 02:11

Southern Russia hit by forest fires

Forest fires have flared up again in Russia, this time in the south, forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes. 20 villages in the region of Volgograd have been affected so far. Temperatures here have topped 40 degrees celsius in recent days.

This is a local disaster with potentially global consequences.

Officials now say Russia’s embargo on the export of wheat will not be lifted before next year’s harvest.

Sep 03 02:04

The false case for attacking Iran

As it was in the year before the invasion of Iraq, we continue to treat the significantly weaker state as the irrational aggressor that must be stopped. Meanwhile, we calmly ponder how the U.S. or Israel will launch aerial sneak attacks.

Sep 03 01:28

Azerbaijan defies Nagorno-Karabakh's national day

Azerbaijan has pledged to retake Nagorno-Karabakh from ethnic Armenians, at a rally in Baku held on the eve of the breakaway territory’s self-declared independence day.

In what Armenians are likely to see as a provocative gesture, a huge Azeri flag was hoisted on what is claimed to be the world’s tallest flagpole. The ceremony came one day after a deadly clash on the Azeri-Karabakh frontline, for which both sides blamed each other.

Sep 02 22:58

Urge Waterstone's to cancel Tony Blair book-signing event

Tony Blair has announced that all proceeds from his book will be donated to a charity for helping rehabilitate seriously injured soldiers. This is very welcome but Mr Blair should be left in no doubt that donating a small fraction of the £20 million he is estimated to have earned since he left office in 2007 cannot absolve him for the war crimes he committed as prime minister.

Please send an email to Waterstone's urging them not to host Blair's memoir launch on Wednesday 8 September. Use the model letter at the link above or delete this and write your own. Personal letters are more effective.

Sep 02 22:41

Botox maker to pay $600M to resolve investigation

Allergan Inc., the maker of wrinkle-smoothing Botox, has agreed to pay $600 million to settle a yearslong federal investigation into its marketing of the top-selling, botulin-based drug.

The Justice Department and the company said Wednesday in a statement it will plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge of "misbranding," in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses. Those included the treatment of headache, pain, spasticity and cerebral palsy in children.

Sep 02 22:36

Nissan starts selling all-electric Leaf sedan today

At long last, Nissan begins taking actual orders today for the first next-generation fully electric car from a major automaker, the Leaf.

More than 18,000 people who plunked down $99 to stay on the reservations list will have first crack at turning their interest into an actual order for the all-electric, five-seat car. Orders will be taken online and Nissan is still taking reservations on Leaf's website. Even though now you can actually pay for one, deliveries won't start until December.

Sep 02 21:21

Wealthy lawmakers increased their riches as U.S. economy sputtered in '09

The wealthiest members of Congress grew richer in 2009 even as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession.

The 50 wealthiest lawmakers were worth almost $1.4 billion in 2009, about $85.1 million more than 12 months earlier, according to The Hill’s annual review of lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms.

Sep 02 19:35

CHAS FREEMAN — America’s Faltering Search for Peace in the Middle East: Openings for Others?

Ambassador Charles W. (“Chas”) Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

Remarks to staff of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, separately, to members of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs –

You have asked me to speak to current American policies in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the prospects for peace in the Holy Land. You have further suggested that I touch on the relationship of the Gulf Arabs, especially Saudi Arabia, to this. It is both an honor and a challenge to address this subject in this capital / at this ministry.

Sep 02 17:39

Snitker Strikes Back Against NBC Debate Snub

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Snitker did not make the cut to be included in the nationally-televised debate scheduled this Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press. According to NBC, Snitker did not meet their criteria for inclusion in the debate for Florida’s Senate seat, however they did not elaborate on what the exact criteria are.

Snitker, who has earned a reputation as the feisty, grassroots underdog in this race, did not take NBC’s snub lying down. Within hours of getting word that he would be excluded, the former U.S. Marine launched a fund raising drive for the purpose of buying television ad slots during Meet The Press in Florida television markets...

Sep 02 16:04

Pot Bust Triple After Voters Make Marijuana Lowest Priority For Police!

They'll punch you in the face for jaywalking here too!

Sep 02 14:47

Max Keiser: "Americans Are Climate Deniers and Deadbeats" & Agenda 21 Is Good!

One persons thoughts on Mad Max

Sep 02 14:39

64 year old Tasered in own home

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A lawsuit has been launched against the sheriff's office in Marin County, Calif., over an episode in which deputies barged uninvited into a 64-year-old man's home and shot him three times with a Taser, screaming "stop resisting" while the incapacitated victim writhed in pain on the floor.

Sep 02 13:52

Fuel tanker runs aground in Northwest Passage

A fuel tanker carrying nine million litres of diesel fuel has run aground in the Northwest Passage, the Canadian Coast Guard confirmed Thursday.

The tanker, which is owned by Woodward's Oil Ltd., ran aground on a sandbar Wednesday southwest of the western Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven.

Sep 02 12:52

Fuel tanker runs aground in Northwest Passage

A fuel tanker carrying nine million litres of diesel fuel has run aground in the Northwest Passage, the Canadian Coast Guard confirmed Thursday.

The tanker, which is owned by Woodward's Oil, ran aground on a sandbar Wednesday southwest of the western Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven.

Sep 02 12:50

David Miliband’s murky past

Gilad Atzmon remind us of the murky not-so-distant past of former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is a leading contender for the Labour Party leadership, from his complicity in “extraordinary rendition” to his support for suspected Israeli war criminals.

Sep 02 11:20

Federal government sues controversial Arizona Sheriff Arpaio in civil-rights investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced it had sued Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, for failing to turn over documents in a probe of whether his aggressive operations against illegal immigrants had violated civil rights...

Sep 02 09:57

Feds Warn Residents Near Wyoming Gas Drilling Sites Not to Drink Their Water

The federal government is warning residents in a small Wyoming town with extensive natural gas development not to drink their water, and to use fans and ventilation when showering or washing clothes in order to avoid the risk of an explosion.

The announcement accompanied results from a second round of testing and analysis in the town of Pavillion by Superfund investigators for the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers found benzene, metals, naphthalene, phenols and methane in wells and in groundwater.

Sep 02 09:10

Press For Truth Covers The G20 Mass Court Appearances!

On August 23 2010 following the largest mass arrests in Canadian history, 303 arrestees appeared in court for their charges during the G20 summit weekend.

Press For Truth was there to cover the event.

Sep 02 08:46

Dispersant controversy, oil plumes persist in the Gulf

Down a winding road that hugs the water of Bayou La Batre in southern Alabama, out-of-work shrimp boats float quietly along the piers. Near the end of the road, the Alabama state dock houses a dozen twin-engine, steel-hulled boats that BP has under contract to do oil cleanup work. Police cars guard the entrance.

Across the harbor at the end of the public pier, four large white plastic containers sit on pallets labeled: "Nalco Corexit EC9005A. Oil Spill dispersant. Caution: may cause irritation with prolonged contact…do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing...." Some of the containers have black hand-written letters on the back that says "oil waste water" or "clean water." Another container sits further away on a pallet by itself, with the same warning label but clean.

Sep 02 08:24

The Stained Glass Windows of the Sun.

Well, talking about the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of life is not easy these days. There is a cloud of depression, which creates a kind of chiaroscuro rainbow, which circles the world. It doesn’t affect the selfish and hedonistic people. They are the cause of its effect on everyone else. It gets a little tiresome saying, “endure”, “hold fast” and “have faith”. There’s a breaking away condition that’s coming into view. I note at the blogs that there are several conversations that have been going on for a long time that often have nothing to do with the posts and which are directional levers, of a sort, to pull people to other locations. I don’t mind or even care about that.

Sep 02 08:11

The Wolf You Feed

Today we read, without surprise, that billions of dollars of American wealth (present and future) have been wasted, squandered and lost in various unfinished, subsequently destroyed or simply paid-for-never-started projects in Iraq. Many of these projects were on the to-do list – the schools, hospitals, water purification systems, prisons, roads, bridges or electrical power plants – because we destroyed them in 2003 and 2004, or ruined them years earlier with our endless bombing during the UN sanctions period. Those closest to the missing money – US military and state department implementers and contractors, US allied governments and contractors, and Iraqi puppet class contractors know where it went.

Sep 02 08:05

Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers

The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.

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So that's all this impotent administration can do to protect the citizens of Arizona from ever-escalating drug violence, post signs?!?

And this is the same Administration which has bloodied the State of Arizona's nose by reporting it as a human rights problem to the UN because of its attempting to enforce immigration law, which the US government steadfastly refuses to do?!?

I am enraged on behalf of the state of Arizona and its citizens.
There is obviously no will, so there is no way, that the Federal government is going to deal with this.

And one has to wonder: why is there no will on the part of the Federal government to deal with drug violence on its borders with Mexico?!?

Sep 02 07:59

Risks remain with Gulf well cap coming off

NEW ORLEANS — The cap that ended BP's three-month oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was set to come off Thursday as a prelude to raising a massive, failed piece of equipment and preparing for a final seal on the broken seafloor well.

Engineers and the government were not expecting crude to break out again when the cap is lifted, but the government wasn't offering any guarantees and oil collection vessels were set to be on standby on the surface just in case.

Sep 02 07:47

CIA Training Intelligence Agents For ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’ Sudan

While Erik Prince and his Blackwater Worldwide company is being fined for ignoring sanctions against Sudan and trying to “secure lucrative defense business in Southern Sudan,” the central government in Khartoum is having its security forces — one the most brutal in the Arab world — trained by the CIA.

According to Stein, U.S. officials maintain the operations are limited to counterterrorism. But one wonders how the NISS separates out such training from its general operations of domestic oppression.

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There should be a US governmental equivalent to the Darwin Award, every time we've given yet another tinpot dictator even further repressive capabilities with which to terrorize their own people.

How the heck can members of US officialdom prate and blather about respecting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law when they pull something like this in Sudan?!?

When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable: it's just a question of when, and how, and that principal applies to Sudan just as thoroughly as it did to Romania under Chachescu, Cuba under Batista, and Iran under the Shah.

Sep 02 07:21

US forces still in fight at end of combat mission

HAWIJA, Iraq — Even as President Barack Obama was announcing the end of combat in Iraq, American soldiers were sealing off a northern village early Wednesday as their Iraqi partners raided houses and arrested dozens of suspected insurgents.

While the Obama administration has dramatically reduced the number of troops and rebranded the mission, the operation in Hawija was a reminder that U.S. forces are still engaged in hunting down and killing al-Qaida militants — and could still have to defend themselves against attacks.

Sep 02 06:52

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Palestinians should be Annihilated

lashed out at the Palestinians, saying that they should all be annihilated. “May God destroy them with a plague,” said the elderly rabbi.Yosef’s remarks should be taken seriously as they seem to reflect a deepening grave phenomenon in the Israeli Jewish society. It is Jewish fascism, pure and simple. It is racist, virulent and violent.

Sep 02 06:29

White House News Release on Mideast Peace Negotiations

While the democratically elected government of Palestine is left out of "Peace" negotiations between Israel and Palestine, yes they still call it "Peace negotiations", the Jordanian and Egyptian governments have been invited to partner the negotiations as has been going on every two years, with no results. The name of the game is: “Waltz Me Around Again, Willie.” Have these men no shame ?

--Debbie Menon

Salem-News.Com

President Obama with leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan & Egypt, White House Photo, Pete Souza, 9/1/10

Remarks by President Obama, President Mubarak, His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas Before Working Dinner?. East Room 7:05 P.M. EDT

Sep 02 06:20

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Israeli Rabbi Outdoes Amadinejad

Rabbi Yosef said that the Palestinians and their leaders are “evil and damnable.” That “God should strike them with a plague.” And just in case God doesn’t get them all, Israel “must send missiles to them and annihilate them.” He finished up with “Abu Mazen (aka Mahmoud Abbas) and all these evil people should perish from this world.”

Last year Rabbi Ovadia Yosef publicly insulted the president of the United States and the US Zionist controlled media has of course kept a lid on the story . He described the President as "a slave" who rules the world and who wants to control Israeli policy when it comes to building in occupied Jerusalem.

Sep 02 05:37

Mitchell Hoping for a Quick-Fix Fake Peace?

Obama is US president courtesy of the pro-Israel lobby. He is like putty in their hands. And he’s so ill-informed that he told AIPAC it's OK for Israel to grab the hallowed City of Jerusalem and turn it into the permanent headquarters of the Zionist regime. Jerusalem "will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided," he blurted. When it dawned on him that he’d made a monumental blunder he tried to wriggle out.

Sep 02 03:13

What are the Ground Zero protests really about? Here’s a clue; it’s not a mosque

Not only has Sarah Palin called upon peaceful Muslims to reject the building but Newt Gingrich, a hopeful in the race to be the Republican candidate for President said: "The folks who want to build this mosque are radical Islamists." Again, I would refer Newt to my first solution and point out, it's not a mosque. Secondly, building a cultural centre with modern facilities doesn't sound so radical to me. What are they going to do that's so radical on a basketball court? They're not going to play lacrosse on it instead are they? The animals!

Good, sensible editorial... for once

Sep 01 21:24

Scarerrorism: Eugenicist Took Hostages, Issued Anti-Human Manifesto

Let's see where this story takes us over the next few days. It would not surprise me should we find out this is some part of an exercise, if not just an angry guy, yet the manipulators are assuredly already giddy at the thought of jumping to use this for the own agendas, such as the Carbon Tax Warmistas, the Security State Apparatchiks, the Eugenics Genocidalists (Corporate Environmentalists), the Manipulated Virginia Tech Assassin type or the Cass Sunstein Brigade.

Sep 01 21:18

AZ Border Sheriff: ‘I Have About As Much Regard for the U.N. as I Do the Vermin’

Sheriff Larry Dever, whose officers patrol Cochise County along the border between Arizona and Mexico, said he finds it “amazing” that the U.S. State Department would refer the recently passed immigration law in his state to the United Nations Human Rights Council for review.

“Well, it’s just amazing to me,” Dever told CNSNews.com. “Course, I have about as much regard for the U.N. as I do the vermin that hides in the rocks around my house here and reaches out and tries to bite me every now and then.”

Sep 01 17:27

JEFF GATES — When Will We See the Next Mass Murder?

Here’s a news flash for Tel Aviv: it’s not a sign of respect when the bulk of humanity views you as psychopathic.

The concerns of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are misplaced. The legitimacy of Israel is no longer threatened. It’s already lost. Long gone. Kaput.

Nation states are shared states of mind. The mindset in Iceland differs from India. Israel is the most unlike of all. Founded by extremists and terrorists, it’s been downhill ever since.

Psychopaths want to be loved. That’s why they’re so charming, albeit only superficially. They’re also pathological liars, egocentric, callous and remorseless.

Sep 01 15:53

THE WRH RADIO SHOW DAILY PODCAST

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A free podcast of the most recent show will always be available at this link!

Sep 01 15:41

Flu Vaccine: CDC ignores the dangers, instead wants to needle everyone

In a scene reminiscent of a Brave New World and despite numerous concerns, health officials are advising basically everyone in the United States to get the flu vaccine.

The CDC is openly demanding that you take a vaccine that is, on record, extremely dangerous. Multiple countries throughout the world have BANNED flu vaccines due to their dangerous side effects.

Sep 01 15:31

Oil’s Out - Find Out What’s In

Marin Katusa
Chief Energy Strategist
Casey’s Energy Opportunities

The International Energy Association (IEA) has spoken. What the world needs now is a clean energy technology revolution.

June saw the 2010 launch of IEA’s biannual report, Energy Technology Perspectives. Speaking at the launch was Nobuo Tanaka, executive director for IEA. The Gulf oil spill, he said, could prove to be a tipping point in the world’s energy consumption habits. He added that the disaster serves as a tragic reminder that our current path is not sustainable.

Sep 01 14:52

The U.S. Path to Collapse

Christina Romer, outgoing Chairwoman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, today called for more government spending and less taxes as a way to bring down unemployment. The combination of more government spending and less taxes equals massive inflation, but this represents the state of mind in Washington today. Inflation is still the last thing on their minds because they don't see it yet.

Rising gold and silver prices indicate that the U.S. is headed for an explosion in budget deficits that will rise far beyond what it can pay for through borrowing. Leading Chinese economists are now calling Japanese debt less risky than U.S. debt and with the Japanese savings rate in decline, the U.S. will soon have nobody left to borrow from. The only option will be monetization and already the Federal Reserve is getting ready to buy $10 billion to $30 billion per month in U.S. treasuries to keep its balance sheet at inflated levels.

Sep 01 14:41

Discovery Channel gunman shot

A man who took hostages at Discovery Channel's headquarters in Washington DC has reportedly been shot and killed.

The man was upset with the Discovery Channel's environmental programming, officials said.

Sep 01 14:35

George Mitchell hoping for a quick-fix fake peace?

Stuart Littlewood argues that the US-sponsored direct talks between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas are farcical, lopsided and designed to achieve “a fake, temporary peace” whose aim is temporarily “to save a few worthless political skins”.

Sep 01 14:33

Bedouin land fight: claim for native title threatens Israel’s racial exclusiveness

Jonathan Cook considers the legal battle of one Bedouin to repossess his ancestral land in the Negev – a battle that could have ramifications for tens of thousands of Bedouin whose land had been stolen long ago as well as for millions of Palestinian refugees scattered across the Middle East.

Sep 01 12:30

Discovery Channel Hostage Suspect Manifesto

Eugenics Anyone?

The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:

1. The Discovery Channel and it’s affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn’s “My Ishmael” pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other’s inventive ideas.

Sep 01 11:48

Wheels Stolen Off Of Detroit Mayor's SUV

Someone swiped the tires off one of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's vehicles overnight Tuesday while it was parked outside his condo on the city's east side.

Sep 01 11:32

ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AMERICAN BRILLIANCE

American brilliance is downright frightening…..

Sep 01 11:08

Discovery HQ near Washington evacuated on reports of armed man; gunfire

The Discovery Channel building in Silver Spring, Md., has been evacuated because of reports of an armed man on the premises, CNN reports.

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Maybe someone pissed that Mythbbusters refuses to deal with 9-11? :)

"He is obviously a crazed lone-nut Arab Muslim Al Qaeda white separatist anti-Semite Jew hater with a micro-nuke strapped to his back provided by Iran and personally autographed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad! Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

On a more serious note, a woman evacuated form the building said that the hostage taker/shooter was a man who had previously organized a major protest in front of the Discovery Channel building. I do not know if this is the same guy, but the only major protest that keeps popping up in a search was a guy who demanded that Discovery channel "do more" to alert the world to the dangers of human-caused global warning.

Sep 01 09:38

REALITY REPORT #59 - DOJ Defines Constitutionalists as Terrorists

In this edition of the Reality Report, Gary exposes the propaganda campaign initiated by one Missouri High School and asks you to take action. Nina breaks down this week's headlines including how preschool students in one California County are now being tracked by RFID and who mainstream media employees give their donations too. She also discloses who the Department of Justice defines as extremists by reviewing their new leaked document. Is your group mentioned? Two very special guests join Gary this week including Richard Gage, the founder of Architects and engineers for 9/11 truth who discusses his 9/11 investigation, and the co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance, Mark Lerner who comes to talk about his new book, "Your Body is Your ID."

Sep 01 09:35

Hate Moves Upstate: Mosque Near Rochester Targeted by Bigots

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"Hate the Muslims!"

"Hate the Muslims!"

"Hate the Muslims!"

We are losing what it means to be America.

"Hate the Muslims!"

"Hate the Muslims!"

"Hate the Muslims!"

We are being turned into Israel!

"Hate the Muslims!"

"Hate the Muslims!"

"Hate the Muslims!"

Sep 01 09:02

America's Healthcare Insanity

Bravo Democrats . . . you took your one chance to finally fix the nation's healthcare system, and forced every citizen to become a paying customer of the insurance agencies you've been vilifying throughout this charade.

This "overhaul" ended up being one more way to track and control the public, which makes me think this was probably the goal all along.

Sep 01 08:22

ISRAELI CONTROL OF AMERICA: A VETERANS TODAY READER COMMENTS

Some say Obama is Muslim, but why would a Muslim surround himself with so many Jewish Czars? We now have more czars than imperial Russia. Let’s consider Obama’s czars: Economic Czars – Larry Summers & Paul Volker, Regulatory Czar – Cass Sunstein, Pay Czar – Kenneth Feinberg, Military Jails Czar – Daniel Fried, Car Czars – Steven Rattner and Ron Bloom, Border Czar – Alan Bersin, Health Rationing Czar – Dr.

Sep 01 08:22

Barack or Bust! Perry Shuns White House Offer

After not snaring time with the president, Gov. Rick Perry has turned down an offer to meet with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and a top adviser to President Barack Obama on border issues.

Perry was one of the first people the president saw when he stepped from Air Force One during an Austin visit on Aug. 9. On that occasion, Perry hand-delivered a letter to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, warning about the "dire threat" from drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Perry didn't want the "consolation prize" of face time with Napolitano, and I frankly don't blame him.

She remains consistently clueless about how drug violence is negatively impacting ordinary citizens living in the border states, and the alleged "unprecedented resources" the Obama administration has provided has not at all provided any significant respite from the problem.

Sep 01 08:09

Midwest survey suggests major recession fears

OMAHA, Neb. — More than a third of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states surveyed for a regional business index expect a recession in 2011.

As part of the Mid-America report released Wednesday, supply managers were asked their expectations for 2011, and 35 percent said a recession was likely or very likely.

Sep 01 07:50

Not Guilty. The Israeli Captain who Emptied his Rifle into a Palestinian Schoolgirl

Abdul Hamid Abdul Latif Sa'id Abu Haniyeh was beaten up severely before being hit hard by a large jolt of electricity.

Sep 01 07:45

Excuse to Expand the War?: US adds Pakistani Taliban to terrorism blacklist

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday added the Pakistani Taliban to its international terrorism blacklist, targeting the group blamed for the failed car bombing in New York's Times Square and its leaders with financial and travel sanctions.

Sep 01 07:34

Husband blows himself up trying to kill a spider with an aerosol

Every women wants a man to show her his chivalric side - but when this damsel was distressed by a spider, and her husband had a burning desire to save the day, there were explosive results.

IT engineer Chris Welding, jumped into action after the arachnid frightened his wife Janine yesterday evening, and chased the spider into their bathroom in Clacton, Essex.

Wielding a flammable aerosol can, he sprayed the spider as it cowered behind the toilet pan - then lit a cigarette lighter to see if he had killed it.

However, the flame ignited the gas and caused a massive explosion which blew the man off his feet and lifted the loft door off its hinges, causing severe burns.

Sep 01 06:57

Can Legalizing Marijuana Save California, Our Republic?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

America, and especially California, are in dire economic straits. Their day of fiscal reckoning is coming and it's not going to be pretty. Consequently, it is has been suggested that something dramatic will have to happen for Congress to pass any form of relief because the American public was bitterly against the TARP and the Stimulus bill. I'm not advocating another massive bailout for the states, but it seems that if something meaningful is not done soon to restore economic viability to the United States, it will shatter into a million pieces.

Sep 01 04:23

Sami Moubayed: Abu Mazen's Mission Impossible

Uri Avnery, an Israeli peace activist and Arafat friend, once wrote: "If you are a Palestinian in Jenin [in the West Bank] with a rifle, and you hear their names [Abbas and his team], your reaction is: 'Who are these guys anyway? Who are they to tell me what to do?' Their authority will be superficial."

Sep 01 03:56

A moment of reckoning but for whom? America or Zionism?

By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat

I never thought a day could come when I would agree with anything stated by Moshe Arens (three times an Israeli minister of defense, a one-time foreign minister, a former ambassador to the U.S. and, in my opinion, Zionism’s in-Israel equivalent of Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle in America). But the day came.

On 31 August, in article for Ha’aretz with the headline Blame game on the horizon. Arens wrote the following about the nakedness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he was making his final preparations for the start of direct negotiations in Washington DC.

Aug 31 21:29

JAMES PETRAS — The State and Local Bases of Zionist Power in America

Any serious effort to understand the extraordinary influence of the Zionist power configuration over US foreign policy must examine the presence of key operatives in strategic positions in the government andlocal Zionist organizations affiliated with mainstream Jewish organizations and religious orders.

There are at least 52 major American Jewish organizations actively engaged in promoting Israel’s foreign policy, economic and technological agenda in the US (see the appendix).

Aug 31 17:49

VIEW VIDEO: How to foster Islamophobia in America

A YouTube video of Maidhc Ó Cathail’s article on the “radical Muslims” behind the South Park controversy shows just how easy it is to foster Islamophobia in America…

Like the contrived Danish cartoon controversy, the much-hyped Times Square car bomb incident provided an ideal opportunity for those who seek to make Islam look bad in the eyes of the world.

Before the arrest of Faisal “The Fizzler”...

Go here to view and read the the full article:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/view-video-how-to-foster-islamophobia...

Aug 31 16:12

Time to Go Global

Chris Wood, Editor
Casey Research

Here at Casey Research, we really don’t enjoy being a buzz-kill. It’s just that we think it’s more important for investors to be well informed about the reality in which we find ourselves today than it is to be happy-go-lucky all the time.

The good news is that when the stuff hits the fan, as it has for going on two years now, it opens up a number of unexpected opportunities for profit. Even in the hairiest situations, there are ways to protect yourself.

Aug 31 14:02

Hurricane of inhumanity: five years after Katrina

Mamoon Alabbasi argues that, five years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the principal lesson from that disaster – the need to put humanity above prejudice and greed – has still not been learnt, and greed and inhumanity can be found in the responses to the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods.

Aug 31 11:22

US man pleads guilty in Obama anthrax hoax

DENVER — A man has pleaded guilty to sending letters containing white powder to President Barack Obama, members of Congress from Colorado and Alabama, and to Argentine consulates.

Jay DeVaughn pleaded guilty Thursday to 13 federal counts of mailing threatening communications. DeVaughn, also known as Jay Paige Ewards, mailed a letter to Obama that was intercepted Sept. 10, 2009.

Aug 31 11:00

My Plan To Get The U.N. Off Of Arizona's Back

In light of this story published in the Telegraph today I thought it a good time to post my plan.

Barack Obama has bowed before the UN over Arizona immigration law

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100051882/barack-obama-...

Snip:

The Obama administration however has submitted a report to the UN Commissioner on Human Rights, South African judge Navanethem Pillay, which makes direct reference to a popular Arizona immigration law aimed at tackling illegal immigration, which is fiercely opposed by the White House, and is the subject of legal action by the Justice Department.

Aug 31 10:51

America's Healthcare Insanity

Brian Mitchell
Activist Post

By now it is common knowledge the healthcare system in the USA is a disaster. It was a disaster before the recent “overhaul," and I’m betting is will be an even bigger disaster after the new laws actually go into effect.

For the record, I’m a proponent of public healthcare, and I was actually looking forward to the Obama administration fixing this issue. The result they gave us is not a fix, though; it’s not even a Band-Aid. What it is, is a flat out screw job to every U.S. citizen, along with a massive payday for the private insurance agencies. Why else would insurance company stocks go up after this new bill was passed? Apparently someone expects them to make a lot more money going forward, and honestly I can’t see how they’d be wrong.

Aug 31 09:04

Orwellian DoubleThink: Rights are Privileges

Orwellian DoubleThink Series 2
Activist Post

Rights are Privileges (Freedom is Slavery): The primary duty of all public officials is to protect the rights of citizens as defined in the Constitution, where they shall not make or enforce any laws that violate those rights. In fact, the "checks and balances" were put in place to assure that rights of citizens are not being trampled by one branch of the government. After 9-11, President Bush and other public officials proclaimed that their most important job was protecting the safety of the American people, which basically put an end to our rights coming first.

Aug 31 07:39

Philip Giraldi: Boxed into a Corner on Iran

The only way to stop the rot is for President Obama to consider for a moment what is good for the United States rather than for his political party’s hold on power. He should act like a true statesman instead of a used car salesman.

Aug 31 06:31

The Ground Zero Synagogue – Lebanon

By Gus Bridi (Sabbah Report)

“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.”- Newt Gingrich

Has Lebanon officially become more tolerant and progressive than the United States?

Let’s talk about Lebanon’s Ground Zero and you can decide for yourself.

One must first understand what “Ground Zero” means to most Lebanese.

Aug 31 06:16

Chile begins drilling to reach miners

The 31-ton drill bored 50 feet into the rock, the first step in the weeklong digging of a "pilot hole" to guide the way for the rescue. Later the drill will be outfitted with larger bits to expand the hole and pull the men through — a process that could take four months.

Amid reports that the miners had moved their camp to a drier area nearly 1,000 feet deeper into the mine, a new video showed them to be generally upbeat but emotional about their separation from families.

Aug 31 05:22

Government Think Tank Calls For Infiltrating Conspiracy Websites

Common Purpose marxist front group Demos says state needs to “fight back” against people who question the authorities to “increase trust in government”

Paul Joseph Watson

Monday, August 30, 2010

Furious that state involvement in major terror attacks is being exposed to a wider audience than ever before via the Internet, a UK think tank closely affiliated with the Downing Street has called for authorities to infiltrate conspiracy websites in an effort to “increase trust in the government”.

“A Demos report published today, The Power of Unreason, argues that secrecy surrounding the investigation of events such as the 9/11 New York attacks and the 7/7 bombings in London merely adds weight to unsubstantiated claims that they were “inside jobs,” reports the London Independent.

Aug 31 05:20

Earl threatens US Coast after hitting Caribbean

http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/tropic2/

Click on the hurricane icon for more info.

Aug 31 04:56

PHILIP GIRALDI– Mossad pretends to be U.S. Intelligence

Antiwar.com radio

Among nations considered to be friendly to Washington, Israel leads all others in its active espionage directed against American companies and the Defense Department. It also dominates two commercial sectors that enable it to extend its reach inside America’s domestic infrastructure: airline and telecommunications security. Israel is believed to have the ability to monitor nearly all phone records originating in the United States, while numerous Israeli air-travel security companies are known to act as the local Mossad stations.

Aug 30 22:38

The "Biometric Reality" Coming to the U.S. by 2017

This mainstream media report acknowledges the validity of predictive programming. Stating that it is from "science fiction 20 years ago, but a biometric reality today," as well as citing the movie, Minority Report, it lays out the future we can expect by 2017. The fusion of security features, with the all-sacred consumer convenience worshiped in the United States, portends the high-tech control grid. The piece ends with a reference to the Brave New World that awaits us. Curiously enough, the date of 2017 was the one chosen by Paul Craig Roberts as The Year America Dissolved -- Nicholas West

Aug 30 22:34

Putin: U.S. Rearming Georgia

"There would have been no aggression and blood if not the rearmament of Georgia two years ago; we had been telling this to our partners, including to our European friends; and everyone kept silence; and how did it all ended? It led up to the war. This rearmament continues today," Putin said.

This is Russia's escape clause in the flawed 6-point ceasefire agreement which Sarkozy screwed up while he was so busy looking in the mirror at himself on the world stage.

Aug 30 19:55

Bye Bye American Pie

.....That's right, the bottom 80% of this nation only hold 7% of its wealth! When I came across that statistic I was floored. As far as the top 20% of Americans, the top 1% of Americans holds 42.7% of this nation's wealth, while the other top 19% hold 50.5%.

As I see it, that is quite a disparity in social classes. I'm surprised that people haven't made this a centerpiece in political circles. If the Democrats were really the party of the average working people of this nation, why isn't the disparity between the haves and have not's brought to everyone's attention? If I were running for political office, I would be driving that point home to the average American voter every chance I had. I think that maybe most of the politicians that currently hold public office don't really want that information to be something that families talk about over the dinner table. The reason is probably because most Congressmen and Senators belong to the top 20% that own 93.3% of the nation's wealth, or that they believe they will enter that bracket sooner than later.

Aug 30 19:31

Chilean Miners Face Potential Pay Freeze

As Chilean government rescuers prepare to start the monthslong task of digging out 33 miners trapped half a mile below ground, questions are emerging about whether the men will be paid during their ordeal.

The firm that ran the mine, Cia. Minera San Esteban Primera, has said it may have to declare bankruptcy, because of the shutdown of the mine and the flurry of government investigations and civil actions it is facing.

Aug 30 19:21

The Greatest Covert Operation Ever: The Politics of Terror as the Business of Terror

In America , terrorism is always condemned by the government, and, accordingly, America is never a perpetrator of terrorism, but always the victims of it. The US war on terror is the ultimate expression of this principle: it is a military response to terrorism; violence in self-defense, not (ostensibly) violence for a political purpose.

That’s the official story – the assumption. But I’m going to show that America does engage in terrorism – violence against civilians for political purposes. This “state” terrorism, however, is covert, in so far as it is equated with national security, and thanks to that built-in ambiguity, it has both stated and unstated purpose.

Aug 30 19:04

Glenn Beck: "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9/11 victims"

While conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck is holding his rally on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, the same location where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I have a dream” speech, and on the anniversary date of this speech, it is important for us to remind our readers of what Glenn Beck has said regarding the 9/11 victims and their families.

This is an audio excerpt from Beck's radio show which aired on September 9, 2005 in which he also rants against the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

“You know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year. [...] And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, "Oh shut up!" I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining. And we did our best for them.” — Glenn Beck

Aug 30 17:44

US Marines and IDF Battalion Participate in Joint Urban Warfare Exercise

US Marines and IDF Battalion Participate in Joint Urban Warfare Exercise
13:36 GMT, August 25, 2010 During a training drill at the Mala Urban Warfare Training Center (UWTC), participating soldiers work to overcome language barriers, and mutually appreciate each other through culture differences.
The so-not-Israeli soldiers arrived in the Holy Land about a month ago, as part of their training in the US Marines.
"During the total darkness of the desert night, the “Flying Lion” Battalion begins to move towards the training grounds which resemble a Palestinian village. The Marines are currently split into two platoons, which are under the command of Israeli Company Commanders.

Aug 30 15:03

On BlackBerry bans and the real threat to national security

On BlackBerry bans and the real threat to national security
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Mohannad El-Khairy
"Thousands of Israeli companies have contributed to the information and communication technology needs of modern day life. What do they, along with the names mentioned above, share in common?"
"Unlike Dubai, Unit 8200, known as “Shmone Matayim” in Hebrew, doesn’t like the lime light. Set up in the 1959 on Mount Avital in the occupied Golan Heights, Unit 8200 is as a secretive electronic warfare unit responsible for collecting signal intelligence and code decryption."
"Both Gadi Mazor and Ron Maor of Onset and Nobex Technologies are veterans of Unit 8200 as well; so is the influential Yossi Vardi.
Arab resistance groups have taken notice."

Aug 30 14:49

What’s the difference between President Ahmadinejad and Rabbi Yosef?

By Alan Hart for My Catbird Seat

Short answer. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad did NOT call for Israeli Jews to be annihilated. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, HAS called, more than once, for the Palestinians (and, in fact, all Arabs) to be exterminated.

As reported by the mainstream Western media, Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. What that meant, it was asserted, was the destruction, the driving into the sea, of Israel’s Jews.

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