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CURRENT EVENTS

Feb 02 12:46

Va. Senate bans health insurance mandate

The Democratic-led Virginia Senate sent a strong message about health care reform efforts in Washington, D.C., on Monday (Feb. 1), passing a bill that makes it illegal for Virginians to be required to buy health insurance.

With Republicans in control of the state’s House of Delegates and governor’s mansion, the bill could become law, The Washington Post reported. The effort would throw another wrench into congressional Democrats’ plans to revamp the nation’s health care system in the wake of a special election in Massachusetts that stripped the party of its 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

Feb 02 11:27

Two analogies for everyone to understand how US wars in Iraq and Iran are unlawful

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Laws are meant to be perfectly clear and followed; especially those to save human beings from the scourge of war. The UN Charter are those laws, fortified with treaty status that under the US Constitution puts the Charter equal in authority to US law. The problem is that when political “leadership” of both parties want war, and then engage their propaganda minions in corporate media disclosed in the 1975 Church Senate Committee as “Operation Mockingbird,” Americans can easily be dis-informed. After all, Americans witness few wars and not many of us study the UN Charter to clearly understand lawful and unlawful wars.

Feb 02 09:00

Thick as Thieves: The Private (and very profitable) World of Corporate Spying

When Comverse Infosys founder and CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander fled to Israel and later Namibia in 2006, the former Israeli intelligence officer and entrepreneur took along a little extra cash for his extended "vacation"--$57 million to be precise.

According to investigative journalist James Bamford's exposé of the National Security Agency, The Shadow Factory, Alexander was facing a thirty-two-count indictment by the Justice Department "charging him with masterminding a scheme to backdate millions of Comverse stock options ... that allowed Alexander to realize $138 million in profits--profits stolen from the pockets of the company's shareholders."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Linked in light of yesterday's report that CIA is allowing their agents to "moonlight."

Comverse Infosys is one of the Israeli companies implicated in the Israeli Spy Scandal in 2001.

Feb 02 08:50

Year of the Rat -- I Mean, Census

Today's Feds continue fervent in their fanaticism for the census, so much so that you'd think they lack computers, the IRS, FISA's warrantless wiretaps, "pen/trap devices," black boxes at compliant ISP's, and the myriad bureaucracies that monitor all we say and do. Why? When the Feds already know the answers to their infernal questions, why bother asking us? What explains their devotion to this charade?

The Census Bureau blames it partly on the Constitution's "mandate," of course. Hooey. The Feds have proved for decades that they rank the Constitution somewhere below used toilet paper.

Feb 02 08:31

Obama Administration Vision: War Without End

The Obama administration has unveiled a scary new view of the global security landscape and a new strategy intended to protect Americans and U.S. allies. It is a sharp change from previous Pentagon strategic assessments in that it focuses on the wars Americans are currently fighting, rather than on future conflicts in which the United States might be involved.

And that future, in the Pentagon's view, is quite grim.

The new assessment -- reflecting "a bracing dose of realism,'' said Defense Secretary Robert Gates -- promises no respite from today's conflict-wracked world, and no backing away from the billions of dollars for new hardware and new capabilities that the administration says it will take to stay safe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What would actually work the best (and cost the least)to create real safety for the US would be to stop mucking about with other people's countries.

Feb 02 08:07

Barack Obama in the Crosshairs: Is the military threatening to kill Obama over US war policy? 1 of 2

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

John Hankey is the author of the following compelling analysis that considers if President Obama is under threat to comply with US military orders for supporting war escalation (and its funding). This is part one of two.

John is the creator of the stunning and historically accurate documentary, "Dark Legacy: George Bush and the assassination of JFK." A 10-minute excerpt from the video is at the end of the article.

Feb 02 08:07

Barack Obama in the Crosshairs: Is the military threatening to kill Obama over US war policy? 2 of 2

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

John Hankey is the author of the following compelling analysis that considers if President Obama is under threat to comply with US military orders for supporting war escalation (and its funding). This is part two of two; for part one, click here.

John is the creator of the stunning and historically accurate documentary, "Dark Legacy: George Bush and the assassination of JFK." A 10-minute excerpt from the video is at the end of the article.

Feb 02 07:08

Oy vey in Margaritaville

A cursory glance at this story would usually not raise too many eyebrows. Essentially a ballistic missile test conducted by the U.S. military offshore California failed. Some radar issues caused a long-range missile defense system to fail to intercept in a simulated missile attack...

Feb 01 18:29

Obama to travel to Indonesia, Australia in March

US President Barack Obama will make what will be an emotional trip with his family to his childhood home of Indonesia in March, and will also visit Australia, the White House announced on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How nice.

I didn't realize that touring the world, rather than fixing the god-awful economic conditions here at home, were what apparently we have hired this man to do.

Feb 01 18:21

CIA moonlights in corporate world

In the midst of two wars and the fight against Al Qaeda, the CIA is offering operatives a chance to peddle their expertise to private companies on the side — a policy that gives financial firms and hedge funds access to the nation’s top-level intelligence talent, POLITICO has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, nearly any product or service of this government is available to the highest bidder!

Feb 01 16:35

Russia, China and the American free lunch

Christopher King considers the spurious foundations of the US economy and business relationships with the rest of the world, and argues that complacency and ignorance on the part of the British government – and the greed of business leaders – are letting the Americans have a free lunch every day.

Feb 01 15:22

Air marshals say system a complete failure, another 9/11 could happen

Federal air marshals in the Central Florida Division, which covers Tampa and Orlando, say the system is a total failure, managers don't know what they are doing and another 9/11 could happen.

ALSO SEE

We're the TSA and You Can Count on Us!
(to overreact to tiny threats and ignore big ones) http://is.gd/7vl1R

Feb 01 10:29

Another U.S. War? Obama Threatens China and Iran

The possibility of yet another U.S. war became more real last week, when the Obama administration sharply confronted both China and Iran. The first aggressive act was performed by Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who “warned” China that it must support serious economic sanctions against Iran (an act of war).

Clinton said: “China will be under a lot of pressure to recognize the destabilizing effect that a nuclear-armed Iran would have, from which they receive a significant percentage of their oil supply.”

The implication here is that China will be cut off from a major energy source if they do not support U.S. foreign policy — this, too, would equal an act of war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is moving toward war because he can't think of anything else to do.

Historically, the US has rebounded from its economic problems through war.
However, at this time in history, however, we don't have the manufacturing base necessary to win the next war, as manufacturing, per se, has pretty well been outsourced from this country to countries overseas.

Someone just might want to remind Obama of this before he does anything any more geopolitically incendiary than he has already done.

Feb 01 10:06

The Precarious State of the Union

In the words of the Spanish philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Since our President cannot even learn from the mistakes of his immediate predecessor, to say nothing of those he made himself while in the Senate or during his first year as president, we are surely doomed to repeat them, perhaps more quickly than Santayana could have imagined.

Rather than tightening the reins on the reckless monetary policy that undermined our savings, diminished our industrial output, inflated asset bubbles, and led to reckless speculation on Wall Street and excess consumption on Main Street, we are loosing them further. Rather than repealing regulations that distort markets and create moral hazards, we are adding new ones that do more of the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the most terrifying intellectual deficits from which this President suffers is an absolute ignorance of how businesses get started, and what they need to grow and succeed.

Feb 01 09:48

Let them eat mudcake: Cruise ship docks at its trademarked private fantasy island of Labadee® in Haiti

The executives at Royal Caribbean know how to make a hard bargain with Caribbean islands which have little economic bargaining power. CEO Richard Fain cut a deal where for only $6 a passenger (paid by the passenger), Haiti turned over a 260 acre tropical waterfront paradise of Haitian sovereign land for Royal Caribbean to consider it "private property" bearing the trademarked name "Labadee®." Yes, that's right. This is a name that Royal Caribbean trademarked as a variation of the French slave owner Marquis de La'Badie who settled in Haiti in the 1600's.

Feb 01 09:27

Labour invents 33 new crimes every month

Labour has introduced 14,300 new offences since taking office in 1997, with Gordon Brown's administration inventing crimes at a rate of more than one a day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what a government indulges in when it cannot really do anything to make the lives of its people demonstrably better.

George Orwell was more than a writer; as far as the UK goes, the man was an absolute prophet.

Feb 01 09:09

As food distribution improves, Haitians want U.S to 'take over'

"I want the Americans to take over the country. The Haitian government can't do anything for us," said Jean-Louis Geffrard, a laborer who lives under a tarp in the crowded square. "When we tell the government we're hungry, the government says, 'We're hungry, too.' "

Added Canga Matthieu, a medical student whose school was destroyed: "The American government should take care of us."

Added Canga Matthieu, a medical student whose school was destroyed: "The American government should take care of us."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American government is broke. They cannot adequately take care of their own people.

And I will guarantee Haitians one thing. If Americans "take over", it will for the oil, natural gas and mineral rights which, by rights, should belong to the Haitian people.

Those funds could be used to create a true reconstruction, and improve the standard of living for Haitians mightily.

But of course, under US control, none of this will happen.

Feb 01 06:59

Flashback: The Neoconservative Empire

Feb 01 06:54

The Pro-Life Assault on Ron Paul and the Constitution

Jan 31 17:00

Blair survives Iraq Inquiry without a scratch

Stuart Littlewood considers the failure of the Iraq Inquiry rigorously to question former Prime Minister Tony Blair about his decision to join the US in committing aggression against Iraq, and reflects on Blair’s use of the inquiry as a platform to promote aggression against Iran.

Jan 31 13:34

Temporary license to be offered to drivers trying to renew

Starting Monday, residents who try to renew their driver license but don't have all the required documents can get a six-month temporary license, letting them continue to drive legally while they take care of their renewal.

The changes are a response to public outcry over long wait times and renewal hassles associated with the new rules.

Jan 31 13:19

Swiss warn UBS bank could collapse

Switzerland's justice minister warned in an interview on Sunday that top bank UBS could collapse if sensitive talks with the United States over a high-profile tax fraud investigation fall through.

"The actions of UBS in the United States are very problematic. Not just because they are punishable but also because they threaten all of the bank's activities," Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf told Le Matin Dimanche newspaper.

Jan 31 13:18

200 children hospitalised after eating Chinese fruits

Over 200 children, most of them younger than three years, were hospitalised with acute intestinal infection after eating fruits imported from China, Rossiya TV channel reported Sunday.

According to doctors, the children were poisoned after eating imported fruits - bananas, apples and citruses - largely supplied from China.

Jan 31 13:16

Haiti arrests 10 US citizens for child smuggling

The Haitian police have arrested 10 US citizens after they tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the earthquake-stricken nation.

One of the suspects, who says she is the leader of an Idaho-based charity called New Life Children's Refuge, denied they had done anything wrong.

Jan 31 12:42

Yes, mainstream Republicans are stupid and petty

A lot is being made of Obama’s Q&A session last Friday with House Republican leaders at their retreat in Baltimore. The Huffington Post said Obama entered the GOP lion’s den and mauled the lions. Mainstream political commentators salivated over it wanting more, more, more!

Indeed, it was good political theater–if theater is what you want from politics.

Jan 31 10:23

Interesting cartoon from 1934

Jan 31 09:28

HAITI: WHY STEAL THE ORGANS WHEN YOU CAN STEAL THE WHOLE CHILD

In addition to outright trafficking in children, authorities have voiced fears since the quake that legitimate aid groups may have flown earthquake orphans out of the country for adoption before efforts to find their parents had been exhausted.

Jan 31 08:43

Protest held in Tokyo against US military presence

Thousands of protesters from across Japan marched Saturday in central Tokyo to protest the U.S. military presence on Okinawa, while a Cabinet minister said she would fight to move a Marine base Washington considers crucial out of the country.

Japan and the U.S. signed a pact in 2006 that called for the realignment of American troops in the country and for a Marine base on the island to be moved to a less populated area. But the new Tokyo government is re-examining the deal, caught between increasingly adamant public opposition to American troops and its crucial military alliance with Washington.

Jan 31 08:25

The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont

On Jan. 15, in the state capital of Montpelier, nine candidates for statewide office gathered in a tiny room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, to announce they wanted a divorce from the United States of America. "For the first time in over 150 years, secession and political independence from the U.S. will be front and center in a statewide New England political campaign," said Thomas Naylor, 73, one of the leaders of the campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the current state of the United States, and where things seem to be headed here, who can blame these folks?!?

Jan 31 06:23

VIDEO: iPhone Saves Man Buried Under Rubble In Haiti

from The Huffington Post

He used light from his iPhone to show his injuries. He then used a medical app to correctly diagnose and treat his broken foot. Woolley also used a camera to take pictures his surroundings, ultimately finding safety in an elevator shaft where he stayed for 65 hours before rescuers pulled him from the rubble.

Watch Woolley being pulled from the rubble, and listen to him recount the ordeal on the Today Show:

Jan 31 04:59

THAT'S a ROBOT? (or, Red Tape Killed Her Nursing Career, But That Isn't All Roxxxy Can Do)

Lifelike Sexy Robot Girlfriend Talks Sports as Well as Having Sex with You

summary by Anne (praiseworthy and tireless) of The Internet Patrol.

The ultimate female robot has just hit the scenes. The Roxxxy robot - (not Roxxy robot or Roxy robot because, you see, "Roxxxy" is triple-X) - is one sexy robot girl. In fact, Roxxxy is a sex robot - which means that as girl robots go she is, well, the ultimate fantasy robot. And, indeed, for some the ultimate fantasy girlfriend. Not only does Roxxxy talk sports, respond to touch, and come with three ... er ... serviceable ports ... but she also sports five distinct personalities, ranging from 'Frigid Farrah' to 'Wild Wendy' (bad robot!) and everything in between - including a 'Mature Martha' and 'S&M Susan' (we kid you not). Want a topless robot? A bottomless robot? Roxxxy can be anything you want her to be!

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Hines says that initially he thought about creating a robotic home health care aide. “But there was tremendous regulatory and bureaucratic paperwork to get through. We were stuck. So I looked at other markets,” explains Hines.

Jan 30 22:20

Haiti detains Americans taking kids across border

Although I may not fully agree with this, there is merit to the fears of the people. After all, didn't we (USA) try to decimate their county a short 4-5 years ago?

As far as child trafficking--Why is israel onsite when a disaster occurs?

"B’Tselem says its fieldworkers gathered death certificates, photos, and testimonies relating to all 252 of the children."

Human Rights Group Exposes Israeli Atrocities?
http://www.midwestfreepress.com/2009/09/12/human-rights-group-exposes-...

Enough said about this putrid little israeli state that is our "ally."

Jan 30 17:29

UK's Jewish Chronicle warns Gordon Brown: safeguard Israeli war criminals or else

Gilad Atzmon comments on an editorial in Britain’s top Zionist newspaper in which the paper’s editor, Stephen Pollard, and its chief political editor, Martin Bright, appeared to be threatening British Prime Minister Gordon Brown with electoral defeat unless he restricts the application of universal jurisdiction to ensure that suspected Israeli war criminals can travel to the UK without risk of prosecution.

”In plain language the Jewish Chronicle is suggesting that Gordon Brown, as far as the Jews are concerned, is basically finished. I wonder how long it will take for the British people to wake up and say enough is enough? How long will it take before they say NO to Israeli and Zionist infiltration of their politics, laws and values?”

Jan 30 17:27

Barack Obama’s paralysis in the face of the Zionist lobby

Uri Avnery laments Barack Obama’s weakness and lack of leadership, as manifested in his failure to exercise leadership, invest political capital in a confrontation with the Israel and Christian-Evangelical lobbies in Congress and move forward by announcing a clear peace programme for the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Jan 30 15:48

In west Pasco, U.S. 19 becoming a retail ghost town

...This weekend marks a dismal business-related milestone for the corridor: Target closed its doors after 18 years on the strip, leaving another gaping hole in a shopping center prominently located near Gulf View Square mall. It was one of only four Targets in the country to close...

Jan 30 11:55

The Fateful Geological Prize Called Haiti

Behind the smoke, rubble and unending drama of human tragedy in the hapless Caribbean country, a drama is in full play for control of what geophysicists believe may be one of the world’s richest zones for hydrocarbons-oil and gas outside the Middle East, possibly orders of magnitude greater than that of nearby Venezuela.

Jan 30 11:45

Medicine running out at Haiti hospitals, clinics

Basic medical supplies such as antibiotics and painkillers are running dangerously low at some hospitals and clinics in Port-au-Prince, the capital, and in the countryside, alarming doctors who are struggling to keep up with demand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US military presence in Haiti was strictly about humanitarian relief, this situation would not have happened.

Jan 30 11:26

What the TV doesn’t tell us about Haiti

The "globalisation" of capitalism, initiated in the 1980s and triumphant in the 90s, meant in the first place carte blanche to find places around the world to establish the most savage exploitation of the working class, without limits. China, with its miserable salaries and brutal super-exploitation, is the best example, but not the only one.

Jan 30 11:23

Obama's Outreach to Americans: Empty Rhetoric, Business As Usual

Obama's rhetoric hides a failed agenda he'll continue, serving capital and militarists, not people in dire need. He wants more business tax cuts and windfalls to stimulate growth and new jobs, repackaged Reaganomics that cost record numbers of job losses in the past two years, well over 500,000 in December alone based on the broader household survey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With this presidency, "change and hope" morphed into "shock and awe" faster than the speed of light!

Jan 30 11:04

Haiti in Desperate Need of Aid

Members of Haiti-Life.org , a grass roots organization chartering ships to take aid into the remote areas of southern Haiti, is reporting that conditions in Haiti are worsening as aid shipments are either being blocked by customs officials, or stored in warehouses in Port Au Prince, where there is yet insufficient infrastructure yet in place to distribute it. In Port Au Prince, where the majority of people still have no water and no food, frustrated Haitians are passing petitions to remove the current government. Tens of thousands of refugees from Port au Prince have also descended on the Southern Provinces, where groups of starving citizens are blocking roads in protest of the the aid bottleneck.

Jan 30 10:13

U.S. suspends medical evacuations from Haiti

The U.S. military said on Friday it has stopped flying Haitian earthquake victims to the United States for medical attention following concerns by some state governments about who will pay for the treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trillions for wars; but no money for desperately needed medical evacuations and treatment for badly hurt Haitians?!?

Welcome to the new Ameristan.

Jan 30 08:45

Trial dates set for chiefs in surrogate scandal case

TRIAL DATES have been set for two area police chiefs who stand accused of illegal activities stemming from a celebrity scandal involving a local surrogate mother.

The two law enforcement officials, along with local businessman Bruce Callarik, are accused of conspiring to obtain items from the home of a Martins Ferry woman who was the surrogate mother for acress Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To protect and to serve ...

Jan 30 08:43

Former Hopedale PD head appears on sex charges

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles, a former police chief made a second appearance in Harrison County Court yesterday afternoon.

Ron Bone Sr. who until Aug. 31 had served as the head of the Hopedale police force, sat before Judge Mark Beetham along with his court appointed attorney, Public Defender Adrian Pincola.

The 50-year-old had been arrested on Sept. 24 on two felony charges of having unlawful sexual conduct with a juvenile.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To protect and to serve...

Jan 30 08:22

Officer Errs, Uses Pepper Spray On Burning Man

Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer said an officer who was attempting to help a man who had set himself on fire accidentally sprayed him with pepper spray.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To protect and to serve?

Jan 30 08:18

Rescue Worker Blasts Haitian Relief

From a friend that just got back from Haiti...

To All...

I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous Ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.

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USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water Flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and His wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to People trapped in the rubble.

Jan 30 07:43

We are the Government here to help

While 18oo rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID (another organization full of little OBamites and Communists who openly speak against America) These two organizations Exemplared their parochialism by:

USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water Flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and His wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to People trapped in the rubble.

Jan 30 07:18

We've Been Neo-Conned!

Great Ron Paul piece!

Jan 29 20:05

Blair admits "legal" basis for Iraq war an Orwellian lie; psychopathic monster then threatens Iran

*hyperlinks and video at source*

The UK Chilcot inquiry of the Iraq war previously disclosed unanimous legal opinion in the Foreign Office that the war is unlawful. Today former Prime Minister Tony Blair testified that he authorized war when his Attorney General “changed his mind” to embrace an "interpretation" of UN Security Council Resolution 1441 that any objective legal analysis definitively proves as an obvious Orwellian lie.

Jan 29 19:16

The Harry Thomas Show - Week In Review 01/29/10

The Harry Thomas Show - Week In Review 01/29/10
http://snardfarker.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-harry-thomas-show-week-...

Fake Bin Laden Resurfaces Again, Haiti , Bernanke Again, Ron Paul Say US Bankrupt,

Another War President, Supreme Court Criminals, Gun Control ,

Media Moguls, Geo engineering and more

News Stories As Discussed Found Here
http://harrythomas.info/news/012910.htm

Jan 29 17:02

Lobbyist charges $30,400 to ‘raise a glass’ with Pelosi

f you want to spend a couple hours hobnobbing with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, be prepared to pay up -- way up.

The price of admission? $5,000 for an individual, $15,000 for a representative of a political action committee, and $30,400 -- the maximum allowable donation -- for the privilege of being a co-host.

Read the admission form here.

Tony Podesta, along with his brother John, runs the Podesta Group, considered to be one of the most influential lobby groups in Washington. Among its clients are large defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon. In the medical industry, the Podesta Group represents Amgen, Novartis and RehabCare Group. The firm also works for such giants as Google and Walmart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Madame Speaker! It's really nice to know who owns your votes! :-)

Jan 29 16:24

Tucumcari fires police chief

Tucumcari has fired Police Chief Roger Hatcher, who was placed on paid leave earlier in the month.

Hatcher says the reasons given for his firing were weak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not counting 5the tasering of the girl in her head.

Jan 29 14:57

The Blair Iraq conspiracy is unravelling

Christopher King argues that Britain's Iraq Inquiry “appears now to be part of a general unravelling of the Blair conspiracy" and has underlined that UK politicians cannot be trusted. He says the lesson of Iraq lies not in whatever the inquiry might report but in the necessity for British people to take on oversight of the political process themselves.

Jan 29 13:51

Israel’s voice on Britain's Iraq Inquiry accuses critics of “anti-Semitism”

Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war has been dealt a severe blow by a pro-Israel activist on the inquiry committee who has given an interview to a Jewish settlers’ radio accusing his critics of “anti-Semitism”.

Jan 29 10:36

It's None of Your Business! Ron Paul on the trouble with the US census.

Keep in mind the survey is not voluntary, nor is the Census Bureau asking politely. Americans are legally obligated to answer, and can be fined up to $1,000 per question if they refuse!

I introduced an amendment last week that would have eliminated funds for this intrusive survey in a spending bill, explaining on the House floor that perhaps the American people don’t appreciate being threatened by Big Brother. The amendment was met by either indifference or hostility, as most members of Congress either don’t care about or actively support government snooping into the private affairs of citizens.

Jan 29 09:45

WHO IS APPEASING WHO? JUST AS THE WEST APPEASED NAZI GERMANY IN THE 1930s, SO IT APPEASES ZIONIST ISRAEL TODAY.

There’s been a lot of rhetoric from Israel and their neoconservative supporters over the years about ‘appeasing’ Iran in much the same way as Nazi Germany was appeased prior to the Second World War. The truth, however, is that it is not Iran that is being appeased at all, but Israel.

Jan 29 07:46

Biden: U.S. budget to seek nuclear funds increase

Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama's budget proposal will include $7 billion to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, which would be $600 million more than Congress approved last year.

Even in a time of tough budget decisions, these are investments we must make for our security. We are committed to working with Congress to ensure these budget increases are approved," Biden said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm ready to scream at the sheer insanity of these moves, and these statements.

Vice-President Biden, this is not an "investment" in US security. The "investments" we need to provide real security to our nation include fixing the national infrastructure (roads, bridges, ect.,) fixing our schools, (which for the most part are dysfunctional pre-prison detention holding pens), fixing our hospitals and health care in an intelligent and cost-effective way (Belgium has managed this, sir, why can't the US?), and bringing manufacturing back to this country.

THESE actions, taken together, will do more to protect our security than any bomb we develop, or produce, can do.

Oh, and the other measures we can take internationally would include: mandating international aid programs which actually reach the people for whom it was intended (our aid to Afghanistan right now is flooding in to Karzai and his minions' pockets), stop supporting tin-pot dictators who have absolutely no regard for the welfare of their people, and resolve our country's needs for energy with negotiated deals, and well-supported technical innovations not invasions.

These efforts, Vice-President Biden, will make our country truly safe.

If the true safety of this country was your highest priority, these are the steps you should be advocating.

Jan 29 07:32

Funds flee Greece as Germany warns of "fatal" eurozone crisis

Germany has triggered a near-panic flight from southern European debt markets by warning that there will be no EU bail-outs, even though it fears the region's economic crisis has turned dangerous and could prove "fatal" for the entire eurozone.

Jan 29 07:23

White House asks Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial

The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be willing to bet you one plugged and worthless American dollar that the trial will be closed to the public, and put into the most inaccessible place they can find.

The reason?!?

As reported in on April 19, 2009 in

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/04/18/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-was-waterboarded-183-times-in-one-month/

"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month"

But the sick torture didn't actually start there.

As reported on April 17, 2009 in

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/04/17/bush-torture-memos-align-with-account-that-911-suspects-children-were-tortured/

"At a military tribunal in 2007, the father of a Guantanamo detainee alleged that Pakistani guards had confessed that American interrogators used ants to coerce the children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed into revealing their father’s whereabouts."

So, there you have it. Torture is now an American institution. And the problem with torture, as we have known from the time of the Inquisition, generally gets the person being tortured to say anything the torturers want the tortured individual to say.

If this information is ever allowed into sworn testimony at this trial, the case against this guy will have absolutely no legs whatsoever.

And that's what terrifies certain people in state and federal government the most.

Jan 29 07:03

Taliban Conduct Commando Raid In Lashkar Gah

Raging gun battles have taken place between NATO-backed Afghan troops and well equipped insurgents who assaulted UN and government buildings in the city of Lashkar Gah...

Jan 28 20:44

The streets of Washington: Politics by day, Poverty by night

During the day, the streets of Washington DC are filled with the power brokers, lawmakers, and professionals who make the nation's capitol tick. But by night the city changes, and you might be surprised who takes over.

Jan 28 19:07

All 27 UK Foreign Affairs lawyers: Iraq war unlawful. Obama, politicians, US media: no response

*hyperlinks and videos live at source*

All the lawyers in the UK’s Foreign Affairs Department concluded the US/UK invasion of Iraq was an unlawful War of Aggression. Their expert advice is the most qualified to make that legal determination; all 27 of them were in agreement. This powerful judgment of unlawful war follows the Dutch government’s recent unanimous report and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s clear statements.

This stunning information was disclosed at the UK Chilcot inquiry by the testimony of Foreign Affairs leading legal advisor, Sir Michael Wood, who added that the reply from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office to his legal department’s professional work was chastisement for putting their unanimous legal opinion in writing.

Jan 28 15:50

Jewish settlers seek to recruit Indian immigrants to occupied territories

The Israeli government is reported to have quietly approved the fast-track immigration of 7,000 members of a supposedly “lost Jewish” tribe, known as the Bnei Menashe, currently living in a remote area of India.

”The Bnei Menashe belong to an ethnic group called the Shinlung, who number more than one million and live mainly in the states of Manipur and Mizoram, close to the border with Myanmar. They were converted from animism to Christianity by British missionaries a century ago, but a small number claim to have kept an ancient connection to Judaism.
 
“DNA samples taken from the Bnei Menashe have failed so far to establish any common ancestry to Jews.”

Jan 28 12:00

Freeze Frame: Flopsweat and Farce in the Hollow Halls of Power

But Obama is not "failing"; he is doing exactly what he set out to do: be the president. That's it. That's all he wanted to do. And he's doing it. The panic now emanating from the White House is not that of a man watching a chance to realize his deeply held ideals for a better world slipping away from him; it's just the flopsweat of a guy trying to stay perched on top of the greasy pole for another term.

Jan 28 11:40

Troops fire on starving crowds in Haiti

The total number of American military personnel in Haiti, including those on ships just offshore, rose to 15,400 by Tuesday. One third of these are soldiers on the ground in and around Port-au-Prince, with the bulk of them from the 82nd Airborne Division, an elite unit that specializes in combat, not logistical support.

A French reporter asked why US troops were controlling flights into the Port-au-Prince airport. Preval replied: "You need to run the airport, you need technical help and they offered it to us. I really can’t understand why the need for that is so difficult to accept."

Preval also announced that Haitian legislative elections, previously scheduled for February 28, would be postponed indefinitely.

Jan 28 11:36

Chicken Love On NYC Subway

YouTube Video Shows Man Kissing, Hugging Live Chicken
Seaton says only service animals and those in containers are permitted in the subway system.

Jan 28 11:21

Dump Truck Slams Footbridge

Oops.

Jan 28 10:57

Family evacuated due to naked man on roof

Cprl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department told the Orange County (Calif.) Register a man, his wife and a child were evacuated from their home Wednesday afternoon after freeway drivers contacted authorities regarding a naked man allegedly performing a sex act on a rooftop.

Jan 28 10:05

Your Retirement Plan Will Soon Become Washington's ATM Machine

Today over $15 trillion is sitting in tax-favored retirement plans, including $4 trillion in IRA accounts. Retirement savings make up 35% of all private assets. Washington is broke, the deficit is soaring and Congress simply can’t wait for Americans to retire so they can start taxing these funds. The politicians are tired of waiting; they need your money now.

Jan 28 09:00

The Holocaust Backfires By Gilad Atzmon

In the wake of the ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’ I will say it loudly and openly. To oppose the Jewish state and Jewish nationalism is the true meaning of the memory of the Holocaust. To say NO to Israel is to say NO to racism. This is what ethics and universalism are all about.

Jan 28 08:39

Law would keep FCC off low-power radio

The “Communications Freedom Act” would give stations that are not interfering with existing signals authority to broadcast without federal license.

Jan 28 08:13

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’

Deception is a common war-time tactic nations use to gain a leg up on their enemies, but as Wired notes, the Pentagon apparently believes the United States must begin engaging in strategic tricks even before it wages war against another country.

"Deception cannot succeed in wartime without developing theory and doctrine in peacetime," the DSB report reads. "In order to mitigate or impart surprise, the United States should [initiate] deception planning and action prior to the need for military operations."

"By Deception Thou Shalt Do War" Now, where have I heard that before?

Jan 28 05:46

The Kidnapping of Haiti

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.

Jan 28 00:41

Video: Goldman Sachs Flunkies Neck deep in AIG coverup

GuerrillaNewsChannel

Jan 28 00:29

Video: Rep. Lynch rips into Geithner over NY Federal Reserve - AIG / Goldman Sachs Scandal

Congressman Steven Lynch rips into Tiny Tim and calls his hand by saying you are working hard for Goldman Sachs and not for the American People or should I say suckers!!!!

Jan 28 00:18

Video: Rep. Kaptur Drills Sec. Geithner over NY Federal Reserve - AIG / Goldman Sachs Scandal

Geithner Recuse himself NY Fed
Dan Jester, the man hand-picked by Paulson to be Treasurys point person on AIG, also worked at Goldman Sachs.
Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio grilling Geithner

Jan 27 21:42

If You Rebuild It, They Will Come, by Paul Shirley

I do not know if what I'm about to write makes me a monster. I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.

"It", is this:

I haven't donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort. And I probably will not.

I haven't donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads "Need You’re Help" is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don't think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.

Jan 27 18:32

LIVE CHAT Tonight during the State of the Union Address

LIVE CHAT Tonight during the State of the Union Address

Watch and Weep and join the Chat
Obama's State of the Union Address Live on 12160

http://tiny.cc/ObamaSux901

Jan 27 15:22

Haiti Gets a Penny of Each U.S. Aid Dollar

Of each U.S. taxpayer dollar, 40 cents is going to the U.S. military, paying for security, search and rescue teams, and the Navy's hospital ship USNS Comfort.

Another 36 cents funds US AID's disaster assistance - everything from $5,000 generators to $35 hygiene kits with soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste for a family of five.

Just over a dime has already been spent on food: 122 million pounds of pinto beans, black beans, rice, corn soy blend and vegetable oil. When purchased in bulk, the actual food prices are relatively low. Pinto beans, for example, cost the U.S. government 40 cents a pound when purchased in 5 million-pound batches last week.

Jan 27 13:56

Faulty gas pedal involved in Toyota recall manufactured at Ontario plant

The faulty gas pedal involved in a massive recall and sales suspension of eight popular Toyota models in North America was built in Ontario.

The supplier is Indiana-based CTS Corp. and the problem part was manufactured at its plant in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. CTS did not immediately return requests for comment today.

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Hey, don't blame Toyota. It's the cheap local crap that's responsible.

Jan 27 12:04

Obama’s State of the Union will be all about him: last speech referenced himself 132 times

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Wise advice for understanding political commitment is to analyze where our political “leaders” spend our money, never from what they say. However, when political arrogance supersedes intelligent management of speeches, even what presidents say become quite revealing.

The following less-than-2-minute video created by a member of Americans for Prosperity documents Mr. Obama giving a speech trying to convince an audience at an Ohio community college on January 22, 2010 that the economy will improve, all evidence to the contrary. In this speech allegedly about leadership in the face of near-record unemployment, our President talks about himself 132 times. Eugene Robinson also points out that Mr. Obama articulated “fighting” for us 20 times.

Jan 27 09:56

MONSANTO ~ PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

The War of the Empire has many faces.

Jan 27 09:38

The 6 Most Statistically Full of Shit Professions

Elusive as they are to study, it's hard to say for sure how good criminal profilers are. Some have certainly been less successful than others, like the FBI profilers hunting the Unabomber, who identified their suspect as a married man living in a house in the suburbs, most likely an airplane mechanic. He was finally arrested in 1996 at his remote cabin where he had been living as a wild-haired, crazy, mountain man for 25 years.

Jan 27 09:19

Dangerous Crossroads: US Moves Missiles And Troops To Russian Border

....on January 20 the Polish Defense Ministry announced that a U.S. Patriot missile battery, and the 100 American soldiers who will operate it, would not be based on the outskirts of the capital of Warsaw as previously announced but in the Baltic Sea city of Morag, 35 miles from Poland’s border with Russia.

The missile battery and troops are scheduled to arrive in March or April. As part of the Obama administration’s new missile shield project, one which will be integrated with NATO to take in all of Europe and extend into the Middle East and the Caucasus, the Patriots will be followed by Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor deployments on warships in the Baltic Sea and, for the first time ever, a land-based version of the same.

Jan 27 08:45

Venezuela Oil Chief Heads To Russia, China To Discuss Pacts

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China have been making deals for the energy they need, without firing a shot, unlike the US's pursuit of the same objectives through perpetual wars.

Jan 27 08:24

Bases, Missiles, Wars: U.S. Consolidates Global Military Network

From invading and establishing military bases in the Middle East and Central and South Asia to operating a satellite surveillance base in Australia and taking charge of seven military installations in South America. In the vacuum left in much of the world by the demise of the Cold War and the former bipolar world, the U.S. rushed in to insert its military in various parts of the world that had been off limits to it before.

And this while Washington cannot even credibly pretend that it is threatened by any other nation on earth.

Jan 27 08:22

Rule by the Rich

How can President Obama restart an economy that has been moved offshore? Millions of manufacturing jobs are gone, as are millions of jobs for college graduates, such as software engineering, Information Technology--indeed, any intellectual skill the product of which can be conveyed via the Internet. Even those intellectual skill jobs that do remain in the U.S. are filled increasingly by foreigners brought in on work visas.

Jan 27 08:14

Haiti’s Oil, Gold & Iridium Resources Explains the Post Earthquake Occupation/Invasion

Haiti’s oil reserves are larger than Venezuela’s, Haiti also has huge resources of Gold & Minerals like Iridium

Ed Comment: Oil, Gold and Minerals resources like Iridium would explain why the post earthquake occupation/invasion has taken place in Haiti by the UN and US forces primarily. The EU is now also sending Poilce to Port-au-Prince.

Jan 27 07:41

More Signs of the Moral Decline of the West

When it first came out, the mini-skirt was frowned upon by the prudes of the time – but it was not illegal.

Now, when overly modest women wish to shield their bodies from the eyes of unknown males, they may soon be fined or imprisoned.

At the same time, we see airport security setting up machines where we will all be seen naked.

Is this the only way some men can prove that they have balls ?

Jan 27 07:34

Crowds seeking aid in Haiti met with pepper spray and rubber bullets

United Nations troops used pepper spray yesterday to hold off a crowd of hungry Haitians queueing for food at a makeshift camp in the grounds of the wrecked presidential palace.

“They’re not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat,” Fernando Soares, a Brazilian army colonel, said. “The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the sugar-coated photo-ops of American troops bringing reasonable food and some comfort to a desperate people.

This occupation is about militarily securing Haiti for ultimate corporate profit from its rich resources in oil, gold, and other mineral resources.

Jan 27 07:05

Price of US Wars: $1 Trillion and Rising

The Congressional Budget Office’s newly released budget outlook notes that Congress has approved over $1 trillion in direct spending on wars and war-related activities since 2001, and that price tag is only getting higher as the wars drag on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet defense spending is the only area where it appears President Obama refuses to cut funds.

Jan 27 06:40

Brazilian soldiers spray tear gas at crowd of Haitians rushing for food aid

Brazilian soldiers sprayed tear gas on a crush of Haitians seeking food from relief workers Tuesday, as international aid groups struggled to match the extraordinary demand for food two weeks after this country's paralyzing earthquake.

Jan 26 17:33

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For...)

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wishlist
(or, What to Watch Out For)

"What I Want To Know Is..." – issue #1

American citizen: if you think the danger is only relevant to those with "something to hide," you had better think again. Please.(Anonymous)

The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men. (Justice Louis D. Brandeis)

Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen... (Zbigniew Brezhinsky)

I hope you find this helpful, gentle Reader. I could have, you understand, done something more immediately useful instead, like looking for a place to move to – a land like the America of my youth - an America I only thought I lived in, an America that may have never existed.

Jan 26 15:27

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For)

A friend of mine saw the PDF and shook his head, saying, "Its always been about the same thing: The drugs and the downloads. What they've wanted all along." If this is true - and I think it is - then quite a few people are in for a surprise.... Five years ago, ten years ago, there would only have been hints...One could tell, however, that the new technology could easily handle substitutions.... Like one knows when they really want dissidents, they talk child porn; when they want drugs, they talk explosives; when they want file-sharers, well, they try not to say anything until the scheme is underway.

...Try to make out at what they take such urgent, deliberate, expensive aim.... What will become of this, of us? How far, given what we know, will it actually go? And what I really want to know is, what can I - can we - do about it? Hopefully knowledge is power. Tell people about this. Post it. Email it. Find other documents like it while you can. Download them, just in case. Let us keep what Freedom we have; let us figure out how to reclaim the rest.

Google Quick View: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:mXiMm6PugnIJ:cryptome.org/dh...

Google HTML Link: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache%3AmXiMm6PugnIJ%3Acryptome.org%2Fd...

Original PDF: http://cryptome.org/dhs-sandt.pdf

Alternate link with fulltext of document:
http://johannafausta.deadjournal.com/689.html

Jan 26 13:55

Pinellas County's $40 million shortfall will mean layoffs and program cuts

Pinellas County needs to cut spending by 10 percent to solve a $40 million budget deficit for next year, County Administrator Bob LaSala announced Tuesday...

Jan 26 09:25

Focus on Haiti: Washington's Militarized Takeover

After Washington ousted President Jean-Betrand Aristide in February 2004, UN Blue Helmets (MINUSTAH) occupied Haiti as paramilitary enforcers. They still do, subordinate to around 20,000 US land and sea based troops, including Marines, Army 82nd Airborne paratroupers, Navy assault ships, and Coast Guard vessels offshore, a powerful force for indefinite occupation, severe repression, and ruthless exploitation for American interests - obstructing, not providing, humanitarian aid, and facilitating potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths from starvation, dehydration, disease, untreated wounds, trauma, and for some perhaps just giving up and expiring unnoticed, unreported, and uncared about by forces able to help.

Jan 26 09:01

Report says Al-Qaeda still aims to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S.

The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

The former official, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, draws on his knowledge of classified case files to argue that al-Qaeda has been far more sophisticated in its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction than is commonly believed, pursuing parallel paths to acquiring weapons and forging alliances with groups that can offer resources and expertise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More ratcheting up the fear factor, I see.

First, a couple of quick factoids, and then to the matter at hand.

The word "al Qaeda", in Arabic, means "the base".

However, in colloquial Arabic slang, it means "the toilet". Could someone please explain to me why any self-respecting insurgency name their movement "the toilet"?!?!?

And good old (and quite dead) CIA asset Osama Bin Laden (a fact thoroughly ignored in this article). Although made the scapegoat of the 9/11 attacks, here is the truth about how deep that relationship between the CIA and Ben Laden actually went.

As reported at:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES

/binladen_cia.html

"Tim Osman (Ossman) has recently become better known as Osama Bin Ladin. "Tim Osman" was the name assigned to him by the CIA for his tour of the U.S. and U.S. military bases, in search of political support and armaments. [...] There is some evidence that Tim Osman ... visited the White House. There is certainty that Tim Osman toured some U.S. military bases, even receiving special demonstrations of the latest equipment. Why hasn't this been reported in the major media?"

Apparently, this particular author loves to lump every single insurgency into "the toilet", oops, I'm sorry, Al Qaeda.

I wish absolutely no ill or injury coming to the people of the US, coming from any direction, period, end of discussion.

However, that being said, what mightily unnerves me is the potential reality that the next massive attack against the US may not come from any insurgent groups pwishing us ill of some sort.

But such an attack may well come from our own government in the form of a "false flag" shock and awe event, which will so psychologically devastate the American people that they will clamor for martial law, and line up behind whatever devastation the government has in mind for the alleged perpetrator (let's say, Iran, for example.)

People like this Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen are paid to pump up the volume on collective fear, and to deflect attention away from the real issues.

People around the world do not hate America "because we are free"; they hate us, particularly in areas like Pakistan, and Afghanistan, because they are seeing their loved ones being blown to smithereens to order to control their countries' natural resources, like oil, which are crucial to military operations, and drugs, from which so many profit so handsomely.

They hate us for our support of US-backed dictators, like Mubarak in Egypt, Karzai in Afghanistan, and Selah in Yemen. This country's officials cannot speak with straight faces about their commitment to democracy in the world while supporting such rulers because they are "our thugs".

It is not the insurgents, ultimately, who are the culprits here: it is the colossal, consistent failure of US foreign policy-makers to find ways of obtaining what this country needs without going to war to get it.

China and Russia have been making deals around the globe to secure the energy resources they need; we've been waging wars to obtain the same objectives.

Please remember: as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban for pipeline rights in Afghanistan. Apparently, the price the Taliban demanded was "too high".

And we all know what happened next.

Jan 26 08:10

Growing Movement To Disband Police Departments

The city of Pewaukee, Wisconsin voted to do the same towards the end of 2009. As of the new year, the department was eliminated. Police protection is now handled by the Waukesha country sheriff's department where the majority of the old officers now work. Of course, the union is suing to reverse the vote of the people.

Jan 26 08:02

Schwarzenegger proposes Mexican jails take US inmates

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested the state could reduce prison spending by housing undocumented inmates in Mexican jails.

Mr Schwarzenegger said the costs of building and running the prisons in Mexico would be half of California's.

Earlier this month, the California governor declared a fiscal emergency, announcing that severe cuts would be needed to stem a $19.9bn (£12.3bn) deficit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gone barking mad?!?

With a 19 billion dollar deficit, where the sam hill is this money supposed to come from?!?

The problem is not just California, in terms of warehousing illegal aliens: it's nationwide, because there is absolutely no enthusiasm in Washington to really control the country's highly porous borders.

This is not helped by the reality that large corporations love the cheap labor illegal aliens provide.

This is also not helped by successions of Mexican governments unable to provide a decent living or economy for its own people, thereby covertly encouraging illegal immigration.

Other countries manage to enforce and protect their borders; but here in the US there is no political will to resolve this issue, so the situation will just continue to get worse nationally.

Jan 26 07:16

Haiti PM begs for help as looting grips devastated Port-au-Prince

Haiti's premier begged foreign donors Monday to back the reconstruction of his quake-hit country as fresh looting and chaotic food hand-outs underscored the grim conditions facing survivors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, this demonstrates that despite all the photo ops of US troops handing out supplies and food, that very little is actually getting to the people who need it most desperately.

If in fact there is looting, it becomes yet another "excuse" for the US military to forcibly occupy the island and create a total martial law environment.

That will make it easier to grant sweetheart deals to companies salivating for the rights to exploit Haiti's mineral and oil wealth.

And ultimately, the people of Haiti will be no better off than they were before the quake struck.

Jan 26 07:09

Italian official calls Haiti earthquake relief effort 'pathetic'

Bertolaso directed much of his fire at the United States military that was able to bring more than 13,000 troops to help with operations. "The Americans are extraordinary, but when you are facing a situation in chaos they tend to confuse military intervention with emergency aid, which cannot be entrusted to the armed forces," he said.

“It’s a truly powerful show of force, but it’s completely out of touch with reality,” Bertolaso continued.

Jan 26 07:04

Stuck on the phone, literally

"I hit my ear on the boom of my truck and broke the headset of my phone," Mr Gardner told the Northern Territory News.

"So I got some superglue and glued it back together - and that was ... when my boss rang."

...

After having the headset in his ear for more than five minutes the adhesive had hardened - and Mr Gardner found himself with a earpiece glued into his ear.

Jan 26 06:39

Passion for wine transforms New York banker into vintner

"In order to go into the wine business, you have to have a passion for it. You have to have a love for it. Let's say there are better businesses to go into, more profitable, more lucrative. Easier ways to make money," said Recanati.

"In other words, you go into it because you love it, not because it's a business. It starts out as a hobby. When it makes money, it becomes a business."

His passion started as a child in Haifa, Israel, where his parents had a vineyard in the garden of his home.

Jan 26 04:35

Obama Budget to Call for Freeze in Non-Security Discretionary Spending

original post by Matthew Yglesias for ThinkProgress.org

...The freeze would not apply to the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, or to the foreign operations budget of the State Department....

The official emphasized that there’s more to the administration’s plans that this freeze proposal, though what that might be will have to wait. Suffice it to say that I’m very skeptical of this approach. I’m attempting not to freak out because (a) I don’t have details and (b) I suspect this initiative was deliberately leaked to progressive bloggers in an effort to get denounced by the left and I don’t want to give them the satisfaction.

Jan 25 20:41

No Sex Please! We're Just Kids!

Perhaps it's not that surprising that a mother in Menifee, California, asked the Menifee Union School District to ban all copies of the 10th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary after her child stumbled across the term "oral sex." What is surprising, indeed horrifying, is that district officials immediately complied with her request, and pulled all dictionaries off classroom shelves throughout the Southern California school district

Jan 25 20:15

Russia: Mental Checks for Police

“If we resume testing, we’ll find that at least a third of all active police officers have some kind of mental pathology,”

In October, a police officer in Siberia shot his girlfriend to death and then a taxi driver before committing suicide... a Moscow officer shot the driver of a snowplow after sideswiping his car, leaving the man to die from blood loss. ...a Siberian cop beat to death a drunken journalist, saying he was “stressed out” over having to support the two families he has with different women.

Uh, remember that deadly Mt Dew bottle? No further comments.

Jan 25 15:39

EES the New Dark Age

Jan 25 10:40

Nobel economist Stiglitz: "US privatized profits, socialized losses is not capitalism." It’s fascism

*hyperlinks and videos live at source*

Joseph Stiglitz understands half the US economic disaster when he explains current policy is “no way to run an economy that’s going to work,” “there’s moral hazard everywhere,” and newly-invented and unregulated financial markets have only increased risk, not decreased it.

Jan 25 09:49

Delaying aid for a photo-op

If there was one day when the Haitian people needed aid to flow all day long, that was the day, because the people trapped under the rubble on Tuesday evening couldn’t survive much beyond Saturday without water.

Defenders of Clinton will say that her disimpassioned, monotone, photo-op speech was needed to draw attention to the plight of the Haitians. But no one north of hell can defend her next move: according to airport personnel that I spoke to during my recent evacuation from Haiti, she paralyzed the airport later that same day to have a new outfit flown in from the Dominican Republic.

Jan 25 09:31

Securing Disaster in Haiti

Nine days after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, it's now clear that the initial phase of the U.S.-led relief operation has conformed to the three fundamental tendencies that have shaped the more general course of the island's recent history. [1] It has adopted military priorities and strategies. It has sidelined Haiti's own leaders and government, and ignored the needs of the majority of its people. And it has proceeded in ways that reinforce the already harrowing gap between rich and poor. All three tendencies aren't just connected, they are mutually reinforcing.

Jan 25 08:59

Beirut: 90 feared dead as Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes into Mediterranean

Two British nationals were among the 90 passengers and crew on board an Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut's international airport.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 was just minutes into its journey to Addis Ababa when the Boeing 737-800 plunged into the sea in what witnesses described as a "ball of fire".

At least 23 bodies have been recovered so far and there have been no reports of survivors.

According to Lebanese officials, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens five minutes after taking off from Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport during a thunder storm and heavy rain.

Jan 25 08:55

Obama or Osama?

Obama takes credit for U.S. airline bomb plot

It's just a typo, but funny nevertheless.

Jan 25 08:53

Gates Pledges “Steady Growth in the Pentagon’s Budgets”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates hosted a meeting with the nation’s top defense company executives Wednesday, stressing the need for a closer partnership with them and pledging to work with the White House to secure steady growth in the Pentagon’s budgets over time, according to his spokesman.

Gates’s meeting was part of a day-long session between Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter and the Aerospace Industries Association, the top trade group for American aerospace firms. The heads of the nation’s top two defense firms – Lockheed Martin and Boeing – attended, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Pentagon is committed to even more wars without end... while our infrastructure crumbles, our schools are a mess, and homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets!

Jan 25 06:44

Haiti earthquake: government fears toll could rise to 300,000

The confirmed death toll was raised to 150,000 on Sunday, but that was only the count of bodies so far found and collected in the capital Port-au-Prince.

It did not include those recovered in other areas like the shattered city of Leogane, near the earthquake epicentre, and Jacmel on the southern coast.

The count did not include the large number of bodies burned by relatives after lying for days in the streets, and those still under the wreckage of their homes.

"Nobody knows how many bodies are buried in the rubble - 200,000 ... 300,000?" said Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, the information minister. "Who knows the overall death toll?"

Jan 25 01:06

War Is Sin

Truthdig
War Is Sin
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
By Chris Hedges
The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

Jan 24 19:41

A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Was Envisaged by the US Military One Day Before the Earthquake

A Haiti disaster relief scenario had been envisaged at the headquarters of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami one day prior to the earthquake.

Jan 24 18:59

There is no help. We need food and water. Urgently

In front of the presidential palace, its roof folded in like a collapsed soufflé, Marcellus Samuel, a Haitian preacher, grabs my notebook and scribbles frantically on to the page.

“There is no help. Everybody is sleeping in the streets. We need food, water and clothes,” he writes. “URGENTLY!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US invasion and occupation of Haiti has nothing to do with real relief efforts for the people of Haiti; it is a calculated military takeover, the purpose of which is to secure oil and mineral resources for private companies at bargain basement prices.

Jan 24 17:56

ATF Responsible for Creating Large Part of Illegal Cigarette Black Market

“Undercover ATF agents in Virginia have funneled more than 250 million cigarettes onto the nation’s streets in the past three years through black market sales targeting smugglers,” the Associated Press reported on January 22.

In recent years, the ATF has used such tactics to boost their budget and rationalize their existence. Linking terrorism to illegal cigarette sales is part of the process. “Unfortunately, terrorism has become a sort of a buzzword,” said John W. Colledge III, a Nevada-based consultant who once ran large-scale cigarette smuggling investigations for the U.S. Customs Service. “That’s what gets you funding.”

Jan 24 17:32

BROWN VICTORY REFLECTS NEW POWER OF BREAK-AWAY PROGRESSIVES NOT A REPUBLICAN SURGE

in a poll taken by Research 2000 which showed that 18 percent of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 supported Scott Brown in the Senate race. Of that group an overwhelming majority - 82 percent - favored a public option health plan while just 14 percent oppose it. Of those who stayed home 86 percent support a public option while just 7 percent oppose it.

Jill Stein Green-Rainbow Party co-chair noted that “Without the ’public option‘ voters Scott Brown would not have been elected. Interpreting Brown’s victory as a mandate to weaken the health care bill misses the boat – and is the opposite of what voters are saying. The Brown win is a directive to go back to the drawing boards to create a public-option improved Medicare-for-all bill.

Jan 24 17:20

‘Plot’ to hijack Indian plane sparks U.K. alert

Warning contained in detailed threat assessment sent

Indian authorities are reported to have warned British intelligence agencies about a suspected plot by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Pakistan to hijack an Air India or Indian Airlines plane, originating from Delhi or Mumbai, and “crash” it into a British city.

Jan 24 16:56

US Army ordered to stop giving out food to Haitians

Soldiers in Haiti told to stop handing out food
By Jim Michaels - USA TODAY
Posted : Friday Jan 22, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Food handouts were shut off Tuesday to thousands of people at a tent city here when the main U.S. aid agency said the Army should not be distributing the packages.
"Tuesday morning, the helicopters came only with water. Soldiers carried boxes of water in the hot sun and supervised Haitian volunteers who handed the supplies out."

Jan 24 13:45

Man beaten by police in case of mistaken identity

VANCOUVER - A 44-year-old man whose face was left swollen and battered after he was arrested in a case of mistaken identity did not resist arrest, Vancouver police said yesterday -- contradicting an earlier version of events offered by police.

Jan 24 13:25

White House adviser: Obama has brought 'enormous change'


Are the White House being sarcastic or are they suffering by delusions?

Jan 24 09:24

Bin Laden claims responsibility for U.S. plane attack

Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the December 25 failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane and promised more attacks on the United States, in an audio tape Al Jazeera said on Sunday was of the Al Qaeda leader.

BOOGA BOOGA - be vewy vewy scared you dumb fools! OBL gonna gitcha.

Jan 24 09:01

US Security Company Offers to Perform "High Threat Terminations" and to Confront "Worker Unrest" in Haiti

We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months. Private security companies are seeing big dollar signs in Haiti thanks in no small part to the media hype about “looters.” After Katrina, the number of private security companies registered (and unregistered) multiplied overnight. Banks, wealthy individuals, the US government all hired private security. I even encountered Israeli mercenaries operating an armed check-point outside of an elite gated community in New Orleans. They worked for a company called Instinctive Shooting International. (That is not a joke).

Jan 24 08:06

US says it will stay in Haiti for long term

Despite criticism for the US military presence in quake-stricken Haiti, Washington says it has a long-term plan to stay in the country.

"We are there for the long term, this is not something that will be resolved quickly and easily," US Ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all the oil and mineral wealth just waiting to be exploited, you can bet with absolute certainty that the US will stay in Haiti just as long as humanly possible.

Jan 24 06:10

20 Dead Saudi Soldiers Found Near Yemeni Border

The Saudi Arabian government has listed new casualties in its war with the Houthis of Yemen after 20 dead Saudi soldiers were found near the border...

Jan 24 04:01

Bin Laden takes credit for failed Detroit attack

CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt in Detroit and vowed further attacks.

Jan 24 01:04

The Miniature Earth

This is an amazing exploration of some interesting statistics - if the world's population was only 100 humans.

It leaves one with a rather profound feeling of just how insignificant each one of us is as an individual.

Check it out HERE

Jan 23 19:03

Haiti - starving survivors reduced to eating grass

The eyes of the world are on Haiti but at the epicentre of the earthquake that shattered her country, Anite Bertrand wonders why they cannot seem to see her. Nearly two weeks after the devastation was unleashed, she has received no aid, her home is an open patch of grass under a tree, and her only food the leaves that fall from branches overhead.
"We have nothing so we pick up the leaves, boil them in water from the river and eat them, no-one has come to help us and we cannot live like this. It is not possible to live on leaves."

Jan 23 17:48

Watchdog groups warn: ‘Corporate globalization’ of US elections is upon us

After this decision, every single member of congress should be wearing a tee-shirt with the words "for sale to the highest corporate bidder" right now.

Jan 23 16:52

Israel’s diabolical hybrid: Avigdor Lieberman and Ehud Barak

Uri Avnery highlights the future and present dangers posed by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, the former an openly racist settler who advocates the expulsion of Israel’s Arab citizens and the latter a criminal who has just awarded university status to a settler college in the occupied West Bank.

”The Spanish government has already declared a boycott of the Ariel college and cancelled its participation in an international architectural competition run by Spain.

“I hope that more governments and academic institutions will follow this example and declare a boycott on this ‘university’.

Jan 23 11:01

Haiti: Bonanza for Foreign Mining Companies

"With the Coup D'etat now, though the people know where these resources are because this book exists, they don't know who these foreign companies are. What they're profit margins are. What the environmental protection rules and regulations to protect them are. Many folks, for instance, in the North talk about losing their property, having people come in with guns and taking over their property.

So that's where we are."

Jan 23 09:16

Ron Paul Warns Of Coming “Social And Political Chaos”

Paul warns that if the country continues along the course it is on, we will witness a three stage slide into social and political chaos, beginning with the current financial crisis, a coming dollar crisis, and culminating in mass unrest.

“We are rapidly moving toward a dangerous time in our history. Society as we know it is vulnerable to political and social unrest. This impending crisis comes as a consequence of our flawed foreign and domestic economic policies, a silly notion of money, ignorance about central banking, ignoring the onerous power and mischief of out of control intelligence agencies, our unsustainable welfare state and a willingness to sacrifice privacy and civil liberties in an attempt to achieve safety and security from an inept government.”

Jan 23 09:08

Our Supreme Court Has Lost Its Mind

Now the cat is truly out of the bag. In principle, corporations can now spend as much of the treasury as shareholders will allow on such political ads. This means that every decision maker in a corporation has contribution and voting rights equal to anyone on the street, while the firm may blast away with treasury funds to bolster management preferences.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is now truly, and openly, up for sale to the highest bidder.

Jan 23 08:13

Haiti: Bonanza for Foreign Mining Companies

I understand your organization has been following the issue of foreign mining companies coming to Haiti and prospecting.

Especially in the North of Haiti.

There are now at least three Canadian companies prospecting for gold and copper in Northeast Haiti and two of these companies have really expanded their operations within this past year. Why the rush to start mining in Haiti right now or to start prospecting in Haiti, right now, in the middle of a recession of all things?

Ezili Dantò: Well perhaps because Haiti right now is under occupation and the people, their voice is not being heard.

This is a very good time for foreign companies to be granted concessions, because the folks in office are not representing the people of Haiti.

Jan 22 19:35

Edlington child torturers: we attacked because we were bored

Two young brothers inflicted numerous injuries on two children during a sadistic 90-minute orgy of violence, torture and sexual abuse that began because they were bored and there was “nothing to do”, a court heard today.
The pair, aged 10 and 11....only ended their attack when their arms began to ache from the punches and stones that they had thrown.

Jan 22 18:45

Dead granny offers millions for grandson’s divorce

An Israeli man’s grandmother has left him millions of dollars in her will, but there is one key stipulation: he must divorce his beloved wife, or at best become a widower.

Jan 22 18:01

U.S. DISA and SOUTHCOM Haiti Disaster Drills "went live"

....On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system. On Wednesday, DISA opened up its All Partners Access Network, supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.

The information sharing project, developed with backing from both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command, has been in development for three years. It is designed to facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and nongovernmental agencies.

Jan 22 15:26

Haitians dying by the thousands as US escalates military intervention

Thousands of Haitians are dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, according to a leading humanitarian aid group. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining Washington’s priority of troops over humanitarian aid.

Jan 22 14:55

Boy, 9, found hanging in Texas school restroom

Authorities in The Colony say the fourth-grader was found by staff at Stewart's Creek Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. Lt. Darren Brockway said that the boy "had reportedly hung himself in a bathroom" and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Autopsy results are pending.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if he was on anti-depressants.

Jan 22 14:44

The United States’ slide to corporatocracy

Following the US Supreme Court ruling that removed restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns, Daniel Patrick Welch looks forward to a day in the not-too-distant future where there will be congressmen representing corporations and where homelessness and disease will vanish because no one will count the homeless or diagnose the sick.

”To those who envision a grey, faceless corporate future, I say lighten up. I see a warmer, fuzzier world where politicians might even become sort of expensive, exotic pets, like say a python, an ostrich or a pot-bellied pig.”

Jan 22 11:33

Vancouver police officer to be sentenced for incest

The charges stem from an incident at a house party in Burnaby Aug. 1, 2009, reportedly involving the officer's sister. There is a publication ban on the name of the officer, who pleaded guilty before Vancouver provincial court Judge Jocelyn Palmer on Monday.

Neil MacKenzie, communications counsel with the criminal justice branch, said the Crown "will not be proceeding on the sexual-assault charge in view of the fact he's pleaded guilty on the incest charge."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ewwwwww........

Jan 22 11:31

Cuba, China, Venezuela Send Immediate Assistance to Haiti

As soon as the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Cuban doctors began saving lives.

Years before this monumental disaster hit, Cuba had set up a medical mission in Haiti to provide health care in areas where there had been little or none; Cubans also were training Haitian medical workers in basic first aid. When the quake struck, these teams quickly went into emergency mode.

A relief plane from Venezuela was among the first to land in the stricken country, where normal services had ground to a halt. Venezuelan and Brazilian doctors soon joined the Cuban teams, who were accustomed to working in spartan conditions and had their own generators to power surgical equipment.

Jan 22 11:05

Children missing from Haiti hospitals

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday children have gone missing from hospitals in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in the country, raising fears they are being trafficked for adoption abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or prostitution.

Or worse.

Jan 22 10:01

US: Democrats agree on commission to cut Social Security, Medicare

Fourteen votes would be required to adopt any recommendation, meaning that at least half the Republicans would have to agree. This effectively ensures that only cuts in spending will be considered to lower the deficit, not tax increases on the wealthy or big business, since every congressional Republican leader has taken a "no new taxes" stand.

Jan 22 08:01

Tezcatlipoca, Hunger Porn and Corporate Obeah

This might be the time to get into Organ Harvesting Futures because the Carlyle of organ harvesters is on location, getting more press than Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. While this non-stop photo op goes on, incoming planes filled with medical supplies and all the other necessaries for treatment and recovery in Gaza’s sister city, are still being waved off and sent to The Dominican Republic. There’s a lot of angry chatter in the background about the ham handed control of ingress to Haiti. In the meantime, US ships are blocking the sea lanes so that none of those starving Haitians can make it to the forbidden mainland.

Jan 22 06:48

Air America RIP

Air America RIP, Air America to cease operations

(*not the same since Al Franken hung up his mic .Moreover; not the same since Bush / Cheney left Washington . It was great to hear AA blast the Right , but pathetic , I imagine to listen to them defend and uphold the present administration
Hartman was alright , although he got out of Dodge a while back , himself .
All in all ,predominantly Jewish ownership , management , on air personalities , essential details get left out of every subject they discuss
we've got your solution , right here . http://whatreallyhappened.com/radio)

Jan 22 01:54

1997: Secretary of Defense Reveals Earthquake Weapons Threat

from a post at Democratic Undergroound edited by Minstrel Boy on Wed Dec-24-03:

In 1997 William Cohen, then-Secretary of Defense, spoke of countries "engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves."

...My thought: if Cohen was serious, then we can assume the US is a leader in the field.

note: DoD link no longer works (surprise!). 'copy link location,' copied about:blank (though it looked like correct address it wasn't). Manually entering the address worked. Your mileage may vary.

Jan 21 17:19

How economic depression leads to fascism: history to Austria, warning to America

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Kitty Werthmann was born in Austria in 1925; her family experienced the depression-era economy and her nation’s desperate embrace of Nazi fascism. Today, she tells her story to all who will listen. Her audio testimony is transcribed below.

As a teacher of US Government classes with an Ed.M from Harvard, I can tell you that the defining US policies are now fascist and not those of a constitutional republic. This conclusion from understanding basic definitions of political theory requires only a high school-level understanding, the time to examine the objective facts of US policies, and the intellectual integrity and moral courage to tell the truth.

Jan 21 17:12

Ex-minister warns of US 'takeover' of Haiti

Haiti's former secretary of state for national defence and human rights activists has warned against the militarisation of quake relief efforts as Washington confirmed that it had 12,000 US troops deployed in or around Haiti.

Jan 21 16:14

Map of the mining and oil reserves in Haiti.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, that explains a lot!

Jan 21 13:34

Are We in Haiti because of Oil?

Once I observed the mass-murder posse of Team Obama, Bush and Clinton begin circling the wagons and the rapid US militarization of Port au Prince, including the occupation of the Presidential Palace, to the tune of now almost 10,000 US boots on the ground, I began to get suspicious. Call me crazy. I know of the sad history of Haiti imposed upon the tiny former slave nation by one imperial power after the next. But when I see 10,000 American soldiers descend upon a nation in less than a week, my radar flies into the red zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The number of US troops deploying to Haiti is now 20,000.

Jan 21 11:40

National Enquirer Was Right

Anyone think they’ll get a Pulitzer Prize for their groundbreaking reporting? A story so big that it could have ended in a disaster for the Democratic Party if Edwards had gotten the nomination. The what ifs of the primary season ring through this story on many angles. The New York Times missed it, the Washington Post and everyone else. Or maybe they just didn’t want to follow something because the National Enquirer was on it?

Jan 21 09:39

SNEAK PEEK! The Hague Observer

This is a sneak peek at the debut issue of The Hague Observer, from the people who brought you the U.N. Observer.

As the focus shifts to potential war crimes prosecutions of high officials in the US and Europe, the Hague will become a focus of world opinion.

Subscription information is inside the PDF.

WRH is not financially affiliated with The Hague Observer.

Jan 21 08:57

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

I want people to store food not only for their sake, but for mine as well. I don’t want to decide which of my kids have to go hungry when you and your unprepared kin come knocking on my door. Contrary to progressive-collectivist thinking, every individual who takes care of themselves and their families benefits society by not becoming a burden. So take responsibility now and start today.

Jan 21 08:27

The myth of Haiti’s lawless streets

To withhold aid because of the ’security situation’ is a miserable excuse for agencies’ failure to deliver desperately needed help

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in 2004 the US marines were shooting Haitians in the streets (Google "Marines Shooting Haiti").

Now the US Marines are marching through the streets of Haiti again. How do you expect the Haitians to feel about that?

Jan 21 08:13

Meritocracy and Jewish kinship networks

So I think some of the amazing record of Jewish achievement reflects discrimination; and Jews are powerful enough in this society that we ought to be conscious of that. Brooks has often praised the late sociologist E. Digby Baltzell, and Baltzell said as much about the last establishment; he said that WASPs favor other WASPs, and that it was hurting the American establishment.

I venture that the same thing is happening today in the Jewish portion of the establishment. We discriminate in favor of our own; and it’s doing a number on foreign policy.

Jan 21 06:16

Space pictures taken from garden shed

Peter Shah, 38, cut a hole in the roof of his wooden shed and set up his modest eight-inch telescope inside. After months of patiently waiting for the right moment he emerged with a series of striking images of the Milky Way.

His photographs of a vivid variety of star clusters light years from Earth have been compared to the images taken from the £2.5 billion Hubble space telescope.

But it cost Mr Shah just £20,000 to equip his garden shed with a telescope linked to his home computer. He said: "Most men like to potter about in their garden shed – but mine is a bit more high tech than most.

Jan 20 21:57

Soldiers in Haiti told to stop handing out food

Food handouts were shut off Tuesday to thousands of people at a tent city here when the main U.S. aid agency said the Army should not be distributing the packages.

It was not known whether the action reflected a high-level policy decision at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) or confusion in a city where dozens of entities are involved in aid efforts.

“We are not supposed to get rations unless approved by AID,” Maj. Larry Jordan said.

Jan 20 21:52

haiti Amateur footage

Jan 20 21:51

A Working Hospital in Haiti

Jan 20 19:58

An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

“There is evidence that the United States found oil in Haiti decades ago and due to the geopolitical circumstances and big business interests of that era made the decision to keep Haitian oil in reserve for when Middle Eastern oil had dried up. This is detailed by Dr. Georges Michel in an article dated March 27, 2004, outlining the history of oil explorations and oil reserves in Haiti and in the research of Dr. Ginette and Daniel Mathurin.

Jan 20 18:32

Profiting From Haiti's Crisis: Disaster Capitalism in Washington's Backyard

US corporations, private mercenaries, Washington and the International Monetary fund are using the crisis in Haiti to make a profit, promote unpopular neoliberal policies, and extend military and economic control over the Haitian people.

Militarization is already underway. This week the US is sending thousands of troops and soldiers to the country. The Haitian government has signed over control of its capital airport to the US. Brazil and France have already lodged complaints that US military planes are now being given priority over other flights at the international airport.

Jan 20 16:02

DON'T SEND YOUR MONEY TO HAITI!!!

In this video I encourage people to 'not' send money to Haiti but to rather send it to people currently living in tent cities in the United States. Please forward the video to your contacts. Thanks for watching!

Jan 20 14:27

Haiti: No One But the Israelis Has Come to Help

Here is some unbelievable chutzpah:

'I am delighted that CNN—an aggressively anti-Israel network—reported on the Israeli presence in Haiti. In fact, Elizabeth Cohen, CNN's medical correspondent, visibly shaken, reports that only the Israelis have set up a proper medical center, whereas America is still flailing around.

America is a great country, the greatest. But greatness comes at a price.

We are big. We are bloated with political opportunists, bureaucrats protecting their fiefdoms, and mountains of paper work. Big is not necessarily better, sometimes it's just, um, bigger.

Jan 20 13:52

Jamaican medical team by Haiti airport runway

Too big a task - Medics worry they can't 'heal' Haiti
Published: Wednesday | January 20, 2010
Laura Redpath, Senior Gleaner Writer
At the end of their first day in Haiti, Jamaican medical practitioners said they did not feel as if they did much because there was more surgery required than anything else. There were at least 20 medics and three of them were surgeons.
"Spending a night under the stars may sound lovely until you do it at the Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, on a cot next to the runway."

Jan 20 13:31

Aid 'piled up' at US controlled Haiti airport

Aid 'piled up' as Haiti stays hungry
Updated on 20 January 2010
By Channel 4 News
UN officials insist emergency relief is now starting to get through in quake hit Haiti, but Channel 4 News Producer Hannah Storm says many aid supplies remain piled up at the airport.
"So back to the airport where just to my right on the tarmac outside the terminal building, I can see a long row of vast American transporter planes.
The noise of trucks reversing, helicopters landing and plane engines running.Dozens of men and women wearing US military fatigues sit or walk around."

Jan 20 10:10

Washington shuts door on Haitian refugees

The Obama administration has taken extraordinary measures to prevent desperate Haitians from entering the US since a January 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation, killing an estimated 200,000, making at least 1.5 million homeless, and orphaning 1 million children. The effort to bar Haitians from entering the US—including the wounded seeking medical treatment—illustrates that the priority of the US-led intervention is not to save lives, but to establish military control over the population.

Five US Coast Guard ships have joined US Navy vessels deployed off Haiti’s coast—not to deliver food, water, and medicine to the sick and dying, but to stop any Haitians who might attempt to escape.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jan 20 10:04

One year since Obama’s inauguration

The president who ran as the candidate of "change" has continued the right-wing policies of Bush. In foreign policy, he has maintained the occupation of Iraq, increased US troop levels in Afghanistan, and expanded the war into Pakistan.

Obama has explicitly upheld the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war, by which the US arrogates to itself the right to wage war against any target it deems a present or potential danger to its interests. Yemen has become the latest target of US threats, along with Iran, while the tragedy in Haiti has been used to carry out a military occupation and strengthen the stranglehold of US imperialism on that impoverished country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With this President, "Hope and Changed" morphed into "Shock and Awe" nearly faster than the speed of light.

Jan 20 09:58

Gazans raise money for Haiti

Head of the Committee to Break the Siege Jamal Al-Khudary said "people may be astonished at our ability to collect donations from our people [in Gaza]; we tell them that this is a humanitarian campaign and our people love life and peace …"

Jan 20 09:34

Mixed Feelings For Haitians as US Troops Ramp Up Operations

Desperate though they are in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, many in Haiti are expressing disquiet at the growing American military presence in the nation, ostensibly there for humanitarian purposes.

“It’s an occupation. The palace is our power, our face, our pride,” as one Haitian was quoted by AFP. Some 50,000 homeless Haitians are camping in a square near the palace, which was taken over by American troops earlier today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, given the history of US military intervention in Haiti, Haitians have every reason to be concerned.

Jan 20 09:23

Israel's assassination policy

The Real News Network interviews relatives of recently assassinated men in Nablus in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Jan 20 09:05

“War on terror” as a cover for US terrorism

Paul J. Balles considers the USA’s use of the so-called “war on terror” as a cover for US state-sponsored terrorism against anyone who stands in the way of Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions or even questions US or Israeli policies.

Jan 20 08:52

As Global Warming Movement Collapses, Activists Already 'Test-Marketing' the Next Eco-Fear! 'Laughing Gas' Crisis? Oxygen Crisis? Plastics?

One of the most prominent eco-scares now being quietly promoted behind man-made climate fears is the allegedly "growing" nitrous oxide (a.k.a. "laughing gas") threat to the planet. See: Time for next eco-scare already?! 'Earth's growing nitrogen threat': 'It helps feed a hungry world, but it's worse than CO2'The Christian Science Monitor - January 12, 2010 - Excerpt: Nitrous oxide is nearly 300 times as potent as carbon dioxide – considered the leading cause of climate change – and the third most threatening greenhouse gas overall.

Jan 20 01:15

US Security Company Offers to Perform "High Threat Terminations" and to Confront "Worker Unrest" in Haiti

We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months. Private security companies are seeing big dollar signs in Haiti thanks in no small part to the media hype about “looters.” After Katrina, the number of private security companies registered (and unregistered) multiplied overnight. Banks, wealthy individuals, the US government all hired private security. I even encountered Israeli mercenaries operating an armed check-point outside of an elite gated community in New Orleans. They worked for a company called Instinctive Shooting International. (That is not a joke).

Jan 19 19:27

Doctors Without Borders Plane with Lifesaving Medical Supplies Diverted Again from Landing in Haiti

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) cargo plane carrying 12 tons of medical equipment, including drugs, surgical supplies and two dialysis machines, was turned away three times from Port-au-Prince airport since Sunday night despite repeated assurances of its ability to land there. This 12-ton cargo was part of the contents of an earlier plane carrying a total of 40 tons of supplies that was blocked from landing on Sunday morning. Since January 14, MSF has had five planes diverted from the original destination of Port-au-Prince to the Dominican Republic. These planes carried a total of 85 tons of medical and relief supplies.

Jan 19 19:12

Police report fatalities in Appomattox incident

Molnar also confirmed that a state police helicopter was struck by gunfire four times and was forced to land because of a fuel leak. No law enforcement officers were reported injured.

Jan 19 18:49

“From the First of the Blacks to the First of the Whites”

Felipe Coronel, AKA Immortal Technique presents a lot of history here in his "Reflections on the Haitian Revolution & present condition"

Jan 19 18:35

Outsourcing War - Rise Of Private Military Contractors

In an August 11, 2009 Global Research article titled, "The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War," Peter Dale Scott called Private Military Contractors (PMCs) businesses "authorized to commit violence in the name of their employers....predatory bandits (transformed into) uncontrollable subordinates....representing....public power in....remote places."

Jan 19 16:50

FLASHBACK (9 months ago): Looting Social Security (who, when, why, & how)

Peter Peterson, a Republican financier who made a fortune doing corporate takeover deals at Wall Street's Blackstone Group, is the Daddy Warbucks of the "fiscal responsibility" crusade. He has campaigned for decades against the dangers that old folks pose to the Republic. Now 82 and retired, Peterson claims he will spend nearly one-third of his $2.8 billion in wealth--he ranks 147 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans--alerting the public to this threat (leave aside the fact that old people have already paid for their retirement or that Social Security's modest benefits are equivalent to minimum-wage income). The major media treat him adoringly. Most reporters are too lazy (or dim) to check out the facts for themselves, so they simply repeat what Peterson tells them about Social Security.

Jan 19 15:37

Absorb MLK’s wisdom for ending immoral US wars: 2-minute video from "A time to break silence"

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The US government assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King; this is the verdict of the only trial of his murder and in agreement with his late widow, Coretta Scott King, family, and Dr. King’s friend and attorney, William F. Pepper.

Their analysis is that a fascist and dominating faction within the power structure dominating both political parties assassinated the Nobel Prize-winning leader for civil and human rights to prevent his planned summer march and camp-in of Washington D.C. in the summer of 1968 to demand ending the Vietnam War and fully funding domestic programs for the economic and educational advancement of Americans.

Jan 19 14:40

US troops take over palace as Haiti aid effort steps up a gear

From the palace, a 100-strong infantry company headed on foot to the city’s general hospital, swamped with injured left behind by last week’s catastrophic earthquake, which the Haitian Government says killed at least 70,000 and maybe three times that.

“We are here to provide security to the hospital. We work with the government of Haiti. We have rules of engagement, but we are on a humanitarian mission,” said Sergeant Bill Smith, one of the soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, it's an invasion disguised as humanitarian relief.

Jan 19 14:06

US Democrats lose Massachusetts – and the Senate

While US Democrats are shocked at the surprising vulnerablity of Edward Kennedy's Senate seat – the Liberal Lion of the Senate – US observer Daniel Patrick Welch, who lives in and writes from Kennedy's home state, is underwhelmed. Democrats have foolishly ceded the populist impulse to the right, and are now reaping what they have sown.

”Obama's handlers ... seem unaware of the anger seething at the grassroots. People are hurting, they are scared, they are angry, and Obama's cool customer routine has worn thin fast. It doesn't take a year to figure out that the same neo-liberal crap won't work, and it doesn't help that he has kept on some of the same flunkies, signed on to the same domestic as well as foreign policies, and just plain been too cautious even in a symbolic way.”

Jan 19 13:53

U.S. troops in Haiti to prevent Aristide’s return

President Obama, in keeping with his CIA lineage, has permitted the Pentagon under Robert Gates to take charge of the humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti.

Jan 19 12:50

Pat Robertson Voodoo doll on ebay

Less than ten days to go and already over 200 bucks!

Jan 19 12:42

Just what they need!

Amid the massive effort to ship tons of food, water and medicine to quake-ravaged Haiti, one U.S. religious group is rushing in hundreds of solar-powered Bibles.

Jan 19 10:13

IMF to Haiti: Freeze Public Wages

What the world should be pondering instead is: What is Haiti owed?

Haiti's vulnerability to natural disasters, its food shortages, poverty, deforestation and lack of infrastructure, are not accidental. To say that it is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere is to miss the point; Haiti was made poor--by France, the United States, Great Britain, other Western powers and by the IMF and the World Bank.

Jan 19 09:25

No plans for policing role for US troops in Haiti: Gates

Amid tensions and looting in the aftermath of the massive quake, Gates said maintaining security was "a high priority."

He added that American troops had the authority to use force to defend themselves or others if necessary.

"I think obviously anywhere we deploy our troops they have the authority and the right to defend themselves, and they also have the right to defend innocent Haitians and also members of the international community if they see something happening."

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One has to wonder if US military will be defending "innocent Haitians" the way we have been defending innocent Afghanis and Iraqis!

Jan 19 08:51

William Lind on Political Correctness: Or why the Fifties were better

Were they able, our 1950s family would head back to the 1950s as fast as they could, with a gripping horror story to tell. Their story would be of a nation that had decayed and degenerated at a fantastic pace, moving in less than a half a century from the greatest country on earth to a Third World nation, overrun by crime, noise, drugs and dirt. The fall of Rome was graceful by comparison.

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