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Aug 21 15:21

Blackwater Reaches Deal on U.S. Export Violations

WASHINGTON — The private security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, long plagued by accusations of impropriety, has reached an agreement with the State Department for the company to pay $42 million in fines for hundreds of violations of United States export control regulations.

The violations included illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan, making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan and providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers, according to company and government officials familiar with the deal.

Aug 21 13:52

Der Spiegel: US On The Verge Of Becoming Third World Nation

The American middle class is on the verge of disappearing, while the United States, itself, is in danger of becoming a third world country, a leading German newspaper says...

Aug 21 12:59

Open Letter to Inspector General Zinser - Investigate NIST Officials Shyam Sunder and John Gross

Without explanation, NIST statements & reports ignore and/or contradict:

d) Indications of extremely high temperatures in FEMA & USGS reports.[6]

e) Scores of reports of explosions in oral histories of first responders.[7]

NIST’s neglect of the very important data source of these oral histories is shocking and incomprehensible. Equally stunning is NIST’s conclusion that evidence for explosions was not found, a claim it defended later on the absurd and otherworldly justification that it did not look for that evidence.[8]

This is nothing other than the “logic of the ostrich” that refuses reality by shading its view.

Aug 21 11:41

U.S. restaurants starved for business

With consumers and businesses keeping a lid on expenses, more and more small and mid-size restaurants are throwing in their dish towels and closing up shop.

Southern California lost nearly a thousand more restaurants than it gained during the 12 months that ended in March, representing a net 2% drop that was twice the national average, according to the New York research firm NPD Group...

Aug 21 09:30

Are We Witnessing the Death of Our Planet?

Howard Beale
Activist Post

It seems that we are witnessing the death of our planet right before our very eyes. The extreme weather, Gulf oil disaster and use of deadly dispersants, to decades of agrichemical and synthetic medicines leeching into water ways, and general human pollution resulting in having to now map the North Atlantic Garbage Patch (not to be confused with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) -- has resulted in major breaches to our interdependent life system.

Here are a few recently-reported disturbing indicators that our life support system may be nearing critical condition:

Aug 21 08:58

A Serious Message from the Heart of America

The recent, so-called bail out and stimulus bills should really be called the National Mugging and National Shakedown Acts. They are funneling trillions of dollars from the people’s purses and pockets to accounts and financial institutions controlled by the wealthiest families and individuals on the planet. This is point blank robbery: the banks are robbing the people.
I say again: the nuclear missiles are the ultimate genocidal enforcer of this criminal economic arrangement, which is based on a global system of lifelong debt peonage designed to ensnare all humanity in economic bondage.

Aug 21 07:33

Fueling of Iran's Nuclear Plant Begins

Press TV
Iran has begun loading its first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr with fuel in an effort to provide the country with nuclear-generated electricity. Nuclear fuel is being transferred to the Bushehr reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and senior officials from Iran and Russia.

Aug 21 07:25

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange accused of rape

Ms Rosander said there were two separate allegations against Mr Assange, one of rape and the other of molestation.

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This may be a publicity play for sympathy, to make Julian look like a victim. Frankly, given that his "leaks" describe Bin Laden as still alive, and his dismissal of the 9-11 truth movement, there is something odoriferous about Assange's whole operation, over and above the rather large amount of money he suddenly received to play with. This may just be a PR stunt to build sympathy.

UPDATE: Yep, looking like a cheap PR stunt to build sympathy for "poor little" Julian. The warrant has been rescinded.

Aug 21 06:40

New York Times Spins UN Report on Gaza Suffering

These casualties have resulted from Israeli attacks across the Green Line (the 1949 armistice line), with soldiers firing indiscriminately at Gazan's who are frequently of nothing more than attempting to reach their own land.

Aug 21 06:37

Israel will attack Iran: Will Israel Attack Iran?!

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put forward insightful and astute questions: “why should Israel possess nuclear weapons in violation of the international law”, “why should Israel occupy the lands which don’t belong to it”, “why should Israel repeatedly threaten its neighbors and wage wars against them”, “why should Holocaust be used as a pretext to suppress the Palestinian nation?”, “why should Iran be deprived of the peaceful uses of nuclear power.

Aug 21 06:08

New guidelines could rule out many oil claims

Curt Anderson
Associated Press

A flower shop in Florida that saw a drop-off in weddings this summer is probably out of luck. So is a restaurant in Idaho that had to switch seafood suppliers. A hardware store on the Mississippi coast may be left out, too.

The latest guidelines for BP's $20 billion victims compensation fund say the nearer you are geographically to the oil spill and the more closely you depend on the Gulf of Mexico's natural resources, the better chance you have of getting a share of the money.

Aug 21 02:30

Bushehr plant to be launched on Sat.

Iran's first nuclear power plant, which is located in the southern port city of Bushehr, is scheduled to be loaded with nuclear fuel on Saturday.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Director Ali Akbar Salehi and Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Sergei Kiriyenko will be attending the inaugural ceremony of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Nuclear fuel will be transferred to the Bushehr reactor under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The startup of the plant will mark an important step in Iran's efforts to produce nuclear electricity, and it is expected that Iranians will be using nuclear-generated electricity two or three months after the launch.

Aug 20 20:59

Feds finally admit NO testing of seafood if it's been in oiled water

Gulf Oil Spill and Seafood Safety Government Panel, House Committee Energy & Commerce, Energy and Environment, August 19, 2010:

Edward Markey, (D-MA) Subcommittee Chairman.

Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, Senior Adviser Food and Drug Administration -- Science, Innovation, and Policy.

"WE HAVE SO FAR TESTED IN ABOUT 500 ANIMALS" - Donald Kraemer, Acting Deputy Director Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety.

Aug 20 20:14

US forces denied permission for the Jacobabad air strips to be used for relief operations

PAKISTAN: US government must allow air strips to be used for relief operations for 700,000 flood-affected people
Source: Asian Human Rights Commission
Date: 19 Aug 2010
AHRC-STM-176-2010
It is reported in the media that relief operations for around 700,000 persons could not be carried out because an airbase in Jacobabad district, Sindh province, is controlled by the US forces. The US forces denied permission for the air strips to be used to deliver much-needed relief to the adjoining areas which are submerged in water and where 700,000 people are trapped. As there are no other air strips in the vast area close to Jacobabad and its adjoining areas, the authorities are finding it difficult to drop the relief in the flood-affected areas.

Aug 20 15:51

GORDON DUFF: CNN COVERUP; AMERICAN CENSORSHIP IN HIGH GEAR

WHISTLEBLOWER OR “KAPO QUEEN,” AMERICAN CENSORSHIP IN HIGH GEAR

“I am in favor of the Zionist state. I would gladly kill Arabs, even slaughter them. I can’t allow Arab lovers to ruin the perfect life I lead.”….Eden Abergil

Aug 20 14:20

The Mosque or Community Center

By Debbie Menon

President Barack Obama on Friday backed the construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center, then retracted. No surprise there, to retract or weasel out, has become the norm for any American in a position of influence, including the President, the General or anyone speaking against Zionist interests in America.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community. “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said.

Aug 20 11:04

Torture. Corruption. Civil war. America Has Certainly Left Its Mark

Up to a million Iraqis are dead. Blair cares nothing about them – they do not feature, please note, in his royalties generosity. And nor do most of the American soldiers. They came. They saw. They lost. And now they say they’ve won.

Aug 20 10:17

UN report: IDF barring Gazans' access to farms, fishing zones

Over the last ten years, the Israel Defense Forces have increasingly restricted Palestinian access to farmland on the Gazan side of the Israeli-Gaza border as well as to fishing zones along the Gaza beach, a United Nations report revealed Thursday.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) wrote in the report, complied in cooperation with the World Food Program (WFP), that Israel's justification for these restrictions was the prevention of attacks on Israel, including the firing of rockets.

The report was compiled in an effort to understand the extent of the restrictions as well as their effect on the Palestinians' sense of personal security, their ability to make a living and their ability to access services. The report was based on more than 100 interviews and focus group meetings, as well as the analysis of data gathered from other sources.

According to the report, since 2008 the IDF has prevented access to land up to 1,500 meters outside the Green Line, and to naval zones up to 4.5 kilometers from the shore. All in all the IDF restricts access to 17 percent of Gaza's territory. At sea, the fishermen are completely barred from 85 percent of the naval territory to which they are entitled under the Oslo Accords.

The report estimates that some 178,000 individuals are directly affected by these access restrictions.

Aug 20 09:52

Illnesses linked to eggs will likely grow

WASHINGTON -- A salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds and led to the recall of hundreds of millions of eggs from one Iowa firm will likely grow, federal health officials said Thursday.

That's because illnesses occurring after mid-July may not be reported yet, said Dr. Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist with the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Almost 2,000 illnesses from the strain of salmonella linked to the eggs were reported between May and July, about 1,300 more than usual, he said. No deaths have been reported. The CDC is continuing to receive information from state health departments as people report their illnesses.

"I would anticipate that we will be seeing more illnesses reported likely as a result of this outbreak," said Braden. The recall of 380 million eggs from Iowa's Wright County Egg is one of the largest shell egg recalls in recent history.

Aug 20 09:43

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: A Case of Decency Deficit in Israeli Society

Former Israeli Soldier Eden Abargil seems to have decency deficit problems. If nothing else she cannot see that there is in fact violence in her photos. The Palestinian men whom she is so gleefully guarding have obviously suffered violence simply by being bound and blindfolded for resisting illegal occupation.So, is Eden Abargil’s decency deficiency a personal problem, or is she simply an acculturated, "normal" member of a society that is collectively deficient of decency?

Aug 20 09:37

Organizers: All-woman Lebanese aid ship to set sail for Gaza Sunday

Women instructed to carry blood type info in case 'they need blood transfusions in the event of being attacked by Israeli forces.'

Samar al-Hajj says the ship, the Mariam, named after the Virgin Mary, will be carrying medicine for the seaside strip. Al-Hajj said all the passengers will be women activists.

Lebanon and Israel are technically at war and Israeli officials have warned Beirut not to allow the boat to sail.

Aug 20 08:26

Why is Israel Afraid of our Cemeteries?

These efforts to break the will of the Palestinians while assaulting the remains of their dead suggests a moral bankruptcy haunting Israelis today, through which they are trying to erase the memory of Palestinian villages and towns they have destroyed out of a deep-rooted fear that history will wake up to make their lives impossible.

Aug 20 05:20

Pro-Arab Group In Holland Fined For Holocaust Cartoon

A high court in Holland ruled that a pro-Arab organization had broke the law by publishing a cartoon questioning the Holocaust...

Aug 19 22:12

Mosque fight helps al-Qaeda, says former FBI interrogator

Ali Soufan, reputed to be the FBI’s most skillful terrorist interrogator after the Sept. 11 attacks, asserted Wednesday that opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero is helping al-Qaeda.

Aug 19 22:10

Petraeus: We’re Not Leaving Iraq

As Obama Administration officials and a willing mainstream media report that yesterday was the end of the Iraq War it would likely surprise many that 56,000 US troops remain on the ground engaging in combat operations.

But it seems like the spin is even more surprising to the Pentagon leadership, as Gen. David Petraeus was pressed today on whether this was the right time to have left Iraq, and he said what he most likely wasn’t supposed to say.

Aug 19 22:06

Former IDF Soldier: 'I would gladly kill Arabs - even slaughter them'

"In war there are no rules," Abergil allegedly wrote on the wall of her profile page on the social network Facebook.
Photographs uploaded by Abergil from Ashdod and labeled "IDF – the best time of my life," depicted her smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered.

Aug 19 18:57

Steel beam saved from Ground Zero on display in Post Falls

POST FALLS, ID. -- A piece of September 11th history stopped in North Idaho Thursday night.
A steel beam from Ground Zero in New York City is making its way to Silverdale in Western Washington, but stopped at Cruisers in Post Falls for a special ceremony with police and fire personnel.

Spreading the evidence around...

Aug 19 17:19

The Conscience of Conservative Blacks, Cooperative economic survival

The Conscience of Conservative Blacks: African-Americans: The New Frontier
Opeds > 2005
Publisher: The New Coalition and The Heartland Institute
"I am not a racist, but I am a realist. And I am calling on African-Americans to start doing something. I am saying we have to accept responsibility for ourselves. We have to stop using racism as a crutch. We have to stop blaming everybody for our misery. We have to start pooling our resources, starting businesses, and supporting those businesses.... Look how many black millionaires are there. Why can’t they start pooling some resources? Investing in light manufacturing, making clothes, shoes, and all of those things? Creating jobs? Why can’t we start pooling our resources, go into businesses?"

Aug 19 17:19

Declassified: Massive Israeli manipulation of US media exposed

Russia Today interviews Grant F. Smith, Director of Institute for Research on Middle Eastern Policy Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues...

FOR MORE CONTINUE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/declassified-massive-israeli-manipula...

Aug 19 16:08

Freedom Rider: Israel, Big Money and Obama

Freedom Rider: Israel, Big Money and Obama
Wed, 08/18/2010 - 15:52 — Margaret Kimberley
Lester Crown is a Chicagoan with a net worth of four billion dollars.
According to a recently published article in The Atlantic, Israeli general Amos Yadlin traveled to Chicago in an effort to enlist Crown’s help in convincing the administration to attack Iran. White House visitor logs show that Crown did in fact visit the White House in April of this year to meet with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applied “hidden pressure” on Obama which came “from Chicago.”

Aug 19 13:22

TSA 's thug power, An infuriating search at Philadelphia Intern'l Airport

It Happens in America: An infuriating search at Philadelphia International Airport
Daniel Rubin
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 01:05 CDT
Kathy Parker has complained about an invasive airport search
At what point does an airport search step over the line?
A female Transportation Security Administration officer wanded her and patted her down, she says. Then she was walked over to where other TSA officers were searching her bags.
"Everything in my purse was out, including my wallet and my checkbook....What happened next, she says, was more than embarrassing. It was infuriating. That same screener started emptying her wallet. "He was taking out the receipts and looking at them," she said.

Aug 19 12:37

The secrets in Israel’s archives: evidence of ethnic cleansing kept under lock and key

Jonathan Cook reports that secrets of serious war crimes, such as the ethnic cleansing of the Syrian Golan Heights following the 1967 war, lay behind the Israeli government’s decision to extend from 50 to70 years the period during which sensitive state documents must remain classified.

Aug 19 12:36

Who is the Israeli state loyal to?

Neve Gordon argues that the demand of a loyalty oath in Israel has ominous similarities to the demands made by Mussolini's Italy, and that the Israeli state must “be loyal to all of its citizens, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, political opinions, national or social origin, property or birth status”

Aug 19 12:34

Fidel Castro fascinated by book on Bilderberg Club

This is why the joke is on us. Can't unite on who the enemy is outside of our two-headed hydra, one party system... yet USrael is beginning to loose its new car smell as we are realizing the debt-ridden contract and its cost over time.

"Leftists accuse the group of promoting capitalist domination, while some right-wing websites argue that the Bilderberg club has imposed Barack Obama on the United States to advance socialism."

I'd like to see what Estulin writes of the Lockerbie bombing since I was pulled from that flight at the last minute, by the Air Force, from a mandatory trip I was to take back to the states from Germany, where I worked with some of those CIA types that did go down on that flight...

Aug 19 11:32

Mac, PC, Linux - it doesn't matter as they all suck...

Let the rant begin! I just sent this little crash notifier note in my daily series or my reality show called, Crash Notifier - My Daily Time Waster, to the techies at Apple since I have nothing better to do.

As much as this happens, I should start sending them my invoice for billable time since they are taking money away from me. I did the same by sending my NSAT&T cell phone bill up the road here to NSA and told them to pay it, since I'm funding their operations as we all are with our taxes, so they can in-turn use our federal equipment and payroll spook personnel to be used against us, to spy on us in this twisted Ouroboros tax-funded intel scheme against the hand, or tail, that feeds it...

Aug 19 10:55

Video: Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, Director of 'The Tillman Story'

BAR-LEV: There's a sense that this is a story that is over. That this is something we look back on about the Bush administration. In fact, this is a story that continues to this day. Nobody's ever been called to account for their actions...This was a deliberate attempt to cover up the facts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSFuqtt3f6k&feature=player_embeddedhr

Aug 19 09:22

ACLU sues over detention in United Arab Emirates

Rights group sues CIA, FBI over American citizen's detention in United Arab Emirates.

American Civil Liberties Union lawyers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI, CIA and other federal intelligence agencies, accusing them of detaining and torturing an American citizen later convicted on terrorism charges in the United Arab Emirates.

The lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Southern California seeks information about the treatment of Naji Hamdan, an American of Lebanese origin who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in August 2008.

Aug 19 09:12

What's Up With Devvy Kidd?

Devvy Kidd, we hardly knew ye. You are no longer an official Mantiq al-Tayr babe. You know why. If you dont’ know why, “you” being Ms. Kidd and not the readers, go to Jeff Rense’s site and read her Zionist posts about how Shari’ah law is coming to court house near you soon. What pure Zionist Bullshit. Ms. Kidd should be ashamed of herself. So right on about a number of things, her doing this makes me think she’s either being black-mailed for coloring her hair or something, or that she’s lost her mind.

Aug 19 09:00

Israel Places Order For 20 F-35s; U.S. Picks Up The Tab

Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak approved an order for 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in a deal valued at around $2.75 billion, according to Haaretz. The Israeli Air Force expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in 2015. The article quotes Barak saying the F-35 costs $96 million a copy. The entire deal will be funded by American military aid.

The F-35 deal had dragged for more than two years as the IAF wanted access to the plane’s hardware and software; they also wanted to install Israeli electronic warfare and configure it to carry Israeli-made missiles. The JSF program folks said no, that the deal was a “closed package.”

Although, if the Israelis place a larger order down the road, the JSF program said more Israeli-sourced components could be installed. To sweeten terms of the deal, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy more component parts for the JSF from Israeli firms; at a price of around $4 billion.

So, the IAF gets a squadron of F-35s, Israeli industry gets more orders for JSF components, and its all paid for by American taxpayers; certainly a win-win for the Israelis. (A lose-lose to the American tax payer. - kdtroxel)

Aug 19 08:47

HR 1553 Authorizing 'Use of Force' Against Iran is Based on Pure Propaganda

Activist Post

America has not officially declared war on a nation since World War II. Yet we are now entangled in endless wars with no feasible goals, except sustained military profits and resource grabs. Instead, we vote to "authorize the use of force" just in case we may need it, which strategically limits the public debate. Although many believe that the stiff Iran sanctions detailed in HR 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act was an Act of War, the proposed HR 1553 is the actual "authorization of the use of force."

Aug 19 08:25

Fastest koala in the west: Lucky marsupial gets stuck in car grill after being hit at 50mph... and survives

Koalas are famously chilled, laid-back creatures who don't like a lot of excitement.

So imagine the shock this little critter suffered after it was hit by a car in Australia and got stuck in the front grill.

It was certainly left wide-eyed :)

Aug 19 08:12

Americans Won’t Back Attack on Iran

If the United States backs an attack on Iran, a large percentage of Americans will have nothing to do with it.
Protests and riots will begin and never stop. The US military will splinter and fall into factions. The US economy will collapse, more Americans will be sent to die in a needless war.

Aug 19 07:46

Chickenfeed for the Soul

The members of Parliament decided to do essentially nothing to meet Lebanon’s legal, moral, religious, social and political obligations to her unwanted refugees. Parliaments gesture will likely not improve the lives of many, if even a handful, of the hundreds of thousands of refugees, 62 years after their expulsion from their homes and lands in Palestine.

Aug 19 07:44

Hamas must re-brand … and take the wind out of Israel’s and America’s sails

Palestinians have been put through that sort of mangle for decades. Death and misery still stalk their daily lives thanks to piss-poor Palestinian leadership and the international community’s moral bankruptcy.

Aug 19 04:08

THE KEVIN BARRETT SHOW

NY Times “German 9/11 mosque” article plagued by false statements, Islamophobia

Not everybody “got” the ambivalent humor of my Build a Mega-Mosque on Ground Zero proposal. So I’m returning to straightfaced seriousness — all outrage and no wit. Below is today’s letter to the New York Times ombudsman.
-KB

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/the-kevin-barrett-show-2/

Aug 18 22:46

CIA forms new center to combat nukes, WMDs

Kimberly Dozier
Associated Press

The CIA is opening a counterproliferation center to combat the spread of dangerous weapons and technology, a move that comes as Iran is on the verge of fueling up a new nuclear power plant.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Wednesday that the new unit would place CIA operators side by side with the agency's analysts to brainstorm plans to "confront the threat of weapons of mass destruction - nuclear, chemical and biological."

The center would formalize the collaboration between the agency's analysts and operators, a close working relationship that CIA spokesman George Little said already has yielded intelligence successes.

Aug 18 22:09

Why Iran’s Jews are Better Off Than Gaza’s Palestinians

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is demonized in the western media. He is called an anti-Semite and the “new Hitler”. But if those claims are true, then why did the majority of Iran’s Jews vote for Ahmadinejad in recent presidential elections? Could it be that most of what we know about Ahmadinejad is just baseless rumor and propaganda?

Aug 18 21:59

Dem Leaders Join in Condemnation of ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

With a number of Republicans hoping to make political hay out of President Obama’s brief expression of conditional support for the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, Democratic leaders are looking to jump on the bandwagon as well, publicly condemning the construction of the community center on “hallowed ground.”

Aug 18 19:16

Digital Drugs, The Latest Hyped Scare for Parents & Teachers

The new scary 'digital drugs,' gateway to harder stuff. Should you be worried?

Maybe you should spend some time -- no, not snooping through their computer or installing spyware on their cell -- maybe you should spend some quality time... with your kids. Going hiking maybe. When was the last time you hung out with your kids?

Aug 18 18:44

Bob Nichols: EVACUATE NOW! This is Not a Drill

(San Francisco) – Russia is burning down this summer. The smoke is engulfing Moscow and the European Union. Embassies are emptying.

What’s the deal?

Thousands of forest fires are burning all over Russia. More importantly, the nuclear weapons factories and reactors around Mayak and the former Soviet Union’s Uranium Project are going up in smoke. The smoke is toxic and radioactive in every possible sense of the words.

Aug 18 18:37

America Cannot Go to War for Israel

America Cannot Go to War for Israel
Ahmed Moor
Posted: August 18, 2010 03:26 PM
The Zionists Benjamin Netanyahu, Jeffrey Goldberg and George Will want young American men and women to attack Iran on behalf of Israel. These are the same men who wanted young American men to attack Iraq. But Iran is not Iraq, and many thousands of Americans will die in the next war. This will not be a cakewalk or a slam dunk. And no enwreathed children will greet Americans in the streets with lily-white flower petals.

Aug 18 17:30

Hamas must rebrand and take the wind out of Israel’s and America’s sails

By Stuart Littlewood

Littlewood calls on Hamas – indeed, on all Palestinians – to hone their long-neglected public relations strategy, arguing that “whoever rules in Palestine will never win any battles with Israel or the US without a proper media set-up and an effective communications strategy”.

In the five years since I became interested in the Palestinians, only two things of positive note have happened in the occupied territories.

The Palestinians held full and fair elections in 2006 to establish themselves as a democracy – and much good it did them.

Aug 18 16:52

Accountability and Transparency in the World of Big Money:Banks too Big to Fail and too Big to Jail

Curiously, this is NOT a story that most media outlets explore or follow up on. I made the film PLUNDER The Crime Of Our Time to investigate the crisis as crime story, not just a business problem. This is an argument made by many including Delaware Senator Ted Kauffman, former bank regulator Bill Black, billionaire investor Jim Chanos and others.

We all wonder why there have been so few prosecutions and convictions of Wall Street higher ups.

Aug 18 16:24

BBC’s gift to Israel: a distorted documentary about the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Kenneth O’Keefe, who witnessed the Israeli assault on the Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, highlights the prejudices, distortions and lies of the BBC, whose Panorama programme on 15 August propagated the Israeli line regarding the assault on the aid ship and murder of nine peace activists, hook, line and sinker.

Aug 18 16:23

Hamas must rebrand and take the wind out of Israel’s and America’s sails

Stuart Littlewood calls on Hamas – indeed, on all Palestinians – to hone their long-neglected public relations strategy, arguing that “whoever rules in Palestine will never win any battles with Israel or the US without a proper media set-up and an effective communications strategy”.

Aug 18 16:22

Can Anthony Blair’s five million pounds resurrect Dr David Kelly?

Christopher King argues that Tony Blair’s decision to pay blood money to a UK servicemen’s charity should not detract from the need to release the postmortem report on the death of Iraq war whistleblower and UN weapons inspector David Kelly, who allegedly committed suicide but is suspected of having been murdered by US, Israeli or UK agents.

Aug 18 15:39

Ray Bradbury hates big government: 'Our country is in need of a revolution' spawning the New Hit Single "F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury"

Ray Bradbury is mad at President Obama, but it's not about the economy, the war or the plan to a construct a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

“He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon,” says the iconic author, whose 90th birthday on Aug. 22 will be marked in Los Angeles with more than week's worth of Bradbury film and TV screenings, tributes and other events. “We should never have left there. We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when wedo that, we will live forever..."

Maybe the video came first, some cart before horse semantics here, but either way it is funny for the adults in the room.

Aug 18 13:08

Suburban Dallas gunman who attacked police, killed self, certified as law officer

A security guard who once was certified to work in state law enforcement killed himself during a shootout with suburban Dallas police after luring officers outside by setting his pickup truck on fire, officials said Wednesday.

The Collin County Medical Examiner's Office said Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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The American people have just been pushed to the breaking point.

Aug 18 11:59

40 Bizarre Statistics That Reveal The Horrifying Truth About The Collapse Of The U.S. Economy

What we are now witnessing are the early stages of the complete and total breakdown of the U.S. economic system. The U.S. government, state governments, local governments, businesses and American consumers have collectively piled up debt that is equivalent to approximately 360 percent of GDP.

Aug 18 11:35

Family Claims Mercury In Meat

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local family tells Action 10 News they found mercury in their meat while cooking hamburgers on Sunday night.

They say two of their boys got sick from the potentially deadly chemical, and after returning from the doctor's office Monday afternoon, they called police.

The family showed Action 10 a Ziploc bag that contained meat as well as a silvery fluid material that they claim seeping out of the ground beef bought from the HEB at Alameda and Robert.

The family called poison control Sunday night after their 13-year old and 17-year old sons got sick.

Aug 18 10:55

The Anacondas and the Jesus Jumping Girl.

As it ever was, most of the world is struggling to get or to hold on to their little piece of what’s important while being compelled to trade off what is important, for the security of appearing to be, because a handful of not so empty suits did an HIV tag marker thing on the thing that made you lose it for something else, that wasn’t worth shit. Ask Jack. He knows

Aug 18 08:43

Of Motes, Beams, and Holy Wars

Murray's contention that no American should be forced to subsidize Sharia in any form is incontestably correct, as is his objection to the utterly unconstitutional federal takeover of AIG. However, it's difficult to see how he has standing to sue, given that he volunteered his services to establish Sharia law in Iraq and Afghanistan -- a fact proudly detailed in his lawsuit.

Aug 18 08:11

The IDF’s Sociopathic Mentality Towards Palestinians: a Reflection of the Israeli “State of Min

In a news item reminiscent of the shocking and disturbing photos that came out of Iraq’s notorious Abu-Ghraib prison a few years ago, now ex-IDF soldier Eden Aberjil has posted images of herself on Facebook in which she is seen posing in front of bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainees.

Aug 18 08:10

You Want THEM To Control Healthcare?

Anyone who believes that the federal government can manage anything efficiently is 8 years old, rationally challenged, or in the business of profiting from the federal government’s inefficiency. The only thing the federal government can do with precision is destroy things (and people). That is the one thing the feds can do with complete and total proficiency.

Aug 18 08:10

'Israel has 3 days to strike Iran' : PNAC War Criminal Bolton

Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton said Monday that if Israel wants to prevent Iran from acquiring a working nuclear plant, then a military strike must be launched against the Bushehr nuclear power facility within the next three days or by August 21. The comments were made in an interview with the Fox Business Network.

Bolton warned that once the Bushehr facility is operational it will be too late for a military air strike against Iran because such an attack would spread radiation and harm Iranian civilians.

"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it," Bolton said.

---Comment---

Iran is perusing a peaceful nuclear energy program, signed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and has allowed and passed all IAEA inspections. Fox is once again playing the war monger fear game. -- kdtroxel

Aug 18 07:44

Sugar Beets- Monsanto Wins Again

Last Friday a federal judge imposed a nationwide ban on GMO sugar beets and it was overturned the next business day. Sugar beets comprise 50% of the sugar used in US food, and 95% of the sugar beets grown in the US are GMO. It is the jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture to determine whether plants are environmentally safe; this case is about whether the plants can cross pollinate (by wind, insects, etc) and contaminate other plants. This could have cost Monsanto billions of dollars.

Monsanto's GMOs, which no one would want if they fully understood the health and contamination dangers, have thoroughly infiltrated America's farms and food supply by way of government regulations, which is how monopolies are created. The Rockefellers have practiced food control for generations and fund biotechnology. The US government has worked in opposition to farmers and public health in granting Monsanto patents on seeds, thus enabling Monsanto's licensing agreements with farmers that keep the farmers paying royalties even after they stop growing Monsanto products. The United Nations has been complicit in spreading GMO seeds across the world through WTO regulations and other means. Many environmental NGOs are accredited through the UN, "non-profit" organizations (tax-exempt is a better description because many of these 501(c)3 organizations reap plenty of profits) and tax-exempt foundations all work together to pursue the Agenda 21 Sustainable Development goals of depopulation and total control, using the environment as the excuse.

Aug 18 07:08

Muslims have More Reasons to Hate the US than the Other way Around

So, you hate us because of the 9/11 events. Well, 99% of Muslims condemned in the strongest terms these terrorist acts. And we are sorry for the umpteenth time for the death of dozens of hundreds of innocent Americans, including Muslims, in these terrorist attacks.

Aug 18 07:03

Lebanon scatters a little chicken feed and labels it ‘manna from heaven’

By Franklin Lamb

Part XI of a series on securing civil rights for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon “Palestinian guests in Lebanon are working with total freedom. First of all we do not refer to them as “refugees”. They are our brothers who are suffering and in a very difficult situation that they did not cause [...]

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/lebanon-scatters-a-little-chicken-fee...

Aug 18 07:03

Israel should not keep its History Behind Lock and key

One document in particular, Plan Dalet, demonstrated the army’s intention to expel the Palestinians from their homeland. Its existence explains the ethnic cleansing of more than 80 per cent of Palestinians in the war, followed by a military campaign to destroy hundreds of villages to ensure the refugees never returned.

Aug 18 05:44

Genetically Manipulated Crops: The GMO Catastrophe in the USA. A Lesson for the World

ABC Television, a major US national network, made a recent documentary about the super-weeds under the rubric, “super weeds that can’t be killed.”[1]

They interviewed farmers and scientists across Arkansas who described fields overrun with giant pigweed plants that can withstand as much glyphosate as farmers are able to spray. They interviewed one farmer who spent almost €400000 in only three months in a failed attempt to kill the new super-weeds.

The new super-weeds are so robust that harvester combines are unable to harvest the fields and hand tools break trying to cut them down. At least 400000 hectares of soybean and cotton in Arkansas alone have become invested with this new mutant biological plague. Detailed data on other agricultural regions is not available but believed similar. The pro-GMO and pro-agribusiness US Department of Agriculture has been reported lying about the true state of US crop harvest partly to hide the grim reality and to prevent an explosive revolt against GMO in the world’s largest GMO market.

Aug 18 02:31

Americans Won’t Back Attack on Iran

By Tim King of Salem-News.Com
If Iran is attacked, a large percentage of Americans will have nothing to do with it.

Artwork by the amazing Carlos Latuff & Jame-Jam. Carlos is a friend of Salem-News.com located in Rio de Janeiro. To see more of his work, visit: Latuff Gallery

(SALEM, Ore.) – Want to see the end of the world as we know it? If you do, you are in luck, because your chance to see the future of your kids and grandkids go up in smoke is nearing, and if the republicans and Israelis’ have anything to say about it, the grand final act will be here before you know it.

Aug 17 22:41

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Feeding At The Pentagon Trough

strong>U.S. now appears hopelessly devoted to maintaining the economic activities of the military-industrial complex regardless of need, efficiency, or cost. Why so? Because, he tells us, almost four million Americans are directly employed by either the military or military related companies and corporations.

Aug 17 21:55

The ‘Atlantic’ runs a rationale for war by a journalist embedded in the Israeli psychosis

I finally read Jeffrey Goldberg's piece on the likely Israeli attack on Iran in The Atlantic, The Point of No Return, and I'm surprised. Surprised that Goldberg would put it out there, given his role in promoting the Iraq war on a dubious basis and his admission last year on Israeli TV that Zionists have an interest re Iran that conflicts with the American interest; surprised that the Atlantic would run it, given the piece's relentless ethnocentrism and emotional appeal to Jews and the Israel lobby on behalf of the Obama hawks; and finally, surprised that more journalists have not stepped up to attack this dangerous piece as a crude manifestation of the Israel lobby in our politics.

Aug 17 21:41

More evidence that Israel’s image has dramatically shifted

Robert Mackey of the Times did a good piece today about the former Israeli soldier's facebook photos of humiliated Palestinian prisoners. He mentions Breaking the Silence's collection of similar photos, he quotes a Palestinian on routine humiliation. He leads with the former soldier's statement that she feels like she did nothing wrong.

Aug 17 20:35

Et Tu Obami, Stabbing the Gulf Coast in the Back?

By crafting this illusion of safe beaches, safe food, safe air, the President, BP, the Coast Guard and all the other prostituted government agencies are going to sucker God knows how many unknowing American men, women and children into poisoning, sickening or perhaps even killing themselves through cancers or organ failure by swimming, eating and breathing toxins that the former are callously trying to cover up for various underhanded motives. This is yet another stab in the back by Orwellian Obama and his gang of coverup artists, the very people who are supposed to be protecting us, while a criminal corporation, you know who, clearly the Alpha Dog here, calls the main shots. Obama has reaally deepened his bad Karma here, tooling his own daughter in an attempt to get other parents to expose their daughters to the lurking hazards in the Gulf. Et tu, Obami?

Aug 17 20:28

Real Aircraft Loses Wing, Lands Safely

A Rans S-9 Chaos piloted by 22-year-old Dino Moline lost its wing during an air show routine in Argentina, Sunday. Because it was equipped with a Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) full-plane parachute system, the pilot survived uninjured.

Aug 17 19:48

MASS DELUSION - AMERICAN STYLE

Delusional Americans all over the country believed in the new internet paradigm. Fools thought "bricks and mortar" retailers were dead. Morons quit their jobs so they could get rich day trading. Wall Street hucksters took advantage of this hysteria by attaching .COM to every ridiculous IPO they shilled to the American public. Wall Street knew these companies were pieces of crap, but they churned out the IPOs as quickly as possible while the getting was good. The Wall Street oligarchs made billions and the delusional American public got screwed. You would think that average Americans would have learned their lesson after this experience. Theydid not. They continued to buy into the Wall Street lies about stocks being a sure pathto riches. The fact is that the S&P 500 is currently at the same level it was in March 1998. On an inflation adjusted basis, it is 25% below the level of 1998. You don't hear this information on CNBC because the oligarchs that control the media need the delusion to continue in order to harvest more riches from the ignorant masses.

Aug 17 16:13

Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan: Diplomacy of Brotherhood

Kourosh Ziabari (Salem-News.Com)

The three countries stressed the importance of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and underlined the inalienable right of the NPT member states to use the nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

(TEHRAN) - The Trilateral Summit of the presidents of three Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan wrapped up on 5 August in Tehran and recorded another unforgettable event in the memory of the three brother nations.

Aug 17 16:03

Ken O’Keefe: A Beautiful Gift from the BBC

By Ken O’Keefe
If you Haven’t Seen It, Check out the BBC Panorama’s “Death in the Med” program (watch video below) and You’ll be Treated to First Class Propaganda as Only the BBC Can Deliver

I am one of the passengers/witnesses interviewed for this program and I am very much aware of BBC’s role in justifying war and covering up Israeli crimes. I am in no way naive about this; to the contrary my motivation for the interview lay largely in the all too likely opportunity to expose the BBC.

Aug 17 14:59

No room for Arab students at Israeli universities

Jonathan Cook reports on new discriminatory practices by Israeli universities designed to further tighten the screws on the country’s Arab citizens by excluding them from university higher education.

Aug 17 14:57

British Zionists target children’s paintings to minimize Israeli Gaza war crimes impact on public

Gilad Atzmon considers the attempts by British Zionists stop an exhibition of paintings by children from Gaza from being shown in UK schools in order to minimize the impact of Israeli war crimes on the British public.

“… what the Jewish community leaders who rush to assist the Jewish state are doing is giving a clear message of Jewish collective support of Israel and its crimes.”

Aug 17 14:55

British Zionists join far-right organization to promote Islamophobia and racism in UK

Gilad Atzmon considers the background and significance of a newly-formed alliance between British Zionists and the far-right English Defence League, which has set up a “Jewish Division” led by a Jewish-Brazilian émigré called Roberta Moore.

Aug 17 14:14

Ramadan Kareem from the Netanyahu and Obama Administrations

Nothing prevents Israel from terrorizing the Palestinian population, whether by its own army or the surrogate militia founded by the US and run by the Palestinian Authority to pacify its own population, whether by settlers who shoot and beat Palestinians and burn their crops with no fear of arrest, or by undercover agents.

Aug 17 14:11

Welcome to Lebanon: Graveyard of the Arrogant

Why has Lebanon ended up as the graveyard of so many invaders? Israelis used to say in the 1960s that one of their military bands would be enough to conquer the country.Within a few years of the Israeli invasion of 1982 Israeli soldiers returning home would throw themselves to the ground to kiss Israeli soil as soon as they crossed the border, thankful only to have made it back alive.

Aug 17 13:51

The Mosque "controversy" is proof that much of our population lives via TV

The "ground zero" Mosque controversy is a wake up call. It shows how deeply Television influences the mind of the common citizen. Many in our population are taking their "que's" on how to live life from the TV.

Aug 17 11:04

Karzai wants private security firms out of Afghanistan

KABUL -- American officials were stunned Monday by a surprise announcement from President Hamid Karzai's spokesman calling for the dissolution within four months of the private security companies that foreign armies and aid organizations in Afghanistan rely on to do their daily work.

The move signaled a new effort by the Karzai government to assert Afghan control over the work of foreigners, and it presented a fresh challenge to the United States government, which quickly made clear its belief that the deadline was too ambitious.

---Comment---

Good move on President Karzai, hopefully requiring the pull out of private security, lessons the burden of the American tax-payer. But I have a doubt, for this country is drunk on American tax money. - kdtroxel

Aug 17 10:56

Obama demands access to Internet records without court review

'Big Brother is watching you.' Yet another move toward a totalitarian government has secretly occurred that bears ominous signals for personal freedom.

Barack Obama is demanding access to the Internet records of average citizens, in secret, and without court review.

"The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual's internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.

"In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, The Washington Post reported last month that "the administration wants to add just four words--'electronic communication transactional records'--to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval."

Aug 17 10:36

Target Ain't People

In January, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited $$ in our elections.

In July, Target gave $150,000 to the anti-gay, anti-worker candidate for Gov. of MN.

Last week, a quarter million people pledged to boycott Target

Aug 17 10:33

It Came from Beneath the Valley of the New Shangri-La.

A very annoying and clueless individual was haranguing me recently about seeking money from the same sources that I criticize and being nasty about it at the same time, yadda yadda. I am seeking and going to get the funds from the universe, regardless of the medium and it should be understood that though I have lived, by choice, with very little for long periods of time that I do not question the relevance of money or the coming and going of civilizations. I question motives and methodologies and mostly because they are inefficient, not because they are wrong. Criticism, with the intent of improvement, is a most worthy tool.

Aug 17 05:10

All not well in tilt-rotor land as USMC's V-22 Ospreys turn into another MIC boondogle.

Unfortunately, the media lacks experts who understand how corrupt the weapons' procurement process has become. Reporters are happy to submit news releases from Bell-Boeing as news reports, and quote lies as facts. Those that refuse are reassigned by editors after a deluge of complaints from Marine Generals. As a result, G2mil produced a dozen articles over the years about this scandal. These are posted here along with the few insightful reports and news stories.

Aug 16 19:44

How do you solve a problem like Syria?

By Samira Quraishy

As Russia prepares to deliver fuel for Iran’s nuclear reactors, it is worth casting a reviewer’s eye over the potential for further conflict in the Middle East. In one corner we have the Zionist state of Israel and its somewhat reluctant – although faithful-ally, the United States. In the other corner we have Iran, Lebanon and Syria and their various proxies.

Aug 16 19:40

Economic Hitmen by John Perkins

An animated interview of John Perkins, author of ‘HoodWinked’ and ‘Confessions Of An Economic Hitman’

John Perkins has seen the signs of today’s economic meltdown before.
The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease.

WATCH THE 2 MINUTE INTERVIEW AND READ MORE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/economic-hitmen-by-john-perkins/

Aug 16 19:33

GORDON DUFF: PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE, THE AMERICAN PRESS

STEALING AMERICA’S FREEDOMS LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT…

It’s 2010 and a few members of congress have noted that we have a corruption problem in Afghanistan. Over a period of 9 years. $2.4 trillion dollars has been stolen with a dozen enquiries, dozens of reports, audits, all saying the same thing. The “war on terror” was more “pickpocketing” and not so much “Osama bin Waldo.” It’s 2010 and reports are trickling in that, just maybe, terrorist mastermind Osama has been dead for years and years. More reports tell us, finally, that he never ran a terror organization at all. For years, all those threats from a dead man. What a pack of fools we are.

Aug 16 19:28

Bin Laden is Dead; Long Live “Bin Laden”

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
Who’s keeping the terror myth alive?

In the trigger-happy post-9/11 world, the favoured way to instigate a war is to demand that the designated “evildoer” prove a negative.

Iraq was invaded because it couldn’t prove that it didn’t have WMDs. Iran is under constant threat of attack unless it can demonstrate that it’s not seeking nuclear weapons. And now Pakistan is being chastised for allegedly harbouring Osama bin Laden—who in all probability has been dead and buried for eight years.

Aug 16 14:44

Snitker Beats Rubio In Straw Poll

In a shocking upset, grassroots U.S. Senate candidate Alexander Snitker defeated GOP frontrunner Marco Rubio in a straw poll held at the Florida Liberty Summit hosted by Campaign for Liberty at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida this weekend.

The Libertarian Senate hopeful not only won the straw poll, but defeated Rubio by a landslide. The final results were...

Aug 16 12:50

EVACUATE NOW!: Russia's Radioactivity Unleashed

EVACUATE NOW!: This is Not a Drill
August 15, 2010 posted by Bob Nichols
REUTERS / Denis Sinyakov - Forest fires hit areas remaining radioactive since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Thousands of forest fires are burning all over Russia. More importantly, the nuclear weapons factories and reactors around Mayak and the former Soviet Union’s Uranium Project are going up in smoke. The smoke is toxic and radioactive in every possible sense of the words.
As of 8/15/2010 all personnel in Russia and the European Union are advised to evacuate immediately. I repeat. This is not a drill. If you can’t leave, get your kids out. It may be too late already.

Aug 16 12:50

Porno for Pessimists

I don’t need to remind you that—little more than a month after Lindgren and Harris mocked Celente’s wacky conspiracy theories—“Tea (Taxed Enough Already?) Party” protests began to pop up all across the nation to revolt against everything from TARP bailouts to mandatory health insurance.

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Every time the bloggers came out with a well considered prognostication about future events, the government and corporate PR shills would hurl ridicule and abuse, and attempt to silence our warnings that agreement with various policies would be to the benefit of the ruling class and detrimental to everyone else in the nation. But that was then and this is now and the hard reality is that the bloggers were for the most part correct while the corporate media and government promises and claims were so much empty air.

Today the citizen's media (a better name than blog-o-sphere IMHO) has won the lion's share of the audience, while the audience share and trust in the corporate media has plummeted. Most people get their political news off of the internet these days much to the annoyance of those who grew up with an unshakable sense of being able to lie with impunity as the path to power and great wealth.

We were telling you the truth. The government was lying. That situation persists to this very day.

Of course, as this article illustrates, neither the government nor the corporate media will ever outright admit they lied to the public. Those rising internet stars they cannot buy off or otherwise co-opt will simply be ignored as the powers that be struggle to find ways to sell the old lies in the new world.

Personally, I think the effort doomed to fail. The internet has changed the fundamental nature of how information flows in our society just as dramatically as Gutenberg's movable type printing and there is no going back. We are entering an age where government and business must be more honest with the public, or simply cease to exist. The age of lies is coming to an end. Truth is winning. Deal with it.

Aug 16 11:25

Gregg Gutfeld Says He Plans to Open Gay Bar Next to Mosque

How mature of him...

Aug 16 10:36

Bin Laden is Dead; Long Live “Bin Laden”

As Antiwar.com editor Justin Raimondo put it, Adam Gadahn is “an awfully odd figure, whose sudden evolution from a nice Jewish boy into Osama bin Laden’s Goebbels is just a little hard to take.”

Aug 16 08:19

The Best Gold Interview of 2010

Much of what passes for “insider” information these days is often conspiracy-edged or largely conjecture. True inside information is actually hard to come by. So what follows is the refreshingly candid and uncut version of my talk with a first-hand participant in the murky and little-understood world of gold bullion, mints, and bullion dealers.

Aug 16 07:07

Harvard University fund sells all Israel holdings

By Hillel Koren

No reason for the sale was mentioned in the report to the SEC.

In another blow to Israeli shares, the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings in Israeli companies during the second quarter of 2010. No reason for the sale was mentioned. The Harvard Management Company manages Harvard University’s endowment.

Aug 16 07:04

GREENWALD: How propagandists function: Exhibit A

by Glenn Greenwald (source: Salon Magazine)

Jeffrey Goldberg, in the new cover story in The Atlantic, on an Israeli attack on Iran:

Israel has twice before successfully attacked and destroyed an enemy’s nuclear program. In 1981, Israeli warplanes bombed the Iraqi reactor at Osirak, halting — forever, as it turned out — Saddam Hussein’s nuclear ambitions; and in 2007, Israeli planes destroyed a North Korean-built reactor in Syria. An attack on Iran, then, would be unprecedented only in scope and complexity.

Good news! Israel can successfully end a country’s nuclear program by bombing them, as proven by its 1981 attack on Iraq, which, says Goldberg, halted “forever, as it turned out — Saddam Hussein’s nuclear ambitions.”

Aug 16 06:48

Now that's a birdie: Kestrel makes a plucky recovery after being knocked out cold by a golf ball

All golfers strive for a birdie and the occasional eagle - some even dream of hitting an albatross or the mythical condor.

But one lucky golfer can now spend long hours in the clubhouse regaling his mates with the time he once hit a 'kestrel'.

The only trouble is that it is not a rare golfing score - he actually struck a hovering kestrel with his ball, knocking it out of the sky and leaving it with a king-sized headache.

Aug 16 06:46

Street artist braves deadly Moscow smog to create amazing 3D waterfall on capital's streets

Street artist Edgar Mueller has spent three 'terrifying' days transforming a Moscow pavement into a jaw-dropping waterfall scene.

Stunning stuff

Aug 16 06:43

10 Signs The U.S. is Becoming a Third World Country

Activist Post

The United States by every measure is hanging on by a thread to its First World status. Saddled by debt, engaged in wars on multiple fronts with a rising police state at home, declining economic productivity, and wild currency fluctuations all threaten America's future.

Aug 16 06:42

Fredrick Toben: Materialism that Sustains the Western Democracies is Exhausting Itself

Dr. Fredrick Toben
The materialism that still physically sustains the western democracies is exhausting itself. This is so evident by the number of countries where US troops are stationed. This physical overreach has a negative impact on the US itself, one being that its physical infrastructure is falling apart.

Aug 16 05:44

Federal Judge Revokes USDA Approval Of Monsanto's Genetically Modified Sugar Beets

Michael Liedtke
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has revoked the government's approval of genetically altered sugar beets until regulators complete a more thorough review of how the scientifically engineered crops affect other food.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White Friday means sugar beet growers won't be able to use the modified seeds after harvesting the biotechnology beets already planted on more than 1 million acres spanning 10 states from Michigan to Oregon. All the seed comes from Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Aug 16 04:23

China Overtakes Japan as World's Second-Biggest Economy

China surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy last quarter, capping the nation’s three- decade rise from Communist isolation to emerging superpower...

Aug 16 04:19

China Overtakes Japan as World's Second-Biggest Economy

China surpassed Japan as the world’s second-largest economy last quarter, capping the nation’s three- decade rise from Communist isolation to emerging superpower...

Aug 16 00:55

Putting Government First

Where a man's purse is, there his heart will be also.

If you would know where the heart of the Obama party is today, consider. In the dog days of August, with temperatures in D.C. rising above 100, Nancy Pelosi called the House back to Washington to enact legislation that could not wait until September.

Purpose: Vote $26 billion to prevent layoffs of state, municipal and county employees whose own governments had decided they had to be let go if they were to meet their constitutional duty to balance their books.

Workers their own governments thought expendable, Congress decided were so essential, it borrowed another 26 thousand million dollars from China to keep them on state and local payrolls.

Aug 15 21:35

Talks with N. Ireland dissidents no betrayal: police chief

Talks with N. Ireland dissidents no betrayal: police chief
AFP
Sun Aug 15, 6:12 pm ET
BELFAST (AFP) – Northern Ireland's police chief said on Sunday that opening talks with armed groups would not amount to a betrayal, despite recent bomb attacks that have targeted members of the police and army.
Chief Constable Matt Baggott said dissident republicans, who are seeking to derail the province's peace process and have been blamed for the attacks, had to be confronted to bring an end to the violence.

Aug 15 17:31

In Pak, US to use 'scalpel', not 'hammer', against Qaida

In Pak, US to use 'scalpel', not 'hammer', against Qaida
AGENCIES, Aug 16, 2010
The US intensified the CIA's drone missile campaign in Pakistan and elsewhere against al-Qaida as part of its shadow war against the outfit and its allies, the report said. The US is pursuing Qaida militants with robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists, the New York Times said.
The Pentagon is tapping a network of private contractors to gather intelligence about things like militant hide-outs in Pakistan. "Where we want to get is to much more small scale, preferably locally driven operations," said Representative Adam Smith who serves on the Intelligence and Armed Services Committees.

Aug 15 16:55

Another Blow to Israel: Harvard University Fund Sells all Israel Holdings

the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings in Israeli companies during the second quarter of 2010. No reason for the sale was mentioned. The Harvard Management Company manages Harvard University’s endowment.

Aug 15 15:45

Presence of U.S. troops on Pakistani soils brings controversy

Presence of U.S. troops on Pakistani soils brings controversy
August 14, 2010
"The natural calamity has provided the United States with the best excuse to step onto the Pakistani soil," a foreign journalist touring the flood affected areas in the northwest commented on anonymity in the backdrop of rising anti-American sentiment.
USS Peleliu, a helicopter borne amphibious assault ship moored in open waters off the coast of southern port city of Karachi with 19 "multi-purpose" helicopters and 1,000 marines set to operate in partnership with Pakistani military throughout the country's flood affected areas.

Aug 15 12:13

9-year-old organizes donation drive for apartment fire victims

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Dozens of people who lost their homes and most of their belongings in a huge apartment fire Monday will get a few things back thanks to a nine-year-old girl who felt like she had to do something.

Here's a story to inspire us all... some good news for a change. If a 9-yr-old girl can take it upon herself to help others, so can we all. Take action, even small action... you never know where it will lead.

Aug 15 12:02

Students urged to get vaccinated to head off H1N1 virus

SPOKANE -- The start of school is just around the corner and that means the beginning of flu season. But the big question is will the H1N1 virus be as serious as last year.

Here they go again.
Even if it *is* as serious as last year, that still makes it a 'non-starter' as I remember it being not-so-serious. Still, the scare tactics begin. Will the government makes inoculations mandatory (fines, imprisonment even?)? We'll have to see... but start speaking out against it now... don't wait!

Aug 15 11:49

Knesset Outsources US Campus Public Diplomacy to Militant Christian Zionists

A bi-partisan group of Israel's Ministers of Kenesset (Israel's Parliament) has partnered with a Christian Zionist organization to recruit Evangelical students to represent Israel on US campuses:

Aug 15 11:36

Israeli Belligerence prompts Fascist Support in the West

It is one of the paradoxes of Israel that the Jewish state has a lot of support amongst right-wing and fascist groups in the West. The common factor appears to be hostility towards Islam and Muslims; in short, Islamophobia. Israel’s belligerence against the Palestinians (the Christians amongst whom are overlooked by the extreme right) is championed.

Aug 15 11:32

How Propagandists Function

Jonathan Schwarz, who flagged this contradiction, documents how Goldberg's dishonest propaganda begins in the very first sentence of his new Atlantic article, which reads: "It is possible that at some point in the next 12 months, the imposition of devastating economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran will persuade its leaders to cease their pursuit of nuclear weapons." Schwarz explains the obvious:

The official position of the U.S. intelligence community about this remains the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate. And it said Iran stopped pursuing nuclear weapons in 2003. Maybe it was wrong, or maybe something's changed since then. But it is the essence of Goldberg-itude to simply ignore this and assert the opposite as unquestionable fact.

In other words, the core premise of Goldberg's article -- that Iran is currently pursuing nuclear weapons -- is asserted, in the very first sentence, as indisputable fact without so much as acknowledging, let alone resolving, the substantial evidence casting serious doubt on that scary claim.

Aug 15 11:09

Death of the American Dream

Steven Forrest
Activist Post

It is astounding to me the level of xenophobic propelled action taking place in reaction to the development of an Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero. I have seen numerous postings on Facebook and Self-declared Righteous Politicians touting the immorality of it by using images of the 9-11 attacks as bait for the hate hungry. When will we start acting like America again?

Aug 15 10:45

Jobless millions signal death of the American dream for many

America appears to be a society splitting down the centre, shattering the middle class that long formed the cultural bedrock of the country and dividing it into a country of haves and have-nots. "A once unthinkable level of economic distress is in the process of becoming the new normal," warned Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman in a recent New York Times column. Or, as Steven Green, an economics lecturer at Baylor University, put it to the Observer: "We are really in a tough spot right now."

There is a new name for those falling down the black hole of joblessness that has opened up in America's economy. They are the 99ers.

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The US may be on the cusp of some of the most chillingly brutal unrest (and subsequent governmental repression of that unrest) it has ever seen in its history.

Aug 15 10:21

Time and the Bus Station and the Perfect Justice of Life.

The wonders of our civilized times, which justifies mass murders of the many by the few, in complicated polemics that exonerate and applaud the actions of the few, gives us many variations of time; the bus station, the prison cell and government agencies, as opposed to a first class ticket from Paris, a limo ride from JFK to The Plaza and a quick whisk through the velvet ropes into the VIP section of Marquee. The latter are not likely to encounter the former, along their chosen routes, though examples do have to be made, now and again, when the latter become the former, for being expendable enough to fall out of favor.

Aug 15 08:27

J.C. Penney cuts outlook on consumer weakness

J.C. Penney Co. cut its profit outlook for the rest of the year, a sign of jitters that Americans, still stinging from the recession and worried about jobs, aren't going to spend more any time soon...

Aug 15 08:02

Israeli Belligerence prompts Fascist Support in the West

In the United States, even Jewish organizations with a track record of anti-racism, such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), are signaling support for right-wing opponents of an Islamic community centre in New York City, criticism of which borders on racist Islamophobia.

Aug 15 05:04

Hemp, and Empire

By the way, the bottom 40% of Americans control 0.2% of wealth in America.

The way things are going, if we can somehow avoid extincting the human species, it won't be long before a handful of oligarchs and their minions, the "...higher, tighter and righter hands", control virtually all of the world's wealth, while everyone else is essentially a slave.

However, there IS a natural ally that has been saving people for thousands of years, one powerful enough to save us even from our globalist/imperialist/capitalist miasma. That natural powerhouse older than money is hemp.

Hemp...a more useful, beneficial crop is hard to imagine. Throughout the history of civilization hemp has been the ultimate famine buster; hemp seed is our best source of vegetable protein, one of nature's finest foods. Legendary also for its versatility, hemp today offers thousands of products that could replace so many modern consumer goods with natural, often cheaper and better alternatives...one has to wonder if it will ever be legal again to farm industrial hemp in America, considering its potential for reallocation and spreading around of wealth.

Aug 14 23:52

Mr Blair : About Your Book Signing : Dedication Suggestions… Every letter of Every Word is Written in a Child’s Blood

by Felicity Arbuthnot
For your years as an enthusiastic partner in the silent slaughter of Iraq's children under the embargo, a dedication to the seventeen infants in the neo-natal unit of Basra's formerly fine maternity hospital, all who died on the very threshold of life due to your representative at the UN, with his US counterpart, vetoing importation of oxygen. You were jointly responsible for denying even the air that we breathe to Iraq's newborn.

Aug 14 23:05

Justin Raimondo: Folly, Left and Right

It’s an honor to be attacked by the left and the right

Attacked by left, smeared by the right – I must be doing something right. That, at least, is what I’m led to believe by the two most recent polemics directed at your humble servant. The first, from the pages of the Daily Caller – the right-wing answer to the Huffington Post – is really a study in the damage that public school has done to our youth: the incoherence is palpable. Entitled “Sun Tzu versus Justin Raimondo,” the piece, by one Kerry Patton, takes on my most recent appearance on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch” program, albeit through a tangled thicket of tortured prose, to wit:

“While many conservatives and libertarians argue similar points of interest, they oftentimes are arguing the same message.”

Aug 14 20:58

Iranian,Turkish intel officials agree on weapons supply route to Hezbollah

Secret meeting of Iranian and Turkish intelligence officials leads to new weapons supply route
August 12, 2010 - 16:00 AMT 11:00 GMT
Iranian and Turkish intelligence officials recently signed an agreement that establishes territorial continuity for Turkey, Iran, Syria and Lebanon, and guarantees a constant supply of weapons to Hezbollah, a report in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said.

Aug 14 20:24

GORDON DUFF: THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE LIES

ISRAEL’S PRE-ELECTION ATTEMPT TO DEFLECT A NEW 9/11 INVESTIGATION

There never were plans for a mosque at “ground zero.” The entire story is made up by a public relations agency working with the Israeli government and the GOP. There are plans for an Islamic center in an old Burlington Coat Factory store blocks away. That far down the island of Manhattan, a couple blocks away is “across town.” The idea that Israel is financing the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy when Mossad agents were arrested, dancing in the streets on 9/11, is an obscenity.

Aug 14 20:03

AZ Sheriff: Border too dangerous for BP to confront "undocumented migrants"

EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Sheriff: Border Patrol Has Retreated from Parts of Border Because It’s ‘Too Dangerous’
Friday, August 13, 2010
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz.
(CNSNews.com) - Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., one of four Arizona counties contiguous with the U.S-Mexico border, said Friday that the U.S. Border Patrol has pulled back from parts of the border in his and neighboring counties because manning those areas has become too dangerous.

Aug 14 18:21

Crisis. What Crisis? Profits Soar!

By James Petras

The capitalist state, with Democratic President Obama in the lead, has transferred billions to big capital via direct bailouts, virtual interest free loans, tax cuts and by pressuring labor to accept lower wages and health and pension givebacks. The White House plan for ‘recovery’ has worked beyond expectations – corporate profits have recovered; “only” the vast majority of workers have fallen deeper into crises.

CONTINUE READING THE FULL ARTICLE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/crisis-what-crisis-profits-soar/

Aug 14 18:17

GORDON DUFF: AUGUST MUSINGS

AS I OFTEN SAY, “IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE NEWS, MAKE UP YOUR OWN….EVERYONE ELSE DOES”

Aug 14 18:11

Dr. Bouthaina Shabaan: Supporting the Wrong Side

When Nelson Mandela stood to greet the thousands of people gathered to watch the world cup final in South Africa, everyone stood to show respect to the man whose moral authority and stardom is unrivalled and uncontested. One wonders how Mandela came to represent moral and human integrity in our age and how he was treated by a racist government before he defeated it. What were the accusations levelled at him during the different stages of his struggle?

Racists accused Mandela of ‘terrorism’, and was asked to abandon ‘violence’, but he continued his fight against apartheid having become convinced, after the massacre in the poor black township of Sharpeville (March 21, 1960), that the white minority and their western allies will not peacefully give up authority and its privileges.

Aug 14 17:51

Wondering why the EPA suddenly wants to regulate farm dust?

When I first heard a news item that the EPA was proposing new regulations to control the amount of dust permitted on farms, I had one of those WTF? moments. Now the reason becomes clear. They're acting as Monsanto's whores for the benefit of Monsanto, not for the public interest:

Farmers in Oklahoma are being targeted with new dust regulations. Normal farming methods include tilling the ground, which produces dust. What type of farming method doesn’t produce dust? No till. What company endorses no till farming methods for crop production? Monsanto. Don’t till to get rid of weeds, just apply Roundup.

So, it looks like our friends in the Monsanto-controlled government corporation are up to their eyeballs in promoting GMOs again. This time by making it so costly and difficult to grow normal crops, that farmers are shoved right into the waiting maws of Monsanto again. And the march to control the world’s food supply marches on.

video at link: Dust Regulations, No Till, and Monsanto’s Food Monopoly

Aug 14 15:11

Why does Dr. Laura still have a job and Helen Thomas doesn't?

A simple question that some seem reluctant to answer.

Aug 14 14:51

So keep your shirt on Obama to swim in oil-ravaged Gulf waters

President Obama won't take shirt off in front of cameras to swim in oil-ravaged Gulf waters
BY James Fanelli
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, August 14th 2010, 2:51 PM
The leader of the free world's eye-candy abs are off limits to the public. President Obama vowed to take a swim in the oil-soaked Gulf on Sunday but out of sight from the press and shutterbugs....After press members said pictures of him swimming would be a good thing, a smiling Michelle Obama interjected by saying, "No, it's not."

Aug 14 14:26

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: All Is Not Quiet on the Lebanese Front

U.S. Rep. Howard Berman announced that he had exercised his "legislative prerogative to place a suspension" on $100 million of aide to the Lebanese army. Berman said he suspected Hezbollah involvement. Lebanese Minister of Defense, Elias Murr , "those who want to help the army on condition that it doesn’t protect its territory, people and border from Israel, should keep their money...."

Aug 14 14:15

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. to close 25 stores

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. said Friday it plans to close 25 of its 429 stores.

The Montvale, N.J.-based company (NYSE:GAP) did not specific which stores it would close. A spokeswoman did say the closings will be in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania....

Aug 14 12:40

Judge Revokes Approval of Modified Sugar Beets

A federal district court judge revoked the government’s approval of genetically engineered sugar beets Friday, saying that the Agriculture Department had not adequately assessed the environmental consequences before approving them for commercial cultivation.

The decision could cause major problems for sugar beet farmers and sugar processors. In the past the sugar industry has warned there might not be enough non-engineered seeds available. However, the judge ruled that crops currently in the ground can be harvested and made into sugar, so the effects will not be felt until next spring’s planting season.

Beets supply about half the nation’s sugar, with the rest coming from sugar cane. Sugar beet growers sold the 2007-8 crop for about $1.335 billion, according to government data.

Aug 14 12:36

Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food

510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.

Aug 14 12:30

Social Security Keeps 20 Million Americans Out Of Poverty, Report Finds

If benefits were to be significantly cut, 19.8 million more Americans would be thrust in poverty, according to a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In addition to supporting the elderly, Social Security is currently keeping more than 1 million children and more than 5 million adults below the age of 65 above the poverty line.

Cuts to Social Security would be especially devastating for older women, the report shows. While 11.9 percent of women over the age of 65 are currently below the poverty line, nearly half of them would be poor if they no longer received benefits.

Daniels belongs firmly in the latter category.

"I get so damn disgusted," she told HuffPost. "I don't understand how they can even think about cutting the benefits they've promised you and you've planned on your whole life. They want to treat us as less than humans."

Aug 14 12:12

All is not quiet on the Lebanese front

Lawrence Davidson considers calls within the US Congress to punish the Lebanese army for defending Lebanese territory against Israeli violations and asks: “What will it take to make ordinary Americans ... grasp the danger of allowing their Middle East policy to be made by a special interest that has no regard for either the wellbeing of individual citizens or the national interest?”

”When it comes to Middle East foreign policy, men like [US congressmen] Howard Berman and Ron Klein and many others too, still stand in as agents of a foreign power. And they do so in an obvious knee-jerk fashion. I am afraid it will stay this way until Israeli behaviour becomes a voting issue in the US for more than just Zionist Americans.”

Aug 14 10:10

Explaining Murder: Israeli Hasbara in Full Swing

The hasbara industry is in full swing at the moment as Benjamin Netanyahu’s government pulls out all the stops to create a smokescreen to cover its crimes.

Aug 14 09:07

They're scared, the tactics are not working

Our favorite Israeli agent and jewish racist supremacist, Mr. Abe Foxman, explains ...

"Make no mistake, despite the movement's wide dispersal and loose affiliation, there exists a single-minded dedication to all things anti-government that unites these dangerous extremists."

"Adherents don't believe they need to follow any laws or regulations – they view government itself as the ultimate enemy. Along with preying on individuals vulnerable in these economic times, sovereign citizens pose a potential threat to every public official and police officer. This is a dangerous movement and more people need to be aware of it."

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Gee, that sounds like a certain M.E. country I know of....

Aug 14 08:51

Is Al Gore Sane Enough to Stand Trial?

Is it a simple kind of Napoleon complex? Or is there something psychologically deeper? Will he be allowed to stand trial if Senate investigations lead to indictments?

I have reflected on one of his commentaries that I saw on YouTube. He had become frightened of the carbon dioxide in the soil and what might happen if it gets out. Carbon dioxide – CO2 – the stuff plants need to live and grow – stuff that’s been around since before the beginning of life – stuff life can’t do without.

Aug 14 08:01

Alaska Crash Survivor: We 'just stopped flying'

Investigators have spoken to two of the survivors from the Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens. One survivor says there was no warning of any problems before they crashed.

Aug 13 22:39

Dr. Bouthaina Shabaan: Supporting the Wrong Side

The American people does not deserve that their government supports the wrong side, once more, while they pay the price with their blood, credibility and reputation. It should support those fighting for freedom and peace not those who promote racism, occupation and terrorism.

Aug 13 21:28

Gaza, Soweto and African American Thought: Message of Truth

Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef exclaimed: "May the Holy Name visit retribution on the Arab heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them." He added: "It is forbidden to have pity on them. We must give them missiles with relish, annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones." Therein after we read "Extermination of the Christians is a necessary sacrifice." --Zohar, Shemoth.

Aug 13 21:21

150 Irish Artists Pledge to Boycott Israel 150 Irish Artists Pledge to Boycott Israel

A CULTURAL boycott of Israel was launched yesterday, with more than 150 Irish artists announcing that they intend not to perform or exhibit in Israel, or to accept any funding from institutions linked to the Israeli government.

Aug 13 19:31

A Neocon Preps US for War with Iran

By Ray McGovern,

“Information Clearing House” – I guess I was naïve in thinking that The Atlantic and its American-Israeli writer Jeffrey Goldberg might shy away from arguing for yet another war — this one with Iran — while the cauldrons are still boiling in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It’s worth remembering how Goldberg helped to make the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. For instance, on Oct. 3, 2002, as America’s war fever was building, Goldberg wrote in Slate, the online magazine:

“The [Bush] administration is planning … to launch what many people would undoubtedly call a short-sighted and inexcusable act of aggression. In five years, however, I believe that the coming invasion of Iraq will be remembered as an act of profound morality.”

Aug 13 19:08

Target Closing All Garden Centers Nationwide

The Target Corporation will close the last 262 garden centers its stores nationwide, including all of the 90 garden centers in Florida, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald...

Aug 13 17:49

Explaining Net Neutrality In A Way Tea Partiers Can Understand

Recent news item: Tea Partiers coming out against Net Neutrality

Explaining Net Neutrality In A Way Tea Partiers Can Understand

Let's put this in a way Tea Partiers can understand. Let's say Mr. and Mrs. Tea Party Zealot love to use the Internet for political activism -- they frequent right-wing websites, send around clips of Hannity and Limbaugh, organize right-wing events, post sycophantic praise on Sarah Palin's website, the works.

But let's say their service provider is a (cue scary music) liberal company, which contributes heavily to Democrats. The media giant that this family pays for Internet access wants to make it easy for customers to access socialist content, send around pictures of Karl Marx, coordinate with the New Black Panther Party, and send money to gay illegal immigrants, but would make it exceedingly difficult to access RedState.com, visit Glenn Beck's activist sites, access Palin's Facebook age, etc.

Aug 13 17:48

Daily Job Cuts

Layoffs, bankruptcies and closures across the country.

Aug 13 16:46

Fed's Hoenig: Keeping Rates Too Low 'Dangerous Gamble'

The Federal Reserve is undertaking a "dangerous gamble" by keeping rates at near zero for so long, and must start raising rates or risk damaging the nascent U.S. recovery, a top Federal Reserve official said on Friday.

"To be clear, I am not advocating a tight monetary policy," Kansas City Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig said in the text of a speech to the Lincoln, Nebraska, Chamber of Commerce. "I am advocating a policy that remains accommodative but slowly firms as the economy itself expands and moves toward more balance."

Hoenig has been the lone dissenter on the Fed's policy-setting panel, which on Tuesday repeated the U.S. central bank's pledge to keep interest rates extraordinarily low for an "extended period."

Aug 13 15:46

Florida – Much Worse Problems Than the Oil Spill

Media coverage of the oil spill’s effect on the Gulf focusing on tourist income lost by the waterfront towns – with footage of empty beaches, restaurants and T-shirt shops – dominates the news. Interviews with devastated business owners are heart rending. But they always end with references to somehow hanging on until “things get back to normal.”

Trouble is, things are not going to “normalize.” Not for the Panhandle of Florida, and probably not for the rest of the state, either.

Projections suggest that Florida can expect oil all along its west coast, and possibly throughout the Keys and up the east coast as well. Yet even before BP’s well began spewing crude, pressures within the state’s economy were building. It was an explosive situation awaiting a match.

Aug 13 12:50

A campaign for war with Iran begins

It is important to note that the aim of this unfolding campaign may not be to pressure Obama into military action. It could just as much serve to portray Obama as weak and indecisive on national security issues that are of grave concern to the U.S. and that are of existential nature to Israel. This portrayal will give the Republicans valuable ammunition for the November congressional elections as well as for the 2012 presidential race.

Indeed, the likely political motivation for this unfolding campaign should not be underestimated. Just as much that the building blocks of the Iraq war were put into place under the Clinton years -- most importantly with the passage of the Iraq Liberation Act in 1998 -- serious preparation for selling an Iran war to the American public under a Republican president (Palin?) in 2013 must be undertaken now, both to establish the narrative for that sell and to use the narrative to remove any obstacles in the White House along the way.

Aug 13 12:32

Tony Blair planning celebretory book signing for his new book.

Please do not omit a note to the five million orphans, liberated from their parents since 2003, to the million widows, liberated from their husbands, and to the nearly five million refugees, liberated from their homes.

Perhaps your last word should be addressed to the parents of another Mohammed, also ten, suffering from leukaemia - treatment vetoed. It was five months before the invasion. "Please, when you go home, ask Mr Bush and Mr Blair, do they want all our children as child sacrifices?" said Mohammed's father, as the tears of his mother poured down her face, on to her immaculately pressed abaya. The answer to his question now seems obvious.

In the three weeks before the signing, perhaps you could also research some dedications to the charred, maimed and dispossessed of Afghanistan, of Gaza, the 2006 assault on Lebanon, and the May 31st murders on the aid flotilla. No doubt you have access to minute detail, in your incongruous role as Middle East Peace Envoy. Should you have any problems, I would be delighted to offer further (gratis) assistance.

Aug 13 07:23

Judge dismisses Apache suit against Skull and Bones

It looks like the public will not be learning any times soon whether the secret society Skull and Bones keeps an Apache warrior's skull in its tomb.

A District of Columbia judge on July 27 dismissed a case that had been brought against the mysterious society, as well as the University and senior members of the U.S. government, in February 2009. The plaintiffs are 20 descendants of the legendary Native American chieftain Geronimo hoping to reclaim their ancestor's remains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this famous poster, the man at far right is Geronimo.

Aug 13 04:49

Tea Baggers NOT in favour of net neutrality?

The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation was among the groups that signed the letter. Jamie Radtke, the group’s chairman, said interest in net neutrality is rising in the tea party movement.

“I’ve heard it talked about a lot more on conference calls I’ve been on [recently],” Radtke said. “It’s starting to get onto the radar now.”

Radke said the tea party opposition to net neutrality stems from concerns over increased government power.
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Aug 12 23:14

Israel Shamir: Fear Not

With the destruction of Iran, the countdown for the takeover of Saudi Arabia would begin. In words of a neocon: “Everyone wants to take out Tehran. But real mensch wants to take out ar-Riyadh”. Provided that no attack on Iran is possible without Saudi connivance, the “irony of history” will be complete. The enemies of Israel will be taken out one after another, each with help of the next, still unsuspecting victim.

Aug 12 18:37

6-year-old critical after shooting himself in face

I'll try to keep up on this story as I wonder how long it will take the anti-gun/anti-second amendment folks to spin it!

Aug 12 18:31

In Pasco-Pinellas circuit court, judge clears 50 to 100 foreclosures daily

In his first 20 years as a judge, Wayne Cobb estimates he handled about a dozen foreclosure cases. Total.

These days, he sees between 50 and 100 a day...

Aug 12 18:21

Failure In Afghanistan

Aug 12 17:26

Dad sentenced for groping nurse on way to delivery

A 31-year-old Utah man has been sentenced to six months in jail for fondling a maternity nurse who was wheeling the man's pregnant girlfriend to the delivery room.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They oughta SHOOT the son of a bitch!

Aug 12 15:50

Pat Tillman's Father To Army Investigator: 'F--- You... And Yours'

"You are a General," Tillman's father writes Jones after being presented with a briefing book of his findings. "There is no way a man like you, with your intelligence, education, military, experience, responsibilities (primarily for difficult situations), and rank... believes the conclusions reached in the March 31, 2005 Briefing Book. But your signature is on it. I assume, therefore, that you are part of this shameless bullshit. I embarrassed myself by treating you with respect [on] March 31, 2005. I thought your rank deserved it and anticipated something different from the new and improved investigation. I won't act so hypocritically if we meet again."

"In sum: Fuck you... and yours."

Aug 12 15:16

Ignorance, apathy, parochialism and the US national psyche: the cases of Omar Khadr and Bradley Manning

Lawrence Davidson shows how popular apathy and parochialism, combined with control of the information flow by the US government and its allied mass media, has led to a situation whereby the American public views injustice and illegality with complete indifference.

Aug 12 13:30

Russia combats wildfires in Chernobyl radiation zone

Russia is mounting extra patrols to fight wildfires in a region hit by nuclear fallout from Chernobyl, amid fears that radiation could spread.

Crews put out several fires in Bryansk, the emergencies ministry said, amid concern that wind or fire could whip up radioactive particles in the soil.

Officials say they are assessing the danger and there is no cause for panic.

Fires have swept through western Russia for a week, although officials say many are now under control.

The area engulfed by fires has halved, with 92,000 hectares (350 sq miles) now affected, compared to Tuesday's figure of 174,000 hectares.

Aug 12 13:27

30,000 People Show for Public Housing Help in Atlanta

EAST POINT, GA -- A huge crowd of people flooded the public housing office in East Point Wednesday, hoping to get on the waiting list for housing assistance.

The crowd began with just a few hundred people gathering around noon Monday at the Tri-Cities Plaza Shopping Center.

By Wednesday morning, the East Point Public Housing Authority estimated it had swelled to tens of thousands, all clamoring for applications.

Many in the crowd could be seen running toward police vehicles. Thousands were gathered around the front of the plaza. Many more were just waiting in long lines.

"We have a lot of homeless families, a lot of families who are unemployed and it creates a desperate situation, which is what our agency was created to assist with," said Kim Lemish, the executive director of East Point Housing Authority

Aug 12 13:24

US 'on target' to withdraw troops from Iraq despite military misgivings

The US has insisted it is on target to end combat operations in Iraq despite warnings from the country's top army officer that native troops will not be ready to take control for another decade.

"We're on target by the end of the month to end our combat mission. Already we have removed over 80,000 troops from Iraq since President Obama took office," he said.

His comments come after Lt Gen Babakir Zebari, Iraq's top army officer, said that his country's troops will not be fully trained until 2020 and that they would not be able to cope without the support of the Americans.

Thousands of combat troops will leave Iraq at the end of the month under President Barack Obama's exit strategy. It will leave a small force of 50,000 troops in a support and training role but they will leave by the end of 2011.

Aug 12 12:59

Obama signs manufacturing bill

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 Wednesday at a White House ceremony.

The administration is counting on it to create jobs and promote investment in the manufacturing sector, a driver in the nation's economic recovery, which has been stalling out of late.

Obama, noting the manufacturing workforce has atrophied by a third in the past decade with millions of people losing good-paying jobs, said a continued slide is not inevitable.

"We will rebuild this economy stronger than before and at its heart will be three powerful words: made in America," the president said.

Aug 12 12:55

The Cycle of Violence in Afghanistan

By Congressman Ron Paul

Last week the National Bureau of Economic Research published a report on the effect of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq that confirmed what critics of our foreign policy have been saying for years: the killing of civilians, although unintentional, angers other civilians and prompts them to seek revenge. This should be self-evident.

The Central Intelligence Agency has long acknowledged and analyzed the concept of blowback in our foreign policy. It still amazes me that so many think that attacks against our soldiers occupying hostile foreign lands are motivated by hatred toward our system of government at home or by the religion of the attackers. In fact, most of the anger towards us is rooted in reactions towards seeing their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and other loved ones being killed by a foreign army. No matter our intentions, the violence of our militarism in foreign lands causes those residents to seek revenge if innocents are killed. One does not have to be Muslim to react this way, just human.

Aug 12 12:35

WHO list reveals flu advisors with financial ties to pharma, vaccine manufacturers

After months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here, that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from vaccine companies.

Why does it matter that WHO advisors took money from vaccine companies? It's simple: The decision to declare H1N1 swine flu to be a phase 6 pandemic was made by the WHO under advisement from these very people who received money from vaccine companies. And that decision, we now know, resulted in a windfall of profits for the vaccine companies.

Those profits, in turn, were burdened by the taxpayers whose expenditures were largely worthless because a huge portion of those vaccines are now expiring and have to be destroyed. The money was wasted, in other words.

Aug 12 11:25

ISRAEL SHAMIR: FEAR NOT

In the name of profanity they go to fight the pious puritans of Persia and the warrior monks of Lebanon. The Masters could overlook Iranian nuclear reactors, it is their belief in God they can’t tolerate.

1. Crying Wolf

Aug 12 11:24

If Deflation Wins, What Will Gold Stocks Do?

The talk of a possible double dip is now common banter on TV investment programs. And indeed, deflationary forces seem to have the stronger grip right now than inflationary ones. So if deflation is the next reality we have to face, what happens to our favorite stock investments?

There’s lots of data about what gold does during periods of high inflation, but less so with deflation, partly because we don’t see a true deflation all that often. But of course we’ve got the biggie we can look at, and the seriousness of the Great Depression can give us a big clue as to how gold stocks behave in a true deflationary environment.

Aug 12 10:31

Reports ID Serial Stabber As Elias Abuelazam

The man is an Israeli citizen who is in the U.S. legally, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.

The Israeli consulate in Atlanta was in touch with the U.S. government to get information about the case, spokeswoman Amanda Flaks said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The normally tabloid-esque US media is being very low key about this particular suspected serial killer.

Aug 12 10:06

John McCain:Closer Look at Evil (Part 13)

By Jeff Gates

Treason in Plain Sight

The same two Senators who insisted that the U.S. invade Iraq on false intelligence are now marketing Pakistan as the next in a series of “plausible” Evil Doers.

Their complicity runs deep. The consistency of their conduct confirms that what we see again unfolding is treason—ongoing in plain sight and, to date, with legal impunity.

With transparency, that impunity will end. With exposure, accountability will follow. The Founders made treason a capital crime for good reason.

Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, an outspoken Jewish Zionist, have long been political partners and fellow travelers. Along with Senator Jon Kyl, a Christian Zionist from Arizona, they co-sponsored the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.

Aug 12 09:31

"White" serial killer actually Israeli!!!!!!!

Now let's see how quickly the story disappears!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_serial_stabbings

Some key info in case it changes:

ATLANTA – A suspect in a string of 20 stabbings that terrorized people across three states and left five dead was arrested at an airport as he tried to board a plane for Israel, officials said Thursday.

A judge in Flint, Mich., where the attacks began in late May, signed a warrant Thursday charging Elias Abuelazam with assault with intent to murder in connection with a July 27 stabbing.

It was not clear if Abuelazam was the man arrested late Wednesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Aug 12 08:10

Paul Craig Roberts: "Unregulated Greed has Destroyed the Capitalist System"

In America today there is no longer a connection between profits and the welfare of the people. Unregulated greed has destroyed the capitalist system, which now distributes excessive rewards to the few at the expense of the many.

If Marx and Lenin were alive today, the extraordinary greed with which Wall Street has infected capitalism would provide Marx and Lenin with a better case than they had in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Aug 12 08:02

Man arrested at Atlanta airport in stabbings spree

He is an Israeli citizen who is in the U.S. legally, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.

He was caught getting on a plane for Tel Aviv.

Aug 12 06:40

Music Festival Producer Pre-Sues Bootleggers

Ah, pre-crime. THREsq has a worrisome story of a couple of recent lawsuits by concert producers pre-suing potential bootleggers claiming trademark infringement. Yes, they're claiming trademark infringement for something that hasn't happened yet, and simply listing out hundreds of John Doe and Jane Does who can later be filled in.

Aug 12 03:47

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Omar Khadr, Bradley Manning and Our National Psyche

Human rights lawyer Francis Boyle has pointed out, the war in Afghanistan, as the one in Iraq, is illegal under international law. “Congress never declared war. The UN Security Council never authorized it under Article 51. And the Taliban never attacked the United States or authorized or approved such an attack.”FBI Director Robert Mueller, and CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin admitted finding no link between the Taliban and 9/11.”

Aug 12 03:38

Another Insult to Christianity… meet the Methodist Friends of Israel

The Methodist Church has consistently expressed its concern over the illegal Occupation of Palestinian lands by the State of Israel. That Occupation continues not only compounds the state’s illegal and immoral action but also makes any accommodation with the Palestinian people and future peace in the region much less possible.”

Aug 12 01:11

PHILIP GIRALDI: Hillary’s Enemies List

Wake Up America!

Some might recall the enemies list that President Richard Nixon kept in his desk. The list was appended to a memo that asked “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies?” Named were a number of journalists who had criticized Nixon’s administration as well as celebrities like actors Gregory Peck and Paul Newman and athletes like Joe Namath. Nixon was clearly on to something because in today’s America we have a new enemies list, one that is updated annually to make sure that nary a single malefactor is overlooked. It is the US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism, which was unveiled last week in its 2009 version at a briefing conducted by Ambassador Daniel Benjamin , Foggy Bottom’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

Aug 11 22:47

MAZIN STANDING UP TO THE ENEMY …. AGAIN

Steve Amsel – Desertpeace
Palestinian-American professor threatened by Israeli authorities

My Associate, Mazin Qumsiyeh, had his day in court today….. again….
Just days before his appearance he called the ongoing harassment of himself and other activists a blatant attempt by Israeli authorities to stifle dissent, and to silence those who would dare to speak out publicly against Israeli policies in the West Bank.

Aug 11 20:29

Expatriate Your Wallet

If everything you own is held in your own name in your own country, then you are not merely exposed, you are vulnerable absolutely, to whatever decisions the government might make about how you should behave and who gets the wealth you’ve earned. Tomorrow's new government measure, which might land out of the blue, could be a law that affects everyone, or it could be a rule devised to deal with people like you. Or, it could be an administrative action aimed at you alone. In any case, with all your assets at home, you'd find out how the lobster feels when his trap is being hauled out of the water. Nothing he can do about it.

Aug 11 19:47

Woman shot by G20 police using rubber bullets speaks out

I was at the jail solidarity rally on Sunday June 27th, outside of the detention centre in support of my friends who had been surrounded and arrested in Queen's Park, the designated protest zone, the day before. Sunday's protest followed the route decided upon by the police, and was proceeding peacefully. A line of riot police formed between us and the detention centre. Without warning, two unmarked minivans screeched to a stop behind the police line. A number of plainclothes men stormed through the line and into the crowd, violently pushing two people into the ground. The people were dragged along the pavement and aggressively thrown into the vans and the vans took off. To all who were there, this appeared to be a strategically orchestrated kidnapping. The small woman who was snatched later became my cellmate. She told me of being choked and sat on by two large men to the verge of unconsciousness. A third man pulled her hair and all three verbally abused her, referring to her as "cunt," "bitch," "whore" and "street trash" on the way to the detention centre. All three refused to identify themselves.

Aug 11 19:30

Another insult to Christianity… meet the Methodist Friends of Israel

A few weeks ago the Methodist Church’s annual conference did a very courageous and praiseworthy thing. It voted to boycott products from Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine, regarded as illegal under international law, and to encourage Methodists across Britain to do the same.

“The decision is a response to a call from a group of Palestinian Christians, a growing number of Jewish organizations, both inside Israel and worldwide, and the World Council of Churches,” said the press release.

Aug 11 19:03

“The Omar Khadr travesty,” by Glenn Greenwald

“The commission has already ruled that confessions made by Khadr which were clearly obtained through coercion, abuse and torture will be admitted as evidence against him. Prior to the commencement of Khadr’s ”trial,” the commission ruled in another case that the sentence imposed on a Sudanese detainee Ibrahim al-Qosi — convicted as part of a plea bargain of the dastardly crime of being Osama bin Laden’s ”cook” — will be kept secret until he is released. What kind of country has secret sentences?”

CONTINUE READING:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/the-omar-khadr-travesty-by-glenn-gree...

Aug 11 18:11

30,000 Line Up For Free Housing In Atlanta, Some Get Rowdy

Thirty thousand people showed up to receive Section 8 housing applications in East Point Wednesday, suffering through hours in the hot sun, angry flare-ups in the crowd and lots of frustration and confusion for a chance to receive a government-subsidized apartment...

Aug 11 17:06

From the ashes of capitalism, militarism and elite rule

We have the freedom to exist without a job. We have the freedom to watch our children starve. We have the freedom to lose our home to foreclosure. We have the freedom to be homeless. We have the freedom of ignorance after receiving our news from the monopoly corporate media. We have the freedom to believe that we as individual employees or consumers can successfully compete against the millions and billions of dollars of corporate wealth in our American system. And finally, we have the freedom to then consent to this system by voting for one of our two political parties to continue it.

Philosopher Johann Goethe said, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” A fitting epithet for gun-toting, bible-wielding, unemployed U.S. workers who swear by their so-called American freedom as they lose jobs, homes and dignity. Meanwhile, their capitalist masters on Wall Street laugh all the way to the bank.

Aug 11 16:41

Once again, is the West’s Frankenstein out of control?

While Israel demolishes Palestinian homes and expropriates the properties of absent Palestinians by forcibly expelling them from their homes, it demands that Arab countries return the possessions of the Jews who used to live in them. It expels African children from Israel so that it remains ‘Jewish and white’.

Aug 11 16:34

Children are just Israel’s latest victims

Mya Guarnieri
Israel’s plan to deport the children of foreign workers is yet another reminder of the state’s ongoing inhumanity

Aug 11 16:31

Gaza, Soweto and African American Thought: A Message of Enlightenment

Bishop Donald R. Corder
Camel jockeys, sand niggers and rag heads is employed in the dehumanization of an honorable Arab people not unlike newsreels propagating the barbarous depiction of the Japanese and their subsequent internment in US concentration camps during WW II prior to America’s dropping the bomb.

Aug 11 14:32

Another insult to Christianity: meet the Methodist Friends of Israel

Stuart Littlewood looks at how Israel’s mouthpieces in the UK, from Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council to a band of dangerously naive simpletons called Methodist Friends of Israel, have grouped together to denounce the Methodist Church’s decision to boycott products from Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine.

Aug 11 13:30

Feds planned and deliberate Mexico border incompetence

Ashurst: Border Manifesto #2
To me the significance of this is profound. Why would the Border Patrol and our National Guard pass up an opportunity to establish a look out in an excellent spot right on the border, only to choose a spot of lesser quality 22 miles north of the border? Is this mere coincidence? In my opinion, “No.” It is planned and deliberate incompetence.
"....ICE’s mission is being skewed toward supporting an unflinching goal of amnesty by refusing to allow agents to do their job, allowing criminal aliens to roam free, depleting resources for key enforcement initiatives that preceded this administration, misrepresenting facts and programs, demeaning the extent of the criminal alien problem, and geared to support amnesty.”"

Aug 11 13:29

Europe can’t even be bothered to hate America any more.

European disdain for the United States is centuries old, of course. But over the course of decades of traveling in the U.K. and on the continent, I have never gotten the sense that I got on a recently completed three-week trip to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the Black Sea. America is no longer admired, imitated, or feared. We remain—for now—a safe haven for dollars (of which there are too many in the world). But we increasingly are seen less as a model or as an empire than as a cautionary tale of national neglect and decline.

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