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CURRENT EVENTS

Jan 03 16:45

2010: U.S. To Wage War Throughout The World

In this still young millennium American soldiers have also deployed in the hundreds of thousands to new bases and conflict and post-conflict zones in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Djibouti, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mali, the Philippines, Romania, Uganda and Uzbekistan.

In 2010 they will be sent abroad in even larger numbers to man airbases and missile sites, supervise and participate in counterinsurgency operations throughout the world against disparate rebel groups, many of them secular, and wage combat operations in South Asia and elsewhere. They will be stationed on warships and submarines equipped with cruise and long-range nuclear missiles and with aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the world's seas and oceans.

They will construct and expand bases from Europe to Central and South Asia, Africa to South America, the Middle East to Oceania. With the exception of Guam and Vicenza in Italy, where the Pentagon is massively expanding existing installations, all the facilities in question are in nations and even regions of the world where the U.S. military has never before ensconced itself. Practically all the new encampments will be forward bases used for operations "down range," generally to the east and south of NATO-dominated Europe.

Jan 03 14:07

What Now?

New Year. New Decade. New Hopes, dreams, expectations. What now? Change we can believe in is just around the next bend so all we have to do is sit here, have a beer and let good things happen.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-now.html

Jan 03 11:05

You're doing it wrong! Chinese demolition men accidentally create the leaning tower of Liuzhou

On 9/11 three buildings collapsed perfectly into their footprints supposedly by fire alone. Strange, eh?

Jan 03 09:34

An Introspective Look at the Future of America

As we close out 2009 and look forward into 2010 and beyond, this has been a year of near financial catastrophe and monumental change, none of which benefited America or ordinary Americans. Late in 2008 and throughout 2009, events have happened in the US which would have been labeled unfathomable just a few short years ago, and yet already these monumental changes are expected to be filed into the memory hole and Americans are expected to believe nothing has changed.

I have lost confidence in the US leadership. I have lost confidence in the fairness of the "system" where some elite entities are free to keep the profits and nationalize their losses.

Jan 03 06:46

British and American embassies in Yemen closed over al-Qaeda threat

Britain and the United States were forced to close their embassies in Yemen yesterday after al-Qaeda’s increasingly powerful local affiliate called on Muslims to kill every Western diplomat on the Arabian Peninsula.

Amid growing evidence that the Middle East’s poorest country has emerged as a major battleground in the War on Terror, al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has emerged emboldened from the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

Jan 02 22:04

US lies about Flight 253 "crotch bomber" patsy: summary of the evidence; Yemen attack implication

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The US government who lied for wars in other resource-rich countries are lying about what happened on Delta Flight 253 with an alleged underwear/crotch bomber. Below is a summary of facts reported at this time, along with a 4-minute news interview from Webster Tarpley, followed by an extensive interview of Mr. Tarpley by Alex Jones.

The longer explanations of the following bullet points are in the reporting from Veterans Today editor Gordon Duff, US Intelligence Examiner Fred Burk, Prison Planet, 9-11 was an Inside Job, American Everyman Scott Creighton, and Citizens for Legitimate Government Lori Price.

Before the flight to the US:

Jan 02 17:52

If US government says an American citizen is a "terrorist," the Constitution is gone, torture is on

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An American citizen with a bachelor’s degree from 2003 earned from Brooklyn College in Political Science protested as a student against US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He appropriately earned his master’s degree in International Relations in a different country, at a London university, and continued lawful political protest against unlawful US and British wars.

Jan 02 17:18

"Jewish anti-Zionist" pretenders ramp up campaign to distract Palestine activists from core issues

Amid signs that a fringe group of self-proclaimed “Jewish anti-Zionist” pretenders are planning to distract attention from the accelerating theft and colonization of occupied Palestinian territories and the deadly siege on Gaza, Redress Information & Analysis advises Palestine activists to steer clear of these pretenders and not to engage with them in any shape or form.

Jan 02 14:49

Iran again offers to halt uranium enrichment for fuel swap; why won’t US and Obama declare peace?

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Will Nobel Peace Prize winner President Obama declare peace with Iran upon their second acceptance of a nuclear fuel exchange program? Will the US corporate media headline this resolution? Will “leadership” of both US political parties announce peaceful victory?

Jan 02 11:26

Ron Paul's ideas no longer fringe

For three decades, Texas congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul's extreme brand of libertarian economics consigned him to the far fringes even among conservatives. Not a few times, his views put him on the losing end of 434-1 votes on Capitol Hill.

No longer. With the economy still struggling and political divisions deepening, Paul's ideas not only are gaining a wider audience but also are helping to shape a potentially historic battle over economic policy -- a struggle that will affect everything including jobs, growth and the nation's place in the global economy.

Jan 02 09:34

The Detroit bombing shows that with humans in charge, security can't be foolproof

Americans are going through a collective spasm of frustration at the failure of the country's security apparatus to identify that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a terrorist, and prevent him from boarding NorthWest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. I am currently in the US, and the media here are full of security experts screaming that "Nothing has been learnt since 9/11 – the billions spent on airline security have not made flying significantly safer!"

Jan 02 08:45

Pound of Flesh

Pound of Flesh
Meaning:
Something which is owed that is ruthlessly required to be paid back.
Reap what one sows: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." In modern terms; what goes around comes around, aka you get what you deserve.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/11/pound-of-flesh.html

Jan 02 08:30

What Now?

Here we are. What now?

New Year. New Decade. New Hopes, dreams, expectations. What now? Change we can believe in is just around the next bend so all we have to do is sit here, have a beer and let good things happen. After all, the bowl games are on.

Jan 01 23:00

Goldman Sachs: Record of $23 billion in bonuses for 2009; explaining their economic parasitism

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Jan 01 21:17

HR 4173: Congress promises banksters $4 trillion without hearings next time they cry, "Bailout!"

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Prominent financial futurist Gerald Celente calls what the oligarchic collusion of government and banksters are doing to the American public as economic rape. Bailout overseer and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren calls it reckless gambling. After the year of the world’s largest transfer of wealth from US taxpayers to banksters, Congress is telling the US taxpayers, “TARP off,” by guaranteeing the banksters another $4 TRILLION next time they claim they’re holding the US economy hostage. The bill also limits debate to 10 hours, which could be eagerly construed to mean no hearings.

Jan 01 16:35

TSA backs off subpoenas in search for leaker of widely known security directive

The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped its subpoenas it had issued to two Internet writers in its effort to find the leaker of an airline security directive.

The subpoenas were criticized by a leading journalism organization.

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Good; there was a huge howl about this on the net, and TSA realized that this was probably the worst thing they could do here.

Jan 01 16:32

TSA lapse helps gain not guilty verdicts

Defense attorneys for two Oahu farm managers charged with employment fraud asked how their clients are supposed to spot counterfeit ID cards for illegal immigrants when Transportation Security Authority workers could not.

A federal court jury apparently agreed with them.

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This is shy throwing good money after bad on security systems will not make us any safer.

Mexican migrant workers here in Hawaii were caught with fake documents, which lacked the hologram all such documents are supposed to have, and contained mis-spellings and other obvious indicators of fraud.

The farmers who employed these workers were charged with hiring illegal workers but acquitted when their lawyer pointed out that as bogus as these documents obviously were, they got the illegals right past TSA in California.

Jan 01 16:16

Ron Paul Challenges Ben Stein to Debate!

Jan 01 12:00

"It's a Trick, We Always Use It." (calling people "anti-Semitic")

This is a video response to Ben Stein, Apologize to Ron Paul for your Vicious Attack: the "anti-Semitic argument"

Jan 01 10:43

Prostitution in the US government

Paul J. Balles argued that it is time to clean up the US government, in the light of President Obama’s prostituting himself to pharmaceutical industry pimps and recent revelations that every US government appointee must endure a background check by the American Jewish community and that, if they fail to support Israel strongly enough, they lose the job.

Jan 01 09:45

Hackable Drones, Crumbling Empire

What happens when global resistance forces get a handle on the game America and their allies are playing and begin leveraging the weaknesses of such systems, not of least of which are the ideological blind spots plaguing their developers, into a wholly subversive high-tech détournement in a bid to level the playing field?

But as Graham points out, the "often wild and fantastical discourses" of high-tech military theorists have run into a brick, not a silicon, wall: the will to resist.

Jan 01 09:30

2010: U.S. To Wage War Throughout The World

January 1 will usher in the last year of the first decade of a new millennium and ten consecutive years of the United States conducting war in the Greater Middle East.

Beginning with the October 7, 2001 missile and bomb attacks on Afghanistan, American combat operations abroad have not ceased for a year, a month, a week or a day in the 21st century.

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One has to wonder just how many countries the US has to be fighting before that fighting can be declared a "world war"!

Jan 01 08:34

Judge drops charges against Blackwater guards accused of massacre

In a rebuke to government prosecutors, a federal judge dismissed criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of fatally shooting 14 people in Baghdad in September 2007.

The case was among the most sensational that sought to hold Blackwater employees accountable for what was seen as a culture of lawlessness and a lack of accountability as it carried out its duties in Iraq.

The five guards, who had been part of a convoy of armored vehicles, had been charged with killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounding 18 others during an unprovoked attack at a busy Baghdad traffic circle using gunfire and grenades.

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Imagine my (utter) absence of surprise.

The people who own the corporations which provide hired mercenaries now understand that there will be absolutely no accountability for any deaths or injuries caused to innocent foreigners by these people.

Dec 31 22:39

Declare independence from gambling Wall Street banksters: Move your money and demand full reform

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In the holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, the community banker played by Jimmy Stewart is in a fight for his life, and unknowingly has his community’s future in his hands. The difference for the survival of his community is access to bank credit, focused in the film on the ability to have a home. The antagonist is a destructive banker who would turn the community into a slum as a function of his short-sighted and loveless domination.

Dec 31 20:48

Israel’s hidden friends: troubled misfits in our midst

Redress Information & Analysis highlights the problem of false friends in Britain’s Palestine solidarity movement and urges genuine activists to steer clear from them.

"As veteran campaigners for justice for the Palestinian and other downtrodden peoples all over the world, our advise to our friends and comrades in the struggle for justice is this: steer clear of troubled, time-wasting, immature pretenders like Tony Greenstein and Mark Elf. Do not engage with them or else they will drag you down to the subterranean hovel they inhabit.

"If Greenstein, Elf and others in their camp wish to campaign against Zionism and racism, then we should welcome this and wish them good luck. But let them do it in parallel to us, not together with us."

Dec 31 13:16

A NEW BEGINNING FOR HUMANITY WITH THE CHANGE WE WERE PROMISED

Dec 31 11:26

Rudd: It wasn't all bad

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has defended his government's 2009 record in a New Year's Eve address to the nation.

He focused on climate change...

Fireworks then lit up Sydney...

...but we are told they were 'carbon neutral'.

Yeah, right.

Dec 31 11:24

Egypt lacks the milk of human kindness

Stuart Littlewood views the obstacles being placed by Egypt on the path of the Viva Palestina international humanitarian aid convoy for Gaza, which are not only bloody minded and treacherous, but also betray a lack of any sense of brotherhood or compassion.

”Freedom activist are complaining that all this bickering with Egypt has diverted attention from the main culprits, Israel and America. But other culprits lurk in the evil swamp and Egypt is one of them. It is no bad thing that the spotlight falls on their treacherous behaviour.”

Dec 31 10:54

Fighting Back: Ridding America of the Warmongers

Disgusted Americans who vote for politicians that talk peace yet, once elected, support wars, need to get active in between elections. Just voting every four years won’t hack it.

As MIT activist philosopher Noam Chomsky points out in his book “Failed States”(Metropolitan), “Opportunities for education and organizing abound. As in the past, rights are not likely to be granted by benevolent authorities, or won by intermittent actions---attending a few demonstrations or pushing a lever in the personalized quadrennial extravaganzas that are depicted as ‘democratic politics.’ …These tasks require dedicated day-by-day engagement…” Failure to grasp these opportunities “is likely to have ominous repercussions: for the country, for the world, and for future generations.”

Dec 31 09:46

How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

Public reaction to the Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow Northwest Airlines flight 273 all over Detroit, by allegedly igniting explosive strapped to his nuts, can be gauged by the willingness with which travellers will now accept the four hour check-in time for flights to the US and the quiet acceptance with which they subject themselves to increasingly invasive body searches. The campaign to make air travel a nightmare experience, for all but the political elite, continues to be ramped up. The US Transport Security Administration has just issued the following directive to all airlines flying to US destinations.....

Dec 31 09:35

Ron Paul “They’re Terrorist Because We’re Occupiers”

Dec 31 08:54

Russia Considers Sending Spacecraft to Knock Away Asteroid?

(*Somebody's got to do it . Where it could be life saving on a global scale , don't hold your breath waiting for the US to do anything about it . We've got wars to wage !
:official white horse souse)

Dec 31 05:59

The Old 'False-Flag Trick'

Government is the only human enterprise that profits from failure. Once that principle is understood, many otherwise inexplicable choices made by ruling elites and their servants can be made intelligible. For instance, we can begin to understand the perverse persistence governments display in courting preventable catastrophes, and then capitalizing on such incidents to enhance their power to do exactly the same things that resulted in disaster. In this case, in addition to requiring the helotry to undergo unconscionable personal violations before flying, the Regime is exploiting the incident aboard Northwest Flight 253 to escalate the ongoing military assault on Yemen, thereby increasing the human misery that helps propel international terrorism.

Dec 31 04:08

Egypt To Allow Convoy To Enter Gaza - Galloway Statement

George Galloway gives a statement explaining a deal that has been reached between the Turkish side of the Viva Palestina Convoy the Egyptian Government allowing the convoy to proceed to Gaza. Aired on December 30, 2009

Dec 30 14:22

Should Khalid Shaikh Mohammed go free? The torture of a terrorist

Christopher King argues the case for releasing Al-Qaeda suspect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in order to highlight the issues involved that go much further than punishing a terrorist.

”The crimes against Mohammed are so egregious that they have undermined both the foundations of Western law and fundamental humanitarian principles; they have regressed the relationship of the individual to the state by half a millennium; they have demonstrated that the USA regards foreigners as outside law and unworthy of humanitarian treatment. Mohammed has been subjected to crimes of incredible gravity by the American state.

Dec 30 14:17

PsyOp Internet battle for Hearts, and Minds

The Internet revolution has changed the face of our planet. Over the last 20 years there's been a complete transformation of the way we live, conduct business, and share information. In the same amount of time, information technology has helped bring countless atrocities committed by governments, and global corporations into view. We've seen the rise of groups like "We Are Change", and birthing of the "Truth Movement"; which has kicked off a viral, and grassroots information wave. The Internet's been in many regards a saving grace of mankind, and in the same likeness the greatest threat to the establishment!

Dec 30 12:14

Avatar: a humanist call from Mt Hollywood (film review by Gilad Atzmon)

"Avatar may well be the biggest anti War film of all time. It stands against everything the West is identified with. It is against greed and capitalism, it is against interventionism, it is against colonialism and imperialism, it is against technological orientation, it is against America and Britain. It puts Wolfowitz, Blair and Bush on trial without even mentioning their names. It enlightens the true meaning of ethics as a dynamic judgmental process rather than   fixed moral guidelines (such as the Ten Commandments or the 1948 Human Right Declaration). It throws a very dark light on our murderous tendencies towards other people, their belief and rituals…"

Dec 30 11:55

PetroChina Wins Approval for $1.8 Billion Canadian Acquisition

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — PetroChina Co. won the approval of the Canadian government for its C$1.9 billion ($1.8 billion) bid to buy a stake in two Alberta oil-sands projects, its biggest North American acquisition.

The purchase by China’s largest oil company of a 60 percent share in Athabasca Oil Sands Corp.’s MacKay River and Dover oil- sands projects “is likely to be of net benefit to Canada,” Industry Minister Tony Clement said in a statement yesterday.

Dec 30 09:56

Savannah’s Biscuit Police arrest Dangerous Criminal in Undercover Sting!

In Savannah Georgia a snitch/competior uses the favor of the police force to set up an undercover sting on a delivery service. More than 5 police officers detain a man for delivering biscuits and gravy. You got to hear this story!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob-5a8VhW5I&feature=player_embedded

Dec 30 06:18

Detroit in RUINS!

Dec 29 07:10

Ron Paul Says Agenda Behind Bombing Incident Is More War, More Attacks On Liberty

Congressman Ron Paul fears that the agenda behind the Flight 253 bombing incident is to expand the war on terror into Yemen while stripping Americans of more liberties, warning that it’s time people woke up and realized that the government cannot guarantee their safety.

Dec 29 07:08

Sorry, Secretary Napolitano, But the System Didn't Work

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano should make up her mind: did the system work or not? Following the failed terror attack aboard a Northwest Airlines Detroit-bound flight on Christmas day, Napolitano has changed her tune from: "Once the incident occurred, the system worked," to "Our system did not work in this instance." The real question is whether she actually believes the former declaration or the latter, and whether she's playing politics here. Either way, her behavior following Thursday's incident is disturbing.

Dec 29 06:25

Ex-TSA chief: security system did work

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"No, really, it did. Honest!"

Dec 28 17:09

Egypt's ruler Mubarak torpedoes international voluntary aid to Gaza

Stuart Littlewood considers the predicament of the Viva Palestina international humanitarian convoy – the culmination of voluntary work by thousands of supporters, fund-raisers and donors in the UK, Europe and internationally – whose journey to besieged Gaza was thwarted by Egypt’s ruler, Husni Mubarak, just four hours before it reached its destination.

Dec 28 11:25

A Tale of Two Terrorists?

The photos in the press of alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are so blurry, that his identity is somewhat obscured. I find this really odd. But, it is not just the poor quality of the photos, it is the fact that there appears to be two different looking alleged terrorists!

Dec 28 10:52

Just like swine flu: worry, don't worry, worry, don't worry, worry, don't worry

Wow, that didn't take long at all. Scant days after the American war machine took the cloaking device off its direct military involvement in Yemen, we have an alleged attempted terrorist attack by an alleged attempted terrorist who, just scant hours after his capture, has allegedly confessed to getting his alleged attempted terrorist material from ... wait for it ... Yemen!

Dec 28 08:08

Cash-strapped US running out of unemployment money

Twenty-five US states are running out of federal funds to pay unemployment benefits to jobless Americans.

State authorities currently have two options: Raising taxes or shrinking aid payments.

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When benefits are completely gone, and there are no jobs to be had for the skilled individuals desperately seeking them, things may get ugly in a heartbeat.

Dec 28 06:27

Monaco to build into the sea to create more space

He has launched a drive to build into the Mediterranean to create an area around 12.5 acres – roughly the size of five football pitches.

It will extend from the Fontvieille district at the western foot of the "rock", where Monaco's palace and historic centre are situated.

The £10 billion plan was first floated last year but dropped due to the financial crisis and the "green" Prince's concerns it would damage the marine environment.

Dec 27 18:26

America Under Barack Obama

"I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had."

~ Nat Hentoff

Dec 27 13:53

Video: Jewish South African, Ronnie Kasrils, compares Israel to apartheid era South Africa

On 4th December 2009, the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and SOAS Palestine Society organised a public meeting putting forward the case for sanctions and boycott of Israel. Amongst the speakers were several from the South African struggle against apartheid including Ronnie Kasrils - former minister in Nelson Mandelas ANC government and Bongani Masuku - International Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Other speakers included Omar Barghouti from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), Steven Rose of BRICUP, Yasmin Khan from War on Want, and Tarek Mustafa from Egypt's first independent trade union.

Dec 27 13:47

The plot thins ...

The more I read about the latest plane terrorist, the more I know it's all fake.

Yesterday we were told the terrorist himself said the explosive was strapped to his leg, today we are told by the Telegraph, quoting nobody at all, that it was sewn into his underwear. Okay, maybe he was wearing long winter underwear.

The Telegraph, again quoting nobody at all, tells us the explosive was the same as Richard Reid used. Yet in all this time, authorities have not come up with a detection method for this type of explosive?

I can't wait to see what stories the other rags are coming out with.

Dec 27 09:52

Zeitgeist Addendum film review: past, present, and future of money and economics

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Zeitgeist Addendum is the 2008 follow-up to the 2007 100 million Internet-viewed Zeitgeist. The film focuses on humanity’s fundamental problem of a viciously antagonistic relationship among ourselves and its reflection in economic structures. The solution presented is to understand three areas of money and economics, and one area of philosophical creative potential:

1.The mechanics of our fractional reserve monetary system that only and always creates debt that is impossible to ever repay.
2.Our corporatocracy governments that enslave nations under unpayable debt to control resources and profit.
3.The option of upgrading our economy from a scarcity and profit-based paradigm to a resource and technology-driven paradigm.

Dec 27 09:45

Black hole of debt triggers Obama defections but re-election is possible

Nearly one year on, Mr Obama, according to one poll last week, has an approval rating of 47 per cent – the lowest for any president at this point in his first term. The extraordinary movement of young, old, liberal, independents, black, Hispanic, disaffected Republicans and first time voters that propelled him to victory last year has splintered. The grandiloquent calls for transformation have gone. Today, it is not inconceivable that Mr Obama could lose re-election.

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The real question is, bloated with an unrepayable national debt and with billions being spent on these wars without end, will the US government even survive in its current form in the year 2012?

Dec 27 09:34

Americans Are Hell-Bent On Tyranny

Obama's dwindling band of true believers has taken heart that their man has finally delivered on one of his many promises--the closing of the Guantanamo prison. But the prison is not being closed. It is being moved to Illinois, if the Republicans permit.

In truth, Obama has handed his supporters another defeat. Closing Guantanamo meant ceasing to hold people in violation of our legal principles of habeas corpus and due process and ceasing to torture them in violation of US and international laws.

All Obama would be doing would be moving 100 people, against whom the US government is unable to bring a case, from the prison in Guantanamo to a prison in Thomson, Illinois.

Dec 27 08:35

First Case of Highly Drug-Resistant TB Found in US

Swine flu didn't scare them enough! Better roll out the next one!

Dec 26 19:49

Passenger detains plane terror suspect

"He was actually a normal person, he was very scared, he had a very frightened look, he wasn't resisting or anything. I also spoke later to one of the Dutch people who was sitting next to him and they said he was a really nice and polite man. So he was someone you wouldn't expect to commit a crime like this."

Dec 26 16:35

Egypt’s President Mubarak blows his chance to behave decently

Stuart Littlewood argues that time is running out for Egyptian President Husni Mubarak to prove that he is not an Israeli stooge and allow the Viva Palestina international humanitarian aid convoy to reach the besieged Gaza Strip in time for the first anniversary of Israel’s mass slaughter of Gazans.

”The convoy’s request for easy passage was Mubarak's big chance to show that he was not, after all, the cruel and unprincipled Zionist stooge that civilized people across the world had already consigned to the dustbin of history. It is not too late to make amends. But if he doesn’t act quickly he’ll blow it for everyone, including himself.”

Dec 26 10:40

Pig farts spark Australia gas scare

A flatulent pig sparked a gas emergency in southern Australia Thursday when a farmer mistook its odours for a leaking pipe, officials said.

Fifteen firefighters and two trucks were called to a property at Axedale in central Victoria state after reports of a gas leak, the Country Fire Service said.

"When we got there, as we drove up the driveway, there was this huge sow, about a 120-odd kilo (265-pound) sow, and it was very obvious where the gas was coming from," said fire captain Peter Harkins.

"We could not only smell it, but we heard it and it was quite funny."

Dec 26 10:31

POTENTIAL FOR IN-FLIGHT FIRES DUE TO LITHIUM BATTERY FAILURE

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The event as detailed by eye witnesses is remakarbly consistent with a known issue with laptop/notebook PCs running on lithium-ion batteries.

They are notorious for their incendiary properties. Apparently the perpetrator's thighs were severely burnt.(?)

The FAA has not publicly reported any such incidents as yet, but in-flight incidents are known.

So, what if Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, a student, was using his laptop on the plane when the Lithium Ion battery caught fire? The nearby passengers ove5r-react, the plot declares an emergency and thew US media is off and running with an attention-grabbing headline of terror in the skies before it was realized this was purely a computer malfunction!

Remember, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident was started with a mistake by an inexperienced sonar operator who heard his own ship's screws and mistook them for a torpedo. The mistake was known almost immediately, but the media momentum to blame the "attack" on North Vietnam was already underway and there was no internet to force a correction.

Just something to think about. A cooked-off battery followed by a security and media over-reaction explains all the inconsistencies in the story.

Dec 26 09:29

Al Gore Continues To Put His Mouth Where His Money Is...

At times the real Truth may be a bit Inconvenient – but it does come out sooner or later. As soon as it comes out, the true career liar, the real Pro, launches a well-prepared damage control campaign. Can you imagine the next round? They already went to Copenhagen to sew up the deal. Now they are going to need something like a full-scale attack from outer space. Watch the tabloids carefully over the next few months. Orson Welles would love it. When someone mounts an instantaneous visceral counterattack you tend to suspicion that they either have something they are well prepared to hide or they are "true believers [read delusional]" – either of which can produce disastrous and expensive results.

Dec 26 09:19

Actor Sheen arrested for alleged attack on wife

Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen was arrested Friday in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen on charges of domestic violence after reportedly attacking his wife of 19 months Brooke Mueller.

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I raise this one for a good reason. Sheen has been very outspoken against the official story of 911. This is a very effective way to discredit him - especially if it was a setup.

Dec 26 08:31

Cops you won't see on TV's COPS

Dec 26 08:22

Science, Politics and Global Warming

Science has become religion! ..although religion may have borrowed some of the jargon of science, science, more importantly, has adopted the methods of religion. This is the worst of both worlds.
- Halton Arp.

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Dec 26 08:06

Nigerian man attempts to blow up US airliner

A young Nigerian man with reported links to Al-Qaeda was under arrest Saturday after trying to blow up a US airliner, as authorities worldwide tightened airport security.

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If the Dutch Airport Security makes everyone go through a "see-you-naked" scanner before you board a plane, how did this guy get on the plane if this wasn't a set-up?!?

Dec 26 06:05

Detroit: British student in al-Qaeda airline bomb attempt

The 23-year-old attempted to ignite an explosive device strapped to his leg as a Northwest Airlines flight carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew came in to land in Detroit.

He suffered second degree burns before being overpowered by other passengers including one who jumped on him and was also burned.

Mutallab, whom US security sources said was a student at University College London, claimed to have picked up his device in Yemen and to be an agent of al-Qaeda.

Dec 25 19:23

American Zionist fear monger David Harris campaigns for Iran’s destruction

Paul J. Balles views one of the fear-producing packages of a major Zionist voice in America, David Harris, Director of the American Jewish Committee, who advocates destroying Iran economically, politically and militarily for the nuclear weapons it doesn't have, while overlooking Israel's vast arsenal of nuclear bombs.

”...Harris tries to drum up global fear of Iran, a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while Harris knows full well that Israel has over 200 nuclear warheads and Iran has none.

“Harris ignores the fact that Israel has been in attack-mode since its beginnings – ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, invasion and sponsorship of Sabre and Shatilla murders in Lebanon's refugee camps, slaughter in Gaza, military theft of the Golan Heights from Syria.

Dec 25 19:22

Passengers describe transatlantic jet 'terror' incident

"...a lot of firecrackers went off..."

Dec 25 19:14

Official: Firecrackers set off on Northwest flight to Detroit

"Upon landing, a passenger caused a disturbance on board by igniting some firecrackers and he was quickly subdued," said Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines, which owns Northwest.

She did not know how many firecrackers went off or if other passengers or crew members stepped in after the firecrackers went off. There were 278 passengers on board flight No. 253.

Dec 25 16:02

VIDEO: The Subprime Primer

or, The Subprime Mortgage Mess Explained (With Voice)

Excellent! Funny, too.

Dec 25 15:26

Passenger sets off fireworks on Airbus

A passenger on board a transatlantic Northwest Airlines flight set off firecrackers as it was arriving in the US city of Detroit, the airline says.

Remember the firecrackers bit. This story could morph in the days to come

Dec 25 11:32

Britain’s Jews in crisis over national loyalty, identity and Israel

Britain’s leading Jewish institutions are facing an unprecedented crisis as their loyalty to the United Kingdom and support for basic universal principles of human rights and common decency come under growing scrutiny, whistleblowers tell Redress Information & Analysis.

Dec 25 09:54

Controlling Anti-Jewish Stereotypes: The Case of the "Hook-Nosed Jew"

Even as I write, Americans are being dispossessed of their country. It is being stolen from under their noses and most of them do not know it. Europeans, too, are losing control of their homelands.

We are all Palestinians now.

Dec 25 09:37

The ADL: Managing White Rage By Kevin MacDonald

“Privately [American Jewish leaders] express grave concern that unregulated immigration will prove ruinous to American Jewry, as it has for French Jewry, and will for Jews throughout Western Europe. There’s particular fear about the impact on Jewish security, as well as American support for Israel, of the rapid growth of the Muslim population. At the conclusion of meetings with national leaders, several told me, ‘You’re 1000 percent right, but I can’t go out and say it yet.’”

Dec 25 08:44

Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths

More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans:
The Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2007, Gulf War Veterans Information System reports the following:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
– Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
– Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

Dec 25 07:29

China and Russia may mean more Spielberg

Seeing some recent news and developments on the Middle East game of “Smoke and Mirrors”, a game that the U.S. taxpayer funds and the U.S. government serves a key role. One of the many reasons the United States of America is hated across the globe. We have discussed how critical China and Russia are for the future of the Middle East, especially in Iran which already has close diplomatic and economic ties with Russian and China (two veto wielding, permanent members of the U.N. Security Council). See our Putin back to the Kremlin? post...

Dec 25 03:39

First billboard promoting 9/11 Truth erected next to Arizona's I 40 highway.

The Phoenix R3volution has erected two 10' x 48' billboards on Interstate 40 (Picture at link above). Please check this channel for video logs of their progress http://www.youtube.com/rp4409.

Dec 24 21:56

BERNIE MADOFF TREATED FOR SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER ASSULT !

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was admitted to Duke University Hospital late last week and treated for serious injuries consistent with an assault, a North Carolina television station reported on Thursday.

According to the station, Madoff had facial fractures, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Dec 24 21:20

'Twas The Night Before Christmas Debacle

Night Before Christmas Debacle
Jim George

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Senate
Evidence was mounting of democracy's limit.

The People dismayed by what they were seeing
Sixty votes it now takes to do just about anything.

The Constitution took care to protect the minority
A wealthy elite exploiting the majority.

Obama a prisoner of establishment power
Claims "victory" with words that surely taste sour.

As the healthcare battle appears to be done
the people are told, "Go to sleep now, you've won!"

The dejected masses comply and act tame
While Obama unabashedly calls out some names

Now Geithner, Now Orszag, Emanual, and Baucus
On DePearle, On Lieberman, Nelson and Sebelius

A man with a smile audaciously says, "hope"
surrounded by insiders who think I'm a dope.

"We stood up to special interests," he says as he winks
But his words are cheap, this deal really stinks.

The man with a smile says "The struggle is on"
More people look askance as they detect a con.

And when the dust settles the people will see
No healthcare reform from the powers that be.

Though believers continue to heap on their praise
Their numbers dwindle with the passing of days.

The media, corporate owned, just plays along
while the people say, "something's terribly wrong."

The Empire teeters, the establishment takes fright
But with happy faces say, 'To all a good night."

Dec 24 19:54

Vatican drama: Pope attacked at Midnight Mass by SAME 'mentally unstable' woman who jumped barrier last year

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the woman was the same person who tried to jump a barricade to get close to the Pope at last year's Christmas Mass - but was quickly blocked on the ground by security.

Dec 24 18:42

POPE ATTACKED!

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Earlier reports claimed there was a man with the woman who has been arrested. I have to wonder if the Pope had been seriously injured, or killed, just who the blame would have fallen on!

Dec 23 07:09

George Carlin ~ The American Dream

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George, we miss you!

Dec 22 23:26

Forget Global Warming: SEVERE DROP IN SUNSPOT ACTIVITY MEANS ICE AGE LIKELY, SWIFT, AND SUDDEN

Maybe this explains the committees on 'Sudden Climate Change' that have popped up funded by many State Legislatures - or why the DOE FY 2008 Report to Congress documented $69,849 for "Understanding Adaptation to Sudden Climate Change Impacts"...in the following excerpt, emphasis is mine.

over the last few years, The threat of man made global warming is a myth, the threat we face is a new ice age caused by a drop in sunspot activity that leads to a change in the Gulf stream....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1227990/Ice-Age-took-ju...

It took just six months for a warm and sunny Europe to be engulfed in ice, according to new research.

Previous studies have suggested the arrival of the last Ice Age nearly 13,000 years ago took about a decade - but now scientists believe the process was up to 20 times as fast.

Dec 22 19:27

Airport control tower blacked out by power failures

All power systems failed twice Sunday morning in the air traffic facility that guides planes into and out of Stevens Anchorage International Airport via radar, the FAA confirmed Monday.

The failures included two backup systems.

"This could have happened the week before when we were in the fog. It would have been an absolute nightmare," said Larry Lescanec, Alaska vice president of the air traffic controllers union. As it was, air traffic was light.

Dec 22 17:59

9/11 Drug Pilot & Operation Blue Lightning

So while the intent of Operation Blue Lightning’s interest in Brassington remains unclear, it is fair to ask: Was Brassington’s “special handling” by Operation Blue Lightning designed to impede criminal activity? Or to facilitate it?

Operation Blue Lightning clearly fits the description provided by a top DEA official in Miami when he informed us why the DEA had not mounted an investigation into the owners of two planes caught carrying over 10 tons of cocaine in Mexico’s Yucatan:

Because the two American drug planes belonged to a “rogue” operation in U.S. Customs, explained the DEA official. So the investigation properly belonged to the Office of Investigations in the Dept of Homeland Security.

Dec 22 15:41

Out Of Control Crowd At JFK

The weekend snowstorm has left many people stranded in New York. Some people had flights rescheduled days later than their original itinerary, forcing them to miss cruises and other vacations.

Dec 22 13:52

Breaking: Michael Badnarik reported hospitalized after heart attack

I just received word that the President of the 2009 Continental Congress and 2004 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik had a Heart Attack this morning and in an unconscious state. His condition is serious.

Dec 22 13:46

Cocaine Rabbi Goes Scott Free

A MILLIONAIRE rabbi exposed as a hell-raising playboy hooked on cocaine and call-girls has been spared jail.

Eminent rabbi Baruch Chalomish, 54, who has a personal fortune of £7million, admitted one count of possessing cocaine and was found guilty of a further count of possession after a six-day trial.

Judge Michael Henshell, sentencing him at Manchester Crown Court, imposed a six month supervision order, ordered him to complete 60 days of community work and pay court costs of £3,899.22.

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WTF????

Dec 22 12:03

Health Canada seeks input on adding anti-cancer drug to junk food.

Ottawa wants to know what you think about its unusual proposal to put a cancer-fighting drug into junk food.

Health Canada is inviting public comments until February 21 on its idea to have small amounts of the enzyme asparaginase put into foods like potato chips and french fries. On its website, Health Canada says its scientists have finished a detailed safety assessment on the enzyme and haven't found any health or safety concerns.

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Make the politicians families consume it for 5 years as a test. If it is really that safe, they should have no complaints.

Dec 22 10:39

Obama’s Right: The Insurance Companies and the New Dems Will Never Have an Opportunity Like This Again

When Barak Obama said that we have to pass this bill (this perversion of our election day mandate to reform healthcare in America) because we will not see an opportunity like this again for a very long time, he was absolutely correct. After almost a year of backroom deals and secret negotiations, the insurance/pharmaceutical industries will never again be this close to a deal this good and the neoliberal New Dems will never be so close to gaining absolute control of the Democratic Party. Never.

Dec 22 10:09

A Left-Environmentalist Speaks Out Against "global warming" and "climate change."

VIA http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl/left-environmentalist.html

If I can be classified it would be as a left-leaning environmentalist, with a history of environmental concerns dating back to my pre-teen years in the 1960s. I was one of the founders of the Alberta Greens political party in 1990 based on support for a federal Green candidate in 1988, and was the party's president until 2004 and then CFO until a right-wing takeover in late 2008.

I have organized my position on global warming/climate change as a self-interview because my concerns have arisen as I have been asked more questions about this and some of my green friends exhibit shock at my position.

Dec 22 09:48

Former head of CDC lands lucrative job as president of Merck vaccine division

You’ve heard it before, how the pharmaceutical industry has a giant “revolving door” through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way today when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from 2002 through 2009, landed a top job with Merck, one of the largest drug companies in the world. Her job there? She’s the new president of the vaccine division.

How convenient. That means the former head of the CDC was very likely cultivating a relationship with Merck all these years, and now comes the big payoff: Heading up a $5 billion division that sells cervical cancer vaccines (like Gardasil), chickenpox vaccines and of course H1N1 swine flu vaccines, too.

Dec 22 08:04

This is for Palestine – a song for Palestine

Song and video by Lowkey

Watch the video

Here are the lyrics:

While we listen to tunes, made by ignorant fools,
Israel blocked the UN from delivering food,
They'll bring in the troops and you won't even glimpse at the news,
They make money of the products that we are quick to consume,
It's not simply a question of differing views,
Forget emotions, this is fact, what I spit is the truth,
Makes no difference if you're a Christian or if you're a Jew,
They are just people living in different conditions to you,
They still die when you bomb their schools, mosques and hospitals,
It is not because of rockets, please god can you stop it all,
I'm not related to the strangers on the TV,

Dec 21 21:53

Summit in Copenhagen, failed (7 photos)

The only thing worse than the lie that humans are the greatest cause of global warming is the failure of the sumit in Carbonhegen.

Dec 21 21:29

Obama bombs Yemen: no report of attempt for peaceful resolution; US needs Department of Peace

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Orwellian Peace-prize winner President Obama approved US cruise missile use in Yemen with no report he attempted peaceful resolution against alleged “terrorists.” The attacks killed 63, including 28 children. Below is a 2-minute news video.

Despite the obvious need, the US has no “Department of Peace.”

US policy does include obvious torture and Supreme Court refusal for prosecution against the US for torture. Despite the declassified evidence showing the US government lied to wage unlawful Wars of Aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, American government-sponsored mass-murder continues.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:

Dec 21 19:25

Iraq Veterans Against War: the real enemy is US government for lying, waging unlawful war

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Please watch the following 4-minute video of Mike Prysner, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War in his accurate and moving testimony that current US wars are unlawful, evil, and must be stopped if we value virtue over American fascism.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:
1.Understand the laws of war. These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. This investment of your time takes less than an hour and empowers you to legally stand for ending these Wars of Aggression.

Dec 21 09:43

10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill

So, I asked them to help make it simple: how do we let people know what’s going to happen to them if the Senate bill passes? Everyone put their heads together and came up with a list:

Dec 21 07:04

Red, White and Blue Storm Rising

It is said that art often must imitate life. In the case of Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising", the motives and actions of the fictionalized USSR line up rather nicely with those of the real life USA. And therein lies a warning for those who think fake terror is the ideal tool with which to rule. For in Clancy's book, following a costly and bloody war, the fictionalized USSR is no better off than when it started, still without oil, still without money, and with a military coup on top of it all.

Life imitates art?

I hope not.

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Dec 20 20:16

Fascist US policy in Afghanistan: 50-to-1 ratio of money to kill versus money to help Afghans

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The United Nations reports Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous place for a child to be born. One out of four children die before their fifth birthday; 70% of the population do not have access to clean water.

Orwellian Peace Prize winner Obama’s response: spend at a 50-to-1 ratio to attack Afghans compared with money to help them.

Dec 20 11:29

Stock Up On Incandescent Light Bulbs In Fact, Buy a Lifetime Supply of Them!

Our government's "Green Revolution" is another covert attack on our collective health and environment, largely using their mythical global warming hoax to do so.

The new Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are a perfect example of this kind of subterfuge. While claiming these new CFL bulbs will reduce carbon emissions, "our" Congress passed legislation stating these new light bulbs must completely replace our everyday incandescent light bulbs by 2014, without telling us of the serious dangers to health and environment, that these mandated bulbs pose.

Dec 20 10:52

Auschwitz yet again

Early on Friday [18 December] the famous "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) sign that hung over the entrance gate to the Auschwitz camp, was stolen.

Commenting to the BBC on the theft of the Auschwitz sign, Rabbi Andrew Baker, the director of International Jewish Affairs of the rabid Zionist American Jewish Committee, maintained that there should be no replicas to substitute the entrance monument. “There can be no copies or reproductions; visitors must see only what was real. In that way they will bear witness to the very objects and structures which in turn remain the mute eyewitness to what happened there."

Dec 20 10:43

Russia surprised by U.S., EU stance on UN anti-Nazi resolution

Russia is concerned over the stance of the United States and the European Union on a UN resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism and the desecration of WWII monuments, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

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And now we have a motive for the theft of the Aushwitz sign; to push forward the anti-desecration agenda.

Dec 20 10:43

Solomon calls from Brazil

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There is a bit of music before the phone call actually starts.

Dec 19 20:15

Tony Blair earned £680,000 for his foundation for 50 hours' work

Papers lodged with the IRS show The Tony Blair Faith Foundation banked $704,940 in cash and a further $400,000 in pledges and grants.

The foundation spent $42,885 on travel expenses, thought to include the cost of Mr Blair and his entourage flying into Yale University, where he delivers seminars on religion 10 times a year. Mr Blair’s foundation said last night that $200,000 of the money had come from Yale, with the rest from other sources.

Dec 19 14:39

Will Britain’s Iraq Inquiry be a whitewash?

Christopher King calls on the chairman of Britain's Iraq Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, to hear evidence on the legality of the war from legally qualified persons and recommend that a court either should or should not make a determination of the war’s legality.

”I do not know whether Sir John has the personal courage and independence of mind to do this but one never knows. Whether or not the UK and Europe seek the path of international law rather than remain camp followers of American hegemony could hinge on his actions.”

Dec 19 09:50

50 days to save the world? I might listen to the doomsayers if they weren't such ludicrous hypocrites

The Copenhagen summit, supposed to produce an agreement limiting greenhouse gases, has, according to experts, the same carbon footprint as a medium-sized African country such as Malawi.

There are an amazing 34,000 delegates attending the event, and the grander among them are forced, says my colleague Robert Hardman in Copenhagen, to park their private jets in Norway because Denmark has run out of Tarmac, and to procure their gas-guzzling limousines from Germany.

Dec 19 09:18

WHO ADVISER CONCEALS A DONATION OF MILLIONS FROM A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY

A Finnish member of the WHO board, an advisor on vaccines, has received 46 million crowns (6 million euros) for his research centre from the vaccine manufactures, GlaxoSmithKline. WHO promises transparency, but this conflict of interests is not available for the public to see at WHO’s homepage.

Another ‘WHO’ vaccine advisor is withholding information concerning financial support from the pharmaceutical industry...

Dec 19 09:15

Copenhagen climate summit: confusion as 'historic deal' descends into chaos

The “historic” climate change deal at the Copenhagen climate summit has descended into chaos after some developing nations rejected the plan for fighting global warming championed by US President Barack Obama.

An agreement to limit global warming to a 3.6F (2C) temperature rise, alongside a $100 billion (£62bn) a year in aid from 2020, were condemned as inadequate by some delegates and appeared to be in danger of unravelling.

Developing nations, including Venezuela, said they could not accept a text originally agreed by the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa as the blueprint of a wider United Nations plan to fight climate change.

Tempers flared during an all-night plenary session, held after most of 120 visiting world leaders had left.

Dec 19 08:42

How do They do It? It Baffles the Mind

I must say that it astounds me when I watch these people lie and press on with their lies and evil deeds, even when their lies are exposed all around them. I try to understand what it must be like to be capable of this but I cannot. I think about the men and women who send other people’s sons and daughters off to die in foreign lands, for the profit of bankers and their associates. I can’t imagine how one gets to a state of such callous indifference; this desire for the fruits gained upon the torment and deaths of others. I pity them. I really do. I would not want to walk that road they are on. Have they no consciousness of where it leads? I do.

Dec 19 08:33

Army general in Iraq issues pregnancy ban

The Army general of U.S. forces in Northern Iraq has banned pregnancy among military personnel in his command, NBC News reported on Friday.

Anyone who becomes pregnant or impregnates another servicemember, including married couples assigned to the same unit, could face a court-martial and jail time, according to an order issued by Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo.

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This is a terrifying commentary about how stretched to the limit the US military has become.

What happens, though, if a female service member, serving with her husband, has been studiously using the birth control method prescribed by her doctor, and contraception fails, which it sometimes can, and does?

Will the only thing preventing her from facing a court-martial, and/or serving jail time, be an abortion?!?

That's something every young woman (and the man who loves her) has to think about very seriously before enlisting.

Dec 19 05:57

President Declares Major Disaster For The State Of Alaska

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Alaska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms

Dec 18 20:07

Real liberals support progressive policies; fakes, fascists wage war, deny help for Americans

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Let’s define “political liberal,” view current US wars and economic policies through that lens, and determine appropriate policy response if progressivism is to be honored.

Progressivism defined: There is variance in understanding, but let’s work with these
Egalitarian economic policy meeting the minimal needs of education, health care, housing, food, and a sustainable environment.
Investment in research and openness to new ideas for social improvement.
Sufficient government programs to achieve the above goals while maximizing individual freedom.

Dec 18 17:28

A Nation Born and Perpetuated in Contradictions

The myth is embodied in Barack Obama’s repeated explanations as to why he was against our 2003 invasion of Iraq from the beginning. It turns my stomach every times I hear “I am not opposed to ALL wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars”. The problem with our invasion of Iraq was not that it was a “dumb war”. It was an immoral war and an illegal war. We attacked a defenseless nation that posed no threat to us and killed hundreds of thousands of its civilians, created millions of refugees, and ruined its infrastructure. That is immoral, pure and simple. But no politician with presidential aspirations could say such a thing without risking their political future. Most Americans simply don’t like to hear that there country has committed immoral acts. It’s ok to admit “mistakes”. But admitting immorality is considered beyond the pale.

Dec 18 12:34

Real conservatives honor US war laws; fakes and fascists lie to break them

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Let’s define “political conservative,” view current US wars through that lens, and determine appropriate war policy if conservatism is to be honored.

Conservatism defined: There is variance in understanding, but let’s work with these
Respecting law and order, the US Constitution, and inalienable rights for equal opportunity.
Self-reliance and personal responsibility.
Minimal government intervention for maximum freedom and minimal tax cost.

Dec 18 09:24

Cargo ship carrying dozens sinks off Lebanon

Hours later, rescuers had pulled 25 people from the water, officials said.

One of the rescued crew members of the Panamanian-flagged cargo ship said the British captain, who was not named, died when the ship capsized.

UN, Syrian and Lebanese navy rescue boats continued the search in the early hours of Friday. A British military spokesman in Cyprus said an RAF helicopter had been sent to the scene to help

Dec 18 08:56

Nazi sign stolen from Auschwitz gates

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Israel needed it to hang over Gaza

Dec 18 07:38

Hey Berlusconi - You might wanna look at this!

Dec 18 07:29

The Norway Spiral and the Ticks on the Run

In the US, they passed a truly humungous Defense Spending Bill (which didn’t even include the surge) designed to protect that country from a manufactured terrorist threat which the neo-cons are carefully and not so carefully manipulating at the public expense. Fat-faced, alcoholic lawmakers are arguing about how transparent the national health care bill can be. Do they just turn it over completely to the insurance and pharmaceutical firms to run or do they hide that fact and how much of it do they hide? It’s becoming increasingly clear that no matter how much money they charge the public, there is not going to be enough for them. I suspect they will cut a deal with First Premier Bank and everyone will be able to pay with their credit cards. If you don’t have one you can get one.

Dec 17 17:01

Israeli war crimes suspect says quest for justice is for losers

Gilad Atzmon views Israeli Deputy Premier Moshe Yaalon’s contention that the quest for justice against Israeli war criminals is the weapon of losers and reminds Yaalon and other Israeli war crimes suspects and their stooges in the UK of the fate that awaits them in the International Criminal Court.

Dec 17 13:18

Washington's Blog: Copenhagen Climate Treaty scam: trillions in taxes with Enron-like trading rules

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My favorite economic analyst, Washington’s Blog, documents what’s developing in disclosure of the provisions within the Copenhagen Framework, including Enron-like skimming of non-wealth producing “trades.” I provide a summary that the global temperature data and revealed e-mails seem to fully falsify the premise for the global taxes.

I recommend Washington’s Blog as a daily visit. Here is his post, in full:

Friday, December 11, 2009
Copenhagen Framework Demands Huge Amounts of Spending, But Allows Enron-Style Accounting Tricks So That Carbon Isn't Actually Reduced

The UN and other agencies calling for a war on global warming say the price tag will be trillions.

Dec 17 11:27

People of Hawaii Pass Resolution Against Forced Vaccination Laws

Hawaii H1N1 Resolution Advances Vaccination Exemptions Favoring Americans' Growing Demand for Health Freedoms
Hilo, HI--Department of Health officials in Hawaii were overruled by County of Hawaii directors supporting a resolution favoring First Amendment constitutional rights and vaccination exemptions for everyone demanding them.

The nearly unanimous 7-1 Big Island of Hawaii Council vote sent a strong message to State and Federal policy makers to consider a majority of people who solidly distrust risky vaccines in general, and health officials' claims of safety regarding H1N1 vaccines in particular.

Dec 17 10:45

Breaking Point - Top Trends by Gerald Celente

The first decade of the 21st century is going out the way it came in with a bust and a bang.

The Great Recession is not over. There is no recovery. It's a cover up. Expect another wave of terrorism. Possibly of 9/11 magnitude.

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As for "...another wave of terrorism", I wouldn't bet against some new "false flag" operation to be launched in the US to refocus public anger about the economy and the state of our Republic elsewhere; to make us afraid that "only the government can help us now", and conjure up the most jingoistic, knee-jerk patriotism possible against whoever the next target of US military aggression will be.

Dec 17 09:29

Alberta shivers amid record lows

Edmonton has established a record it would probably rather forget.

The Alberta capital recorded the lowest temperature in North America overnight Saturday and set a record as the lowest temperature on a Dec. 13 in the city's history as the current deep freeze established records across the province.

"Edmonton International Airport was the coldest place in Canada," Peter Spyker, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Sunday. "It was -46.1 [Celsius] without the wind chill. I believe at one point it got to -58 with the wind chill."

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Notice that the previous record of -36 Celsius was set the previous year. It certainly does not appear to be getting warmer.

Dec 17 07:16

Grinding Down the U.S. Army

Signs of severe strain, of being “wasted,” are often not visible to the American public. Nevertheless, they are ominous and growing. Suicides have hit record highs in the Army. Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression, having reached an alarming 300,000 in 2008, according to Invisible Wounds of War, a RAND study, continue to escalate, constituting a mental health crisis for the Army. Traumatic brain injuries from IEDs and other explosive shocks in our war zones, difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, may already exceed 300,000, another health crisis exacerbated by a lack of treatment available to veterans. Divorce rates among active duty troops continue to climb. An epidemic of domestic violence and crime has been linked to returning veterans and to the difficulty of readjusting to “normal” life after months, or years, in combat zones. These are just five of the better documented signs of an Army that’s struggling to cope with wars of unprecedented length and still uncertain outcomes.

Dec 16 21:17

Philip Pullman 'disgusted' over claim Catholics torpedoed films

It's disgusting, but only the sort of behaviour I expect of these people," the best-selling author says of the campaign Catholics in America waged against The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of the first of his trilogy.

Of the Catholics' contention that the film had introduced children to atheism, he says: "It's rubbish. I am very disappointed because it obviously would have been very good to have seen the other two films made."

Dec 16 21:16

Mother abducted five-year-old daughter and fled to America in tug-of-love battle

Helen Gavaghan, 32, secretly snatched her daughter Pearl from nursery in Blackpool last December and fled abroad having changed her name by deed poll, after an acrimonious split from her partner, Henry Da Massa.

A High Court judge has declared that the child was removed illegally and allowed details of the case to be disclosed for the first time in the hope the pair can be traced.

Dec 16 21:05

Turnabout is fair play – Greenpeace gets a dose of their own medicine

Greenpeace, who prides themselves on civil disobedience and bannering smokestacks and U.S. national monument Mt. Rushmore gets a banner or two on the Rainbow Warrior. It is dubbed now the “Propaganda Warrior” and the “Ship of Lies”.

Dec 16 16:48

The Truth About Tamiflu

Now it looks as if our concerns were correct, and the nation may have put more than a billion dollars into the medical equivalent of a mirage. This week, the British medical journal BMJ published a multi-part investigation that confirms that the scientific evidence just isn’t there to show that Tamiflu prevents serious complications, hospitalization, or death in people that have the flu. The BMJ goes further to suggest that Roche, the Swiss company that manufactures and markets Tamiflu, may have misled governments and physicians. In its defense, Roche stated that the company “has never concealed (or had the intention to conceal) any pertinent data.

Dec 16 16:36

PML-N calls on Zardari to step down

Part II from Ness

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On Wednesday, Pakistan's Supreme Court revoked the controversial order issued by former president Pervez Musharraf which had granted amnesty to the president, several sitting ministers and thousands of politicians and bureaucrats who are accused of corruption.

Dec 16 16:35

Pakistani court revokes amnesty law

Part I from Ness

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Pakistan's Supreme Court has revoked an amnesty deal which shields President Asif Ali Zardari and many other government officials from prosecution.

The 2007 National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) allowed Zardari, his wife Benazir Bhutto, and a former prime minister, to return from self-exile without facing corruption charges.

Dec 16 14:44

Britain’s Foreign Office wimps surrender to Israeli thugs

Stuart Littlewood wonders what the British people will think of the plans by the UK’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change the law to allow suspected Israeli war criminals to visit Britain without fear of prosecution.

”This diplomatic ruckus helps us to see clearly the lunacy of stacking the British Foreign Office with Israel-lovers. There's Miliband, of course, with his ethnic links. He voted enthusiastically for the Iraq war and against an investigation.

Dec 16 14:42

Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary rushes to rescue Israeli war crimes suspect

Gilad Atzmon views the declared intention of Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change UK law so that suspected Israeli war criminals can visit the country without the risk of being arrested.

“I find myself puzzled. Why exactly is this law to be ‘reviewed’ or ‘reformed’? Is it because Britain decided to give up on its ethical tradition? Or is it because Miliband needs the support of the Labour Friends of Israel so he can be re-elected? Or is he just revealing an ever-present hidden cronyism?

Dec 16 12:46

How can the US be fascist if we have elections and the US Constitution? Ok, I'll explain…

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US policy is fascist in unlawful Wars of Aggression, obvious torture, paper-thin propaganda to expand US war to Iran, blatant violation of international treaties with WMD, transfer of TRILLIONS of our tax dollars to financial elites, and corporate media prostitution service to propagandize the above facts to an awakening American public.

This assessment is objectively factual as political theory defines fascism. Res ipsa loquitur translates roughly into “the facts speak for themselves;” with the above list of documented facts as independently verifiable evidence proving beyond reasonable doubt American fascism in those defining areas of US government.

Dec 16 10:52

The Copenhagen Conundrum

Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg has made famous the phrase “Copenhagen Consensus” which posits that money aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions would be better spent addressing other health and welfare challenges, like preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Dec 16 10:04

In Alarming Step Obama Creates Gitmo North

ACLU Press Release

… The creation of a ‘Gitmo North’ in Illinois is hardly a meaningful step forward. Shutting down Guantánamo will be nothing more than a symbolic gesture if we continue its lawless policies onshore.

Dec 16 09:40

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: explaining their war opposition in two brief videos

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The “leadership” of the Democrats and Republicans collude for unlawful Wars of Aggression, torture, rhetoric for more unlawful war with Iran, the destruction of our treaty obligations, and the transfer of trillions of our tax dollars to banksters. By political definition in any textbook, the US is now fascist and not a constitutional republic.

Dec 16 09:29

Tiger Woods: wife Elin Nordegren 'has decided to divorce him'

The former Swedish swimwear model, is "not going to be one of these 'stand by your man' women", an unnamed friend told the US television news station MSNBC.

"She's a strong woman, this is beyond embarrassing, and she has a daughter and son she has to think about, who will know about this one day."

Another unidentified source told People magazine that Miss Nordegren had already met a divorce lawyer, adding: "She's made up her mind. There's nothing to think about: he's never going to change."

Dec 16 08:09

DNA testing clears man who served 28 years

A man who spent 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he said he didn't commit walked out of a federal prison in Arizona on Tuesday with $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio after DNA testing showed he was innocent.

The conviction of Donald Eugene Gates, 58, was based largely on the testimony of an FBI forensic analyst whose work later came under fire and a hair analysis technique that has been discredited.

"I feel beautiful," Gates, 58, said by telephone after leaving the U.S. penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz.

Just hours before, the same judge who had presided over Gates' trial years ago in D.C. Superior Court ordered his release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"On further DNA testing we have found that Mr. Gates probably worked as a camp guard for the Nazis and we are deporting him to Germany to remove this embarrassment from our legal history."

(Ahem)

Cases like this are why I cannot support a death penalty. The courts are not perfect. Driven by ambition, prosecutors, judges, and even lab techs will fudge the facts to get what they want (shades of climategate).

If you imprison someone wrongfully, you can release them later and although you cannot give them their youth back, they can still have a portion of life restored to them.

But once you kill someone, and you find out you had the wrong person plugged into that execution chamber...

Until we know that the court system is perfect, or until we can restore a life wrongfully taken by the state, we should not be so quick to deal out death.

Dec 15 18:38

American fascism: Obama, "Justice" Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

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Orwellian Peace Prize winner President Obama is instructing his Department of Justice (DOJ) to block prosecution of torture. The Supreme Court is upholding this "defense."

Impeachment is the constitutional recourse against President Obama and civil officers for their criminal complicity after the fact in torture. Covering-up a crime is a crime. The fact that Congress has not impeached to enforce US law, Constitutional law, and international law is gradually overcoming Americans' blindness to the obvious admission of fact that the US government is a de facto fascist state; a constitutional republic in empty rhetoric only.

Dec 15 17:46

Australia: Internet censorship plan gets the green light

The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

But critics, including the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year’s elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users...

Dec 15 17:08

Tiger Woods: FBI investigate doctor over drugs supplied to sportsmen

Dr Galea, who was due to appear in a Canadian court on Friday, treated Woods’s knee several times after concern about his recovery from surgery in June 2008. According to The New York Times, the doctor was arrested in October, after human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood that is illegal in America, was found in his medical bag on the US-Canada border.

Dec 15 17:07

UK courts "irresponsible" for trying to publish US intelligence says Foreign Secretary

The High Court has been accused of “unnecessary and profoundly damaging” behaviour by insisting on the publication of US intelligence material concerning the treatment of the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Jonathan Sumption QC, acting for David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, told the Court of Appeal: “I would go so far as to say their views were irresponsible.”

Dec 15 15:58

Israeli-style “justice” for Palestinian student Berlanty – official version

Stuart Littlewood views the justification given by Israel’s UK embassy for the terrible treatment meted out to 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam, who was abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

”It’s a classic example of how Israel’s administrative 'laws' are framed to ride rough-shod over citizens’ rights, as enshrined in international law, and to disregard its own obligations entirely...

“They say the consideration with which a country treats the young and the elderly is a mark of its moral standing in the civilized world. Israel, evidently, has yet to emerge from the swamp.”

Dec 15 15:30

“Rotten” sea ice? – Not even in Denmark

There’s plenty of stories about how Arctic sea ice is now “rotten”. There’s darn few that talk about yearly comparisons or what other scientific outlets are saying about the claim.

As many WUWT readers know, 2007 was the minimum year of summer extent in sea ice, a year that is routinely held up as a cause for alarm. Another cause for alarm has been the “decline of multi-year sea ice”. Most recently we’ve gotten claims of “rotten ice” in the news media. That “rotten” ice is “duping the satellites” they say. This all from one fellow, Dr. David Barber on a ship that took a short expedition in the Arctic and observed what he called “rotten ice”.

Dec 15 12:49

Ethanol-powered vehicles generate more ozone than gas-powered ones

Ethanol, often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil, would likely worsen health problems caused by ozone, compared with gasoline, especially in winter, according to a new study led by Stanford researchers.

Ozone production from both gasoline and E85, a blend of gasoline and ethanol that is 85 percent ethanol, is greater in warm sunny weather than during the cold weather and short days of winter, because heat and sunlight contribute to ozone formation. But E85 produces different byproducts of combustion than gasoline and generates substantially more aldehydes, which are precursors to ozone...

Dec 15 12:09

Rumination on the state of our lives

Maybe it’s not about winning and losing as much as it is to profit financially from the conflicts. The people who start the wars don’t fight in them. War is a very profitable business and perhaps we should see it as just that; not an unfortunate condition that is due to border disputes or the spread of a preferable ideology, religion or ancient racial hatred but due to economics. War is like any other industry. It creates jobs and markets and a cornucopia of opportunities for collective and personal enrichment. As long as you can get enough people together to fight them you’ve got a cash cow.

Dec 15 11:32

Federal agents raid Gibson guitar plant

Federal agents on Tuesday raided a Gibson guitar manufacturing plant and seized guitars amid concerns about where the Nashville-based company obtains the fine woods that go into its instruments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nashville has a lot of real crimes, i.e. violent assaults, rapes, homicides, etc.

But the US Government is going to prove how butch it is by sending in the "Wood Patrol" to raid a guitar factory.

This nation's priorities are really screwed up.

Dec 15 09:06

Survival Tools

I’ve read many articles regarding “survival “ and “preparedness” topics, my conclusion is that an important area has been missed. Lots of planning seems to focus on food storage, water, supplies, and so on, yet I have not seen or read anything about “survival tools -- how to be prepared for anything mechanically”. So after considering this topic for several years, I’ve decided to introduce my own topic as far as tools for the self-reliant individual.

Dec 15 09:00

US joblessness cripples Americans: poll

Unemployment resulting from the severe US economic downturn has had an abysmal effect on the lives of the American people, according to a new survey.

The poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News released on Monday, showing joblessness caused major life changes and mental health issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to those living in luxury in the corridors of power in Washington: there is no such bloody thing as a "jobless recovery!!!

Dec 15 08:57

Congress readies defense budget

Congress is knocking nearly $1 billion off President Barack Obama's request for Afghanistan's security forces and instead devoting the money to buying more mine-resistent vehicles for U.S. troops there.

House leaders were leaning toward an end-of-session strategy Monday evening of wrapping the defense measure together with a two-month extension of the government's ability to borrow. That authority is needed to avoid a default on the $12 trillion national debt, which is considered politically unthinkable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow: they're staving off a potential US government default by...... a whole 60 days?!?!?

What then?!?

Dec 15 06:19

Boeing 787 Dreamliner to take first test flight

Boeing claims that the lightweight carbon and titanium airliner, which is seen as key to the company's financial future, promises to save airlines million of pounds in fuel and maintenance costs.

But it has been hampered by a shortage of bolts, design issues and a two-month strike.

The test flight is due at 10.00 PST (18.00 GMT).

Dec 15 06:18

Thousands flee erupting Philippines volcano

Soldiers and police marshalled the evacuation of about 50,000 people from the so-called "danger zone" of five miels around the foothills of the Mayon volcano, amid concerns a big eruption could occur at any moment.

"After the series of ash puffs and ash explosions of 1,000 metres, we cannot rule out a major explosion," said Cedric Daep, the head of the disaster relief operations in the eastern Bicol region.

Dec 14 19:38

Google 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button leads to mystery countdown clock

The feature, which usually takes users directly to the top result for their query, has been programmed to display a ticker when no words are entered into the search box.

As of 7.15pm GMT on Monday, the clock had reached 1,484,258.

Dec 14 17:40

US tie-up with TERI to provide solar energy across world

The US government has decided to involve TERI in its "ambitious" programme to provide affordable solar home system to millions of people across the globe, particular in developing countries and underdeveloped world.

Through its indigenously developed solar lanterns, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has already made its mark with its 'Light a Billion Lives' project, which aims at providing affordable solar lanterns to a billion people across the globe who do not have access to conventional electricity.

Dec 14 17:36

Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown

In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, critics of the Games have been subjected to surveillance, harassment, along with other intimidation tactics. Voicing opposition to the Olympics appears to be all that is needed for one to be labeled as a security threat. There are concerns over the negative impacts associated with holding the Games, as well as concerted efforts to stifle anti-Olympic expression. As the Coca-Cola/RBC corporate torch relay nears its final destination, the opening ceremonies in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, more protests are expected. The Olympics are providing the perfect cover for many police state measures with ramifications that could leave a lasting legacy.

Dec 14 17:29

Canadian Recording Biz Faces $6 Billion Suit

The claims arise from a longstanding practice of the recording industry in Canada, described in the lawsuit as "exploit now, pay later if at all." It involves the use of works that are often included in compilation CDs (like the top dance tracks of 2009) or live recordings. The record labels create, press, distribute, and sell the CDs, but do not obtain the necessary copyright licences.

Dec 14 14:23

Intoxicated by power, Blair tricked Britons into war - ex-prosecutor-general

Former UK Director of Public Prosecution Ken Macdonald breaks ranks with the British Establishment and argues that the members of the Chilcot Inquiry – the Iraq Inquiry – have a choice: they can be loyal to the Establishment or they can expose Tony Blair's subterfuge.

Dec 14 12:03

American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

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Look in any textbook or encyclopedia and compare US policy (not rhetoric) to the definitions of fascism and constitutional republic. I’ll explain it here, but check my work. If at the end of your consideration, you agree that the United States of America is now a fascist state, please speak-up about it. Also, consider the policy requests at the end of the article.

Dec 14 11:00

U.S. abandonment of law

We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility. With climate change threatening the planet itself, we do not need this as well. Europe must cease supporting this berserk state. It needs to recover the vision, the spirit of goodwill and humanity that laid the foundations of the European Union. In following America, Europe has lost its way.

Dec 14 09:08

To Know the End from the Beginning

What happened to Berlusconi yesterday is a watershed moment. This won’t be the general impression. In most minds this will come across as an anomaly and one of the things that happen now and then to those who are in the public eye and whose public actions have a certain amount of controversy to them. It could be said that all public figures have a certain amount of controversy attached to them, just from being public figures.

Dec 14 09:00

Bankers 'whacked' in arcade game

An arcade game that allows people to vent their anger at bankers has proved so popular the owner keeps having to replace worn out mallets.

Inventor Tim Hunkin introduced "Whack a Banker", which is based on the older "Whack a Mole" game, at his arcade on Southwold pier in Suffolk.

Instead of players hitting pop-up moles with a mallet, within a set time, the target is pop-up bald figures.

Mr Hunkin said the game was "proving very popular".

"I keep having to replace worn-out mallets," he said.

Dec 14 08:16

To know the end from the beginning

The very rich and powerful have put themselves in a most undesirable position. Instead of making sure that the underclass has enough to get by and then keeping all the usual distractions in operation, they have overstepped themselves. Their greed and lust for power and wealth and their disdain for public opinion, which they demonstrate by their arrogant disregard for what others think; believing themselves to be above the reach and judgment of those they consider beneath them, is going to come back on them with a fury. The King Louis and Marie Antoinette mindset never goes out of style with those driven mad by vanity and self-interest. It comes with the territory.

Dec 14 07:51

Abu Dhabi gives Dubai $10bn handout to repay debts

Abu Dhabi has stepped in to help fellow United Arab Emirates member Dubai with a $10 billion injection, of which $4.1 billion was allocated to troubled state-owned conglomerate Dubai World to pay immediate obligations.

The move was the least expected of all options Dubai had on the table after requesting a standstill on $26 billion in Dubai World debt on Nov. 25, alarming markets and shaking the image of the emirate as a regional business hub.

Dec 14 07:48

UPDATE: Amnesty report grim on Iran crackdown after protests

Amnesty documents "patterns of abuse" by the Basij militia and revolutionary guards involving beatings, rape, death threats, forced confessions, intimidation and official cover-ups. Many detainees have been subjected to show trials and five have been sentenced to death. (emphasis mine).

Link to the original Amnesty report (.pdf).

Dec 14 07:19

REMINDER: US has been threatening Iran with NUCLEAR WAR

So let’s summarize this data succinctly: official and authoritative US policy for the use of nuclear weapons has first-strike plans to strike targets “intending to use WMD” against a US ally.

Please read the previous sentence again.

Let’s review the US rhetoric concerning Iran. US political “leaders” state Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map” and they have a “nuclear program.” In other words, Iran intends to develop a nuclear weapon and use it on Israel. Therefore, per US policy, Iran is a target for a US nuclear first-strike pre-emptive attack to destroy their intended use of WMD against a US ally.

The US is terrorizing Iran with threat of an unannounced nuclear attack. Or is it announced?

Dec 14 06:19

Japan will decide US base transfer policy soon: Hatoyama

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said on Monday he will decide Japan's policy on the issue of relocating a US Marine air station in Okinawa Prefecture within days, after US officials called on Tokyo to make up its mind by Friday.

"I will determine a government policy soon, and do so by consulting with my Cabinet ministers, while I can't mention the date because it is sensitive," Hatoyama told reporters.

Dec 13 20:14

Obama lies: "America has never fought a war against a democracy." Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Vietnam

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A lie of omission is a lie; it intentionally leaves out crucial information to create a false representation of reality. Obama lied in omission in his Orwellian Peace Prize acceptance speech by claiming, “America has never fought a war against a democracy.” Technically, a war is reciprocated armed conflict. However, the etymology of the word, “war” is “confusion,” which is part of the CIA role in wars against democracy in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Vietnam beginning with US support of French colonialism against Vietnamese independence and extending beyond US approval of election cancelation that began the Vietnam War.

Dec 13 18:18

Accenture ends Tiger Woods sponsorship deal amid divorce rumours

The global business consulting company said it would not continue its agreement with Woods following the scandal surrounding his private life.

The announcement came as Woods’s wife Elin Nordegren was said to be considering ending their marriage and returning to her native Sweden, despite the sports star’s decision to take a break from golf, which could ultimately cost him £100 million, to focus on his family.

Dec 13 16:47

Silvio Berlusconi punched in face after Milan rally

The Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was left bloodied and shaken after he was punched in the face as he left a political rally in Milan.

The 73-year-old premier collapsed after he was apparently struck in the face by a man who was clutching a small statue of the Duomo, the city's world-famous cathedral.

A shaken Mr Berlusconi was quickly dragged to his waiting car by his security guards and driven to hospital.

Dec 13 16:47

US special forces train Yemen army as Arab state becomes al-Qaeda 'reserve base'

US special forces have been sent to Yemen to train its army amid fears the unstable Arab state is becoming a strategically important base for al-Qaeda.

The deployment comes as Yemen's neighbours said they had arrested "dozens" of al-Qaeda fighters moving in and out of the country. Oman, a moderate Arab state on Yemen's border, is to increase the number of naval patrols around the Arabian peninsula to try to intercept suspected terrorists on the move between bases in Yemen and South Asia.

Fearful that Yemen is in danger of becoming a failed state, America has now sent a small number of special forces teams to improve training of Yemen's army in reaction to the threat.

Dec 13 12:34

Berlusconi attacked in Milan

This might catch on!

Dec 13 12:24

GM in talks to sell old Saab technology to Chinese company

General Motors Co. is in talks to sell parts of Saab Automobile's old technology to a Chinese company and the entire brand to another buyer, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.

The person said GM plans to sell the technology behind the Saab models 93 and 95 to Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Not that anybody really cares right?

Dec 13 12:13

Berlusconi attacked in Milan

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally in Milan.

Good!!!Who´s next for a smack???Obama?Blair!?

Dec 13 07:43

Houston biggest US city to elect openly gay mayor

Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker after a hotly contested runoff.

Parker defeated former city attorney Gene Locke with 53.6 percent of the vote Saturday in a race that had a turnout of only 16.5 percent.

Dec 13 05:55

Tony Blair told by Azerbaijan victims: 'Give your £90,000 speaker's fee to charity'

His visit was a coup for the country's rulers as his well-known grin beamed out on state television from a press conference to homes throughout the small, oil-rich nation

The former prime minister flew to Azerbaijan where he met the country's president and visited a methanol factory owned by a multi-millionaire businessman.

Dec 12 17:34

Change blindness: research and history how Americans are as blind to US fascism as Nazi-era Germans

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Psychological research demonstrates that large-scale dramatic change can escape attention when the change is unsuspected, unannounced, and agents causing the change act as if nothing is different. Two areas of this cognitive study are “change blindness” and “inattentional blindness.” When we include consideration of “cognitive dissonance,” the rejection of facts when they conflict with important beliefs, we can approach an explanation of how educated citizens could accept fascism when it was unsuspected, unannounced, and the responsible agents fraudulently represented the new government as no different from the old. Cognitive dissonance would deter many people to accept the new reality, even when the facts were clear.

Dec 12 16:46

History to Obama: Yes, we have made war on democracies

"America has never fought a war against a democracy, and our closest friends are governments that protect the rights of their citizens." --- President Barack Obama, December 10, 2009

I set out to listen to the president's speech today after only catching bits of it here at work. And to read the text, too, after all, as the Rude Pundit said, this is Obama talking to History. The occasion requires careful attention.

Clearly, Americans listen to Obama differently than the rest of the world listens. But for the people of Latin America, this claim of his is a stomach punch. The window of hope and goodwill and support Barack Obama inspired among progressive Latin American leaders and even among the peoples of Latin America during his campaign just slammed shut.

Dec 12 16:35

MADOFF’S NEW BUDDIES…. (OR PRISON MAKES FOR STRANGE BEDFELLOWS)

Bernard Madoff, who engineered the largest Ponzi scheme in history which bilked investors for some $19 billion, has adjusted to life behind bars by chatting up, among others, prison-mate Jonathan Pollard, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dec 12 15:34

Britain appoints Judaeo-centric Zionist diplomat as ambassador to Israel

Gilad Atzmon asks how the appointment by Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, of a fiercely Zionist diplomat as the UK ambassador to Israel is likely to serve British interests in the event of a conflict with Israel.

"Considering Israel's crimes against humanity in general and Palestinians in particular, one would expect Britain to send an impartial ambassador to the Jewish state. Judaeo-centric by admission and Zionist by education, Gould is certainly not the man for the job."

Dec 12 13:17

Preventative Medicine: Go for Checkup, Get Tested for Drugs Without Notice Or Consent?

Saw this in March; by the summer there were first hand accounts. Buried in a WH press release about fighting the drug war in Mexico; emphasis mine.

We are renewing our commitment to reduce the demand for illegal drugs here at home.

* Approximately $5 billion have been committed in the previous year for initiatives to reduce illicit drug use within our borders.
* The Obama Administration is focusing on integrating substance abuse services into national healthcare systems with early screening, diagnosis and intervention as regular preventative medicine to reach the millions of patients who need treatment, and as a means to prevent millions more from becoming dependent.
* Expanding treatment capacity of drug courts in the United States is a priority of the Obama Administration. The FY09 Omnibus includes $63.9 million for drug courts that bring judicial, law enforcement, and treatment communities, as well as other social and public services together with the goal of breaking a non-violent offender’s drug addiction.

Dec 12 11:22

Soldiers Forced to Go AWOL for PTSD Care

With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every single one of our military should get the same level of care that "Dead-Eye" Dick Cheney gets.

That being said, our young men and women in the military are going to be more stressed than in almost any military combat in which the US has participated, because a part of them knows that this time, we are absolutely on the wrong side of history.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq had nothing to do with the safety of We the People: it had everything to do with private profit, allegedly coming from Iraq's oil, which has absolutely not happened at all.

In Afghanistan, the war - again for profit - is about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and controlling the drug traffic, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Understanding that, and knowing that the Iraqis and Afghans just want their respective countries back,coupled with witnessing the death and destruction these wars are creating, has to make it nearly impossible to go on killing these people with a clear conscience.

Dec 12 10:38

Missing more than a meal; Child hunger, called the 'silent epidemic,' is an increasingly complex problem

In Philadelphia, researchers found that, during the first half of this year, one in five homes with a baby or toddler did not have enough food. And one of every dozen young children was outright hungry, a rate twice that of the same period the year before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this should be happening to even one kid, in this land of plenty, is shameful.

Lack of adequate nutrition means that kids can't focus in school, and are prone to other health challenges as well.

Dec 12 10:14

The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. I: Petulant Police Demand Impunity

Violence "is unpredictable, chaotic and thoughtless" by its nature, observed Peter Taylor in a recent op-ed column published in The Oregonian. "It doesn't like to be confined and doesn't lend itself to cooperation.... It is saddening to see the effects of violence on its victims, those who witness it and, yes, also those who wield it against others."

Dec 12 09:33

Tube announcer advises passengers to consider shooting themselves

A London Underground announcer has earned cult status after delivering a monologue which included suggesting that frustrated passengers might consider shooting themselves.

Dec 12 08:54

US House passes Bill to fend off Wall Street failures

The sprawling legislation would give the government new powers to break up companies that threaten the economy, create a new agency to oversee consumer banking transactions and shine a light into shadow financial markets that have escaped the oversight of regulators.

The vote was a party-line 223-202. No Republicans voted for the bill; 27 Democrats voted against it.

Dec 12 08:37

Cop a load of this... Traffic policeman's amazing dance routine on the job

All traffic police have a repertoire of moves to direct vehicles, but they're pretty functional - after all, the job is about impersonating a traffic light.

However, one U.S. officer has turned his duties into a spectacularly choreographed artform.

For Tony Lepore, directing traffic is no mere routine - it's a dance routine.

Dec 12 08:34

The Flaming Dumpsters at the End of the Line

They are providing -and aggressively encouraging- free flu vaccines for segments of the population but we are coming to understand what is going on there. The number of Americans on food stamps is inching up to 20% of the population. The job market is bad news and the immediate opportunities lie in military service. Massive war efforts are being financed to stop terrorism, which is routinely being performed by the very people engaged in allegedly stopping terrorism. This money turned to domestic concerns would very swiftly change the climate but… that’s not being done. Some alien intelligence has entered into the minds of the leaders and the wrong way is the right way and the law.

Dec 12 07:47

U.S. Will Settle Native American Suit for $3.4 Billion

The federal government announced on Tuesday that it intends to pay $3.4 billion to settle claims that it has mismanaged the revenue in American Indian trust funds, potentially ending one of the largest and most complicated class-action lawsuits ever brought against the United States.

Dec 11 15:42

New York City Erases Bike Lanes to Appease Hasidic Men Who Object to Seeing Women in Bike Shorts

Groups of bicycle-riding vigilantes have been repainting 14 blocks of Williamsburg roadways ever since the city sandblasted their bike lanes away last week at the request of the Hasidic community.

The Hasids, who have long had a huge enclave in the now-artist-haven neighborhood, had complained that the Bedford Avenue bike paths posed both a safety and religious hazard.

Dec 11 13:33

Rules of human decency apply to Israelis too: academic boycott of Israel now urgent

Stuart Littlewood argues that an academic boycott of Israel is now urgent in the light of an Israeli High Court ruling that the Israel occupation forces acted within their rights when they abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

Dec 11 10:44

WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US

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First, the length of a headline prevents me from including the damning introduction of treaty violation of torture, legal war, use of depleted uranium, and refusal to make antipersonnel landmines illegal. Now, to substantiate the headline’s shocking and factual lead:

President Obama rejected inspection protocol for US biological weapons, in Orwellian contradiction to his statement to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). This comes after increased US investment in bio-weapons during the Bush Administration with multiple reports of secret and illegal programs.

Dec 11 10:30

Chemistry student killed by 'exploding chewing gum'

A CHEMISTRY student has reportedly been killed by what is believed to be exploding chewing gum.

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The man was studying at Ukraine’s Kiev Polytechnic Institute and was known for his habit of dipping chewing in citric acid.

Ria Novosti reports police found both citric acid packets and “some kind of explosive material” on a table in his parents’s room.

They believe he may have confused the two packets, dipping the gum into the explosive material rather than the citric acid.

Oops.

Dec 11 10:15

Billionaire Who Had Sex with Sixteen Year-olds Claims He's the Victim Now

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They promised me they were only thirteen!"

Dec 11 08:56

Bankers might be feeling public’s wrath — literally

Criminologists have long noted a correlation between violent crimes and recession, but the phenomenon of business leaders being targeted -- potentially for their roles in a financial loss of some kind -- appears to be unique to this recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just wait until the American public finally wakes up to the facts that the war in Iraq was about its oil, and the war in Afghanistan is about installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil, and controlling the drug trade!

Once the anger that understanding comes to a head, it will be unstoppable.

In terms of real anger, this society and this government have seen absolutely nothing yet.

Dec 11 08:01

Bankers Might Be Feeling Publics Wrath-Literally

It begins! Check the comments!

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