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CURRENT EVENTS

Aug 09 23:02

ISRAEL’S PILLARS OF SAMSON: NOT QUITE ARMAGEDDON, BUT….

By Dr. Alan Sabrosky* for My Catbird Seat

As the US edges toward an unprovoked and utterly needless war with Iran, some remarks by an eminent and experienced observer of that part of the world caught my attention. First, he noted that Israel and the US realize that the next war will burn much of the Middle East and may well spell the end of Israel.

Second, he remarked that Every week Israel becomes weaker vis a vis the “resistance axis” and at what point does Israel decide to bring down the house and start again if it can survive with enough military power (backed by the US) to remake the region.

Continue reading:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/08/israel%e2%80%99s-pillars-of-samson-no...

Aug 09 21:20

Israel to Drag U.S. into War Against Iran [VIDEO]

Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern
The following important warning from former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern. The United States could be drawn into yet another unwinnable war if Israel attacks Iran

Aug 09 20:35

Meltup

The beginning of a U.S. currency crisis and hyperinflation.

Aug 09 19:14

Nuclear Carriers on the Move

Mr. President, whether it wouldn’t be wise for you to give the American people, the United Nations, and the rest of the world a reasoned statement of the need for such an oceanic display of America’s naval, air, soldierly, and electronic might at a time when the United States seems bent on continuing to act as a global policeman in the four corners of the world.

Aug 09 18:10

A Guide to the G20 Protests for the Not-Yet-Radical

And I want to reiterate my sincere belief that the rights which we do have came about from long social struggles, of which gathering and protesting was an important part. The right to assemble isn’t about the right to get together for picnics or parties (though I like those as much as the next person), it’s about the right to assemble exactly when the government or another authority doesn’t want you to. And a moment when the police say “don’t come downtown, you might get caught in a mass arrest.” Is the exact moment when I think it’s important to assert my right to assemble. The crucial moments to assert your rights are always when they are threatened.

To conclude this section on repression, let me just ask one more time for you to review the accounts of events I’ve written about - combined with the other stories that you have heard or heard about - and judge them against the normal narrative of how this stuff happens: that a protest turned violent and the police responded in order to stop the violence. Then try to think about it in the light of the government and the police trying to discourage protest and demobilize people. Which one makes more sense?

Aug 09 14:18

U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

New York's Staten Island was broiling under a life-threatening heat wave and borough President James Molinaro was seriously concerned about the area's Little League baseball players...

Aug 09 11:57

IRAQ WAR BEGINS by RICHARD FALK [Poetry Video]

It is not “conspiracy theory” to suggest that leaders of nations betray their people into wars. It is undeniable fact. Falk, in this poem reminds us of the betrayal of the century.

All poetry is an investigation or an inquiry, and the best evokes or reminds. It prods the soul, and the awareness of humanity and God which resides therein. The harder the probe, the better, more effective the poetry.

IRAQ WAR BEGINS by RICHARD FALK [Poetry Video]

Aug 09 10:58

BP's oil now oozing out from Beach sand in Louisiana

That's why they didn't allow photographers...they were just BURYING the oil. I've seen other videos like this...pristine-looking beaches, where all BP did was bring in acres of sand and bulldoze it over the oil. They didn't "clean up" a damned thing, they just buried it.

Aug 09 10:51

What BP and US Gov't Don’t Want You to Know--With photos

The Crime of the Century: What BP and US Government Don’t Want You to Know--With photos
Posted by Alexander Higgins - August 7, 2010 at 2:16 am
To judge from most media coverage, the beaches are open, the fishing restrictions being lifted and the Gulf resorts open for business in a healthy, safe environment. We, along with Pierre LeBlanc, spent the last few weeks along the Gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida, and the reality is distinctly different. The coastal communities of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have been inundated by the oil and toxic dispersant Corexit 9500, and the entire region is contaminated. The once pristine white beaches that have been subject to intense cleaning operations now contain the oil/dispersant contamination to an unknown depth.

Aug 09 09:38

Report: BP audit detailed rig's flaws before spill

A newspaper says it has obtained an internal audit conducted by BP PLC on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that details severe safety flaws months before the Gulf of Mexico spill.

The Sunday Times said in its report that the audit details how the drilling rig, owned by contractor Transocean, did not fully comply with BP's standards.

The report says that seven months ahead of the April explosion, auditors found 390 maintenance tasks that were more than a month overdue on the rig. These included maintenance work on parts of the blowout preventer, the safety device atop the well that failed to trigger on the day of the accident.

BP and Transocean, which could both face heavy penalties, have disagreed on who should take responsibility for the spill.

---Additional---

For government lawyers preparing a case against BP, this number could help calculate the maximum civil penalty BP might face for the spill. If BP is not found to have acted with negligence, the penalty would be $1,100 per barrel. About 4.1 million barrels escaped into the gulf, according to the new estimate, so that fine would come to $4.5 billion. If BP is found to have acted with "gross negligence" in the lead-up to the spill, the maximum penalty would be $4,300 a barrel, which would work out to $17.6 billion.

Aug 09 09:20

Israel releases Mordechai Vanunu after three months in prison

Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower who spent 18 years in jail for exposing Israel's nuclear capabilities was released today after completing a further three-month sentence.

Vanunu, 56, a former technician at a secret nuclear plant near the desert town of Dimona, was convicted after handing over details of Israel's nuclear arsenal to a British newspaper in 1986.

Speaking before his sentence in May and in English – Vanunu refuses to speak Hebrew in public – said: "Everyone knows that Israel has nuclear weapons but no one is talking about it. The world doesn't want nuclear weapons – not in Israel, not in the Middle East and not anywhere in the world."

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“1976 Symington Amendment to the 1961 Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn Act forbids the US government from giving financial aid to any nation with nuclear weapons technology that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) and allow IAEA inspections.” Aid to Israel is ILLEGAL by US law. -- kdtroxel

Aug 09 09:12

Research fraud: Dr. Reuben now claims he had "bipolar disorder" which caused him to fake clinical trials

Defense attorneys for the perpetrator of one of the largest research frauds in history have claimed that their client, Scott S. Reuben, MD, suffered from "serious, but undiagnosed" bipolar disorder that led him to fabricate data and otherwise falsify his research.

Reuben graduated from medical school in 1985, and soon became a widely published and cited pain researcher. By 2009, he had published at least 72 research studies, and his work had led to a major change in the way pain is treated. But a routine audit in 2008 at Baystate Medical Center, where Reuben had worked since 1991, uncovered discrepancies in Reuben's research. This led to allegations that Reuben had not actually conducted many (or even any) of the studies that his supposedly groundbreaking findings had been based on.

---Comment---

"There goes one of big pharmaceutical's cash cow researcher. Wonder how many people are living with pain every day, because of this man." -- kdtroxel

Aug 09 08:27

NO AMOUNT OF HASBARA CAN BEAUTIFY ISRAEL’S FACE

Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem:
As a Palestinian who has been an eyewitness to Israeli crimes for so many years, I can testify before God and man that Israel is a Nazi state par excellence. This is why cataloging Israeli crimes would require a huge encyclopedia. After all, Israel’s history is an uninterrupted concatenation of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Aug 09 08:25

The Unstoppable Force of Irresistible Change.

You can see the reality of what Lao Tzu had to say about the latter days of any culture or system of government where evil and venal men and women mine the wreckage for personal profit. It’s the accepted thing to lie and conspire while presented oneself as a patriot and defender of the land and the people they are looting. Speeches are filled with flowery words that mean nothing. Honor is an empty suit that parades around as a mockery of itself while ignorant people applaud and wonder at the mysterious presence and power of those who give the appearance of possessing virtues, which would instantly compromise all of their selfish actions. It doesn’t matter anymore what you are, it only matters how you make yourself appear to be.

Aug 09 08:21

One-State, Two-State and the American Task Force on Palestine

The occupation continues unchecked, the illegal settlement construction is in full force and moves forward unabated, the destruction of Palestinian homes and farmland has become a daily occurance and the flagrant Israeli defiance of International Law is a routine phenomenon as the international community looks on.

Aug 09 07:49

ALL ABOARD THE MAVI MARMARA

David Rovics has written an evocative song called "All Aboard the Mavi Marmara." The Free Gaza team has added images in tribute to the nine brave men on board who gave their lives in pursuit of justice for the Palestinians.

Aug 09 06:39

Recession Causing a Banking Awakening in Tough-Hit Midwest

Will establishing citizen-owned state banks be the first step to ending the private Federal Reserve?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

A mass banking awakening seems to be happening throughout America, and the first pragmatic solution appears to be citizen-owned state banks. Since this model has been proven highly successful in North Dakota, many recession-ravaged states are now considering the idea of establishing state-run banks.

Congressman Ron Paul, author of End The Fed, has been trying to educate the public about the private Federal Reserve Bank system for his whole career. And indeed, many terrific books like The Creature from Jekyll Island, and movies like The Money Masters, also have exposed the flaws in allowing private globalist bankers to print the nation's currency.

Aug 09 05:43

GORDON DUFF: NEW “AL QAEDA” LEADER MAY BE ISRAELI

PHONY TERRORIST LEADER BEING “BRANDED” BY ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE “VOICE OF ISRAEL”

Adnan Shukrijumah, 35 formerly of Brooklyn, New York and Miami Beach is more likely to carry the real name Levine or Goldstein. The “legend,” intelligence jargon for a false background constructed for an imaginary person, created for Shukrijumah is paper thin. An FBI Agent named Brian LeBlanc in an “exclusive interview” with the Associated Press warned the world of this new “bin Laden” clone.

Aug 09 05:37

Rudolph: Can You Pass the Terrorism Quiz?

Jeffrey Rudolph – Informed Comment

Can You Pass the Terrorism Quiz?

Misconceptions about terrorism, regularly promoted by the mainstream media, have facilitated harmful US government actions—two wars, domestic legislation that curtailed civil liberties, excessive national security spending. That basic, factual information about terrorism is so rarely reported thus serves to reinforce the power of those who benefit from a fearful population.

Aug 08 17:06

Smoke Cloud Covers Moscow - Authorities Warn of Radioactive Cloud

Smoke Cloud Covers Moscow - Authorities Warn of Radioactive Cloud
By ThirdAge News Staff
Posted August 6, 2010 8:28 PM
And it could get much worse: Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu warned Friday that the fires in the Bryansk region might send into the air radioactive contamination locked in soil devastated by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident of 1986."If a fire appears there, the radioactive particles could fly away with the smoke and a new polluted area could appear," he said.

Aug 08 16:50

Radiation, plague, and fires: foreign embassies urgently evacuate staff from Russia

Radiation, plague, and fires: foreign embassies urgently evacuate staff from Russia
Publication time: 7 August 2010, 13:52
A hasty evacuation of diplomatic staff from foreign embassies, like a stampede, began in Moscow. Many embassies are trying to hide the evacuation for political reasons. Mass evacuation of the embassies of Canada and Poland was officially reported at night on August 7.

Aug 08 15:55

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Iran, Israel and the Holocaust

strong>“Unfortunately, even if you believe that Israel is a necessary retreat for threatened Jewry, the use of the Holocaust as a justification for Israel and its policies is a grave strategic mistake. For by underpinning its continued existence on preventing a second Holocaust, the defenders of Israel invite some of their adversaries to call into doubt the first Holocaust”

Aug 08 15:23

Obama’s CIA Pedigree

Obama’s CIA Pedigree
August 7, 2010
By Wayne Madsen in OpinonMaker
WMR [Wayne Madsen Report] previously reported on President Obama’s more than one year employment by a CIA front operation, Business International Corporation, Inc. (BIC) of New York after his graduation from Columbia University in 1983.However, the State Department’s recent revelation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that the pre-1965 passport files of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham Soetoro, were destroyed in the 1980s, has re-ignited suspicions that Obama’s mother worked for the CIA under non-official cover (NOC) cover in Indonesia while married to Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo,

Aug 08 14:27

Iran, Israel and the Holocaust

Lawrence Davidson argues that the phenomenon of Holocaust questioning in Iran and elsewhere in the Muslim countries is directly linked to Israel’s cynical exploitation of the Holocaust to justify its policies and bludgeon its critics.

Aug 08 13:26

Obama arrives home in Chicago, met by his political buddies

Obama arrives home for rare visit on 49th birthday
August 5, 2010
BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter
Perhaps most important, Obama is here to raise money for his basketball buddy, state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who is in a tight race to win Obama's old Senate seat. Obama may try to work in a basketball game while he's here.
Obama shook hands with Gov. Quinn and Mayor Daley after landing Wednesday at O'Hare. Democratic Representatives Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky were also there. Obama was accompanied by chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and "first dog" Bo.

Aug 08 13:16

Obama Pushed/Bankrolled/Implements Sharia Law in Kenya

Saturday, August 07, 2010
Obama Pushed/Bankrolled/Implements Sharia Law in New Constitution in Kenya, Non-Muslim Country
In the book I have a chapter on Obama and Odinga. In an August 2006 campaign stop, Illinois Senator Barack Obama thundered against corruption: “My own city of Chicago, Ill., has been the home of some of the most corrupt local politics in American history over the years, from patronage machines to questionable elections.”
But he wasn’t speaking in Chicago. Barack Obama was in Kenya. “Here in Kenya, there is a crisis,” Obama said, “a crisis that’s robbing an honest people of the opportunities they fought for.” .... Alfred Mutua, a spokesman for the Kibaki government, accused Odinga of “using Senator Obama as his stooge, as his puppet.”

Aug 08 10:47

Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

As the U.S. economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sunsplashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Indeed it does.

Aug 08 09:16

Bernie Madoff & The Watchdog That Didn't Bark or Bite

Perhaps the most incredible aspect of the greatest Wall Street swindle ever was that despite repeated warnings from many different sources the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over a period of 16 years refused to conduct a diligent probe into the operations of fraudster securities broker Bernard Madoff. The "watchdog" Federal agency, which didn't bark or bite, not only disregarded the repeated warnings of knowledgeable whistle-blower Harry Markopolos, a fund manager, as well as the two examiners in its own Boston office who said that Markopolos likely had it right; the SEC also disregarded reports in Barron's and other financial publications that questioned Madoff's legitimacy; and, perhaps most damning of all, the SEC disregarded letters from an obvious insider who revealed that Madoff was keeping two sets of books and told the SEC to find the evidence on a computer Madoff always carried on his person.

Aug 08 09:08

Iran, Israel and the Holocaust–An Analysis

By Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Despite the fact that modern Zionism predates the Holocaust by half a century, that disaster has been consistently used by the Zionists to justify the need for the Israeli state. In this storyline, the Palestinians who resist Israeli aggression are simply reduced to latter day Nazis.

Aug 08 09:01

Singapore Economy Expanded 17.9% in First Six Months

The Southeast Asian nation’s gross domestic product rose 17.9 percent in the six months through June from a year earlier, Lee said in a televised National Day message in Singapore today. That compares with a record 18.1 percent pace reported in July. The economy may grow 13 percent to 15 percent in 2010, Lee said, reiterating an earlier forecast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note: Singapore is not collapsing in debt to pay for two immoral and illegal wars, nor is it contemplating getting entangled in a 3rd war!

Aug 08 08:54

Russia accuses U.S. of loose weapons control

Russia accused the United States on Saturday of breaching its obligations over the non proliferation of weapons, a sign of strained relations between the two powers.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on its web site the United States had been in breach of several arms-related treaties including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) and a treaty on conventional weapons.

"During the START I period, the United States failed to resolve Russia's concerns over how this treaty was being fulfilled," the ministry said, citing a long list of what it called irregularities, including a U.S. failure to provide information on ballistic missiles trials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last thing the US needs right now is a further deterioration of relations with Russia.

The US needs to be forthcoming about Russian concerns here, and completely open and honest.

Aug 08 08:47

The Love Affair Ends. President Obama's Political Base Eroding

In case you haven't noticed, President Obama is slipping badly in the latest polls; a recent Quinnipiac poll indicates that a GOP candidate would defeat him 39% to 36%. Polls can be misleading at times and subject to error, but this one from a respected source should be quite alarming for the Democratic Party. And it's certainly a very bad sign when some fellow Democrats running for reelection would rather that he did not campaign for them. Wow!

How did he manage to alienate so much of his base in so little time? Here is my best assessment of what has happened. These disillusioned supporters were looking for a real visionary, someone who would stand up for what is right, a president who would go up against the Establishment, including the military, and not back down. They got nothing of the sort.

Aug 08 08:38

Video - Max Keiser: Zombie banks and a maritime hero

Yet another amazing episode from Max Keiser TV.

In this show, Max and Stacey talk about the zombi-fication of the world financial system.

Then at 14:15 Max interviews Captain Paul Watson of SeaSheperd.org

As Max (and Brasscheck TV) often recommend, the BEST way to fight back against corporate evil doers is economic.

On the most basic level, don't buy their shit.

At Captain Watson's level, make their depredations uneconomical.

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/909.html

Aug 08 03:43

Newsweek’s Zacharia Returns ADL Award, Rendering Foxman ‘Speechless’

Tikun Olam- Richardsilverstein.com

In the realm of the impossible is the following statement from Abe Foxman upon learning that Fareed Zacharia, noted Newsweek columnist and Muslim-American, would be returning an ADL award and honorarium in protest of the ADL’s position opposing the Cordoba House Muslim Cultural Center near Ground Zero:

“I am not only saddened but stunned and somewhat speechless by your decision to return the ADL Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize, you accepted in 2005,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a letter to Zakaria. “As someone I greatly respect for engaging in discussion and dialogue with an open mind I would have expected you to reach out to me before coming to judgment.”

Aug 07 23:45

Gaza, Soweto and African American Thought – Message of Hope

By Bishop Donald R.Corder
Guan Jianzhong, chairman of Dagong Global Credit Rating, the head of China's biggest credit rating agency as saying, “America is insolvent and that U.S. credit ratings are a joke. The US is declared to be insolvent and faces bankruptcy as a pure debtor nation and - in the real world - America should have been downgraded to junk.”

Aug 07 23:06

Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna Appeals to Churches worldwide to Prevent Israeli Decimation of Historic Christian Sites

Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna
The Palestinian town of Ein Karem, west of Jerusalem, is considered one among hundreds of Arab-Palestinian towns that were obliterated by the Israeli Occupation. The Israeli hospital of Hadassah Ein Karem and other official Israeli buildings now exist on the rubble of the town.

Aug 07 22:51

Neocons Hope Israel Will Start a Fire the U.S. Will Be Forced to Put Out

Neocons are supporting an Israeli attack on Iran in the hope that the U.S. would be drawn into the ensuing conflict. “If the Israelis bomb now, American public opinion will probably be with them,” writes neocon Reuel Marc Gerecht.

“Perhaps decisively so.” Reuel Marc Gerecht’s screed justifying an Israeli bombing attack on Iran coincides with the opening of the new Israel lobby campaign marked by the introduction of House resolution 1553 expressing full support for such an Israeli attack.

What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.

Aug 07 19:57

GORDON DUFF: NEW “AL QAEDA” LEADER MAY BE ISRAELI

PHONY TERRORIST LEADER BEING “BRANDED” BY ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE “VOICE OF ISRAEL”

Adnan Shukrijumah, 35 formerly of Brooklyn, New York and Miami Beach is more likely to carry the real name Levine or Goldstein. The “legend,” intelligence jargon for a false background constructed for an imaginary person, created for Shukrijumah is paper thin. An FBI Agent named Brian LeBlanc in an “exclusive interview” with the Associated Press warned the world of this new “bin Laden” clone.

Aug 07 16:55

“Israel has turned Gaza into the largest concentration camp in history”

Haidar Eid:“Israel has turned Gaza into the largest
concentration camp in history”
By Palestine Free Voice — Global Blogger
Published: August 6, 2010 11:52 ET in Middle East
To best describe the situation in Gaza today would be to refer to what Richard Falk, the UN rapporteur to the Occupied Territories, called "prelude to genocide" and what the Israeli anti-Zionist activist Ilan Pappe called a "slow-motion genocide." Despite the fact that bombs are not falling over us every few minutes as they did during the 22 day genocidal war, when the Israelis bomb or attack, they do so to kill as many Palestinians as possible.

Aug 07 16:27

Legalizing injustice in the Negev and implications for “democracy” in Israel

Nasser Rego considers the legal and political framework of the escalating ethnic cleansing of the Negev – or Naqab – by the Israeli authorities and argues that, given the fracturing of the “solomonic pillar of law propping up Israel’s democratic facade”, the time has come for the international community to fulfil its responsibility to protect Israel’s imperilled Arab citizens.

Aug 07 15:13

Kagan takes oath, prepares for several high-profile cases

Judicial oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me, under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God."

Aug 07 13:30

Historic 9/11 Truth Billboard Revealed in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The 24’ (w) x 12’ (h) billboard was installed sometime Thurs. afternoon, Aug. 5, 2010 on South Higuera, just south of Elks Lane in San Luis Obispo (near the Sutcliffe Cemetery). [ MAP: http://tinyurl.com/24jcasv ].

The activists who brought this matter to the people of San Luis Obispo County and the thousands that will drive by the billboard over the next 8 weeks realize that the evidence we are attempting to share is difficult to digest. Many simply cannot bear to question the official version of what happened on 9/11 because the implications are so difficult to face.

Aug 07 11:25

Freedom Rider: White Citizenship

Freedom Rider: White Citizenship
08/04/2010 — Margaret Kimberley
We want our country back” is not just an anti-Obama call to action. It is a call to revive an idea which ought to have been firmly discredited by now, that America should belong only to white people and that they alone should have a voice in how it is run. It would be a terrible mistake to see these citizenship proposals only as anti-Latino based bigotry. They are surely that but they are also a means of keeping the non-white population under control and depriving them of any rights which a white person need respect.

Aug 07 10:20

US believes Spain to be Al-Qaeda base and target

The US State Department on Thursday evening issued a report regarding terrorist activity in 2009 in which it highlighted two of its key conclusions: That Spain is being used as a base by Al-Qaeda and that the new Basque Government's antiterrorist policy is "less unequivocal for dealing with ETA".

The US Government considers that during 2009, Spain continued to be "an important base" for terrorist organisations and that (the country) "worked hard to prevent terrorist acts that may have been aiming at US interests".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but is this the same US government which believed that it was perfectly OK for Michelle Obama and her daughter to travel to Spain on vacation, and that they were not in danger of any possible threat from these alleged "Al-Qaeda"?!?

Is there not some deep level of disconnect here?!?

Aug 07 09:53

US-Vietnam nuke deal will likely allow enrichment

The Obama administration has told U.S. lawmakers that a nuclear cooperation deal with Vietnam is unlikely to include a coveted promise by the Hanoi government not to enrich uranium, congressional aides say.

The United States had sought a no-enrichment pledge, which the State Department promotes as the "gold standard" for civilian nuclear cooperation accords.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why, when the US and Israel are pounding on Iran for their moderate enrichment of uranium for medical isotopes, is the US not insisting on a non-enrichment pledge from Vietnam on this deal?!?

Aug 07 08:40

Alex Jones is being exposed by patriots as Israeli agent

Then I saw where Alex Jones said that the Saudis controlled Hollywood, which was off the charts full of shit. Then I saw him defending Israel and never doing anything more than taking the attention of his readers and followers away from the truth, by acting like a loud embarrassment proof version of all the things he was supposed to despise and being proud of it. Then I found out who his advertisers are and who handles his public relations and the tree of money and influence that is the fruit of the poisoned message that takes the attention away from who and why is what and where.

Aug 07 07:55

Flashback VIDEO: Pro-State Bank Gov. Candidate Bernero OWNS Fox News Host

Former Lansing Mayor and current Democratic candidate for Governor of Michigan Virg Bernero in a flaskback video where he owns Fox News anchor who tries to pepper him with petty questions. Virg Bernero’s proposal to establish a state-operated bank that can make direct loans to businesses in emerging, job-creating industries will make him part of a large growing movement of regaining direct control of local economies through state-owned banks. His site says "It has worked in North Dakota, and we can make it work here."

Aug 07 06:46

Another Nuremberg in the Making: Intelligence Agencies Employ Physicians to Torture Detainees

John Galt
Activist Post

A series of recent revelations have scratched the surface of just how deranged the actions of America's intelligence agencies have become. Using legalese and secret directives, U.S. intelligence agencies have attempted to argue that certain human beings are . . . not human.

Aug 07 06:30

Suspected Israeli torturer gets key police job in Jerusalem

A police officer known as “Major George” who is accused of torturing Arab prisoners in his previous role as chief interrogator in a secret military jail has been appointed to oversee relations with Jerusalem’s Palestinian population, Jonathan Cook reports.

Aug 07 03:09

Who will take out the garbage if our courts of justice won’t punish war crimes?

By Stuart Littlewood

Millions would love to see the present crop of war criminals dangling from lamp-posts.

But somebody called “Ellie” writing on Medialens has put a damper on this happy prospect. She explained the difficulties in bringing the scum to book. One of the things the British government wants to do, she said, is “stop the possibility of private prosecutions for (international) crimes committed by foreign nationals, so that friendly war criminals can continue to sup tea in Buckingham Palace”.

Unfortunately crimes that can supposedly be tackled under universal jurisdiction are limited and don’t include waging a war of aggression (although they do include war crimes in general), “so we can’t get anywhere with this charge (e.g. against Bush) in a domestic court”.

Aug 07 03:05

JOHN PILGER : Tony Blair must be prosecuted

Tony Blair must be prosecuted, not indulged like his mentor Peter Mandelson. Both have produced self-serving memoirs for which they have been paid fortunes.

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger writes about the “paramount war crime” defined by the Nuremberg judges in 1946 and its relevance to the case of Tony Blair, whose shared responsibility for the Iraq invasion resulted in the deaths of more than a million people. New developments in international and domestic political attitudes towards war crimes mean that Blair is now ‘Britain’s Kissinger’.

Aug 07 00:08

Texas sheriff says it's “domestic terrorism” at the border

Border sheriff shares views at local town hall meeting
By COREY L. TURNER
Updated: 08.04.10
According to Sigifredo Gonzalez, the sheriff of Zapata County, the battle on the Texas border is best described as “domestic terrorism.”
“How many more police officers have to die? The border is not owned by the United States or Mexico - it is owned by the drug cartels,” Gonzalez said to the crowd at Congressman Ted Poe’s town hall meeting at Lone Star College-Kingwood July 31. ...

Aug 06 22:05

7.9 million jobs lost, many forever

The recession killed off 7.9 million jobs. It's increasingly likely that many will never come back.

The government jobs report issued Friday shows that businesses have slowed their pace of hiring to a relative trickle.

"The job losses during the Great Recession were so off the chart, that even though we've gained about 600,000 private sector jobs back, we've got nearly 8 million jobs to go," said Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of Economic Cycle Research Institute.

Excluding temporary Census workers, the economy has added fewer than 100,000 jobs a month this year -- a much faster and stronger jobs recovery than occurred following the last two recessions in 2001 and 1991.

But even if that pace of hiring were to double immediately, it would take until 2013 to recapture the lost jobs. And the labor market very likely doesn't have years before it gets hit with the shock of the inevitable next economic downturn.

Aug 06 21:53

Former Cabinet Member Donna Shalala "Humiliated" by Israeli Officials Because of Arab Last Name

strong>Donna Shalala, Clinton's secretary of health, arrives in Israel in order to fight academic boycott against Israel, was held for two-and-a-half hours at Ben Gurion Airport during which she underwent a humiliating security debriefing because of her Arab last name

Aug 06 20:35

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORK’S FLOTILLA CRUISE FOR GAZA

New Yorkers Turn Out to Support U.S. Boat Sailing to Break Gaza Blockade.

More than 400 New Yorkers crowded into the Marco Polo Marina on 23 rd Street at the FDR Drive last night for a sunset cruise around Manhattan to support the U.S. Boat to Gaza.

Aug 06 20:18

Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On

Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further — it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation and sending working parents scrambling to find care for them.

Faced with the steepest and longest decline in tax collections on record, state, county and city governments have resorted to major life-changing cuts in core services like education, transportation and public safety that, not too long ago, would have been unthinkable. And services in many areas could get worse before they get better.

Aug 06 19:25

Hesham Tillawi of Current Issues TV on Terry Jones and the Burning of the Koran (Quran) [VIDEO]

Dr. Hesham Tillawi discussed the story of pastor terry Jones of dove outreach center who plans to burn copies of the Quran . Hesham discussed and Debunked Jones' Ten Reasons to burn a Koran ( Quran)

Aug 06 18:45

Palestine – The Third Option

By Rehmat - Rehmat’s World

The other day, I came across two interesting articles. One written by an American Jew and the other by an Israeli-born Jew. Roger Tucker, an American and founder of One Democratic State, had featured this blog once and Israeli-born Brit Gilad Atzmon who has been quoted several times on this blog. Both writers dismiss the western ‘option’ of the two-state solution – in order to make the modern Jews-only (demographically) colonial experiment, everlasting. These two Jew writers are not blinded by their Jewishness, like columinist Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post or Daniel Pipes, who claim that the world is against Israel and Jews to please Muslims.

Aug 06 18:39

The ‘Audacity of Hope’ Ship Sails from New York to Gaza in Human Rights Mission

Michael Leon at Veterans Today and Greta Berlin at witnessgaza.com

Will there be another Massacre in the Mediterranean; does Israel dare?
They said it couldn’t be done, that Americans couldn’t raise money fast enough to buy a boat to join Freedom Flotilla 2 in the fall. But never underestimate American determination in the face of Israeli intransigence and brutality. The launch of the US Boat to Gaza began last night in New York, and Free Gaza was there to participate.

Listen to Col. Ann Wright’s eloquent speech at witnessgaza.com.

And this is just a beginning, as witnessgaza.com gets ready to go live for events across the US and across Europe.

Aug 06 18:12

Antony Loewenstein: Isolating Iran is Part of the ‘Great Energy Game

The current concern is President Obama allowing Israel to use tactical nuclear weapons or simply a military adventure against the Islamic Republic in a misguided attempt to stop its supposed nuclear program. There is no doubt that many members of the U.S. Congress and the Zionist lobby are encouraging a military strike against Iran.

Aug 06 16:40

The state of education in America (NSFW)

I have tried to express how CULTURE is more important than what most here are fixated on (politics.) I submit this as proof:

Aug 06 15:14

New Film Documents U.S. Government’s Betrayal Of The Border

July 21, 2010
New Film Documents U.S. Government’s Betrayal Of The Border
By Donald A. Collins--Video
Kephart's co-panelist, Congressman, Rob Bishop (R-Utah) spoke eloquently about a dreadful anomaly: US Border Patrol agents can perform quite effective border protection on private lands located on the border and in highly populated areas such as Yuma (where illegal numbers have gone down substantially recently). But US Border Patrol agents are not allowed by law to perform the same enforcement on public lands–National Parks– which comprise 40% of the Arizona border.
Thus, the illegal alien traffic has simply shifted to National Parks and Forests. The film shows thousands of illegal crossings, including heavily armed men bearing drugs.

Aug 06 15:12

Who will take out the garbage if our courts of justice won’t punish war crimes?

Stuart Littlewood considers the impunity with which state-sponsored murderers and war criminals operate and argues that if universal jurisdiction is not made to work, then upright, socially responsible citizens may have to dispense justice themselves. “Assassination may not remain the private playground of shadowy CIA and Mossad operatives for much longer.”

Aug 06 15:10

Israel plans mass forced removals of Bedouin. Negev village torn down for second time

Jonathan Cook reports from the Negev village of al-Araqib, which has been ethnically cleansed by the Israeli authorities twice in a few days as part of a plan financed by the Jewish National Fund, whose patrons include British Prime Minister David Cameron, former British prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, and UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Aug 06 14:20

Japan: America's Lost Decade

Aug 06 12:17

The US is Synchronously Preparing to Launch Aggressions Against Iran and Venezuela

July 29, 2010
The US is Synchronously Preparing to Launch Aggressions Against Iran and Venezuela
Nil Nikandrov - http://en.fondsk.ru
Chavez discussed the alarming situation at the border between Venezuela and Colombia with the regional leaders. He says Washington is not interested in its fair assessment. In Chavez's view, the US has extensive experience in inventing excuses for aggressions. In the case of Iraq, the US floated the myth about weapons of mass destruction in the country. Chavez says for Americans any excuse will do and any lie is acceptable when they need to overthrow a government or kill a president unwilling to cooperate with them.

Aug 06 12:14

BP Fires 10,000 Cleanup Workers

On July 13, the Deepwater Horizon Joint Command was reporting 46,000 responders. On July 23, it was down to 30,000, and the numbers have hovered around the low 30s since. Included in this tally are some Coast Guard and National Guard staff, but BP and subcontractors comprise the vast majority. (I've been trying to get the exact breakdown from the Coast Guard for four days, but to no avail, and BP said it didn't have it on hand, though the Coast Guard has told me it just reports BP's numbers.) In Grand Isle, Louisiana, cleanup workers (none of whom can be named; you know this drill by now) say their coworkers were either told to go home for Tropical Storm Bonnie and then never called back or fired in a massive and sudden drug test.

"Friday, the day before Bonnie, they sent a bunch of people home until further notice, and a lot of people didn't get the further notice," one supervisor told me. "Then last week, they shut the whole [cleanup operation] down. It was 'Piss in a cup or throw your ID in the bucket.' This was a BP drug test, not a [subcontracting] company drug test. It's the first time BP tested us."

Aug 06 10:40

The New Push for a Global Currency

The long-term plan with the unmistakable stamp of Keynes: "A global currency, bancor, issued by a global central bank would be designed as a stable store of value that is not tied exclusively to the conditions of any particular economy.... The global central bank could serve as a lender of last resort, providing needed systemic liquidity in the event of adverse shocks and more automatically than at present."

If we want an alternative to the dollar, there is one that could appear before our eyes if only we would let it happen. Private currencies traders the world over could, on their own, give rise to a new currency rooted in gold and traded by means of digital media. On many occasions over the last 20 years, such a system nearly came to be. But guess what? The government cracked down and stopped it. The governing elites have decided that there will be no currency reform unless it comes from the marble palaces of the monetary elites.

Aug 06 10:25

Rep. Pete Stark: - The Federal Government can do most anything in this country

California's 13th Congressional District, Rep. Pete Stark's latest controversial statement about the Federal Government having the power to do what it wants to us 'little people'!

Aug 06 10:18

US, nuclear powers to attend Hiroshima memorial

The site of the world's worst atomic bomb attack echoed with choirs and Buddhist prayers Thursday as Hiroshima prepared to mark its biggest memorial yet and the first to be attended by the U.S. and other major nuclear powers.

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It is chilling to note that while the last World War was ended with nuclear weapons, the next world war may well be started with nuclear weapons.

Aug 06 09:29

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

This article is pure propaganda to point the finger of blame firmly upon a disposable private contractor of Kellogg Brown & Root for causing cancer to servicemen, contractors, and the indigenous peoples of those two countries. The article blames open pit burning of trash for causing the rise of cancer rates among our service men and women and part of this story might be true. But you must recall that the USA military expended over twenty tons (a low ball guess estimate) of depleted uranium munitions in these countries, creating great radioactive dust bowls, so bad that adjoining countries are complaining about it. In my opinion, this article is fiction to redirect the eventual backlash of cancer suits to a straw man company. -- kdtroxel

-- Article begins --

Hundreds of military service members and contractor employees have fallen ill with cancer or severe breathing problems after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they say they were poisoned by thick, black smoke produced by the burning of tons of trash generated on U.S. bases.

Aug 06 09:28

The Trust Crisis with Regulating Net Neutrality

Activist Post

Since it was reported that Google and Verizon are close to a deal on so-called "net neutrality," the policy debate has heated up in Washington. Of course the debate has very little to do with the actual mechanics of how net neutrality will work, rather who will get the control to regulate it.

However, now that the FCC has abandoned negotiations on a "net neutrality" compromise, it is looking like the Congress will ultimately establish the rules -- handed down to them by their corporate masters. It seems the Elite's fight over who controls the dial has been decided. One thing is for sure, whoever controls the speed dial on the Internet will control the entire Web and subsequently all flow of information.

Aug 06 09:11

Hiroshima bombing was not justified, just like an attack on Iran won't be

65 years ago the U.S. showed the world her power and propensity to terrorize by unnecessarily killing tens of thousands of civilians and beginning the legacy of nuclear weapons as a 'necessary evil' for the world's superpowers and their allies.

Growing up in the aftermath of World War II, we were continuously told the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end the war and save an untold number of American lives. It was another lie.

Today we are being inundated with propaganda that it may be necessary to destroy Iran, perhaps even using nuclear weapons in a preemptive attack for the benefit of Israel and to bring the Muslim world into submission.

Are we to sit back and watch another deception unfold?

Aug 06 08:44

Flashback: Alex Jones: The Pied Piper of Extremism Who Brands "Truth-Seeking" as Mental Illness

Alex Jones is, in the opinion of Sott.net, part of a limited hang out campaign whereby the attention and energies of those people who have the capacity to realise that something is very wrong with our world are directed towards issues that are either dead ends or which, if pursued, will lead to their own destruction. Jones' "take back the government" shtick is one such issue. If Jones were worthy of his position as a leading figure in the 9/11 etc. truth community he would be directing people's attention towards reading between the lines of current world events. He would not be encouraging a survivalist and revolutionary attitude which ultimately plays directly into the hands of the Powers That Be and facilitates the ramping up of police brutality.

Aug 06 08:40

RBN'S Michael Collins Piper welcomes me to their network!

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I blush!

Aug 06 08:33

Beware Julian Assange and Wikileaks - Darlings Of The Mainstream Media

...In real life however, if the organistations that supposedly have most to lose from the leaking of the Wikileaks documents wanted the anemic Assange dead, he would have expired, from natural causes of course, long ago.

But Mr. Assange is alive and well and living in London and talking to the media, and the media seem quite happy to not only talk to him but publish his secret documents, a major detail of which is the 'revelation' that Pakistan is helping the Taliban - that's PAKISTAN, and not, as has been reported, the CIA:

Aug 06 08:26

Queen Nancy of the Robber Class By Cindy Sheehan

Planet Earth of the Real People to Queen Nancy of the Robber Class—can you use some of your husband’s millions to buy a clue? We here down in the class that does the fighting, killing, and dying while you and your buds do the profiteering, don’t quantify human loss as “Metrics.”

Aug 06 06:56

Camden(NJ) Closing Library System

New Jersey's most impoverished city will close all three branches of its public library at year's end unless a rescue can be pulled off...

Aug 06 05:56

AP Exclusive: CIA Whisked Detainees From Gitmo

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned.

The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA "black sites" for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts. Had they remained at the Guantanamo Bay prison for just three more months, they would have been afforded those rights.

Aug 05 22:29

HUNDREDS SAIL IN NEW YORK HARBOR TO LAUNCH THE U.S. BOAT TO GAZA CAMPAIGN

To launch a U.S. Boat to Gaza to join the upcoming International Flotilla and the global campaign that opposes these policies and demands justice for the Palestinian people; to confront the U.S.-Israel political and military alliance resulting in criminal Israeli policies of occupation and siege against the Palestinian people; to highlight the role that the U.S. plays in maintaining the siege of Gaza and the occupation of Palestine

Aug 05 19:26

The War Party Who are they? What are they?

By Justin Raimondo – Antiwar.com

I often make reference to “the War Party” in this space: it’s a convenient shorthand, one that evokes an image of something sinister, even Satanic, and this serves my rhetorical purposes well. But if we unpack the concept, and look for examples in real life, what we find is a little more prosaic than Satan with a sword.

Speaking of real life, I’ve been on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch show twice, of late (the second show has yet to be aired), and in both cases I was matched up with someone we might reasonably describe as a charter member of the War Party.

Aug 05 18:40

"KILL THE WHITES" carved on courthouse window

Clearwater, Florida - Everyone thought it was just a dark piece of paper. It covered a 4th floor window in the Pinellas County Courthouse on 49th Street in Clearwater...

Aug 05 18:36

Chinese Carrier Killer Missile Could Shift Pacific Power Balance

Nothing projects U.S. global air and sea power more vividly than supercarriers. Bristling with fighter jets that can reach deep into even landlocked trouble zones, America's virtually invincible carrier fleet has long enforced its dominance of the high seas.

China may soon put an end to that...

Aug 05 18:12

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

By Vincent Bugliosi – Veterans Today

The Legal Framework for the Prosecution

“That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.”
—Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1765

“No living Homo sapiens is above the law.”
—(Notwithstanding our good friends and legal ancestors across the water, this is a fact that requires no citation.)

Aug 05 18:08

Attacking Iran: US options

By GWYNNE DYER | Arab News

When Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking American officer, was asked recently on NBC’s Meet The Press show whether the United States has a military plan for an attack on Iran, he replied simply: “We do.”

General staffs are supposed to plan for even the most unlikely future contingencies. Right down to the 1930s, for example, the United States maintained and annually updated plans for the invasion of Canada — and the Canadian military made plans to pre-empt the invasion. But what the planning process will have revealed, in this case, is that there is no way for the United States to win a nonnuclear war with Iran.

Aug 05 17:39

Putin Announces Halt To Russia Grain Exports; Grain Futures Jump To Two Year High

Russia, the world's third wheat exporter, Thursday banned grain exports for the next four-and-a-half months due to a record drought that has destroyed millions of hectares (acres) of its land...

Aug 05 17:33

US Postal Service loses $3.5 bln in third quarter

The U.S. Postal Service reported a quarterly net loss of $3.5 billion on Thursday and said it will likely have a cash shortfall going into 2011...

Aug 05 17:32

Social Security Program Running Deficit For First Time

Social Security will pay out more this year than it gets in payroll taxes, marking the first time since the program will be in the red since it was overhauled in 1983, according to the annual authoritative report released Thursday by the program's actuary...

Aug 05 15:56

US Border War Zone News: Bomb Found On Tex-Mex Bridge

Bomb Found On Bridge From Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico, Into El Paso, Texas
August 4th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – One of the four international bridges linking this northern Mexican city and El Paso, Texas, was closed for nearly two hours Tuesday after a bomb was found and detonated on the Mexican side of the border, a police spokesman told Efe.
This was the latest in a series of bombings in northern Mexico.
Assailants suspected of having links to an organized crime group threw a bomb Saturday at one of the bridges connecting Nuevo Laredo, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, with Laredo, Texas.

Aug 05 13:22

Daughter of 'zero tolerance' New York mayor Rudy Giuliani arrested for shoplifting in Manhattan

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's daughter has been arrested after she was allegedly seen on store CCTV pocketing make-up.

Caroline Giuliani, a 20-year-old Harvard University student, was apparently seen taking five items worth more than $100 at a branch of the Sephora cosmetics chain in Manhattan.

Managers at the shop on Est 86th Street and Lexington Avenue called in the police but decided they didn't want to press charges.

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Aug 05 12:08

BP Disaster: Russian Expert, Oil from 18 different sources

BP Disaster: Russia’s Take
27.07.2010 Source: Pravda.Ru
Anatoly Sagalevich has added his voice to the latest controversy over the BP ecological catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. This expert from the Russian Academy of Science was called to the Gulf by BP shortly after the Deepwater Horizon rig collapsed. And what he has to say is not very reassuring.
Dr. Sagalevich’s report was drawn up and presented to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. ...For Dr. Sagalevich, the oil pouring into the Gulf is not just coming from one source, as the media have been claiming, but fro 18 different places. According to the report, the Russian scientists called by the USA are forbidden to divulge their findings to the media – yet another source backing up the claim that there is a media blackout.

Aug 05 11:43

Constitutional Sheriff Tony DeMeo

In this 3-part video interview with Tony DeMeo, Sheriff of Nye County, Nevada, he explains that he is a Constitutional Sheriff and that authority for public office holders is derived from the people. He tells the story about how he used the Constitution as his foundation in the saga of Nye County rancher Wayne Hage's disputes over encroachments by the federal government. While Wayne Hage's case centered around property rights in federally managed lands, Sheriff Tony DeMeo's example is relevant for everyone to understand the power of local government, the importance of following the Constitution and upholding the Tenth Amendment (states' rights and sovereignty).

Aug 05 11:08

DC Sniper Claims 'other co-conspirators were involved' but Later Killed

In a startling conversation with William Shatner, for the upcoming program ‘Aftermath’, convicted D.C. Sniper Lee Malvo makes new claims that at least two other co-conspirators besides ringleader John Muhammad were to be involved in the shootings, but later backed out.

These two conspirators were then allegedly killed for quitting at Muhammad’s insistence. A preview report on ABC demonstrates audio of Lee Boyd Malvo, convicted for his role in the 2002 murder spree and serving life in prison, who now claims involvement in 42 shootings, many more than the 13 known shootings discussed publicly...

Aug 05 11:07

Mark Steel No guns? They must be Terrorists

Mark Steel
One fact emerging from this process was that the victims, according to "Sgt S" who shot six of them, "were without a doubt terrorists". And he produced evidence to back this up, which was: "I could see the murderous rage in their eyes".

Aug 05 10:36

Explosive new evidence shows ruling of AZ judge illegal

Judge in the Arizona case has absolutely no Constitutional jurisdiction over the matter upon which she ruled. As the Constitution makes abundantly clear, only the U.S. Supreme Court can issue rulings that involve a state.

From Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution, we find these words: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."

No one who is actually familiar with the crisis at the southern border can deny that Arizona is endangered by the relentless assault of lawless Mexican invaders who ignore our laws, inundate our schools and medical facilities with unpaid bills, and even endanger the very lives of citizens with criminal drug cartels that engage in kidnapping, murder, human trafficking, and other mayhem, including aiming missile and grenade launchers directly at U.S. border cities from just across the Mexican border.

Aug 05 10:09

U.S. still undecided on joining landmines treaty

The United States has still not decided whether it will sign a 1997 global treaty to ban land mines but said on Tuesday it has invested heavily to help mitigate the impact the weapons have around the world.

The United States has not signed the Mine Ban Treaty or a global treaty banning cluster munitions, despite what it says are world-leading efforts to provide assistance for the clearance of landmines as well as the destruction of unsecured weapons and munitions.

Activists and groups of U.S. senators have urged the Obama administration to sign the Mine Ban Treaty which bars the use, stockpiling, production or transfer of antipersonnel mines. It has been endorsed by 158 countries, but the United States, Russia, China and India are among the countries that have not adopted it.

Aug 05 09:54

Network of right-wing PACs preys on small donors, nets millions in fees

Thousands of grassroots conservative donors around the country who believe they are contributing to the fight to reclaim Congress in the fall have actually poured millions of dollars into a group of political action committees whose primary function appears to be enriching a notorious Washington direct mail fund-raising firm, Salon's review of the groups' FEC filings shows.

The PACs -- Freedom's Defense Fund, the Black Republican PAC, Veterans for Victory, and the Republican Member Senate Fund -- are all based out of post office boxes in Washington and all have a treasurer in common: Scott Mackenzie, a campaign finance consultant at Base Connect, the direct mail firm. Formerly known as BMW Direct, Base Connect has long been controversial for its practice of raising large sums of money for long-shot conservative candidates, who in turn pay Base Connect as much as 80 or 90 percent of the money raised for its services.

The PACs appear to be a clever twist on that model: Instead of having to find and pitch a congressional campaign on its services, Base Connect can, through the PACs, send out fundraising solicitations each election cycle on the basis of evergreen issues like promoting black Republicans. Of the money raised by the four PACs, 60 to 70 percent typically goes to Base Connect and its affiliates. Meanwhile, the PACs have spent from as little as 2 percent to as much as 6 percent of the money raised on funding actual campaigns -- a strikingly small share. The rest of the PAC's funds go to operating expenses like bank and legal fees, and occasionally to consulting fees to people such as conservative activist Jerome Corsi.

Aug 05 09:34

Unemployment extension: who's in and who's out

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Kimberly's Tainter's mother, Bonnie, no longer receives unemployment benefits. After ten years of working in alterations she lost her job and began receiving unemployment benefits. That was about two years ago -- now she's known as a 99er.

So, what's that? A 99er is a person who has received unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks. At that point they have exhausted all avenues of unemployment limits. They have also reached the legal limit a person can receive benefits.

Aug 05 08:59

Disembowelling Palestinian Right of Return: America’s Dog in Lebanese Fight

By Dr. Franklin Lamb
“Some members of Parliament prefer that the camps explode and then they will insist that “Palestinian security problems must be resolved before Parliament can consider giving them civil rights”—meaning several more years of delay. That would be a disaster for all concerned.”

Aug 05 08:40

Wayne Madsen and Jack Blood discuss Wikileaks, Iran and Isreal

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Aug 05 08:27

The Great Gay Distraction Perfectly Timed for November Elections

Howard Beale
Activist Post

The establishment knows that gay marriage is one of the hot-button issues that drives voters to the polls. On Wednesday, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, overturning the voter-passed Proposition 8.

We can now expect the entire news cycle from now until election day to be filled with this distraction from real issues like war and peace, and the hijacking of our economy by the criminal ruling oligarchy. From the moment the news broke of the court ruling, the Drudge Report had no less than 8 headlines dedicated to the story.

Aug 05 08:18

Public Service Anouncement: An Important Light Is About To Go Out

We've plugged Injustice Everywhere previously for its herculean efforts at documenting American police misconduct on a daily basis:

Did you know that the last time the US government bothered to gather any information about the problem of police misconduct in the United States was in 2002?

Even then, the study they did only covered 5% of the police departments in the US and, on top of that, participation was only voluntary and relied on what police departments were willing to report about misconduct within their own ranks.

The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP), established in April of 2009, is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental project devoted to help resolve that problem.

Aug 05 07:56

Is Alex Jones An Escaped Lab Experiment Gone Horribly Wrong?

From a comment left on Les Visible's Smoking Mirrors blog about the man with the bullhorn being a LYING, SACK OF SHIT.

Ri-i-i-i-ng....Ri-i-i-i-ng.....Ri-i-i-i-ng.....

AJ:"Hello & good evening you're on the Alex Jones show!!"

Aug 05 07:51

Intelligence Officers Warning: The U.S Could be Drawn into yet Another Unwinnable war if Israel Attacks Iran!

Retired U.S. Intelligence Officers warning that Israel may plan to attack Israel as early as this month

Aug 05 07:36

WIKILEAKS; AN INDO-ZIONIST CONSPIRACY?

It may be noted that among the over 92000 secret documents compiled in five years, there is not a single line written about India. The documents are silent about role of RAW, RAAM and Mossad in destabilizing Pakistan. Nobody in USA and entire western world has noticed these glaring oddities as to how come role of three principal players is missing from the radar screen and US documents are blank. Have RAW agents in huge numbers present in every nook and corner of Afghanistan and moving up and down Pak-Afghan border been grazing grass all these years?

Aug 05 06:12

Dare to Prepare: Collapse of Civilization Now Guaranteed

Eric Blair
Activist Post

"It has been written" as the saying goes. For many generations there have been small groups of people who have researched and protested the criminal nature of our rulers who cast their disease on civilization. These activists screamed truth to the masses about humanity's hidden slavery, yet few listened.

However, the injustices have now become too extreme, too obvious, that the truth has risen to near critical mass with the independent-minded population. And indeed many more sheep, who unknowingly fund their own prison, are waking up by the minute.

CLICK ON TITLE TO READ ENTIRE STORY

Aug 05 05:29

40 billionaires pledge to give away half of wealth

A little over a year after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began hatching a plan over dinner to persuade America's wealthiest people to give most of their fortunes to charity, more than three-dozen individuals and families have agreed to take part, campaign organizers announced Wednesday.

Aug 05 01:58

A Cakewalk Against Iran

Posted By Philip Giraldi On August 4, 2010 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized |

Aug 04 23:19

Freedom FLOTILLA Deaths Will Not be in Vain

THE Israeli massacre of nine activists on the Freedom Flotilla could in time to be a game-changer with regard to the siege of Gaza. International attention has focused on the humanitarian crisis there and on the sheer brutality of Israel’s enforcement of the blockade.

Aug 04 23:16

Gilad Atzmon: Israel Cannot Handle Its Past

Israel cannot handle its past. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu decided this week to extend from 50 to 70 years the time state archives remain classified. Israel realizes that it has too much to hide.

Aug 04 23:12

British Public Drifting away from Apartheid Israel, says Outgoing Ambassador

Speaking during an interview with the right-wing newspaper, the Jerusalem post, Philips acknowledge that as far the British public was concerned, things for Israel were not what they used to be."There is a drift of opinion away from Israel. This is not government. This is happening with the popular mood."

Aug 04 21:21

Rough justice in America: Too many laws, too many prisoners

Crime is a young man’s game. Muggers over 30 are rare. Ex-cons who go straight for a few years generally stay that way: a study of 88,000 criminals by Mr Blumstein found that if someone was arrested for aggravated assault at the age of 18 but then managed to stay out of trouble until the age of 22, the risk of his offending was no greater than that for the general population. Yet America’s prisons are crammed with old folk. Nearly 200,000 prisoners are over 50. Most would pose little threat if released. And since people age faster in prison than outside, their medical costs are vast. Human Rights Watch, a lobby-group, talks of “nursing homes with razor wire”.

Jail is expensive. Spending per prisoner ranges from $18,000 a year in Mississippi to about $50,000 in California, where the cost per pupil is but a seventh of that. “[W]e are well past the point of diminishing returns,” says a report by the Pew Center on the States. In Washington state, for example, each dollar invested in new prison places in 1980 averted more than nine dollars of criminal harm (using a somewhat arbitrary scale to assign a value to not being beaten up). By 2001, as the emphasis shifted from violent criminals to drug-dealers and thieves, the cost-benefit ratio reversed. Each new dollar spent on prisons averted only 37 cents’ worth of harm.

Aug 04 20:16

Obama warned Israel may bomb Iran: analysis by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is a public memorandum for the President of the United States written by veteran US Intelligence Agency professionals. Their assessment is in agreement with my reporting that the US and/or Israel has planned an unlawful attack on Iran based on lies. In addition, perhaps the only tactic to stop it is broad-scale public attention to the objective facts that such an attack is not even close to legal, and that all fear/war mongering from political "leadership" and corporate media are lies of omission and commission. Specifically:

1.Iran’s president never physically threatened Israel.
2.All of Iran’s nuclear material is fully accounted for peaceful and legal use for energy and medicine.

Aug 04 18:54

Israeli Soldiers assault Adults and Children in Peaceful Demonstration [VIDEO]

Wednesday was another honorable and painful chapter in the struggle of the village of Al-Walaja. Apartheid soldiers assaulted children and adults protesting peacefully, injured many, and arrested six Palestinians. The destruction of the beautiful ancient village land was stopped for over 1.5 hours

Aug 04 17:03

PHILIP GIRALDI and RAY MCGOVERN CALL ON PRESIDENT TO PREEMPT ISRAELI ATTACK ON IRAN

Dear Friends,

We have disturbing and urgent news. Our new executive director, Philip Giraldi, and other former U.S. intelligence officers have just published an extremely important analysis warning that Israel may plan to attack Israel as early as this month (full-length article below).

They detail the evidence for this possibility and warn that such an action would quite likely drag the United States into yet another tragic, needless, and disastrous quagmire. It would be a war that Israel would begin and the United States would have to finish.

Fortunately, they also describe actions that President Obama could take to prevent this.

1. We urge you to circulate this information widely.

Aug 04 16:13

John Young (Cryptome) and Jack Blood discuss WikiLeaks

Jack's site
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Aug 04 15:11

Israel’s teenage barbarians at al-Arakib

Lawrence Davidson considers the role played by Israeli youths in the construction of fascism in Israel, most recently during an operation to ethnically cleanse non-Jewish citizens of Israel from a village in the Negev, where teenage students had been bussed in to hound the villagers out of their homes and act as cheerleaders during the ethnic cleansing.

Aug 04 14:00

Judge overturns California's ban on same-sex marriage

A federal judge in California has knocked down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling Wednesday that the state's controversial Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker found in his ruling that the ban violated the Constitution's equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment.

Aug 04 10:31

Ed Schultz: Wall Street Treats American Workers Like Roadkill

Ed Schultz is "Fired Up" about the way Wall Street operates with complete disregard for the American people, as well as what has been described as a "Cold War" between Wall Street and the White House.

Aug 04 10:15

Sheriff Taylor's health pitch sparks cardiac arrest

Was it not enough for President Obama to saddle future Americans with billions of dollars in new health benefits and entitlements that they simply cannot afford?

He also had to go and corrupt one of America's most beloved figures of the last half-century. And stick you with the $700,000 bill.

Aug 04 10:08

U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers

Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.
Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.

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This demonstrates, without any doubt, that Obama's pledge about keeping hi-tech jobs here in the US can obviously be valued just as highly as can his other campaign promises; as totally worthless.

Aug 04 09:35

A GRAND DEFEAT FOR BIGOTRY

The above has got to be the most ridiculous statement ever issued by Foxman, one of America’s foremost bigots. It was in reference to the ADL’s position statement on the proposed building of a mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero.

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This goes right to the heart about whether the United States is an apartheid state. If we are not, then the reaction to the building of a mosque should be exactly the same as the reaction to the building of a church or a synagogue. The First Amendment forbids the favoring of any one religion over any other.

But we know the reality here in the United States. The reaction to the proposed Mosque is quite different than would be the reaction to a proposed synagogue in the same location.

Which proves that the United States is indeed transforming into an apartheid state just like Israel!

Aug 04 09:23

Civil rights groups sue Treasury over targeting of terror suspects for killing

The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit against the department and its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in U.S. District Court in Washington. The groups say that without a change, it would be a crime for them to provide even free legal services to a citizen whom the government has designated a terrorist and is seeking to kill.

"The government is targeting an American citizen for death without any legal process whatsoever, while at the same time impeding lawyers from challenging that death sentence and the government's sweeping claim of authority to issue it," ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a written statement. "Such an alarming denial of rights in any one case endangers the rights of all Americans."

"President Obama is claiming the power to act as judge, jury and executioner while suspending any semblance of due process," said Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. "Would we tolerate it if China or France secretly decided to execute their enemies inside the U.S.?"

Aug 04 09:12

U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers in South Asia

Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.

Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.

As recently as Monday, Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Atlanta, boasted about his efforts to reduce offshoring. The President said he's implemented "a plan that’s focused on making our middle class more secure and our country more competitive in the long run -- so that the jobs and industries of the future aren’t all going to China and India, but are being created right here in the United States of America."

Aug 04 09:07

MAJESTIC MEMORIES

Looking back on that time, while the US Government declared political victory in the war, and the "Captains of Industry" grew rich turning looted war material into corporations that could hardly fail in competing with nations whose industrial bases had been bombed into rubble, I recognize that the town I grew up in had been defeated in that war. It had been eviscerated. It had had its very heart cut out of it; a gaping hole that never healed, but could only be forgotten.

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Aug 04 09:01

REALITY REPORT #56 - Rangel's Slavery Bill Exposed

In this edition Gary Franchi zooms in on Charlie Rangel's Slavery Bill, HR 5741 and Nina Police presents video of Congressman Stark's admission of Federal Power. She also brings you the memo that exposes the US Immigration Service's backdoor amnesty plans, and Ron Paul's new SEC Transparency Bill. We also break a story on the new CIA / Google backed company currently harvesting web data to track you. Gary presents another sneak peek interview from "Enemy of the State: Camp FEMA 2" featuring Stewart Rhodes from Oathkeepers. Plus a new "Enemy of the State" is branded and we take a dip into the mailbag to find out what you think about Wikileaks.

Aug 04 08:53

10 Notorious Criminals Proven Innocent After Execution

The force of justice is designed to protect the innocent and punish the guilty, providing a fair framework around which to live our lives. Yet, what happens when justice itself goes wrong and turns to injustice? Over the years countless individuals have been put to death for crimes against society, but we’d be naïve to assume they were all as guilty as their punishment suggests. Some have later been found innocent and pardoned, others await fair reconsideration from authorities unwilling to admit to their mistakes. As the old saying goes: ‘Who shall police the police?’

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This is why I cannot support the death penalty. If you wrongfully imprison someone, they can be released and compensated. But until we can give life back to those who are wrongfully killed, we should not be so quick to take life in the first place.

This article also should have mentioned the most famous wrongful execution of all, Bruno Richard Hauptman, who was executed for the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder on the basis of fraudulent evidence and coerced testimony.

Aug 04 08:53

Prop C passes overwhelmingly

on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.
"The citizens of the Show-Me State don't want Washington involved in their health care decisions," said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

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GOOD FOR MISSOURI!

Aug 04 08:03

Not all Pit Bulls are bad!

Aug 04 06:51

Bay Area billboards ‘thank’ the US for Israel’s blank check

The CDC recognizes that our colleagues in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) may require additional support and financing as they expand Israeli jurisdiction into international waters. Annual US aid to Israel will increase to only $3.15 billion by 2013. Although our Israeli allies are thankful for such generosity, the CDC believes that America can do better. In order to encourage additional tax-supported financial donations for Israel, the CDC launched the “Blank Check” billboard campaign.

Aug 04 06:03

RARE 3.0 Earthquake Shakes Louisiana

USGS reported a rare 3.0 earthquake in Louisiana on Sunday August 1st. Nothing to see here folks, nothing strange going on in the Gulf.

Aug 03 23:14

Israel’s Teenage Barbarians at Al-Arakib – An Analysis

These teenagers did more then cheer. “Prior to the demolitions, the student volunteers were sent into the villagers’ homes to extract their furniture and belongings.” In the process they vandalized the sites, “smashing windows and mirrors…and defacing family photographs.” With the furniture piled up outside, the students “lounged around” on it while waiting for the bulldozers. This was done “in plain sight of the owners.”

While the bulldozers were doing their work, the teens “celebrated.”

Aug 03 21:09

Is the Judiciary Acting Unconstitutionally?

Is the Judiciary Acting Unconstitutionally?
Posted by minncon (Profile)
Thursday, July 29th at 3:26PM EDT
Section 1 - Judicial powers: The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”
1. Why is a federal judge in Arizona reviewing and ruling on a law over which the Constitution clearly states only the supreme Court has jurisdiction?

Aug 03 20:44

War with Iran — MEMORANDUM FOR: President Obama

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: War With Iran

War talk

We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war.

Israel’s leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in destruction of the state of Israel.

This can be stopped, but only if you move quickly to pre-empt an Israeli attack by publicly condemning such a move before it happens.

Aug 03 18:52

EXILE NATION, the dirty story none of us really wants to hear. But we all should be listening.

The judicious use of war is another tool of population control. Many herd animals, including us, unite against a common danger, temporarily forgetting our individual differences and aspirations. War has been the premiere control method in the United States for over sixty years and the people have been unaware of it. In 1940 the country had been in an economic depression for close to a decade and a strong movement for social justice had developed. The International Workers of the World (the Wobblies) were taking over entire towns in the Northwest. In the coal mining areas of Virginia and Tennessee major fire fights were taking place between miners and National Guard troops. The country had never been so close to a revolution from the left. Our plutocracy helped the Nazi rise in Germany and armed and provoked the Japanese in the Pacific. Then we sucked the Japs into bombing Pearl Harbor and everything was OK again. Our rulers have kept us at war ever since.

Aug 03 16:29

You Got it Wrong, Mr. Abbas!

“I would never deny [the] Jewish right to the land of Israel”
“You know that from the year 2000 to 2005 we had a period of Intifada. That period destroyed everything that had been built earlier. …When I ran for the Presidency I raised the slogan, ‘No violence against Israel. No armed struggle against Israel.”

Mahmoud Abbas

Aug 03 12:13

Oil spill dumped 4.9 million barrels into Gulf of Mexico, latest measure shows

The blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico gushed 12 times faster than the government and BP estimated in the early weeks of the crisis and has spilled a whopping 4.9 million barrels, or 205.8 million gallons, according to a more detailed analysis announced late Monday.

The new figures indicate that the roughly 800,000 barrels of oil that BP managed to capture with its various containment strategies -- a riser insertion tool, a "top hat," and flaring from a surface rig -- represented only about one-sixth of the crude that surged into the gulf over the course of nearly three months. In all, about 1.2 million barrels of oil have been accounted for, either burned, captured or skimmed off the ocean's surface. That's about a quarter of the new estimate for the total spill.

Where the other three-quarters has gone is unclear. Some has evaporated; some has been consumed by microbes; but scientists remain troubled by the possibility that large amounts of oil remain underwater in cloudlike plumes.

For government lawyers preparing a case against BP, this number could help calculate the maximum civil penalty BP might face for the spill. If BP is not found to have acted with negligence, the penalty would be $1,100 per barrel. About 4.1 million barrels escaped into the gulf, according to the new estimate, so that fine would come to $4.5 billion. If BP is found to have acted with "gross negligence" in the lead-up to the spill, the maximum penalty would be $4,300 a barrel, which would work out to $17.6 billion.

Aug 03 12:12

Bank America Has Hernando Sheriff's Office Do Its Dirty Work

...According to one report, the homeowner, 62-year-old Robert Capkovic, sent a letter to Bank of America saying that if the company foreclosed on his home he would kill himself...

Aug 03 11:59

Studies Prove that These Drugs Make Your Brain Stop Working…

By Dr. Mercola

Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions negatively affect your brain, causing long term cognitive impairment. These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.

They include such common over-the-counter brands as Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom. Other anticholinergic drugs, such as Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil are available only by prescription.

"Researchers ... conducted a six-year observational study, evaluating 1,652 Indianapolis area African-Americans over the age of 70 who had normal cognitive function when the study began ... '[T]aking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual's risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk.'"

Aug 03 11:18

The Trouble With Unconstitutional Wars

By Ron Paul

Almost two years ago many voters elected someone they thought would lead us to a more peaceful, rational co-existence with other countries. However, while attention has been focused on the administration’s disastrous economic policies, its equally disastrous foreign policies have exacerbated our problems overseas. Especially in times of economic crisis, we cannot afford to ignore costly foreign policy mistakes.

We should follow constitutional protocol when going to war. It is there for a reason. If we are legitimately attacked, it is the job of Congress to declare war. We then fight the war, win it and come home. War should be efficient, decisive and rare. However, when Congress shirks its duty and just gives the administration whatever it wants with no real oversight or meaningful debate, wars are never-ending, wasteful, and political. Our so-called wars have become a perpetual drain on our economy and liberty.

The founders knew that heads of state are far too eager to engage in military conflicts. That is why they entrusted the power to go to war with the deliberative body closest to the people -- the Congress. Decisions to go to war need to be supported by the people. War should not be covert or casual. We absolutely should not be paying off leaders of a country while killing their civilians without expecting to create a lot of new problems. This is not what America is supposed to be about.

Aug 03 10:21

Rockefeller Foundation: Scenarios for the Future Not Pretty

This Rockefeller Foundation report lays out four possible scenarios for the near future. I’ll just clip a few passages from each of the four. You’ll love this.

Via: Rockefeller Foundation:
LOCK STEP – A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.

Aug 03 08:28

Anti-Defamers Defame Muslims

What if, in the wake of the 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty by Israeli warplanes – in which 34 US servicemen were slaughtered – a campaign had been mounted to banish all synagogues from a two-mile radius of Arlington National Cemetery? How would the ADL have reacted?

Aug 03 07:45

Arabs’ Ties with Israel Damages the Palestinian Cause: Prof Gilbert Achcar

Four countries have established relations with Israel among the Arab states and they are Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Oman. This is damaging for the cause of the Palestinians, especially when the country betraying them is Egypt which is the largest Arab country. This is a result of the increasing hegemony of the United States over the Middle East, which pushes the Arab governments to establish relations with the state of Israel against the will of their own people.

Aug 03 06:52

The Trouble with Unconstitutional Wars

Ron Paul

Our foreign policy was in the spotlight last week, which is exactly where it should be. Almost two years ago many voters elected someone they thought would lead us to a more peaceful, rational co-existence with other countries. However, while attention has been focused on the administration's disastrous economic policies, its equally disastrous foreign policies have exacerbated our problems overseas. Especially in times of economic crisis, we cannot afford to ignore costly foreign policy mistakes. That's why it is important that U.S. foreign policy receive some much needed attention in the media, as it did last week with the leaked documents scandal.

Aug 03 03:00

6 cities to train mail carriers to dispense anti-terror drugs

The Postal Service is ready to deliver lifesaving drugs to about a quarter of the residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the only metropolitan area in the nation where letter carriers have been trained to dispense medication after a large-scale terrorist attack involving biological weapons.

Aug 02 19:48

GORDON DUFF: FALSE FLAG NUKE ATTACK ON U.S. JUSTIFIED….”KING’S TORAH”

Veterans Today
ISRAEL TO USE IRANIAN AND PAKISTANI DUPES IN DIRTY NUKE PLOY

Aug 02 19:46

Gold Dinar, Silver Dirham

Quote from this video, "BANKING SYSTEM IS A CRIME, THE BANKERS ARE THE CRIMINALS"

Aug 02 19:41

Foreclosure Dispute With Bank Sets Off Shootout With Hernando Deputies

...Deputies were summoned to 5351 Joyner Ave., near the Oak Hill Golf Club, at 3:20 p.m. Monday. An employee from a local bank that is foreclosing on the home had telephoned authorities to ask that they check on him, said Sgt. Donna Black, a sheriff's office spokeswoman...

Aug 02 18:56

How American News Media Works In Favor Of Israel

By Alison Weir Special to Salem-News.com

Critical analysis from one of the nation's leading voices on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Alison Weir
Alison Weir

(SACRAMENTO) - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.

Aug 02 18:48

America’s “Dog in the Fight”

In a clumsy and transparent effort to avoid granting Palestinians civil rights in the interim, some US protégés in Lebanon could care less about the refugees reclaiming their stolen homes and lands in Palestine. But, like the Palestinian refugees themselves, they are dead set against the refugees staying any longer than absolutely necessary in Lebanon.

Aug 02 17:34

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz.Sheriff Seeks Donations For Guns To Fight Drug Cartel

Sheriff Seeks Donations For Guns To Fight Drug Cartel
UPDATED: 4:13 pm MST August 2, 2010
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is in need of funding to purchase rifles to arm first responders in the war against the Mexican drug cartel members and their affiliates.
There has been an increase in dangerous incidents, such as high-speed vehicle pursuits, shoot-outs, and incidents of ambush between deputies and smugglers.
Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “My deputies are outgunned and we are outmanned. We need help to raise money to buy Arizona made semi-automatic rifles to fight this threat against our citizens.”

Aug 02 13:50

Revered Israeli rabbi preaches slaughter of gentile babies

Jonathan Cook considers the ideas of a leading Israeli rabbi, Yitzhak Shapira, who together with another rabbi, Yosef Elitzur, has written a book in which he sanctions the murder of Palestinian children and babies.

Aug 02 13:39

SEC charges billionaire Texas brothers who donate to GOP with fraud

Sam and Charles Wyly, billionaire Texas brothers who gained prominence spending millions of dollars on conservative political causes, committed fraud by using secret overseas accounts to generate more than $550 million in profit through illegal stock trades, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Thursday.

According to the SEC, the brothers, who live in Dallas, created an elaborate and clandestine network of accounts and companies on the Isle of Man and in the Cayman Islands. The brothers then used these accounts and companies to trade more than $750 million of stock in four public companies on whose boards they served, not filing the disclosures required for corporate insiders, the SEC said.

In one case, the SEC alleges that the Wylys traded based on insider information they learned as board members, netting a profit of $32 million.

Aug 02 13:15

House approves oil spill legislation

The bill, passed 209 to 193, would impose new safeguards for offshore drilling, remove a liability cap for spill damages, and hit energy producers with a new tax to fund conservation measures.

In its most sweeping response to the gulf oil spill, the House on Friday approved legislation that would impose new environmental safeguards for offshore drilling, remove a liability cap for spill damages, and slap industry with a new tax to fund conservation projects nationwide.

The measure, which follows dozens of Capitol Hill hearings into the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, would remove a $75-million liability cap on oil firms for economic damages caused by spills. It would also hit energy producers with a new $2 per barrel tax to fund land purchases for national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

Article Comment: Taxation is a lazy, uninspired means of effecting regulation. It's time to nationalize the oil industry and eject all foreign-owned oil companies. It should have been done decades ago.

Aug 02 12:43

Bringing the Extremes into the Middle.

I tell myself I’m not going to write anything today. I’ll take the day off …but this is what I do with my days. If I take the day off then that’s probably what I will do for recreation. It’s important to me to communicate with you because I’m always being communicated with and it has to go somewhere if I start to overflow. This relationship of mine isn’t easy a lot of the time.

Aug 02 12:26

Your Choice: Thomas Jefferson or the Status Quo

Nullification isn’t constitutional, Tucker rushes to assure everyone, since he doesn’t see it mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution itself. But that’s the thing about the powers of the states: they don’t have to be mentioned explicitly. Only the powers of the federal government (as well as the restrictions on the states) are to be specifically enumerated. That’s the nature of a limited, federal system. And as I show in the book, the power of nullification was indeed assured to the people at the state ratifying convention of Virginia, the state from which so many of our most important statesmen and thinkers hailed. Add to this the obvious, commonsense point that a federal government allowed to have a monopoly on determining its own powers will continuously discover new ones, which happens to be precisely what has occurred, and you have a logically unassailable case for state nullification. (For that matter, where in the Constitution is the federal government granted the exclusive, monopoly power to judge its own powers infallibly? Assigning certain kinds of cases to the Supreme Court is not the same thing, and the Supremacy Clause, as I show in the book, merely begs the question.)

Some of us are a little tired of electing do-nothing plastic men who intensify our fiscal problems, and then hope the rubes fall for their pretty talk about limited government. We’re also impatient with the equally failed strategy of waiting for the federal government’s own courts to roll it back – a foolish approach Jefferson viewed with contempt, since he knew the federal courts would simply rubber-stamp federal usurpations. Forgive me if I remain unconvinced that the best strategy for rolling back government is to wait for a good Supreme Court, perhaps in the year 2874, or to keep writing to my bought-and-paid-for congressman.

Two dozen states nullified the REAL ID Act of 2005, and the federal government had to back down. California persisted in its medical marijuana policy after the Supreme Court said to cut it out. (Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana wrote amicus briefs in support of California, by the way, since even though those states disagreed with its policy, they also believed in the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.) Several states have already nullified various federal gun regulations. Cap-and-trade nullification is being drafted as we speak.

Aug 02 08:12

Alex Jones Banishes Mike Rivero

I think most of us will have some disagreements with Rivero on certain issues, that's to be expected when folks are passionate about finding truth, but once again the bottom line is whether one has the courage to challenge Israel, their lobbyists and supporters in the media and both in and out of government Doing so can be dangerous to your health ... both economically and possibly otherwise.

Aug 02 07:42

Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’

Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu is hopping mad at the federal government.

Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than helping law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally over its southern border in Arizona, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel...

Aug 02 07:35

Raiding and Regulating the New Enemies in the War on Drugs: Rawesome 'Foodies'

Eric Blair
Activist Post

As if the prohibition of non-corporate drugs wasn't already enough of a tragedy of liberty, the Feds are now increasingly arming themselves to raid peaceful organic farms, food Co-Ops, and even Amish dairies over raw milk.

This past week the Los Angeles Times reported that policeman, with guns drawn, raided a private organic food store in Venice California called Rawesome Foods:

"With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.

Aug 02 07:26

Chelsea Clinton Wedding

Chelsea -- the only child of the former US president and the US secretary of state -- wed Marc Mezvinsky at Astor Courts, an historic 50-acre (20-hectare) estate on the Hudson River, about 100 miles (160 km) north of New York City

Aug 02 05:07

Fury as Israel President Claims English are ‘Anti-semitic’

strong>Israel’s president has accused the English of being anti-semitic and claimed that MPs pander to Muslim voters.
Shimon Peres said England was “deeply pro-Arab … and anti-Israeli”, adding: “They always worked against us.”

Aug 02 04:55

Big Banks Fund Cluster Bombs

Over ninety countries have promised to ban cluster bombs, whose mini explosives often fail to explode and lie like land mines for years. But campaigners say its the banks driving the trade now, with financial institutions showing few qualms about funding the world's weapon makers.

Aug 01 20:33

Israeli High Schoolers Assist Razing of Bedouin Town

By Michael Leon – Editor – Veterans Today

EDITORS NOTE: Veterans Today condemns State Sponsored “Hitler Youth” of Israel — Vicious and bigoted forcing non-Zionist peoples out of their homes for Zionist Settlers to move in.

LIVE VIDEO : ETHNIC CLEANSING IN ISRAEL

NEW HITLER YOUTH ENFORCES ETHNIC CLEANSING
U.S. Taxpayers left paying ”Trail of Tears” bill as President Obama Responds by Doing Nothing!

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Aug 01 20:28

Envoy Warns Any Aggression Against Iran’s Soil, We Will Set Fire to Tel Aviv

"If the Zionist regime makes the smallest aggression against Iran's soil, we will set fire to Tel Aviv…," Khazaee said, addressing people in Iran's northeastern city of Kashmar on Saturday.
Meantime, US military leaders have warned that strikes could be catastrophic to US national security interests and could engulf the Middle-East in a "calamitous" regional war.

Aug 01 20:17

The asteroid that could end the world

A large asteroid in space that has a remote chance of slamming into the Earth would be most likely hit in 2182, if it crashed into our planet at all, a new study suggests.

The asteroid, called 1999 RQ36, has about a 1-in-1,000 chance of actually hitting the Earth, but half of that risk corresponds to potential impacts in the year 2182, said study co-author María Eugenia Sansaturio of the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain.

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Personally, I don't care. I will be long gone by then. There is probably a greater chance that the human race will be extinct by 2182.
I won't be here to worry about it :)

Aug 01 20:13

Obama’s Middle East Moment of Truth

The new Middle Eastern diplomatic detente leaves Obama only one way forward. If he wants to succeed, he will have to make it clear to the far-right Israeli government that it must stop settlements, return to its 1967 borders and accept a viable, contiguous Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Aug 01 18:15

If Americans Knew What Israel Is Doing!

AMERICA-HIJACKED.COM

Must listen interview with former Republican Congressman Paul Findlay:

Findley speaks out about the Israeli lobby and its manipulation of US foreign policy in the Middle East, resulting in thousands of American deaths and tens of thousands of Muslim deaths

http://www.wsradio.com/internet-talk-radio.cfm/shows/CNI:-Jerusalem-Ca...

Paul Findley in following youtube with nearly 3 million views :

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Aug 01 15:40

IDF official says Hamas did not fire rocket that "justified" Israeli air strikes across Gaza

A military official told Ynet he did not believe Hamas had fired the Grad rocket that exploded in Ashkelon Friday morning, though it remains unclear who was responsible.

Aug 01 15:06

Solving the 800-year mystery of Pisa's Leaning Tower

Professor John Burland has spent the last two decades striving to save - and understand - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After defying gravity, Italian bureaucracy and accusations of corruption, it seems he's finally cracked the case.

Aug 01 14:40

Israel has crept into the EU without anyone noticing - Robert Fisk

The death of five Israeli servicemen in a helicopter crash in Romania this week raised scarcely a headline.

There was a Nato-Israeli exercise in progress. Well, that's OK then. Now imagine the death of five Hamas fighters in a helicopter crash in Romania this week. We'd still be investigating this extraordinary phenomenon. Now mark you, I'm not comparing Israel and Hamas. Israel is the country that justifiably slaughtered more than 1,300 Palestinians in Gaza 19 months ago – more than 300 of them children – while the vicious, blood-sucking and terrorist Hamas killed 13 Israelis (three of them soldiers who actually shot each other by mistake).

Aug 01 12:27

ASSEMBLING THE EVIDENCE FOR HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF COMING THIRD WORLD WAR

In no particular order, these are the salient points that are converging, rapidly, screaming out our inexorable collision with National disaster:

–Very high levels of saber-rattling by lots of influential people, both in the US and abroad, both “allies” and “enemies” in recent weeks, more so than usual.

–Huge build-up of Naval forces, US and Israeli, munitions, in Gulf AO.

–Key positions in US military, all branches, held by Israeli dual citizens

Aug 01 11:36

The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign

The idea of waging a U.S. war of destruction against Iran is obvious lunacy, which is why U.S. military leaders have strongly resisted it both during the Bush and Obama administrations. But Gerecht makes it clear that Israel believes it can use its control of Congress to pound Obama into submission

Aug 01 11:07

Details of 100 million Facebook users published online

The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly available information private.

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OOPS there!!!!

Aug 01 10:57

New Kosher seal - shakedown scam like the others?

After being caught hiring illegals - they try to restore their image (and make a few sheckles in the process, I assume.)

http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2010/07/addressing-...

While he declined to disclose companies that he says are on board for the new seal, Allen say that "major names that people will recognize will be among the first to go forward with this.”

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/29/addressing-treatment-of-worke...

Aug 01 10:35

Chelsea's Wedding: Let Let Them Eat Cake

Before we attend to the poor political judgment of such an extravagant affair during times of economic distress, let us wonder aloud where a poor boy who became governor of Arkansas and president of the United States got such a fortune that he can blow $3,000,000 on a wedding.

The American people did not take up a collection to reward him for his service to them.

Where did the money come from? Who was he really serving during his eight years in office?

How did Tony Blair and his wife, Cherrie, end up with an annual income of ten million pounds (approximately $15 million dollars) as soon as he left office? Who was Blair really serving?

These are not polite questions, and they are infrequently asked.

Aug 01 09:58

Greece will be a war zone, Sect of Revolutionaries warns tourists

"Greece has entered a new phase of political violence by anarchist-oriented organisations that are more murderous, dangerous, capable and nihilistic than ever before," said Athanasios Drougos, a defence and counter-terrorism analyst in Athens.

The threats came from a guerrilla group called the Sect of Revolutionaries, as it claimed credit for the murder of Sokratis Giolas, an investigative journalist. Giolas was shot dead outside his Athenian home on 19 July, in front of his pregnant wife.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this group isn't some kind of government "plant" to delegitimize the anger felt by the Greek people over the austerity measures with which they have been forced to deal, due to the IMF loan.

Aug 01 09:35

UK retailer Cafepress peddles Islamophobic, anti-Arab, pro-Jewish wares

Gilad Atzmon views the curious case of the British online retailer cafepress.co.uk which openly sells Islamophobic, anti-Arab, pro-Jewish, pro-Israel and pro-war products such as t-shirts, caps and babysuits.

Aug 01 09:31

Israel classifies its past as top secret

Lawrence Davidson explains why the Israeli government has decided to extend for an additional 20 years the period during which state documents must remain classified and the possibility that previously declassified documents might be reclassified.

Aug 01 09:30

US website Salem-News.com deserves your support

Salem-News.com exists after six years because it has a good mission, and a lot of drive. The site's founders left established mainstream media careers to start the nation's first independent internet news group in 2004.

They have given everything possible to meet the demands of daily news for over half a decade and they need your help to continue. Appreciate that this site exists because of sheer devotion to the truth, which does not make a news group popular with those who control the purse strings of society.

Please take four minutes of your time and watch the video produced by Salem-News.com to explain our urgent need for funding. Please add Salem-News.com to the list of agencies that you support and do what you can, if you can.

Aug 01 09:30

Greece orders military to step in as truckers vote to continue strike

The Greek government ordered the country's armed forces to help deliver fuel as truck drivers voted to continue a contentious strike, state media reported.

Officials said Friday that military vehicles would be used to ensure the supply of fuel to airports, power plants and hospitals, and navy boats could help carry tanker trucks to islands, according to official news agency ANA.

Greece's 33,000 licensed truck drivers went on strike this week to protest government plans to open up their industry and issue new licenses.

The government is required to make the changes under the terms of loan packages from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greek people appear to be fed up with having to do with less so that politicians and bankers can have more.

Aug 01 08:58

Arab Knesset Member urges Europe to Downgrade Israeli Ties

Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoubi is in the UK with two other Palestinian members of the Knesset trying to raise awareness of the plight of the 1.5 million Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel. Zoubi stated the Israeli Laws discriminate against the Arab citizens of Israel.

Aug 01 07:54

Dangerous Conspiracy Theories

We are a threat if we start to come together. The ideas that bind us all here in the alternative media are exactly the sort of thinking that must be eliminated. The path to either victory or defeat for the anti-Empire side, just as it is for the bad guys, lies in changing the thinking of the people. The bad guys are intent on erasing the polluting ideas of freedom, liberation and individualism from the human lexicon, replacing all of these cherished concepts with ideas of hopelessness, terror and submission.

Aug 01 07:34

"The Real Terrorist Was Me" Speech By War Veteran

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us
- Mike Prysner

Aug 01 06:04

The New Draft: Bringing Back Slavery to America

Most of the crooks and liars who form the political class today aren’t old enough to remember them, but there must be some institutional nostalgia for the days when America fielded vast armies of conscripts in a global struggle against tyranny. Congress must feel like fighting terrorism with a mere handful of volunteers is for military pikers. Iraq isn’t the kind of war that molds politicians into “great men.” And naturally, all politicians view themselves as great men.

What you need for real war, for firebombing cities, human wave attacks, and concentration camps—is to enslave pretty much everyone. You just can’t find enough volunteers for that kind of work.

Jul 31 21:38

Israel Classifies its Past as Top Secret

In the interim things have only gotten worse for the Zionist defenders of the idealized Israel. Multiple invasions of Lebanon and the essentially defenseless Palestinian cities and towns, the slaughter of the innocent, the reduction of Gaza to an open air prison, the on-going confiscation of land and property in the Occupied Territories, rampant settler violence, and the repeated election of racist governments have resulted in a worldwide civil society effort to isolate Israel and induce it to reform itself in the same manner as South Africa.

Jul 31 21:35

Seminar with Palestinian Members of the Israeli Knesset

Miss Zoubi stated that the shift of the Israeli administration to the far right means that the state is now more willing to sacrifice its democratic image than to give Palestinians equality and freedom. The new demand for the state to be recognised by citizens as “Jewish and democratic” has become an obsession; Arabs are required to swear allegiance to a state that strips them of everything and discriminates against them.

Jul 31 11:45

Major Corporations Are Downloading Those 100 Million Facebook Profiles off BitTorrent

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Jul 31 10:41

Maywood Official Resigns Following Bell City Salary Scandal

MAYWOOD-- A Bell city employee who recently resigned amid scandal surrounding her six--figure salary has also resigned from her high-ranking position in the city of Maywood.

The People revolted and drove the criminal out of office! The People have power! If they can do it in Bell, we can do it in Washington DC! Lets drive the criminals out!

Jul 31 10:31

GAZA: The Broken Hearted [VIDEO]

Excerpts from a speech by Chris Hedges at the Revolution Books Town Hall Meeting at Ethical Culture Society on January 13, 2009.
Chris Hedges graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School and was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for the New York Times and other publications. He shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In his book War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (Public Affairs, 2002), Hedges gives an account of the “intoxication” of war

Jul 31 08:53

Gatekeepers Talk

Gatekeepers Amy Goodman and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, both of whom are adverse to discussing the root conspiracy of the current wars - 9/11, talk among themselves about "the leaks."

Jul 31 08:50

Activists Work to Stop Tax-Exempt Donations to Israeli Settlements

An unflattering light is being shone on US private donations towards the development of the settlements that are increasingly encroaching on Palestinian land.Much of the money needed for settlement development comes from private American donations. It is estimated that tens of millions of dollars reach the settlements in the form of charity, contributions that by virtue of their philanthropic nature enjoy tax-exempt status under the US’ Internal Revenue Code.

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