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CURRENT EVENTS

Mar 06 21:06

Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta To Be Tried For International Crimes?

On the other hand by pointing its initial surge of juridical activism at the local criminality of individuals in those afflicted regions of Africa where resource cartels and their client regimes often dominate, the ICC has called attention to the West’s hypocrisy in shielding its own war lords and war profiteers in the military-industrial complex from any legal accountability for the violent acts its operatives, many of them in the so-called private sector, regularly plan, instigate, finance, arm, facilitate, commit and exploit.4 Indeed, the double standard promoted by the ICC in the choice of its targets for prosecution replicates in the international arena much of the duplicity of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Mar 06 20:46

Obama's War - Liberal interventionism in the age of Obama

Illusions die hard. Especially the ideological kind. When the illusion of Barack Obama, the peacemaker, is finally dispelled, we are going to wake up and find ourselves waist-deep in a war that will soon threaten to dwarf the disastrous invasion of Iraq, both in human and material cost.

We know this from what he has said he will do, and what he has already done. He's already announced he's sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total to nearly 40,000. Not that this comes as any surprise: his entire critique of the Bushian foreign policy during the campaign was that we've been fighting the wrong war: that we had to get out of Iraq so we could occupy and pacify Afghanistan, and make a proper job of it. He advocated going into Pakistan, and outflanked the Republicans on the right.

Mar 06 13:47

Rachel Beck: Markets face 'irrational pessimism' - Including a picture of Ms Rachel.

Associated Press - Yahoo! News - Rachel Beck, AP Business Writer - Fri March 6, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- You've heard of "irrational exuberance," right? That's the expression Alan Greenspan coined more than a decade ago when he warned that investors could be bidding stock prices too high. His worry was that escalating asset values were trumping reality.

These days, the opposite seems to be the case. Call it "irrational pessimism," a fear that stock prices are headed in only one direction -- lower and lower -- because asset values and profits seem certain to fall.

[I'm from New York City! Listen to me! http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bsVe2H9nb1J4/340x.jpg ]

Mar 06 09:27

Somewhere a Wing, no Bird is Flying.

I read somewhere (wish I had saved it) that this April there’s a near exact configuration as existed at the start of one of the last World Wars and I’m getting this antsy thing and all sorts of premonitions about the period between April and June of this year. I don’t think it has anything to do with the birds on my lawn during either period or that dream I had last night which was mega powerful. I don’t think it has anything to do with my recent Jeremiads at that public toilet of a forum called The Best of the Fray. On the other hand, I don’t know.

Mar 06 08:36

Pictured: The credit crunch tent city which has returned to haunt America

A century and a half ago it was at the centre of the Californian gold rush, with hopeful prospectors pitching their tents along the banks of the American River.
Today, tents are once again springing up in the city of Sacramento. But this time it is for people with no hope and no prospects.
With America's economy in freefall and its housing market in crisis, California's state capital has become home to a tented city for the dispossessed.

Mar 06 08:28

The Judeo-Russian Mafia : From the Gulag to Brooklyn to World Dominion

The very fact that the Jewish mafia (often misnamed the “Russian” mafia) was capable of completely covering its tracks, being completely left out of all news reports surrounding the incident, while the common people (in Russia) were utterly convinced of their complicity, proves the immense strength of this rather new movement of organized crime. The Jewish mafia is nothing like their Irish or Italian predecessors in its American or European operations. They are richer, more international in scope and far more violent and ruthless. They kill children. They kill policemen and their families. They kill whomever they like.

There has been nothing like it before in the history of the globe. And they are just getting started.

Mar 06 08:00

Different name, same stink

I mention this now because the group just issued a piece aimed at the private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide. Or that’s what it used to be called. The company founded by Michigan native Erik Prince has changed its name to Xe (pronounced Zee).

I got a good laugh out of a cartoon accompanying the story posted on the watchdog group’s Web site. It shows three bugs around a desk in a PR firm’s office, with one of the creepy-crawlers saying, “First of all, we want our name changed from ‘cockroach’ to ‘companion beetle.’”

That pretty much captures the rationale behind the name change.

Mar 06 07:27

Chart of the Day - Metropolitan Life Insurance Over One Year

Yahoo! Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=MET

This is that Snoopy Dog company. The chart is worth a peek.

Mar 06 07:05

Wells Fargo Slashes Dividend 85% to Preserve $5 Billion a Year

Bloomberg Business Propaganda Linda Shen March 6, 2009

Wells Fargo & Co., the fourth- largest U.S. bank, slashed its dividend 85 percent to save about $5 billion a year and said operating months for January and February were “strong.”

Mar 06 06:51

GE, Siemens Will Fight Obama Plan to Cut Costs of MRIs, X-Rays - Not On Our Watch!

Bloomberg Business Propaganda Alex Nussbaum March 6, 2009

General Electric Co. and Siemens AG, the biggest makers of medical imaging machines, say President Barack Obama’s plan to slash spending on the use of MRIs and X- rays threatens patients, and they’ll lobby Congress to block it.

Mar 06 06:28

Undisclosed Losses at Merrill Lynch Lead to a Trading Inquiry - But No One Ever Goes to Jail

The New York Times LOUISE STORY and ERIC DASH March 6, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Merrill Lynch trader apparently gambled away more than $120 million in the currency markets. Others seemingly lost hundreds of millions on tricky credit derivatives.

But somehow all this red ink did not spill into plain view until after Merrill earmarked billions for bonuses and staggered into the arms of Bank of America.

Merrill hemorrhaged $13.8 billion during the final three months of 2008 alone.

Mar 06 06:17

Calling a Spade a Spade - In Senate, Republicans Block Spending Measure

The New York Times DAVID M. HERSZENHORN March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.

Although Republicans were glad to needle the Democrats by delaying the bill, there are reasons not to scuttle it. Doing so would result in a $8.4 million budget cut for Senate Republican committees, forcing staff layoffs.

Mar 06 06:02

Anatomy of Rapacious Greed - All Boarded Up

The New York Times Alex Kotlowitz March 4, 2009

Magazine Preview - All Boarded Up

And in December, just when local officials thought things couldn’t get worse, Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, posted a record number of foreclosure filings. The number of empty houses is so staggeringly high that no one has an accurate count. The city estimates that 10,000 houses, or 1 in 13, are vacant. The county treasurer says it’s more likely 15,000. Most of the vacant houses are owned by lenders who foreclosed on the properties and by the wholesalers who are now sweeping in to pick up houses in bulk, as if they were trading in baseball cards.

Mar 06 05:01

Video - Fox peddles doomsday - why?

Beck warms against "Bubba"
It's hard to tell what evil Fox is up to now.

The "news" network was completely happy to provide daily - make that hourly - support to the first full blown American tyranny (Bush/Cheney & Co.)

Now they're devoting regular air time to spinning doomsday scenarios that involve the federal government morphing into a full blown tyranny including the military shooting at US civilians.

Mar 05 21:06

No Parking: a tree by any other name

Scientists who discovered a new species of tree standing beside a country road have named it "no parking" after a sign that was nailed to the trunk.

A team of botanists found the tree in a north Devon lay-by while working on a project in which 14 new species and hybrids across the British Isles were discovered.

It was known locally as the No Parking Tree and the nickname has stuck as it is listed in Watsonia, the scientific journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, as no parking whitebeam. The tree's Latin name is Sorbus admonitor, meaning to admonish or tell off, and it grows at Watersmeet, between the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.

Mar 05 18:40

Republicans Object to Obama Tax Hikes

HumanEvents.com Connie Hair March 4, 2009

Estimates from places like the EPA say that gas could go up $1.70 [per gallon], that electricity rates will go up as high as eighty percent as a result of this ‘tax and trade’ energy tax.

John Boehner (R-Ohio) said of the energy tax increases in the Obama budget, “If you drive a car, or you have a job, or if you have the audacity to flip on a light switch, you’re going to pay higher taxes. They call this ‘cap and trade’ because people don’t quite understand it. It’s a bit of an illusion, but let’s just call it what it is: it’s a carbon tax.

Mar 05 10:58

HAS THE REVOLUTION BEGUN?

CNN - March 5, 2009

Blast damages businesses in Montana town

The blast occurred about 8:15 a.m. MT (10:15 a.m. ET) on the town's Main Street, said Fire Chief Jason Shrauger.

Mar 05 10:07

Car bomb hits Iraq cattle market

BBC March 5, 2009

Grim scene

Cattle merchants, farmers, butchers and buyers had been gathering for one of the busiest trading days of the week when the parked car exploded at around 0900 local time (0600 GMT).

One eyewitness described a grim scene of bodies and animal carcasses strewn around the area following the blast.

Mar 05 09:40

Daughter of Orthodox rabbi tells court of father's sexual abuse

And he repeatedly tried to show that religious Jews are not that different, once even parting his jacket and exposing leggings he said are similar to those worn by George Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least he didn't blame it all on the Holocaust!

Mar 05 09:37

UPDATE 1-One in 8 US households late paying or in foreclosure

Reuters Thu Mar 5, 2009 Lynn Adler

A record 11.18 percent of loans on one-to-four unit residences were at least one payment past due or in the foreclosure process in 2008.

"In a recession like this, housing is never just about housing," said Jed Kolko [...]

Mar 05 07:56

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Mar 05 07:41

Condi Rice to face hostility at Stanford

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will be returning to Stanford University with an office at the Hoover Institution.

She will face hostility from Iraq war opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's keep it simple. Who will she NOT face hostility from?

Mar 05 07:26

HILLARY, HAMAS AND HYPOCRISY

Earlier in the week, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a ‘Two State Solution’ to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She made her statements when addressing the conference on Gaza held at the Egyptian border town of Sharma Sheikh.

Mar 05 06:07

Brown Comes To Town - Calls for Cattle Prods and Terrorism to Jolt the World Economy

The New York Times Brian Knowlton March 4, 2009

Brown Urges Bold Effort to Shape an Expansion

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain urged American leaders on Wednesday to “seize the moment,” [...]

Speaking to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Brown called for [...] cooperating closely to fight terrorism.

He has urged greater accountability and transparency, and stricter oversight, for banking and other financial institutions.

Mar 05 05:38

U.S. Bancorp Cuts Its Dividend by 88%

The New York Times Wed March 4, 2009

The dividend will be cut to 5 cents a common share, from 42.5 cents per common share.

Mar 05 05:17

Ford Seeks to Eliminate $10.4 Billion of Its Debt - They're offering 30 cents on the dollar in mostly stock.

The New York Times Bill Vlasic - Nick Bunkley March 4, 2009

DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company said on Wednesday that it hoped to eliminate as much as $10.4 billion in debt by giving cash and stock [...]

Ford said it would put up $2.2 billion in cash, including $1.8 billion from its lending arm, Ford Motor Credit, and 500 million shares of stock to persuade bondholders and other creditors to accept its restructuring offer. [That's 3.135 billion in cash and shares offered for 10.4 billion in debt excluding interest]

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 13:35

Investors Return to the Market After Heavy Selling - Lies from AP and Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance - Sara Lepro, AP Business Writer Wed March 4

Stocks move higher after 5 days of heavy selling

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is showing signs of life as investors find glimmers of hope for an economic turnaround.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 1.1 billion shares.

Mar 04 10:38

Massachusetts treasurer proposes slot machines, privatizing lottery, and legalizing child prostitution to make ends meet

Reuters top ten news - Wed Mar 4, 2009 Svea Herbst-Bayliss

Mass. treasurer proposes slots, privatizing lottery

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill proposed privatizing the state lottery and licensing thousands of slot machines to quickly raise billions of dollars for the financially ailing state.

"If we could get this seed money, we would be the first state in the country to have a fund for this type of cost," Cahill said.

Mar 04 09:13

Obama Pulls U.S. Out of UN Conference on Racism, But Congressional Black Caucus Should Attend Anyway

When Eric Holder, the new U.S. Attorney General called the nation to account for its historic reluctance to honestly talk about race and racism, its manifestations and consequences, he could have been talking about his boss the president. By withdrawing from the UN Conference on Racism he is leading backwards, in the direction of Clinton and Bush rather than forward into the 21st century. The fact that the President of Change can't bring himself -- or us --- to an honest discussion about race says a lot for his willingness to lead on the subject.

Mar 04 06:29

Tenants Wary of Clustering of Homeless - The New Reality - Not The New Deal

The New York Times Julie Bosman March 3, 2009

Henry Perry just cannot get used to the 10 p.m. curfew notice posted since October in the Bronx apartment building where he has lived since 1963. Or the sign-in sheet, where the newer residents dutifully log comings and goings. Or the 24-hour security guard seated at a desk in the lobby.

Twenty-one of the 50 units in Mr. Perry’s five-story brick building are now occupied by homeless families as part of a Bloomberg administration program that has turned dozens of apartment buildings throughout the city, most of them in the Bronx, into de facto homeless shelters.

Mar 04 06:08

The debt economy has no shame

The New York Times David Streitfeld March 3, 2009

You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector

Dozens of specially trained agents work on the third floor of DCM Services here, calling up the dear departed’s next of kin and kindly asking if they want to settle the balance on a credit card or bank loan, or perhaps make that final utility bill or cellphone payment.

The people on the other end of the line often have no legal obligation to assume the debt of a spouse, sibling or parent. But they take responsibility for it anyway.

Mar 04 05:19

Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid

The New York Times March 2, 2009 Solomon Moore

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

As states face huge budget shortfalls, prisons, which hold 1.5 million adults, are driving the spending increases.

One in 11 African-Americans, or 9.2 percent, are under correctional control, compared with one in 27 Latinos (3.7 percent) and one in 45 whites (2.2 percent).Only one out of 89 women is behind bars or monitored, compared with one out of 18 men.

Mar 03 20:37

Scholar presaged U.S. descent to destitution

In two hours, the smooth new president, about whom Johnson pronounced himself “satisfied,” was going to address Congress. I asked Johnson what he would say if Barack Obama sought his advice.

“I'm now going to lecture you about things you refuse to know,” Johnson said, channeling the imaginary conversation.

“I'm going to lecture you about history. History tells us there's no such thing as a successful democracy and also a successful empire. You can be one or the other – but you can't be both. If you are a successful empire, it will destroy your democracy. That's essentially why Britain gave up at the end of World War II. They concluded that just after defeating the Nazis, they couldn't continue to use Nazi methods. It wasn't well done, but they preserved their democracy.”

Though dismantling the military may be political suicide, a third-rail far more electrifying than Social Security, Obama will have to face that task someday, Johnson said.

Mar 03 09:12

OBAMATOON FOR TUESDAY

Mar 03 08:05

JPMorgan Derivatives Group Earned $5 Billion in Wall Street's Worst Year - It's not honest work, but it pays well.

Bloomberg Matthew Leising and Elizabeth Hester

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. managed to generate $5 billion in profit during the worst year in Wall Street history by trading over-the-counter fixed-income derivatives, two people with knowledge of the results said.

The unit was among the most profitable at the New York-based company, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to divulge the figures. JPMorgan spokeswoman Kristin Lemkau declined to comment.

Mar 03 07:57

Bailout The SEC: Complete Interview of Harry Markopolos On CBS 60 Minutes. Broadcast March 1st

Key snip: It took me five minutes to know that it was a fraud. It took me another almost four hours of mathematical modeling to prove that it was a fraud. Harry Markopolos on Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Mar 03 07:22

Logan parking costs may soar

In the same month that Logan International Airport hiked its parking rates by $1, Governor Deval Patrick is asking for another $2 parking "carbon fee" as part of his transportation overhaul filed this week.

The carbon fee, described on page 137 of Patrick's 141-page bill, would that mean a 20- or 30-minute trip to pick up a relative at Logan could cost $6 in parking alone, not including tunnel tolls, which could rise to as much as $7 if legislators fail to pass Patrick's other proposal to raise the gas tax. Three hours in a Logan garage would cost $18; all-day parking in a garage would run $26.

Mar 03 07:12

Roaches and Rats Thrive in a Depression - It's a complete collapse

The New York Times Michael Wilson March 2, 2009

Veterans in the pest control industry said that their customers, both residential and commercial, appear to be sacrificing on regular exterminations as a cost-cutting measure.

“He said, ‘It’s very simple. I don’t know if we can make the rent or the payroll,’” Mr. Agatowski recalled. “‘So in other words, you’re out. We’ll step on the bugs and kick the mice.’ The exterminating almost becomes like a luxury item.”

Mar 03 06:57

Cutting the Cable as the Economy Pinches - Something Positive in the News

The New York Times City Room - Ken Belson

For most New Yorkers, moving into a new home means calling Con Edison, Verizon and the cable company. But some younger New Yorkers are no longer paying for cable television [...]

“So many of my friends treated cable as a utility, that it wasn’t a home until it was set up,” said Nick Jackson, 24, who lives on the Lower East Side and works in publishing. “I basically chose Internet over the cable.”

Mar 03 06:48

Prosecutors Fight Release of Spitzer Records - Huh? What are they up to?

The New York Times March 2, 2009 William K. Rashbaum

Prosecutors of the prostitution case that exposed Eliot Spitzer as a client are appealing a court order directing them to unseal records that may shed light on the origins of the investigation.

The prosecutors, from the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, filed a notice in court on Monday saying that they would appeal Judge Rakoff’s ruling to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a decision that was made by senior Justice Department officials in Washington.

Mar 02 20:25

Preaching to the Choir

Mar 02 19:47

$150 Billion Here, $30 Billion There, & Pretty Soon...

This is what happens when you run a really, really big scam, as opposed to a small-time con like an illegal shell game on a city street. In the latter case, cops and prosecutors will hound you, and rightly so. In the former, Washington will simply throw obscene amounts of money at you without even blinking.

Mar 02 18:23

$700 million eyed for toll projects

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means taxpayer-paid for roads will be taxed again.

And this isn't happening only in Texas; it's happening nationally.

Mar 02 18:10

Family Sues Charity Over Suicide, Donation

A family claims a Denver-area charity did nothing to prevent a suicide so that it could hold onto a $100,000 donation. The claim is contained in a lawsuit against Laradon Hall, a mental health facility for developmentally disabled children and adults.

Mar 02 18:03

Holder's Much Touted Speech on Race Lets White People Off the Hook

It was all too predictable that Attorney General Eric Holder would be attacked for his recent remarks about race in America. To suggest that the nation is still haunted by the specter of racism is unacceptable it seems, especially since, with the election of President Barack Obama, we have ostensibly entered the "post-racial" era.

But in truth, the nation's chief law enforcement officer deserves criticism more for what he didn't say than for what he did

Mar 02 16:44

Rod Blagojevich gets a book deal

Los Angeles Times Monique Garcia March 2, 2009

The former Illinois governor will focus on the process of picking Barack Obama's Senate successor and expose the 'dark side of politics' that he witnessed, a news release says.

Blagojevich's publicity agent, Glenn Selig, said the deal was with an independent publisher, Phoenix Books, and was worth six figures. The news release said Blagojevich will expose the "dark side of politics" that he witnessed as a former congressman and governor.

Mar 02 15:32

4 Tons of Fertilizer Stolen From Store

At least four tons of fertilizer was stolen over the weekend in Frederick, city police said. No motive had been determined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a clue: It's planting season during hard economic times.

(Danged city fellas!!!)

Mar 02 15:09

Letter to the Neighborhood

Dear Neighbor,

I imagine that your 401(k), your house value, and your portfolio are all getting hammered.

Mine are too.

I imagine that you are furious at the government and banks for getting us into this mess.

I am also.

But the question is: what can we do about it?

Mar 02 13:37

Chavez sends army to rice plants

BBC News March 1, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the army to take control of all rice processing plants in the country.

Major rice processors in the country include the US-owned giant Cargill and Venezuela's main food company, Polar.

"I will expropriate them, I have no problem with that, and I'll pay them with bonds. Don't count on me paying with hard cash," he said, without mentioning any companies by name.

Mar 02 12:55

This chart RIGHT NOW shows the pathetic volume in the DOW.

The collapse is nearing capitulation.

Soon enough, there will be no buyers at any price.

Mar 02 07:49

Airlines, plane maker sued over crash near Buffalo

Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed into a house outside Buffalo have sued Continental Airlines and the flight's operators, claiming the aircraft had inadequate deicing equipment and an improperly trained crew

Mar 02 06:04

Starvation and Strife Menace Torn Kenya

The New York Times JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Feb 28, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya — One year after this country exploded in ethnic bloodshed, trouble is brewing here again.

Ten million people face starvation, partly because farmers in crucial food-producing areas who fled their homes last year have not returned, instead withdrawing deeper into their ethnic enclaves, deeper into fear.

President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, has become a savior to many people here, in part because Kenyans say their own leaders have been such a disappointment.

Mar 02 05:52

Ukraine Teeters as Citizens Blame Banks and Government - A Common Theme!

The New York Times CLIFFORD J. LEVY March 1, 2009

KIEV, Ukraine — Steel and chemical factories, once the muscle of Ukraine’s economy, are dismissing thousands of workers. Cities have had days without heat or water because they cannot pay their bills, and Kiev’s subway service is being threatened. Lines are sprouting at banks, the currency is wilting and even a government default seems possible.

The sign held by Vasily Kirilyuk, an unemployed plumber camped out with other antigovernment demonstrators here in the past week, summed up the pervasive frustration: “Get rid of them all,” it said.

Mar 02 04:45

How a Man Was Thrown into Gitmo and Tortured for Clicking on My Article

A British 'resident' held at Guantanamo Bay was identified as a terrorist after confessing he had visited a 'joke' website on how to build a nuclear weapon, it was revealed last night.

Binyam Mohamed, a former UK asylum seeker, admitted to having read the 'instructions' after allegedly being beaten, hung up by his wrists for a week and having a gun held to his head in a Pakistani jail.

Mar 01 20:29

Taxpayers Clearing House Prize Patrol

They present invoices to taxpayers for their portion of the bailout. See the parts where they throw fiat paper at Geithner and ask Olympia Snowe to sign the check to Amtrak.

Mar 01 18:19

FLASHBACK - Ryanair's Eurostar claim banned

Ryanair has been banned from claiming its flight from London to Brussels is faster and cheaper than making the journey by Eurostar.

Mar 01 18:18

FLASHBACK - Ryanair to appeal over wheelchair

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has spoken out strongly against a court judgement that has ordered his airline to provide free wheelchairs.

Mar 01 18:16

FLASHBACK - Ryanair: £30 charge if you can't fit duty free in your hand luggage

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a lesson here. If you piss off the bloggers, we will fight back!

Mar 01 18:15

FLASHBACK - Ryanair left me to carry my disabled wife onto plane, claims holidaymaker

A husband had to carry his disabled wife onto a Ryanair flight after staff refused to help – because of health and safety rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this any way to run an airline?

Mar 01 14:21

CFR Professor Reveals Plot for Military Coup in 2012

During the FIU New World Order Summit, a professor at the school named Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg raised the concern during a panel session about the possibility of a military coup taking place in the United States by the year 2012. This was not theorizing, he was simply citing a study that took place at the Army War College.

Mar 01 10:05

The Snake Dancing Broadcasting Mind Control.

We’re told that certain people are our enemies but our real enemies are the people telling us this. We’re told that certain things are bad for us but these things aren’t even as bad as the things they tell us we can have and which they make and sell to us so that we can hear the lies better and to put us in the mood to agree with the lies which cause us to injure ourselves and each other. The people who tell us these lies all went to school together and they learned to speak a certain language so that they can say things to each other that we won’t understand. While they were in their special schools they had their humanity removed so that they could do things that no human being would even consider because they have no conscience to inhibit their behavior.

Mar 01 07:17

Stock chart of the day GE over one year - Stunned OVER TEN BILLION SHARES ISSUED

And GE just announced a massive dividend cut. I fact, without large infusions of government bailout money, GE couldn't pay any dividend.

GE would be forced into liquidating its holdings.

Mar 01 06:04

Paul Harvey, Talk-Radio Pioneer, Is Dead at 90

The New York Times March 1, 2009

[...] a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor.

In 2000, at age 82, he signed a 10-year contract with ABC Radio Networks.

Feb 28 21:05

Holder's appeal for gun control for MEXICO'S sake

Have you noticed how often the proponents of more government control rarely cite their real intentions and instead make some emotional appeal about helping some victim class? Holder's claims that we should crack down on guns in the US because it helps MEXICO infuriates me.

This morning I hear David Shorr (who is pretty hard to listen to in the best of circumstances) repeating the Obama/Holder propaganda that the guns in Mexico come mostly from the US. The archive isn't up yet and I will add it when I can. But until then, consider the retort below (I have not verified it, fwiw)

It was written in response to a similar news story in the Wall Street Journal (see http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123518102536038463.html?mod=djem_we )

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Feb 28 11:16

Anti-tax movement holds 'Tea Party' to protest Obama policies

Describing themselves as the spark of a "new conservative counterculture," several thousand anti-tax protesters took to the streets in over thirty cities on Friday to object to President Obama's plans to counter the growing economic crisis with government spending.

The extensive media coverage of the event was perhaps disproportionate to the actual size of the protests, which drew around 200 to 300 participants in most locations. The greatest turnout may have been in St. Louis, Missouri, where some 1000 people showed up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the numbers reported appear small, I am seeing a growing anger in the heartland at what We the Taxpayers are supposed to fork over in taxes due to the financial errors and excesses of others.

The American people, as a whole, getting thoroughly fed up with this new "Taxation without Representation".

Oh yes, we go through that Kabuki ritual of elections every so often, just to enforce the illusion that we have people who actually represent us in Congress.

Unfortunately, however, most of those who continue to get elected continue to get elected due to the covert and overt financial clout of the corporations which have actually acquired them. So hard working American, sometimes working two and three jobs just to keep the roof over their families' heads, are really SOL at this point in this country's history, until something changes.

This new "Tea Party" movement may well be the harbinger of that change.

Feb 28 09:33

OBAMAWARTOONS FOR SATURDAY

Feb 27 23:58

DEA to halt medical marijuana raids

Supporters of programs to provide legal marijuana to patients with painful medical conditions are celebrating Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement this week that the Drug Enforcement Administration would end its raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries.

Feb 27 22:03

The Abrupt Limits of Glenn Beck's Understanding

Like most other conservative authoritarians, Beck apparently cannot understand the principle involved here, or why some people like myself who neither smoke nor drink nor take drugs of any kind would want to end the murderous fraud called the War on Drugs.

Feb 27 17:56

Spanish seize huge cocaine haul - Your money for nothing and your chicks for free

BBC News Feb 27, 2009

A Venezuelan fishing boat has been seized near the Canary Islands with five tonnes of cocaine on board, Spanish customs officials have said.

The drug shipment is thought to have a street value of 250m euros (£221m). Five Venezuelan crew members were held.

Feb 27 10:24

KBR Q4 Profit Climbs As Revenues Surge 42%

(RTTNews) - Engineering, construction and services company KBR, Inc. (KBR: News ) Wednesday, reported a rise in the fourth-quarter profit, helped by a 42% rise in revenue and positive contribution from LNG project change order.

KBR's net income for the quarter increased to $88 million or $0.54 per share from $71 million or $0.42 per share in the comparable period. Income from continuing operations rose to $88 million or $0.54 per share, from last year's $48 million or $0.28 per share.

Feb 27 10:13

The Silence of the Liberals As Obama launches "war on terrorism" II

The smarty-pants tone and style of this administration is already beginning to grate on my nerves, as they pander to their base on the symbolic issues – like the coffin question – in hopes no one will notice as they backtrack on more important matters. So far, it doesn't seem to be working out all that well.

Glenn Greenwald isn't cutting them any slack on the torture brouhaha – he's already pointed out that they'll still be torturing people, albeit not with their own hands in some instances, and that if Guantanamo is closed, Bagram – where similar activities are known to take place – is going to be open for "business."

Feb 27 08:49

The Serious Disconnect in Modern Culture.

There is a serious disconnect in any society that promotes the use of the most destructive chemical agents and ruthlessly suppresses the use of more benign agents. It’s not accidental. It’s all about control and the manipulation of the human consciousness through marketed illusions which track back to life on rails and shopping as an avocation.

Feb 27 07:46

In Revision, G.D.P. Shrank at 6.2% Rate at the End of 2008

The New York Times CATHERINE RAMPELL Feb 27, 2009

The economy at the end of last year contracted at a far faster rate than initially estimated, a government report released Friday said.

[...] the last quarter of 2008 was the worst since the 1982 recession [...]

Feb 27 00:21

Crisis in the US newspaper industry - BBC

BBC News Americas February 27, 2009 Max Deveson

If the economic crisis goes on much longer, will there be any newspapers left in the US to write about it?

The "crisis" in the newspaper industry may, therefore, be more of a crisis for the journalists and publishers who are currently facing job losses and bankruptcy.

But if it is merely the quantity, but not the quality, of journalism that declines then - for readers - there may not be a crisis at all.

Feb 27 00:01

Do you regret voting for Barack Obama? Sodahead Poll

Sodahead Poll

current poll numbers (It's sort of a trick question.)

812 -51% say, No regret voting for Obama
586 -37% say, Didn't vote for Obama
204 -13% say, Yes regret voting for Obama

A 13% decline in support says the mandate weeks are over. The comment board is vaguely interesting though demonstrative of a growing class of morons in this country.

Feb 26 15:17

The Gatekeeper Rahm Emanuel on the job - The New Yorker

The New Yorker - Letter from Washington - Ryan Lizza - March 2, 2009

The Gatekeeper - Rahm Emanuel on the job.

“Collins and Snowe are kind of like, at this point, looking at their shoes,” Emanuel went on, “because Specter says, ‘Well, why make it seventy-two? What do you mean? We all have it at sixty-five, in the middle.’ ”

Feb 26 12:13

Satellite Collision Debris Tracking in Google Earth

Google Earth network link

Two satellites, Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251, made the news a couple of weeks ago when they accidentally collided 400 miles above the Earth. This was a rare occurrence, but the possibility of further collisions has now increased. The resulting orbital debris from the collisions is being tracked by Norad and other services. Celestrak is providing data on the debris from the collision. Rob Simpson of Orbiting Frog has released a Google Earth network link [Google Earth Required. You must have GE installed.] that lets you see the current orbital positions of some of the debris from the February collision. The file automatically updates with the current orbital positions.

Feb 26 09:36

Army tanks roll toward Bangladeshi capital

Bangladeshi tanks rolled into the capital Thursday, according to local media reports, hours after the prime minister warned mutinous border guards she would "do whatever is needed to end the violence."

Feb 26 08:16

Jews Are Guilty of Anti-Gentilism, Aren't They ? It Has to Stop !

As a Gentile, I believe I'm being subjected to Anti-Gentilism

As a result of suffering this persecution lifelong, I am traumatised and believe I'm deserving of compensaying for my pain and loss

Where do I lodge my claim .. Israel ?

My solicitors have said I should claim for 300 million dollars at minimum

Feb 26 05:25

The CIA Beyond Redemption and Should be Terminated

The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents 60 years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Feb 26 04:57

The Deep Politics of Hollywood. In the Parents` Best Interests

GE/Universal’s Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg’s exploration of Israeli vengeance following the Palestinian terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympics – raises similar suspicions. Although the Zionist Organisation of American called for a boycott of the film because they felt it equated Israel with terrorists, such a reading is less than convincing. Indeed, by the time Munich’s credits begin to roll its overriding messages have been stamped indelibly into the brain by the film’s Israeli Special Forces characters: “Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values,” “We kill for our future, we kill for peace,” and “Don't f*ck with the Jews.” Predictably, Israel is one of GE’s most loyal customers, buying Hellfire II laser missiles as well as propulsion systems for the F-16 Falcon fighter, the F-4 Phantom fighter, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. In Munich’s 167 minute running time the voice of the Palestinian cause is restricted to two and a half minutes of simplistic dialogue. Rather than being an “evenhanded cry for peace,” as the Los Angeles Times hailed it, General Electric’s Munich is more easily interpreted as a subtle corporate endorsement of the policies of a loyal customer.

Feb 26 04:15

Asswipe--The Environmentalist Contribution to a Better World

The New York Times LESLIE KAUFMAN Feb 25, 2009

Mr. Whipple Left It Out: Soft Is Rough on Forests

The national obsession with soft [toilet] paper comes at a price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material [...]

Feb 25 21:58

Yes we are raging - against a Government that spies on its citizens while ignoring the crimes of greedy bankers

That the public is being watched by Big Brother at every turn is deeply alarming. That the innocent were being tracked going about their every day lives while a blind eye was being turned to a financial sector apparently hell-bent on destruction is unforgivable.

Feb 25 17:00

Angry Taxpayers throw "BOSTON TEA PARTY" in St. Louis

Feb 25 15:58

Indiana Amish community helps in Texas cow country

Amish volunteers helping rebuild after Ike
By Cindy Horswell
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Sunday, February 22, 2009

"That is why Fellowship of Christian Farmers organized the relief effort: "Building fences in Texas until the cows come home."
Among the volunteers answering the call have been groups of Amish who learned of the ranchers' plight from their community newsletter in Elkhart and LaGrange counties in Indiana. That's the area that President Barack Obama last week singled out as having the nation's highest unemployment rate.

Many of the 35 Amish volunteers helped out, though they are facing their own financial crises at home. Many have been laid off or had their hours slashed at factories that make recreational vehicles.

Feb 25 15:18

Ben Bernanke - LIAR

"We believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will likely be limited"

- Ben Bernanke, May 2007

"There is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009"

- Ben Bernanke, February 2009

Feb 25 08:56

At least nine killed as Turkish Airlines plane crashes near Amsterdam

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THIS is what it really looks like when an intact plane crashes into a field. Quite a contrast with the wreckage of flight 93 which was spread out over 8 miles.

Feb 25 06:17

Rimington is right. This is a recipe for creating terrorists

New Labour's sins in the war on terror are catching up with it, but ministers want to shift blame on to the Muslim community

By Seumas Milne

I never imagined I would say this, but Stella Rimington is right. The former head of MI5 who made her career running the security service's dirtiest operations in the 1980s, against the miners' union and the IRA, has warned that the government has given terrorists the chance to find "greater justification" by making people feel they "live in fear and under a police state". Naturally, ministers described her remarks as nonsense and accused her of playing "into the hands of our enemies".

But the damage is done. To have the woman once hailed as Britain's Queen of Spies accusing the government of recklessly counter-productive authoritarianism carries a special weight - and incidentally turns the traditional relationship between Labour and the secret state on its head. Rimington went further, denouncing the US for Guantánamo and torture, but reverted to type by insisting MI5 "doesn't do that".

Feb 25 06:03

California lawmaker introduces pot legalization bill

If California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has his way, the Golden State might become known as the Green State to pot smokers around the country.

During a press conference Monday morning in San Francisco, Ammiano introduced "The Marijuana Control, regulation and education act." The far-reaching bill would go well beyond decriminalization of marijuana to actually legalize the cultivation, sale, purchase and possession of the plant.

Feb 25 04:24

Japan exports drop 46% in January

BBC Business News Feb 25, 2009

Japan's exports plunged 45.7% in January compared with a year ago to hit the lowest figure in 10 years, official figures have shown.

Imports exceeded exports by 952.6bn yen ($9.9bn; £6.8bn). It is the largest gap since records began in 1980.

"Japan is particularly vulnerable to this downturn because trade is so central to the economy," World Trade Organization head Pascal Lamy told reporters on a visit to Tokyo.

Feb 24 21:34

Who owns the media?

Feb 24 21:22

Iowa Guard ends urban war exercise amid outcry

The Iowa Army National Guard has dropped plans for urban warfare training in the western Iowa town of Arcadia after being deluged by nearly 100 e-mails and phone calls from gun-rights advocates nationwide.

Feb 24 19:37

George Bush plans world tour

Soon after leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair eagerly launched himself onto the American lecture circuit. Now the international exchange programme for former leaders is entering its second, potentially more controversial phase: George Bush is coming to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What boggles my mind is, what sane country on the planet would actually want his shoes soiling their sidewalks?

This is a petty, crass, sociopath, who has told the world - and the American people - an extraordinary pack of lies with which to generate two horrendous wars, both of which look as though they're about ready to boil over in South Asia.

These wars have so sapped this country, both in blood and in money, that the national economy is staggering like a punch-drunk fighter, claiming they're OK when they're about to keel over for the count.

And let's not forget the jewels in the crown of the Bush "Legacy"; the legitimizing of torture, the vivisection of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the destruction of American civil rights as we used to know them. We have devolved, under Bush's watch, from "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" to the "land of the surveilled, and the home of the cowed.

I cannot think of a country on this planet which wouldn't be painfully embarrassed to have this man, strutting like a popinjay, representing the US on the lecture circuit. Unless, that country was also run by sociopaths who believes that the sun rises and sets in their glory, and that all those people who work desperately longer and longer hours to pay their bills are simply just a never-ending source of tax dollars for the elites' amusement.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. To those who fanatically believed - and still clutch to the belief - that everything Bush has done is absolutely right, I would caution them to remember this.

Let's hope that some of these countries will have the courage to "Just Say NO" to a Bush lecture at one of their venues.

Perhaps the costs of security arrangements, (which will have to be vast, and probably well above what the Secret Service can really do to protect him) may well cause some countries, political, social, and educational entities to have cause to reconsider.

I sure as hell hope so: this venal, little man doesn't- and has never - represented me, or any of the American moral values I believe in.

Feb 24 16:03

FBI agent suspected of murdering couple

A former FBI agent is a suspect in the 2002 murders of a married couple shot to death in their BMW on the North Side while their 3-month-old child sat in the back unharmed, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Vo Duong "Ben" Tran, 41, was an FBI agent in 2002, when the victims, Timme and Vickie Le, were killed execution-style in West Rogers Park, court records show.

Feb 24 11:49

Majority Of U.S. States Join Sovereignty Movement, Assert 10th Amendment Rights

The banks want the economy to collapse so they can grab real assets and power. Their whole monetary system is a giant ponzi scheme designed to fail because money is based on the issuance of debt, and the interest owed is not put into the system except through more debt with more interest.

Feb 24 11:23

Prepare Yourself for Higher Gas Prices

Feb 24, 2009 - Aaron Task - Yahoo Finance

With the economy tumbling, joblessness rising, and the stock market at 11-year lows, about the only positive thing for Americans' pocketbooks lately has been (relatively) lower gas prices. But this too shall pass, according to James Cordier, president of Liberty Trading Group in Tampa. Cordier, whose firm specializes in selling options on commodities, notes that while oil supplies are at a 16-year high, gasoline inventories are at a 5-year low.

Feb 24 10:00

Six drown, 11 missing in latest smuggling mishap off Yemen coast

Feb 24 08:26

War hero defeated by NHS after hospital stay left him with three infections and fractured pelvis

He survived the vicious conflict with the Japanese in the jungles of Burma.

But veteran Albert Marriott has been reduced to a wheelchair-bound shell by a spell in the care of the NHS.

Mr Marriott, 90, was admitted to hospital after a fall at home.

He then picked up superbugs Clostridium difficile, E.coli and MRSA - and fractured his pelvis in a fall from a hospital bed.

Feb 24 07:31

WARNING! Bailout Politics IS Theft From The Middle Class and Societal Folly

The current topical turmoil being reported and noticed daily by everyone on the planet is no economic crisis. The economic worries are only a symptom of a much graver problem.

Since the Enlightenment humanity has been building a vast pragmatic house of cards. This house of cards is best understood when we look at the rise in population over the last few hundred years. A graph would show a steadily increasing upward sweep to over 6 billion people now living on the planet.

We are going to lose minimally a billion people very quickly, and possibly many more. So pay attention.

Feb 24 04:18

A Lesson in the Value of Real Estate

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service

60 Quaker Lane Warwick, RI, 02886

Including penalties and interest (Click here for Notice of Encumbrances) over a quarter of a million dollars in encumbrances on this little cape, way more than it could possibly be worth. The owner is probably in the slammer right now. Check out the photo. Someone was shooting hoops here not too long ago.

And Tim Geithner got a free pass when he didn't pay his income taxes.

Feb 23 18:28

Judge acquits David Ahenakew of wilfully promoting hate

A Saskatoon judge acquitted David Ahenakew on Monday of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews, but not before chiding the former aboriginal leader for his comments.

Feb 23 15:26

Ex-CEO of kosher slaughterhouse: Grand jury biased

Attorneys for the former CEO of the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant say immigration, bank fraud and other charges against him should be dismissed because the grand jury that indicted him was biased against Jews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot make this up.

Feb 23 10:49

Ex-First Nations head acquitted in hate trial

A Saskatoon judge acquitted former aboriginal leader David Ahenakew Monday of wilfully promoting hatred against Jews.

The former head of the Assembly of First Nations was charged after a controversial speech and subsequent interview with a reporter more than six years ago. In the interview he called them a ``disease" and appeared to justify the Holocaust.

Feb 23 08:26

Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage

Urban warfare training drills are taking place across the country as top analysts as well as officials predict a potential “summer of rage” across Europe and America as civil unrest from the economic fallout builds.

Earlier this month, 150 U.S. troops from the U.S. Special Operations Command whizzed around the streets of New Orleans in military helicopters and even dropped bombs in what officials described as a “training event”.

An Iowa National Guard training exercise in Arcadia, Iowa, scheduled for April was originally billed as an “invasion” before public opposition caused the drill to be scaled back. The exercise included Guard troops patrolling streets, searching houses and confiscating firearms.

Feb 23 07:30

Fiscal Irresponsibility (D-US) replaced Fiscal Irresponsibility (R-US)

The government will spend $800 billion. If we're to believe that it's money well spent, then there should already be a plan for every penny. I don't believe that, of course, but we're still supposed to trust what is clearly a plan based on the belief that money spent is money well spent.

Feb 23 07:20

McDonald's: No workers comp for employee shot protecting patron

Fast food giant McDonald's has denied workers compensation benefits to a minimum wage employee who was shot when he ejected a customer who had been beating a woman inside the restaurant.

A representative of the administrator for McDonald's workers compensation plan explained that "we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett's injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment."

Feb 23 05:08

Liberty in Britain is facing death by a thousand cuts. We can fight back

For 30 years I have been travelling to unfree places, from East Germany to Burma, and writing about them in the belief that I was coming from one of the freest countries in the world. I wanted people in those places to enjoy more of what we had. In the last few years, I have woken up - late in the day, but better late than never - to the way in which individual liberty, privacy and human rights have been sliced away in Britain, like salami, under New Labour governments that profess to find in liberty the central theme of British history.

Feb 23 05:05

Buses Set Afire Near Arson-Hit City

The New York Times ASSOCIATED PRESS Feb 22, 2009

The township is just north of Coatesville, where investigators have reported 66 arson fires since January 2008.

Feb 23 04:44

After Huge Losses, a Move to Reclaim Executives’ Pay

The New York Times GRETCHEN MORGENSON Feb 21, 2009

As the financial crisis deepens, what might have been a philosophical question is now the topic of the day. With losses mounting at the nation’s largest financial institutions, years of earnings have been erased, investors have lost billions, thousands of employees have been let go, and taxpayers have been tapped to rescue the financial system. But executives who helped set the problems in motion, or ignored them as they mounted, are still doing fine. Humbled, perhaps, but well paid for their anguish.

Feb 23 03:44

Krugman - Banking on the Brink

The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist PAUL KRUGMAN Feb 22, 2009

First, some major banks are dangerously close to the edge — in fact, they would have failed already if investors didn’t expect the government to rescue them if necessary.

Second, banks must be rescued. [...]

Third, while banks must be rescued, the U.S. government can’t afford, fiscally or politically, to bestow huge gifts on bank shareholders.

Feb 22 17:44

Why Not the Truth?

Those who evade responsibility must also evade the truth. Inevitably, they turn to the state. Let the state be responsible, they say. Let the state signify truth.

Feb 22 13:52

Texas vs. Mexico war plan needs N.Guard for US defense

Reynosa violence gives border emergency plan first test
February 21, 2009 - 10:21 PM
By JEREMY ROEBUCK/The Monitor

HIDALGO - As protests and gunfire erupted last week across Reynosa, Hidalgo County authorities stood prepared at the international bridges, ready for any possibility.
"Dubbed the "Operation Border Star Contingency Plan," Gov. Rick Perry's office drafted the policy with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies last year to prepare for the possibility of violence spilling over into the United States.

"The most significant threat Texas faces is spillover violence from Mexico's drug cartels," Perry's homeland security director, Steve McCraw, told state senators at a hearing Wednesday. "You can never be too prepared.""

Feb 22 11:54

McDonald's: No workers comp for employee shot protecting patrons

Fast food giant McDonald's has denied workers compensation benefits to a minimum wage employee who was shot when he ejected a customer who had been beating a woman inside the restaurant.

A representative of the administrator for McDonald's workers compensation plan explained that "we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett's injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

I think that a jury will make mincemeat out of this decision by McDonald's.

Feb 22 11:50

The United States: The Largest Ponzi Scheme in the World

It was determined a half century ago that home ownership was a good thing. Since then, the government has bent the rules in favor of the homeowner – with artificially low mortgage rates…and substantial tax benefits. As an unforeseen consequence, the feds helped create the biggest mortgage-backed credit bubble in history.

Feb 22 10:57

When Will Real Americans Stand Up To The Zionist Power Configuration?

Just last week while on the road Red's home was invaded by the IOF (Indian Occupation Forces). Because Red's double wide sits on the top of a hill over looking the countryside it provides the perfect vantage point for the IOF to watch for Hazard militants out to defeat their Yueish occupiers. Red is still outraged over the last time his home was occupied. The IOF stold his Grandfather's banjo and vandalized his special Dale Earnhardt memorial he kept in his spare bedroom(it used to be an Elvis memorial but Red is a progressive Kentuckian and thought it was time to move on) over turning candles and defacing Dale's pictures and other collectibles. These IOF bastards even urinated in his tobacco spittoon and defecated on his shag carpeting as a show of disrespect for he and his people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NOT THE BANJO!!!!!!

Feb 22 10:17

THIS IS WHAT WAS BANNED AT CARLETON UNIVERSITY IN CANADA

Feb 22 09:57

Buchanan meltdown: Pundit rails against black 'illegitimacy' and 'gang rapes'

When Eric Holder, Obama's Attorney General, called America a nation of "cowards" when it comes to matters of race, Patrick J. Buchanan must have taken it as a challenge.

To the man who once called Adolph Hitler "an individual of great courage," Holder's comment seemingly set a time-bomb ticking in his head. On a Thursday MSNBC broadcast, it exploded.

Seething about about crime rates among African American communities, Buchanan gave conflicting figures of black "illegitimacy" and railed about black "gang rapes." The entire episode seemed to evoke the underlying reasons why Buchanan's writing so often ends up cross-posted on ex-Klansman David Duke's Web site.

Feb 22 09:49

Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research

Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual complaint issued by a group of those scientists.

“No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions,” the scientists wrote in a statement submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. is seeking public comments for scientific meetings it will hold next week on biotech crops.

The statement will probably give support to critics of biotech crops, like environmental groups, who have long complained that the crops have not been studied thoroughly enough and could have unintended health and environmental consequences.

Feb 22 07:13

Can an Employer’s Past Follow Its Workers?

The New York Times HILLARY CHURA Feb 21, 2009

JOB hunting in this market is hard enough. Pity the candidate coming from Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, the Stanford Group or another company tainted by bad news of one sort or another.

“What makes a résumé go from toxic to fatal is the person’s attitude,” said Sharon Blaivas, an independent résumé writer at Shakeupmyresume.com and former recruiter for Goldman Sachs. “The fact is what the fact is — they worked at a place with problems — and that doesn’t make them bad.”

Feb 22 07:03

Rothschild Agents Take 10 Key Posts In Obama Administration

The Rhodes Scholarships-awarded to Americans and students from other former British colonies-are funded by a trust set up by 19th Century British imperial figure Cecil Rhodes, whose intent was to indoctrinate these scholars with the theme that the American colonies should be reunited with the British Empire and that they should work through "public service" to achieve that goal. But Rhodes wasn't just some rich madcap dreamer. His ventures were underwritten by the international Rothschild dynasty operating from the financial district in London known as "The City"-the banking center of the Rothschild controlled British empire that also includes the London School of Economics.

Feb 22 02:25

Insane America: Obama Wants You to Bailout the Asshats Who Live Next Door

Where is the change, Mr. Obama. Every day your administration feels more like the last 20 years of Bush-Clinton incest.

Feb 21 20:30

Jewish cantor, Israeli agent?/woman died in 3407 crash

Chazan Killed in USA Plane Crash
by Erica Morris - Thursday 19th February 2009

Fifty people, including two Israelis and a cantor were killed when the Newark to Buffalo flight crashed into the suburb on Thursday evening, plowing into a residential home only five minutes away from the plane's final destination.
"The crash also resulted in the loss of Ruth Harel-Katz, 52, an Israeli woman who was living in the US, and George Abu Karam, 27, from Tiberias [Israel] who worked as a security guard and had served in the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PLANE_INTO_HOME_VICTIMS_LIST?SI...
Feb 18, 3:22 PM EST
List of Victims of plane crash in Buffalo

Feb 21 17:09

Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe

The Swiss People's Party (SVP) called on Saturday for retaliation against the United States over a U.S. tax probe into the country's biggest bank UBS that threatens prized banking secrecy.

Feb 21 16:09

More Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana than Stimulus Package

According to Rasmussen, 40 percent support legalization, while 38 percent of those polled think that "stimulus plan passed by Congress will help the economy."

Feb 21 14:23

Predatory Legislators

Were it not for the excessively low interest rates provided by the Fed, the lax lending standards and moral hazards supplied by Congress courtesy of Freddie, Fannie, and the FHA, and the many real estate subsidies built into the tax code, none of these predatory loans would have been possible.

Feb 21 11:31

Dead Babies & The Death Of The American Dream

"Dead babies can take care of themselves. Dead babies can't take things off the shelves." -- Alice Cooper, "Dead Babies"

Feb 21 11:14

Barack Obama Administration Continues US Military Global Dominance

Barack Obama’s election brought a moment of hope for many. However, the Obama administration is not calling for decreased military spending, or a reversal of US military global dominance. Instead, Obama retained Robert Gates, thus making Obama the first president from an opposing party, in US history, to keep in place the outgoing administrations’ Secretary of Defense/War. Additionally, Obama is calling for an expanded war in Afghanistan and only minimal long-range reductions in Iraq.

The US military industrial complex is deeply embedded inside the Washington beltway. According to the most recent reports from OpenSecrets.org, 151 members of Congress in 2006 had up to $195.5 million of their personal assets invested in defense companies.

Feb 21 09:28

Just Wild: The American Form of Government

Feb 21 08:39

The Precession of the Equinox and 2012.

What you see around you; all the bankrupt constructs that have defiled and imprisoned the human spirit are headed for the ashcan and you are headed there too, if you find yourself unable to cut them loose. Your political and religious leaders are fools. They are hypocrites, demagogues, thieves and murderers and they are most certainly headed to the ashcan with or without their secret bunkers and midnight rustling of the wealth of the world.

Feb 21 08:13

Money for Idiots - We are indeed into some very deep shit

The New York Times Op/Ed Columnist David Brooks Feb 20, 2009
Money for Idiots

Our moral and economic system is based on individual responsibility. It’s based on the idea that people have to live with the consequences of their decisions. This makes them more careful deciders. This means that society tends toward justice — people get what they deserve as much as possible.

[.........................]

[...] The greedy idiots may be greedy idiots, but they are our countrymen. And at some level, we’re all in this together. If their lives don’t stabilize, then our lives don’t stabilize.

Feb 21 07:46

Arrest close in slaying of Chandra Levy

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"Pay no attention to the rush towards WW3. Here is what you must look at!!!!" -- ABCNBBCBS

Feb 20 18:52

CBC can't admit Obama welcome a bust

I doubt Obama felt the magic. He couldn't fail to notice the low turnout. But you'd have to be a special kind of dupe to stand in the snow for no reason.

After a couple of seconds of almost being able to see this latest manufactured celebrity waving through plexiglass, about half the crowd disappeared. That troubled the news folks who felt they had to make excuses for the departed. They've probably just gone to lunch and will be back later - cuz, hey, there's excitement out here! It's phenomenal. And later, well, you know, it's cold out - but there's still a lot of people here! It's phenomenal.

Not cold for Canada, folks!

If the planned local message to Obama to stop the war in Afghanistan actually took place, you didn't hear about it in the media. The only signs allowed on screen were the ones that said "Welcome" to Obama, and the only people shown on TV were the mindless sheep who said things like, "He'd going to make the world right," and "There's such a big movement you just feel you must follow him.

Feb 20 18:16

Sorta Sorry? Spike Lee Not Buying NEW YORK POST Apology

msnbc Xana O'Neill NBCNewYork.com Feb 20, 2009

The New York Post issued a mea culpa a day after a cartoon it published likened President Obama to a chimp and drew a firestorm of criticism.

Many aren't satisified with the partial apology. Director Spike Lee, Judge Greg Mathis and others will join the Rev. Al Sharpton in front of the New York Post tonight to address it. The rally begins at 5 p.m. on Sixth Avenue.

Feb 20 12:52

Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence

Of course Perle is going to deny that he was one of the main architects of the neoconservative doctrine, the foundations of the New World Order that Kissinger, Bush, Blair, and Gordon Brown are saying we must adopt.

Now that that shit is hitting the fan, all the things that he and the neocons, the Israeli Likudites like Netanyahu, the no-government Republicans like Grover Norquist, the West Texas oil idiots, and the Bush crime family morons have planned are about to come to pass, they're gonna need to hide out until the apocalyspe passes, hunker down during the chaos, the mass die-off of billions of people, denying they had anything to do with it.

Feb 20 12:34

Canadian gov't plans to privatize assets

Government assets could go on block
Finance Department looking at ways to keep deficit down
By Andrew Mayeda, Canwest News ServiceFebruary 18, 2009

The Harper government, under pressure to prevent the federal deficit from ballooning, is pressing ahead with an asset review that could lead to the sale or privatization of several well-known Crown corporations, including Canada Post, Via Rail, the Royal Canadian Mint and the agency that oversees security at Canada's airports.

Feb 20 12:29

FAA: Falling Metal Did Not Come From Airplane

The Federal Aviation Administration says a piece of hot metal that crashed through the roof of a Jersey City business did not come from an airplane.

FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac says investigators examined the metal and determined it is made of cast iron, which is not used in airplanes. She says it's up to local authorities to determine where the object came from.

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This may be a hoax to get some attention by claiming the metal is debris from the collided satellites.

Feb 20 12:05

Conspiracy Theorists

Everyone has heard, and has probably used the term "conspiracy theorist," and the fact of the term being in common use, also indicates that we generally agree on what it means. I saw a movie by that name, and the title character was a raving lunatic who kept his food in thermoses with combination locks to reduce his chances of being poisoned by imaginary enemies.

Regardless of how the stupid movie turned out, what's important here is the common perception people have of someone to whom that label is applied, and just as important, is who it is that applies the label.

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Actually, in that movie it turns out that the raving lunatic (played by Mel Gibson) is a raving lunatic because he really is the victim of government mind-control experiments.

Feb 20 12:00

The Lies that Shape our World.

I may not be batting a thousand where the truth is concerned but I’m pretty good at spotting lies. Lies don’t compute… that’s the bottom line. Some of us have this condition. I assure you that this condition is nowhere near universal. Some of us have this condition that causes a severe irritation when we hear what appears to be a lie and our mind can’t help but endlessly probe at it like a wounded tooth. On a positive note, after awhile, those of us with this condition will manufacture a pearl; the philosophers stone… something… something.

Feb 20 09:50

US authorities 'had been investigating Allen Stanford for 15 years'

American authorities have been suspicious of Allen Stanford's financial dealings for 15 years but only accelerated their investigation after the Bernard Madoff fraud was exposed, it was claimed today.

Another reason the "authorities" are a waste of money.

Feb 20 09:21

Oklahoma House Votes 83 to 13 to Restore Sovereignty

On Wednesday the Oklahoma House of Representatives became the first state legislative body this year to pass a resolution affirming its "sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution

Feb 20 07:08

Toothless: The watchdog press that became the government’s lapdog (Part 1)

By Walter Brasch

The president of the Associated Press (AP) was spewing venom at the Bush–Cheney administration for having turned the Department of Defense into a propaganda machine.

Americans “expect honest answers about what’s happening to their sons and daughters,” Tom Curley told journalism students and faculty at the University of Kansas. Listing innumerable ways the Pentagon had advocated Bush-Cheney political beliefs, Curley questioned if the United States should “be trying to influence public opinion through subterfuge, both here and abroad,”

Feb 20 07:03

Toothless: The watchdog press that became the government’s lapdog (Part 2)

By Walter Brasch

In May 2004, the New York Times, while claiming it was aggressive in pursuing stories about the Bush–Cheney administration, slipped in an apology for acting more as the mouthpiece for politicians than as a watchdog for society.

“Coverage was not as rigorous as it should have been,” the Times admitted. Part of the problem, the Times acknowledged, was that “Editors at several levels who should have been challenging reporters and pressing for more skepticism were perhaps too intent on rushing scoops into the paper.” The Times concluded it wished “we had been more aggressive.”

Feb 20 02:52

Mining Giant Anglo American to Cut 19,000 Jobs

The New York Times February 20, 2009 REUTERS

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Mining group Anglo American Plc (NASDAQ:AAUK) scrapped its 2008 dividend to conserve cash and said it will cut 19,000 jobs as it posted a 1 percent fall in profit, missing analysts' forecasts.

"As we begin 2009, the economic outlook remains weak, with limited visibility and we are continuing to experience volatility and downward pressure on commodity prices," Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll said on Friday.

Feb 20 01:54

U.S. Tries a Trillion-Dollar Key for Locked Lending - TALF is a boldly transparent theft!

The New York Times February 19, 2009 VIKAS BAJAJ

High returns - Because investors borrow most of the money from the government at a low rate, the effective return could be 20 percent or more. [100% is the likely return even as these investments lose 90% of the equity the government puts into them.]

Limited losses - Even if the underlying loans default, the investor could lose only up to $8 [per $100]; the Treasury and Federal Reserve would bear the rest of the losses.

Investor pays $8 - GOVERNMENT LENDS $92 at 1.5%-3% interest
$100 loan yield 4%-5% interest

[And the initial $8 investment is no doubt to be recouped in fees, so there is no investment at all, just a trillion dollars given away. READ the graphic. This is Tim Geithner's giveaway.]

Feb 19 23:04

Putin: Post-US World Blueprint

Putin offered a Blueprint for the next decade, for the ‘Post-US World’ where the US-UK corrupt tag team does not control the helm or sit at the catbird seat.

Feb 19 15:52

NEED A JOB????????

Feb 19 15:38

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009

#1. Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation

Feb 19 14:59

Top cancer researcher found dead

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A stop smoking billboard tipped over on her. :)

Feb 19 05:58

Drug violence spins Mexico toward 'civil war'

A shootout in a border city that leaves five alleged drug traffickers sprawled dead on the street and seven police wounded. A police chief and his bodyguards gunned down outside his house in another border city. Four bridges into the United States shut down by protesters who want the military out of their towns and who officials say are backed by narcotraffickers.
Mexican police carry a body after a clash with gangs that left 21 dead in the state of Chihuahua on February 10.

Mexican police carry a body after a clash with gangs that left 21 dead in the state of Chihuahua on February 10.

That was Mexico on Tuesday.

What is most remarkable is that it was not much different from Monday or Sunday or any day in the past few years.

Feb 19 03:23

Great Grandson sues Yale Secret ‘Skull and Bones’ Society to Return Geronimo’s Skull

It’s the stuff of legends: an elite secret society that includes what would become some of the most powerful men of the 20th century allegedly invading the grave of an Apache chief to steal his skull for fraternal rituals. It’s also the stuff of a new lawsuit filed Tuesday by descendants of that Apache chief.

On the 100th anniversary of the death of Geronimo, 20 of his blood relatives have asked the courts to force Yale University and the school’s secret organization, Skull and Bones, to release his remains for return to his native land and a proper burial.

Feb 18 21:04

Indonesia welcomes Clinton with songs – and a bit of shoe-throwing

Many Indonesians oppose US policies in the Middle East as well as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, Clinton’s arrival prompted a smattering of protests throughout the capital. About 100 students gathered at the presidential palace to express their discontent in the protest style du jour: throwing shoes at her picture.

Feb 18 19:20

Man charged in bizarre kidnapping

A ride turned into a harrowing, three-day ordeal for a 22-year-old Detroit woman who police say was held captive in a Toledo apartment by an acquaintance who handcuffed her, dressed her in a diaper and read Bible passages to her.

Feb 18 09:55

Accused arsonist Brendan Sokaluk claimed insurance

THE man accused of lighting one of the Victorian bushfires that killed 11 people has made an insurance claim for fire damage.

Feb 18 09:41

European Union Says Cannot Support All East European Countries

Bloomberg Feb 17, 2008 Meera Louis and Zoe Schneeweiss

Units of Austrian, Italian, French, Belgian, German and Swedish banks account for 84 percent of western European bank loans in eastern Europe, Moody’s wrote. Central and east European economies are weakening, with the International Monetary Fund already offering about $52 billion in aid to Latvia, Hungary, Serbia and Ukraine. Bailouts may be extended to Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Estonia as the global recession derails more banks, according to Capital Economics research.

Feb 18 08:58

Cycling through History Recycling.

Given that circumstances repeat themselves it shouldn’t be hard to see that we are approaching one of those periods of ‘revolution’. In this particular instance; in this particular time there is a particular feature that is present which is going to be active more than at any time in the recorded past. It’s going to be happening everywhere at the same time. Nations and the minds of the population are all directly more aware of each other through the medium of international communications via news media and the internet. The mass media is a lie machine controlled by the interests of the few for the plundering of the many. That’s a given. The internet offers the possibility of a greater impartiality if you know where to look.

Feb 18 04:06

Would a G.M. Bankruptcy Save Taxpayer Money?

The New York Times Business Michael J. de la Merced Feb 16, 2009

It is a stance that Mr. Altman, who is the director of N.Y.U.’s credit and debt markets research program, has publicly espoused for some time. Chief among his concerns now, however, is not only reaching a way to restructure G.M. and Chrysler in the least painful way for the companies, but also to protect the billions of dollars in government money lent to the companies.

The $13.4 billion that G.M. received in December was made in a way that ensures that the government is what is known as a senior secured lender, with assets backing up the loan.

Feb 18 03:12

Dow Plumbs the Depths of Last Fall

The New York Times Feb 17, 2009 Jack Healy - Matthew Saltmarsh - Eric Dash

Worries about the deteriorating financial situation in countries like Romania and Hungary led to a huge sell-off on Tuesday that began overseas and crashed ashore on Wall Street.

The losses on Wall Street were part of a global wave of selling that dragged down stock markets from Tokyo to London and Frankfurt to Brazil, highlighting fears about how banks, automakers — entire countries — will fare in a deepening global downturn.

The broader Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index slid 37.67 points, or 4.6 percent, to 789.17, dropping below what analysts said was an important trading threshold of 800.

Feb 17 22:30

1 Of 2 Thong-Facemask Robbery Suspects Sentenced

One of two Lakewood men who used women's thong underwear to cover their faces while they robbed an Arvada convenience store has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Ummm .... yeah.

Feb 17 18:31

RESPONDING TO THE KILLING OF AASIYA HASSAN: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LEADERS OF AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

Domestic violence is a behavior that knows no boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, or social status. Domestic violence occurs in every community. The Muslim community is not exempt from this issue. We, the Muslim community, need to take a strong stand against domestic violence. Unfortunately, some of us ignore such problems in our community, wanting to think that it does not occur among Muslims or we downgrade its seriousness.

I call upon my fellow imams and community leaders to never second-guess a woman who comes to us indicating that she feels her life to be in danger. We should provide support and help to protect the victims of domestic violence by providing for them a safe place and inform them of their rights as well as refer them to social service providers in our areas.

Feb 17 18:26

Man finds body next to 405 freeway, reports it to police, arrested for ‘refusing to identify himself’

The body was found by a pedestrian traveling through the area adjacent to the Wilshire exit off the 305 freeway. The good Samaritan who reported finding the body subsequently “was arrested for refusing to identify himself and being on the freeway illegally.”

Well way to go CHP, getting all the cooperative and helpful yet private citizens off the street. Since when do free people have to identify themselves to law enforcement?

Feb 17 17:46

Obama Orders 17,000 More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan

Roger Runningen and Tony Capaccio | Bloomberg.com | Feb 17, 2009

President Barack Obama signed an order boosting U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by 17,000 combat and support personnel.

Obama said in a statement that he approved a request for the additional soldiers and Marines made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and military commanders.

Feb 17 14:28

State's Begin Asserting 10th Amendment Rights

Feb 17 14:22

Sticker Causes Memphis Airport Scare

"We established a perimeter around it and had a fire watch in case there was an explosion," said John Greaud, vice president of airport operations. "We had one of our K9 dogs confirm it was not an explosive."

"This Bike is a Pipe Bomb" is the name of a Florida punk band and stickers bearing their name are relatively common on bicycles.

Feb 17 14:21

Oklahoma State sovereignty resolution passes in Senate Judiciary Committee

Following last week's unanimous vote in favor of Rep. Charles Key's HJR 1003, calling for legislative support of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it's companion bill in the Senate, SJR 10, was supported Tuesday 6-1 by the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feb 17 13:48

"Worst Is Yet to Come:" Americans' Standard of Living Permanently Changed

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker | Posted Feb 17, 2009 |

An Interview with Howard Davidowitz

But "the worst is yet to come," according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, who believes American's standard of living is undergoing a "permanent change" - and not for the better as a result of:

* An $8 trillion negative wealth effect from declining home values.
* A $10 trillion negative wealth effect from weakened capital markets.
* A $14 trillion consumer debt load amid "exploding unemployment", leading to "exploding bankruptcies."

The end of rampant consumerism is ultimately a good thing, he says, but the unraveling of an economy built on debt-fueled spending will be painful for years to come.

Feb 17 13:06

U.S. charges Stanford Financial with "massive" fraud

Anna Driver and Simon Evans | Reuters | Feb 17, 2009

HOUSTON/ST JOHN'S, Antigua (Reuters) – U.S. authorities charged Texas billionaire Allen Stanford and three of his companies with "massive ongoing fraud" on Tuesday as federal agents swooped in on Stanford's U.S. headquarters.

The SEC said it was seeking to freeze the assets of the company and appoint a receiver "to take possession and control of defendants' assets for the protection of defendants' victims."

"Recently, as the market absorbed the news of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, SIB has attempted to calm its own investors by claiming the bank has no "direct or indirect" exposure to Madoff's scheme," the SEC said. "These assurances are false."

Feb 17 12:21

Air Force Begins Voluntary Retired Rated Recall Program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long it will take for this "voluntary" program to morph into an "involuntary program".

And what's going to happen to those skilled and seasoned people when they say "absolutely not!!" ??

Feb 17 10:09

Holocaust survivor walks free

HE KNOWS better than most the harsh reality of incarceration. In 1945, aged 19, Peter Gabriel Agoston was freed from a Hungarian concentration camp under Hitler's control.

Now, at 81, his mind is failing him. He has been diagnosed with dementia and suffers from high levels of anxiety.

It was for these reasons that Mr Agoston walked free from Sydney District Court last week, even though a judge found that a jury could convict him of attempting to defraud the Australian Tax Office of about $8.8 million.

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Talk about the ultimate get out of jail free card!!!!!!!

Feb 17 09:40

SC Exercising It’s Rights?

Lo and behold, it appears that our great general assembly is looking to make sure that our state and its people retain their rights as granted by the US Constitution. That’s right, and SC is one of 20 something states that have introduced some similar legislation stating they are against any movements that affect the peoples and states 9th and 10th amendment rights.

Feb 17 08:52

Anti Defamation League Calls 'Smash-Me Bernie' Figurine Anti-Semitic

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I wonder if Abe invested in the dolls and is using the press release to whip up sales.

Feb 17 08:49

Shoichi Nakagawa to resign as Japanese Finance Minister over 'drunken' performance at G7


Nakagawa, a close ally of Prime Minister Taro Aso, told reporters that he had drunk alcohol the day before the press conference and took medicine on his flight to Rome for a meeting of Group of 7 finance leaders and central bankers on Friday and Saturday. He said the combination may have affected him badly.

Saki and Scotch a bad combination!

Feb 17 08:47

Jewish Power The "0.002 " World Problem

"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." -- Woodrow Wilson [U.S. President during World War I]

Feb 17 08:25

Father-of-three jailed after confronting drug dealer who sold heroin to his family

When father-of-three Peter Drummond discovered that a drug dealer had sold heroin to a member of his family he decided to take matters into his own hands.

He stormed into pusher John Nellies' home and confronted him - before flushing the dealer's heroin down the toilet.

But yesterday it was Drummond - not Nellies - who found himself in court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which shows you how screwed up that society is.

Feb 17 07:11

Roberts Sets Off Debate on Judicial Experience

The New York Times Sidebar | ADAM LIPTAK | Feb 16, 2009

For the first time in its history, every member of the United States Supreme Court is a former federal appeals court judge. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., in a lively and surprising talk a couple of weeks ago, said that development might be a good thing.

Feb 17 06:37

Trendspotting | Bringing Out the Beast

The New York Times Fashion & Style | Ruth La Ferla | Feb 16, 2009

Designers injected an element of savagery into their fall 2009 collections, splicing pelts, faux and real, into even the tamest looks. Models stalked the runways wearing wearing monkey furs, a la Dietrich in "Blonde Venus"; outcroppings of fox, goat, Mongolian lamb, and in one particularly imaginative flight, scratchy yarns plaited to look like dreadlocks. The effect was unruly and downright primitive suggesting something feral lay just beneath the skin. Ruth La Ferla

Feb 16 17:20

New York gets big slice of stimulus, thanks to state's congressional mobsters

NY DAILY NEWS | SENIOR CORRESPONDENT David Saltonstall | February 16th 2009

New York gets big slice of President Obama's stimulus package, thanks to state's congressional bigs

Rarely has a bigger tidal wave of cash come rolling out of Washington than the stimulus bill President Obama is due to sign Tuesday - and rarely has New York been better positioned to ride it.

In a confluence of seniority, hard work and some luck, New York's congressional delegation is now stacked with power players, and it shows in how the massive, $787 billion stimulus package will soon be carved up.

(Go see the picture of YOUR money falling out the sky into the hands of NYC mobsters.)

Feb 16 15:46

Another nosedown, on fire crash witness NTSB refutes

Plane 'just went right down': Witness to deadly Buffalo crash
By Adrian Humphreysand James Cowan, National PostFebruary 13, 2009

"Outside, they saw a low-lying plane heading steeply towards the ground, its wings rolling into an unusual angle.
“I saw the plane a second or two before it hit the ground. You could see it was just starting to catch fire. You could see some flames glowing. Then it just collapsed, just went right down,” said Tomasita, Trujillo’s 12-year-old daughter."
"“The fuselage of the plane lies directly on the footprint of the house. It basically dove right into the top of the house . . . It’s remarkable that it only took one house, as devastating as that was. It could have easily wiped out that entire neighbourhood.”"

Feb 16 13:20

Tony Blair wins million-dollar prize for global leadership

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Lie your people into war, get a prize!

Feb 16 11:57

Al Jazeera's New Canadian Boss

Burman spoke to The Tyee last week while in Vancouver for an appearance celebrating the 10th anniversary of UBC's journalism school. Here is what he had to say...

On what the recent Gaza conflict has done for Al Jazeera:

"It's been phenomenally important. Gaza will probably be for Al Jazeera what the Gulf War was for CNN. People forget, CNN was created in 1980. What did they call it, the Chicken Noodle Network? It was ridiculed really until 1991 when the Gulf War happened. It all of a sudden became an important part of American media culture. Our coverage of Gaza is a reminder to a lot of people that there are a lot of important aspects to a lot of stories, not just the Middle East, that are being denied them."

Feb 16 10:25

Could missing Wal-Mart signs wind up as dirty bomb?

A little over a year ago, a routine audit at Wal-Mart reported a few missing exit signs at the company's stores and warehouses. As the audit continued, more and more signs turned up missing, and a month ago, Wal-Mart revealed that as many as 20% of the 70,000 signs at its 4500 facilities cannot be accounted for, a stunning total of 15,800 signs in all.

This would be of no particular concern -- except that the signs are radioactive. They contain tritium gas, a form of hydrogen which is used for emergency exit signs because of its ability to glow in the dark when the power goes out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The signs are being stolen (probably by underpaid Wal-Mart employees) because Tritium is valuable and cannot be traced. The same glow-in-the-dark ability used in the exit signs makes it popular for gun sights, and other night-time powerless illumination devices.

The claim that this is all a dirty bomb plot is a bit silly when you realize that the instant tritium is released, it floats upward
(think Hindenburg) away from the ground and away from people. Yes, it will eventually combine with free oxygen to form water, but by that time it will have become so dilute as to be undetectable against background radiation.

Feb 16 09:44

Hugo Chávez for life?

Christian Science Monitor | Feb 17, 2009 | Sara Miller Llana

Caracas, Venezuela - With a clear popular victory Sunday in his bid to end term limits, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has injected new vigor into his controversial "21st-century socialism" movement and secured his role at a time when the economy is starting to falter.

"He is going to take advantage of this moment, saying the people voted for socialism," says Ricardo Sucre, a political analyst in Caracas. "He is going to say this gives him the authorization to take more power and advance his project."

Feb 15 22:51

Crashed Plane was NOT on Autopilot

NTSB spokesperson denying AP report that plane was on autopilot. 'Incorrect Information' as per CNN's Whitfield.

Feb 15 22:26

French and British nuke subs collide

BRITISH and French nuclear submarines which collided deep under the Atlantic could have sunk or released deadly radioactivity, it emerged last night.

Feb 15 22:05

NTSB lying about #3407 because it was no accident?

Monday, December 22, 2008
How 'Suspicious' Plane Crashes and Assassinations Benefit the Right Wing
Sometime in the early Fifties someone wrote, 'assassination became an instrument of U.S. national policy.' More recently, the 'weapon' of choice is the small aircraft. "
" Ph.D. Professors James Fetzer and Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs present the harrowing truth. The plane was not responsible. The weather didn’t cause it to crash. Nor were the pilots incompetent, as the report of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would eventually maintain.
--American Assassination

Feb 15 20:52

Complexity Theory and societal/civilizational collapse

The Complexity Theory

By Ray Grigg, Special to Courier-Islander

Complexity Theory argues that societies become progressively more unstable and vulnerable as the network of interconnections within them increases -- not particularly good news for a globalizing system in which increasing complexity is precisely the thrust of economics, finance, manufacturing, technology and almost everything else we do. The sobering implications may explain why many proponents of Complexity Theory preface their comments with an apology. "We don't want to tell you this," goes the essence of their message, "but we think you should know." When the New Scientist published two articles on Complexity Theory (Apr. 5/08), its editor anticipated some reader discomfort. "We are predisposed to pay attention to bad news," noted the editorial. "There is a good reason for this. We need to be warned of difficulty and danger so we can protect ourselves.... [But] if the warning is too scary or distressing, we attack the messenger as a doom monger."

Feb 15 15:14

WRH Member's Chat Page

This is a TEST.

This is ONLY a test!

We have set up our own chat room for WRH members.

The rules are to be polite and respectful of each other.

We are going to let this run for a few days and see how people behave, and if you are nice we will keep this and if it gets out of hand we will block the offending members.

Feb 15 15:04

Pilot error? Plane that crashed near Buffalo was on autopilot in violation of airline policy

Flight 3407 was on autopilot when it went down in icy weather near Buffalo, indicating that the pilot may have violated federal safety recommendations and the airline's own policy, a federal official said Sunday.

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I was going to rip into this story as highly unlikely for a large number of reasons, but CNN just ran a story quoting the NTSB as saying this story is "incorrect."

So, who is putting out all this junk information in the corporate media, and why?

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Feb 15 11:34

Social collapse best practices

by Dmitry Orlov

You might ask yourself, then, Why on earth did he get invited to speak here tonight? It seems that I am enjoying my moment in the limelight, because I am one of the very few people who several years ago unequivocally predicted the demise of the United States as a global superpower. The idea that the USA will go the way of the USSR seemed preposterous at the time. It doesn't seem so preposterous any more. I take it some of you are still hedging your bets. How is that hedge fund doing, by the way?

Feb 15 11:27

Wanted: 'survival strategies' for dying US newspapers

The fate of US newspapers is in the news as journalists, editors, bloggers, media pundits and concerned citizens debate the future of the troubled industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real question is, after having lied to the American people for so long, what right do they have to survive?!?

Feb 15 09:31

The Howdy Doody President.

I’m sure there are some readers who feel that I accentuate the negative over the positive in my postings here. My answer would be, “Do you want me to lie to you?” I’m not trying to get you to sleep with me. A lot of you can accomplish that without my help. Sometimes I feel like I’m in one of those zombie movies that I don’t watch because I am too busy avoiding the zombies in the street. Some things are very clear to me and they are clear to others as well. This gives me a confirmation about what I am seeing. I cannot understand why so many more people cannot see what is happening. I have to assume that it is because they are seeing what they want to see because reality doesn’t jibe with their plans for the future.

Feb 15 09:30

Okay, so the icing story isn;t holding up. How about turbulance? Would you believe turbulance brought down 3407?

Trouble on the flight began when the plane's flaps went down at 2,300 feet, said Steven Chealander, a member of the National Transportation and Safety Board, at a news conference Saturday. The plane pitched forward and rolled in the air, but did not turn over. The turbulence unfolded so quickly that passengers on board would likely have had little time to realize the aircraft was crashing, he said; pilots didn't have time to send a mayday call.

Although witnesses reported seeing the plane nose-dive, Chealander said that investigators had found the plane's cockpit, tail, engine and wings positioned "as they should be if laying flat, not if it was nose-down."

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... except that now there is an eyewitness to the actual crash who saw it go in nose first.

Feb 15 07:28

Inquiry on Graft in Iraq Focuses on U.S. Officers

The New York Times | JAMES GLANZ, C.J. CHIVERS and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM | February 14, 2009

Federal authorities examining the early, chaotic days of the $125 billion American-led effort to rebuild Iraq have significantly broadened their inquiry to include senior American military officers who oversaw the program, according to interviews with senior government officials and court documents.

“Fifty thousand dollars delivered in pizza boxes to secure contracts,” said the former associate, a consultant in the arms business with whom Mr. Stoffel sometimes worked in the former Eastern bloc. “Of course, it just looked like a pizza delivery.”

Feb 15 06:15

U.S. Military Will Offer Path to Citizenship | Obama the peace maker.

The New York Times | JULIA PRESTON | February 14, 2009

Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months.

Recruiters’ work became easier in the last few months as unemployment soared and more Americans sought to join the military. But the Pentagon, facing a new deployment of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, still has difficulties in attracting doctors, specialized nurses and language experts.

Feb 14 21:56

Crash witness, plane hit nose down

updated 4:17 p.m. EST, Fri February 13, 2009
Witnesses saw and heard plane going down
By Jim Kavanagh

"The plane was nose down -- not as steep as is being reported but steep enough that it didn't look right," said Tony Tatro, who lives next to the crash site in Clarence Center. "The left wing was tilted lower than the right, so it was pitched and it was headed down."
"Had it been on a flatter trajectory it would have impacted more than just the one house," he said. "The two homes on either side ... are relatively close to the home that was hit. Had the plane been any flatter it would have hit either or both of those homes."

Feb 14 21:21

John Harris - 'It's an illusion' talk at the Stoke 'Lawful Rebellion' Conference

Feb 14 20:39

In Plane Crash, Loss of Momentum Still a Mystery

The description indicates that the plane, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, suffered an aerodynamic stall, meaning the flow of air over the wings was either disrupted or too slow to sustain flight, but the reason why remains a mystery.

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