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CURRENT EVENTS

Dec 22 11:49

Iraq shoe-thrower's brother says he'd do it again

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.

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Let's hope his aim is better the next time.

Dec 22 08:48

Country Without Mercy

What kind of people have we become when we exercise no oversight over a criminal justice (sic) system that destroys the lives of innocent people and locks them away in prisons to be tortured by sadistic guards?

Dec 22 08:13

Bush claims civil rights gains

President Bush asserts his own administration did much to empower minorities, calling the No Child Left Behind education law "a piece of civil rights legislation"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when you truly believe that Bush couldn't possibly make a more idiotic, deluded statement than those he has already made, he does it yet again!

As reported here:

http://www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/news/pressreleases/nclb_report0...

"Testing the NCLB: Study shows that NCLB hasn't significantly impacted national achievement scores or narrowed the racial gaps"

The report also shows that federal accountability rules have little to no impact on racial and poverty gaps. The NCLB act ends up leaving many minority and poor students, even with additional educational support, far behind with little opportunity to meet the 2014 target."

Of course, there aspect of the NCLB legislation with which many people are not familiar buried in the fine print.

That is to mandate that student records be completely accessible to military recruiters unless the parent signs an "opt-out" form, preventing this from happening. If schools do not allow this, they can lose their federal funding.

Many parents are not even aware that they have the option of not allowing military recruiters to talk to their kids, if the parents say no. .

Dec 22 06:20

President Schwarzenegger? Arnold "Absolutely" Wants The Top Job

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tells "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley that he would "absolutely" like to be U.S. president if the Constitution could be changed to allow foreign-born Americans to run for the White House

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Constitution is changed to the point where this is allowed, I would hope that the candidacy of Schwarzenegger goes down in absolute flames.

If the man got elected as president, and does for the nation as he has done for the economy of California, we are all in deep kim chee!!

As reported here:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/57569.html

"With the economy reeling and revenues plummeting, previous projections of $11.2 billion in red ink during the current year have risen to $14.8 billion in the $100 billion general fund – and roughly $25 billion in 2009-10."

Dec 22 06:05

At least eight dead in Pakistan missile strike: officials

A suspected US missile strike on a tribal area in northwest Pakistan known as a hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity killed at least eight militants on Monday, officials said.

The strikes caused huge fires in both villages, sending panicked residents running into the streets, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder when the term "body count" is going to come back into vogue in the corporate news. I would strongly suspect that the actual casualty count is far larger than 8.

If those in power in Islamabad do not understand that they are very well the next target in the US and NATO's "wars without end", they are foolish indeed.

You have to wonder if the "real reason" for these bombings is to create enough instability in Pakistan to topple Zardari's government and install a western-leaning junta which rules Pakistan with an iron fist.

The only problem with this magical thinking is, it won't work. Aerial bombing, and the Pakistani government's perceived impotence by its people to be unable do anything to stop it, guarantees two things, and two things only.

First, just as is unfolding in Afghanistan, you're going to get a lot of collateral damage. Children, infants, women, the medically infirm,and the elderly, are going to wind up blown to bits and maimed.

The second thing aerial bombing absolutely guarantees is to radicalize those left standing against the existing government.

Over 10,000 furious Pakistanis marched in Peshawar last week to demand that Pakistan's government forbid the US and NATO from using its routes to supply materials for the war in Afghanistan.

(Of course, you didn't get that story if you were watching any corporate media, but it did run here.)

The radicalization has begun; it may only be a matter of time before the Pakistani government will be unable to control the anger of its people at what the they perceive is deep collusion between the Pakistani government and those state agents which are killing Pakistani people.

Dec 21 20:01

Specially Prepared Obama Administration Propaganda to Clear Rahm Emanuel in Senate-Gate Inquiry.

Obama To Release Blago Report This Week
CBS News: Report Expected To Clear Rahm Emanuel, Transition Team Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2008 Some cowardly unattributed staff writer | CBS Interactive Inc. | All Rights Reserved.

Dec 21 18:15

Seen Enough

This crap will stop when Americans wake their dumb asses up and take back control of the US government. As of right now, it does not represent the interest of any American and that is killing America.

So, Merry Christmas, even to those who still sleep. WAKE UP.

Merry Christmas,

Dec 21 16:39

2008 Greek riots

Alexander's death appears to have been a catalyst, unleashing widespread Greek anger towards many issues - police mistreatment of protesters, unwelcome education reforms, economic stagnation, government corruption and more.

Dec 21 11:36

Hawaii Chevrolet dealer crushes auto competition

Island Chevrolet general sales manager James Severtson arranged for a Chevrolet Suburban SUV outfitted with massive tires costing $5,000 apiece to drive over a Honda Accord.

On the first attempt Friday, the monster truck blew a hydraulic hose and leaked vital fluid while the Honda remained intact and ready for more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had a Honda Accord. It lasted 14 years! Those are tough little cars!

Dec 21 10:18

Anti-Capitalist Uprising Imminent?

But beyond the startling images of molotov cocktails exploding, cars burning and occupations of live television broadcasts there is another story, even more surprising: the rioters are acting with the implicit support of the majority of Greek society. According to the AFP, a poll conducted in Greece found that a majority of people believe the rioters are part of a “popular uprising” and not simply group of “minority activists”. That, it appears, is the truth the corporate media would like to hide.

Dec 21 10:11

RUSSIA TODAY: BUSH'S FAREWELL GIFT FOR OBAMA

The outgoing American administration wants to strike a number of deals with its allies that will force Barack Obama to follow the same course, according to inside information obtained by RT.

Dec 21 06:37

A World Enslaved

Standing in New York City, you are five hours away from being able to negotiate the sale, in broad daylight, of a healthy boy or girl. He or she can be used for anything, though sex and domestic labor are most common. Before you go, let’s be clear on what you are buying. A slave is a human being forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. Agreed? Good.

Dec 20 18:49

Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel

BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich is legendary in Illinois political circles for not picking up the phone or returning calls, even from important figures like the state's senior senator, Dick Durbin.

But there was always one call Blagojevich regularly took, say his aides, and that was from Rahm Emanuel — his congressman, his one-time campaign adviser and, more recently — and troubling for Emanuel — one of his contacts with President-elect Barack Obama's transition staff.

Dec 20 13:01

Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid

Hedge funds will be allowed to borrow from the Federal Reserve for the first time under a landmark $200bn programme intended to support consumer credit.

Dec 20 10:44

DO YOU THINK THE RIOTS IN EUROPE WILL HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES?

Yes
70% (2646 votes)
No
19% (700 votes)
Not Sure
11% (418 votes)
Total votes: 3764
Dec 20 09:46

UAE enters weapons deal with US

he Government has signed a US$3.3 billion (Dh12.11bn) contract for American-made Patriot missiles, sealing months of negotiations and deepening military ties between the US and the UAE.

The agreement, signed with the US defence contractor Raytheon, includes technology, training and supply of the medium-range missile system, which is part of a multi-tiered defensive shield the UAE Armed Forces is building to protect the nation from perceived threats in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only things people in other countries seem to want to buy from us these days are our weapons systems.

Dec 20 08:38

Anti-Semitism floods Internet after Madoff scandal: campaigners

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said there had been "an outpouring of anti-Semitic comments on mainstream and extremist Web sites."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Awww, let's all feel sorry for poor Bernie Madoff.

Actually, I have been getting a ton of emails filled with some pretty vile racist stuff, all from email addresses I have never seen before, and what is really interesting is that the slang used is so outdated and heavy handed that it is obvious that this is a PR campaign by Madoff's supporters. The goal may be to be able to tell the judge that Madoff (or his eventual co-defendants) cannot get a fair trial in the US because of "all the anti-Semitism" or to make potential jurors afraid to convict lest they be called anti-Semites!

Dec 20 07:08

Kissinger Calls For New International System Out Of World Crises

Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger has repeated his routine call for a new international political order, stating that global crises should be seen as an opportunity to move toward a borderless world where national interests are outweighed by global necessities.

Speaking with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Kissinger cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster a new global order.

Dec 20 05:30

What is right with American Politics? Governor Rod Blagojevich, that's what.

Accused governor to fight charges

Saturday, 20 December 2008 | BBC

Scandal-hit Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has told reporters he is innocent of any crime and will not be resigning his position.

Mr Blagojevich was arrested last week and charged with attempting to "sell" Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Dec 19 15:45

Salem, NH, church vandalized

Investigators say they have identified two suspects and expect charges soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But they won't say who?

Dec 19 15:12

Belgian government collapses over Fortis affair

Belgium's government collapsed on Friday after a top court found signs that it had sought to sway a legal ruling on the future of stricken bank Fortis.

Dec 19 13:55

NO SUNGLASSES THEME GETS A REBIRTH! 'They Live' Remake

Strike Entertainment is in talks to acquire rights to remake John Carpenter’s 1988 cult film They Live.

Dec 19 12:31

'Angel' of foreclosure defense bedevils lenders

Charney, a lawyer with the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid agency, is quickly developing a national reputation as a champion of homeowners facing foreclosure and a serious adversary for those attempting to take possession of those homes. Her encyclopedic knowledge of contract law, debt-collection practice, securitized mortgages, the trusts that hold them and the agreements that govern the trusts have put her at the forefront of the rapidly expanding specialty of foreclosure defense.

Dec 19 11:48

Welcome to the Cloaca Maximus and the Gowanus Canal.

I’ve been harvesting my olive trees and it looks like I’m going to have what amounts to about two fifty gallon oil drums. That’s a lot of oil and as much as it has been raining lately, I could invite a few of Bruce Willis’s stripper friends and a couple of Eddie Murphy’s transvestites and have a real whoop de do of a hot oil and mud wrestling match. It would put a real dent in my pesto production but it would also heighten my credentials as a wild and crazy guy. It’s a tough call.

Dec 19 11:04

People Begging on their Knees for a Job at the Dump!

“At one point I actually had a line of people 10 feet out the door waiting to talk to me,” said Scott Hanus, an operations manager for Veolia Environmental Services, which runs the landfill. “I actually had some people down on their knees begging me.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to more of the true "Bush Legacy!"

Dec 19 08:50

Death at Christmas

It's easy to hate Christmas: the endless forced good cheer, the media-driven consumer frenzy, the It's a Wonderful Life fantasy dissolving into a Married... with Children reality.

But no matter how bad your holiday is, rest assured that it could have been far worse.

Dec 19 08:41

Doomsday: U.S. report warns of 'strategic shock' leading to massive unrest

The report by the U.S. Army
War College's Strategic Institute, said that a defense community paralyzed by conventional thinking could be unprepared to help the United States cope with a series of unexpected crises that would rival the Al Qaida strikes in 2001, termed a "strategic shock."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We gotta come up with something really BIG to distract the suckers from blaming us for the economic melt down!"

Dec 19 08:33

Malaysia foreign minister praises Bush shoe thrower

Malaysia's foreign minister on Friday praised an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this week, calling it retaliation for the invasion of Iraq.

Dec 19 08:03

US balks at backing condemnation of anti-gay laws

Alone among major Western nations, the United States has refused to sign a declaration presented Thursday at the United Nations calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The religious zealots are dragging us back to the Dark Ages.

Dec 19 04:48

Mark Felt, Watergate's `Deep Throat,' dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Dec 18 12:21

Elisa Burchett: Changing Culture of U.N. Media

Although Mrs. Hauben has been a U.N. correspondent for OhmyNews International (OMNI), a South Korean publication, since 2006, her stint at the United Nations has not been an easy one. This is what makes her winning the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) 2008 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Award for exceptional coverage of the U.N. so pertinent.

Dec 18 11:15

Surfing through St. Mark's Square

When Venice flooded earlier this month, a thousand honeymoons were ruined. But for one intrepid wakeboarder from the Netherlands, the flooding wasn't a disappointment -- it was the chance of a lifetime.

Dec 18 11:03

Assessing the Bush Legacy: The Measure of the Man and His Administration

George W. Bush. US president: January 20, 2001 - January 19, 2009. Born of privilege. Unimpressive by every measure. A history of underachievement. Chosen by big money. Arranged through electoral fraud. Installed by the Supreme Court. Empowered by a dubious "terrorist" act, and ending with a record unmatched by the worst of his predecessors. Assessing the Bush legacy - from its illegitimate birth; through its lawless, belligerent years; to the world potentially on the brink at its end. Exploring it fully as a change of command approaches, and an unenviable task awaits the new incumbent.

Dec 18 09:21

Robert Redford: Bush sale of Utah land 'morally criminal'

"What you keep getting shocked about is how devious and secretive -- and basically, in my mind, morally criminal -- their behavior has been," Redford said of the Bush administration. "These lands are not Cheney's and Bush's. The lands are ours. ... They're part of our legacy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...morally criminal"; An accurate summation of the Bush administration's last 8 years.

Dec 18 08:21

Court sides with ACLU, strikes down Patriot Act gag provision

A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.

Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out. The letters, usually a demand for documents, or a notice that private records had been searched by government authorities, were criticized as a cover-all for FBI abuses.

Dec 17 19:31

Aretha Franklin to sing at inauguration

ASSOCIATED PRESS • December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Aretha Franklin will sing, Pastor Rick Warren will pray and Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello during President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

Dec 17 16:03

Monkeys turn on their trainer and beat him senseless with his own stick [pic]

"Who need shoes when you've got a stick?!"

Dec 17 10:34

Bush Shoe-Toss Immortalized in Games, Animations

The Iraqi journalist who tossed his shoes at President George W. Bush missed the commander in chief, but he scored a direct hit on the web zeitgeist.

Dec 17 08:37

U.S. under Bush embraced U.N. more than ever -Rice

Many U.N. officials and diplomats see the Bush administration as an enemy of the United Nations, but U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday cooperation with the U.N. has blossomed on his watch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except for all those vetoes on UN resolutions concerning Israel, of course.

Dec 17 05:49

The United States: A Country Without Mercy

The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate, among whom are those who have been wrongly convicted.

In the United States, the country with the largest prison population in the world, the number of wrongly convicted is very large. Hardly any felony charges are resolved with trials. The vast majority of defendants, both innocent and guilty, are coerced into plea bargains. Not only are the innocent framed, but the guilty as well. It is quicker and less expensive to frame the guilty than to convict them on the evidence.

Dec 16 23:06

Wanna buy a submarine?

Dec 16 10:29

US anti-kidnapping expert ... kidnapped in Mexico

Dec 16 10:18

My kingdom for a shoe

My sense of mixed-company decorum also prohibits me from more explicitly calling these past two terms of presidential cluelessness the bleeping disaster they have in fact been. But Patrick Fitzgerald, he of the subtle euphemism, has gallantly demonstrated the proper expression for delicate outrage.

It doesn't quite beat throwing a well-aimed shoe, though.

Dec 16 09:21

Court sides with ACLU, strikes down Patriot Act gag provision

A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.

Because of the ruling, the government will now be forced to justify individual gag orders before a court, instead of casually wielding the power of a blanket gag as the Bush administration has done since the blindingly fast passage of the Patriot Act in Oct. 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This entire piece of legislation should be rescinded by the courts.

Dec 16 05:25

Blagojevich Crime Spree, Not Really Illegal.

David Johnston | New York Times

Blagojevich legal hurdle: a crime, or just talk?

Tapes of Ill. governor discussing Senate pick may fall into a legal gray area

[...] some lawyers are beginning to suggest that the juiciest part of the case against Mr. Blagojevich, the part involving the Senate seat, may be less than airtight. There is no evidence, at least none that has been disclosed, that the governor actually received anything of value — and the Senate appointment has yet to be made.
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Dec 15 19:21

Jewish Charities Shut Down Following Madoff 'Ponzi Scheme' Wipeout

Jewish philanthropies wiped out by the Bernard Madoff "Ponzi scheme" are closing their doors, the latest victims of an alleged $50 billion investment scam whose fallout continues to shock investors.

The Chais Family Foundation, a California-based charity that distributed about $12.5 million annually, was forced to shut down after investing — and losing — all of its money with the one-time wizard of Wall Street.

Dec 15 17:54

Rice makes 11th-hour Mideast, Zimbabwe, Somalia foray at UN

Her two-day visit to the heart of world diplomacy highlights many of the daunting challenges President George W. Bush's administration will hand over to Barack Obama's when the White House switches occupants on January 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary Rice: is it humanly possible that it has not occurred to you that that many of the "daunting challenges" President-Elect Obama will have to face are a direct result of Bush administration policies?!?

Dec 15 07:41

Greece-Style Riots Coming To U.S.

Frighteningly accurate trends forecaster Gerald Celente says that America will see riots similar to those currently ongoing in Greece and that the cause will be a hyper-inflationary depression, leading to the inevitable use of troops and mercenaries to deal with the crisis as Americans are incarcerated in internment camps.

Dec 15 07:35

Bush Comparison Seen As Unfair to Dogs

This is the question now raised in Iraq: If they throw shoes at your face are you a combat troop or a noncombat troop? The answer may be important in helping to guide President Elect Obama's strategy of reducing but continuing the genocidal occupation that has made a shoeless journalist one of the most beloved, if little known, people in the world overnight.

Dec 15 06:12

Fears of unrest spreading across Europe

THE unrest that has gripped Greece this week is spilling into the rest of Europe, raising concerns that it could be a trigger for opponents of globalisation, disaffected youth and others outraged by economic turmoil.

Protesters in Spain, Denmark and Italy smashed shop windows, pelted police with bottles and attacked banks this week, while in France cars were set ablaze on Thursday outside the Greek consulate in Bordeaux, where protesters warned about a looming "insurrection".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Caylee Caylee Caylee CAYLEE cayleecayleecayleecaylee Caylee Blagojevich!!!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Dec 15 06:08

Arrest is made in Oregon bank bombing

Authorities declined to release the identity of the suspect or the circumstances of the arrest until today, saying only that the suspect was detained Sunday evening in the area of Salem, the capital of Oregon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We gotta make him look more 'Pakistani' before we let the press see him!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 15 06:08

Across Mideast, Arabs hail shoe-hurling journalist

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, as Arabs across many parts of the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised his insult as a proper send-off to the unpopular U.S. president.

Dec 14 20:03

The most racist site you’ll see today

Our mission is helping to keep our children White, thus reversing the trend of assimilation and intermarriage.

Dec 14 19:41

Palin's church hit by arson

Gov. Sarah Palin's home church was badly damaged by an arson fire, leading the governor to apologize if the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention" from her failed campaign as the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Dec 14 17:29

Shoes thrown at Bush - The ULTIMATE insult!

Journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi throws his shoes at George W Bush during a Press Conference. Bush shows good reflexes dodging BOTH shoes at close range!

Dec 14 16:55

Billions for Bankers - Nothing for Workers

$700 billion to bail out the financial industry! Actually, over $800 billion once they got done "sweetening" the bailout package. That is what the US Congress voted to allow Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to hand over to his Wall Street buddies, with virtually no oversight. And that was just for openers.

Dec 14 15:53

Wrong Door Raid Costs Minneapolis Taxpayers $600K

The Minneapolis City Council has awarded Vang Khang and Yee Moua $600,000 in damages for a botched SWAT raid that very nearly exterminated their entire family last year.

Dec 14 09:35

Cluster Bomb Treaty and the World's Unfinished Business

The United States, Russia and China are sending a terrible message to the rest of the world by refusing to take part in the historic signing of a treaty that bans the production and use of cluster bombs. In a world that is plagued by war, military occupation and terrorism, the involvement of the great military powers in signing and ratifying the agreement would have signaled – if even symbolically - the willingness of these countries to spare civilians’ unjustifiable deaths and the lasting scars of war.

Dec 13 23:40

Man wins court battle to prove he's alive

A Romanian man has won a year-long fight to persuade the courts that he isn't dead.

Dec 13 21:16

'Predator' drone flys the US border

Spy drone 'Predator,' reflects what US has become
Posted by Brenda Norrell - November 18, 2008 at 12:04 am

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON -- The bad news is that the US Border Patrol has four drones flying out of Fort Huachuca over the US/Mexico border for surveillance. One drone has already crashed near Nogales and these unmanned aerial planes, provided first by Israel's Apartheid spy technology maker, Elbit Systems, are a risk to the lives of those on the ground in Arizona.

Dec 13 10:29

Obama tries to limit fallout from Senate seat scandal

Officials in Barack Obama's home state yesterday moved to remove a scandal-tainted governor, three days after he was accused of trying to sell the president-elect's old seat in the Senate.

Blagojevich has defied calls to step down from Obama and others since Tuesday when the FBI revealed it had wiretaps of the governor soliciting campaign contributions and cabinet posts in return for filling the Senate seat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Blagojevich will not go down without a fight, and as a Chicago politician , knows (perhaps, literally) where the bodies are buried.

This tangle of corruption will, most probably, lead back to Obama in a disturbingly tangible way.

It will be interesting if he is able, like the Clintons were at the time of Vince Foster's "suicide", to somehow shake this off this scandal and walk away relatively unscathed.

But with the fact that many people are turning away from corporate media in droves, I would like to hope that will not be the case in this instance, if there is concrete evidence that Obama was part of this.

Dec 13 08:35

Officer killed, police chief injured in Oregon bank explosion

A bomb exploded at a Woodburn, Oregon, bank branch early Friday evening, killing a police officer and injuring the town's police chief and a state bomb technician, Oregon State Police said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, not a very good one.

As a side note, has the revolution started?

Dec 12 22:16

Dispute on carbon tax mars climate talks

A U.N. climate conference closed Saturday in contention over a proposal to raise what could amount to billions of dollars for poor countries by levying a tax on carbon trading among the world's wealthy nations.

"If we rush this through we can claim these taxes are a success!"

Dec 12 22:05

Menezes: Did the police lie?

Jean Charles de Menezes was not lawfully killed as part of an anti-terrorist operation, a jury decided yesterday, rejecting the police account of how the Brazilian died as not to be trusted.

Returning an open verdict at the end of the 12-week inquest, the jurors contradicted evidence given by seven firearms and surveillance officers when they answered a series of 13 questions put to them by the coroner.

Dec 12 17:58

Wal-Mart workers in Minnesota win $54 million settlement

Some 100,000 current and former hourly employees of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in Minnesota – and the state of Minnesota itself – will share up to $54 million from the giant retailer under a settlement announced Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mostly Minnesota, I'll bet!

Dec 12 17:23

Ice storm leaves 1 million without power

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sort of like Gaza, only with icicles!

Dec 12 10:21

Halliburton accused of supplying rotten food to U.S. forces

In one class-action suit Joshua Eller, a civilian who worked for the U.S. Air Force in 2006 at the Balad air force base northeast of Baghdad, alleges KBR 'knowingly and intentionally supplied to U.S. forces and other individuals food that was expired, spoiled, rotten, or that may have been contaminated with shrapnel, or other materials'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable, with this crew.

Dec 12 06:26

Sony Music illegally collected data on children, U.S. says

Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents.

The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.

"Sony Music collected, used and/or disclosed personal information from children without first providing their parents with notice of its information practices," according to the complaint.

Dec 11 22:55

Council On Foreign Relations Warns Of United States Collapse By Summer, 2009

Russian Foreign Ministry sources are reporting today that the United States Council on Foreign Relations organization has presented to its Western allies attending this weeks contentious European Climate Summit a secret report that summarizes that the American Nation, indeed all of North America, will ‘totally collapse’ by the Summer of 2009.

Dec 11 17:18

Waiting for Dawn in the Graveyards of Night.

If you were free of self interest and… very few of us can make that claim... the world would look like a seething madhouse of runaway appetites. The plague of vanities would turn you into a recluse unless the state did that for you. I push hard and harder to see more clearly but I cannot. I am limited by my own personal darkness and sometimes I can’t even help myself, much less anyone else. I’ve come to see that there’s no point in looking at the world and its serial injustices with anger. A blinded world is feeling its way along an endless wall to nowhere.

Dec 11 12:22

Houdini of impersonation and false documents.

UPDATE 2-Bail denied for US lawyer accused of "brazen" fraud - Reuters | Martha Graybow

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A judge denied bail on Thursday for a prominent New York lawyer accused of selling sham investments to hedge funds, a scheme that prosecutors now say may have been much larger than originally thought.

Dec 11 10:08

Child's body found near missing Fla. girl's home

There is nothing that immediately indicates that the bones belong to Caylee Anthony, whose mother Casey Anthony has been charged with murder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I mean, hell, we find dead kids around here all the time! Who knows who it is!"

Dec 11 09:43

Rice: U.S. is still ‘very well-regarded’ in terms of ‘popularity.’

In an interview with CBS today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked how the U.S. image has fared under President Bush. Rice acknowledged that there were “some negative perceptions” but added that the U.S. is still quite popular

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what herculean effort it must take for Secretary Rice to be so consistently in a state of denial about what the true legacy of the Bush administration has been, and her "contributions" to that legacy.

Dec 11 07:09

Sovietizing the Economy: The Final Phase

"He is a remarkably disciplined individual and a decent writer. He has a good jump shot.

And if he manages to acquire a tithe of the power he seeks, Mr. Obama – or, more properly, the government over which he will preside – will probably end up killing many of us, either indirectly through the privations that result from a centrally planned economy, or through the direct application of the lethal force on which such economies depend.

Dec 10 20:09

Knowledge for a Revolution: Unity Vs. Divisiveness

Historically, dividing a population has been a very potent and successful psychological weapon as many nations subsequently use this tactic to justify war, malnutrition and death through the inculcation of fear and divisiveness.

Dec 10 19:23

Film-makers taking on our 'global warming hysteria'

IF THE ADVANCE publicity is anything to go by, Not Evil Just Wrong will do for Al Gore what Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 did for George W Bush.

"This is the film Al Gore and Hollywood don't want you to see," declares the website for the latest work by film-makers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. The site even features a big picture of Gore, with his lips in the photograph seemingly digitally enhanced to make them look like Heath Ledger's Joker from the latest Batman film.

Dec 10 18:45

Emergency Storage Food Among Products in Highest Demand

Survival gear and emergency food producers are shipping product as fast as they can get it through their facilities and onto the loading docks. Using packaging technologies that deliver shelf lives measured in years and even decades, producers of storage food are experiencing unprecedented demand today for their products.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People who used to talk about preparedness used to get laughed out of the room; these days, they're taken much more seriously, and for good reason.

Dec 10 15:51

Sex trafficking investigation reveals abuse in Fort Myers

Dec 10 14:28

Appetite for family destruction

A little-noticed commission is beginning work in Virginia that has major implications nationwide for both families and governmental ethics. Every four years, each state is required to review its guidelines for child support. In Virginia the outcome may be less remarkable than the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sent in by a reader in response to the "Walking Wallet" comment below.

As a side note, horror stories like this were common at the height of the Feminist male-bash era in the mid 1990s. Child protect9ve and social service agencies across the country adopted highly biased views regarding men, to the point where families were routinely destroyed purely for financial and political gain. I recall hearing a speech given by a feminist working for the Los Angeles Child Protective Services and it was her view that all men molested their children and it was only a matter of time before she would find the evidence and remove the child from the home. This was about the same time Andrea Dworkin was calling for women to randomly shoot men to keep them in their place. I recall looking at the constant dehumanization of men and forced conversion to walking wallet and thinking that the government wanted to make men socially disposable in anticipation of a major war.

Dec 10 14:10

Palin, other US governors sent suspicious powder: FBI

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, and seven other US governors have received letters with a suspicious white powder, according to the FBI.

Since Monday, "at least eight letters containing a suspicious white powder have been received by the offices of governors around the country," Robert Casey, special agent in charge for the FBI in Dallas, said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Dec 10 09:36

Tribute to Studs Terkel, Voice of the Underdog

Dec 10 08:22

A Legacy of Christmas Kindness

The tasty treats are the result not just of Stanley’s good will, but of a free bag of flour delivered to her doorstep each holiday season. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1894 in the western Ohio village. Shortly before his death that year, a former slave named Wheeling Gaunt deeded nine acres of farmland to the village with the stipulation that rent from the land be used to buy flour to give to widows at Christmas. Though the property no longer is rented, village taxpayers continue to honor Gaunt’s wishes and since the 1950s have even sweetened the holiday gift with sacks of sugar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My experience has been that small groups of people, left to themselves, are generally pretty decent and kind. It's only the gigantic governments of empire that screw things up.

Dec 10 07:34

Frankie the feline exposed as the cat burglar stealing toys from his neighbours' homes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You have the right to remain .... ummm ... furry."

Dec 10 07:33

Gen. Hayden and the claimed irrelevance of presidential appointments

If, less than 3 years later, Obama chooses as his CIA Director the very same Michael Hayden -- who, during his confirmation hearing, justified Bush's illegal NSA spying and said how proud he was to help implement it [to say nothing of his (at best) equivocations on torture] -- then it should be quite . . . let us, for the moment, say "interesting" . . . to watch him and his most loyal supporters explain and justify that.

Dec 09 19:35

Alleged plot foiled at Pottstown H.S.

The investigation started on November 11 when the teen's father had initially reported the three handguns stolen. After a month-long investigation police determined the son had stolen the guns and had given them to a friend to hold. Eventually that friend told his mother after he tossed the guns and ammunition into Pottstown's Manatawny Creek.

Dec 09 18:37

Mismanagement at the Big Three

It was a dead heat. General Motors sold 9.37 million vehicles worldwide in 2007 and lost $38.7 billion. Toyota sold 9.37 million vehicles in 2007 and made $17.1 billion.

That was the second best sales total in GM's 100-year history and the biggest loss ever for any automaker in the world.

Dec 09 13:18

Whole Foods Sues FTC to Halt Kangaroo Court Proceedings

Don't you find it astonishing that the FTC completely ignores the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical monopoly drug racket currently being operated in the United States and instead focuses its attention on health food stores?

Dec 09 12:28

Yesterday Gov. Rod Blagojevich Attacked Bank of America, Today the Bush DOJ Makes Him Disappear

I do not care what the Illinois Governor did or how much sun shine's out of Fitz's ass. Someone in the the DOJ and someone even higher up in the Bush administration gave the prosecutor the green light to arrest Gov. Rod Blagojevich today because yesterday the Democratic governor dared to fuck with one of the high holies of the Republican business community, a company that had recently been anointed with $25 billion blessed tax payers' dollars--- Bank of America .

And no one in the United States messes with Big Business and lives to tell about it.

Dec 09 11:24

Upside Down Christmas Trees... The Hottest New Thing In Holiday Decorating!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My upstairs neighbor is pissed about the spikes sticking up through his floor!

Dec 09 08:54

Illinois' Blagojevich Arrested for Trying to Sell Obama's U.S. Senate Seat

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested with his chief of staff on charges they tried to sell U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, according to Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Dec 09 08:52

Cruise ship will evacuate to avoid pirate attack

A cruise ship will evacuate passengers before sailing past the Somali coast and fly them to the next port of call to protect them from possible pirate attacks, German cruise operator Hapag-Lloyd said Tuesday.

An official with the European Union's anti-piracy mission said separately that it would station armed guards on vulnerable cargo ships — the first such deployment of military personnel during the international anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

Dec 09 08:50

Ill. Governor suspends all state business with Bank of America

In a stinging note of support for the laid off workers that have taken up residency in Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors factory, the Governor of Illinois has suspended business with Bank of America until it reissues credit to the shuttered company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just 24 hours later he gets arrested for corruption charges!

Dec 09 05:26

In pictures: Greek riots

BBC PHOTO ESSAY | Dec 8, 2008

Groups of youths have been throwing petrol bombs and stones at riot police, who have responded by firing tear gas. Scores of arrests have been made.

Rioters have been attacking symbols of wealth and prestige, smashing windows and torching hundreds of buildings and cars.

Dec 08 23:54

Massive riots cripple Greece's main cities

Greece's interior minister says the massive protest riots in cities across the country are "unacceptable" but insists that police are doing all they can to protect people's lives and property.

Thousands of youths are rampaging through Athens, the northern city of Thessaloniki and several other cities in the third day of riots Monday after police shot and killed a teenager on Saturday.

Dec 08 23:53

What are the Greek riots really about?

We've been told that the ongoing riots in Greece were prosecuted by anarchists as a reaction to the Greek police's shooting of a 15 year old boy on Saturday.

But is this really what lies behind such an outpouring of civil unrest? Is the official reason for the rioting just a cover to paper over some real problems facing the Greek government? Take a look at the common thread in all of these reports:

Dec 08 23:47

White Powder Found In Mich. Gov's Mailroom

A suspicious package with a powdery substance was received at a Michigan government mailroom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cocaine?

Dec 08 09:39

Greek police arrested over teen killing as violent protests spread

Two Greek police officers were arrested Sunday over the killing of a 15-year-old boy, touching off a wave of violent protests by angry youths setting Athens and other Greek cities ablaze.

Thousands of protestors battled police in central Athens Sunday, smashing the windows of shops and banks with molotov cocktails, and sending three officers to hospital, said police, who used tear gas to disperse the rioters.

And in the western city of Patras, a police officer was in hospital after being beaten up by a group of youths.

Dec 08 09:38

A dead issue? A Ryan report . . .

It's no secret that former Gov. George Ryan received international praise for his moratorium on the death penalty when he was in office.

• • The buckshot: Sneed hears there's one aspect of Ryan's moratorium that could be an obstacle to gaining his freedom: Word is that President Bush, who has been asked to commute Gov. Ryan's 6½-year prison sentence, doesn't like the fact Gov. Ryan cleared Death Row.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Best example of vindicitive, petty, Bush. He doesn't like former IL Gov. George Ryan because he cleared out IL Death Row because almost half the prisoners were found innocent by DNA and IL law students Innocence Project.

Dec 08 09:03

The deluder in chief

The truth is that Bush, Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had been chafing to attack Iraq before Sept. 11, 2001. They justified that unnecessary war using intelligence reports that they knew or should have known to be faulty. And it was pressure from the White House and a highly politicized Pentagon that compelled people like Secretary of State Colin Powell and George Tenet, the director of central intelligence, to ignore the counter-evidence and squander their good names on hyped claims of weapons of mass destruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bush's true "legacy" includes the following:

1. Destruction and carnage to large parts of the planet.

2. The creation of illness and death through the use of depleted uranium in his wars without end. And that includes the illness and deaths of our own soldiers, and huge numbers of horrendous birth defects in Iraqi and Afghani kids whose parents had been exposed to this poison.

3. The evisceration of the Constitution and Bill of Rights here at home.

4. The destruction of the US and the global economy through a lack of oversight and intelligent regulation.

5. The legitimization of torture as a value right up there with mom and apple pie, which is completely antithetical to what this country is supposed to represent.

The judgment of history, if it is an honest assessment, cannot be kind to this man, nor to the people surrounding him who made the decisions which have literally thrown this country off a cliff, financially and morally.

Dec 08 08:53

The Butcher of Bundy Finally Goes to Prison. Thoughts on O.J. Simpson From the Husband of a Murder Victim

I will never forget that sick feeling of revulsion in the pit of my stomach as the jury foreman announced not guilty. Nor will I ever forget the look of horror and utter disbelief on the faces of the 100 or so others packed in the bar to watch the verdict be delivered as if it was New Year's Eve and we were about to watch the ball drop in Times Square. But this was clearly no celebration. There was stunned silence. Our collective hope that good would prevail over evil, that justice would be served, was shattered in that chilling moment.

Dec 08 08:42

Court won't review Obama's eligibility to serve

The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a complete non-starter from the beginning. Anyone born in the US is considered a "natural born" citizen of the US; we've put up both the birth certificate and the local paper's birth announcement.

By not hearing the case, the Supreme Court has demonstrated some horse-sense here.

But there had to be a lot of money and energy behind both this, and other similar lawsuits.

One has to wonder if the intention was to deligitimize the election, causing riots in the streets, and having the current administration invoke martial law.

Dec 07 21:26

Man Wants To Change His Name To 'Fuck Censorship'. Judge Says 'No'.

A New Mexico appeals court on Friday ruled against a Los Alamos man who wanted to change his name to a phrase containing a popular four-letter obscenity.

The man appealed after a state district judge in Bernalillo County refused his request to change his name to "F--- Censorship!"

Judge Nan Nash ruled that the proposed name change was "obscene, offensive and would not comport with common decency."

The man - whose current legal name is Variable - argued on appeal that it was improper government censorship to deny him the name change.

Dec 07 21:18

Reason enough for blind-rage rampages to become very common.

The events of the past weeks beginning with the massive bailouts of Wall Street banks by the Treasury Department are beginning to wear a raw hole in the psyche of the American public.

And it is not now going too far to say the hubris of the government is reason enough to justify a rash of violent, blind-rage, outbreaks, attacks upon all bodies of authority in this country.

Dec 07 19:09

Montana judge: man has right to assisted suicide

A Montana judge has issued a ruling saying residents of the state have the right to doctor-assisted suicide.

Dec 07 16:21

Web Bot Project Predicting Huge Natural Disaster for December

The webbot is predicting major earthquakes for the window around December 10-12 for a first major earthquake and then a couple of days later, perhaps as late at the 15th for a second large quake.

Dec 07 08:29

Hmmm... Should I Stay or Should I Go?

“If I go there will be trouble. And if I stay it will be double.” So the song goes. There’s about 44 days before Chicken Shit McGrew and Shotgun Slim are set to sail into the sunset. Chicken Shit is probably thinking about punching cows because cows don’t have fists and can’t punch him back. Ole Shotgun is dreaming of aging lawyers levered off of skeet machines but… that can’t be enough for them, can it? Once you’ve gotten a taste for innocent, undefended blood it’s a hard jones to kick.

Dec 07 08:24

American Drug War Economics

Ending drug prohibition and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like alcohol and prescription drugs, could save the U.S. economy and millions of lives. Please pass this video on to as many people as you can. We need your help to end the Drug War.

Dec 06 15:30

Idled workers occupy factory in Chicago

RUPA SHENOY | Associated Press | Dec 6, 2008

Workers laid off from their jobs at a factory have occupied the building and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed.

About 200 employees of Republic Windows and Doors began their sit-in Friday, the last scheduled day of the plant's operation.

"We're doing something we haven't since the 1930s, so we're trying to make it work," Fried said.

Dec 06 15:05

Grim Job Report Not Showing Full Picture

NY Times | DAVID LEONHARDT and CATHERINE RAMPELL | Dec 5

As bad as the headline numbers in Friday’s employment report were, they still made the job market look better than it really is.

Already, the share of men older than 20 with jobs was at its lowest point last month since 1983, and very close to the low point of the last 60 years. [...]
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The NY Times shows it does have some good writers.

Dec 06 11:03

Charges against woman over ‘illegal taping’ dropped

About five minutes after they went into the basement, one of the men apparently pulled a cable from a camera in the rafters, causing the feed to an upstairs TV to go blank. Sheldon, incensed, later brought the videotape to the Hopkinton police, asking that charges be brought for destruction of property.

The police reviewed the tape, but rather than pursue a destruction of property charge they arrested Sheldon, alleging she illegally taped a conversation among three of the men while they were in the basement.

Dec 06 08:36

SELL-OUT OR DIE

The war on terror is a psyop. Beginning with Muslim men, everyone will be forced into selling-out to the Americans or facing American bombs. The United States confronts the world with a large gun in one hand and large sacks of money in the other hand. Every man of fighting age will have to choose between wealth and resistance. Will he choose to provide his family with a life of luxury, or with a lifetime of strife? Will you take America’s side in its war against Islam for enormous wealth, or will you fight for God, family and country to your last breath?

Dec 06 01:29

UN boss rejects Burma visit plea

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed frustration at the lack of democratic reform in Burma and says now is not the time for another visit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Ban Ki-moon and the UN are completely impotent to stop the anti-democracy regime in Rangoon.

He's not going because he understands that there is nothing he can do, where the UN will actually back him up.

Dec 05 11:18

Emotional O.J Simpson apologizes for armed robbery

With tears in his eyes, fallen football legend O.J. Simpson Friday apologized for an armed robbery on a hotel room as he faced a stiff jail term of a minimum of six years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I feel really awful about it, yer honor!"

(Didn't work; O.J. going away for a LOOOOOOOONG time!)

Dec 05 10:04

Financial intelligence uncovers foreign espionage in Canada

An unnamed foreign government has been orchestrating espionage activities in Canada over the past year, according to a report tabled in Parliament Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If it were any nation other than Israel, it would have been named.

Dec 05 10:00

Despite Ban, Santa Comes to Maryland Town

The event garnered international attention because of the town council's decision to toss out Father Christmas and a holiday theme in favor of Uncle Sam and patriotism. The string of men dressed as Santa said they showed up in protest because they were outraged by the ban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uncle Sam gets the Fourth of July (not that anyone around here gets all that hot and bothered about it).

Dec 05 09:57

Mom went undercover to free imprisoned son

In the fall of 2007, Giuliano reinvented herself. She slimmed down at the gym, rented an apartment in Allo's neighborhood and printed business cards with her assumed name: Dee Quinn, a recent West Coast transplant.

Her husband initially told her she was crazy, but backed down. Soon she orchestrated a chance meeting with Allo on the street, pretending to be a lonely single woman from California and giving him her phone number.

Giuliano began inviting Allo over to her place to soften him up. He never recognized her from her days sitting through the trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boy, is THERE a movie deal!!!!!!!!!

Dec 05 08:47

Cops Taser Drowned Dad’s Distraught Son

California cops tasered a distraught son whose father was drowning after he and his brother complained that police were not doing enough to rescue their dad, while authorities prevented the two sons from making any kind of rescue effort themselves.

Dec 05 08:45

Early Christmas Tree Sales? Heavens, No.

For six years, North Bethesda United Methodist Church has operated a Christmas tree lot on its grounds at Lone Oak Drive and Old Georgetown Road. And for six years, it opened right after Thanksgiving. The money raised helped fund missions and other church programs, including a medical clinic in Tanzania.

But last week, somebody -- county officials aren't saying who -- dropped a dime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably Mr. Grinch from a competing commercial tree lot.

Dec 05 08:35

Crisis as Canada's PM shuts down Parliament

Dec 05 08:24

Paul Craig Roberts: "Washington Arrogance Has Fomented a Muslim Revolution."

"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Justice Louis Brandeis

Is Pakistan responsible for the Mumbai attack in India? No.

Is India’s repression of its Muslim minority responsible? No.

Dec 05 07:48

Row over angry, penis-removing doctor

Doctors' unions in Romania have criticised a decision to make a surgeon pay £100,000 in damages after he lost his temper and hacked off a patient's penis during surgery.

Surgeon Naum Ciomu, who had been suffering from stress at the time, had been operating on patient Nelu Radonescu, 36, to correct a testicular malformation when he suddenly lost his temper.

Grabbing a scalpel, he sliced off the penis in front of shocked nursing staff, and then placed it on the operating table where he chopped it into small pieces before storming out of the operating theatre at Bucharest hospital.

Dec 05 03:02

Survivalist business booms as economy flails

Survivalist business booms as economy flails

The Armchair Survivalist offers practical advice for surviving global economic meltdown

December 01, 2008: 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - The Armchair Survivalist believes the nation is falling into chaos, and he wants to help.

He offers practical advice for dealing with riots, wars, natural disasters and food shortages, which he says are imminent because of the worldwide economic meltdown and the incoming Obama administration.

Dec 04 15:52

Patriotic American Cops Target "Muslim" Sikhs

"The story begins on Thanksgiving weekend when the Tagore family realised that they had been burgled. They called the local police only to be accused of being Muslims and some how connected to "the bombings in Bombay":

Dec 04 12:48

Ring found inside fish, 21 years after it was lost.

The one that didn't get away held an unlikely surprise for a Texas man. The blue-stoned class ring of Joe Richardson, engraved with his name, turned up inside an 8-pound bass 21 years after he lost it while fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn.

"My first reaction was - you gotta be kidding," he said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"This ring and no other,
was made by the Elves,
who'd pawn their own mother,
to grab it themselves..."

Dec 04 12:46

Pro-Israeli activist dies after entering empty elevator shaft

He had been taking Arabic language courses in the Sharon Building for three years and was last seen, investigators said, on the night of Nov. 25, when he went there to attend a class on the seventh floor.

Police Inspector Matt Krimsky said Kliman apparently fell through an open elevator door on the seventh floor, although the building's manager insists the door must have been secured.

Dec 04 12:32

Towering fraud: newspaper steals Empire State Building

The Daily News claimed it had pocketed the 102-storey Art Deco icon by filing fraudulent documents with the city register to expose New York's dangerously lax system for recording property.

According to the News, the "heist" took just 90 minutes. They then returned the building to its real owners, Empire State Land Associates.

Dec 04 12:30

Scammers pretend to be fraud investigation agents for Visa and MasterCard in order to obtain credit card security codes.

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, 'I need to verify you are in possession of your card'. He'll ask you to 'turn your card over and look for some numbers'. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seems like the US Government is too busy grabbing your money and handing it to Wall Street to pay attention to a real threat to the economy. The scammers are out in full force right now, unimpeded by any actual police.

Be very cautious.

Dec 04 10:15

Governor General agrees to suspend Parliament

Stephen Harper has won his battle to hang on as prime minister - at least until January.

Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean agreed Thursday to Harper's request to shut down Parliament until he can present a budget late next month.

Dec 04 07:43

Harper makes his pitch to Canadians

Stephen Harper isn't satisfied with removing the noose from around his government's neck. Now the Prime Minister wants to use it to strangle his enemies.

In a brief, taped national address last night, the co-operative, soft-spoken Harper Canadians haven't seen or heard since the election took the current political crisis to the next level.

Dec 03 23:01

Police Officer Speaks Out Against Taser

Nick Dial was a police officer who volunteered to be Tasered. Since then his health has suffered to such an extent that he can no longer work. And he's not alone; other police officers have suffered serious health problems, from vertebrae misalignments to heart arrhythmia and stroke. "In its video, Taser International claims that nobody has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of the Taser, but that just isn't true," says Dial.

Dec 03 22:59

Ros-Lehtinen hangs up on Obama. Twice.

Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a little paranoid?

Maybe.

On Wednesday, the Republican congresswoman got a call from President-elect Barack Obama, didn't believe it was him, and hung up on him. Twice.

According to Ros-Lehtinen's flack Alex Cruz, the congresswoman received the call on her cell phone from a Chicago-based number and an aide informed her that Obama wanted to speak to her. When Obama introduced himself, Ros-Lehtinen cut him off and said, "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks." Then she hung up.

Dec 03 20:52

Signs of elaborate acts of self-harm by U.S. teens

Reuters | By Julie Steenhuysen | Wed Dec 3, 2008

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some troubled teens are embedding nails, paper clips, bits of rock, glass and even crayons in their bodies as a way to cope with disturbing thoughts and feelings, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

"It's cutting gone to the next level," Shiels said in a telephone interview.
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They don't call it a "depression" for nothing. It is just astounding to see these new administration appointments being rolled out like some kinda fucking superstars. No one knows where the worldwide insanity will end, if it ends.

Dec 03 18:14

Jean Charles de Menezes jury told to remember officer’s tears

The jury hearing the inquest on Jean Charles de Menezes will retire to consider its verdict today, having been instructed not to return a finding that he was unlawfully killed by police.

Sir Michael Wright, QC, the coroner, told the 11 jurors that they will have to work through the evidence from 100 witnesses and decide whether discrepancies between witnesses were “failures of recollection” or caused by misunderstanding and communication lapses at the time.

Dec 03 18:14

Jean Charles de Menezes jury told to remember officer’s tears

The jury hearing the inquest on Jean Charles de Menezes will retire to consider its verdict today, having been instructed not to return a finding that he was unlawfully killed by police.

Sir Michael Wright, QC, the coroner, told the 11 jurors that they will have to work through the evidence from 100 witnesses and decide whether discrepancies between witnesses were “failures of recollection” or caused by misunderstanding and communication lapses at the time.

Dec 03 18:14

Jean Charles de Menezes jury told to remember officer’s tears

The jury hearing the inquest on Jean Charles de Menezes will retire to consider its verdict today, having been instructed not to return a finding that he was unlawfully killed by police.

Sir Michael Wright, QC, the coroner, told the 11 jurors that they will have to work through the evidence from 100 witnesses and decide whether discrepancies between witnesses were “failures of recollection” or caused by misunderstanding and communication lapses at the time.

Dec 03 14:41

Iraq bids to stop Christie's sale of ancient earrings

Jane Arraf | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor | December 4, 2008 edition

Experts say the market for antiquities in New York and London has been saturated with a stream of looted goods. The neo-Assyrian earrings, though, would be among the most high-profile Iraqi objects offered for sale in recent years.

Dec 03 09:21

The Cost of Hegemony is Beyond Reach: The New Arms Race

Undeterred by massive budget deficits from wars, a falling economy, and financial bailouts, the US government has managed to start a new cold war with Russia. Last Friday, the Russian military announced that it was developing a new generation of ballistic missiles in response to the US government’s decision to deploy ballistic missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The “peace dividend” that the Reagan-Gorbachev accord provided has been squandered by an arrogant American government seeking world hegemony.

Dec 03 08:58

US stands by refusal to sign cluster bomb ban

The United States said Tuesday it will refrain this week from signing a treaty in Norway to ban cluster bombs, because the document is too broad and endangers US soldiers.

"Although we share the humanitarian concerns of states signing the CCM, we will not be joining them," the State Department said in a statement when asked for its views on the Oslo gathering

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We'll just keep blowing up and maiming children (who think the cluster bombs are toys) and non-combatants until we can come up with another nifty device which does the job in a far more deadly way!" - official White Horse Souse.

Dec 03 07:35

Americans turning to survivalists for advice

The survivalist movement was considered somewhat on the decline since it peaked around 1996, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which studies fringe movements around the country. But the SPLC warned last week of a rise in "hyper-survivalist paramilitary groups" as a result of the Obama election.

"Some conspiracy theorists and fringe "Patriot" radio hosts are seeking to reverse that course by calling on their friends and countrymen to arm themselves, organize and head for the hills in preparation for a fast-approaching second Civil War," the SPLC said on its web site.

Dec 03 06:37

15 Officers in Illinois Are Charged in F.B.I. Sting

Fifteen Illinois law enforcement officers were charged Tuesday in an F.B.I. sting on counts that included accepting cash in exchange for providing armed protection for drug dealing operations in south suburban Chicago.

Dec 03 06:31

Harper May Suspend Canada Parliament to Keep From Being Ousted

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper may suspend Parliament to stave off his ouster next week by an opposition coalition that he warned would be beholden to Quebec separatists and push “socialist economics.”

The main opposition Liberal Party agreed two days ago to form a coalition with the New Democratic Party that would be backed by the separatist Bloc Quebecois during key votes. The alliance may replace Harper’s Conservative Party government as early as next week. Harper, 49, said yesterday he’ll fight the move, without ruling out the possibility of suspending the legislature.

Dec 03 06:15

Whistling Past the Graveyard in the Night of the Living Dead.

A couple of days ago the main headline at MSNBC shouted that by 2011 there would be 20,000 soldiers stationed on U.S. soil for the purpose of protecting and defending against acts of terrorism and acts of nature. The image I got was of ranks of men firing into the ground to stop an earthquake or firing into the air to stop a storm. The other image was of ranks of soldiers firing into crowds to defend the authors of a domestic attack, engineered by the leaders of the country.

Dec 02 22:24

Evan Kohlmann; the Doogie Howser of terrorism?

By Tom Mills

Dec 02 20:00

Scientists Report Mental 'Body-Swapping'

"This shows how easy it is to change the brain's perception of the physical self. By manipulating sensory impressions, it's possible to fool the self not only out of its body but into other bodies, too,"

Dec 02 09:24

Message in bottle tossed of N.J. found in N.C.

A message in a bottle tossed into the ocean off Barnegat Bay has turned up in North Carolina - 39 years later.

Dec 02 07:39

coalition gouvernment in Canada set to get rid of the conservatives!

Dec 02 07:30

Canadian Govt Poised to Fall After Less Than 2 Months

Dec 02 07:07

November one of the coldest and wettest in Augusta history

Heavy weekend rainfall across Georgia-Carolina has many thinking, 'what drought?'

This weekend's heavy rain combined with heavy rain about two weeks ago has made this November one of the wettest months of November ever recorded in Augusta.

But it wasn't just rain that made history this month. November 2008 will also go down in the record books as one of the coldest ever in Augusta.

Dec 02 07:03

November in the record books

SUMMER has come to Perth in the nicest possible way - a mild 25 degrees well below the 40-plus temperatures that mugged locals last year.

A prediction of average summer heat was more welcome news for West Australians, who have experienced what the Bureau of Meteorology said was one of the coldest, wettest Novembers on record.

The below-average temperatures saw the city post its first November without a 30-degree day since 1964.

"Since 1897, only five Novembers had previously had no days of 30 degrees or above,'' Mr Relf said.

Dec 02 05:35

Part 2 of The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams

NBC and McCaffrey's coordinated responses to the NYT story

By Glenn Greewald

Dec 02 05:20

The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams

By Glenn Greenwald

The New York Times's David Barstow, whose excellent and aggressive journalism led to the uncovering last April of the Pentagon's domestic propaganda program involving network "military analysts," today returns to this topic with another lengthy front-page exposé. Barstow focuses today on the numerous, undisclosed conflicts of interest of Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who continues to be featured frequently by NBC News as an objective analyst as he opines about war policies in which he has a substantial (and concealed) financial stake.

Dec 01 21:46

New Jersey cops partake in an hour long standoff with a cardboard cutout.

"We didn't know we were going up against a cardboard cutout until we made entry."

Dec 01 19:09

Does Mr. O Know?

Does Mr. O Know?

By James Howard Kunstler

A lot of readers are twanging on me for refraining to castigate President-elect Obama for deeds yet undone. They're discouraged by the advisors and cabinet sectetaries he's picked, ostensibly because the crew coming in are Washington "insiders," meaning they can't possibly see or do things differently.

Dec 01 18:52

Porn bill for couple who can't download

A Hertfordshire couple in their 60s were horrified to receive a letter last week from a London firm of lawyers accusing them of dowloading a hardcore gay porn movie. It demanded they pay £503 for "copyright infringement" or face a high court action. The 20-page "pre-settlement letter" from lawyers Davenport Lyons, acting on behalf of German pornogaphers, insisted they pay £503 to their clients for the 115 minute film Army Fuckers which features "Gestapo" officers and "Czech" farmers.

Dec 01 18:18

The Problem with Pragmatism

President-Elect Obama's national security team is being called, "pragmatic".

As expected Hillary Clinton was named the next Secretary of State.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be kept on in his current post.

Susan Rice, an apparently quite competent Obama staffer, was named as nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Marine General James Jones will be nominated as Barack Obama's National Security Adviser.

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will be nominated as the new Homeland Security Director.

Dec 01 18:08

Russian analyst: U.S. will collapse with secession, civil war in 2009

Dec 01 12:47

Highest tide in 20 years floods historic Venice

Venice could use a bailout. The city built on water has too much of it.

Residents and tourists waded through knee-deep water Monday as they navigated the city's narrow streets and alleys, and its historic St. Mark's Square was inundated. Boxes of tourist merchandise floated inside the flooded shops around the square and even the city's famed pigeons sought refuge on rooftops and windowsills.

One of the highest tides in its history brought Venice to a virtual halt, rekindling a debate over a plan to build moveable flood barriers in an effort to save the lagoon city from high tides.

Dec 01 09:27

Obama announces Clinton, Gates for Cabinet

President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President Bush's Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq. Obama picked former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

President-elect Barack Obama is filling his Cabinet at record speed, choosing loyal friends and one-time foes to guide his wartime foreign policy decisions.

That's easy to do when your under the gun.

Dec 01 08:01

DEA shoots himself in foot

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Oooooh, I am impressed!!!!!!!!!

Dec 01 07:09

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.

Nov 30 10:23

Treated Like a Terrorist by the DMV

By Dave Lindorff

The author tries to renew his drivers license and runs afoul of the catch-a-terrorist system in the DMV.

I am not a terrorist.

How can I prove this in these paranoid times? Easy. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles took my $30 payment over the phone to clear what they said was a record of my NY drivers license having once been withdrawn, and informed the National Driver Register in Washington that I'm a good guy deserving of a renewal of my Pennsylvania drivers license.

Let me explain.

Nov 29 17:08

Authorities: Two handguns found near bodies of victims in Toys R Us shooting

Riverside County sheriff's investigators have recovered two handguns "in close proximity of the deceased" men, according to a sheriff's spokesman. The two men were fatally shot today after an argument between two females inside a crowded Palm Desert Toys R Us store escalated and the men pulled out guns, witnesses said.

Nov 29 09:34

Downturn Drives Military Rolls Up

Some of the largest investment firms on Wall Street are gone. The country's auto industry is on the verge of collapse. Banks are shedding jobs. But in these doom-and-gloom times, there is someone who's hiring: your local military recruiter.

The economic downturn and rising unemployment rate are making the military a more attractive option, Pentagon officials say. In some cases, the peace of mind that comes with good benefits and a regular paycheck is overcoming concerns about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which any new enlistee is likely to join.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those of you who read this site with family members of appropriate military age who are expressing interest in joining the military, please ask them to do a couple of things.

First, make sure that all promises given to them by a military recruiter are in writing. Verbal assurances mean nothing, in the cold process of a recruiter's keeping their numbers up, by any means necessary.

Second, be sure that your family member speaks to a Vet who has seen military engagement in Iraq or Afghanistan before they enlist.

and third, make sure that they talk with a wounded Vet, desperately trying to get the medical and financial benefits they thought they would get when they enlisted, but had the bad luck to forfeit though injury which the military is claiming is "not duty related."

Nov 29 09:33

Poll: Less than half say US offers liberty and justice for all

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports indicates that although Americans strongly support the saying of the Pledge of Allegience, less than half of them believe that "the United States is truly the land of liberty and justice for all."

Nov 29 08:50

SNIPER RIFLE MAKER HIRES RUBY RIDGE SNIPER LON HORIUCHI [SIC] AS ENDORSMENT

Page explanation (11/26/2008):

The page the reader came from to get here is a revision suggested for the H-S Precision Website if H-S is honest and willing to make full disclosure. Maybe the management of H-S Precision should update its "Trophy Room Gallery" as indicated showing the effectiveness of its products to include their touted spokesperson's victim.

According a to a blog at Free Republic (HERE), H-S Precision, maker of sniper rifles in South Dakota, has engaged former FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi as a company spokesperson.

Nov 29 08:32

Something I Saw, Scrying into a Glass Slide.

Yesterday in Long Island, a collection of idiots trampled a man to death; caused a pregnant woman to miscarry and injured several other members of the idiot’s brigade outside a shopopolis of shit. Wal-Mart is a fine example of American culture and so too are these rampaging swine; gathered outside a feeder pipe of useless, plastic crap.

Nov 28 20:04

NSA’s reported eavesdropping on Tony Blair causes major rift in U.S.-British intelligence relations

(WMR) -- Revelations by ABC News that the National Security Agency (NSA) kept an intercept file on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, including information on his “private life,” has sent shock waves through the British and American intelligence communities.

ABC News reported that files on Blair’s communications were maintained in a NSA database code-named “Anchory” and was accessible from the NSA regional signals intelligence site at Fort Gordon, Georgia, known as “NSA Georgia.” The facility focuses on intercepting communications in Europe and the Middle East.

Nov 28 14:43

Bush wants history to see him as a liberator of millions

George W. Bush hopes history will see him as a president who liberated millions of Iraqis and Afghans, who worked towards peace and who never sold his soul for political ends.

"I'd like to be a president (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace," Bush said in excerpts of a recent interview released by the White House Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If by "liberation", the man means by enduring bombs, bullets, starvation, ethnic cleansing (as happened in Iraq), illness (from depleted uranium, water-borne diseases and other poisons), displacement leading to death, then, in that case, Bush's statement is chillingly correct.

But a thinking person needs to look at that statement, shake their heads, and ask: is this man so far out of touch with reality that he has not a clue what he and his henchmen have done in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia??

History will render the final judgment on this man's presidency, and that is apt to be justifiably condemnatory, if the whole truth is written about what he and his team have done.

Nov 28 10:48

FEATURE-Israel's Lebanon war showcased cluster bomb horrors

Israel inadvertently galvanised an international campaign to ban cluster munitions by hastily raining bomblets over south Lebanon before a U.N.-agreed halt to its 2006 war with Hezbollah fighters could take effect.

Norway initiated negotiations on a treaty outlawing cluster munitions which about 100 nations -- but not Israel, the United States, Russia or China -- are due to sign in Oslo next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All too often, kids have no idea these cluster bombs can kill them; if they land close by, before they detonate, children become curious, and start to play with them, as though they were toys.

Then, they're blown to smithereens, body parts landing in a wide scatter pattern on the ground.

Apparently, murdering children in this way is considered perfectly justified and moral by the non-signatory countries.

Nov 28 10:03

U.S. sends terror investigators to India

A U.S. investigative team headed to Mumbai on Friday, a State Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the U.S. and Indian governments were working out final details of the cooperative effort. The official declined to identify which agency or agencies the team members came from.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive my cynicism, but one has to wonder just what the US team can actually do in this situation better than the Indian intelligence team can. The Indian intelligence apparatus is extremely sophisticated, and capable.

My suspicion is US team is not there to uncover the truth, but manipulate the outcome of these dreadful attacks to serve the US geopolitical agenda.

Nov 28 09:50

Hostages found dead at Mumbai Jewish center

Commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside, Indian and Israeli rescue officials said, as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another five-star hotel.

A delegation from Israel's ZAKA emergency medical services unit entered the building after the raid and reported through an Indian aide that five hostages and two gunmen were dead, a ZAKA spokesman in Israel said. The spokesman had no information on the hostages' identities or whether there were wounded inside.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media this morning is marching frantically, lockstep, toward fixing the blame for these horrendous attacks on the next country to be up for a US invasion.

I wouldn't bet against that being placed on Pakistan right now.
And if this happen, I would be willing to bet it will happen before Obama is inaugurated.

Nov 28 09:21

Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede

A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good image of America.

Nov 28 09:08

'I don't hate the Jews, but I hate what they do to people': Ahenakew

Taking the stand in his own defence Thursday, Ahenakew said his feelings about Jewish people, whom he maintains caused the Second World War, took shape during a tour of duty with the Canadian military in the Middle East.

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Nov 28 08:59

From Within Our Own Government Powerful Forces Confront Obama.

I make no pretense of my outspokenness. I make no contentions, as I neither voted for Barack Obama or John McCain. I protested the process with a clear-conscience vote for Mark Twain, exactly as I said I would.

I have only slowly grown to value the opportunities the Obama Presidency present. He will have a chance to grab at the brass ring.

I make no bones about the prissy yes-men Obama has thus far recruited for his cabinet. Not one of them is legitimate. Not one of them, other than Paul Volcker, impresses me.

Nov 28 08:44

Blu-ray uptake could be stalled by recession

BLU-Ray won the format wars, but it hasn't taken off – and now there are fears a recession could stall its progress even further.

A scarcity of cheap Blu-ray video players combined with the effects of a recession are expected to delay take-up of the new, high-definition disc format in Europe, according to media research firm Screen Digest.

"A shortage of cheaper Blu-ray players means that the sub-$US300 ($465) machines that are already appearing on US shelves are unlikely to materialize in Europe this Christmas," Screen Digest analyst Richard Cooper said in a report.

Nov 28 08:31

Mumbai attacks: Cops hunt 'Indian Obama'

Huh?

Nov 28 08:04

Airbus jet crashes on test flight

Two people have been killed and five others are missing after an Airbus A320 jet crashed during a test flight after maintenance work, officials have said.

The plane went into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of France near Perpignan with two Germans and five New Zealanders on board.

Two bodies have been recovered and search crews are looking for the jet's data recorders and the missing people.

The plane was leased by Germany's XL Airways from Air New Zealand.

Nov 28 07:41

Putin Urges Calm As India Readies Nuclear Forces

Russian Foreign Ministry sources are reporting that Prime Minister Putin has telephoned India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to react to the attacks upon his Mumbai with ‘calm’ after being informed by Singh that he has invoked India’s National Security Act which puts their Nuclear Forces on ‘full alert’.

Nov 28 06:54

Flashback: How Did Mossad Know the London Bombings Were Going to Happen?

...the Mossad office in London received advance notice about the attacks, but only six minutes before the first blast...

Nov 28 06:33

Commodities to fall, Oil into the teens, and Gold to $250

In the current climate it is easy to look around and find dire predictions. That's why you are reading this post. It is all part of depression era market psychology. Nothing surprises us any more.

So, I am serious about these predictions?

You bet I am. The worldwide financial systems are wrecked to the up side.

We are now peering over the edge of the abyss.

And just because the fed has sloshed around more than few trillion dollars at the bottom of a their leaky bucket, it is all going into efforts that do nothing to increase demand.

No one has any money.

Nov 28 05:59

(Video) Mumbai- A CIA/Mossad Job? (Humor with a serious message)

If you're offended by a few four letter words, don't watch this video from FKN News.

Nov 28 00:36

Conspiracy to start war with Pakistan ?

Friday, November 28 2008, Ziqa'ad 29, 1429

Conspiracy against Pak is unfolding

Akhtar Jamal

"Islamabad—An expected conspiracy aimed at isolating and possibly targeting Pakistan is believed to be unfolding and senior observers here fear that “Mumbai’s terrorist attack” may serve as the major motivation to implement that scheme.

Nov 27 23:53

2 US spies killed inTaj Hotel

[This article may not stay available due to its source.]

US spies killed in serial attacks, experts
begin to debate nuke security
By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: Though Indian government has refrained to drag Islamabad directly into the Mumbai terror attacks, insinuations suggest that fresh strains on the diplomatic relations between the two countries are on cards once again. It is believed that terrorists have identified and then killed two senior American intelligence officers who were staying at the posh Taj Palace Hotel on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

Nov 27 18:19

Harvard Teaching Hospital Reviewing J&J Ties to Psychiatry Unit

Bloomberg.com By Rob Waters and Julie Ziegler

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Massachusetts General Hospital will investigate conflicts of interest at a child psychiatry research center it established with funding from Johnson & Johnson, maker of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

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Mass General, Harvard University, Johnson & Johnson, lots of money, and, kids being doped up on Risperdal because the process was greased. Jail time is required to renew faith in the institutions. I'll never have faith in any doctor, regardless. Doctors don't make these posts.

Nov 27 12:56

Suspect arrested in TV anchor's slaying

Staff Writer CNN

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas did not say what led investigators to name Vance as a suspect, but he said it was "a very, very solid case due to solid detective work."

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I don't know about this, a bubble-headed bleach blonde news anchor is beaten to death and they arrest some 28 year old black guy named Curtis...

What is the motive?

Nov 27 12:46

Tiger leader makes defiant speech

Staff Writer BBC South Asia

The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka has said that the government is living in "dreamland" if it expects outright military victory.

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There is a massive glut of dreamland worldwide.

Nov 27 12:08

Bullying

I've always been a bully, since as long as I can remember.

Bullying gets a lot of bad press in our world of late.

It wasn't always so, but these humanitarian schmucks have the floor and the gavel with so much wrong in the world, and so many complaining about it all the time.

But no one knows what to do about anything anymore.

And the number of people screaming to be bullied is skyrocketing.

It's too bad. Because a lot of what is wrong in the world could be very quickly cured with just a little well-placed bullying.

Nov 27 11:00

Baby With A King Cobra...

This has to be one of the strangest video clips we have ever
experienced when a 7 month-old baby in India is placed in front
of a King Cobra. What happens is the snake repeatedly attacks the
child with the parents in the background giggling.

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Nov 27 09:16

Police nab suspect in anchor's death, seek answers

Police did not disclose what led them to suspect Vance, with Thomas saying only that the capital murder charge was based on "a very, very solid case due to solid detective work."

Hastings had said previously that DNA and other evidence from the scene gave police a portrait of the person they were looking for, though they did not have a name until this month. One of Pressly's credit cards was used at a gas station after the beating, but Hastings said security camera footage didn't provide a good look at the person using it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does NOT sound like a solid case against this guy.

Can you say "Patsy?"

Nov 27 08:54

FLASHBACK: Treasury Secretary Paulson to Visit India

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US was becoming "interested" in India about a year ago.

Nov 27 08:51

FLASHBACK: Paulson: Hot on India, cool on China

On Tuesday morning, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson gave a speech on China. It was called "Managing Complexity and Establishing New Habits of Cooperation" - a title that a therapist might borrow for a parents' lecture on coping with defiant adolescents.

Nov 27 08:17

Chopra: Attack prompts tough questions

India at this moment has to contain any reactive violence from the fundamentalist Hindus, which is very likely and possible. So India has to condemn that by not blaming local Muslims. They have to identify the exact groups.

And the world has to be very careful that they don't go after the wrong people. Because if you go after the wrong people, you convert moderates into extremists. It happens every time, and retribution against innocent people just because they have the same religion actually aggravates and perpetuates the problem.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chopra is correct. It is the US and Israeli actions directed against ALL Muslims that drives moderates into being extremists. They see clearly and correctly that the US and Israel are not interested in peaceful co-existence. They see what is happening in Gaza, they hear the speeches about the "Clash of civilizations", they know the dirty tricks that are played then blamed on Muslims.

Nov 27 08:08

No Israelis in Mumbai Hospitals

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yossi Levi said, mid-morning Thursday, that according to the data received by Israel's control center for the Mombai terrorist attacks there are no Israelis among the wounded or dead in Mombai hospitals.

Nov 27 07:50

Thanksgiving 2008

Like other Autumnal Harvest Festivals, Thanksgiving Day is a time for everyone to count his and her Blessings and to be grateful to The Creator for all that has been bestowed upon us. It is a communal festival, in recognition that that no one survives alone.

Nov 27 07:42

Indian Navy delegation in Russia to review ongoing projects

A top-level Indian delegation led by Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral P R Suthan is here to review ongoing naval projects, including trials and delivery of Nerpa nuclear attack submarine to be leased to India next year and the refit of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier.

Nov 26 18:34

Ruthlessly dedicated to the preservation of whatever.

IN this age where terrorism, false flags, the end of the financial system, and trillions of dollars all can come up within a single article without shocking a single reader, one has to wonder, by what measure might we see life jump back out of the fast lane before, or after, the bloody, fatal crash everyone seems to be predicting, coming from one source or another, as it most assuredly is?

Nov 26 17:33

Intelligence chiefs were expecting Al-Qaeda spectacular

Western intelligence services have been expecting an al-Qaeda spectacular terrorist attack in this crucial period between the end of President George Bush’s administration and the succession of Barack Obama.

Signals intelligence “chatter” in recent weeks indicated that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organisation might be plotting an attack “to grab the headlines” before Mr Obama takes over in the White House on January 20.

British security and intelligence sources said there had been increasing concern, particularly in the United States, that a “terrorist spectacular” was on the cards.

Nov 26 17:31

Mumbai Attacks To Be Blamed On Pakistan?

Coordinated attacks across Mumbai, India’s financial capital, which have killed up to a hundred people and injured hundreds more, are likely to be blamed on a terrorist organization linked to the Pakistani ISI, providing further justification for controversial U.S. bombings inside Pakistani territory and heightened rhetoric against Pakistan on behalf of President elect Barack Obama.

Nov 26 16:47

India Seeking to Bolster Ties with Iran

India says it considers its own national interests and wants to develop relations with Iran without being intimidated by political pressure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a good reason for "someone" to shoot the crap out of Mumbai!

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