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July 11, 2009

Jul 11 09:29

Internet Attack Propaganda Increases as Cyber Bill Approaches

The new alleged threat and accompanying propaganda comes as Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller prepares for a July committee vote on cybersecurity legislation he introduced in April with Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. One of the bill’s most controversial provisions would give the president the power to effectively shut off the Internet during a cyber crisis similar to the one now threatening PCs, according to South Korea and its U.S. created intelligence agency.

Jul 11 09:27

Tase Early, Tase Often

The shocking truth about speeding busts: sometimes a ticket is not the worst part.

Jul 11 09:02

NYSE Program Trading Included Goldman Trades

NYSE Euronext said its previously reported program-trading percentage of 48.6% for the week of June 22 to June 26 was correct because it included trades by Goldman Sachs & Co. even though the firm was left off the list of most active firms.

Jul 11 09:02

NYSE Error Keeps Goldman Off Weekly Program-Trading List

An error by the New York Stock Exchange caused Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to be left out of the exchange's weekly program trading data last week.

Goldman Sachs is regularly near the top of the NYSE's list, if not at the top. In the weekly report released last Thursday, however, even when program trading amounted to an all-time high of 48.6% of NYSE average daily volume, Goldman was absent from the NYSE's list.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Nah, really, it was a mistake. Honest. Really. A mistake. Really."

Jul 11 08:56

Alcohol to power artificial muscles for robots, prosthetic limbs

Instead of batteries, artificial muscles driving robots or prosthetic limbs might soon be powered by a kind of alcohol that can make people blind, say researchers.

"You can imagine robotic soldiers fighting ahead of human soldiers and getting a drink of alcohol to fight on," Live Science quoted materials scientist, Ray Baughman director of the University of Texas at Dallas NanoTech Institute as saying.

Jul 11 08:55

US space shuttle ready to deliver Japanese porch

NASA prepared to launch space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station on Saturday to deliver a Japanese porch and spare parts needed to keep the outpost going after the shuttle fleet's retirement next year.

The space agency planned to begin fueling the ship just after 10 am for liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:39 pm

Jul 11 08:53

Crude Impact: Oil, The Earth and Humanity

Jul 11 08:45

Report: Too few officials knew of surveillance

Just what those activities involved remains classified, but the IGs pointedly say that any continued use of the secret programs must be "carefully monitored."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, for all the indignant hurrumphing, THE SPYING ON AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE!

Jul 11 08:40

Lawmaker says CIA director ended secret program

CIA Director Leon Panetta has terminated a "very serious" covert program the spy agency kept secret from Congress for eight years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a House Intelligence subcommittee chairwoman, said Friday.

Schakowsky is pressing for an immediate committee investigation of the classified program, which has not been described publicly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most online observers have concluded that the program in question is the assassination team that reported directly to Vice President Dick Cheney reported by Sy Hersch.

Jul 11 08:33

U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.’s Died

After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode, according to government officials and human rights organizations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 21st Century version of the Black Hole of Calcutta.

Jul 11 08:31

What do You Have to do to Get an Unbreakable Bond Around Here?

Yesterday president Barack Obama said the US will remain a strong partner to the Iraqi people. Is that the best we can do? How come Iraq can’t get an Israel-style, we’ll-support-you-unthinkingly-no-matter-what kind of pledge from the US president?

After all, Obama said this about Israel just a couple months ago:

“The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the US and Israel remain as strong and unshakable as ever.”

And this a month ago:

“America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties.”

But when it comes to Iraq, we get nothing more than:

Jul 11 08:28

An Alarming Video! ZOMG!!!1!

Oh hey, this is the part right before the MEMRI clip started. Okay, what he was doing just now was talking about America’s three main fears. Number one was China, and keeping China from becoming a military powerhouse by letting it become an economic powerhouse. Number two is weapons of mass destruction. And this is where the MEMRI clip starts.

In other words, MEMRI took his statement out of context and implied that he meant it in a way completely different from how he meant it. Big surprise.

Jul 11 08:23

New Evidence that Bush Administration Impeded 3 Investigations into Alleged Massacre of Up to 2,000 Prisoners in Afghanistan

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has issued a call for a criminal probe in the wake of a major New York Times story with new evidence that the Bush Administration impeded at least three federal investigations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan in 2002.

PHR is calling for the Department of Justice to investigate why the Bush Administration impeded an FBI criminal probe of the alleged Dasht-e-Leili massacre.

Jul 11 08:21

Military Escalation: From Afghanistan To the Caspian Sea and Central Asia

The Pentagon and its NATO allies have launched the largest combat offensive to date in their nearly eight-year war in South Asia - Operation Khanjar (Strike of the Sword) with 4,000 US Marines, attack helicopters and tanks and Operation Panchai Palang (Panther's Claw) with several hundred British engaged in airborne assaults - in the Afghan province of Helmand.

The American effort is the largest ground combat operation conducted by Washington in Asia since the Vietnam War.

Jul 11 08:20

Americans Swap Homes for Hotels as Recession Bites

In Massachusetts, a record number of families are being put up in motels due to high unemployment and the rising number of homes going into foreclosure, costing taxpayers $2 million per month but providing a lifeline for desperate families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But we can send billions to Israel to help them build new homes in the illegal settlements in occupied Palestine, right?

Jul 11 08:18

Obama declares to Africa: End tyranny, corruption

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After watching the House of Representatives vote themselves rich with taxpayer money last fall, the US has lost the moral standing to lecture any other country about corruption.

And we will have a right to lecture other countries about tyranny when we get honest elections restored to this country and end the war crimes being perpetrated by the US against [select name of country from too long list].

Jul 11 08:14

U.N. to Emerge as Global IRS

The most “popular” proposals, which could generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue for global purposes, involve taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and financial transactions such as stock trades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep telling you, this global warming crap is a scam to impose new taxes an a socialist global government.

Jul 11 08:12

Mortgage defaults spread as even 'safe' borrowers falter

The mortgage default crisis has an ominous new face. It's your neighbor with a traditional fixed-rate loan.

No longer is the real estate bust simply the result of exotic, subprime loans that doubled payments and blew up in homeowners' faces. As the Sacramento economy buckles, even the safest mortgages have become part of a new wave of loan defaults, experts say.

With capital-area job losses reaching 45,000 in the past year and unemployment at 11.1 percent, lenders, bankruptcy attorneys and debt counselors all say they're seeing rising delinquencies among prime borrowers with fixed-rate loans and good credit. Many of those slipping into trouble are state workers, the mainstay of Sacramento's economy.

Jul 11 08:11

Fmr BBC & ABC Palestinian Journalist On Israel & Hamas

Jul 11 08:08

Obama admin: No grounds to probe Afghan war crimes

Obama administration officials said Friday they had no grounds to investigate the 2001 deaths of Taliban prisoners of war who human rights groups allege were killed by U.S.-backed forces.

A former U.S. ambassador for war crimes issues, Pierre Prosper, told the Times that the Bush administration was reluctant to investigate the deaths, even though Dostum was on the payroll of the CIA and his soldiers worked with U.S. special forces in 2001.

Dostum was suspended from his military post last year on suspicion of threatening a political rival, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently rehired him, the Times reported.

Jul 11 08:05

CNN Uncovers America's Worst Environmental Disaster

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how the EPA says this coal ash is no big problem .... but the push to tax you for carbon dioxide goes on.

Jul 11 07:56

Sears Starts Christmas Sales In July

How early is too early for Christmas marketing? Apparently it's not July for Sears Holdings Company.

The company owns Sears and Kmart. It has opened an online holiday store and Christmas boutiques at hundreds of stores.

Jul 11 07:51

Stimulus Money Goes to Retrieve Old Crab Pots From Ocean Bed

Commercial fishermen struggling from catch restrictions and high fuel prices will get part of a $700,000 federal stimulus grant to retrieve lost crab pots now littering the ocean bottom, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's not stimulus.

Stimulus means starting a company that will CONTINUE to sell products and provide jobs after that stimulus money runs out. Like the road patchinng operations being funded with stimulus money, once the initial project is over, those people are out of work again, the stimulus money is gone, and there are no operating businesses making products for sale.

Jul 11 07:48

France: U.S. gave Israel six months to freeze settlements

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And THIS time, we really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really mean it, too!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 11 07:45

*AF Research Lab Doc Exposed* – Carpet Bombing people’s personal computers

The Army acknowledged in the announcement that it already has waged cyberattacks on enemy networks and communications platforms, but provided no details. But it wants to “leverage innovative technologies” to improve its cyberattacks “and prevent enemy forces from detecting and countering efforts directed against them,” according to the announcement. “Technologies designed to interrupt these modern networks must use subtle, less obvious methodology that disguises the technique used, protecting the ability whenever possible to permit future use.”

Jul 11 07:25

Pope blasts capitalism ahead of G-8 meeting

Pope Benedict XVI, on the eve of a global economic summit, lashed out at modern capitalism for being shortsighted and short on ethics.
"Today's international economic scene, marked by grave deviations and failures, requires a profoundly new way of understanding business enterprise," the pontiff said in his third encyclical letter, "Charity in Truth," which was released Tuesday.

Jul 11 07:18

Coup sends Honduras ministers into hiding

Since Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras was forced into exile by the military and supreme court, many of his former cabinet members have fled the country. But for those who have stayed behind the constant threat of arrest by the country's new leadership means they are living in fear. Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar reports from Tegucigalpa.

Jul 11 07:14

Message from President Zelaya to the Honduran people, (from Sunday July 5)

Via this means of communication I am urging that we continue with the participation of the people, the principal actors in our democracy and in the solutions that there can be to the major problems of poverty and inequality that our nation is experiencing. We Hondurans we have confronted many problems and we have always known how to unite in order to move forward, and this is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the world that we Hondurans are capable of standing up to these problems and advancing, despite the obstacles of this criminal sect that is currently trying to appropriate the fate of our nation and of our sons and daughters....
I am prepared to make any effort, any sacrifice to obtain the freedom that our country needs. Either we are free or we will be permanent slaves, if we lack the valor to defend ourselves!
Do not carry weapons, no weapons! Practice what I have always preached: non-violence. Let them be the ones to bear violence, weapons and repression, and I will make the coup perpetrators responsible for every life, for every person, for the physical integrity of everybody, and for the dignity of the Honduran people....

Jul 11 07:08

Special "Q Group" security wing inside US National

The NSA tasked with covering up the real story of 9/11? Another nail in the coffin of the official story? Untold millions of dollars of taxpayer money have been spent to hide the truth and it still continues. This is how our criminal government works.

Jul 11 07:00


The Internal Revenue Service(IRS) has collected "untold billions" of tax dollars from investors swindled by fraudster Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi based on "earnings" that never existed.

That's the view of Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, who says IRS "had no constitutional right to tax (Madoff investors) because the Sixteenth Amendment allows it only to tax 'income,’ not 'phantom income.’" Madoff, since convicted, told his investors their "profits" were the result of his trades in their behalf when, in fact, he never made the trades but paid them from monies swindled from new investors.

Jul 11 06:59

Herschel’s first insight into space reveals spectacular results

The Herschel Space Observatory has carried out the first test observations with all its instruments, revealing spectacular results, finding water and carbon and revealing dozens of distant galaxies.

These observations show that Herschel’s instruments are working beyond expectations.

They promise a mission of rich discoveries for waiting astronomers.

Jul 11 06:55

New procedure removes need for open heart surgery

A pioneering procedure which removes the need for risky open heart surgery on patients with valve problems has been performed for the first time in Britain.

Surgeons can now repair leaking heart valves by passing a tiny 20cm long wire down the jugular vein, which sees patients discharged just a day after the operation.

Jul 11 06:49

The Fed Under Fire

Jul 11 06:28

Unclassified Report on the President's Surveillance Program

PDF document at the link. Patience required to open the doc; they've put a full-page image on the cover (to discourage reading?) so it takes a few minutes.

Jul 11 06:03

John Holdren, Obama's Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet

These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology -- informally known as the United States' Science Czar. In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:

• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food;

Jul 11 04:50

Nobody Knows What Nanoparticles Do -- Yet They Are in Your Food, Cosmetics, and Toys

It's a beautiful summer day. You pull on your stain-resistant cargo shorts and odor-resistant hiking socks, gulp down an energy-boosting supplement, slather yourself with sunscreen and head out for a ramble in the woods. Are you poisoning yourself? When you get home, you jump in the shower and toss your clothes in the wash. Are you poisoning the environment? Maybe.

Your sunscreen, energy drink and high-tech clothing may be among the 800-plus consumer products made with nanomaterials: those manufactured at the scale of atoms and molecules. Sunscreen that turns clear on the skin contains titanium dioxide, an ordinary UV-blocker in extraordinarily small particles...

Jul 11 04:19

The end of free speech on the Internet; US Gov't has the technology NOW (and is using it)

If there's any doubt about the source of cyberattacks, the US Government has spelled it out pretty clearly.
See article at the link; here's an excerpt:
..."Cyberattacks -- actions taken against computer systems or networks -- are often complex to plan and execute but relatively inexpensive, and the technology needed is widely available. Defenses against such attacks are discussed, but questions on the potential for, and the ramifications of, the United States' use of cyberattack as a component of its military and intelligence arsenal have not been the subject of much public debate. Although the policy and organizational issues raised by the use of cyberattack are significant, the report says, "neither government nor society at large is organized or prepared to handle issues related to cyberattack, let alone to make broadly informed decisions."

July 10, 2009

Jul 10 23:05

Hulu: 23 minute vid on the NASA Stereo project

In honor of Mike's interest in NASA.

Jul 10 22:19

JFK’s Murder

Operation "ZIPPER" (the forced removal of JFK)

This was the code name known within the agency – "this operation was implemented with the help, approval and/or knowledge of the FBI, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson under the aegis of the CIA."

Jul 10 20:28

Social Security Administrators' $700,000 Party

This week Social Security administrators got together at the classically upscale Biltmore Hotel and Spa in Phoenix and threw themselves a $700,000 party.

Jul 10 20:22

Winning Financial Firms Gave Big in 2008 Cycle

The nine companies and subadvisors chosen to manage the government's purchase of toxic assets donated almost a quarter of a million dollars to President Barack Obama's election campaign.

Jul 10 19:48

Bilderberger treason goes unpunished!

Together they form the wheel of the New World Order, rolling towards a vast collectivist society in which free nation states are subsumed under the Bilderberg Big Brothers, most notably Rockefeller, with an expanded UN military force, supported by taxes on oil at the wellhead to maintain order and security.
It is a strangely utopian notion of a “World Company,” an uber capitalist corporation vs. the nation state, a whole new Brand X of authoritarian rule. Its model most closely resembles a free-trade capitalist China with a communist authoritarianism to buttress it, in which the individual vanishes literally and figuratively; in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and two classes are de rigueur, rich and slave-class.

Jul 10 16:24

American Prosperity killed by Continuous War

For the faction controlling the Pentagon, the military industry, and the oil industry, the Cold War never ended. They engineered an incredible plan to grab total control of the planet, of land, sea, air, space, outer space and cyberspace. Continuing ‘below the radar,’ they created a global network of military bases and conflicts to advance the long-term goal of Full Spectrum Dominance.

Jul 10 16:17

Israel keeps its dubious crown

Israel has much to be proud of, but one dubious distinction it might prefer to do without is that the People of the Book have the highest proportion of hackers per Internet user in the world.

The United States sports the highest absolute number of denial of service attacks. But Israel boasts the most malicious mischief per surfer in the world.

Jul 10 16:16


And when, in the late 1930's, President Roosevelt asked Tesla for his fabled and mysterious Death Ray, to be added to the arsenal of democracy, Tesla claimed that it did not exist. He did not think the world was ready for it, nor for an unknown number of other inventions which he kept hidden away.

[Another version is that Tesla offered this technology to FDR, and FDR replied back, "No. We're going to war!" -- ts]

Jul 10 16:10

U.S. Said to Have Averted Inquiry Into ’01 Afghan Killings

After a mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode, according to government officials and human rights organizations.

Jul 10 16:06

To the Moon: How we built the technologies

Jul 10 15:32

Iceland today, July 10, 2009: an old Parliament burned down, the new one on fire with anger

Very little is left of Valhalla, the hotel-museum built on Thingvellir, the place where the first Icelanders were holding their yearly sessions of Parliament, after a blazing fire today.

Jul 10 14:38

A bit of a stretch, isn't it?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a gecko in my office claims to be descended from a T-rex. The sad little lizard has nothing else to feel good about himself with, so I haven't told him that the actual descendants of the dinosaurs are modern-day birds.

As for David Cameron being a descendant of the twelve tribes of Hebrews that followed Moses out of Egypt, the
latest archaeological evidence is that the exodus actually happened to the Hyksos, and the Hebrews simply stole the story.

As for Moses, I tend to agree with Sigmund Freud that the
historical figure of Moses was actually an Egyptian, possibly even the 'heretic' monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Jul 10 14:19

Lead Fever

When they finally cross the line and declare martial law for what ever myriad of reasons that may or may not be orchestrated by "them," will we have descended to the final stage that brings us to shooting the bastards?

Jul 10 14:15

Report: Bush program extended beyond wiretapping

President George W. Bush authorized other secret intelligence activities - which have yet to become public - even as he was launching the massive warrentless wiretapping program, the summary said. It describes the entire program as the "President's Surveillance Program."

The report describes the program as unprecedented and raises questions about the legal grounding used for its creation. It also says the intelligence agencies' continued retention and use of the information collected under the program should be carefully monitored.

Jul 10 14:10

Columbine High, Official Conspirators of Murder?

Tim White on the Columbine High Cover Up and Witness Intimidation
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2005 3:48 PM
I happen to BE in Denver and have been for 35+years. I SAW the people in the crowd-in the very first video tape to come on air (on KGMH Channel 7, for the 11:00 A.M. news) who were OBVIOUS "suits" and I did indeed see the FEMA comm unit on several video tape scenes -from channels 4, 7, and 9- before it was removed and never seen again , but there are photos of this to prove that it was set-up on the school grounds.

Jul 10 14:08

FLASHBACK - Does Senate FISA bill immunize FBI 'black-bag jobs'?

A few decades ago, the FBI regularly conducted "black-bag jobs" that involved sneaking into homes, hotel rooms and offices with the cooperation of the building's owner or even a neighbor with a spare key. Locks were picked otherwise.

Because no judge had authorized the FBI's black-bag job, they were incredibly illegal. In the mid-1970s, the Church Committee famously disclosed the bureau's clandestine operations.

Now President Bush is backing a bill that seems to encourage the FBI to revert to some of its old habits.

Jul 10 14:07

Fed fights Congress attack on powers

The Federal Reserve warned yesterday that a congressional threat to curtail its independence would destabilise markets and raise the cost of servicing US debt for "current and future generations".

Ron Paul, the Texas Republican, has gathered the support of a majority of the House of Representatives for a bill that would audit the Fed's monetary policy decisions. He told a congressional hearing he wanted the power to prevent the central bank being "secret and clandestine and serving special interests".

Jul 10 14:01

PROTESTS IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO ~ NOT on the Controlled News Media !

Jul 10 13:49

Information Overload is a Major Issue for Military!

Report: Information Overload is a Major Issue for Military!

Researcher claims 70% of intelligence gathered falls on the floor!

(Sarcasm) looks like we need a department of homeland security so we can have all intelligence gathered in one place and make the whole process more efficient! Now why has the government not implemented the above idea?

Jul 10 13:31

"Holy smokes batman ! " Government Stimulus Website to Cost Taxpayers $18M USD

This is un-fracken real! A web site on godaddy.com costs less then 175 dollars a year! and the largest qoute i could get is for a managed server is $3,073 from rackspace. So i would like to know where the extra 9.45 million is going, and/or the extra 17.95 million for 5 years. This is Theft with a capital "T"!

many are upset over a quiet General Services Administration press release that announced how much the site would cost over a 5 year period -- $18M USD. The site's redesign alone will cost $9.5M USD.

Jul 10 12:51

Egyptian authorities forced to burn expired Gaza aid

Egyptian authorities on Friday said they planned to destroy a large amount of accumulated humanitarian aid bound for Palestinians in Gaza.

The aid expired at the Al-Ouja border crossing between Israel and Egypt while authorities awaited Israel's permission to transfer it through, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, Israel held up permission for the food to enter Gaza until the food spoiled.

Jul 10 12:45

U.S. Military Links Karzai Brother to Drugs

U.S. military documents, obtained by ABC News, list the brother of Afghanistan president Karzai as a "problem maker" in the pay of drug lords.

Wali Karzai is described in the documents as "receives money from drug lords as bribe to facilitate their work and movement."

The documents, marked secret, appear to be part of a "U.S. military targeting assessment" produced in January 2005. The documents were downloaded from a computer flash disc sold at an Afghanistan street bazaar for $200.

Jul 10 12:30

Obama claims right to imprison ?combatants? acquitted at trial

In testimony before the US Senate Tuesday, legal representatives of the Obama administration not only defended the system of kangaroo military tribunals set up under Bush, but affirmed the government?s right to continue imprisoning detainees indefinitely, even if they are tried and acquitted on allegations of terror-related crimes.

This assertion of sweeping, extra-constitutional powers is only the latest in a long series of decisions by the Democratic administration demonstrating its essential continuity with the Bush White House on questions of militarism and attacks on democratic rights.

Jul 10 12:28

Soros funds infiltration of 9/11 truth, election protection, and “independent” journalism

WMR has learned from well-placed sources that international hedge fund mogul and financier of “progressive” causes George Soros has been, for a number of years, infiltrating 9/11 “truth” organizations, groups advocating election reform, and so-called “independent journalism” enterprises in order to hijack agendas and, eventually, cause the groups to collapse from within or be absorbed into larger organizations servile to Soros and his agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not around here he hasn't! :P

Jul 10 12:25

Rogue Algorithms And Other Mutually Assured Destruction Program Trading Alternatives

HFTs are computerized trading programs that make money two ways, in general. They offer bids in such a way so as to make tiny amounts of money from per share liquidity rebates provided by the exchanges. Or they make tiny per share long or short profits. While this might sound like small change, HFTs collectively execute billions of shares a day, making it an extremely profitable business.

Why should institutional or retail investors care? After all, aren’t HFTs adding liquidity? That’s what they and the exchanges, who court their business, say.

There’s a lot to worry about.

Jul 10 12:23

Toyota is More "American" Than GM, Ford, Chrysler

Many of us have seen a coworker, neighbor, or friend purchase and prominently display a "Buy American" bumper sticker on their domestic automobile. However, in this changing global economy which has seen Toyota and Honda building new factories, design centers, and more in the U.S. and domestic automakers moving their production overseas, are "American" automobiles really that American anymore?

Jul 10 12:22

Breaking News: http://www.xp-dev.com

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More details on the Goldman Sachs program trade software theft.

Jul 10 12:20

Karzai pardons five Afghan heroin traffickers

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pardoned five heroin smugglers, at least one of them a relative of a man who heads Karzai's campaign for re-election next month, a source and a government spokesman said.

Jul 10 12:19

Judenrein! Israel adopts Nazi term to back settlers

"Judea and Samaria cannot be Judenrein," a Netanyahu confidant quoted him as telling Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Asked how Germany's top diplomat responded to hearing the Nazi Holocaust term for areas "cleansed of Jews," the confidant said, "What could he do? He basically just nodded."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's latest spin is that refusing to allow Jews to build homes on other people's property is "ethnic cleansing" against Jews.

Jul 10 12:17

The families driven apart by Israel's red tape

New regulations are making it increasingly difficult for Palestinians from Gaza to see their relatives in the West Bank

Jul 10 12:11

ADHD Drugs Proven Absolutely Useless for Children – Plus, They Stunt Growth

According to previous analysis of MTA data, stimulant drugs do improve the social functioning and reduce symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in children with ADHD for the first year of treatment. In the current analysis, however, researchers followed 485 children for eight years and found that children who remained on medication for that entire time showed no improvement in symptoms over those who had stopped taking the drugs.

Jul 10 12:00

Medvedev Unveils “World Currency” Coin At G8

“Here it is,” Medvedev told reporters today in L’Aquila, Italy, after a summit of the Group of Eight nations. “You can see it and touch it,” reports Bloomberg. “We are discussing both the use of other national currencies, including the ruble, as a reserve currency, as well as supranational currencies,” the Russian leader said at a news conference.

Press images released to the Yahoo photo wire did not show any close up shots of the coin and little was known about it, except that it had been minted in Belgium and bears the words “unity in diversity”.

Jul 10 11:58

A new solar-cell design could cut costs and is suitable for large-scale flexible panels.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have made a new kind of solar cell by growing an array of upright nanoscale pillars on aluminum foil.The work is at an early stage, and "you won't know the cost until you do this using a roll-to-roll process," he says. "But if you can do it, the cost could be 10 times less than what's used to make [crystalline] silicon panels." Javey and his colleagues showed that the cells have an efficiency of about 6 percent in transforming sunlight into electricity.

Jul 10 10:40

Obama's poll numbers head into Bush country!

Jul 10 10:39

New York Times may charge for website access

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We gotta PAY for the propaganda now???????? :)

Jul 10 10:38

Third of breast cancer 'harmless'

One in three breast cancers detected by mammogram screening may actually be harmless, a study has suggested.

Data from five countries, including the UK, suggest some women may have had unnecessary treatment for cancers that were unlikely to kill them or spread.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, I had a yacht payment to make!!!" -- Dr. Feelgood

Jul 10 10:37

Senate Democrats to Propose Raising Taxes on Capital Gains, Dividends, and Interest to Fund Health Care Reform

Bloomberg reports that Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee are considering embracing a proposal put forth this week by Citizens for Tax Justice to apply the 1.45% Medicare tax to capital gains, dividends, and interest to fund health care reform, coupled with a 2.5% surtax on incomes over $200,000 (single) and $250,000 (joint):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice that whenever the US Government talks about "reform" it means you are going to get gouged with more taxes?

Jul 10 10:36

The Government may be Big but it's not Your Brother.

Right now it looks like the government has got Boomslangs coming out of their ears and once they hit the ground they go into a mating frenzy with the Black Mambas. It’s looking like voodoo on steroids. Meanwhile they have only limited and temporary control over the financial horror show that they are propping up with two by fours and bullshit. From what I can see, the purpose of this is to loot the last bloody nickel from the thing before they bring it down on the heads of the public.

Jul 10 10:35

Credit Losses Rising Anywhere and Everywhere

Remember when policymakers at the Federal Reserve told us in 2007 and 2008 that the credit problems were “contained” to the subprime mortgage sector? Or when then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson spouted the same line?


Jul 10 10:34

Housing and Banking Deception: 23,000 to 28,000 Foreclosed Homes kept off the MLS or Public View in California each Month.

The math in California housing simply does not add up. Given the amount of sales and monthly foreclosures over the past few months, it would appear that banks are sitting back while a gigantic backlog of foreclosures grows. A few in the media are calling attention to this obvious fraud but not many. The California housing market is reeling from an epic mulit-decade long real estate bubble. For the past few months, foreclosures have been hitting at a record pace yet the official MLS inventory is falling lower and lower. I have pulled up data for the largest California counties with MLS data from March and compared it to July and what you will see is simply astonishing.

Jul 10 10:30

US politician urges Iran 'sabotage'

The former speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that the US should "sabotage" Iran's oil and gas infrastructure as part of its efforts to bring down the government.

Jul 10 10:29

Lawmaker won’t deny secret CIA program was ‘Cheney assassination ring’

“It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh stated. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.”

Jul 10 10:28

Obama campaign vow of public debate on health care fading

Campaigning for president, Barack Obama said repeatedly that any overhaul of the health care system should be negotiated publicly and televised for all to see. Throughout this year's negotiations, however, the big deals have been struck in secret.

Jul 10 10:24

Ready For Ballot Initiatives to Cut Sales Tax?

Massachusetts voters were polled:

'When the Massachusetts state government wants to spend more money than it collects in taxes, how should it deal with the money gap? Raise taxes? Cut spending?'

12% answered, "raise taxes."

71% responded, "cut state government spending." (1)

Yet the Massachusetts legislature opposed voters - and raised taxes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is taxation without representation and in the school I went to, I was taught that this is a very good reason to kick out the government!

Jul 10 10:13

Goldman Sachs Reverts to Pre-Lehman Risk Mean as Profits Surge

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is poised to report the largest profit since it set earnings records in 2007, marking the return of a business model that was the envy of Wall Street before the financial crisis devastated competitors and spurred a government bailout.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But GS is a looting operation. As revealed in the emerging program trading scandal, GS's use of program trading (illegal for anyone else) extracts $100 million a day from the stock market, money sucked away from other non-program traders and the traded companies themselves.

And, Goldman Sachs does not return anything of any worth to the markets in exchange for that $100 million a day!

"The last official act of any government is to loot the nation." -- Michael Rivero

Jul 10 10:09

UK: We should not prove anti-Iran claims

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the burden must be put on Iran, rather than the world, to prove its nuclear program is directed at civilian purposes.

Britain's Brown whose country possesses nuclear weapons told journalists present at the G8 summit in Italy that a tougher nuclear regime was needed, under which the countries that do not possess nuclear weapons, such as Iran, ought to shoulder the responsibility to prove the peaceful nature of their nuclear work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, does the phrase "Dodgy Dossier" ring a @#%ing bell, Gord-O????

It is Great Britain (and the United States) whose credibility is in the "Al Qaeda" here! Iran hasn't been caught in anywhere near the whoppers told by the UA and UK and Israel in the run up to the invasion of Iraq.

And speaking of Iraq, remember how Israel insisted that Iraq's power station was a weapons lab when they bombed the crap out of it, and after the 2003 invasion the IAEA examined the remains and concluded there had never been a weapons facility and Osirik was only a power station? So isn't it Israel that needs to be checked for lies?

Jul 10 10:02

Ron Paul demands audit of Fed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have now been two clear warnings that the privately owned Federal Reserve bank will intentionally crash the eoncomy before it allows an audit.

Such a threat is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States of America.

To protect the safety and security of the American people President Obama MUST immediately act to revoke the charter of the Federal Reserve Bank and return the creation of the public currency to the US Government, as defined in the Constitution and Executive Order 11110 signed by President John F. Kennedy.

The Federal Reserve is already inflating the Federal Reserve Notes to the point of worthlessness. The mechanism to restore creation of legal tender by the US Treasury must be established now to minimize disruption when the Federal Reserve is shut down.

Jul 10 09:57

Obama uses G8 debut to issue warning to Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Iran on Friday the world will not wait indefinitely for it to end its nuclear defiance, saying Tehran had until September to comply or else face consequences.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obey-me, ummm, Obama

Iran is building a nuclear power station. Iran has the legal right to build nuclear power stations and to make fuel rods for them under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which both the US and Iran have signed.

The IAEA, which enforces the terms of the NNPT, has repeatedly confirmed that Iran is NOT building nuclear weapons or making preparations to do so.

Under the NNPT, The US is not only required to allow Iran to build power stations, but under Article IV is required to assist! I think it is obvious that the best way to know for a fact that Iran is not building a weapons lab underneath their power station is to be in there helping to pour the foundations and lay the pipes!

If, on the other hand, the real agenda is simply to steal Iran's oil to buy the US Government out of the economic mess they have made, then just say so and we'll all quit wasting our time trying to pretend we are a moral and righteous and just people.

Jul 10 09:53

This $17 Trillion Divorce Won’t Be a Pretty One: William Pesek

Returning from China last month, U.S. Congressman Mark Kirk had a bearish take on a high-level visit by American officials.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner claimed the U.S.’s biggest creditor voiced great confidence in its debt. Kirk, an Illinois Republican, came back with the opposite impression.

“China is beginning to cancel Congress’s credit card,” he told Fox News on June 10. It “doesn’t want to lend much more money to the United States and especially is worried about the Fed’s policy of printing money to buy new debt.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear US Government.

Repeat after me:

There is no such thing as a "jobless recovery."

There is no such thing as a "jobless recovery."

There is no such thing as a "jobless recovery."

Jul 10 09:48


Iraq war veteran and ANSWER Coalition representative Michael Prysner reports on the Viva Palestina delegation’s journey to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza and deliver humanitarian supplies.

Jul 10 09:47

Bid to clip Fed's wings gains support in Congress

A proposal from a long-time congressional foe of the Federal Reserve that could give lawmakers sway over monetary policy has won the support of a majority in the House of Representatives, alarming officials at the U.S. central bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Clipping the wings is not enough. If you took away all the Federal Reserve's money and power and left them with just the ability to create money out of thin air, in a dozen years they would have bought and bribed back all they have lost.

It is time to revoke their charter in the best spirit of Andrew Jackson and return the issuing of the public currency to the government, as defined in the Constitution and championed by Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy.

Jul 10 09:44

Ron Paul questions Vice Chair of Federal Reserve Kohn on transparency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Transparency is great! We got windows. Just don't audit us ... if you knows what good for youse!!!" -- Da Fed

Jul 10 09:37

Obama Warns of Return of Swine Flu in the Fall

The Obama administration warned Americans on Thursday to be ready for an aggressive return of the swine flu virus in the fall, announcing plans to begin vaccinations in October and offering states and hospitals money to help them prepare.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh yeah, right, venereal disease. Always remember to protect against venereal disease!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 10 09:28

Tremors on southern San Andreas Fault may mean increased quake risk

Increases in mysterious underground tremors observed in several active earthquake fault zones around the world could signal a build-up of stress at locked segments of the faults and presumably an increased likelihood of a major quake, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, study.

Jul 10 09:27

No probe into Murdoch paper hacking claims: police

London police say there is no need for a further investigation into claims that journalists at Rupert Murdoch's best-selling British newspaper conspired to hack into the phones of celebrities, MPs and public figures.

The News of the World has been accused of running a huge phone hacking operation to mine stories by listening in to private phone calls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, they got something really juicy on somebody very high up!

Jul 10 09:26

Congressman Larry McDonald and KAL007-a media retrospective

Although the story itself is intriguing the format of the television episode weeks prior to his disappearance presents us with an opportunity to compare media then and now.

Jul 10 09:22

Report: AIG asks gov't to approve bonus payments

After its bonus payments ignited a firestorm of criticism earlier this year, American International Group Inc. is asking the federal government to weigh in on the insurer's plan to resume paying millions in promised retention incentives next week, according to media reports.

AIG, once the world's largest insurer, has asked the Obama administration's compensation czar, Kenneth R. Feinberg, to approve the payments in order to head off any public outrage, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, I think it will make the public outrage even worse.

Jul 10 09:22

Tim Geithner, Employee of Goldman Sachs?

Max Keiser: “Does the US Secretary of the Treasury work for the people or does he work for the banking system on Wall Street?”

Dr. Paul Craig Reports: “He works for Goldman Sachs.”

He also called the attempts to bail out the banking system to-date “a fraud.”

Jul 10 09:06

Israel must stay 'deep in Golan'

An aide to Israel's prime minister has said Israel must keep a large part of the Golan Heights, rejecting Syria's major demand for a peace deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will keep a piece of anything it can get its hands on. THAT is the problem!

Jul 10 09:05

FLASHBACK - Shock: Obama Will Appoint Qualified Officials, Not Big Donors, To Key Ambassadorships

Jul 10 09:00

Sen. Reid to Obama: Back Off Israel, Pressure Palestinians

Warns President Not to Let Peace Process Interfere With Measures Against Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator, you are elected and paid a salary to orry about the people of NEVADA, not Israel.

And, to judge by the latest poll numbers, the people of Nevada have realized that they are not your top priority.

Only Diebold can get you re-elected now.

Jul 10 08:57

300 schools to become Holocaust propaganda centers

£1.5m national programme will train a teacher from every secondary school in England.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here I thought schools were supposed to teach the skills needed to earn a good living!

Jul 10 08:55

New Study Proves Thimerosal Induces Autism-like Neurotoxicity

Excerpt of abstract of new scientific study proving that the mercurial compound used as vaccine preservative called ‘thimerosal’ induces neural damage similar to that seen in autism patients

Jul 10 08:53

Laughing all the way to the bank

This is “back to business as usual” with bells on. The financial crisis has been the best thing that could happen for these banks. Yes, even I can’t believe it.

Our watershed moment to change the world economic system has not just been squandered, we have inadvertently reinforced the same structures and institutions that have created the mess in the first place.

Firstly, in our rush to regulate our financial system we have created a system that is much worse than before.

Jul 10 08:51

Obama Warns Stronger Countries Not to Bully Weaker Ones

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's OUR job!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 10 08:51

The Global Warming Swindle: Hey Buddy, It`s Cooling!

Even as the U.S. Senate and the Group of 8 nations meeting in Italy continue their endless jabbering about greenhouse gases, nature is not cooperating.

The global climate has entered a phase of cooling and reduced solar activity, which some experts believe could bring on serious crop failures and food shortages. The serious fear now is that the continued low activity of the Sun forebodes an extended period of cooling, perhaps enough to bring on another Little Ice Age. Anyone who is not addressing that reality is blowing bubbles in the wind.

Jul 10 08:48

Cyber attacks on SKorea came from 16 countries

This week's cyber attacks on South Korea are believed to have been mounted from 16 different countries but North Korea was not among them, Seoul's spy agency was quoted as saying Friday.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told legislators the attacks were tracked to 86 Internet protocol addresses from 16 countries including the United States, Japan, China and Guatemala, the lawmakers said.

The lawmakers, quoting information from the NIS given in a closed briefing, said North Korea was not among the 16 countries.

Jul 10 08:46

G8: up in smoke

There was a large dose of whimsy in the G8 leaders getting together in Berlusconi's Italy last week. Not only did it place the host's colourful private life at the centre of the world's stage but it was further enlivened by the world leaders' decision to adopt targets for emission levels 40 years into the future.

As a target date 2050 is ludicrously beyond the life expectancies of all the leaders adopting it, none would be held responsible for its failure.

This aside, the specific numbers adopted make no sense.

Jul 10 08:44

A Jet Even the Military Doesn't Want

The F-22 isn't useful in Afghanistan or Iraq. Why would Congress order more?

The F-22 costs nearly $150 million per plane - twice what was projected at the outset of the program. Factoring in development costs, the price tag increases to about $350 million per plane for the current fleet of 187.

Jul 10 08:41

Gun Control Witness

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in response to the Governor of New Jersey's plea for NJ citizens to become government snitches.

Jul 10 08:10

Dr. James Galbraith, Professional Fed Killer

Drs. Galbraith and Paul Discuss The Constitutionality of the Federal Reserve

Do not miss this one. Extraordinary discussion from today's hearings.

Jul 10 07:50

Police Commander: “The Fear on the Street is Palpable”

Scott Wagner is a Police Academy Commander and Professor at Columbus State Community College in Columbus Ohio, and Commander of the 727 Counter Terror Training Unit. A 29 year law enforcement veteran, and current Deputy Sheriff, he is the Precision Marksman for the Union County Sheriff’s Office SRT Team.

The fear on the street is palpable to anyone who is paying attention. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Jul 10 07:33

GM now a parody of itself

GM put together a minute of fluff and all-American imagery to convince the taxpayers that the useless, junk-making, taxpayer-fleecing entity known as General Motors deserves to be given some respect.

Jul 10 07:21

Fuel rods to be checked at German nuclear plant

Suspected faulty fuel rods at an ageing German nuclear power station prompted its Swedish operator to announce further checks on Thursday only days after a short circuit forced an emergency shutdown.

All 80,000 rods at the Kruemmel plant will be examined from Friday because "it looks as if one or several of the rods in the reactor is defective," said Ernst Michael Zuefle, head of operator Vattenfall's nuclear arm.

Jul 10 07:15

Chicago has its coolest July 8 in 118 years

For the 12th time this meteorological summer (since June 1), daytime highs failed to reach 70 degrees Wednesday. Only one other year in the past half century has hosted so many sub-70-degree days up to this point in a summer season -- 1969, when 14 such days occurred.

Wednesday's paltry 65-degree high at O'Hare International Airport (an early-May-level temperature and a reading 18 degrees below normal) was also the city's coolest July 8 high in 118 years -- since a 61-degree high on the date in 1891.

Jul 10 07:06

Turn in your Neighbor for $1000 - The War on Your Second Amendment Rigths in NJ

This is an admission that the police cannot do their job; an excellent reason to KEEP guns in the hands of law abiding citizens.
Jul 10 07:03

[Video] Nano-thermite took down the WTC?

Jul 10 07:01

Israeli agents to screen judges before appointment

Israel's internal security service has been given a de facto veto over the appointment of judges in an unprecedented decision that has the country's embattled liberals up in arms.

The move by the Judges Selection Committee on Friday is likely to make it harder for members of Israel's Arab minority and others with views that are not mainstream to become judges, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (Acri). Zahava Galon, a former MP of the dovish Meretz party, said the decision was "a scandal". She said: "We are turning into a kind of police state with Big Brother everywhere. A judge shouldn't have to pass the Shin Bet's tests. This is just something that isn't done."

Jul 10 06:58

A War of Colonial Conquest in Afghanistan

Really disgusting!

Jul 10 06:13

Vice-Chairman of Rothschild: "Carbon trading must be globally regulated"

Simon Linnett, Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild, has called for a new international body, the World Environment Agency, to regulate carbon trading.

In a recently published paper, Trading Emissions, for the Social Market Foundation, Mr Linnett argues that the International problem of climate change demands an international solution.

Unless governments cede some of their sovereignty to a new world body, he says, a global carbon trading scheme cannot be enforced and regulated.

Wouldn't you know the Rothies are in back of this cap and trade bullshit.

Jul 10 06:12

Ignorance for Dummies

Ignorance is bliss as it is seemingly better to not want to know. You see, if people really knew the depth of the rat hole into which we've descended, maybe they might have to take action or even consider putting a few cases of bottled water in the closet before the hurricane hits. But no, they don't want to know, and if you try to warn them it will fall on deaf ears because God will save them as their faith in Jesus is all they need. They have put on the armor of the Lord that nothing can penetrate including common sense. These are the so heavenly minded they become no earthly good and they are the poor sacks that were on the rooftops crying for "hep" after Katrina. Jesus must have had inventory problems or maybe his network crashed because I didn't see him delivering any Aquafina. Was there a lesson learned? The ignorant come from all walks of life, found amongst those that have the ability and means to actually do the research and search out the looming menace facing society, so there should be no excuse for the people to come begging. Or should there?

Jul 10 03:12

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eugenicist

In a revealing interview with the New York Times, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says abortion should be used to control useless eaters and unwanted populations.

She does not say it like that, but she might as well have.

Ginsberg: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

July 9, 2009

Jul 09 23:01


If private banks can create credit on their books, so can the world’s eighth largest economy. Indeed, there is longstanding precedent for this approach. The State of North Dakota has owned its own bank for nearly a century. North Dakota is one of only two States (along with Montana) that are not currently facing budget shortfalls. North Dakota has beaten the Wall Street credit freeze by generating its own credit. By law, ever since 1919 the State’s revenues have been deposited in its own bank, the Bank of North Dakota (BND). Using the “fractional reserve” lending scheme open to all banks, these deposits are then available to be used as the “reserves” for creating many times their face value in loans.

Jul 09 22:46

Massive Power Outage Hits West Los Angeles

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you can read this ... you are not affected! :)

Jul 09 22:00

Australian TV Exposes 'Stranded Polar Bear' Global Warming Hoax

Remember that wonderful picture of stranded polar bears on an ice floe that were used by folks like soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore to demonstrate how dire the man-made global warming issue is?

Well, ABC television in Australia, on a show called “Media Watch,” recently debunked the entire issue (video available here, h/t NB member dscott).

It turns out -- as NewBuster Jake Gontesky reported on March 20 -- the picture was taken in August, “when every year the fringes of the Arctic ice cap melt regardless of the wider effects of global warming.”

Jul 09 21:44

Fed warns on Congressional scrutiny

The Federal Reserve warned on Thursday that a growing congressional threat to curtail its independence would destabilise markets and raise the cost of servicing US debt for “current and future generations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like a threat to me.

And personally I would rather live without a Federal Reserve entirely rather than let a private bank threaten me.

Jul 09 20:46

75 Years of Housing Fascism

The current housing debacle wasn't caused by "eight years of cowboy capitalism ushered in by George W. Bush" and there was never any real deregulation of any sort at any time. It was a project created over three-quarters of a century by fascists from both parties.

Jul 09 19:59

7 Reasons You Should Decline a Home with an HOA

If you’re ticking off pros and cons of each home to help you make your final decision, here are 7 reasons why you’ll want to choose the home without the HOA.

Jul 09 19:39

White folks gonna riot and I'm gonna join 'em

Jul 09 19:34

200 Whites fired in order to hire minorities

During the first five months of this year, with the Senate under the control of its first African-American majority leader, [State Senator Malcolm] Smith, top Democrats bemoaned the lack of minority Senate staffers.

But instead of trying to recruit new hires, they fired nearly 200 almost exclusively white workers and replaced them with a large number of minority employees, many of whom were seen by their fellow workers to be unskilled at their new jobs.

The move produced severe racial tensions, made worse by the fact that, as a high-level Democratic staffer confided, “We’ve been told to only hire minorities.'’

Jul 09 19:22

Neighborhood seeks to secede from homeowners association

Mary Scott says she cannot sit by idly as the dues in her East Manatee homeowner association have continued to rise and she sees no benefit from them.

The money is not being spent equally throughout the Creekwood community's five neighborhoods, Scott says, and paying monthly dues to keep up a community pool she never uses has frustrated her even more.

Jul 09 18:58

AIG Seeks Clearance For More Bonuses

American International Group is preparing to pay millions of dollars more in bonuses to several dozen top corporate executives after an earlier round of payments four months ago set off a national furor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, there is no end of hubris for these folks.

And a short memo to Ed Liddy, Chairman & CEO of AIG: not one more taxpayer dime, dammit!

Jul 09 18:54

Active duty Army suicide rate on record-setting pace

Suicides in the US Army are on the rise with 88 suspected cases in the first six months of the year, compared to 67 in the same period in 2008, according to Pentagon figures issued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the pursuit of these seemingly endless immoral wars, many in the military have realized that we are not on the right side of history here.

Jul 09 18:25

The WTC7 collapse: 911Truth vs. Fantasyland

As the steamroller that is the grass-roots 911Truth movement ineluctably paves a road leading directly to the truth one wonders when those protecting the phony official conspiracy theory will begin running for the hills - much like animals do when they sense the approach of a tsunami. Pay attention for signs of desperation resembling kamikaze attacks from those defending the official conspiracy myth as they realize the end is close - will they rat each other out? Stay tuned.

Jul 09 18:06

The Journey to Gaza Begins

Jul 09 17:56

Tehran and Tegucigalpa: A Tale of Two Capitals

Jul 09 17:38

Netanyahu's paranoia extends to 'self-hating Jews'

Netanyahu's paranoia extends to 'self-hating Jews' Emanuel and Axelrod

Netanyahu appears to be suffering from confusion and paranoia. He is convinced that the media are after him, that his aides are leaking information against him and that the American administration wants him out of office. Two months after his visit to Washington, he is still finding it difficult to communication normally with the White House. To appreciate the depth of his paranoia, it is enough to hear how he refers to Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, Obama's senior aides: as "self-hating Jews."

(*that must just be the way it is , when your as guilty as sin , Benny)

Jul 09 17:20

Generals: More forces needed for Afghan offensive.

Senior U.S. generals said Wednesday that more Afghan and NATO soldiers are needed to expand the fight against a Taliban-led insurgency in southern Afghanistan, although current military plans make such increases unlikely.

Jul 09 17:09

Army Awards Afghan Deals to DynCorp and Fluor

DynCorp International Inc. and Fluor Corp. won Army contracts that could be valued at $15 billion over the next five years to build bases and other infrastructure for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The deals show how lucrative logistics contracts in Afghanistan will be, since the country has a far less developed infrastructure than Iraq. Each company could receive up to $7.5 billion, depending on the Pentagon's needs.

Jul 09 17:01

Escalation Scam:

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

A few times since last fall, the Obama team has floated rising numbers for how many additional U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Now, deployment of 21,000 more is a done deal, with a new total cap of 68,000

In the spring and early summer of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson decided to send 100,000 additional U.S. troops to Vietnam, more than doubling the number there. But at a July 28 news conference, he announced that he'd decided to send an additional 50,000 soldiers.

Why did President Johnson say 50,000 instead of 100,000? Because he was heeding the advice from something called a "Special National Security Estimate"

Jul 09 16:56

Exclusive: Robert McNamara deceived LBJ on Gulf of Tonkin, documents show

Documents which have been available for decades in the LBJ Library show clearly that McNamara failed to inform Johnson that the U.S. naval task group commander in the Tonkin Gulf, Captain John J. Herrick, had changed his mind about the alleged North Vietnamese torpedo attack on U.S. warships he had reported earlier that day.

By early afternoon Washington time, Herrick had reported to the Commander in Chief Pacific in Honolulu that “freak weather effects” on the ship’s radar had made such an attack questionable. In fact, Herrick was now saying, in a message sent at 1:27 pm Washington time, that no North Vietnamese patrol boats had actually been sighted. Herrick now proposed a “complete evaluation before any further action taken.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The initial report of an attack came from the young and inexperienced sonar operator on the USS Maddox, who turned the sonar the wrong way and picked up the sounds of his own ship's screws, mistaking the sounds for an incoming torpedo.

Jul 09 16:50

The Place of Women on the Court

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

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"... growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of"???????????????

Jul 09 16:42

Former Teen Hacker’s Suicide Linked to TJX Probe

A Miami man who achieved fame as a teenager for hacking NASA and the Pentagon took his own life last year after Secret Service agents accused him of being part of the conspiracy responsible for the largest identity theft in U.S. history, his family says.

Jonathan James, 24, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home on May 18, 2008, less than two weeks after agents raided his house in connection with a hacking ring that penetrated TJX, DSW and OfficeMax, among others. In a five page suicide note, James wrote that he was innocent, but was certain federal officials would make him a scapegoat.

Jul 09 16:34

FBI Agent charged with illegally selling guns

John Shipley is charged with selling firearms without a license, having gun dealers falsify records, and lying.

Federal prosecutors say Shipley bought guns online and at gun shows then resold them for profit; totaling more than a hundred thousand dollars.

He then reported his sales to the alcohol, tobacco and firearms agency but Shipley used other gun dealer's records.

Jul 09 16:14

Complexity Theory and Environmental Management

Environmental disputes frequently revolve around conflicts of land use, triggered by a fear. The spotted owl is endangered, and that means that logging in the northwest must stop. People are put out of work, communities suffer. It may be, in ten or thirty years, that we discover logging was not a danger to the spotted owl. Or the issue may remain contentious. My point is that the drama surrounding such disputes—angry marches and press coverage, tree hugging, bulldozers—serves to obscure the deeper problem. We don't know how to manage wilderness environments, even when there is no conflict at all.

To see what I mean, let’s take a case history of our management of the environment: Yellowstone National Park.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This speech, by Michael Crichton, details the history of Yellowstone National Park, which went from one ecological disaster to another to another, always with the very best of intentions, and pretty much wrecked the place.

Supporters of Obama's plan to "engineer" the environment by filling the upper atmosphere with "pollution particles" to reflect sunlight (isn't that what clouds already do?) need to study the history of Yellowstone to understand that good intentions are never a substitute for actually knowing what the @#$% you are doing!

Jul 09 16:12

The Global Warming Scam

Now then, looking at Carbon Dioxide, we find that only .117% of atmospheric carbon dioxide is directly attributable to human technology such as automobiles. .117% is a rather small amount. If we were to measure out .117% of a football field, it comes out to 4.212 inches, barely long enough to get off the touchdown line.

So, if humans ceased all technological activity, we would still see 99.883% of the carbon dioxide remain in the atmosphere, assuming all other factors remain stable (which is, of course, silly.)

Jul 09 16:10

Pics From Planet Earth

Jul 09 15:18

The Prison Industry: Capitalist Punishment

Today, there are over 1.7 million people incarcerated in the United States, more than in any other industrialized country. They are disproportionately African American and Latino (almost 70% of US prisoners are people of color) and two thirds are serving sentences for non-violent crimes. One in three African American men between the ages of 20 and 29 is either in jail, on probation or parole. 1.4 million black men -- or 13% of African American men -- have lost the right to vote because they have committed felonies.