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July 16, 2010

Jul 16 15:05

BP Paying Off Universities, Gulf Scientists To Silence Them

BP Paying Off Universities And Gulf Scientists In Mass To Hide Oil Spill Research Data From The Public
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Perhaps even more startling is the scientists that BP isn’t paying off to keep quiet the Federal Government is.
A scientist who spoke to the Press-Register on condition of anonymity because he feared harming relationships with colleagues and government officials said he rejected a BP contract offer and was subsequently approached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a research grant offer. ...Other scientists told the newspaper that colleagues who signed on with BP have since been informed by federal officials that they will lose government funding for ongoing research efforts unrelated to the spill.

Jul 16 14:56

Gaza's Electricity Crisis

Under siege for over three years, Gaza's humanitarian crisis continues unabated, Israel's bogus easing doing little to relieve it, including a serious electricity shortage, what the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement addressed in a May report titled, "Electricity Shortage in Gaza: Who Turned Out the Lights?"

Besides earlier attacks, Cast Lead severely damaged Gaza's sole power plant, putting it on the verge of collapse, exacerbated by inadequate industrial diesel supplies and the destruction of power lines supplying electricity from Israel and Egypt.

Jul 16 14:51

Israel's economic warfare still keenly felt in Gaza

Israel has received international praise for its decision to ease its crippling blockade on Gaza following the country's deadly assault on a humanitarian flotilla trying to bring desperately needed humanitarian aid to the coastal territory. But according to the UN and human rights organizations, the easing of the blockade is insufficient in meeting Gaza's needs.

"Even if the blockade is eased it remains illegal under international law as it is a collective form of punishment on a civilian population," Chris Gunness from the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) told IPS.

Jul 16 14:41

Feds: Test results from well not as good as hoped

Allen said there are two possible reasons being debated by scientists on the project for why the pressure hasn't risen as high as desired: The reservoir that is the source of the oil could be depleting after a three-month spill, or there could be an undiscovered leak somewhere down in the well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Allen may be an admiral but it is clear he is no geologist. Oil reservoirs the size of Mount Everest do not deplete in just 3 months. Allen is trying to put a positive spin on the failure of the test by saying "the news is generally good", even though clearly, it is not.



Jul 16 14:34

Pressure Test Failing, Stopping Short of Target

As CBS News notes:

The federal pointman for the BP oil spill says results are short of ideal in the new cap but the oil will stay shut in for another 6 hours at least.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on a Friday afternoon conference that pressure readings from the cap have not reached the level that would show there are no other leaks in the well.

Jul 16 14:34

Palestinians May Soon Have to Swear Loyalty to the Zionist Entity

The Israeli cabinet is expected to approve a series of measures on Sunday that would make it harder for Palestinians to acquire permanent residency or citizenship in the Zionist entity. The most notable would require Palestinians to declare their loyalty to "a Jewish and democratic state" before being granted Israeli citizenship.

The measures will primarily affect Palestinian men and women who marry Israeli citizens and then seek citizenship on the basis of family reunification.

Jul 16 13:29

Iran scientist: CIA offered me $50m to lie about nuclear secrets

An Iranian scientist who says he was abducted and taken to the United States by the CIA returned to Tehran yesterday to a hero's welcome and claimed that he had been pressured into lying about his country's nuclear programme.

Jul 16 12:13

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing, 24 Hours Into Test Pressure Remains At 6,700 PSI
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am
As I reported yesterday an insider in the BP control room leaked to the Washington Post that the pressure inside BP’s blowout preventer had only risen to about 6700 psi.
He said that indicated that the well casing could be blown down hole although yesterday he cautioned that we needed to wait for about 24 hours to make that determination.
Fast forward to now and we are almost 24 hours into the test.
Apparently Kent Wells from BP isn’t aware that the pressure reading was leaked to the Washington Post yesterday because he just tweeted that the pressure inside the well is around 6,700 and still rising.




Jul 16 12:11

Quake Rocks DC Region This Morning

District of Columbia Earthquake History

No historical earthquake has been centered within the District of Columbia.

Ground vibrations from earthquakes in such seismic regions as the St. Lawrence River Valley, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, and South Carolina have been felt by D.C. residents, but have caused no damage. A great earthquake which did considerable damage at Guadeloupe, West Indies, was felt in the Eastern United States, especially at Washington, D.C., in 1843.

Jul 16 11:58

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana
By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri
Jul 15, 2010, 00:22
This letter is sent as a wake-up call to all the Americans who are now feeling -- and rightfully so -- shafted by a system that has already cut large swaths of devastation in the world outside the U.S. (Yes, contrary to what many Americans think, there is a world outside the U.S.)... We are surprised, for instance, that hell should have come to South Louisiana. We understand when other nations struggle with high unemployment, food riots, chronic poverty, appalling rates of child malnutrition. That’s them. Those poor, benighted, backward nations. (Underneath is the unspoken assumption: it’s their own damn fault for not managing their affairs better).

Jul 16 11:47

'Ten big media lies' about Israel

Michel Collon, a Belgian journalist and author, in his book "Israel, let's talk about it," has slammed European media over decades of "lying" to people in order to support Israel.

Collon, in his book, has recounted "10 big lies" spread by Western media in order to "justify the existence and actions of Israel", which are concisely presented below:

1. The first lie is that Israel was established in reaction to the massacre of Jews during the World War II.
This notion is completely wrong. Israel is in fact a domineering project which was approved in the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897, when nationalist Jews decided to occupy Palestine.

Jul 16 10:48

Both Relief Well Blowout Preventers FAIL; Shear ram would not close, other testing problems

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memorandum that problems were identified “in recent weeks” with blowout preventers on BP Plc’s relief wells…

In a 29-page memo to Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) dated Monday, Salazar said “performance problems” with the blowout preventers were found…

Salazar said in the memo that the discovery provided “more evidence that prior testing requirements were inadequate.” …

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said in an email that the issues with the blowout preventers for the relief wells were now resolved. …



Jul 16 10:38

Rep. Markey says Congress unable to “PUBLICLY disclose” integrity of wellbore

"And, again, I wrote back there on June 23, so that we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the wellbore is, we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the geology around the wellbore, so that we could better understand. …"

Markey all but confirms that the government has knowledge of the condition of the wellbore, but is not permitted to release the information publicly.

Markey’s wrote the June 23 letter to pressure BP to publicly disclose the problems with the wellbore. This would have allowed the information to be released without Markey doing it directly.

However, the questions raised in his letter serves to inform the public about what Congress does know about the condition of the well, without directly stating the information as fact.

Jul 16 10:31

US, NATO behind Iran bombings: MP

An Iranian lawmaker slams the recent bombings in the country's southeast as a plot by Western military forces in the Middle East to spread terror on Iran's borders.

On Thursday July 15, two bomb explosions in quick succession took place outside the Zahedan Grand Mosque. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 100 others were injured in the terrorist attack, which has been widely blamed on extremist Wahabis and Salafis trained by US intelligence in Pakistan.

Member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karami-Rad blamed the deadly attack on American and NATO agents in the region.

"The US must be held directly responsible for this terrorist act," Mehr News Agency quoted Karami-Rad as saying on Friday.

Jul 16 09:59

Ron Paul considering 2012 presidential run; Will he match or exceed the support he received in 2008?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only way Ron Paul will win is if We The People take sledgehammers to those @#%ing electronic voting machines!

Jul 16 09:49

Lysenkoism

Lysenkoism is used colloquially to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives[1].

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Global Warming Cult is using politics to drive the science to support their desired agenda. But this is nothing new. It has happened before ... with lethal results!

In 1928, in the USSR there was a man named Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, a favorite of Stalin, and ultimately, a con-artist. He was as popular then in the USSR as Al Gore is in the US today.

Lysenko's prize theory, which suited Stalin's political needs at the time, was that plants and animals could inherit traits acquired from the environment in a single generation. That is, if you used cooling to trick Winter wheat seeds to germinate and grow in the Spring ( a technique already used in the US at the time) the seeds from the chilled plants would go on germinating in the Spring in perpetuity.

There was very little science in Lysenko's science, but this "revolution" suited Stalin's desire to outdo the accomplishments in genetics which had occurred under Lenin. Honor upon honor was heaped on Lysenko (just as is done with Al Gore today) and real scientists who questioned his theories were shunned, vilified, and removed from their positions (not unlike the experiences of those who question the basic beliefs of the global warming cult). The state media of the USSR proclaimed the virtues of the Lysenko method beyond all doubt and question, just as the state media of the USA proclaims the "Science is settled" regarding AGW. But Lysenko had no more real science training than Al Gore, and his theory that the environment could permanently alter the genetic structure of crops was completely wrong.

However, for political reasons, the USSR mandated that all farmers had to use the Lysenko method (just as the present government intends to force us all to use the "Al Gore Cap and Credit" method) and the result was widespread famine when during the following spring, the second generation wheat refused to germinate.

This illustrates the problems which can result when the government thinks it understands science, or that science can be subordinated to political agenda.



Jul 16 09:39

The New McCarthyism

Today we are seeing once again the heavy hand of the war profiteers trying to reshape the film industry into a tool to propagandize the public into a high war-fever such that they will gladly trade their own blood for gold to line the pockets of the defense establishment. And those individuals who have the courage to speak out are attacked, and once again they are smeared to silence them. In the 1940s it was "Communist", today it is "Anti-Semite", but aside from the particular label used, the methods, goals, and morality are little changed from the days of Joseph McCarthy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time for a relink what with all the "You're a JEW-HATER" emails I am getting these days.

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Jul 16 09:37

HARDtalk with Kenneth O'Keefe on Flotilla attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 
With all due respect to the hostess, the body count is eight dead Turkish aid workers and one American, a 19 year old born in New York and carrying a US passport.
Jul 16 09:30

Consumer Metrics Institute: If things continue, in about 20 days the 2010 slowdown will be more severe on a day-to-day basis than the 2008 'Great Recession'

On July 6th we reported that the nearly relentless decline in our 'Daily Growth Index' had leveled off, but cautioned that the index should be viewed from a longer perspective. Since then the decline has resumed:

Jul 16 09:27

THE BOYCOTT IS WORKING! ….. SETTLERS ARE WORRIED

Israeli settler and industrialist Avi Elkayam, 35, has no patience with the Palestinian boycott of settlement products. “It’s economic terrorism,” he shouts shaking his fist.

The months-old campaign has had a limited financial impact so far but it has a catastrophic potential, he says.



Jul 16 09:26

GAZA ~~ ANYTHING BUT FREEDOM

According to the FM’s plan, Gaza – with European assistance – will become an entirely independent entity. In this way, Lieberman believes, the world will finally recognize the end of the Israeli occupation there.

In other words, the proposal is to have the European Union become the official occupiers.

Jul 16 09:25

ISRAEL PAVING THE WAY TO A ‘ONE STATE SOLUTION’ (WITHOUT PALESTINIANS)

The cabinet is expected to approve a series of measures on Sunday that would make it harder for Palestinians to acquire permanent residency or citizenship in Israel. The most notable would require Palestinians to declare their loyalty to “a Jewish and democratic state” before being granted Israeli citizenship.

Jul 16 09:23

Justice Department withheld evidence from 9/11 panel

A U.S. congressman from Virginia charges the Justice Department withheld from Congress and the Sept. 11 Commission key documents concerning the investigation of a fugitive al-Qaida cleric at the heart of the Sept. 11, 2001, plot and other terrorism.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has called on the White House to re-impanel the Sept. 11 Commission to investigate the FBI's post–Sept. 11 probe of Anwar Awlaki, an American-born imam who met privately with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers before fleeing the country and inspiring other terrorists, including the Fort Hood attacker.

Jul 16 09:10

U.S. agency investigating alleged Israeli attempt to buy goods illicitly

An U.S. watchdog agency, the Bureau of Industry and Security, is investigating a firm there and its Belgian affiliate for attempting to purchase products requiring special export licenses for Israel and other countries. The firm, Teleogy, has admitted to being involved in such activities, but official Israeli sources refused to comment on the matter.



Jul 16 09:09

BP caps leaking well, but industry experts say it may not be a permanent fix

BP is now conducting integrity tests for up to 48 hours in order to determine whether or not there are additional leaks in the well bore deep beneath the seabed or in other areas of the ocean floor.

As early as May 31, after the top kill procedure failed, a BP official admitted to the Washington Post that "We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface." He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation." The official said he could not describe what was damaged in the well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "capping" does not make any sense at all.

Adding this information to that below, we have breaks or weak spots in the well at 1000 feet, 7000 feet, and 190000 feet below the ocean floor. BP has already admitted there is a leak because that is where the drilling mud went durng the failed Top Kill operation.

So how can we be seeing building pressure in a well pipe BP has already admitted has at least one major hole in it?

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 09:00

Boycott the Knesset

I hereby call for a boycott of the Knesset.

A bill proposed by coalition chairman Ze'ev Elkin (Likud ) and the chairwoman of the Kadima faction, Dalia Itzik, together with MK Aryeh Eldad of the National Union, would punish any Israeli calling for a boycott of any Israeli individual or institution, whether in Israel or in the territories. The fine is NIS 30,000, plus any damages that can be proven. The bill passed its preliminary reading on Wednesday.

Jul 16 08:58

Sharron Angle: Rape, Incest Part of God's Plan -- Opposes Abortion No Matter What

The Nevada GOP nominee for Senate thinks abortion should not be allowed even in cases of rape and incest.

Jul 16 08:54

An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table

"Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need," Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote in 2008. It would be "disastrous on a number of levels."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But Israel says we Thus is shall be done!" -- Official White Horse Souse



Jul 16 08:52

Greenspan: Congress Should Let Bush's Tax Cuts Lapse

Congress should let the George W. Bush-era tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 expire to help trim the mushrooming budget deficit, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we really should do is quit all these costly wars, board up the Pentagon, stop payment on those checks to Israel, and cut taxes for the American people.

Jul 16 08:46

The Bovine Excrement meter just exploded on this one.

Jul 16 08:44

Pushing on a String … Again?

In the wake of the latest batch of “double-dip” chatter, the market’s attention is shifting back to the Federal Reserve. Investors are asking a simple question:

“What, if anything, will the Fed do if the economy craps out again?”

Before I give my answer to that question, I’m inclined to ask a different one:

“Who cares?”

Jul 16 08:42

Remember yesterday when Obama said the new financial reform bill would curb derivatives?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It does ... in 2022!



Jul 16 08:41

Awlaki American Terrorist - Working for the FBI?? Fox News Notes

Was Anwar Awlaki yet another FBI informant? Did we let him go because he was working for us?

Jul 16 08:28

Gun Sales Expected to Shoot Up: A Good Thing for American Liberty

The money is drying up - and the public is waking up. Nobody wants a police state - and these gun sales tell me nobody is going to tolerate one either. It also demonstrates that the public IS willing to take responsibility for their own protection. A much cheaper alternative to "safety" than hired thugs with assault weapons and Tasers.

Jul 16 08:25

Census Director Admits 'We May Have Duplicates'

U.S. Census Bureau Director Dr. Robert Groves told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that the Census has “no way, unfortunately, of knowing whether or not homeless individuals were counted twice,” and added, “we may have duplicates.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, after all the intrusive questions, the strangers coming to our doors, the threats of dire consequences if we refused to answer the census, and now we find out the results are unreliable.

Jul 16 08:23

Psychopaths in the Gulf

We have not learned what to do about the world's psychopaths so we will see our civilization ripped asunder. Psychopaths and sociopaths have little choice but to hurt others as well as the environment because it is in their very nature to do so. These vicious individuals and the institutions they manage are at war with the peoples of the world and there is little defense against them. The very nature of our civilization encourages these people to seek the pinnacles of power and they certainly found just that inside the oil companies.



Jul 16 08:23

Why Israel is so unpopular

... All the Islamic countries are afraid of Israel, and for good reason - because this country is much stronger than all of them put together. We do things to the Palestinians, to Syria, to Lebanon and, reportedly, to Iran that we would never let anyone do to us in a million years - and they can't stop us. They are extremely reluctant to even try; our military power deters them.

So what more do we want from our enemies before we'll stop screwing with them? Love? Recognition of the justice of the Zionist cause? An admission that they were wrong all these years and we were right?

Jul 16 08:21

FLASHBACK - Sen. Bill Nelson: Reports of oil seeping up from seabed, well casing may be pierced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 2:30

Jul 16 08:18

FLASHBACK - BP Official Admits Damage To Gulf Oil ‘Well Casing’ Below Seabed

On June 7th, Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that he’s investigating reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor: Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Capping that pipe may make BP look good right now and help Obama put the Gulf Disaster behind him ahead of the November Elections, but they may be setting the gulf up for an even worse disaster by creating a huge pressurized pool of oil only 1000 feet below the sea floor.

One more thing. By capping the well at the top, the pressure inside the bore is increasing, up to the 8000 PSI being touted as a sign of success. That means that the two relief wells are going to be drilling into much greater pressure and will have to overcome that increased pressure in order to pump in the drilling mud and cement. The likelihood of success for the relief wells is decreased by this capping procedure.

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 08:07

Why Do The Rich Default on Their Mortgages? Because In California and Arizona, They Can

"If you default, your credit score will take a hit," advises Jane Bryant Quinn on CBS MoneyWatch. "But as long as you pay all your bills on time, both before and after the default, your walk-away will become less important after a couple of years." No one is counting on a strong recovery of home prices any time soon. Even during normal times, real estate markets go through multi-year cycles. The value of a typical home purchased in Los Angeles in 1990 fell by 25% within five years; by 2000, the cumulative home price appreciation after a decade was exactly zero.



Jul 16 08:05

Gilad Atzmon: British Jews Support Israeli War Crimes

The Jewish community in Britain seems to be over the moon. A survey that was published a few days ago suggests that British Jews are nothing but ‘peace lovers’. The Guardian was also quick to report that 77% of “British Jews favour a 'two-state solution' in Israel”.

In practice, this actually means that at least 77% of British Jews believe that millions of dispossessed Palestinians should continue to dwell in refugee camps and never be allowed to their homes, cities, and villages. I am actually far from impressed with British Jewry’s inclination towards peace.

Jul 16 08:02

Obama's recovery chief thinks Recovery.gov is a 'great success,' says data errors aren't important

Titled "Looking at the big picture on the Recovery Act," DeSeve claims all those "mistakes," like the thousands of jobs created in congressional districts that don't exist or counting raises as jobs created by stimulus funding, "are relatively few and don't change the fundamental conclusions one can draw from the data."

DeSeve might as well have said "nothing to look at here, folks, now move along." Or perhaps "hey, it's close enough for government work, so what's the problem?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Gore is going to hire this bozo.

Jul 16 08:01

Consumer Prices Drop, Sentiment Turns Sour

Consumer prices fell for a third straight month in June while consumer sentiment tumbled to an 11-month low in July, underscoring the soft nature of the economic recovery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, what it underscores is that there is no recovery outside the campaign rhetoric and media propaganda.

Jul 16 07:59

Half A Million Israelis Live On Stolen West Bank Land



Jul 16 07:58

US taxpayers’ Afghan aid money buys rich Afghans’ Dubai villas

...Huge amounts of money [are] regularly being secreted out of Afghanistan by plane in boxes and suitcases. According to some estimates, since 2007, at least $3 billion (€2.4 billion) in cash has left the country in this way. The preferred destination for these funds is Dubai, the tax haven in the Persian Gulf. And, given the fact that Afghanistan's total GDP amounts to the equivalent of $13.5 billion, there is no way that the funds involved in this exodus are merely the proceeds of legal business transactions...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Relax. It; snot like it's my own money or anything." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 16 07:56

One Woman's Trash Is the City's Treasure

"There was a lady here," he recalls. "I asked the lady, 'Can I take the air conditioner?' She said, 'Go ahead, take it. It's garbage.'" But when Lawrence tried to put the A.C. in a car he borrowed from his aunt, the local CBS affiliate reports, a sanitation officer fined him $2,000. The Sanitation Department also hit his 73-year-old aunt with a $2,000 fine for facilitating what it views as the theft of city property.

Jul 16 07:16

RIAA paid $64m in piracy lawsuits to recover $1.4m

Ray Beckerman, the New York lawyer famous for fighting the recording industry's many lawsuits against what it alleges are illegal downloaders, has exposed what he says is a major financial flaw in the RIAA's business plan. On his blog, Beckerman found that the actual damages paid back were well below the actual legal expenses. Between 2006 and 2008, over $64 million was spent tracking customers but only extracted $1.36 million in successful lawsuits or settlements.

Jul 16 07:16

CAN A RABBI LIE ABOUT APARTHEID?

Today, the “democratic” Israeli Knesset passes inherently racist laws allowing the deportation of non-Jewish citizens, the confiscation of non-Jewish property, and the systematic persecution of non-Jews. In other words, the outer form is democracy but the substance is fascism in its ugliest form.



Jul 16 07:14

Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls

Apple Inc.’s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls, a person familiar with the matter said.

Jul 16 06:46

Goldman Sachs Mafia Pays Hush Money to the S.E.C. Police

Activist Post

The New York Times reported yesterday that the criminal gang at Goldman Sachs is paying a $550 million "fine" to the Securities and Exchange Commission to "settle" their fraud case. If approved, the settlement would "represent only a small financial dent for Goldman, which reported $13.38 billion in profit last year."

Meanwhile, Goldman Sach's shares rose 5% in after-hours trading alone on the news adding about $3.5 billion in value to their market cap. Ah, life is good for the banksters at the top of the pyramid, especially when the media is on your side too. The New York Times piece went on to say:

Jul 16 06:35

Study: Attack on Iran would be ‘start of long war’

Iran's response to an attack could send oil prices through the roof, think tank argues

An Israeli attack on Iran would fail to stop Tehran's alleged nuclear weapons program and would lead to a "long war" that would be marked by economic instability and mass civilian casualties, says a study from British think tank.

In a report (PDF) released Wednesday, the Oxford Research Group stated that, while the likelihood of a US attack on Iran's nuclear program has been lessened by the Obama administration's policies, advances in Israeli military technology have increased the potential for an Israeli attack.



Jul 16 06:30

Pink Floyd’s Waters And Gilmour Tear Down “The Wall”

For the first time in half a decade, rock legends Pink Floyd reunited for a Palestine awareness benefit concert in England to raise money for young Palestinians, MSNBC reported Tuesday.

Feuding PINK FLOYD stars DAVID GILMOUR and ROGER WATERS put their differences aside on Saturday (10Jul10) to perform together at a the Hoping Foundation awareness benefit in England.

The two rockers hit the stage at Kiddington Hall in Oxfordshire, England to the amazement of guests in attendance. It was the first time the duo had shared a stage since Pink Floyd’s Live 8 appearance in 2005.

The former bandmates, who were accompanied by Guy Pratt and Waters’ son Harry, among others, played Floyd favourites:

“Wish You Were Here”

“Comfortably Numb”

“Another Brick in the Wall”

Jul 16 06:26

De-classified Vietnam-era Transcripts Show Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A Staged False Flag Event

Elected Reps. chose to hide details from American public for fear of reprisals from “the big forces” that run the media and the presidency

Over 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts released this week by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee highlight the fact that several Senators knew that the White House and the Pentagon had deceived the American people over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.
The latest releases, which document skepticism over the pretext for entry into the Vietnam war, date from 1968.
Four years into the war, senators were at loggerheads with Lyndon B. Johnson. At the time Foreign Relations Committee meetings were held behind closed doors.

Jul 16 06:24

Rockefeller Study Envisages Future Dictatorship Controlled By Elite

Blueprint for life under the new world order revealed: Global pandemics that kill millions, mandatory quarantines, checkpoints, biometric ID cards, and a world of top-down government control

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, July 16, 2010

Global pandemics that kill millions, mandatory quarantines, checkpoints, biometric ID cards, and a world of top-down government control. These things are not lifted from the latest sci-fi blockbuster movie, they’re part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s vision for what the globe might be like in 15-20 years’ time under a new world order tightly controlled by the elite.

Jul 16 06:08

Iroquois lacrosse team misses on first game

NEW YORK, N.Y. - There were cheers and hollers aboard the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team bus on Thursday as the players geared up for a very different encounter than what they had planned for Day 1 of the World Lacrosse Championships in England.

Instead, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, team members got into uniform and filed out of the bus to pose for a gaggle of journalists and repeat their case for a few TV cameras: They should be allowed into England for the games using their Iroquois-issued passports. Why would the British demand they use U.S. and Canadian passports when they don't consider themselves citizens of those nations?

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BTW, the Brits are trying to avoid the contest because they know they will lose.

Jul 16 06:07

‘Hope’ Floats: Hey Hollywood, Time to Put Your Money Where Your Morality Is

Nima Shirazi

A coalition of nearly twenty American human rights and peace groups has joined the global justice community and numerous foreign governments in vowing to send more humanitarian aid ships to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza this coming Fall. The coalition, united under the mantle US To Gaza, includes activist organizations such as CodePink, Jews Say No, Veterans For Peace, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and Jewish Voice For Peace.

Jul 16 05:53

Alta RCMP faces questions over missing couple

Canada's national police force has so far botched its investigation of what happened to a missing Alberta couple, a law-enforcement expert and former Mountie charged Thursday as authorities in northern B.C. joined the search for Lyle and Marie McCann.

"It has been a banquet of mistakes, of laziness, of unprofessional conduct — and two lives are in the balance here," said Bill Pitt, an Edmonton-based criminologist, law enforcement instructor and former Mountie.

"I think just about every protocol I'm aware of as far as investigation is concerned has been missed, sloughed off or tried to be explained in some ridiculous fashion.

"It's a blown investigation from beginning to end. Completely blown."

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Jul 16 05:13

[Pic] I'm with stupid

Jul 16 05:00

Israel firm charged in nuclear case

An investigation in the United States has charged a US-based Israeli company with attempting to export nuclear weapons-related material to Israel.

The investigation conducted by the Bureau of Industry and Security says Israeli company, Pelogy, attempted to export controlled goods to Israel, India, China and South Africa. It says in the case of Israel and India, the goods could have been used to make nuclear weapons.

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Washington has also vowed to "publicly announce" that Israel is a responsible entity and can "contain its capabilities," the sources said.

Jul 16 04:46

EU to subject Britons to chilling new 'Big Brother' surveillance and investigation powers

British citizens face being subjected to chilling new EU 'Big Brother' surveillance and investigation powers.

Bureaucrats want foreign officials to be able to travel to the UK and immediately assume the powers of our own police.

They would be able to order undercover-spying missions, demand DNA and even pursue people for 'crimes' which are not recognised in UK law - such as criminal defamation.

Other EU countries could demand the personal details of entire plane-loads of holidaymakers, and force hard-pressed British police to trail suspects on their behalf.

Jul 16 04:44

Paper trail points to Blair: Former PM 'sanctioned the abuse of UK citizens'

Tony Blair was accused of ordering Jack Straw to 'violate the law' as the row over Britain colluding in torture took a new twist.

Previously secret documents exposed their alleged roles in sanctioning British citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay, where they were abused.

For the first time, the former Prime Minister's office is implicated in a series of explosive classified files which Labour ministers battled to suppress but which have been released on the orders of the High Court.

They cast a new light on Britain's dirty secret and lay bare the extent to which the Labour government allegedly turned a blind eye to the abduction and torturing of its own citizens.

Jul 16 04:40

Tony Blair : A Bright Shining Lie. When Mass Murder is upheld as a Peace-making Endeavor....

Blair certainly did what he "thought was right" for Tony Blair. As Peter Oborne pointed out in March : "We now know that the wretched Blair has multiplied his personal fortune many times over by trading off the connections he made while in Downing Street. Shockingly, he fought a long battle to conceal the source of his new-found wealth, and only this month did it finally become public that one of his largest clients was a South Korean oil company, the UI Energy Corporation, with extensive interests in Iraq ... he has also made £1million from advising the Kuwaiti royal family. It can be fairly claimed that Blair has profiteered as a result of the Iraq War in which so many hundreds of thousands of people died ... in the league of shame, Tony Blair is arguably the worst of them all."

Jul 16 04:38

Nailed, Miliband and six lies on torture

All five candidates for the Labour Party leadership have been scuttling to distance themselves from the record of Gordon Brown in power.

But the odds-on favourite to win the leadership contest, former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, is finding it very hard indeed to disentangle himself from the most sordid and shameful aspect of New Labour rule - British involvement in the torture of numerous terror suspects overseas.

Jul 16 01:52

US-Backed Jundallah Bombs Iran Mosque, Killing at Least 21

At least 21 people were killed and 100 others wounded this evening in a pair of suicide attacks against a major Shi’ite mosque in the city of Zahedan, the capital of Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan Province. The death toll is said to have included a number of members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

Jul 16 00:47

A Synopsis of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Largely due to special-interest lobbying, U.S. taxpayers give Israel an average of $7 million per day, and since its creation have given more U.S. funds to Israel than to any other nation.

Jul 16 00:08

What do a corporate board of directors and a communist committee of commissars have in common?

From The Modern Corporation and Private Property by Adolf Berle and Gardiner Means, 1932

It is an odd paradox that a corporate board of directors and a communist committee of commissars should so nearly meet in a common contention. The communist thinks of the community in terms of a state; the corporation director thinks of it in terms of an enterprise; and though this difference between the two may well lead to a radical divergence in results, it still remains true that the corporation director who would subordinate the interests of the individual stockholder to those of the group more nearly resembles the communist in mode of thought than he does the protagonist of private property.

July 15, 2010

Jul 15 23:18

Congress finally stands up to Israel – over Jewish conversion?!

Caley Gray, communications director for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey), one of the senators signing the letter, explained that “Senator Lautenberg hopes the Knesset does not pass this legislation, which he views as divisive.”

Sen. Carl Levin (D- Michigan), who met with concerned American Jewish officials Tuesday, said, "I am troubled by a proposal which I believe would make it more difficult for many people who want to convert to Judaism to do so."

...Really? The Nentanyahu government continues to thumb its nose at the US and this is what gets US government officials' hackles up?

Jul 15 23:13

Israeli Extremist says Shin Bet tried to Recruit him to Assassinate Sheikh Raed Salah

Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet tried to recruit 30 year old Israeli Haim Pearlman to assassinate Sheikh Raed Saleh, the leader of the Islamic movement in Israel. Pearlman is suspected of being the "serial stabber" responsible for the deaths of a number of Arabs in the 1990s. Pearlman has a long history of criminality and criminal association.

Jul 15 21:56

USA is funding Armageddon

Jul 15 17:00

Hide The Decline II - The Sequel

Jul 15 16:44

Williams: UNIFIL Found No Evidence to Support Israeli Claims about Hizbullah Depots

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said UNIFIL has found no evidence to support Israeli allegations about Hizbullah weapons cache south of the Litani River.
"UNIFIL has found nothing to support these Israeli claims," Williams said in an interview published Thursday by Al-Akhbar daily.

Jul 15 15:50

The Prince of Wales accuses sceptics of peddling 'pseudo science'

The Prince of Wales has accused climate change sceptics of using 'pseudo science' and 'intimidation' to stop the world from addressing catastrophic global warming.

Pardon? Who's using 'pseudo science'?

Jul 15 15:29

Is Communism the New Capitalism? Six Fortune 500 Companies Move HQ to China

Activist Post

The boat is leaving for China. Disney, Kraft Foods, and four more Fortune 500 companies are on board to move their Headquarters to Shanghai.

The mass exodus of American companies which will surely take thousands of jobs with them, is now commencing with mind-twisting irony. Apparently, America is no longer good enough to invest in, even for U.S-based companies.

The globalists love to quote free-market capitalistic principles, except when it comes to small things like competition and having your headquarters in a Communist quasi-enemy nation. A CNTV press release and accompanying video gloated:

Jul 15 15:18

Israeli soldiers cross Lebanese border

Lebanon says an Israeli patrol has violated its border, crossing into its territory in the disputed area of Kfar Shuba.

"A patrol of eight enemy (Israeli) soldiers crossed the line of withdrawal at the town of Kfar Shuba in an attempt to abduct a shepherd," AFP quoted Neeraj Singh, a Lebanese army spokesman, on Thursday.

Neeraj said the shepherd managed to escape the attempt but the Israeli soldiers crossed 20 meters (22 yards) into the UN-drawn Blue Line border.

Jul 15 14:59

Katrina: The crime that shocked the world

On 4 September 2005, New Orleans police opened fire on desperate survivors of the hurricane. Two people were killed and others were injured. Now, five years later, and after a shameful cover-up, four men are finally about to stand trial.

Jul 15 14:50

Terrorists United Against Peace—Illusion Versus Reality: by Dr. William Cook

The US Congress and the Israeli Knesset are Siamese twins bound together by an umbilical cord of dependency through interlocking arteries of corporate and military budget lines that keep the complex alive while force feeding our representatives with blood money.

Jul 15 14:32

WE ALREADY KNEW LAST MAY THERE IS A BREECH IN THE WELL CASING BELOW THE SURFACE

Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

"We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface," said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, there is no way this cap is stopping the flow of oil. It may not be coming out where the cameras are, which is great for BP and Obama, but if the drilling mud was leaking out to the side, then so too is the oil. A subsurface blowout is forming 1000 feet down under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Sooner or later the accumulating oil bubble will blow through the ocean floor in a massive spill event. Maybe Obama is hoping it won't happen until November 5th.

Jul 15 14:22

3-D Hawaii

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can see my house from up here!

Jul 15 14:11

BP Has Stopped the Oil From Flowing ... But Is It Only Temporary?

However, numerous industry experts have warned that there is no upside to temporarily capping the well as part of the well integrity test, and that it might actually cause the well to blw out.

Admiral Thad Allen previously said that the test will be considered a success if pressure in the well stays at 8,000 psi or higher for 48 hours. So we won't know for a couple of days whether the test has succeeded.

Jul 15 14:11

Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil - Efficacy and Toxicity

One of the striking controversies about the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout has been alarm raised about chemical dispersants used to hold spilled crude oil deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Prospects for oil’s direct harm to the environment, the economy, and coastal society were immediately obvious. But why were people so concerned that dispersing the oil was bad—worse than allowing it to come onshore? Is this just a case of “out of sight, out of mind” to benefit the oil company, or are there larger benefits that reduce the harms to other interests?

Jul 15 13:47

Politician Pelted With Pennies

A gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota got more than opinions and heated rhetoric during a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

A protester dumped a large bag of pennies on a table in front of Republican Tom Emmer at the end of the meeting, telling him "This is not Arizona! That's my tip for you!"

Robert Erickson, who has confronted the Emmer campaign before, was dragged out of the room, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Jul 15 13:40

Polanski conspiracy

"The officials said that the denial of access to the information was the key factor in the refusal to extradite the film maker to the U.S., according to the letter to the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

A district attorney's spokeswoman said their office was never notified of the Swiss request and did not know that the Justice Department had turned it down.

The letter dated Monday was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday night. It provided a time line of when the request was filed and when it was turned down.

The letter blamed the denial of extradition solidly on the refusal by the Justice Department to show transcripts of testimony by the film director's original prosecutor to Swiss officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So who at the US Department of Justice gave the order to obstruct this case?

Jul 15 13:38

WORLD CUP REALITY …. AMERICA WAS THE REAL WINNER

Literally, the only country in this year’s World Cup proceedings without any sort of token or actual United States military presence is – surprise surprise – North Korea. And even this might change if Obama gets his way. That would put American troops in every single one of the 32 countries currently competing in South Africa, along with over 140 others.

Jul 15 13:26

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Jul 15 13:11

The U.S. Middle Class Is Being Wiped Out: Here's the Stats to Prove It

The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America.

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace.

Jul 15 13:10

How the Sneaky Hands of the Big Banks Are Working Overtime to Rip You off

After living through the Great Financial Crash of 2008, just about everybody recognizes that megabanks screwed the economy hard and were rewarded with big bailouts, which further screwed over, well, everybody, in the name of banker bonuses. But Big Finance has been waging its war on the middle class for decades, and many of its most destructive practices don't actually put the financial system in jeopardy. These tactics work because they are so effectively predatory. Banks gouge consumers and get rich—they don't create risks for the financial system, because they result in pure, risk-free profit, converting hard-earned middle-class wages into quick and easy bonuses.

Jul 15 12:55

Video: Can Burning Enron and WorldCom Files Melt WTC7 Steel?

If it looks like a controlled demolition, collapses like a controlled demolition, and leaves a mountain of evidence like a controlled demolition - then ...?

Jul 15 12:53

Obama’s and Netanyahu’s Converging Interests

For many years, people in our region believed that only the United States had the power and the means to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict. Year after year, actually decade after decade, of total American adoption of the Israeli illegal position were not able to shake that belief.

Jul 15 12:32

Expert suspects BP has ulterior motive behind oil well cap

Cavnar believes that BP's true goal is to make it harder to measure the flow of oil from the damaged well, because under the Clean Water Act, it will be liable for civil penalties of up to $4300 for every barrel spilled.

"While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do," Cavnar wrote last week at Huffington Post. "As soon as they do capture all the flow, then a real, measurable number will be in front of the public, and that's the last thing BP wants, since that number will then be used to extrapolate environmental damage, hence per barrel fines that will likely run to the tens of billions anyway."

Jul 15 12:30

Wall Street falls on weak data

Stocks weakened on Thursday as more signals the pace of the economic recovery is slowing worried investors.

An unexpected fall in regional factory activity and a third straight month of decline in producer prices raised concerns about deflation, cooling investors' enthusiasm for the strong start to the earnings season that had lifted stocks off recent lows.

Jul 15 12:30

Fadlallah and the Western media's dangerous complicity

There is a lot to say about Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the Lebanese Shia Muslim cleric who passed away on 4 July 2010 at the age of 75. Unfortunately, much of what there is to say is being left unsaid for more of the same sensationalist reporting on this region and its people.

Jul 15 12:11

Marwahin Massacre: A Crime against Humanity

A crime against humanity, a crime that is impossible to be justified on any military grounds. This is the least that can describe what happened during Israeli aggression against Lebanon in the southern Lebanese village, Marwahin.

23 people, mainly children were killed while they were trying to flee Marwahin in a pick-up when it was fired upon by an Israeli Apache Helicopter at close range in July war four years ago. And as usual Israeli occupation army claimed that it took such great care to avoid civilian casualties.

Jul 15 12:01

How Bank of America Got Away With a Huge Swindle

If you want to avoid facing a tough prosecution for malfeasance, be a banker, not a biker.

That appears to be the lesson of Saturday’s front page of the Wall Street Journal, where the lead story was about how Bank of America repeatedly hid its massive bad debt holdings from regulators and investors through a creative accounting device called “repurchase agreements,” and the second story, just above the fold, was about how US Food and Drug Administration prosecutors are “Casting a Wider Net” investigating the use of steroids by competitive cyclists.

Jul 15 12:00

Why the Fed is Steering the Economy Into Deflation

The Fed is steering the economy into deflation. It's a political calculation that will keep unemployment high, increase excess capacity, and deepen the recession. The Comsumer Price Index continues to fall, bank lending is down 4 per cent year-over-year, housing prices are slipping, business investment is off, and consumer credit continues to shrink. On Wednesday, the Commerce Dept reported that retail sales fell 0.5 percent, more than analysts expected. This is the second drop in retail purchases in the last two months, signaling weakness in consumer demand. The slowdown hit nearly every sector including auto sales, furniture, computers, building materials, clothing and sporting goods. There was also bad news on housing on Wednesday.

Jul 15 11:52

Holbrooke: War cannot be won militarily

Before a July 20th donors conference in Kabul, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, announces the Afghan war cannot be won militarily.

"As you said, Mr. Chairman, there is no military solution here, so as General Petraeus and General McChrystal said, you cannot win this war by killing every member of Taliban," Holbrooke, told US senators on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

Jul 15 11:48

JPMorgan profit leaps nearly 80%

Government of the bankers, by the bankers and for the bankers.

Jul 15 11:43

Banks repossess homes at record pace: RealtyTrac

Banks repossessed a record number of U.S. homes in the second quarter, but slowed new foreclosure notices to manage distressed properties on the market, real estate data company RealtyTrac said on Thursday.

The root problems of job losses and wage cuts persist, making a sustained U.S. housing recovery elusive.

Jul 15 11:43

Ex-Clinton fundraiser gets 12 years in prison

A wealthy Manhattan investment banker who was once a top fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other big-name Democrats has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for bank fraud.

Jul 15 11:42

Economic Recovery Showing New Signs of Losing Steam

Among the negative indicators reported Thursday, the New York Federal Reserve's "Empire State" general business conditions index fell almost 15 points to 5.08 in July, the lowest since December 2009.

Also, industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in June, but manufacturing activity dropped amid fears that the economic recovery is stalling, the Federal Reserve said.

Jul 15 11:41

Vatican fast-tracks pedophile priest probe

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Innocent! NEXT! Innocent! NEXT Innocent! NEXT Innocent! NEXT..." -- Pope Benny the Rat

Jul 15 11:40

Obama the Socialist Fascist Communist

A recent poll showed that 55% of Americans believe that Barack Obama is a "socialist," and many Americans believe that the nation is on the "road to socialism."

The road to socialism? Where have these people been for the last 75 years? America has been a socialist – as well as fascist – nation for many decades, especially since FDR’s New Deal. Socialism primarily is public ownership of wealth, property and the means of production. So, of course Obama is a socialist. He has expressed that.

Jul 15 11:33

A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And all of it since 1976 illegal under the Symington Amendment.

Jul 15 11:30

Oil hits Louisiana's largest seabird nesting area

Biologists say oil has smeared at least 300-400 pelicans and bunchopelshundreds of terns in the largest seabird nesting area along the Louisiana coast — marking a sharp and sudden escalation in wildlife harmed by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The finding underscores that official tallies of birds impacted by the spill could be significantly underestimating the scope of damage.

Jul 15 11:29

Kilmeade: Maybe expiring unemployment benefits will make people ‘sober up’

"Now it looks like they're not going to get extended," said Kilmeade. "Maybe the [expiring] unemployment benefits will get people to sober up and take some of your offers," he told Auchmoody.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Kilmead's "Let them eat cake" moment.

Jul 15 11:27

Fox News Poll: Obama Job Approval Down, Few Think Stimulus Helped

Most Americans see little benefit from the federal government's economic stimulus plan, as President Obama's job performance rating drops overall, and hits a new low among Democrats.

Jul 15 11:25

CLIMATEGATE - NASA: First half of 2010 breaks the thermometer — despite “recent minimum of solar irradiance”

Following fast on the heels of the hottest Jan-May — and spring — in the temperature record, it’s also the hottest Jan-June on record in the NASA dataset [click on figure to enlarge].

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are three things wrong with this claim. First, we all; saw with our own eyes a harsh winter. We are seeing with our own eyes snow in Wyoming in June, and Calgary and Alberta getting hammered with snow in July, record LOW temperatures in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Second, the sensors used to report these record setting temperatures are sited near sources of heat, and comparison with surrounding sensors confirms the high readings are inconsistent with the surrounding temperatures.

Third, NASA (Never A Straight Answer) is a government agency, subject to pressures that come with the funding, and has previously been caught using bogus data to support the global warming agenda.

Jul 15 11:22

The Stickers (9/11 Was an Inside Job) on a Plane Saga, Delta 1165

I had no idea what chain of events would follow the placement of handwritten stickers on Flight 1165 on July 30th, 2008. The action was impulsively carried out after being overwhelmingly disgusted at the absurdity of the world created in the aftermath of the events following September 11, 2001. This insanity stares us in the face not just at airports but in the form of death, destruction, tyranny and torture in the wake of an agenda furthered by that false flag event.

For a multitude of reasons I understand that 9/11 was a carefully orchestrated conspiracy with predetermined media manipulation, enemies and policies. From the shocking revelations of World Trade Center 7 and William Rodriguez to Nanothermite and unprecedented failure by NORAD, I am confident any person can see we have been lied to.

By asking questions, achieving accountability and disengaging from the system we would be honoring the death of thousands in the attacks themselves, ground zero first responders survivors succumbing to illness from toxins and the countless lives lost or afflicted in wars against foreign nations as well as our own citizens. My hopes is that this story will inspire others to make more bold usage of our First Amendment right to mount a counteroffensive to turn the tides of consciousness from the darkness to the light.

Jul 15 11:15

Half The Jews

Here's a news story that would make any decent person want to vomit. Young girls, 19 to 20 years of age, sitting at monitors ready to slaughter other God-made human beings. The Israeli army refuses to release a kill-count but Israeli media say several dozen Palestinians have been killed by these young girls.

What kind of brainwashing does a teenager, a future mother, have to undergo in order to participate in such degeneracy?

Jul 15 10:48

Ms. Sparky aims at KBR, electrifies war-contractor scrutiny with blog

Debbie Crawford was playing with her grandson at her Battle Ground home two years ago when she heard a news report on a Green Beret who died in Baghdad. The water pump in his Army shower was not properly grounded, and when he turned the faucet, a jolt of electricity killed him.

Crawford cried, her worst professional fear realized. She went to her laptop and began to type:

Jul 15 10:38

The U.S. Economy Is A Dead Horse And The American People Are Starting To Get Really Pissed Off And Frustrated

The economic frustration of the American people is reaching a fever pitch. Millions of Americans can't seem to get a good job no matter what they do. Millions of others are working as hard as they can but find that they keep coming up short at the end of the month. Record numbers of Americans are still going bankrupt. Record numbers of Americans are still losing their homes. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy is a dead horse at this point. It just doesn't have any more to give. At this point the U.S. economy is like an aging rock star that requires larger and larger doses of drugs each night just to be able to perform. The U.S. economy is addicted to "drugs" such as debt and government stimulus, and years ago those things really supercharged the U.S.

Jul 15 09:21

America Plunging to Bankruptcy While DC Plays Politics as Usual

Eric Blair
Activist Post

More deficit uproar is coming out this week to reveal the quickening pace of the planned implosion of the U.S. economy while politicians wear out the same old arguments. The AP reported Tuesday that the Federal budget gap topped $1 trillion through June with the sub-headline amid GOP resistance to more gov't spending, which went on to state:

Jul 15 09:14

CLIMATEGATE - July snow pound Calgary

Jul 15 08:47

A Prisoner's Wife - The Case of Ameer Makhoul

After his arrest, Ameer was held incommunicado for 21 days and tortured. Then Israeli officials pressed their charges, based on the “confession” he made during this time, when he was deprived of sleep, shackled in a painful position to a small chair, and not allowed to see his lawyers.Ameer denies all

Jul 15 08:47

Rattling the Cage: Why we're so unpopular

So what more do we want from our enemies before we’ll stop screwing with them? Love? Recognition of the justice of the Zionist cause? An admission that they were wrong all these years and we were right?

Jul 15 08:39

Think Tank Says Israel would Strike Iranian Universities

A British think tank, the Oxford Research Group (ORG), has issued a report that says Israel is poised to strike Iran's nuclear facilities and warns against doing so.

It predicts that a strike by the Jewish state would be “focused not only on destroying ‘military real estate’ – nuclear and missile targets – but also would hit factories and research centers, and even university laboratories, in order to do as much damage as possible to the Iranian expertise that underpins the [nuclear] program.”

Furthermore, the Israeli campaign “would not be limited to remote bases but would involve the direct bombing of targets in Tehran,” ORG conjectures. “It would probably include attempts to kill those technocrats who manage Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because a military strike against Iran would be the most ham-fistedly stupid thing Israel (with the help of the US) could do here is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it.

Jul 15 08:39

NEW McCARTHYISM AT ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES

The universities are already disturbed by a bill submitted by 25 MPs last month that would make it a criminal offense for Israelis to “initiate, encourage, or aid” a boycott against Israel and require them to pay compensation to those harmed by it.

Jul 15 08:27

Homes lost to foreclosure on track for 1M in 2010

More than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, as lenders work their way through a huge backlog of borrowers who have fallen behind on their loans.

Jul 15 08:25

“Why Lobbying Is Washington’s Best Bargain; Lobbyists say for just a few million, they can make clients billions:”

“Lobbyists [are] the best bargain in Washington. Capitol Tax Partners, for example, is one of 1,900 firms that house more than 11,000 lobbyists registered to operate in Washington. Last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), firms like Capitol Tax were paid a total of $3.49 billion for unraveling the mysteries of the tax code for a variety of businesses.

Jul 15 08:20

Give History a Chance by Gilad Atzmon

The recent cold-blooded murder of 9 peace activists in the high seas by Israeli Navy commandos was nothing but a shocking exposure of that lethal dynamic. The more ethically transparent, innocent and harmless the humanitarian mission to Gaza is, the more lethal the Israeli becomes.

Jul 15 08:19

Coca-Cola Scam Hits Facebook

There’s a new scam on Facebook promising to show you a video revealing the “truth” about Coca-Cola, but all it’s really after is your personal info.

Jul 15 08:18

Predatory Priests, Church Cover-Ups and the Belgian Abberation

The clergy sex abuse and cover-up crisis continue not only across Europe but also across the globe. Nowhere, however, has the recent crisis been more acute than in Belgium. Over the span of just a few weeks, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, July 13, a bishop has resigned, police have conducted an unusual raid on three church facilities to collect evidence, and hundreds of men and women have stepped forward reporting the horrors they say they experienced as children at the hands of Belgian clerics.

Jul 15 08:16

Israel's nuclear program implicated in U.S. investigation

The investigation began in spring 2010 when the BIS charged Pelogy, a U.S. based company and its Belgian affiliate, with violating U.S. export administration regulations by attempting to export controlled goods to Israel, India, China and South Africa.

Jul 15 08:15

How the Mozilla Sniffer Backdoor Was Discovered

Mozilla pulled one of their Firefox add-ons earlier this week for containing a backdoor which stole passwords from its users. Netcraft has taken a closer look at how the rogue extension worked, and how it was discovered by chance rather than through any code review process. Mozilla are working on a new security model to stop this kind of backdoor happening again.

Jul 15 08:13

Inside Israel's 'buffer zone'

Throughout the intermittent gunfire, Adie Nistelrooy, a British activist, calmly spoke to the Israelis through a loud speaker. I doubt they could hear him. But somehow the voice of reason was oddly reassuring.

Niestrooy said: "This is a peaceful event, these are women and children collecting their wheat, we just want to collect the wheat and go home, that’s all. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there?"

Yes there is something wrong with that.

Inside the buffer zone Palestinians are not allowed to farm. Or collect their wheat. Not even by hand. And not even by women.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to "normal" for Gazan Palestinians!

Jul 15 08:11

Paper puts up a paywall for comments

How about this for a paywall twist.... a US newspaper publisher has decided to charge users a fee for posting comments on its newspaper website.

From tomorrow, the Sun Chronicle, a Massachusetts paper, will charge would-be commenters a nominal one-off fee of 99 cents. But it has to be paid by credit card, which means providing a real name and address.

And the name on the credit card will be the name that will appear on comments. So it's goodbye to anonymity.

I don't think they'll be getting many comments...

Jul 15 08:08

Afghanistan Rights Monitor SLAMS Washington Spin About “Progress” in Afghanistan

Despite the high-profile spin in Washington and Kabul about progress made in Afghanistan, the Afghan people have only witnessed and suffered an intensifying armed conflict over the past six months. Contrary to President Barrack Obama’s promise that the deployment of additional 30,000 US forces to the country would "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" Taliban insurgents and their al-Qaeda allies in the region, the insurgency has become more resilient, multi-structured and deadly.

Jul 15 08:05

FLASHBACK BOOGA BOOGA! Senators Warned of Terror Attack on U.S. by July

America’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high priority to attempt a large-scale attack on American soil within the next six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From Top Clinton Official: Only A Terror Attack Can Save Obama

“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” said Shapiro, adding, “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”

Jul 15 08:05

Guantanamo Prisoner Denounces Kangaroo Proceedings

U.S. prosecutors contend that Omar killed a US soldier with a grenade. He was the sole survivor of a four-hour U.S. bombardment. Omar told the military commission trying him that, "I will not take any of the offers because it will give the U.S. government an excuse for torturing me and abusing me when I was a child. I will not willingly let the U.S. government use me to fulfill its goal. I have been used too many times when I was a child, and that is why I am here, taking blame and paying for things I did not have a choice in doing but was told to do by elders. It's going to be the same thing with lawyers or without lawyers. It is going to be life sentence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "fix" is in, and Omar knows this.

What is happening here is completely contrary to the established norms of American jurisprudence, which is why these military tribunals had to be held without normal civilian procedures applying to these trials.

Even in terms of closing Gitmo, Obama's "hope and change" is simply "shock and awe", wrapped in a new suit.

Jul 15 08:03

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government just pinned a "Kick me" sign on all those critical facilities by turning them into hacker "Trophy hunts." Hackers will try to crash those systems just to be able to brag about it, and given the government's piss-poor ability to stop the virus (not to mention Viagra ads) flooding our computers, my nickle is on the hackers to win this one.

Jul 15 08:00

Israel demolishes two West Bank homes

The Israeli military demolished two Palestinian houses in the West Bank on Thursday because they were built without permits, according to witnesses and the military.

The 13 members of the Al-Shawamreh family, including nine children, were ordered out of the houses at dawn before earthmovers moved in to destroy the two cement structures and a well, family members said.

"They didn't give us enough time to evacuate everything," Mohammed al-Shawamreh told AFP as relatives and neighbours dug through the rubble.

An Israeli military spokesman denied anyone lived in the houses.

Jul 15 08:00

“FINANCIAL TAKEOVER BILL” SEEMS POISED FOR PASSAGE

Officially titled the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, after its chief sponsors, opponents are calling it the Frank-Dodd Financial Takeover Act because of its threatened overreach into all segments of the economy and pending control of businesses from Main Street to Wall Street.

Jul 15 07:59

Record-Breaking X-Ray Blast Briefly Blinds Space Observatory

A blast of the brightest X-rays ever detected from beyond our Milky Way galaxy's neighborhood temporarily blinded the X-ray eye on NASA's Swift space observatory earlier this summer, astronomers now report. The X-rays traveled through space for 5-billion years before slamming into and overwhelming Swift's X-ray Telescope on June 21, 2010.

Jul 15 07:58

Lieberman’s Model For America: Purging The Internet of Dissent

“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” Lieberman told CNN’s Candy Crowley last month.

However, China’s “war” is not against foreign terrorists or hackers, it’s against people who dare to use the Internet to express dissent against government atrocities or corruption. China’s system of Internet policing is about crushing freedom of speech and has nothing to do with legitimate security concerns as Lieberman well knows.

It’s a system concentrated around state oppression of any individual or group that seeks to use the Internet to draw attention to political causes frowned upon by the authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very few members in Congress show a more cavalierly open and complete contempt for the Constitution and Bill of Rights than does Senator Lieberman.

Jul 15 07:58

Burglary Victim Charged with Attempted Murder for Shooting at Illegal-Immigrant Thieves

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, two illegals steal this man's trailer, and despite confessing to the theft are not charged with a crime, but the owner of the trailer, a US citizen, faces felony attempted first-degree murder charges for shooting at the illegals stealing his property!

Whose side is the @#%$ing government on?!?

Jul 15 07:53

Police strangled me, punched me in head, manhandled me (peaceful protester at the G20)

As the van began moving and the door to the van closed, the two thugs in the back seat pulled me around so that I was laying face up with my head almost in between the passenger and driver seat. As they were doing so, Thug A was punching me in the stomach, just hard enough to shock someone who is delicate but not hard enough to harm me. As they punched me and turned me over, they said statements such as “stop struggling,” and “stop punching.” (Again, my hands were cuffed.) I immediately realized that they may be making such completely erroneous statements because we were being recorded, and I loudly stated “I’m not struggling,” and/or “I am not resisting arrest.”

Thug A sat on top of me over my pelvic area. My handcuffs were digging into my wrists. My only goal was to live through the experience without losing my humanity, my spirit, or my presence of mind, to find out where I was being taken, and to find out as much as I could about these thugs, whether they were officers or some sort of private contractors, i.e. paramilitary groups.

Thug B then squeezed my throat with his right hand, digging his thumb deeply into my carotid artery area, on the right side of my throat. He held this for perhaps ten seconds, as Thug A stepped on me, re-adjusting himself overtop of me. I almost passed out at that point as the carotid artery is the chief artery that supplies blood to the brain. At some point during or before this strangulation, I wet myself. Urine seeped into and through my clothing. Darkness almost overtook me, but I held on and I did not lose consciousness.

Jul 15 07:52

Fox legal analyst: Bush should have been indicted

Fox News' senior judicial analyst made some surprising remarks Saturday that may go against the grain at his conservative network.

In a interview with Ralph Nader on C-SPAN's Book TV to promote his book Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should have been indicted for "torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrant."

Jul 15 07:51

Does the US have a double standard for Israel?

Jul 15 07:49

Dick Cheney, America’s Only Hero, Much Closer To Heroic Death

Oh and don’t cry because Cheney will still be able to play golf, with this robot ooze pump jammed into his chest and batteries dangling under his armpits. Or, as Alex Pareene writes in his Salon headline, “Dick Cheney’s heart goes just as America learns to love him again.” You know, because the Politico says fewer Americans despise Dick Cheney today, because hey he’s not so bad compared to that Robert Gibbs!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And please stop emailing me with those "Cheney has a heart?!?" comments because I already have thousands of them in the mailbox.

Jul 15 07:47

BP admits 'lobbying UK over Libya prisoner transfer scheme but not Lockerbie bomber'

BP is facing fresh scrutiny into whether it was involved in the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, after the oil giant admitted lobbying the British government over a prisoner agreement with Libya.

BP said it pressed for a deal over the controversial prisoner transfer agreement (PTA) amid fears any delays to negotiations would damage its “commercial interests” and disrupt its £900 million offshore drilling operations in the region.

Jul 15 07:45

Home-buying applications sink to 13-year low

Demand for loans to purchase U.S. homes sunk to a 13-year low last week, and refinancing demand also slid despite near record-low mortgage rates, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

Jul 15 07:44

Duration of Unemployment in U.S. Rises to Record 34.4 Weeks

Unemployed Americans are facing the longest wait on record to find work, a sign faster economic growth is needed to reduce the jobless rate from close to a 26- year high.

Jul 15 07:44

Should Israel attack Iran's power station?

YES
5% (94 votes)
NO
95% (1721 votes)
Total votes: 1815
Jul 15 07:40

The Illinois Caucus

While it's legal for college students to register to vote in Iowa to do that, this raises the question of whether it's fair, or politically smart. No presidential campaign in memory has ever made such a large, open attempt to encourage students from out of state, many of whom pay out-of-state tuition, to participate in the caucuses. No other campaign appears to be doing it in this campaign cycle.

Jul 15 07:39

NEW YORK TIMES ~~ ALL THE [PRO ISRAEL] NEWS THAT FITS WE PRINT

So, what explains the cognitive dissonance? While you can’t know for sure, one could reasonably suspect that Slackman, the Times’ Cairo bureau chief, had a big role in writing and reporting on the piece titled, “Trapped by Gaza Blockade, Locked in Despair.” In the article only written by Bronner, whose son is in the Israeli Defense Forces, Israel comes out looking much better. Bronner’s reporting has long been documented as being biased in favor of Israel.

Jul 15 07:37

GAZA TO THE WORLD ~~ “KEEP TRYING TO BREAK THE SIEGE”

Jul 15 07:37

NOAM CHOMSKY ~~ A KNIGHT IN TARNISHED ARMOR

I have written extensively in the past about Noam Chomsky and the reasons I an not an admirer of his. My main criticisms of the man can be found in THIS post. He continues to ‘add insult to injury’ every time he opens his mouth lately….

He sees himself as a supporter of the Palestinian cause, as an activist. Nothing is further from the truth. At one time he might have been the glorious ‘Knight’ he thinks he is, but his armor has been tarnished beyond recognition. The time is long overdo for him to take it off and stop playing at this game of his.

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