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January 31, 2009

Jan 31 07:50

Spain caves into Israel, says it will amend war crimes law so that it does not apply to Israelis.

"I was just told by the Spanish foreign minister that Spain decided to change the legislation," Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told journalists after a telephone conversation with her Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos.

"In order to change the possibility of different organisations, political organisations, to abuse the legal system in Spain in order to put charges against Israelis and others that are fighting terror."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dropping white phosphorus on kids is fighting terror?

Jan 31 07:46

Why An Asshole Is Always In Charge

Thain was CEO of Merrill Lynch, the big brokerage firm. On a good day, Merrill is worth zero. A week before it was about to go out of business, Thain sold this busted bag of financial feces to Bank of America for $50 BILLION.

I'd say that's worth a bonus.

But it gets better. When the bag broke and another $5 billion in losses were discovered at Merrill, Thain went to the U.S. Treasury and got ANOTHER $20 BILLION to cover Bank of America's bad financial bet -- from us, the taxpayers.

Now that certainly deserves a bonus. And let's face it, a butthole that big needs a $35,000 toilet.

Jan 31 07:42

Take on the teachers, Murdoch tells Obama

THE billionaire media tycoon, Rupert Murdoch, has issued a combative and inflammatory challenge to the new Obama Administration: take on the American teaching unions to rescue America's failing education system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real problem is that our educational system, besides being crippled by a union that turned the teaching profession into the teaching trade, has dropped education in favor of indoctrinatrion.

Whereas this nation was built on an educational system based on math and science, today's schools are filled with social engineering courses, mandatory holocaust awareness classes, gay sensitivity, women's studies, black studies, etc. etc. etc. all of which satisfy various political agendas but not the needs of modern American industry.

Jan 31 07:37

Palestine is still the issue John Pilger

Jan 31 07:34

Time for a new world order: PM

KEVIN RUDD has denounced the unfettered capitalism of the past three decades and called for a new era of "social capitalism" in which government intervention and regulation feature heavily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You mean like here in the US, where the government is intervening by looting the working people to shower more wealth on the same jerks that got us into this mess?

Government got us INTO this mess. More government will not get us out.

Jan 31 07:27

Protesters rally in Mexico City

Jan 31 07:27

Thousands protest in Russian east

Several thousand people have held a rally in Russia's Far East, demanding the government resign over the country's growing economic problems.

Jan 31 07:26

FLASHBACK - Israeli ambassador calls Asia "the yellow race"

"We don't have yellow skin and slanted eyes. Asia is basically the yellow race. Australia and Israel are not - we are basically the white race. "

Jan 31 07:23

Lenders abruptly cut lines of credit

Banks and other lenders nationwide, seeking to reduce their debt exposure, are shutting off and limiting consumer credit card lines, even for many customers who carry low balances and pay on time.

Jan 31 07:23

Israel’s Lies

Middle East peacemaking has been smothered in deceptive euphemisms, so let me state bluntly that each of these claims is a lie. Israel, not Hamas, violated the truce: Hamas undertook to stop firing rockets into Israel; in return, Israel was to ease its throttlehold on Gaza. In fact, during the truce, it tightened it further. This was confirmed not only by every neutral international observer and NGO on the scene but by Brigadier General (Res.) Shmuel Zakai, a former commander of the IDF’s Gaza Division.


Jan 31 03:36

Vladimir Putin's Davos Speech

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland January 28, 2009

"I just want to remind you that, just a year ago, American delegates speaking from this rostrum emphasised the US economy’s fundamental stability and its cloudless prospects. Today, investment banks, the pride of Wall Street, have virtually ceased to exist. In just 12 months, they have posted losses exceeding the profits they made in the last 25 years. This example alone reflects the real situation better than any criticism."

source - http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12087

January 30, 2009

Jan 30 21:23

Israeli Ambassador slips up

The Israeli Ambassador in Australia asks for the media to stop filming after letting slip plans concerning Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One month, eh?

Jan 30 21:16

Governments across Europe tremble as angry people take to the streets

France paralysed by a wave of strike action, the boulevards of Paris resembling a debris-strewn battle?eld. The Hungarian currency sinks to its lowest level ever against the euro, as the unemployment ?gure rises. Greek farmers block the road into Bulgaria in protest at low prices for their produce. New ?gures from the biggest bank in the Baltic show that the three post-Soviet states there face the biggest recessions in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, I can't get this @#$%ing guillotine to work properly, even with the 3 in 1 oil, so we're back to burning at the stake.

Jan 30 21:15

Dow and S&P Suffer Worst January in History

The Dow and the S&P both had their worst January in history.

Jan 30 21:14

French strikes: Violence erupts as thousands gather to protest on 'Black Thursday'

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through French cities, with violence erupting in some places, as part of a day of national strikes demanding pay rises and better protection for jobs.

Jan 30 21:14

Strikes spread across Britain as oil refinery protest escalates

Jan 30 21:13

46 Of 50 States Could File Bankruptcy In 2009-2010

Jan 30 21:11

General Motors to Invest $1 Billion in Brazil Operations -- Money to Come from U.S. Rescue Program

Jan 30 21:11

California pension funds close to bankruptcy

Jan 30 19:05

Comcast Labels Innocent Customer a Movie Pirate

Dave Satz wrote in to inform us that one of his friends was served with a DMCA takedown notice a few weeks ago. His friend, John Aprigliano, had allegedly downloaded a CAM release of “Cadillac Records”, without ever having heard of the movie. Although these takedown notices are just a formality and intended to scare the recipient, John decided to contact his ISP and ask for clarification.

After four calls to Comcast support the truth came out. The infringement notice was forwarded to the wrong person because the MAC-address of John’s old modem was still linked to his account. The Comcast techs eventually corrected the mistake, but this case yet again shows how inaccurate takedown notices can be.

Jan 30 17:22

What we have known all along...

Database implicates Israeli government in settlement land grab

Ha'aretz has busted open a huge story today in their article "Secret Israeli database reveals full extent of illegal settlement." The story outlines a database created by the Israeli defense establishment to gather:
credible and accessible information at the ready to contend with legal actions brought by Palestinian residents, human rights organizations and leftist movements challenging the legality of construction in the settlements and the use of private lands to establish or expand them.

The article adds, "the painstakingly amassed data was labeled political dynamite." Well the dynamite has exploded.

Jan 30 17:20

Rubashkin Wants Trial Moved

Former Agriprocessors top executive Sholom Rubashkin wants his federal trial moved out of state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I hear Jerusalem is nice this time of year!"

Jan 30 17:20

Israeli officials say State will protect them from Spanish lawsuit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are above the law!"

Jan 30 17:03

What's Wrong with this Picture? Let's find a middle ground.

Independent, Republican, or Democrat - please look at these two stories and contemplate our situation.

Jan 30 16:01

Israel 'hides settlements data'

The Israeli defence ministry has concealed information about the extent of illegal settlement-building in the West Bank, a leading newspaper reports.

Jan 30 15:20

Pretty Boy Floyd

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check out the last two verses!

Jan 30 14:38

From George Washington To Barack Obama - A Long Way

Jan 30 14:30

FLASHBACK - Let it crash

The working man and woman have been ripped off by local, state, federal, and sales tax, as well as legalized usury in the form of high interest credit cards, bank loans, auto and health insurance premiums, surcharges, and a host of other fines, tolls, charges, and penalties, along with inflation and stagnant pay, leaving the average working stiff in hock up to his eyeballs.

This situation will become worse as the other economic dominos begin to fall. Those we trusted in business and government have conspired against their fellow citizens, ruining a once vibrant and healthy economy, putting into peril all working Americans. With the implementation of "Free Trade" agreements, millions of Americans lost good jobs and many are now living just above the poverty level.

Jan 30 14:29

Scam artists take advantage of stimulus uncertainty

Taxpayers are warned to be on the lookout for an e-mail scam that claims the Internal Revenue Service has a stimulus payment to send. One e-mail that's making the rounds on the Internet carries a duplicate of the IRS logo, apparently lifted from the agency's Web site, and claims the recipient is eligible for a stimulus payment that awards a federal tax rebate check.

The e-mail, a retread of a scam launched last year, asks for the recipient's Social Security number and debit card information. The intent is simply identity theft, said Luis Garcia, a Michigan spokesman for the IRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And if anyone is gonna steal from you, it's gonna be US!" :)

Jan 30 14:14

When you watch these ads, the ads check you out

Small cameras can now be embedded in the screen or hidden around it, tracking who looks at the screen and for how long. The makers of the tracking systems say the software can determine the viewer's gender, approximate age range and, in some cases, ethnicity — and can change the ads accordingly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shades of "Minority Report!"

Jan 30 14:00

Former President Jimmy Carter Supports Call for New 911 Investigation

It's gonna get harder and harder to fit all of these "911 truthers" in those FEMA camps.

Jan 30 13:57

Blackmailing Obama | Financial Collapse is the Threat

Fri- Jan 30, 2009 | Bloomberg.com | Robert Schmidt

Treasury Needs to Better Explain TARP Plan, GAO Report Says

The U.S. Treasury must do more to explain its strategy for the $700 billion bailout of financial markets, a congressional watchdog said.

The audit found that the Treasury had spent $293.7 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program as of Jan. 23, with most of the funds going to buy stakes in 317 lenders.

“The lack of a clearly articulated vision has complicated Treasury’s ability to effectively communicate to Congress, the financial markets and the public on the benefits of TARP,” the GAO said. rschmidt5@bloomberg.net

Jan 30 13:46

Write 60 Minutes' Bob Simon a letter of support

Use the form below to tell Bob Simon you thought his 60 Minutes segment on Israeli settlements was an accurate and thoughtful portrayal of the threat Israeli settlements pose to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Simon's already getting an earful from CAMERA (the Orwellian-named Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) and others accusing him of anti-Israel bias. He needs to hear from us.

Jan 30 13:28


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay folks, stop what you are doing and follow this link to send an automated email to Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice.


Israel admits: "No Hamas rockets were fired during ceasefire"

CNN Confirms Israel Broke Ceasefire First

Israel broke the cease-fire

Erdogan: Israel broke 6-month truce

Jan 30 13:03

Another example of how necons always fail upwards.

Saddam-Qaeda Conspiracy Theorist Surfaces Writing Iraq Reports For The Pentagon

It's a truism that neoconservatives have a talent for failing upward: for repeatedly getting important things wrong and not seeing their careers suffer - for, in fact, being handed new opportunities to pursue their work (see, e.g., Kristol, Bill; and Hayes, Stephen).

Today we can add another name to that list: Laurie Mylroie, the quintessential conspiracy theorist of the Iraq War era, wrote reports about Iraq for the Pentagon as recently as Fall 2007, years after she was discredited, according to documents obtained by TPMmuckraker.

Jan 30 12:40

Hey, Noam. 911 was an inside job.

There is something seriously awry here with this man. He has beeen lableled as gifted and a person who has no peer, so it can't be for lack of intellect. It can only be from Chomsky willfully aveering from what is as plain as the nose on his face: 911 was an inside job; and I for one am now labelling him for what his is: Agent. But an agent for whom?

Hey, Noam. 911 was an inside job.

Jan 30 11:34


The American Friends For A Safe Israel might consider using their unlimited funds for better purposes…. Spreading hatred and Islamophobia is not the way to guarantee the safety of Israel. Support for the ongoing holocaust in the Occupied Territories, Gaza in particular is not the way to guarantee the safety of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is more hate-mogering along the lines of the "Obsession" DVD.

Jan 30 11:19

Israel hopes to colonize parts of Iraq as ‘Greater Israel’

Israeli expansionists, their intentions to take full control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and permanently keep the Golan Heights of Syria and expand into southern Lebanon already well known, also have their eyes on parts of Iraq considered part of a biblical “Greater Israel.”

Israel reportedly has plans to relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines. According to Kurdish sources, the Israelis are secretly working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out the integration of Kurdish and other Jews into areas of Iraq under control of the KRG.

Jan 30 10:40

The Torah Position on the Current Conflict in Gaza

May it be clear to every nation, to every person in the entire world: JEWS ARE NOT ZIONISTS!

Jan 30 10:25

Freddie Mac to rent foreclosed properties

Fri- Jan 30, 2009 | Alan Zibel | Associated Press Real Estate Writer
Freddie Mac to rent foreclosed properties
Freddie Mac plans to allow borrowers to rent back properties after foreclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mortgage finance company Freddie Mac said it will allow some borrowers to rent out their homes after losing them to foreclosure.

The goal of the new policy, announced Friday, is to prevent properties from becoming vacant so they won't fall into disrepair.

Jan 30 10:08

Dennis Ross Chairmanship of Israeli Government Funded Think Tank Could Torpedo Iran Envoy Job

Jan 30 10:02

Korea Gov Seizes Stock Exchange

The South Korean government took control of Korea Exchange, the
privately held company that owns and operates the country's stock exchanges, by invoking a monopoly law to designate it a publicly run firm.

Jan 30 10:01

Towards a Canada-EU Economic/Trade Agreement and Beyond

After dodging a bullet and almost being defeated late last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government recently tabled their much anticipated budget. It included a massive $85 billion deficit over the next five years. The Liberals have proposed an amendment that would hold the government more accountable, in order to ensure that budgetary funds are being used accordingly. If expectations are not met, the Liberals have said that they are prepared to bring down the Harper minority government.

Jan 30 10:00

Bad times are big times for bank heists

FBI officials say they've noticed an alarming rise in the number of local bank robberies - some committed by thieves who just want to pay their bills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During the great depression, bank robbers were often viewed as heroes by people who had lost their homes and businesses to the predatory banking practices that funded the roaring twenties.

Jan 30 09:56

Nation Hit Hard By Tons Of Unsold Crap

Crap, which constitutes 90% of what is sold in the United States, has been steadily introduced to department stores, outlets, and retailers for as long as anyone can remember. While crap is usually snatched up by consumers looking to waste money, consumers have recently started hoarding their wealth, dispensing it only on items they actually need.

Jan 30 09:55

Mix-Up Sends GBI Agents Into Wrong House

Jainet Rios said two dozen agents broke down her family's front door with their guns drawn Tuesday. Agents were chasing a drug suspect, but they had the wrong house. Officials apologized to the family and fixed the door.

The family said that is not enough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It isn't.

And no, a box of candy with the police department logo on it won't cut it either.

Jan 30 09:53

Hide! They are "Helping" Again!

Being in the U.S. myself, I can't watch Voice of America news. You see, VOA is official Washington propaganda directed to the outside world, so it can't be shown to Americans. Might interfere with all the brainwashing done by PBS, CNN, Fox and so on, somehow, I guess.

Jan 30 09:51

Killing Palestinians Doesn't Count

On January 27th media headlines trumpeted that Palestinians had broken the latest cease-fire: a bomb had killed one Israeli soldier and injured two or three.

Virtually every media outlet reported this action as a major breach in the ceasefire that had begun on January 18th: CNN, AP, NPR, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, ABC, CBS, the Christian Science Monitor, the LA Times, the McClatchy Newspapers, etc, all pinned the resumption of violence on Palestinians.

There’s just one problem. Israeli forces had already violated the ceasefire at least seven times:

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian farmer in Khuza'a east of Khan Yunis on Jan 18

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian farmer east of Jabalia on Jan. 19

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bombing on the 27th was later claimed by the Jihadist and Tawhid Brigades; a rival faction unconnected to HAMAS.

Jan 30 09:45

Turkish PM walks out on Israeli President after denial of response

Jan 30 09:44

No Happy Ending

As I write, Israel is using a military designed to fight hostile countries to fight a hostile population. In the modern world, this has seldom worked. To defeat a country you destroy its military and capture its territory. But Gaza has little military to destroy, no tanks or aircraft, and Israel already owns its territory. The IDF can invade but, afterward, the population will still be there, and still be hostile. Stabbing jello doesn’t buy you much.

Jan 30 09:43

Blagojevich: If you fire me, fire Rahm Emanuel. An explainer.

Blagojevich correctly told the state Senate on Thursday that the mover behind the drug importation issue was then Rep. Rahm Emanuel, now President Obama's chief of staff. The FDA proved to be a toothless tiger in the drug importation movement and never seriously tried to either approve or block any importation plans put in place by a relatively small number of cities and states.

That's the context. Blagojevich said he the state senate fires him, than Emanuel should be tossed out too.

Referring to having Illinois bring in prescription drugs from other states, Blagojevich said, "And I loved the idea, and we did it. And then so did Wisconsin,
and so did Kansas, and so did Vermont. If you're impeaching me for
providing safe and affordable prescription drugs by going to Canada

Jan 30 09:43

'Enough of this', Arar says of name coming up at Khadr hearing

The Canadian government apologized and paid Arar $10.5 million in compensation but the Americans have refused to clear his name.

Jan 30 09:42

Fresh Israeli airstrike injures 8 amid fragile Gaza truce

The Israel Air Force rocketed a motorcyclist in the southern Gaza Strip late Thursday morning, injuring the rider, a Hamas militant, as well as seven passersby, hospital officials said.

The motor cyclist was in critical condition, the officials at Nasser Hospital in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis said.

All the wounded seven bystanders were children, they said.

Jan 30 09:37

Davos - Erdogan vs. Peres

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of Erdogan:
One minute! One minute! Mr.Peres, you're older than me. Your voice is coming too loud. I know that the reason of your voice's coming this loud is a guiltiness psychology. My voice won't come this loud, know that so. When it comes to kill, you know how to kill very well. I know how you shot, how you killed the children on plages, very well. Two people who had been prime minister in your country made important statements to me. You have prime ministers who said that "When i get in to Palestine on tanks, i feel myself a different kind of happy." And you're giving me numbers. I can give you names. You may be wonder. I also condemn who acclaims to this grimness. Because i suppose acclaiming the people who killed those children, those people, is another humanity crime. Look, we can not edge out a reality here. I keep a lot of notes here, but i don't have a chance to reply all here. But i only say two words from here. First, - Please don't interrupt me!
First, The Torah says in the sixth topic that "You are not going to kill!". There is killing here.
This is also interesting too - Gilad Atzmon: Israel barbarism is on the further side of fiendishness - a Jewish. Oxford University International Communications Proffessor who is soldiering in Israil army, Avi Shalom give a talk to the English newspaper Guardian that - (The Davos moderator wants to interrupt Erdogan) I thank you too. From now on Davos is done to me. I don't come Davos again. Know that so! You don't let me talk. He talked about 25 minutes, you gave me 12 minutes.

Jan 30 09:35

Exxon Mobil shatters US record for annual profit

Jan 30 09:35


Jan 30 09:34

Turkish PM returns to hero's welcome after Gaza row

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was given a hero's welcome on his return to Istanbul on Friday after accusing Israel of "knowing very well how to kill" during a heated debate at the World Economic Forum.

Jan 30 09:33

Japan's NEC says to cut groupwide workforce by 20,000

Jan 30 09:29

Saddam's hometown unveils statue dedicated to man who threw shoe at President Bush

Jan 30 09:29

Weapons Cache Found Near Home Of Former N.J. Cop

Troopers were called to the home of Brian Hinkle on Rosemont Avenue in Franklin Township after reports he was in possession of property stolen from an area home sometime last week. Hinkel served as a police officer in the 1980's.

Jan 30 09:26


Jan 30 09:26

Bush, Cheney were lawbreakers

What do we as Americans teach our children, our grandchildren? Well, the lesson of the day is crime pays. Yes, crime definitely pays, 100 percent. If George W. Bush and Dick Cheney walk free into society, then two law breakers are Scot-free.

Jan 30 09:24

Nail-bomber given life sentence

Police believe the Plymouth man, who has learning difficulties, was "preyed upon and radicalised" by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, he a patsy in a false-flag operation.

Jan 30 09:23

Iraq on high alert after election candidates shot dead

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for those who want to keep the US presence there.

Jan 30 09:16

Israeli raid injures Gaza children

At least nine people, seven of them schoolgirls, have been injured by an Israeli air attack in the southern Gaza Strip, sources tell Al Jazeera.

The raid on Thursday in Khan Yunis also injured a police officer, the AFP news agency reported, quoting witnesses and medics.

Jan 30 09:14

Meltdown Madness

Across the US, people have been reacting to dire financial circumstances with extreme acts, including murder, suicide and suicide attempts, self-inflicted injury, bank robberies, flights from the law, and arson, as well as resistance to eviction and armed self-defense, says Nick Turse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't have a problem with that last one.

The government created this mess when they gave huge tax breaks to corporations to ship high paying jobs overseas. The governemnt lied us into a war and is looting the public treasury to make already rich people richer.

That sounds like a good description of an enemy of the people to me.

Jan 30 09:07

Gaza truce under fire as Israel continues offensive

Israeli warplane bombs Gaza-Egypt border as Abbas accuses Israel of not wanting peace.

Jan 30 09:06

Days before leaving office, Bush's lawyer told Rove not to turn over any documents

Four days before leaving office, and ten days before House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) subpoenaed him to testify, President Bush's White House Counsel instructed Karl Rove not to appear before Congress or turn over any documents relating to his time at the White House.

Jan 30 09:06

Florida beans and corn destroyed, potatoes delayed

Cold weather damaged most of Belle Glade’s winter green beans and sweet corn.

As growers assessed damage from a series of freezes that struck south Florida growing regions during the overnight hours of Jan. 20-23, buyers should expect far fewer south Florida beans and corn.

Jan 30 09:05

Obama slams Wall Street on bonuses

President Barack Obama issued a withering critique Thursday of Wall Street corporate behavior, calling it "the height of irresponsibility" for Wall Street employees to be paid more than $18 billion in bonuses last year while their financial sector was crumbling.

Jan 30 09:03

Alaskans Brace for Volcano to Blow

Jan 30 09:00

Bush officials authorized torture of US citizen, lawyers say

Attorneys for US citizen Jose Padilla -- who was convicted of material support for terrorist activities in 2007 -- say that high-level Bush Administration officials knew their client was being tortured during the time he was held an enemy combatant in a South Carolina brig, because of the command structure and that then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld employed in approving harsh interrogation tactics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That conviction for material support of terror (the original charge of a dirty bomb was dropped for lack of evidence) was based on a confession ... apparently extracted under torture.

Jan 30 08:58

U.S. stimulus plans raise concerns for global economy

As the U.S. Congress looks for ways to expand President Barack Obama's $819 billion economic stimulus package, the rest of the world has an urgent message to convey: Tell us how you are going to pay for it without drowning the world in debt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We're going to build a really big tooth and hide it under a really big pillow, and wait for the tooth fairy!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 30 08:56

Hamas wants new leadership for Palestinians

Claiming victory in a devastating 22-day war with Israel in which 100 Palestinians were killed for every Israeli who died, the militant group is reasserting control over the enclave and resuming its central political challenge to the moderate Abbas.

Several thousand Hamas supporters rallied in Gaza on Friday in support of the call to abolish the PLO, made two days ago by the group's exiled leader, Khaled Meshaal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall that during the 22 day war, Abbas was providing information to Israel that aided in the attacks on HAMAS.

Payback will be a bitch.

Jan 30 08:54

Settlement data 'implicates Israel'

A leaked report on Jewish settlements in the West Bank shows that the Israeli government was complicit in illegal construction on land owned by Palestinians, an Israeli human rights group says.

Jan 30 08:48

Gleaning the Wheat from the Chaff in the Blowing Wind.

It might be hoped that we have learned our lessons concerning such things as genocide and ethnic cleansing but as Gaza clearly indicates, we have not. Let me state unequivocally that there is only one kind of holocaust that should ever be on anyone’s mind and that is the holocaust taking place in present time. It is a sad and strange irony-as I have pointed out many times before- that those who have franchised their own holocaust into a brisk and international industry; a blue chip listing on the stock exchange, are the perpetrators of the present genocide.

Jan 30 08:47

Global recession - where did all the money go?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It never existed.

The problem with a debt-based economic system, found in the Federal Reserve and its cousins around the world, is that the moment it goes into creation, more money is owed than actually exists. The more money which is created (out of thin air) in response to loans, the more money which does not exist is owed.
Simply put, if there is 1,000,000 in circulation, then 1,050,000 is owed to the Federal Reserve. a recession is when nobody can come up with that extra $50,000, but then again, it never existed in the first place.

As long as an ever larger pool of borrowers can be found to create more new money to pay the interest on the older loans, the system will grow, but eventually you run out of new borrowers, which isd what has happened now. and, in their desperation to keep things going, the bankers encouraged everyone to do their finances on credit rather than on cash. Stores borrow the money to stock their shelves, shippers borrow the money to fuel their cargo ships, all of it running up the tally of money owed to the banks; money that does not and never did actually exist.

So, all a recession is is the banks demanding that interest money and nobody being able to find it... because it never existed.

Jan 30 08:40

Recession? Depression? How about the Great Awakening?

How would you characterize a physician who refused to tell a patient that he or she was deathly ill? An attorney who didn't warn a client that he was facing dire consequences in an upcoming trial? A dentist who not only refused to pull a rotten tooth but who counseled the patient to "stick with it" and implied that the tooth would get better?

I'd call them crooks. The same goes for bankers and brokers who saw the current financial tsunami coming and deliberately turned their backs on their clients.

Jan 30 08:39

Just The Early Stages of Economic and Financial Collapse

further declines in real estate, banks bankrupt, lower class, middle class, and upper class borrowers are all in trouble now, plenty of pain ahead for all lenders and borrowers, Little in loans whether it be bailouts or personal loans will ever be paid back.

Jan 30 08:39

Do we really want to be like 1930s Germany, lulled into obliviousness and denial?

Still, there may be a nugget of something to ponder in a statement he made attempting to explain things at the Vatican. In a statement to the weekly pilgrimage audience in the Vatican, in which he attempted to make amends to the Jewish population of the earth, he said: “May the Shoah be a warning to everyone against oblivion, denials or reductionism.” (Shoah is Hebrew for Holocaust.) Those three activities—obliviousness, denial and reductionism—might well account for the egregious harm done to this nation by the Bush administration.

Jan 30 08:37

N. Korea scraps all accords with South

North Korea declared all military and political agreements with South Korea "dead" Friday, warning it would not honor past accords if Seoul continues to push the Koreas to the brink of war.

Jan 30 08:37

Obama Records Pledge Tested By Citigroup Guarantees

Bloomberg News asked the Treasury Department Jan. 26 to disclose what securities it backed over the past two months in a second round of actions to prop up Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. Department spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said Jan. 27 she would seek an answer. None had been provided by the close of business yesterday.

Jan 30 08:36

FBI: Jailed CIA turncoat recruited son to spy for Russia

A convicted CIA turncoat was accused Thursday of recruiting his own family from behind bars to spy for Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just can't trust those CIA types!

Jan 30 08:35

Obama Pentagon nominee draws fresh Senate fire

The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee raised a fresh challenge on Thursday to a former Raytheon Co lobbyist nominated to be the deputy secretary of defense.
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, in a letter to White House budget chief Peter Orszag, said he could not fathom President Barack Obama's nomination of William Lynn, let alone a waiver he was granted from newly ordered ethics standards that Obama issued as one of his first acts in office.

Jan 30 08:34

US diplomat challenges Clinton's appointment

A US diplomat has filed a lawsuit charging that Hillary Clinton's appointment as secretary of state is unconstitutional, a watchdog group representing him said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is true. Hillary tried to get around that problem by accepting a reduced salary, but it is not the money that is the issue, but the vote.

Jan 30 08:33

Homelessness surges as funding falters

As snowstorms blew into this Northwest city and the economy iced over in December, the occupants of a shelter nestled among industrial buildings on the north side prayed for divine intervention.

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A nation whose men, women, and children are sleeping in the streets and eating out of trash cans is not a nation that should be sending tax money to foreign governments.

Jan 30 08:13

Gleaning the Wheat from the Chaff in the Blowing Wijnd.

It might be hoped that we have learned our lessons concerning such things as genocide and ethnic cleansing but as Gaza clearly indicates, we have not. Let me state unequivocally that there is only one kind of holocaust that should ever be on anyone’s mind and that is the holocaust taking place in present time. It is a sad and strange irony-as I have pointed out many times before- that those who have franchised their own holocaust into a brisk and international industry; a blue chip listing on the stock exchange, are the perpetrators of the present genocide.

Jan 30 07:08

Secret Israeli database reveals full extent of illegal settlement

The official database, the most comprehensive one of its kind ever compiled in Israel about the territories, was recently obtained by Haaretz. Here, for the first time, information the state has been hiding for years is revealed. An analysis of the data reveals that, in the vast majority of the settlements - about 75 percent - construction, sometimes on a large scale, has been carried out without the appropriate permits or contrary to the permits that were issued. The database also shows that, in more than 30 settlements, extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure (roads, schools, synagogues, yeshivas and even police stations) has been carried out on private lands belonging to Palestinian West Bank residents.

Jan 30 05:46

Controversial scholar slams Israeli 'massacre' of Gaza civilians

(Embedded videos of Finkelstein's address included at link.)

Controversial scholar slams Israeli 'massacre' of Gaza civilians

01.23.2009 | Express News

By Geoff McMaster

January 23, 2009 - Edmonton-Israel's attack on Gaza had little to do with self-defense and everything to do with instilling fear among Palestinian people, says political scientist Norman Finkelstein.

Invited to speak on campus by the Edmonton chapter of the Palestine Solidarity Network, Finkelstein accused Israel of deliberately killing Gaza civilians in order to cement their control over the occupied territory.

Jan 30 05:13

Global Worries Over U.S. Stimulus Spending

Mr. Ferguson was particularly struck by the new borrowing because the roots of the current crisis lay in an excess of American debt at all levels, from homeowners to Wall Street banks.

“This is a crisis of excessive debt, which reached 355 percent of American gross domestic product,” he said. “It cannot be solved with more debt.”

January 29, 2009

Jan 29 22:00

Turkish PM storms off in Gaza row

Turkey's prime minister has stormed off the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos after a heated debate on Gaza with Israel's president.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed with Shimon Peres, whose voice had risen as he made an impassioned defence of Israel's actions, jabbing his finger.

Mr Erdogan said Mr Peres had spoken so loudly to conceal his "guilt".

He accused the moderator of not allowing him to speak and said he did not think he would return to Davos.

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In the debate, Mr Erdogan was cut off as he attempted to reply to Mr Peres

Jan 29 21:55

Davos - Furious Turkish PM Erdogan leaves the stage after being interrupted by the moderator who favours Perez

First, Erdogan has instrumentalized the BBC-shame on the supressed charity ad for Palestine. Watch what happened since the thematization of the Armenian genozide by the end of 2007! The boosting of the Ergenekon plot and rising tensions between the two ol´ "allies" Isreal and Turkey not at last over the Kurds who are supported by Isreal.

Jan 29 21:53

The Crucifixion of Bishop Williamson

As I observe the vilification of Bishop Williamson occurring in the Catholic blogosphere, I can’t help but recall the gospel account of the crucifixion of Christ Himself. For with the exception of the Blessed Mother and St. John, the rest of His apostles had abandoned Him, quaking in their boots “for fear of the Jews” (John 19:38).

Jan 29 19:58

PrezBO's press room "Kiss my toes" photo op

Obamanocchio #1
by Michael Dawson / January 27th, 2009

President Obama made a “surprise visit” to the White House Press Room on Thursday. Undoubtedly, this was not an impulse or an accident, but a calculated attempt to create a new kind of photo-op. The idea was almost certainly to make news about the newness of this President not hiding from public-minded questioning. The assumption must have been that the WH press corp would be so bowled over by Obama’s entrance that they’d fawn and gush over him and pump out puff pieces proclaiming his newness and openness.

Turns out, the reporters took advantage of the unheard-of chance by actually asking Obama a question!

Jan 29 19:39

Shoe monument for man who threw footwear at Bush

An Iraqi town has unveiled a giant monument of a shoe in honour of the journalist who threw his footwear at former U.S. President George W. Bush.

The two-metre (six-foot) high statue, unveiled on Thursday in former dictator Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, depicts a bronze-coloured shoe, filled with a plastic shrub. "Muntazer: fasting until the sword breaks its fast with blood; silent until our mouths speak the truth," reads an inscription, in honour of journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at Bush and called him a "dog" at a news conference during the former president's final visit to Iraq.

Jan 29 18:25

Former U.S. Congressman Cooley Charged With Bilking Investors

Former U.S. Congressman Wester Cooley was charged with helping bilk investors out of more than $10 million in a scam, federal prosecutors said.

Cooley, 76, of Palm Springs, California, is charged with taking more than $1.1 million in investor money in 2002, laundering the money to hide the fraud scheme and using the money for his own benefit, U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien said today in a statement. Cooley represented Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District in the 1990s.

Jan 29 16:02

Yoo: Bush okayed torture to outwit defense lawyers

Jan 29 15:54

Jobless Sheep

The number of unemployed is increasing in every state. The 'government' reports the national average is 7.2%. The rate is being under reported. Factor in the underemployed which includes a vast number of those in business for themselves and it's anybody's guess how many people are idle at any given moment. Most of the figures are based upon those receiving unemployment benefits, some 6.5 million, which is at an all time high since records have been kept.

My state of Tennessee is now using its 22 career centers as places to file for unemployment since the normal ways to process the claims are overwhelmed.

When will we hit the bottom in this jobless boom? We may not have seen anything yet.

Jan 29 15:50

Hamas to broadcast BBC license appeal

Hamas has agreed to run a controversial appeal on behalf of the BBC license fee.

Jan 29 15:50

Schumer: bad bank estimates go up to $4 trillion

The cost of the government setting up a "bad bank" to buy up toxic assets from struggling U.S. banks could range as high as $4 trillion, according to some experts, Sen. Charles Schumer said on Thursday.

Jan 29 15:49

Zimbabwe abandons its currency

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Elephant poop is the new $20.

Jan 29 15:46

'Jewish money' controls U.S.: African diplomat

South Africa’s deputy foreign minister has been taken before the national human rights body for allegedly saying that "Jewish money" controls the United States, officials said Thursday.

Jan 29 15:29

Cigarette lighter camera shows there's nothing more patriotic than espionage

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Oooooooh, I just GOTTA have one! :)

Jan 29 15:22

FLASHBACK - The Fear Factory

The FBI now has more than 100 task forces devoted exclusively to fighting terrorism. But is the government manufacturing ghosts?

Jan 29 15:18


First, Mitchell should be honest enough to realize that Israel has effectively killed any realistic prospects of creating a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank. The building of hundreds of Jewish-only colonies throughout the occupied territories has simply left no room for establishing such a state.

Jan 29 15:17


Abu Ahmed al-Sawafari, an owner of a chicken farms owners, was sitting amidst the rubble of his destroyed farm. He explained that “I have been working on that profession for long years. I have been growing my business by all efforts. Israelis came then left causing an earthquake in the area. They have killed these chickens, they are equal to human souls. They were suffocated and died due to hunger. I wonder why the Israelis killed these chickens? Were they firing rockets into Israel?”

Jan 29 15:01

Bernard Madoff with Billions - Featured on CNN

Jan 29 14:58

Using force against Iran still an option

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Russia (Iran's ally) is probably thinking pretty much the same thing about US right about now.

Jan 29 14:54

Israel Continues Gaza Attacks: Insists It Isn’t Violating Ceasefire

The Israeli military attacked what it described as a “weapons manufacturing facility” in Rafah today, and continued to strike tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border, in what it said was retaliation for an apparent Qassam launch by militants in the Gaza Strip.

The Qassam launch was likewise claimed to be in retaliation for Israeli attacks on Hamas targets, which were themselves claimed to be retaliation for a bombing by a group which was unrelated to Hamas. The authenticity of the attack was put somewhat in doubt by Israeli military officials saying they had not found the location which the rocket was supposed to have hit.

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You can't make this stuff up!

Jan 29 14:47

JPMorgan Exited Madoff-Linked Funds Last Fall

JPMorgan Chase says that its potential losses related to Bernard L. Madoff, the man accused of engineering an immense global Ponzi scheme, are “pretty close to zero.” But what some angry European investors want to know is when the bank cut its exposure to Mr. Madoff — and why.

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.. and why they didn't think to tell anyone else.

Jan 29 14:46

First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges

The Antiquities Museum of Gaza, privately founded and run by Gazan contractor and collector Jawdat Khoudary, was badly damaged during Israel’s 22 days of air and land strikes. The glass doors and windows have been shattered and the roof and walls have been damaged. Roman and Byzantine pottery, Islamic bronze objects and many amphorae have been destroyed, initially during shooting 20m to 200m away, and later because of nearby shelling, with one direct hit to the museum’s conference hall.

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One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.
Now we are seeing the same crime against history committed in Gaza. The direct hit indicates intentional targeting.
As Israel rolls into Gaza yet again, there is a valid concern that Palestine's ancient archeological sites face risk of destruction. I agree. And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites is deliberate policy.
Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.
Iraq's ancient heritage was enshrined in its ancient sites and museum. As a result of the war, many of those sites have been damaged or destroyed. Part of the ancient city or Ur now lies underneath a US air base runway. The treasures of the museum have only partly been recovered. The treasures from the looted archaeological sites have been scattered to the world.

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it "all went away." The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.
There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the won that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So "embellishment" was a low-risk activity.
We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Israelites. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh's household, then give the kid a Hebrew name ("Moses" is actually an Egyptian title meaning "Prince" and is included in the names of many Pharaoh's names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.)

Likewise, the story of Masada may be less than accurate. The remains found on the mountain were buried with pig bones, something no proper Jewish funeral would tolerate, which suggests that the bodies found and venerated as heroes of ancient Judea were actually those of dead Romans.
But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the "Celebrity dates space alien" stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It's just a story.

Given enough time, even a simple story written in jest can take on a life of its own. Scientology began as a bet between two science fiction writers; look how wide spread that has become in just a short time.

But, over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these ole testament stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, science has started to catch up with these ancient legends and call many of them into doubt.
So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose own ancient history seems to have left little if any traces at all.

In that context, the strange behavior of the US military which posted guards around the Iraq oil ministry while leaving the Baghdad museum unguarded suddenly starts to make sense. So does the intentional targeting of Palestinian antiquities and the theft of their cultural treasures, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that leveling the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in artifacts to remain visible to the world.

Jan 29 14:34

Ad published in Haaretz January 30, 2009

Jan 29 14:34

Airlines report ‘shocking’ plunge in traffic

The airline industry reported on Thursday an “unprecedented and shocking” plunge in global air cargo traffic.

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Also passenger travel is way down. Today's headline is that Hawaii's tourism industry has cratered. Americans cannot afford to come here and the rest of the world despises the US for Afghanistan, Iraq, Torture, Gaza, talking everyone into a global economy then driving it off the cliff, etc. etc. etc.

Jan 29 14:32

Ad published in Haaretz January 30, 2009

Jan 29 11:03

Spanish court to probe Israeli officials for alleged 'crimes against humanity'

Madrid Court grants motion by Palestinian group to probe several senior defense officials for their involvement in 2002 hit on Hamas operative Salah Shehade; which left 14 dead, 100 wounded. Defense minister calls announcement 'delusional', says he will do all in his power to have charges dropped.

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Oh yes, I can just hear "The Toilet" cranking up a big one for Spain!

Jan 29 10:56

Video: Gaza 2009: We Will Never Forget

Jan 29 10:40

Spain court in 2002 Israel 'war crime' probe

A Spanish court says it is investigating an alleged "crime against humanity" involving Israel for its 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed 15 people and wounded 150 others.

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I predict an "Al Qaeda" attack on Spain.

Jan 29 10:27

FBI saw mortgage fraud early

The FBI was aware for years of "pervasive and growing" fraud in the mortgage industry that eventually contributed to America's financial meltdown, but did not take definitive action to stop it.

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But the FBI was too busy reading our emails and harassing peace activists to do anything about it.

Jan 29 10:22

Venezuela considers Israel's decision to expel diplomats late, weak

The Venezuelan government said Wednesday that Israel's decision to expel Venezuelan diplomats as an answer to the rupture of the bilateral ties was "weak and late."

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I can already see the headlines proclaiming that Osama has escaped to Venezuela and the US needs to invade.

Jan 29 10:21


Whole streets lie in ruins, many thousands of Palestinians are homeless after weeks of Israeli bombing and foreign aid cash is piling up. As a builder in the Gaza Strip, this should be Anwar al-Sahabani's big moment.

Instead, though, he sits at home, angry and sad, not just at the wounds he suffered on the first day of bombardment, but with frustration at being denied the basic supplies he needs to start rebuilding. Israel will not let in cement, steel pipes and other materials it says its Hamas enemies might use to make war.

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"You will live in the rubble, AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!!!!!"

Jan 29 10:19

General strike cripples France

Hundreds of thousands of workers have begun a nationwide strike in France. Eight labor unions have called the industrial action to protest against what they say are insufficient measures by the government to tackle the economic crisis. Unions say that with unemployment mounting, French workers should not have to foot the bill for a crisis that has led to expensive government bailouts for banks, carmakers and other sectors. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a 26-billion-euro stimulus package while pledging to press ahead with unpopular reforms to trim the public sector workforce and liberalize the labor market.

Jan 29 10:19

Ford reports $5.9 billion loss

Jan 29 10:18

Irish ISP will disconnect Internet users after three unsubstantiated copyright claims

Eircom, a major Irish ISP, will now disconnect its users from the Internet if they receive three unsubstantiated copyright infringement claims from the record labels. The record labels are vowing to hold other ISPs to the same deal, which is part of a court settlement in a lawsuit against Eircom.

Jan 29 10:18

Army orders recall of body armor

Jan 29 10:17

Coming out of the Closet - Anti-Zionist and Proud!

"Rethinking Zionism" by Philip Weiss is a refreshing piece, but as far as I'm concerned, zionism doesn't need to be "rethought" it needs to be dismantled and driven from humanity's lexicon...

Until then however, it's good to count Weiss among the growing numbers of people around the world who are unabashedly Anti-Zionist and Proud!

Jan 29 10:17


‘The struggle now is to come to terms with what physically happened here.’

Jan 29 10:09

Apartheid Israel - CBS: Is Peace out of Reach

What is this? I am shocked! I am stunned! I am amazed!
Will wonders never cease?
CBS, yes CBS does an honest bit of journalism.

Jan 29 10:08

Expert: Voting machines easily altered

A Princeton University professor demonstrated in court today how New Jersey’s most widely used voting machines can be opened with a screwdriver and their computer chips swapped by hand.

Jan 29 10:07

Jobless claims hit record peak, orders plummet

The number of jobless claiming benefits jumped to a record in mid-January, while new orders for durable goods fell for a fifth straight month in December, according to data on Thursday that showed the economy in steep decline.

Jan 29 10:04

Home sales fall to record lows

Jan 29 10:03

Thousands may face frigid, lightless nights ahead

More than a million homes and businesses left in the cold without power Thursday in the wake of an icy winter storm could face a lengthy wait for electricity to come back, even as federal help was promised to two states hit hardest by the blast.

Jan 29 09:43

Google out to expose Internet traffic chokers

Google has begun offering tools to expose Internet service providers (ISPs) that choke traffic or shift users into slow lanes while allowing others to zip along at high speeds.

Jan 29 09:42

Frozen in indifference: Life goes on around body found in vacant Detroit warehouse

This city has not always been a gentle place, but a series of events over the past few, frigid days causes one to wonder how cold the collective heart has grown.

It starts with a phone call made by a man who said his friend found a dead body in the elevator shaft of an abandoned building on the city's west side.

Jan 29 09:32

The Global Anti-Semitism Report: The organized Jewish community opposes free speech

It is something of an axiom of Jewish life that “Is it good for the Jews?” remains the litmus test of Jewish communal activity — in other words, interest over principles. A good example is free speech. There can be little doubt that the organized Jewish community sees free speech as a problem because it may be used to criticize the behavior of Jewish organizations and especially Israel.

Jan 29 09:31

Govt stimulus propping up big business: Greens

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has accused the Federal Government of risking billions of taxpayer dollars to prop up big business.

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It seems that governments all over the world share the exact same attitudes and failings in regards to economic policy.

Maybe that's why the whole world is on the verge of riots.

Jan 29 09:28

Commentary: Will Obama see sense about nuclear threat?

THE possibility that, in an Obama administration, science will drive rational public policy provides an unprecedented opportunity to deal with a gnawing yet persistently neglected threat to the world: nuclear weapons.

No government is likely to declare how many strategic nuclear warheads it has, but the US and Russia are thought to possess at least 5000 apiece. The 2002 Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty required each nation to have no more than 2200 "operationally deployed" strategic warheads by 2012, yet this represents no real progress towards disarmament, as the target number is essentially identical to that proposed at the 1997 summit on nuclear arms reduction between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin in Helsinki, Finland.

Jan 29 09:25

As storm rages over siblings' forced adoption by gay men, 5-year-old pleads: 'We want to stay with granny and grandad'

The row over the future of the five-year-old boy and four-year-old girl intensified yesterday after the Daily Mail revealed details of the heartbreaking case. Their
grandparents spent two years fighting for the right to care for the children, whose 26-year-old mother is a recovering heroin addict. She desperately wanted her parents to look after them.

She voiced her anger at the decision to allow her son and daughter to be fostered by a homosexual couple.

‘I did not under any circumstances want my children to be placed with gay men. I wanted them to have a mum and a dad.

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Government gone wild.

Jan 29 09:19

Icy blast from Siberia set to bring snow and give Britain its coldest winter for 13 years

Freezing weather is on the way from Russia – putting Britain on course for its coldest winter in 13 years.

The chill will sweep in from the east at the start of next week, bringing freezing daytime temperatures and snow.

High winds will make it feel even colder.

Jan 29 09:16

Obama finds room for lobbyists

President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists "won't find a job in my White House."

So far, though, at least a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration, according to an analysis done by Republican sources and corroborated by Politico.

Jan 29 09:15

Have we all BIN conned? Recycling's the new state religion but once again it's been exposed as a sham

Mr Jones suggests that 'the global warming impact of putting material through an incinerator five miles down the road is actually less than recycling it 3,000 miles away'. In other words, fewer greenhouse gases are produced if you burn rubbish locally than if you sort it and send it halfway round the world.

It also transpires that, as a result of the collapse in the market value of recyclable waste owing to the global recession, many waste disposal firms are having to stockpile paper, metals and plastics in vast warehouses because they are unable to sell them on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my previous domicile, we had those recycling bins for cans, glass, paper, glossy paper, plastic, and the bin for whatever did not go into the others.

Then one day I happened to see the trash removal service come by, and they simply dumped all the bin contents into the trash truck, mixing it all back up.

I stopped the truck driver and inquired what was going on, and he reported that the recycling center set up (at public expense) to handle all this sorted detritus had gone bust, because it costs more to recycle some materials than to manufacture from scratch. But the law requiring trash to be separated had never been repealed, so we mere taxpayers wasted hours of time putting cans and bottles into the correct slots, only to have the trash company mix it all back together and dump it in a landfill.

Jan 29 09:05

Pay as you go-- and also if you stay away

TD Bank started asking people to pay 35$ for not borrowing money from them....

Jan 29 09:05

Doctors Spooked by Israel's Mystery Weapon

Critics continue to press the case that Israel committed "war crimes" in its war with Hamas, because of the civilian casualties in Gaza. Ironically, many of these wounds may have been caused by a weapon designed to reduce collateral damage. Not that the Israelis admit they have the thing.

Jan 29 09:03

BBC's "Impartiality" on display in Pope-bash story.

Jan 29 08:59

Hybrid fusion-fission reactors to run on nuclear 'sludge'

Texas-based boffins say they have figured out a cunning new method of dealing with America's nuclear waste, using fusion technology - which at the moment can't produce power - to turn 99 per cent of fission reactors' waste into useful energy.

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Now THAT is a useful technology, given the huge amount of nuclear waste left over from all the bombs the US Government has built.

Jan 29 08:53

Pro-Israel media: Bloggers join media war

Some 1,000 new immigrants and foreign-language-speaking Jews volunteer to army of bloggers set up by Absorption Ministry and Foreign Ministry with the stated objective of flooding blogs with pro-Israel opinions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hitler had a huge propaganda operation, too.

It didn't work.

Jan 29 08:52

Settlements expanded faster in 2008

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The settlements are all illegal under the UN charter for occupied territories and under UN Security Council Resolution 242.

The Us Government destroyed Iraq under the pretext that Saddam, was defying the United Nations (as it turned out, he was not). But Israel gets a free pass?