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"... What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I'll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life -don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don't freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don't claw at your insides. If your back isn't broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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July 26, 2009

Jul 26 10:34

IT AIN'T OVER UNTIL THE JOBS COME BACK -- PERIOD!

So I'm watching these talking heads on CNBC telling America that the signs of a recovery are there. They are lying and not just merely misled. They are flat lying, hoping some suckers out there will start making purchases to jump-start America's consumer-driven engine, and to a small degree it is working. All I can tell you is this: When your money is spent, it is GONE, okay? If there is not a corresponding and reliable, ongoing source of income to offset your purchases, don't make the purchases. Is there anyone, outside of Jackson County, Oregon, the stupidest county in all the Universe, that does not understand this concept?

Jul 26 10:31

Inside the swine flu hotline call-centre: Tasteless 'David Brent' jokes and a terrified 16-year-old recruit

During a training session, instructor Ben Kirby – whose manner was akin to television character David Brent – joked that the rapid spread of swine flu would help boost the profits of Teleperformance, the firm contracted by the Government to run the hotline.

Our investigators also found:

  • Among those selected to field enquiries was a 16-year-old school leaver who confessed she was so terrified she told a caller to dial 999.
  • Teleperformance will earn money from each call it handles under a hastily-struck deal with the NHS – prompting Mr Kirby to state: ‘There’s an endless budget...on this campaign.’
  • Mr Kirby joked about sending a victim to run around the streets of Bristol to spread flu.
  • Jul 26 10:21

    44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep

    It was replete with tales of the illegal sales of body parts; of furtive negotiations in diners, parking lots and boiler rooms; of nervous jokes about “patting down” a man who turned out to indeed be an informant; and, again and again, of the passing of cash — once in a box of Apple Jacks cereal stuffed with $97,000.

    “For these defendants, corruption was a way of life,” Ralph J. Marra Jr., the acting United States attorney in New Jersey, said at a news conference. “They existed in an ethics-free zone.”

    Jul 26 10:20

    Rabbi Busts Stun World's Largest Jewish Enclave

    Brooklyn In Awe As FBI Hauls Off 1 Prominent Figure After Another Allegedly Connected To N.J. Corruption Probe



    Jul 26 10:19

    Harry Patch: 17 June 1898 to 25 July 2009

    The death of Harry John Patch marks the moment when the horrific experiences of men fighting in the trenches of the First World War pass from first-hand account into history.

    Jul 26 09:58

    IDF Vets Train U.S. Jews to Protect Their Communities

    Starting in late July, a group of Israeli combat veterans will be holding a training camp in New York to teach advanced self-defense techniques to Jews in U.S. communities. An increasing number of American Jews have expressed interest in the program following a wave of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide over the past year, organizers report.

    Training this year will begin on July 31 and conclude on August 9.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Who trains U.S. NON-Jews to protect their communities?

    Jul 26 09:51

    Prof. Wants Homes of Maj. Klein and 'Terrorist Settlers' Razed

    Professor Yuri Pines, Head of the Department of East Asia Studies at Hebrew University, caused a stir among his students Thursday when he wrote in an e-mail message that he hopes the home of fallen IDF hero Maj. Roi Klein is razed.

    Replying to an e-mail petition against the planned demolition of Klein’s home, Pines wrote: “I hope that not only the Major’s home will be destroyed, but the entire settlement, and that the mitnachablim will all be gone with the wind.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    However he came to this position, you have to admire this guy's courage, knowing - for almost an absolute certainty - that he's just shot himself in the foot in terms of his university teaching career for having expressed himself publicly about his desire to see Israel return to the Green Line borders.

    Jul 26 09:49

    Eliot's Mess

    While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.

    Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.



    Jul 26 09:47

    SECSTATE Clinton flogging "Iran WMD" dead horse

    Jul 26 09:47

    SECSTATE Clinton flogging "Iran WMD" dead horse Part 2

    Jul 26 09:37

    Hillary Clinton: Iran pursuit of nukes 'futile'

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Iran will never achieve its goal of obtaining a nuclear weapon, declaring to Tehran: "Your pursuit is futile."

    "What we want to do is to send a message to whoever is making these decisions, that if you're pursuing nuclear weapons for the purpose of intimidating, of projecting your power, we're not going to let that happen," Clinton said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Memo to SECSTATE HRC: my dear lady, the "big lie" technique is not working on the American people anymore, no matter how desperately you feel the compulsive need to publicly prove your undying fealty to Israel.

    FACT: As a signatory to the NPT, Iran is perfectly within its right to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes, i.e., build a power plant.

    FACT: The IAEA, which has been inspecting this plant, has declared that there have been no missing or unaccounted for nuclear materials which might be used to create a nuclear bomb.

    FACT: The level of uranium enrichment necessary for creating a weapon is infinitely stronger than that necessary for creating a power plant, and the IAEA has found absolutely no evidence of that either.

    FACT: Israel, which does have nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the NPT, which would mandate inspection of their nuclear facilities.

    FINAL FACT: Secretary Clinton, you must be, in light of your position in this administration, aware of the reality that senior Russian officials have warned that a military attack against Iran will trigger WWIII.

    If you are insane enough to believe that somehow, a war between Russia and the US would be a really good thing for this country, you need to be immediately relieved of your responsibilities as Secretary of State, and receive a psychiatric evaluation.

    Jul 26 09:34

    FLASHBACK - Israeli suspected of organ trafficking

    Professor Zaki Shapira, one of Israel's leading transplant surgeons, was arrested in Turkey on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in an organ trafficking ring, Channel 10 reported Tuesday.



    Jul 26 09:27

    Obama administration bars torture investigators from Guantánamo Bay

    Jul 26 09:26

    3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July!

    Jul 26 09:23

    More ADL on YOUTUBE

    Under the guise of fighting "antisemitism" the ADL is out to remove channels on youtube not just videos but channels for speaking out against Israel. You so much as show a picture in war it's removed under the gross clause, you use music the wrong way its removed for that, you get flagged enough even for no reason at all and they remove it for that. And there are groups that just mass email one another and go around and flag videos that criticize Israel. The ones they leave alone are actual racist because it only helps their cause. Meanwhile they can support racial cleansing and colonization as Zionism because you see it's OK to be racist so long at it's your religion.

    Jul 26 09:22

    Governor X’s looming sex scandal

    Mark Sanford is trying to win his wife’s forgiveness, said George Rush and Joanna Malloy in the New York Daily News, but another married governor could be headed toward “fresh hell.” A “high-end escort” who's already said she had rough sex with then–New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is claiming that she also had three sex “dates” with another of our “most prominent governors”—call him Gov. X—whose wife is “prominent in her own right.”



    Jul 26 09:20

    Protesting steelworkers beat manager to death

    Tonghua employees attacked Jianlong's general manager, Chen Guojun, during the protest and beat him to death, the centre said.

    Workers were angry that Mr Chen was paid about 3 million yuan ($538,500) last year, while some retirees received as little as 200 yuan a month, the centre said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    While tragic in its outcome, this episode demonstrates very clearly that there is a point in the human psyche which snaps after experiencing continued grueling unfairness and economic hardship.

    Politicians around the world, kindly take note.

    Jul 26 09:19

    REMEMBERING LEONARD PELTIER

    At weeks end scores of people gathered at the Judson Memorial Church in N.Y.C. for a concert and discussion about Leonard Peltier, a man who has spent the past 33 years in prison despite the fact that very many people believe him to be innocent. Peltier will have a parole hearing on July 28th.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    And it will likely be denied because the US Government doesn't need any more embarrassments walking around the streets giving interviews.

    Jul 26 09:16

    RACISM AND MUSIC ON THE STREETS OF WEST JERUSALEM

    Jul 26 09:14

    BIG TIME JEWISH DISSENT ON THE BIG SCREEN ~~ AGAINST ZIONIST TERROR

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has come under siege after deciding to show a documentary about Rachel Corrie, a Washington state 23-year-old killed in 2003 while trying to prevent an Israeli military bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian’s home.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "YOU WILL ONLY SHOW WHAT WE ALLOW YOU TO SHOW, DAMMIT!!!!!!!"



    Jul 26 09:13

    THE HUMAN FACTOR IN ISRAEL

    “Before the second intifada, Palestinians could drive their own cars into Israeli territory,” says Gamilah Biso, founder and director of Humans Without Borders. “But after the checkpoints were set up all over the country, they had to get permits, and they had no choice but to take private taxis. It was then that we started doing our work.”

    Jul 26 09:10

    Mass Layoffs: The Continuing Devastation

    Stock market investors shrug off a disaster in our midst: mass layoffs. Investors act as though it will soon be business as usual. Companies cut costs by firing employees that have been with them for decades. Then the companies can report higher earnings from cost-cutting measures. The media then proclaim an increase in earnings. But how will these increases be sustained? How will an unemployment rate of 11% help get the economy back on its feet?

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    One has to wonder what direction the anger these laid-off people feel will take?

    Jul 26 09:07

    CIA 'put pressure on Britain to cover up its use of torture'

    The CIA has been secretly pressuring the British Government to help it cover up its use of torture, documents filed in the High Court have revealed.

    The documents, to be discussed at a hearing this week, suggest that the UK authorities did everything they could to accede to the CIA's wishes while at the same time trying to conceal the fact they were talking to the agency.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    No surprise here; the CIA is attempting to cover its nether regions on this one.

    Unfortunately, however, the embrace and the institution of the use of torture has created two major consequences for this country.

    First, for all practical intents and purposes, it has effectively removed the US from any human rights accords to which it has ever been a signatory.

    Secondly, because torture became (and continues to be) US policy, any US military or civilian personnel who gets captured can expect no better treatment than the US meted out at Abu Ghraib.

    Jul 26 09:03

    The Young British Soldier

    When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Apparently we haven't learned anything in 120 years.



    Jul 26 08:57

    'Laundered US cash may be from Israel'

    5 US rabbis accused of trafficking in human organs

    Jul 26 08:56

    The Commercial Real Estate Bust: Gearing up for a $3 Trillion Headache. Increase in Vacancy Rates and Higher Defaults.

    Jul 26 08:56

    Now Legal Immunity for Swine flu Vaccine Makers

    The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has just signed a decree granting vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits that result from any new “Swine Flu” vaccine. Moreover, the $7 billion US Government fast-track program to rush vaccines onto the market in time for the Autumn flu season is being done without even normal safety testing. Is there another agenda at work in the official WHO hysteria campaign to declare so-called H1N1 virus—which has yet to be rigorously scientifically isolated, characterized and photographed with an electron microscope—the scientifically accepted procedure—a global “pandemic” threat?

    Jul 26 08:55

    Poisonous gas from African lake poses threat to millions

    It is estimated that the lake, which straddles the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, now contains 300 cubic kilometres of carbon dioxide and 60 cubic kilometres of methane that have bubbled into the Kivu from volcanic vents. The gases are trapped in layers 80 metres below the lake's surface by the intense water pressures there. However, researchers have warned that geological or volcanic events could disturb these waters and release the gases.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    That shaking you feel in the ground is Al Gore having an orgasm.



    Jul 26 08:53

    Dennis Blair: Iran Has Not Re-Started Its Nuclear Weapons Program

    Earlier this month, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen made headlines when he was asked by CNN whether Iran had enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb. “We think they do, quite frankly,” Mullen said. This morning, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) asked Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair to address the “confusion” about what the intelligence says about Iran’s weapons capacity. Blair said the intelligence community has assessed that Iran does not possess any highly-enriched uranium, and clarified that Mullen had been referring only to low-enriched uranium.

    Moreover, Blair said that the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that “in the fall of 2003 Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program,” still stands

    Jul 26 08:52

    Hemingway revealed as failed KGB spy

    Up till now, this has been a notably cheerful year for admirers of Ernest Hemingway – a surprisingly diverse set of people who range from Michael Palin to Elmore Leonard. Almost every month has brought good news: a planned Hemingway biopic; a new, improved version of his memoir, A Moveable Feast; the opening of a digital archive of papers found in his Cuban home; progress on a movie of Islands in the Stream.

    Last week, however, saw the publication of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press), which reveals the Nobel prize-winning novelist was for a while on the KGB's list of its agents in America.

    Jul 26 08:51

    1948 TUCKER

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    (Lot of graphics, slow download)

    The Tucker Torpedo was built in 1948. Many of them are still on the road. Quite a far cry from the modern product of the Big Three, which start to dissolve after just 5 years. No wonder the auto makers worked so hard to get rid of Tucker! They LIKE their 5 year lifespan cars.

    Which is why they are all going broke right now.

    Jul 26 08:48

    Gates, in Visit to Israel, Will Find Iran Looming

    The official, who was briefing reporters in advance of Mr. Gates’s trip, acknowledged that the Israelis did not think the diplomacy would work and that they were losing patience. “Are they anxious?” the official said. “Yes, they’re anxious. But we’re not having regular conversations where they’re coming in and saying, ‘Stop your engagement now, bomb Iran tomorrow.’ ”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is one of the many articles we're seeing lately, the intention of which is to "groom" the American public for an Israeli-led/ US supported attack on Iran.

    However, there is one minor problem with the "bomb bomb bomb...bomb bomb Iran" scenario.

    It is the the 6,000 lb gorilla, sitting on the Steinway, and one which should be acknowledged by any thinking adults (if there are any) in the halls of power in Tel Aviv and Washington.

    That 6,000 lb gorilla is Russia. Russian leadership has already stated very flatly that there are no inducements the US can offer it to turn a blind eye against an attack against Iran. Russian leadership has already stated unequivocally that an attack against Iran will lead to WWIII.

    Does the US really want to go to war with Russia to "neutralize" Iran for Israel?

    I'd like to hope not.

    But there are some in the halls of power who believe that only another massive military confrontation can possibly deflect the anger of Americans against this government for having bungled the economy so spectacularly, and also jump-start the economy.



    Jul 26 08:47

    No. 2 Texas bank expects to fail

    Guaranty Financial Group Inc , the second-largest publicly traded bank in Texas, said it will probably fail after loan losses and writedowns left it "critically" short of capital.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    If the Texans are running out of money ...

    Jul 26 08:45

    Doctor: Accused murderer delusional

    An 86-year-old man charged with murdering his wife while vacationing here from Canada here in 2007 is "delusional" and believes staff at the Hawai'i State Hospital are poisoning his food and torturing him at night with "electricity and radio beams," a doctor said in court yesterday.
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    Tadeusz "Ted" Jandura, who survived imprisonment in Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, claims that the torture he is receiving "is worse than anything he saw at Auschwitz," Dr. Klebert Jones testified.

    Jones, a physician at the state hospital, said Jandura has told him that "What they are doing to him is worse than Hitler."

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Jul 26 08:39

    Report: US commanders 'incompetent' over nine soldiers killed in Afghan battle of Wanat

    After an initial Army investigation which was dismissed by critics in the military hierarchy as whitewash, Douglas Cubbison, a military historian was commissioned to produce a more honest assessment.

    His report is directed squarely at US commanders in the field. It suggests that if they do not apply the Army's counterinsurgency doctrine and protect local populations, they could meet the same fate as their fallen comrades at Wanat.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

    Jul 26 08:37

    Coward Israeli Attack - Strangulation and Passport Theft

    Jul 26 08:35

    Despair, devastation in war-ravaged Swat Valley

    From the air, the valley in the foothills of the Hindu Kush looks undisturbed. Green fields amid clusters of drab houses.

    A closer look at Swat reveals how well the Pakistani Army fared in its military campaign to wipe out the militants.

    The cost of success: massive destruction that is sure to hamper the lives of already suffering residents just starting to trickle back to the homes they fled.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is going to have a serious backlash on the Pakistani government, and one has to wonder just what form that backlash will take.

    Jul 26 08:28

    Distrust of government blunting Obama's pursuit of new programs

    If President Barack Obama got anything indisputably right at his news conference last week, it was this: The American people don't trust the federal government.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    And why should the American people trust the government?!?

    The only thing for which they can trust the federal government, at this point, is that the federal government will lie to the American people to achieve any objective the government believes is in its own best interest, whether or not it is actually in the interests of the American people.

    In fact, for most think Americans, one of the most terrifying statements to hear is, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you!!"

    Jul 26 08:23

    Despite Pledge to Cut Military Ties to Coup Regime, US Continues to Train Honduran Soldiers at School of Americas

    Jul 26 08:21

    NY-based rabbi agrees to plead guilty in LA case

    The head of an Orthodox Jewish group has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge stemming from what prosecutors say was a decade-long tax fraud and money laundering scheme.

    Jul 26 08:19

    New Biden Criticism Surprises Russia

    Just weeks after a summit meeting intended to show a thawing in relations between the United States and Russia, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made blistering references to Russia’s failing economy, loss of face and a leadership that is “clinging to something in the past,” in an interview published on Saturday.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Biden is doing a magnificent job of acting the buffoon and tap dancing on his tonsils whenever he makes an observation about foreign policy.

    Is the prerequisite for being a vice-president for the US an absolute ignorance of history, and how that history impacts the present?!?

    To hear Biden speak, one would imagine that is the case these days.

    Jul 26 08:18

    Swine Flu Plc: Cashing in on the pandemic

    Huge pharmaceutical companies, face-mask manufacturers and even internet opportunists are raking in the money. Tim Persinko and Susie Mesure report

    Jul 26 08:17

    The big New Jersey bust - What they're not saying

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    What the TV news is NOT reporting is:

    1. The FBI was advised of this organ traffciking
    ring SEVEN YEARS AGO by a totally credible source
    (a university professor) and it's MUCH larger than
    a single potential transaction.

    2. Law enforcement in Brazil and South Africa acted
    immediately on the information and went after the criminals.

    3. This was not just organ dealing. It was organ
    stealing. Impoverished people were flown in and
    told if they didn't go through with the deal, they'd
    be shot. Some had no idea the details of what they'd
    agreed to.

    Organs were "bought" for $10,000 and re-sold for
    $150,000 and more.

    It took the FBI SEVEN YEARS to get themselves in gear
    and get an indictment.

    Jul 26 08:16

    US: Parade of officials to caution Israel

    The Obama administration is dispatching four of its most senior foreign policy and security figures to Israel this coming week with the same message on two open questions causing friction between the close allies: Don't do it.

    Taking a firmer line with Israel than the Bush administration, President Barack Obama is urging Israel to stop all settlement construction in the West Bank or risk closing off the most promising avenues for peace negotiations.

    Washington also wants Israel to shelve any plan for a military strike to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities, arguing that Obama's offer of engagement and talks with Iran deserves time to bear fruit.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Memo to President Obama: sir, Netanyahu's government keeps spitting in your face and telling you it's raining on the settlement issue.

    And you just told the world right out loud on Friday, that you will not use the one bargaining chip this Israeli administration would understand, and that would be the immediate cessation of all US military and financial aid.

    Israel's response regarding settlements, coupled with that statement on Friday, has made you look catastrophically impotent to Palestinians and Arabs of all stripes because this telegraphs to them that you have completely lost your integrity as a potential honest broker for peace.

    And as to Iran, watch for Israel to most probably stage some kind of a "false flag" to get that going well and truly before the end of the year.

    They will expect American taxpayers to fund this, and for American kids to fight, die, and get maimed in the process of "neutralizing" yet another one of their existential enemies in the region (and that seems to include all of their neighbors!)

    The Israelis are experts at this. As any of your staff to google the "USS LIBERTY", and you will see, very clearly, what I mean.

    Jul 26 08:10

    Palestine Now and Then

    A few days ago a ring of Rabbis and corrupt US politicians were caught for illegally profiteering in the human organ trade and money laundering to finance Israeli settlements on Arab lands.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I grew up on a farm. I understand the women in the picture.

    Jul 26 08:08

    NEWSWEEK: The Recession is Over

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "No, really, it is! Honest! Would we lie to you?"

    Jul 26 08:06

    U.S. money laundering suspects linked to Shas spiritual leader

    The Israel Police is set to investigate several Sephardic yeshivas, among them those linked with Shas, under suspicion of money laundering as related to the case. Police sources speculate that the investigation may expand to include banks that may have been involved in the possible money laundering operation.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    So, Israeli banks are now caught up in the money laundry/organ brokering ring!

    Jul 26 08:04

    Weekend Opinionator: Is Wall Street Picking Our Pockets?

    But is it fair to say the wizards of Wall Street (Goldman Sachs, this means you) are picking our pockets, or are they really the smartest guys in the room after all?

    Jul 26 08:03

    Tax on 'gold-plated' health care plans gains ground

    White House officials are embracing a plan to tax "gold-plated, Cadillac" insurance policies, giving momentum to an idea that is receiving bipartisan consideration on Capitol Hill.

    Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday on Bloomberg TV that he is "taking an intense look at it."

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Oh, REALLY?!?!?

    Then let's start with taxing the health care benefits of all congressional representatives!!

    As reported in:

    http://public-healthcare-issues.suite101.com/article.cfm/health_care_f...

    "As soon as members of Congress are sworn in, they may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The program offers an assortment of health plans from which to choose, including fee-for-service, point-of-service, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). In addition, Congress members can also insure their spouses and their dependents.

    Not only does Congress get to choose from a wide range of plans, but there’s no waiting period. Unlike many Americans who must struggle against precondition clauses or are even denied coverage because of those preconditions, Senators and Representatives are covered no matter what - effective immediately.

    And here’s the best part. The government pays up to 75 percent of the premium. That government, of course, is funded by taxpayers, the same taxpayers who often cannot afford health care themselves."

    And please understand; even if a senator or congressional representative has served for only one term, these benefits stand FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

    Jul 26 07:59

    Youtube Bans “Feeling The Hate In Jerusalem”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    VIMEO has also apparently succumbed to Israeli pressure.

    But don't worry, you can still download a copy HERE

    Jul 26 07:57

    Iraq Veterans Find Afghan Enemy Even Bolder

    “It was straight luck that we didn’t have a lot more guys hit,” said Sgt. Brandon Tritle, another squad leader in Company C, who cited the Taliban’s skill at laying down a base of fire to mount an attack.

    “One force will put enough fire down so you have to keep your heads down, then another force will maneuver around to your side to try to kill you,” he said. “That’s the same thing we do.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The Afghan people want their country back.

    We do not have anywhere near the complement of military boots on the ground to win this.

    We cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. We can kill (and further radicalize those who are left) women, kids, the elderly, and the medically fragile. But that's not "winning" this conflict.

    The US puppet installed government is believed so crooked by the Afghan people that many believe these people have to screw their socks on in the morning.

    There will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul. The question is, how many more of our military will have to die and get maimed before that happens.

    And why are we there? For the installation of pipelines, and protecting the drug trade, which is so profitable for so many.

    Anyone remember the "Golden Triangle" in Vietnam during the Vietnam War?

    Jul 26 07:55

    Feeling the Hate in Tel Aviv -- The Sequel to the Video YouTube Censored

    Jul 26 07:46

    Painting Obama as an enemy will hurt Israel badly

    In the new Israeli debate, America is slowly beginning to be perceived as an enemy - and the dispute is going personal: Our prime minister versus their president. Yesterday, he simply demanded that Israel adopt the two-state solution, then called for a freeze on construction in the settlements (without agreeing to settle for "only" the completion of projects already underway), and now he wants to divide Jerusalem. Not Netanyahu - Obama.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS!

    Jul 26 07:39

    US in diplomatic push for Mideast peace

    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates heads to the Middle East on Sunday as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Barack Obama to breath life into faltering peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US officials said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Memo to SecDef Gates: what Israel wants is not peace, but territory... by any means necessary.

    The other thing they are going to demand of you in this next round of meetings is a commitment to "neutralize" Iran for them, as they claim that this country is an existential threat to their existence.

    Never mind, of course, that the IAEA has stated repeatedly that their inspections show no diversions of nuclear materials from the building of their power plant. Never mind that there is absolutely zero evidence that Iran is enriching uranium to the level to which it needs to be enriched in order to create a nuclear weapon.

    You will be given your marching orders at this next meeting, SecDef Gates, and Israel will fully expect American kids to fight, die, and get maimed in this war, and for the American taxpayers to pay for all of it without protest.

    And of course, never mind that Russian leaders have warned that such a military confrontation could start World War III.

    Jul 26 07:29

    Spitzer: Federal Reserve is ‘a Ponzi scheme, an inside job’

    The Federal Reserve — the quasi-autonomous body that controls the US’s money supply — is a “Ponzi scheme” that created “bubble after bubble” in the US economy and needs to be held accountable for its actions, says Eliot Spitzer, the former governor and attorney-general of New York.

    Advocating in favor of a House bill to audit the Federal Reserve, Spitzer said: “The Federal Reserve has benefited for decades from the notion that it is quasi-autonomous, it’s supposed to be independent. Let me tell you a dirty secret: The Fed has done an absolutely disastrous job since [former Fed Chairman] Paul Volcker left.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The man is entirely right on this.

    And We the Taxpayers get all of the financial burden with these bailouts, and none of the benefit.

    Jul 26 07:23

    One Percenters Enjoy Unprecedented Protection

    Here's a truism: The wealthiest 1 percent have never had it so good .
    According to government figures, 1 percenters' share of America's total income is the highest it's been since 1929, and their tax rates are the lowest they've faced in two decades.
    With 22,000 Americans dying each year because they lack health insurance, Congress is considering universal health-care legislation financed by a surcharge on income above $280,000 - that is, a levy almost exclusively on 1 percenters. This surtax would graze just 5 percent of small businesses and would recoup only part of the $700 billion the 1 percenters received from the Bush tax cuts. In fact, it is so miniscule, those making $1 million annually would pay just $9,000 more in taxes every year - or nine-tenths of 1 percent of their 12-month haul.

    Nonetheless, the 1 percenters have deployed an army to destroy the initiative.

    Jul 26 06:46

    A Constitution in FULL Crisis

    America’s extreme left tricked American moderates into supporting their candidate last November by campaigning on post-partisan cooperation and transparency in government. Six months after the election of a freshman senator with a blank résumé, a laundry list of evil associates and a life more secret than your average CIA agent, Obama’s entire history remains a mystery and his administration is the most hardcore partisan dictatorship ever experienced in the USA.

    Jul 26 06:45

    Lettermen bids Palin top-ten farewell

    Jul 26 06:41

    Money printing, debt growth and deficits don't create prosperity, says Marc Faber

    NTERNATIONAL. Marc Faber the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor said the US Federal Reserve managed, through stimulus, to do something that had never before been done - create a worldwide bubble in just about everything -stocks, bonds , housing and art.

    The only thing that didn't go up was the dollar, according to Faber.

    Speaking to the 10th Annual Agora Financial Investment Symposium in Vancouver this week, Faber said: “You cannot create prosperity through money printing and debt growth.”

    Faber preached an idea that became the theme of the event: Government fiscal and monetary intervention, “can postpone, but not prevent crisis.

    Jul 26 06:40

    Scientists fear machines will outsmart us

    This personal robot plugs itself in when it needs a charge. Servant now, master later?

    A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself. Computer viruses that no one can stop. Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.

    Jul 26 06:38

    Hacker Gary McKinnon will receive no pity, insists US

    Gary McKinnon, accused of hacking into U.S. military computers and facing extradition to the U.S. to stand trial, leaving the High Court in London

    American officials have made clear that they regard Mr McKinnon, 43, an unemployed computer programmer who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, as a serious offender whose case must be pursued rigorously in the US courts.

    Jul 26 06:35

    "Hell on Earth" one minute + video

    Jul 26 06:29

    Honduras and the Three-Ring Circus

    I got in from a very long, hot and humid day on the highways of a country called América – within tens of hours, health willing, I hope to be reporting from a very interesting place - and I’ve just spent the last while catching up on what happened on the border of Honduras today.

    Here’s the short version:

    There is a three-ring circus distracting the global media from the authentic struggle – the one waged by the Honduran people, from below – and today none of the ringmasters dressed themselves in glory.

    Jul 26 06:03

    We've Figured Him Out

    We've Figured Him Out
    By Ben Stein

    Americans are waking up to the truth that ObamaCare basically means that every time you are sick or injured, you will have a clerk from the Department of Motor Vehicles telling your doctor what he can and cannot do.

    (* And My prediction is; a Republican back in the White House , before we ever get a health care package through this government .)

    Jul 26 05:48

    Rasmussen: Obama’s presser backfired

    What happened? Besides the distraction of putting his foot in his mouth over the Gates arrest, Obama said nothing new or even particularly interesting on Wednesday night about health care. The only really new statement made by Obama was that he would approve tax hikes on the middle class as long as they didn’t primarily pay for the reform bill.

    (* And My prediction is; a Republican back in the White House , before we ever get a health care package through this government .)

    Jul 26 05:46

    War Is Over

    This is of the utmost importance! It is not a diversion!

    Jul 26 05:37

    CBO deals new blow to health plan

    For the second time this month, congressional analysts have dealt a blow to Democrats' health reform efforts .

    (* And My prediction is; a Republican back in the White House , before we ever get a health care package through this government .)

    Jul 26 04:56

    The Anti-Ecology of Money

    Yet tertiary goods are available in amounts limited only by the demand. How many bonds can a corporation print? For all practical purposes, as many as people are willing to buy. A good number of the colorful bankruptcies that have enlivened the business pages in recent months, for example, took out firms that mistook a temporary bubble for permanent prosperity, issued bonds far beyond their ability to pay, and crashed and burned when all that debt started to come due. On an even more gargantuan scale, the United States government is currently trying to restart its economy by spending money it doesn’t have, selling bonds to cover the difference, and amassing debt on a scale that makes the most extravagant Third World kleptocracies look like a bunch of pikers.

    Jul 26 01:58

    WAR IS OVER! If you want it

    That’s right; the war is over due to the courageous act of one Major Stefan Frederick Cook, United States Army Reserve, who recently challenged an Army order to deploy to Afghanistan on the grounds that they could not lawfully order him to deploy.

    Since the Army has only that authority given to it by the President, and, since Obama himself must possess the authority of President in order to delegate it to the Army, Major Cook believes Obama must prove he has such authority before he may lawfully comply with an Army order to deploy.

    July 25, 2009

    Jul 25 20:46

    Britain 'should approach Hamas'

    The UK government has come under rising pressure from MPs to start making contact with Palestinian group Hamas.

    A Foreign Affairs Committee report also said it was "regrettable" UK-supplied military items were "almost certainly" used by Israel in the Gaza conflict.

    The cross-party group, which monitors foreign policy, called on the EU to make relations with Israel conditional on its peace-making efforts.

    Jul 25 19:36

    92 Percent of Canadians Satisified with Health Care

    The largest survey on primary health care ever conducted in Canada found that most people have high praise for their family doctor, and a staggering 92 per cent would recommend their physician to a relative or friend.

    The study found that 95 per cent of Canadians with chronic health conditions had a regular place of care, either a family doctor, or community health centre.

    Care is available 24/7 without any insurance premiums or direct patient fees, whether you are rich, poor, employed, unemployed, young, old or have pre-existing conditions.

    Jul 25 19:18

    Nuclear Israel:A Kosher Calamity

    “If Iran develops nuclear capabilities it will start an arms race in the Middle East that would threaten the world”, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday.

    Lieberman claimed at the start of his four-day slander-a-thon trip to Argentina that Iran is the “biggest sponsor of world terror organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.”
    “If Iran would achieve nuclear capacity, we’ll see a crazy nuclear-armed race in our region that will be a threat not only to Israel but to the rest of the world,” he bluntly told reporters.

    The irony in Mr.Lieberman’s contention is almost laughable to anyone with an iota of knowledge in respect to what nuclear weapons Israel has and how much aid the United States of America delivers to Israel,casually – and on a yearly basis.

    Jul 25 19:04

    The CIA, licensed to kill

    The agency has been involved in planning assassinations since at least 1954.

    Jul 25 17:17

    What vital news is Zionist MSM hiding by its NJ reporting?

    Rabbis, Jewish Leaders
    In FBI Bust N.J. Corruption Probe
    Updated: Friday, 24 Jul 2009,

    MYFOXNY.COM/ AP - The arrests by the FBI of five ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York and New Jersey is making international headlines particualarly in Israel. All three of the country's major newspapers feature pictures of the men busted.

    Jul 25 16:46

    Revisiting The Horrors Of The Holocaust

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    CBS proves that it is stuck living in the past and is irrelevant for the the 21st Century.

    That being said, does it make sense to anyone that the Germans would keep such meticulous records of the health of the inmates at the slave labor camps if they intended to simply exterminate them all?

    Jul 25 15:15

    Another New Study Challenges Climate Change ‘Orthodoxy’

    De Freitas, based at Auckland University’s School of Geography and Environmental Science and with 30 years of climate science under his belt, does not deny that atmospheric CO2 concentration is rising, but questions the effect that that is having, and in particular whether it is dangerous.

    He said the climate debate has been “degraded” by politics, ignorance, “end is nigh” alarmist hype, and the argument that the science has been settled.

    The notion of “consensus” is unscientific, he added. “Science is meant to be robust debate.”

    Jul 25 15:05

    Eclipse Shadow on Earth Seen From Space

    A total solar eclipse cast a huge shadow on Earth Wednesday, captured by a Japanese satellite.

    Shown here covering Taiwan at 9:30 a.m. local time at nearly the height of the eclipse, the shadow covered some locations as long as six minutes, making it the longest solar eclipse of the century. The next one this impressive will not occur until 2132.

    Jul 25 15:04

    Simply birolliant - the incredible 10ft 'photographs' drawn with a ballpoint pen

    They may look like pin-sharp photographs - but these amazing pictures are actually drawings created with the humble ballpoint pen.

    Jul 25 13:56

    Peter Schiff on CNBC 24 July 2009

    Jul 25 13:16

    IMF buy our Gold at $42.20 per ounce

    Jul 25 12:51

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

    Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens.

    The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?

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

    Jul 25 11:39

    Obama Administration Begins Opposition To States Claiming Sovereignty And Gun Rights

    I believe the Supreme Court but I know not how long this may take. In the meantime, the Obama administration, made up of mostly anti-gun people, are grasping to gain control over your right to keep and bear arms. From the day Obama was elected, the people rushed to stores buying up guns and ammunition at unprecedented rates. With the combination of a new president and staff known to want to ban gun and gun sales and the District of Columbia vs. Heller ruling, it has helped spur more laws to relax gun restrictions. This, I am positive, angers the Obama administration.

    Jul 25 11:35

    DICK ACT of 1902... CAN'T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) - Protection Against Tyrannical Government

    The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities.

    Jul 25 11:18

    FLASHBACK - 12 arrested over international kidney scam

    The Israeli government has been dragged into the international kidney transplant trafficking scandal, with claims that it financed the illegal operations done at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban through its own state health care schemes.

    Jul 25 11:16

    Documentary sparks uproar at Jewish film fest

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has come under siege after deciding to show a documentary about Rachel Corrie, a Washington state 23-year-old killed in 2003 while trying to prevent an Israeli military bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian's home.

    Whether Corrie naively put herself in harm's way in support of terrorists or was intentionally killed by the Israeli military is the nexus of the controversy.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    How is protecting a home supporting terrorism?

    Jul 25 11:15

    Accused Israel spy hints at FBI anti-Semitism in AIPAC probe

    He was arrested, subjected to humiliating interrogations, accused of spying for Israel, lived under the specter of a 13-year prison term and sold everything he owned to pay for his legal defense. But Lawrence Franklin, 63, a former senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, an intelligence expert, university professor and senior official in the U.S. administration, did not crack. A devout Catholic, he accepted his bitter fate submissively and saw it as a test from heaven, as a means of achieving salvation. This is not just rhetoric. In order to support his family - his disabled wife and their five children - Franklin took a job cleaning restrooms at a West Virginia church, washed the floors in the local Roy Rogers restaurant and even dug cesspools.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Pathetic.

    Just pathetic.

    Jul 25 11:13

    Major 9/11 Truth Breakthrough!!! KBDI Denver Airs 9/11 Press for Truth

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Just from reading the reviews, I will wager that this film never mentions the arrested Israelis.

    Jul 25 10:44

    Palestinians ask Canada to seize Dead Sea Scrolls

    The problem for Palestinian Authority officials, who contacted ROM executives in April, is that the exhibition contains artefacts illegally acquired by Israel when it annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

    The PA’s archaeological department said it was important for Canadian institutions to be responsible and act in accordance with their country’s obligations.

    “I’m not saying those scrolls are not Jewish and Christian in nature,” said Issam al Ahmed, the executive director of Palestine House, an educational and cultural organisation in the Toronto area. “But they were discovered prior to the Israeli occupation and they were exhibited in the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem in Palestine.”

    Jul 25 10:31

    I Just Want to be a Useful Tool.

    I’m a tool and people have used me. You are a tool, so you know what I am talking about. People have used you too. Sometimes people have used me in the right way and sometimes they used me wrong. I knew that right away because that is not my purpose so I rebelled against my owner. I didn’t turn myself upon him but I refused to be put to a use for which I was not intended. This made me a bad tool. I don’t understand. I may not be a good tool entirely but I am a useful tool. I really do want to be useful even more than I want to be good because good and bad are often theater actors and they switch roles. For me, being a tool, goes beyond being good and evil.

    Jul 25 10:30

    WALKING THROUGH GAZA WITH ALICE WALKER

    Jul 25 10:11

    Israel giving key Jerusalem site to settlers - activists

    Israel has handed control over much of a key Palestinian area in annexed East Jerusalem to hardline settler groups in a creeping takeover kept away from public scrutiny, a report by an activist group said on Thursday

    "It was done in the dark, in flagrant violation of the rules of good government and in some cases in violation of the law, without open and official decisions by the government or Knesset and without public discussion, inquiry or scrutiny," said the report entitled "Shady Dealings in Silwan". Elad is dedicated to expanding Jewish ownership in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan in 1967 and annexed in a move not recognised by the international community.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    And it is apparent that the Obama administration is totally impotent to do anything about this.

    President Obama, it would really make sense to stop writing those checks, chock full of taxpayer dollars, to Israel: it is the only leverage you have right now.

    However, you had your spokesperson assure Israel that there will be absolutely no consequences for it while it continues to spit in your face and tell you it's raining on the illegal settlement issue.

    Mr. President; WHY?!?!?!?

    Jul 25 10:07

    Free Gaza needs your help to prepare next mission to Gaza

    Due to Israel's hijacking of our boat, the Spirit of Humanity last month, we have had to change our plans. No, we are not backing down. Now, more than ever, we believe it's critical to continue these missions, and demonstrate the power of the international civilian community to stand up to cruelty, human rights abuses, and oppression. If we let Israel's attack on our last mission stop us, we will be giving in to the violence that is perpetrated 100-fold against the occupied Palestinian people. The risks that we take by getting on these boats are nothing compared to the existential threats that Palestinians face every day of their lives.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    These people's heroic, humanitarian missions to Gaza come at enormous risk.

    Let us make sure that the Israeli government knows precisely that any attempt to arrest, hurt, or menace these people comes at a high catastrophic PR blunder cost, and in this context, Israel cannot possibly present itself as the victim here.

    The Free Gaza Movement deserves any and all support and public attention possible for their work.

    Jul 25 09:59

    Two Police States, No Solution

    What remains of Palestinian civil rights is rapidly being eroded by the dictorial Palestinian governments that respectively control the divided Palestinian territories.

    Palestinian civilians are paying the price as the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Fatah-affiliated and western- back Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules the West Bank, continue to target their political opponents as part of their bitter power struggle.

    "The abuse of Palestinian civilians by both Fatah and Hamas security forces has become systematic and is no longer the exception to the rule," Latifah told IPS.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Memo to Hamas, Fatah, and the Palestinian people; unless and until there is a full, complete, and unequivocal reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the dream of a viable Palestinian state is dead.

    Is that what you really want?

    Because unless and until you are able to talk logically to the Israeli government with one voice, and have that power which unity in purpose brings, you will never get to the point will Israel will be willing to truly negotiate in a way which guarantees the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    Jul 25 09:46

    The Heart of the Israel/Gaza Conflict: What Does Gaza Have that Israel Desperately Needs?

    Since British Gas (BG) first discovered huge offshore reserves of natural gas in Gazan waters Israel has attempted to dictate and secure the future of these reserves.

    Jul 25 09:40

    More troops will die in Afghanistan, says Joe Biden

    More British and American troops will die in Afghanistan, but the war against the Taliban is in the national interests of both countries, the US vice-president, Joe Biden, said today.

    Speaking in the deadliest month for British troops since the US-led invasion in 2001, Biden insisted that the current offensive against the Taliban in Helmand province was worth the effort and was a "prerequisite" to get the country ready for presidential elections next month.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Memo to VP Biden: stop lying to the American people, and to the long-suffering Afghans.

    The purpose of this war of aggression is two-fold; to "pacify" the Afghan people so that the pipelines can be installed, and to protect the opium crops.

    And before anyone starts screaming about how dare I suggest that our kids are dying to protect the drugs and drug dealers, consider this.

    As reported in:

    http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/140183/drug_eradication_in_afghan...
    icer/

    "Officials in President Barack Obama's administration say they want to emphasize alternative crops and avoid aggressive eradication operations that could alienate Afghans."

    Please remember that when the Taliban were in control before the American and NATO invasion, opium farming had been almost completely wiped out.

    As reported in:

    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1115-06.htm

    "In the book ''Bin Laden, la verite interdite'' (''Bin Laden, the forbidden truth''), that appeared in Paris on Wednesday, the authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director John O'Neill resigned in July in protest over the obstruction. "

    "They affirm that until August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime ''as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia'', from the rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. "

    But, confronted with Taliban's refusal to accept U.S. conditions, ''this rationale of energy security changed into a military one'', the authors claim."

    Remember what we were getting force-fed on all the corporate news feeds in August, 2001?!?!

    Gary Condit and Chandra Levy, 24/7, while the US government was planning the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

    Apparently, the price to be paid in blood and money to pursue this military misadventure was considered a "bargain" by the Bush administration, relative to what the Taliban were asking for the pipeline rights.

    Tell that to the parents, wives, or children of our soldiers who continue to come home, dead, in metal boxes, or catastrophically physically and/or mentally damaged in ways from which they will never recover.

    Jul 25 09:23

    US prepares major terrorism readiness exercise

    Law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the United States and abroad are preparing to go on high alert as part of a massive terrorism prevention exercise -- the first of its kind here.

    The National Level Exercise 2009 "will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery," the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is simply for domestic consumption, to demonstrate to We the People that we shouldn't get "uppity" if there are any National issues which concern us, because there will be hell to pay.

    And that bit about "terrorism prevention"?!?! There's a really simple answer to that; if the US stops mucking about in other countries, there will be no reason for any of those people to get upset with the US!

    Of course, that would be logical.

    Jul 25 09:19

    Agent Orange linked to heart disease, Parkinson's

    Medical researchers say there may be a link between exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War and an increased chance of developing serious heart problems and Parkinson's disease.

    The Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, is mandated by Congress to review every two years evidence about the effects of Agent Orange exposure.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Oh, terrific; this study is being mandated by congress.

    But when is the US going to actually take responsibility for what this lethal chemical has done to not only the Vietnamese people, but our Vets?!?

    Never.

    As reported in:

    http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/23/7252

    "Vietnamese victims of wartime "agent orange" were disappointed by a U.S. court's dismissal of a lawsuit against chemical companies but believe they have gathered more support for their cause, an official said on Saturday"

    "Friday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York concluded the plaintiffs could not pursue claims against Dow Chemical Co, Monsanto Co and nearly 30 other companies."

    "The United States has maintained there is no scientifically proved link between the wartime spraying and the claims of dioxin poisoning by more than 3 million people in Vietnam."

    Jul 25 09:17

    Iran vows to hit Israel's atomic sites if attacked

    The Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that Iran would strike Israel's nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacked it, state television reported.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Seems fair.

    Jul 25 09:13

    Our American Train Wreck - By Accident or Design?

    No profit-first corporation spends money unless they expect a return on investment.

    Jul 25 09:10

    Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink in Iraq

    The stench of human waste is enough to tell Falah abu Hasan that his drinking water is bad. His infant daughter Fatma’s continuous illnesses and his own constant nausea confirm it.

    Everybody complains about the water in Baghdad, and few are willing to risk drinking it from the tap. Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, 36 percent of Baghdad’s drinking water is unsafe, according to the Iraqi Environment Ministry — in a good month. In a bad month, it’s 90 percent. Cholera broke out last summer, and officials fear another outbreak this year....

    Jul 25 09:07

    Israel Warns Gaza Reconstruction Aid Might Help Hamas

    Six months after the end of the Israeli invasion, the Gaza Strip remains in ruins, with the billions of dollars pledged for its reconstruction largely unused in the face of a restrictive Israeli blockade. Today, the Israeli Defense Ministry is distributing a document warning that it thinks Hamas would probably end up with a measure of control over the funds.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Israel appears to be terrified that some Gazans may actually get some of that desperately needed aid!

    Jul 25 09:05

    US envoy warns of imperfect Afghan poll

    President Barack Obama's special envoy said Friday that Afghanistan's upcoming presidential contest will be imperfect, but the country cannot be held to a democratic standard that even the U.S. struggles to achieve.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The ballot boxes will be stuffed in Karzai's favor.

    Jul 25 09:03

    Commander: Reservist Deployments Won’t Slow Down Any Time Soon

    For those hoping that promises by the Obama Administration of an eventual Iraq drawdown and this week’s announcement that active duty personnel in the Army would increase by 22,000 would improve the deployment schedule of reservists, Army Reserve Commander Lieutenant General Jack Stultz has a message: don’t get your hopes up.

    “I want to be more realistic with them. I don’t predict a drop in our op-tempo,” Lt. Gen. Stultz said in an interview published today in Stars and Stripes. He said the goal was for the average reservist to spend four years home for each year deployed overseas, but reaching that goal “could take five years.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Translation: reservist's active duty commitments are increasing, not decreasing under this administration's watch.

    Jul 25 08:59

    Protesters urge Rudd to act on Iran

    Protests are being held around Australia today urging the Federal Government to do something in response to the political situation in Iran.

    In Canberra, protesters are demanding the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd send a strong message by deporting the Iranian ambassador.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Memo to Kevin Rudd: deporting another country's ambassador is generally what a government would do if it were on the cusp of declaring war against that country.

    Jul 25 08:54

    Hubble Snaps Sharpest Image Yet of Jupiter Impact

    The collision is believed to be the largest since Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 busted into 21 pieces and slammed into the solar system’s largest planet 15 years ago.

    If whatever hit Jupiter — and astronomers might never know what it was — had instead struck Earth, it would have caused catastrophic damage to human civilization.

    Jul 25 08:53

    US Senate votes to interfere in Iran affairs

    In another sign of interference in the internal affairs of Iran, the US Senate has ratified a plan to curb what it calls "censorship" in the Islamic Republic.

    According to the legislation, the US government will spend $30 million to expand activities of Radio Free Europe's Persian-language radio broadcasts into Iran.

    Washington will also take measures to counter Tehran's "efforts to block, censor, or monitor the Internet in Iran" with another $20 million, the ratification said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    50 million of our taxpayer dollars, while homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets?!?

    Memo to the Senate, because you have all obviously forgotten: your job is taking care of the American people, first, second, and third, period, end of discussion.

    This country is broke, with a crumbling infrastructure, education an absolute disgrace, and you're ready to spend 50 million of our very hard earned tax payer dollars on .....WHAT?!?!?!?!?

    Jul 25 08:50

    Cops Save Struggling Doughnut Shop

    City Bakery, the local doughnut shop, was set to be the latest casualty. The owner planned to shutter the shop after 113 years in business. But at the last minute, a group of loyal customers stepped in to save the place: The Clare Police Department.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    How special.

    Jul 25 08:49

    ISRAEL STILL BUILDING SETTLEMENTS

    Despite US demands to the contrary, Israel continues to expand Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank, especially in Arab East Jerusalem, writes Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah

    Jul 25 08:48

    US transfers $200 million in aid to PA

    The United States has announced transferring a $200 million aid package to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority to help ease a growing budget deficit.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Let us hope that this aid gets to some of the Palestinian people who so desperately need it, courtesy of Israel's siege of Gaza, and the continued Israeli building of illegal settlements, forcing Palestinians out of their homes.

    Jul 25 08:48

    ACCUSATIONS OF CONSPIRACY TO MURDER YASSER ARAFAT CONTINUE TO SURFACE

    Accusations of conspiracy to murder continue to reverberate across the Palestinian arena, threatening to break the Fatah movement in two, writes Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

    Jul 25 08:47

    TAKING THE MESSAGE TO THE STREETS IN RIO

    Human rights organizations launched billboards in downtown Rio de Janeiro with my cartoon about state terror in the slums.

    Jul 25 08:47

    THE FILM ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE ~~ RACHEL

    Israel and its watchdogs have been on special alert regarding criticisms coming from Jews and Jewish organisations. It’s almost as if they want the world at large to believe that all Jews stand behind them and support their policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Anyone who is a regular reader of this Blog knows that nothing is further from the truth.

    Jul 25 08:46

    Welcome to Israel, the land of White Slavers, Body Snatchers and Drug Mules

    Israel has failed to take adequate measures against human rights abuses of women who have been brought here and forced to provide sexual services, Amnesty International charged.

    "This is so," a special Amnesty report on the trafficking of women from the former Soviet Union said, "even though many of them have been subjected to human rights abuses such as enslavement or torture, including rape and other forms of sexual abuse, by traffickers, pimps, or others involved in Israel's sex industry."

    Amnesty International also criticized Israel for not providing a procedure to grant asylum to women who have been smuggled into the country often on the basis of false promises of work having nothing to do with sex.

    Jul 25 08:46

    Iran: If Israel attacks us, we'll hit its nuclear sites

    The leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that Iran would strike Israel's nuclear facilities if Israel attacked it, state television reported.

    "If the Zionist regime attacks Iran, we will surely strike its nuclear facilities with our missile capabilities," Mohammad Ali Jafari, Guards commander-in-chief, told Iran's Arabic language al-Alam television.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Note that Ali Jarfari is not at all talking about a pre-emptive strike, but a retaliatory strike, should Israel attack them.

    One would hope that some adults in the room in Tel Aviv will think very seriously about the consequences of such an attack against Iran, geopolitically.

    Russia's heads of state have mentioned that such an attack would bring on World War III.

    Jul 25 08:45

    US Gov't Completely out of Wheat

    Since 1987, the US has sold nearly 800 million bushels of wheat, emptying its reserves. These sales, besides making the US vulnerable to a food crisis, have depressed wheat prices below what they would otherwise have been.

    Jul 25 08:44

    Peer-Reviewed Study Rocks Climate Debate

    A new peer-reviewed climate study is presenting a head on challenge to man-made global warming claims. The study by three climate researchers appears in the July 23, 2009 edition of Journal of Geophysical Research.

    Jul 25 08:41

    The Great Tax Con Job

    A very small niche of America's uber-wealthy have pulled off what may well be the biggest con job in the history of our republic, and they did it in a startlingly brief 30 or so years. True, they spent over three billion dollars to make it happen, but the reward to them was in the hundreds of billions - and will continue to be.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is an example of the false dichotomy of arguing over whether the rich or poor should pay more taxes.

    We are ALL paying too much in taxes, period.

    The lion's share of that money goes to build things that kill people, or payments on the vast debts created to enslave you to the Federal Reserve. any services you receive are paid for by the dregs not yet claimed by one or the other sharpster (like the global warming cult).

    Jul 25 08:40

    Bernanke: About 25 mega-firms are systemically significant

    The White House proposal would establish a process to resolve large insolvent systemically significant financial institutions in a way that their collapse does not cause collateral damage to the financial markets.

    The goal would be to pay off counterparties of an insolvent institution to deter any such damage arising in the markets. The proposal said the mechanism would be modeled after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s approach to dismantling insolvent smaller banks, but it would be for larger systemically significant financial institutions.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    In the last financial bailout, money was given to those institutions in which congress members were heavily invested, so that it wouldn't result in severe financial losses for those congress members.

    And I would like to remind Bernake of one thing: ultimately, those bailouts are borne by the taxpayers, not the Fed. And We the People have had enough.

    If these interconnected companies cannot remain solvent on their own, they should be allowed to fail, as should any other institution.

    Small business owners have to make decisions every day about how to survive and stay afloat until things get better. One of those decisions is not spending more money than you have, and not wracking up huge amounts of debt.

    Unfortunately, the hubris of larger companies making bad business decisions appears to know no bounds, secure in the belief that the Fed, from henceforward, will not let them fall.

    Jul 25 08:39

    Ion engine could one day power 39-day trips to Mars

    There's a growing chorus of calls to send astronauts to Mars rather than the moon, but critics point out that such trips would be long and gruelling, taking about six months to reach the Red Planet. But now, researchers are testing a powerful new ion engine that could one day shorten the journey to just 39 days.

    Jul 25 08:30

    Pelosi: $350,000 Is the New Middle Class

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is doing some magic math to make the budget numbers work for the proposed health care reform plan.

    She now calls income of $350,000 "middle class."

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Ms. Pelosi seems to feel that a person's class is determined by their money. Pelosi typifies the American system of values in which our finest restaurants will seat mafia dons and CIA drug lords in their Armani jackets but would refuse a table to Gandhi and Mother Theresa because they don't meet the dress code.

    Pelosi may be worth a half billion, but from where I stand she is about as low a class human being as can be found on the planet.

    Jul 25 08:28

    Biden Says Weakened Russia Will Bend to U.S.

    Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that Russia's economy is "withering," and suggested the trend will force the country to make accommodations to the West on a wide range of national-security issues, including loosening its grip on former Soviet republics and shrinking its vast nuclear arsenal.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Is it humanly possible for this man to open his mouth, and not be simultaneously tap dancing on his tonsils at warp speed?!?!?

    All I can think about is the old song's opening line, "Don't know much about history..."

    These comments betray an absolute, stunning ignorance of the great nationalistic sense of pride which is very much part and parcel of the Russian psyche.

    Biden couldn't have been more counterproductive with these statements than if he had tried to be.

    Or perhaps, one has to wonder, is rapprochement and a good working relationship with Russia really on the American agenda?

    Jul 25 08:28

    Grassroots Heroes: Tell Us What YOU'RE Doing to Spread the Message!

    "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism"
    --Alexander Hamilton

    Post a comment here to tell us what you're doing to spread the message, so we can keep inspiring each other to take action!

    THANKS for everything you do!

    Shelly :)

    Jul 25 08:25

    JFK and the Unspeakable

    The subtitle sums up Douglass's purpose: Why He Died and Why it Matters. In his beautifully written and exhaustively researched treatment, Douglass lays out the "motive" for Kennedy's assassination. Simply, he traces a process of steady conversion by Kennedy from his origins as a traditional Cold Warrior to his determination to pull the world back from the edge of destruction.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    E.O. 11110

    Jul 25 08:23

    HISTORY IS A WEAPON

    [The] American business community was also very impressed with the propaganda effort. They had a problem at that time. The country was becoming formally more democratic. A lot more people were able to vote and that sort of thing. The country was becoming wealthier and more people could participate and a lot of new immigrants were coming in, and so on.

    Jul 25 08:21

    Rolling Stone: The Great American Bubble Machine PT.1 of 5

    Rolling Stone journalist exposes how Goldman Sachs has taken control of the federal government. This is one of the most informative 15 minutes you will ever experience.
    Jul 25 08:21

    Mass Layoffs:The Continuing Devastation

    Those "green shoots" are just weeds and wild grass sprouting through the cracks in the asphalt and concrete that covers the parking lots at thousands of abandoned factories!

    Jul 25 08:20

    History Channel Documentary Validates Chemtrails and Weather Warfare

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    History channel has gone totally tabloid with shows about Nostradamus, monsters, UFOs, etc.

    National Geographic isn't much better.

    Jul 25 08:19

    Crisis of Faith

    Wherever Rabbi Saul Kassin expected to be yesterday, it probably wasn’t in a federal booking room in Newark, New Jersey. Whether at his home in Gravesend, Brooklyn, or at his son’s palatial summer estate in Deal, New Jersey, Kassin was likely scheduled to spend the day receiving visitors, eating, and praying; instead, he wound up facing an array of money-laundering charges with some of his fellow rabbis and a clutch of local politicians nabbed in one of the biggest, and broadest, corruption cases ever.

    Jul 25 08:18

    Millions wait for delayed jobless checks

    n a program that values timeliness above all else, decisions involving more than a million applicants have been slowed, and hundreds of thousands of needy people have waited months for checks.

    And with benefit funds at dangerous lows even before the recession began, states are taking on billions in debt, increasing the pressure to raise taxes or cut aid, just as either would inflict maximum pain.

    Jul 25 08:17

    Hawaii Waves Goodbye to Environmental Protection Law

    Two lawsuits filed within the past two weeks claim that the state of Hawaii is breaking its own law that requires protection of the largest conservation area in the United States.

    Jul 25 08:14

    Cheney pressed Bush to test Constitutional limits by using military force on US soil

    According to a story in Friday’s New York Times, Vice-President Cheney advocated in 2002 for the Bush administration to send military troops to Buffalo to arrest the so-called Lackawanna Six as enemy combatants.

    This would have violated both Fourth Amendment guarantees against search and seizure without probable cause and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which makes it illegal to use the military for law enforcement.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    John Yoo will be remembered as a person who did not believe in upholding and defending the Constitution, but rather torturing the Constitution and Bill of Rights into whatever malleable formats his masters in the white house wanted.

    He shall be remembered as one of the most amoral and reprehensible characters to have ever worked in the Justice department.

    Jul 25 08:11

    Is the U.S. Economy Close to Hitting Bottom

    Long technical article.To make a long story short;Nope!

    Jul 25 08:09

    US stops giving militant death tolls in Afghanistan

    The US military in Afghanistan has stopped releasing figures showing how many militants have been killed in fighting with US-led forces, officials said Friday.

    Smith, who is revamping communications for the US military and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, stressed US-led military operations were not aimed at killing insurgents.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Remember the "body count" days of the Vietnam War?

    That was strictly for US domestic consumption, to assure the TV viewers that the huge human cost and tax burden to pursue that war was somehow justified.

    And to make the statement that "..US-led military operations were not aimed at killing insurgents."?!?

    I would like to remind Navy Rear Admiral Smith that the Afghans are not stupid. They know when their sons, daughters, mothers, and sisters and dads have been blown to smithereens to perhaps target one guy by a drone that someone was the target of that bombing.

    The only thing further aerial bombardment of civilian populations is to further radicalize the Afghan people away from both the US and their government. In fact, Karzai's government is collectively believed to be so crooked they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

    Jul 25 08:08

    Rabbis among 40 arrested for fraud

    OFFICIALS are decrying political corruption in New Jersey after more than 40 people, among them rabbis and elected officials, were arrested in an investigation in which some were accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars and of black- market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Fake Gucci handbags?!? NOW THEY'VE CROSSED THE LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jul 25 08:07

    Who Is Cyveillance And Why Should You Care?

    So who exactly is Cyveillance? According to their website, they are a company that claims to be “Minding your business on the net” with their “comprehensive internet monitoring technology.”

    Who are their clients? From what I can gather, the U.S. Government has used their services and Cyveillance also claims that half of the Fortune 50 companies are counted among their customers. As well, the RIAA is reportedly a client, presumably for information on illegal music sharing. However, Cyveillance won’t say who exactly their clients are. Who knows who they are sharing your data, posts, and comments with?

    Jul 25 08:05

    'Customers pay' as banks rebuild

    Banks and building societies are trying to rebuild their profits at the expense of customers, according to Moneyfacts.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Hey, you didn't expect them to use their OWN money to get out of the mess they made, did you?

    Jul 25 08:03

    No Longer Alone, Ron Paul Fights the Fed!

    Jul 25 08:02

    Genius plan to fix the California economy

    On the merit of her amazing plan, this woman just took over for Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Fed. She should have the economy fixed later this month.
    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    We are @#%ing DOOMED!!!!!!!!

    This is what you get from watching ABCNNBBCBS all day long.

    Jul 25 08:00

    Traumatised Iraq war veteran committed suicide days after watching coffins of eight soldiers returned home

    The family of a former soldier who killed himself just days after seeing the coffins of eight colleagues being laid to rest, today blamed the Army for failing their son.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1201916/Traumatised-young-sold...

    Jul 25 07:57

    Don’t bank on a good deal when you retire

    Hundreds of thousands of pensioners are being prevented from getting the best return from their investments by life insurers who are letting them down at retirement, advisers claim.

    Some of Britain’s biggest pension companies seem to be using every obstacle they can to prevent savers from getting a good deal, while in other cases simple incompetence is to blame.

    The damaging consequences could have repercussions for decades to come. For hundreds of thousands of people retiring every year, choosing how to use their pension pot is one of the biggest financial decisions they will make — one that will affect their standard of living for up to 20 years or more.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Financial advisers are like acting agents; the ones who actually know what they are doing aren't interested in having you as a client!

    Jul 25 07:56

    States Rights vs. Obama

    Texas Gov. Perry raises possibility of showdown with White House over healthcare.

    Jul 25 07:55

    Fraudsters have you in their sights with five new scams

    Phishing (also known as 419 scams), where criminals attempt to elicit payments or personal details by e-mail, are now well known, so practitioners are turning to telephone-based variants. The principal method is “vishing” (voice phishing), where the perpetrators call victims posing as their bank and ask them to verify their identities by divulging personal details, often using an automated system. In the most convincing version, the target is not asked for details on the spot, but told to call the bank’s “fraud department” on a specified security number. “Smishing” (SMS phishing) is the latest adaptatation, where initial contact is made by text message.

    Jul 25 07:53

    UK GDP falls faster than expected

    The chancellor's forecasts for economic growth were blown out of the water official figures revealed Britain's economy contracted by a record 5.6% over the last year as output fell for a fifth straight quarter.

    Dashing hopes that the steepest decline in growth since the 1930s might be nearing an end, the Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product – the total value of goods and services in the economy – fell by 0.8% in the three months to June. The size of the drop surprised the City, which had expected only a 0.3% decline following recent signs of a pickup in the housing market and strong growth in high street spending.

    Jul 25 07:49

    What doesn't the Fed want you to know?

    The Federal Reserve is handing out millions of dollars to right
    the U.S. economy, but is it keeping something from the American people?

    Jul 25 07:37

    THE GREED GAME

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER AT THE EXPENSE OF THE REST OF THE WORLD.

    Jul 25 07:34

    FLASHBACK - How close are we to Martial Law in the US? ALERT!

    This news story, among others lately, signals a turning point in the great machine which is the New World order. Using clergy to quell dissent? What next?
    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "Help us control the serfs, or we'll blow the whistle on what you've been doing with the alter boys!!!!"

    Jul 25 07:32

    UW Hospital says more than 50 patients may have been exposed to brain disorder

    UW Hospital officials have told 53 patients they have an extremely low risk of contracting a rare deadly brain disorder after being operated on with contaminated surgical instruments.

    Jul 25 07:29

    How the FBI used a rabbi's son to crack massive U.S. corruption case

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The Spin: It's the FBI's and evil son's FAULT the corrupt Rabbis were caught

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