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July 24, 2009

Jul 24 09:42

Continuity in Kyrgyzstan: The Same Old Imperial Game Goes On

The New York Times tells us that the ongoing political crackdown in America's Terror War ally Kyrgyzstan is an example of the difficult "challenge" faced by the Obama administration as it seeks to "balance" its strategic needs with its "concerns" for human rights.

But of course this is not a "challenge" at all. It's remarkably simple. When you are conducting wars of imperial domination in far-flung, hard-to-access lands, you must keep the local satraps sweet -- unless or until you can replace them with your own hand-picked stooges. Everything else is just window dressing for the rubes back home.

Jul 24 09:31

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's numbers continue their plunge. Is Obama a one-term President?

Jul 24 09:24

Emanuel: Changes To Health System Take Time

(* Who was Napoleon's Emanuel ,and how did he fare at Waterloo ?)

Jul 24 09:14

Never Interrupt This President While He's Making A Mistake

Fast forward to ObamaCare. Republican Senator Jim De Mint said, "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

The Waterloo allegory symbolizes a turning point in Obama’s struggle to impose government-run health care on Americans. The infamous Battle of Waterloo effectively ended Napoleon Bonaparte’s military career.

Napoleon believed in government "for" the people and rejected the concept of government "by" the people. His France was a police state with a vast network of secret police and spies. The police shut down plays containing any hint of disagreement or criticism of the government. The press was controlled by the state. It was impossible to express an opinion without Napoleon's approval. Sound vaguely familiar?



Jul 24 08:44

Magnetic forces to blame for 9/11 tower collapse

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Desperation on the cusp of madness.

Jul 24 08:39

CRIMINAL RABBIS

With rabbis being carted off to jail for taking part in criminal activities, including money laundering and organ harvesting and sales, the American Jewish community is facing a crisis.

Who will conduct their marriages?
Who will teach their sons the Bar Mitzvah prayers?
Who will officiate at their funerals?
These are real problems. How could the so called religious leaders of these people abandon their flock?

Last year it was the kosher food industry that was in jeopardy due to unethical practices taking place in their largest slaughterhouse. What’s wrong with these people?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All social systems inherit the morality of the people at the top.

Jul 24 08:36

The Case of the ‘Fatwa’ to Rig Iran’s Election

So, accusations that the U.S. is interfering in Iran are true. But acknowledging that would be strategically unwise. “Our effort” – and by “our” Zakaria presumably includes journalists like himself – should not be to report the truth (drawing the obvious corollary), but to work to discredit anyone who observes that the long arm of the U.S. has certainly not been withdrawn from Iranian affairs.

Jul 24 08:34

TWEET THE LORD

The Western Wall now has its own address on the social networking service, allowing believers around the globe to have their prayers placed between its 2,000 year-old-stones without even leaving their armchairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I tweeted "End all wars." And yeah, it kinda felt like talking to a wall.



Jul 24 08:30

IN GAZA ~~ MOURNING THROUGH ART

From the entrance of the house, one can observe the whole tragedy. On 6 January 2009, an Israeli artillery shell landed in the front yard of the Deeb family home in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza strip. A large, wide hole in the ground and two missing walls are all that remain. Sitting in his wheelchair in the corner, Ziad, 22, is the last survivor of the Deeb family. He lost both legs during the attack, and 10 relatives were killed including his father, grandmother, brothers, nieces and nephews.

Jul 24 08:27

ANTI SEMITISM OR TRUTH?

Not a big surprise, of course. Let’s expose this new chapter of the
long term campaign for suppressing criticism towards Israel’s
belligerent behaviour and write to Collectif Urgence Palestine
expressing our solidarity: info@urgencepalestine.ch

Jul 24 08:26

Brazil: No refugee status for 'abusive rabbi'

Brazilian authorities reject 'Rabbi' Elior Chen's request for refugee status, say he will soon be extradited to Israel. Chen, allegedly behind one of worst child abuse cases in Israel, likely to seek additional steps to hold up extradition

Jul 24 08:18

FEMA to Conduct Massive NLE 09 Martial Law Exercise Next Week

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met with several state governors to discuss “emergency preparedness,” according to a press release posted on FEMA’s website. “FEMA is committed to protecting and assisting our states and citizens during disasters,” said Fugate. “By working together and strengthening relationships at the state level, we can continue to build the national emergency response team which includes FEMA, as well as state, local, tribal and federal partners, the private sector and faith-based organizations. The work we are putting in now to build this team will go a long way during the next disaster.”

Preparations are now underway for FEMA’s NLE 09.



Jul 24 08:16

52 percent of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq, Afghanistan diagnosed with TBI

Some 52 percent of soldiers severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan who have come to the U.S. Army's largest hospital for treatment have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), an internal study has found.

The U.S. Department of Defense began conducting cognitive ability tests on all military personnel to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan in November 2007. The servicemen and women who took the tests began returning from their combat tours early this year, allowing for greater chances of discovering a TBI and probably leading to the increased numbers of diagnosed cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These tests were only started two years ago?!?

I want every one of our returning Vets, experiencing physical and/or mental problems as a result of combat, to get precisely the same level of first-class care care our congress members get for life.

Our Vets deserve this; I can't really say with any enthusiasm that our congress members actually do.

Jul 24 08:13

Hitler photo circulated in Israel settlement fight

Israel's firebrand foreign minister has ordered that his country's embassies and consulates around the world display a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a Palestinian cleric.

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Jul 24 08:09

The Reality of Israel’s ‘Open’ Jerusalem

"Our policy is that Jerusalem residents can purchase apartments anywhere in the city," he said. "There is no ban on Arabs buying apartments in the west of the city, and there is no ban on Jews building or buying in the city’s east."

According to experts, however, the reality is that in both a practical and legal sense Mr Netanyahu’s "open city" is a fiction, extended only to the settlers and not to Mrs Khurd or to the 250,000 other Palestinians of East Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu believes if he tells the "big lie" about an allegedly "open Jerusalem" long enough, the world will actually believe him.

Thinking people, looking at the situation on the ground, however, know better.

Jul 24 08:08

The War on Terror is a Zionist racket

The Americans were responsible for creation of a gangster state headed by an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders,” – Sir John Troutbeck wrote in his letter to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin on June 2, 1948.

“Of course the people don’t want war….but after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether, it’s a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a Communist dictatorship,” – Dr. Herman Georing, Hitler’s propaganda minister.

The former British Minister of Environment, Michael Meacher, in his article titled The war on terrorism is bogus (Guardian, September 6, 2003) – wrote that the 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its world domination.



Jul 24 08:06

Wall Street Has a Problem as High Frequency Trading Moves to Main Street

Nearly everyone on Wall Street is wondering how hedge funds and large banks like Goldman Sachs are making so much money so soon after the financial system nearly collapsed. High-frequency trading is one answer.

Jul 24 08:05

From Iraq to Afghanistan, US Wars Not Going According to Plan

The growing opinion in Europe is that Afghanistan is the United States’ "new Vietnam." The truth is that it is worse than Vietnam.

In Vietnam, the United States had a clearly identified enemy, supported by a responsible Communist state in North Vietnam with its government in Hanoi. The U.S. had a theory about what it was doing: suppressing the insurrection in the South, and bombing North Vietnam until the government stopped the war. All of this was, in principle, possible.

However the U.S. acted on a nonsensical theory about the world "going Communist" if the U.S. didn’t win, just as today the U.S. has an even more nonsensical theory about radical Islam conquering Muslim Asia and all of Europe, and then attacking the U.S., if Washington fails.

Jul 24 08:05

HOLY !@#!! Treasury Auction Schedule

That's two hundred thirty-five billion dollars over the next week!

Almost one quarter of a trillion....... geejus.

Jul 24 08:03

The sweet music of revenge: Singer pens YouTube hit after United Airlines breaks his guitar... and shares plunge 10%

In the music video, Carroll relates his story, of how in spring 2008 he was travelling to Nebraska when other passengers exclaimed: 'They're [the baggage handlers] are throwing guitars down there!'

Sure enough, his Taylor guitar had been smashed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

American Airlines destroyed a banjo of mine, but there was no YouTube back then with which to take the story public.

Ahhh, the power of the net!



Jul 24 07:58

12,000 U.S. Children To Be Swine Flu Vaccine Guinea Pigs

Around 12,000 U.S. children will be used as guinea pigs for an experimental swine flu vaccine known to contain the dangerous ingredient squalene, which has been directly linked with cases of Gulf War Syndrome and a host of other debilitating diseases.

According to a report in the Oklahoman, 12,000 children nationwide will partake in “fast-tracked studies” to test the side-effects of the untested swine flu vaccine in trials set to begin next month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just how did you get these kids permission to shoot them full of an untested vaccine?

Jul 24 07:58

Israel envoy to France summoned over outposts

France summoned the Israeli ambassador in Paris on Thursday to demand an immediate halt to Jewish settlement building in east Jerusalem, and the re-opening of border crossings into the Gaza Strip.

The French foreign ministry's head of political affairs Gerard Araud made the demands during a meeting with the Israeli envoy, Daniel Shek, said ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier.

Araud stressed that Paris wants "an immediate freeze on settlement activities, including in east Jerusalem," the spokesman said.

Jul 24 07:57

Bolivian police raid local Chabad center

Head of center in Rurrenabaque reports several Israelis arrested in number of police raids in recent days; center shut down. Rabbi says given no reason for raids, but rumors say they could be related to assassination attempt on president's life

Jul 24 07:56

GamaSec & Data Clone Labs announced Zero Day Project To Fight Explosion in Web Attacks



Jul 24 07:54

Bankrupt US parts maker Delphi dumps pension obligations

The move, announced Wednesday, is the latest in the Obama administration’s restructuring of the auto industry. It clears the path for “the new GM” to absorb some profitable parts of Delphi, while shifting the pension obligations owed to roughly 70,000 retirees onto the PBGC. Hourly retirees will likely see a significant reduction in their pension checks. Salaried retirees confront massive reductions.

Over the past decade, Delphi has encouraged its employees to take early retirement. Now, many of these retired workers will lose between a third and a half of their monthly pension payments.

Jul 24 07:53

US corruption probe nets dozens

Prosecutors accuse one man of dealing in human kidneys from Israeli donors for transplant for a decade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are the donors really "Israeli"? Or merely found in Israel?

Jul 24 07:47

US Escalates War Plans In Latin America

For over forty years Colombia, the last of Washington's remaining "death squad democracy" clients in the Western Hemisphere, has waged a relentless counterinsurgency war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC} and an equally ruthless campaign with its US-trained and -equipped military and allied paramilitary formations against trade union, peasant, indigenous and other organizations. An estimated 40,000 have been killed and 2 million displaced as a result of the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks: doesn't this make you feel all the more safe and secure, knowing what your government is doing with them in South American?!?!?

Jul 24 07:46

Florida congressman Alan Grayson laughs in Ben Bernanke's face - priceless!

Grayson's questioning focused on the Fed's handouts to FOREIGN central banks in Europe and other countries. These "Central Bank Liquidity Swaps" rose from a total of $24 billion at the end of 2007, to over $553 billion by the end of 2008. Grayson: "So who got the money?"


Jul 24 07:40

Maliki hints at US troop presence beyond 2011

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hinted that US troops may remain in Iraq beyond the end of 2011, the deadline set under a bilateral agreement reached last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we'll be in Iraq for quite some time to come.

Jul 24 07:40

Pfizer to Pay Tens of Millions for Deaths of Nigerian Children in Drug Trial Experiment

The case began in 1996, when Pfizer needed a human trial to gain approval for its new antibiotic Trovan. When an epidemic of meningitis, cholera and measles broke out in Kano, Nigeria, the company quickly put together a research team and flew them to that country. Pfizer set up a tent right near the medical station where Doctors Without Borders were giving free treatments and recruited 200 children to participate in an unlicensed drug trial.

Parents say they were not told that proven medications were being distributed only yards away, that their children were being enrolled in a drug trial, or that animal studies had suggested that Trovan could cause liver and joint damage.

Jul 24 07:38

Ex-Lehman Trader Says Fuld Snubbed Warnings on Housing Bubble

“Mike said flatly that in his opinion the U.S. real-estate market was pumped up like an athlete on steroids,” says McDonald, a former Lehman vice president of distressed debt and convertible securities trading who says he was in the room that day.

This was not what Chief Executive Officer Richard S. Fuld Jr. wanted to hear. At the time, Lehman was still making a fortune by buying up mortgages, packaging them into collateralized debt obligations and selling them off. Yet Gelband was daring to broach an “unspoken question,” McDonald says: What if the property market crashes and we get stuck holding billions of dollars in securitizations we can’t sell?

Jul 24 07:37

Russia says it will take 'concrete steps' over any US attempt to rearm Georgia

Russia warned today it would not allow Georgia to rearm amid signs that the government in Tbilisi had actively sounded out the Obama administration about rebuilding the military during a visit by the vice-president, Joe Biden, on the eve of the anniversary of last year's war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do you want war with Russia?

Because war with Russia is what will happen when Israel starts a war between the US and Iran. And Israel doesn't care if the US and Russia get into a war with each other; indeed Israel would be perfectly happy to see the US and Russia destroy each other, leaving Israel and her nuclear weapons in control of the Middle East.

Either you will choose to fight against these tyrants now, or you will soon have no choice but to fight for them from now on.



Jul 24 07:36

New US narco-strategy may pay Afghan farmers to grow nothing

One short-term component of the not-yet-approved plan would go so far as to pay Afghan farmers to simply grow nothing while NATO forces work to pry the country’s economy off the opium trade, an unnamed source told the Times.

No cost-estimates for this proposed counter-narcotics welfare were produced by the unnamed official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How does this get funded from a country on the brink of federal fiscal bankruptcy?

One has to wonder: if there had really been a will toward eradication, it would have happened by now.

Jul 24 07:32

Obama’s drug czar: Marijuana ‘has no medical benefit’

Even though Kerlikowske’s former city is famously tolerant of marijuana — which is less harmful and less addictive than America’s most popular, legal intoxicant, alcohol — that did not stop America’s new drug czar from demeaning the president’s position on medicinal use, telling a crowd in Fresno, California on Wednesday that marijuana is “dangerous” and “has no medical benefit,” according to The Fresno Bee.

He has no medical training and did not qualify his statements with any opinions from medical professionals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keeping drugs illegal translates into keeping profit margins high for the dealers; nothing more, nothing less.

Jul 24 07:28

Comments on Rabbis, Politicians Snared in FBI Sting

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's paid online propagandists are already working overtime on this insisting innocent rabbis are the victim of an anti-Semitic plot.

Jul 24 07:24

Fed Friendly Economists In Panic Mode Over Ron Paul Audit Legislation

A group of Federal Reserve friendly economists have launched a petition calling on the Executive Branch and Congress to not intefere with the Federal Reserve. Here's the full text of the petition:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fleas submit a petition demanding the dog stop scratching.

Jul 24 07:22

AP plans ‘registry’ to track, license online news content

The US news agency the Associated Press, in a move aimed at protecting its content online, announced on Thursday it was building a “news registry” that would track the use of its stories on the Web.

The New York-based AP, a cooperative owned by more than 1,400 US newspapers, said that the news registry will “tag and track all AP content online to assure compliance with terms of use.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so we all have to stop linking to (and driving traffic to) AP stories.

Jul 24 07:19

The Serving Armies of The Standing Bankers.

Why then do seemingly intelligent people resist the obvious truth? Let’s give an example of a personality type. Let’s take a man who went to war in Vietnam or Iraq under the illusion that he was fulfilling some patriotic duty to a democratic country. We’ve since learned that the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, like nearly all wars, were the brain child of bankers who initiated them for profit. Let’s consider that the so-called democratic country is not, in fact, a democratic country but a serf nation in fealty to a collection of bankers called The Federal Reserve. All of the representatives of this serf nation are employed by the bank and serve at the pleasure of the bank. John Steinbeck illustrated the nature of the bank in his wonderful novel, “The Grapes of Wrath”.

Jul 24 07:18

Invisible Iraq

You'd never know that we still have 130,000 troops there. In a country that's still likely to explode.

Obama seems to hope that he can avoid dealing with Iraq until 2010.
Meanwhile, the White House seems content to let the Pentagon make its Iraq policy. The State Department has been nearly absent from Iraqi policy in 2009.The US ambassador in Baghdad, Christopher Hill, is a complete beginner on Iraq, and he's been nearly invisible. There's no "special envoy" for Iraq, unless Obama considers General Ray Odierno to be his special envoy there.

Jul 24 07:17

Online Poll: Jon Stewart Is America's Most Trusted Newsman

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a huge Jon Stewart fan ... but there are places he won't go.

Jul 24 07:16

Mystery of the toucan's beak solved

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone was not doing their research. This cooling function has been known since the 1960s.

Jul 24 07:15

Massive N.J. corruption sting targets mayors, legislators, rabbis

Orthodox rabbis, acting more like crime bosses than religious leaders, laundered millions through synagogues and yeshivas in Deal, one of the state's wealthiest towns. And a Realtor tried to sell an informant a black market kidney for $160,000.

Jul 24 07:14

How Israel lobby controls US

IN the early 1960s, Sen. William J. Fulbright fought to force the American Zionist Council to register as agents of a foreign government. The council eluded registration by reorganizing as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. AIPAC has since become what Fulbright most feared: A foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as a domestic lobby.

Jul 24 07:12

The Moshe-Dayan-Method of Intimidation

Threatening is part of the Moshe-Dayan-Method. The former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan once said: “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”
The Jewish settlers in the West-bank are one side of this “mad-dog” appearance, the Israeli army in Gaza is another side, the Israeli prison and torture system is the third and Mossad covered operations abroad the forth side of this “game”.

Jul 24 07:10

New tool uses Facebook to improve Israel's image

The realization that young people are increasingly living life through their Facebook accounts recently gave birth to a new and potentially powerful tool in the fight for Israel's image. Observing this phenomenon, a group of 23 students from Jerusalem's Hebrew University came up with a small application which uses the Facebook "status line" to inform hundreds of thousands of users at any given moment about positive facts about Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what if the users and creators of facebook need the status line for something else? Or does what they want simply not figure into this?

The arrogance displayed here; that Facebook exists for their personal benefit and use, is astounding, and lies right at the heart of why so many people are becoming angry with Israel.

Frankly, if my Facebook starts spouting Israeli propaganda at me, I will probably stop using it.

Jul 24 06:43

Feds Wont Support Legalized Pot

What a shock! Of course if it was legalized,all of the problems associated with its illegality would disappear. However a lot of federal agents would have to find real productive work!

Jul 24 06:33

Millions wait for delayed jobless checks

Cracks in unemployment system widen under strain of recession

Years of state and federal neglect have hobbled the nation’s unemployment system just as a brutal recession has doubled the number of jobless Americans seeking aid.

In 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.

Jul 24 05:59

Seccession Is The Future

The tyrants in Washington will murder millions to prevent the breakup of their empire!

Jul 24 05:54

More than 150 UK casualties in a week in Helmand

Recent fighting in Afghanistan led to a record number of British casualties since the start of the war against the Taliban, with more than 150 badly wounded within a week, defence officials said yesterday.

Jul 24 05:50

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 24 05:43

World Prepares to Dump the Dollar

American economists think the world can’t afford to let go of the dollar’s reserve currency status. The world is about to teach them differently.

Jul 24 05:36

Microwave Weapon Will Rain Pain From The Sky

Speaking of police brutality! It just gets better and better.

Jul 24 05:29

Obama,police group clash over black scholars arrest

This is the only thing that I have ever agreed with President Obama on. However I do'nt agree it was racism to arrest the man.He talked back and the police will brutalize,injure or kill anyone,regardless of race creed or color, who talks back.The man was lucky he was only arrested!

Jul 24 05:17

The Battle Begins:The ATF vs. The Constitution

A line has been drawn in the sand! It's about time!

Jul 24 04:23

Former Monsanto VP now Obama's Food Safety Czar

The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar. This is no joke.
...
If GMOs are indeed responsible for massive sickness and death, then the individual who oversaw the FDA policy that facilitated their introduction holds a uniquely infamous role in human history. That person is Michael Taylor. He had been Monsanto's attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA. Soon after, he became Monsanto's vice president and chief lobbyist.

This month Michael Taylor became the senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. He is now America's food safety czar. What have we done?

Jul 24 04:03

Reid: No Health Care Vote in Senate Until Fall

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

Jul 24 03:50

Blackwater Seeks Gag Order

It became common practice during the Iraq occupation for the US State Department to work with private security companies like Blackwater to help facilitate giving what amounted to hush money to the families of Iraqis shot dead by private security contractors.

Now, Blackwater (which recently renamed itself "Xe") is attempting to use other means to silence its victims.

Jul 24 03:40

Afghans turn to Taliban in fear of own police

U.S. and British troops have launched a campaign to seize control of Helmand province, about half of which was in Taliban hands, and restore Afghan government institutions.

But as they advance, they are learning uncomfortable facts about their local allies: villagers say the government's police force was so brutal and corrupt that they welcomed the Taliban as liberators.

Jul 24 03:28

More troops will die in Afghanistan, says Joe Biden

• US vice-president says war is in interests of UK and US
• British soldiers among 'bravest warriors' in world

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.

Jul 24 03:07

Afghanistan: Dangerous illusions

Now look at the military situation through the enemy's eyes. Two major thrusts by US and British troops into territory the Taliban once dominated have resulted in record US and Isaf casualties: 31 US troops and 20 Isaf, 18 of them British, have been killed so far this month and many more grievously injured. The Taliban have lost men, but they have an endless supply of recruits. And they would be even less bothered by loss of territory. The battlefield has merely grown. History tells them to be patient. It tells them that they will return to the lands from which they have been ousted.

Jul 24 01:40

'Culture of Corruption' Video

Jul 24 00:43

Cruel, but Necessary

With all the current rhetoric out of Washington regarding an Israeli settlement freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, we wanted to gauge public opinion on the streets of Jerusalem on a sunny, Sunday afternoon last weekend. What we found was shocking but unsurprising. The ease with which most Americans and Israelis, young and old, spouted racist and uncompromising comments about Arabs, settlements and Israeli conduct was a raw manifestation of the barriers to the peace process.

Jul 24 00:19

Just Knowing Is Not Enough

"The United States administration, previous administration, the European governments, the whole official international community has been complicit with Israeli crimes, war crimes in Gaza and in other places, and silent about forty-one years of occupation. So, basically, people in Israel think they can do what they want. If they violate human rights in such a terrible manner and nobody is objecting, I think they think they can move forward towards racism and an apartheid system, and that is unfortunately the case today.

July 23, 2009

Jul 23 23:57

U.S. stops giving militant death tolls in Afghanistan

U.S. military officials in Afghanistan have halted the practice of releasing the number of militants killed in fighting with American-led forces as part of an overall strategy shift that emphasizes concern for the local civilian population's well-being rather than hunting insurgent groups.

The change is part of the focus on making the Afghan population feel "safer" and comes as U.S. commanders are taking new steps to avoid civilian casualties.

The changes come as the Obama administration is adjusting the U.S. role in Afghanistan. A troop buildup is expected to boost the number of U.S. military personnel in the country to 68,000 by year's end.

Jul 23 23:48

Authorities arrest 44 in N.J. corruption case

A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the New Jersey shore to Brooklyn to Israel and Switzerland culminated in charges against 44 people yesterday, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblymen, and five rabbis, authorities said.

Much of the cash came from Israel, where a man arrested as part of the inquiry yesterday said he obtained the money from a Swiss banker, prosecutors said. Another man in Brooklyn, Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, was accused of enticing vulnerable people to give up a kidney for $10,000 and then selling the organ for $160,000.

Jul 23 23:18

More Polished Than the Last Puppet

I was never so much into giving Obama a “chance” and I think it’s way past time to call Obama and his supporters out, like we called Bush and his supporters out. Our Presidents are merely puppets for the Robber Class and Obama is no exception.

Besides foreign policy where he is a complete disaster, it appears Obama’s jobs program is little more than adding tens of thousands of troops to an already bloated military, instead of bringing troops home from anywhere. Billions will go to the money trap of the Pentagon to invest in recruiting, where the budgets of peace groups who do counter recruitment are tanking.

Jul 23 23:09

Poll: Majority in US Oppose Both Wars

A new AP-GfK poll released today shows a majority of Americans opposed to the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The numbers also reveal growing concern that the president will be able to meet his goals, particularly in Iraq.

The Iraq War was opposed 63-34, while the slightly more popular Afghan War was opposed 53-44. Both numbers split strongly along party lines, with roughly two thirds of Republican supporting each war. Only 10 percent of Democrats support the Iraq War while only 26 support the Afghan War, which has been the foreign policy centerpiece for the Obama Administration.

Jul 23 22:40

How California Could Turn Its IOUs into Dollars

When the state's appeal for aid was rejected by the banks, California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he was "disappointed." He and other state leaders should show their disappointment with their feet. California could pull its deposits out of those depository banks refusing its IOUs and put them instead in its own state-owned bank, following the lead of North Dakota, which now has the only state-owned bank in the country. Set up in 1919 to escape Wall Street predators, the Bank of North Dakota has been generating low-interest credit for the state and its residents for nearly a century. North Dakota is one of only two states (along with Montana) currently able to meet their budgets.

Jul 23 22:08

FLASHBACK - Israeli doctors experimented on children

A leading Israeli doctor and medical ethicist has called for the prosecution of doctors responsible for thousands of unauthorised and often illegal experiments on small children and geriatric and psychiatric patients in Israeli hospitals.

An investigation by the government watchdog, the state comptroller, has revealed that researchers in 10 public hospitals administered drugs, carried out unauthorised genetic testing or undertook painful surgery on patients unable to give informed consent or without obtaining health ministry approval.

Jul 23 21:43

Obamacare Means an End to Liberty and Freedom

It may seem silly, but the singular fact about freedom is that having it means you have the God given right to ruin your own health without government saying you can’t, or standing in your way to get the medical care you need to fix your own mess. Obamacare, however, will both tell you how to live (taking away your freedom) as well as withhold from you the medical care you need to fix yourself. In fact, by its very nature, government healthcare has to end up that way.

Jul 23 21:37

Obama recalls Apollo 11 splashdown in Hawaii – while he lived in Indonesia

On this week's 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, President Obama praised the pioneering American astronauts and recalled his own childhood memories in Hawaii of NASA capsules splashing down in the Pacific.

But Houston, we have a problem. The president actually lived in Indonesia in 1969.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoopsie!

Jul 23 18:04

FLASHBACK - Moldova's desperate organ donors

Mrs Vermot-Mangold says the trail in illegal organ-trafficking leads from Moldova to Turkey where kidneys are sold to Israelis, Arabs, and Western Europeans.

She says the going rate for a kidney is $165-250,000.

Jul 23 17:35

WARNING: Adobe Acrobat, Flash and Reader Zero Day Vulnerability

Adobe has issued a security advisory following the discovery of what it describes as a "critical vulnerability" which exists within the current versions of Flash Player (v9.0.159.0 and v10.0.22.87) across all platforms, Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems, The same vulnerability can be found within the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat v9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and has the potential to cause a crash which could then allow an attacker to take control of the system. Well, I say potential, but Adobe admits that there are "reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild via limited, targeted attacks against Adobe Reader v9 on Windows".

Jul 23 17:25

It's called Apophis. It's 390m wide. And it could hit Earth in 31 years' time

In Egyptian myth, Apophis was the ancient spirit of evil and destruction, a demon that was determined to plunge the world into eternal darkness.

A fitting name, astronomers reasoned, for a menace now hurtling towards Earth from outerspace. Scientists are monitoring the progress of a 390-metre wide asteroid discovered last year that is potentially on a collision course with the planet, and are imploring governments to decide on a strategy for dealing with it.

Nasa has estimated that an impact from Apophis, which has an outside chance of hitting the Earth in 2036, would release more than 100,000 times the energy released in the nuclear blast over Hiroshima.

Jul 23 17:16

US may rearm Georgia, despite Moscow's opposition

The United States does not exclude possibly rearming Georgia following its humiliating defeat to Russia a year ago, even at the cost of angering Moscow, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.

"Georgia is on a path that the United States supports toward NATO membership," reminded Philip Crowley when asked about Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's calls for US military aid.

Jul 23 17:02

Microsoft profits plunge again

Microsoft shocked investors yesterday by announcing another plunge in revenues and profits, sending the group's shares tumbling and leaving some analysts questioning the technology giant's prospects.

In its latest quarterly financial results, the world's biggest software company announced revenues of $13.1bn, down from almost $16bn over the same period last year. Profits for the last three months fell 29% to $3.05bn, down from $4.3bn for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Jul 23 16:56

‘I Am What You Call a Matchmaker’

“Let me explain to you one thing. It's illegal to buy or sell organs…So you cannot buy it. What you do is, you're giving a compensation for the time… I am what you call a matchmaker."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that makes it ALL better, doesn't it!

Jul 23 16:40

FLASHBACK - Presumed guilty

Moreover, Orr was well within her rights to be skeptical of the pathological findings of Hiss, who has long been the subject of controversy as director of Israel Institute for Forensic Medicine, at Abu Kabir. Last November, a local Tel Aviv paper Ha'ir ran a 12-page expose of Abu Kabir and revealed how the national lab allows medical students to practice on bodies sent there for autopsies, and transfers body parts for transplants without permission from the family of the deceased.

The family of Alastair Sinclair, a Scottish tourist, who, hanged himself in an Israeli jail, was forced to bring suit for the return of missing body parts.

Jul 23 16:18

List Of Names / PICS NJ Corruption Probe

Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, 58, of Brooklyn, NY, charged with conspiracy to transport human organs.

Jul 23 16:04

FLASHBACK - Israeli organ traffickers shift operations to China

An Israeli organ trafficking ring which was smashed in South Africa last year has shifted its operations to China, according to a report in the New York Times. A 52-year-old Tel Aviv man, Ilan Peri, is alleged to have organised at least 100 kidney transplants for Israelis. The Times profiled the case of an American woman from Brooklyn and a Brazilian man from the impoverished city of Recife in Durban. She paid brokers US$60,000 (a special discount because of family ties) and he received $6,000 from them. The operation was performed at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban. This is owned by a private health care chain, Netcare, which boasts that it aims "to uphold South Africa's reputation as 'the transplant capital of the world'".

Jul 23 16:03

The Children of Gaza Speak Up

The words of a tough and eloquent boy in the middle of a street in Gaza...sharing with us his life and his fellowmen outrageous situation.
He looks no more than 6 years old,yet his words will haunt you forever.

"no food, no games, no TV programs for children..this is a seige!"

Jul 23 16:00

Organ Trafficking: A Fast-Expanding Black Market

Trafficked organs are either sold domestically, or exported to be transplanted into patients from the US, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and especially Israel.

Jul 23 15:45

Is It Worth It?

Is It Worth It? The Difficult Case for War in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan has been nearly invisible to the American public since its initial combat phase ended in early 2002, but it has rapidly come once again into view. Indeed, the war is now poised to become perhaps the most controversial and divisive issue in U.S. defense policy.

Jul 23 14:50

FLASHBACK - New York doctor charged with maiming mental patients at for-profit facilities

On May 23, Dr. Shaul Debbi surrendered himself to federal authorities in New York on charges of performing unnecessary eye surgery on residents of the Leben Home, an adult home for the mentally ill in Queens. His surrender occurred on his return from Israel, where he had fled, in a deal negotiated by his lawyer.

Jul 23 14:21

FLASHBACK - ISRAEL: Still a destination for human trafficking

The latest US State Department report on trafficked persons http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/123362.pdf, released on 16 June, says Israel is still a destination for men and women trafficked for forced labour and sexual exploitation.

Women from the former Soviet Union and China are still being trafficked across the border with Egypt into Israel for forced prostitution by organized criminal groups.

According to local NGOs, such as Isha L'iash and Moked, each year several hundred women in Israel - many of them foreigners - are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation, according to the report.

Jul 23 14:09

It's Deja vu all over again?

Recently while talking with a friend he mentioned that when he was at school in the mid 70s he distinctly remembers a 'Global Cooling' thingie. So I googled Gerald Ford Global Cooling and came up with this interesting information . . .

Jul 23 14:07

Romania: Israeli doctors questioned in human eggs trafficking case

Dozens of doctors and employees of a Bucharest fertility clinic, among whom were several Israelis, were questioned by Romanian authorities on suspicion of trafficking in human eggs.

According to a report in the Bucharest news agency Mediafax said several egg donors were questioned. Some of those involved are also suspected of trafficking in human stem cells.

Jul 23 14:01

Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probe

"These complaints paint a disgraceful picture of religious leaders heading money-laundering crews, acting as crime bosses. They used purported charities ... as vehicles for laundering millions of dollars in illicit funds," Marra said.

The rabbis named in the criminal complaints are accused of setting up charitable tax-exempt organizations at their synagogues that they used to launder money.

Jul 23 14:00

Top NJ rabbis and government leaders arrested in black market organ scandal

New Jersey top government officials and religious leaders, according to MSNBC, have been arrested in connection with a supposed "major corruption and international money-laundering conspiracy." Reportedly it was also discovered that many were involved in a black market organ ring.

Jul 23 13:27

Israel Kills Palestinian Boys, Steals Organs For Transplants

The Zionist state has tacitly admitted that doctors at the Israeli forensic institute at Abu Kabir had extracted the vital organs of three Palestinian teenage children killed by the Israeli Army nearly ten days ago.

Zionist Minister of Health Nessim Dahhan said in response to a question by Arab member of the Zionist Parliament 'Knesset', Ahmed Teibi, on Tuesday that he couldn't deny that organs of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli forces were taken out for transplants or scientific research.

"I couldn't say for sure that something like that (taking out the organs) didn't happen."

Jul 23 13:24

The organ of last resort

Israel has recently become something of a pariah in the transplant world. Without a strong culture of organ donation and under the pressure of angry transplant candidates, the Ministry of Health has refused to crack down on the country’s multi-million dollar business in transplant tourism that arranges junkets from dialysis clinics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to medical centres in Europe and the United States.
“Why should we Israelis be made to travel to third world clinics to get the kidneys we need to survive from the bodies of peasants, soldiers, or guest workers who may be in worse physical shape than ourselves?” a 71-year-old “kidney buyer” from Tel Aviv asked me rhetorically. “Organs should be seen as a human, not as a national resource.”

Jul 23 13:21

Israel Kills, Steals Organs of Palestinian Children

Israeli occupation forces not only kill Palestinian children but they also mutilate their bodies, and extract vital organs to use them as “spare parts”, Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat said in a televised interview Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the arrest of NJ politicians and Rabbis involved in (among other crimes) black market organ trafficking.

Jul 23 13:14

Nurses in Nazi concentration camps

Archive film from the second world war showing a nurse helping a psychiatric patient to a gas chamber.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Take our word for it. That's a gas chamber! No way is it a delousing chamber used to control the typhus epidemics (which these patients are clearly suffering from) sweeping the slave labor camps. That's a gas chamber because, well, we SAY it is, and yeah, well, the delousing chambers were also gas chambers, because Zyklon-B is actually an insecticide, but trust us; this is the OTHER kind of gas chamber; the BAD kind, which is why this patient, I mean, this victim, yeah, that's it, victim, needed a guard to shove him into, I mean, a nurse to help him walk to... wait a moment, that doesn't make any sense at all ... let me get back to you. But that IS a gas chamber dammit! And you are a stinky anti-Semite if you don't agree! "

Jul 23 13:05

America's "disappeared": The homeless of the big cities

Although the best-case scenario is that these unfortunate people have, in fact, been relocated to other areas, the spokesman ended the interview on a chilling note. He said with federal camps and a high demand for any usable body parts by the lucrative transplant industry, he feared the worst may have befallen some of DC's "invisible residents."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of today's arrests of NJ politicians and Rabbis involved in (among other things) black market organ dealing.

Jul 23 13:01

Israel Arrests Palestinian for Testifying in Geneva

Palestinian sources reported Wednesday that a resident of the occupied West Bank village of Naalin was arrested upon returning from Geneva, where he testified before a UN committee charged with investigating the Israeli occupation army offensive in Gaza earlier this year, where over 1600 Palestinians killed, including 420 children and more than 5300 others injured.

Mohammad Srur, who was injured during a protest in Naalin in which two other Palestinian residents of the village were killed, testified before the Goldstone committee along with Jonathan Pollack of the Activists Against the Wall organization.

Jul 23 13:00

NJ official steps down amid corruption arrests

The mayors of three New Jersey cities, two state legislators and several rabbis were among more than 40 people arrested Thursday in a sweeping corruption investigation that began as a probe into an international money laundering ring that trafficked in goods as diverse as human organs and fake designer handbags.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the investigation initially focused, with the help of the cooperating witness, on the money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, Deal, N.J. and Israel. The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through charities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he has heard of the story but knows nothing of kidneys being sold by Israelis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which is a non-denial denial.

This is shaping up to be a modern-day horror story.

Israelis deep into organ trafficing

Is Israel harvesting organs
of Palestinian youths?

ISRAEL NOW HARVESTING PALESTINIAN BODY ORGANS

Two Haifa men sentenced to jail for organ trafficking

Anyone counting the homeless lately?

Are any missing?

Jul 23 12:48

What are Obama’s investments in biotech companies apparently developing the “bird” and “swine” flu vaccine?

George W. Bush announced the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza at the United Nations General Assembly on September 14, 2005, placing the US under UN and WHO law in the event of a pandemic “emergency”.

Earlier that year, in April, 2005, Barack Obama introduced the first comprehensive bill to deal with the bird flu threat, the Avian act. According to reports, Obama made significant investments in biotech companies involved in the development of bird and swine flu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In theory, Obama's investments are in a blind trust and can be anywhere, but as we learned in the Clinton years, Presidents have a way of avoiding that blind trust requirement!

Jul 23 12:43

Dozens Arrested in New Jersey Corruption Probe

Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Newark office, said more than 300 FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents began making arrests and executing search warrants at 6 a.m. Thursday. Those arrested in the corruption probe include Mayors Peter Cammarano III of Hoboken, Dennis Elwell of Secaucus and Anthony Suarez of Ridgefield, all Democrats; Leona Beldini, one of three deputy mayors of Jersey City, also a Democrat; and state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, a Republican.

The money-laundering portion of the investigation swept up several rabbis in New York and New Jersey, according to Ralph Marra Jr., acting U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OKay, there is the confirmation that this case involves the black market sale of body parts.

Anyone missing any homeless people in those neighborhoods???

Jul 23 11:09

Credit Card Companies Placing Financial Landmines for American Consumers: How I lost my 4.99 Percent Fixed Rate and got it Back.

Americans have a love affair with credit cards. Many Americans have more credit cards in their wallets than they do dollar bills. When 8,000,000 credit cards were yanked from circulation many consumers realized that this was a new era of austerity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's weird. Some companies are yanking credit cards while at the same time we continue to be inundated with offers for new credit cards.

Total mindless chaos.

The new offers go into the shredder.

Jul 23 10:48

Virginia Tech Shooter's Psych Doctor Hid Mental Health Records, then Participated in Armed Raid on Cho

Dr. Robert C. Miller, we now know, took the records home and secretly kept them there, avoiding telling police about their location. They were only found during a document discovery phase of a pending trial.

Jul 23 10:45

Scams And Bailouts The Cause of World Depression

There is absolutely no question that Goldman Sachs is a criminal enterprise and that they have co-opted our government.

Jul 23 10:41

Global Warming or Global Cooling? A New Trend in Climate Alarmism

This is the new trend in climate alarmism. Previously the measure of global warming has always been air temperatures. But all the satellite data says air temperatures have been in a mild down trend starting 2002. The land thermometers preferred by the alarmists showed warming until 2006, but even they show a cooling trend developing since then.

Jul 23 10:36

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Obama's numbers continue south.

Jul 23 10:36

'Hitler' gnome acquitted

A visitor to the gallery objected and lodged a complaint that Hoerl had violated German laws prohibiting the reproduction of Nazi symbols or slogans. News of the "Nazi gnome" promptly went around the world.

The prosecutors in Nuremberg said they would not put Hoerl on trial because he was obviously mocking the Nazis, not honouring them, and had made the gnomes as art. Gnomes used to be popular as garden decorations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the problems with these "visitors" is that they forget that they ARE just visitors and being allowed through the front door does not grant a right to decide for everyone else present what they should and should not see.

I had the same problem with my first mother-in-law, who would come over to visit my first wife and I then proceed to lecture us about how the place would look so much better with this or that artsy item placed just so and how certain items from my family really ought to go, etc. I finally told her to her face that she was a guest in my home, a welcome guest, but still a guest and that decisions on decor were reserved to my wife and myself. From the look of outrage on the mother-in-law's face you would have thought I just relieved myself on her coat; she was THAT sure that it was her right to go into other peoples' homes and offer her recommendations on how things should be. I guess that was part of that unshakable sense of entitlement and superiority that she was raised with.

Jul 23 10:23

Tech Gunman's Mental Records Found

The Virginia Tech gunman's missing mental-health records have been found at the home of a former university counseling official more than two years after the bloodbath — a discovery that angered victims' families struggling to understand how the killer fell through the cracks so disastrously.

The belated emergence of Seung-Hui Cho's file, a development disclosed in a memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, represents another embarrassing lapse in the case and raises questions about how such potentially explosive evidence could be lost for so long.

Jul 23 10:05

Latest pathetic propaganda attempt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is so obvious and heavy-handed it's funny.

Yousef al-Khattab (formerly Joseph Cohen) is the replacement for Adam Gadahn now that Adam's real name of Pearlman is common knowledge.

See FAKE AL QAEDA

Jul 23 10:04

Massive New Zealand quake moves country west

Southern New Zealand has moved slightly closer to the east coast of neighboring Australia as a result of a massive earthquake last week off the country's South Island, a scientist said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Gosh DARN that man-bear-pig, I mean, that global warming!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

Jul 23 09:56

Hundreds planning Temple Mount ascent

Hundreds of right-wing activists are intending to attempt to march up to the Temple Mount next Thursday morning, Tisha Be'Av, in protest of the US demand to cease construction in east Jerusalem.

He said flyers about the protest contained the message that "we'll let Barack Hussein Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu know that we're not moving from here," as well as the words: "Go to the Bible to find out to whom this land belongs!"

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This is the potential, extreme danger represented by people who have little men in their heads, who talk only to them.

And please, President Obama: just stop writing the checks, if Israel will not budge on the illegal settlement issue.

The Israeli government has been spitting in your face and telling you it's raining, and that is something no US sitting President should endure...from anyone.

Jul 23 09:55

War News for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Abu Ghraib:
#1: An Iraqi army Hummer vehicle was set on fire when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near Baghdad, according to a local security source. “A roadside explosive device exploded in al-Haswa area, west of Abu Ghraib (20 km west of Baghdad), near an Iraqi army patrol, setting a Hummer vehicle on fire,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. There was no word on casualties, the source noted, adding that all roads leading to the scene of the blast were blocked.

Yusufiya:
#1: A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. military patrol killed one civilian and wounded two others in Yusufiya, 20 km (12 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Hilla:

Jul 23 09:52

Uncle Sam’s Dirty Little Secret Is Revealed

Uncle Sam may think he can keep losses of tens of billions of dollars somewhat secretive, but when those losses cross into the hundreds of billions the dirt is much harder to keep under the rug.

What is the nature and size of this dirt? The losses assocated with those dastardly large twins, Fannie and Freddie.

Jul 23 09:45

WHEN REMEMBERING IS NOT ENOUGH? ~~ INTERVIEW WITH HEDY EPSTEIN

This Free Gaza video is an interview with a great woman, Hedy Epstein, just turned 85. She has dedicated her life to working for peace and human rights. In June she was going to sail to Gaza with the other 21 volunteers on board the Spirit of Humanity. But she was attacked just days before she was to leave for Cyprus. She was walking home, when she was thrown on the ground, cutting both knees and gashing her chin. She talks to us from her home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The motivation for this attack was pretty clear; from Israel's perspective, having an elderly Jewish peace activist as part of the "Spirit of Humanity" team, bound for Gaza, would be an extreme embarrassment.

So she was attacked, conveniently,just in time to keep her off the boat.

But what whoever orchestrated this attack should have known was, this wasn't going to keep Hedy from talking, and getting heard, internationally.

Jul 23 09:43

$Billions in Medicare/Medicaid lost to fraud, abuse

Missing from President Barack Obama's health care program pitch last night was the likelihood that increased government control will also mean increased fraud, corruption and abuse of the system.

Jul 23 09:42

ISRAELI PEACE PROCESS AND ITS RESISTANCE….. IN TOONS

Jul 23 09:38

Gaza blockade: ?We are captive and slowly suffocating?

An already difficult situation following 40 years of occupation became significantly worse in June 2007 when Israel imposed a severe blockade following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas.

The objective indicators are sobering. Even before the recent war nearly 80 percent of Gaza residents were living below the official poverty line, less that $2.30 per day, according to the World Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why it is so critically important to support any humanitarian aid going to Gaza, and letting the Israeli government know, in no uncertain terms, that not allowing the aid through is making them look like a bunch of knuckleheads.

Jul 23 09:27

First steps taken to implement preventive detention, military commissions

From this interim report, it's more apparent than ever that the central excuse made by Obama defenders to justify preventive detention and military commissions -- there are dangerous Terrorists who cannot be released but also cannot be tried because Bush obtained the evidence against them via torture -- is an absolute myth. That's clear for multiple reasons:

First, the Task Force is formulating detention policy not only for detainees already at Guantanamo, but also for future, not-yet-abducted detainees as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country is already on a very wobbly slippery slope by its government having embraced and institutionalized these policies

And if you think for one hot second that this will only apply to "foreign terrorists", you need to think again. It won't be long before Americans who have disagreements with their government will be candidates for indefinite detention as well.

Jul 23 09:22

Obama Escalates Afghanistan Quagmire

It could be argued that the single biggest contributor to President Barack Obama’s election victory was voter dissatisfaction with former President Bush’s neoconservative warmongering foreign policy (which was embraced by Republican presidential candidate John McCain). Ironically, since taking office, Obama has turned out to be eerily similar in the warmongering department.

One has to wonder how long it will take the American public to wake up from their mainstream media-induced slumber to recognize that the man sold to them as a peace candidate is turning out to be just as bad of a warmonger, if not worse, than his much-maligned predecessor.

Jul 23 09:19

Senate Votes for ‘Temporary’ Army Increase of 30,000

The vote appears to be little more than a rubber stamp approving an announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his intention to increase the military by at least 22,000.

However this bill makes no provision for funding the increase, but rather will leave the Obama Administration facing yet another “emergency funding” bill, like the one they fought through earlier this year. During the campaign President Obama condemned the Bush Administration for using emergency funding to pay for the wars, and promised after submitting the previous one that it would be their last.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, to begin with, this government can't pay for an increase in its military.

What happens if, all efforts put through on retention and recruitment fail, and they wind up with no where near the numbers Sec Def Gates has indicated he needs?

Anyone feel a draft?

Jul 23 09:16

US rabbis arrested in crime probe

Jul 23 09:15

Why Kurds vs. Arabs Could Be Iraq's Next Civil War

With a projected capacity of about 40,000 bbl. a day, the new oil refinery inaugurated on July 18 by the Kurdish regional government of northern Iraq is modest even by the standards of Iraq's dilapidated oil industry. But its significance shouldn't be underestimated: in Kurdish minds, the region's ability to refine the oil it pumps is a vital step toward deepening its autonomy from the Arab-majority remainder of Iraq.

Jul 23 09:13

Clinton Vows ‘Crippling Action’ if Iran Becomes Nuclear

Following a growing trend in the Obama Administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today presented the US claim that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon as an absolute fact, as opposed to speculation for which even the IAEA concedes no evidence exists.

During the interview on Thai television today, Clinton warned Iran that “once they have a nuclear weapon” they won’t actually be any safer, because the US intends to take “crippling action” against them, including dramatically improviding the military capacity of US allies in the Gulf, presumably referring to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Crippling action"?!?!?

A memo to SoS HRC: our options here are very limited.

We're not going to get more traction in the UN, because Russia will veto.

Russia is Iran's 7th largest trading partner.

Yes, the US and Israel might, in fact, bomb the crap out of Iran's power station.

However, Russia has been warning the US and Israel that a military attack against Iran will lead to World War III.

War with Russia, anyone?!?

Thought not.

Mind running through those "crippling actions" again, Secretary Clinton?

Jul 23 09:08

WHAT THE HECK IS THIS STUFF?

If Iran needs to be invaded, and occupied, to prevent them from ever developing and possibly using a nuclear weapon against the mainland United States, then our parents and grandparents wasted untold trillions in producing nuclear weapons and submarines to defend against just such a threat.

And we want our money back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the obvious renewed propaganda effort to sell us a war in Iran.

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Jul 23 09:06

Middle East atomic conflict would kill tens of millions: report

It's the nightmare that haunts the modern Middle East --Iran succeeds in its quest for nuclear weapons and goes to war with Israel, causing massive human casualties and destruction on a demonic scale that in turn could trigger a worldwide economic collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is more war propaganda.

Why would Iran attack Israel? Iran is not in the habit of invading other countries and has not done so for the last 200 years.

Israel, on the other hand, constantly attacks and steals land from everyone around it. Israel already HAS nuclear weapons. Israel's chief enabler both in the land grabs and the WMDs is the United States; the only nation on Earth to actually use nuclear weapons of mass destruction against the civilians of another country.

And the people trying to convince you that Iran is a threat requiring preemptive war (an idea pioneered by Hitler) are the same folks who promised you Saddam had 'nookular' bombs.

Fool me once ...

Jul 23 09:04

U.S. envoy told: Pakistan drone strikes not working

Controversial unmanned aircraft strikes against targets in Pakistan's restive tribal region are not working, the country's prime minister has told the Obama administration's point man for the region.

"Continued drone attacks in FATA have proved counterproductive and have seriously impeded Pakistan's efforts towards rooting out militancy and terrorism from that area," Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani told Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on Wednesday, according to a press release from Gilani's office about their meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani; just because this indiscriminate bombing isn't working, and is turning large numbers of the Pakistani population against its government, is no reason to believe for one second that the US will stop doing it.

It appears that this campaign has been orchestrated to create more chaos and misery in Pakistan, under cover of "liquidating the insurgents".

The US is looking for some excuse - any excuse - to "save a nuclear armed Pakistan from itself."

What we are seeing here is simply the beginning of that process.

Jul 23 08:54

Palestinian arrested after testifying in Geneva

Palestinian sources reported Wednesday that a resident of the West Bank village of Naalin was arrested upon returning from Geneva, where he testified before a UN committee charged with investigating the IDF offensive in Gaza earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man was arrested for his perceived "crime" by the Israelis of telling the truth about what happened during the Gaza offensive.

This arrest and detention is also calculated to have a chilling effect on any other Palestinian who would dare tell the truth to an international fact-finding body.

Jul 23 08:50

U.S. Rebuffs U.N. Requests for Guantanamo Visits, Data on CIA Prisons

The Obama administration has declined requests from U.N. human rights investigators for information on secret prisons and for private interviews with inmates at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.N. officials said, dampening their hopes of greater U.S. cooperation on human rights issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US had absolutely nothing to hide, from a standpoint of human rights, and how we are compelled under the Geneva Accords to treat prisoners of war, this would be a non-issue.

Unfortunately, by institutionalizing torture, the US has, for all practical intents and purposes, withdrawn from any human rights accords to which we have ever been a signatory.

This means that any American military or civilian personnel captured by any hostile forces can expect no better treatment than we have given prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo.

Jul 23 08:47

Iran can rejoice as Israel fails missile defense test

Despite attempts by the operators of the Arrow missile defense system in Israel to portray Wednesday night's aborted test as "a partial success," in reality it was nothing less than a resounding failure. The fact that the interceptor missile failed to launch in the direction of the target is damning proof that the test failed.

Overall, the goal of the test is not to assess various data systems that could be checked without launching the missile, but to launch the interceptor missile at the oncoming target.

Jul 23 08:44

The Death Penalty for a Hate-Crime?

How Have LGBT Groups Reacted to the Matthew Shepard Act Amendments?
Not well. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups have decried the addition of the death penalty. The American Civil Liberties Union have perhaps said it best through Christopher Anders, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel, when noting:

"The expansion of the federal death penalty stands in stark contrast to furthering the cause of civil rights in the United States"

Jul 23 08:42

Big Pharma Bribes Doctors to Hook Your Kids on Drugs

The pharmaceutical-industrial complex has virtually annexed the mental health profession, whose all-star opportunist team is captained by Harvard psychiatrist Joseph Biederman, the high-profile doctor most responsible for the explosion of kids on psychiatric drugs, first for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and then for bipolar disorder.

In 2008, Biederman was nailed by Congressional investigators for taking $1.6 million from drug makers from 2000 to 2007 and failing to report most of this loot to his university, a major conflict of interest in violation of the rules.

Jul 23 08:39

Family says dog killed by cousin can't be replaced

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a pretty sick story, but what I want to know is where was the media outrage when it was human beings being tortured to death?

Jul 23 08:38

House passes measure to require 'pay-as-you-go'

By itself, pay-go does nothing to address the government's deficit woes. The deficit for the current year is estimated to top $1.8 trillion, and the Congressional Budget Office projects unsustainable deficits over the coming decade. The pay-go measure wouldn't force lawmakers to find the courage to actually do anything to stanch the flow of red ink; it instead seeks to prevent lawmakers from making it even worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We could stop these major military misadventures which have been funded through borrowing from countries like China, which holds an extraordinary amount of US paper. That would certainly help.

Of course, that would be logical.

Jul 23 08:33

Mayors, rabbis arrested in corruption probe

The source described the alleged public corruption as "straight bribery" -- cash-filled envelopes exchanged for political influence. It involves local and state Democrats.

The other investigation centered on a group of rabbis who allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars through their religious organizations for a fee, according to the source.

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UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal is referring to the arrested rabbis as "religious leaders."

I wonder if they would have been as circumspect had the arrested money launderers been Imams!

Jul 23 08:32

Former Israeli Minister - "It's a Trick, We Always Use It, calling people anti Semitic"

Jul 23 08:28

Botched Surgery Costs Airman His Legs, Possibly His Job

Family members say during that procedure a two-year resident performing the surgery nicked a heart valve, shutting off blood to Colton's lower body. Doctors had to amputate both legs, but his gall bladder is still intact. Relatives tell FOX40 the military surgeon overseeing the procedure is now taking responsibility for the mistake.

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Well, that's the military for you. How the hell do you nick a heart valve while trying to remove the gall bladder?!?

Jul 23 08:27

Morgan Stanley sets aside 72% of revenue to pay bonuses

Morgan Stanley is setting aside a huge sum to pay out bonuses despite posting its third consecutive quarterly loss and admitting it is disappointed with key departments.

The US bank's latest results show it is allocating $3.9bn (£2.36bn) for paying out to staff, 72% of its net revenues. That dwarfs the percentage of revenue set aside by arch rival Goldman Sachs, where workers are on track for large bonuses after record results last week.

Jul 23 08:25

Kerry panel looks at climate change and national security

Massive crop devastation, melting glaciers, water shortages, millions of displaced people -- all of these will drag the US military into conflict if global climate change goes unchecked, a Senate panel was warned today.

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Well then, we're screwed because the 4.5 billion year history of planet Earth shows that climate is ALWAYS changing.

Jul 23 08:23

Clinton trades jibes with 'no friends' North Korea

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that North Korea had "no friends left" to defend it from nuclear sanctions, triggering vitriolic defiance from the Stalinist regime.

Pyongyang hurled invective at "schoolgirl" Clinton and declared disarmament talks dead, as she told Asia's largest security forum that international efforts to squeeze the North over its atomic programme were paying off.

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Memo to SoS HRC: North Korea is a client state of China, which is its largest trading partner, just in case you had managed to forget that.

Call me silly, but I would consider that a very powerful friend at this time for North Korea.

North Korea appears to think that it doesn't have to go back to the negotiating table at this point, and apparently it is not getting a great deal of pressure from China to do so.

Unfortunately, the US gave both North Korea and the world a magnificent object-lesson in what happens to a country which doesn't have a nuclear deterrent capability with the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

Jul 23 08:23

We Now Have A Total Gangster Government

Jul 23 08:20

N.J. politicians, rabbis arrested in federal money laundering sweep

Federal authorities arrested dozens of people today in New York and New Jersey as part of a money laundering and corruption sweep. Those arrested included several New Jersey public officials and rabbis.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Newark later today. Those arrested include Assembly Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean), Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, and Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega.

Jul 23 08:17

New US weekly jobless claims jump

New claims for US unemployment benefits jumped last week, in line with market expectations, as employers cut payrolls to cope with the severe recession, government data showed Thursday.

The Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 554,000 in the week ended July 18, after a revised 524,000 in the preceding week.

Jul 23 08:12

ABOUT THAT PHOTO OF HITLER AND THE MUFTI!

Israel is using the photo to imply that Palestinians are Nazis andf more specifically, that Israel has a right to demolish the Shepherd Hotel. Israel's position is that they have a right to demolish the Shepherd Hotel because it was once owned by the Mufti, who was buddy-buddy with Hitler.

But this is a dangerous allusion to engage in!

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Jul 23 07:00

Cable TV Workers Trained To Spy On Citizens

One of the largest cable TV companies in the United States is training its employees to look for suspicious behavior and report it to police under the guise of a neighborhood watch initiative. Since according to law enforcement and Homeland Security guidelines, suspicious behavior includes owning guns, being politically active, and having bumper stickers on your car, the cable guy’s next visit to your house may turn out to have more interesting consequences than you originally anticipated.

Jul 23 06:10

Private Bergdahl and the Pro-Torture Crowd

I hope this kid makes it home!

Jul 23 05:51

More Than 150 Casualties in a Week in Helmand

Nothing has changed since the days of Rudyard Kipling;The Afghanis still know how to kick the crap out of the Brits!

Jul 23 05:36

Survivalism:How to Prepare for the Economic Collapse

Get ready:Shotguns and canned goods as Mike says!

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