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August 20, 2008

Aug 20 09:30

Britain Warns Russia Over Military Operations in Georgia

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned Russia that its military operations in the former Soviet republic of Georgia undermine its relations with the West. Miliband made the comments after talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please take a moment to talk to the younger generation and educate them about the scam that was the cold war, where the west waved the USSR at their citizens to scare them into agreeing to higher taxes and small regional wars everywhere from Vietnam to the Bay of Pigs.

And now, as the US cl;early enters decline, they are trying to revive that cold-war recipe of waving Russians at us to manufacture our consent to a new militarism, and perpetuation of the half-century of wartime economy.

Aug 20 09:25

US Rep. Tubbs Jones hospitalized near Cleveland

Tubbs Jones is set to be a superdelegate at next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver. One of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's biggest boosters during the primaries, she threw her support to Barack Obama in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this is the second "situation" to befall a super delegate who had publicly switched their allegiance from Clinton to Obama within a month.

She is very lucky to be alive, and apparently stabilized.

The first was the assassination of Bill Gwatney, the Democratic Party Chair for Arkansas on the 14th of this month.

Aug 20 09:24

Russia Never Wanted a War

THE acute phase of the crisis provoked by the Georgian forces’ assault on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is now behind us. But how can one erase from memory the horrifying scenes of the nighttime rocket attack on a peaceful town, the razing of entire city blocks, the deaths of people taking cover in basements, the destruction of ancient monuments and ancestral graves?

Aug 20 09:22

Syria: Time ripe for Russia military ties

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the conflict in the Caucasus underlines the need for Russia and Syria to expand military ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once more US actions drive Mideast nations into the Russian sphere of influence.

Good planning, bozos.


Aug 20 09:18

Activists plan to break Israel blockade on Gaza

A Holocaust survivor, a Catholic nun and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's sister-in-law are set to sail to Gaza on Thursday to try to break an Israeli blockade on the territory.

The three are among some 46 activists from 16 countries who have gathered in Cyprus for the journey, which The Free Gaza Movement hopes will draw attention to the plight of 1.4 million Palestinians suffering shortages of everything from fuel to food since an Israeli crackdown began last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has already indicated they will try to stop them.

This could well turn into a PR disaster for Israel as interference with those boats will prove to the world that the starvation of the Palestinians is indeed a deliberate act of Israel, not unlike what the Nazis did to the Warsaw Ghetto.

Aug 20 09:16

Missile strike reported in northwest Pakistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Musharraf out, it appears that the US and NATO are picking up the pace in bombing suspected Taliban safe havens.

This, is, of course, guaranteed to do two things: kill scores of civilians, and leave the Pakistani population even more radicalized against their government.

August 19, 2008

Aug 19 22:08

USA shows its meanness again as Russia mourns victims of genocide

Aug 19 22:04

A steady diet of trash 'news'

If I hear the name John Edwards used in the same sentence with "love child" again I think I am going to throw a TV set out of a third story window. Who really cares about this story that has captured the news for the last two weeks? Apparently somebody. Maybe a lot of bodies. But does it really affect any of us personally?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know the feeling.


Aug 19 22:04

Medvedev Vies With Putin in Word War

The visit, his first to the region since the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia on August 7, appeared to be aimed at projecting an image of him as the politician calling the shots in Moscow.

Aug 19 22:03

Russia closed the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan

The decree says that the measure has been introduced temporarily and does not concern only the segment of Russian border with Abkhazia. Limits for entrance of foreign citizens and their vehicles through Russian border with Azerbaijan and Georgia are explained by the necessity of “preventing the entrance of the members of foreign terroristic organizations, import of the weapon and diversion materials in Russia”.

Aug 19 22:02

Russia smashes Georgian army, sends NATO message

A roll of explosions at a Russian-occupied military base this week sent a clear Kremlin message to Georgia about the frailty of its infant military and its prospects for NATO membership.

The Russian army destroyed a hoard of Georgian arms and ammunition captured in a brief war that saw Georgian forces scattered, their bases seized and equipment carried off.

"Of course, there was a great symbolism to them doing this at the Senaki base," said Professor Tornike Sharashenidze of the Georgian Institute for Public Affairs.

Aug 19 21:58

Energy majors awash in money but not oil

Oil production has begun falling at all of the major Western oil companies, and they are finding it harder than ever to find new prospects even though they are awash in profits and eager to expand.


Aug 19 21:57

Staring Down the Russians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad Russians! Bad Russians!

Aug 19 18:46

Israeli Navy to confront Yvonne, friends

Israeli navy is ordered to turn back a group of foreign activists from their journey to break the long-running siege on the Gaza Strip.

Officials said the navy had a number of options in dealing with the boats which have departed Cyprus to Gaza via a stop-over in Cyprus, the Jpost reported on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a HUGE public relations mistake for Israel to make!

Aug 19 17:59

Olympic medals more valuable than the metal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am crushed. Those gold medals? They are PLATED!

Aug 19 17:57

VIDEO - The REAL John McCain: Less Jobs, More Wars.


Aug 19 17:37

Dead Somalian Canadian Man Found with Pound of Cyanide in Denver: Weeks from US Democratic Convention

My final assessment is after all the unanswered questions is this, the man or his associates who gave him a pound of cyanide had nefarious purposes in mind, and you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes, or even particularly bright to figure that one out!

Aug 19 17:31

Russia dismisses Nato's 'empty words' as it stands firm in Georgia

Nato united in the face of Russia’s failure to withdraw from Georgia yesterday, freezing regular contacts with Moscow and declaring that there could be “no business as usual under present circumstances”.

However, there will be no Nato troops rushing to Tbilisi to put military muscle behind the tough statement, which was issued at an emergency meeting of the 26 foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels. Military assistance will be restricted to training exercises and talks about prospective membership of the alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO just blinked.

Aug 19 17:28

The FBI Admits It Has No Case Against Ivins

This is very telling.

The FBI could have said "we will prove to Congress, the scientific community and the public that only Ivins could have done it".

But they didn't.

Instead the FBI is trying to discredit the many top anthrax scientists who question the government's case against Ivins by using the "grassy knoll" conspiracy-theory smear.
If they had a case against Ivins, they would have presented it, instead of resorting to Bill O'Reilly style smear tactics.

Aug 19 17:26

Advisor to FBI in Anthrax Investigation Says Attack Was False Flag Terror

In other words, an FBI advisor himself believes that the anthrax attack was a false flag operation.


Aug 19 17:23

EXCLUSIVE NETWORK INTERVIEW OF SENATOR JOE BIDEN

"I am a Zionist," stated Senator Biden. "You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist."

Aug 19 17:19

Goodyear to close 92 U.S. stores, cut jobs

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co said it would close 12 percent, or 92, of its company-owned U.S. stores and cut 600 full- and part-time jobs as the U.S. economic downturn put more pressure on the company.

Aug 19 17:15

Nader predicts Obama to pick Clinton

Count Ralph Nader as unimpressed by the crop of supposed finalists to be Barack Obama’s running mate.

“I don’t think he’s that dumb,” said Nader, commenting on widespread speculation that Obama’s choices are down to Sens. Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, or Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

The smart pick, according to Nader, is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nader phoned into Politico Tuesday afternoon to offer his prediction that a surprise nod to Clinton is actually what Obama has in mind—never mind the talk of mistrust between the Clintons and Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary does not want VP.

Hillary wants that center seat.

She might take VP as a consolation prize, but Obama has to know he signs his own death warrant with Hillary in the #2 slot.

After all, look what happened to the guy who wanted that Senate seat Hillary sits in now!

Aug 19 17:12

When the bottom line overrides the Hippocratic oath

Indeed, this is what happened one night. With the child on the way, I paged the orthopedic surgeon on call.

When the surgeon, a partner in a private Beverly Hills orthopedic group, returned my call, I was naive enough to expect some further questions about the child's history, requests for some laboratory work or more X-rays, and instructions on how to prep the operating room. Instead, his first question was: "What's their insurance?"

When I called the surgeon back, he refused to come in. His group didn't cover "those kinds" of patients.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A country that was able to put men on the moon, and bring them back safely, has to find a better way of providing good health care to its citizens; all of them.

Other countries, like France, have managed to do this, and have done this without destroying private medical practice, and at the same time maintaining patient choice and Doctors' control over medical decisions: why can't we???


Aug 19 16:55

Bill Clinton Praises McCain On Energy

Former President Bill Clinton on Monday praised Senator Barack Obama's energy policy at the opening of the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

But Mr. Clinton also lauded Mr. Obama's rival, Senator John McCain, and said that either candidate would be progressive on the issue of climate change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get ready for a divisive Democratic Convention.

Aug 19 16:53

Muslims, Jews and the free speech debate

Last year, a Spanish court found two cartoonists guilty of offending the royal family by drawing a caricature of the Spanish crown prince having sex with his wife. They were fined €3,000 each.

“I don’t see the world up in arms defending freedom of expression,” my editor told me after listening to the news on the radio.

Aug 19 16:51

Israel’s secret missile test goes out live on air

An Israeli TV channel has found out that anyone who has a satellite dish can watch live transmissions of the country’s Defence Ministry. No special passwords are needed and transmissions can be easily accessed not only in Israel but all across the Middle East, including countries with which Israel hardly has warm relations.

It’s not known how many people witnessed Israel’s secret missile test. A transmission from a camera at the control was apparently meant to interact with other control sites but became available for all those who were lucky enough to tune in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Harah!

Aug 19 16:49

Plenty of Pipeline Options. All Bad

Commentators have been quick to point out that Russia's defeat of Georgia has pretty much killed the chances that new oil and gas pipelines will be built to increase the security of supplies to Europe. It's clear that there is little to stop Russia from rolling its forces up to the existing pipeline or knocking it out of commission if it wanted to. The Washington Post's Steve Pearlstein even suggested that demonstrating the pipeline's vulnerability may have been one of the underlying motives for the Russian incursion.

Aug 19 16:40

So obvious abroad, so obscure in the USA... blind support for Israel is destroying America

I am about to question America's blind support for Israel. I am not anti-Jewish. I feel compelled to start this article with that disclaimer in fear of being called an anti-Semite. Oh my God what could be worse? You hate Jews! That's it! Blah blah blah blah. Try reading THIS (CLICK) or this (CLICK) fine article about the anti-Americanism of the Israeli-firsters.

Aug 19 15:36

Antiwar Activists Win $2 Million Settlement from New York City in Major Victory for Free Speech Rights

A group of 52 local activists today announced a $2 million settlement in their lawsuit against the City of New York. The activists were illegally arrested on April 7, 2003 while protesting against the Iraq war in front of a military contractor's offices in midtown. The settlement in Kunstler et al v. New York City follows the dismissal in 2003 of all criminal charges brought against these individuals and four costly years of delays by the City in negotiating an end to the civil lawsuit.

Aug 19 13:28

Jackson Browne Sues McCain For Using His Song In An Ad Without Permission

What is it with politicians who position themselves being big pro-copyright supporters being caught potentially infringing on copyright themselves?

Aug 19 13:07

'Malvertizement' epidemic visits house of Newsweek.com

Newsweek.com is one of several high-profile websites suspected of running rogue banner advertisements that try to trick visitors into installing fraudulent anti-malware programs, security researchers warn.

Aug 19 12:55

Doubts over the anthrax case intensify -- except among much of the media

The more that is revealed about the FBI's still largely-secret case against Bruce Ivins, the more doubts that are raised about whether their accusations are true. A particularly vivid episode illustrating how shoddy the FBI's case seems to be occurred in the last several days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear FBI

You are raising on a busted flush.

Quit now. You are in violation of J. Edgar Hoover's first commandment; never embarrass the bureau.

Mike

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI.

"[Your information is] too precise, too complete to be believed. The questionnaire plus the other information you brought spell out in detail exactly where, when, how, and by whom we are to be attacked. If anything, it sounds like a trap."

FBI response to the top British spy, Dusko Popov (code named "Tricycle") on August 10, 1941, dismissing Popov's report of the complete Japanese plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict Of History by Gordon Prange, appendix 7 published in 1986. Based on records from the JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Nov 15, 1945 to May 31, 1946.

Aug 19 12:51

Biden says Georgia needs our support

Sen. Joe Biden returned Monday from a quick fact-finding trip to the Republic of Georgia, calling for increased aid to the country and an independent, international peacekeeping force in its regions of conflict.

Aug 19 12:51

Scientist Predicts Ice Age Within 10 Years

As evidence builds of the earth entering a dramatic cooling trend, another scientist has gone public with his conviction that we are about to enter a new ice age, rendering warnings about global warming fraudulent and irrelevant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, so here is the deal. You STILL have to pay a carbon tax, because whatever is going wrong with the Earth it's your fault anyway, right? Then we can STILL buy and sell those carbon tax credits through my brokerage, right? Cool!" -- Al Bore.

Aug 19 12:49

FBI had, then tossed anthrax type used in attacks

In a briefing for reporters, Majidi said the sample kept at the FBI lab was destroyed because the bureau believed it might not have been allowed as evidence at trial.

"Looking at hindsight, obviously we would do things differently today," Majidi said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.

Aug 19 12:42

"The lack of any consistent lines of attack against McCain is becoming palpable"

With so many instances of corruption and influence-peddling around him and whatever problems with the candidate that are keeping the campaign from letting reporters interview him anymore, John McCain is now again charging Obama with what amounts to soft treason -- wanting to lose the war in Iraq in order to make himself president. The lack of any consistent lines of attack against McCain is becoming palpable.

Aug 19 12:40

More Evidence of Sharp Contraction in Money Supply (Not for the Fainthearted)

Aug 19 12:32

The silly Americans at www.whatreallyhappened.com

Do you realize Bush is actively working to preserve your nice lifestyle?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could have fooled me!

Aug 19 12:30

Reactor shut down after fire at Calif. nuke plant

Authorities are investigating a fire at a California nuclear plant that forced a reactor to be shut down.

Aug 19 12:29

Galt's golden girl

Brown-Trafton's opening heave of 212 feet, 5 inches (64.74 meters) at the Bird's Nest in Beijing, China held up for six rounds, giving Brown-Trafton a stunning and historic victory.

Brown-Trafton won the first gold for a U.S. woman in the discus since Lillian Copeland in 1932 and only the second medal of any color since then.

Aug 19 12:27

FLASHBACK - How smart was this bomb?

The US had scored a direct hit on the offices of the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera, leading to speculation that the channel had been targeted deliberately because of its contacts with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. If true, it opens up a worrying development for news organisations covering wars and conflicts: now they could be targeted simply for reporting a side of the story that one party wants suppressed.

Aug 19 12:25

FLASHBACK - British Court Proceedings Establish Bush Threatened to Bomb Al Jazeera

The British Government began an Official Secrets Act prosecution today against two public servants for leaking a secret minute of discussions held between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush on April 16, 2004. In the course of the discussion, Bush complained bitterly about Iraq war coverage by the Al Jazeera network and suggested that the Al Jazeera international broadcast headquarters in Qatar be bombed in order to silence its coverage of the Iraq war.

Aug 19 12:13

Kentucky Delegate Says Obama Nomination Not Official

In a formal rules challenge, Murphy and two dozen fellow Kentucky delegates complain that with too many Kentucky men picked under required gender equity, the state Democratic Party replaced pledged Hillary Clinton supporter Todd Hollenbach -- not with a required female Clinton supporter -- but with state representative and Obama activist Ruth Ann Palumbo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here it comes, folks. Here is the sales pitch to sell you on the idea that the will of the Democratic primary voters should be ignored and replaced with whoever can "game" the system the best!

Aug 19 11:11

WHICH MAJOR US BANK DO YOU THINK WILL SUCCUMB TO THE CREDIT CRUNCH?

Citicorp
30% (6 votes)
Bank of America
15% (3 votes)
JP Morgan Chase
10% (2 votes)
Wachovia
5% (1 vote)
Wells Fargo
0% (0 votes)
Washington Mutual
25% (5 votes)
HSBC Holding
0% (0 votes)
U.S. Bancorp
0% (0 votes)
Bank of New York
0% (0 votes)
SunTrust Bank
0% (0 votes)
Royal Bank of Scotland
0% (0 votes)
National City
0% (0 votes)
State Street Corp.
5% (1 vote)
Regions Financial
0% (0 votes)
BB&T Corporation
0% (0 votes)
Other
10% (2 votes)
Total votes: 20
Aug 19 11:06

Credit crunch may take out large US bank warns former IMF chief

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I decided to yank the poll about Russia being a scam because everyone agreed that it was, which makes for a boring poll. I replaced that poll with one that is, I think, more pertinent.

Which of the top 15 US Banks do you think the IMF chief is alluding to?

Aug 19 11:04

FLASHBACK - The Day Joe Biden Threatened to Kick My Ass

Thereafter, I posed the following question to the good senator:

"Rather than succumb to the influence of various lobbying groups in Washington, such as AIPAC, and the untold amounts of money it uses to dictate policy, wouldn't it be more prudent to examine the real effects that collective punishment, daily humiliation, and countless civilian causalities inflicted by the Israelis have on an occupied population, and use that understanding to formulate a more rational approach toward the Palestinians?"

Aug 19 10:57

Scanner being tested on cars taking ferry at Cherry Branch

The Transportation Security Administration and the N.C. Department of Transportation are collaborating on a four-week test of a vehicle screening program at the Cherry Branch ferry just outside Havelock.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The manufacturer just paid a hefty campaign contribution to make this thing mandatory for use even in places one is not likely to find Osama!

Aug 19 10:36

Some residents 'furious' over NYC terror checks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If New York residents do not protest this surveillance to the point where the police department backs off, this will become the model for the entire country.

At that point, we'll be just as surveilled as are the people in the UK, which is just what the federal government wants to see happen.

Aug 19 10:34

You can't be serious: How a comedian became the most influential voice in American politics

For anyone who has missed the influential anchor, then his take on the way mainstream media peddles false rumours about Barack Obama is instructive. He calls it "Baracknophobia" and shows clips of blow-dried anchors and experts repeating widely-believed but baseless rumours – that the Democrat is actually a secret Muslim, a plagiarist, a misogynist etc. The purveyor of fake news lacerates the networks' talking heads as they blame the internet for rumour mongering about Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have often wondered if Stewart's writers cruise this site. :)

Aug 19 10:25

Wars and Rumors of War

The United States, and various other nations, have been in a war in Afghanistan for going on seven years now ….and we still have not been able to capture the 6’6” Arab who is so powerful that, while sitting on his backside in a cave in Afghanistan, he managed to get the USAF to stand down on 9/11; to change the laws of physics (so that jet fuel melts steel instead of burning at about half the necessary temperature), oh yeah, and is so loved that he raised a terror army of Arabs to follow an organization that in Arabic slang means “little toilet”.

Aug 19 10:24

Are you ready for Nuclear War?

Aug 19 09:55

US left isolated over Nato plans to maintain relations with Russia

The United States has been left diplomatically isolated after European members of NATO moved to reject an American proposal to scale back ties with Moscow following Russia's invasion of Georgia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thankfully, the other NATO member representatives are showing some real intelligence in their position of not isolating Russia.

Aug 19 09:50

How many more Iraqis can you put behind bars without trial?

Reports that U.S. and Iraqi government jails hold nearly 100,000 prisoners most of them languishing there without trial and proof of wrong doing are appalling.

The U.S. was most vociferous in its condemnation of the former regime for its arbitrary and summary arrests and inhuman conditions of its prisons.

But for many Iraqis this so-called 'beacon of democracy’ has even surpassed Saddam Hussein in human rights violations.

And to provide enough room for its Iraqi suspects, the U.S. has built numerous prisons in the country – perhaps its only post-war reconstruction feat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

Aug 19 09:47

Missile defense: Washington and Poland just moved the world closer to war

Far from a defensive move to protect European NATO states from a Russian nuclear attack, as military strategists have pointed out, the US missiles in Poland pose a total existential threat to the future existence of the Russian nation. The Russian government has repeatedly warned of this since US plans were first unveiled in early 2007. Now, despite repeated diplomatic attempts by Russia to come to an agreement with Washington, the Bush administration, in the wake of a humiliating US defeat in Georgia, has pressured the government of Poland to finally sign the pact.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When history judges this administration, what will be clear is how it exhibited a complete lack of understanding of geopolitical history which it coupled with a ham-fisted, knee-jerk, myopic foreign policy.

And then when things went horrendously wrong, as they inevitably did, the policy makers would shake their heads, and protest angrily that "...they never saw it coming!"

Aug 19 09:40

Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and old dead Osamas!

Aug 19 09:38

The Drive to Secede

In one swift blow, Putin thwarted Bush's clumsy attempt to further advance U.S. influence into the Caucasus. He delivered a stark warning to Ukraine and the Central Asian states: Don't get too close to Washington. Putin put the U.S. on the strategic defensive and showed that NATO's new eastern reaches - the Baltic, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Caucasus - are largely indefensible.

It's a good thing Georgia was not admitted to NATO. Is the West really ready to be dragged into a potential nuclear war for the sake of South Ossetia?

Georgia is a bridge too far for NATO.

Aug 19 09:38

Fire breaks out in Egypt's parliament

Fire has erupted in Egypt's parliament but there is no word on casualties or the cause.

Aug 19 09:34

Standing Up for Justice in the Middle East

In a few, short days, the Free Gaza Movement, a diverse group of international human rights activists from seventeen different countries, will set sail from Cyprus to Gaza in order to shatter the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. I’m proud to stand with them. Over 170 prominent individuals and organizations have endorsed our efforts, including the Carter Center, former British Cabinet member Clare Short, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire and Desmond Tutu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people who are doing this humanitarian mission are very brave human beings.

In looking at how the Israeli government is characterizing this, however, I really hope they have their Kevlar undies (and life vests) very close to hand.

Aug 19 09:22

Defense Official: Russia Has Short Range Missiles in South Ossetia

“Anything such as that, or any other military equipment that was moved in would be in violation of this cease-fire and should be removed immediately,” Pentagon Spokesman Bryan Whitman said. “The only forces that are permitted to remain under the cease fire agreement are the forces that were in there at the Aug. 6 time frame.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what can the US and NATO do, precisely, to counter this?

Not one heck of a lot, unless they feel the uncontrollable urge to go to war against Russia in behalf of Georgia.

Aug 19 09:22

Revealed: The CCTV cameras spying on hundreds of classrooms

CCTV monitors classrooms at one in 14 schools, according to a survey.

The poll of teachers also found that almost a quarter feared there might be more cameras hidden around the campus that they did not know about.

Most said their schools were fitted with surveillance cameras. Almost 80 per cent said there were cameras at the entrance and more than 7 per cent said there were some in classrooms.

Nearly 10 per cent of teachers polled by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said there were cameras in the lavatories.

Aug 19 09:15

Israel trying to dissuade anti-siege boats from reaching Gaza

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday tried to dissuade the Free Gaza Movement from sailing boat to break the siege of Gaza, Xinhua has learnt.

Earlier on Monday, the Israeli navy has been ordered to turn back the two boats and it was reported by local media on Sunday that Israeli military may use force to block them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Israeli Navy will shoot to kill these volunteers, and claim it legitimate Israeli "self defense."

And the world knows what that means.

Aug 19 09:10

Kurdish Control of Kirkuk Creates a Powder Keg

The phone rang, and it was answered by a Kurdish security commander, Hallo Najat, sitting in his office in this deeply divided city. On the line, he said, was a United Nations official wanting to know whether it was true that the Kurdish militia, the pesh merga, had left its bases in northern Iraq and was occupying Kirkuk.

No, Mr. Najat told the caller. But after hanging up, he wryly revealed the deeper truth about Kirkuk, combustible for its mix of ethnicities floating together on a sea of oil: the Kurds already control it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kirkuk has also initiated a number of oil deals which haven't gone through the regular (if one can actually call them that) Iraqi governmental channels, which is making Baghdad very uneasy. And note the connections of those people with whom those deals may be consummated.

For example, as reported in Mother Jones: (http://www.motherjones.com/washington_dispatch/2008/07/kurdish-oil-hun...):

"A Bush/Cheney fundraising Pioneer, a member of Bush's President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and the president of the Dallas-based Hunt Oil company, Ray Hunt is the kind of Texas oilman with easy insider access to the Bush White House. Perhaps not coincidentally, he also heads the first American oil firm to have received an oil exploration contract with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, announced last September. As such, he has come to epitomize one of the more glaring contradictions about the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq and its oil wealth. Namely: If the Bush administration, as it proclaims, supports passage of an Iraqi oil law that would share the country's wealth across ethnic and regional divides, why do Bush-linked companies keep getting Kurdish-area oil concessions that bypass the Iraqi national government?"

Aug 19 08:55

Sen Biden: US To Consider $1 Billion Emergency Aid For Georgia

The United States will consider providing $1 billion in emergency aid to Georgia, a top U.S. lawmaker said Monday on his return from a visit to the conflict-torn nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How, in the name of logic, can you defend rewarding President Saakashvili's calamitous failure of imagination with American tax dollars?

His ordering the invasion of South Ossetia was a colossal blunder on an order of magnitude which is mind-boggling, particularly for his inability to grasp that Russia would respond ferociously.

Also, one has to wonder just what kind of "aid" Biden is talking about providing at that price tag.

Could some of it possibly be "military assistance", further provoking Russia??

Aug 19 08:43

George, Stay Out of Georgia

President Bush called the violence unacceptable and Vice President Dick Cheney…said Russia’s actions in Georgia "must not go unanswered"…

Asked to explain Cheney’s comment, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said, "It means it must not stand."

That phrase should send cold chills down the back of every American. It precisely echoes President George H.W. Bush’s statement in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, a statement that led to war. The White House cannot be unaware of the parallel, which means it is threatening war with Russia.

Aug 19 08:39

Crisis in the Caucasus. What Were They Smoking in the White House?

The Bush administration appears to have pulled off its latest military fiasco in the Caucasus. What was supposed to have been a swift and painless takeover of rebellious South Ossetia by America’s favorite new ally, Georgia, has turned into a disaster that left Georgia battered, Russia enraged, and NATO badly demoralized. Not bad for two days work.

Equally important, Russia’s Vladimir Putin swiftly and decisively checkmated the Bush administration’s clumsy attempt last week to expand US influence into the Caucasus, and made the Americans and their Georgian satraps look like fools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Geopolitical stupidity should be painful.

One has to look at the decisions being made by this administration and wonder: is a complete, and almost prideful ignorance, of world history an absolute prerequisite for getting hired here??

Aug 19 08:34

Joy on streets of Pakistan – but not in the US – as Musharraf resigns

If, as analysts suspect, the coalition splits, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party, currently the second biggest, looks likely to emerge as the victor, thanks to support from the PML-Q party formed by Mr Musharraf when he toppled Mr Sharif nine years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for more demonization of Pakistan in the Western press, coupled with the US and NATO continuing to say they need "more boots on the ground" in Pakistan - whether the government there wants them or not.

Aug 19 08:30

Before Salmonella Outbreak, Disease-Ridden Mexican Peppers Repeatedly Stopped at Border

Federal inspectors at U.S. border crossings repeatedly turned back filthy, disease-ridden shipments of peppers from Mexico in the months before a salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,400 people was finally traced to Mexican chilies.

Yet no larger action was taken. Food and Drug Administration officials insisted as recently as last week that they were surprised by the outbreak because Mexican peppers had not been spotted as a problem before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Surprised", my astrolabe!

"Surprises" like this should not be getting into the American food chain, period, end of discussion.

Aug 19 08:21

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Are Pounded

Share prices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunged Monday amid growing fears that the two largest providers of funding for U.S. home mortgages won't be able to avoid a government bailout.

Aug 19 08:20

Russia, Georgia Near Accord on Monitors; NATO Strives for Unity

Russia and Georgia neared agreement for unarmed military observers to police a cease-fire, as NATO struggled for a common line on how to deal with a reassertive Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Left to their own devices, Georgia and Russia will figure out a way to make this work.

Unfortunately, it appears that NATO and the US are about to do everything possible to keep this from happening.

Aug 19 08:19

More businesses try bartering to keep the books balanced

"It's great for service companies because it allows you to grow your business," he said. "The economy is definitely a great reason to get into trade because it is automatically going to drive your trade."

Aug 19 08:16

What we learned from the FBI's scientists today.

* The FBI released the results of its forensic investigation into Ivins' alleged suicide.

# What? OK, out, out! Corporate media only, dammit!

Aug 19 08:14

Families forced to let homes they cannot sell

The seizure in the housing market is forcing families who cannot sell their properties to let them and move to rented accommodation, a new survey suggests.

Aug 19 08:13

Russia closed the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan

Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the decree on closing the border with Azerbaijan and Georgia for everyone except CIS countries’ citizens. Today it was published in Russian Newspaper and officially came into effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Closed borders means that trade is cut off at the knees.

Aug 19 08:12

Arctic Ice Grows 30 Per Cent In a Year

Alarmist scientists who predicted that the North Pole could be “ice free” this summer as a result of global warming have been embarrassed after it was revealed that Arctic ice has actually grown by around 30 per cent in the year since August 2007.

Aug 19 08:10

Wholesale inflation surged in July

Wholesale inflation surged in July, leaving prices for the past year rising at the fastest pace in 27 years, according to government data released Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The dollar is plunging the fastest in 27 years.

Aug 19 08:10

Are You Ready For Nuclear War?

Back during the Nixon years, my Ph.D. dissertation chairman, Warren Nutter, was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. One day in his Pentagon office I asked him how the US government got foreign governments to do what the US wanted. "Money," he replied.

"You mean foreign aid?" I asked.

"No," he replied, "we just buy the leaders with money."

Aug 19 08:05

Vietnam Veterans Against John "Songbird" McCain

Aug 19 08:03

Court: Passengers can challenge no-fly list

Critics of the government's secret no-fly list scored a potentially important victory Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that would-be passengers can ask a judge and jury to decide whether their inclusion on the list violates their rights.

Aug 19 08:02

Russia Briefly Seizes Georgian Port

The Russian move is another blow to Georgia's economy just as intense diplomatic efforts by the European Union and Washington appeared to have succeeded in winning Russia's commitment to a pull-out. The conflict first blew up on Aug. 7, when Georgia attacked its breakaway region of South Ossetia, triggering a massive Russian counterattack. Russian forces have since occupied all of South Ossetia as well as areas deep into Georgian territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Russia is going to make Georgia pay for its invasion of South Ossetia economically as well as geopolitically.

Aug 19 08:02

Russia calls off meeting with NATO

Rogozin also warned of Russia possibly reconsidering its relations with NATO if its members take a biased stand on the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict.

He specifically emphasised that if NATO chooses to take such a position, Russia will not be able to maintain the high level and quality of Russia-NATO relations, and the blame for the collapse of the current global security system would fall on Washington and its allies.

Aug 19 08:01

Large U.S. bank collapse seen ahead

The worst of the global financial crisis is yet to come and a large U.S. bank will fail in the next few months as the world's biggest economy hits further troubles, former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff said on Tuesday.

"The U.S. is not out of the woods. I think the financial crisis is at the halfway point, perhaps. I would even go further to say 'the worst is to come'," he told a financial conference.

Aug 19 07:55

Evan Bayh, Iran Hawk

Things come around, don't they? When I last interviewed Evan Bayh, in early 2007, he had just ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President; he had been going nowhere, not only because he was charisma-free, but because he was too hawkish for the Democratic base. Now, of course, he's in contention to become Barack Obama's running mate.

Aug 19 07:55

Evan Bayh: Worst Choice for VP

If you believe the chatter, Barack Obama is desperately seeking a white guy -- any white guy -- to be his running mate. Democratic sources have floated vice-presidential trial balloons for every pale-faced stiff in the D.C. region -- from Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. But with Obama needing his "change" brand to overshadow his recent flip-flops, no pick would be more self-defeating than Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh -- the career politician who best personifies "more of the same."

Aug 19 07:55

Senator Evan Bayh to receive 2004 Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award.

From JINSA:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

.... and you can stop reading right there.

Aug 19 07:48

DOW drops right at start.

Aug 19 07:48

New Zealand court allows 'boobs on bikes' parade

Topless porn stars are expected to cruise down Auckland's main street on motorbikes on Wednesday after a court said the "Boobs on Bikes" parade was not legally offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we need to get away from this idea that we are all inherently offensive simply because we have bodies.

Aug 19 07:45

Exclusive Interview: Jim Rogers Predicts Bigger Financial Shocks Loom, Fueling a Malaise That May Last for Years

The U.S. financial crisis has cut so deep – and the government has taken on so much debt in misguided attempts to bail out such companies as Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) – that even larger financial shocks are still to come, global investing guru Jim Rogers said in an exclusive interview with Money Morning.

Indeed, the U.S. financial debacle is now so ingrained – and a so-called “Super Crash” so likely – that most Americans alive today won’t be around by the time the last of this credit-market mess is finally cleared away – if it ever is, Rogers said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In an exclusive two-part interview with Money Morning, the investment legend directed heavy fire at the parties responsible for our economic mess - the Federal Reserve and Chairman Ben Bernanke

August 18, 2008

Aug 18 23:11

FBI Admits It Destroyed Evidence In Anthrax Case

"The sample kept at the FBI lab was destroyed because the bureau believed it might not have been allowed as evidence at trial."

However, every trial lawyer in the country will tell you that prosecutors don't destroy evidence just because they are not sure a judge will allow the evidence to be introduced at trial. Instead, lawyers keep all the evidence.

Aug 18 23:10

Election Fraud is NOT the Real Problem - The Entire System is Corrupt!

I am tired of hearing pathetic Democrats cry about stolen elections. Fine...it has been proven that George W. Bush and his handlers stole the last two presidential elections. The evidence is voluminous. The fact is that we have been living under the rule of enemies domestic for almost eight years and Congress, along with our military, have allowed these enemies of the state to remain in control of our government. Doesn't that tell you something? Don't you see a larger problem here?

Aug 18 23:09

Andrei Fedorovski: Conflict in South Ossetia; Another Side of the Coin

The brutal invasion by Georgia, shooting of civilians and completely vanishing Tskhinvali (the capital of South Ossetia) from the map are barbaric acts and may be considered as genocide, that will probably have devastating consequences for peace in the Caucasus. These crimes are a violation of International Law and should be prosecuted in The Hague.

Aug 18 18:23

No sign of military withdrawal as Russian armour stays put

Russia tonight continued to occupy large swaths of Georgia in defiance of an EU-brokered ceasefire deal, with no sign of significant troop withdrawals.

Despite claims by Moscow that a pullout had begun, Russian forces could be seen across most of the country, and Georgian officials claimed that armoured columns had tried to push further into the mountainous heartland, towards Borjomi in the south and Sachkhere in the west

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This delay in Russian withdrawal appears to be a tactical maneuver.

The Russians will leave when it is advantageous for them to do so, and not one second before.

Aug 18 18:05

Israel to treat Gaza peace boats 'like pirates'

Peace activists planning to land two boats on Gaza's shores are no better than "pirates" and will be turned back by the Israeli navy, officials have warned.

Israeli officials are thought to see the protesters' efforts as a dangerous precedent.

"From my point of view this is some kind of pirate ship," said Shlomo Dror, a defence ministry spokesman.

"You can demonstrate, that's OK with us. But you are not allowed to break international law."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if Defense Minister Spokesman Dror appreciates the delicious irony when he makes that statement about "...breaking international law."

Israel has been doing just that with the siege of Gaza.

Aug 18 17:40

Americans play Monopoly, Russians chess

The fact is that all Russian politicians are clever. The stupid ones are all dead. By contrast, America in its complacency promotes dullards. A deadly miscommunication arises from this asymmetry. The Russians cannot believe that the Americans are as stupid as they look, and conclude that Washington wants to destroy them. That is what the informed Russian public believes, judging from last week's postings on web forums, including this writer's own.

Aug 18 10:24

Free Gaza: Free the Fetters of Mankind.

It is plain these courageous people are passionate humans and that they are not naïve. They will be sailing south from Cyprus in the next few days inshallah. An entity with the fourth largest armed forces on our planet will browbeat them with threats. It might use force but it would be unwise to; images can be uploaded to satellites at an instant. They have no arms, no nuclear bombs or thermobaric weapons [7] as used for the assassinationof Palestinians in Gaza. But they have principle, will and purpose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let all people who believe in freedom from tyranny support these people, and publicize their mission in any possible ways we can.

Aug 18 10:11

The Secret Deal For Iraq's Oil

Four months before the United States invaded Iraq, the Department of Defense was secretly working with Vice Pesident Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton Corp. on a secret deal that would give the world's second largest oil services company total control over Iraq's oil fields, according to interviews with Halliburton's most senior executives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your taxpayer dollars at work, folks!!

Aug 18 09:54

Blockades Are Acts Of War

From July 21 - 31, Joint Task Force (mostly US, but also UK, Brazil and Italy) "Operation Brimstone" large scale war games were conducted off the US East coast in the North Atlantic. Its purpose may have been to prepare for a naval blockade of Iran. Initial reports after its completion were that participating ships were deployed to Persian Gulf and Arabian and Red Sea locations to join up with the present American strike force in the region. The major media cover none of this, and US Navy sources deny it. So precise information is unclear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This would be one way of attempting to provoke an attack by Iran, or having some kind of "false flag" operation happen, then blaming it on Iran

Aug 18 09:17

U.S., Israel seal deal for missile radar defense system

A spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the new system could double or even triple the missiles' range of identification, which would be particularly useful should Iran launch an attack on Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The leadership in Tehran may be many things, but it is in no way so stupid as to do a first strike against Israel, when they understand that such a strike would be an open invitation for Israel to strike back with their nuclear weapons.

This is about deflecting Israel from counter-strikes when Israel (and/or the US) attack Iran.

Aug 18 09:03

US, Allies Contemplating Action Against Russia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice just how conveniently the writer of this article forgets that the Russian military move was in response to Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia.

Aug 18 08:53

US not considering granting asylum to Mush: Rice

The US on Sunday said it was not considering granting asylum to "good ally" President Pervez Musharraf, facing an impeachment move, to help resolve the political crisis in Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, with the announced resignation, Pervez Musharraf ceases to be a useful US puppet, and the US simply cuts the strings.

Aug 18 08:52

Russian General Says Georgia May Commit False Flag Terror Attacks

Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff Anatoly Nogovitsyn warns that Georgia may be planning to commit false flag terror attacks by using mercenaries dressed in Russian uniforms, as Russia moved to guard sensitive infrastructure against terrorist attacks.

Aug 18 08:46

Georgians Fired [at] Russia’s Peacekeepers Point-Blank

The close view of a killed Russian soldier proved he had been fired at short range. “Two penetrating gun wounds were found. The first one wasn’t lethal, in the leg, the second - was in the head. Traces of explosive gas burns near the entry hall are the evidence of short-range firing," Sorochin specified.

Aug 18 08:44

Sky News lies: Tskhinvali ruins used to smear Russians

Falsely claiming that Russians had flattened Gori by showing pictures of the aftermath of the shelling by Georgian Troops of Tskhinvali. The Sky Clip is preceded by a road sign that shows Gori and the Presenter says he is reporting from their BUT the footage is clearly the same footage that was shown two days previously in a report about Tskhinvali

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What amazes me is that the controllers of the media still haven't realized that the old methods of lies and propaganda no longer work. The internet gives humanity a collective memory and consciousness that exists outside governmental and corporate control, and the average life span of a media lie is measured with an egg timer these days.

Aug 18 08:43

Israel wants defenseless Palestine

An Israeli security plan presented to the United States demands that any future Palestinian state not have defense forces or weapons.

Aug 18 08:43

IAEA deputy chief in Tehran

Iran's cooperation with the IAEA continues amid threats of further sanctions from the US and Britain. The United Nations has already imposed three sets of sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to give up uranium enrichment.

Iran is entitled to uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Aug 18 08:12

Security officials to scan D.C. area license plates

Homeland security officials in the Washington area plan to dramatically expand the use of automated license plate readers to prevent possible terrorist attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not about preventing terrorist attacks but simply keeping tabs on where politically incorrect people go.

The fact is that terrorists know how to swap a license plate on whatever vehicle they are using for an attack. Or they can simply steal a bus or truck to load up with explosives. Or they can rent a truck.

So this license system isn't about stopping terror; but simply keeping an eye on YOU!

Aug 18 08:09

Morgan Stanley Says Financial Crisis Will Last

Morgan Stanley Says Financial Crisis Will Last

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just moving the debt around does not fix the problem. High-paying manufacturing jobs need to come back to this nation so that people have the means to pay their bills (and taxes).

Aug 18 08:08

The next wave of mortgage defaults

More borrowers with good credit are defaulting on their home loans, and that's going to make it even harder for the staggering housing market to recover.

Aug 18 08:07

California nightmare for the global economy?

In closing its past budgetary gaps, California has acted more like the federal government rather than merely one of 50 states. Indeed, unlike the federal government (or sovereign nations), each state is required to balance its budget each year; and no state, at least in principle, has the authority to engage in the kind of discretionary deficit spending both the federal government and nations around the world routinely use to stimulate their economies.

Aug 18 08:06

Weak rules cripple appraiser oversight

After the nation's last major banking disaster, Congress set up a system to catch rogue appraisers. Their game: inflating the value of homes at the direction of equally unscrupulous real estate agents and mortgage brokers, whose commissions are determined by the size of the deals.

Aug 18 08:01

Iran Warned Not To Allow War Pretext

Following a meeting this weekend between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdullah, Iran was told not to allow the U.S. and Israel to create a pretext for a military attack, a warning interpreted by Tehran that an impending attack is on the horizon.

Aug 18 08:01

Charity Raids Coordinated by the US and Financed by the EU

The continuous illegal raids by the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority are coordinated by the US air force criminal Lt. Gen. William Fraser and Lt. General Keith Dayton, the US coordinator for the genocide against Palestinians. Both lead the Palestinian authority security groups according to some of the accords of the Annapolis summit.

Aug 18 08:00

Corsi May Face Libel Suit Over False Claims Made in Anti-Obama Book

Jerome Corsi's newly-published book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, is filled with accusations and innuendo against the Illinois senator that were long ago proven false -- constituting a "reckless disregard for the truth" and grounds for the Illinois senator to sue Corsi for libel and defamation, according to a source close to the Obama campaign.

Aug 18 07:59

Preparing for an urban WMD attack

The scenario was this: a terrorist with a backpack full of sodium cyanide--a chemical used in gold mining operations that quickly attacks and shuts down the human respiratory system--unleashed it inside 555 California.

The attack instantly kills a number of people and injures others.

Aug 18 07:57

PAKISTAN PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF RESIGNS

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday announced that he was stepping down from the post, amid tremendous pressure from the ruling coalition government to do so. “For the sake of the nation and people, I’m resigning. I don’t want anything from anybody. I’m not vindictive. Let the people be the judges. Let them do justice. I’m going with the belief that I have done everything for the nation with honesty,” Musharraf said in a live televised address to the nation. The President added that he will submit his resignation to the National Assembly in a shortwhile.

Aug 18 07:46

Threats and Intimidation Against Free Gaza Freedom Sailors

It’s appalling enough to receive phone calls, warning us that our boats will be blown up or asking us if we know how to swim, but when the callers go after our families, then that crosses the line from adolescent intimidation to psychological terrorism.

Aug 18 07:45

Samaritans jilted

Three hours later, two London women offering humanitarian help to hurricane Katrina victims were denied entry to the U.S.

Instead of accepting their helping hands, border officials gave them the bum's rush -- finger-printing them and sending them back to Canada.

Aug 18 07:45

AP's Iran-Trained Hit Squads Story: Iraq News Nadir?

Hess' lede announces what appears to be a significant development in the otherwise waning U.S.-Iran conflict over Iraq. "Iraqi Shi'ite assassination teams are being trained in at least four locations in Iran by Tehran's elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah," she writes, "and are planning to return to Iraq in the next few months to kill specific Iraqi officials as well as U.S. and Iraqi troops, according to intelligence gleaned from captured militia fighters and other sources in Iraq."

Aug 18 07:43

At center of conflict, South Ossetians direct bitterness at Georgia

Here in Tskhinvali, residents have no doubt that Georgia started the war with Russia and there is much bitterness about the rain of artillery and rockets that the government of President Mikhail Saakashvili used in its efforts to capture the city.

Aug 18 07:43

Biased broadcast? Moscow accuses U.S. TV of gagging victims’ stories

Moscow has accused an American TV network of bias after a channel broke off from a live interview with victims of Georgian violence in South Ossetia. A 12 year old girl and her aunt were describing how Russian soldiers saved them from the Georgian attack – but were bizarrely cut off after just two minutes.

Aug 18 07:42

Georgia-Russia conflict a blow to Bush foreign policy

The recent setbacks to the president's approach were all the more unsettling because Georgia had appeared to be one of the few success stories in the administration's effort to nurture new democracies that could advance U.S. interests.

Aug 18 07:37

Peace Cycle

Our first stop today was the Baladna Youth Centre in Haifa, where we learnt about the discrimination faced by Palestinians with Israeli citizenship living within the 1948 Israeli borders. Whilst these Palestinians have nominally the same rights as any Israeli, the reality is one of de facto segregation where they are treated as second class citizens.

Aug 18 07:36

U.S.: Russia-Georgia Conflict Could Hurt U.S. Space Program

Even though Russia and Georgia have officially signed a cease-fire agreement, the volatile situation between the two nations could jeopardize whether or not NASA astronauts fly to the International Space Station aboard Russian spacecraft in the future, U.S. officials warn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have caught up to the movie "2010."

August 17, 2008

Aug 17 22:35

MSOs Admit To Tracking Consumers’ Online Activity

Cable One last fall conducted a six-month trial of a network-based technology that tracks consumers' Internet movements in an effort to amass refined data on Web-surfer habits that can be sold to advertisers at premium rates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ummmm ... I am working on an article about online porn.

That was just research.

Yeah, that's it. Just research.

Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure.

Research.

Honest.

Aug 17 22:33

Did John McCain "Borrow" His "Cross In The Sand" Story?

It just sounded so fake and so contrived, so I did a little research about it. Someone on here said it sounded like a scene from Ben-Hur, so I did a google search about Ben-Hur and cross in the sand and such. No dice. But I searched around a little bit more and here is what I found. A story about Alexander Solzhenitsyn from his times in the Soviet Gulags.

Aug 17 22:25

Concern Raised Over Suspicious Deaths Of 24 Bio-Scientists

But, if the anthrax scare was simply another neo-con/Mossad psy-op, the implications for a coverup are enormous. Many of Dr. Ivins’ colleagues and friends don’t believe claims that he was a killer, and feel his “suicide” was the result of non-stop, heavy-handed harassment by government officials. Disease specialist W. Russell Byrne characterized him as “looking
like a guy who was being led to his execution.”

Has another number just been added to the mysterious microbiologist body count?

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Aug 17 22:21

The Gaza concentration camp: ancient colonialism through a Nazi filter

When you approach the Erez frontier post to enter Gaza from the north, you notice a concentration camp straightaway even if you may never have seen one like the ones turned into museums or educational centres, or like the ones that appear in documentaries or photographs.

Aug 17 22:20

Tropical Storm Fay aims at Florida Keys

The National Hurricane Center predicted that the center of a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm will hit the islands late Monday night and continue to the west coast of southern Florida on Tuesday morning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What's a Florida?" -- FEMA

Aug 17 22:19

Hundreds evacuated from Grand Canyon as dam breaks

An earthen dam weakened by heavy rains broke near the Grand Canyon early Sunday, flooding a tribal town and forcing officials to pluck hundreds of residents and campers from the gorge by helicopter. No injuries were immediately reported.

Aug 17 22:14

RIAA has to pay $107,951 for court costs in failed suit against disabled single mom

The RIAA has lost its lawsuit against Tanya Andersen, a disabled single mother, and have been ordered to pay her court costs of $107,951. But the good news keeps on coming: Ms Andersen is now countersuing for damages arising from her having to defend the suit.

Aug 17 22:12

“I WAS MURDERED!! CAN YOU HEAR ME?”

Can you hear me as I scream out from my watery grave in the Mediterranean Sea? Can you hear me from the tomb in the mass grave at Arlington National Cemetery? Can you hear me from my grave in the rolling hills of Kentucky? Can you hear me from my grave next to Mom & Dad’s house in Wisconsin? I am in many graves throughout this land in America. Can you hear me, so my death was not in vain?

Aug 17 22:11

Dollar surge will not stop America feeling the effects of a global crunch

US industry is now super-competitive, if small. Mid East funds are drawing up shopping lists of Wall Street takeover targets. Airbus and Volkswagen are shifting plant to America to escape crushing labour costs.

Aug 17 22:10

Dual Citizenship -- Loyal to Whom?

Recently, in their much lauded paper, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, Harvard professor, Stephen Walt, and University of Chicago professor, John Mearsheimer, focused attention on the strong Israeli lobby which has a powerful influence over American foreign policies (see BBC article). They detail the influence that this lobby has exerted, forming a series of international policies which can be viewed as in direct opposition to the interests and security of the American people.

Aug 17 22:09

BBC Video Proves Georgia to Blame for Hostilities

The BBC video here was aired two days before Russia intervened to stop Georgia’s ethnic cleansing operation in South Ossetia. It needs to be viewed by Bush, Condi, Robert Kagan, Charles Krauthammer, little Billy Kristol and all the neocons and their associated slavering bloggers and newspaper columnists calling for war against Russia, a nation bristling with thermonuclear weapons and an increasing desire to use the tactical variety of nukes against the United States, or rather its servile little clients such as Poland that are installing U.S. missile “defense systems” on Russia’s borders.

Aug 17 21:49

Mr. Bush, Enough!!

So you have the colossal audacity, Mr. Bush, to “warn” Russia to pull back? As the wanton, perverse war criminal under whose watch the world saw the crime known as “shock and awe” committed, I’d say you were well out of your mind to suggest that Russia should pull back.

What’s a little shock and awe among inferior people we want to rob and destroy, eh?

What do human beings need an infrastructure for?

Why do they need clean water? Why do they need electricity?

What’s a little torture?

What’s a little regime change? Don’t recall when that was a goal of yours?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't sugar coat it like that; tell us how you REALLY feel!

Aug 17 21:48

No Cone of Silence

Pastor Warren, the host of last night's forum was just on CNN. In an interview with Rick Sanchez the pastor admitted McCain was not even at the Church for the first half hour of the event. This admission comes as a surprise to those of us who watched the event and were told many times that McCain was at the Church and in isolation.

CNN says they talked to McCain's camp and they said no one in his camp was listening. The honor system, are you kidding me?

I think it is pretty clear at this point McCain did indeed know the questions in advance.

Aug 17 21:47

ExxonMobil owns the media’s convention coverage.

Aug 17 21:46

Boxer Bullies Senate's Baby Doctor

What's really going on here? The senator -- who prefers to be called Dr. Coburn -- has been a thorn in the side of both big-spending Republicans and Democrats. He calls earmarks "the gateway drug" to Washington's spending addiction. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank wrote back in 2006 when the GOP ran the Senate, "Tom Coburn is like an imam at a pig roast: He sees pork everywhere, and he doesn't like it."

Aug 17 21:45

U.S. likely to recapitalize Fannie, Freddie: report

The U.S. Treasury is growing increasingly likely to recapitalize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the months ahead on the taxpayer's dime, Barron's reported in its August 18 edition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, even those Americans smart enough to avoid the real-estate "froth up" are going to get stuck with the bill.

Aug 17 16:41

U.S. likely to recapitalize Fannie, Freddie: report

The U.S. Treasury is growing increasingly likely to recapitalize Fannie Mae (FNM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Freddie Mac (FRE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the months ahead on the taxpayer's dime, Barron's reported in its August 18 edition.

The weekly financial newspaper said that such a move could wipe out existing holders of the agencies' common stock, with preferred shareholders and even holders of the two entities' $19 billion of subordinated debt also suffering losses.

Aug 17 11:09

Rice visit likely off

Condoleezza Rice's widely expected visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority this week is unlikely to happen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

.... so the administration can pretend to be shocked when Israel bombs Iran.

Aug 17 11:08

’04 Election Apologists Still Unmoved By Mountain of Evidence: Columbus Dispatch Ignores Facts

Columbus Dispatch articles explaining the 2004 election irregularities all embrace the same formula: ignore the more than 1000 signed affidavits and sworn testimonies of disenfranchised voters; rely only on the word of OSU Law Professor Dan Tokaji who has no background in statistical analysis and who always tells the Dispatch whatever they want to hear; and then apologize for former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and fail to mention what is routinely reported in every other major newspaper in the state of Ohio.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You will believe the elections are honest and fair.

You will believe the elections are honest and fair.

You will believe the elections are honest and fair.

You will believe the elections are honest and fair." -- ABCNNBBCBS

Aug 17 11:06

Report: Russia may arm Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads

New Russian threat comes in response to war in Caucasus, US-Poland deal for missile defense shield in Europe. According to Sunday Times, nuclear warheads could be supplied to submarines, cruisers and fighter bombers of Russia's Baltic fleet based between Poland and Lithuania

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yee-HAAAA; we got the cold war back! Start passing all those new taxes!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 17 11:01

How Big Brother watches your every move

In our ever-growing surveillance society, the average Briton is being recorded 3,000 times a week.

Aug 17 11:00

Arctic ice sheets actually larger this year than last.

Aug 17 10:56

For South Ossetians, Bitterness Follows Attacks

Residents of Separatist Zone Describe Georgian Assault That Destroyed Houses and Apartment Buildings Across Their Capital

Aug 17 10:55

US steels Israel to counter 'Iran threat'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FYI that is Pearl Harbor in the photo. I have been watching that floating radar system, locally dubbed "The Bubble Machine", float around here for two years. Every time they test it, the WiFi goes wacky.

Aug 17 10:12

Cheney's crony leaves grim Interior legacy

Hoffman also overrode the decision of the Grand Canyon's park superintendent to remove biblical plaques from the park, and forced its bookstores to stock a creationist text claiming the canyon was created in six days a few thousand years ago. More recently, he tried to rewrite national park management rules to give snowmobiles and off-road vehicles free rein and allow commercial activities, like mining and rock concerts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We can tear it all up now because God will make it all better if'n we pray hard enough! Of course, I'm praying for Armageddon so Jesus will come down and invite me up to the big house!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 17 09:53

US to take over Afghan mission

The United States is planning to take control of all military operations in Afghanistan next year with an Iraq-style troop surge after becoming frustrated at Nato’s failure to defeat the Taliban.

Plans are being drawn up to send as many as 15,000 extra troops to Afghanistan with a single US general always in command, as in Iraq, defence sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, a whole extra 15,000 troops!

(Ahem).

The outgoing US Commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, Commander McNeill, has stated very bluntly that it will take 400,000 troops to secure Afghanistan.

We currently have 47,000 US soldiers, together with another 18,000 provided by various other NATO countries.

Adding this new contingent of 15,000 troops, we have a total of 80,000 troops.

That means we're looking at a shortfall of 320,000 troops.

So what are the options?

We could go home, and declare victory.

We can continue to bomb the crud out of Afghanistan from the air, creating more civilian victims and radicalizing those Afghanis even further against the Karzai government.

Or, we could demand the Karzai government engage the Taliban politically, and develop a dialogue which would lead to a lasting stabilization of the country.

Of course, that would be logical.

And this administration has never had an on-going relationship with logic.

Aug 17 09:35

Ukraine offers satellite defence co-operation with Europe and US

Ukraine inflamed mounting East-West tensions yesterday by offering up a Soviet-built satellite facility as part of the European missile defence system.

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Someone, somewhere deep in the bunkered bowels of the American political structure, seems to believe that war with Russia is a good idea.

This is, of course, pure insanity; of course simply because an idea is insane is no guarantee that the knuckleheads in Washington

Aug 17 09:21

Putin's Winning Hand: Once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered, America's lifeline to the world is kaput

Now that Georgia's American-trained army has been humiliated in front of the world, Bush is trying desperately to save face by demanding that Russia allow the US Air force to deliver humanitarian aid via C-17 military aircraft to the tens of thousands of Georgians who were displaced in the fighting. It is worth noting that, as yet, Bush has never delivered as much as a bag of rice to the 2 million Iraqi refugees living in Jordan and Syria due to his war in Iraq.

Aug 17 09:07

Gannett Is Cutting 1,000 Newspaper Jobs

Gannett Co. is eliminating 1,000 jobs, including 600 layoffs, across its newspaper operations, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

USA Today, the largest-circulation newspaper in the country, wasn't affected by the latest round of cutbacks, but had 45 job cuts of its own last November.

The latest cuts will affect Gannett's other newspapers, which include 84 dailies such as The Arizona Republic and the Detroit Free Press as well as nearly 900 non-daily publications.

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Aug 17 08:53

Voting Machine Doubts Linger

Four of of ten American voters will be casting ballots this November on equipment that's different from what they used in 2004.

One reason is the doubts raised about ATM-syle electronic touch-screen machines, which have prompted half a dozen states to turn them off and turn back to paper ballots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately those paper ballots are counted by electronic machines subject to tampering and fraud.

I mean, here we are, the nation that put men on the Moon, with ATM machines that do not lose a penny from one end of the nation to another, and we cannot come up with an accurate and honest elections system?

I don't buy that.

Aug 17 08:43

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Why are we pretending we would fight for Georgia?

It remained for a former Tory foreign secretary to dash a little cold water of sanity on these overheated effusions. On Friday Sir Malcolm Rifkind chided the folly of making threats about the use of force when these are obviously not going to be carried out. And the day before he had said, "I think people in both the United States and in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in western Europe will have to ask very clearly how important is Georgia to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sir Malcolm misses a point. Georgie is VERY important to the people who wish to invade Iran, because a war in Georgie would limit Russia's ability to send ground convoys of supplies into Iran through the Georgian mountain passes.

Aug 17 08:37

Israel may use force to halt boat trying to break Gaza siege

Defense officials favor forcefully blocking two boats which a group of U.S.-based activists plan to sail to Gaza to protest what they call "the Israeli siege on the Strip," Haaretz has learned.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Israel is within its rights to use force against the seafarers.

The subject of the Greek-flagged boats which the Free Gaza group said it would sail from Cyprus to Gaza this week prompted defense officials to hold a series of discussions; they said allowing the ships to reach the Gaza coastline could create a dangerous precedent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For a people who wail so much about the evils of the Warsaw ghetto, Israel seems quite eager to impose those same conditions on everyone else around them.

Aug 17 08:30

Israel's welcome for Ethiopian Jews wears thin

Sitting in a leaky, flyblown hut, a few dozen Ethiopian villagers are anxiously waiting to be transported to another world.

They have just been given word that their years of waiting are over, and that soon they will make a 2,000-mile journey by land and air with what is probably the last wave of Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.

In doing so, they join generations of Jews who have immigrated to the Promised Land. But they are flying into the teeth of a dilemma that touches the heart of Israel's founding philosophy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is by its very nature a racist society. Not only do they openly discriminate against Arabs and the Palestinians, but each subset of Jews is hostile towards the others. My first wife's family were Ashkenazi and some of the most racist people I ever met, even towards other non-Ashkenazim Jews!

It is not a surprise that despite the overt policy of allowing all Jews equal permission to migrate to Israel, that some Jews will be seen as more equal than others.

Aug 17 08:27

Threats and Intimidation

"On the 14th of August 2008, an anonymous man called my home in France as my
daughters played hide and seek in the garden. This stranger spoke to my
husband, warning him that 'your wife is in great danger. These ships will be
blown up.' My husband asked how it was this person had obtained our private
home number. No response was forthcoming, but the illicit threats carried
on."

Other members of our nonviolent project have had their families in Occupied
Palestine threatened with violence as well. From these threats, a pernicious

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A threatening campaign against has started against the members of the two
boats, SS Liberty and SS Free Gaza, sailing to Gaza! Do you want to guess,
who, is implementing it?

Aug 17 08:24

Protesters take over grounds of Hawaiian palace

"We're going to be here for a while. Four days, five days, a week. A while. As long as it takes," one of the men posting the signs told the Advertiser. He declined to give his name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is NOT the same group that has been peacefully occupying the grounds of the palace these last few months. And frankly, I find is suspicious that just as the peaceful sovereignty groups are starting to gain public support these new guys show up and act in a manner clearly intended to create hostility and anger, both for roughing up one of the palace workers and the attempt to have their "King" sit on the throne.

The reason the latter is an issue is that the throne is, of course, an antique. It dates back to the reign of Hawaii's last two elected Kings. A few years back a local politician wanted to have her photo taken while seated on the throne and in the process, the fragile brocade cover was torn, and a public uproar ensued. Clearly this new King cannot sit on the throne without causing even more damage, an incident while will further anger the Hawaiian people against this group and their actions.

This comes across as a COINTELPRO style op, intended to destroy sympathy for the Hawaiian people at a time when it is becoming widely accepted that Hawaii was stolen from her people and that serious legal questions exist regarding her statehood.

Aug 17 07:59

Obama camp said to be leaning towards Biden for vice president.

While Obama's heart may go towards Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine--his head takes him to a more experienced pick, a Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) or ...

August 16, 2008

Aug 16 19:00

U.S. puts brakes on Israeli plan for attack on Iran nuclear facilities

The American administration has rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

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"Look, Georgia can't stop Russia from getting through to Iran, so COOL IT WITH THE BOMBING THING ALREADY!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 16 18:57

Moscow accuses U.S. TV of gagging victims' stories

News August 16, 2008, Biased broadcast? Moscow accuses U.S. TV of gagging victims' stories.

Aug 16 18:41

Half of House Dems may vote Hillary at DNC

Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she’s happy for the chance to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention — and she predicts that as many as half of the Democrats in the House could join her.

Just how many former Clinton supporters will vote for the former first lady during the symbolic first ballot is anybody’s guess, but each of them will be called upon to do so — whether they want to or not.

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I'll bet Hillary is already practicing her "I am so surprised to have won the nomination" look.

Aug 16 18:06

FLASHBACK - McCain accused of accepting improper donations from Rothschilds

A US campaign watchdog has accused presumptive Republican president nominee John McCain of violating election laws by accepting campaign contributions from two prominent Londoners.

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Notice how the Rothschilds support both candidates, in order to bypass the results of the elections?

Aug 16 18:04

Is Condoleeza Rice stupid?

Has the US Secretary of State got her cassette stuck? For a week now she has been reiterating the same phrase “Russian forces must leave Georgia now” and for a week now the world has been informed of Georgian war crimes against Russians in Ossetia. The war crimes happened, the Russians call the shots now, Ms. Rice. Like it or lump it.

Aug 16 17:59

Hillary Clinton’s rich friend Lady de Rothschild ambushes Barack Obama

At the Democratic national convention next week, Lynn Forester, Lady de Rothschild, one of Britain’s most influential political hostesses, will be contemplating treachery. She poured her heart and money into Hillary Clinton’s campaign and she is thinking of voting for John McCain, the Republican candidate, for president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep telling you; Hillary is going to try to steal the nomination away from Obama at the convention.

To hell with what the Democratic voters wanted.

Aug 16 17:58

The Strong US Dollar Illusion

Economists who now see American troubles spreading around the world are predicting that foreign central banks will ignore the gathering inflation threat and follow the Fed down the rate cutting path. Similarly, they argue that since the downturn began here, the U.S. recovery will likely be underway while the rest of world is still decelerating. These assumptions have prompted a rally in the dollar, a sell-off in gold, commodities and foreign stocks, and have cast doubts on the ability of foreign economies to “decouple” from the United States. Investors should not take the bait.

Aug 16 17:57

VIDEO - Saakashvili eats his tie

Aug 16 16:30

Arctic ice refuses to melt as ordered

15 Aug 08 - “Just a few weeks ago, predictions of Arctic ice collapse were buzzing all over the internet. Some scientists were predicting that the "North Pole may be ice-free for first time this summer". Others predicted that the entire "polar ice cap would disappear this summer".

“The Arctic melt season is nearly done for this year. The sun is now very low above the horizon and will set for the winter at the North Pole in five weeks. And none of these dire predictions have come to pass. Yet there is, however, something odd going on with the ice data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was contemplating the nature of the Earth the other day and realized there is a huge gaping hole in the understanding of the climate.

We have mapped the bottom of the oceans, but those maps are incomplete because they do not show the presence of active volcanoes. Only last year was it discovered that the El Nino current may be linked to a recently discovered string of active volcanoes on the sea floor near New Zealand.

Everyone talk about melting arctic ice being the possible villain that temporarily halted the north Atlantic "conveyor belt" current that brings equatorial heat to Europe, triggering the mini-ice age.
But some quick calculations demonstrate that an undersea volcano. off shore of Iceland or almost anywhere along the mid-atlantic ridge (which we already know is thermally active) could create an upwelling in the region where the current normally has a downflow, and disrupt the whole current system.

Of course, you cannot persuade taxpayers to cough up more money for climate changes caused by undersea volcanoes, which is probably why there seems to be little interest (or finding) to carry out a survey to see just what hot spots are down there.

But in a world of perfect academic freedom and funding, such a survey might solve many mysteries that remain about the climate.

Aug 16 16:21

Who first wrongly linked anthrax to Iraq -- and why?

Greenwald has also raised questions about the source of claims being pushed by ABC News in late October 2001 that government tests had shown the anthrax contained bentonite, an additive used only by Iraq. These claims, which were later found to be completely false, played an important role in spreading the idea of an Iraq-anthrax link.

Aug 16 16:18

U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules

The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All that is missing are the brown shirts!

Aug 16 15:51

If Americans Knew AIPAC ADL Zionist control of America

The source of most if not all our woes, revealed (from the present to the past): Connecting the dots through 5000 years of revisionist human history, spanning from the time of the pharaohs, all the way up to the present dynasties creating the New World Order, in a quest to perfect the enslavement of mankind. From pirates to banksters, to the ruling elite, who run the world's finances, the media and cover both side of nearly every conflict or war: the world may make more sense after watching all the videos on this 911investigator You Tube channel.

Aug 16 11:51

Pole Position: More U.S. Troops Sent to Russian Border

But while Butt-Thumper was playing coy about the latest interjection of American cannon fodder into the now-roiling region, the Poles were admirably frank: they wanted a signed, ironclad deal that would force Americans to fight for them -- unlike the hapless Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, who depended on a nod and a wink from militarist factions along the Potomac (apparently John McCain and his neocon crowd) when launching his own sneak attack on South Ossetia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when you think that this administration couldn't possibly do anything any more bone-headed, and oblivious of geopolitcal history than they have already done, they amaze you yet again!

Aug 16 11:40

Flashback: A Broken Link

Recent occurrences in Georgia have surprised many people. However, only a blind person could not have seen this coming. The U.S. has co-opted most of the former Soviet Union nations that now surround Russia. Plus, the missile deals with Poland and the Czech Republic have upset the Russians even more.

Aug 16 11:22

Video shows Israeli police humiliating Palestinians

The video clips found in a cellphone showed the scene of Israeli policemen humiliating and striking Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem, Xinhua has learnt on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the lives of Palestinians under occupation, 24/7.

The Israeli police and military indulge in this kind of behavior all the time: they just hate like hell getting caught at it.

And you have to give Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group, much credit for pursuing these issues.

Aug 16 11:20

Misrepresentation of Georgia-Russia fight exposed West

As Russian forces started to hand over control of the Georgian town of Gori, you could detect a note of surprise, even disappointment, in many media reports. So the all-out Russian invasion of plucky little democratic Georgia might not be going to happen after all. Could it be that the bear was drawing in his claws?

Aug 16 11:19

Georgia: Israel’s Home Sweet Home

The Israeli Georgian Connection is more than a thousand years old. Most of the Jewish residents of Israel are of the same stock as of the Jews of Georgia. Non should be shocked to discover the depth of Israel’s involvement in the Georgian/Russian conflict. Once examined, the historical blood relation between Israeli Jews and Georgian Jews, it all becomes clear. Let us take a look first at the current relationship after which we will prove the historical connection between them a little later.

Aug 16 08:51

F.B.I. Will Present Scientific Evidence in Anthrax Case to Counter Doubts

In the face of the questions, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have decided to make their first detailed public presentation next week on the forensic science used to trace the anthrax used in the 2001 attacks to a flask kept in a refrigerator in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory at Fort Detrick, in Maryland. Many scientists are awaiting those details because so far, they say, the F.B.I. has failed to make a conclusive case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The handwriting and hair samples don't match Ivins .. he passed 2 lie detector tests with flying colors ... ..They can't place him anywhere near the place THE LETTERS WERE mailed .....He was depressed because the FBI was harrassing him and his family( like the goons they are) .... As a result he went to psychiatrist - and istherefore ` guilty' ???

The FBI is just digging themselves in deeper with this latest effort, because we already KNOW that the anthrax used in the letters came form th elab where Ivins worked. But that is also the lab where a lot of other people worked including Dr. Philip Zack, THE MAN ACTUALLY CAUGHT ON THE SECURITY SYSTEM ENTERING THE LAB WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION AFTER HE HAD LOST HIS JOB OVER A RACIALLY-MOTIVATED ATTACK ON AN EGYPTIAN CO-WORKER!

Aug 16 08:46

SPAIN: GOVT. CALLED INTO EMERGENCY MEETING AS ECONOMY COLLAPSES

Aug 16 08:40

THE NEOCONS BACK OFF AS THEY REALISE THEY MAY PUSH THE RUSSIANS FURTHER INTO THE IRAN CAMP.

I get the distinct impression that the neoconservatives are now back-peddling somewhat from their aggressive stance against the Russians as they realise that it could jeopardise their primary commitment to Israel and their push for regime change in Iran.

Aug 16 08:30

German bank losses prompt IFSC raid

Aug 16 08:30

Merkel Seeks to Avoid Inquiry Into IKB Losses, Rheinische Says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to keep the opposition in the lower house of parliament from starting an inquiry into losses at IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, the Rheinische Post reported today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a fundamental flaw in banking as it is designed today.

Originally, money was issued by the government, then the banks would borrow it from the citizens, loan it out to other citizens, and split the interest. This was a naturally stable system because the money could not ever collect into just one place at one time.

But with the fiat monetary system we live under now, the banks start out owning all the money, and the moment they loan it out at interest, more money is owed than actually exists. And because everyone MUST go borrow money from the Federal Reserve system to initiate any economic activity, all money flows through that system. No commerce exists outside that system. In order to survive and pay their owners, the banks have to work to keep the money flowing back into the banks to loan out again, but if too much money accumulates in the bank, as is happening now, too little is left in the society at large to bring in at the bottom, and like any other Ponzi scheme, the banks will collapse.

Aug 16 08:22

Russia signs French-brokered peace deal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sarkozy came out of this looking like a statesman, while the world watched a drunk US President grope the girl's Olympic volleyball team.

Aug 16 08:19

After war in Georgia, what does Russia want?

After a brief victorious war, the Kremlin must decide what to do with its triumph.

The Kremlin has already reasserted its historic military dominance in the region, punished Georgia for its surprise attack on South Ossetia's capital and humiliated a bitter foe, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Now, Russia is expected to set up permanent military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and establish a security zone around their borders. It appears poised to charge Saakashvili with genocide in a Russian court, and strengthen ties with the two separatist regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes there is. Russia has now secured their ground access to Iran.

Aug 16 08:18

Attack on Georgia Gives Boost

Russia's attack on Georgia has become an unexpected source of support for big U.S. weapons programs, including flashy fighter jets and high-tech destroyers, that have had to battle for funding this year because they appear obsolete for today's conflicts with insurgent opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can almost hear the synchronized salivating of every defense contractor in the US on this news.

Aug 16 08:17

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Georgia started hostilities in South Ossetia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bottom line: We still do not know who shelled the Russian barracks, killing ten men and wounding thirty others. This was the spark that set off the conflict.

Aug 16 08:15

A Fire in Mississippi (Connected to the Siegelman Persecution/Prosecution)

In the early morning of Sept. 15, 2003, the Biloxi, Mississippi office of another of the defendants in the Paul Minor case, former Mississippi judge John Whitfield, was set on fire.

At approximately 3:30 am, Whitfield's secretary, Michele Herman, was awakened by a call from the fire alarm company informing her that the office was ablaze. Herman was the first of Whitfield's associates to arrive at the scene. Her boss and other colleagues joined her soon after.

Aug 16 08:14

Obama Sidestepping Arkansas, For Now

Despite a large presence in neighboring states, the Democrat has no offices in Arkansas and has barely visited.

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Considering the current murder rate for Democratic party officials, and his recent near-disaster on his plane, thi smay be the smart thing for Obama to do.

Aug 16 08:08

No Wonder Our Hospitals Are a Disaster -- People with Marketing Degrees Are Running Them

In 1970, a Fortune magazine cover story warned the nation: "Much of U.S. medical care, particularly the everyday business of preventing and treating routine illnesses, is inferior in quality, wastefully dispensed, and inequitably financed." That year, a Fortune editorial declared: "The time has come for radical change. ... The management of medical care is too important to leave to doctors who are, after all, not managers to begin with."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every day we clearly see the signs that medical care is less and less about making patients better as opposed to simply selling them more products.

Aug 16 08:07

Bush Sends U.S. Military To Georgia

President George W Bush announced Wednesday that the US military was heading for Georgia to deliver humanitarian aid, establishing an American presence in the region and sending a clear signal to Russia that it is time for the conflict to end. The first C-17 cargo plane landed late Wednesday in Georgia, and more planes and US Navy vessels were on the way to provide food, medicine and other supplies in a ''vigorous and ongoing'' effort to demonstrate ''solidarity'' with the Georgian people, Mr Bush said.

Aug 16 08:06

Wal-Mart workers win union contract

Employees at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. outlet in Canada won an arbitrator-imposed contract yesterday, becoming the giant retailer's only location in North America with a collective agreement in place.

Aug 16 08:04

13 things that do not make sense

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Obviously, only a fool would imagine that we know most or even much of all that is knowable. Each generation thinks they have a good view of the world, only to be regarded as superstitious fools by the next.

Number 2, the "Horizon Problem", is one of the many arguments that suggest that the entire theory of the Big Bang is really just religious wishful thinking dressed up to look like science.

Number 6 is part of my own personal history and I am one of those who agrees with Gilbert Levin that his instruments did detect life on Mars.

Aug 16 07:54

How Anti-Intellectualism Is Destroying America

American 15-year-olds rank 24th out of 29 countries in math literacy, and their parents are as likely to believe in flying saucers as in evolution; roughly 30 to 40 percent believe in each. Their president believes "the jury is still out" on evolution.

Steve Colbert interviewed Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland on "The Colbert Report." Westmoreland co-sponsored a bill that would require the display of the Ten Commandments in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but, when asked, couldn't actually list the commandments.

This stuff would be funny if it weren't so dangerous.

Aug 16 07:53

Breaking up big banks questioned as losses mount

America's biggest banks have suffered unprecedented losses from the ongoing credit crisis, and that's made some investors question whether the big financial conglomerates should be broken up in order to survive.

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You need to break up the globalist economy for exactly the same reasons.

Aug 16 07:52

Government loses another 45,000 people's private details

The personal details of 45,000 people, including dates of birth, criminal records, National Insurance numbers and court information, were lost by a single Government department last year.

Aug 16 07:51

More vote fraud in Ohio?

In 2004, election integrity activists challenged the results of Ohio's presidential election before the Ohio Supreme Court, and convinced Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to challenge the state's Electoral College vote before a joint session of Congress. The reaction by Ohio's then Republican-controlled Legislature was to enact a series of election reforms that punished likely Democratic voters. Some of the laws adopted were later thrown out in court, such as penalizing voter registration drives.

Aug 16 07:30

North American Army created without OK by Congress

In a ceremony that received virtually no attention in the American media, the United States and Canada signed a military agreement Feb. 14 allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis.

Aug 16 07:29

Bigfoot hoax causes a stir on YouTube

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some good ol' boys having fun, or a deliberate attempt to make the blog-o-sphere look silly?

Before this story was revealed to be the obvious hoax it was, I was flooded with emails insisting I just HAD to carry this story.

Aug 16 07:24

Anthrax Terrorists may be Zionists

Both incidents of terrorism against La Voz de Aztlan have been from Zionists. The envelope sent to the Boca Raton news service with the "Star of David" charm appears to also come from Zionists. They, the Zionists, want to silence us because they do not like what we write. Everyone is assuming that the dangers we face is from Islamic terrorists, but our experience has been different. We fear Zionist terrorists more. They have been trying to take away our constitutional right of freedom of political expression through acts of terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only a few months before the more famous post 9-11 anthrax attacks, someone mailed an anthrax-filled letter to an anti-zionist publication.

August 15, 2008

Aug 15 19:35

When government suspends "rights" tyranny inevitably follows

History proves that there is always advance warning when governments enter the final stages of transitioning from freedom to tyranny. The three most obvious warnings are sounded when government begins openly spying on people, publicly punishing opinions and raising up standing armies. The U.S.

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