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March 8, 2010

Mar 08 10:53

iPad: Perfectly flawed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I see I wasn't the only one to think this is an iFlop!

Mar 08 10:47

How Goldman Sachs (Rothschild's) took over the world

Well they are the most powerful firm on Wallstreet but actually they are an outlet of the Rothschild's who have spread their power under different names into this century and the prior one. They create new entities to hide the web the have created of which the Bilderberger is one and Soros is another. The 30 mil. think tank I wrote about in an earlier post is the brain of the Obama administration and his closest advisers are all from the Rothshild boys from RUBIN, SUMMERS, VOLCKER and second tier next generation breed like Geithner. Emanuel and many more.

Mar 08 10:46

Japanese Have Washington Post Running Scared over 9/11

The giveaway as to how frantic The Post is over this matter is that they are editorializing before reporting. That Fujita, who as a graduate of Keio University is about as plugged in to Japan’s ruling “old boy” network as it is possible to be, has abandoned the 9/11 sinking ship was not previously even mentioned in The Post or anywhere else in the mainstream U.S. press, to my knowledge.

Mar 08 10:44

Bush Caught Lying About September 11th

Mar 08 10:43

Proof that 9/11 Truthers Are Dangerous

Below is a list of people who question what our Government has said about 9/11.

The list proves - once and for all - that people who question 9/11 are dangerous.

Email this list to everyone you know, to prove to them that 9/11 truthers are all dangerous nut cases.

Mar 08 10:38

Are the Oscars Rigged?

For example, after Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., received an Oscar nomination for Inglorious Bastards he said, “We’ll sell another million or two million DVD units” because of the nominations.

That’s real money. Surely enough money to offer some legal payola (trips, dinners, iPhones, etc.) to the Academy members. There was even a payola scandal over Scent of a Woman. (I am sure there are more, but this one was at my finger tips.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I've been on the receiving end of the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Oscars. Stargate (the movie) was nominated for the Oscar for Visual Effects, but was dropped by the "Blue Ribbon Committee" because Carolco was in the throes of an IRS-induced financial collapse and unable to cash in on the nomination and possible win.

And Al Gore's Oscar for best (you will pardon the expression) documentary exposes the highly politicized nature of the awards.

This year, the bias towards pro-war ("Hurt Locker") and pro-Israel ("Inglorious Basterds") films was obvious and heavy-handed. Avatar, clearly a masterpiece and to judge by the box-office receipts, the favorite film of the ticket-buying public, has garnered relatively few awards this season, possibly due to the obvious anti-war message of the film.

If anyone from Jim Cameron's office is reading this; Jim, Avatar is the best picture this year. The Academy just didn't realize it.

Mar 08 10:15

Danish Scientist Absconds with $2 million More Info - Key character who "proved" vaccines don't cause autism.

A Danish scientist who was a key researcher in two studies that purport to show that mercury used in vaccines and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine do not cause autism is believed to have used forged documents to steal $2 million from Aarhus University in Denmark according to reports in the Copenenhagen Post Online and a statement from Aarhus University.

Mar 08 10:11


He added that the film, which is co-directed by Copti and Israeli director Yaron Shani, features a mixed cast.

“There’s a Palestinian director, an Israeli director, Palestinian actors and Israeli actors. The film technically represents Israel, but I don’t represent Israel. I cannot represent a country that does not represent me,” he said, according to Army Radio.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They did not win the Oscar.

Mar 08 10:10

Police told to arrest innocent people to meet targets

Police told to arrest innocent people to meet targets

An NYPD officer breaks his silence and admits that innocent people are set-up and falsely arrested and ticketed in order to meet funding quotas.

Mar 08 10:10


First, a question… why is there a special day designated for women? For centuries women took a ‘back seat’ in all social and political issues, forbidden to work, vote, and receive an education…. Yet they fought these injustices and won. Doing so, they proved that they are truly equal.. in fact in many cases superior to men.

Mar 08 10:09


Mar 08 09:41

The pseudo-science of "environmentalism"

Mar 08 09:38

Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion By Norman Finkelstein

"This Time We Went Too Far"

Unable to deflect criticism of Israel, apologists now conjure bizarre theories to account for its ostracism. Reaganomics guru George Gilder posits that a free-market system singularly unleashes human potential, and that under such a system Jews are and must be “represented disproportionately in the highest ranks” because they are the most gifted.

Mar 08 09:38

Give Ben some credit

Mar 08 09:28

Who Told Giuliani the WTC was Going to Collapse on 9/11? (updated)

“I went down to the scene and we set up headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was going to collapse. " -- Giuliani

Mar 08 09:22

Geraldo Rivera Give 9/11 Truth The Finger

Mar 08 09:13

'Liquid bomb' smuggled onto plane to US

A DUTCH undercover journalist has managed to carry on what could have been liquid explosives onto a flight from Amsterdam to the US.

The Detroit News said the revelations came in a Dutch television program, Undercover in Nederland, which aired recently.

In the show, journalist Alberto Stegeman demonstrates how he managed to smuggle six litres of water from Schiphol International Airport and on to England's Heathrow International Airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But TSA groped my wife yesterday on her way from Tucson to Phoenix!

Does TSA not like music or something?

Mar 08 09:12

Into March, and France gets pounded by snow!

Mar 08 09:09

UK promises flexibility after Iceland shouts 'no'

Britain is "prepared to be flexible" to reach a deal with Iceland over the £2.3bn debt owed since the collapse of the online savings bank Icesave, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, said yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Britain is trying to make nice here because they realize that if the people of Iceland flat-out refuse to cover the bank losses there is little that Britain can do. Under the legal principle of Odious Debt, the people of Iceland are only obligated for debts incurred by the government for the betterment of the people of Iceland, such as schools, hospitals, and civil infrastructure. Clearly, saving a private corporation from their own reckless folly does not fall into that category!

Yes, Britain could invade and easily take control of Iceland, but the political costs of such an invasion would be high. Gone forever would be the myth that modern wars are fought for high ideals like freedom and democracy. An invasion of Iceland would show to all the world that Britain had returned to the days of enslavement by military force.

Mar 08 09:02

Government attempts to keep torture case secret

The government will attempt today to have a case about torture heard entirely behind closed doors in a move that some lawyers say would extend secrecy to a new area of hearings, overriding ancient principles of English law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Binyam Mohammed is the victim of torture whose body reportedly bears the scars of scalpels used on his genitalia, proof that far worse things were done than waterboarding and the suspected reason that the US Government dares not release the remaining Guantanamo prisoners.

Mar 08 08:59

'We will not offer Greece a cent': German economy minister deals hammer blow to Athens as rioters attack police on the streets

It could almost be a battle from Greece's ancient past - a melee of fighting at close quarters with shields, raised weapons and flags.

But this was the scene in Athens yesterday as riot police clashed with protesters outraged by cutbacks designed to slash the country's huge budget deficit.

The violence came as Germany ruled out offering Greece 'a cent' of financial aid, insisting it should sort out it own problems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The European Union turned out to be nothing more then a larger scale looting of the people. And now that the Greeks and Icelanders have decided they no longer want to be looted, this could tear the EU apart.

Mar 08 08:52

How Dare They Crash Our Tea Party

The phenomenon unfolding should come as no surprise. The tea parties were, from the beginning, an expression of outrage toward status quo politicians. Do you really not expect politicians not to act in self defense? They manipulate events, twist words and lie. Of course they are going to take over the tea party.

Mar 08 08:46

Warmists overwhelmed by fear, panic and deranged hatred as their 'science' collapses

A sharp-eyed viewer has noticed that when I was debating George Monbiot on TV yesterday and I mentioned that his cherished “peer-reviewed science” had been discredited by Climategate he bared his teeth like a cornered cur. Says my body language expert John Lish:

“It was a quite aggressive and defensive gesture which was noticeable when he was attempting to dismiss you (talking about peer review). A definite body-language sign of being rattled. He’s definitely uncomfortable about what’s occurring and others will have spotted that as well.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I imagine that believers in the Geocentric solar system reacted much the same way when Galileo pointed out the problems in their view of the universe.

Not unlike the screeches of indignation I get from the "Bangers" regarding this article. :)

See also this excellent speech "ALIENS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING" By Michael Crichton (pdf)

Mar 08 08:44


There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.

In addition, let me remind you that the track record of the consensus is nothing to be proud of. Let’s review a few cases.

Mar 08 08:37

To Hell in a Handbasket

This country could solve ninety percent of its problems by the simple act of getting money out of politics and thereby (re)turning the American government into being an instrument for the benefit of the public, rather than a servant for aggregating wealth on behalf of a predatory plutocracy. Among the immediate benefits such a change might be expected to realize would be precipitous drops in military spending and corporate welfare, along with a serious rise in revenues from a tax system that required the rich to actually pay their share.

Mar 08 08:25

Hundreds more town hall staff to get police-style powers

Hundreds more town hall staff and private security guards are to be handed police-style powers in a fresh Home Office drive to create an army of civilian "spies".

Mar 08 08:22

Dodgy dossier aide now the £100,000 boss of White House lobbying firm

The man who wrote the infamous ‘dodgy dossier’ for Tony Blair about Saddam Hussein’s weapons is now a £100,000-a-year adviser working at the nerve centre of Barack Obama’s military and foreign policy establishment.

Mar 08 08:22

Va. health bill could foil Obama proposal

Here in the former capital of the Old Confederacy, where resistance to the supremacy of federal law has a long and tortuous history, a new battle is being waged over a question that could undercut a key part of President Obama’s health care proposal: whether Washington can require that most Americans have health insurance.

Mar 08 08:21

A Detention Bill You Ought to Read More Carefully

Why is the national security community treating the "Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010," introduced by Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on Thursday as a standard proposal, as a simple response to the administration's choices in the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt? A close reading of the bill suggests it would allow the U.S. military to detain U.S. citizens without trial indefinitely in the U.S. based on suspected activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Along with announcing that freedom of speech is again under attack, that John McCain introduced this bill should end any speculations that voting for him instead of Obama would have changed anything at all.

Mar 08 08:21

SAS in Afghanistan suffers worst losses for 60 years

BRITAIN’S special forces have suffered the worst blow to their fighting strength since the second world war, with 80 members killed or crippled in Afghanistan.

Serious injuries have left more than 70 unable to fight, while 12 have been killed. It means the forces have lost about a sixth of their full combat capacity.

Mar 08 08:19

Methane, The Panic Du Jour

Is 1.85 ppm a large number? Let’s look at an analogy of what a population concentration of 1.85 parts per million really represents. If the population of Wyoming (544,270) represented all the molecules in the atmosphere, there would be only one methane molecule in the entire state. At 1.85 ppm, there would be fifteen methane molecules in New York City, out of population eight million. There would be on average zero in Nunavut, Canada.

I wonder how much methane Taco Bell indirectly generates per annum? I also wonder why so many Arctic/Greenland studies include only the years 2003-2008. Perhaps they are only interested in reporting data from unusually warm years in the Arctic?

Mar 08 08:14

FLASHBACK 2000: Clinton White House And The MSM Package Propaganda As Entertainment

Original post by Barry Grey at the indefatigable WSWS.

Over the past two years an agency of the Clinton White House, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), has secretly worked with all of the commercial television networks to broadcast anti-drug propaganda as part of the story lines of popular, prime time programs.

Mar 08 08:13

On Iran, Skype and a Fallen Prince

He claimed having be contacted by his relatives and threatened to be cut his allowance if he didn’t cooperate by making this call to me. Then he informed me that Arik’s website was taken off-line. I checked out that immediately and found this information correct. It was clear his claim of being blackmailed by people cooperating with Israel was true. It was also clear that Skype was collaborating with the American politician and the security services.

Mar 08 08:12

Rachel Corrie's parents get nasty letter from professor at Haifa University

Your daughter, and apparently you as well, never had any understanding of the Middle East conflict. The Middle East conflict is?? not about the right to self-determination of Palestinian Arabs, but rather about the right to self-determination of Israeli Jews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com

Mar 08 08:10

Report reveals that one percent of US children, and growing, have autism

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a new report showing that one out of every 110 children in America today have some form of autism. With an estimated three-quarters of a million children somewhere on the autism spectrum, child advocacy group Autism Speaks is calling on the federal government to increase research efforts to combat the disease.

The report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report illustrates a 57-percent increase in autism cases between 2002 and 2006. A staggering 600-percent increase in the disease has occurred over the past two decades, plaguing boys more often than girls. Roughly one out of every 70 boys currently has some form of autism.

Mar 08 08:09

CSIS secretly interrogated Afghan prisoners

Canadian spies have been interrogating captured Taliban fighters in Afghanistan since 2006.

Mar 08 08:08

Ban of Controversial Painkiller Dramatically Cuts Suicides in UK

The withdrawal of a popular painkiller from the market in the United Kingdom has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of suicides and accidental overdoses in that country, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oxford University's Centre for Suicide Research and published in the British Medical Journal.

The drug in question is a combination of the narcotic painkiller dextropropoxyphene (in the opioid family) with the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol or Tylenol. In the United Kingdom, the drug was marketed as co-proxamol, but it is also known as Darvon with APAP, Capadex, Di-Antalvic, Di-Gesic and Lentogesic.

Mar 08 08:02

Coming to Israel, Biden flags U.S. support vs Iran

The Obama administration has boosted U.S. defense ties to Israel and will close ranks with its ally against any threat from a nuclear-armed Iran, Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday ahead of a trip to Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even the imagined threats?

Joe, if you want to be Vice President of Israel kindly move there.

Mar 08 08:02

Iceland Voters Reject Repayment Plan

Iceland’s voters expressed their outrage on Saturday against bankers, the government and what they saw as foreign bullying, overwhelmingly rejecting a plan to pay $5.3 billion to Britain and the Netherlands to reimburse customers of a failed Icelandic bank, Sarah Lyall reported in The New York Times.

With about 98 percent of the votes counted Sunday, roughly 93 percent of voters said no to the plan, in the first public referendum ever held on any subject in Iceland. Less than 2 percent voted yes, and the rest of the votes were invalid.

But the referendum was more symbolic than substantive, and the Icelandic government hastened to make clear that Iceland would still pay back the money, albeit on different terms from the ones rejected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iceland's people are declaring their economic freedom. It is clear that the people of Iceland do not want more IMF debts, and may not even be all that eager to join the EU if perpetual debt-slavery is the price to join that club.

The Icelandic people understand something that our Congress does not. Banks are private businesses, and private businesses that make reckless and foolish mistakes deserve to go out of business and government has no moral right at all to loot the general population to save rich bankers from their own greed and folly.

Of course the corporate media and government spokes-slugs will all condemn the people of Iceland for their refusal to pay for the failings of private bankers. Both governments and corporations are inextricably linked with bankers, so any attempt to refuse indentured servitude, any expression of refusal, any attempt to delink from the global banking cartel will be reported in the darkest possible terms, no different that the manner in which a confederate newspaper would have reported on the escape of a slave.

The faux-outrage is clear; how dare those Icelandic people fail to stand by their banks!

Look around you. Do you see the banks standing by We The People?

It is reckless of the Icelandic government to make promises of money the people of Iceland have so clearly rejected. The Icelanders have courageously kicked out one government already over this mess. I doubt they will hesitate to do so again.

Mar 08 08:00

China Snubs Israeli Calls for Iran Sanctions

The prime minister of contract murder, Binyamin Netanyahu, was not long permitted to rejoice over the agreement to sanction Iran which he had wrested from the Russian leadership. A few days later, China made it clear that it would in no case help to carry out such sanctions. Consequently, Netanyahu believed it necessary to pay a visit to the Chinese leadership, in order to bring them on course through an Israeli word of command.

But the Chinese leadership did not even once want to see Netanyahu. So “Bibi” had to stay home. On Feb. 25, 2010, Israel sent a high-ranking government delegation to Beijing, including Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon, as well as the currency bank chief, Stanley Fischer, in order to move the Chinese leadership to hard sanctions against Iran.”

Mar 08 07:53

Why Quietly Pro-War 'Hurt Locker' Has the Oscar Edge

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I speculated when I reviewed Avatar, the fact that it has a strong anti-war statement did result in being snubbed at the Oscars, although it did win (and certainly deserved) the Oscar for best visual effects.

Mar 08 07:44

Fed To Keep Bank Oversight

The Federal Reserve has won its battle to maintain singular regulatory oversight of America's major financial institutions, the Financial Times reported Sunday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Fox continues to guard the (nearly empty) hen house!

Mar 08 07:05

Vitamin D 'triggers and arms' the immune system

The so-called sunshine vitamin, which can be obtained from food or manufactured by human skin exposed to the sun, plays a key role in boosting the immune system, researchers believe.

In particular it triggers and arms the body's T cells, the cells in the body that seek out and destroy any invading bacteria and viruses.

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defences and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system – T cells – will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body.

Mar 08 07:03

Iraq Inquiry: David Miliband says war has boosted Britain's reputation in Arab world

If you believe that I've got a watch to sell you

Mar 08 06:59

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

New bill allows U.S. citizens to be kidnapped and detained without trial indefinitely based on “suspected activity”

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Monday, March 8, 2010

Since the establishment media is convinced that tea party members, 9/11 truthers, libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, and basically anyone with a dissenting political opinion is a likely domestic terrorist, they should be celebrating the fact that a new bill would allow the government to detain such people as “enemy belligerents” indefinitely and without trial based on their “suspected activity”.

Mar 08 06:54

Lucozade to lose orange colour because of link to hyperactivity

Lucozade could lose its distinctive orange colour because research has shown the chemical used to create it is linked to hyperactive behaviour.

The manufacturers, Glaxo-SmithKline, are struggling to find a replacement for the colouring agent Sunset Yellow, which is among a number of suspect food additives.

Until the chemical is removed, the company has decided to put a warning label on Lucozade bottles which reads: 'Sunset Yellow may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children'.

Mar 08 06:50

Strained US – China Relations: China’s Crucial Role as America's Creditor

Ultimately what we have is a conflict between two diametrically opposing political economic systems.

On the one hand, a United States military driven empire, which focuses on conquering Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran, backs the ambitions of a militarist Israel, seeks marginal client states in Latin America and militarizes Pakistan, Colombia and Mexico.

On the other hand, China deepens its economic ties with dynamic Asian countries; increases its oil links with Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Gulf States, Venezuela, Russia and Angola; displaces the US as the leading trading partner of Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile; and increases its trade and investment links with Southern Africa in minerals and related infrastructure projects. The contrast is striking.

Mar 08 06:49

Zionism Unmasked

February 10, 2010 by Jeff Gates

While Zionism is clearly a nationalist ideology, that narrow framing does the term an injustice as it is so much more.

Zionism is more accurately described as a strategy for targeting thought and emotion as a means to influence behavior. Naïve Jews were its first victims when induced to identify with an enclave in the Middle East that President Harry Truman, a Christian Zionist, was induced to recognize as a “state.”

Mar 08 06:43

Pacifists undermining quest for world peace?

Pacifists are undermining efforts to establish world peace, or so says a cabinet member of a country that calls itself a superpower.

Addressing NATO officers and officials at the National Defense University in Washington on February 23, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the demilitarization of Europe, “where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it,” is impeding efforts to establish real security and lasting peace in the twenty-first century.

This sounds like the slogans from George Orwell’s book 1984: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

Mar 08 06:23

I hate what America has become

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There are so many reasons that frankly, it's hard to pick a place to start:

First of all.....when 28% of you brain dead fucking morons give a blithering IDIOT like Sarah Palin positive approval ratings and think she ought to run for president in 2012, it really makes me sick to know I am lumbered with that many mouth-breathing Cro-Magnons I unfortunately have to consider as my fellow countrymen....trust me.....I don't. You motherfuckers are beyond help.

Mar 08 06:19

Four in five believe internet access is a fundamental right

The poll, which collated the answers from more than 27,000 people across 26 countries and was conducted on behalf of the BBC World Service, found that 87 per cent of intent users felt that web access should be a basic right. More than 70 per cent of non-users felt they should have access to the net.

In Japan, Mexico and Russia, nearly 75 per cent of respondents said they could not cope without their internet connection. Ninety per cent of those polled in Turkey believed web access was a fundamental human right, making it the strongest supporter of the widely held sentiment.

Mar 08 06:11

Does the Financial System need New Guard Rails?

The bailouts are not the problem, they merely indicate the extent to which the banks control all parts of the political apparatus. That's right, the problem is political not economic. Speculators will always try to bend the rules and game the system. It's human nature. But it's the public's responsibility to make sure their representatives keep a tight leash on the high-stakes gamblers and other flim-flammers. That means tough, hardnose regulations; a new regime of stop signs, speed limits and guard rails. Cross the meridian, and it's "off to the poky". Presently, the rules only apply to those who are not powerful or well-connected enough to shrug them off, which is why the system is broken.

Mar 08 05:38

Sabido Methodology – (or, Soap Operas Proven VERY Effective Propaganda)

The Sabido Method is.... the classic literary device of character growth.. developed... for television... to tackle the most sensitive of subjects — sex, abortion, family planning, AIDS....

During the decade 1977 to 1986, when these Mexican soap operas were on the air, the country experienced a 34% decline in its population growth rate. As a result, in May 1986, the United Nations Population Prize was presented to Mexico.... Thomas Donnelly, then with USAID in Mexico, wrote,

“Throughout Mexico, wherever one travels, when people are asked where they heard about family planning, or what made them decide to practice family planning, the response is universally attributed to one of the soap operas that Televisa has done. …The Televisa family planning soap operas have made the single most powerful contribution to the Mexican population success story.”

N.B. USAID is one of the few more well-known front organizations whose acronym does not incorporate all three of the letters found in that of a certain infamous Intelligence Agency for whose agents USAID is commonly believed to provide cover.

Mar 08 05:34

First Iceland, then the World

Who cleans up the mess when ignorant, greedy bankers rack up massive debt then go broke? The people of Iceland made a strong statement Saturday. The sins of big bankers and government regulators shouldn't fall on the citizens. By a 93% to 2% margin, they voted down a proposal requiring them to cover bad debt incurred by one of the nation's oldest and largest banks. Covering the debt would have cost Iceland's 317,000 citizens around $17,000 each.

Iceland's national referendum was the first opportunity for the people of any nation to vote directly on who pays when the financial elite fail.

Mar 08 05:17

Iran begins production of cruise missiles

"Iran also boasts an array of short and medium-range missiles capable of hitting targets in the region, including Israel, US military bases in the region and much of Europe."

Mar 08 03:57

Mixed reports over whether al Qaeda American arrested in Pakistan

While a senior Pakistani government official said that Gadahn was arrested Sunday in Karachi -- and a second senior Pakistani government official later confirmed Gadahn's arrest -- a U.S. intelligence official said there appears to be no validity to the reports that Gadahn was in custody. Other U.S. officials also said they have no indication that Gadahn has been captured.

Mar 08 01:13

Privacy International: UK's new ISP interception plans will be illegal

Media Release from Privacy International.

It has been reported in the press that Virgin Media is planning to deploy the trials across 40% of its customer base without either obtaining a warrant or seeking the consent of all parties involved in the communications.

March 7, 2010

Mar 07 21:19

'Sex mad' cop Jessica Parfrey loses unfair dismissal claim after being fired for wanting to bone everyone

A POLICE officer who was sacked after begging colleagues for sex has lost her unfair dismissal claim.

Within days of being posted Jessica Parfrey propositioned her supervisor to have an affair because "everyone knows you're supposed to fall in love with your buddy".

A month later, after he turned her down, she told him: "Can't we just f***? I am a 19-year-old girl, what is wrong with you?"

The Industrial Relations Commission in Sydney heard that Ms Parfrey also offered an officer oral sex in a pub toilet and carpark and later propositioned another, saying: "I know you want me."

Both men refused.

Mar 07 16:57

Attack on 911 Truth repelled: Alex Jones Destroys the Faux News Duo

Why do the talking heads continue to call those calling for 911 Truth "conspiracy theorists" - when their only "crime" has been an examination of evidence the U.S. Government has done backflips to pretend doesn't exist?

Mar 07 15:23


Detained Taliban Militant's Identify Verified, Ending Confusion Over Reports of Adam Gadahn's Detention in Pakistan

Mar 07 15:21

A damning indictment of Israel’s “peace camp”

Alan Hart views an article published in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, in which Gideon Levy castigates the Israeli “left” and “peace camp” for their “impossible adherence to Zionism”, for their complacency and for the unwillingness of their followers to take personal risk and show courage, which, he says, mean that Israel's left is “illusory” and its peace camp “an unborn baby”.

Mar 07 15:18

A superpower and “the world's sickest warrior state”

Paul J. Balles says the US “has not only become the world's major power, it has become the world's sickest warrior state”. He calls on humanitarians to reject the double standards set by warmongers, on the clergy to stop preaching sanctimonious sermons and on teachers to teach a zero tolerance policy for self-righteous warriors.

Mar 07 14:50

US hunts for citizens training with Al Qaeda, other terrorist groups

Mar 07 14:46

Should the United States Annex The Sudetenland?

Mar 07 14:41

Kucinich orders Afghan War vote: “Trillions for war, no money for Americans!”

We hold these Truths to be self-evident...
Congressman Dennis Kucinich invoked a procedural rule to help protect Americans from endless war to compel members of Congress to debate and vote whether to continue US war in Afghanistan.
The war in Afghanistan is unlawful in Orwellian degree; tragic-comic in its violations of US war laws (useful analogy to well-understood laws for individual self-defense here). Although the laws of war are crystal-clear, complicit corporate media lies by omission and commission to explain what these laws have meant for 65 years and how they apply to unlawful US invasion of Afghanistan:

Mar 07 14:34


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a close look at this screen capture from Twitter. Note the exact same tweets being posted over and over again using multiple identities, with photos that look like they were clipped from the ads of dating services.

We saw this exact same pattern during the failed coup plot against Iran last year.

This proves that the flood of tweets about Adam Gadahn's arrest is a staged propaganda event. He is being promoted as this major terror arrest even though the reality is that he has done nothing at all except pose for video cameras!

UPDATE: Whatever was being planned with "Emmanuel Gadahn" appears to have collapsed. The Pakistanis are now saying that the man they arrested is not Adam Gadahn (Pearlman), leaving CNN and the rest of the news networks to clean the egg off of their faces following the constant pounding about "American Al Qaeda" (nudge nudge wink wink). Given the earlier certitude, a genuine mistake seems unlikely. Given the obvious propaganda push, I think that whatever was being planned had the plug pulled.

Mar 07 13:19

Fake Al Qaeda

"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . ." -- Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

Mar 07 13:02


Gaza – Protests against the crippling siege imposed on the Gaza Strip should spread across the world, said Palestinian lawmaker Jamalh Al-Khudari on Sunday, as the blockade enters its 1000th day.

Mar 07 12:56

Free-range serfdom

Mar 07 12:08

FLASHBACK - The Media Calls him Al Qaeda, but his Jewish Father calls him Adam Pearlman

How much longer will it take Western citizens to wake up to the fact that all those scary terror organisations such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah are actually creations of their own governments, or to be more precise, Mossad, CIA, MI5 and alike. Their sole purpose is to scare ordinary citizens into blind support of their criminal governments, enabling them to dismantle civil rights and social services in the name of combatting terror and create excuses for brutal oppression of whoever is in the way of profit maximisation for their neo-fascist corporations.

Mar 07 12:08

FLASHBACK - Adam Pearlman, al-CIA-duh Patsy

If you listen real hard, you can hear Robert Spencer (a columnist in David Horowitz’s Scaife-funded stable) and other right-wingers salivating over the prospect of Adam Yahiye Gadahn, aka Adam Pearlman, a nice Jewish boy (Gadahn’s Jewish grandfather was a prominent surgeon) from the southern climes of California. Gadahn-Pearlman recently made headlines when he supposedly released a video promising death to infidels in the name of Osama and his CIA-trained Muslim cave-dweller crew.

Mar 07 12:05

1,000 days of 6sraeli siege killed 500 Gazans

The Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip has so far resulted in the death of 500 Palestinians, says a Palestinian lawmaker as the siege enters its 1,000th day.

Mar 07 12:05

FLASHBACK - Jewish Terrorist Adam PEARLMAN releases another recording

Another MOSSAD/CIA release of some bogus "al Qaeda" type recording is released, and again thru a Jewish media outlet, Rita KATZ's SITE.

When it's not Rita the Meter Maid releasing "al Qaeda" recordings, found on the 'Net first by her, it's another Jewish/MOSSAD front, Ben VENZKE's IntelCenter, always the first to get hold of these "al Qaeda" recordings.

Adam Gadahn's real last name is PEARLMAN and he is the grandson of JDL terrorist Carl Pearlman.

Mar 07 11:55

Al-Qaida calls on US Muslims to attack America

Al-Qaida's American-born spokesman on Sunday called on Muslims serving in the U.S. armed forces to emulate the Army major charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood.

In a 25-minute video posted on militant Web sites, Adam Gadahn described Maj. Nidal Hasan as a pioneer who should serve as a role model for other Muslims, especially those serving Western militaries.

Mar 07 11:50

Icesave referendum casts cloud of uncertainty over Iceland

Iceland's economic and political future hangs in the balance as it heads towards a referendum on how to compensate Britain and the Netherlands for money lost in the collapse of an Icelandic bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iceland's people are declaring their economic freedom. It is clear that the people of Iceland do not want more IMF debts, and may not even be all that eager to join the EU if perpetual debt-slavery is the price to join that club.

Of course the corporate media and government spokes-slugs will all condemn the people of Iceland for their refusal to pay for the failings of private bankers. Both governments and corporations are inextricably linked with bankers, so any attempt to refuse indentured servitude, any expression of refusal, any attempt to delink from the global banking cartel will be reported in the darkest possible terms, no different that the manner in which a confederate newspaper would have reported on the escape of a slave.

The faux-outrage is clear; how dare those Icelandic people fail to stand by their banks!

Look around you. Do you see the banks standing by We The People?

Mar 07 11:48

Condition Red: More Hidden Greek Debt Exposure Discovered

Gordon Long, founder of a private venture-capital fund, said in an investor note that there is more than $600 trillion in notational value in the global derivative market, with $437 trillion of it tied to interest rate swaps.

Mar 07 11:37

Israels Operation Cast Lead & Mass Executions

The Israeli military Operation “Cast Lead” is based on ethnic cleansing of the ittihad_news-4families of Palestinian politicians and resistance in Gaza. According to the cabinet of the criminal Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak, and the chief of the Israeli intelligence, Yuval Diskin, the military Operation “Cast Lead” must put an end to some political activists, Palestinian resistance and their families as the only solution to “decrease the terror” of revenge against Israel. According to these Israeli war criminals, the murder of the families of Palestinian political activists and resistance fighters is very important for the security of Israel. By murdering their families, Israel will guarantee that no revenge would be possible in the future.

Mar 07 11:36

Angry Iceland Voters Reject Plan To Repay Britain, Netherlands

Still furious over the crippling aftermath of the global financial crisis, Iceland's voters on Saturday resoundingly rejected a $5.3 billion plan to pay off Britain and the Netherlands for debts spawned by the collapse of an Icelandic Internet bank, according to initial results.

Results returned from around 83,500 ballots — or more than 40 percent of the total ballots expected — counted so far showed that 93 percent of voters said "no" in the referendum, compared to just 1.5 percent who said "yes."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Icelandic people understand something that our Congress does not. Banks are private businesses, and private businesses that make reckless and foolish mistakes deserve to go out of business and government has no moral right at all to loot the general population to save rich bankers from their own greed and folly.

Mar 07 11:11

How Have U.S. Stocks Defied Gravity for So Long?

Every single day, minimal volume pushes the futures index higher. Good news, bad news, it don’t matter to the Goldman S&P and Russell 1000 futures desk: they just lift every micro offer, giving the impression that the market is unstoppable, often leapfrogging each other as the latest viagra’ed GDP or unemployment rumor is spread.

Come morning, it is time for the HFT brigade to come in and scalp their trillions of pennies while leaving the market unchanged, then at 4pm handing it off again to leveraged futures manipulation and dark pools. In a nutshell, this is the secret of the past quarter’s phenomenal market performance.

Mar 07 11:08

The European strikes and the trade unions

Last week was marked by two significant developments. A strike wave hit Europe as workers in a series of countries began to demonstrate their opposition to the austerity measures demanded by the European Union and the banks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both governments, banks, and the taxpayers agree that the taxpayers should pay for roads, schools, hospitals, and other civil infrastructure.

The disagreement is in governments and banks assuming that taxpayers should pay for the bankers' and governments' incompetence, stupidity, and greed.

Mar 07 11:08

More Fear Mongering from the Global Warming Alarmists

You got your “go to war with Iran” propaganda and your “pass a cap and trade derivatives market scam” propaganda all rolled into one commercial with a “Support the Troops” theme layed on top for overall blanket protection from ridicule. Can’t beat that.

DAMN! propaganda at it's VERY finest!

Mar 07 10:56

‘US running international network of secret detentions’

A United Nations report on the existence of secret detention facilities in countries around the world puts most of the blame on the US and its Central Intelligence Agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This too is a repeat of the Nazis. Germans living only a few miles from the slave-labor camps did not know they were there or what was going on inside.

Mar 07 10:55

BBC documentary proves Israeli army murdered Rachel Corrie

The BBC has released a remarkable film about the killing of three international peace activists by the Israeli army in the occupied Gaza Strip. Documentary evidence provided in the film strongly suggests that the American Rachel Corrie - and two British activists - were murdered.

Last spring, within a period of seven weeks, one British and one American peace activist were killed by the Israeli army in Rafah, a Palestinian town at the southern end of the occupied Gaza Strip. A second Briton was shot in the head leaving him brain-dead. In two of the cases the Israeli army is being blamed for murder; the third is considered "attempted murder."

Mar 07 10:51

Polar bear and its cub drift on shrinking ice 12 miles from land ... but is it all it seems?

A forlorn polar bear cub is comforted by its mother as they drift miles from shore on a rapidly shrinking ice floe.

The Arctic-dwelling animals have become an iconic cause for green campaigners, who claim dramatic images such as these prove that global warming is destroying the world.

But despite this image being released today, it was actually taken in August last year, when it is normal for coastal ice to naturally break up and melt.

Mar 07 10:46

Walmart Wants You Dead: How Walmart Screws it's Employees.

Mar 07 10:37

St. Petersburg's Self-destructing Economy Part 4

This video is the fourth and final part of my series "St. Petersburg's Self-destructing Economy". In the video I show multiple vacant prime location commercial properties located throughout the greater St. Petersburg area.

Mar 07 10:12

SNL Presidents skit: unregulated banks rip people off. It’s time to enact obvious solutions

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

Funny or Die stated the obvious in their SNL Presidents’ reunion to promote consumer protection regulation: banksters have trillions of dollars, are not regulated and rip us off, and it’s time for public and political leadership to take them on.

They included banksters are weasels and President Obama needs to “grow a pair,” but I’ll let them present that argument in the below 5-minute video.

The essential policy change is maximizing benefits for credit and money creation for the public rather than its current status as parasitized industries run by an unregulated cartel.

Here are the obvious solutions We the People need to understand and have enacted:

Mar 07 10:07

Met Office claims to have found the AGW fingerprint

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, exactly 100 days after the AGW alarmism largely collapsed, the Met Office just found the fingerprints of Man imprinted everywhere in the climate. Because there hadn't been any fingerprints before the paper, we must ask: How did they realize this ambitious goal? ;-)

We learn that they didn't even need a single research paper to do so. One review was enough! :-)

Mar 07 10:05

China ready to end dollar peg

The head of China’s central bank has given the strongest signal yet that the country will move away from pegging its currency to the dollar, but he said any changes would be gradual.

Mar 07 10:04

Common weedkiller turns male frogs into females-Male frogs completely feminized

"Atrazine-exposed males were both demasculinized (chemically castrated) and completely feminized as adults," Tyrone Hayes of the University of California Berkeley and colleagues wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The chemical had been shown to disrupt development and make frogs develop both male and female features -- termed hermaphroditism. This study of 40 male frogs shows the process can go even further, Hayes said.

"Before, we knew we got fewer males than we should have, and we got hermaphrodites. Now, we have clearly shown that many of these animals are sex-reversed males," Hayes said in a statement.

"Atrazine has caused a hormonal imbalance that has made them develop into the wrong sex, in terms of their genetic constitution."

Mar 07 10:00


Seventeen years ago digging was started just across from my home in Northern Jerusalem to lay a foundation for an overpass bridge that was being built. A few weeks into the project, some ancient graves were uncovered. Archeologists were called in and it was determined that these graves were of Jewish origin dating back to the First Temple Period.

Within minutes of these ‘findings’ hundreds of ultra orthodox Jews began assembling at the site. Shortly afterwards there was an angry mob determined to make sure the graves would not be desecrated. The archeologists were keen on moving them to a museum to be put on display. The ‘mob’ would not allow that to happen.

Mar 07 09:58


As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza.

Mar 07 09:57

Goldman Sachs Lists “Adverse Publicity” as a Potential Risk to It's Core Business.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mafia Lists “Adverse Publicity” as a Potential Risk to It's Core Business.

Mar 07 09:52

1905, Market Street, San Francisco

Mar 07 09:47

Iceland Rejects Icesave Bank Payback Plan

Unfortunately, for Icelanders, this is not the end of the story. The Iceland government, in a desperate attempt to gain approval of the global elite, are busily attempting to negotiate a new plan that will force Icelanders to cough up the bucks to pay to the U.K.

Mar 07 09:13

How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens

Mar 07 09:11

At What Cost the Israel Lobby?

October 12, 2009 by Jeff Gates

More than 46 years ago, President John F. Kennedy sought to preclude a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. In June 1963, he wrote the last in a series of insistent letters to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Those letters sought what Israel now demands of Iran: international inspections of its nuclear facilities. The key difference: Kennedy knew for certain that Israel, while portraying itself a friend and ally, repeatedly lied to Kennedy about its nuclear weapons development at the Dimona reactor in the Negev Desert.

Mar 07 09:07

Netanyahu Re-igniting Religious War in the Holy Land

Netanyahu's late decision to include the Islamic Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil (Hebron) and Bilal Mosque in Bethlehem to the so-called “Israeli list of national heritage sites” seems to re-ignite the spark of religious war between Jewish Israelis on one side and the Moslem Palestinians and the Islamic World on the other side.

Mar 07 09:03

Ajami co-director ahead of the Oscars: I don't represent Israel

Ajami co-director Scandar Copti on Sunday said that he does not represent Israel, hours before his film competes for the best foreign film Oscar at the Academy Awards, Army Radio reported.

"I am not Israel's national team and do not represent her," Copti reportedly said. "It is an extremely technical thing and that's how it works at the Oscars - it says 'Israel' because that's where the money comes from."

Mar 07 08:49

Iceland votes 'no' to debt deal for collapsed bank

Voters in tiny Iceland defied their parliament and international pressure, resoundingly rejecting a $5.3 billion plan to repay Britain and the Netherlands for debts spawned by the collapse of an Icelandic bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the obvious and heavy-handed spin here!

Iceland defies their parliament? The parliament is supposed to represent the will of the Icelandic people! Their function is to obey orders, not issue them!

It is the previous government of Iceland that defied the will of the people, just like the way the US Congress defied the will of the people to pass TARP!

International pressure? The only pressure is coming from the bankers, who have gotten this silly idea into their heads that they can make bad business decisions, engage in risky, reckless, highly speculative gambling, pay themselves billions on bonuses when the dice roll their way and stick the people with the losses when the game falls apart.

The people of Iceland are right to repudiate this debt. They did not approve of it. They did not agree to it. The debts were not incurred for the betterment of the people of Iceland!

This is a call to keyboards. All the "Rivero's Rangers" are asked to post to the comments section of every Corporate Media article demonizing the Icelandic people for refusing the yoke of servitude created for them the concept of Odious debt and why it applies here!

Mar 07 08:47

Lawful Treason?

Lawful Treason?
November 24, 2009 by Jeff Gates

Winning wars in the Information Age largely depends on winning the battle for public opinion. Thus the opinion-shaping role of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) when it attacked a high profile California professor for his criticism of Israeli policy in Palestine.
That ADL intimidation campaign successfully chilled debate on campuses nationwide during several time-critical months while a new president, promising the hope of change, reassessed U.S.-Israeli relations. His only change—endorsing more Israeli settlements on Palestinian land—quashed any hope of peace.

Mar 07 08:38

Once-in-a-century storm hits Melbourne

A once-in-a-century thunderstorm swept across the southern Australian state of Victoria on Saturday, raining hailstones the size of lemons which ripped a hole in a train station roof, caused flash flooding in the capital of Melbourne and left 100,000 homes without power.

The storm cell, which unleashed itself on the capital just before 3pm, dumped an inch of rain in less than an hour as wind gusts exceeding 100km/h lashed the city and the airport.

Mar 07 08:32

Labour hid ugly truth about National Health Service (NHS)

DAMNING reports on the state of the National Health Service, suppressed by the government, reveal how patients’ needs have been neglected.

They diagnose a blind pursuit of political and managerial targets as the root cause of a string of hospital scandals that have cost thousands of lives.

The harsh verdict on the state of the NHS, after a spending splurge under Labour between 2000 and 2008, raises worrying questions about the future quality of the health service as budgets are squeezed.

One report, based on the advice of almost 200 top managers and doctors, says hospitals ignored basic hygiene to cram in patients to meet waiting-time targets.

Mar 07 08:29

What the banksters think of us

Another was even more irate, lashing out at the public for scapegoating AIG employees. “To be honest with you, I really hope it blows up. I think the U.S. taxpayer deserves to lose a trillion dollars over this thing for the way they have behaved.”

And then he turned on politicians who had joined the anti-AIG posse. “They only care about the next election, just like we only care about the next bonus. Well, none of them cares about the country, none of us cares about the institution,” he said, adding: “They really don’t care, and I really don’t care. And frankly, if a trillion dollars gets lost, fine.”

Mar 07 08:20

Explosions Hit Baghdad as Iraqis Vote in Pivotal Election

Insurgents in Iraq had vowed to disrupt the election, and the attacks appeared timed to frighten voters away from polling sites. If that were the intent, it did not succeed entirely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Classic false flag. The US and the current puppet regime in Iraq are terrified that they could see a repeat of the Gaza election, in which the Palestinians refused to vote for the "approved" party, so inevitably we get false-flag terror attacks to be blamed on the opposition.

But think about it for a moment. The opposition NEEDS the support of the public. Any group working to change the system needs public support. They are not going to go out and commit acts that alienate the very people whose support they need.

That is why these bombings are all deadly hoaxes intended to demonize the threat to the US puppet regime.

Mar 07 08:16

Candidate denies link to 9/11 conspiracy theorists

Although as of yesterday he was listed online as a member of a group that questions the validity of government and mainstream media accounts of the 9/11 attacks, state Rep. candidate Jonathan Loya says he is not a conspiracy theorist and joined the group because of his libertarian ideologies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another waffle-head who will sell himself (and you) to the official view of the world.

Drop this loser now.

Mar 07 08:14

In Denial. The meltdown of the climate campaign

The climate campaign is a movement unable to hide its decline. Skeptics and critics of climate alarmism have long been called "deniers," with the comparison to Holocaust denial made explicit, but the denier label now more accurately fits the climate campaigners. Their first line of defense was that the acknowledged errors amount to a few isolated and inconsequential points in the report of the IPCC's Working Group II, which studies the effects of global warming, and not the more important report of the IPCC's Working Group I, which is about the science of global warming.

Mar 07 08:10

Michael Crichton on Global Waming

Mar 07 08:07

Lawmakers approved so-called tortilla tax, but not alcohol tax

Mar 07 07:29

Squeezing the Last Drop of Productivity from the American Working Class – 18 Percent National Underemployment and why Wall Street and the Government are Cheering Your Financial Failure.

The American financial press cheered on Friday when “only” 36,000 jobs were lost in February. This if you haven’t noticed now passes for good economic news. The unemployment rate remained unchanged because the actual workforce continued to show a decline yet Wall Street somehow viewed this as positive developments. And why not? The middle class is under assault from every angle. Things are so twisted with propaganda that many Americans now believe that the banking elite are actually looking out for the well being of American workers.

Mar 07 07:09

Handsome Chinese vagrant draws fans of 'homeless chic'

The suggestion that homelessness can be cool chimes with a fashion trend that many have considered tasteless: in January, the designer Vivienne Westwood presented a "homeless chic" show in which models were styled to look like rough sleepers, a move prefigured by Ben Stiller's satirical film Zoolander, which featured a similar show called Derelicte. Two years ago the supermodel Erin Wasson revealed the homeless were her fashion inspiration, saying: "When I... see the homeless, like, I'm like, 'Oh my God, they're pulling out, like, crazy looks and they, like, pull shit out of like garbage cans.'"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does this strike anyone else as just a little bit sick?

Mar 07 07:03

France finally acknowledges its war children

When Jean-Jacques Delorme was growing up in Lisieux in Normandy in the 1940s, schoolmates called him a "bastard" or "son of a Boche" – a slur word for German. He didn't really know what it meant, but it made him feel like an outcast.

Life had been different from the outset. After his birth in October 1944 it had been his grandmother who cared for him until he was five years old. But it was only decades later that he learnt why his mother was absent at that time: she had been sentenced to one year in prison, for so-called collaboration horizontale. She had also been given five years of dégradation nationale – essentially, a loss of certain rights – for her crime of indignité nationale, sleeping with the enemy.

Mar 07 07:02

Lord Ashcroft 'bought' 19 seats for Tories

David Cameron's billionaire backer gave £1million to fight 75 marginal seats.. funded from off-shore firm

Mar 07 07:02

EU may consider carbon tax

Algirdas Semeta, taxation commissioner of the European Union, says the time is right to introduce a tax on carbon emissions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because we need the money and this time next year more people will know the global warming thing is a total fraud!"

Mar 07 07:01

It's terror check chaos as dozens miss US flights

Controversial anti-terrorist restrictions imposed on Britons travelling to the US have led to scores of people missing their flights since they were introduced six weeks ago.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requires all passengers without a visa to complete an online application form before they leave for America.

The form should be completed three days before travelling – but airlines flying to America, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, report that some passengers are still turning up for flights without having filled one in.

Mar 07 07:00

Tory adviser says Cameron cannot avoid raising taxes

Future head of Conservatives' public spending watchdog says 'efficiency savings' alone will not save frontline services.

Mar 07 06:59

Ill. judge won't toss torture suit naming Rumsfeld

A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a civil lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of responsibility for the alleged torture by U.S. forces of two Americans who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm.

U.S. District Judge Wayne R. Andersen's ruling did not say the two contractors had proven any of their claims. But it did say they had alleged enough specific mistreatment to warrant hearing evidence of exactly what happened.

Mar 07 06:59

Dodgy dossier aide now the £100,000 boss of White House lobbying firm

The man who wrote the infamous ‘dodgy dossier’ for Tony Blair about Saddam Hussein’s weapons is now a £100,000-a-year adviser working at the nerve centre of Barack Obama’s military and foreign policy establishment.

Mar 07 06:55

The $21 Billion Hot Potato

Indeed, with global investors attacking any sovereign government that’s running massive deficits or stuck with a pile of bad debts …

And with Uncle Sam obviously the world’s greatest debtor, beggar and fiat money printer …

Some folks at the Treasury Department now fear the United States could be the next victim.

So they’re scrambling to get rid of at least SOME of the junk they piled up during the great bailout frenzy of 2009.

Mar 07 06:53

The Autism - Environment Link

Eight of those 3,000 have been "implicated" in the development of "neurodevelopmental disabilities," Landrigan wrote. And a recent review of the world's literature identified roughly 200 industrial chemicals that have been documented to be neurotoxic in adult humans.

Mar 07 06:52

The Stealth Bailouts

"As the Obama Administration works up its 12,487th plan for keeping underwater homeowners in their homes, Arizona’s legislation may have the courage and good sense to do the obvious: let foreclosed homeowners stay in their home as renters. A bill was just introduced in legislature that would allow homeowners in houses that sell for less than the median price to remain in their home as renters for at least one year following foreclosure.

Mar 07 06:51

Israeli Intelligence Operating Down Under

This culminated in the outting of Mr Leon Wende and his Intelligence gathering activities within the Australian Defense Force.

Mar 07 06:42

U.S. Enriches Companies Defying Its Policy on Iran

The federal government has awarded more than $107 billion in contract payments, grants and other benefits over the past decade to foreign and multinational American companies while they were doing business in Iran, despite Washington’s efforts to discourage investment there, records show.

That includes nearly $15 billion paid to companies that defied American sanctions law by making large investments that helped Iran develop its vast oil and gas reserves.

Mar 07 05:50

The Constitution Does Not Protect Our Property

The U.S. Constitution is widely believed to have been written to limit the powers of the federal government and protect the rights of its citizens. Inexplicably, this belief is held even by those who acknowledge that the constitutional convention was called for the express purpose of expanding the powers of the federal government, supposedly because the government under the Articles of Confederation was too weak. That this was the purpose of the convention is not a disputed fact. Nevertheless, most people who care at all about the Constitution continue to believe and promote the “Constitution as protector of rights” myth.

Mar 07 05:44

Kucinich Forces Congress to Debate Afghanistan

The Pentagon doesn't want Congress to debate Afghanistan. The Pentagon wants Congress to fork over $33 billion more to pay for the current military escalation, no questions asked, no restrictions imposed for a withdrawal timetable or an exit strategy.

Mar 07 01:09

Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke

Original post by Richard Martin, at Wired.com.

.... thorium could solve the nuclear power industry’s most intractable problems. After it has been used as fuel for power plants, the element leaves behind minuscule amounts of waste. And that waste needs to be stored for only a few hundred years, not a few hundred thousand.... But.... Locked in a struggle with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union, the US government in the ’60s chose to build uranium-fueled reactors — in part because they produce plutonium that can be refined into weapons-grade material...

...thorium ....is also extraordinarily efficient as a nuclear fuel.... less radioactive nastiness left behind.....
Even better, Weinberg realized that you could use thorium in an entirely new kind of reactor, one that would have zero risk of meltdown.

Mar 07 01:02

The Decline of the Israeli Right and the Increasing Desperation of the 'Anti-Semitism' Charge

The great divide between liberal Jewish Americans and the Israeli Right has lurked as an issue since the Likud Party first challenged Labor dominance in the late 1970s. It is now coming to a boiling point, even as Israel's reputation in the world is sinking. As rightwing policies more visibly fail, the Likudniks are flailing around making fools of themselves by smearing critics of those policies as racists. (Anyone who knows how Likud supporters talk among themselves about Arabs and other outsiders can only be amused at their impudent hypocrisy in playing the race card.)

March 6, 2010

Mar 06 23:05

Iceland rejects plan to repay Icesave debts

Voters in Iceland have overwhelmingly rejected proposals to pay the UK and the Netherlands in the wake of collapse of the Icesave bank.

With a third of results counted, 93% of voters said "No" in a referendum.

Iceland's prime minister says her government will remain in office and continue to seek a repayment deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last bit is rather arrogant considering that the Icelandic people have already kicked out one government over this mess.

Mar 06 22:45

Should Iceland repay bank’s debts? (BBC News)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that comments are already closed.

Mar 06 21:26

how-to turn your old digital camera into an IR-camera

Includes instructions for the indispensble companion: an IR flashlight.

Mar 06 21:06

awesome wii remote hacks: hi tech equipment for next-to-nothing

A TED Talk by Johnny Lee. Short. Worth it.

Mar 06 21:01

Shoppers could face VAT on food

The imposition of VAT on groceries is being actively considered by Whitehall officials as a radical means of reducing the national deficit.

Mar 06 20:56

Unused TV channels bring broadband to rural U.S.

Original post by Jeff Salton at Gizmag.com; posted in light of my recent discovery of the hidden potential of digital television.

“Due to its availability and range, TV white spaces have proved to be a very cost-effective way to distribute high-speed Internet in this heavily forested and hilly rural community,” said Peter Stanforth, CTO of Spectrum Bridge. “The non-line of sight conditions, coupled with long distances between radios, would have posed significant challenges to existing unlicensed alternatives. TV white spaces could prove to be invaluable to those striving to bring broadband access to under-served and unserved rural communities.”

Mar 06 20:39

Voters in Iceland Appear to Reject Repayment Plan

Iceland’s voters expressed their outrage on Saturday against bankers, the government and what they saw as foreign bullying, overwhelmingly rejecting a plan to pay $5.3 billion to Britain and the Netherlands to reimburse customers of a failed Icelandic bank.

With about 30 percent of the votes counted, roughly 93 percent of voters said no to the plan, in the first public referendum ever held on any subject in Iceland. Less than 2 percent voted yes, and the rest of the votes were invalid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


UPDATE: I am getting a lot of nasty emails from obvious banker types calling the Icelandic people all sorts of nasty names and essentially taking the position that it is immoral for the people of Iceland not to reimburse the banks.


Banks, just like any other business, are not immune to failure and collapse. In the last ten years we have seen a great many banks abandon prudence for greed and engage in some very reckless behaviors, which ruined a great many banks. But the banks, apparently convinced that they should not suffer the consequences of their folly, plied willing politicians with campaign donations and insisted that it was up to the state, meaning the taxpayers, to make up the losses and keep the banks in business.

This is, of course the hallmark of a fascist economy, in which profits are allowed to be kept by the profiteers, but the losses are socialized onto the people. The Icelanders do not wish to live under Fascism, and they expressed to their government their wish that tax funds not be used to shore up the banks.

The government of Iceland refused to listen, and not only poured available revenues into the banks, but borrowed even more money to try to keep the banks afloat!

Americans who watched the US Congress ram through TARP and numerous other bailouts even as 90% of all Americans were opposed to bailing out the banks with taxpayer funds will understand how frustrated the Icelandic people felt.

Simply on the point that the people of Iceland (and America) refused their consent to allow taxpayer money to be poured into the failing banks gives the Icelandic people (and Americans) a moral right to refuse to underwrite those loans.

But beyond that is the legal concept of "Odious debt". This is a legal concept in international law which states that the people of a nation are obligated to repay only those debts of the government incurred for the benefit of the people, such as roads, schools, infrastructure. The argument has been made, and has been upheld in international courts, that the people of a nation are not liable for the debts incurred by a government to fight wars, or to repress the people. Clearly, given that the bailouts of private banks are not being done for the benefit of the people, but for private businesses, the same concept clearly applies.

Since Iceland has already thrown out their previous government, under Odious debt the people of Iceland are only liable for the debts incurred by that previous government to build roads, hospitals, harbors, and other civil projects.

The people of Iceland are not liable for the loans taken out by the government to bail out private banks.

And of course the same legal principle applies here as well.

Mar 06 20:37

BREAKING: ‘Anti-Lobbyist’ Obama Administration Recruited Left-Wing Lobbyists to Sell Bogus ‘Green Jobs’

After two studies refuted President Barack Obama’s assertions regarding the success of Spain’s and Denmark’s wind energy programs, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to attack the studies.

Mar 06 19:59

Tyler Texas man gets 35 years for 4.6 ounces of Marijuana

He was caught by law enforcement within 1000 feet of Ebenezer Day Care Center in Tyler with baggies of weed in his pockets toking on a joint. On Thursday, March 4th, Henry received 35 years in a state correctional facility.

Mar 06 19:56

Federal Judge Says Rumsfeld Can't Duck Trial

Federal Judge Wayne Andersen in Chicago refused Friday to drop a suit against former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld filed by Americans who were working as civilians in Iraq in 2006 when, they allege, they were locked up and tortured by American forces — Donald Vance for three months and Nathan Ertel for one.

Mar 06 19:33

Iceland vote: 98 to 99% say NO! to Icesave-law

The election on the government's Icesave-law was held today in Iceland and the first results indicate that over 98% of valid votes say no to the law.

Mar 06 19:18

CNN Anthrax Attacks Propaganda Exposed!

Bruce Ivins is nothing more than an opportune patsy who conveniently committed suicide right before he could be brought to trial. Since the FBI had no evidence against him they had to kill him (of course make it look like a suicide); then they could just officially blame him for the attack without proving it in a trial -- case closed. Typical intelligence work!

Mar 06 19:00

Ahmadinejad: Sept. 11 attacks a 'big lie'

Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks a "big lie" used by the U.S. as an excuse for the war on terror, state media reported.

Mar 06 18:48

Bill Moyers: Israeli Commandos on U.S. Soil during Katrina

I don't want Israelis on U.S. soil carrying weapons many Americans are not allowed to have. This whole thing stinks. Meanwhile we Americans are supposed to consider surrendering our arms to those who promise to keep us "safe". Think about it.

Mar 06 18:44

Canada wanted Afghan prisoners tortured: lawyer

Federal government documents on Afghan detainees suggest that Canadian officials intended some prisoners to be tortured in order to gather intelligence, according to a legal expert.

If the allegation is true, such actions would constitute a war crime, said University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, who has been digging deep into the issue and told CBC News he has seen uncensored versions of government documents released last year.

Mar 06 16:45

A collection of ridiculous, over the top fear-mongering articles on global warming

In light of the Climategate controversy, I decided to make a list of some of the most outlandish articles from mainstream media sources that have tried to convince us that the world will end unless we combat this imaginary, contrived crisis called global warming. This list is by no means conclusive and if anyone would like to contribute an article to this list please feel free to leave it in a comment box.