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August 30, 2009

Aug 30 18:30

EDITORIAL: False reports about guns

Many media outlets have misfired about guns. Countless newspapers and television networks -- from CBS to MSNBC -- have misreported that conservative protesters are threatening President Obama with guns at public events. It hasn't happened.

Aug 30 18:28

BANNED ON YOUTUBE : ISRAELI OCCUPATION SOLDIER SHOOTS BLINDFOLDED, HANDCUFFED PALESTINIAN DETAINEE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story goes viral!

Aug 30 18:19

Sweatshop Scandal Rocks Israel

Well known Israeli labels
Jump – Pashut – Bonita – Irit
Linked to Musa sweatshop in Jordan

Aug 30 18:09

New Footage of WTC 7 and North Tower Collapse



Aug 30 16:54

Historical facts about the dangers (and failures) of vaccines

Vaccines are the quackery of modern medicine. Mass vaccination programs not only fail to protect the population from infectious disease, they actually accelerate the spread of disease in many cases.

Aug 30 16:47

RT: Soviet involvement in Afghanistan - drug trade

What the US news doesn't tell you....

http://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=7097

Aug 30 15:41

Swine Flu: Natural Pandemic or Man-Made Pandemonium?

The latest in the barrage of media reports on swine flu is a Bloomberg news report (August 25, 2009) that it might hospitalize 1.8 million patients in the US and over-burden hospital intensive care units.

This comes from a planning scenario released by the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology

The Bloomberg story cites some theatrical numbers:

* Half of the US population infected (that is, over 150 million people)
* 300,000 people in hospital intensive care units
* 30–90,000 people dead
* By-pass surgery emergency operations disrupted

But hidden in paragraph 5 of the Bloomberg piece is the most pertinent part:

Aug 30 15:35

The Fed on the Defensive

I do not recall this in my lifetime. A majority in the House of Representatives has co-signed H.R. 1207, a bill introduced by Ron Paul to have the Federal Reserve System audited by an independent government agency, the Comptroller General's office.

The bill has been bottled up in committee by Barney Frank, who has insisted that he is doing this in order to better coordinate consideration of the best way to gain greater transparency from the Federal Reserve. He has not said that he favors an independent audit of the FED.



Aug 30 14:56

Big Isle police hunt for marijuana

HILO (AP) - Big Island police report that a marijuana eradication effort this month led to the destruction of 5,500 plants ranging from seedlings to 8 feet tall.

Lt. Richard Sherlock of Hilo Vice Section said that the ''Counter Cannabis'' missions were conducted using the Big Island's $159,000 portion of a statewide federal grant provided for the fiscal year ended June 30.

He called it ''leftover money'' secured before passage last November of a ballot initiative directing the Hawaii County Council to decline state and federal money for marijuana eradication.

The initiative also made personal use of marijuana the lowest priority for police.

Aug 30 14:53

Lingle calls meeting to discuss more cuts

HONOLULU - Gov. Linda Lingle, blasting state employee unions for what she called ''completely unacceptable'' responses to her latest contract offer, on Friday called an ''emergency'' meeting of top aides this weekend to discuss more cuts to state spending.

Lingle said that the reductions will likely include layoffs of an undetermined number of state workers beyond the nearly 1,200 that her administration has already notified.

Aug 30 14:08

Staff cutbacks may mean slim pickings for Christmas trees

KAHULUI - In addition to causing delays in food shipments and ending flower shipments to the Mainland, the layoff of state agricultural inspectors could result in a shortage of Christmas trees in Hawaii this year.

Carol Okada, manager of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's Plant Quarantine Branch, said her division would likely not have the resources to inspect the nearly 200 containers of Christmas trees imported to the state, and she would not allow them to enter unchecked because they are considered very likely to contain nasty invasive pests including snakes and tree wasps.

"We know Christmas trees are wanted by families; it's just such a high-risk commodity," she said.

Aug 30 14:04

Inspector layoffs may mean near ‘shutdown’ of imports

PUKALANI - Plant quarantine officials said last week that laying off more than half the state's agricultural inspectors would create such a logjam at Hawaii ports that it could cause shortages similar to those seen during shipping strikes.

Carol Okada, manager of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's Plant Quarantine Branch, said she has not been able to develop a plan for how her department will continue its core functions after it loses 52 employees, 50 of them inspectors, to layoffs planned for November.

"There's such a reliance on imports," she said Thursday. "When this is impacted, it's just like having a dock strike, but in Hawaii. It's a shutdown."



Aug 30 12:59

VIDEO: PALESTINE WILL BE FREE

Aug 30 12:59

FLASHBACK - ISRAELI OCCUPATION SOLDIER SHOOTS BLINDFOLDED, HANDCUFFED PALESTINIAN DETAINEE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Lemme shoot him. Lemme shoot him. I wanna be able to say I shot a Palestinian! C'mon, nobody's watching!!!"

Aug 30 12:07

Democracy Propaganda

The federal government tirelessly claims Democracy as the foundation of American government. Wrong!

Aug 30 11:58

THE REAL REASON AMERICANS ARE ANGRY

After 11 months of federal bailouts and freakouts, Americans have become bone tired of panicky power grabs from Washington. It's the big government, stupid.



Aug 30 11:56

Goldman Busted Again

The people who are actively innovating on Wall Street are all involved in the business of gaming the system to take advantage of short-term price swings. The people who invest money for the long-term and stick with their investments are punished in this environment.

Aug 30 11:41

Now much too big to fail

The Federal Government has even been so kind as to waive the long-standing anti-trust laws that prohibited J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo from each holding more than 10 percent of the nation's deposits.

Aug 30 11:39

An OpenLetter from John Greyson, a Canadian filmmaker

I've come to a very difficult decision -- I'm withdrawing my film "Covered" from TIFF, in protest against your inaugural City-to-City Spotlight on Tel Aviv...
Gissen said Toronto was chosen as a test-city for Brand Israel by Israel's Foreign Ministry, and thanked Astral, MIJO and Canwest for donating the million-dollar budget...
You've told me that TIFF isn't officially a part of Brand Israel -- okay -- but why haven't you clarified this publicly?
Why are only Jewish Israeli filmmakers included? Why are there no voices from the refugee camps and Gaza (or Toronto for that matter), where Tel Aviv's displaced Palestinians now live?

Aug 30 11:26

UPDATE: VIDEO IDENTIFIED - DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THIS VIDEO COMES FROM?

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

This video was sent to me without explanation. When I posted it to YouTube it was deleted for "terms of use violation" even before it finished conversion. This video appears to show an Israeli soldier shooting a bound and blindfolded Palestinian.

Anyone have any further info on this video or why YouTube would be in such a hurry to kill it?

DOWNLOAD QUICKTIME OF THIS MOVIE

DOWNLOAD WINDOWS MEDIA FILE OF THIS MOVIE

The video has been identified, and yes it is an authentic video and does indeed show an Israeli soldier shooting a bound and blindfolded Palestinian. The incident, which took place last year, prompted outrage around the world.

Side note, what Israel means when they say "Rubber bullet" is not the over-sized soft crowd dispersal devices used in other countries but a steel bullet with a rubber coating. At close range it is capable of inflicting serious injury.

This brings us back to YouTube. The video is confirmed authentic. The human rights group which video taped it intended it for public distribution. There is no copyright violations issue, yet YouTube deleted this video from my channel for "terms of use violation."

Why?



Aug 30 11:20

Hilltop Youth push to settle West Bank

"We want there to be a mall right here," explains his friend Yehoyada, 15, indicating the hilltop surrounded by Palestinian houses and olive groves. "Tel Aviv once looked like this, too.

Mr Slonam fingers his long, brown sidelocks as he attempts to explain the ideology that drives some young Israelis known as the the Hilltop Youth to flout both Israeli and international law and build shacks they hope will eventually become established settlements in the West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whenever a group believes that some invisible "God" gives them the right to encroach on territory which isn't really theirs to begin with, that group is eminently capable of creating all sorts of human misery for the people who really have the right to that land.

Aug 30 11:17

The Massacre of Muslim Civilians is always: 'Self-Defence' but never Terrorism

The Anglo-US-Israeli axis continues to market the murdering of Muslims civilians as the result of self-defence, through its media outlets. Any impartial observer seeing the carnage in Iraq, Lebanon and now in Gaza would conclude differently, because it is obvious who is being terrorised and slaughtered.

Aug 30 11:09

Filipinos want US out of Mindanao

Progressive forces in the Philippines have urged Manila to scrap a military deal with the US after former officials testified that US soldiers have been fighting in Mindanao in violation of the country's constitution.

Aug 30 11:00

Rabbis Meeting to Consider a Ban on Selling Houses to Arabs

Hareidi and national-religious rabbis will meet Monday in Jerusalem to discuss ways of dealing with the Arab influx into Jewish neighborhoods in northern Jerusalem, as well as the purchasing of agricultural land in the Galilee by wealthy foreign Arabs.

The rabbis are expected to call for an end to the phenomenon of sale of land and houses by Jews to Arabs. The organizer, Aryeh King, who heads the Israel Lands Fund, told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service that he is hoping to see the rabbis issue a pronouncement that sale of land and houses to Arabs is forbidden.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel:"the only democracy in the Middle East"!

Where, of course, Israeli settlers throw Palestinians out of their homes and just take them over , but where Arabs may well lose the right permanently to purchase housing!

What a country, eh?!?



Aug 30 10:54

Two thirds want British troops home from Afghanistan

Almost two-thirds of people oppose Britain’s continued deployment of troops in Afghanistan, a new poll shows.

Aug 30 10:45

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan

Obama is fulfilling his campaign promise to Pakistan. The sudden arrival of U.S. marines, U.S. military Hummers, the hired killers of Blackwater, houses barricaded for U.S. personnel in Islamabad and the construction of the world's largest U.S. "Embassy" are terrorizing this nation of 180 million people. The U.S. slaughter and destruction in Iraq and neighboring Afghanistan for the last 8 years warn them of what may lie in store for them, their families, their land.

Eye witnesses and informed journalists have been reporting sightings of U.S. personnel in Islamabad for the past week or so, but now they are seen moving freely throughout the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the predictions at this site, for some time, that Pakistan is absolutely the next target in the US's "War on Terror"?

And please note the other post about Pakistan at WRH today, indicating that the US is accusing the Pakistani government of modifying an older US weapons system to increase its range against India?

Aug 30 10:38

Roubini: “When Governments Reach the Point Where They Are Borrowing to Pay the Interest on Their Borrowing They Are … Running a Ponzi Scheme”

Independent rating agencies have already downgraded the sovereign risk rating of countries like Greece and Ireland, and it cannot be ruled out that core economies of the OECD, including the U.S., could eventually be downgraded.

Aug 30 10:36

The Case for Deflation

An over-leveraged economy is one prone to deflation and stagnant growth. This is evident in the path the Japanese took after their stock and real estate bubbles began to implode in 1989.



Aug 30 10:35

Lehman UK arm to sue for $100bn

Administrators of the London arm of Lehman Brothers, the Wall Street bank that collapsed a year ago, are preparing a $100 billion (£61.5 billion) claim against its former parent company in America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And should they win, just WHO is expected to pony up the cash?

Aug 30 10:31

New browser red-flags disputed facts on the web

Developers of new web browsing software that flags questionable claims or outright lies on the web hope it will become a valuable tool to deal with the misinformation that litters the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh? And just who gets to decide?

The whole point of a free internet is for people to decide for themselves what is true and what isn't. This new browser is just an attempt to lure people back into letting some authority figure decide for them what to think.

And we have had a belly full of that already!

Aug 30 10:30

Netanyahu 'doesn't care what Britain thinks of Israel'

The editor of The Jewish Chronicle has accused Israel's Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, of not caring about British public opinion after he refused to give any interviews during his visit to London last week.

In a comment piece in the newspaper, Stephen Pollard – though essentially supportive of Mr Netanyahu – concludes of his office: "The truth of it is that for all they moan about coverage of the Middle East, they don't actually care. They don't care if Brits end up thinking they are warmongers. They don't care if they are losing the PR war. And they don't care if those of us who do care are left fuming at their wilful refusal to do anything to help us counter Israel's appalling image."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Stephen Pollard: the Netanyahu government doesn't give a flying Frisbee as to what any country or that country's citizens think, and why should they?

The world press still describes Israelis as "victims of Palestinian aggression and violence", and any Israeli human rights group attempting to show that's not really the truth gets smeared and shredded by the Israeli media machinery.

Any criticism of Israeli policy, no matter how absolutely wrong-headed or anti-humanitarian toward the Palestinian people (like the siege of Gaza) is immediately labeled "Anti-Semitic".

And critically importantly, Mr. Pollard;the money and military aid keeps flowing in from the US, no matter how much Israel spits in President Obama's face, and tells him it's raining.

Under these conditions, Mr. Pollard, should Netanyahu give a rat's sphincter about what anyone's or any country's opinion of Israel was?

Absolutely not!

Aug 30 10:16

'IAEA hiding incriminating evidence'

"The IAEA is the only body recognized by the international community that can prevent the games of deception being played by Iran as it works to build nuclear weapons," a senior Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post Saturday.

While Israeli officials would not give details about the information the IAEA was allegedly hiding, "we're talking about information that would be far more incriminating for Iran," the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the hatchet job done on the IAEA and Hans Blix right before the US attacked Iraq, because Blix wouldn't lie and say to the world that Iraq had no, zero, nada, zip, weapons of mass destruction?

Israel is trying the same damned thing here.

But of course, the truth never matters, either to Israel or the US.

The big lie will continue to be spun until the UN - and by extension the IAEA - becomes yet again "irrelevant", and we're off on yet again a military misadventure against Iran.

And notice the timing of the uptick of war drumbeats. The Group of 6 meets this week, the IAEA meets on 7 September, and the UN General Assembly meets toward the end of next month.

Obama has given Iran till the end of September - that's 30 days away, folks - to accede to his demands that Iran stop the nuclear enrichment to which it is perfectly entitled as a signatory of the NPT.

Iran will not concede because it understands that it is perfectly within its right to use nuclear energy in a peaceful way, and that includes building a power plant.

Russia has warned that an attack on Iran will lead to a third world war, and has been very clear to Tel Aviv and Washington about which side they will be on, should such a military conflict happen.

War with Russia, anyone?!?



Aug 30 10:16

FDIC Insured Institutions have $13.3 Trillion in Assets. 8,195 Banks and 116 Institutions Hold $10.2 Trillion of Those Assets. One out of Four Institutions Unprofitable. 1,000 Banks Will Fail or Merge.

Aug 30 10:15

US court throws out FCC cable ownership limit

A U.S. appeals court threw out on Friday a regulation that has limited cable companies to serving up to 30 percent of the market, a big victory for operators like Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission's rule was "arbitrary and capricious" and vacated the rule. (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

Aug 30 10:14

57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.

Aug 30 10:14

How Canadian lawyer unearthed U.S. torture documents

One of the key figures behind the cascade of documents detailing torture and abuse within America's global "war on terror" happens to be a Canadian-born graduate of Toronto's Upper Canada College.

Aug 30 10:11

Wal-Mart's Hypocritical Music Policy

What do recording artists Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Nirvana, Radiohead, Pat Benatar, John Cougar Mellencamp and Tom Petty have in common? They've all had albums or songs banned or censored by superstore Wal-Mart. The same Wal-Mart which on August 31 will exclusively release the new album, "The Time of Our Lives" from 16-year-old writhing, gyrating, pole-dancing, near-naked-posing pop tart Miley Cyrus.

Aug 30 10:10

General Smedley Butler

Major General Smedley Butler retired from the Marine Corps in 1931 at the age of 48. He had faced gunfire 120 times and the famed columnist Will Rogers wrote of Butler, "He is what I would call a natural born warrior. He will fight anybody, any time....He carries every medal we ever gave out. He has two Congressional Medals of Honor....You give him another war and he will get him another one....I do admire him."

Aug 30 10:07

Karzai closer to winning tainted Afghan vote

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday inched closer to the prospect of outright victory in elections marred by allegations of massive fraud and international concerns about their credibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This wasn't an election: this was an "appointment" by the US and NATO to continue dealing with the "devil they know", rather than have to tussle with the devil they don't know, who wouldn't be as pliable to deal with US/NATO demands.

Aug 30 09:59

Russia to protect ships bound for Abkhazia

Russian border guards will help protect ships bound for Georgia's rebel Abkhazia region, the republic's border guard chief Zurab Marganiya says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 21 August, 2009 in

http://news.antiwar.com/2009/08/21/georgia-seizes-cargo-ships-presses-naval-blockade-on-abkhazia/

"The Georgian government yesterday confirmed to the Agence-France Presse that it had captured two cargo ships in the Black Sea, which it accused of attempted to break their naval blockade by visiting the Republic of Abkhazia."

Any naval blockade is an act of war, period, end of discussion. It was only a matter of time before Russia would respond to it.

Aug 30 09:56

ISRAEL ORGAN HARVESTING ~~ HORRID BEYOND WORDS

The mass-circulation Aftonbladet last week quoted relatives of Palestinian victims accusing the Israeli authorities. The report featured a picture of one victim, with a large scar running from chin to abdomen.

“Our sons were plundered for their organs,” said one Palestinian quoted in the report. The report linked the revelations with the recent human organ trafficking scandal in New Jersey involving Israeli and American rabbis.

Aug 30 09:55

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ PEACEFUL SATURDAY AT THE GAZA PORT

Aug 30 09:55

Innocent Man Freed From Prison After 23 Years

Ernest Sonnier was 23 when he was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. He was taken in handcuffs from his Houston home and didn’t leave prison for another 23 years.

A week and a half ago, at the age of 46, Sonnier was freed after essentially being told by prosecutors, sorry – but we now inform you that DNA evidence we’ve just gotten around to checking indicates you did not commit this crime.

Aug 30 09:49

Palestinians say full settlement freeze is precondition to new peace talks

A senior Palestinian peace negotiator says the terms of a proposed Israeli deal to restart the peace process, leaked to the press this week, are unacceptable. But he did not rule out a meeting at the United Nations next month between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The proposed Israeli deal to temporarily freeze settlement expansion in the West Bank, with exceptions made for all of East Jerusalem and what Israel calls the "natural growth" of existing settlements, was reported by the Guardian, a British newspaper, on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu knows that his proposal is a non-starter for Palestinian negotiators, which is precisely why he put this proposal on the table.

At the end of the day, Netanyahu will spit in Obama's face and tell him it's raining, the peace process will sputter and die again, the US will continue to sign the checks for the massive military aid, and somehow get conned into, yet again, "neutralizing" another one of Israel's "existential threats", Iran, just as we did with Iraq.

Remember the war and occupation of Iraq? Remember how it was started on a pack of lies, none of which ultimately held up under any logical scrutiny whatsoever?

And notice which country still has the body bags coming back from Iraq.

Notice which country has the gravely physically and mentally wounded coming back from Iraq.

Notice which country is rapidly going broke because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Notice that this country is not Israel.

Aug 30 09:39

ABBAS’S ELECTION SCARE

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose term in office had expired in January 2009, has been vowing to organize general elections in January 2010, giving the impression that these elections will be a magical cure for the many problems facing the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause.

The call for elections, however, doesn’t seem to be motivated by goodwill as the main real aim behind this gambit is apparently to outmaneuver the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas.

Aug 30 09:38

U.S. Says Pakistan Made Changes to Missiles Sold for Defense

The United States has accused Pakistan of illegally modifying American-made missiles to expand its capability to strike land targets, a potential threat to India, according to senior administration and Congressional officials.

While American officials say that the weapon in the latest dispute is a conventional one — based on the Harpoon antiship missiles that were sold to Pakistan by the Reagan administration as a defensive weapon in the cold war — the subtext of the argument is growing concern about the speed with which Pakistan is developing new generations of both conventional and nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were the people in the Regan administration who made this original deal with Pakistan think for a second that Pakistani scientists were too stupid to ultimately be able to make these modifications, or that the Pakistani government wouldn't push their scientists to get more out of these weapons systems?

Also, this administration is looking for a reason, any reason, to push the Af-Pak war even further into Pakistani territory.

This charge, whether true or not, may be just what this administration is looking for to justify that push, and "save nuclear-armed Pakistan from itself".

Aug 30 09:37

Police lab tailored tests to theories, report says

Houston crime lab analysts skewed reports to fit police theories in several cases, ignoring results that conflicted with police expectations because of a lack of confidence in their own skills or a conscious effort to secure convictions, an independent investigator says in his latest report on the scandal.

Aug 30 09:37

Fictional film 'Inglorious Basterds' hyped while true story of revenge hidden

There is no need to come up with a fictional story while there is a true chapter of WWII history most people have no clue about. A Jewish American Author named John Sack risked his career and even his life to tell the story of Jews who sought revenge in his controversial book An Eye for an Eye: The Untold Story of Jewish Revenge Against Germans in 1945. The story tells of Jews who oversaw prison camps in Poland under the Communist occupations. According to Sack, they not only sought revenge against German soldiers, but also innocent German and Polish civilians.

Aug 30 09:35

A Fly on the Wall of a Cosmic Nightmare's End.

The term you hear most often is, “the internet”. The internet seems to be their biggest concern. Some of them want to eliminate it. Others see it as a sacred, cash cow that just needs to be strictly monitored and controlled. Someone mentions that porn is the single largest money maker and a number of people from a certain nation make it understood that their people need to protect their investment. One of them says that, “It’s no different than the opium except for the medium of delivery.” Someone from Australia wants surfers to get licenses to access the internet. Someone from England wants alarm centers that identify who’s reading and listening to what.

Aug 30 09:31

DOJ May Skirt Court Order on Interrogation Documents

The Obama administration may circumvent the spirit of a judge’s order to disclose hundreds of documents relating to the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program, delivering instead generic descriptions of the documents and legal arguments for continued nondisclosure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the DOJ does this, it should be slapped with a contempt of court citation, and those refusing to divulge this information spend some time in the slammer until they do divulge this information, period, end of discussion.

Otherwise, this country has absolutely morphed from a country ruled by laws to a country ruled by men. And no person, even in the DOJ, should ever believe, for one fraction of a second, that they are above the law.

Aug 30 09:29

ACLU Lobbyist Larry Frankel Found Dead in Washington

Longtime Pennsylvania ACLU lobbyist and Executive Director Larry Frankel, who in the last year or so has become the lobbyist for the national ACLU, has apparently been found dead in Washington under mysterious circumstances. Larry was 54. This is a breaking news story in which most key facts are still generally unknown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ACLU used Freedom of Information Act to uncover Torture scandal

Aug 30 09:28

Japan Election Results: Opposition Democrats Win Huge Victory

Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso conceded defeat in elections Sunday as media exit polls indicated the opposition had won by a landslide, sending the conservatives out of power after 54 years of nearly unbroken rule amid widespread economic anxiety and desire for change.

Aug 30 09:28

Japanese PM will resign! Antiwar party wins in landslide

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Aug 30 10:20pm (Japan time) Aso Taro is saying he is is going to retire. Aso holds himself responsible for the LDP's loss. He will have an election again as soon as possible. NHK and many companies are saying the JDP is now more than half of the lower house. They can rule without opposition. Big Chages are inevitable.

Aug 30 09:26

Top soldier: US forces lack credibility in Afghanistan

In a statement published on the Web site of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said: “Our biggest problem isn’t caves; it’s credibility. Our messages lack credibility because we haven’t invested enough in building trust and relationships, and we haven’t always delivered on promises.”

Mullen admitted that public-relations disasters like the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and civilian deaths in air strikes in Afghanistan are hurting the US’s efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suppose we are supposed to congratulate Admiral Mullen on his magnificent grasp of the obvious.

But now what: obliterate the Afghan people by bombing every man, woman, and child, so that there will absolutely no opposition to US/NATO occupation and the get those damned pipelines installed to control Eurasian oil, OR...develop a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan that is actually going to work?

The US military cannot do both. The Taliban understands that: it is high time our military and civilian leadership understands that, or just get the heck out of that country, period, end of discussion.

Aug 30 09:01

Gun Safety Fail

This guy's the only one in this room professional
enough to carry this Glock 40!

Aug 30 09:00

Fired From $105,000 Job For Emailing A Rense.com Story

As much as I regret e-mailing the link to that article - about the conflict in Georgia, authored by Karl Schwarz - within the work place, in the final analysis once you know the truth about the powerful, demonic forces at work in this world - well, you know the truth. And there's no going back. And I would think that the normal reaction of most decent people, after learning of these truths, is to want to spread the word, alert their friends and family and yes, work colleagues - and try to wake folks up, save the Republic! etc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OKay folks, a little common sense...

At WRH I encourage you to read this website and swap emails IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME.

Let us be fair; that computer sitting on your desktop belongs to your employer and is provided to you to do the work your employer pays you to do. Yes, some employers have a very relaxed attitude about personal use of the systems as long as the paid work is getting done, but it is still their machine, their workplace, and their rules.

Beyond that, many corporations today are surviving on government contracts, and are nervous about employees with points of views that are contrary to government dogma. Large organizations inevitably will have an FBI informants somewhere in top management, and and the recent $101.7 million lawsuit settlement illustrates, the FBI goons lie, cheat, steal, and frame to get what they want.

These days we all have computers at home, plus our smart phones, and we can and should conduct our private conversations in private time, if for no other reason than to keep the FBI informant at the office from finding out just what we all know!

I sympathize with this guy who lost his job, but we all know the other side plays dirty. So exercise the appropriate care.

Aug 30 08:02

Israeli former PM Olmert charged

The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted in three corruption cases, the attorney general's office says.

Aug 30 07:56

New blood-thinning stroke drug could save lives and cut reliance on warfarin

A new blood-thinning drug to prevent strokes could replace a commonly used treatment based on rat poison for thousands of patients. The drug called Pradaxa is one-third more effective at reducing the risk of stroke and blood clots in at-risk patients than warfarin, and cuts deaths by 15 per cent.

Aug 30 07:53

Why do we pay tax when we're here fighting for Britain? Soldier tackles Brown on Afghan visit as PM urges talks with the Taliban

A brave young British soldier challenged Gordon Brown face-to-face yesterday over why our troops in Afghanistan have to pay tax – while American soldiers don’t.

Aug 30 07:51

The harsh truth? We nurses have just forgotten how to care

No occupation in Britain inspires greater public admiration than nursing.

And yet in recent years, the profession has gone desperately wrong. A report this week by the Patients Association reveals that since 2002, up to a million patients have experienced shockingly poor standards of nursing care in the NHS.

Some were not fed; others were left in soiled bedclothes.

Aug 30 07:48

Afghan election fraud probe grows

Election complaints officials in Afghanistan say they are looking into more than 560 major allegations of fraud from the 20 August vote.

The tally doubles the figure of serious allegations reported two days ago.

Aug 30 07:42

Lockerbie bomber 'set free for oil'

The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

Aug 30 06:38

Now, a spacecraft to save Earth!

British scientists have designed a spacecraft which they claim is capable of saving Earth from a catastrophic asteroid collision.

A team at British space company EADS Astrium has made the spacecraft, "gravity tractor", which will be deployed when an orbiting rock is detected on a collision course with Earth -- in fact, it will intercept the asteroid and position itself to fly alongside it, just 160 feet from its surface.

Aug 30 04:20

Who is funding the Afghan Taliban? You don’t want to know

Up until quite recently, most experts thought that drug money accounted for the bulk of Taliban funding

The new feeling is that less than half of the Taliban’s war chest comes from poppy, with a variety of sources, including private contributions from Persian Gulf states, accounting for much of the rest. Holbrooke told reporters that he would add a member of the Treasury Department to his staff to pursue the question of Taliban funding.

But perhaps U.S. officials need look no further than their own backyard.

Aug 30 04:08

US wants 20,000 more troops to fight Taliban

British and American soldiers to shoulder brunt of surge's next phase

The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan will ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of his new strategic plan for the alliance's war against a resurgent Taliban .

Aug 30 03:56

Only 4% Of Israelis Say Obama Is "Pro-Israel"

The number of Israelis who see US President Barack Obama's policies as pro-Israel has fallen to four percent, according to a Smith Research poll taken this week on behalf of The Jerusalem Post.

A much-cited Post poll published on June 19 that put the first figure at 6% had been cited by top officials in both the White House and the Prime Minister's Office as the catalyst for recent American efforts to improve the American-Israeli relationship. But the new poll proves that efforts have not improved Obama's reputation among Israelis.

(*as ungrateful as ever . STOP SIGNING THE CHECKS !)

Aug 30 03:27

Living In A Culture of Delusion

Living In A Culture of Delusion Leads To Denial, Ignorance and Worse
By Danny Schechter

At long last, a report on CIA abuse of detainees came out, but years after the fact, and in a heavily “redacted” form—i.e censored. Already the prosecutor chosen to prosecute says there’s not enough information there to do so. Duh?

It gets even worse when people cling to beliefs even when they are not true, as if there is a need to believe, facts be dammed.

Aug 30 02:34

A fable, a film and a fraud: the Israel lobby’s information fraud

Paul J. Balles looks at how Israel and its worldwide lobbyists, aided by a complicit Western media and abetted by politicians afraid of being destroyed by the lobbyists, is getting away with blue murder while an indifferent public turns the other way.

Aug 30 02:00

CIA Releases Its Instructions For Breaking a Detainee's Will

As the session begins, the detainee stands naked, except for a hood covering his head. Guards shackle his arms and legs, then slip a small collar around his neck. The collar will be used later; according to CIA guidelines for interrogations, it will serve as a handle for slamming the detainee's head against a wall.

After removing the hood, the interrogator opens with a slap across the face -- to get the detainee's attention -- followed by other slaps, the guidelines state. Next comes the head-slamming, or "walling," which can be tried once "to make a point," or repeated again and again.

Aug 30 00:39

High-Speed Robot Hand

August 29, 2009

Aug 29 23:14

Myths and Facts about al-Qaeda

The media myth of a global Islamic conspiracy never got much traction in America before 2001...after 9/11 pro-Israel propagandists exploited public ignorance and created a nightmarish fantasy of al-Qaeda in order to put the US and allies into conflict with the entire Islamic world.

Aug 29 22:41

MSM/US Gov't in panic mode? Why is America so angry?

Summer of our discontent: Why is America so angry?
Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers
August 28, 2009 08:08:29 PM
Untold numbers of Americans seethe with anger at Obama and his fellow Democrats, resentment coupled with fear even more intense than the rage other Americans expressed just a year ago at George W. Bush and the Republicans. One telling sign: The comparisons of the president to Hitler remain the same — only the face has changed from Bush to Obama.

Aug 29 17:16

Anouncing a new web site: The Science of 9/11

There is much controversy over what happened that day, not only between those who support and those who dispute the official explanation but also among various groups within the “9/11 truth movement”. The basic purpose of this website is to examine and present soundly based scientific evidence that the buildings were brought down by “controlled demolition” using explosives. It is hoped that this will provide a clear picture by collecting together the most compelling evidence for demolition, while avoiding those aspects of 9/11 which are still in dispute.

The US administration does not admit the possibility that the towers were brought down with explosives. The government has authorized three investigations, all of which attempt to explain the collapses of the towers as due solely to the combined effects of the plane impacts and the resultant fires. None of the investigations properly examines the question of whether controlled demolition might better fit the observations.

Aug 29 17:13

MSM's offense as defense: Secret camps and guillotines?

Secret camps and guillotines? Groups make birthers look sane
By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers Fri Aug 28,
However, the accusations are out there, a series of fantastic claims fed by paranoia about the government. They're spread and sometimes cross-pollinated via the Internet. They feed a fringe subset of the anger at the government percolating through the country, one that ignites passion, but also helps Obama's allies to discount broader anger at the president's agenda.

Aug 29 15:22

US has 'scrapped plan for missile shield in eastern Europe'

Moving to avoid a rift with Moscow, Barack Obama has "all but abandoned" plans to locate parts of a controversial US missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, a leading Polish newspaper claimed yesterday.

Aug 29 15:11

Massive voter fraud in Afghan elections

Aug 29 14:44

Afghanistan's Long Vote Count: Room for Mischief?

Bashardost suspects there is a plot to gradually increase one candidate's margin of victory; by stretching it out over an extended period of time, it may dampen the anger of rivals. "It's a preparation," Bashardost says. He contends that the U.S. is playing a role in manipulating the outcome and that Washington is planning to broker a deal among the leading candidates to get the process over with.

Aug 29 14:38

Health Care: Sticking it to the Healthy

This is a massive transfer of cost from the sick to the healthy. And, because the healthy will be forced to buy more expensive policies, they will be more apt to use the policy, increasing the demand of and, therefore, the cost of health care.

Aug 29 14:31

More votes than voters

Across Kabul, turnout was sluggish. But at Haji Janat Gul the lack of voters had not dented the tally of votes. Only an hour after voting began, 6,000 had been cast. Yet not a voter was in sight. Staff insisted that the 6,000 had all come at 7am, when polls opened: “The Taliban said that they would cut off the fingers of people voting so they came early.”

This was impossible. Typically it takes four minutes to vote. For 6,000 to have voted in an hour at the 12 ballot boxes, they would have had an average of seven seconds each. The Electoral Complaints Commission later received allegations that the ballot boxes had been stuffed for President Hamid Karzai before polls opened, at the instigation of a local MP and tribal leader.

Aug 29 14:30

The FDIC Does Not Protect You

You need to understand that everything you’ve ever been told about government is a lie; it’s all a ruse. The FDIC isn’t there to protect you, it’s there to protect the fucking Ponzi scheme of a banking system by providing a shroud of legitimacy and credibility.

Aug 29 14:29

Democracy is Not Liberty

On the contrary, it was through democracy that the power elite was born, and it is through democracy that the power elite maintains its position of dominance which subsumes the peaceful transactions of the market, transforming them into something ignoble.

Aug 29 14:28

Your Lies Aren't Working Any More

By now, the insults, injuries, injustices, and confiscations of personal property have reached such proportions that either we have been personally violated, or we know someone how has been. We know someone whose dog was killed, whose home was trashed, whose property was seized, who went to prison, or we have had our own life viciously torn apart by the armed robbers and malicious sadists who serve their masters in government offices.

Aug 29 14:12

Expand Medicare for all Americans, NOT illegals

August 27, 2009
Expanding Medicare
We Already Have a Public Option
By MARSHALL AUERBACH

Aug 29 13:51

The Largest Street Gang in America

Aug 29 13:43

AMERICAN HOLOCAUST (A FILM)

Aug 29 13:40

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE HOMELESS IN GAZA

Homeless families are distressed at the lack of progress in providing adequate and safe shelter, despite pledges made by international donors at a conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in early March.

Aug 29 11:48

Trading Spaces:Shalit,Hamas & 11,000 Prisoners

Israel’s systemic abuses have long been documented by human rights groups which includes the deaths of at least 196 Palestinians who were killed while in Israeli custody.

“Some of them were killed by torture, some were shot after they were arrested, while others died because they were denied necessary medication.”

The media is obviously showing extreme bias when it comes to Gilad Shalit,where no mention has been made by any mainstream media outlet as to the number of Palestinian prisoners being held captive by the state of Israel or the fact that they even exist. These growing number of prisoners remain nameless and unknown,having been refused one of the most pivotal factions of human dignity – having an identity.

Aug 29 10:22

Court orders Christian child into government education

A 10-year-old homeschool girl described as "well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level" has been told by a New Hampshire court official to attend a government school because she was too "vigorous" in defense of her Christian faith.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can you imagine the media outrage if the girl had been raised Jewish?

Aug 29 10:10

Israel has Iran in its sights

Iran has until late September to respond to the latest international proposal aimed at stopping the Islamic Republic from developing a nuclear weapon. Under the proposal, Iran would suspend its uranium enrichment program in exchange for a U.N. Security Council commitment to forgo a fourth round of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

But if diplomacy fails, the world should be prepared for an Israeli attack on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel bombed Iraq's power station at Osirik, claiming that it was a clandestine weapons laboratory. Inspections following the 2003 invasion of Iraq confirmed that there was no such weapons laboratory.

So, why should anybody believe Israel now when they are batting zero in their accusations against other nations?

Aug 29 10:08

UN: Iran nuclear program may have 'military dimensions'

A new report commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran's nuclear energy program may contain "military dimensions."

In addition, Iran is believed to be proceeding with it uranium enrichment program. According to the IAEA, it has amassed over 1,000 kilograms of low-grade enriched uranium (up to five percent).

Should this quantity undergo an enrichment process that would raise its level to 90 percent, it would be sufficient in order to manufacture over 30 kilograms of fissionable material, enough to produce at least one atomic bomb.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter the degree to which Iran has cooperated with the IAEA, apparently, it can never be enough to ultimately prevent a military strike against it by the US and/ or Israel.

One has to wonder what forces were pressing upon ElBaradei to word his final report so ambiguously as to create major questions as to Iran's transparency which could be exploited to Israel's and the US's geopolitical ends.

And notice the timing: "The report was issued just prior to the annual meeting of IAEA member states which is scheduled to convene next month in Vienna."

President Obama has given Iran just until the end of September to comply with his demands. He and Netanyahu understand, without a doubt, that they will not get any more sanctions at the UN in September, when the General Assembly meets, because both China and Russia will veto any further sanctions.

It will then just be a question as to how long before the UN gets characterized as "irrelevant" by the US and Israel, and the bombs start flying.

Aug 29 10:04

9/11 Radio Transmissions of WTC 2 Firefighters

This wma file is an extract from the The Complete Firefighters Tape and it contains the final transmissions made by firefighters located in the aircraft impact area of WTC 2 (floors 77 and 78). Floor 78 was officially being ravaged by an 800ºC inferno at this time.

The transmissions document that only isolated pockets of fire were reported by the firefighters, so where was the all-consuming inferno?

Aug 29 09:53

Crime expert backs calls for 'licence to compute'

Australia's leading criminologist thinks online scams have escalated to such a point that first-time users of computers should have to earn a licence to surf the web.

Russel Smith, principal criminologist at the Australian Institute of Criminology said the concept of a "computer drivers licence" should be taken seriously as an option for combating internet-related crime.

Aug 29 09:53

Damaging Israel's priceless assets

The current government seems bent on making Israel a more illiberal society by undermining freedom of speech, condoning public expressions of racism and threatening mass deportation of refugees. So it's not surprising that Netanyahu cannot understand just how priceless an asset the country's human rights organisations are. It's absurd to trumpet Israel as the "only democracy in the Middle East" and in the same breath attack the very organisations that any democracy must cherish. Their very aims are to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli human rights groups are to be commended for their courage and responsibility in attempting to focus on what has been going on with Israeli persecution of Palestinians, and deserve the world's respect in their efforts.

Aug 29 09:47

Virtual banks sunk in deficits, Bernanke twiddles thumbs

Surprise! It turns out that massive embezzlement and defaulted loans are just as bad for virtual banks in computer games as they are for banks in the real world.

Aug 29 09:38

Reproducing failure

Having utterly failed to get Israel to freeze Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank, especially in East Jerusalem, the Obama administration is now asking Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to resume peace talks as soon as possible.

At the same time, the PA is backed against a wall, as initiating a new round of open-ended talks with Israel would be deeply unpopular amongst Palestinians. Fatah, the backbone of the PA, risks losing its recently enhanced popularity if another exhausting round of peace talks with Israel proves fruitless, as most Palestinians and Arabs believe it will be, barring decisive US interference that would force Israel to take a strategic decision to give up the spoils of occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama has utterly caved in to Netanyahu on the settlements issue, allegedly to "buy time" for his strategy with Iran.

Obama is about to experience the harsh reality that Israel never keeps its promises, except to itself in terms of acquiring more and more territory - by any means necessary.

Aug 29 09:36

Sunspots Do Really Affect Weather Patterns, Say Scientists

A recent paper in Eos considers the evidence that we could be in for an extended period with few sunspots:

Why is a lack of sunspot activity interesting? During the period from 1645 to 1715, the Sun entered a period of low activity now known as the Maunder Minimum, when through several 11- year periods the Sun displayed few if any sunspots. Models of the Sun’s irradiance suggest that the solar energy input to the Earth decreased during that time and that this change in solar activity could explain the low temperatures recorded in Europe during the Little Ice Age.

Realtime sun photo. Note the lack of sunspots.

Aug 29 09:29

Revealed: Docs Describe in Extraordinary Detail Process of ‘Rendition,’ Torture

The background paper clearly illustrates that the torture of detainees was systematic and micromanaged by the top officials at the CIA, the Justice Department, medical professionals, and likely the White House. Previously, the CIA has refused to disclose any details of its rendition program citing state secrets.

That the torture was overseen by medical professionals is a violation of international laws and treaties, and additionally, a breach of numerous professional ethical codes, including the United Nations Principles of Medical Ethics and the Declaration of Toyko.

Aug 29 09:25

Obama’s AfPak war intensifies on both sides of border

As low voter turnout in Afghanistan’s presidential election last week provided further evidence of broad hostility to the US-led occupation, the armed insurgency has continued to escalate. The number of US and NATO troops killed in the country during 2009 reached 301 yesterday—already the highest annual toll of the eight-year occupation.

Aug 29 09:24

In a Rotten State: Israel’s siege killed Gaza’s economy

With crossings closed or barely functioning, most of Gaza’s goods are brought in at steep prices via the tunnels. Last week Egyptian authorities announced a seizure of such goods bound for Gaza before the start of Ramadan. Among the millions of dollars worth of goods seized were wood, glass, electronic equipment and appliances, tyres, carpets, and large quantities of sweets, nuts, and foodstuffs used during Ramadan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The siege of Gaza is crime of monumental proportions, but the world turns essentially a blind eye to the everyday destruction Israel wreaks on Gaza.

And the really sick irony of this situation is that many of the people in Israel's government who decided the siege was a terrific idea are themselves children and grandchildren of Holocaust.

Aug 29 09:04

From dust to bust, America's poor take on a new type of monster

Tulsa has seen its share of poverty and desperation over the years. In the 1930s, it saw a tide of hundreds of thousands struggling west along Route 66 to escape economic collapse in the north and the notorious dustbowl of drought and wind across the Midwest. Whether they had lost their land or their jobs, that flow of desperate humanity – chronicled so devastatingly through the fictional Joad family in John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath – struggled hard to find enough to feed and clothe their children as they trekked towards an illusory dream of prosperity in distant California.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very gritty, but real, picture, of what is happening to American's poor you will never see on the US corporate media.

Aug 29 08:56

Scientist Warning of Health Hazards of Monsanto's Herbicide Receives Threats

According to an article in the Argentine press, after news about the study broke, Dr. Carrasco was the victim of an act of intimidation, when four men arrived at his laboratory in the Faculty of Medicine and acted extremely aggressively.

Two of the men were said to be members of an agrochemical industry body but refused to give their names. The other two claimed to be a lawyer and notary. They apparently interrogated Dr. Carrasco and demanded to see details of the experiments. They left a card Basílico, Andrada & Santurio, attorneys on behalf of Felipe Alejandro Noël.

Aug 29 08:50

AFGHANISTAN: Seven years after CIA abduction, prisoner still held without charge

Wazir is one of hundreds of Afghans and others who have been held as "enemy combatants" at Bagram, a former Soviet air base that has has been plagued by allegations of torture since the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The same judge who ultimately dismissed Wazir's petition wrote in an earlier ruling that conditions at Bagram "fall well short of what the Supreme Court found inadequate at Guantanamo."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not much "change" here, when it comes to the US treatment of prisoners of war in Afghanistan.

And ans small restoration of US credibility on the issue of human rights?!?

In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, "fuggetaboutit!"

Aug 29 08:45

Holder Appoints Torture Prosecutor, Rejects Nuremberg Principle

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Assistant United States Attorney John Durham to investigate torture by U.S. officials since President Bush commenced the “war on terror,” but in the same act also gave political cover from that prosecutor to anyone who actually committed torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UNFLIPPING BELIEVABLE!!

Attorney General Holder, why didn't you hold a copy of the Geneva accords and light it on fire when you made that announcement about appointing John Durham, as a signal to the world that the US has completely withdrawn as a signatory of the Geneva Conventions?

You've just given the real perpetrators of these atrocities the privilege of never having to be responsible for their own actions in the matter of torture of US-held prisoners of war.

What a marvelously sweet deal for that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld!

Aug 29 08:37

US Denies Combat Operations in Philippines

US officials today say that in spite of previous claims from a retired Philippine Navy lieutenant, the hundreds of US troops on the ground in the Southern Philippines are not actually involved in combat operations, but are merely there for temporary training of the Philippine soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wasn't this precisely the way the US began in Viet Nam; as "advisors and trainers"?!?

Aug 29 08:35

DOJ May Skirt Court Order on Interrogation Documents

The Obama administration may circumvent the spirit of a judge’s order to disclose hundreds of documents relating to the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program, delivering instead generic descriptions of the documents and legal arguments for continued nondisclosure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Attorney General Holder: if the American Republic is to continue, these documents cannot be covered up, or slathered with a vanilla "interpretation" of what the documents actually say.

Doing this means we are no longer a nation ruled by law, but a nation ruled by men, and puts this country on a very slippery moral slope, and we may never recover from the ride down that slope, as a country.

Aug 29 08:29

Taliban's growth in Afghanistan's north threatens to expand war

Taliban insurgents have taken over parts of two northern provinces from which they were driven in 2001, threatening to disrupt NATO's new supply route from Central Asia and expand a war that's largely been confined to Afghanistan's southern half, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

Insurgents operating out of Baghlan district along the highway from Tajikistan launched coordinated attacks during the Aug. 20 presidential elections, killing the district police chief and a civilian, while losing a dozen of their own men, local officials said. It was the worst bloodshed reported in the country that day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very odd, that aspect of "selective memory", which seems to inform the actions taken by the US white house and pentagon when it comes to Afghanistan.

The great lesson of Viet Nam should have been, you cannot, absolutely cannot, win what is essentially a land war from the air.

And yet, that appears to be precisely what the US and NATO are attempting to do in Afghanistan, because neither the US nor NATO countries have either the stomach, or national backing for, utilizing the overwhelming and lethal ground necessary for winning this war.

The US and NATO are losing this war, and the only folks winning are the military contractors, and the drug dealers.

Aug 29 08:18

Judge puts Fed's bailout revelations on hold

The U.S. Federal Reserve won a delay of a federal judge's order that it reveal the names of the banks that have participated in its emergency lending programs and the sums they received.

The Fed's board of governors has worried that disclosure would stigmatize the participating banks, threatening both them and the U.S. economy.

It argued disclosure threatened "irreparable harm to these institutions and to the board's ability to effectively manage the current, and any future, financial crisis."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has nothing to do with do with any possibility that this would "...stigmatize the participating banks, threatening both them and the U.S. economy."

This has everything to do with We the People's right to know just how and were our tax dollars are used.

Apparently, Judge Preska doesn't believe that the American people have that right, and that it is perfectly acceptable for this government to throw money at institutions which may well have deserved to fail, because of poor financial governance.

I hope Bloomberg News challenges this ruling in a higher court.

Aug 29 08:14

THE NEW “BLOOD LIBEL”? …. WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ISRAELI ORGAN HARVESTING

Israel’s very first, historic heart transplant used a heart removed from a living patient without consent or consulting his family.

Aug 29 08:13

NETANYAHU; ‘IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS’!

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sat in front of the Israeli press for 45 minutes here on Wednesday, just a few hours after meeting US envoy George Mitchell in London and deflected with great acumen the journalists’ repeated attempts to pry out of him any real piece of information about what happened during their four-hour meeting.

Aug 29 08:12

“….. WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” …. (UNLESS YOU ARE PALESTINIAN)

According to news reports, Israel arrested several people praying at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. One of those was “a Gaza man was detained for being in the area without a permit.” (and yet Zionist propaganda still regurgitates the myth that the apartheid walls are for security!). Jimmy Carter joins the fast for Gaza.

Aug 29 08:11

OOPS! CHARLIE FORGOT THIS $1M HOUSE

- Rep. Charles Rangel failed to report as much as $1.3 million in outside income -- including up to $1 million for a Harlem building sale -- on financial-disclosure forms he filed between 2002 and 2006, according to newly amended records.

The documents also show the embattled chairman of the Ways and Means Committee -- who is being probed by the House Ethics Committee -- failed to reveal a staggering $3 million in various business transactions over the same period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For folks like Rangel, apparently, taxes are only for the "little people" who are not riding the gravy train of a career in congress.

Aug 29 08:11

Swine flu spreading at ‘unbelievable’ rate: WHO chief

“This virus travels at an unbelievable, almost unheard of speed,” World Health Organisation Director General Margaret Chan told France’s Le Monde daily in an interview.

“In six weeks it travels the same distance that other viruses take six months to cover,” Chan said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pure media hype, because the speed at which a virus spreads is determined by the speed of human travel.

WHO is apparently convinced that the "When Pigs Fly" flu is the key to massive funding increases.

Aug 29 08:00

UAE 'seizes N Korea arms cargo'

The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship illegally carrying embargoed North Korean weapons bound for Iran, diplomatic sources at the UN have said.

The UK-based Financial Times reported earlier on Friday that the ship was seized "some weeks ago".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this BBC article is completely unsourced.

Just who are those "diplomatic sources" at the UN, guys? Do they actually exist?

Aug 29 07:57

Bank failure tally tops 84

Regional banks in Maryland, Minnesota and California were closed by regulators Friday, bringing the total number of failed banks this year to 84, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

California banks are especially in trouble.

Aug 29 07:56

Karzai widens lead in Afghan election race

Incumbent Hamid Karzai on Saturday pulled further ahead of his main rival in the race for the Afghan presidency, based on the latest results unveiled by the country's election commission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) surprise!

Aug 29 07:55

Dwight David Eisenhower starved to death 1.7 MIILION POW's in his concentration camps

Aug 29 07:54

U.S. Farm Profit Plunging on Lower Crop, Dairy Prices

Profits for U.S. farmers will plunge more than expected this year, dropping 38 percent from 2008 as the recession erodes demand for crops, livestock and dairy products, the government said.

Aug 29 07:53

3rd District Congressman Mark Souder's Townhall meeting Fort Wayne

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Polite, restrained, but still adversarial.

Aug 29 07:53

Cheney ‘OK’ with violating felony torture statute

In an interview with Fox News to be aired this Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he is “OK” with CIA interrogations that violated Justice Department guidelines and condemned the prospect of any investigation of abuses as potentially “devastating” to morale.

The 2004 Inspector General’s report released on Monday cited numerous cases of possible violations of the felony torture statute, which prohibits both “the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering” and “the threat of imminent death.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Deadeye Dick "shoot my friend in the face, and make him apologize for the incident" Cheney: what you and the other knuckleheads did, by institutionalizing torture, has created three catastrophically ugly outcomes for this country.

First, by torturing prisoners of war (which is precisely what these guys were), you effectively pulled the US out of any human rights treaty to which this country has ever been a signatory.

Second, no American official of any stripe can ever talk about human rights, human dignity, and democracy with a straight face ever again, when agents of this country torture. Additionally, those officials cannot do that until the unholy trinity of you, Bush, and Rumsfeld stand in a court of law to confront war crimes trials.

And third, having institutionalized torture as normal, now any American, military or civilian, should they get captured, can expect no better than we meted out at Abu Ghraib.

And having had that outcome as a very real potential consequence of the choices which led to torture, it is obvious to thinking Americans, and particularly our military, that you very much ascribe to Henry Kissinger's attitude, expressed by his quote that our soldiers are "dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns" to achieve whatever geopolitical outcome you wanted, no matter what the price.

For you, and others like you, it's always other people's kids getting maimed and dying to achieve those objectives.

Aug 29 07:43

Flechette Shells: An illegal weapon

These claims cannot justify the use of flechette shells by the IDF in the Gaza Strip. While flechettes are not expressly forbidden under international humanitarian law in all circumstances, other rules of humanitarian law render their use in the Gaza Strip illegal. One of the most fundamental principles is the obligation to distinguish between those who are involved and those who are not involved in the fighting, and to avoid to the extent possible injury to those who are not involved. Deriving from this principle is the prohibition of the use of an imprecise weapon which is likely to result in civilian injuries.

Aug 29 07:41

Police baffled as dozens of 'suicidal' cows throw themselves off cliff in the Alps

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uncovering the cruel secret behind "whipped cream."

Aug 29 07:40

Taking something for nothing is wrong . . .

Ultimately the answer to combating digital piracy lies in the hands of those who own content and those who control access to the internet. Rights holders already have to take risks, and will have to take more — for example, by developing new online services such as Spotify that make much more of their back catalogue available in a way and at a price that makes sense to today’s consumers. The age of flogging a CD in HMV for £20 is well and truly over. Ask me what I think will finish off piracy as a real threat to our creators and creative businesses and the answer is obvious — it is the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, as a creative person myself, my sympathies are with the copyright holders.

But I do not think technology is the answer.

Content theft is a moral issue, and in nations where the leaders are seen to lie about foreign countries in order to steal the wealth of those countries, convincing young people that copying a file is wrong is a tough sell.

If we want a moral people we must start with moral leaders and by that I do not mean postured morality for the cameras but real morality that exists even when the cameras and public are not watching.

I agree with this article that prices for entertainment need to come down, but right now, the lion's share of the price of a CD or DVD goes government. How much less must we who make the products make do with less so that the government may have more?

Aug 29 07:35

The swine flu call centres where staff have nothing to do but play cards and Trivial Pursuit

Two swine flu call centres are to close just weeks after opening because staff have been spending most of their time playing cards and board games.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money has been 'squandered' after around 1,200 workers were employed to deal with the expected deluge of anxious calls.

But staff said far fewer calls were made than predicted and supervisors allowed them to play cards and games such as Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly to help pass the long hours between calls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The fear-mongering has not worked.

Aug 29 07:24

Study Says World's Stocks Controlled by Select Few

A recent analysis of the 2007 financial markets of 48 countries has revealed that the world's finances are in the hands of just a few mutual funds, banks, and corporations. This is the first clear picture of the global concentration of financial power, and point out the worldwide financial system's vulnerability as it stood on the brink of the current economic crisis.

Aug 29 07:23

Master hacker admits guilt, gets 15-25 years in prison

Albert Gonzalez will spend 15 to 25 years in prison for masterminding one of the two largest identity thefts in U.S. history.

According to a plea agreement announced today, he will plead guilty by Sept. 11 to 19 counts in Massachusetts related to the theft of 41 million credit-card numbers from retailers TJX Cos, BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, Forever 21 and DSW.

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Aug 29 07:23

Palestinian MPs and Cabinet members STILL in Israeli jails after illegal abduction

Among these prisoners are 21 Palestinian Members of Parliament (Palestinian Legislative Council) and 8 Cabinet Ministers. Shocking but true, these people are still locked away in prison cells three years after their night-time abduction as if they were criminals!

Aug 29 07:03

Norway's Knut Storberget tells ISPs to deploy secret censorship lists, 29 Aug 2008

The file contains a letter from the Norwegian Minister for Justice, Knut Storberget, asking all Norwegian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to create a nation wide censorship system on a "voluntary basis" or face the passage of laws compelling them to do so.

The letter was sent to internet providers in Norway.

Aug 29 06:40

Facebook+Brand Name = Millions of Fans

Today is the time when social media is rapidly redefining the marketing landscape. Companies are eager to join the social media band wagon and are willing to spend money and time on social media marketing.

By doing social media marketing the right way, companies can successfully spur the web traffic to their website and establish themselves as a brand in their respective industries. Amongst the various sites that help in brand building, Facebook leads the league.

Aug 29 06:14

AIPAC to go on mourning for Ted Kennedy

According to one tally, Ted Kennedy voted 100 percent in concert with positions taken by Aipac, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Tom Dine, who served as Aipac’s executive director from 1980-93, was a defense and foreign policy advisor to Kennedy.

In the run-up to his tough 1994 Senate campaign against Mitt Romney, Kennedy accumulated some $45,000 from pro-Israel political action committees over the years, according to former Aipac legislative director Doug Bloomfield, “and presumably a lot more from individual pro-Israel donors, considering his long record of support for U.S. taxpayer aid for Israel.”

Aug 29 06:08

Rep. Frank: House will pass Ron Paul’s ‘audit the Fed’ bill this year

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), one of the most unabashed liberals in the U.S. House of Representatives, told a Massachusetts town hall recently that Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve will clear his chamber by October.

Over half of the House members, most of them Republican, have signed on to the bill, H.R. 1207.

Though Frank disagrees — as many proponents of the bill contend — that the Fed is the cause of the U.S. dollar’s shrinking value, he told a Massachusetts audience that he’s been a proponent of greater transparency at the nation’s central bank for some time.

Aug 29 05:59

Israeli Organ Harvesting

Last week Sweden’s largest daily newspaper published an article containing shocking material: testimony and circumstantial evidence indicating that Israelis may have been harvesting internal organs from Palestinian prisoners without consent for many years.

Worse yet, some of the information reported in the article suggests that in some instances Palestinians may have been captured with this macabre purpose in mind.

Aug 29 05:23

Video: news broadcasts from 9/11, 9/12 and 9/13, the film shows the media lies that stuck with the public & the truths that were forgotten

Composed almost entirely of news broadcasts from 9/11, 9/12 and 9/13, the film shows the media lies that stuck with the public and more importantly, the truths that were quickly forgotten.
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In the embedded player, choose the 4th item(bottom).
Please download the DVD ISO or the DivX file. These
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Aug 29 05:11

America's deepening inferiority complex begins to bite Russia

In July, US Vice President Joe Biden, just days after his Commander-in-Speech’s successful trip to Moscow, fired the starting pistol for the latest wave of anti-Russian rhetoric when he lamented that, “Russia has some very difficult decisions to make.”

“They have a shrinking population base,” Biden started. “They have a withering economy, they have a banking sector that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years.”

Biden’s gratuitous tirade against Russia, besides betraying a disturbing level of disunity in America’s foreign policy sector, was in many ways a paranoid’s mirror reflection of the very problems now facing the United States. After all, the entire world is now slogging its way through an economic swamp of dinosaur proportions, and most countries have “difficult decisions” to make.

Aug 29 04:07

Closing In on the Torturers

Do you think the wardens will let George Tenet wear his Presidential Medal of Freedom over the orange coverall?

Perhaps he and Donald Rumsfeld will end up doing time together in one of the prisons also slated to host what Rumsfeld called "the worst of the worst" from Guantanamo.

That would be poetic justice of a most ironic kind. And if the two former leaders do end up in prison they can count themselves fortunate for having dodged execution for their roles in a slew of capital offenses.

You see, punishments for violations of the War Crimes Act (18 U.S.C. 2441), applicable in their case, include the death penalty-often the sentence of choice if detainees die in their custody. And countless have.

Aug 29 04:03

Cindy Sheehan's Lonely Vigil in Obamaland

Cindy Sheehan will be at Martha’s Vineyard beginning August 25 a short way from Obama’s vacation paradise of the celebrity elite but very far from the Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq where the body bags and cemeteries fill up each day as Obama’s wars rage on. She will remain there from August 25 through August 29 and has issued a call for all peace activists to join her there. For those of us close by in the New England states and in New York City, there would seem to be a special obligation to get to Martha’s Vineyard as soon as we can.

Aug 29 03:19

New Documents Describe in Extraordinary Detail Process of "Rendition," Torture

Among the treasure trove of documents released on Monday related to the CIA's detention and torture program is a 20-page background paper that, for the first time, describes in extraordinary detail the process of "rendition" and the torture prisoners are then subjected to when they are flown to "black site" prisons.

Aug 29 03:15

US Interrogators Back Torture Probe

Support for a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the Bush administration's use of torture has grown to include a former top FBI interrogator and a career military intelligence officer with more than two decades of experience conducting interrogations.

Aug 29 02:23

Early and Current Fears about Vaccine Dangers

Calling compulsory vaccinations "medical barbarism," Higgins petitioned President Woodrow Wilson to stop mandating them for army and navy personnel. He cited facts he called shocking, including death certificates of primary school aged children "all killed in one week in September, 1915, from vaccination resulting in lockjaw and septicemia" and numerous others dead from "vaccine infection." Yet throughout 1915, only three people died from smallpox.

Aug 29 01:34

The IG Report Chronology

I wanted to make some observations about the chronology included in the CIA IG Report***

***note the way the chronology tries to fudge or mis-represent details.

Aug 29 00:41

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Aug 28 21:41

Martha’s Vineyard, retreat of upwardly mobile black America

August 25, 2009
Martha’s Vineyard becomes capital of upwardly mobile black America
President Obama’s holiday in Martha’s Vineyard has confirmed the racially mixed resort as the capital of upwardly mobile black America. African-American celebrities, executives and academics who have long vacationed on the island are celebrating the arrival of America’s first black President.
The town is now home to a prosperous black community that includes Henry Louis Gates, the Harvard professor and Obama friend who clashed with a white policeman who checked his Boston-area home, and the Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, another Obama friend.

Aug 28 20:52

Debt Slave

Debt Slave is a wake up call for all Americans to break out of the corporate control of the mainstream media and prepare for the real economic collapse that is ahead.

Aug 28 19:42

Fluoride Linked to Arthritis, Study Shows

A 2009 Brazilian study shows that, after brushing with a fluoridated dentifrice, a substantial amount of fluoride is ingested by children. (7)

“Fluoride at any level accumulates in the body,” says Paul Beeber, President, New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation. “So even water fluoridation will cause arthritic-like symptoms in susceptible individuals which is compounded by U.S. physicians’and dentists' lack of training to diagnose fluoride toxicity.” (See: http://tinyurl.com/Susheela

“We know US schoolchildren are fluoride-overdosed (5). What’s it doing to their bones?” asks Beeber.

Aug 28 19:29

US wants 20,000 more troops to fight Taliban

The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan will ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of his new strategic plan for the alliance's war against a resurgent Taliban, The Independent has learned.

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