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July 17, 2009

Jul 17 09:56

CIA Assassin Program Was Nearing New Phase

“The finding imposed no geographical limitations on the agency’s actions, and intelligence officials have said that they were not obliged to notify Congress of each operation envisaged under the directive.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No geographical limitations = YOUR HOME.

Jul 17 09:53

How 'Nazi gnome' making Heil Hitler salute could get artist jailed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Germany

Get a @#$%ing life, already!

Jul 17 09:52

Paulson Threatened Great Depression, Food Riots To Get Bailout Bill Passed

During Paulson’s first appearance on Capitol Hill since he left office yesterday, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs said he told Congress privately that if they rejected the bailout bill another great depression would ensue, that there would be a breakdown in law and order as well as food riots and civil unrest, adding that he couldn’t reveal such things publicly for fear that the situation would “terrify the American people and lead to an even bigger problem”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, he threatened the US Government into passing the bill..

That is an act of terror under the USAPATRIOT act.

Jul 17 09:51

THANK YOU ALAN DERSHOWITZ

Norman Finkelstein the scholar has turned into Norman Finkelstein the activist – and a good one. They threw him out of Israel last year but he went to Gaza with CodePink and is now organizing something big. Dershowitz will regret the day he got him fired and freed up all his time and energy. Some dark clouds do have a silver lining.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know that feeling. If I hadn't been blacklisted out of Hollywood over the Vince Foster matter What Really Happened would not exist today!

Proof that being in government doesn't mean you have any brains.



Jul 17 09:44

JEWIFYING PALESTINIANS

Experts are refuting an Israeli researcher’s claim that Palestinians are “ethnically Jewish” as a fundamentally flawed theory that contradicts both science and history, while Palestinians slammed it as part of a larger scheme to erase their identity.

“The claim that there are Jewish genes is ridiculous and unscientific,” Kamel Katalo, professor of Sociology at Al-Khalil University, told IslamOnline.net.

Jul 17 09:43

Germany opens 'Nazi' gnome case

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Germany

The war is over. The Nazis lost. It all happened in the first half of the previous century.

And we have problems right here and right now that need to be dealt with.

Kindly join us in the 21st Century.

Jul 17 09:38

SBY says he was the real target for the Jakarta hotel bombings

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono has suggested to reporters that he was the target for the Jakarta hotel bombings. At a press conference a short time ago, the President held up intelligence supplied photographs of himself which he claimed had been used as target practice by hooded men.

Jul 17 08:57

“The War on Terror is a Fraud”

We know now, that the American government has committed treason against their own people and their own constitution and so has the American Congress. Some have done it by direct participation in the deliberate massacre of about 3000 innocent people, the majority of them Americans. And others have committed treason by knowingly covering up the truth....
The cover-up still continues and therefor have all western governments lost some of their legitimacy. They can enforce compliance to their rule by means of violent oppression but they have no longer the moral or legal right to demand it.



Jul 17 08:49

Active Ingredient In Cannabis Eliminates Morphine Dependence In Rats

Injections of THC, the active principle of cannabis, eliminate dependence on opiates (morphine, heroin) in rats deprived of their mothers at birth. The findings could lead to therapeutic alternatives to existing substitution treatments.

Jul 17 08:16

On The Farm: Nick`s Wheat

With a summer like this, you can`t tell my Dad there`s global warming.

"I think Al Gore and his group should be out here and tell us about this global warming stuff. I think he might have a change of mind. We`ve had a cool July,” says Orlan Dreyer, Willow City Farmer

July mornings aren`t supposed to be 50 degrees, but once again today, we`re seeing temperatures well below normal.

Jul 17 08:00

Go To Israel: On The House(s) of Others!

Yesterday I asked all of you to sign away on an online petition:StandUpForJerusalem and I decided to go have a look at how many more signatories there were – Lo’ and behold there was a Google advert that happened to catch my eye whilst I was present on the petition’s page.
After clicking the click I was sent to the site Israel On The House wherein I took a screen-capture of the page whilst my mouth was still agape.

Jul 17 06:59

Obama's War Signals

Jul 17 06:56

Ballad of Timothy Geithner

Jul 17 06:51

Goldman Sachs In Talks To Acquire Treasury Department

Humor I think!



Jul 17 06:45

Laptop Security While Crossing Borders

Jul 17 06:39

Socialist America Sinking

Jul 17 06:31

New clues to human development in primate affairs

An international team of scholars called for a new approach to the study early humans and other primates, following a series of revelations about the capacity of our closest living relatives to make and use tools.

A growing stockpile of information about the capabilities of monkeys and apes means that way in which we study our own ancestors may have to be drastically revised, a new report says.

Jul 17 06:23

The real price of Goldman’s giganto-profits

So what’s wrong with Goldman posting $3.44 billion in second-quarter profits, what’s wrong with the company so far earmarking $11.4 billion in compensation for its employees? What’s wrong is that this is not free-market earnings but an almost pure state subsidy.



Jul 17 05:57

Iranian Cruise Missile Test

This is an older Chinese subsonic cruise missile of which the Iranians have several hundred,along with several hundred Harpoon knockoffs to go with an unknown number of Sunburns and Yakhonts(Onyx) which fly at speeds of 1,500 to over 2,000 mph.
These missiles will be launched from caves and bunkers in the mountains on the Iranian side of the Persian Gulf and will be very hard to see.

Jul 17 05:45

Specs:Yakhont(Onyx) Cruise Missile

Jul 17 05:36

FLASHBACK: China Backs Iran Against The Great Satan

Jul 17 05:28

Aircraft Carrier vs. Cruise Missile

Check the links in this article.



Jul 17 05:24

Israeli raids on Palestinian village linked to Quebec court case

"Israeli military forces have arrested nine
Palestinian youths this week, some of whom are still in prison," says Khatib from Bil'in. "These Palestinian youths have not been charged with anything. This clear detention of Palestinian children without charge is illegal under international law."

Jul 17 04:56

Gilad Atzmon: Israel will implode

Israel's oppressive Iron fist occupation will cause its own demise

Jul 17 04:13

Ex-Boeing engineer convicted of spying for China

The former employee of Rockwell International's space and defense unit, which was taken over by Boeing in 1996, was convicted of multiple counts related to his decades-long espionage.

After a three week trial, Judge Cormac Carney "found Chung guilty of conspiracy to commit economic espionage...

Jul 17 03:12

Liberty and Safety

For a professor of law at one of the country's best law schools who was once the go-to guy in the Justice Department whenever the Bush White House needed legal cover for its truly lawless ventures outside the Constitution, John Yoo has revealed a breathtaking ignorance of American values, history, and jurisprudence.

In his startling mea culpa, published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Professor Yoo confessed to advising President Bush that he possessed powers from some source other than the Constitution, that in the name of public safety he could cut down all laws written for the express purpose of restraining the President, and that Americans would expect no less than this so long as they were actually kept safe as a result of it.



Jul 17 02:02

Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes

There is a knock at the front door. Peeking through the window, a mother sees a man and a woman, both in uniform. They are agents of health-care reform.

“Excuse me, ma’am,” says the man. “Our records show that your eleven-year-old daughter has not been immunized for genital warts.”

“And your four-year-old still needs the chicken-pox vaccine,” says the woman.

“He will not be allowed to start kindergarten unless he gets that shot, you know,” says the man—smiling from ear to ear.

“So, can we please come in?” asks the woman. “We have the vaccines right here,” she says, lifting up a black medical bag. “We can give your kids the shots right now.”

“We are from the government,” says the man, “and we’re here to help.”

Jul 17 01:03

Mystery surrounds crash of 'fit to fly' Iran plane

Meanwhile, Russian experts have decided to visit Iran to help with the investigations.

Jul 17 00:50

13 doctors demand inquest into Dr David Kelly's death

The case of Dr. Kelly may well be the most intriguing and high profile of all. His death reported as a suicide is surely as strange a yarn as the media has ever reported.

Jul 17 00:32

Senate Passes Hate Bill - Yet Democrats Compromise

Sen. Patrick Leahy's hate crimes bill, amending the National Defense Authorization Act, effectively passed the Senate tonight at about eleven o'clock p.m. EDT. A call for cloture, or termination of debate after thirty hours, was passed 63 to 28. Clearly, the Senate majority had spoken. Once cloture is invoked there is usually little more that can be done to resist.

There was no floor debate. A complete end run had been done around adequate Senate hearings, a Mark-up session and Rules Committee debate. Total Senate debate of the hate bill amounted to little more than a brief "kangaroo" hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee several weeks ago. Witnesses, which included Attorney General Eric Holder were stacked 4 to 2 against conservatives.



July 16, 2009

Jul 16 23:28

Vilified, Courageous Cynthia McKinney inside Gaza

Spokesman: Cynthia McKinney Enters Gaza
Updated 7/16/2009 7:42:46 AM
Posted By: Ben Mayer
http://www.sfbayview.com/2009/the-vilification-of-cynthia-mckinney/
July 14, 2009
The vilification of Cynthia McKinney
by Time for change
Our country desperately needs politicians like Cynthia McKinney – those who speak truth to power. Her words and actions mark her out as a prime target for those whose main interest is in maintaining the status quo.

Jul 16 23:00

The Conspiracy Business and All That Jazz

The Conspiracy Business and All That Jazz
July 15, 2009 in New World Order, ZOG |
The one real danger to all these plans has long been evident and targeted. And that’s White solidarity. I’m not talking about just white skin, now. But the non-Jewish White Goyim, who sometimes get the inconvenient notion that Jews are bad for them and must be put a stop to.

Jul 16 22:57

Dancing On Graves & Hebraizing Palestine

Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has recently ordered immediate roadside signs across Israel’s highways to be changed so that all the names appearing on them in English and Arabic would be a direct transliteration of Hebrew.

Minister Yisrael Katz has stated:
“I will not allow that on our signs. This government, and certainly this minister, will not allow anyone to turn Jewish Jerusalem to Palestinian al-Quds,“.

He stated publicly that “the name al-Quds would be changed into Yerushalayim, Nasera to Nazareth and Akka to Akko.”

Jul 16 21:53

Death of a Myth: Israel's Support of a Two-State Solution

Israel’s actions from the beginning have directly contradicted the image it projects to the West. The founding of a country that was to be “a light among nations” required the forcible expulsion of most of its original inhabitants. The “Middle East’s only democracy” became the brutal oppressor of three million Palestinians. The nationhood that was to endow the Jewish people with “normality” gave them instead a garrison state in which military strength is the dominant value.



Jul 16 21:21

Despite all the 'pressure,' Obama seems to be licensing illegal colonization

Mondoweiss - Ali Abunimah, an old friend of Barack Obama's and a leading member of the Arab-American community who has not yet been invited to the White House, reflects on the visit of 16 Jewish machers to the president's table on Monday and concludes that Obama's "pressure" on Israel has so far been toothless and without real effect.

Obama has consistently stressed his belief in the "unbreakable" US-Israeli relationship. Considering his actions and words so far, there is little reason to doubt him. But unless he is prepared to go much further than anyone has publicly contemplated in pressuring Israel, his peace initiative has negligible chances of success.

Jul 16 21:18

China has kick-started a major plan to internationalise the renminbi

Despite the propaganda that we hear from the MSM, the US Treasury ("strong dollar policy"), the Federal Reserve, and Wall Street pundits, this is another clue that the U.S. dollar is in deep trouble. Nobody is going to blow a horn to warn us that dollar is about to collapse.

Jul 16 21:15

Chavez: 'Obama is biting off more than he can chew'

On Obama: He "is not going to trick us with an ambiguous discourse or with a smile," and he wants to be seen "as a peaceful dove, as an innocent lamb."

On the "imperial" U.S. forces that Chavez thinks killed JFK: "I hope they do not kill Obama, because Obama is biting off more than he can chew."

On his Bolivarian revolution: "The process of change in Latin America is not going to stop, President Obama. You can send the Fourth and the Sixth Fleet, or the world's largest bombers, but changes will not end."

On the responsible parties for the Honduras overthrow: "The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the US Department of State and the Pentagon."

Jul 16 20:26

Israel’s Biggest Theft of all Time

Just like the American government spreads war around the world with the tax money they coerce out of me, Israel spreads war, death, poverty, inhumanity, and famine within throwing distance of it’s own inhabitants.

Jul 16 18:52

Dorothy Kilgallen: Mysterious Death

Dorothy Kilgallen, famed columnist of the Journal-American, died on November 8, 1965, at the young age of 52.

She was obsessed with JFK's murder, and had her doubts.

It's not amazing that many oldsters are on the web(and, who would most likely be the audience for this show), and expressing their feelings as the young do. This older audience is just as sharp and pissed off at events that have happened. In fact, the older ones have seen more and realize that all this BS is not something new. Take time to listen to the old & wise. I refer here as the "comments section" (daveplomin). Older people are followers of current events more than we think. Talk to them and learn.

Jul 16 18:15

Virginia to Close Half of Rest Stops

The state will close nearly half of its interstate rest areas July 21 as officials struggle with a $2.6 billion shortfall in the transportation budget.

Jul 16 17:58

Eustace Mullins - Murder by Injection

Eustace Mullins: American political writer, author, biographer

Eustace Mullins - Murder by Injection, 1988
The story of the medical conspiracy in America

Connected to this story:
How Jews snatch Palestine? (11/11/2008)
Full text: The one world order [E]eustace Mullins
http://tazeen-howjewssnatchedpalestine.blogspot.com/2008/11/full-text-...

Jul 16 16:31

LOL! Barbara Box[er] has more she can handle

I'm no fan of some "Black" Chamber of Commerce (in fact, I've come to despise all "Chambers of Commerce" lately but that is beside the point) but this guy is right in more ways than one.

Jul 16 15:46

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

Go to time=32:38 on the link below from Bill Moyers Journal "Examining Blackwater" with Jeremy Scahill.

Jul 16 14:14

"Shut up or I will f*** you"

If you say anything to internationals or the police, I will kill you'

Jul 16 13:51

Censorship in the Internet age

Australia’s government nannies have officially banned 1,370 web sites. They’ve drawn up a blacklist, just like the medieval index of banned books. Right now it’s a voluntary pilot project to which Internet service providers can submit. But if the trial run is deemed a success and made law, anyone who links to a blacklisted site can be fined $11,000 a day. That means it will be a crime not just to provide the contents of a web site, but to merely reproduce its address.

That’s not just like banning books. It’s like banning books, and banning saying the banned book’s title. It’s a lot of banning.

Jul 16 13:10

545 People

By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

Jul 16 12:57

Is Vigilante Justice Justifiable?

WILL VIOLENT CRIME SPARK VIGILANTE JUSTICE?
James H. Lilley
By definition, a vigilante is a protector, defender or guardian and, as such, may belong to a vigilance committee. But, when you define vigilance committee according to Webster, you have “a group organized outside of legal authority to keep order and punish crime, because the usual law enforcement agencies do not exist, or are alleged to be inefficient.”

Jul 16 12:45

MORE STORE CLOSINGS

Jul 16 12:44

America’s ‘disappeared’: The homeless of the big cities

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

Jul 16 12:41

Judge Denies Bid By Airlines To Question FBI In 9/11 Case

Jul 16 12:38

TRY OUT THE APOLLO FLIGHT COMPUTER!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, it doesn't support the full set of commands and programs, but there is enough here to let you get the idea of what the state of the art in spaceflight computers was 40 years ago.

Jul 16 12:36

Weaving the way to the Moon

As Apollo 11 sped silently on its way to landing the first men on the Moon, its safe arrival depended on the work of a long-haired maths student fresh out of college and a computer knitted together by a team of "little old ladies".

Jul 16 11:38

Astronauts check for damage on shuttle

Jul 16 10:46

As profit plummets, Harley to cut 1,000 more jobs

Nearly half of the 1,000 job cuts announced by Harley-Davidson Inc. on Thursday will come from Wisconsin, the company says.

Of the 1,000 jobs to be eliminated, about 480 will come from Wisconsin, including the elimination of 300 hourly production positions.

Jul 16 10:45

Foreign demand for US financial assets down in May

Foreign demand for long-term U.S. financial assets dropped by the largest amount in four months in May, as Japan and Russia trimmed their holdings of Treasury securities.

Jul 16 10:44

Bernie Madoff Was Only a Petty Crook Compared with Uncle Sam

President Barack Obama and the sitting members of Congress have not been charged, much less convicted and sentenced, for crimes that make Bernie Madoff’s look like child’s play. Note well: I am referring here not to the assorted murders, assaults, and batteries for which these men and women are manifestly guilty – I say guilty because they not only admit these crimes, but proudly take public credit for them – but to certain of their strictly financial crimes.

Jul 16 10:43

GALLOWAY SPEAKS LIVE FROM GAZA

Jul 16 10:43

Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing starts work in Pakistan

The independent commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto arrived today in Islamabad as it began its first working visit to the country.

Jul 16 10:42

Fearful Thinking

As Griffin describes it, fearful thinking is when “you won’t believe what you actually fear to be the truth”. Ironically, the more common expression for this phenomenon is to be in a state of ‘denial’.

Jul 16 10:41

CIA death squads 'copied Mossad'

Former US officials claim CIA was to hire assassination teams modeled after the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad's targeted killing specialist squads.

Jul 16 10:40

Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes

“We are from the government,” says the man, “and we’re here to help.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear government

Leave me the @#$% alone.

Jul 16 10:35

usnews Nine Reasons the Economy is Not Getting Better

We are now looking at unemployment numbers that undermine any confidence that we might be nearing the bottom of the recession. The appropriate metaphor is not the green shoots of new growth. A better image is to look at the true total of jobless people as a prudent navigator looks at an iceberg.

Jul 16 10:35

What is "High-Frequency Trading", and How Does It Distort the Markets?

Saluzzi explains that 70% of the volume in the stock markets are from computer program trading.

The program traders make money from making trades, regardless of whether stocks go up or down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, like bookies!

Jul 16 09:28

Microsoft Versus Chavez

Yesterday, Microsoft MSN (Spain) featured a montage photo of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the ex president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, wearing king's crowns, accompanied by the colourful title, "When power corrupts: Striving to be kings." The Venezuelan government and a grassroots technology movement here are both promoting the use and creation of open source (free) software, so it's no surprise that software tyrant, Microsoft, is lambasting Chavez.

Jul 16 09:14

World may back Iran op as part of deal

A deal taking shape between Israel and Western leaders will facilitate international support for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in exchange for concessions in peace negotiations with the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, The Times reported Thursday.

According to one British official quoted by the paper, such an understanding could allow an Israeli attack "within the year."

The report in the UK paper quoted unnamed diplomats as saying Israel was prepared to offer concessions on the formation of a Palestinian state as well as on its settlement policy and "issues" with Arab neighbors, in exchange for international backing for an Israeli operation in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The JP apparently also loves to quote "That Greek Anonymous" when it comes to these kinds of breathless pronouncements, softening up the English-speaking world for an impending Israeli strike on Iran.

And by the way, if there is international support for such a strike... just what are Russia and China saying about it?!?!

Absolutely nothing?!?

Thought so. Iran is Russia's 7th largest trading partner.

Some adults in the room in Tel Aviv and Washington had better recognize that fact before they do something spectacularly idiotic.

Jul 16 09:04

Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes

The committee’s official summary of the bill says: “Authorizes a demonstration program to improve immunization coverage. Under this program, CDC will provide grants to states to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based interventions. States may use funds to implement interventions that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, such as reminders or recalls for patients or providers, or home visits.”

Home visits? What exactly is the state going to do when it sends people to “implement interventions” in private homes designed “to improve immunization coverage of children”?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My question is, what happens when the person being approached by these "health professionals" says "no, you cannot come in."?

Are they going to be penalized in some draconian way, such as - perhaps - losing custody of the children who are not vaccinated that day?!?

Jul 16 08:46

You know that "face on mars" ?

Jul 16 08:45

WHO MURDERED ARAFAT?

In an impromptu news conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman , on 12 July, Fatah Secretary-General Farouk Kaddumi revealed that Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas and former Gaza strong man Muhammed Dahlan conspired to murder Yasser Arafat in connivance with Israel and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Jul 16 08:44

HAS THE NAACP LOST ITS COLLECTIVE MIND ALONG WITH ITS PRINCIPLES?

Over 1000 people, including Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan, and Michael Parenti, petitioned the NAACP asking them not to give military recruiters access to their young people. The NAACP rejected their plea.

Jul 16 08:43

OBAMA’S CREDIBILITY AT STAKE

In his much-celebrated speech to the Muslim World in Cairo on June 4, President Obama vowed to mend relations with the Muslim world.

Among other things, he stated the following: “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.”

He also pointed out that “Israel must also live up to its obligations to ensure that Palestinians can live, work, and develop their society. And, just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel’s security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank.”

Jul 16 08:41

Assassination Teams and Mysterious Deaths

It is disturbing to me that my tax dollars are used for what can only be described as murder. No trial, no jury, no nothing - just kill them. What qualifications does a person need to be murdered by my government? I can only guess but here are a few mysterious deaths for you to think about:

Jul 16 08:31

Israel warships move within cruise-missile range of Iran

Tel Aviv takes a step closer to war with Tehran as two Israeli warships sail through the Suez Canal within cruise-missile range of Iran.

Earlier this week, two Israel Navy gunboats, the Hanit and the Eliat, passed through the Suez Canal and across the Red Sea.

In a Thursday interview with the Times, a senior Israeli defense official said the move should be seen as serious preparations for a long-expected attack on Iranian nuclear sites.

"This is preparation that should be taken seriously. Israel is investing time in preparing itself for the complexity of an attack on Iran," said the Israeli defense official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

"These maneuvers are a message to Iran that Israel will follow up on its threats," he added.

Jul 16 08:19

Suppressed report raises questions about drug policy

In 1991, an editorial in the British Journal of Addiction condemned the inordinate amount of resources devoted to drug law enforcement, and compared the war on drugs to the witch hunts of the past.

It's an apt comparison, since drug warriors around the world are influenced more by myths, stereotypes and propaganda than by solid evidence. And when confronted by evidence that conflicts with the myths, stereotypes and propaganda of the drug war, the warriors seek to bury it rather than address it head on.

The 1995 Cocaine Project, a joint effort of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, is a case in point.

Jul 16 08:18

Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps

Area drivers looking to outwit police speed traps and traffic cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is far more about revenue than it is about safety; the citizens living in these areas know that.

Jul 16 08:18

CIT Group Closer to Bankruptcy as U.S. Denies Aid

CIT Group, an important lender to smaller companies, said last night that it had failed to persuade the federal government to provide further financial assistance to help it avert a likely bankruptcy filing that could hurt thousands of clients ranging from small clothing manufacturers to retailers such as Dunkin' Donuts and Dell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently the government only gives tax dollars to those corporations officials are personally invested in.

Jul 16 08:14

Foreclosures at record high in first half 2009 despite aid

U.S. home foreclosure activity galloped to a record in the first half of the year, overwhelming broad efforts to remedy failing loans while job losses escalated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE!! WE'RE ... never mind." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 16 08:13

BofA Operating Under Secret Regulatory Sanction: Report

Bank of America Corp is operating under a secret U.S. regulatory sanction that requires it to overhaul its board and address perceived problems with risk and liquidity management, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

Rarely disclosed publicly, the so-called memorandum of understanding (MOU) gives banks a chance to work out their problems without the glare of outside attention, the paper said.

Jul 16 08:12

J.K. Rowling Must Register as a Potential Pedophile

In a stunningly misguided program implemented by the British government, all children's book authors who visit schools must register with a national database intended to protect children from pedophiles, and they must pay a fee to do so. Beginning October 12, 2009, the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will require that all adults who work with children, including authors such as J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman if they make special visits to schools, will be required to register with the database for a fee of £64 ($105).

Jul 16 08:10

Jesse Ventura: They Spent 100 Million Dollars Investigating Clinton But Only 4 Million On 9/11!

Jul 16 08:09

Reinvestigate 911 Breaks into Parliament

In a breakthrough for campaigners, a meeting has been held in the new Parliamentary extension Portcullis House at which speakers challenged the official story of the 9/11 attacks. This was the first time since the attacks nearly eight years ago that MPs and Peers heard - on their own premises - the widespread view outside it: that 9/11 might have been an inside job.

Jul 16 08:08

London mayor says $460K fee 'chicken feed'

Outspoken London Mayor Boris Johnson came under trade union fire yesterday for describing as "chicken feed" the $460,000 second salary he earns for writing a weekly newspaper column for the Daily Telegraph.

Jul 16 08:08

London Times Censors Mass Opposition to Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccine

The London Times newspaper has apparently censored scores of comments on its own website that expressed vehement opposition to plans by the UK government to implement a mandatory vaccination program for swine flu.

As of today however, the original London Times article that featured the comments (Swine flu vaccine rushed through safety checks) has been completely wiped clean, and the scores of comments expressing refusal to comply with any potential mandatory vaccination program have been sent down the memory hole.

A reader e mailed us to notify us that the comments had all been deleted.

Jul 16 08:08

Chavez to Join Next Blockade-Busting Trip to Gaza, Says British Activist

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of Israel’s fiercest international critics, will join a future convoy of leftists on a solidarity visit to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to the left-wing British lawmaker and convoy leader George Galloway.

Galloway on Wednesday arrived in Gaza from Egypt, where he joined a group of American activists, including former Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney and New York City Democratic Councilman Charles Barron, who had been trying for several days to get Egyptian permission to cross the border.

Jul 16 08:06

Did MI5 kill Dr David Kelly?

Just another crazy conspiracy theory? But, amid claims he wrote tell-all book that vanished after his death, it's one that refuses to go away

Jul 16 08:04

Launching of Shuttle Is Marred by Falling Debris

As the space shuttle Endeavour lifted off into orbit Wednesday evening, several pieces of debris fell off the external fuel tank, and at least one hit the orbiter.

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The problem is that the foam coating has large bubbles in it. Not a problem on the ground, but as the shuttle races up out of the atmosphere and into the vacuum of space the air trapped in those bubbles in the foam is still at sea-level pressure and can force chunks of the foam to break away.

The solution would have been a simple robot that spirals around the outside of the external tank after the foam is applied and uses ultrasound to find any large voids in the foam, then drills a vent hole into that void. As the Shuttle climbs into space, the air inside the bubbles vents outside harmlessly.

But, budget cuts, budget cuts, budget cuts.

The US Government should carve "Died for lack of funding" on the graves of the crews from Challenger and Columbia.

Jul 16 08:04

Jewish settlers burn Palestinian crops

The sources noted that the settlers have escalated their assaults on Palestinian farms this summer in the hope of annexing those lands after their owners desert them.

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Please remember, American taxpayer: every dime of your tax dollar going to Israel supports just this kind of behavior on the part of the settlers, attempting to throw Palestinians off their lands and out of their homes.

Jul 16 08:01

The Democrats' Selective Amnesia on Assassination: Clinton Did It and Obama Does It Too

Partisan politics often require selective amnesia. Over the past decade, we have seen this amnesia take hold when it comes to many of President Bush?s most vile policies. And we are now seeing a pretty severe case overtake several leading Democrats. It makes for good speechifying to act as though all criminality began with Bush and?particularly these days?Cheney, but that is extreme intellectual dishonesty. The fact is that many of Bush?s worst policies (now being highlighted by leading Democrats) were based in some form or another in a Clinton-initiated policy or were supported by the Democrats in Congress with their votes.

Jul 16 08:00

Making Their Bones: The American Elite's Bi-Partisan Murder Racket

As we noted, official Washington is in a minor flutter at the moment over reports that Dick Cheney ordered and then concealed the existence of a planned program of targeted assassinations -- a program which was supposedly never implemented and was then supposedly cancelled by Obama CIA chief Leon Panetta. We merely pointed out the well-known fact -- supported by copious reportage in mainstream journals in the past eight years, not to mention proud public admissions by top government officials, including the president -- that the CIA (and other agents of the United States government) had indeed been murdering people in "extrajudicial assassinations" throughout the Bush Administration.

Jul 16 08:00

G-G Sets Iran Deadline

If the attack comes look for it during the new moon,September 18th or October 18th.

Jul 16 07:57

Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps

The greater D.C. area has 290 red-light and speed cameras -- comprising nearly 10 percent of all traffic cameras in the U.S., according to estimates by a camera-tracking database called the POI Factory

Jul 16 07:53

Natalia Estemirova Killing The Latest In Attacks On Russian Activists

A report was released on the same day as Estemirova's killing, which calls for Russian officials, including Prime Minister Putin, to be held accountable for crimes while they have been in office.

Estemirova's death is the latest in an increasing list of reporters, lawyers and activits who have been killed in Russia, according to Amnesty International.

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Who benefits from such a high-profile assassination? Who WANTS to make the Russian leadership look bad right now? (Hint: Who is still pissed off about Putin's removal of the oligarchs who were bleeding the new Russian Republic dry?)

Jul 16 07:48

57 Percent Tax Looms for Biggest Earners in NYC

New York's top income bracket could reach as high as 57 percent -- rates not seen in three decades -- to pay for the massive health coverage proposed by House Democrats this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, what WE THE PEOPLE wanted was to pay for health care by NOT paying any more for wars or to send weapons to Israel or bail out Wall Street idiots with more greed than brains.

Making us pay for wars and Israel and Wall Street, then charging us extra for health care is pretty much what we have right now only with more government-mandated paperwork.

That's a step backwards.

Jul 16 07:46

‘CIA suspect in Bhutto’s assassination’

Slain Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto could have been targeted by the CIA as part of its recently-exposed alleged assassination program, reports say.

Jul 16 07:45

US smoker chokes on cost of habit

A man in the United States popped out to his local petrol station to buy a pack of cigarettes - only to find his card charged $23,148,855,308,184,500.

That is $23 quadrillion (£14 quadrillion) - many times the US national debt.

"I thought somebody had bought Europe with my credit card," said Josh Muszynski, from New Hampshire.

He says his appeals to his bank first met with little understanding, though it eventually corrected the error.

It also waived the usual $15 overdraft fee.

Jul 16 07:44

Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran

Two Israeli missile class warships have sailed through the Suez Canal ten days after a submarine capable of launching a nuclear missile strike, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The deployment into the Red Sea, confirmed by Israeli officials, was a clear signal that Israel was able to put its strike force within range of Iran at short notice. It came before long-range exercises by the Israeli air force in America later this month and the test of a missile defence shield at a US missile range in the Pacific Ocean.

Jul 16 07:43

At Jail in Bagram, A Detainee Protest

The prisoners at the largest U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan have refused to leave their cells for at least the past two weeks to protest their indefinite imprisonment, according to lawyers and the families of detainees.

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Indefinite detention has been legitimized by the Bush administration, and seems to be favored as well by the Obama administration.

This is completely antithetical to every core value upon which this country was founded, as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

We cannot, for one moment, as a country, talk about the rule of law, human rights, and human dignity unless we actually practice what we preach.

At both Gitmo and Bagram, we are failing, miserably, to lead the world by example.

Jul 16 07:37

Record rise in UK jobless total

Jul 16 07:36

Zionists Looking for Collaborators?

It didn’t surprise me that Zionists would send me an Email looking for collaborators. I know that Israel is a Zionist criminal and terrorist organization with all what this means, because of it’s invasion, it’s laws, crimes, behavior, etc … I also strongly believe that Israel is not a State, and that the establishment of Israel in Palestine by the UN was illegal and immoral. I also believe that every single Israeli soldier who crosses the borders of 1967 is enforcing an illegal occupation, is perpetrator or accomplice of ethnic cleansing and genocide against my people. They are without exception war criminals and terrorists, but until now we are jailed for their crimes.

Jul 16 07:35

Clinton: US Won’t Hesitate to Use Military Against Iran

In a high-profile policy address before the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that the US wouldn’t not hesitate to use its military to “defend our friends, our interests, and above all, our people” during the segment discussing Iran.

Today’s comments are the latest in a long line of bellicose rhetoric coming from the Secretary of State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We cannot handle one more prolonged military engagement with anyone; we don't have the troops on the ground to handle the military engagements we already have.

Clinton's statement here shows her absolute fealty to Israel, and her total contempt for the cost in money and blood to it will take to mount such a military campaign against Iran. For people like Clinton, it's always other people's kids who get sent to get maimed and die, not their own.

The IAEA has stated, emphatically, that there is no nuclear weapons development going on in Iran, just as there were no WMDs before we invaded Iraq.

But of course, the truth doesn't matter here; it's all about "neutralizing" any of Israel's perceived existential threats in the region; and that includes just about all of its neighbors!

Jul 16 07:35

9/11 truth still in a cloud of smoke?

Eight years after the tragedy of 9/11, questions remain unanswered. A group of experts has convened in Washington to discuss what they think happened. Their theories are in stark contrast to the official version.

Jul 16 07:34

Head of $25 Billion Templeton Fund: Derivatives Will Cause Another Crisis

I have repeatedly warned that credit default swaps are not meaningfully being reigned in, and that the failure to do so will cause future problems.

Mark Mobius - executive chairman of the $25 billion dollar Templeton asset management fund - agrees:

Jul 16 07:24

Fed's Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman Missing Trillions of Taxpayers' Dollars

In the video clip she says she knows nothing about nine trillion dollars ($9,000,000,000,000) that is claimed to be unaccounted for. That's $63,000 for each taxpayer. It's also three times the amount of the entire annual federal budget of the United States missing in action! These numbers are simply staggering, yet they are getting amazingly little media coverage.

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"The last official act of any government is to loot the nation." -- Michael Rivero

Jul 16 07:22

Obama's prizes for Israel are not "pressure"

On 13 July, President Barack Obama received 16 leaders of the most prominent pro-Israel organizations at the White House. The gathering was an effort to assuage American Jewish concerns about US pressure on Israel over a settlement freeze in the occupied West Bank.

One participant argued that in the past any progress toward peace has only been made when there was "no light" between American and Israeli positions. "I disagree," the president responded according to one witness, and pointed out that during eight years of the Bush administration, "there was no light between the United States and Israel, and nothing got accomplished."

Jul 16 07:18

Defense official: Israel readying for attack on Iran

Israel's recent deployment of warships across the Red Sea should be seen as serious preparation for an attack on Iran, an Israeli defense official told the Times of London on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Haaretz is sourcing their old friend again, that Greek, "Anonymous".

But if Israel decides to go through with an attack against a nation which is building a power plant, and not bombs, they should just go ahead and do it - without any US help.

We've spent enough in money and blood, thank you very much, "neutralizing" Iraq, which - by the way - never, ever had weapons of mass destruction.

You will note that the demonization of Iran is proceeding in the corporate western press, ahead of such a potential strike, full-tilt boogie; remember, this was precisely the kind of synchronized lie campaign which preceded the invasion of Iraq.

Iran is Russia's 7th largest trading partner. One has to wonder what Israel thinks Russia will do if Israel attacks Iran.

I don't think the Russian answer to such an attack against Iran will be that of sitting back...and doing nothing.

Jul 16 07:05

Obama to set binding timetable for Israel-PA talks

The diplomat also noted that the U.S. is now interested in reaching a compromise with Israel on the settlement issue as a prelude to presentation of the American plan, as the Americans have understood that Israel cannot agree to an absolute freeze in construction in the settlements.

The change in the American view on the issue was the result of the fact that about 2,500 homes in the settlements are in various advanced stages of construction which cannot be halted.

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Translation: the Palestinians get absolutely nothing from this deal, except for less and less territory to the point of rendering the concept of "Palestinian State" completely meaningless.

Jul 16 06:53

Geithner sees 'repair' in US finance

Geithner also said in remarks to Bloomberg Television: "What we are generally seeing across the US financial system is welcome signs of stability and repair."

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We've got 1.5 million homes in foreclosure in this country, and Geithner's talking about "...welcome signs of stability and repair"?!?

How in the name of Sam Hill can he make such a statement, and expect that anyone could possibly listen with a straight face??!?!?

Jul 16 06:39

1.5 million homes in foreclosure in '09

Homeowners fell behind on mortgage payments in record numbers during the first six months of 2009. The future doesn't look much better.

Jul 16 06:33

Climate Change - Is CO2 the cause? - Pt 1 of 4

The first of four parts where Professor Bob Carter uses the scientific method on the popular theory with global warming being linked to CO2 levels. He examnines the hypothesis and it fails the test...

Jul 16 06:30

Catching Spammers in the Act

Researchers have shed new light on the methods by which spammer harvest e-mail addresses from the Web and relay bulk messages through multiple computers. They say that findings could provide additional ammunition in the fight against junk e-mail campaigns.

The problem of unwanted e-mail messages, or spam, continues to vex computer users and security professionals. Currently, more than 90 percent of the e-mail messages traversing the Internet appear to be spam, according to the information released in June by the e-mail security firm MessageLabs.

Jul 16 06:19

Empire In the Blood

Jul 16 01:28

Ex-FBI Agent: Why I Support a New 9/11 Investigation

In the absence of my being there in New York City to stand with the 9/11 families, first responders and survivors, I offer the following statement in support of your goal of a new investigation into the attacks of September 11th and the NYC CAN campaign to place it on the ballot for November.

July 15, 2009

Jul 15 21:57

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary

REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT: MAY 2009
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jul 15 21:46

Clinton: US Won't hesitate to Attack Iran

In a high-profile policy address before the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that the US wouldn’t not hesitate to use its military to “defend our friends, our interests, and above all, our people” during the segment discussing Iran. She elaborated on the declaration with “this is not an option we seek nor is it a threat; it is a promise.”

Today’s comments are the latest in a long line of bellicose rhetoric coming from the Secretary of State. Last month during a television interview she said that Iran was risking the possibility of a US invasion, citing the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq as a model.

Jul 15 21:01

U.S. Senate Health Committee Passes Health Care Reform Bill that will Bankrupt America

A "health care reform" bill that pleases all the special interest groups and pharmaceutical companies but does nothing to improve the health of ordinary Americans.

Jul 15 20:59

Bernie Madoff Was Only a Petty Crook Compared with Uncle Sam

Madoff caused people to lose billions of dollars. The U.S. government has caused people to lose trillions of dollars, and it’s not finished yet.

Jul 15 20:31

USAF/IAF combat practice in skies above Nellis

Red Flag to crisscross skies above Nellis
Staff report
Posted : Tuesday Jul 14, 2009 10:19:17 EDT
Look for the Israeli air force over the skies of southern Nevada as Israel F-16C Fighting Falcons join their American counterparts for the latest Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
Altogether, 62 planes are expected to fly during the 11-days of mock combat, which started Monday. About 50 aircraft will depart Nellis twice a day to practice air war scenarios involving large groups of aircraft that aircrews don’t often see when flying missions from their home bases.

Jul 15 20:28

Fed Friendly Economists In Panic Mode Over Ron Paul Audit Legislation

The Fed and their allies appear to be in full panic mode. What are they afraid Ron Paul will discover?

Jul 15 20:27

Report claims Israelis used Palestinians as human shields

A report from an Israeli advocacy group based on what it says is the testimony of several unnamed Israeli soldiers accuses the Israeli military of intentionally putting Palestinian civilians at risk during its recent operation in Gaza.

The report, released Wednesday from a group called "Breaking the Silence" -- which includes former Israeli soldiers -- has been dismissed by the Israeli military as slanderous.

In the 110-page report, the group said some of the 26 soldiers interviewed said they used Palestinians as human shields during the military's more than two-week long ground operation in Gaza earlier this year.

Jul 15 19:59

Georgia jobless rate hits record 10.1 percent in June

Georgia's jobless rate soared to a record 10.1 percent in June and labor officials Wednesday urged lawmakers to develop measures to combat a decline that's cost the state 209,500 jobs in the last year.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the seasonally adjusted unemployed rate for June was five-tenths of a percentage point above a revised 9.6 percent in May, stunting speculation that Georgia's economic picture could be stabilizing. "Georgia is in the midst of a deepening economic crisis," (State Labor Commissioner) Michael Thurmond said.

The numbers mark the latest dip in an economic roller coaster ride that officials thought was ending.

Jul 15 19:43

Towards a Solution to the Debt Crisis in California: The State Could Walk Away and Create Its Own Credit Machine

There is an alternative to that dark future, and perhaps it is to keep the public from waking up to the fact that arms are being twisted to accept the new burdens quickly. If Wall Street and the Feds won't extend credit to California on reasonable terms, the State could simply walk away and create its own credit machine. California could put its revenues in its own state-owned bank and fan these "reserves" into many times their face value in loans, using the same "fractional reserve" system that private banks use. Many authorities have attested that banks simply create the money they lend on their books. Congressman Jerry Voorhis, writing in 1973, explained it like this:

Jul 15 19:27

Obama goes to bat for Bush wiretap program

President Obama is adamant about maintaining the secrecy of a wiretapping program authorized by George W. Bush, an administration lawyer told a federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Justice Department attorney Anthony Coppolino said the administration will cite national security in seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by telephone customers accusing the government of illegally intercepting phone calls and obtaining phone company records.

Jul 15 19:04

Experts: Cyberstrikes originated from Britain, not North Korea

Jul 15 19:02

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

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screw youtube's censorship!!!!

Jul 15 18:31

Beck "lose[s]" his "mind;" screams at caller: "Get off my phone you little pinhead!"

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Wow! Is THAT what I have to do to get a network show??????? :)

Jul 15 18:28

* Business US refusal to bail out lender CIT leaves retailers in jeopardy

The Obama administration has refused to rescue one of America's leading lenders to small and medium-sized businesses, CIT, raising the prospect of bankruptcy which could imperil thousands of shops' ability to stock their shelves for Christmas.

With $80bn of assets, CIT is only a fraction the size of Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs or Citigroup.While it does not fit into the government's usual definition of "systemically important" organisations, its demise could leave thousands of businesses strapped for cash. Its clients range from Dunkin' Donuts franchisees to vendors dealing in Toshiba and Microsoft products.

Jul 15 18:25

No easy choices as Israel ponders strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities

An attack would isolate the country and jeopardise relations with America, Israel’s most important ally. Yet Israelis across the political spectrum are prepared to support a strike if it means preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear bomb; something most experts believe is only months away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Mr. Beeson has been given his marching orders to "groom" the English-speaking world for an upcoming Israeli attack against Iran.

The facts, however, this gentleman does a magnificent job of ignoring include:

1. Iran, as a signatory to the NPT, is perfectly within its right to build nuclear power plants.

2. The IAEA, from El-Baradei to his successor, Director-General Yukiya Amano, has seen absolutely no evidence that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons. The level of enrichment for a power station is far smaller than that needed to enrich for a nuclear weapon.

And as reported at: http://news.antiwar.com/2009/07/03/new-iaea-head-no-evidence-iran-seek...

"In particular, Amano noted that going through the IAEA’s documents he didn’t see any evidence that Iran was trying to develop nuclear weapons."

3. Israel, which is not a signatory to the NPT, does have nuclear weapons: this is absolutely no secret.

4. Iran has absolutely no intention of attacking Israel, because they know that any attack would lead to a swift and sure retaliation by both the US and Israel, turning Iran into puddles of green glass.

The Iranian leadership may be many things, but they are not stupid.

5. And Mr. Beeson, I do have a final question for you; if the US and/or Israel attack Iran, how, precisely, will Russia respond? I would like to remind you, sir, that - like Israel - Russia does have nukes.

This may come as a total shock, sir; however, the prospect of war with Russia to appease Israel's desire to have the US "neutralize" yet another one of its enemies (which includes almost all of its neighbors)doesn't seem to be a tremendously terrific idea.

Jul 15 18:09

Debris Strikes Endeavour During Liftoff

As the space shuttle Endeavour lifted off into orbit Wednesday evening, several pieces of debris fell off the external fuel tank, and at least one hit the orbiter.

Astronauts in space and engineers on the ground will spend the next few days examining and analyzing the damage to see if it might pose a danger to the shuttle on re-entry.

Jul 15 18:03

These Are The People Who Do Not Want The Fed’s Veil Lifted

The following individuals whose primary goal in life is getting tenure and publishing a textbook, yet believe they have a voice in deciding whether over 300 million American people should know just whose interests the Fed so staunchly protects, have issued an open letter to Congress and The Executive Branch, demanding that no one ever dare tinker or have audit powers over the private institution that is the Federal Reserve.

Jul 15 18:02

Private contractors replacing troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

If you thought the end of American intervention in foreign wars was nearing, think again. President Obama has been replacing soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan with private contractors—some 250,000 are currently deployed overseas—including Black Water (operating under another alias.)

Contractors are not subject to the same guidelines as our soldiers, and thus, have not been held accountable for the misdeeds they have afflicted upon civilian populations in the past.

Jul 15 18:02

Iraq: from breadbasket to dust bowl

Known for centuries as the breadbasket of the Middle East, Iraq has become a net importer of food for the first time in recent history, mainly due to decades of war, sanctions and ineffective government policy.

Jul 15 18:01

Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran

The Israeli air force, meanwhile, will send F16C fighter jets to participate in exercises at Nellis Air Force base in Nevada this month. Israeli C130 Hercules transport aircraft will also compete in the Rodeo 2009 competition at McChord Air Force base in Washington.

“It is not by chance that Israel is drilling long-range manoeuvres in a public way. This is not a secret operation. This is something that has been published and which will showcase Israel’s abilities,” said an Israeli defence official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this quote from the "Israeli defense official" is not sourced.

However, this entire exercise, coupled with the depth of military integration between the US and Israeli forces, does not augur well for any kind of peaceful resolution regarding Iran.

I would like to hope that some adults in the room in Tel Aviv and Washington have noticed the following article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE56D1CR20090714

This article, posted yesterday, states the following:

"Russia will not agree to tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program in exchange for a new nuclear arms cuts deal with Washington, Interfax news agency quoted a foreign ministry source as saying Tuesday."

All they are talking about here are sanctions. Iran is Russia's 7th largest trading partner.

One has to wonder just what the Russian Duma will do when it sees a joint US/Israeli strike against Iran. Sit and do nothing? I would doubt that seriously.

Is this administration and its military so lusting after a war, any war, to get the US economy back into some equilibrium, that they really believe that a war with Russia could possibly be a good idea?

I would certainly like to hope not.

Jul 15 17:48

RFID passports: a tragedy waiting to happen

Even if it were encryption works best on unstructured data. What’s in a passport? Name, birthdate, birthplace, date of issue, height, weight, eye color, photo.

Gosh, who could break the code for that? It took security pros using a PC two hours to crack the Dutch version in 2005. Skimming your data for identity theft isn’t too hard.

Jul 15 17:47

UK data breach incidents on the rise

Seven in ten UK organisations experienced a data breach incident over the last year, up from 60 per cent in the previous year.

The third edition of an annual survey by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by PGP, also found that 12 per cent of 615 public and private sector organisations probed were hit by five data loss incidents over the previous year. Less than half of these breaches (43 per cent) were disclosed publicly, while disclosure of the remainder was neither a legal or regulatory requirement.

Jul 15 17:37

US considers expanding army: Pentagon

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is weighing a possible temporary expansion of the US army to ease the strain from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his press secretary said on Wednesday.

Gates was discussing the idea, backed by Senator Joseph Lieberman, with senior officers to add 30,000 troops to the active-duty army, press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

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One has to wonder, in a time of continuing wars without end, just where SecDef Gates believes he is actually going to find these 30,000 additional troops without the reintroduction of the draft?

And for those who flatly deny that this would ever happen again in the US, consider this: draft boards have already been quietly resurrected all over this country.

Jul 15 17:32

Highly Critical Security Vulnerability Found in Firefox 3.5

Secunia reports of a new, unpatched, and highly critical security hole in Firefox 3.5 (possibly in other versions, too) that allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on the victim’s computer.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error when processing JavaScript code handling; for example, one could use simple HTML “font” tags to cause a memory corruption and then run arbitrary code.

Until Mozilla addresses this vulnerability, here’s a temporary fix: Type about:config in Firefox‘ address bar, and set “javascript.options.jit.content” to “false.”

Jul 15 17:20

Breaking the Silence: Israeli soldiers 'used human shields' in Gaza

A group of Israeli soldiers who fought in the recent war in Gaza have testified that the military allowed them to use reckless force.

The 26 soldiers published their anonymous accounts in a booklet compiled by Breaking the Silence, an Israeli soldiers’ organisation.

They describe the Israeli army’s use of human shields and deliberate targeting of civilian structures.

The soldiers’ descriptions confirm information first published by The Times during the offensive that soldiers were given orders to shoot first and ask questions later.

Jul 15 16:55

The Foreign Ministry presents: talkbackers in the service of the State

Members of the new unit will work at the Ministry (“They will punch a card,” says Shturman) and enjoy the full technical support of Tahila, the government’s ISP, which is responsible for computer infrastructure and Internet services for government departments. “Their missions will be defined along the lines of the government policies that they will be required to defend on the Internet.

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So, every person you see posting in support of Israel may be assumed to be paid to do so.

Jul 15 16:49

Afghanistan war futility: "I know it must stop"

I might not know what this war’s ‘about’ ... but I know it must stop
Muriel Gray
The only trustworthy PR representatives on this assault are, as always, the magnificent British servicemen and women themselves....
These soldiers are the people who are on the ground trying to defend the weak, rout out the monsters, and help the Afghans build their own future. And they keep telling us it isn't working. They, surely, are the ones worth listening to. They don't want their colleagues to have died in vain, but the bereaved families have also made it abundantly clear that they don't wish to see any more fall in a conflict that has no foreseeable resolution.

Jul 15 14:44

Famous French Comic Bigard To Address Obama About 9/11

You may recall a previous article about the famous French Comic Jean-Marie Bigard published here on 911blogger in October 2008. Jean-Marie Bigard was fiercely criticized for publicly claiming that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an “enormous lie”. Since then he has become persona non grata in the media because of his “deviant thinking”.

However, Bigard isn’t letting all of this get him down: “Opening my big mouth cost me a lot. But I think what has cost me even more was keeping my big mouth shut. So now I’ve decided never to shut my big mouth again”, Bigard said recently.

Jul 15 14:12

6.1 quake hits near New Ireland, New Guinea

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No official word from the Tsunami warning center yet.

Jul 15 14:04

Cheney Sweating Bullets

It is getting close to history time. You do not need to be a cracker-jack analyst to understand that Cheney is feeling betrayed — that he is thinking not of Libby, but of himself, and fearing that, if our system of justice works, he could be in for some serious, uncommuted jail time.

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... or worse.

Jul 15 13:58

July is deadliest for US-led forces in Afghanistan

July is shaping up as the deadliest month of the Afghan war for U.S.-led international forces, with the number killed already matching the highest full-month toll of the nearly eight-year conflict, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press.

As of Wednesday, at least 46 international troops, including 24 Americans, had been killed in Afghanistan this month, according to statements by the U.S. military and the NATO command. That matches the tolls for the two previous deadliest months — June and August of 2008.

The rate of deaths in July — about three a day — is approaching some of the highest levels of the Iraq war.

Jul 15 13:56

Michigan Unemployment Rate Soars To 15.2%

Michigan's unemployment rate for June of 2009 jumped to 15.2%. That's a 1.1% increase over the prior month.

Rates usually climb or fall by a few tenths of a percent. It's rare to see such a substantial increase or decrease.

But experts say the struggling economy combined with the ailing auto market means Michigan has been hit harder than other states.

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