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July 3, 2009

Jul 03 17:03

Energy bills: the £1.7bn annual rip-off

Energy companies are over-charging customers by failing to pass on £1.66 billion of savings they have made on falling wholesale gas and electricity prices.

Gas prices should be 7.4 per cent cheaper and electricity bills 3.1 per cent cheaper, saving an average household £74 a year, research obtained by The Independent suggests.

Consumer Focus, the publicly funded watchdog which calculated the figures using the energy regulator's own model, described them as "conservative". It suggested that further predicted falls in wholesale prices should reduce gas bills by a further 8 per cent and electricity by 4 per cent by the end of 2009. This would knock a total of £157 off average bills.

Jul 03 17:00

Salt water caverns may be beneath surface of Saturn moon

Gas jets that could signify an underground water supply have been spotted by scientists on Saturn's moons, suggesting there could be a home for extra-terrestrial life.

Jul 03 16:35

Overheating iPhones: Sorry I'll have to call you back, I'm in a heat wave

The heat wave may have broken in the UK, but that hasn't stopped the world from noticing that Apple has released some support information concerned with overheating iPhones and using the devices in hot weather. We know, the words 'support information' chill us too (if you'll excuse the pun) so we'll summarise it for you - don't let your iPhone get too hot or it will stop working.

Jul 03 15:44

Afghanistan: US Offensive, or Taliban Entrapment?

Afghanistan Offensive
Tara Mergener CBS News
Published: July 3, 2009
U.S. Marines are moving deeper into Taliban territory and the enemy is doing little to stop them....overall there’s been little resistance from insurgents.
Head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan says Taliban a dangerous, resilient enemy, Friday July 3rd, 2009
...Petraeus warns,...."I think you have to recognize this is an enemy that is adaptable and at times is barbaric," ....

Jul 03 15:16

A 'coup' in Honduras? Nonsense.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth. The White House, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and much of the media have condemned the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this past weekend as a coup d'état.

That is nonsense.

In fact, what happened here is nothing short of the triumph of the rule of law.

Jul 03 14:32

Israel: Bahraini officials' actions shame Obama's inaction

Israel: Bahraini officials make first historic visit
Tel Aviv, 3 July (AKI) - Senior Bahraini officials have made an historic visit to Israel to meet a group of Bahraini detainees that were arrested with other activists this week when they tried to enter the Gaza Strip to deliver aid, the country's official news agency BNA said on Friday.
BNA said the detainees were freed by Israeli authorities after Bahrain's efforts to free them.
"The efforts resulted in the approval of the Israeli authorities to hand over detainees to the representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain. As a result, the ministry of foreign affairs in cooperation with the ministry of interior sent a mission to Ben Gurion Airport to receive the Bahrainis detained," said BNA.

Jul 03 13:51

Peter Schiff WSU July 1st 2009

Jul 03 13:36

Card issuers beating new law

Credit card companies are raising interest rates and fees seven months before new rules go into effect that will limit their ability do so, much to the irritation of Congress and consumer advocates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of which will drive MORE credit card holders into default. thereby accelerating the crash!

Jul 03 13:32

Israeli sub sails Suez, signaling reach to Iran

An Israeli submarine sailed the Suez Canal to the Red Sea as part of a naval drill last month, defense sources said on Friday, describing the unusual maneuver as a show of strategic reach in the face of Iran.

Israel long kept its three Dolphin-class submarines, which are widely assumed to carry nuclear missiles, away from Suez so as not to expose them to the gaze of Egyptian harbormasters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, who is provoking whom in this situation?

Jul 03 13:29

Palin resigning as Alaska governor

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday she is resigning from office at the end of the month, raising speculation that she would focus on a run for the White House in the 2012 race.

The more I think about this, the less sense it makes. 2021 is a long way off, and she could finish the current term as Governor and simply choose not to run for another term. But this report says she is stepping down and Alaska's Lt. Government will take over.

There is more to this than meets the eye!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama just locked in his second term.

Jul 03 13:03

Colin "I can't pronounce my own name" Powell still a liberal that GOP determined to call a Republican

Please listen to this guy's words - he wants a "government that works" and "solves people's problems" [new cars for everyone!] then embraces his own empty rhetoric about small government and low taxes and THEN has the audacity to say he doesn't like slogans. It was clear from the beginning the GOP was just desperate to get a Black face that they ignored his core beliefs. How's that working, GOP? This one endorsed Obama (race first!) and Steele is like some sort of sad joke.

Try getting your core beliefs down and stop compromising on them - nothing else would matter and you would win (so long as you purge the neocons) even without pandering to racial groups.

Jul 03 12:56

Flashback: YouTube, Obama as slave of Israel

Former IDF Captain: Obama will act as a “slave” to Israel, AIPAC
January 6, 2009

Jul 03 11:44

Absurdity and Corruption Beyond Measure.

It’s been crystal clear for some time that the media is nothing more than a slimy, lie machine. If you hear something from the mass media you can take it for granted that it’s a lie or certainly an exaggeration or a distortion. In certain cases where the news doesn’t fit with the media’s agenda they just don’t report it at all, as in the hijacking of the Free Gaza ship and the imprisonment of the passengers. Yesterday we learned that this doesn’t even touch the level of corruption that defines today’s mass media. Yesterday we saw what they have been up to at the Washington Post. It’s painful to read the spin coming out of the mouths of the corporate heads.

Jul 03 11:39

The Big Whorehouse on the Potomac

Jul 03 11:11

False Flag Alert: Israeli sub heading toward Iran

I guess the fact it is in the news makes it less likely, but they could be planning to launch a missile that appears like it is from Iran towards Israel.

Jul 03 11:06

Masters of hypocrisy

So, Peres wants to make peace with the Saudis, the Kazakhs, the Indonesians, the Mauritanians, even Muslims in the innermost parts of Black Africa. It is only the Palestinians he insists on stealing their land, arrogating their rights and narrowing their horizons.

It is nearly impossible to gauge the level of Israeli-Zionist hypocrisy. Indeed, one wouldn't go too far by saying that Israel is the world's most hypocritical nation-state.

The evidence is as conspicuous as overwhelming.

Jul 03 11:05

Cynthia McKinney: I’m in jail in Israel

Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney revealed in a phone call posted online that she is in an Israeli prison with others who attempted to run a blockade to deliver supplies to Gaza.

McKinney and about 18 other activists in Israeli custody for the past three days will likely be released by Sunday, according to the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is hoping that a release over the holiday weekend will prevent the (lazy) corporate media from paying any attention to her ... which is fine because that means us bloggers, without access and without resources, will scoop News Corp, right John Hartigan?

Jul 03 11:03

The Base Court: Another Fortress Rising in America's Ring of Iron

While President Obama circumnavigates the globe, talking loftily of peace and engagement with the peoples of the world -- in language largely cribbed from old George Bush speeches, but presented in a far more photogenic, plausive package -- this is the real face that the United States is showing to the world.

Jul 03 11:00

Regulators Seize 7 More Failed Banks

Regulators shut down John Warner Bank of Clinton, Ill.; First State Bank of Winchester in Winchester, Ill.; Rock River Bank of Oregon, Ill.; Elizabeth State Bank of Elizabeth, Ill.; Danville, Ill.-based The First National Bank of Danville; Founders Bank of Worth, Ill.; and Dallas-based Millennium State Bank of Texas, bringing the number of U.S. bank failures this year to 52.

Jul 03 10:59

U.S. Faces Resentment in Afghan Region

The mood of the Afghan people has tipped into a popular revolt in some parts of southern Afghanistan, presenting incoming American forces with an even harder job than expected in reversing military losses to the Taliban and winning over the population.

Villagers in some districts have taken up arms against foreign troops to protect their homes or in anger after losing relatives in airstrikes, several community representatives interviewed said. Others have been moved to join the insurgents out of poverty or simply because the Taliban’s influence is so pervasive here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is an occupied country, governed by American puppets who appear to their own population to be so crooked that they have to screw their socks on the morning.

Imagine that your kid, wife, husband, mom, dad, or other loved one or friend had been blown to smithereens in a US airstrike: would you want to skip toward the representative troops whose military did this with flowers in your hands?

Our options in Afghanistan are stark, and very limited.

We could declare "victory" and go home.

We could develop a robust reconstruction, sort of like the Marshall Plan after WW2, provide investment for real economic growth, encourage more real political dialogue and inclusion. When things stabilize enough that the pipelines can be constructed, we could then declare victory, and come home.

Or, we could kill every Afghan still breathing, behave like a complete butcher in the eyes of the rest of the world and any people of conscience left in this country, install the pipelines, declare victory, and come home.

Unfortunately, there are some in the halls of power in Washington who see that last scenario as truly preferable to the other two.

You cannot, absolutely, win what is essentially a land war from the air. The lessons of Viet Nam should have taught this country's military and political leaders this, but apparently the lessons have yet to be learned.

Those who do not understand the past, and learn from it, are doomed to repeat it - and fail again.

Jul 03 10:40

Israel Again Rejects Total Settlement Freeze

Despite repeated demands from the Obama Administration, the right-wing Israeli government has repeatedly rejected the call and insisted that the US will eventually change its mind. The move has proved relatively popular, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s approval rating has remained strong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear President Obama: please, immediately halt all monetary and military aid to Israel, paid with our tax dollars.

If Israel doesn't want peace, and only wants to go on building illegal settlements on Palestinian land, that money should go to much better uses here at home.

Signed: We the People.

Jul 03 10:37

Taliban Slip Away From Afghanistan Surge Battle

Marine commanders said Taliban fighters seemed to have melted into the surrounding countryside rather than staying to fight the large U.S. force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban are most likely re-grouping to strike in another area, far away from where the 4,000 Marines are massed.

Jul 03 10:31

Taliban Seize US Soldier, ‘Sell’ to Militant Clan

It is being reported today that an unnamed US soldier and three Afghan soldiers were ambushed and captured Tuesday by the Taliban in Afghanistan’s restive Paktika Province. The military confirmed that the soldier was missing and believed captured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I feel badly for the captured soldier, and can hardly begin to appreciate what their family is going through right now.

But this country betrayed that soldier long before he was ever captured, by torturing prisoners of war, and - for all practical intents and purposes - withdrawing from every human rights treaty to which it was ever a signatory.

Unfortunately, this soldier can expect no better treatment than the prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib received.

Jul 03 10:24

US Uses False Taliban Aid Charge to Pressure Iran

The Barack Obama administration has given new prominence to a Bush administration charge that Iran is providing military training and assistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan, for which no evidence has ever been produced, and which has been discredited by data obtained by IPS from the Pentagon itself.

CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus declared in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee Apr. 1, "In Afghanistan, Iran appears to have hedged its longstanding public support for the Karzai government by providing opportunistic support to the Taliban."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All sham and absolutely no substance.

The war drums are beating harder and faster now, and unfortunately, there are some elements in the US government who believe that only another war can get this country out of the economic misery it is experiencing (largely due to the financing of the existing wars without end.)

These are, by the way, generally people whose sons and daughters will never see military combat.

Jul 03 10:17

EU states may recall Iran envoys after U.K. embassy arrests

Iran's standoff with the West escalated with the European Union considering pulling out all 27 of its ambassadors in retaliation for the recent detentions of several local employees of the British Embassy in Tehran, despite Iranian claims that all but one had been released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right on cue from the EU; the less opportunity for meaningful dialogue there is between the EU representatives and Iran, the greater the chance for military confrontation.

The prospects for which, have certain elements in Washington and Tel Aviv salivating greatly in anticipation.

Jul 03 10:09

Troops gather on Georgian border

The tranquility of the rolling green fields and lush vineyards belie it, but many fear that another summer war between Russia and Georgia like the one 11 months ago which killed hundreds of civilians is no more than a stutter of automatic gunfire away from breaking out. And if it happens, this standoff at Ergneti could be the flashpoint.

Russian troops this week embarked on large-scale war games in the North Caucasus, just a few dozen miles away, preparation for "potential conflict situations in the region," the generals say. Similar exercises preceded the war last summer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia didn't start the war last year: Saakashvili did with his invasion of South Ossetia.

This was a spectacularly idiotic thing for him and his government to have done, and one that demonstrated absolutely no understanding of Russia's most probable response to such an action.

Let us hope that cool heads in Tbilisi and Moscow prevail right now. This region doesn't need more war and human suffering; it needs development and economic investment.

Jul 03 09:57

7 more banks fail as FDIC mulls rules for sales

Six Illinois banks and one bank in Texas were shuttered Thursday as government regulators proposed new rules for private equity firms seeking to take over failed banks.

That's more than double the 25 which failed in all of 2008 and the three closed in 2007. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of all seven. The total cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund from the seven closings will be $314.3 million, the FDIC said.

Jul 03 09:46

Iranian cleric: British Embassy staff to be tried

A powerful Iranian cleric said on Friday that British embassy local staff arrested for allegedly stoking post-election unrest will be put on trial, a move that prompted coordinated protests from European governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If people were accused of fomenting violence in any country against that country's government, they would also be accused and tried in a court of law.

And remember: the accused were local Iranian staff, not British citizens.

Jul 03 09:42

Press TV New Footage of Basij Military Base Attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Western Media showed the Basij firing into the crowd of rioters in Tehran. What they DIDN'T show you was the rioters first attacking the Basij with Molotov Cocktails!

Jul 03 09:37

US-backed Colombian soldiers execute innocent for cash

The United States is slated to hand over some $750 million in mostly military aid to Colombia this year. The potential contribution of US taxpayers’ money to fund the killing of innocent people — though likely inadvertent on the part of the Colombian government — will almost certainly raise eyebrows among human-rights activists and others who have long criticized the Colombian government’s actions in its war against cocaine and insurgents.

At the heart of the problem is the Colombian government’s practice of paying soldiers for dead bodies of FARC members. Predictably, the incentive has led some soldiers to kill innocent civilians, dress their bodies up as FARC rebels, and hand them in for cash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, unfortunately, one in a long string of events where we wind up propping up a government (with your tax dollars, and sometimes military muscle) with absolutely no regard for the welfare of its citizens.

This country's alleged "war on drugs", both domestically and internationally, has just made the problem worse.

Ultimately, as has been shown with Portugal, the decriminalization of drug usage - and a push toward treatment - does work, because it takes the profit motive out of getting people addicted, and offers addicts a way back out of their addiction with counseling and support.

That is logical, and has been proven to work. But there are too many people internationally making too much money from illegal drug sales to ever let that happen, and particularly not here in the US.

Jul 03 09:32

US: Citizen or Consumer?

A corporation is not a person. It is an abstraction: an organizational structure that feels no remorse and has no morality, no life, no soul. Yet the modern corporation – still just an arbitrary legal entity – enjoys the same rights as you or I. It has the right to free speech, to own property, to lobby government officials and protect against self-incrimination.

Jul 03 09:25

Texas Grassroots defeats Goliath of internationalists

Proud to say I'm part of the group that lobbied this. Texas is one of the states fighting to lead the way. YOU NEED TO ACT LOCALLY.

Today, ordinary Texans brought Governor Rick Perry’s road privatization, toll road, and Trans Texas Corridor agenda to a screeching halt. The Legislature adjourned without re-authorizing private toll road contracts called Comprehensive Development Agreements (or CDAs). The grassroots scored another victory by KILLING the revolving fund in HB 1, preventing the $2 billion in bonds from being spent to build toll roads, convert freeways to toll roads, or subsidize private toll deals, as well as protecting public employee pension funds from risky toll roads schemes that are failing all over the world.

Jul 03 08:24

Days late, and during the "Friday News Dump", New York Times FINALLY reports on Cynthia McKinney

Jul 03 08:22

Hungarian lawmakers reject Holocaust denial law

Hungary’s lawmakers rejected constitutional amendments to make Holocaust denial a punishable offense.

Some local Jewish community leaders believe that Monday's vote secured the first parliamentary victory for Jobbik, a rapidly rising local neo-Nazi movement widely predicted to win several seats in the national elections due within a year.

The proposals, put forth by the ruling Socialist caretaker government, attracted fewer than half the votes needed to adopt a constitutional amendment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the world has about had it with this creeping dictatorship called "Israel."

Jul 03 08:21

Israel used human shields, NOT Hamas - Amnesty International

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Israeli forces of war crimes, saying they used children as human shields and conducted wanton attacks on civilians during their offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The London-based human rights group also accused Hamas of war crimes, but said it found no evidence that the Islamist rulers of Gaza used civilians as human shields during the 22-day offensive Israel launched on December 28.

Jul 03 08:20

Sweatin' With the Socialists

Jul 03 08:15

An Open letter to President Obama: Why Are we supporting Israel's war crimes in Gaza?

Jul 03 08:14


I have no doubt whatsoever that Shimon Peres, the President of the criminal state of Israel, would be the main winner in any international championship for the world’s worst liar and hypocrite.

Jul 03 08:12


Jul 03 08:09

Cynthia McKinney calls in from Israeli Prison Cell

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the report about how Israel says the UN has no authority inside Israel.

Jul 03 08:04

A complete list of things caused by global warming

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Can I have your money now?" -- The Gore-acle

Jul 03 08:01

Another Example of U.S. Censorship of Mainstream Media

It appears that the U.S. Mainstream media is going to ignore this story even though Cynthia McKinney was once a Congresswoman from Georgia and a Presidential candidate. How odd. What does this say about the news we receive daily from the mainstream media. The New York Times Boasts "All the News that’s fit to Print". Apparently this act of piracy and cowardly behavior isn’t fit to print. I condemn the New York Times for failing to print this news that they are fully aware of.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the NY Times finally ran a small story about the incident, but hardly treated it as the headline news it deserves to be, and in any event in days late in reporting the story at all.

Jul 03 07:58

FLASHBACK - Air France plane broke up over 'number of minutes'

New evidence suggests the Air France jet which crashed into the Atlantic with 228 on-board broke up over a number of minutes, rather than in one catastrophic incident.

Jul 03 07:53

Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries

Recent revelations concerning the U.S. importing Taliban members into Iraq to foster false flag terrorism is merely the tip of the iceberg when compared to the U.S. intelligence complex’s multi-decade history in sponsoring Sunni Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups around the world.

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Jul 03 07:50

CIA Now Delays IG's Torture Report Until the End of the Summer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... the summer of 2135, that is.

Jul 03 07:47

"Look Jane, come see Dick wiggle out of this one!"

Torture is a prosecutable war crime under US domestic laws: The Convention Against Torture(CAT) and the 1996 War Crimes Act. It is also a prosecutable war crime under the Nuremberg & Tokyo Protocols written by the United States of America after WWII. It is a prosecutable war crime under the Geneva Conventions General Article III of 1949. And all it takes to be charged, convicted and imprisoned-or hanged, is for anyone who is convicted in a court of law for violating any one of these laws. And it only takes the commission of ONE single offense for the wheels of justice to roll over the offenders. Not 100. Not 180. Just one.

Jul 03 07:45

Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama

Following a testy exchange during Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Helen is a good one!

Jul 03 07:43

"Free Madoff" says Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin, Hollywood actor and left activist, has a new cause. Free Bernard Madoff! Yes, really.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! HULU really DOES rot your brain!!!!!!!!

Jul 03 07:37

The Confessions of Osama Bin Laden

Who robbed you of $12 trillion from your Social Security system? Was it me or those you elected? Why won't your newsmen ask that question? Was it me who robbed you of trillions in Iraq? Was it me or those who you willingly elected? Republicans and Democrats? Was it me who rendered your banks insolvent? Was it me who disrupted Wall Street and destroyed investor confidence? Was it me who threatens to topple the global economic system? Or was it your own elected leaders?

Jul 03 07:36

Fox News Attacking 9/11 Truth Again

Jul 03 06:19

How Martian clouds create snowfall

Clouds scoot across the Martian sky in a movie clip consisting of 10 frames taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. This clip accelerates the motion. The camera took these 10 frames over a 10-minute period. Particles of water ice make up these clouds, like ice-crystal cirrus clouds on Earth.

The planet Mars conjures images of red rocks and arid, dusty plains, but as NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander showed last year, it snows on Mars.

Jul 03 05:24

Obama: The Emperor's Seven Signing Statements

by David Swanson

Lawless detention is the least of it. State secrets and warrantless spying scrape the surface. Drone attacks and ongoing torture begin to touch it. But central to the power of an emperor, and the catastrophes that come from the existence of an emperor, is the elimination of any other force within the government. Signing statements eliminate congress. Not that congress objects. Asking congress to reclaim its power produces nervous giggles. ...

Jul 03 05:20

Ron Paul Strikes Gold

Thu Jul 2, 2009 1:52pm EDT
Ron Paul's legislative history is a lesson in principled failure. Among the bills he has co-sponsored: ending U.S. cooperation with the United Nations, a repeal of antitrust law "to restore the inherent benefits of the market economy," and stripping the government of the right to set a minimum wage. Just last week, he again introduced a bill "to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990," which would presumably make schools less safe but which would reinforce our right to bear arms. For Paul, ideology almost always trumps politics.

Jul 03 05:15

Big brother is watching: The technologies that keep track of you

By Claudine Beaumont
Published: 10:13AM BST 02 Jul 2009

The furore around the Chinese government’s Green Dam software has raised the issue of the way modern technology is used to monitor our daily lives. Here, we list seven of the technologies that can be used to keep track of your movements.

Jul 03 05:07

IAPA Vice President Covers for Press Censorship in Honduras (Update: IAPA Responds)

by Al Giordano
July 2, 2009

Edgardo Dumas, publisher of the pro-coup daily La Tribuna in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the country’s former Defense Minister, is saying that he speaks for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA where he sits on one of 13 committees) to claim there is no media censorship under the coup regime in Honduras.

(This would not be the first time that the IAPA and its newspaper owners acted in ways contrary to their stated mission in Latin America.)


Jul 03 05:01

Why Doesn't NPR Call Waterboarding Torture?

Thursday July 2, 2009 06:03 EDT
The still-growing NPR "torture" controversy

There are several noteworthy developments since I wrote on Tuesday about the refusal of NPR's Ombdusman, Alica Shepard, to be interviewed by me about NPR's ban on using the word "torture" to describe the Bush administration's interrogation tactics. Given the utter vapidity of her rationale ("there are two sides to the issue. And I'm not sure, why is it so important to call something torture?"), I was momentarily amazed to learn that she actually teaches "Media Ethics" to graduate students at Georgetown University (my amazement quickly dissipated once I recalled that this is the same institution that, until last year, paid Doug Feith -- Doug Feith -- to teach students "national security policy" and that Berkeley Law School has John Yoo "teaching law" to its students; next semester at Georgetown: Karl Rove teaches Civility in a Post-Partisan Age, Bill Kristol lectures on Accountability in Punditry, while David Gregory examines The Role of Intellect in Adversarial Questioning).

Jul 03 04:27

Fake news gets real

If Wolf Blitzer isn’t quaking in his beard, he should be.

I’m referring to "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," which sent correspondents and producers to locales where comedy shows don't normally operate: Iran and Iraq. Along the way, these two Comedy Central commercial properties cooked up plenty of laughs. But they also produced some insightful — and certainly entertaining — coverage of these two complex and important global stories.

Jul 03 04:13

Cheney Worries about Wasting the Sacrifices made in Iraq on behalf of Big Oil

First of all, Cheney didn't make any sacrifices in Iraq.

Jul 03 03:57

The New Homeowner Hallucination

The New Homeowner Hallucination: "We'll Rent For A Year And Then Sell When The Market Comes Back"

The next segment of the market to crash will be the mid- to high-end, where many smug homeowners are now telling themselves they'll just rent their houses for a year while they wait for the market to "come back." Needless to say , these folks are dreaming.

Jul 03 03:53

“US to conduct unprecedented surveillance over Internet”

02 July, 2009
US Internet users fear that the US National Security Agency is going to conduct fishnet-type surveillance without any predicate, says investigative journalist and RT contributor Wayne Madsen from Washington D.C.

President Barack Obama has announced that a special person is going to overlook the safety of government and military computer systems to protect them from attack.

But some believe that the 'Cyber Tsar' is just a way to spy upon people online.

Jul 03 03:28

Dozens of cites to be bulldozed


Jul 03 03:04

Blogs won't beat us: News chief

NEWS LIMITED'S chief executive, John Hartigan, has launched a broadside on bloggers and other online amateurs, arguing they are no substitute for professional journalists.

(*His most scathing attack was reserved for bloggers, who, he said, lacked resources and access to key decision-makers.)

July 2, 2009

Jul 02 20:49

UN expert: Israeli seizure of Gaza-bound aid ship is 'criminal'

Last update - 05:03 03/07/2009
A UN human rights investigator on Thursday called Israel's seizure of a ship carrying relief aid for the Gaza Strip "unlawful" and said its blockade of the territory constituted a "continuing crime against humanity".

Israeli authorities on Tuesday intercepted the vessel, which was also carrying 21 pro-Palestinian activists, and said it would not be permitted to enter Gaza coastal waters because of security risks in the area and its existing naval blockade.

Jul 02 20:47

Palestinians: IDF tank fire kills Gaza teen

Last update - 06:32 03/07/2009
By Haaretz Service and the Associated Press

A 17-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and several other Palestinians wounded in a blast in central Gaza near the Israeli border Thursday, Hamas security officials said, charging that an Israeli tank shell was to blame.

The Israel Defense Forces said soldiers returned mortar fire, but did not use tank shells, after they came under Palestinian fire across the border in central Gaza.


Jul 02 20:44

Housing Minister: Spread of Arab population must be stopped

By Guy Lieberman, Haaretz Correspondent
Housing Minister Ariel Atias on Thursday warned against the spread of Arab population into various parts of Israel, saying that preventing this phenomenon was no less than a national responsibility.

"I see [it] as a national duty to prevent the spread of a population that, to say the least, does not love the state of Israel," Atias told a conference of the Israel Bar Association, which focused on a reforming Israel's Land Administration.

Jul 02 20:22

Senate bill fines people refusing health coverage

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years.

Jul 02 19:57

America's Praetorian Guard Is Slowly Crumbling

Jul 02 18:27


Jul 02 18:21

Cynthia McKinney calls WBAIX from Israeli prison

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"There is no UN in Israel!"

Jul 02 18:15

Tell Israel to Free Humanitarian Workers Aboard Free Gaza Boat!

On June 30th, the Israeli Navy attacked and captured the unarmed humanitarian aid boat The Spirit of Humanity. This is the second time that the Israeli navy has attacked a Free Gaza Movement boat while it was attempting to deliver medical supplies, building equipment, and children's toys to the Port of Gaza.

Take action below to demand the release of The Spirit of Humanity's crew and passengers!

Jul 02 18:13

US remains silent over McKinney arrest by Israel

Nearly a day after the detention of former US lawmaker Cynthia McKinney by Israeli forces, Washington has yet to make a reaction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Doing nothing IS the reaction!

Jul 02 17:44

UN Expert denounces seizure of aid boat by Israel

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, denounced the unlawful naval seizure by an Israeli gunboat on the high seas of a ship carrying medicine and reconstruction material to blockaded people of Gaza.

Jul 02 17:25

Captured American soldier: free reign to waterboard him.

After all, it isn't torture according to the US.

Jul 02 17:24

Dahr Jamail, A Secret History of Dissent in the All-Volunteer Military

According to Private First Class Clifton Hicks, who served in Iraq with the First Cavalry from October 2003, only six months after Baghdad was occupied by American troops, until July 2004, search and avoid missions began early and always had the backing of a senior non-commissioned officer or a staff sergeant. "Our platoon sergeant was with us and he knew our patrols were bullshit, just riding around to get blown up," he explained. "We were at Camp Victory at Baghdad International Airport. A lot of the time we'd leave the main gate and come right back in another gate to the base where there's a big PX with a nice mess hall and a Burger King. We'd leave one guy at the Humvee to call in every hour, while the others stayed at the PX. We were just sick and tired of going out on these stupid patrols."

Jul 02 16:45

Cynthia McKinney Remains Imprisoned in Israel After Gaza-Bound Boat Is Seized

Former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and several other human rights activists remained in an Israeli prison Thursday after refusing to sign a deportation form that they claim is self-incriminating.

In a press release from the Green Party, McKinney said the form states that the Spirit of Humanity, a Greek-flagged relief boat carrying 21 activists, medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children's toys en route to Gaza, was violating the Israeli blockade and trespassing the country's territorial waters.

Jul 02 16:43


"On that last question, I don’t know the answer, actually. I think I have to refer you to the Government of Israel. "

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Well! THAT'LL teach 'em to kidnap a congresswoman!!!!!!!!

Jul 02 15:13

Iran Divided & the 'October Suprise'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s current spiritual leader and the key supporter of reelected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was more the ideological purist in the early 1980s, apparently opposing the unorthodox strategy that involved going behind President Carter’s back to gain promises of weapons from Israel and the future Reagan administration....

Meanwhile, Israel’s Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious at Carter for pushing him into the Camp David peace deal with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat that required Israel returning the Sinai to Egypt in exchange for normalized relations.

Jul 02 14:44

Woman Commits Suicide to Avoid Eviction

"Rich get richer, poor get poorer, families on the street, govt doesn't care. God bless the usa, but can He save it?"

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Why kill yourself?

Aren't there more obvious targets?

Jul 02 14:27


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Jul 02 14:24

dc 9/11 general killed in crash

Jul 02 13:51

We are NOT the “Story”

We are NOT the “Story”, It’s Not Just Our 21 Kidnapped Passengers
2009-07-02 | Free Gaza Team
July 1, 2009
With respect, it is not enough. We are not the story. Since its founding in 1948 the State of Israel has regularly kidnapped and tortured Palestinians, throwing them into forgotten prisons where they can languish for years. Today, over 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners without benefit of due process, some never even charged - men, women, and children - endure torture and isolation in Israeli jails, outdoor prison camps, and secret black sites. They come from all walks of life: doctors, journalists, parliamentarians, workers, resistance fighters, homemakers, students and others. They are our sisters and brothers.

Jul 02 13:45


By Alan Sabrosky*
June 30, 2009

Israel’s boarding and capture in international waters of The Spirit of Humanity, an unarmed boat carrying relief supplies to the suffering people of Gaza, shows that state-sponsored piracy is a real peril today. It is just one more breach of international law added to the global "rap sheet" of a rogue state that, as Netanyahu remarked a few weeks ago, is not like other countries. But Israel’s capture of this boat was also Netanyahu’s test of Obama’s resolve – a test Obama failed, to his shame and discredit.

Jul 02 13:40

Released activist, Detention in Israel like a "terror film"

O.Próximo.- Una activista de Free Gaza describe su detención en Israel como una "película de terror"
Europa Press
Una ciudadana israelí que se encontraba entre los 21 activistas detenidos hace dos días por las fuerzas de seguridad israelíes cuando intentaban llegar a la Franja de Gaza con un barco lleno de ayuda humanitaria, afirmó hoy que las condiciones en las que les han mantenido se parecen a una "película de terror". Seguir leyendo el arículo
O.Próximo. - An activist of Free Gaza describes his halting in Israel like a “film of terror”

Jul 02 13:34

British prisoners report ill treatment in Israeli jail

A message smuggled out of the Ramla Givon prison in an email from members of the solidarity boat crew arrested earlier this week has accused the Israeli authorities of maltreatment and keeping them in poor conditions.

Jul 02 13:30

ACLU Says Government Used False Confessions

The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday accused the Obama administration of using statements elicited through torture to justify the confinement of a detainee it represents at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The ACLU is asking a federal judge to throw out those statements and others made by Mohammed Jawad, an Afghan who may have been as young as 12 when he was captured. His attorney argued that Jawad was abused in U.S. custody, threatened and subjected to intense sleep deprivation.

Jul 02 13:29

Washington Post cancels lobbyist event amid uproar

Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said today she was canceling plans for an exclusive "salon" at her home where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors.

The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff."

Jul 02 13:28

And Here It Is On CNBC: Manipulation

"This market continues to be propped up by government intervention and manipulation."

No, really?!

By the way, market manipulation is illegal.

Of course when you own the police force you can do whatever you damn well please, right?

Jul 02 13:28

Washington Post cancels ’salon’ after pay-for-access report

That didn’t take long.

“Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth today canceled plans for a series of policy dinners at her home after learning that marketing fliers offered lobbyists access to Obama administration officials, members of Congress and Post journalists in exchange for payments as high as $250,000.”

Jul 02 13:26

WaPo pounds the war drums for Israel!

Jul 02 13:04

Schwarzenegger to shut state offices to save money

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Life just got simpler in California!

Jul 02 13:04

When Torture Kills: Ten Murders In US Prisons In Afghanistan

The interrogation and detention regime implemented by the US resulted in the deaths of over 100 detainees in US custody ? at least [see "Command?s Responsibility," a Human Rights First report from 2006, PDF]. While some of those deaths were the result of "rogue" interrogators and agents, many were caused by the methods authorized at the highest levels of the Bush White House, including extreme stress positions, hypothermia, sleep deprivation and others. Aside from the fact that they cause immense pain, that?s one reason we?ve always considered those tactics to be "torture" when used by others ? because they inflict serious harm, and can even kill people.

Jul 02 13:02

Housing Minister: Spread of Arab population must be stopped

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Now, if an Arab said, "Spread of Jewish population must be stopped", what do you think would be the media reaction?

Jul 02 12:55

South Sea Bubble

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Experts keep comparing the current US economy to the South Sea Bubble, so maybe you out to study up!

Jul 02 12:31

Amnesty: Israeli Troops Used Children as Human Shields in Gaza

Amnesty International issued a 105-page report today detailing war crimes committed by the Israeli military during its 22-day military offensive against the Gaza Strip. The attack killed over 1,400 Palestinians and wounded 5,000 others. It also destroyed over 3,000 homes.

Jul 02 12:30

UN official: Settlement freeze could lead to Arab ties

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Which is why Israel will not do it.

Jul 02 12:29

How Israel's naval blockade denies Gazans food, aid

Bringing fresh attention to its blockade of the Gaza Strip, Israel on Tuesday turned back a boat attempting to deliver three tons of medical supplies to Gazans.

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Collective punishment is a war crime.

Jul 02 12:28

White House move on indefinite detention only latest step in lawless direction

President Barack Obama is actively considering issuing an executive order authorizing the continued, indefinite detention of terrorism suspects, without trial, according to the Washington Post and Pro Publica. The news is widely being treated as a shocking about-face for a president who has criticized his predecessor's harsh tactics in dealing with alleged terrorists. But for anybody paying attention, this is just one more step along a path the president has has already traveled, with indefinite detention hinted at in a May speech and even championed by the Obama administration in legal papers filed in March.

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Remember, the government now thinks protesters and
anyone quoting the Constitution are terror suspects.

Jul 02 12:19

Bureaucrats Will Carry Out Mandatory Home Inspections Under Climate Bill

The controversial climate bill that is set to be taken up by the Senate on Monday after its passage in the House will legislate home inspections by government regulators who will demand to audit every aspect of your property under the threat of substantial and repeated fines if their visits are denied or their demands not satisfied.

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Here is the deal.

The US has lost its manufacturing, so the government is going to "create jobs" by pouring tons of gratuitous regulatory compliance on us all, to justify hiring inspectors at taxpayer expense who will in turn force us to purchase improvements to our homes. Everybody works!!!!!

But here is where the "solution" breaks down. Where is the money coming to PAY for all this regulatory compliance? The government is still acting as if they believe there are vast sums of cash floating around out here in the real world, and that saving the economy is simply a matter of taking it away from all of us.

Jul 02 10:26

George Carlin - "Who Really Controls America"

george telling it like it is. i miss you george.

Jul 02 10:13

Joe Biden on Shalom TV "I am a Zionist"

hey joe, what country is it you work for again?

Jul 02 09:57

The FEMA Blogger Camps are not a Wi-Fi Zone.

Let’s see now… The Israelis invade Gaza and murder 1500 people in cold blood using banned weapons and destroying the infrastructure so that the people are now living in the rubble and… Obama says nothing. Cynthia McKinney along with a Nobel Peace Prize winner and 20 or so other people get kidnapped on the high seas, while trying to deliver aid to these people and this same psychopathic, thug nation or… should I call it a repug-nation? Well… this same murderous collection of international criminals hijacks their boat and arrests them and… Obama says nothing.

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Jul 02 09:51

U.S. stimulus a small patch for big economic hole

The $787 billion U.S. economic stimulus package may not be able to live up to lofty expectations, painting President Barack Obama into a policy corner once the money runs out.

With only a little under 7 percent of the stimulus actually paid out so far, it is a bit early to try to measure success. However, the White House is already fielding questions about whether another spending package will be needed.

Jul 02 09:50

Big Pay Packages Return to Wall Street

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The economy has recovered ... for them!

And all on the backs of the US taxpayers!

Jul 02 09:48

'Staged death': US blasts Iran over claim

The White House has dismissed as "misinformation" a reported Iranian police claim that the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, who has emerged as an emblem of the political uprising, was staged.

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"Why, that's just plain SILLY! That's, that's absurd!! That's, that's, that's, that's ... like saying we just made up all that stuff about Saddam's nukes just to invade Iraq....... Okay, bad example; let me think of another one." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 02 09:43

An Economy Bigger than Russia, Brazil, Canada, India or Spain Is About to Default

An economy bigger than Russia, Brazil, Canada, India or Spain is in imminent risk of defaulting on its debts.

Which nation am I talking about?

Not a country . . . but the state of California.

Jul 02 09:42

The Fifth Reason the MSM Sucks

That may be one reason that the mainstream news commentators hate bloggers so much. The more people who get their news from blogs instead of mainstream news sources, the smaller their audience, and the less the MSM can charge for the kind of "nonconfrontational access" which leads to puff pieces for the big boys.

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The WP as pimp???????

Jul 02 09:41

EU may withdraw all ambassadors from Tehran

European Union members are threatening the collective withdrawal of their ambassadors from Iran to secure the release of the British embassy employees being held by the authorities.

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All but one of the arrested staffers have been released. And note the EU's total silence on the hijacking of a Greek-flagged ship in international waters by Israel!

Jul 02 09:37

Banking system like South Sea bubble, says senior Bank of England official

A senior Bank of England official today compared the banking system over the last 20 years to the South Sea bubble of the early 18th century and said bankers had merely "resorted to the roulette wheel" to keep up with each other.

Jul 02 09:36

Ethnic Cleansing as a State Policy

In his speech at Bar Ilan University on June 14, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a new Israeli “peace plan,” with preconditions that a Palestinian negotiator must first meet before he would “promptly” engage in “unconditional” bilateral talks to meet an international consensus demanding the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel . His preconditions added to the fourteen conditions the former Israeli government of comatose Ariel Sharon attached to Israel's adoption in grudge of the 2003 Road Map blueprint for peace with the Palestinian side, on the basis of which the U.S.

Jul 02 09:29


The Right To Return Will Never Be Forgotten……. Palestinian Refugees……

Jul 02 09:27

Rolling Stone expose: Goldman Sachs behind every market crash since 1920s

Goldman Sachs has played a crucial role in creating every market bubble since the 1920s -- and has profited from not only the bubbles, but from the crash that followed as well, says a new expose in Rolling Stone magazine.

An article in the July 9-23 issue of the magazine, written by Matt Taibbi, lists five asset bubbles that the 140-year-old investment bank helped create -- and one that Taibbi asserts the firm is currently working to make happen.

Jul 02 09:25


Action Alert: Protests in front of Israeli embassies tomorrow

Jul 02 09:24


In memory of the children of Prypiat, Ukraine, whose lives were
abruptly stopped by the tragedy of Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Jul 02 09:24

Hollywood madam charged celebrities £30,000 for girls

The women would charge up to £30,000 for one night with a client.

The identities of Miss Braun's clients has not been revealed but her lawyer said they include well known celebrities and public figures.

"Let's just say you'd be shocked," said Marc Nurik.

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No, I wouldn't.

Jul 02 09:22

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Speaks from Israeli Jail Cell After Arrest on Boat Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Jul 02 09:21

America's Effective Unemployment Rate at 18.7%?

The numbers are staggering and are aggregates of official data. They matter because various Obama administration officials including the President himself started off calling for huge stimulus packages to help generate "jobs, jobs, jobs!"

But now, I have been hearing more and more from senior Obama economic team members about the jobs they hoped for coming at the very tail end of an economic recovery. Others are talking about a GDP recovery -- but not a jobs recovery. They are admitting as well that they underestimated the severity of this recession and its impact on unemployment levels.

And all this while Goldman Sachs and other financial houses have seen their balance sheets get cleaned up and bonuses surge.

Jul 02 08:47

U.S. job losses spike in June, dampen recovery hopes

U.S. employers cut far more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate hit a nearly 26-year high of 9.5 percent, underscoring the likelihood of a long and slow recovery from recession.

Jul 02 08:46

Eurozone unemployment hits 10-year high

The eurozone unemployment rate climbed to a 10-year high of 9.5 percent in May, official European Union data shows.

Some 273,000 people lost their jobs across the eurozone in May, bringing the number of out of work individuals to 15.013 million -- a rate not recorded since May 1999.

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This is why globalism is such a bad idea. An economic calamity in the US has become a crisis for the entire world!

Jul 02 08:44

Ban Blogs From Linking To Newspapers, Says Judge

Famous and respected New York Judge Richard Posner says maybe we should ban links to save newspapers.

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This will backfire. The blogs are driving most of what little readership the newspapers have left. In the age of twitter, the blogs are quite capable of reporting and commenting on what is going on around the world.

And frankly, the blogs would not be such a threat to the newspapers IF THE NEWSPAPERS WOULD STOP LYING TO THE PEOPLE!

Jul 02 08:40

Staffer at SEC Had Warned Of Madoff

An investigator at the Securities and Exchange Commission warned superiors as far back as 2004 about irregularities at Bernard L. Madoff's financial management firm, but she was told to focus on an unrelated matter, according to agency documents and sources familiar with the investigation.

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Who told her to focus elsewhere? I want NAMES! The tar is starting to boil!

Jul 02 08:39

US remains silent over McKinney arrest by Israel

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Remember the big govermedia stink when armed British patrol boats wandered into "disputed" Iranian waters and were captured? For days on end the captured British sailors were lionized on the media and welcomed home as heroes when Iran released them.

But a former US Congresswoman gets captured off an aid ship in international waters and it's not a story?

I guess the US corporate media just don't like black people!

Jul 02 08:32

The high cost of 'green jobs'

President Obama's administration is spending massive amounts of taxpayer money on subsidizing the new jobs with the assumption they will more than replace employment sure to be eliminated by carbon taxes, cap-and-trade legislation and other limits on traditional industry.

But Washington might want to examine an ominous warning from Spain, an early pioneer in pursuing the theory of "green jobs."

According to economics professor Gabriel Calzada of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, the Spanish government's renewable energy initiatives have destroyed 2.2 jobs for every new "green" job created.

Jul 02 08:26

Madoff Ponzi Scheme Dwarfed by Illuminati Rubin's

The arrest of financier Bernard Madoff Thursday for operating a "Ponzi scheme" costing investors $50 billion made the TV network news. Curiously, a lawsuit the same day against Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin for defrauding Citibank shareholders of more than $122 billion, also described as a "Ponzi scheme," got no airplay whatsoever.

Jul 02 08:25

Reporters Grill Gibbs Over Prepackaged Questions for Obama

Jul 02 08:24

Activists vow to keep up Canada trips despite US

Jul 02 08:23

The still-growing NPR "torture" controversy

There are several noteworthy developments since I wrote on Tuesday about the refusal of NPR's Ombdusman, Alica Shepard, to be interviewed by me about NPR's ban on using the word "torture" to describe the Bush administration's interrogation tactics. Given the utter vapidity of her rationale ("there are two sides to the issue.

Jul 02 08:21

Has Barack Obama become the bane of Israeli Jews?

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In October of last year, Joe Biden predicted that Obama would face an international test of his will and resolve.

That test is happening now with the hijacking of a ship in international waters and the capture of a US congresswoman by Israel.

And Obama is failing that test before the eyes of the world.

Jul 02 08:17

The co-conspirators of Bernard Madoff

While acknowledging that Madoff’s decision to plead guilty and cooperate with investigators seeking to unravel his schemes would ordinarily count in his favor, Chin underscored the political reasons for imposing the maximum sentence possible under the law. Madoff’s fraud had left his victims “doubting our financial institutions” as well as “our government’s ability to regulate,” he said.

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Actually, we had come to that conclusion even before Bernie's crimes were exposed.

Jul 02 08:05


Of course, I might have missed something here. Maybe there is another reason that the American Corporate media thinks that Iran hijacking boats in their own territorial waters is a major news story while Israel hijacking a boat in international waters is not. And if that is true; if there is really is a reason why the two stories are being treated differently, I welcome any member of the corporate media to call into my radio show and explain it to me.

Because until they do, I think we have no choice left but to conclude that the difference in coverage between the two stories is that the American Corporate Media just don't like black people!


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Jul 02 07:36

How to Reduce Healthcare Costs by 80% Overnight (Without Spending $2 Trillion)

Dr. Mary Ruwart has a plan that would reduce healthcare costs by 80% overnight... without costing taxpayers $2 trillion. So why isn't anyone talking about this?

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Jul 02 07:15

European rocket hoists biggest-ever telecoms satellite

A European rocket placed the world's biggest commercial telecommunications satellite into geostationary orbit, launch operator Arianespace said.

The 6.9-tonne TerreStar-1, operated by US telecoms services firm TerreStar Networks Inc., was launched by Ariane-5 heavy rocket from the European space base in Kourou, French Guiana, after four delays caused by stormy weather.

Jul 02 07:13

World failing to halt biodiversity decline

Governments are failing to stem a rapid decline in biodiversity that is now threatening extinction for almost half the world's coral reef species, a third of amphibians and a quarter of mammals, a leading environmental group warned Thursday.

"Life on Earth is under serious threat," the International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a 155-page report that describes the past five years of a losing battle to protect species, natural habitats and geographical regions from the devastating effects of man.

Jul 02 07:10

Myanmar fossil may shed light on evolution

Fossils recently discovered in Myanmar could prove that the common ancestors of humans, monkeys and apes evolved from primates in Asia, rather than Africa, researchers contend in a study released Wednesday.

However, other scientists said that the finding, while significant, won't end the debate over the origin of anthropoids — the primate grouping that includes ancient species as well as modern humans.

Jul 02 06:11

UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report

In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In previous years, the UN drug czar had expressed skepticism about Portugal's decriminalization, which removed criminal penalties in 2001 for personal drug possession and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The UN had suggested the policy was in violation of international drug treaties and would encourage "drug tourism."

But in its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal's radical (by U.S. standards) approach. "These conditions keep drugs out of the hands of those who would avoid them under a system of full prohibition, while encouraging treatment, rather than incarceration, for users.

Jul 02 05:44

Bureaucrats Will Carry Out Mandatory Home Inspections Under Climate Bill

The controversial climate bill that is set to be taken up by the Senate on Monday after its passage in the House will legislate home inspections by government regulators who will demand to audit every aspect of your property under the threat of substantial and repeated fines if their visits are denied or their demands not satisfied.

Jul 02 05:28

Martin Bormann was Rothschild Agent -- Damning Evidence

The second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, Martin Bormann, was a "Soviet" (i.e. Illuminati British) agent who ensured the destruction of both Germany and European Jewry.

Thus, he advanced two of the Illuminati's main goals: integrate Germany into a world government by annihilating its national, cultural and racial pretensions, and establish Israel as the Masonic bankers' world capital by threatening European Jews with extinction.

Jul 02 03:21

If Torture Is Not Evil, Then Evil Has No Meaning

Under the auspices of the United Nations, in 1948, all nations on earth, with six abstentions, agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states simply in Article 5: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Likewise, the Geneva Conventions in 1949 affirmed international law that prisoners of war in captivity need reveal only their name, rank and serial number, and then, "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted…to secure from them information of any kind whatsoever."

Jul 02 03:09

U.S. Launches South Afghan Offensive

Operation Khanjar, or "strike of the sword," began shortly after 1 a.m. local time when close to 4,000 Marines, backed by about 700 Afghan security personnel, moved by air and ground into villages in the Helmand River Valley, a major opium-producing region and Taliban stronghold.

Jul 02 03:02

Tortured To Death

The long awaited IG Report will be a little longer awaited, and will not be released today. Could be tomorrow, could be next week; what a shocker.

Jul 02 02:52

When Torture Kills

When Torture Kills: Ten Murders In US Prisons In Afghanistan

There’s been a lot of discussion in the last few days about the long-awaited (and twice-delayed) release of the 2004 CIA Inspector General’s Report, which, “aggressively questions both the efficacy and legality” of the Bush administration’s interrogation tactics in the “War on Terror.”

Jul 02 02:20

A Sliver of Good News

I hate that I'm now clinging to scraps like this to make myself happier about President Obama's efforts to overturn torture, but this is an improvement over the Bush Administration. The acting head of OLC has determined that military commissions cannot use statements gotten through torture to convict detainees.

July 1, 2009

Jul 01 21:48

Israel navy intercepts boat with ex-U.S. Rep. McKinney

Jul 01 20:10

Joe Biden: Oct. 19, 2008 - Obama Will Be "Tested"

Biden warns "Mark My Words" that within Obama's first six months (if elected...God help us) in office, he will be "tested" by some catastrophic incident, brought about by the baddies seeking to "test" the witless Obama.
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