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February 18, 2010

Feb 18 08:51

Fourth Amendment Trashed As Airport Tyranny Hits The Streets

Tampa police, TSA and Homeland Security agents are teaming up “to keep your family safe,” according to ABC News, by implementing random searches at bus depots, in yet another example of how airport tyranny is being rolled out onto the streets.

“Bomb sniffing dogs, pat-downs and metal detector wanding, gloved inspections of hand-held bags” are all now going to become a routine part of everyday life as the Fourth Amendment is completely trashed in the name of “security”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, I am creating jobs here!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 18 08:49

Ruling means Gitmo detainees have no legal protection: rights group

A federal court ruling this week that prevented the families of two dead Guantanamo detainees from seeking damages means that "no court can hear abuse and wrongful death claims from Guantanamo," says a human-rights group.

"In dismissing the case, the district court ruled that the deceased’s constitutional claims ... could not be heard in federal court," said the Center for Constitutional Rights, in a statement released Thursday.

On Wednesday, a US district court in Washington, DC, rejected claims for damages from the families of two Guantanamo inmates who were found dead in 2006.

Salah Ahmed Al-Salami and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, along with a third inmate, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi, were found dead in their barracks with rags stuffed down their throats in June, 2006.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US Constitution and Bill of Rights, rest in peace.

This country is sliding down the slope of being a nation ruled by laws to a nation ruled by men at breakneck speed.

And if you think this kind of thing couldn't ever happen to American citizens, imprisoned on trumped up charges, you'd better think again.

Feb 18 08:49

Only 8 percent say incumbents should be reelected

Feb 18 08:47

IRS Releases 2007 Tax Return Data on Wealthiest 400 Americans: Income Soared 31% (to $345m), Tax Rate Fell 3.2% (to 16.6%)



Feb 18 08:44

Soldiers launch coup against Niger president: sources

Soldiers opened fire Thursday in the Niger capital -- where explosions and long bursts of gunfire resounded across the city -- in what a top French official said was an coup attempt against President Mamadou Tandja.

Witnesses said the firing appeared to be centred on the presidency. State radio stayed silent on events, concentrating on playing traditional music as tensions erupted in the uranium-rich West African nation.

Feb 18 08:42

Obama’s atomic blunder

As Vermont seethes with radioactive contamination and the Democratic Party crumbles, Barack Obama has plunged into the atomic abyss.

In the face of fierce green opposition and withering scorn from both liberal and conservative budget hawks, Obama has done what George W. Bush could not — pledge billions of taxpayer dollars for a relapse of the 20th century’s most expensive technological failure.

Obama has announced some $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for two new reactors planned for Georgia. Their Westinghouse AP-1000 designs have been rejected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as being unable to withstand natural cataclysms like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For all the money wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq we could have had fusion power by now. The Chinese have proven it works. Far safer than fission power, fusion power does not risk chain reactions and there is no major waste disposal problem. You cannot build bombs using a fusion reactor.

Why is the US Government moving backwards?

Feb 18 08:29

Virus breaches 75,000 computers, study says

Feb 18 08:12

Amputee refused disability in case she "gets better."




Feb 18 07:32

Musings Of Glenn Beck's 911 Truth Double Standards

"How Mr.Beck uses the Neocon term "Truther" as a tool to be used against people he alone sees fit to use on, in order to "discredit" who he wants. His hypocrisy in this matter is quite astounding, it is just another example of who the man really is. He is one deceptive and dishonest individual."

Feb 18 07:28

Is America going to attack Iran?

America might strike on Iran according to the top Russian Military official. The consequences, I believe, would be dreadful for Iran, as well as Russia, the entire Asia-Pacific community, General Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russias General Staff, was quoted. Makarov also stated that he doubts the US can attack Iran until the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are over.

Feb 18 06:32

Wal-Mart suffers sales decline in key quarter

Wal-Mart Stores missed a key metric known as same-store sales during the fourth quarter that included the all-important holiday shopping season...



Feb 18 05:11

Mossad's Licence to Kill

The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh bears the hallmarks of the ruthless Israeli intelligence service. One of the leading chroniclers of the agency gives a unique insight into its methods.

Feb 18 05:08

Grounds for Hope and Despair

It starts with little things and works its way up. Tens of thousands of people have experienced unsatisfactory encounters with the Transportation Safety Administration, otherwise known as the airport police. In a recent case a police officer and his wife were taking their four year old son to Disney World for his
birthday. The child has to wear leg braces due to problems associated with his premature birth. The TSA screener ordered the braces removed before the boy could walk through the detector. But, of course, the boy could not walk without the braces. The police officer and his wife were stunned to find that TSA cannot tell the difference between an American police officer and his disabled child and a terrorist threat.

Feb 18 03:32

Marine base's ex-residents, many ill, only now learning of toxic water

An unknown number of veterans and dependents were exposed to environmental hazards on military installations. DOD refuses to accept responsibility for the health effects of exposure. Two bills introduced in the Senate and House provide for health care coverage. Major differences in the bills need to be worked out

Feb 18 03:28

900 Baby Bracelets Recalled Over High Levels of Lead

A Utah company is recalling 900 bracelets for babies and pacifier clips because they contain high levels of lead.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that a 10-month-old girl received medical treatment for elevated lead levels after being exposed to one of the baby bracelets.



Feb 18 03:25

Cindy Sheehan Goes to Washington

In a recent interview with Reader Supported News, Cindy Sheehan was very critical of the way the movement put its energy into the election of Barack Obama:

"Unfortunately, I feel that the movement that grew up around the Camp Casey protests was misused to elect Democrats, and we have seen since 2006, the Democrats have done nothing to end the wars, or even put a dent in them. The Dems fully funded Bush's wars and refused to hold him accountable for starting them in the first place.

An even greater tragedy occurred in the anti-war movement when it supported and helped get Barack Obama elected, even though he was strongly in favor of sending more troops to Afghanistan and was very pro-military strength."

Feb 18 01:30

Monetary reform: reclaiming $1 trillion every year through public creation of money

Without knowing how money is created and managed, all other topics concerning money are out of context. This is crucial: regarding trillions of dollars of economic power, you have no idea where money comes from. It’s time for you to learn.

Feb 18 01:28

Either pay the national debt with monetary reform or kiss your assets goodbye

Here is the elegantly simple and obvious solution: because a nation's government has the power to create money, do so. Instead of rolling-over the national debt as its individual securities come due and are redeemed (paying them by additional borrowing), just pay them with government created money. To avoid inflation, concurrently restrict the banking industry's fractional reserve power to inflate this money through lending by increasing their reserve requirement proportionally. The reserve requirement is the percentage of deposits they cannot create credit from when someone asks for a loan. This ends the debt while maintaining the money supply. The 8-minute video below will explain.




Feb 18 00:42

4 Cameras + 4 People, 4 Signs & 1 Bullhorn = BAN THE CAMS!

February 14, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- Three members and one guest of SoCal Martial Law Alerts, a non-partisan grassroots activist organization, met at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue on Valentine's Day Sunday as part of the first-ever national BAN THE CAMS! protest.

The national BAN THE CAMS! protest was called by The Liberty Restoration Project, a grassroots political organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, in order to inform fellow citizens "why they should be concerned about red-light cameras."

February 17, 2010

Feb 17 23:32

IMF To Sell 191.3 Tons Of Gold On Open Market

I'd suggest that before you pay for it, you'd better take a hacksaw to it to be sure it's pure.

Feb 17 22:10

Repeal the 17th Amendment. Restore Liberty.

Until 1913, when the 17th Amendment was ratified, the citizens of the states elected U.S. senators indirectly: Voters elected the state legislators, and they in turn selected U.S. senators. From 1913 onward, voters have directly elected U.S. senators in statewide elections.

This change has led to a number of negative results, including

-Vastly increased federal power and vastly decreased state, local, and personal authority due to the state governments losing their representation in the federal government;

-The domination of Senate elections (and legislation) by forces outside of the particular states wherein elections are being held, e.g., out-of-state donations, political party operatives, and campaign consultants; and

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting that the 17th Amendment changing how Senators were elected occurred in the same year the Federal Reserve Act was passed and the 16th Amendment proclaimed to be "in effect" by Secretary of State Philander Knox.

Feb 17 22:09

Yet Another Congressman Questions 9/11

Congressman Jason Chafetz just said that we need to be vigilant and continue to investigate 9/11.

A real nutjob, right?

If so, he joins quite a few other Congressmen:



Feb 17 22:08

'US gave up war plans because of Iran's might'

“The US planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks with support from Zionists," Fars news agency quoted Pourdastan as saying on Wednesday.

“The US claimed that terrorists have carried out the attacks in order to find a pretext for presence in the [Middle East] region," he stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would you be heartbroken if we told you we already knew?

Feb 17 22:02

Mossad's licence to kill

The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh bears the hallmarks of the ruthless Israeli intelligence service. One of the leading chroniclers of the agency gives a unique insight into its methods.

Feb 17 22:00

Myth of the Iranian Nuke

Did Robert Gibbs let the cat out of the bag?

Last week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the world that Iran, unable to get fuel rods from the West for its U.S.-built reactor, which makes medical isotopes, had begun to enrich its own uranium to 20 percent.

From his perch in the West Wing, Gibbs scoffed:

“He (Ahmadinejad) says many things, and many of them turn out to be untrue. We do not believe they have the capability to enrich to the degree to which they now say they are enriching.”

But wait a minute. If Iran does not “have the capability” to enrich to 20 percent for fuel rods, how can Iran enrich to 90 percent for a bomb?

Feb 17 22:00

Climategate 2.0 — The NASA Files: U.S. Climate Science as Corrupt as CRU

In August 2007, I submitted two Freedom of Information Act requests to NASA and its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), headed by long-time Gore advisor James Hansen and his right-hand man Gavin Schmidt (and RealClimate.org co-founder).

I did this because Canadian businessman Steve McIntyre — a man with professional experience investigating suspect statistical claims in the mining industry and elsewhere, including his exposure of the now-infamous “hockey stick” graph — noticed something unusual with NASA’s claims of an ever-warming first decade of this century. NASA appeared to have inflated its U.S. temperatures beginning in the year 2000. My FOIA request asked NASA about their internal discussions regarding whether and how to correct the temperature error caught by McIntyre.



Feb 17 21:49

WNN: Shut the machine down!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Supporting the call for a National Strike

Feb 17 21:46

Israel struggling to mend tarnished image

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Gimme an 'I'!"

"I said, gimme an 'I'!"

"I said ... screw it."

Feb 17 19:52

New Surveillance Drones With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Tasers

Original Post by Paul Joseph Watson at Prison Planet

“French company Tecknisolar Seni has demonstrated a portable drone armed with a double-barrelled 44mm Flash-Ball gun,” states the report. “Used by French special police units, the one-kilo Flash-Ball resembles a large calibre handgun and fires non-lethal rounds, including tear gas and rubber impact rounds to bring down a suspect without permanent damage" ...the fact that the Flash-Ball devices have caused “permanent damage” in the form of head injuries is glossed over....“Taser stun guns are now so light (about 150 grams) that they could be mounted on the smaller drones. Antoine di Zazzo, head of SMP Technologies, which distributes tasers in France, says the company is fitting one to a small quad-rotor iDrone....

The fact that every one of these fascistic and futuristic tools of enslavement is being primed to be used mainly against protesters only confirms that the police state is not coming, it’s not some future threat, it’s here in 2010 – we’re living in a world that does not tolerate dissent against its overlords, we’re truly living on a prison planet.

Feb 17 19:47

Video: Glenn Beck is a Maniac

Made by 12160's TJ!



Feb 17 19:42

FLASHBACK: GOLDMAN HIDING GREEK DEBT .... IN 2003

from Risk Magazine

In November 2001, the Greek finance ministry’s public debt division made a public statement about its debt management strategy. It acknowledged that its debt was a ‘critical macroeconomic parameter’, and pledged to reduce debt servicing costs by means that included ‘the extensive use of derivatives’. Apparently, this was not enough for Brussels. In February 2002, the European Commission pointed out future deficit forecasts by Greece relied ‘primarily’ on achieving reductions in interest costs. It called for Greece to reduce its ‘very high’ debt ratio, and to provide ‘more detailed information on financial operations’.

Although Greece’s public debt division points out that it uses 18 derivatives counterparties, there is no doubt that the division, which is headed by Christopher Sardelis, has a particularly close relationship with Goldman Sachs. Indeed, the account has been handled personally at Goldman Sachs by Antigone Loudiadis, the London-based European head of sales for the firm’s fixed-income, currencies and commodities unit. Highly respected by other dealers, Loudiadis has enjoyed a successful career at Goldman, joining the firm’s partnership committee and attaining her present position in 2000. According to sources, by early 2002, Loudiadis and her team put together a deal aimed at alleviating Greece’s problem of debt ratios and high interest costs.

Feb 17 19:40

U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion

Bernanke, who then paused for a moment, looked down at his prepared statement, and shook his head in utter disbelief. "You know what? It doesn't matter. None of this--this so-called 'money'--really matters at all."

"It's just an illusion," a wide-eyed Bernanke added as he removed bills from his wallet and slowly spread them out before him. "Just look at it: Meaningless pieces of paper with numbers printed on them. Worthless."

Feb 17 19:14

FDIC Opens A Massive New Office Near Chicago Just To Handle The Coming Tidal Wave Of Midwest Bank Closings They Are Expecting

The FDIC is opening up a massive new satellite office in the Chicago area that will be dedicated to managing receiverships and liquidating assets from failed Midwest banks.

Feb 17 18:36

First they came for the Air traveler : Homeland Security targets bus traffic in Tampa - News video

Please note how the gov propaganda arm, your local TV news, starts this piece with Tampa police and feds "are keeping your family safe". And of course they pick one guy for an on-air interview who says he likes the plan, to keep him safe.



Feb 17 18:02

Did Goldman Sachs help Britain hide its debts too?

original post by Edmund Conway at blogs.telegraph.co.uk

This episode serves as a reminder of the scale of this effort to shift debt offstage, and of how many different avenues politicians explored in order to live today, pay tomorrow. For those who believe that we’ve just come to the end of an endemic super credit cycle, this episode provides yet more supporting evidence

Feb 17 17:18

We, The People, Call For Total National Strike April 15-18

The spark of Freedom is igniting within the hearts and minds of the people in America, as well as globally, and we all have the moral obligation to fan the flames. The time for taking our freedom for granted has passed.

It is now time to stand for freedom individually and collectively, and make the sacrifices necessary in order to reclaim it. But it is easier than most of us know.

There are only 3 things we need in order to ensure success. We must be Pro-Active, Non Violent, and Massive in numbers. There are over 300 million of us, here, in this country, trying to survive under corporate fascism. It is time to stop the so-called "Wheels of Progress" from crushing our lives and our planet.

Feb 17 17:02

TSA's handling of high-level security badge questioned

The screener, whose name has not been made public, committed armed robbery at the age of 17 and entered a guilty plea a year later, according to Richmond airport officials. Because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime, the felony did not disqualify him from later being hired and credentialed by the TSA.

Feb 17 16:07

Wanted? : TSA Anal Examiners

Here is the description of this picture from the AP website: “TSA officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, in SeaTac, Wash.”

I think that it rather pictures the future of the TSA. Will anal exams soon be required before boarding airline flights? We are certainly headed in that direction. And the tragic thing is that if the TSA put an ad in the New York Times or USA Today wanting to hire people to do anal exams, it would probably be flooded with applicants.



Feb 17 16:02

Illinois Senate holds private meeting at statehouse

A highly unusual closed-door meeting of the state Senate lasted about an hour and a half today, and participants said many of the chamber's 59 Democrats and Republicans attended to hear a presentation on budgeting and the economy from national experts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Flog the serfs harder!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 17 15:55

Israel’s re-branding exercise in Haiti backfires as past catches up

Stuart Littlewood argues that Israel’s medical showcase in Haiti will do nothing to change the fact that it is “among the worst brand names on the planet", unless Tel Aviv ends its "bullying rhetoric and atrocious deeds" against the Palestinians and convinces the world that it has abandoned the practise of organ stealing.

Feb 17 15:53

The long arm of Israel must be amputated

Gilad Atzmon argues that, given the close relationship between the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and the Mossad intelligence agency, Premier Binyamin Netanyahu must be held to account personally for the murder of a Hamas official in Dubai by Israeli Mossad agents travelling on cloned European passports.

Feb 17 15:51

The United States Is In Deep Doodoo!

We've borrowed so much money the lenders are getting nervous. Back during the Johnson administration Charles DeGaulle demanded the United States collateralize the loans owed to France in gold and started carting out the bullion from the treasury. This caused several other nations to demand the same and President Nixon had to slam the gold window closed or the treasury would have been emptied, since the United States was even then in debt for more money than the treasury could cover in gold.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We will be talking about some of this on the radio show today.



Feb 17 15:30

PROPAGANDA ALERT - Tehran on path to our destruction

STAND by for some bad news. No, I mean really bad news. The world is not going to apply crippling sanctions to Iran. Even if it did, Iran would not be deterred from developing nuclear weapons. The only way that Iran can be significantly delayed in its pursuit of nuclear weapons is through an Israeli air strike on its nuclear facilities.

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Feb 17 15:30

Mamilla Cemetery: Victim of Israeli "tolerance"

Feb 17 15:27

Italy's Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos

Italy's government is drafting a decree that would give it control over online video content.

In a country where Internet usage is still relatively small, the measure is seen as an attempt by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to protect his TV empire from future competition from the freewheeling world of Google and YouTube.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Silicon Curtain descends over Italy!

Feb 17 15:15

The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth -- What's It Going to Take to Get It Back?

The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis -- and it's gotten even worse.



Feb 17 15:03

Peter Schiff - Currency crisis imminent

Feb 17 14:50

Gerald Celente on CNN Radio - "Fascism is coming to America"



Feb 17 14:32

Israel says no proof it carried out Hamas Dubai killing

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is no proof the Mossad spy agency carried out the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuure we believe that the Irish would assassinate Hamas leaders!!!!!!!!

Feb 17 14:25

Foreigners in record flight from US Treasuries

A record drop in foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury bills in December means the government might have to pay higher interest rates on its debt to continue to attract investors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is a fancy way of promising to tax you (and flog you) harder as you slave away to pay their debts.

Feb 17 14:17

Taliban Bombs Hinder "Long Term" Afghan Offensive

US-led occupation troops waging a huge offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan risked becoming bogged down Tuesday, running into pockets of resistance as the nightmare of the homemade bombs is chasing the occupation troops.

US and Afghan military officials said remote-controlled bombs were hampering the progress of the assault on Marjah in the Nad Ali district of the southern province of Helmand.

Feb 17 14:02

Israel Has 'Policy of Ambiguity' Over Dubai Killing; Mossad In Hot Seat

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday said that there was no proof Israel's Mossad spy agency was behind the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, after it emerged that some members of the hit squad involved in the killing had used the identities of foreign-born Israelis.

Lieberman did not deny outright Israeli involvement in the killing of Hamas's Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel, saying only that Israel has a "policy of ambiguity" on intelligence matters and there was no proof it was behind the assassination.

Feb 17 13:19

Cash-Strapped Fort Worth trying to collect decade-old parking tickets. (PDF)

Feb 17 13:13

Greek Ex-Minister: Other Euro Countries Did Swaps Too

Greece's 2001 deal to swap some of its debt using currency derivatives was in line with what other euro-zone countries were doing, Yiannos Papantoniou, the country's finance and economy minister when the deal was made, told CNBC.com Wednesday.

The transaction, intermediated by Goldman Sachs, involved exchanging about 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) worth of bonds denominated in yen and US dollars — that would have generated substantial outflows in 2002 — into euros, maturing in 2019, Papantoniou explained.

"We took a loan that was to be repaid in 2019," he said in a telephone interview. "It was public. I know that what we've done then was consistent with what was done by many euro zone countries."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Goldman Sachs was helping ALL the U conceal the true scale of their debts from their own people?

This IS going to turn into a global revolution.

Feb 17 13:10

PROPAGANDA ALERT - FOX - Iran Must Be Stopped

The situation with Iran continues to become more dangerous by the day. How many will needlessly die before we act to prevent a repeat of what the world experienced during the time of Hitler?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the world experienced during the time of Hitler was an arrogant and ruthless nation using a war to get out of economic calamity, lying about other nations and invading them one after the other after the other to loot their wealth while scapegoating and torturing a convenient ethnic minority as a distraction.

If it sounds familiar it should, because those words describe the actions of the United States.

Iran, who has not invaded anyone in 200 years, and whose Jewish population are so content that the refused to emigrate to Israel, is not the problem. It is the United States which is the 21st Century version of Nazi Germany.

Feb 17 13:10

17 Police Union Boss: ‘Sorry If The Average Citizen’s Taxes Go Up to Cover My Raise, but I Have To Look Out for Myself’

“I’m not running a popularity contest here,” Mesley said. “If I’m the bad guy to the average citizen . . . and their taxes have go up to cover my raise, I’m very sorry about that, but I have to look out for myself and my membership.“

Mesley added: “As the president of the local, I will not accept ‘zeroes.’ If that means . . . ticking off some taxpayers, then so be it.

Feb 17 13:09

World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein wants own bailout

Silverstein is requesting cash for at least two of the three planned office towers, sources told the paper.

Anxious to see the project completed, the Port Authority is considering stepping in, but not without concessions, The Journal said.

Silverstein has less than $1 billion left from the $4.5 billion insurance settlement he got after the 2001 terror attacks, The Journal said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And he'll probably get it because he can blow the whistle on what really happened on 9-11.

Feb 17 12:50

The ax is about to swing on state budget

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Start with the governor and the legislators.

We actually NEED the Fire Department, Police, roads, and schools.

Feb 17 12:49

State revenue down $118 million from forecast

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear government

I understand that right now you are thinking "How can we get more money from the people."

But isn't wise government trying to find out how to get more money TO the people?

Feb 17 12:42

Russian military chief warns US against striking Iran

Russia’s top military warned the US on Wednesday against using force against Iran over its controversial nuclear ambitions, saying the consequences would be “dreadful”.

“The consequences, I believe, would be dreadful for Iran, as well as Russia, the entire Asia—Pacific community,” said Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s General Staff.

Feb 17 12:41

Federal Deficit Hits Record-Breaking $430.6 Billion Through January

The federal deficit through the first four months of the budget year is running at a record-breaking pace even though the deficit in January was slightly smaller than expected.

The massive tide of red ink reflects the continued fallout from a deep recession and a severe financial crisis. It highlights the formidable challenges President Obama will face in trying to get the deficit down to more manageable levels.

Feb 17 11:23

The Global Warming Boogeyman

Here is a list of other things attributable to global warming:

Feb 17 11:23

Only 6% Believe the Stimulus Created Jobs

And the number of those who believe the stimulus will eventually create jobs continues to steadily drop. Remarkably, this means that “more people believe that Bush knew [about] 9/11 than believe that Porkulus created jobs.”

Feb 17 10:48

Libertopia 2010

Its purpose is to create a worldwide movement of individuals who choose their own form of governance - a voluntary society based on mutual respect for each individual’s dignity and ownership of his/her own body and property.

Feb 17 10:34

Greece Bans Cash Transactions Over 1,500 Euros

Effective January 1, 2011 every transaction above 1,500 euros will be considered illegal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards.

Feb 17 10:32

Fourth lawsuit seeks $33 million over taser gun incidents

The current lawsuit alleges -

• The school resource officer, Lonnie Netzel, allegedly used a taser gun on a 13-year-old boy's leg in the school's hallway, in October 2009.

• Netzel allegedly used a Taser gun on a 12-year-old boy on Jan. 12 while supervised by two teachers, Jessica Labon and Teresa LaReau, who were named in the first two lawsuits.

• Netzel allegedly shocked 12-year-old boy who suffers from mental illness on Jan. 12, while supervised by another teacher, Bradley Netzel.

Feb 17 10:07

US senators seek regime change in Iran

Two Republican senators have once again introduced a draft bill in the US Congress seeking full support for the Iranian opposition and the overthrow of the Islamic Republic government in Iran.

Senators John Cornyn and Sam Brownback introduced the so-called “Iran Democratic Transition Act” bill on February 11, coinciding with the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in which unprecedented tens of millions of Iranians poured into the streets to rally and celebrate the 31st anniversary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What would be your reaction if you found out that the government of South Africa was sending millions of dollars to the Ku Klux Klan to overthrow the United States government and place a new government sympathetic to apartheid in its place?

Oh, wait, I forgot. AIPAC already did that to the US for Israel!

Feb 17 10:01

Joshua Tabor, Who Served in Iraq, Accused of Waterboarding Daughter

An Army sergeant who served in Iraq for 15 months has been restricted to his Washington military base after being accused of waterboarding his 4-year-old daughter because she refused to recite her ABCs.

Feb 17 09:58

Why the Stimulus Failed

Conservatives have correctly declared President Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” a flop. In a January report, White House economists predicted the bill would create (not merely save) 3.3 million jobs. Since then, 2.8 million jobs have been lost, pushing unemployment toward 10 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in response to Obama's claim this morning that his stimulus has saved the economy.

Feb 17 09:58

Jason Lewis: Stimulus failed. (Told you so.)

Well, here we go again. No sooner than the failure of the Bush stimulus package became evident, Democrats, along with President-elect Barack Obama, are calling for an even larger government spending package for the flagging economy. Some of us predicted that the first stimulus program would fail, and indeed it did. Once the rebate checks arrived last spring, a temporary blip in personal income was immediately followed by a drop in retail sales, and now, most likely, recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in response to Obama's claim this morning that his stimulus has saved the economy.

Feb 17 09:58

The Stimulus Didn't Work

Is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 working? At the time of the act's passage last February, this question was hotly debated. Administration economists cited Keynesian models that predicted that the $787 billion stimulus package would increase GDP by enough to create 3.6 million jobs. Our own research showed that more modern macroeconomic models predicted only one-sixth of that GDP impact. Estimates by economist Robert Barro of Harvard predicted the impact would not be significantly different from zero.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in response to Obama's claim this morning that his stimulus has saved the economy.

Feb 17 09:58

Why the Stimulus Failed

The Democratic Party was shaken to its core on Tuesday when Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO) announced they would not run for re-election in 2010, all on the same day. The source of these Democrats’ fears in facing the American people at the polls is no secret: the American people believe the state of the economy is poor and getting worse. Responding to this dismal environment, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) told the Fremont Tribune on Tuesday: “I think it was a mistake to take health care on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy.” While we agree with Nelson that President Barack Obama’s health care priorities have been grossly misplaced, we shudder to think what more “time on the economy” would have meant from this White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in response to Obama's claim this morning that his stimulus has saved the economy.

Feb 17 09:58

It's official - the Stimulus failed

No one realized how bad the economy was. The projections, in fact, turned out to be worse. But we took the mainstream model as to what we thought -- and everyone else thought -- the unemployment rate would be."

"Everyone guessed wrong at the time the estimate was made about what the state of the economy was at the moment this was passed." -- VP Joe Biden

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in response to Obama's claim this morning that his stimulus has saved the economy.

Feb 17 09:49

Israel's history of state-sponsored assassination

Israel’s spy agency Mossad and the country's special forces have carried out a number of assassinations of Palestinian militants in the past and have also been blamed for killings which the Jewish state has never publicly taken responsibility for.

Feb 17 09:45

Greece loses EU voting power in blow to sovereignty

The European Union has shown its righteous wrath by stripping Greece of its vote at a crucial meeting next month, the worst humiliation ever suffered by an EU member state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do these idiots WANT riots?

Feb 17 09:39

TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like terrorists building bombs can;t get rubber gloves?

Also, the glue from cardboard boxes can trigger a false positive on the nitrates test.

Feb 17 09:37

Bin Laden: Dead and Loving It

As former CIA officer Philip Giraldi noted in December 2009, analysts "inside and outside the government" base their assessment that bin Laden has found sanctuary in the hereafter on non-evidence: specifically, that they haven’t had any solid information about the al-Qaeda leader since late 2001.

That puts our intelligence agencies, which have access to more space-age gizmology than any other spy apparatus in the history of espionage, on par with the likes of the conspiracy theorists at WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM. According to these folks, bin Laden is dead because unreliable journalist Taheri said so in a New York Times op-ed piece......

Feb 17 09:36

British MP Demands Israel Explains Role in Hamas Killing

A senior British lawmaker called Wednesday for Israel’s ambassador to London to be summoned to the Foreign Office to explain how fake British passports were linked to the killers of a top Hamas figure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I recall another famous case involving Israelis and stolen identities!

Feb 17 09:30

Glenn Beck runs without ads in UK — for four straight days, activists say

An American political advocacy group aimed at empowering black voices in politics announced Tuesday that the British broadcast of Fox News' Glenn Beck show was forced to run without any paid advertisers last week after the last of the program's corporate sponsors bailed.

Feb 17 09:29

AN APOLOGY

Yesterday’s post about ‘FALSE FLAGS AND FALSE MESSIAHS’ was not meant in any way to be an insult to any Christian readers of this Blog.

Feb 17 09:28

DID HAMAS STAGE A COUP IN GAZA OR DID AMERICA?

Ellen Rosser, Professor of English and a veteran peace activist, maintained an office in downtown Gaza from September 2006 to June 2007. During that period she was an eyewitness to the events which eventually culminated in the violen t clashes between Fatah and Hamas in the summer of 2007, ending with Hamas routing Fatah’s American- armed militias and ousting them from the Gaza Strip.
In a recent testimony on her experience in Gaza, Rosser asked herself the following question: Did Hamas stage a coup, a planned overthrow of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Gaza Strip? She gave a straightforward answer: “Definitely no.”

Feb 17 09:24

RAZING THE DEAD IN JERUSALEM

In the name of tolerance, and human dignity, the Israeli regime is intent on razing the oldest cemetery in the Holy City of Jerusalem. The goal is clear: erase anything to do with the past and the identity of Jerusalem that does not conform with the Zionist vision.

Feb 17 09:24

PALESTINE TODAY ~~ THE GROWTH OF POPULAR RESISTANCE

Events continue to cascade here with popular resistance growing in proportion to the growth of repression. In Beit Sahour, there were meetings held to plan events that so far included tree planting and resilience and are growing to popular resistance to eth new military activities at Ush Ghrab. Whether 3 year old or 90 year old, Palestinians are engaged. This video shows tree planting that involved seniors and young people and also shows a visit to the playgrounds at Ush Ghrab by a kindergarten group.

Feb 17 09:23

'Influenza vaccine has no effect': study

There is no evidence to support the contention that the influenza vaccine administered to the over 65s is of any more use than opening the windows and washing hands, a new study from the Cochrane Collaboration claims, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

Feb 17 09:19

Soros Doubled Gold ETF Investment, Buys Citi, Monsanto

Soros' most recent SEC filing also revealed large bets on seed producer Monsanto and Brazilian gas and oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro PBR also known as Petrobras.

The firm held 3.9 million shares of Monsanto at the end of the fourth quarter, up from 1.1 million three months earlier.

Feb 17 09:18

Holocaust denier to be released from German prison

After serving a five-year sentence for denying the Holocaust, far-right activist Ernst Zundel will soon be released from prison, a German prosecutor said Wednesday.

Feb 17 09:13

UK’s Jewish Chronicle editor says extra-judicial murder is kosher By Salaheddin Ahmad

In response to an email in which a reader of the Jewish Chronicle asked whether the newspaper considered "extra-judicial murder by Israel or any other state as acceptable in any way", Mr Pollard simply replied "yes".

Feb 17 09:13

Banks Want to Foreclose on You: Here's Why

So now banks had every incentive to get their borrowers into trouble, most especially by getting them behind on their loans with screwed up escrow accounts, then jacking with their payments to 80% or 100% more than what they were to cover the escrow shenanigans, then jacking borrowers around who want to work with the lender in good faith... all the while the bank WANTS TO FORECLOSE because their insurance policies will pay them out on foreclosures. Or they feed client like mine total b**lshit about their houses being worth 50% more than it's truly worth and so they tell them a) sell their house for enough to pay off the loan AND FEES AND ESCROW DEFICITS (impossible) and tap any and all savings, or b) let the bank foreclose.

Either way, the bank is getting paid back.

Feb 17 09:12

Pimping Weapons to the World

If the Hollywood export Avatar sweeps the world, bringing in multi-billions, it’s front-page news. If American arms exports sweep the world, bringing in multi-billions, you’re lucky to find out about it deep inside your ever-thinning daily newspaper (and such stories seldom even make it onto the TV news). If we sell weaponry repeatedly to the Indonesians or the Saudis or the Qataris or the Israelis, it’s a ho-hum matter. The norm. Like those bases in Afghanistan.

Feb 17 09:10

Wall Street’s War against Main Street America

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, (Feb. 16)[1] outlining how to put the U.S. economy on rations. Not in those words, of course. Just the opposite: If the government hadn’t bailed out Wall Street’s bad loans, he claims, “unemployment could have exceeded the 25 percent level of the Great Depression.” Without wealth at the top, there would be nothing to trickle down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am tired of being trickled on by Wall Street, aren't you?

Feb 17 09:06

White House Won’t Rule Out Attacking Iran

Underscoring the very real threat that remains of an American war against Iran, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today declared that the Obama Administration will not rule out attacking Iran over its decision to enrich uranium to 20 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I stated in a previous article today, Netanyahu is denying claims that Israel is preparing for a war against Iran because he is expecting the US military to do the fighting, getting maimed, and dying in any attack against Iran.

And a memo to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: don't you guys have a science advisor somewhere around the place, so that you don't look like a consummate ignoramus when characterizing the Iranian uranium enrichment to 20% as evidence of a terrible "threat"?!?

Didn't anyone happen to mention to you that this level of enrichment is to produce medical isotopes?!?

Didn't anyone happen to mention to you that in order to get weapons grade uranium, you have to enrich that uranium to over 95%?!?

Feb 17 09:05

Obama says stimulus bill saved troubled economy

President Barack Obama says the emergency legislation he signed a year ago to help the struggling economy has saved at least 2 million jobs and avoided a deeper recession.

Feb 17 08:55

Rising tide of suburban homeless across U.S.

Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a “perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing,” in one official’s eyes.

We see a spiral in food stamps, heating assistance applications; Medicaid is skyrocketing,” Blass added. “It is truly reaching a stage of being alarming.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the country of "Ameristan", brought to you, courtesy of the previous and present administrations!

Feb 17 08:53

The Federal Reserve's Exit Strategy: Unlegislated Bailout of Fannie and Freddie

If one is alert, it is evident that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury have disposed of the need for Congressional approval, and have engineered a de facto bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, at public expense.

Feb 17 08:47

Netanyahu: Israel-Iran War Not Being Planned

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday his country is not planning a war with Iran and that Tehran's concerns over such a conflict are the result of the threat of additional international sanctions.

"We are not planning any wars," Netanyahu said, speaking in Moscow after meetings urging Russian officials to approve tougher sanctions against Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, really, Mr. Prime Minister?

As reported on 23 October, 2009 in:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6886328.ece

"The US and Israel launched a major joint military exercise yesterday as a deadline neared for Iran to approve a deal to delay its development of nuclear weapons and prevent Israel from attacking its nuclear facilities."

As reported on 7 February, 2010 in:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118083&sectionid=351020205

"As Israel keeps threatening the regional countries with war, Egyptian maritime sources say the Israeli navy has deployed two missile ships to the Persian Gulf.

"Citing the sources, Yediot Ahronot reported Saturday that two Israeli missile ships passed through the Suez Canal en route to the Red Sea on Thursday morning."

As reported on 13 February 2010 in:

http://www.today.az/news/iran/61548.html

"Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will visit Israel to discuss the situation in Iran with top Israeli military officials."

Not planning a war, Mr. Prime Minister?!?

The world knows that Israel is looking for some way to attack Iran, preferably - from their perspective - having US soldiers doing the fighting, getting maimed, and dying, to "neutralize" yet another of its perceived existential threats in the region.

And unfortunately, because the US economy is in such dire straits, there are many in the corridors of power who think that only a war will get the country out of the economic mess we're in.

There are, of course, two problems with this scenario.

First, such a regional conflict could well go global in a heartbeat.

And second, the US does not have the manufacturing capabilities to sustain such a war because most of our manufacturing has been offshored.

Feb 17 08:40

Mossad's licence to kill

The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh bears the hallmarks of the ruthless Israeli intelligence service. One of the leading chroniclers of the agency gives a unique insight into its methods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Mossad team that murdered Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was using phony passports.

Remember another time Mossad was suspected of using phony passports?

Feb 17 08:39

The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth -- What's It Going to Take to Get It Back?

Feb 17 08:38

Move Over China: Beijing Sells Whopping $34.2 Billion Treasuries In December As Japan Becomes Largest Official Holder Of US Debt

Gradually we are getting confirmation that Chinese "posturing" about offloading US debt is all too real. The most recent TIC data confirmed the Treasury's greatest nightmare: China is now dumping US bonds. In December China sold $34.2 billion of debt ($38.8 billion in Bills sold offset by $4.6 billion in Bonds purchased), lowering its total holdings $755.4 billion, the lowest since February 2009, and for the first time in many years relinquishing the top US debt holder spot to Japan, which bought $11.5 billion (mostly in Bonds, selling $1.4 billion Bills) bringing its total to $768.8 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that what the US Government is selling is your future enslavement to these foreign nations. That is what they are buying; your willingness to work and pay back the bonds plus interest.

Feb 17 08:35

Team Finds Subtropical Waters Flushing Through Greenland Fjord

Waters from warmer latitudes -- or subtropical waters -- are reaching Greenland's glaciers, driving melting and likely triggering an acceleration of ice loss, reports a team of researchers led by Fiamma Straneo, a physical oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about functional fixedness.

Okay, look at the map in this article. Find Greenland. Now find that tiny island immediately below it. That is Iceland, soon to be the bastion if freedom of speech for the planet. It is also the tip of a massive and active volcano system whose submerged extent is not explored.

Gee, I wonder why they are finding warm waters near Greenland.

Just like Medieval Witch Hunters who were paid to find witches saw them everywhere, People paid to study global warming see global warming everywhere, even to the exclusion of an active volcano right in the middle of where they are looking.

Feb 17 08:26

Another Newsweek “Conspiracy Theory” Claim Debunked

Another of Newsweek’s ridiculous “conspiracy theory” claims has been debunked after a prominent former Mexican foreign office minister called for a North American Union and a single unified currency, adding to the voluminous reams of evidence that confirm an EU-style integration is being developed for the Americas, a notion Newsweek dismissed as “discredited” in their feeble “Know Your Conspiracies” hit piece.

Feb 17 08:26

US general accuses Iraqi politicians of links to Iran

The US commander in Iraq on Tuesday accused two Iraqi politicians at the center of a dispute over blacklisting electoral candidates of having ties to an arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

General Ray Odierno said Ali al-Allami and Ahmed Chalabi "clearly are influenced by Iran."

"We have direct intelligence that tells us that," the commander told an audience at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are we to congratulate General Odierno for his magnificent grasp of the obvious?

What the blazes did he think would happen when Iraq was "deBaathified", the Sunnis removed from power, and Shiites placed in power?

That someone didn't see it coming that the major benefactor from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq would ultimately be Iran demonstrates that those thought this war would be a "great thing" for the US to do to were absolutely brainless, and clueless.

Feb 17 08:25

A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

Increased snowfall also fits a pattern suggested by many climate models, in which rising temperatures increase the amount of atmospheric moisture, bringing more rain in warmer conditions and more snow in freezing temperatures."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The obvious contradiction in the above statement is the claim that rising temperatures put more moisture in the air which becomes snow in freezing temperatures.

How much water the atmosphere holds is indeed dependent on temperature. Warmer atmosphere actually means LESS rain (not to mention no snow) because the air holds more water. It is when the atmosphere COOLS that water or snow precipitates out. So heavy rains and snow are a sign of a cooling atmosphere.

And rain and snow aside, the simple fact that temperatures this winter are sharply down, to the point of killing corals and manatees in Florida, tells you which way the trend is going.

Feb 17 08:16

Spanish Intelligence Probing Debt “Attacks”

Citing unnamed sources, El Pais said the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) was looking into “speculative attacks” on Spain following the Greek debt crisis.

Feb 17 08:16

Sarkozy drawn into political funding scandal

President Nicolas Sarkozy was drawn into a corruption scandal on Thursday after French prosecutors opened an investigation into the suspected illegal funding of a presidential contender whose campaign he ran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now we know the REAL reason he wants to control the internet! :)

Feb 17 08:15

New wave of foreclosures by end of 2010 is feared

Experts fear that a new wave of foreclosures will hit this year as prolonged unemployment makes it difficult for millions of homeowners to pay their mortgages -- and many of them aren't likely to get much help from a federal program aimed at keeping them in their houses.

Trial modifications and other delays have kept many of those mortgages out of foreclosure, but by the end of this year, 2.4 million borrowers are expected to lose their homes, said Celia Chen, a housing economist at Economy.com.

Feb 17 08:11

Gibbs won’t discuss waterboarding policy on camera

If only "don't ask, don't tell," applied to enhanced interrogations policy, officials might be thinking.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wouldn't say what, if anything, the White House was doing to prevent the torture of a Taliban leader reportedly captured in Pakistan.

Nor would he even discuss if there was a policy to ensure that foreign agencies don't utilize waterboarding or other torture techniques against alleged terrorist detainees.

At least not in front of the cameras.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As we have known from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, torture doesn't produce the truth; it only gets the tortured individual to say anything they think their torturers want them to say to get the torture to stop.

Feb 17 08:08

2009- Global Warming Causes Foggy Days in San Francisco… 2010- Global Warming Causes Fog-less Days in San Francisco

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Feb 17 08:07

Disinformation Tactics: The Methods Used To Keep You In The Dark

With the advent of anti-feudalism, and most importantly the success of the American Revolution, elites were no longer able to dominate information with the edge of a blade or the barrel of a gun. The establishment of Democracies (and Democratic Republics), with their philosophy of open government and rule by the people, compelled Aristocratic minorities to plot more subtle ways of obstructing the truth and thus maintaining their hold over the world without exposing themselves to retribution from the masses. Thus, the complex art of disinformation was born. The technique, the “magic” of the lie, was refined and perfected. The mechanics of the human mind and the human soul became an endless obsession for the elites.

Feb 17 08:07

The Hoi Polloi vs. Goldman Sachs

Greece is turning into a battle royal between the global financial elites and the average worker in the industrial West. This started out as a more limited struggle, pitting the finance ministers and central banks of the European Union against the Greek unions, but the fight has unexpectedly broadened with news of the surreptitious involvement of Goldman Sachs in helping Greece avoid borrowing constraints.

Another way to look at this is to ask yourself who knows how much has really been borrowed by various governments around the world?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Goldman Sachs evades the rules, bets against their own clients, plunges corporations, states, and nations into debt, then blames the workers for not knowing their place when they complain about the poverty.

It's like when Bernie Madoff got arrested for swindling his clients for $65 billion and his wife blamed the Goyim for all their troubles.

Feb 17 07:56

Former Mexican foreign minister calls for ‘North American union’, unified currency

Prolific Mexican politician and intellectual Jorge Castañeda believes that a greater North American community -- a "North American Union" -- with economies tied together under a European Union-style system, complete with open borders and a unified currency, is the wave of the future.

Feb 17 07:50

After Dubai hit, Israelis question Mossad methods

The quiet assassination of a Hamas commander gets unexpectedly messy. Exposed and forced to atone before angry allies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the spymaster responsible to fall on his sword.

That was in 1997, when the Mossad director resigned after his men botched the poisoning of Khaled Meshaal in Jordan. Now premier a second time, Netanyahu faces a similar crisis over the death of another Hamas figure, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai.

Feb 17 07:49

Professor: We have a 'moral obligation' to seed universe with life

“We have a moral obligation to plan for the propagation of life, and even the transfer of human life to other solar systems which can be transformed via microbial activity, thereby preparing these worlds to develop and sustain complex life,” Mautner explained to PhysOrg.com. “Securing that future for life can give our human existence a cosmic purpose.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what about the life already on those suitable planets?

Feb 17 07:49

"Economic Terrorism": The Consequences are Poverty and Mass Unemployment

These are all basic things that every person should be able to easily afford in a technologically advanced society such as ours. The reason why we struggle with these things is because the Economic Elite have robbed us all. This amount of suffering in the United States of America is literally a crime against humanity.

Feb 17 07:45

Vitamin D may reduce diabetes risk

People who get plenty of vitamin D can cut their chance of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43%, researchers have said.

Exposure to sunshine alongside a healthy diet rich in oily fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel can provide adequate protection, they said.

Feb 17 07:33

Soros Hedge Fund Doubles Gold Holdings

...Soros Fund Management owned 6.2 million shares of SPDR Gold Trust -- an exchange-traded fund that owns gold bullion -- at the end of the year worth $663 million. That was up from 2.5 million shares at the end of the third quarter...

Feb 17 04:40

A Country of Serfs Ruled By Oligarchs

If the Treasury’s bonds can’t be sold to investors, pension funds, banks, and foreign governments, the Federal Reserve will have to purchase them by creating new money. When the rest of the world realizes the inflationary implications, the US dollar will lose its reserve currency role. When that happens Americans will experience a large economic shock as their living standards take another big hit.

America is on its way to becoming a country of serfs ruled by oligarchs.

Feb 17 04:32

'Iran Won't Simply Sit There and Accept an Attack'

Hans Blix is the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and also worked as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq. He talks to SPIEGEL about whether Iran really has the ability to enrich uranium and if economic sanctions can ever be effective.

Feb 17 04:12

Israel’s Attack on Iran–A 15 Minute War To Save A Dying Theocratic Ethno-State?

As we approach that “great day of reckoning” viz-a-viz (what appears to be) the impending and unavoidable attack on Iran by the Jewish state, it is important to keep in mind the motto of Israel’s Mossad that “By way of deception thou shalt make wars”.

And given that indeed it is the Jewish state and her interests (and them alone) managing all aspects of the propaganda machinery for this conflict, we can be rest assured that–employing the aforementioned motto of Israel’s intelligence service–not an ounce of truth exists in any of it. From top to bottom, left to right and alpha to omega it is nothing more than a hologram and high-production hoax of sorts meant to prepare the collective mind for the before, during and after effects of what this attack is intended to produce.

Feb 17 04:03

Sarah Palin 9/11 truther controversy makes hypocrite of Glenn Beck

Sarah Palin 9/11 truther controversy explodes days after Texas Gubernatorial hopeful Debra Medina outcast as ‘pariah candidate’ for 9/11 comments

Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones

Article and video

Feb 17 03:40

The Mysterious Death of Bush's Cyber-Guru Michael Connell

Maxim's Mike Connell story

Feb 17 02:01

Operation Aphrodite

Operation Aphrodite' was the World War II code name of a secret USAAF program that began in 1944. Pilotless aircraft packed with explosives were remotely controlled into their targets.

Feb 17 00:33

Darth Cheney Warns of 9/11 Repeat

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney has accused the Obama administration of being "dead wrong" to assume a repeat of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, is unlikely.

Stepping up claims that the White House has been soft on national security, Mr Cheney said yesterday that a nuclear or biological attack by al-Qa'ida remained the biggest threat to the US.

February 16, 2010

Feb 16 22:54

Gadhafi: Obama fears Israel will assassinate him like it did JFK

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi said on Wednesday that U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's expressed support for Israel stems from his fear that the Mossad would assassinate him, just as it did President John F. Kennedy.

Feb 16 22:53

Israeli intel warns Netanyahu on Obama policy: 'We have become an obstacle'

A classified assessment relayed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Obama and his senior advisers would incrementally diminish U.S. strategic cooperation with Israel developed over the last 20 years.

"Obama wants to make friends with our worst enemies and until now the worst enemies of the United States," an Israeli source familiar with the intelligence assessment said.

Feb 16 22:52

Taliban In Secret Talks With U.S., Afghanistan

Some Taliban leaders are initiating third-party talks that could lay the groundwork for progress between the U.S. and Afghan governments and the Taliban insurgents. In the video below, Charles Sennott of international news site GlobalPost.com reports on how moderate Taliban leaders are engaged in shuttle negotiations, and have been in contact with Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban.

Feb 16 22:51

Obama reverses Biden, warns Netanyahu publicly and privately on Iran

Government sources said the administration of President Barack Obama relayed a warning to Israel that Washington has not changed its opposition to an Israeli strike option against Iran.

Feb 16 22:47

KC district ponders closing half of its schools

Kansas City School District is considering a proposal to close half of its schools as it struggles to cut up to $50 million from its budget for the upcoming academic year.

Feb 16 21:41

Argentina takes control of Falkland waters over oil rights after row with Britain

Argentina has taken control of the waters around the Falkland Islands in an escalation of its row with Britain over the disputed territory.

The move would effectively grant it the power to blockade the British-ruled archipelago.

It comes as relations between the two countries hit a new low earlier this month following the recent discovery of oil reserves buried in the Falklands seabed.

Feb 16 21:37

Evidence of Climate Fraud Grows, Media Coverage Doesn't

· No mention by the New York Times
· No mention by the Washington Post
· No mention by USA Today
· No mention by ANY major U.S. newspaper EXCEPT the Washington Times
· No mention by the Associated Press
· No mention by Reuters
· No mention by UPI
· No mention by ABC News
· No mention by CBS News
· No mention by NBC News
· No mention by MSNBC

Feb 16 21:34

'An attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada'

Junior Foreign Affairs minister Peter Kent is suggesting Canada stands ready to throw its full military weight behind Israel, telling a Toronto publication that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada.”

Feb 16 21:25

US Constitution and rule of law destroyed, Obama lies for war with Iran: Carl Herman audio interview

*hyperlinks and audio interview at source*

Marine Corps Captain (ret.), professor emeritus, author, editor of Assassination Science and pioneer of research into the assassination of JFK, early advocate to apply the rigor of science to the analysis of what really happened with the attacks of 9/11, and host of “The Real Deal” of Revere Radio, Dr. Jim Fetzer, interviewed me for two hours discussing unlawful US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the prospect for war with Iran, and related topics. The interview is here.

Feb 16 21:24

One in ten 'underemployed' as record 2.8m workers trapped in part time jobs

A record 2.8million workers are trapped in unsatisfying or lowly paid part-time jobs.

One in ten of the workforce - including thousands of graduates with good degrees - settle for work which either does not match their skills or financial need, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The number in so-called 'underemployment' has soared by 600,000 in just a year as the recession forces more people to accept fewer hours and take home less pay.

Feb 16 21:21

Terror of innocent Britons named as assassins: Why choose us, ask Britons whose identities were stolen by Mossad hit squad

Six innocent Britons thrust into the centre of an international murder plot were in fear of their lives last night.

They were named as the killers of a leading official of the Palestinian paramilitary group Hamas, who was executed in an audacious 'hit' with all the hallmarks of a spy novel.

Yet it emerged yesterday that their identities had been stolen by the real assassins, who are believed to be agents of the feared Israeli secret service Mossad.

Sounds familiar...

Feb 16 21:07

Food Stamps Create Jobs… in India

Several states with high unemployment are outsourcing Food Stamp Services, including to a JP Morgan Chase call center in India.

Feb 16 21:05

Cholesterol-lowering drugs increase risk of diabetes, study finds

USING drugs to lower cholesterol increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, research in Scotland suggests.
An analysis of 13 studies involving the drugs, known as statins, found that they increased the chances of someone developing diabetes by 9 per cent.

Feb 16 21:01

Now IPCC hurricane data is questioned

More trouble looms for the IPCC. The body may need to revise statements made in its Fourth Assessment Report on hurricanes and global warming. A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that the claims that global hurricane activity has increased cannot be supported.

Feb 16 20:52

FDA Invades Non-Commercial Amish Farm in PA

At 9:40 a.m. Thursday, February 4, only a few miles from the scene of the Nickel Mines Amish massacre of 2006, another drama against the Amish began as agents of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came onto the property of Amish farmer Dan Allgyer, without permission, claiming to be conducting an investigation.

Feb 16 19:52

All Roads Lead to Goldman Sachs

They intertwine themselves with their clients’ [prey] activities through sophisticated toxic financial tentacles [sold as solutions] known as derivatives. Once the host is sufficiently weakened and “captive” – new solutions are then fashioned which offer little more than “false hope” to the host – while the parasitic investment bank harvests what’s left of value for pennies on the dollar.

Feb 16 17:38

Crash Babies

Wow, I think I woke up on a different planet this morning. There has been economic crashes, rumors of crashes, but damn man some huge players are saying "IT IS GOING TO CRASH." One heavy weight to check in is Barton Biggs, former head of Morgan Stanley who says here and I quote "Insure yourself against war and disaster by buying a remote farm or ranch and stocking it with ``seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc. because tshtf is coming.'' Now if I am not mistaken, Mr Biggs is telling us to bug-out. Well that is all good and swell there Biggs, but what of us poor people that don't have the money to find a nice plot of dirt with Xe mercs to set up the perimeter?

Feb 16 17:29

Governments ADMIT That They Carry Out False Flag Terror

Forget the claims and allegations that false flag terror - governments attacking people and then blaming others in order to create animosity towards those blamed - has been used throughout history.

This essay will solely discuss government admissions to the use of the false flag terror.

Feb 16 16:52

Lake Erie Frozen over; First Time in 14 Years

There are also reportedly ice chunks floating off the coast of Dunkirk, N.Y., which is one of the deepest parts of the lake and would naturally be one of the last places to freeze.

Feb 16 16:47

At least five Israelis 'share names with Dubai hit squad suspects'

One of the Israelis, U.K.-born Melvyn Adam Mildiner, said he was "angry, upset and scared" over what he swears is a misidentification after Dubai police listed a British national with the same name as one of 11 Europeans suspected of killing Mabhouh in a luxury hotel in the Gulf emirate last month.

Two other British-born Israelis, Paul Kealy and Stephen Hodes, were also named by Dubai, as was another Israeli, Michael Bundheimer, an immigrant to Israel from the United States.

Feb 16 16:35

Italy's Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos

Nevertheless, Italy's right-wing government is going far beyond its European partners with the decree that would require Web sites with video content to request authorization and would mandate the vetting of copyrighted videos before they're uploaded.

Feb 16 16:32

Olbermann tells Tea Party movement: Beware fear’s racist temptation

White Tea Party members should ask themselves, Olbermann said, "Where are the black faces? Who am I marching with? What are we afraid of? And if it really is only a president's policy and not his skin. Ask yourself one final question: Why are you surrounded by the largest crowd you'll ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you?"

Feb 16 16:27

China: a Slow Soft Kill for the Dollar; Sells $34.2 Billion in Treasury bonds in December, Welcoming Japan as our new Largest American Debt Holder

Gradually we are getting confirmation that Chinese "posturing" about offloading US debt is all too real. The most recent TIC data confirmed the Treasury's greatest nightmare: China is now dumping US bonds.

Feb 16 16:05

Dubai Hamas assassination: Irish citizens not involved, Ireland says

The three Irish citizens who the Dubai authorities allege helped to assassinate a Hamas official do not exist, according to Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs.

Feb 16 16:03

JPMorgan Bombing: Bomb Explodes At Bank Offices In Athens

"Police in the Greek capital say a bomb has exploded at the offices of American financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co., causing no injuries.

Feb 16 15:46

Gangs use online scams to target Haiti cash: BBC probe

Criminal gangs have defrauded people out of funds intended for Haiti earthquake victims by setting up bogus charities and seeking contributions online, according to a BBC investigation out Tuesday.

Scam emails began appearing online within days of the January 12 earthquake, including some with logos for genuine charities. One for the British Red Cross was traced to a computer in Nigeria, the BBC reported.

Another group, calling itself the M E Foundation, emailed the BBC photos of Haiti projects it said it was involved with -- but which turned out to be of disaster relief activities from the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

Feb 16 15:41

Mullah Baradar: friend or foe?

The Afghan authorities confirmed on Tuesday reports that the Taliban’s second-in-command, Mullah Baradar, has been arrested in Pakistan. But while the West considers the capture of such a ‘big fish’ a strategic victory, our correspondent points out that he was also the key to a possible diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Feb 16 15:39

Hawaii hotels lost $741M last year

A new report says hotels in Hawaii lost $741 million last year, $1.1 billion since the tourism slump began in 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My letters to the local papers, still to this date unprinted.

(Posted to the internet at whatreallyhappened.com, along with whether or not it is published)

For well over a year now I have been writing about how the TSA’s maltreatment of tourists was strangling our state. 10 days ago, Moody’s Hawaii’s bonds as “Negative” due to the drop in tourism revenues. Last week came the announcement that State Tax Refunds may be delayed and that payments to Quest Health Plan may have to be delayed. Today we learn that Hawaii's hotel;s have lost $1.1 billion (with a "b") since the tourism slump began in 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20100216/ap_tr_ge/hi_travel_brief_ha...

The time has come to stop being polite, or more to the point, to stop being “Good little Citizens” and acknowledge what we all know to be the reason for the collapse of our state.

The TSA, proven totally ineffective both by the DHS testing and the recent crotch bomber, gets off by fondling our wives and daughters, dropping our laptops, and now awaits their newest toys which will allow them to see us all totally naked with enough clarity to determine our religion! As a side note, a TSA screener at LAX was just arrested on child porn charges. Naked scans of a film star were passed around at Heathrow Airport last weekend.

Because of this totally ineffective but annoying maltreatment, tourists are avoiding the USA, including Hawaii, opting to spend their tourism dollars in nations with more respect for people. And as a result we have all been forced to watch our beautiful state wither away slowly like a beloved family member dying of cancer.

TSA exists only to trick people into thinking the US Government cares for them while the US Government carries out invasion after invasion, all on false pretenses, in an effort to conquer enough of other people’s oil and mineral wealth (or simply kill those people the US Government owes money to) to get out of the fiscal mess they have created.

History reveals the plan.

The US Government got out of the crash of 1907 with WWI. The US Government got out of the crash of 1929 with WWII. Here we are in the throes of the crash of 2007 and look how hard the US government is trying to start wars everywhere they can.

The US has already invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and now aims at Iran.

How many wars does the US have to start before it qualifies as a new World War? And having lost our manufacturing power of the last century, and with an economy already in ruins, how can we possibly hope to win one?

Feb 16 15:22

Afghan Taliban’s Top Military Commander Is Captured - Maybe

The Afghan Taliban’s top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was captured near Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi in what may be the most significant blow to the eight-year insurgency.

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the Taliban are saying that whoever the Pakistanis just shopped to the US, it isn't Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Obama needs good news, and there is no doubt that the story of the capture of a top commander would be a blow to the morale of the Afghani freedom fighters, so the potential for a mis-identification based on wishful thinking cannot be ignored.

I have no doubt that with enough waterboarding, this man will admit to being Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, or even Jack The Ripper.

Feb 16 15:14

Three Major Firms Pull Out of Climate Change Alliance

The sudden pullout of three corporate giants from a leading alliance of businesses and environmental groups could be the death knell for climate change legislation languishing on Capitol Hill.

Feb 16 15:13

Who are the dangerous conspiracy theorists?

The recent Medina debacle on Glenn Beck’s overrated show highlights the obvious hypocrisy of the Beltway Right-wing when it comes to conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories that question government action are shunned while ones that endorse all-out war are to be embraced and repeated.

Feb 16 15:11

China's holding of US Treasuries tumbles

China's holding of US Treasury bonds has tumbled, according to US Treasury data released Tuesday, after Beijing expressed concern over the swelling US deficit and amid new US-China tensions.

The drop in China's bond holdings by 34.2 billion dollars or 4.3 percent to 755.4 billion dollars in December also fueled the biggest drop in foreign purchase of short-term US bonds, said the Treasury's latest international capital data report and based on comparative figures.

China's US bond holding decline was also its biggest drop since August 2000 and allowed Japan to regain its position as top holder of American government debt after a 15-month hiatus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Birds on a wire ...

Feb 16 15:09

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families

Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.

"We are seeing many families that never before sought government help," said Greg Blass, commissioner of Social Services in Suffolk County on eastern Long Island.

"We see a spiral in food stamps, heating assistance applications; Medicaid is skyrocketing," Blass added. "It is truly reaching a stage of being alarming."

Feb 16 15:05

Military Action Against Iran Will Have Negative Consequences for Entire World

Feb 16 15:03

Foreign demand for US Treasury securities falls by record amount as China reduces holdings

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China starts to dump the dollar.

Feb 16 15:03

Jesuits hard hit by high number of abuse claims

The sexual abuse scandal in Jesuit-run German schools is spreading rapidly and is likely to involve more than a hundred former pupils, according to the head of one of the affected colleges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every one of the parents of those hundred pupils likely prayed to their god every night that their children be kept safe from harm and trauma.

Too bad there was nobody to take the call!

What really amazes me is all the hate-mail from the buy-bull bangers who gladly worship a god that allows such things to happen in his own church!

Feb 16 15:00

Netanyahu to Hamas: Israel's offer for Shalit is final

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... assuming that Israel didn't kill the guy themselves when they bombed the crap out of Gaza last year.

Feb 16 14:56

EU biofuels significantly harming food production in developing countries

EU companies have taken millions of acres of land out of food production in Africa, central America and Asia to grow biofuels for transport, according to development campaigners. The consequences of European biofuel targets, said the report by ActionAid, could be up to 100 million more hungry people, increased food prices and landlessness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, of course, a replay of what we saw here in the US when farmlands diverted for ethanol production resulted in food shortages and increased prices, which were then exacerbated by the loss of farmlands to flooding due to unmaintained flood controls.

Feb 16 14:53

FLASHBACK - Israeli ambassador calls Asia "the yellow race"

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Not that we are being racist or anything tacky like that.

Feb 16 14:51

AP Continues to Beat War Drums Over Iran’s Medical Reactor Enrichment

Back again like a bad penny, Associated Press writer George Jahn has returned from nearly a week-long span without any fresh articles to deliver the latest claims that Iran’s civilian enrichment program is either capable of or possibly aimed toward the production of nuclear weapons.

Some may remember Jahn’s February 8 article, “Iran Moves Closer to Nuke Warhead Capacity,” and the subsequent furore over exaggerations and flat out misstatements, which ultimately led the AP to pull the piece in its entirety, replacing it with a separate story by a different author.

Feb 16 14:23

Did Wall Street bail out Greece?

The European Union has asked Greece to explain reports that it engaged in derivatives trades with US investment banks that may have allowed it to mask the size of its debt and deficit from EU authorities.Goldman Sachs made up an exchange rate that allowed the Greeks to look as though they were only engaging in a currency swap when, in effect, they were getting more than a billion more than they should have from the trades in credit.

Feb 16 14:05

NYT Sees UN-Syria Conspiracy Theory on anniversary of assassination of Rafik Hariri

The New York Times simply refuses to deal with “enemy” Muslim states with any sense of objectivity or fairness, reaffirming its deep-seated bias again on Sunday with the publication of a one-sided article about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on its fifth anniversary.

Feb 16 13:47

‘Mossad assassination squad used British passports’

Six suspects in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai entered the country using British passports, it emerged yesterday...

Feb 16 13:44

The Geithner Effect on Taxpayer Attitudes

Perhaps not surprisingly in light of the well publicized tax transgressions of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other Obama Administration officials and nominees, this year's survey revealed:

* How much, if any, do you think is an acceptable amount to cheat on your income taxes? A little here and there, 9% (highest in 6 years)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course the survey respondents were being 100% honest with the Infernal Revenue Service!

Feb 16 13:40

In Bid to Revive Nuclear Power, U.S. Is Backing New Reactors

President Obama told an enthusiastic audience of union officials on Tuesday that the Energy Department had approved a loan guarantee intended to underwrite construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia, with taxpayers picking up much of the financial risk.

Left unsaid is that the US is weeks away from bombing Iran for building nuclear power plants.

Feb 16 13:23

Could Iceland's Financial Meltdown Create The World's First Free Speech State?

It's no secret that Iceland was hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis. Three of its largest banks were nationalized and the government collapsed. Reykjavik, the nation's capitol, saw unprecedented riots and the Icelandic currency-- the Krona-- plummeted along with the bank accounts of every Icelander. Forbes even went as far to declare it "the land without an economy." But could the economic chaos in Iceland have a silver lining?

Today members of the Icelandic Parliament will introduce a resolution that could begin Iceland's transformation into the globe's first "journalism haven." The proposal tasks the parliament with cementing "freedom of expression and information in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistleblowers."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sign me up!

Feb 16 13:21

Gaza Photo Expo Threatened with Closure

The complaints accused the exposition of being anti-Israel, but stopped short of questioning the credibility of the exposition content. “The suffering of the 1.5 million people of Gaza is an
important social issue like any other,” asserted Woodley. “The fact that certain people wish to stifle open discussion on Gaza is even more a reason to bring the debate out into the open.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The single most offensive thing about this story is that there exists a certain group of people who truly believe they have a divine right to dictate to others what they should see, hear, and read.

Such an archaic idea is of course contrary to the spirit of a true open democratic nation. It is fascism. It is Nazism, and it is tyranny of the lowest form.

Feb 16 13:18

'Dubai hit squad stole my identity': British man's name used by assassins who executed senior Hamas leader

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has a long history of using passports from other nations to cover their assassins.

Is it just me, or does the pseudo-Gail seem a touch "masculine"?

Feb 16 13:13

France falls under Internet censorship

"Protection of childhood is shamelessly exploited by Nicolas Sarkozy to implement a measure that will lead to collateral censorship and very dangerous drifts."

Liberté, égalité, fraternité indeed. It's almost enough to make one wonder if St Helena island is still in French hands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merde!

Feb 16 13:13

Ron Paul On Freedom Watch: "This Tea Tastes Funny"

Ron Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano on the infiltration of the tea party movement by Republicans and other war-loving neo-cons -- February 10, 2010

Feb 16 13:05

Flashback to October 2001

After a week of debilitating strikes at targets across Afghanistan, the Taliban repeated an offer to hand over Osama bin Laden, only to be rejected by President Bush.

Feb 16 12:26

David Icke Discusses Zionism with Jeff Rense part 1/2

David Icke speaks with Jeff Rense on the untold story of Zionism in today's world.

Feb 16 12:24

The Zionist Elephant In The Room

The Zionist Elephant In The Room
The David Icke Newsletter

The Elephant In The Room

... BUT SEE IT AND YOU'RE 'RACIST'

Hello all ...

The political creed of Zionism has big ears and a long trunk and I think it's time that was pointed out. It also stampedes through our lives at every level and that needs to be said, too.

It has created a pincer-movement on the human mind by hijacking staggering amounts of political, corporate, banking and media power on one side and by using the fear of being called 'anti-Semitic' if you dare to state the bloody obvious.

Feb 16 12:22

A Jewish Defector Warns America-Benjamin Freedman Speaks on Zionism

Ben Freedman's 1961 speech at the Willard Hotel.

The speaker is Mr. Benjamin Freedman, noted authority on Zionism and all of its schemes. Mr. Freedman is a former Jew, and I mean a FORMER Jew. He has fought the Communist world conspiracy tooth and nail, and stands today as a leading American patriot. We now take you to the speaker's platform to present Benjamin Freedman.

Benjamin Freedman Speaks:

Feb 16 12:18

Israeli Ambassodor Booed Off Stage!

Fantastic demonstration of peaceful and vocal protest at Michael Orens speech to UCI

Feb 16 12:11

Mayans, Money, Mayhem

In light of recent doomsday predictions based on one of the Mayan calenders I took a look into the issue to see for myself what all the hype is about. As usual there's a cast of characters with diverse information presented- from scaremongers to scientists, from the spiritual to the charlatan - who knows the truth?

Feb 16 11:50

A GIFT OF ART FROM CARLOS LATUFF

Our Associate Carlos Latuff wants you to have his artwork and to use it whenever possible on your own sites….

Download for free zip files containing high-resolution artworks
(cartoons, photomontages, comics) produced by me from 2002 to March, 2008. All the artworks can be freely reproduced, without my formal permission.

Click on the following links and save the files:

Feb 16 11:49

Vancouver 2010 Olympics : Olympic Torch Relay / Run Arnold Run !!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Little trivia here. The Olympic Torch Relay that carries the flame from Olympia, Greece to the site of the Olympics is NOT part of the original Olympic tradition. It was a publicity stunt invented by Hitler for the Munich games, and like the Volkswagon, has survived to the present day despite the reputation of its creator.

Feb 16 11:31

The War Outside (Caleb Miles)

Feb 16 11:21

FLASHBACK - FBI Wanted Obama Plotters Charged, But A Rove Appointee Said No

We noticed last week that it was awfully peculiar that Colorado’s U.S. Attorney, Troy Eid, had so airily dismissed conspiracy charges against the three white-supremacist tweakers who were caught planning to assassinate Barack Obama at last week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Now it turns out that those suspicions were fully warranted

Feb 16 11:21

Survey: 40 percent in U.S. have no broadband

In a survey of more than 100,000 people in more than 50,000 households across the U.S., 40 percent reported no broadband or high-speed access to the Internet, while 30 percent said they have no Internet access at all.

Feb 16 10:53

Census Bureau Wasted Millions on 2010 Headcount Preparations, Audit Finds

The Census Bureau wasted millions of dollars in preparation for its 2010 population count, including thousands of temporary employees who picked up $300 checks without performing work and others who overbilled for travel costs.

Feb 16 10:52

USAID Steers No-Bid Haiti Contract to 'Politically Connected' Firm of Bill Clinton Friend

Feb 16 10:47

Attention, Mundanes: “You Don’t Ever Touch a Cop”

James Rourke was living out a parent’s worst nightmare when two Pennsylvania State Troopers arrived and promptly made matters much worse.

Feb 16 10:44

East Asian Security Framework Planned

South Korea, Japan and China are discussing establishing a tripartite security framework this year, Seoul officials said Monday.

Feb 16 10:27

If the Federal Government collapsed, my life would be

Better
88% (1948 votes)
Worse
12% (259 votes)
Total votes: 2207
Feb 16 10:26

Human bones could reveal truth of Japan's 'Unit 731' experiments

The experiments included hanging people upside down until they choked, burying them alive, injecting air into their veins and placing them in high-pressure chambers.

Now new detail about their victims' suffering could be revealed after the authorities in Tokyo announced plans to open an investigation into human bones thought to have come from the unit.

Feb 16 10:24

Record cold killing Florida’s coral reefs

MIAMI — The polar snap enveloping much of the United States in record cold has been killing off coral reefs in the normally balmy warm waters off the Florida Keys, experts said Monday.

The unusually chilly weather so far this year has seen sea temperatures plummet in southern Florida — a fatal development for the coral, which dies when exposed for an extended time to temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).

Feb 16 10:17

The Most Liberating Word

We are routinely told that the government ruling us rests on the "consent" of the governed. "Submission" is a more appropriate term.

Think of it for a second: How often does the State recognize our right to withhold consent? Are those in the State's employ generally willing to accept "no" as a final answer, or do they generally treat it as an act of criminal rebellion?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no freedom without the freedom to say no!

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