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Apr 02 07:10

China agrees to start talks on Iran sanctions

Officials are expected to arrive in New York within days to begin talks on how to Tehran into line over its disputed nuclear program.

China's agreement to begin substantive discussions comes after months of stubborn resistance to pressure from the US, Britain, France and Germany to impose punitive sanctions.

Negotiations will now begin in earnest over the nuts and bolts of the sanctions package which the US President Barack Obama has said he wants to see adopted before the end of the month.

Apr 02 04:48

New Documentary Exposes Move Towards Totalitarian World Government

Film maker Jason Bermas has collected a truly monumental amount of video archive and document material to render completely obsolete claims that the agenda of today’s ruling elite is not the open move towards a global totalitarian world government which will be run to the detriment of the people in the self-interests of the tiny ruling class that sit atop the power pyramid.
Bermas’ highly anticipated documentary Invisible Empire exposes the New World Order in their own words, by painstakingly showing how the elite have not only conspired to create a dictatorial global government in private, but have publicly stated their agenda hundreds of times in public.

Apr 02 04:46

New Documentary Exposes Move Towards Totalitarian World Government

Film maker Jason Bermas has collected a truly monumental amount of video archive and document material to render completely obsolete claims that the agenda of today’s ruling elite is not the open move towards a global totalitarian world government which will be run to the detriment of the people in the self-interests of the tiny ruling class that sit atop the power pyramid.

Apr 02 02:57

Q&A on Obamacare

A few days ago, via e-mail correspondence, I answered some queries about the new health-care-insurance law put to me by Marina Galisova, a reporter for the Slovak weekly magazine Tyzden. It seems that this interview has formed the topic of an article in the magazine, although I cannot be sure because I cannot read Slovak. In any event, on the assumption that not many readers of The Beacon can read Slovak, either, I reproduce here the questions Galisova put to me and my answers.

Apr 01 17:52

Krugman: 'Death Panels' Will Save Money

Between death panels and the general decline in life expectancy that is going to occur, the actuarial costs based on life expectancy will be too high. That said, the structure overall is designed to explode overall healthcare costs. When you have demanders of services who don't have to pay the direct cost, they will demand and demand. And when you have providers who are politically connected they will provide at a nice markup. Think Lloyd Blankfein in the healthcare industry.

Apr 01 17:26

Former Socialist India Becomes Fascist

The bad news is that the people of India are about to morph into the sheeple of India. They are going to allow their government to issue national ID cards to every citizen within the next few years.

Apr 01 16:45

Anatomy of a Fake Tea Party Patriot

The Tea Party has become an establishment group that is redirecting its supporters back into the mainstream Republican Party. Patriots in name only show us who they really are through their actions. Here is just one example of an establishment representative masquerading as a Tea Party patriot.

Apr 01 16:34

Damn it? Pretty Please!

As long as you are not a Palestinian you could almost make an argument that the Middle East game of “Smoke and Mirrors” is actually amusing. Again, it is only amusing if you do not have to actually witness and deal with the nasty end of the Israel stick on a daily basis. For those that do, the Palestinians and all of their friends and neighbors in that part of the world...

Apr 01 16:28

Economist Tim Madden: U.S./Canadian consumer interest calculation method a monstrous fraud. 3 of 3

*hyperlinks live at source*

Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of America’s brightest historical minds.

Tim’s following article is brilliant. He can be reached at: timothypmadden@gmail.com

This is part 3 of 3. Part 1 is here, 2 here.

Apr 01 16:16

Oregon Gov/AG to defend forced health bill in court

Oregon plans to defend health care reform bill in court
April 01, 2010 3:28 PM
While 15 states, including Virginia, plan to wage a legal fight against the new federal health care reform bill, Oregon is taking the opposite tack. According to the Portland Business Journal, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Attorney General John Kroger announced today that Oregon will be the first state to take legal action in court to defend the bill.
Kroger is quoted as saying that “I think it is critical that the courts hear not just from the opponents of the health care legislation, but from those states that believe it is constitutional.” He plans to ask attorney generals in other state to work with Oregon to develop a legal strategy.

Apr 01 14:53

A Rare Voice Of Courage: Journalist Gideon Levy

Gideon Levy: Zionism has many meanings. For sure, the common concept of Zionism includes the occupation, includes the perception that Jews have more rights in Palestine than anyone else, that the Jewish people are the chosen people, that there can’t be equality between Jews and Arabs, Jews and Palestinians. All those beliefs which are very basic in current Zionism, I can’t share them. In this sense, I can define myself as an anti-Zionist.

Apr 01 14:42

The Lobby vs. America

As I listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address an animated crowed of supporters on March 22, I felt physically sick. The man has already displayed time and again a complete lack of moral sense or ethical framework in his words and actions. In his recent arguments, he once again twisted history, manipulated facts and fabricated his own selective, self-interested and highly questionable narrative. Netanyahu, a colonialist from a faraway land, also had the audacity to convince himself and a few others that he had legal, moral and historic rights over my land. While I am the son of a Palestinian family rooted in Palestine since time immemorial, Netanyahu is the son of an immigrant from Lithuania. While he giddily robs more Palestinian land in Jerusalem, I live in exile.

Apr 01 14:40

You're Waging War Against Iran

Tittle-tattles regarding the possibility of a military strike against Iran are being renewed these days. President Obama, to whom I still wonder why the Nobel Peace Prize has gone, is confessing that former President Bush was right in his belief that Iran poses a serious threat to the international community; Russia is cowardly retreating from its position, joining the rest of world's tyrannical powers who favor the imposition of new sanctions against Iran; fueled up by Israel and AIPAC, American corporate media are laying the groundwork to prepare the public opinions forcefully, convincing them that Iran is the most dangerous country in the Middle East and should be disarmed as soon as possible, otherwise, it may attack Israel to wipe it off the map.

Apr 01 13:54

AMAZING SPEECH BY WAR VETERAN

Apr 01 13:28

Chechen rebel Doku Umarov claims responsibility for Moscow blasts

A Chechen militant leader claimed responsibility last night for sending “Black Widow” suicide bombers into the Moscow Metro as the head of Russia’s Security Council accused Georgia of backing terrorism in his country.

Doku Umarov said that he had personally ordered the attacks at Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations that killed 39 people on Monday. In a video posted on a Chechen separatist website, he warned that more were planned.

Apr 01 13:26

Mexican Drug Gangs Attack Army Bases Near the Border

Drug gangs in Mexico have attacked two army bases in a serious escalation in the country's drug war...

Apr 01 11:57

What You Didn't Know About the Popes of Rome -

Under Leo X (1513-21) – who cursed and excommunicated Martin Luther - specific prices were enumerated by the Roman Chancery for every imaginable crime. For instance, a deacon accused of murder could be absolved for 20 crowns. Once pardoned, he could not be prosecuted by civil authorities. Two hundred years earlier, John XXII had done much the same thing, setting prices for crimes ranging from incest to sodomy.

Apr 01 11:51

Moscow metro: 19 black widows could launch fresh attacks

Nineteen "black widow" female suicide bombers trained by an Islamist terrorist known as "the Russian Bin Laden" remain at large and may launch fresh attacks on Moscow, Russian investigators have warned.

Why do I get the feeling this is Israel's doing in response to Russia not going along with sanctions against Iran?

Apr 01 11:49

Russia: two suicide bombers kill 12 in Dagestan

Two suicide bombers including one impersonating a police officer have killed at least 12 people and injured 18 others in the southern Russian province of Dagestan on Wednesday, officials said.

Why do I get the feeling this is Isreal's doing in response to Russia not going along with sanctions against Iran?

Apr 01 11:42

Slavoj Žižek: Beware the ‘true friends of the idea of ascent’

During the recent healthcare “debate” in the US, advocates of universal coverage were ridiculed as silly dreamers. ‘Given the current political/socio-economic climate’ – so the thinking goes – ‘the idea of covering every man woman and child is so completely implausible that anyone who demands it is guilty of impeding critical progress. If the passage of this reform covers more of society’s underprivileged, it’s a WIN for progressives’, they say. [...] By this line of reasoning striking down a crappy bill and taking a few steps back down the mountain is seen as irrational and inhumane. But as Slavoj Zizek argues in the passage above, these “true friends of the idea of ascent” aren’t really worth listening to.

Apr 01 11:23

U.S. Issues Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cars

U.S. Issues Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cars

WASHINGTON — The federal government issued final rules establishing the first greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles and light trucks on Thursday, ending a 30-year battle between regulators and automakers.

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Apr 01 10:49

Great-grandmother given an electronic tag and curfew for selling a goldfish to a 14 year-old

A great-grandmother has been ordered to wear an electronic tag for breaching new animal welfare laws by selling a goldfish to a 14 year-old boy.

Joan Higgins, a pet shop owner, was caught selling the fish to the teenager in a 'sting' operation by council officials. She was then prosecuted in an eight month court process estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £20,000.

Under new animal welfare laws, passed in 2006, it is it illegal to sell goldfish to under 16s. Offenders can be punished with up to 12 months in prison.

Torture humans? No problem!!

Invade non-aggressive countries, and kill innocents? No problem!!

Sell a goldfish to a 14 year-old? Slap 'em with a ten week curfew, an electronic tag, and 1750 in fines.

Apr 01 10:29

Cigarettes may contain pigs blood

CIGARETTES may contain traces of pig's blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence "very offensive".

University of Sydney Professor Simon Chapman points to recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig - including the use of its haemoglobin in cigarette filters.

Prof Chapman said the research offered an insight into the otherwise secretive world of cigarette manufacture, and it was likely to raise concerns for devout Muslims and Jews.

Apr 01 10:27

World's oldest hot cross bun

A grandmother has the world's oldest hot cross bun - baked on Good Friday in 1821.

Nancy Titman, 91, was given the incredible 189-year-old bun when her mum died and amazingly it shows no traces of mould.

The bun, which was made the same year as Napoleon died, George IV was crowned king and poet John Keats passed away has been in her family for generations.

Apr 01 10:27

Easter Island: Rapa Nui in pictures

Easter Island, situated 2,500 miles off the coast of Chile, was named by the first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who discovered it on Easter Sunday in 1722.

The night sky is seen behind a row of moai statues. About 95% of the 887 moai known to date were carved out of compressed volcanic ash at Rano Raraku, where 394 moai still remain visible today

Apr 01 10:25

Nature: Moment of Impact (PBS) - preview

For 27 years, PBS’s award-winning Nature has wowed viewers, taking them into the wild with mesmerising photography. Now, in a new two-part show, Moment of Impact, Nature gives couch potatoes another safari ride with a different perspective - from inside the animal body.

With imaging techniques such as 3-D anatomical computer generated imaging (CGI) and motion capture, and advanced medical diagnostics, Moment of Impact reveals the inner workings of predators and their prey as they perform astounding physical feats while killing and escaping. We look, for example, inside a cheetah’s body to see how its super flexible spinal column allows it to pursue the gazelle at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, making it the fastest animal on earth.

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