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Dec 12 22:02

Global warming - who's getting fooled?

But Steve Milloy -- who has a B.A. in natural sciences among other science credentials -- says the recent cooling trend proves there is no correlation between manmade carbon emissions and climate change. Ice core samples from the past prove that, he adds, as does recent data.

Dec 12 21:59

World should focus on global warming not celebrities, says Gore

Al Gore, the former US vice-president and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the dangers of climate change, called on the world yesterday to focus more on global warming and less on celebrities, in particular, O J Simpson, Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith.

I agree. Now where did I leave my woolly hat?

Dec 12 20:19

Ecuador Defaults!

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa officially announced that he will not be making the interest payments on his foreign bonds. The country has officially defaulted on its debt obligations. This is the 2nd time in 10 years that Ecuador has defaulted.

“I have given the order that interest payments not be made,” Correa said. “The country is in default.”

Dec 12 20:10

CIA Sponsored Insurgents Arrested

Jundullah is a CIA spawned terror group and its operational base is located in Afghanistan. It conducts raids into the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

Dec 12 19:58

A Brief History of CIA Involvement in Drug Trafficking

The Nationalist Chinese army, organized by the CIA to wage war against Communist China, became the opium barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, Thailand and Laos), the world's largest source of opium and heroin. Air America, the CIA's principal airline proprietary, flew the drugs all over Southeast Asia.{4}

Dec 12 19:53

What Change Looks Like

We have warmongers in Gates and Albright, a financial saboteur in Summers, a power hungry Treasury Secretary, public deception with Napolitano and Richardson, and Clinton will say anything to appease the person with whom she’s talking. If this isn’t more of the same, then I don’t know what is.

Dec 12 18:33

American Police Kill Scared High School student.

I'm taking this very personally as it happened in my own town last Tuesday. It's sickening. According to witnesses the police shot 20 at the teenager while he was in an open field...

" police caught up with him, and when he showed a gun, officers opened fire, killing him."

There are merely 2 stories about it online and the community is in zombie hush-mode.

In Greece, the entire country was sparked into riots by an act of police brutality of this sort. I'm jealous of the spirit of their people. Americans are just comfortably numb on toxic food and prozac.

Dec 12 18:20

US Dollar Losing Steam

The 2008 US dollar rally is losing steam and may be coming to an end. The run up in the currency left many in the financial world scratching their heads. How can the currency of a collapsing economy strengthen?

Dec 12 15:09

Beware of Obama's Groundhog Day

Contrary to myth, Obama’s campaign was funded largely by rapacious capital, such as Citigroup and others responsible for the sub-prime mortgage scandal, whose victims were mostly African Americans and other poor people.

Dec 12 14:46

The Die-Off Has Started - It's The Sun

Every 63-odd million years or so, a massive species die-off seems to characterise the biological record of our planet.

Many postulates have been put forward for the reasons this happens, comet strikes, Earth's orbit passing through the plane of the Galactic Ecliptic and encountering denser cosmic dust concentrations, etc.

But what about regular process cycles within our Primary, Sol, our Sun?

The latest sunspot cycle seems to have got off to a bad start, the sunspots not appearing when they ought to and the end of the last cycle marked by higher than usual activity.

Dec 12 13:38

Rahm may be on FBI wire-taps

From The Times
December 12, 2008
Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr face new revelations in Governor Rod Blagojevich scandal
James Bone in Chicago

Pressure grew on two of President-Elect Barack Obama's closest political aides today as new details emerged of the "pay-for-play" allegations against the governor of his home-state.

Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's new chief of staff, and Jesse Jackson Jr, the co-chairman of his presidential campaign, both faced new revelations about their possible involvement in the scandal.

Dec 12 12:14

What could happen at Hillary's Senate hearings

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and I want to welcome to this Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing my fellow United States senator and now nominee for secretary of state.

I have six questions based on your and President-elect Obama's statements. The dates as well as the tape recording of these are attached to the copies of my questions, which my press secretary has just provided to yours.

Dec 12 12:01

Blagojevich arrest could send Jewish rep to Senate.

Blagojevich arrest could send Jewish rep to Senate
By Ron Kampeas · December 9, 2008

Political observers say that U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky could end up the winner after the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Cosmic Smudge / Creative Commons)

" WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had absolute power and apparently was enjoying it.

Dec 12 11:22

Daschle's Lobbyist Wife Might Complicate New Post

She was one of a few Baker Donelson lobbyists on accounts for the pharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. and cigarette makers Lorillard Tobacco and Philip Morris Cos. in 1999.

Daschle has some health care related connections of his own: He serves on the boards of Prime BioSolutions and the Mayo Clinic, among others, and his law firm lobbies for a number of industry clients, including CVS Caremark, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Abbott Laboratories and HealthSouth. Daschle does not lobby himself, but his law firm has a lobbying arm

Dec 12 08:22

Congressman: Fed "Bamboozling" Americans

The Fed is refusing to disclose the recipients of $2 trillion dollars in loans, even after Bloomberg sued under the Freedom of Information Act to get the information.

Dec 12 08:05

The Day the Earth Stood Still

In "The Day the Earth Stood Still," a remake of the 1951 science-fiction classic, an alien named Klaatu (played by Keanu Reeves, right) visits Earth to save us humans from ourselves. The story is a work of science fiction, with the emphasis on fiction, says Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute and a technical adviser on the film. For example, to be able to detect a dangerous buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and come save us from global warming, an alien that could travel at light speed would have to reside no more than about 50 light-years away.

Dec 12 07:41

Obama to offer Israel 'nuclear umbrella'

US President-elect Barack Obama plans to offer Israel a strategic pact designed to fend off any
nuclear attack on the Jewish state by Iran, an Israeli newspaper reported today.

The Haaretz newspaper, quoting an unnamed US source close to Obama for its information, said Mr Obama's administration would pledge under the proposed "nuclear umbrella" to respond to any Iranian nuclear strike against Israel with a US retaliation in kind.

No immediate comment on the Haaretz report was available from Israeli officials or the US embassy in Tel Aviv.

Dec 12 07:19

ATHENS - INSIDE U OF A(NARCHY)

Why's everybody so up in arms over the riots in Greece? These are the same kids who went fucking bonkers when the Vandals played a USO show over there. Really think they're going to sit on their hands after a cop shoots a 15-year-old without just cause? Anyhow, while since last weekend every major media outlet has been sputtering commentary from their ergonomic desk chairs about the situation, we went right to the source and got in touch with some Greeks to see what was really doing. A day and a half later they sent over a bunch of amazing photos. An interview's coming soon too.

Most of what they gave us took place at the National Technical University of Athens, all shot the night after the riot police attacked them with smoke bombs, stun bombs, and tear gas. They ran in through the gates of the university compound as the riot squads were closing in and beating them down.

Dec 12 06:57

The Fed’s AIG Scam and the Price of Gold

Here are the details, in simple language, of how that scam worked. AIG had insured bond-like securities called CDOs against default. Default on a bond occurs when the issuer of the bond can’t make the promised interest payments. AIG, which is an insurance company, had collected insurance premiums from the buyers of these bonds for insuring them against the possible default of those bonds. That insurance it sold is called a "credit default swap," or CDS. The buyers of the insurance were banks like France's Societe Generale, Germany's Deutsche Bank, France's Credit Agricole, and Merrill Lynch.

Dec 12 06:35

US shuts down 'scareware' sellers

The US government has moved to shut down sellers of fake security software.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has won a restraining order that stops several sellers of "scareware" from continuing to trade.

Millions of people are thought to have been caught out by the software which, once installed, issues false alerts about viruses and illegal porn.

The FTC is pursuing further legal action to win a permanent ban on those peddling the scareware.

Dec 12 06:33

Homemade DVD’s: Going, Going, Gone?

Jeez Louise. A conference organizer asked if I could put together a DVD loop of my funniest Web videos, to play in the registration area while attendees stand in line. No problem, I thought: I’ve got all of the original iMovie projects backed up on DVD, in clear cases, neatly arrayed in a drawer next to my desk. (My hard drive wasn’t big enough to hold those 50 videos a year.)

Guess what? On the Mac I use for video editing, most of the DVD’s were unreadable. They’re less than four years old!

Tried them on another machine. About half of them were readable.

Dec 12 06:30

Look out tonight for the amazing spectacle of the biggest moon we've seen for 15 years

If the shortening days are getting you down, be sure to catch a glimpse of tonight's striking full moon.

It will appear 14 per cent bigger than usual and a stunning 30 per cent brighter thanks to a rare, natural coincidence.

Each month the moon orbits the Earth and tonight it will skim by at its closest distance for the last 15 years.

The moon will pass a mere 356,613 km away from us - 28,000 km closer than normal.

The 15-year spectacular will occur as the moon's perigee - the closest point that it passes Earth - coincides with the full moon.

Dec 12 06:26

Sony Music illegally collected data on children, U.S. says

Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents.

The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.

"Sony Music collected, used and/or disclosed personal information from children without first providing their parents with notice of its information practices," according to the complaint.

Dec 12 06:24

Extraordinary scenes end Jean Charles de Menezes inquest

The moment the family of Jean Charles de Menezes attempted to force their way past a group of private security guards into the inquest courtroom marked the lowest point in a multi-million pound hearing into the fatal shooting of an innocent man by the Metropolitan police.

Any semblance of trust between the relatives and the establishment, in the person of the coroner and the court, dissolved into a volley of recriminations and accusations after Sir Michael Wright made a series of decisions that made the family question the openness and impartiality of proceedings.

Dec 12 06:22

Open verdict at Menezes inquest

The jury at the inquest into the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes has returned an open verdict.

Two officers shot Mr de Menezes seven times as he sat on a train at Stockwell Underground station, south London. They thought he was a suicide bomber.

The jury returned the verdict after deliberating for a week.

The family had earlier withdrawn from the inquest after the coroner said the jury could not return a verdict of unlawful death at the hands of police.

Dec 12 05:43

Britain leaves Iraq in shame. The US won't go so quietly

by Seumas Milne

If British troops are indeed withdrawn from Iraq by next June, it will signal the end of the most shameful and disastrous episode in modern British history. Branded only last month by Lord Bingham, until recently Britain's most senior law lord, as a "serious violation of international law", the aggression against Iraq has not only devastated an entire country and left hundreds of thousands dead - it has also been a political and military humiliation for the invading powers.

Dec 11 22:59

Ron Paul on the Auto Bailout

Dec 11 22:57

Bankruptcy Doesn't Equal Death

Bankruptcy doesn't make assets -- such as factories, machines, contractual options to buy raw materials, workers' skills -- disappear. If markets still exist for products produced by these firms, Chapter 11 is the best way to discover this. Some workers might lose their jobs and some suppliers might lose their markets, but there would be no industry-wide collapse of the sort portrayed by the bailout's cheerleaders.

Dec 11 22:55

Council On Foreign Relations Warns Of United States Collapse By Summer, 2009

Russian Foreign Ministry sources are reporting today that the United States Council on Foreign Relations organization has presented to its Western allies attending this weeks contentious European Climate Summit a secret report that summarizes that the American Nation, indeed all of North America, will ‘totally collapse’ by the Summer of 2009.

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