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Jan 16 12:07

The question that may never go away: Who really is Barack Obama?

The question that may never go away: Who really is Barack Obama?

In his autobiography, "Dreams From My Fathers", Barack Obama writes of taking a job at some point after graduating from Columbia University in 1983. He describes his employer as "a consulting house to multinational corporations" in New York City, and his functions as a "research assistant" and "financial writer".

The odd part of Obama's story is that he doesn't mention the name of his employer. However, a New York Times story of 2007 identifies the company as Business International Corporation.10 Equally odd is that the Times did not remind its readers that the newspaper itself had disclosed in 1977 that Business International had provided cover for four CIA employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960.11

Jan 16 12:06

Paulson & Bair Designing "Aggregate Bank" to buy Worthless Assets from Deadbeat Banks

Rebecca Christie | Bloomberg News | Jan 16, 2009

The heads of the U.S. Treasury and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. gave further momentum to the idea of a new government-backed bank to remove toxic assets from lenders’ balance sheets.

Jan 16 11:46

Healthcare For All Far Less Than the Wall Street Bailouts

First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy with 2.6 Million New Jobs, $317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Jan 16 10:09

The U.S. Economy is being Marched to the Gallows

The upcoming Financial Stimulus package courtesy of the new Economic dream team has left numerous economists and analysts quaking in their boots. We are seeing predictions of hyperinflation, the destruction of the dollar, the flight of U.S. creditors, the prospect of widespread civil unrest and a descent in to a Greater Depression.

Jan 16 09:29

Ford Model T - 100 Years Later

Jan 16 09:16

A Deflationary Environment may be Just What America Needs

Every crisis has a silver lining. For years we in the Western world have been taught that the absolute worst thing that could happen to an economy is deflation, a retrenchment in the value of goods and services.

Jan 16 09:12

Genetic Snapshot Of Iceland 1000 Years Ago

Scientists at deCODE genetics have completed the largest study of ancient DNA from a single population ever undertaken.

Jan 16 09:10

Israel versus America

January 16, 2009
Israel versus America
Is the 'special relationship' over?
by Justin Raimondo

The role played by Israel as the catalyst for war in the Middle East was dramatically underscored the other day, when David Sanger of the New York Times reported Israel had requested access to "bunker-buster" bombs developed by the US, and also clearance for flying over Iraqi airspace to get at Iran. Both requests were denied.

Jan 16 08:53

Ukraine Rejects Once Again Russian Gas Transit

The Ukraine has once again refused to fulfill the request of the Russian energy monopoly "Gazprom" for the transit of 99,2 M cubic meter of gas, the Russian information agency "Novosti" reported Friday.

Novosti are quoting the spokesperson of the Ukrainian "Naftogaz" Valentin Zemlyansky.

Zemlyansky confirmed that the transit of Russian gas through the Ukrainian territory remains impossible.

"Our answer is the same as the one from yesterday: a technology agreement first, gas transit second," the spokesperson declared.

In the mean time there is growing frustration with both countries among European officials.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is due to meet Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Germany on Friday, warned that Russia could damage its reputation as a reliable energy supplier if the dispute continued.

Jan 16 08:23

Bank of America Has First Loss in 17 Years, Gets $138 Billion U.S. Bailout

Bank of America Posts Quarterly Loss After Bailout

David Mildenberg and Linda Shen | Jan 16, 2009

(Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp., the largest U.S. bank by assets, posted its first loss since 1991 and cut the dividend to a penny after receiving emergency government funds to support the acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co.

The fourth-quarter loss of $1.79 billion, or 48 cents a share, compared with net income of $268 million, or 5 cents, a year earlier, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said in a statement today. Results didn't include a $15.3 billion loss at Merrill, acquired this month.

The losses, coupled with the U.S. lifeline of $138 billion, put more pressure on Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Lewis [...]

Jan 16 07:02

Congress boosts Obama on economy

In what he hopes will lay the groundwork for a sweeping economic recovery, President-elect Barack Obama yesterday won Senate approval to spend the second half of the controversial $700 billion financial rescue package and embraced House Democrats' new proposal for a historic $825 billion stimulus plan.

Jan 16 06:29

Real World Immoral Choices | Chinese women 'want more babies'

BBC Health | Staff Reporter

The authorities in China say they have found that most Chinese women would like to have more than one child.

Family-planning officials say their research indicates that 70% of women want to have two babies or more.

Chinese couples who ignore China's strict one-child policy must pay fines and often face discrimination at work.

Jan 16 06:03

NEADS Staff Joke about Second Hijacking on 9/11


Staff at the North East Air Defense Sector (NEADS) learn that a second plane (United 175) has been hijacked on 9/11. They joke about it; we hear them say: "That's it, I'm not flying with United or American any more," "I never thought I would have wished for ValuJet to come back," and "I'm glad I'm not flying today," to which the answer is, "Don't worry Jim, we'll carjack you on the way home." Two minutes later they are talking about stock they own.

Jan 16 05:49

Source of Moon's Magnetism Found

Moon rocks delivered to Earth by Apollo astronauts held a mystery that has plagued scientists since the 1970s: Why were the lunar rocks magnetic?

Jan 16 05:46

Old Nuclear-Powered Soviet Satellite Acts Up

Spinning around the Earth for more than two decades, an old Soviet satellite, replete with a nuclear reactor, has acted up.

Jan 16 05:19

Raimondo: Israel versus America - Is the 'special relationship' over?

The role played by Israel as the catalyst for war in the Middle East was dramatically underscored the other day, when David Sanger of the New York Times reported Israel had requested access to "bunker-buster" bombs developed by the US, and also clearance for flying over Iraqi airspace to get at Iran. Both requests were denied.

Jan 16 03:54

Situation Report on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip No.11United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

The following information is based on reports from member states, the UN Country Team for the occupied Palestinian territory, humanitarian partners and authorities involved in the humanitarian response.

Detailed report of deaths, injuries number of trucks entering Gaza with aid etc,,

Jan 16 00:42

Death Threats in Berkeley “Close Your Organization or Die”

by Alison Weir
CounterPunch
October 18/19, 2003

Left on our office voicemail at 2 a.m. on Oct. 3, 2003:

"Hi. I heard your speech today in UC Berkeley; the debate. I’m telling you this right now. On Monday, at 2 PM, you better not be in your office. Because me and my buddies, who were trained in the Israeli Army, will come and kill every single one of you son-of-a-bitches for what you are doing to destroy Israel. So watch out. This is not a joke. On Monday you better watch out. Don’t come to work. And close your organization or you’re going to die."

Dear Israel and your frenzied defenders,

No. We’re not going to die.

Jan 15 23:09

Oil tankers are going nowhere — slowly

HOUSTON — From the Indian Ocean to the South Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico, giant supertankers brimming with oil are resting at anchor or slowly tracing racetrack patterns through the sea, heading nowhere.

The ships are marking time, serving as floating oil-storage tanks. The companies and countries leasing them for that purpose have made a simple calculation: The price of oil has fallen so far that it is due for a rise.

Jan 15 21:01

Michelle Obama is not giving up any of her pie

Inauguration will cost millions
Posted: Jan 14, 2009 07:39 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2009 07:39 PM
14 News Daily Headlines
Posted by Sarah Harlan - email

WASHINGTON (NBC) - Millions of dollars are being spent on president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, at a time when the nation is looking for ways to save money during a recession.
The celebration is expected to cost the presidential inaugural committee $45 million.
About the same as George Bush's inauguration four years ago.
The city of Washington D.C. expects to spend another $50 million.

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/04/michelle-obama-lets-out-her-...

Jan 15 20:48

Bank says no to $596 million

New York Community Bancorp Inc. has declined $596 million in taxpayer capital it was chosen to receive through the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Jan 15 20:34

How to Steal Billions in Plain View: Bernanke’s Robber Banks

The Federal Reserve is living up to its purpose, which is to enrich bankers at the expense of everyone else.

Jan 15 20:31

The Language of Death

The refusal by political leaders from Barack Obama to nearly every member of the U.S. Congress to speak out in the major media in defense of the rule of law and fundamental human rights exposes our cowardice and hypocrisy.

Jan 15 20:05

Martial Law In California

The federal connection here is important: “It should be noted that on March 17, 2003 Bush hired “the former head of the KGB (the secret police of the former Soviet Union), General Yevgeni Primakov,” as a consultant to the US Department of Homeland Security.

Jan 15 19:10

The 350 BILLION DOLLAR TARP PIG can still be KILLED. Write Congress.

U.S. Senate Allows Use of $350 Billion From TARP

Nicholas Johnston and Laura Litvan | Bloomberg.com

Eight Democrats and one independent joined most Republicans in voting to block the funds, while six Republicans joined Democrats in voting to allow the money to be released. Arizona Republican John McCain, who as a presidential candidate backed creation of the TARP program, voted against releasing the money.

......................... IT AIN'T OVER YET! .........................

....................... WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN .......................

Jan 15 17:51

US WPh Fallujah slaughter, IDF's Gaza prelude

Fallujah:The Flame of Atrocity

" Using filmed and photographic evidence, eyewitness accounts, and the direct testimony of American soldiers who took part in the attacks, the documentary – "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre" – catalogues the American use of white phosphorous shells and a new, "improved" form of napalm that turned human beings into "caramelized" fossils, with their skin dissolved and turned to leather on their bones.

The film was produced by RAI, the Italian state network run by a government that backed the war.

Jan 15 17:04

UN sites shelled with WPh after GPS coordinates given

Press, Banned from War Zone, Reports Growing Evidence of Israel Using White Phosphorus in Gaza
By Greg Mitchell
Published: January 15, 2009 1:45 PM ET

NEW YORK For several days, charges that Israel has been using white phosphorus in its Gaza bombing have spread, unconfirmed but gaining some credibility as some human rights groups have weighed in. But today the charges are reaching critical mass in the wake of the bombing of the main United Nations compound in Gaza City.

""A spokesman for the Relief and Works Agency, Christopher Gunness, said that the Israelis had been provided with the GPS coordinates of all United Nations facilities in Gaza. He said that two buildings were ablaze and that there were five fully laden fuel vehicles at the site....

Jan 15 16:45

The $350 BILLION DOLLAR TARP PIG can still be KILLED. Write Congress.

Senate vote fails, Obama gets $350B
CNNMONEY.com | Jan 15, 2009

[...] the Senate voted 52-42 to kill a measure that would have blocked the funds' release.

It is unlikely that Obama's request for the money will face any additional roadblocks, since the law says both houses of Congress must pass disapproval measures to stop the bailout funds from being released.

This TARP pig can still be KILLED.

WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN | WRITE YOUR FRIENDS AND TELL THEM TO WRITE THEIR CONGRESSMEN. THE DEADLINE IS TWO WEEKS AWAY. A 42-52 VOTE CAN BE CHANGED.

Jan 15 15:45

Livni is on her way to Washington to give orders from Tel Aviv.

Israel's Livni flies to Washington over Gaza plan
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:30pm EST

JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni would travel to Washington to finalise an accord designed to prevent Hamas from rearming, a key Israeli condition for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
(and who's going to prevent Israel from rearming??)

"Prime Minister Ehud Olmert authorised this evening the trip of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to the United States in order to promote an American-Israeli outlined agreement intended to deal with weapons smuggling," Olmert's office said in a statement.

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