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Jan 19 15:57

Fools Gamble the Bottom of the S-California RE Market is In

Daniel Taub | Bloomberg | Jan 19, 2009

Southern California Foreclosures Push Sales Higher

Southern California home sales rose 51 percent in December as a surge in foreclosures pushed prices of single-family houses and condominiums down from a year earlier, MDA DataQuick said.

The median home price in the region fell 35 percent [which lured deep-pocketed fools into the market of no return]

Foreclosed homes accounted for 56 percent of Southern California’s December sales [...]

Such transactions made up almost 70 percent of sales in Riverside County, where the median price plummeted 41 percent [...]

Jan 19 15:51

Eating the Rich, Tasty!

Welcome to the golden age of schadenfreude.
By Vanessa Richmond
Published: January 14, 2009

Mmmm, schadenfreude. Is there anything more delicious at this point of an economic cycle?

Why? At this point, doesn't everyone know at least one good, honest, hard working person who's lost a job or at least suffered a downturn? And though because economic forces are complex, it's impossible to blame just a few individuals, it's also almost impossible not to feel some satisfaction about the plight of a multi-billionaire who now has to fly economy instead of in the private leer jet. Poor thing. See -- I started out trying to explain the phenomenon and ended up relishing a rich person's misfortune. Hands up if you didn't enjoy it, too. (Bernie Madoff and his investors, put your hands down).

Jan 19 15:49

On-a-roll IDF pulling out for Obama's PR. Why?

Israel to withdraw troops from Gaza before Obama's inauguration
13:27 | 19/ 01/ 2009

TEL AVIV, January 19 (RIA Novosti) - Israel plans to withdraw all of its troops from the Gaza Strip before U.S. president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, according to Israeli media outlets.

Israel started pulling troops out of Gaza on Sunday, more than three weeks after the start of its assault on the Palestinian enclave of 1.5 million. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised European leaders that Israel will finish the process "as soon as possible."

Jan 19 15:05

Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents

What in the "H" "E" double-toothpicks took so long?

Jan 19 14:06

Obama Supporters in DC Want Bush Arrested

a group of spirited activists led by Laurie Arbeiter wearing "Arrest Bush" sweatshirts and carrying "Arrest Bush" signs, and they were absolutely dumfounded by what they had just experienced. They'd spent the day at the train station in D.C. and on the streets of D.C. as excited Obama celebrators poured in by the tens of thousands, and they'd been unable to walk a dozen steps without people stopping them to have their photo taken with an "Arrest Bush" sign.

Jan 19 13:16

New RFID Technology Allows You to be Tracked WITHOUT Your Knowledge

By invitation, I recently visited a remote facility in northern Virginia to see a demonstration of NOX – a new Intelligent Perimeter Defense system deployed by the FBI that uses covert Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track people and assets without their knowledge.

That’s right, using RFID to track people without their knowledge. This system is exactly what the privacy advocates have long feared: Big Brother tracking us with spy chips.

Jan 19 13:04

Obama selected to aid in African holocaust?

Tuesday, 9 December 2008, 4:53 pm
Opinion: Keith Harmon Snow
Merchants of Death: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa
by Keith Harmon Snow

War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged and rebroadcast as "news". Meanwhile, early indications out of America are that President-elect Barack Obama will assemble a foreign policy-team primed for business as usual.

How will Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State compromise the Obama Administration’s capacity to honestly redress the untold suffering, massive theft of resources and millions of deaths in Africa?

Jan 19 12:38

Windows virus infects 9m computers

The number of Windows computers infected with the new "downadup" worm – also known as "Conficker" and "Kido" – has exploded to almost 9 million worldwide, from roughly 2.4m last Thursday, according to the computer security company F-Secure.

The growth in the number of infected machines – which the company's researchers called "just amazing" – makes it one of the worst malware outbreaks of the past five years. The principal targets are corporate Windows servers belonging to small businesses who have not installed security updates released by Microsoft last October. F-Secure estimates that a third of all potentially vulnerable systems have not had the update.

Jan 19 12:37

Banks slip through virus loophole

Is my money safe? A quiet rule change allows British banks to refuse to compensate the victims of online fraud if they do not have "up-to-date" anti-virus protection, says Danny Bradbury

Jan 19 12:09

Flashback 1991 - Toronto Star "Park funded by Canadian Jews hide ruins of Arab villages", "Wiped off the Map", "Old Arab villages wiped off the map":

Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Bob Hepburn Toronto Star
Date: Oct 6, 1991
Start Page: H.1
Section: NEWS
Text Word Count: 4298

CANADA PARK, West Bank - Zahda Shaker Abu Qtaish wipes tears from her eyes as she sits on a pile of rocks.

"This is my house," she says, pointing to the rubble. "Right here is the bedroom; across the street is the coffee shop and over there is the post office. When you open a window, you can see out over all of the plains.

"I see everything; I remember everything; I will never forget."

For Zahda Shaker Abu Qtaish, 65, this pile of weed-choked stones in the midst of leafy trees will always be special. From it, in her mind, she still sees a store, a schoolhouse, a medical clinic, a cafe, children laughing, goats, donkeys, orchards.

Jan 19 12:08

Microsoft Windows virus that has infected 9million PCs leaves victims open to digital hijacking

Almost nine million PCs have been infected by a computer virus that could leave Microsoft Windows users open to digital hijacking, according to an online security company.

Jan 19 12:00

Who’s in Charge—Obama, the Pentagon or Israel?

When Pentagon officials met with Obama last month, there again were winks and nods to the press. Obama was a naive and inexperienced politician from Flyover Land. He could and would be “handled.”

Jan 19 11:56

Unanimous Consent

When Israel acts, Congress applauds. No debate required.

Jan 19 11:55

Abraham Delano Messiah Obama?

He has been studying Lincoln’s speeches, we are told by his handlers. If so, we are in for a lot of doubletalk and lies bordering on the psychotic.

Jan 19 09:53

40 Years of Astronauts, Moon Craft in the Presidential Inaugural Parade

On Jan. 20, 1969, NASA rolled out one of its recent space-flown astronaut crews and an example of the spacecraft developed for its future moon missions for the new President of the United States, who was sworn into office that morning.

Jan 19 09:50

US, Israel cement ties before Bush's exit

There has been a flurry of activities between Washington and Tel Aviv during the final days of the Bush presidency. Hours before US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s official farewell to the State Department on Friday, she and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni signed a memorandum of understanding pledging greater US and international assistance to end weapon smuggling into the Gaza Strip.

This came just days after Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert boasted that he had ‘shamed’ Rice at the United Nations.

Jan 19 09:43

Stem cell surgery for blindness

British scientists have developed a revolutionary new stem cell surgery that may restore vision to millions of people with corneal blindness.

Jan 19 09:30

95 Palestinian fighters killed in Gaza war

A Palestinian human rights group has revealed that only 95 resistance fighters were killed in the 23-day Israeli offensive into Gaza.

From the 1194 Gazans officially registered as killed in Israeli attacks from December 27 to January 17, a whopping 1099 were civilians, the Gaza-based Palestinian center for human rights reported on Sunday.

Only 95 of those killed were resistance fighters.

Jan 19 09:16

Prognostication: Economic Looney Tunes Emitting from the Obama Camp

Rich Miller | Bloomberg News | Jan 19, 2009

Obama Needs ‘Yes We Can’ Abroad to Help End Global Recession

The U.S. led the global economy into its worst recession in at least a quarter century. Now the rest of the world is looking to Barack Obama to lead the way out. [...]

[...] Obama needs policy makers in other countries to pull their weight. He also requires a resurrection of animal spirits -- among investors, banks, companies and consumers -- if his government-led effort to revive growth is to succeed.

So far the response has been mixed.

“Fiscal expansion can’t be the answer forever,” says Peter Hooper, [...]

Jan 19 08:50

Britain to send warships to Gaza as Israel prepares for ceasefire

Britain will send warships to the eastern Mediterranean to prevent arms being smuggled into the Gaza Strip after an Israeli ceasefire.

Jan 19 08:35

Hit the Road, George

Jan 19 08:29

Newly Launched Spy Satellite Critical for Monitoring Terrorists

The new National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload on the Delta 4-Heavy is a 5-to-6 ton eavesdropping spacecraft with a high tech deployable antenna as wide as 350 feet.

Jan 19 07:58

Drugs Prescribed for Alzheimer's Disease Increase Mental Decline and Deaths

The result of a long-term study , just published online and in the February edition of The Lancet Neurology journal shows there's a large increased risk of severe side effects and death in patients receiving these medications. What's more, they hasten mental deterioration.

Jan 19 07:56

Punishing the Palestinians

In the long sixty-year tortured history of the Palestinian expulsion from their lands, Congress has maintained that it is always the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority, and now Hamas who are to blame for all hostilities and their consequences with the Israeli government.

The latest illustration of this Washington puppet show, backed by the most modern weapons and billions of taxpayer dollars annually sent to Israel, was the grotesquely one-sided Resolutions whisked through the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Jan 19 07:53

Robert Fisk: So, I asked the UN secretary general, isn't it time for a war crimes tribunal?

Mr Ban said it would not be up to him to launch a war crimes tribunal. It was pathetic

Jan 19 07:49

Afshin Rattansi talks to President Ahmadinejad 1

Five questions about Gaza, at the President's office in Tehran. 1

part 2 here.
Afshin Rattansi talks to President Ahmadinejad 2
Five questions about Gaza, at the President's office in Tehran. 2

Jan 19 07:48

Video of the recent meteor from Europe

This footage is capture from a security cam in Sweden. People in Denmark, Germany and Poland have seen it, too. This is real. They say it was a meteorite. Some claim it must have come down in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Germany.

Jan 19 07:14

A nanotech gadget 'to diagnose' any disease!

Scientists have developed a nanotech gadget which they claim could diagnose a number of diseases in a single liquid sample and give an instant result.

Jan 19 07:04

MUST SEE - Global Financial Crisis - Lecture by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

Causes and consequences of the financial meltdown;
The speculative onslaught;
Financial fraud and the "bank bailouts";
Bankruptcy of the real economy;
Impacts on employment, wages and social services;
Towards a spiralling public debt;
The economic crisis and its relationship to the Middle East war;
The centralization of corporate power;
The concentration of wealth;
The globalization of poverty.

What are the policy alternatives?

Jan 19 06:39

(VIDEO) Embedded with Gaza Medics

FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Gaza, Radjaa Abou Dagga, followed a team of Palestinian medics during the Israeli assault. The video is an exclusive document with images that some may find shocking.