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Dec 31 09:13

Ukraine threatens to ‘confiscate’ European gas

Gazprom says it has received a letter from Ukraine's energy company Naftogaz saying Kiev could decide to confiscate gas in transit to Europe, if its supplies are cut off over unpaid gas bills this New year. Gazprom has denied it has received any kind of payment so far from Kiev.

The contract for Russian gas supplies to Ukraine expires on December 31, 2008 but under the agreement, supplies can be cut starting 10 am January 1, 2009.

The Russian gas giant says it has notified the Czech Government, set to become the new President of the EU on Thursday, about what it calls Ukraine’s blackmail.

Dec 31 09:03

Constitutional curiosity

President Bush will unilaterally obligate the United States. Neither the Senate (pursuant to its constitutional role in ratifying treaties) nor the House will have any say. While the reduction of the Senate and House to ciphers in national security matters through executive agreements flouts the Constitution, it has become as commonplace as the rising and setting of the sun. It is no longer news.

Alexander Hamilton, who advocated a muscular executive, voiced the unambiguous consensus among the Founding Fathers that an unchecked president in foreign affairs would be dangerous - even with George Washington at the helm.

Dec 31 07:38

4,600 Year Old Burial Site Contains Oldest 'Nuclear Family'

Researchers dated remains from four multiple burials discovered in Germany in 2005 and found that the 4,600-year-old graves contained groups of adults and children buried facing each other – an unusual practice in Neolithic culture.

Dec 31 07:37

No Nonsense Nutrition Advice Most Of You Will Ignore In 2009

America is slightly schizophrenic when it comes to weight. If you open a newspaper you can simultaneously read that the five skinny women left must need counselling and society is to blame for that but anorexia is genetic even though that gene seems to only be present in middle-class white girls, all while we are the fattest country in the world. It can be confusing to people outside the US and anyone with a clue.

Dec 31 07:36

Which Was First, Religion To Help With Self Control Or Self Control Codified As Religion

Religious people have more self-control than non-religious counterparts, says a study by University of Miami professor of Psychology Michael McCullough and he says this is why religious people may be better at pursuing and achieving long-term goals and also might help explain why religious people tend to have lower rates of substance abuse, better school achievement, less delinquency, better health behaviors, less depression, and longer lives.

Dec 31 07:34

Not so fast: Senate has a say on Obama's successor

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has named a successor to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, but Democratic leaders who control the Senate say they will refuse to seat Blagojevich's pick, former state Attorney General Roland Burris.

Dec 31 05:12

Israel's Constant Crisis: It's a survival mechanism

By Justin Raimondo

SNIP

Defenders of the Israeli government and its policies often complain that Israel just wants to be treated as a "normal country," like any other. They cavil that the Jewish state is treated like an outsider, a pariah, and held up to standards that don't apply anywhere else. The big problem for these complainants, however, is that Israel is not a normal country, and never has been.

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Dec 31 04:36

Israel's War Crimes

The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war

Even the most naive American voter cannot be expected to see the morally, legally and politically questionable death sentence given to Saddam Hussein a milestone in the Bush Administration's illegal war in Iraq. As the milestones pile up, so do the bodies.
Those violations include:

• Collective punishment: The entire 1.5 million people who live in the crowded Gaza Strip are being punished for the actions of a few militants.

• Targeting civilians: The airstrikes were aimed at civilian areas in one of the most crowded stretches of land in the world, certainly the most densely populated area of the Middle East.

Dec 31 04:18

Israel’s Lie Machine is Working Flat Out

While the murderous assault on Gaza continues, I notice there's a briefing document on the website of the Israeli Embassy in London which has a lie in every line. The West's mainstream media repeat them, and even the most senior TV and radio interviewers don’t bother to challenge them.

The document is a transcript of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's statement to the Israeli press dated 27 December 2008 – a day that will live in infamy. It is a perfect example of the falsehoods used to dupe not only us westerners but Israel’s own people. The statement shows how the regime's view of itself is constructed on a web of dishonesty and self-delusion.

Dec 30 22:44

From Global Crisis to “Global Government"

In other words, due to the growing threat of international problems, which are essentially the result of Western political-economic-intelligence activities and policies, the solution is a move toward international governance, which will be overseen and run by those same Western interests.

Dec 30 21:59

Former drug officer launches 'KopBusters' TV show

'KopBusters' is a reality TV program that aims to sink crooked officers.

Dec 30 21:34

Israel puts Gaza attack on YouTube

THE Israeli military has launched its own channel on video-sharing website YouTube, posting footage of air strikes and other attacks on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

A spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it created the channel - youtube.com/user/idfnadesk - this week to "help us bring our message to the world".

Dec 30 20:06

The Only thing to Fear is Homeland Security Itself

I am embarrassed by Michael Chertoff because I am an American. Dr. Ben Franklin said "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Can someone please notify Chertoff of this philosophy? He's going to ruin the entire country. He's embarrassing me.

Dec 30 15:47

Senate cites scruples, refuses to seat Blagojevich appointment

Blagojevich snubs Senate, taps Burris for seat
Chicago Breaking News | Chicago Tribune | Dec 30, 2008

"To not fill the vacancy would be to deprive the people of Illinois of their appropriate voice" in the U.S. Senate, Blagojevich said.

Senate President Harry Reid cried, "Oh! There go our approval ratings," stomped his feet, and ran out of the room with tears in his eyes when he heard the news.

Later a spokesman for the Senate President said Mr. Reid was recuperating from the horrible affront to his Senatorial scruples.

Dec 30 15:11

Flashback: Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers

In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints. A student team in Jerusalem combs the web in a host of different languages to flag the sites so that those who have signed up can influence an opinion survey or the course of a debate.

Dec 30 14:36

U.S. man pleads guilty to acting as agent for Israel

Court documents show the defendant, Ben-Ami Kadish, reported to the same handler as Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied for Israel in the 1980s and triggered a scandal that rocked U.S.-Israeli relations.

Kadish's plea indicates the Israeli spy network that obtained U.S. nuclear secrets through Pollard spread further than previously acknowledged.

It comes as the Bush administration considers a new request by Pollard for a commutation of his life sentence.

Dec 30 13:21

Marty Peretz and the American political consensus on Israel

Not a word of condemnation of the Israeli blockade -- which has caused extreme suffering and deprivation in Gaza -- or of the massively disproportionate response or the ongoing and ever-expanding Israeli occupation. It is all one-sided support for whatever Israel does from our political class, and one-sided condemnation of Israel's enemies (who are, ipso facto, American enemies) -- all of it, as usual, sharply divergent from the consensus in much of the rest of the world.

Dec 30 13:14

Best Way 2 Control the Masses

Remember FDR’s words: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

When the Shadow Powers determine the choices available to us they control us. Sure it’s subtle. You bet it’s effective. And we all think we’re free.

Dec 30 12:49

Obama can run but he can't hide from Palestine

Activists urge Obama to rethink US role in Mideast

By PHILIP ELLIOTT – 53 minutes ago

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A handful of pro-Palestinian activists protested outside President-elect Barack Obama's vacation home on Tuesday and urged a new approach to the Middle East.

Dec 30 10:49

Palestinian blood is cheap for America!!

US says will give $85 million to help Palestinians

"The United States reiterates its deep concern about the escalating violence in Gaza and commends UNRWA's important work meeting the emergency needs of civilians in Gaza at this very difficult time," said the statement.

"We hold Hamas fully responsible for breaking the cease-fire and for the renewal of violence," it added.

Dec 30 10:35

A Hundred Eyes for an Eye

What about a hundred eyes for an eye?

It makes some of the world ill with rage. And it turns much of the United States numb with silence. Routinely, the politicians and pundits of Washington can't summon minimal decency in themselves or each other on the subject of Israel and Palestinians.

Dec 30 10:23

View From The Lab: Where have all the sunspots gone?

Solar physicists still speak with awe of the Bastille Day storm of July 14, 2000, when so much energy was emitted that the Northern Lights were seen in Texas, and the Global Positioning System was thrown out of action for hours.

Dec 30 09:05

Gaza burns, Obama golfs...

Shhhh! As the world waits for Obama to voice his opinion on Gaza, America's president-in-waiting hits the golf course

Barack Obama remained silent over the violence in Gaza as Israel today threatened to continue its attacks for weeks.

Instead, the president-elect is continuing his 12-day Christmas holiday in Hawaii and was seen enjoying a round of golf.

He joined a group of friends at a private club near his £6million rented, beach-front holiday home in Hawaii yesterday.
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Dec 30 08:49

Thousands Storm Israeli Embassy In London

Dec 30 08:48

Ten Tips for Dealing With GIYUS.org (Give Israel Your United Support)

If, like many people, you are disgusted by the behaviour of Israel and happen to blog about, say, the latest massacre in Gaza; the desperate situation the Palestinians are in; the carnage in Lebanon or the provocation of UNIFIL peacekeepers; the threat of attacking Iran or any of the other nefarious deeds that Israel is allowed to get away with, then there is a reasonable chance that you may attract the attention of GIYUS.

Dec 30 07:39

Top 5 Incredible Science Discoveries of 2008

Science is mostly an incremental process, a slow peeling of the onion to offer small glimpses of understanding. But over time, scientists remove enough layers to expose stunning truths about nature.

Dec 30 07:38

When Robots Invade Mother Nature

Though it may seem like something from out of a sci-fi movie, robots and robotics mimicking Mother Nature’s creatures and human talents in the vein of playing football and in rock bands are very real, and occurring today.

Dec 30 07:37

Top 10 Most Literate U.S. Cities

Once again, bookworms in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest have beaten out Yankee types to reach the very top of a researcher’s list of the most literate American cities.

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