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Mar 05 07:26

HILLARY, HAMAS AND HYPOCRISY

Earlier in the week, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a ‘Two State Solution’ to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She made her statements when addressing the conference on Gaza held at the Egyptian border town of Sharma Sheikh.

Mar 05 06:32

12 Very Scary Economic Charts

It ain't pretty.

Mar 05 06:10

Turley: Bush terror memos are 'very definition of tyranny'

Since the release on Monday of nine previously-secret Bush administration legal memos claiming that the president has the power to ignore the Constitution when fighting terrorism, experts have almost unanimously denounced both their legal reasoning and their conclusions.

"These memos provide the very definition of tyranny," Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Tuesday. "These memos include everything that a petty despot would want."

Mar 05 06:07

Brown Comes To Town - Calls for Cattle Prods and Terrorism to Jolt the World Economy

The New York Times Brian Knowlton March 4, 2009

Brown Urges Bold Effort to Shape an Expansion

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain urged American leaders on Wednesday to “seize the moment,” [...]

Speaking to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Brown called for [...] cooperating closely to fight terrorism.

He has urged greater accountability and transparency, and stricter oversight, for banking and other financial institutions.

Mar 05 05:38

U.S. Bancorp Cuts Its Dividend by 88%

The New York Times Wed March 4, 2009

The dividend will be cut to 5 cents a common share, from 42.5 cents per common share.

Mar 05 05:17

Ford Seeks to Eliminate $10.4 Billion of Its Debt - They're offering 30 cents on the dollar in mostly stock.

The New York Times Bill Vlasic - Nick Bunkley March 4, 2009

DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company said on Wednesday that it hoped to eliminate as much as $10.4 billion in debt by giving cash and stock [...]

Ford said it would put up $2.2 billion in cash, including $1.8 billion from its lending arm, Ford Motor Credit, and 500 million shares of stock to persuade bondholders and other creditors to accept its restructuring offer. [That's 3.135 billion in cash and shares offered for 10.4 billion in debt excluding interest]

Mar 05 05:17

Patients can sue drug companies, Supreme Court rules

Patients have the right to sue drug companies when they've been harmed by medications whose risks aren't adequately disclosed, the Supreme Court ruled today in an important 6-3 decision. The much-watched case is a significant defeat for the drug industry and could open to door to thousands of lawsuits against pharmaceutical firms.

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 05 01:40

Dear Glenn Beck, Detention Camps DO Exist In America

Legislation currently working it’s way through Congress mandates the establishment of “national emergency centers” to be located on military installations.

The purpose of such facilities is to provide “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster,” the expansion of which under FEMA is codified under HR 645, otherwise known as the National Emergency Centers Act.

Ominously, the bill states that the camps can be used to “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security,” an open ended mandate which many fear could mean the forced detention of American citizens in the event of widespread rioting after a national emergency or total economic collapse.

Mar 04 22:20

‘Koobface’: New Facebook worm back as fake YouTube site

So how does it work?

You receive a message on from a friend on Facebook inviting you to view a video by clicking on a link.

Then it takes you to a page that looks like a YouTube page -- which is fake -- and there is even a picture of the friend who sent you the link to make it seem more trustworthy when in actual fact, it isn't.

Once you open the link, though, you’ll be told you need to download an update to your video player. That update is actually the Facebook worm threat in disguise.

Mar 04 22:10

The Tigger Trojan: Icky, Sticky Stuff

A relatively unknown data-stealing Trojan horse program that has claimed more than a quarter-million victims in the span of a few months aptly illustrates the sophistication of modern malware and the importance of a multi-layered approach to security.

When analysts at Sterling, Va., based security intelligence firm iDefense first spotted the trojan they call "Tigger.A" in November 2008, none of the 37 anti-virus products they tested it against recognized it. A month later, only one - AntiVir - detected it.

See also: Why I Enjoyed Tigger/Syzor

Mar 04 21:19

World Dictatorship! WAKE UP!

We’ve lived for several years in a delusion of democracy, freedom, and prosperity. Now, they’re taking it all away. 9/11 was just the groundwork to take away your rights. Runaway government spending, credit bubble, mortage bubble, oil price bubble, etc., all engineered to bust the economy and to bring in the solution of world dictatorship.

Mar 04 18:47

Wanted for war crimes in Darfur: Sudan's president

The president of Sudan became a wanted man Wednesday when the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur - its first action against a sitting head of state and one that could set the stage for more world leaders to be indicted.

Mar 04 16:48

Is Pasta a Weapon? Ask the State Department for an Answer.

Lately, the State Department has been…um…fumbling for the right words to describe Israel’s illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip.

Just look at this ludicrous exchange (below) between a reporter and State Department spokesperson Robert Wood at a press briefing last week

Discussing whether pasta is a dual-use weapon might be funny were it not for the fact that Israel’s illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip is barely keeping 1.5 million people at survival levels.

Mar 04 16:45

VIDEO: Closed Zone, by Israeli animator

WATCH: Waltz with Bashir animator creates short-film on Gaza blockade

Mar 04 16:37

From 9/11 Widows: An Open Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy

At the 9/11 Commission hearings, little actual evidence was ever produced. Many individuals were not sworn in, critical witnesses were either not called to testify or were permitted to dictate the parameters of their own questioning, pertinent questions were omitted and there was little follow-up. Whistleblower testimony was suppressed or avoided all together. The National Security Agency, an intelligence agency that is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign intelligence, was barely investigated at all.

With the narrative of the 9/11 Commission's final report predetermined and with the preexisting intention to never hold anyone accountable in place, the 9/11 Commission was doomed to fail as a real investigation. The end result of the 9/11 Commission's work was that some of the recommendations that they produced were in fact, based on distortions and omissions. Since their mandate of a complete accounting was ignored, the recommendations were incomplete at best.

Mar 04 15:06

Iran: US on wrong path over Israel

Iran's supreme leader, has said that Barack Obama, the US president, is pursuing the same "wrong path" as George Bush, his predecessor, in supporting Israel.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made his comments on Wednesday at the beginning of a two-day summit in support of Gaza and the Palestinians, held in Tehran.

Mar 04 13:35

Investors Return to the Market After Heavy Selling - Lies from AP and Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance - Sara Lepro, AP Business Writer Wed March 4

Stocks move higher after 5 days of heavy selling

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is showing signs of life as investors find glimmers of hope for an economic turnaround.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 1.1 billion shares.

Mar 04 12:33

Israel to present Clinton with 'red lines' on talks with Iran

Israel plans to present U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a series of "red lines" it wants Washington to incorporate into its planned dialogue with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.

Mar 04 10:38

Massachusetts treasurer proposes slot machines, privatizing lottery, and legalizing child prostitution to make ends meet

Reuters top ten news - Wed Mar 4, 2009 Svea Herbst-Bayliss

Mass. treasurer proposes slots, privatizing lottery

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill proposed privatizing the state lottery and licensing thousands of slot machines to quickly raise billions of dollars for the financially ailing state.

"If we could get this seed money, we would be the first state in the country to have a fund for this type of cost," Cahill said.

Mar 04 09:57

Mars had 'recent' running water

Mars appears to have had running water on its surface about one million years ago, according to new evidence.

Images from a Nasa spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet show fan-shaped gullies on the surface which seem to be about 1.25 million years old, the study says.

They believe the channels were sculpted by surface water from melting ice.

It may represent the most recent period when water flowed on the planet, a team from Brown University in Rhode Island, US, report in the journal Geology.

Mar 04 09:39

Video - The N3TWORK- Big Media Exposed! (Remember - it's not against the law for them to lie to you.)

The N3TWORK is an independent media organization that explores issues not typically discussed by the mainstream because we are not swayed by corporate, political, or religious influences. Our only influence is the interest of the people. At the N3TWORK, we hope to generate inspiration and empowerment through awareness. Instead of assigning blame, we encourage individuals to become responsible and active citizens.

Mar 04 08:08

Obama unseals Bush-era wiretap memos

The Bush administration secretly concluded after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that it had the authority to wiretap the Internet and telephone calls with virtually no limitations, restrict free speech, and use the U.S. military domestically against suspected terrorists.

Those legal opinions came in a series of memorandums written by U.S. Department of Justice lawyers, including deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo, which were disclosed by the Obama administration on Monday.

Although the broad outlines of the Bush administration's claims to sweeping executive powers were previously known, the newly released memorandums provide a glimpse at both the legal arguments used and the scope of the claims.

Mar 04 08:08

Barbie Could Be Banned In West Virginia

Eldridge proposed a bill to ban sales of Mattel's blond bombshell and others like her because it puts to much emphasis on physical beauty

Mar 04 07:46

9/11 Opinion Poll on ScrippsNews Website Hacked - 2007 survey results redirect to porn site

Dear friends,

The news summary sent to our email list this morning (3/3/2009) provided the link to a 9/11 opinion poll on the respected ScrippsNews website. The Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll on 9/11 showed that "nearly two-thirds of Americans think it is possible that some federal officials had specific warnings of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings." This webpage also contained fascinating information from public opinion polls covering oil price manipulations, the Kennedy assassination, UFOs, and more.

Shortly after sending this morning's email, we received a message from one of our valued subscribers informing us that when he clicked on the link in our email to the webpage with the 9/11 poll, a porn website appeared. I verified that our link in the email to the ScrippsNews website at (Caution: the link does indeed go to a porn site, definitely NSFW. - rep.) - www.scrippsnews.com/node/28533 is correct, yet it now redirects to a porn website. (Link appears to have been fixed as it worked correctly when I just tried it /StingRay). If you check www.scrippsnews.com, you will see that this is the respected website of ScrippsNews. Yet only the one page on their website at the first link above appears to have been hacked.

Mar 04 07:33

Video Flashback -"77 Mind The Gap" (MI5 Whistleblower disects London bombings)

Documentary detailing the gaps in the official story of the 7/7 London Bombings that demand further attention. This film, presented by ex-Mi5 whistleblower David Shayler, argues the need for an Independant Public Inquiry into 7/7 and the surrounding events. (40 min)

Mar 04 07:08

Russian scholar says US will collapse next year

If you're inclined to believe Igor Panarin, and the Kremlin wouldn't mind if you did, then President Barack Obama will order martial law this year, the U.S. will split into six rump-states before 2011, and Russia and China will become the backbones of a new world order.

Mar 04 06:29

Tenants Wary of Clustering of Homeless - The New Reality - Not The New Deal

The New York Times Julie Bosman March 3, 2009

Henry Perry just cannot get used to the 10 p.m. curfew notice posted since October in the Bronx apartment building where he has lived since 1963. Or the sign-in sheet, where the newer residents dutifully log comings and goings. Or the 24-hour security guard seated at a desk in the lobby.

Twenty-one of the 50 units in Mr. Perry’s five-story brick building are now occupied by homeless families as part of a Bloomberg administration program that has turned dozens of apartment buildings throughout the city, most of them in the Bronx, into de facto homeless shelters.

Mar 04 06:08

The debt economy has no shame

The New York Times David Streitfeld March 3, 2009

You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector

Dozens of specially trained agents work on the third floor of DCM Services here, calling up the dear departed’s next of kin and kindly asking if they want to settle the balance on a credit card or bank loan, or perhaps make that final utility bill or cellphone payment.

The people on the other end of the line often have no legal obligation to assume the debt of a spouse, sibling or parent. But they take responsibility for it anyway.

Mar 04 05:19

Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid

The New York Times March 2, 2009 Solomon Moore

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

As states face huge budget shortfalls, prisons, which hold 1.5 million adults, are driving the spending increases.

One in 11 African-Americans, or 9.2 percent, are under correctional control, compared with one in 27 Latinos (3.7 percent) and one in 45 whites (2.2 percent).Only one out of 89 women is behind bars or monitored, compared with one out of 18 men.

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