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Jan 21 12:21

Geithner calls Tax Forms TOO COMPLICATED, Immigration, CONFUSING AS HELL.

Geithner calls for tougher bailout terms

NEW YORK | CNNMoney.com | Wed- Jan 21, 2009 | Colin Barr, Fortune senior writer

Geithner, appearing at his confirmation hearing Wednesday, also apologized to the Senate Finance Committee for his past underpayment of taxes, but assured senators that the missteps were unintentional [, and that the $34,000 oversight resulted from overly complex tax forms which have apparently always baffled Tiny Tim. No mention was made of the short and cute housekeeper, and, illegal alien, Tiny Tim was playing house with for a while. But in the Halls of Congress it was generally conceded that for a Dartmouth graduate the immigration laws were probably overly complex too.]

Jan 21 11:24

Israel: Determined to Destroy the World

Throughout the world, Israel’s invasion of Gaza was inappropriate and “over the top,” except in America and Israel. The world has typically been at odds with America over Israel. Only one US President has ever “stood up” to Israel, and that was President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he threatened dire consequences to Israel if it did not withdraw from Gaza in 1956.

Since Eisenhower, all subsequent administrations have been sympathetic and supportive with all that Israel does at the very least. The apex of full approval of Israel was on June 8, 1967 when Israel bombed the USS Liberty killing 34 sailors, There is scant evidence that the Obama administration will be any different in general. This is especially true when the long running disputes between Iran and Israel are factored in.

Jan 21 11:18

What Obama's two million crowd looked like from space - and why it will take days to clear up their mess

It was the largest crowd in history to ever have witnessed a presidential inauguration.

Jan 21 09:49

Tax-Cheat Geithner Gets Sickeningly Populist Pleading for Confirmation Pledging Givaways

ZACHERY KOUWE | New York Times | Wed Jan 21, 2009

Geithner Urges Quick Changes to Bailout Fund

"Many people believe the program has allowed too much upside for financial institutions, while doing too little for small business owners, families who are struggling to keep their jobs and make ends meet, and innocent homeowners," Mr Geithner said.

Mr. Geithner [...] faces questions over his recent payment of $34,000 in back taxes for Social Security and Medicare that he failed to pay as a senior official of the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003, including a small payment in 2004 after he left.

Jan 21 09:48

The size of a purse, Sony's netbook is slickest around

In the last 12 months, laptops have got smaller and more powerful by the day, and advances in technology have led to the emergence of the netbook, a new class of tiny machine.

Jan 21 08:37

The Obama Stimulus Plan Won't Work

The experience in the 1930’s is instructive. Even though federal government spending increased from $9.8 billion in 1934 to $14.2 billion in 1940, the unemployment rate in 1940 was still a staggering 14.6%. A 45% increase in New Deal spending in 6 years did not end the Depression.

Jan 21 08:07

Unemployment hurtles towards two million as record numbers of people are laid off work

Unemployment is creeping closer towards the dreaded two million mark as record numbers of people are being made redundant, new official figures reveal.

Jan 21 07:40

Israeli military says complete withdrawal from Gaza “out of the question”

Israel continued to withdraw some of its troops from the Gaza Strip Tuesday, in moves timed to coincide with the inauguration of US President-elect Barack Obama.

Announcing an end to Operation Cast Lead early Sunday morning, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had said his government intended to remove its forces “at the greatest possible speed.” The Israeli army has confirmed, however, that a “complete withdrawal is out of the question” at this time.

Jan 21 07:29

Russian gas begins to flow into wary Europe

Siberian gas started flowing into the EU yesterday, ending the bitter dispute between Russia and Ukraine that shredded both countries' reputations as fuel suppliers and left Europe desperately seeking to shift its energy policies away from dependence on Russian monopolies.

A new 10-year deal on gas pricing and transit between the Russian and Ukrainian state gas firms, Gazprom and Naftogaz, saw Russia pumping the gas through Ukraine's pipelines to Slovakia in the EU while Kiev allowed the fuel to flow without interruption.

The resumption of supplies appeared to end the worst, so far, of a series of disputes of distinctly political hue between Russia and its former Soviet underling, Ukraine.

Jan 21 07:23

'Israeli nukes threaten world'

An Iranian diplomat says the Israeli crimes committed against Gazans should alarm the world about the threat of Israel's nuclear arsenal.

Geneva-based Iranian diplomat Ali-Reza Moayyeri said Tuesday that Israel's extreme measures against Gazan civilians should bring world attention to the threat posed by Tel Aviv's stockpile of nuclear warheads.

“No word can do justice to the extent of Israel's war crimes in the Gaza over the past three weeks,” said Moayyeri.

Although Israel neither denies nor admits of possessing an atomic arsenal, former US President Jimmy Carter has described Tel Aviv as the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East.

Jan 21 07:03

US military lawyer: I Was Slow to Recognize the Stain of Guantanamo

By Darrel J. Vandeveld
Sunday, January 18, 2009;

My small role in the "Global War on Terror" started in November 2001, with a rousing farewell party in my home town of Erie, Pa. I was going off to avenge the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a sense of pride and moral purpose.

Over the next seven years, I served in Bosnia, Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq as a military lawyer. They were not easy assignments. I witnessed the horrifying effects of roadside bombs. Some of my friends were killed. Others took their own lives. Still others have suffered wounds from which they will never fully recover. All of us fought because we believed that we were protecting America and its ideals.

But my final tour of duty made me question everything we had done.

Jan 21 06:58

How good-looking is my wife? Suave Obama and stunning Michelle dance the night away with galaxy of stars

It was the day he was sworn in as the first black president of the United States.

Jan 21 06:48

Ex-K.G.B. Agent Buys a London Newspaper

The owners of The Evening Standard, an afternoon newspaper in London that has long been part of the city’s fabric, announced Wednesday that they had agreed to sell the newspaper to a Russian tycoon, Aleksandr Y. Lebedev, a former K.G.B. agent who was stationed in the British capital during the Cold War.

Jan 21 06:23

The Power of AIPAC - Who Runs America?

By Brian Crowley

January 19, 2009 "Counterpunch" -- Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt were pretty close, politically and personally. They led the fight against fascism in the early 1940s, and although they had their disagreements they got on very well. They were both blunt in expressing their views, but there was no doubt who was the more powerful : Roosevelt called the shots, although Churchill had a lot of influence on him. But it would have been unthinkable for Churchill to have behaved in the way that the present (though not for long) prime minister of Israel did with the present (though not for long) president of the United States.

Jan 21 06:14

The Economy, Obama's Race to Lose | Obama to be led around by his nose on economy

Obama Starts ‘Remaking America' by Tackling Banks, Afghanistan

Ken Fireman and Edwin Chen | Bloomberg.com | Wed-Jan 21, 2009

The plunge in bank stocks yesterday added pressure on Obama to take quick action as he meets with his economic advisers today. While full details of a bank rescue haven’t been settled yet, people familiar with the deliberations said the package is likely to include a $50 billion-plus program to forestall foreclosures, fresh injections of capital into the banks and steps to deal with toxic assets clogging lenders’ balance sheets.

Stimulus Package

The plan for the banks may be twinned with an $825 billion economic-stimulus bill being negotiated with Congress.

Jan 21 05:45

Khadr couldn't pick out Arar immediately, FBI agent admits

(Side note from StingRay: Maher Arar is a Syrian-born Canadian who was held while in transit through the US and sent to Syria by the US to be tortured because of his alleged links to terrorism. It was later determined, after he was held and tortured in a Syrian prison for 10 months and finally released, that he had valid alibis and could not have been at the "terrorist training camps" on the dates alleged. I'll leave it up to the readers to judge who was the real terrorist in this case.):

CBC News

Jan 21 05:42

Israel’s hands around our throat are showing

In the closing days of the Bush disaster, Israel is moving to consolidate gains it has made over the past eight years toward its ultimate goals of “Greater Israel” and the Zionist-dominated New World Order.

The urgency of the hour for Israel can be seen in the open display of Jewish/Israeli political muscle-flexing in Washington. The normally invisible Israeli hand around America’s throat has been clearly visible lately, as America moved to take four specific actions on Israel’s behalf which will probably prove to be harmful to America’s interests, forcing a major expansion of the war on terror.

Jan 21 04:08

British scientists to send worms into space to help find cure for muscle-wasting diseases

Worms from The University of Nottingham will checking in for a flight onboard the Space Shuttle later this year - to help researchers investigate the effect of zero gravity on the body’s muscle development.

Jan 21 04:06

Fantastic Voyage II: Blood vessel microscopic 'submarine' makes sci-fi film a reality

It was the flight of fancy behind the Raquel Welch science fiction film Fantastic Voyage.

Jan 21 03:29

More Americans Joining Military as Jobs Dwindle

As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.

Jan 21 03:25

"Ask not what the banks can do for you…ask what you can do for the banks,"

World needs Obama to succeed," begins an editorial in the Financial Times.

"The Hope of the World," says one Paris-based magazine…with a photo of Barack and Michelle on the cover.

Never before have so many people counted so much on just one man.

In the torrent of words and pictures are two thoughts: One, a sense of achievement and pride…in that Americans elected the son of an African as their top man. It is thought to mark a major step forward for the whole human race. We have risen above our prejudices…and our past. At least, that's what they say. Two, there is an expectation…or perhaps only a wish…that this man can somehow keep the world economy from falling apart.

Jan 21 00:20

Brits want their guns back!

The British called - They want their guns back!

Jan 21 00:14

Israel's Gaza goal: destroy Hamas power, replace with Abbas' Fatah

Israel’s doctrine of destruction
Bombs to “send Gaza back decades”

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

21 January 2009

Jonathan Cook describes how, after running out of targets in the first few days of its war on Gaza, Israel widened the definition “Hamas-affiliated targets” to include mosques, universities, the courts, schools, ambulances, hospitals, bridges, roads, electricity generating stations, sewage lines, factories, workshops and shops.

In the last days before Israel imposed a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza to avoid embarrassing the incoming Obama administration, it upped its assault, driving troops deeper into Gaza City, intensifying its artillery bombardment and creating thousands more displaced people.

Jan 20 23:05

Kenyans expect "their" Obama to save them

From The Times
January 21, 2009
Kenyans hail election of saviour Barack Obama
Rob Crilly in Nairobi

"“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.

Millions of people around the country thronged giant TV screens or crammed into bars to watch the inauguration of a man viewed as Kenya’s best hope of a prosperous and happy future. "

"Kenya is a country in need of a saviour. Last year 600,000 people were left homeless by the violence that followed disputed presidential elections.

Jan 20 22:43

WTF! Robert Gates Named "Designated Successor" On Inauguration Day.

“In order to ensure continuity of government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been designated by the outgoing administration, with the concurrence of the incoming administration, to serve as the designated successor during Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20th.”

Jan 20 20:25

Gaza: A Mom says Good Bye to her Child *Image*

A child with no Dad "killed by Israelis time ago) and now he says goodbye to his mom also,......

Jan 20 19:37

Seven Lean Kine

For One Democratic State
in the whole of Palestine (Israel)
FOR FULL EQUALITY OF NATIVE AND ADOPTIVE PALESTINIANS

FOR One Man, One Vote

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Seven Lean Kine

By Israel Shamir

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Jan 20 18:45

UN Ban urges Arabs to back US/IS puppet Abbas

Ban urges Arabs to back Abbas in Gaza crisis

Yesterday, 11:59 am
Reuters Louis Charbonneau

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Arab leaders to join together in backing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his efforts to reunite the war-ravaged Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

Speaking a day after Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas announced separate ceasefires, Ban also said that Arab unity was crucial if the three-week Gaza conflict was not to be repeated in the future.

"The Palestinians themselves must face the challenge of reconciliation, and work to achieve a unified government under the leadership of President Abbas," Ban told an Arab League summit expected to approve $2 billion in aid to rebuild Gaza.

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