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Jan 23 08:05

Ron Paul-State of the Republic Address (1 of 3 Parts)

Congressman Paul speaks about where we are as a nation and where we need to go.

He actually is, as I am sure many of you know, one of the most honest, transparent Congress people in this country. He also is probably the most knowledgeable about the monetary system.

His view is diametrically opposed to the mainstream media view of the current economic situation and to the Federal Reserve Bank view.

Jan 23 07:26

Haiti earthquake: two last survivors after 10 days in rubble as rescue scaled back

Israeli teams pulled Emmannuel Buso from a collapsed three-storey building near the presidential palace in Port au Prince.

Shirtless and covered in dust, he appeared to be either unconscious or barely conscious as he was hoisted onto a stretcher and taken to an Israeli Defence Forces field hospital.

Mr Buso, a student and tailor, was so ghostly pale that rescuers said his mother thought he was a corpse.

"I felt the house dancing around me," Mr Buso said. "I didn't know if I was up or down."

Jan 23 07:24

Obama: Is his presidency close to crisis?

There was an ironic symmetry to the way in which Barack Obama’s presidency was dealt such a blow last week. Suddenly, it was reduced to something so insubstantial that it mocked the grand ambitions of his campaign.

It was Senator Edward Kennedy's decision to support the then Senator for Illinois that turned the tide in Obama's epic Democratic primary battle with Hillary Clinton. When the liberal lion of Massachusetts declared Obama to be the heir to Camelot, he became the kingmaker.

Jan 23 07:15

The Supreme Court Just Handed Anyone, Including the Chinese Govt., Control of Our Democracy

The Supreme Court Just Handed Anyone, Including the Chinese Govt., Control of Our Democracy

By Greg Palast, AlterNet Webmaster Comment: To my knowledge, Greg believes the Official 9-11
Conspiracy Theory. In that regard, I completely disagree with him.

Posted on January 22, 2010, Printed on January 23, 2010

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations should be treated the same as "natural persons", i.e. humans. Well, in that case, expect the Supreme Court to next rule that Wal-Mart can run for President.

Jan 23 07:15

James Hansen: Would you buy a used temperature data set from THIS man?

It’s an important thing to remember when we talk about AGW: many of the activist-scientists pushing it passionately want the earth to be getting hotter and it for it to be largely man’s fault. These watermelons certainly don’t want the opposite to be true, because then they wouldn’t have the excuse they so desperately need to destroy the capitalist system and take us all back to the agrarian age.

Jan 23 07:13

Supreme Court Puts Last Nail into the Democracy Coffin

Congresswoman Donna Edwards and constitutional law professor Jamie Raskin speak out against the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and call for a mass movement of people to support a constitutional amendment.
But under today's Supreme Court ruling that corporations can support candidates without limit, there is nothing that stops, say, a Delaware-incorporated handmaiden of the Burmese junta from picking a Congressman or two with a cache of loot masked by a corporate alias.

Jan 23 07:04


Jan 22 22:36

Crash Stew: Signs Point to Global Stock Market Meltdown

Though it may still be too early to tell, the technical signals suggest that the ingredients for a crash seem to be in place and conditions for a serious down-turn are now more likely than anytime in the last ten months.

Jan 22 21:06

If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe

According to a new analysis, one out of five Web users still decides to leave the digital equivalent of a key under the doormat: they choose a simple, easily guessed password like “abc123,” “iloveyou” or even “password” to protect their data.

Jan 22 20:59

Teen violast brutalised by Pittsburg Police

"My son tried to run thinking his life was in jeopardy,he made three steps before he slipped and fell." After that, she said, the police used a stun gun and beat him, pulling out a chunk of his hair....
The complaint says the police officers believed Miles was engaged in criminal activity and possibly armed with a "large heavy object." The object turned out to be a bottle of Mountain Dew.

Jan 22 20:30

DOJ Announces Newspaper Takeovers

...the DOJ's Antitrust Division has been trying to dissolve a joint operating agreement between the Charleston Daily Mail and the Charleston Gazette. The DOJ said it was dissatisfied with the editorial quality of the Mail under the agreement. After nearly three years of litigation, the newspapers surrendered and will sign a new series of operating agreements at gunpoint.

Jan 22 20:23

Terrorists might use paragliders to attack India

Indian intelligence agencies on Friday warned that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has purchased paragliders and its members are training to use them for suicide attacks on India.
According to intelligence inputs, fifty paragliders have reportedly been bought from Europe.

Give me a break! Paragliders?!

Jan 22 20:14

Is the Senate Bill the "Right" Thing?

Krugman belongs to that school of though that says that government can make anything happen, provided there is enough coercion. Thus, we get to the main point of the Senate plan, which is an attempt to create a product that lots of people do not want at all, and never would buy if they were not put at the point of a gun.

Jan 22 20:03

Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.

Areas in and near Iraq's largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years. The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

Jan 22 20:02

CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the "routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.

Jan 22 20:02

C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists

“That will be very important economically and logistically,” Dr. Untersteiner said, arguing that Arctic thaws will open new fisheries and sea lanes for shipping and spur the hunt for undersea oil and gas worth hundreds of billions of dollars....

Secrecy cloaks the monitoring effort, as well as the nation’s intelligence work, because the United States wants to keep foes and potential enemies in the dark about the abilities of its spy satellites and other sensors. The images that the scientific group has had declassified, for instance, have had their sharpness reduced to hide the abilities of the reconnaissance satellites.

Jan 22 19:49

Graph: Historical Global CO2 Levels & Temperatures

There is no correlation between global CO2 levels and temperatures

Jan 22 19:35

Edlington child torturers: we attacked because we were bored

Two young brothers inflicted numerous injuries on two children during a sadistic 90-minute orgy of violence, torture and sexual abuse that began because they were bored and there was “nothing to do”, a court heard today.
The pair, aged 10 and 11....only ended their attack when their arms began to ache from the punches and stones that they had thrown.

Jan 22 19:16

Zero deaths caused by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbs

To hear opponents of natural medicine say it, vitamins and herbs are extremely dangerous for your health. They should be regulated, we're told, because they're so dangerous!

Statistics from the U.S. National Poison Data System prove otherwise. According to a 174-page report just published, the number of people killed in 2009 across America by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements is exactly zero.

Compare that to the 100,000 (or so) Americans killed each year by FDA-approved pharmaceuticals -- and that's even according to studies published in JAMA. Also consider the thousands of women harmed or killed by medically-unjustified cancer treatments following false positives from faulty mammograms.

Jan 22 19:06

Is 'Al Qaeda' the Modern Incarnation of 'Emmanuel Goldstein'?

Stop and think for a minute. Do the acts of terror accomplish anything for the group that is blamed for the terror?

Does terror achieve their ends or obtain the results they want? Or isn't it obvious that the acts of terror are actually achieving the objectives of those who claim to be the victims of the terror, to gain them sympathy and political alliances?

Jan 22 19:04

UK terrorist threat level raised to 'severe'

The UK terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe", Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

Jan 22 19:02

US intelligence suggests Tehran never halted nuclear programme

US spy agencies updating intelligence on Iran say they have growing evidence that Iran has never completely suspended its nuclear weapons programme.
Analysts from across the U.S. intelligence community have been finalizing a revised national intelligence estimate (NIE) that is expected to bring the United States more into line with its European allies...

"more into line INDEED"

Jan 22 18:48

Low Interest Rates and Easy Credit Are Catastrophes in Any Economy

Super-low rates and easy credit are not panaceas--they are in effect demolition machines which will destroy any economy which is seduced by their siren-song of "easy growth." There is no such thing as "easy growth" based on low rates and easy credit; "growth" based on artificial demand rises to the point that income no longer services the interest costs, and at that point then the collapse of asset prices and government revenues is guaranteed.

Jan 22 18:45

Dead granny offers millions for grandson’s divorce

An Israeli man’s grandmother has left him millions of dollars in her will, but there is one key stipulation: he must divorce his beloved wife, or at best become a widower.

Jan 22 18:01

U.S. DISA and SOUTHCOM Haiti Disaster Drills "went live"

....On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system. On Wednesday, DISA opened up its All Partners Access Network, supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.

The information sharing project, developed with backing from both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command, has been in development for three years. It is designed to facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and nongovernmental agencies.