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Jan 16 15:27

Pentagon Accountants Killed in 9/11 Attacks Day After Rumsfeld Admitted $2.3 Trillion Missing


The day after US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the military had lost $2.3 trillion, the accountants responsible for tracking the money were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

“One Army office in the Pentagon lost 34 of its 65 employees in the attack,” reported The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 20, 2001. “Most of those killed in the office, called Resource Services Washington, were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts. They were at their desks when American Airlines Flight 77 struck.”

In total, 184 people--including those onboard the hijacked airplane and inside the building--died as a result of the attack on the Pentagon.

Jan 16 15:23

Spanish lawmaker's photo used for bin Laden poster

A Spanish lawmaker was horrified to learn that the FBI used an online photograph of him to create an image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today.

The image using Gaspar Llamazares' photo appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government's 1998 photo of the al-Qaida leader.

FBI spokesman Ken Hoffman acknowledged to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the agency used a picture of Llamazares taken from Google Images.

Jan 16 15:22

The Gates Foundation and Monsanto Working Hand-in-Hand

Gates Foundations = Monsanto now even more than ever. I should refine that statement. Gates Foundation = in favor of a pro-biotech, for-profit, unsustainable, scary, powerful approach to "feeding the world" (a.k.a. lining corporate pockets). And they have many ties to Monsanto including a brand new one. They just filled Rajiv Shah's old job with Sam Dryden. Dryden's resume is enough to make me throw up.

Jan 16 15:19

Reports: Blackwater is "protecting" in Haiti

Nice. Good. This should go a long way to improve their image. Why not just send Karl Rove out to defend President Obama's policies while they're at it?

And these thugs are on the government payroll why again? Oh, wait. I know. Our military is stretched tighter than Joan River's face.

Jan 16 15:17

Iran says US, UK, Canada assist Afghan drug trade

A senior Iranian anti-drug official has accused the US, Britain and Canada of playing a major role in Afghanistan's lucrative drug trade.

On the sidelines of an anti-drug conference in Tehran, deputy head of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters Taha Taheri said that Western powers are aiding the drug trade in Afghanistan.

"According to our indisputable information, the presence of the United States, Britain and Canada has not reduced the dug trade and the three countries have had major roles in the distribution of drugs," IRIB quoted Taheri as saying on Thursday.

Jan 16 15:06

Like Sheep To the Slaughter

Authoritarian rulers love to scare the people. But they're going to have to come up with something better than this pretty soon.

Jan 16 14:57

Nations scrap orders for GSK swine flu jab

Britain, France, Germany, Spain and the US have all indicated in the past two weeks that they will be renegotiating their deals.

Demand for vaccines to combat H1N1 influenza has fizzled out because the pandemic has proven to be less aggressive than was first feared. Regulators who initially indicated that two vaccinations would be needed by each swine flu patient now say that one dose is sufficient. Analysts predict that European governments could return or cancel up to 50 per cent of what they ordered, which could reduce GSK's income from Pandemrix by £300m.

Jan 16 14:49

Revealed: Jack Straw’s secret warning to Tony Blair on Iraq

A “SECRET and personal” letter from Jack Straw, the then foreign secretary, to Tony Blair reveals damning doubts at the heart of government about Blair’s plans for Iraq a year before war started.

The letter, a copy of which is published for the first time today, warned the prime minister that the case for military action in Iraq was of dubious legality and would be no guarantee of a better future for Iraq even if Saddam Hussein were removed.

It was sent 10 days before Blair met George Bush, then the US president, in Crawford, Texas, in April 2002. The document clearly implies that Blair was already planning for military action even though he continued to insist to the British public for almost another year that no decision had been made.

Jan 16 14:47

Security Breach at JFK Forces Terminal Evacuation

A security breach at John F. Kennedy Airport has forced an evacuation of an American Airlines terminal and all passengers in the area have to exit and be re-screened, the Port Authority confirmed.

A person went into a secure area without being properly screened at about 4 p.m., said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority. All travelers in Terminal 8 were forced to leave the area and be re-screened, according to Coleman.

Jan 16 13:10

Papantonio: The Banking Industry - America's New Thugs

Actually, the PRIVATE bankers are NOT new thugs -- they've ALWAYS been thugs.

Jan 16 11:16

A Message From Transport Canada

Jan 16 11:12

Green tea 'may block lung cancer'

Drinking green tea may offer some protection against lung cancer, say experts who studied the disease at a medical university in Taiwan.

The latest work in more than 500 people adds to growing evidence suggesting the beverage has anti-cancer powers.

In the study, smokers and non-smokers who drank at least a cup a day cut their lung cancer risk significantly, a US cancer research conference heard.

The protection was greatest for people carrying certain genes.

Jan 16 11:09

Warning over using Internet Explorer from German Government as exploit goes public

On Friday, in a response to the security hole in several versions of Internet Explorer (IE), the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) recommended that Internet Explorer users should switch to an alternative browser until a patch for IE has been made available. At the same time the exploit, code-named "Aurora", has appeared as public code on several mailing lists. The Metasploit team have already created a module that implements the exploit in the exploit framework.

Jan 16 11:05

Family of Secrets

"Family of Secrets - The Bush Dynasty" with investigative reporter and author, Russ Baker. The Bush family's extensive ties to intelligence; the Kennedy assassination; Nixon and Watergate; W's rise to power. Russ Baker is the author of Family of Secrets - The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces That Put It In the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America."

Jan 16 10:34

For Israel, a Reckoning

The farce of the climate change summit in Copenhagen affirmed a world war waged by the rich against most of humanity. It also illuminated a resistance growing perhaps as never before: an internationalism linking justice for the planet earth with universal human rights, and criminal justice for those who invade and dispossess with impunity. And the best news comes from Palestine.

Jan 16 10:33

The Deindustrialization of Tampa Bay

Jan 16 10:06

Weekly Report: "7 Palestinians Dead From Israeli Attacks, 8 Wounded"

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, during the week of 06-13 Jan. 2010, Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip; a seventh Palestinian died of previous wounds. 3 of the victims, including a child, were killed when Israeli warplanes bombarded tunnel on the Egyptian border.

Jan 16 10:01

West Seeks To Occupy Mideast Under The Banner Of Democracy

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the West plans to occupy the Middle East under the pretext of establishing democracy in the region. "They are occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and interfering in Pakistan and Yemen under the pretext of establishing democracy," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Thursday.

"They claim that they want to establish freedom and human rights but this is a big lie,"

Jan 16 09:39

Easily Hacked Voting Systems to be Used in MA Special Election for the U.S. Senate

The electronic voting systems used in Massachusetts are notoriously plagued with problems and vulnerabilities, and are in violation of federal voting system standards. Moreover, they are sold, programmed, and maintained by a company with a disturbing criminal background.

Jan 16 09:37

Gun Salesman of the Decade

Certainly, the rhetoric of an enlightened society groveling at the Federal government’s feet is beginning to wear more than a little thin with the American public. This is evident when considering the annual report of NICS background checks, which are done by the FBI for all pending firearm sales. The following graph for the years 1999 through December 2009 illustrates how many American’s attitude seems to have changed.

Jan 16 09:35

ClimateGate: Will the Alarmists Have to go Back to Ice Ages?

Well, friends, the AGW folks are on the ropes, and they are taking a beating. When people can step out of their doors and tell that it’s VERY COLD, they aren’t going to be easily convinced that AGW is happening. When people have free access to international information, they can see that it is VERY COLD all over the northern hemisphere!

Of course, there are some AGW folks that are trying very hard to keep the faith, but they are coming off as increasingly desperate. Al Gore has not been seen much lately. Could the Goracle be in a fetal position, counting the billions he might have made if Cap and Trade had passed? Could “AGW” actually be code for “Al Gore’s Wealth?”

Jan 16 09:26

Met Office boss says winter forecasts have been 'very good indeed'

The head of the Met Office yesterday insisted that its recent forecasts had been "very good indeed", and blamed the public for not heeding snow warnings.

John Hirst also defended his £200,000-a-year salary as chief executive of the national forecaster, saying that his pay reflected the success of the organisation.

Mr Hirst dismissed complaints that the Met Office failed to alert the public about the extent of this week's snowfall as not "based in fact", and accused people of ignoring its warnings.

Jan 16 09:20

Israel Should be Tried for War Crimes

Israelis who authorized the use of white phosphorous in densely populated Gaza should be tried for war crimes, a British Labour Party legislator said Friday, after entering the Hamas-ruled territory with 60 European parliamentarians.

Jan 16 09:16

Families face shock 20% rise in heating bills as gas giants cash in on Big Freeze

Families face record winter gas bills averaging £360 as power companies reap a huge windfall from the big freeze.

The 'big six' energy suppliers have refused to pass on a steep fall in wholesale prices to customers.

They are collecting a profit bonanza of £846million in a single month by charging over the odds to keep homes warm.

Jan 16 09:13

A revised photo of what bin Laden looks like now

Jan 16 09:07

Reliable car manufactures

I have been sent a very interesting article from the BBC website that gives a list of MOT failure rates across the UK in 2008 for cars first used in 2004. The figures give average MOT failure rates for individual models of cars and small vans, as well as breaking them down by year of manufacture.

VOSA has had an increased amount of pressure placed on them over the last 18 months to release this data so that used car and van buyers can see which cars are statistically more likely to fail an MOT later in life. The VOSA revealed 1,200 pages of detailed statistics on MOT failures following a freedom of information request made by the BBC in July 2008.