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Dec 19 09:02

Russia to abandon missile plans 'if US drops shield'

Russia is ready to abandon plans for a wholesale renewal of its nuclear missile arsenal if the United States stops deployment of a controversial missile shield, a Russian general said Friday.

The comments by the commander of Russia's strategic missile forces come amid increasing verbal exchanges between the two sides over missile defence ahead of the inauguration of Barack Obama as US president on January 20.

Dec 19 05:56

Paper projects Franken victory over Coleman

As of Thursday night, GOP Senator Norm Coleman officially maintains a lead over Democratic challenger Al Franken of just five votes, with 5,861 challenged ballots remaining to be counted.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, having just wrapped it's own count of the ballots in question, is making a projection: After lengthy deliberations and plenty of nail-biting, Al Franken will become the Democrats' 59th man in the US Senate; the new junior Senator from Minnesota.

The paper predicts a final margin of just 89 votes, in Franken's favor.

Dec 19 04:48

Mark Felt, Watergate's `Deep Throat,' dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Dec 19 01:32

A Devastating Impact as the Market Unleverages and a Winter of Discontent

Two sets of rules on wall street, 50 billion ponzi scheme by Bernard Madoff uncovered, court case for the toxic waste coverup, Paulson's efforts are futile, commercial and residential real estate market alike now frozen, fed is frantic, an elitist engineered collaps of the U.S, derivative problems galore, and no real debate taking place in government As we know there are two sets of rules in banking and on Wall Street - one for the anointed and one for everyone else. The anointed never go to jail for their crimes.

Dec 18 23:01

Raid on Family's Home and Organic Food Co-Op Challenged

The Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today took legal action against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County Health Department for violating the constitutional rights of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio.

Dec 18 22:28

Barack Obama: The Naked Emperor

Hope is like riding a carousel horse; no matter how fast you go you never get closer to the one in front. The idea, however, is to persuade you to stay on the horse, despite the evitable disappointment, in the 'hope' that things will change. But they don't because the very system is designed to prevent it.

Dec 18 15:14

Assessing the Bush Legacy: The Measure of the Man and His Administration

Exhaustive Recap of an Administration Run by a Man so Corrupt, so Vile, so Psychopathic, so Thoroughly Despicable that the Mind Reels in the Comprehension of Its Totality.

Dec 18 12:28

The Reddit "Joo" page

Dec 18 12:02

Indianapolis Mayor "inspired" by NYC gun laws

Indianapolis voters surprised people when they elected Republican Ballard after becoming alarmed by tax increases under the Democrat, Bart Peterson. Taxes have changed little since then. So far Ballard's biggest decision executed was to let the Marines run drills in the city. Now he feels "inspired" by NYC gun laws.

Dec 18 09:14

Gazprom threatens new Ukraine gas cut

Russian energy giant, Gazprom, says it will stop gas supplies to Ukraine starting January 1, until the country pays off its $2 Billion gas debt for supplies in November and December, and a new contract is concluded.

On Thursday Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said the talks are in a deadlock.

He said Ukraine has transferred $800 million for repayment of gas supplies in autumn, but also informed Gazprom that no more money would be transferred until the new year starts.

Dec 18 09:01

U.S. Proposes International Gang Rape of Somalia

"The Bush regime now seeks to turn Somalia into a ‘free fire zone' in which any country in the world can shoot and bomb and kill at will."

Dec 18 08:26

Goldman Sachs cuts taxes to one percent by moving profits offshore

Bank takes $10 billion bailout, then cuts tax rate 33 percent
Say you got a ten billion dollar loan to shore up your finances, and you paid your employees $10.9 billion, and you raked in $2.3 billion for the year.

What would you say you owed in taxes? One percent?

That's what you'd pay if you were Goldman Sachs, Inc. The high-flying brokerage -- and former home of Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson -- has announced it's paying just $14 million in taxes this year.

Last year, their tax bill was $6 billion, or 34.1 percent. That represents a year-over-year drop of 33.1 percent.

Dec 18 08:21

Court sides with ACLU, strikes down Patriot Act gag provision

A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.

Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out. The letters, usually a demand for documents, or a notice that private records had been searched by government authorities, were criticized as a cover-all for FBI abuses.

Dec 18 08:15

"The market has failed, and officialdom is perpetuating that failure."

Ever since the two Bear Stearns hedge funds defaulted 17 months ago triggering a global financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has been busy putting out one fire after another. Fed chief Ben Bernanke has slashed interest rates to .25 percent, handed out billions in emergency funding to teetering insurance companies and mortgage lenders, and provided $8.3 trillion in loan guarantees to keep the financial system from collapsing.

Dec 18 07:15

London Banker: "The market has failed, and officialdom is perpetuating that failure."

Ever since the two Bear Stearns hedge funds defaulted 17 months ago triggering a global financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has been busy putting out one fire after another. Fed chief Ben Bernanke has slashed interest rates to .25 percent, handed out billions in emergency funding to teetering insurance companies and mortgage lenders, and provided $8.3 trillion in loan guarantees to keep the financial system from collapsing.

Dec 18 04:34

Dollar's Slump Erases Months Of Solid Gains

The dollar yesterday staged one of its biggest one-day drops against the euro and fell to a 13-year low against the Japanese yen as near-zero interest rates and the Federal Reserve's plan to print vast sums of cash dilute the value of the greenback.

Dec 18 03:55

Report: Blackwater may be dropped in Iraq

State Dept. panel to issue report on contract to protect diplomats

The Associated Press. updated 1:56 p.m. PT, Wed., Dec. 17, 2008

WASHINGTON - An internal State Department report says Blackwater Worldwide may lose its license to work in Iraq and recommends that the agency prepare alternative means to protect its diplomats there.

Dec 17 23:02

US $$ for GM's 8th China Plant?

GM Opens Eighth China Plant, Won't Add Further Capacity Soon
By Tian Ying

"Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. opened its eighth vehicle plant in China and said it had no plans for adding further capacity amid slowing demand in Asia's biggest auto market.

This ``has been a big year in terms of expansion'' and it ``probably will keep us occupied for the foreseeable future,'' Kevin Wale, GM China's president, said by phone today. He spoke from the northeastern city of Shenyang after the opening of the carmaker's new 2.67 billion yuan ($390 million) plant."

Dec 17 22:55

GM's new China plant

GM, SAIC open new car plant in China despite "tough times"
2008-12-18 00:53:49

SHENYANG, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- General Motors and its China partner Shanghai Automative Industry Corporation (SAIC) launched a car plant on Wednesday in northeast China, making it one of the three production bases of Chevrolet Cruze cars in the world.

Dec 17 22:40

US military troops for inauguration

Latest Update: Wednesday17/12/2008December, 2008

US military mobilises troops for inauguration

WASHINGTON: The US military plans to mobilise thousands of troops to protect Washington against potential terrorist attack during the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama, a senior US military commander said yesterday.
They will fly combat air patrols and man air defences, organise large scale medical support, and help local law enforcement provide security in the capital, said General Gene Renuart, head of the US Northern Command.

Dec 17 22:36

US Commandos to attack in Somali

From The Times
December 18, 2008
American commandos get UN go-ahead to hunt down Somali pirates
Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Pirates operating from safe havens along the Somali coast could become the target of hot-pursuit missions by American commandos for the first time, after approval was given by the United Nations Security Council to launch land and air attacks on pirate bases.

Dec 17 22:33

J.Jackson Jr., corruption informant for years

Jackson Jr.'s Revelation Renews Scrutiny Over Blagojevich Probe
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s revelation that he has been an informant for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has raised questions about a possible overreach by federal prosecutors.

FOXNews.com
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s revelation that he has been an informant for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has thrust the famed federal prosecutor back into the spotlight amid questions about whether he crossed the line in his pursuit of Gov. Rod Blagojevich."

Dec 17 22:17

Google AdWords Isn’t Perfect! Serves Up Phishing Sites & Malware

News flash folks, Google AdWords is not perfect and can be exploited. There are times when people can go into the AdWords system and trick Google into serving up ads for phishing sites and malware downloads. Yes, this happens and happens often enough.

Dec 17 22:17

Google AdWords Isn’t Perfect! Serves Up Phishing Sites & Malware

News flash folks, Google AdWords is not perfect and can be exploited. There are times when people can go into the AdWords system and trick Google into serving up ads for phishing sites and malware downloads. Yes, this happens and happens often enough.

Dec 17 21:06

Hackers Sell Facebook Profiles For 89p

With Christmas season at its peak, hackers are stealing details of Facebook profiles and selling them to cybercriminal gangs for just 89p each, according to a new research study.

These gangs would use these crucial details to launch “spam” messages to the computer users, urging them to visit counterfeit video or image links.

These malicious links, when clicked, infect users’ computers with malware and spyware viruses that can track keystrokes entered, along with other significant information, such as usernames and passwords of online bank accounts.

Dec 17 21:04

Breaking news! The Fed goes retail and wants to finance you!

The Federal Reserve, presumably not happy that banks are refusing to go ahead with the Fed's plan to massively increase the money supply is going to start lending directly to you, the consumer and avoid those evil non-lending banks entirely.

Dec 17 20:43

Microsoft issues emergency IE patch as attacks escalate

Microsoft has issued a rare emergency update for its Internet Explorer browser as miscreants stepped up attacks targeting a vulnerability on hundreds of thousands of webpages.

In many cases, the websites distributing the toxic payload are legitimate destinations that have been commandeered, allowing an attacker to snare victims as they surf to online banks, forums, and other trusted sites. There are at least six distinct versions of attack code circulating in the wild, according to researchers at iDefense, a security lab owned by VeriSign.

Dec 17 20:43

Microsoft issues emergency IE patch as attacks escalate

Microsoft has issued a rare emergency update for its Internet Explorer browser as miscreants stepped up attacks targeting a vulnerability on hundreds of thousands of webpages.

In many cases, the websites distributing the toxic payload are legitimate destinations that have been commandeered, allowing an attacker to snare victims as they surf to online banks, forums, and other trusted sites. There are at least six distinct versions of attack code circulating in the wild, according to researchers at iDefense, a security lab owned by VeriSign.

Dec 17 19:31

Aretha Franklin to sing at inauguration

ASSOCIATED PRESS • December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Aretha Franklin will sing, Pastor Rick Warren will pray and Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello during President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

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