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Dec 01 08:48

China's currency falls by record against U.S. dollar

China's currency staged a record loss against the U.S. dollar Monday, falling to the lower end of its daily trading limit, in what some analysts said is a policy shift as authorities let the yuan depreciate against the greenback in an effort to help bolster the decelerating economy.

Dec 01 08:34

Euro Balancing The Influence Of Bailouts And An Expected ECB Rate Cut

The euro is at a cross roads and the US dollar is a perfect fundamental and technical counterpart for the single currency. Risk trends, growth, interest rates and bailout efforts between these two economic superpowers will soon redefine the long-term trend of the Forex market’s most liquid currency pair.

Dec 01 08:29

'J Street' Cannot Take on AIPAC and the Neocons Frontally

Then what are we to do? If the majority of the Jews, who do not support the tactics of the neocons, who espouse preemptive war, the evisceration of the state, serial lying, murder, the ends justify the means; who view the Israeli government as corrupt and do not support the apartheid state that has destroyed what was once Palestine will not stand with us against these monsters, then what are we to do?

Dec 01 08:24

Industry Shrinks From Asia to EU as Crisis Enters 17th Month

Manufacturing shrank around the world as the financial crisis enters its 17th month, providing fresh evidence that the global economy is in recession and intensifying pressure on policy makers to respond.

Dec 01 08:21

Touchscreen Computing Has Already Failed

HP’s got an advertising blitz going on for their new touchscreen interface PC. It looks pretty damn cool on the commercials, and I mean come on, is the mouse really the best input device we can come up with?

But the thing is, despite HP’s Hudsuckeresque “Touch the Future Now” slogan, this has actually been tried before. Back in the 80’s. I was a computer geek long before it was cool, and I remember the first time touch screens and light pens were all the rage. So if this awesome futuristic technology is actually over 30 years old, how come we’re still using the shitty old mouse?

Dec 01 07:16

Scientists reverse heart disease in mice

In a breakthrough study, scientists have been able to successfully stop the progression of heart disease, and even reversed some of its effects.

The study showed that tiny fragments of genetic material called microRNA could play a key role in the development of heart disease.

The new approach suggested by the US and German researchers could effectively block microRNA in heart cells. MicroRNA regulates the gene activity, but with many different types present in the cell, scientists are trying to establish which plays the biggest role.

Dec 01 07:13

US diluted loan rules before crash

The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed. It ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory documents.

"Expect fallout, expect foreclosures, expect horror stories," California mortgage lender Paris Welch wrote to U.S. regulators in January 2006, about one year before the housing implosion cost her a job.

Dec 01 07:09

Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Domestic Security

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said.

Dec 01 06:52

Climate targets to hit household bills

Households could face big rises in their energy bills under plans to reduce the role of fossil fuels and cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2020, the country's chief climate change adviser said on Monday.

The Committee on Climate Change said the price hike could push more than 1.7 million houses into fuel poverty, when families spend more than a tenth of their income on energy to keep warm.

Dec 01 06:52

Climate targets to hit household bills

Households could face big rises in their energy bills under plans to reduce the role of fossil fuels and cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2020, the country's chief climate change adviser said on Monday.

The Committee on Climate Change said the price hike could push more than 1.7 million houses into fuel poverty, when families spend more than a tenth of their income on energy to keep warm.

Dec 01 04:41

The End of the Affair, Obama and the antiwar movement

By Justin Raimondo

Nov 30 22:50

Tortured dead, Unidentifiable dead

Doctors shocked at hostages's torture

Krishnakumar P and Vicky Nanjappa in Mumbai | November 30, 2008 19:53 IST

"It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood," one doctor said.

"The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks."

"The doctors who conducted the post mortem said the bodies of the terrorists were beyond recognition. "Their faces were beyond recognition."

Nov 30 20:33

Israeli Arabs demonstrate against Gaza blockade

Israeli Arabs demonstrate against Gaza blockade

Sat Nov 29, 10:22 am ET
NAZARETH, Israel (AFP) – Thousands of Israeli Arabs demonstrated in the northern town of Nazareth on Saturday to protest against the crippling Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The protesters carried pictures of children and sick people in Gaza and placards reading: "No to the hunger of the Palestinian people" and "(US President George W.) Bush and (Israeli Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert are war criminals."

Nov 30 20:10

Israel's propaganda shows its guilt

Captured Terrorist: Mumbai Attackers Had Orders To Kill Israelis

By Haaretz Service
Sun. Nov 30, 2008

The only terrorist captured by Indian authorities following the Mumbai attacks told interrogators during questioning that he and his men were sent specifically to kill Israelis to avenge “atrocities” against the Palestinians, the Times of India reported Sunday.

Nov 30 18:24

Donald Trump Facing Bankruptcy?

Trump's company announced that it can't pay the $51 million interest payment due to it's bondholders. The Donald also skipped on almost $400 million due to Deutsche Bank. You know times are rough when Trump can't pay his bills!

Nov 30 18:24

PepsiCo Pursues Ancient Leaf - Artificial sweetener - Stevia

Matthew Craze and Duane D. Stanford - Bloomberg
The agency [FDA] now allows less-refined stevia sweeteners only as dietary supplements in the U.S. because it lacks evidence to declare it would be safe as a food ingredient.
WIKIPEDIA on Stevia, politics and the FDA.

Nov 30 17:28

The Proposed Totalitarian Environmental Courts

It seems that environmentalists are not satisfied with forcing the unnecessary deaths of millions of people around the globe. Now they want an international court that will "punish" nations that do not subscribe to radical environmentalism

Nov 30 16:55

Gen. McCaffrey,Rt. , War Profiteer on TV

One Man’s Military-Industrial-Media Complex
Published: Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 4:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 4:29 a.m.

In the spring of 2007 a tiny military contractor with a slender track record went shopping for a precious Beltway commodity.
The company, Defense Solutions, sought the services of a retired general with national stature, someone who could open doors at the highest levels of government and help it win a huge prize: the right to supply Iraq with thousands of armored vehicles.

Nov 30 16:30

OPEC Failure Foretells Steeper Decline 10 Years After $10 Oil

Anthony DiPaola - Bloomberg

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- A decade after OPEC failed to prevent oil from collapsing to $10 a barrel, the world’s biggest producers are delaying the action needed to arrest the steepest slide in energy prices.

Nov 30 14:11

Flashback: India falls in love with Israel

India has traditionally been friendly with Iran.

However, things are changing, as India gets increasingly into bed with Israel and Mossad.

Nov 30 14:07

Forbes: Paulson is 'worst' treasury secretary in modern times

Forbes magazine President and CEO Steve Forbes called Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson “the worst treasury secretary we’ve had in modern times”, citing, among other things, the government’s handling of the housing crisis.

Nov 30 14:01

Twitter and Flickr replace "official" news outlets in Mumbai

36 hours ago, a look at Twitter postings about Mumbai revealed some of the best on-the-ground information about what was going on. The news channels offered nothing but the usual endless chit-chat about President Bush and other irrelevant topics.

Nov 30 13:21

The Corruption That Makes Unpeople of an Entire Nation by John Pilger

I went to the Houses of Parliament on 22 October to join a disconsolate group of shivering people who had arrived from a faraway tropical place and were being prevented from entering the Public Gallery to hear their fate. This was not headline news; the BBC reporter seemed almost embarrassed. Crimes of such magnitude are not news when they are ours, and neither is injustice or corruption at the apex of British power.

Nov 30 13:11

Referendum Will Arm Iraqi Officials Against US 'Pressures' By Juan Cole

The USG Open Source Center translates a radio broadcast from The Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran praising the passage of the Security Agreement between Iraq and the US by the Iraqi parliament. The celebratory style shows that official Iran has swung behind the agreement as a tool for getting the US military out of their western neighbor. Chief Justice Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi had praised the agreement.

Nov 30 13:07

Iraqi Academics Assassinated During the US-Led Occupation

Pakistan Daily has published the list of Iraqi academics assassinated by US and allied occupation forces. The objective of these targeted assassinations is to "kill a nation", the destroy Iraq's ability to educate its people, to undermine its research and scientific capabilities in literally all fields of endeavor, to transform a nation into a territory, and ultmately to destroy civilization.

Nov 30 11:47

How the Financial Crisis Was Built Into the System

In 2008, the world is in economic turmoil. The rich are getting richer, but most people are becoming poorer. Much of this turmoil is directly related to those meetings that took place decades ago. In other words, much of this turmoil is by design.

Nov 30 11:40

Pointed intelligence warnings preceded attacks

India’s intelligence services had delivered at least three precise warnings that a major terrorist attack on Mumbai was imminent, highly-placed government sources have told The Hindu.

Nov 30 11:37

Flashback: CIA Director Warned Congress About 9/11 Attacks

"I spoke with Congressman Ike Skelton—a Democrat from Missouri and a member of the Armed Services Committee—who said that just recently the Director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack—an imminent attack—on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected."

Nov 30 11:34

Flashback: Condoleezza Rice Warned Sept. 6 About Imminent Terror Attack

Five days before Sept. 11, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was warned that a terrorist attack inside the United States was imminent, a former U.S. senator who headed up a blue-ribbon commission on terrorism revealed late Tuesday.

"I've known the national security advisor, Professor Rice, for about 20 some years," former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart told WABC Radio's John Batchelor and Paul Alexander. "She was a supporter of mine in my first presidential campaign as a graduate student in Denver."

Nov 30 11:31

Taj Mahal hotel chairman: We had warning

The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, temporarily increased security after being warned of a possible terrorist attack, the chairman of the company that owns the hotel said Saturday.

But Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata said those measures, which were eased shortly before this week's terror attacks, could not have prevented gunmen from entering the hotel.