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Jan 22 06:29

Capitalism’s Self-inflicted Apocalypse

After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history.

The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss. Truth be told, capitalism has yet to come to terms with several historical forces that cause it endless trouble: democracy, prosperity, and capitalism itself, the very entities that capitalist rulers claim to be fostering.

Plutocracy vs. Democracy

Jan 22 06:07

Spring is arriving 'two days earlier than half a century ago' as global temperatures rise

Spring is arriving earlier than it was half a century ago, a definitive new study has shown.

Jan 22 05:49

Will the real Barack Hussein Obama please stand up?

The American people right now are giddily supporting their president. The feeling of unity and excitement is palpable. The feel is not unlike the days after the tragedy of 9/11/01, when Americans were told they were attacked by terrorists who hated freedom.

Jan 22 05:45

How Citigroup managed to pull a 180

Citigroup executed a classic Washington fold earlier this month when it agreed with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to back the so-called bankruptcy cram down legislation, which it and the rest of the banking industry had been fighting for years.

Jan 22 05:34

Bad Bank, Bad News

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson blew it, Ben Bernancke blew it and now it looks like Lawrence Summers and David Axelrod, Obama's top economic advisers, are about to blow it big time. The horse is long since dead but the flogging continues.

Jan 22 04:21

New Moon Rocket Could Launch Giant Space Telescopes

NASA's plans for the mammoth Ares V rocket could do more than just launch new lunar landers and cargo to the moon. It could also haul massive telescopes that dwarf the Hubble Space Telescope or fling deep space probes on faster missions to the outer planets.

Jan 22 04:20

Super-Neptune Planet Found

Astronomers have discovered a planet somewhat larger and more massive than Neptune orbiting a star 120 light-years from Earth.

Jan 22 04:19

OBAMA: Afshin Rattansi talks to Cindy Sheehan

Jan 22 04:14

Barack Obama could visit Russia in April

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. President Barack Obama could pay a visit to Moscow in April, a Russian business daily said on Thursday, citing a source close to the U.S. State Department.

Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S. on Tuesday in Washington, becoming the country's first African-American head of state.

According to the source quoted by Kommersant, Obama will set off for his first European tour in April and is to visit London on April 2 to participate in the G20 summit, and meet for the first time with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Jan 22 01:29

The Obama presidency: Here comes socialism

2009-2010 will rank with 1913-14, 1933-36, 1964-65 and 1981-82 as years that will permanently change our government, politics and lives. Just as the stars were aligned for Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan, they are aligned for Obama. Simply put, we enter his administration as free-enterprise, market-dominated, laissez-faire America. We will shortly become like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, or Sweden — a socialist democracy in which the government dominates the economy, determines private-sector priorities and offers a vastly expanded range of services to many more people at much higher taxes.

Jan 21 22:10

The True Scope of the Housing Bust

Any sober-minded investor who wants to face reality, no matter how grim, needs to hear this expert tell why the current housing mess is so much more substantial than the real estate pain experienced even during the Depression.

Fannie Mae's first Chief Credit Officer, Edward Pinto.

Jan 21 22:10

Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists

Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.

Jan 21 21:41

I Apologize for Not Submitting to Robbery

Actually, Mr. Geithner, you don't owe anything. To apologize to the State for not paying taxes is like apologizing to a robber for not handing over your wallet fast enough.

Jan 21 21:23

Government healthcare failing in Finland

The Finish public health care system is “teetering on the edge of collapse.” Apparently demise is being blamed on the inability of the state to find doctors willing to fill public positions.

Jan 21 20:00

Forty Years Ago, A Cosmonaut Experienced What Can Only Be Described as 'Hell'

We cover a lot of cool NASA space shuttle stuff here at Gizmodo, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention an important milestone for that other vital spacecraft, out of Russia, the Soyuz.

That milestone happened on Friday, when the Soyuz program celebrated the 40th anniversary of an historic event: The first orbital docking between two craft where human beings left Earth in one craft, and returned in another.

To say the event went smoothly would be, well, a total frickin' lie, as cosmonaut Boris Volynov would experience one of space flight's most harrowing reentries on this most historic trip.

Jan 21 19:38

Lots of Pure Water Ice at Mars North Pole

Planum Boreum, Mar's north polar cap contains water ice "of a very high degree of purity," according to an international study. Using radar data from the SHARAD (SHAllow RADar) instrument on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), French researchers say the data point to 95 percent purity in the polar ice cap.

Jan 21 19:33

$630 Million Donated Toward Polio Eradication Efforts

CELIA W. DUGGER | New York Times | Wed- Jan 21, 2009

JOHANNESBURG — Twenty years after the world set out to eradicate polio, the crippling disease is still stubbornly endemic in four countries: Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International and the British and German governments announced the injection of $630 million to help keep the cause of polio eradication alive for another few years, with the hope of finally bringing the disease under control in its last four bastions and other countries to which it has spread.

Jan 21 19:01

Intel to Cut at Least 5,000 Jobs

ASHLEE VANCE| New York Times | Wed- January 21, 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — With demand for its chips drying up at record rates, Intel has decided to shut down several plants and dismiss thousands of workers.

As many as 6,000 people could be dismissed, depending on how many workers can secure jobs at other Intel plants. Intel employed 84,000 people at the end of last year, and had already eliminated 20,000 jobs in the last three years.

Jan 21 18:22

In Final Legal Act, Bush Appeals Spy Ruling

With a mere 64 minutes left in its last full day in office, the Bush administration asked a federal judge to stay enforcement of a ruling that would keep alive a lawsuit which tests whether the president can bypass the Congress and eavesdrop on Americans without warrants.

Jan 21 18:21

Limbaugh: I Fear Obama’s Repeal Of Bush-Era Secrecy Rules ‘Make It Easier’ To Hold Bush To Account

What I’m afraid of is what Obama’s done here is made the gathering of the information for this kind of stuff– This is not American. This is not America. This is not what America does. We don’t– This is Banana Republic kind of stuff.

Jan 21 18:06

Credit Card Processor Says Some Data Was Stolen

Heartland Payment Systems, a major payment processing company, disclosed a data breach on Monday that potentially exposed tens of millions of credit and debit cardholders to the risk of fraud in what could quickly become one of the country’s biggest data compromises.
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Robert H. B. Baldwin Jr., Heartland’s president and chief financial officer, said that his company believed the card numbers, expiration dates, and in some cases cardholder names were exposed after attacks on its computer systems at the one point where data had been unencrypted.

Jan 21 18:00

Lexus Or Justice? Dead Prez Speaking Truth

Jan 21 17:59

Obama: the Zionist wolf in sheep’s clothing

Obama is completely controlled by the same forces that have controlled George Bush, so much so that The Chicago Tribune quotes leading Jews bragging that Obama is so in the hands of the Zionists that he is “the first Jewish President.” Obama received about 80 percent of the Jewish vote in the United States!

Jan 21 17:31

It's Your Choice Youth: YOU CAN RESIST!

Jan 21 17:06

The One and Only: Waiting for Word From on High

By Chris Floyd

Jan 21 16:35

Obama's "Bush Gaza crimes", recognizes Abbas, not Hamas' Haniyeh

Last update - 20:03 21/01/2009
White House: Obama determined to help consolidate Gaza truce
By News Agencies

"U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called four Middle East leaders, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to express his commitment to be actively engaged in the path toward Middle East peace."
"An aide to Abbas said Wednesday that Obama had called him to express his commitment to achieving peace in the Middle East.
Wednesday's call fulfills a promise by Obama to get involved in Mideast peacemaking from day one of his presidency.

Jan 21 15:06

Resistance is called ‘terrorism’

Enshrined in the Israeli narrative is the “terrorist” designation of its enemies. For most ordinary people “terrorist” is a highly emotive label and when it’s prefixed with “Islamist,” it evokes images of hooded, anti-Western extremists lopping off heads or planting bombs in five-star hotels to fulfill the demands of a warped ideology masquerading as religion.

For Israel, the ‘war on terror’ has been a gift to its propaganda merchants. After all, what reasonable person can blame a country under ‘terrorist attack’ for extending its power to protect its citizens from crazed evildoers? Sadly, public perception isn’t generally nuanced enough to take account of a crucial fundamental: Israel is the occupier and the Palestinians its victims.

Conversely, genuine resistance groups struggling against the yoke of occupation have been hobbled by George W. Bush’s black-and-white rhetoric, as they have been tarred with the same brush as Al Qaida and its franchises. Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband slammed the ‘war on terror’ during a recent visit to Mumbai, calling it a “misleading and mistaken” doctrine inviting “invidious comparisons” between diverse organisations.

Jan 21 14:57

OK Muslims -Time to Police Yourselves - with link to video

I wouldn't be fair if I didn't call attention to another religious zealot - this time on the Islamic side - making statements that should be condemned by people sharing his faith who claim Islam is a peaceful religion.

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