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Feb 11 13:04

Homeowner invites homeless man living under porch to move in

Jim Stewart moved the homeless man, Kenny Woods, from under his porch to inside the home. Woods and his dog, "17," are now security guards for Stewart's property. It's an arrangement Stewart says keeps Woods out of the rain and keeps his second home safe.

Feb 11 11:45

The popular uprising against central banking

It’s not surprising that arguments against the Fed are finally resonating. Since the crisis began in 2007, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has engaged in all manner of emergency activity, much of it unprecedented and of such dubious legality that even some of those who may reject or be unfamiliar with arguments against the Fed have begun to wonder about the unaccountable power this institution wields over the economy.

Feb 11 11:27

7.0 and 5.6 Earthquakes Rock Indonesia

The Ring of Fire has been quite active today.

Feb 11 11:02

Man arrested for sending copies of "7/7 Ripple Effect" (about the London Bombings) to judge and jury members

Here is a link to the video in question: "7/7 Ripple Effect." (It was posted at WRH just a few days ago)

From Belfast Telegraph, 10th February 2009:

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

A 60-year-old man wanted in the UK on a charge of perverting the course of justice during the trial of a number of men in connection with the London bomb attacks has appeared in the High Court this afternoon.

Anthony John Hill, orginially from Sheffield, was arrested on Carrig Street in Kells this morning on foot of a warrant issued by the authorities in Britain.

It is alleged he sent DVDs entitled "7/7 Ripple Effect" to the jury, the judge and members of the victims' families.

The DVDs claimed the attack was an inside job and that the accused men were innocent.

Feb 11 10:46

India to launch cow urine as soft drink (no, we're not taking the p***)

Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India's Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

Om Prakash, the head of the department, said the drink – called "gau jal", or "cow water" – in Sanskrit was undergoing laboratory tests and would be launched "very soon, maybe by the end of this year".

Feb 11 10:30

Israeli cluster bombs continue to harm Lebanon's children, farmers

n the aftermath of the 2006 war, the UN put the figure of unexploded duds at about one million. So far deminers in south Lebanon have cleared about 155,000 cluster bomblets, though the rate of new discovery is slowing. By January 2008, deminers had cleared 137,000 bomblets, meaning only around 18,000 bomblets were cleared in the past year.

Feb 11 09:50

Al-Qaida Commander Threatens India in Video Message

A senior al-Qaida leader has appeared in a video message warning India that it could face additional terror attacks similar to last November's siege on Mumbai.

Western news organizations - BBC, Reuters - that have seen the video said al-Qaida in Afghanistan commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid said that the mujahedin (Islamic holy warriors) will not allow India to attack neighboring Pakistan.

"Al Qaeda", the only terrorist outfit to issue threats from the spirit world.

Feb 11 09:37

9 Humiliating Ways Cell phones Injure People

Despite their usefulness, cellular phones get a lot of negative press. Excessive and improper cell phone use accounts for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths around the world every year. A recent study showed that a coordinated 20 year-old has the same reaction time as that of a 70 year old when talking on a cell phone. This waned concentration can lead to many dangerous situations. And while most of us have made it this far without the need of protective shoulder pads or helmets, the risk of cell phone injury still exists. The following is a list of cell phone injuries, ordered in their likeliness to occur, from most to least.

Feb 11 08:20

Fox News Producer Arrested For Child Pornography

A Fox News Channel producer has been arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in a federal courthouse in Washington.

Aaron Bruns appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. According to charging documents, investigators say Bruns had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site.

Feb 11 08:19

Mauritania says it has closed its embassy in Israel

The head of Mauritania's military junta says the West African country has closed its embassy in Israel.

Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz made the announcement late Tuesday.

Feb 11 07:30

Cuomo: Merrill Improperly Gave Out Bonuses

In a letter to Braney Frank, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has accused Merrill Lynch executives of corporate irresponsibility by secretly and prematurely awarding $3.6 billion in bonuses as taxpayers were bailing out the industry.

Feb 11 07:22

Wearing the Beard for Petraeus

Jeff Huber | February 10, 2009

The most telling part of Ricks’s version of the surge genesis is what it omits. Ricks makes no mention of the American Enterprise Institute, or of Fred Kagan, or of the neoconservative movement’s role in selling the surge to the public, an effort spearheaded by Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the New York Times, AEI and the Project for the New American Century.

On Sunday’s Meet the Press and in his Monday Post article, Ricks describes with often horrifying candor how Petraeus set out to pave the way for a “long war” that would last well beyond the Bush presidency. Petraeus needed time “not to bring the war to a close, but simply to show enough genuine progress that the American people would be willing to stick with it even longer.” That the surge has, as Ricks acknowledges, “failed politically,” is of little consequence.

Feb 11 07:21

Michelle Obama graces Vogue cover

After Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama will grace Vogue's March cover.

The Washington Post has reported that the First Lady will appear on the front of the magazine.

She posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz last month at the Hay-Adams Hotel, where the first family stayed before the inauguration, reports Us magazine.

Feb 11 07:20

Bailout Plan: $2.5 Trillion and a Strong U.S. Hand

Ed Andrews-Steve Labaton The New York Times Tue-Feb 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — The White House plan to rescue the nation’s financial system, announced on Tuesday by Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, is far bigger than anyone predicted and envisions a far greater government role in markets and banks than at any time since the 1930s.

Administration officials committed to flood the financial system with as much as $2.5 trillion — $350 billion of that coming from the bailout fund and the rest from private investors and the Federal Reserve, making use of its ability to print money.

Feb 11 07:18

Google's PowerMeter to reduce electricity use

According to Google, using a special widget embedded on their personalised iGoogle homepage, people will be able to monitor the PowerMeter software through their computers, which will help them see where to cut down on electricity use.

Feb 11 07:16

Iran's Foreign Minister in Iraq for economic talks

Iran's Foreign Minister led a delegation of oil and banking officials to Iraq on Wednesday to discuss expanding ties between the two countries, officials said — a sign of the growing foreign interest in Iraq's economic potential in the Middle East.

Feb 11 06:55

Will Obama Break the Law for Israel's Sake?

by Grant F. Smith

Since entering office, President Barack Obama has promised sweeping changes in three aspects of governance: transparency, law enforcement, and stewardship of American tax dollars. For a public weary of law enforcement forever prosecuting street but never elite crime, Obama's many statements about holding all individuals accountable under the law have been encouraging. He also called for government-agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a White House mandate for transparency. Obama swore any bailouts of financial institutions and industries will hereafter avoid secretly funneling taxpayer funds into bloated Wall Street bonuses, executive junkets, and private jets.

But does Obama intend to follow these rules himself? Probably not. Obama's entire facade momentarily crumbled under a single withering question – "Do you know of any country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons?" – launched by veteran reporter Helen Thomas during the president's first evening press conference on Feb. 9, 2008.

Feb 11 06:29

Video - War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex

This 1999 documentary from Dutch TV explains how the "War on Drugs" has led to a loss of civil liberties while at the same time it has become a cash generator for police departments (through asset seizure) and a source of prisoners needed by the growing, privatized "Prison Industrial Complex". However, it has not had much of an effect at all as far as its supposed purpose of eliminating or, at least significantly reducing, the illegal drug trade.

The documentary is in English although there are a few introductory comments in Dutch. (1hr 32min)

Feb 11 06:23

Maine Senators Break With Republican Party on Stimulus

Carl Hulse The New York Times Tue- Feb 10, 2009

On one of the biggest bills ever to confront lawmakers, the two senators, surviving members of the vanishing breed of New England Republicans, are wielding outsize power. Along with Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the third Republican who broke from the pack and provided a crucial vote for initial passage on Tuesday, the two Mainers find themselves holding virtual veto control over the legislation as it enters crucial negotiations between the House and Senate.

Feb 11 06:21

Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research -- typo and all

Summary: In purporting to "take a look back" at how the economic recovery plan "grew, and grew, and grew," Fox News' Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods -- all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release.

Feb 10 21:47

Is Stupidity Killing America’s Productivity?

When a society makes it a huge priority to protect people from their own stupidity, it will eventually grind to a slow, bureaucratic halt. I have to show my ID to buy Sudafed, spray paint or glue because someone has decided I might use these items to do something stupid. However, I can buy bullets without an ID. I was talking to a policeman the other day and discovered I could be thrown in jail for the amount of decongestant I had in my house. Seriously!

Feb 10 20:48

Letters To Leaders at makes it clear what the concensus is on Bank Bailouts. NO!

Letters To Leaders on allows anyone to take a fair sampling of the mood of the nation simply by reading letters sent to government leaders that have been made public by the writer's request.

The link provided gives anyone access to the headers to those letters and the actual content, by issue (search "budget"), and by state, and by individual elected officials in Washington D.C.

In other words, you can read the mail that went to your Congressional leaders or even to Barack Obama on the stimulus package.

How these assholes one by one can ignore the will of the people is simply beyond comprehension.

Feb 10 15:23

Another Bailout Bill Another Selloff

The $838 billion bailout out bill dujour won approval in the Senate by a vote of 61-37. The market reacted in the same way as the passing of previous bailout bills - It sold off.

Feb 10 12:17

Do Americans Cherish Freedom Anymore?

I am often guilty of using the term "freedom-loving Americans." But I think the question now needs to be asked, Do Americans really cherish freedom anymore? I believe an argument could be made that not many do. In fact, I doubt that most Americans today remotely understand what freedom--as envisioned by our Founding Fathers--even is.

Feb 10 11:50

UK top "bankers" had no formal Banking qualifications

four ex-chiefs of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HBOS admitted to having no formal banking qualifications between them in today's dramatic grilling by MPs.

Sir Fred denied he lacked experience, saying he had a degree in law and was a qualified chartered accountant, while also having worked as chief executive of the Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank before joining RBS.

Sir Tom McKillop, previously chairman of now part-nationalised RBS, said he was "certainly numerate", although he conceded he had not studied banking specifically.

Andy Hornby, who had headed HBOS until its rescue takeover by Lloyds TSB, said he had gained an MBA at Harvard Business School, while his ex-colleague Lord Stevenson said he had a history as an entrepreneurial businessman.

Feb 10 11:38

Barackonomics: Debt Is Good!

Last night Barack Obama continued his Chicken Little routine, warning that if Americans don't let him stimulate the printing presses -- and quick! -- we the people will be responsible for economic catastrophe.

Feb 10 11:32

Stimulus contains rationed medicine

The former lieutenant governor of New York is warning that the $50 billion that President Obama expects to spend in the next few years on a nationwide digital health records system for every individual easily could, and probably will, result in rationed medical care.

Feb 10 11:24

The Coming Great Depression

We can't over-emphasise that the Great Depression did not become "great" due to the economic problems signaled by the 1929 stock market crash, but, instead, due to government policies undertaken to counteract the economic problems.

Feb 10 10:51

Eye-witness to 911 Pentagon Strike States There Was a Second Plane

Based on this eye-witness account description of the second plane, it sounds like the following plane was a C-130-type aircraft equiped, perhaps, with radio control?