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Nov 07 22:01

Police staged confrontation amid convention

The American Civil Liberties Union says undercover police officers posing as protesters staged a violent confrontation with another officer during the Democratic convention in Denver.

The ACLU said it obtained a police document showing the undercover officers pretended to struggle with a police commander so they could be removed from the crowd without blowing their cover.

Nov 07 19:15

Running on fumes: GM could soon run out of cash

The title of the article speaks volumes. Had GM noticed what foreign competition has been doing for the last 10+ years, they would still be at the top of the pack. This is not good business management. It is ignorance, short-sightedness and greed.

"General Motors, the nation's largest automaker, warned Friday that it may run out of money by the end of the year after piling up billions in third-quarter losses and burning through cash at an alarming rate. Ford sustained heavy losses, too."

Nov 07 14:03

The strange case of falling international reserves

If the Reserves are no longer growing but diminishing, this might indicate that the exporting countries are no longer buying and accumulating more US, British and European debt. If they are not accumulating more foreign currency bonds and debt, then the fiscal deficits of the US, the Brits and the European Union countries are no longer being funded – especially important to the US, which is running an immense fiscal deficit, what with the US Treasury going into debt like a drunken sailor on account of the need to bail-out all and sundry debtors.

Nov 07 13:02

Getting down to bizness with Obama

The answer is: Jane Harman – as head of the CIA! (If she doesn't get it, not to worry: she's also up for head of Homeland Security – and if she doesn't get that, she's on the short list for National Intelligence czarina).

Nov 07 10:22

Ford announces $129M 3Q loss, burns $7.7B in cash

Ford Motor Co. said Friday it lost $129 million in the third quarter as the struggling automaker burned through $7.7 billion in cash and set plans for more job cuts.

Ford said it will eliminate about 2,260 more white-collar employees in North America as it battles continued weak demand, the credit crisis and the worst economic downturn in decades.

Nov 07 10:18

GM reports $2.5B 3Q loss, says running out of cash

General Motors Corp. says it lost $2.5 billion in the third quarter and warned that it could run out of cash in 2009.

GM also said it has suspended talks to acquire Chrysler. While it didn't specifically name the automaker, GM said it was setting aside considerations for a "strategic acquisition."

The automaker also said its cash burn for the quarter accelerated to $6.9 billion due to a severe U.S. auto sales slump.

Nov 07 06:46

Obama's Legislative Voting Record

They say a Man is known by the company he keeps. With this in Mind, let's examine the voting record of the new President Elect...

Nov 07 00:11

3 ‘superbanks’ now dominate industry

Several of the nation's biggest banks have failed or been absorbed by healthier institutions, leaving three giant "superbanks" with an unprecedented concentration of market power: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

Nov 06 23:44

Ron Paul: Obama Equals Shift Toward Global Government

Commenting on the much touted “International crisis” that luminaries such as Colin Powell, Joe Biden and Zbigniew Brzezinski have all guaranteed will occur within weeks of Obama entering the White House, the Congressman stated that he believes it may be a catalyst for a shift toward world government:

“I think it’s going to be an announcement of a new monetary order, and they’ll probably make it sound very limited, they’re not going to say this is world government, even though it is if you control the world’s money and you control the military, which they do indirectly.”

Nov 06 23:37

Fox News Angrily Smears Nader For Daring To Criticize Obama

The corporate media’s frightening obsession with maintaining Obama’s messianic complex now apparently extends to the so-called “right-wing” Fox News, who have eagerly picked up the baton and are right behind the mindless fervor of Obamamania - acting in lock step with the establishment left.

Nov 06 22:27

Ron Paul on the Obama Presidency

Nov 06 22:04

Chris Matthews comes out of the closet

Video HERE.

Nov 06 21:42

I voted!

Voting is for the slaves who will gladly bow to the political class and are perfectly happy endorsing a system that constantly rapes them. If you want to be a mindless slave, fine, but don't drag me down with you.

Nov 06 20:54

Black Commentator - "An Obama Presidency: More of the Same - Only Worse"

If the masses of people in this nation knew or had known the pertinent facts pertaining to the war mongering “we can fight the war better,” pro-apartheid Zionist, corporate Wall Street-backed, slippery tongued Barack Obama, it is doubtful they would have been so thoroughly bamboozled and hoodwinked to their own detriment and that of the world.

Nov 06 19:58

Magnetic shield for spacefarers

Future astronauts could benefit from a magnetic "umbrella" that deflects harmful space radiation around their crew capsule, scientists say.

The super-fast charged particles that stream away from the Sun pose a significant threat to any long-duration mission, such as to the Moon or Mars.

But the research team says a spaceship equipped with a magnetic field generator could protect its occupants.

Lab tests are reported in the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion.

The approach mimics the protective field that envelops the Earth, known as the magnetosphere.

Nov 06 19:18

[Video] Train spotters 'risk arrest'

A growing number of train spotters have found it difficult to pursue their hobby as stations increase vigilance.

Nov 06 19:14

Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. ... His comments echo those of the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who told Sky News last year that intelligence suggested terrorists were trying to get their hands on materials and know how to make a dirty bomb.

Nov 06 19:10

Why a can of petrol is more dangerous than a dirty bomb

We measure radiation dose in units called rem. Above 1,000 rem, incapacitation occurs within minutes, followed by extreme fatigue and nausea, then death. For smaller doses, 300 to 500 rem, about half of the victims die within a month.

But reduce the dose a little more, down to 100 rem, and the effects are very mild. At 50 rem, nobody even gets sick.

This 'threshold effect' creates problems for the terrorist. He can put radioactive material into a bomb - but concentrated radioactivity kills fast, so he'll have to protect himself with a ton of lead.

Nov 06 16:03

The Economy Collapses as the DTCC Obfuscates.

Today heralded the long awaited release of figures compiled by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation .The latter is controlled by Banks amongst which are JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

From their Article..

Nov 06 15:35

Credit Swap Disclosure Obscures True Financial Risk

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The most comprehensive report on unregulated credit-default swaps didn't disclose bets in the section of the more than $47 trillion market that helped destroy American International Group Inc., once the world's biggest insurer.

Nov 06 13:17

Rahm Emanuels father was a member of IRGUN "terrorist" gang in 1946,that bombed The King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

I don't think it would be wise,considering present American or Israeli socio-political situations,that we continue appointing White House staff/Congressional leaders who have direct family ties to previous tragic/lethal events. It doesn't quite fit in with "Change" or transparency of Government.
After the bombing of the King David Hotel by the Irgun militia gang 1946:

"British Prime Minister Clement Attlee commented on the attack to the House of Commons:

Nov 06 10:56

"America's Great Hope" by Immortal Technique

My cup of hope is full, but I sip it slowly, because hope is a powerful drug.

Nov 06 10:51

(Iraqi) Lawmakers call on Obama to pull out troops from Iraq

Fawzai Akram, parliamentarian for the Sadr bloc, told Aswat al-Iraq “We demand Obama to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, to achieve sovereignty and independence for Iraqis.”

“I hope that major changes would occur in the U.S. policy, especially after the promises made by Obama, stressing his attempts to impose peace worldwide,” he said.

Nov 06 10:03

Election Fraud in Alaska?

The pollsters all agreed.
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich would whip Republican Sen. Ted Stevens in Tuesday's election. Maybe by a little. Maybe, as some polls predicted, by a landslide....

Anchorage pollster and political consultant David Dittman, who often works for Republicans and is a Stevens supporter, predicted a solid Begich win the day of the election.

"If I look at what we've done around the country, we're pretty much in the ballpark everywhere," Ali said.

Except here.

Nov 06 09:26

Obama Strongly Considering RFK Jr to Head EPA

Now the bad news...

"Obama’s transition planners are weighing several other celebrity-level political stars for Cabinet posts, including retired general Colin L. Powell for secretary of Defense or Education, the officials said."


Nov 06 09:14

How to entertain your pet: barmy advice from the British!

Under a new government-issued code of practice, British cat and dog owners are now obliged to provide “entertainment” and "mental stimulation" for their pets.

The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."

"You should ensure that your cat has enough mental stimulation from you and from its environment to avoid boredom and frustration,” the document proceeds to point out.

Nov 06 09:10

Robert Rubin Says He Won't Be Joining the Obama Administration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said he will not be joining the administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Nov 06 09:09

Israel cautions against dialogue with Iran

Israel said Thursday U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's stated readiness to talk to Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness in efforts to persuade Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

"We live in a neighbourhood in which sometimes dialogue -- in a situation where you have brought sanctions, and you then shift to dialogue -- is liable to be interpreted as weakness," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, asked on Israel Radio about policy change towards Tehran in an Obama administration.

Nov 06 09:04

Can’t Access Your Google Account? Tough Luck

A web programmer is the latest victim in a string of recent Google account shut-downs the company has been slow to remedy.

Axod, creator of the Ajax-powered chat webapp Mibbit, which we’ve written about previously, was apparently the victim of a malicious hacker last Thursday. While that sort of random attack could happen to anyone, it’s Google’s response that has Axod steamed.

“A company really shows its true colors when things go wrong, or when users need help,” he writes. “Google has shown that it simply doesn’t care.”

Some details from the Mibbit blog: