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Oct 04 14:55

Court: NSA can keep mum if it wiretapped Gitmo lawyers

Supreme Court says NSA doesn't have to say whether it has warrantless wiretapping records

Associated Press

The Supreme Court won't make the super-secret National Security Agency divulge whether it has records of the warrantless wiretapping it did of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay inmates.

Oct 04 14:55

News or sensation: Who trusts the mainstream?

According to a new US poll, the majority of Americans don't trust the country's news media. To find out the reasons for this lack of faith, Lori "The Resident" Harfenist hit the streets of New York.

Oct 04 14:46

"Pledge Of Allegiance" by Jello Biafra (audio)

Recorded in 1991

Oct 04 14:39

Obama the Neoconservative

President Barack Obama was far from candid when he announced the end of combat operations in Iraq last month, but he did nothing to hide the fact that he is a neoconservative when it comes to the American empire.

That was not lost on leading neoconservatives, who tend to prefer Republicans. William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, told a colleague that while he would have phrased the speech differently, “his basic response was ‘All hail Obama!’”

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary magazine, wrote in his New York Post column, “President Obama did something amazing. He delivered — dare I say it? — a rather neoconservative speech, in the sense that neoconservatism has argued for aggressive American involvement in the world both for the world’s sake and for the sake of extending American freedoms in order to enhance and preserve American security.”

Oct 04 14:24

Stuxnet Super Virus Also Attacked China

The latest super virus, Stuxnet, which attacked Iran’s Nuclear Facility, is reported to have attacked China too. Some of the industrial computing systems and their hardwares run by the Siemens software were affected by the Stuxnet worm. Now there is a fear shown by the US, that if the virus could hit China, then the United States is not missing on its list.

Oct 04 13:44

More Guns = Less Crime

Oct 04 13:16

Pledge Allegiance to the CONSTITUTION - Not the Flag

Pledge Allegiance to the CONSTITUTION - Not the Flag
Pledging to the Constitution instead of the flag would finally elevate substance over form, reality over Alex Wallenwein
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I Pledge Allegiance to the CONSTITUTION for the United States
and to the Republic Which It Created;
One Nation, Under God,
Divisible If Need Be,
with Liberty And Justice For All
If our pledge had been written this way, it would have served our school children public officials (and therefore us) far better by reminding them what their true allegiance must be and must continue to go to. That is putting substance (the reality of the law of the land) over symbol (the flag).

Oct 04 11:06

Households face extra £769-a-year on power bills to 'rewire the nation' for green energy

Would the last person out of the country please turn out the light.

Oct 04 10:48

A History of Climate Change

Oct 04 10:41

Post Exodus of Jewish Advisors from Obama White House Likely Not an Omen of Good Things to Come

The Ugly Truth

What makes this latest development all the more ominous is that Emmanuel is not the only VIP within organized Zionist interests getting our of Dodge. Shortly after Emmanuel’s announcement, the political world was rocked with the news–literally within days of each other–that Emmanuel’s colleagues, namely David Axelrod (Obama’s Chief Political Advisor) and Larry Summers (Chief Economic Advisor) announced they were leaving as well. The fact that these announcements took place in such close proximity to each other intimates not only coordination amongst all the players in question but as well its sinister twin, collusion.

Oct 04 10:36

OUTRAGEOUS: Police Leave Note to Family, "We Killed Your Dog"

Just another sign that we are living in a total police state. Now they just leave a note that they killed your 11-year-old Yellow Lab. Terribly dangerous animal (with arthritis by the way). No, what is terribly dangerous is allowing these police to stay on the force. (Ed.)

Oct 04 10:29

Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read

Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest. Most Americans don't really seem to care about who owns the media. But they should.

Oct 04 10:24

Verizon Wireless plans $50M refund to customers; admits wrong charges

Verizon Wireless admitted on Sunday it had erroneously charged customers for data services they didn't want and said it would refund more than $50 million to those cellphone users.

Verizon said that over several years, 15 million customers were charged from $2 to $6 for data services they didn't initiate. A source close to the company said Verizon Wireless will pay refunds to current and past customers for the error.

Oct 04 10:24

Record Cold in Alaska – updated

Get a load of these low temperatures in September: -11°F near Beaver Village, -10° near Chalkyitsik. Chicken, Alaska was -5°. Bettles reached ZERO on Monday, tying the coldest temperature ever recorded there in September. Eielson AFB near Fairbanks was +3°, and that was the coldest temperature they have ever had in any September (the average low for Fairbanks now is 28°). Daily records were set at Eagle (0°), Gulkana (3°), King Salmon (17°) and Cold Bay (31°).

Oct 04 10:18

Big Pharma Scores Big Win: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU

Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness choose to send our way, and we have no option but to pay whatever rates they want.

Big Pharma and Agribusiness have almost completed their march to take over every aspect of health, from the food we eat to the way we care for ourselves when we're ill. Have no doubt about it: this takeover will steal what health remains to us.

It Begins Next April Fools Day

Oct 04 10:01

Report: Changes needed to make nuke plants secure

Michael Gormley
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should be given better access to criminal databases and foreign travel history to try to keep terrorists from getting jobs inside the nation's nuclear power plants, federal auditors said in a report Monday.

Oct 04 09:52

15 Things You Shouldn’t Be Paying For

Thinking of purchasing a new computer? Think twice before you fork over the funds for a bunch of extra software. There are some great alternatives to the name brand software programs. The most notable is OpenOffice, the open-source alternative to those other guys. It’s completely free and files can be exported in compatible formats...

Oct 04 09:37

Israel's unit 8200: cyber warfare

Israel demonstrated its intent to conquer cyber warfare in the 1990s by presenting the country's legions of hackers with a choice between prison and working for the state.

Oct 04 09:15

Oakland cop leaves note after shooting family's dog

OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- An Oakland family can't believe police shot and killed their aging Labrador retriever "Gloria." They found out what happened when they got home and saw a note on their front door saying that an Oakland police officer had shot and killed her. Now the family is questioning police policy.

Oct 04 07:34

Is AP deliberately fear-mongering Europe terror threat to sell body scanners?

Activist Post

It appears that the Associated Press is fear-mongering about recently heightened terror threats in Europe. They have turned one vague State Department warning into multiple headline stories, making it appear as though a terror threat is imminent. But the original report provides very flimsy information about a nonspecific threat apparently obtained from, "a Pakistani intelligence official said (that) eight Germans and two British brothers were at the heart of an al-Qaida-linked terror plot against European cities, but the plan was still in its early stages."

Oct 04 06:46

Distrust in mainstream media nears all time high

A recent Gallup poll has found that 57 percent of Americans have little or no trust in the mainstream media to report full, accurate and fair news. This level of distrust in the media is the highest it has been since at least 1973, topped only by recent record-low trust levels in the legislative branch of the U.S. government.

The findings confirm earlier ones from back in August that revealed an astounding 78 percent of Americans have little or no confidence in television news. And print news hardly fares any better, with a mere 25 percent of Americans having any significant level of confidence in its honesty and integrity. Both statistics are among the lowest they have ever been for such categories.

Oct 04 06:39

The Times lose another 120,000 online readers behind paywall

The Times online readership declined by 120,000 from July to August according to data supplied to the Beehive by marketing analysts comScore.

In August 2010, its second month behind a paywall, The Times received 1.459 million unique visitors, dropping 7.6 per cent from 1.579 million in July.

In addition, the total minutes spent on the site decreased 16 per cent from 6 million in July to 5 million in August, and total page views slumped 22 per cent in a month, decreasing from 9 million in July to 7 million in August.

Oct 04 06:35

Times paywall falls, at least temporarily

For a few brief moments this afternoon, the Times website drifted, lifeless, across the internet, its paywall down, allowing anyone to pop in for a nose round. It was a bit like stumbling across the Mary Celeste; there were signs of recent activity – the odd comment here and there, a couple of new stories – but the place felt eerily deserted.


Blowing away the dust and the cobwebs to go further down the page I found stories from July. I know the Times said the paywall would allow them to prioritise quality over quantity but has there been so little tech news in the last couple of months?

Oct 04 06:34

The Israeli threat to global security

A USB memory stick carrying the Stuxnet malware is believed to have provided intruders with access to Iran’s nuclear program. The same technique was used in November 2008 to break into CENTCOM, providing a foreign government with unfiltered access to the Pentagon’s command of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Did both attacks come from the same source?

Oct 04 06:28

We're In a Global Currency War ... But What Does It Mean?

There is a currency war raging world-wide.

Japan, Brazil, Peru and countries all over the world are trying to beggar thy neighbor (just as happened during the 1930s) and gain a leg up for their exports by cheapening their currencies.

As the Wall Street Journal writes:

Beggar-thy-neighbor currency devaluations proved ruinous for the global economy in the 1930s. Is the world setting off down the same slippery slope again?
Japan's decision to intervene in the currency market to drive down the value of the yen blew a hole in the developed world's united effort to persuade China and other Asian countries to stop artificially holding down their currencies.

Oct 04 06:25

Crypto Wars! Obama Wants New Law to Wiretap the Internet

In a reprise of the crypto wars of the 1990s, the U.S. secret state is mounting an offensive that would force telecommunication companies to redesign their systems and information networks to more easily facilitate internet spying.

Touted as a simple technical "fix" that would "modernize" existing legislation for wiretaps, government security officials will demand that telecommunication firms and internet service providers provide law enforcement with backdoors that would enable them to bypass built-in encryption and security features of electronic communications.