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Oct 01 21:11

Foreclosure Alley

For the past few years, the Inland Empire in Riverside County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the state - home to a major housing boom. But now the Inland Empire is pretty much the poster child for the foreclosure crisis. SoCal Connected tracked down some surreal sights associated with the crisis, including a guy who started a business turning abandoned, dead lawns green - with spray-paint.

Oct 01 21:08

VIDEO: McCain: "I always aspire to be" a "dictator!" Des Moines Register interview

Discussing the Wall Street bailout yesterday during an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the failure of Congress to act is “just not acceptable.” Then — presumably making an attempt at humor — McCain added that, if only he were a dictator, then the bill would be just right:

Oct 01 21:03

The Nearly $700 Billion Payout No One Talked Much About

Decrier of American expansionist foreign policy Chalmers Johnson gripes at (scroll down a bit) about how no one paid much mind to the casual passage by the House this week of a $612 billion defense authorization:

Oct 01 20:22

The Financial Crisis is a Failure of Government Policy

The credit crunch and foreclosure problems are failures of government policy. In fact, what we see now is a market correction to foolhardy government policy. Congress' move to bailout lenders and borrowers who made poor decisions will simply create incentives for people to make unwise decisions in the future. English philosopher Herbert Spencer said, "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."

Oct 01 19:51

[Video] Mad As Hell ...

Clip From Network (1976)

Oct 01 19:41

12 members who might switch their vote

Check out the article, and contact your rep if he or she is on this list.

Oct 01 19:20

Obama calls for military service from every single American youth, CNN, (10/01/08)

Serve your country and we will give you an education.

Oct 01 18:55

The Financial Disappearing Act of 2008

The financial markets are in a crisis of confidence because the US government is debasing its currency and stiffing its creditors. Uncle Sam is a deadbeat and the world knows it. The world is worrying what to do about the useless paper it's holding. That's what the panic is about.

Oct 01 18:50

Senate passes billionaire bailout

The measure was passed by a vote of 74 to 25 after more than three hours of floor debate in the Senate. Both presidential candidates, Sens. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and John McCain, R-Arizona, voted in favor.

Oct 01 17:34

Obama's Race to Lose; Pressure Points on Palin

Rule One: When a campaign starts attacking the media, things aren't going well.

Rule Two: When a campaign says the polls are wrong, things aren't very good.

Rule Three: When a campaign says "the only poll that counts is the one on election day" usually means a campaign is about to lose.

Oct 01 17:10

[Video] Cynthia McKinney - 5000 "Black Looters" Executed During Katrina

Cynthia McKinney reveals 5000 executed during Katrina....No evidence given but a huge statement to be researched.

Oct 01 17:05

WSJ/NBC/MySpace Poll Finds New Voters Break 2-to-1 For Obama

This poll seems like a pretty big deal, because if as many voters come to the polls as is expected, Obama wins big.

MSNBC has more analysis…

  • According to the survey, new and lapsed voters (those who didn’t vote in 2004) back Obama over McCain by a 2-to-1 margin, 61%-30%.
Oct 01 16:53

Salon Radio: David Cay Johnston on the bailout

I spoke with Johnston today about the pending bailout, the panic (and resulting acquiescence) that has been successfully injected into the American public, Johnston's very piercing critiques of the coverage of the financial crisis by his former colleagues in "journalism" (or, as he puts it, "by the actors who play the role of journalists on TV"), and the profound changes among both the journalistic culture and journalists themselves since he first became a reporter several decades ago.

Oct 01 16:45

[Video] **URGENT** The Bailout In Under 1 Minute

If you don't get it now, you won't get it at all.

This is NOT a rescue plan for the economy. It is a bailout for FOREIGN BANKS AND INVESTORS.

Oct 01 14:46

The Great Bank Robbery of 2008

The Paulson bailout failed in the House. If it isn't a deathblow to the plan, it should be. This is not an economic plan: it is a heist.

It will go down as The Great Bank Robbery of 2008.

The economics behind it are nonsense, but we are naïve if we spend much time even considering the "arguments" for it. This is a money and power grab, pure and simple.

Just as magazine covers today feature scantily clad women that would have been scandalous a generation ago, in the same manner Paulson's proposal – made in broad daylight and on national TV! – is almost naked in its audacity.

Oct 01 13:55

Jury in cocaine case didn't know accused's past

Betsy Powell
Courts Bureau

A Toronto jury that has started deliberations in a cocaine trafficking case was never told that one of the two accused is a convicted international "Ecstasy kingpin" whose life story a Hollywood-based filmmaker is trying to turn into a movie.

In 2001, Sean Erez, now 38, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy in Brooklyn, N.Y., after admitting to running an ecstasy distribution network that used young Orthodox Jews to smuggle the "hug drug" out of Amsterdam and into the U.S.

Oct 01 13:22

Deadliest Catch: One Alaska Fisherman to Another An Open Letter of Disgust to Governor Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin named her daughter after Bristol Bay. More than a thousand commercial fishing boats gather in Bristol Bay, Alaska every summer to harvest the richest source of wild salmon on earth. Thanks to the skillful management of the resource by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, enough salmon escape upstream every year to allow tens of millions to return the following years.

Bristol Bay fishing is fierce and competitive. Crashing boats, cursing and skillful maneuvers by the best fishermen; Bristol Bay on the Fourth of July resembles The Deadliest Catch meets the Tour de France.

Oct 01 11:04

Russian Court Rules That Czar Nicholas and His Family Were Victims of Political Repression


"Immediately after the [Bolshevik] Revolution, many Jews were euphoric over their high representation in the new government. Lenin's first Politburo was dominated by men of Jewish origins

Oct 01 10:43

U.S. public disillusioned as bailout struggle goes on

Failed bill? Re-brand and sell it!

Oct 01 09:13

Top 10 Reasons Sarah Palin Cancels the Debate

#1 - Stuck in traffic on the Bridge to Nowhere

Oct 01 08:53

Coup Averted for Three Days! By Michael Moore

30/09/08 "Common Dreams" -- - Everyone said the bill would pass. The masters of the universe were already making celebratory dinner reservations at Manhattan's finest restaurants. Personal shoppers in Dallas and Atlanta were dispatched to do the early Christmas gifting. Mad Men of Chicago and Miami were popping corks and toasting each other long before the morning latte run.

Oct 01 06:03

Scientists discover bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within Greenland glacier ice

A team of Penn State scientists has discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within the ice of a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles. The microorganism's ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system.

Oct 01 05:43

Are Voters Worse Off After the Bush Presidency? Two Economic Studies Say Yes

As economic issues move to center stage in the election contest between John McCain and Barack Obama, two new studies are asking a key political question: Are people better off in 2008 than 2000? The simple answer, both studies conclude, is no.

The question, which echoes a famous query by Ronald Reagan in a 1980 presidential debate, is aimed at coming to a verdict on eight years of the Bush administration's economic stewardship.

Oct 01 05:36

Evidence that solar variations impact both temperature and rainfall

The exact causes of climate change remain a mystery to science. Many researchers link recent global warming to changes in the sun. Others remain skeptical, claiming that the sun varies only very slowly, over periods of millions of years. They say that no hard evidence exists for a solar effect on recent climate changes.

Sep 30 22:19

Church of Freethought

Evidence and Reason, not Tradition and Superstition

Sep 30 21:58

The Great Bank Robbery of 2008

The Paulson Plan is a heist. It is a grand scheme in which the public will end up owing hundreds of billions of dollars to holders of new debt claims issued by the US Treasury. The plan won't "prop up" asset values and it won't provide any real stimulus to the economy.

Despite the dire warnings — coming from the same folks who brought you the Iraq invasion to remove WMD — there is no threat of a financial meltdown. If Goldman Sachs failed, the sun would still rise the next morning.