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CURRENT EVENTS

Jan 29 09:45

WHO IS APPEASING WHO? JUST AS THE WEST APPEASED NAZI GERMANY IN THE 1930s, SO IT APPEASES ZIONIST ISRAEL TODAY.

There’s been a lot of rhetoric from Israel and their neoconservative supporters over the years about ‘appeasing’ Iran in much the same way as Nazi Germany was appeased prior to the Second World War. The truth, however, is that it is not Iran that is being appeased at all, but Israel.

Jan 29 07:46

Biden: U.S. budget to seek nuclear funds increase

Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama's budget proposal will include $7 billion to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, which would be $600 million more than Congress approved last year.

Even in a time of tough budget decisions, these are investments we must make for our security. We are committed to working with Congress to ensure these budget increases are approved," Biden said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm ready to scream at the sheer insanity of these moves, and these statements.

Vice-President Biden, this is not an "investment" in US security. The "investments" we need to provide real security to our nation include fixing the national infrastructure (roads, bridges, ect.,) fixing our schools, (which for the most part are dysfunctional pre-prison detention holding pens), fixing our hospitals and health care in an intelligent and cost-effective way (Belgium has managed this, sir, why can't the US?), and bringing manufacturing back to this country.

THESE actions, taken together, will do more to protect our security than any bomb we develop, or produce, can do.

Oh, and the other measures we can take internationally would include: mandating international aid programs which actually reach the people for whom it was intended (our aid to Afghanistan right now is flooding in to Karzai and his minions' pockets), stop supporting tin-pot dictators who have absolutely no regard for the welfare of their people, and resolve our country's needs for energy with negotiated deals, and well-supported technical innovations not invasions.

These efforts, Vice-President Biden, will make our country truly safe.

If the true safety of this country was your highest priority, these are the steps you should be advocating.

Jan 29 07:32

Funds flee Greece as Germany warns of "fatal" eurozone crisis

Germany has triggered a near-panic flight from southern European debt markets by warning that there will be no EU bail-outs, even though it fears the region's economic crisis has turned dangerous and could prove "fatal" for the entire eurozone.

Jan 29 07:23

White House asks Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial

The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be willing to bet you one plugged and worthless American dollar that the trial will be closed to the public, and put into the most inaccessible place they can find.

The reason?!?

As reported in on April 19, 2009 in

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2009/04/18/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-was-waterboarded-183-times-in-one-month/

"Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month"

But the sick torture didn't actually start there.

As reported on April 17, 2009 in

http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/04/17/bush-torture-memos-align-with-account-that-911-suspects-children-were-tortured/

"At a military tribunal in 2007, the father of a Guantanamo detainee alleged that Pakistani guards had confessed that American interrogators used ants to coerce the children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed into revealing their father’s whereabouts."

So, there you have it. Torture is now an American institution. And the problem with torture, as we have known from the time of the Inquisition, generally gets the person being tortured to say anything the torturers want the tortured individual to say.

If this information is ever allowed into sworn testimony at this trial, the case against this guy will have absolutely no legs whatsoever.

And that's what terrifies certain people in state and federal government the most.

Jan 29 07:03

Taliban Conduct Commando Raid In Lashkar Gah

Raging gun battles have taken place between NATO-backed Afghan troops and well equipped insurgents who assaulted UN and government buildings in the city of Lashkar Gah...

Jan 28 20:44

The streets of Washington: Politics by day, Poverty by night

During the day, the streets of Washington DC are filled with the power brokers, lawmakers, and professionals who make the nation's capitol tick. But by night the city changes, and you might be surprised who takes over.

Jan 28 19:07

All 27 UK Foreign Affairs lawyers: Iraq war unlawful. Obama, politicians, US media: no response

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All the lawyers in the UK’s Foreign Affairs Department concluded the US/UK invasion of Iraq was an unlawful War of Aggression. Their expert advice is the most qualified to make that legal determination; all 27 of them were in agreement. This powerful judgment of unlawful war follows the Dutch government’s recent unanimous report and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s clear statements.

This stunning information was disclosed at the UK Chilcot inquiry by the testimony of Foreign Affairs leading legal advisor, Sir Michael Wood, who added that the reply from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office to his legal department’s professional work was chastisement for putting their unanimous legal opinion in writing.

Jan 28 15:50

Jewish settlers seek to recruit Indian immigrants to occupied territories

The Israeli government is reported to have quietly approved the fast-track immigration of 7,000 members of a supposedly “lost Jewish” tribe, known as the Bnei Menashe, currently living in a remote area of India.

”The Bnei Menashe belong to an ethnic group called the Shinlung, who number more than one million and live mainly in the states of Manipur and Mizoram, close to the border with Myanmar. They were converted from animism to Christianity by British missionaries a century ago, but a small number claim to have kept an ancient connection to Judaism.
 
“DNA samples taken from the Bnei Menashe have failed so far to establish any common ancestry to Jews.”

Jan 28 12:00

Freeze Frame: Flopsweat and Farce in the Hollow Halls of Power

But Obama is not "failing"; he is doing exactly what he set out to do: be the president. That's it. That's all he wanted to do. And he's doing it. The panic now emanating from the White House is not that of a man watching a chance to realize his deeply held ideals for a better world slipping away from him; it's just the flopsweat of a guy trying to stay perched on top of the greasy pole for another term.

Jan 28 11:40

Troops fire on starving crowds in Haiti

The total number of American military personnel in Haiti, including those on ships just offshore, rose to 15,400 by Tuesday. One third of these are soldiers on the ground in and around Port-au-Prince, with the bulk of them from the 82nd Airborne Division, an elite unit that specializes in combat, not logistical support.

A French reporter asked why US troops were controlling flights into the Port-au-Prince airport. Preval replied: "You need to run the airport, you need technical help and they offered it to us. I really can’t understand why the need for that is so difficult to accept."

Preval also announced that Haitian legislative elections, previously scheduled for February 28, would be postponed indefinitely.

Jan 28 11:36

Chicken Love On NYC Subway

YouTube Video Shows Man Kissing, Hugging Live Chicken
Seaton says only service animals and those in containers are permitted in the subway system.

Jan 28 11:21

Dump Truck Slams Footbridge

Oops.

Jan 28 10:57

Family evacuated due to naked man on roof

Cprl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department told the Orange County (Calif.) Register a man, his wife and a child were evacuated from their home Wednesday afternoon after freeway drivers contacted authorities regarding a naked man allegedly performing a sex act on a rooftop.

Jan 28 10:05

Your Retirement Plan Will Soon Become Washington's ATM Machine

Today over $15 trillion is sitting in tax-favored retirement plans, including $4 trillion in IRA accounts. Retirement savings make up 35% of all private assets. Washington is broke, the deficit is soaring and Congress simply can’t wait for Americans to retire so they can start taxing these funds. The politicians are tired of waiting; they need your money now.

Jan 28 09:00

The Holocaust Backfires By Gilad Atzmon

In the wake of the ‘International Holocaust Memorial Day’ I will say it loudly and openly. To oppose the Jewish state and Jewish nationalism is the true meaning of the memory of the Holocaust. To say NO to Israel is to say NO to racism. This is what ethics and universalism are all about.

Jan 28 08:39

Law would keep FCC off low-power radio

The “Communications Freedom Act” would give stations that are not interfering with existing signals authority to broadcast without federal license.

Jan 28 08:13

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’

Deception is a common war-time tactic nations use to gain a leg up on their enemies, but as Wired notes, the Pentagon apparently believes the United States must begin engaging in strategic tricks even before it wages war against another country.

"Deception cannot succeed in wartime without developing theory and doctrine in peacetime," the DSB report reads. "In order to mitigate or impart surprise, the United States should [initiate] deception planning and action prior to the need for military operations."

"By Deception Thou Shalt Do War" Now, where have I heard that before?

Jan 28 05:46

The Kidnapping of Haiti

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.

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Jan 27 21:42

If You Rebuild It, They Will Come, by Paul Shirley

I do not know if what I'm about to write makes me a monster. I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.

"It", is this:

I haven't donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort. And I probably will not.

I haven't donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don’t give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don’t think the guy with the sign that reads "Need You’re Help" is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don't think the people of Haiti will do much with my money either.

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Jan 27 15:22

Haiti Gets a Penny of Each U.S. Aid Dollar

Of each U.S. taxpayer dollar, 40 cents is going to the U.S. military, paying for security, search and rescue teams, and the Navy's hospital ship USNS Comfort.

Another 36 cents funds US AID's disaster assistance - everything from $5,000 generators to $35 hygiene kits with soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste for a family of five.

Just over a dime has already been spent on food: 122 million pounds of pinto beans, black beans, rice, corn soy blend and vegetable oil. When purchased in bulk, the actual food prices are relatively low. Pinto beans, for example, cost the U.S. government 40 cents a pound when purchased in 5 million-pound batches last week.

Jan 27 13:56

Faulty gas pedal involved in Toyota recall manufactured at Ontario plant

The faulty gas pedal involved in a massive recall and sales suspension of eight popular Toyota models in North America was built in Ontario.

The supplier is Indiana-based CTS Corp. and the problem part was manufactured at its plant in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. CTS did not immediately return requests for comment today.

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Hey, don't blame Toyota. It's the cheap local crap that's responsible.

Jan 27 12:04

Obama’s State of the Union will be all about him: last speech referenced himself 132 times

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Wise advice for understanding political commitment is to analyze where our political “leaders” spend our money, never from what they say. However, when political arrogance supersedes intelligent management of speeches, even what presidents say become quite revealing.

The following less-than-2-minute video created by a member of Americans for Prosperity documents Mr. Obama giving a speech trying to convince an audience at an Ohio community college on January 22, 2010 that the economy will improve, all evidence to the contrary. In this speech allegedly about leadership in the face of near-record unemployment, our President talks about himself 132 times. Eugene Robinson also points out that Mr. Obama articulated “fighting” for us 20 times.

Jan 27 09:56

MONSANTO ~ PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

The War of the Empire has many faces.

Jan 27 09:38

The 6 Most Statistically Full of Shit Professions

Elusive as they are to study, it's hard to say for sure how good criminal profilers are. Some have certainly been less successful than others, like the FBI profilers hunting the Unabomber, who identified their suspect as a married man living in a house in the suburbs, most likely an airplane mechanic. He was finally arrested in 1996 at his remote cabin where he had been living as a wild-haired, crazy, mountain man for 25 years.

Jan 27 09:19

Dangerous Crossroads: US Moves Missiles And Troops To Russian Border

....on January 20 the Polish Defense Ministry announced that a U.S. Patriot missile battery, and the 100 American soldiers who will operate it, would not be based on the outskirts of the capital of Warsaw as previously announced but in the Baltic Sea city of Morag, 35 miles from Poland’s border with Russia.

The missile battery and troops are scheduled to arrive in March or April. As part of the Obama administration’s new missile shield project, one which will be integrated with NATO to take in all of Europe and extend into the Middle East and the Caucasus, the Patriots will be followed by Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor deployments on warships in the Baltic Sea and, for the first time ever, a land-based version of the same.

Jan 27 08:45

Venezuela Oil Chief Heads To Russia, China To Discuss Pacts

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China have been making deals for the energy they need, without firing a shot, unlike the US's pursuit of the same objectives through perpetual wars.

Jan 27 08:24

Bases, Missiles, Wars: U.S. Consolidates Global Military Network

From invading and establishing military bases in the Middle East and Central and South Asia to operating a satellite surveillance base in Australia and taking charge of seven military installations in South America. In the vacuum left in much of the world by the demise of the Cold War and the former bipolar world, the U.S. rushed in to insert its military in various parts of the world that had been off limits to it before.

And this while Washington cannot even credibly pretend that it is threatened by any other nation on earth.

Jan 27 08:22

Rule by the Rich

How can President Obama restart an economy that has been moved offshore? Millions of manufacturing jobs are gone, as are millions of jobs for college graduates, such as software engineering, Information Technology--indeed, any intellectual skill the product of which can be conveyed via the Internet. Even those intellectual skill jobs that do remain in the U.S. are filled increasingly by foreigners brought in on work visas.

Jan 27 08:14

Haiti’s Oil, Gold & Iridium Resources Explains the Post Earthquake Occupation/Invasion

Haiti’s oil reserves are larger than Venezuela’s, Haiti also has huge resources of Gold & Minerals like Iridium

Ed Comment: Oil, Gold and Minerals resources like Iridium would explain why the post earthquake occupation/invasion has taken place in Haiti by the UN and US forces primarily. The EU is now also sending Poilce to Port-au-Prince.

Jan 27 07:41

More Signs of the Moral Decline of the West

When it first came out, the mini-skirt was frowned upon by the prudes of the time – but it was not illegal.

Now, when overly modest women wish to shield their bodies from the eyes of unknown males, they may soon be fined or imprisoned.

At the same time, we see airport security setting up machines where we will all be seen naked.

Is this the only way some men can prove that they have balls ?

Jan 27 07:34

Crowds seeking aid in Haiti met with pepper spray and rubber bullets

United Nations troops used pepper spray yesterday to hold off a crowd of hungry Haitians queueing for food at a makeshift camp in the grounds of the wrecked presidential palace.

“They’re not violent, just desperate. They just want to eat,” Fernando Soares, a Brazilian army colonel, said. “The problem is, there is not enough food for everyone.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the sugar-coated photo-ops of American troops bringing reasonable food and some comfort to a desperate people.

This occupation is about militarily securing Haiti for ultimate corporate profit from its rich resources in oil, gold, and other mineral resources.

Jan 27 07:05

Price of US Wars: $1 Trillion and Rising

The Congressional Budget Office’s newly released budget outlook notes that Congress has approved over $1 trillion in direct spending on wars and war-related activities since 2001, and that price tag is only getting higher as the wars drag on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet defense spending is the only area where it appears President Obama refuses to cut funds.

Jan 27 06:40

Brazilian soldiers spray tear gas at crowd of Haitians rushing for food aid

Brazilian soldiers sprayed tear gas on a crush of Haitians seeking food from relief workers Tuesday, as international aid groups struggled to match the extraordinary demand for food two weeks after this country's paralyzing earthquake.

Jan 26 17:33

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For...)

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wishlist
(or, What to Watch Out For)

"What I Want To Know Is..." – issue #1

American citizen: if you think the danger is only relevant to those with "something to hide," you had better think again. Please.(Anonymous)

The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men. (Justice Louis D. Brandeis)

Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen... (Zbigniew Brezhinsky)

I hope you find this helpful, gentle Reader. I could have, you understand, done something more immediately useful instead, like looking for a place to move to – a land like the America of my youth - an America I only thought I lived in, an America that may have never existed.

Jan 26 15:27

The 2010 DHS Surveillance Technology Wish list (or, What To Watch Out For)

A friend of mine saw the PDF and shook his head, saying, "Its always been about the same thing: The drugs and the downloads. What they've wanted all along." If this is true - and I think it is - then quite a few people are in for a surprise.... Five years ago, ten years ago, there would only have been hints...One could tell, however, that the new technology could easily handle substitutions.... Like one knows when they really want dissidents, they talk child porn; when they want drugs, they talk explosives; when they want file-sharers, well, they try not to say anything until the scheme is underway.

...Try to make out at what they take such urgent, deliberate, expensive aim.... What will become of this, of us? How far, given what we know, will it actually go? And what I really want to know is, what can I - can we - do about it? Hopefully knowledge is power. Tell people about this. Post it. Email it. Find other documents like it while you can. Download them, just in case. Let us keep what Freedom we have; let us figure out how to reclaim the rest.

Google Quick View: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:mXiMm6PugnIJ:cryptome.org/dh...

Google HTML Link: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache%3AmXiMm6PugnIJ%3Acryptome.org%2Fd...

Original PDF: http://cryptome.org/dhs-sandt.pdf

Alternate link with fulltext of document:
http://johannafausta.deadjournal.com/689.html

Jan 26 13:55

Pinellas County's $40 million shortfall will mean layoffs and program cuts

Pinellas County needs to cut spending by 10 percent to solve a $40 million budget deficit for next year, County Administrator Bob LaSala announced Tuesday...

Jan 26 09:25

Focus on Haiti: Washington's Militarized Takeover

After Washington ousted President Jean-Betrand Aristide in February 2004, UN Blue Helmets (MINUSTAH) occupied Haiti as paramilitary enforcers. They still do, subordinate to around 20,000 US land and sea based troops, including Marines, Army 82nd Airborne paratroupers, Navy assault ships, and Coast Guard vessels offshore, a powerful force for indefinite occupation, severe repression, and ruthless exploitation for American interests - obstructing, not providing, humanitarian aid, and facilitating potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths from starvation, dehydration, disease, untreated wounds, trauma, and for some perhaps just giving up and expiring unnoticed, unreported, and uncared about by forces able to help.

Jan 26 09:01

Report says Al-Qaeda still aims to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S.

The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

The former official, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, draws on his knowledge of classified case files to argue that al-Qaeda has been far more sophisticated in its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction than is commonly believed, pursuing parallel paths to acquiring weapons and forging alliances with groups that can offer resources and expertise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More ratcheting up the fear factor, I see.

First, a couple of quick factoids, and then to the matter at hand.

The word "al Qaeda", in Arabic, means "the base".

However, in colloquial Arabic slang, it means "the toilet". Could someone please explain to me why any self-respecting insurgency name their movement "the toilet"?!?!?

And good old (and quite dead) CIA asset Osama Bin Laden (a fact thoroughly ignored in this article). Although made the scapegoat of the 9/11 attacks, here is the truth about how deep that relationship between the CIA and Ben Laden actually went.

As reported at:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES

/binladen_cia.html

"Tim Osman (Ossman) has recently become better known as Osama Bin Ladin. "Tim Osman" was the name assigned to him by the CIA for his tour of the U.S. and U.S. military bases, in search of political support and armaments. [...] There is some evidence that Tim Osman ... visited the White House. There is certainty that Tim Osman toured some U.S. military bases, even receiving special demonstrations of the latest equipment. Why hasn't this been reported in the major media?"

Apparently, this particular author loves to lump every single insurgency into "the toilet", oops, I'm sorry, Al Qaeda.

I wish absolutely no ill or injury coming to the people of the US, coming from any direction, period, end of discussion.

However, that being said, what mightily unnerves me is the potential reality that the next massive attack against the US may not come from any insurgent groups pwishing us ill of some sort.

But such an attack may well come from our own government in the form of a "false flag" shock and awe event, which will so psychologically devastate the American people that they will clamor for martial law, and line up behind whatever devastation the government has in mind for the alleged perpetrator (let's say, Iran, for example.)

People like this Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen are paid to pump up the volume on collective fear, and to deflect attention away from the real issues.

People around the world do not hate America "because we are free"; they hate us, particularly in areas like Pakistan, and Afghanistan, because they are seeing their loved ones being blown to smithereens to order to control their countries' natural resources, like oil, which are crucial to military operations, and drugs, from which so many profit so handsomely.

They hate us for our support of US-backed dictators, like Mubarak in Egypt, Karzai in Afghanistan, and Selah in Yemen. This country's officials cannot speak with straight faces about their commitment to democracy in the world while supporting such rulers because they are "our thugs".

It is not the insurgents, ultimately, who are the culprits here: it is the colossal, consistent failure of US foreign policy-makers to find ways of obtaining what this country needs without going to war to get it.

China and Russia have been making deals around the globe to secure the energy resources they need; we've been waging wars to obtain the same objectives.

Please remember: as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban for pipeline rights in Afghanistan. Apparently, the price the Taliban demanded was "too high".

And we all know what happened next.

Jan 26 08:10

Growing Movement To Disband Police Departments

The city of Pewaukee, Wisconsin voted to do the same towards the end of 2009. As of the new year, the department was eliminated. Police protection is now handled by the Waukesha country sheriff's department where the majority of the old officers now work. Of course, the union is suing to reverse the vote of the people.

Jan 26 08:02

Schwarzenegger proposes Mexican jails take US inmates

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has suggested the state could reduce prison spending by housing undocumented inmates in Mexican jails.

Mr Schwarzenegger said the costs of building and running the prisons in Mexico would be half of California's.

Earlier this month, the California governor declared a fiscal emergency, announcing that severe cuts would be needed to stem a $19.9bn (£12.3bn) deficit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gone barking mad?!?

With a 19 billion dollar deficit, where the sam hill is this money supposed to come from?!?

The problem is not just California, in terms of warehousing illegal aliens: it's nationwide, because there is absolutely no enthusiasm in Washington to really control the country's highly porous borders.

This is not helped by the reality that large corporations love the cheap labor illegal aliens provide.

This is also not helped by successions of Mexican governments unable to provide a decent living or economy for its own people, thereby covertly encouraging illegal immigration.

Other countries manage to enforce and protect their borders; but here in the US there is no political will to resolve this issue, so the situation will just continue to get worse nationally.

Jan 26 07:16

Haiti PM begs for help as looting grips devastated Port-au-Prince

Haiti's premier begged foreign donors Monday to back the reconstruction of his quake-hit country as fresh looting and chaotic food hand-outs underscored the grim conditions facing survivors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, this demonstrates that despite all the photo ops of US troops handing out supplies and food, that very little is actually getting to the people who need it most desperately.

If in fact there is looting, it becomes yet another "excuse" for the US military to forcibly occupy the island and create a total martial law environment.

That will make it easier to grant sweetheart deals to companies salivating for the rights to exploit Haiti's mineral and oil wealth.

And ultimately, the people of Haiti will be no better off than they were before the quake struck.

Jan 26 07:09

Italian official calls Haiti earthquake relief effort 'pathetic'

Bertolaso directed much of his fire at the United States military that was able to bring more than 13,000 troops to help with operations. "The Americans are extraordinary, but when you are facing a situation in chaos they tend to confuse military intervention with emergency aid, which cannot be entrusted to the armed forces," he said.

“It’s a truly powerful show of force, but it’s completely out of touch with reality,” Bertolaso continued.

Jan 26 07:04

Stuck on the phone, literally

"I hit my ear on the boom of my truck and broke the headset of my phone," Mr Gardner told the Northern Territory News.

"So I got some superglue and glued it back together - and that was ... when my boss rang."

...

After having the headset in his ear for more than five minutes the adhesive had hardened - and Mr Gardner found himself with a earpiece glued into his ear.

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Jan 26 04:35

Obama Budget to Call for Freeze in Non-Security Discretionary Spending

original post by Matthew Yglesias for ThinkProgress.org

...The freeze would not apply to the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, or to the foreign operations budget of the State Department....

The official emphasized that there’s more to the administration’s plans that this freeze proposal, though what that might be will have to wait. Suffice it to say that I’m very skeptical of this approach. I’m attempting not to freak out because (a) I don’t have details and (b) I suspect this initiative was deliberately leaked to progressive bloggers in an effort to get denounced by the left and I don’t want to give them the satisfaction.

Jan 25 20:41

No Sex Please! We're Just Kids!

Perhaps it's not that surprising that a mother in Menifee, California, asked the Menifee Union School District to ban all copies of the 10th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary after her child stumbled across the term "oral sex." What is surprising, indeed horrifying, is that district officials immediately complied with her request, and pulled all dictionaries off classroom shelves throughout the Southern California school district

Jan 25 20:15

Russia: Mental Checks for Police

“If we resume testing, we’ll find that at least a third of all active police officers have some kind of mental pathology,”

In October, a police officer in Siberia shot his girlfriend to death and then a taxi driver before committing suicide... a Moscow officer shot the driver of a snowplow after sideswiping his car, leaving the man to die from blood loss. ...a Siberian cop beat to death a drunken journalist, saying he was “stressed out” over having to support the two families he has with different women.

Uh, remember that deadly Mt Dew bottle? No further comments.

Jan 25 15:39

EES the New Dark Age

Jan 25 10:40

Nobel economist Stiglitz: "US privatized profits, socialized losses is not capitalism." It’s fascism

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Joseph Stiglitz understands half the US economic disaster when he explains current policy is “no way to run an economy that’s going to work,” “there’s moral hazard everywhere,” and newly-invented and unregulated financial markets have only increased risk, not decreased it.

Jan 25 09:49

Delaying aid for a photo-op

If there was one day when the Haitian people needed aid to flow all day long, that was the day, because the people trapped under the rubble on Tuesday evening couldn’t survive much beyond Saturday without water.

Defenders of Clinton will say that her disimpassioned, monotone, photo-op speech was needed to draw attention to the plight of the Haitians. But no one north of hell can defend her next move: according to airport personnel that I spoke to during my recent evacuation from Haiti, she paralyzed the airport later that same day to have a new outfit flown in from the Dominican Republic.

Jan 25 09:31

Securing Disaster in Haiti

Nine days after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, it's now clear that the initial phase of the U.S.-led relief operation has conformed to the three fundamental tendencies that have shaped the more general course of the island's recent history. [1] It has adopted military priorities and strategies. It has sidelined Haiti's own leaders and government, and ignored the needs of the majority of its people. And it has proceeded in ways that reinforce the already harrowing gap between rich and poor. All three tendencies aren't just connected, they are mutually reinforcing.

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Jan 25 08:55

Obama or Osama?

Obama takes credit for U.S. airline bomb plot

It's just a typo, but funny nevertheless.

Jan 25 08:53

Gates Pledges “Steady Growth in the Pentagon’s Budgets”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates hosted a meeting with the nation’s top defense company executives Wednesday, stressing the need for a closer partnership with them and pledging to work with the White House to secure steady growth in the Pentagon’s budgets over time, according to his spokesman.

Gates’s meeting was part of a day-long session between Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter and the Aerospace Industries Association, the top trade group for American aerospace firms. The heads of the nation’s top two defense firms – Lockheed Martin and Boeing – attended, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Pentagon is committed to even more wars without end... while our infrastructure crumbles, our schools are a mess, and homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets!

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Jan 25 01:06

War Is Sin

Truthdig
War Is Sin
Posted on Jun 1, 2009
By Chris Hedges
The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

Jan 24 19:41

A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Was Envisaged by the US Military One Day Before the Earthquake

A Haiti disaster relief scenario had been envisaged at the headquarters of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami one day prior to the earthquake.

Jan 24 18:59

There is no help. We need food and water. Urgently

In front of the presidential palace, its roof folded in like a collapsed soufflé, Marcellus Samuel, a Haitian preacher, grabs my notebook and scribbles frantically on to the page.

“There is no help. Everybody is sleeping in the streets. We need food, water and clothes,” he writes. “URGENTLY!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US invasion and occupation of Haiti has nothing to do with real relief efforts for the people of Haiti; it is a calculated military takeover, the purpose of which is to secure oil and mineral resources for private companies at bargain basement prices.

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Jan 24 17:32

BROWN VICTORY REFLECTS NEW POWER OF BREAK-AWAY PROGRESSIVES NOT A REPUBLICAN SURGE

in a poll taken by Research 2000 which showed that 18 percent of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 supported Scott Brown in the Senate race. Of that group an overwhelming majority - 82 percent - favored a public option health plan while just 14 percent oppose it. Of those who stayed home 86 percent support a public option while just 7 percent oppose it.

Jill Stein Green-Rainbow Party co-chair noted that “Without the ’public option‘ voters Scott Brown would not have been elected. Interpreting Brown’s victory as a mandate to weaken the health care bill misses the boat – and is the opposite of what voters are saying. The Brown win is a directive to go back to the drawing boards to create a public-option improved Medicare-for-all bill.

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Jan 24 16:56

US Army ordered to stop giving out food to Haitians

Soldiers in Haiti told to stop handing out food
By Jim Michaels - USA TODAY
Posted : Friday Jan 22, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Food handouts were shut off Tuesday to thousands of people at a tent city here when the main U.S. aid agency said the Army should not be distributing the packages.
"Tuesday morning, the helicopters came only with water. Soldiers carried boxes of water in the hot sun and supervised Haitian volunteers who handed the supplies out."

Jan 24 13:45

Man beaten by police in case of mistaken identity

VANCOUVER - A 44-year-old man whose face was left swollen and battered after he was arrested in a case of mistaken identity did not resist arrest, Vancouver police said yesterday -- contradicting an earlier version of events offered by police.

Jan 24 13:25

White House adviser: Obama has brought 'enormous change'


Are the White House being sarcastic or are they suffering by delusions?

Jan 24 09:24

Bin Laden claims responsibility for U.S. plane attack

Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the December 25 failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane and promised more attacks on the United States, in an audio tape Al Jazeera said on Sunday was of the Al Qaeda leader.

BOOGA BOOGA - be vewy vewy scared you dumb fools! OBL gonna gitcha.

Jan 24 09:01

US Security Company Offers to Perform "High Threat Terminations" and to Confront "Worker Unrest" in Haiti

We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months. Private security companies are seeing big dollar signs in Haiti thanks in no small part to the media hype about “looters.” After Katrina, the number of private security companies registered (and unregistered) multiplied overnight. Banks, wealthy individuals, the US government all hired private security. I even encountered Israeli mercenaries operating an armed check-point outside of an elite gated community in New Orleans. They worked for a company called Instinctive Shooting International. (That is not a joke).

Jan 24 08:06

US says it will stay in Haiti for long term

Despite criticism for the US military presence in quake-stricken Haiti, Washington says it has a long-term plan to stay in the country.

"We are there for the long term, this is not something that will be resolved quickly and easily," US Ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With all the oil and mineral wealth just waiting to be exploited, you can bet with absolute certainty that the US will stay in Haiti just as long as humanly possible.

Jan 24 06:10

20 Dead Saudi Soldiers Found Near Yemeni Border

The Saudi Arabian government has listed new casualties in its war with the Houthis of Yemen after 20 dead Saudi soldiers were found near the border...

Jan 24 04:01

Bin Laden takes credit for failed Detroit attack

CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden issued a new audio message claiming responsibility for the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt in Detroit and vowed further attacks.

Jan 24 01:04

The Miniature Earth

This is an amazing exploration of some interesting statistics - if the world's population was only 100 humans.

It leaves one with a rather profound feeling of just how insignificant each one of us is as an individual.

Check it out HERE

Jan 23 19:03

Haiti - starving survivors reduced to eating grass

The eyes of the world are on Haiti but at the epicentre of the earthquake that shattered her country, Anite Bertrand wonders why they cannot seem to see her. Nearly two weeks after the devastation was unleashed, she has received no aid, her home is an open patch of grass under a tree, and her only food the leaves that fall from branches overhead.
"We have nothing so we pick up the leaves, boil them in water from the river and eat them, no-one has come to help us and we cannot live like this. It is not possible to live on leaves."

Jan 23 17:48

Watchdog groups warn: ‘Corporate globalization’ of US elections is upon us

After this decision, every single member of congress should be wearing a tee-shirt with the words "for sale to the highest corporate bidder" right now.

Jan 23 16:52

Israel’s diabolical hybrid: Avigdor Lieberman and Ehud Barak

Uri Avnery highlights the future and present dangers posed by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, the former an openly racist settler who advocates the expulsion of Israel’s Arab citizens and the latter a criminal who has just awarded university status to a settler college in the occupied West Bank.

”The Spanish government has already declared a boycott of the Ariel college and cancelled its participation in an international architectural competition run by Spain.

“I hope that more governments and academic institutions will follow this example and declare a boycott on this ‘university’.

Jan 23 11:01

Haiti: Bonanza for Foreign Mining Companies

"With the Coup D'etat now, though the people know where these resources are because this book exists, they don't know who these foreign companies are. What they're profit margins are. What the environmental protection rules and regulations to protect them are. Many folks, for instance, in the North talk about losing their property, having people come in with guns and taking over their property.

So that's where we are."

Jan 23 09:16

Ron Paul Warns Of Coming “Social And Political Chaos”

Paul warns that if the country continues along the course it is on, we will witness a three stage slide into social and political chaos, beginning with the current financial crisis, a coming dollar crisis, and culminating in mass unrest.

“We are rapidly moving toward a dangerous time in our history. Society as we know it is vulnerable to political and social unrest. This impending crisis comes as a consequence of our flawed foreign and domestic economic policies, a silly notion of money, ignorance about central banking, ignoring the onerous power and mischief of out of control intelligence agencies, our unsustainable welfare state and a willingness to sacrifice privacy and civil liberties in an attempt to achieve safety and security from an inept government.”

Jan 23 09:08

Our Supreme Court Has Lost Its Mind

Now the cat is truly out of the bag. In principle, corporations can now spend as much of the treasury as shareholders will allow on such political ads. This means that every decision maker in a corporation has contribution and voting rights equal to anyone on the street, while the firm may blast away with treasury funds to bolster management preferences.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is now truly, and openly, up for sale to the highest bidder.

Jan 23 08:13

Haiti: Bonanza for Foreign Mining Companies

I understand your organization has been following the issue of foreign mining companies coming to Haiti and prospecting.

Especially in the North of Haiti.

There are now at least three Canadian companies prospecting for gold and copper in Northeast Haiti and two of these companies have really expanded their operations within this past year. Why the rush to start mining in Haiti right now or to start prospecting in Haiti, right now, in the middle of a recession of all things?

Ezili Dantò: Well perhaps because Haiti right now is under occupation and the people, their voice is not being heard.

This is a very good time for foreign companies to be granted concessions, because the folks in office are not representing the people of Haiti.

Jan 22 19:35

Edlington child torturers: we attacked because we were bored

Two young brothers inflicted numerous injuries on two children during a sadistic 90-minute orgy of violence, torture and sexual abuse that began because they were bored and there was “nothing to do”, a court heard today.
The pair, aged 10 and 11....only ended their attack when their arms began to ache from the punches and stones that they had thrown.

Jan 22 18:45

Dead granny offers millions for grandson’s divorce

An Israeli man’s grandmother has left him millions of dollars in her will, but there is one key stipulation: he must divorce his beloved wife, or at best become a widower.

Jan 22 18:01

U.S. DISA and SOUTHCOM Haiti Disaster Drills "went live"

....On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system. On Wednesday, DISA opened up its All Partners Access Network, supported by the Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, to any organization supporting Haiti relief efforts.

The information sharing project, developed with backing from both SOUTHCOM and the Defense Department's European Command, has been in development for three years. It is designed to facilitate multilateral collaboration between federal and nongovernmental agencies.

Jan 22 15:26

Haitians dying by the thousands as US escalates military intervention

Thousands of Haitians are dying every day for lack of medical care and supplies, according to a leading humanitarian aid group. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has announced that it is expanding the US military presence in the country, maintaining Washington’s priority of troops over humanitarian aid.

Jan 22 14:55

Boy, 9, found hanging in Texas school restroom

Authorities in The Colony say the fourth-grader was found by staff at Stewart's Creek Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. Lt. Darren Brockway said that the boy "had reportedly hung himself in a bathroom" and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Autopsy results are pending.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if he was on anti-depressants.

Jan 22 14:44

The United States’ slide to corporatocracy

Following the US Supreme Court ruling that removed restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns, Daniel Patrick Welch looks forward to a day in the not-too-distant future where there will be congressmen representing corporations and where homelessness and disease will vanish because no one will count the homeless or diagnose the sick.

”To those who envision a grey, faceless corporate future, I say lighten up. I see a warmer, fuzzier world where politicians might even become sort of expensive, exotic pets, like say a python, an ostrich or a pot-bellied pig.”

Jan 22 11:33

Vancouver police officer to be sentenced for incest

The charges stem from an incident at a house party in Burnaby Aug. 1, 2009, reportedly involving the officer's sister. There is a publication ban on the name of the officer, who pleaded guilty before Vancouver provincial court Judge Jocelyn Palmer on Monday.

Neil MacKenzie, communications counsel with the criminal justice branch, said the Crown "will not be proceeding on the sexual-assault charge in view of the fact he's pleaded guilty on the incest charge."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ewwwwww........

Jan 22 11:31

Cuba, China, Venezuela Send Immediate Assistance to Haiti

As soon as the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Cuban doctors began saving lives.

Years before this monumental disaster hit, Cuba had set up a medical mission in Haiti to provide health care in areas where there had been little or none; Cubans also were training Haitian medical workers in basic first aid. When the quake struck, these teams quickly went into emergency mode.

A relief plane from Venezuela was among the first to land in the stricken country, where normal services had ground to a halt. Venezuelan and Brazilian doctors soon joined the Cuban teams, who were accustomed to working in spartan conditions and had their own generators to power surgical equipment.

Jan 22 11:05

Children missing from Haiti hospitals

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday children have gone missing from hospitals in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in the country, raising fears they are being trafficked for adoption abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or prostitution.

Or worse.

Jan 22 10:01

US: Democrats agree on commission to cut Social Security, Medicare

Fourteen votes would be required to adopt any recommendation, meaning that at least half the Republicans would have to agree. This effectively ensures that only cuts in spending will be considered to lower the deficit, not tax increases on the wealthy or big business, since every congressional Republican leader has taken a "no new taxes" stand.

Jan 22 08:01

Tezcatlipoca, Hunger Porn and Corporate Obeah

This might be the time to get into Organ Harvesting Futures because the Carlyle of organ harvesters is on location, getting more press than Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. While this non-stop photo op goes on, incoming planes filled with medical supplies and all the other necessaries for treatment and recovery in Gaza’s sister city, are still being waved off and sent to The Dominican Republic. There’s a lot of angry chatter in the background about the ham handed control of ingress to Haiti. In the meantime, US ships are blocking the sea lanes so that none of those starving Haitians can make it to the forbidden mainland.

Jan 22 06:48

Air America RIP

Air America RIP, Air America to cease operations

(*not the same since Al Franken hung up his mic .Moreover; not the same since Bush / Cheney left Washington . It was great to hear AA blast the Right , but pathetic , I imagine to listen to them defend and uphold the present administration
Hartman was alright , although he got out of Dodge a while back , himself .
All in all ,predominantly Jewish ownership , management , on air personalities , essential details get left out of every subject they discuss
we've got your solution , right here . http://whatreallyhappened.com/radio)

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