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April 7, 2009

Apr 07 12:54

IDF planning largest-ever drill to prepare Israel for war

The Home Front Command is preparing to hold the largest exercise ever in Israeli history, scheduled to take place in about two months, in hopes of priming the populace and raising awareness of the possibility of war breaking out.

Should there be a war, Israel would have insufficient emergency and rescue response units, according to a senior Home Front Command officer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THEN STOP STARTING ALL THESE WARS, DAMMIT!!!!

Apr 07 12:51

Geithner Hoses Economy to Help Banks

CNN says that Geithner will delay the results of the "stress tests" on banks "until after the first-quarter earnings season [ends for most banks on April 24] to avoid complicating stock market reaction".

In other words, instead of closing the insolvent zombie banks in order to save the economy (leading economists say that we have to let the banks fail or the economy will not recover), Geithner will delay announcing that the banks are broke so that their stock remains artificially high. Indeed, in Washington parlance, "delaying" the release of information often means burying them forever.

Apr 07 12:50

Greece Teeters on the Verge of Bankruptcy

Greece is on the brink of bankruptcy despite the fact that the global recession has yet to hit the country with full force. Strikes are paralyzing the country and the EU is putting on the pressure. But the government is still trying to put a positive spin on things.

Apr 07 12:42

Obama: Don't blame it all on Israel



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 07 12:34

ISRAELI ANTI-HAMAS FEARMONGERING PROPAGANDA GETS INCREASINGLY DESPERATE.

There was an article in the today’s ‘Jerusalem Post’ that said that ‘Hamas wants to smuggle long-range rockets into the Gaza in one piece’.

This is Israeli propaganda that is getting very desperate – and one has to wonder why.

Apr 07 12:30

Bernanke's Financial Rescue Plan: The growing prospect of a U.S. default

Fed chief Ben Bernanke has embarked on the most radical and ruinous financial rescue plan in history. According to Bloomberg News, the Fed has already lent or committed $12.8 trillion trying to stabilize the financial system after the the bursting of Wall Street's speculative mega-bubble. Now Bernanke wants to dig an even bigger hole, by creating programs that will provide up to $2 trillion of credit to financial institutions that purchase toxic assets from banks or securities backed by consumer loans. The Fed's generous terms are expected to generate a flurry of speculation which will help strengthen the banking system while leaving the taxpayer to bear the losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And with the loosening of restrictions on Mark-to-market accounting, banks will have a free-for-all wildly inflating the value of the toxic assets, dumping them for pennies, then getting a check for 85% of the "loss" courtesy of the US taxpayer.

Apr 07 12:27

THAT GOSH DARNED GLOBAL WARMING HITS CANADA!!!!!!

Apr 07 12:13

Frank ‘I’m A Member Of Dick Cheney’s Fan Club’ Gaffney: Obama’s ‘Respect’ For Muslims Is Code For Submission

Today on MSNBC, right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney joined in, boldly declaring, “I’m a member of Dick Cheney’s fan club,” alluding to the former vice president’s comments that Obama is making Americans less safe. Gaffney said that today, for example, Obama told our “Muslim enemies” that the United States is “willing to submit to them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Frank, if'n you think the Muslims need a good ass-whoopin', feel free to go over there yourself and try.


Apr 07 12:12

Goodbye, Bill of Rights

Those who hoped that the change promised by candidate Barack Obama would include repeal of the various acts that have stripped Americans of their constitutional rights should be disappointed. Benjamin Franklin supposedly wrote, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." The citation is likely apocryphal, at least in terms of its attribution to Franklin, but it is useful shorthand for the unfortunate abandonment of many of the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution as a consequence of 9/11. The trauma of 9/11 created an opportunity for those seeking to centralize executive power, an objective of recent presidents from both political parties.

Apr 07 12:10

A Sad Story Of Mutual Exploitation

The Jewish Diaspora uses the Israeli conflict to keep their community together, argues Israeli professor Jeff Halper. And Israel uses the Diaspora to defend its indefensible policies

Apr 07 12:08

HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN ACTUALLY PUBLISHES MY LETTER ABOUT TSA SCARING AWAY TOURISTS.

Apr 07 12:05

Obama administration invokes ‘state secrets’ claim to defend Bush’s wiretapping program.

The Obama administration is “invoking government secrecy in defending the Bush administration’s wiretapping program” against a lawsuit brought by AT&T customers who claim “federal agents illegally intercepted their phone calls and gained access to their records.” Justice Department lawyers yesterday demanded dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against Bush officials, arguing that the information constitutes privileged “state secrets.” Moreover, the DOJ claims the Patriot Act bars lawsuits against “illegal government surveillance unless there is ‘willful disclosure’ of the illegally intercepted communications.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read the comments. Obama's honeymoon is over.


Apr 07 12:00

Lieberman: Peace talks have reached 'dead end'

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Western-backed
peace efforts with the Palestinians had reached a "dead end" and that Israel intended to present new ideas for diplomacy.

"There is definitely a regression here and we must understand and admit that we are at a dead end," Lieberman told members of Yisrael Beiteinu during a party meeting. "We definitely intend to present new ideas."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The first idea is let's kill them all and take their land. That's always worked before!"

Apr 07 11:56

Source: Bank 'stress test' results delayed

Treasury will wait until after first-quarter earnings season to release results in order to soften impact on stocks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, they just told us the results are pretty bad!

Apr 07 11:55

Judge: U.S. hid witness' mental illness in Guantanamo cases

The Justice Department improperly withheld important psychiatric records of a government witness who was used in a "significant" number of Guantanamo cases, a federal judge has concluded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the key witness in all these claims of uncovered terrorist plots was "unreliable."

Apr 07 11:55

Geithner Wrong, Crap Assets Correctly Priced, Say Harvard And Princeton Profs

The problem is that highly leveraged financial firms own assets that are worth far less than they thought they would be, and the firms are insolvent as a result.


Apr 07 11:42

Mortgage delinquencies soar in the U.S.

Reuters - Helen Chernikoff -NEW YORK (Reuters) - More U.S. consumers are falling behind on their mortgages, an indication that the housing market has yet to hit bottom, a top credit bureau executive told Reuters (April 7).

U.S. Information Systems for Equifax Inc, reported that 7 percent of homeowners with mortgages were at least 30 days late on their loans in February, an increase of more than 50 percent from a year earlier.

He also said 39.8 percent of subprime borrowers were at least 30 days behind on their home mortgage loans, up 23.7 percent from last year.

Apr 07 11:20

Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died

Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian shows Ian Tomlinson, who died during G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind by baton–wielding police officer.

Apr 07 10:33

PM feared Galloway's message

Anyone who has ever seen George Galloway in action knows why he had to be stopped at the border. He definitely poses a threat – although not the security one alleged by the Harper government.

Rather, Galloway, a five-times elected member of the British Parliament, poses a threat to Stephen Harper's ability to sell Canadians on our involvement in the Afghan war and on Ottawa's support for Israel in its battle against the Palestinians.

Apr 07 10:32

Israeli exports hit by European boycotts after attacks on Gaza

A fifth of Israeli exporters report drop in demand as footage of Gaza attacks changes behaviour of consumers and investors


Apr 07 10:31

Iraq shoe thrower's jail term cut

Apr 07 10:30

DEMONSTRATIONS WORK ~~ MOTOROLA MEETS BOYCOTT DEMANDS

Last week, New York activists marched in front of Motorola’s Headquarters demanding they divest from Israel….. IT WORKED!

Apr 07 09:53

Quarter of Companies Globally Plan to Freeze Pay

A quarter of the world's companies, and 40 percent in the United States, plan to freeze salaries this year, but employees in South America and India can look forward to robust rises, a global survey shows on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet the freeze doesn't reach into the executive offices.

Apr 07 09:45

Ghostnet Toolset—Back Door at the Click of a Button

While we may not have a smoking gun showing this botnet as the work of any government organization, it is very clear that the groups behind the tools are organized and making it very easy for individuals to participate in these attacks.


Apr 07 09:41

Obama Administration quietly expands Bush's legal defense of wiretapping program

Responding to a lawsuit filed by a civil liberties group, the Justice Department argued that the government was protected by "sovereign immunity" from lawsuits because of a little-noticed clause in the Patriot Act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We am above the law!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 07 09:40

Madoff Associate Who Ran Feeder Fund Is Charged With Fraud

The high-profile proprietor of a second feeder fund has been charged in connection with Bernie Madoff's multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

A civil fraud lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo charges Ezra Merkin, the former chairman of GMAC, and a prominent Madoff associate and New York philanthropist, with "betraying hundreds of investors" by placing billions with Madoff without their knowledge, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Apr 07 09:36

Doctors to reopen Yasser Arafat death investigation

Arab doctors are to investigate the death of the former Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, re-opening a four-year-old case which is still the subject of suspicion, conspiracy theories and political accusations.

Apr 07 09:36

Google is just an amoral menace

Despite the aura of heroic young enterprise that still miraculously attaches to the web, what we are seeing is a much older and toxic capitalist model - the classic monopoly that destroys industries and individual enterprise in its bid for ever greater profits. Despite its diversification, Google is in the final analysis a parasite that creates nothing, merely offering little aggregation, lists and the ordering of information generated by people who have invested their capital, skill and time. On the back of the labour of others it makes vast advertising revenues - in the final quarter of last year its revenues were $5.7bn, and it currently sits on a cash pile of $8.6bn.


Apr 07 09:32

Massive Checkpoint Operation in Tennessee Violated Posse Comitatus, Fourth Amendment

Earlier today on the Alex Jones Show, Tennessee Representative Johhny Shaw admitted he was unaware of the planned operation. He also said Governor Phil Bredesen did not know the DHS and military planned to collaborate with local police in Shaw’s district in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The camel's nose is underneath the edge of the tent.

Apr 07 09:31

Israel created 'terror without mercy' in Gaza

The Israeli military attacked civilians and medics and delayed - sometimes for hours - the evacuation of the injured during the January war in Gaza, according to an independent fact-finding mission commissioned by Israeli and Palestinian medical human rights groups.

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society yesterday said their findings showed Israel's military committed serious violations of international humanitarian law. In their 92-page report, compiled by five senior health experts from across the world, they documented several specific attacks, with interviews from 44 separate witnesses.

Apr 07 09:30

From heaven to hell: 18 die as drugs war rages on streets of Vancouver

Vancouver is the battlefield in a war between myriad drug gangs, which include Hell's Angels, Big Circle Boys, United Nations, Red Scorpions, Independent Soldiers and the 14K Triad. Guns – often machineguns – are fired almost daily.

Apr 07 09:30

NOW OBAMA MUST DELIVER TO SURVIVE

For the hysteria of enthusiasm is a harlot. She has a dangerous sister - disillusion. The mob who threw palms under the feet of the real Messiah were screaming for his death within a week.

Because they had expected so much and he had delivered nothing.



Lockerdome
Apr 07 09:28

Toxic debts could reach $4 trillion, IMF to warn

The IMF said in January that it expected the deterioration in US-originated assets to reach $2.2 trillion by the end of next year, but it is understood to be looking at raising that to $3.1 trillion in its next assessment of the global economy, due to be published on April 21. In addition, it is likely to boost that total by $900 billion for toxic assets originated in Europe and Asia.

Apr 07 09:18

1346 children lost one or both parents during Israel’s war in Gaza

Apr 07 09:16

Missouri MIAC Documents Scandal Leads to Advisory on SPLC & ADL

ALIPAC is issuing a national advisory to all local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies and officers, along with all DHS Fusion Centers, a warning against any reliance upon faulty and politicized research issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti Defamation League (ADL).

A national scandal emerged in Missouri, after their MIAC Fusion Center issued an eight page document which made many false claims. The documents attempted to politicize police and cast suspicion on millions of Americans. The 'Missouri Documents', as they came to be called, listed over 32 characteristics police should watch for as signs or links to domestic terrorists, which could threaten police officers, court officials, and infrastructure targets.

Apr 07 09:15

FOLLOW THE MONEY / MADOFF, MOSSAD, AIG AND 9/11

The Madoff investigation is very similar to the 9-11 investigation in that evidence of a larger conspiracy is being avoided and ignored. It is possible that the billions that Madoff stole, and is still unaccounted for, was being used to finance Israel’s vast global spy and sabotage network Mossad with connections to both AIG and quite possibly 9/11 itself:


Apr 07 09:13

New York Mass Murderer Sworn In As Apartheid Israel's Prime Minister

Can the newly sworn in Prime Minister of Apartheid Israel be trusted? Hell no! What normal man watching this movie would have been focused on the fucking aliens. This is my point. We normal, peace loving, God fearing men, had our eyes on the scantily clad real star of the movie, Ripley, as she went about her alien fighting business. Most of us don't even recall what the aliens looked like. But the screen images of the beautiful Sigourney Weaver will be with us for ever.

Mr. Netanyahu, who sent an army of Mossad spies to America to observe those about to attack us on 9/11, but didn't tell us, could not be trusted then, he cannot be trusted now. What more proof do you need?

Apr 07 09:10

German kills relative in Bavarian courthouse shooting spree

A man shot two people dead and gravely injured four others in a dispute over an alleged inheritance in a Bavarian courthouse.

The shooter, whose identity is still not known, is believed to have killed himself shortly after the incident. The man is said to be 60. It is unclear how he got his gun – a large-calibre handgun - past metal detectors and security guards into the court building.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Staged incident?

Apr 07 09:08

Is the G20 summit sinking in quicksand?

Apr 07 09:07

The moment Google car filmed itself being pulled over by police for driving in bus lane

These are the pictures Google didn't want you to see - a controversial Street View car getting pulled over by police for driving in a bus lane.


Apr 07 09:05

Protesters clash with police as thousands of Tamils lay siege to Parliament

Police and protesters have clashed at the Houses of Parliament today as thousands of Tamils lay siege to the centre of London.

Rescue boats have also been put on alert amid fears the protesters - flying the flag of the terrorist Tamil Tigers - may leap en masse from Westminster Bridge if they are not allowed to speak to Gordon Brown.

Apr 07 09:02

Home Office slip points to Japanese porn site

The Home Office has been forced to amend its website after a user was directed to a Japanese pornographic site by mistake.

Apr 07 08:57

Twenty reasons never to fly Ryanair

This week The Sun reports: “A saucy stewardess is putting the thrills in no-frills airline Ryanair.”

The “34B Czech stunner” , it alleges, has been given her bosses’ blessing to moonlight as a porn star.

Apr 07 08:56

No shield if Iran gives up nuclear programme - Obama in Prague

The anti-missile shield project would be unnecessary if Iran gave up its military nuclear programme, U.S. President Barack Obama said in his address in Prague today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama, who is your military science advisor, and why are you not speaking to them?!?!?

Because, sir, if you had, you would understand something that most intelligent people do understand: Iran is only enriching uranium to the degree necessary to fuel a power plant.

According to all the reports of the IAEA, Iran is not doing at all the level of enrichment necessary to create a nuclear weapon. Not at all, zip, nada, nothing. All 16 United States Intelligence Agencies concur.

The difference in those levels of enrichment are major.

The fact that you don't know this, or seem to want to care to learn what the difference is, scares me about the future of this country, and the future of this world under your watch.

Finally, under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which both the United States and Iran have signed, Iran has a legal right to build power stations. Again, under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which both the United States and Iran have signed, the United States is OBLIGATED to assist Iran in building a nuclear power station. So I submit that a far more effective and less costly way to guarantee that Iran's power station is just a power station, I suggest we go over there and help them build the thing and that way we will know for a fact that there are no fake walls in the cafeteria concealing elevators down to weapons labs in the lower levels.


Apr 07 08:53

Swiss slide into deflation signals the next chapter of this global crisis

Watch Switzerland closely. It is tipping into deflation, the first Western country to succumb to Japan's disease.

Apr 07 08:47

Nato 60th summit in Strasbourg marred by street battles and arson

Buildings were set on fire and running battles were fought between protesters and riot police in the streets of Strasbourg, where Barack Obama and world leaders have gathered for a Nato summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The protesters are smart enough to know that NATO exists to make war with Russia, and if the US invades Iran, war with Russia is inevitable.

They know that unless they choose to fight against the war mongers now, they will soon have no choice but to fight for them from now on.

They have chosen to fight now.

Apr 07 08:46

Silvio Berlusconi threatens news blackout after reports of latest gaffes

A furious Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to take action against journalists for reporting his latest gaffes, involving the Queen and Germany's Chancellor.

Apr 07 08:44

Obama in France Sarkozy handles an embarassing question

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forget what he says. WATCH THE BODY LANGUAGE!


Apr 07 08:41

NATO backs US escalation of war in Central Asia

Even now what still unites the US and Europe is a common desire to face off any challenge from Russia and China to their global influence. Two new eastern European states joined NATO at Strasbourg: Albania and Croatia. The continued integration of former Warsaw pact countries into NATO has angered Russia, leading to sharp conflicts over US plans to establish its so-called Nuclear Missile Shield stationed in Poland and the Czech Republic and over NATO support for Georgia on the ongoing conflict over Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Moscow, however, knows that it is under threat. During the G20 summit, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned of further NATO expansion eastwards.

Apr 07 08:37

Who are these Reptiles in the Shadows?

You read about a six year old boy who was arrested for kissing a classmate. You see police agencies with nothing better to do than to troll the internet looking for people to entrap into imaginary liaisons with young girls and boys who don’t exist. You’ve got television programs setting up busts for entertainment. Who’s behind this?

Who is behind the tens of thousands of cameras in London? Who is behind the new laws that say you can’t hug your own child in public?

Apr 07 08:34

Is Obama even more Dangerous than Bush?

We have carefully watched the new President’s first 100 days and we are appalled. We find that Obama has continued Bush policies affecting the abuses of Wall Street banks, and allowing Wall Street wrongdoers to manage our economy and the "recovery."

Apr 07 08:34

Video - The ultimate jam session.

"Stand by Me" with worlwide particpation:
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2539741

Apr 07 08:33

Why didn't Fed force big banks to take less of AIG bailout?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York in November chose not to pursue tough negotiations with large foreign and domestic banks and instead allowed them to receive 100 cents on the dollar in government funds to settle tens of billions of dollars of exotic financial bets guaranteed by American International Group.

Apr 07 08:32

Will Job Numbers Keep Being Revised Down?

Today’s report says that there were 681,000 jobs lost in December, 655,000 in January, and 651,000 in February. There does appear to be stabilization, perhaps even a slow improvement.

But Robert Barbera, the chief economist of ITG, points out a more disturbing trend: The Labor Department keeps concluding that its initial estimates were too optimistic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government is clearly massaging the data, "1984" style, to create the best looking outcome.

Apr 07 08:31

Land of Ruins: A Special Report on Gaza’s Economy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good hard look at what your tax dollars have wrought in Gaza, through this country's continuing to pour money and aid into Israel (while homeless vets sleep in our streets)

Makes you feel proud about how your tax dollars have been used, right?!?

Apr 07 08:27

A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content

They said they did not want to stop the appearance of articles around the Web, but to exercise some control over the practice and to profit from it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AP stood side by side with the US Government in selling the lies that led to war in Iraq. For that reason I prefer to not link to AP any longer and I am having my software engineer working on a system to go through our database and erase every article that has AP as a source (it's a small percentage as it turns out).

What is going on here is that AP's revenues are drying up because their primary customers, TV news and newspapers, are being abandoned by their audiences, precisely because they were all party to the lies of the US Government.

AP simply wants to co-opt the audiences the blogs have built over the years.

Many times when I link to an AP story it is to point out the lies and deceptions. I cannot imagine that any contracts entered into with AP to license their content will allow such unrestrained critiques.

So in the end, and I am certain most other news aggregator sites will agree with me, the simplest and easiest solution is to simply avoid all AP stories entirely.

After all, we need to move forward into the new and more truthful, not return to the past lies and deceptions.



Pixfuture
Apr 07 08:20

Bernanke's Financial Rescue Plan: The growing prospect of a U.S. default

Fed chief Ben Bernanke has embarked on the most radical and ruinous financial rescue plan in history. According to Bloomberg News, the Fed has already lent or committed $12.8 trillion trying to stabilize the financial system after the the bursting of Wall Street's speculative mega-bubble. Now Bernanke wants to dig an even bigger hole, by creating programs that will provide up to $2 trillion of credit to financial institutions that purchase toxic assets from banks or securities backed by consumer loans. The Fed's generous terms are expected to generate a flurry of speculation which will help strengthen the banking system while leaving the taxpayer to bear the losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The new "taxation without representation" is upon the American people. Congress is bought and paid for by the large corporations it has just bailed out.

The question is, just how will the American people respond???

Apr 07 08:19

US to Destroy the Homes of Criminals

Gunman kills 3 police officers in Pittsburgh Ohio. Now US government will bulldoze his house down. Members of his family were not involved in the shootings and were declared innocent of any crimes. However, despite pleas from his family to keep their family home which they own, the US government has determined that it must bulldoze the house to the ground, totally destroying it. Even though the rest of the family were innocent, they must also be punished, as this will be a deterrent to others who may decide to break the law.

Apr 07 08:17

Spain investigates what America should

A Spanish court has initiated criminal proceedings against six former officials of the Bush administration. John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, Alberto Gonzales, William Haynes and Douglas Feith may face charges in Spain for authorizing torture at Guantánamo Bay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Spanish!

Apr 07 08:15

Obama: We are committed to Annapolis

US President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his country's commitment to previous understandings, including the process launched at Annapolis in 2007, in promoting a peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious President Obama has not gotten the memo from Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman, who has stated:

"The Israeli government never ratified the Annapolis accord. Neither the cabinet nor the Knesset ever ratified it, so anyone who wants to amuse himself can continue to do so. I have seen all the proposals made so generously by Ehud Olmert, but I have not seen any result."

Memo to President Obama: Israel will honor the Annapolis accords when pigs fly.


Apr 07 08:10

Israeli soldiers indicted for brutality

Prosecutors say the incident occurred last September when, while on a military motorcade patrolling the West Bank, the medic struck a Palestinian who had been stopped for questioning with his helmet, kicked him in the abdomen and tore his shirt while the lieutenant -- his direct superior -- stood by and did nothing.

The officer's attorney, Shimon Cohen, reportedly demanded his client be released from jail and provided a statement by the soldiers' brigade commander saying the case was hurting military morale.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If telling the truth about an incident of brutalization, and prosecuting the IDF members who did this is "....hurting military morale", one has to wonder; what does help strengthen IDF morale? Shooting unarmed pregnant Palestinian women, perhaps, with not a cell phone camera in site to document what has been done?!?

Apr 07 08:01

Rights groups: Israel harmed Gaza medical workers

Hadas Ziv, director of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, said an independent investigation is needed to guarantee impartiality. "Since the Israeli army is incapable of holding such an investigation, we call for an international one," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to admire the courage of Israelis like Dr. Ziv, who do not want to see this kind of treatment of Palestinians to continue.

And of course, this type of behavior is absolutely typical of the IDF, which will always deny it later.

Apr 07 08:00

Gilad Atzmon - Aaronovitch's Tantrum and the Demolition of Jewish Power

Sadly, the panel was not very effective in elaborating on the given topic (Anti Semitism – Alive And Well in Europe?). David Aaronovitch, who happened to be the first to talk, insisted that rather than discussing the subject, he would score more points citing the best of my published Jewels. He was determined to convince the audience that I was the lowest of the low and I should have never been invited to such a prestigious platform. This is not a joke. Aaronovitch who is notoriously famous for lobbying for a war that that has left (so far) 1.5 million civilians dead, a person that is engaged in spreading vile anti left and Islamophobic Zionised propaganda, is convinced that he is entitled to preach to the public who should participate in the discourse.

Apr 07 07:59

Inflation Is A Sign The Government Has Been Hijacked

In normal times, inflation is regarded as an insidious evil which must be contained at all costs. But in a crisis like this, the conventional wisdom is turned on its head, and you hear cries of "Inflate!" Suddenly, falling prices are the enemy and the idea of running up the printing press, or quantitative easing, makes logical sense to people.

But we should worry about this rush to reflate, not just because of the direct economic impacts, but because of what it says about our economy and political system.



Taboola
Apr 07 07:58

Iranian nuke plot vaporized in the city: NY banks unwittingly aided in material transfers, says DA

The Manhattan district attorney's office has smashed a sinister plot to smuggle nuclear weapons materials to Iran through unwitting New York banks, the Daily News has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you read further down you find out that the materials in question are aluminum, tungsten copper, and steel. The real giveaway is the copper tungsten plate. I am not sure where it would be used in a missile guidance system, but where it is most commonly used is in fabricating mechanical components that are used in high temperature environments. By varying the ratio of copper to tungsten you can change the rate of thermal expansion. This makes copper tungsten an ideal material for mechanical connections between very hot items and items operating at lower temperatures.

Such as you find in power stations.

This story about the metals actually ran some time ago and did not get any traction. But if they are trying to resurrect this one, it means the push for war in Iran is back on, at least in certain quarters!

Apr 07 07:53

Pakistan Seen ‘Reluctant’ on US Agenda of Escalation

With President Obama escalating the war in neighboring Afghanistan, and centering much of that strategy around fighting militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas, that agenda is being undercut, some say, by a Pakistani government reluctant to commit its entire nation to fighting America’s war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, the issue of a potential war with India (as has happened several times before) trumps any agenda the US might have in Pakistan right now.

Pakistan has felt threatened enough to move some of their military from the Afghan border to a more strategically important location, in fear of just such a war starting.

And, as reported on 30 June, 2005 at:

http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/007092.html

"The United States and India signed a 10-year agreement paving the way for stepped up military ties, including joint weapons production and cooperation on missile defense. Titled the "New Framework for the US-India Defense Relationship" (NFDR), it was signed on June 27/05 by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and India's Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee."

So if war does break out between these two nuclear armed countries, the side which the US is contractually bound by this treaty to assist is...India.

Apr 07 07:47

Israel’s Death Culture, a Dragging Anchor

‘America must cut loose the anchor and let Israel sink to its natural level’

Apr 07 07:37

Congressman McFadden on the Federal Reserve Corporation Remarks in Congress, 1934 AN ASTOUNDING EXPOSURE

"Mr. Chairman, we have in this Country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks, hereinafter called the Fed. The Fed has cheated the Government of these United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the Nation's debt. The depredations and iniquities of the Fed has cost enough money to pay the National debt several times over.

Apr 07 07:35

IDF planning largest-ever drill to prepare Israel for war

The Home Front Command is preparing to hold the largest exercise ever in Israeli history, scheduled to take place in about two months, in hopes of priming the populace and raising awareness of the possibility of war breaking out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel is getting ready to start yet another war.

Apr 07 07:32

AP to Aggregators: We Will Sue You

As newspaper continue to founder and fail, the clear benefit of Google especially — to direct hordes of traffic back to the original site — is increasingly blurred by the anger and envy of newspaper executives over Google's ability to monetize aggregation at all while paying nothing towards content creation.

It has become virtually a populist notion among many in the industry that aggregators who scrape a headline and a paragraph are taking something of value, if not outright stealing, and not operating under a fair use exception even if they drive traffic to the source.

"We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories," AP Chairman Dean Singleton said at the AP annual meeting in San Diego.

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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS: PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY MORE LINKS TO AP STORIES.

I love the rant about the cost of content creation, when mostly AP just accepts press releases from the White House and corporations and forwards them as news.

Apr 07 07:29

What Bob Dylan thinks about Barack Obama now

As the campaign for the American presidency hotted up last June, Bob Dylan lent his support to Barack Obama, telling The Times that his candidacy was "redefining the nature of politics".

But in an interview to be published on Dylan's website today, the hero of 1960s counterculture seems to have cooled on the prospects of the recently elected American leader.

Apr 07 07:26

Small-denomination notes of the Civil War that were once wartime waifs are now princely paper and highly desired collectibles.

A contemporary observer reported that the small change panic "apparently absorbs the entire attention of the people to the exclusion of the war, the condition of the army, the new call for troops, the doings of Congress, or even the policy to be pursued with regard to the Negro."

Apr 07 07:23

Red Cross Report: Medical Officers 'Participated in Torture'

A confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed that medical officers and health personnel supervised, and in some cases assisted as detainees were deprived of food, exposed to extreme temperatures, and subjected to waterboarding. A copy of the 2007 report was posted on a magazine web site Monday night. The report quotes one medical official telling a detainee: "I look after your body only because we need you for information."

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Mengele would have been so proud of these folks!

And they must have felt proud to be Americans.... who knowingly participated in torture.

Torture has now been ensconced and legitimized as an American value, right up there with Mom and apple pie.

That repeated thunking sound you are hearing, all over this country, is that of the founding fathers, turning over in their graves at warp speed.

Apr 07 06:40

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all times!

And U.S. troops are protecting the Brits!

Apr 07 06:26

The Storm Widens!

A piece by Dahr Jamail. A man who knows his onions, when it comes down to what is going on in Iraq!

Apr 07 05:33

Smith: 'Reforms yes, but claims fair'

Further revelations about the allowances received by government cabinet members fuel calls for a full-scale reform of the system.

Samira Ahmed: You didn't read your expenses?

Jacqui Smith "I do read them and on this occasion I missed it and that was a mistake and I am very sorry that I made that mistake."

"Mrs Smith, your hair is on fire."

"Really? I can't smell smoke."

Apr 07 05:28

Nothing Better Examples the Categorical Evil of Bureaucracy - Pinched Courts Push to Collect and IMPOSE Fees and Fines

The New York Times J. Schwartz -she received a letter from Collections Court telling her that she was once again facing jail time — this time for failing to pay $240 in leftover court fees and fines, which she says she cannot afford.

Apr 07 05:19

Peru faces water versus oil dilemma - No PROBLEM - Peruvians Can Drink Oil if they Try Hard Enough!

BBC- It is all part of an aggressive drive by the government of President Alan Garcia to attract private investment and boost the economy.

Health at stake

"You can't jeopardise the health of future generations for the immediate gain from natural resources. Until now that has been a rare concept in this country."

"We also have to recognise the rights of the company, which signed a legal contract with the state to carry out its work", he insists.

Apr 07 05:10

Big Brother row as police force starts using Google camera cars to fine wayward drivers

Police are taking a leaf out of Google's book with their latest weapon in the war on motorists.

They are using cars with spy cameras on a mast. Drivers talking on their mobile phones, eating, applying make-up or otherwise driving illegally will be pictured.

And as the telescopic cameras can zoom in from some distance, the first inkling that they have been snapped could be when a £60 fine lands on the doorstep.

Police say the new cars – similar to those used by Google to map town and city streets – will help reduce road deaths. But motorists say the Big Brother vehicles will merely be another cash cow for the Government and a further 'tax' on hard-pressed motorists.

Apr 07 05:00

Australia to get faster broadband along with Censored Internet

BBC- - Experts advised the government to choose instead the more ambitious fibre-to-the-home network offering 100 megabits per second, accessible by 90% of Australian homes.

Apr 07 04:42

Doctors Prescribed Birth Defect Inducing Drugs to Young Women in 1970s and 1980s

BBC - Hundreds of girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with birth defects, the BBC has found.

[...]10 ex-residents of a children's home run by the Church of England in Gravesend, Kent, have had children with a birth defect.

They were given massive doses of tranquilisers and other drugs while being restrained as teenagers.

Apr 07 04:04

Armed Israeli settlers confront US Consulate delegation near Nablus

Nablus - Ma'an - Armed Israeli settlers prevented a delegation from the US Consulate from approaching a settlement near Nablus on Monday, according to diplomatic officials.

In a telephone call to Ma'an, a spokesperson for the US Consulate to Jerusalem said that officials were near the Hioval settlement, close to the Nablus-area village of Qaryut, when armed settler guards stopped the delegation.

Apr 07 03:44

Behind The Summers Disclosures, An Axis Of Business-Government Dealings

One seems to follow the other as new disclosures ripple out suggesting that key members of the Obama administration were on the take from Wall Street following in a tradition of past Administrations. The monies they received are a guide to the services they performed.

Let me try to break this down crudely without disillusioning anyone. Political power is not just about serving the people. It is an instrument in serving interests and furthering ideologies that often mask the reasons that so much money is “invested” in political candidates. Most of these investments have goals and objectives that go beyond the personal appeal of a charismatic personality.

April 6, 2009

Apr 06 19:16

NY Gunman Blames Police In Purported Letter

The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center thought police had harassed him for years, even spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently was intent on killing people before returning "to the dust of the earth," according to a rambling letter in broken English mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.

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Anti-Depressants?

Apr 06 19:14

Focus on the Family narrator arrested for luring teenage girl for sex on Net

A Colorado Springs man who narrates the Bible in Spanish on CDs and works in the Spanish broadcasting department of Focus on the Family appeared in court Monday in Golden on two felony counts of using the Internet to lure a 15-year-old girl for sex, The Denver Post reports.

Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, was arrested Friday when he drove to Lakewood to meet the girl — who turned out to be an undercover officer — after discussing various sexual acts he wanted to perform with her, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

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Well, setting aside the sheer hypocrisy of a supposed religious person getting nailed in a sex crime like this, I have a concern.

The first is, where is the crime? This looks like entrapment. There was no 15 year old girl. There was no sex.

The only "crime" (if it can be called that) is that Juan was dumb enough to imagine that a real 15 year old girl willing to have sex is so desperate to find a partner that she needs to use the internet.

I mean, look back to when you were 15. Would that make any sense at all?

Apr 06 18:18

Daily pill that halts Alzheimer's is hailed as 'biggest breakthrough against disease for 100 years'

A daily capsule of rember, as the drug is known, stops Alzheimer’s disease progressing by as much as 81 per cent, according to trial results.

Patients with the brain disorder had no significant decline in their mental function over a 19-month period.

‘We appear to be bringing the worst affected parts of the brain functionally back to life,’ said Dr Claude Wischik, who led the research.

Apr 06 17:59

IRS Gives Financial Companies an Audit Pass

Despite the overwhelming place of the financial services sector in the broader corporate world, however, documents and data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) show that in FY 2008 the IRS allocated only 15% of its overall corporate revenue agents to the agency group that has the lead authority for auditing this complex and now troubled segment of the nation's economy

Apr 06 17:35

House Preparing To Legalize Payday Loans With 391% APRs

A House subcommittee wants to legalize payday loans with interest rates of up to 391%. Lobbyists from the payday industry bought Congress' support by showering influential members, including Chairman Luiz Gutierrez, with campaign cash. The Congressman is now playing good cop, bad cop with the payday industry, which is pretending to oppose his generous gift of a bill.

Congressman Gutierrez is competing with Congressman Joe Baca to see who can author the biggest giveaway. Baca's legislation would allow rollovers, higher fees for online banks, and would pre-empt state laws banning payday loans.

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When one talks about corporations "acquiring" Congress members, the situation here could not possibly be more "in your face" to American taxpayers than this one.

Apr 06 17:29

Pakistan could collapse within six months: US expert

Pakistan could collapse within six months in the face of the snowballing insurgency, a top expert on guerrilla warfare has said.

The dire prediction was made by David Kilcullen, a former adviser to top US military commander General David Petraeus.

Petraeus also echoed the same thought when he told a Congressional testimony last week that the insurgency could "take down" Pakistan, which is home to nuclear weapons and al-Qaida.

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OK, let me get my head around this for a second.

We are looking at the potential collapse of a failing nation state, potentially within the next 6 months.

Why, then, are we looking at pouring billions into Pakistan's military?

The logic of the US approach simply boggles the mind.

Unless, that is, that the US is looking for further destabilization of Pakistan which would constitute the justification for "saving Pakistan from itself"

Pakistan may well be the next patsy in the US's exercise of military power in the region.

And don't think for one hot second that under an Obama presidency, we won't see a return to the draft, if there is some staged event concocted to galvanize the American people into demonizing yet another country, and going to war against it.

Obama and his team are desperately looking for something, anything, to deflect the anger of the American people from how badly they're doing economically toward another target.

Apr 06 16:51

Israel, India, and Pakistan: Engaging the Non-NPT States in the Nonproliferation Regime

The problem at the top of the global nonproliferation agenda today, particularly as viewed by the Bush administration, is how to thwart the nuclear weapons ambitions of Iran and North Korea. However, to achieve this goal the administration needs to pay more attention to the three de facto nuclear-weapon states that are outside the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT): Israel, India, and Pakistan.

Apr 06 16:47

Following Bush lead, Obama moves to block challenge to wiretapping program

"President Obama promised the American people a new era of transparency, accountability, and respect for civil liberties...but insisting that the much-publicized warrantless wiretapping program is still a 'secret' that cannot be reviewed by the courts, it feels like deja vu all over again."

Apr 06 16:42

Obama to the rescue of Italy with $50,000

This has to be a misprint, right? We give billions to the wealthy ingrates of Israel and 50K to Italy after a disaster?

Apr 06 15:03

Virginia POW Camp That Doesn't Exist

Apr 06 14:55

Reflections on a Largely Forgotten Book: Herbert Schiller's The Mind Managers (1973)

Dedicated to the notion that "the flow of information in a complex society is a source of unparalleled power," his book was an important early effort to show how corporate thought-controllers" used "mainstream" (corporate) media and other means to conduct "a national communications pageant" (Schiller 1973, p.6) in support of "the state-capitalist [United States] economy" and its vast global and military reach. To a degree that I (perhaps naively) find surprising, his book is missing from the endnotes, indexes, and bibliographies of left media analysts. It disappeared in the bibliographical mist even as it seems to have anticipated numerous critical and important themes in a subsequent and impressive literature of left media and propaganda criticism in the U.S.

Apr 06 14:32

Israel’s Water Wars

The stated rationale for Israel’s invasion of Lebanon was nonsense. Ostensibly, Israel invaded Lebanon because Hizb’allah captured two IDF soldiers that violated the Lebanese border.1 Later reports in Western media were changed so that Hizb’allah was entering Israel in an unprovoked attack; this is the generally understood scenario in the West, though it conflicts with the original reports and Lebanese police.

Apr 06 14:29

Time to Remove the "L" from "BLS"

Robert Barbera, the chief economist of ITG, points out a more disturbing trend: The Labor Department keeps concluding that its initial estimates were too optimistic.

Apr 06 14:17

Russian confirms DPRK satellite launch, urges restraint

"The DPRK sent an artificial satellite into an earth orbit on the morning of April 5," ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

Apr 06 14:16

Pittsburgh shooter was fan of online conspiracy theories

Editor's note: RAW STORY regrets an early version of this article was published without an editor's approval. This article has been revised and edited.

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The part that was removed from the original story was where Poplawski was concerned about zionist control of the US Government and the media. This appears to be the ONLY change from the original to the current article, which illustrates that Raw Story now bows and scrapes to their masters.

Apr 06 14:13

Joe the Plumber Takes on the IRS

Apr 06 14:13

Video sharpens focus on raid

Officer Jeffrey Cujdik told store owner Jose Duran that police were in search of tiny ziplock bags often used to package drugs. But, during the September 2007 raid, Cujdik and fellow squad members seemed much more interested in finding every video camera in the West Oak Lane store.

For the next several minutes, Tolstoy and other Narcotics Field Unit officers systematically cut wires to cameras until those "eyes" could no longer see.

Then, after the officers arrested Duran and took him to jail, nearly $10,000 in cash and cartons of Marlboros and Newports were missing from the locked, unattended store, Duran alleges. The officers guzzled sodas and scarfed down fresh turkey hoagies, Little Debbie fudge brownies and Cheez-Its, he said.

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And you are wondering why the people are starting to shoot the police?

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