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February 7, 2009

Feb 07 09:47

KBR wins contract despite criminal probe of deaths

Defense contractor KBR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electrical work, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Black carries the phase current, white is neutral, and green goes to ground.

The circuit breakers and switches go on the black line, not the white.

Got it?

PS How about some ground fault detectors while you are at it?

Feb 07 09:43

US firm 'knew nuts were tainted'

A peanut supplier blamed for a US-wide outbreak of salmonella poisoning sold nuts it knew were infected, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how the "impartial" BBC avoids mentioning the name of this company's owners.

Feb 07 09:39

Robert Fisk: War reporters used to prefer morality over impartiality

It's not just the power of the writing I'm talking about here; the screaming soldiers, the dying Communard, the condemned men, the woman wanting to sell her car, the death of an age, the flowers. These reporters were spurred, weren't they, by the immorality of war. They cared. They were not frightened of damaging their "impartiality". I wonder if we still write like this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some of us do.

Feb 07 09:37

Explosive Video Reich, Obamas economic advisor no "White Male Construction Workers"

Explosive Video Robert Reich, Obamas economic advisor doesn't want recovery jobs for "White Male Construction Workers"



Taboola
Feb 07 09:26

Arms ship set to leave for Kenya

A Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates for a reported ransom of $3.2m (£2.2m) on Thursday is preparing to leave Somali waters for Kenya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Left unsaid by the "impartial" BBC; MV Faina is owned by an Israeli, Vadim Alperin.

Feb 07 09:24

Gary McKinnon profile: Autistic 'hacker' who started writing computer programs at 14

From the bedroom of his girlfriend's aunt's house in north London, he hacked into 97 America military computers at the Pentagon and Nasa between 2001 and 2002.

McKinnon was caught in 2002 as he tried to download a grainy black-and-white photograph he believed was an alien spacecraft on a Nasa computer housed in the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Feb 07 09:22

Republicans’ audacity boggles the mind

Call it what you want — nerve, gall, chutzpah — but congressional Republicans have it in spades. Our country just went through a horrendous eight years with President George W. Bush, supported and enabled by congressional Republicans, who among other wrong choices took us to an unnecessary war in Iraq and ran the national debt up by more than $5 trillion.

Now that President Barack Obama is attempting to use a stimulus package to dig the country out of the economic crisis that Bush left for him, they’re all upset, claiming he’s spending too much and objecting to parts of the package.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is easy to understand. When it was Bush's bailout, Republican cronies got the cash. Now that it's Obama's bailout. Democratic cronies will get the cash.

But from where We The People sit, it's the same raw deal.

Feb 07 09:20

More Nazis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a continuation of the "Dr. Death" story started by BBC a few days ago. Here we have a guy given a catchy name, whose crimes (whatever they were) occurred in the first half of the last century, and who died 17 years ago Yet right now, with the economy melting down (and at a time when Israel openly admits a campaign to improve their post-Gaza public image) the AP decides that WAG THE NAZI is an important story to shove at you.

We get it, already. The Nazis were jerks. It's time to move on! We have monsters today we should be dealing with.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Feb 07 09:14

Passengers of freighter seized by Israel return home with tales of abuse

"The soldiers kicked Dr Hani Suleiman, in the chest and back; we asked for a physician to check Dr Suleiman who suffered short breath; one Israeli female soldier answered: 'You should have thought about his health condition before you attempted to come and break the siege of Gaza'," Khodr said.

Feb 07 09:13

CNN Deletes Claim Tax Rebates are a Refund Advance

If this is right, the vaunted "rebates" are in fact loans to be repaid on next year's taxes. So I'm going to get a check that I haven't asked for, and that check is going to increase my tax liability next year, and for this I'm supposed to be grateful?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same scam Bush pulled in 2002 and 2008. They will suck your blood a little bit less this year, but will suck twice as hard next.

Feb 07 08:03

Afshin Rattansi talks to Bill Christison, fmr. Senior CIA Official

Leon Panetta retracts his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee and says he doesn't know about the Bush administration's involvement in torture and he says kidnapping is okay, after all.

Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years.

Feb 07 07:58

Letter to Editor, CNN Money – Why Won't President Obama's Stimulus Work

February 06, 2009, 2 PM, California, USA

In reference to your article of January 13, 2009 'Bernanke: More bank bailouts needed', perhaps Dr. Bernanke, Ph.D. 1979 from my alma mater, has an altogether different agenda because he can't obviously be an imbecile. An expensive MIT education does not create crétins. It can however, create hectoring hegemons.

As Mr. Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute recently observed to Alex Jones:

“We are going to go into a depression worse than the Great Depression, and here is why. There is a way to get out of this but not through fiscal or monetary stimulus”

So what is that way out which Dr. Ben Bernanke will not inform the President of the United States of America as he clamors for more stimulus and bailout?


Feb 07 07:49

Does "Intelligent Design" trump Evolution this time?

Can we remain faithful to scientific rigor while acknowledging that human needs demand adjoining rooms for both science and spirituality?

Feb 07 07:44

How Bush Threatened Britain-LETTERS NOW RELEASED PROVE-Bush Intervened-To Suppress Torture Evidence

How Bush Threatened Britain

In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable.

Feb 07 07:32

A-Bomb Plants Could Shift to Control of Pentagon

New York Times Online | MATTHEW L. WALD | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

The Obama administration is considering whether to shift the management of nuclear weapons production to the Pentagon from the Energy Department, a step that would end more than 60 years of civilian control over nuclear bomb manufacture.

The goal would be to better focus the Energy Department on energy research, production and conservation, central priorities of the new administration.

Oversight of the costly cleanup of heavily polluted weapons plants would stay with the Energy Department.

The Energy Department had no comment.

Feb 07 07:09

Read constituent letters to our national leaders on Congress.org.

This link goes to a page on Congress.org where you can read what others have written to their Congressional leaders. The Congress.org interface provides an option to make public your letter when you construct it.

I know there are a lot of slackards here who do not think it is worthwhile to write the clowns in Washington D.C. But you are wrong, AND lazy, worthless, good-for-nothing putzes too.

When you click the link, AND YOU WILL CLICK THE LINK, you do not have to read my letters, though you certainly may. I however, suspect you will find I express myself to my elected public officials just as I express myself to those who read here.


Feb 07 05:24

A conflict with Turkey would mean the suicide of Israel.

Turkey can turn the crisis in Davos into an opportunity, and this has become possible because of a historical turning point in the meeting in Davos that occurred when Mr. Erdo?an (as he should have) left a panel discussion after an argument with the Israeli president. While the Turkish media discuss whether the behavior of Prime Minister Erdo?an was right, Erdo?an’s action, which can be defined as active, smart and not to be outdone, has carried Turkey into a key position. Now, what is the probability that this attitude and this occasion will be turned into a stable one in the international arena? This aspect of the issue deserves to be discussed. One of the things that bothers Israel most is the possibility that Turkey may work out a stable peace between Hamas and Fatah.

Feb 07 05:14

US-Russia Tensions Escalate Over Closure of Afghan Supply Base

The threatened closure of a key Pentagon supply base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, with serious implications for the Obama administration’s planned escalation of the US-led war in Afghanistan, has deepened tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The Manas air base, located near the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, is the major air link between the US military and American occupation forces in Afghanistan. Last year, at least 170,000 US military personnel passed through the base on their way to or from Afghanistan, together with 5,000 tons of military equipment. Approximately 1,000 US troops are stationed at the base, together with smaller contingents from France and Spain.

February 6, 2009

Feb 06 22:42

Feds Seize Two More Banks

What Friday would be complete without a bank failure (or two)?

Federal regulators shut down a bank in Southern California and another in the Atlanta area today, bringing the number of U.S. failures this year to eight in almost as many weeks. This is the 33rd collapse since the depression began.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced that Ga.-based FirstBank Financial Services and Calif.-based Alliance Bank have been seized.

Feb 06 21:51

Former US justice secretary: Israeli war on Gaza genocide

Former US secretary of justice Ramsey Clark has accused Israel of waging a war of genocide against the Gaza Strip and of killing women, children and old people without any differentiation.


Feb 06 21:43

Dog Bleeds to Death After “Routine” Microchip Implant Procedure

“I wasn’t in favor of getting Charlie chipped, but it was the law,” said Lori Ginsberg, citing a Los Angeles county ordinance that requires all dog owners to chip their dogs once they reach four months of age.

Feb 06 21:38

What The "Stimulus" Debate Teaches Us

The man has demonstrated a frightening lack of intelligence during his first days holding the honorary title "president of the United States". He thinks redistribution of consumption - in the amount of nearly one trillion fiat dollars - will "stimulate" the economy, and that failure to do this will unleash "catastrophe." It's one thing not to understand the basic tenets of economics, but to publicly stomp your feet when others refuse to ignore reality and embrace your false beliefs can only be interpreted as a lack of basic intellectual capacity.

Feb 06 21:30

We or Me?

When you breakdown the logic behind a Liberal persons argument on any subject, they base the correctness of their argument upon what is best for the whole of "mankind". Conservatives, on the other hand, base the correctness of their argument upon what is best for the individual. Both sides can make good cases. The conservative logic of "me first" may sound bad to a liberal, but is that only because a liberal is a "we first" person?

Feb 06 20:57

Motherhood, and, fatherhood too! Nothing Wrong with this Either!

FOX News | Thur- February 5, 2009

Girl Says Mother Allowed Father to Rape, Impregnate Sister

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The older sister of a girl allegedly molested and impregnated four times by their father said Thursday their mother allowed the abuse and should face more than a child-endangerment charge.

The 47-year-old mother was allowed to miss a scheduled court appearance Thursday; a preliminary hearing was set for March 5. Her public defender, Angela Weatherford, declined to comment on the case.

Her husband, also 47, faces charges including second-degree murder in the death of a boy born in November 2006. The infant is believed to have died months later after not receiving medical treatment for pneumonia.


Feb 06 20:26

Russia allows transit of US military supplies

Russia granted transit rights Friday to non-lethal U.S. military supplies headed to Afghanistan but only after apparently pressuring a former Soviet state to close an air base leased to the Americans.

Feb 06 19:53

Gore to Children: Question Your Parents' Climate Beliefs as We Questioned Segregation

Imagine this – a former high-ranking and well-respected government official telling your children that they know something you don’t. Is this Cold War-era Soviet Union? Nope. It’s Maryland, and the official is former Vice President Al Gore.

In audio aired on the Feb. 4 “Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Gore was advising school children on the eve of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, presumably at the University of Maryland Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. He said that it’s up to them to question their parents on conventional wisdom in order to overcome the challenges of modern America, one of them being global warming.

Feb 06 19:43

Warning over 'surveillance state'

Electronic surveillance and collection of personal data are "pervasive" in British society and threaten to undermine democracy, peers have warned.

CCTV cameras and the DNA database were two examples of threats to privacy, the Lords constitution committee said.

It called for compensation for people subject to illegal surveillance.

The government said CCTV and DNA were "essential" to fight crime but campaign group Liberty said abuses of power mean "even the innocent have a lot to fear".

Feb 06 15:07

Now that Kyrgyzstan has kicked out the US, should Uzbekistan also refuse a US base?

YES
98% (2115 votes)
NO
2% (51 votes)
Total votes: 2166
Feb 06 14:30

Amended Journal of 9/11 Studies Paper: Additional Non-Pilot Control Capabilities of 9/11 Planes

Included in this update of a Journal of 9/11 Studies publication is information pertaining to aspects of Performance Based Navigation systems in place prior to September 11, 2001, that can allow for highly precise GPS-based auto-pilot guidance of the Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft allegedly overtaken by foreign hijack pilots that day. Included is a GPS guided auto-pilot alternative explanation for the 330 degree descending turn performed by American Airlines flight 77 prior to its reported impact with the Pentagon building.

Feb 06 13:47

Obama Calls Delay on Stimulus Bill ‘Inexcusable’ | Says his pen ready NOW to sign MORTGAGE ON FUTURE!

New York Times Online | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — Prodded by President Obama’s reaction to yet another dismal economic report on Friday, the Senate resumed its efforts to reach an accord on his economic stimulus plan, with Democrats calling for quick action and Republicans arguing against what they described as wasteful spending.

"The situation could not be more serious." said Obama.

And Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said the numbers being talked about show that each of the 3 million to 4 million jobs President Obama has said he wanted to create would cost more than $900,000 each. “The American people are figuring it out,” Mr. McCain said. “This is not a stimulus bill; it is a spending bill.”

Feb 06 10:23

Video - Gainsville Fla. Mayor and Commissoners get a 9/11 update.

Gators911Truth.org members, Harold Saive, Eduardo Arenas Reyes and Bob Tuskin took their allotted 3 minutes each to update the commission and community on recent progress on the biggest unsolved crime in American History.

Each Commissioner and the City manager were given a copy of the letter to the FBI, a copy of the response from the FBI's Michael J. Heimbach and a video DVD containing the evidence submitted to the FBI. "9/11:BLUEPRINT FOR TRUTH" by Architect, Richard Gage, AIA.
LINKS:

http://gators911truth.org/PDF/FBI-CD-FF.pdf
http://gators911truth.org/
http://ae911truth.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh8qJt98nng

Feb 06 09:59

Smoking Pot: Horrors! Gasp! Unbelievable! I am Outraged!

The horrified response from the media, and people in general, is yet another fine example of the wussified wimps that people have become. No one ever stops to question how it is that marijuana became illegal while much more potent drugs - nicotine and alcohol (and rubber-stamped prescription drugs) - are entirely legal.


Feb 06 09:58

Unemployment rate jumps to 7.6%

The Labor Department reported that the US unemployment rate jumped to 7.6% and nonfarm payrolls fell by the largest amount in 34 years.
Nonfarm payrolls dropped by a seasonally adjusted 598,000 in January, after a revised loss of 577,000 in December.
January marked the largest payroll loss since December 1974, according to a survey of workplaces. Payrolls fell by 597,000 in November.

Feb 06 09:00

State employee: I get $93,803 for no work

His work agenda involves placing his feet up on his desk, staring out his office window and counting cars on the New York State Thruway. He arrives at 7:30 a.m., leaves at 3:30 p.m., sees no one and talks to no one.

He never does any work. It's been this way for Hinton for most of this decade.

Feb 06 08:11

David Brooks says it's the The Gang System

New York Times Online Opinion | David Brooks | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

The substance of the legislation set up the polarized debate that followed. Liberal interest groups were happy. Conservative Republicans were united in opposition. But something interesting happened this week. The momentum of the debate was set by moderates. Conservative protests wouldn’t have amounted to much without nagging moderate unease.

Moderate economists looked at the package and complained about the vast parts that don’t even pretend to stimulate. Education reformers took a look at the education section and noted that the huge amount of money is not leveraged to produce any real reform.

Feb 06 07:46

Octuplets mum wanted huge family | and damn the world!

BBC News | Fri- Feb 6, 2009 | (with video)

Octuplets mother on NBC's Today programme

A Californian single mother of six who recently gave birth to octuplets has spoken for the first time about her desire to have a "huge" family.

In excerpts from a TV interview yet to be broadcast, Nadya Suleman said she wanted to make up for the loneliness she felt growing up as an only child.


Feb 06 07:26

Beware Of Latest Scheme Targeting Social Networking Sites

Last week, Bryan Rutberg's Facebook page fell into the wrong hands and a strange message appeared.

"It changed to "BRYAN IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!", all caps, exclamation point," Rutberg said. "I guess that is the way the scammer set the table for reaching out to my friends."

Rutberg couldn't access his own account because a hacker changed the password and was posing as Bryan.

That hacker was chatting by instant message with the friends listed on Bryan's Facebook page, telling them a harrowing story.

"The story was I'm stuck here in London," Rutberg said. "I was on vacation at a resort. We were held up at gunpoint and now I have no way to get back home. Please send money."

Feb 06 07:17

UK Spends Billions On High Tech IDs, Has No Way To Read Them [Brilliant]

Kudos to the British government for spending the equivalent of .6 billion US on a biometric National Identity Card program without budgeting for a single card reader. Truly, they operate like a finely-tuned machine.

Basically, they are set to roll out these cards to government officials and then on to private citizens as a way for the authorities to to protect identities and safeguard borders—but not a single police station, border entry point, or job center has a reader capable of extracting information from the card’s biometric chip.

n/a
Feb 06 01:03

Fidel Castro demands unconditional return of Guantanamo

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has demanded the United States unconditionally return the Guantanamo Bay military base to Cuba in an article published on the CubaDebate website.



Lockerdome
Feb 06 00:59

Bernanke: Federal Reserve caused Great Depression

Despite the varied theories espoused by many establishment economists, it was none other than the Federal Reserve that caused the Great Depression and the horrific suffering, deprivation and dislocation America and the world experienced in its wake. At least, that's the clearly stated view of current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Feb 06 00:27

Obama's CIA Man: Afshin Rattansi and ex-CIA man, Ray McGovern

Afshin talks to former CIA official Ray McGovern about the consequences for the new head of the CIA and for the United States after Leon Panetta condemns torture, extraordinary rendition and those that were involved in it all. Also, will Cheney go to jail and what about David Milliband who denies that the UK secret services do not engage in torture despite evidence to the contrary for decades of British illegal activity, from Ireland to Gibraltar?

February 5, 2009

Feb 05 21:59

Army official: Suicides in January 'terrifying'

One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year.

The Army said 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January alone -- six times as many as killed themselves in January 2008, according to statistics released Thursday.


Feb 05 19:42

Americans' doubts grow over stimulus bill

Reuters | Thu Feb 5, 2009 | 5:10pm EST

Two opinion polls show support dwindling. [...]

Even Democratic voters have reservations. Some voters decry a lack of political consensus; others argue the government should do more to explain the plan's benefits to voters. Obama took office on January 20.

"It's not going to work. We are just going to add to the debt. What would be better is if they (Congress) think about job creation and make it as clean as possible," Spencer said, citing a need to remove unnecessary projects.

"When politicians start talking about, 'Hurry up, hurry up,' that gives me pause always," Borders said. "It makes it very suspect."

Feb 05 15:21

Centrists in Senate Push to Cut Billions From Stimulus

New York Times Online | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Thurs- Feb 5, 2009

WASHINGTON — Anxious over the ballooning size of the proposed economic stimulus package, now at more than $900 billion, lawmakers in both parties were working Thursday on a last-minute plan to strip tens of billions of dollars from the bill.

The effort to trim back the program was being led by two centrist senators, Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, and Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, who say they would like to pare from $50 billion to $200 billion from the package. The final Senate vote on the stimulus package was expected late on Thursday.

Feb 05 14:49

Societal Cost of Meth Use Is Gauged in New Study

New York Times Online | ERIK ECKHOLM | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

In the first effort to calculate the national price of methamphetamine abuse, a new study said the addictive stimulant imposed costs of $23.4 billion in 2005. While the authors, from the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., caution that many impacts were difficult to quantify, their study suggests that methamphetamine takes an economic toll nearly as great as heroin and possibly more.

Feb 05 14:24

Michelle Obama establishing herself as Joint-Prez

Michelle Obama crafts policy agenda
Nia-Malika Henderson Nia-malika Henderson – Tue Feb 3,

"At her event yesterday, she caught herself using the word “we” to describe her husband’s administration — and was careful to shift gears.
“We’re going to be making investments, and I shouldn’t say ‘we,’ but the administration ‘we.’ ... With these investments we are going to create good jobs as we renovate and modernize more than 10,000 schools and improve the learning environment,” Obama said, making a pitch for her husband’s economic stimulus plan."



Donate
Feb 05 13:17

Report: Bailed out companies spent $114 million on lobbying last year

Companies in the finance and auto industries that benefited from the $700 billion TARP bailout spent more than $114 million on lobbying in the past year and in contributions toward the 2008 election, according to the center. The companies received more than $300 billion in the taxpayer-funded rescue.

Feb 05 11:54

Israelis forced mother to choose which of her children would die

Out of all the devastation I have seen so far, there is one story in particular that I think the world needs to hear. I met a mother who was at home with her ten children when Israeli soldiers entered the house. The soldiers told her she had to choose five of her children to “give as a gift to Israel.” As she screamed in horror they repeated the demand and told her she could choose or they would choose for her. Then these soldiers murdered five of her children in front of her. The concept of “Jewish morality” is truly dead. We can be fascists, terrorists, and Nazis just like everybody else.

Feb 05 11:48

Irish Civil Society Calls For Boycott of Israel

We, the signatories, call for the following:

  • The Irish Government to cease its purchase of Israeli military products and services and call publicly for an arms embargo against Israel.
  • The Irish Government to demand publicly that Israel reverse its settlement construction, illegal occupation and annexation of land in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and to use its influence in international fora to bring this about.
  • The Irish Government to demand publicly that the Euro-Med Agreement under which Israel has privileged access to the EU market be suspended until Israel complies with international law.
  • The Irish Government to veto any proposed upgrade in EU relations with Israel.
Feb 05 10:29

End the Fed

From the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the seventies, to the current economic crisis caused by the housing bubble, every economic downturn suffered by this country over the past century can be traced to Federal Reserve policy.


Feb 05 10:26

What "really happened" when Merrill was swallowed by Bank America.

Now we have The Fed effectively committing blackmail (or was it extortion? Does it matter?) of financial firms at the behest of Treasury? Where is the legal authority for them to get involved in this?

Feb 05 10:25

The Coming Fascism

Key to tolerating fascism is fear – of our neighbors, for ourselves, and about the future – and the state has both the means and the motive to produce this domestic fear.

Feb 05 09:51

Flashback: Blitzer vs. Finkelstein '89

Blitzer is sickening. Finkelstein calls him on it.

Feb 05 09:38

Stimulus: Just a Stupid Economic Policy Fad

Bloomberg.com | Thur- Feb 5, 2009 | Robert Schmidt and Julianna Goldman
Volcker Chafes at Obama Panel Delay, Strains With Summers Rise

Paul Volcker has grown increasingly frustrated over delays in setting up the economic advisory group President Barack Obama picked the former Federal Reserve chairman to lead, people familiar with the matter said.

Volcker, 81, blames Obama’s National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers for slowing down the effort to organize the panel of outside advisers, the people said. Summers isn’t regularly inviting Volcker to White House meetings and hasn’t shown interest in collaborating on policy or sharing potential solutions to the economic crisis, they said.


Feb 05 08:04

Now The Auto Parts Industry Wants a Bailout

The Automotive news reports that the U.S. auto parts industry (suppliers to GM, F) is asking for $20.5 billion in federal aid to survive the depression.

Feb 05 07:48

Science Found Wanting in Nation’s Crime Labs (And everywhere else too)

New York Times Online | SOLOMON MOORE | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

Forensic evidence that has helped convict thousands of defendants for nearly a century is often the product of shoddy scientific practices that should be upgraded and standardized, according to accounts of a draft report by the nation’s pre-eminent scientific research group.

The report by the National Academy of Sciences is to be released this month. People who have seen it say it is a sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on, including fingerprinting, firearms identification and analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair and handwriting.

Feb 05 07:47

U.S. jobless claims surge to 26 Year High

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits spiked last week to 626,000, the highest level in over 26 years. The number rose by 35,000 from the previous week.

Feb 05 06:40

Is Israel's Army Waging a Jewish Jihad?

NAZARETH - Extremist rabbis and their followers, bent on waging holy war against the Palestinians, are taking over the Israeli army by stealth, according to critics.

In a process one military historian has termed the rapid "theologization" of the Israeli army, there are now entire units of religious combat soldiers, many of them based in West Bank settlements. They answer to hardline rabbis who call for the establishment of a Greater Israel that includes the occupied Palestinian territories.


Feb 05 06:34

Forecast 2009: There Will Be Blood

2009 will be a year of complete destruction for the US economy. 3 Million will lose their jobs. The Dow Jones Industrial average will break below 6,000. Municipalities will fail. Insurers will fail. The unemployed and foreclosed American population will take to the streets and begin rioting. The Greatest Depression is upon us.

Feb 05 06:15

Distinguishing MONSANTO's totalitarian "use of science" from its claims to science

by Linn Cohen-Cole

Even without labeling, even with covering up evidence, preventing it from emerging, buying off university science departments, eliminating basic tracking of data, corrupting government agencies, firing scientists, faking evidence, and the rest, there is some significant suggestive things which have happened to American health since genetic engineering took over here.

Feb 05 04:29

Tribute to judge found in river

The body of a man found in a Norfolk stream was a circuit judge and leading criminal lawyer.

Willie Everard, 59, was found on Sunday in the village of South Creake, near Fakenham, where he had a holiday home with his wife Christine.

more here

High profile Midlands criminal barrister and Judge specialising in prosecuting paedophiles suicided in stream in Norfolk over weekend.His very dead body was discovered by a member of the public at about 8am on Sunday February 1st 2009



Pixfuture
Feb 05 04:23

UK set to cut interest rates

The Bank of England was set to cut record low interest rates yet further on Thursday and a Japanese central banker said unconventional policies could be needed to stave off the global crisis.

European shares fell in early trading on a large writedown by insurer Swiss Re, while rising bad loans at Spain's biggest bank Santander and a bleak outlook at Deutsche Bank fuelled concerns about the wider economy.

February 4, 2009

Feb 04 21:58

Mafias

Giuliani closed down the local, mainly Italian-American, mafias.

This allowed certain foreign mafias to take over.

These foreign mafias were mainly Jewish and mainly from Russia and Israel.

The initial base of operations for the Jewish (so-called 'Russian') mafia was the Brighton Beach area in Brooklyn.

Giuliani 'looked the other way'.

Feb 04 15:33

The Bad Bank Assets Proposal: Even Worse Than You Imagined

The Obama Administration is as obviously and fully hostage to the interests of the financial services industry as the Bush crowd was. We have no new thinking, no willingness to take measures that are completely defensible (in fact not doing them takes some creative positioning) like wiping out shareholders at obviously dud banks (Citi is top of the list), forcing bondholder haircuts and/or equity swaps, replacing management, writing off and/or restructuring bad loans, and deciding whether and how to reorganize and restructure the company.

Feb 04 14:19

(Video) How to file a war crime report at your local police station.

A short film about Chris Coverdale from MakeWarsHistory reporting war crimes to the police. Please visit http://www.makewarshistory.org.uk for more information about the Laws of War and how you can report war criminals at your local police station.
Produced and Directed by Dean Puckett
http://www.deaddeanfilms.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB-KaIBDNJw


Feb 04 14:06

Afshin Rattansi talks to Max Keiser about the Dollar and Roach Motels


Max suggests the American people revolt.
hot on the heels of economic statistics around the world indicated an international financial catastrophe.

Feb 04 13:30

Chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board was Blown Up by a Bomb in his Lexus Today

CNN News | Wed- Feb 4, 2009

Police: Doctor injured when bomb erupts in Lexus

The chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board was critically injured Wednesday when a bomb placed on his Lexus hybrid SUV exploded at his West Memphis, Arkansas, home, police said.

The FBI is assisting local authorities in their investigation, spokesman Jason Pack said.

Feb 04 12:00

Did Israel use "cancer bombs" in recent Gaza attack?

Doctors treating survivors of Israel's recent attack on Gaza say they have never seen certain kinds of injuries before: a Norwegian doctor described wounds that appear to have been caused by a mine detonating – yet there is no shrapnel. A German doctor treating survivors in southern Gaza says that tiny particles can be found eating away at organs, rendering treatment ineffective. So what kind of weapon caused these injuries?

Feb 04 11:49

UK judges accuse Obama Administration of suppressing torture claim

Two senior British judges have expressed their anger and surprise that President Barack Obama's Government has put pressure on Britain to suppress evidence of torture in US custody.

Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones said they had been told that America had threatened to stop co-operating with Britain on intelligence matters if evidence were published suggesting that Binyam Mohammed, a British resident held at the US prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, had been tortured into confessing crimes.

The judges said that lawyers for the Foreign Office & Commonwealth Office had assured them that the threat still held good, even since Mr Obama had come to power and reversed many of his predecessor's policies on the torture and detention of terror suspects.



Xmas w/o borders
Feb 04 11:41

IDF colonel leaves speaking tour of UK for fear of arrest

An Israeli colonel involved in Operation Cast Lead returned to Israel in haste on Friday, fearing arrest on charges of war crimes during a visit to the UK.

Col. (res.) Geva Rapp had arrived in London three days before for appearances in which he was to explain Israel's position and refute media representations of the hostilities.

His trip had been cleared by Israeli security services.

On Thursday night, after news of his visit reached pro-Palestinian groups, some 80 protesters demonstrated outside the offices of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) in central London, where Rapp was scheduled to speak.

Calling for police to arrest him, the protesters blocked public pathways, while one scaled the building's walls. Police made several arrests.

Feb 04 11:24

Leading Counter-Terrorism Expert and Former High-Level Official Slams War on Terror and Questions 9/11

Terrell (Terry) E. Arnold was the number 2 counter-terrorism official at the U.S. State Department, and is one of the world's leading experts on terror.

Arnold served as the Deputy Director, Office of Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Planning, at the U.S. State Department. He is also the former Chairman of the Department of International Studies at the National War College.

SNIP

GW: You write:

"Washington leadership [has] brought us no closer than we were on September 12, 2001 to resolving how [9/11] was executed and by what enemy.

Let's focus on the how question first.

What facts or observations make you doubt that the official government story does not fully explain how 9/11 was carried out?

Terry Arnold: The nature of events in New York. The buildings falling down. I'm not satisfied by the notion that planes hitting buildings would have caused them to collapse. The last building to fall was not even attacked.

Feb 04 10:26

City police sued over strip search

A Baltimore man filed a $210 million civil lawsuit yesterday against the city Police Department, a former commissioner and several officers in connection with a 2006 incident during which he says a band of rogue cops held him at gunpoint in the street, stripped him and searched his rectum in front of about 30 onlookers.

Feb 04 10:13

What Michael Phelps Should Have Said

Dear America,

I take it back. I don’t apologize.

Because you know what? It’s none of your goddamned business.

Feb 04 07:50

ARE THE STATES REALLY BROKE OR HIDING ASSETS?

At least ten years ago, a man named Walter Burien began exposing something called a CAFR: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Walter managed to get on a SF radio show hosted by my friend, Geoff Metcalf. It was a real eye opener. Try as we all did, not one newspaper in the State of California would expose the truth of how the taxpayers were being fleeced. Nor would 99% of the radio stations statewide. I guess they all love being flogged every April 15th to reward the thieves in the state house.

Feb 04 07:39

Counterfeit Tough: U.S. Plans to Curb Executive Pay for Bailout Recipients (But WE pay their stock dividends!)

New York Times Online | EDMUND L. ANDREWS and VIKAS BAJAJ | Tue- February 3, 2009

U.S. Plans to Curb Executive Pay for Bailout Recipients

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected to impose a cap of $500,000 for top executives at companies that receive large amounts of bailout money, according to people familiar with the plan.

Executives would also be prohibited from receiving any bonuses above their base pay, except for normal stock dividends.

Feb 04 07:24

How the video data implies a Controlled Demolition of WTC 1.

There have been at least 3 presentations of evidence that show the simple NIST/BAZANT model of the collapse of the WTC Towers does not fit with the video data, nor does it obey Newton's Third Law.

We tested two simplified Models of a controlled demolition in WTC1 and compared the Models with the video evidence.

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Observations of WTC1 Collapse, the NIST/BAZANT model and 2 Particulate Mass Models.

I'd welcome your thoughts and comments.

Feb 04 07:18

Global warming a 'political delusion'

Beginning with actual temperature change. According to both the Met Office's Hadley Centre and NASA, there has been no rise in the Earth's temperature since 1998, with temperatures declining since 2002 and satellite evidence showing expanding ice caps.

Meanwhile, sunspot data analysis predicts another 12-15 very cold years ahead, borne out by another cold winter across Europe, Canada and the USA.

So, despite record carbon dioxide emissions worldwide, we are in the midst of at least a two or three-decade cool-down within the current gradual warming cycle. An entirely natural phenomenon and a very inconvenient truth for the politicians, the warmist media, and wind power vested interests.

Feb 04 06:24

Why Are We Still at War?

Early into the second year of the Afghanistan war, in November 2002, a retired US Army general, William Odom, appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program and told viewers: "Terrorism is not an enemy. It cannot be defeated. It's a tactic. It's about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we're going to win that war. We're not going to win the war on terrorism."

But the "war on terrorism" rubric - increasingly shortened to the even vaguer "war on terror" - kept holding enormous promise for a warfare state of mind. Early on, the writer Joan Didion saw the blotting of the horizon and said so: "We had seen, most importantly, the insistent use of Sept. 11 to justify the reconception of America's correct role in the world as one of initiating and waging virtually perpetual war."

Feb 04 05:26

Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base

The President of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the US military will have to leave the Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The facility is central to NATO operations in Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government said the US wasn't prepared to pay an appropriate fee to use the base.

February 3, 2009

Feb 03 19:10

Is it Civil Rights, or racist/sexist privilege Division?

Rights lawyers await Obama's appointment of new Civil Rights chief
By: Hazel Trice Edney, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2009 12:43 pm

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - After a blistering report released early this month confirmed that a senior official in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department illegally hired and fired career attorneys based on their political alignment with President Bush, Civil Rights lawyers around the country say the new head of the Civil Rights Division - yet to be named by President Barack Obama - will likely be "pivotal" in the presidential administration.

Feb 03 19:03

Bolivia has half of world's valuable lithium

Originally published Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 12:00 AM
Bolivia: The Saudi Arabia of lithium?
By SIMON ROMERO
The New York Times

UYUNI, Bolivia — In the rush to build the next generation of hybrid or electric cars, a sobering fact confronts both automakers and governments seeking to lower their reliance on foreign oil: Almost half of the world's lithium, the mineral needed to power the vehicles, is found in Bolivia — a country that may not be willing to surrender it easily.

Japanese and European companies are trying to strike deals to tap the resource, but a nationalist sentiment about the lithium is building in the government of President Evo Morales, an ardent critic of the United States who already has nationalized Bolivia's oil and natural-gas industries.

Feb 03 18:56

AG Holder-- First, Jail All Bush's Lawyers

First, Jail All Bush's Lawyers
By Robert Parry
February 3, 2009

If new Attorney General Eric Holder really means what he said in his oath – that he will “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” – then he must give serious consideration to prosecuting crimes committed by the Bush administration, including its torturing of detainees.

And Holder might be advised to begin the process at his own agency, the Department of Justice. To paraphrase Shakespeare, Holder might start by first jailing all of George W. Bush’s lawyers.

Feb 03 18:31

Exploding cellphone kills Chinese man

Here's the thing about batteries: they store energy. Lots of it. Channeled correctly, that energy does really awesome things for us -- but channeled chaotically, and... well, you know where this is going, don't you? A man shopping in a Lenovo store in mainland China has been killed after the phone in his chest pocket exploded, severing arteries and leading to massive blood loss. The make and model of the phone and battery have yet to be identified, but seeing how this is the seventh high-profile case of an exploding phone in China in the last six years, it really gives you pause before installing that shady off-brand juice, doesn't it?

Feb 03 18:26

Judges Bribed by Private Contractor to Sentence More Kids to Juvie Detention

First, the judges helped the detention centers land a county contract worth $58 million. Then their alleged scheme was to guarantee the operators a steady income by detaining juveniles, often on petty stuff.

Feb 03 18:21

Dozens of secret Bush surveillance, executive power memos found; Could be made public

Details about more than three dozen secret memoranda written by Bush Administration officials now sit atop a chart created by a public interest reporting group. The memos track new details about dozens of secret Bush Administration legal positions on torture, detention and warrantless wiretapping.

Feb 03 14:17

Trial Begins for HIV Gene Therapy

Since the discovery that a small portion of people who are exposed to HIV do not get infected, scientists have been working to discover the secret to those people's resistance and how to make others resistant as well.

It turns out that most people have a gene called CCR5, which makes them vulnerable to HIV infections. The naturally resistant people have mutant CCR5 genes that inhibit HIV.

Feb 03 11:34

LSD as Therapy? Write about It, Get Barred from US

The Blaine border guard explained that Feldmar had been pulled out of the line as part of a random search. He seemed friendly, even as he took away Feldmar's passport and car keys. While the contents of his car were being searched, Feldmar and the officer talked. He asked Feldmar what profession he was in.

When Feldmar said he was psychologist, the official typed his name into his Internet search engine. Before long the customs guard was engrossed in an article Feldmar had published in the spring 2001 issue of the journal Janus Head. The article concerned an acid trip Feldmar had taken in London, Ontario, and another in London, England, almost forty years ago. It also alluded to the fact that he had used hallucinogenics as a "path" to understanding self and that in certain cases, he reflected, it could "be preferable to psychiatry." Everything seemed to collapse around him, as a quiet day crossing the border began to turn into a nightmare.

Feb 03 11:06

Record 19 Million U.S. Homes Stood Vacant in 2008

Kathleen M. Howley | Bloomberg.com | Tue- Feb 3, 2009

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- A record 19 million U.S. houses stood empty at the end of 2008 as banks seized homes faster than they could sell them and prices continued to fall.

Vacant homes in the fourth quarter increased by 6.7 percent from the same period a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report today. The vacancy rate, the share of empty homes for sale, rose to 2.9 percent in the quarter, the most in data that goes back to 1956.

Feb 03 10:35

And now for some chart music..

Melodies derived from Stock Charts, arranged with Songsmith, the Microsoft Composition Tool.

Feb 03 09:38

46 Of 50 States Could File Bankruptcy In 2009-2010

There is a high chance a majority of the States within the United States of America could file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. There are currently 46 states with high budget deficits,

Feb 03 08:05

Population: The elephant in the room

BBC Science News | VIEWPOINT | John Feeney | Tue- Feb 2, 2009

Uncontrolled population growth threatens to undermine efforts to save the planet, warns John Feeney. In this week's Green Room, he calls on the environmental movement to stop running scared of this controversial topic.

Feb 03 07:53

Windows Vista stuck on single digit enterprise adoption

Just over two years since Microsoft launched Windows Vista, fewer than 10 per cent of PCs in the enterprise are running the successor to the company's eight-year-old Windows XP.

That compares to last July when Forrester reportedly said Windows Vista adoption was at 8.8 per cent and Windows XP was at 87.1 per cent. In that report, Forrester said Windows Vista was like "new Coke", which was killed by its corporate parent because nobody like it.

Clearly, little has changed since then, with the analyst shifting its emphasis to say Windows Vista is powering "just fewer than 10 per cent of all PCs within enterprises."

February 2, 2009

Feb 02 15:13

Welfare Aid Isn’t Growing as Economy Drops Off

New York Times Online | JASON DEPARLE | Sun- Feb 1, 2009

WASHINGTON — Despite soaring unemployment and the worst economic crisis in decades, 18 states cut their welfare rolls last year, and nationally the number of people receiving cash assistance remained at or near the lowest in more than 40 years.

Feb 02 15:10

Federal Agency Kills Thousands of Birds with Pesticide

Imagine going outside and counting 150 dead birds on your property. On January 24, 2009, New Jersey resident, Andrea Kepic, called the police to report this very situation. She was told she would have to clean up the birds. Police read from a prepared statement recommending using a shovel, gloves and plastic bags to get rid of them.

Feb 02 15:04

U.S. partner, not Hamas, firing rockets into Israel

With Hamas signaling it is willing to enter a cease-fire with Israel, it was the U.S.-backed Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas whose so-called military wing took responsibility for a barrage of rockets and mortars fired from the Gaza Strip today.

Feb 02 14:22

Google Earth 5 released.

Today Google has released a major new version of Google Earth - Version 5. Clearly this new release merits moving up to the next version number. It contains a wealth of new data and features and has substantial new interface changes.

Feb 02 09:15

Windows 7 Will Not Sway XP Users

Why such dire predictions for Windows 7 ability to convert Windows XP users? As I've said, Windows 7 will do very well but just not with XP users. Like our new President Barak Obama, Windows 7 is overburdened with expectations from many constituents, especially Windows XP users who've strongly resisted moving to Vista. Windows 7 has a lot of making up to do for the Windows Vista debacle and that clearly is Windows 7's aim. But merely achieving par with what Vista promised to be at its launch more than two years ago isn't compelling enough to move XP users from their now hardened position about upgrading.

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