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September 18, 2009

Sep 18 12:58

The Tortuous Logic and Legalese of American Torture

"If the United States is to restore its credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights, it should promptly, impartially, and thoroughly investigate and prosecute those officials, regardless of position or rank, who authorized or ordered torture and other mistreatment."

OBAMA AGREES:
Obama says in the video below: "We believe in a foreign policy that is based on - not just military might - but also by the quality of our moral character as a nation. "

Sep 18 12:53

Missiles in Turkey traded for shield, diplomat says

The announcement Thursday that the Obama administration is canceling missile defense deployments in Europe may be part of a trade that includes sending other missiles to Turkey.

The decision to scrap the deployments in Poland and the Czech Republic came days after the administration announced the proposed sale of $7.8 billion in Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile batteries and related gear to Turkey.

Sep 18 12:52

Bill could block Gitmo closure

A bill that could go to the Senate floor as early as next week would make it impossible for Barack Obama to move any Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S. for any reason, effectively blocking his plan to close the facility by January.

Sep 18 12:52

Ex-CEO of Worker-Occupied Chicago Window Factory Arrested on Fraud Charges

The former chief executive of a window factory that gained notoriety for a worker sit-in has been arrested and held on $10 million bond. Richard Gillman is accused of conspiring to launder funds from Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors factory and secretly removing its equipment. The alleged offenses came around the time Gillman abruptly ordered the factory’s closure to sell it to another company. Instead, workers occupied the plant to win back their severance and vacation pay.



Taboola
Sep 18 12:33

WHO-IAEA Join Forces to Fight Cancer

Vienna/Geneva, 26 May 2009 | The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced the launch of a Joint Programme on Cancer Control, aimed at strengthening and accelerating efforts to fight cancer in the developing world.

Sep 18 12:24

WHAT THE HECK IS THIS STUFF?

Even if Iran has a weapon of mass destruction (which we know they do not), and even if Iran has long range ICBMs to reach across the Atlantic with (which we know they do not), Iran would still not be a threat to the US because any attack with a weapon of mass destruction would be national suicide.

You see, leaders of nations have huge egos. They are driven by that dream that future generations will admire their faces on statues and stamps and money. and that doesn't happen if you let your nation get destroyed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media have uncorked the "hard sell" for war in Iran.

Ignoring the United Nations report that says Iran does not have nuclear weapons nor is it building them, ignoring the IAEA report that says the same, and ignoring the NIE from the US intelligence agencies that says the same thing, the corporate media are relying on a "confidential report" supplied by the usual anonymous sources the proclaim that Iran is a dire and imminent threat requiring immediate invasion.

Right now on MSNBC one of the experts is already admitting that the purpose of the upcoming talks between the US and Iran is to underscore Iran's "lack of cooperation" in refusing to surrender weapons of mass destruction which like Iraq's only exist in the fevered imaginations of the war hawks.

This is the baldest-faced lie to start a war since Hitler knocked down the Gliewitz Radio towers and the US Government is going to start an new war in Iran because they don't know what else to do to cling to power and your tax money.

Iran is Not a threat to the United States. Even if Iran had a nuclear weapon, they will not use it on the US, because the US would utterly destroy all of Iran in retaliation.

Those of you who stayed silent in the face of the obvious lies used to start the war in Iraq can perhaps be forgiven for choosing the safe course of giving the government the benefit of the doubt. But, your generosity was repaid with betrayal. The US Government lied about Iraq's "nookular" bombs just as they are lying now about Iran's, and the difference is that THIS TIME YOU CANNOT PRETEND YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.

If this newest war gets going it is because YOU LET IT HAPPEN.

The blood is on your hands and on your soul if you remain silent this time.

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Sep 18 11:36

RIAA's Elementary School Copyright Curriculum

Music Rules! starts by defining the terms that teachers need to know about copyright in order to cover the material. The complete list (we kid you not) is: counterfeit recordings, DMCA notice, "Grokster" ruling, legal downloading, online piracy, peer-to-peer file sharing, pirate recordings, songlifting, and US copyright law.

Sep 18 11:32

Topless Women, Rule Of Law, And Perceptions Of China.

This proves something many of my expat friends in China are always talking about. They say they find it ridiculous that China is viewed as this incredibly oppressive place where the government is spying on you all the time and concerned with your littlest actions. They oftentimes like to tell me that China actually has more freedoms than the United States or England.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Sep 18 11:30

The hypocrisy of the Fed

The Fed is reportedly looking to monitor banker pay in order to discourage excessive risk-taking. But aren't the Fed's easy money policies encouraging risk?

Sep 18 11:19

Lockerbie bomber disputes conviction with new dossier

The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has released a dossier of legal papers which he claims are proof he was wrongly convicted of the worst terrorist attack on British soil.

The documents, published online today by Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, show that serious doubts about the reliability of the key witness at his trial were raised independently by Scotland's official body, which investigates suspected miscarriages of justice.

The dossier demonstrates that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) sent Megrahi's case back to the court of appeal in 2007, after deciding that the judges who convicted him had made a series of errors about the evidence of a Maltese shopkeeper, Tony Gauci – the only witness to link the Libyan to the alleged plot.

Sep 18 11:18

The Acorn Vote: House Democrats Just Stuck a Knife in their President and Party

The Republican attack machine has been on a relentless mission to destroy ACORN, short for the Association for Community Organization and Reform Now, ever since the 2008 election campaign when conservatives saw it as an effective fundraising and get-out-the-vote group for Democrats and then-candidate Barack Obama. Rabid, inflammatory-rhetoric-fueled charges of inappropriate and illegal conduct have been flying ever since, especially as videotapes have recently surfaced showing ACORN workers advising alleged pimps and prostitutes on how to conceal their criminal behavior during the home-buying process.

Sep 18 11:17

Only 28% Of High School Students Are Familiar With The Constitution

A Constitution Day survey commissioned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) has found that the vast majority of high school students do not know that the Constitution represents the supreme law of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But they damned well know the official dogma of the Holocaust, Global Warming, and 9-11!!!!!!!


Sep 18 11:14

Incomes of young in 8-year nose dive

The incomes of the young and middle-aged — especially men — have fallen off a cliff since 2000, leaving many age groups poorer than they were even in the 1970s, a USA TODAY analysis of new Census data found.

People 54 or younger are losing ground financially at an unprecedented rate in this recession, widening a gap between young and old that had been expanding for years.

Sep 18 11:14

42 states lose jobs in August, up from 29 in July

Forty-two states lost jobs last month, up from 29 in July, with the biggest net payroll cuts coming in Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio.

The Labor Department also reported Friday that 27 states saw their unemployment rates increase in August, and 14 states and Washington D.C., reported unemployment rates of 10 percent or above.

The report shows jobs remain scarce even as most analysts believe the economy is pulling out of the worst recession since the 1930s. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said earlier this week that the recovery isn't likely to be rapid enough to reduce unemployment for some time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, the analysts (most of whom are getting government paychecks) are full of it!

Sep 18 11:12

California's unemployment rate rises to 12.2%

Economists predict that jobless figures will continue to rise for the rest of the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is fudging the figures. Last report we had was that 40% of working age Californians are unable to find work.

Sep 18 11:11

Texas unemployment rate hits 22-year record high

The Texas unemployment rate hit 8 percent for the first time in 22 years as the state lost another 62,200 nonagricultural jobs in August, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tell us again how the recession is over, Ban. We just LOVE that whopper!


Sep 18 10:04

Netanyahu aide: Palestinians to blame for failure of Mitchell meetings

Officials in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau accused the Palestinians on Friday of thwarting the efforts of the U.S. Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, during meetings in Israel and the West Bank to reach a deal on resuming peace talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is attempting to shift the blame here, big-time.

The problem is, the world knows precisely that Israel has refused to budge on the settlements issue.

Sep 18 10:00

Economic Duplicity: Recession and Record Profits

So while unemployment keeps rising, consumer spending is slumping, inflation is creeping up (food, gasoline, and other commodities), the commercial real estate is plunging into the abyss, the dollar is weakening, and the other half of the housing bubble is exploding, Bernanke remains hopeful!

Could it be that Mr. Bernanke is anticipating the occurrence of a contrived international incident that will trigger an invasion of Iran ? A new war is always good for a military based economy! Or maybe Bernanke’s optimism on the economy is strictly founded on the performance of the global corporations and their profit margins?

Sep 18 09:52

Israel closes down crossings into Jerusalem

"No prayer permit, no working permit, no merchant permit and no other permits, no permits what so ever will be allowed to leave (West Bank), this is the decision of the Defense Minister," Reuters quoted Captain Iyad, head of the Civil Administration, as he was talking via megaphone to the crowds at Bethlehem checkpoint on Friday.

Sep 18 09:43

America's failed model for the world

I was treated to a dose of the common wisdom that is taking hold here. Introducing myself as an American evinced a swift reaction from one sweating sauna companion:

"I don't understand you Americans. You blow billions on a useless war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and billions more to bail out banks that nearly bankrupted the world economy, but you don't ensure healthcare for your own people. Even Obama can't make a difference. It's as if your democracy doesn't work anymore."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American government and "democracy" have become a joke.

The Federal government has borrowed itself into bankruptcy, funding these wars without end, which the taxpayer is ultimately expected to repay.

But there's a problem here: the American taxpayer no longer has the means to pay those taxes, because most of the good jobs which supported American taxpayers for decades have been offshored. Losing jobs leads to losing homes, and creating a cycle of desperation not seen in this country for a long time.

And our alleged "congressional representatives"?

That's also a joke, for most Americans. These folks have simply become acquisitions of the corporations which support them, overtly and covertly, and when legislation comes up for a vote, it's usually great for these corporations, and generally lousy for We the People.

Every empire has a life-cycle. Some are short, others are long. But one thing is certain: the American empire is stunningly close to its demise, and those of us living during this time are witness to this process.


Sep 18 09:28

Jamie Rubin, Cruise Missile Liberal, Calls for Hypnotizing Americans About Afghan War

Rubin is a famed cruise missile liberal who has seldom seen a war he didn’t like. It is no surprise that he would be hitting the cable shows to support the war in Afghanistan at a time when public opinion is increasingly against US involvement.

On Morning Joe, Rubin laid out what can only be described as a crude plan to hypnotize Americans into believing falsehoods about the Afghan war. "We need to really really put to bed the issue that I think is behind everybody here, which is that this is another Vietnam," Rubin said. "And I think that Vietnam is a terribly debilitating analogy for our country. Every time something is difficult, we say, "Uh, it’s Vietnam.’ Afghanistan and Vietnam have nothing to do with each other. The whole world is on our side in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is a colossal disaster, brought about by a lethal cocktail of magical thinking, a complete contempt for understanding the history of its people, and completely knuckleheaded assumptions about the troop strength it would take to "pacify" it.

There were two reasons to be in Afghanistan; to control the flow of Eurasian oil with pipelines, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

The US and NATO have failed utterly on the first objective, but scored magnificently on the second.

And for those of you who scream, "no, that can't possibly be!", consider this; under the regime of the Taliban, the cultivation of opium poppies was almost eradicated.

Subsequent to the US/NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, illegal drug production has soared.

Sep 18 09:21

Holocaust survival tale took in many

It's sick enough that a Colorado woman seems to have posed as a Holocaust survivor. But what's almost as curious is the number of people who lined up behind her unlikely story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, they do so want to believe!!!!!!!

For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill!

Sep 18 09:14

9th annual Belleville Autumn Days Festival...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... complete with obligatory propaganda session about the holocaust!!!!!!

Sep 18 09:12

Iranians rally on 'al-Quds Day'

Pro-and anti-government demonstrators have filled the streets of the Iranian capital, Tehran, for coinciding rallies marking the country's annual Palestinian solidarity day.

Opposition supporters chanted anti-government slogans and waved green banners as they rallied on Friday in defiance of a government warning against using the annual al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally to protest.

Witnesses reported instances of clashes between the rival demonstrators as well as between opposition supporters and security forces.


Sep 18 09:08

Nato forces rely on illegal Afghan militias, report says

Nato forces in Afghanistan are increasingly reliant on illegal militias, often run by warlords responsible for human rights abuses and drug trafficking, according to an independent report published tomorrow.

New York University's Centre on International Co-operation (CIC) reports that the use of private security companies and militias is growing exponentially and accounts for up to a fifth of the funds spent on Afghan reconstruction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see.

Sep 18 09:07

FDIC Considers Borrowing From Treasury to Shore Up Deposit Insurance

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair said Friday her agency may tap its $500 billion credit line with the U.S. Treasury to replenish its deposit insurance fund, though she appeared cautious about doing so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where does Treasury get the money? They borrow it from the Federal Reserve, who just prints it up out of thin air, thereby increasing inflation, which hurts us all and will trigger a new round of bank failures.

Sep 18 09:02

Obama Missile Plan Wins Russia Praise, No Iran Shift

President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap a U.S. missile defense system in eastern Europe won praise from Russian leaders. What it didn’t win was a sign that they will cooperate to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.

Obama stressed that his reversal of President George W. Bush’s plan to place radar and missile interceptors in the Czech Republic and Poland reflects a new assessment of Iran’s missile capabilities, not a response to Russian opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is an interesting reader email with a theory about what may have happened here.

Sep 18 09:01

US fails to restrain Israel on settlement work

The third round of US-Israeli talks over Tel Aviv's illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank has ended up with no significant breakthrough.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock.


Sep 18 09:00

Is America Hooked on War?

Because the United States does not look like a militarized country, it’s hard for Americans to grasp that Washington is a war capital, that the United States is a war state, that it garrisons much of the planet, and that the norm for us is to be at war somewhere at any moment. Similarly, we’ve become used to the idea that, when various forms of force (or threats of force) don’t work, our response, as in Afghanistan, is to recalibrate and apply some alternate version of the same under a new or rebranded name — the hot one now being "counterinsurgency" or COIN — in a marginally different manner. When it comes to war, as well as preparations for war, more is now generally the order of the day.

Sep 18 08:58

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ MOTHER PALESTINE MEETS COUNT NETANYACULA

Sep 18 08:57

SHUTTLE DIPLOMACY ~~ REVOLVING DOORS

Another round of shuttle diplomacy from US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell fails to convince the Israelis to freeze settlement building. In Ramallah, Khalid Amayreh wonders how many doors are left for Mitchell to knock on

Sep 18 08:57

THE WORLD MUST NOW CHOSE…. INTERNATIONAL LAW OR THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE (ZIONISM)

Our fact-finding team found that in many cases Israel could have done much more to spare civilians without sacrificing its stated and legitimate military aims. It should have refrained from attacking clearly civilian buildings, and from actions that might have resulted in a military advantage but at the cost of too many civilian lives. In these cases, Israel must investigate, and Hamas is obliged to do the same. They must examine what happened and appropriately punish any soldier or commander found to have violated the law.


Sep 18 08:55

Relics From Our Dung Flinging Primate Past...The Reactionaries Of Cable News

Before anyone gets upset, I mean no disrespect to one of the primates above. He just missed the evolutionary cut sometime in our past. Still confused? I mean the cute furry guy second from the left... on top. I have no problem with his throwing dung. Throwing dung at those responsible for your incarceration at a zoo actually seems like a quite reasonable response. It is the intelligence of the other dung throwers pictured above that I question.

Sep 18 08:54

Forces’ firing kills two women in NWA

Two women were killed and five others, including three minors, sustained injuries when a vehicle came under fire by the security forces for violating curfew on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistan has declared a war against their own people, instead of fighting the crippling corruption which is a major root cause of the radicalization of so many Pakistani citizens.

These shootings and killings of non-combatants will only further radicalize the Pakistani people against the Zardari government, and the US.

Sep 18 08:54

Jewish groups take lead on Iran sanctions

A day of advocacy in Washington last week and a rally in New York next week mark major efforts by the American Jewish community to push the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to the forefront and increase the general sense of urgency to end it. (See page 29.)

Members of the northern New Jersey Jewish community joined more than 300 other Jewish leaders from around the country who met with legislators in Washington Sept. 10 to thank them for supporting the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009 and drum up support among those who had not yet signed on. The measure would penalize companies that help Iran import or produce refined petroleum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE!

Israel has just refused a request by the United Nations for inspections of Israel's nuclear facilities.

Since Israel wants to impose starvation tactics against Iran, which is operating within their legal rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is time for equal sanctions to be imposed on Israel for openly defying the UN and IAEA.

Fair is fair, after all.

We would not want to be accused of racial bias, would we?

Sep 18 08:50

Netanyahu Warns World to Reject Gaza War Crimes Report

The hawkish Israeli Prime Minister cautioned that world leaders had better publicly reject the report, because they might face similar accusations of war crimes for their behavior in their assorted wars as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good, then: let all war crimes by national leaders be prosecuted, right out there in the open!

Let's see... that would probably put the unholy trinity of Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney in solitary confinement at the International court of Justice at the Hague after being tried and convicted for war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

I can't think of a more proper and fitting end to their collectively blood-drenched professional careers than that, as a warning to future politicians.



Lockerdome
Sep 18 08:48

Birth control could help combat climate change

Giving contraceptives to people in developing countries could help fight climate change by slowing population growth, experts said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember National Security Study Memorandum 200? Reducing third world population was a US National Policy.

Sep 18 08:46

UN body urges Israel to allow nuclear inspection

This is good news, no it is great news. Now, let's hope it is followed up on. Though I will point out, Israel is saying they will not cooperate in any way with this resolution.

Hmmm... sounds like time for some strong sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is always the first to scream for sanctions against Iran over Iran's power station. Clearly in light of this latest defiance of the United Nations it is time for equivalent sanctions to be brought against Israel.

Sep 18 08:42

Amano: 'No hard evidence Iran seeking nukes'

There is no concrete evidence that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, incoming International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said Friday, in his first public comments on Iran's nuclear program.

"I don't see any evidence in IAEA official documents about this," Yukiya Amano told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile the American press are trying to sell "Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb" based on a claim to a "confidential report" provided anonymously to AP.

The IAEI says Iran is not building nukes.

US Intelligence agencies agree Iran is not building nukes.

But Israel wants to send YOUR kids to kill Iranians, so we are getting a flood of "confidential reports" provided anonymously to the US media to convince you there is no choice but to send your children to death and dismemberment to kill the people Israel does not like.

Study how carefully this article is written. They have this "confidential report" provided by anonymous sources, then state that the IAEA is know to have confidential reports, and leave the reader to assume that the document AP is quoting from must be from the IAEA, when that is neither proven nor confirmed.

It's another lie, just like the one that sent our children to death and dismemberment to kill the people Israel does not like in Iraq. And I would like to point out that it was Israel that claimed Iraq was building nuclear weapons underneath the power station at Osirik; a claim proven fraudulent by inspections following the 2003 invasion. So Israel (who has just refused a United Nations request to submit to inspections) has a batting average of ZERO in accurately assessing other nations' nuclear capabilities.

Sep 18 08:42

The Worms in the Apple: who's really behind that "bipartisan" call to attack Iran?

Yes, it’s a "policy center" that’s "bipartisan" – just a group of disinterested centrist policy wonks, responsible and "mainstream" to a fault, who have no real ideological agenda or axe to grind. Right?

Wrong!


Sep 18 08:34

Ahmadinejad says he won't rule out an Iran nuclear bomb

"So, may I assume, then, your answer to that question is 'no'?" Curry asked.

Again, Ahmadinejad said: "We don't need such — we don't have a such a need, nuclear weapons. We don't need nuclear weapons. Without such weapons, we are very much able to defend ourselves."

Curry pressed Ahmadinejad again on the question, noting that "people will remark that you did not say no." He replied, "You can take from this whatever you want, madam."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just as I predicted; this was a complete hatchet job on Ahmadinejad, right before US and Iranian diplomats are supposed to meet on 1 October to discuss Iran's new proposals on its nuclear power program.

Read the entire article. It does not support the propagandistic headline.

Sep 18 08:32

Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran

The U.S. intelligence community is reporting to the White House that Iran has not restarted its nuclear-weapons development program, two counterproliferation officials tell NEWSWEEK. U.S. agencies had previously said that Tehran halted the program in 2003.

Sep 18 08:31

UN body urges Israel to allow nuclear inspection

Arab states in the United Nations nuclear assembly on Friday won narrow approval of a resolution urging Israel to put all its atomic sites under the world body's inspection and join the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Israel deplored the measure for singling it out while many of its neighbors remained hostile to its existence, and said it would not cooperate with it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Defying the United Nations on the issue of weapons of mass destruction? Wasn't that one of the reasons Bush cited to bomb Iraq into rubble?

And the resolution hardly single Israel out. Iran is ALREADY a signator to the NNPT and does allow inspections, even though they do not have a weapons program.

Sep 18 08:27

Abraham Lincoln on unconstitutional US wars of invasion: courageously standing against the OBVIOUS lies

US presidents are lying about our Wars of Aggression, invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, while lying to cause a third war with Iran. Let’s review the courageous words of truth from Mr. Lincoln, and encourage ourselves to act against these treasonous and cowardly wars that have so-far killed over 5,000 American troops. The following five paragraphs from Mr. Lincoln’s speech in Congress deserve your full attention. They are written in his acclaimed concise and powerful prose.


Sep 18 08:23

The U.S. Balance Sheet: Households See Net Worth Down by $12 Trillion Since Peak and Total Debt Floating in the Market of $33 Trillion.

The Federal Flow of Funds report was released on Thursday with an expected jump in household net worth. When we did our last report, we stated that with the $13.89 trillion in wealth that evaporated to the trough, we would expect a jump in net worth to come from the massive stock market rally. The report shows this paper wealth gain that started at the end of Q1. Household net worth increased by $2 trillion from the first quarter to the end of the second quarter of 2009. Much of the increase came from the $1.36 trillion increase in corporate equities and mutual funds. Real estate grew by $139 billion. Yet this increase is merely a reflection of all the liquidity being flushed into the equity markets by the Federal Reserve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Reserve System is a giant pyramid scheme on a scale to make Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot look like a kid with scotch tape on his fingers looting the church collection plate.

The moment the first Federal Reserve Note goers into circulation, more money is owed to the banks than is actually in existence. This is why the economy must always "expand" (find new borrowers) or crash.

Welcome to the crash.

Sep 18 08:21

General Sir David Richards: allied failure ‘would intoxicate terrorists’

The new head of the British Army, General Sir David Richards, also warned last night that Nato had yet to find the right formula for success in Afghanistan. General Richards also warned that defeat for the international coalition would have an “intoxicating impact” on extremists around the world. Failure for an alliance as powerful as the NATO presence in Afghanistan would convince terrorists that “anything might be possible”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder how Sir David Richards defines "victory" in Afghanistan; because from where I sit, the only "winners" in this war right now are the defense contractors and the drug dealers.

Sep 18 08:19

20 Minutes with the Prez - New Version!

Sep 18 08:18

An Interview with Eustace Mullins

"Doc" Simmons was a man who had 2 fake medical degrees. And he is the person who created the American Medical Association as we know it today. He took it over in 1898.


Sep 18 08:17

American political parties – a dying breed

“The president has the chance to fight for those people worldwide suffering because of current economics. If he does, he can still make a great change historically. If not, the next change will be a revolution and political independence from both the Republicans and the Democrats.”

Sep 18 08:15

ANALYSIS-Booming China-India ties strained by border tension

Anger over troop deployments, reports of border incursions, and a high-pitched media debate have reignited strains between China and India over long-festering border disputes in the Himalayas.

The details of whether boots actually crossed borders are murky, but experts in both countries agree that tensions have risen, highlighting the fragility of relations between the giant neighbours jostling for dominance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither country needs another border war right now.

Let's hope that the adults in the room in Beijing and New Delhi understand that.

Sep 18 08:00

Georgia challenges Russia to detain its ships in Abkhaz waters

Georgia said on Tuesday it would resist any attempts by Russia to detain its ships in the waters of its former province of Abkhazia.

A Russian border protection service official said earlier in the day that Russian border guards would detain all vessels that violate Abkhazia's maritime border. Tbilisi considers Abkhazia and its waters part of Georgian territory, and has declared any unauthorized maritime shipments of goods illegal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation could escalate from a war of words to a shooting war in a heartbeat.

Sep 18 07:57

U.S. Rejects U.N. Proposal to Compel War Crimes Probes of Gaza Conflict

- Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, rejected a U.N. proposal to compel Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, to conduct credible investigations into war crimes during last winter's war in Gaza or face possible prosecution by an international prosecutor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) shock.


Sep 18 07:54

EU’s International Military Police Force (EGF) Can Squash Public Disobedience

Don’t worry about French UN troops, Spanish UN troops, Romanian UN troops or any other UN troops being used to quell rebellions in western nations due to bank bailouts or any other unpopular or corrupt acts by government. Not when you have the international military police force at the hands of the EU. Never heard of it? Read below.

The EU’s military police force can be deployed to squash public disobedience making sure the the status quo - otherwise called “public order” - is maintained keeping the public in order for it’s managers.

Sep 18 07:53

US scraps plans for missile defence shield in central Europe

Sep 18 07:52

NYC synagogue bomb defendants may claim entrapment

Four ex-convicts accused of plotting to bomb synagogues and shoot down military planes apparently will claim they were lured into the conspiracy with gifts including cash and fried chicken.

Defense lawyers demanded Thursday in federal court that prosecutors turn over evidence of any payments, promises or other inducements offered by an informant who infiltrated the group.

Sep 18 07:52

Taliban Returns To Pakistan; Immediate New Offensive By Pak Army In Waziristan Unlikely

There have been two spectacular attacks over the last few weeks. They came after the 'end' of the Swat military operation, and after Baitullah Mehsud's was killed in a suspected drone attack. (Notably, Mehsud was not killed by the Pakistan army, but by the United States. None of the Taliban leadership was killed or apprehended in the Swat operation.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for the US to get more involved on the ground in Pakistan much more at this point, as covertly as they can, and watch for US drone attacks to get stepped up.


Sep 18 07:52

Algerian kids falling prey to Jewish 'organ harvest'

The story, published in the Arabic-language Algerian daily al-Khabar, charges that Interpol, the international police organization, has revealed the existence of 'a Jewish gang' that was 'involved in the abduction of children from Algeria and trafficking of their organs.'

According to the story, bands of Moroccans and Algerians had been roaming the streets of Algerian cities in an attempt to hunt for young children. They then trafficked the kids across the border into neighboring Morocco.

The children were then sold to Israelis and American Jews in Oujda, the capital of eastern Morocco, for the purpose of organ harvesting in Israel and the United States.

Sep 18 07:50

Deadly second wave of swine flu 'on its way', scientists warn

A second wave of swine flu could be on its way, scientists warned last night after the number of new cases rose for the first time since July.

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"You gotta buy our vaccines. Honest!"

Sep 18 07:45

US envoy leaves Israel without key settlements deal

US Midde East envoy George Mitchell departed Israel on Friday without reaching a key agreement on the thorny issue of Jewish settlements, Israeli media reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Mitchell and Obama thought for one millisecond that such an agreement was possible is unflipping believable.

Israel wants one thing, and one thing only; territory, by any means necessary.

Sep 18 07:45

Hi-Ho, the Derry-O

Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:



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Sep 18 07:33

Allied failure in Afghanistan 'would intoxicate terrorists', says new Army chief

It is imperative that Britain sees through the mission in Afghanistan because defeat would have a 'hugely intoxicating impact on extremists worldwide', the new head of the Army has warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The loss in Afghanistan signaled the decline of the USSR. A loss in Afghanistan will signal the decline of the US and UK.

That's why Afghanistan is called the Graveyard of Empires!

Sep 18 07:29

Police doubt Hopkins student intended to use sword to kill

Police say John Pontolillo, 20, a chemistry major from New Jersey, killed the man with a single blow early Tuesday. Pontolillo has not been charged in the death of Donald D. Rice, 49, a career criminal who was released from jail just three days before the altercation. Prosecutors will determine whether charges are warranted after consulting with police, a process that could take weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This should not even be a question!

It should be a fundamental right (indeed an obvious precursor to the right to life mentioned in the Declaration of Independence) to defend oneself in ones own home. After all, history has shown that the police rarely if ever arrive in time to actually thwart a crime in progress. Usually they are too busy writing traffic tickets or glaring at anti-government protesters. The police show up after the woman is raped, the man murdered, the house looted, and they stand around in their impressive uniforms and promise justice, which is another word for revenge, a promise actually kept about one out of every thirty crimes.

The overwhelming majority of crimes which are thwarted are thwarted by private citizens using legally-owned weapons. Yes, most times it is a gun, and the good news is that usually the trigger does not have to be pulled. But a sword works just as well at close quarters in the hands of someone trained to use it, and swords can slice through many bullet proof vests unless the metal chest plates are being worn.

A Katana is a killing sword. It isn't a letter-opener. I don't think it is possible to swing it at someone and not intend to cause grievous bodily harm if not death. And I do not think it should matter. John had every right to defend himself and his property. We all do. Why are the police wasting time on this issue?

Sep 18 07:18

The Obama Gun Control Plan

The Barack Obama Gun Control Plan will impede your rights to Keep and Bear Arms under the Second Amendment. Barack Obama's Gun Control Plan will likely not be covered by the mainstream media until after the new gun laws have been swiftly approved by the Democrats controlling both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Sep 18 07:17

9/11/09 -- Gone with the rain

In general, there seemed to be fewer police, especially the storm trooper types, with their mottled bullet-proof vests, automatic rifles crossed over their chests, and neo-Nazi style helmets fastened by chin-strips, black from head to jackboots. They often stood in lines across from us, at attention and at the ready it seemed to open fire. Rumor had it, though, that many scattered throughout the ranks believe in us and our cause, especially given their numbers lost in 9/11’s grim chaos. I had some trouble believing it, because like the firemen, bless their soul, these men and women were generally conservative, whose employer after all was the government, among which were the true perps.


Sep 18 07:14

Maxine Waters: Press Should Probe Conservatives For Racist Views

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said that it's not enough for African-Americans to levy allegations of racism against the right-leaning protesters, and that the media must look into their views.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, this is a conscious decision to play the race card to protect Obama from criticism.

When black and white Americans united against the common threat of the war in Vietnam, the FBI intentionally fanned race tensions with cheap stunts like the Black Panther Coloring Book.

The US Government succeeded in turning white and blacks against each other, and once they had us divided and fighting with each other, we the people, black and white together, remained the slaves of the US Government and we the people, black and white together, continued to die in Vietnam.

Once again the US Government sees all Americans uniting in the face of a common crisis and once again the government is trying to trick us into fighting each other; to splinter us up into quarreling factions which do not pose a threat to the power structure, and laughing at how easily it appears to repeat this trick.

And if the government succeeds in repeating this trick; if they succeed in turning Americans against each other, we will all, black and white together, remain their slaves, and we will all, black and white together, continue to die in their wars.

But I know you are all too smart to fall for such an obvious trick a second time.

Sep 18 06:57

US missile system's track record: test delays, failed launches, missed targets

For a system designed to protect the country from nuclear oblivion, the US national missile defence project's history of failure has long raised eyebrows among scientists.

Years of testing have seen rocket-propelled interceptors refuse to launch from their silos, fail to separate from their boosters and miss their targets, sometimes by hundreds of miles.

Military officials can claim only a 50% hit rate, and only then in tests that are far removed from a real world attack scenario, said David Wright, a physicist and co-director of global security at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sep 18 06:20

New Version Of "What Hit The Pentagon?"

Numerous criticisms have been received of "What Hit the Pentagon?". Some pointed to errors, some were unfounded. The new version, version 4, has now been placed at the Journal of 9/11 Studies. I have attempted to correct errors and have added a preface to help explain the purpose of the paper.

http://journalof911studies.com/volume/2009/WhatHitPentagonDrLeggeAug.pdf

If this proves to provoke further criticism, a version 5 may well be produced, as I regard this issue as extremely important. The fact that explosives were used at the WTC is now widely accepted by the truth movement, as the science is now well understood. In the case of the Pentagon attack, however, there is a lack of cohesion in the movement because widely differing views are held. This damages our credibility. The paper provides a study of evidence to show what can, and more importantly, what cannot, be scientifically proved. It makes the case for avoiding asserting to the public what cannot be proved. It is important to avoid action which will impede progress toward a new investigation, with the hope of prosecution of those responsible for 9/11.



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Sep 18 06:05

60 Minutes: Cold Fusion Is Hot Again

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Sep 18 05:34

Tehran clashes 'left 13 dead'

Iran's state media has said that at least 13 people were killed on Saturday as police and pro-government militia clashed with protesters gathering over the disputed presidential election.

Television reports on Sunday blamed rioters and "terrorist groups" for the previous day's violence, saying two petrol stations and a mosque had been set alight, and a military outpost attacked.

(*I should point out that I'm posting off of Al Jazeera , because I didn't like the smell of THIS story >>> http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/133504 /

Iranian 'Anti-Israel' Rally Turns on Regime , or it's implications ; Iran's annual Quds Day – a national “holiday” of anti-Israel rallies and speeches – has taken a new turn this year, with protesters shouting down the Iranian regime instead of the Jewish state. According to Israel National News sources

update (*from al jazeera article) : Government-run television said members of the exiled Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK)opposition group were arrested in connection with Saturday's unrest.

The report claimed they were acting under British influence.

Sep 18 05:22

State Says Forced Injections, Quarantines For “Rapidly Spreading Germ,” But Not Swine Flu

Health authorities in Massachusetts have indicated that they will impose quarantines and mandatory vaccinations in the event of the H1N1 virus mutating into a lethal germ, but that forcible injections are not on the agenda for the swine flu outbreak as it stands.

Concerns about mandatory vaccination programs have been growing worldwide over recent weeks as governments have failed to unequivocally state that the swine flu shot will be voluntary, while ordering enough batches to inoculate their entire population.

These fears have been heightened by warnings from whistle blowers that law enforcement and military officials have been running drills focused around quarantining people who refuse to take the vaccine.

Sep 18 04:46

75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.

75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.
THAT'S RIGHT ! (*and here it is , a third time , for a normal mind to wrap itself around.) Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States,
(*according to a survey released today.)

Sep 18 04:37

Ohio Plans to Try Again

Ohio Plans to Try Again as Execution Goes Wrong

CINCINNATI — The State of Ohio plans to try again next week to execute a convicted rapist-murderer, after a team of technicians spent two hours on Tuesday in an unsuccessful effort to inject him with lethal drugs.

This is the first time an execution by lethal injection in the United States has failed and then been rescheduled .

September 17, 2009

Sep 17 22:49

Ahmadinejad: We don't need nuclear weapons

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran had no use for nuclear weapons, adding that the Islamic Republic would "never" abandon its disputed nuclear program to appease Western critics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, you DO need nuclear weapons. Iraq was the object lesson of what the United States does to nations that do NOT actually have nuclear arms.

Sep 17 22:48

Obama Scraps Land Missile Shield in E. Europe, says Iranian Missile attacks (?) can be Deterred by Sea

President Barack Obama has scrapped an expensive ($56 bn so far) and probably useless "missile shield" program in the Czech Republic and Poland to which Russia had vehemently objected, and which had increasingly been described as aimed not at Russia but at Iran.

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Folks, from where I sit it looks like Obama dropped the missile shield in a deal with Russia to sell out Iran.

Sep 17 22:42

NO CONCRETE PROOF THAT IRAN HAS OR HAS HAD NUCLEAR PROGRAMME – UN ATOMIC WATCHDOG

Sep 17 22:41

The Truthers are back: Charlie Sheen and ignorance

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another corporate media smear.

Sep 17 19:43

US missile system's track record: test delays, failed launches, missed targets

Military officials can claim only a 50% hit rate, and only then in tests that are far removed from a real world attack scenario, said David Wright, a physicist and co-director of global security at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With its horrendous failure rate, and bad engineering, this system should be scrapped, period, end of discussion.

Sep 17 19:28

Pelosi sounds alarm over angry tone of US politics

The angry tone of US politics, notably in a feud over health care, risks inciting violence like the unrest that led to high-profile slayings in the 1970s, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

"I saw this myself in the late 80s in San Francisco, this kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate in which violence took place," the top Democrat told reporters.

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One has to wonder if Pelosi is secretly praying for violence of such magnitude that Obama will have his excuse to declare martial law.

Sep 17 19:11

Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb

Iran experts at the U.N nuclear monitoring agency believe Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and worked on developing a missile system that can carry an atomic warhead, according to a confidential report seen by The Associated Press.

Responding to the AP report, the agency did not deny the existence of a confidential record of its knowledge and assessment of Iran's alleged attempts to make nuclear weapons. But an agency statement said the IAEA "has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon program in Iran."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how the language is shaped here.

"...quite likely to be nuclear"...."...probable testing..."

The IAEA should simply release this report, so that people can see if it is anywhere near as damning regarding the Iranian nuclear power program as this article makes it appear. The US press is already twisting it to read the way they want it to.

Note that IAEA's official position is that the IAEA "has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon program in Iran", yet the servile media headlines the story "Nuke agency says Iran can make bomb."

Sep 17 19:02

IAF chief: We must make every effort to stop delivery of S-300s

Israel needs to make every effort to stop the S-300 missile defense system from reaching countries where the air force may need to fly, IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan has told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview.

"We need to make every effort to stop this system from getting to places where the IAF needs to operate or may need to operate in the future," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...where the IAF needs to operate or may need to operate in the future"

Could this guy be any more obvious if he tried?!?!?!?

And so, Commander Nehustan, just what is your game plan for preventing Russia from delivering these weapons, if diplomacy doesn't work (and it appears that Netanyahu's visit last week to Moscow bore no fruit on the issue), then what?

War with Russia?!?

Didn't think so.

This story appears to have been engineered to justify pushing up a strike against Iran. Were I a betting person, I wouldn't be against some kind of "October Surprise", after Ahmedinejad's ministers have met with US diplomats on the first of October regarding their nuclear reactor program.

Sep 17 18:02

Venezuela, China sign 16 bn dollar oil deal

President Hugo Chavez has said that Chinese and Russian oil companies have agreed to invest USD 36 billion in Venezuela's oil production over the next three years.

Sep 17 17:34

Brave Whistleblower

Forced vaccinations, a whistleblower's warning:
Running Roadblocks - Quarantine - Shackles

The original poster of the video was endtimes777 - a very brave young woman. She is (as far as we know) a 37 year old Army Engineer and over the weekend of Sept 12-13 in the LA are attended a drill with colleagues, including California Highway Patrol, LA County Sheriffs, and LAPD.

Honor this woman by spamming this as far and wide as possible !

Sep 17 17:03

Cigarettes and alcohol will take 10 years off your life

Falling under a bus can take 70 years off your life...

Sep 17 16:15

Just One Pill Away

Humanity is on the verge of a gigantic leap forward in health promotion with rapid-fire discoveries that a single vitamin pill may vanquish cancer and heart disease, the two leading causes of mortality in the U.S., as well as quell autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus), diminish the occurrence of diabetes, reduce obesity, and effectively treat multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and high blood pressure, plus conquer the common cold and even defeat tuberculosis, an infectious lung disease that affects one-third of the people of the world.

Literally leading medicine "out of dark ages" is the sunshine vitamin – vitamin D.

Sep 17 16:04

Race Issue Highlights Gubernatorial Debate Between Deeds, McDonnell

Democrat R. Creigh Deeds said "a hint of racism" underlies some of the visceral opposition to President Obama, even as he declined to identify himself Thursday as "an Obama Democrat."

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Sep 17 16:02

Boston launches flu shot tracking

Using technology originally developed for mass disasters, Boston disease trackers are embarking on a novel experiment - one of the first in the country - aimed at eventually creating a citywide registry of everyone who has had a flu vaccination.

Sep 17 16:02

Scientists pull a temporary about-face on global warming

When a leading proponent for one point of view suddenly starts batting for the other side, it's usually newsworthy.

So why was a speech last week by Prof. Mojib Latif of Germany's Leibniz Institute not given more prominence?

Sep 17 16:01

Sceptics seize on climate cooling model

Could it be true that global temperatures will fall before they rise? That's the thrust of a presentation at last week's World Climate conference. Mojib Latif of Kiel University in Germany suggested that cooling caused by natural factors could suppress global temperatures for several years, after which they will start to rise again.

Sep 17 16:00

Nano Particles used in Untested H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines

Vaccines which have been approved by the responsible government authorities for vaccination against the alleged H1N1 Influenza A Swine Flu have been found to contain nano particles. Vaccine makers have been experimenting with nanoparticles as a way to “turbo charge” vaccines for several years. Now it has come out that the vaccines approved for use in Germany and other European countries contain nanoparticles in a form that reportedly attacks healthy cells and can be deadly.

Sep 17 15:12

Why Is Obama Still Using Blackwater?

Two years ago on September 16, 2007, on a steamy hot Baghdad day with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, a heavily armed Blackwater convoy entered a congested intersection at Nisour Square in the Mansour district of the Iraqi capital. The once-upscale section of Baghdad was still lined with boutiques, cafes and art galleries dating back to better days. The ominous caravan consisted of four large armored vehicles with machine guns mounted on top.

Sep 17 14:00

Obama Agriculture Secretary Admits CFR Influences “Climate Change” Agenda

Asked about emissions trading or “cap and trade” and its effect on Oklahoma’s agricultural economy, Vilsack noted having taken part in a recent climate change task force project with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Global Climate Change is the "crisis" by which the new global government will be sold to you.

Sep 17 13:59

ISRAEL: A MINORITY OF TWO

The Israeli press is abuzz with commentaries regarding the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which can be read HERE.

Below, find two of the best reports on the situation, both from HaAretz.

Sep 17 13:31

FedEx earnings fall 53 percent

FedEx Corp. said Thursday it sees signs of improvement in the global economy as international shipments pick up, but warned its profit will remain weak at least through the end of the year.

Sep 17 13:31

Goldstone's daughter: My father's participation softened UN Gaza report

Had Richard Goldstone not served as the head of the UN inquiry into the Gaza war, the accusations against Israel would have been harsher, Goldstone's daughter, Nicole, said in an interview conducted in Hebrew with Army Radio on Wednesday.

"My father took on this job because he thought he is doing the best thing for peace, for everyone, and also for Israel," Nicole Goldstone told Army Radio.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's a partial whitewash and still Israel bitches about it.

Sep 17 11:50

Today Is Constitution Day

It's Constitution Day folks!

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