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CURRENT EVENTS

Nov 28 06:54

Flashback: How Did Mossad Know the London Bombings Were Going to Happen?

...the Mossad office in London received advance notice about the attacks, but only six minutes before the first blast...

Nov 28 06:33

Commodities to fall, Oil into the teens, and Gold to $250

In the current climate it is easy to look around and find dire predictions. That's why you are reading this post. It is all part of depression era market psychology. Nothing surprises us any more.

So, I am serious about these predictions?

You bet I am. The worldwide financial systems are wrecked to the up side.

We are now peering over the edge of the abyss.

And just because the fed has sloshed around more than few trillion dollars at the bottom of a their leaky bucket, it is all going into efforts that do nothing to increase demand.

No one has any money.

Nov 28 05:59

(Video) Mumbai- A CIA/Mossad Job? (Humor with a serious message)

If you're offended by a few four letter words, don't watch this video from FKN News.

Nov 28 00:36

Conspiracy to start war with Pakistan ?

Friday, November 28 2008, Ziqa'ad 29, 1429

Conspiracy against Pak is unfolding

Akhtar Jamal

"Islamabad—An expected conspiracy aimed at isolating and possibly targeting Pakistan is believed to be unfolding and senior observers here fear that “Mumbai’s terrorist attack” may serve as the major motivation to implement that scheme.

Nov 27 23:53

2 US spies killed inTaj Hotel

[This article may not stay available due to its source.]

US spies killed in serial attacks, experts
begin to debate nuke security
By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: Though Indian government has refrained to drag Islamabad directly into the Mumbai terror attacks, insinuations suggest that fresh strains on the diplomatic relations between the two countries are on cards once again. It is believed that terrorists have identified and then killed two senior American intelligence officers who were staying at the posh Taj Palace Hotel on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

Nov 27 18:19

Harvard Teaching Hospital Reviewing J&J Ties to Psychiatry Unit

Bloomberg.com By Rob Waters and Julie Ziegler

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Massachusetts General Hospital will investigate conflicts of interest at a child psychiatry research center it established with funding from Johnson & Johnson, maker of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

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Mass General, Harvard University, Johnson & Johnson, lots of money, and, kids being doped up on Risperdal because the process was greased. Jail time is required to renew faith in the institutions. I'll never have faith in any doctor, regardless. Doctors don't make these posts.

Nov 27 12:56

Suspect arrested in TV anchor's slaying

Staff Writer CNN

Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas did not say what led investigators to name Vance as a suspect, but he said it was "a very, very solid case due to solid detective work."

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I don't know about this, a bubble-headed bleach blonde news anchor is beaten to death and they arrest some 28 year old black guy named Curtis...

What is the motive?

Nov 27 12:46

Tiger leader makes defiant speech

Staff Writer BBC South Asia

The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka has said that the government is living in "dreamland" if it expects outright military victory.

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There is a massive glut of dreamland worldwide.

Nov 27 12:08

Bullying

I've always been a bully, since as long as I can remember.

Bullying gets a lot of bad press in our world of late.

It wasn't always so, but these humanitarian schmucks have the floor and the gavel with so much wrong in the world, and so many complaining about it all the time.

But no one knows what to do about anything anymore.

And the number of people screaming to be bullied is skyrocketing.

It's too bad. Because a lot of what is wrong in the world could be very quickly cured with just a little well-placed bullying.

Nov 27 07:42

Indian Navy delegation in Russia to review ongoing projects

A top-level Indian delegation led by Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral P R Suthan is here to review ongoing naval projects, including trials and delivery of Nerpa nuclear attack submarine to be leased to India next year and the refit of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier.

Nov 26 18:34

Ruthlessly dedicated to the preservation of whatever.

IN this age where terrorism, false flags, the end of the financial system, and trillions of dollars all can come up within a single article without shocking a single reader, one has to wonder, by what measure might we see life jump back out of the fast lane before, or after, the bloody, fatal crash everyone seems to be predicting, coming from one source or another, as it most assuredly is?

Nov 26 17:33

Intelligence chiefs were expecting Al-Qaeda spectacular

Western intelligence services have been expecting an al-Qaeda spectacular terrorist attack in this crucial period between the end of President George Bush’s administration and the succession of Barack Obama.

Signals intelligence “chatter” in recent weeks indicated that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organisation might be plotting an attack “to grab the headlines” before Mr Obama takes over in the White House on January 20.

British security and intelligence sources said there had been increasing concern, particularly in the United States, that a “terrorist spectacular” was on the cards.

Nov 26 17:31

Mumbai Attacks To Be Blamed On Pakistan?

Coordinated attacks across Mumbai, India’s financial capital, which have killed up to a hundred people and injured hundreds more, are likely to be blamed on a terrorist organization linked to the Pakistani ISI, providing further justification for controversial U.S. bombings inside Pakistani territory and heightened rhetoric against Pakistan on behalf of President elect Barack Obama.

Nov 26 16:23

Video - Cenk Uygur (theyoungturks.com) explains how the mainstream media actually works

Basically by kissing ass. Cenk shows with examples from Chris Matthew's show how media talking heads suck up to those in power and downplay or ignore the negative stories about politicians. Their main objective being to maintain their influence and access to prominent politicians, not to tell their audiences the truth about what is actually going on.

Nov 26 09:10

WRH Thought for the day

I just noted today's WRH Thought For The Day.

In order for an act to be a crime, libertarians say, someone must be harmed [and?] there must be a victim. Anything that's peaceful, voluntary, and honest should be tolerated regardless of whether we agree with it. Part of the price of our own freedom is allowing others to be free. - Scott Banister, www.libertarian.org

I do not know Scott Banister the woeful grammarian.

But this little aphorist whirligig is typical Libertarian tripe that fails at even the most rudimentary of logical levels.

Nov 26 06:20

Maybe Ralph Nader was right: "Obama Chooses Wall Street Over Main Street."

Obama Chooses Wall Street Over Main Street

By Robert Scheer

Maybe Ralph Nader was right in predicting that the same Wall Street hustlers would have a lock on our government no matter which major party won the election. I hate to admit it, since it wasn’t that long ago that I heatedly challenged Nader in a debate on this very point.

Nov 25 14:00

Dear Barack: things you should know about Turkey

Soner Cagaptay - The Daily Star - Tuesday, November 25

Obamamania in Turkey will help you change America's image [...]
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This is an amazing look at how Soner Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the published author of "Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey" views the world and the prospect of having a Barack Obama as President of the United States, versus a George W. Bush or a John McCain.

Soner's view is not merely racist with a ready-made inferiority complex to back up this exuberant racism.

Nov 25 11:44

Obama urges careful spending as he names budget chief

Houston Chronicle - By BETH FOUHY and JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press

CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama pledged to make deficit reduction a goal of his administration today — but only after recovery from the financial crisis is well under way. "We are going to have to jump start the economy," he said.
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One problem with jump starting the economy, is it has been tried and the bailouts keep getting bigger and closer together.

Nov 25 11:27

Men guilty over fake penis scam

The makers of a prosthetic penis to help men cheat on drugs tests have pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy in a US federal court.

The two men, George Wills and Robert Catalano, had been selling the device - known as the Whizzinator - over the internet for three years.

The device was sold with a heating element and fake urine to help people test negative for illegal substances.

Nov 24 11:57

Citibank Scam: Why is the U.S. Bailing Out an United Arab Emirates Owned Bank?

The nation's biggest banking firm counts as one of its top stakeholders Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

As of last year, the prince owned more than $3 billion in Citigroup shares through his company, Kingdom Holding Company. In January, he was one of eight investors to buy a total of $12.5 billion in Citigroup securities.

Nov 24 06:19

Hospital to bury unclaimed organs

Parents of children whose organs were removed without consent at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital have just over six months to claim the body parts.

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Claim the body parts?! WTF?

This is a story about the aftermath of organized medicine giving the Catholic Church a run for the immoral money.

It's called corporate greed in either case.

Nov 24 05:28

The Bailout's Hubris to Nowhere

I awoke this morning with a question in my mind that seemed important. I noted it.

I then read about the $20bn overnight bailout of Citigroup Bank.

My overnight question nagged me more for an answer.

Nov 23 18:57

UK brought to standstill as five inches of snow falls in an hour

Severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office for much of the south east of England, the east of England, the East Midlands and Yorkshire, with the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall prompting fears of traffic chaos.

The heaviest snowfall was in Aberdeen, where 14 centimetres (5.5ins) of snow fell between Saturday and Sunday.

Norfolk and Lincolnshire were the most affected places in England, with up to five centimetres (2.4 ins) falling in just one hour.

Nov 23 18:57

UK brought to standstill as five inches of snow falls in an hour

Severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office for much of the south east of England, the east of England, the East Midlands and Yorkshire, with the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall prompting fears of traffic chaos.

The heaviest snowfall was in Aberdeen, where 14 centimetres (5.5ins) of snow fell between Saturday and Sunday.

Norfolk and Lincolnshire were the most affected places in England, with up to five centimetres (2.4 ins) falling in just one hour.

Nov 23 17:20

The ‘Good War’ Isn’t Worth Fighting

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor | Transitions | RORY STEWART
Published: November 22, 2008

"We invaded [Afghanistan] intending to attack Al Qaeda and provide development assistance."

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Rory Stewart is full of it as he makes the case Afghanstan is a lost cause.

Afghanistan is a lost cause because there is no possible way to put a pipeline through Afghanistan's rugged interior terrain and then protect it from attack.

Eat your heart out NY Times. You read it here first on What Really Happened.

Nov 23 07:53

Valley Girls: Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki

By Maggie Shiels
Technology Reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley

"I really like people and I really like sick people," said Ms Wojcicki.

"It's a really acute moment in someone's life and you want to help them. I have always been interested in health care and doing something that is dramatic."

Ms Avey is similarly motivated and was inspired to do good by her parents.

"I grew up in South Dakota where my dad was a Lutheran minister and my mom was a nurse," she said.

Nov 23 07:40

Beheadings in Guatemala jail riot

A fight between rival gangs in a Guatemalan prison has left seven prisoners dead, five of them beheaded, officials said.

Nov 23 07:35

UBS loses favour with angry Swiss

Staff Writer BBC

Using Switzerland's system of direct democracy, he has collected the required 100,000 signatures to hold a nationwide referendum to end, as he puts it, "the corporate rip off."

His proposal would forbid golden handshakes, bonuses would be performance related, and excessive salaries banned.

Perhaps luckily for Swiss business leaders, it will be a year or so before this goes to the vote - because given the current national mood, if the polling stations opened tomorrow, Mr Minder's idea would be a shoo in.

Nov 22 16:20

How Many Clinton Retreads Does It Take to Screw Up an Obama Administration?

Now, there is a virtual one-stop shop for anyone interested in Obama’s prescription for change. Written by Jeremy Scahill, this piece titled, “This Is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House” details all the people posed to shape Obama’s foreign policy.

Nov 22 11:18

Federal Reserve Notes VS. United States Notes

There is no reason for any free people to have to make interest payments on the printing of their own money! Abe Lincoln and John F. Kennedy both had United States Notes issued in order to save the American People a fortune in interest payments that shouldn't even exist in the first place

Nov 22 08:50

THE DEEP FREEZE AS ARCTIC SNOWS SWEEP IN

BLIZZARDS battered the north of Britain yesterday as temperatures fell to minus 4C – colder than Siberia.

And weathermen warned that it will get worse today as a big freeze settles in across Scotland and northern England then spreads to the east and south.

Up to six inches of snow is forecast to fall on higher ground as a bitterly cold front sweeps in from eastern Europe.

If the planet is getting inexorably hotter and the polar ice caps are rapidly disappearing then where is all of this cold coming from?

Nov 22 04:29

Sea eagles could be reintroduced

BBC Staff Writer

Conservationists are planning to bring the sea eagle, the UK's largest bird of prey, back to the skies above England.

The bird, known as "flying barn doors" because of its size, could be reintroduced into Norfolk next summer if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

And with only about 7,000 pairs of the eagle in the world, establishing a population in England could also help global efforts to conserve the species, Dr Tew added.

Nov 22 04:00

Hairspray linked to birth defect

Health Staff Writer BBC

Boys born to women exposed to hairspray in the workplace may have a higher risk of being born with a genital defect.

Imperial College London scientists talked to women who had babies with hypospadias, where the urinary tract is found away from the penis.

They reported that hairspray exposure more than doubled the risk.

"My advice has long been that women who are planning a pregnancy should avoid (or at least minimise) use of cosmetics, body creams/lotions etc, especially in the first three months of pregnancy.

Nov 21 20:37

You And What 44 Other Armies?

The United States is projected to spend more on defense in FY 2009 than the next 45 highest spending countries combined, yet a push by conservatives and the military, backed by arms companies, is trying to lock the defense budget at 4% of GDP.

Nov 21 18:11

Fla. teen commits suicide with live Web audience

A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live webcam as some computer users egged him on, others tried to talk him out of it, and another messaged OMG in horror when it became clear it was no joke. Some watchers contacted the Web site to notify police, but by the time officers entered Abraham Biggs' home - a scene also captured on the Internet - it was too late.

Nov 21 18:06

Fla. teen commits suicide with live Web audience

A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live webcam as some computer users egged him on, others tried to talk him out of it, and another messaged OMG in horror when it became clear it was no joke. Some watchers contacted the Web site to notify police, but by the time officers entered Abraham Biggs' home - a scene also captured on the Internet - it was too late.

Nov 21 18:05

Fla. teen commits suicide with live Web audience

A college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live webcam as some computer users egged him on, others tried to talk him out of it, and another messaged OMG in horror when it became clear it was no joke. Some watchers contacted the Web site to notify police, but by the time officers entered Abraham Biggs' home - a scene also captured on the Internet - it was too late.

Nov 21 13:53

U.S. Stocks Rally as Geithner Chosen by Obama to Head Treasury Department

Bloomberg.com By Eric Martin

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded from an 11-year low after President- elect Barack Obama picked New York Federal Reserve Bank chief Timothy Geithner to head the Treasury.

"This news could really give the stock market a badly needed shot in the arm," Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York, wrote in an e-mail to clients. Geithner is a "fantastic choice to help lead the financial markets out of the wilderness."

Nov 21 10:35

DA in Cheney case explains failure to appear

“Hearings are not done that way,” he said. “The judge doesn’t say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be there tomorrow.' That’s not the way it works. They put it on the docket. They give you three days notice.”

At least a dozen defense lawyers did show up, armed with motions to have Monday’s grand jury indictments thrown out as baseless.

But presiding District Judge Manuel Bañales said that without the prosecutor present he could not hear those motions...

Nov 21 07:38

[Video] Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada

No-one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No-one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes; and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us.

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Nov 21 07:22

China-Peru Trade Agreement Expands China's Reach in Latin America

China and Peru signed a free trade agreement Wednesday that will pave the way for further cooperation between the two countries and broaden China’s influence in Latin America.

Nov 20 23:00

General Motors to Invest $1 Billion in Brazil Operations -- Money to Come from U.S. Rescue Program

General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in Brazil to avoid the kind of problems the U.S. automaker is facing in its home market, said the beleaguered car maker.

According to the president of GM Brazil-Mercosur, Jaime Ardila, the funding will come from the package of financial aid that the manufacturer will receive from the U.S. government...

Nov 20 22:24

DA in Cheney case to be taken into protective custody

Guerra has telephoned in from Mexico and Houston to selected Texas media outlets claiming he did not know he was supposed to be in court yesterday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers will likely wait for Guerra to cross the international bridge near Reynosa or catch him driving on U.S. 77 southbound from Houston; either tonight or early tomorrow. He will then be taken into protective custody and escorted to court in Raymondville tomorrow morning.

Nov 20 22:07

US Airways Loses Your 83-Year-Old Mother

It's bad enough when they lose your luggage, but what do you do when the airline loses your 83-year-old mother? File a claim? Poor Vera Kuemmel had to answer this very question as she waited in vain at the baggage claim of the Tampa airport.

From 10Connects:

Wheelchair-bound Elfride Kuemmel was on her way back home to Tampa Monday when a US Airways employee wheeled her on to the wrong connecting flight.

The 83-year-old wound up in Puerto Rico, where she was initially told she'd have to spend the night at the airport.

Nov 20 21:53

Parrot given Prozac after owner dies

Fred, an African Grey parrot, was owned by George Dance, who had rasied him from a chick.

After Mr Dance died nine months ago, Fred became depressed and bit off all of his neck feathers. He also began to bob his head up and down all day as a result of his low mood.

The bird has now been prescribed a twice-daily liquid dose of a bird-friendly version of Prozac, called Clomicalm.

Nov 20 21:50

Mysterious fireball lights up western Canadian sky

CTV Calgary has also received several calls about the fireball, and one witness said it was so bright that it was visible from the Deerfoot freeway in the city's core.

Other witnesses in Lloydminster, located on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan, said the light was so strong that it appeared to be daylight when it passed over the area.

And locals at the Red Pheasant First Nation, 100 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, said the walls of their band office shook when the fireball streaked overhead.

Nov 20 17:16

(Video)Jeremy Scahill debates David Corn over Obama's Foreign Policy on Democracy Now (1 of 3)

Jeremy Scahill is the investigative journalist and author who wrote the recent book on the rise of the Blackwater mercenary army.

In these three Youtube videos he debates/discusses with David Corn the likely direction of Obama'a foreing policy in light of Obama's recent appointments and selections for participation in the transition team.

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBRB06m2SZc

Part 2

Nov 20 11:27

Strange 'Cheney' case takes a strange twist

Willacy County prosecutor Juan Angel Guerra's no-show ruined hopes their motions would quickly quash cases against their clients and stumped the presiding judge as well.

“At the very least, I expected the district attorney to be here,” Manuel Bañales said, asking Guerra's office manager, “Do you know where he is?”

Nov 20 06:24

'Joe the Plumber' lands book deal

I'm feeling whoozie and zeeing zerious doublez. I think I'm going to blow the lunch I haven't even eaten yet.

First Sarah Palin signs a book deal. And now Joe the Plumber!

My prospective publisher New Society Publishers is worried about the number of trees that get cut down in order to publish a book. And they are in Canada where there is hardly what could be called a shortage of trees!

Nov 19 22:28

Lost bird's 'phone call' to owner

A missing cockatiel is now safe and sound at home after confirming its own name in a phone call to its owner.

Accountant Sue Hill, who found the bird in Wrexham, was put in touch with a possible owner by a local vet.

When she called the number she let the bird listen to the voice at the other end of the phone - at which point it chirped its own name: "Smokey."

Mrs Hill said it was the first time the bird had spoken, which convinced her she had found its owner.

Nov 19 16:16

Arts Patron Guilty in Fraud Case

DANIEL J. WAKIN NY Times

Mr. Vilar, 67, blinked when the first guilty verdict was pronounced by the foreman in a United States District courtroom but remain stone-faced. His former partner and co-defendant, Gary A. Tanaka, 65, was convicted of three of the counts.

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The two men, former partners in Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., were charged in a 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy and securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Mr. Tanaka was found guilty of conspiracy, securities fraud and investment advisor fraud.

Nov 19 06:12

Obama: Oratory and originality

By Stephanie Holmes BBC News

US President-elect Barack Obama's rhetorical skill, his ability to captivate and inspire audiences with his powerful speeches, has led many writers to describe him as "the greatest orator of his generation".

Nov 17 15:50

FREE Garikoitz Aspiazu !

Garikoitz Aspiazu, aka "Txeroki", is a fighter in the movement for an independent Basque nation.

Out of expediency Garikoitz Aspiazu is being treated as a civil prisoner when he is clearly a political prisoner.

The slimeball Sarkozy is bragging he caught him.

Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, doesn't care who caught Garikoitz Aspiazu. He just wants to cut his balls off and stuff them in his mouth.

Face it. You've got to either put up, or shut up in this world.

Nov 17 12:26

Somali pirates seize supertanker loaded with crude

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Somali pirates hijacked a supertanker hundreds of miles off the Horn of Africa, seizing the Saudi-owned ship loaded with crude and its 25-member crew, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

It was the largest ship pirates have seized, and the farthest out to sea they have successfully struck.

Nov 17 00:33

France holds 'Eta military head'

The suspected military chief of the Basque separatist group, Eta, has been arrested in southern France, the French interior minister has announced.

Michele Alliot-Marie said Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, alias "Txeroki", was arrested overnight in the Pyrenees.

Nov 16 20:46

International Military Drill To Be Held In December

Personnel from around the globe will converge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 for the largest rescue exercise of its kind.

The effort, dubbed Angel Thunder, will involve the U.S. Army and Air Force, troops from Germany, Chile, Colombia and observers from Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Pakistan.

Nov 16 10:52

Indonesia tsunami warning after Sulawesi quake

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake struck in the area of northern Sulawesi, the country's meteorological agency said via a telephone text message on Monday.

The quake had magnitude of 7.7 and struck in the Gorontalo area of Sulawesi island at a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the agency said.

Nov 15 14:25

Rothschild sees a New World Order

Gradually the firm has started expanding throughout the world, including the Gulf. “There is no debate that Rothschild is a Jewish family, but we are proud to be in this region. However, it takes time to develop a global footprint,” he says.

Baron Rothschild shares most people’s view that there is a New World Order. In his opinion, banks will deleverage and there will be a new form of global governance.

So how did the Rothschilds manage to emerge relatively unscathed from the financial meltdown? “You could say that we may have more insights than others..."

Nov 15 12:34

A Ticket to The Hague for Dick Cheney?

By Scott Horton

Gene Burns is one of the nation’s most popular talk radio hosts. For years he has dismissed accounts of torture; America, he has said, does not torture. But last night, after watching Torturing Democracy and realizing that he had not understood how important and serious an issue torture had become, Burns abruptly changed his tune. Here’s a transcript of his remarks.

Nov 14 21:30

Union fights for Pa. bus driver who hit pedestrian

A union is fighting the firing of municipal bus driver in northwestern Pennsylvania who struck and killed a surgeon three years ago and then hit another pedestrian in September. That was the third time the driver hit a civilian since 2000.

Nov 14 13:25

Bailout Anger Boiling: "Is Kashkari A Chump?"

Kashkari: The secretary is very passionate about this as well-

Kucinich: Passionate about what?

Kashkari: Helping homeowners, congressman -

Kucinich: wwww- he is? in what country??

Nov 14 10:38

Kucinich Questioning Kashkari on CSPAN Now

'Nobody doubts, Mr. Kashkari, that you are working hard. "Our question is who are you working for.'

Nov 14 06:37

Large numbers of Nigerian children are abandoned, abused and tortured for being "witches."

"Saving Africa's Witch Children"

In some of the poorest parts of Nigeria, where evangelical religious fervor is combined with a belief in sorcery and black magic, many thousands of children are being blamed for catastrophes, death and famine: and branded witches.

Denounced as Satan made flesh by powerful pastors and prophetesses, these children are abandoned, tortured, starved and murdered: all in the name of Jesus Christ.

Nov 13 19:12

Bald Boomers, and The Hubris of the American Oligarch in the Age of Obama

This site has a plethora of Libertarian posters that serve up libations to the reading public. Where are they?

They have failed to point out that two bald Boomers have seized control of everyone’s economic prospects.

The Age of the American Entrepreneur has been eclipsed by The Age of the Bailouts.

What does this mean for the makeup of American society and the future of everyone’s children who will inherit it?

Nov 13 18:35

Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State?

Both NBC News and the Washington Post are reporting that there is talk about Hillary Clinton being under consideration for Secretary of State in the Obama administration

Nov 13 10:18

Hate Laws - Putting Beliefs Behind Bars

The new TV show Life on Mars features a cop thrown back in time to 1973. On a recent episode, the cop from 2008 calls an assault a "hate crime." His buddy, a cop from 1973, retorts, "As opposed to an "I really, really like you crime?""

His witty comeback points out the commonsense response to the idea of a "hate crime:" all violence comes from evil emotions. We should not classify some rapes as more hateful or some assaults as more biased. This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being.

Nov 13 10:09

Eurofighter came within half a SECOND of hitting private jet in 530mph dive-bomb practice

A Eurofighter came within half a second of hitting a private jet after screaming past the plane at 530mph while diving, it has been revealed.

The RAF’s £138million Typhoon was simulating a bombing run with a ‘high-angled strafe’ when it flew past just 240ft from the Hawker Siddeley 125, which was preparing to land at an airport.

They missed each other by ‘the blink of an eye’, air traffic experts said.

The incident near Louth, Lincs, was classed as an ‘A’ by the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airprox Board — meaning there was a ‘definite risk of collision’.

Nov 13 10:02

Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat

A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.

The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.

They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

Nov 13 09:17

3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation

North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.

Nov 12 21:44

Beth Ann Kucinich, 48, the younger sister of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, died Tuesday

Beth Ann Kucinich, 48, the younger sister of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, died Tuesday at the Cleveland VA Medical Center after suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Her three-week battle with the illness ended with her family at her side, according to a statement from the family.

Nov 11 16:43

Vegas May Lower Gambling Age to 18

An idea is floating around Nevada to lower the state's gambling age from 21 to 18. A gaming industry lawyer says it has the potential to create a windfall of new business.

Nov 11 04:59

Policeman held for India blasts

A policeman has been arrested in connection with the last month's bomb blasts in India's north-eastern Assam state which killed more than 80 people.

Constable Chandra Bodo was arrested on Monday for allegedly planting a bomb in a car in the state's capital, Guwahati.

Nov 10 10:21

Reports: Russian accident sub intended for India

Armed with cruise missiles capable of hitting targets 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) away, Akula-class subs are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian attack submarines. A sub of that class could unsettle the military balance of power in Asia, dramatically bolstering India's navy capability as it jockeys with China for influence over energy supply routes in the Indian Ocean.

Nov 10 08:55

Pilot struck blind in flight shepherded to safe landing by RAF

A light aircraft pilot who went blind in mid-air after suffering a stroke at 4,500 metres (15,000ft) was shepherded in to land by an RAF aircraft.

Jim O'Neill, 65, was flying his four-seater Cessna over North Yorkshire when he lost his sight and called for help.

O'Neill was flying home to Essex from a holiday in Scotland when he had the stroke, and descended to 1,500ft. With the instrument panel a blur, he failed four times to land at Full Sutton airstrip near York, and was diverted to Linton-on-Ouse.

Nov 06 19:14

Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. ... His comments echo those of the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who told Sky News last year that intelligence suggested terrorists were trying to get their hands on materials and know how to make a dirty bomb.

Nov 06 10:56

"America's Great Hope" by Immortal Technique

My cup of hope is full, but I sip it slowly, because hope is a powerful drug.

Nov 06 09:14

How to entertain your pet: barmy advice from the British!

Under a new government-issued code of practice, British cat and dog owners are now obliged to provide “entertainment” and "mental stimulation" for their pets.

The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."

"You should ensure that your cat has enough mental stimulation from you and from its environment to avoid boredom and frustration,” the document proceeds to point out.

Nov 06 09:10

Robert Rubin Says He Won't Be Joining the Obama Administration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said he will not be joining the administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Nov 05 15:40

Fed Warns Consumers About Pitches on Phony U.S. Lending Program

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve cautioned consumers against fraudulent solicitations claiming access to a nonexistent federal consumer loan program.

Nov 04 12:05

How they flip votes with paper ballots

A friend in Florida just told me of his experience in voting this morning. He wasn't hampered in any way because they use paper ballots. But what he told me is startling. They could be trying to turn the flow of red to blue votes. If this is widespread, it could have a significant impact across the country where paper ballots are used.

Here's his story ...

I was standing in line and started reading a sign. The sign said:

Nov 04 09:10

Obama votes as people line up to cast ballots

Democrat Barack Obama joined the nation's earliest voters Tuesday as people around the nation began lining up to cast ballots in a historic election pitting Republican John McCain against the man seeking to become the first black president in U.S. history.

Did his vote flip?

Nov 04 09:09

Obama votes as people line up to cast ballots

Democrat Barack Obama joined the nation's earliest voters Tuesday as people around the nation began lining up to cast ballots in a historic election pitting Republican John McCain against the man seeking to become the first black president in U.S. history.

Can we be certain his vote didn't flip?

Nov 02 10:59

Locked in toilet for four days

A MAN has told how he endured four days trapped in a toilet at his local bowling club.

David Leggat, 55, had to endure 16 hours a day in complete darkness with no food, no heating and no idea when help would arrive.

Crucially, he had no mobile phone to summon rescuers. And because the lavatory is in the depths of the building, his cries for help went unheard, the UK's Daily Mail reported.

Sleep was practically impossible on the cold, hard tiles and the only way to keep warm was by putting his feet in a sink he filled with hot water.

Nov 01 15:05

High performance ram [pic]

Nov 01 12:23

In Memorium: Studs Terkel

Politically active until the end, Terkel likened "the war on terror" to the war on witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, and spoke of a "national Alzheimer’s disease" where Americans forget everything that has happened in the nation's history, and know only whatever lies President Bush tells them.

Nov 01 02:01

Great Stunt Pilot

Oct 31 05:21

Sorry America, but you are not #1

Oct 30 18:47

Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

Oct 30 18:47

Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

Oct 30 18:46

Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

Oct 30 10:55

De Menezes witnesses say police gave no warning

A couple sitting opposite Jean Charles de Menezes said that they never heard undercover police identify themselves before they shot the innocent Brazilian, an inquest heard today.

Ralph Livock was travelling with his girlfriend Rachel Wilson when they saw several men with guns board the train at Stockwell Tube station and move towards Mr de Menezes with their weapons raised.

They said that they had no idea if the men were pranksters, police or terrorists and realised the severity of the situation only when the shooting started and Ms Wilson found that she was covered in blood.

Oct 30 09:52

Don’t tell my mother I work at the White House. She thinks I play the piano in a whore house.

by William Blum

The Anti-Empire Report

Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

Oct 30 08:47

The End of International Law?

A parallel new Bush doctrine is emerging, in the last days of the soon-to-be-ancien regime, and it needs to be strangled in its crib. Like the original Bush doctrine -- the one that Sarah Palin couldn't name, which called for preventive military action against emerging threats -- this one also casts international law aside by insisting that the United States has an inherent right to cross international borders in "hot pursuit" of anyone it doesn't like.

Oct 29 21:57

Banks To Us: "Thanks For The Cash - Now Fu*# Off, Suckers"

Remember the $700B that was *desperately* needed so the banks could loan it? Well, the banks took the cash, but they're holding on to it instead of loaning it - and they're not ashamed to say so.

From today's NY Times: Loans? Did We Say We’d Do Loans?

Oct 28 08:46

Vote Flipping Caught on Tape

Video the Vote went to Jackson County, WV, in response to numerous reports of machine vote flipping. The local county clerk showed us the machines in question, but the demonstration left us with serious questions, as the machine continued to malfunction even after it was calibrated.

Oct 28 05:31

Extremists to be barred from UK

Tougher measures to prevent extremists entering the UK have been announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

The changes mean it will be up to the individual concerned to prove they will not "stir up tension".

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In the 17th Century Voltaire was welcomed into England.

But today we have started a war to let might sort it out.

In the West today we have become the Lilliputians. We have been told the story of the Pantagruelians, and we are building high walls to keep out these mythical giants.

Oct 28 01:27

Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama

Federal agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.

In court records unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn., federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school in a murder spree that was to begin in Tennessee. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name.

Oct 27 19:32

NOW THIS IS A FISH STORY

Arnold Pointer is a professional fisherman who set free a big female White Shark caught in his fishing nets. So now for the last 2 years, whenever ol' Arnold goes out fishing off the Australian shoreline, here comes his "little" friend that he calls Cindy.

Cindy has ruined Arnold's fishing. It's pretty hard to get a good catch, when a 17-foot monster with Ginsu knives for teeth is following you around.

And as you can imagine, it's pretty hard to get rid of 17-foot sharks that are protected by the wildlife conservation act.

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