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Dec 25 19:14

Official: Firecrackers set off on Northwest flight to Detroit

"Upon landing, a passenger caused a disturbance on board by igniting some firecrackers and he was quickly subdued," said Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines, which owns Northwest.

She did not know how many firecrackers went off or if other passengers or crew members stepped in after the firecrackers went off. There were 278 passengers on board flight No. 253.

Dec 25 16:02

VIDEO: The Subprime Primer

or, The Subprime Mortgage Mess Explained (With Voice)

Excellent! Funny, too.

Dec 25 15:26

Passenger sets off fireworks on Airbus

A passenger on board a transatlantic Northwest Airlines flight set off firecrackers as it was arriving in the US city of Detroit, the airline says.

Remember the firecrackers bit. This story could morph in the days to come

Dec 25 11:32

Britain’s Jews in crisis over national loyalty, identity and Israel

Britain’s leading Jewish institutions are facing an unprecedented crisis as their loyalty to the United Kingdom and support for basic universal principles of human rights and common decency come under growing scrutiny, whistleblowers tell Redress Information & Analysis.

Dec 25 09:54

Controlling Anti-Jewish Stereotypes: The Case of the "Hook-Nosed Jew"

Even as I write, Americans are being dispossessed of their country. It is being stolen from under their noses and most of them do not know it. Europeans, too, are losing control of their homelands.

We are all Palestinians now.

Dec 25 09:37

The ADL: Managing White Rage By Kevin MacDonald

“Privately [American Jewish leaders] express grave concern that unregulated immigration will prove ruinous to American Jewry, as it has for French Jewry, and will for Jews throughout Western Europe. There’s particular fear about the impact on Jewish security, as well as American support for Israel, of the rapid growth of the Muslim population. At the conclusion of meetings with national leaders, several told me, ‘You’re 1000 percent right, but I can’t go out and say it yet.’”

Dec 25 08:44

Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths

More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans:
The Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2007, Gulf War Veterans Information System reports the following:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
– Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
– Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

Dec 25 07:29

China and Russia may mean more Spielberg

Seeing some recent news and developments on the Middle East game of “Smoke and Mirrors”, a game that the U.S. taxpayer funds and the U.S. government serves a key role. One of the many reasons the United States of America is hated across the globe. We have discussed how critical China and Russia are for the future of the Middle East, especially in Iran which already has close diplomatic and economic ties with Russian and China (two veto wielding, permanent members of the U.N. Security Council). See our Putin back to the Kremlin? post...

Dec 25 03:39

First billboard promoting 9/11 Truth erected next to Arizona's I 40 highway.

The Phoenix R3volution has erected two 10' x 48' billboards on Interstate 40 (Picture at link above). Please check this channel for video logs of their progress http://www.youtube.com/rp4409.

Dec 24 21:56

BERNIE MADOFF TREATED FOR SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER ASSULT !

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was admitted to Duke University Hospital late last week and treated for serious injuries consistent with an assault, a North Carolina television station reported on Thursday.

According to the station, Madoff had facial fractures, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Dec 24 21:20

'Twas The Night Before Christmas Debacle

Night Before Christmas Debacle
Jim George

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Senate
Evidence was mounting of democracy's limit.

The People dismayed by what they were seeing
Sixty votes it now takes to do just about anything.

The Constitution took care to protect the minority
A wealthy elite exploiting the majority.

Obama a prisoner of establishment power
Claims "victory" with words that surely taste sour.

As the healthcare battle appears to be done
the people are told, "Go to sleep now, you've won!"

The dejected masses comply and act tame
While Obama unabashedly calls out some names

Now Geithner, Now Orszag, Emanual, and Baucus
On DePearle, On Lieberman, Nelson and Sebelius

A man with a smile audaciously says, "hope"
surrounded by insiders who think I'm a dope.

"We stood up to special interests," he says as he winks
But his words are cheap, this deal really stinks.

The man with a smile says "The struggle is on"
More people look askance as they detect a con.

And when the dust settles the people will see
No healthcare reform from the powers that be.

Though believers continue to heap on their praise
Their numbers dwindle with the passing of days.

The media, corporate owned, just plays along
while the people say, "something's terribly wrong."

The Empire teeters, the establishment takes fright
But with happy faces say, 'To all a good night."

Dec 24 19:54

Vatican drama: Pope attacked at Midnight Mass by SAME 'mentally unstable' woman who jumped barrier last year

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the woman was the same person who tried to jump a barricade to get close to the Pope at last year's Christmas Mass - but was quickly blocked on the ground by security.

Dec 24 18:42

POPE ATTACKED!

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Earlier reports claimed there was a man with the woman who has been arrested. I have to wonder if the Pope had been seriously injured, or killed, just who the blame would have fallen on!

Dec 23 07:09

George Carlin ~ The American Dream

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George, we miss you!

Dec 22 23:26

Forget Global Warming: SEVERE DROP IN SUNSPOT ACTIVITY MEANS ICE AGE LIKELY, SWIFT, AND SUDDEN

Maybe this explains the committees on 'Sudden Climate Change' that have popped up funded by many State Legislatures - or why the DOE FY 2008 Report to Congress documented $69,849 for "Understanding Adaptation to Sudden Climate Change Impacts"...in the following excerpt, emphasis is mine.

over the last few years, The threat of man made global warming is a myth, the threat we face is a new ice age caused by a drop in sunspot activity that leads to a change in the Gulf stream....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1227990/Ice-Age-took-ju...

It took just six months for a warm and sunny Europe to be engulfed in ice, according to new research.

Previous studies have suggested the arrival of the last Ice Age nearly 13,000 years ago took about a decade - but now scientists believe the process was up to 20 times as fast.

Dec 22 19:27

Airport control tower blacked out by power failures

All power systems failed twice Sunday morning in the air traffic facility that guides planes into and out of Stevens Anchorage International Airport via radar, the FAA confirmed Monday.

The failures included two backup systems.

"This could have happened the week before when we were in the fog. It would have been an absolute nightmare," said Larry Lescanec, Alaska vice president of the air traffic controllers union. As it was, air traffic was light.

Dec 22 17:59

9/11 Drug Pilot & Operation Blue Lightning

So while the intent of Operation Blue Lightning’s interest in Brassington remains unclear, it is fair to ask: Was Brassington’s “special handling” by Operation Blue Lightning designed to impede criminal activity? Or to facilitate it?

Operation Blue Lightning clearly fits the description provided by a top DEA official in Miami when he informed us why the DEA had not mounted an investigation into the owners of two planes caught carrying over 10 tons of cocaine in Mexico’s Yucatan:

Because the two American drug planes belonged to a “rogue” operation in U.S. Customs, explained the DEA official. So the investigation properly belonged to the Office of Investigations in the Dept of Homeland Security.

Dec 22 15:41

Out Of Control Crowd At JFK

The weekend snowstorm has left many people stranded in New York. Some people had flights rescheduled days later than their original itinerary, forcing them to miss cruises and other vacations.

Dec 22 13:52

Breaking: Michael Badnarik reported hospitalized after heart attack

I just received word that the President of the 2009 Continental Congress and 2004 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik had a Heart Attack this morning and in an unconscious state. His condition is serious.

Dec 22 13:46

Cocaine Rabbi Goes Scott Free

A MILLIONAIRE rabbi exposed as a hell-raising playboy hooked on cocaine and call-girls has been spared jail.

Eminent rabbi Baruch Chalomish, 54, who has a personal fortune of £7million, admitted one count of possessing cocaine and was found guilty of a further count of possession after a six-day trial.

Judge Michael Henshell, sentencing him at Manchester Crown Court, imposed a six month supervision order, ordered him to complete 60 days of community work and pay court costs of £3,899.22.

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WTF????

Dec 22 12:03

Health Canada seeks input on adding anti-cancer drug to junk food.

Ottawa wants to know what you think about its unusual proposal to put a cancer-fighting drug into junk food.

Health Canada is inviting public comments until February 21 on its idea to have small amounts of the enzyme asparaginase put into foods like potato chips and french fries. On its website, Health Canada says its scientists have finished a detailed safety assessment on the enzyme and haven't found any health or safety concerns.

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Make the politicians families consume it for 5 years as a test. If it is really that safe, they should have no complaints.

Dec 22 10:39

Obama’s Right: The Insurance Companies and the New Dems Will Never Have an Opportunity Like This Again

When Barak Obama said that we have to pass this bill (this perversion of our election day mandate to reform healthcare in America) because we will not see an opportunity like this again for a very long time, he was absolutely correct. After almost a year of backroom deals and secret negotiations, the insurance/pharmaceutical industries will never again be this close to a deal this good and the neoliberal New Dems will never be so close to gaining absolute control of the Democratic Party. Never.

Dec 22 10:09

A Left-Environmentalist Speaks Out Against "global warming" and "climate change."

VIA http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl/left-environmentalist.html

If I can be classified it would be as a left-leaning environmentalist, with a history of environmental concerns dating back to my pre-teen years in the 1960s. I was one of the founders of the Alberta Greens political party in 1990 based on support for a federal Green candidate in 1988, and was the party's president until 2004 and then CFO until a right-wing takeover in late 2008.

I have organized my position on global warming/climate change as a self-interview because my concerns have arisen as I have been asked more questions about this and some of my green friends exhibit shock at my position.

Dec 22 09:48

Former head of CDC lands lucrative job as president of Merck vaccine division

You’ve heard it before, how the pharmaceutical industry has a giant “revolving door” through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way today when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from 2002 through 2009, landed a top job with Merck, one of the largest drug companies in the world. Her job there? She’s the new president of the vaccine division.

How convenient. That means the former head of the CDC was very likely cultivating a relationship with Merck all these years, and now comes the big payoff: Heading up a $5 billion division that sells cervical cancer vaccines (like Gardasil), chickenpox vaccines and of course H1N1 swine flu vaccines, too.

Dec 22 08:04

This is for Palestine – a song for Palestine

Song and video by Lowkey

Watch the video

Here are the lyrics:

While we listen to tunes, made by ignorant fools,
Israel blocked the UN from delivering food,
They'll bring in the troops and you won't even glimpse at the news,
They make money of the products that we are quick to consume,
It's not simply a question of differing views,
Forget emotions, this is fact, what I spit is the truth,
Makes no difference if you're a Christian or if you're a Jew,
They are just people living in different conditions to you,
They still die when you bomb their schools, mosques and hospitals,
It is not because of rockets, please god can you stop it all,
I'm not related to the strangers on the TV,

Dec 21 21:53

Summit in Copenhagen, failed (7 photos)

The only thing worse than the lie that humans are the greatest cause of global warming is the failure of the sumit in Carbonhegen.

Dec 21 21:29

Obama bombs Yemen: no report of attempt for peaceful resolution; US needs Department of Peace

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Orwellian Peace-prize winner President Obama approved US cruise missile use in Yemen with no report he attempted peaceful resolution against alleged “terrorists.” The attacks killed 63, including 28 children. Below is a 2-minute news video.

Despite the obvious need, the US has no “Department of Peace.”

US policy does include obvious torture and Supreme Court refusal for prosecution against the US for torture. Despite the declassified evidence showing the US government lied to wage unlawful Wars of Aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, American government-sponsored mass-murder continues.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:

Dec 21 19:25

Iraq Veterans Against War: the real enemy is US government for lying, waging unlawful war

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Please watch the following 4-minute video of Mike Prysner, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War in his accurate and moving testimony that current US wars are unlawful, evil, and must be stopped if we value virtue over American fascism.

Policy response: Gandhi and Martin Luther King advocated public understanding of the facts and non-cooperation with evil. I’m among hundreds who advocate:
1.Understand the laws of war. These were legislated after WW2 and are crystal-clear that only self-defense, in a narrow legal meaning, can justify war. This investment of your time takes less than an hour and empowers you to legally stand for ending these Wars of Aggression.

Dec 21 09:43

10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill

So, I asked them to help make it simple: how do we let people know what’s going to happen to them if the Senate bill passes? Everyone put their heads together and came up with a list:

Dec 21 07:04

Red, White and Blue Storm Rising

It is said that art often must imitate life. In the case of Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising", the motives and actions of the fictionalized USSR line up rather nicely with those of the real life USA. And therein lies a warning for those who think fake terror is the ideal tool with which to rule. For in Clancy's book, following a costly and bloody war, the fictionalized USSR is no better off than when it started, still without oil, still without money, and with a military coup on top of it all.

Life imitates art?

I hope not.

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Dec 20 20:16

Fascist US policy in Afghanistan: 50-to-1 ratio of money to kill versus money to help Afghans

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The United Nations reports Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous place for a child to be born. One out of four children die before their fifth birthday; 70% of the population do not have access to clean water.

Orwellian Peace Prize winner Obama’s response: spend at a 50-to-1 ratio to attack Afghans compared with money to help them.

Dec 20 11:29

Stock Up On Incandescent Light Bulbs In Fact, Buy a Lifetime Supply of Them!

Our government's "Green Revolution" is another covert attack on our collective health and environment, largely using their mythical global warming hoax to do so.

The new Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are a perfect example of this kind of subterfuge. While claiming these new CFL bulbs will reduce carbon emissions, "our" Congress passed legislation stating these new light bulbs must completely replace our everyday incandescent light bulbs by 2014, without telling us of the serious dangers to health and environment, that these mandated bulbs pose.

Dec 20 10:52

Auschwitz yet again

Early on Friday [18 December] the famous "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) sign that hung over the entrance gate to the Auschwitz camp, was stolen.

Commenting to the BBC on the theft of the Auschwitz sign, Rabbi Andrew Baker, the director of International Jewish Affairs of the rabid Zionist American Jewish Committee, maintained that there should be no replicas to substitute the entrance monument. “There can be no copies or reproductions; visitors must see only what was real. In that way they will bear witness to the very objects and structures which in turn remain the mute eyewitness to what happened there."

Dec 20 10:43

Russia surprised by U.S., EU stance on UN anti-Nazi resolution

Russia is concerned over the stance of the United States and the European Union on a UN resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism and the desecration of WWII monuments, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

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And now we have a motive for the theft of the Aushwitz sign; to push forward the anti-desecration agenda.

Dec 20 10:43

Solomon calls from Brazil

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There is a bit of music before the phone call actually starts.

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Dec 19 14:39

Will Britain’s Iraq Inquiry be a whitewash?

Christopher King calls on the chairman of Britain's Iraq Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, to hear evidence on the legality of the war from legally qualified persons and recommend that a court either should or should not make a determination of the war’s legality.

”I do not know whether Sir John has the personal courage and independence of mind to do this but one never knows. Whether or not the UK and Europe seek the path of international law rather than remain camp followers of American hegemony could hinge on his actions.”

Dec 19 09:50

50 days to save the world? I might listen to the doomsayers if they weren't such ludicrous hypocrites

The Copenhagen summit, supposed to produce an agreement limiting greenhouse gases, has, according to experts, the same carbon footprint as a medium-sized African country such as Malawi.

There are an amazing 34,000 delegates attending the event, and the grander among them are forced, says my colleague Robert Hardman in Copenhagen, to park their private jets in Norway because Denmark has run out of Tarmac, and to procure their gas-guzzling limousines from Germany.

Dec 19 09:18

WHO ADVISER CONCEALS A DONATION OF MILLIONS FROM A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY

A Finnish member of the WHO board, an advisor on vaccines, has received 46 million crowns (6 million euros) for his research centre from the vaccine manufactures, GlaxoSmithKline. WHO promises transparency, but this conflict of interests is not available for the public to see at WHO’s homepage.

Another ‘WHO’ vaccine advisor is withholding information concerning financial support from the pharmaceutical industry...

Dec 19 09:15

Copenhagen climate summit: confusion as 'historic deal' descends into chaos

The “historic” climate change deal at the Copenhagen climate summit has descended into chaos after some developing nations rejected the plan for fighting global warming championed by US President Barack Obama.

An agreement to limit global warming to a 3.6F (2C) temperature rise, alongside a $100 billion (£62bn) a year in aid from 2020, were condemned as inadequate by some delegates and appeared to be in danger of unravelling.

Developing nations, including Venezuela, said they could not accept a text originally agreed by the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa as the blueprint of a wider United Nations plan to fight climate change.

Tempers flared during an all-night plenary session, held after most of 120 visiting world leaders had left.

Dec 19 08:42

How do They do It? It Baffles the Mind

I must say that it astounds me when I watch these people lie and press on with their lies and evil deeds, even when their lies are exposed all around them. I try to understand what it must be like to be capable of this but I cannot. I think about the men and women who send other people’s sons and daughters off to die in foreign lands, for the profit of bankers and their associates. I can’t imagine how one gets to a state of such callous indifference; this desire for the fruits gained upon the torment and deaths of others. I pity them. I really do. I would not want to walk that road they are on. Have they no consciousness of where it leads? I do.

Dec 19 08:33

Army general in Iraq issues pregnancy ban

The Army general of U.S. forces in Northern Iraq has banned pregnancy among military personnel in his command, NBC News reported on Friday.

Anyone who becomes pregnant or impregnates another servicemember, including married couples assigned to the same unit, could face a court-martial and jail time, according to an order issued by Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo.

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This is a terrifying commentary about how stretched to the limit the US military has become.

What happens, though, if a female service member, serving with her husband, has been studiously using the birth control method prescribed by her doctor, and contraception fails, which it sometimes can, and does?

Will the only thing preventing her from facing a court-martial, and/or serving jail time, be an abortion?!?

That's something every young woman (and the man who loves her) has to think about very seriously before enlisting.

Dec 19 05:57

President Declares Major Disaster For The State Of Alaska

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Alaska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms

Dec 18 20:07

Real liberals support progressive policies; fakes, fascists wage war, deny help for Americans

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Let’s define “political liberal,” view current US wars and economic policies through that lens, and determine appropriate policy response if progressivism is to be honored.

Progressivism defined: There is variance in understanding, but let’s work with these
Egalitarian economic policy meeting the minimal needs of education, health care, housing, food, and a sustainable environment.
Investment in research and openness to new ideas for social improvement.
Sufficient government programs to achieve the above goals while maximizing individual freedom.

Dec 18 17:28

A Nation Born and Perpetuated in Contradictions

The myth is embodied in Barack Obama’s repeated explanations as to why he was against our 2003 invasion of Iraq from the beginning. It turns my stomach every times I hear “I am not opposed to ALL wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars”. The problem with our invasion of Iraq was not that it was a “dumb war”. It was an immoral war and an illegal war. We attacked a defenseless nation that posed no threat to us and killed hundreds of thousands of its civilians, created millions of refugees, and ruined its infrastructure. That is immoral, pure and simple. But no politician with presidential aspirations could say such a thing without risking their political future. Most Americans simply don’t like to hear that there country has committed immoral acts. It’s ok to admit “mistakes”. But admitting immorality is considered beyond the pale.

Dec 18 12:34

Real conservatives honor US war laws; fakes and fascists lie to break them

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Let’s define “political conservative,” view current US wars through that lens, and determine appropriate war policy if conservatism is to be honored.

Conservatism defined: There is variance in understanding, but let’s work with these
Respecting law and order, the US Constitution, and inalienable rights for equal opportunity.
Self-reliance and personal responsibility.
Minimal government intervention for maximum freedom and minimal tax cost.

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Dec 18 08:56

Nazi sign stolen from Auschwitz gates

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Israel needed it to hang over Gaza

Dec 18 07:38

Hey Berlusconi - You might wanna look at this!

Dec 18 07:29

The Norway Spiral and the Ticks on the Run

In the US, they passed a truly humungous Defense Spending Bill (which didn’t even include the surge) designed to protect that country from a manufactured terrorist threat which the neo-cons are carefully and not so carefully manipulating at the public expense. Fat-faced, alcoholic lawmakers are arguing about how transparent the national health care bill can be. Do they just turn it over completely to the insurance and pharmaceutical firms to run or do they hide that fact and how much of it do they hide? It’s becoming increasingly clear that no matter how much money they charge the public, there is not going to be enough for them. I suspect they will cut a deal with First Premier Bank and everyone will be able to pay with their credit cards. If you don’t have one you can get one.

Dec 17 17:01

Israeli war crimes suspect says quest for justice is for losers

Gilad Atzmon views Israeli Deputy Premier Moshe Yaalon’s contention that the quest for justice against Israeli war criminals is the weapon of losers and reminds Yaalon and other Israeli war crimes suspects and their stooges in the UK of the fate that awaits them in the International Criminal Court.

Dec 17 13:18

Washington's Blog: Copenhagen Climate Treaty scam: trillions in taxes with Enron-like trading rules

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My favorite economic analyst, Washington’s Blog, documents what’s developing in disclosure of the provisions within the Copenhagen Framework, including Enron-like skimming of non-wealth producing “trades.” I provide a summary that the global temperature data and revealed e-mails seem to fully falsify the premise for the global taxes.

I recommend Washington’s Blog as a daily visit. Here is his post, in full:

Friday, December 11, 2009
Copenhagen Framework Demands Huge Amounts of Spending, But Allows Enron-Style Accounting Tricks So That Carbon Isn't Actually Reduced

The UN and other agencies calling for a war on global warming say the price tag will be trillions.

Dec 17 11:27

People of Hawaii Pass Resolution Against Forced Vaccination Laws

Hawaii H1N1 Resolution Advances Vaccination Exemptions Favoring Americans' Growing Demand for Health Freedoms
Hilo, HI--Department of Health officials in Hawaii were overruled by County of Hawaii directors supporting a resolution favoring First Amendment constitutional rights and vaccination exemptions for everyone demanding them.

The nearly unanimous 7-1 Big Island of Hawaii Council vote sent a strong message to State and Federal policy makers to consider a majority of people who solidly distrust risky vaccines in general, and health officials' claims of safety regarding H1N1 vaccines in particular.

Dec 17 10:45

Breaking Point - Top Trends by Gerald Celente

The first decade of the 21st century is going out the way it came in with a bust and a bang.

The Great Recession is not over. There is no recovery. It's a cover up. Expect another wave of terrorism. Possibly of 9/11 magnitude.

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As for "...another wave of terrorism", I wouldn't bet against some new "false flag" operation to be launched in the US to refocus public anger about the economy and the state of our Republic elsewhere; to make us afraid that "only the government can help us now", and conjure up the most jingoistic, knee-jerk patriotism possible against whoever the next target of US military aggression will be.

Dec 17 09:29

Alberta shivers amid record lows

Edmonton has established a record it would probably rather forget.

The Alberta capital recorded the lowest temperature in North America overnight Saturday and set a record as the lowest temperature on a Dec. 13 in the city's history as the current deep freeze established records across the province.

"Edmonton International Airport was the coldest place in Canada," Peter Spyker, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Sunday. "It was -46.1 [Celsius] without the wind chill. I believe at one point it got to -58 with the wind chill."

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Notice that the previous record of -36 Celsius was set the previous year. It certainly does not appear to be getting warmer.

Dec 17 07:16

Grinding Down the U.S. Army

Signs of severe strain, of being “wasted,” are often not visible to the American public. Nevertheless, they are ominous and growing. Suicides have hit record highs in the Army. Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression, having reached an alarming 300,000 in 2008, according to Invisible Wounds of War, a RAND study, continue to escalate, constituting a mental health crisis for the Army. Traumatic brain injuries from IEDs and other explosive shocks in our war zones, difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, may already exceed 300,000, another health crisis exacerbated by a lack of treatment available to veterans. Divorce rates among active duty troops continue to climb. An epidemic of domestic violence and crime has been linked to returning veterans and to the difficulty of readjusting to “normal” life after months, or years, in combat zones. These are just five of the better documented signs of an Army that’s struggling to cope with wars of unprecedented length and still uncertain outcomes.

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Dec 16 21:05

Turnabout is fair play – Greenpeace gets a dose of their own medicine

Greenpeace, who prides themselves on civil disobedience and bannering smokestacks and U.S. national monument Mt. Rushmore gets a banner or two on the Rainbow Warrior. It is dubbed now the “Propaganda Warrior” and the “Ship of Lies”.

Dec 16 16:48

The Truth About Tamiflu

Now it looks as if our concerns were correct, and the nation may have put more than a billion dollars into the medical equivalent of a mirage. This week, the British medical journal BMJ published a multi-part investigation that confirms that the scientific evidence just isn’t there to show that Tamiflu prevents serious complications, hospitalization, or death in people that have the flu. The BMJ goes further to suggest that Roche, the Swiss company that manufactures and markets Tamiflu, may have misled governments and physicians. In its defense, Roche stated that the company “has never concealed (or had the intention to conceal) any pertinent data.

Dec 16 16:36

PML-N calls on Zardari to step down

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On Wednesday, Pakistan's Supreme Court revoked the controversial order issued by former president Pervez Musharraf which had granted amnesty to the president, several sitting ministers and thousands of politicians and bureaucrats who are accused of corruption.

Dec 16 16:35

Pakistani court revokes amnesty law

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Pakistan's Supreme Court has revoked an amnesty deal which shields President Asif Ali Zardari and many other government officials from prosecution.

The 2007 National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) allowed Zardari, his wife Benazir Bhutto, and a former prime minister, to return from self-exile without facing corruption charges.

Dec 16 14:44

Britain’s Foreign Office wimps surrender to Israeli thugs

Stuart Littlewood wonders what the British people will think of the plans by the UK’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change the law to allow suspected Israeli war criminals to visit Britain without fear of prosecution.

”This diplomatic ruckus helps us to see clearly the lunacy of stacking the British Foreign Office with Israel-lovers. There's Miliband, of course, with his ethnic links. He voted enthusiastically for the Iraq war and against an investigation.

Dec 16 14:42

Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary rushes to rescue Israeli war crimes suspect

Gilad Atzmon views the declared intention of Britain’s Jewish foreign secretary, David Miliband, to change UK law so that suspected Israeli war criminals can visit the country without the risk of being arrested.

“I find myself puzzled. Why exactly is this law to be ‘reviewed’ or ‘reformed’? Is it because Britain decided to give up on its ethical tradition? Or is it because Miliband needs the support of the Labour Friends of Israel so he can be re-elected? Or is he just revealing an ever-present hidden cronyism?

Dec 16 12:46

How can the US be fascist if we have elections and the US Constitution? Ok, I'll explain…

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US policy is fascist in unlawful Wars of Aggression, obvious torture, paper-thin propaganda to expand US war to Iran, blatant violation of international treaties with WMD, transfer of TRILLIONS of our tax dollars to financial elites, and corporate media prostitution service to propagandize the above facts to an awakening American public.

This assessment is objectively factual as political theory defines fascism. Res ipsa loquitur translates roughly into “the facts speak for themselves;” with the above list of documented facts as independently verifiable evidence proving beyond reasonable doubt American fascism in those defining areas of US government.

Dec 16 10:52

The Copenhagen Conundrum

Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg has made famous the phrase “Copenhagen Consensus” which posits that money aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions would be better spent addressing other health and welfare challenges, like preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Dec 16 10:04

In Alarming Step Obama Creates Gitmo North

ACLU Press Release

… The creation of a ‘Gitmo North’ in Illinois is hardly a meaningful step forward. Shutting down Guantánamo will be nothing more than a symbolic gesture if we continue its lawless policies onshore.

Dec 16 09:40

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich: explaining their war opposition in two brief videos

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The “leadership” of the Democrats and Republicans collude for unlawful Wars of Aggression, torture, rhetoric for more unlawful war with Iran, the destruction of our treaty obligations, and the transfer of trillions of our tax dollars to banksters. By political definition in any textbook, the US is now fascist and not a constitutional republic.

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Dec 16 08:09

DNA testing clears man who served 28 years

A man who spent 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he said he didn't commit walked out of a federal prison in Arizona on Tuesday with $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio after DNA testing showed he was innocent.

The conviction of Donald Eugene Gates, 58, was based largely on the testimony of an FBI forensic analyst whose work later came under fire and a hair analysis technique that has been discredited.

"I feel beautiful," Gates, 58, said by telephone after leaving the U.S. penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz.

Just hours before, the same judge who had presided over Gates' trial years ago in D.C. Superior Court ordered his release.

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"On further DNA testing we have found that Mr. Gates probably worked as a camp guard for the Nazis and we are deporting him to Germany to remove this embarrassment from our legal history."

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Cases like this are why I cannot support a death penalty. The courts are not perfect. Driven by ambition, prosecutors, judges, and even lab techs will fudge the facts to get what they want (shades of climategate).

If you imprison someone wrongfully, you can release them later and although you cannot give them their youth back, they can still have a portion of life restored to them.

But once you kill someone, and you find out you had the wrong person plugged into that execution chamber...

Until we know that the court system is perfect, or until we can restore a life wrongfully taken by the state, we should not be so quick to deal out death.

Dec 15 18:38

American fascism: Obama, "Justice" Dept., Supreme Court prevent prosecution of US torture

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Orwellian Peace Prize winner President Obama is instructing his Department of Justice (DOJ) to block prosecution of torture. The Supreme Court is upholding this "defense."

Impeachment is the constitutional recourse against President Obama and civil officers for their criminal complicity after the fact in torture. Covering-up a crime is a crime. The fact that Congress has not impeached to enforce US law, Constitutional law, and international law is gradually overcoming Americans' blindness to the obvious admission of fact that the US government is a de facto fascist state; a constitutional republic in empty rhetoric only.

Dec 15 17:46

Australia: Internet censorship plan gets the green light

The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

But critics, including the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year’s elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users...

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Dec 15 15:58

Israeli-style “justice” for Palestinian student Berlanty – official version

Stuart Littlewood views the justification given by Israel’s UK embassy for the terrible treatment meted out to 21-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam, who was abducted, blindfolded, handcuffed and dumped in Gaza just weeks before she was due to complete her degree at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.

”It’s a classic example of how Israel’s administrative 'laws' are framed to ride rough-shod over citizens’ rights, as enshrined in international law, and to disregard its own obligations entirely...

“They say the consideration with which a country treats the young and the elderly is a mark of its moral standing in the civilized world. Israel, evidently, has yet to emerge from the swamp.”

Dec 15 15:30

“Rotten” sea ice? – Not even in Denmark

There’s plenty of stories about how Arctic sea ice is now “rotten”. There’s darn few that talk about yearly comparisons or what other scientific outlets are saying about the claim.

As many WUWT readers know, 2007 was the minimum year of summer extent in sea ice, a year that is routinely held up as a cause for alarm. Another cause for alarm has been the “decline of multi-year sea ice”. Most recently we’ve gotten claims of “rotten ice” in the news media. That “rotten” ice is “duping the satellites” they say. This all from one fellow, Dr. David Barber on a ship that took a short expedition in the Arctic and observed what he called “rotten ice”.

Dec 15 12:49

Ethanol-powered vehicles generate more ozone than gas-powered ones

Ethanol, often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil, would likely worsen health problems caused by ozone, compared with gasoline, especially in winter, according to a new study led by Stanford researchers.

Ozone production from both gasoline and E85, a blend of gasoline and ethanol that is 85 percent ethanol, is greater in warm sunny weather than during the cold weather and short days of winter, because heat and sunlight contribute to ozone formation. But E85 produces different byproducts of combustion than gasoline and generates substantially more aldehydes, which are precursors to ozone...

Dec 15 12:09

Rumination on the state of our lives

Maybe it’s not about winning and losing as much as it is to profit financially from the conflicts. The people who start the wars don’t fight in them. War is a very profitable business and perhaps we should see it as just that; not an unfortunate condition that is due to border disputes or the spread of a preferable ideology, religion or ancient racial hatred but due to economics. War is like any other industry. It creates jobs and markets and a cornucopia of opportunities for collective and personal enrichment. As long as you can get enough people together to fight them you’ve got a cash cow.

Dec 15 11:32

Federal agents raid Gibson guitar plant

Federal agents on Tuesday raided a Gibson guitar manufacturing plant and seized guitars amid concerns about where the Nashville-based company obtains the fine woods that go into its instruments.

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Nashville has a lot of real crimes, i.e. violent assaults, rapes, homicides, etc.

But the US Government is going to prove how butch it is by sending in the "Wood Patrol" to raid a guitar factory.

This nation's priorities are really screwed up.

Dec 15 09:06

Survival Tools

I’ve read many articles regarding “survival “ and “preparedness” topics, my conclusion is that an important area has been missed. Lots of planning seems to focus on food storage, water, supplies, and so on, yet I have not seen or read anything about “survival tools -- how to be prepared for anything mechanically”. So after considering this topic for several years, I’ve decided to introduce my own topic as far as tools for the self-reliant individual.

Dec 15 09:00

US joblessness cripples Americans: poll

Unemployment resulting from the severe US economic downturn has had an abysmal effect on the lives of the American people, according to a new survey.

The poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News released on Monday, showing joblessness caused major life changes and mental health issues.

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Memo to those living in luxury in the corridors of power in Washington: there is no such bloody thing as a "jobless recovery!!!

Dec 15 08:57

Congress readies defense budget

Congress is knocking nearly $1 billion off President Barack Obama's request for Afghanistan's security forces and instead devoting the money to buying more mine-resistent vehicles for U.S. troops there.

House leaders were leaning toward an end-of-session strategy Monday evening of wrapping the defense measure together with a two-month extension of the government's ability to borrow. That authority is needed to avoid a default on the $12 trillion national debt, which is considered politically unthinkable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow: they're staving off a potential US government default by...... a whole 60 days?!?!?

What then?!?

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Dec 14 17:36

Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown

In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, critics of the Games have been subjected to surveillance, harassment, along with other intimidation tactics. Voicing opposition to the Olympics appears to be all that is needed for one to be labeled as a security threat. There are concerns over the negative impacts associated with holding the Games, as well as concerted efforts to stifle anti-Olympic expression. As the Coca-Cola/RBC corporate torch relay nears its final destination, the opening ceremonies in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, more protests are expected. The Olympics are providing the perfect cover for many police state measures with ramifications that could leave a lasting legacy.

Dec 14 17:29

Canadian Recording Biz Faces $6 Billion Suit

The claims arise from a longstanding practice of the recording industry in Canada, described in the lawsuit as "exploit now, pay later if at all." It involves the use of works that are often included in compilation CDs (like the top dance tracks of 2009) or live recordings. The record labels create, press, distribute, and sell the CDs, but do not obtain the necessary copyright licences.

Dec 14 14:23

Intoxicated by power, Blair tricked Britons into war - ex-prosecutor-general

Former UK Director of Public Prosecution Ken Macdonald breaks ranks with the British Establishment and argues that the members of the Chilcot Inquiry – the Iraq Inquiry – have a choice: they can be loyal to the Establishment or they can expose Tony Blair's subterfuge.

Dec 14 12:03

American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic

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Look in any textbook or encyclopedia and compare US policy (not rhetoric) to the definitions of fascism and constitutional republic. I’ll explain it here, but check my work. If at the end of your consideration, you agree that the United States of America is now a fascist state, please speak-up about it. Also, consider the policy requests at the end of the article.

Dec 14 11:00

U.S. abandonment of law

We have entered a period of government lawlessness, led by the United States, with inevitably serious consequences for everyone. Nuclear war is a possibility. With climate change threatening the planet itself, we do not need this as well. Europe must cease supporting this berserk state. It needs to recover the vision, the spirit of goodwill and humanity that laid the foundations of the European Union. In following America, Europe has lost its way.

Dec 14 09:08

To Know the End from the Beginning

What happened to Berlusconi yesterday is a watershed moment. This won’t be the general impression. In most minds this will come across as an anomaly and one of the things that happen now and then to those who are in the public eye and whose public actions have a certain amount of controversy to them. It could be said that all public figures have a certain amount of controversy attached to them, just from being public figures.

Dec 14 09:00

Bankers 'whacked' in arcade game

An arcade game that allows people to vent their anger at bankers has proved so popular the owner keeps having to replace worn out mallets.

Inventor Tim Hunkin introduced "Whack a Banker", which is based on the older "Whack a Mole" game, at his arcade on Southwold pier in Suffolk.

Instead of players hitting pop-up moles with a mallet, within a set time, the target is pop-up bald figures.

Mr Hunkin said the game was "proving very popular".

"I keep having to replace worn-out mallets," he said.

Dec 14 08:16

To know the end from the beginning

The very rich and powerful have put themselves in a most undesirable position. Instead of making sure that the underclass has enough to get by and then keeping all the usual distractions in operation, they have overstepped themselves. Their greed and lust for power and wealth and their disdain for public opinion, which they demonstrate by their arrogant disregard for what others think; believing themselves to be above the reach and judgment of those they consider beneath them, is going to come back on them with a fury. The King Louis and Marie Antoinette mindset never goes out of style with those driven mad by vanity and self-interest. It comes with the territory.

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Dec 14 07:48

UPDATE: Amnesty report grim on Iran crackdown after protests

Amnesty documents "patterns of abuse" by the Basij militia and revolutionary guards involving beatings, rape, death threats, forced confessions, intimidation and official cover-ups. Many detainees have been subjected to show trials and five have been sentenced to death. (emphasis mine).

Link to the original Amnesty report (.pdf).

Dec 14 07:19

REMINDER: US has been threatening Iran with NUCLEAR WAR

So let’s summarize this data succinctly: official and authoritative US policy for the use of nuclear weapons has first-strike plans to strike targets “intending to use WMD” against a US ally.

Please read the previous sentence again.

Let’s review the US rhetoric concerning Iran. US political “leaders” state Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map” and they have a “nuclear program.” In other words, Iran intends to develop a nuclear weapon and use it on Israel. Therefore, per US policy, Iran is a target for a US nuclear first-strike pre-emptive attack to destroy their intended use of WMD against a US ally.

The US is terrorizing Iran with threat of an unannounced nuclear attack. Or is it announced?

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