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October 30, 2008

Oct 30 08:57

Sarkozy and the voodoo doll

There is never any respite with Nicolas Sarkozy. When France's president is not touring the world to save it, he's threatening to sue journalists or publishers for lèse majesté. Unlike any French president before him, he hasn't understood that universal suffrage has elevated him above all parties and trite bickering. In fact, Nicolas Sarkozy remains what he always was: a business lawyer. Little did he expect though, when he sued a publisher for commercialising a voodoo doll representing him, that a judge would rebuke his demand.

Cynical bastard

I wake up every morning and ask myself the same question, "Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill"
----Cypher from the movie "The Matrix"

Andy and Larry Wachowski did a marvelous job with this movie in which everyone, everyone, except those whose minds had been "freed", are caught up in a world of make-believe, a vast illusion, where everything they perceive is a carefully orchestrated lie.

What a relevant and timely commentary The Matrix is on our society today.

Oct 30 07:13

Problems loom with 'save later' attitude

YOU have the world at your feet in your 20s. The biggest thing going for you is your age but the world is changing and an economic downturn is imminent.

It's a downturn most twentysomethings - those in Generation Y up to age 30 - have never seen after 17 years of economic growth and prosperity.

Oct 30 07:07

Secetary of State Mark Ritchie alerts public to voter intimidation

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today (Wednesday, Oct. 29) held a news conference to alert citizens to voter intimidation tactics occurring in Minnesota.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Oct 30 06:59

Stock Market heads for the Twilight Zone again

Investors, as a direct result of lower interest rates which reduce the cost of borrowing money, are now quite happy to balance the scales of Risk and investment cost. "Safe havens" are now seen as too safe and not able to generate the giant profits that they are running after. But in their quest for profit, they are about to restart the game which blew up in their faces quite recently.

Oct 30 02:43

U.S. Army creates next wave of hijackers...

They hate us for our freedoms huh? Read THIS BBC ARTICLE and see if you can tell me where I can find some fanatical fighters to become future terrorists that hate the United States?

October 29, 2008

Oct 29 22:46

The Bailout in Graph Form

Oct 29 22:14

Must We Obey Interior Design Regulations?

The idea that the state has the legitimate authority to tell people whether they can or cannot recommend shades of paint without a license is a moral absurdity. Laws and regulations like these are not laws and regulations we have a duty to obey. If anything, as Schaeffer might argue, we have a moral duty to disobey them.



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 29 21:24

Most Presidents Ignore the Constitution

All of this legislation -- merely tips of an unconstitutional Big Government iceberg -- is so obviously in conflict with the plain words of the Constitution that one wonders how Congress gets away with it.

Oct 29 19:19

Poll: Obama doubles lead in Colorado, gains in electoral map

Call it the Rocky Mountain road to the White House.

CNN's new Electoral College map shows Obama leading in several GOP-leaning states.

In a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday, 53 percent of likely voters questioned say Obama is their choice for president, with 45 percent backing Sen. John McCain. That 8-point lead for Obama is double the 4-point advantage he held in a similar poll two weeks ago.

Oct 29 19:13

Obama: "I'm Sorry To See My Opponent Sink So Low"

On the trail today in North Carolina, Barack Obama will hit back at McCain's efforts to paint him as a closet socialist, tightening the "desperate McCain attacking to avoid real discussion of the economy" frame in a particularly memorable way.

From the prepared remarks:

We've tried it John McCain's way. We've tried it George Bush's way. It hasn't worked. Deep down, Senator McCain knows that, which is why his campaign said that "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."



Oct 29 15:37

What Is the True Story of McCain’s Wartime Experience?

As we approach the end of an astonishing campaign season, one thing grows clear: John McCain’s campaign has suffered a string of disastrous decisions. These mistakes have overwhelmed even the campaign’s trump card—its image of John McCain as war hero. And not just an ordinary war hero but one who was captured by enemies, imprisoned near death, and “resurrected” to return home with visible wounds that marked his sacrifice.

Oct 29 15:20

Washington dissatisfied with Baghdad

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Maria Appakova) - Iraqis have once again not lived up to U.S. expectations.

The Iraqi Council of Ministers decided to introduce new amendments to the draft of the U.S.-Iraqi strategic partnership agreement concerning the possible withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

This will inevitably result in resumed U.S.-Iraqi talks, despite the fact that recently both parties stated that they had reached a compromise that was to be officially adopted only.

Oct 29 14:58

Suspected Georgian war crimes uncovered by the BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that it has obtained evidence suggesting that Georgia may have committed war crimes during its attack on South Ossetia in August. The BBC says it gathered the evidence during the first unrestricted visit to South Ossetia since the conflict.

Describing Georgia’s military assault as ‘reckless’, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he had raised the ‘war crimes’ allegations with the government in Tbilisi.

Oct 29 14:42

Analysts Question Timing of Syria Raid

A cross-border raid into Syria by U.S. forces in Iraq and subsequent stonewalling by U.S. officials unwilling to divulge details have led to rampant speculation among U.S. analysts about the origins and meaning of the attack.

"So the question is: Why?" wrote geo-strategic analyst and journalist Helena Cobban on her blog, wondering if the raid could have been pulled off without explicit permission from the highest levels of the President George W. Bush administration.



Oct 29 13:49

Syria’s fury is justified — Who can blame Damascus for getting cosy with Moscow?

The US has once again “targeted foreign fighters” as part of its so-called war on terror. But these “fighters” were all Syrian civilians, including four youngsters. Another five individuals have been hospitalized after being shot by US Special Forces.

Washington has admitted perpetrating this tragic incident but insists the victims were terrorists just as it does when its fighter jets illegally cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and end up wiping out entire families. Syria describes the adult victims as construction workers.

Oct 29 11:29

The Domestic Enemy

Today, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has instructed his forces to be on high alert during the US elections.
Private security firms (Blackwater ?) have also been engaged for these activities. The argument behind the move is the threat of Islamic fundamentalists attacking US infrastructure to influence the outcome of the election.

Oct 29 10:06

Track the Electoral Vote

This website tracks the latest polls state by state and updates the totals daily. According to this site Obama has a 10+ percentage point lead in enough states to give him 264 of the 270 electoral votes needed to wing the election. Coupled with strong recent results in Ohio and Colorado, it looks like this election is a done deal.



Oct 29 09:16

Gulf Bank's chairman submits resignation after derivatives losses

Gulf Bank, Kuwait's fifth largest lender by market value, said yesterday that its Chairman Bassam Al Ghanim resigned after the bank suffered losses from derivatives trading.

Oct 29 09:13

Alan Greenspan should have stuck with the clarinet

Long before he ever dreamed of becoming Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan played the clarinet and soaked up Rand's philosophy of radical individualism and laissez-faire capitalism. Rand believed that one's own happiness is the highest value and rational self-interest a moral imperative.

Oct 29 09:09

World According to TARP No Laughing Matter for U.S.

The financial crisis exacerbated by credit derivatives is costing so much to fix that speculators are now using those same instruments to bet on governments as the price tag for bailing out banks approaches $3 trillion.

Oct 29 09:06

Car dealers hit by sales decline, weak economy

Auto retailers swung to quarterly losses in the third quarter, beaten down by the decline in U.S. car sales, tight consumer credit, and a weakening U.S. economy as well as hurricane-related damages.



Oct 29 09:02

GMAC seeks bank status for rescue funding

GMAC, the auto finance and mortgage company, is seeking to become a bank holding company in order to access the government's $700 billion financial rescue plan, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Oct 29 07:53

Overhauling the US voting system

Way back in 1789, the framers of the US constitution were a bit nervous about "democracy". They decided to put a buffer between the people and the position of highest power. Back then, our framers thought democracy was a dirty word, the rule of the mob. They thought the electors would be the most sophisticated and well-informed. Nowadays, the electors have no power at all - they are usually party officials who get to go to Washington a few weeks after the election just to "certify" the result.

Oct 29 00:38

American Hegemony Bites The Dust

The New American Century lasted a decade. Financial crisis and defeated objectives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia brought the neoconservative project for American world hegemony crashing to a close in the autumn of 2008.

The American neoconservatives are the heirs of Leon Trotsky. Their dream of American “Full Spectrum Dominance”--US military and economic superiority over any possible combination of states--is matched in ambition only by the early 20th century Trotskyite dream of world Communist revolution.

October 28, 2008

Oct 28 21:56

Judge rules Ohio homeless voters may list park benches as addresses

It's a good thing too. With the economy imploding there are going to a lot of people living on them...



Oct 28 19:02

Jesse Ventura on 911 - A Discussion with Alex Jones

This is just one of several segments on "the Tube" but all worth checkin' out - I have to say that Ventura is one helluva' spokesman for the truth movement because he speaks in common sense terms and really gets to the heart of the matter. I no longer wonder why he isn't covered more by the mainstream media - they can't have him on because the questions he is asking are so obvious.

Oct 28 17:49

ALERT!! Confusing North Carolina Ballot Leaves off Votes for President!!

Please contact ALL your friends and family in North Carolina and alert them to the confusing ballots with which some voters have already encountered difficulties, particularly among new voters and the elderly. Voting the straight Democratic party ticket on the ballot DOES NOT include voting for the President!!

Oct 28 17:47

Turley: 'GOP challenges look like suppression'

The McCain campaign's allegations of voter fraud "look like" an attempt to suppress voting in battleground states, said a professor of George Washington University.

Professor Jonathan Turley said there is an "uncanny similarity in term of timing," drawing a comparison with voting scandals shortly before the previous two presidential elections.

"I think it is fair to say that some of these challenges do look like suppression efforts," Turley said in an interview on MSNBC. "So I think there is really grounds to be concerned here."



Oct 28 17:45

1,000 Gallons of Water for 1 Gallon of Ethanol - How Green is That?

Water conservation has always been a hot button for aid organizations and environmentalists, and with a world wide lack of drinking water, and third world countries getting involved in the growing bio-economy, I think it’s time to look behind the curtain of the fuel movement that calls itself “green.”

Most of us are familiar with the “food vs. fuel” controversy that’s been making news, but in addition to this, one of the things that many people are taking a good hard look at, is water sustainability in reference to this corn ethanol fuel.

Oct 28 17:43

Votes being stolen from Obama in Early Voting

I have to point out the pattern of voting "glitches" that have been reported so far with early voting. People in several states now have noted that when they cast a vote for Obama, it has switched to McCain. Not once have the votes flipped in the opposite direction. If there were simple error, we'd expect to see mistakes in both directions. But, just as with the errors in 2004, the only votes that have been seen flipping have gone from the Democratic presidential candidate to the Republican one.

Oct 28 17:33

Palast: One out of five Colorado voters purged from voter registration

Palast said former Colorado Secretary of State Donetta Davidson has made the state the epicenter of the rampant practice of purging voter registration lists for alleged irregularities — a tactic now even more en vogue in the wake of new legislation backed by the Bush administration.

Oct 28 14:35

FLASHBACK - Bush Trying to Pardon Himself



Owl 1
Oct 28 09:28

How to Bankrupt a Nation

How would you bankrupt yourself? You’d want to get yourself into a position where you could not pay off your debts. You’d run up big credit card bills. You’d borrow heavily. You’d mortgage and re-mortgage your house. You’d splurge on your spending. The money would go – to clothes, restaurants, and hairdressers.

Oct 28 09:23

Spending the Economy into Oblivion.. Ron Paul

With news this week that Congress is poised to consider a new stimulus package, I am forced to again ask a question that seems silly in Washington: How will we pay for this?

While a few Members of Congress have raised the issue, it certainly was not the primary concern of the House Budget Committee when they interviewed Ben Bernanke on Monday. And, when they did direct this question to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, his answer was the standard rhetoric about how Congress needed to make tough choices. Needless to say, not many specifics were discussed.

Oct 28 09:19

The Only Choice on November 4th

The critical problem we face today is the same one all mankind has faced: the state, those monopolists who claim the right to break the laws that they make and enforce. How to restrain them is the critical problem of all sound political thinking. Making matters worse, this gang now has a monopoly on the money and the ability to print it, and they are abusing that power at our expense.

Oct 28 07:30

Rep. Sherman Feels Heat For Reporting On Threat Of Martial Law

Sherman has not retracted that statement. He has not suggested that the Congress members who had told him that didn't really tell him that, or weren't honest, or didn't take it seriously, or that it didn't influence their votes. But he has put out a statement to the media, clearly at the instruction of the leaders of his party, attempting to backpedal. Here's his new statement which begins by quoting his floor comments:



Oct 28 07:18

Money remains scarce.

Short-term lending rates were little changed over the weekend. "We see money markets remaining tight because the fear and uncertainty haven't gone away," economist Adam Carr says. Another sign of banks' wariness to lend even to each other: financial institutions continue to deposit record amounts in central banks' overnight deposit facilities.

Oct 28 07:11

Whirlpool to Cut 5,000 Jobs as U.S. Economy Slows

Whirlpool Corp., the world's largest appliance maker, will cut 5,000 jobs, or 6.8 percent of its workforce, and forecast lower annual profit as the global credit crunch and U.S. housing slump clips appliance sales.

Oct 28 06:44

Postbank Reports Quarterly Loss on Lehman, Writedowns

Deutsche Postbank AG, Germany's biggest consumer bank by clients, reported a third-quarter loss related to the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and writedowns from the financial crisis.

Oct 28 06:02

9 Day Notice Jim Kirwan

The beginning of the End starts in just nine days. It's not as if we didn't have enough time to discuss the issues; because this campaign has broken all records for money spent and time wasted in pursuit of the Oval Office. Two years is an eternity in this quagmire and yet the candidates for president managed to avoid talking about any of the things that are tearing this nation apart.



Oct 28 05:56

How Can You Be in 10 Places at Once When You Are Nowhere at All?

Three Card Monte is a simple game that’s based on deception and greed. No one comes down the sidewalk and wins at Three Card Monte unless they work for the people running the game. The point of that is to give the impression that winning is possible. This game has been going on for a long, long time and still, people are routinely sucked into it. This game is a simple street version of much more complex games that are run on the public every day.

October 27, 2008

Oct 27 22:29

What is a Freegan?

Perhaps the most notorious freegan strategy is what is commonly called "urban foraging" or "dumpster diving". This technique involves rummaging through the garbage of retailers, residences, offices, and other facilities for useful goods.

Oct 27 18:08

UK Weather - Snow and Ice in October, the Shape of Things to Come?

Widespread frosts and ice, snow showers, sub zero temperatures and winds direct from the arctic aren't things normally associated with mid Autumn, but this week they're all going to be mentioned within weather forecasts for the UK.
Is this the shape of things to come for the rest of Autumn and into Winter though?

Forecasters at Netweather.tv think it may be, as they expect a November with temperatures to be close to or below the average with the start of Winter following a similar vein.

Paul Michaelwaite of Netweather.tv comments:

Oct 27 18:00

Empty Space At A McCain Rally In Ohio Today [pic]

Notice how the empty seats are behind the camera riser.

Maybe they were all early voting?



Lockerdome
Oct 27 14:52

IMF may need to "print money" as crisis spreads

The International Monetary Fund may soon lack the money to bail out an ever growing list of countries crumbling across Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia, raising concerns that it will have to tap taxpayers in Western countries for a capital infusion or resort to the nuclear option of printing its own money.

Oct 27 13:59

Follow the M3 Money

As Wikipedia states, our money supply has three large components. M1 is physical currency circulating in the economy plus demand deposits (checking accounts). This measure is used by economists to try and quantify the amount of money in circulation. M1 is the most liquid measure of money supply since it only contains cash and assets quickly usable for conversion to currency.

Oct 27 12:39

Republican fears of historic Obama landslide unleash civil war for the future of the party

Senior Republicans believe that John McCain is doomed to a landslide defeat which will hand Barack Obama more political power than any president in a generation. Aides to George W.Bush, former Reagan White House staff and friends of John McCain have all told The Sunday Telegraph that they not only expect to lose on November 4, but also believe that Mr Obama is poised to win a crushing mandate.

Oct 27 11:01

Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin: Global systemic crisis Alert - Summer 2009: The US government defaults on its debt.

Therefore, as we repeated it on and on since 2006, this crisis is far more important, in terms of impact and outcome, than the 1929 crisis. Historically, we are the very first players, witnesses and/or victims of a crisis affecting the whole planet, in a situation of unprecedented interdependence of countries (resulting from twenty years of globalisation) and people (the level of urbanization - and related dependence for all the basic needs – water, food, energy… - is also unprecedented).



Oct 27 10:31

Crisis Brings Opportunity. Here's hoping we don't blow it this time.

Have no doubt, by the end of this week or the next, life will have changed for good, there will be no going back to the way it was. Period.
If the World is expecting to have it's cake and eat it , forget about it. So what's going to be the logical outcome of such a sytemic failure ?

Oct 27 09:44

Man's arm trapped in train toilet

A passenger on a French train had to be rescued by firemen after having his arm sucked down the on-board toilet.

The 26-year-old victim was trapped when he tried to fish out his mobile phone, which had fallen into the toilet bowl, and fell foul of the suction system.

The high-speed TGV train had to stop for two hours while firemen cut through the train's pipework.

The man was carried away by emergency services, with the toilet still attached to his arm.

Oct 27 09:42

You can run... but can you hide?

We are the CCTV capital of the world and more data is being held on us than ever before, with our phones, our computers, our bankcards and even our cars busily giving away information about where we go and what we do.

The government gathers more data on us than anyone else and has big plans to collect even more.

The Home Office has drawn up plans for the creation of a single central database containing details, though not the content, of every e-mail, text and mobile phone call made in the UK and of every web page browsed.

Oct 27 09:37

Most Major Papers Continue Circ Decline

For those holding out for some improvement in print circulation, this morning brings disappointment. The Audit Bureau of Circulations released the latest figures for the six- month period ending September 2008 and the report shows major drops in circulation at the big metros.

According to ABC for the 507 newspapers reporting in this period, daily circulation slipped 4.6% to 38,165,848 copies. For the 571 papers, Sunday dropped 4.8% to 43,631,646 copies.

For comparison purposes, in September 2007 reporting period, daily circ fell 2.6% and Sunday was down 4.6%.



Oct 27 09:33

Some voters 'purged' from voter rolls

College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

"Vote suppression is real. It does sometimes happen," said Daniel P. Tokaji, a law professor at Ohio State University.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

Oct 27 09:31

Cancer cure in a sponge? Institute tests synthetic version of substance

A sponge that lives in the ocean depths off Florida's coastline holds a compound that might fight pancreatic and colon cancers.

Oct 27 09:20

Bush "exhibit number one for the danger of having a nut job in the oval office"

The judgment of history may well be that the United States has been "taken into, and kept in, the Iraq War by a guy who is not quite right in his head," a distinguished legal scholar says.

"It may take 25 or 50 years, but it is almost certain that one day this character will be exhibit number one for the danger of having a nut job in the oval office," says Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

Oct 27 09:12

WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR THE WORLD – A McCAIN WIN IN THE U.S. AND A NETANYAHU WIN IN ISRAEL.

But the most terrifying aspect of a McCain win in the US and a Netanyahu win in Israel is the very much enhanced likelihood of a final confrontation with Iran and the fallout, literally and metaphorically, that such a confrontation will have for the Middle East and the world. Netanyahu has in the past hinted at a ‘nuclear strike on Iran’. And, of course, who can forget McCain’s policy of ‘Bomb, bomb, bombing Iran’.



Oct 27 09:11

Bretton Woods II. The Final Solution ?

On November 15th the Group of the 20 largest economic nations will sit down at the National Building Museum in Washington.This marks a momentous event as world leaders come together and try and come up with a solution to the current Global Financial Meltdown.The really interesting aspect about this one will be exactly what each will be bringing to the table.

Oct 27 09:09

Bailout money being used to boost bonuses

"Year-end pay on Wall Street will be higher than it would have been had it not been for the government and mergers," says Alan Johnson, a leading compensation consultant. "You would expect it to be down much more."

Johnson predicts the average managing director at an investment bank, a title typically earned around eight years on the job, will receive a bonus of $625,000.

Oct 27 09:06

Europe on the brink of currency crisis meltdown

The financial crisis spreading like wildfire across the former Soviet bloc threatens to set off a second and more dangerous banking crisis in Western Europe, tipping the whole Continent into a fully-fledged economic slump.

Currency pegs are being tested to destruction on the fringes of Europe’s monetary union in a traumatic upheaval that recalls the collapse of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.

“This is the biggest currency crisis the world has ever seen,” said Neil Mellor, a strategist at Bank of New York Mellon.

Oct 27 07:38

Farm-Credit Squeeze May Cut Crops, Spur Food Crisis

The credit crunch is compounding a profit squeeze for farmers that may curb global harvests and worsen a food crisis for developing countries.



Oct 27 00:57

Meet the World's New Reserve Currency: The Chinese Yuan

By Mike Whitney

October 26, 2008

Oct 26 22:13

Gold Runs Out In Germany

Risk-averse Germans are turning to gold in troubled times - but there’s none left.

German gold dealers say demand has skyrocketed this past week to 10 times normal so no more orders can be taken for the foreseeable future.

Oct 26 21:45

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

"It's blowin' boy." ... "Keep your eye on that building, it'll be coming down soon." ... "The building is about to blow up, move it back." ... "Here we are walking back. There's a building, about to blow up..."

Oct 26 19:48

Many Aussies Unable To Withdraw Cash

Tens of thousands of Australians, many of them retirees, are now unable to get immediate access to their capital after AXA Asia Pacific, Perpetual Investment Management and Australian Unity suspended withdrawals from some funds.



Owl 2
Oct 26 14:04

The academics....

The academics....
Don Robertson

The author of this article, Gary Leupp is a Professor of History, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion at Tufts University, and author of numerous works on Japanese history. His email is gleupp(-at-)granite(-dot-)tufts(-dot-)edu

I quote Gary from the dissidentvoice.org article here:

Oct 26 12:52

Paulson's Plan, And The Suckers Who Bought It

Folks, this bailout money isn't about loosening credit for consumers or businesses, but consolidating wealth and power in fewer and fewer banking hands. That's great business for the banking elites, but lousy business for the US taxpayer. And it's all being orchestrated by one of their own, in the shape of Hank Paulson, ably assisted by Neel Kashkari, another ex-Goldman Sachs employee (with, according to the US Treasury, expertise in mergers and acquisitions -- what a surprise), and now responsible for administering the banking handouts.

Oct 26 12:34

The Gun Control Genocide Chart

The message is simple: Disarmed people are neither free nor safe - they become the criminals' prey and the tyrants' playthings. When the civilians are defenseless and their government goes bad, however, thousands and millions of innocents die.

Oct 26 11:35

Does the Fed actually want foreclosures to keep on growing ?

"Nationwide, 261,255 homeowners received at least one foreclosure-related filing in May, up 48 percent from the same month last year, and up 7 percent from April" Realtytrac.com.

The figures above reflect a truly miserable situation in the everyday life of Americans. Before the property is actually foreclosed upon, the utilities would probably been off for 3 months or so. No light, no heat no water.This is the reality that the Fed is ignoring as it hands out money hands over fist to the very organisations that caused this untenable situation.



Oct 26 10:26

U.S. Dollar Currency Collapse Within 30 Days

My reaction: I am certain the US is less than a month away from a currency collapse. The fed and treasury are not even taking the time to think at this point: they are just throwing money and guarantees at each new problem that pops up without worrying about the consequence. Since no one can imagine a currency collapse, there isn't the political will to take the painful steps needed to prevent it (reign in fed and let institutions fail). The forces and trends behind the financial collapse are too powerful to stop.

Oct 26 09:59

Sunspots an omen of weather woes?

The lack of sunspots this year has some scientists wondering if this could be an indicator that much colder weather is on the way.

They argue it could be the start of an extended period of solar indolence that would more than counter the effect of human-produced carbon dioxide emissions.

From the middle of the 17th century to the early 18th century, which is known as the Little Ice Age, sunspots were very rare and this reduced activity is believed by some to be related to the lower temperatures which occurred then.

Oct 26 09:36

New Worm Exploits Microsoft Bug

Only two days after Microsoft released the patch, security researchers identified a new worm named Gimmiv, which exploited the vulnerability in the RPC service.

Moreover, on Friday, a sample of the code hackers could use to further take advantage of the bug was posted on the Internet, on the Milw0rm.com hacker site.

Oct 26 09:19

The Flight to the Dollar. Why and for how long ?

The flight of capital to the dollar has been churning along at breakneck speed over the last week, taking down other currencies with the sole exception of the Japanese Yen. Investors are running home to Mama while waiting to start the Musical chairs again next week and hoping to find one when the music stops.



Oct 26 08:29

Alaska's Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Oct 26 07:19

Iraq Asked Us to leave. Now, can our troops come home, Joe?

Back in May of 2007, President Bush said that if Iraq asked the United States to leave, we would leave. Well, yesterday, Iraq did just that, they asked us to set a timetable to leave Iraq. Will Joe Knollenberg and his Republican colleagues in the U.S. House help us do what President Bush pledged to do in 2007? I don't think so, do you?

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If there is one thing Americans should do to the SHrUB to end his reign of terror, it's to get their dogs of war out of Iraq.

Haven't enough people been murdered "in the name of American freedom"?

Oct 26 07:16

Powell: US would leave if Iraq requests

U.S.-led coalition forces would leave Iraq if a new interim government should ask them to, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday, but such a request is unlikely.

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That was in 2004. How many times has the Iraqi government not only asked but TOLD the US insurgent terrorist troops leave?

Isn't it time the American people show some human decency by calling off their dogs of war?

Oct 26 06:52

This election has gone to the dogs

A picture is worth a thousand words



Owl 3
Oct 26 05:58

Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals a U.S. Debacle

The final draft of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces agreement on the U.S. military presence represents an even more crushing defeat for the policy of the George W. Bush administration than previously thought, the final text reveals.

The final draft, dated Oct. 13, not only imposes unambiguous deadlines for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by 2011 but makes it extremely unlikely that a U.S. non-combat presence will be allowed to remain in Iraq for training and support purposes beyond the 2011 deadline for withdrawal of all U.S. combat forces.

October 25, 2008

Oct 25 18:54

Sorry, Senator. Let's Salvage What We Can.

There are many ways to lose a presidential election. John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.

Oct 25 16:55

HORROR 'ABUSE' BY COPS

A gang of rogue cops clobbered a Brooklyn man they saw smoking a joint, then sodomized him with a walkie-talkie antenna during a broad-daylight attack in a subway station, law-enforcement sources and the victim's lawyer said yesterday.

The alleged attack, reminiscent of the 1997 police assault on Abner Louima, put Michael Mineo, 24, in Brookdale Hospital for four days.

Oct 25 16:30

Report: Bush to declare renewal of ties with Iran

Several American media outlets reported on Saturday that President George Bush is likely to announce after next month's presidential elections that he intends to restore the diplomatic relations with Iran, almost 30 years after they were suspended.



Taboola
Oct 25 16:23

Georgia Plans To Hand-Copy 10,000 Flawed Absentee Votes Onto New Ballots

This onerous process is both costly and laden with potential mistakes or outright fraud. It begs for a simple and obvious solution — hand count the ballots instead of transferring the votes. It can only be assumed that state law prohibits a hand count. However, there must be some emergency exceptions available to avoid the ridiculous solution of hand-copying votes to the equally ridiculous problem of a poorly conceived ballot.

Oct 25 08:55

‘John McCain was never tortured in my jail’, says Tran Trong Duyet

Mr Lua’s account of that day – along with Vietnamese accounts of the five and a half years that Mr McCain spent as a prisoner of war – differ significantly from the presidential candidate’s own record. Mr Lua speaks of quickly getting Mr McCain to the safety of a police station (now the aerobics studio) before any harm was done. Mr McCain writes of mob attacks on his shoulder, ankle and groin with rifle-butt and bayonet.

Oct 25 08:50

Increasing Arctic Ice Is What We Don't Hear

Last summer a headline from the Christian Science Monitor read: "Arctic Sea Ice Melting Faster Than Expected". The first line of the article sounded the environmental alarm.

It said: "Arctic Ocean sea ice, one of the most visible indicators for global warming, may be headed for another recordbreaking summer decline." There were similar articles concerning a connection between global warming and melting Arctic sea ice in many other magazines and newspapers at the time.

Oct 25 08:36

Palin calls elected leader a dictator, AP ignores error

Sarah Palin this week mistakenly called a democratically-elected president of a foreign state a dictator. In response, Hugo Chavez, who was in 2006 re-elected by a convincing 60% of voters, evoked Jesus, remarking, “Forgive her, for she knows not what she says.”.

So now you know the story: Chavez is not a dictator, he’s the popularly-elected leader of Venezuala. Palin didn’t know even this most basic fact about Venezuala, and yet felt qualified to threaten that country with sanctions.

Oct 25 06:46

U.S. Soldiers - Recieve Letters To Quit NWO Army

This Pete Hegseth lunatic actually believes 1) we are in Iraq fighting for “freedom” and 2) we are winning that war.

Oct 25 06:00

From the Foggy Din of Fear Emerges a Vast Swelling Continent of Economic Truth

Dollar and Yen Soar as Other Currencies Fall and Stocks Slip

WASHINGTON — Fear that the financial crisis is infecting once-healthy economies created another white-knuckle day for investors Friday, causing stocks to tumble from Tokyo to New York.

Uncertainty also roiled currency markets as investors continued to turn to the security of the United States dollar and the Japanese yen and drove down currencies of developing countries like Brazil, Ukraine and South Korea and even of developed countries like Britain.

Oct 25 05:07

GE to tap into Fed funding facility

General Electric Co., the largest issuer of commercial paper, will tap into a new Federal Reserve program aimed at stabilizing the wobbly $1.5 trillion market for short-term debt used by businesses for daily expenses.

Oct 25 05:02

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp loses $4 bln, seeks to reassure retirees

Miller, a California Democrat, said he was "not sold" on the agency's "game plan" adopted in February which calls for boosting long-term returns by sinking nearly half of its investments in equities.

Millard said he was concerned about economic and market turmoil and PBGC would take a "slow and deliberate" approach to the new investment policy.

Oct 25 04:53

Georgia's Alpha Bank & Trust Seized as U.S. Closings Rise to 16

Alpha Bank & Trust in Alpharetta, Georgia, with $346 million in deposits, was seized by regulators and closed as the collapse of the housing market and loan defaults claimed a 16th U.S. bank this year.

Oct 25 04:36

Diving off the USS America

In these days of rapid changes in the Political paradigm, it's becoming obvious that the U.S. has overestimated the confidence it expects from the rest of the world. The fragmentation had already begun but is now accelerating as each country realizes the damage that faith in Uncle Sam's integrity, both financial and moral, can unleash

October 24, 2008

Oct 24 21:51

Couple gets $9.5 million parking ticket

A suburban Chicago couple received a $9.5 million parking ticket for leaving their car in downtown Glencoe, Ill., for more than two hours.

Barbara and Lee Mitchell say the ticket explained they were entitled to a hearing on the matter or could plead guilty and simply pay the fine, The Glencoe News reports.

If they chose to forgo a hearing, the instructions advised them "do not send cash."

Deputy Chief Mike Volling of the Glencoe Police Department said he's at a loss to explain the ticket.

"Obviously somebody messed up when it was entered into the computer." He said.

Oct 24 19:49

ES&S Touch-Screen Votes Now Flipping in TX Too! Obama/DNC Attorneys Still AWOL!

This is just getting worse and worse. Now it's happening in Texas. (And in MO, if you read to the end of the article). And the vaunted "thousands of attorneys" from the Obama campaign and the DNC are still nowhere to be found.

Oct 24 19:45

'B'-grade hoax reveals the GOP's inner race-baiter

Fox exec John Moody has it precisely right: the "Obama fan attacked McCain worker" hoax in fact does "forever link" the McCain campaign to race-baiting.

However, it's not just McCain. The entire Republican Party this year has been revealed as the Party of Racial Fear. Nor is it anything new: Republicans for years have tried to make hay off of racially incendiary cases that turn out to tell us more about the motives and worldviews of the torch-bearing mob than anything they might be chanting.

Pam Spaulding nails it:

Oct 24 19:31

Abu Nidal, notorious Palestinian mercenary, 'was a US spy'

Iraqi secret police believed that the notorious Palestinian assassin Abu Nidal was working for the Americans as well as Egypt and Kuwait when they interrogated him in Baghdad only months before the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq.

Hitherto secret documents which are now in the hands of The Independent – written by Saddam Hussein's brutal security services for Saddam's eyes only – state that he had been "colluding" with the Americans and, with the help of the Egyptians and Kuwaitis, was trying to find evidence linking Saddam and al-Qa'ida.

Oct 24 19:16

"His GPS told him to drive straight ahead and he did"

A Polish driver who was too sure of his GPS road navigation device ended up neck-deep in a lake after ignoring road signs warning of a dead-end ahead, Polish police said overnight.

"The man took a road that was closed a year ago when the area was flooded to make an artificial lake serving as a water reservoir - he ignored three road signs warning of a dead-end," police spokesman in Glubczyce, Piotr Smolen, said.

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