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June 27, 2009

Jun 27 07:31

What the Big Banks Have Won

The Geithner-Summers “reform” proposals are a public relations scam designed to conceal the fact that the banks will continue to maintain their stranglehold on OTC derivatives trading while circumventing government oversight. Nothing will change. Bernanke and Geithner's primary objective is to preserve the ability of the banks to use complex instruments to enhance leverage and maximize profits.

Jun 27 07:28

Was the "Good War"Unneccessary?

Aint no good wars!

Jun 27 07:19

The American Way Of War

Jun 27 05:42

Force-feeding us: Dole, Monsanto enter into innovation agreement

By Eric Schroeder
Food Business News, June 23, 2009

MONTEREY, CALIF. - Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. and Monsanto Co. have entered into an agreement to develop new products that will "enhance consumer vegetable choices," according to the companies. The five-year agreement will focus on broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach. Any new products developed through the agreement will be commercialized by Dole in North America.
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Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 27 05:35

Gun Control: What is the Agenda?

By Paul Craig Roberts
June 26, 2009 "Information Clearing House" --
Some years or decades ago I researched and reported on the Sullivan Act, one of America’s first gun control laws.

New York state senator Timothy Sullivan, a corrupt Tammany Hall politician, represented New York’s Red Hook district. Commercial travelers passing through the district would be relieved of their valuables by armed robbers. In order to protect themselves and their property, travelers armed themselves. This raised the risk of, and reduced the profit from, robbery. Sullivan’s outlaw constituents demanded that Sullivan introduce a law that would prohibit concealed carry of pistols, blackjacks, and daggers, thus reducing the risk to robbers from armed victims.

Jun 27 05:27

Business group opposes climate change bill

Published: June 26, 2009 at 10:14 PM

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce advised legislators Friday to take time to read and consider the climate change bill before voting.

The House of Representatives passed the measure 219-212 in the evening.

Tom Donohue, the chamber president and chief executive officer, said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that his group wants a bill reducing greenhouse gases. But he said any bill the chamber supports would need to avoid onerous requirements on businesses and preserve jobs, The Hill reported.

"Last night, those people being asked to vote were given a 1,200-and-some-odd-page document that they have never seen before. This is 'hurry up and do it,'" Donohue said. "Bob Dole used to say to members of the Senate, 'Let's all hurry up and vote on this before anybody has a chance to read it.'"

Jun 27 05:22

Inhofe: Senate Will Not Pass Cap-and-Trade

As we watched the vote in Congress support cap and trade, it's good to remember that the Senate vote is still to come, and perhaps the constitution will prevail. Reference this article from earlier this month:

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
6/3/2009 9:49:53 AM

Not too long ago, global warming activism in the U.S. Capitol made some sort of carbon cap-and-trade legislation seem like a near certainty. But the tide may be turning.

According to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking Republican of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, a key committee needed for passage of a cap-and-trade bill, the trend indicates it can’t pass, at least in the U.S. Senate. He explained that the House, under the leadership of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will pass anything, but it takes both houses of Congress for it to become law.

Jun 27 03:36

Occupation 101--U.S. Aid to Israel

A short video putting the amount of financial aid we give to Israel into perspective. Since Israel has not paid back a single penny of these “loans,” the U.S. government has just written this money off as grants.


Jun 27 03:32

Netanyahu folds under US pressure

THIS STINKS !
(*I get the distinct feeling that both sides are creating theater for the rest of the world .)

Jun 27 03:18

Wary of dollar, China wants super-sovereign currency

* China's central bank calls for super-sovereign currency

* Dollar's dominance has intensified risk, worsened crisis

* IMF should manage part of its members' FX reserves

China's central bank renewed its call on Friday for the creation of a super-sovereign reserve currency to reduce the dollar's global domination, which it said had worsened the financial crisis.

In its annual financial stability report, the central bank did not mention the dollar by name but said it was a serious defect that one currency should tower over all others.

"An international monetary system dominated by a single sovereign sovereign currency has intensified the concentration of risk and the spread of the crisis," the People's Bank of China said.

Jun 27 02:30

Blackberry president vs. Twitter

Haaretz: Barack Obama is the king of the world.
Obama conquered the world this spring, and the world is still conquered. Since World War II there has not been a president like Obama in the White House who can do whatever he desires in Washington.

And yet, this past week has cracked the U.S. president. The paralysis that seized the king of the world in the face of Iranian evil has exposed a scratch in his Teflon coating for the first time.

The warrior of Chicago's acceptance of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's religious fascism is hard to digest.

Jun 27 02:09

Mr. Obama Has His Reasons for Snubbing Disunited Old Europe

There were long faces in Berlin and in Paris after the recent visit by U.S. President Barack Obama: The superstar of the White House granted his most important continental allies less time than Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy would have liked.



Jun 27 02:03

Double Whammy

Misguided government policies have already dealt vicious body blows to our economy, but that hasn’t stopped politicians this week from launching two new kicks to the groin: a national health insurance plan and a carbon emissions regulation system called “cap and trade.” Even if these plans could achieve their desired ends, which is highly unlikely, I would have hoped Washington would refrain from throwing more monkey wrenches into the economy until it shows some signs of resurgence. The last thing we need right now is to further encumber our economy with higher taxes and additional regulations.

Jun 27 00:51

The Population Reduction Agenda For Dummies

There are still large numbers of people amongst the general public, in academia, and especially those who work for the corporate media, who are still in denial about the on-the-record stated agenda for global population reduction, as well as the consequences of this program that we already see unfolding.

We have compiled a compendium of evidence to prove that the elite have been obsessed with eugenics and its modern day incarnation, population control, for well over 100 days and that goal of global population reduction is still in full force to this day.

June 26, 2009

Jun 26 22:32

Pettiness of US palpable: denied visa to Iranian officials for UN meeting

Pathetic.

Jun 26 20:56

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett the Latest Celebrity Victims of Big Pharma

That Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett both died in the last 48 hours is shocking news to many, but it's not nearly as surprising as the fact that they were both killed by Big Pharma's toxic drugs.



Jun 26 19:12

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S. 773) grants Obama power to shut down internet, ignore laws

A new Cybersecurity bill would grant the President unprecedented power to shut down the internet and ignore privacy laws. Learn more:

Details: http://bytestyle.tv/node/37

Jun 26 18:19

Gordon Brown's 10 worst financial gaffes

Even after he leaves office in 2010, as is almost certain, it seems that we will all be paying for Gordon's gaffes for many years to come.

Jun 26 18:01

Pastor Urges His Flock to Bring Guns to Church

Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” as a promotional flier for the “open carry celebration” puts it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

Jun 26 18:00

White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Certain people?" Who gets to decide?



Jun 26 17:58

Microsoft charging "way too much" for Windows 7

"Doubling down on the disappointment is the fact that this is only a one user license. In a world where most homes are moving into a multiple PC environment it would enhance the consumer home experience if they could upgrade all their home PCs at a single low price with a single boxed purchase."

That view is shared by Ovum analyst, Mike Davis, who told PC Pro that the prices weren't low enough to drive mass adoption.

"You might get some movement from people who are unhappy with Vista," he says. "But people have got to be pretty unhappy with what they've got to pay £80 for Windows 7."

Jun 26 17:52

Brown touts air and sea emissions for green tax

Air and ferry fares could rise in the fight to combat climate change, Gordon Brown signalled yesterday.

In a keynote speech, the Prime Minister highlighted air and sea traffic emissions as potential sources of income for a £60bn-a-year fighting fund financed through growth in the international carbon trading market.

Jun 26 17:48

House Passes Bill to Address Threat of Climate Change

“No matter how you doctor it or tailor it,” said Representative Joe Pitts, Republican of Pennsylvania, “it is a tax.”

Jun 26 17:43

South to Boost Surgical Strike Capability Against North

The South Korean military plans to speed up efforts to deploy ground, air and naval weapons systems for use in strikes against key facilities in North Korea in the event of war, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday.

The updated plan is focused on securing independent capabilities to remove North Korea's asymmetrical military threat of nuclear and missile programs by deploying sophisticated surveillance, reconnaissance and striking assets.

In the case of an emergency, the military could conduct pre-emptive strikes against nuclear and missile facilities, an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said



Jun 26 17:23

Healthcare industry spending $1.4 million - a day - on lobbyists

The healthcare industry is spending upwards of $1.4 million each day on average to lobby members of Congress on health care legislation, a report issued by Common Cause this week reveals.

“The top recipients of health industry campaign contributions from 2000 to 2008 are new Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK) at $7.3 million and $6.3 million respectively,” National Journal reports. “All of the campaign finance data used in the report came from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The health care industry's "acquisitions" will simply vote as they're told, the hell with what people may really want or need in terms of health care.

Countries like Belgium have publicly and privately funded health care, and they have made it work. As reported in:

http://www.expatica.com/be/health_fitness/healthcare/belgian-healthcar...

"You can be assured of the highest-quality medical care in Belgium, regarded as among the best healthcare systems in Europe. As in most countries, the system divides itself into state and private, though fees are payable in both, so you need to ensure that you are adequately covered through either the state insurance and/or private insurance. The advantages of the state mutuelle/mutualiteit scheme is that you can choose any doctor, clinic or hospital you like, in any location and without referral, according to your needs in much the same way as you can with private insurance."

If a country like Belgium can make something like this work, why can't the US?!?

Jun 26 17:14

White House drafts executive order to allow indefinite detentions

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

Jun 26 17:03

Climate bill squeaks past House

In a triumph for President Barack Obama on Friday, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed sweeping legislation calling for the nation's first-ever limits on pollution linked to global warming.

The bill also aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more costly energy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Thu shalt pay more to have less!" -- President Obey-me

Jun 26 16:52

Man Charged In 'Virtual Porn' Case

A Tennessee man is facing charges of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor for what authorities say are three pictures -- none of them featuring an actual child's body.

Instead, according to testimony presented at Michael Wayne Campbell's preliminary hearing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Wednesday, the photos feature the faces of three young girls placed on the nude bodies of adult females, CNN affiliate WDEF reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Use Photoshop, go to JAIL!



Owl 1
Jun 26 16:49

Rothschild and Freshfields founders had links to slavery, papers reveal

Two of the biggest names in the City of London had previously undisclosed links to slavery in the British colonies, documents seen by the Financial Times have revealed.

Nathan Mayer Rothschild, the banking family’s 19th-century patriarch, and James William Freshfield, founder of Freshfields, the top City law firm, benefited financially from slavery, records from the National Archives show, even though both have often been portrayed as opponents of slavery.

Jun 26 16:48

Dr. Boyd Ed Graves has gone to his Reward

Dr. Graves gave his all in the struggle to rescue the world from the scourge of AIDS. He proved that the cure exists and fought to see it released.

One can only admire his great Courage and Determination and, in spite of everything, his keen sense of irony and humour.

Although we will miss him, his work will continue, as does his Spirit.

Jun 26 16:19

Iranian envoy: CIA involved in Neda's shooting?

The United States may have been behind the killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old Iranian woman whose fatal videotaped shooting Saturday made her a symbol of opposition to the June 12 presidential election results, the country's ambassador to Mexico said Thursday.

"This death of Neda is very suspicious," Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri said. "My question is, how is it that this Miss Neda is shot from behind, got shot in front of several cameras, and is shot in an area where no significant demonstration was behind held?"

Jun 26 16:18

Exclusive: Police Say Michael Jackson 'Heavily Addicted' to Oxycontin

Michael Jackson was "heavily addicted" to the powerful pain killer Oxycontin and received "daily doses" of it and of another pain killer, Demerol, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the initial investigation of his death.

The Los Angeles police were told Jackson received an injection of Demerol one hour before his death, the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder why the focus is on the Oxycontin.

It's the Demerol that is the likely killer. It's effects are similar to a combination of cocaine (monoamine transporter inhibitor) and opiates. Heavy drug addicts often shoot a combination of heroine and cocaine which produces the same effect. This is what killed John Belushi. An OD of Demerol would produce the same result, and given that MJ's live-in doctor has vanished, I think we know what has happened here.



Jun 26 15:42

Newspaper Death Watch

Chronicling the Decline of Newspapers and the Rebirth of Journalism.

Jun 26 15:30

House holds moment of silence for Michael Jackson

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I .. am ... going ... to ... hurl ...

Jun 26 15:06

White House Drafts Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

By Dafna Linzer and Peter Finn
ProPublica and Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 26, 2009; 5:18 PM

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

Jun 26 14:58

German court upholds ban on words with Nazi link

This literally translates as "the flags on high." The court said the words, which appeared as the final part of an eight-word slogan on the shirt, were too similar to the opening line of the Nazi anthem, the Horst Wessel song.



Jun 26 14:51

Media fantasies in Iran

Mousavi was from a generation that stood in front of the Shah's helicopter gunships, slept in trenches before Saddam's tanks, and waited hours in line for flour. But Tehran's tech-savvy are far from Frantz Fanon's lumpenproletariat. The hundreds of thousands trickled down to a few hundred this week precisely because they never came to revolt. Had they wanted a revolution, they could have had one when they crammed the streets in front of the state television and radio station. The bazaar shop owners, much less the oil refinery workers, have not gone on strike, nor will they. The opposition's tiny political infrastructure has all but been destroyed. The revolution will not be televised – or Twittered – because it was only going to happen in our imaginations.

Jun 26 14:45

Congress phone list: Call and stop the climate legislation

This bill isn’t about energy independence any more than the Patriot Act was about patriots! They are “Patriot Acting” this thing and we don’t like it.

TELL THEM TO POSTPONE THE VOTE!!!!! THEN, Vote NO!!!! Make the phone calls… Tell them to postpone the vote then vote NO…

This thing is over 1600 pages and growing… There has been no reading and only scripted debate…

Jun 26 14:28

Iraq: Order 81 and the plunder of farming

Latha Jishnu: Order 81 and the plunder of farming
New Delhi April 1, 2009, 0:52 IST
...the focus of the revival strategy that is under way in Iraq is intended not to help its farmers so much as to allow multinational seed companies to capture the market.
... the seeds that American and European seed giants are actively pushing in Iraq will, of course, qualify since Order 81 is designed to specifically to protect their interests.
...Worse still is the injunction against farmers using their own seeds. ...Five years after Order 81 was passed, farm activists across the world have got together to mark April 26 as International Seeds Day to help Iraqi farmers to break the vice-like grip of the global seed companies.

Jun 26 14:11

Our Political Prisoners

Did you know the United States has in recent years prosecuted hundreds of people for political reasons? This is a crime, or rather a crime wave, that has thus far been addressed primarily by ignoring it. You can read a lot about it from bloggers like Larisa Alexandrovna or Scott Horton. But you won't hear the president mention it on TV.

In an attempt to convince the corporate media that this issue ranked right up there with governors' sex lives and celebrities' deaths, a group of notable speakers, judges, attorneys, victims, and witnesses, gathered and spoke on Friday morning at the National Press Club. You can watch the whole forum on C-Span. You won't find it anywhere else.



Lockerdome
Jun 26 14:11

CARBONGATE – Global Warming Study Censored by EPA

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is today making public an internal study on climate science which was suppressed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Internal EPA email messages, released by CEI earlier in the week, indicate that the report was kept under wraps and its author silenced because of pressure to support the Administration’s agenda of regulating carbon dioxide.

The report finds that EPA, by adopting the United Nations’ 2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, is relying on outdated research and is ignoring major new developments. Those developments include a continued decline in global temperatures, a new consensus that future hurricanes will not be more frequent or intense, and new findings that water vapor will moderate, rather than exacerbate, temperature.

Jun 26 14:02

Netanyahu says Palestinian state must be disarmed, settlements to continue

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterated his demands that the future Palestinian State should be disarmed, and that Israel has the right to continue construction and expansion of existing settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

His statements came during a press conference in France following his Thursday closed-door meeting with French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, and Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. He claimed that this issue does not cause any demographical changes in the region.

Jun 26 13:19

Double Whammy

The meteoric rise in health care costs, which has become an unending nightmare for U.S. businesses and consumers, is not an accident. This painful condition has arisen from excess government involvement in the system, tax provisions that encourage the over-utilization of health insurance, and government support of an out-of-control malpractice industry. Rather than allowing more bad policy to drive health care costs further upward, we should be looking at ways to allow market forces to reign them back in.

Jun 26 13:14

Chinese official urges buying of gold, U.S. land: report

A top Communist Party research chief said Thursday that China should buy gold and U.S. real estate rather than Treasurys



Jun 26 13:05

Bill of Attainder Project

Today the Project maintains this site to provide Americans with valid information on what their Constitutional rights should be regarding bills of attainder, and the right to be protected against laws that plunder life, liberty, and property. The following are articles that have circulated and been published many times, yet few Americans, know what a bill of attainder is.

Jun 26 13:04

Coup Fears in Honduras

Civil society organizations and UN General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto have warned of a possible coup attempt by the Honduran military.

Jun 26 13:02

Sri Lanka arrests astrologer for gloomy predictions

Sri Lankan police say they have arrested an astrologer after he predicted serious political and economic problems for the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Jun 26 13:01

Dollar Slides After China Calls for ‘Super-Sovereign’ Currency



Jun 26 13:00

House Democrats win key test vote on climate bill

House Democrats narrowly won a key test vote Friday on sweeping legislation to combat global warming and usher in a new era of cleaner energy. Republicans said the bill included "the largest tax increase in American history."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ship of state is sinking, and Congress chops a larger hole in the bottom of the hull.

Jun 26 12:58

Settler Rabbi for Peace

Jun 26 12:57

Members of U.S. House Financial Services Committee snapped up or dumped bank stocks as bottom fell out of market

As financial markets tumbled and the government worked to stave off panic by pumping billions of dollars into banks last fall, several members of Congress who oversee the banking industry were grabbing up or dumping bank stocks.

Anticipating bargains or profits or just trying to unload before the bottom fell out, these members of the House Financial Services Committee or brokers on their behalf were buying and selling stocks including Bank of America and Citigroup -- some of the very corporations their committee would later rap for greed, a Plain Dealer examination of congressional stock market transactions shows.

Jun 26 12:53

THE CYNTHIA MCKINNEY INTERVIEW ON WRH RADIO (mp3)



Jun 26 12:52

MOUSAVI'S GREEN BALLOONS OVER TEHRAN!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There must be at least ... twenty of those suckers up there!

Jun 26 12:47

Congress set to vote on mystery bill

Friday, June 26, the House of Representatives is set to pass an energy bill which will be a complete mystery to most of the 435 representatives who will asked to vote on it. Even if your congressman or congresswoman wanted to read it before the vote he or she cannot. Why not? Well for one thing, the bill isn't finalized yet.

That's right, the bill was still in the process of being written on Thursday but it will be ready for a final vote sometime Friday. Is our Congress an efficient bunch, or what?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shades of USAPATRIOT act!

Jun 26 12:46

Canadian Jewish Congress Organized Nazis

A Jewish-Canadian author is in a battle of words with the Canadian Jewish Congress after alleging the organization props up neo-nazi groups to get “hate crime” legislation passed and expand the role of the country’s Human Rights Commission.

Neo-conservative author Ezra Levant claims in his latest book, Shakedown, that the Canadian Jewish Congress hired ex-cop John Garrity to work for the Canadian Nazi Party in the 1960’s. In 1965 and 1966, Garrity was put in charge of membership for the group and organized the dozen or so “rag-tag band of losers” into an outfit that garned a lot of press coverage.

Jun 26 12:22

9/11 FEMA videographer at Ground Zero goes public

It was odd to me that all cameras were so fiercely prohibited within the secured perimeter of Ground Zero, that the entire area was declared a crime scene and yet the “evidence” within that crime scene was so rapidly removed and destroyed. And then it was very odd to me when I learned that FEMA and several other federal agencies had already moved into position at their command center at Pier 92 on September 10th, one day before the attacks!



Jun 26 11:59

Members of Congress profited from bank stocks as they voted on bailouts

Several members of Congress who oversee the banking industry and bemoaned the industry’s greed actually pocketed cash from investing in or selling the same banks they were rebuking when the market collapsed last year.

At least two members of Congress — an Ohio Democrat and a Florida Republican — invested or cashed out of bank stocks just as the fortunes of those companies fell. Ohio Democrat Charlie Wilson sold between $15,000 and $50,000 worth of Huntington Bancshares stock Nov. 14 — the same day the bank got $1.4 billion in bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Jun 26 11:58

Obama Admits Cap & Trade Will Cause Electricity Rates to Skyrocket

Great. You'd think they may want to think about this before they announce the program. Cap and trade will likely cost consumers over $700 dollars per year.
Jun 26 10:48

Renters Hit by Foreclosure Crisis Too

The number of renters being forced from their homes is on the rise as foreclosures increase. “We’ve seen a mass increase. I would say it’s up by 50 percent,” said Arlene Bradley, housing advocacy director of Housing Rights Inc. in Berkeley, Calif., a group that provides legal advice and counseling to renters in the greater San Francisco Bay area.

Jun 26 10:38

Israeli military build up along borders with Lebanon

The Israeli army has set new military buildup along its border with Lebanon Thursday, amid intensified air force flights over Lebanese territories, the official national News agency (NNA) reported.



Owl 2
Jun 26 10:36

Palestinian water tanks destroyed by settlers in Hebron

Jun 26 10:33

WHY THE OVERTHROW CANNOT BRING DEMOCRACY TO IRAN

If the overthrow succeeds, there are only two possible outcomes. Neither can allow Democracy in Iran.

Jun 26 10:29

High-tech Barbarism:: Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's a Raytheon Spy Blimp!

As the American republic's long death-spiral continues apace, newer and ever more insidious technologies usher us towards an age of high-tech barbarism.

"It doesn't have that Big Brother feel" and yet here, as elsewhere, the "feelings of invasiveness" are implicit, unseen, invisible, the securitized DNA giving form and structure to the Empire's "new normal."

Imported from America's aggressive wars of conquest in Iraq and Afghanistan and now deployed in the heimat, sprawling intelligence and security bureaucracies have teamed-up with corporate scofflaws to fill a market niche, inflating the bottom-line at the expense of a cherished freedom: the right to be left alone.

Jun 26 10:27

Loony looziana legislature video goes viral!



Jun 26 10:25

Let's get a move on

Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Duweik, just released from an Israeli detention centre, has called for "immediate reconciliation" between Fatah and Hamas, saying the rift between the two factions was inflicting incalculable damage on the Palestinian national cause. Khaled Amayreh talked to Duweik in Ramallah

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every day Hamas and Fatah fight is another day where a potential Palestinian state has shrunk just a little bit more.

Jun 26 10:21

Who's A Low Level Terrorist? Are You?

there's a certain inescapable irony and disingenuous quality presented by the Western government heads who are harshly critical of the Iran crackdown on dissenting citizens while they, themselves, condone similar ironfisted policies in their own lands. Their two-faced position is barely hidden beneath the surface of their mock concern for the well-being of Iranian protesters as they urge their own and allied troops into battle, show little (if any) sincere remorse over the slaughter of masses of civilians that happen in the process and make sure that demonstrators at home are disregarded, denigrated or preemptively rounded up as happened at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Then again, one might find himself in pretty good company if he were singled out as unpatriotic and treacherous for holding viewpoints or undertaking actions that go contrary to the perspectives that a certain hawkish and totalitarian segment of society holds. All the same, every method conceivable might be used to hunt down the offenders and, when taken to the extreme, render their seemingly provocative positions ineffectual by any means possible, including imprisonment and murder.

Jun 26 10:19

Guess Who's Selling Wall Street's Bull?

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Jim Wilkinson, a one-time senior aide to former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, is part of a campaign, spearheaded by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), to quell the upsurge of "populist" anger directed at the financial sector. But the story leaves out an important part of his résumé: He's a GOP PR operative with a history of disseminating misleading information and once served as the deputy communications director in the Bush White House.

Jun 26 10:15

Obama-backed plan volunteers Americans to pay global taxes

The United Nations is proceeding, with President Obama’s acquiescence, to implement a global plan to create a new international socialist order financed by global taxes on the American people

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought "volunteer" meant I get to decide whether to go along with this stuff or not!

And is Obama so totally out of touch with the American reality that he thinks we have anything left TO tax?



Jun 26 10:13

BOB&TOM TV: "Obama Man" by Greg Morton

Jun 26 10:12

Night chopper flights over L.A. are tied to military training

Late-night military helicopter flights over downtown Los Angeles this week are part of training exercises to familiarize military personnel with urban settings and prepare them for future assignments overseas, authorities said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this training is for foreign deployment....or domestic.

Jun 26 10:12

Obama- Preventive and Indefinite Detention - SAY WHAT???? Constitution rEVOLlution coming your way.

Jun 26 10:11

Rigorous exercise increases heart disease risk

The new research comes from New York University Medical Center, and suggests that the more you engage in vigorous exercise, the more you're at risk for atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition characterized by irregular rapid heart rate. The results of AF range from minor (fainting) to potentially lethal (heart failure or stroke).



Owl 3
Jun 26 10:09

Iraq opens fields; Exxon, Shell seek foothold

IRAQ is set to welcome back foreign oil companies into the war-torn nation to develop the world’s third-largest crude reserves three decades after expelling them.

Eight of the world’s top 10 nonstate oil producers, including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, are vying for the right to help Iraq develop six oilfields and two natural-gas deposits. More than 30 companies in total are bidding for $16 billion worth of technical service contracts for producing fields that will be awarded in Baghdad on June 29 and 30.

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Please note that, completely opposite to Cheney's claim that Iraqi oil revenue would, to large extent, defray the costs of the Iraq war and occupation, the oil revenue will be going right back to large, private corporations.

We the Taxpayers are completely stuck for the billions which have been spent, and will be appropriated by congress, to fund these wars without end.

Jun 26 09:58

Congress Eyes New Measures Against Iran, North Korea

Members of Congress are expressing growing impatience with the Obama Administration’s diplomatic efforts, and are looking to move unilaterally to impose harsh new sanctions against the governments of Iran and North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: some in congress are looking to start a war - any war will do, thank you very much - to distract We the People from the absolute financial ditch in which they have left this country by funding the abominable wars without end, coupled with sending the higher paying jobs overseas.

Jun 26 09:56

'Ahmadinejad win requires primed IDF'

"The scope of threats against us has widened from Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists to Iran, which is working to attain nuclear capabilities. We will not remove any option from the table and advise others to do the same," the defense minister said, hinting that Israel was prepared to carry out a military strike against Iran if diplomatic efforts to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Ahem) General Ashkenazi knows, as well as he knows his own face, that the Iranian nuclear program is peaceful, and perfectly permitted, under the NPT, to which Iran is a signatory.

Every report from the IAEA has confirmed that Iran is building a power station, with the help of Russian technicians.

Israel, which has nuclear arms, is not a signatory to the NPT.

And if Israel decides to engage in a military strike against Iran, let's let them do it solo, completely without US military support.

Iran is Russia's 7th largest trading partner. And the elephant in the living room, sitting on the Steinway, in this issue is just what Russia will be prepared to do to protect Iran, should Israel decide to attack it.

If Israel would really love to go to war simultaneously against Russia and Iran, we should just really let them, and watch what the outcome will be.

Jun 26 09:54

"Soooee, sooeee, calling all porkers" Congress just gave itself nearly 4 BILLION for EXPENSES

How would you like a job with a six figure salary and the ability to vote yourself an additional healthy chunk of taxpayer money to be used for "expenses?"

Need millions and millions each year to run your household?

Then become a member of the Congressional royalty and you too can wallow in the pork of nearly FOUR BILLION dollars to be used for "expenses."



Taboola
Jun 26 09:53

More Power For the Fed? Seriously?

First, what in the world is system-wide risk?

Well, that’s the risk that interconnected-institutions will drag down the whole financial system when they gamble with other people’s money and then blow up! Think AIG, Citigroup and other disgraceful members of the notorious “Too Big to Fail” club. Obama’s plan calls for giving the Fed more power to oversee these guys and to proactively head off any future systemic risks.

There’s just one humongous problem: The Fed has proven time and time again that it isn’t up to the challenge!

Jun 26 09:52

FLASHBACK - The American hand in Iran

Like the color-coded terror alert system, the technicolor "velvet invasions" blink a warning. Despite receiving an ugly bruise in Uzbekistan, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)and its non-governmental organization (NGO) regime-change industry hope to stage another cardboard coup in Iran. But it could be a black and blue revolution.

Jun 26 09:51

The new City buzzword: BAB (that's Bonuses are Back)

Jun 26 09:51

CONGO: WHITE KING, RED RUBBER, BLACK DEATH

The Congo had the misfortune to be rich in rubber, and as the increasing popularity of bicycles and cars resulted in a rubber boom, the Belgian monarch resorted to barbaric means to increase production, including punitive mutilation and murder. Eventually news of his barbarism became known to the public through the crusading work of a Liverpool journalist and his missionary allies, but as is often the case, history has an unfortunate way of erasing, hiding, or just plain ignoring painful truths. It was several years before countries realized that they two had been duped in helping Leopold achieve his purely power driven goals.

Jun 26 09:49

Subprime Banking Mess

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This video was made in 2007.

So, if these comedians knew what was coming, why did the supposed experts on Wall Street miss the signs?

Jun 26 09:46

The Obama Adminstration is Helping to Upgrade Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons

"If the worst, the unthinkable, were to happen,” Hillary Clinton recently told Fox News, “and this advancing Taliban encouraged and supported by Al Qaeda and other extremists were to essentially topple the government … then they would have keys to the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan.” Many will note that the extremists posing this unthinkable prospect were set up in business by the U.S. in the first place. Very well buried is the fact that the nuclear arsenal that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of our former allies has been itself the object of U.S. encouragement over the years and is to this very day in receipt of crucial U.S. financial assistance and technical support.

Jun 26 09:45

The Gun-Grabbers try another one!

Jun 26 09:44

Obama Moves to Fund Iranian Dissidents

Despite President Barack Obama’s persistent claims that the United States is not meddling in the post-election furore in Iran, the administration is moving forward with plans to subsidize Iranian dissident groups to the tune of $20 million in the form of USAID grants.

The program is not new, and the solicitation for the grant applications actually came under the Bush Administration. But with the deadline for submissions just four days away, the administration has a convenient excuse to subsidize opposition and dissident groups under the guise of promoting “the rule of law” in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

How the heck does Obama believe we are going to create a dialogue with the existing Iranian government, when the US is pulling this kind of a stunt?

Or perhaps, on Netanyahu's timetable of "take care of Iran by the end of the year, or else....", Obama has, for all practical intents and purposes, abandoned any pretext of negotiation with Iran, and is - as the phrase goes in basketball - "running out the clock", with no sincere intent to engage Iran at all.

Jun 26 09:42

CIA’S PANETTA WON’T PENALIZE TORTURERS, OKAYS RENDITIONS

June 26, 2009

CIA Director Leon Panetta says he is not going to penalize agents who tortured prisoners if they "were doing their duty," explaining, "If you have a President who exercises bad judgment, the C.I.A. pays the price."

In an interview published in the June 22nd issue of The New Yorker magazine, Panetta acknowledged to reporter Jane Mayer the CIA may still employ some people tainted by the torture program. Nevertheless, Panetta said, "I really respect the people who say we shouldn’t have gotten involved in the interrogation business but we had to do our jobs."

T

Jun 26 09:41

A different take on the Holocaust

Finkelstein has accused as well Eli Wiesel and Jewish leaders worldwide, including American Jewish elites, of a vast shakedown of dollars from European countries and corporations, mainly Germany, Switzerland and Poland, in the name of “needy Holocaust survivors” when in fact the monies have gone largely to Holocaust programs, memorials, studies, literature, museums, and, in general “the Jewish community.”

Jun 26 09:39

U.N. TO EMERGE AS GLOBAL IRS

The term “Solidarity Levies” is U.N.-speak for global taxes.

Jun 26 09:36

General: Troops needed as Afghan elections near

Despite the thousands of U.S. troops headed to southern Afghanistan this summer, a NATO commander said Thursday they'll fall short of the numbers historically needed to defeat insurgents.

Maj. Gen. Mart de Kruif said the influx of troops will let coalition forces pressure parts of the Taliban-infested region where extremists have not yet been pursued. That, in part, will spur more violence over the next few months, he said.

U.S. Gen. David Petraeus and other military experts say counterinsurgency warfare usually requires a mix of force that is 80 percent political and 20 percent military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Toward the end of this year, we will have a total military compliment of 68,000 troops on the ground, just barely over 10% of the amount of troops the Soviet Union had here before they left in defeat and that was a military force of 500,000

The magical thinking, demonstrated in the military planning - if one can call the US campaign in Afghanistan "planned" - is inconceivably ignorant of the history of this region, the history of warfare, and is therefore doomed to fail spectacularly.

Ignorance and stupidity should be painful. The US military should have learned from the Viet Nam War that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air, but apparently, the Pentagon leadership is collectively suffering from a full-on case of selective memory on this issue.

Jun 26 09:31

REMEMBER THESE CHILDREN!

Jun 26 09:29

Israel tries to block Jordan's nuclear cooperation with others

Israel is trying to block Jordan's bids to obtain nuclear technology for peaceful uses through agreements with the world's leading nuclear powers, the daily Alarab Alyawm reported Wednesday, citing a senior diplomat.

Over the past three years, Israel 'sought to obstruct the signing of any nuclear cooperation with Jordan,' the paper quoted an unnamed senior Jordanian diplomat as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the rogue nation, which has nuclear weapons but refuses to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, which has failed to comply with the requirements for its own membership in the United Nations, insists on interfering with other nations' desire to build power stations?

Jun 26 09:27

Detainee Dies in the GIS Prison in Hebron

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for an investigation into the death of Haitham 'Amru, 33, from Upper Beit al-Roush village southwest of Hebron. ‘Amru died while in the custody of the General Intelligence Service (GIS); it is suspected that he was subject to torture, which may have caused his death.

Jun 26 09:26

Terror suspect says he was ordered off flight to Montreal

An Air Canada spokesperson refused to give a recorded interview, but did say the plane was forced to turn around after U.S. authorities rescinded an agreement to let Charkaoui fly.

However, Air Canada spokesperson Isabelle Arthur told Canadian Press by email that the flight "had been cleared by the American authorities prior to takeoff (but) was subsequently refused entry into U.S. airspace and therefore had to return to Fredericton."

She referred all further questions to U.S. authorities.

Jun 26 09:25

TGIF - Just Stop the Madness Already!

California lost more than Michael Jackson yesterday.

They also lost their credit rating as Fitch dropped them to A-minus and even that rating was immediately placed on negative credit watch. California faces a $24 billion-plus budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday, rapidly declining sales tax revenues and an impotent legislature that can’t agree on solutions. Faced with the prospect of running out of cash, State Controller John Chiang said Wednesday the state will begin to issue IOUs for all general fund payments other than those categories protected by the state constitution, federal law and court decisions.

Jun 26 09:24

We're all Anti-Semites Now

Anti-Semitism used to refer to a racial prejudice against Jews. Now "hate" is a codeword for something else: Opposition to Zionism, a political program that many Jews find repugnant.

By equating "hate" with opposition to Zionism, organized Jewry has given everyone permission to be an anti-Semite.

In Soviet Russia, anti-Semitism was considered "counter revolutionary" and severely punished. Similarly, anti-Semitism is now a political crime in the West because it runs counter to the New World Order.

Jun 26 09:23

US general: Prepare for terrorist tactics from North Korea

Gen. Walter "Skip" Sharp said that means the South Korean military should prepare by conducting as much realistic training as possible – likely with the aid of the US.

"I believe we will face IEDs and insurgent forces in addition to large conventional attacks," said General Sharp in remarks there Tuesday. "We must immediately begin preparing both ROK [Republic of Korea] and US forces to improve our capabilities in these areas." Sharp didn't mention the "thinking enemy" by name until the end of his prepared remarks. "North Korea is watching and I am convinced that discussing and demonstrating the strength, capabilities, and leadership of the ROK army is the best deterrence."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder is General Sharp's verbal salvo is some kind of preparation to "groom" the American people for some kind of false flag to justify another war in Korea.

There are only a couple of minor problems with this.

North Korea has a defense treaty with China; the US has a defense treaty with China.

A shooting war with North Korea means that China must, under its treaty obligation, defend North Korea.

War with China, anyone, not to mention China's capability of "dumping" billions of dollars of US debt with which we have been funding our other wars without end?

Let's hope that some adults in the room in Washington realize that this would be the worst of all possible outcomes.

If we are able to get North Korea back to the bargaining table (after the US having broken its word the last time around), it will take a lot of wheeling and dealing by China to make that happen.

Jun 26 09:20

Children forced to mine Zimbabwe diamonds

Robert Mugabe's army is compelling villagers to dig for gems, and the revenue is being funnelled off by senior Zanu-PF lieutenants, Human Rights Watch claims

Hundreds of children are being forced by Zimbabwe's army to dig for diamonds to bankroll senior lieutenants of President Robert Mugabe, a Human Rights Watch investigation has found.

Jun 26 09:16

HOPE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE LIES WITH OUR YOUTH

It might take another generation before we see peace in this region, but we will see it. As long as the following type of activities are taking place among our youth, there is HOPE that there will be CHANGE.

Out of all of my sources, it was the Jerusalem Post that published three reports this weekend which should be read.

Jun 26 09:15

LEONARD COHEN’S ‘COMPROMISE’ …. WILL PERFORM IN PALESTINE AS WELL AS IN ISRAEL

International music legend Leonard Cohen will perform in the West Bank city of Ramallah two days after his upcoming performance in Israel, Haaretz has learned.

Jun 26 09:14

Author Naomi Klein Calls for Boycott of Israel

Bestselling author Naomi Klein on Friday took her call for a boycott of Israel to the occupied West Bank village of Bilin, where she witnessed Israeli forces clashing with protesters.

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As a side note, do you see ABCNNBBCBS making a stink about Israel forces beating up (and in some cases killing) protesters, the way they are about Iran?

Jun 26 09:14

U.S. Stocks Drop as Savings Rate Hits 15-Year High, Oil Falls

U.S. stocks fell as the highest American savings rate in 15 years spurred concern that spending will slow, while falling oil drove down energy producers. The dollar dropped after China’s central bank reiterated a call for a worldwide currency

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