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Feb 16 17:20

New York gets big slice of stimulus, thanks to state's congressional mobsters

NY DAILY NEWS | SENIOR CORRESPONDENT David Saltonstall | February 16th 2009

New York gets big slice of President Obama's stimulus package, thanks to state's congressional bigs

Rarely has a bigger tidal wave of cash come rolling out of Washington than the stimulus bill President Obama is due to sign Tuesday - and rarely has New York been better positioned to ride it.

In a confluence of seniority, hard work and some luck, New York's congressional delegation is now stacked with power players, and it shows in how the massive, $787 billion stimulus package will soon be carved up.

(Go see the picture of YOUR money falling out the sky into the hands of NYC mobsters.)

Feb 16 15:46

Another nosedown, on fire crash witness NTSB refutes

Plane 'just went right down': Witness to deadly Buffalo crash
By Adrian Humphreysand James Cowan, National PostFebruary 13, 2009

"Outside, they saw a low-lying plane heading steeply towards the ground, its wings rolling into an unusual angle.
“I saw the plane a second or two before it hit the ground. You could see it was just starting to catch fire. You could see some flames glowing. Then it just collapsed, just went right down,” said Tomasita, Trujillo’s 12-year-old daughter."
"“The fuselage of the plane lies directly on the footprint of the house. It basically dove right into the top of the house . . . It’s remarkable that it only took one house, as devastating as that was. It could have easily wiped out that entire neighbourhood.”"

Feb 16 13:14

Dusty the Palestinian Kitty

Too much coffee (I think).

Feb 16 12:23

Exclusive: Rove not covered by executive privilege in political prosecution case, lawyer says

Representatives of the Bush White House are no longer advising former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove that he is protected by executive privilege as regards testimony about the alleged political prosecution of an Alabama governor.

Feb 16 11:57

Al Jazeera's New Canadian Boss

Burman spoke to The Tyee last week while in Vancouver for an appearance celebrating the 10th anniversary of UBC's journalism school. Here is what he had to say...

On what the recent Gaza conflict has done for Al Jazeera:

"It's been phenomenally important. Gaza will probably be for Al Jazeera what the Gulf War was for CNN. People forget, CNN was created in 1980. What did they call it, the Chicken Noodle Network? It was ridiculed really until 1991 when the Gulf War happened. It all of a sudden became an important part of American media culture. Our coverage of Gaza is a reminder to a lot of people that there are a lot of important aspects to a lot of stories, not just the Middle East, that are being denied them."

Feb 16 10:19

Second-hand smoke linked to cognitive impairment

...so put that cigarette out, pay a fine, and have a refreshing drink of soda.

Feb 16 10:07

No 10 rejects new 'torture cover-up' claims

Downing Street today rallied to the defence of David Miliband, the foreign secretary, over claims that the Foreign Office asked the US for help in suppressing crucial evidence concerning torture allegations.

The prime minister's official spokesman insisted that the Foreign Office had merely asked the US to "set out its position in writing" when it solicited a letter for the American authorities to back up its claim that, if the evidence was disclosed, Washington could stop sharing intelligence with Britain.

The claim persuaded two high court judges earlier this month to suppress what they called "powerful evidence" relating to the ill treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident being held in Guantánamo Bay.

Feb 16 10:03

British troops may face Facebook ban

The MoD said that the rule is designed to prevent sensitive information being placed on the internet, but it is thought that it could have an impact on social communications as well.

One solider told The Sun: "The fun police have taken over. I can't talk to my wife and kids or even play Call of Duty 5. Do they really think we're going to give away secrets?" Another added: "I am going to ignore it. A lot of the lads are going to do the same."

Feb 16 09:44

Hugo Chávez for life?

Christian Science Monitor | Feb 17, 2009 | Sara Miller Llana

Caracas, Venezuela - With a clear popular victory Sunday in his bid to end term limits, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has injected new vigor into his controversial "21st-century socialism" movement and secured his role at a time when the economy is starting to falter.

"He is going to take advantage of this moment, saying the people voted for socialism," says Ricardo Sucre, a political analyst in Caracas. "He is going to say this gives him the authorization to take more power and advance his project."

Feb 16 08:35

States and Cities in Scramble for Stimulus Cash (Pigs at the trough)

The New York Times | Monica Davey | Feb 15, 2009

Well before President Obama’s stimulus package completed its tortuous path through Congress last week, state and local officials facing multimillion-dollar budget deficits, crumbling infrastructure and the prospect of massive reductions in services were already jockeying for the upper hand in deciding how the money should be spent.

Feb 16 07:08

Mercury Found in High Fructose Corn Syrup

Quantities of mercury have been found in high fructose corn syrup, the ingredient that has replaced sugar in many of our processed foods. Reports have also come out that the FDA knew about traces of the toxic substance in food, and sat on the information. This news comes out just as we've learned that the peanut butter factory responsible for the salmonella outbreak has a storied history of health violations. What a week for food safety.

Mercury in high fructose corn syrup affects many of the most popular foods in America, including yogurt, soda, candy, juice and jelly. Even a small amount of it can be seriously unhealthy.

Feb 16 04:09

Stanley Fish Explores Academic Freedom (And Agrees with Himself)

The New York Times | Stanley Fish | Feb 15, 2009

Think again - Are Academics Different?

“[A]cademic freedom has in recent decades increasingly come to be conceived of as an individual right to be asserted against all forms of university regulation.” It may be that most of those who hold this view would stop far short of the actions performed by Rancourt, but what Finkin and Post call “this antinomianism” (the refusal to accept external constraints on the promptings of conscience and the inner light) is, as they say, inherently “corrosive,” and what it corrodes is any sense of responsibility to the institution.

Feb 15 22:50

Madoff Victims List

Feb 15 22:26

French and British nuke subs collide

BRITISH and French nuclear submarines which collided deep under the Atlantic could have sunk or released deadly radioactivity, it emerged last night.

Feb 15 22:05

NTSB lying about #3407 because it was no accident?

Monday, December 22, 2008
How 'Suspicious' Plane Crashes and Assassinations Benefit the Right Wing
Sometime in the early Fifties someone wrote, 'assassination became an instrument of U.S. national policy.' More recently, the 'weapon' of choice is the small aircraft. "
" Ph.D. Professors James Fetzer and Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs present the harrowing truth. The plane was not responsible. The weather didn’t cause it to crash. Nor were the pilots incompetent, as the report of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would eventually maintain.
--American Assassination

Feb 15 20:52

Complexity Theory and societal/civilizational collapse

The Complexity Theory

By Ray Grigg, Special to Courier-Islander

Complexity Theory argues that societies become progressively more unstable and vulnerable as the network of interconnections within them increases -- not particularly good news for a globalizing system in which increasing complexity is precisely the thrust of economics, finance, manufacturing, technology and almost everything else we do. The sobering implications may explain why many proponents of Complexity Theory preface their comments with an apology. "We don't want to tell you this," goes the essence of their message, "but we think you should know." When the New Scientist published two articles on Complexity Theory (Apr. 5/08), its editor anticipated some reader discomfort. "We are predisposed to pay attention to bad news," noted the editorial. "There is a good reason for this. We need to be warned of difficulty and danger so we can protect ourselves.... [But] if the warning is too scary or distressing, we attack the messenger as a doom monger."

Feb 15 18:05

Obama Beatbox

"And that, my boy, is how President Obama ended the recession," said a senile grandfather.

CLICK

Feb 15 17:42

How Bills Get Passed

Feb 15 17:23

Jim Rogers: Abolish the World Bank and IMF

The best thing that would happen is if we could abolish the World Bank and IMF. They’re now run by people who do little more than take care of themselves.

Feb 15 17:15

Federal obligations exceed world GDP

As the Obama administration pushes through Congress its $800 billion deficit-spending economic stimulus plan, the American public is largely unaware that the true deficit of the federal government already is measured in trillions of dollars, and in fact its $65.5 trillion in total obligations exceeds the gross domestic product of the world.

Feb 15 15:10

US Triple-A Credit Rating at Risk - Moodys

Moodys recently raised their concern. “By the end of a two year period, the U.S. debt ratios will be higher and moving the country’s metrics to the lower end of the pack…this triple rating isn’t assured forever.”

Feb 15 14:31

Cod liver oil benefits confirmed

"Not only does cod liver oil reduce pain and inflammation in the joints of people with osteoarthritis but we now know it also turns off the enzymes responsible for destroying cartilage.

"We're delighted that something as simple and non-controversial as cod liver oil has the potential to bring relief and restore quality of life to so many people who suffer from osteoarthritis."

Feb 15 12:52

Toothless: The Watchdog Press That Became the Government’s Lapdog

An AP investigation had just revealed that the Pentagon budget for “influence operations” this fiscal year is at least $4.8 billion, with about 27,000 civilian and military personnel assigned to information dissemination.

Feb 15 11:34

Social collapse best practices

by Dmitry Orlov

You might ask yourself, then, Why on earth did he get invited to speak here tonight? It seems that I am enjoying my moment in the limelight, because I am one of the very few people who several years ago unequivocally predicted the demise of the United States as a global superpower. The idea that the USA will go the way of the USSR seemed preposterous at the time. It doesn't seem so preposterous any more. I take it some of you are still hedging your bets. How is that hedge fund doing, by the way?

Feb 15 09:20

Tinnitus time-bomb for iPod generation

MUSIC lovers who listen to their iPods or MP3 players at too high a volume could be creating a tinnitus time-bomb, it has been warned.

Health experts and charities have said that there is a real danger that youngsters in particular are running the risk of incurring permanent damage to their hearing by exposing themselves to sustained loud noise.

Feb 15 08:46

Federal obligations exceed world GDP

As the Obama administration pushes through Congress its $800 billion deficit-spending economic stimulus plan, the American public is largely unaware that the true deficit of the federal government already is measured in trillions of dollars, and in fact its $65.5 trillion in total obligations exceeds the gross domestic product of the world.

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