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Apr 11 05:39

FACING THE DEPRESSION OF THE SPIRIT

Or consider the Jewish cigar makers in early 20th century New York City each contributing a small sum to hire a man to sit with them as they worked - reading aloud the classic works of Yiddish literature. The leader of the cigar-makers, Samuel Gompers, would later become the first president of the American Federation of Labor. And those like him would become part of a Jewish tradition that profoundly shaped the politics, social conscience, and cultural course of 20th century America. It is certainly impossible to imagine liberalism, the civil rights movement, or the Vietnam protests without the Jewish left.

Apr 11 04:47

With Legions of Two-Bit Nepotism Jobs at Stake - Municipalities Turn to Fees to Fill Budget Gaps

The New York Times - David Segal After her sport utility vehicle sideswiped a van in early February, Shirley Kimel was amazed at how quickly a handful of police officers and firefighters in Winter Haven, Fla., showed up. But a real shock came a week later, when a letter arrived from the city billing her $316 for the cost of responding to the accident.

Such cash-per-crash ordinances tend to infuriate motorists, and they often generate bad press, but a lot of cities are finding them hard to resist. With the economy flailing and budgets strained, state and local governments are being creative about ways to raise money. And the go-to idea is to invent a fee — or simply raise one.

Apr 11 04:06

"Liquidate the Banks; Fire the Executives!"

On Tuesday, a congressional panel headed by ex-Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren released a report on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's handling of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Warren was appointed to lead the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) in November by Senate majority leader Harry Reid. From the opening paragraph on, the Warren report makes clear that Congress is frustrated with Geithner's so-called "Financial Rescue Plan" and doesn't have the foggiest idea of what he is trying to do. Here are the first few lines of "Assessing Treasury's Strategy: Six Months of TARP":

Apr 11 04:01

Why Europe Won't Fight

"No one will say this publicly, but the true fact is we are all talking about our exit strategy from Afghanistan. We are getting out. It may take a couple of years, but we are all looking to get out."

Thus did a "senior European diplomat" confide to The New York Times during Obama's trip to Strasbourg.

Europe is bailing out on us. Afghanistan is to be America's war.

During what the Times called a "fractious meeting," NATO agreed to send 3,000 troops to provide security during the elections and 2,000 to train Afghan police. Thin gruel beside Obama's commitment to double U.S. troop levels to 68,000.

Why won't Europe fight?

Apr 11 03:45

The Undeclared Economic War Against Us

Sometimes the truth is so terrifying that people will not let it register no matter how conclusively the evidence and demonstrations add up.

The following article showing once again the pattern of covert economic warfare by powerful international money interests against us, is just one more drop in the scales of public opinion that, for all the weight on the side of truth, still refuses to tip.

So let me state it for you.

Apr 11 01:57

Old NASA Tapes Reveal Stunning New Moon Images; Resolution Unparalleled

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- In an abandoned McDonald’s restaurant on NASA Ames property in Mountain View, a pirate flag is taped to the window. Inside, it gets even stranger.

Three researchers huddle around a wheezing 45-year-old Ampex FR-900A tape machine, a one-of-a-kind reel to reel 2-inch model designed to record data for the National Security Agency. It now sits where people used to wolf down Big Macs.

Apr 10 21:53

How confident are you that finding Osama bin Laden is a U.S. goal?

President Bush, President Obama, Dennis Kucinich and a Delta Force officer on finding Osama bin Laden.

Apr 10 20:52

Who is really out to destroy America? - The Fiscally Cautious OR the Wall Street Gambler -Larry Summers?

The New Mexico Business Weekly - Lawrence Summers: Positive economic news few months away -Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, told the Economic Club of Washington that the country is likely to see positive economic signs in the next few months despite continuing job losses and frozen lending markets.

Shortly into his remarks at the J.W. Marriott hotel, however, Summers was interrupted by two protesters who ran on the podium holding a cloth sign reading: “We Want Our $ Back” and calling for him to resign as Director of the White House's National Economic Council.

Apr 10 20:25

Video - News of thermite found in WTC dust breaks through into mainstream Danish TV

Niels Harrit and 8 other scientists found nano-thermite in the dust from the World Trade Center.

He is interviewed on danish TV2 News
(In Danish with English subtitles)

Apr 10 19:45

G20 assault: how Metropolitan police tried to manage a death

Late last Friday, after investigators from the IPCC had spoken to detectives from City police, the commission which claims it is the most powerful civilian oversight body in the world, was preparing to say it did not need to launch an inquiry into the deathduring one of the most controversial recent policing operations.

But the release of the video by the Guardian this week, which revealed Mr Tomlinson was subjected to an unprovoked attack by a Met riot squad officer minutes before he died, has forced the IPCC to step up to the demand that it launch a full independent inquiry.

Apr 10 19:39

Ian Tomlinson Death Confirms CCTV Control is Not for All!

As everyone knows, the UK (and the US soon) is almost drowning in CCTV's, they are everywhere. If you throw a cigarette or sweet wrapper onto the street, it is recorded and you will be fined if caught. Bus stops have hidden cameras to catch vandals. Yet despite this incident happening in a busy street, the police have been unable to find a CCTV recording of the officer coming into contact with Ian Tomlinson. Apparently they have shots of Tomlinson coming towards them and walking away, but a very convenient gap in between.

Apr 10 19:25

Google Street View: Residents block street to prevent filming over crime fears

Residents of an affluent village formed a human chain to prevent Google from taking pictures of their homes amid fears the images could be used by burglars.

Apr 10 19:24

US Navy Physicist warns of possibly 'several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine'

“The sun has gone very quiet as it transitions to Solar Cycle 24.

“Since the current transition now exceeds 568 spotless days, it is becoming clear that sun has undergone a state change. It is now evident that the Grand Maxima state that has persisted during most of the 20th century has come to an abrupt end.

“(The sun) might (1) revert to the old solar cycles or (2) the sun might go even quieter into a “Dalton Minimum” or a Grand Minima such as the “Maunder Minimum”. It is still a little early to predict which way it will swing. Each of these two possibilities holds a great threat to our nation.

Apr 10 13:32

European internet consumption to overtake TV in 14 months

The internet will overtake broadcast TV as Europe's most consumed form of media for the first time in June 2010 if current growth trends continue, according to Microsoft research.

Apr 10 13:30

Marcus Luttrell - the rest of the story

Something about this guy telling his war stories comes off as fake to me....

Apr 10 12:34

Pirates There and Pirates Here: The Plunder Goes On

PIRATES AT HOME

While the press is mesmerized by the pirates off the coast of Somalia, today it was reported the US military has found no link between those “bad guys” with terrorism — they should be paying more attention to the real plunder at home.

Warning: a new wave of bank bailouts are coming.

How do I know? There was a lead article in the NY Times business section reporting on “stress” tests being given to banks by Tim Geithner’s posse

We said from the beginning the stress tests were a complete sham. Just look at the numbers. 200 examiners for 19 banks?

Apr 10 12:24

The Fight For Health Care Reform May Already Be Lost–Unless….

The National Journal, a policy magazine read widely in Congress has a cover story about mounting opposition to what’s called a “public option,” a plan that would cover everyone like Medicare but from birth. The unions are for it. The people need it, especially the tens of millions without health insurance. The insurance lobbyists are against it along with Republicans.

Reports The Journal: “The current struggle is part of the long ideological tug-of-war over the appropriate role of government health care.”

I guess government administered health care is “ok” for members of Congress, and the military, and people over 65 but not younger people and people in need. (Remember: we pay into these funds. It is our money!)

Apr 10 12:13

2 killed in Michigan community college shooting

Police say two people have been killed in what they believe was a murder-suicide at a community college in Dearborn.

Apr 10 11:33

That Bow

Obama's been globe-trotting and claiming his youthful experience in a Muslim land has given him a greater understanding of Islam. Clearly, this is not true as it is STRICTLY forbidden to bow to anyone (or thing) but God in Islam. To top that off, he bowed to perhaps the least respected leader in the eyes of most Muslims/Arabs.

Apr 10 09:03

The PLENTY

The Piedmont Local EcoNomy Tender (PLENTY) is a new kind of local money that began circulating around the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont region in October 2002.

Apr 10 08:57

Ft. Worth Cop Breaks Deaf Man's Nose, Settlement Reached

The city of Fort Worth has reached a $50,000 settlement with a deaf man who claims his nose was broken during a November 2007 traffic stop as he tried to explain to an officer he could not hear.

Fort Worth police Sgt. Pedro Criado said settlement Wednesday did not include any admission of wrongdoing on the city's part. The city also released the police dash camera video of the traffic stop.

"It did break his nose," Goetz said of the incident. "There was a lot of blood."

Apr 10 08:41

Cheney to Keep Vice Presidential Records

The Dallas Morning News reports that "for now," former Vice President Dick Cheney’s records will not be going to the George W. Bush presidential library at Southern Methodist University. Cheney’s team said the former VP needs them to write his memoirs. "It made more sense and was more convenient to keep them in D.C.," said a Cheney spokesperson. The secrecy even appears to extend to Cheney’s artifacts and gifts...

As Vice President, Cheney ordered the Secret Service to destroy records of his visitor logs.

Apr 10 07:54

Obama's New World Order

This article addresses Washington's financial coup d'etat in the context of discussing Michael Hudson's important, very lengthy and detailed April 5 Global Research.ca one titled: "The Financial War Against Iceland - Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare." It reviews its key information in advance of Hudson's April 14 scheduled appearance on The Global Research News Hour to discuss.

Apr 10 07:40

Banks aren't reselling many foreclosed homes

Observers say several factors are at work.

-- The "pig in the python": Digesting all those foreclosures takes awhile. It's time-consuming to get a home vacant, clean and ready for sale. "The system is overwhelmed by the volume," Sharga said. "In a normal market, there are 160,000 (foreclosures for sale nationwide) over the course of a year. Right now, there are about 80,000 every month."

-- Accounting sleight-of-hand: Lenders could be deferring sales to put off having to acknowledge the actual extent of their loss. "With banks in the stress they're in, I don't think they're anxious to show losses in assets on their balance sheets," O'Toole said.

Apr 10 07:25

Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results

The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.

The Fed wants to ensure that the report cards don’t leak during earnings conference calls scheduled for this month. Such a scenario might push stock prices lower for banks perceived as weak and interfere with the government’s plan to release the results in an orderly fashion later this month.

Apr 10 07:16

Ethnic Kurds file class action in Baltimore against chemical makers

Five survivors of the 1988 poison gas attacks of ethnic Kurds in Iraq have filed a class action lawsuit in Maryland claiming three American companies and the government of Iraq violated the Geneva Convention by using mustard and nerve gasses to kill tens of thousands of people.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the lawsuit says the companies supplied the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the chemical precursors and compounds needed to make the poison gases used in the six-month long “Operation Anfal.”

Apr 10 07:12

Russia to test launch 14 ICBMs in 2009 - missile forces chief

Russia plans 14 test launches of ballistic missiles this year, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said on Friday.

"Fourteen launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles of various types are planned for 2009," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said.

He also said the SMF would have two mobile Topol-M missile regiments.

Apr 10 06:17

Neurosurgeon warns of Aspartame danger to pilots

In the light of deaths of American Airline pilots who heavily used aspartame Dr. Blaylock gives this warning.

We continually receive complaints from pilots about seizures, cardiac problems, vision loss, vertigo, confusion, disorientation, etc. associated with consumption of Equal/ aspartame/NutraSweet/Spoonful/Canderel/E951, etc Aspartame is a compound of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and a methyl ester which converts to methyl alcohol in digestion: wood alcohol, 1 ounce is a fatal dose, then into formaldehyde! Mission Possible Aviation.

I have reviewed reports from airline and private pilots concerning effects of aspartame on various physiological systems. Several of these are related to the nervous system, which puts this in category of great concern to the pilot as well as the general public. The more common complaints include disorientation, difficulty thinking and concentrating, visual blurring or even monocular blindness, seizures and heart failure. It is well known that the ingredients in aspartame, as well as its breakdown products, have deleterious effects on the nervous system and retina.

Apr 10 06:10

It's Not Funny

It's not funny when our President calls the Iraqi war 'an achievement'. It is a dishonorable atrocity and a lie.

It's not funny when our current administration openly ignores all the main figures of the former anti-Bush movement, when it does not care for the truth of 9/11 when Cindy Sheehan, Vincent Bugliosi, Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter and Greg Palast are not welcome, when the horrible shadow of lawlessness still hangs over us.

It's not funny when Karl Rove spits on Congress and they.. say, 'Thank you.'

It's not funny when Nancy Pelosi, the queen of lying eyes writes and publishes a book to guide our daughters. God save us from harm.

It's not funny when our 'Defense' budget is an offense to decency and common sense, a monstrosity beyond belief.

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