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Nov 07 22:34

18 Iconic American Products That America Doesn't Make Anymore

Meanwhile, plenty of beer is still made here, but many of America’s most-iconic beer brands, including Miller, Coors, and Budweiser, are owned by foreign companies. In 2008, Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis-based company that has a nearly 50 percent market share in the U.S., was sold to InBev, a Belgium-based conglomerate run by Brazilian executives.

Nov 07 22:18

Bank of America Edges Closer to Tipping Point: Jonathan Weil

Judging by its shrinking stock price, though, investors are acting as if Bank of America is near a tipping point. Its market capitalization stands at $115.6 billion, or 54 percent of book value. That’s the second-lowest price-to-book ratio among the 24 companies in the KBW Bank Index, and well below the 76 percent ratio the company was at in October 2008 when it landed its first round of TARP dough. Put another way, the market is saying there’s a $96.8 billion hole in Bank of America’s balance sheet.

When I asked Jerry Dubrowski, a Bank of America spokesman, about the disparity, he said: “I’m not going to comment on the book value and the stock price.”

Nov 07 22:03

Olbermann back Tuesday

After a weekend of speculation, Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, has announced Keith Olbermann’s fate:

After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Phil probably realized that after all the cash the owners of MSNBC handed out during the last campaign, punishing Keith for a few thousand handed to Democrats as a private citizen looked bad. And it did. I am happy Kieth is back on the air. I probably won't watch the show, but I'm glad he won on principle.

Of course, this could all have been a pathetic publicity stunt to boost MSNBC's and Keith's abysmal ratings,. too! :)

Nov 07 20:52

Scientists find 'dramatic' damage to marine life near BP spill site

Scientists have found evidence of "dramatic" damage to deep-sea coral near the site of the Gulf oil disaster, with one biologist describing it as a shocking find that "slapped you in the face."

Nov 07 20:50

Busted! 12 Photos of the Global Warming Bunko Scam, Which You'll Never, Ever See in Legacy Media

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Nov 07 20:48

NOAA official asks EINnews to withdraw story concerning gulf seafood safety

A U.S. government spokesperson reacted sharply today to an EIN news story questioning the safety of gulf seafood, saying "the veracity of the federal government seafood safety protocol or results are not in question by any qualified scientist." EINNEWS said it stands by its story.

The official, Christine Patrick, the lead public affairs officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, demanded that EINNEWS withdraw its story.

NOAA and the Federal Food and Drug Administration earlier this week issued a joint statement giving the "all clear" to the consumption of Gulf of Mexico seafood.

The agencies based their approval on what they said were tests on 1,735 tissue samples including more than half of those collected to reopen Gulf of Mexico federal waters.

Nov 07 20:47

Biden, Netanyahu meet at Jewish Federation assembly in New Orleans

Vice President Joe Biden met this afternoon with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Both were in town for the Jewish Federation's North America General Assembly at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel in New Orleans. The vice president is scheduled to address the organization later today.

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Take a moment to read the comments. The "Megaphonies" (Israeli plants) are obviously on overtime here.

Nov 07 19:59

Pratt & Whitney Sues To Block Rolls-Royce Engines

Yes,those engines.

Nov 07 18:49


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Judging by the logs at CafePress, this year's holiday greeting seems to popular with the readership, so I have added a few more items for people to have fun with.

Nov 07 17:32

The Video NOAA and The FDA Are Afraid You’ll Watch. Lab Finds 193 ppm Oil in Gulf Shrimp

Seafood Testing Reveals 193 parts per million of “Oil & Grease” in Shrimp from Venice LA.

Nov 07 17:17

Theft of Palestinian village's land continues apace

Settlement freeze or not, the theft of the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen's land continues without interruption as the illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit expands exponentially on the village's land.

Nov 07 15:26

Al Qaeda Presence NOT Credible

By Gordon Duff

The people of Yemen simply don’t believe in Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and for good reason. When Abdullah al-Faqih, professor of political science at Sana University told the New York Times, “We cannot differentiate between what is propaganda and what is real…Some of what looks like Al Qaeda is really terror as a business.”

Nov 07 14:35

Wall Street/Fed's Financial Terrorism, Floating Bankers and Jesse Ventura's Latest Gang Banking Episode

Banknanke giving the middle finger is a nice warm touch...
And so it Begins: Body of missing banker found, say police - a positive trend to be seen on Wall Street?

At some point all Americans, no matter how engrossed with their facebook profile, will have to ask themselves: is preventing a few multibillionaires from suffering debt writedown losses a sufficient compensation for the trillions in incremental debt, for the conversion of America to the laughing stock of the world and its subsequent insolvency, and to the collapse of the standard of living of those 81% of Americans who barely have any stock market holdings, and thus benefit exactly zero from this action?

Nov 07 14:29


Pointing out a major government fraud today has become nearly impossible, because all government fraud is, by definition, a conspiracy. Since conspiracies get a bad name, mentioning any "government fraud" triggers a negative reaction, even for those frauds already proven true.

Nov 07 13:44

BUSTED: TARP-Loving, Wall Street Puppets - New GOP Leadership Caught On Tape

In the GOP's "Pledge to America," there's a lot of talk about bailouts and free markets, but many of those Republicans currently bitching about TARP and bailouts and claiming the Tea Party mantle for themselves, are the same Republicans who VOTED "YES" on TARP.

Nov 07 13:38

20 TARP supporters lose in Congressional election

Twenty legislators who voted in favor of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the 2008 legislation that created TARP, lost re-election campaigns Tuesday.

They join five other legislators who also backed TARP but lost earlier this year in primary attempts.

Nov 07 13:22


I awake this morning in much the same state as I did the morning after June 8, 1967, the day Israel attacked my ship USS LIBERTY and killed 34 of my fellow crewmates–tense and jittery.

No, I am not hung over, nor do I have a drug problem. Rather, its just my sixth-sense, kept on a hair-trigger as a result of the 2 hour attack on my ship that almost killed me and destroyed the world. My antennae are real touchy these days and more in-tune with what is and has been happening to America since the beast was loosed from its cage in 1948 and sacrilegiously carved out of land that belongs to others.

Nov 07 13:17

2 US drone strikes kill 14 militants in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A pair of American drone strikes killed 14 suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, local intelligence officials said, in the latest attacks against al-Qaida and Taliban militants seeking sanctuary in the region.

Nov 07 12:57

November 7th,1967; the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Revolution

. A few minutes after we were seated, everyone rose to welcome a special, invited guest….. Adlai Stevenson! I was shocked…. almost hurled my dinner when Mikoyan embraced him in the usual Soviet fashion of a bear hug and kiss. They seemed to be the best of friends…. yet publicly at the UN they appeared to be after each others very life. It was then and there that I realised that ‘international politics’ was nothing but a stage play, not much different than what was about to start on the stage below us. International politics was nothing but a chess game and we the people were/are the pawns of that game.

Nov 07 12:18

Savoring Baghdad, Where Each Night Is a Battle

As Iraq’s violence ebbed, it seemed that the country’s tea-sipping, hookah-smoking revelers had reclaimed the evening hours, casting off the siege mentality of the war’s worst days as they repopulated nightclubs, speakeasies and public parks.

Then came a recent barrage of attacks that clawed apart scenes of Iraq’s reawakened nightlife. Insurgents blew up restaurants and cafes, public squares and shopping stalls, in what felt to many Iraqis like a deliberate attempt to drive them back behind their front gates after the sun sets.

Who benefits?

Nov 07 12:04

Morningland Dairy: 50,000 Pounds Of Cheese To Be Destroyed. It’s All Suspect….Or Is it Just Suspicious?

The issues that brought a tiny Missouri farmstead cheese plant to the forefront in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s war on raw dairy continue to expand, and trouble. As a wise man once said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” The intrigue doesn’t dissipate at all with the increase in information regarding Morningland Dairy. The tests, methods and procedures that began this tragedy are very questionable.

Nov 07 11:49

Unicredit coerces people through initimidation. Fake courtrooms, fake judges. Why is this story not getting massive mainstream coverage?

A debt collector in Erie, Pennsylvania, is accused of running a fake courtroom, complete with fake court documents and people dressed up like judges, to intimidate consumers into paying debts, according to the Erie Times-News.

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Home owners have been tricked into turning over assets believing they are in a real court room.

Nov 07 10:58

Failed Al Qaeda plot involved sewing bombs inside dogs

Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq tried to unleash deadly terror in the skies by deploying a pair of kamikaze canines on a US-bound plane, a French newspaper reports.

Here's a video showing the training of a "diabolical dog":

Nov 07 10:52

MSNBC's owners give millions in political contributions, but Olbermann suspended

After Politico's reporting that MSNBC host Keith Olbermann recently donated $7,200 to Democratic candidates, in violation of NBC's company rules that restrict employees from making political contributions, MSNBC president Phil Griffin suspended Olbermann indefinitely without pay. However, as reported by media watchdog, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), it appears that MSNBC's parent company, General Electric (GE) along with potential new owner Comcast, both violated the company's "news policy and standards" by each donating millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

Nov 07 10:37

Little-Known 9/11 Truth Organization Strikes Gold in Court Action Against NIST, Unearths Striking Video/Photo WTC Evidence

Uncovering the data NIST used in its WTC investigations proved to be a little more difficult. The Center filed a FOIA Request with NIST on January 26, 2009, seeking disclosure of “all of the photographs and videos collected, reviewed, cited or in any other way used by NIST during its investigation of the World Trade Center building collapses.” NIST initially ignored this request, and for months dismissed attempts by the Center to gain acknowledgment of its receipt. Undeterred, Gourley filed a lawsuit on May 28, 2009 to get the data released. Since then, NIST has been periodically turning over images and video from its archives. So far, the Center has received over 300 DVDs and several external hard disk drives related to the NIST Reports – more than three terabytes of data – and NIST has indicated that additional records will be released in the future.

Nov 07 10:18

Tired of Repetitive Arguing About Climate Change, Scientist Makes a Bot to Argue For Him

Had Popular Science actually read the automated posts of AI_AGW you would know that the bot does not actually present any science but merely repeats that the scientists implicated in the Climategate emails and computer codes scandal are innocent of any wrongdoing.

If the individual was tired of constantly having their spin rebuffed, the civil thing to do is retire from the debate. But to create a bot that just wastes the opposition's time is neither civil, nor scientific, and is in fact the mark of a propagandist pushing an agenda at all costs.

Nov 07 09:58

There Is No Truth

....and Jesus said, "The Truth Shall Set You Free."

The corollory of this, as Catholic Bishop Williamson pointed out in his series of sermons on Orwell's 1984, is that if we do not hold to the truth......


And so it is today.

There is no truth.

Every day of our lives, unremittingly, we are fed lies.

Lies, lies, lies.

Yesterday bomb experts at East Midlands airport, having examined the toner' devices' for six hours and found them to contain no explosives, suddenly re-inspected the packages and reversed their original judgement (in agreement with President Obama who had said, in his Friday speech at the White House, that they were bombs).

Nov 07 09:37

Debt Collection Company Was Using Fake Sheriffs, Judges and Courtroom To Scare Debtors

Now remember, citizens, it's the people who neglected to yank out their gold fillings to pay their credit card bills after they lost their jobs who are the real bad guys here. A debt is a debt, after all, and an honorable person would go without food or shelter to pay the crooks who are collecting the money!

Nov 07 09:32

When Single Moms Are Fined $1.5M, It's Time To Take A New Look At Copyright Protection In The Digital Age

First of all, it infuriates me that the federal government is working as private cops for the RIAA. Think about how they pushed through the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and forced the music and computer industries to use copy protection.

It also maddens me because the Founders only allowed ten year copyrights, after which the rights were turned over to the general public, to benefit from the work.

It's time to come up with a saner version of digital copyright, because this is crazy and wrong:

Nov 07 09:11

Obama: Myanmar elections 'neither free nor fair'

The first elections in military-ruled Myanmar in 20 years were "neither free nor fair," President Barack Obama said Sunday.

"For too long the people of Burma have been denied the right to determine their own destiny," he told students at St. Xavier College.

"Even as we do not impose any system of government on other countries, we must always speak out for those human rights that are universal and the right of people everywhere to make their own decision about how to shape their future," the president said.


The pot is calling the kettle black.

Nov 07 09:10


Three memorial events for the racist, far-right ultra-nationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane are to be held throughout New York City this Sunday in ceremonies marking twenty years since the killing of Kahane.

Nov 07 09:06

Troubling Global Volcanic Activity on the Rise

Here’s why volcano watchers around the world are on high alert.

This past week, in Indonesia, after a tsunami killed several hundred people, Mount Merapi rumbled to life forcing thousands to flee back to evacuation centers as 38 lava avalanches occurred with pyroclastic flows down the south and west slopes running outward for seven kilometers. They incinerate everything in their path.

In August, a volcano on Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400 years.

There is a “Ring of Fire” that stretches approximately 25,000 miles in a horseshoe from eastern Asia to the western shores of North and South America. It has 452 volcanoes of which 75% are the world’s most active or dormant.

On August 25, Italy’s Etna volcano and Columbia’s Galeros volcano both erupted.

Nov 07 09:06

Barak: Iran wants to deceive world

Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed little optimism on Saturday about a proposed round of talks between global powers and Iran, which is under pressure over its nuclear ambitions.

"Based on experience and looking at the example which they (the Iranians) are using, which is probably the North Korean example, you can easily see ... the objective is to defy, deceive and deter the whole world," he said.

"Iran is a major, major threat to any conceivable world order. It's clear to all of us that they're determined to reach military nuclear capability," Barak said during a panel discussion at the forum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Barak: forgive me, sir, but isn't this precisely what Israel did with its own nuclear arms program?!?

Let's take a look at something to which you appear to be pathologically allergic: the facts of the matter here.

1. As a signatory to the NNPT, all of Iran's nuclear work is done under the watchful eye of the IAEA, through their inspection process.

2. To date, no nuclear material has been found to have gone missing, and the Iranians are enriching their uranium to the 20% necessary for the creating of medical isotopes. (Israel refuses to sign the NNPT, refuses to allow IAEA inspections, and has a large cache of nuclear weapons. Also, any financial or military aid given to Israel by the US since the passage of the Symington Amendment is illegal.)

3. Weapons degree enrichment takes over 95% enrichment.

4. To date, the most current IAEA reports do not indicate any work on a weapons program.

5. The Iranian leadership is many things, but it is not stupid: they have not begun a war in over 200 years.

6. They understand that any attack of any kind against Israel would result in Iran being turned into green glass by Israeli and US firepower.

7. You want these upcoming talks to either never happen, or to fail abysmally, with Iran rejecting any offer put on the table.

8. You are hoping that such a failure will result in a US-led attack against Iran. And yet again, it will be American kids who will die, bleed, and be maimed for life to "neutralize" another one of your "existential enemies) in the region (which includes pretty much all your neighbors). This will make every US military person in the region a sitting duck for a counter-attack.

9. Such an attack may well see China and Russia, both nuclear-armed countries, join the conflict on the side of Iran.

10. The only kind of attack the US could successfully mount would be a "blitzkrieg", because the US has offshored its manufacturing to the point where we could not sustain an extended, drawn-out conflict.


Nov 07 08:55

413 Afghan parliamentary candidates charged with election fraud

The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission announced that 413 Wolesi jirga (Afghan lower-house) candidates, including 62 sitting parliamentarians, have been accused of committing fraud during elections held on September 18. The list of violators has been referred to the Attorney General's office for investigation and potential prosecution, member of a UN-backed watchdog panel Ahmad Zia Rafat told reporters at a press conference in Kabul on Saturday.

Nov 07 08:42

Mexico Kills Top Drug Lord At U.S. Border

This was the big shoot out reported yesterday.

Nov 07 08:28

WA moves to tighten driver's license requirements

Beginning Monday, the state Department of Licensing will require proof of a valid Washington residence address if an applicant doesn't provide a verified Social Security number.

I'll not be giving out my Social Security number, that's for sure! I wonder if utility bills will be accepted.

Personally, I don't think there should be a government issued 'permission' (licence) to drive unless someone has shown a pattern of incompetence, then they need to be tested and licensed. If the pattern continues, then that licence can be revoked and they can be forbidden to drive. I think that's a much fairer system, but of course it's not about fairness... it's about collecting money for the bureaucracy!

Nov 07 08:27

Quantitative Easing: Elixir or Poison?

Market Ticker's Karl Denninger calls QE "the largest tax ever imposed on the American people in the history of the nation. It is more than fourteen times the Bush tax cuts....Goldman Sachs believes that Bernanke will impose a total tax through (QE) of more than four trillion dollars over the next two years, or more than fifty-seven times the Bush tax cuts."

How so? Because credit created is going into asset markets (stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.), not the economy. QE I's tax, in fact, diluted stimulus funds, an offsetting tax "directly into the bankers' pockets" for speculation, big salaries and bonuses.

Nov 07 08:18

World Geopolitics and The Battle for the Mediterranean

One should ask, if the objectives behind this process were benign, why all the secrecy and why the deceit? Why the gradual brinkmanship of the project over time? Most importantly, why the use of threats, such as in the cases of Libya and Syria? Or military means, using violence and murder, such as in the cases of the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon, to bring about the materialization of the process?

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Seems like we're seeing a growing pattern of this kind of behavior from government leadership all over the world; finding ways to make life more miserable for their working people.

But one has to wonder; just how long will those working people "play the game" before the fury of their circumstances erupts into something palpable, and what form will that fury take?!?

Nov 07 08:12

One FLU Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

In the UK the HPA collects lab data of positive flu test results. In 2009 there were approximately 3000 influenza A test results and approximately 300 influenza B tests. There were about 105,000 cases of influenza like illnesses. So in comparison flu only made up 3% of flu like illnesses in the UK.
To summarize you are far more likely to catch a flu like illness rather than the flu, 97% of all ILI are not flu! Out of those 3300 who caught flu last year how many died? We don’t know because those details weren’t published in the HPA report. But the mortality rate of seasonal flu is 1% so can we assume 33 people died? So are we getting vaccines to prevent ourselves being one of the 33? Wow that’s playing it safe!

Nov 07 07:57

CIA Requires Secrecy to Cover Up Crimes that "Killed Millions"

The Obama administration apparently has no plans to expose and bring to trial past CIA killers and torturers, much less those who obstructed justice by destroying tapes of their torture or lying to Congress about it. This is the same country---which is now waging war in three Middle East nations and has been responsible for the violent and bloody overthrow of dozens of foreign governments---that keeps a quarter of a million pot smokers in prison who have never hurt another person in their lives. Pardon me if I ask whether my native land has not, in fact, become a lunatic asylum run by the criminally insane?

Nov 07 07:54

War Crimes: Israeli government documents show deliberate policy to keep Gazans at near-starvation levels

Documents whose existence were denied by the Israeli government for over a year have been released after a legal battle led by Israeli human rights group Gisha. The documents reveal a deliberate policy by the Israeli government in which the dietary needs for the population of Gaza are chillingly calculated, and the amounts of food let in by the Israeli government measured to remain just enough to keep the population alive at a near-starvation level. This documents the statement made by a number of Israeli officials that they are "putting the people of Gaza on a diet".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is only one component of Israel's "Final Solution" for Gazan Palestinians.

Nov 07 07:52

The Fed and the Debased “Imperial Dollar”: Inflation, Stagnation and Higher Interest Rates Ahead

Indeed, is it likely that countries which see their currencies being revalued by the Fed will remain passive? The Fed is implicitly making the bet that these countries will not retaliate, and that the international dollar-based currency system will remain intact. But for how long? Sooner or later, some central banks around the world will have no choice but to impose capital controls in order to slow down the inflow of unwanted outside money and the onslaught of imported inflation, and prevent their exchanges rates from rising too high too fast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is going to be a very ugly patch ahead for most working Americans, unless they happen to be bankers.

Nov 07 07:44

Pentagon's Cyber Command seeks authority to expand its battlefield

The Pentagon's new Cyber Command is seeking authority to carry out computer network attacks around the globe to protect U.S. interests, drawing objections from administration lawyers uncertain about the legality of offensive operations.

Nov 07 07:37

Regular citizens have big security role: Napolitano

Regular citizens around the world need to realize they can play a big role in thwarting terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday.

"They will be the ones that notice something in the neighborhood, see something on the street," she told a panel at an international forum hosted by the German Marshall Fund public policy group.

"Maybe somebody will pass along a quiet message about 'Hey, these young people have gone over to Somalia. We don't know what they're doing, but now they're back and you may need to know about that,'"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the United States of "Snitchocracy", courtesy of the Obama administration!

And a memo to Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: the best possible way to prevent any terrorist activities here in the US is for the US to stop mucking about in other people's countries!

I look at the Chinese and Russian governments, and how they have gone about securing their energy needs: both countries have been playing "Let's Make a Deal" globally to secure necessary commodities with which to fuel their economic futures.

What has the US been doing in its attempt to reach the same outcome? Waging two immoral and illegal wars which appear to have no end in sight.

What's wrong with this picture?!?


Nov 07 07:36

Ship to Gaza-Sweden Files Police Report Against Israel in Tel Aviv

This coming Sunday, on 7 November, Ship to Gaza-Sweden’s spokesperson Dror Feiler and Mehmet Kaplan, a Swedish Green-Party member of parliament, both of whom were on board the Ship to Gaza/Freedom Flotilla, will travel to Israel to submit a police report on behalf of all eleven Swedish passengers. The report will be filed both with the Tel Aviv police department and a class action lawsuit will be filed with the district attorney’s office on Monday, 8 November. The police report and lawsuit concern the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) forces’ attack on Ship to Gaza/Freedom Flotilla, which occurred in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on 31 May, 2010. Nine people were killed and around thirty were wounded in the attack.

Nov 07 07:36

Spokane Police emails reveal "cage fight" over pastor shooting report

More police friendliness:

A Sept. 6th email from Spokane Police Major Scott Stephens to Captain Steve Braun and Detective Dave McGovern is the first of several emails within the police department on the Creach investigation and making it public.
"...spoke with Chief Kirkpatrick...she has some concerns about this investigation...specifically the control of information," wrote Stephens.

Why would one want to control information that would exonerate one? One would only want to control information that incriminates... wouldn't one?

Nov 07 07:35

Greece bombings not linked to al Qaeda, government says

A series of parcel bombs targeting embassies in Greece and officials across Europe "are not related to international terrorism and groups like al Qaeda," Greek government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis said Wednesday.

Nov 07 07:34

Israeli government documents show deliberate policy to keep Gazans at near-starvation levels

Documents whose existence were denied by the Israeli government for over a year have been released after a legal battle led by Israeli human rights group Gisha. The documents reveal a deliberate policy by the Israeli government in which the dietary needs for the population of Gaza are chillingly calculated, and the amounts of food let in by the Israeli government measured to remain just enough to keep the population alive at a near-starvation level. This documents the statement made by a number of Israeli officials that they are "putting the people of Gaza on a diet".

Nov 07 07:26

Army Reports Record Number of Suicides

The Army's suicide rate is now double the national average. There were 162 suicides in Army ranks in 2009 - a record. Fort Hood has had a record 20 confirmed or suspected suicides this year, four in just one week in September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What these wars have been, essentially, are publicly funded wars for ultimate potential private profit: it is very possible these soldiers saw that, and felt very angry and betrayed that their lives had been put on the line not to defend America, or enhance its security, but for private profit.

In Iraq, it was supposed to be about the oil, and we can see how well that went: no American company won any development or exploration rights when these bids were tendered.

In Afghanistan, it was about installing the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, once the Afghanis were suitably "pacified" (read: blown to bloody bits).

Well, almost one decade on that hasn't happened. The only people "winning" the war in Afghanistan are the military contractors, providing hired mercenaries, logistics, and supplies, and the drug lords, who are having a field day!

Nov 07 07:25

Drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago

Secret documents reveal that government-funded experts were warned nearly 30 years ago that tranquillisers that were later prescribed to millions of people could cause brain damage.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) agreed in 1982 that there should be large-scale studies to examine the long-term impact of benzodiazepines after research by a leading psychiatrist showed brain shrinkage in some patients similar to the effects of long-term alcohol abuse.

However, no such work was ever carried out into the effects of drugs such as Valium, Mogadon and Librium – and doctors went on prescribing them to patients for anxiety, stress, insomnia and muscle spasms.

Nov 07 07:20

Russian activist disappears after exposing vaccination plans for Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

Alexander Goncharov, a Russian activist who has been exposing the globalists eugenics program and in particular a vaccination program set to begin in 2011 has disappeared after recently receiving a serious threat to his life.

He has been missing since the night of October 30th, 2010, at approximately 22:00 hours when he was last seen leaving his office at the Russian Benevolent Society and did not return home as expected.

Nov 07 07:17

John Boehner's links to lobbyists could be the chink in his political armour

In his battle against Barack Obama, the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives faces Democratic attacks over his closeness to Washington's power brokers

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Another reason Ron Paul should be Speaker of the House

Nov 07 07:16

Separation and the Worlds of Differences and Unity.

I noticed some years ago that when I ate fast food I was hungry again shortly after. This was not the case when I ate real food. It did not matter how much fast food I ate, I was always hungry again a short time later. It did not contain the special nutrition of real food. Similarly, trivial entertainments, superficial books that advertise deeper understandings and all of the attractions that purport to be of the deeper ocean of infinite being, are nothing more than shallow pools that lead to greater dissatisfaction and an empty existence. Everyone learns this but most do not register the import that it is evidence of. Everything is evidence of something so, wiser minds can associate everything they contact with the deeper ocean, because all water is common to itself.

Nov 07 07:15

War as economic stimulus

How Iran ... could threaten the world more than a regime capable of concocting a conflict as an economic stimulus program" - Wapost's Broder could not explain. Tom Dennen's take on the same.

Nov 07 07:14

U.S. Won't Know Pace Of Afghan Drawdown For Months

The pace of a planned U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan due to start next July may not be entirely decided until shortly before it begins, Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Sunday.

Gains by opposition Republicans in congressional elections last week have raised questions about possible push-back on President Barack Obama's contested policy of starting to withdraw from the nine-year-old war in mid-2011.

Obama's Democrats strongly support setting a date to start withdrawing from the unpopular conflict but Republicans, who may now have a stronger say in policy, largely oppose it and may try to minimize any withdrawal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is never leaving Afghanistan!

Nov 07 07:11

Fires Have Never Caused Skyscrapers to Collapse

Excepting the three 9-11 collapses, no fire, however severe, has ever caused a steel-framed high-rise building to collapse. Following are examples of high-rise fires that were far more severe than those in WTC 1 and 2, and Building 7. In these precedents, the fires consumed multiple floors, produced extensive window breakage, exhibited large areas of emergent flames, and went on for several hours. The fires in the WTC towers did none of these things.

Nov 07 07:10

Compare our cost of living to 1955!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way
They are, it's going to be impossible
To buy a week's groceries for $20.00.

Nov 07 07:09

Workers, citizens rally against G-20 in SKorea

Thousands of people chanted anti-globalization slogans in South Korea's capital Sunday to protest this week's Group of 20 summit. Part of the crowd attempted to march down nearby streets but were stopped by riot police, who fired pepper spray.

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Globalism is what turned a US economic fraud into a planetary catastrophe. More globalism is not going to fix it. That is like suggesting that we back the Titanic up a bit and whack that iceberg on the other side to see if that stop the leaks!

Nov 07 07:07

Israeli police flatten mosque, say built illegally

Israeli police say they demolished an illegally built mosque in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat, touching off rock-throwing protests by residents.

Mosque activist Yousef Abu-Jama said residents built the structure illegally because Israeli authorities would take too long to issue approval.

Nov 07 07:07

U.S. Banks Failing At Fastest Pace In 2 Decades

Regulators shut down four more banks Friday, bringing the 2010 total to 143, topping the 140 shuttered last year and the most in a year since the savings-and-loan crisis two decades ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One cannot possibly look at numbers like these, and utter the phrase "economic recovery" with a straight face.

Nov 07 07:06

Israel gave settlers land deals in east Jerusalem

The Israeli government sold or leased property in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem to Israeli settlers at exceptionally low prices, helping them cement a Jewish presence there, court documents published on Sunday show.

The documents are the first to show how easily settlers were able to put down stakes in these areas with the help of successive Israeli governments. In one case, a 3,660-square-foot building in east Jerusalem's walled Old City was sold in October 2006 for $190,000 -- a fraction of its market price.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here in the US, discrimination in housing is a crime.


127 'recommends' Israel suspends its 'no-man's zone' in Jerusalem.

162 'urges' Israel to comply with UN decisions.

250 'calls' on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem.

251 'deeply deplores' Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250.

252 'declares invalid' Israel's acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital.

267 'censures' Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem.

271 'condemns' Israel's failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem.

476 'reiterates' that Israel's claim to Jerusalem are 'null and void'.

478 'censures (Israel) in the strongest terms' for its claim to Jerusalem in its 'Basic Law'.

673 'deplores' Israel's refusal to cooperate with the United Nations.

Nov 07 07:04

Results of Fed Stimulus Could Be 'Horrendous'

In a separate interview on public broadcaster ARD, Schäuble said that the move by Fed Chair Ben Bernanke would "create additional problems for the world." He promised to bring up the issue in talks with the US and said that, by following such a monetary path, the US was violating a pledge that all industrialized countries agreed to at the last G-20 summit in Toronto in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This QE2 program is going to be great for the bankers, who - by the way - are already buying foreign assets with this money - but absolutely lousy for working people.

Many businesses have cut hours and benefits, and/or reduced pay for their employees just to stay afloat. People with jobs are desperately trying to hang on to what they have.

As Bernake is not an idiot, one has to imagine that this has been the design objective of these economic policies all along: to reduce American workers' wages to make American corporations more competitive globally.

The problem is, these employees have no way to make up the shortfall between the cut in pay and benefits, relative to what they have to spend to stay alive; consequently, more and more families will be driven to the edge of poverty and desperation.

Nov 07 06:58

Anger at Israel flares in Jordan election campaign

Frustration with the interminable deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is bleeding over into Jordan, where bitterness at Israel is flowing more freely than ever during campaigning for this week's parliamentary elections.

Nov 07 06:57

Retailers hiring aggressively for holidays

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is where most of Friday's "job creation" came from, and of course being retail holiday jobs, these are mostly minimum wage jobs, and temporary, lasting only until the post holiday sales.

Nov 07 06:53

Even Greenspan Admits that Moral Hazard and Fraud are the Main Problems

Even Alan Greenspan is confirming what William Black, James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz, George Akerlof and many other economists and financial experts have been saying for a long time: the economy cannot recover if fraud is not prosecuted and if the big banks know that government will bail them out every time they get in trouble.

Nov 07 06:51

Banks spying on your bills, rent payments, paychecks: report

The age of the plain old credit score is gone, says a report at the Wall Street Journal, and it's been replaced by ever more intrusive efforts by banks and credit agencies to gauge exactly what you're worth, and what you can pay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As we reach the age of the "cashless society", every financial institution on the planet may well know everything about about your financial picture, even without your permission.

Nov 07 06:44

Iraqi prisoners were abused at 'UK's Abu Ghraib', court hears

Evidence of the alleged systematic and brutal mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at a secret British military interrogation centre that is being described as "the UK's Abu Ghraib" emerged yesterday during high court proceedings brought by more than 200 former inmates.

The court was told there was evidence that detainees were starved, deprived of sleep, subjected to sensory deprivation and threatened with execution at the shadowy facilities near Basra operated by the Joint Forces Interrogation Team, or JFIT.

It also received allegations that JFIT's prisoners were beaten, forced to kneel in stressful positions for up to 30 hours at a time, and that some were subjected to electric shocks. Some of the prisoners say that they were subject to sexual humiliation by women soldiers, while others allege that they were held for days in cells as small as one metre square.

Nov 07 06:31

Obama calls India creator, not poacher, of US jobs

MUMBAI, India – Searching for help half a world away, President Barack Obama on Saturday embraced India as the next jobs-creating giant for hurting Americans, not a cheap-labor rival that outsources opportunity from the United States.

Nov 07 06:15

WMR: U.S. ratchets up Contra War II against Nicaragua

On November 1, Costa Rica claimed that Nicaraguan troops had taken up position on Calero island in the San Juan River and which is claimed by both countries. Nicaragua claims that its troops are in the area to control drug trafficking from Costa Rica, which WMR previously reported involved Costa Rican police and intelligence personnel. In a statement published by The Washington Post, Nicaraguan Army chief of staff General Julio Aviles confirmed WMR’s previous report stating the drug trafficking from Costa Rica is controlled by an ex-patriate Nicaraguan family operating from San Jose, the Costa Rican capital.

WMR has also learned that the paramilitary operatives operating out of Costa Rica, including CIA and Mossad agents, are now looking at extending their destabilization operations into El Salvador, now governed by the leftist Farabundo Marti Liberation Front government of President Mauricio Funes, an ally of Ortega in Nicaragua. The tactic being used by the Chinchilla-Lieberman regime in San Jose is the same as that being used against Nicaragua: flood El Salvador with cocaine to increase drug gang warfare and instability.

Nov 07 02:41

Senate Document No. 23, Jan. 24, 1939: National Economy and the Banking System of the United States: A Few Quotations of Notable Leaders

Benjamin Franklin, on being asked in Great Britain how he accounted for the prosperous condition of the Colonies, said:

That is simple. It is only because in the Colonies we issue our own money. It is called colonial scrip, and we issue it in the proper proportion to the demand of trade and industry.

It was not very long until this information was brought to the Rothschilds' bank, and they saw that here was a nation that was ready to be exploited; here was a nation that had been setting up an example that they could issue their own money in place of the money coming through the banks. So the Rothschild Bank caused a bill to be introduced in the English Parliament which provided that no colony of England could issue their own money. They had to use English money. Consequently the Colonies were compelled to discard their scrip and mortgage themselves to the Bank of England in order to get money. For the first time in the history of the United States our money began to be based on debt.

Benjamin Franklin stated that in 1 year from that date the streets of the Colonies were filled with the unemployed, because when England exchanged with them, she gave the Colonies only half as many units of payment in borrowed money from the Rothschild Bank as they had in scrip. In other words, their circulating medium was reduced 50 percent, and everyone became unemployed. The poor houses became filled, according to Benjamin Franklin's own statement. In his own language:

The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that Englad took away from the Colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction.