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Jan 15 10:45

Rewriting the First Draft of History

Seeing as how we currently find ourselves hurtling along this downhill run towards new history - the countdown to the day America has itself a president named Obama can be measured in hours instead of days or weeks now - it seems an appropriate moment to pause and reflect on a bit of older history we've already passed through. I'm not talking about any kind of ancient history, mind you. For the purposes of this reflection, we need only take a small leap backwards in time, just six short years ago.

We all passed through the little slice of history that began to take shape in the early months of 2003, and we all remember that time in our own way. Today, however, there is a great deal of effort being expended to make sure this bit of history is remembered differently than how it really happened. An even better result for those exerting this effort would be if this bit of history were not remembered at all. That may, in fact, be their ultimate goal.

Jan 15 07:35

'Working, what's the point?' What the bailout surge and socialism do to the future.

Paula Dear | BBC News | Jan 15, 2009

With redundancies rising and vacancies shrinking, unemployment is back in the headlines. But for millions it never went away. One young couple on unemployment benefits explain how being out of work affects their lives.

Carl, 24, and Lauren, 20, have been together for nearly a year. They are both unemployed and receive benefits.

Lauren has been out of work for a year, and Carl for three years. They live in a deprived former mining village in the north of England where - a generation or two down the line from the pit closures - unemployment levels remain high.

Jan 14 20:43

The global warming cabal

Hillary Clinton says that, unless something is done, global warming could spark food and resource shortages and wars. According to Senator John Kerry she is one of the first to recognize that global warming is an “unambiguous security threat”.

Jan 14 20:38

Desperate Times Call For More Secrecy

In what should be a shock to absolutely no one, the Bank of England decided yesterday to move away from transparency and shroud itself in even more secrecy.

Jan 13 17:25

Bush gives Blair highest US civilian honour

George Bush presented Tony Blair with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honour awarded to civilians in the United States, at a ceremony at the White House today.

Hmmm...I wonder why.

Jan 13 17:24

Bush gives Blair highest US civilian honour

George Bush presented Tony Blair with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honour awarded to civilians in the United States, at a ceremony at the White House today.

Hmmm...I wonder why.

Jan 12 08:20

Bush defends presidency in final news conference

In a nostalgic farewell news conference, Bush recalled the start of his own presidency, called Obama "a smart, engaging person" and said he wishes his successor all the best.

As for his own presidency, Bush defended his decisions on the Iraq war, the issue that will define his presidency like no other. There have been over 4,000 U.S. deaths since the invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Bush referred to the enormous weight Obama is about to experience, describing what it might feel like on Jan. 20 when, after taking the oath of office, he enters the Oval Office for That will be the major threat," Bush said, putting the risk of another attack over the dire economic problems now facing the nathe first time as president. "There'll be a moment when the responsibility of the president lands squarely on his shoulders," Bush said.

Jan 11 07:21

Five Somali pirates drown as they squabble over their $3million ransom

Five Somali pirates drowned when a wave washed off their getaway boat as they squabbled over over how to split their $3 million ransom.

The ransom had been paid to the pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.

The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images - and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.

Jan 10 14:12

BART murder/riot indicates planned violence

Jan 8, 2009 1:38 pm US/Pacific
Inside The Oakland Riot: A First-Hand Account
Eye On Blogs: Post Your Comments, Reactions To Joe's Riot Account

OAKLAND (CBS 5) --
You've heard of a mob mentality. Well, I've just seen it in action.
Wednesday night's riot in Oakland developed quickly like a spark into a wildfire, and I was right in the middle of it.
It started with a peaceful demonstration at the Fruitvale BART station. Hundreds of demonstrators carried signs, shouted into megaphones and voiced their opinions.
Suddenly, a large segment of the crowd started walking off.

"Suddenly, a protester pointed at a police car. Someone started cursing at the officers who were standing behind it. The crowd surged. They rolled up a dumpster and set it on fire. It escalated. Someone else threw rocks; breaking the windshield. Traffic piled up and officers started shouting to the drivers, "Roll up your windows!"

Jan 09 17:54

Veterans Issues - Please take a moment to read this ...

Please take a moment to read some of the info contained at the 'Courage to Resist' .org website. Why are our veterans so important when they are in a combat zone and so forgotten when they return home?

"By Benji Lewis. January 1, 2009

I am Benji Lewis. I deployed to Iraq twice in 2004 and 2005 and was discharged honorably in 2007. Recently I have been involuntarily activated from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) by the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an activation that I have been publicly refusing."

Please check out:

http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/

LIVE FREE OR DIE

Jan 09 09:36

NYPD Wants to Jam Cell Phones During Terror Attack

The New York Police Department wants to be able to shut down cell phones, in case of a terrorist attack.

During last month's massacre in Mumbai, terrorist handlers over micromanaged via mobile phone the assaults on the hotels, train stations, and Jewish center that killed more than 170 people.

In testimony today before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (pictured) said he wanted to take out that "formidable capacity to adjust tactics while attacks are underway."

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Jan 08 15:31

Why Can't Big Oil Match Hugo Chávez?

Why Can't Big Oil Match Hugo Chávez?
By Tim Padgett Wednesday, Jan. 07, 2009

Four years ago, Hugo Chávez scored one of the more impressive p.r. coups of the new century when he started delivering free heating oil to low-income Americans. Even if it was political opportunism, as conservative critics insisted, it got home-heating fuel to hundreds of thousands of yanquis during the past four winters, when the price was often skyrocketing. On Monday, however, with world oil prices plunging, the Venezuelan President decided to suspend his large-scale, multistate U.S. program in order to tend to financial concerns at home. Then on Wednesday, at the urging of U.S. politicians whose constituents had come to rely on the oil, Chávez reversed himself and said the heating oil would keep flowing this winter.
All of which raises the question: If Chávez can keep donating fuel even as his oil revenues tumble, why can't any U.S. oil companies step up to do the same?

Jan 08 05:15

Predictions Save your candles – the Dark Ages are coming by Justin Raimondo

A new year, and a new president – plenty of grist for my prediction mill, or, at least, for the obligatory January "predictions" column. Not that there's anything special, really, about it: all punditry is prediction, in an important sense. Every time a writer advocates a particular policy or decries another, the author is predicting a certain outcome, good or bad. The question is, which policies will win out in the battle of ideas? As we look at the incoming administration, especially in the context of trends that have been building over time, a certain scenario begins to emerge, with the first act unfolding on the domestic stage.

Jan 06 20:55

A Jewish Defector Warns America

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to hear a very frightening speech. This speech is an explanation of the plans now being laid to throw the United States into a third world war.

Jan 06 18:58

"What are you doing here?": man asks wife at brothel

A Polish man got the shock of his life when he visited a brothel and spotted his wife among the establishment's employees.

Polish tabloid Super Express said the woman had been making some extra money on the side while telling her husband she worked at a store in a nearby town.

"I was dumfounded. I thought I was dreaming," the husband told the newspaper on Wednesday.

The couple, married for 14 years, are now divorcing, the newspaper reported.

Jan 06 07:35

POLL - Who do you support ? Israel VS Palestine

Fight the propaganda war!
The site is being attacked by unhappy people. Keep trying if the server is down.

Jan 05 23:23

Russian carrier to train near Greece

I was wondering why those undercover cops were infiltrating the Greek rioters, inciting the demonstrators during the recent street protests in Greece.

Jan 05 21:21

New video shows BART officer shooting Hayward man in the back

While the man is lying face down on the ground, one officer appears to be seen pulling out a gun and firing a single shot into his back.

Jan 05 20:36

The Credit Crunch that Isn't -- Another Political Fast One

What is at work is another political "fast one" to rationalize and justify the growth of the interventionist-welfare state.

Jan 05 14:18

Obama picks Panetta for CIA director

Leon Panetta was Bill Clinton's chief of staff and Iraq Study Group member.

Jan 05 07:13

Britain in grip of longest cold snap for 10 years

Britain is in the grip of the longest cold snap for more than 10 years as forecasters predict another week of freezing temperatures.

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Jan 04 12:42

Richardson to withdraw as Commerce nominee

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, tapped in December by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as secretary of Commerce, has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.

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Jan 03 20:06

Bush chuckers target shoe discount

A Chinese shop is giving discounts to customers who hit an image of George Bush by throwing shoes.

Jan 03 14:40

Not everyone can be a Rivero, or a Rense

I don't have much influence, but I am making an effort at Yahoo forums. I have quite a few, besides the ones shown below. I used to be brain-blind about Israel,too. I use my own graphics for impact, so they include a lot of info. I am currently using a graphic from rense. com, because it says so much. I don't know if it is really allowable, so it may not get to stay. I am ashamed of the lack of US Christian voices, but I know they are as generally brain-washed by US Zionist-dominated media as are US Jews themselves by their own media. Be glad, those who have been freed from gov/edu/media/church/synagogue propaganda bondage. Everyone is vulnerable to being seduced by slick, and continual mis-representation. And "they" never stop the attack!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/us_israel_crimes/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christian_zionists_deceived/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/explicitly_exposing_the_msm/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/water_walkers/?yguid=225298015

Jan 03 10:49

Oregon to Penalyze Good Gas Mileage

The state of Oregon is apparently piloting a program in which drivers will be taxed according to how many miles they drive, rather than how much fuel they buy. Compared to the status quo, this effectively penalizes hybrids and rewards vehicles that get bad gas mileage.

Jan 02 21:06

False Diagnosis of Deflation

My conclusion is that the USFed and the Federal Reserve Banks themselves are orchestrating a collapse of sorts for the USEconomy. Their purpose is unknown, but if the Great Depression Era is any teacher, this elite group of banksters harbors great lust for consolidated power.

Jan 02 19:23

Icicle sculpture created by cars

It has been created by cars splashing through a puddle and shooting water on to the branches of a tree.

As the water ran off it created scores of icicles and has formed an ice sculpture.

The 10 foot-high icicles were created on the outskirts of Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

They are a beautiful reminder of just how cold the start to the year has been.

Jan 02 12:13

Another Year of Oppression

At the end of this month, we'll usher in a Democratic president who will join a Democratic Congress -- a wholesale guarantee that this single-party control over the federal government will only result in further growth of the state.

Jan 02 09:02

US is the World’s Number One Sponsor of World Terrorism

In a ‘manual’ which is officially to be released only to ’students from foreign countries on a case-by-case basis only’, the US Army outlines a program of what it now calls ‘irregular warfare’, in fact US state sponsored terrorism, insurgency, and PSYOPS.

Jan 01 18:01

San Francisco: Man fatally shot by BART police officer

BART officials said officers were responding to the station at about 2 a.m. after the operations control center reported an altercation aboard a Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

The train arrived at Fruitvale and passengers began getting on and off.

The victim was shot on the platform when a BART police officer's firearm discharged, Allison said. The critically injured man was taken to Highland Hospital where he died this morning, the Alameda County Coroner's Office said.

While witness accounts reported by news organizations indicate Grant was on the ground and handcuffed when he was shot...

Dec 30 21:59

Former drug officer launches 'KopBusters' TV show

'KopBusters' is a reality TV program that aims to sink crooked officers.

Dec 30 00:08

Tens of Thousands Protest Facebook Ban of Breastfeeding Photos

A photo of a baby breastfeeding is obscene, says Facebook, and it has banned all breastfeeding photos on its social networking website. Photos of babies drinking melamine-contaminated infant formula out of Bisphenol-A plastic baby bottles, however, are perfectly acceptable.

Dec 30 00:05

For the Love of Chrysler

Chrysler decided to use $100,000 of taxpayer money to buy a full-page "Thank You" ad in USA Today.

Dec 29 21:50

"The Revolution: A Manifesto' Amazon Most Loved Book of the Year

Ron Paul's seminal book on the princples of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, sound money and peace, has been rated Amazon's "Most-Loved" book of the year.

Dec 29 17:00

Bristol Palin Welcomes Baby Boy "Tripp"

The baby's name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, according to Jones

Dec 27 22:45

John Edison, Jr: Victim of Lies, Perjury, and Corruption

After being smeared as a rapist in the media, extricated from friends and family, and forced to miss more than three months of school, Edison faced 51 years in a penitentiary for a crime he not only didn't commit, but one that police and prosecutors almost certainly knew he couldn't possibly have committed but pursued anyway.

Dec 27 21:30

The Federal Reserve Plan: Steal the Value of Your Money and Give It to Banks

Banks devalue all existing money when they create new money. They reduce its purchasing power. Devaluing everyone else's money is a form of theft, because the new money banks created obtains the purchasing power that the other money has lost.

Dec 27 16:37

Selling more bailouts and the death of us all too.

The Week in Review | Debt Sweat | Printing Money – and its Price | PETER S. GOODMAN | New York Times | Dec 27, 2008

So it may seem perverse that in this new era of reckoning — with consumers finally tapped out, government coffers lean and banks paralyzed by fear — many economists have concluded that the appropriate medicine is a fresh dose of the very course that delivered the disarray: Spend without limit. Print money today, fret about the consequences tomorrow. Otherwise, invite a loss of jobs and business failures that could cripple the nation for years.

Dec 27 01:25

Oahu Suffers Major Power Outage

Honolulu Suffers Major Power Outage as Obama Visits
By Vanessa Kaneshiro / Honolulu Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008

Dec 26 16:24

Thousands injured trying to open plastic packaging

What you need to know about opening clamshell plastic packaging:

- Always clear the area of people
- Use heavy duty, utility scissors with blunt tips
- Wear protective gloves to protect both hands
- Always cut away from yourself
- Don’t use your legs to keep the product stable; you may end up inflicting serious injury to yourself.

Dec 26 15:30

Iranians hold shoe-throwing contest in capital's university

Iranians in the capital were invited to throw their shoes at a poster of U.S. President George Bush after the country's traditional Friday Muslim prayers were over. The event was held at Tehran University.

Dec 25 16:32

Perseverance gets toys to the Pine Ridge reservation

This is the Christmas that almost wasn't for about 500 children on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

A truck filled with toys broke down about halfway along its 480-mile journey from Omaha. The driver climbed out and made some calls but found no help. So he smacked this and pushed that and, somehow, the engine started back up.

Dec 25 16:28

Room at the inn: Hyatt in downtown Dallas welcomes the homeless

Participants are given a night in a warm, clean room at the Hyatt. They get new clothes and time to shower before an afternoon banquet. Later, Pizza Hut and Chick-Fil-A provide dinner and snacks for the men and women in their rooms.

Dec 23 22:53

Amtrak trains delayed by bitter cold, snowstorms

On one of the biggest travel days of the year, hundreds of Amtrak passengers bound for holiday destinations hunkered down in waiting rooms - some for nearly 24 hours - as snowstorms and Arctic cold delayed their trains and disrupted other Christmas traffic.
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Humans just have to be responsible for this. They're upsetting our plan for carbon taxing. We'll have to have cold tax too! -- Al Bore

Dec 23 22:50

Woman linked to Ohio corruption probe found dead in home

CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman linked to a corruption investigation in Cuyahoga County has been found dead in her home in Cleveland.

Dec 22 18:06

Malaysian minister's praise for man who threw shoes at President Bush

Despite his country's close relationship with the United States, Rais Yatim's government has always opposed the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

Now Mr Rais has talked in laudatory terms about Muntadar al-Zeidi, whom he called "that remarkable reporter who gave President Bush his final farewell last week".

He went on to say: "That shoe-throwing episode, in my view, is truly the best weapon of mass destruction to the leader who coined the phrase 'axis of evil' to denote Iran, Iraq and North Korea."

Dec 22 18:03

Bush shoe-thrower 'tortured into writing letter of apology'

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush was tortured into writing a letter of apology, his brother said today.

Muntazer al-Zaidi was wrestled to the ground after throwing his shoes during a news conference held by the US president and the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, on 14 December.

The investigating judge in the case said last week that Zaidi, who will stand trial on 31 December, was beaten around the face and eyes. Zaidi's brother, Uday, said the journalist suffered worse injuries, including a missing tooth and cigarette burns to his ears, and would sue.

Dec 22 18:02

Stampede for 'Bush shoe' creates 100 new jobs

Their deployment as a makeshift missile robbed President George Bush of his dignity and landed their owner in jail. But the world's most notorious pair of shoes have yielded an unexpected bonanza for a Turkish shoemaker.

Ramazan Baydan, owner of the Istanbul-based Baydan Shoe Company, has been swamped with orders from across the world, after insisting that his company produced the black leather shoes which the Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi threw at Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last Sunday.

Dec 22 11:49

Iraq shoe-thrower's brother says he'd do it again

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.

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Let's hope his aim is better the next time.

Dec 22 11:49

Iraq shoe-thrower's brother says he'd do it again

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.

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Let's hope his aim is better the next time.

Dec 21 20:01

Specially Prepared Obama Administration Propaganda to Clear Rahm Emanuel in Senate-Gate Inquiry.

Obama To Release Blago Report This Week
CBS News: Report Expected To Clear Rahm Emanuel, Transition Team Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2008 Some cowardly unattributed staff writer | CBS Interactive Inc. | All Rights Reserved.

Dec 21 06:37

A World Enslaved

Standing in New York City, you are five hours away from being able to negotiate the sale, in broad daylight, of a healthy boy or girl. He or she can be used for anything, though sex and domestic labor are most common. Before you go, let’s be clear on what you are buying. A slave is a human being forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. Agreed? Good.

Dec 20 18:49

Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel

BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich is legendary in Illinois political circles for not picking up the phone or returning calls, even from important figures like the state's senior senator, Dick Durbin.

But there was always one call Blagojevich regularly took, say his aides, and that was from Rahm Emanuel — his congressman, his one-time campaign adviser and, more recently — and troubling for Emanuel — one of his contacts with President-elect Barack Obama's transition staff.

Dec 20 13:01

Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid

Hedge funds will be allowed to borrow from the Federal Reserve for the first time under a landmark $200bn programme intended to support consumer credit.

Dec 20 10:44

DO YOU THINK THE RIOTS IN EUROPE WILL HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES?

Yes
70% (2646 votes)
No
19% (700 votes)
Not Sure
11% (418 votes)
Total votes: 3764
Dec 20 07:08

Kissinger Calls For New International System Out Of World Crises

Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger has repeated his routine call for a new international political order, stating that global crises should be seen as an opportunity to move toward a borderless world where national interests are outweighed by global necessities.

Speaking with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Kissinger cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster a new global order.

Dec 20 05:30

What is right with American Politics? Governor Rod Blagojevich, that's what.

Accused governor to fight charges

Saturday, 20 December 2008 | BBC

Scandal-hit Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has told reporters he is innocent of any crime and will not be resigning his position.

Mr Blagojevich was arrested last week and charged with attempting to "sell" Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Dec 19 13:55

NO SUNGLASSES THEME GETS A REBIRTH! 'They Live' Remake

Strike Entertainment is in talks to acquire rights to remake John Carpenter’s 1988 cult film They Live.

Dec 19 12:31

'Angel' of foreclosure defense bedevils lenders

Charney, a lawyer with the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid agency, is quickly developing a national reputation as a champion of homeowners facing foreclosure and a serious adversary for those attempting to take possession of those homes. Her encyclopedic knowledge of contract law, debt-collection practice, securitized mortgages, the trusts that hold them and the agreements that govern the trusts have put her at the forefront of the rapidly expanding specialty of foreclosure defense.

Dec 19 04:48

Mark Felt, Watergate's `Deep Throat,' dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Dec 18 08:21

Court sides with ACLU, strikes down Patriot Act gag provision

A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.

Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out. The letters, usually a demand for documents, or a notice that private records had been searched by government authorities, were criticized as a cover-all for FBI abuses.

Dec 17 19:31

Aretha Franklin to sing at inauguration

ASSOCIATED PRESS • December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Aretha Franklin will sing, Pastor Rick Warren will pray and Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello during President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

Dec 17 16:03

Monkeys turn on their trainer and beat him senseless with his own stick [pic]

"Who need shoes when you've got a stick?!"

Dec 17 05:49

The United States: A Country Without Mercy

The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate, among whom are those who have been wrongly convicted.

In the United States, the country with the largest prison population in the world, the number of wrongly convicted is very large. Hardly any felony charges are resolved with trials. The vast majority of defendants, both innocent and guilty, are coerced into plea bargains. Not only are the innocent framed, but the guilty as well. It is quicker and less expensive to frame the guilty than to convict them on the evidence.

Dec 16 05:25

Blagojevich Crime Spree, Not Really Illegal.

David Johnston | New York Times

Blagojevich legal hurdle: a crime, or just talk?

Tapes of Ill. governor discussing Senate pick may fall into a legal gray area

[...] some lawyers are beginning to suggest that the juiciest part of the case against Mr. Blagojevich, the part involving the Senate seat, may be less than airtight. There is no evidence, at least none that has been disclosed, that the governor actually received anything of value — and the Senate appointment has yet to be made.
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Dec 15 19:21

Jewish Charities Shut Down Following Madoff 'Ponzi Scheme' Wipeout

Jewish philanthropies wiped out by the Bernard Madoff "Ponzi scheme" are closing their doors, the latest victims of an alleged $50 billion investment scam whose fallout continues to shock investors.

The Chais Family Foundation, a California-based charity that distributed about $12.5 million annually, was forced to shut down after investing — and losing — all of its money with the one-time wizard of Wall Street.

Dec 14 16:55

Billions for Bankers - Nothing for Workers

$700 billion to bail out the financial industry! Actually, over $800 billion once they got done "sweetening" the bailout package. That is what the US Congress voted to allow Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to hand over to his Wall Street buddies, with virtually no oversight. And that was just for openers.

Dec 14 15:53

Wrong Door Raid Costs Minneapolis Taxpayers $600K

The Minneapolis City Council has awarded Vang Khang and Yee Moua $600,000 in damages for a botched SWAT raid that very nearly exterminated their entire family last year.

Dec 13 23:40

Man wins court battle to prove he's alive

A Romanian man has won a year-long fight to persuade the courts that he isn't dead.

Dec 13 21:16

'Predator' drone flys the US border

Spy drone 'Predator,' reflects what US has become
Posted by Brenda Norrell - November 18, 2008 at 12:04 am

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON -- The bad news is that the US Border Patrol has four drones flying out of Fort Huachuca over the US/Mexico border for surveillance. One drone has already crashed near Nogales and these unmanned aerial planes, provided first by Israel's Apartheid spy technology maker, Elbit Systems, are a risk to the lives of those on the ground in Arizona.

Dec 12 22:16

Dispute on carbon tax mars climate talks

A U.N. climate conference closed Saturday in contention over a proposal to raise what could amount to billions of dollars for poor countries by levying a tax on carbon trading among the world's wealthy nations.

"If we rush this through we can claim these taxes are a success!"

Dec 12 22:05

Menezes: Did the police lie?

Jean Charles de Menezes was not lawfully killed as part of an anti-terrorist operation, a jury decided yesterday, rejecting the police account of how the Brazilian died as not to be trusted.

Returning an open verdict at the end of the 12-week inquest, the jurors contradicted evidence given by seven firearms and surveillance officers when they answered a series of 13 questions put to them by the coroner.

Dec 12 06:26

Sony Music illegally collected data on children, U.S. says

Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents.

The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.

"Sony Music collected, used and/or disclosed personal information from children without first providing their parents with notice of its information practices," according to the complaint.

Dec 11 22:55

Council On Foreign Relations Warns Of United States Collapse By Summer, 2009

Russian Foreign Ministry sources are reporting today that the United States Council on Foreign Relations organization has presented to its Western allies attending this weeks contentious European Climate Summit a secret report that summarizes that the American Nation, indeed all of North America, will ‘totally collapse’ by the Summer of 2009.

Dec 11 12:22

Houdini of impersonation and false documents.

UPDATE 2-Bail denied for US lawyer accused of "brazen" fraud - Reuters | Martha Graybow

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A judge denied bail on Thursday for a prominent New York lawyer accused of selling sham investments to hedge funds, a scheme that prosecutors now say may have been much larger than originally thought.

Dec 11 07:09

Sovietizing the Economy: The Final Phase

"He is a remarkably disciplined individual and a decent writer. He has a good jump shot.

And if he manages to acquire a tithe of the power he seeks, Mr. Obama – or, more properly, the government over which he will preside – will probably end up killing many of us, either indirectly through the privations that result from a centrally planned economy, or through the direct application of the lethal force on which such economies depend.

Dec 10 20:09

Knowledge for a Revolution: Unity Vs. Divisiveness

Historically, dividing a population has been a very potent and successful psychological weapon as many nations subsequently use this tactic to justify war, malnutrition and death through the inculcation of fear and divisiveness.

Dec 10 19:23

Film-makers taking on our 'global warming hysteria'

IF THE ADVANCE publicity is anything to go by, Not Evil Just Wrong will do for Al Gore what Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 did for George W Bush.

"This is the film Al Gore and Hollywood don't want you to see," declares the website for the latest work by film-makers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. The site even features a big picture of Gore, with his lips in the photograph seemingly digitally enhanced to make them look like Heath Ledger's Joker from the latest Batman film.

Dec 09 18:37

Mismanagement at the Big Three

It was a dead heat. General Motors sold 9.37 million vehicles worldwide in 2007 and lost $38.7 billion. Toyota sold 9.37 million vehicles in 2007 and made $17.1 billion.

That was the second best sales total in GM's 100-year history and the biggest loss ever for any automaker in the world.

Dec 09 13:18

Whole Foods Sues FTC to Halt Kangaroo Court Proceedings

Don't you find it astonishing that the FTC completely ignores the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical monopoly drug racket currently being operated in the United States and instead focuses its attention on health food stores?

Dec 09 12:28

Yesterday Gov. Rod Blagojevich Attacked Bank of America, Today the Bush DOJ Makes Him Disappear

I do not care what the Illinois Governor did or how much sun shine's out of Fitz's ass. Someone in the the DOJ and someone even higher up in the Bush administration gave the prosecutor the green light to arrest Gov. Rod Blagojevich today because yesterday the Democratic governor dared to fuck with one of the high holies of the Republican business community, a company that had recently been anointed with $25 billion blessed tax payers' dollars--- Bank of America .

And no one in the United States messes with Big Business and lives to tell about it.

Dec 09 08:54

Illinois' Blagojevich Arrested for Trying to Sell Obama's U.S. Senate Seat

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested with his chief of staff on charges they tried to sell U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, according to Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Dec 09 05:26

In pictures: Greek riots

BBC PHOTO ESSAY | Dec 8, 2008

Groups of youths have been throwing petrol bombs and stones at riot police, who have responded by firing tear gas. Scores of arrests have been made.

Rioters have been attacking symbols of wealth and prestige, smashing windows and torching hundreds of buildings and cars.

Dec 07 21:26

Man Wants To Change His Name To 'Fuck Censorship'. Judge Says 'No'.

A New Mexico appeals court on Friday ruled against a Los Alamos man who wanted to change his name to a phrase containing a popular four-letter obscenity.

The man appealed after a state district judge in Bernalillo County refused his request to change his name to "F--- Censorship!"

Judge Nan Nash ruled that the proposed name change was "obscene, offensive and would not comport with common decency."

The man - whose current legal name is Variable - argued on appeal that it was improper government censorship to deny him the name change.

Dec 07 21:18

Reason enough for blind-rage rampages to become very common.

The events of the past weeks beginning with the massive bailouts of Wall Street banks by the Treasury Department are beginning to wear a raw hole in the psyche of the American public.

And it is not now going too far to say the hubris of the government is reason enough to justify a rash of violent, blind-rage, outbreaks, attacks upon all bodies of authority in this country.

Dec 07 19:09

Montana judge: man has right to assisted suicide

A Montana judge has issued a ruling saying residents of the state have the right to doctor-assisted suicide.

Dec 07 16:21

Web Bot Project Predicting Huge Natural Disaster for December

The webbot is predicting major earthquakes for the window around December 10-12 for a first major earthquake and then a couple of days later, perhaps as late at the 15th for a second large quake.

Dec 06 15:30

Idled workers occupy factory in Chicago

RUPA SHENOY | Associated Press | Dec 6, 2008

Workers laid off from their jobs at a factory have occupied the building and are demanding assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay that they say they are owed.

About 200 employees of Republic Windows and Doors began their sit-in Friday, the last scheduled day of the plant's operation.

"We're doing something we haven't since the 1930s, so we're trying to make it work," Fried said.

Dec 06 15:05

Grim Job Report Not Showing Full Picture

NY Times | DAVID LEONHARDT and CATHERINE RAMPELL | Dec 5

As bad as the headline numbers in Friday’s employment report were, they still made the job market look better than it really is.

Already, the share of men older than 20 with jobs was at its lowest point last month since 1983, and very close to the low point of the last 60 years. [...]
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The NY Times shows it does have some good writers.

Dec 05 08:24

Paul Craig Roberts: "Washington Arrogance Has Fomented a Muslim Revolution."

"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Justice Louis Brandeis

Is Pakistan responsible for the Mumbai attack in India? No.

Is India’s repression of its Muslim minority responsible? No.

Dec 05 07:48

Row over angry, penis-removing doctor

Doctors' unions in Romania have criticised a decision to make a surgeon pay £100,000 in damages after he lost his temper and hacked off a patient's penis during surgery.

Surgeon Naum Ciomu, who had been suffering from stress at the time, had been operating on patient Nelu Radonescu, 36, to correct a testicular malformation when he suddenly lost his temper.

Grabbing a scalpel, he sliced off the penis in front of shocked nursing staff, and then placed it on the operating table where he chopped it into small pieces before storming out of the operating theatre at Bucharest hospital.

Dec 05 03:02

Survivalist business booms as economy flails

Survivalist business booms as economy flails

The Armchair Survivalist offers practical advice for surviving global economic meltdown

December 01, 2008: 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - The Armchair Survivalist believes the nation is falling into chaos, and he wants to help.

He offers practical advice for dealing with riots, wars, natural disasters and food shortages, which he says are imminent because of the worldwide economic meltdown and the incoming Obama administration.

Dec 03 23:01

Police Officer Speaks Out Against Taser

Nick Dial was a police officer who volunteered to be Tasered. Since then his health has suffered to such an extent that he can no longer work. And he's not alone; other police officers have suffered serious health problems, from vertebrae misalignments to heart arrhythmia and stroke. "In its video, Taser International claims that nobody has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of the Taser, but that just isn't true," says Dial.

Dec 03 22:59

Ros-Lehtinen hangs up on Obama. Twice.

Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a little paranoid?

Maybe.

On Wednesday, the Republican congresswoman got a call from President-elect Barack Obama, didn't believe it was him, and hung up on him. Twice.

According to Ros-Lehtinen's flack Alex Cruz, the congresswoman received the call on her cell phone from a Chicago-based number and an aide informed her that Obama wanted to speak to her. When Obama introduced himself, Ros-Lehtinen cut him off and said, "I'm sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks." Then she hung up.

Dec 03 20:52

Signs of elaborate acts of self-harm by U.S. teens

Reuters | By Julie Steenhuysen | Wed Dec 3, 2008

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some troubled teens are embedding nails, paper clips, bits of rock, glass and even crayons in their bodies as a way to cope with disturbing thoughts and feelings, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

"It's cutting gone to the next level," Shiels said in a telephone interview.
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They don't call it a "depression" for nothing. It is just astounding to see these new administration appointments being rolled out like some kinda fucking superstars. No one knows where the worldwide insanity will end, if it ends.

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