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March 23, 2009

Mar 23 12:00

Government Again Concedes Vaccines Cause Autism

In a curious and hypocritical method of operation, the mysterious Vaccine Court not only protects vaccine makers from liability but supports a policy that has tripled the number of vaccines given to U.S. children – all after being made aware of the fact that these vaccines do, in fact, cause autism and repeatedly ruling in favor of families with children hurt by their vaccines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The law that protects vaccine makers from lawsuits was included in the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security.

Mar 23 11:53

Israeli troops shut down press conference with injured American's parents; beat activists

A woman and journalist were among those beaten by Israeli troops during a press conference held by the parents of critically wounded American peace activist Tristan Anderson Monday afternoon.

Anderson had an Israeli tear-gas canister shot at his head in Ni’lin on 13 March, his skull shattered and several surgeries have left him semi-conscious in a Tel Aviv hospital. His parents arrived shortly after Tristan was hospitalized.

Mar 23 11:52

Israel's navy fires on Gaza shore; fisherman injured

The head of Emergency and Ambulance Services Dr Mu’awiyah Hassanein said that the Israeli ships fired on fishing boats at the Gaza City shore.

Mar 23 11:27

MT State considers return to gold, silver dollars

A bill being considered in the Montana Legislature blasts the Federal Reserve's role in America's money policy and permits the state to conduct business in gold and silver instead of the Fed's legal tender notes.

Montana H.B. 639, sponsored by State Rep. Bob Wagner, R-Harrison, doesn't require the state or citizens to conduct business in gold or silver, but it does require the state to calculate certain transactions in both the current legal tender system and in an electronic gold currency. It further mandates that the state must accept payments in gold or silver for various fees and purchases.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Mar 23 11:07

Again, WATCH THE VOLUME ON THE DOW!

Yahoo! Finance ONE DAY chart for the DOW.

The volume is minuscule. THAT'S how many chairs there are left to sit in when the music stops. LOOK OUT PEOPLE! You are dancing on a mousetrap!

"Happy Talk" Won't Solve Crisis, Galbraith Says: Much More Govt. Action Needed

Mar 23 09:44

I am NOT a terrorist! (New WRH T-shirt design)

Mar 23 09:43

G20 warned unrest will sweep globe

A wave of social and political unrest could sweep through the world's poorest countries if G20 leaders fail to come to their aid, the World Bank warns today, as new research says the credit crunch will cost developing countries $750bn (£520bn) in lost output and drive millions more into poverty.

Mar 23 09:34

Never use E-Trade

These mother fuckers have been quietly giving me 40 dollar fees a quarter without reporting it for 8 fucking years. I find this out after selling stock which tripled since i got it and they took all the money for it and charged a transaction fee on top of it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You were expecting flowers?????


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Mgid
Mar 23 09:25

THE ‘GAME’ CALLED WAR

Israel has created an enemy of a nation which it claims does not even exist. It has, for the past 61 years, occupied the land belonging to that nation. It has denied them every basic human right guaranteed them by the United Nations. It has ignored every condemnation against them by the World Body as well as a handful of other nations.

Mar 23 09:22

Death squad leader ‘was top CIA agent'

THE LATE President Milosevic's secret police chief and organiser of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade, according to the independent Belgrade Radio B92.

The claim that from 1992 until the end of the decade, Jovica Stanisic, head of Serbia's murderous DB Secret Police, was regularly informing his CIA handlers of the thinking in Milosevic's inner circle has shocked the region.

Mar 23 09:04

Americans' interrogation methods have probably destroyed the nation's reputation

It's unlikely that the United States will ever live down the shame of torture during the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney administration.

It's history now and all the piety and wit of those former U.S. officials responsible for this horrendous chapter cannot wipe out a word of it.

Mar 23 09:04

The United States of Chaos, a fresh look

In fact, it seems the more things are said to change the more they stay the same: inflation, deflation, unemployment, rendition of detainees, torture redux, Blackwater re-upped by the Pentagon despite Iraq saying no dice. Chris Bollyn, the Internet writer, living in exile for fear of his life, writes that the loot has been largely money-laundered by New York Banks to Israel over the past 10 to 20 years. Also, Bernie needs to straighten out some papers at home.


Mar 23 09:01

I'm Surrounded by Beautiful People.

It appears that we don’t know much about what came before and it looks like we generally don’t know jack about what’s coming. Here we are in the seventh day and the one thing you might reasonably expect is that we might have learned something about how to behave toward each other but we haven’t learned a damn thing about that either.

What the hell is wrong with you people? Seven thousand years and counting and the only difference between you and the classical image of the cave man are your weapons and appliances. Other than that, nothing has changed.

Mar 23 08:56

The Lasting Problem of Guantanamo Bay Prison

The prison at Guantanamo Bay has become such an international symbol of the U.S. abandoning its principles because it reflects an anti-terrorism policy gone badly awry. First, the Bush administration was both callous and careless in imprisoning people, even paying unreliable tribal allies for captives. Second, the U.S. government created no effective and objective truth-determining processto assess guilt. Third, Washington employed torture, violating both domestic and international law.

No doubt dangerous terrorists have been incarcerated at Gitmo. But so too have many innocent people.

Mar 23 08:56

What More in the Name of Love?

If there is a day for mass action in the United States for peace and justice, April 4 is it. And if there is a place for it right now, it's Wall Street. April 3rd is a Friday, so more robber barons will be at "work" that day, but April 4th is a Saturday, so more of the robbed will be off work and able to take part. April 4 is also the anniversary, not only of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, death in 1968, but of his speech exactly one year earlier at Riverside Church in New York City in 1967.

Mar 23 08:45

Airport security technique debated

Behavior detection is a touchy topic at the nation's airports. An October report by the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that there is "no scientific consensus" that behavioral surveillance techniques like those employed by the TSA are an effective way to combat terrorism. It found they have "enormous potential for privacy violations."

Some security experts and civil libertarians say the practice also invites ethnic profiling.

But the agency defends the practice. Carl Maccario of the TSA helped develop the program known as Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It just HAS to work! Look how much tax money we spent on it!" -- Official White Horse Souse


Mar 23 08:44

Bailed-Out Companies Owe $220 Million in Taxes

According to the House Ways and Means Committee's oversight panel, the delinquent companies owe as much as $220 million in income or employment tax to the federal government.

Mar 23 08:42

Japan Home Prices Slump to 24-Year Low

Japanese residential land prices fell to a 24-year low as job losses and wage cuts discouraged homebuyers, while tighter credit markets choked off funding for property developers.

Mar 23 08:41

Gaza war crime claims gather pace as more troops speak out

Although Breaking the Silence's report is not due to be published for several months, the testimony it has received already suggests widespread abuses stemming from orders originating with the Israeli military chain of command.

Mar 23 08:38

IRS Audit Rate for Millionaires Plummets

The IRS's audit rate for wealthy Americans sharply declined in the just-ended fiscal year .... The IRS data clearly show that the audit rate on the 300,000-plus returns reporting incomes of more than $1 million was substantially down last year — dropping at least 19%....


Mar 23 08:37

Water, Crisis and War

Many, including the US, may believe Iran and North Korea’s existent or non-existent nuclear weapons pose the gravest threat to human existence. However, the scarcity of safe drinking water will prove to be the biggest challenge to humanity in the coming decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are some pretty effective and very inexpensive water purification and desalinization systems out there. And I have no doubt that if we were to take just 10% of the money spent on making bombs we could develop some pretty decent water treatment technologies.

But I suspect that this concern over the nonavailability of fresh water is being promoted, like global warming, for private profit. Already much water service, formerly a function of government is now in private hands. People drink water from plastic bottles because the tap water, harmless in my childhood, is now contaminated with industrial chemicals and medical wastes that the municipal water treatment plants cannot remove.

Corporations clearly want monopolistic control over the basic necessities of life; the better to control and exploit the masses!

Mar 23 08:17

Financial Policy Despair

Over the weekend The Times and other newspapers reported leaked details about the Obama administration’s bank rescue plan, which is to be officially released this week. If the reports are correct, Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, has persuaded President Obama to recycle Bush administration policy — specifically, the “cash for trash” plan proposed, then abandoned, six months ago by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

This is more than disappointing. In fact, it fills me with a sense of despair.

Mar 23 08:16

Gov. Bobby Jindal's volcano remark has some fuming

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's swipe at federal sp

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I would imagine the folks living close to Mount Redoubt have an opinion as well.

Mar 23 08:15

IDF ceased long ago being 'most moral army in the world'

What shock, what consternation. Haaretz revealed grave accounts by officers and soldiers describing the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians during the war in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman was quick to respond that the IDF had no prior or supporting information about the events in question, the defense minister was quick to respond that "the IDF is the most moral army in the world," and the military advocate general said the IDF would investigate.

All these propagandistic and ridiculous responses are meant not only to deceive the public, but also to offer shameless lies. The IDF knew very well what its soldiers did in Gaza. It has long ceased to be the most moral army in the world. Far from it - it will not seriously investigate anything.


Mar 23 08:11

A New Look At CE 399 and the Autopsy of JFK

As shown in a January 22, 1963 Warren Commission closed-door secret session, of which a surviving stenographer’s tape (ordered destroyed but was not) clearly shows that the Commission decided early on to go for the lone gunman scenario. They were afraid of finding out more than they wanted to know about Lee H. Oswald and feared if it were discovered that he was a government agent of some type, then the public would never believe the lone gunman theory. Notice the thinking here—they have a predetermined conclusion and they concerned about the pubic not buying it. This is before the first witness was called to testify!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about the assassination of John F. Kennedy is HERE

Mar 23 08:09

The Forked-Tongue Eunuchs and Israel

For years, US administrations called Israeli settlements "illegal" and an "obstacle to peace," but in recent years those terms have been replaced by a mere "unhelpful." On her first official trip to the region earlier this month, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton referred to the Israeli demolition of Palestinian Arab homes in East Jerusalem as "unhelpful." Earlier this week, the European Union presidency said that Israel's demolition of homes in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem "threatens the viability of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, in conformity with international law."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Double-plus ungood!

Mar 23 08:08

Brit Hume and the demented world of Fox News

Respectable, "mainstream", and "serious" American foreign policy differences that are allowed to see the light of day in our media fall into one of two camps.

The first camp believes that anything more than issuing bad faith ultimatums before dropping bombs is appeasement.

The second camp believes the US should spend a little time manufacturing legalisms before commencing our wanton aggressions and also arm twist a few "allies" into blessing our murder campaigns against hapless weakling third world countries on the other side of the globe before hand.

Obama falls into the second camp. To what passes for a "right wing" in this country he is now "appeasing" Iran for sending them a video tape address in which he doesn't threaten to murder them or call them dirty Moooslim scum.

Mar 23 08:06

Schenectady mayor considers options, martial law over police woes

Mayor Stratton told us he's looking at all options, including disbanding the police department - basically starting over.

"It's something we're certainly looking into. I think the public has had it up to here," said the mayor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, we have!



Owl 1
Mar 23 08:05

NSC advisor Jones: “I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger”

Mr. Jones is basically telling us the National Security Council is run by Henry Kissinger. The NSC is the principal forum used by Obama for considering national security and foreign policy matters. Biden, Clinton, Geithner, Gates, Mullen, Emanuel, Summers, and others are listed as participants, but not Henry Kissinger.

In 2006, the Associated Press reported that Kissinger advised Bush and Cheney, a fact included in Bob Woodward’s book “State of Denial.”

In other words, the Bush and Obama administrations — never mind the “change” rhetoric — receive the same advice (instructions) from the ruling elite.

Mar 23 08:03

Alaska volcano erupts

Mount Redoubt is located on the western shore of Cook Inlet, in the general area of Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But can Sarah Palin see it from her house??????

Mar 23 08:00

Tata Motors Rolls Out Cheapest Car In the World

Company boss Ratan Tata hopes the car, which is slated to cost just 100,000 rupees (2,000 dollars) for the no-frills model, will get India's middle-class urban population off motorcycles and into safer four-wheelers.

"I observed families riding on two-wheelers, the father driving the scooter, his young kid standing in front of him, his wife seated behind him holding a little baby," he said when displaying the prototype last year.

"It led me to wonder whether one could conceive of a safe, affordable, all-weather form of transport for such a family."

Mar 23 07:58

Geithner: private sector needs to take risks

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Monday said that the private sector must be willing to take on some risk for his bank asset cleansing plan to work.

Geithner, briefing media on the plan, said creating public-private partnerships to buy distressed assets from banks will help to avert a longer and deeper recession and make it easier for banks to raise private capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The private sector doesn't WANT those assets, or they wouldn't be a problem in the first place.

And the bottom line is that the reason the assets are toxic is that ordinary Americans have had their jobs stolen from them and sent to other countries and cannot afford to buy these foreclosed homes.

Until the jobs come back, the economy cannot be saved. Anything else is just rearranging the deck chairs.


Mar 23 07:49

G-20 Must Freeze The $1.5 Quadrillion Derivatives Bubble As The First Step To World Economic Recovery

Derivatives are financial instruments based on other financial instruments ­ paper based on paper. Derivatives are one giant step away from the world of production and consumption, plant and equipment, wages and employment in the production of tangible physical wealth or hard commodities. In the present hysteria of the globalized financial oligarchy, the very term of "derivative" has become taboo: commentators prefer to speak of toxic assets, complex securities, exotic instruments, and counterparty arrangements. At the time of the Bear Stearns bankruptcy, Bernanke warned against "chaotic unwinding." All of these code words are signals that derivatives are being talked about.

Mar 23 05:29

John O'Neill Head Investigator Of The USS Cole Attack Assassinated.

John O’Neill's Background

He had been with the FBI for 20 years, and was involved in investigating a number of terrorist cases, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was considered the FBI’s top man on terrorism. In the late 1990’s, he became very attuned to Israel’s involvement in many terror operations.

Mar 23 05:12

GOOGLE pays for nothing! Cheap bastards say, All your music are us.

The New York Times Tim Arango -As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes Chris Dale, a spokesman for YouTube, said, “While we work with music labels to keep music on the site, sometimes our negotiations don’t pan out, and we understand that this can be a big disappointment to our community.”

Mar 23 05:06

Looking down into Mount Redoubt Summit Crater March 21, 2009

A big smoking snowy hole!

There is a click on the page for a full size image.


Mar 23 04:43

United States Economic Collapse Facing Its Weimar Moment

The U.S. faces a similar "Weimar Moment." The devastating collapse of the economy after eight years of Republican rule has left the leadership, policies, and ideology of the right utterly discredited. But, as was the case with Germany in 1919, Republicans do not intend to allow the new government to succeed. They will do everything they can to undermine it. If they are successful, the U.S. may yet go the way of Weimar Germany.

Mar 23 04:08

16 Tons, And Wadya Get? Another day older and Deeper in Debt- Selling the credit economy

The New York Times Tara Siegel Bernard - With Eyes Bigger Than Their Wallets, Homebuyers Are Forced to Revisit Old Rules At the height of the housing boom, many borrowers had to stretch to afford a house, in some cases agreeing to spend half their monthly earnings on their home. We all know how that turned out.

And a swath of homeowners was even more thinly stretched. In 2007, nearly 9.17 million homeowners, or about 12 percent of all owners, spent more than half of their gross income on housing costs, according to tabulations of Census data by the Joint Center for Housing Studies [...]

HOW MUCH CAN I AFFORD? - DO THE MATH - DOWN PAYMENT - TAXES - RESERVES

March 22, 2009

Mar 22 21:27

WHY IS AIG SO IMPORTANT?

A huge part of the company's credit default swap business was designed, quite simply, to allow banks to make their balance sheets look safer than they actually were. . . The less risky the assets, obviously, the lower the regulatory capital requirement. How did banks get their risk measures low? Why, they bought AIG's credit default swaps, of course! The swaps meant that the risk of loss was transferred to AIG. . . which meant minimal capital requirements, which the banks all wanted so they could increase their leverage and buy yet more "risk-free" assets.

Mar 22 21:21

Geithner Aides Worked With AIG for Months on Bonuses

Since the fall, senior aides to Timothy Geithner have closely dealt with American International Group Inc. on compensation issues including bonuses, both from his time as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as Treasury secretary.



Lockerdome
Mar 22 21:20

Geithner Aides Worked With AIG for Months on Bonuses

Since the fall, senior aides to Timothy Geithner have closely dealt with American International Group Inc. on compensation issues including bonuses, both from his time as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as Treasury secretary.

Mar 22 19:26

Tongue-tied Barack Obama is turning into Jimmy Carter

Barack Obama's gaffe mocking the disabled by comparing his (inept but improving) 10 pin bowling skills to the "special Olympics" illustrates the problem he now has in communicating with the American people.

Mar 22 19:14

Geithner says need private-sector help: report -This is a collosal fraud, by private sector he is talking about banks.

Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Sunday that help from the private sector was critical to get toxic assets off banks' balance sheets and help resolve a credit crisis.

The Journal said Treasury believes participants in the program shouldn't be subject to executive-pay rules imposed by Congress. [...]


Mar 22 17:58

The YouTube Creators Bailout

Google owns YouTube. Who owns Google? YouTube makes money, the people (like me!) who post videos for free DON'T.

Okay, there is a limit to when hoping for exposure to desperately find a job doing what I do becomes just another page of ad hits for YouTube and Sergey and his boys.

I made this video just to point out that I have had four million people see my comedy on YouTube and, of course, it means I am not benefiting other than my ego, the odd professional contact that goes nowhere, etc. YouTube, however, makes money with ads thanks to my work.

Vote people: Am I just the next American Idiot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QvaafzAe1w&feature=channel_page

Mar 22 16:47

The Worst Is Over? Are You Kidding?

* Things are worse overseas: some countries simply can't bail out their banks -- liabilities are 3 to 5 times GDP.

* May take 2 years before housing bottoms

* Ditto for equity markets

* Expects 1970s-like inflation when we come out of recession.

* Could have decade of Japanese in-and-out-of-recession if we don't seriously deal with banking system.

Mar 22 16:46

Scenes from the "March on the Pentagon" Rally

Mar 22 16:36

Dreyfuss: Cheney belongs in jail

Former Vice President Dick Cheney being out of office isn't enough for actor Richard Dreyfuss: He wants him locked up.


Mar 22 16:32

The Lobby Falters

The lobby has since gone to great lengths to deny its role in Freeman’s resignation. The Aipac spokesman Josh Block said his organisation ‘took no position on this matter and did not lobby the Hill on it’. The Washington Post, whose editorial page is run by Fred Hiatt, a man staunchly committed to the special relationship, ran an editorial which claimed that blaming the lobby for Freeman’s resignation was something dreamed up by ‘Mr Freeman and like-minded conspiracy theorists’.

Mar 22 16:31

3 Oakland cops killed in 2 related incidents

Three Oakland police sergeants were shot and killed and a fourth officer was critically wounded Saturday in a pair of related incidents that together rank among the deadliest attacks on law enforcement in California history.

A fifth officer, a member of the SWAT team that killed the suspect police held responsible for the shootings, was treated for minor injuries and released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I apologize, but given the actions of the police in recent months (as evidenced by stories further down this page today) I am having a very hard time sympathizing with their fate or condemning the shooter.

Given the sheer number of innocent people killed by the police either with tasers or kicking down the wrong doors, and other criminality wearing a badge, I fully understand how some people might feel like shooting back when attacked is their best option.

Mar 22 16:15

Michigan 15-year-old dies after police Taser him

Police in Michigan say a 15-year-old boy has died after being Tasered by officers who were trying to break up a fight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taser: Police brutality with all the modern improvements.

Mar 22 16:14

Canadian Killers get out on Bail; Writers Go To Jail

Meeting chairman Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, called tonight’s arrest “an outrage. This is like Haiti. We’re becoming a banana republic — 8 cops to arrest an unarmed man at a political meeting!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, Canada is getting Zionized!


Mar 22 15:19

Forget AIG Bonuses--The Next Bailout is Here

The Obama Administration is putting the finishing touches on another big bank bailout. Under the plan, the government will give our money to hedge fund managers to buy "toxic" assets for more than they are worth. The banks that created these toxic turkeys will use the money from the sales to recapitalize themselves. Everyone comes out ahead except, of course, the taxpayers

Mar 22 14:17

Israel unleashes sonic booms on Gaza

Tel Aviv has previously resorted to sonic boom attacks on the Gazans for weeks on end, causing psychological disorders for thousands of Gazans -- mainly children.

Mar 22 14:16

FBI planting spies in U.S. mosques, Muslim groups say

Ten U.S. Muslim organizations threatened this week to cease working with the FBI, citing "McCarthy-era tactics" by the agency, including efforts to covertly infiltrate California mosques.

The groups claim the FBI has sent undercover agents posing as worshippers into mosques, pressured Muslims to become informants, labeled civil rights advocates as criminals and spread misinformation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SEE NEXT ARTICLE DOWN.


Mar 22 14:15

COINTELPRO

These kinds of government tactics violate our fundamental constitutional rights. They make it enormously difficult to sustain grass-roots organizing. They create an atmosphere of fear and distrust which undermines any effort to challenge official policy.

Similar measures were used in the 1960s as part of a secret FBI program known as "COINTELPRO." COINTELPRO was later exposed and officially ended. But the evidence shows that it actually persisted and that clandestine operations to discredit and disrupt opposition movements have become an institutional feature of national and local government in the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You need to study these case histories of how the FBI really operates and what it really does.

Because contrary to official FBI proclamations, they are still at it!

Mar 22 14:08

Toxic Asset Plan Foresees Big Subsidies for Investors

The plan is likely to offer generous subsidies, in the form of low-interest loans, to coax investors to form partnerships with the government to buy toxic assets from banks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in September, TARP was sold to us all for $800 billion as a plan to buy up the toxic assets. Here we are an estimated $11 trillion later and it still has not happened!

And now that they are finally "getting around to it", they are planning to buy the toxic assets with low interest loans to get private investors to do what the government claimed it was doing with taxpayer money!

And this idea that auctioning the assets to the highest bidder will protect the taxpayers' forced "investment" is nonsense, because if the assets had any real worth, they would not be a toxic problem to start with.

So, in the end, the government will get the gold from the gold mine and the people will get the shaft!

... in the end.

Again.

Mar 22 14:03

Afghanistan and Iraq: War Crimes Against Children ascribed to former President Bush

Mar 22 14:03

GEORGE WEBER KILLED

Former WABC radio news anchor George Weber was found murdered inside his Brooklyn apartment today after failing to report to work for two days, sources told The Post.

Weber, who would have turned 58 tomorrow, was discovered in his bed shortly before 10 a.m. inside his Carroll Gardens with multiple stab wounds to his neck after his bosses, concerned that he hadn't shown up for work, called cops.



Owl 2
Mar 22 13:56

VP adviser: AIG bonus tax may go too far

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We're gonna let them keep the money as soon as we can figure out something else to distract you suckers with."

Mar 22 13:45

Pelosi Tells Illegal Immigrants That Work Site Raids are Un-American

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently told a group of both legal and illegal immigrants and their families that enforcement of existing immigration laws, as currently practiced, is "un-American."

Mar 22 13:43

Obama advisers note populist tone, urge restraint

While acknowledging public outrage over $165 million in bonuses paid to a financial firm that just months earlier had turned to taxpayers for aid, the administration's economic advisers said President Barack Obama wouldn't "govern out of anger."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't worry, Barack. We The People will pick up the slack.

(ahem)

What Obama is getting ready to do is veto the tax on the bonuses and he is looking for some way to sell it the American people.

But there is an old saying, "Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." What that means is that even the best salesman can;t sell a product everybody knows is worthless. You would thing that after the debacle over forcing soldiers to buy insurance to pay for their own combat injuries that Obama would comprehend this, but apparently he's not much brighter than Dubya was.

Mar 22 13:38

Gordon Brown - We are about to take the war against terror to a new level

The approach we are taking tackles the immediate threat through the relentless pursuit of terrorists and disruption of their plots, builds up our defences against attacks and our resilience to deal with them, and addresses the longer term causes - understanding what leads people to become radicalised, so we can stop the process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The usual bull biscuits, and I would not have bothered linking this were it not for the comments by readers!


Mar 22 11:49

Privatising Water is Denying People a Human Right: UN

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has told delegates at the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul, Turkey, that, "those who are committed to the privatization of water, making it a commodity like oil, are denying people a human right as basic as the air we breathe."

In a speech delivered by his senior advisor on water Maude Barlow, UN president Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann said, "We must work quickly to guarantee that access to drinking water constitutes a fundamental right of all peoples..."

Mar 22 11:39

WaMu holding company sues FDIC over bank seizure

Lawyers for the holding company, Washington Mutual Inc., argue that the bank was worth more than the $1.9 billion JPMorgan paid for it in a deal arranged by the FDIC. The lawsuit argues that if WaMu's assets had been liquidated prudently, they would have been worth more than that.

Mar 22 10:54

Ning Exposed - Tech Company Scams its Clients

Clients of Ning are outraged over a decision that Ning made public last week. The software maker sent out an email to all of its clients, those who have created a social network on Ning, stating that they would email all members of all websites who use the Ning software to promote the newly designed Ning.com.

“Please do not send the email to my members. I pay you not to advertise on my site and I don’t think you should target my members directly,” says one Ning network creator and paying customer. Ning charges network creators to keep all Ning promotional links off their site. Some members have been paying this fee for a couple of years and so are even more upset at the direct email marketing campaign. Why pay the fee?

Mar 22 10:51

'1000% rise in Jew attacks on Palestinians'

A research by an Arab human rights group shows a ten-fold increase in Jewish attacks on the Arab population in Israel over the last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... not including the attack on Gaza.



Pixfuture
Mar 22 10:41

Monsanto's Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers

The impact of GMO’s on soil organisms is not commonly studied. This is a vital lacunae because Bt toxin crops such as Mon 810 corn or Bt-cotton or Bt Brinjal have serious impact on beneficial soil organisms.

Mar 22 10:40

Fed Running Out of Ammo

The Fed’s decision to purchase $300 billion of long-term treasury bonds is indicative of two things: 1) The U.S. government has lost all sense of value relative to its currency, and 2) The U.S. Federal Reserve is getting desperate and is running out of options.

Far from giving the economy any kind of boost, these tactics are essentially more of the same, which has already proven futile in terms of getting the economy moving again. Major financial institutions are not lending or borrowing much more than they were when the crisis began, and all the Fed is doing is undermining what little value is left in the U.S. Dollar.

Mar 22 10:35

Bill in Texas would allow creationists to grant Masters of Science degrees

Berman admits that his 'inspiration' for the bill was the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School, a Young Earth Creationism institution that has been trying to achieve certification in Texas for two years. Young Earth Creationism, much more popular than the recent Intelligent Design Creationism, is essentially Biblical literalism – Earth is 10,000 years old, Noah's Flood occurred, Adam and Eve were real people. ICRGS insists that they teach more than just “Biblical Creationism," which is based only on the word of the Bible; they also have incorporated tenets of “Scientific Creationism” into their bylaws. Most of these relate to origins of Earth and the evolution of species.

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I think I will start a college offering a Master's Degree program in the biology of Leprechauns!

Mar 22 10:32

HA!!! AND YOU THOUGHT ISLAM WAS THE PROBLEM…… GUESS YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF THE ‘ZIONIST JIHAD’

Through the Western media, through the propaganda machines run by AIPAC and the ADL, many are lead to believe that the world’s problems are the fault of Islam. The continual dehuminisation of Islam perpetuates these lies.

If you take the time to read the following, you will see where the real problem stems from and who the real terrorists are…..


Mar 22 10:29

The long and sadistic history behind the CIA's torture techniques

All the techniques in the accounts of torture by the International Committee of the Red Cross, as reported Monday, collected from 14 detainees held in CIA custody, fit a long historical pattern of Anglo-Saxon modern. The ICRC report apparently includes details of CIA practices unknown until now, details that point to practices with names, histories, and political influences. In torture, hell is always in the details.

Mar 22 10:28

Man's contribution to climate change is negligible in geologic time

Some evidence exists suggesting that the current phase of warming MAY have peaked in the 1970s and the earth MAY be returning to a cooling phase. Regardless of the rhetoric on either side of the arguments, man's total contribution to global climate change is negligible and probably not measurable within the context of geologic time. Instantaneous events like the asteroid or meteor strike that ended the age of dinosaurs by creating a global wide "dust cloud" or continuous volcanic eruptions that have also shrouded the earth with ash and smoke clouds have had a far greater and long lasting effect on climates. If all of man's "contribution" were to cease immediately, the net effect, measured in geologic time, on the earth's natural warming and cooling cycles would not be measurable.

Mar 22 10:26

Archaeological Views: Who Pays for Excavations?

We archaeologists don’t like to admit it, but all private funding sources have agendas. Even at the lower level, many of the consortium members that commonly help support excavations in terms of both staff and funding are religious colleges and seminaries. Whenever one accepts philanthropy, there is, as Ilan has phrased it, a moral price attached. That some foundations are more overtly political while others are more subtle in their stated interests is less relevant than we would like to think; it is, after all, only a matter of degree.

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Translation: Archaeologists are paid to dig up proof of the funding body's desired outcome.

Mar 22 10:09

Treasury secretary not allowed to resign: Obama

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But Freeman was toast because Israel did not like him?



Owl 3
Mar 22 09:58

Ex-cops apologize for deadly drug raid ahead of sentencing

Junnier and two other ex-officers, Arthur Tesler and Jason Smith, face prison in connection with the November 2006 drug raid that left 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston dead in a hail of gunfire.

Investigators later determined the raid was based on falsified paperwork stating that illegal drugs were present in the home.

Mar 22 09:55

The Raid on Mayor Cheye Calvo's Home

The Prince George’s County Police Department had intercepted a package addressed to Trinity containing 32 pounds of marijuana and delivered it to the house earlier that evening. But despite it being common knowledge among narcotics officers that criminals were sending drugs to innocent people in the hopes of grabbing the packages before they got home, nobody bothered to do even the most basic background research into the Calvo’s before invading their house.

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THIS IS HOW OUT OF CONTROL THE POLICE HAVE GOTTEN IN THIS COUNTRY.

READ THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

AFTER YOU ARE DONE YOU WILL REALIZE THAT SHOOTING BACK MAY BE THE BEST POSSIBLE OPTION.

Mar 22 09:49

Follow the Bailout Cash

There was plenty of outrage on Capitol Hill last week over the executive bonuses paid out by AIG after getting federal bailout money. But another money trail could make voters just as angry: the campaign dollars to members of Congress from banks and firms that have received billions via the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Mar 22 09:48

Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

Some say that if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, they simply shouldn’t buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds. But it isn’t quite that simple. Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples, and then sues, saying they own the crop.

Meanwhile, Monsanto is taking many other steps to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of normal seeds:



Taboola
Mar 22 09:46

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH WOUNDED AMERICAN PEACEMAKER IN PALESTINE

On Friday, New Yorkers took to the streets yet again to show solidarity with Tristan Anderson, the young American that was wounded in the Occupied West Bank on the 13th of March.

As always, our roaming photographer, Bud, was there…… following are his photos of the demo.

Mar 22 09:45

THE CHANGING CHARACTER OF JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY…. WITHOUT PALESTINIANS

With its own municipal development plan in place since 1969, the Jewish quarter and its modern buildings are expanding, out and over the city. Another layer is being added on top of the many below. Jerusalem is changing character, yet again, in the hands of new rulers.

“The Israelis want this city to be a Jewish city,” said Yasser Qous, a guide who runs alternative tours around the Old City. “But the history of Jerusalem is far too complex to narrow it down to one people. The city must remain diverse and open, a spiritual centre for three religions and home to dozens of peoples.”

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United Nations Resolution 252: "...‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital"

United Nations Resolution 267: "...‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem"

United Nations Resolution 271: "...‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem"

United Nations Resolution 298: "...‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem"

United Nations Resolution 476: "...‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claims to Jerusalem are ‘null and void’

United Nations Resolution 478: "...‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’

Mar 22 09:42

Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?

A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers’ bonuses won’t fix it. Firing Timothy Geithner won’t fix it. Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans’ anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed. It would be foolish to dismiss as hyperbole the stark warning delivered by Paulette Altmaier of Cupertino, Calif., in a letter to the editor published by The Times last week: “President Obama may not realize it yet, but his Katrina moment has arrived.”

Mar 22 09:35

Gross brutality during British "terrorism" raid

During what his counsel Phillippa Kaufmann described as a "prolonged and violent series of gratuitous assaults" the 34-year-old IT support analyst claims officers forced him into the Muslim prayer position before shouting "Where is your God now? … Pray to him."

Kaufmann said: "The acts of the officers were ones of gross brutality, intended to humiliate and debase the claimant and to make him fear for his life. The officers engaged over a prolonged period in extreme, sadistic and dangerous acts of violence against an individual who was completely restrained and vulnerable.

"This was an extremely serious abuse of power which is in no sense justified, nor was it excusable on the grounds that it was perpetrated in the heat of an arrest for terrorism."

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As the instruments of the state begin to reveal themselves, the instruments of the state will suppress their own doubts by becoming ever more brutal in an attempt to force the real world to conform to the beliefs they have been indoctrinated with; hence the forcing of the prisoner into the Muslim prayer position, even though such an act is totally inappropriate to the mission. The police cannot be wrong, therefore the state must be right. From this grossest of self-deceptions
arises the fanaticism that can destroy a nation.

Mar 22 09:29

The Meaning of the CIA's 3,000 Pages of Destroyed Interrogation Tapes

Obviously, the CIA could have "blurred" the face of the interrogator and shifted his voice (like you've seen on investigative tv shows like 60 Minutes) to protect the interrogator's identity. And since the CIA is not releasing the transcripts, it similarly could have refused to release the videos.

The fact that the CIA instead destroyed the videos shows that it has something to hide.

Mar 22 09:28

Palestinian cultural events disrupted

Israeli authorities broke up a series of Palestinian cultural events in Jerusalem yesterday, disrupting a children's march and bursting balloons at a schoolyard celebration in a crackdown that underscored the emotional battle over control of the disputed holy city.

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Artifacts of Palestinian culture seem to vanish all the time.

It's like someone wants to pretend that there is no Palestinian civilization at all, maybe because of the scarcity of archeological evidence of the one they claim as their own!!

"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

Mar 22 09:14

San Francisco police provided security for pro-Israel supporters in front of City Hall.

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Only a week ago, those same San Francisco Police Officers now protecting pro-Israel demonstrators attacked pro-Palesrinian protesters with billy clubs!

Do you need any more proof that Israel controls the United States government?

Which means the US Government is of no use whatsoever to We The People.

Mar 22 08:13

Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns

After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings.

Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program

Mar 22 07:37

Greetings from the Starship Visible.

In my last posting I tried to clarify a few things and from some of the responses I got via comments and emails, I would have to say that I didn’t do all that good a job of it. Some of you see all Jews as parasitical aliens and I would guess that some of you see members of other races, religions, color and cultures as being some sort of a collective threat as well. Some of you feel this way about Muslims. Some of you feel this way about Asians and some of you feel this way about the darker races, lighter races and, I guess there’s no end to that given how many of you there are.

Mar 22 07:35

Filmmaker Urges International Tribunal to Probe 9/11

Italian film-maker Giulietto Chiesa, who was in Berlin for a screening of his documentary which questions the official US version of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has called for an international tribunal to probe events.

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Why?

WE know we were lied to. Details do not matter. Let us quit wasting time with more investigations and decide what to do with a government that lies to the people.

Mar 22 07:34

Magic bunnies

Mar 22 06:28

The Lobby Falters

Freeman’s remarkable statement has shot all around the world and been read by countless individuals. This isn’t good for the lobby, which would have preferred to kill Freeman’s appointment without leaving any fingerprints. But Freeman will continue to speak out about Israel and the lobby, and maybe some of his natural allies inside the Beltway will eventually join him. Slowly but steadily, space is being opened up in the United States to talk honestly about Israel.

Mar 22 05:25

Launching Lifeboats Before The Ship Sinks

The initial impact of the announcement of the Fed's plan to purchase existing debt was to drive up the bond prices. However, if the reserves poured into the banking system by the bond purchases result in new money growth, and if the Fed purchases the new debt issues to finance the governments' budget deficits, the outlook for bond prices and the dollar becomes poor.

Mar 22 02:49

Study Backs Bosnian Serb’s Claim of Immunity - and Richard Holbrooke Turns out to be a Liar.

The New York Times Marlise Simons PARIS — Every time Radovan Karadzic, the onetime Bosnian Serb leader, appears in court on war crimes charges, he has hammered on one recurring claim: a senior American official pledged that he would never be standing there.

The official, Richard C. Holbrooke, now a special envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Obama administration, has repeatedly denied promising Mr. Karadzic immunity from prosecution in exchange for abandoning power after the Bosnian war.

“Holbrooke was angry; he was ranting,” the American recalled. He quoted Mr. Holbrooke as saying: “That son of a bitch Karadzic. I made a deal with him that if he’d pull out of politics, we wouldn’t go after him. He’s broken that deal and now we’re going to get him.”

March 21, 2009

Mar 21 23:41

"Pullit" ... no not the building...

the lever! You can fill in the blanks as to which lever that is.

Mar 21 23:38

Use Cash and Undermine the State and the Banksters

Lew Rockwell interviews Dr. Joseph Salerno

Mar 21 18:39

Glenn Greenwald: The virtues of public anger and the need for more

This anti-anger consensus among our political elites is exactly wrong. The public rage we're finally seeing is long, long overdue, and appears to be the only force with both the ability and will to impose meaningful checks on continued kleptocratic pillaging and deep-seated corruption in virtually every branch of our establishment institutions. The worst possible thing that could happen now is for this collective rage to subside and for the public to return to its long-standing state of blissful ignorance over what the establishment is actually doing.

Mar 21 18:24

City Pays Settlement in 1995 Police Shooting Case

The New York Times ROBERT D. McFADDEN Fourteen years after two young robbery suspects were slain in a barrage of 28 police bullets as they lay on the floor of a Bronx apartment, New York City agreed on Friday to pay the victims’ families $1.15 million to settle a $20 million lawsuit that accused two detectives of inexplicable, execution-style killings.

Mar 21 18:13

Administration Seeks Increase in Oversight of Executive Pay - Okay, bring in that chain-smoking lefty with the curve ball.

The New York Times Stephen Labaton WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, government officials said.

Mar 21 18:06

US Military Deaths in Iraq War at 4, 260 - I forget, What was this about?

The New York Times Filed at 8:24 p.m. ET - As of Saturday, March 21, 2009, at least 4,260 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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