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January 14, 2009

Jan 14 11:44

Security State in DC

You will only have access to the inauguration after passing through a security checkpoint, where you will be treated with suspicion. There will be thousands of armed men surrounding you at the ceremony and parade. But, hey, that's the price of freedom!

Jan 14 11:43

BART Executioner Arrested

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the back while other officers kneeled on him, has been arrested on a fugitive warrant in connection with the shooting.

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Jan 14 10:14

United States-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership

Preamble
The United States of America and Ukraine:

1. Affirm the importance of our relationship as friends and strategic partners. We intend to deepen our partnership to the benefit of both nations and expand our cooperation across a broad spectrum of mutual priorities.
2. Emphasize that this cooperation between our two democracies is based on shared values and interests. These include expanding democracy and economic freedom, protecting security and territorial integrity, strengthening the rule of law, and supporting innovation and technological advances.
3. Stress our mutual desire to strengthen our relationship across the economic, political, diplomatic, cultural, and security fields.

Jan 14 09:51

Israel hits Lebanon with rocket fire

Israel has reportedly fired at least seventeen rockets into southern Lebanon within minutes after being hit by rockets from the country.

"Between one and three rockets were launched from an area four kilometers west of the village of Shebaa and Israel responded within a minute with four rockets that landed north of Ghajar," AFP quoted a Lebanese security official as saying.

Lebanon's LBC TV confirmed the firing of two rockets from Hassbia in southern Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmouna, saying Israel is responding with continuous rocket fire.

Israeli jets violated Lebanese airspace following the incident.

Hezbollah and Palestinian factions have ruled out any involvement in the rocket firing and there is speculation that people angry over the Israeli war on Gaza have launched the attacks.

Jan 14 09:19

Madoff to be in court as U.S. again seeks to jail him

Accused swindler Bernard Madoff will be back in court on Wednesday as U.S. prosecutors again try to persuade a judge to end his house arrest at his luxury apartment and toss him in jail.


Jan 14 09:08

Net-Worm.Win32.Kido

Status : moderate risk

Kaspersky Lab has detected that multiple variants of Kido, a polymorphic worm, are currently spreading widely.

Net-Worm.Win32.Kido exploits a critical vulnerability (MS08-067) in Microsoft Windows to spread via local networks and removable storage media.

The worm disables system restore, blocks access to security websites, and downloads additional malware to infected machines.

Users are strongly recommended to ensure their antivirus databases are up to date. A patch for the vulnerability is available from Microsoft.

Jan 14 09:01

Pentagon official says 9/11 suspect was tortured

A Pentagon official acknowledged in an interview published Wednesday that the United States tortured Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Saudi man who allegedly had hoped to become the "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Jan 14 07:51

Osama bin Laden 'Bin Laden' recording calls for holy war over Gaza conflict

A new audio message purportedly from the al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, has called for all Muslims to launch a holy war to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza, according to Islamist websites.

The recording, which the websites said was by Bin Laden, also condemned Arab governments for preventing their people from acting to "liberate Palestine".

Jan 14 07:49

Israel hit by second round of rockets from Lebanon

Rockets from Lebanon smashed into northern Israel today, provoking a counterattack by Israeli artillery units and sending civilians running for bomb shelters.

Jan 14 07:19

More Expert Economic Backpeddlers Whistling in the Dark

U.S. Retail Sales Decline for a Record Sixth Month

Bob Willis | Bloomberg | Jan 14, 2008

Sales at U.S. retailers fell more than twice as much as forecast in December as job losses and the choking-off of credit led Americans to cut back on everything from eating out to car purchases.

“Consumers are pulling back,” Michael Gregory, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto, said before the report. “The first half is going to be bleak in terms of consumer spending and economic activity.”

The loss of 2.6 million jobs and declining home and stock values are squeezing all American households, hurting retailers from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Macy’s Inc. The figures will serve as a reminder to lawmakers of the urgency to enact President- elect Barack Obama’s stimulus proposals to combat the recession.

Jan 14 06:08

ISM video of Israel troops shooting Palestinian paramedics in Jabaliya


A Palestinian medic, traveling with two International Solidarity Movement volunteers, has been shot by Israeli forces in Jabaliya, northern Gaza.

Red Crescent medic, Hassan al-Attal, was shot through the thigh while collecting a civilian killed by Israeli fire from Zemmo, east of Jabaliya refugee camp


Jan 14 05:58

As Sec of State Hillary Promises Greater Hubris, Expanded Genocide, Double-Speak

Hillary Clinton promises new approach to diplomacy

Los Angeles Times Politics | Paul Richter | Jan 14, 2009

Clinton spoke easily about a range of problems worldwide, addressing the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip for the first time. She acknowledged that problems in the Middle East might seem intractable, but said, "We cannot give up on peace."

Clinton echoed the Bush administration stand in part by declaring: "You cannot negotiate with Hamas until it renounces violence, recognizes Israel and agrees to abide by past agreements. That is just for me an absolute. That is the United States government's position; that is the president-elect's position."

Clinton offered no specifics on how she will try to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas, a task she will confront as soon as she takes office.

Jan 14 04:48

The Humiliation Of America

Yet in his farewell press conference on January 12, Bush said that the world respects America for its compassion.

The compassion of bombing a UN school for girls?

The compassion of herding 100 Palestinians into one house and then shelling it?

The compassion of bombing hospitals and mosques?

The compassion of depriving 1.5 million Palestinians of food, medicine, and energy?

The compassion of violently overthrowing the democratically elected Hamas government?

The compassion of blowing up the infrastructure of one of the poorest and most deprived people on earth?

The compassion of abstaining from a Security Council vote condemning these actions?

And this is a repeat of what the Israelis and Americans did to Lebanon in 2006, what the Americans did to Iraqis for six years and are continuing to do to Afghans after seven years. And still hope to do to the Iranians and Syrians.

Jan 14 04:33

Depression 2009 The Largest Train Wreck in Economic History

Stage 1: Financial collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost. The future is no longer assumed to resemble the past in any way that allows risk to be assessed and financial assets to be guaranteed. Financial institutions become insolvent; savings are wiped out, and access to capital is lost.

Stage 2: Commercial collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost. Money is devalued and/or becomes scarce, commodities are hoarded, import and retail chains break down, and widespread shortages of survival necessities become the norm…

Stage 1 in Orlov's scenario is well underway. The vast majority of investment and commercial banks are now insolvent, propped up and still in business only because of recently granted government guarantees designed to prevent workers from realizing their life savings are in imminent danger.

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January 13, 2009

Jan 13 21:11

60 Minutes is Wrong

Uncertainty about the availability of any product will drive up the price. Price increases, and now declines, are caused by estimated supply and demand. If you don't believe that, then explain how iron ore prices went from $61 to $196, and now back down to $77 without a futures exchange.

Jan 13 21:04

A sloppy 60 Minutes segment on oil prices

Energy prices rose during an economic expansion (fueled by low rates and cheap money); Oil fell during a period of US recession and a global slowdown.

Jan 13 20:46

ALPHABETIZED BOYCOTT LIST OF ISRAELI CORPORATIONS

Also boycotting Israeli-related banking institutions, investment firms, mortgage lenders, credit cards can be very effective and influence choices in the U.S./Israel/United Kingdom/Europe/India/Mid-east/Asia/Australia/South America -- obviously everywhere.

Jan 13 20:41

Do you prefer your baby killer coffee dark roast or regular?

Boycott the supporters of Zionist war criminals and racism
McDonalds and Starbucks, announced yesterday that they will be
donating all profits from now until Sunday to the Israeli massacre of Gaza.


Jan 13 19:22

FKN News - great approach

Creative and thought provoking while being entertaining.

Jan 13 19:16

Kucinich offers Resolution for Cease-Fire in Gaza, unimpeded aid to Gaza

I know, I know, our entire Congress is blackmailed and/or bribed and the idea that they will do anything against Israel's demands or outside of AIPAC's direction is willfully ignorant wishful thinking but I thought I would post this anyway...

Please take action to get support for this important resolution to soon be formally introduced by Dennis Kucinich. It comes after last weeks disgusting House/Senate vote to unconditionally support Israeli aggression in Gaza that now has killed nearly a thousand people, mostly unarmed people, including hundreds of children. The death toll, staggering as it may be, really says little of the suffering of the 1.4 million people of Gaza.

It is in the best interest of the people of the United States, of Palestinians, of Israelis, of the world, for the United States to do all it can to press for a cease-fire, for aid to the people of Gaza.

This resolution, to be offered by Dennis Kucinich, is not yet numbered.

Jan 13 19:09

Rep. Ron Paul's Constitutional silence on the battle front

THE TRAITORS IN CONGRESS
By Lynn Stuter
January 13, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

On January 8, 2009, with no objection being raised, Congress — House and Senate — voted unanimously to certify the Electoral College.

Not one legislator, Republican or Democrat, Senator or Representative, could or did refute even one of the undisputed facts concerning the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of president under Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution. Not one!

Jan 13 18:59

Why Arab dictators will not help GAZA

The Sources of Arabs’ Shame: Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
by Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar / January 10th, 2009

"The Arab Collaborators
The often asked question, when it comes to the Palestinians, is about the role of Arab countries in the Palestinian struggle for freedom. The people not familiar with the political landscape of the area often see the Middle East as two camps, Arab countries on one side and Israel on the other. The reality is totally different. Israel has seldom been alone. Beside its usual American, French, British and other staunch allies, she has had the hidden backing of several Arab countries."

"The Collaboration


Jan 13 18:11

Vote Now!! Stop Israel Apartheid is #1 Mid-East Topic on Change.org!!

Stop supporting Israeli apartheid!!

If we want national security, we need to stop denying it for others around the world. We must abide by international law and the Declaration of Human Rights. If we do, we will end our illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and we will end our blind military, financial and political support of the racist apartheid state of Israel.

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 13 15:10

Obama's pro-Israel congressional welcome

None of this is surprising or new. It only amazes me that Americans expect us to take them seriously and not to laugh - or throw up - when they preach to us about promoting democracy.



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Jan 13 14:37

The Slaughter will Continue after these Messages

Politics and reality.The two are woven like two disparate threads in to a garment that attempts to fit all. Belief in what comes out of the mouths of politicians is a flaw that has led to the justification of horrendous acts that ordinary people would never normally tolerate

Jan 13 12:58

So, tell me something. Do you have a housekeeper? Tiny Tim Geithner does.

Senator Grassley Raises Questions on Geithner Pick, WSJ Says

Brad Skillman | Bloomberg

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, is raising questions about the immigration status of a housekeeper that worked for Treasury Secretary nominee Tim Geithner, [ Obama's Treasury Secretary pick] the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site.

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Jan 13 11:06

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

India — New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

Regulators around the world said Monsanto’s GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.

It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.

China approved the GE corn for animal feed back in 2005.

Until this research, under the Austrian Ministries for Agriculture and Health, none of the regulators had seriously questioned the safety of Monsanto's GE corn.

The biotech industry is playing a game of genetic roulette with our food and with our health.


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Jan 13 10:37

Using mouthwash could increase risk of cancer by nine times, claim scientists

MOUTHWASHES containing alcohol can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves, a dental health study claims.

Scientists say there is now "sufficient evidence" that such mouthwashes contribute to an increased risk of the disease.

The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth.

Jan 13 10:17

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drives failing

SEAGATE'S FLAGSHIP desktop Barracuda 7200.11 drives, in particular the 1TB (ST31000340AS) units, are failing at an alarming rate and prompting outrage from their faithful customers.

A new self-bricking feature apparently resides in faulty firmware microcode which will rear its ugly head sometime at boot detection. Essentially the drive will be working as normal for a while, then - out of the blue - it'll brick itself to death. The next time you reboot your computer the drive will simply lock itself up as a failsafe and won't be detected by the BIOS. In other words, there's power, spin-up, but no detection to enable booting.


Jan 13 09:14

Bernanke wants to impoverish all Americans, Give banks more trillions to enslave us all

Economic rescue package may not be enough, Bernanke tells Obama

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 13 January 2009 | Heather Stewart

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, has warned Barack Obama to be ready to take fresh action to bail out America's banks if the world economy is to recover.

With the price of many assets still plunging, he said the $250bn programme for recapitalising America's banks might not be enough, and "more capital injections and guarantees may become necessary to ensure stability and the normalisation of credit markets".

Jan 13 08:59

Live Free Or Die: Capitalism At Risk

The Federal Reserve (Fed) has gone beyond playing with fire, and may have indeed set the house on fire. It’s one thing to push interest rates to near zero to stimulate the economy; it’s another to “monetize the debt” by printing money to buy government debt.

Jan 13 08:58

Are Uncle Sam's Creditors heading for the exits?

In 2008 the credit crisis spread around the world like a virus. We saw individuals, companies and small countries go to the wall. Will 2009 be the year when U.S. creditors refuse to expose themselves to an ever increasing risk of default in order to protect their own economies ?

Jan 13 08:33

Warning that Irish house prices may fall by 80%

LAURA SLATTERY | IRISHTIMES.COM | Tues, Jan 13, 2009

HOUSING MARKET: IRELAND WILL see more demolition than construction of houses over the next decade, as the economy struggles to recover from the collapse of the housing market and the emergence of “zombie” banks, UCD economist Morgan Kelly told the conference.

In a presentation that drew several collective intakes of breath, Mr Kelly predicted that house prices would fall by 80 per cent from peak to trough in real terms.


Jan 13 08:29

(Video) "How American News Media Works" (shows the default, pro-Israel bias in mainstream media)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZw7dBZFCVM

The above link is actually part 1 of a 3 part series. You can view all 3 parts at this link:

http://www.youtube.com/profile_video_blog?user=AntiHypocrisy

Note that Part 1 is at the bottom of the list and Part 3 is at the top.

Jan 13 08:14

NWO Conspiracy Bullshit

Jan 13 07:59

When the good news is the bad news.

U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows Most in 12 Years as Oil Prices, Demand Collapse

U.S. Trade Gap Narrows to 5-Year Low on Import Slump

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. trade deficit 29 percent in November, the most in 12 years, as tumbling oil prices and a slump in consumer spending slashed imports.

The gap shrank more than forecast to $40.4 billion, the smallest since November 2003, from a revised $56.7 billion in October, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. Americans bought 12 percent fewer goods and services from overseas, sending imports to the lowest level in three years.

Jan 13 07:34

Demands grow for Gaza war crimes investigation

Israel is facing growing demands from senior UN officials and human rights groups for an international war crimes investigation in Gaza over allegations such as the "reckless and indiscriminate" shelling of residential areas and use of Palestinian families as human shields by soldiers.

With the death toll from the 17-day Israeli assault on Gaza climbing above 900, pressure is increasing for an independent inquiry into specific incidents, such as the shelling of a UN school turned refugee centre where about 40 people died, as well as the question of whether the military tactics used by Israel systematically breached humanitarian law.


Jan 13 06:33

Wall Street caused oil price spike - 60 Minutes

Here is an interesting video news story from 60 Minutes that aired Jan. 12th 2009. It is being claimed that investment bankers speculating in the commodities markets were dramatically affecting the prices of crude oil and that the resulting price at the pump was due to the speculation and not supply and demand. In the end of the video it is stated that "regulatory lapses in the commodities markets that many believe fomented the rapid speculation in oil has still not been addressed although the incoming Obama administration has promised to do so." One has to wonder what kind of regulation on commodities will be coming and who will be doing the regulating. This appears to be another problem - reaction - solution scenario unfolding with the Federal Reserve grabbing more power.

RevolutionaryPolitcs.com

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Jan 13 05:55

Our Collapsing Economy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment declined by 3,445,000 from December 2007 through December 2008.

The collapse in employment is across the board.

Construction lost 520,000 jobs. Manufacturing lost 806,000 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities lost 1,495,000 jobs (retail trade accounted for 1,120,000 of this loss). Financial activities lost 145,000 jobs. Professional and business services lost 713,000 jobs. Even government lost 188,000 jobs.

Only in health care and social assistance has the economy been able to eke out a few new jobs.

Many analysts believe the job losses will be as great or greater during 2009.

Jan 13 05:41

GAZA DAY 17: Afshin Rattansi & Christopher Gunness, UNRWA

Afshin Rattansi talks to Christopher Gunness from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency about Gaza.


Jan 13 05:26

Fmr. Senior CIA and U.S. Treasury Officials talk about AIPAC and Gaza

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Afshin Rattansi talks to former Director of the CIA's Regional and Political Analysis Unit, William Christison and Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary, Paul Craig Roberts about the war on Gaza. With Jihan Hafiz, Press TV's correspondent in Washington DC.

Jan 13 05:25

Gaza now Israeli weapons testing lab?

Israel has turned Gaza into a research laboratory to test out its new "extremely nasty" weapons on Palestinians, a medical expert says.

After working for 10 days at the Shifa Hospital in the war-torn Palestinian territory, Dr. Mads Gilbert, a member of a Norwegian triage medical team in Gaza, blasted Israel for conducting experimental military work in the impoverished strip.

"There's a very strong suspicion I think that Gaza is now being used as a test laboratory for new weapons," Gilbert told reporters at Oslo's Gardermoen airport upon his return home on Monday.

Dr. Gilbert said the kinds of injuries he and his colleague Erik Fosse had seen during their ten-day aid work in Gaza had proven that Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME) was being used in the embattled territory.

Jan 13 04:12

Meshaal: Resistance is all we have in Gaza

Let the military campaign stop, let the Israelis withdraw, and let the rights of our people be admitted to, let them recognize our rights to live without a siege and closed border crossings, just like other humans, then we are ready to discuss a truce, just like we did before.

We will not accept a permanent truce, because it will take the right of resistance from the Palestinian people. The resistance is against occupation and military campaigns and therefore as long as occupation exists, resistance will too...

We will also not accept the interference of international forces because international forces will come only to protect Israel's security and any international force imposed will be considered as occupiers.

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Jan 12 16:44

Israel's Moral and Political Insanity

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One Israeli settler leader recently argued 'if it was right to commit genocide during Biblical time, why can’t it be right to commit genocide now. Has God changed his mind,' the settler wondered sarcastically."

Israeli peace activist and author Uri Avnery has an expression for this type of thinking. He calls it "moral insanity", a sociopathic disorder.

Jan 12 16:25

The Moral and Military Meltdown of Israel

As they are slaughtered in their hundreds by a vicious military machinery called "Israel," Palestinians are teaching humanity at large how to join their noble cause and safeguard the dignity of the human soul - that of the Jewish people first and foremost.


Jan 12 16:02

Meanwhile in sicko politics...

Joe the Plumber calls on Obama to help Israel

3 hours ago

ASHKELON, Israel (AP) — Joe the Plumber called on President-elect Barack Obama on Monday to help Israel in its campaign against Hamas.

The plumber-turned-war correspondent has been unabashed in his support of Israel's two-week campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and has been touring the Gaza border region and Israeli towns hit by Palestinian rocket fire.

"President Obama has already spoken about what he would do here. That if his daughters were living here he would take whatever means necessary to protect his daughters. So I just hope he carries through with it, but that is going to be up to him," said Joe, whose real name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher.

Wurzelbacher was given a model rocket as a gift from Israeli plumber Moshe Nissimpur in the southern city of Ashkelon, near Gaza.

Jan 12 14:42

Israels Operation Cast Lead & Mass Executions

Kawther Salam: “Israel sowed horror, terror and death and will harvest a generation of Palestinian resistance”.

The Israeli military Operation “Cast Lead” is based on ethnic cleansing of the ittihad_news-4families of Palestinian politicians and resistance in Gaza. According to the cabinet of the criminal Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak, and the chief of the Israeli intelligence, Yuval Diskin, the military Operation “Cast Lead” must put an end to some political activists, Palestinian resistance and their families as the only solution to “decrease the terror” of revenge against Israel. According to these Israeli war criminals, the murder of the families of Palestinian political activists and resistance fighters is very important for the security of Israel. By murdering their families, Israel will guarantee that no revenge would be possible in the future.

Jan 12 14:04

Obama to Ignore CIA War Crimes

If President-elect Barack Obama is reassuring the intelligence community “that his complaints are with the Bush administration, not them,” as AP’s Pamela Hess reported January 10th, his campaign slogan “change we can believe in” is headed for an early grave.

Obama’s remarks are a literal signal to CIA officials and other unindicted war criminals that they will not be prosecuted no matter what vile and horrific tortures they inflicted. And that’s not change; that’s business as usual; that’s what the CIA has done for years and gotten away with every time. Obama’s words will embolden CIA goons to gin up the same Adolf Eichmann defense, “I was only following orders” he used when he murdered Hungary’s Jews.

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Jan 12 10:18

60 Minutes: Speculation Affected Oil Price Swings More Than Supply And Demand

Masters believes the investor demand for commodities, and oil futures in particular, was created on Wall Street by hedge funds and the big Wall Street investment banks like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and J.P. Morgan, who made billions investing hundreds of billions of dollars of their clients’ money.

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Jan 12 08:56

(Video):The best Congress money can buy

From Brasschecktv.com:

Israel uber alles
It's hard to get Congress to agree on anything, especially in matters relating to the future and physical and economic health of the US.

However, one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on - consistently and overwhelmingly - is that anything the Israeli war party wants to do is fine by them.

But we already knew that because the US pays all Israel's weapons bills - with your money of course if you're an American tax payer.

Wouldn't you like to trace the obvious press releases read by these Congressional slime balls to their original source?

I know I would.

Jan 12 08:29

War News for Monday, January 12, 2009

War News for Monday, January 12, 2009

Baghdad:
#1: The violence began when two vehicles parked about 50 yards (meters) apart exploded in quick succession just after 7 a.m. as a police patrol passed by a bakery in a mainly Shiite area. The road, which runs through a commercial district, is frequently used by police and army convoys in the eastern New Baghdad neighborhood, residents said. Police and hospital officials said four people, including a policeman who died at the hospital, were killed and nine others wounded. The U.S. military said the Iraqi police were hit when explosives planted on a truck detonated as they were responded to the initial car bomb. The U.S. military gave a lower casualty toll, saying one Iraqi policeman was killed and two civilians were wounded.

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 12 05:34

British Foreign Office warning that tourists to the USA could be turned away because of new rules.

From 12 January 2009, visitors from countries that do not need visas will need to fill in an electronic form at least 72 hours before they travel. Those who have not registered risk being detained and sent back home.

Solution: Don't travel to the USA until the tourism industry is screaming bloody murder and the country comes to its senses.

Jan 12 04:26

The Target is Iran: Israel's Latest Gamble May Backfire

The aerial war against Gaza launched by Israel just after Christmas, and the ground offensive, with which it rang in the New Year, were shocking in their brutality, but should constitute no surprise, if viewed from the standpoint of long-term Israeli strategic aims. The Israelis have argued that the offensive was launched in response to eight years' of relentless attacks by Hamas rockets into Israel. But then, one asks: why now? Why should they wait eight years?

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Jan 12 02:40

America’s Shame

Why does Israel have a right to exist, but Palestine doesn’t?

This is the question of our time.

For sixty years Israelis have been stealing Palestine from Palestinians. There are maps available on the Internet and in Israeli publications showing the shrinkage over time of what was once Palestine into what Palestine is today--a small number of unconnected ghettos or bantustans.

Palestine became “the occupied territory” from which Palestinians were ejected and Israeli settlements built for “settlers.” Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are full of refugee camps in which Palestinians driven off their lands by Israeli force have been living for decades.

Driving people off their land is strictly illegal under international law, but Israel has been getting away with it for decades.

Gaza is a concentration camp of 1.5 million Palestinians who were driven from their homes and villages and collected in the Gaza Ghetto.

January 11, 2009

Jan 11 23:18

Presidential envoy among 7 dead in Siberia helicopter crash

MOSCOW, January 11 (RIA Novosti) - Seven people including the Russian president's envoy to the State Duma, Alexander Kosopkin, died in a helicopter crash in Altai, south Siberia, an Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman said Sunday.

Pavel Popov, deputy head of the ministry's local department, said that four people survived the crash, including a second pilot and Anatoly Bannykh, the republic's deputy prime minister and also the republic's plenipotentiary representative in Moscow.

"Four people survived the crash," he said, adding that two of the injured were in a critical state and two others were in satisfactory condition.

Kosopkin, President Dmitry Medvedev's representative in Russia's lower house of parliament, was among eight passengers and three crew on a Mi-8 helicopter owned by energy giant Gazprom that went missing two days ago. The party was traveling from the town of Chemal to Kosh-Agach, near the Mongolian border, to go on a hunting trip.

Jan 11 20:22

Send thanks to Jon Stewart for disecting and ridiculing the Zionist's anti-Palestinian propaganda

On The Daily Show's January 5 "Strip Maul" segment, Jon Stewart did what few American television personalities have dared to do: he criticized Israel's campaign against Gaza, making it clear that bombing will not bring peace for Israelis or Palestinians. He mocked the one-sided response of U.S. politicians by calling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the "Mobius strip of issues because there's only one side!" He's sure to get thousands of complaints, so send Jon a letter of appreciation and then ask all your friends to watch this segment.

Please consider sending an email message of thanks to Jon for having the courage to bring to his audience's attention the fact that from the corporate media whores and most political commentators they have been fed a steady stream of one sided, pro-Israel spin and propaganda which does nothing to present a realistic view to the public of what is happening in Gaza today. Go to: http://www.thankyoujonstewart.com

Jan 11 19:51

Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age

The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science. Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm, twelve thousand year-long Holocene period will rather soon be coming to an end, and then the earth will return to Ice Age conditions for the next 100,000 years.

Jan 11 13:39

Day 16 of Israeli War On Gaza

Day 16 of Israeli War On Gaza
Informative Report on Gaza War: Death toll 880, wounded 3620
By: Sameh A. Habeeb

1-Air raids on all points where the military ground operation in the first hour of the day 16.
2-Air raid destroyed the house of Abu Nizar Awadallah in Nasir area south north of Gaza.
3-Bombings near Omar Bin Khatab mosque in Khan younis in time of down praying for Muslims.
4-Extensive bombings on Palestinian Egyptian borders south of Rafah City.
5-A-25-woman killed in Khoza'a area due to Phosphorous bombs in Khan Yonis. Around 50 wounded according to medical sources.
6-Air raid destroyed house of Al Qasam commander, Ahmed Al Ja'bari, in east of Gaza Shijaya area.
7-Shells and rockets rained down in Khan Yonis City targeted open places.
8-A rocket targeted an orphanage and Al Fadila mosque in Rafah City.
9- A Palestinian killed and his father wounded in an Israeli raid in Khan Yonis City central Gaza.

Jan 11 12:32

Hamas is a child of Israel

The resolution contained numerous twists of history, but the most glaring absurdity is the following:

“Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying Israel…”

Perhaps the senators were in a rush to collect campaign contributions, so they did not have time to glance at the history of how Hamas arose to power.

Hamas was created with massive aid from the Israeli government.

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Jan 11 11:41

Toyota announces expanded hybrid offerings

Toyota plans to launch as many as 10 new hybrid petrol-electric models within the next four years as it seeks to build on the popularity of its Prius hatchback.

Jan 11 08:46

Ukraine-Russia gas spat: some background and context

Ukraine-Russia gas spat: some background and context
As we enter yet another episode of worried or sanctimonious articles about the gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine, it's worth remembering a few simple facts:

1) The conflict started in 1992, not in 2006;

2) Russia cannot win a gas war against Ukraine and knows it;

3) the real underlying stakes are not about Russia or Ukraine.

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 11 06:03

Glenn Greenwald: Both parties cheerlead still more loudly for Israel's war

The Israelis have deliberately made it impossible to know the full extent of the carnage and humanitarian disasters because they continue to prevent journalists from entering Gaza even in the face of a now week-old Israeli Supreme Court order compelling them to do so. According to Palestinian sources, there are now 700 dead Palestinians -- at least 200 of them children -- and well over 1,000 wounded. Those numbers are not seriously doubted by anyone. By comparison, a total of 10 Israelis have died -- 10 -- almost all of them by "friendly fire." The unusually worded Red Cross condemnation of Israel was prompted by its discovery, after finally being allowed into Gaza, of starving Palestinian children laying next to corpses, with ambulances blocked for days by the IDF. Even with the relative "restraint" Israel is excercising (the damage it could cause is obviously much greater), this is not so much of a war as it is a completely one-sided massacre.

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Jan 11 05:18

Is Israel winning the 'media war' over Gaza?

"We are all Hamas,” screamed a scrawny Mauritanian, repeatedly, as he determinedly drew his face closer to a TV camera. Behind him, thousands more tunefully chanted similar words, chants that were heard in different Arabic dialects, in fact in many different languages all across the globe. Yet, Israel, somehow is claiming victory in the media war, which it calculatedly unleashed weeks before its most violent attack on Gaza yet. Thousands have been reportedly killed and wounded in little more than a week, starting Dec. 27, in the tiny stretch of land (roughly 140 square miles), yet densely populated Gaza Strip of 1.5 million people.

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January 10, 2009

Jan 10 22:12

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

The basic argument is that Palestinian terrorists represented by Hamas are given to an irrational hatred of Jews so profound that it invalidates their movement, even when they win elections. That was not the view of the Israeli security service when it earlier supported Hamas as the alternative to the then dreaded PLO. Also, history is replete with examples of terrorists becoming statesmen, even within the early ranks of Jews fighting to establish the state of Israel.

Jan 10 21:40

In Fraud We Trust

The United States of America continues their self-serving, fraudulent and surreptitious interventions in the global energy and precious metals markets today. It’s economic warfare. Maintenance of global U.S. Dollar hegemony requires this

Jan 10 18:57

Obama's first official travel will be to.....

CANADA????

Jan 10 18:49

Fake Truth - For Our Own Good?

"For the real environment is altogether too big, too complex, and too fleeting for direct acquaintance. ...we have to reconstruct it on a simpler model before we can manage with it." Essentially, in my view, Lippmann described the dumbing down, repackaging, and presentation of a reality by an elite group to the masses.

Jan 10 15:00

Obama is a sicko!

...and those who voted for him must feel so stupid.

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Dinner Honoring McCain to Be Hosted by Obama

Saturday, January 10, 2009; 2:30 PM

President-elect Barack Obama will host a dinner honoring Sen. John McCain, the Republican he tromped in the election, the night before his inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced yesterday, saying the gesture demonstrates Obama's "commitment to bridging the bipartisan divide."

The dinner will be one of a series that night: Gen. Colin Powell and Vice President-elect Joe Biden also will be feted.

"In these times of great challenge and great change, leadership requires rising above the same old narrow partisanship," Obama said on the PIC Web site. "Each of these distinguished Americans has spent his life in service to his country, at each and every moment placing the interests of America before issues of political party."

Jan 10 14:48

Israeli War Crimes

There is no way any rational person could view these attacks as anything but a war of aggression resulting in the indiscriminate murder of innocent Gazan civilians. These are war crimes. Period.

Jan 10 14:39

Police investigate death of teen Tasered

Wray Tasered and handcuffed the 17-year-old, according to the press release. Minutes later, the boy, whose name has not been not released, was unresponsive.

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 10 14:09

Hamas rejects the peace plan manipulated by U.S. and European Union to save Israel

Hamas and Palestinian resistance organizations on Tuesday broke a diplomatic operated by the U.S., EU and Arab allies of the Zionism in the UN aimed at establishing a truce favorable to the aims of Israel "victorious" retreat from the Strip Gaza, where its troops are already bogged down and suffering heavy casualties until now hidden by the Jewish military.

Jan 10 13:26

The Fed's Bubble Trouble - Peter Schiff

A few weeks ago when the Fed announced a strategy designed to bring down long-term interest and home mortgage rates through unlimited Treasury bond purchases, government debt staged a spectacular rally. To the unschooled market observer, the spike may be difficult to understand. After all, why would the value of Treasury bonds rise while their underlying credit quality is deteriorating faster than Bernie Madoff's social schedule? The move is actually a perfect illustration of the tried and true Wall Street strategy of "buy the rumor and sell the fact".

Jan 10 12:01

Israel tells Gazans to brace for war escalation

Israel pounded rocket sites and tunnels Saturday while its planes dropped leaflets warning of an escalation, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas predicted a "waterfall of blood" unless all parties adhere to the U.N.'s call for a durable cease-fire.

(Headline Translation: Israel tells Gazans to get out of "Israel's" land)

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