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"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." -- James Madison, (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President, Source: The Federalist No. 45

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May 19, 2009

May 19 22:12

Inquiry into 7/7 branded 'whitewash' by victims

Until we accept and embrace, as fact, that 911, the anthrax attacks, and 7/7 were perpetrated by elements within the American, British, and Israeli governments to create terror; and within that climate of fear initiate a shadow war of conquest against all of humanity, a war against the sovereignty of nations, a war to steal the world's resources, subdue all of Israel's muslim enemies; using shock and awe capitalism, murder and assassinations; and the creation of a global control matrix, we will not have the necessary tools (the truth) to free ourselves from the primordial fear these monsters are illiciting within us.

May 19 21:22

Most of Jerusalem's non-Jewish children below poverty line

The numbers, released by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, show that at the end of 2008, there were 492,400 Jews and 268,400 Arabs living in the capital. According to the figures some 35 percent of families live below the poverty line: 23 percent of the Jewish families and 67 percent of the Arab families.

Among children, 48 percent of Jews and 74 percent of non-Jews are defined as poor.

May 19 20:44

Have China watchers never heard of a decoy?

China has been mobilizing its dollar-reserves by buying an enormous amounts of real assets:

A) China has bought at least 454 tonnes of gold
B) China has been importing 70 percent more copper than they consume
C) China has been filling up its strategic petroleum reserve
D) China has been building up its grain inventory.
E) China has been going around the world making deals for raw materials and acquisitions of small-enough companies that they fly under the radar

In contrast, the Federal Reserve has been accumulating debt of insolvent institutions:

A) Making uncollateralized loans to insolvent banks.
B) Swaping banking system’s toxic assets (subprime CDOs squared) for dollars.
C) Buying US treasuries
D) Buying mortgage backed securities



Taboola
May 19 20:42

Fox News Clowns try to discredit Jesse Ventura-Video

You see... nobody on this TV set wants to be waterboarded, and they don't want their kids waterboarded - and if somebody waterboarded their kids they'd be thanking this brave gentleman for coming forward and speaking out. But in this case, knowing Jesse Ventura is so popular, they WILL have him on the show because he draws such a HUGE audience. So while they never hesitate to benefit from the "coat tail" effect - that is - the ratings assured by the very presence of this heroic guest - they also have to take the time to "act tough" while he's there with their feigned "patriotism." Gawd gimme a barf bag.

May 19 19:58

"They just want to work".....on airplanes

Falling standards everywhere. Cutting corners everywhere. Then people wonder why everything is falling apart.

News 8 has recently revealed serious flaws in the way the FAA licenses mechanics who fix planes.

There is evidence of years of problems in testing these mechanics. There is also evidence that hundreds of mechanics with questionable licenses are working on aircraft in Texas.

Now there is evidence of repair facilities hiring low-wage mechanics who can't read English.

Twenty-one people were killed when U.S. Airways Express Flight 5481 crashed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2003. The plane went wildly out of control on takeoff.

May 19 19:29

U.S. National Debt. Clock

TICK-TICK-TICK

May 19 18:47

CBS Posts Surprise Loss as Ad Sales Slump Deeply

CBS reported a surprise quarterly loss and revenue that was well short of expectations as severely depressed advertising sales killed any chance that its hit TV shows would keep it profitable.

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Who is going to advertise when they know your audience doesn't have the money to buy anything in the first place?

May 19 18:23

Karen Hughes Spills Some Important Torture Beans

She acknowledged the current uproar over interrogation tactics and allegations of prisoner torture during the Bush years.

“I was very vocal in the internal debate,” she said. “I worried about how that would make us look in the eyes of the world. But I had left the White House when a lot of that was taking place.”

May 19 17:50

Sri Lanka on brink of catastrophe as UN aid blocked

The Sri Lankan Government has blocked access to aid workers trying to help the nearly 300,000 civilians displaced by the army’s victory over the Tamil Tigers, raising the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Accounts of conditions inside the camps — gained from testimony recorded covertly by aid workers — and the journey to them are horrifying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how intense the genocide of non-combatant Tamils was for the Sri Lankan government to block UN aid.

May 19 17:31

Barack Obama: Iran must meet nuclear deadline

US President Barack Obama has told Iran it has until the end of the year to respond to his diplomatic outreach over stopping its nuclear programme.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Netanyahu has given Obama his marching orders that Iran must meet Israel's timetable for stopping its nuclear program......or else.

And precisely what is Iran doing? Building a power plant, which they, as signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, are perfectly within their international rights to do.

Those facilities have been - and continue to be - inspected by the IAEA, which has found no shred of evidence that Iran is building any kind of a nuclear weapon, as the level of enrichment necessary to build a power plant is far lower than that of the enrichment necessary to build a bomb.

Israel, however, is not a signatory to the NPT; consequently, their facilities have never been inspected by the IAEA.

So, Iran has to quit doing what is absolutely acceptable in building its power plant, under international law, but Israel refuses to join the NPT to allow their nuclear facilities to be inspected?!?!?

What's wrong with this picture, beside a scenario for World War III?!?

Everything!


May 19 17:06

A Solution to Torture? A Conversation Starter...

We already know our elected representatives are UNRESPONSIVE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S WILL TO STOP TORTURE! Peaceful change is the goal.

May 19 17:00

9/11 eye-witness TV interviewee, an actor

Friday, May 15, 2009
Mark Adrian Humphrey, actor, is the Harley Shirt Guy
Since soon after September 11, 2001, many people began wondering about the identity and suspected the credibility of the seemingly all-knowing witness in the black Harley shirt who, it is universally acknowledged, is a planted shill mouthing a script.
"...come out of nowhere and just ream right into the side of the twin tower, exploding through the other side...and then I witnessed both towers collapse, one first then the second, mostly due to structural failure because the fire was just too intense."

May 19 16:38

The Worst And The Stupidest.

As mentioned on today's GCN show; a gallery of images from the Clinton years.

May 19 16:32

U.S. will deploy missiles in Poland

The Patriot battery, armed with about 100 missiles, is to be temporarily based on the Polish soil until 2012 when it would be permanently based. The cooperation is expected to include deployment of, at least, one battery of US Patriot missiles. "We expect the Patriot battery to be deployed on Polish soil by the end of 2009, as initially agreed with the Americans."


May 19 14:58

Iran nuclear danger downplayed in reports

Reporting from Beirut -- A pair of reports released Tuesday by prominent think tanks downplay the potential dangers presented by Iran, concluding that Tehran is at least six years away from building a deliverable nuclear weapon and that its ability to wreak havoc in the Middle East through surrogates is exaggerated.

A report by a group of Russian and American scientists and engineers at the EastWest Institute concludes that although Iran could build a nuclear device within one to three years of deciding to do so, it would not be able to deliver a long-range weapon for many more years. The scientists also say that a U.S. missile defense system being considered for Central Europe would be useless against an Iranian nuclear weapon.

May 19 14:51

Study deems US missile shield in Europe ineffective

In a new study published on Tuesday, a group of US and Russian military and academic experts said that a proposed US missile shield in Eastern Europe would be ineffective against a missile attack from Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

at missile shield in eastern Europe was never intended to work against Iran.

It is there in advance of the eventual war with Russia.

May 19 14:20

Elliott Wave Disciple Robert Prechter Sees a Possible 2,000 Dow

Prechter even managed to call this year’s March bottom, expecting a substantial bear market rally at around 6,300 on the Dow, close to the bottom. However, he expects the market to resume its downward trend shortly, ending with a decline similar to the 86% in real terms of 1929-32 as we are in a long Elliott Wave downswing. That would take the Dow down to around 2,000.

Personally, I would not go that far. This does not look like a reprise of the Great Depression, although it could still turn into one with enough policy mistakes - another “stimulus plan,” or a big dose of protectionism, for example. However, the downward macroeconomic momentum looks bigger than in either 1974 or 1982, bear markets that both brought real-term drops of slightly more than 50% from previous highs.

May 19 14:18

General commander of the Iranian army: It will take us 11 days "to wipe Israel out of existence"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MEMRI left off the end of the sentence, "... if attacked by Israel."


May 19 14:15

Property slump worsens across the globe

The slump across global commercial property markets has accelerated since the turn of the year, with the emerging markets in particular struggling under the combination of capital value and rental falls.

May 19 14:15

Max Keiser - Poverty and Food Shortage is Created by the Banking System

"The same system what is destroyed the housing market now destroying the food market."
"India should ignore the copyright of seeds from Monsanto, the way they ignore the software copyrights."

May 19 14:15

Democratic fundraiser convicted of corruption

Longtime fundraiser Norman Hsu was convicted Tuesday of violating campaign finance laws in a case that became an embarrassment to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other prominent Democrats he courted.

May 19 14:12

Fannie and Freddie in 'critical' condition

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, charged with helping lead the nation out of its housing crisis, are facing "critical" financial problems, federal regulators said Monday.

The companies suffer from severe financial, operational and compliance weaknesses, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said a report to Congress detailing its annual examinations of the firms. Taken over by the government in September, Fannie and Freddie are not able to operate without federal assistance.


May 19 14:07

MALCOLM X REMEMBERED

Malcolm X would be 84 years old today if hatred didn’t kill him at age 39.

May 19 13:57

Memory, wagging dogs and Jessica Lynch

The implication here is that, well before hostilities began, the instigators of the Iraq war conjured up a heart-tugging story a la Wag the Dog. We know that the toppling of the Saddam statue was just such a pre-engineered melodrama: The "liberated Iraqis" who helped to bring the satue down were actually imported goons provided by Achmed Chelabi; real Iraqis were kept away from the area.

May 19 13:00

Jack Cafferty: "Prosecute sins of Bush-Cheney era"

It's the domestic eavesdropping in violation of the FISA Court, the rendition prisons, and the lying. It's looking the other way while the City of New Orleans drowned and its people were left to fend for themselves.

It's the violations of the Geneva Conventions, the soiling of our international reputation and the shredding of the U.S. Constitution. It's the handing over of $700 billion to the Wall Street fat cats last fall, no questions asked. Where is that money? What was it used for?...

It's too late for George W. Bush to resign the presidency. But it's not too late to put the people responsible for this national disgrace in prison.

May 19 12:57

Former White House lawyer: Cheney dares US to indict him

“But … I have changed my mind about the need to indict former Vice President Dick Cheney for complicity in illegal torture.”

His insistence on putting himself on multiple TV programs and conservative radio talk shows, not only defending torture but offering the defense that it worked, has changed my mind."


May 19 12:39

Loaded guns allowed in national parks under bill

Helmke and other critics, including environmental groups, park rangers and the Humane Society, say the Coburn amendment goes further than the Bush administration policy that briefly allowed loaded handguns in national parks and refuges. The measure would allow individuals to openly carry rifles, shotguns and even semiautomatic weapons on ranger-led hikes and campfire programs at national parks, the groups said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are National Parks, not Disneyland, and the fact is there are still wild animals around that find humans to be very tasty.

Even rapists and thieves vacation in the parks.

May 19 12:32

Americans are NOT stupid - WITH SUBTITLES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're doomed.

May 19 12:30

ABC's Diane Sawyer Pleads for European-style Gas Tax

"Good Morning America" co-host Diane Sawyer on Tuesday aggressively lobbied for the Obama administration to install a European-style gas tax on the United States. Talking to Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, about Obama's plans for increased fuel standards, she began, "Why not just go to a gas tax, for instance, which would accomplish a reduction in the use of gasoline, dependence on foreign oil right away?" Sawyer would proceed to ask variations on this question six times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Earth gets warmer? Raise taxes!

Earth gets cooler? Raise taxes!

War? Raise taxes!

Peace? Raise taxes!

Economy good? Raise taxes!

Economy bad? Raise taxes!

See a pattern yet?

AS FOR SAWYER ...

May 19 12:26

Atlanta Investigation Uncovers Deceptive 'Humane Society' Agenda

ABC News in Atlanta is taking a cue from us and following the money donated to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). And the results aren’t pretty. The animal rights industry leader with the misleading name gives less than 4 cents of every dollar of its budget to support local animal shelters. The rest of the money, as WSB-TV Channel 2 News confirmed? It funds the group’s activist projects and lobbying for vegetarian-minded legislation.


May 19 12:25

Blogola: The FTC Takes On Paid Posts

But such back-scratching endorsements could become tougher under a coming set of Federal Trade Commission guidelines designed to clarify how companies can court bloggers to write about their products. This summer, the government agency is expected to issue new advertising guidelines that will require bloggers to disclose when they're writing about a sponsor's product and voicing opinions that aren't their own. The new FTC guidelines say that blog authors should disclose when they're being compensated by an advertiser to discuss a product.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this is a good thing. The blogs are becoming the new MSM, and we need to act like it in terms of ethics.

Or maybe I'm just pissed off because nobody sends me free product samples! :)

May 19 12:22

Obama Announces First Nationwide Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

President Obama today proposed tough standards for tailpipe emissions from new automobiles, establishing the first nationwide regulation for greenhouse gases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a classic example of not thinking things all the way thrugh.

1. The US Government just handed hundreds of billions of your tax dollars
to the existing automobile manufacturers, which even before the depression were in trouble because they failed to adapt to the changing marketplace and keep pace with foreign innovation.

2. Despite the aforesaid hundreds of billions of tax dollars, GM and Chrysler still teeter on the edge of bankruptcy. The US Government has refused to make retention of US jobs a condition of financial bailouts.

3. Now that we are hundreds of billions in the hole, and no sign of actual improvement in these existing auto companies, Obama imposes new clean air standards for new cars.

4. For the same money already poured into the big three automakers to little gain, we could have financed the construction of brand new automobile plants, with American workers, using up to date methods, to produce highly efficient cars at a lower price.

WHY DIDN'T WE DO THIS ALL ALONG?

May 19 10:54

NASA Confirms Gas, Minieral Reserves In Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Motive for Obama's escalation?

May 19 10:52

SHOULD THE LATEST BATCH OF 2000 TORTURE PHOTOS BE RELEASED?

YES
95% (2210 votes)
NO
5% (126 votes)
Total votes: 2336
May 19 10:52

Poll: Democrats and Repulicans agree on photos

Nearly three out of four Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday do not believe the U.S. government should release the photos.

The poll suggests that 87 percent of Republicans are against the public release of the photos, as are 62 percent of Democrats. Three out of four independent voters would also prefer for the photos to stay under wraps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I flat out do not believe those numbers.

May 19 10:47

The Machinery of Hopelessness

Hopelessness isn’t natural. It needs to be produced. To understand this situation, we have to realize that the last 30 years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus that creates and maintains hopelessness. At the root of this machine is global leaders’ obsession with ensuring that social movements do not appear to grow or flourish, that those who challenge existing power arrangements are never perceived to win. Maintaining this illusion requires armies, prisons, police and private security firms to create a pervasive climate of fear, jingoistic conformity and despair. All these guns, surveillance cameras and propaganda engines are extraordinarily expensive and produce nothing – they’re economic deadweights that are dragging the entire capitalist system down.

May 19 10:45

Democrats Are Fast-Tracking Nearly 1,000-Page ‘Cap-and-Trade’ Bill That Would Increase Electricity Bills

Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee put their cap and trade global warming bill–that would increase U.S. energy prices, including electricity bills–on the fast track Monday. Republicans, meanwhile, are complaining that the expedited process is designed to avoid well-informed public debate about what the bill will do and its consequences for American consumers.

Waxman, in a memo sent Sunday, told members that he wanted the bill out of committee by Thursday, allowing only four days to debate a 1,000-page bill which would mean higher energy prices and a reduction in income for 80 percent of Americans, according to a May 7 Congressional Budget Office report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bend over and spread 'em!

May 19 10:07

Cat amazes owner by climbing the walls of her house

A cat has amazed its owner by learning to climb up the walls of her house to get back in when he finds himself locked out.

Charlie the cat can scale the walls of his master's home in Denny, near Falkirk, Scotland, to sneak indoors via the upstairs balcony door.

The ginger and white tomcat grips onto the sheer pebbledash surface to make his vertical ascent.

His owner Hannah Smith said she discovered her mischievous pet's talent when she let him out of the front door downstairs, only for him to reappear indoors moments later.

The seven-year-old cat's gravity-defying skills have since become a regular sight, earning him the nickname "Spider-cat" among bemused neighbours.


May 19 10:07

Riding shotgun for Netanyahu, Uzi Arad had a 'foundational fantasy' about anti-Semitism

Look, Arad was a colleague of mine for a while, and whatever he thought of me, I found him very engaging. I even once tried, in a modest way, to help him raise money in Toronto for his Herzliya Conference and research institute. He always showed me respect, even warmth (though I was hardly in a position to be his rival). I found him brilliant and morally serious; he once told me, what I took to be a kind of foundational fantasy, that he would like to organize a secret force to strike at anti-Semites anywhere in the world--something like the late Mordechai Richler's St. Urbain's Horseman, I thought.

May 19 10:02

Fossil Ida: extraordinary find is 'missing link' in human evolution

Scientists have discovered an exquisitely preserved ancient primate fossil that they believe forms a crucial "missing link" between our own evolutionary branch of life and the rest of the animal kingdom.

May 19 09:58

Fight Fire with Humor - French comedian faces off against Zionists

This was hardly the first time that the French Zionist mob had decided to crush an outspoken critic of its role in French politics or its unconditional support for the last racist state on the planet: Israel. But this time, the Ziomob miscalculated, badly.Dieudonne began making the accusations of anti-Semitism made against him a central piece of his shows.

May 19 09:56

PATHETIC PROPAGANDA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is so bad it is almost an insult.

First off, these look like hobby model rockets. Palestinians making their own rockets are not going to waste time and money painting them in black and specially bright yellow (Hey Israelis, look over HERE!!) nor spend the time and money printing up stickers. Paint adds weight. So do stickers.

The real Qassams as photographed after landing in empty fields in Israel are metal and usually painted (if at all) in green.

If these WERE metal rockets with full solid fuel loads and explosive payload, I rather doubt those wood stands would support them.


May 19 09:44

Obama Administration Is Not Requiring GM To Maximize U.S. Jobs In Its Restructuring

The Obama administration is not requiring GM to maximize U.S. jobs, despite having enormous leverage over the company – and despite President Obama’s pledge to save or create millions of jobs.

May 19 09:42

Buy-Bull Bangers: Regular, or Extra-Crispy? (Updated)

But for those of you who buy into the God gambit, those of you who believe that God ordaineth every bird that flies and every leaf that falls, your own beliefs have to be telling you that something is very much out of whack. All the biblical signs of an angry God are directed at the United States and its allies. Storms, flooding, wildfires, famine, pestilence; the list goes on.

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May 19 09:29

U.S. stirs a hornet's nest in Pakistan

The Obama administration had threatened to stop $2 billion US annual cash payments to bankrupt Pakistan's political and military leadership and block $6.5 billion future aid, unless Islamabad sent its soldiers into Pakistan's turbulent NWFP along the Afghan frontier.

Unable to pacify Afghanistan's Pashtun tribes (a.k.a. Taliban), a deeply frustrated Washington has begun tearing Pakistan apart in an effort to end Pashtun resistance in both nations. CIA drone aircraft have so far killed over 700 Pakistani Pashtun. Only 6% were militants, according to Pakistan's media, the rest civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Newton's third law of motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Unfortunately, the same can be said in geopolitics.

This genocide cannot make Pakistan stronger; it can only cause people, barely living on the edge of existence who were not radicalized before this, to become radicalized.

May 19 09:24

"Cowboys" and Other Horrors of Empire, Version Obama 1.0

Intervention always leads to more intervention: the first intervention leads to unforeseen and uncontrollable consequences, which are then used as the justification for still further intervention. That intervention in turn leads to still more unforeseen and uncontrollable consequences, which are then used as yet another justification for still further intervention. The process can go on indefinitely, and the ultimate consequences are always disastrous in the extreme.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have in Obama is a magnificently telegenic pitch-man, with no real deviation from either the domestic or foreign policy blunders of his predecessor.

He just looks so good and intelligent in front of that teleprompter, he makes his adoring followers just want to believe every word which comes out of his mouth.

Unfortunately, you have to look at what he is doing, rather than listen to what he says, to get a sense of where things are headed in this country and geopolitically around the world.

It's not a pretty picture.


May 19 09:22

Hawaii swine flu scaring off tourists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't let them kid you. Hawaii tourism was already in the "Al Qaeda" from the economy and the abuses of the TSA long before H1N1 showed up.

And folks, there are only 8 confirmed cases in the entire state right now.

But, in the last two weeks, it has become known to the rest of the world that the US Government based the invasion of Iraq on a single confession extracted under torture. Right now the rest of the world sees the USA as the 21st Century version of the Nazis ... and who wants to take a vacation with THEM?

May 19 09:20

Lindsey Graham VS Lindsey Graham on Detainee Torture

Sen. Lindsey Graham Debates Himself on Detainee Torture
He was a passionate critic of the Bush Justice attorneys. Lately, however, Graham seems to have had second thoughts on the matter.

May 19 09:18

FDIC Hits Up Big Banks to Pay for Small-Bank Cleanup Ahead

Big U.S. banks would bear a larger part of the burden of replenishing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp's deposit insurance fund under a proposal being considered by the agency, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which could raise the insurance rates, which means bank customers pay higher fees and interest on loans while savers get less return on their money.

May 19 09:17

West Bank Becomes Waste Land

Israel has found a cheap and easy way to get rid of its waste, much of it hazardous: dump it into the West Bank. A few Palestinians can be bought, the rest are in no position to complain.

"Israel has been dumping waste, including hazardous and toxic waste, into the West Bank for years as a cheaper and easier alternative to processing it properly in Israel at appropriate hazardous waste management sites," Palestinian Environmental Authority (PEA) deputy director Jamil Mtoor told IPS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a bloody crime.

The legacy, in terms of terrible health consequences for Palestinian West Bank residents, will go on for generations.


May 19 09:17

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances.

May 19 09:16

Jesse Ventura slams Sean Hannity, who actually says America is 'better off' after George Bush!

Hannity: ...and we have radicals that think God is going to reward them with virgins in Heaven Jesse, how do we stop em? Tell me, what do you do?

Ventura: You pay attention to memos on August sixth that tell you exactly what Bin Laden is going to do. Instead we hear Condoleezza Rice going, "I didn't know what they were going to do." And the memos says Bin Laden set to hijack planes and ram them into buildings and your buddy George Bush, he was on vacation in Crawford at the time. Do you know he took over 900 days off for vacation?

May 19 09:14

Bank of America accuses JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs of cheating on stress test

In a dispute that is threatening to divide the banking community, Bank of America this week accused JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs of cheating on the government’s stress test and demanded that failing grades be assigned to the two banking giants.

May 19 09:13

THE OBAMA–NETANYAHU TALKS HAVE TOTALLY PREDICTABLE OUTCOMES: NO PALESTINIAN STATE, PROMISES OF ‘TALKS’, AND IRAN STILL UNDER THREAT FROM ISRAEL.

You have to wonder why they even bothered since it was so clear that the meeting was intended only to be a public relations exercise from the outset.

Obama is only making noises about ‘talks’ with Iran in an effort to keep public opinion on side. The reality is; there’s nothing to actually talk about. The US knows full well there’s no nuclear weapons program to talk about. So do the Israelis. So what’s to talk about?


May 19 09:12

PROGRESS REPORT ON CONVOY TO GAZA

May 19 09:12

THE RIGHT OF RETURN: THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE

Today, Israel is a well-established state from the materialistic view point. It is quite advanced in the realm of science and technology and has a horrendous war machine with which it constantly savages its Palestinian victims and threatens its neighbors, near and distant.

The evil entity also exerts tremendous influence on the politics and policies of the United States to the extent that U.S. Congress has been described as “an Israeli occupied territory.”

Moreover, the worldwide Zionist movement controls much of the western media which it utilizes to terrorize western politicians who often hasten to support Israel, right or wrong, lest they be haunted with the virulent canard of “anti-Semitism.”

May 19 09:08

Beholden to the BIG POWERS: Israel, Gaza and the UN

In effect, then, the UN Secretary General rejected his own inquiry which had been lead by Ian Martin, a former head of Amnesty International. Moreover, Ban's effective suppression of the full report was doubtless an attempt to draw a line under the inquiry, minimising damage to Israel and the United States.

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Ban Ki-moon, in this action, rendered himself irrelevant, and not worthy of leading the UN.

May 19 09:06

The Apocalypse and the Looming Abyss.

It’s Obama campaigning on a platform of hope and change and an end to illegal conflicts and finding daily, casual extermination of Pakistani civilians in a new war; tens of thousands more troops for Afghanistan in a conflict that CANNOT be won, rubber stamp support for Israel in her genocide of the Palestinians… it goes on and on. Not a day passes that Howdy Doody doesn’t institute some new insanity while maintaining all of the former administrations anti-constitutional edicts. Edict would be the operative word as it tries to find its place in a democratic process. You might as well go looking for the democratic process. Good luck with that.



Pixfuture
May 19 09:04

Robot warriors will get a guide to ethics

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"I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING! I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING! I WAS ONLY FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING!"

May 19 09:04

The Siege on Gaza is Not Over

Since the end of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the humanitarian situation there has been constantly worsening. And although Israel unilaterally declared an end to the war, the violence has not stopped in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The plight of Gazan Palestinians has not gone away with Israel having declared a unilateral cease-fire.

It is time that the rest of the world realized that every time countries give aid to Israel, they are themselves complicit in the continuing destruction of Gazan Palestinians.

This siege of Gazan Palestinians is not "an Israeli problem"; it is a problem of the rest of the world letting Israel get away with it.

May 19 09:03

Film festival hands back Israeli cash after director Loach calls for boycott

ORGANISERS of the Edinburgh International Film Festival have been forced to return a donation from the Israeli embassy after director Ken Loach waded into the funding row and called for people to boycott the event on political grounds.

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Good for Ken.

May 19 09:02

Bernard Madoff, the Mafia, and the Friends of Michael Milken

Over the previous year, the businessman had provided Patrick with some information about the naked short selling scam, and the hope was that he might have something more to say.

But that day at the diner, all he had was a message.

“I’ll make this quick,” the businessman said, with two other witnesses present. “I have a message for you from Russia. The message is, ‘We are about to kill you. We are about to kill you.’ Patrick, they are going to kill you. If you do not stop this crusade [against naked short selling], they will kill you. Normally they’d have already hurt someone close to you as a warning, but you’re so weird, they don’t know how you’d react.”


May 19 08:59

Don’t Believe the Hype -- Fructose Truly is Much Worse Than Glucose

New research shows that there are big differences in how the sugars fructose and glucose are metabolized by your body. Overweight study participants showed more evidence of insulin resistance and other risk factors for heart disease and diabetes when 25 percent of their calories came from fructose-sweetened beverages instead of glucose-sweetened beverages.

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I can personally attest to this one., I thought I was going hypo-glycemic because I was starting to have these major sugar crashes that felt like going into insulin shock. I was on the verge of going to the doctor when I read one of these articles about high-fructose corn syrup, which is not only in various beverages, but has become as ubiquitous as MSG and Aspartame because it is cheap and has a good shelf life. HFCS is even found in ketchup these days.

Anyway, to keep the story short I dropped all HFCS out of my diet and not only did the sugar "crashes" stop but I have started losing weight again.

If you must have a cola every now and then try the new Pepsi "Natural". It's pretty good.

May 19 08:57

Losing Pakistan

Whatever the actual chain of events that transpires, the great (and avoidable) tragedy is that the policies the US is pursuing in the region greatly increase the likelihood of the loss of Pakistan to the Islamists. The frightening consequences of this, for both Pakistan and the US, are easy to imagine. Any successes the generals can achieve in their war in Afghanistan would be meaningless; military campaigns divorced from the real needs of national policy usually end up as expensive failures. The pages of history are littered with them.

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Expect the level of radicalization to rise sharply after the Pakistani military's campaign in Swat.

People don't become radicalized when enlightened governmental policies are working for them; they become radicalized when they have nothing left to lose.

And that is the very sorry state of affairs for many Afghans and Pakistanis right now, dealing with corrupt and dysfunctional governments.

May 19 08:54

U.S. Preparing For War With Russia?

Last week the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. Kevin Chilton, told reporters during a Defense Writers Group breakfast on May 7 “that the White House retains the option to respond with physical force – potentially even using nuclear weapons – if a foreign entity conducts a disabling cyber attack against U.S. computer networks….”

Ok so apparently we have Afghanistan,Iraq,Pakistan,Palestine,we kinda' helped with Lebanon,we paved the way for that one thing in Georgia/Russia,we're threatening Iran... Yea. We're pretty much screwed here...

May 19 08:50

Who Rules America? Sure as hell ain't us...

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups?



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May 19 08:48

WTC 911 Secret Bush-Clinton-Federal Reserve Accounts Revealed

It can now be reported that the recent resignation of former New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York Chairman, Stephen Frieidman, signals an expanding investigation of New York Attorny General Andrew Cuomo, who is not only focused on the massive New York state financial derivative Ponzi Scheme, but is now centered on money laundry, and possible funding of alleged terrorists in Pakistan.

May 19 08:48

1300 Girls Harmed by HPV Vaccines in UK; Bizarre Side Effects Like Paralysis and Epilepsy

More than 1,300 girls in the United Kingdom have experienced negative reactions to the government-mandated Cervarix vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to adverse events reports collected from doctors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

“When they introduced this new vaccine, we had major concerns about its safety,” said Jackie Fletcher of Jabs, a support group for those negatively affected by vaccines. “The current statistics detailing adverse reactions — including cases of epilepsy and convulsions — bears out that we were right to be concerned.”

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With pharmaceutical companies, it's rarely about the health of the person mandated to have this or that vaccine; it's all about the profits from the mandated vaccination.

If you've never seen the film "The Constant Gardener", it explains how this works in a very disturbingly rich way.

May 19 08:43

1300 Girls Harmed by HPV Vaccines in UK; Bizarre Side Effects Like Paralysis and Epilepsy

More than 1,300 girls in the United Kingdom have experienced negative reactions to the government-mandated Cervarix vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to adverse events reports collected from doctors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

May 19 08:38

Present Economy worse than Depression

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Stocks are up...great news, right?
Everything's going to be OK.

Optimism is a lovely thing.

Realism is better.

Few on the boob tube are capable of being realistic about
the real state of the credit system and thus the economic system and thus society.

Here's the reality:

Wall Street created exponentially more paper assets than there
are hands to hold them and it can't sell off all these assets at the same time without causing mind-boggling deflation.

(Imagine an auction where only one person shows up and
there is no minimum price.)

Lower prices are not a bad thing, but lower prices
with a massive overhang of super-inflated debts that
have to be paid back is. A very bad thing.

Two serious economists who warned about the current
calamity well in advance and who don't have a dog in the fight (i.e. over-priced assets they hope to sell to optimists) explain
the potential scale of the consequences facing the world.

May 19 08:37

Man Testifies Chicago Cops Beat Him For 30 Minutes

A man serving a life sentence for a 1990 murder testified Monday he confessed only after he was beaten for half an hour by Chicago police detectives under the command of disgraced former Cmdr. Jon Burge.

Cortez Brown, 38, who now goes by his birth name of Victor Safforld, is seeking a new trial, arguing that his confession was coerced because he feared for his safety and that of his family.

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For those who insist that torture is something that only happens to Arabs.

May 19 08:33

People Power

And all this chaos when we are facing the biggest economic crisis for more than 60 years.

When our servicemen and women are risking their lives in Afghanistan to protect us from worldwide terrorism.

Yet many politicians stand rigid with fear that they may be next to be exposed for ripping off taxpayers with dodgy expense claims.

Claims that would have mere voters up before a judge, on fraud charges.

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Can we arrange the beheadings to take place during tourist season? I would gladly pay to see corrupt politicians getting "whacked!"

May 19 08:31

Time for 'Little People' to have their revenge..

Martin will be the first in history to be kicked out for bullying MPs and bringing the Mother of Parliaments into disrepute.

“Gorbals Mick” long ago lost all credibility as an impartial upholder of his high office.

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"little people?"

Charles the First learned (the hard way) that they are not all that little.

May 19 08:28

Government Has Pledged $12.8 Trillion on Bailouts - Every Household on the Hook for $109,887

The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent, lent or committed $12.8 trillion, an amount that approaches the value of everything produced in the country last year ...

The money works out to $42,105 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. and 14 times the $899.8 billion of currency in circulation. The nation’s gross domestic product was $14.2 trillion in 2008.

That means that every American household is on the hook for $109,887 for the bailouts.

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And what do we get for all this money?

More bombs to drop on brown people. More wars for our children to die in. More TV cameras watching us. More informants setting us up. More spooks reading our emails. More cops listening to our phone calls. Crumbling roads. Rotting schools. Medical care that is the most expensive on Earth yet only 29th in quality. Rigged elections.

Such a DEAL!!!!!!

May 19 08:25

Pakistani Military Killing Fleeing Swati Civilians

As the Pakistani military’s offensive against the Swat Valley continues, around 1.45 million are reported to have successfully fled. For several families today attempting to leave their homes, that trek ended in disaster as the Pakistani military attacked and killed several of them, and wounded an unknown number of others. Women and children were among the slain

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This "victory" in Swat is going to come with an horrendous backlash for Pakistani politicians.

May 19 08:22

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross border

U.S. officials are trying to stop the violence from crossing the border. The Obama administration committed to spending an additional $700 million to help Mexico fight the cartels and agreed to double the number of U.S. agents working the border.

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Violence "threatens" to cross the border?!? I don't know quite what planet this particular writer lives on, but it cannot possibly be earth.

Drug-related crime has been expanding exponentially for the last years in the border areas.

Of course, there's one thing the US could do to make this go away, and very quickly. That would be complete decriminalization of drugs, just pulling the plug out of the profit motive. You'd see addiction plummet.

But, of course, that would be logical. And too many people at too many levels of government and commerce are making too much money to have this happen.

May 19 08:20

U.K. police swamped by surveillance TV data

The police cannot deal with the amount of information generated by surveillance cameras, according to the U.K.'s Association of Chief Police Officers.

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Good.

May 19 08:19

Israel gives Obama until end of year on Iran

In practice, this means that Netanyahu agreed to give Obama until the end of the year. Then, if Iran's nuclear program is still proceeding, Israel will consider "other options."

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I doubt that this is what they really talked about in their meeting. Neither Netanyahu nor Obama talked about Iran's nuclear weapons because both of them know full well that Iran is not building nuclear weapons nor has the IAEA found any evidence Iran is building nuclear weapons.

If the nuclear power station were the real concern, the US would abide by article 4 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which OBLIGATES the United States to assist any developing country with the construction of peaceful nuclear power plants. I cannot think of a better way for the US to see what Iran is really doing with that power station than actually being there helping to pour the foundations and weld the pipes.

So, what Netanyahu has really told Obama is that Obama has until the end of the year to convince the US population to support a war in Iran, or Israel will just start one for us.

I told you Obama looked like a whipped puppy coming out of that meeting.

May 19 08:13

Economy in 'emergency situation,' Finance Minister Steinitz warns

The economy faces an "emergency situation," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz warned on Monday, while urging lawmakers to support the government's draft budget, as Israeli exports plunged 32 percent in the first four months of this year

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Of course, what Israel doesn't want to acknowledge is that some in the world are reluctant to trade with a country which feels it's perfectly acceptable to throw white phosphorous on unarmed Palestinian civilians.

The language of of money is pretty much all Israel understands. And if their economy is off because of their actions against Gaza, so be it.

May 19 08:11

Japan flu cases soar

More than 4,000 schools have either been temporarily closed or requested to close in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures as the number of people confirmed to be infected with the new strain of Type A influenza reached 164 on Monday, according to the health, labor and welfare ministry and the education, science and technology ministry.

So far, though, symptoms among those infected have been mild, and many are recovering, according to the health ministry.

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If what I had last week WAS the Swine Flu (and the main cluster of H1N1 is just up the H2 from where I live) then it was indeed mild, so mild I never bothered going to the doctor.

The stories of lethality may be due to other factors working with the virus, or there may actually be more than one virus going around lumped together as "H1N1".

May 19 08:06

City to investigate whether swine flu caused baby boy's death at Queens hospital

May 19 08:06

Why Republicans May Never Again Control Washington

You can stick a fork in the once mighty right-wing GOP. The Republican Party, to quote the hilarious Bily Crystal character in the magical film The Princess Bride, is "mostly dead." The majority has clearly swung to the center, becoming a much more moderate representation of the party. Statistics now show that more Americans have abandoned religion and the hot button social issues that used to be conservatives' bread and butter campaign themes. What's more, the evangelical wing, the party's core base just a few short years ago, has shrunk to negligible, insignificant levels.

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I would not gloat just yet. If Obama goes on proving that there really is no difference between the two parties, then the Democrats may join the Republicans in the scrap heap of history.

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May 19 08:01

A Matter of Trust

Because the story was so radioactive from Israel’s point of view, examining its progress as it made its way into the international media can serve as a sort of case study—it shows in real time how America’s media differ from other countries’ in their portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And it helps illuminate the frequent charge that the American press is biased in Israel’s favor. Or against it, again, depending on your point of view.

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May 19 08:00

Housing construction, permits hit record lows

A modest rebound in single-family home construction in April raised hopes Tuesday that the three-year slide in housing could be bottoming. But with the supply of unsold homes bulging,

May 19 07:59

Bailing out banks drains Social Security and Medicare

Recession Drains Social Security and Medicare was a headline from the New York Times that seemed to me a distortion of facts in order to scare people.

After all, what caused the recession but the criminal behavior of predatory mortgage companies and banks who made unfair subprime loans, collateralized them, shipped them downstream to investment banks that securitized them and sold them knowing what junk they were to investors. That combined with a shark tank of hungry salespeople who went at the assets of poor and not so poor homebuyers with time-bomb mortgages whose interest exploded at some point, scattering them into massive indebtedness. Neither Social Security nor Medicare did this.

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Social Security is already depleted. They are just going to blame the recession for it.

May 19 07:59

Sack Rahm

Maybe the question is whether President Obama is getting any good advice ... or put with even more sinister implication ... maybe he is being manipulated by a cunning staff into making these really obnoxious and difficult to abandon decisions about a whole range of things? Or, as the folks around the electronic water coolers have it after a hundred day honeymoon, the sexiness has worn off, the bright light seems dim, the promise broken, the tragedy continues, and so who will we support in 2012 ... clearly not Obama?

May 19 07:57

Too much cola zaps muscle power

Excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis, doctors are warning.

May 19 07:54

Taxpayers May Lose Out in TARP Paybacks

Americans were promised a reward for rescuing the nation’s banks. In return for all those bailouts, the banks essentially granted stock options to the government — a potential jackpot for taxpayers once the crisis blew over.

But now banks, eager to get Washington out of their hair, are pushing to undo those investments as quickly — and cheaply — as possible. If the Obama administration acquiesces, billions of taxpayer dollars could be left on the table, The New York Times’ Eric Dash writes.

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Any taxpayer who really believed that any tiny bit of this money would somehow trickle down and back to them had to be naive in the extreme.

May 19 07:47

Brazil, China team up against the dollar

Brazil and China are teaming up to initiate the decline of America's currency as the world's reserve standard.

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You've just got to love the line above - as though the US government hasn't done enough of its own to sink the value of the dollar by having the Federal Reserve continue to print US money as though it actually was backed by something of worth, not to mention throwing away billions of dollars in these endless wars.

China and Brazil are teaming up to support their own economies without having to use the dollar at all, which - from the look of the current economic status in the US - doesn't appear that unreasonable.

May 19 07:33

WTF??!!

Breast Cancer Diagnosed In 10-Year-Old California Girl

The 10-year-old is the youngest girl ever to suffer from breast cancer in the U.S.

I hope we're not witnessing the beginning of a trend.

May 19 06:28

Peter Schiff The Schiff Report Video Blog May 18 2009

Peter Schiff talks about Alan Blinder, Mike Norman (they nonsense keynesian theories) and the victory for capitalism in India.

May 19 05:40

Brazil and China eye plan to axe dollar

Brazil and China will work towards using their own currencies in trade transactions rather than the US dollar, according to Brazil’s central bank and aides to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president.

The move follows recent Chinese challenges to the status of the dollar as the world’s leading international currency.

Mr Lula da Silva, who is visiting Beijing this week, and Hu Jintao, China’s president, first discussed the idea of replacing the dollar with the renminbi and the real as trade currencies when they met at the G20 summit in London last month.

May 19 05:31

The 7/7 London Bombings: How to Set Up a Patsy

A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.

May 19 05:29

Sixty one years ago…

My dad was in his late teens when the Noble Peace winner Yitzhak Rabin ordered the Israeli Army to attack Lydda (my home town) and Ramla. A few months earlier, the Jewish terrorist groups, the Haganah and Irgun attacked armless Palestinian civilians in the town. By July, David Ben Gourian ordered Rabin to attack Lydda by planes and troops entered the city. The men in town were gathered and locked inside the Dahmash Mosque (my grandfather’s). Some men were also locked inside the Greek Orthodox Monetary nearby. The people of both towns (Christians and Muslims) resisted with all means the brutal attack. My dad and older Uncle (who is still alive until today) were locked inside the Mosque. But luckily they managed to escape when Rabin’s men starting shooting and killing everyone inside.

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