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April 24, 2009

Apr 24 16:46

Fed Admits "Stress Tests" Are a Sham

The "stress tests" were supposed to triage those banks worth saving from those which were already too far gone to save.

But as Nouriel Roubini, FDIC chief Sheila Bair, Nobel economist Paul Krugman, former senior S&L regulator William Black and many others said, the "stress tests" are a sham.

Well, they've been proven right.

The Fed said today that - instead of letting the insolvent banks fail - which is what virtually all of the independent experts are recommending (see this for example), the Fed will rescue all banks which fail the stress test.

Apr 24 16:43

Former Chief Accountant for the SEC: Bernanke and Paulson Broke the Law and Should be Prosecuted

The New York Attorney General says that Bernanke and Paulson forced Bank of America to buy Merill Lynch:

Apr 24 16:35

Jamaican army deployed ahead of tax increase

Jamaica's government put police and the army on alert to prevent violent demonstrations as it prepared to announce tax increases on gasoline, cigarettes and other consumer items on Thursday.

Apr 24 15:22

Bishop bows to Zionism

One Wonders what relevance there is to Catholics singing Yaweh?
A suspect he is being blackmailed!



Taboola
Apr 24 15:01

STATEMENT BY DENIS RANCOURT REGARDING HIS DISMISSAL BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

It appears that among the real reasons for the university’s attempts to discipline me since September 2005 and for its recent most harsh actions against me under President Allan Rock’s mandate might be the administration’s opposition to my political views about the Palestine-Israel conflict, which, starting in 2005, I have expressed in articles, on radio, in my blog postings, at public venues, and in my classes. In September 2005 the dean cancelled my Physics and the Environment course following a complaint (regarding an email comment about Zionism), channelled through the university’s Canadian Studies Institute director Pierre Anctil to the VP-Academic.

Apr 24 14:56

the key to the opposition to ahmadinejad

The 23 countries that walked out of the Geneva Conference during Ahmadinejad’s speech are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The 27 EU members are the above plus Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland, which had already decided not to send delegates at all. The other 5 countries which had already decided not to send delegates at all are Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the US. So the formula for the bloc claiming that Ahmadinejad is ‘racist’ is: EU, plus Israel, plus the surviving ‘Anglo-Saxon’ or ‘English-speaking’ — i.e., white colonial — states: Australia & New Zealand, the USA & Canada.

Apr 24 14:42

Mexico shuts schools, museums to stop flu outbreak

Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital Friday in hopes of containing a swine flu outbreak that authorities say killed at least 20 people — and perhaps dozens more. World health authorities worried openly that the strange new virus could become a global epidemic.

Apr 24 14:33

Anti-racism Durban Review Conference concludes with successful outcome

She said that the Conference proved to be "a celebration of tolerance and dignity for all", and it produced a "meaningful outcome enshrining a common aspiration: to defy racism in all its manifestations and work to stamp it out wherever it may occur."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, this writer missed Ahmadinejad's speech!



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 24 14:17

ACLU: Pentagon to release images of prisoner abuse

The Defense Department will release a "substantial number" of photos depicting abuse of prisoners by U.S. personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American Civil Liberties Union said late Thursday.

The photos will be made available by May 28, the ACLU said, citing a letter dated Thursday from the Justice Department to a federal judge in New York. The photos' release is in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2004 and will include images from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan at locations other than Abu Ghraib, the ACLU said.

Apr 24 14:03

84 Cosponsors for HR 1207!! (Audit the Fed)

Some people have reported the number to be as high as 88 cosponsors, but we can confirm 84 cosponsors through the Library of Congress.

Apr 24 14:00

Outrage at 'skin and bones' Miss Universe model

Australia's Miss Universe competition found itself under scrutiny yesterday as doctors and dieticians questioned the inclusion of a finalist they claimed was severely underweight.

Dietician Melanie McGrice told Australia's Daily Mail that at 180cm and weighing just 49kg, 19-year-old Stephanie Naumoska was well under the World Health Organisation's benchmark for malnutrition.

"I would certainly want to be doing an assessment of her diet to make sure she doesn't have some type of eating disorder," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, in the current economy, plump is the new status symbol!!!!!

Apr 24 13:41

Bil'in 17.4.2009

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this video tape, Bassem Aburahma (nick named ElFeel, the elephant, for he was always thought of as a giant among his peers) is seen pleading with Israeli soldiers to wait (saying Raiga in Hebrew) as Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals protested the land confiscation and building of the apartheid fence on vilage land. The soldiers then shoot Bassem point blank with a high velocity gas grenade which kills him within five minutes.


Apr 24 13:36

New flu strain is a genetic mix

It is genetically different from the fully human H1N1 seasonal influenza virus that has been circulating globally for the past few years. The new flu virus contains DNA typical to avian, swine and human viruses, including elements from European and Asian swine viruses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Must have taken quite a blender to make that mix!

Apr 24 13:35

What kind of democracy is that?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel calls itself a democracy, but actions speak far louder than words!

Apr 24 13:17

The Great Credit Card Battle To Come

What's happening to credit card lending is a smaller replay of what happened to mortgage lending. For years, banks used every gimmick possible to get the public to use their cards -- regardless of the credit worthiness of the customer. They lured borrowers with low "teaser" rates. They told borrowers they could get by paying minimum balances.

Apr 24 13:06

Obama, Biden ’Relocated’ After Small Plane Strays

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were “relocated” briefly while at work at the White House after a small plane strayed into restricted airspace over Washington, administration spokesman Robert Gibbs said.


Apr 24 13:06

Stress Tests Fabricated to Produce Bullish Surveys

In my view the stress test survey is just a “show” for the investment markets and in the end really doesn’t mean very much because credit quality is still deteriorating. Bank balance sheets remain highly vulnerable to more losses later this year, including credit cards, commercial real estate, home equity loans, residential mortgages and commercial/industrial loans.

Apr 24 13:05

FLASHBACK - The mysterious deaths of top microbiologists

Now, statistically, it's possible, even likely, that one or two of these microbiologists legitimately were killed in random accidents. But for so many to die in such a short while exceeds all reasonable bounds of statistics. Prudence would demand an investigation, not the "ho hum" attitude of the government which even today continues to issue dire warnings to the general population of how much we are all in danger from "bioterrorism".

So, let's take a moment and step away from the perpetual fear-mongering of the media (and Rumsfeld) as they assure us another attack IS coming (with a certainty which suggests inside information on the subject) and assume for a moment that some party has indeed decided to "liquidate" weapons research infectious disease experts.

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Apr 24 13:02

A SHORT HISTORY OF US GOVERNMENT RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

Ignore for a moment the lies surrounding torture, AIPAC, 9-11, TWA 800, the USS Iowa, and the Gulf of Tonkin, and step back into horrid history with me.

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Apr 24 13:02

Stray small plane sparks scare in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were moved to a secure spot Friday when a small plane strayed into restricted airspace triggering a brief evacuation of parts of the White House and the U.S. Congress.


Apr 24 12:39

Georgian opposition predicts Saakashvili to go in 'several days'

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and his government will succumb to pressure to quit in several days, the country's former foreign minister and an opposition leader said on Friday.

Protesters in the Geogrian capital, Tbilisi, have been on the streets since April 9 demanding the president's resignation

Apr 24 12:36

Gene Burnett - Jump You F*#kers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess I can't use THIS one for bump music!!!!!!

Apr 24 12:23

SATURDAY: NATIONWIDE End the Fed! Rallies

Apr 24 12:22

ISRAELI TERRORISTS ATTACK PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST APARTHEID

Friday is the Holy Day for Muslims. Friday is also the day most Muslims are on a day off and can participate in demonstrations against the growing wall of apartheid being built on Occupied Palestinian Lands.

Friday is also the day the Israeli army participates in these demonstrations by shooting at the participants. A month ago an American Solidarity Worker, Tristan Anderson, was seriously wounded by these terrorists. Last Friday, A Palestinian named Bassem Abu Rahama was murdered by these bastards. Today, 11 others were wounded, some seriously, by rubber bullets and tear gas.

All this while the world looks on and DOES NOTHING.


Apr 24 12:21

TODAY’S TOON ~~ SHHHHHHHHHH!!!…. COLOUR ME AN ANTI-SEMITE

Apr 24 12:20

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS AGAINST TORTURE

Apr 24 12:19

Top Democrats Complicit In Torture Cover-Up

We now know why top Democrats are protecting Bush administration officials from facing an inquiry into the illegal torture program - because several of them were actually complicit in giving their approval for such methods to be used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At what point do we admit that the government of the United States is no longer one that we can in good moral conscience support and obey?

Apr 24 12:17

FLASHBACK - Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Mexico a new sales push?????? :)


Apr 24 12:09

Czech police arrest former Ku Klux Klan leader Duke

The Czech police arrested David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan racist movement, in Prague today on suspicion of promotion of movements seeking suppression of human rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Odd how they do not mention he is also a former legislator!

Apr 24 12:06

WHO calls emergency meeting on swine flu

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, if they won't go along with WW3 and thin the useless eaters out that way, we'll just have to go with the "Wrath of God" backup plan, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 24 12:02

Previous Swine Flu Outbreak Originated At Fort Dix

Given the reports of the possibility of a swine flu epidemic, is interesting to note that last time there was a significant outbreak of a new form of swine flu in the U.S. it originated at the army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Apr 24 11:52

Bolivia police raid Jewish center

Jewish community representatives elsewhere in Bolivia said police came to quell a disturbance resulting from fighting and drunkenness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch the Rabbi scream "Anti-Semites! Jew haters!!!"


Apr 24 11:45

Flashback - Official proclamation, June 2003:

The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment. I call on all nations to speak out against torture in all its forms and to make ending torture an essential part of their diplomacy. I further urge governments to join America and others in supporting torture victims' treatment centers, contributing to the UN Fund for the Victims of Torture, and supporting the efforts of non-governmental organizations to end torture and assist its victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is sick. Even as innocent people were being tortured to death by the US Government, President Bush signed this proclamation.

Apr 24 11:31

Mexico flu deaths raise worries of global epidemic

Scientists were trying to determine if the deaths involved the same new strain of swine flu that sickened seven people in Texas and California — a disturbing disease that combines pig, bird and human viruses in a way that researchers have not seen before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh? CDC was talking about recombinant viruses back in 2005.

Back in 2004, we were being propagandized that Bird Flu was the next pandemic.

Gene studies showed that so-called Bird Flu appeared to be nearly identical with the 1918 Spanish Flu

Which is rather nerve-wracking because in 2005 it was admitted that scientists were intentionally recreating the 1918 Spanish Flu virus!

But the predicted pandemic didn't happen because Bird Flu isn't that contagious. It needed to be blended with a more infectious form of flu, like swine flu (Used as a bio-weapon by the CIA against Cuba), to became a real slate-wiper!

And wonder of wonders, here it is!

In 2006, it was reported that scientists were intentionally creating bird flu and swine flu hybrids in the labs!

Which leads to asking how it is that this new flu epidemic explodes into view right after Fort Detrick admits that some of the nasty little beasties they have been working on went missing!

Apr 24 11:17

Obama: Holocaust’s lesson is not to be silent

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Except about the torture and renditions, and especially that we killed a bunch of innocent people who hadn't done anything wrong, and we probably ought not to talk about how we all lied about Saddam's nookular bombs to start the war, and we simply MUST stay silent about AIPAC and the Israeli spies linked to 9-11 and we really do NEED to stay silent about THAT bit of history. And of course our Secretary of State will have a COW if we don't stay silent about Vince Foster and Ron Brown and Mary Mahoney and Boorda and Coldy and Raiser (Sr. and Jr.) and Ed Willey and Hershel Friday and hell I can't recall them all, and the Bushes still want a mega-hush on that whole Iran-Contra Black Eagle thing, and come to think of it the Secretary of State is kinda twitchy about that one, too. Then there is all that stuff about JFK, RFK, MLK, JFK Jr. (yeah, SecState gets REALLY sweaty over THAT one) no torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, no mines in Havana Harbor, how FDR suckered the Japans into attacking Pearl Harbor (that one really WAS a giggle!) But other than those and a few hundred other things, yeah, we should never stay silent about anything. Did I mention that Israel is on the list of things to stay silent about? No? Well, yeah, them too. ESPECIALLY them too!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 24 10:56

Obama legal team wants to limit defendants' rights

The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overrule long-standing law that stops police from initiating questions unless a defendant's lawyer is present, another stark example of the White House seeking to limit rather than expand rights.



Lockerdome
Apr 24 10:49

Inside USA - The Other Hawaii

Apr 24 10:42

Iraq al-Qaeda chief not captured

Apr 24 10:40

Why won't anyone say they are Jewish?

A lot of ink has been spilled chronicling the pro-Israel leanings of American neocons and fact that a the disproportionate percentage of them are Jewish. Some commentators are worried that these individuals – labeled ‘Likudniks’ for their links to Israel’s right wing Likud party – do not distinguish enough between American and Israeli interests. For example, whose interests were they protecting in pushing for war in Iraq?

Apr 24 10:33

Anti-Semitic as a Matter of Law

So what constitutes the law on anti-Semitism according to this Virginia court? The court cites a document from Israel's Yad Vashem, which defines anti-Semitism as including the following actions:

Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other social institutions.

Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, under this alarming legal precedent, anyone reporting on AIPAC's influence over our politicians is already legally guilty of anti-Semitism!


Apr 24 10:27

Cops can now 'take all your stuff'

To the surprise of at least one legal expert, the Supreme Court of Canada last week unanimously gave the provinces incredible powers to seize assets allegedly connected to crime.

For a country that has gained the reputation, whether deserved or not, of protecting the rights of the accused over the rights of victims, it's quite an about-face.

Apr 24 10:26

Global Economics for Dummies

Think it is bad now? Wondering why the unemployment rate is high and seems to go higher each day, while the stock market reflects the opposite of reality? Ever consider why behemoths like Chrysler are filing bankruptcy and retail chains are increasingly closing their doors? Want to know why the banks can no way in hell sell the millions of foreclosed homes they are holding and instead just let them rot. Well children, let ole Mr Morphed shine some light on the confusing world of the global economy.

Apr 24 10:24

Palestine 1948

Map of the Palestinian towns depopulated by the invasion of 1948.

Apr 24 10:18

ATF ABUSE


Apr 24 10:15

Have we really sunk so low as to seriously ask, Does torture work?

Why, then, torture? Why extract reams of unreliable information which sends thousands of other operatives scurrying about the globe in futile attempts to nail it down, especially when actionable intelligence was already being extracted through other interrogative means?

Why? I can think of no reason other than nakedly brutal revenge -- a deep-seated animalistic urge to inflict pain for pain caused. True confessions, false confessions, good information or bad information -- all of it, to the architects, at their deepest inhuman level (scarier yet, perhaps all too human), was essentially irrelevant. They just wanted the emotionally primitive satisfaction of savage payback.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... against innocent people.

Apr 24 10:13

Harman Wiretap Highlights Suspicions

Leaks of wiretap transcripts involving a member of Congress and a “suspected Israeli agent” have shone a rare light on the scope of suspicion the American intelligence establishment harbors toward Israel and its supporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the spin; "There are no Israeli spies; it's all a rumor by the anti-Semites!!!!"

Apr 24 10:11

Obama wants to make our electrical rates skyrocket

It's not enough for DC vampires to help their buds on Wall Street bleed us dry by stealing our pension funds and 401K retirement accounts.
Or that we're being spent into poverty supporting Wars for Empire and Israel in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

They also want to glean what little money we have left by taxing and taxing and taxing our electricity until some vague goal is met. This tax will also be levied on gasoline.

Apr 24 10:10

CBS Censors Cold Fusion Video - Was Fourth Most Popular


Apr 24 10:09

Homeland Idiocy

FEMA and Homeland Security are requiring
local officials to provide them with all kinds
of detailed information about the communities.

One of the requirements apparently is localities
need to be prepared to provide mass inoculations
to the entire population in 48 hours or less.

These are the same people who didn't care
enough to drop food and water to the thousands
of people stranded in New Orleans for SIX DAYS
after the US Army Corps of Engineer levees
failed in New Orleans in 2005.

Apr 24 10:05

The IMF: Raping The World, One Poor Nation at a Time

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been described as one of the enforcers of globalization. Nations who receive IMF assistance are often forced to surrender more sovereignty and further open up their borders to international banks and multinational corporations. Much of their wealth is then sucked dry by foreign predators with its resources and population essentially becoming the collateral for such financial aid. As a result of the global economic crisis, many more nations are having to turn to the IMF for help. At the recent G-20 Summit in London, the IMF’s role was expanded and its powers enhanced. There was little mention of its failed policies and its less then stellar record of effectively promoting development and democracy around the world.

Apr 24 10:03

Printing Police Lies

The policing of the G20 protests at the beginning of this month was routine. Policemen hiding their identification numbers and beating up peaceful protesters is as much a part of British life as grey skies and red buses. Across 20 years of protests, I have seen policemen swapping their jackets to avoid identification, hurling people against vans and into walls and whomping old ladies over the head with batons. A friend had his head repeatedly bashed against the bonnet of a police van; he was then charged with criminal damage to the van. I have seen an entire line of police turn round to face the other way when private security guards have started beating people up.

Apr 24 10:01

America's money story

The United States' monetary system is as unique and intricate, as it is fallacious. To break it down into simplest terms, money is created out of debt. When the U.S. government wants money, they contact the Federal Reserve and request money. The Federal Reserve then requests the same amount in Government Bonds, or in layman's terms, debt. The government prints emblems onto paper in exchange for different paper with different emblems. Once the transaction is complete, the U.S. dollars are now legal tender and deposited in a commercial banking system. This money is then lent out to borrowers who deposit the money into their bank account. But, this loan is not possible without interest.


Apr 24 10:00

Detained in Egypt, but still tweeting

Being in police custody in Egypt is not noted for being open to the public gaze, so earlier this month thousands of user of the micro-blog service Twitter were surprised to read updates, or "tweets", from police cells.

Step by step the tweets gave an insight into what it is like to be in custody in Cairo.

Apr 24 09:59

Lieberman: Wishing for World War III?

We have already become accustomed to the brazen statements of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. And it is certainly no surprise that Israel considers the US to be firmly in its political pocket. So it is but a mild irritation to read Haaretz reporting that Lieberman, confident that “the Obama administration will put forth new peace initiatives only if Israel wants it to,” has stated publicly “Believe me, America accepts all our decisions.”

Lieberman is looking for another ally. In his interview, he stated “Russia has a special influence in the Muslim world, and I consider it a strategic partner that should play a key role in the Middle East. I have argued for some time that Israel has insufficient appreciation for the ‘Kremlin factor’; I intend to mend this gap.”

Apr 24 09:55

Who wants to talk to Hamas?

Hamas has had more international visitors since US President Barack Obama came to power, and there are signs that the international community is reconsidering its boycott of the Islamist group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They DID win the elections, after all!

Apr 24 09:54

Lebanon general 'was Israeli spy'

A Lebanese prosecutor has charged a former general and three other people with spying for Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay. let's simplify things. Who here in the US Government is NOT a spy for Israel? Just raise your hands. Anyone? Don't be shy. Anyone? Hello? Is this microphone working?


Apr 24 09:53

Testicular Politics: Obama Is Getting Punked By the Big Dogs of Banking, Does He Have the Balls to Do What's Right?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, or he would have done it by now.

Apr 24 09:44

How Bernie did it

Fortune has learned that Frank DiPascali is trying to negotiate a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which, in exchange for a reduced sentence, he would divulge his encyclopedic knowledge of Madoff's scheme. And unlike his boss, DiPascali is willing to name names.

Apr 24 09:42

Another Day, Another Zionist Witch Hunt...

In January of this year, he forwarded an email condemning the Israeli attacks on Gaza. The email contained an editorial by a Jewish journalist condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza as well as juxtaposed images of Nazi atrocities with congruent images of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. The email was an optional read for students, intended to spark conversation by relating contemporary events to conceptual ideas discussed in class.

One week later, the ADL wrote him a letter charging him with anti-Semitism and sundry violations of the Faculty Code of Conduct (none of which were coherent claims). Another week passed, and the Academic Senate Charges Officer then notified him that two of the students in the class to which he circulated the email had filed complaints against him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just like the Nazis used to have their students do!

Apr 24 09:39

Mexico City suspends school over flu epidemic

Cordova says the flu is a "new, different strain that can attack anyone." He says authorities are investigating whether it is related to a unique new form of swine flu reported in Texas and California. All seven people in the U.S. recovered.

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Pixfuture
Apr 24 09:38

Middle East 'Spies': A New Front for Gaza's Conflict

The reverberations of the Israeli war on Gaza are still felt throughout the Middle East. One could in fact speak of a silent war being waged in the region.

Now that Israel’s clear intentions in Gaza - discrediting Hamas and ultimately ousting them from their democratically elected position - resulted in utter failure, Israelis are hoping to exploit regional conflicts to rein in Hamas and other such organizations through alternative means.

Apr 24 09:37

Arrest of Iraq "insurgent leader" still unconfirmed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The guy they said they arrested yesterday, that they said didn't exist last year, may not have been arrested after all.

But it made a great headline, and that's what counts!

Apr 24 09:28

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies.

Apr 24 09:27

War News for Friday, April 24, 2009

Baghdad:
#1: Back-to-back suicide bombings killed at least 35 people Friday outside the most important Shiite shrine in Baghdad, police officials said. The bombers Friday detonated explosive belts within minutes of each other near the gates of the tomb of Imam Mousa al-Kazim, a prominent Shiite saint, located in the northern neighborhood of Kazimiyah, said a police official. Another police official said the bombers struck shortly before the start of Friday prayers as worshippers streamed in to the mosquean important site for Shiite pilgrims. About 90 people also were injured in the blast, said the same official.


Apr 24 09:23

Recipe: How To Become America’s Strongest Ally

Mix all above and let simmer for 60 years.

Apr 24 09:21

CIA death squads killing with “impunity” in Afghanistan

A United Nations investigator released a preliminary report last week citing widespread civilian deaths in Afghanistan, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA or other foreign intelligence agencies.

The investigator is Philip Alston, a New York University professor serving as the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution. His report provides a partial glimpse into the illegal actions of intelligence agencies, occupying forces, and Afghan police, as they seek to repress opposition to the US-led occupation and US-backed government.

A more detailed final report will be released later this year.

Apr 24 09:20

'Dick Cheney had a death squad'

Apr 24 09:19

After 3 months of anguish - 21yr old succumbs to wounds from Israeli Phosphorus Attack

On 29 March, Ghada Abu Halima died in an Egyptian hospital from injuries she suffered when struck by white phosphorous on January 4. Phosporus cannot be put out. It must be dug out. It can burn for weeks in the human body. It penetrates deeply and can cause heart and liver damage.

On 29 March, ten weeks after giving her testimony to B'Tselem, Ghada Abu Halima died in an Egyptian hospital from injuries she suffered when struck by the white phosphorous.



Xmas w/o borders
Apr 24 09:18

Wall Street’s 1929 Scams Return in Geithner Plan

With Trillions of dollars getting tossed around in these “bailouts”, It’s a good thing we have the super-smart and 100% honorable President Obama. Surely he will hire trustworthy people to manage our money, right?

Apr 24 09:16

REVEALED: THE TRUE MASTERMIND OF 9-11! (AND WE DIDN'T NEED TORTURE TO FIND HIM!!!)

Apr 24 09:00

King: Torture trial should spark "scorched earth"

King, the outspoken ranking member of the House homeland security committee, said Republicans should "shut down [legislative] activity across the board" if any Bush-era officials are hauled into court.

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Now there is the BEST reason I have heard to go ahead with torture trials all week long!!!!!

Apr 24 08:57

Apple Gets Its Own Trojan Viruses for the First Time

A curious falsehood has surrounded Mac computers over the last decade, as they have resurged onto the market. People believe that Macs are immune to the malware, viruses, and worms that have wrought havoc on PCs.

In reality, OS X is not much more or less secure than Windows Vista -- rather it is Apple's small market share that has protected it. Since Mac attacks would have to be custom-made, there just hasn't been much interest among Black Hats to attack them. Kevin Haley, a director of security response at Symantec, states, "The bad guys generally go toward the biggest target, what will get them the biggest bang for their buck."

However, with surging market share and pop icon status, the Macs are suddenly finding themselves under attack.

Apr 24 08:56

David Gregory suggests Bush 'went out of his way' to follow laws on torture

In a puzzling remark that seems to demonstrate the extent to which the mainstream media tries to "balance" discussions of controversial issues, NBC's David Gregory suggested Thursday that the Bush Administration issued memorandums outlining the torture of detainees out of great respect for the law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In dealing with the abuses of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the great reporter Edward R. Murrow stated that sometimes there are stories where there simply isn't an alternate point of view, nor should there be.

Torture is one such story.

Torture is evil. Torture is illegal.

There is no alternative point of view (except in fictional TV shows), and eternal shame on those who try to pretend otherwise.

The United States executed Japanese officers who waterboarded captured American pilots. US law calls for the death penalty for those who commit torture resulting in death, as we know has happened.

Shame on Barack Obama for his hypocrisy of standing up before AIPAC promising to oppose "Holocaust Denial" at the same time he covers up for torturers in our own government.

Apr 24 08:51

Holder Says He Will Not Permit the Criminalization of Policy Differences

As lawmakers call for hearings and debate brews over forming commissions to examine the Bush administration's policies on harsh interrogation techniques, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed to a House panel that intelligence officials who relied on legal advice from the Bush-era Justice Department would not be prosecuted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Holder has just undone the Nuremberg principle, which is that "We vas only following ze orders" does not excuse war crimes.

In any event, this does NOT affect those who committed acts of torture BEFORE those memos were written!

Apr 24 08:48

a wize man once wrote

yet we see the so called tried and true doesn’t work so well except for a few. the few who fleece every generation around every 50 years or so.now the fleecings are astronomical in size, there simply isnt enough money available to pay off all the debts.we see the criminal adminstrations on both sides of the aisle traitorously obsfuscating justice and squandering away money for the lies of their greed.truely the people now have taxation without representation.

Apr 24 08:47

FLASHBACK - The truth is "hate speech" only to those who have something to hide

The current focus on the Israeli spy ring is about crimes committed against our nation by a foreign government, plain and simple, and whether one opposes those crimes or is accessory to those crimes by seeking to conceal them. There can be a no more dangerous path than for our government, our media, and our citizens than to ignore the presence of the largest spy ring ever uncovered within our nation simply because it is connected with a "protected" nation presumed to be above reproach or criticism.

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Relinked in light of AIPAC-gate

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Apr 24 08:46

Cookie Monster Predicted 911

Even a sock-puppet knows 911 was an inside job.

Apr 24 08:39

LIST OF US CONGRESSCRITTERS WHO TAKE MONEY FROM PRO-ISRAEL PACS

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Relinked in light of AIPAC-gate, and yes, Jane Harman is on the list.

Apr 24 08:38

FLASHBACK - WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR YOUR CHILD'S LIFE?

In exchange for money, a certain group of people have agreed to let your kids be killed. That group is the United States Congress. And for the last several years, many of them have been accepting money from AIPAC, a supposed lobbying group that stands exposed as a spy operation for a foreign government, in order to promote that foreign government's agenda, which includes war in the Mideast, waged against that foreign government's enemies.

This selling of America's children to a foreign government to be that government's mercenaries has to rank as the greatest single betrayal of a people by their government in all of history.

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Apr 24 08:36

WHO IS THE US CONGRESS LISTENING TO?

Why would the US Congress, which supposedly exists to serve the will of the AMERICAN people, be obeying the will of Israel?

Well, maybe because Israel's PACs, including lobbying/spying organization AIPAC, are PAYING THEM TO! (And may have used money looted from American investors by Bernie Madoff to do it!)

You heard me. Members of AIPAC, the organization suspected of spying for Israel, donate vast sums of money to the members of US Congress. And the US Congress has sold our young men and women in uniform to go off and fight and die in wars Israel has created.

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Apr 24 08:34

The Guantanamo Bay Torture Memos: For Kids!

“Hold on,” the little boy interrupted. “Just so I’m clear, when you say his ‘mean parents wouldn’t allow him,’ you’re talking about international law, right? Like, it’s international law that forbids Americans from using torture, so in the story when it complains about ‘mean parents,’ it’s really about the international law?” I smiled at the small boy.

“Well, aren’t you precocious? But, yes, that’s right, I suppose that’s the comparison the book is going for.”

“Sort of an unfair metaphor, if you ask me. Takes a pretty complex situation and oversimplifies it to the point of absurdity, like it’s forcing the reader to side with the-”

Apr 24 08:32

FLASHBACK - SCANDAL OF THE LOBBY ZIONIST AIPAC: A PERFUME OF WATERGATE

EIR learned from several sources in Washington that the White House makes its possible to prevent three bodies of press from revealing the origins of the falsified documents of the government native of Niger, intended to make believe that Saddam Hussein sought to obtain significant quantities of uranium native of Niger to produce nuclear weapons. After having taken knowledge of these documents, appeared in Italy at the end of 2001, Dick Cheney asked the information agencies to check information, which was to lead to the mission of the Wilson ambassador in Niger in February 2002.

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Apr 24 08:30

FLASHBACK - HEAD OF AIPAC BOASTED ABOUT HIS CONTROL OF POLITICIANS IN 1992

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Apr 24 08:28

The Shamelessness of Jane Harman

Confronted with clear evidence that she tried to obstruct justice in the case of Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman — two former top AIPAC officials slated to go on trial for espionage on June 2 — Rep. Jane Harman, a California Democrat, did what politicians usually do when forced to face unpleasant facts: she brazened it out. In a response to the Congressional Quarterly piece by Jeff Stein that has proved such an entertaining embarrassment, she brayed:

“These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact. I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.”

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There is another aspect to this case people have not commented on. In ending the phone call with the suspected with "This conversation never happened" Harman betrays a comfortable familiarity with the contents, suggesting that these sorts of quid pro quos with AIPAC are a very common occurrence in DC.

Apr 24 08:23

Torture

On Tuesday evening, I watched Anderson Cooper and Bill O'Reilly utter the same euphemism for torture. "Harsh" techniques, they said. And then, to each of their guests they posed the question of whether or not these "harsh interrogation techniques" worked and shouldn't that be an important part of judging their merit? I felt dirty just listening to them.

Apr 24 08:21

Harman: I Never Intervened In AIPAC Case

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Yeah, and NOW wiretapping is a real problem, isn't it, Jane; now that you have been hoisted on the petard you yourself approved of!

I love how she gets flustered at 3 minutes!

The fact is that what AIPAC wanted, charged reduced against Rosen and Weissman, did in fact happen. The charges of espionage were indeed reduced to merely being in possession of classified documents.

So, if Jane did not obstruct justice, she is saying someone else did.

MORE WIRETAPS ON AIPAC AND CONGRESS!!! :)

Apr 24 06:50

Bernanke put you on the hook for 2 trillion and counting. You are an involuntary investor

Bloomberg.com -The public is an “involuntary investor” in the nation’s banks, according to an April 15 court filing by Bloomberg.

In the report, the Fed detailed its assets in three limited liability corporations, all called Maiden Lane for a street in Lower Manhattan that runs past the New York Fed.

The losses become real if the principal isn’t returned.

Apr 24 06:30

Tony Blair calls on world to wage war on militant Islam

Tony Blair has said he does not regret leading Britain to war in Iraq when he was Prime Minister and has called on the world to take on and defeat Islamic extremists. He believes that, without intervention, the problem will continue to grow in countries such as Afghanistan.

He called for a battle to be waged against militant Islam similar to that fought against revolutionary communism.

In an address last night to a forum on religion and politics in Chicago, Mr Blair said that the world today faced a struggle posed by "an extreme and misguided form of Islam", which threatened the majority of Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

Apr 24 06:07

Israel's Gaza report 'lacks credibility': Amnesty

The Israeli army's investigation into its recent war in Gaza "lacks credibility" and is no substitute for an independent probe, London-based rights organisation Amnesty International said Thursday.

The Israeli army on Wednesday defended its conduct during the 22-day offensive against Hamas, saying five investigations carried out by the military found the army "operated in accordance with international law."

But Amnesty said the army briefing "lacks crucial details" and failed to explain the overwhelming majority of civilian deaths during the war, including incidents involving shooting at medical facilities.

Apr 24 05:59

The sun's cooling down - so what does that mean for us?

Most scientists believe humans are the main culprit when it comes to global warming, and Weiss is no exception. He points out that the ice remained in Europe long after solar activity picked up from the Maunder minimum. Even if we had another, similar low, he says, it would probably only cause temperatures on Earth to drop by the order of a tenth of a degree Celsius - peanuts compared to recent hikes.

Really?

Temperature Monitors Report Wide-Scale Global Cooling

The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years.

Apr 24 05:47

Cow genome project designed SPECIFICALLY to make genetic engineering appear innocuous

BBC Science - Cow genome 'to transform farming' - Victoria Gill -The genome of a female Hereford cow has been sequenced, which could be a starting point for major improvements in the agricultural industry.

[Major improvements? More teats? A bigger udder? Wheels? Ag geneticists lamented they would much rather be working on something more specifically designed to kill people, -a hybrid flu virus, or a cold-hardy malaria mosquito, -but for now "cows is where the research money is, so we do cows."]

Apr 24 05:36

Smokers 'need anger help to quit' - Or even better - A big smoking gun and a free ride to Washington D.C.

BBC -Smokers should be given anger management lessons to help them give up smoking, a study suggests.

Researchers hypothesised smokers were more likely to be people prone to anger and said tackling this could be a vital part of smoking cessation services.

[Oh bullshit! Just give them a gun. That's what guns are for!]

Apr 24 05:20

Finally! An Alternative to Murder/Suiciding - German parents 'ran out of money' - Abandoned Children

BBC A German couple who abandoned three young children in an Italian pizzeria on Sunday have told police they fled because they had no money, reports say.

Ina Caterina Remhof, the 26-year-old mother, and her partner Sascha Schmidt, 24, said they had to eat scraps of food from bins, the Ansa news agency said.

[There's a photo of the couple -unlike when economic casualties commit murder/suicide to remedy their fate. So, go ahead satisfy your sick voyeuristic human nature and go see how fat she keeps herself on dumpster diving. I do hope someone keeps a file for posterity and when the kids grow up. Has someone died yet -for diving into someone else's dumpster? No doubt!]

Apr 24 05:01

Yahoo pulls the plug on GeoCities - Indicating it is near bankruptcy

BBC News -Yahoo is to close its personal web hosting site GeoCities later this year.

In a statement, the firm says it will no longer be accepting new customers and will focus on helping "customers build new relationships online".

Yahoo bought GeoCities for $3.57bn at the height of the dotcom boom in 1999.

[This is an astonishing admission of just how broke Yahoo! really is. They are saying they cannot afford to operate the servers and pay the modest staff dedicated to Geocities web hosting, which does charge a range of fees for its premium services. The admission is tantamount to saying, We are imploding!]

Apr 24 04:49

Obummer

And, once Barack Obama was elected, I called for us to come together in support of America's new president. I never imagined that anybody could be worse than George W. Bush. It begins to appear that I may have been wrong about that, too.

I want to like Obama. In fact, I still do ... personally. After all, he is just so ... likeable. Problem is, things are happening on his watch that continue to fracture America and, in fact, seem to be accelerating her plunge into the political, social and economic abyss.

Apr 24 03:45

Killing Civilians

Forgotten? It's true that we forget these killings easily -- often we don't notice them in the first place -- since they don't seem to impinge on our lives. Perhaps that's one of the benefits of fighting a war on the periphery of empire, halfway across the planet in the backlands of some impoverished country.

One problem, though: the forgetting doesn't work so well in those backlands. When your child, wife or husband, mother or father is killed, you don't forget.

Apr 24 03:18

Fake Consumer Group Says Price-Gouging Is Good for You

Cable and phone companies, many of which are eyeing similar price structures, don’t want to see TWC fail. So enter the American Consumer Institute, the fake consumer group that is trying to convince us that excluding people from using the Internet is a good thing. Oh, and so is stifling online video innovation.

Apr 24 03:04

Pelosi briefed on waterboarding in '02

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

April 23, 2009

Apr 23 21:07

Guilty of Being Poor

Guilty of Being Poor
by Eric Ruder / April 23rd, 2009

The jailers of the 19th century — even in the pre-Civil War South — largely abandoned the practice of imprisoning people for falling into debt as counterproductive and ultimately barbaric. In the 1970s and ’80s, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that incarcerating people who can’t pay fines because of poverty violates the U.S. Constitution.

Apparently, though, some states and county jails never got the memo. Welcome to the debtors’ prisons of the 21st century.

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