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April 23, 2009

Apr 23 19:02

A Must Read: The Crash Of ‘09 - The Collapse Of ‘10

I told you that it’s a funny world getting funnier. Many American analysts are saying that America’s real economic collapse could come by the end of this year. “It will come to known as The Crash of 09,” they say. Others, especially a Russian political analyst, are predicting its physical collapse too. There’s no doubt that the country is up the dirtiest of imaginable creeks without a paddle.

Apr 23 19:00

Hazardous waste left by Ohio Earth Day event

A weekend Earth Day event at an Ohio park left behind scores of paint cans, jars of cleaning solvents and other containers of household hazardous waste.

Apr 23 17:46

Obama vows to battle Holocaust denial

Apr 23 16:39

More Fiscal Stimulus Is Needed to Reverse Economic Decline

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Steal from the poor to give to the rich!



Taboola
Apr 23 16:36

Head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq arrested in Baghdad: army

The head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Omar al-Baghdadi, was arrested in the capital on Thursday, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

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Apr 23 16:36

Microsoft sales fall for first time in 23 years

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that declining PC sales hurt revenue, as the software giant reported quarterly sales that fell for the first time in its 23-year history as a public company.

The Redmond, Wash.-based company said sales fell 6% from a year earlier to $13.7 billion, missing analysts' expectations of $14.1 billion.

Apr 23 16:29

RSA Offers Encryption Toolkit Free To Developers

RSA traditionally had licensed only its BSAFE encryption technology, which can cost customers tens of thousands of dollars, but company officials say the timing is right to give developers easier access to tools for building more security features into applications from the ground up, rather than tacking them on later. The new Share Project is an online community for developers that provides support, information, and free downloads of RSA's encryption toolkits for C/C++ and Java. The company plans to offer more free security tools under the program, as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is good news for people who want a certain degree of security in their applications, but for those of you wanting to keep the government out of your private business, there is a drawback.

Breaking a code requires two steps. First, the method must be worked out. After the method is worked out, then the key for a particular message must be found.

Of the two, finding the method is the most difficult. This was the major sticking point for the Allies during WW2 in trying to break the Enigma code, and the method was not solved until an Enigma was captured from a Nazi sub. Once they had the machine and the method, it became a matter of brute force (and Turing's machines) to find the keys.

With RSA (or DES or Clipper or ... ) the government starts out knowing the method used for encryption. And with three acres of supercomputers underneath NSA's Fort Mead complex, finding the keys to a particular message is only a matter of time, usually seconds.

Apr 23 16:23

Researchers Find Massive Botnet On Nearly 2 Million Infected Consumer, Business, Government PCs



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 23 14:47

Canada must bring Guantanamo inmate home: court

A Canadian federal court on Thursday ordered the government to demand that the United States send home as soon as possible a young Canadian held in the US military jail in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THERE is a press conference I want to watch!

Apr 23 14:43

Gates Says He Approved of Release of CIA Memos

Gates, a former CIA director ; indicated Thursday that he supported the release of sensitive memos on detainee interrogation methods last week because he viewed their ultimate disclosure as inevitable.

Apr 23 14:42

Walking out on Ahmadinejad was just plain childish

Isn't it time western diplomats just grew up and stopped these infantile games over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? All that this play-acting over boycotting of conferences because of his presence and walking out because of his words achieves is to flatter his ego, boost his poll ratings at home and play into the hands of an Israel that is desperate to prove Iran the gravest threat to its existence.

Apr 23 14:42

Burglars flee hail of bullets

The man had parked his dark blue, late 1990s sport-utility vehicle in her home's courtyard, and she saw him slam one of the doors shut. Gallegos said she was afraid he was going to retrieve a weapon, so she fired a round at his car. The man jumped into the vehicle, spun the wheels and drove out of the courtyard.

Gallegos then turned her attention to the man in the office, who shut the door when he heard the gunshot. She said she could hear him trying to get out a window. She went outside and saw the man in the SUV driving around her home, so she fired three more shots at him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You gotta work on your aim. Other than that; good job!


Apr 23 14:39

HERO COP STOPS SCUMBAG NEWS REPORTER FROM FILMING PATRIOT ARMY SOLDIERS VIOLATING POSSE COMITATUS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The involved police department has now admitted the cop went just a teensy weensy overboard.

Apr 23 14:36

Katie Couric and CBS News Get Creative With Facebook Pages

The challenge, should you choose to accept, is to create a 20 second video on what Obama’s done wrong or right while in office, and post it to her Facebook Page. The best videos will be included in a live broadcast from CBSNews.com on April 29 at 7pm EST.

Apr 23 14:35

Rice gave early approval for CIA waterboarding, Senate report reveals

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, looks like Condi is the designated scapegoat!

Apr 23 14:31

The Consequences of Torture

With this week's myriad revelations on torture, the prospective targets of prosecution and impeachment have suddenly grown from the so-called Bush 6 to potentially dozens of officials, lawyers, and interrogators who brought us waterboarding, sleep deprivation, stress positions, and "walling," Here's a look at the odds each group involved, from President Bush himself to mid-level lawyers, face of court proceedings.
-BUSH AND CHENEY
Odds: SAFE
Indicting the Big Two would be politically untenable.
-THE CABINET
Odds: DOUBTFUL BUT POSSIBLE
Everyone from Donald Rumsfeld to Condoleezza Rice to John Ashcroft could be vulnerable
-THE INTERROGATORS
Odds: SAFE
Obama shields the CIA officers who carried out now-banned techniques.
-THE LEGAL EAGLES
Odds: TROUBLE AHEAD


Apr 23 14:12

U.S. Is Said to Prepare Filing for Chrysler Bankruptcy

The Treasury has an agreement in principle with the U.A.W. to protect pensions and retiree health benefits as part of the filing, people with knowledge of the action said.

Apr 23 14:04

Barnett: Next Step After the Tax Tea Parties: Repeal the 16th Amendment

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you repeal an amendment that was never actually ratified???????

Apr 23 14:03

FLASHBACK - Israeli link possible in US torture techniques

In exchange for interrogation training, did Washington award security contracts?

Apr 23 14:02

The Counterfeiting Numbers

Counterfeiters create new money, illegally. The Federal Reserve (FED) does the same thing, legally.

The legal counterfeiting is worse than the illegal.


Apr 23 14:01

ISRAELI TORTURE IS SYSTEMATIC AND "LEGAL"

Torture of Palestinians is not only routine and systematic, in it actually sanctioned by the Israeli legal system that has been twisted to serve Israeli policies. Going back to the Shinbet scandal of the early 1980's, even more sadistic forms of torture have given way to the kinds of 'legalized' torture methods outlined in this important article from one of the few independent and courageousmedia sources in Israel, The Alternative Information Center (AIC).

Apr 23 14:00

FLASHBACK - Rape, Feces and Urine-Dipped Cloth Sacks

With mounting evidence that a shadowy group of former Israeli Defense Force and General Security Service (Shin Bet) Arabic-speaking interrogators were hired by the Pentagon under a classified "carve out" sub-contract to brutally interrogate Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, one only needs to examine the record of abuse of Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in Israel to understand what Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meant, when referring to new, yet to be released photos and videos, he said, "if these images are released to the public, obviously its going to make matters worse."

Apr 23 13:58

Larry Summers Falls Asleep During Credit Card Industry Meeting

President Obama's chief economic adviser Larry Summers apparently fell asleep during a high-profile meeting with credit card industry officials in the White House on Thursday.

Apr 23 13:55

For Whom The Clock Ticks

A growing body of research supports the idea that there are biological disadvantages to late-in-life fatherhood. But will society's view of male fertility ever change?


Apr 23 13:27

AYRES TO SPEAK AT BRANDEIS

Ayers to speak at Brandeis despite dispute over his past

Apr 23 13:15

Rice gave early 'waterboarding green light'

The CIA first sought in May 2002 to use harsh interrogation techniques including waterboarding on terror suspects, and was given key early approval by then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, a US Senate intelligence document said.

The agency got the green light to use the near-drowning technique on July 26, 2002, when attorney general John Ashcroft concluded "that the use of waterboarding was lawful," the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a detailed timeline of the "war on terrorism" interrogations released Wednesday.

Apr 23 12:54

Peter Schiff: Barack Obama Is Saying One Thing & Doing The Other!

[video:Peter Schiff: Barack Obama Is Saying One Thing & Doing The Other!}

Apr 23 11:50

Palestinian citizens of Israel riot as military invades village with demolition orders

Hundreds rallied against Israeli forces as they entered the village of Kfar Qassem intending to demolish a greenhouse owned by Palestinian citizens of Israel Wednesday night.


Apr 23 11:48

HOPE FOR GAZA CONVOY

As part of its activities, The European Campaign to End the Siege in Gaza (ECESG), is restlessly preparing, in race against time, a convoy of medical aid to Gaza.

Apr 23 11:47

THE MARTYR HAD A NAME

Over the weekend I posted about a murder committed by Israeli troops at a protest against the wall of apartheid. As delegates were gathering at the site of the Durban Conference Against Racism, racism was/is thriving in Israel. The man murdered was loved by his community. You can read about him below…. the martyr who had a name….

Apr 23 11:38

Hillary Clinton warns of 'existential threat' in Pakistan

- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned in unusually bleak terms Wednesday that Pakistan's fragile government is facing an "existential threat" from Islamic militants who are now operating within a few hours of the capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Can we invade them now? Can we? Huh? Can we?"

Apr 23 11:32

Are Members of Congress Being Blackmailed?

For some time now, many Americans have wondered how Congress, the elected body that the nation’s Founding Fathers saw as the bulwark of liberty, could have been so thoroughly unwilling to, or incapable of challenging the dictatorial power-grabs and the eight-year Constitution wrecking campaign of the Bush/Cheney administration.

There has been speculation on both the far left and the far right, and even among some in the apolitical, cynical middle of the political spectrum, that somehow the Bush/Cheney administration must have been blackmailing at least the key members of the Congressional leadership, most likely through the use of electronic monitoring by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or perhaps the blackmail comes from somewhere more distant?


Apr 23 10:59

Nobel Laureate Accuses Israel of 'Ethnic Cleansing'

Apr 23 10:53

Watch Christopher Hitchens Get Waterboarded

Apr 23 10:51

HOUSTON CHRONICLE EDITORIAL CARTOON

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at the cartoon of Ahmadinejad. The historical truth is that Iran has not invaded another country for over 200 years while the blood from Lebanon and Gaza still drips from Israel's hands. Yet the obvious shills are piling on to assure us all that this cartoon represents reality.

Please take a moment to add your own comments about this cartoon.

Apr 23 10:37

Grandmother Scores Huge Victory over Monsanto

People are finally asking the obvious questions: Who controls the food? Where does it come from? Is it healthy? Will there be anything to eat? And why has it been so cheap for so long?

And the question that scares Monsanto to death:

Why don’t I and all of my neighbors just grow our own food...on one square foot of land? [2]

The conversation at Starbucks is no longer about which stocks or houses are going up (or down) but which vegetables sprout the fastest and how many crops can one get in before winter. Now when someone mentions planting a bush permanently they are not talking about how to bury our last president but the best way to plant super bush beans in the spring.



Lockerdome
Apr 23 10:33

FLASHBACK - Alexis Ponce: “The Mossad trained the Ecuadorean police in torture techniques”

“The Mossad trained the Ecuadorean police in torture techniques between 1986 and 1994,” said Alexis Ponce during the Axis for Peace international conference, organized by Voltaire Network on November 17-18, 2005, in Brussels. “The Israeli secret services gave technical support to the tyranny that stained Ecuador with blood. The police corps received advanced training by Israeli agents to torture and to force those who opposed the tyranny to speak. The Israeli agents transmitted their knowledge about the numerous techniques used to torture people. They are criminals! Hundreds of people disappeared during those dark years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 23 10:30

Jack Bauer can't stop 'The Goldman Conspiracy'

Two mind-numbing fast-paced dramas. Two parallel worlds. One real, one fiction, both deadly. Jack Bauer, mythic hero of "24." Dying from a deadly bio-pathogen leaked from weapons developed by Starkwood, a rogue mercenary army attacking the presidency, hell-bent on taking over America.
The other drama in play: "Hank the Hammer" Paulson, iconic Wall Street hero, a Trojan Horse placed inside Washington by Goldman Sachs as Treasury Secretary in control of America's $15 trillion economy. Goldman, a modern dynasty with vast financial powers much like those once used by the de' Medici, Rothschilds and Morgans to control nations.

Apr 23 10:25

Disgraced commander calls out Cheney for 'scapegoating' Abu Ghraib soldiers

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann stated on Wednesday's edition of Countdown, "When the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison came to light, Rumsfeld blamed it on a few bad apples. He was right. What we know is that the few bad apples were Rumsfeld himself and Mr. Bush, Cheney and more. They were the bad apples. And as happens with bad apples, they corrupted others around them."

Apr 23 10:25

'24' is fictional. So is the idea that torture works

The key example is Ibn Shaykh al-Libi, a Libyan al-Qaeda trainer captured in Pakistan in 2002. He denied knowing of any links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, but, under torture, “remembered” that Iraq had trained Islamic terrorists in the use of weapons of mass destruction. His evidence formed the centrepiece of George W. Bush's pre-invasion speech: “We've learnt that Iraq has trained al-Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and gases.” Al-Libi's “confession” was entirely false, but by the time the CIA retracted the claim, the war was under way.


Apr 23 10:15

Israel Blackmails Obama

Occupied Jerusalem: Israel will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in US efforts to stop Iran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon and to limit Tehran's rising influence in the region, a top government officials familiar with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's still-nascent policy on the issue said.

Apr 23 10:13

How the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Buried the Madoff Scandal for at Least Four Years

One dog that snoozed in its kennel was the New York Times. The Madoff scam was, of course, a local story for the Times, not least because Times editors undoubtedly knew many of Madoff’s victims socially. It is surprising, to say the least, that no Times person ever seems to have sensed there was something fishy going on in the Lipstick building. The Upper East Side was buzzing with rumors about his apparently sensational investment returns. Many a New York socialite either had money invested with him – and boasted of it in a loud stage whisper – or at least wanted to do so.

Apr 23 10:12

Bush officials reportedly pushed interrogators to link Saddam, al-Qaida

The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al-Qaida and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist.

Such information would have provided a foundation for one of former President George W. Bush's main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and Saddam's regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, like with the WMDs, people were tortured for information that simply did not exist.

Apr 23 10:08

High Priests of OLC Turned CIA Torture Into Holy Acts

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rush to find the scapegoats is on!


Apr 23 10:05

More being foreclosed into homelessness

Derrick Hughes spent so much energy trying to save his Roxbury home from foreclosure that when sheriff's deputies finally evicted him in January he had nowhere to go but his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer.

"I spent the weekend driving around, thinking, 'What am I going to do?' " said Hughes, 56, a UPS driver. "I was running around trying to save the house rather than find a place for me."

Apr 23 09:57

O'Reilly: "Torture, My Ass"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's waterboard O'Reilly 180 times in a month and see if he still thinks it is no big deal.

Apr 23 09:54

Ozone Hole Causes Antarctic Sea Ice to Expand, Slows Warming

The human-induced depletion of the protective ozone layer has altered wind patterns and caused temperatures in most of the southern continent to fall so that more cold air flows over the Southern Ocean, freezing the water, the scientists said today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, whatever happens; it's your failt anyway and you have to pay for it!" -- Al Bore

Apr 23 09:51

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on March 1, 2003 by the Pakistani ISI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another confirmation that KSM was captured in 2003, which means that the claims that torturing him resulted in the thwarting of a terror plot in Los Angeles in 2002 are a lie.


Apr 23 09:50

Waking up to torture truths

The Bush administration claimed that the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed helped foil a planned 2002 attack on Los Angeles -- forgetting that he wasn't captured until 2003.

Apr 23 09:42

FLASHBACK - IS ISRAEL BLACKMAILING AMERICA?

Now, I want you all to stop and think for a minute of the full ramifications of this. Israeli interests have the ability to listen in on ANY phone in America connected to any of the systems used by Amdocs or Comverse Infosys. They have had this ability for several years. They can listen in and track the phone calls made by anyone's phone, whether police officer, elected official, media talking head, editor, policy setter, news mogul, even the President of the United States. The Ken Starr report on Whitewater describes how Bill Clinton warned Monica Lewinsky that a foreign government was tapping their phone calls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the report that the US Government might completely drop all charges against suspected Israeli spies Rosen and Weissman.

Apr 23 09:35

BALLOT INITIATIVE FOR INDEPENDENT 9-11 INVESTIIGATION IN NEW YORK

Apr 23 09:32

Israel: 'Malfunction' caused Gaza massacre

Ma’an – The Israeli military said internal investigations showed it acted according to law during the three-week offensive against the Gaza Strip, but that 'malfunctions’ resulted in the deaths of innocents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It was all the fault of Vista! Really!!!"


Apr 23 09:26

CBS's 60 Minutes Reports on Resurgence of Cold Fusion

"Scientists today like to call it a nuclear effect rather than cold fusion. At least 20 labs working independently have published reports of excess heat - heat up to 25 times greater than the electricity going in. And we've found that the Pentagon is saying it too. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, did its own analysis and 60 Minutes obtained an internal memo that concludes there is 'no doubt that anomalous excess heat is produced in these experiments.'"
-- CBS 60 Minutes, 4/19/09

Apr 23 09:25

Children tracked by sat nav to stop bad behaviour

Children will be tracked by satellite on public transport and encouraged to spy on their friends and report bad behaviour, under a pilot scheme by the Welsh Assembly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And we have these really cool badges we bought surplus from the STASI for you all to wear!"

Apr 23 09:24

Document: Rice approved harsh tactics in 2002

At a time when the Justice Department is deciding whether former officials who set interrogation policy or formulated the legal justifications for it should be investigated for possible crimes, the timeline lists at least a dozen members of the Bush administration who were present when the CIA's director or others explained exactly which questioning techniques were to be used and how those sessions proceeded.

Rice gave a key early green light when, as President George W. Bush's national security adviser, she met on July 17, 2002, with the CIA's then-director, George J. Tenet, and "advised that the CIA could proceed with its proposed interrogation of Abu Zubaida," subject to approval by the Justice Department, according to the timeline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I get the sense that Condi has been chosen to the the sacrificial lamp to throw at the mob in order to save Bush and Cheney.

Apr 23 09:22

America: a superpower no more

Decline is occurring more rapidly than we think. It's time to embrace a new agenda.

Two American icons, General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway, lost their triple-A credit ratings. Then China, America's largest creditor, called for a new global currency to replace the dollar just weeks after it demanded Washington guarantee the safety of Beijing's nearly $1 trillion debt holdings. And that was just in March.


Apr 23 09:21

INCREDIBLE GRILLING OF UK DIPLOMAT!

Jeremy Paxman: What is the difference between Zionism and racism?

Peter Gooderham: Well we see the two as being quite distinct…

Jeremy Paxman: Yeah what’s the difference?

Peter Gooderham: Well Zionism is a political movement related to the establishment of a homeland…

Jeremy Paxman [quietly]: So are some forms of racism.

Peter Gooderham:…a Jewish homeland, in the er…in what is now Israel and racism is something else. I mean racism is, I think we all know it when we see it and it’s not, it’s not that, and we have fought long and hard at the United Nations to keep that, to maintain that distinction.

Apr 23 09:20

Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial

A lawyer representing one of the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial has called for a retrial after reports that the judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the main entertainment industry representatives.

Apr 23 09:20

Israel backs down over white phosphorus

An IDF briefing yesterday after an inquiry into the three-week Gaza offensive disclosed that two different munitions containing white phosphorus had been used. Mortar shells fired by ground forces and 76mm rounds fired from naval vessels both contained phosphorus as an active ingredient.

Until now the IDF has denied the Times accounts. On January 7 a military spokeman said that the shells in question had “no explosives and no white phosphorus”.

Apr 23 09:17

U.S. Army prepares to invade U.S.

The plans to implement martial law in America have been taking shape for decades, hidden behind "Continuity of Government" contingency planning. Now, with public outcry over the banker bailout bill at fever pitch, all of the pieces are in place for the U.S. Army to start policing American citizens.



Pixfuture
Apr 23 09:16

A Rahm Bomb for Jane Harman?

So the inside-the-Beltway question is: Who, high up in the administration, authorized the leak of a super-secret NSA wiretap against a sitting member of Congress, Rep. Jane Harman (who also happens to be the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee) And how do the anonymous sources know they will not be prosecuted?

Who would have authorized it? If I had to bet, it would be the President or his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, or the National Security Advisor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Rahm is indeed "Mega", Israel's top spy inside the US Government, then getting his fellow Israeli spies off of the hook would be a priority. Indeed Rosen and Weissman might even be blackmailing Rahm to get them set free.

The leak about Harman may have been a warning to let the two spies go free or risk even more embarrassing disclosures.

Apr 23 09:12

Big banks have a big credit problem

Banks are socking away funds for future loan losses at a record clip. But at the sickliest institutions, problem loans are rising even faster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, because the more money you suck out of the general population to pour on the banks, the harder it is for people to find the high paying jobs with which they can make the payments.

Apr 23 09:11

How the israeli Madoff is a key financial player in 9/11

The terror attacks of 9-11 and the financial crisis that exploded in September 2008 are similar and connected. The similarity between the two events that occurred almost exactly seven years apart reveals the criminal thinking behind both events – and the method.

Apr 23 09:10

Regional Banks Show No Turnaround In Sight

From Minnesota to Alabama, battered regional banks are warning a turnaround from the economic malaise is nowhere in sight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRING BACK THE JOBS. THEN WE CAN MAKE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS, CREDIT PAYMENTS, TAX PAYMENTS. WE CAN BUY NEW CARS. WE CAN BUY FLAT PANEL TV SETS.

STOP BEING THE 21ST CENTURY VERSION OF THE NAZIS SO THAT TOURISTS, CUSTOMERS, AND CLIENTS ARE COMFORTABLE DOING BUSINESS WITH US ONCE MORE.


Apr 23 09:07

Mortgage defaults hit record in state, Bay Area

In an ominous sign that foreclosures may soon surge, the number of mortgage default notices in California and the Bay Area rose to record levels in the first quarter of 2009, according to a report from a real estate information service.

Such notices typically precede foreclosures by a few months. The huge rise in defaults means that scores of bargain-priced bank-owned properties could inundate the struggling real estate market during the key spring and summer selling season.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There may soon be a huge flood of foreclosed homes. Lenders are trying to keep the homes off of the market to avoid depressing prices still further, but when there are too many sitting idle, someone will start duping them and then everything will hit at the same time.

Apr 23 08:57

Israel defies US and destroys Palestinian home

Brushing aside international criticism, Israel demolished a Palestinian house in East Jerusalem in the latest in a series of actions that critics say is racheting up tensions in the city, harming chances for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wake up and smell the frying schoolkids! Israel does not WANT a two-state solution; they want it ALL!

Apr 23 08:56

Nazi cows, Nazi cats, actors playing depressed Nazis. It's all just Hitler porn and it disgusts me

I thought the whole point of the second world war was to eradicate Nazism from the face of the earth. No more swastikas, no more shiny boots, no more dwarf narcissists giving vegetarian dinner parties and shooting liberals. It was supposed to be over in 1945. But we seem to have a new kind of Nazi domination - a cultural domination - and it's silly. There is no point to it: it exists just for itself. And it turns our eyes from the evils that we should be noticing today. It is a big dressing-up box, full of distraction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, who makes the decisions to PRODUCE all this trapped-in-the-past melodrama, while ignoring the genocide taking place right before our very eyes?

Apr 23 08:52

Thefts up amid 'credit crunch crimewave' fears

The latest crime figures show muggings and burglaries are up amid fears of a credit crunch crime wave.



Xmas w/o borders
Apr 23 08:51

Why isn't CBS covering what the Israel Lobby did to Chas Freeman?

The libels on me and their easily traceable email trails show conclusively that there is a powerful lobby determined to prevent any view other than its own from being aired, still less to factor in American understanding of trends and events in the Middle East.

Apr 23 08:50

Praise G-d: Muslim Spy Ring Smashed

Apr 23 08:48

Insurance Industry Point Man for Bailout Cash

Well, Neal is a very well qualified guy right… sure, he even helped write the bill that deregulated the banking industry that led to this mess!

Apr 23 08:47

Only in America can you...

Tell 1,000 lies or more to scare Americans into invading a country that was NO harm to the USA and had NOTHING to do with 9/11 and your reward is a cushy retirement, with the best medical care in the world, living in a multimillion dollar home you bought with "campaign" donations, get protected 24/7 by SS agents and stand to make around 20 million for speaking fees.

Apr 23 08:46

We are nothing…..

Superb Hubble photos - Bigfoot has been found on Mars :)

Apr 23 08:44

British scientists study Hawaiian happy face spider

Dr Geoff Oxford, a spider expert from the University of York, said: "I must admit when I turned over the first leaf and saw one it certainly brought a smile to my face.

"There are various theories as to why the spider has developed the markings it has, one of these that it may be to confuse predators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hawaii has some wonderful species for all the arachnophiles out there.

As for the smiley face, I suspect that it evolved for much the same reason that the Heiki Crab in Japan did. People are reluctant to kill something that looks like a human face. That goes for spiders with a smile and crabs with the face of a samurai. If you look like a human face, you are less likely to get killed (and in the case of the crabs) eaten. Over time, this process of artificial selection favors those life forms with human faces on them.

The near extinction of the happy face spider appears related to predation by creatures with no inherent sympathy for human faces, or the brain wiring to see one in the pattern on the spider's body.

Apr 23 08:39

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Phony Tony paid by the war-mong?

Apr 23 08:37

Attorneys Ask Federal Court to Declare Iraq War Unconstitutional

Attorneys representing a veteran and two mothers of soldiers are asking a federal court to declare the Iraq war unconstitutional.

They said in court Tuesday that former President George W. Bush overstepped his constitutional authority to invade Iraq in 2003 without Congress officially declaring war.

They say that wasn't the intent of the country's "founding fathers" who wrote the constitution more than 200 years ago.

The government argued that courts do not have authority to rule on a political matter.

Apr 23 08:37

Nicolas Sarkozy spends £157m on keeping up with the presidential jet set

The ignominy is evidently too much to bear. When he flies to international summits President Sarkozy is confronted by a number of private jets that dwarf his French Airbus A319.

Even the Spanish and German leaders arrive in bigger aircraft, let alone Barack Obama’s mighty Air Force One.

Next month work will begin on a project to give Mr Sarkozy wings in keeping with his ambitions when French engineers take possession of an aircraft that will be turned into an ultra-modern presidential airliner.

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It's essentially an aluminum dick-measuring contest.

Apr 23 08:36

Bombings kill more than 70 in Iraq

Suicide bombers in Iraq launched two deadly attacks Thursday, killing at least 45 people in Diyala province and at least 28 in Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

An attacker set off a suicide vest at a restaurant in Imam Wais, a Diyala provincial security official said. The area is about 43 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Baquba, capital of the sprawling province that is north and east of Baghdad.

The Diyala bombing, which targeted Iranian pilgrims, also wounded 28, the Interior Ministry official said.

Apr 23 08:35

Chew on this: Gum may be good for body, mind

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you can't trust a study funded by the gum makers, who CAN you trust???????

(Ahem)

Almost all gum made and sold in the US today uses Aspartame instead of sugar.

Shame on CNN for running such an obvious sales piece as regular news.

Apr 23 08:32

Weekly jobless claims up more than expected

New jobless claims rose more than expected last week, while the number of workers continuing to filing claims for unemployment benefits topped 6.1 million.

Apr 23 08:31

Senate report on prisoner abuse connects dots all the way to the top

A HIGH-LEVEL US Senate report published yesterday directly implicates senior members of the Bush administration in the extensive use of harsh interrogation methods against al-Qaeda suspects and other prisoners around the world.

The 232-page report, the most detailed investigation yet into torture by US military and intelligence personnel, undercuts the claim of Paul Wolfowitz, a former deputy defence secretary, that the abuse of prisoners in Iraq was the work of "a few bad apples".

Apr 23 08:27

The FBI as an ethical hacker?

The FBI depends on exploiting software bugs to install CIPAV. I would like my software vendors to fix bugs that would let in spyware even if it makes life hard for the FBI. I hope that the software vendors are not leaving bugs unfixed or purposeful back doors just to help the FBI, because sooner or later the bad guys will find them and exploit them -- maybe even against the FBI.

Also I'd like my antispyware software to find and report on all spyware, but there have been reports that some antispyware companies have agreed to ignore the FBI tool. This provides a great opportunity for spyware developers to create software that looks enough like the FBI program so that the antispyware software will ignore it as well.

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Anyone here who trusts the FBI to confine its activities to fighting crime needs to go back to yesterday's stories about FBI agents using their little taxpayer-funded toys to watch teenage girls getting naked in dressing rooms.

Apr 23 08:23

As "Morning Joe" misses the point on torture

In other words, the push from Cheney, Rumsfeld, and even Condi Rice, was not about preventing an imminent attack, or, as Joe Scarborough keeps insisting, a matter of political differences between the old and new administrations. The torture programs devised by Rumsfeld, largely, via reverse-engineering the SERE program was being used in much the same way the Maoist Chinese used it against our soldiers during the Korean War: to produce false confessions that would justify an invasion of Iraq that President Bush was at the time claiming he wasn't even considering.

Apr 23 08:22

FLASHBACK - THE POINT OF NO RETURN

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I wrote this short blurb back when the abuses of Abu Ghraib first surfaced. In it I pointed out that dictators try to lure their slaves across certain moral lines and that anyone agreeing to the use of torture would become psychologically trapped and unable to go back, out of fear of facing what they themselves had become.

As we watch various corporate media pundits try to reassure America 9and themselves) that torture was right and necessary and justified, the psychologically trapped are becoming easy to spot!

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Apr 23 08:19

Obama Plays Hamlet on Torture

In Wednesday’s Times, reporters Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti plow much of the same ground. Please don’t misunderstand. They deserve considerable praise for finally pushing their article past the Times’ timorous censors, but let’s not pretend the startling revelations are new.

The Times ought to allow the likes of Shane and Mazzetti to publish these stories when they are fresh. Alternatively, the once-known-as “newspaper of record” might at least report the findings of the likes of Eban, rather than ignoring them for nearly two years.

Apr 23 08:18

Doom and Gloom

There are over four hundred dead zones in the oceans where nothing lives, nothing. Nada, zip, zilch. Totally without oxygen, these areas are as dead as the surface of the moon, some predict as large as 45,000 square miles. The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is one of the larger in the world covering up to 8,000 square miles.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/

Apr 23 08:17

The US Torturers should be ...

investigated
11% (211 votes)
jailed
30% (573 votes)
waterboarded
13% (243 votes)
ignored
1% (15 votes)
given a stern talking to
0% (5 votes)
given movie deals
1% (10 votes)
locked in a cell with their victims
19% (355 votes)
Given a reality show
2% (29 votes)
Shot at sunrise
24% (466 votes)
Total votes: 1907
Apr 23 08:15

Michael Ratner: Call for a Commission Would Wrongly Take the Pressure off the Push for Prosecutions

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Given the total absence of credibility with past Commissions, a new Commission is not the way to deal with this issue.

Either the US Government is seen to take a harsh stance against torture, or the world will know that torture is accepted policy.

There is no middle ground.

Apr 23 08:11

Youth minister had sex with girls, 15

Police say a volunteer youth minister at a Greenwood church confessed to having sex with three 15-year-old girls.

According to police, three years ago 29-year-old Jonathan James Hartman began sexual relationships with the girls in a youth band program. The program was held at The Salvation Army in Greenwood which serves as a pantry and a church. Hartman's parents are the Salvation Army officers at the church and he was a co-youth minister.

Police say the girls had sex with Hartman at the church, at their homes and at his parents home in Indianapolis. Accoding to police, one of the 15 year olds is pregnant and Hartman is the father.

Apr 23 08:08

Rice approved CIA waterboarding

As national security adviser, Ms Rice consented to the harsh interrogation of al-Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah, the Senate Intelligence Committee found.

Memos released last week show that he and another key detainee were subjected to waterboarding 266 times.

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney has said the techniques produced results.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That lawyer admitted he just threw himself in front of my shotgun just to make me look bad!!!"

Apr 23 08:07

Thursday poll:..Bush...officials should be investigated for ...torture...?

One the left: "Do you think Bush administration officials should be investigated for alleged torture of terror suspects?"

Apr 23 08:06

THE CIA, THE TRAVEL AGENTS AND TORTURE TOURISM

Apr 23 08:05

Drug Company Had Hit List for Doctors Who Criticized Them

The international drug company Merck had a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralized" or discredited because they had criticized the painkiller Vioxx, a now-withdrawn drug that the pharmaceutical giant produced.

Apr 23 08:05

The strange case of Roxana Saberi

According to reports from Iran, Saberi was caught trying to purchase information regarding Iran's nuclear program. This is a serious charge that the Iranian judiciary must back up with solid evidence. Otherwise, the suspicion that Saberi is simply caught in the net of US-Iran political intrigue may linger as long as she is in jail.

At the same time, Saberi's case raises new questions about the US government's covert actions inside Iran. Such tactics were openly admitted by the George W Bush administration and have yet to be repudiated by the new Obama team.

Apr 23 08:03

Saddam is Hanged for His Crimes, Who will Hang Bush/Blair for Theirs?

Saddam is just a "baby" ruthless dictator compared to Bush and Blair. They had waged illegal war to rob Iraqis natural resources. They, and their administrations, had caused the deaths of almost a million people within a short period of three years. They had caused the destruction of a whole country. They had spread terror in Iraq and threats of terror against the whole Middle Eastern region. They had legalized torture, rape, and murder of prisoners. They had kidnapped citizens of other nations and sent them to be tortured in prisons scattered around the world.

Apr 23 07:58

Barak: Gaza probe shows IDF among world's most moral armies

The Israel Defense Forces announced on Wednesday that an internal investigation has determined that no civilians were purposefully harmed by IDF troops during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

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"And you're a filthy anti-Semite if you don't believe us!!!"

Apr 23 07:56

Clinton: Stopping Iran a Top US Priority

In engaging Iran in direct diplomacy regarding its nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama Administration is laying the foundations for more sanctions. That talks, Clinton insisted, would improve America’s “credibility and influence” and allow them to “make the sanctions regime as tight and crippling as we would want it to be.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

America has no credibility with regards to Iran's nuclear power program. Both Iran and the United States signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and under the terms of the treaty Iran not only has the legal right to build nuclear power stations, but the US is obligated to help them do it!

The mere suggestion that Iran abandon their rights under the NNPT places the US in direct violation of that treaty, which in the eyes of other nations is an unpardonable offense.

And in a larger context, even with nuclear weapons, Iran is not and should not be a top priorituy with the US. WE have Amerians sleeping in alleys and eating out of trash dumpsters. Why are THEY not the top priority with Clinton?

And if Iran is so important, may I presume that Chelsea has enlisted?

Apr 23 07:50

Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing

Chad Jones, spokesman for Fort Meade, said CID is investigating the possibility of missing virus samples from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Apr 23 07:43

Sun Media tries once again to link doubts about 9/11 to UFOs and Bigfoot

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Nice try SunCorp. There's a reason your readership is drying up

Apr 23 07:40

Tel Aviv Jane Steps in her Own Fewmets.

Jane Harman, the Zio-con Congresswoman who covers the ground from Santa Monica to San Pedro has been caught offering to subvert the course of justice or, as they call it in Congress, performing ‘business as usual’. The delicious irony is that Jane was a serious player in all of the illegal shit that the Bushitas got up to and she got nailed by a legal version of all the illegal operations she was such a cheerleader for. You won’t find any mention of her being Jewish anywhere in the MSM because that would connect certain dots in the mind of the public that have been connected so many times before by so many dual national traitors in the last several decades that well… I don’t really know what to say here. I really don’t.

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