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December 24, 2008

Dec 24 06:57

Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana

Famously, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved the United States banking system during the first seven days of his first term.

And what did he do on the eighth day? "I think this would be a good time for beer," he said.

Dec 24 06:51

Analyst: One Third Of Banks Could Collapse In 2009

Financial analyst Ralph Silva of TowerGroup told CNBC this morning that he expects no less than one third of banks to fail in 2009 and that anything up to a thousand could collapse if they don’t merge.

Silva said that only five or six global banks have enough funds to survive comfortably throughout 2009.

“The rest of the banks, and that means a thousand other banks, don’t have enough money to get themselves through 2009,” added Silva.

Dec 24 06:30

Windows XP Extensions Reflect Vista's Woes

Microsoft in the past week announced yet another life extension for its supposedly retired Windows XP operating system, a sign that, despite almost two years on the market, Windows Vista is a no-go for most businesses.

Only 10% of 700 business executives recently surveyed by the Information Technology Industry Council and Sunbelt Software said their companies are using Windows Vista in the enterprise.

The numbers are consistent with other industry data and anecdotal observations.



Dec 24 04:46

A Civil Limit to Political Activism?

Activists guilty of hate campaign Staff Writer | BBC England | Tuesday Dec 23, 2008

Four animal rights activists have been convicted of orchestrating a blackmail campaign against firms that supplied an animal testing research centre.

They used paedophile smears, criminal damage and bomb hoaxes to intimidate companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) in Cambridgeshire.

December 23, 2008

Dec 23 23:42

ObamaWorks: A 'Compelling' Investment

Taxpayers are "investing" their tax dollars so that government gets new heating systems and light bulbs? How about just shutting off the power and closing down the building (for later auction to the private sector) as a way to save billions of taxpayers’ money?

Dec 23 22:57

Tina Fey voted AP Entertainer of the Year

Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country. Fey was selected by AP members as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.

In a sick sort of way, it's too bad Palin wasn't VeeP.

Dec 23 21:17

Obama's blackness, the white elites' psy-ops color

Obamanation: A Lesson In Black Power

"Hell yes, it matters so much that he is Black. But not as a justification for backslapping celebration. Obama is a tool of the ruling class and when the power of Blackness is used by the ruling class it is Black power in reverse, turned around to use as a weapon against everyone except the ruling class."

Dec 23 21:08

Economic Tsunami of 2009

The US is still in the early stages of a growing global economic crisis, combined with a tectonic monetary transformation, yet many American's are merely in a daze and struck with surreal disbelief

Dec 23 08:54


97% (2883 votes)
3% (104 votes)
Total votes: 2987
Dec 23 07:54

The Federal Reserve Bank is the Reason for America's Downfall

What happened in 1776 has been subverted by the passage of time and the inconstancy of later generations. Those who rule America today have subverted the principles enumerated in the US Constitution; principles the Founding Father hoped would guide those who followed them through the crises yet to come.


Dec 23 07:19

Wall Street Swindler Strikes Powerful Blows for Social Justice

The Positive Side of Madoff’s Mega-Swindle (The Inadvertent Hand of Justice)

While it is understandable that the super-rich and wealthy, who have lost a large portion of their retirement and investment funds are unanimous in their condemnation and cries of betrayal of trust, and the editorials of all the prestigious newspapers and weeklies have joined the chorus of moral critics, there is much to praise in Madoff’s deeds, even if such praise was not at the heart of his fraudulent endeavor.

Dec 23 05:46

Russian Arms Suspect says US framed him

A suspected Russian arms dealer appeared in a Thai court on Monday, shackled and wearing an orange prison jump suit, and claimed he had been framed by the US to damage Russia’s relations with Thailand.

Dec 23 03:47

Even jury hiring is frozen

Come February, the red-brick Rockingham County Courthouse, one of New Hampshire's busiest, will arraign criminal suspects, process legal motions and otherwise deal with murders, mayhem and contract disputes. What it won't do is hold jury trials. The economic storm has come to this: Justice is being delayed or disrupted in state courtrooms across the country.

Dec 23 01:42

Shoppers Bring Haggling Skills to the Mall

NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're looking for an extra bargain before the holidays, you may only have to ask.

With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. Some are extending return policies, while others are matching competitors' prices. Many are volunteering on-the-spot discounts and even letting customers haggle prices well down from what's marked in a desperate bid to make the cash register ring.

December 22, 2008

Dec 22 18:03

Bush shoe-thrower 'tortured into writing letter of apology'

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush was tortured into writing a letter of apology, his brother said today.

Muntazer al-Zaidi was wrestled to the ground after throwing his shoes during a news conference held by the US president and the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, on 14 December.

The investigating judge in the case said last week that Zaidi, who will stand trial on 31 December, was beaten around the face and eyes. Zaidi's brother, Uday, said the journalist suffered worse injuries, including a missing tooth and cigarette burns to his ears, and would sue.

Dec 22 18:01

Vote delayed on legality of British troops

The legality of the continued presence of British troops in Iraq was far from certain last night as the Baghdad parliament delayed a crucial vote on the issue.

Iraq's parliament, caught up in a furious but unrelated dispute, will meet in emergency session today when British officials hope that some form of legal cover will be given to British forces in Basra before they leave next summer. However, the outcome remains unclear, and though ministers and officials in London were playing down the problem, it is causing concern to military commanders on the ground.

Dec 22 18:00

Blind man demonstrates 'blindsight' phenomenon by navigating obstacle course

A man who completely lost his sight after brain damage has astonished scientists by negotiating an obstacle course without his cane, in a powerful demonstration of an eerie phenomenon known as “blindsight”.

The man, known only as TN, was blinded by strokes on both sides of his brain which left him unable to see and devoid of any activity in the brain regions that control vision. He uses a stick to detect obstacles, and has to be guided around buildings. However, TN was known to exhibit blindsight, a strange ability some blind people have to detect things that they cannot see.

Dec 22 11:49

Iraq shoe-thrower's brother says he'd do it again

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush says he would do it again and that he was forced to write a letter of apology after being tortured in jail, the journalist's brother claimed Monday.


Let's hope his aim is better the next time.


Dec 22 05:57

The Ponzi Scheme As Way of Life

by Sharon Astyk

I’m sorry, I’m having a bit of trouble getting all outraged about Bernie Madoff and his ponzi scheme. Yes, I’m shocked. Shocked and appalled. You mean, someone was offering a scheme in which you pay present day participants with the funds of those who come in later, and then it fell apart. Gosh, that seems so unprecedented.

Dec 22 05:21

The Alliance for Climate Protection

Watched Stephanopolous on ABC Sunday. He was interviewing 'Tel Aviv Joe' Biden. During a commercial break I happened to notice a commercial brought to us, the unwashed masses by 'The Alliance for Climate Protection'.

December 21, 2008

Dec 21 23:59

NYT's story explained Klein's "secret room"

December 15th, 2008
The Whistleblower Who Kick-Started Domestic Spying Revelations
News Update by Rebecca Jeschke

"The Risen and Lichtblau investigation sparked another important development: it showed former AT&T employee Mark Klein the context of the work he did in a secret room in San Francisco.[ http://www.eff.org/files/nsa/klein.pdf , http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/att/presskit/ATT_onepager.pdf ] Mr. Klein decided the time had come for him to blow the whistle himself. His evidence formed the backbone of our class-action lawsuit against AT&T."

Dec 21 23:49

The Fed Who Blew the Whistle on the NSA

The Fed Who Blew the Whistle
Is he a hero or a criminal?
Michael Isikoff
From the magazine issue dated Dec 22, 2008

Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government's most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a level above Top Secret. Government agents had probed Tamm's background, his friends and associates, and determined him trustworthy.

Dec 21 20:01

Specially Prepared Obama Administration Propaganda to Clear Rahm Emanuel in Senate-Gate Inquiry.

Obama To Release Blago Report This Week
CBS News: Report Expected To Clear Rahm Emanuel, Transition Team Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2008 Some cowardly unattributed staff writer | CBS Interactive Inc. | All Rights Reserved.

Dec 21 12:46

Hans Blix Would Testify Against Bush-Cheney War Crimes

In an interview with Aljazeera today, former Chief of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq told the TV that he and the Head of the IAEA “Mohamed Al-Baradei” were subjected to direct threats from Dick Cheney before the war.

Blix said that Cheney threatened to defame both men’s reputations if they didn’t came with the “required” answers...

Blix also added that he is ready to be a witness on the United States’ false allegations before an International tribunal.


Dec 21 07:57

Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes

Dick Cheney has publicly confessed to ordering war crimes. Asked about waterboarding in an ABC News interview, Cheney replied, "I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared." He also said he still believes waterboarding was an appropriate method to use on terrorism suspects. CIA Director Michael Hayden confirmed that the agency waterboarded three Al Qaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003.

Dec 21 07:50

Don’t let this sickness spread any further

THE incursions by Indian Air Force planes into Pakistani territory at the weekend were probably intended to serve as a threat. If so, they are an ominous sign. Any attack by Indian forces against presumed jihadi sites would, in all likelihood, trigger off a wider conflict. The jihadis would welcome that, but no one else should.
Condoleezza Rice, John Negroponte and Gordon Brown are among the personalities who have descended on these parts, advising India to exercise restraint and prodding Pakistan to take action.

Dec 21 07:37

“Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money”

Americans know that China has financed much of their nation’s public and private debt. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama and John McCain generally agreed on the peril of borrowing so heavily from this one foreign source. For instance, in their final debate, McCain warned about the “$10 trillion debt we’re giving to our kids, a half a trillion dollars we owe China,” and Obama said, “Nothing is more important than us no longer borrowing $700billion or more from China and sending it to Saudi Arabia.” Their numbers on the debt differed, and both were way low.

Dec 21 06:37

A World Enslaved

Standing in New York City, you are five hours away from being able to negotiate the sale, in broad daylight, of a healthy boy or girl. He or she can be used for anything, though sex and domestic labor are most common. Before you go, let’s be clear on what you are buying. A slave is a human being forced to work through fraud or threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. Agreed? Good.

Dec 21 01:32

Scorched Earth

Sometimes it's as if we’ve turned children loose in a boiler room; they turn a knob and suddenly steam is blowing through a pipe seam, so they turn another knob to see what happens next. The Federal Reserve uses its last card, cutting interest rates but forgetting to call "Uno!" The stock market soars as the dollar falls so what did they accomplish? Nothing! Not a damn thing. They fired the last shot in the gun only to remind us that they still had a gun. The seven hundred billion-dollar bailout has accounted for the massive rush by American banks to buy Chinese bank notes.

Dec 21 01:22

US soldiers' lives sold out for lobbied pay-offs

How earmarks helped Philadelphia firm with defense work. Even though its decontaminant was found to be inferior, Rohm and Haas still got millions
Sunday, December 21, 2008
By Christine Willmsen and David Heath, The Seattle Times

SEATTLE -- Scientists have discovered a lotion that can save the lives of U.S. soldiers exposed to chemical weapons -- a product vastly superior to the standard-issue decontamination powder.

Naturally, the Defense Department wants to scrap the powder and switch to the more-effective lotion.

Dec 21 01:11

EPA veils hazardous substances

Chemical Fallout | Watchdog Report
EPA veils hazardous substances
By Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Dec. 20, 2008 10:53 p.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency routinely allows companies to keep new information about their chemicals secret, including compounds that have been shown to cause cancer and respiratory problems, the Journal Sentinel has found.

December 20, 2008

Dec 20 18:59

Wassup? 2008 | Old and New

Dec 20 18:49

Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel


CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich is legendary in Illinois political circles for not picking up the phone or returning calls, even from important figures like the state's senior senator, Dick Durbin.

But there was always one call Blagojevich regularly took, say his aides, and that was from Rahm Emanuel — his congressman, his one-time campaign adviser and, more recently — and troubling for Emanuel — one of his contacts with President-elect Barack Obama's transition staff.

Dec 20 13:40

Enslavement, When fear stifles words or actions

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Power of One
By Mike Bates
Aug 7, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who passed away this week, meticulously documented Communist oppression in his books. The subject was one with which he was all too familiar. In the final days of World War II, he wrote critically of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in a letter to a friend. Describing the mass murderer as “the man with the mustache,” he received an eight-year prison sentence for the impertinence.

Dec 20 13:19

USA: Assassinator of Nations

Unconventional Warfare in the 21st Century: U.S. Surrogates, Terrorists and Narcotraffickers

by Tom Burghardt / December 20th, 2008

On December 13, the whistleblowing website Wikileaks did investigative- and citizen journalists a great service by publishing the Army Special Operations Forces FM 3-05.130, titled Unconventional Warfare.

Dec 20 13:01

Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid

Hedge funds will be allowed to borrow from the Federal Reserve for the first time under a landmark $200bn programme intended to support consumer credit.

Dec 20 12:57

Bush Insider Who Planned To Tell All Killed In Plane Crash

Michael Connell, the Bush IT expert who has been directly implicated in the rigging of George Bush's 2000 and 2004 elections, was killed last night when his single engine plane crashed three miles short of the Akron airport.

Dec 20 12:57

Taser stun gun kills California man

Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a recent report that 334 people died in the United States between 2001 and August 2008 after being zapped with Tasers, with medical examiners and coroners concluding that Taser shocks caused, or contributed to, at least 50 of the deaths.

Dec 20 11:56

Larisa Alexandrovna: One of my sources died in a plane crash last night

Mike Connell set-up the alternate email and communications system for the White House. He was responsible for creating the system that hosted the infamous GWB43.com accounts that Karl Rove and others used. When asked by Congress to provide these emails, the White House said that they were destroyed. But in reality, what Connell is alleged to have done is move these files to other servers after having allegedly scrubbed the files from all "known" Karl Rove accounts.

Dec 20 10:44


70% (2646 votes)
19% (700 votes)
Not Sure
11% (418 votes)
Total votes: 3764
Dec 20 07:39

Wall St. sets the stage for the next Big Heist

One could not help but notice the constant emphasis, during and since the Obama campaign, on Climate Change and Green energy programs. The world has a real need to develop more oil independent energy sources and halt the wholesale rape of Mother Earth. However, hearing these pleas from Washington to London from the highest offices in the land only demand more thorough investigation

Dec 20 07:38

Clinton III Continuity We Can Believe In

This is part mea culpa, so please indulge my quoting myself. Back on November 5th much of the country celebrated the end of an error and the election of the first non-white president. (We’ll get to “male” and “Christian” later – much later, I suppose. "Ivy League?" Maybe never.) I wrote: “We’ll know soon enough how hard we’ll have to fight bad Obama policy. Even before Inauguration Day, we’ll know. Who Obama picks for his “team” will be all-telling…If President Obama fails to break completely with the narcissistic Baby Boomer politicians; we’ll know.

Dec 20 07:32

Forget Depp: Somali pirates risk all for riches, women

NAIROBI, Kenya - There's at least one job these days that's recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world's most powerful navies, and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy.

A pirate's life in Somalia isn't for everyone. However, nothing comes easily in one of the poorest and most unstable countries on Earth, and when you consider the dearth of career options for Somalis on land, a pirate's life starts to look more than cushy by comparison.

Dec 20 07:21

US, Ukraine risk irking Russia with strategic accord

The United States and Ukraine risked irking Moscow by signing a strategic accord Friday that calls for a US diplomatic post in Crimea, a Russian-speaking area where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Ogryzko signed the "charter on strategic partnership" that the State Department calls a statement of US intent to "intensify our engagement with Ukraine."

Dec 20 07:14

Olbermann refers to Bush 9/11 'lies' as 'Insult the Dead-gate'

As the departing Bush administration frantically attempts to shore up its place in history, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann stands ready to kick the props out from under it again. A renewed claim that "no one could have anticipated" the attacks of 9/11 attracted his scorn in particular on Thursday's Countdown.

"This is a White House talking point still, even though your average three-year-old could disprove it using an etch-a-sketch." Olbermann sneered on Thursday, over the heading, "Insult the Dead-gate."

Dec 20 07:08

Kissinger Calls For New International System Out Of World Crises

Bilderberg luminary Henry Kissinger has repeated his routine call for a new international political order, stating that global crises should be seen as an opportunity to move toward a borderless world where national interests are outweighed by global necessities.

Speaking with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Kissinger cited the chaos being wrought across the globe by the financial crisis and the spread of terrorism as an opportunity to bolster a new global order.

Dec 20 05:30

What is right with American Politics? Governor Rod Blagojevich, that's what.

Accused governor to fight charges

Saturday, 20 December 2008 | BBC

Scandal-hit Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has told reporters he is innocent of any crime and will not be resigning his position.

Mr Blagojevich was arrested last week and charged with attempting to "sell" Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Dec 20 03:00

Who is Bernard Madoff, the man behind the $50 billion fraud?

"Madoff has been a member of Yeshiva University’s Board of Trustees since 1996, and was elected chairman of the board of Syms School of Business in 2000. (Yeshiva University is clearly trying to erase traces of Madoff from their website, but the cached versions remain.)

December 19, 2008

Dec 19 20:52

Former German terrorist released after 26 years

Throughout the 1970s, the Red Army Faction was the scourge of capitalist West Germany and Christian Klar one of its most notorious leaders - the force behind a murder spree that included the slayings of a federal prosecutor, an industrialist and the chief of a major bank.

Dec 19 19:35

Bristol Palin's baby-grandmother, Sherry Johnston, busted on drug charges

Bristol Palin's soon-to-be-born son has two grandmothers in the news: One almost became vice president, and the other was just busted by cops on drug charges.

Sherry Johnston, 42, was slapped with six felony drug counts Thursday following a lengthy undercover state police investigation.

Her son, Levi Johnston, 18, is having a child with 18-year-old Bristol Palin - the daughter of former GOP veep pick and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Dec 19 14:34

Jews run hollywood, NO says ADL - SURE!

the ADL tracking this poll... right... thats accurate.

Dec 19 13:55


Strike Entertainment is in talks to acquire rights to remake John Carpenter’s 1988 cult film They Live.

Dec 19 13:41

Should Dick Cheney Be Hanged?


But first, it isn't often that a news headline has the ability to stop you in your tracks. Drop your jaw and leave you speechless. And, I mean, legitimate headlines, not "Guy Makes Big Money off YouTube" headlines like CNN.com will happily put on a t-shirt for you. Today, we got one of these, for real, jaw-dropping headlines, "U.S. Vice President Admits to War Crime." Can you say bombshell?

Dec 19 12:31

'Angel' of foreclosure defense bedevils lenders

Charney, a lawyer with the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid agency, is quickly developing a national reputation as a champion of homeowners facing foreclosure and a serious adversary for those attempting to take possession of those homes. Her encyclopedic knowledge of contract law, debt-collection practice, securitized mortgages, the trusts that hold them and the agreements that govern the trusts have put her at the forefront of the rapidly expanding specialty of foreclosure defense.

Dec 19 12:03

Burger King releases meat-scented cologne

Just in time for the festive season, the company has released its very own men's body spray, Flame.

Not recommended for vegetarians, Flame is being promoted as "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broilled meat".

Dec 19 11:05

Bush leaves GM on life support for Obama

Today's announcement of a $17.4 Billion loan to GM and Chrysler marks another milestone on the road to nowhere currently being followed by the current administration. Under the terms of the loan, "If the firms have not attained viability by March 31, 2009, the loan will be called and all funds returned to the Treasury," Meanwhile,another caveat to the deal is that workers' wages will have to be reduced to make them as competitive as those in Japan and Korea. Oh and the corporate jet has to go as well. This passes for a plan these days. Who are they trying to kid ?

Dec 19 10:40

You wouldn't buy our shitty cars ... So, we'll be taking your money anyway.

As always, read the fine print.

It says ...

You probably thought it was smart to buy a foreign import of superior quality, with better mileage and resale value. Maybe you even thought that years of market share loss might prod us into rethinking our process and redesigning our products with better quality in mind. But you forgot one thing: We spend a shitload of money on lobbyists. So now you’re out $25 billion, plus the cost of your Subaru. Maybe next time you’ll buy American like a real man. Either way, we’re cool.

Dec 19 09:04

Do You Believe in Global Warming?

20% (571 votes)
71% (2078 votes)
9% (269 votes)
Total votes: 2918
Dec 19 05:56

Paper projects Franken victory over Coleman

As of Thursday night, GOP Senator Norm Coleman officially maintains a lead over Democratic challenger Al Franken of just five votes, with 5,861 challenged ballots remaining to be counted.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, having just wrapped it's own count of the ballots in question, is making a projection: After lengthy deliberations and plenty of nail-biting, Al Franken will become the Democrats' 59th man in the US Senate; the new junior Senator from Minnesota.

The paper predicts a final margin of just 89 votes, in Franken's favor.

Dec 19 04:48

Mark Felt, Watergate's `Deep Throat,' dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

Dec 19 01:32

A Devastating Impact as the Market Unleverages and a Winter of Discontent

Two sets of rules on wall street, 50 billion ponzi scheme by Bernard Madoff uncovered, court case for the toxic waste coverup, Paulson's efforts are futile, commercial and residential real estate market alike now frozen, fed is frantic, an elitist engineered collaps of the U.S, derivative problems galore, and no real debate taking place in government As we know there are two sets of rules in banking and on Wall Street - one for the anointed and one for everyone else. The anointed never go to jail for their crimes.

December 18, 2008

Dec 18 23:01

Raid on Family's Home and Organic Food Co-Op Challenged

The Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today took legal action against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County Health Department for violating the constitutional rights of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio.

Dec 18 22:28

Barack Obama: The Naked Emperor

Hope is like riding a carousel horse; no matter how fast you go you never get closer to the one in front. The idea, however, is to persuade you to stay on the horse, despite the evitable disappointment, in the 'hope' that things will change. But they don't because the very system is designed to prevent it.

Dec 18 12:02

Indianapolis Mayor "inspired" by NYC gun laws

Indianapolis voters surprised people when they elected Republican Ballard after becoming alarmed by tax increases under the Democrat, Bart Peterson. Taxes have changed little since then. So far Ballard's biggest decision executed was to let the Marines run drills in the city. Now he feels "inspired" by NYC gun laws.

Dec 18 09:01

U.S. Proposes International Gang Rape of Somalia

"The Bush regime now seeks to turn Somalia into a ‘free fire zone' in which any country in the world can shoot and bomb and kill at will."

Dec 18 08:26

Goldman Sachs cuts taxes to one percent by moving profits offshore

Bank takes $10 billion bailout, then cuts tax rate 33 percent
Say you got a ten billion dollar loan to shore up your finances, and you paid your employees $10.9 billion, and you raked in $2.3 billion for the year.

What would you say you owed in taxes? One percent?

That's what you'd pay if you were Goldman Sachs, Inc. The high-flying brokerage -- and former home of Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson -- has announced it's paying just $14 million in taxes this year.

Last year, their tax bill was $6 billion, or 34.1 percent. That represents a year-over-year drop of 33.1 percent.

Dec 18 08:21

Court sides with ACLU, strikes down Patriot Act gag provision

A federal appeals court ruling late Monday is the cause célèbre of the American Civil Liberties Union, as another provision of the Bush administration's Patriot Act falls to the judicial system.

Until the ruling, recipients of so-called "national security letters" were legally forbidden from speaking out. The letters, usually a demand for documents, or a notice that private records had been searched by government authorities, were criticized as a cover-all for FBI abuses.

Dec 18 08:15

"The market has failed, and officialdom is perpetuating that failure."

Ever since the two Bear Stearns hedge funds defaulted 17 months ago triggering a global financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has been busy putting out one fire after another. Fed chief Ben Bernanke has slashed interest rates to .25 percent, handed out billions in emergency funding to teetering insurance companies and mortgage lenders, and provided $8.3 trillion in loan guarantees to keep the financial system from collapsing.

Dec 18 04:34

Dollar's Slump Erases Months Of Solid Gains

The dollar yesterday staged one of its biggest one-day drops against the euro and fell to a 13-year low against the Japanese yen as near-zero interest rates and the Federal Reserve's plan to print vast sums of cash dilute the value of the greenback.

Dec 18 03:55

Report: Blackwater may be dropped in Iraq

State Dept. panel to issue report on contract to protect diplomats

The Associated Press. updated 1:56 p.m. PT, Wed., Dec. 17, 2008

WASHINGTON - An internal State Department report says Blackwater Worldwide may lose its license to work in Iraq and recommends that the agency prepare alternative means to protect its diplomats there.

December 17, 2008

Dec 17 23:02

US $$ for GM's 8th China Plant?

GM Opens Eighth China Plant, Won't Add Further Capacity Soon
By Tian Ying

"Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. opened its eighth vehicle plant in China and said it had no plans for adding further capacity amid slowing demand in Asia's biggest auto market.

This ``has been a big year in terms of expansion'' and it ``probably will keep us occupied for the foreseeable future,'' Kevin Wale, GM China's president, said by phone today. He spoke from the northeastern city of Shenyang after the opening of the carmaker's new 2.67 billion yuan ($390 million) plant."

Dec 17 22:40

US military troops for inauguration

Latest Update: Wednesday17/12/2008December, 2008

US military mobilises troops for inauguration

WASHINGTON: The US military plans to mobilise thousands of troops to protect Washington against potential terrorist attack during the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama, a senior US military commander said yesterday.
They will fly combat air patrols and man air defences, organise large scale medical support, and help local law enforcement provide security in the capital, said General Gene Renuart, head of the US Northern Command.

Dec 17 22:36

US Commandos to attack in Somali

From The Times
December 18, 2008
American commandos get UN go-ahead to hunt down Somali pirates
Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Pirates operating from safe havens along the Somali coast could become the target of hot-pursuit missions by American commandos for the first time, after approval was given by the United Nations Security Council to launch land and air attacks on pirate bases.

Dec 17 22:33

J.Jackson Jr., corruption informant for years

Jackson Jr.'s Revelation Renews Scrutiny Over Blagojevich Probe
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s revelation that he has been an informant for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has raised questions about a possible overreach by federal prosecutors.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s revelation that he has been an informant for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has thrust the famed federal prosecutor back into the spotlight amid questions about whether he crossed the line in his pursuit of Gov. Rod Blagojevich."

Dec 17 22:17

Google AdWords Isn’t Perfect! Serves Up Phishing Sites & Malware

News flash folks, Google AdWords is not perfect and can be exploited. There are times when people can go into the AdWords system and trick Google into serving up ads for phishing sites and malware downloads. Yes, this happens and happens often enough.

Dec 17 21:06

Hackers Sell Facebook Profiles For 89p

With Christmas season at its peak, hackers are stealing details of Facebook profiles and selling them to cybercriminal gangs for just 89p each, according to a new research study.

These gangs would use these crucial details to launch “spam” messages to the computer users, urging them to visit counterfeit video or image links.

These malicious links, when clicked, infect users’ computers with malware and spyware viruses that can track keystrokes entered, along with other significant information, such as usernames and passwords of online bank accounts.

Dec 17 20:43

Microsoft issues emergency IE patch as attacks escalate

Microsoft has issued a rare emergency update for its Internet Explorer browser as miscreants stepped up attacks targeting a vulnerability on hundreds of thousands of webpages.

In many cases, the websites distributing the toxic payload are legitimate destinations that have been commandeered, allowing an attacker to snare victims as they surf to online banks, forums, and other trusted sites. There are at least six distinct versions of attack code circulating in the wild, according to researchers at iDefense, a security lab owned by VeriSign.

Dec 17 16:04

Shoe-thrower faces up to 7yrs

The Iraqi journalist who became a star in the Arab world when he hurled his shoes at visiting US President George W Bush and called him a dog, appeared before a judge on Wednesday, his brother said.

Durgham al-Zaidi said he and another brother were told by the investigating judge that 29-year-old Muntazar al-Zaidi "had cooperated well," but gave no details.

Under Iraqi law, Zaidi faces up to seven years in jail for "offending the head of a foreign state".

Dec 17 16:03

Monkeys turn on their trainer and beat him senseless with his own stick [pic]

"Who need shoes when you've got a stick?!"

Dec 17 14:24

The Heaviest Element Known to Science

awrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science.

The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.z

Dec 17 09:55

China; Review the old and deducing the new makes a teacher

The remedies proposed by Governments the world over are not working as every real economic indicator confirms. The eternal corrupting influence of Money on Government policies and planning have all but guaranteed that whatever methods are employed to redeem the economy from the whale’s mouth, they will be like drops of rain meeting a river. The one overwhelming factor that does not seem to be factored in to the equation is that to get oneself out of a financial mess one needs financial resources. Not the borrowed kind but the saved kind. This is where China holds an Ace.

Dec 17 07:15

Are You Ready To Face the Facts About Israel?

Sixty years of efforts by good and humane people to hold Israel accountable have so far failed, but they are more important today than ever before. Israel has its captive American nation on the verge of attacking Iran, the consequences of which could be catastrophic for all concerned. The alleged purpose of the attack is to eliminate nonexistent Iranian nuclear weapons. The real reason is to eliminate all support for Hamas and Hezbollah so that Israel can seize the entire West Bank and southern Lebanon.

Dec 17 05:49

The United States: A Country Without Mercy

The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate, among whom are those who have been wrongly convicted.

In the United States, the country with the largest prison population in the world, the number of wrongly convicted is very large. Hardly any felony charges are resolved with trials. The vast majority of defendants, both innocent and guilty, are coerced into plea bargains. Not only are the innocent framed, but the guilty as well. It is quicker and less expensive to frame the guilty than to convict them on the evidence.

December 16, 2008

Dec 16 22:37

Madoff Investors May Be Protected By Government

Judge Says Those Duped Need Aid Under The Securites Investor Protection Act

Dec 16 20:29

The CEO's Guide To Begging In Washington

It's time to convince them that you, who helped drive the company into the ground, are the only person who can bring it back.

Show them that despite having been CEO for years of a company committing suicide by lack of innovation, you are the ultimate agent of change.

Dec 16 17:11

"We?" Prosecute how? With what power?

It’s not about them…it’s about us
Why We Must Prosecute Bush And His Administration For War Crimes
By Mike Ferner

December 16, 2008 "Information Clearinghouse"--- - During the rush to get the Nuremberg Tribunals underway, the Soviet delegation wanted the tribunal’s historic decisions to have legitimacy only for the Nazis. U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Robert Jackson, serving as the chief prosecutor for the Allies, strong-armed the Soviets until the very beginning of the tribunal before changing their mind.

Dec 16 14:29

Madoff's Ponzi Scheme Dwarfed By Illuminati Rubin's

The arrest of financier Bernard Madoff Thursday for operating a "Ponzi scheme" costing investors $50 billion made the TV network news. Curiously, a lawsuit the same day against Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin for defrauding Citibank shareholders of more than $122 billion, also described as a "Ponzi scheme," got no airplay whatsoever.

As we shall see, Rubin, a Director of Citibank, profited from the shady practices that destroyed the financial system and sent the world's economies into a tailspin. Then, to repair the damage, he and his banker friends put the taxpayer on the hook for trillions.

Rubin didn't get the same publicity as Madoff because of his close connection to Barack Obama.

Robert Rubin's son Jamie was Obama's main Wall Street fund raiser and is now one of his principal advisers. More significant, Obama's economic team consists of Rubin's proteges including Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, Senior Economic Adviser and Peter Orszag, Budget Director. The Times of London has already dubbed them the "Robert Rubin Memorial All Stars."

Clearly, the media don't want people to see that the candidate of "Change" chose the people responsible for this calamity to be his "economic team." While in the Clinton White House, Rubin, with Summers, helped tear down the regulatory walls between banks, brokerages and insurance companies and freed them to trade in unregulated and little-understood derivatives worth trillions of dollars.

Dec 16 14:10

Send Shoes To Bush The Genocidal Maniac

Play the game

Join the protest: (I don't know who began this, but I think it is a great idea)

Please forward to all your lists and join the campaign.

Demand the release of the Iraqi journalist Muntazer Al-Zeidi and flood the White House with old shoes. Speaking Shoes to Power Campaign!

Dec 16 14:05

The crisis gives the US new financial power

Published: December 15 2008 19:19 | Last updated: December 15 2008 19:19

The economic crisis in the US signals the end of American global hegemony. Or does it? Pundits from different camps, some with fear and others with glee, contemplate a future where the US will have a much diminished weight in global affairs. But if the US plays its hand well, things will turn out to be just the opposite.

Dec 16 14:01

Flashback: WRH Exclusive - Iraq WMD Lies: Words of Mass Deception

Relinked in light of Cheney's statement today that the war on Iraq would have gone ahead regardless of the exsistance of WMD.