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September 7, 2009

Sep 07 10:43

China's top 500 firms outperform US rivals in 2008

China's top 500 companies outperformed their US counterparts for the first time last year, a survey conducted by a business group has revealed, as the financial crisis wreaked havoc in the United States.

Net profits at the nation's highest-performing firms totalled 171 billion dollars in 2008, compared to 99 billion dollars for the US firms, according to the survey by the China Enterprise Confederation (CEC).

Sep 07 10:42

Aid group says U.S. troops raid Afghan hospital

U.S. troops burst into a Swedish charity-run hospital in Afghanistan and tied up patients' relatives and staff, the charity said on Sunday, in what it called a breach of deals between the military and aid groups.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) said soldiers had entered its hospital in Wardak, south of Kabul, on Wednesday evening without explanation and conducted a search, including of female wards and toilets.

"Upon entering the hospital they tied up four employees and two family members of patients at the hospital. SCA staff as well as patients (even those in beds) were forced out of rooms/wards throughout the search," SCA said in a statement.

"This is simply not acceptable," said SCA Country Director Anders Fange told Reuters.

Sep 07 10:41

MY TORTUROUS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM

This explains the paramount importance Muslims in general and Palestinians in particular attach to the place. It also explains why hundreds of thousands of believers make sure that they access the Jerusalem sanctuary for prayer and supplication to the Almighty especially during the month of Ramadan, during which good deeds motivated by sincere intentions are rewarded (in the hereafter).

Sep 07 10:40

Surge in Homeless Pupils Strains Schools

In the small trailer her family rented over the summer, 9-year-old Charity Crowell picked out the green and purple outfit she would wear on the first day of school. She vowed to try harder and bring her grades back up from the C’s she got last spring — a dismal semester when her parents lost their jobs and car and the family was evicted and migrated through friends’ houses and a motel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you convince a child in such circumstances that there is a bright future out there if they simply study hard, especially as this year's college graduates are taking jobs as menial labor?

Sep 07 10:39

The war on drugs is immoral idiocy. We need the courage of Argentina

The underlying concept of the war on drugs, initiated by Richard Nixon in the 1970s, is that demand can be curbed by eliminating supply. It has been enunciated by every US president and every British prime minister. Tony Blair thought that by occupying Afghanistan he could rid the streets of Britain of heroin. He told Clare Short to do it. Gordon Brown believes it to this day.

This concept marries intellectual idiocy – that supply leads demand – with practical impossibility. But it is golden politics. For 30 years it has allowed western politicians to shift blame for not regulating drug abuse at home on to the shoulders of poor countries abroad. It is gloriously, crashingly immoral.

Sep 07 10:36

McCain campaign-stop factory ceases paying health premiums, tells no one

Until they received a letter from Capital BlueCross in March of this year informing them that their insurance had been canceled, employees at the aircraft parts manufacturer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, thought their insurance policies were valid, because their insurance cards continued to be accepted.

But, in fact, TAD had stopped paying health insurance premiums in October, 2008, even as employees continued to see health premiums deducted from their paychecks.

Sep 07 10:32

The hunt is on for more ammunition in Nevada, U.S.

According to the Department of the Treasury's most recent Firearms and Ammunitions Excise Tax Collection Report, firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid $109.8 million in excise taxes in the first quarter of 2009, up 43 percent from the same quarter in 2008.

All manufacturers are required to pay a 10 or 11 percent excise tax on firearms and ammunition produced, which makes the tax one of the most reliable ways to track firearm and ammunition sales in the United States, Novin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the gentleman being quoted as describing this upsurge in people buying guns and ammunition as "customer paranoia";the people doing this buying have absolutely legitimate reasons for their concern.

They have seen how massively inept the federal government was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and simply want to protect themselves and those they love if there is any other major catastrophe to hit this country.

Understanding that they cannot count on the government to provide any meaningful support in such a circumstance, they are preparing to care of themselves.

Sep 07 10:31

Downwind Airflow Maps Of US DU War On Afghanistan

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Sep 07 10:30

Netanyahu: Israel to reach deal with U.S. on settlements this week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel would likely reach a deal with the United States this week regarding settlement activity in the West Bank.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The horse is out of the barn on this one: Israel has already approved more construction. There's nothing Mitchell can say or do to get this undone. The US will simply get its backside spanked again, very publicly, and we will go to war against Iran to "neutralize" yet another of Israel's existential threats.

As a side note, there is an embedded video play at this page that seems to hang up Firefox.

Sep 07 09:53

Leeds synagogue bacon shock

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obvious hate crime hoax and a pathetic bid for sympathy.

Sep 07 09:52

Senator's health care plan skips public option, source says

A proposed health-care bill sent by the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to key Senate negotiators Saturday night does not include a government-run insurance plan, a source close to the discussions said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL buy your health insurance from my campaign donors, maggot!"

Sep 07 09:51

Chavez tells Israelis to disobey ‘genocidal’ govt

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday told the Israeli people not to support their government, which he described as “genocidal”.

Chavez is on an 11-day trip to Libya, Algeria, Syria, Iran, Belarus, Russia and Spain in what he is describing as a bid to build a multi-polar world and decrease US influence in the region.

The Venezuelan president has singled out Israel for criticism during his visit to Syria, slamming it for mistreating the Palestinians and being an agent of US imperialism.

Sep 07 09:50

ONLY IN ISRAEL…….

Only in Israel does the Defence Ministry approve the construction of new illegal homes on illegal settlements. Can we call this a declaration of war against the West that has been insisting on a building freeze?

Sep 07 09:49

ORGAN THEFT CONTROVERSY INTENSIFIES

The hyperventilating by Israel’s leaders over a story published in a Swedish newspaper last month suggesting that the Israeli army assisted in organ theft from Palestinians has distracted attention from the disturbing allegations made by Palestinian families that were the basis of the article’s central claim.

Sep 07 09:49

A FELLOW ‘PEACENIK’ RESPONDS TO AVNERY ….. PLUS AVNERY’S RESPONSE TO ALL

I do agree with you that there are differences between the South African situation and the Israel/Palestinian one, but, unfortunately, I am not as optimistic as you. The latest developments in Israel, you have indicated some in your articles, go in the direction of more hatred, more prejudice, less tolerance and more inhuman cruelty towards Arabs and those who think differently. I can not share your views that most Israelis will accept a “comprehensive and detailed Peace plan” by President Obama.

Sep 07 09:48

JIMMY CARTER’S VIEWS ON THE MIDDLE EAST ~~ IN HIS OWN WORDS

We found a growing sense of concern and despair among those who observe, as we did, that settlement expansion is continuing apace, rapidly encroaching into Palestinian villages, hilltops, grazing lands, farming areas and olive groves. There are more than 200 of these settlements in the West Bank.

Sep 07 09:47

Defiant Israel to build 455 new settlement homes

Defence Minister Ehud Barak authorised the construction of 455 units, most of them in the large settlement blocs that Israel has said it wants to keep in the event of a final peace agreement.

The move -- coming just days ahead of a planned visit to the region by US Middle East envoy George Mitchell -- has sparked criticism that it will undermine US-led efforts to restart the stalled peace process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is the whole point. Israel does not want peace; they want the land. All of it. Barak just slapped Obama in the face in public.

And Obama will say "thank you, Sir; may I have another", and sign the checks to Israel like the obedient servant he is.

Sep 07 09:33

Afghanistan: Back Door to War on Iran

The Obama administration has made Afghanistan the focus of its foreign
policy, significantly escalating the war effort there. (Though there is
division within the administration regarding the degree of escalation
sought. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/politics/04military.html)
Obama’s motive for expanding the war in Afghanistan seems to be a desire to appear strong in foreign policy combined with the idea that war in
Afghanistan is much safer than a war on Iran-the primary target of Israel
and its Lobby.

Sep 07 06:34

German Government Advisor Proposes Personal CO2 Budget For Everyone On Planet

The top climate science advisor to the German government has proposed that everyone on the planet should have a personal CO2 budget and be forced to pay a tax if they exceed it, adding that westerners have already exceeded their allocations and should pay climate reparations to poorer countries.

This is not just another tax being rammed through using the phony pretext of global warming, it’s the entrée for complete government tracking and control over your personal life. This is the “inventory” that Nancy Pelosi called for during her visit to China in May.

On May 28, the Associated Press reported that Pelosi told a Chinese student that in order to cut back on CO2 emissions, “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory.”

Sep 07 06:25

Former Bush Administration Attorney General John Ashcroft "Is Not Above The Law"

In a critical case which could determine the future of "preventive detention" in the U.S., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ex-Attorney General John Ashcroft can be sued for arresting Muslims as material witnesses as a pretext for investigating their possible links to terrorism. The 2 to 1 ruling (all three judges were Reagan or Bush appointees) is a setback for hardliners in the Bush administration who maintain that the state has the right to circumvent the 4th amendment and imprison "suspects" without establishing probable cause. Judge Milan Smith--a George W. Bush appointee--reproached Ashcroft's conduct in an eloquent defense of the Constitution and basic civil liberties:

Sep 07 06:12

Food Is Power and the Powerful Are Poisoning Us

Our most potent political weapon is food. If we take back our agriculture, if we buy and raise produce locally, we can begin to break the grip of corporations that control a food system as fragile, unsafe and destined for collapse as our financial system. If we continue to allow corporations to determine what we eat, as well as how food is harvested and distributed, then we will become captive to rising prices and shortages and increasingly dependent on cheap, mass-produced food filled with sugar and fat. Food, along with energy, will be the most pressing issue of our age. And if we do not build alternative food networks soon, the social and political ramifications of shortages and hunger will be devastating.

Sep 07 06:07

Honor Labor Day: End Compulsory Unionism

Labor Day is a celebration of the efforts of America's workers. However, the celebration is hollow for millions of American workers because of compulsory unionism.

Throughout the United States, over 12 million workers labor under contracts that require them to be a member of, or financially support, a union as a condition of employment.

Additionally, millions of more workers are required by law to accept union bosses' so-called "representation," thereby losing the right to negotiate their own employment terms.

Big Labor thrives on this system of government-granted special privileges based on coercion. Compulsory unionism makes union bosses more unaccountable to rank-and-file workers, as their financial support is absolutely mandatory.

Sep 07 01:06

US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World

Americans have lost their ability for introspection, thereby revealing their astounding hypocrisy to the world.

US War Secretary Robert Gates has condemned the Associated Press and a reporter, Julie Jacobson, embedded with US troops in Afghanistan, for taking and releasing a photo of a US Marine who was wounded in action and died from his injury.

The photographer was on patrol with the Marines when they came under fire. She found the courage and presence of mind to do her job. Her reward is to be condemned by the warmonger Gates as "insensitive." Gates says her employer, the Associated Press, lacks "judgment and common decency."

The American Legion jumped in and denounced the Associated Press for a "stunning lack of compassion and common decency."

September 6, 2009

Sep 06 22:12

George Washington's advice to YOU on defending the US Constitution today

After 45 years of service to the newly created United States, George Washington published a message to the American people. This is the summation of his observations and what he most wanted to contribute to Americans' understanding of defending our Constitutional government.

Washington's Farewell Address is considered so important that it is read in its entirety every year in the Senate, and has been read in one or both chambers of Congress every year since 1862.

Sep 06 21:27

Supporting The Troops:One Body Bag At A Time

We can no longer remain passive and indecisive by claiming that we are against the war but “for the troops” – no sensible individual can claim to do this while remaining conscious of the fact that the troops are the ones furthering the imperialistic endeavors of war.

There are those who devised war time policies,those who invested in them and those who supplemented the man power – all are to blame equally.

Sep 06 20:31

The Underhanded Moral Evasions of a Chance Facebook Status Update

People who say "everyone should have healthcare" can't quite screw up the courage to declare that other people are beholden to their charitable whims. Instead, they settle for empty, banal declarations about how reality should be, trying to shame their audience into the effort to make the forgotten man pay for making reality conform to their wishes.

Sep 06 20:04

Foreign Infiltration of the United States Government

I repeat, a very credible person who was an FBI contract worker assigned to listen in on the wire tapped conversations of Turkish spies says that those spies have penetrated the Pentagon, the State Department and Congress.

Sep 06 20:01

Goldman Sachs Is Not Capitalism: On a Very Confused Michael Moore

He completely ignores, or is not aware, that the Goldman Sachs rip off of the masses was done in cahoots, and here is the key, with the GOVERNMENT. No government influence over the banking system, no government ability to tax and give the money to bankers, no rip off.

Sep 06 19:53

Oil,Allies & Foreign Policy:The Iranian/Venezuelan Breakthrough

Iran and Venezuela should make efforts to prepare the grounds for strengthening their independence, said the Leader.

“Along with political coordination, Iran and Venezuela should enhance industrial, economic, banking and transportation cooperation,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Tehran and Caracas had previously signed an array of agreements, pledging to work together in oil exploration, building low-income housing and assembling tractors and bicycles as well as military projects among other ventures.

Chavez, who is on his seventh official visit to Iran, hailed positive talks between the high-ranking Venezuelan delegation and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other senior Iranian officials.

Sep 06 19:53

Total U.S. Loans Outstanding Have Dropped by Another $110 Billion Quarter-Over-Quarter

Repeat after me ... The bailouts had nothing to do with helping the real economy. They were just a way to hide the insolvency of the big banks a little longer, and to lend a hand to the big boys in the oligarchy.

Sep 06 18:38

Dangerous, Deadly H1N1 Vaccine Scam

The World Health Organization (WHO) is spreading propaganda like the flu to convince people new, genetically engineered, live "mock" influenza viruses in vaccines are safe.

On August 6, 2009, following news that more than half the world's health professionals will refuse vaccinations this fall, the WHO issued a directive to governments to reassure people the new flu vaccines, still being tested, are "safe." A major U.S. media blitz followed featuring Barack Obama telling Americans to get vaccinated, and network broadcasts maligning vaccination opponents.

Sep 06 17:40

Obama's "green jobs" guru Jones resigns after uproar

A White House environmental policy adviser who specialized in "green jobs" resigned on Sunday after an uproar over his previous affiliation with a September 11 conspiracy group.

Van Jones, special adviser on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, apologized on Thursday after videotape surfaced of him using a crude epithet to describe Republicans and amid revelations he had signed a petition suggesting U.S. government involvement in the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

Sep 06 17:28

Activists topple towers, claim dangers of AM radio waves

The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) issued a statement saying opponents of the towers argue that "AM radio waves cause adverse health effects including a higher rate of cancer, harm to wildlife, and that the signals have been interfering with home phone and intercom lines."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Earth is awash in AM frequency radio waves. The sun emits radio waves, the stars emit radio waves. Anyone with a short wave receiver can tune into the sound so of the thunderstorms on Jupiter, and of course thunderstorms here on Earth generate prodigious amounts of AM radio noise and have been for billions of years.

The only adverse effect I am aware of from Am Radio waves is Pills Limbaugh.

Sep 06 17:25

Not Fit to Govern: Witch hunt against 9/11 truthers continues

Ever question the veracity of the government's official explanation for 9/11?

Ever sign a petition demanding a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks?

Ever consider the possibility (likelihood) that some of the highest people in government were behind the attacks on 9/11?

(yes, yes, and hell yes)

If like me your answer to any of the above is 'yes' you can forget about ever having a role in your own government...

Sep 06 17:24

Newsweek’s War on White People: “It’s horrifying to imagine kids being proud to be white.”

Newsweek just launched an all out war on the mental well-being of white children in their September issue. The article is titled “See Baby Discriminate.” The article demands, with religious fanaticism, that white children be made to shun all knowledge of racial differences and taught to feel guilty. Newsweek actually printed “It’s horrifying to imagine kids being proud to be white.” The Newsweek article actually states that white children should be made to feel guilty to “knock down their glorified view of white people,” while black children should be built up with “ethnic pride.” White parents, and only white parents, are called on to go to great lengths to brainwash their own children starting at age 3.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are being taught to be so afraid of discriminating against other people that we fail to see how we ourselves are discriminated against!

Sep 06 16:44

Accused killer asks for Online media outlets users' IDs

A lawyer for Lucas Coe, charged in the death of 4-year-old Emma Thompson, has asked several local media outlets to provide the names of readers and listeners who commented about his client online.

Sep 06 14:42

Flashback: Photos of Wounded, Recovering US Soldiers

Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan:
A Photo Gallery
warning: 2 of the photos are graphic
updated 20 Dec 2004
Most Americans haven't seen the growing legion of wounded troops returning from Iraq who are cared for at military facilities sealed off from the public. The media, in turn, have focused on the hit-and-run guerrilla attacks that claim one or two GIs in Iraq almost daily. Little attention has been paid to the long, difficult and very personal struggles that ensue in wards at BAMC and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Sep 06 14:37

US troops raid Afghan hospital

US troops raid Afghan hospital, says aid group
Published: September 07, 2009
KABUL (Reuters) - US troops burst into a Swedish charity-run hospital in Afghanistan and tied up patients’ relatives and staff, the charity said on Sunday, in what it called a breach of deals between the military and aid groups.
“It is not only a clear violation of globally recognised humanitarian principles about the sanctity of health facilities and staff in areas of conflict but also a clear breach of the civil-military agreement” between aid groups and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, he said.

Sep 06 13:29

Churchill Spurred the Decline of the West

More than any other British leader, in 1914 and 1939, Churchill lusted for war and pushed his country to turn two European wars into world wars, so Germany might be destroyed.

Both times, he succeeded.

And history records that those wars, that together took the lives of perhaps a hundred million Europeans, were the mortal blows that advanced the death of the West.

And it was Winston Churchill who led the West in its advance to barbarism.

As First Lord he instituted a starvation blockade that violated all the rules of civilized warfare and brought death to 100 times as many German civilians as there were Belgian victims of the Kaiser’s army.

Sep 06 12:36

INMATES RELOCATED AFTER SEX ASSAULTS

HONOLULU - All of the Hawaii inmates who were housed at a Kentucky prison where authorities say women were sexually assaulted by staff have been relocated.

Officials say 128 inmates returned to Oahu on Tuesday night. One inmate was transferred directly to another out-of-state prison, and 40 previously made the trip back to Hawaii.

The transfer happened after 23 female inmates, including seven from Hawaii, alleged they were sexually assaulted at the Otter Creek Correctional Center, a private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

Six prison workers have been indicted in the case.

Sep 06 12:31

Hawaii’s swine flu death count reaches 10

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Health says Hawaii's swine flu death count rose by four between June and August to 10.

Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said Friday that one of the four was a 5-year-old. She says the case marks Hawaii's first swine flu death involving a child.

Okubo says the other new cases included two adults with underlying health issues. She says the child and another adult who died had no underlying medical conditions.

The deaths from swine flu were confirmed by state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park.

Officials aren't releasing additional details because of patient privacy.

The novel H1N1 Influenza A, or swine flu, is a new virus that was first reported in the United States in April.

Sep 06 12:10

More Sibel Edmonds Explosive Testimony On Current and Former Members of Congress

Sep 06 12:09

FBI Whistleblower: Hastert, Burton, Blunt, Other Members of Congress 'Bribed, Blackmailed'

The under-oath, detailed allegations include bribery, blackmail, espionage and infiltration of the U.S. government of, and by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials and agents of the government of Turkey. The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.

Sep 06 11:58

America: Freedom to Fascism - Director's Authorized Version

Sep 06 11:50

Options are many for those wanting vaccinations

Residents who want flu vaccinations have a variety of options, including visiting their family doctors or a number of clinics.

Children attending Hawaii elementary and middle schools can receive free flu shots or nasal sprays through the state Department of Health's "Protect Hawaii's Keiki: Stop Flu at School" program.

The program is a partnership among the Health Department, the state Department of Education, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and the Hawaii Catholic Schools.

Sep 06 11:42

'THE THIRD JIHAD' TO BE SHOWN THURSDAY`

KIHEI - The Jewish Congregation of Maui will be screening the film "The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The screening will be held at the congregation's facility at 634 Alulike St. in Kihei.

The event is the day before the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

People planning to attend are asked to call 874-5397. Space is limited.

A suggested $5 donation is requested to cover costs.

Sep 06 11:32

Flu not to be taken lightly with season approaching

Park recommended everyone - healthy or vulnerable, young or old - get a flu vaccination early in what's now the beginning of the annual flu season.

The reason to act quickly is simple: A flu vaccination takes time to work. One doesn't get a flu shot at a doctor's office and walk out immune from the disease.

A flu shot injects a protein of the virus into a person whose body is then alerted to a foreign infection. That triggers the body's immune system to build up a defense for the next time the disease pays a visit. But it takes at least two weeks for the body to build up a sufficient defense against a new strain of the flu virus, Park said. And it takes even longer - four to six weeks - to reach the peak of immunity.

Sep 06 11:17

Netanyahu To Authorize Hundreds of New Settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon authorize hundreds of new units to be built in the occupied West Bank despite US calls for a settlement freeze, a senior minister said on Sunday.
"The prime minister will announce in the coming days the construction of several hundred additional homes and public buildings," Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, a close ally of the hawkish premier, told public radio.
Netanyahu plans to authorize between 400 and 600 housing units, according to Israeli media.

Sep 06 10:54

Obama "bestial and anti-human"

In our view, the dreadful event in Kunduz is a clear-cut crime and intentional genocide. This can never be justified by saying this was a mistake.

Sep 06 10:44

White House adviser resigns amid 9/11 controversy

Presidential adviser Van Jones has resigned after coming under fire for signing a controversial petition in 2004. The petition called for an investigation of whether government officials deliberately allowed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to occur.

Sep 06 10:26

Brown claim to have saved 500,000 jobs 'is a lie' says Darling

Gordon Brown has been accused of ‘lying’ by Alistair Darling in a vicious feud that threatens to wreck the Government’s attempt to combat the recession.

The Chancellor has enraged the Prime Minister by refusing point-blank to back Mr Brown’s claim that his multi-billion-pound bailout of the banks has ‘saved 500,000 jobs’.

In an astonishing show of defiance, Mr Darling argued the claim cannot be substantiated and has told the PM to stop repeating it.

Sep 06 10:25

IAI Unveils JUMPER Missile for Urban Warfare

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) plans to display its new JUMPER System at the third Army and Defense Conference and Exhibition at Latrun. The new system features eight canistered missiles that are launched from a vertical launcher pack to precisely strike targets at ranges of up to 50 km (31 miles).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how the IDF might well deploy this "urban warfare missile".

Sep 06 10:08

Afghan air strike galvanises war protesters

SUPPORTERS of the US President, Barack Obama, are preparing to launch street protests against any plan to escalate the Afghan war.

At the same time, Democrats in Congress are in revolt against Mr Obama's war strategy, which is expected to result in a further 20,000 combat troops being sent to the country.

Peace Action, which has 100,000 members, is gearing up for protests even though many members are in broad sympathy with Mr Obama's presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

About bloody well time!

Sep 06 10:06

Approaching Epidemic: Brain Damage from Mobile Phone Radiation

A collaborative team of international EMF activists has released a report detailing eleven design flaws of the 13-country, Telecom-funded Interphone study.

The exposé discusses research on cell phones and brain tumors, concluding that:

  • There is a risk of brain tumors from cell phone use
  • Telecom funded studies underestimate the risk of brain tumors
  • Children have larger risks than adults for brain tumors

    The Interphone study, begun in 1999, was intended to determine the risks of brain tumors, but its full publication has been held up for years. Components of this study published to date reveal what the authors call a ‘systemic-skew’, greatly underestimating brain tumor risk.

  • Sep 06 10:03

    European campaign warns of mass thirst and poisoning in Gaza

    The European campaign to end the siege on Gaza warned Friday that Gaza people would suffer from mass thirst and poisoning as a result of the contamination of drinking water.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Every tax dollar sent to Israel perpetuates Palestinian Gazans' misery; the diseases borne by contaminated water can sicken, if not kill, many Palestinian Gazans.

    Of course, the Israeli government knows the kinds problems unsanitary water can cause. But Israel will do nothing to correct the situation until the world does one thing, and speaks to Israel in a language it can understand; that is the immediate yanking of all financial support from all donor countries until the siege of Gaza has ended.

    That, unfortunately, may only happen when pigs fly.

    Sep 06 10:03

    Megrahi was framed

    The trial of the “Lockerbie bomber” was worse than a travesty of justice. Evidence that never came to court proves his innocence.

    Sep 06 09:55

    President Hamid Karzai takes 100% of votes in opposition stronghold

    In the southern Afghan district of Shorabak, the tribesmen gathered shortly before last month’s presidential election to discuss which candidate they would back. After a debate they chose to endorse Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzai’s leading opponent.

    The tribal leaders prepared to deliver a landslide for Abdullah – but it never happened. They claim Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s brother and leader of the Kandahar provincial council, detained the local governor and closed all the district’s 46 polling sites on election day.

    The ballot boxes were taken back to the district headquarters where, tribal leaders allege, they were stuffed with ballots by local policemen. A total of 23,900 ballots were finally sent off to Kabul, the capital – every one of them a vote for Karzai.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "Democracy" in Afghanistan; isn't it a wonderful thing?!?!?

    Sep 06 09:54

    Dear friends who've just viewed the National Geographic Conspiracy Theory on 9/11,

    This silly attempt to boil down the "Truthers" (what, people who are not actively pursuing answers to 9/11 questions are not in favor of truth? ridiculous...) to a few people who believe there was no plane at the Pentagon and the buildings were brought down by "thermite" is just that -- silly.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I think we can relax. As near as I can tell from industry sources, hardly anyone bothered to watch NatGeo's show this time.

    Sep 06 09:49

    Why eating broccoli may prevent strokes and heart attacks

    This probably still won't encourage children to eat it, but the many healthy properties of broccoli include preventing a heart attack or stroke, say researchers.

    A chemical found in the vegetable boosts the body's defence system to keep arteries unclogged.

    Sep 06 09:45

    Flashback: Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

    A military manual that was handed over to German campaigners has reignited allegations that the US used DU ammunition in Afghanistan. If true, it runs counter to repeated assurances given by the US military that no DU was used. The manual, a war-fighting guide for Bundeswehr contingents in Afghanistan is marked classified and for official NATO use only. It was written by the Bundeswehr's Centre for Communication and published in late 2005.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The US government lies routinely to its own citizens, and the world.

    If these charges about the use of depleted uranium in Afghanistan prove true, it is again a clear demonstration of a US administration's desire to win at all costs, no matter how much collateral damage these DU weapons could have caused to Afghan citizens and potentially our own soldiers.

    Sep 06 09:40

    READER PHOTOS FROM LOS ANGELES FIRES

    there have been plenty of LOOTERS up there we've had to fend off, and plenty of NEWS REPORTERS to bother people, but very few firefighters. almost ALL of the residents of Big Tujunga Canyon believe they were burned out on purpose because the feds want the land in the canyon, and have been trying to get everyone out of there for years.

    Sep 06 09:29

    Confronting Russia? US Marines In The Caucasus

    The redeployment of U.S. Marines to Georgia, then, is indicative of a continuous effort by the Pentagon ranging over more than seven years to prepare the Georgian armed forces ­ an American and NATO proxy army ­ for wars abroad and in the South Caucasus alike.

    The Pentagon and NATO have acquired seven new military bases in Bulgaria and Romania in recent years, including air bases for the transit of troops and weapons to Georgia and Afghanistan as well as for potential bombing runs against other nations such as Iran.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Looks as though the US is on a war footing for what could be decades, if it doesn't bankrupt itself first, which is a very real possibility.

    Sep 06 09:18

    While Europe Sleeps, Bosnia Seethes

    In the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, under the headline “The Death of Dayton,” Patrice C. McMahon and Jon Western write that because of ethnic divisions that refuse to heal, widespread corruption and political deadlock, “the country now stands on the brink of collapse” and “unless checked, the current trends toward fragmentation will almost certainly lead to a resumption of violence.”

    Sep 06 09:12

    Abbas rejects Netanyahu talks if settlements grow

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday he sees no point in meeting Benjamin Netanyahu if the Israeli premier approves a fast expansion of West Bank settlements before considering a freeze.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is precisely what Netanyahu wants; to create a "no go" situation for any further peace talks, then blame the Palestinians for their intransigence.

    President Obama and his administration need to understand, very clearly, that Israel is not at all interested in peace, except if that means every Palestinian leaving (or dying) in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

    Israel wants territory, and will pursue that agenda by any means necessary.

    Sep 06 09:02

    Israeli officials attacking anti Zionist synagogue in Jerusalem

    Sep 06 09:01

    Government gives up hope of more European Nato help in Afghanistan

    Defence sources have said that both the US and British governments no longer expect any of Nato's main partner nations to send more troops to serve in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is most fierce.

    Despite high level lobbying by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, and senior diplomats no country has come forward to share more of the war fighting burden being felt by British and US troops in the south of the country.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    European countries' leadership is actually influenced by voter opinion; in the US, the government doesn't care at all what its voters think.

    In the US, we no longer have a republic, but a "corporatocracy".

    At this phase of our country's devolution, alleged "representatives" in congress are simply acquisitions of large corporations. This means they are obliged to vote for whatever legislation which will benefit those large corporations, and not what is good for We the People.

    The only "winners" in the war in Afghanistan are the defense contractors, and the drug dealers.

    Sep 06 08:51

    Taliban attacks in north Afghanistan spike

    Eight years ago, this northern flood plain was the scene of the Taliban's last stand.

    Now, it's the locus of a resurgent militancy in a region that is fast becoming a new front in the Afghan war - with troubling consequences for coalition supply lines and U.S. allies whose will to stay and fight is being tested by rising casualties.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    We are up to our necks here in a military misadventure we cannot win, and our options are limited.

    Afghanistan has long been nicknamed "The Graveyard of Empires"; unfortunately, that is about to be what happens to the US in Afghanistan.

    We've never had enough boots on the ground to do the job, and you cannot, absolutely cannot, win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

    Our military and civilian leadership should have learned that from the American debacle which was Viet Nam, but apparently, haven't.

    Our soldiers keep dying because we have not accomplished one of two geopolitical objectives here, and that is the "pacification" of Afghanistan in order to install the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

    And the other objective? Protecting the drug trade, from which so many profit so well.

    As reported in:

    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/afghan-opium-production-declines-10-percent-in-2009-un_100241969.html

    "The opium production in Afghanistan is down by 10 percent while the area under poppy cultivation in the country fell 22 percent in 2009, a new UN report said Wednesday."

    "However, the war-torn Afghanistan still remains the world’s largest supplier of the drug, producing 6,900 tonnes of opium, from which heroin is derived, the Online news agency said citing the report."

    You might recall that, under the rule of the Taliban, the opium trade was almost completely eradicated;, but subsequent to the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, opium production soared.

    Coincidence?

    You tell me.

    Sep 06 08:51

    Taliban's Tank-Killing Bombs Came From CIA, Not Iran

    In support of the official U.S. assertion that Iran is arming its sworn enemy, the Taliban, the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Dennis Blair, has cited a statement by a Taliban commander last year attributing military success against NATO forces to Iranian military assistance.

    But the Taliban commander's claim is contradicted by evidence from the U.S. Defense Department, Canadian forces in Afghanistan and the Taliban itself that the increased damage to NATO tanks by Taliban forces has come from anti-tank mines provided by the United States to the jihadi movement in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

    Sep 06 08:49

    As 9/11’s 8th anniversary approaches

    Sep 06 08:41

    Who Brought the Slaves to America?

    A methodical and documented look at the true culprits of the African slave trade.

    Sep 06 08:34

    ISRAEL STEALS BODY PARTS: PALESTINIANS SPEAK OUT

    In 1995, Bassam was killed by the Israeli army at the village of Beit Awwa, located near the former armistice line between the West Bank and what is now Israel.

    “But 24 hours later they returned the body with a huge scar running from the chin to the lower abdomen,” Walid remembers.

    “They took all the vital organs, including the heart, kidneys, Liver. Then they stuffed the empty cavities with garbage before sewing him up.”

    Sep 06 08:34

    SECTARIANISM FROM ABROAD IS DESTROYING THE FREE GAZA MOVEMENT

    The siege on Gaza can and will be broken. International participation in the movement to deliver essential goods to the Strip have, so far, been successful despite harassment from Israeli forces and attacks on the ships bringing in those goods.

    One would expect the Israelis to do everything in their power to stop these activities…. that’s one of the things they do best. One would not expect the movement to be sabotaged from within, but apparently this is what is happening.

    Sep 06 08:25

    "21 of the 25 Largest Subprime Issuers Leading Up to the Crisis Were Financed by Large Banks"

    21 of the 25 largest subprime issuers leading up to the crisis were financed by large banks. (Remember this the next time you hear a lobbyist blaming the crisis on non-banks and denying the role of the bank holding companies.)

    Sep 06 08:21

    Unemployment Is Much Worse Than You Think

    Structural rather than cyclical influences on unemployment are running well above normal during the current recession, as is highlighted by the percentage of the unemployed that are “not on temporary layoff.”

    Sep 06 08:21

    9-11 Israel pointing fingers

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Before the dust from the World Trade Towers had even settled, Israel's agents were pointing their fingers at the intended targets, Arab Muslims.

    This was, of course, a repeat of the Israeli tactics during the Lavon Affair, in which bombings carried out by Israel were blamed on Egypt, and the attack on the USS Liberty, in which Israel was blaming Egypt for that attack right up until Israel had to call the attack off.

    Sep 06 08:17

    Wall Street wants to do to life insurance what it did to housing

    The New York Times reports that large investment banks are lining up to begin securitizing “life settlements,” life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell so that they can get cash before they die.

    Life settlement companies — companies that buy life insurance policies and cash in when the original policy holder dies — have been around for some time, but this would mark the first time that life insurance policies are turned into big business on Wall Street.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    So if there really is a "When Pigs Fly" flu pandemic, these "investors" will get filthy stinking rich very quickly.

    Sep 06 08:14

    Wiki can't even do basic geography. And it won't let me edit the post about the island they have in the wrong location even though I LIVE ON IT.

    So hey guys I live on an Island that doesn't exist next to and Island that actually does exist, that I am actually on. According to wikipedia.

    Can I edit the page about the Island? I only live HERE! Nope. Can anyone living here edit the page? Nope, we aren't experts on the subject. lol!!!

    My brother wrote a book about the history of the Island from its AMerican Indian name Croatoan to now. Can he edit the page? Nope.

    only self appointed experts can change it. If you change it, some idiot changes right back.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    I went through this with Wikipedia back when they had articles about Michael Rivero. The article about me was filled with inaccuracies. When I changed it, it was changed back. Twice. Then it was locked against changes and I was informed by Wikipedia that Michael Rivero was not considered an expert on the subject of Michael Rivero. When I pointed out that I was Michael Rivero and therefore more of an expert on the subject of Michael Rivero than their own editors Wikipedia threw a tantrum and deleted every single article about me or my website.

    Sep 06 08:01

    Vaccine-Induced Disease Epidemic Outbreaks

    We know this dastardly plan actually happened, thanks to a citizen's WATCHDOG GROUP in Kansas City, Missouri named "The Advertiser's Protective Bureau", who filed, and successfully prosecuted criminal charges against the Missouri state chapter of the AMA ­ the Jackson Medical Society. The 'Protective Bureau's" official report of this cold-blooded plot reads as follows:

    Sep 06 07:59

    Unemployment Rate for College Graduates Highest on Record.

    With the recent unemployment rate hitting 9.7 percent officially, the wider ranging U-6 rate hit a record of 16.8 percent. The market took the 216,000 job losses as good news but the recession is much deeper than the headlines are showing. If you dig deep into the report, you will find a few curious observations. First, the teenage unemployment rate is the highest in nearly half a century coming in at over 24.2 percent. Now this rate is always high but only in August of 2008, it was at 17.8 percent. Another observation in the report that we find is those with college degrees are facing the highest unemployment in two decades since records started being kept.

    Sep 06 07:49

    "We Are Destroying Ourselves."

    Creveld: We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force.

    Interviewer: Wouldn't Israel then become a rogue state?

    Creveld: We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen, before Israel goes under.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Obviously, this claim about being such a mighty military took place prior to the last was with Lebanon.

    But it betrays the Israeli mindset.

    Sep 06 07:46

    False flag operations: a stunning history

    Please read what the following highly respected people are saying:

    Former prominent Republican U.S. Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr stated that the U.S. is close to becoming a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration used fear to try to ensure that this happened. Current Republican U.S. Congressman Ron Paul stated that the government "is determined to have martial law." He also said a contrived "Gulf of Tonkin-type incident may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran." Former National Security Adviser Brzezinski told the Senate that a terrorist act might be carried out in the U.S. and falsely blamed on Iran to justify war against that nation.

    Sep 06 07:44

    Obama 'green jobs' adviser quits amid controversy

    White House environmental adviser Van Jones, embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, resigned after what he called a "vicious smear campaign against me."

    The resignation, announced early Sunday, came as President Barack Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.

    Jones, who specialized in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the Sept. 11 attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Somehow, I don't think derogatory comments about Republicans was the problem.

    Sep 06 07:42

    On being attacked by The Washington Times

    This idiotic comparison basically speaks for itself, but let’s be clear: Erik Prince is no Valerie Plame. Plame was a covert CIA operative who was outed because her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, was speaking out against the Bush administration’s lie-filled drive to the Iraq invasion. Prince is the owner of a mercenary force that has killed innocent civilians (mostly Muslims), put US, Iraqi and Afghan lives at risk regularly, is being sued for war crimes, has had its operatives indicted on manslaughter charges, is being investigated for arms smuggling, etc. etc. In other words, Prince and Plame are basically twins.

    Sep 06 07:41

    Surfing the Beaches of Deadwood with Lt. Col Kilgore.

    War’s not new and this war’s not new and there’s collateral damage in my mulligan stew. There is a way to pacify and consolidate Afghanistan and that is to kill every living creature there with a thermonuclear blast but short of that you aren’t going to succeed. The reason is the Hindu Kush, among other things. Some colossal hand reached down and grabbed the fabric of the world awhile ago and squeezed it with a pull, which caused an impossible complexity of mountains and valleys over a whole lot of landscape that just cannot be contained unless you send in more people than you can get or… well there is no or.

    Sep 06 07:32

    Cumbersome

    My motto is "Government, stop helping me. I can't afford it."

    Sep 06 07:32

    America is a “Failed Democracy": Its People want Peace, and its Elected Officials make War

    The war in Afghanistan today hangs like some cloud of poison gas over Washington that won’t blow away. It sickens everything as it spreads. It continues to suck precious tax dollars out of the Treasury, money this country cannot afford to squander, especially as millions of Americans are sinking into poverty and joblessness exceeds ten percent. Writing in USA Today last March 10th, Susan Page reported, “In one year, 24 million slide from ‘thriving’ to ‘struggling’ and “Some fear that the American dream may be in peril as well.” Worse, the U.S. is turning poverty-plagued Afghanistan, a long-suffering nation of 25 million souls into another Iraq, perhaps even another Viet Nam. Afghanistan has already been under U.S.

    Sep 06 07:30

    The Real Newt Gingrich

    Sep 06 01:46

    9-12 Rally To Impeach MA Sen Richard Moore Over Forced Vax

    September 12 MA Rally to Impeach Sen Richard T. Moore Over Forced Vaccination Bill S2028

    [Editor's Note: I was earlier led to believe that the Massachusettes Senate, under the sponsorship of NWO sell-out and compliant servant Sen. Richard T Moore, passed the despicable S2028, an affront to the constitutionally guaranteed right of every Massachusettes citizen to decide his own health destiny, in August, but the actual date of passage, I now discover, was April 30, 2009. Here's a brief quote from http://www.masslpa.org/node/428:

    "On Thursday, April 30, 2009, the senate bill, sponsored by Senator Richard T. Moore (D), Worcester and Norfolk District was passed in the senate, containing language that violates the Constitutional Rights of Massachusetts citizens.

    Sep 06 01:20

    Disengaging America From The Israel Lobby

    No taxation by a foreign government without representation" is a basic American principle. Yet, the taxation currently endured by US taxpayers because of the Israel Lobby far exceeds the level of taxation by the British that led to the American Revolution. Pro-Israel organisations do everything possible to prevent Americans from openly discussing the fact that they are being taxed without consent.

    Sep 06 00:25

    THE DEATH OF TED KENNEDY

    The public (or perhaps I should say the media) reaction to the death of Ted Kennedy seems to sum up most of the things which are wrong with our society. This is an evil culture, hell-bent on its own destruction, and most of the people in it are rushing, like lemmings, over the cliff and into the sea.

    Sep 06 00:18

    Flashback 2005: Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents

    Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents
    By DAMIEN CAVE
    Published: June 3, 2005
    Two years into the war in Iraq, as the Army and Marines struggle to refill their ranks, parents have become boulders of opposition that recruiters cannot move.
    Mothers and fathers around the country said they were terrified that their children would have to be killed - or kill - in a war that many see as unnecessary and without end.

    Sep 06 00:04

    Did Ron Paul Predict 9/11?

    I came across this press conference Dr. Paul gave on CSPAN in December of ‘98, the day Clinton deflected attention away from his looming impeachment by launching a bombing campaign on Iraq. I found it refreshing to see him full of such righteous indignation. Especially interesting was his warning that the president’s actions today will lead to terrorist attacks tomorrow.

    September 5, 2009

    Sep 05 23:13

    Naming Names: More Sibel Edmonds Explosive Testimony On Current and Former Members of Congress

    Against Dennis Hastert:

    The acceptance of large sums of bribery in forms of cash or laundered cash ... to make it look legal for his campaigns, and also for his personal use, in order to do certain favors ...

    Sep 05 23:04

    ANOTHER VICTORY FOR DIVESTMENT AND BOYCOTT

    The Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava, which illegally manufactures and appropriates its products in occupied Palestinian territory, has dropped its spokesperson Kristin Davis amid a public relations debacle sparked by the peace group CODEPINK’s Stolen Beauty campaign.

    As Gawker.com first reported yesterday, ‘Sex & the City’ star Kristin Davis has been dropped by Ahava. All trace of her image and mention of her name have already been removed from Ahava’s website.

    Sep 05 21:45

    Strategy for national security: Department of Peace or Wars on Terror?

    How about a Department of Peace to contribute to national security strategy in addition to the Department of War, uh, that is, Defense? Let’s consider our government's argument that the US military's use of force after invading other countries that did not attack us is an effective strategy for our national security. And then let’s step outside the box of war, and consider the potential contribution that a Department of Peace might make for US national security.

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