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June 1, 2009

Jun 01 20:27

Netanyahu defies Barack Obama's calls for halt to West Bank settlements

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said on Monday that Israel would continue to build in existing Jewish enclaves in the West Bank, defying US President Barack Obama's call for a settlement freeze.

"Freezing life would not be reasonable," he told the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence committee.

Jun 01 20:23

Israeli Spy Operation in Australia Exposed

When uncovered, and questioned the mall kiosks and Operators simply disappeared. Prior to Sept 11 all across New York and New Jersey were Israeli Mall Kiosks selling fun toys like wizz copters and other small nick nacks, their aim was far more insidious, to spy on Americans prior to a false flag attack.

Jun 01 20:23

MPs' expenses: Labour MP Alan Meale spends more than £13,000 on gardening

Other claims included a new Sony television, DVD player and video costing £584, plus a satellite television package costing £41 a month. ... He needed the Sky package so that he could watch 24-hour news, he said.

So why did he pay for a Sky Premium Pack which includes movies and sports?

Jun 01 20:14

MPs' expenses: Geoff Hoon claimed on two homes at the same time

Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, is exposed as the second Cabinet minister to have claimed expenses for two different second homes at the same time.

Mr Hoon's constituency home was funded by the taxpayer while he was also claiming parliamentary allowances for a London town house, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

During 2006, he claimed hundreds of pounds for the Derbyshire house after "flipping" his designated second home to the capital.

Last night, the Transport Secretary apologised "unreservedly" for what he described as an "inadvertent administrative error" and repaid £384 to the parliamentary authorities.

Jun 01 20:05

Tunisia: First Woman to Get Six Years Prison For Her Online Activities

Mariam Zouaghi is the first Tunisian woman to be convicted under The Anti-Terrorism Act of 10 December 2003.

Mariam has been arrested on July 26th, 2008, for visiting banned websites, publishing online articles on alleged extremist forum boards and collecting money to support Gaza.

Jun 01 20:01

Cisco replaces GM on Dow Jones industrial average

Pardon our gloat. But Silicon Valley and the tech sector just got a nice kiss blown their way by the Dow Jones industrial average, which on Monday announced it will boot 83-year member General Motors off the storied stock index and replace the bankrupt carmaker with San Jose's own Cisco Systems on June 8.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So we can expect the DOW to soar on June 8th.

Jun 01 19:58

In US, another Israeli spy walks free

“Why it took the government 23 years to charge Mr. Kadish is shrouded in mystery,” said the judge.

Jun 01 19:56

The Real Expenses Scandal

There’s something very odd going on with the British political system when the Chancellor of the Exchequer can loose his job over less than £700 whilst billions are squandered on illegal wars, nuclear missiles, corporate subsidies and bailouts.

Jun 01 19:51

Medical Freedom or Medical Fascism?

The question for Americans is: do you trust government or insurance company to make the decision on what treatment to receive for you or would you rather make the decision yourself based on the advice of your doctor.

Jun 01 19:45

Get Ready For Gitmo: The Video Game

A British Muslim who was detained at the American military base at Guantanamo Bay for three years before being released has been enlisted by a Scottish video game maker to help make its upcoming computer simulation of Gitmo "more realistic."

Jun 01 19:44

Blondes march in Latvia 'to cheer-up nation'

Several hundred blonde women marched through the Latvian capital Riga yesterday in a bid to cheer up the crisis-hit Baltic nation, suffering the worst recession of all 27 EU member states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hell, that's more than Obama has done to cheer up the nation!

Jun 01 17:53

US recruiting job-needing techi spies for cyberwarfare

Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for U.S.
PBy CHRISTOPHER DREW and JOHN MARKOFF
Published: May 30, 2009
The exotic nature of the work, coupled with the deep recession, is enabling the companies to attract top young talent that once would have gone to Silicon Valley. And the race to develop weapons that defend against, or initiate, computer attacks has given rise to thousands of “hacker soldiers” within the Pentagon who can blend the new capabilities into the nation’s war planning.

Jun 01 17:50

Goodbye, GM

"It's a new day and a new century. The President – and the UAW – must seize this moment and create a
big batch of lemonade from this very sour
and sad lemon." – Michael Moore

Jun 01 17:46

China's Arithmetic When It Comes to the Dollar

Providing leadership to the world’s increasingly interconnected economy is by no means an easy task, and maybe that’s why the world is voting against America holding the world’s reserve Currency Conch any longer. Timmy Geithner’s effectiveness with the Chinese translators overseas this morning is borderline laughable.

There was a time when the Wizards of Wall Street’s Oz could fly overseas and make a comment like “we are committed to a strong dollar” and it would actually matter. Rather than getting on a plane and shaking hands with The Client (China) himself, President Obama opted to send the same guy that called the holder of $768B in US Debt “manipulators"... Nice!

Jun 01 17:24

Hardened US Soldiers can't see they are the enemy

Fatal shooting shows stress risk facing U.S. troops
By Tim Cocks Tim Cocks – Mon Jun 1, 10:08 am ET
COMBAT OUTPOST COBRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Experts say the risk of soldiers suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) goes up substantially on their third tour of duty. Sergeant Joseph Huiet is on his sixth.
"Troops say causes of combat stress are many. The most obvious are danger, trauma of friends dying, frequent roadside bombs and other sneak attacks common in Iraq's guerrilla war."There's the stress of not knowing who your enemy is half the time. You probably saw him in the street and didn't know.""

Jun 01 17:14

Terry Gilliam ready to take on 'Don Quixote' again

Cult director Terry Gilliam says he plans to restart work on "Don Quixote" in Spain next year after filming in 2000 was abandoned due to a series of mishaps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather appropriate metaphorical content, if you think about it!

Jun 01 17:12

Florida county goes gaga over used video games

Broward County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kayla Concepcion said the new requirement comes straight from the Florida Legislature, which enacted a law on October 1 of last year that treated video games like second-hand goods sold at pawn shops. Now any store buying used video games has to collect the thumb prints, along with a bunch of other personal info about the seller.

Jun 01 15:11

In Crisis, Banks Dig In for Fight Against Rules

As the financial crisis entered one of its darkest phases in October, a handful of the nation’s largest banks began holding daily telephone sessions. Murmurs were already emanating from Washington about the need for a wide-ranging regulatory overhaul, and Wall Street executives girded for a fight.

Atop the agenda during their calls: how to counter an expected attempt to rein in credit-default swaps and other derivatives — the sophisticated and profitable financial instruments that were intended to limit risk but instead had helped take the economy to the brink of disaster.

Jun 01 14:53

Supreme Court Justice Aids Torture Coverup

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg approved an Obama administration request to have an additional 30 days to submit their appeal to justify suppressing the photos of US troops torturing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration can now dally until July 9 before submitting their brief arguing their case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An additional 30 days to "sanitize" the photos?

An additional 30 days for the world to imagine the worst?

An additional 30 days for the credibility of the United States Government to rot.

Jun 01 14:51

DC Madam Palfrey's D. A. is C.I.A.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia resigns -- Taylor was king of cover-ups....

Jun 01 14:51

Bush: I Personally Authorized Torture Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

BUSH: One such person who gave us information was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. … And I’m in the Oval Office and I am told that we have captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the professionals believe he has information necessary to secure the country. So I ask what tools are available for us to find information from him and they gave me a list of tools, and I said are these tools deemed to be legal? And so we got legal opinions before any decision was made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, following a month of waterboarding, subsequently confessed to 9-11, the assassinations of both Kennedys, the Jack the Ripper murders, blowing up the Hindenburg, Challenger, and Columbia, disguising himself as an iceberg to destroy the Titanic, and the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Jun 01 14:42

Texas blogger jailed after failing to turn PC over to judge

Fifty-three-year-old Lyndal Harrington blogged some nasty things about Anna Nicole Smith's mother, resulting in a defamation lawsuit. The court ordered her to turn over her computer for evidence; after failing to do so, Harrington was thrown in jail. The case highlights the delicacies of today's blogging world, as more and more people are sued for voicing their "opinions" online.

Jun 01 14:40

Navy Vet Honored, Foiled Israeli Attack

What’s the difference between murder and massacre?

The answer is Terry Halbardier, whose bravery and ingenuity as a 23-year-old Navy seaman spelled the difference between the murder of 34 of the USS Liberty crew and the intended massacre of all 294.

Jun 01 13:59

Israel: Iran will have a nuclear weapon within three years. Israel: Iran will have a nuclear weapon within two years. Israel: Iran will have a nuclear weapon within six months. Israel: Iran will have a nuclear weapon within six hours..... etc. etc.

Jun 01 13:19

Waterboarding was ‘well done,’ Cheney says

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We used Perrier!"

Jun 01 13:18

One Dead, One Injured in West LR Shooting

One person is dead, another seriously injured, and a third is in custody following a double shooting in west Little Rock Monday morning.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. at a U.S. Army Navy Career Center inside the Ashley Square Shopping Center at 9112 North Rodney Parham Road. According to Lt. Terry Hastings with the Little Rock Police Department, two enlisted soldiers standing outside the office were hit when the unidentified suspect drove up and began shooting.

Jun 01 13:16

Court Rules In Favor Of Transparency In Guantánamo Cases

In an important ruling affecting the public's access to records regarding the cases of Guantánamo detainees, a federal court today denied a government motion to seal unclassified information related to those cases. Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, citing a "First Amendment and common law right to access" judicial records, ruled that the government cannot suppress unclassified documents and must seek court approval to seal specific information.

Jun 01 13:16

Barak: No humanitarian crisis in Gaza

"There is no hunger in Gaza," Barak said, adding that the only goods not being let through are materials that could potentially be used by terrorist groups, namely building supplies.

Jun 01 13:05

US firm says handheld puke ray is ready to go

The so-called Dazer Laser™ technology comes from Laser Energetics Inc, of New Jersey, which has been supplying more conventional laser equipment since 1991. Now, however, the company is pleased to announce its new Defender™ and Guardian™ chunder-beam weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS is the best that the nation that put men on the Moon can make these days?

Jun 01 13:04

SHEDDING OUR OWN BLOOD TO PLEASE ISRAEL

Palestinian (PA) officials, who think that dishonesty is the best policy, claimed that the killings were necessitated by commitments to keep law and order and protect the “national scheme.”

However, this vacuous and mendacious pretext is itself worse than a crime. After all, what “national scheme” can possibly justify the hounding and killing of people who have spent the prime of their youth, resisting the criminal occupiers of their country and cruel tormentors of their people?

Jun 01 13:03

Mysterious 'chip' is CIA's latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan's tribal belt

According to residents and Taliban propaganda, the CIA pays tribesmen to plant the electronic devices near farmhouses sheltering al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.

Hours or days later, a drone, guided by the signal from the chip, destroys the building with a salvo of missiles. "There are body parts everywhere," said Wazir, who witnessed the aftermath of a strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just out of idle curiosity, and considering the "false positives" now sitting in Guantanamo, how do we know these chips are being planted on real Al Qaeda, rather than a rival farmer whose goats are foraging on the wrong side of a fence?

Jun 01 13:01

'U.S. may limit support of Israel to force settlement freeze'

The Obama administration is considering a series of symbolic measures to force Israel to halt all construction in West Bank settlements, the New York Times has reported.

Administration officials said that measures under discussion include dropping the U.S.' near uniform support of Israel in the United Nations and withholding its usual veto on resolutions critical of Israel, according to the New York Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Mr. President.

Please wear your Kevlar undies. The last President to defy Israel was John F. Kennedy, who insisted that Israel not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.

Jun 01 12:56

Lawmakers Bill Taxpayers For TVs, Cameras, Lexus

But as British politicians come under widening scorn for spending public money on everything from candy bars to moat-dredging, an examination of U.S. lawmakers' expense claims shows Washington's elected officials have also used public funds for eye-catching purchases.

U.S. politicians, unlike their counterparts in Great Britain, can't bill taxpayers for personal living expenses. The U.S. Treasury gives them an allowance to cover "official and representational expenses," according to congressional rules, and the lawmakers enjoy a fair amount of discretion in how they use the funds.

Jun 01 12:53

Payrolls shrunk another half million in May

Heavy job losses battered American families again in May, economists said, continuing the carnage that has erased almost all the employment gains over the past decade.

Jun 01 12:52

Scientists Identify Lethal New Virus

Scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that causes bleeding like the dreaded Ebola virus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We have identified this new virus in this petri dish ... I don't feel so good all of a sudden."

Jun 01 12:50

Poor Little TARP Banks

The big banks, like Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase, have been getting just about anything they want out of Washington these days. There is one thing, however, that so far they have been denied: the ability to get instant refunds on taxes paid on past profits up to five years back, or “carry-back” relief.

In the economic stimulus bill (H.R. 1) Congress extended carry-back relief to businesses with less than $15 million in annual revenues that have not taken TARP money. More recently, bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and the House to extend carry-back relief to businesses of all sizes, except those that have taken TARP money.

Now the bailed-out banks have begun lobbying to get their fair share.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is anyone actually talking about maybe restarting manufacturing and hiring people, or is shuffling the paper around the only thing they can think of?

Jun 01 12:48

FLASHBACK - EU accounts 'open to fraud'

Marta Andreasen, the former chief accountant of the European Union says that flaws in the EU accounting system leave it vulnerable to fraud on a massive scale.

In an interview for BBC HARDtalk she warns that the EU is open to potential frauds worse than the recent scandals at Enron and WorldCom.

Jun 01 12:47

The Triple California Housing Threat: Low, Mid, and Upper Range Housing Distress Ladder. How the Housing Implosion will Spread to Higher Priced Neighborhoods.

The housing market in California is splintering into various broken segments. In one area, you have lower priced beaten down homes flying off the market like pancakes. Yet in these areas, you have to wonder what will happen once the major discounts and inventory run out? Next, you have mid-priced areas that are selling in low numbers but at relatively stable prices. This is the next market to tank because of the large amount of Alt-A and Pay Option ARMs hovering in those markets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The upper levels of the economy rest on the lower levels. The lower levels have been destroyed by tax policy that shifted jobs out of the US. The upper levels of the economy are starting to collapse. And without a strong foundation, there is nothing to prevent the spire from falling all the way down into the basement.

Jun 01 12:38

FLASHBACK - An American Worker in Tiananmen Square

Jun 01 12:37

O'Reilly's "Tiller the Baby Killer" Assassinated in Wichita

"...And if the state of Kansas doesn't stop this man, then anybody who prevents that from happening has blood on their hands as the governor does right now, Governor Sebelius."--Bill O'Reilly, June 12, 2007

You have the blood of Dr. Tiller on your hands, O'Reilly. You helped create "...the moral climate in which a deranged individual or a fascist-minded terrorist would target Dr. Tiller for assassination..." as the World Socialist Web Site aptly put it. Just like the blood of every US soldier, every Iraqi, every Afghani is on your hands.

Jun 01 12:35

Army Deploys Old Tactic in PR War

Body counts are back, reigniting the decades-old debate about whether victory in war can be judged by measuring the stack of enemy dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The lesson from Vietnam is ... no

Jun 01 12:33

Angry Jewish settlers rampage in West Bank

Jewish settlers rampaged in the West Bank on Monday, wounding four Palestinians, as they vented fury that Israel may answer US calls and dismantle outposts in the territory, officials said.

Jewish extremists blocked roads, hurled rocks at drivers, burned fields, cut down olive trees and opened fire towards Palestinians who tried to chase the trespassers from their fields in the northern West Bank, witnesses said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazing how hard the media tries to portray the settlers as the victims here.

Jun 01 12:32

According To New Poll:Americans Are Pathetic

According to a new poll,one which wasn’t taken,collected or documented by anyone,done primarily using visual aids I have come to the conclusion that Americans are pathetic.

Let us look at the evidence shall we?

Jun 01 12:20

Chinese Laugh at Geithner When He Says Investment in US Debt "Safe"

"Chinese financial assets are very safe," he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for inscrutable!

Jun 01 12:18

Israel's Netanyahu holds firm on Gaza blockade

"We are being asked to ease the living conditions of the population and allow goods and equipment in, but we have other priorities in the Gaza Strip," a senior official quoted Netanyahu as telling a cabinet meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We want to starve them to death so we can take the place over, you silly!"

Jun 01 12:17

Last survivor of the Titanic dies, aged 97

She died in her sleep early Sunday, her friend Gunter Babler told the Associated Press. It was the 98th anniversary of the launch of the ship that was billed as "practically unsinkable."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I actually met Millvina many years ago. I'll tell the story on today's radio show.

Jun 01 12:14

Israeli diplomats told to take offensive in PR war against Iran

Organizing demonstrations in front of Iranian consulates worldwide, staging mock stonings and hangings in public, and launching a massive media campaign against Iran - these are just some of the steps Israeli diplomats have been told to take in the coming weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They dress funny, and, and, and, they have no sense of rhythm, and they sing flat, and, and, and, and, they fart in elevators!!!!"

Jun 01 12:09

Suspect in Tiller's death supported killing abortion providers, friends say

In the rear window of the 1993 blue Ford Taurus that he was driving was a red rose, a symbol often used by abortion opponents. On the rear of his car was a Christian fish symbol with the word "Jesus" inside.

Those who know Roeder said he believed that killing abortion doctors was an act of justifiable homicide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But be sure you mention he is anti-government in that first paragraph!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 01 12:06

More Prime Foreclosures; More Re-Defaults

"Yesterday Fitch ratings estimated that up to 75 percent of the modifications now being done through the administration's Making Home Affordable program will re-default in six months to a year. I'm not talking about the old modifications, which were largely repayment plans that could actually raise monthly payments. I'm talking about the new mods, which lower monthly payments to 31 percent of a person's income.

Jun 01 12:05

Fight Government Encroachment into Healthcare!

Congress should put the American people back in charge of healthcare by expanding healthcare tax credits and deductions, increasing access to Health Savings Accounts, respecting privacy and the doctor/patient relationship. Further politicizing and bureaucratizing of healthcare will only increase costs and reduce quality, as demonstrated by most other countries with socialized medicine.

Jun 01 12:00

Taibbi: No More Compromise -- Obama Must Wholly Reject Bush's Dictator Policies

The recent haggling over Guantanamo is such classic Democratic Party politics, it's almost laughable. Almost, except that it's, you know, revolting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Emphasis on "revolt."

Jun 01 11:53

New Shootings, Fuel for Gun-Control Activists

Snyder: Gun-Control Activists Resurrect Agenda
June 1, 2009
By John M. Snyder
Gun rights spokesmen are aware of these attempts to weaken our defenses. In fact, Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.), a stalwart supporter of 2nd Amendment rights for many years, wrote last November wrote that, “Gun control may have faded as a political issue, but the mentality that Washington knows best_and that certain constitutional rights are anachronisms_is alive and well. Look for gun control advocates to bide their time and look for new ways to resurrect the issue in 2008 and beyond.

Jun 01 11:52

Ex-Senate staffer fired after arrest over proposition of teen with animal-costume sex

-- A former state Senate staffer has been arrested on charges that he wanted to engage in sex acts with 15-year-old boy while dressed in a panda costume, according to Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Alan David Berlin, 40, who worked for Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, used Internet chats and instant messages to proposition the Harrisburg-area boy, including talking about dressing up in animal costumes and engaging in various sex acts, Corbett said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 01 11:51

Class of ’09: You’re Screwed

Like Pericles, your parents inherited a dollar; they leave you a peso. They took over the strongest, richest, most competitive nation in the world. And like Pericles they minded everyone’s business but their own. Now, not only does the US owe money all over town, its government puts out trillions more in IOUs every year – each one with your name on it. You’re not even out in the real world yet, and you’re getting the bill for 50 cents of every dollar the feds spend – almost none of it earmarked for you. But that is the thing about the real world your teachers probably forgot to tell you about. It is more unreal and fantastical than anything you studied.

Jun 01 10:59

T-Bonds Get T-Boned

The rise in long-term treasury rates (the increased interest the government has to pay investors to entice them into buying them) is driving up mortgage rates, and will have many detrimental effects on the economy.

So it is important to figure out whether the increase in long-term treasury rates is temporary or longer-term.

Of course, everyone knows that China - the biggest purchaser of Treasury bonds - has shifted from long-term treasuries and into short-term T-bills of 3 years or less.

Jun 01 10:58

Air France crash thought to be caused by system failure

An automated message was received at 2.14am informing air traffic controllers of a failure of the electrical system.

Jun 01 10:50

The Obama flip-flops you don't know

Osama bin Laden: During the presidential debates last year, Obama declared that capturing or killing Osama bin Laden “has to be our biggest national security priority.” In his first TV interview after winning the election, he said the terrorist leader was “not just a symbol. He’s also the operational leader of an organization that is planning attacks against U.S. targets,” and that the additional troops being sent to Afghanistan would hunt him down because “capturing or killing bin Laden is a critical aspect of stamping out Al Qaeda.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 01 10:46

Lawmakers Keep Expenses Off-Line

Lawmakers have demanded greater openness from companies receiving government bailouts but have yet to release online or electronic versions of their own office expenditures -- including taxpayer-funded tabs for leased cars and staff retreats at hotels.

House and Senate lawmakers are given an annual allowance of $1.3 million to $4.5 million to run their offices. Most is spent on staff salaries, but money is also used for official equipment, office supplies and travel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the scandal in Parliament, I think we need to take a very close look at how Congress spends OUR money!

Jun 01 10:40

MODERN VERSION OF ANIMAL FARM // OR // RATS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

When a company goes bankrupt, everyone takes a hit: fair or not, workers lose some contract wages, stockholders get wiped out and creditors get fragments of what’s left. That’s the law. What workers don’t lose are their pensions (including old-age health funds) already taken from their wages and held in their name.

But not this time. Stevie the Rat has a different plan for GM: grab the pension funds to pay off Morgan and Citi.

Jun 01 10:39

MUSIC FROM BEHIND THE WALL

Dalia is one of a new generation of Palestinians who have been swept up in a rising tide of interest in Western classical music in the last several years here in the Palestinian territories, but especially the West Bank. The sounds of trills and arpeggios, Bach minuets and Beethoven sonatas, are rising up amid the economic malaise and restrictions of the Israeli occupation.

Jun 01 10:38

MONDAY’S TOON ~~ NORTH KOREA’S ‘BARGAINING POWER’

Jun 01 10:38

EVERY BOMB DROPPED ON GAZA HAD TO BE BUILT SOMEWHERE…..

In this case it was a company called E D O

They must be stopped before they destroy the rest of the world!

Jun 01 10:36

Increased gun demand seen in South Jersey

Joyce Serra gripped her silver .357 magnum revolver in both hands and methodically squeezed off five shots at a human silhouette target 10 yards away.

The 64-year-old hairdresser from Vineland is one of a growing number of first-time gun buyers who have kept weapons and ammunition in high demand in recent months despite the recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Snidely Whiplash has no idea of the rough time he may be in for!

Jun 01 10:18

Banks run Congress, top Democrat says

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that the banking and financial services industry has an outsized influence in Congress.

Wells Fargo, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase each got bailouts of $25 billion in government bailouts last year. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs got $10 billion apiece. And AIG, the mammoth insurer that lost billions in bad derivatives bets, has sucked in more than $170 billion.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is reticent about bailing out an American state — California.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... let alone private citizens.

Jun 01 10:17

AIPAC-backed letter gets 329 House signatures

Jun 01 10:13

Financial Stocks Rise; Citigroup Swapped Out Of Dow

U.S. financial stocks rose in early trade Monday as markets focused on General Motors Corp. (GM) formally filing for bankruptcy and a shakeup in the financial-sector composition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So all the spin aside, the real reason for today's 200 point rise is that down-trending Citi has been removed from the list of indicators and Traveler's, which is performing better, put in its place.

Jun 01 09:58

Canada's leaders swoon over Israel

Have you hugged a Jew today?

Couldn't hurt, on any day, given some worrisome trends in Canada – though less here than in Europe – to demonize both Jews and Israel, particularly via the rubric of anti-Zionism, which anybody with half a brain recognizes for what it is: The same old anti-Semitism tarted up in sleazy pedantic finery.

But yesterday, at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda synagogue in North York, the most astonishing thing happened. Leaders of Canada's political parties got all gushy and goopy, practically falling over one another to show they love Jews – and Israel – best.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read the comments. Canadians understand that what happened in the United States is now happening in Canada.

Jun 01 09:42

Dow gains 200 points

Stocks rallied Monday, with the Dow gaining 200 points, as investors looked past the bankruptcy of General Motors to focus on upbeat economic reports from around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER IN CHINA! BUY AMERICAN STOCKS NOW!!!!!

(Ahem)

Look carefully. The DOW has reshuffled the roster of stocks used to calculate the index. In other words, they are cherry-picking which stocks they use to produce the best results.

Today's DOW is being rigged to offset the effect of the GM bankruptcy, which closes 12 factories and lays off 20,00 auto-workers.

Jun 01 09:08

Is Larry Summers Taking Kickbacks From the Banks He’s Bailing Out?

Is Larry Summers taking kickbacks from the banks he’s bailing out?

Last month, a little-known company where Summers served on the board of directors received a $42 million investment from a group of investors, including three banks that Summers, Obama’s effective “economy czar,” has been doling out billions in bailout money to: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. The banks invested into the small startup company Revolution Money, right at the time when Summers was administering the “stress test” to these same banks.

Jun 01 08:58

Again,may God forgive us.

All this justified by the lie of 911.We have one hell of a butcher's bill to pay for what we have done!

Jun 01 08:55

War Is Sin

The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight.

Jun 01 08:43

The Return of The Resistance

So much for the surge!

Jun 01 08:18

"Over the Rainbow"

This writer just completed a six-part series on Ellen Brown's remarkable 2007 book titled "Web of Debt." This article follows from it by picking up on the theme she struck, using L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" as a combination parable, monetary allegory, and political manifesto for change at a time it's most needed.

Jun 01 08:15

Max Keiser On the Edge

Jun 01 07:51

Class Action Suit Against Vaccine Manufacturers?

“We have thousands of cases and we can show all vaccines are causing the exact same problem” says Dr. Andrew Moulden, a Canadian physician gathering evidence to support a class action lawsuit.

Jun 01 06:59

Chancellor 'will repay some expenses'

He's such a saint (see pic)

Jun 01 06:54

CONTROL & LOSS OF FREEDOM: ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE GLOBAL WARMING LOBBY

Every proposal of the Global Warming/Climate Change lobby involves control. The control of energy production, use by individuals, corporations and governments, and the control of the design, type and the use of devices that use energy. Naturally, this is to control the use of energy by the ordinary citizen. President B. Hussein Obama used 9,000 gallons of aviation kerosene to visit Iowa on Earth Day. The hypocrisy of that can be felt in the very air. Do as I say, not as I do.

Jun 01 06:44

Obama’s new war doctrine: ‘Cyber dominance’

The US military is moving ahead with plans to create its first “cyber command” designed to bolster America’s potential to wage digital warfare as well as defend against mounting cyber threats, officials said on Friday.

After President Barack Obama announced Friday his plans to overhaul cyber security policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was expected to soon formally propose the new cyber command that will be overseen by a four-star officer, Pentagon officials told AFP.

The move reflects a shift in military strategy with “cyber dominance” now part of US war doctrine and growing alarm over the perceived threat posed by digital espionage coming from China, Russia and elsewhere.

Jun 01 06:36

Cybersecurity Is Framework For Total Government Regulation & Control Of Our Lives

he Obama administration’s new Cybersecurity system will only make the Internet more vulnerable to attack, while creating the framework for a massively upgraded government surveillance grid that will control and regulate every aspect of our daily lives through the implementation of “smart” technology.

Obama’s announcement of the new cybersecurity grid dovetails with a recently introduced Senate bill, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, that would hand the president the power to shut down the entire Internet in the event of a “cybersecurity” crisis.

Jun 01 01:54

In Pakistan, an exodus that is beyond biblical

The language was already biblical; now the scale of what is happening matches it. The exodus of people forced from their homes in Pakistan's Swat Valley and elsewhere in the country's north-west may be as high as 2.4 million, aid officials say. Around the world, only a handful of war-spoiled countries – Sudan, Iraq, Colombia – have larger numbers of internal refugees. The speed of the displacement at its height – up to 85,000 people a day – was matched only during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. This is now one of the biggest sudden refugee crises the world has ever seen.

p.r. We created this mess.

Jun 01 00:28

May Ends with Snow, June to Begin with a Frost for Some

May 2009 finished with snow in parts of the Northeast! Wet snow was observed at Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, N.Y. Sunday afternoon, where temperatures dropped into the lower 30s.

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"There is TOO global warming! There is, there is, there IS!!!! You gotta give me MONEY!!! You gotta do what I say!!!!!" -- Saint Al of the Gore.

Jun 01 00:24

What do Presidents Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower all have in common?

They were willing to deport millions of illegal aliens to protect American jobs.

Jun 01 00:06

Is Microsoft Sabotaging Firefox With Sneaky .NET Updates?

Sabotage may be a strong choice of word, but it immediately came to mind with the news of Microsoft’s latest .NET update.

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, unleashed in February, forces an undisclosed Firefox extension on Windows users, called “Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.0?, and it does so without asking the users permission.

Jun 01 00:04

Hawaii's Islam Day resolution stirs passions here, on Mainland

House Concurrent Resolution 100, establishing a single day this year to acknowledge "the rich religious, scientific, cultural, and artistic contributions" of the Islamic world, ignited the passions of those concerned about the connection between the Islam religion and Muslim extremists responsible for the 9/11 attacks and other terrorist acts around the world.

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"those concerned" = Jewish groups.

Jun 01 00:03

Odious debt

In international law, odious debt is a legal theory which holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, such as wars of aggression, should not be enforceable. Such debts are thus considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that [are] incurred [by]them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion.

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Under this principle, We The People are not liable for the costs of the wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq and Somalia; indeed pretty much every war since WW2.

Nor are we liable for the $12.8 trillion spent on the bailouts, since these funds did not benefit the public, but only the banks and brokerages.

May 31, 2009

May 31 23:57

'They stole my little girl,' says mother judged too stupid to care for her baby

The adoption is going ahead despite a recent psychiatrist's report which declared that the 24-year-old has 'good literacy and numeracy and that her general intellectual abilities appear to be within the normal range'.

It said the unemployed former cleaner had no previous history of learning disability or mental illness.

May 31 21:37

17,000 US troops in Afghanistan by mid-July

The Obama White House says that the 21,000 additional troops are to reinforce security ahead of the August 20 presidential elections, and are to support the NATO-led troops which have struggled to fight an escalating insurgency there.

The surge in US troops in Afghanistan comes amid frosty relations between Kabul and Washington, over the US bombing of civilians about a month ago.

The raid which left some 150 people including 95 children dead is dubbed as the deadliest incident for Afghan civilians since the 2001 US-led invasion.

May 31 20:10

Vans With Explosives Confirmed At The World Trade Center on September 11th

Reports of vans packed with explosives were confirmed at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 as well as sub level explosions, among many other explosions. Vans were also discovered around the area, one had been exploded, one had been stopped for having a picture on the side of it with a plane flying into the World Trade Center, one had been stopped and found with explosives in it, and many others. The FBI actually had confirmed that a device was found in the complex and the building had begun to evacuate.

See also: 9/11 Van Mural

May 31 18:54

Killing as a Playoff Sport and Recruiting Tool

I happened to be clicking around the channels (god help me) and came across a channel I didn't know I had: Testosterone TV, which they call “Spike”. I saw a promo for “IRA vs. Taliban” on a show called “Deadliest Warriors”. Today they had a “marathon” of this series.

May 31 18:26

Finally, some accurate reporting about the Bush family

Little of this will be new to you if you're a long time Brasscheck TV viewer, but it's interesting to see that some of this material is finally appearing in a hardcover book available in US book stores.

Not surprisingly, this serious piece of reporting is being completely ignored by the news media in the US.

StingRay: Two part video at link is an interview with the author Russ Baker, author of the book "Family of Secrets", on Alex Jones' show.

May 31 18:17

Swine Flu Hysteria to Be Launched Again

Big Government ain't giving up on this one just yet.

May 31 17:30

The Big Collapse Could Be Very Near

The Fed can of course print money to buy up every Treasury bond in existence, but the inflationary ramifications would be Zimbabwe like, and crush the dollar on international currency markets. Are we near the phase where all hell breaks loose? I have never even answered, maybe, to this question before. It's always been, "no." Now it's maybe.

May 31 17:08

MPs' expenses: Natascha Engel claimed for DVDs of own speech in Parliament

Miss Engel, a Labour backbencher, claimed £117.50 in October 2005 to pay for ten copies of the DVD from the Parliamentary Recording Unit showing her first speech since being elected in that year's General Election.

May 31 17:06

MPs' expenses: Labour's Frank Cook claimed £5 for church collection

An MP used his expenses to claim for a £5 donation he made during a church service to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

May 31 17:03

MPs' expenses: Alistair Darling billed us for two homes at the same time

Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, claimed parliamentary expenses for a flat that he let to tenants while also claiming living allowances for his grace and favour home in Downing Street, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

In July 2007, Mr Darling submitted a £1,004 claim for a service charge on his south London flat 10 days after he became Chancellor. It covered the six-month period to the end of December 2007.

At the time, Mr Darling moved into Downing Street and began to claim second home allowances for his grace-and-favour apartments, meaning that costs relating to two of the Chancellor's homes were being met by the taxpayer.

May 31 17:00

Czech politicans pelted with eggs during an EU rally in Prague

Chairman of the Czech Social Democrats Jiri Paroubek tries to cover his face as he is pelted with eggs during a rally for the European Parliament elections in Prague, Czech Republic

May 31 15:36

Notorious Abortion Doctor Shot Dead in Wichita

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