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May 8, 2010

May 08 11:08

Humanitarian Disaster: Famine, Homelessness and Disease in Haiti's Earthquake Zone

"We are living in the mud. We are wet and we are hungry. Those in charge have left us without hope. If they have a plan we do not know it. We are asking about the future. And we want our voices to be heard, " Suzette Janvier a resident of St. Martin (a neighborhood of central Port-au-Prince) - April 24, 2010

May 08 10:08

Is Sovereign Debt Crisis Contained to Subprime?

As Americans observe the chaos in Greece, most assume that the strength of our currency, the credit worthiness of our government, and the vast expanse of two oceans, will prevent a similar scene from playing out in our streets. I believe these protections to be illusory.

May 08 10:06

Militarized SWAT Drug Raids on the Rise

The drug war is a travesty. It has nothing to do with preventing the consumption of illegal drugs, however, as the government and the corporate media tell us. It is about making a tidy profit for the CIA (so they can run their covert ops off the books) and Wall Street. It is also an excuse to militarize the cops and expand the for-profit prison industry.

Militarized cops that have cut their teeth on harmless drug users will be soon be used on the American people as they turn out in the streets in response to the Greatest Depression now unfolding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice that when the US declares a "war" on anything, that issue gets worse, rather than better?!?



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 08 09:58

Israel News Israel Opinion Israel Business Israel Culture Jewish Israel Travel Israel Activism Shop Photo Exhibit Photo: Gili Sofer Sea of Galilee (archives) Photo: Gili Sofer US photo exhibit: Israel blocks Palestinian access to water

Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan sent a complaint letter to the owners of the Annenberg Space for Photography, saying the venue is being used as a political tool to spread lies about Israel's part in the global effort to provide clean and fresh drinking water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Consul General Dayan: this exhibit simply demonstrates the truth about Israeli water policy.

If you don't like it, get someone in the Israeli government to change it!

May 08 09:52

North Korea and Israel: A Lot in Common

Neither is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and both employ their nuclear weapons in elaborate games of peek-a-boo with the international community. Israel and North Korea are equally paranoid about outsiders conspiring to destroy their states, and this paranoia isn’t without some justification. Partly as a result of these suspicions, both countries engage in reckless and destabilizing foreign policies. In recent years, Israel has launched preemptive strikes and invaded other countries, while North Korea has abducted foreign citizens and blown up South Korean targets (including, possibly, a South Korean ship in late March in the Yellow Sea).

May 08 09:49

Hijacking the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

We begin with a fundamental principle, one that even the Post implicitly acknowledges: Terrorism is, in fact, a federal criminal offense. Let me repeat that: Terrorism is a crime under U.S. law.

Thus, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that suspected terrorists have always been subject to the rules, guarantees, and protections that relate to the federal criminal-justice system. Grand-jury indictments, jury trials in federal court, criminal-defense attorneys, the presumption of innocence, the exclusion of incompetent and irrelevant evidence, the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the right to remain silent, the right to call favorable witnesses, and so forth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country is rapidly morphing into a country governed by the rule of men, and not the rule of law, which is a truly terrifying process to watch.

There are several very nasty pieces of legislation, floating in various congressional committees right now which will, if passed, absolutely destroy presumption of innocence and legal due process in this country.

May 08 09:37

Petraeus: Times Square bomber likely acted alone

The Times Square bombing suspect apparently operated as a "lone wolf" who did not work with other terrorists, according to the general who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But investigators believe he had some bomb-making training in Pakistan, a second senior military official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who is this "secondary senior military official", making the claim that Shahzad had bomb-making training in Pakistan, and why is he not sourced?!?

This is because the US government is trying to use this alleged, unsourced "link" as a justification for increased attacks against Pakistani targets, which has already been approved earlier this week.


May 08 09:30

US takes the war into Pakistan

The approval given to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by the administration of President Barack Obama to expand drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions is on face value a declaration of war by the US inside Pakistan. The move comes at a time when Pakistan is trying to win some breathing space to delay an all-out operation in North Waziristan, home to powerful militant groups and an al-Qaeda headquarters.

The CIA was given authority on Wednesday to expand strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against low-level combatants, even if their identities are not known. Obama had previously said drone
strikes were necessary to "take out high-level terrorist targets".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How many countries does the US have to invade before it's a world war?!?!?

And please remember: US extrajudicial assassinations simply fuels Pakistanis' smoldering hatred against the US and Pakistani governments, causing retaliation against Pakistani and US targets.

That, in turn, fuels more US extrajudicial assassinations, and the cycle starts all over again.

Whatever outcome here the US wants cannot possibly be characterized as either stability, or economic progress for the Pakistani people.

May 08 09:17

U.N. on target for Iran sanctions by mid-June-sources

A new round of U.N. sanctions against Iran will be ready by mid-June, European diplomatic sources said on Friday, but it remained uncertain how soon a draft proposal will be put to the Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that these alleged "sources" are not sourced.

Were I a betting person, I would not bet that this next round of sanctions will be passed by the Security Council.

As recently as this last Thursday, as reported in:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=125641&sectionid=351020101

Russia's Lavrov has just gone on record as having said that the Iranian nuclear issue has to be resolved geopolitically, and not through military conflict. As reported in the article:

'In a meeting with ambassadors from Arab states on Wednesday, Lavrov reaffirmed Moscow's support for diplomatically engaging Tehran and warned against the “disastrous” consequences of taking military action.'

Russia most probably will not be on board regarding a new round of sanctions against Iran.

And China?!? In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, "fuggetaboutit!"

China is Iran's number-one trading partner, particularly in the area of energy. Is China about to publicly bite the hand that is feeding its voracious appetite for energy with which to fuel its growth? This is hardly likely.

So what we will have, when the sanctions are defeated at the UN, will be the unilateral and multilateral sanctions put into place by the EU, the UK, and the US, which will most probably be a prelude to war which will almost inevitably follow.

May 08 09:05

CLIMATEGATE - Fake photo used in Science article

ABC recently reported on a letter signed by 250 scientists published in the journal Science.
The letter is accompanied by a photo of a lone Polar Bear on an ice berg credited to ISTOCKPHOTO.COM. The photo is a fake with the following note in the photo caption at Istockphoto: "This images is a photoshop design. Polarbear, ice floe, ocean and sky are real, they were just not together in the way they are now."

May 08 09:04

'Flotilla' to bring aid to Gaza by sea

International pro-Palestinian bodies have organized a massive relief convoy to break the Israeli siege of Gaza under the banner of "Freedom Flotilla."

The convoy is consisted of five passenger boats and three aid-laden ships, the first of which would set sail for the Gaza Strip from Greece next week, the International Middle East Media Center reported on Thursday.

The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), one of the international bodies involved in organizing the relief convoy, said the ships were "loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Egyptian and Israeli governments: making martyrs out of any of these people would be the most geopolitically counterproductive things you could possibly do.


May 08 08:51

Netanyahu To “Legalize” Illegal Outposts

Responding to a request from the Israeli High Court regarding two illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli government stated that it intends to “legalize” Hersha and Givat Hayovel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring the little detail that these outposts are illegal under INTERNATIONAL law.

May 08 08:49

'Severe consequences' for Pakistan over terror plots:US

Pakistan faces "very severe consequences" if a terror plot like the failed Times Square bombing was traced to that country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in remarks made public on Saturday.

"We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid-- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Clinton told CBS's "60 Minutes" program, according to excerpts released by the TV network.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: watch for a major escalation of military confrontation in Pakistan.

And about this alleged "link" between Shahzad's family and Pakistani militants; in Pakistan, due to this country's grinding poverty coupled with government corruption, it is pretty darn hard not to know someone who is in the Taliban, or at least sympathetic to them in some way.

The lethal combination of those two elements in any society can make insurgency appear attractive.

May 08 08:48

Israeli official in LA denounces National Geographic water exhibit

Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan reportedly sent a letter of complaint to the venue hosting a National Geographic photo exhibition highlighting Israel’s unequal water policy, Israeli media reported on Friday.

The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, coinciding with the magazine’s special issue Water: Our Thirsty World, features the works of award-winning photographers looking at water from environmental, social, political and cultural perspectives.

May 08 08:47

Big Pharma Pushes 'Miracle Cure' For Holocaust Denial Syndrome

Shares in Israel-based Goy & Goy Pharmaceuticals Incorporated rocketed to 89 US dollars following the long-awaited announcement of a miracle cure for Holocaust Denial Syndrome (HDS).

Soon to be marketed and sold under the name Holozac, the drug works by closing down the brain's center of intellectual inquiry. It also blocks the re-uptake of politically incorrect neurotransmitters involved in critical thought processes, making it more difficult to distinguish between truth and lies.


May 08 08:41

Israelis Murder Two More Little Girls

Emad Fakha had taken three of his four children to help in the fields after school, something they enjoyed, a treat. The children had climbed into the “basket” on the ground at the rear of the tractor, ready to be lifted up. Emad was preparing to start the motor when an Israeli military jeep swerved off the road, at speed, and rammed into the tractor from behind.

With the body of one sister draped obscenely over its front bumper, the jeep reversed for five or six metres and then rammed once again into the tractor. What might have been a tragic accident is thus revealed for what it was – a cold-blooded murder.

May 08 08:27

The Original Anti-War Mother's Day

The original Mother’s Day Proclamation from poet and suffragette Julia Ward Howe was a protest against the evils of war, a call to mothers to act to prevent future wars that would exact horrific tolls on their sons and the sons of others

May 08 08:23

Experts: Obama Admin Pioneering Robust Use Of Miranda Exception In Terrorism Cases

The Obama Administration is applying an old exception to the Miranda rule in a new way in order to interrogate terrorism suspects before reading them their rights, several experts tell TPMmuckraker, finding what one law professor calls a "middle ground" between those who want suspects put through the criminal justice system and those who believe they should be classified as "enemy combatants."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are careening down very a slippery slope, if this administration decides that the Miranda rule should only be used intermittently.

And by the way, in US law, there is no such thing as an "enemy combatant" or (as found in the wording of the monstrous Lieberman/McCain Bill, now in committee,"hostile belligerent"); there are simply citizens who break the law, or foreigners who break the law, and that same law is applicable to both.

May 08 08:19

Special Report: Rapid growth of militias feeds off politics

Lackomar is an independent contractor for a private parcel company. If you live northwest of this battered city and you recently purchased something from a home shopping network, there's a good chance the 36-year-old handled your package.

But there is one small item that never leaves his truck: a green nylon satchel Lackomar jokingly calls "the football," a reference to the briefcase with codes for a nuclear strike kept close to the U.S. president. Inside, along with a pocket knife and a small first aid kit, is a sealed envelope containing codes, rallying points and detailed plans that Lackomar would use to mobilize his squad of armed citizen-soldiers in an emergency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, please be very careful joining a militia. A lot of these are being set up by the FBI for the express purpose of causing trouble in order to justify declaring all militias a terrorist threat. The other side plays dirty. Be careful!


May 08 08:13

Times Square bomb suspect had ties to key Pakistani militants

The senior official said, if the Taliban has widened its focus to carry out attacks on the United States, then "it would change the game." He added that it could force the U.S. to reassess the threat it faces from Pakistan and how best to respond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that right after this incident (almost as though on cue), Obama has approved stepped up drone attacks in Pakistan.

The Pakistani government and military are being well compensated by the US to wage a war of attrition against its own people, and look the other way when the US contributes to the carnage through these drone strikes.

May 08 08:12

Oil spill may endanger human health, officials say

With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore.

May 08 08:11

Jump You F*#kers (A Song For Wall Street)

I thought this video appropriate in view of the current attempt by the banksters to hold the whole nation hostage.
May 08 08:11

BP working hard to keep the damage hidden

Rick says that the fact that this spill emanates from the bottom of the gulf (5,000 feet down), where the water temperature is approximately 1 degree Centigrade (and the oil is hot) means that by the time the oil reaches the surface, it has thoroughly mixed with water and therefore does not appear to be the kind of gruesome slick that is so famous from previous disasters.

It's a PR boon to BP that this is so, because it means that the oil spill remains hidden from public view. It does not, however, mean there is not a tremendous environmental tragedy unfolding. As we speak about this, we need to make that point clear. It's not just about what we can see from shore and that BP has been proactively taking steps to keep the damage hidden.


May 08 08:08

Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico.

The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama’s vow that his administration would launch a “relentless response effort” to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday — the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

May 08 08:05

Expert Recommends Killing Oil-Soaked Birds

A German biologist says that efforts to clean oil-drenched birds in the Gulf of Mexico are in vain. For the birds' sake, it would be faster and less painful if animal-rescue workers put them under, she says.

May 08 08:03

Huge National Debts Could Push Euro Zone into Bankruptcy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One more time; when a private central bank issues the public currency at interest, the system is a pyramid that lasts only as long as ever-larger pools of new borrowers can be found to allow the creation of new money with which to pay the interest on the old money. When new borrowers cannot be found, the pyramid collapses. When everyone in the nation (or planet) is already in debt and cannot be persuaded to borrow any more, collapse is inevitable because it is designed into the system from its inception.

Do you get it yet? The bankers designed a system that would eventually place all the wealth into their hands, but never planned what to do when they actually succeeded and society stopped operating.

And these same greedy bastard bozos want to run the world?

May 08 07:59

U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that will ruin the country in just 15 MINUTES, expert warns

The U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that could cause destruction on the scale of 9/11 in less than 15 minutes, a leading anti-terrorism expert has warned.

Richard Clarke, a former adviser to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, suggests that the lack of security in place against such an attack could lead to an 'electronic Pearl Harbor'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With both 9-11 and Pearl Harbor appearing to be war-starting hoaxes, I wish to point out that the only party benefiting from a "terrorist" attack that shuts down the internet are those government and corporate interests terrified of blogs like WRH.


May 08 07:55

Did Goldman Sachs Really Short The Gulf Of Mexico?

H/T to Third Eye Child at Myspace for this link.

It turns out that Goldman Sachs really did place shorts on TransOcean stock days before the explosions rocked the rig in the Gulf of Mexico sending stocks plunging while GS profits soared -- benefitting once again from a huge disaster, having done the same with airline stocks prior to 911 then again with the housing bubble.

by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

May 08 07:55

Slick of Oil Industry Cash Gummed up Regulatory Works

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worse than anyone thought, and the crisis will likely go on for months. British Petroleum (BP) is tripping over itself to say it’ll cover the costs of the clean-up, yet before the spill, the company spent its time and money pushing back against government regulation and safety measures.

May 08 07:52

Chevron wins access to film-maker's Amazon pollution footage

The 105-minute film sympathises with the victims of an environmental catastrophe in Ecuador's oil-producing Amazon region, but Chevron hopes unused segments will help it to fend off potential damages of $27.3bn (£17.9bn).

May 08 07:51

Pentagon bans 4 Gitmo reporters for naming witness

The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So remember that all reporting coming out of these military commissions is only what the government approves of!



Lockerdome
May 08 07:49

Shell: Shut Down 150,000 B/D Trans-Niger Pipeline Due To Fire

May 08 07:49

A generals' revolt against Zionist domination of US policy?

Next week's radio guest Gordon Duff, suggests that the source of this generals' revolt is the rapidly spreading knowledge among the US military elite that 9/11 was a Zionist false-flag operation. Duff, editor of Veterans' Today and self-styled key source for leaks from high-level US military figures, told me last week that more and more US officers are aware of and unhappy about Israel's 9/11 false-flag attack on America and continuing Mossad sponsorship of such follow-up false-flag events as the underwear bombing escapade.

May 08 07:47

Mystery Disease Linked to Missing Israeli Scientist

The same microbiologist, who declined to speak on the record and who recounted extensive fungus work at Fort Detrick, also stated that researchers at Israel's Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness-Ziona about 20 km from Tel Aviv, have worked with the Cryptococcus gatti fungus. They also report that mysterious Israeli-American scientist Joseph Moshe, 56 years old, may have conducted covert studies with the fungus while he was recently living in California. This report concerning Moshe is especially interesting because Moshe was briefly in the international spotlight in 2009 when he was the subject of a spectacular chase and arrest by the LA police department and SWAT team, assisted by the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, US Army and several other unidentified federal officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe somebody really did drop a test tube!

May 08 07:45

Jolly Rancher lands Fort Bend County third-grader in detention for a week

A third-grader at Brazos Elementary was given a week’s detention for possessing a Jolly Rancher.

School officials in western Fort Bend County are defending the seemingly harsh sentence. The school’s principal and superintendent said they were simply complying with a state law that limits junk food in schools.

But the girl’s parents say it’s a huge overreaction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The so-called "educators" are snatching the candy, watching out for potential terrorists and even spying on kids in their own homes through school-issued laptops and in all the confusion actually teaching our kids something useful, the reason they collect our taxes in the first place, seems to have gotten lost!


May 08 07:37

Obama pal part of fed probe

E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to copies of subpoenas obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

May 08 07:37

'Greece being forced to buy arms'

A leading European parliamentarian has accused France and Germany of forcing Greece to buy billions.

May 08 07:36

Thomas Jefferson on Money and Banking

"We are now taught to believe that legerdemain tricks upon paper can produce as solid wealth as hard labor in the earth. It is vain for common sense to urge that nothing can produce but nothing; that it is an idle dream to believe in a philosopher's stone which is to turn everything into gold, and to redeem man from the original sentence of his Maker, 'in the sweat of his brow shall he eat his bread.'" --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:381

May 08 07:34

"Takin' Back Our Country" Joyce Shaffer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to be our national song for the next few elections !!!


May 08 07:31

US Senator Barbara Boxer: Wellstone assassination was "a warning"

As Four Arrows recounted on today's edition of The Kevin Barrett Show (beginning somewhere around the 20 minute mark): a trusted friend of his, during a conversation with Sen. Boxer, was surprised when the Senator asked "are you a friend of Four Arrows?" The friend said yes. Boxer said "tell him he doesn't know how right he is. (The Wellstone assassination) was meant as a warning to all of us." Sen. Boxer went on to say that if asked, she would deny the statement.

May 08 07:30

BP Insider: Massive Dead Zone Could Be Produced by Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe

May 08 07:30

THE ONGOING NAKBA ~~ THE MAKING OF A REFUGEE

Several Palestinians have set up a protest tent in no-man’s land in the northern Gaza Strip, near the Erez border crossing into Israel, as they protest their deportation from the Israeli occupied West Bank into Gaza where Hamas authorities have refused them entry.

May 08 07:29

FOR MOTHER’S DAY … A LETTER FROM A PALESTINIAN MOTHER

I am writing this letter to you because of the devastation that is caused by your government in our lands, and because of the immanent threat to world peace that I see your government pushing for, again.


May 08 07:29

‘INDIRECT PEACE TALKS’ ~~ REPRODUCTION OF FAILURE

At a time when the Obama administration is hailing the imminent resumption of indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a “notable achievement”, very few observers in the region think that the upcoming talks will lead to any breakthrough or tangible progress.

May 08 07:28

POPULAR RESISTANCE CONTINUES IN PALESTINE

A poll reveals that a majority of Israeli’s are willing to see the banning of human rights organization in the ‘Jewish state’ and a bill was introduced in the Knesset to outlaw any Israeli human rights organization which exposes Israeli war crimes.

May 08 07:27

St. Catharines congregation wonders why Bishop James Wingle vanished

With the Roman Catholic Church embroiled in a growing sex scandal, Wingle announced his departure on April 7 with a vaguely-worded letter that referred to unspecified “shortcomings.” He said he was going on a sabbatical, “centered on prayer and personal renewal.”

His exit has baffled and worried people he worked closely with. Only days earlier, Wingle was handing out Easter candies to nuns, attending meetings and making plans. And then — gone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A study in refusing to see the obvious.

May 08 07:24

TIGTA Identifies Widespread Noncompliance With IRA Rules

The Federal Government is losing millions of dollars each year due to increasing taxpayer noncompliance with IRA requirements.


May 08 07:24

Israel threatens to bomb Aid ships heading to Gaza

Foreign threatened to "Israel" bombed a convoy consisting of 8 Navy ships its forthcoming Assembly human rights and freedom for Turkish humanitarian aid to Gaza from Istanbul on May 15.

May 08 07:15

Merkel urged to put struggling Germans first

Mrs Merkel has reasons to fear voters' anger. A deeply unpopular rescue package for Greece, which critics say she tried to delay until after the vote, is being rushed through parliament this week.

Meanwhile, cities like Wuppertal in NRW are on the brink of bankruptcy.

May 08 07:06

Greg Palast Tells How The IMF Set-Up Iceland & Greece on Alex Jones Tv

n/a
May 08 06:04

Unmasking the Fed

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood "The Monster". But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates. Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary new film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority. Alan Greenspan is not, we're told, happy about this 42-minute blockbuster.

May 08 04:52

Meet the New Frontline Bloggers: Security Contractors

The frontline soldier blogs have largely come and gone — victims of the military’s confusing, often contradictory, approach to social media. But you can still get unfiltered reports, straight from Afghanistan’s war zones. Private security contractors are now writing the new must-read online diaries from the battlefield.

May 08 04:47

US takes the war into Pakistan

The CIA was given authority on Wednesday to expand strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against low-level combatants, even if their identities are not known. Obama had previously said drone
strikes were necessary to "take out high-level terrorist targets".

May 08 04:44

Pentagon: More Money for Weapons, Less for Troops

A decade of massive annual increases in military spending have given the Pentagon record budgets, but officials are warning that, as financial problems make more hikes unlikely, the pay raises and benefits packages Congress has given to troops are “unsustainable.”

Instead the Pentagon is pushing Congress to decrease the amount of money set aside for troop pay and benefits, and increase the amount it spends on weapons and operations.

May 08 02:38

Ethan McCord: A Soldier's Story

by Bill Van Auken, via CoyotePrime


May 08 00:40

A Timetable For War

Readers of my articles will know that I am extremely pessimistic about the prospects for peace in the Middle East. I do not believe for a second that the leaders of Israel actually consider Iran to be an "existential" threat but the fact that they have cried wolf so often has convinced the Israeli public that it is so. Worse still, Israel’s friends in the US have convinced the American public of the same thing even though Iran does not threaten the United States at all. Relying on a complaisant media that has fully embraced the fabricated narrative of fanatical Mullahs brandishing nuclear weapons shortly before handing them over to al-Qaeda, a majority of Americans now believes that Iran must be dealt with by force and that it already has a nuclear weapon.

May 08 00:16

Ellen Brown: Stock Market Collapse: More Goldman Market Rigging?

It is still possible, however, for the European Central Bank to snatch Greece from the fire and rout the shorts. It can do this with what has been called the nuclear option -- "monetizing" the debt of Greece and other debt-laden EU countries by effectively "printing money" (quantitative easing) and buying the debt itself at very low interest rates. This is called the "nuclear option" because it would blow up the hedge funds and electronic sharks operated by Goldman and other Wall Street heavies, which specialize in bringing down corporations and whole countries for strategic and exploitative ends.

May 7, 2010

May 07 22:25

TSA agent ridiculed by others due to Nake Body Scanners

May 07 21:50

A fast, inexpensive way to clean up the oil slick and it won't enrich Goldman Sachs

Dried hay. It's cheap, easy, and environmentally friendly. However, the petrochemical industry doesn't want you to know that.



Taboola
May 07 17:10

Reasons Why It May Be Time To Quit Paying Taxes And Start Over

reposted because it can't disappear if its everywhere.

Is it time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying their taxes and start a new government?

——-I: The Ongoing Theft of Trillions
——-II: Off-the-Books, Off-the-Record
——-III: Osama bin Bank of America
——-IV: New Mafia World Order
——-V: The Goldman Sachs Obama Illusion
——-VI: American Heroes Speak Out on the Financial Reform Ruse
——-VII: Economic Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMDs)
——-VIII: Hank “Pentagon Sachs” Paulson
——-IX: $5.4 Trillion a Year Bullion Market Ponzi Scheme
——-X: Ponzi Nation: Welcome to America, Sucker
——-XI: Economic Shock and Awe
——-XII: Time for a Second American Revolution - The 99% Movement
——-XIII: How You Can Get Involved

...the torrent of devastating news and evidence is mounting by the minute. The staggering level of theft continues unabated. As I am watching this unfold, I am horrified thinking about the severe consequences that have only just begun to reap their toll. Our nation is being raped and pillaged. Our future is going up in flames and our government isn’t even making the slightest effort to put out the fire. In fact, they are purposely pouring gasoline all over it.

May 07 16:44

APNewsBreak: Nuclear agency set to focus on Israel

May 07 16:42

Iran missed chance to break nuclear deadlock: US

The Obama administration said Friday that Iran missed another opportunity to break the deadlock with the world community over its nuclear program during a surprise, high-profile UN dinner Thursday.

"Mottaki focused on the Iranian counterproposal to the Tehran research reactor, which deviates in significant ways from the balanced IAEA proposal that Iran agreed to and then walked away from last October," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran never agreed on the IAEA-proposed nuclear exchange; they simply stated that they would consider it, and have offered several counter proposals which have fallen on absolutely deaf ears in terms of US or IAEA acceptance.

May 07 16:37

Video shows Seattle police kicking suspect

A video showing Seattle police officers stomping on a man's head and body and using a racial epithet has prompted an internal investigation by authorities and disgust by the mayor.

Soon after, officers kick the man in the head, hand and leg.

It turned out the man was not the robbery suspect, and the officers let him go.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guess this is what "to protect and serve" means in Seattle; moreover, the entire nation these days.

May 07 15:55

US bill to link 'terror' to citizenship

New bipartisan legislation introduced in US Congress says Americans involved in terrorist activities should be denied their right of citizenship.

If passed, the Terrorist Expatriation Act would strip any American that provides material support or resources to foreign terrorists from their citizenship.

May 07 15:09

Either way, Zionists win in Britain’s confused election

Stuart Littlewood argues that the emergence of the Conservative Party as the largest party in the UK parliament following the 6 May general election, in which Labour came second, will guarantee the continued stranglehold of Israel’s stooges over British politics and put British security at considerable risk.

May 07 14:40

For The First Time IAEA Set To Focus On Israel's Nuclear Program

Israel's secretive nuclear activities may undergo unprecedented scrutiny next month, with a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency tentatively set to focus on the topic for the first time, according to documents shared Friday with The Associated Press...

May 07 14:37

Can't end homelessness? Make it Chic!!!!!!!!!!!

May 07 14:34

Right Back At Ya, “Warmists”

According to the Ottawa Citizen, more than 250 “prominent scientists”, including 11 Nobel laureates, are calling on people to cease personal political attacks and focus on the facts. For a moment, I welcomed the idea of ending the “politicizing” of climate change, and the personal attacks that come with not accepting the gospel of anthropogenic climate change.

And then I realized they didn’t mean an end to all political attacks. Just the ones directed at them.

So the 250 prominent scientists have turned around and called those who disagree with them “deniers”, a loaded term that is associative with those who disbelieve in the historical evidence of a holocaust against the Jews. Delightful company to be in, I’m sure.

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Today!

May 07 14:20

General 'tried to cover up truth about death of Rachel Corrie'

Seven years after the American activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, evidence has emerged which appears to implicate Israel's Gaza commander at the time, in an attempt to obstruct the official investigation into her death.

May 07 14:12

Keeping America Safe: SWAT Team Storms Family Home, Shoots Pet Dogs, Over Small Bag Of Marijuana

Video of a SWAT narcotics raid in Columbia, Missouri has gone viral on the internet after officers stormed into a house, shooting one family pet dog and killing another in front of a small child, only to discover an insignificantly small amount of marijuana.

The incident provides a compelling example of how the phony war on drugs in America operates.

May 07 14:10

General 'tried to cover up truth about death of Rachel Corrie'

According to a military police investigator's report which has now emerged, the "commander" of the D-9 bulldozer was giving testimony when an army colonel dispatched by Major-General Almog interrupted proceedings and cut short his evidence. The military police investigator wrote: "At 18:12 reserve Colonel Baruch Kirhatu entered the room and informed the witness that he should not convey anything and should not write anything and this at the order of the general of southern command."

"When you, the state of Israel, fail as an authority to perform your function of having a credible investigation, when your standard falls from reasonable, objective standards than you have caused evidentiary damage," Mr Abu Hussein said.

May 07 14:06

Rip-off Britain: iPad to cost 25% more in the UK than it does in US stores

British consumers will have to pay far more than their U.S. counterparts for Apple's latest must-have gadget, the iPad.

Apple has announced that the starting price in the UK will be £429 for the 16GB model with a wi-fi link to the internet - around 25 per cent more than in America.

The equivalent price for the same device there is around £340.

May 07 14:04

Obama widens drone attacks in Pakistan

The Obama administration has granted secret permission to the CIA to carry out more indiscriminate drone missile strikes in Pakistan, even as protests over civilian casualties caused by the attacks continue to grow.

Officials revealed this week that the US intelligence agency is operating under rules that allow it to target suspected "militants" in Pakistan based upon "pattern of life" analyses, without even ascertaining their identity. For the most part, they acknowledge, the names of those assassinated with Hellfire missiles fired from Predator and the larger Reaper drones are never known.

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so now the US has signed off on extrajudicial assassinations of people they don't even know!!

The only thing this practice will guarantee is a perpetual haze of collateral damage, causing alienation of Pakistanis even further against their government and the US, causing them to commit even more acts of revenge against US and government targets wherever possible.

May 07 14:01

MIA's Anti-Fascist Anti-War Anti-Racist Anti-Police-State Anti-Occupation Video "Born Free" DEFINITELY Has Something To Say

From Wikipedia:
The Huffington Post stated "Whether it's a comment on the absurdity of genocide (of which M.I.A. saw plenty during her early childhood in Sri Lanka) or a challenge to the idea of "other" in Arizona's immigration law, it is startling..." ...MTV described it as ...depicting "the kind of things that most nations — including the U.S., which is portrayed as the aggressor in the clip — often pretend don't happen: the rounding-up of ethnic minorities, the trampling of personal liberties, the bullying of the powerless by those with authority." Real life parallels were drawn with the "ongoing issue of immigration in states like Arizona, the treatment of prisoners by U.S. troops at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, and, more universally, the brutal tactics used against minorities by government forces all over the world."... Salon described "Born Free" as "...a nine-minute masterpiece" adding that ...the video as "undeniably powerful, a lurid parable on the systematic ethnic cleansing that goes on all over the world."

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, FULL FRONTAL NUDITY AND REVOLUTIONARY MESSAGE.
NOT FOR THE HAPPILY BRAINWASHED.

May 07 13:57

Iran, the US and the UN Nuclear Conference

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates told a US Navy conference on Monday that Iran was challenging US naval power in the Middle East through its build up of anti-ship missiles, mines and speedboats. Gates employed the term “asymmetric” to obscure the fact that Iran’s military is dwarfed by that of the US, including the huge presence of troops, warplanes and warships in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the region. The continued warnings of an Iranian military threat serve only one purpose: to justify any future US attack.

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I have to wonder just at what point people in this country are going to wake up, and realize where this process is headed.

Will it only happen when a draconian State of Emergency is declared, suspending the protections of the Constitution here, or when the draft is re-instituted, and this time, not only for our young men, but also our young women?!?

I wouldn't bet against such a military assault against Iran going global, if and when it does happen.

May 07 13:53

Rudd retreats on web filter legislation

KEVIN Rudd has put another election promise on the backburner with his controversial internet filtering legislation set to be shelved until after the next election.

May 07 13:52

Webster Tarpley - World economies in depression

Citi group has admitted that they made a mistake that caused the Dow Jones to plummet over a thousand points today. Webster Tarpley believes that Citi is just covering up for a lot of other problems on Wall Street. He also believes that we are currently in a worldwide depression and this is a disintegration of all the worlds currencies. The world economic outlook is very bleak, what will come next?

May 07 13:51

Are SWAT raids killing innocenct?

A dynamic entry by a SWAT team is maybe the most violent thing that a police force can do. SWAT teams are not designed for search warrants; they are intended for the use of a barricaded area with hardened criminals. When innocent civilians homes are raided a number of things can go wrong and that leads to casualties.

May 07 13:49

Romania to cut wages and pensions

Romania is to cut wages and pensions in the public sector later this year to comply with an IMF-led rescue deal.

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Gouge the people, enrich the bankers!

May 07 13:48

US Senator Barbara Boxer: Wellstone assassination was "a warning"

Four Arrows, co-author of American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone, Thursday reported a conversation in which Senator Barbara Boxer confirmed the 2002 Sen Paul Wellstone plane crash was an assassination. Four Arrows told The Kevin Barrett Radio Show a friend of his, during a conversation with Sen. Boxer, was surprised when the Senator said: “The Wellstone assassination was meant as a warning to all of us." Sen. Boxer said, if asked, she would deny making the statement.

May 07 13:47

Real unemployment at 17.1%

May 07 13:47

Lieberman's Citizen-Stripping Bill "Unconstitutional"

Kadidal is senior managing attorney of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. He just wrote the piece "Senator Lieberman's Latest Constitutional Buffoonery," which states: "Senator Lieberman [Thursday] proposed a bill that would strip American citizenship from anyone who has 'provid[ed] material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization' or 'engaged in, or purposefully and materially support[ed], hostilities against the United States' or any of its allies.

May 07 13:43

Copy Machines, a Security Risk?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the good, old-fashioned copy machine. But, as Armen Keteyian reports, advanced technology has opened a dangerous hole in data security.

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Something to remember before you make those "funny" copies during the office Christmas party!

May 07 13:40

Feds to offer loans to businesses hurt by Gulf oil spill

Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills announced Thursday that her agency was establishing emergency loan operations in 13 Louisiana parishes and in two contiguous counties.

Fisherman and watermen who stand to lose their livelihoods because of the spill and the fishing ban in the Gulf Coast region can seek loans of up to $2 million with a 4 percent increase, with payment terms extending up to 30 years.

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Why isn't PB offering true compensation for the loss of livelihood for these people?!?

May 07 13:38

Machete: The ‘Illegal’ Trailer

A new movie from Robert Rodriguez called Machete is not scheduled to be released until September but that didn’t stop him from updating a trailer just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

The trailer begins with a “message to Arizona” and ends with Jessica Alba screaming “we didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us”. No doubt about it, his message is to protest the new Arizona law aimed at outlawing illegal immigrants, and meant to fuel the fire that is already burning on the Mexican/American border. Once again Hollywood looks to create reality, this time – deadly violent, Robert Rodriguez style.

May 07 13:37

Fear of bloodshed in Iraq as Iran-backed bloc tries to take power

Iraq’s Shia Muslim parties have formed a parliamentary alliance that will keep the country’s Sunni minority out of power and could spark a new round of sectarian violence.

Two months after landmark elections, the State of Law party of Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister, and the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), which is dominated by Moqtadr al-Sadr, the radical cleric, announced that they would jointly form a new government. The deal was apparently put together with the help of the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, which maintains close ties with Shia political parties. They expect to have a narrow majority in parliament.

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So, let me get my head around this; the greatest benefactor from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq turns out to be.....IRAN?!?!?

May 07 13:35

John Williams: A Hyper-Inflationary Great Depression Is Coming

ShadowStats' John Williams has done his math and believes his numbers tell the truth. He explains why the U.S. is in a depression and why a "Hyper-Inflationary Great Depression" is now unavoidable. John also shares why he selects gold as a metal for asset conversion in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report...

May 07 13:33

((((((((((( IT'S NOW OBVIOUS WHY THE MARKETS CRASHED ))))))))))

Know what was planned today for a vote in the senate?

A vote to BREAK UP THE BIG BANKS.

May 07 13:32

Bernanke's Biggest Bailout

The right-wing think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute, is helping the Federal Reserve to develop a strategy to transfer $1.25 trillion in toxic mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and non performing loans onto the public's balance sheet. Although it's unknown whether Fed chair Ben Bernanke will act on the AEI's recommendations, it does show that the Fed's Quantitative Easing program (QE)--which moved the bulk of garbage assets from the banks to the Fed's balance sheet--poses long-term problems that will need to be addressed. Bernanke never intended to keep these assets any longer than necessary. Now he is actively exploring options for getting rid of them.

May 07 13:32

FDIC backing 8,000 banks with $13 trillion in assets and a negative deposit insurance fund. FDIC survey finds millions of U.S. households are underbanked. Too big to fail banks add branches and grow even bigger.

The FDIC has a big problem on its hand. Some would say it is a too big to fail problem. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation looks over 8,000+ banks and protects the deposits at these banks. Yet this seemingly large number is merely a front for where the assets are congregated. The top 4 banks of Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citibank make up 55 percent of all banking assets. This number is absolutely large.

May 07 13:31

CHURCH GOES TO THE DOGS!

May 07 13:30

STILL TIME TO CALL AND DEMAND AUDIT OF THE FED

Even though a deal was supposedly reached yesterday for a watered-down version of a Fed audit, a source on the Hill tells me:

Do not be deceived that this Senate ‘deal’ is done, though. The amendment has not passed, and I have heard rumors that Geithner and Bernanke are still fighting this compromise quietly behind the scenes. If it does pass, Fed transparency reformers will be in a very strong position going into the conference committee, which will merge the Senate and House bills.

May 07 13:30

Is Faisal Shahzad Crazy?

Think about it: he was having huge financial difficulties: the couple reportedly walked away from their foreclosed home in a hurry, leaving a lot of their possessions scattered over the house. The bank that financed his home in Shelton, Connecticut, was suing him. He left his job at Affinion – he wasn’t fired, he simply quit. Forget, for a moment, all the speculation about "links" to the Taliban. The truth of the matter is that he may simply have gone insane.

If so, then he has a lot in common with many of his fellow Americans, who also seem to have gone off the deep end these days, especially some of our most prominent elected officials. How else can we explain the reaction of some of our more prominent politicians to Shahzad’s crazed act?

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