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December 2, 2010

Dec 02 17:04

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A "confidential" April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

The previous month, a Spanish human rights group called the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners had requested that Spain's National Court indict six former Bush officials for, as the cable describes it, "creating a legal framework that allegedly permitted torture." The six were former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; David Addington, former chief of staff and legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney; William Haynes, the Pentagon's former general counsel; Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy; Jay Bybee, former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel; and John Yoo, a former official in the Office of Legal Counsel. The human rights group contended that Spain had a duty to open an investigation under the nation's "universal jurisdiction" law, which permits its legal system to prosecute overseas human rights crimes involving Spanish citizens and residents. Five Guantanamo detainees, the group maintained, fit that criteria.

Back when it seemed that this case could become a major international issue, during an April 14, 2009, White House briefing, I asked press secretary Robert Gibbs if the Obama administration would cooperate with any request from the Spaniards for information and documents related to the Bush Six. He said, "I don't want to get involved in hypotheticals." What he didn't disclose was that the Obama administration, working with Republicans, was actively pressuring the Spaniards to drop the investigation. Those efforts apparently paid off, and, as this WikiLeaks-released cable shows, Gonzales, Haynes, Feith, Bybee, Addington, and Yoo owed Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank-you notes.

Dec 02 16:57

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui abducted, tortured and sentenced to 86 years in prison

The failed attempt of American war-planners to create a female AlQaeda “mastermind” for the “War on Terrorism” -
without being indicted for terrorist activities Siddiqui would still be convicted of those charges. And those false allegations against her could still be used as a propaganda tool for the “War on Terror“, which in reality is a war on Islamic countries as part of a geo-strategic game.

Dec 02 16:14

Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

The energy services company Dick Cheney ran prior to becoming Vice President of the United States was atop the tongue of liberals each time it was awarded a contract in Iraq.

Now the company's name, Halliburton, is being spoken somewhere else: Nigeria.

According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged $180 million bribery scandal.

Dec 02 16:04

UK Covered in snow, for the second winter

The University of Dundee’s satellite receiving station captured this image of how the heavy snow of the past week has affected the UK.

The picture, which was received at 1145 GMT on Thursday from Nasa satellite Terra, shows almost the entire country covered by a blanket of snow.



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Dec 02 15:40

Madison County Man Being Evicted Off His Own Land for Living Too Simply (VIDEO)

Madison County officials are forcing a man out of his home — a recreational trailer — because they say he's breaking several ordinances.

Dec 02 15:36

CHART OF THE DAY: Global Food Prices About To Break An All Time High

Inflation in emerging markets is hitting food prices hard, and now we have raw data from the UN to confirm.

The latest report from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization shows prices are back at 2008 levels, and have increased for five months in a row.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

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Dec 02 15:18

Canada - What Really Happened Wiki

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Dec 02 13:41

Buffalo, New York Gets 2 Feet of Snow

Hundreds of motorists stranded.

Dec 02 13:20

It Was a Big Dump by the Fed, But Are They Still Constipated?

What's the Fed hiding? Why no purchase and sales numbers for the Maiden Lane transactions? Why no Maiden Lane data at all for the period June 2007 to September 30, 2008?


Dec 02 12:38

Debt, So what's all the FUSS about?

Dec 02 12:04

IRS Paid $130m in Fraudulent Tax Refunds to 50,000 Prisoners

TIGTA’s analysis found that the majority of tax returns the IRS identifies as being filed by prisoners are not being screened to assess their fraud potential. The review found that 253,929 (88 percent) of the 287,918 returns filed by prisoners as of March 24, 2010 were not selected for screening. Of those, 48,887 who claimed refunds totaling more than $130 million had no wage information reported to the IRS by employers.

Dec 02 11:38

Orphanage Used As Big Pharma Testing Ground For HIV Aids Medicine

This article deals with pharmaceutical abuse in a children’s home in NYC. This piece was investigated and written in summer through winter of 2003 and published in January 2004, with occasional updates. The story broke wide in early 2004, with coverage in the New York Post and the New York Press. It served as the basis of investigation for the BBC film “Guinea Pig Kids,” and has prompted further investigation by the Associated Press – as well as a pointed attack by the New York Times. The investigation is ongoing.

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Dec 02 11:17

CHANUKAH IN EAST JERUSALEM; DOGS, BULLDOZERS AND TEAR-GAS

It seems that the only difference between the nazis and the zionists is the colour of the film used…


Dec 02 11:17

ISRAEL PLANNING NEW ATTACKS ON GAZA

Israel is laying the political groundwork for an escalation of attacks on the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in the Hamas-led government, said Wendesday.

Dec 02 11:16

ARRESTS AND INTIMIDATIONS CONTINUE IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

Israeli occupation forces arrest MP Nayef Rajoub

Dec 02 11:14

The Shrink Wrapped and Processed Formica Life.

For some years, maybe around five of them, I’ve been expecting war on Iran; a major or series of major false flag events, assassinations, world upheaval, earthquakes, super storms, tidal waves and any and all of the collection of possibilities that are bandied about in the alternative press. If these things were supposed to happen, something is holding them back. There is a degree of uproar going on around the world and all of that is connected to the psychopathic behavior of bankers and we are hoping they get their just reward sooner rather than later.

Dec 02 11:13

The four corners of the non-California economic recovery – Underemployment at 23 percent, affordability signifies bubble in prices, $25 billion budget deficit, no market is healthy when active foreclosures out number MLS non-distress inventory.

We have two economic worlds developing in the US. In one, you have a stock market that is bouncing back with many companies, especially large banks reporting extraordinary profits thanks to cheap loans from the Fed. In the other world, you have millions of Americans who have exhausted unemployment benefits and 1 out of 7 Americans on food stamps. Here in California it is expected that 454,000 will lose their benefits by year end if nothing is acted upon.

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Dec 02 11:05

Fed Trying to Make It Harder for Homeowners to Fight Mortgage Fraud by Gutting Truth In Lending Laws

As reported by the Washington Post, the Fed turned a blind eye for years and allowed massive fraud in the mortgage market.

After Alan Greenspan changed his mind and admitted that financial players commit fraud unless laws are enforced (see this and this), many hoped that the Fed would start cracking down on fraud a little bit.

Unfortunately, the Bernanke Fed is continuing to try to sweep fraud under the rug. As just one example, the Fed has been consistently trying to downplay the significance of mortgage fraud, claiming it's not widespread and that nothing much really has to be done about it.

Now, the Fed is proposing a change to the Truth in Lending laws which would make it harder for homeowners to fight mortgage fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In order to prevent the banks from collapsing when they were forced to buy back the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities from Europe, the deliberate decision was made by the US Government to allow the banks to seize private American homes to preserve their capital structure. But the US Government could not just grab homes the way Roosevelt had grabbed gold. Even the TV-numbed American people would have awakened at that and hanged the politicians from the streetlights. So the US Government and the bankers needed to find a way to allow the banks to grab the property, but make it look like it was the homeowners' own fault.

But homeowners are daring to fight back, and that just cannot be allowed, in the view of Wall Street!

Yes Virginia, there really are monsters, and they wear Armani jackets and Rolex watches and they gaze into their mirrors and admire the reflections of incarnate gods, to whom we mere mortals are but tokens in the great game of global greed.

We shall have no more debate about a civil war. It is already upon us! Millions of Americans have been driven from their homes by the invaders; not with guns and bayonets but with pens and papers and corrupted law. The American victims of this war already wander the desolate byways of this land, outcast from their own friends and families, made as destitute and hopeless as any refugee fleeing any tyrant in history. The war for America is already at your front door. What will you do?

Dec 02 10:38

FLASHBACK - President Obama: offshoring fears are outdated, unwarranted

The perception that Indian call centers and back office operations cost U.S. jobs is an old stereotype that ignores today’s reality that two-way trade between the U.S. and India is helping create jobs and raise the standard of living in both countries, U.S. President Barack Obama told a gathering of business executives in Mumbai on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality is that offshoring has accelerated under Obama.

Why?

Because in order to prevent the banks from collapsing when they were forced to buy back the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities from Europe, the deliberate decision was made to allow the banks to seize private American homes to recapitalize. But the US Government could not just grab homes the way Roosevelt had grabbed gold. Even the somnambulant American people would have awakened at that and hanged the politicians from the streetlights. So the US Government and the bankers needed to find a way to allow the banks to grab the property, but make it look like it was the homeowners' own fault, so that the people would sit in the homeless camps, feeling sorry for themselves, and not be a nuisance.

The US Government took your jobs so that the US banks could take your homes, and make you think it was all your own fault.

Dec 02 10:10

Kentucky state to pay 37 million for Creationalist Park

This ain't gonna be free: the state guvmint is kickin' in $37 million in tax incentives to help a gang of Bible-totin' theocrats build a fancy Disneyland for ignoramuses.

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Here comes the slide into the new Dark Ages!

Dec 02 10:08

Turkish official: Israel initiated massive leak

Further deterioration in ties: The Israeli government initiated the massive WikiLeaks disclosure this week in the aims of pushing Turkey into a corner, a senior official in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan charged Wednesday.

"We should look at the countries that are satisfied by the leak, and Israel is very satisfied," said Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party.

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Given that there was absolutely zero criticism of Israel represented in these leaks, and everything seemed to fit the agenda Israel's government is backing, one can see how DC Celik might have come to this conclusion.


Dec 02 09:55

Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding"

The Defense Department forced all "war on terror" detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act that an Army public health physician called "pharmacologic waterboarding."

The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.

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This is torture, with all the modern medical refinements, but torture nonetheless!

Dec 02 09:52

“Israeli Police Used Dogs In Attacking Homeowners In Jerusalem”

The Research and Documentation Unit of the JCSER reported that resident Mohammad Robin, an owner of a print house that was demolished Tuesday was attacked by dogs unleashed by the police while he was trying to get his father and equipment from the print house.

The dogs attacked and bit the two while the police used pepper spray against them before beating the wife of Mohammad. The police also fired gas bombs during the attack.

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So this is what "to protect and serve" looks like to Arab residents of East Jerusalem?!?

This is blatant, flagrant ethnic cleansing: there is no other term with which to accurately describe what happened to these people.

Dec 02 09:47

F.A.S.T. by DHS: Seems like The Minority Report

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This is truly a terrifying glimpse into this country's future.

Dec 02 09:43

FLASHBACK 2006 - The dream machine: invention of credit derivatives

That meant JPMorgan needed a new idea - one that its rivals could not copy too fast. As the bankers assembled in a hotel conference room, close to the Boca Raton marina, Hancock tried to prod them through their hangovers and jetlag into some brainstorming. “The idea was that we should think about how to take forward this large swaps business we had built... and apply it to other areas,” Hancock says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read this carefully. This is how the whole derivatives mess that the people of the US and EU are losing their homes to pay for came about!


Dec 02 09:40

Lethal cold weather grips northern Europe

Dec 02 09:36

Calif approves use of pesticide linked to cancer

California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer.

The state Department of Pesticide Regulation will register methyl iodide as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer.

California's $1.6 billion strawberry industry will undoubtedly provide one of the biggest markets for the chemical, as will the Central Valley's nut orchards and the fresh flower nurseries dotting the coast in Ventura and San Diego counties.

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One has to wonder how much this cost the big makers of methyl bromide, who stand to win handsomely from this decision.

No matter how or where you make your food purchasing decisions, please make it a point know where it came from.

Dec 02 09:31

Record cold in Denmark Worst in 131 years

Dec 02 09:29

Another oil rig explodes.


Dec 02 09:27

Snow closes roads and schools from Cornwall to Scotland

Dec 02 09:16

Lebanon at Stake: Turkey Must Reveal Its Cards

Now Turkey has appeared in the picture. A new and solid card, it perhaps has the power to change the rules of this painfully predictable game. Israel, in response, is trying to undermine the risk.

Dec 02 09:11

The Austerity Hammer Starts to Fall on United States as Debt Consumes Europe

Problem, Reaction, Solution: Derivatives, Crash, Too Big To Fail, Bailout, Nationalization, Budget Crisis, Privatization, Debt Slavery, Austerity, Evaporating Pensions, Central Banks, Big Government, World Government. It’s been quite a saga, but this economic crisis has been planned sabotage by design. The age of the Offshore Global Cartel is the age of economic warfare with the wealthy Western world. The 3rd World has largely already been brought to its knees. The remaining vestiges of national sovereignty must be eliminated and the middle class consumer society must be swept back to the feudal age by way of a tidal wave looting of living standards, cut wages & pensions, and the bread and circuses of cheap plastic goods and entertainment.

Dec 02 09:10

Coldest in Trondheim, Norway, in 222 years

And the would-be dictators in Cancun keep screaming about global warming.

Or "climate disruption," as they now so coyly want to call it.



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Dec 02 09:02

5-year-old Palestinian boy witnessing Israeli soldiers dragging his father away

Dec 02 09:01

TSA chief: Public outcry over pat-downs weighed vs. risk

The nation's transportation security chief says he decided to launch controversial new airport pat-down searches without first warning travelers, against the advice of his public relations aides.

"What it came down to was I wanted to make sure people are not subjected to additional risk of planes being blown out of the sky," Pistole told USA TODAY's editorial board. "I was gravely concerned that we needed to do something with a sense of urgency and professionalism that did not signal to terrorists that we had a vulnerability."

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This has absolutely nothing with passenger safety, and everything to do with cowing the American people to accept more and more physical and emotional intrusion and indignity from a government gone wild.

In Pistole's world, apparently, the 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America no longer exists.

One has to wonder just how far the American people can be pushed with these practices until they push back.

Dec 02 09:00

Calif approves use of pesticide linked to cancer

California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer.

Dec 02 08:59

Uproar at Budapest pensions plan

Hungary’s financial sector is in uproar over government plans to make citizens transfer more than €10bn ($13.1bn) of savings out of private pension funds into the state pension system to reduce the country’s budget deficit – or lose much of their pensions.

The move, dubbed “blackmail” by a founder of the 12-year-old private pension system, is among several recent steps by the government of Viktor Orban’s centre-right Fidesz party that have spooked investors and caused a sell-off of Hungarian assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Money Addicts of Wall Street created this tsunami of ruin with the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, reaping billions in bonuses and secure in the knowledge that the costs would be dropped on the people of Europe and the US.

Well, the people of the US may bend over and say "Thank you sire, may I have another?" but the people of Europe are angry that their governments are going along with this looting and sell-out to the IMF.


Dec 02 08:55

Students Occupy Colosseum, Mole Antonelliana and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Police clashed with demonstrators in Florence as protesting students stormed the Colosseum, the Mole Antonelliana and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Up and down Italy, another day of protests against university reform came to an end after a government defeat in the Chamber of Deputies over a Future and Liberty (FLI) amendment. The final vote has been postponed until Tuesday 30.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Italians!

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Dec 02 08:36

New York Times admits it got state department cables from UK Guardian, not from WikiLeaks!

New York Times editors said Sunday that although the paper's reporters had been digging through WikiLeaks trove of 250,000 State Department cables for "several weeks," the online whistleblower wasn't the source of the documents.

Dec 02 08:34

U.S. Citizens Bailing Out Banks Around the World - Did Fed Do this - Due to them KNOWING The Fraud of MERS and Selling of MBS many times over? Could it all Lead back to the MERS and Foreclosure Fraud and to Ultimately Try to Cover it Up?

Now that I have given you a sample of the Information out there about the Fed bailing out Foreign entities with the Citizen's of the United States money, so there is no need to me to go into the finite details here.... I do have a question about it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the numerous tendrils of financial corruption are starting to re-converge on the core of the scandal. Here is what happened and how you got screwed by the bankers and the US Government.

1. Wall Street created the mortgage-backed security as an investment device, sold them, used ponzi scheme tactics to make them look immensely profitable while the SEC looked the other way.

2. In order to meet the demand for MDS created by the illusion of major profits from the Ponzi activity, the mortgage bundlers pledged the same mortgages over and over and over again into different investment bundles.

3. In late 2008 the fraud started to appear in US financial circles. Congress, itself invested in the financial firms that bought those fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, voted through TARP to save their own fortunes at the expense of the US taxpayer.

4. In 2009, the foreign banks began to realize that Wall Street had screwed them and began to demand the repurchase of the bad paper. The Fed started handing out trillions of dollars borrowed against the American people, mostly to foreign banks, to cover the fraud.

5. But cash was flowing out of the nation faster than the Federal Reserve could print it up. Something needed to be done to balance the loss and put the bankers back into the black, so the only real hard assets left n the nation, Americans' homes, were to be sacrificed for the good of the banks' capital structure.

6. By perpetuating tax credits that encouraged the offshoring of American jobs to other countries, the US Government created a situation in which millions of Americans would no longer be able to make their mortgage payments and lose their homes to the banks. The banks would then add the full value of those homes to their balance sheets to keep themselves appearing solvent.

The US Government deliberately killed your jobs, so the fraudulent bankers could save themselves from prison by taking your homes to cover the buybacks from Europe. That is pretty much the story of the last few years. And now that it is out I expect US Government propaganda about how wonderful the economy is doing to hit the flood stage at least until they can get a good war with China going!


Dec 02 08:34

Israel Announces More Settlement Expansions in East Jerusalem

In a move expected to spark another flurry of international condemnation and cheer from Israel’s far right, the Israeli government announced today that they have approved another 625 settlement units inside the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will soon be no place for Arabs or Palestinians in East Jerusalem or the West Bank.

The world watches Israel (literally) getting away with murder, and does absolutely nothing.

Dec 02 08:27

Japan, US to conduct biggest ever military drill

Japan and the United States will hold their biggest ever joint military drills just days after a US and South Korean show of force amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said Thursday.

The previously announced "Keen Sword" drills, which were planned before North Korea's artillery barrage of a South Korean island last week, will take place from Friday to December 10, a US military official confirmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between this drill, slated for this Friday the 3rd and supposedly ending on December 10, and the South Korean drill, slated for Monday, 6 December, it appears that that US is doing everything to provoke North Korea militarily it can possibly do.

If North and South Korea engage militarily, China will have to engage on the side of North Korea, and the US will have to engage on the side of South Korea.

It appears as though those in the bowels of power in Washington are pushing this country on a collision course to war with China, as insane as this notion might sound on the surface.

And why?!?

1. The US government is hovering on insolvency, and cannot possibly pay back the billions it has borrowed from China to conduct its illegal and immoral wars without end.

2. China refused to revalue their currency at the G20.

3. Russia and China have done away with using the dollar at all in bilateral trade.

Please note: Secretary of State Clinton was on a whirlwind tour of Central Asia these last couple of days, with stops in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

Take a look at the following map:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/china_pol96.jpg

One has to wonder if Clinton is "shopping" for overfly and/or forward basing capabilities in advance of such a potential military conflict with China.

Dec 02 08:21

Less Money Brings More Problems

How can the U.S. economy hope to “recover” if Americans have less money to spend? Tens of millions of Americans are going into 2011 scared to death about losing their jobs. Most of them know if they do lose their job that they have a very slim chance of finding another one...

Dec 02 08:15

South Korean spy chief warns of more attacks by North

South Korea's spy chief said Wednesday that there is a high chance that North Korea will attack again following a strike last month that has led to renewed tensions on the peninsula, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Meanwhile, South Korea and the United States wrapped up joint military exercises on the Yellow Sea, while South Korea carried on with plans for artillery firing drills next week amid simmering tensions with Pyongyang.

The live fire drills are a routine monthly exercise aimed at securing the safety of ships in the area, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN. They are scheduled to begin Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: it appears that South Korea has been given its marching orders by the US to provoke North Korea to the point of military confrontation, and corporate media has been given its marching orders that if North Korea responds, that it will be made to look as though North Korea started the provocation.


Dec 02 08:07

Obama Worked With Republicans To KILL Bush Torture Probe

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A "confidential" April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

And just remember; at this point in the US, there is only one, party, and it is the war party.

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Dec 02 08:03

Fed Pushing To Drop Key Foreclosure-Fighting Rule That Holds Lenders Accountable

As Americans continue to lose their homes in record numbers, the Federal Reserve is considering making it much harder for homeowners to stop foreclosures and escape predatory home loans with onerous terms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US currency is on life support, and the only "hard assets" financial institutions would want, other than gold or silver, are foreclosed properties.

Without those seized homes to cover the losses from having to buy back the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, US banks would be instantly insolvent.

Is it any wonder that the Fed is working as hard as it can to put as much property as possible into the hands of private bankers?!?

Dec 02 08:00

The Fed has been Busted - EU mortage security buy-back scandal goes viral!


Dec 02 07:54

FLASHBACK - SEC Failure to Regulate Mortgage Backed Securities Resulted in Ponzi Scheme Fraud

The problems associated with a clogged foreclosure system continue to mount. Foreclosures in 23 states have been halted by major banks after allegations surfaced of various illegal practices

Dec 02 07:51

Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged $180 million bribery scandal.

"Last week, Nigeria arrested at least 23 officials from companies including Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal payments to Nigerian officials. Those detained were all freed on bail on Nov. 29," Bloomberg News' Elisha Bala-Gbogbo wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although I seriously doubt that Cheney will ever be actually brought to trial on this, it does give a whole new dimension to the phrase "Nigerian Scam", and does lay bare just a tiny bit of the corruption in which HALIBURTON was (and probably still is) neck-deep.

Dec 02 07:29

Larium- Mefloquine Effects


Dec 02 07:22

Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding"

The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.

Dec 02 07:12

Monsanto GMO Crops Ordered Destroyed By Federal Judge

So much for GMO beets, at least for awhile.

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Dec 02 07:05

Chinese Editorial on U.S. Naval Exercises Off Its Coasts

The exercise in the Yellow Sea is winding down. A new exercise with the Japanese is getting under way. The new exercise practices closing off Chinese access to the Pacific.



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Dec 02 06:59

Jahanpour: U.S. Following Israeli 5-Point Plan On Iran: Wikileaks

Looks like even Juan Cole is a little suspicious.

Dec 02 06:55

WikiLeaks Strengthens Netanyahu's Hand

Well Netanyahu thinks the leaks are helping him and Israel! Cui Bono!


Dec 02 06:51

U.S. and Japan Poke China In Eye With Stick

The U.S. and Japan to practice closing off China's access to the Pacific.

Dec 02 06:50

US soldier admits to sport killing

A US military court has spared an American soldier from an early discharge from the US Army after he admitted to shooting unarmed Afghan civilians for fun.

PressTV

Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens, 25, an Army medic from the State of Oregon, was only sentenced to nine months in prison on Wednesday for killing Afghan civilians, after pleading guilty . . .

Dec 02 06:20

Tighter food supplies, high prices to persist

Svetlana Kovalyova
Reuters

World food prices are set to remain high in 2011/12 with supplies tightening and demand running strong, the United Nations' food agency economist told Reuters on Wednesday after a new jump in prices.

"The chances of prices to remain high and extremely volatile well into 2011/12 are stronger than ever," FAO's economist Abdolreza Abbassian told Reuters in a telephone interview . . .

Dec 02 05:55

Ray McGovern: NYT Ignores Intelligence There is No Evidence of Iran Nuclear Weapons Program

Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer. McGovern was employed under seven US presidents for over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. McGovern was born and raised in the Bronx, graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.



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Dec 02 04:24

The naked emperor

The leaked cables prove that Europe - never impervious to self-ridicule - was already being marginalized during the Bush era, and more so now with Obama concentrating on Asia-Pacific. As for the bulk of what has been leaked so far, especially on Iran and the movers and shakers in the Persian Gulf, it is barely disguised US/Israeli propaganda.

Not accidentally, many a global headline is beating the same drum along the lines of "Israel greets WikiLeaks cables as vindication of its Iran policy". An overall assessment of the leaked cables reveals that as much as Israel and the powerful US Israel lobby worked overtime to bring about the invasion and destruction of Iraq, it is doubling the bet to do exactly the same regarding Iran. Attention should be paid to a cable warning that "elegant and seductive" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "never keeps his promises". As in: no halt to settlements in the West Bank, and let's bomb, bomb Iran.

Dec 02 03:04

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has close links to the Economist, controlled by the Rothschild banking family

If Assange were a real activist, he would not be getting any coverage from the mainstream media, let alone so headlines every day in every well known corporate media outlet. The alleged hide and seek between Assange and the US government as well as Interpol is played out on the theatrical stage of the world’s media when it is well known the US government and Interpol can arrest anyone they want virtually any time they want given their immense resources.

Dec 02 02:52

Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says

An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a "game".

Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA's recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a "game" is potentially putting children in danger.

Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is "one of the most common ways" that sexual predators use to convince children to engage in inappropriate contact, Wooden told Raw Story.

Children "don't have the sophistication" to distinguish between a pat-down carried out by an airport security officer and an assault by a sexual predator, he said.

Dec 02 02:43

S 510 Food Safety bill now dead in the water due to blue slip mistake

(NaturalNews) It is now being revealed that US Senators slipped up in a big way when passing the Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday: They added what are effectively "new taxes" into the bill, and according to the U.S. Constitution, only the House of Representatives can initiate legislation requiring new taxes.

Thus, the House is now obliged to give this food safety legislation the so-called "blue slip," meaning that it rejects the law and sends it back to the Senate for yet another vote. This would take time and effort, of course, and the Democrats have very little of either remaining in their lame duck session.

Dec 02 02:28

Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley

“…[T]he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. this system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations….

Carroll Quigley was an American historian, professor at Georgetown, Bill Clinton's mentor, and an insider who thought well of the financial elite and their methods and plans.

Dec 02 02:09

World Aids Day Flashback: Orphanage Used As Big Pharma Testing Ground For HIV Aids Medicine

In New York’s Washington Heights is a 4-story brick building called Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC). This former convent houses a revolving stable of children who’ve been removed from their own homes by the Agency for Child Services. These children are black, Hispanic and poor. Many of their mothers had a history of drug abuse and have died. Once taken into ICC, the children become subjects of drug trials sponsored by NIAID (National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, a division of the NIH), NICHD (the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) in conjunction with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies – GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Genentech, Chiron/Biocine and others.

Dec 02 01:45

Al Qaeduh, in light of wiki claiming Osama is alive and out to get you, by Ryan Dawson

There is no Al Qaeda. It's a list of CIA cells leftover form the mujaheddin whom the CIA still controls for the scape goat missions.

Dec 02 01:03

Lighting of the "National Menorah".

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Dec 01 22:03

Federal Reserve Gave 9 Trillion Worth of Emergency Loans to Major Banks At Near Zero Interest Rates

Today, the private Federal Reserve was forced to reveal that they loaned upwards of 9 trillion dollars to major financial institutions in emergency overnight loans. These loans were done in complete secret, used to “save” the economy, which had slip into a deep staged economic depression.

Most of the money has been paid back, yet the interest rates that these major institutions received were near ZERO. That’s right, The Federal Reserve bailed out their partners on Wall Street at near zero interests rates while everyday American citizens have been continually blasted by high interests rates around every corner.

Dec 01 21:31

CDC knowingly used false data - D.C. water may still be contaminated by dangerous levels of LEAD

Thanks, Centers for Disease Creation... from my WP email alert and to think I just finished showing a friend moments ago History International's The Crumbling of America about our failing infrastructure, saved on the DVR. Important Doc even with the global warming part and that jackass Meigs using it as a vehicle for street cred in the science sector after managing the Popular Mechanics hit piece on 9/11 researchers so long ago now.

...The water in almost 15,000 D.C. homes that were repaired during a massive effort to remove lead pipes may still be contaminated by dangerous levels of the metal, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dec 01 20:02

FDIC Resolution Process

From February 2007 to December 1, 2010:
323 Failed Banks
$71,857,000,000 FDIC Cost Bailouts
(Estimate from http://fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.html and a few hours with an open spreadsheet)

The bailout costs could have been prevented had congress not repealed Glass-Steagall Act with the passage of Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999.

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Dec 01 18:55

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 1

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 2

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 3 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlaaQgW4GHw&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 4 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3O--_S2hq4&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 5 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCqAlgQnXj8&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 6 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSD95z26kEU&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 7 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ4QlRBTFLY&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 8 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMAyEsUAsEQ&feature=related

Joan Veon When Central Banks Rule the World Part 9 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H9d0FaZGpo&feature=related

Dec 01 18:44

Sanity restored: Philadelphia puts ‘Christmas’ back in the village

Sanity restored: Philadelphia puts ‘Christmas’ back in the village
By Daniel Rubin
INQUIRER COLUMNIST
I'd like to thank Mayor Nutter for saving Christmas.
Wednesday afternoon he announced that the city had over-reacted in changing the name of the traditional German Christmas Village on Dilworth Plaza to simply "Holiday Village."
"Christmas Village" it will be once again.
And here I had been ready to bury the decision.
Why not? Pulling the word "Christmas" off the sign over the village gate seemed ridiculous Tuesday afternoon when I walked around that dollop of Deutchland outside City Hall, sampling the hot nuts and sizzling bratwursts, and oggling the tiny elves and fat Santas.

Dec 01 18:24

Palm Beach Menorah 'Light Up the Night' at public Bradley Park

'Light Up the Night' at Bradley Park and Chanukah on Worth to commemorate Jewish holiday
By Christopher C. Paine
Daily News Staff Writer
Updated: 10:03 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
Palm Beach will mark the arrival of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with two events during the next few days. The Light up the Night Chanukah Festival in Palm Beach will occur at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Bradley Park....Both events, which are open to the public, will feature a Menorah lighting.

Dec 01 17:52

US GOVERNMENT TO USE YOUR MONEY TO BAIL OUT EU!!!!!!!!

The United States would be ready to support the extension of the European Financial Stability Facility via an extra commitment of money from the International Monetary Fund, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The EU is in trouble because like the US they are enslaved in the grip of a private central bank issuing the public currency at interest.

The EU banks are in trouble because like Wall Street they have gone on a gambling binge with derivatives. And the US Government is looting the American people to prop up the bankers of Europe.

Dec 01 17:41

Foreign Banks Benefited from U.S. Bailout

Several large foreign banks benefited heavily from the U.S. government's $3.3 trillion bailout of the financial system, according to documents released Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... Americans are jobless, homeless, and hungry so that European bankers could be saved from their own greed and recklessness, just like their Wall Street cronies.

Forget the words "save", "rebuild", or "bailout". The banks in Europe bought the mortgage-backed securities being sold by Wall Street. Once it became obvious that those mortgage-backed securities were fraudulent and over-subscribed, meaning the same mortgages were being re-sold over and over into different bundles, the European bankers threatened to make the fraud public unless the securities were redeemed. That is when the Federal Reserve started pouring out trillions of dollars, all of it considered a loan to be repaid by the American people, to buy back all that bad paper from Deutche Bank and Credit Suiss among others. In other words the US Government is impoverishing the American people to keep their "too big to jail, too big to jail" banker buddies out of prison for the fraud they committed.

Dec 01 17:35

US unemployment to persist: Fed chief

Speaking during a meeting attended by several business executives at the Ohio State University on Tuesday, US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke voiced his deep concerns over the slow pace of the economic recovery in the United States, saying that "We're not growing fast enough to materially reduce the unemployment rate," AP reported.

Bernanke said the economy needs growth of 2 percent to 2.5 percent in order to inject life into the dried-up job markets.

As the US economy tumbles in the face of a big recession and growing jobless rates, he acknowledged that job creation is the biggest issue plaguing the US economic growth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The QE2 policy only helps banks, and does nothing for We the People except for creating inflation, which working people hardly need any more of, thank you very much.

And that statistic of allegedly 9%? unemployment!? The real figures are probably double that.

What to do to get the economy going?!?

1. Cut taxes and Federal spending (particularly on those illegal and immoral wars the US is fighting)

2. Incentivize businesses to establish, stay, and grow here in the US.

Dec 01 17:28

MUST READ: SECRET US PLANS FOR DOMESTIC MILITARY CRACKDOWN LEFT UNGUARDED, FOUND BY INDYMEDIA

This scoop on the Military Industrial Complex is about as good -- and terrifying -- as it gets.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

Dec 01 17:26

'Israeli troops open fire on Lebanon'

The machinegun fire came from Israeli positions near Shebaa Farms on the border between Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian land on Wednesday, dpa reported.

According to the source, the Wednesday shooting came from Israeli troops stationed in al-Sammaqa and Rwaisat al-Alam positions. No casualties have been reported.

UN sources said that they were checking the latest shooting on Lebanon by Israeli troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Starting another war in Lebanon will most likely bring in Syria and Iran, and the conflict could spread across the region like a wildfire, out of control.

Dec 01 17:21

Cancún climate change summit: Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol

The delicately balanced global climate talks in Cancún suffered a serious setback last night when Japan categorically stated its opposition to extending the Kyoto protocol – the binding international treaty that commits most of the world's richest countries to making emission cuts.

The brief statement, made by Jun Arima, an official in the government's economics trade and industry department, in an open session, was the strongest yet made against the protocol by one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

He said: "Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though Japanese scientists have been working with Japanese business interests, and the business interests have told the Japanese government that:

1. The alleged "science" of the warmistas has absolutely zero hard evidence with which to back up their allegations, and

2. It will absolutely eviscerate an already fragile economy in Japan, which Japan's government doesn't need.

Dec 01 17:15

US Ready to Back Bigger EU Stability Fund: Official

The developments have echoes of the pressure applied by Washington on European capitals last May to create the near $1 trillion EFSF safety net that was last week used to rescue Ireland after its banking crisis spiraled out of control.

The IMF, whose biggest single shareholder is the United States, has committed 250 billion euros to the EFSF.

While reluctant to dictate to Europe how it should address the unfolding debt crisis, the U.S. government is growing concerned about the global fallout of Europe's predicament.

U.S. Treasury's prices fell and the euro strengthened against the dollar on Wednesday after the news that the United States would be prepared to support an enlarged EFSF.

Dec 01 17:08

Meet The 35 Foreign Banks That Got Bailed Out By The Fed (And This Is Just The CPFF Banks)

One may be forgiven to believe that via its FX liquidity swap lines the Fed only bailed out foreign Central Banks, which in turn took the money and funded their own banks. It turns out that is only half the story: we now know the Fed also acted in a secondary bail out capacity, providing over $350 billion in short term funding exclusively to 35 foreign banks, of which the biggest beneficiaries were UBS, Dexia and BNP. Since the funding provided was in the form of ultra-short maturity commercial paper it was essentially equivalent to cash funding. In other words, between October 27, 2008 and August 6, 2009, the Fed spent $350 billion in taxpayer funds to save 35 foreign banks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forget the words "save", "rebuild", or "bailout". The banks in Europe bought the mortgage-backed securities being sold by Wall Street. Once it became obvious that those mortgage-backed securities were fraudulent and over-subscribed, meaning the same mortgages were being re-sold over and over into different bundles, the European bankers threatened to make the fraud public unless the securities were redeemed. That is when the Federal Reserve started pouring out trillions of dollars, all of it considered a loan to be repaid by the American people, to buy back all that bad paper from Deutche Bank and Credit Suiss among others. In other words the US Government is impoverishing the American people to keep their "too big to jail, too big to jail" banker buddies out of prison for the fraud they committed.

Dec 01 16:58

TSA turns off naked body scanners to avoid opt-out day protests

Anticipating a nationwide grassroots surge of protests against naked body scanners and aggressive pat-downs, the TSA simply turned off its naked body scanners on Wednesday and let air travelers walk right through security checkpoints without being X-rayed or molested.

All across the country, air travelers are reporting that the TSA simply deactivated the naked body scanners and let people go right through without a scan. "Backscatter scanners are off. No scan. No patdown." reported a traveler from the Seattle airport. "Backscatter machines aren't being used at LAX," reported another traveler. "They're all roped off."

As soon as the TV cameras leave, however, they can turn those machines right back on and start molesting people once again. This is classic behavior of police state tyrants: They present a calm, professional image to the media, but once the cameras leave, all of a sudden their hands are back down in your pants.

Dec 01 16:37

WikiLeaks craters again - Experts cast doubt on Iran missile cache

The Musudan is now playing a starring role in reports this week prompted by WikiLeaks' release of U.S. diplomatic cables. One of the documents says that Iran has obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, prompting news reports suggesting that the Islamic republic can hit targets in Western Europe and deep into Russia - farther than Iran's existing missiles can strike.

The problem, however, is that there is no indication that the Musudan, also known as the BM-25, is operational or that it has ever been tested. Iran has never publicly displayed the missiles, according to experts and a senior U.S. intelligence official, some of whom doubt the missiles were ever transferred to Iran. Experts who analyzed Oct. 10 photographs of the Musudan said it appeared to be a mock-up.

Dec 01 16:24

By air or by land, the going is slow . (Copenhagen)

Monday, 29 November 2010 10:42

Wind and snow snarl, delay and make life generally miserable for commuters

Copenhagen Airport came to a standstill this morning as strong gusts of winds forced the cancellation of all outbound flights and prevented incoming flights from landing.

Service resumed around 8am, but delays were expected to continue throughout the morning and the airport advised passengers to keep up-to-date on their website

The snow and wind has also affected traffic on land. After working all weekend to clear the roads of the 40 centimetres of snow that fell on Friday and Saturday, crews were again at work this morning ploughing and salting after last night’s snowfall.

Dec 01 16:07

Visualizing Obama's Budget Cuts

Dec 01 16:00

Fed Names Recipients of $3.3 Trillion in Crisis Aid

The Federal Reserve, under orders from Congress, today named the counterparties of about 21,000 transactions from $3.3 trillion in aid provided to stem the worst financial panic since the Great Depression.

Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. were among the biggest borrowers from one program, the Term Auction Facility, with as much as $45 billion apiece. Some aid went to U.S. units of foreign institutions, including Switzerland’s UBS AG, France’s Societe Generale and Germany’s Dresdner Bank AG. The Fed posted the data on its website to comply with a provision in July’s Dodd-Frank law overhauling financial regulation.

The information, which also includes the amounts of transactions and interest rates charged, spans six loan programs as well as currency swaps with other central banks, purchases of mortgage-backed securities and the rescues of Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc.

Dec 01 15:57

GOP Rep. Buyer Blasts Acting Dem Speaker: "This is why the People have Thrown You Out of Power"

The acting Speaker doesn't even know the rules of the House. Listen to her being coached on every single thing to say by a staffer.

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