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January 22, 2010

Jan 22 09:41

Supreme Court: Corporations may spend freely on elections

The Supreme Court threw out a 63-year-old law designed to restrain the influence of big business and unions on elections Thursday, ruling that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress. The decision could drastically alter who gives and gets hundreds of millions of dollars in this year's crucial midterm elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if that's why the Democrats started screaming about leaving Bush's tax cuts in place.

Jan 22 09:38

CARIBIC - The flying observing system

The project CARIBIC (Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the Atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container) deploys a measurement container onboard a Lufthansa passenger aircraft (Airbus A340-600), see a picture of the inlet. The container accommodates 15 fully automated instruments for measurements of aerosols and various trace gases. In addition to in-situ measurements, whole air samples are collected in glass flasks during the CARIBIC flights at roughly one hour intervals with sampling times between 30 and 120 seconds. The samples are analysed for greenhouse gases as well as for organic compounds and isotopes by a number of European laboratories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very clever system of using existing commercial aircraft for high altitude sampling.

What is obvious from the results is that green plants can and will absorb carbon dioxide. Which is why this "Wood chip bio-fuel" system (a fancy name for chopping down trees and burning them) is the wrong direction to go.

We need to leave trees alive (Christmas or otherwise) to get rid of the CO2 and we don't need Saint Al of the Gore to do it.

Save the trees.

We need them to hang the politicians

Jan 22 09:31

Millions Against Monsanto Campaign

Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Saskatchewan Canada, whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto's genetically engineered Round-Up Ready Canola by pollen from a nearby farm. Monsanto says it doesn't matter how the contamination took place, and is therefore demanding Schmeiser pay their Technology Fee (the fee farmers must pay to grow Monsanto's genetically engineered products). According to Schmeiser, "I never had anything to do with Monsanto, outside of buying chemicals. I never signed a contract.

If I would go to St. Louis (Monsanto Headquarters) and contaminate their plots - destroy what they have worked on for 40 years - I think I would be put in jail and the key thrown away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have seen companies like Monsanto actually take farms away from their owners for "Patent Infringement" because wind and insects carried pollen from GM crops onto the farmer's fields without his knowledge and permission.

At present such abusive lawsuits have been stopped and Monsanto is "settling" for extorting a technology fee from farmers whose lands are contaminated by Monsanto's products.

With yesterday's US Supreme Court decision, companies like Monsanto are free to spend however much money they want to to put legislators in place who will support this land theft policy, and block and and all efforts to independently analyze the safety of GM technology or to label food products that have GM content.

Remember, as of now, the available scientific evidence coming from Europe is that GM crops produce lower crop yields, create toxic organ failure in animals fed on the crops, and that the pests and weeds the designer genes are intended to block are already evolving to adapt to the GM crops. In other words, GM is now all downside and no upside.

GM is just the latest scam form the same political-science complex that brought you human caused global warming, and the when-pigs-fly flu!

Jan 22 09:24

GE Attempts to Silence Doctor Who Warned About Dangers of Medical Imaging Drug

GE Healthcare, a British subsidiary of multinational giant General Electric, is suing Henrik Thomsen, a senior radiologist and professor of radiology, for sounding the alarm about the dangers of the company's medical imaging drug, Omniscan. After witnessing kidney patients who had received the drug develop potentially fatal conditions, Thomsen publicly exposed the drug's dangers which caused a firestorm of controversy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Never enough money to make a safe product, but always enough money to cover up the disasters.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jan 22 09:23

Save the People of Iceland - the Official Petition

The people of Iceland must be internationally supported, so they can feel safe in voting down debt-slavery. If Iceland falls, it won't be long before other countries suffer similar financial extortion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I do not bother with petitions, because in a nation with rigged elections, the government just ignores them. But in this case, I feel that a visible public expression of peaceful non-cooperation with the printers of pretty pieces of paper (henceforth known as the PPPP) is needed.

The Icelanders didn't create these debts, the debts were created for them. And that seems to be the standard practice of these private central banks; to so contrive affairs that the politicians are either coerced or bribed into borrowing vast sums of pretty printed paper, then force the general population into debt servitude in perpetuity.

Remember, the trap of a reserve banking system is that the moment that first pretty printed paper goes into circulation, more money is owed the banks than is actually in existence, meaning the debts the people are plunged into can never be repaid.

If the money is imaginary, then so are the debts!

Jan 22 09:17

UC approves $3.1 million in bonuses for senior medical executives

"This is appalling to do this when they are telling the lowest-paid workers to stay in poverty," said Lakesha Harrison, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents about 20,000 UC workers, including hospital technicians and campus custodians.

Jan 22 09:16

Obesity drug used by 86,000 patients is banned over heart attack fears

Tens of thousands of patients have been ordered to stop taking a popular fat-busting drug suspected of raising the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

The European Medicines Agency last night suspended the licence of the drug Reductil, which was taken by 86,000 Britons last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the MSG and Aspartame, which CONTRIBUTE to the obesity problems, are left in the food!

Jan 22 09:13

State Of Emergency Declared For SF In Wake Of Storms

A relentless jet stream sent another wave of wintry weather to the Bay Area Thursday, bringing small hail, heavy rain, strong winds and lightning and leaving roadways a mess and thousands without power.

Meanwhile, acting Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the city and county of San Francisco and three other counties because of damage from this week's storms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought Schwarzenegger was the "acting" Governor! :)


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Jan 22 09:11

Raw Dairy Farmer Michael Schmidt Acquitted on all 19 counts

Michael Schmidt was acquitted of all charges relating to selling and distributing raw milk and raw milk products this morning (January 21., 2009.) in Newmarket, Ontario.

Jan 22 09:09

Guilty plea by ex-ICE agent shocks many

Incorruptible, dedicated, tireless - a cop's cop. That's how Cramer's family and friends describe the Sahuarita resident.

But this week, Cramer's reputation was shattered when he admitted that he worked with Mexican drug dealers. In a Miami federal courthouse, Cramer, 56, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by helping two drug traffickers avoid arrest, a felony that carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

Jan 22 09:08

China teen seen as hero for killing local official

When Li Shiming was stabbed through the heart by a hired assassin, few of his fellow villagers mourned the local Communist Party official many say made their lives hell by seizing land, extorting money and bullying people for years.

Instead, villagers in the northern town of Xiashuixi have made Li's teenage killer something of a local hero. More than 20,000 people from the coal-mining area petitioned a court for a lenient sentence.

"I didn't feel surprised at all when I heard Li Shiming was killed, because people wanted to kill him a long time ago," said villager Xin Xiaomei, who says her husband was harassed for years by Li after the two men had a personal dispute. "I wanted to kill Li myself, but I was too weak."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Coming to an arrogant self-important bureaucrat near you?

Jan 22 09:07

Obama's NSC Will Get New Power In Sweeping Overhaul


Jan 22 09:06

Texas Schoolkids Tagged With GPS Tracking Devices

A judge has ordered 22 students at Bryan Highschool in Texas to carry GPS tracking devices in the name of preventing truancy, another example of how schools are now youth internment centers – preparatory camps for brainwashing kids to accept the prison planet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe if the schools actually taught something useful and interesting instead of constant political indoctrination of Holocaust and Global Warming (among others) the kids might want to stay in school.

But who can blame the kids for wanting to quit a process they know is not only boring but lying to them as well?

Jan 22 08:59

In Memory of Martin Luther King by Gilad Atzmon

I also have a dream that one day the Jewish state, a state sweltering in the heat of injustice, sweltering in the heat of oppression; will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and fairness.

I have a dream that in the ‘Jew-Only State’ people will not be judged according to the blood of their (Jewish) mother, but rather by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

Jan 22 08:54

Obama admits overestimating US role in Mideast

US President Barack Obama says his administration overestimated its ability to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, after all those billions of dollars the US has given to Israel, four times the entire cost of the Apollo Moon Program, and THIS is their gratitude!

Jan 22 08:52

Embracing Israel Costs Merkel Clout

There are some foreign policy issues that Angela Merkel does not like to talk about. One is Afghanistan. The other is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So when she was asked about Israel’s settlement policy and the blockade of Gaza during a joint news conference here Monday with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, she minimized the issue. It was time to restart the peace process, she said, moving quickly to another topic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, just like American politicians!


Jan 22 08:50

Jewish American Editor Deported From Israel, Claims Coerced into Dropping Case

Hebrew language court records obtained by Maan, which provided Malsin with legal representation, reveal that Malsin was deemed a "security risk." The documents also mention writing by Malsin "criticizing the State of Israel" and articles produced "inside the [Palestinian] territories", indicating that Malsin's interrogators researched his work as a journalist and editor prior to his detainment.

Jan 22 08:47

Keith Olbermann Special Comment: Freedom Of Speech Has Been Destroyed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Part 2

Jan 22 08:40

Iran in billion-euro gas deal with Germany

Iran has signed a one-billion-euro (1.44-billion-dollar) deal with a German firm to build 100 gas turbo-compressors, an industry official said in newspapers on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for sanctions


Jan 22 08:28

Fascist Symbols In U.S. Congress

Jan 22 08:26

Karzai to pay Taliban to lay down their arms

Afghan President Hamid Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan Friday to offer money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms in an effort to quell a crippling insurgency.

Another taxpayer funded bailout

Jan 22 08:24

Grayson: Fight now or ‘kiss your country goodbye’ to Exxon, Wal-Mart

Grayson said the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling -- which removes decades of campaign spending limits on corporations -- "opens the floodgates for the purchases and sale of the law."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obamacare was(is) going to force you to buy health insurance that health corporations want to sell you. You are already forced to buy ethanol blend gasoline that is damaging to your engines. Think of all the things you are now forced to pay for, from vapor recovery gas pump nozzles, to blue tooth headsets for driving, to safety seals on products that don't need safety seals (there was a safety seal on a bottle on insecticide I bought the other day), to flu vaccines, to the legions of people whose only job is to put stickers on products saying "Don't be a stupid idiot with this" and all of it mandated by politicians taking contributions from the makers of vapor recovery gas pump nozzles, blue tooth headsets, safety seals, flu vaccines, and stickers.

Imagine how much worse it is going to be when there is no limit to the amount of money corporations can spend to put their pet politicians, their WHORES into office, to pass laws mandating that you will buy whatever it is they are selling, from carbon credits to protection from nitrous oxide (they are test marketing that one now) and an endless stream of ever-more-costly and intrusive "security."

Folks, I have been warning you the government was headed this way for 16 years.

They have arrived.

We are now officially, thanks to the United States Supreme Court, a fascist state.

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Jan 22 08:18

Naked airport scanner catches cellphone, misses bomb components

Check out this German TV clip highlighting the failure of the new, privacy-violating full-nude scanners going in at an airport near you.

Jan 22 08:10

Daniel Rubin: It was no joke at security gate

Answer truthfully, the TSA worker informed her, and everything will be OK.

Solomon, 5-foot-3 and traveling alone, looked up at the man in the black shirt and fought back tears.

Put yourself in her place and count out 20 seconds. Her heart pounded. She started to sweat. She panicked at having to explain something she couldn't.

Now picture her expression as the TSA employee started to smile.

Just kidding, he said. He waved the baggie. It was his.

And so she collected her things, stunned, and the tears began to fall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Nien, nien, I vas only kidding ; we are not sending you to Auschwitz! I was chust having some fun, ja?"

Jan 22 08:08

US recognizes Taliban as Afghan political force

The US Secretary of Defense has recognized the Taliban as part of what he describes as the political fabric of Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... we can quit the war and bring our kids home now, right? Right? Right?

Oh, yeah, I forgot!

Jan 22 08:07

9/11 was staged: Dr M

MALAYSIA'S former premier Mahathir Mohamad claimed the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people, were staged as an excuse to 'mount attacks on the Muslim world'.

Speaking at the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) here, Tun Dr Mahathir said killing as an excuse for war is not new to the US. He also argued that Israel was created to solve the 'Jewish problem' in Europe, saying the Holocaust had failed as a final solution against the community.

Jan 22 08:06

My Country ’tis of thee—Corporatocracy! Of Thee I Sing

I know, I know. I’ve seen the blogosphere screeching about the Death of Democracy now that the Supreme Court has rolled back restrictions on corporate donations to political campaigns. Whiners. Haven’t you all stopped for even a moment to think how this might benefit humanity? Sure, sure, we’re all aware of the downside, but would it kill us to think positive for a change?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I mean, look how well fascism worked in Italy in the 1940s!



Owl 1
Jan 22 08:05

Useless bomb detector sold worldwide risks lives

A BBC Newsnight investigation has found that a so-called "bomb detector", thousands of which have been sold to Iraq, cannot possibly work.

Leading explosives expert Sidney Alford told Newsnight the sale of the ADE-651 was "absolutely immoral".

"This type of equipment does not work," he said. "I wouldn't mind betting that lives have been lost as a consequence."

Jan 22 08:01

Tezcatlipoca, Hunger Porn and Corporate Obeah

This might be the time to get into Organ Harvesting Futures because the Carlyle of organ harvesters is on location, getting more press than Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. While this non-stop photo op goes on, incoming planes filled with medical supplies and all the other necessaries for treatment and recovery in Gaza’s sister city, are still being waved off and sent to The Dominican Republic. There’s a lot of angry chatter in the background about the ham handed control of ingress to Haiti. In the meantime, US ships are blocking the sea lanes so that none of those starving Haitians can make it to the forbidden mainland.

Jan 22 07:30

Rep Alan Grayson ~ If this Decision Stands, You Can Kiss this Country Goodb


Jan 22 07:24

China's Rebound may cause Inflation

Jan 22 06:48

Air America RIP

Air America RIP, Air America to cease operations

(*not the same since Al Franken hung up his mic .Moreover; not the same since Bush / Cheney left Washington . It was great to hear AA blast the Right , but pathetic , I imagine to listen to them defend and uphold the present administration
Hartman was alright , although he got out of Dodge a while back , himself .
All in all ,predominantly Jewish ownership , management , on air personalities , essential details get left out of every subject they discuss
we've got your solution , right here . http://whatreallyhappened.com/radio)

Jan 22 06:35

Daily pint of blueberry juice 'could help stop memory loss', study suggests

I can't remember why...


Jan 22 06:33

Rickets makes comeback among computer generation

The growth of the computer generation and changing lifestyles among children are leading to a Vitamin D deficiency and a rise in cases of rickets, medical experts have warned.

Jan 22 06:31

Labour 'broadband tax' to hit three million offline homes

Plans by Labour to introduce a 'broadband tax' will affect three million households who have no intention of using the internet.

Jan 22 06:17

20% VAT 'looming' as ministers face mounting debt crisis

A hike in VAT is ‘inevitable’ after the election as the government grapples with a mounting debt crisis, experts warned yesterday.

The Treasury will have to lift the tax from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent to raise an extra £12 billion of revenue a year, according to analysts at consultancy Oxford Economics.

The next Government may also have to delay the state retirement age to 68 in order to cope with the biggest debt crisis since the Second World War, the report said.

Jan 22 06:16

Labour is dreaming up 33 new crimes a month... including barring you from swimming into the Titanic

Labour has created 4,300 new crimes since taking power - including a ban on swimming in the wreck of the Titanic and on the sale of game birds shot on a Sunday.

Gordon Brown has been the worst offender in this unprecedented 'legislative splurge', with his Government creating new offences at the rate of 33 a month.



Lockerdome
Jan 22 05:51

VIDEO - SATIRE - HAITI NEEDS TERROR

WARNING:
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.
NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED.

Please do not view if explicit language offends you irregardless of how perceptive, timely, appropriate or witty it may be. Thank you.

of course, they may actually HAVE oil - but this was too incisive a commentary to leave unposted...

January 21, 2010

Jan 21 21:46

FLASHBACK - Military court hears Colombia drug and weapons smuggling case in Ames

On Thursday, February 5, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA) heard oral arguments in a case involving an appellant convicted of distributing 81 kilograms of cocaine, laundering almost a quarter-million dollars, and illegally transporting firearms while serving as part of the United States' counter-narcotics effort in Colombia. The case, U.S. v. Staff Sergeant Daniel Ross, was presided over by Brigadier General Clyde J. Tate II, the Chief Judge of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, who described the case as, "the most complex scheme to buy, sell, and move drugs," he had ever seen before the ACCA. The event was hosted by the National Security and the Law Association.

Jan 21 21:45

The War on Democracy

Jan 21 17:12

Ex-minister warns of US 'takeover' of Haiti

Haiti's former secretary of state for national defence and human rights activists has warned against the militarisation of quake relief efforts as Washington confirmed that it had 12,000 US troops deployed in or around Haiti.


Jan 21 16:53

FLASHBACK - The Gaza Bombshell

After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.

Jan 21 16:52

FDIC geared up for busy year of bank failures - expects failure rate to remain high in 2010

The U.S. agency charged with dismantling or selling off failed banks said it is equipped to deal with what it sees as a busy 2010, according to remarks to be delivered before Congress on Thursday.

Jan 21 16:50

Disillusion Among Liberal Supporters: Obama’s Foreign/Military Policy

A year has gone by since Sen. Barack Obama assumed the presidency, replacing George W. Bush, who was among the worst chief executives in American history.

The election of an African American to the White House is an historically positive development. And his first year in office has shown his superiority to Bush and his defeated opponent, rightist Sen. John McCain, in several areas.

At the same time, in terms of foreign/military policy, President Obama has essentially continued many of the Bush Administration's initiatives first and foremost his predecessor's "global war on terrorism," but in other international endeavors as well.

Jan 21 16:25

We are past campaign mode

Webmaster's Commentary: 

24 hours later and now Scott is suddenly FOR the health care reform.

You cannot believe anything these people say.


Jan 21 16:24

Beware of the BBC

Stuart Littlewood highlights the BBC’s chronic pro-Israel bias, from allowing untruths about Israel’s onslaught on Gaza in 2008-09 to go unchallenged, to its failure to provide accurate context about the Israeli township of Sderot, to its routine willingness to give disproportionate airtime to Israeli spokesmen and lobbyists.

”[The BBC] gives a disproportionate amount of air-time to pro-Israel figures such as the Israeli ambassador, the regime’s spokesman Mark Regev, the chief rabbi and assorted politicians who wave the flag for Israel...

Jan 21 16:17

TV Networks Give Americans A “Sanitized Version of War”

U.S. television networks have given the public a sanitized, largely bloodless view of the war in Iraq, an academic authority on communications writes.

"The contrast between what Americans saw on the news and what European and pan-Arab audiences saw is striking. Foreign news bureaus showed far more blood and gore than American stations showed. The foreign media were delivering audiences the true face of the war," writes Michelle Pulaski, an assistant professor at Pace University, New York.

Jan 21 16:14

Map of the mining and oil reserves in Haiti.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, that explains a lot!

Jan 21 15:36

Talk by 911InsideJob.net Webmaster on World Trade Center Attack

This is the second talk by Joe, the Webmaster,in a three-part series regarding the lies and deceptions of the 9/11 Commission. This talk is about the controlled demolitions of the World Trade Center towers and World Trade Center 7.


Jan 21 15:32

9-11 Inside Job-World Trade Center Attack

This is the second talk by Joe, the Webmaster of www.911insidejob.net,in a three-part series regarding the lies and deceptions of the 9/11 Commission. This talk is about the controlled demolitions of the World Trade Center towers and World Trade Center 7.

Jan 21 15:28

David Ray Griffin at Boston University, Part 1 of 8

David Ray Griffin's lecture at Boston University on April 11, 2009 (9/11, Time For a Second Look) . Dr. Griffin meticulously presents the case for a new investigation of the 9/11 attacks--the 9/11 Commission Report on the "official" conspiracy theory is full of contradictions and apparent lies. 1st. of 8 parts.

Jan 21 15:01

CLIMATEGATE - Scientists using selective temperature data, skeptics say

Two months after “climategate” cast doubt on some of the science behind global warming, new questions are being raised about the reliability of a key temperature database, used by the United Nations and climate change scientists as proof of recent planetary warming.

Two American researchers allege that U.S. government scientists have skewed global temperature trends by ignoring readings from thousands of local weather stations around the world, particularly those in colder altitudes and more northerly latitudes, such as Canada.

Jan 21 14:57

TSA Agent places white powder on traveler as "a joke"

Now picture her expression as the TSA employee started to smile.

Just kidding, he said. He waved the baggie. It was his.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WE ARE NOT AMUSED, ASSHOLE!


Jan 21 14:21

The CFR Controls American News/Media

Jan 21 14:08

The Terrorism Conundrum

In the wake of 9/11, almost anything the US government did was accepted uncritically by the public. The Patriot Act was quickly passed, abridging the freedoms that Americans had enjoyed for more than two hundred years with barely a whimper from Congress and the media. George W. Bush declared war on the world, defining his security doctrine as the right of the United States to act preemptively anywhere and at any time against any nation that the White House perceived to be a threat. Bush also declared his global war on terror, committing his administration to intervene using military and intelligence resources wherever his definition of terrorists was to be found.



Owl 2
Jan 21 14:04

Global warming is dead. What’s the next eco-scare?

As man-made global warming fears enter the ashbin of history, what will environmentalists, UN activists and politicians do to fill the void of a failed eco-scare?

Well, wonder no more….

Some forward thinking green activists and even the UN climate Chief have already taken up the task of test-marketing the next eco-scares to replace man-made global warming.

One of the most prominent eco-scares now being quietly promoted behind man-made climate fears is the allegedly “growing” nitrous oxide (a.k.a. “laughing gas”) threat to the planet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Before you all get your knickers in a twist over this new "deadly" gas, nitrous oxide is the harmless propellant used in canned whip cream products.

Jan 21 13:58

Activist Granny D turns 100 on the 24th!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Granny issued a comment about the USSC ruling on corporate political funding which is not yet at her website, but here follows her text:

January 21, 2010 statement from Doris “Granny D” Haddock in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today to kill campaign finance reform.

Ten years ago, I walked from California to Washington, D.C. to help gather support for campaign finance reform. I used the novelty of my age (I was 90), to garner attention to the fact that our democracy, for which so many people have given their lives, is being subverted to the needs of wealthy interests, and that we must do something about it. I talked to thousands of people and gave hundreds of speeches and interviews, and, in every section of the nation, I was deeply moved by how heartsick Americans are by the current state of our politics.

Well, we got some reform bills passed, but things seem worse now than ever. Our good government reform groups are trying to staunch the flow of special-interest money into our political campaigns, but they are mostly whistling in a wind that has become a gale force of corrupting cash. Conditions are so bad that people now assume that nothing useful can pass Congress due to the vote-buying power of powerful financial interests. The health care reform debacle is but the most recent example.

The Supreme Court, representing a radical fringe that does not share the despair of the grand majority of Americans, has today made things considerably worse by undoing the modest reforms I walked for and went to jail for, and that tens of thousands of other Americans fought very hard to see enacted. So now, thanks to this Court, corporations can fund their candidates without limits and they can run mudslinging campaigns against everyone else, right up to and including election day.

The Supreme Court now opens the floodgates to usher in a new tsunami of corporate money into politics. If we are to retain our democracy, we must go a new direction until a more reasonable Supreme Court is in place. I would propose a one-two punch of the following nature:

A few states have adopted programs where candidates who agree to not accept special-interest donations receive, instead, advertising funds from their state. The programs work, and I would guess that they save their states more money than they cost by reducing corruption. Moving these reforms in the states has been very slow and difficult, but we must keep at it.

But we also need a new approach––something of a roundhouse punch. I would like to propose a flanking move that will help such reforms move faster: We need to dramatically expand the definition of what constitutes an illegal conflict of interest in politics.

If your brother-in-law has a road paving company, it is clear that you, as an elected official, must not vote to give him a contract, as you have a conflict of interest. Do you have any less of an ethical conflict if you are voting for that contract not because he is a brother-in-law, but because he is a major donor to your campaign? Should you ethically vote on health issues if health companies fund a large chunk of your campaign? The success of your campaign, after all, determines your future career and financial condition. You have a conflict.

Let us say, through the enactment of new laws, that a politician can no longer take any action, or arrange any action by another official, if the action, in the opinion of that legislative body’s civil service ethics officer, would cause special gain to a major donor of that official’s campaign. The details of such a program will be daunting, but we need to figure them out and get them into law.

Remarkably, many better corporations have an ethical review process to prevent their executives from making political contributions to officials who decide issues critical to that corporation. Should corporations have a higher standard than the United States Congress? And many state governments have tighter standards, too. Should not Congress be the flagship of our ethical standards? Where is the leadership to make this happen this year?

This kind of reform should also be pushed in the 14 states where citizens have full power to place proposed statutes on the ballot and enact them into law. About 70% of voters would go for a ballot measure to “toughen our conflict of interest law,” I estimate. In the scramble that would follow, either free campaign advertising would be required as a condition of every community’s contract with cable providers (long overdue), or else there would be a mad dash for public campaign financing programs on the model of Maine, Arizona, and Connecticut. Maybe both things would happen, which would be good.

I urge the large reform organizations to consider this strategy. They have never listened to me in the past, but they also have not gotten the job done and need to come alive or now get out of the way.

And to the Supreme Court, you force us to defend our democracy––a democracy of people and not corporations––by going in breathtaking new directions. And so we shall.

Doris “Granny D” Haddock
Dublin, New Hampshire

Jan 21 13:50

Settlers Desecrate Muslim Cemetery Near Nablus

Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem, managed to interview some residents and took pictures of the damage.

The settlers wrote graffiti in Hebrew and in Russian. One of the Russian graffiti said. “Arabs are Gay. I F@#ed you mother and father and your donkey”, Haaretz reported.

Jan 21 13:40

Why Is The US Military Occupying Four Airports In Haiti?

The United States is now operating at four airports to ferry aid and relief supplies to quake-devastated Haiti, a senior US military commander said Thursday.

In addition to the Caribbean nation's main port of entry, Port-au-Prince airport, US forces were also now at work at airports in the coastal city of Jacmel.

They were also operating in the neighboring Dominican Republic at San Isidro and Barahona, US Southern Command chief General Douglas Fraser said.

Around 11,000 US military personnel are currently controlling the operations both on the ground and offshore aboard US Navy and Coast Guard vessels, and another 4,000 US troops are expected to arrive in the coming days.


Jan 21 13:39

SCOTUS ruling = Powell Memo goal = Fall of democracy...

In short, the Powell Memo outlined an attack on our nation by corporations which championed fascism over democracy. You can read the whole memo at the above link.

SCOTUS has now ruled that corporations can actively alter elections via funding, undermining the very nature of the democratic process. Corporations have moved closer to a formal merger with government. This is called fascism by definition.

Jan 21 13:37

Iceland to hold referendum on international debt repayments

Late last year, the Icelandic parliament narrowly passed the so-called IceSave bill, which would provide a state guarantee to meet the onerous terms of the agreement, which is designed to repay London and The Hague for compensating hundreds of thousands of British and Dutch citizens who lost savings during the collapse of Iceland’s national bank, Landsbanki.

On January 5 President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refused to sign the bill into law, triggering a constitutional mandate that the bill be subjected to a national referendum. In the event the electorate votes down the bill, which looks likely according to the latest polls, the legislation will not come into effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the use of the word "onerous."

That has a specific meaning in international law. And it means that a people cannot be held liable for debts incurred by the government which were not for the benefit of the people.

Like money spent on Iraq.

Like money spent on Afghanistan.

Like money spent on Somalia.

Like money spent on Yemen.

Like money spent on TV Cameras on every corner.

Like money spent on reading our emails.

Like money spent on invading our computers.

Like money spent on Naked Body scanners.

Like money spent on Wall Street Bailouts.

Jan 21 13:34

Are We in Haiti because of Oil?

Once I observed the mass-murder posse of Team Obama, Bush and Clinton begin circling the wagons and the rapid US militarization of Port au Prince, including the occupation of the Presidential Palace, to the tune of now almost 10,000 US boots on the ground, I began to get suspicious. Call me crazy. I know of the sad history of Haiti imposed upon the tiny former slave nation by one imperial power after the next. But when I see 10,000 American soldiers descend upon a nation in less than a week, my radar flies into the red zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The number of US troops deploying to Haiti is now 20,000.

Jan 21 13:33

Obama authorizes covert economic war against Venezuela

WMR’s intelligence sources have reported that the Obama administration has authorized an economic war against Venezuela in order to destabilize the government of President Hugo Chavez.

After a successful coup against Chavez ally, President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras, and the very thin 51-49 percent electoral win by Chile’s billionaire right-winger Sebastian Pinera on January 17, a buoyed Obama White House has given a green light for political operatives in Venezuela, many of whom operate under the cover of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to set the stage for massive street demonstrations to protest Chavez’s devaluation of the bolivar, Venezuela’s currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the same crap they are doing inside Iran.



Pixfuture
Jan 21 13:31

Houston man arrested in Capitol shooting

A 24-year-old Houston-area man fired several shots outside the state Capitol early this afternoon, triggering a huge response from state troopers who almost immediately took the person into custody.

No one was injured, but the Texas Department of Public Safety closed the Capitol for the remainder of the day.

“We are very fortunate that nobody was injured in this incident,” DPS spokeswoman Tele Mange said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, this is a staged incident which will be used to justify renewed calls for a ban on private gun ownership.

Jan 21 13:30

"Anti Piracy" Law Firms labeled a Scam in the House of Lords

Jan 21 13:29

Iran's 5th fleet to head for Gulf of Aden

The Iranian military has announced plans to dispatch a fifth fleet of warships to the Gulf of Aden to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

Iran is sending a fleet to the Gulf of Aden to counter Israel's nuclear-armed submarine currently cruising in the Persian Gulf

Jan 21 13:21

Netanyahu demands eternal Israeli presence in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel must have a presence in the West Bank even after a peace agreement is achieved, dealing a fresh blow to the visiting US Middle East envoy’s effort to restart peace talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don't you goy get it yet; God says we own everything! Get with the program!"


Jan 21 13:19

Aid workers ‘being pushed out’ of Palestinian areas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CAST LEAD II: THE REVENGE

And Israel does not want witnesses.

Jan 21 13:18

SCOTUS: “$$$ = Speech, Corporations = People, & Fuck Democracy!”

• Game, Set and Match: “The Supreme Court has just ruled that there can be no limits on corporate support of candidates. This means the ‘Sarah Palin Awesome Hour Brought to You by Mountain Dew’ is now an inevitability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually. things just got easier for the voters.

Just vote for the candidate with the LEAST amount of campaign cash and you will get the least harmful politician.

"VOTE CHEAP!"

(And yes, I am going to make that into a T-shirt)

Jan 21 13:16

Haiti Earthquake: US Ships Blockade Coast to Thwart Exodus to America

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and anyone else trying to get in on the oil bonanza!

Jan 21 13:15

ABBAS ACCUSED OF TREASON

A heated exchange of recriminations, name-calling and blame casting has been raging in occupied Palestine between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood following scathing criticisms of President Mahmoud Abbas by Qatar-based Sheikh Youssef El-Qaradawi.



Owl 3
Jan 21 13:11

FBI warns lawyers: Beware of ex-wives bearing checks

The fraudulent client seeking legal representation is an ex-wife "on assignment" in an Asian country, and she claims to be pursuing a collection of divorce settlement monies from her ex-husband in the U.S. The law firm agrees to represent the ex-wife, sends an e-mail to the ex-husband, and receives a "certified" check for the settlement via delivery service. The ex-wife instructs the firm to wire the funds, less the retainer fee, to an overseas bank account. When the scam is executed successfully, the law firm wires the money before discovering the check is counterfeit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought lawyers were supposed to be too smart to fall for crap like this!

Jan 21 13:09

US Forces in Haiti to Grow to 20,000

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; it's an invasion now!

Jan 21 12:53

ISRAEL’S NEW DILEMMA ….. HAMAS ACCEPTS ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO EXIST…. WILL ISRAEL ACCEPT PALESTINE’S RIGHT TO EXIST?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: Dweik has denied making a statement saying that HAMAS recognizes Israel's right to exist. He claims the quote was meant to imply that HAMAS recognizes Israel's right to exist on Palestinian land and that is something HAMAS cannot agree to.

Jan 21 12:27

Green Eggs and Hamm: Ode to the Brady Campaign

VIA http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

(After the controversy over the Austin gun show situation, perhaps a bit of humor is necessary to lighten the mood. Regarding the hot-button topic of gun control, the following satirical poem is a whimsical take on the Brady Campaign agenda.)

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is an organization “devoted to creating an America free from gun violence…” While not calling itself a “gun ban” organization, extensive research has determined this claim is disingenuous at best. Click here to read more about how the Brady Campaign employs deception and poor research to promote their agenda.

The truth begins to come to light when examining statements by Brady spokesmen:



Taboola
Jan 21 11:40

National Enquirer Was Right

Anyone think they’ll get a Pulitzer Prize for their groundbreaking reporting? A story so big that it could have ended in a disaster for the Democratic Party if Edwards had gotten the nomination. The what ifs of the primary season ring through this story on many angles. The New York Times missed it, the Washington Post and everyone else. Or maybe they just didn’t want to follow something because the National Enquirer was on it?

Jan 21 11:25

"Underwear Bomber" case mishandled by White House, says intel chief

Hearings before the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today revealed that the nation's top intelligence officer, the Homeland Security secretary and the CIA chief were not consulted by the White House after the capture of the so-called "Underwear Bomber."

Jan 21 10:52

US Congress for Sale: Foreign Bids Welcome

Imagine a Goldman Sachs or Citigroup sponsored smear campaign against Ron Paul.
It could even be paid for with bailout money!

The US Supreme Court has just ruled that in the interest of freedom of speech,
corporations ought to be allowed to make unlimited donations to political campaigns.
The Court also ruled that corporations should not be prohibited from directly sponsoring
political advertisements.

The implications of this ruling effectively ends what integrity might have remained in
the electoral process. Despite our high-minded ideals about the process, elections are
decided on television. The candidate who spends the most on advertisements is usually the candidate who wins. With this ruling, corporations can now easily buy members of Congress

Jan 21 10:49

Corporate Campaign Spending Backed by U.S. High Court

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down decades-old restrictions on corporate campaign spending, reversing two of its precedents and freeing companies to conduct advertising campaigns that explicitly try to sway voters.

Jan 21 10:18

Man free falls faster than the speed of sound

If I had done this I would have been followed by a supersonic brown streak!

Jan 21 10:14

Climategate Junk Scientist Michael Mann Awarded Half a Million in Stimulus Cash

Jan 21 10:11

Godfrey Bloom exposes more global warming tax scammers

Jan 21 10:05

DOW tanks on Obama's proposed banking rules.

Jan 21 10:02

Pelosi: Not Enough Votes to Pass Senate Health Bill in House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she does not have the votes to pass the Senate's version of a health insurance bill that is now in severe jeopardy of being scrapped.

Just days ago, that was the most viable option for keeping alive President Obama's top domestic priority, but with the election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, the fragile coalition of Democrats has broken apart as lawmakers bicker over which portions of the $900 billion, 10-year Senate bill they will and won't accept.

Jan 21 09:55

The Calm Before the Sh!tstorm

Jan 21 09:53

Iran proud to support the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance

Speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani on Tuesday expressed his country’s pride to support resistance movements in the region including the Lebanese resistance and the Movement of Hamas, stressing that the resistance became the only option to confront the occupation after the failure of peace projects.

Jan 21 09:47

A PALESTINIAN’S ADVENTURES ON ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL’

I entered Jerusalem through the apartheid wall yesterday without using the temporary “Israeli permit” that was issued to me (and that expired yesterday). My family had applied for me and many others through our church for the Eastern Christian Holidays. Yet, those who could enter like I did (with or without permits) are a tiny fraction of the Palestinian population.

I have not been in Jerusalem in nearly four years due to Israeli
restrictions.

Jan 21 09:47

AMERICAN ARMED FORCES ~~ LEADING THE WAY IN INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRADE

I watched a movie on TV last night called American Gangster…. it was absolutely brilliant. It took me over an hour to determine who the ‘bad guys’ were and who the ‘good guys’ were until I realised that they were all ‘bad guys’….

It takes place in the late 60’s, during the American conflict in Vietnam, dealing with the international drug trade at the time. Apparently the film is based on a true story…. truth that America obviously hasn’t learned from.

Jan 21 09:46

“Accepting Various Truths”

No one in the Obama administration is going to acknowledge that our foreign policy in the Middle East has alienated many Arabs.

The U.S. pro-Israel policy and our shocking neglect of the beleaguered Palestinians underlie almost every initiative or tactical tilt that comes out of Washington.President Obama and his predecessors in the White House have scored domestic political points by embracing this world view. This is one vantage point that is truly bipartisan, to the point where no one discusses it.

Michael Scheuer, a former CIA specialist on the al-Qaida terrorists, complained on C-SPAN recently that any debate about American support for Israel is “normally squelched.”

“For anyone to say our support for Israel doesn’t hurt us is to just defy reality,” he added.

Jan 21 09:45

Ex-IBM Employee reveals TV Abandoned Analog Band to Make Room for RFID

According to a former 31-year IBM employee, the highly-publicized, mandatory switch from analog to digital television is mainly being done to free up analog frequencies and make room for scanners used to read implantable RFID microchips and track people and products throughout the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sure wasn't done to improve TV reception, because over-the-air TV sucks since the changeover.

Jan 21 09:39

SNEAK PEEK! The Hague Observer

This is a sneak peek at the debut issue of The Hague Observer, from the people who brought you the U.N. Observer.

As the focus shifts to potential war crimes prosecutions of high officials in the US and Europe, the Hague will become a focus of world opinion.

Subscription information is inside the PDF.

WRH is not financially affiliated with The Hague Observer.

Jan 21 09:31

Girl, 19, left battling blindness after taking Tamiflu (and she didn't even have swine flu)

A teenage girl left disabled by the swine flu treatment Tamiflu did not even have the virus, it was revealed today.

Samantha Millard, 19, became critically ill after suffering a severe allergic reaction to the tablets, which she took on the advice of the controversial NHS helpline.

Within 72 hours of taking three pills, doctors put her on life support.

Samantha spent a month in hospital after developing the life-threatening Stevens Johnson syndrome, which causes the skin to peel off, and later developed toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome, which has damaged her sight.

Jan 21 09:28

TV cash-for-gold firms 'offer fraction of true value'

Companies offering cash for gold jewellery in a recent flurry of TV adverts are paying a fraction of the items' true worth.

The firms, which have latched on to increases in the price of gold, are 'shockingly bad value', according to consumer group Which?

Three pieces of new jewellery purchased by Which? for a total of £729 drew offers from the firms of as little as £38.57 for the lot.

One company refused to return a £399 necklace free of charge, as promised, on the inaccurate pretext that it was not gold at all.

Jan 21 08:57

Store or Starve A beginner’s guide to food storage

I want people to store food not only for their sake, but for mine as well. I don’t want to decide which of my kids have to go hungry when you and your unprepared kin come knocking on my door. Contrary to progressive-collectivist thinking, every individual who takes care of themselves and their families benefits society by not becoming a burden. So take responsibility now and start today.

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