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March 29, 2009

Mar 29 10:56

The Global Warming Scam

Are the oil companies conspiring to keep
us addicted to fossil fuels?

No doubt.

But Al Gore never talks about that, does he?

Instead he talks about carbon taxes which keeps
the oil companies in business - and further impoverishes
an already struggling world population.

Here's the real story on Al Gore and the so called
global warming menace:

Mar 29 10:54

Judge OKs probe of torture complaint against Bush officials

A senior Spanish judge has ordered prosecutors to investigate whether key Bush aides should be charged with crimes over the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a lawyer said Sunday.

Mar 29 10:54

The ‘New’ Strategy - Did Obama Expand the War Into Pakistan?

While promising “A New Way Forward” (not so coincidentally the working title of the 2007 escalation in Iraq), it seems that all roads lead to Pakistan. The government will be getting billions in new aid, the US is committing itself to fight militants in the area (above and beyond the repeated drone attacks). They’re not even ruling out sending ground troops.

So Afghanistan has its new strategy, which is its old strategy with more guys. But maybe the real story here is that President Obama has made the equivalent of a de facto declaration of war against Pakistan’s border regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"CHANGE"?!?!?!?

Change, my astrolabe!!

Mar 29 10:54

France calls Gaza 'open-air prison'

France has warned that the Gaza Strip cannot remain an 'open-air prison' forever, urging Israel to lift the blockade on the territory.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Mar 29 10:53

'Holy Mary, Help Us in Our Hour of Need!'

The unexplained illness has farmers deeply worried. Hildegard and Josef Kirmeier, from the Bavarian town of Wurmsham, have already lost five calves. "Perhaps the soy we add to the feed is genetically modified," Kirmeier speculates. Or could a vaccination be causing the problem?

Many farmers blame the "blood sweating" on a controversial vaccine against bluetongue disease, which became mandatory for cattle in Germany in April of last year.

Mar 29 10:51

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

Their strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution blended Alinsky concepts with their more aggressive efforts at bringing about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation's wealth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, let me start off by saying I do NOT agree with this article. But I felt I needed to call attention to it because this appears to be the current PR strategy by the rich to stay rich, and it goes something like this; The poor don't really have any reason to be unhappy at losing their homes and jobs; they are just part of an EVIL INSIDIOUS PLOT to alter the natural order of the universe and steal the wealth the gods hath decreed should be ours in perpetuity.

... or something like that.

Keep in mind that American Thinker is the same group that accused the New York Times of anti-Semitism because they reported that Jews in Iran are not subject to the intense political and religious repressions Israel claimed they were.

Mar 29 10:48

Where In The World Is The Next Bubble, US TREASURY BONDS

Bubbles, they keep forming everywhere you look, and most are created and busted by the Federal Reserve. The latest bubbles to burst included the housing market, crude oil prices, and commodities except gold. The Fed has had it's hand in making and breaking all these bubbles. The USA passes laws to curb demand or increase demand in particular markets. The next "Great bubble in the making is US Treasury bonds" also propelled by the Fed, in recent news the Fed announced they would be buying a trillion dollars in treasurys over the next 3 months, This will go down as the biggest bubble of all time when its over. All in all, who's side do you think the "Fed" is on we will see.

Mar 29 10:46

Clinton has no plan for "substantive" Iran meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no plans for a "substantive" meeting with Iranian officials at a conference on Afghanistan in the Hague next week, the State Department said on Thursday.

"No substantive meetings are planned with Iranian officials at this time," said State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid when asked if Clinton planned to have a meeting with Iranian officials on the sidelines of the conference on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Israel has ordered us to wreck Iran and it is a total waste of my precious time in meetings pretending otherwise!" -- Hillarious


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Mgid
Mar 29 10:45

Obama will face a defiant world on foreign trip

Despite his immense popularity around the world, Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London on Tuesday for the Group of 20 summit meeting of industrial and emerging market nations plus the European Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Obama appears to not realize - or perhaps he doesn't care - that the US's strident assurances about how Western finance, based on the concept of fractional banking, will save the world's economy, has brought world economy to a standstill.

He appears not to realize - or to care - that every time a US- piloted drone somewhere kills women, kids, and the elderly, this country is creating another generation of young radicals are righteously and rightfully angry. That anger will have only one way to express itself, and that doesn't at all augur well for the future of peace on this planet.

He appears not to realize - or to care - that US military misadventures around the world to steal resources - rather than acquire them through treaties, as Russia has done - make us look as though we have a "psychotic thug" class of juveniles running this country.

He appears not to realize - or care - that the billions of dollars sent to Israel - a country doing its level best to ethnically cleanse every Palestinian from any part of its territory, does not make us look like an honest broker to the rest of the Middle East, or the world.

And unfortunately for this President, those intellectual capabilities with which he is remarkably endowed, mean nothing if the only guiding emotion in his life is hubris.

Hubris, like ignorance, should be painful.

Mar 29 10:42

Jewish writer raises a storm in America with his report from a 'tolerant' Iran

The newspaper, and Cohen in particular, has been accused of being too critical of Israel and an apologist for Iran and its leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Cohen's column was written from Iran about the country's small Jewish minority. His piece acknowledged the difficulties the group experienced and portrayed them as part of an Iranian society that he said was more tolerant, democratic and sophisticated than many American critics allowed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE you describe Iran as it really is, instead of how we wish it to be seen!!!!!!"

Mar 29 10:39

Major cyber spy network uncovered

Analysts say the attacks are in effect industrial espionage, with hackers showing an interest in the activities of lawmakers and major companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the nature of the net, I would caution against assigning any actual blame for this spy network to China, since more than likely the machines the hackers used in China were themselves hacked from unknown sources and used as "cutouts".

But of course, the real danger is pirated music files, so that's where the enforcement and investigation money will be focused!

Mar 29 10:35

Brazil builds walls around Rio de Janeiro slums

Officials say the wall is to protect the remaining native forest but critics fear the move could be seen as discriminatory and become a blemish symbolizing Brazil's deep divisions between rich and poor.


Mar 29 10:34

Obama: Yup, We're at War in Pakistan

Perhaps you were wondering whether or not the U.S. was really at war in Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan. Well, President Obama just put those questions to rest.

With everyone from Hillary Clinton to Robert Gates to General David Petraeus at his side, Obama announced this morning "a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan." Not Afghanistan, with an occasional cross-border drone strike. Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yee-HAAA, we got something to blame the poverty on while we loot the rest of the nation!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 29 10:33

The ‘New’ Strategy - Did Obama Expand the War Into Pakistan?

When President Barack Obama unveiled his “comprehensive, new strategy” for the war in Afghanistan it struck many how decidedly old most of the strategy looked. A vague justification for throwing more money and troops at the seemingly endless war, bundled with posturing about how vital the war’s success ultimately would be.

But is that the whole story? Was the much-heralded new strategy just about polishing up the same old escalation in Afghanistan and selling it as a change? Perhaps the real novelty in this plan takes place outside of Afghanistan, in neighboring Pakistan.

Mar 29 10:32

G20 protesters face police with Tasers

SCOTLAND YARD is to deploy officers armed with 50,000-volt Taser stun guns to deal with violent demonstrators planning to disrupt this week’s G20 summit in London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this almost guarantees that the Yard will have agents provocateurs planted in the protests to trigger the violence, justifying the use of the tasers and escalating the situation into a riot that the media will use to demonize the protesters and try to build sympathy for those suffering ultra-rich bastards plotting how to grab the last few pennies from your pockets.

Mar 29 10:29

Israel planned to kill Erdogan: Report

Turkish media sources detail information implicating the Israeli Mossad in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

An e-mail found on a personal computer belonging to one of the members of the underground Ergenekon organization exposed Mossad's role in the failed assassination efforts against Erdogan, Turkish media outlets reported on Friday.


Mar 29 10:28

Storms Sow Snow, Thunder From Plains to South

Storms spread misery Saturday from the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast, dumping spring snow that cut power to thousands of Kansas utility customers and spawning tornado warnings and heavy rain across the South.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Snow?

So much for March going out like a lamb!!!!

Right, Al?

Mar 29 10:27

Lord Myners hid his money in tax haven

LORD MYNERS, the minister in charge of the government’s assault on tax havens, has used a blind trust to conceal £250,000 of his own money in an offshore shelter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only way to end tax cheats and tax loopholes for the rich is to end all taxes.

Let us instead have a government that offers services through an online interface, with the services it offers and a price next to each one. So, if you think there should be schools, you click the box and you get a bill for your share of the schools. Then if you think there should be health care, you click that box and your bill gets that share added to it. Then when you come to the boxes for bailouts to failed brokers, killing brown people in foreign countries, and sending more bombs to Israel you can skip over those.

The perfect participatory democracy! People get only that government they are willing to pay for and are not forced to pay for things they do not agree with! Government is reduced to the safe levels of an order fulfillment service. Like those commercials claiming how smooth life would run if delivery people were in control!

Mar 29 10:26

Republicans run from, not on, Schwarzenegger's record

Reporting from Sacramento -- For years, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has treated fellow Republicans with a combination of indifference and thinly veiled contempt.

Now, as they vie to succeed him in 2010, the party's two leading candidates for governor are responding in similar fashion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amid all this bickering and backbiting, it appears that the current crop of legislators have really forgotten who they work for: the citizens of the state of California. The only goal is winning - and holding - a position in state government, period, end of discussion, with these people. And people are voting with their feet to "get the heck out of Dodge", before the situation gets worse.

As reported on Dec 23, 2008 at:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2008-12/23/content_7332084.htm

"From 2007 to 2008, California had the biggest net loss of people moving to other states — more than 144,000 people. It was followed by New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Illinois."

This is the first time in a long time we've looked at numbers like that from California.

And they may well get worse.

Mar 29 10:23

Brown snubbed over tax

GORDON BROWN’S carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts have been scuppered by an eve-of-summit ambush by European leaders.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister’s “global new deal” for a $2 trillion-plus fiscal stimulus to end the recession.

“I will not let anyone tell me that we must spend more money,” she said.

The Spanish finance minister, Pedro Solbes, also dismissed new cash being pledged at Thursday’s London summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read those first four sentences carefully. Brown is talking tax cuts (at least to the reporters) but it is clear what the other European leaders are balking at is tossing more taxpayer money at the banks.

If only Obama had such courage!


Mar 29 10:21

Bernard Madoff's office in Mayfair, London 'was billion-dollar piggy bank'

Bernard Madoff used the London arm of his corrupt investment business as his personal “piggy bank”, British fraud investigators claimed yesterday.

Madoff Securities International, based in Mayfair, Central London, was “a cog in the global washing machine”, through which the jailed fraudster had laundered billions of pounds, they said.

Last year £1 billion passed from Madoff’s business in New York through one of his London firm’s accounts and then back across the Atlantic. Other London accounts were used to pay for the construction of a £5 million yacht, the Bull, which is at anchor near Antibes in the South of France.

Mar 29 10:20

Fears police tactics at G20 protests will lead to violence

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march through London tomorrow ahead of the G20 summit, amid mounting concern that over-aggressive police tactics may incite violence when world leaders gather to discuss the global economic meltdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember who benefits if the protests turn violent.

Mar 29 10:15

International Corporations and the Heart of Darkness.

I have to hand out more than the usual amount of links today, as I did in the recent Smoking Mirrors, because sometimes clarity is central to understanding. Maybe it’s not sometimes, maybe it’s always that way. What I am going to say ties into the ongoing bank bailouts and the drug war and the war on terror and directs you back to something Marx said about wars being engineered for economic gain. It’s the men in the suits with the fountain pens who pull the trigger on the guns around the world.

Mar 29 10:14

Media allege corruption in massive Israel-India arms deal

Allegations of possible illegalities in a massive arms deal between Israel and India have surfaced over the weekend in the Indian media. The size of the deal between the Indian Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries, estimated at $1.5 billion, had grown to allow for the payment of commissions, which is illegal in India, said the press there.


Mar 29 10:12

Tens of thousands march in G20 protests

Demonstrators also marched in other European capitals as politicians appealed for calm during Thursday's Group of 20 gathering in London, due to be attended by world leaders including US President Barack Obama.

Mar 29 10:10

Detainee's Harsh Treatment Foiled No Plots

When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had in their custody an al-Qaeda leader who knew details of operations yet to be unleashed, and they were facing increasing pressure from the White House to get those secrets out of him.

The methods succeeded in breaking him, and the stories he told of al-Qaeda terrorism plots sent CIA officers around the globe chasing leads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the any CIA staff involved in the torture of Abu Zubaida: if any of you folks had any grounding in world history (which I would tend to doubt like hell, but - I digress), you would have understood clearly that, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, torture doesn't give solid information; the tortured individual will say anything they believe will get their torturers to stop.

Abu Zubaida did precisely that, as did all the other people you tortured.

And for what? Some sick perverted pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering for which you knew you would never be held to account, like the inquisitors of old? Of course, instead of doing this in the name of religion, you did it in the name of a nation.... and somehow, that made it all right.

Mar 29 10:01

Insurers shun those taking certain meds

Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You'll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for anti-psychotic or sleep problems? Forget about it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not only about attempting to get health insurance; it's also about keeping it - if you are self-funded - as you get older.

Many times, there have been documented cases of people who have been denied care, or their premiums have shot up so astronomically that they can no longer afford care for life-threatening conditions.

Other countries (like France and Belgium) have managed to handle these issues far more fairly and effectively than has the United States. And that's really a shame.

Mar 29 09:50

Once-in-a-generation sun celebration

A rare astronomical event that happens every 28 years will unite Jews at Venice Beach — and at parks and outdoor places around the world — on April 8.

On that day, due to an alignment of space and time, the sun will be at the same spot where it was when it was created 5,769 years ago, according to the Torah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At a distance of 26,000 light-years from the Galactic Center, the Solar System completes a Galactic orbit in about 226 million years. So, the sun is in fact some 4.17 light years distant from the spot where it was 5,769 years ago.



Owl 1
Mar 29 09:41

U.S. cagey on possible Pakistan strikes

Obama administration officials are being cagey about whether U.S. forces should directly engage terrorists operating in northwestern Pakistan, analysts said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has nothing to do with terrorists. This is about a Vietnam style expansion of the war in Afghanistan into a wider regional conflict. This is definitely about blocking Russian access to the Middle East through Pakistan, and once the new war gets really cranked up, expect "terrorists" to restart the war in Russian Georgia to block that land route as well in preparation for the major attack on Iran.

Of course, the same people who are planning this new war also planned the first Georgian war and Cast Lead, so things may not work out as they are on paper, but who cares? Money will be taken from you and given to the weapons makers, hundreds of thousands will die, the leaders will pin medals on their chests and build statues to their vanity, so all must be well!

Mar 29 09:33

Quest for artificial nose to sniff out terrorists’ fear

Body odours also change perceptibly according to mood. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already produced a gel that acts like the smell receptors in the human nose. Now they are trying to create a version that can isolate the tangy smell of adrenaline, the stress hormone, so that nervous passengers or those with a guilty conscience can be singled out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention false-positives on people who are scared of flying, who are afraid their laptop will get dropped again by the TSA, afraid of anyone in a uniform, or who are trying to keep themselves from punching out the moron who is fondling their wife to make sure Osama bin Laden isn't hiding in her bra!

Mar 29 09:29

Response to 'U.S. Perpetuates Mass Killings In Iraq by Peter Phillips'

Hello, thank you for your efforts towards bringing monumental criminals to justice. However I noted that in your editorial, you focussed on Mr. G. W. Bush and other front-men in the White House. That was also the focus of the courageous Congressman Dennis Kucinich. And while you concluded with “We owe our children and ourselves a future without the shame of mass murder on our collective conscience.”, there is no mention of the real criminals who continually replace new faces in the White House. How to bring those monumental criminals to justice? They remain largely unidentified and the blame is taken by the “effects”, not the cause.

Mar 29 07:12

Marjorie Grene, a Leading Pseudo-Philosopher of Biology, Is Dead at 98

The New York Times Douglas Martin With an uncompromising, volatile brilliance, Marjorie Grene helped shape a modern [pseudo-]philosophical approach to biology, opening a new field that strives to interpret the deepest meanings of the scientific study of life, including the meaning of humanness.


Mar 29 06:47

Cdn newspapers comment on Harper government's ban on Galloway.

Silly ban on British MP
We aren't afraid of free speech in this country. U.S. authorities haven't denied him entry there. In recent years, the Canadian government has blocked the likes of Bill Ayers, an American Vietnam-era radical, and American anti-war activists Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright. The Harper Conservatives make us all look like country bumpkins. People who don't share their views aren't all hideous threats to the nation.

Some other headlines (more details at link above):
Banning British MP a clumsy, dangerous move
Not-so-free speech
Canada should let British MP speak

Mar 29 05:03

Environmentalists Hail Earth Hour as a Big Success - And Pledge Lives to the New Satanic Idol

BONN, Germany (AP) -- For environmental activists, the message was clear: Earth Hour was a huge success.

Mar 29 04:53

Norwegian = Dumber Than a Swede - Norway's global pension gamble

BBC News - Jorn Madslien It all came to a head earlier this month when it was revealed that Mr Slyngstad's fund suffered a loss of more than $90bn (£61bn) last year.

Rather than retrenching, Mr Slyngstad is preparing to pump billions more dollars into global stock markets.

Mar 29 04:22

Does the suicide rope belong in a bag of personal belongings returned to relatives?

BBC News Police apology over suicide rope Police have apologised to a widow for giving her the rope her husband had used to kill himself.


Mar 29 03:57

Spain court mulls US torture case - The American Six for Torture at Guantanamo Bay

BBC News Spanish judges have agreed to consider charging six former US officials with providing legal justification for alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay.

Mar 29 02:38

Peering into the Abyss

"To solve our problems we must first come to terms with their source. That is what the voices from abroad are telling us. We borrowed and spent ourselves to the brink of bankruptcy, and now we must save and produce ourselves back to prosperity.

March 28, 2009

Mar 28 22:16

Luke Rudowski Arrested for Attempting to Question Mayor Bloomberg

WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan today for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders.

Mar 28 19:33

British MP George Galloway barred from Canada under the Canada Israel "Public Security" Agreement

by Michel Chossudovsky

British MP George Galloway was refused entry to Canada on the pretext that he supported Hamas, which is categorized by the Canadian government as a "terrorist organization."

Contrary to what has been reported in the media, this was not a unilateral decision by the government of Canada.

In all likelihood, the decision was taken in close consultation with Israel under the terms of a farreaching agreement on "public security" signed in Tel Aviv on March 23 2008. The "Declaration of Intent" establishes a framework of bilateral cooperation between Canada and Israel in the area of "Public Security". The agreement has not been the object of debate in the Canadian parliament, nor has it received media coverage.

Under the proposed agreement, the Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada is in liason with his Israeli counterpart the Director General of Public Security for the Government of the State of Israel. Together they chair a joint Management Committee.

Looks like its not just the US politicians that Israel now has by the balls. /StingRay



Lockerdome
Mar 28 18:24

UK backs Pakistan offensive

Britain has offered its full backing for a renewed military offensive inside Pakistan, as UK ministers confirmed the country was now "part of a single campaign" alongside Afghanistan.

Defence secretary John Hutton said the UK supported targeting Pakistan-based Taliban and al-Qaida positions and urged Europe to begin offering assistance to eradicate insurgents in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Confirming that Britain was being drawn into a widening regional conflict, Hutton said the time had come to target Taliban and al-Qaida havens inside Pakistan. In his most explicit statement of intent against Afghanistan's troubled neighbour, Hutton said that the military objectives in the region must now have "an equal focus on both countries".

Mar 28 16:29

AIPAC espionage case becomes US trouble

The American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, two top Jewish lobby groups in the US, are demanding the Justice Department reconsider its case against Rosen and Weissman.

Mar 28 16:23

Canada says will defend its Arctic

The Canadian government on Friday reaffirmed its Arctic claims, saying it will defend its northern territories and waters after Russia earlier announced plans to militarize the North.

Mar 28 16:22

As Americans tighten belts, shopping malls cut hours

As Americans tighten their belts to cope in the grim economy, the venerable US shopping mall has begun to suffer and many are quietly cutting back on their opening hours.

Shops in malls which used to stay open until nearly midnight in some states -- and 24 hours in others -- have begun opening later in the morning and closing earlier at night.


Mar 28 16:22

A Gun Ban Gets Shot Down

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the second member of President Obama's cabinet to get shot down by the White House over the politically sensitive issue of assault weapons. After meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Clinton said that reinstating the U.S. ban on assault weapons—which was passed in 1994 and expired in 2004—is one step this country could take to curb the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the claim that Mexican drug cartels are getting the "vast majority" of their guns form the US lacks evidence. All the more so when you recall that the Druggies are using fully automatic weapons, which you cannot buy in a US gun store.

Mar 28 16:13

"Mandatory Volunteerism"... Is this a repeat of history?

Mar 28 16:11

That's No Angry Mob, It's a Movement

You'd think there would be a modicum of contrition but mostly it has been deny, deny, deny combined with shivers of revulsion as an angry citizenry freely expresses its opinion. Former Clinton SEC chairman Arthur Levitt sniffed to The Wall Street Journal this week, "It has reached extremes of incivility that are intolerable," and on Friday the Journal editorially wrung its hands over "political Torquemadas" who would dare to prosecute Wall Street executives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, let's skip prosecution and go right to live evisceration on TV!

Mar 28 16:09

When the shoe pinches

The absurdity of spending US tax dollars on Israel while Americans struggle on.


Mar 28 16:09

Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials

A high-level Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, on whether they violated international law by providing a legalistic framework to justify the use of torture of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, these are the guys that nailed Pinochet!

Mar 28 16:08

US doesn’t need outsourced jobs: Obama

In the midst of its worst recession in decades, President Barack Obama says it would be better to create new jobs that can't be outsourced instead of bringing back such low paying jobs from other countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They weren't low-paying BEFORE they were outsourced!

What has clearly happened here is that Obama aroused the ire of his corporate masters when he promised to end the tax incentives that made it attractive for corporations to outsource US jobs to other countries.

So now he is backing off trying to bring those jobs back. His sour grapes attempt to get off the hook is that you really do NOT want your old job back, you want to go find a new one! Just where that new jobs is to be found is, of course, not his problem.

Mar 28 16:01

Sailor, 32, is fatally shot on destroyer, Navy says

Gregory R. Egan, 32, of Ridgefield, Conn., died Sunday afternoon at a local hospital, Lt. Cmdr. Brad Fagan said. The shooting occurred aboard the ship while it was undergoing maintenance at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair.

Egan's mother, Mary Corriveau, told the Danbury News-Times that her son died of a gunshot wound to the head when another sailor's weapon misfired. Fagan said he could not confirm those details, pending the completion of an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ship is in the repair ship, not at sea, not in combat, not even in port, but in a repair facility, and a sailor not only is carrying a loaded weapon but is handling it in such a way that it misfires????

I don't think so.

Mar 28 15:48

'Catholics, gypsies suffered more than Jews'

A Brazilian archbishop has suggested that Catholics and gypsies had been more intensely victimized than Jews during the Second World War.

"The Jews talk about six million people killed. But how many Catholics were victims of the Holocaust? They were 22 million in all," Archbishop Dadeus Grings, from Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, told advertising magazine Press & Advertising.


Mar 28 14:24

Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring'

"Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.

Mar 28 11:18

Airborne Dust Reduction Plays Larger Than Expected Role In Determining Atlantic Temperature

More than two-thirds of this upward trend in recent decades can be attributed to changes in African dust storm and tropical volcano activity during that time, report Evan and his colleagues at UW-Madison and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a new paper. Their findings will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Science and publish online March 26.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No it isn't! It's all the fault of icky-poo humans and they must atone by paying a carbon tax, dammit!" -- Al Bore

Mar 28 10:48

Slavery and Taxation

Don’t employ the language of the rulers, call it for what it really is. Slavery.

Mar 28 09:59

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AROUND THE WORLD

The photo of the Israeli apartheid wall with "Whatreallyhappened" painted on it is at upper left.


Mar 28 09:57

Israeli police violently prevent cultural festival in occupied East Jerusalem, several arrested

Israeli police violently disbanded an event held in conjunction with the Jerusalem Capital of Arab Culture festival in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied East Jerusalem.

Mar 28 09:17

Israeli soldier shot American activist in face with tear gas can

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the incident being discussed on today's radio show.

Mar 28 08:40

Obama holds “very pleasant” meeting with top US bankers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You get their money, I get their children!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 28 08:37

WOODY ALLEN’S TAKE ON THE MADOFF AFFAIR

“I don’t believe this,” he said, pressing his little black peepers to the glass walls. “That goniff who should be doing time, chopping rocks, making license plates, somehow slipped out of his apartment confinement and he’s treating himself to a shore dinner.”

“Clock the ice on his immortal beloved,” Moe observed, scanning Mrs. M.’s rings and bracelets.

Moscowitz fought back his acid reflux, a condition that had followed him from his former life. “He’s the reason I’m here,” he said, riled to a fever pitch.



Owl 2
Mar 28 08:35

5 Ways To Scam The New Bailout

1. Overpay for trash assets, after getting a secret agreement from the bank that the bank will make it worth their while. The hedge funds mmediately write the assets down, destroying their equity and the taxpayer. Then they sell them back for peanuts to the banks, but the bank pays the hedge fund a "fee" that would compensate for the lost equity. (It wouldn't be explicit, of course. But given the amount of money that flows back and forth between the big banks and hedge funds, it won't be hard to hide.) The hedge fund profits. The bank profits and the taxpayer is scammed.

Mar 28 08:30

U.S. Ranked 36th Freest Press in the World

“The post-9/11 world is now clearly drawn. Destabilized and on the defensive, the leading democracies are gradually eroding the space for freedoms. The economically most powerful dictatorships arrogantly proclaim their authoritarianism, exploiting the international community’s divisions and the ravages of the wars carried out in the name of the fight against terrorism.

Religious and political taboos are taking greater hold by the year in countries that used to be advancing down the road of freedom.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which is why you are HERE, reading whatreallyhappened.com!

Mar 28 08:26

GIVE OBAMA A GRADE

A
6% (217 votes)
B
8% (283 votes)
C
11% (409 votes)
D
20% (736 votes)
F
56% (2058 votes)
Total votes: 3703
Mar 28 08:24

MSNBC POLL - Give President Obama a grade

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In theory there should be a bell curve centered around the most popular choice (as we see above in the WRH version of this poll) , but we do not see that on the MSNBC poll. The curve for the B, C, D, and F at the MSNBC poll is quite similar to what we see in the WRH poll. Only the A is the anomaly. Hence I think "someone" has been tinkering with the results.


Mar 28 08:15

Ryantineocons was deleted from youtube

Mar 28 08:13

Haaretz: Will the US financial crisis lead to a New World Order? Many world leaders are now calling for a global government.

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... with themselves in charge!

Mar 28 07:49

"Why Should Anyone Believe a Nation of Liars, War Mongers and Land Thieves?"

Mar 28 07:48

Bill Maher: Just another shill for Empire and Israel



Pixfuture
Mar 28 07:47

Pakistan spies under heat in new US strategy

The United States has vowed to put the heat on Pakistan's spies in its new regional strategy, with top officials openly accusing elements in powerful intelligence agency of abetting Al-Qaeda.

President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a plan to root out extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan by boosting troops and drastically increasing civilian personnel and aid to the region.

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In other words, at a time when our economy teeters on the brink, we are spending billions propping our installed puppet regimes!

Mar 28 07:45

Liquid War

Our good ol' friend the nonsensical "Global War on Terror," which the Pentagon has slyly rebranded "the Long War," sports a far more important, if half-hidden, twin -- a global energy war. I like to think of it as the Liquid War, because its bloodstream is the pipelines that crisscross the potential imperial battlefields of the planet. Put another way, if its crucial embattled frontier these days is the Caspian Basin, the whole of Eurasia is its chessboard. Think of it, geographically, as Pipelineistan.

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And when they run out of oil, they will make war for Quatloos!

Mar 28 07:43

What happened to Obama's Campaign Promise of Peace?

President Obama was elected with an overwhelming mandate for peace. He promised to withdraw troops from Iraq, to close Guantanamo, and to end the practices of torture, domestic spying and detention without trial. He decried the dictatorial arrogation of power that Bush had claimed as President.

Once in office, Obama retained Robert Gates as Defense Secretary, despite the fact that Gates is an outspoken Middle East hawk, (Gates was also involved in the Iran/Contra scandal of the 1980s, and is linked to election theft in 2002 and 2004.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I AM DA KING! I AM DA KING!!!!"

That's what he is thinking.

Mar 28 07:41

US judge orders Iran to pay $25M for Hamas killing

Wachsman's mother and six brothers filed the lawsuit in 2006 against Iran and its ministry of information and security, saying Tehran was responsible for the death because it provided training and support to Hamas. Iran has refused to respond to the lawsuit, resulting in a default judgment in favor of Wachsman's family.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina awarded $5 million to Wachsman's mother and $2.5 million to each brother for their emotional distress, and $5 million to Wachsman's estate for his potential lost earnings and the pain and suffering he endured for six days while he was held hostage before being executed. The court also ruled that Iran should pay 6 percent annual interest from the date of Wachsman's murder nearly 15 years ago.

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Under this precedent, Rachel Corrie's family can sue Caterpiller, because they provided the bulldozer used to murder their daughter!


Mar 28 07:38

The Dance of the Trillions to Shore up Banks, Bankers, and Gamblers

After ten years of wholesale financial deregulation, bad policies and unsound banking practices, and facing a worsening recession, over the last year and a half the U.S. government has been pumping trillions of dollars in order to deleverage and recapitalize banks that were on the brink of insolvency. But the banking crisis is of such a magnitude, and the damage done to the financial system so widespread, that each pumping of money into the system has never seemed to be enough. This is because numerous American financial institutions, and among the largest, have suffered multibillion-dollar losses, not only with subprime mortgages, but especially with large amounts of derivative products that have turned sour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And remember that the government has to BORROW all that money they are handing to the banks. And YOU and your descendants are expected to slave your entire lives away paying it back!

Mar 28 07:37

ADC Files Complaints with Treasury Department against US Tax Exempt Organizations Raising Funds for West Bank Settlements

Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed multiple administrative complaints with the US Department of the Treasury, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting investigations into the activities of organizations claiming tax-exempt status under section 501(C)3 of the US Tax Code yet allegedly raising funds for the development of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Among other allegations, the ADC complaints allege that these organizations are using assets and income in direct violation of their addressed purpose, and to support illegal and terrorist activities abroad.

Mar 28 07:35

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are "vulnerable" to Islamic radicalisation.

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Meanwhile the robbers, muggers, and rapists are running wild because the cops are too busy playing guessing games with the kiddies.

Mar 28 07:34

Pakistan to Get Billions From US Despite Oversight Concerns

Yet there is considerable concern at the lack of transparency for aid sent to the troubled south Asian nation, and serious questions over how much of the money thrown at Pakistan for “schools, roads and hospitals” will actually be used for those purposes and how much will be funneled to other purposes.

The decision to ratchet up Pakistan’s aid also comes just days after US officials blamed the Pakistani government, and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency in particular, for providing direct support to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Change?



Owl 3
Mar 28 07:29

Ex-US envoy slates Israel influence

Charles "Chas" Freeman, told Al Jazeera's Riz Khan on Thursday that groups "closely aligned" to parties such as Likud and perhaps Yisrael Beitenu made it clear they would use his presence in the role to "discredit" US intelligence reports.

Mar 28 07:29

France seals African uranium deals

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has returned home after a two-day trip to Central and West Africa during which he signed uranium-mining deals.

With renewed global interest in nuclear power, France is eager to secure and develop its supply of uranium.

Mar 28 07:28

Barack Obama offers new strategy to tame Pakistan

More than seven years after America declared war on the Taleban, Afghanistan still stands on the brink of disaster, President Obama declared yesterday as he unveiled a new regional strategy to win the war in South Asia. An additional 21,000 US troops will be sent to Afghanistan and civilian aid to neighbouring Pakistan will be trebled, Mr Obama said in a speech that showed his desire to take full US ownership of the deepening conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Taking Ownership" is how we got into this mess, and it is NOT what Obama promised while campaigning!

Obama promised an end to these wars started with lies. Clearly, Obama himself was lying.

Mar 28 07:26

Training The Dog



Taboola
Mar 28 07:24

We Can't Make It Here Anymore

An excellent video that captures the sentiment of our times.

Mar 28 07:13

NATO: AFTER 60 YEARS, OUT OF AREA - OR OUT OF BUSINESS?

There have been massive protests and civil disobedience against U.S. and NATO military bases in Italy, Greece, and Spain. In Ireland, widespread public opposition forced the U.S. to shift much of the U.S. troop transport away from Shannon commercial airport to the Leipzig commercial airport in Germany. And the Czech government fell on March 24th, in large measure due to opposition to the government's support of the proposed U.S. “Star Wars” radar base that is opposed by ca. 70% of Czech citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like the global revolution is already underway.

Mar 28 06:57

Judges’ Kickbacks Thrived Despite Red Flags

Detention center workers were told in advance how many juveniles to expect at the end of each day — even before hearings to determine their innocence or guilt. Lawyers told families not to bother hiring them. They would not be allowed to speak anyway.

Mar 28 06:55

U.S. health insurance mandate gains support

Support grew on Friday for insurance industry demands that all Americans be required to obtain coverage as part of a planned healthcare system overhaul, with a senior Senate Democrat and a coalition of business and consumer groups promoting the idea.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat who is helping write healthcare legislation, said an insurance requirement, or mandate, would help the market function better and reduce premium costs for everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's what they said when auto insurance was made mandatory, too!

Mar 28 06:43

Militants attack NATO terminal in Pakistan

This article devotes a lot more ink to the "suicide bombing" of the mosque than to the attack on the supply terminal. The attack on the mosque smacks of a false flag.

Mar 28 05:29

Wall Street Changes its Rules at Will - Goldman Bailed Out 2 Executives - Buying Hedge Fund Shares Out of Public View

The New York Times - Louise Story The financial giant Goldman Sachs spent tens of millions of dollars [...] In an unusual move [...] bought back stakes in some internal investment funds from Jon Winkelried, the bank’s co-chief operating officer, and Gregory K. Palm, its general counsel.

Mar 28 04:31

In a Spew of Propaganda - NY Times Asserts Ire at Wall St. Bonuses Is Now Factor in House Race

The New York Times David M. Halbfinger - BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — The race for the 20th Congressional District seat has never been solely about the concerns of the residents of the 10 mostly rural counties in the district.

Mar 28 01:29

Geithner's Hog Wallow

This time the banks are zeroing in on Geithner's cash giveaway bonanza, the "Public Private Investment Partnership" (PPIP). As expected, Bank of America and Citigroup have angled their way to the front of the herd, thrusting their snouts into the public trough and extracting whatever morsels they can find amid a din of gurgling and sucking sounds. Here's the story from the New York Post:

Mar 28 01:09

Japan prepares to blast North Korean missile out of the sky

"North Korea earlier this week reiterated its claim that the missile was for a peaceful satellite launch, and warned that any attempt to shoot down would be considered an act of war, reports The Korea Times.

"We will retaliate any act of intercepting our satellite for peaceful purposes with prompt counter strikes by the most powerful military means," a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army was quoted as saying, specifically naming South Korea, the US, and Japan.

"Shooting our satellite for peaceful purposes will precisely mean a war," the spokesman said in a statement carried in English by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)."

March 27, 2009

Mar 27 18:03

YewTube's Shame

Mar 27 17:44

SPLITTING THE SKY!

Mar 27 17:41

WAR CRIMINALS OUT!

Mar 27 16:17

Ashcroft: Some forms of waterboarding might be legal

Is it any surprise that a man who spends free time making sculptures out of barbed wire still does not believe his approval of torturing prisoners was wrong?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just sing "When the Eagle Soars" at them again, John. If that doesn't make them talk, they don't know anything!

Mar 27 15:59

DEFEND FREE SPEECH

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Website mentioned by Wayne, the last caller into today's GCN radio show!

Mar 27 13:24

ReactOS

ReactOS is a free and open-source operating system based on the Windows NT architecture design, providing support for existing applications and drivers and an alternative to the current dominant consumer and server operating systems.

Mar 27 12:39

Girl,14, faces child porn charges for posting nude pictures of HERSELF on MySpace

A 14-year-old girl will go before a court on child pornography charges after she put nude pictures of herself online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will get interesting, because this is clearly a free speech issue. Nobody was forcing her to do this, nobody "exploited" the young girl. She just expressed herself, apparently to her boyfriend.

I think she was stupid to do it, but stupidity isn't a crime in the US or half of Congress would be in jail by now.

I think this is a really bad use of the law.

Mar 27 12:33

Act 221: Is it stimulating Hawaii's economy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a short documentary on a tax incentive program which worked to start high-technology companies in Hawaii in order to diversify away from tourism, which is suffering from the effects of the economy and the TSA.

Now, in what is clearly a very short-sighted policy shift, the Hawaii State government is considering repealing Act 221, because the incentives are viewed as a "give away", but of course the reality is that with so many other part s of the world offering such incentives, the repeal of Act 221 will drive Hawaii's high-tech businesses to other shores, and Hawaiians can go back to sitting on the beach painting coconuts for tourists!

Mar 27 12:02

At last we get it - this war is Vietnam for slow learners

One word shines through the spin surrounding this week's Barack Obama policy review on Afghanistan. The word is exit. Before he became president, Obama was much taken by the idea that Afghanistan was a good and winnable war, a usefully macho contrast to his retreatism on Iraq. But in a military briefing at the time, he asked what was the exit strategy from Kabul and was met with silence. He has got the point.

Mar 27 12:00

Israel still not providing maps of cluster bombing

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said that Israel has to provide detailed maps indicating the location of cluster bombs in south Lebanon. He pointed that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have requested from Israel to provide such detailed maps more than once.

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"Look, just walk around; you'll find them!" -- Tel Aviv

Mar 27 11:58

Farmers Lead a Bid to Create 2 Californias

“Those Hollywood types don’t have any idea what’s going on out here on the farms,” said Mr. Rogers, a retired dairyman from Visalia, the county seat in a Central Valley region where cows far outnumber people.

So it is that in recent weeks Mr. Rogers, whose previous political involvement amounted to little more than writing a check to a favored candidate — has suddenly become a leader in a secessionist movement bent on cleaving California in two.

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