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June 21, 2010

Jun 21 14:55

Proposal to water down climate bill would favor Obama aides’ former employer

Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to President Barack Obama, said in little-noticed remarks Friday that his administration will consider a climate change bill that only includes carbon caps on electric utilities.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Emanuel actually helped create Exelon by advising on the merger of two companies that merged. Exelon also employed senior White House adviser David Axelrod as a consultant.

Obama's top aide Emanuel has been intricately involved in Democrats' legislative efforts on climate change.

According to a Forbes article published in December, Exelon CEO John Rowe emailed personally with Emanuel on the eve of a vote last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

Jun 21 14:52

Look who is claiming to be the "Master Race!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As late as WW2, there were studies which "proved" that black people had a lower IQ than white people. One such study was used in an unsuccessful attempt by Congress to prevent the Tuskegee Airmen from being allowed to fly.

In Germany, there were numerous studies proving that the Jews were inferior. Much o that work was based on the American Eugenics movement of the 1930s.

In later years it was shown that these studies did not measure the attributes of the studied subjects so much as the biases of those conducting the studies. And having been on the downside of such flaws research in the 1930s I find it amazing that present-day Israel promotes such nonsense.

If there was one thing I learned in MENSA it is that high IQs know no race, gender, or religion. There are brilliant people and total idiots across all boundaries.

Jun 21 14:50

Report claims Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to quit after midterm elections

NBC Chicago reports, "President Barack Obama's chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press."

Emanuel agreed to sign a letter to the Chicago Tribune supporting Blagojevich in the face of a scathing editorial by the newspaper that ridiculed the governor for self-promotion. Within hours, Emanuel's own staff asked for a favor of its own: The release of a delayed $2 million grant to a school in his district.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ethical distance between Blagojevich, Emanuel, and Obama, isn't even paper thin.

Jun 21 14:45

Supreme Court ruling makes ‘it a crime to work for peace and human rights’: CCR

The US Supreme Court endorsed Monday a broad reading of the law criminalizing "material support" to terrorism, a statute that critics argue targets legitimate free speech.

In a six to three vote, the highest US court sided with the government and found that an NGO could face prosecution for providing non-terror-related support, including rights training, to US-designated terror groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch this metastasize, like a cancer, to ultimately suppress any logical, legitimate criticism of any of the US government's foreign or domestic policies.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jun 21 14:33

Oil reported just offshore Cuba; Forecast “clearly shows the oil moving southeastward”

Jun 21 13:48

From the religion of peace

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.

Jun 21 13:36

Rare, weird tornado hits Billings, Montana

Amazing videos of a rare debris filled tornado moving through Billings, Montana Sunday afternoon
June 21, 3:28 AMJackson Weather ExaminerJohnny Kelly
One place you do not hear much about tornadoes is Montana but on Sunday, that all changed after a damaging tornado struck the city of Billings.
"According to Keith Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Billings, this was the first significant tornado to strike Yellowstone County, Montana since July 2, 1958. Meier estimated that this tornado was as strong as an EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds estimated at more than 100 mph."

Jun 21 13:35


Israel attacked foreign flagged ships in international waters (the very activity the 6th fleet is killing Somali coastal patrol crews for), hijacked a US-flagged ship, and kidnapped 12 Americans, shooting one of them in the head 4 times.

A real President, who remembers that his job is to take care of America and Americans, would not rush to the UN to protect the nation that just attacked Americans.

A real Congress, who remembers that their job is to take care of America and Americans, would not hand Israel a license to murder more Americans anywhere in the world Israel decides they are an inconvenience!

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people.

A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

Jun 21 13:32

Gulf Oil Catastrophe - Epic Lies And Deceit

Gulf Oil Catastrophe - Epic Lies And Deceit
©By Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri
I write this as a catastrophe survivor. I write this knowing that with every US catastrophe, there is not one single person in charge, in ANY capacity, who will tell us the truth, who will step up to the plate, be honest, look out for our well being and safety...."We, the people" do not figure into this. What does figure into this are greed, lies, and massive deceit. A corporation's bottom line (be it Big Pharma, chemical companies, or the banksters who are looting everything we have) is profit --at all costs. We are all expendable for their bottom line. Our well being or our safety are not part of this equation.

Jun 21 13:24

When False Flags Don't Fly

Jun 21 13:22

Who Says We Can’t Criticize Israel?

Like a postage stamp that has been licked too often, a word can lose its power and authority if it is used indiscriminately.

So it is with the word “terrorist” that is now routinely applied by governments all over the world to demonize and marginalize political opposition. And likewise with the word “anti-semitic” which is a label stuck on just about anyone who is not in total support of the state of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians.

Indeed, Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States, was given precisely that label after calling Israel an “apartheid state”.

Jun 21 13:20

Iran out, but Russia eyes Turkey for S-300

Russia's arms export chief says Moscow hopes to sell Turkey the powerful S-300 air-defense missile system -- and possibly the more advanced S-400 -- after blocking delivery of the weapon to Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And after Israel gunned down a bunch of the Turks in international waters, I would not rule out a re-sale by Turkey to Iran!

Jun 21 13:15

Biblical Artifacts Declared Fakes: Arrests in Israel for Forgery

Other spectacular artifacts now revealed as forgeries include:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's paid shills are spamming the net with claims that Israel has a right to Palestine because the archaeological evidence proves the Israelite were there first.

There are three things wrong with that.

The present day Ashkenazi are not the descendants of the Biblical Hebrews but of converted Khazars, and one need only look at their Caucasian skin to see they are not from middle eastern people.

Second, the archaeological evidence shows the Hittites predate the Israelites and Palestinians, but nobody seems eager to let them come back home.

Finally, the archaeological treasures held up to bolster Israel's claim that the Old Testament is real history and not just legends and myths have all been revealed as frauds!

One need only stroll around Egypt, or pre-invasion Iraq, or Iran, or Turkey, or any other nation with an ancient heritage to see the vast numbers of ruins. In seeing the abundance of these ruins ( an ancient Egyptian temple was recently discovered while digging for a sewer line) it becomes clear that cities on the scale such as we are told the Kingdoms of David and Solomon were simply do not vanish without a trace.

The fact is that archaeology does not support the Old Testament version of history. Indeed the available archaeological evidence tells us that the story of the Exodus did not happen to the Hebrews but to the Hyksos!

But keep in mind that the idea of copyright and intellectual property did not exist in biblical times. The physical scroll was the item of value, and authors copied ideas from other works all the time to make their points, such as Moses copying the story of the Noah flood from the much earlier Epic of Gilgamesh!

It therefore seems likely that the stories of David and Solomon, in the absence of ruins such as we see in Egypt, were as much copies of other peoples' history as the story of the Hyksos and of Noah!

Jun 21 13:06

Plundering the Planet

As American and Israeli war ships are reported to be heading towards Iran (embargoed by the US since 1979) notable is that it does not alone have a vast oil potential, but: "natural gas, coal, chromium, copper .."

Next door, Iraq's vast oil wealth, with its fake "tenders" was carved up long before the invasion to "liberate" the country from a "tyrant" - and impose more compliant despots. The country also has a wealth of : "natural gas, phosphates, sulfur" - and vast deposits of uranium, known to America's ally, Britain, who prospected for it there in the 1950's.

Jun 21 12:59


Jun 21 12:48

BP Succeeds at Pushing Back Against U.S. Demands

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, if they are pussies for Israel, they'll be pussies for us!" -- Black Pollution

Jun 21 12:37

How Ehud Barak Pulled Off 9-11

Badness always manifests in destruction and corruption, while goodness always manifests in preservation and benefit.
- Socrates in Plato’s Republic (ca. 374 B.C.)

Jun 21 12:36

Mystery submarine four miles off South Florida beach; flees after chased by boaters

Danoff moved closer. “It took off,” he said. Very fast, about 20 knots. The periscope sank beneath the waves, and whatever was below the surface blew its ballast, sending aloft a mighty hiccup of bubbles. After five minutes the sea lay once again undisturbed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A sub makes perfect sense in the gulf, since the boundary between oil plumes and water shows up clearly on sonar (during WW2, dumping a cloud of oil into the water was a common sub trick to evade surface sonar). So I am going to presume that the sub is there to map the extent of the oil spillage and since they are keeping the results secret, the results are not good.

Jun 21 12:29

Israel recruiting "volunteers" against Lebanese women's flotilla.

Security Organiztion
with great physical strength
& motivation
to evacuate women from the aid flotilla

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good opportunity for lesbians to get some free feel-ups!

Jun 21 12:25

U.S. Troops, Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan Suspected of Corruption

Cases of suspected fraud and other wrongdoing by U.S. troops and contractors overseeing reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan are up dramatically.

Jun 21 12:24

FLASHBACK - Twitterers paid to spread Israeli propaganda Internet warfare team unveiled

The passionate support for Israel expressed on talkback sections of websites, internet chat forums, blogs, Twitters and Facebook may not be all that it seems.

Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel.

Internet-savvy Israeli youngsters, mainly recent graduates and demobilised soldiers with language skills, are being recruited to pose as ordinary surfers while they provide the government’s line on the Middle East conflict.

Jun 21 12:18

Iranian aid flotilla postponed

The Iranian Red Crescent organization has decided to postpone the departure of its aid vessel to the Gaza Strip, a senior organization official said Monday.

"The Iranian ship is humanitarian and is not carrying any weapons. Therefore, any aggression will be in violation of international law at sea," Jafarian was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

The first Iranian ship, organized by a non-governmental organization called "the Iranian company for the protection of the Palestinian nation" has already set sail. It is unclear whether it will wait for the second vessel or continue towards the Suez Canal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this first Iranian ship is sunk or captured and anyone dies due to the Israeli boarding of this humanitarian aid-carrying, unarmed ship, and if Israel uses this as their justification to start a military confrontation against Iran, Iran has the moral high ground here.

Jun 21 12:10

Barak off to US for Iran talks

"Barak will meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, as well as with senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He will also travel to New York for talks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which will mostly focus on the recent flotilla incident as well as Israeli policy vis-a-vis the Gaza Strip."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that last Saturday was the day 11 US warships, accompanied by one Israeli vessel, transited the the Suez Canal on the way to the Persian Gulf.

These meetings with top US government and military officials, which got remarkably little US coverage, cannot possibly be construed as accidental.

Jun 21 11:56


Dear Friends, The Zionists shot themselves in both feet with this rushed spin job to deflect attention on their slaughter of the Gaza Flotilla activists. We can thank the retired Intel folks for the frame analysis exposing the fraud on the Veterans Today link above. Fortunately more and more retired Intel and security people are getting into the life or death struggle defending the country from our ‘domestic enemies’.

These Photo shopped videos were done so poorly as to be almost comical if they were not done to cover up murders. You will have to watch the video several times to really visually catch their mistakes. Don’t be afraid to use the pause button to study the images.

Jun 21 11:56

Saudi King to Visit Obama Before Netanyahu

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah will visit U.S. President Barack Obama on June 29, setting the stage for the July 6th visit of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the White House.

White House officials said President Barack Obama "looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries, as well as a range of common concerns related to Gulf security, peace in the Middle East, and other regional and global matters."

The United States considers the Saudi kingdom as the key for a regional Middle East peace as well as a key ally in any future military action against Iran, whose nuclear ambitions threaten the Arab world as well as Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

King Abdullah's visit, earlier than that of Netanyahu, has most probably been orchestrated by the Israeli government, in light of the fact that the US and Israel will need Saudi Arabia's complete cooperation for the impending US/Israeli strike against Iran.

And as to the false assertion "...the 9/11 terrorist attacks that have been widely linked to terrorists from Saudi Arabia.",

as reported at:


"At Least 7 of the 9/11Hijackers are Still Alive"

"Because the IDs used by the hijackers were phony, we cannot know who they really were or who they really worked for. But what is apparent is that those who planned the hijackings and the 9/11 attacks went out of their way to leave plenty of clues pointing to citizens of middle eastern Arab nations."

Jun 21 11:45

Ron Paul: What if the People Wake Up?

Jun 21 11:43

Cover-up? Oil reported in Florida bay, “You can’t tell me that isn’t oil”; Officials deny BP link

An oily substance has come ashore just off of Ward Basin Road in the Blackwater Bay.

The property owner, Jim Melvin said he noticed the oil like substance and what looked to be sheen at around 10:30 Friday morning.

“It looks like tidal foam mixed with oil,” Melvin said. “It was just an awful mess.”

Melvin said a county worker had come by to collect samples of the look-a-like oil soon after he saw a glimpse of it and reported it.

Jun 21 11:41

Man claims to find oil in oyster at local restaurant

Roy Hall is the manager of Vinnie's Raw Bar and he admits the substance in the oyster appeared to be oil.

He said possible food contamination is a concern in the seafood industry right now.

In fact, suppliers are scrambling to find fresh oysters and the cost is rising.

Jun 21 11:37

Lieberman: China Can Shut Down The Internet, Why Can’t We?

Senator Joe Lieberman, co-author of a bill that would give President Obama a ‘kill switch’ to shut down parts of the Internet, attempted to reassure CNN viewers yesterday that concerns about the government regulating free speech on the web were overblown, but he only stoked more alarm by citing China, a country that censors all online dissent against the state, as the model to which American should compare itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but perfectly predictable, understanding Lieberman's agenda.

Jun 21 11:34

US Supreme Court lifts ban on sale of GM crop

The Supreme Court lifted Monday a four-year ban on the sale in the United States of genetically modified alfalfa, which farmers fear contaminates others crops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 10 January 2006 at:


"Ten years after the first significant planting of Genetically Modified (GM) crops there are no apparent benefits for consumers, farmers or the environment, and despite renewed promises by biotech corporations, there has been no impact on hunger and poverty, according to a report by the African Center for Biosafety and Friends of the Earth International. [1]

The 100-page report "Who benefits from GM crops? Monsanto and its corporate driven genetically modified crop revolution" concludes that the increase in GM crops in a limited number of countries has largely been the result of the aggressive strategies of the biotech industry, rather than the consequence of benefits derived from using GM technology.

"Contrary to the promises made by the biotech industry, the reality of the last ten years shows that the safety of GM crops cannot be ensured and that these crops are neither cheaper nor of better quality. Biotech crops are not a solution to the hunger question in Africa or elsewhere," said Nnimmo Bassey of Friends of the Earth Nigeria."

Also, as reported just today, 21 June 2010 at:


"Shankara, like millions of other Indian farmers, had been promised previously unheard of harvests and income if he switched from farming with traditional seeds to planting GM seeds instead.

Beguiled by the promise of future riches, he borrowed money in order to buy the GM seeds. But when the harvests failed, he was left with spiralling debts - and no income.

So Shankara became one of an estimated 125,000 farmers to take their own life as a result of the ruthless drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops.

The crisis, branded the 'GM Genocide' by campaigners, was highlighted recently when Prince Charles claimed that the issue of GM had become a 'global moral question' - and the time had come to end its unstoppable march."

The Supreme Court has just "third-worlded" America's food supply, and this may have devastating consequences on its ability to feed itself, let alone to provide any food exports.

Jun 21 11:25

Iran bans 2 IAEA inspectors from entering Iran

IAEA experts in May revisited the site - the Jaber Ibn Hayan Multipurpose Research Laboratory in Tehran - only to find out that the electrochemical cell had been "removed" from the unit used in the experiments, according to the report.

Iran said it did not remove any equipment from the laboratory and that the experiment was not related to pyroprocessing, a procedure that can be used to purify uranium metal used in nuclear warheads.

The U.N. Security Council slapped a forth set of sanctions on Iran earlier this month over its nuclear program. The move followed Iran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a process which can be used for the production of fuel for power plants as well as material for warheads if enriched to a higher level.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, who can blame Iran for its hostility toward the IAEA, after having played by the rules, only to get slapped with another round of sanctions?!?

Notice the the use of language in this article:

"Iran said it did not remove any equipment from the laboratory and that the experiment was not related to pyroprocessing, a procedure that can be used to purify uranium metal used in nuclear warheads."

The article didn't say that Iran did use pyroprocessing to purify uranium metal used in nuclear arms; it simply made the suggestion that it was possible.

Jun 21 11:19

Arizona Senator blows the whistle: Obama won't secure US border until Arizona supports amnesty for illegals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The same government that just told Israel it is okay to attack Americans in international waters to prevent them from bringing food into Gaza is insisting that Arizona allow illegals to bring drugs into America. Does that make any sense at all?

Jun 21 11:17

BP Chief Sold Stocks Shortly Before Oil Rig Explosion, Goldman Sachs Sold Shares

Weeks before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 and sent anywhere from 23 to 49 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP chief Tony Hayward sold about a third of his stocks, saving him 423,000 pounds according to Britain’s the Daily Telegraph, or $613,096 US dollars.

After doing so, Hayward paid off the mortgage on his mansion valued at $1,739,280. His total package was valued at $5,797,600.

According to the Daily Telegraph, “There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history.” Hayward disposed of his stocks on March 17, and BP stock has fallen by 30 percent since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is impossible to believe that Hayward had no foreknowledge of the problems on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

As reported on 14 June 2010 at:


"Killed oil workers' wives testify their husbands reported rig had problems controlling well pressure weeks before explosion."

Jun 21 11:15


Why Isn’t Anti-Palestinism Condemned as a Hate Crime?

Jun 21 11:10


What could possibly be more effective than a cultural boycott against Israel? Irish folksinger Tommy Sands gave us the answer to that question this week…. the man known as Ireland’s Pete Seeger came to Israel to perform last week…. but he didn’t. Instead he performed at the weekly demonstration in support of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah….

Jun 21 11:09


Each week more and more Jews are joining in and raising their voices against the policies followed by Israel…. At the same time, the one time ardent supporters of those policies have remained silent. This has become a great concern to Israel……

Jun 21 11:08

Atlanta expected to pay $20,000 to woman arrested for asking a police officer ‘why'

The Atlanta City Council is expected to agree pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit a by a 62-year-old woman who was jailed for asking a police officer “why” she and friends had to move from a sidewalk where they were talking about an upcoming funeral.

Jun 21 11:07

California considers digital ads on car license plates

The California Legislature, apparently oblivious to the scourge of distracted driving and struck daft by a $19 billion budget deficit, has approved a detailed study of a proposal that could transform license plates on the state's 30 million-plus automobiles into miniature billboards.

Jun 21 11:05

Iran bans 2 UN nuclear inspectors from entering

Tehran said Monday it had banned two U.N. nuclear inspectors from entering the country because they had leaked "false" information about Iran's disputed nuclear program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We went through the same thing with Iraq where some of the UN inspectors were actually US and Israeli agents, and announced they had found proof that Iraq was building nuclear weapons. Iraq forbade those agents from coming back into Iraq and in hindsight was correct in doing so.

Jun 21 11:02

Report: Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to quit White House

Raham Emanuel, chief of staff to Barack Obama, is expected to quit his job later this year in growing frustration at the U.S. president's "idealist" policies, a British newspaper reported on Monday.

Although White House chief enjoys a good relationship with Obama, Washington insiders say they have reached an understanding that differences over style mean Emanuel, who is known for his blunt language and combative style, he will serve only half the full four-year term, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will believe it when I see it.

Jun 21 10:57

Pakistan’s slide into total chaos

In a May 22 speech to military cadets at West Point, US President Barack Obama said: "We need intelligence agencies that work seamlessly with their counterparts to unravel plots that run from the mountains of Pakistan to the streets of our cities." This is the same rhetoric his discredited predecessor used: we attack them "there" before they attack us here. The Western media talk about Obama’s belief in "reconciliation" — through drone attacks and Xe Service mercenaries; the people of Pakistan pay the price.

Some Americans still wonder, why they are hated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, it appears that the US-desired outcome for Pakistan is total destabilization.

Jun 21 10:56

Restaurant owners angry over state audit methods

Within the last decade, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has ramped up efforts to enforce sales tax compliance. Audits have become even more frequent since Gov. David A. Paterson and state legislators identified increased sales tax audits as a way to close the budget gap without raising taxes or cutting services. Paterson hired 330 more auditors with the goal of raising an extra $220 million per year.

But local small business owners are saying newly accepted auditing practices have them over a barrel. They say the audits, instead of identifying legitimate tax evaders, are being misused to hang imaginary debts on business owners and force them to pay up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government that screwed up the economy is now keeping itself alive by pillaging the people. And it will not stop until you are willing to make it stop.

Jun 21 10:53

Sunday, June 20, 2010 : 58 Iraqis Killed, 98 Wounded

At least 58 Iraqis were killed and 98 more were wounded mostly in Baghdad and Tikrit. Turkish troops also struck in northern Iraq where civilians were among the casualties. Meanwhile, an American-born al-Qaeda spokesman repeated the group’s demands, which include the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "progress" in Iraq, I see.

Jun 21 10:50


Are the terrorists really a threat, or just patsies with fake bombs and Casio watches, paid for by Cicero and given brown shirts to wear by Hitler?

Is terrorism inside the United States really from outside, or is it a stage managed production, designed to cause Americans to believe they have no choice but to surrender the Republic and accept the totalitarian rule of a new emperor, or a new Fuhrer?

Indeed, given that acts of terror undermine the very public support needed by the so-called "terrorists" to bring about change, it may be argued that there are in fact no genuine acts of terror; that they are all manufactured events to be blamed on the groups wishing to challenge the status quo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please share this far and wide. We cannot stop the sociopaths from attacking Iran, but we can deny them the illusion that this is all Iran's fault.

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Jun 21 10:49

US Drones Kill Hundreds in Pakistan

Latest figures show that US military drone missile attacks in Pakistan have killed nearly four hundred people in 2010, Press TV has learned.

Washington claims its airstrikes target militant hideouts, but most of the attacks have killed civilians -- since August 2008, such strikes have killed nearly a thousand people in rural areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Pakistan do not hate us in the US "because we are free"; they hate us because we are indiscriminately slaughtering their moms, kids, friends, and dads.

Governmental corruption, coupled with grinding poverty, make insurgency attractive for some people, because they feel they have no other choice available for making their lives better.

Yet, the US government continues to support tinpot dictators around the world who live in almost total disregard for their peoples' welfare. These guys are thugs, but they are "our thugs", bought and paid for with your tax dollars.

This is precisely what has happened in Pakistan. The civilian and military portions of the government have been very well compensated by the US to wage a war against their own people, rather than begin to fix the fundamental problems leading to the rise of insurgency here.

The indiscriminate slaughter of innocent Pakistanis by US drone attacks is also doing nothing to help the situation.

It is almost as though the actual goal of the US government here is the continued destabilization of Pakistan.

Jun 21 10:47


Jun 21 10:37

Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons.

The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked since Forward is spamming the net with emails screaming about Iran's nuclear threat.

We cannot stop the attack on Iran.

But what we can and should all do is deny the US and Israel the ability to pretend this is Iran's fault.

Jun 21 10:32

Arson suspected in Arizona wildfires!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Illegals sending a message?

Jun 21 10:28

Proposed Israeli Law Would Make Supporting Economic or Academic Boycott of Israel a Crime

Twenty-five members of the Knesset have introduced a bill which, if passed, will make it an offence for any organization or citizen to call for an economic or academic boycott of Israel. The bill will affect those who launch, encourage or provide assistance and information on the boycott of Israel, whether they live in Israel or abroad. Anyone violating the law will have to provide compensation to those affected by the boycott. Initiated by the Land of Israel lobby, the bill has been approved by members of different parties, including the Likud and Kadima parties, and the 10 chairs of Knesset commissions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but characteristically hubristic.

For this law to have any international effect, a parallel law would have to be passed in every country in which pro-Israeli boycott organizations exist (there is already such a law in the US, stipulating that it is a criminal act for a US company to boycott Israel).

Jun 21 10:27

Obama Admin. admits health care reform is a tax

In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax -- even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation.

Jun 21 10:21

Israeli Blockade 'Eased' Only in English, but U.S. Media Eat It Up

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement yesterday that promised to "liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza." The announcement from Israel's security cabinet came after widespread international pressure on Israel following a deadly Israeli naval raid on a humanitarian flotilla trying to break the three-year old blockade of Gaza.

U.S. media echoed the Israeli press release in headlines like "Israel to Ease Gaza Land Blockade" (New York Times, 6/17/10) and "Israel Eases Restrictions on Goods Bound for Gaza Strip" (Washington Post, 6/18/10). (CNN--6/17/10--at least attributed the claim in its "Israel to Ease Blockade of Gaza, Cabinet Says.")

Jun 21 10:21

Showdown in the Red Sea: U.S. Sends 11 Warships to Confront Iran

Many high-level people have warned of the use of a false flag attack to justify war with Iran.

Thus, if any elements within the U.S. or Israeli government wish to find an excuse to attack Iran, they could either manufacture false intelligence or carry out a false flag attack.

A war with Iran would benefit no one other than the giant defense contractors would plunge the world into a very deep depression (notwithstanding George W. Bush's sentiment to the contrary). Indeed, if China and Russia side with Iran, the U.S. might end up losing against Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is the $64,000 question: just what will Russia and China do if there is a US/Israeli attack against Iran?

And please remember: Iran is China's number-one trading partner with Iran, particularly in the area of energy.

Will Beijing just sit idly by, and watch this happen?

I think not: it is difficult to conjure up any "carrot" either Washington or Tel Aviv could offer China to make such an attack on Iran palatable to the Chinese government.

Jun 21 10:20

Israel Rejects International Investigation but Cannot Hide its Crimes

It was no surprise that the Israeli government rejected an international and independent inquiry about its assault and massacre of humanitarian activists -eight Turkish and one American- aboard the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31. With support of an increasingly discredited Obama Administration, Israel is doing its best -including fake promises of an “easing” of the Gaza blockade- to persuade the international community to forget the UN Security Council´s call for “a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards”.

Jun 21 10:18

Madoff's hidden booty

Ponzi king Bernard Madoff is telling fellow jailbirds that he secretly funneled $9 billion in swiped funds to three people before he was nabbed, an inmate told The Post.

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And the same government that sat on its hands fr 12 years while Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot swindled Americans out of $65 billion apparently missed this little swindle as well!

Jun 21 10:10

Netanyahu Vows to ‘Tighten’ Gaza Blockade

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font size=4>Like the previous one, this week's announcement of an easing of the blockade was just a PR stunt to see if Israel could trick other nations into blocking further aid convoys. It did not work, so the blockade get slapped back on, starving the Gazans because, as Chuck Schumer pointed out, they are not Jewish!

Jun 21 10:04

Reclaiming Self-Determination

Will a Palestinian state, no matter how sovereign, fulfill the Palestinian right to self-determination?

Jun 21 10:04

VA quietly giving benefits to Marines exposed to toxic water

More than 12 months later, at 48, he still isn't ready to concede that the cancer that's wasting his innards is going to kill him. He swallows his pills and suffers the pain and each afternoon he greets his 12-year-old daughter, Jackie, as she steps off her school bus in North Andover, Mass.

The U.S. Department of the Navy says that more research is needed to connect ailments suffered by Marines such as Devereaux who served at Camp Lejeune and their families who lived there to decades of water contamination at the 156,000-acre base in eastern North Carolina. Meanwhile, however, the Department of Veterans Affairs has quietly begun awarding benefits to a few Marines who were based at Lejeune.

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Just like those in the American military who have been exposed to Agent Orange, depleted uranium, or any other toxic substance during their service, and have become ill because of it, these people should be compensated, and treated to the finest medical care this country can provide.

But the intelligent, logical thing for the US military to do here would be to prevent such exposure in the first place.

Jun 21 10:04

Likud’s Latest Zigzag

More recently we all saw the agitated rhetoric of the Israeli leadership with respect to Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla and the illegal blockade of Gaza. It reached such extremes that nine people were assassinated by the IDF so that humanitarian help wouldn’t reach Gaza’s ports. Another zigzag followed it; due to the international condemnation of the crime, Israel lets merchandise enter Gaza. It’s still early to judge if this opening is for real or just a public relations event; however the zigzag did happen.

Jun 21 10:01

BP oil spill could be nearly double original estimates, internal document shows

An internal BP document released on Sunday showed that the company has estimated that oil could pour from its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of 100,000 barrels a day, nearly double the current reckoning by the US government.

Jun 21 09:59

Lebanon Gives Flotilla Ships Green Light to Set Sail; Organizers to Sail Soon

Lebanese Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi confirmed that the ministry allowed organizers of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla to sail from the northern port city of Tripoli to Cyprus before heading to the Strip, Lebanese newspaper an-Nahar reported Monday morning.

Jun 21 09:58

Oil from BP spill may reach Ireland

Remnants of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be headed towards Ireland, according to an American computer-modelling study.

Jun 21 09:58

If Army Ads Had Health Warnings

Jun 21 09:57

Palestinian Women under Occupation

In spite of their "exceptional suffering," Palestinian women display remarkable endurance qualities. Living under stress in poverty, their homes destroyed, lands razed or expropriated, children sick, husbands imprisoned, fathers killed, and more, they plant seeds of hope, fulfill their daily social role, and participate in political and every day resistance. Since the 1948 Nakba, they've been denied basic human rights, security, free expression and movement, a safe and healthy environment, and education. They became refugees in their own land and abroad, bearing burdens beyond the capacity most women can bear anywhere.

Jun 21 09:55

Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble

Mark it on your calendar. It seems we’ve finally entered the Soviet era in America.

Jun 21 09:50

Largest fleet in decades Of American and Israeli warships enter the Red Sea

More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.

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That would put them at the Straights of Hormuz about now. Depending on how hard they wanted to push the SSGNs, they are probably arriving on station right about now as well.

Jun 21 09:44

Gates Claims Afghan ‘Progress,’ Slams ‘Rush to Judgment’

Is eight and a half years too little time to make up our mind about something?

According to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the answer is yes. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary Gates chided Americans for what he called a “rush to judgment” about the war, adding that everyone needs to “give us a little time to have this work.”

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Memo to "barking mad" SecDef Gates: if this process hasn't worked in almost 9 years, there is no "rush to judgment" on the part of the American people.

There has been a true moment of clarity for all thinking Americans that this war is unwinnable by any military definition.

They want this illegal and immoral war defunded and concluded immediately, and our troops brought home now, and cared for.

This war has nothing to do with US security, and everything to do with potential private profit from oil, drugs, and minerals.

In terms of public awareness for the reasons this war is being waged, the party's over, SecDef Gates; and unfortunately, the only people who don't understand this are the folks in the White House, Congress,the Pentagon, and the State Department.

Jun 21 09:31

U.S.: Avoid Travel to Southern Israel, Gaza

On the heels of a White House statement praising Israel for loosening its blockade of Gaza, the U.S. State Department late Sunday issued a revised warning to Americans telling them to avoid travel to southern Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

"The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip," a written statement said.

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Translation: if you are an American citizen participating in an unarmed humanitarian aid flotilla attempting to get desperately needed aid to Gaza, expect an outcome of either getting shot and killed by the Israeli military, or tried and convicted and left to rot in an Israeli jail.

The US government will do absolutely nothing to protect or defend you under these circumstances!

Jun 21 09:29

Afghan forces' apathy starts to wear on U.S. platoon in Kandahar

As the U.S. military sets out to secure cities including Kandahar, it is relying far more heavily on Afghan forces than at any time in the past nine years, when the American mission focused mainly on defeating the Taliban in the countryside, rather than securing the population. But the Afghan forces are proving poorly equipped and sometimes unmotivated, breeding the same frustration U.S. troops felt in Iraq when they began building up security forces beset by corruption, sectarianism, political meddling and militia infiltration.

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Maybe the Afghani are not willing to abuse their fellow citizens for the benefit of a foreign power.

In this they are clearly superior to the US Congress!

Jun 21 09:28

Historic Victory at Oakland Port – Israeli Ship Blocked from Unloading

In a historic action and unprecedented action today, over 800 labor and community activists blocked the gates of the Oakland docks in the early morning hours, prompting longshore workers to refuse to cross the picketlines where they were scheduled to unload an Israeli ship.

From 5:30 am to 9:30 am, a militant and spirited protest was held in front of four gates of the Stevedore Services of America, with people chanting non-stop, “Free, Free Palestine, Don’t Cross the Picket Line,” and “An injury to one is an injury to all, bring down the apartheid wall.”

Jun 21 09:26

Israel threatens to deport J'lem protesters

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So much for "The only Democracy in the middle east!"

Jun 21 09:25

Woman, 61, arrested for asking ‘why'

Four women, two of them well into middle age, were discussing funeral plans for a friend when an Atlanta police officer told them to move.

Three did but one asked “why.” In answer to her question, Minnie Carey, then 61, was handcuffed, put into a police wagon and taken to jail, where she was held for nine hours.

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I hope she sues that entire department out of existence! Crime has exploded across the country and all the cops ever do is write traffic tickets, harass demonstrators, and loot donuts all day long!

Jun 21 09:23

Netanyahu Vows to ‘Tighten’ Gaza Blockade

Hours after the Israeli government announced that it was intending to issue a new “banned goods” list for the Gaza Strip, focused on placating international demands to allow more food and humanitarian goods into the tiny enclave, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a pledge that the move would actually “tighten” the blockade.

It seems the changes in the blockade may end up being superficial, and done purely for to score points internationally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever words have been spoken by this man in terms of potentially "easing" the blockade of Gaza mean absolutely nothing. It is solely for public consumption, and a desperate attempt to prevent more aid flotillas from even setting sail to break the siege of Gaza.

This is why the aid flotillas must keep coming, no matter what Israel does, until the siege of Gaza is completely broken, once and for all.

This has nothing to do with Israeli security, and everything to do with breaking the power of a legitimately elected party, Hamas.

And a small memo to the Israeli government: the siege is not working to Israel's advantage, either domestically, or internationally.

According to UNICEF figures, 14% of Gazan Palestinian kids are malnourished. This is a direct result of the Israeli government's immoral and illegal Israeli siege of Gaza.

Jun 21 09:23

Jerusalem revives plan to raze Palestinian homes

Jerusalem's mayor pressed ahead Monday with a plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem to make room for an Israeli tourist center, a decision that could stir new tensions in the divided city and put Israel in conflict with the Obama administration.

Jun 21 09:19

Keep Arizona Safe

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The same Federal Government that says that Israel has a right to attack Americans bringing food into Gaza is trying to sue Arizona to NOT stop illegal immigrants from bringing drugs into America! If this does not make any sense to you, please support Arizona's right to set their own border policy.

Jun 21 09:18

BP says two billion dollars spent on US oil spill

BP revealed Monday it has so far spent two billion dollars on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after an internal BP document suggested the gusher might be spewing far faster than initially feared.

In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, the embattled British energy giant said its costs to date included ongoing efforts at containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid to affected individuals and businesses, and costs incurred by the US government.


One has to wonder just how much they will get away with. The amount spent thus far doesn't even begin to deal with the issue the leak has caused. And the leak is getting worse!

Jun 21 09:15

Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai

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So, that Lithium will NOT in fact pay for this war.

Jun 21 09:14

US Officials Dispute, Downplay July 2011 Afghan Pullout Date

Yet in an interview on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that the pullout “absolutely has not been decided” upon. Gates added that he hadn’t even heard of Biden’s quote to the contrary and refused to address it.

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I told you they were BSing you again!

How long will you continue to live with a government that lies to you about everything!

Jun 21 09:13

SSGN Force Reaches Historic Milestone

The Submarine Force announced it has achieved another first with all four guided-missile submarines (SSGN) deployed for the first time simultaneously June 10.

Although the West Coast SSGNs, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Michigan (SSGN 727), and East Coast SSGNs, USS Florida (SSGN 728) and USS Georgia (SSGN 729), have previously been underway at the same time, this milestone marks the first time all four SSGNs have been forward deployed away from their homeports.

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These are the so-called "Arsenal Ships", nuclear ballistic missile submarines removed from ballistic missile duty due to treaty restrictions. The Trident missiles have been removed and each launch tube can now carry ten vertical launch tubes which can handle Standard Missiles or Tomahawk cruise missiles including nuclear armed).

These subs part of the networked littoral combat system known as Aegis-CEC, the system that was being tested near New York when TWA flight 800 was accidentally shot down. In principle, any Aegis radar in the system, including the airborne adjuncts, detect a threat (like an Iranian passenger jet) and the Aegis computers automatically deploy the nearest available counter-measure to destroy the threat.

The elegance of the system is that the platform detecting the threat, the platform running the computers, and the platform deploying the counter-measure can all be different, running on the Aegis-CEC network. In the case of the arsenal ships, they communicate with a laser system that detects bursts of laser light flashed on the ocean surface by overhead aircraft or satellites. Laser flashes beamed upward by the sub itself can be detected by the same aircraft and spacecraft for a high-speed two-way link.

So these subs, if they are not launching land attack Tomahawks, can act as partners to the Arleigh Burke and Ticonderoga guided missile destroyers, operating "outside the picket" and positioned to add their Standard missiles to the overall theater protection system.

The advantage is that from the point of view of an incoming target, the use of Aegis-CEDC means that the attacking Standard missile may not be coming from the same direction as the tracking radar beam, complicating their defensive requirements.

With 10 VLS to a missile tube, 24 missile tubes per sub and four subs, that is almost 1000 missiles, most of which are probably Standards.

Jun 21 09:06

U.S.-Born Al Qaeda Spokesman Rips 'Serpentine' Obama, Warns Of New Deadly Attacks

Al-Qaida's U.S.-born spokesman warned President Barack Obama Sunday that the militant group may launch new attacks that would kill more Americans than previous ones.

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Jun 21 09:05

Obama and Netanyahu to meet July 6

The United States on Sunday hailed Israel's easing of its land blockade of Gaza and said President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would discuss further steps when they meet in Washington on July 6.

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There has been absolutely no substantive easing of the blockade against Gaza: this is simply a propaganda ploy to keep the flotillas from coming.

I would almost be willing to bet that Netanyahu will be giving Israel's marching orders to Obama about attacking Iran.

One almost has to wonder if such an attack will actually wait until after July 6th, in light of the fact that the US has sent a huge flotilla of 11 warships, accompanied by one Israeli ship through the Suez Canal yesterday, on the way to the Persian Gulf. T

here are already 3 dolphin-class Israeli nuclear subs prepositioned in the region, and you don't send this kind of hardware out to sea. unless you fully intend to use it.

Jun 21 09:02

Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab

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As US and Israeli military converge on the next designated nation on the "Does not get a Hanukkah card" list, the media is once again waving Adam Pearlman at us all to remind us who we should blame when the big bang to kick off WW3 happens!

But Adam is a fake. His real name is Adam Pearlman and he is the grandso9n of a boardmember of the ADL. The other "American Al Qaeda, Yousef al-Khattab, is also a fake. His real name is Joseph Cohen! Their job is to make you scared of Muslims so that you will gladly pour your money and the lives of your children into wars in lands that Israel covets.

Given that Lieberman is pushing to shut down the internet so that their lies can stand unchallenged in the media ( like the good old days of the "Gotta hate commies" Cold War) and Obama is starting to agree, please make a local copies of all this documentation to show to people if the internet should be converted into just another advertising network.

Jun 21 09:02

And for what? Conspiracy Theorists from the Past

H/T Lew Rockwell blog..... "In 1946, a movie was made in Hollywood about returning World War II veterans called The Best Years of Our Lives. It eventually went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Here’s an interesting scene from the movie where a man tells a wounded vet that the war was fought for a lie. Of course, in this scene, the man is considered “unpatriotic” and “evil.” (I guess the man telling the truth didn’t understand that billionaire banking families have to make a living too.)"

Jun 21 08:52

Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror

The Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that bars ''material support'' to foreign terrorist organizations, rejecting a free speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups.

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So you shouldn't pay U.S. federal taxes as Israel gets a lot of that money and uses it to attack people in international waters.

Jun 21 08:51

US ready to help Turkey against Kurd rebels: ambassador

The United States supports Turkey's struggle against separatist Kurdish rebels and is ready to "urgently" consider any new request for help from Ankara, the US ambassador to Turkey said Monday.

"We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK," Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a written statement.

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Memo to Ambassador Jeffrey: the Turks seem to be handling this pretty well on their own, and to the best of my understanding, have not asked for any assistance from the US on this issue to date.

And by the way, why does it appear that neither the US nor the Iraqi military have any control over the Northern Iraqi territory from which the PKK is conducting its military operations?

One would have imagined, a little over 7 years after the invasion of Iraq, that such a problem wouldn't exist on Iraq's northern border by this point in time.

Jun 21 08:45

Internal BP document claims Gulf oil gusher jetting up to 100,000 barrels per day

US outrage mounted against BP as the oil spill reached its two-month mark and an internal BP document showed as many as 100,000 barrels of oil could be gushing daily into the Gulf of Mexico.

The document showed the energy giant's own worst-case scenario of the amount of leaking oil at possibly 20 times more than its early public estimates.

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A corporation is an entity without a conscience.

Therefore, it is imperative that there are government regulations in place, coupled with agencies doing their jobs, to protect the public.

However, with BP, as with many other large corporations, the have, to large extent, "acquired" those in the halls of power in this country to the point where they don't have to be "bothered" obeying the rules, and abiding by "best safe practices", particularly in an industry fraught with potential peril, like the world of offshore drilling.

BP failed spectacularly here: but so did the US government.

Obama had well over a year to overhaul the agency responsible for overseeing BP, and he and his team did absolutely nothing to correct the egregious problems in this industry.

Jun 21 08:41

BP – Beyond Petroleum = Big Trouble

The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.

That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.

"This is the most vigorous methane eruption in modern human history," Kessler said.

As bad as an environmental dead zone would be, the impending danger from an explosion is unthinkable.

Jun 21 08:34

Israel hits the panic button; starts spamming Twitter with the official cover-up of the Israeli attack on USS Liberty

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Inevitably, comparisons between the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla and Israel attempt to sink the USS Liberty have been made, with particular regard to the "protect Israel at all costs and fuck the Americans involved" attitude displayed by the US Government in both cases.

As the credibility of both the US and Israel crumble before the eyes of the world, desperate attempts to reassert the old falsehoods are poured into every possible venue; the "Big Lie" tactic on display for all to see.

But in the end, official reports no longer carry any weight since both Israel and the US officially proclaimed Iraq a nuclear threat (even as they do today with Iran) and were exposed as having lied. Hence nothing "official" is worth the paper it is printed on.

In the end, we go back to the men who served on board the ship while Israel attacked it and one of the attacking Israeli pilots.

Jun 21 08:26

NRA sellout on HR 5175 creates national maelstrom

When NRA leaders signed on to the deal brokered by Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC), they almost certainly anticipated an outcry from liberal organizations. Indeed, 45 such groups have come out in opposition.

What they probably did not predict, however, was vociferous opposition from their own ranks. Scores of gun rights organizations and ostensibly friendly conservatives have lined up against the NRA over the DICSLOSE Act...

Jun 21 08:12

Corporate atrocities against nature may ultimately destroy human civilization

Corporations are a greater threat to our lives than terrorists. That much should be clear by now: When corporations poison our food supply with toxic chemical ingredients; when they poison our bodies with fraudulently-marketed pharmaceuticals; when they poison our oceans with careless oil drilling... they are threatening our lives and our livelihoods. They are destroying the only world we know, and they are proving themselves to be far more dangerous to our collective future than any terrorist organization.

The real terrorists, it turns out, have "Inc." after their name.

Jun 21 08:09

U.S. govt. poisoned its own citizens during Prohibition

In a dark but little-known chapter of U.S. history, the federal government ordered the poisoning of alcohol supplies to deter and punish those who sought to flout Prohibition-era bans.

Jun 21 08:03

Revealed: The stunning green glow of the Southern Lights photographed by astronauts from ABOVE

Like a green ribbon snaking its way out into space this stunning image shows the famous Southern Lights from a rather unusual angle - above.

Taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), this picture shows the aurora australis against the backdrop of Earth's horizon.

Jun 21 08:00

Antarctic glacier melting due to hidden ice ridge

An underwater ridge could explain why a major glacier in the Antarctic is melting more quickly than ever before, according to a new study.

Scientists used a robot submarine to make a 3D map of the ocean under the ice shelf at the end of the Pine Island Glacier in western Antarctica/

They found that the ice was no longer resting on a subsea ridge that had slowed the glacier's slide until the early 1970s.

The discovery means that the glacier's more rapid melting in recent years could be due to the flow of warmer sea water beneath it rather than climate change, as had previously been believed.

Jun 21 07:59

We Are All Palestinians

Hi FBI guys who read this blog. How about a little multiple choice test? It’s a pretty easy test, so easy in fact that Shas Party members don’t even get a hint at the correct answer.Now here’s the question:

Jun 21 07:58

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: BP was told about faulty drill safety equipment weeks before disaster

A worker on the Deepwater Horizon rig has said he discovered a problem with safety equipment weeks before the explosion.

Tyrone Benton told the BBC's Panorama that he identified a fault on a device known as the blowout preventer.

He claimed it was shut down instead of being fixed and a second device was relied on instead.

Jun 21 07:52

GW Pharma's cannabis drug to cost 11 pounds a day

GW Pharmaceuticals Plc's (GWP.L) cannabis-derived medicine Sativex will cost approximately 11 pounds ($16.3) a day when used as a prescription treatment in Britain for spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Announcing its launch in Britain on Monday, GW said the National Health Service (NHS) price would be 125 pounds for a 10 millilitre vial -- enough to last the average patient just over 11 days.

Big Pharma finally finds a way to make money from the "evil weed"

Jun 21 07:45

Zim Shipping. The 9/11 connection.

Police estimated that more than 500 demonstrators gathered early Sunday morning at Berth 58, where a cargo ship operated by the Israeli Zim shipping company was scheduled to dock. The crowd dispersed around 10 a.m. but around 200 protesters returned in the afternoon when a second shift of dockworkers were scheduled to work.

This protest gives us the opportunity to take a look at a bit of the past history of Zin Shipping. The 9/11 connection.

That a company moved from one place to another is not news, it happens all the time.

But for a company partially owned by the state of Israel to move out of the WTC one week before the attacks and forfeit $50,000.00 in broken lease fees is news.

Jun 21 07:43

Internet Freedom under pressure in Denmark

On 27 May the Danish Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision which obliges internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites that may contain - or link to other sites which contain - material which infringes copyrights (the Pirate Bay in this instance).

The decision has rightly been criticized as a setback for internet freedom in Denmark. The decision attaches undue weight to the interests of copyright holders while ignoring obvious dangers of abuse, restrictions on internet freedom and access to information and the lack of any due process.