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May 21, 2009

May 21 12:11

When will world leaders show “cruel racists” zero tolerance?

Stuart Littlewood revisits the plight of the people of Gaza, deprived of medical assistance by Israel and a despicable, traitorous Egyptian regime and ignored by a hypocritical Pope all too happy to indulge Israel’s PR game.

May 21 12:10

FCC claims authority to conduct warrantless searches

The FCC investigated a pirate radio station in Boulder, Colorado earlier this month and left a copy of their official inspection policy asserting that they have the authority to perform warrantless searches of private property if there is any FCC-licensed equipment on the property, including cordless phones, cell phones, wireless routers, intercom systems, and baby monitors.

May 21 12:01

A Simple Solution for Gitmo: Give it Back to the Cubans

May 21 11:45

Michigan goes into debt to aid jobless

May 21 11:38

US Promises to Fully Fund Israeli Missile Defense System, While Cutting Its Own

Even as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was being raked over the coals in Congress for the decision to cut funding to America’s missile defense systems, Israeli defense officials have revealed that Israel’s own Arrow 3 missile defense system will be “fully funded” by the United States yet again this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How special.

May 21 11:33

Historic Photo Links Al Capone to Chicago's Mayor

A Chicago professor thinks he has finally gotten the goods on Chicago Mayor William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson and Al "Scarface" Capone.

His key piece of evidence comes courtesy of a photo snapped long ago in La Salle County by an Ottawa photographer.

May 21 11:31

Are Your Reusable Cloth Grocery Bags Crawling With Bacteria?

Shoppers have been advised to bring their own bags or buy one of the reusable cloth kind, available for about 99 cents at every grocery checkout. But now those who make the plastic tote sacks are fighting back with a study they say shows those so-called 'green bags' aren't all they're cracked up to be.

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association hired two independent labs to study the reusable gear. Their findings: 64 per cent of so-called eco-friendly bags were contaminated by some level of bacteria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless it just came out of the autoclave, EVERYTHING is contaminated by some level of bacteria!

May 21 11:29

Obama: Still Opposed to Truth Commission

Dick Cheney's displeasure and Nancy Pelosi's discomfiture may have revived the idea of setting up a "truth commission" to look into the Bush-era counterterrorism policies, but President Barack Obama still wants no part of it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason is simple. any investigation into the use of torture is eventually going to get to the case of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, the man tortured into confessing a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam; the sole justification for the invasion of Iraq.

If the entire pretext for war with Iraq is shown to be a fraud to the entire world (like we don't already know) then selling a new war in Iran for his Israeli masters becomes more difficult for Obama.

Along with that little problem of the entire government being delegitimized by lying us all into a war of conquest.

May 21 10:44

The Cheney Fallacy

Many people think Cheney is scare-mongering and owes President Obama his support or at least his silence. But there is a different problem with Cheney's criticisms: his premise that the Obama administration has reversed Bush-era policies is largely wrong. The truth is closer to the opposite: The new administration has copied most of the Bush program, has expanded some of it, and has narrowed only a bit. Almost all of the Obama changes have been at the level of packaging, argumentation, symbol, and rhetoric. This does not mean that the Obama changes are unimportant.

May 21 10:42

Banks Use Life Insurance to Fund Bonuses

Banks are using a little-known tactic to help pay bonuses, deferred pay and pensions they owe executives: They're holding life-insurance policies on hundreds of thousands of their workers, with themselves as the beneficiaries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You may be worth more to your boss dead than alive!

The policies are tax deductable, so the corporation pays less tax, then when the insured employee dies, the executives reap a bonus from the payouts.

May 21 10:37

Are Wall Street speculators driving up gasoline prices?

Oil and gasoline prices are rising fast as Memorial Day weekend approaches, but not because supplies are tight or demand is high.

U.S. crude oil inventories are at their highest levels in almost two decades, and demand has fallen to a 10-year low, but crude oil prices have climbed more than 70 percent since mid-January to a six-month high of $62.04 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, although refiners are operating at less than 85 percent of capacity, leaving them plenty of room to churn out more gasoline if demand rises during the summer driving season, the price of gasoline at the pump has climbed 28 cents a gallon from a month earlier to $2.33.

This time, Wall Street speculators - some of them recipients of billions of dollars in taxpayers' bailout money - may be to blame.

May 21 10:36

Novel approach to job hunting: A do-it-yourself radio ad

Larry Fowler figures that what works for car dealerships and furniture stores just might find work for an unemployed software engineer, so he's laying out $1,500 to buy a series of radio ads touting his technical skills and achievements ... delivered in his own everyman voice.

After all, they say finding a job is an exercise in salesmanship.

May 21 10:36

Child Witches: Accused in the Name of Jesus

These young brothers were the latest victims in an epidemic of accusations of child witchcraft here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is raging in the name of Jesus. It continues seemingly unabated despite flags raised by organizations such as the United Nations, Save the Children and Human Rights Watch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Religion: The only known contagious psychosis.

And they are taking the world back to the Dark Ages!

May 21 10:34

Top Israeli Official Mocks Two-State Plan as ‘Childish and Stupid’

Just hours after reports began to emerge of the Obama-Abdullah Plan, which sought a two-state solution involving a contiguous Palestinian state which would be banned from having a military or entering any defensive pacts, one aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the very idea of a two-state solution, calling it “childish and stupid.”

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May 21 10:30

Obama and Cheney clash over Guantánamo torture

Barack Obama will clash today with the former vice-president Dick Cheney over the proposed closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, waterboarding and other hangovers from the Bush administration's "war on terror".

In what the US media are billing as the Clash of the Titans, a rare piece of scheduling has the two speaking at the same time – though at separate venues – on the same issue.

May 21 10:28

Does Abu Zubaida suffer from ‘Hypergraphia’?

Was a man tortured, experimented on, because he had a brain condition, stemming from a head injury, which resulted in compulsive writing and a preoccupation with religious and moral themes? One has to wonder.

May 21 10:25

S&P Lowers Britain's Debt Outlook

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's shocked investors Thursday with a formal warning that the U.K. must get its finances in order or lose its coveted triple-A credit rating, underscoring the monumental challenges the country faces as it seeks to dig its economy out from under the wreckage of the financial crisis.

May 21 10:23

FBI Sells Fake Bombs to Terrorists, Foils Plot

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's called "entrapment" and they staged the arrest just before Dick Cheney's "Checkers" speech today.

May 21 10:22

FM: Israel, US 'on same page' on Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Israel orders the US to kill Iraq and America obeys. Perfect agreement. What? Did I say Iraq? I meant Iran. We are onto Iran now. Then we gotta pick a target with a really different name to sic the dumb schmuck Americans onto, so we don't get so confused already! It looks bad on the cameras."

May 21 10:19

DICK CHENEY'S EXPLANATION FOR TORTURE CONVINCED ME THAT ...

torture saved us from terrorists
2% (31 votes)
torture was used to justify the war
12% (237 votes)
we should waterboard Dick
87% (1721 votes)
Total votes: 1989
May 21 10:16

Do You Support the Constitution? YOU'RE A TERRORIST SUSPECT!

From those same lovable folks who brought you the crimes and abuses of COINTELPRO comes the following brochure, printed at taxpayer expense by the FBI and intended to be issued to law enforcement, requesting that the Joint Terrorism Task Force be called in the event suspicious behavior is witnessed.

And what is "suspicious behavior"? Defending the Constitution!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something to remember while Obama talks about his new preventive detention program.

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May 21 10:06

In Defense of George W. Bush

Faced with prosecution for their admitted deeds, the principals of the Bush Administration would have only one defense: precedent. They would have to show that their actions had been accepted practice in American government for many, many years -- from the very beginning, in fact -- and had never been regarded as prosecutable offenses before. To imprison them now -- or even execute them -- for carrying on the standard policies and practices of bipartisan governance stretching back for generations would surely constitute cruel and unusual punishment. It would be selective prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which requires making the American people understand that the US Government has been lying to them all along.

... which brings down the entire government.

May 21 10:01

FLASHBACK - The FBI Allowed the 1993 WTC Bombing to Happen

Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad Salem, should be used, the informer said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked at reader request.

By now the rather convenient timing of last night's arrests in New York to support Dick Cheney's turd-polish which has just ended must be obvious.

And like so many other "terrorist" arrests, this one involves an FBI informant who found a group of angry men, got them to the point of making some big talk, and set them up for an arrest. Based on the prior record, there will be headlines for a few days, then the case will collapse for lack of real evidence.

But America needed "to remember why they need us!" to quote from "V for Vendetta" and last night's arrest set the stage for Dick Cheney to come onto TV today to try to save his sorry ass in a modern day repeat of the "Checkers" speech that saved Nixon's career. Please keep in mind what happened when the earlier Dick got his second chance from a too forgiving American public.

Dick is trying to play the "24" scenario with himself as Agent Jack Bauer (a TV series whose sole purpose seems to have been to convince America that torture is cool). But the reality Dick and ABCNNBBCBS is not mentioning is that torture wasn't used to find any ticking bombs, but to extract useful confessions, such as that of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi; a knowingly false confession which was used to sell the Iraq war to the American people. Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi has now been conveniently suicided as an embarrassment to the state.

Frankly, you should be insulted that Dick Cheney think you are such a dumb rube that he can come on TV and talk you out of your righteous anger.

And please keep this in mind. Yesterday the New York Times reported that President Obama is considering a plan for "preventive detentions" for suspected terrorists HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, specifically for people for whom no evidence of wrongdoing actually exists, but who the government wants to lock up anyway. Does anyone here imagine that the same methods employed against the current terror suspects will not be used against the new ones, if the government feels they can get away with it? and look at the MIAC report and the DHS lexicon. The government has already decided that anyone who supports the Constitution is a potential terror suspect. Obama's plan can lock you up, and then you can figure out what happens next.

... if you let it continue.

May 21 08:54

The Toll Booth Economy

It looks like bookstores are about to be swamped this summer and fall by advisories which publishers commissioned a year ago, as the economy was going off the rails. The preferred marketing strategy is to offer advice by celebrity insiders on how to restore the happy 1981-2007 era of debt-leveraged price gains for real estate, stocks and bonds. But the Bubble Economy was so debt-leveraged that it cannot reasonably be restored.

May 21 08:00

New York “Terror Plot” Another Government Provocateured Set-Up

The corporate media and the authorities are having a field day lavishing saturation coverage on the so-called New York “terror plot” in which four men, three of them U.S. citizens, supposedly planned to blow up a Jewish temple and shoot down military planes, feverishly citing it as another example of why we should accept police state measures in major cities and the targeting of American citizens as “domestic terrorists”.

The only problem with this premise, mirroring just about every other major terror plot and terror bust that we have ever studied, is that the men were radicalized and provocateured by an FBI informant, who provided the group with the fake weapons that led to their arrest.

May 21 07:40

Apologies for Evil

Jeffrey Goldberg has written one of the most obvious pieces of pure propaganda ever published in the New York Times. Purporting to report on the whys and wherefores of the state of Netanyahu's thinking, it is actually a devious advertisement directed at the American people to make Bibi's racist eliminationist violent supremacism seem as sympathetic as possible. A perfect analogy would be a 1938 op-ed explaining to the British people the reason for Hitler's thoughts. Goldberg can get away with this only because of the fact that 'dual loyalty' is still partly invisible to the American people - or so the proprietors of the New York Times would like to think - and thus he can still, barely, pass as an American writing for Americans.

May 21 07:37

DHS May Be Called to Explain “Rightwing Extremism” Report

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has drawn up a resolution that would require DHS to explain to Congress why it created the warning about “right-wing” groups, reports Fox News. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, initially balked at a Republican request to probe the motives of DHS and said it was a “GOP stunt aimed at embarrassing the new administration,” an absurd accusation considering the fact the report was crafted during the Bush years and rehashed after Obama took office.

May 21 03:33

Healthcare’s Enigma-In-Chief

The most stunning and least reported news about President Obama’s press conference with health industry executives this week wasn’t those executives’ willingness to negotiate with a Democrat. It was that Democrat’s eagerness to involve those executives in a discussion about healthcare reform even as they revealed their previous plans to pilfer $2 trillion from Americans.

That was the little-noticed message from the made-for-TV spectacle administration officials called a health care “game changer” In saying they can voluntarily slash $200 billion a year off the country’s medical bills over the next decade and still preserve their profits, healthcare companies implicitly acknowledged they were plotting to fleece consumers, and have been fleecing them for years.

May 21 02:47

Watching Obama Morph Into Dick Cheney

America has lost her soul, and so has her president.

A despairing country elected a president who promised change. Americans arrived from every state to witness in bitter cold Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. The mall was packed in a way that it has never been for any other president.

The people’s good will toward Obama and the expectations they had for him were sufficient for Obama to end the gratuitous wars and enact major reforms. But Obama has deserted the people for the interests. He is relying on his non-threatening demeanor and rhetoric to convince the people that change is underway.

The change that we are witnessing is in Obama, not in policies. Obama is morphing into Dick Cheney.

May 21 02:27

Percentage of Jewish Supreme Court Justices May Reach 33%

A recent LA Times article, “Supreme Court Nominee has admirers left and right,” by David G. Savage and James Oliphant, although masquerading as news, is a brief for the candidacy of Elena Kagan for the position on the Supreme Court vacated by David H. Souter. The article notes that she is well connected to top people in the Obama Administration, and there is effusive praise from two legal bigwigs, Laurence Tribe and Charles Fried, both of Harvard.

May 20, 2009

May 20 23:42

4 Arrested in plot (Conspiracy) to bomb NYC targets

WASHINGTON - Four men have been arrested in a plot to attack several targets in the New York City area, including synagogues, federal and local authorities told NBC News Wednesday.

May 20 23:20

Tennessee speeders could get fingerprinted

Motorists stopped for traffic violations in Tennessee could be fingerprinted if state lawmakers approve a bill pending in the legislature.

May 20 23:17

Now We Own a Car Company?

Damn, I must have missed something in the good ol’ Constitution. Somewhere, there must be an Amendment that says “When businesses get run into the ground, the government should buy them.” Because that’s more or less what’s going on today as the latest move by corpgov is to move toward ownership by the government of General Motors.

May 20 22:50

New York Times - Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan

President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU @#%ING KIDDING ME?!?!?

May 20 22:25

Cop pushed woman down stairs

Take the case of Orlando police officer Fernando Trinidad, caught on video two years ago throwing a woman named Jessica Asprilla down the stairs at a local nightclub. Trinidad then compounded the crime by filing a battery charge against his victim -- as if she had defiled his holy personage merely by coming into contact with him.

May 20 22:02

Why 'Real Americans' need to Assassinate the word "Shill"

Got that? Now practice your new skills as a robot by watching this segment from Howard Stern. Remember not to consider anything requiring consideration of conspiracy or treason:

May 20 21:36

Obama gov't restores visa to former spy, Netanhayu adviser

Arad has been outspoken both in rejecting Palestinian statehood and in promoting the military option against Iran, positions believed to be shared by the Israeli prime minister and that will be at the root of a possible confrontation in the coming months with the Obama administration.

The Obama administration has since restored Arad's visa and agreed to his political rehabilitation, not least so that he will be able regularly to meet his US opposite number, Gen. James Jones.

May 20 21:35

US helping Israel with 'Arrow project'

Israel has received assurances from Washington about US support for the continuation of the regime's Arrow anti-missile system.

The costly Arrow (Hetz in Hebrew) interceptor project was launched two decades ago allegedly to counter "threats posed by Iran".

Costly ay? I wonder how much they are paying Israel on top of the BILLIONS that the "small" illegal territory gets for nothing...oh wait,they help the United States induce destruction in the M.E,so I take that back - it is for something...

May 20 21:25

The Pharoahs of Egypt

A group of European aid workers and medics have begun a hunger strike near the Gaza Strip after Egypt denied them entry to the coastal territory.
The nine activists, five British citizens, three Belgians and one Greek, staged a sit-in opposite the Rafah terminal to protest against Egypt's decision, AFP reported on Wednesday.

It's not enough that the Egyptian Pharaonic tribe has decided to give away the Rafah border,allow Israel to build a new outlying settlement to prevent Gazans from entering Egypt - now they will not allow Medics inside...

May 20 21:04

7 Arrested In NYC Craigslist Prostitution Ring

A New York City prostitution ring run primarily on Craigslist has been busted, and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ripped into the site Wednesday, saying it will continue to be a haven for illegal activity until it takes more action to prevent crime

May 20 21:02

Senators press Obama to toe Israel's line

As President Barack Obama is said to be asking Israel to accept some kind of Palestinian state, US senators are urging him not to deviate from Tel Aviv in any negotiations.

In a letter to Obama, 76 of the 100 senators said that the US "must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement."

May 20 20:58

'US, Israel waging new satanic war in region'

Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned against a plot hatched by the West to create a new conflict in the Middle East.
During a televised speech broadcast on Al-Manar TV on Wednesday, Nasrallah said that the US and Israel are seeking to create a conflict between Iran and the Arab countries.

Israel has dwarfed justice,made the United States into it's 'little B*tch'- Yea,that's a change we can believe in,right?

May 20 20:46

WTC7 AE911Truth Video - 10 minutes

WTC7 was THE EVENT for me - an anomaly that forced me to consider the
possibility that I've been mislead by the media.

May 20 19:47

'Obama calls for demilitarized PA state'

'Obama calls for demilitarized PA state'

Amid much speculation over US President Barack Obama's upcoming address to the Muslim world, reports published on Wednesday outlined the details of his Middle East peace plan, which are said to include a demilitarized Palestinian state.

May 20 19:05

Russia Dumps Dollar as Reserve Currency - Adopts Euro

The US dollar is not Russia’s basic reserve currency anymore. The euro-based share of reserve assets of Russia’s Central Bank increased to the level of 47.5 percent as of January 1, 2009 and exceeded the investments in dollar assets, which made up 41.5 percent, The Vedomosti newspaper wrote.

May 20 19:04

Obama Seeks To Retake Terrorism Front

The speech is largely intended to mollify the political left, which increasingly suspects Obama is trying to shield his predecessor’s counterterrorism policies from public scrutiny.

May 20 19:02

Valerie Plame: Obama is on Bush’s side

So, President Barack Obama is on the side of the patriotic folks who outed a CIA agent working to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of an intemperate leader of a Middle East nation hostile to the United States.

Well, not likely. But the Obama dministration apparently understood the “exemption” of the offices of the president and vice president from a federal law on privacy. And apparently it also understood that even wityh jurisdiction, Plame would have to prove that she was harmed directly by the actions of those named in the suit.

Go figure. Cheney’s scheme worked. At least it worked long enough for him to get the war he wanted and how he wanted it. If he had to ruin the career of a CIA agent in the process, well, that’s just collateral damage.

May 20 18:33

Democrats seek financial rescue of minority-owned broadcasters

High-ranking House Democrats are urging the Treasury Department to prop up minority-owned broadcasters suffering from a lack of capital and lost advertising revenue amid the economic slump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does telling the truth qualify me as a minority?

May 20 18:32

YET ANOTHER FUCKING MOVIE ABOUT THE FUCKING NAZIS!!!!!!

The Basterds, as Pitt’s gang refer to themselves, are introduced like vintage bad-ass cowboys despite the alarmingly incongruous Jewish looks. They ambush German patrols in forests, and proceed to scalp them in lurid close-up. Pitt’s leader revels in this comic and macabre campaign, toying with captives before carving swastikas into their foreheads. While German captives gabble for their lives, Pitt’s calm, Southern drawl is almost comically ruthless.

May 20 18:17

5 Alabama police officers fired over beating caught on camera

Five police officers brutally kicked and beat an unconscious suspect after a high-speed chase through Birmingham, Alabama, in an incident caught on camera and discovered a year later.

May 20 18:14

UK: Men belittled in the media while women protected.

This has been evident for DECADES to me. I remember an ad from HP, after Carly started screwing things up, that advertised a color ink jet printer. The narration went "a grocery list so simple it won't confuse your husband" as the video shows a man looking at a list of pictures of common items to buy! Amazing!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1184633/Its-official-Youre-all...

May 20 18:04

Obama signing statement weakens “whistle-blower” protections

When he signed into law a $410 billion omnibus spending bill on March 10, President Barack Obama included a "signing statement" weakening a rider in the bill that would have given protection to government officials who turn over information to Congress.

As a candidate for the presidency, Obama campaigned in favor of broad protection for federal whistle-blowers and against the sort of presidential signing statements that, under the Bush administration, had eviscerated the intent of congressional legislation.

May 20 18:00

Israel Wants Prison For Those Recognizing the Palestinian Holocaust–Jewish Groups Remain Silent

In the latest coughing fit laying bare the sickness of soul infecting and guiding the very existence of the Jewish state, one of Israel’s largest political parties has introduced a bill in the Knesset outlawing freedom of speech when it comes to commemorating the other Holocaust about which no one seems to know anything, meaning what was done to the Palestinians 60+ years ago by the Jews in an event known as “al Nakbah”.

May 20 17:34

Jeremy Scahill: “Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama”

May 20 17:30

The One Case of Torture Obama Doesn't Want You to Learn About

Well, it is true that Obama had Binyam released. However, Obama is going to extraordinary lengths to try to cover up the extent of Binyma's torture.

For example, the Obama Justice Department has filed criminal charges against one of Binyam's lawyers basically because he asked Obama to release details of Binyam's torture.

The Obama administration also made a dramatic threat against the British government. Specifically, Obama told England that if British courts released any documents about Binyam's torture, the U.S. would stop sharing vital intelligence with England, even if such intelligence would prevent a terrorist attack against England.

The Obama administration is playing real hardball to try to hide the truth.

May 20 17:23

U.N. doubts major Hezbollah rearming in south Lebanon

It is highly unlikely that Lebanese Hezbollah militants have more weapons now in southern Lebanon than they did at the time of their 2006 war with Israel, the head of U.N. peacekeeping said Wednesday.

Israel says Hezbollah continues to increase its weapons stockpiles south of the Litani River where the 13,000-strong UNIFIL peacekeeping mission is charged with keeping out armed fighters and illicit weapons.

"I think it would be very difficult for Hezbollah to put additional weapons in the area," Alain Le Roy, the French head of the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping, told reporters.

May 20 17:16

AntiWar404

Contemporary search engines have a tendency to make dead websites disappear quietly. AntiWar404 counteracts some of the resulting amnesia. It offers a concise record of the peace movement forgotten by Google, resurrecting pages and pages of war resistance that you won't find in your search engine results. Peace documents re-found!

May 20 17:13

HAVE YOU EVER ACTUALLY BEEN POLLED?

YES
14% (290 votes)
NO
86% (1774 votes)
Total votes: 2064
May 20 17:01

A Sample of Health Insurance CEO Compensation

Aetna's Ron Williams - CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $24,300,112

CIGNA's H. Edward Hanway - CEO Compensation
Total Compensation: $12,236,740

May 20 16:32

BREAKING: KBR Was Paid $83 Million in Bonuses for Work That Electrocuted US Soldiers

The Department of Defense paid former Halliburton subsidiary KBR more than $80 million in bonuses for contracts to install electrical wiring in Iraq in 2007-2008. The award payment was for the very work that resulted in the electrocution deaths of US soldiers, according to Department of Defense documents revealed today in a Senate hearing. More than $30 million in bonuses were paid months after the death of Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a highly decorated, 24-year-old Green Beret, whose January 2008 electrocution death has been classified by DoD investigators as a “negligent homicide.” Maseth’s death had originally been labeled an “accident.” All of the bonuses were paid to KBR after DoD investigators had officially expressed concerns about the quality of KBR’s electrical work.

May 20 16:05

GOP congressman asks for probe of Pelosi-CIA charge ~

Rep. Darrell Issa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, asked FBI director Robert Mueller whether the bureau was investigating that allegation and whether he could request a probe as a member of Congress. He said the claim, leveled last week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left him doubting whether "I can believe in the briefings I am receiving" from intelligence agencies.

"If CIA is lying to any of us -- and I have been briefed many times by them on the Intelligence Committee -- it puts me in a position of not being able to do my job properly," said Issa, R-California.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh? Do you think the police wait for the criminals to confess before they do their job?????

May 20 16:03

Webcam under hacker's control

Reformed hacker Jacques Erasmus from security firm Prevx takes control of a computer by infecting it with trojan software.

The infection allows him to view whatever is on the victim's screen and record his key strokes.

May 20 15:55

Jesse Ventura Talks About What is Really Going On

One of the best Jesse interview about the 911, the issues with the Iraq war, and Bill O'.

May 20 15:52

Bush's 'smoking gun' witness found dead of 'apparent suicide'

The group IndictBushNow.org says Colin Powell used Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi's “tortured and knowingly fabricated testimony to tell the United Nations that Saddam Hussein's government was helping al-Qaeda develop weapons of mass destruction to kill Americans. It was all a lie.”

IndictBushNow.org is joining with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and the ANSWER Coalition to demand full disclosure of the facts surrounding the man's death.

May 20 15:50

Military attorney: Waterboarding is ‘tip of the iceberg’

Bradley told CNN that when she was first assigned to represent Mohamed, she did not question he was a hardened terrorist, because “my government was saying these were the worst of the worst.” However, she now says, “There’s no reliable evidence that Mr. Mohamed was going to do anything to the United States.”

According to Bradley, when Mohamed was first held at a CIA prison in Morocco, “They started this monthly treatment where they would come in with a scalpel or a razor type of instrument and they would slash his genitals, just with small cuts.”

May 20 15:48

U.S. Officials Admitted that Boys Were Sodomized In Iraq Prison

Many people think that they'll believe it when and if they ever see the video. But we don't need to wait for the military to release the videos. There is already proof that Hersh is right.

For example, the Guardian wrote in 2004:

The October 12 memorandum, reported in the Washington Post...came to light as more details emerged of the extent of detainee abuse. Formal statements by inmates published yesterday describe horrific treatment at the hands of guards, including the rape of a teenage Iraqi boy by an army translator...

May 20 15:47

Deleted Tweets found living in the hereafter

Careless Twitterers are in for a healthy dose of Web 2.0 reality with the advent of a site that shows it's not really possible to purge errant tweets, as the microblogging site might have them believe.

May 20 15:45

Israeli settler runs over a three-year-old Palestinian girl

A car driven by an Israeli settler hit a three-year old girl as she crossed Ar-Ras street in Hebron near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.

May 20 15:44

Obama Lawyers Urge Rejection of Leak Suit Against Cheney, Rove

The Obama administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to revive a lawsuit accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney and other officials in the George W. Bush White House of illegally revealing the identity of a CIA agent.

May 20 14:31

American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for Moratorium on All GMO Foods

AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”

May 20 14:19

Woman cuffed for not holding escalator handrail

Bela Kosoian, a 38-year-old mother of two, says when she didn't hold the handrail Wednesday she was cuffed, dragged into a small holding cell and fined.

May 20 14:18

Ron Paul - “Have we lost our mind”? 5/19/09

Ron Paul - "Current Conditions - Could it be a Bad Dream or a Nightmare? Is this just my imagination? Or Have we lost our mind......."

May 20 11:23

All Hail The American Death Squads!

Seymour Hersh let slip the following:
"After 9/11 – I haven’t written about this yet – but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet. That does happen."

Well, yes, that’s hardly surprising. The PATRIOT Act and other legislation .pdf passed by Congress gives the government the legal "right" to spy on American citizens and, in the case of Jose Padilla, lock them up without a trial and throw away the key. But, as Hersh reveals, it gets worse. Much worse

May 20 11:08

Crucified nun dies in 'exorcism'

A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said.

May 20 11:07

Report: Spain trying to rein in judges on Israel war crimes trial

'Wall Street Journal' reports Spanish government proposing legislation that would prevent courts from dealing with cases not directly related to Spain. Unclear if bill would have impact on open war crimes investigations against US, China and Israel

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Israel shows the world that Spain is as much under their thumb as the US.

May 20 11:00

WEDNESDAY’S TOONS ~~ OBAMA LIVING A DREAM

May 20 10:56

'Endemic' rape and abuse of Irish children in Catholic care, inquiry finds

Rape and sexual molestation were "endemic" in Irish Catholic church-run industrial schools and orphanages, a report revealed today.

The nine-year investigation found that Catholic priests and nuns for decades terrorised thousands of boys and girls in the Irish Republic, while government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rape and humiliation.

May 20 10:21

Judge rejects Obama view on detaining Al Qaeda supporters

A federal judge has rejected aspects of the Obama administration's definition of who can legally be held as a prisoner in the war on terror.

In a 22-page decision issued Tuesday evening, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates ruled that members in Al Qaeda or the Taliban could be detained, but that mere support for Al Qaeda activities is not a sufficient basis for the government to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere.

May 20 10:20

HOPE CONVOY TO GAZA ~~ WEDNESDAY

May 20 10:20

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS MARCH FOR JUSTICE … AGAINST RACISM

Troy Davis, an innocent man, is sitting on death row awaiting execution….. Hundreds marched in New York yesterday in his defense. Our Bud was among them and shares the following with you…

May 20 10:19

Billionaire Donors Hold Secret Meeting

"Under a cloak of secrecy, some of the world's wealthiest people gathered in an unprecedented meeting early this month in New York City possibly to coordinate strategies for giving their vast fortunes to charity in the midst of the financial crisis," ABC News reports.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett "were joined by billionaire moguls Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg along with heavyweight philanthropists George Soros, David Rockefeller and others. Together the attendees have donated over $70 billion to charity since 1996."

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You know... I could use a couple hundred thou over here!

May 20 10:18

Economic tailspin batters local TV

Did you see the news? Ratings, ad revenue continue to plunge.

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May 20 10:08

The Revolution Will Not Be Organized

May 20 10:00

Barack Obama: Iran must meet nuclear deadline

US President Barack Obama has told Iran it has until the end of the year to respond to his diplomatic outreach over stopping its nuclear programme.

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The United States is breaking a major treaty here. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, WHICH IRAN HAS SIGNED ALONG WITH THE UNITED STATES, Iran has the right under international law to build nuclear power stations and to make the fuel rods for them. Indeed, under article IV of that treaty, the United States is obligated to help Iran build those facilities, which would be a perfect way to make sure that it is only a power station. The IAEA inspectors have repeatedly confirmed that all they can find is a power station under construction.

The US is breaking this treaty obligation at the behest of Israel, a nation which has NOT signed the NNPT nor allows inspections of its nuclear facilities, even though it is well known Israel has been developing nuclear weapons underneath their facility at Dimona.

It should be pointed out that Israel made the same accusations against Iraq as it now makes against Iran, leading to Israel's bombing of the power station at Osirik. Following the invasion of 2003, and about the same time it was confirmed that there never had been any WMDs in Iraq (despite all the confessions under torture to the contrary), IAEA inspectors visiting the ruins of the Osirik reactor confirmed that it had been a power station and ONLY a power station.

So why is the US Government willing to break a major treaty on the word of Israel, whose prior record for accuracy is ... zero?

May 20 09:53

Saudi Arabia evacuates 5 villages in volcano scare

Attas was referring to a 4.68 earthquake, which hit the region on Sunday. Al-Ais, 150 km (100 miles) northeast of the Yanbu on the Red Sea, is not close to the world's top oil exporter's oil and petrochemicals facilities.

May 20 09:52

The Truth about Option ARMs, Pick-a-Pay Mortgages, and Alt-A Loans: Looking at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and JP Morgan. We are in the Eye of the $469 Billion Toxic Mortgage Hurricane and Silence is not Golden.

The Truth about Option ARMs, Pick-a-Pay Mortgages, and Alt-A Loans: Looking at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and JP Morgan. We are in the Eye of the $469 Billion Toxic Mortgage Hurricane and Silence is not Golden.

May 20 09:48

US Navy Physicist warns of possibly 'several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine'

“(The sun) might (1) revert to the old solar cycles or (2) the sun might go even quieter into a “Dalton Minimum” or a Grand Minima such as the “Maunder Minimum”. It is still a little early to predict which way it will swing. Each of these two possibilities holds a great threat to our nation.

“We are now at a crossroad. Two paths lie before us. Both are marked with a signpost that reads “Danger”! Down one path lies monstrous solar storms. Down the other path lies several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine.”

“Climate change is primarily driven by nature.

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"NO IT ISN'T! YOU ICKY HUMANS ARE WRECKING THE PLANET AND YOU MUST PAY A TAX TO ATONE!!!" -- Al Bore

May 20 09:46

Savage attacks: "Rush Limbaugh is a fraud"

SAVAGE: And yet here in America, I've had some people come to my aid. They see the bigger picture. They're not like [Bill] O'Reilly; they're not like Limbaugh, who's the biggest disappointment of all. Limbaugh has turned out to be the biggest phony of all of them, all of them. Amongst all of them, he is the biggest fraud. Rush Limbaugh is a fraud. When he was accused of the drug usage, I supported him. But that man is a one-way street. It's all about him. He's in it for nobody but himself.

May 20 09:45

Lavena Johnson Was Raped and Murdered: Then the Army Covered It Up

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Relinked in light of the torture revelations.

When you turn soldiers into brutes, they wind up brutalizing their own.

May 20 09:43

Suspected bank robber a retired NYPD officer

May 20 09:41

KBR/Haliburton Worker Raped, Locked in Shipping Container

Well, the first and most widely-known woman to come forward with an allegation of rape and cover up is Jamie Leigh Jones. Jones was gang raped by her coworkers, then locked inside of a shipping container for days in order to prevent her from reporting the attack. The Justice Department never brought charges against her assailants, and extremely important evidence in the case was "lost" by KBR. But the relevant part is how Jones escaped: through the use of a cell phone. A "sympathetic guard" loaned the phone to her, which she used to call her father in the United States. Her father subsequently called his congressperson, who ended up securing Jones' release.

May 20 09:40

I am not going to piss off my source

Here is the response from that well-known journalist, and stupidly enough in writing:

‘I was going to call you. A few months ago I finally got this big DOJ guy, I mean BIG! Our deal-exclusive. You can’t do better than that in Washington. Anyhow, he doesn’t want us to touch Edmonds’ story. Period. I am not going to piss off my source for some God Damn translator whistleblower…’

There you have the problem in a nutshell.

May 20 09:39

Any Nation Looking for a First Rate Anti-Zionist Propagandist?

Things being the way they are in the United States, it’s more than apparent to me that Zogbots will soon be at my door for one reason or another anyway, and it‘s probably best that I get out of this country before I‘m no longer able.

I have zero loyalty to the present United States government,, I do not consider it legitimate, I believe that it was long ago hijacked by the world Zionist entity, and despite the fact that I once foolishly served in its military, I believe that to serve it today is to serve evil and all that entails.

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I know the feeling.

May 20 09:28

Swat valley could be worst refugee crisis since Rwanda, UN warns

Almost 1.5 million people have registered for assistance since fighting erupted three weeks ago, the UNHCR said, bringing the total number of war displaced in North West Frontier province to more than 2 million, not including 300,000 the provincial government believes have not registered. "It's been a long time since there has been a displacement this big," the UNHCR's spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva, trying to recall the last time so many people had been uprooted so quickly. "It could go back to Rwanda."

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The Pakistani military campaign to "win" this area is going to have a backlash of unprecedented proportions.

The answers here have to be social and political, not military. People don't get radicalized if they feel they really have a shot at a better life. It is when they feel they have no hope of being heard by the political establishment, and no hope of a better life that they become radicalized.

May 20 09:25

Stop the Press! This is what Israeli Democracy Looks Like

Controlling the message is vital for Israel and its apologists because truth, morality, and justice are inherently anathema to Zionism. It is through this control that, for decades now, the word Palestinian has been nearly synonymous with the word terrorist, and therefore any resistance to colonialism, imperialism, military occupation, and economic hegemony is deemed irrational, unprovoked, inhuman terrorism. By controlling this message, the Zionist propagandists are able to pull off an astounding slight of hand on reality: the oppressed becomes the oppressor, the culprit becomes the victim, illegal colonization is cultural liberation, aggressive expansion is righteous reclamation, genocide is self-defense, apartheid is security, and ethnic cleansing is peace.

May 20 09:22

Woman vows fight over handrail ticket

The Montreal woman who was handcuffed and fined $420 for not holding a subway station escalator handrail is planning to fight the tickets, saying she was treated like a "criminal" for trying to avoid germs.

"They are dirty!" said Bela Kosoian about the rubber handrails. "How many people touch them every day? Thousands!

"I cannot believe I was handcuffed -- like a prisoner. Like I committed a crime."

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