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July 31, 2009

Jul 31 15:32

Few freeze for Iranian freeze protest at Disney resort

A flash mob "freeze" protest about the Iranian election scheduled to take place at the Disney Resorts entrance plaza had few people show up to freeze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear CIA

The attempt to recreate your 1953 overthrow of the Democratically-elected government of Iran has cratered. Badly.

Please stop trying to raise on a busted flush; you are embarrassing the nation.


Jul 31 15:25

Dozens Fall Ill on Cruise Ship

About 60 crew members on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have been diagnosed with swine flu and confined to their cabins while the ship is in a French port, a French official said Friday. The cruise line says the sickness isn't swine flu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the fight between the people who own the ship (and should know) and the outsiders intent on pushing this as a swine flu outbreak.

Jul 31 15:18

Eyeing Iran, US seeks to rush production of 30,000 bomb

The US Defense Department is seeking to accelerate by three years the development of a 30,000-pound bomb, a move that underscores growing unease over nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, the Bloomberg news network reported on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in theory, each B-2 (pictured in the article) can only carry a single bomb. Hardly an efficient use of such an expensive aircraft.

Or is this a cover-story for the US to use 30Kton yield nuclear weapons against Iran and declare the resulting radioactivity "proof" that the bombed targets were nuclear sites?

Jul 31 14:57

Wake up Call to America! The Third Jihad is Here!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A rather pathetic piece of propaganda trying to convince people that it is Muslims and not the Jews taking control of the United States.

Jul 31 14:48

Elaine Morgan says we evolved from aquatic apes

Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why mainstream science doesn't take it seriously.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere along the path from ape to human we lost our hair (slows us down in the water), we added buoyant adipose tissue (which helps us float), and a nose which unique among large apes keeps water from flooding our sinus cavities when briefly submerged.

Jul 31 14:39

Easy Guide To Not Becoming a Terror Suspect

I thought this was bloody brilliant!

Jul 31 14:37

Readar Photos - Rally for Peltier in Waikiki

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jul 31 14:21


Scores of New Yorkers gathered last night to hear reports and welcome home the Viva Palestina Convoy that went to Gaza a few weeks ago.

Jul 31 12:50

They Hate Us for Looting Their Countries - Museum and Economic Hitman - Vids

They don't hate us for our freedoms - they hate us because we are destroying, looting, and enslaving.

Jul 31 12:44

Time to break cycle of no skills, no jobs

One out of three working-age adults in Michigan — 1.7 million people — cannot read well enough to be hired for a job that will support a family. More than 40% of those potential workers, who all read below a sixth-grade level, also lack a high school diploma or GED.

Jul 31 12:29

New York Fails to Hit 90 Degrees for June, July for Second Time

The high in New York City today is forecast to hover around 80 degrees, making it only the second time on record that June and July temperatures failed to reach 90, the National Weather Service said.

Central Park thermometers haven’t touched 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius) since April, and if this holds through today the month would be one of the 10 coolest Julys on record, according to the weather service records.

Jul 31 12:07

GDP falls for 4 straight quarters, the first time that has happened since 1947

"Media headlines, however, focus on fact that decline is less than expected, which spins the story into a message of "recovery." - G. Edward Griffin

Jul 31 11:55

Illinois Army National Guard Puts Military War Machines on the Streets

In Springfield, Illinois, the commoners will get acclimated in the coming week to the idea of the military on the streets. “A Springfield-based military police company will be training with a new armored vehicle in the area this week,” the Associated Press reports. “The Illinois Army National Guard says training with the new Armored Security Vehicles will start Thursday and run through Sunday.”

Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker said that people shouldn’t be afraid when they see the armored vehicles on the road.

Jul 31 10:38

The Truth About the Flu Shot

Jul 31 10:37

Senate passes bill to drain Iran gas pumps

In an attempt to force Tehran to halt its enrichment program, the US Senate has voted to put pressure on companies selling gasoline to Iran.

A bill approved on Thursday by the Senate says companies that continue to sell gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran will be banned from receiving Energy Department contracts to deliver crude to the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Reuters reported.

Jul 31 10:14

Israeli Massacres: Details and Numbers

Although the Image that Israel distributes about herself is that of an oppressed nation, it is with heavy hearts that we present these crimes that stand for themselves for the brutality of the Israeli Army and the heartlessness of its soldiers who seem to have a thirst for blood.

Jul 31 10:13

Corporate Media Gets You Ready for Your Forced Experimental Vaccination

Northcom has a plan “on the table” for “five regional military teams” to back up FEMA when the pandemic hits.

Jul 31 10:12

Industrial Capacity Use Hits Record Low

Falling production idles nearly a third of nation’s factories, mines, utilities

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Jul 31 10:09

NAFTA Trade Takes Record 35.4 Percent Dive

Trade using surface transportation between the United States, Canada and Mexico dropped 35.4 percent in May, the largest year-over-year decline on record for the North American Free Trade Agreement partners, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Jul 31 10:06

World Agenda: Manmohan Singh shows his mettle with bold Pakistan initiative

Ten weeks after helping to win a general election, however, he is not only still Prime Minister: he has launched one of his boldest diplomatic initiatives yet in a bid to restart the peace process with Pakistan.

But while he watered down some parts of the joint statement, he stood by the basic position that India needs to talk to Pakistan directly, saying that the only realistic alternative is another war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very brave man, with a bold agenda to help stabilize the region.

Jul 31 10:05

Crumbling Bridges Forgotten, Stimulus Money Spent on Safer Spans

Tens of thousands of unsafe or decaying bridges carrying 100 million drivers a day must wait for repairs because states are spending stimulus money on spans that are already in good shape or on easier projects like repaving roads, an Associated Press analysis shows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where all the "deferred maintenance" comes back to bite the various local governments.

Jul 31 10:01

Pictured: U.S. missile defence test hailed a success as North Korea tensions rise

The latest US missile defence test, conducted last night in Hawaii waters, was deemed a success as tensions continue with North Korea over that country's missile programme.

There had been speculation North Korea would launch a missile toward Hawaii - about 4,500 miles away - to coincide with the July 4 Independence Day holiday in the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to whoever actually wrote this piece of tripe.(If you have any kind of a science advisor, it might be useful actually talking to them before writing an article like this!)

As reported in:


"Accuracy of the Taepodong-2 rocket is believed to be poor, particularly as the target range increases. At extreme range, it would probably be lucky if the rocket landed close enough to its designated target to do any damage at all, even with a nuclear warhead."

The Taepo-Dong missile is notoriously difficult for the North Korean Military to control, in terms of staging and targeting. In other words, in its current configuration, it probably couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.

And unfortunately, with regard to North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, the US has given a magnificent object lesson to that country and the world about what happens to a nation which does not have a working nuclear deterrent, as was the case of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Jul 31 10:01

Potential Liabilities of Mysterious Insurance Company May Result in New Maneuvers to Protect Goldman and JP Morgan Chase

It appears in many ways to be a sham insurance company used by the members so that they could tell clients their investments had unlimited coverage. When a client checked out Capco to see what kind of assets it had to back up such a claim and saw minimum assets, the members moved Capco to Vermont where it would be impossible for any other clients to discover the miniscule assets.

Jul 31 09:44

Politicians: Wake The Hell Up

Our government has become an unacceptable and unaccountable den of liars and thieves, and the people are getting damn tired of it. The evidence of extreme dissatisfaction, which may rise beyond the soapbox and ballot box if this trend is not reversed and soon, is clear. Nobody with a shred of intelligence wants to see the inevitable outcome of a government that refuses to follow the law itself, refuses to prosecute criminal wrongdoing by favored parties, and refuses to listen to the electorate on the issues of the day, instead mollycoddling those who have committed massive fraud upon the public and giving them hundreds of billions of dollars in hand-outs funded by the very people they ripped off in the first place!

Jul 31 09:40

UN: 1000 Afghan civilians killed in 2009

A latest UN report shows that the number of Afghan civilians killed either in US-led airstrikes or Taliban attacks has risen beyond the 1000 in first half of 2009.

UN assistance mission in Afghanistan said Friday air strikes by the US-led forces were responsible for a higher number of civilian causalities in the war-torn country.

The mission warned that more civilians would likely be killed as militants try to battle a troop increase by the administration of President Barack Obama.

The UN also noticed that the number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24 percent so far this year.

Jul 31 09:39

New York Judge Dismisses Claim Negligent Construction Contributed To WTC 7 Collapse

A New York judge presiding over a multi-million dollar insurance case has dismissed the claim that negligent design or construction of WTC Building 7 contributed to its collapse, and in doing so has destroyed a key justification cited by debunkers in claiming that WTC 7 was not deliberately imploded.

Though the ruling by no means advocates any factor other than fire and debris from the twin towers as the cause of the collapse of Building 7, it does reject the premise that the diesel tanks stored in the structure contributed to the building’s destruction.

Jul 31 09:38

Billions in graft behind Baghdad kidnappings

Over the past 10 months interviews have been conducted with senior Iraqi figures and witnesses as well as the former British military officer who investigated the kidnapping for the men’s employers.

Their accounts allege the hostage-takers had contacts in the Iraqi Government, and that Ministry of Defence officials warned off witnesses to the kidnapping. The investigation has also uncovered compelling evidence that the one of the motives behind the kidnappings was the nature of the work the hostages were doing in fighting huge corruption in Iraq’s ministries.

The intelligence source said: ‘‘Many people don’t want a high level of corruption to be revealed.

Jul 31 09:35

U.S. banks paid out $32.6 billion in bonuses as government spent $175 billion bailing them out

Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and seven other American banks banks paid more than $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Crippled Wall Street giant and major City employer Merrill Lynch led the way by paying 14 of its bankers more than $10 million (£6 million) last year despite racking up losses of nearly $28 billion.

Some 53 high-flyers at Merrill trousered more than $5 million as it paid a total of $3.6 billion in bonuses to its 59,000 staff worldwide, including thousands in London.

Jul 31 09:34

Iraqi prime minister: US forces can stay after 2011

The most noteworthy aspect of the visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to Washington last week was the unscripted remark he made on July 23 while addressing the foreign policy thinktank, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP).

In answer to a question concerning the December 31, 2011 expiry of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),the legal basis for American troops being on Iraqi soil, Maliki made clear the date was open to extension.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone who actually thinks we're leaving Iraq anytime soon has to be dreaming.

Jul 31 09:32

Motorists to pay £250 for parking at work under new Government scheme

Commuters who drive to work face paying a new 'parking tax' of up to £350 a year, Ministers announced today.

They are backing a new 'workforce parking levy' which will come into force in Nottingham in 2012 - and is likely to be adopted across the country.

The pilot scheme will see firms with more than 10 parking places for staff charged £250 a year for each, rising to £350 in two years.

And employers would be free to pass on the charge to their staff - meaning it would effectively be a tax on commuters.

Jul 31 09:32

Town halls gone wild

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be tar and feathers next!

Jul 31 09:31

Deconstructing Bibi - Between Darth Vadar and Julius Caesar

This is where things have been for over 61 years. Israel has stolen things and land, and now wants it ratified so that the wheels of justice can stop turning. They won't. He's not Julius Caesar, he's a small, small politician in an invented country that has size-obsessions.

Jul 31 09:31

Will Krakatoa rock the world again?

Bright orange lava spews up into the air, dark smoke mingles with the clouds and the gloomy night takes on an ominous red glow.

Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more.

Almost 126 years to the day since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over.

Jul 31 09:30

Military police test new vehicles near Springfield

Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker says the vehicles were designed to keep soldiers safe. They have the safety features of other vehicles on the road — like turn signals, brake lights and headlights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we can rule out that these vehicles are headed for anywhere but the streets of America.

Jul 31 09:27


Solidarity Forever, or ‘Medieval Minds in Armani Designs’?

Jul 31 09:26


I think it would be safe to say that virtually all Palestinians, including Hamas, would like to see Fatah’s upcoming Congress succeed in rehabilitating the movement, mainly by extricating it from the quagmire of corruption, treachery and “security coordination” with Israel, the Nazi-like occupier of our homeland and tormentor of our people.

Fatah is a large movement and its role in leading Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism can’t be denied. But it is also true that for many years Fatah has been metamorphosed into a “contra force” working, knowingly or unknowingly, against the national interests of the Palestinian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kind of like Congress under the influence of AIPAC.

Jul 31 09:25

Obama's empire

Unfortunately, many of the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts are being directed towards maintaining and garnering new access for the US military across the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we are getting from Obama is nothing even remotely close to change.

It's more of the same crud we got from Bush, just using an infinitely more telegenic and intelligent pitch-man up front; that's the only discernible difference between these two administrations so far.

Jul 31 09:25

Recession Worse Than Prior Estimates, Revisions Show

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the government "experts" lied to you to keep you docile as everything you ever worked for collapses around you.

Jul 31 09:23

FLASHBACK - DoD leaders seek clues to Army suicide spike

“And so we’re trying to understand, is this cumulative?” Cartwright said. “Is there something that is a trigger event here? We’re working with several agencies, on the national health side, to try to understand this.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll tell you what the problem is. Despite all the propaganda and censorship to isolate our kids in uniform from real news, those young men and women in uniform are smart enough to figure out that THEY ARE THE BAD GUYS IN THIS WAR.

Those soldiers are not defending America from a threat. It is America that is and has repeatedly invaded other nations to steal their resources. and this time, the kids in uniform know it.

This is now personal for me. We just received word that a family member has committed suicide following a tour in Iraq. And as much as I search the web, every article I see about the epidemic of military suicides only speaks of those that happen on the front lines. Nobody seems to want to look at what is happening to these people after they come back home, unless they start shooting at their neighbors.

What is the government doing to our young people?

And why will nobody try to stop it?

Jul 31 09:22

American surgeons called in to help with record number of wounded

American surgeons had to be drafted in to operate on British troops in Afghanistan as the military experienced its worst month for casualties since the Falklands War, senior medical staff disclosed.

Jul 31 09:20

'$10 trillion' credit crunch cost

The global credit crunch has cost governments more than $10 trillion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.

Jul 31 09:08

Bombshell: Bin Laden worked for US till 9/11

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained 'intimate relations' with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, "all the way until that day of September 11."

These 'intimate relations' included using Bin Laden for 'operations' in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These 'operations' involved using al Qaeda and the Taliban in the same manner "as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict," that is, fighting 'enemies' via proxies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other posters at Kos (the megaphonies) are bashing Sibel for this claim, but as reported by AFP CIA met with Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American hospital at Dubaï, and did not appear interested in arresting him!

Jul 31 09:00

Israel admits white phosphorus use

The Israeli government report follows charges from the UN and human rights groups that Israeli forces committed war crimes and violated international law during the operation.

UN officials have also said that they have evidence that white phosphorus was used in an attack on the UN relief agency's main building in Gaza that left three people injured.

But the government defended its military campaign as a "necessary and proportionate" response to Hamas rocket fire at Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....Necessary and proportionate", my astrolabe!

They were using this stuff in an attack against the UN relief agency's main building in Gaza.

And soldiers who participated in "Breaking the Silence" have come forward to say that they were told to shoot everyone...women, kids, the elderly, the medically infirm, it didn't matter who they killed; just as long as it was a Palestinian.

Jul 31 08:45

Obama’s Secret Police

This incident throws the spotlight on a shadowy national network of domestic spies – in effect, Obama’s political police, who infiltrate dissident groups of whatever sort and send the information back to what are called "fusion centers," part of the new "integrated" approach to fighting our eternal "war on terrorism" — a war that isn’t only being fought on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

The antiwar movement is not a collection of "terrorist cells," and yet that is precisely how the US government is dealing with them: infiltrating and spying on our organizations, planning "raids" on activist gathering places and homes, and no doubt engaging in further disruptive activities yet to be revealed. How is this possible in the land of the free?

Jul 31 08:40

The Great Tax Con Job

Republicans are using the T-word - taxes - to attack the Obama healthcare program. It's a strategy based in a lie.

A very small niche of America's uber-wealthy have pulled off what may well be the biggest con job in the history of our republic, and they did it in a startlingly brief 30 or so years. True, they spent over three billion dollars to make it happen, but the reward to them was in the hundreds of billions - and will continue to be.

Jul 31 08:38

Grand Canyon Photographer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been to that very spot (with camera). These days Grand Canyon is all walled in with safety cages, which kind of takes the fun out of it.

Jul 31 08:37

U.S. fall deadline for Iran not coincidental

·Gates has given Iran a deadline until fall to respond positively to request to enter talks.
·Analysts say the deadline will tie in with opening of UN General Assembly in September.
·Barak said Israel will rely on its own force to defend itself during his meeting with Gates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Gates was given his marching orders on Iran during his visit.

And for Ehud Barak to make the statement that " Israel will rely on its own force to defend itself during his meeting with Gates." is utterly laughable.

They may well be able to start this war, but most probably cannot finish it on their own without US help and military expertise. The Israeli and US military is already thoroughly integrated, as joint military exercises earlier this month in the US indicated.

The US and Israel both know that they are not going to get more sanctions from the UN, because Russia and China will veto any such measures at the Security Council level.

Look for the UN to again become "irrelevant", as it did right before the US invaded Iraq.

Jul 31 08:35

Grandpa, Pregnant Mom Tasered at Party

Prince William County Police responded to a noise complaint at a child's baptism party. By the time they left, a grandfather and a pregnant woman had been Tasered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the good old days, cops would confine themselves to whupping on other men with their clubs (see Rodney King), but in the age of the taser these manly men in uniforms go after kids, dogs, grandmas and pregnant women!

Nothing like progress, right?

Jul 31 08:32

US Senate votes to penalize Iran gasoline suppliers

To pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program, the U.S. Senate has voted to ban companies that sell gasoline and other refined oil products to Iran from also receiving Energy Department contracts to deliver crude to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Iran holds some of the world's biggest oil reserves, but it imports 40 percent of its gasoline to meet growing demand. U.S. lawmakers hope that by cutting off the country's motor fuel, Tehran will abandon its nuclear program, which they fear could be used to make weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For at least the 19 millionth time: Iran is building a power station, which it is perfectly within its right to do, as a signatory to the NPT.

The IAEA has consistently reported no loss of nuclear material at the site, and also no enrichment of uranium beyond that which is necessary to build a power plant.

Ah, but these are the facts of the case. And we know that the US doesn't like facts when they don't gibe with certain geopolitical agendas (i.e., the "neutralizing of Iran to make Israel happy, as was the case with the the invasion and occupation of Iraq)

And as to this ban on companies selling gas to Iran?!?

Russia will simply step up to the plate and provide the gas for Iran.

As one of the major players in the gas, oil, and energy sectors, Russia will be delighted to help Iran out on this.

More sound and fury from the US Senate, signifying.....nothing.

Jul 31 08:31

California Film & Television Tax Credit Program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While Hawaii cuts its support for the Film industry other states jump in to fill the gap.

The following is a letter I wrote ot the Hawaii legislature opposing planned cuts in the film incentive program




Two aliens, DARTH RECKLESS, Dark Lord of the Budget, and
his assistant EBOO, are sitting behind their desks.

(reading paper) Hey, did you hear,
another 'Star Wars" movie comin'

Another one? How many DOES that
make, now?


Six! How come my cousin gets all
the attention? I'm uglier and much
more evil! Right?

Yes, your evilness, you are. MUCH
uglier. Everyone says so.

So how come George no make a movie
about me?

Well, your cousin, he have 'tax
incentives', makes it more
attractive for George to make a
movie about your cousin than you!

But I'm more evil!

Yes, your evilness.

I got the force!

Yes, you do. But your cousin's
galaxy, they got the film
business, and all that money
pouring in. You see the new public
transit starships they got? WITH
the chrome. They need them too.
Tourists want to visit where the
movies get made. That's because
they kick off a business cycle
with tax incentives.

Get off the tax incentives before
I use the force on your nose. I
stand for fairness in taxation.
Everybody gotta pay the same, and
we get 100% of what we're owed!

So, what we got in the budget?

Ummmm, looks like about forty
dollars, not counting loose
change, and a couple old Janet
Jackson tickets.

No mass transit starships for our
galazy this year, huh?


Before you collect tax, people
gotta have something TO tax. No
money come in, no tax to pay, even
at 100%.

I guess not. But we got
principles, right?


I said, 'Right'?

Right! Principles.


And you uglier and more evil than
your cousin, too.


And dumber.



Long pause.

It's sure quiet in our little
galaxy, isn't it.





Jul 31 08:27

Plans for “vaccine” bracelets to be forced on people at road blocks

“Have you been made aware of the massive roadblock plans to stop all travelers for a vaccine bracelet (stainless steel band with a micro-chip on board) that will force you to take the shot? Refuse it? You will be placed on a prison bus and taken to a quarantine camp. What will you do when your children are NOT allowed into school without the shot? What will you do when you are not allowed into the workplace without the vaccine paperwork? Buy groceries? Go to the bank? Shop anywhere?? Get on a plane, bus or train? Use the toilet in the mall? Nope. Police officers will become loathed, feared, despised and remembered for their “official” duties,” writes Evensen.

Jul 31 08:25

Israeli forces, Palestinian fighters clash near Gaza border

The Israeli army has escalated its operations along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and its territories, saying the incursions were preventive, aiming at stopping possible Palestinian attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how many women, kids, the medically infirm, and the elderly get killed or wounded in these attacks against Gazan Palestinians, they are always described as "preventative" by Israel, making these incursions sound squeaky clean.

They are anything but that.

Jul 31 08:24

Former lab worker charged with vandalism in Calif.

Federal authorities said Tuesday they arrested a former employee of a national laboratory who is suspected of slipping past security and destroying a science project.

Silvya Oommachen, 32, of Palo Alto was arrested and charged Monday with destroying government property.

She acknowledged sneaking into the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park on July 18, the FBI said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me see if I have this right.

Lady walks into a government lab and wrecks some samples used for crystallography reference and even though nobody is actually harmed the FBI leaps into the case and arrests her.

Philip Zack walks into a government lab where biological weapons are kept without authorization after losing his job, then anthrax stolen from that very same lab shows up in letters that kill a bunch of people and the FBI never treats Zack as a suspect????????

Jul 31 08:22

Obama's Empire

Jul 31 08:21

Corporate Media Gets You Ready for Your Forced Experimental Vaccination

Fox’s Shepard Smith almost said “draconian” and instead said “drastic” while reporting on Northcom’s involvement in plans to “administer” a toxic H1N1 vaccine, more than likely in October. Robert Gates, the Bush admin leftover at the Pentagon, is ready to sign off on marrying troops with FEMA when the engineered pandemic breaks out later this year. No mention of the egregious violation of Posse Comitatus this plan presents in the Fox News report:

Jul 31 08:21

Tamiflu causes sickness and nightmares in children, study finds

More than half of children taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu experience side-effects such as nausea and nightmares, research suggests.

Studies of children attending three schools in London and one in the South West showed that 51-53 per cent had one or more side-effects from the medication, which is offered to everyone in England with swine flu symptoms.

Jul 31 08:18

'No rhyme or reason' for bank pay

Wall Street banks that were bailed out by the government gave executives bonuses regardless of performance, it has been suggested in a report.

Jul 31 08:17

Questions remain in light of coming swine flu vaccine trials in Oklahoma City

And the medical director for IPS Research, Dr. Louise Thurman, told The Oklahoman that "(f)rom a science standpoint, it should work."

I'm sorry Dr. Thurman, that's not good enough. Are our children's lives and well-being worth the risk, particularly in light of swine flu levels plateauing around the world, according to news reports this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another thought occurred to me. In theory all nations are at more or less equal risk from this flu pandemic we are assured is on the way. are any nations other than the US deploying their armies to "assist"?

Jul 31 08:17

Banks Paid $32.6 Billion in Bonuses Amid U.S. Bailout

Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and seven other U.S. banks paid $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to a report by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There, now! Don't you feel ever so much better, and so much more trusting about what the Federal government does with your tax dollars?!?!?

Jul 31 08:15

Recession Worse Than Prior Estimates, Revisions Show

The first 12 months of the U.S. recession saw the economy shrink more than twice as much as previously estimated, reflecting even bigger declines in consumer spending and housing, revised figures showed.

Jul 31 08:13

Obama says GDP to show contraction, job losses

U.S. President Barack Obama braced the country for more bad economic news on Thursday, saying second-quarter GDP figures would show the economy contracted and job losses were still a "huge" problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suppose we are supposed to congratulate the man for his magnificent grasp of the obvious.

And as to that statement that the banking system has "settled down", he should be attempting to negotiate with his credit card companies, which have jacked up the interest rates on his account for no damned good reason, when he has been a consistent customer who always paid timely, and way more than the minimum due.

That's one of the ugly, nasty economic shocks many Americans are experiencing right now.

Jul 31 08:11

Israel says Gaza war 'necessary'

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed former South African judge Richard Goldstone to investigate whether war crimes were committed during the conflict.

Israel has declined to co-operate, accusing the UN Human Rights Council of bias against it.

Jul 31 08:09

Recession 'could force the unemployment toll to 4m'

The unemployment rate could hit almost 4million by the end of the recession - far worse than the post-war peak under Margaret Thatcher.

Jul 31 08:09

Page after Page of Reasons to Hate Obama Care

Jul 31 08:08

Unemployed Over 26 Weeks

The DOL report this morning showed seasonally adjusted insured unemployment at 6.2 million, down from a peak of about 6.9 million. This raises the question (and frequent emails) of how many unemployed workers have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits (Note: most are still receiving extended benefits).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The recession certainly isn't over for these people.

Jul 31 08:06

'It burned straight away': Mother reveals how yobs threw bleach over her after she asked them to be quiet during Harry Potter film

A mother who was badly burned in a bleach attack after asking a group of youths to be quiet during the new Harry Potter film has today spoken for the first time about her ordeal.

The woman, who does not want to be named, was followed by yobs after the screening which she saw with her husband and two children.

The family were in a nearby restaurant when the bleach was thrown over her head by two youths who followed them inside.

The woman needed hospital treatment for burns and may have permanent damage to her eyes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of a nation will be no more moral than their leaders.

Phony Tony Blair lied to help George Bush start a war and threw bombs all over the Iraqis. The yobs are just showing their respect for their leaders.

Jul 31 08:05

McChrystal Preparing New Afghan War Strategy, Likely To Include More US Troops

The U.S. general in charge of turning around the war in Afghanistan is likely to recommend significant changes to U.S. and NATO operations, military officials and others familiar with his forthcoming report said. Those changes could include additional U.S. troops despite political headwind against further expansion of the war.

As Gen. Stanley McChrystal readies his assessment of the war, due next month, numerous U.S. officials and outsiders apprised of his thinking suggest McChrystal will request that more American troops, probably including Marines, be added next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely where, with US military commitments around the world stressed to the breaking point, Mc Chrystal believes he will find the added troop strength to fulfill his requirements here.

But we are seeing the beginnings of a massive escalation of the military campaign in Afghanistan.

There will be a point where the muscularity of this administration's foreign policy will force the reinstitution of some kind of a draft.

Jul 31 08:04

Nigerian Islamists routed as army storms mosque

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather convenient timing for that internet cable to fail, isn't it?

Jul 31 08:03

Dan Rather slams the corporate media

Dan Rather slammed the corporate media in a talk Tuesday for the erosion of quality journalism, and the corporatization, politicization, and “trivialization” of news.

He also said:

A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press.

This is true, of course.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the guy who rocketed to media stardom by reporting that John F. Kennedy's head "rocketed forward" from the fatal head shot in Dallas.

When Jim Garrison's trial of Clay Shaw forced the Zapruder film into the public, it was revealed that Rather had "mis-stated" the facts. Kennedy's head is shoved backward by the force of the gunshot.

Jul 31 08:02


Xmas w/o borders
Jul 31 08:01

Dismantling the Empire

Three Good Reasons to Liquidate Our Empire.
Starting with Afghanistan.

Jul 31 07:59

Successful lawyer Catherine Bailey drowned herself

Ms Bailey became a partner at SJ Berwin in 2003. Her practice focused on banking and regulatory disputes, including Financial Services Authority investigations, investment mismanagement cases and financial markets litigation. The volume of her work had increased significantly since the economic downturn began.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is why I don't buy the "postnatal depression" suicide" angle.

Jul 31 07:57

US drones to target Taliban in Afghan war: report

The US military plans to use more drone aircraft to target Taliban militants in Afghanistan while focusing less on hunting down Al-Qaeda figures, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for the massive increase in civilian deaths because of this policy.

And at the end of the day, you still cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air.

Jul 31 07:55

A cry for freedom and against injustice

In 1977 Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement and civil-rights group for native Americans, was jailed for the murder of two FBI agents.

Since then, his supporters have claimed Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner in the U.S. and the FBI falsified evidence to frame the activist.

Jul 31 07:55

75% Favor Auditing The Fed

So much for the ongoing secrecy of the nation’s independent central banking system. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Americans favor auditing the Federal Reserve and making the results available to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this is only likely to happen when pigs fly.

Jul 31 07:54

Sacha Baron Cohen being sued for defamation by 'terrorist' - Video

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career out of mocking people, and it looked like he had gone too far when his alter-ego Bruno met a Palestinian man he branded a “terrorist”.

Jul 31 07:52

Study: Bank Bonuses Far Exceeded Profits

Several financial giants that received federal bailout money in the last year paid out bonuses to employees in 2008 that greatly exceeded the amount of profit generated by the banks, according to a study on executive compensation released by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: We the People got the short, sharp end of the shaft with the bailout, paid for by our tax dollars.

Jul 31 07:52

Pope Benedict to release an album in time for Christmas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Don we now our gay apparel ..."

Jul 31 07:48

Over 1,000 Afghan civilians killed this year: UN

Afghanistan's intensifying conflict killed more than 1,000 civilians in the first six months of 2009, an increase of nearly a quarter over the same period last year, the United Nations said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The boost in troop numbers has very little to do with the spiraling death count.

As the use of drones continues in Afghanistan, this number of killed and injured could easily quadruple before the end of the year.

And just to remind you why we are in Afghanistan, and our young men and women are fighting and dieing; the installation of pipelines (Bush and his minions thought that an invasion and occupation would be "cheaper" than what the Taliban were asking for this in August of 2001), and the protection of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Jul 31 07:46

Busted on MySpace: 2 FL men face charges over gang photos on Web sites

Elvis Rodriguez, 30, flashed Latin Kings hand signals on his MySpace.com page and called himself “King Kamel,” according to his arrest report.

Richard Figueroa-Santiago, 22, used his MySpace page to post pictures of friends making “Eastside” hand gestures, detectives said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the police don't have any real crimes to worry about down there in Florida!

Jul 31 07:43

Baghdad Shiite mosques bombed, 27 killed

A string of powerful bomb attacks targeting Shiite Muslim worshipers as they emerged from mosques across Baghdad on Friday killed 27 people and wounded more than 50, security officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look for this kind of violence to worsen in Iraq, rather than get better.

Jul 31 07:42

Banks Paid $32.6 Billion in Bonuses Amid U.S. Bailout

“When the banks did well, their employees were paid well. When the banks did poorly, their employees were paid well,” Cuomo’s office said in the 22-page report. “When the banks did very poorly, they were bailed out by taxpayers and their employees were still paid well.

Jul 31 07:39

letter to the Queen from the British Academy explaining why few people saw the Credit Crunch coming.

So in summary, Your Majesty, the failure…, while it had many causes, was principally a failure of the collective imagination of many bright people, both in this country and internationally, to understand the risks to the system as a whole. …

We have the honour to remain, Madam,
Your Majesty’s most humble and obedient servants

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Queen

I saw it coming.

Can I have a job?


Jul 31 07:36

9/11’s smoking gun still smoking!

The fact is that Tower Seven vanished in its footprint in six seconds at 5:28 PM on that day, after its owner Larry Silverstein announced at about 3 PM “that there had been so much bloodshed and pain, that ‘they’ had decided to ‘pull it,’” which is the classic term for an internal demolition. So it really wasn’t the first steel Tower in history to fall by fire. Whatever fires there were, were put out and did not bring Tower 7 down, even if it had burned all day, which it didn’t. What brought it down was the order to “pull it.” The hitch is you can’t set up an internal demolition for a 47-story, steel-frame building in two and a half hours, nor two and a half days or weeks.

Jul 31 07:33

David Brooks says a Republican senator groped his thigh at a dinner party

Jul 31 06:07

Doubts About Fed's Ability To Control Inflation Are Growing

The Fed has no workable exit strategy. The US is about to enter a period of stag(hyper)inflation worst then anything experienced in over a hundred years.

Jul 31 06:04

“Responsibility to Protect” is Warmed-Over Imperialism

The United Nations last week began what will become a protracted debate over the doctrine “Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P. The doctrine is a warmed-over version of so-called “humanitarian” military intervention – another excuse for big powers to make war on weaker nations. Its primary champion in the Obama administration is UN ambassador Susan Rice, who would use the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine to justify U.S. military action in Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere. One important opponent of R2P is Rev. Miguel D’Escoto, of Nicaragua, president of the UN General Assembly.

Jul 31 05:48

Government’s Chief Swine Flu Propagandist is Hired by ABC

This ought to tell you what the government-media coalition has planned for us down the road concerning its swine flu crisis and the militarization of health care. ABC certainly had to offer a sweet pot to entice Dr. Besser to jump from government mouthpiece to media mouthpiece. There’s a big job planned for this fella. Red flag anyone?

Jul 31 04:08

Hillary Out to Strong-Arm Swiss

First we attacked Afghanistan. Then we attacked Iraq. Now the U.S. has it sights set on Switzerland.

Peaceful, neutral Switzerland? That's right. What's the crime? It's not sponsoring terrorism or harboring weapons of mass destruction. No, in the eyes of the U.S. government, Switzerland has done far worse: it's kept money out of the hands of the Internal Revenue Service, money to which the IRS may not even be entitled under any law anywhere.

The U.S. and Switzerland are headed for a diplomatic showdown as the IRS demands that Swiss bank UBS turn over the names of 52,000 U.S. clients in the mere hope of exposing them as tax evaders, prosecuting them and taking their cash.

Jul 31 00:50

Mother, 40, thrown in police cells after lying pupils made up assault following bullying confrontation

When Anisa Borsberry confronted a group of playground bullies she hoped it would finally bring an end to her 11-year-old daughter’s ordeal.

But the next day she found she herself was the victim . . . with the forces of law and order lined up against her.

Eight police officers in three patrol cars and a van descended on her home and arrested her.

The 40-year-old was marched out in handcuffs even though a claim that she had hit one of the bullies had already been withdrawn.

She then had her fingerprints and DNA taken and was thrown into a cell for more than five hours.

Jul 31 00:28

Psychopathic War Vets Come Home

The Horror: War vets 'can't turn it off' as they search and destroy Stateside
David Walsh
World Socialist Web Site
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 01:49 UTC
The atrocities US troops are committing in Iraq and Afghanistan, the inevitable product of neo-colonial war and occupation, are transforming a section of returning veterans into a genuine menace to society.

Jul 31 00:08

Ron Paul: What Are They So Afraid Of?

Dr. Paul responding to Wall Street, the corporate media, and Chairman Bernanke's propaganda campaign against the audit of the Fed HR1207 and S604.

July 30, 2009

Jul 30 20:07

Join The Fight For Media Democracy

Adbusters is locked in a struggle that began 20 years ago with a citizen-produced television spot warning of the hazards of clear-cutting in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Although the networks were happy to sell airtime to the logging industry, they flatly rejected our ad. That’s when we began to perceive the scope of the disparity between public and corporate interest and the woeful lack of democracy on the public airwaves?… and from the flames of our outrage, Adbusters Media Foundation was born.

Jul 30 17:59

“NC terrorists were supported by CIA”

The terrorist group arrested in North Carolina and its leader Daniel Patrick Boyd received substantial aid from the CIA in the past, says investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

Jul 30 17:21

List of Israeli Massacres

Although the Image that Israel distributes about herself is that of an oppressed nation, it is with heavy hearts that we present these crimes that stand for themselves for the brutality of the Israeli Army and the heartlessness of its soldiers who seem to have a thirst for blood.
They are reported in the news for a week or two and then swept into the sea of oblivion. Those who attempt to revive the true history of Israel are charged of being anti-Semitic. So with the hope to keep those memories in mind we present this shameful history of Israel that seems to have found that the role of Goliath is more interesting than that of David.