CORPORATE MEDIA

Sep 23 08:02

Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

Copyright enforcement as censorship

Dan Goodin -- The Register

US lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow the federal government to quickly block websites anywhere in the world if they are dedicated to sharing copyrighted music or other protected content.

The “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” would empower the US Department of Justice to shut down, or block access to, websites found to be “dedicated to infringing activities.” Sites that use domain names registered by a US-based company, or a top-level-domain administered by a US-based company, would find their internet addresses frozen.

Sep 23 04:38

JUSTIN RAIMONDO: The Pollard Principle

Why Jonathan Pollard is a national hero in Israel

Yes, in Israel they’re counting the days until this traitor is released, and their message – hand the traitor over – is now being projected by Israeli negotiators, who are pressing the US for Pollard’s release in exchange for yet another temporary halt to their aggressive “settlement” building campaign. The settlements have become a big sticking point obstructing the peace process, with unelected Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas threatening to walk if the Israelis don’t lay off.

Sep 23 02:01

UN REPORT: Israel flotilla raid ‘broke law’

How could it be otherwise? Piracy is still an offence as is pre-meditated murder, both of which were committed in this instance.

What is disgraceful is that such a horrific international crime has been turned into yet another fiasco when swift and decisive action should have been taken from the very beginning – a naval escort provided for the flotilla to complete its journey to Gaza, and the killers responsible arrested under international warrants and brought to trial outside of Israel. That is all.

Sep 22 20:35

Stiffed with the bill: A private banquet at civil society's expense

In Journey to a Revolution, Michael Korda writes of the Hungarian Revolution:
"the general object of fascism was to stifle dissent, and bolster the existing establishment, while producing much drama in the way of rallies, parades, and propoganda, and the occasional foreign adventure to siphon off the energy of the lower middle class and the working class, who might otherwise have moved towards radical social reform."

The Olympics? The G8 and the G20? The Pan Am Games? Bread not circuses, anyone? In addition to ceaseless pageantry, Harper deliberately prorogued parliament a second time to enact a bill, more powerful than NAFTA to undercut our sovereignty, the Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This far reaching bill will provide sub-national access to municipal services, and undermine the public sector even further, losing thousands of good, Canadian jobs to international outsourcing.

Put it together. Civil society is no longer is prioritized by our government, our country is being sold off to corporations and banks, enabled by a newly armed police state, and expanding prison system, and jobs in our public sector are about to be slashed for international corporations to profit through CETA. This is a Conservative agenda campaign, military in execution, orchestrated by Harper, against local economies and the right to self-determination. Provincially, McGuinty is designing his own policies through corporate gladhanding of governmental contracts

Sep 22 19:21

September 11th 2001 – Counter-insurgency For The World

Perhaps the real problem then is that our species’ rather poor track record of benevolent leaders is not simply due to inherent flaws in ‘human nature’ but rather the presence of specific ‘types’ of humans who LACK certain natural human traits, empathy and compassion being the most important ones. As many readers will already know, psychopaths fit this profile particularly well.

When this type of human being accedes to a position of power, the normal human beings over whom they rule are in trouble. It is a certainty that such leaders will immediately begin to manifest evidence of corruption and greed and will come to view the people as the means through which they can accrue more power and wealth. At the same time however, it must be obvious that the people also constitute a clear threat to this ‘elite’ and their privileged position. The people can, theoretically, at any moment rebel and overthrow their masters. For the elite then, the people play the role of both cash cow and a potentially deadly enemy that must be contained by whatever means.

Sep 22 09:05

STOP THE TAXPAYER BAILOUT FOR THE CORPORATE MEDIA!

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The corporate media, after decades of lying to the American people, are realizing what a price they have paid now that the lies stand exposed. The TV news networks lost another 700,000 viewers in the last year and almost daily we hear of another newspaper having to lay people off or shut its doors.

The corporate media likes to whine and blame the bloggers but the truth is the bloggers would never have come to the fore had not corporate media become the willing paid lackeys of the government, corporations, and of course Israel. But time and evolution has caught up with the media, and the old-style bought-and-paid-for propagandists are now feeling what the monks in their scriptorium felt when Gutenberg's printing press stared to reshape the flow of information through out society. They are on the verge of extinction.

Now, the media could save itself, easily, if it really wanted to. All they have to do is start telling the people the truth about what has been going on, and bloggers would go away. I for one would be perfectly happy to shut down WRH and spend the remainder of my life chasing Claire around the house if I felt the media could be trusted to be truthful. But, the media will never do that. They cannot tell the truth now without admitting that they lied before. It is the classic rock and hard place scenario.

So the corporate media has turned to the governments they so ably served in the past and demanded financial support. They want their own taxpayer funded bailout. If the public will not volunteer to support the propagandists then by golly they will have the government force the public to support the propagandists!

The sheer cost aside, the problem with a bailout is that government will now move into total control of the media. What was once covert will now be overt and the corporate media will be irrelevant and irrevocably lost. More to the point, all the bailouts in the world will not restore the public trust in the corporate media. Quite the contrary, it will be the final nail on the coffin of the TV news and newspapers.

Seen any scriptoriums lately?

Sep 22 08:37

The Truth behind the Celebrating Palestinians

What was the motivation of the video crews whose first impulse, immediately following the terrorist attacks in N.Y. and D.C., is to run over to the Palestinian areas and tape some Palestinians. The video crews were from two press agencies, Reuters and Associated Press. Is the motivation for getting video footage of jubilant Palestinians the result of a biased outlook and an agenda they serve? This is a question many are unwilling to ask. Are we to believe that who the people were that made up the video crew is totally irrelevant? It becomes crucial to our search for the truth when we learn that the video was actually staged and that the handful of Palestinians (mostly children) were posed in reaction to the video crews presence and enjoyed the sweets customarily handed out.

Sep 22 06:29

SCOTT HORTON: Reality check: Iran is not a nuclear threat

Forget the neoconservative hype. The facts show Iran is not and has not been a nuclear threat to either the United States or Israel.

Politicians, lobbyists, and propagandists have spent nearly two decades pushing the lie that Iran poses a nuclear weapons threat to the United States and Israel. After a brief respite in the intensity of the wolf cries over the past two years, the neoconservative movement has decided to relaunch the “Must Bomb Iran” brand.

The fact that Iran is not and has not been a nuclear threat to either nation is rendered irrelevant by a narrative of universal “concern” about its nuclear program.

US media distortions

Sep 22 04:47

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: Democracy in Arab Eyes

Mesopotamian memory is full of millions of tragic stories about widows, orphans, poverty, killing and violence brought about by Americans. No one in the Western media writes about the life of these people or tries to assess the actual destruction of the quality of these people’s lives. The same applies to Afghanistan and Pakistan which have been torn by violence and war and daily killing by American drones.

Sep 22 04:13

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, A FAIR DEAL FOR TERRORIST JONATHAN POLLARD

The American public has never been told the truth about Pollard. Current figures of deaths directly attributed to Pollard’s spying are at between 110 and 120 American CIA agents and up to 1600 top American intelligence assets that were foreign nationals. Minimally, Pollard should have faced 110 murder counts for American victims alone.

Sep 22 03:51

Advancement in Science and Technology Does Not Give Israel the Right to Act like a Nazi State

The Zionists don't stop surprising us with their sickening verbal theatrics. For some time lately, they have been trying to convince the international community and the peoples of the world that criticizing Israeli crimes amounted to anti-Semitism. In other words, these sick thugs would want to silence every legitimate criticism of Israel regardless of what the Nazi-like state does to its Palestinian victims.

Sep 22 00:03

IRAN’S PRESIDENT: LOST IN TRANSLATION AT UNITED NATIONS SUMMIT

By Aljazeera

Iran’s president takes centre stage at the United Nations but his attack on the “unjust” west failed to be heard.

A calm and self-assured Iranian President, on his seventh trip to the United States, showed every sign of being in command of himself.

Ahmadinejad Lost in Translation — “there’s no translation.”

Sep 21 17:27

GORDON DUFF: IS AMERICA BEING ASKED TO NEGOTIATE WITH A TERRORIST STATE?

Israel is demanding the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for spying against the United States is a hero in Israel. Jonathan Pollard, an American of Jewish ancestry and Zionist extremist publicly stated that he tried to destroy America to help maintain the “racial purity of Israel.” Pollard may have been spying for Israel but all the information he stole, a truckload of America’s most vital secrets, all went to the Soviet Union.

Sep 21 16:51

TYT: Cenk on the massive theft and second coming crash, delusions of financial/political world

I don't normally post these TYT "hour" videos here, but the last 15 minutes of this video is something that every citizen of the US needs to see. I recommend the whole video (much of which is excerpted in smaller TYT videos today), but start at 26:30 and watch to the end.

Cenk begins by talking about the massive disconnect between the financial/political world and the real world that most of us occupy, and how in that world of finance the sense of entitlement is staggering and stunning. He then explains that because of deregulation (and the control of the financial institutions over our government), the financial world has ended up with our money in their pockets. They don't think there is anything wrong with that, because it was all "legal". Which is why actual, strong re-regulation is absolutely necessary - to claw back those ill-gotten gains, and prevent the coming second crash.

The system has been gamed to the point where our money is just being vacuumed up by the already rich, who think they are entitled to it.

Cenk ends by stating the obvious -that Obama is NOT the man for this job. He either doesn't understand the problem (which is not likely) or he understands that understanding it will cost him his job. (There is a Sinclair Lewis quote in there somewhere).

This is some of the most important video I've seen from Cenk - please check it out.

Sep 21 16:15

Reuters gets rolled! - U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects

Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality.

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Apparently Reuters takes an automated feed from PRNewsWire, which will accept and post any press release feed that anyone wishes to pay for. It's a press release distributor, not a news organization, and apparently nobody at Reuters pays attention to what comes through.

Sadly a lot of people have picked up this story with the Reuters credit and posted it all over the net.

A little early for April Fool's.

Sep 21 15:17

12 Page 9/11 Truth Spread in Yesterday Magazine

Yesterday Magazine is a San Diego based music magazine that doesn't shy away from controversy. Their second issue just launched and it features a twelve page spread on 9/11 truth. The layout is an interview with four members of San Diego 9/11 Truth alongside David Dees illustrations and my artwork. They have an awesome, slick publication that interviews the best bands in San Diego and their publication is widely distributed throughout the city. I am sure this article will stir some dialogue...

Anyone who can buy a copy of this magazine as a show of support for the Yesterday Magazine editors going where the corporate media presstitutes and mainstream media whores dare not tread, I would encourage to do so. /SR

Sep 21 15:00

BBC under fire after removing video of Greek shoe protest from its website

BBC's Greek correspondent said to be 'furious' after his story on protest against Greek PM was removed

Malcolm Brabant, an award-winning BBC correspondent, filmed the shoe-throwing incident involving the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, earlier this month.

The incident happened when Papandreou was visiting the city of Thessaloniki, where approximately 20,000 protesters were demonstrating against his government's swingeing austerity cuts.

The corporation took the footage down from the website after what it described as "supporters of the [Greek] government" complained about the video and made allegations about its authenticity.

The film was taken down despite, it is understood, protests by Brabant. Since the Guardian made inquiries, the BBC has put the video back online.

Sep 21 12:17

WJLA-TV fires veteran DC anchor Doug McKelway, After Citing BP Ties to Obama

Cites "Insubordination and Misconduct" Rather Than BP Contributions to Obama

WJLA-TV has fired veteran anchorman Doug McKelway for a verbal confrontation this summer with the station's news director that came after McKelway broadcast a sharply worded live report about congressional Democrats and President Obama.

Amid the ongoing BP oil spill in July, McKelway covered a Capitol Hill demonstration by environmental groups protesting the influence of oil-industry contributions to members of Congress.

Sep 21 11:32

Network news loses 739,000 viewers

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Our readership is really up today!

Sep 21 10:13

Can America stop an Israeli 'nuclear' 9/11?

Americans sat, on 9/11, with their military “asleep at the switch,” their president in a daze and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, perhaps out of confusion, we may never know, talking about airliners being shot down and the Pentagon being attacked by missiles. Yes, he said these things, things he couldn’t “unsay” but things the press showed once and quickly buried. Something terribly wrong happened, something years in planning, but not planned in a cave in Afghanistan. Everywhere investigators look, one thing pops up, Israel. The moment that door is opened, it is slammed shut, often with threats, often with more than threats.

We may never know the full extent of the brutality used against those who have spoken up. We know that Arab leaders can be assassinated anywhere, any time. America will remain silent and the news will always support Israel. Israel owns the news.

Sep 21 09:11

Pro-Israel Biased Media Is a Threat to Our Security

Sep 21 08:36

THE LIE OF THE CENTURY

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

This brings us to the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

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Sep 21 08:33

Iraq: The Trail of Disinformation

Let's start with a simple fact. The United States invaded and conquered Iraq on the basis of lies. Even the official report of the United States Senate admits as much.

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Sep 21 07:50

The Ted Pike / Alex Jones saga continues!

Alex:

I watched with pleasure a two-year-old YouTube video clip of your program in which you indicated you were sick of not speaking the whole truth concerning the threat of Jewish supremacism. (Watch clips at bottom of page.) You then went on to discuss this threat, revealing a knowledge of the subject much more extensive than the great majority of right-wing leaders or talk show hosts.

Yet, for the most part, you have not shared such knowledge with your listeners over the years.

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See also JONES TO PIKE: "DON'T CRITICIZE JEWS"

At this rate, Jones will lose all his friends over his continuing defense of Israel.

Sep 21 06:37

Retired NASA engineer explains why he doesn’t believe the official 9/11 report

Faith in science
Retired NASA engineer explains why he doesn’t believe the official 9/11 report

By Shane Cohn 09/09/2010

It has been said that it requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. But is it unusual to want peace? Truth? Dwain Deets doesn’t think so, and the retired NASA director is determined to demonstrate that the official version of the events of 9/11 defies science. His lectures have been gaining popularity, and Deets will be speaking in Ventura to address some troubling questions about 9/11, from the perspective of science. Deets, a physicist and engineer, was the former director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center’s Aerospace project and is currently a member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Having retired from a 37-year career, Deets has set out to show that the American public has been duped into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His goal is simple. Faith alone cannot end the wars abroad. But perhaps science can.

Sep 21 05:50

END ISRAEL LOBBIES PERVASIVE AND DAMAGING INFLUENCE IN US POLITICS

By Debbie Menon

Support for Israel is not only tragic and immoral, it is also extremely damaging to Americans.

Mark Perry in a recent article in Foreign Policy journal “Petraeus wasn’t the First,” describes succinctly, the opposition to U.S. support for Israel, the rationale for it, and the cover-up on it among American publishers[

Sep 20 22:01

DR. DAVID HALPIN: Blair’s Journey — Questions Before Charge

Evidence of Extensive War Crimes Committed by a British Prime Minister

You joined the dummy Bush over blood-oozing steaks in April 2002.

The false flag of 9/11 had been repeated by the media megaphones of the UK/US/Israel axis and the absence of a judicial inquiry ensured the ‘big lie, oft repeated’ sank into irrational, Mammon possessed populations. All that was modelled in the ‘think’ tanks with the aim of breaking Iraq, the Arab bastion, for ever. You, and another three of the mafiosi, Aznar, Barroso and Dubya met for an hour in the Azores 16 March.

Sep 20 19:33

WHO EVER SAID THE CAMERA NEVER LIES?

Sep 20 17:06

Egyptian Paper Doctors Photo of Mubarak and Obama

Al-Ahram, The state-run newspaper in Egypt, recently ran the above photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leading President Obama and other world leaders during Middle East peace talks at the White House.

But that’s not quite how the walk to the East Room played out. The BBC reports that Al-Ahram apparently had some fun with Photoshop, and placed the country’s leader up front.

Sep 20 12:49

TREASON, BETRAYAL AND DECEIT: THE ROAD TO 9/11 AND BEYOND

The 9/11 issue is increasingly being framed as not “a conspiracy theory,” but “a legitimate controversy,” based on several unanswered questions and important scientific evidence emerging showing the official story line the American public has been fed about the 9/11 attacks is a lie.

Sep 20 11:38

12 Medical Myths Even Most Doctors Believe…

CNN has published a list of the “truth about twelve “health myths”. Among the myths this article busts? “If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way.” “Eat the crust of your bread because it’s full of antioxidants,” and, “to get rid of hiccups, have someone startle you.”

Seriously?

There is massive amount of medical misinformation circulating right now, which is causing an epidemic of chronic disease, unprecedented in human history, and their big concern is whether or not if you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way?

CNN is beyond clueless.

The primary purpose of their article is entertainment, as it has absolutely nothing to do with the top health myths. With articles such as this one, CNN is part of the problem of perpetuating misinformation and leading you astray with nonsense.

Sep 20 08:58

Jon Voight Says Time Magazine Is Anti-Semitic: Do You Agree?

Sep 20 08:24

Is ABC News shameless in ignoring the climategate scandal?

Here’s a link to a story posted today on ABC’s website which reinforces the global warming theory by citing various scientists and debunking “myths.” And yet, not a single word in reference to the climategate scandal which has raised grave concerns about the credibility of the Global Warming scientific community/

Even if you completely buy into Global Warming, and believe that the recently exposed emails do nothing to discredit the theory, shouldn’t a world-class news organization at least acknowledge that the story exists? The willful ignorance of the mainstream media is breathtaking. This level of manipulation of the news is worth of Pravda. Your thoughts?

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/GlobalWarming/global-warming-common-m...

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Hey, if you cannot trust the Food Lion network, who can you trust

Sep 20 06:56

Alex Jones supports the Zionist Entity

Sep 20 05:43

SAHAR TV INTERVIEWS DR. ALAN SABROSKY ON 9/11 AND BEYOND

The 9/11 issue is increasingly being framed as not “a conspiracy theory,” but “a legitimate controversy,” based on several unanswered questions and important scientific evidence emerging showing the official story line the American public has been fed about the 9/11 attacks is a lie.
Dr. Alan Sabrosky in a recent interview on Sahar TV, marking the 9th Anniversary of the tragedy, once again challenges the truth of the official US Government Truth Commission and reiterates and re-affirms his earlier positions, among others that “….WT7 was absolutely a controlled demolition job…and if one of them was, then all three were”

Sep 19 21:18

American Public Opinion and the Special Relationship with Israel

Americans “also appear to be very wary of being dragged into a conflict prompted by an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In this survey, conducted in June 2010, a clear majority of Americans (56%) say that if Israel were to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran were to retaliate against Israel, and the two were to go to war, the United States should not bring its military forces into the war on the side of Israel and against Iran”

Sep 19 18:51

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL’S WAR WITH ITSELF

THE VICTIM GAME –

It is easy to spot a liar if you are willing to take an honest look. When the American press quoted President Ahmadinejad of Iran saying, “I am going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth” we had our own gullibility thrown in our faces. We, if willing to look honestly at ourselves, were being humiliated, played for fools.

It is one thing if a spokesman for Bibi Netanyahu’s Likudist government had tried this, but it was all the networks and newspapers in America, all carrying the same story, a story, not only inaccurate but an outrageous lie. The story, the translation, was so false, that it should have been a joke were it not being used to try to convince America to attack Iran to “defend” Israel. This is what Ahmadinejad actually said:

Sep 19 17:20

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Martin Peretz And The Dangers of Obsessive Love

Back on March 6, 2010 Peretz said, "I can’t imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. That is, you will say my prejudice, but some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong."

Sep 19 14:42

Martin Peretz: editor of New Republic and agent of Israel

Lawrence Davidson profiles Martin Peretz, the editor-in-chief of the New Republic. “Martin Peretz is a good example of that subset of Americans whose single-minded dedication to Israel makes them ... agents of a foreign power. Indeed, in his willingness to pronounce his affection in the most indiscrete way, Peretz can be seen as their spokesman.”

Sep 19 08:57

The advance of the anti-Muslim movement across America

Shariah: The Threat to America, a report released by the Center for Security Policy in Washington DC on Wednesday, is an attempt to provide a veneer of seriousness in support of the hysterical ravings of people like Pamela Geller.

The fact that Washington’s foreign policy establishment won’t take the report seriously is beside the point since Islamophobia needs neither the consent nor the interest of the establishment or the mainstream media in order to continue its advance across America.

Sep 19 08:49

Megaphonies load up newspaper letter columns with anti-Muslim propaganda

Sep 18 22:54

AMERICA’S “JUSTICE” IN OCCUPIED IRAQ: WHY TARIQ AZIZ SHOULD BE RELEASED

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

The appearance on August 5 of an interview with former Iraqi diplomat Dr. Tariq Aziz in the Guardian was a minor bombshell, whose repercussions were to be felt worldwide. Like an underground explosion, the interview sent waves throughout international waters, rocking many boats and reaching far distant shores. It was not only what the former top Iraqi diplomat said — although his brief statements were of utmost relevance — but the mere fact that he was allowed to speak out in public, which sent eerie signals across international diplomatic circuits.

Why?

Who Is Tariq Aziz?

Sep 18 18:35

Time/CNN's Captain Obvious Asks: Have Cell Phones Become Personal Tracking Devices?

Time/CNN's Breaking News Study in Forgone Conclusions: What Your Cell Phone Could Be Telling the Government

Related 2007 Story at Conclusion of Article Predating Time's "Groundbreaking" News?

Smart phones do many things these days: surf the Internet, send e-mail, take photos and video (and — oh, yes — send and receive calls). But one thing they can do that phone companies don't advertise is spy on you. As long as you don't leave home without your phone, that handy gadget keeps a record of everywhere you go — a record the government can then get from your telephone company.

Sep 18 18:24

Paul Balles: More Islamophobia in America

Documentary film-maker Michael Moore pointed out, “Blaming a whole group for the actions of just one of that group is anti-American. Timothy McVeigh was Catholic. Should Oklahoma City prohibit the building of a Catholic Church near the site of the former federal building that McVeigh blew up?”

Sep 18 17:20

“War by Deception” by Ryan Dawson

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Sep 18 12:21

MORE OF CHOMSKY’S JIBBERISH RESPONDED TO

This is a brilliant dissection of the contradictions that Chomsky has been allowed to get away with for decades. Regardless of his motives, Chomsky’s faulty reading of the Israel-US relationship has well served the Zionist cause immobilzing any serious resistance against it in the US and abroad.. Knott’s article should be required reading for every activist concerned not only with justice for the Palestinians but actually doing something it about beyond holding conferences and shouting useless and ineffective slogans.

Sep 18 11:53

Natural Gas From Ruptured Gulf Well Remained Trapped in Deep Waters

Perhaps it should have been called the Gulf of Mexico gas spill.

In June, while the well resisted control, scientists led by David Valentine, a microbial geochemist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, took several hundred samples of natural gas at 31 sites in a large circle around Macondo, extending to a maximum of 8 miles from the spill's epicenter. Data from their cruise, sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, amount to the first independent snapshot of the immediate, short-term response triggered underwater by an onslaught of gas.

The majority of the methane, they found, remained dissolved more than 2,600 feet underwater, and the gas likely accounted for two-thirds of all the microbial activity in the undersea plumes. Based on government and BP data, some 206,000 metric tons of methane, 35,700 tons of ethane and 28,400 tons of propane snaked out into the subsurface, they estimated.

Sep 18 11:05

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: When they shout: “We strongly condemn …”

The lack of Western reaction towards this rise in the number of crimes against Palestinians reflects the conviction in the West that ‘violence has receded in the Middle East’, as if killing the Arabs is not ‘violence’, while killing these settlers is the only ‘violence’ in the Middle East

Sep 18 06:51

STEPHEN WALT: Did Tony Blair endorse preventive war on Iran?

Political leaders often draw negative inferences from an adversary’s conduct, without realizing that their own behavior is not really that different. In particular, an opponent’s past actions is frequently invoked to demonstrate how aggressive/dangerous/hostile/unstable they are, but when one’s own country (or a close ally) acts in the very same way, we are quick to find ways to rationalize or justify it and we would never conclude that we might be equally aggressive or irrational.

Case in point: in an interview with Charlie Rose on Sept. 7, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came close to endorsing the use of force against Iran...

Sep 18 06:20

GORDON DUFF: TAXPAYERS FUNDING ISRAELI DATABASE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS

CAUGHT! MOSSAD PAID BY U.S. TO SPY ON “DISSIDENTS,” TEA PARTY, ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Never has a nation funded a foreign spy organization’s efforts to catalog potential intelligence assets, operatives and, at the same time, take over the job of watching themselves. This is one of the greatest intelligence coups in history. Combine this with control of America’s airport security and total control of America’s communications networks, everything, mobile, internet, even landlines….we might as well pull down the flag and roll over.

Sep 17 22:46

We Have To Understand How Badly Damaged Our Economy Is! Peter Schiff

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." - Thomas Jefferson (Begs the question, does our constitution properly constrain the actions of the Federal Government? - kdtroxel)

“A nation without the means of reform is without means of survival.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Sep 17 22:10

ANDY WORTHINGTON: Introducing the Definitive List of the Remaining Prisoners in Guantánamo

The articles to follow, covering the rest of the prisoners still held, deal with those seized in particular locations: two cover prisoners seized in Afghanistan; two more tell the stories of prisoners seized crossing from Afghanistan to Pakistan in December 2001; two deal with prisoners seized in Pakistan; and the final article covers the “high-value detainees” transferred to Guantánamo from secret CIA prisons in September 2006, and other prisoners, seized in a variety of countries, who were subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and imprisonment in secret CIA prisons.

Sep 17 20:49

The Questions of 9/11 are Still Unanswered

Two days after the attacks, President George W. Bush said on September 13, 2001 that finding Bin Laden is the administration’s first priority. These are his words: “the most important thing for us is to find Osama bin Laden. It’s our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.”
6 months later, everything changed. These are the words of President George W. Bush, too: “I don’t know where he is. I have no idea and I really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”

Sep 17 14:01

Colbert, Stewart Plan March on Washington to Counter Glenn Beck

Spurred on by their Web fan base, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert say they are going to stage a “million moderate march” on the national mall in response to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally. Stewart is calling the event, scheduled for Oct. 30, a Saturday afternoon, the “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Colbert is calling his concurrent counter-march “March to Keep Fear Alive.”

The two events were triggered by fans who staged a Web write-in campaign. That zeal mushroomed shortly after Beck’s rally in late August, The Washington Post reported.

Sep 17 13:23

America’s True Believers and the Great Muslim Scare

Lawrence Davidson explains the phenomenon of Pamela Geller, an American Islamophobe who has played a prominent role in mobilizing bigots and hate-mongers against Muslims in the USA.

Sep 17 10:12

9-11 Paula Zahn sucks Mossad genitalia

Sep 17 09:12

Walrus Desperatus By Medius Doofus – The Latest Media Hoax

Yet, it’s not enough to report only about melting sea ice. An additional instrument has to be found to emotionalize the event. This year that instrument is no longer the polar bear, trapped on a single tiny chunk of ice. That’s out. The new symbol of climate doom this year is the lovable walrus – odobenus rosmarus.

Practically every major German media outlet has reported on the “plight” of the poor walrus, “forced to flee” to the Alaskan beaches because of the “dramatic” ice melt. It’s the latest unprecedented event that’s proof of anthropogenic global warming.

Sep 17 07:13

Rattling the Cage: Why ‘Time’ magazine isn’t anti-Semitic

“The insidious subtext of Israeli Jews being obsessed with money echoes the age-old anti-Semitic falsehood that Jews care about money above any other interest, in this case achieving peace with the Palestinians,” wrote Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, in a letter to Time.

Sep 17 04:25

STEPHEN SNIEGOSKI: RICHARD COHEN –ISRAEL LIABILITY FOR US

The CIA strongly argued that the creation of Israel was not in America’s interests and that therefore Washington ought to be opposed. This was no different than what later diplomats and military men (most recently, David Petraeus) have argued and it is without a doubt correct. Critics of the US “special relationship” with Israel hold that it is detrimental to American interests in the Middle East. Its supporters, however, normally claim the opposite—that Israel is actually an American strategic asset. (The Chomskyites are... [Read the full story]

Sep 16 23:42

STEPHEN WALT: MAINSTREAMING WAR WITH IRAN

If the United States does launch an attack, it will be doing so in part on Israel’s behalf, and the lobby will bear significant responsibility for having pushed this dangerous policy – Mearsheimer.
If you are worried that the United States might be foolish enough to attack Iran, then you might take comfort from Jeffrey Goldberg’s lengthy and alarmist Atlantic article on the subject. Based on a flock of mostly anonymous interviews, Goldberg has concluded that odds are better than 50-50 that Israel will attack Iran sometime next spring.... [Read the full story]

Sep 16 19:43

JEFF GATES: The Hate Mongers Among Us — First in a 4-part series

Hate we’re told is the face of evil seen in plumes of smoke and ash on 911. Yet hate also serves a purpose for those adept at catalyzing conflicts.

Hate we’re told is the face of evil seen in plumes of smoke and ash on 911. Yet hate also serves a purpose for those adept at catalyzing conflicts.

In the aftermath of that horrific event, hate we’re assured is a desired emotional state. Yet induced hate led us into two unwinnable wars. Hate may yet take us into Iran. Or Pakistan.

That hate is also bankrupting us both financially and psychologically.

Sep 16 17:43

America's "Justice" in Occupied Iraq: Why Tariq Aziz Should Be Released

At the May 30, 1990 Baghdad Summit, Aziz summed up the situation as it appeared to Iraq at the time: “So the picture in 1990 was one of Israeli threats to Iraq with the prospect of a war between Israel and Iraq, and an Israeli threat against Jordan, and an Israeli threat to the Palestinian people….” On top of this came the economic warfare launched by Kuwait, which had flooded the oil markets, triggering a drop in the oil price from $21 a barrel to $11 a barrel. Iraq was “on the verge of economic collapse,” Aziz said

Sep 16 15:05

Why the Mythbusters won't do RFID (last hope Adam Savage)

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So, yes, the Mythbusters have to only do the myths they are allowed to examine, which explains the persistent warning at their online forum, "Topics of 9/11 will be Removed"!

Sep 16 09:25

WORLD’S NEOCONS SAY THAT IF ISRAEL IS LOST THEN THE WEST IS LOST

Ex-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has told the Washington launch meeting of brand new neoconservative Zionist front group called the Friends of Israel Initiative (FII) that if ‘Israel is lost then the West is lost’.

Sep 16 08:31

Time's up: The story that shocked Israel

AS JEWS around the world celebrated the Jewish new year last week, they got a hell of a present — a shameful and offensive story from Time magazine that not only engaged in Israel bashing, but also trotted out old-age anti-Semitic stereotypes.

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Deflecting criticisms of Israel by screaming "Anti-Semite" makes as much sense as deflecting criticism of the Nazis by screaming "Anti-German!"

The comments to this article prove that the world has quit falling for Israel's favorite propaganda trick.

Sep 16 07:50

New U.S. Gov't Study Shows NO Damage from Vaccines, Court Cases and Foreign Countries Prove Otherwise

Activist Post

The U.S. corporate-government seems desperate to tamp down the discussion about the link between vaccines and neurological disorders such as autism. The corporate-government, with seemingly impeccable timing, released a study reported on by Reuters basically saying "nothing to see here, move along and keep taking your inoculations:"

Sep 16 07:04

ANDREA MITCHELL’S NBC INTERVIEW: IRANIAN PRESIDENT BLAMES ZIONISTS INFLUENCE OBAMA

By Tim King — Salem-News.Com

- NBC Reporter Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad broke new ground with the American public, by actually allowing the idea of Zionist control to air on an American news network. I’m not saying it has never been mentioned, but this is a real breakthrough.

Sep 16 05:44

US: time may come for special nuke probe of Syria

VIENNA — A U.S. envoy on Thursday suggested time was running out for Syria to cooperate with a U.N. atomic agency probe of alleged secret nuclear activities before the agency invokes its seldom-used authority to call for a special inspection – a possible prelude to U.N. Security Council involvement.

Sep 15 20:02

America’s True Believers and the Great Muslim Scare

Since the end of the Cold War, communism has been replaced by a new enemy, the religion of Islam and the billion Muslims who make it up. Even before 9/11 there was an on-going effort by radical Zionists to focus American fears and uncertainties on the Muslim world. The 9/11 attacks seemed to be proof positive of their position and, with the media’s full cooperation, increasing numbers of citizens began to think a new crusader war was justified

Sep 15 16:07

GORDON DUFF: IS AMERICA’S MILITARY PREPARED FOR THE ISRAELI THREAT?

CAN AMERICA STOP AN ISRAELI “NUCLEAR” 9/11?

“The American people are afraid, they see disaster coming. Everyone is waiting to see what city is chosen to be sacrificed. Will it be Phoenix or Sacramento or perhaps Atlanta? This is the real fear, the “not so secret” fear in the heart of every American.”

Sep 15 10:08

The Real Deal on the Qur’an-burning Scam: What the Media Didn’t Tell You

We told the media on Thursday, Sept. 9th at a national press conference held at CAIR’s office in Washington, DC, that fire regulations would prevent the Reverend from any type of public burning. But the media continued to pump up this Islamophobe. I guess it’s true what they say about the media, “if it bleeds, it leads”, or in this case “if it burns.” However, a little bit of responsible journalism would have revealed that Rev. Terry Jones had about a “snowball’s chance in hell” an appropriate metaphor for this wicked behavior. Here’s what the media missed:

Sep 15 07:27

International conference debates media's role in the 'War on Terror'

Experts are due to come from all over the world to discuss whether the media has helped to smooth over or exacerbate political, cultural and religious divides in Western societies and the world at large.

Sep 15 05:14

Veto Power: an Insult to the International Community: Kenneth O’Keefe

By Kourosh Ziabari –

Kenneth O’Keefe joined me in an in-depth interview to answer my questions on his anti-imperialistic viewpoints, the prospect of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the continued international controversy over Iran’s nuclear program, the chronic hostility between the United States and Iran and his experiences in the Freedom Flotilla mission.

Sep 15 05:11

STUART LITTLEWOOD: START AGAIN WITH A CLEAN SHEET, PALESTINIANS

So criminal within itself, it flinches from upholding the rule of international law. So corrupt, it happily outsources its foreign policy to terrorists in Tel Aviv. The idea that America acts as an honest broker for peace between its fellow cut-throat Israel and their victim, Palestine, on whose neck the Zionist jackboot is firmly planted, is a joke that is only funny in the hysterical sense.

The idea that any country, let alone America, would promote talks where one party is expected to make concessions to another which is bent on land-theft and whose government can only survive if it continues to defy international law, is madness. But Obama is up for it.

Sep 15 01:20

Who Did 9/11 - OBL, Bush Or Mossad? The Evidences

The "official" story that we have been told about 9/11 has more holes in it than aged cheese. It just does not add up. Yet, as a result of this story, serious actions are being taken against innocent Muslims and thousands of lives are being lost. Additionally, even more are being harassed and persecuted. Why isn’t our government investigating the huge pile of evidence pointing to the Israelis and why aren’t relations between the U.S. and Israel cooled? Why? Why? Why?

Sep 14 18:39

Nureddin Sabir: Disbanding the Palestinian Authority would scupper Israeli strategy

Often at seminal historical junctures the need to venture “outside the box” and think the unthinkable becomes critical.

Such a moment is now upon the Palestinians. At stake is whether they will survive as a people or dissolve into the oblivion of the banished: ethnically cleansed from their homeland, the world’s new gypsies, a second-class diaspora, third-class inhabitants of isolated reservations.

The challenge facing the Palestinians now is to step back from the abyss and seize the moment by turning threats and dangers into game-changing opportunities and a new strategic vision.

Sep 14 15:16

The backlash begins against the world landgrab

The neo-colonial rush for global farmland has gone exponential since the food scare of 2007-2008.

Last week's long-delayed report by the World Bank suggests that purchases in developing countries rose to 45m hectares in 2009, a ten-fold jump from levels of the last decade. Two thirds have been in Africa, where institutions offer weak defence.

As is by now well-known, sovereign wealth funds from the Mid-East, as well as state-entities from China, the Pacific Rim, and even India are trying to lock up chunks of the world's future food supply. Western agribusiness is trying to beat them to it. Western funds - many listed on London's AIM exchange - are in turn trying to beat them. The NGO GRAIN, and farmlandgrab.com, have both documented the stampede in detail.

Sep 14 14:52

TIME INTERNATIONA.L COVERS ARE VERY TELLING!

Sep 14 10:23

Nixon plot against newspaper columnist detailed

The White House obsession with Anderson — whose "Washington Merry Go-Round" column was the WikiLeaks of its day — is detailed in a new book being published this month, “Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture,” by journalism professor Mark Feldstein. The book relies in part on newly unearthed tapes from the National Archives that document how Nixon’s aides plotted to destroy Anderson by planting forged evidence with him and spreading false rumors about his sex life and that of one of his associates.

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Much the way the government of Israel does by screaming "Anti-Semite" at everyone!

Sep 14 08:00

ALAN HART: Does the Palestinian Diaspora Care Enough To Become Engaged?

Will future historians conclude that the Palestinian diaspora betrayed its occupied and oppressed brothers and sisters?

The real history of the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel invites the conclusion that the Arab regimes – more by default than design in my view – betrayed the Palestinians. The question this article addresses is: Will future historians conclude that the Palestinian diaspora betrayed its occupied and oppressed brothers and sisters?

Sep 14 07:36

Kenneth O’Keefe: Veto power is an insult to the international community

The hypocrisy of Israel having undeclared nuclear weapons in the hundreds while an open nuclear program in Iran is grounds for war is beyond absurd.

"The Zionist regime will not survive any more than the Nazi regime or the South African Apartheid regime. The Zionists will go the same way."

Sep 14 06:56

PETE CHARLES: BBC Bias — Panorama Programme Exposed

He takes the BBC Panorama bias story another step forward, in a quiet, compelling and balanced way.
He observes, “one would have expected some aspect of international law to be explored by BBC in this programme.”

Sep 14 06:04

Where Are the ‘Cherry Girls’ in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Camp followers and rapes in war are as ancient as Assyrian and Sumerian imperialism. So where is there a mention of them in the vast Media outpourings about Iraq and Afghanistan? Is the US the first nation to have eliminated prostitution and rape in vast wars over many years? Is anyone stupid enough to believe that? Obviously, the Media don’t print what they are ordered–”asked politely”–not to print, as we have seen over and over again.

Sep 13 22:46

LINDA HEARD: US should allow impartial 9/11 probe

The point is 9/11 and its ramifications were — and still are — no small matter. Almost everyone on the planet has been affected by that day in one way or the other; not least thousands of fallen coalition and Nato soldiers and up to a million Afghan and Iraqi civilians. Yet, for some strange reason, there has never been a thorough and impartial investigation of that day and the events that led up to it.

Even more intriguing is the collective apathy displayed by the American people towards discovering what really happened and especially when there are so many anomalies contradicting the official accounts that have been recorded in countless reports, books and documentaries by scholars who are invariably written-off as lunatic conspiracy theorists.

Sep 13 19:36

Former British PM Tony Blair gets Liberty Medal

PHILADELPHIA — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair received the Liberty Medal on Monday for his global human rights work and commitment to international conflict resolution.

The Philadelphia-based National Constitution Center gives the medal annually to individuals or organizations whose actions strive to bring liberty to people worldwide.

Blair was honored for his work with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which promotes religious tolerance; for his initiative to improve governance in Africa; and for advancing peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, among other efforts.

After accepting the award from former President Bill Clinton, Blair said that liberty is the result of "ordinary human beings doing extraordinary things in the midst of Earth-changing events."

Sep 13 14:35

Why we love to hate conspiracy theories: 911 Truth as threat to the intelligentsia

Especially left and liberal professionals and service intellectuals but also right-wing members of the intelligentsia vehemently attack and ridicule “conspiracy theories” such as the present 911 Truth movement.

WHY?

Sep 13 13:34

The Black Heart Over Palestine – Thirty Pieces of Silver

While U.S foreign policy supports the expansion of US corporate capital and specifically identifies Pan-Arab Nationalism as a geo-political threat in Global Trends 2010. Iran is targeted not so much because President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad challenges unsubstantiated facets concerning the sundry published accounts of the Jewish Holocaust or that the government of Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism.

Sep 13 13:32

Lauren Booth: Letter to Israel

Journalist Lauren Booth was on the first Free Gaza voyage and stayed to work in Gaza after the boats left. Her heartfelt letter to the people of Israel should be read by everyone who hopes for peace in the Middle East. This stunning video tribute to her words was designed and produced by the Free Gaza movement.

Sep 13 13:27

Kourosh Ziabari: This is America, the Beacon of Freedom

Those who claim to be the guardians of human rights have so far killed more than 1 million innocent civilians in Iraq since they launched their so-called War on Terror.

Sep 13 13:00

CASMII: Fact Sheet on US-Iran Standoff

By Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMI) via My Catbird Seat

The current U.S. standoff against Iran, like the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, was instigated by the neoconservatives of the Bush Administration based on their doctrine of “maintaining U.S. pre-eminence, thwarting rival powers and shaping the global security system according to U.S. interests”.

The same forces in U.S., U.K., Israel and allies today distort the truth and engage in deceit, coercion and aggression to achieve their goals. We will briefly examine some of the key facts in the standoff.

Sep 13 07:19

The Megaphonies leap into the discussion on 9-11 at the local Honolulu paper! MEGAPHONIES START TO LOSE THE DEBATE AND STARADVERTISER SHUTS OFF THE COMMENTS!

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BUMP BACK TO THE TOP!
I wonder how long it will take for the Star advertiser to shut off the comments this time! :)

UPDATE: Well, they have not shut them off, but they are starting to delete comments that do not go the way that is desired. I posted a very detailed reply to "Liberalas" pointing out that Israelis were arrested on 9-11, some 60 in total were held in connection with the WTC attacks, and apparently this is too much news for this particular newspaper!

Other posters are also complaining that their comments are being selectively deleted. Feel free to complain. (Mail link fixed)

UPDATE 2: The Star Advertiser has (predictably) shut down the comments on this article, because they were failing to sell the Kool Aid that Muslims are bad and deserving of war. This is the reason the corporate media is no longer the mainstream media. I view this shutting off of comments as a surrender on their part. Here follows the last post I entered just before Star Advertiser pulled the plug.


Look, it is obvious what you are your associates are here to do.

For months the US Government and Israel have been trying to sell us a new war, this time with Iran, because Iran is supposedly a nuclear threat to the United States. This ploy has failed to gain any traction with the public mostly because we all remember how the very same people screaming about Iran's nuclear weapons made the same claims about Iraq. Fool me once...

So, the war-makers and the whores who work for them have switched tactics, and are trying to take us all back to the glorious days of the 13th century when Christians and Muslims gladly cut each others' throats over whose god has the largest genitalia.

But this too is failing. The war makers may be trapped living in the past but the rest of us live at the dawn of the 21st century. We have the wisdom of having lived through the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons, which grants us the awareness that all governments lie to their people and they have been doing it since Ramses II lied to his people about his non-existent victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, secure in his knowledge that the Egyptian people of that time had no way to discover his lie.

But that was then and this is now and thanks to the citizens media, the life expectancy of a government lie gets shorter every day, and today can be clocked with an egg timer.

The war mongers, however, are stuck living in the past, more out of petulance than any other reason. They want to play by the rules that used to work in the good old days of the Cold War, when Americans would fling their money and the lives of their children anywhere the US Government said, "Commie! Commie!"

Those days are gone forever. And they are not coming back.

In the real world, ask yourself just who is the real danger?

Who has ruined your financial well being? Muslims or Wall Street?

Who has made the world angry at America? Muslims or US Foreign Policy in support of Israel?

Who is destroying the very soul of what it means to be America? Muslims, or those who would gladly abandon the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion in their quest to ignite a new crusade?

Who is bringing theocracy to America? Muslims or Christians who insist that their religion should reign supreme over the land?

Who has destroyed the Bill of Rights so many Americans died to create and defend? Muslims, or the US Congress?

No terrorist in their wildest dreams could inflict as much damage on what the United States is supposed to stand for than the US Government, and those who would lie us into another war of conquest for profit.

We know who you war-mongers are. And we know what you stand for. And we have heard it all before.

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."-- Leading Nazi leader, Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg Trials before he was sentenced to death


In shutting off the comments, the StarAdvertiser is taking a giant leap backward from modern interactive media to the one-way media of the 1950s and 1960s. That it is delivered via computer is irrelevant; the attitude reverts to one of "We tell you what to think and you are not allowed to disagree."

Feel free to complain. Loudly! If you do not get a polite reply, cc that email to their advertisers! (Mail link fixed)

Sep 13 03:23

Gunning for Islam

Three people are dead because US "pastor" Terry Jones, in collaboration with the American media, staged (or threatened to stage) an anti-Muslim Koran-burning exhibition, which predictably stoked anti-American protests in Afghanistan: also predictably, US troops fired on demonstrators. The result: yet more "collateral damage."

Sep 13 01:22

ERIC MARGOLIS: 9/11. THE MOTHER OF ALL COINCIDENCES

Ever since 9/11, readers keep asking me my views on these attacks. I have been barraged with emails until my head spins with engineering studies about melting steel, controlled explosions, claims about nefarious plots, and wreckage analysis.

One of the most colorful theories comes from Gen. Hamid Gul, former director of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI. He insists that 9/11 was staged by Israel’s Mossad and a cabal of rightwing US Air Force generals.

Sep 13 00:22

INTERNATIONAL BANKERS VS NATION-STATES

A DRIVE TO CREATE a system of corporate cartels intended to replace nation-states as the political organization of the planet was launched in Post WW II Europe.

An alliance of six European banks was emboldened in its mission to replace national policies with the dictates of finance capital owing to a global atmosphere of financial instability in war-devastated Europe.

Sep 12 22:16

OPEN LETTER: To People of Israel from Lauren Booth, Journalist on the First Free Gaza Voyage

Israel, in a lie absurd by its own propaganda standard, congratulates itself as having the most moral military in the world -

Journalist Lauren Booth was on the first Free Gaza voyage and stayed to work in Gaza after the boats left.

Her heartfelt letter to the people of Israel should be read and seen [IN THEIS VIDEO] by everyone who hopes for peace in the Middle East.

Sep 12 21:56

US MEDIA ‘giving rise to Islamophobia’

Speeches by certain public speakers covered by US media have been giving rise to Islamophobia in the United States, a senior member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says. Speaking in an interview with Press TV, legislative director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Corey Saylor hit out at US media for making Muslims feel increasingly alienated and insecure in the society.

Sep 12 09:52

Can You Handle The Heat?

Awesome news for people wearing sweatpants while posting lists of their favorite Smurfs (present company included): the Associated Press informed its members this week that they can cite blogs as a news source.

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Dear AP (and for that matter ABCNNBBCBS), feel free to use any original writings on this website as a source free of charge, as long as you don't "tinker" it to change the meaning and include a credit.

Sep 12 09:22

Rupert Murdoch's Paywall Disaster

We had already seen the early indications that Rupert Murdoch's paywalls from The Times and The Sunday Times in the UK were a dismal failure, but as more information gets leaked about how the paywalls are working out, it's looking worse and worse. Beyond the fact that not too many people are signing up to pay, the move has upset advertisers who don't want to advertise to such a small audience:

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It's one thing to lie to the people for free, Rupe, and quote another to ask them to pay to be lied to! If you started telling the world the truth, they would pay. Hell, if you started telling the world the truth I would even pay!

Sep 12 09:20

Jewish Media Influence in Scandinavia

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Obviously, this is a global problem.

Sep 12 08:20

PRESS TV TALKS TO MARK GLENN ABOUT ISLAMOPHOBIA IN AMERICA

As conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to deteriorate and casualties from the two wars continue to mount, the US media is attempting to garner support for the highly unpopular conflicts by portraying law-abiding Muslims as terrorists and extremists.

The following is a series of exclusive Press TV interviews with Mark Glenn, author and co-founder of “The Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement,” on the western justification for the rise in Islamophobia.

Sep 11 21:39

JUSTIN RAIMONDO: The ‘Meaning’ of 9/11

The Israelis, having long ago declared war on all the other nations of the region, want us in their camp, and that is precisely what occurred with stunning speed before the smoke cleared from the site where the World Trade Center once stood. “We’re all Israelis now!” exulted Martin “Palestinians are subhuman” Peretz, over at The New Republic. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is today the Prime Minister of Israel, told an audience at Bar Ilan University “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” according to the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv.

Sep 11 19:02

TONY LAWSON REVIEWS BBC’S ‘DEATH ON THE MED’ DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

Anthony Lawson, reviews BBC Panorama’s Documentary video ‘Death on the Med’, and critiques THE BBC for its blatantly “biased and often untruthful treatment of Israel’s worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead and he opines, this should trigger a public enquiry about who is really in charge of one of the most influential broadcaster’s on the planet”.

MUST WATCH THIS EXCELLENT exposé OF THE BBC

Sep 11 11:35

Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque

So far, the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has unfolded along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting him as a terrorist sympathizer with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

But meanwhile, links between the group behind the controversial mosque, the CIA and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged.

Sep 11 11:07

Collapsing America

On September 11, 2001, someone stabbed America. She’s being murdered right now. As Americans, we need to get to the heart of this, because this madness and deceit are perpetuating themselves. If we don’t have the courage and clarity to confront this evil, we won’t regain our sanity or move forward. We might as well be dead. We’re dying. As with the King murder and so much else, you cannot expect the system to convict itself. It will lie and lie until the truth hardly matters.

Sep 11 10:47

An Open Letter to BBC Panorama’s Jane Corbin

I have been in the media game long enough to know that moral depravity and lack of integrity are qualities that are rewarded rather than discouraged in your field of work. With such experience it is impossible for me to take commitments from someone like yourself seriously, and that is why I recorded our conversation clandestinely, a conversation in which you confirmed the agreement that was made between the BBC and myself with yourself and Alys as BBC representatives. In that agreement it was clear that I would agree to the interview if only you included the fact that we let the commandos go.

...

Sep 11 10:42

BBC bias: the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Documentary maker Anthony Lawson argues, in a 15-minute video critique of BBC Panorama's 'Death on the Med', that the BBC's "biased and often untruthful treatment of Israel's worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead should trigger a public enquiry about who is really in charge of one of the most influential broadcaster's on the planet".

Sep 11 09:39

BBC Bias: The Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Sep 11 09:09

9/11 events go on in shadow of Islam controversies

NEW YORK — A day of mourning for nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims began with moments of silence and tears near ground zero, as observers braced for protests over a mosque planned blocks away on what is usually an anniversary free of politics.

Chants of thousands of sign-waving protesters both for and against the Islamic center were expected after an annual observance normally known for a sad litany of families reading names of loved ones lost in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Sep 11 05:22

GORDON DUFF: POLITICS, RELIGION AND THE MILITARY, A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

A dozen American soldiers are under arrest, five for murder, in crimes that we may never know the full extent of. The accusations, killing for sport, collecting fingers as trophies, is “meat” for the media. It will sell papers, it will bring TV viewers and, combined with the threatened Koran burning and the “hatefest” over the Manhattan Islamic Center, everything imaginable is being done to make certain that terrorism is alive and well and aimed at the United States.

The Koran burning is cancelled but we can’t undo the murders, not this set, not the last nor the decade long nightmare beginning, not with 9/11 but the election of George W. Bush, or more honestly, Dick Cheney. [...]

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Sep 11 05:19

JUAN COLE: Top Stories More Important than Quran-Burning Nut Job

Soldiers face charges over secret ‘kill team’ which allegedly murdered at random and collected fingers as trophies of war.

Soldiers face charges over secret ‘kill team’ which allegedly murdered at random and collected fingers as trophies of war The horrible era of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States yielded a one-day silly season on Thursday, covered wall-to-wall by the US cable news channels. The weird cultist Terry Jones, fired from his church in Cologne, [...]

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Sep 11 04:35

The Source of America’s Wars – Kristol Clear [VIDEO]

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail –

Americans feeling let down by Barack Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan should take careful note of those who welcomed yet another “surge.” It might help them to identify the source of their seemingly endless wars.

For instance, in a recent Washington Post opinion piece, William Kristol described Obama’s West Point speech as “encouraging.” It was “a good thing,” he said, that Obama was finally speaking as “a war president.”

CONTINUE HERE TO VIEW THE WHOLE STORY.

Sep 11 02:48

GORDON DUFF: STOLEN VALOR ACT WAS ALWAYS A JOKE

NOT ALL PHONIES ARE PHONY –

One US Senator wears a Silver Star awarded to him instead of sending him to prison. He has a secret presidential pardon and his military records are classified. One recent US President was awarded a DFC for something he could have just as easily been sent to the brig for, an incident that killed two crew members described by those there as “panic” in combat. One friend of a powerful politician actually awarded himself a Medal of Honor. Senator John Kerry won three Purple Hearts for wounds a Marine would never bother to mention to a corpsman. General Colin Powell wears a Purple Heart for a wound even John Kerry wouldn’t have noticed.

Sep 10 15:45

Janet Napolitano vows to keep up fight

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with a speech Friday in New York vowing to keep up the fight against terrorists and to “to enlist the nation in its own collective security.”

“We can’t guarantee there won’t be another successful terrorist attack,” Napolitano will tell first responders and emergency workers. “The threats we face are evolving, and enemies like Al Qaeda and its affiliates are determined. … Today, on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history, I can pledge to you this: We will do everything in our power to prevent attacks and to prepare ourselves.”

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We will never know peace & liberty with people like this running our government and agencies. I am all feared out. - kdtroxel

Sep 10 07:46

JUSTIN RAIMONDO: The ‘Meaning’ of 9/11

It’s not what you think –

To find the answer to this question, we just have to follow the money, and thankfully Ken Vogel and Giovanni Russonello over at Politico have done just that. After detailing the money coming into the Cordoba House project from mainstream donors like the Rockefellers, they write:

“There’s also big money behind the mosque opposition, as highlighted by the relationship between [David] Horowitz’s Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Jihad Watch – the website run by Spencer “dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology play in the modern world” – and Joyce Chernick, the wife of a wealthy California tech company founder.

Sep 10 06:03

Report: US must deal with domestic radical problem

WASHINGTON — The U.S. was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission.

The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.

Sep 10 03:04

JONES TO PIKE: "DON'T CRITICIZE JEWS"

Last year, prior to passage of the federal hate crimes bill, Alex Jones, after years of ignoring my requests to allow me to warn his huge audience of the hate bill threat, finally put me on his June 8th program.

As I was waiting to begin the broadcast, Jones told me off the air that he had heard me the previous morning on Joyce Riley's program criticizing Jewish supremacists as authors of the hate bill. He said what he was about to tell me was "off the record." He said his broadcasting empire has "gotten so big" with many mainline affiliates that he cannot afford to lose those stations by criticizing Jews. "But I've got to mention ADL behind the hate bill!" I objected. "ADL is okay," he said. "Talk about ADL all you want, but we can't talk about Jews

Sep 10 01:35

Press TV’s Kaneez Fatima talks to James Morris on US Blasphemy

James Morris critic of Israel Lobby was asked at the out set, Who benefits from such an act ? What kind of backing is Rev. Jones’ initiative receiving from various anti-Islam lobbies in America?

Sep 09 22:49

Blindly returning to the dark ages

Faryal Leghari, Khaleej Times –

This year the September 11 dateline comes encased in unbridled controversy of a different kind. Thanks to the ‘Burn A Quran Day’, the brainchild of one Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, Florida, being staged to commemorate the September 11 anniversary. This controversial act that was in the pipeline since months has stirred a hornet’s nest.

It has now involved the top US political and military leadership. So much so that following General David Petraeus’s warning that it could endanger the lives of US troops, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also spoken out strongly against ?the plan, calling it “disgraceful and disrespectful”.

Sep 09 22:01

GORDON DUFF: AMERICA’S WORST KEPT 9/11 SECRET

DO THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BLAME BUSH FOR 9/11?

I learned about 9/11 from the news. Before the second plane had crashed, people in the crowd told me and the rest of America it was Osama bin Laden and Arab hijackers trained in Afghanistan with the help of Saddam Hussein. A BBC reporter then told me Building 7 had just collapsed, though it was almost totally undamaged and standing 47 stories tall, right there on the TV screen behind her.

Sep 09 21:36

ADL: Time magazine Israel cover story rehashes anti-Semitic lies

A Time magazine cover story claiming Israelis are more interested in their booming economy than reaching an historical peace agreement with the Palestinians is another version of the anti-Semitic falsehood that Jews prefer money above any other interest, the Anti Defamation Language said in a statement on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will admit I was rather surprised to see that TIME magazine cover at the supermarket today. My first thought was, "Finally the US media are starting to wake up.

So of course it comes as no surprise at all that Israel whines, "Anti-Semitism! Anti-Semitism! Anti-Semitism! Anti-Semitism!" yet again.

Sep 09 12:13

Great News - Tampa Bucs Game To Be Blacked Out Due To Low Ticket Sales

Sunday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cleveland Browns game will be the first regular season game at Raymond James Stadium to be blacked out.

Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998.

Because of the slow ticket sales, the game won't be aired on local television...

Sep 09 10:34

Khaled Meshaal Interview: Hamas Chief Weighs In on Eve of Peace Talks

Huffington Post Sharmine Narwani –

With pundits in most capitals already predicting failure for the US-brokered Palestinian-Israeli peace talks to begin on Thursday, it seems only natural to start asking the question:

“What’s next?”

To get a jumpstart on what surely will be an onslaught of new, competing narratives vying for prominence in the post-peace process era, I headed to Damascus to talk to a man who has predicted the failure of this process from the start. And yet who — against all logic — has never been invited to sit at the negotiating table.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/khaled-meshaal-interview-hamas-chief-...

Sep 09 08:03

Do The Majority Of Americans Blame Bush For 9/11?

I learned about 9/11 from the news. Before the second plane had crashed, people in the crowd told me and the rest of America it was Osama bin Laden and Arab hijackers trained in Afghanistan with the help of Saddam Hussein. A BBC reporter then told me Building 7 had just collapsed, though it was almost totally undamaged and standing 47 stories tall, right there on the TV screen behind her.

An Israel film crew, found later to be Mossad agents, partied in the streets, having filmed the attacks. They couldn't control their joy in seeing thousands of Americans die. The equipment gathered up days in advance, cameras loaded the night before.

Continue reading: http://sabbah.in/9aglzK

Sep 09 06:19

Kourosh Ziabari: Does Burning Quran Solve your Problems?

Those who crashed into the twin towers of New York and accomplished the mission of 9/11 were not Muslims. They belonged to the gangs which the very White House, that is now purportedly launching a global war on terror, founded, nurtured, supported and amplified to the extent of an international terrorist organization: Al-Qaida.

Sep 09 05:44

GORDON DUFF: DO THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BLAME BUSH FOR 9/11?

An Israel film crew, found later to be Mossad agents, partied in the streets, having filmed the attacks. They couldn’t control their joy in seeing thousands of Americans die. The equipment gathered up days in advance, cameras loaded the night before.

Sep 09 05:14

Stuart Littlewood: Hamas Re-Positioning Themselves?

“Negotiation today does not serve the Palestinian side… Just as there is currently no parity in the field of confrontation, there is also no parity around the negotiating table,” says Mesh’al

Sep 09 03:14

Kourosh Ziabari: Who pays for the loss of life in Iran?

Salem-News.Com – Since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 which toppled the U.S.-backed regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran has been faced with devastating and agonizing financial sanctions of the United States and its European allies who didn’t favor the post-revolutionary Iran’s doctrine of confrontation with the superpowers and its denial of [...]

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Sep 08 17:55

Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With AK-47

He was arrested for protecting his property and family.

But it’s how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line.

He got an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled the trigger and he ended up in jail, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

George Grier said he had to use his rifle on Sunday night to stop what he thought was going to be an invasion of his Uniondale home by a gang he thought might have been the vicious “MS-13.” He said the whole deal happened as he was about to drive his cousin home...

Sep 08 17:35

LITTLEWOOD : Hamas re-positioning themselves?

“Negotiation today does not serve the Palestinian side… Just as there is currently no parity in the field of confrontation, there is also no parity around the negotiating table,” says Mesh’al

Hamas have been criticised recently for dragging their feet over the need to re-think their image.

They now seem to have at least made a start on this important task judging by a remarkable interview with Hamas chief Khaled Mesh’al by Middle East Monitor.

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/littlewood-hamas-re-positioning-thems...

Sep 08 10:35

Kourosh Ziabari: Who pays for the loss of life in Iran?

The United States and its European allies who boast of themselves as being the harbingers of human rights and liberty have obliviously forgotten that they are simply human beings who lose their lives as a result of the sanctions which they've devised. The civilian passengers who are destined to die in the insecure flights of Iran's aviation fleet are the victims of those who have long trumpeted in our ears that they're the sole defenders of human rights.

Sep 08 08:58

Khaled Mesh’al lays out new Hamas policy direction

Middle East Monitor

This is the most recent interview with Khaled Mesh’al who, since 1996, has been the Chairman of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Political Bureau. After the assassination of Hamas leader Abdul ‘Aziz Rantisi in 2004 by Israel, Mesh’al became the overall leader of the movement.

Sep 08 08:19

Sayanim Fisk is on the villify Muslims bandwagon - PROPAGANDA ALERT

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One good thing about this attempt to ignite a new (Un)Holy Crusade is that a lot of Israel's bitches are breaking cover and are now out in the open where we can see them!

Sep 08 08:17

9 Shameless Warmongers Who Call Fox News Home

During the run-up to the Iraq war, some of the worst purveyors of misinformation about Iraq had a home at Fox News, and their ranks have swelled considerably since then. Media Matters takes a look at the track record of wrong predictions and shoddy analysis about the war in Iraq by many of Fox News’ contributors and analysts.

Sep 08 05:35

Back on TV due to popular demand…… ‘The Peace Industry’

By Joseph Glatzer –

The Nobel Prize award winning show, “The Peace Industry” comes back for its 19th season on September 2nd, after an almost 2 year hiatus. It is one of the longest running and most popular shows in TV history.

Some humour for a change!

CONTINUE READING HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/back-on-tv-due-to-popular-demand%e2%8...

Sep 08 05:26

ALAN HART: Should Saudi King Abdullah invite Netanyahu to Riyadh?

The suggestion that he should was made by Thomas L. Friedman in his column for the New York Times on 7 September. My first response was to say to myself, “That proves Friedman doesn’t understand the complexities of the conflict and is at least a little bit bonkers.”

But the more I thought about it, the more it seemed to me that King Abdullah should do what Friedman suggested. In a moment I’ll get to what I think the Arabs and the Palestinians especially would have to gain without losing anything, but first here’s the essence of what Friedman wrote.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:
http://mycatbirdseat.com/?p=8395

Sep 07 22:45

British celeb phone-hacking scandal comes to Downing Street as aide sought for questioning

Police also want to interview a former tabloid reporter who has said that the aide and former editor, Andy Coulson, knew of alleged efforts to hack cellphones belonging to celebs, politicians and aides to the royal family.

Sep 07 22:45

Phone Hacking at Murdoch's Tabloid Was Widespread, Unapologetic

Four years ago, Rupert Murdoch-owned UK tabloid The News of the World got caught hacking the voicemail of "hundreds of celebrities" and other public figures. Now, the full extent of the hacking's coming out—and it's bad. Amazingly dirty, actually!

It would be a shame if all the stories the tabloid got by stealing private phone messages got more attention than the scandalous methods this paper routinely employed to get those stories. Even in the amoral world of UK tabloids (and Rupert Murdoch's empire), this is well beyond the pale. So it's nice that the New York Times Magazine has finally produced a definitive report—showing that phone hacking was a routine and accepted procedure at News of the World.

Sep 07 21:19

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: The Boycott of Israel is “Gaining Speed”

When you have a powerful and single-minded lobby that is able to manipulate your government in such a fashion that it pours its national treasure into a racist state, arms it and protects it to the point of becoming an accomplice to its crimes, and by doing so willfully alienates 22% of the world’s population, you know that your notion of national interest has been seriously mangled.

Sep 07 16:37

Gerald Posner sued over alleged "Miami Babylon" plagiarism

Disgraced writer Gerald Posner was slapped with a copyright suit today for allegedly stealing "significant portions" of his latest book.

Author Frank Owen alleges that Posner -- who gained fame for his 1993 investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy -- engaged in "numerous examples of word-for-word copying" to produce last year's "Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth, and Power -- A Dispatch from the Beach."

Owen's Manhattan federal court suit seeks unspecified damages from Posner, who Owen claims in one section is "Eligible For The Guinness Book of World Records for Copyright Infringement."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posner built a career attacking anyone who dared question the official story about anything, and it is good to see him finally getting his just reward.

Sep 07 16:34

Peculiar Posner

Gerald Posner? Isn't that the same name as the investigative journalist who resigned from the website Daily Beast after allegations surfaced of serial plagiarism? (The Miami New Times also provided examples that Posner "seems to add, subtract, or misattribute quotes" and displayed a series of such "apparently altered or misattributed quotes.") The letter to The Times puts this Gerald Posner's location as Miami Beach---where the Posner in question happens to live, so yes, it does seem to be the right person. Assuming Karzai didn't prefer to hire some unknown Gerald Posner from Miami. Which raises some more questions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reader Comment: Posner is a serial plagiarist whose career is dropping into the abyss of a richly deserve ignominy ....Case Closed and Good Night Posner

Sep 07 16:34

GRENIER: Who does he think he is fooling?

Aljazeera

Robert Grenier deconstructs the political rhetoric of former United States ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.

The latest piece of ‘analysis’ of the misnamed Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’ from Martin Indyk, recently aired by the New York Times Op-Ed page, simply leaves me slack-jawed.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/grenier-who-does-he-think-he-is-fooling/

Sep 07 11:09

TURN OFF FOX

Sep 07 10:05

The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis”

By Andrew Gavin Marshall
GlobalResearch.ca – Centre for Research on Globalization

Part I

As the 9th anniversary of 9/11 nears, and the war on terror continues to be waged and grows in ferocity and geography, it seems all the more imperative to return to the events of that fateful September morning and re-examine the reasons for war and the nature of the stated culprit, Al-Qaeda.

The events of 9/11 pervade the American and indeed the world imagination as an historical myth.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/the-imperial-anatomy-of-al-qaeda-the-...

Sep 07 08:33

Star-Advertiser shuts down comments on Mosque story

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They tend to do that when the comments do not support the desired agenda.

Sep 07 08:18

Dr. Elias Akleh: Why Negotiate …Again?

strong>Abbas demonstrated his weakness when he made it clear that he is going to talks due to American pressure and for fear of losing American funding. He, thus, indicated clearly that any possible agreements out of the talks (if any at all) would have been imposed on him and he has no choice but to accept them.

Sep 07 07:17

Dr. Franklin Lamb: Munir’s Story: 28 years after the Massacre at Sabra-Shatila

“Entire families were slain. Groups consisting of 10-20 people were lined up against walls and sprayed with bullets. Mothers died while clutching their babies. All men appeared to be shot in the back. Five youths of fighting age were tied to a pickup truck and dragged through the streets before being shot.” I mean…I can’t remember how many girls they raped. The girl’ voice, with their fear and pain, I can’t ever forget them.”

Sep 07 07:10

UN: No food crisis looms despite Russia wheat ban

Commentary: Doublespeak in action -- there is no food crisis according to the overlords at the U.N. despite riots in Mozambique; the ban by Russia; in-depth studies that already show sizable food inflation; and the U.N. itself citing that "markets will remain volatile for years." This statement is akin to all Orwellian DoubleThink (shortage is abundance now) that comes from the mouths of those who are encouraging apathy when we should be doing our best to prepare. -- Activist Post

Associated Press

ROME — A U.N. agency says no global food crisis is looming despite the Russian wheat shortfall. But it is cautioning that food markets will remain volatile for years.

Sep 07 06:37

Iran Bars Some Nuclear Inspectors, Raising U.N. Alarms

VIENNA — The U.N. atomic agency expressed alarm Monday about Iran's decision to bar some of its inspectors, suggesting that its efforts to monitor the country's nuclear program were suffering as a result.

The unusually blunt International Atomic Energy Agency warning was voiced in a restricted report on Iran made available to The Associated Press that otherwise contained few surprises. It followed Iran's recent decision to strip two experienced inspectors of the right to monitor its nuclear activities after the two reported what they said were undeclared nuclear experiments.

Sep 07 04:22

Gordon Duff: America’s War Racketeers, the Real Terrorists

Is America’s racketeering ‘elite’ a terrorist organization

There is a group of Americans, a combination of coward, gangster, politician, buffoonish soldier, con man and Israel obsessed bully. These are the “users” and “takers” who live their lives, some invisible, some media darlings, some famous heroes as portrayed by their friends in the media, their fellow thugs. This is the world’s greatest terrorist organization, the threat to, not only world security but the lives and freedom of the people of the world. These are the people who bleed America dry and have for generations, the people who have turned America into what the world clearly sees it as now, a weapon to be wielded against the common and decent people of the world on behalf of criminal terrorists.

Sep 06 21:57

Declassified: Massive Israeli manipulation of US media exposed

Sep 06 21:37

FRANKLIN LAMB: Munir’s Story -- 28 years after the Massacre at Sabra-Shatila

In Shatila Palestinian refugee camp and outside Abu Yassir’s shelter, the bullet marks still cover the lower half of the 11 “walls of death” where some of the dried blood is mixed and feathered in with the thin mortar. An elderly gentleman named Abu Samer still has some souvenirs of the event: three American automatic pistols fitted with silencers, a couple of knives and axes that were strapped to some of the killers belts as they quickly and silently shot, carved and chopped whoever they came upon starting at around 6 pm on Thursday September 16, 1982. Plus a couple of whisky bottles. These weapons were gifted to Israel by the US Congress and subsequently issued along with drugs and alcohol and other “policing equipment” to the killers in his “most moral army” by Ariel Sharon.

Sep 06 19:26

Chief of ABC News Is Resigning

In an e-mail that Mr. Westin sent to the staff on Monday night, he cast the decision in personal terms, saying that after almost 14 years, he had decided it was time “to move on.” He also pledged to stay in the position until the end of the year to give ABC time to find a replacement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am available! :)

Sep 06 19:24

ABC News to cut half its domestic correspondents, close bricks-and-mortar bureaus [Updated]

As part of the deep cuts announced this week at ABC News, the network plans to close all of its physical bureaus around the country except Washington and halve the number of its domestic correspondents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Food Lion is avenged! :)

Sep 06 16:03

JEFF GATES — When Will We See the Next Mass Murder?

On August 26th, a leaked memo from the Central Intelligence Agency cited American Jews as exporters of terrorism. Then came the news on August 30th from Sephardi chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who urged that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas “vanish from our world” and that “God strike (Palestinians) down with a plague.”

Sep 06 10:55

Economists: Second Economic Stimulus Needed

National Debt Not Most Important Issue; Experts Suggest Infrastructure Spending, Payroll Tax Holiday Would Spur New Hires

The White House is facing a public that's very pessimistic about the economy, with new unemployment numbers rising to 9.6 percent, the first increase in four months. The Democrats are staring at possible defeat in the mid-term elections if the job market does not improve, and President Barack Obama will outline new measures Wednesday aimed at boosting the U.S. economy.

Sep 06 08:53

Glenn Beck 8/28 rally – the death rattle of mainstream conservatism Category: General

Glenn Beck’s big rally at the Lincoln Memorial a couple days ago is the talk of the news media and the internet. Liberals are denouncing it, conservatives are walking on air, while tens of millions of people are completely mystified. And with good reason – if Seinfeld was a show about nothing, this massive gathering was a rally about nothing. And while it may have looked impressive, in reality it shows just how impotent and adrift the mainstream conservative movement has become.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like I keep saying, after studying the liberals and the conservatives closely, anarchy is looking really good right now!

Sep 06 04:28

‘Firedoglake’ is progressive– just don’t talk about Palestine

By Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss

Here is an important matter that I have been sitting on for days and that people who care about American support for Palestinian oppression need to be aware of: the extent to which Firedoglake, a leading progressive site, suppresses criticism of Israel. The battle demonstrates that even inside the left, the Israel lobby is a strong force. Indeed, the founder of the site, movie producer Jane Hamsher, has dismissed concern for Palestinians as a “pet issue.”

As I have said often, our country cannot make progress on this critical policy issue until people who care about Palestinian freedom find one another and make a political combination to take on the Israel lobby.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

Sep 05 22:09

Was Iraq Worth It?

By Patrick J. Buchanan –

Six months before the invasion of Iraq, Taki Theodoracopulos, Scott McConnell and this writer launched a new magazine, The American Conservative. Goal: Convince our countrymen that invading Iraq would be imperial folly. In the first column, in mid-September 2002, I wrote: “If Providence does not intrude, we will soon launch an imperial war on Iraq...

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/was-iraq-worth-it/

Sep 05 22:05

Amen to the Imam

By Jack Hunter –

Sometimes editors like to have fun with their writers — like this week when my editor at the Charleston City Paper declared that controversial Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and yours truly are actually the same person. Explains Chris Haire:

“You want proof? Well here goes: As you know, Rauf is the guy behind the so-called Ground Zero mosque. Not surprisingly, Sean Hannity doesn’t like him.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/amen-to-the-imam/

Sep 05 09:28

FBI: 6 accused in forced labor of 400 Thai workers

The six defendants include Global Horizons President and CEO Mordechai Orian, 45; Director of International Relations Pranee Tubchumpol, 44; Hawaii regional supervisor Shane Germann, 41; and onsite field supervisor Sam Wongsesanit, 39. The Thailand recruiters were identified as Ratawan Chunharutai and Podjanee Sinchai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is what AP is NOT telling you (and why you come to WRH). Mordechai Orian is a huge GOP donor! Orian gave tens of thousands of dollars to the National Republican
Congressional Committee on eight occasions between 2004 and 2006. His largest contribution of $11,000 came on July 13, 2006. Orian also gave $2000 to the GOP-affiliated Restore America PAC twice in that period.

During those years the Republican-led Congress debated and sought to pass a major immigration reform bill that involved, among many other things, an expanded guest-worker program. The legislation ultimately failed.

Sep 05 09:07

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Shield Laws, Wikileaks and the Public’s Right to Know

The reason that the Wikileaks’ action in July caused such an uproar within the U.S. government is because public support for both the actions that initiated the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the policies that keep them going were and are based on lies and calculated omissions in public information. In other words, the administration of George W. Bush repeatedly misled the public and the administration of Barack Obama not only protects those responsible, but continues their practices.

Sep 05 05:55

Stuart Littlewood: Hamas, Don’t Blow this Chance

strong>For example, Hamas could have said: “Israel doesn’t have a monopoly on security and we Palestinians are equally entitled to feel safe… Armed Jewish squatters terrorise Palestinian families, menace our children, damage crops, poison our water and often cause fatal harm… Therefore any armed squatter on Palestinian soil risks the same fate as an armed Palestinian found in Israel.”

Sep 05 02:20

Hamas, don’t blow this chance

By Stuart Littlewood –

Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally “come good”?

Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the western media.

Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.

Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.

This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will re-focus every two weeks.

Sep 04 22:36

Ali Abunimah: Enthusiasm for Palestinian Prime Minister isn’t Shared by Palestinians

Palestinian Authority thugs raided a meeting of dozens of Palestinian political activists opposed to the authority taking part in new direct talks with Israel while settlement construction and other repression continue. Palestine’s Al-Haq human rights group condemned the attack, in which its staff along with many other individuals and journalists were assaulted, as further evidence of the “police state” the authority has become.

Sep 04 14:30

The Cloud Mystery 6/6


If you do not have the time to watch this documentary from start to finish.
Please have a look at the sum up...

Presenting the linkage between solar magnetic field and the degree of cloud cover on Earth, which influences temperatures. Note in part 2 how the IPCC slammed their research as a threat to the human-caused global warming agenda.

Sep 04 09:05

An Al Quds day letter to Tony Blair. From Lauren Booth, in Iran

Gilad Atzmon: I guess that Tony Blair’s sister in law, Lauren Booth, could easily use the phone and tell Tony what she thinks of him, his politics and his new memoir. However, being a peace activist she decided also to share it with the rest of us.

Sep 04 08:15

Obama has Signalled his Coming Complete Surrender to Zionism and its Lobby

Israel’s leaders knew that settlements on Arab land occupied in 1967 are illegal. They simply didn’t give (and still today don’t give) a damn about international law. But this attitude, a mixture of extreme arrogance and insufferable self-righteousness, does not make them the main villains in the story of what happened after June 1967. The main villains were (and still are) the governments of the major powers and the one in Washington DC above all.

Sep 04 04:08

ALAN HART — Obama has signalled his coming complete surrender to Zionism and its lobby

He did it with seven words. “Ultimately the U.S. cannot impose a solution.”

The next question asks itself. Why won’t Obama be the president to call and hold the Zionist state to account for its crimes, even when doing so is necessary for the best protection of America’s own interests?

He was speaking at the White House the day before the start of the new round of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after he had met with them and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. (In my last post I anticipated Obama saying at the point of his complete surrender that “America can’t want peace more than the parties.” He also said that – ahead of schedule!)

Sep 04 01:33

Stop the War Talk

ED NOTE: NEVER thought I would seriously consider an op-ed piece in the NYT for My Catbird Seat, but here it is today:

A key quote:

"This drumbeat [to war with Iran] must be silenced, and only President Obama can silence it."

"An Israeli attack on Iran would almost certainly precipitate a devastating regional war with unforeseeable global consequences."

Not perfect, to be sure, but considering the source....

Stop the War Talk

By REZA ASLAN and BERNARD AVISHAI

Sep 04 00:24

Jeffrey Goldberg — The Point of No Return

GOLDBERG'S empty rhetoric plays on...

For the Obama administration, the prospect of a nuclearized Iran is dismal to contemplate— it would create major new national-security challenges and crush the president’s dream of ending nuclear proliferation. But the view from Jerusalem is still more dire: a nuclearized Iran represents, among other things, a threat to Israel’s very existence. In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how? As Washington and Jerusalem study each other intensely, here’s an inside look at the strategic calculations on both sides—and at how, if things remain on the current course, an Israeli air strike will unfold.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE & MORE HERE:

Sep 03 22:51

Charles Freeman: Stifling debate on Israel has deadly consequences

The "other half" of Amb. Freeman's very recent public utterances.
The interviewer Malsin was very competent in asking the right questions

By Jared Malsin

New York – When it comes to the normally stultified American debate on Middle East issues, Charles Freeman, the former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, is one of the most outspoken US officials.

His pronouncements, by his own admission, break established taboos against criticism of Israel, against skepticism about the two-state solution, against supporting engagement with Hamas. And the central taboo, he argues, which underpins the others, prohibits discussion of the role of right wing organizations lobbying for Israel, such as AIPAC.

Sep 03 22:44

Fisking Blair’s chapter on Iraq

Another "FACT" Buster:

By Mehdi Hasan–

Our ex-prime minister is still the best Bliar in the business.

I’m knackered and sleepy, hungry from all the Ramadan fasting and — officially — on vacation. But I couldn’t go to bed without commenting on Tony Blair’s new book, A Journey, extracts of which have been published online here.

Much of the instant attention from the chattering classes in the Westminster village has been on the Gordon Brown (GB) chapter, and on Martin Kettle’s pre-publication interview with Tony Blair (TB) in the Guardian, in which the latter says he always believed GB would be a “disaster” as prime minister.

Sep 03 14:08

LA sheriff says almost all pot clinics criminal

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County's sheriff has launched a war of words against California's medical marijuana dispensaries, saying almost all of the businesses operate as criminal enterprises.

Sep 03 09:49

Declassified: Massive Israeli manipulation of US media exposed

Sep 03 06:50

Alex Jones allows ABC's Nightline to negatively portray the truth movement as "Paranoia Porn"

It's said that there's no bad publicity and that may be true for AJ and his followers but for those others trying to sanely educate their friends and neighbors to the 'conspiracies' of the world that are destroying us, being portrayed as whacked out nuts doesn't help.

I doubt that Nightline would do a show with someone calm and collected such as Dr. David Ray Griffin on the subject of 9/11. That might give credibility to the movement and the media doesn't want that.

Jones knew that inviting the MSM to do a nationally televised feature on him would result in a hit piece.

Why did he go ahead and do it?

Sep 03 06:44

Terrorism: I am a Muslim; I am a victim of terrorism

Those who try to make the word 'terrorism' a synonym of the word 'Islam' try to brainwash us these days by the phrase "I am a Muslim, I am against terrorism", which many Arabic-language TV stations have started to use during the month of Ramadan, when TV viewing becomes a dominant pastime in the Arab world. This phrase is coined neither by Muslims nor by the real enemies of terrorism; and the objective of funding the intensive broadcasting of this phrase in Ramadan is not exonerating Islam of an accusation levelled against it by Zionists and their allies among the neo-cons in the wake of 9/11.

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Sep 03 05:27

Dang Vets - veterans should voluntarily give up their disability benefits to help reduce the deficit.

Dang Vets are Hurting this country
this excludes me because i don't get Veteran monetary aid
the above is in the most extreme scene Hyperbole
but this is what they want you to believe

watch and be amazed

Sep 03 05:15

JOHN PILGER — Flying the flag, faking the news

Loud noises from Washington about a US pull-out from Iraq are a poor disguise for America’s determination to keep waging war. And the same sort of spin is at work here in Britain

Sep 03 01:54

Flying the flag, faking the news

Edward Bernays, the American nephew of Sigmund Freud, is said to have invented modern propaganda. During the First World War, he was one of a group of influential liberals who mounted a secret government campaign to persuade reluctant Americans to send an army to the bloodbath in Europe. In his book Propaganda, published in 1928, Bernays wrote that the "intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society", and that the manipulators "constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power in our country". Instead of propaganda, he coined the euphemism "public relations".

Sep 02 19:35

CHAS FREEMAN — America’s Faltering Search for Peace in the Middle East: Openings for Others?

Ambassador Charles W. (“Chas”) Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

Remarks to staff of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, separately, to members of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs –

You have asked me to speak to current American policies in the Middle East, with an emphasis on the prospects for peace in the Holy Land. You have further suggested that I touch on the relationship of the Gulf Arabs, especially Saudi Arabia, to this. It is both an honor and a challenge to address this subject in this capital / at this ministry.

Sep 02 17:39

Snitker Strikes Back Against NBC Debate Snub

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Snitker did not make the cut to be included in the nationally-televised debate scheduled this Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press. According to NBC, Snitker did not meet their criteria for inclusion in the debate for Florida’s Senate seat, however they did not elaborate on what the exact criteria are.

Snitker, who has earned a reputation as the feisty, grassroots underdog in this race, did not take NBC’s snub lying down. Within hours of getting word that he would be excluded, the former U.S. Marine launched a fund raising drive for the purpose of buying television ad slots during Meet The Press in Florida television markets...

Sep 02 09:58

Telegraph caught spinning story of Israeli shooting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a classic case of propaganda for Israel at work. This story in the Telegraph has a headline and slug that claims HAMAS has taken credit for the shootings. Yet there is nothing within the actual body of the story to support this claim. An actual statement issued by HAMAS and reported by Reuters praises the killings, but denies all responsibility. The Telegraph serves their Israeli masters well!

Sep 02 08:57

Yes, BBC was biased: Director General Mark Thompson admits a 'massive' lean to Left

BBC Director General Mark Thompson has admitted the corporation was guilty of a 'massive' Left-wing bias in the past.

The TV chief also admitted there had been a 'struggle' to achieve impartiality and that staff were ' mystified' by the early years of Margaret Thatcher's government.

But he claimed there was now 'much less overt tribalism' among the current crop of young journalists, and said in recent times the corporation was a 'broader church'.

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"Okay, you caught us; we were bad before. But trust us, we are all better now! Really! Honest!!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Sep 02 08:21

US Declares Iraq War ‘Over,’ But Fighting Continues

US officials are continuing to jump on board the proclamation that the Iraq War has ended, with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates going from yesterday’s comments to a firm declaration today that we’re “not” at war in Iraq any longer.

The whole administration seems to have settled on this narrative, but the real bump in the road remains how simply untrue it remains. The war is not over and for the 50,000 troops, despite official claims that they will “do an awful lot of training,” this is still very much a shooting war.

Sep 02 08:06

Cracked Magazine views The History Channel and why it is so silly

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And they are right!

Sep 02 06:52

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Palestinians should be Annihilated

lashed out at the Palestinians, saying that they should all be annihilated. “May God destroy them with a plague,” said the elderly rabbi.Yosef’s remarks should be taken seriously as they seem to reflect a deepening grave phenomenon in the Israeli Jewish society. It is Jewish fascism, pure and simple. It is racist, virulent and violent.

Sep 02 06:29

White House News Release on Mideast Peace Negotiations

While the democratically elected government of Palestine is left out of "Peace" negotiations between Israel and Palestine, yes they still call it "Peace negotiations", the Jordanian and Egyptian governments have been invited to partner the negotiations as has been going on every two years, with no results. The name of the game is: “Waltz Me Around Again, Willie.” Have these men no shame ?

--Debbie Menon

Salem-News.Com

President Obama with leaders of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan & Egypt, White House Photo, Pete Souza, 9/1/10

Remarks by President Obama, President Mubarak, His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas Before Working Dinner?. East Room 7:05 P.M. EDT

Sep 02 06:20

Dr. Lawrence Davidson: Israeli Rabbi Outdoes Amadinejad

Rabbi Yosef said that the Palestinians and their leaders are “evil and damnable.” That “God should strike them with a plague.” And just in case God doesn’t get them all, Israel “must send missiles to them and annihilate them.” He finished up with “Abu Mazen (aka Mahmoud Abbas) and all these evil people should perish from this world.”

Last year Rabbi Ovadia Yosef publicly insulted the president of the United States and the US Zionist controlled media has of course kept a lid on the story . He described the President as "a slave" who rules the world and who wants to control Israeli policy when it comes to building in occupied Jerusalem.

Sep 01 17:27

JEFF GATES — When Will We See the Next Mass Murder?

Here’s a news flash for Tel Aviv: it’s not a sign of respect when the bulk of humanity views you as psychopathic.

The concerns of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are misplaced. The legitimacy of Israel is no longer threatened. It’s already lost. Long gone. Kaput.

Nation states are shared states of mind. The mindset in Iceland differs from India. Israel is the most unlike of all. Founded by extremists and terrorists, it’s been downhill ever since.

Psychopaths want to be loved. That’s why they’re so charming, albeit only superficially. They’re also pathological liars, egocentric, callous and remorseless.

Sep 01 11:01

Demos Think Tank Responds to Outrage over Publication

Recently Demos released a publication that called for infiltrating so called conspiracy theory websites in order to discredit them. Multiple alternative news sites dubbed the authors, The United Kingdoms Cass Sunstein.

Sep 01 10:15

33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True, What Every Person Should Know...

Conspiracy theory is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy. However, it has come almost exclusively to refer to any fringe theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by conspirators of almost superhuman power and cunning. To conspire means "to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish a lawful end. "The term "conspiracy theory" is frequently used by scholars and in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at stealing power, money, or freedom, from "the people".

Sep 01 07:50

Not Guilty. The Israeli Captain who Emptied his Rifle into a Palestinian Schoolgirl

Abdul Hamid Abdul Latif Sa'id Abu Haniyeh was beaten up severely before being hit hard by a large jolt of electricity.

Sep 01 05:21

Not Guilty. The Israeli Captain who Emptied his Rifle into a Palestinian Schoolgirl

Palestinian witnesses said they saw the captain shoot Iman twice in the head, walk away, turn back and fire a stream of bullets into her body. On the tape, Capt R then “clarifies” to the soldiers under his command why he killed Iman: “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the [security] zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed.”

Sep 01 03:56

A moment of reckoning but for whom? America or Zionism?

By Alan Hart — My Catbird Seat

I never thought a day could come when I would agree with anything stated by Moshe Arens (three times an Israeli minister of defense, a one-time foreign minister, a former ambassador to the U.S. and, in my opinion, Zionism’s in-Israel equivalent of Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle in America). But the day came.

On 31 August, in article for Ha’aretz with the headline Blame game on the horizon. Arens wrote the following about the nakedness of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as he was making his final preparations for the start of direct negotiations in Washington DC.

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