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Dec 14 22:35

UK wins battle over carbon capture billions-sources

European leaders agreed on Friday to put billions of euros of funds behind cutting-edge technology to trap and bury global warming gases underground, a key demand of Britain in climate talks, diplomats said.

The words "grand scale" and "waste of money" spring to mind.

Dec 14 22:31

Bush sneaks through host of laws to undermine Obama

After spending eight years at the helm of one of the most ideologically driven administrations in American history, George W. Bush is ending his presidency in characteristically aggressive fashion, with a swath of controversial measures designed to reward supporters and enrage opponents.

By the time he vacates the White House, he will have issued a record number of so-called 'midnight regulations' - so called because of the stealthy way they appear on the rule books - to undermine the administration of Barack Obama, many of which could take years to undo.

Dec 14 21:17

DoJ blocking Obama team from docs on torture, wiretapping

The Justice Department has evaded a request from President-elect Barack Obama's transition team for documents about the secret programs of U.S. intelligence agencies.

The team asked to "review classified legal opinions related to secret CIA and National Security Agency programs," but the inquiry has been denied.

Dec 14 20:47

You yanks think you have economic problems.

You ain't seen nothing like this...

Zimbabwe has given economic turmoil a whole different meaning:

Their 100,000 percent inflation rate is the world's highest.

The average wage for a farm worker is 30 million dollars per month.
A domestic worker makes about 150 million dollars per month.
A laborer in one of Zimbabwe's decrepit factories can expect to earn as much as 300 million per month.

Dec 14 20:28

You're Confederate ... But Don't Know It?

Most of the political problems in this country won't be settled until more folks realize the South was right.

I know that goes against the P.C. edicts, but the fact is that on the subject of the constitutional republic, the Confederate leaders were right and the Northern Republicans were wrong.

Many people today even argue the Confederate positions without realizing it.

Dec 14 20:03

The most racist site you’ll see today

Our mission is helping to keep our children White, thus reversing the trend of assimilation and intermarriage.

Dec 14 20:00

On the Big Screen, Where All the Arabs Are Israeli

Anyone watching HBO's ongoing miniseries "House of Saddam" surely must be struck by the lead actor's resemblance to the late Iraqi dictator. Me? I was struck by something else: his Israeli accent. "Why does Saddam Hussein sound like my old grocer in Jerusalem?" I called out before checking the movie credits online. (Yes, an Israeli, but no, not my grocer.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sheesh! This goes back to the racist days when Hollywood would cast white guys painted red to play native Americans, and the successful Charlie Chan film series cast three different actors to play the famed Chinese detective; none of them Chinese!

Dec 14 19:57

Faber Report -- Madoff

CNBC's Davif Faber reports on the $50 billion Ponzi scheme run bu ex-NASDAQ chairman Bernard L. Madoff.

Dec 14 19:57

Why Noam Chomsky is Dead Wrong About 911!

Noam, you have, in fact, said that the crime of 911 should not be investigated. If 911 should not be investigated then no crime should be investigated. If no crime should be investigated, then the rule of law means nothing. You have granted to Bush and other known criminals and terrorists arbitrary, illogical and illegal exceptions to the rule of law. The consequences are disastrous. The 'rule of law' applies to all or it applies to none!

Dec 14 19:51

The Day the Earth Stood Still - FIRST REVIEWS

Telling a first contact story that involves rather heavy handed themes of a doomsday like prophecy, like most good science fiction movies big to small, The Day the Earth Stood Still retains a sense of wonder and mystique to its tale, particularly early on.

Dec 14 19:45

Citadel joins rush to lock up funds

Citadel Investment Group has joined the rush of hedge funds suspending redemptions to investors, a development that is in effect locking up hundreds of billions of dollars in cash during a volatile period in global markets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "You'll getcher damned money back when we're good and ready!"

Dec 14 19:43

Many small banks waiting to access gov't funds

Many small community banks are growing frustrated about their inability to access the government's $700 billion financial rescue fund, nearly two months after large banks began tapping the fund for much-needed capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm a bank. Really!

I take my depositor's money and I put it ... right here, right in this front pocket. And when he asks for it back I hand it to him.

He just asked for it back.

I need a bailout.

Dec 14 19:42

Ron Paul: Bailouts Will 'Destroy the Dollar'

U.S. Representative and former presidential candidate Ron Paul tells Newsmax that bailouts of U.S. corporations are “bad morally” — and says current federal economic policies “will literally destroy the dollar.”

Dec 14 19:41

Palin's church hit by arson

Gov. Sarah Palin's home church was badly damaged by an arson fire, leading the governor to apologize if the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention" from her failed campaign as the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Dec 14 19:40

An adequate way to drive to hell

I was in Dublin last weekend, and had a very real sense I’d been invited to the last days of the Roman empire. As far as I could work out, everyone had a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a coat made from something that’s now extinct. And then there were the women. Wow. Not that long ago every girl on the Emerald Isle had a face the colour of straw and orange hair. Now it’s the other way around.

Dec 14 19:37

10 false flags operations that shaped our world

From Nero to 9/11, via Pearl Harbour and the Gulf of Tonkin incident... Joe Crubaugh provides an "all time greatest hits" of false flag operations, whereby one scenario is repeated... as the world keeps falling for the same lie.

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Dec 14 19:35

Bernie Madoff's Victims: The List

Word on the identities of Bernie Madoff's clients / victimes continues to emerge.

Dec 14 19:34

Cost of Seat at Obama Inauguration $50,000

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll pass. I don't have $50,000 and if I did I would use it to pay of some bills. In fact, $50,000 would just about get us even!

Donations/bailouts welcome!

Dec 14 19:32

Did magnetic blip trigger mass extinction?

It was a dying on a scale never seen before or since on Earth. The slaughter was everywhere; the fertile ocean and balmy supercontinent Pangea were transformed into killing fields, littered with the bodies of ancient animals. By the time the dust had settled on the Permian-Triassic mass extinction 250 million years ago, 90 percent of life on the planet had been snuffed out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We need a magnet tax!" -- Al Gore

Dec 14 19:29

Obama and His Advisors Won't Know What Hit Them When the Economy Finally Tanks

An important thing to note -- apart from Obama's utter economic illiteracy -- is that his economic advisors are Keynesians and that it is Keynesianism that got the world, particularly the US, into the current economic mess

Dec 14 19:29

Genetically Modified Hawaii

Just beyond the defunct Koloa Sugar Mill on the Hawaiian island of Kauai's south shore are acres of cornfields that have sprouted over the past decade in a state made famous by its pineapples, bananas and sugarcane crops.

Dec 14 17:40

Alternative Currencies Grow in Popularity

Most of us take for granted that those rectangular green slips of paper we keep in our wallets are inviolable: the physical embodiment of value. But alternative forms of money have a long history, and appear to be growing in popularity. It's not merely barter, or primitive means of exchange like, say, seashells or beads. Beneath the financial radar, in hip U.S. towns or South African townships, in shops, markets, and even banks, throughout the world people are exchanging goods and services via thousands of currency types that look nothing like official tender.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So does this mean the Liberty Dollar is off of the hook?

Dec 14 17:30

FLASHBACK: BUSH [The Elder] MADE TO FLEE A RALLY IN PANAMA AS PROTEST ERUPTS

President Bush's journey to Brazil and the Earth Summit took a harrowing turn in Panama today as gunshots and tear gas were fired at a nearby protest, forcing Mr. Bush to make a hasty exit before he could address a rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like father, like son!

Dec 14 17:29

Shoes thrown at Bush - The ULTIMATE insult!

Journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi throws his shoes at George W Bush during a Press Conference. Bush shows good reflexes dodging BOTH shoes at close range!

Dec 14 17:19

Read all about it! US newspapers fall prey to the internet and recession

The US newspaper industry is in a full-blown crisis that has seen its business model dynamited by technology and its dwindling prospects threatened by the financial meltdown, which has, in effect, forced advertising revenue off a cliff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mostly, it is because the readers object to being fed a line of bovine excrement with their ads every day.

See "I am blogger, Hear Me Roar!"

Dec 14 17:07

TechCrunch Layoffs Tracker

October 2008 will be remembered as the time in which the credit crunch came to a head not only for the economy as a whole but for the tech community in particular. Startups have begun preparing themselves for a bleak and uncertain economic future by cutting costs and focusing on efficiency. This has been achieved most obviously through layoffs, which can reduce burn rates quickly and dramatically for web companies that require little physical capital.

We've begun tracking all of the relevant layoffs in the tech sector below.

Dec 14 16:55

Billions for Bankers - Nothing for Workers

$700 billion to bail out the financial industry! Actually, over $800 billion once they got done "sweetening" the bailout package. That is what the US Congress voted to allow Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to hand over to his Wall Street buddies, with virtually no oversight. And that was just for openers.

Dec 14 16:11

U.S. Troops May Stay in Iraqi Cities Beyond Deadline

The top American commander in Iraq said that U.S. forces will remain in dozens of small bases inside Iraq's cities despite language in a recently-signed security pact which appears to require an American withdrawal from Iraqi urban areas by next summer.

Dec 14 16:08

Bernard Madoff, Too Big To Fail?

If his firm is allowed to go bankrupt it will cause a domino effect that will destroy foreign investor confidence and eliminate thousands of auditing jobs. With any luck, on Tuesday Chairman Bernanke will not only cut rates but also take all of the toxic assets off the books of BMIS. And if Paulson and Congress act swiftly enough, they can utilize the other half of the TARP funds to restabilize his business model and keep the system from feeling this hiccup.

After all, nothing spells success like never failing.

Dec 14 16:05

9 more banks nationalized

Nine more banks said their applications to sell preferred stock to the Treasury Department were approved. They will receive a total of $133.4 million in taxpayer capital.

This makes nearly 200 banks the Bush regime has nationalized so far.

Dec 14 15:53

Wrong Door Raid Costs Minneapolis Taxpayers $600K

The Minneapolis City Council has awarded Vang Khang and Yee Moua $600,000 in damages for a botched SWAT raid that very nearly exterminated their entire family last year.

Dec 14 15:23

YouTube Partners with MOSSAD ADL

From now on, you should expect that no more videos that are anti-Zionist, anti-Israel, anti-war and anti-war crimes to be shown for more than the few hours (if lucky enough) after you upload your video. Sooner or later - and the period depends how critical the video is - all will be tagged with the infamous "anti-Semitism" tag and will be removed, ultimately the user will be blocked and banned. In no time, YouTube will become the official oasis for Mossad, therefore, only the Zionist version of the story will be found and endorsed by the media that follows blindly.

Dec 14 14:29

A Ponzi Scheme that is Bigger than Bernie’s

Whatever the real story, it is clear that market makers are accessories to a scheme that is much, much bigger than Madoff.

Dec 14 12:49

Baghdad: Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush’s Head!

An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at President George W. Bush and called him a “dog” in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday.

Dec 14 12:48

MSNBC BREAKING: Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush ducked two shoes thrown at him by an unidentified man during a press conference in the Iraqi prime minister’s office....

In Arab culture, throwing shoes is a grave show of disrespect. The man shouted an Arabic phrase, which an Iraqi present translated as “this is a farewell kiss, dog.”

Here's the video:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/28223089#28223089

Dec 14 11:23

Police Have Murdered 400 With Tasers Since 2001

They are marketed as non-lethal weapons that allow police to capture suspects or criminals without causing any permanent harm.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and businessman Bernard Kerik made millions selling the idea to police departments across the country.

Dec 14 10:58

FLASHBACK: 2004 – Year of the Slave

So, what is a slave? How do we define a slave? What test do we use to tell if someone is a slave. What makes them different from free people?

Free people can say “no”. Free people can refuse demands for their money, time, and children. Slaves cannot. There is no freedom without the freedom to say “no”. If someone demands that you do something and you can say “no” and refuse to do it, then you are a free human being. If you can be forced to do something or surrender something that you do not wish to, then you are a slave. No other test need be applied.

Dec 14 10:56

THE NEW AND IMPROVED WRH ARTICLES INDEX!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The WRH articles index (available in the left menu bar) was not working out too well, so we have re-organized it to where it is easier to locate WRH postings on key subjects. Suggestions for improvements/alternative navigation are welcome.

Dec 14 10:43

The Lappin Foundation

This is the website of one of the charities which had its money invested with Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

After reading the announcement about the cessation of operations, check out the mission statement!

Dec 14 10:40

Jamaat-ud-Dawa leaders' could be released if there is no evidence, says top Pak cop

Jihadi leaders, including five belonging to the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, who were placed under preventive detention, will be
let off soon if there is no evidence of their involvement in the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the chief of police in Pakistan's Punjab Province, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shaukat Javed has said.

Dec 14 10:37

Fourth-Quarter GDP: Worse and Worse

It seems each new piece of data lately prompts another round of downward revisions to economists’ estimates of fourth-quarter gross domestic product.

The latest? Take this morning’s report on international trade, which showed the U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widening to $57.2 billion in November from $56.6 billion the previous month — mostly because exports of goods and services were even weaker than expected, while imports showed a more moderate drop (skewed partly by lower petroleum prices).

Dec 14 10:35

Blagojevich scandal: Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr face new revelations

Pressure grew on two of Barack Obama’s closest political aides yesterday as new details emerged of the “pay-for-play” allegations against the Governor of his home state.

Rahm Emanuel, the President-elect’s new Chief of Staff, and Jesse Jackson Jr, the co-chairman of his presidential campaign, both faced new revelations about their possible involvement in the scandal.

Dec 14 10:25

AIG Is Said to Pay $18.7 Billion to Goldman, SocGen for Swaps

American International Group Inc., the insurer rescued by the U.S. government, made $18.7 billion in payments tied to credit-default swaps to banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Societe Generale SA, according to a person briefed on the situation.

The insurer sent the money to the banks in the three weeks after AIG’s Sept. 16 bailout, said the person, who declined to be named because the information is confidential. The banks bought the swaps from AIG as protection on mortgage securities that plunged in value.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine a casino where when you play, you get to keep the winnings, but when you lose, they force the casino staff to pay it.

Such a deal!

Dec 14 10:23

Millionaire behind Stansted climate change protest owns shops at AIRPORTS around the world

The tycoon bankrolling the anti-aviation activists who stormed Stansted owns shops in airports around the world.

Mark Constantine, the owner of Lush Cosmetics, was today accused of profiting from airline passengers while funding groups whose actions can severely disrupt their journeys.

Dec 14 10:23

NOOSE TIGHTENS / RUMSFELD IMPLICATED IN DETAINEE ABUSE

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top Bush administration officials are directly responsible for abuses of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says a bipartisan Senate report released Thursday.

Dec 14 10:20

CIA Embedded in Every State Government

Jesse Ventura Speaks about his personal experiences and knowledge of such facts!

Dec 14 10:02

Video: Torture Speaks - Israel / Palestine

Remember: every one of your tax dollars which supports Israel supports precisely this kind of Israeli behavior, for which no one is ever held accountable.

Notice that these men mention detention, but never trial and conviction.

These stories are chilling, and terribly disturbing, but need to be heard and shown to the world so that the world understand precisely how their support of Israel manifests in the torture of its prisoners.

Dec 14 10:01

How Rahm Emanuel Made Mega-Millions and Bought His Way to Power

The New York Times recently shed new light on Emanuel's Wall Street days -- and how they helped send him to Congress.

In late 1998, Emanuel left the Clinton White House to work for Wasserstein Perella, a now defunct investment bank run by Bruce Wasserstein, a major Democratic donor.

"I had this idea that this could work and that it had upside," Wasserstein told the Times. "It worked out better than I could have hoped."

Dec 14 09:59

Police charged £9m by phone firms to use tracking data, prompting calls for 'free access'

But Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile charge a fee for seeing the data – with the cost running at about £170,000 a week.

This is in addition to £8million the Home Office already pays telecoms firms to store information on their customers for at least a year so it is available to the police and MI5.

Police can see the phone records without having to apply to the courts, with senior offices issuing a Section 22 notice under the powerful Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

Dec 14 09:55

Gambler sues casino over $900 million binge

An Australian gambler who lost millions in a A$1.4 billion ($909 million) gaming spree is suing one of the country's largest casinos, claiming he was targeted by managers despite a known gambling addiction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That ain't a charity behind all those flashing lights!

Dec 14 09:54

Lawyer Seen as Bold Enough to Cheat the Best Investors

Mr. Cherniak would later tell people at the company how surprised he had been to see Mr. Dreier. He had not scheduled any meeting with him, and he had no idea what Mr. Dreier was up to.

But people there gave little thought to Mr. Dreier’s odd visit until November, when the company’s founder, Sheldon H. Solow, received a disturbing call. The caller wanted to let Mr. Solow know that Mr. Dreier had offered him the chance to buy promissory notes that had been issued by the company, people associated with the firm said.

Dec 14 09:50

How To Restore Trust So As to Revive the Economy

"This crisis is now fundamentally about psychology.

Trust is the oil in the engine of capitalism, without it, the engine seizes up.

Confidence is like the gasoline, without it the machine won't move.

Trust is gone: there is no longer trust between counterparties in the financial system. Furthermore, confidence is at a low. Investors have lost their confidence in the ability of shares to provide decent returns (since they haven't).

This is now a PSYCHOLOGICAL problem."

...

Dec 14 09:43

Republic: It's all Bank of America's fault

Bank of America blocked a deal that would have allowed Republic Windows and Doors to be profitable this year and save 240 union jobs here, Republic representatives contended Friday.

Richard Gellman, owner of Republic, denied that his family's formation of non-union Iowa-based Echo Windows was part of any grand plan to rid Republic of its union. Echo Windows was created through the purchase of a division of window manufacturer TRACO.

Dec 14 09:41

Phone Call Hoax From India to Pakistan–Yet Another Mossad Operation?

In sum, for 24 hours the two nuclear powers were a hair’s trigger away from war. The United States–having very close (and increasingly closer) ties to India was contacted by Zardari who informed the State Department about the increasingly dangerous situation. Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice contacted her Indian counterpart who informed her that no such call had been made.

Dec 14 09:38

In Israel, Ashkenazis earn 40 percent more than Sephardis

Ashkenazi Israelis earn around 40 percent more than their Sephardi counterparts, according to an annual report being released Sunday by the Adva Center for policy analysis.

The number of Israelis receiving minimum wage or less grew by 22 percent in the past 10 years - from 28.8 percent of workers in 1998 to 35.1 last year. The middle class also continued to shrink, from 33 percent of all households to 27.7 percent.

Dec 14 09:37

Generation of grads earns too little to stay wired

Young adults entering the job market today were raised on an expensive mix of cellular phones, high-speed Internet and cable television. Many share an obsession over image and a devotion to leisure. But New Jersey graduates are facing one of the most competitive job markets in the country - and as they fight for entry-level posts, they're realizing they cannot pay for what they consider their baseline needs.

Dec 14 09:36

A goose is a goose is a goose

Go right ahead, Washington, and bail out the car industry but remember that for the car industry to be profitable, you need PEOPLE [to have JOBS] to get LOANS to be able to BUY those CARS... loans that the banks are NOT giving out (DESPITE GETTING OUR MONEY). Banks are even denying 75% of certain student loans, for crying out loud.

Or maybe Washington already knows that throwing our money into the wind won't help us one bit. Maybe it was never about us?

Dec 14 09:35

Cluster Bomb Treaty and the World's Unfinished Business

The United States, Russia and China are sending a terrible message to the rest of the world by refusing to take part in the historic signing of a treaty that bans the production and use of cluster bombs. In a world that is plagued by war, military occupation and terrorism, the involvement of the great military powers in signing and ratifying the agreement would have signaled – if even symbolically - the willingness of these countries to spare civilians’ unjustifiable deaths and the lasting scars of war.

Dec 14 09:34

Blagojevich may quit on Monday: Illinois official

Scandal-plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich could announce on Monday that he will leave office, the state's top legal officer said on Sunday.

Blagojevich was arrested last week on charges of swapping political favors for cash, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama following his November presidential election victory.

Dec 14 09:33

US military prepares for Obama’s expansion of Afghan war

The reality is that curbing terrorism was never the motive for the invasion of Afghanistan. The September 11 attacks were seized upon as the pretext for an intervention into the very heart of Central Asia, a resource-rich region that was part of the former Soviet Union until 1991. Far from being "aimless", the purpose of the ongoing occupation is to establish a US client state and major military bases in a region that is vital for American economic interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How many times do we hear the word "terrorism" invoked against a country which is not sitting over strategic territory or resources which the US and the West believes belongs to them, by some kind of "divine right"?

NEVER!

Dec 14 09:28

List of potential victims grows in NY fraud case

Investors who put their fortunes in the hands of arrested New York money manager Bernard Madoff are waiting to hear how much of their stake is left.

The roster of potential victims in what prosecutors said was a $50 billion Ponzi scheme has grown exponentially longer in the past few days.

Madoff, 70, said in regulatory filings that he only had around 25 clients, but it has become apparent that the list of people who lost money may number in the hundreds or even thousands.

Dec 14 09:23

Jellyfish gone wild ruin tourist spots, report says

Huge swarms of stinging jellyfish and similar slimy animals are ruining beaches in Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, Australia and elsewhere, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We need a Jelly tax!" -- Al Gore

Dec 14 09:20

Who are the protesters in Greece?

The fatal police shooting of a teenager in Athens on Saturday and its violent aftermath are in many ways a spill over of a decades-long conflict that has simmered between police and far-left anarchist groups.

The violence has also laid bare a deeper anger that has been gaining ground in Greece over the government's policies in slashing budget deficits and pushing on with unpopular reforms such as privatisations.

This anger has been exacerbated by a series of financial and political scandals among prominent members of the government of Costas Karamanlis, Greece's prime minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I knew there was more going on than just that shooting.

Dec 14 09:19

U.S. Will Push U.N. for Somalia Mission

Meanwhile, the commander of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, cast doubt on the wisdom of a separate U.S. plan to seek U.N. approval for commando raids against pirates on Somali soil, saying the possibility of inflicting civilian casualties "cannot be overestimated," according to the Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the next flipping administration, can we PLEASE HAVE SOME ADULTS IN THE ROOM REGARDING US FOREIGN POLICY?!?!?!?

Remember 3 weeks week ago when Somali pirates attacked that tanker, and US warships refused to intervene?!? Was that because the US needed the pirates to justify an invasion of Somalia??

I cannot begin to tell you what a refreshing change that would be from the last 8 years, although the jury is still very much out as to whether this will be the case.

But for the US government, at this late date, with a lame duck administration, to have the gall, the hubris, of trying to get a UN mandate about the US conducting "....commando raids against pirates on Somali soil....", it is very clear what is going on here.

The US backed Ethiopian forces have absolutely made a complete, abysmal mess of their attempt to occupy Somalia.

As reported in the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopi...

""The testimony we received strongly suggests that war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity have been committed by all parties and no one is being held accountable," said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty's deputy director for Africa."

These same troops are supposed to be exiting the country, and the Islamists are resurgent.

But this US request has nothing to do with the fact that Somalia is close to becoming an Islamist state, and that the US is concerned that it will be an "incubator for terror"; it has everything to do with having a governmental structure in place which will favor the West when it comes to divvying up the largely unexploited resources of this country.

I would far rather see this country invest in the vision, technical savvy, and drive of American entrepreneurs to come up with workable, affordable energy alternatives than invest in wars of conquest.

We are the first country which, with will, determination and imagination, put men on the moon. One would think that in the 21st century, we'd have better answers to getting resources than wars of conquest.

Dec 14 09:19

Iraq reconstruction 'a failure'

Among its conclusions, the draft text says that the US defence department issued false reports to cover up the poor progress of the reconstruction effort in Iraq.

Dec 14 09:18

Economic crisis unites Asian giants

The leaders of Japan, South Korea and China have called for a regional crisis fund to be set up to help tackle the effects of the global economic downturn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How to survive in the post American world.

Dec 14 09:16

Fed to rule soon on sweeping credit card changes

Credit card companies could no longer boost interest rates on existing account balances if the Federal Reserve adopts new rules as written at a meeting set for Thursday.

Dec 14 09:14

A Nightmare Before Christmas

Once the government runs out of foreign and private sector bidders for new treasuries, the Federal Reserve will be the only buyer, and the hyper-inflation cat will be completely out of the bag. Sensing this, the Fed has recently indicated a desire to begin issuing its own bonds. However, since dollars are already recorded as liabilities on the Fed’s balance sheet (dollars are in actuality Federal Reserve Notes) the Fed already issues debt. The difference now is that they are proposing to issue interest bearing debt. Perhaps the Fed feels this will make holding its notes more appealing.

Dec 14 09:12

Collapse of Pension Funds: The End of Retirement?

Unless things change fast, human history will show that the phenomenon of “retirement” was limited to one generation. After World War II, when European and Japanese economies stood in tatters, American capitalism could fulfill “the American dream,” since there was little foreign competition to speak of. For the first time ever, workers were promised that — after working thirty or so years — they would be able to securely retire. That was largely the case…for one generation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our new policy is 'work til you drop!'" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 14 09:08

Mumbai gunman's confession sheds light on massacre

The gunman captured in last month's Mumbai attacks had originally intended to seize hostages and outline demands in a series of dramatic calls to the media, according to his confession obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab said he and his partner, who assaulted the city's main train station, had planned a rooftop standoff, but they couldn't find a suitable building, the statement to police says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

This operation was too well planned for them not to have had a suitable roof top of that was indeed what they wanted to do. We know that some of the operatives were on the ground in Mumbai as much as two weeks ahead of the attacks; plenty of time to pick high ground (not to mention the ease of using Google Earth to look at the city from above).

Dec 14 09:06

Discrimination against white males will soon be encouraged

DISCRIMINATION against dominant white males will soon be encouraged in a bid to boost the status of women, the disabled and cultural and religious minorities.

Such positive discrimination -- treating people differently in order to obtain equality for marginalised groups - is set to be legalised under planned changes to the Equal Opportunity Act foreshadowed last week by state Attorney-General Rob Hulls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have never discriminated against anyone. So why punish me?

Dec 14 09:05

The Poisoned Plum

During the Dunn town hall meeting, dean Buss explained that the new facility would be a replacement for U.S. government owned Plum Island. He explained that Plum Island was an exemplary laboratory, but that it was deemed too old to fully renovate, so Homeland Security was trying to find a location to build a new laboratory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have some unoccupied islands out to the west of Hawaii that are probably better AND SAFER locations to be playing with things like Ebola!

Dec 14 09:02

Chaplain says senior officer aware of rapes by Afghans

The native of Saskatchewan is the latest soldier to come forward alleging in detail how young Afghan boys during his tour in Afghanistan in 2006 were regularly sodomized by Afghan interpreters and soldiers working alongside Canadian soldiers.

Dec 14 09:01

Reid: We won't smell the tourists anymore

"My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway," said Reid in his remarks. "In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."

But it's no longer going to be true, noted Reid, thanks to the air conditioned, indoor space.

And that's not all. "We have many bathrooms here, as you can see," Reid continued. "Souvenirs are available."

$621 million well spent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So sorry that the sweat of our labor so offends you, your highnessness!

Dec 14 08:59

White House says auto loans deal not imminent

Don't expect an announcement Sunday or Monday from the White House on a possible plan to prevent the collapse of the troubled auto industry. That's the latest word from White House officials.

Dec 14 08:58

China, Russia vow to step up military ties: report

Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for stronger military ties with Russia in talks with visiting Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, state media reported.

"As the strategic partnership between China and Russia develops, the relationship between the two militaries has also continued to become more consolidated and stronger," Xinhua news agency quoted Hu as saying.

With next year's 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations approaching and economic relations between them at historic highs, the two nations should also advance ties in other areas, Hu said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We better get ready, the US is dying and likely to start shooting in all directions in its final death throes!"

Dec 14 08:56

Israel 'wants West Bank land'

Israel has proposed annexing 6.8 per cent of the illegally occupied West Bank, the chief Palestinian negotiator has said in his first detailed comments about the stalled US-backed negotiations.

Israel proposed a swap of some of its own territory in return for the annexed area but the Israeli land was not an equal trade in size and quality, Ahmed Qurei said, adding that the Palestinians rejected the offer.

Dec 14 08:54

Barak: Shalit is one of the reasons to refrain from launching Gaza offensive

Speaking at an event in Holon on Saturday, the defense minister said that Shalit was one of the reasons Israel must refrain from launching a large scale military offensive in the Gaza Strip, adding that "when it becomes imperative, Israel will operate in the Strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shalit's captivity has nothing to do with an intended assault against Gaza, and Ehud Barak knows that quite well. Barak is being disingenuous with his own country's people, and that is never a good sign .

Israel is waiting for some international distraction (perhaps, a well-executed "false flag"?) to keep the cameras and bloggers' attention distracted away from Gaza.

But I have a short memo to Mr. Barak on this; the world's attention is fixed on the misery Israel has caused through this siege, and that attention is not going away; particularly if there is an Israeli military strike against Gaza.

I would encourage Ehud Barak to be careful what he wishes for; immoral acts against an impoverished and starving population may well carry unintended consequences.

Dec 14 08:53

LIVE REPORT FROM GAZA

Catastrophe for Gaza.
An Israeli blockade curtails food, fuel, medicine and travel.

Dec 14 08:53

AN ISRAELI IN GAZA: INTERVIEW WITH JEFF HALPER

As an Israeli and the head of an Israeli peace organization (ICAHD – The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions), I was asked by the Free Gaza Movement organizers to take part in their action to Break the Siege of Gaza by sailing two boats from Cyprus to Gaza City port. I agreed because this was a non-violent political action; breaking the siege and by implication highlighting Israel’s responsibility for it (which it tries to shrug) fit into ICAHD’s mission, to end the Israeli Occupation completely.

Dec 14 08:52

DON’T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT

The following describes, only in part, what the situation is in Gaza….. remember these people as your celebrate the holidays…..

Dec 14 08:51

Bush: Work in Iraq has been hard; needed for peace

President George W. Bush says the work in Iraq has been hard, but is necessary for U.S. security and world peace.

Bush arrived in Baghdad Sunday for an unannounced farewell trip. The visit comes just 37 days before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why?

Dec 14 08:51

Global Financial Domination: The $8.5 Trillion Chip

Any responsible central banker would want to control a downturn, preferably by a gradual slide of the market as opposed to a sharp hard landing.

But events and data have revealed that these financial handlers are not responsible and are hard core gamblers in their very soul.

Dec 14 08:50

U.S. troops' new mission: America's 'special events'

Proposal would allow civilians to activate Army to prevent 'environmental damage'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posse Comitatus? WHAT Posse Comitatus!

Dec 14 08:44

Gaza families eat grass as Israel locks border

AS a convoy of blue-and-white United Nations trucks loaded with food waited last night for Israeli permission to enter Gaza, Jindiya Abu Amra and her 12-year-old daughter went scrounging for the wild grass their family now lives on.

“We had one meal today - khobbeizeh,” said Abu Amra, 43, showing the leaves of a plant that grows along the streets of Gaza. “Every day, I wake up and start looking for wood and plastic to burn for fuel and I beg. When I find nothing, we eat this grass.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This starvation in Gaza is precisely one of the outcomes the Israeli government wants to have happen in this siege.

Between malnutrition and disease, Israel is "softening up" Palestinian Gazans for the "kill" of an IDF onslaught.

It may well not happen at the end of Olmert's watch, but if Netanyahu is elected in February, I wouldn't bet against it.

Dec 14 08:43

IS WALL STREET BASICALLY HONEST?

Yes - the problem is just a few bad eggs
1% (28 votes)
No - the system is designed to loot the people
99% (2265 votes)
Total votes: 2293
Dec 14 08:40

Sources say NATO eyeing Afghan route

The sources said the former Soviet central Asian states of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are in final negotiations with NATO officials regarding the new route.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This gambit also makes Pakistan an even more real target for more US and NATO raids into its western territories, if no supplies are moving through Pakistan.

Dec 14 08:36

Attorneys: Fort Dix Terror Plot Was “Planted And Nurtured” By FBI Informants

Lawyers in a case relating to a much vaunted 2007 terror plot have concluded that FBI informants were the key figures behind the operation and that the accused, six foreign-born Muslims, were merely bungling patsies.

Defense attorneys have denied there was any plot, arguing two FBI informants concocted and encouraged the conspiracy because they were being paid and promised legal immigration status, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Dec 14 08:36

Wall Street has a bit of Ponzi in Them

As we pointed out at the end of last week, all the latest products of Wall Street had a bit of Ponzi in them. Ponzi was a schemer from the early 20th century who figured out that he could pay people a high rate of return... entice more money into his hands... and pay the first investors' yields with the capital investments from the last. It worked beautifully for people who got in early. But Ponzi schemes always blow up. The problem is essentially the same in all extraordinary financial episodes - from the South Sea Bubble to the Dotcom Bubble... to the Housing Bubble.

Dec 14 08:36

War vet widows wrongly denied help

Widows of war veterans have been wrongfully denied up to millions of dollars in government benefits over the past 12 years due to computer glitches that often resulted in money being seized from the elderly survivors' bank accounts.

The disclosure comes as the VA is scrambling to upgrade government technology systems before new legislation providing for millions of dollars in new GI education benefits takes effect next August. Thousands of veterans currently also endure six-month waits for disability benefits, despite promises by Peake and his predecessor, Jim Nicholson, to reduce delays.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder whether some of these widows, already in a delicate financial situation, may well account for many of the new homeless, when benefits weren't payed, as they were supposed to be, and that was the financial "tipping point" for them.

Dec 14 08:34

The Wall Street Ponzi Scheme

The Ponzi scheme that has gone bad is not just another misguided investment strategy. It is at the very heart of the banking business, the thing that has propped it up over the course of three centuries. A Ponzi scheme is a form of pyramid scheme in which new investors must continually be sucked in at the bottom to support the investors at the top. In this case, new borrowers must continually be sucked in to support the creditors at the top. The Wall Street Ponzi scheme is built on “fractional reserve” lending, which allows banks to create “credit” (or “debt”) with accounting entries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A more succinct version of what I was saying on the radio show Saturday!

Dec 14 08:31

What Does Letting Our Own War Criminals Go Free Tell Us About Ourselves?

Among President Obama's advisers (and, seemingly, in the man himself), there is a division as to what, if anything, should be done to the chief rapists of the Constitution since 9/11. On one hand, with so much for the new president to do, he'll need public support, so why distract the citizenry with old news? Also, for many of us, there's much more concern about keeping our jobs (or scrambling to find new ones) than finding out who ordered waterboarding or gave the CIA blanket permission to hide away suspects in secret "black-site" prisons.

Dec 14 08:27

Rich investors 'wiped out' by Wall Street fraud

Some victims of Wall Street's biggest fraud – planned and carried out over decades by one of its most respected figures – are as yet unaware that their entire savings have been wiped out, financial experts in New York said yesterday. Such is the extent of Bernard Madoff's alleged $50bn (£34bn) swindle, and so convoluted its paper trail of derivatives, that this weekend there will be Americans under the impression they are rich who are oblivious that their wealth had been placed in Mr Madoff's apparently criminal hands, and is therefore now lost.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the important point. Most white-collar fraud goes unreported. Corporations often see simply concealing the losses with creative accounting as preferable to the public admission of having been duped. As a result, only a small percentage of frauds ever become publicly know, fewer still result in prosecutions and convictions.

So, for every Bernard Madoff caught and jailed, it is safe to assume there are others just like him still operating and playing their games. White Collar crime costs Americans ten times as much as street crime (but street crime gets the press coverage).

And the comment about Bernard Madoff's scam being the largest may also be untrue. There are currently allegations against Citi, involving former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, of a ponzi scheme where the losses have reached into the trillions of dollars and may have been a major factor in the take down of the American economy!

Dec 14 08:20

Catastrophe for Gaza

For months, I waited in Gaza, unable to leave (despite the fact that I carry a British passport) and increasingly desperate to secure a medical appointment about 45 minutes away in Israel

The advanced medical treatment I need is not available here.

In the end, I waited three months for a medical permit to travel to treat my multiple myeloma.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this man has incurable cancer. It can be treated and arrested with various forms of treatment, but the lack of treatment means a certain death.

This is the kind of "final solution" the Israeli government creates for sick Palestinian Gazans.

And the inhumane treatment to people attempting to get in or out of the checkpoints at the hands of the IDF: absolutely normal, in the eyes of the Israeli soldiers.

Dec 14 08:15

Proxy war between India and Pakistan will benefit 'divide and conquer' agenda of the USA and Israel

The USA has been the chief supporter of Pakistan for the past several decades. During the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, the USA funneled vast amounts of war materiel to Afghanistan through Pakistan, and much of that war material was diverted, with US permission, to Pakistani Terrorism against India. The USA actually created Al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden worked as a CIA asset in Afghanistan and also in Kosovo.

Dec 14 08:11

Senate torture report confirms Bush, top officials guilty of war crimes

A report issued Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee has provided official and bipartisan confirmation that the infamous acts of torture carried out by US personnel at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo were planned, ordered and orchestrated by the highest-ranking officials in the US government. Based on the Senate's own conclusions, those named in the document, including President George W. Bush, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, are guilty of war crimes.

Dec 14 08:08

Police allege sacked employee killed his former boss

A man has been charged with first-degree murder after a shooting at an office Christmas party in Vancouver Friday.

Police allege Eric Allen Kirkpatrick, 61, opened fire at the TallGrass Distribution Ltd Christmas party, killing Benjamin David Banky, 40.

Banky was the CEO of TallGrass Distribution Ltd., a natural health products company.

At least a dozen employees had been celebrating when the gunman, who had been recently laid off, entered the party and began firing a gun, according to Vancouver Police spokesperson Const. Tim Fanning.

Dec 14 08:06

Fannie Mae-Related Records Sought in Grand Jury Criminal Probe

Records involving Fannie Mae, the largest source of U.S. home-loan money, were subpoenaed by a federal grand jury as part of a criminal investigation into claims made in a $7 billion civil lawsuit against the company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't expect impartial coverage from MSNBC on this one. David Gregory's wife is Beth A. Wilkinson, who is Fannie Mae's executive vice president - general counsel and corporate secretary. She reports directly to the chief executive officer. Wilkinson has oversight and management responsibility for all legal issues, strategies, services and resources. Additionally, she serves as the business-oriented, senior legal advisor to the board of directors, chief executive officer, and members of the senior management team.

Dec 14 08:05

Bush legacy? Iraq report reveals $100 billion failure

An unpublished US government report says US-led efforts to rebuild Iraq were crippled by bureaucratic turf wars, violence and ignorance of the basic elements of Iraqi society, resulting in a 100-billion-dollar failure, The New York Times reported on its website.

The newspaper said it had gotten hold of a copy of the 513-page federal history titled 'Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience,' that is circulating in Washington in draft form among a tight circle of technical reviewers, policy experts and senior officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the people for whom this war was absolutely not a failure?

The defense contractors with the no-bid contracts who made out like bandits, and the government of Iran.

Unflipping believable.

Dec 14 08:02

The Hawaii Factor

Recent developments indicate a rapidly approaching day of reckoning for the long-standing offense of the illegal occupation of Hawaii by the United States. The consequences will not only affect the U.S. and Hawaii but will have significant international impact as well.

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Dec 14 07:35

Globalist Constitutional Convention Dealt a Defeat in Ohio

Kurt Nimmo

The global elite will not rest until they have undermined the last bastion that stands in their way as they attempt to dominate and subjugate of the once great republic of the United States — the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Over the years — but especially since September 11, 2001, and the creation of the phony GWOT against manufactured terrorists — the government has made great strides in curtailing the Bill of Rights.

Dec 14 05:23

We All Failed Gary Webb

By Robert Parry

Since Gary Webb’s suicide four years ago, I have written annual retrospectives about the late journalist’s important contribution to the historical record -- he forced devastating admissions from the CIA about drug trafficking by the Nicaraguan contra rebels under the protection of the Reagan administration in the 1980s.

Dec 14 00:45

Israel to use long-range bombs

Israel Considers Purchasing New Smart Bombs to Hit Targets in Beirut, Damascus
Israel is considering purchasing new and advanced smart bombs with an extended range that would allow jetfighters to strike targets in Damascus and Beirut without leaving Israeli airspace, The Jerusalem Post said.

It said the smart bomb is called JDAM-ER (Joint Direct Attack Munitions-Extended Range) which is under development by Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force.

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