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Apr 29 21:11

Who Owns These Two Houses?

The first house in the top image covers more than 10,000 square feet and is at Belle Meade, an upscale city suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, and is the home of the ‘Environmentalist’ Al Gore.

Apr 29 20:56

Spain plugs in largest solar-tower power plant

The 531-foot solar tower, located near Seville, Spain, features a number of improvements on the first design and has exceeded the anticipated output. Called PS20, the installation is the largest in the world with a capacity of 20 megawatts, enough electricity to supply 10,000 homes, according to the company.

Apr 29 20:11

Obama’s teleprompter commits mutiny during major science speech

When the president was announcing the members of his science and technology council, the teleprompter froze up.

Not having note cards, what else could the president do but admonish the TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) to knock it off.

Apr 29 20:00

Feds Forced Furtiveness for Photo-op Flight

Let's see now. You're planning a photo-op flight of Air Force One in front of the Statue of Liberty--at a cost to taxpayers of $328,835--and you know it could cause a panic among denizens of the Big Apple. Do you (a) let everyone know what to expect so that panic does not ensue or (b) force everyone to keep it a secret so that panic does ensue?

Apr 29 19:55

Enzi: It's 'war' in black community

Enzi: It's 'war' in black community
Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 12:30 am
"Peacekeeping is what the inner city desperately needs. We're awash in angry personalities who confuse force with strength and leave ballooning body counts as their only result. This is why we as citizens and African-Americans must make ending violent urban crime the internal civil rights movement of the 21st century for our own good and the national interest."

Apr 29 19:54

XP Mode in Windows 7 is a scam

IF YOU HAVEN'T been stuck in a cave lately, you will undoubtedly have heard that Windows Vista SP2.1, aka Windows 7, will have an 'XP mode'. Before you jump up and down for joy, you should know that it won't do what you think it will, it is a scam.

Apr 29 19:52

Obama’s teleprompter commits mutiny during major science speech

When the president was announcing the members of his science and technology council, the teleprompter froze up.

Not having note cards, what else could the president do but admonish the TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) to knock it off.

Apr 29 19:14

GM to force up to 1,200 dealers out

General Motors Corp. told its dealers Tuesday that it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming sites to close as the automaker tries to thin dealer ranks to make the remaining outlets more profitable.

Apr 29 19:13

First Mexico fatal flu victim sought help for days

Mexican health officials are still scrambling to understand how the illness broke out. Attention has focused on a town in Veracruz state near a large pig farm where another confirmed case of swine flu in a human was detected.

But Lezana said the presence of Eurasian swine flu genes in the H1N1 virus makes it unlikely that the disease originated in a Mexican pig farm.

Apr 29 18:32

State investigators: Dead Wellington polo horses had hemorrhaging lungs

With the necropsies on the 21 horses that died in Wellington on Sunday nearly complete, the Florida Department of Agriculture confirmed today that the horses suffered from hemorrhaging of the lungs.

"The thing that is consistent with all the horses is hemorrhaging and pulmonary edema," said Mark Fagan, spokesman for the agricultural department. "That's consistent through all the necropsies so far, and we certainly expect that with the remaining few necropsies."

Apr 29 18:17

Darwin's Radio: Prehistoric Gene Reawakens to Battle HIV

About 95% of the human genome has once been designated as "junk" DNA. While much of this sequence may be an evolutionary artifact that serves no present-day purpose, some junk DNA may function in ways that are not currently understood. The conservation of some junk DNA over many millions of years of evolution may imply an essential function that has been "turned off." Now scientists say there's a junk gene that fights HIV. And they've discovered how to turn it back on.

Apr 29 18:04

'Extraordinary' £1m salary of the man we pay to fight poverty

The head of a Government-owned firm set up to eliminate world poverty has been criticised after earning almost £1million in a year.

MPs yesterday attacked the 'extraordinary' salary of Richard Laing, the chief executive of the former Commonwealth Development Corporation now known as CDC.

He took £970,000 in pay and bonuses in 2007, while other senior executives earned an average of £435,000.

CDC, which is wholly owned by the Department For International Development, uses private equity funds to plough money into poorer countries, mainly in Africa and Asia.

But MPs on the public accounts committee said there was only 'limited evidence' that CDC had made any impact on reducing Third World poverty.

Apr 29 17:02

U.S. Commerce Department: U.S. economy worst in 50 years

It's official. The United States is mired in its worst economic downturn in half a century, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

Apr 29 17:02

Swine flu? A panic stoked in order to posture and spend

We have gone demented. Two Britons are or were (not very) ill from flu. "This could really explode," intones a reporter for BBC News. "London warned: it's here," cries the Evening Standard. Fear is said to be spreading "like a Mexican wave". It "could affect" three-quarters of a million Britons. It "could cost" three trillion dollars. The "danger", according to the radio, is that workers who are not ill will be "worried" (perhaps by the reporter) and fail to turn up at power stations and hospitals.

Appropriately panicked, on Monday ministers plunged into their Cobra bunker beneath Whitehall to prepare for the worst. Had Tony Blair been about they would have worn germ warfare suits. British government is barking mad.

Apr 29 16:53

"Science is bad" - Religious Brainwash of Kids by Creationists

Two Creationists take home schooled kids on a tour of a natural history museum filling their minds with Young Earth Creationist Bullshit.

Apr 29 16:44

Time Warner forced to absorb film costs

Time Warner has been forced to absorb the cost of four films released in 2008 by its Warner Brothers subsidiary after one of the studio’s key financing partners failed to contribute its 50 per cent share.

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The most creative writing at the studios is in the accounting department.

Apr 29 16:37

New Blow for Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Theory

The newest research, led by Gerta Keller of Princeton University in New Jersey, and Thierry Adatte of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, uses evidence from Mexico to suggest that the Chicxulub impact predates the K-T boundary by as much as 300,000 years.

"Keller and colleagues continue to amass detailed stratigraphic information supporting new thinking about the Chicxulub impact, and the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous," says H. Richard Lane, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the research. "The two may not be linked after all."

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Al Gore will announce that the dinosaurs died from global warming.

Apr 29 16:13

[Video] Heavy Watergate, The War Against Cold Fusion

Don't expect a rush to research cold fusion to avert "climate disaster" - it won't provide energy companies with an extra £800 per household in 2050.

Apr 29 16:09

House Passes Hate Crime Bill - Jewish Groups Rejoice

There are many opinions on what the negative effects of this law will be to free speech and how it may be twisted to prosecute and censor anyone who may decide to speak about a 'repressed' minority.

One thing is not an opinion. The Feds will be able to step into state and local jurisdictions in violation of the constitution just by crying 'hate.'

Apr 29 16:03

"We Will Bury You!"

Monday, Nov. 26, 1956 "About the capitalist states, it doesn't depend on you whether or not we exist. If you don't like us. don't accept our invitations, and don't invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it or not. history is on our side. We will bury you!"

Just the day before, ambassadors of twelve NATO nations had walked out on a Khrushchev tirade that lumped Britain, France and Israel as bandits. Now Khrushchev was off again..

Apr 29 15:46

Billboards criticizing US aid to Israel taken down under pressure

According to information from Lamar, it appears groups claiming to be pro-Israel have conducted a campaign to pressure Lamar to remove the billboards. The Coalition believes this is a deliberate attempt to silence its right to free speech because the humanitarian message of the billboards supports equal rights for the Palestinian people, thereby necessitating criticism of Israel.

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"First Amendment? You don't get no First Amendment. We are Israel! We are above the Constitution!!!!"

Apr 29 15:45

Arlen Specter's Government Investigation

What do we have to look forward to , with Arlen Specter joining the Senate majority ?
He get's a full blown federal investigation going , an act of congress , so to speak , because The New England Patriots broke an official NFL regulation . ACORDING TO SPECTER !

Arlen Specter's SpyGate Government Investigation is a Waste of Time

As to why Senator Arlen Specter would be calling hearings on the Patriots SpyGate matter is beyond me. This is borderline absurd and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

Apr 29 14:50

We can’t get hands on flu drugs say London doctors

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Transation: This stuff is gonna COST YOU BIG TIME!!!!!!!

Apr 29 14:37

World 'unlikely to stop global warming reaching critical levels'

Meanwhile a separate study by the UK Energy Research Centre found meeting the target to cut greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 will cost around £17 billion a year, or around £700 on the average electricity bill by 2050.

However, if people object to onshore wind farms and nuclear power stations, it will cost £20 billion a year, as more expensive technologies will have to be used, adding £800 to the electricity bill.

"If you object we'll make the headlines even scarier. Cough up suckers!"

Apr 29 14:36

World 'unlikely to stop global warming reaching critical levels'

Meanwhile a separate study by the UK Energy Research Centre found meeting the target to cut greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 will cost around £17 billion a year, or around £700 on the average electricity bill by 2050.

However, if people object to onshore wind farms and nuclear power stations, it will cost £20 billion a year, as more expensive technologies will have to be used, adding £800 to the electricity bill.

"If you object we'll make the headlines even scarier. Cough up suckers!"

Apr 29 14:08

Mexico warns swine flu may deepen recession

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A deadly swine flu outbreak could push Mexico deeper into recession, but the epidemic's impact on the economy may be short-lived, Mexico's central bank said on Wednesday.

Mexico's economy is already limping badly because of falling demand for its exports and the central bank said in a report that the economy contracted by as much as 8 percent in the first quarter.

Apr 29 13:56

Egyptian Christians riot after swine flu cull

“Our pigs are healthy. They are our capital and they have no diseases,” said Adel Ishak, who feeds his pigs from the rubbish he collects in Manshiet Nasser, northeast of Cairo.

Apr 29 13:55

QUESTIONS ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS' ROLE IN MARKET

SOMETHING smells fishy in the market. And the aroma seems to be coming from Goldman Sachs.

Apr 29 13:54

FLASHBACK - Lawmakers sever ties between CDC and Big Pharma

Currently the CDC oversees vaccine research, safety and promotion, a situation that has been drawing more and more public criticism in recent years. The CDC compiles the list of vaccines that doctors are to give all children in the US, based on the recommendations of an advisory panel, and in many states kids can not attend day care or public schools unless they have received the CDC-endorsed vaccines.

A recommendation by the CDC guarantees a huge market for a vaccine and enables the drug company to use the government as a marketing device for its product. The annual global market for vaccines is expected to be over $10 billion this year.

Apr 29 13:53

California Marine has swine flu; 30 quarantined

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - About 30 U.S. Marines in southern California on the biggest military base in the United States have been quarantined after one of them was confirmed to have contracted the swine flu virus, the Marine Corps said on Wednesday.

The case was identified at the Twenty nine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the base said in a statement.

Apr 29 13:52

Jerusalem settlement 'extended'

Construction has begun on approximately 60 new homes in a Jewish settlement in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli campaign group Peace Now says.

The work, in East Talpiot settlement, is aimed at creating a belt around East Jerusalem that would sever it from the rest of the West Bank, the group says.

Settlements on occupied land are illegal under international law.

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"Law, shmaw; Gold told us it's okay!"

Apr 29 13:52

Napolitano retracts 'passive surveillance' term

On Wednesday, Napolitano said that U.S. officials are "actively" questioning visitors at the border, asking questions about "whether they are ill, their travel history and the like."

She also discounted turning to thermal meters to gauge whether people are carrying a fever, and Napolitano also said she does not believe the facts of the current situation would merit closing the borders.

Apr 29 13:51

The CDC, Vaccines and Autism

Nothing is new here. The CDC, the agency that runs the vaccine program, again has again produced a population study that shows vaccines aren't linked to neurological problems in children. The epidemic number of children with autism isn't even mentioned. The fact the CDC has an obvious bias in showing that vaccines haven't damaged hundreds of thousands of children because they also run the vaccine program isn't noted. Dr. Paul Offit, who is described only as from Philadelphia Children's Hospital, is included on the ABC NEWS report telling us that it was a mistake to ever remove mercury from vaccines. ABC NEWS
didn't think it was important to mention that Dr. Offit is himself a vaccine patent holder and is a member of the advisory committee that recommends the childhood vaccine schedule.

Apr 29 13:49

FLASHBACK - CDC research funding scandal 2.0

Some of you ME/CFS readers might remember that ten years ago the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) got caught misusing money Congress had appropriated specifically for CFS research by using it for other diseases instead. At the time, CDC employee/CFS researcher Bill Reeves blew the whistle on his colleagues and went on to take the lead in CFS research, including reallocating the misspent money for the research it was intended.

But, alas, it is now Reeves who has been apparently caught misappropriating money. And this time, instead of the money going to other research, it's simply going to a pet contractor.

Apr 29 13:45

WHO confirms pandemic threat raised to 5

GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan raised the pandemic threat awareness level to 5 on Wednesday, meaning the world is at imminent risk of a pandemic from H1N1 swine flu.

"I have decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5," Chan told a news briefing.

Level 6 is the final stage, a pandemic -- a global epidemic of a new and deadly disease.

Apr 29 13:29

WHO raises pandemic alert level

A phase five alert means human-to-human transmission in at least two countries.

Apr 29 13:25

Swine Flu Alert Level Up To Second Highest

The World Health Organisation has raised the pandemic threat level over the swine flu outbreak to five - its second highest level.

Apr 29 13:13

WHO says swine flu moving toward pandemic level

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak is moving closer to becoming a pandemic.

WHO flu chief Dr. Keiji Fukuda told reporters on Wednesday that developments in the disease are moving the agency closer to raising its pandemic alert to phase 5, indicating widespread human-to-human transmission.

He said the health body was monitoring the situation but was not yet ready to move the pandemic alert level up from its current level of 4, which means it is being passed among people.

Apr 29 13:06

Don't let swine flu news silence Gaza Atrocities

Physicians offer chilling account of Gaza atrocities
By Marc Abizeid, Special to The Daily Star
April 28, 2009

BEIRUT: Renowned Chinese-English physician Dr. Swee Ang gave a moving testimony on Saturday of Israel's destruction in the Gaza Strip as witnessed in her recent trip to the tiny Palestinian enclave. "Cluster bombs, deliberate assassinations of whole families that they would line up and shoot," Ang said as she listed a number of acts committed by Israel during its 22-day assault on Gaza in December and January that left over 1,400 Palestinians dead.
"The Israelis would wait until the ambulances got the wounded and then attack them, killing and injuring the drivers," she continued.

Apr 29 13:01

Feds knew Air Force One photo-op flyover might spark panic in the city - but didn't give a hoot

Federal officials knew a flyover in lower Manhattan could spark chaos and panic in the streets below - but they did it anyway.

Apr 29 12:19

How they Debunk Antarctic for Al Hore

The British Antarctic Survey, working with NASA, last week confirmed ice around Antarctica has grown 100,000 sq km each decade for the past 30 years.
"""the word "NASA" should tell u this is Lie"""

“Our results show the complexity of climate change across the Earth. While there is increasing evidence that the loss of sea ice in the Arctic has occurred due to human activity, in the Antarctic human influence through the ozone hole has had the reverse effect and resulted in more ice. Although the ozone hole is in many ways holding back the effects of greenhouse gas increases on the Antarctic, this will not last, as we expect ozone levels to recover by the end of the 21st Century. By then there is likely to be around one third less Antarctic sea ice.”

Apr 29 12:18

Trying to debunk Antarctica for Al Hore

New York City-sized ice collapses off Antarctica

The new icebergs added to 330 sq kms of ice that broke up earlier this month with the shattering of an ice bridge apparently pinning the Wilkins in place between Charcot island and the Antarctic Peninsula.She said 370 sq kms of ice had cracked up in recent days from the Shelf, the latest of about 10 shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula to retreat in a trend linked by the U.N. Climate Panel to global warming.

this seems very bogus to me,
this happens every year at the end of summer down there
and was there not a link on this site saying that Antarctica was growing ?

Apr 29 12:04

How Old is the Universe?

If we compare the two age determinations, there is a potential crisis. If the universe is flat, and dominated by ordinary or dark matter, the age of the universe as inferred from the Hubble constant would be about 9 billion years. The age of the universe would be shorter than the age of oldest stars. This contradiction implies that either 1) our measurement of the Hubble constant is incorrect, 2) the Big Bang theory is incorrect or 3) that we need a form of matter like a cosmological constant that implies an older age for a given observed expansion rate.

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at least NASA is now willing to consider that the Big Bang theory is incorrect.

But again, looking at the farthest detectable object (lower down on this page), we reach a paradox which strongly suggests that the Big Bang theory is flat-out wrong.

Apr 29 11:51

DOD Can’t Handle the Truth?

As we have witnessed in the hunt for Osama, our satellite-photo-addicted intel shops can’t tell us much. But there is a vast amount of 4GW material available open-source: Web sites by and about our opponents, works by civilian academics, material from think-tanks, reports from businessmen who travel in areas we are interested in – the pile is almost bottomless. Every American soldier with access to a computer can find almost anything he needs. Much of it is both more accurate and more useful than what filters down through the military intelligence chain.

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The DOD is putting blinders on our troops because the fact is that we are the bad guys in his war and DOD does not want any more soldiers figuring that out for themselves.

Apr 29 11:49

Spanish judge opens probe into Guantanamo torture

A Spanish judge on Wednesday opened an investigation into an alleged "systematic programme" of torture at the US Guantanamo Bay detention camp, following accusations by four former prisoners.

Judge Baltasar Garzon will probe the "perpetrators, the instigators, the necessary collaborators and accomplices" to crimes of torture at the prison at the US naval base in southern Cuba, he said in his ruling, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

The judge based his decision on statements by Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed, known as the "Spanish Taliban" and three other former Guantanamo detainees -- a Moroccan, a Palestinian and a Libyan.

Apr 29 11:41

Swine influenza - WHO update

As of 18:00 GMT, 29 April 2009, nine countries have officially reported 148 cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 91 laboratory confirmed human cases, with one death. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (13), Germany (3), Israel (2), New Zealand (3), Spain (4) and the United Kingdom (5).

WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders.

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There is a major disconnect between the actual (lack of) severity of this epidemic, and the fear-mongering we are seeing in the media.

Apr 29 11:37

The New American Century Has Not Been Cancelled

Anyone who thought the neoconservative project for a new American hegemony was finally cancelled when Obama came to power, promising to change Bush's failed course in Iraq and Afghanistan, has by now had their hopes dashed. The Obama administration has proven itself just as inclined to interventionism and picking up the White Man's Burden as Dubya ever was, albeit with a less coarse and selfish face.

Apr 29 11:35

Accountability, Torture, and the Obama Administration

Witness Against Torture's 100 Days Campaign to Close Guantanamo and End Torture began in the heady days following President Obama's Executive Orders, signed on day one, promising the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo within a year and ending the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program.

Apr 29 11:34

Blood Lust

War. The ultimate game. An addiction to death and the rush it brings. Even tho war is hell, many players cannot fathom doing anything else..ever. I know such a man. A man trying to leave the "theater" behind but cant because as he puts it, "it is what I am good at." But there is a more sinister underlying reason people such as these return for tour after tour and make the military their life's careers. The true warrior is of a different breed than the ones repulsed by death and destruction but live by the creed, "I like killing things." Blood lust. Pleasure derived in death.
http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/04/blood-lust.html

Apr 29 11:29

Swine flu genes from pigs alone

The deadly H1N1 flu virus that’s fuelling fears of a global pandemic appears to be a hybrid of two common pig flu strains, scientists who have studied the disease have told Wired. Earlier reports called it a combination of pig, human and avian influenza strains.

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and they say Twitter is the one spreading misinformation!

Apr 29 11:10

A complete list of things caused by global warming

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NOT THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PANIC YOU OR ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 29 10:44

Larry Summers is a Big Fat Idiot

Of course, Summers was one of the people most responsible for gutting the Depression-era banking laws which helped protect our economy, allowing the big financial institutions to speculate and gamble using insane amounts of leverage, and insisting that toxic derivatives be left completely unregulated.

Arianna Huffington, Naomi Klein and others have argued that - even if smart - his ideas are toxic.

But Friday, Summers proved that he's really not that smart. On Friday, Summers basically said we should continue to do the exact same things which got us into this mess

Apr 29 10:42

Introducing the Holo-Disc

The products that GE plans to sell based on the technology -- starting in 2012 -- will work in devices similar to current disc readers, allowing buyers to still access and play their old albums, movies, and other media. Crucially, at least from a cost perspective, GE says the new discs will also be manufactured using the same molded plastic technique that's currently used for making discs.

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Data storage isn't the problem any more for home users, data MANAGEMENT is.

Most home users use their disk drives like closets, simply shoving in more files wherever they may fit. After a few years, you can wind up with stacks of disks and no clue what is on them or where to find things.

New intelligent tools are needed for sorting and categorizing and indexing the inevitable accumulation of files that accompanies increased data storage.

I also hope that the promise of a 100 year life-span is accurate. We heard the same promises when CD-ROM was introduced, then value-engineering resulted in disks that erased themselves after only a few years.

Apr 29 10:37

Brett Dennen - Ain't No Reason (Official Single Video)

It is our routines and our comforts that allow us to ignore social issues. For some of us, it is our privilege to be ignorant. This video tells the story of social issues challenging our privileges and entering our routines making them impossible to ignore. Social injustice cannot be ignored when you are forced to deal with them.

Apr 29 10:30

FLASHBACK - Castro Blames the C.I.A. For an Epidemic in Cuba

President Fidel Castro said tonight that he shared the profound suspicion of many Cubans that a series of disastrous crop blights and the current epidemic of dengue fever, which has killed 113 people, including 81 children, were deliberately introduced into Cuba by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Back in 1981, we dismissed such claims as the ravings of "The Enemy."

But today, in the post "Saddam's nooks" age and amid revelations of the institutionalized use of torture by the US government, it may be that we were a bit too hasty in our prejudices.

Apr 29 10:18

Crown Dependency of Forvik - Vehicle Licenses

On 29th April 2008 I put an old Landrover car on the Shetland roads. It has a Forvik numberplate, Forvik tax disc and an FK sticker for country of registration. On the vehicle is a notice:

Tax Free Vehicle
www.freeshetland.com
NOTICE
This vehicle is not subject to UK statutes
No consent is given for any clamping, towing, confiscation, or impounding,
The owner reserves the right to charge
£1,000 plus expenses
for any infringement of this notice.
By carrying out any of the above actions you
enter into a contract agreeing to these terms.

Apr 29 10:13

The US should cut military spending in half

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More than that. Think of how much money we could save if we were not traveling around the world killing Israel's enemies.

Apr 29 10:08

Four generals detained in Hariri case freed

Four Lebanese generals detained for nearly four years in connection with the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri were freed on Wednesday following a ruling to that effect by a special UN court,

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Another frame-up collapses.

So, who really killed Hariri, and why?

You get three guesses and the first two don't count.

Apr 29 10:01

Taliban gunmen shooting couple dead for adultery caught on camera

In footage which is being watched with horror by Pakistanis, the couple try to flee when they realise what is about to happen. But a gunman casually shoots the man and then the woman in the back with a burst of gunfire, leaving them bleeding in the dirt.

Apr 29 09:56

Secretive Bank Stress Tests Heighten Investor Stress

The bank stress test of the nation’s 19-largest financial institutions is a flawed exercise that threatens to elevate the very economic-system stress it was designed to relieve.

Apr 29 09:55

US 'losing control' in Afghanistan

Richard Armitage, a former US deputy secretary of state, has told Al Jazeera that the conflict in Afghanistan may be "spinning out of control".

Apr 29 09:55

World Bank finds Israel’s water policy hard to swallow

As a former, and by many accounts successful, finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu presumably knows his way around economics. So when the Israeli prime minister says he will work to provide the Palestinians with economic, if not political, independence, might that not suggest his hard-line government understands that a prosperous Palestine would be an important first step towards a more stable Middle East?

Apr 29 09:52

Supreme Court Rules that Government Can Fine for 'Fleeting Expletives'

The Supreme Court said yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission may penalize even the occasional use of certain expletives on the airwaves but left for another day the question of whether such a policy is constitutional.

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WTF??????

Apr 29 09:48

FBI E-Mail Says Bush Authorized Abuse of Iraqis

Senior FBI agents stationed in Iraq in 2004 claimed in an e-mail that President George W. Bush signed an executive order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other harsh tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees.

Apr 29 09:47

Detective suspended after cocaine worth nearly £150k allegedly found in his car

Police said: “An officer has been bailed without charge pending further enquiries and suspended from duty.”

Apr 29 09:46

Biden Son and Brother Near Epicenter of Two Ponzi Schemes

As I have said many times, the bad guys always try to get near centers of power. Joe Biden was a very powerful Senator when Stanford and Rusciano sought to do business with his son and brother.

It appears that the most likely explanation for the Bidens' possible involvement with two bad guys is that they are clueless about finance, probably set the business up, in part, to trade off of the Senator's power, and never had a clue as to the types of bad guys that would circle around to give the appearance of being close to such power.

Apr 29 09:45

The False "Profits" of Christian Zionism

But these false prophets are making big profits sowing fear and confusion, whether it's Israel making a gift of a customized Lear Jet to Jerry Falwell or John Hagee paying himself over a million dollars a year in TAX FREE money while having several palaces to live in, like the $2.1 million 7,969-acre ranch outside Brackettville, Texas , with five lodges, including a "main lodge" and a gun locker. It also includes a manager's house, a smokehouse, a skeet range and three barns or the six-bedroom, 5,275-square-foot house in one of San Antonio's most exclusive gated communities, The Dominion. The house, similar in architectural style to the building at Cornerstone Church - classical Greek revival and white with tall pillars reaching from the ground to the roof - is appraised at $688,900.

Apr 29 09:43

Torture; the other Red Meat.

There’s a kind of irony in the fact that the former, talk out of this particular hole in their body and the substance of their words is the very substance known to proceed out of that very same hole. They might well know that 9/11 was an Inside Job but they don’t want to know because the obvious conclusion of ‘who’ was behind the 9/11 attacks threatens the pursuit of their appetites and threatens their position among the other chimps in the zoo, as it threatens their ability to spoon feed their children with preposterous lies in the interest of protecting them from dangers that only the truth could deliver them from.

Apr 29 09:36

Lights Out

The United States electricity grid is old, creaky, and getting more vulnerable by the day. Most people won't think twice about the dynamics involved that work in tandem to supply the "juice" to the outlet.

Apr 29 09:21

Calamity Jane Harman Shoots Herself in the Foot

The exposure of the Jane Harman-AIPAC axis of treason has exploded the illusion of the Israel Lobby’s invulnerability. Here they thought they had the AIPAC espionage trial swept safely under the rug, or nearly so, what with the prosecution of two former top Lobby officials seemingly stalled indefinitely, and the Justice Department "reviewing" whether to pursue the case. Not only that, but accused Israeli spy Steve Rosen is riding high, having recently been instrumental in the downfall of Obama administration appointee Charles Freeman.

Apr 29 09:18

Cheney's Twisted World

It’s wise, I believe, to resuscitate al-Libi’s story right now for two particular reasons. The first is because, when he was handed over to US forces by the Pakistanis, he became the first high-profile captive to be fought over in a tug-of-war between the FBI, which wanted to play by the rules, and the CIA -- backed up by the most hawkish figures in the White House and the Pentagon -- who didn’t.

Apr 29 09:16

Zionist Lobby Targets Another Tenured Professor

I said, in presenting this material, I said that Gaza is Israel's Warsaw and I explained the context. That's because in Warsaw the Nazi's surrounded Warsaw, concentrated Jews in Warsaw, wouldn't let anyone in, wouldn't let anyone out, wouldn't let supplies in, wouldn't let supplies out; as a result there was famine and disease and so forth...

DH: Which is exactly what's...

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Folks, is Abe Foxman not committing the same egregious offenses that Joseph McCarthy did?

Apr 29 09:12

HEED VOICES CALLING FOR JUSTICE OF PALESTINIANS

WE Palestinians are often asked where the Palestinian Gandhi is and urged to adopt nonviolent methods in our struggle for freedom from Israeli military rule. On April 17, an Israeli soldier killed my good friend Bassem Abu Rahme at a nonviolent demonstration against Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land. Bassem was one of many Palestinian Gandhis.

Apr 29 09:11

TOON FOR WEDNESDAY ~~ HOW TO DO IT

On Saturday, Australia’s most well-known cartoonist and social commentator Michael Leunig, gave his readers a disturbing account of how the time-honoured traits of decency and caring for others in what we call our civilised world, are fast giving way to the callous “me first” syndrome with dire consequences for the human condition that few realise will inevitably affect even them. He recounts a shocking incident where a women is accosted by a group of men in a suburban street and is saved by a 72-year-old man who is badly beaten, but lives with honour intact. He then reminds us about the incomprehensible atrocities taking place in Gaza against an imprisoned and defenceless people while most of the world turns away without any sense of outrage or compassion.

Apr 29 09:10

MOHAMMED OMER REPORTS ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN GAZA

Mohammed Al-Sheikh Yousef could save his eyesight if only he could cross the border out of Gaza. He was denied a permit by Israel; he got one from Egypt, but not for someone to accompany him. And he can’t go on his own because he cannot see very well.

“If Mohammed does not get out of Gaza for medical treatment within the next 14 days, he may totally lose his eyesight and be blind for life,” Dr. Mawia Hasaneen, head of the ambulance and emergency service for Gaza hospitals told IPS in a telephone interview.
“In the past few weeks we have received 150 appeals from people in Gaza who are in need of urgent medical care,” says Ran Yaron from Physicians for Human Rights, a human rights group in Israel that campaigns on behalf of Palestinian patients to obtain exit permits for healthcare.

Apr 29 09:06

FLASHBACK - President Bush Fails To Gain International Criminal Immunity For War Crimes With Which He Has Not Been Charged

Even though no War Crimes charges have been brought against President Bush by the International Criminal Court, the Bush Administration has been lobbying hard for another year of War Crimes immunity.

The United Nations refused.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember back in 2002 and 2003 when President Bush was arm-twisting other nations to grant US forces and officials immunity from war crimes prosecutions? And the more astute observers (moi?) were pointing out that nobody would spend that much political capitol on immunity unless one was planning or already committing war crimes? And the Bush defenders kept insisting that the immunity was to prevent "harassment" of our government officials?

Well, now we know that at the same time Bush was lobbying for immunity for war crimes, torture was taking Place, WHICH PROVES THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION KNEW THEY WERE COMMITTING WAR CRIMES AT THE TIME!

Apr 29 09:02

Democrats Urge Torture Probe by Special Counsel

US Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before Congress while protesters hold signs urging him to prosecute members of the Bush administration for authorizing torture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As far as I am concerned the entire government is delegitimized by the torture scandal, and while I predict that the Special Counsel will accomplish no more than did Ken Starr or Laurence Walsh, I also predict there will be a renewed fight over the Coleman/Frankin Senate seat in order to prevent the Democrats from gaining that filibuster-proof Senate. In fact, Al, if you are reading this, stay out of small airplanes!

Personally I thin we ought to ship the entire Bush administration to the Hague right now.

Apr 29 08:53

Goldman Sachs Hires Barney Frank Staffer To Be Its Lobbyist

The Goldman Sachs relationshp with Congress has just gotten even more intimate. Goldman has grown another tentacle, designed to grab directly at the House Financial Services Committee chair Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Apr 29 08:53

Dutch Publication: Prince Bernhard was deeply involved in weapons trade

Although there is some sense in the general public of what the prince was up to, he is usually characterised as a somewhat corrupt but nevertheless lovable scoundrel. Aalders asks himself:

'How does a man who lies, scams, accepts bribes, cheats on his wife, serves only his own interests, consorts with unreliable individuals, arms deals, corrupts ministers, continuously spreads false stories about himself, remain so extremely popular for so long?'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because he is living the life so many secretly wish they could?

Apr 29 08:41

Global warming alarmists out in cold

IT'S snowing in April. Ice is spreading in Antarctica. The Great Barrier Reef is as healthy as ever.

And that's just the news of the past week. Truly, it never rains but it pours - and all over our global warming alarmists.

Time's up for this absurd scaremongering. The fears are being contradicted by the facts, and more so by the week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hence Al Gore's last second desperation play to ram his carbon scheme down all of our throats.

Apr 29 08:40

Telescope snaps most distant object

Astronomers tracking a mysterious blast of energy called a gamma ray burst said on Tuesday they had snapped a photograph of the most distant object in the universe -- a smudge 13 billion light-years away.

Hawaii's Gemini Observatory caught the image earlier this month after a satellite first detected the burst.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing that object 13 billion light-years distant not as it is today and where it is today but as it was and where it was, 13 billion years ago, 13 billion light-years distant from earth.

In other words, for this galaxy to lie 13 billion light-years away from Earth only 750 million years after the Big Bang, it would have had to travel 13 billion light years in just 750 million years' time. That requires the galaxy in question to travel more than 17 times faster than the speed of light, a speed limit which according to the Big Bang supporters was in effect from the moment the universe was 3 seconds old.

Apr 29 08:37

The Great Myths, Evasions, and Lies of the 21st Century

We live in an age in which deceit is more pervasive than anything Jonathan Swift ever experienced. Today, many truths are totally ignored, lies and myths are generated by media, and our politicians are the main purveyors of the propaganda and the pretension that poisons our national debate. We live in an age of unprecedented myths, hypocrisies, evasions, and lies, and that duplicity is seldom challenged. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, consider the following specifics.

Apr 29 08:36

Chairman of Gore Climate Hearing Strikes Gavel, Cuts Off All Dissent

Al Gore & pals are trying to push through a very serious, very burdensome carbon tax, a new derivatives bubble stands to grow around it, and there is in fact no scientific consensus on the issue-- and yet the chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Environment, Rep.

Apr 29 08:34

Pope apologizes for abuse at native schools

Pope Benedict has said he is sorry for the physical and sexual abuse and "deplorable" conduct at Catholic church-run Canadian residential schools.

Apr 29 08:32

EFF urges Congress to shine light on FBI data mining

Here's the gist of today's message from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to Congress regarding privacy oversight of the FBI's massive and mysterious Investigative Data Warehouse: We've done all we can do through the Freedom of Information Act; the Obama Administration has abandoned the cause; now, it's up to you to ensure that the rights of law-abiding Americans are protected.

Not much as last chances go.

Apr 29 08:30

Craigslist yanks article "To the Guy Who Mugged Me Downtown (Downtown, Savannah) "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight. Craigslist had no problem with a murderer using their web page to track potential victims from among the sex workers, but when someone posts an article about using a firearm to thwart a mugging, they pull it????????

Text of the yanked article follows.

I was the white guy with the black Burberry jacket that you demanded I hand over shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I hope you somehow come across this message. I'd like to apologize. I didn't expect you to crap your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.

Truth is, I was wearing the jacket for a reason that evening, and it wasn't that cold outside. You see, my girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber 1911 .45 ACP pistol for Christmas, and we had just picked up a shoulder holster for it that evening. Beautiful pistol, eh? It's a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head, isn't it? I know it probably wasn't a great deal of fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with that brown sludge flopping about in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse since you also ended up leaving your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. I couldn't have you calling up any of your buddies to come help you try to mug us again. I took the liberty of calling your mother, or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, and explaining to her your situation. I also bought myself some gas on your card. I gave your shoes to one of the homeless guys over by Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all of the cash in your wallet, then I threw the wallet itself in a dumpster. I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell. They'll be on your bill in case you'd like to know which ones. Alltel recently shut down the line, and I've only had the phone for a little over a day now, so I don't know what's going on with that. I hope they haven't permanently cut off your service. I was about to make some threatening phone calls to the DA's office with it Oh well. So, about your pants. I know that I was a little rough on you when you did this whole attempted mugging thing, so I'd like to make it up to you. I'm sure you've already washed your pants, so I'd like to help you out. I'd like to reimburse you for the detergent you used on the pants. What brand did you use, and was it liquid or powder? I'd also like to apologize for not killing you and instead making you walk back home humiliated. I'm hoping that you'll reconsider your choice of path in life. Next time you might not be so lucky. If you read this message, email me and we'll do lunch and laundry.

Apr 29 08:22

Barack Obama: “America’s First Jewish President”

Obama has recently suggested that Washington would nuke Iran to protect Israel – which has never yet signed a treaty with the US – to which the Bush Administration replied contemptuously that it would be very hard to convince American parents in Kansas that their sons should risk nuclear incineration for the sake of a small country in the Middle East. Clearly Obama is a greater war monger on issues involving Israel then even Bush: It comes with being a “Jewish President”

Apr 29 08:03

The dubious Zelikow shortcuts

Two issues trouble me relating to Philip Zelikow’s New York Times op-ed, The Dubious C.I.A. Shortcut. One, he seems to be flip-flopping on the legality and efficacy of torture to gain reliable intelligence, in this case from the C.I.A and Pentagon. Second, even as Zelikow headed the 9/11 Commission and wrote the final draft of its findings in April 2004, his commission report was based on secondhand C.I.A. and Pentagon “torture” reports, not face to face, independent interviews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the official version of what happened on 9-11 was based on confessions extracted under torture.

Is that the entire case against Khalid Sheik Mohammed? Tortured confessions?

Apr 29 07:58

AIPAC pushing for new Iran sanctions bill?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is scheduled to hold its annual conference next week, said the introduction of a new bill against Iran's gasoline trade on Tuesday is no coincidence.

"It's no coincidence that the bills, which are strongly backed by AIPAC, are "dropping" into Congress for consideration this week, having 6,000 conference-goers press for their passage next Tuesday is bound to give them a turbo boost," the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that we will feel the effects of an Iranian gasoline boycott at the pump is of no concern, apparently.

Apr 29 07:56

German police raid British army bases

Police have raided several British army facilities in Germany on suspicion of military personnel involvement in an alleged bribery case.

According to prosecutors in Wuppertal, over 200 police officers and 50 officials searched British military installations in the towns of Moenchengladbach, Elmpt, Paderborn and Herford on Tuesday. Eight local companies were also examined.

German authorities suspect that around 21 civilian employees of the British military have accepted kick-backs from local firms in order to secure lucrative contracts.

Apr 29 07:54

Multinational forces storm Florida beach for New World Order takeover

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We'll teach those @#$%ing Americans to strop buying our crap!"

Apr 29 07:45

Flying Pigs, Tamiflu and Factory Farms

If we are to believe what our trusted international media report, the world is on the brink of a global pandemic outbreak of a new deadly strain of flu, H1N1 as it has been labelled, or more popularly, Swine Flu. As the story goes, the outbreak of the deadly flu was first discovered in Mexico. According to press reports, after several days, headlines reported as many as perhaps 150 deaths in Mexico were believed caused by this virulent people-killing pig virus that has spread to humans and now is allegedly being further spread from human to human. Cases were being reported hourly from Canada to Spain and beyond. The only thing wrong with this story is that it is largely based on lies, hype and coverup of possible real causes of Mexican deaths.

Apr 29 07:43

'Israeli lobby blocks change in US'

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has declared that influential Israeli lobby groups are preventing any change from occurring in the US.

"Israeli lobby groups' influence over decision-making bodies in the US will not allow any real change to be made in US foreign policy,” Larijani said in a meeting with a Washington Friday prayers leader, Faisal Rauf, in Tehran on Tuesday.

Apr 29 07:32

New Evidence of Torture Prison in Poland

The current debate in the US on the "special interrogation methods" sanctioned by the Bush administration could soon reach Europe. It has long been clear that the CIA used the Szymany military airbase in Poland for extraordinary renditions. Now there is evidence of a secret prison nearby.

Apr 29 07:32

Swine Flu Scare: Stock Market Bonanza for "Politically Connected" BioTech Companies

Tamiflu is produced by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Hoffman-La Roche on behalf of a US based biotech company Gilead Sciences, Inc. While the drug is produced by Roche, it was developed by Gilead Sciences Inc. which owns the intellectual property rights.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was one of the major shareholders of Gilead Sciences. In 1997, Rumsfeld was appointed Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc., a position which he held until becoming Secretary of Defence in the Bush administration in 2001. Rumsfeld was on the Board of Directors from the establishment of Gilead in 1987.

Apr 29 07:30

Homeland Security Issues Alert On Mandatory Quarantine Procedures

The Department of Homeland Security has sent out an alert to health care providers outlining how BATF, FBI, and U.S. Marshals will be called upon to impose mandatory quarantines in the event of a widespread swine flu outbreak in the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just "look good for the budget guys" grandstanding, now that WHO has scaled back the estimates of infected and the deaths.

Apr 29 07:25

Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO

A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan, from WHO’s patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths - all in Mexico - and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.

“Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that’s not information that’s come from the World Health Organisation,” Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.

Apr 29 06:38

The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?

To put things into perspective, malaria kills 3,000 people EVERY DAY, and it's considered "a health problem"... But of course, there are no fancy vaccines for malaria that can rake in billions of dollars in a short amount of time.

Apr 29 06:29

Why YOU cannot sell YOUR house

Bloomberg.com - Courtney Schlisserman - Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Declined at Slower Pace - The decline in home prices in 20 major U.S. cities slowed in February for the first time since 2007, amplifying signals that the market may be stabilizing.

The S&P/Case-Shiller index’s 18.6 percent decrease compares with a record 19 percent decline the month before. The gauge has fallen every month since January 2007, and year-over-year.

[But that doesn't tell the true story.]

Apr 29 06:06

CONGRATULATE YOURSELVES! -Americans have bought 12% less worthless crap since September '08

Bloomberg.com - Economy in U.S. Contracted at 6.1% Annual Rate in First Quarter - Bob Willis -Gross domestic product dropped at a 6.1 percent annual pace, more than forecast, after contracting at a 6.3 percent rate in the last three months of 2008, the Commerce Department said today in Washington.

Apr 29 05:37

Big Pharma Fights Back with Study Stating Suicides Unchanged by SSRI Antidepressant Reduction

BBC - Emma Wilkinson - Health reporter - Suicides 'unchanged by pill ban' - Restrictions on teenagers' use of antidepressants have had no measurable impact on suicide rates, a study says.

Professor David Cottrell, spokesman for the charity Young Minds and dean of medicine at the University of Leeds, said the results could suggest the risk of suicide with antidepressants was all a "big red herring", but also that the change in advice and more careful monitoring had mitigated any risk associated with reduced prescribing.

Apr 29 05:20

1 for YOU 19 for me! - Alistair Darling defends 50% top tax rate

BBC - The chancellor has defended raising the top rate of income tax to 50%, saying it was only fair that those with the "broadest shoulders" paid more.

[Alistair Darling's logic is impeccable. Now... What to do with those people who have the biggest heads?]

Apr 29 04:22

Guess Who's Buying Chrylser and GM?

You know things are crazy when a partial takeover of the American auto industry by labor unions and the government is, at best, the day's third biggest story.

But even with swine flu and Arlen Specter grabbing the headlines, it'd be a mistake to ignore what's happening in Detroit.

By the way, are you wondering who becomes GM's majority stockholder under the company's proposed restructuring plan? Then go look in the mirror. The Treasury Department--and, by extension, the country's taxpayers--would end up owning more than half the company.

Apr 29 03:47

Editorial: Bilderbergers Are Criminals, Traitors According to U.S. Law

ALL AMERICANS WHO PARTICIPATE in secret Bilderberg meetings are criminals and traitors. The Logan Act expressly forbids U.S. citizens to negotiate public policy with representatives of foreign governments. Thus, American officials and private citizens who participate are lawbreaking criminals.

Apr 29 03:40

Why the US still hates Cuba

At the centre of the Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago over April 17-19, was the only country from the hemisphere not present — Cuba.

Speaking at the opening session, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega noted that while a large majority of the heads of states of the Americas were present, “there are two major absentees”.

The first was “Cuba, whose crime has been to fight for its independence, for the sovereignty of the peoples; lending solidarity, without conditions, to our peoples, and for that it is being sanctioned, for that it is being punished, for that it is being excluded.”

The second was the nation of Puerto Rico, which continues to be an official colony of the United States — denied independence.

Apr 29 03:39

PM: Today marks fulfillment of our dream

Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel had overcome "huge obstacles" and on Independence Day, Israelis were celebrating "the fulfillment for our common dream."

Apr 29 03:23

Obama congratulates Israel on 61 anniversary of independence

The US bond with Israel is "as unshakeable as ever" as both nations pursue peace, President Obama said on Israel's 61st birthday.

"On behalf of the people of the United States, President Obama congratulates the people and government of Israel on the 61st anniversary of Israel's independence," said the statement issued Tuesday by the White House. "The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the US and Israel remain as strong and unshakable as ever.

Apr 29 01:36

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Not Waterboarded 183 Times

The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen: How to Redefine a Word

How does the number 183 become 5? Easy - redefine the verb “to waterboard” as meaning only ”sessions of waterboarding.” Similarly, how does the number 83 become “8 to 10?? Easy - redefine the verb “to waterboard” as meaning only “long pours of water.” The good news is that at least we’re moving away from trying to restrict the meaning of the word “torture” to trying to restrict the meaning of the word “waterboard.”

Apr 29 01:14

Dick Cheney, Martyr?

Cheney has a problem. The ground of defense is not that ‘it got results.’ The issue is not whether torture is capable of producing results, or even the quality of those results. A million monkeys at a million waterboards will eventually produce a confessional masterpiece. Under existential threat, the argument about torture poses the question of whether to start, not when to finish. And the justification of the decision to start has been that this decision had been kept secret. For Cheney to defend his record, he must not only, like a Soloflex salesman, harp on ‘results’; he must defend the secrecy of the methods that obtained them. Secrecy was essential to results.

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