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Jul 18 22:39

Before kicks were caught on tape, witnesses say man was beaten on street

The rough treatment of Juan G. Perez during a recent arrest began before he arrived at the Sarasota County Jail, where a surveillance video recorded an officer kicking the handcuffed man and stepping on him.

Two friends, one a former police officer from North Carolina, say they were waiting to sort out a traffic accident on June 26 when they saw the initial arrest of Perez.

The officer repeatedly punched Perez in the face and pushed his face into the concrete as he tried to handcuff Perez, who was drunk but otherwise calm, said Robin Peters and Ann Marie Locklear on Wednesday.

Perez was not bleeding when the officer arrived, and was too drunk to be fighting back, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New motto of the Sarasota Police: "WE TREAT YOU LIKE A KING!!!"

Jul 18 22:35

Fifty thousand General Motors retirees face destruction of benefits

The bankruptcy of General Motors, and the organization of a “new” auto company in its place, is being carried out at the expense of tens of thousands of active and retired auto workers, along with dealerships, other small businesses, and entire communities.

It is a ruthless Wall Street operation, presided over by the Obama administration, that will benefit only the corporate elite. Characteristically, a White House statement July 15 declared that it “strongly opposes” a measure in Congress pressing GM and Chrysler to restore the several thousand dealerships closed by the auto companies’ bankruptcies.

Jul 18 22:34

Swedish Man Attacked & Molested by Tattooed Girl Gang

As the man was lying defenceless on the ground, the women proceeded to pull off his trousers and underwear and molest him sexually before fleeing the scene.

“It’s downright unusual for five girls [to do something like this]. Perhaps there are others who’ve had the same thing happen to them,” Haaster told Aftonbladet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Used to happen to me all the time. I just never felt the need to ... call ... the ... police! :)

Jul 18 22:29

Wienermobile crashes into home in Wisconsin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh I'm glad I'm NOT an Oscar Mayer wiener...!"

Jul 18 22:09

CBS 60 Minutes: 300 death claims from 1976 swine flu vaccine, only one death from flu

A headline in today's newspaper proclaims "U.S. to vaccinate millions against swine flu." Yet don't miss the powerfully revealing video clip below from the CBS investigative reporting program 60 Minutes before making your decision on whether or not to get the swine flu vaccine when it comes out.

This excellent 60 Minutes exposé reveals blatant U.S. government propaganda and fear-mongering in the swine flu outbreak and mass vaccination of 1976. The incisive report states that though only one person died as a result of the swine flu, "4,000 Americans are claiming damages from Uncle Sam amounting to three and a half billion dollars because of what happened when they took that [swine flu] shot."

Jul 18 22:08

Swine flu eases hold on Victoria

Deputy chief health officer Rosemary Lester says hospitals are reporting fewer patients with swine flu, and services monitoring the virus have recorded a decline in the number of infections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting similar reports from Chile.

How very interesting that just as the "When Pigs Fly" flu starts to wane, the World Health Organization announces they will not be keeping track of infections any more.

Jul 18 19:19

Goldman's $4 Billion High Frequency Trading Wildcard

And based on a few lines of code, retail investors get suckered into a rising market that has nothing to do with green shoots or some Chinese firms buying a few hundred extra Intel servers: HFTs are merely perpetuating the same ponzi market mythology last seen in the Madoff case, but on a massively larger scale.

Jul 18 19:12

Ain't life grand?

In other words, the taxes levied on the people who are now losing their homes and jobs are used in part to pay multi-million dollar bonuses at Goldman.

Jul 18 17:44

I Hate This Phony Democracy

I Hate This Phony Democracy
July 13, 2009
Basically, the rule on freedom of speech in America is this; you are free to say anything you want, provided you don't attract too many listeners, because once you do, the regime will deem you a threat, and you will be attacked by the press as a racist extremist lunatic, afterward, Jewish hate mongers will organize their usual groups of anarchists, liberals, communists, etc and protest at your home and place of work - complete with bottle and brick throwing, not to mention balloons filled with urine.

Jul 18 15:57

I, Government

I grant monopoly privileges to influential industrialists and trade associations. I do this with tariffs and import restrictions that hobble foreign competitors. I do this with regulations that place burdens on new businesses. I do this with licensing laws that restrict access to professions. Of course, these interests pay me to get what they want. Sometimes they pay me simply to leave them alone.

Jul 18 13:30

Is Quoting the Talmud Anti-Semitic?

Should one be defined as anti-Semitic for quoting from Talmud texts that preach for committing or justifying crimes? Texts that define the Talmud supporters – at least – as collaborators, or even instigators to commit, a crime?

This question is a serious one, since the modern State of Israel forces on its citizens the religious views of the Pharisees descendants, namely the rabbis. The rabbis act according to the Talmud teachings. In such a way, Israel is accepting the Talmud and its teachings. What does that mean?

Jul 18 12:51

OBAMA ADDRESSES THE NAACP CONVENTION

The main thrust of president Barack Obama’s speech before the centenary meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Thursday was to blame working class African-Americans for the social crisis engulfing them.

Jul 18 12:12

If you like Organic GMO-Free foods... TOO BAD!

If you like Organic foods and don't want to feed yourself or your families Genetically Modified foods, this is a MUST READ article.

Here's an excerpt:
We might, as American eaters, still be having a healthy debate about whether we want to eat genetically-engineered corn, soybeans, and other foods. But the USDA data shows that our farmland is much farther along in making up its mind.

See a new chart showing the huge increase in the percentage of farms planting GMO crops here

Read the rest of the article & take action here:
http://bytestyle.tv/node/85

Jul 18 12:05

MK Ariel: 10 Million Shekels for Urban Torah Seed Groups

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) has reached agreements with government agencies that will allocate 10 million shekels ($2.5 million) for activities of Torah seed groups in the so-called “periphery” cities in the coming fiscal year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

...While Israeli soldiers burn and destroy desperately needed Palestinian food crops.

A memo to Tel Aviv: the bitter irony of these agreements, juxtaposed against what Israel is doing to destroy what little Palestinian food is growing on Palestinian lands, is not lost on the rest of the world.

Jul 18 12:01

MoD computers become part of Ghana’s dangerous trade in e-waste

Britain was accused yesterday of dumping toxic household and industrial waste in developing countries on two continents in breach of an international convention.

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, ordered an investigation into two British companies linked to 90 shipping containers containing 1,400 tonnes of waste. They included syringes, condoms and nappies. The companies that received the waste — sent from Felixstowe to three Brazilian ports — said that they had been expecting recyclable plastic.

Jul 18 11:57

Larry Summers cites Google search as progress

Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended.

The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this man "foaming at the mouth mad" to have made such a stupid statement?

We use Google to find out information we DON'T know! There is no need to Google something staring us right in the @#$%ing face!!!!!

Jul 18 11:44

Obama's war

With Obama approaching the end of his sixth month in the White House, there is growing evidence that his administration is in only the first stages of what is shaping up to be a major and sustained escalation of the US war in Afghanistan.

Elected in large part because of the hostility of American working people to the militarist policies of the Bush administration, Obama and the Pentagon are waging an intensified and brutal counter-insurgency campaign that has the potential of dwarfing the carnage in Iraq and dragging on for another decade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The muscularity of Obama's foreign policy (even with mercenaries, which comprise a sizable complement of military forces) cannot be sustained by the continuation of an all-volunteer military.

There will be a point where he will have to re-institute the draft.

Sound crazy?!?

As reported in:

http://www.sss.gov/reg5.htm

(Updated July 15, 2009)

"Since the inception of the High School Registrar Program in 1981, thousands of volunteers have been appointed as Selective Service High School Registrars. They provide an important civic service, ensuring that students are in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act which requires young men to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. They provide a convenient alternative to registering at the post office, and they can assist men in registering on-line using school computers to connect to http://www.sss.gov. Anyone wishing to serve as a high school registrar can complete the online application."

Remember: all US young men between the ages of 18 through 25 must still register for the Selective Service, under US law, with draconian penalties and consequences if they don't.

We barely have enough military to fulfill their tasks around the world right now.

If there are not a massive number of new recruits for the all volunteer army, where will the rest of the person-power come from for further military deployments?

Jul 18 11:31

Senior Obama Official Backs Cheney and C.I.A., Says Concealment of Assassin Program Legal

Early moves, however, by the Obama administration indicate that it is backing Cheney and the C.I.A.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever have one of those recurring nightmares that you're screaming, but no one can hear you?

I'm having one of those right now, except I'm fully awake, and in absolute disbelief that the Obama administration would back Cheney and the CIA on this.

What we unfortunately appear to have, in the Obama administration, is simply a continuation of precisely the same policies we thought we were voting to get away from last November.

The only difference is, the "front man" pitching these policies appears infinitely more telegenic, and intelligent, than his predecessor.

And that's absolutely ZERO "change we can believe in"

Jul 18 11:25

Prisons expert: Palestinian children in Israeli prison are deprived the most basic of human rights

There are 345 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons where physical and psychological torture are both practiced.

The figures come as part of a report by prison expert Abdel Nasser Ferwana issued today that says children constitute 3.6 percent of the total number of Palestinian political prisoners. "The future of these children are at risk and face harsh torture and degrading treatment," he said. "Children are subjected to systematic violations and the continual deprivation of their most basic rights, among them sickness without medical care."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the US didn't rip a page from the Israeli torture if Palestinian kids.

And withholding medical care has to be characterized as a component of Israel's own "final solution" for sick Palestinian kids in their jails.

Jul 18 11:22

President Carter: Many Children Were Tortured Under Bush

President Jimmy Carter wrote that the Red Cross, Amnesty International and the Pentagon "have gathered substantial testimony of torture of children, confirmed by soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse." In "Our Endangered Values" Carter said that the Red Cross found after visiting six U.S. prisons "107 detainees under eighteen, some as young as eight years old." And reporter Hersh, (who broke the Abu Ghraib torture scandal,) reported 800-900 Pakistani boys aged 13 to 15 in custody.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the "land of the free and the home of the brave" has been torturing......CHILDREN?!?!?!?

If that doesn't get you angry, and demonstrate, concretely, the moral depths to which this country has fallen, I'm sorry: you're just not alive. You may have the appearance of being alive, and going about your daily routine, but you cannot possibly count yourself a moral human being if you are not outraged by this.

There needs to be an investigation, starting at the rotting top of the head of this government, and everyone who signed off on any torture should be persecuted to the fullest extent allowable by law.

If this country is to ever regain any kind of moral reputation, both at home and abroad, it should be made clear by these investigations and subsequent prosecutions, that this country will never, ever use torture again, particularly against children, which is an absolute crime against humanity.

Jul 18 11:13

Israeli forces penetrate half kilometer into Gaza; burn fields

Israeli forces made their deepest incursion into the Gaza Strip in months near Beit Hanoun, penetrating 500 meters past the buffer zone to burn 150 dunums of land.

The agricultural field of wheat and barley crops belonging to the Shabat family was destroyed after an Israeli militarized vehicle left the Erez District Coordination Office (DCO) and drove into the Strip, stopping only to set the land on fire. Dry weather meant the crops burned quickly, consuming the much needed grains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every American tax dollar which goes to support Israel goes to support precisely this kind of Israeli behavior against Palestinians.

We're talking about food here - food for a starving population which only gets its siege lifted rarely(very temporarily, as with the Viva Palestina Convoy, which wound up having to hand-carry supplies because aid trucks were not permitted into Gaza)due to international public outrage.

That outrage cannot be allowed to die. Every possible Israeli and US official should be contacted (politely) and told that siege against Gaza must stop, period, end of discussion.

Jul 18 11:09

Palestinian home and olive tree destroyed by settlers in At-Tuwani

On the morning of 17 July, a Palestinian family from the village of At-Tuwani discovered that their newly constructed house was destroyed during the previous night. In addition, the family discovered an olive tree located near the new house cut in half. The family believes that Israel settlers from the Ma'on settlement and Havot Ma'on outpost are responsible for the vandalism. Despite being threatened by both settlers and officers from the Israel military District Coordinator (DCO), the family plans to rebuild the house.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sometimes, simply surviving is the greatest act of defiance against an illegal and immoral occupation of Palestinian lands.

Jul 18 11:06

US air strikes kill Afghan civilians

Attacks by US warplanes this week killed up to six Afghan civilians, including a four-year-old girl, and left another 16 wounded. The incidents in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province have again underscored the grim human cost of the military escalation ordered by the Obama administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that despite protestations to the contrary by General Mc Chrystal, the Obama doctrine, when it comes to Afghan civilians is that of the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars.

When notified that there were women and children among the men, the Legate gave the order: "Kill them all: God will find his own".

Jul 18 10:58

Secret US-Israeli meeting to focus on Iran

Ria Novosti reported on Friday that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is planning to visit Tel Aviv within the next two weeks to discuss a whole range of international issues, including Tehran's nuclear case, in secret meetings with the Netanyahu government.

US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, will reportedly accompany Gates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US is getting its marching orders from Tel Aviv on Iran.

It appears that there may well be a military strike against Iran, sooner rather than later.

And what is so mind-melting in this entire scenario is, Iran has done absolutely nothing wrong.

As a signatory to the NPT (which Israel, which has nuclear weapons is not), Iran is perfectly within its right to use nuclear energy peacefully, as in the building of its power station.

The IAEA has found absolutely zero evidence that Iran is enriching uranium to the point of weapons-grade development; only to the level necessary to fuel a power plant, which is far lower than is necessary for a nuclear weapon.

But just as in the case of Iraq and the IAEA (remember the hatchet job done on Hans Blix, when he declared that there were no nuclear weapons in Iraq?), the truth has absolutely nothing to do with the outcome which appears to be moving forward.

I would like to hope that some adults in the room in Tel Aviv, Washington, (and Moscow, as Iran is Russia's 7th largest trading partner)will see yet another military misadventure against Iran as the folly it truly is.

Unfortunately, there are some in the corridors of power in DC who see yet another war the only way to get the American economy out of the tailspin it's in, and give the American people something else to focus on other than the economic misery this country's leadership has created in the handling of the US economy.

Jul 18 10:46

Legal Immunity Set For Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

If, in fact, the new vaccines are "rolled out" this fall (and remember: we're just about at the end of July right now), there is absolutely no time to do the normal protocol of clinical trials to insure that there is no danger to humans from this vaccine.

It can't happen.

Computer models are simply just that, and can rarely effectively predict just how certain people may react negatively to a specific vaccine.

Please remember that, for both yourselves and your kids, your family, when evaluating whether or not to receive this immunization, if personal choice in this issue is not countermanded by a Presidential Executive Order.

Jul 18 10:36

Diplomats: Iran advancing nuclear program

Iran is blocking U.N. nuclear agency attempts to upgrade monitoring of its atomic program while advancing those activities to the stage that the country would have the means to test a weapon within six months, diplomats told The Associated Press Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, AP has received its "marching orders" to run this article, variants of which appeared in other on-line entities with an agenda favoring a US/Israeli-mounted attack on Iran.

German authorities, who were originally alleged to be the source on this, have denied making any statements to confirm this.

And notice that AP can't precisely seem to source this, so is running for the the cover of stating that "diplomats" (who apparently refuse to be named) have validated this.

Come on, AP: "who, what, when where and why": these are, have been, and continue to be, the cornerstones of true, honest reporting.

Apparently, the "who" here cannot be corroborated. Consequently, this article cannot possibly be characterized as reporting.

It is, simply put, bad propaganda at best, with a specific geopolitical agenda as its purpose.

Jul 18 10:25

U.N. not to name culprits in Bhutto assassination

The U.N. team conducting an inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will not seek to name culprits, the commission's head said Friday, lowering expectations from the outset.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the UN knows the assassination was an inside job, precisely who ordered the hit and why, but doesn't want to "embarrass" the perps.

Jul 18 10:20

No-bid contracts mean higher costs

The Pentagon saves more than three times as much money when companies compete, the AP analysis showed. Yet more than $242 million in federal contracts — representing more than one-fourth of the military's stimulus contract spending so far — has been awarded under the recovery program through no-bid contracts for repairs and maintenance.

Across the government, more than $543 million in federal contracts have been awarded so far without competition under Obama's $787 billion stimulus program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means even more tax dollars out of your wallets, folks.

But then, of course, people in the Pentagon and Congress do not care about what those extra taxes mean to your quality of life (or the lack of it).

Jul 18 10:15

U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan tests McChrystal's new order

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, ordered American ground troops two weeks ago to avoid calling in airstrikes if civilian lives are at risk, in an effort to avoid casualties and to show the local population that U.S. forces are here to protect them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal: the Afghan people are not stupid.

They understand full well that the American and NATO presence in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with "protecting" the people of Afghanistan: it is about "pacifying" the Afghan people to the degree necessary to install the pipelines for the oil companies, and protect the drug trade, from which so many profit.

Notice that the attempts at eradication of the opium poppy crop have been abandoned.

As reported in"

http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2009/07/ap_afghanistan_poppies_071009/

on 11 July in the Air Force Times, Via AP:

"Convinced that razing the cash crop grown by dirt-poor Afghan farmers is costing badly needed friends along the front lines of the fight against Taliban-led insurgents, U.S. authorities say they are all but abandoning the Bush-era policy of destroying drug crops."

So, there you have it, General McChrystal: the Afghan people know precisely why the US and NATO troops are in Afghanistan. And so, by the way, do the American people.

Jul 18 10:00

Zardari presses for ‘economic diplomacy’ to speed up aid

At the Tokyo conference, the US and Japan pledged $1 billion each in aid to Pakistan. Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Turkey also promised millions of dollars to Islamabad to help the thousands of people uprooted from their homes due to the war against the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has just pledged WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?

One billion dollars?!?!?!?

While homeless Vets are sleeping in our streets and this government is broke?

With absolutely zero accountability as to who actually gets the money after the Pakistani government has received it?!?

That's tax dollars the American people, many of whom are struggling just to keep the lights on, unemployed or underemployed because the high paying jobs have been shipped overseas, do not have.

Congress, State Department, and the White House, We the People are putting you on notice.

You are about to encounter a tsunami of resistance toward these governmental policies which take infinitely from the American people, but give absolutely nothing back.

Stop spending for these insanely evil wars without end.

Stop borrowing money We the People did not agree to borrow to finance these wars without end.

We are ceasing to be an endless pit of tax dollars with which you can bail out those companies which made catastrophically bad business decisions, wage wars without end for no damned good reason, and give billions to your other good buddies in earmarks which bring nothing back to the American people

We have had it, thank you very much. We understand that there is, fundamentally, absolutely no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. They both have morphed into "Loot America, Who Cares" Party.

And that cannot be allowed to stand.

Jul 18 09:59

Free Gaza--and Palestine

Last month I led a group of twenty-one human rights workers on a boat from Cyprus to challenge Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. We carried toys, medicine, olive tree saplings, toolkits, a fifty-kilo bag of cement and school supplies on our small converted ferry boat.

At 2 AM on June 30, almost eighteen hours into the 230-mile journey, a colleague awakened me. The Israeli Navy was calling our boat on the VHF radio. "You are navigating towards a blockaded area. You are hereby ordered to change your course. If you do not, we will be forced to use all necessary force to stop you."

Jul 18 09:49

Drug Makers Score Early Wins as Plan Takes Shape

The pharmaceuticals industry, which President Barack Obama promised to "take on" during his campaign, is winning most of what it wants in the health-care overhaul.

Jul 18 09:42

Baghdad imposes new limits on U.S. forces

In a curt missive issued by the Baghdad Operations Command on July 2 — the day after Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. troops to bases outside city centers — Iraq's top commanders told their U.S. counterparts to "stop all joint patrols" in Baghdad. It said U.S. resupply convoys could travel only at night and ordered the Americans to "notify us immediately of any violations of the agreement."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; the Iraqi people want their country back, thank you very much.

And remember Cheney's claim that it would be the Iraqi oil which would defer the entire costs of the US military misadventure in Iraq?

Just one more lie in a sea of lies used to justify the "neutralization" of Iraq for Israel, which considered Iraq one of its "existential threats" in the region.

Just as they view Iran at this time.

Jul 18 09:24

Another broken Obama promise - Sell off ROADLESS Nat. Forest logging rights.

"This week, the Obama administration approved the sale of timber in a roadless national forest in Alaska. The Tongass National Forest is a 17 million acre temperate rain forest in southeast Alaska, which is home to both endangered species and native Alaskan tribes. It is the largest temperate rain forest in the United States....

...President Obama supported the roadless rule in his campaign."

Jul 18 09:11

Did You Miss It ?

i think you did
in Poorrichard's post

Max Keiser takes offense to Goldman Sachs oligarchy
By: poorrichard
Video
Link to post: http://whatreallyhappened.com/comment/reply/33844
Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSwWy4E6I04&fmt=

AT 7:36 into the video they reveal that on 911 world trade center building 7, held important bank files that were conveniently lost with the building. "THAT EXPLODED" (Note they don't disagree with him NOR do they say collapsed do to fire but "EXPLODED"

here is a transcript as best as i can make it.
"This is not only about the FED, this is about the bank of England, European Central bank. Where you got the assets, that have gone up, not through sound instruments, but through the files, that banks can not recover anymore."

Jul 18 09:06

Unemployment tops 10 percent in 16 states in June

The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment topped 10 percent in 16 states last month. The rate in Michigan surpassed 15 percent, the first time any state hit that mark since 1984.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember: these are just the "official figures"; the real numbers may well be much higher than what has actually been reported.

Jul 18 08:54

LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

Jul 18 08:44

'A Microcosm of America's Foreign Policy'

British commentator hits home runs all the way through this video. And the implication that the U.S. police state does its best to treat its own subjects the same way it treats foreigners is priceless.

Jul 18 08:43

Why Obamacare Can't Work: The Calculation Argument

The correct framework within which to diagnose the problem is to admit that costs are out of control because they do not reflect prices created by the voluntary exchange between patients and providers, between customers and producers, like every well-functioning industry.

Instead, health costs reflect the distortions that government regulators have introduced through reimbursement mechanisms created by command-and-control bureaucracies at federal and state levels.

Jul 18 08:42

Congresswoman introduces bill to ban Credit Default Swaps

I'm a little late to this story, but last week Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced a bill to ban all credit default swaps.

As Waters said:

Preventing all credit-default swaps is essential to bringing stability to the market and preventing a similar crisis in the future.

Many top experts - including nobel prize winning economists and numerous other well-known PhD economists - agree.

Jul 18 08:42

Russia-China Warn US That Israeli Attack On Iran Means “World War”

A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an “urgent warning” to the United States that says if the Americans allow an Israeli nuclear attack upon Iran, “World War will be our response”.

Jul 18 08:41

Having Eyes but Never Seeing

Four Montgomery County police officers are refusing to pay speeding tickets they received from speeding cameras.

Two of them were driving twice the speed limit, driving 50 and 51 mph in 25 mph residential zones.

Jul 18 08:40

Can The Economy Recover?

There is no economy left to recover. The US manufacturing economy was lost to offshoring and free trade ideology. It was replaced by a mythical “New Economy.”

The “New Economy” was based on services. Its artificial life was fed by the Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rates, which produced a real estate bubble, and by “free market” financial deregulation, which unleashed financial gangsters to new heights of debt leverage and fraudulent financial products.

The real economy was traded away for a make-believe economy. When the make-believe economy collapsed, Americans’ wealth in their real estate, pensions, and savings collapsed dramatically while their jobs disappeared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeee-HAAAA; it WORKED!!!!" -- Gold'n-mah-Sacks

Jul 18 08:39

MUZZLING PRESS FREEDOM IN PALESTINE

The recent decision by the Ramallah-based regime to close down the al-Jazeera offices in the West Bank illustrates the vulnerability and utter stupidity of the American-backed and Israeli-tolerated junta.

The decision came a day after Fatah Secretary-General Farouk Kaddoumi appeared on al-Jazeera, accusing Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas and his aide, former Gaza strong man Muhammed Dahlan, of complicity in poisoning the late Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat.

Justifying the decision, PA officials accused al Jazeera of bias, incitement and fostering division within the Palestinian community.

In fact, al-Jazeera didn’t go beyond transmitting Kaddumi’s impromptu news conference as other TV networks and news agencies did.

Jul 18 08:36

Twenty Steps to a Better and "Secret Nazi Cabal" Free America

1. The first thing the United States military must do is employ U.S. submarines and surface ships in an effort to begin shadowing "secret nazi cabal" submarines and prepare for a preemptive strike upon them if they get within range of American cities.

2. Immediately cease and desist the delivery of any and all weapon systems and ammunition to the "secret nazi cabal" state. Ignore any threats that will inevitably follow – if the "secret nazi cabal" has low yield nuclear weapons in U.S. cities as Seymour Hersh claimed they did [or still do] in Russia, so be it – if they [the "secret nazi cabal"] use them, they seal their own fate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"if the "secret nazi cabal" has low yield nuclear weapons in U.S. cities as Seymour Hersh claimed they did [or still do] in Russia," that would sure explain why the US Government kowtows to the "secret nazi cabal" in such a humiliating manner!

Jul 18 08:31

First Gaza rocket for a month hits Israel: army

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST in time to divert world attention from the hijacking of the Humanity, the kidnapping of a congresswoman, the blockage of the French medical mission to Gaza, the UN report on Gaza, and the Viva Palestina convoy being forced to hand carry their food and medicine into Gaza!

Jul 18 08:28

Goldman's $4 Billion High Frequency Trading Wildcard

A recent story in Advanced Trading goes after some of the minutae of High Frequency Trading and provides a glimpse of the total value that HFT may provide to behemoth PT powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs. The article presents a very valuable perspective on just why HFT is so critical these days, especially when cash traders go for 6 hour Starbucks breaks between 10 am and 3:30 pm: "high frequency trading firms, which represent approximately 2% of the 20,000 or so trading firms operating in the US markets today, account for 73% of all US equity trading volume.

Jul 18 08:27

Goldman's not acting like a bank ... yet

When Goldman switched to a bank holding company, such big profit seemed unlikely as analysts worried the firm would face stricter regulatory oversight from the Federal Reserve, with limits on risk-taking and higher capital requirements. See story Wall Street changes.

But almost 10 months later, nothing much appears to have changed, some analysts said in the wake of the firm's second-quarter results.

After two quarters as a bank holding company, Goldman is still "not reporting like a bank and not acting like one either," said David Hendler, Baylor Lancaster, Pri de Silva and Kristine Lanspa, analysts at CreditSights, an independent fixed-income research firm.

Jul 18 08:23

Four million British identities are up for sale on the internet

Highly sensitive financial information, including credit card details, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and even PINs are available to the highest bidder.

At least a quarter of a million British bank and credit card accounts have been hacked into by cybercriminals, exposing consumers to huge financial losses. Most of the personal data has been gathered as a result of “phishing” — a process whereby members of the public are duped into handing over their key details, such as user names, passwords and credit card details.

Jul 18 08:20

Israel planned 'Ahmadinejad assassination'

Israel, in collaboration with Iranian terror groups, planned to assassinate Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says Tehran's top intelligence official.

Intelligence Minster Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i said Israeli officials met with the terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) to execute the plan, according to a report by the semi official Fars News Agency.

"The Zionist regime had met with the MKO on the sidelines of the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting in Egypt and in Paris to assassinate Mr. Ahmadinejad," Mohseni-Ejeie was quoted as saying on Friday.

The terrorist group had, however, set conditions for carrying out the assassination, he added. "They had asked that the US and the West remove their name from their blacklists."

Jul 18 08:17

W.H.O. Says It Plans to Stop Tracking Swine Flu Cases

In a move that caught many public health experts by surprise, the World Health Organization quietly announced Thursday that it would stop tracking swine flu cases and deaths around the world.

The announcement, made in a “briefing note” posted on the organization’s Web site late in the day, perplexed some experts, and even baffled a W.H.O. spokesman, Gregory Hartl, who said in an e-mail message, “I don’t have reliable info” about what his agency would track instead.

Jul 18 08:12

WEEKEND COMMENT - What is 'Fractional Banking'?

Stop lending for long enough and people start going out of business at which point you, the goldsmith, buy up as much property and as many real commodities as you can (just by printing some more paper).

Including the current recession (which I call Grand Theft, Planet) this has happened in the Capitalist world exactly six times, once in each generation, since the South Sea Bubble burst in 1775.

Jul 18 08:12

Swiss banks running out of storage space for gold bullion

In a note entitled No more space for Gold Bars, Swiss news website 20 Minuten Online reports that Swiss banks are running out of secure storage space for gold bullion held by investors and institutions. Fears of hyperinflation, the economic downturn and the success of gold index funds (ETFs), which are supported by physical gold, has led to a run on precious metals investment – and in gold in particular, and in the necessary secure storage space in which to hold it..

Jul 18 08:03

Homeless vets get helping hand

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... but not from the government they sacrificed so much for and whose economic policies made them homeless.

Jul 18 08:02

U.S. Lenders Lean on Investment Banking for Profits

Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., the three biggest U.S. lenders, reported a total of $10.2 billion in profits for the second quarter that relied on investment banking and asset sales to counter growing losses on consumer loans.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which gets almost none of its revenue from retail consumer banking, had a record quarter, reporting earnings of $3.44 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means that Goldman Sach's profits come ENTIRELY from it's high frequency program trading, which draws $100 million a day from the stock market without putting anything of value back in.

Jul 18 08:00

American Express halts UK pension payments

American Express, the global financial services company, has effectively cut the pay of its 6,000 UK staff by stopping payments to its stakeholder pension scheme.

It is the largest company to take such action and pensions experts fear that the decision could trigger a series of copycat announcements.

American Express had been paying between 3 per cent and 9 per cent of salary into its employees’ stakeholder pensions.

Jul 18 07:59

Orthodox Jews riot as mother is accused of starving her child

The riots, perpetrated by Jews and directed against Jews, were triggered by the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox woman who authorities claimed was starving her child.

Hospital cameras had filmed the woman removing a feeding tube from her three-year-old son. Doctors suggested that she might be suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric condition in which the person harms or abuses somebody close to draw attention to themselves.

Jul 18 07:58

Jerusalem riots

Orthodox Jews clashed with police in Jerusalem in the third day of rioting after the arrest of a mentally ill Hasidic woman accused by authorities of starving her 3-year-old child

Jul 18 07:55

SWINE FLUE THREAT TO HOLIDAYS

With the massive scale of the outbreak becoming clearer, bans on travelling abroad over the holiday months could affect six million people, or 10 per cent of the population.

The knock-on effects will deliver a hammer blow to the travel industry, with millions of pounds lost during the peak season and insurance companies facing a deluge of claims.

An estimated five million Britons are due to take foreign breaks in August alone. But the spread of the
deadly H1N1 virus could lead to mass cancellations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Piling up the booga booga on this one, aren't they?

Jul 18 07:53

Caught on camera: The shocking moment 40 prison guards kick and punch juvenile inmates... already handcuffed

In shocking CCTV footage of a prison riot, guards kicked and punched young inmates who were already in handcuffs.

Jul 18 07:51

Monopoly blocks swine flu vaccine

A SMALL Adelaide firm that has created a "superior" swine flu vaccine will be forced to sell its product overseas because of a monopoly on the market by a company contracted by the Federal Government.

Jul 18 07:45

Regulators shut banks in Calif., Ga. and SD

Regulators on Friday shut two banks in California and two smaller banks in Georgia and South Dakota, boosting to 57 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of the four banks. The two biggest were Temecula Valley Bank, in Temecula, Calif., with $1.5 billion in assets and deposits of about $1.3 billion as of May 31 and Vineyard Bank, National Association, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. It had assets of $1.9 billion and $1.6 billion in deposits as of March 31.

Jul 18 07:44

Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others

As one of my readers noted, it’s like Barnes & Noble sneaking into our homes in the middle of the night, taking some books that we’ve been reading off our nightstands, and leaving us a check on the coffee table.

You want to know the best part? The juicy, plump, dripping irony?

The author who was the victim of this Big Brotherish plot was none other than George Orwell. And the books were “1984” and “Animal Farm.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this capability of remote deletion has been built into the Kindle raises a very important question of what other remote access and alteration functions are built into other personal electronic devices without our knowledge and consent.

Jul 18 07:41

Can Obama Avoid Another Abu Ghraib?

The Obama administration continues to rely upon private contractors to interrogate detainees.

By Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films
Posted on July 16, 2009, Printed on July 18, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcCbdbpZJtU&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ealt...

When I directed Iraq for Sale, it became appallingly evident that private contractors like CACI and Titan played a critical role in the torture and abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. Much like Blackwater, KBR, and others, these war profiteers were never held accountable for their unconscionable crimes. Instead, they were rewarded with hundreds of millions in new contracts.

Jul 18 06:56

Security of millions of Britons compromised: Report

The security of millions of Britons may have been compromised, with their identities being offered for sale by cybercriminals, a news report said on Saturday.

Highly sensitive financial information, including credit card details, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and even PINs of more than four million Britons are available to the highest bidder on the Internet, The Times reported.

Jul 18 06:56

Obama Covers Up A Dozen My Lais: Were 3,000 Afghans Murdered As U.S. Troops Stood By?

NEW YORK--"I've asked my national security team to...collect the facts," President Obama told CNN. Then, he said, "we'll probably make a decision in terms of how to approach it once we have all the facts together."

Probably.

Such was Obama's tepid reaction to a New York Times cover story about an alleged "mass killing of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan."

Jul 18 06:50

The coup in Honduras has exposed divisions between Obama and Clinton

Who's in Charge of US Foreign Policy?
By Mark Weisbrot

July 17, 2009 "The Guardian" -- The current stand-off in Honduras, in which the coup government headed by Roberto Micheletti is refusing to allow the return of elected president Manuel Zelaya, is raising questions about who is in charge of US foreign policy for the hemisphere.

Jul 18 06:45

Banana Coup in Honduras? Chiquita in Latin America

By NIKOLAS KOZLOFF

Jul 18 06:41

CANADA: ISPs must help police snoop on internet under new bill

Internet service providers would have to make it possible for police and intelligence officers to intercept online communications and get personal information about subscribers, under bills tabled Thursday.

"We must ensure that law enforcement has the necessary tools to catch up to the bad guys and ultimately bring them to justice. Twenty-first century technology calls for 21st-century tools," said Justice Minister Rob Nicholson as he announced the new bills with Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan at a news conference in Ottawa.

Jul 18 00:09

Goldman Sachs' US Thieving Thugs

As Goldman Sachs posts huge profits from the economic crisis, the question is: Did it cause the problems in the first place?
By Alex Brummer
Last updated at 3:39 AM on 18th July 2009
The tentacles of this operation reach right into the heart of Washington. It is no coincidence that President Barack Obama's chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel, who shaped much of the bail-out plan and stimulus package which has helped to save America - and Goldman Sachs - from ruin, served his time inside the hallowed walls of the bank. So did President Bush's last Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson,.... who then persuaded Congress to cough up $700bn worth of rescue funds for America's banks - an estimated $5bn chunk of which (yes, you guessed it) went to Goldman Sachs.

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