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February 23, 2010

Feb 23 07:00

The truth about the Mossad

The Mossad, like other intelligence services, tends to attract attention only when something goes wrong, or when it boasts a spectacular success and wants to send a warning signal to its enemies. Last month's assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai, now at the centre of a white-hot diplomatic row between Israel and Britain, is a curious mixture of both.

With its cloned foreign passports, multiple disguises, state-of-the-art communications and the murder of alleged arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh – one of the few elements of the plot that was not captured on the emirate's CCTV cameras – it is a riveting tale of professional chutzpah, violence and cold calculation.

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Feb 23 06:26

The Drive to Eliminate Social Security in America

In Washington each new day brings a fresh call to “reform entitlement programs” — Social Security, Medicare, etc., (in Congress, the word “reform” now means to eliminate, or drastically reduce). Tackling Social Security has been on the to-do list of the corporate elite for years, and they’re not waiting any longer. After years of promoting this cause, conservative think tanks have now garnered solid support from the political establishment as a whole, which includes the Republican and Democratic parties.



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Feb 23 06:21

Joe Stack wasn't wrong about the tax code

Even the sponsor of the 1986 amendment that punished thousands of software programmers realized it was a mistake

Feb 23 04:30

Could Olympics Undo the Global Economy?

Greece's crushing debt problems can be traced back to the 2004 games, which cost the smallest nation to ever host the Olympics a whopping $15 billion -- double what was originally predicted.

In 2002, the Greek deficit was a manageable 1.4 per cent of GDP. But as pre-Olympic spending kicked in one year later it had more than doubled to 3.2 per cent -- well above the limit for Eurozone members.

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February 22, 2010

Feb 22 20:47

California Cop Threatens to Kill Anyone Openly Carrying a Handgun (Even if it's Legal!)

Rod Tuason has become the latest person to learn that it's not very wise to post threats, especially ones involving killing someone, on a Facebook page believed to be private.

Tuason is an East Palo Alto police detective who allegedly posted a note on Facebook threatening to kill anyone he found openly carrying a handgun, even if that person was carrying it legally. The alleged note has led to an outcry from Second Amendment advocacy groups, the creation of an anti-Tuason Facebook group, and an internal police investigation.

Feb 22 20:44

Haiti's neglected orphans

There are mounting concerns in Haiti's earthquake-hit capital over the welfare of thousands of orphans suffering amid the devastation.


Feb 22 20:05

War Games Show How Attacking Iran Could Backfire

Could?! Check the comments.

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Feb 22 18:24

Harvard Fellow Calls For Genocidal Measure To Curb Palestinian Births

A fellow at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Martin Kramer, has called for "the West" to take measures to curb the births of Palestinians, a proposal that appears to meet the international legal definition of a call for genocide.


Feb 22 18:12

People are FED UP...

Feb 22 18:09

War Propaganda: Western Media, Not Israeli Hasbara

With the dreadful threat of yet another Israeli war in the Middle East looming, Israeli propaganda machine is likely to go into full gear.

In fact, trial balloons have already been sent out bearing supposedly unrehearsed comments by former Israeli Army general and current Minister Yossi Peled, suggesting that another war is on its way. More recently, Israel's ultra-right and unabashedly racist Foreign Minister Avigador Lieberman threatened to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad in case of a war.

Feb 22 18:00

Checkpoint Diaries

The journey to Jerusalem, for tens of thousands of Palestinians, begins in a dank, trash-strewn hangar.

They move through cage-like passages and 7-foot-high turnstiles to be checked by Israeli soldiers from behind bulletproof glass. The soldiers often yell at them through loudspeakers. They are supposed to work in pairs to speed the lines through, but sometimes one of them is asleep, his feet on his desk.

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Feb 22 17:45

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Hospitalized With Chest Pains

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Dick is just jealous of all the attention Bill Clinton got. :)

Feb 22 17:03

Top Fed Official Warns Jobs Will Be Scarce As 'Paradigm Shift' Slows Hiring

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "We can't fix it. You're on your own. Thank you and good night."

Feb 22 16:49

The Israel lobby – the real bullies in British politics

Against the background of allegations that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is a bully, Stuart Littlewood remind us that bullying is endemic in politics, as shown by the UK Liberal Democratic Party leaders’ bullying of Jenny Tonge for speaking the truth, and the continual bullying of UK politicians by the Israel lobby.


Feb 22 16:47

The new McCarthyism in Israel: human rights groups face crackdown

The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a “McCarthyite” campaign against human-rights groups by blaming them for the barrage of international criticism that has followed Israel’s attack on Gaza a year ago, Jonathan Cook reports.

Feb 22 16:45

The Chemist's War

Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.

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Industrial alcohol is STILL poisoned. They call it "denatured." The goal is to make sure that people ONLY drink alcohol on which liquor taxes have been paid. There is no other reason for this "denaturing."

Feb 22 16:45

Mossad’s murderous reach: the larger political issues

James Petras argues that Mossad’s murder of a Palestinian official in Dubai using stolen European passports presages an era of chaos in international relations and makes every European travelling in the Middle East suspected of links with Israeli death squads.

Feb 22 16:38

THE ARTICLES OF FREEDOM


Feb 22 14:46

Goldman Sachs new home

Feb 22 14:37

Latest collapse in Jerusalem blamed on Israeli excavations

Jerusalem - Ma'an - A street collapse near the entrance of the Bab Khan Az-Zeit market in the Old City of Jerusalem occurred on Sunday, as a result of Israeli excavations in the area, witnesses reported.

"A two by one meter deep hole was left following the collapse," Ma'an's Jerusalem correspondent said.

The latest collapse is reportedly related to ongoing Israeli archeological digs around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which have caused a series of cave-ins around the Old City and in East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Feb 22 14:36

Bullet-Proof Case (Not Ivins ... The FBI Cover-Up)

In a new post, vaccine expert Dr. Meryl Nass shreds the FBI's case against Bruce Ivins:

Federal Bureau of Invention: CASE CLOSED (and Ivins did it)

But FBI's report, documents and accompanying information (only pertaining to Ivins, not to the rest of the investigation) were released on Friday afternoon... which means the FBI anticipated doubt and ridicule. And the National Academies of Science (NAS) is several months away from issuing its $879,550 report on the microbial forensics, suggesting a) asking NAS to investigate the FBI's science was just a charade to placate Congress, and/or b) NAS' investigation might be uncovering things the FBI would prefer to bury, so FBI decided to preempt the NAS panel's report.


Feb 22 14:35

Jenin Jenin: The Film IDF and Israel don't want you to see

Jenin Jenin depicts the true story of Israeli colossal barbarism. There is no doubt left, the Jewish State is the ultimate enemy of humanity and humanism. It also presents the Palestinian ordeal facing the Zionist evil. Clearly, surviving the Israeli occupation is nothing but heroism.

Feb 22 14:35

Ten Tax Protester Claims To Avoid

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... because heaven forbid the people ever realize that the same government that lied to them about Saddam's "nookular" weapons, global warming, JFK, JFK Jr., RFK, MLK, the Gulf of Tonkin, the USS Iowa explosion, TWA 800, Vince Foster, 9-11, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc., might also be lying about the legality of the tax system!!!!!!

Feb 22 14:33

Joe Stack, The Austin Pilot, Had a Valid Tax Beef About § 1706

In the days since the crash, people pondering Mr. Stack’s unforgivable act have been surprised to find a reference in his note to an obscure federal tax law, Section 1706 of the 1986 tax act. Mr. Stack, a technology worker, claimed that the provision essentially declared him a “criminal and non-citizen slave” and ruined his career.

The story of Section 1706 is a curious one. Most American workers perform jobs as either employees or “self-employed” workers of a company — that is, independent contractors. Yet the common-law test used by the IRS to determine who is an actual employee is vague and unpredictable. The determination is often made years after a worker is hired, during an audit of the company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what it comes down to is that Joe Stack paid the taxes required by law, then the IRS, who has been ordered to loot the people any way they can to save the US Government from its own fiscal recklessness, IGNORES the Safe Harbor ruling, reclassifies Joe Stack, then imposes huge back taxes and fines on him.

My guess is that every other technical consultant working under similar circumstances can expert to be retroactively reclassified and hit with a huge tax bill any day now.

(Bumped back to the top at reader request)

Feb 22 14:32

Israeli curfew leaves Palestinian village isolated, freshwater springs and 2000-year-old irrigation system under threat

Two evenings ago, villagers in the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen were alarmed to hear the sounds of trouble with the Israelis in the nearby village of Husan, which lies slightly to the east. A curfew was immediately imposed upon it. This means that Wadi Fuqeen will be isolated for few days as well because villagers can only gain access to Bethlehem if they go through Husan. This is the reality caused by the winding path of the separation barrier and many so-called 'security measures' imposed by the Israelis.

In any case, Israeli jeeps have now begun to patrol the village of Wadi Fuqeen on a regular basis. 'Flying' checkpoints have also begun to appear at the entrance to the village - both during the day and overnight.



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Feb 22 14:31

Soros: Use the PIIGS Crisis as an Opportunity to Put Additional One Government Controls over the EU

Master global puppeteer, billionaire oligarch George Soros, wants to be able to manipulate the entire EU in one fell swoop.

Feb 22 14:25

Panarchy. What is that?

Panarchy is the human right to choose your government as you choose your religion. It is about the right of every human being to live in a government to which they give their consent freely and fully. It is about the right of every human being to live in a government that fully respects them as a human person.

When the founders of our country began to suffer from injustices perpetrated by their own rulers in England, they stood up and declared their independence, pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. And more than this, they turned away from familiar forms of government and established their own, knowing that, as human beings, they had that inalienable right. Government, after all, gets its right to govern by the consent of the people.

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Feb 22 13:28

Record snowfall hits Moscow

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Mother Nature sends Al Gore a message.


Feb 22 13:26

New York terror suspect Najibullah Zazi pleads guilty

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"... and we only had to hold that torch to his testicles for 2 minutes to get it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 22 13:24

Ron Paul: Suspend The Income Tax For 3-4 Years!

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Suspend the Income Tax until they can document that the 16th Amendment was actually ratified.

Feb 22 13:03

Buffett's Partner: 'It's Over' for U.S. Economy

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner in Berkshire Hathaway, warns in a new column that the U.S. economic empire is crumbling before our eyes, thanks to federal debt and poor planning.

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And the Federal Reserve, which was never intended to be the banking system for the US.


Feb 22 12:59

Debt Dynamite Dominoes: The Coming Financial Catastrophe

The people have been lulled into a false sense of safety under the rouse of a perceived “economic recovery.” Unfortunately, what the majority of people think does not make it so, especially when the people making the key decisions think and act to the contrary. The sovereign debt crises that have been unfolding in the past couple years and more recently in Greece, are canaries in the coal mine for the rest of Western “civilization.” The crisis threatens to spread to Spain, Portugal and Ireland; like dominoes, one country after another will collapse into a debt and currency crisis, all the way to America.

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All of this is because of the Reserve system of banking, essentially a legalized counterfeiting system in the hands of private bankers, which contains within it a trap. The moment that first Federal Reserve note goes into circulation, more money is owed to the banking system than is actually in existence.

When the US was started, money in circulation was exactly that, a value-based medium of exchange, measured in gold or silver. Its worth existed outside the authority of the government and was in the hands of whoever held the coins or equivalent claim checks (the gold and silver certificates).

All currency in circulation today is the result of a loan from the Federal Reserve either to private businesses and citizens or to the government. Each Federal Reserve Note is not a unit of value but a unit of debt.

Because more money is owed to the banking system than actually exists, new money must be created through more loans to pay the interest on the old money. Hence, there is always talk about the growth of the economy. Normally "growth" would be considered a good thing (and to the bankers it still is) but in the context of the Federal Reserve system a growing economy means greater total indebtedness of the population. The economy cannot remain the same size or the interest on the old money starts to overwhelm the available capital and the system locks up (as it is doing now). An ever larger pool of new borrowers must be found to prop the system up. This means that the Federal Reserve system is effectively a pyramid scheme. It only works so long as every larger crowds of suckers, I mean borrowers) get pulled into the bottom layer.

Now, this type pf banking system has imposed itself all over the western world. Indeed wars have been fought and leaders assassinated to erase competing banking systems better for the people but worse for the bankers. Now all the western world uses the same legal counterfeiting-pyramid system and all are starting to crumble at the same time, because there are no new borrowers out there to fill in the new bottom level.

The only way to perpetuate the western style banking system is to declare war on the eastern world and it's different Islamic banking systems; to conquer those people and force them to become the new bottom layer of borrowers from the pyramid scheme.

That is the real reason for all these invasions, to inflict debt on people and force them to borrow from the western banks. The "Clash of Civilizations" is really a clash of banking systems.

... and a damned stupid reason for your children to die.

Feb 22 12:46

Israel's contemptuous response to Goldstone findings

While both parties to the conflict were cited for possible war crimes, the Goldstone report reserved the majority of its condemnation for Israel because of the vast difference in casualties on the two sides -- more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed, and 13 Israelis. Four Israeli civilians were killed by rocket fire from Gaza, while more than 900 unarmed Palestinian civilians, including some 320 children, were massacred in Gaza.

Submitted to the UN on 29 January, the Israeli government's response falls far short of a credible investigation however, and continues Israel's long-standing policy of refusal to investigate and convict those responsible for crimes committed during its military campaigns.

Feb 22 12:45

McCain: Paulson and Bernanke Promised that the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program Would Focus on the Housing Meltdown

Sen. John McCain of Arizona ... says he was misled by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. McCain said the pair assured him that the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program would focus on what was seen as the cause of the financial crisis, the housing meltdown.

"Obviously, that didn't happen," McCain said in a meeting Thursday with The Republic's Editorial Board, recounting his decision-making during the critical initial days of the fiscal crisis. "They decided to stabilize the Wall Street institutions, bail out (insurance giant) AIG, bail out Chrysler, bail out General Motors. . . . What they figured was that if they stabilized Wall Street - I guess it was trickle-down economics - that therefore Main Street would be fine."

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You were an idiot, John, which is why we didn't vote for you.

Feb 22 12:44

New York Times Publishes Column By War Machine Employee Demanding US Stop Thinking About All The Innocent Afghans Killed And Ramp The F**k Up The Bombing

Glenn Greenwald of Salon uncovers a brutal mindfuck of gruesome pro-civilian bombing positive influence in the pages of the New York Times. A defence corporation employee demands the US blow more money terror bombing the civilian populace of Afghanistan.

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"Kill them all; let God sort them out!" -- Attributed to various, including Pope Innocent III and Saint Dominic.


Feb 22 12:42

Woman, 61, arrested for asking ‘why'

Four women, two of them well into middle age, were discussing funeral plans for a friend when an Atlanta police officer told them to move.
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Three did but one asked “why.” In answer to her question, Minnie Carey, then 61, was handcuffed, put into a police wagon and taken to jail, where she was held for nine hours.

The Citizen Review Board found that Atlanta Police officer Brandy Dolson had violated APD policies and had falsely arrested Carey.

Feb 22 12:42

Anointed Leader Of Conservative Movement Glenn Beck Now Believes In Global Warming

The stunning duplicity of Fox News host Glenn Beck has been exposed once again after the talk show host told USA Weekend magazine that he now believes in man-made global warming, after years of assuring his viewers that he was on the side of skeptics who questioned the science behind AGW claims.

Feb 22 12:40

Joe Stack wrote suicide note before flying into IRS building

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

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Formatted version with added links

Feb 22 12:35

Israel's pathetic attempt to rebrand.


Feb 22 12:28

Evil Triumphs

When good men do nothing. So now the question is, are there any good men left after Joe Stack? The "yoke" of taxation has caused so many to up-rise and shed blood through out history one with a functioning brain might think maybe, just maybe, terrorizing the citizenry to extort taxes might not be the best of ideas, as this is exactly the IRS's method of operations, all the while trying to convince us it is voluntary. Yea right, try to opt out of this voluntary tax system and wind up dead, in prison, or with an asshole a 747 can fly through sideways. That is your options. You can volunteer to drop out of the income tax shakedown if you like the idea of being a worm farm.

Feb 22 12:20

Citigroup Says Feds Ordered 7 Day Restriction On Bank Withdrawals

A new advisory being sent by America’s third largest bank to its account holders has stoked fears that major financial institutions could be preparing for old fashioned bank runs if the economy takes a turn for the worse.

Originally reported by John Carney over at the Business Insider website, Citigroup is sending the following information to customers along with their bank statements.

“Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts.

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Folks, it does not get any plainer than that. The Federal Reserve is getting ready to slam the door on YOUR money.

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Feb 22 11:55

Israel's smiling PR drive

Israeli citizens are being recruited to boost the country's image abroad – but the campaign amounts to papering over cracks

Feb 22 11:55

Israel’s new ‘attack on freedom of speech’

The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a “McCarthyite” campaign against human-rights groups by blaming them for the barrage of international criticism that has followed Israel’s attack on Gaza a year ago, critics say.

In a sign of the growing backlash against the human-rights community, the cabinet backed a bill last week that, if passed, will jail senior officials from the country’s peace-related organisations should they fail to meet tough new registration conditions.


Feb 22 11:53

American capitalism gone with a whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Feb 22 11:49

Checkpoint misery epitomizes a Mideast divide

The Qalandia crossing, say the Israelis, is where potential attackers are filtered out before they can reach Jerusalem on the other side. Palestinians say it's a daily humiliation they must endure to reach jobs, family, medical appointments and schools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet Napolitano is planning something similar for the US.

Feb 22 11:46

SEX AND THE SINGLE ZIONIST ~~ “SIZE DOESN’T MATTER”

Israel can realistically start a tourist campaign using the following unique drawing cards….

Come see Apartheid in action…
Come see homes getting demolished…
Come see Palestinians living in tents outside what is their actual home…
Come see Palestinian children getting harassed on their way to school…
Come see Palestinian children getting tortured in Israeli prisons…
Come see peaceful demonstrators get tear-gassed by Israeli troops…
The list is endless…

Feb 22 11:31

Using Facebook or Twitter 'could raise your insurance premiums by 10pc'

People who use social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook have been warned that they could eventually face rises in their home insurance premiums of as much as 10pc.

Services such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz can alert criminals when users are not home, according to Confused.com, the price comparison service. Foursquare, for example, shows that people are in a specific spot and, more importantly, that the user is definitely not at home, Confused.com added.



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Feb 22 11:20

Darpa Plans Test for Hypersonic Weapon

Sometime in late April, the Pentagon’s far-out science arm is planning a test flight for a prototype of a hypersonic weapon that — in theory — could cross the Pacific Ocean in under two hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Wait until Israel sees what we are making for them! And we only had to close 40 schools to pay for it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 22 11:17

New Credit Card Rules Ease Bills for Consumers, But Fee Hikes Still Possible

Credit card companies will now be required to give at least 45 days notice before an interest rate increase, one of several changes going into effect Monday with the activation of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act.

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Dear consumer

In 45 days we are gonna hike your interest rate so high you'll need to hitch a ride on the space shuttle just to read the bill!

Thank you for your continued slavery.

The Federal Reserve

Feb 22 11:03

NY County sales tax revenue takes tumble

Feb 22 11:01

Governors See Bad Economic Times Getting Worse for States

Despite some signs of national economic growth in Q409, such as an improvement in housing prices and an uptick in home sales, the fiscal conditions of states continue to worsen, according a survey from the National Governors Association (NGA), a bipartisan organization of the 50 state governors, as well as representatives from US commonwealths and territories.

In recessions past, the survey finds, impacts on the individual states usually lag one to three years behind national pains and gains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An economy is like the engine of a truck. The power of the engine, less the effort needed to keep the engine running, is the amount of energy available to do useful work. The load put into the truck bed or attached to the tow hook is the work. In our analogy, that is taxes.

Now as our truck carries the load and the load gets heavier, eventually you reach a point where the work load is so great that there is barely enough energy is left to keep the engine itself running. The engine starts to sputter and hesitate as the strain builds up. As load is piled up and the truck is forced to downshift and drive slower, the total volume of work goes down even though it appears the truck is more fully loaded.

To carry the analogy a bit further, the tax credits given to corporations that made it attractive to shift high paying jobs overseas is equivalent to disconnecting the fuel injection and spark plugs from two of the engine's cylinders to save gas money.

When you reach the point where the work load (taxes) is so heavy that there isn't enough energy left to keep the engine running, the engine stalls and quits working entirely.

The engine is stuttering, and the government's only solution is to throw more weight into the truck and hope for the best.


Feb 22 10:50

British Airways cabin crews vote to strike

Feb 22 10:49

Climate Change and Open Science

'Unequivocal." That's quite a claim in this skeptical era, so it's been enlightening to watch the unraveling of the absolute certainty of global warming caused by man. Now even authors of the 2007 United Nations report that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal" have backed off its key assumptions and dire warnings.

Feb 22 10:48

On the Brink of a Bond Market Apocalypse

The bottom line: In less than one decade, investors who trusted Washington and Wall Street were fleeced to the tune of $22.1 TRILLION!

Now, by bailing out bankers, brokers and CEOs, Washington has created the most dangerous bubble so far: The enormous and rapidly growing explosion of federal debt — U.S. treasuries — dumped on investors worldwide.

You don’t need a PhD in economics to know what’s next: Like the Tech Bubble and Real Estate Bubble that preceded it, this new bubble will also burst, wiping out trillions more dollars of invested wealth.

Feb 22 10:47

Doomsday Predictions Tax Illinois

The Civic Federation wants to launch an intervention that includes significant budget cuts and the largest tax increase package in Illinois history, all in an effort to save the state from a $12.8 billion budget deficit.

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"You must make do with less, so that we may have more!"

"You must make do with less, so that we may have more!"

"You must make do with less, so that we may have more!"

The prayer of the First Church of the Pretty Printed Pieces of Paper!



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Feb 22 10:45

Continental Airlines cutting 600 call center jobs as more customers book online

Continental Airlines is cutting about 600 jobs in its reservations centers because customers increasingly prefer to book flights online.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government covered the loss of manufacturing in the 1980s and 1990s by transitioning to the "Service Economy"; a ridiculous notion that we could prosper the nation by doing each others' laundry for a fee. But a lot of the services related to paperwork processing are now being done by computer.

Feb 22 10:35

US to launch major campaign in Afghanistan in next 18 months

US and NATO forces are all set to roll out an "intensive 18-month" ground campaign in Afghanistan to stamp out Taliban and al-Qaeda militants, top US generals have said warning the insurgents that Marjah offensive was just the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been in Afghanistan longer than all of WW2. The US has been in Afghanistan as long as the USSR. Last week's "intensive operation" was supposed to end Wednesday with the capture of the Taliban stronghold and Friday they announced it will be another month before they are done.

And now it is 18 months.

You know, continuing to bash your own head with a two by four doesn't prove you are brave, only persistent to the point of stupidity.

Feb 22 10:30

The Warlord's Tune

After weeks of training you will make your debut dancing before a crowd of men. Many are former warlords who helped the Karzai Government make its way to power. Others might be powerful businessmen.

Feb 22 10:28

China in record US debt sell-off

China sold a record amount of its US Treasury holdings in December, ceding its place as the world's biggest foreign holder of US debt to Japan.

Feb 22 10:28

Poll shows conservatives prefer Ron Paul to Palin

A straw poll of US conservative activists saw Texas congressman Ron Paul emerge as the preferred Republican presidential candidate to run against President Barack Obama in 2012.

Feb 22 10:28

The IMF Destroys Iceland and Latvia

The International Monetary Fund operates primarily as a banker bailout machine. They cajole and tempt and confuse and threaten the leaders of governments worldwide to pay off the failed bets of the big bankers using the taxpayer funds of their countries. This has been going on a long time, at least since the early 1980s.

Thus, I am not in the teeniest bit surprised that the same thing is happening today in Iceland and Latvia.

Feb 22 10:24

LETTER FROM AUSTIN PILOT WHO CRASHED HIS PLANE INTO THE IRS

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Relinked at reader request in light of the Tax experts' conclusion that Joe Stack did have a legitimate complaint against the IRS.

Feb 22 10:22

Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels

Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

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Relinked for the Monday morning cultists.

Feb 22 10:22

Head Of Greek Debt Office Replaced By Former Goldman Investment Banker

And so the tragicomic becomes surreal.

Feb 22 10:21

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. That matches yesterday’s result as the lowest level of strong approval yet recorded for this President.

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I sure as heck don't find 22% strongly approving of Obama anywhere around here! And he's a local boy!

Feb 22 10:20

About 50 Turkish commanders held over coup plot

Turkish police detained about 50 military commanders Monday in a crackdown that once would have been unthinkable, accusing the suspects of planning to blow up mosques in order to trigger a military takeover and overthrow the Islamic-rooted government.

The nationwide sweep highlighted the ongoing struggle between the secular establishment and the Islamic-oriented government -- and left many wondering if the military no longer called the shots in a nation accustomed to viewing it as the pillar of the secular state.

Feb 22 10:18

Russia to Supply Iran with S-300 Defense Systems

Israel and the United States have repeatedly asked Russia to scrap a contract to sell Iran the truck-mounted S-300, which can shoot down hostile missiles or aircraft up to 150 km (90 miles) away.

"There is a contract to supply these systems to Iran, and we will fulfill it," Ryabkov told Interfax in an interview. "Delays (with deliveries) are linked to technical problems with adjusting these systems," he added. He also cautioned against politicizing Russia's arms exports to Iran.

Feb 22 10:18

Netanyahu calls for a unilateral oil embargo

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks the world should immediately slap oil sanctions on Iran -- even if the United Nations doesn't approve.

Netanyahu didn't really elaborate, but for unilateral sanctions to really be effective, they would require a naval blockade -- an act of war.

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And a war against Iran is precisely what Netanyahu wants to have happen here; as long as it is the Americans doing the fighting, dying, and getting maimed to "neutralize" yet another one of Israel's "existential threats" in the region - which includes just about every one of its neighbors!

Feb 22 10:17

Clashes reported in Hebron over Israeli heritage decision

Confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces were reported in Hebron on Monday, as public figures declare a general strike across the city, amidst growing anger at the Israeli cabinet’s decision to include two religious sites in the occupied West Bank, including Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque.

Protesters in the southern part of the city set tires alight, while in the city center, an Israeli military outpost at the entrance of Ash-Shuhada’ street, closed off to Palestinians, was pelted with stones. According to locals, Israeli soldiers used stun grenades against demonstrators.

Feb 22 10:13

Clinton criticized for dodging question on Israel nukes

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is criticized for dodging a question on Israel's nuclear arsenal during a "town hall" meeting at a Jeddah college.

Mariyam Alavi, a Saudi student, asked Clinton last Tuesday about Washington's stance on the existence of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

"I did not get a straight answer," Alavi said in a letter published in Arab News, AFP reported.

The 12th grader at the International Indian School in Jeddah, who attended the meeting at the elite Dar al-Hekma College, noted that the US top diplomat only detailed Iran's nuclear program, without mentioning Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kid demonstrated more courage and intelligence in asking this question than all the reporters who have allegedly "questioned" Secretary of State Clinton on any geopolitical issue.

We know, through the revelations of Mordechai Vannunu, coupled with statements from former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former US President Jimmy Carter, that Israel does have nukes.

Iran, as a signatory to the NNPT, has their nuclear program inspected by the IAEA to insure that the program is used only for peaceful purposes.

Israel, on the other hand, which has nukes, refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and therefore will allow no inspections of their nuclear facilities.

Under the provisions of the Syminton Amendment in US law, it is stipulated that the US cannot give any financial or military aid to countries which do have nuclear programs which are not under the control of the IAEA.

And what does this mean for We the Taxpayers? That every cent of the the nearly 3 billion dollars in aid we pay Israel every year, from the time of their having obtained nuclear weapons, was given to Israel illegally.

Feb 22 10:07

Millions of unemployed face years without jobs

Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only "rebound" is in the imaginations of speech writers.

Feb 22 10:06

20 Ships to Head for Clash in Gaza

The Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation announced that a fleet of 20 ships would be sent to break Israel’s embargo on Hamas-run Gaza two months from now. Five of the ships will be under the auspices of IHH; the support of charitable businessmen in Turkey is being sought for funding to purchase them.

Feb 22 10:05

A & E for 9/11 Truth Press Conference

Feb 22 10:04

Echelon computers can't cope with bad lines

Who remembers Echelon, the top-secret telecommunications spy network said to be run by the US and allied Anglophone nations, and to be triggered as soon as certain key words or phrases are spoken on the phone?

A lot of you, we'd guess. So it's interesting to note that Pentagon boffins have now stated that perhaps the most intriguing reputed capability of Echelon - the ability to automatically pick out words of interest and flag that conversation up as important to its human masters - doesn't work. Or anyway, it only works on good, clear lines: a noisy or degraded signal frustrates it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about Echelon HERE

Feb 22 10:03

Eminent Domain Abuse - Hawaii

Should an unelected city employee have so much power? Should the Hauula Fire Station Relocation project siphon funds from the Community Development Block Grants to build this $10M project? Is this the right priority in today's economy? Is this unelected employee asking the non-profits to 'eat cake?'

Feb 22 10:02

Treasury Officials Concerned over Option ARM Recasts and Jumbo Loans Issues

“(Realty Check) Treasury officials today said they are still concerned about a coming wave of foreclosures, many from pay option ARMs and many from the prime jumbo basket, particularly hard hit by unemployment. Only 2/3 of borrowers in the HAMP program are current on their payments. That’s why officials now say they are looking at unemployment options and more incentives to borrowers to keep paying on trial modifications and on loans that are significantly “underwater” with respect to the property value.”

Feb 22 10:00

Report: Canada to approve GM 'enviropigs'

A Canadian government department is poised to approve genetically modified pigs for the food supply, the Canwest News Service reported Friday.

The Yorkshire pigs were developed by researchers in Ontario at the University of Guelph, who spliced in genes from mice
to decrease the amount of phosphorus produced in the pigs' dung, the report said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One may want to think twice about ordering a pork dish if you're visiting Canada.

We have absolutely no idea what the ultimate safety of cloned meat will be to humans, and probably will not until there is some kind of food-chain catastrophe.

Feb 22 09:54

Petraeus singles out Al-Qaeda threat in Yemen

"Saudi Arabia and the other peninsula countries have continued to make gains with the obvious exception of Yemen," Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, told NBC television's "Meet the Press" program.

Yemen is home to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an offshoot branch of Osama bin Laden's terror network that claimed responsibility for the botched Christmas Day suicide bombing of a Detroit-bound passenger plane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to General Petraeus:

1. the crotch bomber was a complete setup, courtesy of some US government agency intervention to get him on that plane with no passport.

2. The word "Al-Qaeda", in Arabic, means "the base." in colloquial Arabic, it means "the toilet". What self-respecting insurgency would ever name itself "the toilet"?!?

3. There is no actual proof that such an organization as "Al-Quaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" actually exists.

4. The real problem in Yemen is a despotic, dysfunctional government with absolutely no concern about the lives of its people. Poverty and corruption here are at some of the highest levels in the Middle East, and that is saying something.

5. Yet, the US continues to support Yemen's tinpot dictator , "President for Life" Saleh (just as we did with the Shah of Iran and Batista in Cuba).

6. Despotic regimes make insurgency look attractive to some, and the only possible option to others. When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

7. Not every geopolitical problem can be resolved at the point of a gun barrel or a drone attack. These are social, political, educational, and economic problems.

Feb 22 09:52

Millions of anti-terror cash spent on luxury London flats for police chiefs

Britain’s most powerful police body, which is run as a private business, has spent millions of pounds meant for counter-terrorism work on luxury London flats for senior officers.

Feb 22 09:44

Ponzi Scheme

Let's face it, the government-bond market in the West is a gigantic Ponzi scheme. Most governments in the 'developed' world are drowning in debt, they are running mind-boggling budget deficits and printing money like there is no tomorrow. Furthermore, under the guise of quantitative easing, their central banks are buying their own newly issued debt!

It is our contention that similar to Mr. Madoff's hedge fund, the sovereign debt markets in the West have now become gigantic scams. Only this time around, the players have changed and the sums involved are significantly larger.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Noe of this is real. The "money" is just pretty printed pieces of paper or numbers in a computer no more tangible than the numbers on an area scoreboard.

As long as we allow ourselves to believe that the PPPP is money, the oligarchs win. As soon as we understand that they just print up the money and create the rules we are supposed to obey, that they have created a religion of PPPP which we are all indoctrinated to believe in, when we can walk away from all that we will remember that human beings got along just fine without gigantic banks and huge governments for almost half a million years. That when I was a boy money was silver and gold whose value existed outside the assurances of the government and it was still possible to live your entire life without needing to deal with a bank.

So now we have huge government, and we have the Federal Reserve, and it is clear at this point in history that both systems are total failures.

It is time to just walk away and let them collapse.

Feb 22 09:43

Fox News scrambles to discredit CPAC after Ron Paul wins presidential poll

Remember the big conservative conference Fox News has been hyping over the past 10 days?

The Conservative Political Action Conference's presidential straw poll, a key marker of the mood among conservative voters, apparently didn't mean anything to the network. And if it did mean something, the only real result is bragging rights for the individual candidates who were so well exposed. And hey, even Dick Cheney showed up.

Or, at least that's how Fox News characterized the poll, after it was reported that Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) had won it by a wide margin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ron is in the race. I have no doubt he will get cheated out of it yet again, but I am supporting him for President (if this nation actually lasts until 2012).

Feb 22 09:41

Ireland, Greece and leaving the euro

The economic travails of Ireland and Greece have provoked a debate on the wisdom of the two most vulnerable members of the infamous PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) grouping of Eurozone members, on leaving the euro.

Feb 22 09:40

Hanging On in Quiet Desperation Is the English Way

The economic data coming out of the UK is unrelentingly abysmal. Retail sales are down more than expected, and mortgage applications are plummeting since the winding up of stamp duty relief on modestly priced homes at the end of 2009. Not to mention the shocking announcement last week from the Treasury that the UK had to borrow more than £4bn in January because of much weaker taxation receipts than expected, coupled with increasing payouts in benefits and public sector programs.

Feb 22 09:40

"No, we want them to leave." The REAL Exodus...The Palestinian Diaspora

I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called "cruel Zionism." I write about it because I was part of it.

Feb 22 09:39

Total Unions Warn French Fuel Shortages Are Imminent

Total SA unions called for a refinery strike to spread to all French plants and said fuel shortages could be imminent.

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The whole world is fed up.

Feb 22 09:39

IAEA director should amend report

“The agency’s approach… has become more politicized and the report has been written under pressure from the United States,” Boroujerdi told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

Amano should correct his report before delivering it to the IAEA Board of Governors on March 1, the MP stated.

Although Iran notified the IAEA before it began enriching uranium to the 20 percent level and asked the agency to send inspectors to monitor the enrichment process, Amano said in his report that Iran started enriching nuclear fuel without informing the agency, Boroujerdi noted.

This will undermine the credibility of the agency’s reports, he added.

Feb 22 09:38

East Coast blizzard lays bare social crisis of US cities

The natural fury of the storm was indeed formidable. But local authorities’ response to the weather event has exposed the budget crises confronting cities, as well as local governments’ woeful lack of preparedness in attending to the basic social needs of their residents. The cost of snow removal alone was poised to bust the budgets of state and local authorities, and little assistance is expected to come from the federal government to alleviate the burden.

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"Hey, we budgeted for the mild winter the global-warming cultists were predicting!" -- Official White Horse Souse

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