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April 18, 2009

Apr 18 08:11

In quotes: George W. Bush on torture

From a commitment to the worldwide elimination of torture to a defence of waterboarding: President Bush in his own words

Apr 18 08:10

Winking at CIA abuse

Former U.S. president George W. Bush knew what he wanted from his pliant justice department officials – a green light to treat 9/11 terror suspects roughly – and they were eager to oblige. Government lawyers whose job it was to be the president's conscience "employed twisted and macabre legal reasoning to authorize the unspeakable," says David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor and contributor to the New York Times.

Apr 18 08:09

The mild-mannered British desir

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another pathetic "What did we do?" piece that equates opposition to Israel's policies with hatred of the world's Jewish people.

Apr 18 08:07

Frankenfood ban not populism or panic-mongering

German ban on genetically modified corn has found broad support in the German public, and protests against a patent on a strain of pig made headlines on Wednesday. German commentators wonder if this is just European technophobia or whether genes are a natural resource which no patent should restrain.



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Apr 18 08:07

U.S. bank claims national museum masterpiece

The U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase is claiming a 17th-century painting from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum because it was used as collateral for a 50 million dollar loan.

Apr 18 08:06

Suicides on the Rise as Japan's Economy Falters

The refrigerator in his apartment was also empty. There were a few coins in a tin can, not even enough to pay for a meal. Job search magazines were scattered on the floor, as well as an application form on which the man had entered his work experience.

Apr 18 08:04

Iran stands ready to bomb Israel's nuclear sites

The Iranian military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Israel's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, I swapped them. Did that seem to make the story more of a concern? If so, you are not being objective. If it is wrong for Iran to bomb Israel's nuclear facilities, then it must be equally wrong for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.

Apr 18 08:04

US Threatens to Invade Eritrea

The United States has reportedly threatened to invade Eritrea and subject it to “the same fate as Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks” for providing support to the al-Shabaab resistance movement in Somalia, which the US has since attempted to link with al-Qaeda. The Daily Telegraph quotes one source as saying “There are consequences for working with al-Shabaab when President Obama cannot afford to look weak on terrorism.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

Eritrea?!?!?!?

Is this the war the Pentagon and state department knuckleheads have decided is "winnable", without too many flag-draped caskets coming home?!?!

And believe me, this administration is hungry for a war - any war - to deflect public anger away from the the moral missteps it has made in not prosecuting the previous administration for lies and torture, and the economic missteps it has made with the bailouts of their cronies.


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Apr 18 08:01

UN expert criticizes US torture decision

President Barack Obama's decision not to prosecute CIA operatives who used questionable interrogation practices violates international law, the U.N.'s top torture investigator said Saturday.

Apr 18 08:00

Smile, it's just a recession: Mandy wants to know why people are so darned pessimistic

Lord Mandelson was branded 'insensitive' and 'dishonest' last night after demanding that people stop being 'so darned pessimistic' about Britain's crumbling economy.

The Business Secretary called for an end to economic gloom, despite soaring job losses and the prospect that next week's budget will saddle taxpayers with the greatest debt burden in the nation's history.

Apr 18 07:59

Tony and the whale by Simon Lilley

Apr 18 07:58

Commentary: Why your taxes could double

Regardless of what politicians tell you, any additional accumulations of debt are, absent dramatic reductions in the size and role of government, basically deferred tax increases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bend over and apply the K-Y, citizen!


Apr 18 07:55

Israel stands ready to bomb Iran's nuclear sites

The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel does go ahead with a unilateral strike, the US should simply stay out completely, and withdraw every cent of aid we have been providing, period, end of discussion.

And there is, of course, one question which has to be asked, and which the author of this article completely ignores.

If Israel attacks Iran, what will its 7th largest trading partner, Russia, decide to do??

War with Russia, anyone?!?!?

Thought not.

Apr 18 07:50

The Unknown Terror of DU

Apr 18 07:48

Belle Glade Minister used sinister charm to lure teens, some say

The Rev. Richard Harris allegedly lured teens to his First Street home in Belle Glade and recorded them engaging in sex acts.

Apr 18 07:45

Child Obesity Is Linked to Chemicals in Plastics

Exposure to chemicals used in plastics may be linked with childhood obesity, according to results from a long-term health study on girls who live in East Harlem and surrounding communities that were presented to community leaders on Thursday by researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The chemicals in question are called phthalates, which are used to to make plastics pliable and in personal care products. Phthalates, which are absorbed into the body, are a type of endocrine disruptor — chemicals that affect glands and hormones that regulate many bodily functions. They have raised concerns as possible carcinogens for more than a decade, but attention over their role in obesity is relatively recent.


Apr 18 07:44

No Amnesty for Torturers

On April 16, President Obama said he would not prosecute CIA agents who engaged in torture, because George Bush's lawyers told them it was "legal." President Obama also said Attorney General Eric Holder would use taxpayer dollars to defend torturers against lawsuits by torture victims, and to pay all judgments if they lost.

These decisions are intolerable and unacceptable. Torture is utterly immoral and un-American. It produced absolutely no useful intelligence. It recruited terrorists responsible for at least half the U.S. deaths in Iraq. And it endangered every U.S. soldier who may be captured in the future.

Apr 18 07:42

AIG systematically denies claims of injured US contractors

Insurance giant AIG is already in trouble with the taxpayers from whom it has received billions in bailout money. Now an investigation by ABC News, the Los Angeles Times, and the non-profit Pro Publica has found that AIG has been ripping off its own insurance customers as well.

According to ABC’s Brian Ross, “AIG covers about 90% of the people who get hurt working overseas for American defense contractors.” Pro Publica analyzed 30,000 of those cases and found that, although minor injuries were covered without question, AIG had challenged an astonishing 43% of the more serious claims

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If these folks have taken billions of our tax dollars because of bad business decisions, some government watchdog should be providing complete oversight of their decisions to compensate our vets so that our wounded vets get the best possible level of care possible, and not the worst.

I want every wounded vet to get the level of care Dick Cheney gets.

And if you think for a second that's going to be "too expensive to provide", I am absolutely certain, beyond any doubt, that there is something, somewhere, the number crunchers at the Pentagon can cut without compromising this country's safety.

Apr 18 07:40

Obama's Cockeyed Optimism: "We are starting to see glimmers of hope across the economy"

The banks are all playing the same game of hide-n-seek, trying to hoodwink the public into thinking they are in a stronger capital position than they really are. It's just more Wall Street chicanery papered over with vapid media propaganda. The giant brokerage houses and the financial media are two spokes on the same wheel gliding along in perfect harmony.

Apr 18 07:29

Viagra treatment for footballers

A Bolivian football team's former physiotherapist says he gave players the sex drug Viagra to help them play at high altitude in the main city.

Rodrigo Figueroa told La Prensa newspaper he had prescribed Viagra, which oxygenates the blood, to at least nine players in his team, Blooming.

The celebrations when they scored a goal were X rated.


Apr 18 07:13

Facebook vote a 'massive con trick' says privacy advocate

Facebook has deliberately changed the rules around its much-hyped "user vote" to ensure that it won't have to follow decisions made.

The company originally said that if 25 per cent of users voted in favour of a change in its terms and conditions it would consider that binding. But that percentage has now gone up to 30 per cent.

Simon Davies of lobby group Privacy International said: "the idea of establishing a thirty percent participation threshold is a complete joke. It will never be reached, and Facebook knows it. Earlier this year the figure had been set at 25 percent, and it was edged up because of concerns that users might actually succeed in changing the terms and conditions”.

Apr 18 06:31

Spanish judge keeps Guantanamo probe alive

A Spanish judge considering possible criminal action against six former Bush administration officials for torture at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay defied pressure to drop the case Friday.

Apr 18 06:15

video of excerpts of Robert Welch making two speeches

Robert Welch, predicted today's problems with uncanny accuracy back in 1958 and prescribed solutions in 1974 that are very similar to Ron Paul's positions today.

Apr 18 05:43

The Tax Day Tea Parties -- A Great Day for America

n the aftermath of the Tax Day Tea Parties, which were attended by hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans yesterday, here’s one man’s warning about the most prominent threats facing our nation:


Apr 18 05:24

Cash-rich China courts the Caspian

China's prospects as the first major economy to recover gives it a crucial role to lead the world economy as a whole and the Central Asian region in particular. Following up on a $25 billion loan to Russia that China dished out in February, it has agreed to lend $10 billion to Kazakhstan. China expects both the recipients to reciprocate by bolstering their energy supplies to China.

Apr 18 03:40

You can run, but you can't hide - Deutsche Welle- Will Bagram become Obama's Guantanamo?

Deutsche Welle - Nina Werkhaeuser - Deanne Corbett - Michael Knigge - While US President Barack Obama has said he'll close the Guantanamo prisoner camp in Cuba, he's being criticized for following his predecessor's policy on the Bagram prison in Afghanistan.

The new US government disappointed human rights activists when it chose to adhere to the Bush administration's position that detainees imprisoned at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan have no right to challenge their confinement in US courts. Critics have now begun referring to Bagram as "Obama's Guantanamo."

Meanwhile, human rights activists say that Bagram is well on the way to becoming a second Guantanamo.

Apr 18 03:14

Their owners, desperate and broke - Abandoned pets overwhelm Metro Detroit

The Detroit News - Kimberly Hayes Taylor - Animals increasingly abandoned as owners lose jobs, face foreclosure -Behind boarded doors of foreclosed homes, in Dumpsters and in parking lots are an unprecedented number of abandoned dogs and cats. Their owners, desperate and broke, have left the animals to die without food or water. Real estate agents and landlords are finding the once-beloved family pets in vacated houses all over Metro Detroit.

Meanwhile, more people who take their animals to shelters are telling workers they have lost their jobs and can't afford to take care of their pets, or aren't allowed to take them to the apartment they've leased after losing their house.

Apr 18 02:07

Hillary Clinton's new meds seem to make her -likable, omniscient and likely to crash in a rabid fit of homicidal rage

The New York Times - News Analysis - M. Landler - Clinton Scores Points by Admitting Past U.S. Errors - SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — It has become a recurring theme of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s early travels as the chief diplomat of the United States: she says that American policy on a given issue has failed, and her foreign listeners fall all over themselves in gratitude.

“We are continuing to look for productive ways forward, because we view the present policy as having failed,” Mrs. Clinton said [...]



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April 17, 2009

Apr 17 22:52

David Walker: Why Your Taxes May Double

Regardless of what politicians tell you, any additional accumulations of debt are, absent dramatic reductions in the size and role of government, basically deferred tax increases.

Apr 17 22:27

NAFTA Superhighway Saga continues...

Once upon a time it was called a mere myth, a conspiracy theory apparently believed only by paranoid nutters :
John Ibbitson, G&M, July 2007 : "The so-called NAFTA superhighway - a massive, 12-lane road, rail and oil-and-gas corridor that would snake from western Mexico, through the United States and into Canada, making it far easier and cheaper to import Chinese goods, thus completing the final destruction of the American and Canadian manufacturing sectors.

Of course there is no NAFTA superhighway, and no plans to build one, any more than there is any serious talk of a North American Union. "

Apr 17 22:02

Mystery Illnesses Sack Westchester, L.I. Schools

Hundreds Sickened By Norovirus At Horace Greeley High In Chappaqua; Dozens Taken Ill At Amityville School.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone drop a beaker at Plum Island?

Apr 17 22:01

Naomi Klein: All is not well in Obamafanland

HopeOver, HopeLash, HopeBreak: A Lexicon of Disappointment

All is not well in Obamafanland. It's not clear exactly what accounts for the change of mood. Maybe it was the rancid smell emanating from Treasury's latest bank bailout. Or the news that the president's chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, earned millions from the very Wall Street banks and hedge funds he is protecting from reregulation now. Or perhaps it began earlier, with Obama's silence during Israel's Gaza attack.

Whatever the last straw, a growing number of Obama enthusiasts are starting to entertain the possibility that their man is not, in fact, going to save the world if we all just hope really hard.


Apr 17 21:59

Judge Skeptical Of State Secrets Privilege For NSA/Charity Case

The Obama administration suffered a bit of a legal setback this afternoon: a federal judge in California rejected the administration's assertion of the state secrets privilege in the civil suit brought by an Islamic charity that was allegedly subjected to illegal NSA surveillance.

Apr 17 20:28

No remittance, no ignition: Auto 'electronic repo' in action

The beeping was a reminder that 24 hours remained before a car-loan payment had to be made — or else the vehicle would fail to start.

Apr 17 20:07

"Global War on Terror" - The Case of the Missing Definition

It seems that anyone using a nebulous term like "Global War on Terror" is either not aware of the dangerous nature of an undeclared war on the undefinable, or is aware and is using the statement as a blank check for a war on anything. The outcome can only be a war without end when the end cannot be defined.

Apr 17 18:26

The Oklahoma City Bombing


Apr 17 18:02

Obama attacked from all sides over CIA memos

Former Bush aides condemn release of sensitive documents / Human rights groups criticise immunity given to interrogators

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Obama does not prosecute the war criminals, or send them to be tried at the Hague, then he must be considered an accessory after the fact

Apr 17 18:01

What is Obama Smiling About?

The Obama presidency is becoming a reverse fairy tale: The prince is turning into a frog.

Apr 17 18:00

Predatory paedophile jailed indefinitely

David Ernest Bye, 43, pleaded guilty to the rape and sexual assault of a girl under 13, and possessing more than 17,000 indecent images of children, some of which he had taken himself, at an earlier hearing at Merthyr Crown Court.

Apr 17 17:45

GM readies all-equity offer for debt: sources

An equity-based debt exchange would make the union, the U.S. government and GM's existing bondholders all major stockholders in the recapitalized automaker.



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Apr 17 17:14

Navies to guard undersea cable from Somali pirates

Foreign navies have agreed to protect a vessel installing an undersea high-speed Internet cable from pirates off the coast of Somalia, a Kenyan minister said on Thursday.

"The process (of laying the cable) has begun and will probably take two months. It is likely that by the middle of June the ship should be anchoring in Mombasa, or rather delivering the cable to Mombasa," he added.

The $130 million cable will link Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Apr 17 17:05

FLASHBACK - Bush Advisor Says President Has Legal Power to Torture Children

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And apparently, they DID!

Apr 17 16:58

Tapping your cell phone

13 Investigates explains how your cell phone can be secretly hijacked and used against you - and how to protect yourself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I understand it, the crooks have to get their hands on the actual phones to install the spyware.

That being said, we can assume that the US Government has their spyware installed right at the factory, so at night I leave my cell phone sitting on a radio tuned to a bible-banger station. :)

Apr 17 16:44

Obama Releases CIA Memos: If We Get Hit Again, He Owns It

Rush "F"-ing Limbaugh: Man, this is torture? Slapping somebody in the face is torture? Sleep deprivation is torture? Throwing somebody in a little cramped environment with a caterpillar. Look, we found out this Zubaydah guy cuts people's heads off, who murders people, who tries to engage in mass killing, and by the way, according to Mukasey, the former attorney general, and Mike Hayden, the former CIA director, all this stuff worked, including the water board on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. They say it is a myth -- and there's a lot of myths -- they say in their brilliant op-ed that it's a myth that people lie to escape torture. For people to say that, to have an objection, it shows their ignorance. What interrogation is about is gathering intel.


Apr 17 16:40

More Than 20 Types Of War Crimes Against Children

“American guards videotaped Iraqi male prisoners raping young boys but took no action to stop the offenses (and) children in Abu Ghraib were deliberately frightened by dogs,” writes political scientist Michael Haas in his new book, “George W. Bush, War Criminal?”(Praeger), a question he answers in the affirmative.

Apr 17 16:35

Bush: I Personally Authorized Torture Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

BUSH: One such person who gave us information was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. … And I’m in the Oval Office and I am told that we have captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the professionals believe he has information necessary to secure the country. So I ask what tools are available for us to find information from him and they gave me a list of tools, and I said are these tools deemed to be legal? And so we got legal opinions before any decision was made.

Apr 17 15:01

G20 Death was NO "Heart Attack": Manslaughter charges to follow!

A second autopsy on Ian Tomlinson reveals he died of Internal Bleeding NOT a Heart Attack as was broadcast before.

Apr 17 14:35

Michael Rivero: MEMO TO ALL THE CHRISTIANS OUT THERE!

Modern genetics testing of Y-chromosomes has demonstrated that at least 50% of all Palestinian males have a direct genetic trail back to the biblical Israelites.

So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years of history, it is probable that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Regular, or extra-crispy?" -- God


Apr 17 14:34

Yousef Al-Helou: Gaza closed Zone & Gaza Residents Face Fresh Water Shortages

“I have not seen my family for more than 3 years due to the Israeli blockade and continued closure of Rafah border crossing but thanks to technology, I can see them through webcam and talk to them via microphone but I really hope to see them face to face and that the crossing which is the only exit for the Gazans to the outside world be open forever, so that we can cross in and out whenever we want; now we are prisoners and we really aspire to freedom of movement”, Ahmad Dallol, Gaza resident said while setting on his PC chatting to his family, currently residing in UAE.

Apr 17 14:31

Jerusalem Palestinians fear eviction by Israel

Palestinian families in east Jerusalem were this week served with eviction notices, despite the fact that the eastern half of the city is meant to constitute the capital of a future Palestinian state. The evictions are illegal, according to international law.

Apr 17 14:27

Sacha Baron Cohen is a fraud, says senior Republican tricked into bedroom for gay seduction scene with Bruno

Texas congressman Ron Paul, who was a Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election, was left fuming after he was unwittingly tricked into a hotel room with Cohen's Bruno character.

Apr 17 14:25

Hey Citigroup - What Ever Happened to That Profit?

It was only a month ago when Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit assured the public that his troubled bank was “Profitable” for the first 2 months of 2009 though, as previous such statements, his optimism didnt find its way to the companies recent earnings report.


Apr 17 14:09

The international monetary system’s breakdown is underway

Our researchers anticipate the different forms a US default will take at the end of summer 2009, a US default which can no longer be concealed concealable from this April (most taxes are collected in April in the US) onward. The perspective of a US default this summer is becoming clearer as public debt is now completely out of control with skyrocketing expenses (+41%) and collapsing tax revenues (-28%), as LEAP/E2020 anticipated more than a year ago. In March 2009 alone, the federal deficit has nearly reached USD 200-billion (way above the most pessimistic forecasts).

Apr 17 13:59

Castroneves acquitted of tax evasion

Brazilian race car driver and "Dancing With The Stars" champ Helio Castroneves was acquitted Friday of most charges that he worked with his sister and lawyer to evade more than $2.3 million in U.S. income taxes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Helio Castroneves has been declared ineligible for Obama Cabinet Post!

Apr 17 13:54

Home Intruder Shot During 911 Call

A chilling 911 call captures the moment a Virginia man shot and killed an intruder in his home as his wife pleaded with the dispatcher for help.

Apr 17 13:47

How Obama Is Using the Science of Change

The key guideline was a simple message: "A Record Turnout Is Expected." That's because studies by psychologist Robert Cialdini and other group members had found that the most powerful motivator for hotel guests to reuse towels, national-park visitors to stay on marked trails and citizens to vote is the suggestion that everyone is doing it. "People want to do what they think others will do," says Cialdini, author of the best seller Influence. "The Obama campaign really got that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which explains today's Gallup Poll that everyone LOVES the income tax, and the exhortations from the corporate media that the depression is over and "everyone" is buying stocks!


Apr 17 13:41

The Oklahoma City Bombing

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sunday marks the 14th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Apr 17 13:07

Mystery donors give over $45M to 9 universities

A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least nine universities have received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.

It's not clear whether the gifts came from an individual, an organization or a group of people with similar interests. In every case, the donor or donors dealt with the universities through lawyers or other middlemen. Some of the money came in cashier's checks, while other schools received checks from a law firm or another representative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, and what CONDITIONS came with the money? What topics are now banned from the campus? What subjects may not be taught or studied? What books and websites are banned on campus?

Apr 17 12:58

Jets upset about home games on Jewish holidays

The New York Jets, upset about being scheduled for home games on consecutive Sundays in direct conflict with Jewish holidays, sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a letter Thursday asking that one of the game times be changed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How did the religion of just 2% of the American population come to be so powerful?

Apr 17 12:55

Plan for Palestinian state is 'dead end,' Israel tells U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's okay, we can just stop payment on that last check!



Owl 2
Apr 17 12:32

Fed Shrouding $2 Trillion in Bank Loans in ‘Secrecy,’ Suit Says

U.S. taxpayers need to know the risks behind the Federal Reserve’s $2 trillion in lending to financial institutions because the public is now an “involuntary investor” in the nation’s banks, according to a court filing by Bloomberg LP.

Apr 17 12:16

Adding Insult to Injury–Powerful Jewish Groups Demand Case Against Accused Spies Be Dropped

Unfortunately (but not surprising in the least) Foxman and his ADL were not alone. Like some spoiled, undisciplined child being dragged kicking and screaming by several adults to the principle’s office in order to get the paddling he justly deserves and trying to disrupt what would otherwise be a productive school day, so too has Jewish pressure been brought to bear in trying to prevent the American people from having their day in court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But that 89-year old guy in the wheelchair? He is TOAST!

Apr 17 11:40

Pirate Bay four jailed for breaking copyright in Swedish file-sharing trial

Defence lawyers had argued the men should be acquitted because The Pirate Bay does not host any copyright-protected material. Instead, it provides a forum for its users to download content through so-called torrent files. The technology allows users to transfer parts of a large file from several different users, increasing download speeds.

But the court found the defendants guilty of helping users commit copyright violations "by providing a website with ... sophisticated search functions, simple download and storage capabilities, and through the tracker linked to the website".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fundamental problem behind content theft isn't the technology. And as a result technology will never succeed in stopping content theft.

The fundamental problem behind content theft is that it is impossible to convince people that making a copy of a file is any kind of a crime when they see the leaders of this country stealing from the rest of the world, torturing people, lying to start wars, and getting away with it.

When we hold our leaders to the law, the people will follow.

And not before.

Apr 17 11:34

Monsanto Indian Farmer Suicide


Apr 17 11:29

Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa

South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You get a free gallon of Roundup!"

Apr 17 11:26

Tortured Logic: Obama Writes Off Old Crimes While Promoting New Outrages

Apr 17 11:25

Resident, suspect in Palm City home invasion wounded

The other two times that someone broke into the house on Crossing Circle, nobody was home.

But Thursday was different. Linda Schultz was there, and so was her handgun.

Schultz called 911 shortly before 9 a.m. to report that a man had broken into her home in the 1500 block of Southwest Crossing Circle. She told them she thought she shot him, Martin County Sheriff’s officials said.

Apr 17 11:23

Israeli troops kill apartheid wall protester

Israeli forces have shot dead a demonstrator in clashes with Palestinians who were protesting the separation barrier in the West Bank.



Pixfuture
Apr 17 11:02

READERS [CONTINUE TO] RESPOND TO JERUSALEM POST ATTACKS

Steve, that’s something that will draw attention on your blog and your commitment!

Stupid when this guy says you’re the wrong man for the job! You’re the man the democratic side of Israel was waiting since a long time!
So keep it up and be safe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as a side note, our server logs show a massive increase in international traffic since that JP article came out, so thanks for the ad revenue boost, guys!

Apr 17 10:39

Palestinian activists plan massive graffiti protest on West Bank fence

The separation barrier will receive its largest piece of graffiti yet when Dutch and Palestinian activists scrawl on it a 2,000-word letter by a South African scholar arguing that “Israeli apartheid” is “far more brutal” than Pretoria’s was.

Apr 17 10:38

Traders, Not Investors, Fueling This Stock Rally: NYSE Chief

Wall Street's stunning six-week rally has been fed more by traders looking to take advantage of quick swings in the market than investors with a long-term view, NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX - News) CEO Duncan Niederauer told CNBC.

Because of that, the rally likely is to run out of steam as low volume eventually comes back to the bite the market, he said.

Apr 17 10:33

WACO - Who Shot First?

Contrary to the image of a dangerous gun nut put out in the media in an effort to justify the burning of the church, official BATF records prove that David Koresch was rather harmless, so much so that the BATF agents invited him to go shooting with them just 9 days before they raided the church. Koresch supplied the ammunition. The BATF agents allowed Koresch to try out their weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sunday, April 19th, is the 16th Anniversary of the day the United States Government gassed a church full of women and children to death with a poison gas that is illegal to use in warfare.

The government claims the church members started the shooting. The photos prove otherwise.


Apr 17 10:09

Department of Waco Justice

This website is dedicated to the good people who tragically lost their lives at Mount Carmel 16 years ago
in Waco, Texas - February 28th through April 19th, 1993.

Apr 17 10:01

Do you approve or disapprove of US torture of prisoners?

APPROVE
3% (79 votes)
DISAPPROVE
96% (2508 votes)
NOT SURE
1% (34 votes)
Total votes: 2621
Apr 17 10:00

Rigged poll at Boston Channel??????

Recently released CIA memos show some al-Qaida terror suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics. Do you approve or disapprove of U.S. methods in these cases?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us put those results to the test.

Apr 17 09:55

U.S. papers shed 5,900 journalists in 2008

American daily newspapers cut 5,900 newsroom jobs in 2008, according to a survey from the American Society of News Editors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media will whine and point fingers at the blogs, but the truth is that most political and news blogs would not exist if the media had done their job and reported the truth about what was going on with the government.

WRH would not exist if the corporate media had reported on the evidence I handed them proving that the FBI fraudulently manufactured Lisa Foster's recognition of the gun found with her husband's body. The evidence consisted of the FBI's own records and I handed this story, a story about a possible murder committed inside the White House itself, free of charge to NBC's Los Angeles News department, and was told (off the record) that anyone touching that story would be fired.

That was the reason I started my political web page which eventually became WRH, and frankly, it has been a huge cost and a pain in the ass most of the last 16 years.

But now time has caught up with the corporate media. As the general public comes to understand the extent of the US Government lies and the degree to which the corporate media aided and abetted those lies, people are turning to the blogs to get that which they cannot find at ABCNNBBCBS; the TRUTH!

So the liars are finally getting fired, and who will really mourn their fall?

Not me. I wish they had done their @#%ing job in the first place.



Owl 3
Apr 17 09:54

Top Ten Enemies of Not For Profit Health Care

They won't even put single payer on the table for discussion.
Why not? Because it will bring a harsh justice - the death penalty - to their buddies in the multi-billion dollar private health insurance industry.

The will of the American people is being held up by a handful of organizations and individuals who profit off the suffering of the masses.
And the will of the American people will not be done until this criminal elite is confronted and defeated.

Apr 17 09:38

Police think killer stalks women via Craigslist

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"Bad, bad, Craiglist! Bad, bad, very bad, double-plus UNgood Internet!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Apr 17 09:34

Obama accused of "condoning torture"

US President Barack Obama has been accused of "condoning torture" following his announcement that CIA agents who used harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects will not be prosecuted.

Amnesty International has called on the US administration to initiate criminal investigations and prosecutions of those responsible for carrying out acts of torture, including waterboarding, in its "war on terror".

Apr 17 09:25

Michigan: 16-year-old dies after police Taser shooting

Last week, a 16-year-old Michigan boy died after police fired a Taser “stun gun” on him. Robert Mitchell fled police after a routine traffic stop Friday morning, in Warren, Michigan, an industrial suburb adjacent to Detroit. Although Mitchell posed no danger, police pursued him on foot to an abandoned building in Detroit, where they claim they Tasered him once. Mitchell was pronounced dead shortly afterward.



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Apr 17 09:24

18 FBI agents came barging through our front door, stormed up steps and awakened my kids

A REAL American patriot and hero, former DOJ attorney Thomas Tamm speaks out about illegal spying on Americans.

Yes, a real danger to our "democratic republic" that required 18 gun wielding FBI goons to bust in his house, wake up their kids and scare the hell out of his family. Gotta grab those Christmas card lists, no telling how many "al Qaeda" types were lurking behind "Merry Christmas" cards.

Apr 17 09:23

Bozo the Clown says Depression is Over!!

Jim Cramer, who gave out such sage advice as "don't sell Bear Stearns stock" right before it sunk deeper than Amelia Everhart's plane in the Marianas Trench, is now proclaiming the recession/depression over!

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Didn't Jim tells us all that we should buy Bear Stearns?

Apr 17 09:21

Bush Administration memos released by the White House on Thursday provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Bush Administration memos released by the White House on Thursday provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In the memos, released Thursday, the Bush Administration White House Office of Legal Counsel offered its endorsement of CIA torture methods that involved placing an insect in a cramped, confined box with detainees. Jay S. Bybee, then-director of the OLC, wrote that insects could be used to capitalize on detainees’ fears.

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Trust me, it's more than just one insect, because you can always kill just one.

So even now, they are concealing the true nature of this form of torture.

Think about the opening scenes of the 1999 movie "The Mummy". The part where Imhotep gets locked alive in a coffin along with a whole pot full of insects?

Yeah, kinda like that.

Now, imagine doing that to a child.

THAT is the United States of America!

Apr 17 09:11

Why There will be no other Bubble to Save us from this 40 Year Financial Bubble: From Manufacturing, Technology, and Financial Services. Real Estate Bubble. Drop in Corporate Tax Receipts.

This recession is already the longest since the Great Depression. Now merely saying that this recession is the longest does not expose the magnitude and depth of the economic damage inflicted on the market. $11.2 trillion has been wiped off the balance sheet of American households.

Apr 17 09:11

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Apr 17 09:06

911 Truth Rescue Me

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I am going to have to start watching this show!

Apr 17 08:58

First Kepler Spacecraft images

This image zooms into a small portion of Kepler's full field of view. At the center of the field is a star with a known "hot Jupiter" planet, named "TrES-2," zipping closely around it every 2.5 days.

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2.5 days, huh? "Hot Jupiter?"

From Wikipedia: "TrES-2 is an extrasolar planet orbiting the star GSC 03549-02811 located 750 light years away. The planet's mass and radius indicate that it is a gas giant with a similar bulk composition to Jupiter."

I don't think so.

At that speed tidal forces would tear apart a gas giant. And the intense solar wind that close to the star would scrub the planet down to its rocky surface (as is the case with Mercury in our own solar system).

So, once again I am going to toss a monkey wrench into the works and state that my conclusion is all of the current extra-solar planets are being vastly overestimated in size.

And the reason is that a simple phenomenon is being overlooked.

Let us start with the method by which the size of the discovered planets is being deduced, since direct imaging and measurements are still impossible.

You first start with the size of the star, calculated using it's distance from the red shift and it's apparent brightness, then obtaining its actual magnitude from the Hertzsprung and Russell charts.

The size of the occulting planet is then calculated based on how much the light from the star is dimmed during transit. It is a tiny percentage, of course, but that is the current state.

The aspect which does not seem to be included in the current calculations is gravitational lensing.

Gravitational lensing is the phenomenon by which the gravity field of a nearby galaxy distorts the light coming from a much more distant object, and has been documented many times.

But EVERY object with a gravity field is capable of acting as a gravitational lens, and indeed one of the early proofs for Einstein's Theory of Relativity was that the gravity of our Sun bends the light of distant stars seen near the solar disk during a total eclipse.

So, light from a distant star not blocked by an orbiting planet but passing near to its edge will be deflected a tiny amount, but over the vast distance between that star and instruments here on Earth, that deflection is enough to cause the light to miss us entirely. From Earth this would make a small dense planet look like a gas giant when measured by occultation, even though a gas giant should in theory not exist that close to the star.

If any readers know an astronomer engaged in extra-solar planet research, kindly pass this along.

Apr 17 08:38

Gallup: Views of Income Taxes Among Most Positive Since 1956

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Repeat after me: "I love my taxes! I love my taxes! I love my taxes! I love my taxes! I love my taxes!"

Apr 17 08:35

Police delete London tourists' photos 'to prevent terrorism'

Austrian tourist who photographed bus and Tube stations says 'nasty incident' has put him off returning to London.

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Okay, Great Britain is off the list of places to visit on vacation!

And I will make a prediction here. In the next couple years, all digital cameras will be required by law to have a remotely operated locking system so that the authorities (celebrities, owners of copyrighted works, concerts, etc.) will be able to broadcast a signal that disables the cameras in certain locations.

Of course, that won't stop the real terrorists any more than erasing tourists' memory cards, but it will still be made mandatory.

"Hey, if you want a picture of the Grand Canyon, you have to buy it from US, dammit!"

Apr 17 08:29

Former US interrogator recounts torture cases in Afghanistan and Iraq

... which means there are more torture methods still not revealed to the public.

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The strangulation method shown in this video is NOT in the list of approved methods in the recently released torture memos. Therefore, we can conclude that there are still torture methods being used that are not yet known by the public.

The worst is yet to come.

Apr 17 08:22

Abuse of Iraqi prisoners

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From October of last year, proving that the abuses still go on.

Apr 17 08:20

General Electric net off 35%; Goomba Immelt sounds terrifically upbeat -almost giddy!

MarketWatch Christopher Hinton -- NEW YORK -- General Electric Co. said Friday its first-quarter earnings fell 35% on a sharp drop in financial-services related profit and revenue.

Cancellations in the quarter totaled about $500 million.

[...] the company stressed it can absorb nearly $40 billion in cumulative losses over the next three years [...]

Apr 17 08:18

Mumbai Attacks Suspect Withdraws Confession

The only surviving suspected gunman in the Mumbai terror attacks has retracted his confession after claiming it was extracted by torture, his defence lawyer says.

Apr 17 08:17

Economy Booming Again? Seriously?

It’s hard to find anyone who’s still bearish on the economy or the market these days. Listen to the average pundit on CNBC and this is what you’ll hear:

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The credit crisis? It’s over! Quit worrying.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The real estate mess? Fixed! No problem.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The economy? Rebounding. The worst is behind us.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The markets? They’re headed to infinity and beyond! Better get on board.

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Yeah, but they also told us to buy Bear Stearns, didn't they?

Apr 17 08:15

iBotnet: Researchers find signs of zombie Macs

Malware hunters at Symantec have discovered a direct link between a malicious file embedded in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork 09 software and what appears to be the first Mac OS X botnet launching denial-of-service attacks.

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Waiting for an iPology from all those sneering MAC owners.

Apr 17 08:14

Botetourt home intruder likely drunk, police say

Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom and the sheriff's office reviewed the evidence, including the recording of a 911 call made by Hoover, and decided not to charge the homeowner, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

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Good.

Apr 17 08:13

Fredrick Töben after hand-down of 16 April 2009 Judgment at Adelaide, Australia

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People who think Elvis is still alive are not arrested.

People who claim to have seen Bigfoot do not have their careers ruined.

Nobody locks up people who claim to have had sex with space aliens on a UFO.

Only in this one area of inquiry is so much legal force and coercion brought to bear to enforce adherence to declared dogma.

More than anything else, it is the actions of the defenders of the orthodoxy that make it most obvious that something is being hidden from the people of the world.

And in the post "Saddam's nooks" world, in which we all know that the government and media lie to us all about very serious matters, prudence demands we all work to find what that something is!

Apr 17 08:06

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Netanyahu

It is one of the great paradoxes of the modern Middle East:

When peace with the Palestinians is in sight, Israel will turn violent.

This is quite understandable though, when one realizes that the entire raison d’être of the Jewish state is based on the principle of establishing “greater Israel.” That could not happen of course, were there to be a just peace. As the country’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion infamously proclaimed, “To maintain the status quo will not do. We have to set up a dynamic state bent upon expansion.”

Relinquishing conquered territory, ending occupation, halting further settlement activity (let alone dismantling existing ones), stopping home demolitions or anything deemed to conflict with this fundamental objective will never be (seriously) considered.

Apr 17 08:04

Bishop Takes Knight

Apr 17 08:02

Video Bloggers Fear “You” Being Phased Out Of YouTube

A new You Tube video getting a lot of attention highlights concerns that the “You” is being phased out of YouTube, as individual users are sidelined by regulation and censorship in favor of corporate domination of the popular video website, an eventuality that we first warned about years ago.

The clip makes the case that You Tube has all but eliminated the prominence of individual video channels and artificially suppressed their chances of topping the popular ranking charts.

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