Friday, July 31, 2009
At $100,000,000 Apiece
"The Secretary of Defense should order his Inspector General to find these 40 missing MV-22s. Each aircraft has a unique tail number with its assigned Navy bureau number. It also has a metal plate with its contract number. There are 10 MV-22s deployed aboard the USS Bataan, the rest are in the USA. Counting them should take just a couple of weeks, assuming they all exist. If they can't be found, a Marine Corps database tracks the chain-of-custody for all major items of equipment that lists the officer who signed for each aircraft.
Hopefully, the United States has not become a Banana Republic where major items of military equipment disappear and everyone is afraid to ask why."
The Tamiflu Scam
"More than half the children in England taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu suffer side-effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares, researchers have found.
Two studies from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show a high proportion of schoolchildren reporting problems after taking the antiviral drug.
Data was gathered from children at three schools in London and one in the south-west of England who were given Tamiflu to try and stop them developing swine flu after classmates became infected."
Tamiflu may be useless against swine flu warns leading doctor
Tamiflu sales soar 203%
Claim: Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was president of the company who holds the patent for tamiflu and remains a major shareholder.
This Is Going To Be Better For Ratings Than 9/11
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
" Dr. Richard Besser, who Time magazine once called “the CDC’s calm-voiced, telegenic acting director,” has joined ABC News as a medical reporter. Besser has been the CDC’s “public health emergency preparedness and emergency response” Czar. Essentially, he has been the Chief Swine Flu Propagandist for the government. This ought to tell you what the government-media coalition has planned for us down the road concerning its swine flu crisis and the militarization of health care. ABC certainly had to offer a sweet pot to entice Dr. Besser to jump from government mouthpiece to media mouthpiece. There’s a big job planned for this fella."
Step By Step
"In Springfield, Illinois, the commoners will get acclimated in the coming week to the idea of the military on the streets. “A Springfield-based military police company will be training with a new armored vehicle in the area this week,” the Associated Press reports. “The Illinois Army National Guard says training with the new Armored Security Vehicles will start Thursday and run through Sunday.”
Staff Sgt. Daniel Becker said that people shouldn’t be afraid when they see the armored vehicles on the road.
No, they shouldn’t be afraid — they need to let the idea sink in that it is normal for armed troops to be on the streets. After they get used to military vehicles on the roads, they will need to get accustomed to military checkpoints like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before “everything changed,” that is before the government used a bogus terror attack to increase the militarization of society, the military restricted its testing of equipment to bases and proving grounds.
Now they want you to understand you live in a banana republic."
Kentuckians shouldn't be afraid of gun turret mounted Hummers either.
And of course Texans should dismiss sightings of Northcom vehicles on the move.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
California seeks sponsors for state parks
"State parks officials and nonprofit organizations scrambled Wednesday to find funding and possibly new corporate sponsors to keep as many as 100 parks and beaches open after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger slashed an additional $6.2 million out of the state parks system."
Ariz. lawmakers consider selling Capitol buildings
"PHOENIX — Desperate for cash, Arizona state lawmakers are considering selling the House and Senate buildings, then leasing them back over several years before assuming ownership again."
Cash-poor Connecticut may sell land, buildings
"Connecticut, one of a handful of states that missed its budget deadline, on Wednesday began drawing up a list of assets to sell, from buildings to a seaside site, to help close a two-year $8 billion deficit."
Cash-Poor States Raid Funds for 911 Upgrades
"NEW YORK More than $200 million collected from cell phone users for upgrades to the 911 system has been diverted in the last two years to plug state budget holes, to keep campaign promises and, in at least one case, to buy police uniforms, an Associated Press analysis has found."
Medium Combo And A Box Of 9MM To Go
Terror State Forced To Admit It Used White Phosphorus On Gaza
" On 13 January Brig-Gen Avi Benayahu, chief spokesman for the Israel Defense Force (IDF), said that in its assault on Gaza Israel was using weapons in accordance with international treaties and conventions. He denied Israel was using white phosphorus. ''I repeat Commander in Chief Ashkenazi's words: The allegations of the IDF using WP [white phosphorus] are false."
7/31/09 - Israel admits white phosphorus use
"Israel has admitted to using white phosphorus during its war on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, but says it did so in accordance with international law.
The admission came in a 163-page document published by the Israeli foreign ministry on Thursday ahead of a UN report next week.
The Israeli army "used munitions containing white phosphorus" in Gaza, the document said, but it denied violating international law, saying it had not fired such weapons inside populated areas."
see, there's nobody playing basketball
Here Come The National ID Cards
Mexico to issue citizens national identity card
"MEXICO CITY — President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.
The cards will carry the bearer's photograph. It will also include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip."
UK's national ID card unveiled
"The card is very similar in look to a UK driving licence but holds more data, including two fingerprints and a photograph encoded on a chip.
This chip and its unique number in turn links the card to a national identity register which, under current legislation, could hold more information about the identity of the individual."
India's National ID Card - it's supposed to fight poverty, donchaknow.
Cash-For-Clunkers Program May Be Suspended
"WASHINGTON — Four days after it launched, the popular cash-for-clunkers program has burned through its $950-million budget, sending the Obama administration scrambling to find additional money tonight and avoid a shutdown of the program.
Administration officials told Congress this evening that the plan would be suspended, triggering confusion and anger among thousands of dealers and car buyers across the country. Many dealers rushed to submit paperwork on pending trades, amid TV ads from automakers touting the program."
"The plan offering owners of old cars and trucks $3,500 or $4,500 toward a new, more-efficient vehicle has proven wildly popular, with 22,782 trades certified by federal officials since Monday. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told dealers Wednesday that a vast majority of transactions submitted were being rejected for incomplete or illegible paperwork."
I own a 35 year old truck that I wouldn't part with for anything, thank you very much. While an EMP from a detonated nuke will fry newer rigs my computerless old beast will chug right along.
Time To End The Sickness Of Proper Docility
"Here's how it breaks down from the statist perspective: When civilians carry firearms because they don't know who the bad guys are, we're being pathologically insecure; when police not only carry them but routinely use them to make others submit to their will without reasonable cause, they're merely exercising a professional prerogative.
As things presently stand, any reaction to police other than immediate, unconditional submission is treated as a threat to "officer safety" and grounds for arrest or the exercise of lethal force. "The rule is, if a police officer stops you in a car or on the street, he's the captain of the ship, and whatever he says goes," insists Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. "If you've got something to address, do it later. Do what he says, or else only bad things can happen."
Do what he says, or else only bad things can happen.
Isn't that the essence of any illicit demand made by a criminal or terrorist?"
"At some point, common Americans – both inside and outside the jury box – are going to have to rediscover the ancient and indispensable right to resist unlawful impositions by police. We need to bring about an end to the culture of impunity that has taken root and begun to flourish in law enforcement.
The best way to do this is not by trusting police to police themselves, or expecting the political class to do likewise, but to recognize, in law and practice, a principle articulated centuries ago by John Locke: A criminal who acts under the color of government "authority" is simply a criminal, and should be dealt with, by the citizen, in appropriate fashion."
It wasn't always this way. Americans used to be known for standing up for themselves, for cockiness in facing up to bullying, for questioning authority, and this wasn't too long ago either. Every July 4 the flags get waved and fireworks boom and it's been turned into a government love fest and 1/2 off sale at Macy's, but it started as a celebration for the guts to say 'fuck you' right in authority's face when authority oversteps it's bounds.
Maybe no story captures this courage better than The Battle of Athens.
In 1946 after the war several thousand GIs came home to McMinn county, Tennessee, a place pretty much savaged by depression and for years a place where corrupt officials brutalized the citizenry and kept control of elected offices. The ex soldiers decided to challenge the local government politically but when they begged the FBI and department of justice to oversee the election processes all they received was silence. That's when it got interesting.
"The election was held on 1 August. To intimidate voters, Mansfield brought in some 200 armed "deputies". GI poll-watchers were beaten almost at once. At about 3 p.m., Tom Gillespie, an African-American voter, was told by a Sheriff's deputy, "'Nigger, you can't vote here today!!'". Despite being beaten, Gillespie persisted; the enraged deputy shot him. The gunshot drew a crowd. Rumors spread that Gillespie had been "shot in the back"; he later recovered. (C. Stephen Byrum, The Battle of Athens; Paidia Productions, Chattanooga TN, 1987; pp. 155-57).
Other deputies detained ex-GI poll-watchers in a polling place, as that made the ballot count "public". A crowd gathered. Sheriff Mansfield told his deputies to disperse the crowd. When the two ex-GIs smashed a big window and escaped, the crowd surged forward. "The deputies, with guns drawn, formed a tight half-circle around the front of the polling place. One deputy, "his gun raised high ...shouted: 'You sons-of-bitches cross this street and I'll kill you!'" (Byrum, p. 165).
Mansfield took the ballot boxes to the jail for counting. The deputies seemed to fear immediate attack, by the "people who had just liberated Europe and the South Pacific from two of the most powerful war machines in human history." (Byrum, pp. 168-69).
Short of firearms and ammunition, the GIs scoured the county to find them. By borrowing keys to the National Guard and State Guard Armories, they got three M-1 rifles, five .45 semi-automatic pistols, and 24 British Enfield rifles. The armories were nearly empty after the war's end.
By eight p.m., a group of GIs and "local boys" headed for the jail to get the ballot boxes. They occupied high ground facing the jail but left the back door unguarded to give the jail's defenders an easy way out."
"At about 2 a.m. on 2 August, the GIs forced the issue. Men from Meigs county threw dynamite sticks and damaged the jail's porch. The panicked deputies surrendered. GIs quickly secured the building. Paul Cantrell faded into the night, almost having been shot by a GI who knew him, but whose .45 pistol had jammed. Mansfield's deputies were kept overnight in jail for their own safety. Calm soon returned: the GIs posted guards. The rifles borrowed from the armory were cleaned and returned before sun-up.
In five precincts free of vote fraud, the GI candidate for Sheriff, Knox Henry, won 1,168 votes to Cantrell's 789. Other GI candidates won by similar margins.
The GIs did not hate Cantrell. They only wanted honest government. On 2 August, a town meeting set up a three-man governing committee. The regular police having fled, six men were chosen to police Athens; a dozen GIs were sent to police Etowah. In addition, "Individual citizens were called upon to form patrols or guard groups, often led by a GI. ...To their credit, however, there is not a single mention of an abuse of power on their behalf." (Byrum, p. 220)."
Some ruthless fucks only respect force.
All That Is Unholy Is Now Complete
Wal-Mart weighs role in U.S. H1N1 vaccination plans
"ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is discussing with U.S. health officials the possibility of putting vaccination sites at some of its stores for an H1N1 swine flu inoculation campaign this fall, a company official said on Thursday.
Federal officials met with Wal-Mart executives on Wednesday in Arkansas to discuss the issue, Dr. John Agwunobi, president of health and wellness for Wal-Mart U.S., told public health leaders at a conference in Orlando.
"We are in discussions with CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and others in local and state departments to see what role we might play," Agwunobi said. "It might be we are a site. It may be help with logistics and with supply chain."
Agwunobi said 140 million people walk through the doors of its 4,000 U.S. stores each week."
WalMart spreads like cancer
"July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and seven other U.S. banks paid $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to a report by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo analyzed 2008 bonuses at nine banks that received Trouble Asset Relief Program financing from the U.S. government. New York-based Citigroup and Merrill, which has since been taken over by Bank of America Corp., received TARP funding totaling $55 billion, Cuomo said.
“When the banks did well, their employees were paid well. When the banks did poorly, their employees were paid well,” Cuomo’s office said in the 22-page report. “When the banks did very poorly, they were bailed out by taxpayers and their employees were still paid well. Bonuses and overall compensation did not vary significantly as profits diminished.”
Got Heavy Metal?
"The Washington Post confirmed today that the swine flu vaccine, which is set to be rolled out nationwide this fall in what some fear could ultimately become a mandatory vaccination program, will contain mercury, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.
Claims by the CDC and the Institute of Medicine, following a whitewash study that ignored previously verified evidence, that thimerosal, a mercury based preservative, has no causal relationship to skyrocketing cases of autism have been soundly rejected by top doctors and scientists ever since.
Epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten and Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado, both concluded that thimerosal was responsible for the dramatic rise in cases of autism but their findings were dismissed by the CDC.
Cases of autism in the U.S. have increased by 1,500 per cent since 1991, which is when vaccines for children doubled, and the number of immunizations is only increasing. Just one in 2,500 children were diagnosed with autism before 1991, whereas one in 166 children now have the disease."
Napolitano Pushes Paranoid Snoop And Snitch Nation
"Washington has called on Americans to aid in counterterrorism activities -- a move seen as a stepping stone to encroach upon civil liberties. Speaking on national security issues, including the notion of 'radicalized Americans' on Wednesday, the US Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, told a gathering at the key international relations think tank, Council on Foreign Relations, about the US administration's intentions to engage 'ordinary' people in 'scouting' activities against rising 'homegrown terrorism.' The head of the Homeland Security Department urged Americans to join the White House bid in the collective battle against 'terrorism.' "
Yes, the current bloody epidemic of domestic terror attacks must be stopped, and this PSA shows you how people asking directions, looking through binoculars and writing in a book are especially dangerous to middle aged women who shake their fingers and admonish..
added - The attorney general realizes americans are fed up with his fearmongering, corrupt, criminal government.
Holder: Homegrown Terror Threat Increasing
"I mean, that's one of the things that's particularly troubling: This whole notion of radicalization of Americans."
Cattle Prod News
They suddenly taser a church family counselor and bible study teacher, in the back, in front of the children.
They then taser a pregnant woman, in the back, in front of the children.
It won't take long before gangs of thugs will be dealt with harshly.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Intentions Become Clearer And It Keeps Getting Worse
"July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu vaccine makers may rely on a U.S. emergency declaration to use experimental additives made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Novartis AG to boost a limited supply of shots that will be available to fight the pandemic."
See Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed
It is Official: WHO Recommends Mandatory Injections to Almost Two Hundred Countries
"NaturalNews) Executives from Baxter, Novartis, Glaxo-Smith Kline, and Sanofi Pasteur have seats at the advisory group that on July 13th recommended mandatory H1N1 vaccination of everyone in all 194 countries that belong to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a report just issued by journalist Jane Burgermeister. WHO spokesperson Alphaluck Bhatiasevi confirmed that Dr. Margaret Chan did not give the press briefing at WHO headquarters in Geneva as anticipated. At short notice, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny stepped in to announce that "vaccines will be needed in all countries."
According to WHO documents, vaccines "such as those that are formulated with oil-in-water adjuvants and live attenuated influenza vaccines are important." Health workers, pregnant women, healthy young adults of 15 to 49 years, and healthy children will be the targeted groups of the world wide vaccine effort."
Well. There's no mistaking what's afoot here. The pieces are all falling into place and the mosaic is frighteningly ugly. That manufactured virus has been hyped to the max and the unholy alliance of government, big pharma and UN agencies are about to force what a lot of people believe is a depopulation program right down our throats. It doesn't have to be fast, in fact it shouldn't be if you're one of the elitist psychos who's pushing this agenda. You don't want too many people dying while you're still in the process of administering the poison; it makes for bad PR.
They may not even make it mandatory for the same reason. Fascists have learned not to goosestep down Main Street, when they do that it allows you to recognize your enemy. No, as long as their fear campaigns work for them a sizable enough percentage of the population will take their poisonous injections and in time, along with food shortages, wars, stress and chemtrails, the contamination will thin our numbers down to sufficiently managable levels.
That's my assumption at this point but I could be completely wrong. They could decide to get all Swat Team on us, which I suppose is why so many pieces like this one are showing up - "When they finally cross the line and declare martial law for what ever myriad of reasons that may or may not be orchestrated by "them," will we have descended to the final stage that brings us to shooting the bastards?"
I'm not exaggerating when I say I've thought long and hard about not being able to be left alone. I don't want much to do with contemporary american society other than examining it like looking at a grotesque but fascinating bug with a magnifying glass. I travel some, buy groceries, pay taxes but avoid popular culture and most other humans like, well, the plague. I want to be pretty much left alone in this life. But the news reports mentioned above and this sort of disturbing shit , and this are forcing me to confront the possibility the fascists will intrude in my life in an unwelcome and threatening manner.
Like a lot of people I watched the Katrina aftermath with revulsion. I'll bet some thought that stuff would never happen here but there it was, full tilt fascist jackboot boogie in all it's naked horror. There's no reason to suspect authorities have mellowed out since 2005 and good reason to think they'll act much worse in tough times manufactured or not. I've made my decisions about my behavior when things get dicey but I won't get into what my personal lines in the sand are, however I've got them. Do you?
"A Little Walt Disney To Protect A Cop"
A cop rear ends a car and makes it all seem like the other driver's fault. Only trouble is a microphone catches officer mastermind cooking up the phony story with another cop. Video isn't embeddable.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
MSM Brownshirts Will Defend Totalitarianism At All Costs
"During a discussion of the Obama birth certificate controversy, MSNBC host Chris Matthews and his guests implied that anyone who questions the official 9/11 story, thinks the Bilderberg group are exercising power to create a world government, people who are worried about gun control and immigration, or even people who are merely skeptical of government, are psychologically insane.
Responding to Matthews' implication that people who had questions about Obama's birthplace were "full mooners" and insane, MSNBC political analyst Howard Fineman included "people who are worried about the government taking up the guns, people who deny the federal government has a right to tax your income, people who are worried about being overrun at the borders," in the same category and said they were merely looking for a reason to find a conspiracy behind Obama.
Matthews then brought up a psychological test which featured the question, "Is somebody chasing you right now?," implying that anyone who doubts what the government tells them would answer in the affirmative, before asking, "Are we talking psychological problems here with people or what?"
To me the birth certificate issue is of relatively minor importance and nothing will come of it anyway, if that was what they were talking about to bring this smear up. If people want to question legality they should look at a dubious sixteenth amendment ratification or our illegal wars.
But Matthews and his ilk in the media will do this all the time and it really doesn't matter if the dems or the repugs are in power. They'll defend authoritarianism and attack dissident viewpoints because that's their job. As we slide deeper into a fascist police state and when the government becomes even more criminal and unconstitutional, look for these apologist shills to take their cue and get a lot more vicious in attacking what they want you to think as a deluded fellow citizen enemy.
Administration Can't Even Keep To A Tiny "Withdrawal" Plan
July 4 - U.S. Troops Withdraw from Iraqi Cities
July 28 - US troops back on patrol in Iraq cities
Defence Secretary Grovels Before His Annoyed Masters
"The United States has once more urged Israel to remain patient as it attempts to reignite fizzled diplomatic contacts with Iran over its nuclear enrichment programme while indicating that the window for Tehran to respond would not remain open for ever.
The message, which betrays renewed anxiety in Washington that Israel may be tempted to take military action, was carried to Jerusalem yesterday by the US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, who held talks on regional security with his counterpart Ehud Barak and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
For their part, the Israeli officials did little to hide their impatience with the diplomatic track apparently still preferred by Mr Gates and by his boss, President Barack Obama."
Who's Wiping Who Off The Map?
"The announcement comes less than a week after a study by an Israeli think tank showed the heavy subsidies of the settlements by the national government were causing disproportionate increases in the populations of the outposts, at a time when Israel is under increasing pressure to halt their growth.
The Netanyahu government has resisted the calls however, and insists growth will continue."
Cattle Prod News
"Now girls, don't scream because it frightens the customers, and just fall forward helplessly without flopping around please."
Bonus - Police: Taser use on disabled man justified because he had umbrella
“Officers who used pepper spray and a Taser to remove a man from a store bathroom found out only later he was deaf and mentally disabled and didn’t understand they wanted him to open the door, police said Tuesday,” the Associated Press reports. “A spokesman for the Mobile Police Department said the officers’ actions were justified because the man was armed with a potential weapon — an umbrella.”
How Much More Proof Do We Need That It's A Filthy Racket?
"Citigroup (C) is considering paying a $100 million bonus -- to one guy.
This is the same Citigroup that received $45 billion in bailout money. The same Citigroup that will soon be 34% owned by the U.S. government. The same Citigroup that has lost 95% of its share value since 2007."
Monday, July 27, 2009
Their Sudden Urge To March
"The German army has dramatically intensified its intervention in Afghanistan in the past few days. In the course of a major offensive in northern Afghanistan, it has deployed heavy weaponry including Marder armed personnel carriers and Mörser mortar artillery.
For the first time since Hitler’s troops laid waste to large parts of Europe, the German army is again conducting major military operations against "rebellious elements." According to press reports, the 21-cm Mörser 18 was one of the main weapons used by Hitler’s Wehrmacht on all of the fronts of the Second World War. Now, the same weapon in its modern form is being used once again to rain down destruction upon the enemy."
added - Empires Hate The Pashtuns
New Texas Law Allows Mandatory Evacuations
"Police can arrest people who don't leave town under mandatory evacuation orders under a new state law that goes into effect in the heart of Texas' hurricane season.
The law was passed this year and is effective Sept. 1. It also applies to other disasters, such as fires or floods.
As it stands, officials cannot compel people to evacuate, only warn that those who stay behind won't have any emergency services at their disposal.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the new law gives county judges and mayors the power to authorize use of “reasonable force” to remove people from the area."
Well, so much for freedom to be left alone. Step by step governments have taken control of our lives and can now push us around with impunity. With that vague term "reasonable force" the state can now do anything to you at any time simply by declaring an emergency of any nature.
Like a 'flu epidemic'.
And where might you be evacuated to?
Take your pick:
Report blasts FEMA on storm trailer formaldehyde
"FEMA did not display a degree of urgency in reacting to the reported formaldehyde problem," the report said, "a problem that could pose a significant health risk" to those living in the temporary housing."
And about those Katrina Kamps
"On August 22, 2006, we were videotaping Katrina evacuees still held behind barbed wire in a trailer park encampment a hundred miles from New Orleans. It had been a year since the hurricane and 73,000 POW's (Prisoners of Dubya) were still in mobile home Gulags."
"To give a sense of the full flavor and smell of Kamp Katrina, we wanted to show that this human parking lot, with kids and elderly, is close by Exxon Petroleum's Baton Rouge refinery. The neighborhood goes by the quaint sobriquet, "Cancer Alley."
Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps - 2/06
"A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide "temporary detention and processing capabilities."
free transportation provided
Get The Feeling They're A Little Too Hot To Trot?
Now it will be Germs and they can hardly wait to pull this scam off.
Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned
"The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report."
Swine flu vaccine rushed through safety checks
"A swine flu vaccine will be fast-tracked for use in Britain within five days once it is developed, and 130 million doses are on order.
The Department of Health expects to have enough vaccine this year to give it to half the population. Further supplies will be available if needed. Each person will need two doses of the vaccine, unless one single jab is found to provide high rates of immunity.
The first doses specific to the H1N1 swine flu virus are set to arrive in September and could be given regulatory approval in less than a week."
Walking Time Bombs
The entire Bush mob should hang.
Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home
“Toward the end, we were so mad and tired and frustrated,” Freeman said. “You came too close, we lit you up. You didn’t stop, we ran your car over with the Bradley.”
If soldiers were hit by an IED, they would aim machine guns and grenade launchers in every direction, Marquez said, and “just light the whole area up. If anyone was around, that was their fault. We smoked ’em.”
Other soldiers said they shot random cars, killing civilians.
“It was just a free-for-all,” said Marcus Mifflin, 21, a friend of Eastridge who was medically discharged with PTSD after the tour. “You didn’t get blamed unless someone could be absolutely sure you did something wrong. And that was hard. So things happened. Taxi drivers got shot for no reason. Guys got kidnapped and taken to the bridge and interrogated and dropped off.”
Casualties of War, Part II: Warning signs
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Rosenbaum Arrest Exposes Worldwide Organ Smuggling Mafia
Rogue kidney brokers resell organs from poorest nations on black market
"The international black market for kidneys — preying on the desperate and run by a shadowy network of greedy organ brokers — is flourishing, a Daily News probe found.
The arrest of a Brooklyn man Thursday on organ trafficking charges sheds a new spotlight on an underground business where wretchedly poor foreigners — particularly in India — are paid $2,000 to $10,000 for kidneys.
Those kidneys are ultimately sold for as much as $180,000 to transplant recipients who otherwise could die."
It seems it gets far worse as the "donors" are lured into this unholy business by offers of jobs and then forced to "donate" a kidney at the point of a gun. More probing into this will also find that a lot of people, mostly young children from Africa, vanish after all of the usable parts, lungs, liver, corneas, kidneys, are harvested and the corpse is cremated.
A woman named Nancy Schepper-Hughes from UC Berkeley has been investigating this butchery for a decade and tried to warn law enforcement in this country years ago but got nowhere.
"The illegal enterprise is centered in Israel,” she said. “Donors are found in poor countries like Moldovia, Romania, China, all over. Operations are conducted in several countries. For a long time the main place was Turkey."
She was interviewed on NPR by Brian Lehrer and can be listened to here.
"I had begun to unravel a huge network -- a criminal network that really looks like, smells like, kind of a mafia. The head office of the pyramid scheme originated in Israel, with brokers placed in Turkey; in New York City; in Philadelphia; in Durban; in Johannesburg; in Recife, Brazil; Moldova -- all over the place. And I used my ethnographic investigative skills to just go country-hopping and try to connect the dots."
This whole dirty and very lucrative business couldn't exist without governments and institutions being in on the scheme. Since the end recipients are wealthy the largess is spread around according to Rosenbaum, so law enforcement turns a blind eye and medical policies are relaxed at hospitals.
Two years ago Chad authorities nailed French nationals trying to kidnap 103 so called orphans from Sudan's Darfur region, who ranged in age from one to ten years old:
"L'Arche de Zoe, or Zoe's Arc, said it had arranged French host families for the children to save them from possible death in Sudan's western Darfur region."
"Chad's president denounced it as a "straightforward kidnapping" and promised punishment for those involved."
French authorities went to bat for the "charity" and even president Sarkozy flew to Africa to get the people involved out of there. But later the real story was exposed and all the kids were abducted from remote villages and most of them weren't even orphans. Kids' organs are preferred because they're young and healthy with their parts lasting a long time, while people who die of old age and diseases leave barely usable organs.
L'Arche de Zoe or Zoe's Ark is a zionist front and there were Israeli nurses on board the plane that was going to spirit them out of the country, and most assuredly spirit their usable parts out of their soon to be carcasses. Adoption agencies are great covers for organ theft and the Israelis have been charged for years with using them for their sinister shit, like this story from 2001:
"Romanian authorities are looking into possible links between Israeli adoption agencies and an illegal global conspiracy to sell organs for transplants. The Romanian Embassy in Israel has asked for, and received from the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, a list of all children born in Romania who have been brought to Israel for adoption in recent years. The Romanian officials are trying to ascertain if all such children arrived in Israel with all organs in their bodies."
Looks like it's business as usual with the zionists in Jersey.
US Position On Honduras Coup Anything But Neutral
As far as Latin America is concerned, the foreign policy of this country has always been concerned with strangling the threat of a good example. Ousted president Manuel Zelaya was too much of a reformer for fascist sympathies.
The high-powered hidden support for Honduras' coup
"The country's rightful president was ousted by a military leadership that takes many of its cues from Washington insiders."
Despite Pledge to Cut Military Ties to Coup Regime, US Continues to Train Honduran Soldiers at School of Americas
"While the European Union cut off aid to the coup regime in Honduras, the United States continues the money flow, and while the US says it has cut military ties, the National Catholic Reporter reveals Honduran army officers are still receiving military training at the notorious School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed
"The presumed intent of a vaccination is to help you build immunity to potentially harmful organisms that cause illness and disease. However, your body’s immune system is already designed to do this in response to organisms which invade your body naturally.
Most disease-causing organisms enter your body through the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, pulmonary system or your digestive tract – not through an injection.
These mucous membranes have their own immune system, called the IgA immune system. It is a different system from the one activated when a vaccine is injected into your body.
Your IgA immune system is your body’s first line of defense. Its job is to fight off invading organisms at their entry points, reducing or even eliminating the need for activation of your body’s immune system.
When a virus is injected into your body in a vaccine, and especially when combined with an immune adjuvant like squalene, your IgA immune system is bypassed and your body’s immune system kicks into high gear in response to the vaccination.
Injecting organisms into your body to provoke immunity is contrary to nature, and vaccination carries enormous potential to do serious damage to your health.
And as if Vaccines Weren’t Dangerous Enough on Their Own …
… imagine them turbocharged.
The main ingredient in a vaccine is either killed viruses or live ones that have been attenuated (weakened and made less harmful).
Flu vaccines can also contain a number of chemical toxins, including ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid) and even antibiotics like Neomycin and streptomycin.
In addition to the viruses and other additives, many vaccines also contain immune adjuvants like aluminum and squalene.
The purpose of an immune adjuvant added to a vaccine is to enhance (turbo charge) your immune response to the vaccination. Adjuvants cause your immune system to overreact to the introduction of the organism you’re being vaccinated against.
Adjuvants are supposed to get the job done faster (but certainly not more safely), which reduces the amount of vaccine required per dose, and the number of doses given per individual.
Less vaccine required per person means more individual doses available for mass vaccination campaigns. Coincidentally, this is exactly the goal of government and the pharmaceutical companies who stand to make millions from their vaccines."
DARE To Keep Cops Off Crack
In yet another perfect illustration of the colossal stupidity of modern drug enforcement, here's the story of a drug transaction in which both parties turned out to be police:
An undercover Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputy recently purchased drugs from undercover Statesville police officers, raising questions about communications between the two agencies.
Statesville Police Chief Tom Anderson said undercover officers from his department were working a week-long case when they met with someone interested in selling a small amount of marijuana.…After the arrest, investigators from the sheriff's office arrived and confirmed the seller was an undercover deputy and he was released, Anderson said. [Statesville Record & Landmark]
Pete Guither gets it right:
"Good thing they were able to stop that small amount of marijuana they were selling from reaching the streets."
New Hubble Instrument Snaps Jupiter's Impact
The Booming Harbingers Of Doom Business
"More British and American troops will die in Afghanistan, but the war against the Taliban is in the national interests of both countries, the US vice-president, Joe Biden, said today."
translation - "national interests" = corporate profit
Australia Warns of More Terrorist Attacks in Indonesia
"Australia has upgraded its travel advisory to Indonesia after the fatal hotel bombings in Jakarta. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra warns Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Indonesia because of the possibility of further terrorist attacks."
translation - stay fearful
Israel Warns Gaza Reconstruction Aid Might Help Hamas
"Six months after the end of the Israeli invasion, the Gaza Strip remains in ruins, with the billions of dollars pledged for its reconstruction largely unused in the face of a restrictive Israeli blockade."
translation - our collective torture of 1.5 million people will continue
Bernanke: Get ready for banking's next headache
"Regional banks can no longer ignore the elephant in the room -- their exposure to the commercial real estate bust."
translation - get ready to get your pockets picked again
Swine flu could strike up to 40 percent in 2 years
"U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die if a vaccine campaign and other measures aren't successful."
translation - take our shots or die
Friday, July 24, 2009
So 3 Jersey Mayors, 2 Assemblymen And 5 Rabbis Walk Into A Bar...*
44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep
"A two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation stretching from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn to Israel and Switzerland culminated in charges against 44 people on Thursday, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, the authorities said."
You know, what's barely mentioned in stories about this bust, if at all, are the charges of body part trafficking. In my mind this 'tip of the iceberg' horror far exceeds in importance the more mundane garden variety money crimes the bunch is nailed for. There's just something rotten here. Last year a kosher nostra ring was rounded up in Iowa for immigration crime. What got short shrift in the news was the horrendous treatment of both the illegals and the animals that were slaughtered in definitively un kosher ways.
There seems to be a lot of evidence that Israelis have been involved with body recycling for some time and it's been deliberately ignored by MSM. Charges that the zios stole body parts from Palestinians have been around for years and evidence is pretty damning:
"In December 2000, the newspaper stated (Jpost) that the institute, "headed for the last 13 years by chief pathologist Professor Yehuda Hiss, is involved in 'organ sales' involving body parts - legs, thighs, ovaries, breasts and testicles - removed from corpses and transferred to the institutes and for 'practice' by medical students," reported the Jerusalem Post."
Except for the fresh stuff which could be sold on the open market, of which the Israelis apparently make sure there is plenty of. Judicial-Inc claims Palestinian kids are routinely rounded up and taken to a facility to be gutted for profit. That seems pretty sensational but not too surprising considering all the other despicable ways the zios treat arabs. It's got to be mentioned that there's no law in Israel against organ trafficking, and Israeli officials tacitly admit they harvest arab organs. It seems to be so commonplace for them to deal in hunks of human meat like it london broil that some even boast about it. was And kindred souls seem to gravitate to each other:
"An Israeli organ trafficking ring which was smashed in South Africa last year has shifted its operations to China, according to a report in the New York Times."
So what's going on here? I'm not a racist person by any stretch of the imagination; I despise people for what they do, not for who they are. And lumping people into a larger group is usually odious. But zionists hiding behind Judaism seem to be a consistantly malevolent bunch, who, by the way, are despised by truly religious jews. From their vile treatment and murder of palestinians to extortion of manufacturers and control of the US government, to criminal treatment of patients in hospitals to dirty slaughterhouses and human organ trafficking, (and did I mention Israel is a major destination for still-living human slaves?) zionists seem to feed off of human misery like no other group on the face of the planet. Don't get me started on 9/11.
And since that latest bloody dismantling of Lebanon in 2006 and especially the indiscriminate slaughter in Gaza earlier this year, an awful lot of people are waking up to the fact that their guiding philosophy is the abuse and murder of all other living entities as it suits them. But if you're going to talk about this with others or write about this somewhere, you better do it quick. Wrapping themselves ever tighter with the Star of David, zionists are forcing governments worldwide to pass laws making criticism of their actions a crime.
You see, it's all an anti semitic plot.
Stenographers With Amnesia
What's the deal with the White House press corps?
Want A Mortgage? Pee In This Jar
"It has become a first for Canadians and the implications can be astronomical, a massively large insurance firm; The CUMIS Group Limited Insurance whohave beenpartnered along with thousands of banks across North America for insurance requirements, has now accepted a policy of pre-screening drug tests & hair samples for the right to obtain home loan insurance, a necessity, if you’re going to purchase a home in Canada.
We first learned of this policy from a source who prefers to remain anonymous. The bank in question is called AFFINITY CREDIT UNION in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; they are partnered with CUMIS insurance to offer home loan insurance.
This precedent setting policy from CUMIS & AFFINITY CREDIT UNION in Canada has now mandated that hair samples, urine drug testing, as well as a documented question and answer portion, (which our sources have indicated to be highly sensitive personal inquiries), will now be the norm for those apparently “high-risk” individuals.
We first learned of this story from a young man in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Our source was instructed to undergo a rigorous pre-screening procedure in order to obtain insurance for his new home."
"Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it by Nigerian parents who claim the company caused harm to their children by using them as guinea pigs in a nonconsensual, unlicensed drug trial.
The case began in 1996, when Pfizer needed a human trial to gain approval for its new antibiotic Trovan. When an epidemic of meningitis, cholera and measles broke out in Kano, Nigeria, the company quickly put together a research team and flew them to that country. Pfizer set up a tent right near the medical station where Doctors Without Borders were giving free treatments and recruited 200 children to participate in an unlicensed drug trial.
Parents say they were not told that proven medications were being distributed only yards away, that their children were being enrolled in a drug trial, or that animal studies had suggested that Trovan could cause liver and joint damage.
Eleven of the 200 children in the study died, and parents claim that others suffered from brain damage, organ failure and other severe side effects."
12,000 U.S. Children To Be Swine Flu Vaccine Guinea Pigs
"Around 12,000 U.S. children will be used as guinea pigs for an experimental swine flu vaccine known to contain the dangerous ingredient squalene, which has been directly linked with cases of Gulf War Syndrome and a host of other debilitating diseases.
According to a report in the Oklahoman, 12,000 children nationwide will partake in “fast-tracked studies” to test the side-effects of the untested swine flu vaccine in trials set to begin next month.
“The trials will test the vaccine’s effectiveness and whether or not it has negative side effects in patients,” states the report."
Updated Skill Sets
"It's a sticky Saturday morning and I'm handcuffed in the back seat of a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on the side of a Philadelphia street. On one side of me is my boyfriend, Bruce, and on the other his best friend, Nick. Both of them are also cuffed—and like me, sweating like pigs. I reach into my hair and pull out a bobby pin that within seconds I've fashioned into a simple device I use to jimmy open my handcuff locks. Our assignment now is to evade 12 professionally trained trackers in a 25-square-block area for the next eight hours.
It may be hard to believe, but we asked for this. Actually, we paid for it: $550 apiece.
Today is the final day of a three-day "Urban Escape and Evade" course offered by onPoint Tactical LLC, a New Jersey-based company that teaches soldiers, police officers, and, increasingly, civilians urban survival skills.
Among the lessons we've learned are how to break through zip ties and telephone cords (the most common materials used as binding by kidnappers), smash a car window without making a sound, pick tumbler- and padlocks, puncture the tires of a pursuit vehicle with homemade caltrops, call for help using a ham radio, kill an attack dog—and, of course, how to escape from handcuffs. To make today's exercise even more difficult, we've been assigned a variety of missions that will test our newfound prowess in urban tactical maneuvering."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Flu Isn't The Biggest Danger
"These are challenging times and we need to stay calm and think things through - not just panic and react. Fear, panic and emotional reaction got us into this mess and it is certainly not going to get us out of it.
We also need to realise - here, now - that we have long crossed the line into a fully-fledged fascist dictatorship. It has hidden itself to most people this far, but it is about to lift the veil.
It is no longer an option to do nothing or passively acquiesce to authority out of fear or apathy. Or, at least, it's not if we care about our freedoms and, most importantly, those of our children and grandchildren who will have to live almost their entire lives under a global jackboot of sheer, undiluted evil.
The word 'evil' is much overused and I don't say it lightly; but we are dealing with evil in the sense that the word is the reverse of 'live'. Those behind the conspiracy to cull the human population and turn the rest into little more than computer terminals are anti-life. They have no respect for it and no empathy with those who suffer the consequences of their actions, no matter how appalling.
I have been warning of what was coming for nearly 20 years and it is not 'coming' any more - it's here. No more excuses from anyone, please. We have to deal with it. We have to draw a line in the sand and say no more.
Never was this more important than with the conspiracy to force swine flu vaccination upon the global population. The swine flu virus was created in a laboratory to generate mass panic with the specific intention of forcing everyone to have the vaccine. Problem-Reaction-Solution. This 'natural' swine flu virus apparently contains genes from humans, birds and pigs from several continents.
If you concoct and release a virus and then implement a clearly long-planned mass vaccination programme, there can be only one sensible conclusion: swine flu is not the biggest danger here - it's the vaccine.
The scale and speed of the planned vaccination programme is insane given that the overwhelming majority of those who have contracted the virus have had very mild symptoms. Dr Peter Holden of the Rothschild-controlled British Medical Association said that although swine flu was not causing serious illness they were eager to start a mass vaccination campaign, beginning with 'priority groups'. Ugh?? This is not about public health and never was.
Those administering the vaccinations have no clue what is in them or their potential effect. They are just repeaters thinking what they are told to think and doing what they are told to do. Only those at the core of the conspiracy, and those who bother to research it, know what the game is."
"The excellent work of people like the American researcher and author, Patrick Jordan, have exposed the unfolding plan to kill vast numbers of people through engineered viruses and vaccines. He says that they have long perfected vaccines that switch off the human immune system and US troops have often been used as guinea pigs.
Patrick Jordan's research uncovers a three-vaccine system that the Illuminati have developed. The first inoculation turns off white blood cells (the immune system); the second injects viruses; and the third switches the immune system on again.
In the middle period viruses are expanding around the body, but the person doesn't feel sick because the immune system is not fighting them. When the immune system kicks in again it unleashes such an assault on the virus cocktail that it kills the body.
This is known as a cytokine storm when the immune system is so overwhelmed that it sends too many antibodies at the same time to infected areas of the body and the body kills itself."
Multiple Flu Shots May Be Needed For H1N1
"CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire residents may need to get three or four flu shots this year to fight the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus."
CDC: U.S. may need 600 million swine flu vaccine doses
"At a recent meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health officials said U.S. demand could reach 600 million doses of vaccine, enough for two doses for each of the approximate 300 million people in the United States. That's in case two doses are required for children and adults under 50, CDC representatives said.
That would come on top of the 115 million doses of seasonal flu that are distributed annually, health officials said Friday."
Weddings To Remember
Bee my wife
"Li Wenhua and Yan Hongxia are both enthusiastic beekeepers and work for the Nanhu forestry commission at Ning’an city in northern China.
And despite the fact that most of their pals kept their distance, the couple were still delighted with their new clothes.
Husband Li said: "I have been working with bees for two decades and it was the obvious choice for us for our big day."
"His wife added: "It was an amazing feeling to have a carpet of living bees moving over my body.
"I could feel them as they moved around - it was amazing. I have always loved bees but this was a totally new experience."
My Big Fat Wedding Entrance
Being Fascists' Lickspittles Could Cost Them Dearly
"Just a note about Dan Rather's lawsuit over his firing from CBS in connection with the so-called Memogate story and how it continues to haunt the network. As the New York Times reported, Rather and his lawyers just won a key victory and were given permission to look at thousands of internal CBS documents.
My guess is that that will translate into more embarrassments for CBS. Because you'll recall that late last year we learned, via Rather's lawsuit, that internal memos indicated that CBS when first facing the right-wing firestorm over its 60 Minutes report about Bush's National Guard years, considered appointing Matt Drudge to sit on an "independent" fact-finding board to investigate the scandal. (A board which Bush refused to answers questions about his Guard service from.)
In fact, we learned that CBS was in full panic mode and was willing to take whatever step necessary to placate the right-wing fanatics frothing about Memogate. The picture painted by the CBS memos and documents already reviewed by Rather suggest a craven news organization that was less interested in uncovering the truth about the disputed memos, and more interested in appeasing Rush Limbaugh. It wanted to "mollify the right," as one internal CBS memo put it.
As I said, my guess is that with Rather and his lawyers about to dive into a new batch of documents, that portrait will only become more vivid.
And here's the kicker for the former Tiffany Network: Rather has vowed to never settle the case out of court."
Here Comes The Newest Villain Du Jour
Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Somalia, Honduras? Now
This dirt poor backwater is after nooks, donchaknow.
Burma suspected of forming nuclear link with North Korea
"Hillary Clinton today expressed concern over military links between North Korea and Burma, after evidence emerged that the Burmese junta may be trying to acquire nuclear technology from Pyongyang.
Experts said there is no proof of a Burmese nuclear programme but pointed to worrying signs. The Burmese military has been doing business with a North Korean company that specialises in nuclear technology. The junta has also made suspicious purchases of sophisticated dual-use equipment. A North Korean ship suspected of heading to Burma with an unknown cargo turned back after being shadowed by American warships earlier this month. Finally, reports have emerged of a secret visit by senior Burmese officials to North Korea late last year.
"We know that there are also growing concerns about military co-operation between North Korea and Burma, which we take very seriously," Clinton, the US secretary of state, told journalists in Bangkok. "It would be destabilising for the region. It would pose a direct threat to Burma's neighbours."
What a crock of shit. The fascists seem to have settled on this nuclear threat as the go - to default fearmongering ruse to justify their worldwide rampage. With an economy approximating that of an depression era appalachian coal mining community this country of rice farmers is supposedly about to go into a mad ICBM flinging frenzy. And simply forget that Burma and North Korea were on such bad terms recently that they had no diplomatic relations for over 20 years.
And no fair pointing out that Clinton is Secretary of State of the nation directly responsible for the deaths of over a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia when she scolds Burma for human rights violations. No, just nod in agreement as the Washington crackheads lay groundwork to extend their perpetual war in yet another dusty corner of the earth.
Rampaging, Snooping, Out Of Control British Nanny State
"Tens of thousands of the worst families in England are to be put in "sin bins" to improve their behaviour, under a government scheme.
Under the Government scheme, members of "Shameless" families are given intensive 24-hour supervision to make sure children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.
Parents are also given help to stop them leading dysfunctional lives and to combat drug or alcohol addiction.
Around 2,000 families have gone through Family Intervention Projects, but ministers intend to increase its scope to 20,000 more in the next two years – each costing between £5,000 and £20,000.
Ministers hope expanding the scheme will reduce the number of youngster who become drawn into lives of crime because of their chaotic family lives.
The projects are operating in around half of all council areas, but Children's Secretary Ed Balls said he wanted every local authority to fund them.
"This is pretty tough and non-negotiable support for families to get to the root of the problem," he said.
"There should be Family Intervention Projects in every local authority area because every area has families that need that support."
Biden Shows Where His Allegiances Lie
"Joe Biden, US vice-president, received a rapturous welcome in Georgia on Thursday as he pledged continuing support for Washington’s troubled ally in the South Caucasus.
“We, the United States, stand by you on your journey to a free, democratic and once again united Georgia,” Mr Biden said in an address to parliament."
"But speaking two weeks ahead of the first anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war, Mr Biden said efforts to reset US relations with Russia would not come at the expense of Georgia. “They have not, they will not and they cannot,” he told parliamentarians to loud applause."
Israel of the Caucasus
"In a secret agreement between Israel and Georgia, two military airfields in southern Georgia had been earmarked for the use of Israeli fighter-bombers in the event of pre-emptive attacks against Iranian nuclear installations. This would sharply reduce the distance Israeli fighter-bombers would have to fly to hit targets in Iran. And to reach Georgian airstrips, the Israeli air force would fly over Turkey.
The attack ordered by Saakashvili against South Ossetia the night of Aug. 7 provided the Russians the pretext for Moscow to order Special Forces to raid these Israeli facilities where some Israeli drones were reported captured."
"Details of Israel's involvement were largely ignored by Israeli media lest they be interpreted as another blow to Israel's legendary military prowess, which took a bad hit in the Lebanese war against Hezbollah two years ago. Georgia's top diplomat in Tel Aviv complained about Israel's "lackluster" response to his country's military predicament and called for "diplomatic pressure on Moscow." According to the Jerusalem Post, the Georgian was told "the address for that type of pressure is Washington."
Spitting Square In Our Face And Telling Us It's Raining
"NEW YORK - Wall Street's biggest banks are setting aside billions of dollars more to pay their executives and other employees just months after these firms were rescued with a taxpayer bailout, renewing questions about compensation practices in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
The recent outcry over bonuses at bailed-out firms prompted public alarm and promises of reform from financial leaders, who acknowledged that pay and bonuses should not reward risky short-term business decisions — such as those that contributed to the meltdown — but instead longer-term financial performance.
But Wall Street, helped by improving profits, is on track to pay employees as much as, or even more than, it did in the pre-crisis days. So far this year, the top six U.S. banks have set aside $74 billion to pay their employees, up from $60 billion in the corresponding period last year."
Time Omits Crucial Factor
"With a projected capacity of about 40,000 bbl. a day, the new oil refinery inaugurated on July 18 by the Kurdish regional government of northern Iraq is modest even by the standards of Iraq's dilapidated oil industry. But its significance shouldn't be underestimated: in Kurdish minds, the region's ability to refine the oil it pumps is a vital step toward deepening its autonomy from the Arab-majority remainder of Iraq.
Until recently, Iraqi Kurdistan had no refineries of its own, and though the area is sitting on a huge pool of oil, it had to rely on gasoline supplies from elsewhere in Iraq, Turkey or Iran. Fearful of giving Iraq's ethnic Kurdish minority any control over the country's most precious resource, Saddam Hussein had not only declined to build refineries in the region; he made sure Iraq's oil pipelines bypassed Kurdish areas, and his army forcibly removed much of the Kurdish population from Kirkuk — the most important oil-producing area in the north — and repopulated the city with Arabs from the south."
"Ever since the U.S. invasion, the Kurds of northern Iraq have enjoyed many of the trappings of sovereignty. Kurds have their own parliament and executive government, plus an 80,000-strong army (the Pesh Merga militia) and control over their borders, which Baghdad-controlled security forces are not allowed to enter. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Kurds want independence from Iraq, their leaders have proceeded with caution, mindful of the risks. Their small, landlocked region is surrounded by neighbors — Turkey, Syria, Iran — whose own restive Kurdish minorities make them hostile to the prospect of an independent Kurdish state emerging in Iraq."
It's inevitable in MSM stories like this that Israel's hand in in the politics of the region are scarcely, if ever, mentioned. Not one word in this piece from Time mentions the long history of Israelis wooing Kurds in northern Iraq or the military partnership that developed. Israel is such an overwhelming factor in the Iraq equation, according to Mearsheimer and Walt, that aside from oil Israel's strategic future plans were the most important reason the US invaded and occupied the country.
After the invasion Israeli agents poured into Iraq, especially into Kurdistan. They began and perpetuated the sectarian violence by bombing mosques and random marketplaces. It was a strtegy of divide and conquer to keep the Sunnis and Shiite arabs at each others' throats, aided by the constant stream of bullshit from the MSM. It was a completely different story in Kurdistan though, largely unscathed by the false flag violence in the rest of the country because Israel needed their outpost in northern Iraq for their upcoming attack on Iran.
Arabs know full well who fomented hatred between muslim sects and they can plainly see how the US and Israel are tied at the hip. News reports that ignore this when they bloviate about Arab/Kurd relationships are misleading disinformation and in light of what Israel is doing in Kurdistan, blatant propaganda.
NEVER Believe Uncorroborated Police Testimony
"Governments, as St. Augustine wrote in City of God (bk. IV, chapter 4) and Murray Rothbard also taught, are successful criminal gangs.
Once a criminal gang “wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom, which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renouncing of aggression but by the attainment of impunity,” wrote Augustine.
Simply put: Gangs and governments do exactly the same things, but the latter immunizes its agents from punishment. This explains why government enforcement agents — better known as police — so frequently engage in blatantly criminal behavior.
Whenever police commit criminal acts against innocent people, they do so in the serene confidence that their uncorroborated testimony about the incident will be accepted by judges, and most juries, as the truth.
The only exceptions would be those instances in which audio or video records of such episodes exist — which is why police have started to confiscate cell phones of witnesses and use wiretapping statutes against people who make audio recordings of police encounters. This fact was infuriatingly put on display last August in Philadelphia.
Last August 17, a Philadelphia woman named Agnes Lawless was riding in a blue Mazda with some friends when the vehicle was rear-ended by a car driven by Alberto Lopez, Jr., an on-duty police officer. Lopez left the scene and Lawless, along with her friends, stopped at a nearby Lukoil convenience store.
Lawless was chatting amicably with the clerk when she was suddenly assaulted from behind by a male who thrust a gun into her face.
“He hit me with his left hand, and he had his gun in his right hand,” Lawless later recalled. “He pushed his gun into the left side of my neck. It caused a scrape-type bruise on my neck.”
The assailant had the same name as the officer responsible for the hit-and-run collision with the Mazda: Alberto Lopez. The difference was that this Alberto Lopez was the daddy of the driver, and like his son he is a veteran police officer. After the younger Lopez rear-ended the Mazda, he went running to his daddy at a local police station, and the two of them went out in pursuit of the victims — not to offer compensation for the injury, but instead to deal out some “street justice.”
As is the case in almost all such incidents, Lawless — the victim — was charged with “assaulting” a police officer. And like most police officers in such circumstances, Lopez perjured himself."
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
"In San Diego thousands of jumbo flying squid, or Killer calamari are surging up from their customary deep water habitat and are terrifying beach goers and divers. These belligerent 5-foot-long sea giants have razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles. They can weigh up to 100 pounds, but are generally only seen in their local habitat, the deep waters off Mexico. The calamari usually hunt in schools of up to 1,200 and can swim up to 15 mph. They can skim over the water to escape from their predators.The squid’s unpredicted trip to the sunny shores of South California has scientists spinning in knots of confusion. From a shortage of food, to global warming, or a decline in the squid's natural enemies, could have been the cause of the phenomenon.
Tales of close encounters with the weird-looking cephalopods have pushed many experienced divers out of the water. A local diver revealed "I wouldn't go into the water with them for the same reason,” Mike Bear said “I wouldn't walk into a pride of lions on the Serengeti".
Shanda Magill, like other divers are dragged between their personal safety and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the sea with these deep-ocean giants. Attracted to the dive lights, some divers report tentacles enveloping their masks and tugging at their cameras and gear.
On a recent night dive, Magill trod water and stared in wonder as around twelve squid with expressive, mournful eyes swam around her group. The squid knocked and patted the divers, gently bumping into them, before swimming swiftly away.
A large squid crept up on Magill, on the next night’s dive, hitting her from behind and grabbing at her. The strong creature dragged her sideways, tearing her buoyancy hose away from her chest and knocking away her light.When Magill recovered, she had difficulty knowing which was the way to the surface and difficulty finding the hose to help her stay afloat as she swam upwards. The squid had left.
“I just kicked like crazy. The first thing you think of is, Oh my gosh, I don't know if I'm going to survive this. If that squid wanted to hurt me, it could have," said Magill. Other experienced divers have quoted the squid as tugging at their masks and gear and roughing them up."