Friday, April 30, 2010

Oil Disaster Conspiracy Corner

Limbacile: environmentalist whackos blew it up

No, North Korea did it

"To the attack itself, these reports continue, the North Korean “cargo vessel” Dai Hong Dan believed to be staffed by 17th Sniper Corps “suicide” troops left Cuba’s Empresa Terminales Mambisas de La Habana (Port of Havana) on April 18th whereupon it “severely deviated” from its intended course for Venezuela’s Puerto Cabello bringing it to within 209 kilometers (130 miles) of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform which was located 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the coast of the US State of Louisiana where it launched an SSC Sang-o Class Mini Submarine (Yugo class) estimated to have an operational range of 321 kilometers (200 miles).
On the night of April 20th the North Korean Mini Submarine manned by these “suicidal” 17th Sniper Corps soldiers attacked the Deepwater Horizon with what are believed to be 2 incendiary torpedoes causing a massive explosion and resulting in 11 workers on this giant oil rig being killed outright. Barely 48 hours later, on April 22nd , this North Korean Mini Submarine committed its final atrocity by exploding itself directly beneath the Deepwater Horizon causing this $1 Billion oil rig to sink beneath the seas and marking 2010’s celebration of Earth Day with one of the largest environmental catastrophes our World has ever seen."

Terrorist attack, which is why SWAT teams were sent

Hannity: Did Obama blow that rig up?

Back Come The US Sponsored Death Squads

New wave of repression targets opponents of Honduran coup

"Both the Canadian and US governments have praised the January 27 elections in Honduras as a major step forward toward a return to democracy and national reconciliation. Yet the reality on the ground under the newly elected government of Porfirio Lobo is one of continuing repression and selective assassinations of those who dared to oppose the June 28, 2009 military coup.
According to the
Committee for the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH), at least 40 anti-coup activists have been murdered since the coup."

"Many of those killed had previously reported being harassed and threatened because of their work in the Resistance. Furthermore, the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has noted a disturbing trend in which "it appears that sons and daughters of leaders of the Resistance Front are being killed, kidnapped, attacked, and threatened as a strategy to silence the activists."

Merely a continuation of testicle crushing:

The Anti - Dude Chemical

Let's watch terms of endearment.

Forget Viagra, scientists develop what women REALLY want ... a spray to make their men cuddle more

"Wish your husband or boyfriend would show his caring side more often?
Scientists could have the answer to your prayers - and it's a lot simpler than you might think.
They have come up with a spray that makes men more affectionate and in tune with others' feelings.
Just a puff or two of the so-called 'cuddle chemical' and even the most macho of males is as sensitive as a woman, theyclaim.
The spray is based on oxytocin - a hormone naturally made in the body and involved in sex, sexual attraction, trust and confidence.
It is released into the blood during labour - triggering the production of breast milk - and floods the brain during breastfeeding, helping mother and baby bond.
In spray form, it seems the chemical can make a man 'feel' like a woman.
The Cambridge and German scientists gave 24 healthy men nasal sprays containing oxytocin while 24 others received a placebo.
Afterwards the men were shown heart-wrenching photographs including a little girl in tears, a child embracing a cat and a man in mourning, and asked them to describe the level of empathy they felt with those in the pictures.
'The oxytocin group showed significantly higher emotional empathy levels than those men who had taken the placebo,' said Dr Rene Hurlemann, of the Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn.

In fact, he added, they reached the 'levels of sensitivity usually found in females'.
The finding raises the tantalising possibility that women could use oxytocin sprays to help macho boyfriends and husbands get in touch with their feminine side.
Chauvinists could be turned into sensitive souls happy to watch weepy films and critique outfits on shopping trips."

Sage Of The Seers

Exploring the Mind-Bending World of Salvia Divinorum

"Within around thirty seconds of smoking the dark herbal extract the effects rapidly began, and I felt my entire sense of identity suddenly shift. I was instantly transformed from a human being into a tiny disembodied speck of consciousness -- completely bewildered as to what I was and amnesic of my former identity. I was suspended in a hyperspatial dimension, a crystalline network of pulsing energies, that was filled with countless other miniature beings like me. I found myself inside of a kind of space within space, that appeared to transcend the whole three-dimensional universe. Suddenly, my identity shifted again, as a portion of the space and beings around me folded and twisted into me, becoming a part of me. More and more layers of the space around me continued folding in and becoming a part of my expanding sense of identity -- until, finally, I was my familiar human self again. This strange and somewhat unsettling experience was the result of my smoking an extract made from the hallucinogenic leaves of the Salvia divinorum plant.
Although the Latin name for the Mexican sage Salvia divinorum literally translates as "sage of the seers," this powerful hallucinogenic plant goes by a number of other names, such as Shka Pastora ("Leaves of the Shepherdess"), Diviner's Sage, ska María Pastora, yerba de Maria, Magic Mint, Sally-D, and salvia. Until fairly recently, this innocent-looking member of the mint family -- whose hallucinogenic powers can dwarf those of magic mushrooms and LSD -- was virtually unknown outside of a small region of Central Mexico, where it has been used as a shamanic healing tool by the Mazatec Indians in Oaxaca for at least hundreds of years. The Mazatec shamans use salvia to facilitate divinatory or visionary states of consciousness during their spiritual healing sessions when psilocybin mushrooms aren't in season. According to ethnobotanist Daniel Siebert, "The Mazatec shamans primarily take it ceremonially as a tool for gaining access to the supernatural world or what they believe to be the realm of divine beings and supernatural entities."
The Salvia divinorum plant is a sprawling perennial herb found in moist, isolated, and shaded regions of Oaxaca, where it grows to well over a meter in height. Salvia has hollow square stems, large green leaves, and occasional white and purple flowers -- but only rarely produces viable seed. There's nothing particularly striking about the way that this plant looks, and it easily blends in with ordinary house plants. Like corn and bananas, salvia is thought to be a cultigen. This means that it is not known to grow in the wild. It may have been bred in cultivation, or it may have grown wild in Central Mexico at one time. Salvia leaves contain the extremely potent dissociative psychedelic compound salvinorin A.
Salvia has had a relatively hidden existence for most of its history -- known only to the Mazatec Indians, and a small handful of anthropologists, who were dubious about its psychoactive properties. However, since the mid-1990s it has been widely available in the U.S., Europe, and other parts of the globe, largely as a smokable herb. Salvia's popularity is primarily due to the discussion of its psychoactive properties on the internet, and improved methods of ingestion that have been developed, as well as vendors promoting its sale as a legal hallucinogen online, where many businesses sell live Salvia divinorum plants, dried leaves, extracts, and other preparations."

Gaza, In Plain Language

Faux: Mr Rogers Was An Evil Man

Sometimes I think these insane dipshits just babble from their pieholes to hear themselves talking, and then think they're actually making sense.

Things Are Changing Pretty Fast Now

One in eight to cut cable and satellite TV in 2010

"NEW YORK ( -- Despite rising cable and satellite TV prices and easy access to streaming TV and movies on the Internet, few consumers have cut the cord. But that looks like it's about to change.
One in eight consumers will eliminate or scale back their cable, satellite or other pay-TV service this year, according to a new study released this week by Yankee Group.

The study, which was the result of a survey of pay-TV operators and more than 6,000 U.S. consumers, found that many will choose to drop premium channels or cut their service down to a basic package, while others will choose to cut off their service completely.
A cutting-the-cord trend has been the subject of speculation for some time, as networks have increasingly made television programming available for free on the Internet. But a combination of other factors, including a growing number of battles between cable companies and networks, soaring Internet video viewings and an increase in connected TVs and devices, suggest the trend is finally upon us."

Well, the article does go on to cite rising prices and alternative electronic devices, and one could always throw the depression into the mix. But here's the key paragraph for me:
"Admittedly, this is a small phenomenon now, but a number or recent transactions and new items point to a shift in consumer thinking," said Vince Vittore, analyst at Yankee Group and author of the study."
Although for the life of me saying over 12% of consumers getting rid of television in their lives can't be considered a small phenomenon.

No, the big change is how people are seeing themselves as consumers. Corporations made a fatal mistake over the decades by pandering to the ego and instant gratification. As long as they were the arbiters of what you could do and get with their manufactured needs they stayed in the catbird seat. Now with this explosion of electronic power people have become active consumers rather than passive consumers, a la the boob tube. There are always going to be a sizable population of drooling, glassy eyed mouthbreathers dimly aware of the flickering blue TV light, but slowly, slowly, more are opting to choose what they see and hear a la the internet, even if it's just the further adventures of Lindsay Lohan.

Reasons Not To Fly Pile Up

10 Things Your Airline Won't Tell You

1. 1. “Welcome to our crowded plane.”

"Just because you show up at the airport with a ticket reservation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll end up on your intended flight. Most airlines overbook flights to compensate for last-minute cancellations, but they don’t always get the numbers right. And with so few seats open on later flights, fewer folks are volunteering to get bumped. As a result, the number of involuntarily bumped passengers is up, having grown 45 percent between 2005 and 2009, according to the Department of Transportation.“Instead of fixing the problem,” says Tony Polito, an associate professor in the college of business at East Carolina University who has published academic articles about airline industry issues, “they are institutionalizing it.”
What’s worse, travelers who get involuntarily bumped aren’t necessarily entitled to “denied-boarding compensation.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Then Who Do We Shoot?"

Family Denied Medical Treatment Because of State's Debt

"WILLIAMSON-- A Carterville mom says she was denied medical care for her children because the state isn't paying its bills.
As the Illinois budget crisis drags on, it's impacting more and more people.
Now, some doctors in southern Illinois are limiting services for patients employed by the state or is asking those patients to pay up front.
It is a vicious cycle. The state isn't paying the insurance companies, so insurance companies aren't paying doctors, and the doctors are forced to make changes some families don't like.
Ashley Wright of Carterville says one of the main reasons she and her husband decided to work for SIU was for the benefits.
Now it seems the most important perk - health insurance - is being compromised.
"On one point, I want to be mad at the doctors because I feel like they have a moral obligation to hang in there and not bail on us when times get rough," says Ashley.
During a recent check-up, Ashley's four month old son Noah was denied immunizations by his pediatrician.
The doctor said Ashley's insurance provider wasn't paying its bills. Ashley doesn't know how to fight back."

Grapes of Wrath bulldozer scene.

Jindal Declares State Of Emergency

For BP profits.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (BNO NEWS) — "Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday declared a state of emergency and requested additional resources from the federal government as the state prepares for the potential impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."

BP's profits rise 135%

"Oil giant BP today said profits hit 5.6 billion US dollars (£3.6 billion) in the first three months of 2010 - more than double the level last year."

Pay No Attention To That Buggery Business

Latest Noah’s Ark discovery a fake

"Kurdish workers carted wood up Mt. Ararat in order to fake the discovery of Noah’s Ark, an archeologist who worked on the dig says.
On Tuesday, a group of Asian Christian evangelicals held a press conference in Turkey to announce they were “99.9 per cent” sure they’d found the biblical boat.
The claim was greeted with immediate skepticism, which seems increasingly well founded."

It Never Sleeps

24 Hours Inside Walmart

"Stephen Wilkes took a photo every 10 seconds of the day for a time-lapse video inside Walmart for Fortune magazine. All in all, 8,640 frames were taken (1,800 that are actually used) and the entire 24 hours is compressed into two minutes. The shoot took place on April 6, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey from 9:14 am to 9:14pm. Says Photo Editor Lauren Winfield, “The inspiration was to show that Walmart never sleeps… open 24 hours with no real daylight, you have no sense of what time of day it is. We wanted to see what the traffic flow of people coming in and out of the store looks like as a day in the life.”

Be A Bird Watcher While Combating Criminality

Big Brother birdie

"A sneeky jab at our culture’s obsession with security cams, this birdhouse looks like it’s watching your every move. Hang it near your house and your neighbors won’t dare steal your garden hose! Deter burglars while keeping Tweety birds well-fed and happy! It’s a great gift with a goofy sense of humor for the bird lover in your life. The model is called 'Wolfgang S.' a reference to the hawkish German Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schauble who likes spying on everyone in the name of security."

Lose 30 Years With Obamacare

Photoshop overload fail


"Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique in Waldorf, Md., said although he believes Pelosi has had work done (specifically Botox of the frown lines, fat injections, a mini face-lift), the image is not the product of additional plastic surgery.
“There is airbrushing around her eyes, her upper lid has been airbrushed to make it look like there is less fat on the inside,” Hakki told Yeas & Nays. “And there is airbrushing on the line of her jaw.”
He also noted her neck has been blended, and the lines on her face are very subtle."

"Pelosi’s camp said the picture has not been airbrushed, and Capitol File did not respond for comment."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Carcass Composters

Final spin: Grieving families offered environmentally friendly cremations... with a £300,000 'tumble dryer'

people pressure cooker

"The funeral business in the UK could soon be revolutionised by an ingenious new cremation device which looks like a giant tumble dryer.
The Resomator is a green initiative that offers a smokeless alternative to cremation using chemicals to speed up the decomposition process.
Each device costs a staggering £300,000 and sees the odd-shaped unit filled up with a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide which speedily dissolves soft tissues and organs.
An ornate, reusable wooden casket is used to carry the deceased to the Resomator.
The person's body, in a sealed internal silk or wool coffin, is placed on a stainless steel shelf inside the metal cylinder and then the chamber is heated to 180 degrees under extreme pressure breaking down the body in less than three hours.
Any harmless residue left over is then drained away, leaving the skeleton which is ground to dust ready to be laid to rest.
The Glasgow-based inventor Sandy Sullivan is pushing for UK cremation laws to be adapted to allow for the new devices, which have already been sold abroad.
Engineering firm LBBC Technologies of Stanningley, West Yorkshire, who make the Resomator, based the technology on the chemistry of natural decomposition.
They have already sold three of the machines in America and Canada.
Managing director Howard Pickard, 44, said: It's potentially fantastic for us. It's such a new thing in an industry which hasn't had a new form of disposing bodies for a long, long time. How well it is taken up is yet to be seen.
LBBC's Quicklock door, invented by Howard's grandfather Maurice, was the reason inventor Sandy Sullivan from Glasgow-based Resomation Limited chose the firm.
He said: 'There's a very aggressive liquid in the chamber under great pressure. We searched for a good door and after a year of searching, we were directed to LBBC.'
The Resomator cremation system is legal in five U.S. states with units being delivered to Florida, Minnesota and Toronto in Canada."

A Strong Case For Panspermia

Panspermia: Seeds Everywhere.

Water Ice and Organic Material Found for First Time on Asteroid

"A thin film of water ice and organic materials coats the space rock named 24 Themis, according to a study released today. That discovery marks the first-ever direct detection of water ice on an asteroid, and adds evidence to theories about how asteroids could have brought water and organic material to a primordial Earth.
A NASA telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea helped scientists gauge the spectrum of infrared sunlight reflected by 24 Themis. Their findings revealed a spectrum consistent with both frozen water and organic material on the 124-mile-wide asteroid, which sits halfway between Mars and Jupiter.
That presented a bit of a mystery, because sunlight would typically cause ice on the asteroid's surface to vaporize. But the latest study published in the journal Nature suggests that ice gets continually replenished by outgassing of water vapor through cracks from inside the asteroid.
Themis belongs to a family of asteroids which formed from the breakup of a larger body long ago, and so it's likely that the parent body had ice. The results may force scientists to rethink their view of the early solar system's evolution.
"It now appears that when the asteroids and planets were first forming in the very early Solar System, ice extended far into the Main Belt region," said Josh Emery, a planetary scientist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. "Extending this refined view to planetary systems around other stars, the building blocks of life -- water and organics -- may be more common near each star's habitable zone."

related - Nasa: Evidence of life on Mars

"NASA scientists last night unveiled compelling evidence of life on Mars.
A special mission to the Red Planet has revealed the likely presence of a form of pond scum - the building blocks of life as we know it.
NASA unveiled the results of the recent Opportunity and Spirit probes sent millions of miles through the solar system to discover signs of extraterrestrial life.
The results are so promising boffins have already planned a host of other missions to discover whether there is extraterrestrial life in the universe.
The recent missions have gathered evidence of sulphates on Mars, a strong indication there is water on the planet and therefore life."

pond scum


Please Don't Boycott Us, We're Not Really From Arizona

Mexico Issues Third World Country Travel Warning

Mexico issues Arizona travel alert

"MEXICO CITY, April 27 (UPI) -- The Mexican government Tuesday issued a travel alert for Arizona, saying Mexican nationals could face harassment as a result of the state's new immigration law."
"The Foreign Affairs Ministry advised Mexican nationals to use "extreme caution" traveling to Arizona."

All Things Palinesque

Gidget bad mouths Faux, on Faux.
It's just an endless, incomprehensible word soup pouring from her piehole.

By "lamestream media," did Palin mean Fox News?

"On last night's Hannity, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin did what she does best-complain about the "lamestream media throughout our country." This time, the media's "lame[ness]" was revealed through their coverage of Arizona's new controversial immigration law. Palin sniffed: "One of the media outlets the other day just-was killing me on this one, Sean, where they had a caption across their screen that said Arizona law will make it illegal to be an illegal immigrant? Some bizarre type of headline like that where it was just this illustration that they just don't get it."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Is The CIA Behind Mexico's Bloody Drug War?

Of course it is. It isn't about "fighting drugs". It's about control and profit.

"In forty years, US drug policy has never changed. The same "hunt them down, bust them, and lock them up" philosophy continues to this day. That's why many critics believe that the drug war is really about control, not eradication. It's a matter of who's in line to rake in the profits; small-time pushers who run their own operations or politically-connected kingfish who have agents in the banks, the intelligence agencies, the military and the government. Currently, in Juarez, the small fries' are getting wiped out while the big-players are getting stronger. In a year or so, the Sinaloa cartel will control the streets, the drug corridors, and the border. The violence will die down and the government will proclaim "victory", but the flow of drugs into the US will increase while the situation for ordinary Mexicans will continue to deteriorate."

"It's no coincidence that Kabul and Bogota are the the de facto capitals of the drug universe. US political support is strong in both places, as is the involvement of US intelligence agencies. But does that suggest that the CIA is at work in Mexico, too? Or, to put it differently: Why is the US supporting a client that appears to be allied to the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico? That's the question."

Endless Turning Points And Pivotal Moments

War Propaganda from Afghanistan

"The New York Times yesterday excitedly declared that the imminent Battle of Kandahar "has become the make-or-break offensive of the eight-and-half-year [Afghanistan] war" and is "the pivotal test of President Obama's Afghanistan strategy." As Atrios suggests, there never is any such thing as "make-or-break" because we never leave no matter how completely our war and occupation efforts fail. That's what led to the countless Friedman Units of the Iraq War: the endless proclamations that The Next Six Months will be Decisive, only to be repeated at the end of the six-month period of failure as though the prior one never happened.

Just consider what's being said now about how the Kandahar offensive is the "make-or-break" battle of the war and the "pivotal test" for Obama's war strategy by comparing it to what was said a mere two months ago about the now clearly failing assault on Marjah:

Times of London, February 13, 2010:

"Allied troops launched a major offensive into Afghanistan's most violent province last night, in a key part of President Obama's push to seize control of the Taleban's last big stronghold. . . . If it fails, many analysts believe that the war will be lost."
The Independent declared on February 9, 2010, that General McChrystal wants the Marjah offensive to "be one of the most significant in the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001" and, of Obama's war strategy, said that "Marjah looks like being its first major -- and possibly decisive -- test." The BBC quoted a NATO official who proclaimed that Marjah "was 'probably the definitive operation' of the counter-insurgency strategy" and "this operation could potentially define the tipping point, the crucial momentum aspect in the counter-insurgency." Time helpfully informed us that "U.S. officials believe it will mark a turning point in the war."
Now that that "make-or-break decisive test" has failed (or, at best, has produced very muddled outcomes), did the Government and media follow through and declare the war effort broken and the strategy a failure? No; they just pretend it never happened and declare the next, latest, glorious Battle the real "make-or-break decisive test" -- until that one fails and the next one is portrayed that way, in an endless tidal wave of war propaganda intended to justify our staying for as long as we want, no matter how pointless and counter-productive it is."

Banana Republic Sans Bananas

Special army unit ready to be deployed on American soil just before Nov. elections

"In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as 'Consequence Management Response Force' will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.

The special force, which is the new name being given to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry, has been training at Fort Stewart, Georgia and is composed of 80,000 troops.
According to the Army Times,
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.
The key phrase is 'may be called upon to help with civil unrest.'"

Boy Rape No Big Deal In Jeebus's Eyes

Child sex `no breach of virtue', some priests believe

"SOME priests didn't see the molestation of boys as a breach of their celibacy vows, retired Catholic bishop Geoffrey Robinson says.
The former auxiliary bishop of Sydney blames the absence of women from church life as a catalyst for the sexual abuse crisis enveloping the faith.
In an interview with The Australian Women's Weekly, Bishop Robinson says boys suffered more than girls at the hands of pedophile priests partly because they were more available to them, with nuns tending to play a greater role in the religious education of young girls.
There was also a view among some offenders with whom he had worked that a priest's celibacy vows weren't broken if a boy was involved.
"We've met it often enough to see it as a factor," he tells the magazine, out today. "That's what the vow of celibacy refers to, being married. If it's not an adult woman, then somehow they're not breaking their vow."

Stabbing Your Grandmother And Betting Which Way She'll Fall

Sick triumph of disaster capitalism.

States Bristle as Investors Make Wagers on Defaults

"As U.S. cities and towns wrestle with financial problems, investors are finding a new way to profit on their misery: by buying derivatives that essentially bet municipalities will default.
These so-called credit default swaps are basically insurance contracts that have long been available to protect holders of corporate bonds against default. They became available a few years ago for municipal debt, allowing investors to short sell—or bet against—countless cities, towns and bridges, and more than a dozen states, including California, Michigan and New York.
The derivatives are still thinly traded, but their existence has the potential to make investors skittish ..."

"Here's $100, boys, now go put this TNT under those bridge supports."

Operation "We Own The Planet" Fails

Pentagon’s Mach 20 Glider Disappears, Whacking ‘Global Strike’ Plans

"The Pentagon’s controversial plan to hit terrorists half a planet away suffered a setback this weekend, after an experimental hypersonic glider disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
In its first flight test. the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) was supposed to be rocket-launched from California to the edge of space. Then the HTV-2 would could screaming back into the atmosphere, maneuvering at twenty times times the speed of sound before landing north of the Kwajalein Atoll, 30 minutes later and 4100 nautical miles away. Thinly wedge-shaped for better lift, equipped with autonomous navigation for more precision, and made of carbon-carbon to withstand the assault of hypersonic flight, the hope was it could fly farther and more accurately at a lower angle of attack than other craft returning to Earth.
At least, that was the idea."

How Bad Is It, Really?

The Staggering Collapse of Living Standards in the US - 92% of Americans Unhappy with the Economy

"Released in March, before the passage of the Obama administration’s health care legislation, a survey entitled “Health Care Reform—Can’t Live With It, or Without It” indicates that 92 percent of Americans give the national economy a negative rating. No fewer than 70 percent of the respondents report having suffered job-related and financial problems in the past year, an increase from 59 percent the year before. Fifty-four percent report someone in their home has been without a job and looking for work in the past year, up from 39 percent in 2009.
The poll saw an aggravation of conditions in every area of economic life studied the year before. Increasing numbers of people are reporting difficulty receiving or affording medical care (26 percent) or paying their rent or mortgage payments (24 percent). More Americans faced problems with collections and credit agencies (21 percent), or had mortgages, loans or credit card applications denied (19 percent).
As could be expected, the poorest Americans are suffering the most. Some 44 percent of those making $30,000 per year or less report difficulty obtaining medical care, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 per year or more. A similar gap can be found in the category of rents and mortgages, with 37 percent of those making $30,000 or less reporting difficulty making rent or mortgage payments, compared to 11 percent of those making $75,000 or more. However, the percentage of those facing difficulties paying rent has increased dramatically for both groups since 2009."

Geocities - ized

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Will Miss The Cute Little Beeps And Grunts

Sony announces the death of the floppy disk

"THE REIGN of the floppy disk is formally over, with Sony saying that it will discontinue domestic sales of its 3.5-inch floppy disks at the end of the year.
It should be no real surprise, since the technology has been a dead man walking for years and it has been increasingly hard to find a PC with a floppy drive installed.
Sony has been propping up the floppy disk data storage format and owns a 70 per cent share of the terminally ill market. The floppy has been killed off by the spread of more compact and larger capacity storage devices such as USB flash drives. Other manufacturers have already pulled out of the market.
Sony was the first into the global floppy disk market, launching the world's first 3.5-inch floppy disks in 1981. The devices spread widely as a storage medium for personal computers and word processors.
Manufacturers made a bomb out of the technology, reaching a peak of 47 million units in fiscal 2002. The rise of the CD drive, closely followed by DVD and USB flash drives, knocked out the floppy disk completely.
There were only 12 million floppy disk drive units sold last year and most them were in India and other developing economies."

Blogs Rule

US newspaper circulation falls 8.7 percent

"Circulation continues to drop severely at U.S. newspapers, though the rate of decline slowed from the previous six-month reporting period.
Figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations show average weekday circulation fell 8.7 percent in the six months that ended March 31, compared with the same period a year earlier. Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent.
That's a slight improvement from April through September of last year, when average weekday circulation dropped 10.6 percent from a year earlier and Sunday circulation fell 7.5 percent.
Even so, the top 25 newspapers in the country showed some huge circulation losses."

Well, Something Has To Get The Mouthbreathers To Support WW3

Stage being set for dirty bomb false flag attack - suitcase nuke (or nukes)

"Rumors of an upcoming terror attack to be blamed on Iran are moving around the world, “backchannel chatter.” The primary suspect is Israel who is said to have a number of small “suitcase” type nuclear weapons, some primarily “dirty bombs,” possibly supplied secretly by a previous US administration. These devices are in the “40 ton” range, highly radioactive, extremely small and can be engineered to leave the signature of a primitive device. They were originally engineered for use against Soviet armor and troop concentrations in Europe if a massed attack on NATO were to occur. Current conventional systems have made this type of weapon obsolete.
We have been told that federal authorities have interviewed, on video, a prominent individual with specific knowledge of the possession of this type of weapon.
This won’t be in the news. All that “every day folks” will see is a story here or one there that don’t make sense."

"The rumors are that the weapons are in place in Europe and the US. “The usual suspects,” Arabs, Persians, Pakistanis, some kind of Islamic terrorist group has either been recruited, invented or is being thawed out. News stories are in place and with 9/11, film crews are ready to be onsite. Witnesses will be briefed, all to say, “yes it was an Arab dirty bomb, we saw them, Middle Eastern looking, they must have bought it from North Korea.”
That kind of story would hit the news within seconds from “stunned survivors” who will suddenly disappear, returning quickly to “you know where.”
Glenn Beck will cry."

I've always thought that the next 9/11 will by necessity, have to trump 9/11 in the general fear factor. All the phony "Al Qaeda" bozos and conspiracies that were micromanaged by US spooks since 2001 were pathetically manipulated reminders of black tuesday, transparent justification for turning this country into a fascist police state. Headline grabbing bullshit like those "terrorist cells" and that crotchbomber idiocy were only to drive the last nails in the coffin, finishing off our freedoms.

Their next Big Production that touches off their planned massive war will have to really ratchet up the fear. When you think about it, ideally the fascists don't want to destroy too much property like nuking a city. Deaths are fine though, the more grotesque the better so they can be exploited like the twin tower leapers. No, the most important thing to the psychos is the amount of fear they can generate and what better way to do that than with an invisible menace like radiation from some dirty bombs? They can claim anything they want to and in the panic that ensues who's going to be the wiser? Evacuation chaos and mass hysteria will sweeten the events' impact, and don't you just know the 'retired generals' that pollute news programs as consultants are practicing their "tit for tat" US nuclear response right now.

A Most Explosive Eyjafjalajökull

Visible shockwaves.

Going Up

U.S. Food Inflation Spiraling Out of Control

"FORT LEE, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Inflation Association today issued the following food inflation alert to its members:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released their Producer Price Index (PPI) report for March 2010 and the latest numbers are shocking. Food prices for the month rose by 2.4%, its sixth consecutive monthly increase and the largest jump in over 26 years. NIA believes that a major breakout in food inflation could be imminent, similar to what is currently being experienced in India.
Some of the startling food price increases on a year-over-year basis include, fresh and dry vegetables up 56.1%, fresh fruits and melons up 28.8%, eggs for fresh use up 33.6%, pork up 19.1%, beef and veal up 10.7% and dairy products up 9.7%. On October 30th, 2009, NIA predicted that inflation would appear next in food and agriculture, but we never anticipated that it would spiral so far out of control this quickly.
The PPI foreshadows price increases that will later occur in the retail sector. With U-6 unemployment rising last month to 16.9%, many retailers are currently reluctant to pass along rising prices to consumers, but they will soon be forced to do so if they want to avoid reporting huge losses to shareholders.
Food stamp usage in the U.S. has now increased for 14 consecutive months. There are now 39.4 million Americans on food stamps, up 22.4% from one year ago. The U.S. government is now paying out more to Americans in benefits than it collects in taxes. As food inflation continues to surge, our country will soon have no choice but to cut back on food stamps and other entitlement programs.
Most financial experts in the mainstream media are proclaiming that the recession is over and inflation is not a problem in the U.S. Unfortunately, they fail to realize that rising food and gasoline prices accounted for 58% of February's year-over-year 3.85% rise in retail sales. NIA believes price inflation is beginning to accelerate in many areas of the economy besides food and energy, and all increases in U.S. retail sales this year will be entirely due to inflation."

US meat prices warned may rise to records this summer

The Middle Class Game Is Up: We’re Heading to a Slave Labor Planet

"Thanks to globalization, the American, Australian and European promises of middle-class prosperity are on their way to extinction.
Class solidarity was such a good idea. It really was. Obviously, most of the people who need solidarity are in the world’s laboring classes. After all, the rich have more than enough solidarity already, as was recently demonstrated by their successful execution of the greatest global financial heist in history. Oh sure, we’ll see some state sponsored mock show trials of a few of them — they always throw a few of their own out of the sleigh to the wolves during their escapes. The big heist was big news. Working Americans will be applying Preparation H to their keisters for a long time to come.
But the ultimate accomplishment of the already rich, the newly rich and the corporate rich, has been their global solidarity on the corporate/financial front. It’s been a long run up to globalism, but the rich have great patience. As an American, all my life I’ve heard their chief mouthpiece, the president of the United States, beginning with Eisenhower, right on up through Kennedy, Reagan, Ford, Carter and Bush, and now Obama, sing the same song. Which goes moreover like this:
“Trade is the road to peace. Commerce and business know no national boundaries. They link nations together on productivity, creating jobs and peace across the world.”It sounded good at the time. Who would have thought that the people enjoying all this harmony and peace brought about through globalization would be enjoying it in a one big happy planetary work gulag? And if they are not doing so at the moment, they will be as soon global capitalism, under the watchful solidarity of the rich, bears full fruit."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

American Death Squads Murder Indiscriminately

Elite U.S. Units Step Up Drive in Kandahar Before Attack

"Small bands of elite American Special Operations forces have been operating with increased intensity for several weeks in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan’s largest city, picking up or picking off insurgent leaders to weaken the Taliban in advance of major operations, senior administration and military officials say.
The looming battle for the spiritual home of the Taliban is shaping up as the pivotal test of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy, including how much the United States can count on the country’s leaders and military for support, and whether a possible increase in civilian casualties from heavy fighting will compromise a strategy that depends on winning over the Afghan people."

Die, You Foul Institution

Church scandal’s next wave: Abused girls

"Father Charlie told the girl with the cascading brown curls and frilly frocks that she was pretty. Special. One of his favourites.
In the small Ontario town of Pain Court, a French-Canadian community near Chatham, Father Charlie’s attention was prized by devout Roman Catholic families like Cecilia McLauchlin’s. His interest in their daughter meant the popular priest, once described as “next to God,” publicly approved of how she was being raised.
So when a gynecologist examined the girl for recurring vaginal infections, it didn’t occur to anyone that Father Charlie was the cause of her physical pain.
Cecilia McLauchlin was only 5 years old."

Up To Their Old Tricks

The “Radical” Muslim Group That Threatened South Park Creators Was Founded and Run by Joseph Cohen, a Former Israeli Radical Who Used to Live in a Settlement in the West Bank

"South Park ran an unedited image of Muhammad in 2001 in an episode called “Super Best Friends“… and nothing happened.
In fact, the episode had been on the South Park website for viewing at any time for the past few years (they just removed it)… and nothing happened.
For 4 seasons they had that image in their opening segment for every single show… and nothing happened.
So for years on end no Muslim group, “radical” or otherwise, has threatened Matt and Trey or Comedy Central about the image of Muhammad that has been available for all to see every single day.
All of a sudden last week a group called “Revolution Muslim” threatened violence against Comedy Central if they aired an image of Muhammad which forced Comedy Central to censor the show and now you have even liberals talking about those “radical Muslims” and their threats of violence. Karl Rove couldn’t have done it any better.
Problem is, Revolution Muslim was started and run by a “converted” Israeli settler who studied at an orthodox rabbinical school in Israel before becoming a settler in the occupied territories.
You don’t think a orthadox Israeli settler would have any desire to see progressive Americans start to hate “radical Muslims” do you? You think “Revolution Muslim” helps or hurts the Israeli PR campaign after Operation Cast Lead and the Goldstone Report?
But the only thing is… “Revolution Muslim” (his creative fake “Scary American Terrorist” website) was started and ran by a man named Yousef al-Khattab. Yousef al-Khattab was born Joseph Cohen, in Brooklyn, New York. He was jewish. But not just jewish, he was a settler who went to Palestine to live on the illegal Israeli settlements."

"By way of deception..."

“Revolution Muslim” is always there to say just the wrong thing to make Americans hate “Radical Muslims”. They praised the killing of Daniel Pearl with a childish puppet show. They sent “Get Well” wishes to the guy who shot those 13 people at Fort Hood.
"Yousef al-Khattab, 41, a radical Muslim in the borough of Queens who runs, claims on the site that the soldiers massacred at the Texas base deserved to be massacred, and he insists the victims are in “eternal hellfire.” As for the suspected gunman — Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan — Al-Khattab hails him as a hero. Fox News"
You can count on “Revolution Muslim” to say the wrong thing at the right moment to get Americans to hate all those “radical” Muslims."

getting just the right scary footage for the 6:00 news

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Exit Strategy" To Mollify The Rubes Back Home

Afghan ‘Exit Strategy’ Won’t Involve Removing Any Troops - Road Map Will Involve 'Decades' of Additional Deployments

"A NATO summit in Estonia has culminated with the much-hyped “road map,” an exit strategy for the alliance from Afghanistan after nearly a decade of war. It will detail the alliance’s new strategy for the conflict and, as is so often the case, lower the bar for what constitutes ’success’ in the nation.
Amazingly, initial indications are that the “exit strategy” won’t involve actually removing any troops, but instead will hand over select provinces to the Karzai government while keeping the NATO troops there too for support. This “handover” is expected to last decades, though officials were quick to note it was “not calendar-driven.”
The public announcement has yet to come, but it looks as though the big winner in the strategy is President Karzai, as NATO civilian chief Mark Sedwill ’s comments suggested the alliance will basically shrug off his government’s massive corruption, apparently in the hope that it will eventually grow into a responsible regime.
NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that no exit strategy could involve a “run for the exits,” and there seems to be no danger of that, as the alliance’s plan seems to cement NATO’s presence as an occupying power over much of Afghanistan for untold decades to come."

Tap Water Can Be Killing You

Millions drink toxic water in the USA, but it's EPA-approved

"NaturalNews) It has been so long since the federal law regulating tap water has been updated that since 2004, more than one-fifth of the U.S. population has consumed tap water that the government classifies as toxic, but still approves for human consumption.
"People don't understand that just because water is technically legal, it can still present health risks," said Pankaj Parekh, director of water quality for the City of Los Angeles.
Even though more than 60,000 chemicals are used in the United States each year and most have never been tested for human safety, the Safe Water Drinking Act regulates only 91 different toxins. Many of these are regulations have not been updated since the 1980s or even since the law was first passed in 1974. The law does not take into account newer findings that certain chemicals can be more toxic in combination than separately. To top it off, not a single chemical has been added to the law since 2000.
Science has passed the law by, as researchers have identified hundreds of new chemicals that can cause cancer or other diseases if consumed in tap water. Many of these chemicals are even regulated by some federal agencies, yet are still allowed in tap water. An analysis by the New York Times of 19 million drinking-water tests found that since 2004, more than 62 million people have consumed fully legal tap water that contained contaminants at levels violating at least one federal health guideline. Likewise, numerous scientific studies suggest that millions of people a year become sick from toxins contained in drinking water.
Yet many of these diseases take a long time to appear, and can never be definitively linked to tap water.
"These chemicals accumulate in body tissue. They affect developmental and hormonal systems in ways we don't understand," said Linda S. Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
"There's growing evidence that numerous chemicals are more dangerous than previously thought, but the EPA still gives them a clean bill of health."

also - Food in the U.S. Is Still Tainted with Chemicals That Were Banned Decades Ago

"Thirty-eight years after DDT was banned, Americans still consume trace amounts of the infamous insecticide every day, along with more than 20 other banned chemicals."

Man Forces State To Kill Him Messiest Way Possible

‘The Firing Squad, Please,’ Says Prisoner

"Ronnie Lee Gardner had a quarter-century to ponder his choice, whether to die by lethal injection or take four bullets in the heart.
In a Utah courtroom Friday, 25 years after he was sentenced to death for killing a man during an escape attempt, he declared his preference to the judge: “I would like the firing squad, please.”
With Mr. Gardner’s appeals apparently exhausted, Judge Robin W. Reese of Third District Court in Salt Lake City signed a warrant of execution and scheduled it for June 18."

"For decades, Utah let condemned prisoners choose whether to die by hanging or the firing squad, then more recently between lethal injection and a firing squad. In 2004, the Legislature ended the practice, making lethal injections standard. But to avoid legal complications, the state has allowed pre-existing prisoners who had selected the firing squad to remain with that option if they want.
Mr. Gardner picked the firing squad at the time of his initial death sentence in 1985. In two later court appearances he seemed to have had a change of heart, switching his choice to lethal injection. But in 1996 — the same year that the last prisoner in Utah, and the country, was executed with bullets — he said he had switched only out of concern for his children, who were then young, and that he had always preferred death by gunfire.
“I like the firing squad,” he told The Deseret News at the time. “It’s so much easier ... and there’s no mistakes.” In a telephone interview Friday, Mr. Parnes said that he would not comment on Mr. Gardner’s reasons for “his personal decision.”
By law, state law enforcement officers would be the ones to fire the shots, but officials have not publicly described how they would be selected. Earlier this month, as Mr. Gardner was considering his decision, officials allowed Mr. Parnes to brief him on the protocols for lethal injection and for the firing squad. Mr. Parnes said that the court had ordered him not to reveal the details.
Procedures for the last two such executions in Utah, which officials said would largely be followed with Mr. Gardner, had five unidentified officers using identical .30-30 hunting rifles from a distance of about 20 feet. One rifle — which one unknown to the shooters — was loaded with a blank. The condemned man was strapped into a seat while wearing a black jumpsuit and a hood, with a white cloth circle placed over his heart to provide a target.
Lethal injection has become the method of choice throughout the country, used in more than 1,000 executions since it was introduced in the early 1980s. It is widely seen as more humane than the alternatives, but numerous cases have been reported in which drugs have been injected incorrectly, causing severe pain and gasping for minutes or more.
Four other men now sitting on Utah’s death row were also sentenced before 1996 and initially selected the firing squad, so Mr. Gardner’s shooting death would not necessarily be the last. Utah is the only state where such an execution is at all likely; only Oklahoma keeps it as a backup in case other methods are legally rejected.
Utah is phasing out firing squads because of the media attention and bad image they cause, legislators and corrections officials said."

What a sick, backwards society we live in that this archaic shit still goes on. Forget all the supposed reasons for opposing death penalties. Discard the expense involved, the cruel wait, the possibilities that an innocent person would die and other miscarriages of justice. The one main reason for not having death penalties is that you never, ever give the government the ability to kill citizens, because kill them they will, in greater numbers and for ever more petty crimes.
The reason executions are carried out by poisonous injection isn't for humane purposes, the victim winds up dead like any other method and can likely be chemically tortured beforehand. No, lethal injections are favored because it's gruesomely clean and quiet and politically correct and won't spook the herd.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lovely Neighbors

"Israeli bulldozers today destroyed a garden and children’s playground in Beit Jala, and 100 fruit and olive trees in Al Walaja, both in the Bethlehem district, to make way for the continued construction of their illegal apartheid wall. Soldiers present used violent force to remove Palestinian, Israeli and international activists who attempted to prevent the destruction. Two Israelis were arrested immediately, and six internationals were later arrested.
In Beit Jala, this is the second time that this particular garden and playground has been bulldozed. A legal injunction preventing further destruction expired this week. Following the previous demolition, in early March, local Palestinian residents and international supporters rebuilt the playground and planted new olive trees in the garden. All these were today destroyed."

UN: Thousands of children without school in Israeli-blockaded Gaza

"New York - The United Nations refugee agency in Gaza Strip has not built any schools in the past three years because the Israeli blockade prevented the importation of construction materials, a UN official said Thursday."

How Corporations Think Of Us

Featured Question

What is Dead Peasant Insurance?

"Dead Peasant Insurance is sometimes used as a shorthand reference for life insurance policies that insure a company’s rank-and-file employees and name the company as the beneficiary. This means that the company receives the life insurance benefits when the covered employees die. This insurance may also be called “janitor insurance,”…

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Homo Erectus For Other Species

Early humans may have bred with other species – twice

"Human evolution is looking more tangled than ever. A new genetic study of nearly two thousand people from around the world suggests that some of our ancestors bred with other species of humans, such as Neanderthals, at least twice.
"The researchers suggest the interbreeding happened about 60,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean and, more recently, about 45,000 years ago in eastern Asia,"
Nature News reports from the annual meeting of the American Society of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
That conclusion is based on a study of over 600 genetic markers, called microsatellites, sequenced in nearly 100 different populations.

As humans began fanning out from Africa, between 50 and 100,000 years ago, these markers changed, allowing researchers to determine the relationship between different populations and to estimate when they split from one another.
If humans bred only with other humans, all these markers would create a neat phylogenetic tree, showing that human genetic diversity can be traced to a single population that existed in Africa in the last 100,000 years.
Instead, a team led by
Jeffrey Long, at the University of New Mexico, found evidence that some of the markers looked far too old to have come from humans. Inbreeding with other ancient species is the likeliest explanation. "It means Neanderthals didn't completely disappear," he told Nature.
True, Neanderthals are the likeliest contenders for our ancestors' sexual partners, but they aren't the only ones.
Last month, a team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig Germany recovered hominin DNA in Mongolia from a 30-50,000-year-old finger bone that appears to be
neither Neanderthal nor human. Its ancestors, or another yet-to-be-discovered kind of archaic hominin, could have bred with humans.
Previous studies of small parts of the Neanderthal genome have found
no evidence for interbreeding.
But with a
complete Neanderthal genome due to be published any day now, and more DNA from the newly-discovered hominin in the works, scientists will have the best chance yet to determine whether our species shared a bed with any others."

The history of humans on this planet is far more complex and exciting than we can guess right now, and basically modern anthropology is all about guesswork.

Wanking To The Watermark

U.S. Treasury Department Really, Really Wants You To Masturbate To New Features On $100

yanked from Wonkette

somehow related - SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed

marginally related - Saint Reagan on the $50 bill? 79% say no fucking way

Make Way For Mr Earth Day

NYPD Confiscated Bikes on Obama Motorcade Route

"Citing security concerns that bikes might be secret pipe bombs, NYPD officers clipped the locks of hundreds of bikes along Houston Street this morning in preparation for President Obama's speech at Cooper Union. The bikes were unceremoniously put in the back of the truck. Onlookers were not given information as to what would become of the bikes."

Never Enough

Obama: Ties with Israel 'unshakable'

"US President Barack Obama reassured Jewish American leaders Thursday that his administration's commitment to Israel remains "unshakable," despite recent tension between Jerusalem and Washington over a moratorium on Jewish construction in the West Bank.In a letter from Obama to Alan Solow, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the US president wrote that his administration is committed to a "special relationship with Israel and that will not change.

"Our countries are bound together by shared values, deep and interwoven connections, and mutual interests," he added."

our precious little terror buddy likes to share organs too

Another Lovely Social Custom Flourishes Under Empire

Framing Russia

Really, who the hell knows for sure what caused the crash of that plane in Smolensk, Russia, carrying the president of the Polish government? High ranking military and financial mucky mucks also were killed. But we can take a look at who benefited the most from the mess.
The trend in media since it happened was to blame the Russians for downing the plane, but the significance of the crash and subsequent propaganda in other areas seem to be setting Russia up as an demonized scapegoat.

First the whole reason for the flight was to commemorate the World War II Katyn Massacre of 20,000 Polish officers by Russian secret police in 1940. Highlighting WW2 is the hallmark of a certain other entity on the world stage today and bringing the spotlight of attention on historic tragedy is what they love to do. But this was supposed to be a reconciliation trip, with Putin being the first Russian leader to openly stand with a Polish president during commemoration activities of the Katyn event. It seems to me that gesture doesn't jive with wanting to murder him soon after.

Purportedly there was a lot of animosity between Russia and Poland. Kaczynski criticized Russia for extending it's influence into the the former Soviet republics and sided with Georgia during the shoot out over South Ossetia. There was angry jostling over Poland's agreement to place western missile systems on Polish soil. There were disagreements about imports and exports. But unprecedented bilateral diplomacy about the WW2 massacre was a huge thaw in relations. Now who would benefit from nipping that potential flowering of neighborly companionship in the bud?

Forces that want to to isolate Russia while at the same time take care of a bit of financial unpleasantness, you know, the usual suspects who absolutely love to do things surreptitiously that have overlapping benefits.

Poland’s Leaders Move to Weaken Currency, Then Die in Plane Crash

"There’s no telling if the two events are connected, but their timing is mighty interesting.
The Polish government and the National Bank of Poland, in a “rare moment of unity,” agree to weaken Poland’s currency, the zloty, in an act that would benefit Poland’s exporters at the expense of Poland’s trading partners—that is, the European Union, among others. Then, the next day, Poland’s president and the president of its national bank die in a plane crash."

The zionist polluted governments in the EU (see the previous blog entry) are solidly pro Israel and are maneuvering for position in the run up for all out war in the middle east against the little terror state's regional adversaries. They've been serious ass kissers on the subject of Iran sanctions, and they know all about the looming, catastrophic east/west world conflict. Decapitating an uncooporating Polish government and pointing at the big, bad Russkies benefits them, and Israel, immensely.
By the way, a video emerged in recent days that suggests that plane crash was planned to wipe out all those Poles, and if the crash didn't do it then some assassins were on hand to finish the job, but I'm taking this video with a big grain of salt.

The zionist strategy is on to marginalize and isolate Russia on all fronts in the run up to an attack on Iran, to lessen the capability for Russians to help the islamic republic when the missiles fly. Georgia is key to this strategy in the Caucasus. This zio entity will most probably be used to bottle up the land bridge between the Black and Caspian Seas, and it's sure being used for propaganda purposes now:

Russia: Not involved in Georgia uranium seizure

"Russia on Thursday angrily rejected accusations by Georgia's president linking Moscow to a case of attempted uranium smuggling and suggested he was lying, in a new flare-up of tensions between the hostile neighbors."

As Michael Rivero of WhatReallyHappened comments:
"The interesting points are that the seizure happened last month and is only now being made public, just in time to deflect the post nuclear summit attention away from Israel. Then there is the fact that the exact amounts and degree of enrichment are not reported. Note that the nationalities of the "foreign nationals" are not disclosed, and when you couple that with the photograph of Iranian technicians used to illustrate the story and intended to create a link to Iran that is not supported by the story itself, and this reeks of being a staged event to hype "nuclear threat" ahead of a possible false flag attack to kick off WW3."

The Moscow bombings in late March were supposedly the work of Chechen separatists, no doubt yet another way to create havoc in the Caucasus to keep the Russians busy. It's possible the turmoil in Kyrgyzstan may be linked too. The zionists are endlessly busy little beavers and you can bet the ranch we're soon going to see a lot more of their handiwork.

Dutiful Ziopuppet Does The Fascist Bidding

Merkel seeks public support for Afghan war - caution, Faux links

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to drum up support for Germany's military mission in Afghanistan on Thursday in an uphill battle against growing public resistance.

Merkel said in a speech in parliament that German troops will try to start handing over some responsibility to Afghan authorities in 2011, but added the country's 4,500 soldiers in Afghanistan will stay as long as necessary.

She said the conflict is "what is commonly known as warfare or war" — a word she has so far avoided using.

"Each member of this house ... has known that," Merkel said. "We cannot ask our soldiers to be brave if we lack the courage to acknowledge what we have decided."

Public support for the German mission, which started after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has eroded over recent months in the face of a rising death toll and the killing of Afghan civilians. A recent poll showed about 62 percent of those asked want German troops to come home."

flashback - Merkel to Knesset: Germany will always stand by Israel

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel earned a standing ovation at the Knesset on Tuesday after pledging to stand by Israel's side against any threat, particularly from Iran, and paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. "Especially in this place, I emphasize: Every German government and every chancellor before me was committed to the special responsibility Germany has for Israel's security," she said."

We're More Important Than Relationships With Your Kids

Schools Urge Parents Not to Take Kids to Work

"Many U.S. school districts are urging parents to keep their kids in class and not take them to work Thursday for an annual event they say disrupts learning at an increasingly critical time of year.
From Arizona to Illinois to Texas, educators are alerting parents that between high-stakes standardized testing in some areas and the H1N1 virus that kept thousands of children home earlier in the school year, the timing of "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" doesn't make sense.
"This year, of all years, to have a student miss a day for something like this that could be done anytime — it just seems the focus should be on students and their learning here," said Guy Schumacher, the superintendent of Libertyville Elementary School District 70 in suburban Chicago.
Some administrators said they recognized that spending time with their parents at work could be a valuable educational experience for children, but it does not justify pulling them out of the classroom — even for one day."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Worthless Paper Gets New Image, Is Still Ugly

New 100 dollar bill "On Wednesday, the US Treasury introduced a new 100 dollar bill, which is slated to go into circulation early in 2011. The new 100 dollar bill includes a "3D Security Ribbon" and a color-changing inkwell."

Radar Image Of Eyjafjallajokull

where is my virgin

Disposable Pawns

Pentagon Continues to Use "Personality Disorder" Discharges to Cheat Veterans out of Benefits

"An army sergeant who had received 22 honors including a Combat Action Badge prior to being wounded in Iraq by a mortar shell was told he was faking his medical symptoms and subjected to abusive treatment until he agreed to a "personality disorder"(PD) discharge.
After a doctor with the First Cavalry division wrote he was out for "secondary gain," Chuck Luther was imprisoned in a six- by eight-foot isolation chamber, ridiculed by the guards, denied regular meals and showers and kept awake by perpetual lights and blasting heavy metal music---abuses similar to the punishments inflicted on terrorist suspects by the CIA.
"They told me I wasn't a real soldier, that I was a piece of crap. All I wanted was to be treated for my injuries," 12-year veteran Luther told reporter Joshua Kors of "The Nation" magazine (April 26th). "Now suddenly I'm not a soldier. I'm a prisoner, by my own people. I felt like a caged animal in that room. That's when I started to lose it." The article is called "Disposable Soldiers: How the Pentagon is Cheating Wounded Vets."
Luther had been seven months into his deployment at Camp Taji, 20 miles north of Baghdad, when a mortal shell exploded at the base of his guard tower that knocked him down, slamming his head into the concrete. "I remember laying there in a daze, looking around, trying to figure out where I was at," he said. Luther suffered permanent hearing loss in his right ear, tinnitus, agonizing headaches behind his right eye, severe nosebleeds, and shoulder pain.

The sergeant took a Chapter 5-13 PD discharge in order to escape his confinement, becoming one of 22,600 soldiers so separated since 2001, a discharge that relieves the Pentagon of the responsibility and cost of long-term care for the wounded. An Army major told Luther to sign the discharge papers or "you're going to be here a lot longer." Luther recalled, "They had me broke down. At that point, I just wanted to get home." Many of the PD discharge recipients are soldiers who have served two and three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, author Kors writes.

Sgt. Angel Sandoval, who served under Luther, said Luther's insistence on his wearing ceramic plates strapped to his bulletproof vest saved his life and described Luther as "one of the greatest leaders I had." Yet this is the man the Army imprisoned when he requested medical treatment. "This should have been resolved during the Bush administration. And it should have been stopped now by the Obama administration," Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, is quoted as saying about PD discharges. "The fact that it hasn't is a national disgrace."

Luther's case is no isolated example, writes Kors, noting that in the past three years "The Nation" has uncovered more than two dozen such cases. "All the soldiers were examined, deemed physically and psychologically fit, then welcomed into the military. All performed honorably before being wounded during service...Yet after seeking treatment for their wounds, each soldier was diagnosed with a pre-existing personality disorder, then discharged and denied benefits," Kors writes.

This past December, he reports, VA doctors found Luther to be suffering from migraine headaches, vision problems, dizziness, nausea, difficulty hearing, numbness, anxiety and irritability---and diagnosed him with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, declaring the veteran 80 percent disabled. The diagnosis cleared the way for the sergeant to receive disability benefits and lifetime medical care.

With his health improving, Luther has vowed to fight the military on behalf of other soldiers who got a raw deal like himself. He founded Disposable Warriors, a one-soldier operation near Fort Hood, Texas, that assists soldiers fighting their discharge and those appealing their disability rating, Kors reports. Luther says the base had 12 suicides last year as of June 2nd but reported only two. Luther is quoted in a November 21, 2009, article on "Truthout" as saying there is only one mental health professional for every 1,263 soldiers "and that is the first failure."

After opening Disposable Warriors, Luther found a threatening note on his car windshield that read: "Back off or you and your family will pay!!"


"You Furnish The Pictures And I'll Furnish The War"*

8 Invented Diseases Big Pharma Is Banking on

"Sleep sweating? Here are some new ways the pharmaceutical plans to make money.
Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in 1997, pharma's credo has been When The Medication Is Ready, The Disease (and Patients) Will Appear. Who knew so many people suffered from restless legs?

But pharma's recent plan to move from mass-market molecules into more lucrative vaccines and biologics did not see the anti-vaxer movement coming: millions of Americans saying You Want to Vaccinate Me -- and My Child -- with WHAT?? and condemning vials of H1N1, rotavirus and MMR vaccines to sit, well, way past their expiration dates. Nor were fears of an international vaccine conspiracy helped by former CDC Director Julie Gerberding resurfacing as President of Merck Vaccines in December. (Nice revolving door if you can catch it.)"


*"When Hearst Artist Frederic Remington, cabled from Cuba in 1897 that "there will be no war," William Randolph Hearst cabled back: "You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jon Stewart Explains Goldman Sachs

State Decides Privacy Is Nothing Compared To Handful Of Sales Tax Dollars

Taxes, privacy at center of Amazon tiff with North Carolina

"How would you feel if your favorite retailer turned over a list of all the books, movies, personal care items, or "adult" entertainment items you have purchased in the last seven years to your state government, with your name and address attached? That's exactly what North Carolina's Department of Revenue (DOR) wants from, and it wants that info for every North Carolina resident that has ordered from the Internet retailer since 2003. Amazon has pushed back, however, saying that doing so would violate its users' privacy and First Amendment rights.
In fact, Amazon has gone so far as to file a lawsuit against the North Carolina DOR in hopes of getting a judge to proactively rule the DOR's request unconstitutional. In its complaint, Amazon says the DOR does not need personally identifiable information in order to check up on Amazon's compliance with North Carolina's tax laws. The retailer says it has already handed over a list of what North Carolina customers have bought, what they paid, and the ZIP code where the items were shipped, which should be enough.
The North Carolina DOR doesn't think so, though. Clearly, government is trying to determine exactly which residents are skirting paying their sales taxes to the state with this strategy. (For those of you who didn't know, you actually are supposed to pay sales tax on those Amazon purchases, even though Amazon doesn't collect them from most of us. Needless to say, most customers conveniently "forget" come tax time.)
North Carolina has demanded the names and addresses of each state citizen along with every order detail, and has threatened Amazon with summary contempt for not already turning it over."
When False Flags Don’t Fly

"Those who have studied history know that nothing invigorates and empowers an authoritarian regime more than a spectacular act of violence, some sudden and senseless loss of life that allows the autocrat to stand on the smoking rubble and identify himself as the hero.

It is at moments like this that the public—still in shock from the horror of the tragedy that has just unfolded before them—can be led into the most ruthless despotism: despotism that now bears the mantle of “security.”
Acts of terror and violence never benefit the average man or woman. They only ever benefit those in positions of power.
This is why Nero fiddled while Rome burned: it
gave him a chance to throw the Christians to the lions and rebuild the capital of the Roman Empire in his own image.
This is why Hearst and the warmongers of the emerging American Empire
were delighted by the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor: it gave them the excuse they needed in order to rouse the public into supporting the Spanish-American War.
This is why
Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 during the Six Day War, strafing and torpedoing it relentlessly for hours in a vain attempt to send it to the bottom: the Israelis believed that the loss of the Liberty could be blamed on Egypt and draw the Americans into war.
This is why there are hundreds of documented examples of governments staging attacks in order to blame them on their political enemies. In every civilization, in every culture, in every historical period, authoritarians have known that spectacular acts of violence help to further consolidate their own power and control. And sadly, throughout history there have been all too many willing to allow attacks to occur, to pretend that attacks have occurred or even to attack their own population in order to further their political agenda.
To think that such staged provocations and false flag attacks no longer occur would be as unrealistic as believing that human nature itself has changed, that powerful people no longer seek to increase their power, that influence is never used for deceit or manipulation, that lies are no longer told to satisfy greed or slake the thirst for control. It is to believe that our society is immuned from those things that we have seen in every other society in every other era. In short, it is a dangerous delusion.
The people are once again learning the power of this delusion. They are learning the extent to which they have been lied to. They are once again studying their history."

"And this time, if there is another staged event to blame on the government’s enemy of the day, the people will know who to blame."

Corbett sums it up nicely but his optimism that people have woken up sufficiently is entirely misplaced. Even if the public at large had, there's nothing to prevent the insane ones from pulling their phony stunts anyway.

It's a trap that we'll find ourselves in a lot, because after all, we need to see some sort of light at the end of the tunnel, we want to have some little hope that this fascist bus plunge can be reversed at some point. We look for signs of hope and we take heart in seeing other websites and hearing other people that we resonate with and think just maybe the tide turned.

Forget about it. Our would be masters are playing chess while we think making a double jump in checkers was a real triumph. They're always thinking more moves ahead than we can possibly imagine and they've got everything in their favor. We can shout all we want in our big echo chamber and take heart from the echos but at the end of the day there still ain't very many of us, folks. No, people might be pissed and hurting and asking questions they might never have asked before but the vast majority in this wasteland of a failed society are Foxified, braindead simpletons you really wouldn't want to sit next to on a bus trip.

No, when the fuckers pull the next false flag, and bet the farm that they will, the filthy MSM will march lockstep to the fascists' tune, about every single one of those corrupted swine in Washington will sqeal in unison and that vast mouthbreathing majority will rise up nothing but cheer the fascists on.

I don't think most realize just how bad it is. It simply doesn't make any difference what we collectively do on a widespread basis at this point. The fascist agenda is their full time religion religion and no matter what we think we can do, they've thought of it and have already crushed it. They are insane, bloodthirsty psycopaths. Killed millions worldwide. Permanently poisoned giant chunks of the earth's surface with uranium dust, deforming thousands of generations of humans with the crap. They'll think nothing of nuking an american city with you along with it if they believe the time is right to further their filthy agenda. They are amoral, narcissistic, empty shells of psychopathy who think they own everything and everybody. They're so full of themselves and their power that they currently don't even bother to cover their tracks; crimes are right out in the open and they don't give a shit who knows about them. They will never stop this murderous rampage to control the entire three dimensional reality we live in, and at this point, resistance really is futile.

However they'll never own our souls unless we allow them. Get small, get local and be as anonymous as you can. Perform random acts of defiance. Talk to people and get organized if you're into that. Get into survival mode for the long haul, because I think the wheels are going to come off of that death cult juggernaut and it won't be long before it happens.
When the Iceland volcano blew it didn't take long before an entire airline industry shut down. The atmospheric particulates even halted some US military operations half a world away in the Afghanistan colony. You see the fascist agenda for total world domination relies completely and precariously on it's toys. It's the machinery that makes it all happen and without all the gadgets and widgets it's dead in the water, at that point with the putrid ideology laying bare and helpless and vulnerable.
You know, jeebus freaks might call it divine intervention, UFO cultists can point to the Space Brothers, but I think the beast will be taken down soon by an old friend. One nice, big X class flare on the sun, or many of them, will permanently fry the everloving crap out of the fascist machinery with a big satisfying zap and there's not a damned thing they can do about it. When that occurs our quiet persistance will have paid off and the insane scumbags, if they're not swinging from lampposts, will be utterly powerless.
Of course most of what we call civilization will have to be built from the ground up again, but boy won't that be exhilerating.

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