"Many individuals who took a single dose of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in what the drug culture calls "magic mushrooms" -- showed alterations in personality characteristics, largely for the better, that persisted for more than a year, a prospective scientific study showed.
Participants who reported "mystical experiences" during the hallucinogen sessions tended to show increases in the personality dimension known as openness, according to Katherine A. MacLean, PhD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University.
They found no adverse effects from the drug exposure.
Openness is generally considered a positive characteristic and includes such traits as aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination, intellectual engagement, and awareness of feelings in themselves and others, the researchers indicated in an online report in the Journal of Psychopharmacology."
"In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.
The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group’s Lawful Rebellion protest, during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.
Peake was ruling on a case involving Roger Hayes, former member of UKIP, who has refused to pay council tax, both as a protest against the government’s treasonous activities in sacrificing Britain to globalist interests and as a result of Hayes clearly proving that council tax is illegal.
Hayes has embarked on an effort to legally prove that the enforced collection of council tax by government is unlawful because no contract has been agreed between the individual and the state. His argument is based on the sound legal principle that just like the council, Hayes can represent himself as a third party in court and that “Roger Hayes” is a corporation and must be treated as one in the eyes of the law.
The British government doesn’t want this kind of information going viral in the public domain because it is scared stiff of a repeat of the infamous poll tax riots of 1990, a massive tax revolt in the UK that forced the Thatcher government to scrap the poll tax altogether because of mass civil disobedience and refusal to pay.
When viewers in the UK attempt to watch videos of the protest, they are met with the message, “This content is not available in your country due to a government removal request.”
"Have you told anyone “I’m born again?” Have you “walked the aisle” to “pray the prayer?”
Did you ever “name and claim” something and, after getting it, announce, “I’m highly blessed and favored?”
Many Americans are bilingual. They speak a secular language of sports talk, celebrity gossip and current events. But mention religion and some become armchair preachers who pepper their conversations with popular Christian words and trendy theological phrases.
If this is you, some Christian pastors and scholars have some bad news: You may not know what you’re talking about. They say that many contemporary Christians have become pious parrots. They constantly repeat Christian phrases that they don’t understand or distort.
Marcus Borg, an Episcopal theologian, calls this practice “speaking Christian.” He says he heard so many people misusing terms such as “born again” and “salvation” that he wrote a book about the practice.
People who speak Christian aren’t just mangling religious terminology, he says. They’re also inventing counterfeit Christian terms such as “the rapture” as if they were a part of essential church teaching.
The rapture, a phrase used to describe the sudden transport of true Christians to heaven while the rest of humanity is left behind to suffer, actually contradicts historic Christian teaching, Borg says.
“The rapture is a recent invention. Nobody had thought of what is now known as the rapture until about 1850,” says Borg, canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.
Speaking Christian isn’t confined to religion. It’s infiltrated politics.
Political candidates have to learn how to speak Christian to win elections, says Bill Leonard, a professor of church history at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity in North Carolina.
One of our greatest presidents learned this early in his career. Abraham Lincoln was running for Congress when his opponent accused him of not being a Christian. Lincoln often referred to the Bible in his speeches, but he never joined a church or said he was born again like his congressional opponent, Leonard says.
"Lincoln was less specific about his own experience and, while he used biblical language, it was less distinctively Christian or conversionistic than many of the evangelical preachers thought it should be,” Leonard says.
Lincoln won that congressional election, but the accusation stuck with him until his death, Leonard says.
One recent president, though, knew how to speak Christian fluently.
During his 2003 State of the Union address, George W. Bush baffled some listeners when he declared that there was “wonder-working power” in the goodness of American people.
Evangelical ears, though, perked up at that phrase. It was an evangelical favorite, drawn from a popular 19th century revival hymn about the wonder-working power of Christ called “In the Precious Blood of the Lamb.”
Leonard says Bush was sending a coded message to evangelical voters: I’m one of you.
“The code says that one: I’m inside the community. And two: These are the linguistic ways that I show I believe what is required of me,” Leonard says."
"Washington is known for explosive situations. Just this week Congress pulled itself back from the verge of a government shutdown — the third in less than a year.
But the explosive situation in the General Services Administration headquarters on Monday was a doozy, even for the nation’s capital. Toilets literally blew up into tiny shards of porcelain, seriously injuring two federal employees. One was taken to the hospital.
The rare accident, which started in a water tank on the roof of the agency’s capital region headquarters Monday morning, quickly became representative of Washington’s ills — from the bureaucratic response to the venom it released against the government and its employees.
“How many $1,200 toilet seats has the government bought, and here we have a toilet going boom!” mused Chuck White, vice president of technical and code services for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association. “I’m sure people think this is just one more example of our government in action.”
"How in the world does the average American family survive in this economy? The median household income is a little bit less than $50,000 a year right now. So let's call that about $4000 a month. But before any of that money gets spent, you have to take out at least $1000 in taxes. That leaves about $3000 a month to pay all the bills with. With that $3000 you have to pay the mortgage (or rent), make the car payments, make the student loan payments, pay for power and water, pay for health insurance, pay for home insurance, pay for car insurance, pay the phone bill, pay the Internet bill and pay the cable bill. On top of all that, every member of the family needs three meals a day and the cars need to be filled up with gasoline or they won't go anywhere. Of course I haven't even mentioned expenses that don't happen every month such as car repairs or new shoes. No wonder so many families are feeling so financially stressed!
The truth is that American families are getting squeezed harder than they have been in ages. The number of good jobs is declining, incomes are going down, and the cost of living just keeps going up.
The following are 17 facts that prove that the average American family is getting absolutely pulverized by this economy...."
"Most Americans may not know that the government agency responsible for providing national security data to the nation’s senior policymakers, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), operates a special center dedicated to global warming.
That’s because the CIA doesn’t want anyone to know what goes on in its two-year-old Center on Climate Change and National Security. So the exclusive unit, led by “senior specialists,” operates under a cloak of secrecy that rejects all public-records requests, despite President Obama’s promise to run a transparent government."
It's a secret because just like everything else the government says and does, they're pulling more scams . Sure, global climate chaos is real, due to any number of reasons, but the fascists insisting that they can fix the problems if only we trust them is the height of psychotic idiocy.
"After Debbie Jenkins got sick, couldn't work and lost two houses to foreclosure, after she burned through her savings, moved into an unheated garage in Crofton and still found herself six months behind on rent, she looked around for something to sell to help pay for the bologna and 60-cent cans of dollar-store vegetables that she, her daughter and three grandchildren live on.
She thought of her jewelry. But when she looked on Internet sales sites, she found more than 16,000 listings. She and her daughter held yard sales and netted $56. Then, somewhere in the boxes of judgments and collection notices piled around her garage home, she hit upon her truly final asset: the deed to a grassy plot of earth in Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Prince George's County, the spot where she once planned to spend eternity.
Jenkins decided to list her two burial plots. "MUST SELL!!!" she wrote in her free Craigslist ad. "Be prepared! Fort Lincoln The Garden of Apostles, rare opportunity to get into this sold-out section!" She included the block site and lawn crypt number, noted that such plots are worth nearly $8,000 and offered them for less than half that. "Great buy!"
Jenkins's offer to sell her final resting place is one of a quickly mounting number of ads that have cropped up in newspapers and on the Internet in recent months as unemployment and heavy debt loads drive more people to scour their homes for assets to sell in hopes of paying the bills of the here-and-now."
"It’s been reported briefly by a number of news outlets that a documentary/news show in Syria recently suggested the unrest currently taking place there is not really happening. Instead, they allege it's actually being staged in cinematic replicas of Syrian cities for the Al Jazeera news organization.
That's right: fake cities, built in Qatar by Al Jazeera, occupied by hordes of actors, under the direction of filmmakers to create a false impression of what’s happening on the ground in Syria. Or at least that’s the spin.
Or perhaps more accurately, propaganda. As this post from The New York Times mentions, the station that ran the allegations on September 9 is closely tied to the ruling regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
“Addounia TV is owned by Mohamed Hamsho, who is the brother-in-law of Maher al Assad, the commander of Syria’s Republican Guard and the brother of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.”
The post also links to this video of the broadcast, subtitled in English by a YouTube channel called the Syrian Interpreter and aptly titled "Addounia TV hitting the crack pipe, 9 Sept."
"Al Jazeera and Sky News on Sunday aired videos showing rebels celebrating their surprisingly quick victory over Tripoli in Green Square.
But we believe that they have actually been showing a staged scene, including a fake scenery, one that’s reportedly been built in Doha, Qatar. Impossible you say? Then continue reading.
First off, let’s see a recording of a show aired on the Libyan state television on 17 Aug, just four days before the incident. In it, we are told that parts of Tripoli have been reproduced in Qatar, to be used as a scenery for fake proof of the fall of Tripoli." (translation at the bottom)
"It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date.
Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.
"We believe these man-in-the-middle attacks are potentially possible on a wide variety of electronic voting machines," said Roger Johnston, leader of the assessment team "We think we can do similar things on pretty much every electronic voting machine."
The new revelations stoke ongoing fears that such weapons, which are light, relatively easy to use and have the capacity to take down a commercial airplane, could end up in the wrong hands as the Libyan war that ousted Muammar Qaddafi winds down."
The NWO overthrow of Gaddafi because he nationalized his resources isn't over by a long shot. Let's see how many aircraft crash due to "mechanical reasons".
"Against the backdrop of war propaganda, Libya's economic and social achievements over the last thirty years, have been brutally reversed:
The [Libyan Arab Jamahiriya] has had a high standard of living and a robust per capita daily caloric intake of 3144. The country has made strides in public health and, since 1980, child mortality rates have dropped from 70 per thousand live births to 19 in 2009. Life expectancy has risen from 61 to 74 years of age during the same span of years. (FAO, Rome, Libya, Country Profile,)
According to sectors of the "Progressive Left" which have endorsed NATO's R2P mandate: "The mood across Libya, particularly in Tripoli, is absolutely —like there’s just a feeling of euphoria everywhere. People are incredibly excited about starting afresh. There’s a real sense of rebirth, a feeling that their lives are starting anew. (DemocracyNow.org, September 14, 2011 emphasis added)
The rebels are casually presented as "liberators". The central role of Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists within rebel ranks is not mentioned.
"Starting afresh" in the wake of destruction? Fear and Social Despair, Countless Deaths and Atrocities, amply documented by the independent media.
No euphoria.... A historical reversal in the country's economic and social development has occurred. The achievements have been erased.
The NATO invasion and occupation marks the ruinous "rebirth" of Libya's standard of living That is the forbidden and unspoken truth: an entire Nation has been destabilized and destroyed, its people driven into abysmal poverty.
The objective of the NATO bombings from the outset was to destroy the country's standard of living, its health infrastructure, its schools and hospitals, its water distribution system.
And then "rebuild" with the help of donors and creditors under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank."
"The Iranian navy plans to move naval vessels out of the Persian Gulf and into the Atlantic Ocean, "near maritime borders of the United States," the Tehran Times reported Tuesday.
According to the English-language paper based in Tehran, the announcement came from a top Iranian naval officer on Tuesday.
“As the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) have a (military) presence near our sea borders, we also plan to have a strong presence near the U.S. sea borders with the help of the soldiers who are loyal to the vali-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent),” said Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, as quoted and paraphrased by the Tehran Times."
The hubris and smugness of empire has been staggering to behold over the last few decades. But the one disastrous tendency of all empires in history is to assume controlling dominion forever just because they're empires. It all changes. And even with seemingly science fiction technology, other people might pop up with surprises.
" SIRTE, Libya — Libyan revolutionary forces on Tuesday battled their way into the eastern outskirts of Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, commanders said, in a bid to link up with anti-Gadhafi fighters besieging the city from the west and seize control of the loyalist stronghold.
More than a month after sweeping into Tripoli and ending Gadhafi’s nearly 42-year rule, Libyan forces still face fierce resistance from the fugitive leader’s supporters on three fronts — in Sirte, the town of Bani Walid southeast of the capital and in pockets in the country’s vast desert south.
Some of the heaviest fighting has taken place in Sirte, which anti-Gadhafi forces first attacked nearly two weeks ago, but have pulled back in the face of fierce resistance from loyalists holed up inside."
The propagandists really want to make you believe the blatant, naked aggression by NWO fascists against Libya is a homegrown uprising. So in an Orwellian maneuver they label the sides 180 degrees from what they actually are. The real revolutionaries are in the Gaddafi government which took the country over from King Idris in 1969. Idris was a colonial puppet who had sold out to western banksters. Gaddafi, for all his supposed faults, reversed that and began using the country's resources to build Libyan society into the most prosperous in Africa. On the other hand the mercenary forces arrayed against the Gaddafi government represent western interests fighting to take the country back to monarchy from 40 years ago. So ask yourself two questions - if the mercenaries are Libyan revolutionaries, why do they fly the monarchist flag? But of course the waters of the flag business needed to be muddied so you wouldn't catch the obvious answer to the above question. Also, if this is a popular uprising of the Libyan people against Ghadaffi, who's been painted as a villain in this drama, why are Libyans still fighting the invading forces?
"I am grateful to the Almighty Allah who granted me, once more, the opportunity to appear before this world assembly. I have the pleasure to express my sincere thanks to H.E. Joseph Deiss, president of the sixty-fifth session for his tremendous efforts during his tenure. I also would like to congratulate H.E Nassir Abdulaziz AI-Nasser on his election as the president of sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly and wish him all success.
Let me seize the moment to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the past year, particularly to the victims of the tragic famine in Somalia and the devastating flood in Pakistan and especially the earthquake and the ensuing explosions in the nuclear power plant in Japan. I urge everyone to intensify their assistance and aid to the affected populations in these countries.
Over the past years, I spoke about different global issues, and the need to introduce fundamental changes in the current international order.
Today, considering the international developments, I will try to analyze the present situation from a different angle. As you all know the dominance and superiority of human beings over other creatures, lie in the very nature and the truth of humankind which is a divine gift and a manifestation of the divine spirit including: faith in God, who is the ever-lasting creator and planner of the entire universe.
Showing compassion to others, generosity, justice-seeking, and having integrity both in words and in deeds.
The quest for dignity to reach the pinnacles of perfection, the aspiration to elevate one’s material and spiritual status, and the longing to realize liberty; Defying oppression, corruption, and discrimination in trying to support the oppressed; Seeking happiness, and lasting prosperity and security for all.
These are some of the manifestations of common divine and human attributes which can clearly be seen in the historical aspirations of human beings as reflected in the heritage of our search for art and literary works both in prose and poetry, and in the socio-cultural and political movements of human beings in the course of history.
All divine prophets and social reformers invited human beings to tread on this righteous path. God has given dignity to humankind to elevate his status to assume his successor role on Earth.
It is vividly clear that despite all historical achievements, including creation of the United-Nations, which was a product of untiring struggles and efforts of free-minded and justice-seeking individuals as well as the international cooperation, human societies are yet far from fulfilling their noble desires and aspirations.
Most nations of the world are unhappy with the current international circumstances. And despite the general longing and aspiration to promote peace, progress, and fraternity, wars, mass-murder, widespread poverty, and socioeconomic and political crises continue to infringe upon the rights and sovereignty of nations, leaving behind irreparable damage worldwide."
Libya's transitional government has hedged its claims that a mass grave had been found behind a notorious prison, telling reporters Monday that some bones found there were too large to be from humans.
"Some investigations have been conducted on this mass grave specifically, and there has been no conclusion yet," said Jamal Ben Noor, a senior official with the Justice and Human Rights Ministry. Ben Noor said the site reported behind Abu Salim prison in Tripoli "could be something else," because the bones found here are bigger than normal human remains."
"(MIAMI HERALD) North Miami Beach police are investigating a threatening submission to a resident’s blog that was posted using a city-issued computer.
The anonymous post invited criminals to pay a visit to two outspoken city activists.
The statements under investigation were submitted to gadfly Stephanie Kienzle’s blog votersopinion.com and was traced back to a city-issued police department computer, North Miami Beach Major Kathy Katerman confirmed.
Kienzle, who sent a letter to the police department requesting an investigation last week, never published the post on her site — which requires the moderators to approve submissions — but did save the text.
In the post, the writer defends the police department against proposed cuts the during the city’s budget process. The poster wrote, “There has been a tremendous amount of good work done by the North Miami Beach PD. There is a lot of crime deterred, caught, and handled by the PD. The speciality units that are being threatened to be dismantled are only going to assist the criminals. Gangs and criminals only look for opportunities.”
The poster called out two council meeting regulars who have supported the city’s call to reduce the police force. In the post, resident Mubarak Kazan, who is Muslim, is called “Al-Jazzerri” and Bert Kehren, of resident German heritage, a “Nazi.” The poster goes on to say, “criminals, here it is” — followed by a description of Kazan’s house and directions to where both men live. The poster tells the criminals to “have fun.”
“That wasn’t very cool,” Kienzle said. “I wasn’t going to publish residents’ addresses and let someone say, ‘Criminals, go get them’. I felt that it was necessary to bring it to the attention of the police chief.”
North Miami Beach police declined to provide further details citing an ongoing investigation that will likely be completed in the coming days.
Empire's thugs beat on Wall Street protestors. It's all about a display of power at this point. I wonder what would happen if these steroid junkies were up against enraged citizens with baseball bats, molotov coctails and guns.
"In a truly stunning display of dishonesty, the BBC has reported, citing no evidence to back its claim, that a mass grave containing over 1,200 bodies has been found in Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison complex. The BBC attempts to tie this ‘finding’ to the equally concocted ‘Abu Salim prison massacre’, as it claims that the bodies are those of the inmates supposedly killed in 1996.
In a piece posted today, the BBC uses the headline: “More than 1,200 bodies found in Tripoli mass grave“. Categorically, absolutely, unequivocally, this is an out-and-out lie; 1,200 bodies have not been found.
This is revealed to the reader within the BBC’s own concocted report in the paragraphs that follow (emphasis mine):
A mass grave believed to contain up to 1,270 bodies has been found in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, says the National Transitional Council (NTC). The remains are thought to be those of inmates who were killed by security forces in 1996 in the Abu Salim prison. … Excavation at the site is expected to start soon. … Several bone fragments and pieces of clothing have already been found in the top soil.
While the unelected, illegitimate terror council known as the NTC claims to have found merely ‘several bone fragments‘, the BBC claims that 1,200 bodies have been found in its deliberately misleading headline.
Even this weak slew of lies from the BBC exposes the fragile nature of the ‘Abu Salim massacre’ propaganda, as it refers to the evidential basis of the event (emphasis mine):
A few eyewitnesses have talked about the fact they were killed in their jail cells by grenades and sustained gunfire after a protest. Officials in the new government say they will need foreign forensic help to determine exactly what happened there.
The BBC’s report contains testimony from a ‘Sami Assadi’, who claims to have lost two brothers in the incident.
“Mixed feelings really. We are all happy because this revolution has succeeded, but when I stand here, I remember my brothers and many, many friends have been killed, just because they did not like Muammar Gaddafi.”
The inclusion of this testimony is a blatant attempt to twist and distort the reality on the ground. The BBC suggests that the ‘revolution’ has succeeded. In reality the ‘rebels’ and the foreign soldiers & special forces leading them, don’t even hold Tripoli, in addition to countless other locations still held by the Libyan resistance. These include Bani Walid and Sirte – locations now subject to NATO-prescribed blockades in an attempt to starve the resistance into submission, coupled with lethal bombing campaigns.
In its crude attempt to deceive the public, the BBC even manages to contradict itself in this one-page report. The testimony it provides above suggests that the alleged victims of the ‘Abu Salim massacre’ were killed because they “did not like Gaddafi“, while the BBC itself claims earlier in the piece, that they were killed for protesting against conditions in the prison."
"Since the beginning of February (2011), much international attention has been focused on the so-called Arab Spring, a term coined by the Western media and applied to the series of uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and then Syria. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt whose regimes’ continuity depended on Western backing, the Syrian regime drew its support from the loyalty of its armed forces, the Ba ‘th party, political groups affiliated with the Ba ‘th, and the Arab nationalist ideology the Syrian regime has stood for since the end of the French mandate, if not before. Of all the Arab states Syria believes it has a special mission in the Arab World. It considers itself the heartbeat of Arab nationalism. This idea rests on historical factors and modern ones as well.
Historically, Damascus served as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate for almost a century. The Umayyad Caliphate prided itself on having been the most unadulterated Arab state in history, and controlled a sprawling empire stretching from central Asia in the east to Spain, Andalus, in the west. Damascus was the administrative center of this empire, and Syrians have drawn much inspiration and pride from that. The famous Umayyad Mosque, built in the beginning of the 8th century A.D. still stands in the heart of Damascus.
Modern factors inspiring Syria’s role in the Arab world today pertain to the rise of the idea of Arab nationalism. The idea of Arab nationalism might have begun in Beirut toward the end of the 19th century, but by WWI it had become centered in Damascus. The Damascus Protocol which formed the basis of Sharif Husain’s secret negotiations with the British government in 1914-15 was put together in Damascus. The resolutions of the Syrian Congress of 1919 which were communicated to Woodrow Wilson’s King-Crane Commission were passed in Damascus. It is important to know that the Syrian Congress of 1919 was representative of all the people of Greater or Geographical Syria with little exception. Yusuf al-’ Azmeh, Defense Minister of Amir Faisal, son of Sharif Husain, was the first Arab defense minister, perhaps the only one, to die in battle fighting French imperialism at the gates of Damascus in July 1920. These factors have inspired and influenced Syria’s domestic and foreign policy long before the Ba’th party came to power in 1963. If we fail to take them into consideration, then we fail to understand Syria’s behavior. These very factors are also at play today in the current confrontation between the Syrian regime and its opposition, backed by the Western powers, namely the U.S., France, Britain, Italy, etc."
"(AP) SCRANTON, Pa. — A former judge who orchestrated a massive kickback scheme involving for-profit youth detention centers was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison, closing a major chapter on a scandal that prosecutors said shook Pennsylvania's judicial system "to its very foundation."
Appearing in a federal courtroom in Scranton, former Luzerne County President Judge Michael Conahan, 59, apologized to the incarcerated youths, the legal community and the public for his role in the notorious "kids for cash" case.
"The system is not corrupt," said Conahan. "I was corrupt."
Fuck you CBS and AP. The system is totally corrupt and so are you. I don't believe in death penalties but if there was ever a cogent argument for one,Conahan, you would be the poster boy, because of the thousands of young lives you destroyed for personal profit. For MSM not to have flogged this unbelievably disgusting story and to pretend some guy that spends quality time at some high class "prison" dorm is the end of it makes me puke.
"The New York Timesreported on Wednesday that the U.S. has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania.
Why? Because our nation's regulators abandoned an earlier commitment to foster competition in the marketplace for Internet access providers.
In the years that followed the signing of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, lobbyists working for powerful providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon pressured a compliant FCC to tear down all of the important safeguards established by Congress.
Under the Bush administration, the FCC tossed out competitive broadband safeguards such as open-access requirements, which opened lines to other providers. In 2002 the agency declared that high-speed cable Internet access would no longer be considered a telecommunications service that opened the network to competitors, but rather an “information service” that did not. Following a 2005 court decision, the FCC also reclassified broadband delivered by the phone companies as an “information service.”
These were radical policy shifts that went against the long-held assumption that open communications in competitive markets were essential to economic growth and innovation."
"Senior US officials clarified during a series of meetings with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz Washington has no intention of downsizing military aid to Israel, despite the drastic cuts in the US budget, according to a Finance Ministry statement Friday."
"HOUSTON (AP) — It's a tradition with roots that can be traced far back in history: Before being put to death, a condemned prisoner can choose his last meal.
Not so anymore in Texas.
Officials who oversee the country's busiest death chamber stopped the practice on Thursday after a prominent state senator complained about a hefty request from a man executed for his role in a notorious dragging death. Now, inmates get to eat only what the kitchen serves.
The controversy began after Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed on Wednesday for the hate crime slaying of James Byrd Jr. more than a decade ago, asked for two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover's pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Prison officials said Brewer didn't eat any of it.
"It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege," Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote in a letter Thursday to Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Within hours, Livingston said the senator's concerns were valid and the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their final meal was history."
One wonders if the bill for a condemned prisoner's last meal will now be sent to the family, like China charging the family for the bullet they shoot into the back of a prisoner's head.
"Kim Delaney was escorted off stage Thursday night after stumbling through a speech at an event honoring former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The Army Wives star approached the podium at the Liberty Medal Award presentation in her hometown of Philadelphia. As she began her speech, she interrupted herself to turn to the side and say "This is my job," apparently to someone waiting in the wings. She then launched into a halting, perplexing speech about how she's served in the active military, seen injured soldiers come home and attended military funerals — except she hasn't.
"I do that as a job. It's make-believe. I have the luxury to do all of this on a television show," she said, while the crowd grew visibly uncomfortable as Delaney continued. The actress was reportedly escorted off stage before finishing her speech."
My parents sent me to a Catholic school for four years during my elementary days. It was Saint Martin Of Tours in New York. The place had a paved over yard for kids to play in at recess. Most of us wound up bloody and bruised after lunch because playing on concrete was supposed to build christian character.
This is hard to say but I'm going to anyway, because it's necessary to understand the mindset of these fucking insane shitbags. When I was in second grade at that school we were marched to the bathroom twice a day, and if you were a good enough toady you were given a position of monitor who wrote down names of anyone who talked at all during the piss break. One day in second grade I really had to take a pee and repeatedly raised my hand to go to the bathroom. The cunt lay teacher told me to wait until the class was all allowed to go at the same time. It was unbearable. I couldn't hold it in and finally let loose. At seven years old I pissed in my pants and it pooled up under my desk in that classroom. One of the other kids finally saw the puddle and told the teacher. I was thrown out of the school that day and the door shut hard. It must be understood that a bus picked me up every day in the neighborhood,drove about five miles away to the school and then back again near home , so at seven I had no idea how to get back to my house. I walked a ways into Bethpage town with soaked pants and talked to a police woman who called my mother. I remember all this with clarity because it was such a humiliating experience. Can you imagine how it was to return to class? Fuck religion.
"We are now living in a world consumed by killing, murder, and torture, and the very government that claims to be the most righteous on earth is responsible for most of these heinous crimes. That government of course is the United States government, now the largest empire on earth. There are supporting players involved like the U.S. military, the NATO countries, and those banks and corporations who profit from the slaughter of peoples overseas, but without the full sanction of these unholy wars by the government and the populace, these other players would be left to fend for themselves.
The continued annihilation of human beings at the hands of government is entering a new automated phase. This new phase should fully satisfy those all-powerful political and corporate parasites and their cold-blooded thirst for more carnage. While they may think that their hands will be cleaner, the opposite effect will be evident. The stench of death can never be washed away, even if human designed machines do the killing.
Recently on MSNBC’s Innovation section, this story appeared titled "U.S. Army orders its first batch of suicide drones." They really aren’t "suicide drones" though, because the person controlling them is doing so in order to kill others, however the drone called the "Switchblade" does not survive. (I have yet to discover how a machine can commit suicide) It can fly in either autonomous robot mode, or can be remotely piloted to quietly approach "targets" without warning. Once on target, it can be armed and flown at high speed into the enemy camp, of course killing and maiming along the way.
Yesterday, another article titled "A future for drones: Automated killing," was published by the Washington Post. According to that article, autonomous robotic killing poses some problems, and could cause a "range of fundamental legal, ethical and societal issues." I’m surprised that these are even concerns, considering what is now happening in those countries not even at war with the United States. Killer drones piloted from thousands of miles away are already firing on people in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Obviously, they are also being used in Afghanistan and Iraq. I doubt seriously that these are the only countries being targeted, and it is obvious that more plans are in the works for robotic murders in the future.
The desired end result of the ruling class is to leave the decision to kill supposedly in the hands of inanimate objects. Killing the "enemy" would then be based on calculations made by software, and not by humans. How convenient for those responsible for causing all this death and mayhem, as they literally would not be giving the order or pulling the trigger. Obviously, this same inanimate object with magical software could not be tried in court for its crimes. So how could any be held responsible for criminal murder when no explicit order was given, and no individual was in control? This sounds like a recipe for non-responsible sanctioned murder without consequence!
Ronald C. Arkin, author of "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots," in a study funded by the Army Research Office said, "Lethal autonomy is inevitable." He fully believes that building "ethical" military drones and robots capable of using deadly force is possible. The mere fact that he believes a machine can commit murder ethically is scary enough, but what if he and others, especially those in control of government, could convince the now ignorant masses that this was possible? The implications of this are staggering, and the danger of what the future would hold in a world such as this is unimaginable! I think even George Orwell would struggle with this notion.
Killer drone attacks engineered from afar are now commonplace. They happen every day, and my guess is that they happen much more often than we are led to believe. Military drones are also now used for many domestic operations, and that use will in my opinion expand greatly given any major civil unrest or Martial Law situation. Police forces are already using these computerized machines for domestic surveillance. When drones come to a neighborhood near you, the same lies as always will be forthcoming from the government. You will be told that it is important for your safety, and for national security, but how safe will you feel when those drones are armed, and allowed to use deadly force?
Dehumanizing killing will lead directly to dehumanizing humans. Many in this country now and in the past have gone down that horrible road of perdition. In the world wars, it was the hatred of the "Krauts" and the "Japs," or "slant eyes." In Vietnam it was the "Gooks." Now, a large majority in this country believes that all Muslims or "rag heads," are out to kill them. These derogatory terms and hate filled attitudes toward those we may not understand serve as nothing more than a way to dehumanize them. By doing this, apathy wins the day, evil wars and the slaughter of innocents are legitimized, and the population follows along. These attitudes and feelings did not happen accidentally, as little agitation by the ruling class is necessary to stir the hatred inside the citizenry. Fear is the only tool needed to cause this effect, and fear is easy to administer to the dependent sheep by those who control the country and the media."
"While publicly pressuring Israel to make deeper concessions to the Palestinians, President Obama has secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned.
In an exclusive story to be published Monday on growing military cooperation between the two allies, U.S. and Israeli officials tell Newsweek that the GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrators—potentially useful in any future military strike against Iranian nuclear sites—were delivered to Israel in 2009, just several months after Obama took office.
The military sale was arranged behind the scenes as Obama’s demands for Israel to stop building settlements in disputed territories were fraying political relations between the two countries in public."
Watch what happens when an email about the Wall Street protests is sent as compared to one about the Tea Party. Full screen shows it better.
"ThinkProgress tried other protest websites, like AmericansforProsperity.org and TeaPartyPatriots.org, and both messages were sent smoothly. However, emails relating to the OccupyWallSt.org protest were blocked with the following message (emphasis added):
Your message was not sent Suspicious activity has been detected on your account. To protect your account and our users, your message has not been sent. If this error continues, please contact Yahoo! Customer Care for further help. We apologize for the inconvenience."
"Internet giant Yahoo has been accused of supplying information to China which led to the jailing of a journalist for "divulging state secrets".
Reporters Without Borders said Yahoo's Hong Kong arm helped China link Shi Tao's e-mail account and computer to a message containing the information.
The media watchdog accused Yahoo of becoming a "police informant" in order to further its business ambitions."
Can it be any more obvious about Yahoo and the rest of corrupt media? You can lie by either commission or omission. Like him, hate him or yawn, Ron Paul is being shafted and I'd say this about any of the pols running for president if it was happening to them. Elections are a complete joke, because 1. the votes are rigged and 2. the only names you see on ballots are acceptable to corporations, banksters and Israel. Since this is the winnowing out process Yahoo and all MSM are doing their best to remove Paul from public view to get rid of his stance on money matters, totalitarianism and Israel first policies. South Park: "giant douche" or a "turd sandwich". That's who'll be left to look at and it won't matter who anybody "votes" for. When next year comes around they'll install the guy who's quickest to yank out his well worn knee pads.
"JACKSON, Ga. -- Troy Davis, convicted of murdering an off-duty Savannah police officer more than 20 years ago, held fast to his claims of innocence even as he was finally executed by lethal injection on Wednesday night.
Strapped to a gurney and minutes from death, Davis stated that he had not carried a gun the night of the murder and did not shoot the officer, Mark MacPhail, in a fast food restaurant parking lot on an August night in 1989.
Speaking directly to MacPhail's brother and son, who witnessed the execution, Davis beseeched them to continue to examine the events that night. "All I can ask is that you look deep into this case so you can really find the truth," he said.
Davis then addressed prison officials preparing to inject him with a lethal mix of chemicals. "May God have mercy on your souls," he said.
The first injection began at 10:54 p.m. and Davis was declared dead at 11:08 p.m. Afterward, Davis' attorneys and legal advocates quickly decried the execution as a terrible miscarriage of justice.
"I had the unfortunate opportunity tonight to witness a tragedy, to witness Georgia execute an innocent man," Jason Ewart, one of Davis' attorneys, said outside the prison. "The innocent have no enemy but time, and Troy's time slipped away tonight."
You see, I will not be taken into "custody" for any reason now, I will not be handcuffed whatsoever for any pretense. I'm a good man who cares for all fellow humans' wishes in this life and who respects all life forms around me. I will not be treated like chattel and will resist quite violently if idiots try to impose their currently disreputable and dysfunctional will on me or anybody around me. Yeah, after wasting a number of brain damaged, steroid laden jackboots I'll be swiss cheese, however there are hundreds of thousands more like me who'll destroy the toadying few who try to impose the sick garbage that passes as society. "Justice" is totally corrupted now, cops are sickening freaks, and I carry heavy firepower wherever I go, not for self defense against robbers or bugaboo media ghosts. I carry big time to take out as many idiots as I can who choose to impose their will for empire's purposes. Type 2 vests are useless. This isn't braggadocio, this is reality.
"WASHINGTON (AP) – Two days after repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military, the Obama administration is opposing a lawsuit seeking full severance pay for those dismissed under the law.
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking class action status for 142 people who only got half pay after their discharge because of being gay. But the Justice Department asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to dismiss the case.
The administration is not defending the merits of the policy adopted in 1991, two years before "don't ask, don't tell." Instead, it argues the court cannot rewrite military regulations.
Judge Christine Odell Cook Miller said Thursday she'll probably let the case continue and questioned why the government wouldn't pay now that the law has changed."
"The al Qaeda boogeyman and the sham that is the so-called war on terror continue to drain America of our nonexistent funds and it looks like this unfortunate fact has no end in sight.
If imperial overstretch wasn’t a big enough threat to the future of the United States what with our illegal wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, we are now signed on to yet another plan that will slaughter innocent people while robbing Americans and getting defense contractors filthy rich."
"Al Jazeera's top news director Wadah Khanfar resigned Tuesday after eight years as the network's top executive. The move came after a WikiLeaks cable suggested that Khanfar changed the network's coverage of the Iraq War as a result of U.S. pressure, The New York Times reports.
He will be replaced by a member of the Qatari royal family. Al Jazeera is a network controlled by Qatar.
According to a cable sent by U.S. ambassador Chase Untermeyer in October 2005, an embassy official gave Khanfar reports by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency that showed the agency was critical of Al Jazeera's coverage of the war in Iraq, the Times reports. In the cable, Khanfar comes across eager to convince the U.S. official that Al Jazeera's coverage was fair and refers to an "agreement" made between the network and the U.S. government.
“The agreement was that it was a non-paper,” the cable quoted Khanfar as saying. “As a news organization, we cannot sign agreements of this nature, and to have it here like this in writing is of concern to us.”
Khanfar also said in a cable that he changed coverage at the official's request, removing images showing wounded children in a hospital and a woman with a wounded face, the Times reports."
I started mistrusting Al Jazeera broadcasts this past spring when I found that much of their coverage of Arab revolts was extremely misleading, shallow and repetitive. It has BBC origins after all, and is owned by the Rothschild toady Qatar, home to the american Al Udeid Air Base which is 20 miles from Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha. I wonder how many more "news" stories were vetted by the american military.
"A dead climate satellite that has been circling Earth for 20 years will make a fiery death plunge this week, with some pieces of the 6 1/2 ton spacecraft expected to reach the surface of the planet, NASA officials say. The bus-size Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, will likely plummet down to Earth sometime around Friday (Sept. 23), according to NASA's latest projections. There is a 1-in-3,200 chance that UARS debris could hit a person, though NASA considers that scenario extremely remote."
"Ron Paul is riding high again after his California Straw Poll victory yesterday, but some Paul supporters are questioning why the Texas Straw Poll was cancelled for “lack of interest,” and whether it was actually killed because the Congressman would have inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Governor Rick Perry in his own state.
According to a June 16 Washington Times report, the Texas GOP decided to cancel the straw poll, which was held on September 1 last year, because of a “lack of interest expressed by the candidates,” and due to fears that the event would not recoup the financial outlay needed to stage it.
The claim that the poll was cancelled due to “lack of interest” doesn’t correlate with the firestorm of media attention generated by Rick Perry’s announcement of his candidacy, as well as the building momentum of the Paul campaign, which went supernova after the media hoax of attempting to pretend the Congressman doesn’t exist spectacularly imploded last month.
There seems little doubt that Ron Paul would have defeated Rick Perry in the Texas Straw Poll, sending out the embarrassing message that those who know Perry’s record best, lone star state voters, have no trust in his leadership. This would have been a massive blow to the perception of Perry’s electability nationwide.
A presidential survey of voters in both candidate’s home state conducted by the Azimuth Research Group last month found that Texans would be more likely to vote for Congressman Paul over Governor Perry by a margin of 22% to 17%."
"WASHINGTON -- American combat troops in Iraq may be heading to the exits -- or not -- but the U.S. government's enormously expensive intervention there is hardly coming to an end.
In a telling sign of how dangerous and chaotic Iraq remains more than eight years after President George W. Bush launched the war against Saddam Hussein, U.S. diplomats, military advisers and other officials are planning to fall back to the gargantuan embassy in Baghdad -- a heavily fortified, self-contained compound the size of Vatican City.
The embassy compound is by far the largest the world has ever seen, at one and a half square miles, big enough for 94 football fields. It cost three quarters of a billion dollars to build (coming in about $150 million over budget). Inside its high walls, guard towers and machine-gun emplacements lie not just the embassy itself, but more than 20 other buildings, including residential quarters, a gym and swimming pool, commercial facilities, a power station and a water-treatment plant.
Yet the embassy is turning out to be too small for the swelling retinue of gunmen, gardeners and other workers the State Department considers necessary to provide security and "life support" for the sizable group of diplomats, military advisers and other executive branch officials who will be taking shelter there once the troops withdraw from the country.
The number of personnel under the authority of the U.S. ambassador to Iraq will swell from 8,000 to about 16,000 as the troop presence is drawn down, a State Department official told The Huffington Post. "About 10 percent would be core programmatic staff, 10 percent management and aviation, 30 percent life support contractors -- and 50 percent security," he said.
As part of that increase, the State Department will double its complement of security contractors -- fielding a private army of over 5,000 to guard the embassy and other diplomatic outposts and protect personnel as they travel beyond the fortifications, the official said. Another 3,000 armed guards will protect Office of Security Cooperation personnel, who are responsible for sales and training related to an estimated $13 billion in pending U.S. arms sales, including tanks, squadrons of attack helicopters and 36 F-16s."
"Big Brother is watching you while you drink your coffee, or at least imploring you to watch others while you drink your coffee.
Coffee addicts getting their morning fix may notice an advertisement on their coffee-cup sleeves with a helpful message from the Department of Homeland Security. “If you see something, say something,” the ad says. “Report unattended bags and unusual behavior to police or transit personnel.”
A DHS spokesperson said the Maryland Transit Administration started the coffee sleeve campaign. According to the sleeve, the ad was “purchased with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
Part of the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines for suspicious behavior include individuals “acting furtively and suspiciously” and “avoiding eye contact.” The side effects of heavy caffeine use include irritability, anxiety, tremulousness and muscle twitching.
The sleeves are distributed by BriteVision Media, a company that sells ad space on coffee sleeves and then provides the sleeves free to restaurants and cafes.
DHS first launched its “If you see something” public awareness campaign in July 2010. The campaign’s website touts it as “a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.”
"ANKARA, Turkey - A suspected car bomb exploded across a secondary school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, wounding 15 people, authorities said.
Local media reports said at least two people were killed in the blast, but the death toll could not be independently confirmed.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack comes at a time when Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey have escalated their attacks on Turkish targets. The rebels carried out deadly bomb attacks in Turkish cities in the past. Islamic and leftist militants were also behind some bombings in this NATO-member and U.S. ally country.
"There is information that a bomb was planted on the vehicle," that exploded in the downtown Kizilay district, said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc.
The blast wounded 15 people, said Besir Atalay, another deputy prime minister. At least three of the injured were in serious condition and some of them reportedly lost their limbs.
"I felt the blast effect of the explosion some 500 meters (547 yards) away," said Ekrem Erkoc, a 42-year-old eyewitness. "I saw vehicles on fire and an injured man said people lost their limbs."
CBS, like all other mainstream news,will always be fast to lay blame on designated groups like they all so quickly named Osama on black tuesday morning. But there's an inherent problem with this. Rebel groups and political forces will usually target governments, troops and material, not innocent civilians. Why would they go after a school and incur endless hatred that will destroy their cause? No, it's the hallmark of ziofascism to murder indiscriminately with pure state terror bloodlust. There were never any car bombings in Iraq until the 2003 invasion and occupation when Israeli agents poured into the country along with US and British spooks, and all hell broke loose. Then mosques, schools, markets and even childrens' pet fairs were blown to pieces. The wanton slaughter in Iraq served to destroy Arab society and create hatred between formerly tolerant sects, along with showing mouthbreathing americans how the WOT's designated patsies needed to be tamed. Too bad the agents sometimes were caught and exposed, and a lot of the deadly bombings were so obviously false flag operations that they were laughable.
And I think that's the important thing to remember when these things occur - that the recipients of the real Mossad/MI6/CIA bombing largesse usually know exactly who the real perps are. Even if dead-from-the-neck-up americans will believe the shit that's shoveled at them, the people getting blown to bits aren't fooled. If Israel decided it's open season to pull stunts in Turkey, the Turks will know and the bad blood that already exists between the two could explode into something far worse.
"There are many reasons why the Rothschilds and their allies wanted to hijack Palestine and one was to keep the Middle East in a state of disruption and turmoil from which a global war can eventually be triggered to usher in the New World Order of world government dictatorship."
"“In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service,”— Michelle Obama.
We were wrong.
Michelle Obama, as we reported on July 7, is not served by twenty-two attendants who stand by to cater to her every whim.
She is served by twenty-six attendants, including a hair dresser and make-up artist.
The annual cost to taxpayers for such unprecedented attention is approximately $1,750,000 without taking into account the expense of the lavish benefit packages afforded to every attendant.
Little did American voters realize the call for “change” would result in the establishment of an Obama oligarchy.
The discovery of the additional attendants was made by D’Angelo Gore of factcheck.org and by calls to Katie McCormick Lelyyeld, Michelle Obama’s press secretary.
The article, which became a chain letter viewed by millions of Americans, reported that Michelle Obama requires more than twenty attendants - - more than any First Lady in U.S. History. It provided the following list of White House staff members assigned to the First Lady:
$172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
$140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
$113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)
$102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
$102,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
$90,000 - Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
$84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
$75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
$70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)
$65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
$65,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
$62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
$60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
$60,000 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
$52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
$50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
$45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
$45,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
$40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
$36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
$36,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
$36,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady
Not much different from the excesses of a former white house mob:
"The US has endorsed plans by the Taliban to open a political headquarters in Qatar just three days after insurgents carried out attacks in Kabul, including assaults on the US and NATO headquarters, which left 15 dead."
"El Bireh, West Bank -- The case of Palestine's bid for U.N. membership is teaching us more about the United States than it is about the stubborn Middle East. Sadly, the United States, my country, heads the list of member nations making a mockery of the international venue founded to intervene in exactly the type of crisis now facing Palestinians and Israelis.
The Palestinian case for full U.N. membership is rather simple. After 20 years of fruitless negotiating, championed by the United States, the talks have come to a screeching halt. From his first day in office, President Barack Obama sought to restart the talks between Palestinians and Israelis and failed. The Palestinians, meantime, are paying the price of that failure with every single additional day spent in the cross hairs of Israeli military rule. At long last, the Palestinian leadership has chosen to do what any other people would have done years, even decades, ago: to seek redress back where it all began, at the United Nations. Addressing the most multilateral venue in the world, Palestinian leaders have a simple request: Take a stand.
The Palestinian action is not really news. Far more newsworthy is how the United States and Israel have reacted -- with total hysteria."