Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How Much More Tyranny Will Americans Take From Their Government?

from Signs of the Times

"Justin Raimondo at points out a probable reason for the U.S. Senate's voting to give the military the power to seize Americans from their homes and detain them indefinitely, without any suspicion or charges brought against them, and based solely on the judgment and whim of U.S. soldiers and other armed agents of government. I addressed this just recently, in my article on martial law and my article on inalienable rights.

The reason we have rules for government officials to follow is to protect innocent civilians from being wrongfully arrested and detained. There needs to be actual suspicion and there need to be actual charges brought against someone - otherwise these agents of the State are obligated by law, and by adherence to the American principles of presumption of innocence and inalienable rights, to leave people alone.

Paul Joseph Watson at writes about Sen. Rand Paul as stating that this bill could cause any American to be sent to Guantanamo prison without charges, without trial. Now, shouldn't we worry about this in light of DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano's campaign, "If You See Something, Say Something"? Such a campaign urges Americans to snitch on their neighbors, but based on something that could be entirely innocent, only perceived by the snitchers as something criminal or "terrorist" in nature - and the snitchee will have no chance to defend oneself when being arrested and detained. No evidence, only the word of the ignorant snitcher, and no due process. And with this bill, it is especially worrisome, given the indefinite nature of the detention.

Raimondo points out that, given that the entire economy could crash any day now, the real reason that these people in Washington want to have this martial law power is because they know that when banks run out of your cash and you want to get it, and when food shortages occur, there will be panic, looting, food riots, and violence. All of this is completely preventable, by decentralizing the banking system, and de-monopolizing the production of money away from government. Human beings have a right to choice, competition and freedom in their use of a medium of exchange.

But regarding these latest actions by dangerous imbeciles in Washington, these senators are voting to put soldiers in the streets to suspend our inalienable rights. Such power usurped and seized by these Washington officials is thus criminal in nature.

We have inherent rights as human beings to life and liberty. This includes the "right to be secure in our persons, property and effects." Those are rights. The right to be free from aggression against oneself by others, including by police, soldiers, U.S. senators, rapists, muggers, etc.

If an agent of the government does not suspect you of something, or even if he just didn't like something you said against Obama or Bush, he is obligated by moral law, as well as by the Constitution, to leave you alone. When they violate these rules, these State agents, including the senators who vote to give those military personnel that power, are committing crimes against the people. If you are in your home, and on your own property, or even if you are on a public street, you have a God-given right to defend yourself by any means necessary to protect your life from these criminals.

Senators who are voting to impose military aggression against innocent individuals are ipso facto declaring war against the people, using the armed agents of the State to carry out their aggression. War against the people by their own government is an act of treason. "



Bringing $300 generators into hurricane ravaged towns and selling them for $3000.
Or dollar bottles of clean water going for $10.
That's just entrepreneurship, donchaknow.
Figure it out for your own self.

Airline hikes fare 600%

"(AP) PITTSBURGH - U.S. Senator Bob Casey says a big fare increase planned by U.S. Airways is "exorbitant."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Wednesday that Casey sent a letter to the company questioning the planned increase on the Pittsburgh to Philadelphia route.

A round-trip ticket is set to rise from $118 to $698 in January, after competitor Southwest Airlines drops the route. That's before taxes.

Casey says the fare hike would have a detrimental impact on businesses and individuals, the paper reports.

Earlier this week a spokeswoman for US Airways told the paper that ticket prices are based on what the market will bear."


"During the Second World War, almost every motorised vehicle in continental Europe was converted to use firewood.

Wood gas cars (also known as producer gas cars) are a not-so-elegant but surprisingly efficient and ecological alternative to their petrol (gasoline) cousins, whilst their range is comparable to that of electric cars.

Rising fuel prices and global warming have caused renewed interest in this almost-forgotten technology: worldwide, dozens of handymen drive around in their home-made woodmobiles.

Wood gasification is a proces whereby organic material is converted into a combustible gas under the influence of heat - the process reaches a temperature of 1,400 °C (2,550 °F). The first use of wood gasification dates back to 1870s, when it was used as a forerunner of natural gas for street lighting and cooking.

In the 1920s, German engineer Georges Imbert developed a wood gas generator for mobile use. The gases were cleaned and dried and then fed into the vehicle's combustion engine, which barely needs to be adapted. The Imbert generator was mass produced from 1931 on. At the end of the 1930s, about 9,000 wood gas vehicles were in use, almost exclusively in Europe.

Second World War

The technology became commonplace in many European countries during the Second World War, as a consequence of the rationing of fossil fuels. In Germany alone, around 500,000 producer gas vehicles were in operation by the end of the war.

A network of some 3,000 "petrol stations" was set up, where drivers could stock up on firewood. Not only private cars but also trucks, buses, tractors, motorcycles, ships and trains were equipped with a wood gasification unit. Some tanks were driven on wood gas, too, but for military use the Germans preferred the production of liquid synthetic fuels (made out of wood or coal)."


Yet More Video

I'd venture to say the sole reason the mints keep churning out this outdated coin is the $.99 sales gimmick - you know items that cost $19.99 or $29.99, making it seem like stuff costs $10 less than what it really does at first blush. Even people who are wise to this ruse fall prey to it. Dumping the cent would negate this ploy; how would you get change?

Yet More Fascism

Male Equivalent Of Caribou Barbie

Rick Perry Doesn't Know Voter Age or Date of 2012 Election

Separated at birth from Caribou Barbie

Michele Bachmann: U.S. Embassy In Iran (Which Doesn't Exist) Would Be Closed Under My Watch

How Bad Is It?

Tens Of Millions Of American Families Are Living On The Edge Of Desperation – And The Economy Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse

"But instead of doing something to prepare for the coming economic crisis, members of the U.S. Congress are focused on stripping even more of our liberties and freedoms away from us.

As I wrote about yesterday, a new law (S. 1867) is being pushed through the U.S. Senate that is extremely frightening.

If this bill becomes a law, the United States of America would officially become part of the "battlefield" in the war on terror, and any American citizen could easily be flagged as a "potential terrorist".

Once identified as a "potential terrorist", the U.S. military would be able to arrest you, take you to a foreign prison and detain you for the rest of your life without ever having to charge you with anything."

Up to One Third of Veterans Lost their Homes Since 2008


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Psycopaths' Push For War With Pakistan

Pakistan: US Attack on Base Lasted ‘Almost Two Hours’ as Calls to Stop Were Ignored

"Questions continue to grow over the Friday night US attack on a Pakistani military base today, with new reports coming out of Pakistan saying that the air attacks against the base lasted for almost two hours.

The Army statement says that the base repeatedly broadcast calls for a ceasefire over the course of the two hours and that those calls were repeatedly ignored, with the attack, carried out by warplanes and helicopters, killing 24 soldiers.
Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistani Army’s chief spokesman, termed the attack a “deliberate aggression” by NATO and angrily rejected the new claims that the Pakistani army had started it.
“There was no fire from this direction,” Abbas insisted, challenging the claims on the basis that there were zero claims of any casualties on NATO’s side and no evidence that the people at the base, who were sleeping at the time, did anything to provoke the strikes."

The ziofascists are in full blown attack mode, knowing their US bitch will do what they want.

How Would You React If Threatened With Nuclear Annhilation?

Take a look at the real axis of evil flags being burned.
The people who are being targeted know exactly who their enemy is.

November 29 1864

The Sand Creek Slaughter

"In the spring of 1864, while the Civil War raged in the east, Chivington launched a campaign of violence against the Cheyenne and their allies, his troops attacking any and all Indians and razing their villages. The Cheyennes, joined by neighboring Arapahos, Sioux, Comanches, and Kiowas in both Colorado and Kansas, went on the defensive warpath.
Evans and Chivington reinforced their militia, raising the Third Colorado Calvary of short-term volunteers who referred to themselves as "Hundred Dazers". After a summer of scattered small raids and clashes, white and Indian representatives met at Camp Weld outside of Denver on September 28. No treaties were signed, but the Indians believed that by reporting and camping near army posts, they would be declaring peace and accepting sanctuary.
Black Kettle was a peace-seeking chief of a band of some 600 Southern Cheyennes and Arapahos that followed the buffalo along the Arkansas River of Colorado and Kansas. They reported to Fort Lyon and then camped on Sand Creek about 40 miles north.
Shortly afterward, Chivington led a force of about 700 men into Fort Lyon, and gave the garrison notice of his plans for an attack on the Indian encampment. Although he was informed that Black Kettle has already surrendered, Chivington pressed on with what he considered the perfect opportunity to further the cause for Indian extinction. On the morning of November 29, he led his troops, many of them drinking heavily, to Sand Creek and positioned them, along with their four howitzers, around the Indian village.
Black Kettle ever trusting raised both an American and a white flag of peace over his tepee. In response, Chivington raised his arm for the attack. Chivington wanted a victory, not prisoners, and so men, women and children were hunted down and shot.
With cannons and rifles pounding them, the Indians scattered in panic. Then the crazed soldiers charged and killed anything that moved. A few warriors managed to fight back to allow some of the tribe to escape across the stream, including Black Kettle.
The colonel was as thourough as he was heartless. An interpreter living in the village testified, "THEY WERE SCALPED, THEIR BRAINS KNOCKED OUT; THE MEN USED THEIR KNIVES, RIPPED OPEN WOMEN, CLUBBED LITTLE CHILDREN, KNOCKED THEM IN THE HEAD WITH THEIR RIFLE BUTTS, BEAT THEIR BRAINS OUT, MUTILATED THEIR BODIES IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD." By the end of the one-sided battle as many as 200 Indians, more than half women and children, had been killed and mutilated.
While the Sand Creek Massacre outraged easterners, it seemed to please many people in Colorado Territory. Chivington later appeared on a Denver stage where he regaled delighted audiences with his war stories and displayed 100 Indian scalps, including the pubic hairs of women."

November 29 2011

Nato rockets kill 3 Afghan women

Cage Matchup

In that we pit the psychopathic behavior of the worst people in the world against ferocious animals from earth's history with greatly anticipated results.

Henry Kissinger

vs Andrewsarchus Mongoliensis

Andrew who? you might exclaim.
This beast prowled the earth during the eocene epoch roughly 40 million years ago, was probably over six feet high at the shoulder, probably weighing over a ton and curiously enough probably had hooves. All this conjecture is because everything that's known about it comes from a single fossilized skull minus the jaw.
But what a skull - over three feet long and filled with gigantic teeth, it's believed to have been the largest mammalian predator ever, meaning it would have been a very poor choice as a house pet. About the same logic as Kissinger getting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.
So sorry Hank.

Why Walmart Looks Good To Investors On The First Of Every Month

Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'

"At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry.

The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business.

Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each month.

We’ll bring in more staff to stock. We’ll also make sure all of our registers…are open…Some people may think at 12:01, Walmart’s very quiet, but in a lot of our areas of the country, 12:01 is a big day or a big night for us, actually,” Johnston said.

Becca Reeder and her husband, T.J. Fowler, are one of the families shopping before the sun rises.

When NBC News visited their home six days before the first of the month, they had no milk in their refrigerator. Among the few things left were water, bacon grease for the dog’s food, a little bit of apple juice, cheese and tortillas."

Congratulations to Walmart - exploiting misery at both ends of the retail business.

Walmart - High Cost of Low Prices

Web Bot Project Predicts Total War In March

Half Past Human

"At this time, and for a period that i have reason to suspect extends to March of next year, a delicate balance exists in the planetary social body.

A small number of psychopaths will end that balance with a global war of such proportions that most humans will NOT survive it.

Let me restate this for clarity: the small number of people who rule this planet are proceeding with their plans to engage the masses of humanity to fight each other until most are dead.

This is their intent. They have chosen a day in March of next year that represents certain symbolic energies in their twisted understanding of universe to escalate to the next level of their horror show.

Even now the aware observer sees daily maneuvering in their propaganda media to vilify an enemy and to spark contention and divide humanity along the artificial lines of the geopolitical map drawn by our 'masters'.

The collapse of the paper money system is in play as the distraction for those humans not content with 'bread and circus', nor the broadcast pabulum for damaged minds (the 'news').

All this so that armies are not observed as they are set in motion.

But this is an old, even ancient story, and we have all seen it before...just as we are now seeing it again.

This time, however, new special effects will be added to this war. This time, the actual horror of scalar (quanta affective energy weapons) will be thrown into the regular terror of metals and chemicals searing through soft human flesh.

It is underway now, this 'next war'. One only need look around carefully to watch as they, the psychopaths (some of whom you call 'leaders'), wage war on humanity.

You see, it has never been us against each other. No, the ONLY war ever has been the psychopaths against us, humanity. In fact, and in spite of appearances to the contrary, every war in the past has always been 'them' against 'us'.

THE problem is that we let the psychopaths decide who is 'us', and who is 'them'.

For my part, i am with humans. This makes me 'against' them, the psychopaths. They won't understand that, being so blinded by their own surety of purity they are certain that everyone wants to be them, but even the psychopaths will understand that right now, a state of grace exists.

This is a special time, to the educated palate the karios of the moment imparts a dark, and bitter-sweet flavor.

At this juncture, humanity, the whole stinking roiling contentious disparate, and dysfunctional mass of us, over these next few precious months, needs to learn to ALL live together, for surely, if we let the psychopaths begin this next war, we will ALL die together.

This one thing is true: they are not in control, you are. Remember, if this shit war happens, it is your fault."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fascism On The Move

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

"While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself."

Cage Fight

When psychopathic humans are suddenly face to face with reality from long ago, with disastrous results for them and much to our great satisfaction.

Michael Bloomberg

vs Albertosaurus

NY Mayor Bloomberg, meet your opponent tonight, Albertosaurus, a most fearsome creature from the late Cretaceous that was a smaller Tyrannosaur badass gangbanger who probably hunted in packs. We know that your public perception relies upon absolute control over media presentation and there's a razor's edge to walk between looking like a viable politician or looking like a flat out fascist criminal. But Albertosaurus doesn't have such refined distinctions and needs lunch.
So sorry Mike.

Empire Rent-A-Movement

Al-Qaeda Terrorists Airlifted From Libya to Aid Syrian Opposition

"The same Al-Qaeda terrorists who fought U.S. troops in Iraq and helped NATO overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are now being airlifted into Syria to aid rebels there in toppling President Bashar al-Assad.

Libya’s transitional ruling authority has agreed to send weapons and fighters over to Syria to help the Free Syrian Army fight government forces.

“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” a Libyan source told the London Telegraph, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Capitalism's Inevitable Result

Weeding out corporate psychopaths

"Given the state of the global economy, it might not surprise you to learn that psychopaths may be controlling the world. Not violent criminals, but corporate psychopaths who nonetheless have a genetically inherited biochemical condition that prevents them from feeling normal human empathy.

Scientific research is revealing that 21st century financial institutions with a high rate of turnover and expanding global power have become highly attractive to psychopathic individuals to enrich themselves at the expense of others, and the companies they work for.

A peer-reviewed theoretical paper titled “The Corporate Psychopaths Theory of the Global Financial Crisis” details how highly placed psychopaths in the banking sector may have nearly brought down the world economy through their own inherent inability to care about the consequences of their actions.

The author of this paper, Clive Boddy, previously of Nottingham Trent University, believes this theory would go a long way to explain how senior managers acted in ways that were disastrous for the institutions they worked for, the investors they represented and the global economy at large.

If true, this also means the astronomically expensive public bailouts will not solve the problem since many of the morally impaired individuals who caused this mess likely remain in positions of power. Worse, they may be the same people advising governments on how to resolve this crisis.

To tackle this problem, we must instead examine this rare and curious condition, and why recent corporate history may have elevated precisely the wrong type of people to positions of great power and public trust."

Why a Dollar And Euro Collapse Is Guaranteed

Prepare for riots in euro collapse, Foreign Office warns

The Contrived Case To Destroy Sarkozy's Main Political Rival

I wrote back in July:
"It was obvious to me right from the start that this was a planned takedown.
Just the slightest bit of digging showed that Strauss-Kahn posed so much of a threat to the dollar that empire came down on him like a ton of bricks. He also was the odds on favorite to force ziofascist darling Sarkozy from the French presidency.
But it was how they treated the guy that gave the game away. Throwing him in Rikers Island with the hard cases, making him do daily perp walks for the cameras - it was deliberate humiliation that you never, ever see men of his stature endure unless empire is out to ruin them."

New questions raised over Dominique-Strauss Kahn case

"New questions have been raised about the events in the New York hotel room where the former International Monetary Fund head and French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn was alleged to have sexually assaulted a hotel maid.

The case against Strauss-Kahn was eventually dramatically dropped by a Manhattan court, but the scandal forced him to resign his IMF post and destroyed his chances of becoming the leading leftwing candidate to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy for the French presidency.

An exhaustively researched article in the New York Review of Books, published by veteran American investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, has cast fresh doubt on exactly what happened in the Sofitel hotel room on 14 May between Strauss-Kahn and his accuser, Guinean-born maid Nafissatou Diallo.

In passages sure to delight Strauss-Kahn supporters and conspiracy theorists, Epstein's lengthy article studied hotel door key and phone records and traced links to Strauss-Kahn's potential political rivals, appearing to suggest the possibility that he had been set up.

Such allegations have been raised before, especially by some French media commentators. Some polls taken in France as the scandal dominated world headlines revealed sympathy for Strauss-Kahn. One showed that 57% of French people thought he had been the victim of a smear campaign. Diallo and her lawyers, however, have maintained that she was the victim of an unprovoked attack. She is now suing the French statesman in a civil court, which could result in a hefty damages award.

But Epstein's article does appear to raise some odd questions about the case. It points out numerous holes and discrepancies in the accounts of those who portrayed Strauss-Kahn as an attacker, identifies a missing BlackBerry which may contain warnings to the Frenchman that he was being set up, and examines possible links between Sofitel staff and Strauss-Kahn's political opponents.

The most unusual evidence described by Epstein is a security video of the hotel's engineer, Brian Yearwood, and an unidentified man apparently celebrating the day's events. Earlier, Yearwood had been communicating with John Sheehan, a security expert at Accor, which owns Sofitel, and whose boss, René-Georges Querry, once worked with a man now in intelligence for Sarkozy.

The unidentified man with Yearwood had been spotted previously on hotel security cameras accompanying Diallo to the hotel's security office after the alleged attack. The video shows the men near the area where Diallo is recounting her story and, less than two minutes after police have been called, they seem to congratulate each other. "The two men high-five each other, clap their hands, and do what looks like an extraordinary dance of celebration that lasts for three minutes. They are then shown standing by the service door … apparently waiting for the police to arrive," Epstein writes.

Epstein meticulously pieces together the movements of hotel staff and Strauss-Kahn by examining the electronic records left by their room keys and phones. These show Diallo entered the room between 12.06 and 12.07pm. At 12.13pm, Strauss-Kahn called his daughter about having lunch. During those six or seven minutes, Diallo said she was brutally sexually attacked and dragged around the room."

Just like with the dancing Israelis on 9/11, fucking ziofascists can't help congratulating themselves when they pull off their false flag garbage.

Americans Emulating Ziogarbage

Israelis beating up on Palestinians in their own homes.
How much trauma did that little girl go through?

Abu Ghraib Prison tattoo:

Cage Match

Or stadium match in this case, where we take the most odious human creatures and find glee in siccing their ancient ravenous counterparts on them. We need room in this version, as our despicable humans scatter in all directions while the crowd cheers wildly.

Rothschild Family

vs a giant pack of Borophagus secundus

Borophaginae is an extinct group of canids called "bone crushing dogs" that were endemic to North America during the Oligocene to Pliocene and lived roughly 36—2.5 million years ago.
The odious Rothschilds are a fitting counterpart to packs of ravenous mutts that lived for millions of years off of any other life forms they could take down and devour. If there were these ancient creatures extant that could fix things this for us and save us from that despicable family line, Borophagus secundus would deserve a lifetime supply of Purina as far as I'm concerned.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Slow Day At The Beeb

News flash - don't believe everything you see on the internets.

Fake forum comments are 'eroding' trust in the web

"Trust in information on the web is being damaged by the huge numbers of people paid by companies to post comments online, say researchers.

Fake posters can "poison" debate and make people unsure about who they can trust, the study suggests.

Some firms have created tens of thousands of fake accounts to flood chat forums and skew debate.

The researchers say there are reliable ways to spot fakes and urge websites to do more to police users.

The researchers from Canada and China say paying people to post comments is an "interesting strategy in business marketing" but it is not a benign activity.

"Paid posters may create a significant negative effect on the online communities, since the information from paid posters is usually not trustworthy," they wrote."

My Goddamn Thanksgiving Dinner

Major Escalation In Empire's Push To War With Pakistan

NATO attack kills 24 Pakistani troops

"ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Saturday blocked vital supply routes for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and demanded Washington vacate a base used by American drones after coalition aircraft allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops at two posts along a mountainous frontier that serves as a safe haven for militants.

The incident was a major blow to American efforts to rebuild an already tattered alliance vital to winding down the 10-year-old Afghan war. Islamabad called the bloodshed in one of its tribal areas a "grave infringement" of the country's sovereignty, and it could make it even more difficult for the U.S. to enlist Pakistan's help in pushing Afghan insurgents to engage in peace talks.

A NATO spokesman said it was likely that coalition airstrikes caused Pakistani casualties, but an investigation was being conducted to determine the details. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest friendly fire incident by NATO against Pakistani troops since the Afghan war began a decade ago.

A prolonged closure of Pakistan's two Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies could cause serious problems for the coalition. The U.S., which is the largest member of the NATO force in Afghanistan, ships more than 30 percent of its non-lethal supplies through Pakistan. The coalition has alternative routes through Central Asia into northern Afghanistan, but they are costlier and less efficient.

Pakistan temporarily closed one of its Afghan crossings to NATO supplies last year after U.S. helicopters accidentally killed two Pakistani soldiers. Suspected militants took advantage of the impasse to launch attacks against stranded or rerouted trucks carrying NATO supplies. The government reopened the border after about 10 days when the U.S. apologized. NATO said at the time the relatively short closure did not significantly affect its ability to keep its troops supplied."

So the US and NATO continue to have these "unfortunate" mistakes? Who the hell do they think they're kidding?

'NATO strike revenge for Pakistan crackdown on CIA assets'

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Tree Harvest

I worked for several decades in the xmas tree business in Oregon. Most people don't know how the cut tree they decorate in their living room gets there, so here goes.

Oregon is the second or third largest supplier of trees during the holiday season behind Michigan or Washington. Most of the trees are grown in the rainy third of the state west of the cascades. The most popular species are douglas fir, scotch pine and noble firs with some spruce. I dealt mostly with douglas fir. When I did this I was a contractor who accomplished whatever needed to be done with the growers' trees, whether they were huge companies moving millions of them or hobby farmers with a few thousand. I did it all, from planting to basal pruning to shearing to spraying to cutting to baling to shipping. We're seeing the tail end of harvest right now - most trees are processed in November and retail lots are springing up in parking areas as we speak. I brought trees over to Boise for seven or eight years and sold them out of a mall parking lot.

According to the species and how big you want to eventually harvest the crop, trees are planted equidistant in rows like corn. If you were planting in a field that was in rotation it was easy, just plant next to a stump. But a new field was more work. We would take wires with indicators pressed into them every 3 to 6 feet and lay out grids by walking along and spraying a dot of paint where the seedlings should be stuck in the ground. Nurseries grew them from seed and we'd usually buy bags of 200 that were a couple of years old. Depending on conditions you'd plant around 1000 a day.

Now most of the fields in Oregon, especially the major producers, are up in the hills away from towns. When I worked them I'd usually camp out for a few days so I didn't have to drive so much. To be honest it was a lot of fun, especially since I'm a backyard astronomer and I'd take my telescopes along with me and enjoy the dark rural skies. I worked with crews and by myself and probably at my zenith I was taking care of about a half a million trees a year.

After the seedlings are in the ground it's a constant battle against the undergrowth, especially blackberries. In moist environs you just about have to spray herbicides because thick undergrowth kills the lower branches. A side benefit from bare ground was collecting Indian artifacts that would eventually pop up from erosion. I have a whole bunch of scrapers and arrowheads, mostly obsidian from the Cascade volcanoes, that were best found after a light rain when they'd glisten in the sunlight.

Before a harvest year you'd walk down the rows and tag the type of quality you need to cut. The large operations usually employed lots of temporary Mexican laborers during the year to shear and prune the trees, and I'm not attempting to disparage their abilities, but inexperience usually meant a good year meant a 50% to 6o% number 1 grade cut.I prided myself on consistently producing around a 90% number 1 cut, but lesser quality could still be sold for a dollar or two less.

Harvest season is intense. It doesn't matter what the weather is or how you're feeling or anything else - schedules are strict and orders have to be filled. If a big rig shows up you better be waiting to fill it and send it on it's way. Trains ain't going to wait on half filled boxcars. Your buyers simply have to have their trees for the narrow xmas tree selling window. Cut trees are only landfill after that.
A word about collecting them from the fields. Sawyers had to show up consistently with good running equipment and lots of spare parts and cut around 1000 a day. Again the trees are usually well away from roads, way up in the hills, but have to be yarded somehow to where trucks or tractors with trailers are waiting. You absolutely cannot drag them through the muddy fields. Small growers hire laborers to carry them out but nowadays the big guys do this:

At those operations we'd carry a dozen or so stout ropes with a large metal ring on one end and a smaller ring on the other into the plantation. You'd lay two of them out a couple of feet apart and pile the trees in the middle, usually keeping it under a ton. You then bring the ends together putting the small rings through the big ones and tag the bundle with the number of trees. The chopper has a large metal hook wheret a ground man sticks the rings on the hook and away it goes. Helicopters rent for up to $500 an hour so the faster it's done the more valuable the operation is. The pilot in the above video is exceptionally efficient which is probably why he was taped. It's as hazardous as you might imagine. Men die every year. The aircraft hit trees and high tension wires; the speeding one ton bundles hit unwary field workers. One time my back was almost broken when I was reaching in a truck for ropes and the chopper's backwash slammed a door on me, just about cutting me in half.

The trees are dumped at a processing area and usually baled up to be able to send more in one shipment:

Packing a truck took experience and finesse and quality work meant much more money for growers. You need at least three guys inside and two out, carrying the trees over. Some operations had elevators to bring them up into the container. Decades ago the most common transport was open flatbeds with sides, but that left the trees vulnerable to be frozen and damaged going over the passes so now it's all refrigerator trucks. Getting as many jammed in is crucial so the most wiry guy was up top sticking them in the nooks and crannies. Fresh cut and very wet trees can weigh quite a bit. To do this kind of work you have to be extremely fit and tough, and willing to wind up at home completely soaked from rain and sweat, and also willing to get up before dawn every day without stopping for three to four solid weeks straight.
Even loggers thought long and hard about picking a bar fight with xmas tree workers.

Hundreds Of Billions To Israel While SW Towns Run Out Of Water

Groesbeck Mayor: Town Will Run Out Of Water In Two Weeks

"A Central Texas town that the mayor says is two weeks away from running out of water has been given emergency approval to run three miles of pipeline through a state park to draw water from a rock quarry, town and state officials said Tuesday.

Groesbeck Mayor Jackie Livingston said the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told town officials at a City Council meeting late Monday they could run the line through Fort Parker State Park. But she said construction on the line would not begin until the written contract is received, which should take less than a week.

Towns throughout Texas have been struggling with dwindling reservoirs and water resources as a historic drought parches the state.

Livingston said the town of 6,500 people about 100 miles south of Dallas normally draws water from a nearby river. The river, however, has run dry and the town has purchased a four-month supply of water from a rock quarry seven miles away. The pipeline would bring the quarry water to the town’s water treatment facility.

Contractors have promised they could have the pipeline built within four days, Livingston said. Groesbeck also supplies water to a 1,000-bed federal penitentiary."

Be accustomed to these stories. Our infrastructure is dead.

Empire. Get used to it.

Life During Wartime Police State Capitalism

Woman pepper sprays other Black Friday shoppers

"LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman trying to improve her chance to buy cheap electronics at a Walmart in a wealthy suburb spewed pepper spray on a crowd of shoppers and 20 people suffered minor injuries, police said Friday.

The attack took place about 10:20 p.m. Thursday shortly after doors opened for the sale at the Walmart in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley.

The store had brought out a crate of discounted Xbox video game players, and a crowd had formed to wait for the unwrapping, when the woman began spraying people "in order to get an advantage," police Sgt. Jose Valle said.

"Faces were red," shopper John Lopez told ABC News Radio. "This one guy was coming up to my wife going, 'Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance!'"

Matthew Lopez, 18, told the Los Angeles Times he heard screaming and yelling.

"Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up," he said."

Customers hit by pepper spray at Wal-Mart describe scene of chaos

Monkey see, monkey do.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ah, The Northwest

Buy Junk Or The Terrorists Win

5 Black Friday Myths The Media Wants You to Believe

#3. Black Friday Is the Day After Thanksgiving

"What You Think:

OK, this is clearly not a myth. Thanksgiving happens, and then Black Friday. But you probably think Black Friday is determined by the date that Thanksgiving falls on. All the cooking and eating is out of the way, and as an unintentional side effect of that, we get to start Christmas shopping.

The Reality:

Actually, the day we celebrate Thanksgiving is determined by the day the retailers decide will make a good Black Friday. The start of the holiday shopping season is both more official and harder to move than the holiday it follows. That means when ranking their order of importance to our country, a national day of shopping beats a national day of gratitude. Not quite as surprising when we put it like that, right?

"I can't wait until we ditch all this family togetherness bullshit for some new electronics."

Thanksgiving originally didn't have a set date. George Washington proclaimed the first one on November 26, 1789, but the dates and even months changed for almost a century. Abraham Lincoln gave it a regular berth in 1863 as the last Thursday of November. It never occurred to Honest Abe that November sometimes has five Thursdays, and that this would create a problem down the road.

One of those Novembers with five Thursdays happened in 1939, when the United States was recovering from the Great Depression. At that time, waiting until after Thanksgiving to start the holiday shopping season was seen as almost holy, but Thanksgiving fell on the very last day of the month. A short number of Christmas shopping days, starting on December 1, could hurt the recovering economy. That's why President Franklin Roosevelt had to put Turkey Day in its place.

A Presidential proclamation was issued moving Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November. Thirty-two states went along with FDR and issued the same proclamation, while the other 16 states said "fuck that." For two years, a third of the U.S. celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, while the other two thirds of the country celebrated it on the second to last Thursday. For family members living in opposing states, this was a very short, lethargic version of the Civil War.

In 1941, Congress told FDR to knock that shit off and passed a resolution setting a fixed date for Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November. The Senate, reminding them that there was shopping at stake, amended it to declare Thanksgiving as being on the fourth Thursday to get rid of the occasional five Thursday problem.

Thus it was settled that the most important part of the holiday season is having a standard, sensible number of days in which to buy shit. Then we said "fuck it" and started the holiday shopping season in October."

The earliest I've ever seen a retail store try to pump holiday sales was September 24. It was a drug store in an Oregon town and they had set up an Xmas aisle with fake trees and wrappings. As I remember it was a swelteringly hot day. And I laughed in their faces.

Paint Splatters And Burnt Tacos Again Wow The Gullible

Cross revealed inside tree trunk at church

"SAN DIEGO - Landscapers chopping down a pine tree at an Escondido church discovered the shape of a cross throughout the trunk.

"I was like wow we stumbled on something here," said owner of Star Landscaping Jim Rants. "It's God and mother nature working together."

The tree was being removed because it was leaning and about to fall. During the process, landscapers took notice of the stumps which seem to be engraved with tree sap in the shape of crosses.

"I see Jesus on the cross with his arms out stretched," said Pastor Phil Corr with The First Congregational Church of Escondido.

The pine stumps have made national headlines with religious believers from North Carolina and Florida wanting to buy the wood.

"To see something like this on church property around Thanksgiving time seems to be more than a coincidence," said Pastor Corr.

The tree stumps will be showed to the congregation during Sunday's service. They will also be displayed during the church's upcoming 125th anniversary party.

"I think these kinds of things can be caused by God to encourage believers by pointing them to the real cross with the real Jesus," said Pastor Corr."

I spent decades in the xmas tree business, fighting forest fires and cutting firewood for sale and home use. I guess I could have become a rich man selling all the "holy" fantasy patterns to religious rubes that I found in the wood I cut up.


Let's Make A Workaround

Israeli chief rabbi pushes kosher 'pork

"JERUSALEM — Israel's chief rabbi is bringing home the bacon.

Yona Metzger's office says it is primed to allow import of an organic goose grown in Spain that tastes like pork. Metzger says three non-Jewish chefs confirm its swinish flavor. Jewish dietary law strictly forbids eating pork. Metzger's office says there is no Jewish injunction against eating goose, no matter what it tastes like, as long as it is slaughtered according to Jewish ritual.

Secular Israelis have long enjoyed pork at non-kosher restaurants. "Kosher pork" would open new flavors to the observant.

Spokesman Avi Blumenthal said Metzger is eager to begin the importing as soon as the geese reach slaughtering weight. He said the rabbi would see that it passes "all the rabbinical kosher authorities to make sure it gets to Israel."

Cattle Prod News

Cops stun-gun a disabled 61yo man while he was riding his bike. He died. Wednesday, Nov 23

"A 61-year-old Halifax County [North Carolina, U.S.] man died Tuesday, a day after police shocked him with a stun gun while he was riding his bike, family members said." Someone called the cops because he fell off his bike in a parking lot and hurt himself, and they thought he must be drunk and posed a threat. In fact, he was disabled, suffered from seizures and had trouble hearing (so he may have never heard the cops' warnings, most likely). He also suffered from being a black man in a Southern town with a long history of racist cops."

Food Shoved Into Other Food

As far as stuffing faces goes, Americans are some of the best face-stuffers around. For instance, the turducken -- a duck shoved inside a chicken shoved inside a turkey -- is now a Thanksgiving favorite. Though the origins of this dish are disputed, one thing is clear: Americans perfected this gastronomic monstrosity.

And so, it is in this spirit that we present a number of other excellent examples of Foods-Shoved-In-Other-Foods.


Russian Newscaster Gives Obama The Bird

"A Russian newscaster made quite a statement when she flipped off President Barack Obama live on air.

Tatyana Limanova, an award-winning journalist from privately-owned Russian television channel REN TV, was reading a segment about the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference when she made the offensive symbol - just as she said the U.S. president's name."

Maybe it was just in honor of turkey day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cage Match

Where the most despicable humans sliming society are unceremoniously fed to history's most ferocious creatures in a shockingly gleeful manner.

Rupert Murdocch

vs Tyrannosaurus Rex

It's positively impossible to calculate how destructive this man's media empire has been to humankind's consciousness level on planet earth. Hundreds of millions worldwide have been dragged into the gutter of lies and depravity not only for profit but to deliberately debase the human spirit. Congratulations Mr King Of All Media for feeding us cancerous garbage for decades, meet the King Of All Beasts that ever walked the planet, and his empire lasted for several millions of years, you zionist putz.
It's a good thing that the tyrannosaurs, aside from lunching on prey, also happily feasted on carrion like your stinking carcass.

Fuck You, You Imperial Shitbags

Obama administration will not order new restrictions on recreational shooting on public lands

" WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday it will not impose new restrictions on recreational shooting on public lands, a Thanksgiving gift for thousands of gun owners and hunters concerned about a draft plan to limit target shooting near residential areas.

The policy, proposed this summer, could have closed millions of acres of federal land to gun use, a prospect that caused alarm among gun owners, particularly in the West, where target shooting on public land is a longtime tradition. Hunting season for deer and other game begins around Thanksgiving in many states."

Are you kidding? What? You bastards have no decision making say over what gun owners do, you dumb fools.

World Fears US As A War-Hungry Drunk

Aside From Cancer Inducing Radiation, Another Reason To Leave Your Idiot Devices At Home

Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday

"NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Attention holiday shoppers: your cell phone may be tracked this year.

Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two U.S. malls -- Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va. -- will track guests' movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones.

While the data that's collected is anonymous, it can follow shoppers' paths from store to store.

The goal is for stores to answer questions like: How many Nordstrom shoppers also stop at Starbucks? How long do most customers linger in Victoria's Secret? Are there unpopular spots in the mall that aren't being visited?

While U.S. malls have long tracked how crowds move throughout their stores, this is the first time they've used cell phones.

But obtaining that information comes with privacy concerns.

The management company of both malls, Forest City Commercial Management, says personal data is not being tracked."

Oh yes, we totally believe you.

The Fascists May Be About To Initiate The Unthinkable

Aircraft Carrier CVN-77 Parks Next Door To Syria Just As US Urges Americans To Leave Country "Immediately"

"Yesterday we reported that the Arab League (with European and US support) are preparing to institute a no fly zone over Syria. Today, we get an escalation which confirms we may be on the edge. Just out from CBS: "The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria."

But probably the most damning evidence that the "western world" is about to do the unthinkable and invade Syria, and in the process force Iran to retaliate, is the weekly naval update from Stratfor, which always has some very interesting if always controversial view on geopolitics, where we find that for the first time in many months, CVN 77 George H.W. Bush has left its traditional theater of operations just off the Straits of Hormuz, a critical choke point, where it traditionally accompanies the Stennis, and has parked... right next to Syria."

"And from CBS:

"The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available," said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday and posted on the Embassy's website. "The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer, while many of those airlines remaining have reduced their number of flights."

The warning followed an announcement in Washington this week that Ambassador Robert Ford would not return to Syria this month as planned, indicating concerns over his safety.

The Obama administration quietly pulled Ford out of Syria last month, citing credible personal threats against him.

The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia and avoid traveling through Syria for security reasons."

Arab states, Turkey plan 'No-Fly Zone' over Syria

President Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey; Murders U.S. Citizen Without Trial

Trickle-Down Tyranny

Ordinary people in positions of local power are embracing fascism

"(NaturalNews) When I read a story yesterday about an 89-year-old woman being water-boarded by nursing home staff over an argument about ice cream, I knew something terrible was amiss across the American landscape. Spontaneous acts of tyranny have been cropping up lately like cancer tumors: a food tyrant in Nevada raids a farm picnic and orders everyone to destroy their food .

I watched all this with a sense of sadness and disgrace for the human race. And then a realization hit me like a sledgehammer...

People are only following by example

These random acts of tyranny aren't really random acts at all. They are the infantile acting-out of behaviors the childish American public has witnessed being demonstrated by their "leaders." The TSA sexually molesting air travelers isn't just a violation of fundamental human rights -- it's also a demonstration to the mindless masses that this is now "normal" behavior in society, you see.

So as the masses observe Big Government reaching down their own pants, they now get the message that it's okay to sexually molest little boys at sports stadiums, or that it's okay to take children away from parents through C.P.S. and then rape them as part of child relocation "processing" procedures.

When the American people see George Bush set up secret military prisons and condone waterboarding torture techniques, they called for Obama to stop the practice. Obama promised he would, and then not long after becoming President, he expanded Gitmo and actually presided over an increase in funding for the military and all its secret torture facilities.

The message to the American people? If Obama supports it, then torture must be okay. After all, he won a Nobel Peace Prize, so "peace" must be something that can be achieved through torture. Thus, we should not be at all surprised when an 89-year-old woman gets water-boarded in a nursing home. After all, those staffers are only doing to her what they've watched the U.S. leaders do to other human beings, too. (And yet, for some reason, the nursing home staff were arrested while all the high-level government operatives who engage in the exact same torture techniques are never even questioned...)

This phenomenon of everyday American people mirroring the behavior of federal "authorities" who act as tyrants needed a name, and as I began to ponder this issue, the name came to me in a flash:

I'm calling this phenomenon Trickle-Down Tyranny."

The author is absolutely right and it's done by design. Most americans don't or can't understand the viciousness and the ugliness of the death cult that runs our country. People will scratch their heads at the rush to make this a hellish prison, innocently chalking up multitudes of examples of disgusting cruelty and sadism as isolated instances and lone wolf excess.
Remember Abu Ghraib? That was policy.
As is the blank check given to police all over the country to set examples of repugnant behavior towards any sense of standing up for your rights.
This is all done from the top down, dictated by shadowy scum fronted by a smiling fraud who's cabal has the task of changing this society into the most disgusting repressive and brutal country the world has ever seen.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Empire's Minions Strike Back

Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street

"A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”

The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association.

CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.

According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

The memo also suggests that Democratic victories in 2012 should not be the ABA’s biggest concern. “… (T)he bigger concern,” the memo says, “should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies.”

Faux Bimbo: Pepper Spray ‘A Food Product’

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly: Eat or drink a full dose of pepper spray on national television.

Cage Match

Where we take the most obnoxious creatures today and toss them unceremoniously into an enclosure with the most vicious and/or disgusting creatures from the past.

Bill O'Reilly


The biggest goddam centipede you'd ever not want to meet up with scuttled around the Carboniferous period of around 300 million years ago.Tall as he is, O'Really would be dwarfed by this nine foot long monstrosity. Even though there's debate about just what this nightmare chomped for food there's little controversy that it had large and powerful pincers, so even if it was vegetarian (highly improbable, IMO), it would be so irritated by O'Really that it would make short work of him.
So sorry Billy.

Goodbye, Fuckwads

10 Biggest Banks Could Lose $185 Billion in Deposits in the Next Year Due to Customer Defections

"Out of all the big banks, Bank of America is the most vulnerable and could lose up to 10% of its customers and $42 billion in consumer deposits in the next year, the survey found. The bank’s total retail deposits stand at $407 billion (while total deposits, including corporate deposits and deposits from other financial institutions, amount to nearly $1 trillion, according to FDIC data)."

Monday, November 21, 2011




An "Arab Revolt'" Wonderfullness

Ruin & Rebuild: Warfare worth $300bln Libya windfall Yee hah

"Libya has big plans for its post-war future, hoping to be reborn as the next Dubai and having all the necessary sun and beaches, with oil reserves aplenty. British companies are likely to come out on top of those lining up for a piece of the action.

It was France and the UK who initially led the effort to topple Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Britain, together with France, sent their navy and fighter jets to establish a sea blockade and assault military targets on Libyan territory.

Now the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya says its friends will be rewarded – and these are not just words.

In the last two weeks, the UK Department for Trade and Industry led a working party to Libya to look around at what needed rebuilding. The British government department estimates that Libyan contracts, in sectors from oil and gas to education and construction, could be worth some $315 billion over the next decade.

Oil firms Shell and BP have already held talks with the Libyan transitional government, which pledged to honor the Gaddafi-era contracts with them.

Now the NTC delegation is in London to hold talks with top business executives on the “massive opportunity to rebuild Libya.”

China Was Chosen To Replace The USA As Top Dog A Long Time Ago

The reptiles are parasites who suck the life out of their hosts until the hosts' usefulness have ended.
America served it's purpose and has now devolved into financial mafia kneecapper status.
Our society is disintegrating in front of our eyes with the blessings of sold out pols.
Our country is falling apart.
This was determined to happen a long time ago.
China, with a population approaching 1.5 billion, was chosen to be the vipers' new nest just like america was chosen to succeed the British empire .
Every president since probably Wilson knew this and sold out, aside from Kennedy who was sacrificed to warn others not to rock this boat. There is literally no other reason why China gets such a free ride. I believe Roosevelt was given his orders to goad Japan into world war to open the way for China's rise to prominence. This absolutely transcends left/right/rep/dem politics.
I think the US will go to war with China and intentionally lose because the top brass in the military and all politicians are in on it and know what's best for them, that they better toe the line.
To be toadies for the new world order.

Obama’s betrayal to China

"President Obama is creating a post-American world – one that is ushering in the dominance of China. Mr. Obama is fostering U.S. economic and military decline while simultaneously empowering Beijing’s rise to superpower status."

Nixon opens up China

Clinton Favors China on Trade

Bush Formally Hands China Normal Trading Relations

8 Week Old Blind Kitten Plays With Toys For The First Time

Seems to be a lot of dust in this room all of a sudden.

November 21 1973

Rose Mary Woods, Nixon's Loyal Little Gatekeeper:

the iconic "Rose Mary Stretch"

"The Watergate tapes, a subset of the Nixon tapes, are a collection of recordings of conversations between Richard Nixon and his fellow conspirators plotting a break in to the Watergate Hotel. U.S. President Richard Nixon and various White House staff started communicating on February 1971 and lasted all the way until July 18, 1973. In addition to the line-taps placed on the telephones, small lavalier microphones were installed at various locations around the rooms. The recordings were produced on as many as nine Sony TC-800B open-reel tape recorders."

"Later that month, she testified she had made "a terrible mistake" during transcription. On October 1, 1973 while playing the tape on the Uher 5000, she answered a phone call. Reaching for the Uher 5000 stop button, she testified that she mistakenly hit the button next to it, the record button. For the duration of the phone call, about 5 minutes, she kept her foot on the device's pedal, causing a five-minute portion of the tape to be re-recorded. She insisted that she was not responsible for the remaining 13 minutes of buzz.

Woods was asked to replicate the position she took to cause that accident: seated at a desk, reaching far back over her left shoulder for a telephone as her foot applies constant pressure to the pedal controlling the transcription machine.

Her extremely awkward posture during the demonstration, dubbed the "Rose Mary Stretch," resulted in many political commentators questioning the validity of the explanation."

There's actually an annual Rosemary Award for Worst Open Government Performance.

US Dullards Clueless About Being Bent Over And Rammed

I would fault corrupt MSM for incessantly yammering about the protesters' lack of clear message, as if that endlessly repeated talking point was an order given to them from above. Along with disdainfully selective coverage it's no wonder fauxified mouthbreathers are left scratching their heads.

Poll: 'Occupy' movement fails to capture Americans' interest

"A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that the "Occupy" movement has failed to capture the attention of a majority of Americans, indicating either ambivalence toward it or lack of interest.

The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed are neither supporters nor opponents and 59% say they don't know enough to have an opinion about the movement's goals.

The survey, however, does show an increase from 20% to 31% in disapproval of the way the protests are being conducted.

Results are based on phone interviews Saturday and Sunday on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 996 adults, ages 18 or over, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, chosen using random-digit dial sampling.

Study Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major Stories

Over And Over Again. Yawn

NYC 'Lone Wolf' is Just Another Patsy Entrapped by a Paid Informant

"Same story, new patsy. A 'lone wolf' American citizen becomes radicalized on the Internet, a paid "informant" escorts him to buy bomb-making material, and authorities arrest him in the nick of time to save us from a dangerous terrorist plot.

Reuters reports, "A U.S. citizen born in the Dominican Republic, (Jose) Pimentel was arrested on Saturday in a Manhattan apartment while putting the bomb together, police said. They called him a 'lone wolf' who had converted to Islam and became a radical."

New York City police said that Pimentel has been under surveillance for two-and-a-half years, since May 2009 and was monitored by a paid informant who helped him acquire materials for a bomb.

"The criminal complaint said a police informant recorded meetings with Pimentel over a period of months and accompanied him as he bought materials for the bomb..."

Although the police released the deranged and sordid details of the plot to applaud their investigative work, as usual "the information from the police could not be independently confirmed."

Once again, counter-terrorism heroes claim this new patsy to be a protege of American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was assassinated by a drone strike without formal charges or evidence provided by the White House.

Remember Fox News and others reported that al-Awlaki himself was a known government patsy who dined at the Pentagon with top military brass only a few months after September 11th. Therefore, it's fairly easy to assume that every time his name comes up, even postmortem, that the story is pure entrapment and terror propaganda.

Even the cartoonish plot where an Iranian-American was allegedly attempting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador involved an informant on the payroll of the U.S. Government. Attempts to link the car salesman perpetrator to the Iranian government in order to call for war were even more comical than the plot itself.

How many times are we going to read this exact story? The details are seemingly always in short supply and never independently verified, but the rhetoric is identical and half the article always refers to older cases as if to give credence to the same tired plot.

Even those in the mainstream media are calling BS on these staged arrests. Not too long ago, Geraldo Rivera schooled Bill O'Reilly about patsies and fake terror.

And as recently as last week, the Guardian ran an article exposing FBI entrapment cases of recent terror patsies where the same pattern of "the organisation, money, weapons and motivation for this plot did not come from real Islamic terrorists. It came from the FBI."

Despite the insincere nature of these terror plots, each time they make headlines they serve to echo the narrative that lone nuts are out to do harm to America; terrorists could be American citizens; and information on the Internet is a threat.

As hammered home by Reuters at the end of the article; "Counterterrorism officials in the United States and Europe say 'lone wolf' militants are of particular concern because they can become radicalized via the Internet and prepare for an attack without leaving traces that might draw attention."

Yet, it seems that if a genuine terror attack was ever successful in the future, we should not look into hunting down some shadowy terrorist organization in the Middle East, but rather find out which U.S. government agency provided the handler for the mentally-challenged patsy they blame it on."

Such Lovely Overlords

Palestinian Village Condemned To Live In Darkness

"After the "Seeba" Spanish organization managed to install Solar Panels at a Palestinian village in the West Bank, known as Amenzil, and for the first time its residents managed to have electricity, Israel issued a military injunction ordering the residents to remove the Panels.

The village never had power, but after the panels were installed, the residents started providing their homes, and event tents, with lights, bought TV sets and other electric materials.

In cooperation with the An-Najah University In Nablus, the Spanish nongovernmental organization installed two Solar Panels in the tiny village "Amenzil" located in the southern part of the West Bank, and the villagers managed to replace their gas-run generators that were barely enough for basic functions.

The Solar Panels also enabled the residents to run a water-pump to provide the village with water supplies, especially since it does not have running water.

The Israeli army claims that the small village, located in Area C in the West Bank, was built without construction permits, and issued an order last month forcing the residents to remove the Solar Panels.

Area C is %60 of the occupied West Bank, and all constructions are subject to approval from the so-called "Civil Administration Authority", that runs under the control of the Israeli Army in the occupied West Bank.

Several Israeli NGO’s, and the United Nations, are trying to convince the army to void its decision that came without prior notice.

The Spanish government is also using diplomatic channels in an attempt to prevent the army from removing the Solar Panels. The project was implemented with a total cost of nearly 365.000 Euros, largely funded by Seeba.

Head of the village council, Ali Hreizat, told France Press that "these Solar Panels were they ray of hope to the residents", and added, "We have been living here since 1948, and have nowhere else to go".

Israel shuts down dovish radio station

"JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel has ordered the shutdown of a dovish Israeli-Palestinian radio station, officials and the station's operators said on Sunday.

The station and other critics said the move was politically motivated, and part of a broader assault on democracy by conservative forces in the government.

Some members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition have pushed forward a series of measures recently that critics say are aimed at stifling opponents."
Cost of the War in Iraq
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