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Friday, January 29, 2010

'Nobel Peace Prize-winner Barack Obama ups spending on nuclear weapons to even more than George Bush'

Barack Obama has allocated £4.3billion to spend on maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile - £370million more than what was budgeted by George Bush.

The budget will also be increased by more than £3.1billion over the next five years.

The announcement comes despite the American President declaring nuclear weapons were the ‘greatest danger’ to U.S. people during in his State of the Union address on Wednesday.

Pentagon Report Calls for Office of ‘Strategic Deception’

The Defense Department needs to get better at lying and fooling people about its intentions. That’s the conclusion from an influential Pentagon panel, the Defense Science Board (DSB), which recommends that the military and intelligence communities join in a new agency devoted to “strategic surprise/deception.”

Tricking battlefield opponents has been a part of war since guys started beating each other with bones and sticks. But these days, such moves are harder to pull off, the DSB notes in a January report (.pdf) first unearthed by “In an era of ubiquitous information access, anonymous leaks and public demands for transparency, deception operations are extraordinarily difficult. Nevertheless, successful strategic deception has in the past provided the United States with significant advantages that translated into operational and tactical success. Successful deception also minimizes U.S. vulnerabilities, while simultaneously setting conditions to surprise adversaries.”

Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows

(Bloomberg) -- The idea of secret banking cabals that control the country and global economy are a given among conspiracy theorists who stockpile ammo, bottled water and peanut butter. After this week’s congressional hearing into the bailout of American International Group Inc., you have to wonder if those folks are crazy after all.

Wednesday’s hearing described a secretive group deploying billions of dollars to favored banks, operating with little oversight by the public or elected officials.

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Comment: Actual Bloomberg headline!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

One day after supposedly bashing the banks, the Obama-led Democrats re-nominate top banker

WASHINGTON ( -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was confirmed for a second term Thursday by the U.S. Senate. The final confirmation vote was 70-30.

The vote, which occurred just three days before Bernanke's first term was scheduled to end, came after heavy lobbying by Democratic leaders and the Obama administration. President Obama, himself, made calls last weekend. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., lobbied Republicans to make sure he had enough votes.

Despite the strong showing, Bernanke won his confirmation by one of the smallest margins of all time for a Fed chairman. Often the confirmation of a Fed chairman is so overwhelming and uncontroversial, it's done by a voice vote.

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Taliban: Buyout Futile Without Foreign Pullout

Just one day before the London Conference on Afghanistan is to begin, Taliban forces issued a statement condemning what is seem by many as the cornerstone proposal likely to come out of the meeting, the buyout strategy.

The nations at the conference will commit money to a “Peace and Reintegration Trust Fund,” aimed at bribing members of the Taliban into giving up the insurgency in return for cash and the promise of jobs with the Karzai government.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Howard Zinn Passes Away at 89

Howard Zinn died of a heart attack today at age 89.

Zinn was a prominent anti-war activist in the last half of the twentieth century, speaking out against wars ranging from World War II to the American Civil War to the current war in Afghanistan. Zinn also recently wrote a piece critical of the Nobel's decision to award the Peace Prize to Obama.

“Historically, government, whether in the hands of Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, has failed its responsibilities until forced to by direct action from the people... Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for direct action by concerned citizens," Zinn wrote back in March 2008.

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Comment: A lot of libertarians - including myself - have significant issues with many of Zinn's positions, but it is indisputable that he was a stalwart against wars, whether conducted by a Democrat or Republican. And I have a gut feeling that if Zinn was growing up as an activist in OUR generation - a generation that has seen, more than any other, the severe abuses of the federal government - he would likely be on the side of Liberty. RIP

Compact Fluorescent Lights Dumping Mercury Directly into Landfills

(NaturalNews) Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs have become all the rage over the past several years, touted by many as the preferable "green" way to light a home, save energy, and promote environmental responsibility. While they may use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs are filled with toxic mercury that, when disposed of, contaminates landfills and the environment.

A report released in 2008 from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection revealed that when a CFL bulb is broken, it can release dangerously high levels of mercury into the air. Mercury-vapor standards generally allow for 300 nanograms of mercury per cubic meter of air, however a broken CFL bulb can emit upwards of 50,000 nanograms per cubic meter, or more than 166 times the safe upper threshold.

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Haiti's Oil, Gold & Iridium Resources Explains the Post Earthquake Occupation/Invasion

Scientists Daniel and Ginette Mathurin indicate that under Haitian soil is rich in oil and fuel fossible which were collected by Haitian and foreign experts. "We have identified 20 sites Oil, launches Daniel Mathurin stating that 5 of them are considered very important by practitioners and policies.

The Central Plateau, including the region of Thomond, the plain of the cul-de-sac and the bay of Port-au-Prince are filled with oil, he said, adding that Haiti's oil reserves are larger than those of Venezuela . An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to show the importance of oil Haitian compared to those of Venezuela, "he explains.

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Comment: Aha!

ExxonMobil to redevelop, expand Iraq's West Qurna 1 field

ExxonMobil Iraq Ltd. signed an agreement with the Iraq Ministry of Oil to redevelop and expand West Qurna 1 field in southern Iraq.

The agreement was signed in Baghdad in the presence of the Iraq Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani and Rob Franklin, president of ExxonMobil upstream ventures. The consortium members are ExxonMobil as the lead contractor with 60% interest, Oil Exploration Co. (owned by the Iraq government) with 25% interest, and Royal Dutch Shell PLC with 15% interest.

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Comment: What do ya know!

Television, Sex Majick and the "Brainwashed" Masses

To Understand the role that modern television, and other media, plays in the Illuminati Program we have to understand that Mass communication falls under the same sphere of control as military propaganda. In other words, the Illuminati military ruling class manages and owns the global media and uses it to control public perceptions of reality and fiction.

In Freemasonry and the Illuminati, the Military Ruling class is governed over by the "Philosopher kings", and rules over the merchant and banking classes. This organization was established by Plato in his "Republic" and formed the government of the ancient civilizations of Atlantis, Egypt, Greece, Rome etc. We can see the same organizational structure in both Communism and Fascism.

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Israel Makes Waves by Simulating an Earthquake

The Seismologic Division of the Ministry of National Infrastructure's Geophysical Institute will attempt to simulate an earthquake in the southern Negev on Thursday. The experiment, financed by the U.S. Defense Department, is a joint project with the University of Hawaii and is part of a scientific project intended to improve seismological and acoustic readings in Israel and its environs, up to a 1,000 km/621 mile radius.

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Most U.S. Union Members Are Working for the Government, New Data Shows

For the first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Radiation Offers New Cures, and Ways to Do Harm

In June, The Times reported that a Philadelphia hospital gave the wrong radiation dose to more than 90 patients with prostate cancer — and then kept quiet about it. In 2005, a Florida hospital disclosed that 77 brain cancer patients had received 50 percent more radiation than prescribed because one of the most powerful — and supposedly precise — linear accelerators had been programmed incorrectly for nearly a year.

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Computer-driven trading raises meltdown fears

Trading in equities and derivatives is being driven increasingly by mathematical algorithms used in computer programs. They allow trading to take place automatically in response to market data and news, deciding when and how much to trade similar to the autopilot function in aircraft.

Analysts estimate that up to 60 per cent of trading in equity markets is driven in this way.

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No Climategate FoI prosecutions

First off, I was told that while there appeared to be a problem, I needed to be clear that there would be no prosecutions under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, regardless of the final outcome of the investigation. Although withholding or destroying information is a criminal offence under the terms of the Act, apparently no prosecutions can be brought for offences committed more than six months prior. As anyone who has made a UK FoI request knows, it can take six months to exhaust the internal review process before the ICO even becomes involved. The ICO can then take another six months before starting his investigation.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

US says it will stay in Haiti for long term

Despite criticism for the US military presence in quake-stricken Haiti, Washington says it has a long-term plan to stay in the country.

"We are there for the long term, this is not something that will be resolved quickly and easily," US Ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff said on Thursday.

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Biden says US will appeal case of Blackwater/XE mercs

US Vice President Joe Biden has announced an appeal into a US court decision to drop charges against Blackwater/XE mercenaries accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007.

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Ex-IBM Employee reveals TV Abandoned Analog Band to Make Room for RFID

(AFP/ According to a former 31-year IBM employee, the highly-publicized, mandatory switch from analog to digital television is mainly being done to free up analog frequencies and make room for scanners used to read implantable RFID microchips and track people and products throughout the world.

So while the American people, especially those in Texas and other busy border states, have been inundated lately with news reports advising them to hurry and get their expensive passports, “enhanced driver’s licenses,” passport cards and other “chipped” or otherwise trackable identification devices that they are being forced to own, this digital television/RFID connection has been hidden, according to Patrick Redmond.

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Truth over delusion: Hugo Chavez did not accuse the U.S. of causing the Haitian earthquakeTruth over delusion: Hugo Chavez did not accuse the U.S. of

The story was quickly picked up by websites around the globe - most quoting Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as saying the U.S. used a new tectonic weapon to induce the Haitian earthquake. This was, according to Chavez - "only a drill, and the final target is destroying and taking over Iran".

Within the actual story, ABC noted that the information came from an obscure opinion post on the website of a Venezuelan state television channel, VIVE Television. The post referenced a supposed Russian military report on American seismic weapons...

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Court Rules That Mass Surveillance of Americans is Immune From Judicial Review

San Francisco - A federal judge has dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls and emails.

"We're deeply disappointed in the judge's ruling," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "This ruling robs innocent telecom customers of their privacy rights without due process of law. Setting limits on Executive power is one of the most important elements of America's system of government, and judicial oversight is a critical part of that."

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

China has 'open mind' about cause of climate change

China's most senior climate change official surprised a summit in India when he questioned whether global warming is caused by carbon gas emissions and said Beijing is keeping an "open mind".

Xie Zhenhua was speaking at a summit between the developing world's most powerful countries, India, Brazil, South Africa and China, which is now the largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the gas allegedly responsible for climate change.

Mr Xie later said that although mainstream scientific opinion blames emissions from industrial development for climate change, China is not convinced.

"There are disputes in the scientific community. We have to have an open attitude to the scientific research. There's an alternative view that climate change is caused by cyclical trends in nature itself. We have to keep an open attitude," he said.

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CCTV in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones

Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­"routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.

The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.

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Batten down the hatches. Augmented reality is on its way

According to technophiles, experts, and that whispering voice in your head, 2010 will be the year that augmented reality makes a breakthrough. In case you don't know, "augmented reality" is the rather quotidian title given to a smart, gizmo-specific type of software that takes a live camera feed from the real world and superimposes stuff on to it in real time.

Being a gadget designed for people who'd rather look at a screen than the real world, the iPhone inevitably plays host to several examples of this sort of thing. Download the relevant app, hold your iPhone aloft and gawp in astonishment as it magically displays live footage of the actual world directly in front of you – just like the real thing but smaller, and with snazzy direction signs floating over it. You might see a magic hand pointing in the direction of the nearest Starbucks, for instance – a magic hand that repositions itself as you move around. It's incredibly useful, assuming you'd prefer to cause an almighty logjam by shuffling slowly along the pavement while staring into your palm than stop and ask a fellow human being for directions.

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Comment: This is creepsylvania, the author actually wants to use devices to see a fantasy world - where bums are turned into delightful cartoons. Yeesh.

Friday, January 22, 2010

US may equip Pakistan with drone aircraft, Gates says

In his first visit to the country since the inauguration of Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the US is considering supplying Pakistan with unarmed drone aircraft. While Pakistan has publicly called America's use of drones a violation of sovereignty, the Pakistani government has requested the technology for itself.

"We are in partnership with the Pakistani military and we are working to give them their own intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles, both aircraft and drones," Gates said.

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UN abandons climate change deadline

The timetable to reach a global deal to tackle "climate change" lay in tatters on Wednesday after the United Nations waived the first deadline of the process laid out at last month’s fractious Copenhagen summit.

Nations agreed then to declare their emissions reduction targets by the end of this month. Developed countries would state their intended cuts by 2020: developing countries would outline how they would curb emissions growth.

The result of Tuesday’s Massachusetts senatorial election is likely to push "climate change" legislation further down the US agenda. It was the latest in a series of setbacks that have caused efforts to push a cap-and-trade bill through the Senate to grind to a halt, making it harder for the White House to participate meaningfully in global climate negotiations. Instead, the administration has been pressing ahead with steps to limit the US’s carbon emissions through EPA regulation.

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Cold Senate reception for Ben Bernanke

The Massachusetts election storm is sending a few cold waves over the bow of the White House economic team — not to mention Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

In a matter of hours Thursday, 13 Democrats broke ranks with the Treasury over extending its financial bailout authority, and after a face-to-face meeting. Majority Leader Harry Reid was conspicuously silent on whether he would back Bernanke for a second term next week.

Treasury’s program survived the floor vote; Bernanke is still favored to win confirmation. But there’s a greater chill in the air, and with Bernanke’s term running out Jan. 31, the administration has yet to secure the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on his nomination.

Democrats had hoped to pin that down this week, with the chance of holding the final vote Friday. But then Republicans rode an anti-Washington wave in Massachusetts on Tuesday, and at a Democratic caucus the next day, senators vented their anger over a White House team seen as too close to banks and Wall Street.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Didn't Happen: Krugman Telling the Truth

By William L. Anderson

In reading Paul Krugman's missive today in the New York Times, "What Didn't Happen," I am reminded of Orwell. According to the Great Nobel Laureate, Krugman insists that we believe the following:
  • The "stimulus" was "too small"
  • The Obama administration was not "tough enough" with the banks (he should have nationalized them, I suppose -- but, then, they pretty much are nationalized already)
  • Obama did not do as did Ronald Reagan and blame the previous administration.
I must admit that I admire Krugman's chutzpah at one level. Here is a guy to has the guts to claim things that patently are not true and are easily debunked, but he is able to do with (without any sanctions) in the editorial section of the NYT and get away with it, mostly because his employers at Princeton University and in New York are happy to promote his untruths.

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Comment: William Anderson owns arch- Keynsian Krugman's backward logic on the Obama administrations first year policies. Krugman obviously in the Keynesian wonderland!

Approaching “Expert Opinion” with Skepticism (Original)

by Jonathan Barth

Several years ago I heard a lecture delivered by one of my favorite historians at the time, Howard Zinn. Although I have increasingly differed with Zinn over the last couple years in respect to his particular interpretation of American history, I distinctively remember him warning his audience to always “beware of so-called ‘experts’”.

For all the disagreements I may now have with some of his ideas, Zinn was correct. “Expert opinion,” in fact, possesses an exceptionally dismal and even horrifying track record. It was the so-called “experts” who vehemently defended absolute monarchies and violations of individual liberty prior to the Enlightenment. Expert opinion fully-approved of and advocated the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans beginning in the sixteenth century. Expert opinion – including “expert scientists” – insisted on eugenics and scientific-racism at the turn of twentieth century. So-called experts also insisted that it was absolutely necessary for the United States to imprison over one-hundred-thousand innocent Japanese-Americans during the Second World War.

Our current crop of “expert opinion” likewise has a highly questionable track record. Expert opinion was used in order to get our country into war in Iraq, pass the Patriot Act, and expand the size and power of our already-large federal government. Experts today in 2010 insist upon such programs as cap-and-trade, heavy government-involvement in health care, the spending of hundreds of billions of dollars to prevent “global warming,” the expansion of the Patriot Act, global government, and the further erosion of our individual liberties. Expert opinion told us that we needed to give the Banks and Wall Street a massive unprecedented bailout, or else the entire world would collapse. Expert opinion tells us that we have no business knowing what goes on behind closed-doors at the Federal Reserve, and that we should have no worries about the Fed’s doubling of the supply of paper money over the course of the last year.

But for whatever reason, the Academic Establishment – while acknowledging the extreme faults of expert opinion in previous generations – consistently adheres to the blind faith that our current crop of contemporary experts has somehow (for the first time in history) gotten it right. That to question expert opinion in our own time is not only faulty, but borderline crazy. That if you doubt self-proclaimed expert opinion on anything from global warming to the Federal Reserve, you may even be (*gasp*) a “conspiracy theorist.” The latter attack, of course, is nothing more than a fallacious argument that philosophers and logicians call the ad hominem – or, the practice of assailing the individual rather than the specific argument that the individual is presenting. The Academic Establishment has shown to this day that it is not afraid to stoop to the level of ad hominem attacks, particularly when approached by sound, libertarian arguments that cut right through the traditional paradigm of left versus right.

History has consistently proven that most expert opinion is flawed and deceptive. The intellectual heroes that history remembers – John Locke, Isaac Newton, Galileo, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Adam Smith, Ron Paul, Thomas Paine, and others – are not the ones who blindly adhered to the opinion of experts in their own time. They rejected expert opinion and produced their own ideas, facing much criticism, ridicule, and even censorship as a result. Many of them achieved more fame after their deaths than they ever had in their lifetimes. But their names live on forever because of the courage they displayed against the Establishment. As for the other 98% of academics – well, history forgets most of them as quickly as they leave.

Settlers attack cemetery in West Bank village

Nablus – Israeli settlers attacked a cemetery on Wednesday in the Orta Village, southeast of Nablus, and vandalized graves, officials said.

Ghassan Doghlas, official for the settlement file in the West Bank, said additionally that Israeli settlers broke the gate to the village school and left graffiti on the walls.

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Comment: I'm so sick of these bastards. Nothing is sacred to them.

If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online

The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones.

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Comment: I'm sick and tired of hearing about what great "educational tools" overstimulating technology has become. If it screws up the way we process information and turns the attention span to that of a goldfish - then what good is it? If we care more about what's going on in a 2" x 3" screen than in the real world then what kind of society is that going to yield?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is The U.S. Economy Being Tanked By Mistake or By Intent?

The government wants Americans to believe the greatest economic collapse in history was the result of ineptness and mistakes yet still have confidence in their financial institutions.

Should American bankers be let off the hook because they self-declare, before an investigational panel, that the failure of their newly invented risk swaps and other highly leveraged investment schemes was simply due to "mistakes"? Not malfeasance – just every-day mistakes? Bankers just fell asleep at the helm at a critical juncture in American history. Is that what we are being led to believe?

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The UN’s dangerous plan for global taxation

George Russell of Fox News has a very important report on a United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) plan “to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online.” As Russell writes:

Such a scheme could raise “tens of billions of dollars” on behalf of the United Nations’ public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world.

The multibillion-dollar “indirect consumer tax” is only one of a “suite of proposals” for financing the rapid transformation of the global medical industry that will go before WHO’s 34-member supervisory Executive Board at its biannual meeting in Geneva.

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France alarmed over anthrax-tainted heroin in Europe

PARIS — The French health ministry issued a warning on Tuesday after eight people died and seven fell sick in two European countries from using heroin contaminated by anthrax.

"Since December 6, there have been 15 confirmed cases of anthrax among heroin users, 14 in Scotland and one in Germany," the ministry's General Directorate for Health (DGS) said in a statement.

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Blackwater/XE behind terrorist bombings in Asia and Africa?

WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out “false flag” terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel.

Fingers are being pointed at Blackwater/XE and Mossad operatives for the motorbike bomb in Tehran that killed Tehran University nuclear physicist Dr. Moussad Ali-Mohammadi.

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Krugman Without a Clue

By William L. Anderson

Even when Paul Krugman gets it right, he still gets it wrong. Now, I am not someone who is a knee-jerk critic of the guy, although I generally expect Krugman to blame the wrong people and recommend the wrong "solutions."

Thus, when I saw the title of his most recent column, "Bankers Without a Clue," I thought that this might be the day that I can read a Krugman column without cringing. Perhaps, I imagined, he might even use the "bankster" term that I have seen from so many libertarians and Austrian economists. Ah, hope!

Unfortunately, Krugman gave us his tired analysis, and in doing so, he also demonstrated that he was clueless himself about the stagflation of the 1970s. (After all, Krugman being a True Believing Keynesian believes that we should not have both inflation and rising unemployment, since he already has written elsewhere that almost any economic problem can be solved by…printing more money.)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Florida Attorney General Threatens Lawsuit Against Health Care Mandate

Former Republican congressman and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday that provisions to force Americans to buy health care or pay a fine are not legal and he will file a lawsuit if they become law.

In a memo sent to the House and Senate leadership, the attorney general called the mandate requiring Americans to get health care a "living tax" that unconstitutionally penalizes people for being inactive.

According to the attorney general, a citizen's choice not to buy health insurance cannot rationally be construed as economic activity subject to the Commerce Clause.

"The Commerce Clause gives no authority for Congress to transform a citizen's individual choice to be inactive in the marketplace into a compulsion to purchase apparently unwanted insurance or be penalized," he wrote.

McCollum wrote that as attorney general of Florida he is in a position to file suit.

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The Death of the Tangible (Original)

The Death of the Tangible

by Judas Iscariot

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” - John Steinbeck, East of Eden

By no means is Upton Sinclair someone that I look up to. He was short-sighted, stubborn, and ill-founded. But if there is one thing that he did that I respect it is that he brought a question to the forefront of American conversation: how is our food handled? Where does it come from? What perverse things happen in the process?

Sinclair was a socialist, which is something that always puzzles me. To me, no writer is a socialist or a collectivist. They are driven so whole-heartedly by the individual. In Sinclair’s case, as he wasn’t specifically touting Marx’s dictatorial History, or knee-deep in the trenches of Keynesianism, I tend to think of him as someone who saw an ill, and missed the mark.

If one were to say that corporations were a natural resultant of capitalism, then there is plenty of reason to hate capitalism. This of course is not a correct assumption. There is nothing personal, motivational, or hard-working about a corporation. A corporation requires a government to legitimize it; specifically, to prop it up. They are ugly organs reminiscent of feudal times, long refuted by the age of reason.

Capitalism explains production, but it is not a theory of production. Many of us forget that more than an economic theory, Capitalism implies a theory of absolute individualism; the benchmark of freedom. Freedom is a word that is overused by some and scoffed at by others. But freedom is choice. It is, as Mr. Steinbeck wrote, the freedom of the individual to move in any direction it chooses. Capitalism is not about work as much as it is about voluntary association.

So, Mr. Sinclair, was wrong in condemning capitalism, for what he should have been condemning was the corporation. The corporation, a government construct, brought people to the cities like iron filings to a magnet. And what has happened to cities? People work to lay eggs for the heads of these corporations, who have the gall to meet annually and discuss how efficiently their fingers set in the world’s affairs - or maybe to report to their higher-ups, the Rockerfellers and the Rothschilds, for instance, the state of their domains.

Sinclair’s Chicago shows people who have lost connection to the process. They have forgotten that their bread may grow from the Earth by their own hand, just like now we forget that we have the courage to create our own music and play it for our friends, or that skin is not Photoshopped and two-dimensional, but warm to the touch. They live in a world where they are dependent on not only the corporation to produce food properly, but, subsequently, on the character of a bureaucrat to right these wrongs, as if that bureaucrat was disinterested and dealing with wanton boys.

People are rejecting autonomy and decentralization for the prospect that ever-increasing altruists are more qualified to decide how we live our lives than ourselves. A car czar, for instance. A department of Labor, Agriculture, and Education. This is not freedom. This is control.

In essence, there is nothing tangible about a corporation. I don’t think it is a coincidence that books are moving toward the day of the Kindle, just as music has been relegated to the realm of the invisible. We don’t know that wood can be crafted rather easily into things of lasting use and meaning to us. Or that many ailments can be cured with just cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. That someone seeking to harm our livelihood, be it ourselves or the property which spent our irreplaceable time at work to acquire, can be turned away by a conical bullet in a steady barrel.

This is not extremism. This is the reality that exists when the bubbles fail to give us the meaning we lack. This is not violence. This is not savagery. This is the beautiful movement of people who love their lives and who hold true to the respect for other people’s minds and potential. This is a reality where no one is pulling the strings. Where we don’t have to depend on the pezzonovantes for our leisure, or our bread, our sex, or our very livelihoods.

It is a reclamation of what is solid in a world that is constantly popping. It is the battle cry of the dark room and the record player. Of routers instead of particle board. Of utilitarianism over fashion. Of passion over convention. Of freedom over slavery.

The Myth that Is FDR

By Garet Garrett

When John T. Flynn has put the Roosevelt myth through his terrible wringer and thrown aside the empty sack, all that remains of it is — the myth. His book will not be challenged on grounds of fact. He has a special way with facts. He brings them together in piles like fissionable material, and then suddenly a pile explodes with atomic effect, even though there had been nothing new in the facts. Many of them you already knew and had forgotten. But the secret of a myth is no more explained by facts than the secret of life is explained by anatomy. It may be that for good or bad the man of myth is an instrument, and if that is so, he would be unable to account for himself, or, trying to give reasons, would give wrong or puerile reasons, not knowing any better.

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Comment: A major plank in the Establishment/Keynesian myth - Roosevelt. Somehow Hoover was "laissez-faire" and blew out the economy and the compassionate Roosevelt came in to save the day. All a part of a fallacious myth.

Federal health care foes plot for state opt-outs

Congress can pass a federal health care bill and President Obama can sign it, but that doesn't mean the states plan to abide by it.

Lawmakers in 30 states are pressing for constitutional amendments to exempt individuals from the requirement to purchase health care, a pivotal piece of the legislation under debate in Congress.

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Comment: This could prove to be an explosive issue in 2010 -- do individual states have the right to nullify unconstitutional legislation? Of course, a sound understanding of the Constitution implies that they absolutely do, however, it will be interesting to see how the mainstream media spins it (I'm sure charges of "racism" will be made)

Lawrence Solomon: BBC drops top IPCC source for climate change data

The British Broadcasting Corporation has put its weather forecasting contract out to tender – the first time since its radio broadcasts began in 1923 – after taking heat from the public for a string of embarrassingly inaccurate long-range weather forecasts. The UK Met Office, the government-owned meteorological department that has had the BBC contract for almost 90 years, is a partner with the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University of Climategate fame. CRU and the UK Met Office jointly provide the climate change data that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change relies on.

The BBC’s decision comes amid one of the fiercest winters in decades that has left the country unprepared for the snow-related chaos it has seen. In August, the Met Office had forecast a mild winter. Last summer, the BBC had again been embarrassed: Thanks to the forecasts it had received from the UK Met, the BBC had warned its audience of an "odds-on barbecue summer" that instead was cool and rainy. In both cases, the BBC has faced outrage from a public that had been misled by the information the BBC had provided it.

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Deadline Fast Approaching to Confirming Bernanke's Second Term

While the Senate Banking Committee voted to back Ben Bernanke’s second term as Federal Reserve chairman in December, the Senate as a whole must vote on this issue before January 31, and some believe this looming deadline won’t be met.

If the Senate fails to meet the deadline, Bernake will need to temporarily step down as chairman, and Donald Kohn, the vice chairman, will likely serve as acting chairman. Some, however, are pushing for a temporary extension.

Causing the delay are Senators Jim DeMint and Bernie Sanders, both of who have placed holds on the vote. Senator Chris Dodd has urged that the Senate not delay on the confirmation process.

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Comment: Not that it matters who runs the Fed anyway; whether its Bernanke or someone else, the Fed will continue to expand the monetary base and distort the economy.

U.N. report finds corruption rife in Afghanistan

LONDON (Reuters) - Corruption costs Afghans $2.5 billion a year, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday, with the scale of bribery matching Afghanistan's opium trade.

A recent national survey found that Afghans were more concerned with public dishonesty than insecurity or unemployment.

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Will Critical Analysis Survive the Age of Google?

ORIGINAL By Jackson Cooke

The Internet has brought humanity a multitude of new ways to communicate, consume information, expend leisure time and participate in many other activities that were never even conceived by the human mind. Needless to say that the Internet and it's most popular websites (Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc) have opened our minds to a host of new ways to think and organize data in our own heads - even changing the way we read. But is it also driving the nail in the coffin of another parts of our brain that has been on the decline for quite sometime - critical analysis. With the advent of newer means of communication such as radio and Television - information has been packaged into small segments where not much analysis or even raw data can be presented or absorbed by the viewers/listeners.

Couple this phenomenon with consumerism and we have a very dangerous scenario. End users merely want to be entertained and if they do come across information they want it summed up in nice little "sound bites" or "talking points." They are almost phobic of more developed pieces of information, such information that requires one to have a broader view of the subject.

This becomes even worse with the Internet. Any amount of information is at our fingertips yet we can't read a full article anymore, let alone a book. Our society is in the grips of a rabid consumerist culture. Our current economic woes demonstrate this. Aside from the numerous systemic problems we have, people not being content with living within their means has led many to become heavily in debt with no realistic way to pay any of it back. And this correlates to how people consume information on the internet. It is more about consuming the newest information than understanding what it says. Even longer articles are a pain, they just skim. The article I linked from the Atlantic looks at this. The author admits he cannot read longer articles. I understand with the way the job market is going these days there is a lot of emphasis on information technology but does that have to interfere with how we browse on our downtime?

Look at the policies that have gripped our nation because of a lack of critical analysis and reliance of sound bites (the skimmed article of television) - a huge reliance on the expert class. They are essentially saying "Don't read the books! We'll read them for you!" and of course shove crappy policy down our throats. Look at Keynesianism - when talking to someone not very informed on economics you have to give them a little bit of history in order to for them to understand why Keynesianism is a flawed, neomercantile ideology. But if the Keynesian finds the same person he can merely exclaim "Just spend money! On anything, even pyramids! It creates jobs!" The talking point is simple and makes the person feel good. After living in a consumerist society and spending much, if not more than he has, of his own money he doesn't mind seeing the government doing the same, especially if they are telling him it will create jobs. Climate change is another issue that takes a little bit of time to debunk while the Establishment point men can just bark out talking points.

Cell phones make the situation worse. They hurt human interaction and give the lust for new, yet unprocessed information a mobile platform. Your consumerist can now consume on the go and hurt his ability to sit back and think on an issue because he'll have his phone with him and has to be getting the most recent information or shallowly txting with some other mindless consumerists about the latest and greatest whatever (usually toys for adults).

Children are the next problem
because they are being raised with cell phones. They are being taught to consume information before they are even being taught to process it. Granted, that happened to the prior generations with television but most parents limited their children thus they got the basics down before they were old enough to let it go. At least they have that and that can be manifested in several ways. The "truth" community shows that, there is still a strong current of individuals that want to flesh out ideas, get the full context and still remember the joy of burning through pages in a interesting book. But that will be dead soon as the children of the current and next generations are inundated with overstimulating technology at such an early age the attention span will be shot. Books will become archaic and our Masters will have the ultimate leg up on our failing society.

So what's the best course of action with this monstrous problem facing our society? Well, for one - control yourself, simply. You are in ultimate control of your life so take control! Make yourself read long articles, force yourself to read some novels and non fiction books. We must not forget those great abilities so we can pass them down to our children that will be in born to a world even more hostile to reason and critical analysis. Resisting consumerism is another important part of this - one must realize that happiness is NOT derived from buying the newest things.

Most importantly limit your children. Read to them as young children and make reading "cool" again. If you want to give your child a cell phone LIMIT THEM! I can't emphasize that more, the child must know that the world outside that tiny screen is much more important and rich than any piece of technology. We were blessed with a diverse environment that offers a lot of adventure and information if we only take a second to look away from the thousands of screens flickering at us everyday.

Author's Note: This article is discussing the mainstream phenomenon - various communities on the internet whether it be "truth" or libertarian have shown with great detail that critical analysis is not dead. But these communities are heavily in the minority and could become extinct if our incoming generations can't handle reading a 2 page article.

Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation

There is evidence that the United States found oil in Haiti decades ago and due to the geopolitical circumstances and big business interests of that era made the decision to keep Haitian oil in reserve for when Middle Eastern oil had dried up. This is detailed by Dr. Georges Michel in an article dated March 27, 2004 outlining the history of oil explorations and oil reserves in Haiti and in the research of Dr. Ginette and Daniel Mathurin.

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Blackwater/Xe mercs arrive in Somalia, Al-Shabab says

At least 18 people have been killed in clashes between rival factions in southern and central Somalia, and there are reports that Blackwater/Xe mercenaries have entered the country.

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Drugs in our drinking water

No, not just fluoride, which is bad enough - much of our drinking water, in the U.S., Canada and U.K. at least, is contaminated with Prozac and a "vast array" of other drugs.

And you wonder why everyone around is sleepwalking and/or sick?

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I Gave My 3 Year Old an iPhone: Have I Created a Monster?

My wife’s new secret weapon was a series of iPhone apps created especially for toddlers that one of her California girlfriends had recommended. The most popular with our daughter is Letter Tracer, which works as the name suggests. So my daughter was occupied by learning to write her letters. The device and screen provided the engagement that pen and paper hadn’t, and she delighted at being able to successfully trace all the letters of the alphabet, smiling and exclaiming “Look Daddy, I did it!” each time she completed a new tracing. My daughter was having a blast learning how to write her letters, and her parents were enjoying not just her growth but a nice restaurant experience as well.

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One in 7 U.S. mortgages foreclosing or delinquent

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A record one in seven U.S. mortgages were in foreclosure or at least one payment past due in the third quarter, according to fresh data signaling the recovery in the housing market will be tepid at best.

U.S. mortgage delinquency rates and the percentage of loans that entered the foreclosure process also jumped to records from July to September, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Thursday.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Nanoscale: Robot Arm Places Atoms and Molecules With 100% Accuracy

Until the mid-1990s, the term "nanotechnology" referred to the goal of creating vast arrays of nanoscale assemblers to fabricate useful human-scale products from scratch in an entirely automated process and with atomic precision. Since then, the word has come to mean anything from stain-resistant pants to branches of conventional chemistry — generally anything involving nanoscale objects. But the dream of a new Industrial Revolution based on nanoscale manufacturing has not died, as demonstrated most vividly by the work of NYU professor of chemistry Dr. Nadrian Seeman.

The Bogus Anti-Terrorist Crackdown on Financial Freedom

In the post-9/11 era, federal officials are treating cash as they would a suspected weapon of mass destruction. They have created legions of new restrictions and reporting requirements for citizens' money. But the new controls have done nothing to make Washington any more competent at protecting Americans from real threats.

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The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an Invasion?

The military component of the US mission, however, tends to overshadow the civilian functions of rescuing a desperate and impoverished population. The overall humanitarian operation is not being led by civilian governmental agencies such as FEMA or USAID, but by the Pentagon.

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It’s Official: A Majority Of Americans Would Give Up Liberty In Order To Be Safe From Terrorism

It is now official. A majority of Americans are willing to give up liberty in order to be safer from terrorism. A stunning new McClatchy-Ipsos poll has found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: "it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism."

Only 36 percent of those polled agreed with this statement: "some of the government's proposals will go too far in restricting the public's civil liberties."

So are Americans really this stupid?

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Italy to Require Anyone Who Uploads Video to the Internet to Obtain Government Authorization

New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.

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More on Cass Sunstein

Thanks to the author of the Bleeding Heart Show, I have got my hands on a copy of Sunstein’s white paper entitled Conspiracy Theories (2008). I’d like to draw your attention to some interesting features.

According to the introduction of the paper, polls suggest that roughly one-third of Americans subscribe to a ‘conspiracy theory’ about the September 11th attacks in NYC, whether it be that the government knew about it in advance, conspired in it themselves, or covered up Israeli involvement. In most illuminating fashion, the paper then states:

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gerald Celente on RT: Financial Mafia Controls the U.S. and Wall Street

Airport body scanners could 'breach human rights'

Airport body scanners, which show the naked form of anyone who passes through them, could breach human rights, according to the UK's "equality watchdog."

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to the Home Secretary of the UK over concerns about the proposed introduction of body scanners at airports.
It fears they could breach an individual's right to privacy as laid out in the Human Rights Act.

Earlier this month, Gordon Brown announced that air travellers would see the ''gradual'' introduction of body scanners at airports around Britain.

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Thousands of Americans died from H1N1 even after receiving vaccine shots

By Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) The CDC is engaged in a very clever, statistically devious spin campaign, and nearly every journalist in the mainstream media has fallen for its ploy. No one has yet reported what I'm about to reveal here.

It all started with the CDC's recent release of new statistics about swine flu fatalities, infection rates and vaccination rates. According to the CDC:

• 61 million Americans were vaccinated against swine flu (about 20% of the U.S. population). The CDC calls this a "success" even though it means 4 out of 5 people rejected the vaccines.

• 55 million people "became ill" from swine flu infections.

• 246,000 Americans were hospitalized due to swine flu infections.

• 11,160 Americans died from the swine flu.

Base on these statistics, the CDC is now desperately urging people to get vaccinated because they claim the pandemic might come back and vaccines are the best defense.

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WHO Eyeing Global Tax on Finance, Internet Activity

The World Health Organization is considering a plan to ask governments to impose a global consumer tax on such things as Internet activity or everyday financial transactions like paying bills online.

Such a scheme could raise "tens of billions of dollars" on behalf of the United Nations' public health arm from a broad base of consumers, which would then be used to transfer drug-making research, development and manufacturing capabilities, among other things, to the developing world.

The multibillion-dollar "indirect consumer tax" is only one of a "suite of proposals" for financing the rapid transformation of the global medical industry that will go before WHO's 34-member supervisory Executive Board at its biannual meeting in Geneva.

WHO's self-proclaimed "Expert Working Group" has suggested asking rich countries to set aside fixed portions of their gross domestic product to finance worldwide research and development.

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Comment: World leaders who support globalism are really pushing hard right now, aren't they? And you've gotta love how they want to tax the Internet -- they absolutely hate the free Internet.

President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Council of Governors

The President today signed an Executive Order (attached) establishing a Council of Governors to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards. When appointed, the Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

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Comment: More EOs centralizing power in the executive branch. This is a clear demonstration of Obama carrying the torch on Bush's prior work to the same goal.

Boeing Laser Demonstrator Program Accepts Oshkosh Military Truck, Enters Fabrication Phase

Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has accepted the Oshkosh Defense military truck that will carry a Boeing-built laser beam control system for the U.S. Army’s High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD) program.

Boeing received the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) on Dec. 17 at the Oshkosh facility in Oshkosh, Wis.

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Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan climbed in 2009 to their highest number since the fall of the Taliban, the United Nations says in a recent report.

The rising number of innocent Afghan casualties constitutes a major failure for the American forces if judged by the standards set out by General Stanley McChrystal in the summer of 2009, when he testified before Congress.

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Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal

By Glenn Greenwald

Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.

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Comment: A MUST READ! Greenwald has some killer analysis of this weirdo, scumbag Sustein.

Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan tops $1 trillion

The cost to U.S. taxpayers of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 has topped $1 trillion, and President Barack Obama is expected to request another $33 billion to fund more troops this year.

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Comment: Thanks China!

World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown

A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

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Comment: My God, not surprising but vexing - these people have been nothing but vicious towards skeptics but as time goes on we are vindicated over and over again. Science can never be at it's best when the conclusion is predetermined.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Marc Faber: The Next Thing You Need To Worry About Is The PIIGS

The countries most likely to blow up this time around are the "PIIGS": Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. One ore more of them, Faber says, will likely default in the next couple of years. And, that could result in the death of the Euro currency.

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Dollar Crisis Looms if US Doesn't Curb Debt: Experts

The United States must soon raise taxes or cut government spending to curb its debt, and failure to act will risk a crippling dollar crisis as investor confidence ebbs, a panel of experts said on Wednesday.

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All puppies to be microchipped according to new recommendations to Defra

An independent inquiry into dog breeding recommended that all puppies be microchipped before they are sold on. Initially this should be done on a voluntary basis with the public advised only to buy dogs that are registered. However, the report will recommend that Defra amend the Animal Welfare Act and pass it into law.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chrysler goes from bankruptcy to Super Bowl

NEW YORK ( -- Chrysler will be the only U.S. automaker to advertise in this year's Super Bowl, forking over millions of dollars to restore its image following its bankruptcy and the federal bailout that followed.

Chrysler will advertise its Dodge Charger in a 60-second commercial that will showcase "the passion of Dodge." A 60-second spot is the longest and the most expensive ad available during the Super Bowl.

The automaker was rescued by a $7 billion bailout from the U.S. government [or - more accurately, since the U.S. government has no resources of its own - the U.S. taxpayer].

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Comment: This company shouldn't be advertising on the Travel Channel, much less the Super Bowl (with taxpayer dollars, nonetheless). The entire corporation shouldn't even be in existence. If Chrysler was liquidated as it should have been in 2009, another profitable automaker would have bought up the companies worthwhile assets and employed many of the autoworkers formerly employed by Chrysler.

Has Obama given tacit approval to Israel’s next Gaza massacre?

When Israel was destroying Gaza in December 2008, Obama was preparing to take office as president. Progressives around the world turned to him to use his surging diplomatic power to pressure Israel to end the massacre. He stayed silent, for days and weeks, the negative space created by his newfound lack of words filled with the explosions of Israeli bombs and the death cries of women and children.

So-called progressives lined up behind him to generate one excuse after another as to Obama’s inexplicable conduct. Most apologia centered on the idea that their "can be only one president at a time", whatever that means in the context of needed moral courage, not military might.

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US Threatens Venezuela. Netherlands has Granted US Military Use of its Islands in the Caribbean

The government of the Netherlands recently granted the US military use of its islands in the Caribbean, with the excuse that this is to help in the “war against drugs”. In reality, this is a direct threat to the Chavez government in Venezuela.

In the Dutch media articles have appeared about the “war-mongering” president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, who is “preparing a war against Colombia”. Now Chávez has accused the Netherlands of supporting aggression against Venezuela, because the Netherlands has given permission to the American armed forces to use the military bases on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curaçao[1].

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Hungarian Physicist Dr. Ferenc Miskolczi Proves CO2 Emissions Irrelevant in Earth’s Climate

For years now, we have been told that science is dedicatedly attempting to find out how the Earth’s Climate works. With all possible seriousness, the most publically vocal of these scientists, those working for the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), have for the last several years blamed the warming they “found” on Carbon Dioxide. With the release of the CRU (Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia) e-mail database, it is very clearly apparent that the scientists involved with the IPCC were doctoring data to give a specific result. That result was designed to look as if CO2 was causing climate change, warming the earth due to human activities. It can be reported now that this theory has been solidly disproven by Dr. Ferenc Miskolczi, and his work will make history.

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Comment: What a DENIER!!!

U.S. sending up to 3,500 Army troops to Haiti

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will send up to 3,500 soldiers to Haiti from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division to assist with disaster relief and security, a U.S. Army official on Thursday.

Major Brian Fickel told Reuters that the first company of 100 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne were scheduled to arrive in Haiti by the end of Thursday and would begin preparing for the arrival of the larger force.

He said about 600 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne would be in Haiti by Friday.

Separately, the Pentagon is also sending an aircraft carrier and three amphibious ships, including one that can carry up to 2,000 Marines.

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Comment: Is this really necessary? If the U.S. government didn't send any troops or aid to Haiti, there would be more incentive for private citizens who are concerned about the disaster to contribute to charities. Instead, Americans assume that the State will handle it; and since the only resources that the State owns are those that it robs from its citizens, Americans are discouraged from contributing to charity organizations that are in desperate need of money right now.

Peer-to-Peer Review (Part III): How ‘Climategate’ Marks the Maturing of a New Science Movement

PART III – A global warming skeptic receives the leaked files from an anonymous “Deep-Climate” insider. Release of files exposes gatekeeping and leads to the maturing of a new science movement – that of peer-to-peer review. Last in a series. Please click for Part I and Part II.

Few outside the climate skeptic circle have ever heard of Steven Mosher. An open-source software developer, statistical data analyst, and thought of as the spokesperson of the lukewarmer set, Mosher hasn’t made any of the mainstream media outlets covering the story of Climategate. But make no mistake about it – when it comes to dissemination of the story, Steven Mosher is to Climategate what Woodward and Bernstein were to Watergate. He was just the right person, with just the right influence, and just the right expertise to be at the heart of the promulgation of the files.

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Comment: Check out parts I and II as well - but this article speaks a lot of truth. The internet has aided us in circumnavigating structures of power in control of our State sponsored experts.

Britain on course for coldest January for 37 years

January is on course to be the coldest for 37 years after temperatures in the first week of the month averaged minus 2.1 degrees (28F).

The country has not seen a snow-free day for four weeks, forecasters added.

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How nation's true jobless rate is closer to 22%

Fact 1: The next employment report will be worse.

When the Labor Department puts out the January employment figures on Feb. 4, they will include an assumption that a lot of companies went out of business.

This is something called the birth/death model that is used by the department. Last year it caused 356,000 jobs to be subtracted from the January job count.

So, the next employment figure should be shockingly bad.

Poll: Most Americans would trim liberties to be safer

WASHINGTON — After a recent attempted terrorist attack set off a debate about full-body X-rays at airports, a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll finds that Americans lean more toward giving up some of their liberty in exchange for more safety.

The survey found 51 percent of Americans agreeing that "it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism."

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The Raw Story | US to store more weapons, ammunition in Israel: official

The US military plans to expand its stockpiles of weapons in Israel under a recent agreement with Jerusalem, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The deal will double the value of military equipment kept on Israeli soil from 400 million to 800 million dollars, Major Shawn Turner told AFP.

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Goldman E-Mail Lays Bare Trading Conflicts - DealBook Blog -

In an e-mail message to select clients, Thomas C. Mazarakis, the head of Goldman’s fundamental strategies group, acknowledged that his unit often provided investment ideas that the firm had already traded on. Sometimes Goldman has even taken the opposite approach, betting against particular instruments that the group has recommended.

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Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 conspiracy groups | Raw Story

In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated "cognitive infiltration" of groups that advocate "conspiracy theories" like the ones surrounding 9/11.

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The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s -

And after my 4-year-old niece received the very hot Zhou-Zhou pet hamster for Christmas, I pointed out that the toy was essentially a robot, with some basic obstacle avoidance skills. She replied matter-of-factly: “It’s not a robot. It’s a pet.”

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Wind farms produced 'practically no electricity' during Britain's cold snap - Telegraph

The cold weather has been accompanied by high pressure and a lack of wind, which meant that only 0.2pc of a possible 5pc of the UK's energy was generated by wind turbines over the last few days. Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), gave warning that this could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines accounting for a quarter of all UK electricity demand over the next 10 years.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Marijuana legalization gets OK from California legislative committee

California assemblyman Tom Ammiano emerged Tuesday from a victorious committee vote to legalize marijuana proclaiming history was in the making.

The political theater Ammiano stirred in winning a 4-3 vote in the Public Safety Committee for pot's legalization raises the curtain on a near-certain November ballot fight and heated skirmishes in the Legislature over the future of marijuana use in California.

"I think the conversation is definitely gaining traction," Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, said after the bill passed the committee he chairs. "There was a time when the 'M' word was never mentioned in Sacramento."

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Comment: If marijuana use - both medicinal and recreational - is legalized in California with success and incoming tax revenue, look for other states to quickly follow.

Obama wants record $708 billion for wars next year

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of a record $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned - a request that could be an especially hard sell to some of the administration's Democratic allies.

The extra $33 billion in 2010 would mostly go toward the expansion of the war in Afghanistan. Obama ordered an extra 30,000 troops for that war as part of an overhaul of the war strategy late last year.

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Pizza shop heckler: Bush Sr. a ‘murderous, Zionist piece of shit’

For a man whose son became one of the most polarizing, controversial and even hated figures in U.S. history, a mouthful of pizza may not be worth a mouthful of profanity.

At an unidentified pizza shop visited by George H.W. Bush recently, one of the customers decided to give the former president a slice of his mind, replete with generous toppings.

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IOF troops bulldoze land in Gaza, detain Jerusalemites for planting olives

GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) advanced east of Shujaia suburb in Gaza city afternoon Tuesday and bulldozed Palestinian plantations, local sources said.

They told the PIC reporter that the IOF troops escorted three military bulldozers, noting that the IOF soldiers fired three projectiles at cultivated lands east of Shujaia inflicting material damage.

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Comment: Only TERRORISTS plant crops in a desperate attempt to feed their starving families. Thank God the IOF was there to put an end to it!!!!!

Prosperity Through Road Construction: Shoveling Something Other Than Dirt

By William L. Anderson

One of the constant themes of modern socialism (and Keynesianism) is the belief that we can create prosperity through government spending on roads. Mind you, roads can help an economy if they are located in places where they can aid commerce by making it possible for relatively cheap transportation that permits wider uses of division of labor.

However, that is not why people like Paul Krugman and other socialists champion tax-funded road building. Instead, they insist that the money spent in itself will revitalize the economy, and that is pure nonsense. Interestingly, this past year has seen a huge amount of government "public works" spending, but the effects have not been what the Krugmanites/Socialists have claimed.

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SEC order helps maintain AIG bailout mystery

NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - It could take until November 2018 to get the full story behind the U.S. bailout of insurance giant American International Group (AIG.N) because of an action taken last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In May, the SEC approved a request by AIG to keep secret an exhibit to a year-old regulatory filing that includes some of the details on the most controversial aspect of the AIG bailout: the funneling of tens of billions of dollars to big banks like Societe Generale, Goldman Sachs (GS.N), Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) and Merrill Lynch.

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Police fight cellphone recordings

Simon Glik, a lawyer, was walking down Tremont Street in Boston when he saw three police officers struggling to extract a plastic bag from a teenager’s mouth. Thinking their force seemed excessive for a drug arrest, Glik pulled out his cellphone and began recording.

Within minutes, Glik said, he was in handcuffs.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Up to 200 doctors, nurses, firefighters, prison officers, police officers, forensic scientists and binmen say they have developed serious physical and mental health problems after injections essential for their work over the past 10 years. All have given up their jobs and some are now 60 per cent disabled.

Last night it emerged they are to miss out on payouts, prompting furore among campaigners. More than 150 MPs have lent their support to demands for a better deal for the victims.

Olivia Price, of the Vaccine Victim Support Group, said: “These people have given their lives in the service of looking after others and this is how they’re repaid. They’ve lost their careers and are a burden to their families. It is very degrading.”

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The 'false' pandemic: Drug firms cashed in on scare over swine flu, claims Euro health chief | Mail Online

The swine flu outbreak was a 'false pandemic' driven by drug companies that stood to make billions of pounds from a worldwide scare, a leading health expert has claimed.
Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, accused the makers of flu drugs and vaccines of influencing the World Health Organisation's decision to declare a pandemic.

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IS ISRAEL CONTROLLING PHONY TERROR NEWS? : Veterans Today - News for U.S. Military Veterans Jobs, VA Benefits, Home Loans, Hospitals

Who says Al Qaeda takes credit for a bombing? Rita Katz. Who gets us bin Laden tapes? Rita Katz. Who gets us prettymuch all information telling us Muslims are bad? Rita Katz? Rita Katz is the Director of Site Intelligence, primary source for intelligence used by news services, Homeland Security, the FBI and CIA. What is her qualification? She served in the Israeli Defense Force. She has a college degree and most investigative journalists believe the Mossad "helps" her with her information. We find no evidence of any qualification whatsoever of any kind. A bartender has more intelligence gathering experience.

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Arizona treasurer says checks will bounce amid budget crisis - Phoenix Arizona news, breaking news, local news, weather radar, traffic from ABC15 News |

Martin said unless the capitol buildings are sold before the end of the month, there will be no more money meaning, "If they continue to issue checks without having money from the sale of the buildings, I have to bounce them."

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Twisted: Administration's 'safe schools czar' and the North American Man-Boy Love Association

A Marxist atheist trained in materialism, Harry Hay tried to find spirituality in his own confused sexual identity, eventually developing the idea that he was a “Radical Faerie” who had male and female traits. A communist, he was also a supporter of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

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Shock study: 12% of kids sexually abused in govt. custody | Raw Story

Some 12 percent of minors held in government custody are sexually abused, and in some facilities the rate reaches a stunning one in three children, says a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics...

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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Americanization of Mental Illness


AMERICANS, particularly if they are of a certain leftward-leaning, college-educated type, worry about our country’s blunders into other cultures. In some circles, it is easy to make friends with a rousing rant about the McDonald’s near Tiananmen Square, the Nike factory in Malaysia or the latest blowback from our political or military interventions abroad. For all our self-recrimination, however, we may have yet to face one of the most remarkable effects of American-led globalization. We have for many years been busily engaged in a grand project of Americanizing the world’s understanding of mental health and illness. We may indeed be far along in homogenizing the way the world goes mad.

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Comments: Just treat the symptoms!

What Is The True Unemployment Number?

Let's take at a look at some of the statistical manipulation needed to come up with a 10% headline unemployment number.

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Copenhagen Summit Turned Junket?

(CBS) Few would argue with the U.S. having a presence at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. But wait until you hear what we found about how many in Congress got all-expense paid trips to Denmark on your dime.

CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports that cameras spotted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the summit. She called the shots on who got to go. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and embattled Chairman of the Tax Committee Charles Rangel were also there.

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Comment: That's one helluva 'carbon footprint!'

Gen. McChrystal Declares Afghan Surge a ‘Success’

Somewhat of a shocking development, considering the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, and most of the “surge” troops won’t even arrive for several months, but General Stanley McChrystal today declared the Afghan surge was already a success with “turned the tide” against the Taliban.

Though Gen. McChrystal conceded that the war isn’t entirely won yet, he insisted that considerable progress has been made, citing territory seized in the most recent Helmand Province offensives.

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Doubts cast on H1N1 scare

The severity of the H1N1 outbreak was deliberately exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scare, a leading European health expert has claimed.

Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, has accused the makers of vaccines for the virus of influencing the World Health Organisation's (WHO) decision to declare a pandemic.

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Federal Reserve Seeks to Protect U.S. Bailout Secrets

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve asked a U.S. appeals court to block a ruling that for the first time would force the central bank to reveal secret identities of financial firms that might have collapsed without the largest government bailout in U.S. history.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan will decide whether the Fed must release records of the unprecedented $2 trillion U.S. loan program launched after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. In August, a federal judge ordered that the information be released, responding to a request by Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News.

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How the US Government Created the 'Drug Problem' in the USA

by Michael E. Kreca

"The bottom line on this whole business has not yet been written."

Dr. Sidney Gottlieb
CIA Technical Services Staff director for the MK-ULTRA program

Eighteenth-century German philosopher Georg Friedrich Hegel long ago developed, among other things, what he called the principle of "thesis, antithesis, synthesis" to explain the process of deliberately enacted social disorder and change as a road to power. To achieve a desired result, one deliberately creates a situation ("thesis,") devises a "solution," to solve the "problems" created by that situation ("antithesis,") with the final result being the ultimate goal of more power and control ("synthesis.") It is unsurprising Karl Marx and his disciples like Lenin and Trotsky, as well as the US government in its so-called War On Drugs, made this process a keystone of their drive for total control of all individual actions that, in their views, were not, in Mussolini s terms, "inside the state" and thus controllable by the same.

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Krugman on Bad Actors

By Robert P. Murphy

In a recent New York Times column, Paul Krugman lamented our society's lavish rewards for bad actors. No, he wasn't criticizing the original cast of Star Trek. Rather, Krugman was bemoaning the hefty earnings that accrue to financial executives. Unfortunately, Krugman's critique is riddled with irrelevant paper citations and internal contradictions. The shocking abuses in today's financial markets would end immediately, if only the government would get out of the sector entirely.

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Comment: Paul Krugman is a high priest of the State. He's following in Keynes's footsteps in ignoring multitudes of economic data in order to promote his ideology - let the state destroy an economy in order to achieve an permanent boom.

Teenagers 'only use 800 different words a day'

Although, according to recent surveys, they know an average of 40,000 words, they tend to favour a "teenspeak" used in text messages, on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace and in internet chat rooms like MSN.

One poll, commissioned by Tesco, revealed that while children had the vocabulary to be articulate, the top 20 words they used - including the Vicky Pollard lexicon of “yeah”, “no” and “but” - accounted for about a third of all the words they used.

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

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Comment: Of course it's making us stupid. Our repulsion of things you must invest time into in conjunction for the more "instant gratification" media is what is leading to this. Not only do we hear only soundbites but when we read we only skim and careful reading and analysis is thrown to the wayward.

Obama Plays Down Military Role in Yemen

President Obama said he has “no intention of sending U.S. boots on the ground” to Yemen and Somalia amid mounting concern about terrorist cells in those countries.

In excerpts of an interview with People magazine released on Sunday, Mr. Obama said that the “border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan remains the epicenter of Al Qaeda,” though he acknowledged that the group’s branch in Yemen has become “a more serious problem.”

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