A map illustrating regional personality differences across America is surprisingly similar to the red state/blue state map of the nation. To test their hypothesis that regional personality differences account for whether a state bleeds red or blue, they gave online personality tests to almost 500,000 people across the nation. Using a 44-question survey, they were able to measure five key aspects of personality: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. (It's called the "Big Five" personality questionnaire, a test so popular it even has a Facebook application.) For example, respondents were asked to rate how anxious and easily upset they are (an indicator of neuroticism), and whether they consider themselves sympathetic and warm (an indicator of agreeableness), dependable and self-disciplined (a measure of conscientiousness) or open to new experiences and complex (openness).
he Pakistani government has summoned the US ambassador to Islamabad over several missile attacks by US drones inside its territory. "The US ambassador was called to the Foreign Office today and a strong protest was lodged on the continued missile attacks by US drones inside Pakistani territory," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ThereAreNoSunglasses: ‘Taliban have been infiltrated,situation can destabilise region’.
Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican in the history of the US Senate, was convicted Monday on seven felony counts of filing false reports to conceal more than a quarter million dollars worth of gifts from political and business cronies. A Washington DC jury reached its verdict after deliberating only a few hours, evidently rejecting out of hand the defense case.
Israel has threatened to use force and stop activists sailing a boat on a repeat voyage to Gaza from entering the Palestinian territory. Twenty-seven peace activists from 13 countries left Cyprus on Tuesday afternoon aboard a 20-meter (66-foot) Gibraltar-registered pleasure cruiser to the Gaza Strip. They aim to break a year long Israeli blockade imposed on the impoverished area and are expected to arrive in Gaza at around 8:00 am on Wednesday. The move comes nearly two months after 46 activists from different countries broke the siege.
Russia has made the final step in cementing ties with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The lower chamber of parliament has approved friendship pacts with the two republics.
It is just over a year since the SWP and Galloway, then united in Respect, split acrimoniously. Galloway did so amidst accusations that the SWP was ultra-left and that its undemocratic efforts to dominate Respect were an obstacle to building a broad alliance of generally left and democratic forces. The SWP somewhat belatedly discovered that Galloway was orienting towards Muslim businessmen and that he is moving to the right. The two conferences served to demonstrate how both organizations are continuing their rightward lurch.
“The Middle Class Proletariat — The middle classes could become a revolutionary class, taking the role envisaged for the proletariat by Marx. The globalization of labour markets and reducing levels of national welfare provision and employment could reduce peoples’ attachment to particular states. The growing gap between themselves and a small number of highly visible super-rich individuals might fuel disillusion with meritocracy, while the growing urban under-classes are likely to pose an increasing threat to social order and stability, as the burden of acquired debt and the failure of pension provision begins to bite. Faced by these twin challenges, the world’s middle-classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest.” — ‘UK Ministry of Defence report, The DCDC Global Strategic Trends Programme 2007-2036’ (Third Edition) p.96, March 2007.
They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children. King James II and Charles I led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor. The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), through its Tibet Bureau based in Geneva, submitted a report on “ the continuing use of torture against the Tibetan people” to “the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Violations by the People’s Republic of China Against The People of Tibet”, on 29 September. The report details narrative of events from 2000 to 2008, presenting evidence of torture used against Tibetan people under the political and religious repression imposed by the Chinese government in Tibet.
Google's settlement of a three-year old lawsuit challenging its Book Search program, which scans books and make portions available online, creates a new revenue stream for authors and publishers (and itself) — but the financial benefits are dwarfed by the clear field the company now has to complete an ambitious program to create a global digital library.
1675: Gottfried Leibniz writes the integral sign ∫ in an unpublished manuscript, introducing the calculus notation that's still in use today. Leibniz was a German mathematician and philosopher who readily crossed the lines between academic disciplines. He had a doctorate in law, served as secretary of the Nuremberg alchemical society and fancied himself a poet. He also conducted diplomatic missions in London and Paris. While visiting those cities, Leibniz acquainted himself with such scientific luminaries as Christiaan Huygens, Robert Boyle, Robert Hook, John Pell and Jacques Ozanam. He showed an unfinished calculating machine to the Royal Society, which elected him a fellow. Leibniz discussed with his English colleagues his interest in summing series and the geometry of infinitesimals, and he corresponded with them when he was back in France. They apprised him of books in the field and also told him about Isaac Newton's yet-unpublished work on the subject. Newton wrote to Leibniz through an intermediary, and they began an exchange of letters that often took weeks or even months to reach their recipient. The muddled back-and-forth eventually led to bad blood, with Newton claiming that Leibniz had stolen his work in founding the science of calculus.
US forces mounted a Predator drone missile attack Monday on a house in Mandata Raghzai, a village in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, killing as many as 20 people. The Pentagon has refused to confirm the attack. But Pakistani officials have claimed most of those killed were militants from the Pakistani Taliban—the armed opposition that has developed in Pakistan's Pashtun-speaking tribal belt to the US occupation of Afghanistan and the associated attempt of Pakistan's central government to exert greater authority over the country's historically autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The US military is now routinely violating Pakistani sovereignty, extending the Afghan War to its southern neighbor, and realizing, thereby, the strategic "vision" of Admiral Mike Mullen, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who has called for Afghanistan and Pakistan's border regions to be perceived as a single war-theater. Four days before the strike on Mandata Raghzai, a US drone fired four missiles into a seminary in a village near Miramshah, North Waziristan, killing at least 10 people. AntiWar: Pakistani Senate Unanimously Condemns US Attacks.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on holding talks with Taliban militants in a bid to end the violence in their border region. "We agreed that contacts should be established with the opposition in both countries, joint contacts through the jirga (mini-tribal council)," said Tuseday former Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah who led the Afghan delegation at the two-day talks in Islamabad.
A ground assault conducted Sunday by the US military on a Syrian village saw eight people shot dead, four of them reportedly children, and others wounded. The raid has all the earmarks of a calculated provocation by the outgoing administration of US President George Bush aimed at derailing moves by the European powers to normalise relations with the Syrian government. BBC: Syria hits out at terrorist US: Syria's foreign minister has accused the US of an act of criminal and terrorist aggression over what it says was a helicopter raid on its territory. The Saker: Yet another botched US raid? Al Jazeera: Syria warns US of retaliation. AntiWar: US Faces International Condemnation in Wake of Syria Strike.
The state owns the “democratic process” as surely as it owns the Departments of Labor and Defense and uses it in ways that benefit the state and no one else. On the other hand, we do have the freedom NOT to vote. No one has yet drafted us into the voting booth. I suggest that we exercise this right not to participate. It is one of the few rights we have left. Nonparticipation sends a message that we no longer believe in the racket they have cooked up for us, and we want no part of it. [W]hat effect does voting have? It gives them what they need most: a mandate. Nonparticipation helps deny that to them. It makes them, just on the margin, a bit more fearful that they are ruling us without our consent. This is all to the good. Online Journal: Stolen elections and media blackouts: An interview with Mark Crispin Miller.
The primary goal of Joseph Goebbels in his Nazi propaganda management was to create what he called “coordinated media” -- a diversity of viewpoints, but all expressed within the narrow parameters of party ideology. Adolph Hitler himself would complain if he thought news coverage was too monochromatic; he didn’t want to be bored by his own press operation. He considered himself a news consumer, along with the rest of the German population. With his precise sense of what people wanted to hear, Hitler knew that propaganda couldn’t be too blatant. Detain This: THE ROLE OF BIG MEDIA IN THE PLUNDER.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have unveiled a monument pillar to honor the victims of an Israeli-imposed siege on the coastal region. The ceremony was attended by a number of Palestinian MPs, academic figures and Father Manuel Musallam, head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Gaza Strip in the western part of the Gaza city, Press TV correspondent Yousef Al-Helou reported on Monday. Reuters: Gaza hospitals suffering from lack of medicine. Popular Committee Against Siege Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.
The New American Century lasted a decade. Financial crisis and defeated objectives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia brought the neoconservative project for American world hegemony crashing to a close in the autumn of 2008. The American neoconservatives are the heirs of Leon Trotsky. Their dream of American “Full Spectrum Dominance” -- US military and economic superiority over any possible combination of states -- is matched in ambition only by the early 20th century Trotskyite dream of a world Communist revolution.
In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit, and paltry charges being traded in petty ways, and with Joe the Plumber becoming the emblematic stupidity of the campaign, it didn't seem possible that things could go any lower or get any dumber. But they did last Friday, when, at a speech in Pittsburgh, Gov. Sarah Palin denounced wasteful expenditure on fruit-fly research, adding for good xenophobic and anti-elitist measure that some of this research took place "in Paris, France" and winding up with a folksy "I kid you not."
Last month, The Army Times reported that for "the first time an active [U.S. Army] unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities." The brigade, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, has spent most of the last four years fighting a war in Iraq, and will now be assigned on a permanent basis to engage in numerous domestic functions -- including, as the article put it, "to help with civil unrest and crowd control."
I cringed. As soon as I read it. And now, I've read it again. Twice. On this site. A site devoted to peace, justice and impeachment, and by extension, human rights, rule of law, and all that jazz. It's the word. No, don't be saying "word" – not yet. I'm talking about the word. You know the one I mean – the "N" word. BoingBoing: Palin hears rally attendee call Obama "n-word" during speech, keeps on truckin'.
The prospect of an African-American president is bringing white supremacist subculture in the US out of the shadows. Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, the two Tennessee neo-Nazis arrested for plotting to kill 102 African-American schoolchildren and then assassinate Barack Obama, clearly drew inspiration from a violent white nationalist group called the Order. In the 1980s, members of the Order carried out a crime spree that included several high-profile murders.
The meeting of Russian and EU foreign ministers in St. Petersburg has once again brought to the surface differences concerning the settlement in the Caucasus after the conflict in South Ossetia. Russia has warned against the multi-billion-dollar aid given by the EU to Georgia being used for upgrading the country’s army. Still, both sides insisted that the relationship had not broken.
Tennis players should be disputing more referees calls that their shots landed outside the lines, according to a new study by brain researchers. About 100 milliseconds of lag time built into the human visual processing system causes observers to systematically misperceive how far objects have traveled. In tennis terms, that perceptual bias leads referees to incorrectly call shots out that actually hit the line. Working with more than 4,400 points from the 2007 Wimbledon tennis tournament in which a shot fell near the line, University of California-Davis psychologists found refs only made 83 total mistakes, but that 83 percent of those were calling accurate shots out.
When asked about the possibility this past Sunday by George Stephanopoulos, Emanuel did not rule it out, and a couple of weeks ago the Washington Post called Emanuel a "dark horse" for the position. NewOrleans IndyMedia: Rahm Emanuel heads North American Mossad + PROMIS + laundered profits to Israel/Russian. The People's Voice: SON OF A ZIONIST TERRORIST. WUFYS: How Mossad Controls Our Political Parties.
[Click on photo to enlarge] A Syrian diplomat called a U.S. helicopter strike on a Syrian village near the border with Iraq on Sunday an "outrageous crime," adding that Syria reserves the right to respond accordingly. Eight civilians were killed in the strike, which Syria said targeted a civilian building under construction. "This administration ... has proved to be irrational and they have no respect for international law or human rights. We expect a clarification, and of course Syria reserves the right to respond accordingly in the proper way," Syria's press attache in London, Jihad Makdissi, told the BBC. PressTV: Iran condemns US attack on Syria: Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman has condemned a recent US attack on the Syrian soil which left nine civilians dead and 14 others wounded. Times Online: Iraq defends US-Iraq cross-border raid into Syria. WUFYS: Strike On Syria: A Gift from Cheney to McCain. The Saker: The Imperial crackpots are at it again: Ha'aretz confirms US strike on Syrian town. Empire Burlesque: Surging Into Syria: American Incursion Opens New Front in Quagmire. Moon of Alabama: Why The Attack In Syria?
In an unusually frank article published in Saturday's New York Times, the newspaper's economic columnist, Joe Nocera, reveals what he calls "the dirty little secret of the banking industry"--namely, that "it has no intention of using the [government bailout] money to make new loans." As Nocera explains, the plan announced October 13 by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to hand over $250 billion in taxpayer money to the biggest banks, in exchange for non-voting stock, was never really intended to get them to resume lending to businesses and consumers--the ostensible purpose of the bailout. Its essential aim was to engineer a rapid consolidation of the American banking system by subsidizing a wave of takeovers of smaller financial firms by the most powerful banks. GWB: Even the New York Times Calls Paulson a Liar. BrassCheck: (Video). GWB: Senator Warns of Revolution: “If it turns out that they are hoarding, you’ll have a revolution on your hands. People will be so livid and furious that their tax money is going to line their pockets instead of doing the right thing. There will be hell to pay.” RedPill: Evolution of the apocalypse - financial meltdown. WSWS: Les petits secrets du sauvetage des banques américaines.
Bush’s Third War started, illegally, “with a first ever ground attack” on the night of 3. September, killing 15 men women and children. Further activity in early September can be read here. Bush’s Bailout Bonanza was on 1 October 2008, catastrophically affecting the global market. In mid - October, in medias res of a global financial meltdown, one US drone killed one alleged “militant”in Pakistan. Corpwatch reported that this drone system is “the most expensive Army weapons program ever.” What, then, is the cost ratio of one drone (out of 4 in each system) to one life? Approximately $4.5m if all four are used. And HOW MUCH is given in ‘compensation’ to the family of a civilian victim? Pittance. Pakistan Daily: Christian Terrorism: US drone kills up to 20 Civillians.
After four years of detailed research, the most complete list to-date of Jewish residents living in Germany between 1933 and 1945 has been handed over to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial site in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Post: Germany presents Israel with Holocaust-era records. Deutsche Welle: Germany Compiles List of Nazi-Era Jews and Their Fates.
[T]he most terrifying aspect of a McCain win in the US and a Netanyahu win in Israel is the very much enhanced likelihood of a final confrontation with Iran and the fallout, literally and metaphorically, that such a confrontation will have for the Middle East and the world. Netanyahu has in the past hinted at a ‘nuclear strike on Iran’. And, of course, who can forget McCain’s policy of ‘Bomb, bomb, bombing Iran’.
Without a mandate to remain, American troops won't leave, of course. At year's end, they will, so American officials insist, simply retreat to their bases and assumedly leave Maliki's government to dangle in the expected gale. Clearly, this is a game of chicken. What's less clear is who's willing to go over the cliff, or who exactly is going to put on the brakes.
"I think Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice and Secretary Gates put it plainly, that there are consequences for not moving forward, but we are confident the Iraqis, once they can get through their political process that they have set up for this — this agreement, that we think we can get it signed," Perino said. The most controversial article in the draft agreement is on troop immunity. While the U.S. gives up immunity for U.S. troops who are "off duty and off base" if they commit major or intentional crimes, the U.S. retains the authority to determine whether they were off duty. ICH: Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals a U.S. Debacle.
Every police force in the UK is to be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners - handheld devices that allow police to carry out identity checks on people in the street. The new technology, which ultimately may be able to receive pictures of suspects, is likely to be in widespread use within 18 months. Tens of thousands of sets - as compact as BlackBerry smartphones - are expected to be distributed. An Englishman's Castle: Ihre Papieren, bitte! Lew Rockwell: Papiere Bitte: I smell the long-forgotten skunk, the long-forgotten rot of fascism. What is happening all around can no longer be denied. What I ran away from so desperately in 1938 is coming back full circle. Only the jack-boots have not yet arrived. Think I’m some kind of elderly nut-job neurotically manufacturing dictatorship? Well, let’s look at the 82 billion dollar defense bill passed just a few weeks ago, which (with a vote tally of 100 to 0) had the Real ID Act hidden inside it. This law allows a national identification process in which each and every person in the U.S.A. will be on computer.
In 1992, Mark Higson, the Foreign Office official responsible for Iraq, appeared before the Scott inquiry into the scandal of arms sold illegally to Saddam Hussein. He described a "culture of lying" at the heart of British foreign policymaking. I asked him how frequently ministers and officials lied to parliament. "It's systemic," he said.
Living in a car isn't something that anyone would recommend. However, when you get laid off, your emergency fund runs out, your home is foreclosed (or you get an eviction notice) and there's nobody to help, living in your car might be the only choice, especially if you don't feel safe at a local shelter. Unfortunately, in many places, sleeping in your car is not only frowned upon, but also illegal. Here's how to get by until something better comes along. 1. Find a safe and inconspicuous place to park. First, check to see if there are any organizations in your area (or a nearby area) that designates parking lots specifically for people in situations like yours; it's not only legal, but the organization might screen the people who use the lot, or even designate a women-only lot. If there are no such lots available, and you live in a city, look for streets with no sidewalks, no overlooking windows, and adjacent to woods; the area should be sparse enough to avoid nosy onlookers but populated enough that the car does not stand out. Parking lots of big-box retailers (especially those that are open 24 hours and have restrooms, such as Wal-mart) are great to clean up in and have security. As long as you spend a couple of dollars there and don't park in one place too often.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the United States of America is The Worlds Worst Prison State: "In 2006, over 7.2 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at yearend 2006 -- 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults." - U.S. Department of Justice. Graphs from: http://www.libertyforlife.com/jail-police/prison_populaton.htm
A dog has risked its life to protect four kittens trapped in a house fire in Melbourne, Australia. Firefighters found Leo guarding the kittens which were in a cardboard box in one of the bedrooms. When the fire broke out inside the house, the family of four plus their other dog managed to escape. However Leo paid the price for his bravery. He succumbed to the smoke and heat. Firefighters rushed the dog to safety and revived the unconscious Leo with a heart massage and oxygen.
In an interview with the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision aired Tuesday, Palin remarked that "through negotiations or sanctions, if necessary, we can pressure dictators like Hugo Chavez to make it clear that they cannot mess with the United States whenever they feel like it." Speaking at an event to inaugurate a thermoelectric plant, Chavez said he had heard of Palin's remarks. "The poor thing, you have to feel sorry for her," he said with a dismissive wave of his hand. Palin, he said, is "a beauty queen that they've put in the role of a figurine."
Sarah Palin this week mistakenly called a democratically-elected president of a foreign state a dictator. In response, Hugo Chavez, who was in 2006 re-elected by a convincing 60% of voters, evoked Jesus, remarking, “Forgive her, for she knows not what she says.”.
John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile's military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, one of the world's most notorious violators of human rights credited with killing more than 3,000 civilians and jailing tens of thousands of others. The private meeting between McCain and dictator Pinochet has gone previously un-reported anywhere. Chile From Within: McCain meets Pinochet in 1985: John Dinges writes about John and Cindy’s vacation to the south of Chile to eat salmon and ride horses, to Santiago to meet with Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and to Vina del Mar to celebrate the New Year. “McCain’s visit with Pinochet took place at a moment when the Chilean strongman held virtually unrestricted dictatorial power and those involved in public, democratic opposition were exposed to great risk.” WikiPedia: Augusto Pinochet.
Voters in West Virginia, which is conducting early voting, are complaining that ES & S voting machines recorded votes for Democratic candidates as votes for Republicans. Calvin Thomas of Ripley, a retired factory worker, said that when he tried to vote for Barack Obama, it registered the vote for John McCain. He said his daughter had the same problem. BradBlog: ES&S Touch-Screen Votes Now Flipping in TX Too! Scoop: Vote Flipping in Davidson County, Tennessee. Santa Barbara Independent: E-Voting Made Scary.
The Associated press came out with a remarkable poll Thursday. It claimed that the presidential race had tightened from the consistent leads Obama has shown over the past weeks to become one of those "too close to call" national elections. Their poll, conducted by German polling firm GfK, showed 44% for Obama and 43% for McCain. POLICE FEAR RIOTS IF BARACK OBAMA LOSES US (S)ELECTION
On Thursday, the German stock exchange fell dramatically as auto manufacturers announced substantial job cuts and austerity measures. According to media reports, Volkswagen plans to cut up to 25,000 temporary staff and contract workers. Management at the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg denied that decisions have already been made, but did confirm that a “crisis programme” is being worked on.
World share markets plunged again on Friday, as further signs emerged that the global economy is heading for a deep and protracted recession. The largest falls were in Asia, where major exporters are being hit by shrinking markets in the US and Europe.
Stock markets across the world cracked yesterday, forcing Wall Street to suspend trading on a key futures contract to stem panic-selling while Moscow shut for business altogether. Sharp losses in New York, London, Europe and the Far East raised the spectre that governments may be forced to impose emergency holidays to avert a meltdown across world stock markets.
• 50bn wiped off value of Britain's top 100 firms • Wave of panic selling after warnings about far eastAndrew Clark in New York, Phillip Inman, Chris Tryhorn and Kathryn Hopkins The Guardian, Saturday October 25 2008 Article historyFears of an economic slump to rival the recession of the early 1990s have wiped almost £50bn off the value of Britain's top 100 companies and sent stockmarkets around the world into a tailspin. Reuters: U.S. has plundered world wealth with dollar.
What can you buy in America for $1,000? A flat-screen television, perhaps. A weekend break in the sun. Or a three-bedroom suburban home with stripped wood floors and a garage in the country's motor capital. Prophesy News Watch: The Dangers of a Diminished America
Andrew Clark in New York The Guardian, Saturday October 25 2008 Article historyOne of the world's biggest hedge fund managers, Citadel, told clients last night that two of its main funds have lost 35% of their value this year after rumours swept the market about its financial position.
Times have been tough here for some time, and seem only to be getting worse. "The valley is already hurting," Colleen tells us. "It's really scary for the kids that are making minimum wage and driving 25 or 30 miles a day to work — paying for gas, for babysitters, housing. Hard to watch these kids. It's a struggle. It takes all they've got. They don't have luxuries. They live on $1500 a month - $500 for rent. How can you live on that? They have no health insurance. They can't afford it."
Bastards until the very end. The Bush administration is trying again to take the gray wolf of the northern Rockies off the federal endangered species list. Having lost in court this summer in a legal battle with conservationists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to reopen for public comment its 2007 proposal to delist the wolves.
"Hell, he says, “is when you know that the end of your life is approaching and that you have not used your talents and resources as well as you could have done to make a difference – i.e. when you realize upon reflection that you have wasted your life. Heaven is contemplation of the approach of death without fear because you know that, on balance, you’ve done your best to make a difference.”
Asian and European leaders meeting in Beijing have called for a "comprehensive reform" of the global financial system. At a news conference at the close of the 40-member Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) on Saturday, Wen Jiabao, the Chinese prime minister, said that greater regulation was needed to avoid another crisis.
Sarah Palin dismissed criticism over the $150,000 (£94,000) spent on her clothes since becoming John McCain’s running-mate, amid mounting evidence that she has become a significant drag on the Republican ticket.
The news on markets around the world is particularly dire this morning. Despite a late day rally in the U.S., markets in Asia and Europe are down as much as 9 and 10% and S&P Futures are 60 limit down. This is going to be a very ugly day with market breakers likely to be tested and the Dow breaking through 2002 lows easily at the open. The Independent: Downturn even worse than expected: UK moving 'towards' recession. Yahoo: Stocks dive belief global recession is at hand. Reuters: INSTANT VIEW: Stocks tank at market open. + Markets in tailspin. MarketWatch: Sell-off spans globe.
Indicators of a worsening social crisis in the US are mounting daily as the economic downturn takes an ever greater toll on jobs. Further layoffs were announced yesterday in the US and around the world. New data was also released showing escalating numbers of American families losing their homes through foreclosure, further driving down house prices.
"I made a mistake in presuming that the self interest of organizations, specifically banks and others, was such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and the equity in the firms," Greenspan said. Al Jazeera: Greenspan admits 'flaw' in ideology. The Guardian: Greenspan - I was wrong about the economy. Sort of.
Looks like they've got us surrounded, with the ENTIRE U.S. border being subject to checkpoints 90 miles inland. "May we see your papers, please?" is no longer snarled on the screen by some fascist thug to some innocent bystander, it's happening right in our own backyards. They'll start closing in, now that they've clamped down on points of exit. Global Research: U.S. "Constitution Free Zone" (Fact Sheet): Normally under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the American people are not generally subject to random and arbitrary stops and searches...
Former US counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke says al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may affect the 2008 election as he did in 2004. In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Clarke said that Osama bin Laden did try to influence the US election in 2004 and helped President George W. Bush enter the White House again for the second term. "Whether or not he [bin Laden] succeeded, who knows? But he issued a video tape on Halloween, a few days before the election that implied that he supported Senator Kerry," said Clarke. "He knew that if he seemed to be supporting Senator Kerry that would help President Bush. And it did," he added. This is while in 2004, Kerry stressed his desire to capture or kill bin Laden, and claimed that the Iraq war was distracting the US from that goal. Bush, however, downplayed the threat from bin Laden, claiming that he had already been isolated. Ahead of the November 4 election, Clarke also predicted that a similar scenario may happen and change daily tracking polls that are in favor of Democratic presidential contender Senator Barack Obama.
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE PATRICK MOON GIVES MOCK PRAISE TO PAKISTANI WAR ON FAKE TALIBAN, WHILE DEFENDING US POLICY THAT ATTACKS SCHOOLS IN PAKISTAN IN ORDER TO DISRUPT PEACE NEGOTIATIONS.
Michael Schwartz paints a picture of what Barack Obama and John McCain have both called the "success" of George W. Bush's "surge" in Iraq. Indeed, Obama has stated that the "surge" -- the euphemism immediately adopted by the entire press and political establishment for what used be known in plain English as an "escalation" -- has "succeeded beyond our wildest dreams": a mighty strong endorsement from a man who way, way back in olden times -- the cave-man days of, oh, 2006 or so -- was once perceived as "anti-war."
[C]orporations tightly connected to the Israeli Mossad have been hired by the Americans to work on various activities related to communications within the United States, including data mining, and tapping phones, faxes, and internet traffic (some people also remember that Israeli companies were running security at various places connected with September 11). Impolite anti-Semites are wondering out loud whether there is even the slightest possibility that some of this data is making its way back to Israel. You think?
Government and independent investigators are still trying to figure out who, exactly, hit Georgia's websites during its August war with Russia. Now, one of the hackers who claims to be behind some of the cyberattacks is telling all.
De Menezes, 27, was shot dead by two officers in a tube carriage at Stockwell station, south London, on July 22 2005 after being "mistaken for" the failed July 21 bomber Hussain Osman. It is the first time the officer - identified by the codename C12 - from Scotland Yard's elite CO19 specialist firearms unit has spoken publicly about the shooting. C12 told the inquest at Oval cricket ground, south London, that he believed he was facing very real personal danger as well as the "tangible" possibility of a terrorist atrocity on the day of the fatal shooting. The officer said he was briefed that he was tackling a group who were "well prepared, up for it, deadly and determined". "It was left in no doubt as to the type of suspect we were trying to intercept and they were prepared to take their own lives as well as others and the danger was immeasurable," he said. The People's Voice: Lies begin to unravel in police murder of Jean Charles de Menezes.
NaturalNews has learned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is running a criminal extortion racket designed to drain cash from health supplement companies and shift it into the pockets of top FDA contractors.
Another Open Letter to Roy Cooper. I am writing another letter because you permitted a number of people who openly broke the law to walk away without a scratch, even while three young men and their families were forced to pay millions of dollars to defend themselves against charges that were transparently false. Furthermore, you permitted two sociopaths, Michael B. Nifong and Crystal Gail Mangum, the accuser, to walk away unharmed.
An exclusive interview: 'If people only knew how frugal we are'. Sarah Palin talks about wardrobe flap, double standard for women and special education. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth of designer clothes from the Republican Party and "that is not who we are." "It's kind of painful to be criticized for something when all the facts are not out there and are not reported," said Palin, saying the clothes are not worth $150,000 and were bought for the Republican National Convention. Still, she has been wearing pricey clothes at campaign events this fall. She said they will be given back, auctioned off or sent to charity. Most of them, she said, haven't even left the belly of her campaign plane. LA Times: Sarah Palin: On special needs, gender bias and those clothes (video).
The Federal Government is attempting to silence critics of its controversial plan to censor the internet, which experts say will break the internet while doing little to stop people from accessing illegal material such as child pornography . Internet providers and the government's own tests have found that presently available filters are not capable of adequately distinguishing between legal and illegal content and can degrade internet speeds by up to 86 per cent.
Are you ready for take-off? Plans to allow passengers to be virtually strip searched by X-ray body scanners at airports across Europe were denounced yesterday as a threat to personal dignity.
The former press secretary of President George W. Bush says he backs Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama for the November election. McClellan also said he has always planned to support a candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done.
Over the last few months we have gone through 30 of the worlds greatest mysteries but what we haven’t covered are ancient mysteries. This list aims to put that right! Here are ten great unsolved mysteries of science. Do you have a theory that might solve one of these mysteries? If so, tell us in the comments! This mystery may even be a problem for those legendary investigators from CSI and the like! The bog bodies are hundreds of ancient corpses found buried around the northern bogs and wetlands of Northern Europe. These bodies are remarkably well preserved, some dating back 2,000 years. Many of these bodies have tell-tale signs of torture and other medieval “fun”, which have made some researchers postulating that these unfortunate victims were the result of ritual sacrifices.
A French veterinary surgeon has made surgical history by performing the first known operation on a live shark. The two-metre fish was anaesthetised with a form of clove oil used by dentists before going under the knife at Nausicaa, an aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France.
When Chris Read bought a mobile phone through eBay, it was described as being in good condition. But when the phone arrived a few days later, he was disappointed to find it was the wrong model and appeared to be damaged. After returning his purchase and receiving a refund from the seller, Joel Jones, he used the online auction website's feedback section - which can be read by other people - to give his honest opinion of the transaction. 'Item was scratched, chipped and not the model advertised on Mr Jones's eBay account,' he wrote, assuming it was the end of the matter...
A 43-year-old Japanese woman has been jailed for "killing" her virtual husband to revenge an unexpected in-game divorce. The unhappy couple's characters had been "married" in the side-scrolling Korean massive multiplayer game, MapleStory. Not in real life, mind you, just within the game. But e-vows were too soon discarded, bringing rise to a plot of digital murder.
A missile attack by a United States drone on an Islamic school in Pakistan's tribal region killed at least nine people early this morning. The strike, thought to have been aimed at killing a close associate of Osama bin Laden in the tribal region of North Waziristan, close to the Afghan border, is likely to further sour Washington's deteriorating relationship with Islamabad, which has said it will no longer tolerate US incursions into Pakistani territory. The attack hit the compound of a religious school, known as the Manba Ulom madrassa, close to the town of Miranshah in the tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border. The site is "a suspected Taleban training centre" which US commanders believe was used by senior "al Qaeda" figures shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. "Mr bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are widely believed still to be hiding in the area." The Independent: 'US missiles' kill seven in Pakistan.
How 21-year-old soldier Blake Ivey came to see war as "flat-out murder." "I believe war is the crime of our times," Blake Ivey, a specialist in the U.S. Army, said over the phone in a slow, deliberate voice. Ivey, currently stationed in Fort Gordon, Ga., is publicly refusing to deploy to Afghanistan. The 21-year-old soldier filed for conscientious objector status in July but was ordered to deploy while his application was being processed. He is determined not to go, and as of our last phone call, was still actively serving on his base, weighing his options for refusal. Index Research: Index on Afghanistan and Pakistan - Murder & Security, Aug/Sept. ’08.
Live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one. Do not spend to impress others. Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects. Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you. Always live well below your means.
You’re driving along a remote, dusty road, when suddenly you come upon a border patrol checkpoint. There, agents demand to see your identity papers, and search your car. You are taken by surprise, because you know you haven’t wandered across the Texas-Mexico border. In fact, you’re quite sure of that, because you’re driving through rural Wisconsin countryside west of Green Bay. Even the Canadian border is more than 90 miles away.
Sarah Palin’s wardrobe joined the ranks of symbolic political excess on Wednesday, alongside John McCain’s multiple houses and John Edwards’s $400 haircut, as Republicans expressed fear that weeks of tailoring Ms. Palin as an average “hockey mom” would fray amid revelations that the Republican Party outfitted her with expensive clothing from high-end stores. Think Progress: Flashback: McCain supported amendment to restrict use of campaign funds on ‘clothing purchases.’ SF Gate: Pricey new duds aren't helping Palin in polls. BuzzFlash: The Welfare Queen from Wasilla. AlterNet: The 11 Dumbest Things Sarah Palin Has Said So Far.
Some Americans realize that real criminals must be tried, convicted, and imprisoned, especially those charged with war crimes.
Tehran has warned that any attack on the country would be 'insanity' because in this case the war would be extended beyond Iran's borders. “Iran will not be confined to its borders in responding to any aggression against its territory,” Fars news agency quoted Brig. Gen. Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr a senior military official, as saying on Wednesday. He played down the threats made by Israel against Iran and said: “The Israeli regime is too weak to launch any attack on a great power like Iran.”
“Contempt of court” is the title of an article I wrote for the Guardian’s “Comment is free” section today, in which I looked at the UK High Court’s latest judgment in the case of British resident and Guantánamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed, a victim of “extraordinary rendition” and torture who is engaged in a transatlantic struggle to secure exculpatory evidence proving that his confessions — of involvement with al-Qaeda and a “dirty bomb” plot — were extracted through the use of torture.
The dead...How can I ever forget the dead? Merciful, scorched Earth...that took them to her bosom, like some generous Mother...A brown, burnt blanket, but a Mother nonetheless. Like the millions of mothers you have left with no shelter, begging for a scorched earth to swallow them...And the millions of orphans longing for a lost, swallowed mother...
It might be of public interest to know that a significant number of Israeli Mossad agents are now working in the United States as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. These agents, some of whom are listed below, are initially paid by the Israeli Embassy in Washington but Israel then bills the U.S. Government for the salaries and is reimbursed in full on a monthly basis. Here is a partial listing of identified Mossad agents (as of 1 January, 2007) along with their dates of birth and salaries. They do not have American Social Security numbers and do not pay American taxes.
These people are incapable of thinking for themselves, on any level at all. They are simply downloaded with beliefs and ideas by the dominant media. If they were thinking for themselves, and came to support the views of either candidate through their own logical processes, the Obama and McCain supporters would have very little to quarrel about. Both candidates agree on about 95% of the issues. They both support the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the coming wars in Iran and Syria, mass immigration, massive taxation, the police/surveillance/nanny state, “free trade”, the United Nations, Zionist Israel, and every other globalist agenda. So what are the supporters arguing about?
Government plans to build a giant database holding information about every phone call, email and internet visit were last night dealt a major blow after the man in charge of prosecuting terrorism in England and Wales warned of the dangers posed by a "Big Brother" security state. Sir Ken Macdonald, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), told ministers not to "break the back of freedom" by creating irreversible powers that could be misused to spy on individual citizens and so threaten Britain's hard-won democracy. CS Monitor: A financial new world order? You Tube: The New World Order is Here!
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