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Maddow calls out Sen. Hatch for ‘total, utter, complete, 100%, unambiguous lie’

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://rawstory.com/2010/03/maddow-calls-out-hatch-for-lying/

Now that the Democrats appear ready to pass health care reform without Republican support, the arguments being used by Congressional Republicans in a last-ditch attempt to prevent its passage are coming in for increased scrutiny.

How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/145872/how_the_dea_scrubbed_thomas_jefferson%27s_monticello_poppy_garden_from_public_memory

Visitors to Monticello don't learn how Jefferson cultivated poppies, and his personal opium use may as well never have happened. Thomas Jefferson was a drug criminal. But he managed to escape the terrible sword of justice by dying a century before the DEA was created. In 1987 agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency showed up at Monticello, Jefferson's famous estate.

15,000 S.F. workers face layoffs, shorter weeks

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2010/03/03/BA471C9UVR.DTL

Newsom's controversial plan to help reduce the city's $522 million budget deficit for the 2010-11 fiscal year would shift the majority of the city's 26,000 workers from a 40-hour week to 37 1/2 hours, cutting their paychecks by 6.25 percent.

New birth defects seen in Gaza due to Israeli weapons

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/hot-topic/4542-new-birth-defect-in-gaza

An increase in birth defects among newborns in the Gaza Strip - first documented in the Palestine Telegraph - has become apparent, despite claims to the contrary by some doctors at Al-Shifa Hospital. Pregnant women say they are living in constant fear.

"This Time We Went Too Far" Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/finkelstein03032010.html

By NORMAN FINKELSTEIN Editors' Note: This article is excerpted from Norman Finkelstein’s important new book about the Gaza conflict, “This Time We Went Too Far” published this month by OR Books. To purchase a copy of the complete book please visit OR Books. This book is not available from bookstores or other online retailers.

Argentina celebrates diplomatic coup as Hillary Clinton calls for talks over Falklands

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7047309.ece

Argentina was celebrating a diplomatic coup yesterday in its attempt to force Britain to accept talks on the future of the Falkland Islands, after a two-hour meeting in Buenos Aires between Hillary Clinton and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

US vets return to Iwo Jima for 65th anniversary

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8971528

Dozens of U.S. veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, returned to the remote volcanic island of Iwo Jima on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's fiercest battles. The veterans, some in wheelchairs, flew to the island on a chartered airliner and fanned out across its famous black-sand beaches, where the U.S. invasion began on Feb. 19, 1945, and lasted 36 days. All told, nearly 28,000 troops were killed.

Senate votes unemployment benefits, highway funds

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8971507

Associated Press Writer= WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday passed a $10 billion measure to maintain unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and provide stopgap funding for highway programs after a holdout Republican dropped stalling tactics that had generated a Washington firestorm.

US court dismisses Uighurs' appeal

March 3rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/03/20103224742185727.html

The US supreme court has refused to rule on whether judges have the power to order the government to release Guantanamo prisoners to live in the US, when no other country will take them.

Detroit homes sell for $1 amid mortgage and car industry crisis

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/mar/02/detroit-homes-mortgage-foreclosures-80

Some might say Jon Brumit overpaid when he stumped up $100 (£65) for a whole house. Drive through Detroit neighbourhoods once clogged with the cars that made the city the envy of America and there are homes to be had for a single dollar.

Obama pushes nuclear rethink

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/03/201032744494334.html

The release of a key review of US policy on nuclear weapons has again been delayed as Barack Obama, the US president, pushes officials to back "dramatic reductions" in his country's arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Coffee Party wakes up US radicals

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/02/tea-party-coffee-party

Just when the Tea Party movement appeared to be spreading across the US, a radically different vision of America has emerged, courtesy of Facebook. Its title might not be imaginative, but the Coffee Party USA is making waves. In just a month its Facebook page has acquired more than 50,000 fans; and supporters of this left-of-centre alternative were logging their interest at a rate of a thousand an hour today.

The Case For Keeping Our Hydro Utilities Public

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/319.php

Most people don't pay much attention to electricity, except when the lights are out or when they get their bill. But, they soon will. The most valuable asset in virtually every Ontario municipality is its hydro utility. For 90 plus years, local municipal hydro utilities ran at cost and returned ‘profits’ to residents in the form of lower and stable rates. They were well run and virtually debt free.

Calling Ron Paul! Calling Ron Paul! Fed Alert! Fed Alert!

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat/536227/calling_ron_paul_calling_ron_paul_fed_alert_fed_alert

The word on Capitol Hill is that Senators Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, are scheming to lose the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) -- the office that President Obama and progressive reformers have proposed to protect Americans from the rapacious abuses of big banks and credit card companies -- within the Federal Reserve bureaucracy.

Dubai police chief says to seek Netanyahu arrest

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6214TT20100302

Dubai's police chief plans to seek the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Israel's spy agency over the killing of a Hamas leader in the emirate, Al Jazeera television reported.

Finding a Wholesome Refuge in China

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.henrymakow.com/finding_wholesome_refuge_in_ch.html

As I settled in, my brain unwound. I slowly realized that British people are under the most sophisticated and complete form of psychological terrorism waged in history. An informational atom bomb is dropped every day, dizzying us with mindless trivia, sensationalism and political farce. We are ordered how to act and think down to the smallest detail, manufacturing all-consuming feelings of paranoia and worthlessness. When securely locked into this state of paralysis, our society is easily altered around us.

New ghost towns: Industrial communities teeter on the edge

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12264

Whether it's textiles in the Carolinas, paper in New England or steel in the Midwest, most industrial cities and mill towns "are on pins and needles," says Donald Schunk, an economist at Coastal Carolina University. "Day to day, week to week, any manufacturing facility seems vulnerable. People don't know if they'll be there."

POLITICS: U.S. Still Noncommittal on Landmine Treaty

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50522

As the 11th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty entering into effect came and went Monday, the United States remained one of only 37 countries to have yet to sign on to the agreement. The U.S. does, however, comply with many of the provisions of the international treaty, which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and export of anti-personnel mines.

Army awards lucrative contract to KBR

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.newsmeat.com/news/meat.php?articleId=70775458&channelId=2951&buyerId=newsmeatcom&buid=3281

Contractor under fire for faulty electrical work in Iraq awarded contract worth up to $2.8B Military authorities say defense giant KBR Inc. has been awarded a contract potentially worth $2.8 billion for work in Iraq as U.S. forces continue to leave the country.

Obama is a Liar: Illegal Wars, Fraudulent Bailouts, Egregious Assault on Civil Liberties

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17875

We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives.

Raise Taxes and Cut Services? Why Not Stop Unneccesary Bailouts, Unnecesary Wars and Unnecessary Interest Costs Instead?

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/03/raise-taxes-and-cut-spending-why-not.html

The United States must embrace a blend of tax increases and spending cuts to rein in its deficit or face a potentially crippling debt crisis like the one in Greece, a top US lawmaker warned Monday.

For a socialist policy to defeat the attacks on mass transit!

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/tran-m02.shtml

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing to adopt a savage round of service cutbacks and new attacks on the jobs and wages of transit workers, adding to the suffering in the midst of the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Obama applauds firing of Rhode Island teachers

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/teac-m02.shtml

In a speech before the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC on Monday President Obama hailed the decision by school authorities in Rhode Island to fire the entire teaching and support staff at Central Falls High School. The mass firings ordered by state school officials were part of a national plan developed by the Obama administration to deal with so-called “failing schools.” Seventy-four teachers and 19 other school employees were dismissed after they rejected a “turnaround” plan—authored by Obama’s education secretary Arne Duncan—which would have torn up their contract and forced them to work longer hours without additional pay.

Discovery of rare Siberian tiger raises survival hopes

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7044936.ece

One of the rarest animals in the world has been found trapped in a farmer’s woodpile in snowbound northeastern China. The Siberian tiger cub is the first to be seen in its mountainous home in the 60 years since the Communists took power in China and the discovery of evidence that the endangered animal is reproducing in the wild has delighted experts. Only about 20 Siberian, or Amur, tigers, still roam wild in forests and mountains along the China-Russia border.

The sea was 30 metres high. Everybody ran’

March 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, World

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7046044.ece

When the earthquake struck the dirt-poor coastal town of Constitución, José Carrasco was sleeping in the cab of his truck by the beach. “It was really strong, shaking,” he said. Forty-five minutes later he saw the first tsunami wave coming towards him. “The sea came and covered everything. It was 30 metres high. There were two waves. When we saw the sea coming in, everybody ran. I climbed up the hill.”

Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, Prevented from Testifying before Russell Tribunal on Palestine

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://www.uruknet.de:80/?s1=1&p=63787&s2=02

Because of the total closure imposed on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Government, Raji Sourani, the Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), was prevented from travelling and thus unable to testify before the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

GOP Sen. Kyl: Unemployment Benefits Make People Not Want To Get A Job

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20100302/cm_huffpost/481526

A debate on the Senate floor Monday over unemployment compensation crystallized, at least for a moment, the divide between the two parties in Washington. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Republican whip, argued that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting "because people are being paid even though they're not working."

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/ralph_nader_was_right_about_barack_obama_20100301/

We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives.

2.1 million Iraqi infant dead under Sanctions & Occupation - yet Iraqi Holocaust Denial by US & Puppets

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article19599

There were 2.1 million under-5 year old Iraqi infant deaths under Sanctions (1.2 million, 1990-2003) and US Coalition Occupation (0.9 million, 2003-2010) - however this has occasioned egregious Iraqi Holocaust Denial by the US Occupier and its Puppet Iraqi Régime.

The US and UK lost three Nuclear Weapons each! - Part 1

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.paltelegraph.com/columnists/peter-eyre/4487-the-us-and-uk-lost-three-nuclear-weapons-each-part-1

Part 1 - What went missing on President George H.W. Bush's Watch? UK, March 1, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) -When one reads about the pressure that the US and UK Governments put on such countries as Iran and North Korea I find it hard to believe that they themselves are so negligent in taking care of their own weapons. I also find it so hard to believe that they have...

Why They Should be Indicted The Case Against Bernanke and Greenspan

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/

Is there enough evidence to indict Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan on charges that they aided and abetted the banks and other financial institutions in the sale of fraudulent loans to investors? That depends on whether there is sufficient proof to show whether the two men KNEW that the nation's lenders were engaged in large-scale predatory lending and chose to do nothing. As we'll see, both Greenspan and Bernanke were warned repeatedly about the mortgage/derivatives scam by credible professionals and industry regulators, but failed to act.

Israel's cost-benefit calculation

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/03/20103191732842915.html

In the various commentaries we have seen concerning the alleged Israeli assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Israel's Mossad is coming in for a great deal of criticism. How, it is asked, could the vaunted Israeli spy service have left behind so much evidence? Isn't the point of such operations to "eliminate" an enemy without being detected?

Ontario MPPs Ignore International Denounciations of Israeli Apartheid

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/318.php

On February 25, a group of Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) voted unanimously on a motion to “denounce” this year's Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Claiming to send a message of so-called “moral suasion” to all “fair-minded Ontarians,” Peter Shurman, the MPP who tabled the motion, argued that the mere application of the phrase 'Israeli apartheid' is “about as close to hate speech as one can get without being arrested.” In what seemed a veiled threat of possible arrests in the future of those accusing Israel with the crime of apartheid, Shurman moved on to state that he was “not certain” that its use “doesn't actually cross over that line.”

Jobless benefits cut off for a million US workers

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/pers-m01.shtml

Inaction by the US Senate last week will result in the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits and COBRA health care coverage to more than one million workers. The cutoff, which began to take effect Sunday night, demonstrates the unbridgeable social gulf between the working class and the denizens of Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans.

Quake death toll rises as rescuers dig though rubble amid more aftershocks

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, World

Link: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7044354.ece

The death toll in the Chilean earthquake rose to more than 700 last night as rescue workers struggled to find survivors trapped in the wreckage and powerful aftershocks battered the country. President Bachelet said that 708 people were known to have died in “a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort for Chile to recover.

Chile reels in aftermath of quake, emergency workers provide aid

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, World

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022800062.html?nav=rss_email/components

SANTIAGO, CHILE -- After experiencing one of the most powerful earthquakes to strike the earth in more than a century, Chileans accelerated their rescue, aid and security efforts in damaged regions Sunday but also took pride in the comparatively low death toll, a result widely attributed to the country's meticulous planning and preparation.

Buffett: Health Care Costs Economic Tapeworm

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://economyincrisis.org/content/buffett-health-care-costs-economic-tapeworm

The extraordinary costs of the American health care system are undermining the nation’s economic recovery, so says the Oracle of Omaha and second richest man in the world, Warren Buffett. In an interview with CNBC, Buffett said soaring health care costs were like a “tapeworm” eating at the country’s economic body.

The mystery of the Afghanistan war

March 1st, 2010
Categories: News, War, Economic

Link: http://www.redress.cc:80/global/cking20100301

“a situation exists in which it may be in the interests of the United States to seek a ‘cold war’ situation with Russia and China as a pretext for defaulting on its external debt, attacking Iran, taking direct control of all Middle Eastern oilfields and effective control of Europe”.

Bill Gates: Use Vaccines To Lower Population - Video

February 28th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.sott.net/articles/show/203805-Bill-Gates-Lower-World-Population-with-Vaccines

During his recent TED talk, Bill Gates said that the world population is headed to 9 billion people. Then he said, "Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services - we could lower that perhaps ten or fifteen percent."

Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa compound

February 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Seven Palestinians were detained as clashes erupted on Sunday with Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after storming the site with discord reported throughout the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Ma'an's Jerusalem correspondent reported that four right-wing Israelis were allowed access to the Al-Aqsa compound with a police escort. Dozens of Palestinian worshipers spent the night at site, fearing a takeover during the Jewish holiday of Purim.

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