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Guilty verdict for Ohio cop who shot unarmed motorcyclist in back (Watch the Video of the senseless murder)

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0515/guilty-verdict-ohio-cop-shot-unarmed-motorcyclist/

Thanks to a jury in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, former police officer Thomas White is facing up to 11 years behind bars: plenty of time to think about the unarmed motorist he paralyzed with an unprovoked bullet more than one year ago.

The Postal Service Is Essential to Democracy -- It Should Be Re-Imagined, Not Shrunk

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/146884/the_postal_service_is_essential_to_democracy_--_it_should_be_re-imagined%2C_not_shrunk/

Domestic policy debates of late have degenerated into an absurd argument about whether government can do anything right. Even Democrats can be heard mouthing the false premise that private markets are always the answer to the nation's public problems. But government does do things right; indeed, it does something right every day on a massive scale.

"War without Borders": Obama's "Long War"

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19175

The concept of the "long war" has characterised military doctrine since the end of World War II. The broader objective of global military dominance in support of an imperial project was first formulated under the Truman administration in the late 1940s at the outset of the Cold War. The 2000 Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which was the backbone of the NeoCon's agenda was predicated on "waging a war without borders". The PNAC's declared objectives was to "fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars" in different regions of the World as well perform the so-called military "constabulary" duties "associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions". Global constabulary implies a Worldwide process of military policing and interventionism. (Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding Americas Defenses.pdf, September 2000)

Robert Fisk: Silenced for speaking the truth about Guantanamo

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-silenced-for-speaking-the-truth-about-guantanamo-1973989.html

I began my column last week with the words "We know all about Guantanamo". I was wrong. Courtesy of the Toronto press – until a few days ago, when half of them were censored out of the drumhead courts martial that pass for "justice" in this execrable place – I have been learning a lot more. Because the case involves a Canadian citizen – and because the Canadian government is doing sod-all for its passport-carrying prisoner – it hasn't been getting a lot of publicity on this side of the Atlantic. It should.

Capitalism Is the Cause of Climate Illness Global Movement Begins the Cure!

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/05/capitalism-is-the-cause-of-climate-illness-global-movement-begins-the-cure/

Presenting the People’s Agreement — “mother earth does not belong to us, we belong to it” — worldwide was the first act of the Global People’s Movement for Mother Earth. This was carried out in May by Bolivia’s President Evo Morales and representative activists from five continents.

Obama Administration proposes rolling back fifth and sixth amendments

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.kfgo.com/KFGO_Political_News_Headlines.php?ID=0000000187

Obama’s legal advisers are considering asking Congress to allow the government to detain terrorism suspects longer after their arrests before presenting them to a judge for an initial hearing, according to administration officials familiar with the discussions.

Obama slams oil spill blame game

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105143182312945.html

Experts say much more oil may be spilling into the Gulf than was previously estimated. Barack Obama, the US president, has condemned what he said was the "ridiculous spectacle" of oil company executives trading blame over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In his sternest comments yet on the issue, Obama said he would not tolerate any more "fingerpointing" and denounced what he said had been a "cosy relationship" between oil companies and federal government regulators.

Maine GOP Forced to Apologize After Convention-Goers Vandalize an Eighth-Grade Classroom

May 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/05/15/maine-gop-forced-to-apologize-after-convention-goers-vandalize-an-eighth-grade-classroom/

Although Maine is known for its two moderate Republican senators — Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — last week’s state GOP convention showed the growing influence of far-right activists. An “overwhelming majority of delegates” voted to “scrap the the proposed party platform and replace it with a document created by a group of Tea Party activists.” Maine Politics called it “a mix of right-wing fringe policies, libertarian buzzwords and outright conspiracy theories.”

Soros sees no bottom for world financial "collapse"

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12691

Renowned investor George Soros said on Friday the world financial system has effectively disintegrated, adding that there is yet no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis. Soros said the turbulence is actually more severe than during the Great Depression, comparing the current situation to the demise of the Soviet Union.

US bankruptcies resume upward path in 1st quarter

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1418760920100514

U.S. bankruptcy filings resumed their upward climb in the first quarter, nearly equaling their highest level since 2005, as high unemployment and a still-strained housing market squeezed consumers.

Rigging the Markets – How They Do It

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://revolutionradio.org/?p=451

While the rest of the financial world struggles, it might seem strange that four of the largest US banks have made record profits this past quarter—and not just on average, but every single trading day. Too good to be true? Indeed. No one can do this consistently unless they are part of the special group of insiders that are allowed access to market information at the exchanges that no one else has. In fact, normal people get sent to jail for trading on inside information, but not these guys.

Zionists Prepare to Restrict US Freedom

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

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

Joe Lieberman's bill would strip "terror" suspects' of US citizenship. The Zionists have a long history of using terror for political ends, including participation in the attack on the World Trade Center. Essentially, we have the real terrorists using terror as a pretext to erect a police state.

Obama Sends Bomb, Mars Experts to Fix BP Oil Spill

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ao_GFutnMAHY

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu signaled his lack of confidence in the industry experts trying to control BP Plc’s leaking oil well by hand-picking a team of scientists with reputations for creative problem solving. Dispatched to Houston by President Barack Obama to deal with the crisis, Chu said Wednesday that five “extraordinarily intelligent” scientists from around the country will help BP and industry experts think of back-up plans to cut off oil from the well, leaking 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below sea-level.

Ecosystem in Peril after Gulf Oil Spill

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=51441

With engineers giving a best-case scenario of "weeks" before the catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is sealed, some scientists are warning that the region's ecosystem could face major long-term damage. As many as 70,000 gallons of oil per day have been gushing into the waters of the Gulf Coast since an oil rig operated by British Petroleum exploded on Apr. 20. The well itself is located at a depth of about 5,000 feet, presenting formidable obstacles to efforts to shut it down.

Closet Politics: Is Kagan Gay or Just Looks as Though She Might Be? Obama's Awful Pick

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn05142010.html

Sexual politics command passions in American political life far more powerful than those currently focused on Wall Street bankers or on BP. By conventional measures Elena Kagan should sail through her nomination by President Obama to one of the most influential jobs in America -- a seat on the US Supreme court -- in a walk. If Obama had nominated a liberal, the right wing would be gleefully hunkering down for a battle royal, charging that Obama was putting up a fellow-communist intent on trashing the US Constitution. But by any normal measure Kagan is not a liberal. She’s a right-winger cheered by Republicans through her nomination to her current job as Solicitor General.

Facebook Revolt at Hand?

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/facebook-revolt-hand

Yesterday, Facebook reportedly called an "all hands" meeting to discuss its privacy policies. That's because they are facing a brewing revolt among Facebook users alarmed by the company's, ahem, cavalier attitude toward protecting your privacy. In recent months, Facebook has rolled out some very privacy-unfriendly practices, from the "privacy transition" that took away privacy controls to "instant personalization" that instantly shares your personal information with third party pages without your consent.

Beware the Recent Situation in Greece: It Will Happen Here!

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.lewrockwell.com/barnett/barnett23.1.html

The current situation in Greece should be well studied and watched carefully. Rioting, property destruction and even murder, the absolute wrong way for citizens to react to this government-caused debacle, has begun in earnest. While this should not surprise anyone, it should serve as a warning to other countries; most especially America. As I write this, another massive bailout is occurring; and of course the U.S. taxpayer is once again on the hook for billions of dollars. This time though, it is going overseas. If current U.S. government policy remains in place; that is inflation, bailouts, excessive spending, increased taxation, higher deficits, etc., this causing even more unemployment, then not only in my opinion will rioting and civil unrest occur here, but it will dwarf anything seen recently in Greece.

Wichita - a dying native language - Video

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/05/20105142023272497.html

There are more than 7,000 languages currently spoken in the world but many aren't recorded and don't have a written form. Unesco warns that by the end of this century, more than half of these are likely to disappear. One of those dying languages is Wichita - a native American tongue.

Who Runs The Secret 'Black Jail' at Bagram?

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m66003&hd=&size=1&l=e

This week the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed the existence of a secret prison facility within the larger Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan. This followed in-depth reports by the BBC and The New York Times detailing specific allegations of abuse at the facility that some prisoners referred to as the "Black Jail." There has been speculation and reporting indicating that the prison was run by the Joint Special Operations Command, the elite of the elite of US special forces.

Ecosystem in Peril After Gulf Oil Spill

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/14-8

With engineers giving a best-case scenario of "weeks" before the catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is sealed, some scientists are warning that the region's ecosystem could face major long-term damage. As many as 70,000 gallons of oil per day have been gushing into the waters of the Gulf Coast since an oil rig operated by British Petroleum exploded on Apr. 20. The well itself is located at a depth of about 5,000 feet, presenting formidable obstacles to efforts to shut it down.

Kagan's Troubling Record

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.truthout.org/kagans-troubling-record59494

After President Obama nominated Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, he made a statement that implied she would follow in the footsteps of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights giant and first black Supreme Court justice. Kagan served as a law clerk for Marshall shortly after she graduated from Harvard Law School. Specifically, Obama said that Marshall's "understanding of law, not as an intellectual exercise or words on a page, but as it affects the lives of ordinary people, has animated every step of Elena's career." Unfortunately, history does not support Obama's optimism that Kagan is a disciple of Marshall.

Oil spill could go on for years, experts say

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0514/76111/

The retired chairman of an energy investment banking firm told National Geographic in little-noticed comments Thursday that efforts to stop the oil leak under the Gulf of Mexico could prove fruitless and than oil could gush into the ocean for years.

Buchanan: With Kagan, too many Jews on Supreme Court bench

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0514/buchanan-too-many-jews-supreme-court/

Given Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's general lack of a judicial record, conservative opponents of the Obama administration are having some difficulty finding an issue on which to criticize the former Harvard Law dean and current solicitor-general.

Republicans search schoolroom, remove pro-labor teaching materials

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0514/republicans-remove-free-speech-materials/

'A Republican was here. What gives you the right to propagandize impressionable kids?' Teachers at a middle school in Portland, Maine, are upset with attendees of a Republican convention who rifled through teachers' materials in a classroom they were using and reportedly stole materials from the room, replacing it with GOP slogans.

Chomsky: How the Tea Partiers Are Getting Screwed by Their Own Ideology

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://orwellsdreams.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/chomsky-how-the-tea-partiers-are-getting-screwed-by-their-own-ideology/

We should not underestimate the depth of moral indignation that lies behind the furious, often self-destructive bitterness about government and business power.”On Feb. 18, Joe Stack, a 53-year-old computer engineer, crashed his small plane into a building in Austin, Texas, hitting an IRS office, committing suicide, killing one other person and injuring others.
Stack left an anti-government manifesto explaining his actions. The story begins when he was a teenager living on a pittance in Harrisburg, Pa., near the heart of what was once a great industrial center.

Calculations of size of Gulf spill are questioned

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37141752/ns/us_news-the_new_york_times/

Two weeks ago, the government put out a round estimate of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 5,000 barrels a day. Repeated endlessly in news reports, it has become conventional wisdom. But scientists and environmental groups are raising sharp questions about that estimate, declaring that the leak must be far larger. They also criticize BP for refusing to use well-known scientific techniques that would give a more precise figure.

Out of Iraq? Don't Hold Your Breath

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.truthout.org/out-iraq-dont-hold-your-breath59458

President Obama will not get the United States out of Iraq in his first term. If he wins a second term, it is highly unlikely he will get us out of Iraq before he finally leaves office. Print that out and tack it to your wall. Six years from now, it will still be hanging there, yellow and curled, but entirely correct. We're not going anywhere.

Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie

May 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1065414/pg1

Spill? The corporate media continues to call the volcano of continuous gushing oil, in the Gulf, a spill. How insulting. A volcano that shoots out a million gallons of crude oil a week is hardly a spill. The common definition of a spill is the liquid that fell out of a container, a one time occurrence, not a massive flow that has no known end. An oil tanker can spill oil; but not Mother Earth, who has been and still is continuously gushing oil from 35,000 feet from within her bowels.

Senate panel approves money for Afghan, Iraq wars

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100513/pl_nm/us_afghanistan_usa_funds

A Senate committee on Thursday approved another $33.5 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq this year, the first step toward congressional approval of the extra war spending that President Barack Obama requested in February to support his surge of 30,000 more U.S. troops into Afghanistan. Didn’t Obama promise the American people that he would end the wars based on lies, close Guantanamo, and stop the torture? And now we have twice as much war and the torture continues. As the American empire attempts to wage war on multiple fronts and maintain hundreds of military bases and torture prisons around the world, it is economically collapsing. America resembles ancient Rome, which was at war on multiple fronts and maintaining hundreds of costly military bases across the known world when it to collapsed economically under the weight of empire, corruption, and political incompetence.

Illinois deep in debt, doesn’t pay bills Crisis pushes businesses, organizations to edge of bankruptcy

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37136518/ns/us_news-life/

Paralyzed by the worst deficit in its history, the state has fallen months behind in paying what it owes to businesses and organizations, pushing some of them to the edge of bankruptcy.

Euro aid package inaugurates offensive against working class

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/pers-m13.shtml

Last weekend, European leaders and finance ministers agreed to a rescue package for the euro which inaugurates the most comprehensive offensive against the working class since the end of World War II. This offensive must be repulsed by the combined resistance of the European working class.

New Target of Rights Erosions: US Citizens

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/13-7

A primary reason Bush and Cheney succeeded in their radical erosion of core liberties is because they focused their assault on non-citizens with foreign-sounding names, casting the appearance that none of what they were doing would ever affect the average American. There were several exceptions to that tactic -- the due-process-free imprisonment of Americans Yaser Hamdi and Jose Padilla, the abuse of the "material witness" statute to detain American Muslims, the eavesdropping on Americans' communications without warrants -- but the vast bulk of the abuses were aimed at non-citizens. That is now clearly changing.

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Goes to Bat for Monsanto, Sides With Conservative Justices

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.truthout.org/supreme-court-nominee-elena-kagan-goes-bat-monsanto-sides-with-conservative-justices59456

Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the United States and Monsanto wants to control it. On April 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could well write the future of alfalfa production in our country. Kagan does not support a thorough study of GE seeds and their potential impact on environmental and human health. In doing so, Kagan has sided with conservative justices on the court who appeared skeptical that the lower courts had made the right decision in banning GE alfalfa

Afghan war costs now surpass Iraq’s: $6.7 billion for February alone

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0513/afghan-war-costs-surpass-iraqs/

The amount of money the United States is spending on its war in Afghanistan has surpassed the cost of its war in Iraq for the first time. US taxpayers shelled out $6.7 billion for the Afghan war in February, the most recent month for which statistics are available, as opposed to $5.5 billion for the war in Iraq. The total cost for the two wars is now approaching $1 trillion.

America's Ten Most Corrupt Capitalists

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/146819/america%27s_ten_most_corrupt_capitalists/

The financial crisis has unveiled a new set of public villains—corrupt corporate capitalists who leveraged their connections in government for their own personal profit. During the Clinton and Bush administrations, many of these schemers were worshiped as geniuses, heroes or icons of American progress. But today we know these opportunists for what they are: Deregulatory hacks hellbent on making a profit at any cost. Without further ado, here are the 10 most corrupt capitalists in the U.S. economy.

Prognosis 2012: Towards a New World Social Order

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25436.htm

When the Industrial Revolution began in Britain, in the late 1700s, there was lots of money to be made by investing in factories and mills, by opening up new markets, and by gaining control of sources of raw materials. The folks who had the most money to invest, however, were not so much in Britain but more in Holland. Holland was the leading Western power in the 1600s, and its bankers were the leading capitalists. In pursuit of profit, Dutch capital flowed to the British stock market, and thus the Dutch funded the rise of Britain, who subsequently eclipsed Holland both economically and geopolitically.

Senate Must Block the "Deathstar Amendment" to Gut Consumer Financial Protections

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/senate-must-block-deathstar-amendment-gut-consumer-financial-protections

Now The Obama administration, with its too-close-for-comfort ties to Wall Street and its Federal Reserve-friendly appointees, has not exactly been in the forefront of fighting for consumers in the current wrangling over financial services reform.

CEO Predicts Market Armageddon: Dow To 5,000

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.theprogressivemind.info/?p=38119

Cornerstone Wealth Management CEO David Hefty agrees with a growing number of other financial experts that a real estate collapse in China before the end of the year will send shockwaves through the global economy, leading to a stock market collapse which will send the Dow into free fall below the 5,000 level.

Democrats Pull Science Investment Bill, Rare Win for Republicans

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Science

Link: http://congress.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/13/democrats-pull-science-investment-bill-rare-win-for-republicans/

House Republicans scored a rare legislative win Thursday. They forced Democrats to yank a science research and development bill off the floor. That's right, keep things just as they are with the American people enslaved by the oil companys with no other options, no other energy alternatives.

Turkish Air Defense System Deployed to "Defend Syria, Iran against Israel Raids"

May 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Iran

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12679

High-ranking sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed displeasure with Turkey over deploying anti-aircraft batteries along the Syrian border in the Iskenderun district. The Turkish daily Hurriyet meanwhile, quoted a military source as saying that “this move aims at repelling a US or Israeli attack against Iran or Syria.” Obama adviser warns Russia against arms sale to Iran The United States has made it clear to Russia that delivering an anti-aircraft system to Iran would have severe consequences for U.S. ties with Moscow, a senior advisor to President Obama said Tuesday.

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