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Waiting for the Spark

April 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27926.htm

What could start a popular resurgence in this country against the abuses of concentrated, avaricious corporatism? Imagine the arrogance of passing on to already cheated working people and the jobless enormous corporate losses? This is achieved through government bailouts and tax escapes. History teaches us that the spark usually is smaller than expected and of a nature that is wholly unpredictable or even unimaginable. But if the dry tinder is all around, as many deprivations and polls reveal, the spark, no matter how small, can turn into a raging inferno.

Sarah Palin: The Koch Brother’s Union Maid

April 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/18-4

Counter-protestors could not be seen, but they could be heard. Even with all the stage control, experienced Republican apparatchiks were rattled by the huge roar from the opposition which rang cow bells, blew Vuvuleza and endlessly chanted “Re-call Wal-ker,” making it impossible to hear the speakers. Every video of the day is backed by a muffled roar.

Status anxiety in the age of austerity - Video

April 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/rizkhan/2011/04/20114189525770153.html

How is the global financial crisis effecting job seekers across the world? Does the job we do define who we are? And, if so, what does this largely Western mantra mean for the generation of youth faced with the prospect of mass unemployment for years to come? As countries around Europe brace for a long period of austerity, high unemployment and falling living standards, many fear society is set to become harsher on those the system leaves behind.

Trump For President 2012? - Video

April 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Dozens dead as storms batter southern US

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/04/2011417184025922464.html

Storms and tornadoes leave trail of devastation across southern states and more than 200,000 without electricity. Three days of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern US have killed at least 45 people, downing power lines and wrecking hundreds of buildings along its path. North Carolina accounted for the bulk of casualties and property losses, with 28 people killed and more than 80 others injured, officials said on Sunday. Significant damage was reported in at least 15 counties and power was out to more than 200,000 people.

I Do Not Believe That A Palestinian Killed Vittorio Arrigoni - Video

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/i-do-not-believe-that-a-palestinian-killed-vittorio-arrigoni.html

We should bear in mind that Israel is horrified by the tidal wave of Palestinian solidarity. It is aware of the 40 countries strong 'breaking the siege Flotilla' that is planned to embark soon. Israel is desperate to intimidate us all.

Palin's Madison Rally is Overwhelmed by Protest Crowd

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/17-3

Tom Paine wrote at the toughest moment of the American revolutionary struggle: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." On Saturday, in Madison, Wisconsin, there was plenty to be thankful for.

Our Left-Wing Country and Our Center-Right Government, Majority Think Wealth Should Be More Evenly Distributed

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/17-4

Fifty-seven percent of Americans think wealth and money should be more evenly distributed and don’t think the current situation, with a hyper-concentration of money in the hands of a few, is fair, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Super Rich See Federal Taxes Drop Dramatically

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/17

As millions of procrastinators scramble to meet Monday's tax filing deadline, ponder this: The super rich pay a lot less taxes than they did a couple of decades ago, and nearly half of U.S. households pay no income taxes at all. The Internal Revenue Service tracks the tax returns with the 400 highest adjusted gross incomes each year. The average income on those returns in 2007, the latest year for IRS data, was nearly $345 million. Their average federal income tax rate was 17 percent, down from 26 percent in 1992.

After Pledging To Not Raise Taxes, Scott Walker Proposes Hiking Taxes And Fees On The Poor And Students

April 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/562640/after_pledging_to_not_raise_taxes%2C_scott_walker_proposes_hiking_taxes_and_fees_on_the_poor_and_students/

One of the most important ideological commitments of the modern conservative movement is an opposition to tax increases. It is with this ideology that then-Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker signed Americans For Tax Reforms’ “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” a vow not to raise taxes on the people of his state.

Radioactivity rises in sea off Japan nuclear plant

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20054342-281.html

Levels of radioactivity have risen sharply in seawater near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in northern Japan, signaling the possibility of new leaks at the facility, the government said Saturday. The announcement came after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolted Japan on Saturday morning, hours after the country's nuclear safety agency ordered plant operators to beef up their quake preparedness systems to prevent a recurrence of the nuclear crisis.

How safe are US nuclear plants? - Video

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/03/20113168522763350.html

Officials say plants are safe, but environmentalists are unconvinced following crisis in Japan. Two of the United States' most important nuclear power plants - the San Onofre plant and the plant at Diablo Canyon - are both built in active earthquake zones. One sits along the coast, while the other is along a geological faultline. In the wake of Japan's earthquake and tsunami - and fears of a radioactive meltdown there - nuclear industry officials in the US have reassured the public that there is nothing to worry about on home soil.

Video: Libya Rebels Execute, Behead, Mutilate Gaddafi Army who Surrender! Where is CNN now?

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://uruknet.de/?p=m76906

Pro Gaddafi Soldiers who surrender have been Executed by Rebels in Cold Blood ! Blindfolded, hog-tied, beat, Executed, Hung, beheaded, put on fire, had their bodies mutiliated, and in one documented case a Soldier had his heart cut out of his chest when he proclaimed that his "heart is for Gaddafi" and the rebel took a bite out of the heart. In Misrata the Rebels burned some soldiers and then waved and danced around with the charred remains of their corpses. This is incredible but true facts of the kind of people that comprise the bulk of the benghazi terror gangs, aka "Opposition" forces.

The Israeli Experience - World's biggest militaristic projects for youth - Video

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/the-israeli-experience-worlds-biggest-militaristic-projects.html

The Jewish State is a disaster. The biggest threat to world peace.

Protect Yourself From Radiation by Eating!

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://greencitychallenge.org/blog/eat-green-blog/protect-yourself-from-radiation-by-eating/

As the nuclear industry scrambles to reassure us we are all safe from a catastrophe like Japan’s, the risk of radioactive fallout in the US is very real. Here is a reprint from an article by GCC contributor John Kozinski, teaching us about what foods we can eat in case of radiation exposure. As the crisis in Japan unfolds, there is uncertainty about possible radiation that may affect Japan and the world. Potassium iodide pills have been sold out at many of the American distributors.

Another Shocking UN Cover Up About Libya, UN Weaving tangled webs of lies for imperialism in Libya

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War, Economic

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27902.htm

It still amazes that ordinary people are so much smarter than the people placed in charge of them. Anyone could have told the UN when the deliberations were being held exactly what the aims of the US/UK and France were in the demand to establish a no fly zone over Libya. Your ordinary citizen knew it was just going to be an excuse to pound the living daylights out of the place, while the military and the freaks supporting them have orgasms at the scenes of destruction. Your ordinary citizen knew it was to regain colonial domination over the region and to steal the country's rich plethora of resources.

A chilling account of the brutal clampdown sweeping Bahrain

April 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, Police State

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/16/bahrain-eyewitness-riot-police

Since the Gulf soldiers came to Bahrain, life in the Shia villages and suburbs of the capital, Manama, has been non-stop intimidation, violence and threats. Even trying to move around in normal ways has become life-threatening. They are trying to beat down the opposition with a long campaign against us.

Obama moves forward with Internet ID plan

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20054342-281.html

The Obama administration said today that it's moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.

Divisions deepen as NATO digs in for a prolonged war against Libya

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/apr2011/nato-a15.shtml

Foreign ministers from all 28 NATO countries met in Berlin on Thursday in an atmosphere of growing tension and recriminations between alliance states. The main issue to be discussed at the two-day summit is the NATO led war in Libya. The UK and France are exerting pressure on other NATO countries to take part in the military campaign and in particular provide fighter planes to strengthen the NATO offensive on behalf of the Libyan rebel opposition.

Drone attacks trigger fresh crisis in US-Pakistani relations

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Middle East, War

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/apr2011/dron-a15.shtml

The US carried out drone missiles attacks near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, on Wednesday—killing seven people, wounding half a dozen more, and sending a clear message to Pakistan’s government and people that it intends to continue violating Pakistani sovereignty and summarily executing people at will.

Hey, Media! Stop Blacking Out Progressive Protests

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/15-12

A sparsely attended Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C., on March 31 in support of federal spending cuts received generous media attention. One report (Slate, 3/31/11) suggested there was "at least one reporter for every three or four activists," and a Republican politician joked that there might be more journalists than activists at the event.

Police use Assault Weapons and Tank against Home School Mom wanting to protect daughter from Dangerous Medications

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State, Health

Link: http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/police-use-assault-weapons-and-tank-against-home-school-mom-wanting-to-protect-daughter-from-dangerous-medications/

According to the Detroit News, a 56-year-old woman faces multiple felony charges and is being held on $500,000 bond after a 10-hour standoff with police, claiming she was protecting her 13-year-old daughter from unnecessary medication. The story which led to this incident, as reported in the Detroit News and The Voice of Detroit, is quite disturbing. “We believe she had an adverse reaction to her immunizations,” Penny Godboldo said. “She began acting out of character, being irritated, having facial grimaces that have been associated with immunizations.” "The doctor had given her psychotropic drugs that caused a bad reaction, made things worse,” said the girl’s father, Mubuarak Hakim. “Maryanne’s decision to wean her from that was making a difference, making her better, helping her to be a happy kid again.” Child Protective Services workers apparently disagreed, however, and obtained a warrant to remove the girl because the mother had withheld her medication. Maryanne reportedly refused to surrender the child, and an ensuing 10-hour standoff with police followed...

Offshore Banking and Tax Havens Have Become Heart of Global Economy

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/15/offshore_banking_and_tax_havens_have

As millions of Americans prepare to file their income taxes ahead of Monday’s deadline, we look at how corporations and the wealthy use offshore banks and tax havens to avoid paying taxes and other governmental regulations. "Tax havens have grown so fast in the era of globalization, since the 1970s, that they are now right at the heart of the global economy and are absolutely huge," says our guest, British journalist Nicholas Shaxson. "There are anywhere between $10 and $20 trillion sitting offshore at the moment. Half of world trade is processed in one way or another through tax havens." Shaxson is the author of the new book, Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens.

Student Loans and For Profit Colleges, The Diploma Mill Profiteers

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney04152011.html

Student loans are a big business. In fact, student debt now exceeds $895 billion which is more than the total Americans owe on their credit cards. And, most of these loans are underwritten by the US government, which means that the taxpayer is on the hook when students can't repay the debt. This is a big problem, because many of the people taking out loans are not really qualified for college, so they end up dropping out of school and defaulting on their loans putting themselves in long-term debt while passing the bill along to Uncle Sam.

The Execs at GE Are Laughing at What a Bunch of Suckers We Are for Filing Our Taxes -- Let's Make Them PAY

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/150629/michael_moore%3A_the_execs_at_ge_are_laughing_at_what_a_bunch_of_suckers_we_are_for_filing_our_taxes_--_let%27s_make_them_pay_/

The joke's on us, folks. GE and tons of other corporations will have a tax bill for 2010 of ZERO. Do you wonder (like I do) what the tax accountants and executives are doing over at GE this weekend? Frantically rushing to fill out their IRS returns like the rest of us?

Western leaders insist 'Gaddafi must go'

April 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Zionism, War

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/201141503351178872.html

Leaders of Britain, France and the United States have vowed to continue their military campaign in Libya until Muammar Gaddafi leaves power. In a strongly worded, jointly written article published in newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, British prime minister David Cameron, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and US president Barack Obama said leaving Gaddafi in power would be an "unconscionable betrayal" of the Libyan people.

Rep. Cummings, Vermont Governor Shumlin Rip Into Scott Walker At Hearing

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/14-7

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), on Capitol Hill for a hearing held by the House Oversight Committee on state budgets, had yet to even speak before Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) ripped into the Republican leader's anti-union record. "I strongly oppose efforts to falsely blame middle-class American workers for these current economic problems," Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said in his opening statement. "This recession was not caused by them. Working America - fire fighters, teachers and nurses - are not responsible for the reckless actions of Wall Street, which led to this crisis in the first place."

Protesters Target BP Annual Meeting

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/04/14-4

BP executives faced angry protesters as shareholders prepared to vote at its annual meeting in London, which is taking place a few days before the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Among protesters at BP's AGM was Diane Wilson, a shrimp farmer, who was ejected from the conference center lobby. (Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA) Fishermen and women from the Gulf coast affected by the spill, some of whom had bought BP shares to allow them to attend the annual meeting, joined climate change activists and artists protesting against the oil company.

Mexico arrests 16 police over mass graves

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/04/2011414212844860143.html

Sixteen police officers in northeastern Mexico detained on suspicion of protecting criminal gang wanted for "massacre". Mexico's ongoing drug war continues to claim lives and disrupt order in the country. Sixteen police officers have been arrested on suspicion of protecting a criminal gang wanted for the massacre of at least 126 people in northeastern Mexico. Marisela Morales, Mexico's attorney general, said the police were from San Fernando, Tamaulipas where authorities have unearthed mass graves holding the bodies of 126 people.

Inflation Actually Near 10% Using Older Measure

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/42551209

After former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker was appointed in 1979, the consumer price index surged into the double digits, causing the now revered Fed Chief to double the benchmark interest rate in order to break the back of inflation. Using the methodology in place at that time puts the CPI back near those levels.

Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/14/shock-employment-figures-fewer-than-half-of-americans-have-jobs/

The percentage of Americans who have jobs has fallen to the lowest point in three decades and now hovers just above 45 percent of the total population, according to an analysis of labor data published by USA Today.

For Alan Greenspan, Redemption, and Wisdom, Remain Elusive

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.truthout.com/alan-greenspan-redemption-and-wisdom-remain-elusive/1302764400

Some people have asked me for reactions to a piece by Alan Greenspan in the latest edition of International Finance on how President Obama’s activism is preventing economic recovery.

If it isn't Israel then it must be Space Aliens or Monsters.

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://smokingmirrors.blogspot.com/2011/04/if-it-isnt-israel-then-it-must-be-space.html

It looks like Israel is making war on the whole world, which was the purpose of forcing the country into existence in the first place. They are making or plotting war against nearly all of their neighbors; this is not in dispute. They are making economic war against the East and West with their bankers. They are either directly or indirectly connected to the breakdown of the reactors at Fukushima, due to their relationship to the Stuxnet virus. They have roving hit teams, around the world, looking to kill anyone who disagrees with them. They are engineering jail terms in a number of countries for people who doubt their version of history.

Joe Biden falls asleep during key Barack Obama speech - Video

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/8449759/Joe-Biden-falls-asleep-during-key-Barack-Obama-speech.html

US vice president Joe Biden dropped off to sleep while his boss was delivering a much-hyped speech on saving the nation's economy. Biden isn't the only one who falls asleep. There are two other people in this video who fall asleep listening to Obama's lies.

Burning The Candle At Both Ends: Raising the Debt Ceiling, and Extending QE-2 Indefinitely

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://gonzalolira.blogspot.com/2011/04/burning-candle-at-both-ends-raising.html

This coming May 16, the U.S. Federal government debt ceiling will be breached; that is, the national credit card—currently topped at $14,294,000,000,000—will be maxed out. (Yeah, I know: It’s one thing to read “$14 trillion” and quite another to see the actual number, written out with all those zeroes.)

Why Does FDA Tolerate More Radiation Than EPA?

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/14/why-does-fda-tolerate-more-radiation-than-epa/

Since the Environmental Protection Agency began detecting radiation in rainwater and milk at levels above its maximum contaminant level, government officials have been downplaying the importance of EPA’s maximum contaminant level.

Japan Plant Emits More Radiation After Cooling Lapse

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110414_5466.php

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan emitted a new burst of radioactive material this week after a bungled cooling effort apparently affected spent atomic fuel in the site's No. 4 reactor cooling pond, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, April 13).

Military Debris Threaten Oceans

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55259

Military debris dumped into the world’s oceans are hazardous to coral ecosystems, reefs, fish and marine wildlife, say experts, who also warn - in light of the recent tragedy in Japan - that earthquakes and tsunamis could disturb this debris and even wash it ashore.

Endless War and Empire: Your Tax Dollars at Work

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27892.htm

While our fiscal woes have led Congress to slash food aid this year to the world’s poor -- rest assured, fellow Americans -- the U.S. government will keep using your tax dollars to kill them. For while John Boehner and Barack Obama might disagree on some things, there's one area they can agree on: War. And the need for more of it.

Stranger Danger: TSA Frisks Another Little Kid

April 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty/stranger-danger-tsa-frisks-another-little-kid

I think most people would agree that little kids shouldn't be subjected to pat-downs at the airport, like little Mikey Hicks was last year. Well, it's happened again. The TSA's latest victim? Six-year-old Anna Drexel, who was selected for a pat-down after she and her family went through the naked machines in a New Orleans airport last month. That's right: as though the naked machine scan isn't mortifying enough, little Anna got the full body pat-down.

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