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Less Work, More Life

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/148061/less_work%2C_more_life/

We need to come up with a different approach to work. A few years ago, after finding-my way through an incredible jumble of bicycles outside her building, I met with a University of Amsterdam professor who studies work-life balance. She recounted a conversation she'd just had with the manager of the Dutch division of an American company who had come to Holland from the United States two years earlier:

The American Nightmare

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26287.htm

There once was the “American Dream.” To be sure, first this dream was American in the true sense of the word, pertaining to the entire continent from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Before long, however, the adjective “American” was hijacked and applied with appalling single-mindedness to the US exclusively. This operation has been so successful that today to most people in the world, “American” is synonymous with “US”.

Obama’s Iraq Speech: An Exercise in Cowardice and Deceit

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Iraq

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26289.htm

President Barack Obama’s nationally televised speech from the White House Oval Office Tuesday night was an exercise in cowardice and deceit. It was deceitful to the people of the United States and the entire world in its characterization of the criminal war against Iraq. And it was cowardly in its groveling before the American military.

It's Better Over There

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.thenation.com/article/154477/its-better-over-there

In Germany, a strong social safety net keeps people from plunging into the abyss. Why are we so averse to having that security in the United States?

One hundred settlers gather to violate construction freeze; Israeli soldiers threaten besieged Palestinian family

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m69431&hd=&size=1&l=e

around 150 to 175 Israeli settlers, many armed, constructed an illegal outpost at a new location in the Baqa’a valley, east of Hebron, and attempted to harass a Palestinian family. A large group of settlers constructing an illegal near Road 60 The Israeli army did not attempt to disperse the settler gathering but later did partially raze the area on which the makeshift outpost buildings had been built – near the illegal Israeli settlements of Kiryat Arba and Givat Harsina, on the opposite side of Route 60, the road where four settlers were killed the previous night...

US-Venezuela Links Teeter on the Brink, Dragging a Prudent Foreign Policy With It

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/us-venezuela-links-teeter-brink-dragging-a-prudent-foreign-policy-with-it62914

Since Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez came to power in 1999, Caracas has maintained a testy relationship with the United States, a nation which Chávez views as the primary threat to his dream of reproducing the Bolivarian Revolution. Although the U.S. and Venezuela experienced a very brief honeymoon once President Barack Obama assumed office, the two countries’ relationship has quickly begun to sour. Responding in kind, Chávez has vamped up his anti-imperialist rhetoric in recent months, repeatedly taking stabs at the U.S. government for meddling in Latin American affairs.

Organic produce superior to conventional on every level, study finds

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/029639_organic_produce_health.html

Mainstream nutritionists often claim that conventional produce is no different than organic produce. But a new study recently published in the online, peer-reviewed journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) One proves otherwise, revealing that organic fruits and vegetables pack a greater nutritional punch and produce better, healthier soil than their conventional counterparts.

Coast Guard Reports Blast on Oil Rig in Gulf of Mexico

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/09/02/us/AP-US-Gulf-Rig-Explosion.html?_r=2&emc=na

An offshore petroleum platform exploded and was burning Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where BP's undersea well spilled after a rig explosion.

Stephen Hawking: God was not needed to create the Universe

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, Science

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7976594/Stephen-Hawking-God-was-not-needed-to-create-the-Universe.html

The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
The scientist has claimed that no divine force was needed to explain why the Universe was formed.

Spokane deputy in fatal shooting went on vacation

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2010/09/02/1152936/spokane-deputy-in-fatal-shooting.html

The Spokane County sheriff's deputy who killed the 74-year-old owner of a Spokane Valley nursery last week hasn't been questioned about the shooting because he went on vacation...

When Will We See the Next Mass Murder?

September 2nd, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/09/jeff-gates-when-will-we-see-the-next-mass-murder/

Here’s a news flash for Tel Aviv: it’s not a sign of respect when the bulk of humanity views you as psychopathic. The concerns of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are misplaced. The legitimacy of Israel is no longer threatened. It’s already lost. Long gone. Kaput.

Tased in His Own House: California Man Sues Police

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/tased-house-california-man-sues-police-disturbing-visit/story?id=11531608

A 911 call for help after a fall ended with a 64-year-old cancer survivor getting Tased three times by police in his California home, an action his attorney said could have killed him. Marin County sheriff's deputies turned a Taser on Peter McFarland when he refused to go to the hospital. "These are deadly weapons, and he had a heart condition," McFarland's attorney, John Scott, told "Good Morning America." " He could have easily been killed here." McFarland can be seen screaming in agony on a police video, lying on the floor as the officers pumped high-powered volts of electricity into his back.

LOST GOLD OF TSARS ‘FOUND IN THE WORLD’S DEEPEST LAKE’

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/196784/Lost-gold-of-Tsars-found-in-the-world-s-deepest-lake-

A RUSSIAN mini-submarine may have found billions of pounds worth of lost gold in a Siberian lake, it was revealed yesterday. Explorers have long searched for lost Tsarist treasures dating from the Bolshevik Revolution, when forces loyal to the deposed royal family fled the advancing Red Army.

Death By Globalism

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts09012010.html

Have economists made themselves irrelevant? If you have any doubts, have a look at the current issue of themagazine, International Economy, a slick publication endorsed by former Federal Reserve chairmen Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan, by Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank, by former Secretary of State George Shultz, and by the New York Times and Washington Post, both of which declare the magazine to be “ahead of the curve.”

A 2.63 Million Member Mercenary Army

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, War, Police State

Link: http://realwarhero.livejournal.com/617.html

Above everything else, the first thing that must be said is that anyone who thinks the author of this reality-check is the problem, and that he is the one who has gone nuts, is lining up for an early death, and those people are wished a good riddance. You will not be missed.

Russia's seed bank at risk - Video

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Nature

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/europe/2010/09/201091113016719732.html

One of the biggest seed banks in the world could soon be replaced by a housing development. One of the biggest and most important seed banks in the world is at risk of being replaced by a private housing development. The facility near the Russian city of St Petersburg houses thousands of varieties of plants, not found anywhere else in the world.

More War Lies

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/54633

Lies aren't used just to start wars, but also to escalate them, continue them, and even reduce or end them. And we got a pile of war lies from the president Tuesday evening. Obama claimed the war on Iraq was initially a war to disarm a state. Really? And then "terrorist" Iraqis attacked our troops in their country. Yet if they had done that in our country, I suspect they would still be the terrorists. And then it became a civil war which we were innocently caught up in. Uh huh.

Economist Christina Romer serves up dismal news at her farewell luncheon

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/01/AR2010090106148.html

It wasn't the food; it was the entertainment. Christina Romer, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, was giving what was billed as her "valedictory" before she returns to teach at Berkeley, and she used the swan song to establish four points, each more unnerving than the last: She had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be. She still doesn't understand exactly why it was so bad. The response to the collapse was inadequate. And she doesn't have much of an idea about how to fix things. What she did have was a binder full of scary descriptions and warnings, offered with a perma-smile and singsong delivery: "Terrible recession. . . . Incredibly searing. . . . Dramatically below trend. . . . Suffering terribly. . . . Risk of making high unemployment permanent. . . . Economic nightmare." Anybody want dessert?

Chief Family Court Judge on Bondage Website

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News

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

Winnipeg's elite was doing damage control Wednesday after a formal complaint against Lori Douglas, Associate Chief Justice of Manitoba in charge of Family Law. Alex Chapman, a Trinidadian immigrant, complained that in 2002, Douglas' husband Jack King pressured him to engage in depraved sexual acts with his wife. King was acting as Chapman's family lawyer at the time. Both King and Douglas were partners in an elite Winnipeg law firm. King introduced Chapman to a web site devoted to Black men torturing and raping white women. The site featured about 30 naked photos of Lori Douglas in various forms of bondage, in chains, with sex toys, and performing oral sex. "I wanted to puke," Chapman said. "The pictures were disgusting. I couldn't believe my lawyer was doing this to me." "It made me sick to my stomach, like I'm living in a country with no integrity," said Chapman.

Construction Spending in U.S. Fell Twice as Much as Forecast

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-09-01/construction-spending-in-u-s-fell-twice-as-much-as-forecast.html

Construction spending in July fell twice as much as forecast, led by a slump in homebuilding that will depress U.S. economic growth.

Widespread U.S. hiring not begun: ADP's Prakken

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6803EY20100901

Prakken was speaking to a teleconference of journalists after the ADP Employer Services report on private sector employment, which his firm jointly developed. The report showed private employers unexpectedly cut 10,000 jobs last month.

US-Russia Bidding War For 9/11 “Merchant Of Death” Reaches $20 Billion

September 1st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1402.htm

In a move Vladimir Kozin, deputy director of Russia's Foreign Ministry said “may inevitably affect Russian-US relations to the detriment of the US effort to 'reset' them” both the United States and Russia have entered into a massive ‘bidding war’ for the man known as the “Merchant of Death” and who is called by many intelligence services as “the most dangerous man in the World.”

U.S. Auto Sales May Hit 28-Year Low as Discounts Flop

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.infowars.com/u-s-auto-sales-may-hit-28-year-low-as-discounts-flop/

U.S. auto sales in August probably were the slowest for the month in 28 years as model-year closeout deals failed to entice consumers concerned the economy is worsening and they may lose their jobs.

Living in a Car After False DV Charges

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2010/08/31/living-in-a-car-after-false-dv-charges

"I'm presently losing this battle, but I continue to stand up after I've been slammed to the ground several times already. I'll stand up again." The Fight Against The Toxic Domestic Violence Industry In August of last year, I received false accusations that began with claims of violent spousal abuse by my former wife of 20 years.

After Saddam, America's Next Fake Enemy: Deficits

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/after-saddam-americas-next-fake-enemy-deficits62818

Were Americans misled into the Iraq war? Yes. But Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, argued in the Wall Street Journal in July that his "biggest mistake" was not fighting back in 2004 when the story began to spread that the Bush administration had lied to Americans during the run-up to the Iraq war.

Wow -- the Eyewear Industry Is an Incredible Ripoff, But There Are Alternatives

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/148024/wow_--_the_eyewear_industry_is_an_incredible_ripoff%2C_but_there_are_alternatives/

What makes glasses so expensive? Oblong plastic lenses? Plastic and metal frames? We're getting screwed. Those of us who need prescription eyewear need prescription eyewear. Are you wearing yours to read this? Imagine if you weren't. Imagine life without your glasses for a year, a week, an hour. Yet many health insurance plans, especially for the unemployed or self-employed, don't cover them. Mine doesn't.

Obama's Awkward Speech: Not Quite Peace and Nowhere Near Prosperity

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.thenation.com/blog/154423/obamas-awkward-speech-not-quite-peace-and-nowhere-near-prosperity

Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination in 2008 because he was the one leading presidential contender who in 2002 had the wisdom to oppose the invasion of Iraq. But he won the presidency by a wide margin, along with overwhelming Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, because Americans wanted him to restore economic stability to a land that had been shaken not just by the financial meltdown of 2008 but by decades of misguided tax and trade policies.

Miles of Dead Fish in lower Plaquemines

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.wwltv.com/younews/101893783.html

This photo (sorry about the quality) was delivered to me by a brave little pelican which he took 3 days ago,bless his heart.This is just a small glimpse of miles of dead rotting fish being ignored and dismissed by "BP" affiliates in lower Plaquemines Parish.Many types of fish are floating on the water off South Pass @ the mouth of the Mississippi River at (Garden Island).Surface "OIL" is also covering our waterways @ Main Pass and Passaloutre and there is oil creaping up Main Pass as I type this.

Israel frees Briton's murderer

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140720.html

The Israeli regime says it will release one of its army men who killed a young British peace activist before he has completed his prison term. According to a report by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Taysir Hayb who took the life of British peace activist Tomas Hurndall in Gaza Strip in 2003 will be released from prison within one month. Hayb was given 8 years in prison after pleading guilty for the murdering of Hurndall and impeding of justice by giving false evidence to a court in 2005. The 22-year-old Briton who was a student was shot in the forehead when taking photographs for the International Solidarity Movement. According to the witnesses, he was helping the Palestinian children to escape from Israeli tanks.

Cargill Ground Beef Recall - We Must Stop Eating MEAT, Cargill Had Major Recalls In Aug And Dec 2009

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.rense.com/general92/carg.htm

wonder how many illegals are working for Cargill? As you see, nowhere is the USDA to be found. This is another recall within a year of the previous TWO recalls of 2009...one of which was for approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products...and another in 2007 of over 1 million pounds. An outrage. If there is one thing that I can do for people, I hope it will be to get them to STOP EATING MEAT. There is simply no question that eating MEAT = DEATH...usually much sooner than would otherwise occur...via a panorama of meat-encouraged and caused diseases. I hate everything about meat from the corporation, inhuman and inhumane factory-farming and warehousing of animals...to cooking and eating it. I don't know how people can eat animals, I just don't understand it.

THE TALMUD: SCALPEL THAT BLEEDS THE MIDEAST (Reprint)

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/admin.php?ctrl=items&action=new&blog=3

For centuries in polite society, it has been considered anti-Jewish to tell what Judaism’s Talmud and Kabbalah plainly and repeatedly teach—that pious Jews have a duty to kill or assist the deaths of Gentiles, especially those who resist the goals of Judaism. Increasingly today, dozens of ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel, even members of Knesset, boldly assert that killing Palestinian Gentiles, even their babies, must be upheld as divine law. Yet last Sunday’s sermon by a powerful Israeli rabbi wanted even more—the deaths of everyone worldwide who opposes Israel. “May our enemies and haters end. Abu Mazen [Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas] and all these evil people should perish from this earth. God should strike them and these Palestinians—evil haters of Israel—with a plague."

Secret ‘Kill Lists’ Fly in the Face of US and Int’l Law

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=52674

Two of the nation’s most influential human rights organisations have filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s authority to carry out "targeted killings" of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) charge that the authority contemplated by the Obama administration is far broader than what the Constitution and international law allow.

What is the US Legacy in Iraq?

August 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/patrick08312010.html

A few days after the US announced that it had withdrawn its last combat brigade from Iraq, the local branch of al-Qa'ida staged a show of strength, killing or wounding 300 people in attacks across the country.

Islamophobia–Israel’s Most Cherished Weapon of Mass Destruction Destined to Destroy The West If Not Stopped

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/islamophobia-israel%E2%80%99s-most-cherished-weapon-of-mass-destruction-destined-to-destroy-the-west-if-not-stopped/

As frightening as this sounds, (and believe me, it should scare the b-Jesus out of everyone) the fact is this is not some Hollywood fantasy like the blockbuster movie Independence Day, where the world stands at the brink of complete annihilation and is saved LITERALLY AT THE LAST FREAKING SECOND by a nice, nerdy Jewish boy with a Messiah complex named David. No, in this case, the Krippen Virus–as it was called in I Am Legend– threatening destruction of all life on earth is today known as Islamophobia, and along with its attending “war to end all wars”, stands the very good likelihood of turning an otherwise Garden of Eden into Paradise lost.

Gallup: GOP Has Largest Poll Lead Ever

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/gallup-generic-gop-largest/2010/08/30/id/368771?s=al&promo_code=AA43-1

A new Gallup poll released Monday shows Republicans with a record 10-point edge over Democrats on the "generic ballot" test — the question of whether voters prefer a Democratic or Republican congressional candidate. It’s the largest GOP polling edge at this stage in the 68 years of the generic ballot poll, Politico first reported. The news is so discouraging that an increasing number of Democratic strategists now say privately that they fear the House is already lost, Politico reports. The American people are sheep. How quickly they have forgotten eight years of grinding Bush GOP corporate fascist exploitation, wars for profit based on lies, and the complete dismantling of their constitutional rights. They still don't understand that there is no difference between the democrats and the republicans. They are on either side of the same fascist coin.

The Saving Mentality Is Hurting the Economy's Recovery

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/30/the-saving-mentality-is-hurting-the-economy-s-recovery.html

The logic of the economic recovery isn't working—or, at any rate, not well. By that logic, over-borrowed Americans would repay loans and replenish depleted savings, creating a temporary drop in consumer spending and economic activity. But once savings increased and debt declined, consumer buying would strengthen. It would replace the Obama stimulus program. Hiring would improve; the recovery would become self-sustaining. We're still waiting. Just last week, economic growth for the second quarter was revised down to a meager 1.6 percent annual rate.

Record number in government anti-poverty programs

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-08-30-1Asafetynet30_ST_N.htm

Close to 10 million receive unemployment insurance, nearly four times the number from 2007. Benefits have been extended by Congress eight times beyond the basic 26-week program. Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand. More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That's up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007.

NY groups seek DC order blocking targeted killings

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/admin.php?ctrl=items&action=new&blog=3

Two New York-based civil liberties groups have sued the federal government, saying its targeted killings of U.S. citizens overseas is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Defendants include President Barack Obama and the CIA director.

Ron Paul questions whether there's gold at Fort Knox, NY Fed

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/116341-ron-paul-plans-bill-to-audit-us-gold-reserves

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce legislation next year to force an audit of U.S. holdings of gold. Paul, a longtime critic of the Federal Reserve and U.S. monetary policy, said he believes it's "a possibility" that there might not actually be any gold in the vaults of Fort Knox or the New York Federal Reserve bank.

Rights Groups File Challenge To Targeted Killing By U.S.

August 30th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.aclu.org/national-security/rights-groups-file-challenge-targeted-killing-us

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out “targeted killings” of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone.

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