Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tranquility

Somewhere in the Sierra Foothills

Chalk up another year on the old blackboard. Time rolls along steadily and sure as today is, tomorrow will be, and we will all be a bit older as a result.

I do not intend to lament over the lost years but look ahead to the next ones instead.

Alas, I am not alone in this struggle, all you jokers are here too!

Some think you can lie, you can cheat, you can rob, make a zillion dollars, but you cannot stop time and the finality it brings.

Do what you want to do as long as you can(or as much as you can get away with) because someday tomorrow will not be there .

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Loose Lips...




McClellan’s candid comments about how administration officials made the case to invade Iraq in March 2003 reverberated throughout the Beltway and immediately became fodder for the two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls after excerpts from the book began emerging online Tuesday night.

However, McClellan said that it wasn't until he realized that he may have been led to deliver false information to the media about two senior administration officials’ roles in outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative that he knew he would someday have to tell his story.

“My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I learned is that in some small way it might help us move beyond the partisan warfare of the past 15 years. There’s a larger purpose to this book. It’s about looking at the permanent campaign culture in Washington, D.C., and how we can move beyond it,” he said.

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I'm thinking this is not what the chimpy gang needed right now. It appears Dana(psyco)Perino is projecting her mental illness upon Scotty. She lies so excruciatingly well you know.

The rest think they had hidden the antics of the chimp gang well enough but Scotty changed all that so they are out there wondering what made Scotty go bad enough to narc them out?

And in my suspicious mind I see these revelations as purposeful to cause further distraction away from the reality of thousands of injured troops and thousands of dead ones as a result of the gangs' ineptitude and the 'gut' feelings of a spoiled kid from a rich family that with others needs to be put behind bars for a very long time.

As long as those so called humans are running the show, no one is safe.

Watch your back there Scotty!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Idiot Yaks






Fox: Carter 'outing' of Israeli nukes helps Iran
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday May 27, 2008


Former President Jimmy Carter aroused concerns when he referred at a news conference on Sunday to Israel's possession of "150 or more" nuclear weapons.

Although Israel's nuclear program has long been an open secret, with most estimates of the total Israeli nuclear arsenal running between 100 and 250 warheads, the United States has generally respected Israel's demands for a policy of "ambiguity" on the matter.

However, the hosts of Fox & Friends were determined to find some way in which Carter had directly abetted US enemies. "Carter Outs Israel," proclaimed their banner. "Confirms country's nuke secrets."

"It appears that he's giving out secret information about Israel and how many nuclear weapons they may have," said host Gretchen Carlson. "According to most people, this information has never been made public before."

Brian Kilmeade added, "No one's done it ... so why not leave it to a former president, a one-term president like Jimmy Carter? ... He said, 'Well, Israel's got an arsenel, about 150.' Excuse me? We never heard that confirmed before. We've heard rumors about that."

"The extraordinary thing is a lot of people throughout the Mideast have assumed for a very long time that Israel had [nuclear weapons]," concluded Steve Doocy. "But nobody has ever said officially that they had it. So, here you have got this guy who was once upon a time the president of the United States doing just that. ... He has just helped Iran."

Despite Doocy's assertions, Carter is not the first high US official to 'out' Israel. When Secretary of Defense Robert Gates cited Israel as a nuclear power during his 2006 confirmation hearings, the Associated Press wrote, "Experts played down the importance of Gates' 'outing' of the Israeli nuclear weapons program. Defense analyst Shlomo Brom, a retired Israel Defense Forces general who was once in charge of strategic planning for the military, said similar statements came out of Washington during the first Gulf War in 1991 and did not lead to a change in Israeli policy."

@ RAW STORY

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FAUX NOOZ does it yet again, basically calling Jimmie a traitor for revealing Israels' secrets, OOOOOOO Bad Jimmie, bad?

BULLSHIT!

You go Jimmy!! Secret nukes? not likely. And while I'm at it since when is it OK for FAUX NOOZ to trash a 'one term' President while coddling the biggest bunch of criminals ever to hold the office?

Where, pray tell, did Israel get those nukes? No secret there Uncle Sam.

Governmentally speaking we and our com padre's are rotten lying scum and a danger to the world with our 'stockpile'. How many nukes does one need?

Enough for MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) so what is the point if we are all vaporized?

Stupid!

Go Jimmie! Just say NO to Nukes!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jew Nukes

Israel 'has 150 nuclear weapons'

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter (Image: Hay-on-Wye festival)
Mr Carter was speaking at the UK's Hay-on-Wye literature festival

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal.

The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.

Mr Carter made his comments on Israel's weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales.

He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as "one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth".

Mr Carter gave the figure for the Israeli nuclear arsenal in response to a question on US policy on a possible nuclear-armed Iran, arguing that any country newly armed with atomic weapons faced overwhelming odds.

"The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more," he said.

Dimona nuclear plant, southern Israel (file pic: 8 Sept 2002), understood to be the source of plutonium for Israel's nuclear weapons
Israel's Dimona reactor is understood to provide plutonium for the country's nuclear weapons

"We have a phalanx of enormous capabilities, not only of weaponry but also of rockets to deliver every one of those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target."

Most experts estimate that Israel has between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 1980s by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the country's Dimona nuclear reactor.


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There goes that 'Doo Doo Principal' again.

In order to maintain supremacy in the region, the Jewish state knowing everyone in the region hates their guts, get's the BIG BOMBS to defend against any threat.

When you invade a region and kill the locals to make room for your own people, you better watch your back because you have instant enemies and rightly so in the case of the Palestinians. When you have to reach to the 'Nukes' for security you have already lost, nukes are loser weapons where even the user loses.

Sick behavior from sick minds trying to keep the lie alive.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Rememberance




The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace...Who brought a sword.

- Joyce Kilmer







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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Raceday!

Danica-mania envelops Indianapolis

Race driver Danica Patrick rests her head on her helmet during a break in practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

Race driver Danica Patrick rests her head on her helmet during a break in practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick was making her first qualification attempt in May, and the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway resembled one massive game of freeze-tag.

TOM STRATTMAN / Associated Press Still riding the momentum of her historic first win in Japan, Danica Patrick will be looking to cement her status as one of the IndyCar Series' top drivers when she starts in the second row of the 92nd Indy 500 today.

TOM STRATTMAN / Associated Press Still riding the momentum of her historic first win in Japan, Danica Patrick will be looking to cement her status as one of the IndyCar Series' top drivers when she starts in the second row of the 92nd Indy 500 today.

Along pit row, competing teams stopped what they were doing and turned eyes to the timing stands.

Race driver Danica Patrick, center, is surrounded by the media during an interview session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Race driver Danica Patrick, center, is surrounded by the media during an interview session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

In the stands along the straightaway, fans stood and peered toward the fourth turn, waiting for Patrick's black-and-blue racer.

In the infield, out of sight but not sound, the young and old alike stared at huge video screens and waited for track announcer Bob Jenkins to offer lap-by-lap speeds.

And in the executive suites, top officials of what now is simply called the IndyCar Series were not-so-subtly rooting on the young woman who, it seems, could finish what the unification of the IRL and Champ Car Series started — bring plenty of positive attention back to North American open-wheel racing.

DANICA PATRICK

  • Birthdate: March 25, 1982
  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Roscoe, Ill.
  • Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Height/weight: 5-1, 105
  • Husband: Paul Hospenthal
  • Website: danicaracing.com
  • IndyCar starts: 51
  • IndyCar wins: 1, at Japan on April 19

Patrick's speed three Saturdays ago was fast enough — at 225.197 mph for the four, 21/2-mile laps — to put her, briefly, on the pole for the 92nd Indianapolis 500.

While it did not hold up, she'll start today's Indy 500 in the middle of the second row, between Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan and behind Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Ryan Briscoe.

At the least, IndyCar racing has a buzz. And if Patrick should win the 500, the series will move back to the top of the sports pages — above even the showcase NASCAR event in Charlotte that will unfold later in the day.

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Ladies first? Tune in and see. ESPN or ABC starting about 15 minutes ago was pre-race stuff, so you still have time. (9:17 AM)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Poisonous EPA

Exposé on the Journal: Chemicals In Our Food
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May 23, 2008

There may be a potentially dangerous chemical leaching into our food from the containers that we use every day. BILL MOYERS JOURNAL and EXPOSÉ: AMERICA'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS examine why, even though studies show that the chemical Bisphenol A can cause cancer and other health problems in lab animals, the manufacturers, their lobbyists, and U.S. regulators say it's safe.

In a watchdog series for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, a trio of reporters focused on Bisphenol A, a chemical contained in many plastics that is also found in 93% of human beings. The problem at issue? Congress ordered the federal government in 1996 to begin testing and regulating certain chemicals suspected of causing cancer and a host of developmental problems. Eleven years later, not a single compound has been put to that test.

You can read the full series "Chemical Fallout" online, plus ongoing coverage of the fate of Bisphenol A. On May 15, 2008, the SENTINEL reported on some new Congressional hearings:

Members of a Senate consumer affairs subcommittee faulted federal agencies for reacting too slowly to concerns that children are exposed to bisphenol A through leaching from common items such as water bottles, baby bottles and the linings of food and baby-formula cans.
On May 20, 2008 a reform bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House. "The "Kid Safe Chemicals Act" is modeled on European legislation enacted last year. More study and more debate is anticipated.

Ask the Reporters
The reporting team who broke the story for the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL "Chemical Fallout," Meg Kissinger, Suzanne Rust and Cary Spivak, were awarded the 2007 Sigma Delta Chi award and the Society of American Business Writers and Editors award for the series. All three reporters will be taking viewer questions about the story and their work as investigative science reporters on The Moyers Blog. Simply add your question and they'll be answering them in the near future.

Meg Kissinger
Meg Kissinger is the Watchdog reporter for healthcare investigations. Kissinger was a finalist for last year's Selden Ring and Investigative Reporter and Editor awards for her reports on the filthy and dangerous housing conditions in Milwaukee County for people with mental illness. That series won the Mental Health America Award for best news reporting. In her 25 years in the newsroom, Kissinger has written about abuses in the nursing home industry, the scam of the door-to-door magazine sales industry and the travails of an oncologist who unwittingly discovered his own end-stage cancer. Kissinger has received awards from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Susanne Rust
Susanne Rust is a science reporter at the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. In her five years at the paper she has trekked through the hills of Rwanda to cover stories on civil engineering and AIDS; hacked through the dense foliage of a Ugandan rain forest in search of mountain gorillas; poked around Scotland's Roslin Institute looking for clones; and written about eco-friendly agriculture in Costa Rica. Rust has also been recognized for her reporting on stem cells, including winning a First Place Inland Press Association award for explanatory writing. Before joining the JOURNAL SENTINEL, she pursued a doctorate in biological anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied primate communication, evolution and ecology.

Cary Spivak
Cary Spivak is the JOURNAL SENTINEL's investigative reporter focusing on business. Before joining the Watchdog Team as an investigative reporter focusing on business, Spivak was the co-author of the Spivak & Bice column. Prior to launching the column in 1998 with Daniel Bice, Spivak worked on the business desk at the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL as an investigative reporter specializing in casino gaming, the legal industry and financial fraud. During his 30-year career, he has worked on a variety of investigations involving business, politics and law enforcement. Subjects he has probed include a now-disbarred bankruptcy lawyer who pocketed thousands of dollars in fees without doing any work for his destitute clients; illegal property flipping schemes and securities fraud.

Published on May 23, 2008.

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The American people are being poisoned by corporate greed.


This once grand nation which originally gave it's people all the freedoms necessary to prosper has turned it's back on itself and taken that all away, leaving instead a polluted and poisoned populous and a ravaged environment.

Mercury, Flouride, PCB's, CCA, BPT, DDT, Roundup, and literally thousands of untested and potentially lethal chemicals surround us at all times and some are killing our babies!

Is this an OK price to pay for 'convenience'?

This must not continue, this chemical war against America.

As American citizens it is our DUTY AND OBLIGATION to do what it takes and start the revisions necessary to attempt to correct the enormous sacrilege committed against us by the profiteers.

Your child or grandchild's life depends on it.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mahem-O-Plenty



Fiery display by Waxman to evasiveness of the EPA dude and the worthless Izza's pouting aloud. I think the gavel would have been utilized better by pounding it on top of both stooges for the reich.



McClueless does it again quite similar to his pal the chimp. Does anyone believe this guy could ever be president of anything except maybe the Rotary Club?



Bill Maher, irreverent as ever, puts forth some New Rules for us to abide by.

Thats all today for the video extravaganza, my apologies to the folks with dial-ups.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Got Gas?

The gas prices of Death (Valley)

05:26 PM PT, May 20 2008

the worst gas prices i've seen yet!  in death valley no less.

Yikes.

Submitter Kristin sends us this crazy photo taken at a Death Valley gas station. Sends an involuntary shudder down your spine, no? "Mark Pozorski shot this pic two weeks ago in Death Valley; his record gas purchase. Most Motorcycles require Premium. It went up to $5.90/gal. last week," Kristin explains.

Over at CNN's iReport, they have a photo from what appears to be the same Shell station with a slightly different price, apparently taken a week ago, but price is still well above $5 per gallon.

Imagine -- just days ago our pal Peter Viles over at L.A. Land (the Times' real estate blog) showed us high prices in Brentwood. And now this?

You can check out other readers' photos of the rising cost of gas here.

These are the worst gas prices we've seen yet -- but you tell us. Have you seen (gulp) worse? Send us a photo (just choose the "Your News" category and the "Pain at the Pump" album).

"Manson Would've Hated This Too" from the album Pain at the Pump, submitted by Kristin

--Lindsay Barnett


@LAT

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It won't be long and this price will seem cheap. A barrel of oil is pounding on the $130 door, and with no one to reign in the egregious use of pricing to reap record profits, is likely to go up even further.

Ratcheting up into complete fascistic control we are entering uncharted territory.
As some have stated we are going to collapse economically just because of this misuse and 'gaming' the system being done while the American people are asleep at the switch.

One thing for sure, no one will be running too far or willing risk bankruptcy spending $10/gal. to drive out of this madness.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Stinks like S**t

The White House on Tuesday flatly denied an Army Radio report that claimed US President George W. Bush intends to attack Iran before the end of his term. It said that while the military option had not been taken off the table, the Administration preferred to resolve concerns about Iran's push for a nuclear weapon "through peaceful diplomatic means."

A US Navy aircraft carrier.
Photo: AP

Army Radio had quoted a top official in Jerusalem claiming that a senior member in the entourage of President Bush, who concluded a trip to Israel last week, had said in a closed meeting here that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were of the opinion that military action against Iran was called for.

The official reportedly went on to say that "the hesitancy of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice" was preventing the administration from deciding to launch such an attack on the Islamic Republic for the time being.

The Army Radio report, which was quoted by The Jerusalem Post and resonated widely, stated that according to assessments in Israel, the recent turmoil in Lebanon, where Hizbullah has de facto established control of the country, was advancing an American attack.

Bush, the official reportedly said, considered Hizbullah's show of strength to constitute evidence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's growing influence. In Bush's view, the official said, "the disease must be treated - not its symptoms."

@ JP

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Last chance to cause tragic circumstances enough to bring on Armageddon there Chimp.

The real terroristas are the freaks on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and the freaks running Israel. Totally stark raving mad with greed and power.

Let us not forget who started this whole escapade in 1948 and who supported the terrorist invaders and continue to do so, and intend to make it much worse.

Leave a rotten stinking steaming pile of s**t for someone else to clean up, that is if there is anything left.

Will Congress grow some and put the brakes on the lunatics plans? Stay tuned.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Crapola-O-Plenty


The following is an excerpt from Bill Moyers' new book, "Moyers on Democracy" (Doubleday, 2008).

Democracy in America is a series of narrow escapes, and we may be running out of luck. The reigning presumption about the American experience, as the historian Lawrence Goodwyn has written, is grounded in the idea of progress, the conviction that the present is "better" than the past and the future will bring even more improvement. For all of its shortcomings, we keep telling ourselves, "The system works."

Now all bets are off. We have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear, and the great American experience in creating a different future together has been subjugated to individual cunning in the pursuit of wealth and power -and to the claims of empire, with its ravenous demands and stuporous distractions. A sense of political impotence pervades the country -- a mass resignation defined by Goodwyn as "believing the dogma of 'democracy' on a superficial public level but not believing it privately." We hold elections, knowing they are unlikely to bring the corporate state under popular control. There is considerable vigor at local levels, but it has not been translated into new vistas of social possibility or the political will to address our most intractable challenges. Hope no longer seems the operative dynamic of America, and without hope we lose the talent and drive to cooperate in the shaping of our destiny.

The earth we share as our common gift, to be passed on in good condition to our children's children, is being despoiled. Private wealth is growing as public needs increase apace. Our Constitution is perilously close to being consigned to the valley of the shadow of death, betrayed by a powerful cabal of secrecy-obsessed authoritarians. Terms like "liberty" and "individual freedom" invoked by generations of Americans who battled to widen the 1787 promise to "promote the general welfare" have been perverted to create a government primarily dedicated to the welfare of the state and the political class that runs it. Yes, Virginia, there is a class war and ordinary people are losing it. It isn't necessary to be a Jeremiah crying aloud to a sinful Jerusalem that the Lord is about to afflict them for their sins of idolatry, or Cassandra, making a nuisance of herself as she wanders around King Priam's palace grounds wailing "The Greeks are coming." Or Socrates, the gadfly, stinging the rump of power with jabs of truth. Or even Paul Revere, if horses were still in fashion. You need only be a reporter with your eyes open to see what's happening to our democracy. I have been lucky enough to spend my adult life as a journalist, acquiring a priceless education in the ways of the world, actually getting paid to practice one of my craft's essential imperatives: connect the dots.

The conclusion that we are in trouble is unavoidable. I report the assault on nature evidenced in coal mining that tears the tops off mountains and dumps them into rivers, sacrificing the health and lives of those in the river valleys to short-term profit, and I see a link between that process and the stock-market frenzy which scorns long-term investments -- genuine savings -- in favor of quick turnovers and speculative bubbles whose inevitable bursting leaves insiders with stuffed pockets and millions of small stockholders, pensioners, and employees out of work, out of luck, and out of hope.

And then I see a connection between those disasters and the repeal of sixty-year-old banking and securities regulations designed during the Great Depression to prevent exactly that kind of human and economic damage. Who pushed for the removal of that firewall? An administration and Congress who are the political marionettes of the speculators, and who are well rewarded for their efforts with indispensable campaign contributions. Even honorable opponents of the practice get trapped in the web of an electoral system that effectively limits competition to those who can afford to spend millions in their run for office. Like it or not, candidates know that the largesse on which their political futures depend will last only as long as their votes are satisfactory to the sleek "bundlers" who turn the spigots of cash on and off.

The property qualifications for federal office that the framers of the Constitution expressly chose to exclude for demonstrating an unseemly "veneration for wealth" are now de facto in force and higher than the Founding Fathers could have imagined. "Money rules Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The parties lie to us and the political speakers mislead us." Those words were spoken by Populist orator Mary Elizabeth Lease during the prairie revolt that swept the Great Plains slightly more than 120 years after the Constitution was signed. They are true today, and that too, spells trouble.

@ALTERNET

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Echoing everything said here and more, Bill does a good job of spreading his wisdom to the masses as an alternative to the daily babble from the MSM.

Sure good to know we have allies in fairly high places isn't it?

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Most Trusted?

Deutsche Marks, Death and Denial

On the 15th May 2008, after a long battle, Bayer was finally forced to withdraw its Trasylol drug from the market. If they had done so when they first knew it was dangerous, thousands of lives could have been saved. This is the latest instalment in the history of a company steeped in controversy; one in which profit has always been made at the expense of people.

Bayer AG was founded in Germany in 1863. In 1898 they were responsible for introducing heroin to America as The Sedative for Coughs and continued to market it after being aware of its damaging effects. As we shall see, this is a recurrent theme of Bayer’s practises.

In World War I, Bayer manufactured poisonous gasses used in the trenches such as chlorine gas and mustard gas. During World War II it became part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of German chemical industries which formed the financial core of the Nazi regime and used slave labour from the Birkenau concentration camp to produce its products. One of Farben’s developments was Zyklon-B, used by the Nazis to gas victims in those same camps.

Bayer executive Fritz ter Meer was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal for experimenting on prisoners. During his trial, in reference to the experiments he said, “concentration camp prisoners were not subjected to exceptional suffering, because they would have been killed anyway.” He was made head of the supervisory board of Bayer in 1956, after his release.

Bayer continued to grow, becoming the third largest pharmaceutical company in the world. In the mid-1980’s they sold a product called Factor VIII concentrate, which can stop or prevent bleeding in people with haemophilia. Several companies, including Bayer, were involved in selling Factor VIII which had been discovered to have been infected with HIV. In the United States, AIDS was passed on to thousands of haemophiliacs, many of whom died, in one of the worst drug-related medical disasters in history.

However it wasn’t until 2003 that the New York Times revealed that Bayer had continued producing and selling this infected product to Asia and Latin America after February 1984 when a safe product was available, in order to save money.

‘‘These are the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents I have ever seen,” reported Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe in the Times, who as director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group had been investigating the industry’s practices for three decades.


@ GNN
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Bayer, science for a better life.

Yea right!

They are right up there with the rest of the hazardous substance producers being a big of a bunch of crooks.

Hey anybody know where I can buy some of that "Heroin"? I feel a bit of a twinge....

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday Reading


Regime-Quakes in Burma and China
by Naomi Klein, May 16, 2008

When news arrived of the catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan, my mind turned to Zheng Sun Man, an up-and-coming security executive I met on a recent trip to China. Zheng heads Aebell Electrical Technology, a Guangzhou-based company that makes surveillance cameras and public address systems and sells them to the government.

Zheng, a 28-year-old MBA with a text-messaging addiction, was determined to persuade me that his cameras and speakers are not being used against pro-democracy activists or factory organizers. They are for managing natural disasters, Zheng explained, pointing to the freak snowstorms before Lunar New Year. During the crisis, the government “was able to use the feed from the railway cameras to communicate how to deal with the situation and organize an evacuation. We saw how the central government can command from the north emergencies in the south.”

Of course, surveillance cameras have other uses too—like helping to make “Most Wanted” posters of Tibetan activists. But Zheng did have a point: nothing terrifies a repressive regime quite like a natural disaster. Authoritarian states rule by fear and by projecting an aura of total control. When they suddenly seem short-staffed, absent or disorganized, their subjects can become dangerously emboldened. It’s something to keep in mind as two of the most repressive regimes on the planet—China and Burma—struggle to respond to devastating disasters: the Sichuan earthquake and Cyclone Nargis. In both cases, the disasters have exposed grave political weaknesses within the regimes—and both crises have the potential to ignite levels of public rage that would be difficult to control.

When China is busily building itself up, creating jobs and new wealth, residents tend to stay quiet about what they all know: developers regularly cut corners and flout safety codes, while local officials are bribed not to notice. But when China comes tumbling down—including at least eight schools in the earthquake zone —the truth has a way of escaping from the rubble. “Look at all the buildings around. They were the same height but why did the school fall down?” a distraught relative in Juyuan demanded of a foreign reporter. “It’s because the contractors want to make a profit from our children.” A mother in Dujiangyan told The Guardian, “Chinese officials are too corrupt and bad….They have money for prostitutes and second wives but they don’t have money for our children.”

That the Olympic stadiums were built to withstand powerful quakes is suddenly of little comfort. When I was in China, it was hard to find anyone willing to criticize the Olympic spending spree. Now posts on mainstream web portals are calling the torch relay “wasteful” and its continuation in the midst of so much suffering “inhuman.”

None of this compares with the rage boiling over in Burma, where cyclone survivors have badly beaten at least one local official, furious at his failure to distribute aid. Simon Billenness, co-chair of the board of directors of U.S. Campaign for Burma, told me, “This is Katrina times a thousand. I don’t see how it couldn’t lead to political unrest.”

The unrest of greatest concern to the regime is not coming from regular civilians but from inside the military – a fact that explains some of the junta’s more erratic behavior. For instance, we know that the Burmese junta has been taking credit for supplies sent by foreign countries. Now it turns out that it have been taking more than credit—in some cases it has been taking the aid. According to a report in Asia Times, the regime has been hijacking food shipments and distributing them among its 400,000 soldiers. The reason speaks to the deep threat the disaster poses. The generals, it seems, are “haunted by an almost pathological fear of a split inside their own ranks…if soldiers are not given priority in aid distribution and are unable to feed themselves, the possibility of mutiny rises.” Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, confirms that before the cyclone, the military was already coping with a wave of desertions.

This relatively small-scale theft of food is fortifying the junta for its much larger heist—the one taking place via the constitutional referendum the generals have insisted on holding, come hell and high water. Enticed by high commodity prices, Burma’s generals have been gorging off the country’s natural abundance, stripping it of gems, timber, rice and oil. As profitable as this arrangement is, junta leader Gen. Than Shwe knows he cannot resist the calls for democracy indefinitely.

Taking a page out of the playbook of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the generals have drafted a Constitution that allows for future elections but attempts to guarantee that no government will ever have the power to prosecute them for their crimes or take back their ill-gotten wealth. As Farmaner puts it, after elections the junta leaders “are going to be wearing suits instead of boots.” Much of the voting has already taken place but in cyclone ravaged districts, the referendum has been delayed until May 24. Aung Din, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, told me that the military has stooped to using aid to extort votes. “Rainy season is coming,” he told me, “and people need to repair their roofs. When they go to purchase the materials, which are very limited, they are told they can only have them if they agree to vote for the constitution in an advance ballot.”

The cyclone, meanwhile, has presented the junta with one last, vast business opportunity: by blocking aid from reaching the highly fertile Irrawaddy delta, hundreds of thousands of mostly ethnic Karen rice farmers are being sentenced to death. According to Farmaner, “that land can be handed over to the generals’ business cronies” (shades of the beachfront land grabs in Sri Lanka and Thailand after the Asian tsunami). This isn’t incompetence, or even madness, as many have claimed. It’s laissez-faire ethnic cleansing.

If the Burmese junta avoids mutiny and achieves these goals, it will be thanks largely to China, which has vigorously blocked all attempts at the United Nations for humanitarian intervention in Burma. Inside China, where the central government is going to great lengths to show itself as compassionate, news of this complicity could prove explosive.

Will China’s citizens receive this news? They just might. Beijing has, up to now, displayed an awesome determination to censor and monitor all forms of communication. But in the wake of the quake, the notorious “Great Firewall” censoring the Internet is failing badly. Blogs are going wild, and even state reporters are insisting on reporting the news.

This may be the greatest threat that natural disasters pose to contemporary repressive regimes. For China’s rulers, nothing has been more crucial to maintaining power than the ability to control what people see and hear. If they lose that, neither surveillance cameras nor loudspeakers will be able to help them.

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The natives are restless in many places across the globe, except in America where we really need to be.

Figures.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Big Boost



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My choice was Edwards for Prez. but the MSM turned that into dust and it blew away.

To many choices are not ours to make. The American people act after what they perceive in the media infests their simple little minds. So when the MSM speaks everyone listens and soaks it up like little sponges and burps it back up as a vote in the election.

Daily I catch the local NBC station here making grossly inaccurate statements about the election to curry favor on the right, which incidentally is very wrong.

"Obama has a slim lead over Clinton" for example, BS! The people who depend on the news to tell the truth are not getting it, they are getting a 'doubtful about Obama' slant. Choice of words can be devastatingly effective at forming opinions in people to inept enough to seek out real answers.

Anyway I am glad Edwards finally got off the dime and threw his support to BIG O.

Now the real mud slinging begins with racists-O-plenty coming out of the woodwork showing me that the people in this country still have a lot to learn about equal rights for all.

Racism is retardation and those that spew such hatred are psychologically retarded and have no place in a civilized society.

Watch the video.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Brit UFO's

Files released on UFO sightings

A sketch of a UFO [Pic: National Archives]
This is how one person described the UFO they had seen

Secret files on UFO sightings have been made available for the first time by the Ministry of Defence.

The documents, which can be downloaded from the National Archives website, cover the period from 1978 to 1987.

They include accounts of strange lights in the sky and unexplained objects being spotted by the public, armed forces and police officers.

One man explained in great detail his "physical and psychic contact" with green aliens since he was a child.

The writer said that one of them, called Algar, was killed in 1981 by another race of beings as he was about to make contact with the UK government.

The letter's author said he visited their bases in the Wirral and Cheshire, while his wife reported seeing a UFO shot down over Wallasey on Merseyside.

The eight released files are part of almost 200 files set to be made available over the next four years.

These documents will be available to download for free for the first month.

A spokesman for the National Archives said they were now becoming available after several requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, and also because of a "proactive move by the Ministry of Defence for an open and transparent government".

Much of the previously classified paperwork is made up of correspondence from the public sent to government officials, such as the MoD and then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

You can go. You are too old and too infirm for our purpose
Reported alien comment to pensioner

Another document reveals the experiences of a 78-year-old man who alleged that he met an alien beside Basingstoke Canal in Aldershot, Hampshire in 1983.

He said he went on board the craft, giving a detailed explanation of it, before being quizzed by the aliens about his age.

He was then told: "You can go. You are too old and too infirm for our purpose."


@ BBC

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More Bees if You Please

Unexplained Mass Die-Off Hits German Hives

By Andrew Curry

Bees in the German state of Baden-Württemburg are dying by the hundreds of thousands. In some places more than half of hives have perished. Government officials say the causes are unclear -- but beekeepers are blaming new pesticides.

Bees in southern Germany have been dying off in their hundreds of thousands.
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Bees in southern Germany have been dying off in their hundreds of thousands.

In Germany's bucolic Baden-Württemburg region, there is a curious silence this week. All up and down the Rhine river, farm fields usually buzzing with bees are quiet. Beginning late last week, helpless beekeepers could only watch as their hives were hit by an unprecedented die-off. Many say one of Germany's biggest chemical companies is to blame.

In some parts of the region, hundreds of bees per hive have been dying each day. "It's an absolute bee emergency," Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeeper's Association, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "Fifty to 60 percent of the bees have died on average, and some beekeepers have lost all their hives."

The crisis hit its peak last weekend. Beekeepers from Germany's Baden-Württemburg reported hives full of thousands of dead bees. The worst-hit region, according to state officials, was along the upper Rhine river between the towns of Rastatt and Lorrach. The Rhine valley is one of Germany's prime agricultural regions.

Regional officials spent the week testing bees, pollen, honey and plant materials to look for the die-off's causes. The Julius Kühn Institute in Braunschweig, a federal research institute dealing with agricultural issues, set up a special hotline for beekeepers to send in dead bees for analysis.

@ Spiegel
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More about the CCD that will not go away. The conspiracy nut in me says the Illuminati is causing this to reduce the worlds population by introducing a toxin into the air in contrails. The scientist in me says there is not enough of an understanding into how bees operate to understand why this is happening.

We understand little about the internal workings and what makes them work in those little bugs and most likely there is some kind of toxin involved causing their little systems to wad up inside, like a turd that will not pass. I witnessed a honey bee in trouble on the ground the other day stroking his bee abdomen over and over forsaking standing, just kind of flopping side to side, really felt sorry for the little guy with the pollen sacs on his back legs loaded and in obvious distress.

Funny how such a little creature is responsible for so much. This points out the necessity of being good caretakers of the planet we call home and respecting the life in all forms that are on it instead of pillaging and plundering it.

We need to be respectful of all life, not just our own, for we are not here alone.

If we refuse to do so we will meet our own demise as parasites of the only life sustaining planet within light years, I do not think we want that to happen.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Robber Barons


Not-So-Safe-Deposit Boxes: States Seize Citizens' Property to Balance Their Budgets
Resources to Search for Unclaimed Property in Your Name
By ELISABETH LEAMY

May 12, 2008 —

The 50 U.S. states are holding more than $32 billion worth of unclaimed property that they're supposed to safeguard for their citizens. But a "Good Morning America" investigation found some states aggressively seize property that isn't really unclaimed and then use the money -- your money -- to balance their budgets.

Unclaimed property consists of things like forgotten apartment security deposits, uncashed dividend checks and safe-deposit boxes abandoned when an elderly relative dies.

Banks and other businesses are required to turn that property over to the state for safekeeping. The problem is that the states return less than a quarter of unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Not-So-Safe-Deposit Boxes

San Francisco resident Carla Ruff's safe-deposit box was drilled, seized, and turned over to the state of California, marked "owner unknown."

"I was appalled," Ruff said. "I felt violated."

Unknown? Carla's name was right on documents in the box at the Noe Valley Bank of America location. So was her address -- a house about six blocks from the bank. Carla had a checking account at the bank, too -- still does -- and receives regular statements. Plus, she has receipts showing she's the kind of person who paid her box rental fee. And yet, she says nobody ever notified her.

"They are zealously uncovering accounts that are not unclaimed," Ruff said.

To make matters worse, Ruff discovered the loss when she went to her box to retrieve important paperwork she needed because her husband was dying. Those papers had been shredded.

And that's not all. Her great-grandmother's precious natural pearls and other jewelry had been auctioned off. They were sold for just $1,800, even though they were appraised for $82,500.

"These things were things that she gave to me," Ruff said. "I valued them because I loved her."

California's Class Action Lawsuit

Ruff is not alone. Attorney Bill Palmer represents her and countless other citizens in a class action lawsuit against the state of California.

"They figured the safety-deposit box was safer than keeping it under the mattress," Palmer said. "In the case of a lot of citizens, they were wrong, weren't they?"

California law used to say property was unclaimed if the rightful owner had had no contact with the business for 15 years. But during various state budget crises, the waiting period was reduced to seven years, and then five, and then three. Legislators even tried for one year. Why? Because the state wanted to use that free money.

"That's absolutely correct," said California State Controller John Chiang, who inherited the situation when he came into office. "What we've done here over the last two decades has been dead wrong. We've kept the property and not provided owners with the opportunities -- the best opportunities -- to get their property back."

Chiang now faces the daunting task of returning $5.1 billion worth of unclaimed property to people. Some states keep their unclaimed property in a special trust fund and only tap into the interest they earn on it. But California dumps the money into the general fund -- and spends it.

"It's supposed to be segregated and protected," Palmer said. "California has taken all of that $5.1 billion and has used it as a massive loan."

California became so addicted to spending people's money, that, for years, it simply stopped sending notices to the rightful owners. ABC News obtained a 1996 internal memo in which the lawyer for the Bureau of Unclaimed Property argued against expanding programs to notify rightful owners. He wrote, "It could well result in additional claims of monies that would otherwise flow into the general fund."

Seizing More Than Safe-Deposit Boxes

It's not just safe-deposit boxes. A British man went to retire and discovered the $4 million in U.S. stock he had been counting on had been seized and sold for $200,000 years earlier -- even though he was in touch with the company about other matters.

A Sacramento family lost out on railroad land rights their ancestors had owned for generations -- also sold off as unclaimed property.

"If I had hung onto it, I would be a millionaire, multimillionaire," said John Whitley. "But that didn't happen because we didn't get to hold it."

@ ABC NOOZ

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Now you know why Granpaw buried his money in Mason jars because he did not trust banks, they cannot be trusted. In fact in case of a national emergency: "The U.S. Government has the authority to prohibit the private possession of gold and silver coin and bullion by U.S. citizens during wartime, and, during wartime and declared emergencies, to freeze their ownership of shares of mining companies, the Treasury Department has told the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee. But gold and silver owners aren't alone in such jeopardy. For the U.S. Government claims the authority in declared emergencies to seize or freeze just about everything else that might be considered a financial instrument". @ The Free Republic

Isn't fascism just wonderful?

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Econoboxes


$13,9501
Suggested Starting Price

2008 The Fit is Go!

Speedy eye-catcher.

  • Surrounded by six standard airbags: front, front side and side curtain.
  • Standard anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • “5-star” frontal-crash safety rating from NHTSA*

*Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).

Epa Mileage Estimates/Capacities*
Fit Fit Sport
5-Speed Manual (City/Highway/Combined) 28 / 34 / 31
5-Speed Automatic (City/Highway/Combined) 27 / 34 / 30, 27 / 33 / 29
Crankcase (qt.) 4.4
Coolant System (qt., MT/AT) 5.7 / 5.6
Fuel (gal.) 10.8
Required Fuel Regular Unleaded

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Just in case any of you have a spare $13,950 bucks to spare, drop it down on one of these and get a whopping 30mpg. (I was being sarcastic)

And if gas gets really expensive you can rig up a harness and have your little Scubie or goat pull you around.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Again



This is Scubie, and what does Scubie do? he is a dog, and a vaawwy vaawwy good boy, yes you such a good boy!

Anyway I was thinking for producing this out fit for all those little 'Scubies' out there suffering from media abuse.

Their owners leave FAUX news blaring all day while sucking cigarettes and and who knows what else, poor puppies need protection.

Come to think of it, people could use stuff like that too, hmm.

Aw hell just shoot the TV!

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Friday, May 09, 2008