Thursday, April 02, 2009

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Dulce Underground Base Special : Alien Firefight, Stranged Death Of Phil Schneider, Videos
Phil Schneider, one of three people to survive the 1979 fire fight between the large Greys , US intelligence and military at the Dulce underground base.was found dead January 1996, due to what appears to be an execution style murder. He was found dead in his apartment with a piano wire wrapped around his neck.

Special Hay Fever Relief For Men
There may be a quick and pleasurable treatment to clear those bunged noses, for guys at least � a well-timed ejaculation. Sina Zarrintan, a neurologist from Iran, may be serious or may have a sense of humor. . . BUt this was too good not to share.

Another Student Politician Dies In Fight With Fellow Party Workers In Bangladesh
Another student politician of the ruling Awami League was killed by members of his own party, apparently by dropping him from a height of several floors. This brings the number of murdered student leaders this year to at least 10

Inflation And Speculation: Ingredients For The Next Food Crisis? |
In March of 2008 the price of food commodities hit an all-time high, sending 100 million people into the ranks of the hungry, worldwide. Food price inflation got started with droughts, rising oil prices, and an increase in demand for grain (mostly coming from feedlots and biofuels plants). Then, as prices rose, investors-hungry in the aftermath of the housing bust-pounced on rising commodity futures, creating a "food bubble."

The Darkside Of Being A Vegetarian
Turns out being a vegetarian has negative consequences.

Philly IMC: "Look Forward, Not Back," And Other Cliches, Idiocies, And Abused Words
Edward S. Herman writes: Can there be said to be a "rule of law" when high level but serious violators of law are beyond prosecution. Barry Bonds must be pursued because he allegedly may have lied to a grand jury on his use of steroids, but Bush - Cheney - Rice - Rumsfeld - Powell lied many times on issues involving mass killing and violations of domestic and international law.

Stevens Was Corrupt Despite Prosecutorial Incompetence
Ted Stevens's prosecutors sucked at their jobs, but that doesn't mean the old crook wasn't corrupt.

Obama And Afghanistan: Now Is Not The Time For Silence
Over strong criticisms from many in its antiwar constituency, the Obama administration last week announced a second increase in the number of US troops in Afghanistan.

Simon Johnson: The Quiet Coup
The government needs to inspect the balance sheets and identify the banks that cannot survive a severe recession. These banks should face a choice: write down your assets to their true value and raise private capital within 30 days, or be taken over by the government.

Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman Dismisses Annapolis Deal
Israel's new foreign minister has said that the government is not bound by the agreement reached at the Annapolis conference in the US in 2007, which provides for a Palestinian state.

Private Sector Cuts 742,000 Jobs In March, ADP Says
The U.S. labor market worsened again in March, as private-sector firms cut 742,000 jobs, signaling another terrible employment report. It was the largest job loss recorded by ADP in its nine-year history.

AUDIO-- Seymour Hersh: Cheney �Left A Stay Behind� In Obama�s Government, Can �Still Control Policy Up To A Point�
Cheney�s left a stay behind. He�s got people in a lot of agencies that still tell him what�s going on. Particularly in defense, obviously. Also in the NSA, there�s still people that talk to him.

Obama Tells Netanyahu: U.S. Committed To Israel's Security
President Barack Obama called newly sworn in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to congratulate him on his new position, and to reaffirm steadfast US commitment to Israel and its security. However, a US official said in response to the remarks that the Obama administration remains committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Obama And Medvedev: Iran Has Right To Peaceful Nuclear Program
The United States and Russia on Wednesday declared that Iran has a right to pursue a civilian nuclear program, but warned that the country must abide by an international treaty and prove that its contentious efforts were of a "peaceful nature".

Israeli Forces 'kidnap 18 In West Bank'
Soldiers broke into and searched dozens of homes and interrogated several residents in their homes and the streets before abducting eighteen residents from the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Jenin and Tulkarem. Carrying out operations overnight to kidnap Palestinians has become a habit of the Israeli army, which defies a security agreement with the Palestinian National Authority.

Chris Floyd: Darkness Renewed: Terror As A Tool Of Empire
remarkably, this new, open threat to bring terror to the American heartland comes just days after Barack Obama announced his vaunted surge in the Af-Pak War, citing � what else? � the need to protect the United States from terrorists based in Afghanistan and Pakistan as his chief reason for escalating and expanding the conflict.

Scott Horton: The Woman Who Could Nail Bush: Are The Worst Of The Torture Memos Still To Come?
the nomination of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen to head the OLC was endorsed by the Judiciary Committee with every Republican voting against her and Sen. Arlen Spector (R-PA) abstaining. The real reason for their vehement opposition is that Johnsen is committed to overturning the Bush administration�s policies on torture and warrantless surveillance, which would clip the wings of the imperial presidency.

G20 Leaders Get OECD Warning That Global Trade Is In Freefall
The World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, responded by announcing a $50bn (�35bn) programme to counter the decline in world trade. Speaking in London, Zoellick backed the dollar as the world's main reserve currency but said he feared the world economy could stumble further into recession.

Sen. Levin Confirms Large Painful Cuts In Pentagon Budget; Declines To Provide Details
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said Tuesday that major program cuts will not be pushed off until the 2011 budget, but will be included when Defense Secretary Robert Gates sends his spending plan to the president later this month.

Merrill Lynch Bonus Payments Dwarf A.I.G.
A larger and potentially far more explosive powder keg of bonus payments - this time to top executives at now defunct Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. - may be about to blow. Ongoing investigations at the New York attorney general's office and at the office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program

YouTube - FBI Unbound (Part 1/2)
How National Security Letters Violate Our Privacy. The 26-minute video explores the repercussions of the FBI's power to demand hundreds of thousands of Americans' private records without any oversight by a court or Congress. Two former Department of Justice officials, Lisa Graves and Bruce Fein, share their views on how the expanded, unchecked power threatens Americans' privacy and diverts resources from genuine threats.

Geithner Gets A Taste Of The Peasants' Anger
It was priceless watching Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's stunned expression when questioned about his ties to Goldman Sachs. Why is Geithner, the guy who was in charge of regulating Citigroup before and during that firm's collapse while he was chair of the New York Fed, the most qualified person to re-regulate the banks?

Monsanto's Bt Cotton Kills The Soil As Well As Farmers
The Navdanya study on the impact of Bt cotton on soil organisms is a wake up to regulators worldwide. It shows that the claims of the Biotechnology industry about the safety of GM crops are false.

Petraeus: Israel Might Attack Iran
Army General David Petraeus told Congress that "the Israeli government may ultimately see itself so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it."

UN: Killer Strains Of Tuberculosis May 'spiral Out Of Control'
The world is on the cusp of an explosion of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases that could deluge hospitals and leave physicians fighting a nearly untreatable malady with little help from modern drugs, global experts said Wednesday. "The situation is already alarming, and poised to grow much worse very quickly."

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