Archive for June, 2008

NASA shows climate changes

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

NASA consolidated a few of the big climate change areas onto one slick page showing temperature, sea level, CO2 and ice melt differences in time.  Story is here

McCain does not know the price of gas

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

At a town hall meeting John McCain shows he is out of touch and an elitist (had to throw that in hahha) that does not know the last time he pumped gas nor the cost of it…and he does not think it is important.  Story is here

My youtube account with videos I post there

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

So my latest Youtube account is here.  I have had other accounts in the past that have been disabled by Youtube so we will see how long this one lasts.  We shall also see if posts to Youtube wind up here automatically as that is how I set up my Youtube account.  Youtube does have groups which focus on different areas of interest and the area I usually look is the News and Politics area of course.

I cannot believe Newt Gingrich is allowed back into civilized society!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I cannot believe Newt Gingrich is allowed back into civilized society!  Read This

8 solid years of Republican leadership got us here.
The proper phrase was, “Today we are all NeoCons”
The world was literally with them at every step. A 91% approval rating was hit in America.  What power…possibly never more and the support to do it.

Did they use their political capital wisely?  No.  They could literally do anything but today they have a 17% support tally and all they could do was to cut taxes for the super rich and other than that what?  Start a war with a nation that did not attack us and let the group responsible for 9/11 to get away with it by hiding in a “friendly” nation right next door to Afghanistan. 

And this group of thugs (Newt included as part of the Reagan Revolution which was the usher to the BushCo Crime Family) gets away with it?
And they are allowed to come to the table with more ideas as what to do?
If it were not for the 24 hour news cycle and for the nonstop need to feed network news they would have been jailed.  In olden days there would have been a run on rope and tall tall trees and both would be scarce now.

And America does nothing while their “rights” were removed.

All it proves is Americans have no rights but privileges and even when they are taken away no one cares.  America is a paper tiger growling the power of freedom and willing to growl it at others with a condescending finger (America’s citizens included here) yet when it comes to walking the walk it crumbles like graham cracker pie crust…citizens included here as well.

Newt being allowed in civilized society confirms the above in spades.

John McCain, “I really didn’t love America until I was deprived of her company.”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

John McCain, “I really didn’t love America until I was deprived of her company.”  Video is here

750,000 gallons of oil spilled and it’s no big deal???

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The group that wants to drill in ANWAR is trying to beat the drum that Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita that even hurricanes of massive proportion didn’t spill any oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  Apparently 3/4 of a million gallons of oil are insignificant to them.  Story is here

“A shadow banking system” in America!!!!

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

This is one of the most damning articles about the recent banking debacle.  Make sure to read the comments which flesh out the thoughts of America even more.  Story is here

Miles per Gallon is not the correct question

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The correct question could be gallons per mile.  Story is here

The Bush Legacy Bus is heading to your town soon!

Friday, June 20th, 2008

A chunk of history that America would rather forget aka The Bush Legacy will be headed to a town near you.  Watch the small video in the lower left hand corner of the page.  Story is here

Only 17% say America is headed in the right direction

Friday, June 20th, 2008

80% say it is headed in the wrong direction.  Colbert may call this 17% a great base to work with but then again he is a comedian but I am sure either this number will not be reported or it will be underreported by the MainStreamMedia.  This is the lowest number ever reported in this poll.

Story is here

But then again the base is sliding too

-One-quarter of Republicans (including those who said they were leaning Republican) believe the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 11 percent of Democrats (including those leaning Democratic).

Only 17% say America is headed in the right direction

Friday, June 20th, 2008

80% say it is headed in the wrong direction.  Colbert may call this 17% a great base to work with but then again he is a comedian but I am sure either this number will not be reported or it will be underreported by the MainStreamMedia.  This is the lowest number ever reported in this poll.

Story is here

But then again the base is sliding too

-One-quarter of Republicans (including those who said they were leaning Republican) believe the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 11 percent of Democrats (including those leaning Democratic).

Of course you know it is legal for the news media to lie.

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Isn’t it ironic that the media group involved just strangely happens to be FOX News?  Story is here

Finally, the hedge fund traders get what was coming to them!

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Hundreds of hedge fund traders are indicted as a result of the housing meltdown that we have going on.  Story is here

Republican approved oil company and trader criminals and the greed of demanding ANWAR drilling

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The ENRON loophole closure was opposed by McCain who wants oil companies to make as much money as they can.  Story is here.  Click here to stop the Enron Loophole

There is plenty of oil that is not being sought in area that oil companies CAN drill.  Story is here

More about the grab for more oil drilling land is here

Sure, drilling in ANWAR would bring an economic return…try 2 cents a gallon by 2025.  Story is here

Ed Wallace was one of the first to have the story.  Story is here

Legal drugs kill more people than illegal drugs

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The report’s findings track with similar studies by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which has found that roughly seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs. If accurate, that would be an increase of 80 percent in six years and more than the total abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and inhalants.

The Florida report analyzed 168,900 deaths statewide. Cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines caused 989 deaths, it found, while legal opioids — strong painkillers in brand-name drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin — caused 2,328.

Drugs with benzodiazepine, mainly depressants like Valium and Xanax, led to 743 deaths. Alcohol was the most commonly occurring drug, appearing in the bodies of 4,179 of the dead and judged the cause of death of 466 — fewer than cocaine (843) but more than methamphetamine (25) and marijuana (0).

The study also found that while the number of people who died with heroin in their bodies increased 14 percent in 2007, to 110, deaths related to the opioid oxycodone increased 36 percent, to 1,253.

Story is here

Change heroes to guinea pigs in one flash

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

US military troops aren’t doing anything over there in Iraq and Afghanistan right?  Let’s try a few tests for giggles.  Story is here

Exepsnive gas makes hybrids break even point come around sooner

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Buy a Prius and have it pay for itself in 3.5 years as long as gas is $4/gal.  Story is here

A renewable oil source courtesy altered bacteria in the Silicon Valley

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. Mr Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be poured into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us. Not that Mr Pal is willing to risk it just yet. He gives it a month before the first vehicle is filled up on what he calls “renewable petroleum”. After that, he grins, “it’s a brave new world”.

Mr Pal is a senior director of LS9, one of several companies in or near Silicon Valley that have spurned traditional high-tech activities such as software and networking and embarked instead on an extraordinary race to make $140-a-barrel oil (£70) from Saudi Arabia obsolete. “All of us here – everyone in this company and in this industry, are aware of the urgency,” Mr Pal says.

Story is here

“We are one judge away from a court sanctioned dictatorship.”

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The rights in the Constitution are based on personhood not on  nationality.  EVERYONE has them but it happens to be removed by some governments.  When the United States is dealing with an individual the Constitution says you have it PERIOD…the only outstanding times are not times in which we currently have.

“The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it. ”

If I don’t have Habeas Corpus you might not get it when you need it.  Anton Scalia says Habeas Corpus is something not to be reinstated. 

Story is here

Our rights are most important in times of turmoil because if they buckle at that time then they were never worth the paper they were written on.  We might as well burn the Constitution as it truly means nothing.  The right of a defendant to question why the government locks him up is a cornerstone of Democracy.  This ruling has the Supreme Court by the slimmest of margins confirm that we live in a Democracy because for the past couple of years we did not have this ruling therefore we did not technically have a Democracy.  A Democracy does not mean how you vote but rather it is a gathering of things and the empowering of the individual that add up to the government we were brainwashed into thinking we had back in 5th grade.

“We are one judge away from a court sanctioned dictatorship.”

John Stanley, Washington NYT 

June 13, 2008

NYT Editorial

Justice 5, Brutality 4

For years, with the help of compliant Republicans and frightened Democrats in Congress, President Bush has denied the protections of justice, democracy and plain human decency to the hundreds of men that he decided to label “unlawful enemy combatants” and throw into never-ending detention. Twice the Supreme Court swatted back his imperial overreaching, and twice Congress helped Mr. Bush try to open a gaping loophole in the Constitution. On Thursday, the court turned back the most recent effort to subvert justice with a stirring defense of habeas corpus, the right of anyone being held by the government to challenge his confinement before a judge.

The court ruled that the detainees being held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have that cherished right, and that the process for them to challenge their confinement is inadequate. It was a very good day for people who value freedom and abhor Mr. Bush’s attempts to turn Guantánamo Bay into a constitutional-rights-free zone.

The right of habeas corpus is so central to the American legal system that it has its own clause in the Constitution: it cannot be suspended except “when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”

Despite this, the Bush administration repeatedly tried to strip away habeas rights. First, it herded prisoners who were seized in Afghanistan, and in other foreign countries, into the United States Navy base at Guantánamo Bay and claimed that since the base is on foreign territory, the detainees’ habeas cases could not be heard in the federal courts. In 2004, the court rejected that argument, ruling that Guantánamo, which is under American control, is effectively part of the United States.

In 2006, the court handed the administration another defeat, ruling that it had relied improperly on the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 to hold the detainees on Guantánamo without giving them habeas rights. Since then, Congress passed another law, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that tried — and failed horribly — to fix the problems with the Detainee Treatment Act.

Now, by a 5-to-4 vote, the court has affirmed the detainees’ habeas rights. The majority, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ruled that the Military Commissions Act violates the Suspension Clause, by eliminating habeas corpus although the requirements of the Constitution — invasion or rebellion — do not exist.

The court ruled that the military tribunals that are hearing the detainees’ cases — the administration’s weak alternative to habeas proceedings in a federal court — are not an adequate substitute. The hearings cut back on basic due process protections, like the right to counsel and the right to present evidence of innocence.

It was disturbing that four justices dissented from this eminently reasonable decision. The lead dissent, by Chief Justice John Roberts, dismisses habeas as “most fundamentally a procedural right.” Chief Justice Roberts thinks the detainees receive such “generous” protections at their hearings that the majority should not have worried about whether they had habeas rights.

There is an enormous gulf between the substance and tone of the majority opinion, with its rich appreciation of the liberties that the founders wrote into the Constitution, and the what-is-all-the-fuss-about dissent. It is sobering to think that habeas hangs by a single vote in the Supreme Court of the United States — a reminder that the composition of the court could depend on the outcome of this year’s presidential election. The ruling is a major victory for civil liberties — but a timely reminder of how fragile they are.

The smears and lies aimed at Obama now have an instant response page.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Obama is handling the smears and lies about him pretty well.  There is a webpage from Barack Obama aimed at spreading the truth about the lies aimed at him.  Site is linked here

McCain’s Health Care plans…more of the same

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I am not confused about your reputation: you are the straight-talker, you like to say. This is about health care, Senator McCain. Doesn’t the American voter deserve some straight answers to these questions? As one of those with a pre-existing condition, I sure would like some straight talk.

– Elizabeth Edwards

Again…speculators are driving up the price of oil.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Possibly 60% of the price is due to Hedge Funds and traders.

I’m voting Republican!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I’m voting Republican!

There is a website that goes along with the video as well with attribution.  Website linked here

Attack Iran? Cheney’s Already Tried

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Story is here 

WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials firmly opposed a proposal by Vice President Dick Cheney last summer for airstrikes against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases by insisting that the administration would have to make clear decisions about how far the United States would go in escalating the conflict with Iran, according to a former George W Bush administration official.

J Scott Carpenter, who was then deputy assistant secretary of state in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, recalled in an interview that senior Defense Department (DoD) officials and the Joint Chiefs used the escalation issue as the main argument against the Cheney proposal.

McClatchy newspapers reported last August that Cheney had proposal several weeks earlier “launching airstrikes at suspected training camps in Iran”, citing two officials involved in Iran policy.

According to Carpenter, who is now at the Washington Institute on Near East Policy, a strongly pro-Israel think-tank, Pentagon officials argued that no decision should be made about the limited airstrike on Iran without a thorough discussion of the sequence of events that would follow an Iranian retaliation for such an attack. Carpenter said the DoD officials insisted that the Bush administration had to make “a policy decision about how far the administration would go – what would happen after the Iranians would go after our folks”.

The question of escalation posed by DoD officials involved not only the potential of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Iraq to attack, Carpenter said, but possible responses by Hezbollah and by Iran itself across the Middle East.

Dan Rather’s address

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather delivered a blistering critique of corporate news on Saturday night at the National Conference for Media Reform hosted by Free Press. Story is here

Dennis Kucinich reads the 35 Articles of Impeachment into the record for the House and the nation

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Dennis Kucinich read the Articles of Impeachment into the record of the House of Representatives tonight which of course was carried live by CSPAN. 

The Articles of Impeachment are posted here and should be posted soon at Kucinich’s website here

CrooksAndLiars and the comments from that site are here

RawStory has video and coverage at this link

ThinkProgress has coverage at this link

10 things you probably don’t know about McCain

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Story is here

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):
1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.”2

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3
4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4

5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5

6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6

7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10

You were lied to about the Iraq War

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

The UPI story is written by ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large who has been around forever.  His story below shows the contempt that the NeoCons and Republicans had for the opinion of Americans and the world.  When someone goes forward with a world changing policy singlehandedly this has been the reason America has gone to war in the past.  When America does this is it called “spreading freedom.”  Story is here  The story is brought to you with videos at this link as well

 This reporter first heard about the inevitability of war a year before the invasion at a party given by Dick Cheney — “the magic man,” writes McClellan — and his wife, Lynne, to celebrate the publication of Chief of Staff Scooter Libby’s paperback edition of his book “The Apprentice.”

The capital’s top neocons were on hand and convinced dubious listeners war with Iraq was now inevitable. They were persuasive when they corrected me for saying, “If there is a war … ” The decision had been made for a shock-and-awe blitz against Saddam’s Republican Guard divisions, they said. “What about the U.N.?” I asked. That, I was told, was the obligatory charade we had to go through for world public opinion.

So McClellan is correct when he writes senior administration officials began a campaign in 2002 to “aggressively sell the war,” even as he and other officials insisted all options were on the table. Of course, it was a war of choice, not of necessity, as he writes. The Bush administration’s main motive for invading Iraq was to introduce “coercive democracy.”

DirecTV vs Dish Network…the Murdoch factor

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Go to Wikipedia and do a search for Murdoch as you look at the DirecTV entry.  That page is here

The Dish Network entry is here and simply the lack of the Murdoch name is enough to make me stay with Dish Network.

The Iraq War was officially a lie

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

We were lied to about the Iraq War.  It is official.  Story is here

The Truth About the War

It took just a few months after the United States’ invasion of Iraq for the world to find out that Saddam Hussein had long abandoned his nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs. He was not training terrorists or colluding with Al Qaeda. The only real threat he posed was to his own countrymen.

It has taken five years to finally come to a reckoning over how much the Bush administration knowingly twisted and hyped intelligence to justify that invasion. On Thursday — after years of Republican stonewalling — a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee gave us as good a set of answers as we’re likely to get.

The report shows clearly that President Bush should have known that important claims he made about Iraq did not conform with intelligence reports. In other cases, he could have learned the truth if he had asked better questions or encouraged more honest answers.

The report confirms one serious intelligence failure: President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials were told that Iraq still had chemical and biological weapons and did not learn that these reports were wrong until after the invasion. But Mr. Bush and his team made even that intelligence seem more solid, more recent and more dangerous than it was.

The report shows that there was no intelligence to support the two most frightening claims Mr. Bush and his vice president used to sell the war: that Iraq was actively developing nuclear weapons and had longstanding ties to terrorist groups. It seems clear that the president and his team knew that that was not true, or should have known it — if they had not ignored dissenting views and telegraphed what answers they were looking for.

Over all, the report makes it clear that top officials, especially Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, knew they were not giving a full and honest account of their justifications for going to war.

The report was supported by only two of the seven Republicans on the 15-member Senate panel. The five dissenting Republicans first tried to kill it, and then to delete most of its conclusions. They finally settled for appending objections. The bulk of their criticisms were sophistry transparently intended to protect Mr. Bush and deny the public a full accounting of how he took America into a disastrous war.

The report documents how time and again Mr. Bush and his team took vague and dubious intelligence reports on Iraq’s weapons programs and made them sound like hard and incontrovertible fact.

“They continue to pursue the nuclear program they began so many years ago,” Mr. Cheney said on Aug. 26, 2002, adding that “we now know that Saddam has resumed his efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.”

On Oct. 7, 2002, Mr. Bush told an audience in Cincinnati that Iraq “is seeking nuclear weapons” and that “the evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program.” Saddam Hussein, he said, “is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon.”

Later, both men talked about Iraq trying to buy uranium in Africa and about the purchase of aluminum tubes that they said could only be used for a nuclear weapons program. They talked about Iraq having such a weapon in five years, then in three years, then in one.

If they had wanted to give an honest accounting of the intelligence on Iraq’s nuclear weapons, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney would have said it indicated that Mr. Hussein’s nuclear weapons program had been destroyed years earlier by American military strikes.

As for Iraq’s supposed efforts to “reconstitute” that program, they would have had to say that reports about the uranium shopping and the aluminum tubes were the extent of the evidence — and those claims were already in serious doubt when Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney told the public about them. That would not have been nearly as persuasive, of course, as Mr. Bush’s infamous “mushroom cloud” warning.

The report said Mr. Bush was justified in saying that intelligence analysts believed Iraq had chemical and biological weapons. But even then, he and his aides glossed over inconvenient facts — that the only new data on biological weapons came from a dubious source code-named Curveball and proved to be false.

Yet Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney persisted in talking as if there were ironclad proof of Iraq’s weapons and plans for global mayhem.

“Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use them against our friends, against our allies and against us,” Mr. Cheney said on Aug. 29, 2002.

Actually, there was plenty of doubt — at the time — about that second point. According to the Senate report, there was no evidence that Mr. Hussein intended to use weapons of mass destruction against anyone, and the intelligence community never said there was.

The committee’s dissenting Republicans attempted to have this entire section of the report deleted — along with a conclusion that the administration misrepresented the intelligence when it warned of a risk that Mr. Hussein could give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups. They said Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney never used the word “intent” and were merely trying to suggest that Iraq “could” do those terrible things.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone drew that distinction after hearing Mr. Bush declare that “Saddam Hussein would like nothing more than to use a terrorist network to attack and to kill and leave no fingerprints behind.” Or when he said: “Each passing day could be the one on which the Iraqi regime gives anthrax or VX nerve gas or someday a nuclear weapon to a terrorist ally.”

The Senate report shows that the intelligence Mr. Bush had did not support those statements — or Mr. Rumsfeld’s that “every month that goes by, his W.M.D. programs are progressing, and he moves closer to his goal of possessing the capability to strike our population, and our allies, and hold them hostage to blackmail.”

Claims by Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld that Iraq had longstanding ties to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups also were false, and the Senate committee’s report shows that the two men knew it, or should have.

We cannot say with certainty whether Mr. Bush lied about Iraq. But when the president withholds vital information from the public — or leads them to believe things that he knows are not true — to justify the invasion of another country, that is bad enough.

Robert Greenwald says hello to some FOX News guys at Media Reform Conference

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Robert Greenwald whose BraveNewFilms is doing non stop vignettes on the politics of today after doing the great OutFoxed movie as well as being the father of FOXAttacks says hello to some FOX News guys in the audience at the Media Reform Conference from this past weekend.

Video is here

Bill Moyers OWNS Bill OReilly Producer at Media Reform Council

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Bill Moyers was ambushed by a flunky of Bill OReilly at the Media Reform Conference in Minneapolis.  As you see in this almost 10 minute piece Moyers handles himself very well and turns the tables on the poor OReilly flying monkey named Porter.  This ambush as none before had several people filming as the FOX people were filming.  We shall see the outcome on Monday 6/9/08 or perhaps Tuesday as to whether Moyers’ challenge to OReilly is aired or edited out or the video is used at all. 

Video and additional story here

Bill Moyers’ keynote speech to the Media Reform conference is at that page as well.

America has turned into the Soviet Union

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

We have a gualg where people go and are never heard from again as they are not given a fair trial.  Just like the gulags The Soviet Union had.

We invaded a nation that did not pose a threat to us and we actually controlled.  This nation was accused of having Weapons of Mass Destruction however that nation received those weapons from the United States!  The Soviet Union never really left Eastern Europe and they tried to

Oppostion parties and thought are seen as the enemy of the state while the state is doing illegal acts that have been opposed for decades if not centuries.

Lies seem to perpetuate via our media outlets instead of facts we need in order to determine who our leaders should be.  However there is a good reason for that.

The truth is out there for those that seek it.  So is the crap that keeps you from examining the truth.

Do you know the reasons for the Iraq War?

Did you know the Iraq War was devised in the 80s and 90s by a right wing think tank and has been carried out according to those orders over the past few years?

YES…NORAD was running drills with jets hitting the World Trade Center etc.

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

The people who said this was something that was a KNOWN target were laughed at.  NORAD admits that it was true in USAToday from 2004.  Story is here

The National Conference for Media Reform is being covered wall to wall on FreeSpeechTV

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

The National Conference for Media Reform is being covered wall to wall on FreeSpeechTV.  If you have Dish Network is it channel 9415.  If you dont you are missing out on a tremendous resource!!!!  The conference is also being streamed on their site at

They have covered the very weak support that the digital TV transition has seen in the US in comparison to the strong proactive support as given in the UK.  Naomi Klein is speaking to DemocracyNow’s Amy Goodman about the political powers that be in China are very threatened by the recent earthquake and how they are dealing with it.  This is such a great report on what is happening in the world and their media and in the US with our media.  If you don’t have Dish Network you miss out on a GREAT viewer supported channel. Please go to and check out the stream and what you are missing out on.

What does it matter that Dow Chemicals says their prices will rise?

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Considering Dow Chemical products are in virtually everything we buy we need to get ready for a huge jump in costs of everything.  Story is here

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co , the biggest U.S. chemical manufacturer, said on Wednesday it would raise prices for all products by up to 20 percent, the latest signal that escalating energy prices were stoking inflation.

Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, long a critic of U.S. energy policy, said the U.S. government’s failure to push through new energy policy is hurting domestic manufacturing and killing demand.

“For years, Washington has failed to address the issue of rising energy costs and, as a result, the country now faces a true energy crisis, one that is causing serious harm to America’s manufacturing sector and all consumers of energy,” Liveris said in a statement.

Dow said the price increases will take effect on June 1 for all its chemicals and plastics, used in thousands of products from paints and adhesives to insecticides and packaging.

The move came as little surprise to industry watchers since prices for natural gas, a key chemical industry feedstock, have jumped by 56 percent since the end of 2007, and crude oil prices have risen 32 percent to above $125 per barrel.