Saturday, December 06, 2003

Cracks in Earth's Defenses Let Space Storms In 

Earth's natural defenses are routinely compromised by huge cracks that open up for hours, allowing space storms to pour through like a hurricane through an open window, scientists announced today.
  • Space-original Article

  • Lawyer quits terror cases after death threat 

    Fighting for his composure, lawyer Rocco Galati said Thursday that he will drop all of his terrorism-related cases after a death threat that he said he believes came from an intelligence agency. He would say only that he recognized the voice on the message from a previous case and said that, in that earlier instance, a person mentioned by the voice had subsequently disappeared.
  • GlobeandMail

  • 'Baghdad Boil' disease afflicts 148 GIs in Iraq 

    Nearly 150 U.S. soldiers in Iraq have been diagnosed with a parasitic skin disease and hundreds more could unknowingly be infected, doctors reported Thursday.
  • AZCentral-Original Article

  • James Baker, Connect the Dots 

    He says the government shouldn't overreact to corporate scandals.
  • He watched the September 11 attacks at the Ritz-Carlton with the Bin Laden family.
  • He's defending the Saudi's against a trillion-dollar lawsuit brought forth by the September 11 families. He led the campaigns of the last four Republican presidents. Now he's been chosen as Bush's personal envoy in charge of restructuring Iraq's $132 billion in debt. Some say he's the most powerful lawyer in the world. He may be one of the busiest. Who is he?
  • HereinReality

  • Atlantic City F-16 Fighters Were Eight Minutes Away From 9/11 Hijacked Planes 

    As two hijacked jetliners bore down on New York City's World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, two Air Force F-16 jet fighters were practicing bombing runs over an empty stretch of the Pine Barrens near Atlantic City. The F-16 pilots had no idea of the impending tragedy in Manhattan, just eight minutes away in their supersonic jets. Why? Why weren't they alerted? And even if they had been told about the hijackings, what could they have done?
  • NJMG/PropMatrix-Original Article

  • Bush & the Home Depot Connection 

    Bush Rewards Generous GOP Donor with Visit to Maryland Store on Friday; Energy Bill Includes $48 Million Tax Break that Benefits the Giant Retailer. The home improvement retail giant has donated $1.5 million to the Republican Party since 1999 and "during that time, no candidate has benefited from Home Depot's largesse more than Bush.
  • Public Citizen

  • American Progress

  • Sunspot-Original Article

  • Friday, December 05, 2003

    23 Starbucks stores vandalized in Houston, Texas 

    The busy vandals who squeezed glue and forced toothpicks into the locks of 23 Starbucks coffee outlets here during the weekend, leaving a mock notice from management to customers taped to the door, were repeating a tactic used elsewhere against the company.
  • InfoShop-Article

  • Mexican Troops Kidnap Texas Family? 

    As many as eight armed Mexican soldiers crossed the border near a tiny Texas hamlet and kidnapped an American family of five last week, and are still holding one of them, sources tell NewsMax.
  • NewsMax-Original Article

  • 1,700 U.S. soldiers quit Iraq: French magazine+ ( ) 

    PARIS, Dec 04, 2003 (Kyodo via COMTEX) -- One thousand and seven hundred U.S. soldiers have deserted their posts in Iraq, with many of them failing to return to military duty after getting permission to go back to the United States, according to the French weekly magazine Le Canard Enchaine.
    *7,000 U.S. soldiers have left Iraq allegedly due to psychological troubles and other illnesses.
    *2,200 others sustained serious injuries including the loss of limbs.
  • KyodoNews-Original Article

  • Bush Appoints Baker as Envoy to Iraq on Restructuring Iraq Debt  

    Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President George W. Bush has appointed former Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III as a special envoy to Iraq to work toward restructuring Iraq's international debt, the White House said.
  • Bloomberg-Original Article

  • "...don't criticize my children. . .or you're dead."-- Barbara Bush 

    By Sheila Samples, Contributing Editor-Axis of Logic
    And former first lady Barbara Bush told CNN's Larry King on Oct. 20 when discussing her president-son, George (Dubya) -- "...mothers are allowed to be proud of their sons."
  • AxisofLogic-Original Article

  • The Reality of the "Geneva Accord", A Public Statement 

    The Geneva Accord was signed Monday, December 1, 2003, amid great media and political fanfare. The 50-page document lays out a plan for a presumed "peace agreement" between Israel and the Palestinian people. We, the undersigned, consider this initiative as inconsistent with the prerequisites of a just and durable peace for the following reasons:
  • AxisofLogic-READ

  • Swiss confirm bin Laden bank link 

    Swiss authorities involved in the global hunt for terror money have established that both Osama bin Laden and suspected al-Qaida No 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri had links to Swiss bank accounts.
  • PrisonPlanet-Original Article

  • BOMB TEXAS! U.S. Uncovers Weapons of Mass Destruction in Tyler, Texas 

    A Tyler man named William Krar with ties to white supramacists had built a sodium cynanide bomb. In the words of the Justice Department, the man had developed his own chemical weapons. In addition he had a well-stocked arsenal reportedly with 500,000 rounds of ammunition. He and his wife plead guilty two weeks ago to a series of weapons charges.
  • DemocracyNow!-Report

  • New Study Faults Electronic Voting Machines in Ohio 

    Aviel Rubin, professor at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of the report “Analysis of an Electronic Voting System” the initial study of security flaws in voting machine software.
  • DemocracyNow!-Interview


    PEOPLE -v- JOHN ASHCROFT, Defendant
  • PeopleVashcroft


    J. Edgar Hoover Back at the 'New' FBI
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum."
  • Village Voice-Original Article

  • Bill seen as threat to civil liberties
  • WashTimes-Original Article

  • Thursday, December 04, 2003

    Oil on the flames of civilizational war 

    "The coming millennium will go down in world history as a struggle between Orient and Occident, between the church and Islam, between the Germanic peoples and the Arabs," proclaimed Franz Rosenzweig in 1920.
  • AsiaTimesOnline-Original Article

  • Global Eye -- Blood Kin --BUSH 

    Chris Floyd - Friday, Dec. 5, 2003. Page XII
    Did anyone go to jail for these crimes? Of course not! Instead, Prescott founded a political dynasty that has used aggressive war, insider trading, covert operations, government corruption and sweetheart deals with virulently anti-democratic patrons (the bin Ladens, Saudi Wahhabi extremists, the Chinese Communist Party, cult leader Sun Myung Moon, etc.) to enrich themselves and their cronies. If you have no honor, no integrity and don't care if people die to make you rich, why then, the world is just a nameless woman who shows up at your door unasked and lets you have your way with her. Right, Neil?
  • MoscowTimes-Original Article

  • Secretary of Defense Aims to Privatize the U.S. Military 

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—If Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has his way, the vaunted U.S. military of the future will be transformed into what amounts to corporate-owned units. The daffy secretary calls his plan "outsourcing." The intention, he claims, is to put the lid on money going into expanding of the army so it can be diverted to new technologies such as Rummy's favorite hobby, fighting wars in space.
  • VillageVoice-Original Article

  • The Soldiers At My Front Door
    Suddenly, at 7 a.m., the shouting got dramatically louder. I looked out the front window of the house where I live, next door to the church, and there they were--all 75 of them, standing yards away from my front door, in the street right in front of my house and our church, shouting and screaming to the top of their lungs, “Kill! Kill! Kill!” Their commanders had planted them there and were egging them on.
  • CommonDreams-Original Article

  • Israel-U.S. Tension Rising Over Symbolic Accord 

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) urged Washington on Thursday not to meddle in Israeli politics in the latest show of displeasure over planned U.S. talks with authors of a symbolic Middle East peace pact.
  • Rueters-Original Article


    The World Summit on the Information Society is held in two phases.
  • WSIS

  • 911 Victim's Wife, Ellen Mariani, files RICO Act  

    [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] Federal Court Complaint against President Bush and Cabinet Members.
  • InfoWars

  • Alex Jones interviews Ellen Mariani, the 9/11 Widow Who Has filed a Bush Treason Lawsuit and Her Attorney, Philip J. Berg, Esquire: Ellen wrote, "You Mr. Bush should be held responsible and liable for any and all acts that were committed to aid in any "cover up" of the tragic events of September 11, 2001..."
  • PrisonPlanet-Interview

  • Bottom of the barrel  

    The world is running out of oil - so why do politicians refuse to talk about it?
    Every generation has its taboo, and ours is this: that the resource upon which our lives have been built is running out. We don't talk about it because we cannot imagine it. This is a civilisation in denial.
  • Guardian-Original Article

  • Opec will keep oil production on hold
    Opec will keep its oil quota on hold at 24.5m barrels a day for now, Alvaro Silva Calderón, secretary general for the oil cartel confirmed at its meeting in Vienna on Thursday.
  • FTTimes-Original Article

  • Powell Fails to Win NATO Pledge for More Help in Iraq  

    Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to persuade NATO to provide immediate assistance in Iraq, with European foreign ministers saying the alliance is focusing on enlarging its role in Afghanistan.
  • Bloomberg-Original Article

  • Wanted: an honest broker on Wall Street 

    In the 1939 film Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Jefferson Smith heads to the US capital to take on ethically challenged politicians and power brokers in his fight for justice and fair play. Investors today could certainly use a Mr Smith on Wall Street.
  • FTTimes-Original Article

  • FTTimes

  • Bush to announce new space mission 

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush will reportedly announce a big new space mission, returning Americans to the moon.
  • WashingtonTimes-Original Article

  • Former commercial pilot John Lear has sent us a report he wrote about a missing 13th section that was left out of the originally published Blue Book/Project Grudge investigation.
  • CoasttoCoastam-Original Interview

  • Mayor Agrees to Allow Panel to Examine Sept. 11 Records 

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — In an abrupt reversal, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City announced on Wednesday that he had agreed to release records of emergency 911 calls and other materials sought by the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • NYTimes-Original Article

  • Noam Chomsky: You Ask The Questions 

    (Such as: is human survival really under serious threat? And how easy is it for you, as a linguist, to understand teenage slang?)
  • Independent-Original Article

  • Congressmen want Reagan's face on dime 

    A move is afoot on Capitol Hill to replace President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's image on the dime with Ronald Reagan's.
    A group of 80 members of Congress have co-sponsored a bill to put The Gipper's face on the coin.
  • WorldNetDaily-Original Article

  • Mahablog

  • RELATED: Nancy Reagan opposes replacing FDR with Reagan on dimes
  • Sacbee-Original Article


    America is at risk of another attack, here in our own country, far worst then 911 ever was. And it's all due to an "Official Policy" by President "W" Bush, and the Republican Party, to use the 911 attacks for monetary, and political, gain.
  • VetsForJustice

  • Statewide electronic voting delayed  

    Columbus - Ohio's sweeping review of electronic voting machines turned up so many potential security flaws in the systems that the state's top elections offi cial has called off deploying them in March.
  • Cleveland-Original Article

  • The False Hope of the Geneva Accord 

    The medium-term future for Israelis and Palestinians remains bleak, but in the long run peace will be created.
  • EI/ChTribune-Original Article

  • Geneva Accord could be 'productive' to peace process By Reuters
  • Haaretz-Original Article

  • Israeli Soldier’s Book Stirs Controversy
    "'I remember how we humiliated a dwarf who came to the checkpoint every day on his wagon ..'"
  • Palestinian Ch.-Original Article

  • Wednesday, December 03, 2003

    BUSH RECALL & Don't Buy Wal-Mart for the Holidays 

    Sign up now and become a member of the Bush Recall effort and help us actively work to ensure that George W. Bush is recalled on Election Day 2004.
  • Sign Here-Bushrecall

  • Wal-Mart engages in some of the worst labor practices in the country: paying its employees substandard wages, forcing unpaid overtime on its workers and refusing to provide affordable health insurance to its workers. Until Wal-Mart changes its ways, I won't shop at Wal-Mart and I hope you won't either.
  • Sign Here- Working for Change


    It's rather astounding. Visit this web page, type in your ZIP-code and – voila – you'll find a list of house parties near you that are screening veteran Hollywood filmmaker Robert Greenwald's compelling new documentary, "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War," on Sunday, Dec. 7.
  • BringingDowntheHouse-Alternet

  • TruthunCovered

  • MoveOn

  • Mugabe Envisages Alternative World Order Headed by China 

    By Patrick Goodenough-CNSNews.com Pacific Rim Bureau Chief
    The current world order is "unjust and unsustainable" and needs an alternative headed by communist China, according to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
  • CNSNews-Original Article

  • US Troop Mutiny Possible Around Christmas; High-level Discussion of Martial Law Amongst Bush Administration 

  • TBRNews-Original Documents

  • PropagandaMatrix

  • People Hearing Persistent, Mysterious Hum Aren't Alone 

    New York Times
    No one else in Phil Ciofalo's neighborhood in northeast Albuquerque by the foothills of the Sandia Mountains is bothered by the humming sound that irritates him constantly. They can't even hear it. Typically, people hear sound between 20 to 20,000 hertz. Sounds above 20,000 hertz are called ultrasound and below 20 hertz are called infrasound. Internal organs can resonate, or sense a vibration, at certain infrasonic frequencies. The industrial fans in Kokomo were found to be emitting sound at 10 and 36 Hertz.
  • InfoWars/NYTimes Original Article

  • Bush Regime's Plans for Draft 

    BushDraft.com was started to link all the news stories on Bush's plans for a draft, and provide a place where people can find non-biased reports and articles about the draft. Many people question this website and its premise. Many people have said that they don't believe a draft will ever happen again. Believe me! There will be a draft in 2005 if Bush is not stopped. Click the proof button above and read some of those links. Only 44% of troops in Iraq have said they are going to re-enlist. War is dirty, demoralizing and its hard on the troops.
  • AxisofLogic-Original Article

  • BushDraft

  • U.S. Companies Selling Torture Equipment to the Enemy 

    "It's possible to use anything for torture", says a US manufacturer of electro-shock riot shields, "but it's a little easier to use our devices." "Although torture is endemic in Saudi Arabia, Smith & Wesson had no qualms about exporting approximately 10,000 leg-irons to Riyadh, and, apparently sharing this lack of concern, the Bush administration approved the sale," said William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty's U.S. branch, AIUSA.

  • Amnesty-Original Article

  • CD/Oneworld-Original Article

  • 'We're air force pilots, not mafia. We don't take revenge'  

    Chris McGreal in Tel Aviv-Wednesday December 3, 2003
    For two months, a rebel group of Israeli Black Hawk helicopter and F-16 fighter pilots has been denounced as traitors for saying they will no longer bomb Palestinian cities.
  • Guardian-Original Article

  • Tuesday, December 02, 2003

    Cannibal's trial poses legal dilemma 

    Meiwes, 42, described by his lawyer as a "gentleman of the old school", has confessed to killing a Berlin man who answered an advertisement he had posted on the Internet seeking a fit man "for slaughter." Meiwes' lawyer Harald Ermel said it took the victim nearly 10 hours to bleed to death and that he had repeatedly urged Meiwes to keep on cutting him.
  • Aljazeera-Original Article

  • Washington warns Israel not to rock the Mideast boat  

    By Aluf Benn-Wed., December 03, 2003 Kislev 8, 5764

    The Americans have stepped up the intensity of their demands on the Israelis and the severity of their statements against the settlements, outposts and fence, as well as their pressure on Israel to ease humanitarian conditions for the palestinians.
  • Haaretz-Original Article

  • Hack the Vote 


    Inviting Bush supporters to a fund-raiser, the host wrote, "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." No surprise there. But Walden O'Dell — who says that he wasn't talking about his business operations — happens to be the chief executive of Diebold Inc., whose touch-screen voting machines are in increasingly widespread use across the United States.

  • NY Times-Original Article

  • ElectronicFrontierFoundation

  • BlockBoxVoting

  • Corporate punishment postponed 

    By Stephen Evans-BBC North America business correspondent

    It has been two years since the fall of Enron, and new corporate scandals have kept breaking as relentlessly as waves on a beach.

  • BBC-Original Article

  • Who Will Decide When You Should Die? 

    The Culture of Death by Nat Hentoff

  • Village Voice-Original Article

  • U.S. Citizen Hogtied and Abused at Fort Benning  

    by Kathy Kelly

    On Sunday, November 23, I took part in a nonviolent civil disobedience action at Fort Benning, GA, to protest the U.S. Army´s School of the Americas (SOA, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation -- WHISC) Shortly after more than two dozen of us entered Fort Benning and were arrested, US Military Police took us to a warehouse on the base for “processing.” Four soldiers then carried me, hogtied, to the next processing station for interrogation and propped me in a kneeling position.

  • CommonDreams-Original Article


    by Greg Palast in Caracas

    Hugo Chavez has an attitude problem. Only last April the Venezuelan president escaped a kidnapping by the Chairman of the nation's Chamber of Commerce. This weekend, Chavez is facing a recall petition by the angry rich of Venezuela. He also faces the wrath of an angry rich American president who does not appreciate Chavez' bad attitude toward globalization a la Rumsfeld.
  • Greg Palast-Original Article

  • CNN And Fox Lied About Sammara Massacre 

    Commentary by-Moshe Ben Gurion

    I do not understand how the American news media is lying over and over again.

  • Rense-Original Article

  • U.S. WAR with CHINA 

    The Bush administration is starting to target the "Made in China" label.

  • CSMonitor-Original Article

  • RELATED: Taiwan, China, and the U.S.
    It's a risky business. A miscalculation by either side could precipitate a military conflict, one that could very easily draw in the USA.
  • Janes-Original Article

  • Sign On to Defend the First Amendment, Oppose the FBI's Targeting of the Antiwar Movement 

  • International Answer Petition-Sign Here

  • Monday, December 01, 2003

    Microsoft Software in Every Car?  

    "We'd like to have one of our operating systems in every car on Earth," said Dick Brass, vice-president of Microsoft's automotive business unit. "It's a lofty goal."

  • Wire-Original Article

  • Supreme Court Intervenes in Kidnap Case  

    The Bush administration said covert kidnappings of suspects overseas are rare, but the government needs that authority.

    Body Found Inside U.N. 

    A body was found inside United Nations headquarters on Monday, a U.N. spokesman said. U.N. security and the New York police department are investigating the matter. The U.N. spokesman said the person had been shot, and that the body was discovered inside the building's third-floor lounge at about 11:30 a.m.



    When the rich and powerful rule the stupid? It's called America. 

    National self-interest is indistinguishable from global legalized violence aimed at humans, the natural world, and ultimately being itself, before which our captains of state stand with all the wonder of a gourmand before a steak.


    Sunday, November 30, 2003

    A New Kind Of Poverty  

    NEWSWEEK-Dec. 1 issue-Anna Quindlen
    America is a country that now sits atop the precarious latticework of myth. It is the myth that working people can support their families.


    The architects of the Bush foreign policy are firm believers in world domination.  

    Neocons: The men behind the curtain-By Khurram Husain
    Undeterred by their encounters with reality, the strategists who pushed for war in Iraq believed then, and still believe, that their moment has come. The United States has had its share of Catos—the American quest for an impregnable defense and military supremacy has a long and distinguished history. Today the effort is embodied by Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld in the Defense Department, key players in the Bush administration.

    Gun ban at church? Nope  

    By Dan Harrie-The Salt Lake Tribune
    As far as the state of Utah is concerned, 50,000-plus residents with concealed-carry permits can legally pack guns into any church.

    Republicans HACK into Democrats Computer, publicizing memos  

    By Walter Pincus-Washington Post Staff Writer
    The Senate sergeant-at-arms has opened an investigation into Republicans obtaining and publicizing internal memos from the computer and network resources of two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.


    Federal Camps For You and Your Family 

    Washington Post

    The Federal Detention Trustee Office has been seeking a private company to own and operate a 1,750-bed facility for prisoners awaiting trials, sentencing hearings and proceedings to determine immigration status. The detention center could be located in the District or in one of five Maryland counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery or Prince George's.


    Evidence indicates that Wellstone crash was no accident 

    So how could the FBI possibly know? (OP: Because they did it!)

    The FBI's prompt arrival was peculiar. As Christopher Bollyn of American Free Press reported http://www.rumormillnews.net/, Oct. 29, 2002), "According to Rick Wahlberg, then St. Louis County sheriff, a team of FBI agents was quickly on the crash site about noon, less than an hour after (assistant manager Gary) Ulman and the (fire) chief had first located the site and found a way to access the wreck. This FBI team had come from the distant Twin Cities in record time!"


    Proud to be an American 

    Woman crushed in rush at Walmart $29 DVD sale-BBC
    "All they cared about was a stupid DVD player," she said. "I told them, 'Stop stepping on my sister! She's on the ground!" Ms Ellzey said Wal-Mart officials called later to ask after her sister, and the store apologised and offered to put a DVD player on hold for her.


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