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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Portrait of a Textile Worker 

Portrait of a Textile Worker is a 2- year art project to make visible one worker among millions who make the things we use. I am creating the Portrait entirely out of clothing labels. It will be approximately 8 feet high and 9 feet wide when completed. The National Labor Committee and the Coalition to Abolish Sweatshops will be given posters and prints of the quilt to help with their work to improve sweatshop conditions.
  • Portrait of a Textile Worker


  • Anti-government protesters seize police station in Haitian town of Gonaives
  • Armed men stormed the prison and freed inmates in the jail before setting fire to the building, said local radio


  • The Military records of George Walker Bush
  • The following documents were obtained using the processes outlined in the Freedom Of Information Act


  • Pentagon Cancels Internet Voting System
  • The Pentagon won't use an Internet voting system for overseas U.S. citizens this fall because of concerns about its security, an official said Thursday


  • The Mysterious Reflections of 9/11
  • The Mysterious Reflections of 9/11


  • Ellen Mariani: 'Bush knew and let it happen'
  • 9/11 widow files suit detailing 'a deadly and evil mixture of the Bush and bin Laden regimes'


  • RELEASE OF PRESIDENT BUSH’S MILITARY RECORDS PROVE HE IS GUILTY OF MILITARY CRIMES
  • The American Gulf War Veterans Association can no longer remain silent on the subject of George W. Bush’s military records


  • Made from super strong high grade


  • Airports still vulnerable
  • Fearing exploitation by terrorists, fired agent takes case to Ashcroft


  • The Deadly Lies of Reliable Sources
  • "And still the warmongering language in Washington is keeping on."


  • Caucuses a Referendum on the War
  • My campaign is about the end of fear and the beginning of hope. When the lives of men and women who bravely serve this nation are at risk in Iraq, our civil liberties are in peril and the entire U.S. domestic agenda is being sacrificed, we must have the courage to see through the lies that sent us into Iraq. We must reclaim our nation


  • Gibson to Delete a Scene in 'Passion'
  • "His blood be on us and on our children," will not be in the movie's final version


  • Unseasonable Cold Kills Monarchs in Mexico
  • Unusually cold winters aren't just happening in Europe and in the northeast U.S. Two inches of snow fell in the Zacatecas state of Mexico, where snow is almost never seen at all. This is part of a cold spell in Mexico this winter that has killed off 10% of the 100 million Monarch butterflies that are spending the winter there, before migrating back to the U.S. and Canada in the summer


  • Norwegian black metal band shocks Poland
  • Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth staged a special concert that made Janet Jackson's breast-baring look like nursery school antics and left Catholic Poland outraged. A police investigation has begun after a show that included dozens of sheep heads on stakes, a literal blood bath and a naked, crucified woman, newspaper VG reports


  • Border Patrol catches, then releases, illegals System creates gap in national security
  • Thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly from Central and South America, are being released into the USA almost immediately after they are picked up by the Border Patrol as part of a policy that U.S. officials acknowledge represents a significant gap in homeland security


  • Russian oil beats Bush to market
  • Washington has backed the Turkish and Azerbaijani governments to steer the export of Caspian-region crude oil away from Russia


  • Guest-worker visas come under fire
  • L-1 visas and other guest-worker visas have been misused by companies to harm U.S. workers, witnesses told a congressional panel on Wednesday


  • H.R. 1146
  • URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO ENACT H.R. 1146, THE AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY RESTORATION ACT OF 2003


  • Chomsky: "Another Four Years Of The Same Policies Could Be Extremely Dangerous For The Country And The World"
  • Noam Chomsky, speaking at the United Nations Correspondents Association Club in New York after being presented the Award of Excellence by the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists


  • THE CORPORATE ABANDONMENT OF AMERICA
  • Something major is taking place in our country that corporate chieftains don't want us talking about: Jobless creep


  • Insurgent Iraqis Vow to Take Over Cities
  • A coalition of insurgent groups has vowed to take over cities vacated by U.S. troops, and warned of "harsh consequences" for Iraqis who resist, according to pamphlets circulating in this hotbed of anti-American resistance


  • Bob Kerrey Says 9/11 Group Meets With Condoleezza
  • National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has agreed to be interviewed by the bipartisan 9/11 commission on Feb. 7, after weeks of resistance from the White House to the bipartisan panel’s requests, The Observer has learned


  • Banking on Empire
  • Iraqi ministries will now be able to borrow billions of dollars to buy much-needed equipment from overseas suppliers, but only by mortgaging the national oil revenues through a bank managed by New York-based multinational JP Morgan Chase


  • Ariel Sharon Faces Police Interrogation-When will Bush?
  • Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was questioned by police Thursday in a bribery case that could force his resignation, and critics charged his talk of removing Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip was meant to deflect attention from the scandal



  • Wednesday, February 04, 2004

    Full-text of EU-US agreement on the transfer of personal data 

  • Statewatch has obtained a copy of the agreement between the EU and the US on the transfer of the personal data of airline travellers


  • U.S. Amnesties for Illegal Aliens
  • Since 1986, Congress has passed
    7 amnesties for illegal aliens


  • Job cuts top 117,000 in January — Challenger
  • Post-holiday job cuts reached 117,556 in January, surpassing the 100,000 threshold for the first time since last October


  • Further request to fund US troops likely
  • There was one important omission from President George W. Bush's proposal to spend $401.7bn on defence next year: a budget request for funding US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan


  • Bush Administration Ignores the Potential Threat of Bird Flu
  • Over 30,000 Americans die from influenza or flu every year. Ever wonder why so many of the annual flu strains have Chinese names? Because ducks get infected on Chinese farms, give the virus to pigs who then transmit it to farm families who live in very close proximities to their animals. Then the virus takes off across the pacific and over the past century has taken millions of American lives


  • China Vows Force to Open Oil Shipping Lanes
  • China says it would use naval force to keep oil shipping lanes open, noting such a policy is in the country's strategic interest


  • US budget deficit to hit half a trillion dollars
  • The announcement by the Bush administration that it plans a budget deficit of $521 billion for the 2004 fiscal year—a record in dollar terms—is certain to bring further warnings of the dangers to the world financial system posed by the escalating US debt


  • Pakistan nukes: General mayhem
  • Guilty as charged?


  • Another dirty little US war in Nepal?
  • More than 8,000 Nepalese have died since a civil war broke out in 1996, and the death rate has sharply increased with the arrival of almost 8,400 US M-16 submachine-guns, accompanied by United States advisers, high-tech night-fighting equipment and British helicopters


  • Washington conceals US casualties in Iraq
  • The Bush administration is deliberately concealing from the American people the number and condition of US military personnel who have been wounded in Iraq. The efforts by those few politicians and media figures who have pursued the issue make this clear


  • Mice produce sperm from monkeys
  • Mice have been used to produce viable monkey sperm using tissue transplanted from the testes of macaques


  • Mel Gibson is deleting a scene from his film "The Passion of Christ."
  • ADL defames Ukranians, triviliazes their genocide by Stalin as a "famine"


  • 9/11 Commission to meet privately with Condoleezza Rice on Saturday
  • Condoleezza Rice


  • Spike Lee Says Jackson Reached 'New Low'
  • Film director Spike Lee criticized Janet Jackson's surprise breast-baring during the Super Bowl halftime show last weekend as a "new low" of attention-getting antics by entertainers


  • fears that a "suicide bomber" who intentionally contracted a deadly, contagious disease, such as smallpox, is planning to board one of the planes and infect everyone on it
  • Why International Flights Cancelled


  • The secret society that ties Bush and Kerry
  • Revelations that leading candidates for the US presidency were "Skull and Bones" members have provoked claims of elitism. Charles Laurence reports from New York


  • The Lunar Embassy
  • Welcome to the computer center of the Lunar Embassy, the leaders in extraterrestrial real estate and the ONLY company in the world to be recognized to possess a legal basis for selling and registering extraterrestrial properties!


  • US defence budget
  • Spending plan balances modernisation needs with continuing operations


  • FBI offers $100,000 reward in Greenville ricin case
  • The letter signed "Fallen Angel" complained about new federal trucking regulations that took effect Jan. 4 requiring more rest for drivers. The author said if the mandatory rest hours were not kept at current levels "I will start dumping."


  • Bush's 'Preventive War' Doctrine Under Siege
  • As questions mount around the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the intelligence that was used to justify going to war, one of the first casualties may be the Bush administration's doctrine of preventive war


  • Moscow-City Says It Is Failing 40,000 Homeless Kids
  • Moscow now has 40,000 children, 80 percent of whom are not from Moscow



  • Tuesday, February 03, 2004

    Bush Protester Arrested for Carrying Sign 

  • McCarthyism Watch


  • Terrorist Group Parades Pictures of Bush, Blair in Coffins
  • A radical al Qaeda affiliated website is featuring shocking pictures of President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair lying in coffins after having apparently undergone autopsies

  • Cihad


  • Giving robots a human face
  • With her sparkling blue eyes, wispy eyelashes and demure smile, Hertz is the center of attention wherever she goes


  • Bush Building 'Warren Commission' to Investigate His Case For War
  • President Bush, under mounting political pressure, will sign an executive order to establish an investigation of US intelligence failures in Iraq, modeled on the inquiry into the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a senior White House official confirmed yesterday


  • Scientists create two new elements
  • Russian and American scientists say they have created two new "superheavy" elements that will reside at the extreme end of chemistry's periodic table of elements

  • Scientists speculate that superheavies may be made in supernova explosions in stars, or that they were generated in the moments that the universe was born


  • Oxygen at Extrasolar Planet, a First
  • For the first time ever, astronomers found both oxygen and carbon in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet

  • Planet 150 Light Years from Earth Has Oxygen and Carbon Atmosphere


  • Ney says Fox News using Middle East consultant with Iranian terrorism link
  • Ohio Rep. Bob Ney says an expert on the Middle East who appears regularly on the Fox News Channel has ties to an Iranian terrorist organization


  • Election shapes budget battle
  • Passing a Federal budget is never easy in an election year, but this time the pressures on spending caused by the rising deficit will be intense


  • Direct Deposit - Exclusive! - Axis of Logic
  • “This is the worst government the US has ever had in its more than 200 years of history. It has engaged in extraordinarily irresponsible policies not only in foreign and economic but also in social and environmental policy. This is not normal government policy. …this is a form of looting.”


  • Israeli 'nuclear traitor' to be freed in April: report
  • A former Israeli nuclear technician jailed for 18 years for leaking details of the Jewish state's atomic weapons program will be freed in April but placed under tight surveillance, an Israeli daily said on Monday


  • Ricin Discovery Closes 3 Senate Buildings
  • Three Senate office buildings were closed Tuesday after a suspicious white powder


  • Advertisers probe brains, raise fears
  • The scientists discovered a biological clue to what drives consumers: Whenever Graser and a dozen other study volunteers saw a picture they particularly liked, their brains showed increased activity in the medial prefrontal cortex -- an area associated with preference, or sense of self


  • The Scourge of Internet Taxes
  • The actions that Congress took to put to an end taxes that unfairly single out the Internet have come to an end, and the Internet Tax Freedom Act — which set a moratorium on Internet taxes — has expired


  • Teen hacker avoids jail sentence
  • A UK teenager who hacked into a US Government laboratory's computer network has been ordered to serve 200 hours community service

  • Fearing a terrorist attack, the US Department of Energy, which oversees the safety of the country's nuclear weapons, sounded a full-scale alert


  • Film slammed for linking LBJ to JFK death
  • Two former presidents and the widow of Lyndon B. Johnson are calling on the History Channel to investigate a documentary it aired alleging President Johnson was involved in the Kennedy assassination


  • A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign
  • Roger Stone, the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount and helped make George W. Bush president in 2000, is financing, staffing, and orchestrating the presidential campaign of Reverend Al Sharpton


  • Republican takes strong stand against war, Bush
  • Is the Iraq war, if it is to be judged a wrongful war, a product of flawed intelligence or flawed policy?


  • City, state eye an end run on stadium funds
  • City and state officials are working to give the New York Jets an estimated $600 million in government funding for their stadium on Manhattan's far West Side--without a vote in the City Council or the state Legislature


  • Understanding the NYC2012 Olympic Scam
  • The NYC media is in lockdown on the subject of the NYC2012 Olympic Bid. For the most part what the papers are printing are press releases touting the wonders of 'Going for the Gold.' Very little has been written with critical scrutiny of the various proposals and virtually nothing is making it into the press about the cost


  • Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land
  • Book "Quitting America" which explains why he left the U.S. to live in St. Kitts-Nevis


  • Rumsfeld relents on increasing army size
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen Peter Schoomaker told Congress on 28 January that the army would temporarily increase its number by 30,000 personnel


  • Mr. Sharon told the paper he "will not hesitate to set up another government"
  • Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he will form a new government if any of his coalition partners try to block his plans to remove almost all Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip


  • A local lab tests engines that could power the next generation of space travel
  • Anthony Castrogiovanni remembers that growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1960s and early '70s, he would watch on television as astronauts landed - and even sometimes frolicked - on the moon


  • Record Industry Cuts Corners in Crusade Against File-Sharers
  • Public Citizen, Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU Say "File Lawsuits Properly"


  • A diet in danger: Pollutants enter Arctic food chain
  • The bodies of Arctic people, particularly Greenland's Inuit, contain the highest human concentrations of industrial chemicals and pesticides found anywhere on Earth


  • Bush Accused of Undermining Investigation
  • President George Bush, repeatedly challenged on his prewar certainties about Saddam Hussein's arsenal, yesterday confirmed an outside investigation into intelligence failures on Iraq. But the promise of an independent, bipartisan commission came under immediate attack, with critics accusing the White House of trying to undermine the inquiry from the start





  • Monday, February 02, 2004

    Highlights From Proposed 2005 Budget 

  • Highlights of the total government outlays from President Bush's proposed 2005 budget, in billions of dollars, with year-to-year change


  • IMPENDING STAGED CAPTURE OF BIN LADEN


  • Expect increased foreclosures: 55% of WaMu's 2003Q4 mortgages were ARMs


  • Named Freeport as possible target along with Crawford


  • Russia-Strategic War Games Off Target
  • Later this month, Russia's strategic nuclear forces will hold their largest exercises since the early 1980s


  • Armed Mexicans cross border?
  • U.S. 'volunteers,' journalists photograph mysterious militia


  • Seat belt proposal, MATRIX steps toward tyranny
  • The government is constantly stealing our personal freedoms. Some may think that a seat belt law is such a small erosion of personal freedom that it should not matter, but it does matter


  • Bush to Pick Panel for WMD Inquiry, Official Says
  • Bush will set a deadline for the investigation of sometime in early to mid-2005


  • On Thin Ice: How the Quest for a Billion-Dollar Microbe is Running Out of Control in Earth's Last Wilderness
  • The United Nations warns today of the dangers posed by biotechnology companies scrambling to turn Antarctica's microscopic life forms into the raw material for a billion-dollar industry making everything from detergents to cancer treatments






  • Sunday, February 01, 2004

    How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age 

  • While global warming is being officially ignored by the political arm of the Bush administration


  • CBS Sucks
    While your sitting in front of the TV watching the Super Bowl, keep in my mind CBS sucks. Time for us to take back the Airwaves. Welcome to the thi3rd world consumer plantation United Soviet States of America!
  • MoveOn Ad CBS Refused to Run

  • Issues Left Untackled
  • When the Super Bowl is beamed into living rooms around the world Sunday, you can expect to see TV spots hyping cars, beer, razor blades, three different erectile dysfunction cures, toilet paper and snack foods


  • SOLDIERS' STORY
  • Tikrit, Iraq -- An Iraqi man shouted out after the squad of American soldiers, two garbled English words as they echoed through a narrow concrete alleyway


  • Whatever happened to the WTC hard-drive recoveries?
  • more than $100 million in insider credit card transactions took place in the hours and minutes before the twin towers collapsed. The mainframe computers in the towers processed these transactions; and the credit card data would have been lost forever had it not been for the successful data reconstruction of the CONVAR specialists


  • Who Committed 9-11?
  • The Leaders Of The Holographic Hoax


  • Lessons of 9/11 Shape an Office Tower
  • The 35-story, 1.2-million-square-foot building has been "hardened" to protect its occupants from attacks by car or truck bombs, which are considered more likely urban hazards than the jumbo airplanes that felled the twin towers of the World Trade Center


  • U.S. officials fear 'dirty bombs' on airliners
  • Intelligence indicates terrorists want to smuggle device in cargo, use bio-chem weapons


  • Mydoom cripples US firm's website
  • Both SCO and Microsoft have offered $250,000 rewards each for help to catch the author of the worm - the fastest-spreading virus known so far


  • Possible OKC Bombing Video Shows Two Explosions
  • The Fairfax County, Va., home of John Culbertson – once a member of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant's scandal-plagued congressional office – was raided Friday afternoon by Oklahoma City police detectives searching for evidence related to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing


  • The Wal-Martization of Education
  • For several years this Arkansas billionaire (and heir to the Wal-Mart fortune) has been throwing his money around in New Jersey, seeking to influence public policy and state politics


  • N. Korea Tests Weapons on People, Gases Inmates-BBC
  • A program made by Britain's BBC says North Korea is killing political prisoners in experimental gas chambers and testing new chemical weapons on women and children


  • US to probe pre-war intelligence
  • The Bush administration is to announce the establishment of an independent US inquiry into the use of intelligence material to justify the war in Iraq


  • Bush's immigration proposal keeps industry in cheap labor
  • The Pentagon counts at least 22 GI suicides in the Iraq conflict -- 19 of those Army troops -- most after major combat was declared over last May


  • US officials knew in May Iraq possessed no WMD


  • 911hoax.com
  • Was 911 a Video Movie?


  • White House Holding Notes Taken by 9/11 Commission
  • The White House, already embroiled in a public fight over the deadline for an independent commission's investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is refusing to give the panel notes on presidential briefing papers taken by some of its own members, officials said this week


  • Empty Words
  • In his State of the Union address two years ago, President Bush shone a spotlight on Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, labeling them an axis of evil and declaring that America would deny them "the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction


  • Bush & Kerry are one in the same!
  • The secret society that ties Bush and Kerry


  • Bush Considers Iraq Intelligence Review


  • High Suicide Rate For Iraq War GIs
  • The Pentagon counts at least 22 GI suicides in the Iraq conflict -- 19 of those Army troops -- most after major combat was declared over last May


  • Laws of Diminishing Civil Liberties
  • American defence spending is set to pass the $400bn mark next year


  • 9/11 panel: Hijackers may have had utility knives
  • Some September 11 hijackers may have been armed with a high-strength, folding metal utility knife rather than a more easily concealed box cutter, according to testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill


  • US defence bill to exceed $400bn
  • Fear of litigation is having a chilling effect on the exercise of civil liberties in universities, the workplace and membership organizations


  • BBC AT WAR
  • M'LORD HUTTON BLESSES BLAIR'S ATTACK ON BBC'S INVESTIGATION OF IRAQ WAR CLAIMS By Greg Palast


  • Laws of Diminishing Civil Liberties
  • Fear of litigation is having a chilling effect on the exercise of civil liberties in universities, the workplace and membership organizations


  • The Police Assault on Labor and Anti-War Protesters in Oakland
  • Bushfires on the Docks


  • Record Number to Run Out of Unemployment Benefits
  • A record-high 375,000 jobless workers will exhaust their unemployment insurance this month and an estimated 2 million workers will find themselves in the same predicament during the first half of the year


  • You Say Deserter, I Say More Dessert... by Michael Moore
  • What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar and a functional illiterate


  • Two US Soldiers ask: "When will we stop dying so senselessly?
  • Over the Christmas holidays I managed to find two US soldiers who were back from Iraq. They were both somewhat willing to be interviewed and describe their time in Iraq in their own words, By Jay Shaft


  • Film Highlights Christian Jewish Difference
  • Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ (opening Feb 25) has the potential to become a major cultural turning point by focusing attention on the fundamental difference between Christianity and Judaism








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