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Climate Progress – NASA reports 2010 hottest year on record so far

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From Climate Progress:

NASA reports 2010 hottest year on record so far

November 11, 2010

Last month, NASA reported it was the hottest January-September on record.  That followed a terrific analysis, “July 2010 — What Global Warming Looks Like,” which noted that 2010 is “likely” to be warmest year on record.

This month continues the trend of 2010 outpacing previous years, according to NASA:

October 2010 NASA

It now seems pretty certain 2010 will outpace 1998, which currently ties for fourth hottest year in the NASA dataset (though it is technically described by NASA folks as tied for the second hottest year with 2005 and 2007).

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Chemtrails: Is U.S. Gov’t. Secretly Testing Americans ‘Again’?

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From wanttoknow/Chemtrails:

Chemtrails: Is U.S. Gov’t. Secretly Testing Americans ‘Again’?
November 9, 2007, KSLA-TV (CBS affiliate in Shreveport, LA)

Could a strange substance found by an Ark-La-Tex man be part of secret government testing program? That’s the question at the heart of a phenomenon called “Chemtrails.” “It seemed like some mornings it was just criss-crossing the whole sky. It was just like a giant checkerboard,” described Bill Nichols. He snapped several photos of the strange clouds from his home in Stamps, in southwest Arkansas. Nichols said these unusual clouds begin as normal contrails from a jet engine. But unlike normal contrails, these do not fade away. Soon after a recent episode he saw particles in the air. “We’d see it drop to the ground in a haze,” added Nichols. He then noticed the material collecting on the ground. “This is water and stuff that I collected in bowls,” said Nichols as he handed us a mason jar … after driving down from Arkansas. KSLA News 12 had the sample tested at a lab. The results: A high level of barium, 6.8 parts per million, (ppm). That’s more than three times the toxic level set by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. We discovered during our investigation that barium is a hallmark of other chemtrail testing. This phenomenon even attracted the attention of a Los Angeles network affiliate, which aired a report entitled, “Toxic Sky?” There’s already no shortage of unclassified weather modification programs by the government. But those who fear chemtrails could be secret biological and chemical testing on the public point to the 1977 U.S. Senate hearings which confirmed 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Later, the 1994 Rockefeller Report concluded hundreds of thousands of military personnel were also subjected to secret biological experiments over the last 60-years.

Note: This is one of the few media reports to break a veritable wall of silence in the major media on the disturbing chemtrail phenomenon. To watch this revealing newscast on YouTube, click here.


Years Ago, The Military Sprayed on U.S. Cities
October 22, 2001, Wall Street Journal

Much of what the Pentagon knows about the effects of bacterial attacks on cities came from … secret tests conducted on San Francisco and other American cities from the 1940s through the 1960s, experts say. In the 1950s, Army researchers dispersed Serratia on Panama City, Fla., and Key West, Fla., with no known illnesses resulting. They also released fluorescent compounds over Minnesota and other Midwestern states to see how far they would spread in the atmosphere. The particles of zinc-cadmium-sulfide — now a known cancer-causing agent — were detected more than 1,000 miles away in New York state, the Army told the Senate hearings. In New York, military researchers in 1966 spread Bacillus subtilis variant Niger, also believed to be harmless, in the subway system by dropping lightbulbs filled with the bacteria onto tracks in stations in midtown Manhattan. The bacteria were carried for miles throughout the subway system. The Army kept the biological-warfare tests secret until word of them was leaked to the press in the 1970s. Between 1949 and 1969 … open-air tests of biological agents were conducted 239 times, according to the Army’s testimony in 1977 before the Senate’s subcommittee on health. In 80 of those experiments, the Army said it used live bacteria that its researchers at the time thought were harmless. Several medical experts have since claimed that an untold number of people may have gotten sick as a result of the germ tests. These researchers say even benign agents can mutate into unpredictable pathogens once exposed to the elements.

Note: To read this article on the WSJ website requires a paid subscription. You can read it free at this link. Considering that the army kept all of these tests secret for decades, do you think it is possible that they are keeping information on chemtrails secret from the public.


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Tom Waits – Train Song

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Obama Deficit Commission

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The Story of Bottled Water

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The Ecologist – How France eclipsed the UK with Brittany tidal success story

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From The Ecologist:

How France eclipsed the UK with Brittany tidal success story

The UK may have turned its back on the Severn barrage but across the Channel they have been harnessing tidal energy from the River Rance for more than 40 years – and it may yet point to a way forward for smaller-scale renewable projects

Rance tidal barrage

The Rance tidal barrage in North-West France is the largest in the world

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The Story of Electronics

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Eric W. Dolan – Supreme Court Justice Alito: My fundraising for conservative causes is ‘not important’

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From The Ray Story:

Supreme Court Justice Alito: My fundraising for conservative causes is ‘not important’

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 — 2:42 pm

justice alito official 232x300 Supreme Court Justice Alito: My fundraising for conservative causes is not important

Statement and fundraising appear to conflict with Code of Conduct for United States Judges

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. said his involvement with a conservative fundraiser was “not important” after being confronted by a Think Progress blogger Tuesday night.

At a fundraising event for the right-wing magazine American Spectator, Lee Fang of Think Progress asked Alito why he thought it was appropriate to attend such a highly political fundraiser.

“It’s not important that I’m here,” Alito reportedly told Fang.

“You also helped headline this same event two years ago, obviously helping to raise political money as the keynote,” Fang shot back, only to receive the same response from Alito before he walked away. “It’s not important.”

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Jeff Kaye – UK Guardian Releases British Torture Tape

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From Firedoglake:

UK Guardian Releases British Torture Tape

By: Jeff Kaye Thursday November 11, 2010 12:45 pm

The UK Guardian yesterday released a videotape of a 2007 interrogation of a suspected Iraqi insurgent, one of 1,253 tapes made by interrogators at a secret British military center near Basra, run by the Joint Forces Interrogation Team (JFIT). The release came only days before the U.S. Justice Department investigation into the CIA’s destruction of videotapes of the torture of three high-value detainees at secret black site prisons was closed, with no charges brought. The news about torture was not a complete surprise as revelations last month showed torture techniques were taught to British interrogators in secret training manuals.

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Emptywheel – The Obama Disconnect: Arlington, Korea and Catfood

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From Emptywheel:

The Obama Disconnect: Arlington, Korea and Catfood

By: bmaz Thursday November 11, 2010 11:30 am

Marcy wrote earlier this morning about David Axelrod’s despicable announcement of Obama’s capitulation to the oligarchs on tax cuts (another lead balloon the Obama White House incompetently tried and failed to walk back). Later this morning, however, were a couple of events that put an even starker gloss on this pig.

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From The Raw Story:

Obama commission: Slash Social Security, reduce corporate taxes

By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 — 5:26 pm

Progressives across the US are condemning President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission for its proposal, released today, to cut Social Security payments while lowering corporate taxes and the highest income tax bracket.

The commission, put together by the White House in February, released a draft report (PDF) Wednesday that proposes deep cuts to domestic and military spending that would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years. But the way in which the proposal goes about achieving those reductions has come in for heavy attack from progressive politicians, labor leaders and commentators.

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The Center for Public Integrity – Who Owns the New House Chairmen?

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From The Center for Public Integrity:

$4 Billion Black Market for Bluefin Tuna

Investigations about food have a way of grabbing attention. A case in point is Looting of the Seas, the new report from the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The story finds the demise of Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, the source of prized sushi around the world, is due to a $4 billion black market and a decade of rampant fraud and lack of official oversight by international regulators.  It shows that between 1998 and 2007 the black market included more than one out of every three bluefin caught, conservatively valued at $400 million per year. The seven-month investigation involved reporters in 10 countries, including Croatia, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Tunisia. The story has been picked up in media across the globe, from the BBC to Le Monde to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Who Owns the New House Chairmen?

A new set of Republican lawmakers is poised to take over House appropriations, authorization and oversight committees on Capitol Hill. We have investigated the likely incoming chairmen and analyzed their campaign contributors, earmark histories and political leanings. Most are Caucasian males. They tend to be more conservative than the average House Republican and enjoy deep ties to the industries they will soon oversee. Some have former staffers turned lobbyists who could return to seek influence before the lawmakers’ committees. The Center will conduct a similar analysis of the incoming Senate Democratic committee chairmen once they are known. Stay tuned.

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Tom Courbat 10-21-2010

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Seeking Alpha – Derivatives: The Real Reason Bernanke Is Maintaining Low Interest Rates

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From Seeking Alpha:

Derivatives: The Real Reason Bernanke Is Maintaining Low Interest Rates

Debt Bubble Chronicles:

Sometimes it’s worth putting things in context.

The world, particularly the US, has been in a bond bull market for roughly 30 years. During that time, bond prices (black line) rose almost continuously, while interest rates (blue line) dropped.

gpc 11-10-1

So here we are, interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in 30 years, and Ben Bernanke wants to make them fall even lower. His public reasoning is he wants to maintain the housing market and spur investment in business.

But does it?

Interest rates have been at 0% for nearly two years. Despite this, as well as a massive home-buyers tax credit, housing prices have at best stabilized a bit…but any claim that low interest rates have stimulated a housing recovery is flat out bogus.

gpc 11-10-3 housing with zirp

As for low interest rates spurring investment in business, this claim is also nonsense. I don’t remember seeing any headlines about companies increasing their capital expenditures or hiring employees? Instead, big business is putting its excess cash to work with buyback programs.

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SCOTUS Blog – Argument preview: Evaluating the INA’s citizenship-transmission requirement

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From the SCOTUS Blog:

Argument preview: Evaluating the INA’s citizenship-transmission requirement

By Anna Christensen

Tomorrow the Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Flores-Villar v. United States.

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Flores-Villar v. US


Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (as in effect at the time of petitioner’s birth in 1974), a child born outside the United States to unmarried parents – a U.S.-citizen mother and a non-citizen father – can obtain U.S. citizenship at birth if his mother was physically present in the United States for a minimum of one year before the child’s birth.  By contrast, a child born outside the United States to unmarried parents –a U.S.-citizen father and a non-citizen mother – can obtain U.S. citizenship only if the father was physically present in the United States for at least ten years, five of which must have been after the father’s fourteenth birthday.

Petitioner Ruben Flores-Villar was born in 1974 in Tijuana, Mexico.  His father – then sixteen years old – was a U.S. citizen, while his mother was a Mexican national; the two were not married.  With the consent of Flores-Villar’s mother, his father and paternal grandmother raised the child in California.  In 1985, his father formally recognized him as his son by filing a paternity acknowledgment in Mexico and by claiming him on his U.S. income taxes.

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War in Context – Desperate Afghan wives choose self-immolation

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From War in Context

Desperate Afghan wives choose self-immolation

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 12:00 PM PST

The New York Times reports: “Why did you burn yourself?” asks the doctor. “If I threw myself from a building, I’d break an arm or a leg, but I wanted to die,” Halima answers. “That’s why I set myself on fire. I thought I would die instantly.” As an answer it is more how than why, but […]

British deny George Bush’s claims that torture helped foil terror plots

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 11:00 AM PST

The Guardian reports: British officials said today there was no evidence to support claims by George Bush, the former US president, that information extracted by “waterboarding” saved British lives by foiling attacks on Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf. In his memoirs, Bush said the practice – condemned by Downing Street as torture – was used in […]

The fight has broken out inside the Jewish family

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 09:55 AM PST

Philip Weiss writes: The news from the Jewish Federations’ General Assembly in New Orleans is important. I announce landmarks every 100 yards, but this is a big one. The significance of the event is that several young Jews calling themselves proud Jews took Palestinian solidarity into the Jewish family and made trouble with an explosive disruption […]

Bibi, Tom Friedman, and U.S. Jews divesting from Israel

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 04:00 AM PST

Bradley Burston writes: Ahead of a New Orleans address to the General Assembly [GA] of the Jewish Federations of North America, sources quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as having said that there is fundamental support for Israel within the United States. “We may have lost Thomas Friedman, but I don’t think we lost America,” Netanyahu was quoted […]

First sign of the new U.S. political reality — Netanyahu’s swagger

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 03:00 AM PST

At JTA, Ron Kampeas writes: The sharpest signal of what last week’s elections meant for Jews came not from Washington but from New Orleans, Nova Scotia and Australia. In New Orleans, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech Monday calling for moving beyond sanctions to mounting a “credible military threat” against Iran as a means of […]

Ira Chernus: Is Palestine America’s next Vietnam?

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 08:00 PM PST

Reprinted with permission of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hasn’t been alone in playing for time when it comes to American policy, that’s for sure.  (Think, for instance, of our Afghan War commander General David Petraeus.)  But Netanyahu played out the pre-election months with some skill and much shuffling of feet, as he officially pondered […]

Police step in to protect young Jewish protesters from Jewish mob violence — in New Orleans

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 01:42 PM PST

For more details on the protest during Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly in New Orleans yesterday, see the post below. One of the protesters has now provided her own first hand account of what happened. Although sheriffs were in attendance to provide security for the event, in the end the police needed […]

Democracy Now! – Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Nature – Combating schizophrenia

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Nature News

From Nature:

Combating schizophrenia

Research has revealed daunting complexities in the psychiatric condition, but also new routes towards diagnosis and treatment.

Some people hear voices that are the products only of processes in their brains. These hallucinations can lead to persistent delusions that someone is plotting against them or urging them to harm others. When a person acts on those delusions, headline-grabbing tragedy can ensue, usually involving someone close to the protagonist.

Violence is not a symptom of schizophrenia — only a tiny proportion of sufferers with the condition are homicidal. Yet these incidents dominate the media coverage of the disease. The reality of schizophrenia is much more complex. Hallucinations are one of several symptoms, others of which — cognitive dysfunction, loss of motivation and of social engagement — are much less amenable to medication, and are often more damaging to the ability of those with schizophrenia to function. In recent years it has been increasingly appreciated that this collection of symptoms, which typically first fully manifest in early adulthood, represents a late stage of the illness, and that the illness itself may perhaps turn out to be a collection of syndromes, rather than a single condition.

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Climate Progress – Energy and Global Warming News for November 10th

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From Climate Progress:

Energy and Global Warming News for November 10th; Governments gave 6 times more to fossil fuels than renewables in 2009; Oil price escalation coming due to inaction on climate

$312 Billion: Governments Gave Six Times More to Fossil Fuels Than Renewable Energy in 2009, IEA Report Says

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) global subsidies for fossil fuel production were almost six times that of renewable energy subsidies 2009.

In its annual World Energy Outlook report [pdf], released today, the IEA says the fossil fuel industry received US$312 billion compared to US$57 billion for renewables.  The majority of the subsidized funding for fossil fuels came from developing countries.  The World Energy Outlook-2010 sees oil as the leading fuel in the energy mix until 2035.


Oil Price Escalation on the Way Due to Lack of Climate Action?

Sadly, much more than concern for future generations or concern for other creatures on the planet, a slight reduction in the amount of money in people’s wallets (or the number of new gadgets or clothes they can buy) may be the biggest driver of environmentally-responsible behavioral change. Well, it looks like this driving factor may be on the move.

In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the International Energy Agency warned yesterday that the failure last year to create a meaningful climate agreement in Copenhagen and weak implementation of the general goals that were agreed upon is likely to result in considerable oil price escalations.


California’s Air Quality Plan to be Rejected by the EPA

Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to disapprove plans developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The air quality plans aimed to bring areas with poor air quality such as the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley into attainment with national health standards for particulate emissions. The fine particulates, known as PM2.5 are notoriously bad in places like Los Angeles and the surrounding area.


America’s Energy Question: What Price Will it Take to Commit to Renewable Energy?

The economic recession has hit renewable energy industries in the United States hard, and the effects have been accentuated by the country’s lack of national renewable energy policy.

Many renewable energy businesses have found it increasingly difficult to receive money from financial institutions since 2008.  Yet, even when the finances have been in order, these companies have seen their projects halted by regulatory bodies which deem the cost of their energy as an added expense to the already tight monthly budget for American consumers.

The New York Times reports that deals for utilities to purchase renewable energy have been delayed in states such as Virginia, Idaho, Kentucky, and Florida.  Michael Polsky, the owner of Invenergy, a wind farm company, says his contract to sell energy to a utility in Virginia was rejected by state regulators.  The regulators cited the recession in their decision, and stated that energy produced by natural gas was a cheaper and better option for ratepayers — wind power would have increased monthly bills by 0.2%.

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Mike Hall – Deliberate Distortions Create False Sense of Urgency for Social Security Cuts

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From the AFL-CIO Blog:

Deliberate Distortions Create False Sense of Urgency for Social Security Cuts

by Mike Hall, Nov 9, 2010

There is so much inaccurate information—much of it deliberately cultivated—about the solvency of Social Security, that it’s leading policymakers, analysts and lawmakers to believe there is an urgent need to make major changes to Social Security.

Add to that a cadre of newly elected representatives and senators who back raising the retirement age, privatizing Social Security or making other cuts to the nation’s most successful social safety net program, and it becomes even more important to make sure the real picture of Social Security’s future is not distorted.

A new issue brief from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) calls attention to the fact that Social Security will be fully solvent for the next 27 years and any premature action to make changes to the program will have a severe impact on millions of near retirees. Says CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker:

Misinformation about Social Security has led many to believe that Social Security is in immediate danger of insolvency but the program will be fully solvent for almost three more decades. Furthermore, even if no changes are ever made, a child born in 2010 can expect to see a benefit that is more than 50 percent larger in real terms than what current retirees receive today.

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Dire Straits – Wild West End

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Dean Baker – Wall Street’s TARP Gang Rides Again

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From CounterPunch:

Wall Street’s TARP Gang Rides Again


Just over two years ago, the Wall Streeters were running around Congress and the media saying that if they didn’t immediately get $700 billion the world would end. Since they own large chunks of both, they quickly got their money.

Even more important than the hundreds of billions of loans issued through the TARP was the trillions of dollars of loans and guarantees from the Fed and the FDIC. This money came with virtually no strings attached. It kept Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America and many others from collapsing. As a result, folks like Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein are again pocketing tens of millions a year in wages and bonuses, instead of walking the unemployment lines. Instead, 15 million ordinary workers are being told to just get used to being unemployed; it’s the “new normal.”

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Allan Nairn – US-Backed Death Squad Files Surface

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From CounterPunch:

As Obama Lands in Indonesia

US-Backed Death Squad Files Surface



Secret documents have leaked from inside Kopassus, Indonesia’s red berets, which say that Indonesia’s US-backed security forces engage in “murder [and] abduction” and show that Kopassus targets churches in West Papua and defines civilian dissidents as the “enemy.”

The documents include a Kopassus enemies list headed by Papua’s top Baptist minister and describe a covert network of surveillance, infiltration and disruption of Papuan institutions.

The disclosure comes as US President Barack Obama is touching down in Indonesia. His administration recently announced the restoration of US aid to Kopassus.

Kopassus is the most notorious unit of Indonesia’s armed forces, TNI, which along with POLRI, the national police, have killed civilians by the hundreds of thousands.

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Keith Olbermann Back On The Air!

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Brita Belli – Coral Dying in the Gulf

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From E magazine:

Coral Dying in the Gulf

There was a collective sigh of relief when it seemed that the BP oil spill did not carry the long-term environmental repercussions many thought it would. But now, dead coral discovered seven miles from the spill site is telling a different story. Go to all articlesGo to this article

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Russ Baker – Exposing the Dirty Truth That Bush’s New Memoir Tries to Cover Up

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From ALterNet:

Exposing the Dirty Truth That Bush’s New Memoir Tries to Cover Up

Investigative journalist Russ Baker offers a corrective counter-narrative to Bush’s ‘Decision Points.’ READ MORE

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Voting Problem – Diebold Electronic Voting Machine

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From mw717 | November 02, 2010

This was taken during a real election, the mid-terms on November 4, 2010 around 4:30. It’s obvious there is a problem with the machine. When I informed a poll-worker, he said he knew there was a problem with that machine and the Boccieri vote. If he knew, why was I permitted to vote with it?


OH Touch-screen Vote-Flipping, From Dem to Libertarian, Caught by Student on iPhone Video

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AMERICAblog – Obama to GOP governors: No train, no federal funds

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From AMERICAblog:

Obama to GOP governors: No train, no federal funds

by Chris in Paris on 11/10/2010 11:21:00 PM

Excellent. While there may be valid criticism of a 79 mph train in this day and age, the idea of a train in Ohio still makes sense. As someone who lived in the Buckeye state and who has used the Amtrak trains in the northeast plus the European rail system, I’m a big supporter of using trains. It’s amusing to see the Republicans have the nerve to still ask for the money even though they do little besides complain about federal spending.

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Wall Street cashing in on taxpayer money for billions more, again

by Chris in Paris on 11/10/2010 10:59:00 AM

Isn’t it interesting to see how bad financial engineering has worked out for everyone besides Wall Street? To them, there’s no such thing as a win-win. Why is this legal and who keeps allowing this to happen? Once again Wall Street proves that they believe in wealth re-distribution as long as it’s a one way street, to their own pockets. If nobody is going to fight back and stand up for the rest of the country, it’s not realistic to expect different results. It’s pathetic to see that neither party shows any interest in real reform. The Republicans are cashing in on the Wall Street money and the Democrats are afraid that they will be labeled socialists.

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