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It's been a busy news week. A supreme
court decision that the FCC was not clear enough on its nudity
standards. And there's talk about Romney considering Rubio. Me, I
think Romney's just throwing Rubio's name out there and he has no
chance of being the veep candidate.
but with this "big news" going on there
are some really serious things happening in the world. The Egyptian
military literally threw a junta and took over. It looks like there
may have been Election
Election Theft; An American Plague Around the World
I have this theory that election theft is becoming more and more
rampant throughout the world, and I blame the members of congress who
have intentionally neglected to pass tight legislation banning un-recountable
electronic voting. The US is now setting the standard for crooked
elections around the world. Shame on the congress.
Then there's Julian Assange's efforts
to gain asylum with Ecuador. Assange really should win a Nobel prize.
Again, shame on the USA for the way it's dealt with him and Manning.
Ray McGovern writes about it in his article,
Julian Assange's Artful Dodge.
And, as always, there are a lot more
really solid articles.
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By Michael Collins
Election Fraud in Egypt
The Egyptian presidential
election was rigged to produce a winner that the military could
manipulate. After removing the two leaders from the ballot, the
military engineered an election that had only 15% turnout and no
legitimacy. It is an example of pure election fraud.
By michael payne
Is a Rising Anger, Frustration and Distress Propelling
America Toward a Societal Eruption?
Never have I seen the
people of America in such a state of anger, frustration and
feelings of hopelessness; one in which their contempt for this
pathetic, deeply corrupted government is at such a high level.
Only one question remains: How much longer will many millions of
Americans continue to absorb this pain and suffering before some
form of societal eruption occurs?
By Robert Scheer
Health Care: Give the People What They Want
Obamacare is a faux
reform born of opportunism, as was Romney's original version:
Play ball with those who have profited most from the run-up of
medical costs and expect them to make it more affordable.
By Ellen Brown
Why Congress Won't Touch Jamie Dimon: JPM Derivatives Prop
Up US Debt
The national debt is
growing at $1.5 trillion per year. Ultra-low interest rates MUST
be maintained to prevent the debt from overwhelming the
government budget. Near-zero rates also need to be maintained
because even a moderate rise would cause multi-trillion dollar
derivative losses for the banks, and would remove the banks'
chief income stream, the arbitrage afforded by borrowing at 0%
and investing at higher rates.
By Bev Harris
Bev Harris: Actual Accenture Voter List Software
Discovered and Downloadable to the Public
Bev Harrs discovered the actual highly problematic voter list
software used widely throughout the USA for Accenture voter
registration and voter histories. The software has been reported
to switch voter parties and delete voter histories. Programmers
and other interested parties can download the software and try to
figure out why Accenture product gets it so WRONG so often.
By Rev. Dan Vojir
Could A Treason Trial Be In The Air? Newly Declassified 9/11
Docs Reveal The Real Enemy: George W. Bush
SEVEN documents warning
George Bush about imminent al Qaida attacks have emerged: the
infamous PDB in August of 2001 was actually the LATEST.
By John Pilger
History Is The Enemy As "Brilliant" Psy-Ops Become The
Last September, Obama
killed a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, purely on the basis of
hearsay that he was inciting terrorism. "This one is easy," he
is quoted by aides as saying as he signed the man's death
warrant. On 6 June, a drone killed 18 people in a village in
Afghanistan, including women, children and the elderly who were
celebrating a wedding.
City of Tulsa, OK,
destroys woman's edible landscaping containing over 100 varieties of
An Oklahoma woman is the
latest victim of government terrorism after City of Tulsa code
enforcement officials came to her house and illegally tore up her
entire edible garden, which contained over 100 varieties of
medicinal plants. Denise Morrison was in full compliance with
local laws concerning her garden, and yet city officials proceeded
to both violate a court order, and willfully deny Denise of her
legal right to grow food on her own property by illegally
destroying it. She used the plants for food, and also to naturally
treat her diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. "Not only
are the plants my livelihood, they're my food and I was unemployed
at the time and had no food left, no medicine left, and I didn't
have insurance," said Morrison about her garden. "They basically
took away my life and my livelihood."
By Burl Hall
Small localities in Maine are standing up to the large, corporate
companies that engage in factory farming and genetic engineering.
The primary costs of such behavior is the health of our Planet, our
family, and ourselves.
By Tracy Turner
Greedy Obfuscating Polluters - GOP
If one Googles the letters
GOP, one finds Greedy Old Perps, Gluttons of Power, Greedy
Obfuscating Polluters, Greedy Old Pillagers (of Nature), Golf Oil
and a P-word that means a person of ill repute, Greedy Obstinate
Polluters, etc. One does not find any GOP references to Government
Of the People in google. The inference is a group that puts the
tax burden on the average while living like the King.
By Dr. Cheryl Pappas
Eating Is Dangerous
Food crisis in America. Healthy foods becoming hazardous with
higher levels of toxicity and genetically modified for financial
By Norma Sherry
And ThenThere Was One
That first Christmas I learned that Philip talked in his sleep. What
I didn't know was that I could have carried on a conversation with
him -- that he would have answered me! There I lay next to him when
I heard him giggle and announce: "I bought you such a gift"!
By Larry Pinkney
Barack Obama - The More Insidious Evil
This article describes how everyday ordinary people of this nation
have been (and in large measure, continue to be) cynically duped and
emaciated by the insidious Barack Obama in concert with his Democrat
and Republican party accomplices.
By Ralph Nader
What About Some Corporate Patriotism!
The bosses of these
companies believe they can have it both ways -- getting all the
benefits of their native country while shipping whole industries
and jobs to communist and fascist regimes abroad that keep their
workers in serf-like conditions.
By Tom Engelhardt
Michael Klare: The Cheney Effect (in the Obama
Back in September 2001, Dick Cheney was, according to Jane Mayer in
The Dark Side, being chauffeured around Washington "in an armored
motorcade that varied its route to foil possible attackers." In the
backseat of his car (just in case), adds Mayer, "rested a duffel bag
stocked with a gas mask and a biochemical survival suit." And lest
danger rear its head, "rarely did he travel without a medical doctor
By Cliff Schecter
The Conservative Closet
The closet can hide all
sorts of truths among its shadows. Americans and any facts about
the US that don't fit the right-wing narrative can be disappeared
in this enclosed recess -- either bullied into silence or simply
ignored -- and conservatism can continue to prosper.
By Trudy Lieberman
The failure to explain health reform - Whose Fault is it
that the Public Doesn't Understand?
The Affordable Care Act is a mystery to much of the public.
By David Swanson
You Mean Muslims Make Art?
When Jesus used a good
Samaritan to explain the need to appreciate foreigners, he can be
forgiven for not having known that so many Samaritans would later
convert to Islam.
By Ruth Hull
Justice, Upside Down and Out of Touch
In America, the innocent
often wind up in jail while the guilty are never prosecuted. The
system is corrupt and biased against the innocent and in favor
of corruption. It's time for a change.
A Terraist Letter to all the Real Terrorists
A letter from a terraist to
the real terrorist copouts of the police state and the nuclear
experimentation industry of the military industrial complex and all
the oligarchies the 99% stand against. Plus a remember when video.
What's not going on at Rio+20 - and why Aussie plonk is 'ecocider'
After the latest U.N.
environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro this week the fingers
will be pointed at the usual culprits - Brazil and Indonesia for
permitting deforestation to continue, India and China for
industrializing - and Africa for just being poor. The conference
will confirm, just as the first Rio Earth summit did 20 years ago,
everyone's prejudices - and the real environmental culprits will
Plan of Action
The author has touched a
nerve not only with the Occupy movement but also the Tea Party and
Dr. Paul supporters. All over an attempt to debate the merits of
contending courses of action.
Extreme Civil Disobedience 2012 Organizing NOW
This would guarantee a balanced budget. Voting has only served to
ensure the continuation of one corrupt party or the other. Occupying
parks is NOT an effective protest. SHUT IT DOWN! They won't listen
any other way. Join these local protests taking place...
Israel Declared an Apartheid State
Colonialism and apartheid breach international law.
It's No Fun Being An Illegal Alien
Romney's revised wishy-washy
non-answers on immigration are not playing well against Obama's very
popular policy positions. Not even Republican Rock Star Marco Rubio
can justify Romney's evasions about the border issue. Romney gave
Bob Schieffer a real workout on Sunday's Meet the Press, and refused
to shoot straight on his position on immigration.
Julian Assange's Artful Dodge
Faced with extradition from
London to Sweden to face sex-abuse allegations, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy and asked for asylum,
what ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern considers an artful dodge to avoid
possible U.S. persecution.
President Correa, Please Protect Julian Assange From My
If the U.S. government succeeds in prosecuting Assange under the
Espionage Act for helping to disclose the WikiLeaks cables, it will
make it harder to reform U.S. foreign policy in the future. That's
why I'm urging Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to grant Julian
Assange's request for political asylum.
President Obama as "Warrior-in-chief"
if you are looking for an
explanation of why the wars go on, you can't get hung up in debating
their pros and cons. They are an extension of an imperial policy
about perceived national and economic self-interest, not values. Why
is Obama using his ordered killing (rather than capture for trial)
of bin Laden as a campaign issue? Is it because, unable to fix the
economy, he is running as "warrior-in-chief"?
Protests Against the Military Coup in Egypt, Acquiescence of
the "Quiet" Coup in the U.S.
Yesterday in Tahrir Sq.
people gathered to protest against SCAF, the military council's
coup restricting powers of a new president, the dissolving of
parliament w/o any supervision or oversight. While in the U.S.
there's been a quiet coup accomplished by the
military/industrial/political complex & the other corporate
oligarchs, all w/the passive acquiescence & apparent compliance of
the American people.
Best News Links from the Web
Top 9 Health Care Systems in the World | Care And Cost
There has been much debate
in recent years about whether health care is a privilege or right.
While securing coverage for every U.S. citizen has been a priority
for years, people often overlook the overall quality -- or lack
thereof -- of our health care system. Without question, improvements
can be made.
God, Money, and Planet Earth
And my sense is that no
one expects the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, a.k.a.
Rio+20, which begins this week, with representatives from 190
countries attending, to make any difference in our disastrous
drift ever more deeply into unsustainability . . . because nothing
can make a difference. We're stuck, apparently, in a system that
won't be constrained by international goals and agreements, which
are already compromises to that system. No matter that this is a
life-devouring system that serves the interests of the very few --
and at best serves them temporarily. No matter that more and more
people see the insanity of this system. There seems to be no
escape from it.
Sweden on alert, explosives found near nuke plant
Sweden ramped up security at its three nuclear power plants Thursday
after a small amount of explosives without a triggering device was
found on a forklift on the grounds of the country's largest atomic
power station, authorities said. Police were investigating possible
sabotage, but insisted that even if there had been a blast it would
not have posed any great danger. Bomb-sniffing dogs detected the
explosives in a routine check Wednesday afternoon by security staff
in the power plant's industrial area near its high-security
enclosure. Police declined to describe the amount or type of
explosive. Bomb technicians said the material lacked a detonating
device, meaning there was no danger of an imminent explosion. "But
even if it would have been equipped with a detonator, a potential
blast would have had pretty limited effects -- the truck would have
received some damage and...
Spark: Adding Momentum to an 80 Percent Renewable Vision
Rocky Mountain Institute continues to come up with good ideas, plans
for action, and progressive action. You can get lost on their website
with "positive thinking," future visions, and things happening now.
Skip it if you're a naysayer...
Romney Campaign Said to Ask Scott to Downplay Job Gains
Mitt Romney's presidential
campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his
statements heralding improvements in the state's economy because
they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee's message that
the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama. Scott, a
Republican, was asked to say that the state's jobless rate could
improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to people, who
asked not to be named.
Building a multi-platform media for--and by--the public
Commercial broadcasters make for bad trustees. Let's go around
them... For more than 50 years, television broadcasters have been
allowed to use the public's airwaves for free--based on the
understanding that they would give something back to their local
communities. These public service obligations, such as covering
current affairs and providing children's programming, are the
foundation for broadcasters' special status as trustees of the
airwaves, a principle first established in the 1927 Radio Act. But
the fact that over 35 percent of commercial broadcast stations do
not provide any local news programming demonstrates that the trustee
model is broken--and the broadcasters' opposition to mere online
disclosure of data they were already obligated to collect and make
public underscores just how broken it is. If the broadcasters fight
simple transparency requirements...
Misbehaving particles poke holes in reigning physics theory
The reigning theory of
particle physics may be flawed, according to new evidence that a
subatomic particle decays in a certain way more often than it
should, scientists announced. This theory, called the Standard
Model, is the best handbook scientists have to describe the tiny
bits of matter that make up the universe. But many physicists
suspect the Standard Model has some holes in it, and findings like
this may point to where those holes are hiding... What they found is
that this process apparently happens more often than the Standard
Model predicts it will. "The excess over the Standard Model
prediction is exciting," BaBar spokesperson Michael Roney of the
University of Victoria in Canada said in a statement. "But before we
can claim an actual discovery, other experiments have to replicate
it and rule out the possibility this isn't just an unlikely
Dan Froomkin: Vast Majority Of Secret Money In Presidential
Race Spreads Misinformation: Report
Advocates of unlimited
secret political spending say it leads to a more informed
electorate, but according to a new study, in reality it spreads
more lies. An examination of presidential-election advertising
spending by the top four secret big-money political groups -- all
of them right-wing -- found that 85 percent of their money over a
recent six-month period went to ads that independent fact-checkers
determined were in some way deceptive.
Nancy Pelosi Slams Contempt Vote: 'I Could Have Arrested
Karl Rove ... But We Didn't'
House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that the House Oversight
and Government Reform Committee is playing politics with its vote
to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, an
action she said that even she didn't seek as House Speaker when
she thought someone was legitimately deserving of it. "I could
have arrested Karl Rove on any given day," Pelosi said to
laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. "I'm not kidding.
There's a prison here in the Capitol ... If we had spotted him in
the Capitol, we could have arrested him." Rove was senior advisor
and deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush from
2001 to 2007. Asked on what grounds she could have arrested Rove,
Pelosi replied, "Oh, any number. But there were some specific ones
for his being in contempt of Congress. But we didn't."
Karl Rove: Too Clever For His Own Good With Crossroads GPS
Measures that secretive
political groups keep coming up with to avoid disclosing donors
may eventually backfire, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said
Wednesday. "These organizations are doing all sorts of gymnastics
to try to prevent voters from knowing the sources of their
funding," Van Hollen said at a conference on "Shadow Money" hosted
by the Center for Responsive Politics. "I think they're already
becoming too clever for their own good." Van Hollen succeeded in
closing one of the most consequential campaign finance loopholes
affecting the 2012 race last month, when an appellate court turned
down a request to delay a district court ruling in his favor. As a
result, even secretive nonprofit groups organized under sections
501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6) of the tax code now must disclose major
donors if they buy certain kinds of broadcast ads.
Arizona Radio Host Calls Obama "Monkey" and Can't Admit
When adjectives like
"xenophobic" and "racist" keep getting attached to your state, the
last thing you want is a radio host in Arizona comparing Obama to
a monkey, and then making no apologies for it. Barbara Espinosa,
host of a radio show called "Hair on Fire", described her
sentiment this way: "I don't believe in calling him the first
black president. I voted for the white guy myself. I call him a
Eric Holder contempt vote: House panel moves against
The House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to
hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for
refusing to comply with a subpoena in the "Fast and Furious"
investigation, setting up a legal showdown with President Barack
Obama in the middle of his tough reelection battle.
Romney plans posh weekend donor retreat featuring Rove and
Fresh off the best
fundraising stretch of his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney
plans to spend this weekend strategizing and fraternizing with his
biggest bundlers at a posh resort in Park City, Utah. More than a
dozen Republican heavy-hitters are scheduled to join the private
retreat as special guests. Bush strategist Karl Rove, who helps
run American Crossroads, the well-funded GOP super PAC, is
planning to speak at the retreat.
Lingering Fears Push Spanish Short-Term Borrowing Costs Up
In an auction of
short-term debt, the Spanish Treasury had to pay interest of 5.074
percent to attract buyers. That compared with a yield of 2.985
percent, itself a lofty level, only a month earlier. And it came
after Spain's 10-year bond on Monday reached its highest interest
rate since the creation of the euro currency union. Spain plans to
test the market again on Thursday, with an auction of longer-term
Republicans Back Down On Effort to Defund Transparency Rule
Republicans on the House
Appropriations Committee today dropped an effort to defund a new
Federal Communications Commission rule that will make political ad
data available on the Internet. The FCC rule, which was OKed by
the commission earlier this year and is expected to go into effect
sometime this summer or fall, would require TV stations to put
detailed records on political ad buys on a new Web site. The files
are currently public but are kept on paper at stations.
Ron Paul Admits He's On Social Security, Even Though He
Believes It's Unconstitutional
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
may rail against Social Security insolvency in the public eye, but
that hasn't stopped him from accepting the government checks. The
libertarian-leaning Republican and former presidential candidate
admitted Wednesday that he accepts Social Security checks just
minutes after he called for younger generations to wean themselves
off the program, in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I want
young people to opt out of Social Security, but my goal isn't to
cut," he said. The Huffington Post's Sam Stein then asked Paul, "A
bit of a personal question -- Are you on Social Security? Do you
get social security checks?" Paul admitted he does, stating,
"[It's] just as I use the post office, I use government highways,
I use the banks, I use the federal reserve system. But that
doesn't mean that you can't work to remove this in the same way on