Sunday, November 30, 2008

India's 9/11. Who was Behind the Mumbai Attacks?

MUST READ


Washington is Fostering Political Divisions between India and Pakistan
by Michel Chossudovsky

The "powerful" ISI ?

Despite the MSM references to the ISI as "powerful" in the most recent circumstances. The past history indicates that the ISI is subservient to the US. I highly doubt that has changed. An interesting read on the all powerful ISI:

There is little doubt that the entire intelligence and security system in Pakistan needs revamping, but not the way the Americans want it

Saturday, October 04, 2008

After a series of accusations against Pakistan’s premier intelligence organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), we recently had another demand from the US, that it be restructured. Before addressing this issue, it is necessary to briefly review the recent history of the ISI to understand the reasons for the accusations and the demands that followed.

During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the CIA worked hand in glove with the ISI, funnelling billions of dollars in cash and munitions of war. After the Soviet withdrawal, followed by the US abandonment of Afghanistan, the ISI had no control over the anarchical events that ensued, until the Taliban entered the affray in 1994, bringing some sort of peace in their wake. At least until 1996, when they fell under the influence of Osama bin Laden. However, the ISI’s influence on the Taliban continued till 9/11.

Throughout this period, including that of the Taliban, the CIA continued close collaboration with the ISI, often referring to the ISI as ‘among the most efficient and well organised intelligence organisations in the world’ and as ‘our closest and most reliable partner’. In private, it went so far as to acknowledge that it (CIA) received greater cooperation from the ISI than it did from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.
Now, ask yourself, why would the US even dare to DEMAND change from such a "powerful" intelligence agency? Unless, the intelligence agency is compliant?


US, UK, Israel ramp up intelligence aid to India

This article is an interesting read also.
Interesting in that, when the Mumbai attack took place, these were the countries that simply had to be involved in the false flag attack.
I bolded them for you.

WASHINGTON: Unprecedented intelligence cooperation involving investigating agencies and spy outfits of India, United States, United Kingdom and Israel has got underway to crack the method and motive behind the Mumbai terrorist massacre, now widely blamed on Islamist radicals who appeared to have all four countries on their hit list when they arrived on the shores of India.
Isn't that a bunch of bunkem? Like there has never been intelligence cooperation between these countries before?
Oh yeah, the Afghan/ Soviet war!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Obama's "attack Pakistan" flashback

Well, well, well in the wake of what amounts to the most convenient "terrorist attack" since 9/11, a little refresher is in order.


Who recalls this?
Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.


Barack Obama, a leading Democrat candidate in the US presidential race, provoked anger yesterday by threatening to send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists — even without permission from that country’s Government.


The much vaunted surge?

US could OK Afghan "surge" before Obama takes office


WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates could approve plans for a major build-up of U.S. forces in Afghanistan before President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20, officials say.



Mumbai attack and Obama’s plans for Afghanistan



What about Kashmir???

The dispute between India and Pakistan over, with an invaded and crushed Pakistan?
Is that one prize for India in this? Besides an upswing in arms, possibly more nukes to balance China's influence?


Who benefitted from this timely "new 9/11" ???

Friday, November 28, 2008

Is this how bad boys are made?

"Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you?"



I saw a police car. Not that unusual right?

People milling around in front of the local bowling alley. A cop was in the parking lot along side the building. What was this all about?

I usually steer clear of this kind of crap. But this was different because I could hear a small child screaming and noticed a cop subduing him. Ya know how they put their knee down on people? Well he had his knee on this child. And this child was screaming! "Get off of me". "Get off of me."
I could here the terror and panic in his voice.
I decided I was going to pass right by this, this... I don't know what this was? A melee?

A couple with an infant in a stroller were very nearby. The male was looking on at what was unfolding. But the woman. She would not look. She had her back to the scene, she had her hands on her face, somewhat covering her mouth, she looked at me, tears were running down her face.
On her face was a look of horror, distress.


There was your typical young bottle blonde skanky looking woman, who appeared to be the mother, and also appeared to be perfectly ok with what was going on.

In fact I would assume, she was the one who called the police.


As I drew closer, I saw the the cop had moved to the side of the child, and was holding him by his upper arms. He was asking "Do you want to go for a ride in my car"? The child was just crying and screaming and saying no, NO, NO. He looked to be about 5 yrs old. The skanky blonde was talking to the cop.

All I could think as I passed by this scene was what in the hell was going on? What could a 5 yr old have done? What behaviour so bad? That a parent would actually think it was OK to call the police to reign in their own young child?

Before my eyes, an entire scene unfolded.

A mother, a clueless mother, who cannot find a way to deal with her young childs behaviour?
Likely because she is not all that interested
A young boy who is so desperate for attention, he will do almost anything to get it.
Including bad behaviour which the mother then reinforces by paying attention to him when he "acts up" and ignoring him when he does virtually anything else. "Don't bug me kid"

And the cop, the police officer. Is this an appropriate action on his part? Is this the way that small unruly children should be handled? By the police? To be manhandled? To have a two-hundred pound cop kneeling, one knee on a small child? I did not get the impression the officer was being malicous. Yet, I felt his actions were seriously questionable.

To say this disturbed me, was an understatement. I think, did I do the right thing? Should I have stopped? Asked what was going on? I don't know? I feel like I let this little kid down.

I question why a parent would do this?
I question the actions of the officer in subduing this small child in this manner?
I thought about how intimidated this small child must feel. But not only initimidated, how angry, hurt and betrayed he would feel.

And, I question my own actions.

This was a really shitty scene.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

That fairy tale about the economy




Here I was all ready to write out something intelligent, or at least half-way intelligent.
Sadly, I find myself to darn tired to be coherent, so........
Let me direct your attention to some interesting information I have been taking in lately.
Articles and interviews: William Engdahl article here
Interview here: Hour 1

Warning: King Henry's bailout like Rummy's Iraq

Reaganomics hidden in 'sleeper cell' armed with lethal 'financial WMDs'


"And thanks to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's brilliant bailout coup, Reaganomics is now the new "sleeper cell" quietly hidden inside the Obama White House and America's Treasury, where it will be for a long time to come, armed with what Warren Buffett calls financial weapons of mass destruction, guaranteed to sabotage the new president, taxpayers and the future of America.

Listen closely folks: You and your government are and will continue being conned out of trillions. Better that we should have taken care of ourselves first and cleaned house, not bailed out Wall Street financiers -- let them pay for their sins and feel the pain.

Unfortunately, while you were distracted by the election, Wall Street gained control of our Treasury using a Trojan Horse, Hank Paulson, who filled Treasury with Goldman Sachs alums and pulled off one of the greatest inside heists in the history of the world."

Monday, November 24, 2008

How capitalist corporatism has led us to the edge of the abyss.

And corporations in cahoots with government are not going to come up with the solutions. They are not going to bring change. Only we will, only people will. Anyway.......

Two different but really interesting articles. Somehow they seem to work well together. Despite there differences, there are similarities. Both from the Multinational Monitor.
Give them a read. What do you think?

The System Implodes: The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008

But we’ve never had a year like 2008.

The financial crisis first gripping Wall Street and now spreading rapidly throughout the world is, in many ways, emblematic of the worst of the corporate-dominated political and economic system that we aim to expose with our annual 10 Worst list.

Here is how it was done....

Improper political influence: Deregulation and non-enforcement: Short-term thinking: Financialization: Profit over social use: Externalized costs


In the article each on of these points are explained.

Then onto the corporations, which corporations and why are they on the annual top ten list?


Moving along to the "Carbon Market". Carbon Market Fundamentalism


The World Bank plays a most interesting role in this fiasco. I'll leave the reading to you.

The article ends like this......

Tom Picken, the Head of International Climate for Friends of the Earth-UK, puts it this way: “It is absolutely clear that there is no ‘spare’ [carbon dioxide] ‘in the system’ and therefore no ‘spare’ [carbon dioxide] to trade. If there is no spare [carbon dioxide] to trade, then this poses a pretty fundamental challenge to the means available to achieve emissions reductions — that there cannot be any more offsetting of any form. To do so is downright dangerous, in my view, and seems to me to be based on neoliberal economic fundamentalism rather than being environmentally and socially informed.”


Thank-you Tom Picken, you hit the nail on the head.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Soundtrack for Hey George (Hey Jude, this ain't)

Nobody, wrote at great post at his blog, called Hey George.
Silverfish left a stunning commentary.
Me, I have taken it upon myself to provide the video and music for that post.
Or at least the music that comes to my mind. And, it seemed fitting.
So on a lighter note, lets reminisce......

King George -

( A tribute to Americas favorite President)





all the favourite people are there.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

BC's Carbon tax, harder on low income families: report

I have to put this piece up before I take a toddle off.

I had come to the conclusion that the impact of a carbon tax on the low to middle income families was going to be great. It was a no-brainer, really. You can read my own somewhat simplistic thoughts on it, here.

Not surpisingly Centre for Policy Alternatives came out with this report this past week. I've included the pdf link to the full report.

To be fair, BC’s carbon tax needs work


Is BC’s Carbon Tax Fair? analyzes the impact of the tax and revenue “recycling” for households with varying income levels. It finds that the tax is progressive for the first year, although personal and corporate income tax cuts still result in an undesirable net benefit to the highest income households, which also have the largest ecological footprint.

As the carbon tax increases in subsequent years, however, it becomes regressive, meaning low-income families pay a larger share of their income to the tax than higher-income families. The authors argue that the best way to fix the problem of inequality is to rework how carbon tax revenues are spent.



Is BC’s Carbon Tax Fair?An Impact Analysis for Different Income Levels - PDF File, 741 Kb

Friday, November 21, 2008

Greyhound attacker- Vince Li - trial is moved

From not appearing in court, due to security concerns, to now stand trial in a Winnipeg courtroom that is actually more convenient for the family.

Oh, and now it is trial by judge alone, rather then as previously reported, Li had wanted a trial by jury.

Bus beheading case moving to Winnipeg court

At Court of Queen's Bench in Portage on Friday, a motion was put forward by the Crown and defence attorneys to have Li's case moved to Winnipeg court because of security issues.

Justice John Scurfield accepted the Crown and defence's motion.

"Security is an issue," he said during the hearing. "That's a concern from the Crown and the RCMP. There is no security in Portage's court house."

He noted the Portage courtroom lacks metal detectors and security at the doors to provide increased safety for those attending.
I note the crown and the defence both requested this move. ( which was a common theme in Dave McGowan's serial killer book, where the crown and defence , worked in tandem with one another)


"We have received some threats," she said. "They are not specific enough in nature that we could lay any type of criminal charge. Also, it's not something that could be completely identified to a particular person.
hmm, so move him closer to the people or persons who may possibly be doing the threatening?

The change of venue may also be convenient to the victim's family.


And the other change besides venue? No jury.

The case will proceed with a judge alone trial, without a jury.

"This is going to be a lot of psychiatric evidence as opposed to evidence from witnesses, and a judge may be in a better position to deal with it," said Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn to reporters after the court hearing.


some additional info:

He added the psychological assessment is still ongoing.

Libman expected the agreed statement of facts to be presented in court likely in late February or early March.

"It would be presented in court," said Libman. "There would be no need to call any civilian witnesses. We anticipate the only witnesses will be forensic psychiatrists."

Vince Li's case is next scheduled for Winnipeg court at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, at which time a trial date will be set.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ellen Brown- Web of Deceit , excellent interview, article and more

I heard a fabulous interview on Global Research News Hour. (RBN)

Ellen Brown,Hour 2, is a civil litigation attorney, author and analyst of the Us monetary system. Her latest book is titled "Web of Debt" in which she analyzed the Federal Reserve and "the money trust." How this private cartel usurped money creation power. To print and control its supply, price, and to charge government interest on its own money. Ellen Brown's writings on the current financial crisis and the Bush administration's "bailout" of Wall Street are published by Global Research. That topic will be discussed on the program.
The way she explained the banking system, the federal reserve, private central banks etc., plain and simple. Easily understandable. Click the link (hour 2) to listen.

This gal also has a new article on Global Research called:



Here website is Web of Debt
She has a book of the same name, which you can read excerpts at that site.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The cold wars missing atom bombs

And, they ain't all Russian bombs!!!!

A NUCLEAR NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK

In a 1968 plane crash, the US military lost an atom bomb in Greenland's Arctic ice. But this was no isolated case. Up to 50 nuclear warheads are believed to have gone missing during the Cold War, and not all of them are in unpopulated areas.

Study Confirms GM crops reduce fertility

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety

Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops

A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.

Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.

In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.

The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.




A thought on the Obama appointments

Is it just me, and maybe it is, anyone get the feeling that Obama is putting in the government Hilary Clinton would have put in anyway?

Or another thought?

Why is it the Obama is recyling Clinton's government, including his wife??

Is there no one else he could pick? (choices)

Or is there no one else he can pick? (as in acceptable, permissible)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

THE ISRAELI LOBBY- documentary

silverfish, this is a repost in honour of Obama.
Cause he makes an appearance.
The Israeli Lobby

A documentary out of the Netherlands

Monday, November 17, 2008

Obamavader and the continuation of the Star Wars

Why Obama Will Continue Star Wars


*Missile-defense skeptics yearning for a fresh look at the wisdom of pumping $10 billion annually into missile defense aren't going to get it from Barack Obama when he moves into the Oval Office.

*But even in a Democratic-run Pentagon the push for missile defense is going to continue. If Obama keeps Defense Secretary Robert Gates on, as some advisers are arguing he should, that would come as no surprise

*The other leading contender for the Pentagon post is Richard Danzig, a Clinton Navy secretary, who recently told reporters that the Obama team has "a strong view that national missile defense is a rewarding area and should be invested in."

*In fact, during the campaign, Obama said "I actually believe that we need missile defense because of Iran and North Korea and the potential for them to obtain or to launch nuclear weapons."


Though this Friday, Sarkozy warned the US against deploying the missile shield in Europe.
"Deployment of a missile defense system would bring nothing to security"

"It would complicate things, and would make them move backward."


Missile defense, would certainly make life more difficult for the Europeans, who are the neighbours to Russia

Obama for Change, Obama for Peace
slogans, they don't mean a dam thing do they?

Global Warming or Global Governance

I am posting the movie Global Warming/Global Governance.

I'll admit to being skeptical about global warming. I was convinced, at one time, of the facts behind the theory. Now I am completely unsure. Some of the information, I have dug up myself, has left me wondering.
The so called "solutions' proposed to deal with the issue, reek suspiciously of control and massive profiteering.

Like the war on terror.

When the solution "a war", to the 'problem' of 'terror', is so blatantly and obviously false , one is left with no choice but to question the very problem itself.
Terror is it real or contrived?

So it is with Global Warming. Real or Contrived?
I hope you enjoy this and it provides some food for thought.
(btw, if so inclined one can hit the tags at the bottom for some additional posts on this subject)



Global Warming or Global Governance:
Interviews of climate scientists and biologists from numerous sources who explain, step by step, why Al Gore and the global warming alarmists are incorrect. In some cases, blatantly so. It also provides evidence that the global warming agenda is being funded with tens of billions of dollars as a mechanism to create global governance. Hear from congressmen, experts and even well-known news broadcasters how global governance puts global institutions that are not accountable to the American people in control of every aspect of our economy. The U.S. government is very close to making this a reality. Very close. Every American, every citizen of the world, needs to hear the other side of the global warming story.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bloggers, not just better looking and smarter, but also happier ?

Cause I KNOW we are all fabulously gorgeous & smart persons !

Isn't this interesting?

Unhappy People Watch LOTS More Television

But is it the chicken or the egg that comes first?

Researchers are unsure if it is the viewing of tv that makes people unhappy, or do unhappy people just watch more television?

The happy people in this study watched 19 hours of television a week, the unhappy watched 25 hours.

I am unsure if I even watch 19 hours of television myself.......

So what do you think?

Based on this study, I think the bloggers should be a happy lot, since none of us seem to watch alot of television. ( Mike Rivero: who can't possibly have the time, maggie, meria heller, nobody, s., silverfish, etc. apologies to anyone I may have missed)

We are certainly reading more stuff, books , newspapers, each others writings etc. Oui ?

All that reading certainly requires more then just passive participation.

Is this what keeps us happy, actively participating in discussions, that stimulate our thoughts, our minds, or brains???

Inquiring non-passive, non-television watching minds (ok, me) wanna know, so dish, please dish!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dave McGowan and the death of Jimi Hendrix's drummer

Briefly, Dave McGowan has his new Laurel Canyon piece up, I notice that the series is going longer then Dave had anticipated. When he was on Meria he thought the whole Laurel Canyon series would run about 12 parts , but... looks like 15 parts will be the final tally?

Some sad news that ties into the Laurel Canyon scene.

Jimi Hendrix's drummer was found dead.
With the death of Mitch Mitchell, the Jimi Hendrix Experience is over

Mitch Mitchell in his younger days




Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past?

The Wind Cries Mary



What is Northcom up to???

First we had the battle hardened Iraq battalion assigned to Northcom for 'domestic' reasons
Now this? And Canada's role ?

This week and into next, NorthCom and NORAD are conducting a joint exercise called "Vigilant Shield '09."

The focus will be on "homeland defense and civil support," a NorthCom press release states.

From November 12-18, it will be testing a "synchronized response of federal, state, local and international partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security, and civil support missions in the United States and abroad."

NorthCom is short for the Pentagon's Northern Command. President Bush created it in October 2002. (The Southern Command, or SouthCom, covers Latin America. Central Command, or CentCom, covers Iraq and Afghanistan. And the new AfriCom covers, well, you get the picture.)

Vigilant Shield '09 "will include scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications, and counter terrorism domains," the press release states.

NorthCom's press release also says that other participants in the exercise include the U.S. Strategic Command's "Global Lightning 09," which is a plan to use nuclear weapons in a surprise attack.

The Pentagon's "Bulwark Defender 09" is also involved in the exercise, and it is a cyberspace protection outfit of the Pentagon.

Something called the "Canada Command DETERMINED DRAGON" also is participating, as is the California National Guard and California's "Golden Guardian."

California's involvement appears to center around planning for a catastrophic earthquake.

"Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger and direction of his Office of Homeland Security, the nation's largest state sponsored emergency exercise will take place November 13-18," a press release from the governor's office states.

"Golden Guardian 2008 tests California's capability to respond and recover during a major catastrophic earthquake. The Golden Guardian 2008 full-scale exercise scenario focuses on a simulated, catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault."

NorthCom is being shy about giving out additional information about Vigilant Shield '09. When I called for a fact sheet on it, I was told there was none.

HMMMMM?????

commondreams.org
check this out also NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09

Thursday, November 13, 2008

An close encounter with a hawk

Sometimes the smallest little happenings, can light up your day.

Well today, as I happened to look out my front door, to check on my cat who was hanging out in the screen porch, what did I see just sitting so nonchalantly on the roof of my car?

A Red tailed -hawk
!!!

(I was thrilled, yes, I admit a weakness for birds! )
What the hawk was eying were the small birds that were taking shelter in the shrub in my front flower garden. I could see at least three of them hiding out in there, on what is a grey raining windy day.
I ran for the camera, which of course is in the camera bag, lens cap on, in another room.
Anyway, got the camera and ran back.
The hawk had moved from the roof of the car to the fence post. Still within range to get a picture. I went outside, in my pjs and housecoat. Who cares what the neighbours say, this was worth the potential embarassement.
Sadly, in my haste and excitement, I let the door slam, AAAaargh!
The hawk flew away.
Though I felt sad by this, I also felt that however small this incident was, it was like a gift for me, to brighten a grey day.
I loved it!
Anyway, here is a pic of the type of bird that sat on my car. Except the bird was not calling. Next time I hope it will be my picture.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/47/Red-tailed_hawk02.jpg/180px-Red-tailed_hawk02.jpg

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Path to Freedom through self-sufficiency

A story for all of us who dream of living off of the grid, on a budget, and in the city if necessary.

Just the idea of being able to support oneself, and be less dependant on the powers that be, that wield the power, because they have the masses so ensnared.

Check this family out!

URBAN FARMING:

Jules Dervaes and three of his adult children live on one-fifth of an acre in Pasadena, Calif., a block away from a multilane highway. On this tiny sliver of land, they manage to be mostly self-sufficient. “This is our form of protest,” says Dervaes, who is 60, “and this is our form of survival.” The family harvests 6,000 pounds and more than 350 separate varieties of fruits, vegetables and edible flowers annually. They brew the biodiesel fuel that powers the family car. Solar panels on their roof reduce energy bills to as little as $12 a month. Goats, chickens, ducks and two rescued cats are in residence. Red wiggler worms turn the kitchen and garden waste into compost, which is then recycled back into the garden.


Dervaes/Path to Freedom

Visit there website:

Path to Freedom

Check out the two minute trailer Homegrown

HOMEGROWN follows the Dervaes family who run a small organic farm in the heart of urban Pasadena, California. While "living off the grid", they harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre, make their own bio diesel, power their computers with the help of solar panels, and maintain a website that gets 4,000 hits a day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rahm Emmanuel: dead fish mailin' table stabber

one could say a hot head, but this is the headline

Fiery, To Say The Least



Upset with a Democratic pollster during a long-ago congressional race, Emanuel mailed him a big dead fish.


Outraged over what he regarded as disloyal Democrats during Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, he stunned dinner companions by rattling off names of the offenders, each time stabbing the restaurant table with a dinner knife and shouting, "Dead."


"Rahmbo" is said to have mellowed over the years, but that's relative. That's from a starting point of pugnaciousness the likes of which even the hardened politicos of Washington don't see every day.

Ummm, ok?

FDA ignores scientific evidence of harm

How did I miss this one? No matter I caught it now, must have been the banking news that had me distracted.....

Anyway, surprise, surprise or NOT!

BPA Ruling Flawed, Panel Says


The Food and Drug Administration ignored scientific evidence and used flawed methods when it determined that a chemical widely used in baby bottles and in the lining of cans is not harmful, a scientific advisory panel has found.

In a highly critical report to be released today, the panel of scientists from government and academia said the FDA did not take into consideration scores of studies that have linked bisphenol A (BPA) to prostate cancer, diabetes and other health problems in animals when it completed a draft risk assessment of the chemical last month.

>>>>>>

The report likely will be fodder for critics of FDA who have accused the agency of relying too heavily on industry-funded studies.



Because the FDA wouldn't do that, would they?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Plans for 4,700 more troops for the homeland

As previously noted here beginning Oct 01/08 a combat team was assigned domestically to the US, under command of Northcom. A "dwell time" mission. Whatever that really means?
But there is more, and isn't there always?

In the next three years the military plans to activate and train an estimated 4,700 service members for specialized domestic operations, according to Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which was created in 2002 for homeland defense missions.

Is there more then meets the eye here? How does this fit in with Obama's plans for some type of domestic force?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Greyhound killing update-Vince Li death threats?

It is being reported here , here and here that Vince Li is receiving death threats.

Conveniently, since it it alleged there have been these threats, Vince Li is not required to make any routine court appearances.

There is no indication who the threats are coming from. Was it a person, more then one person, a group, who? Just, what seems to be vague rumours ? But not only are these vague rumours, well...vague, they appear to be contradictory.

This is what is being reported:

"There have been some threats uttered that cause concern so obviously we would prefer to limit his appearances in a courtroom if at all possible," said Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn.

Dalmyn would not elaborate on the threats, but said there was no mention of Li's safety at the forensic psychiatric unit at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre.


If there have been threats against Li's life, wouldn't the Health Sciences Centre be concerned also? Because, really where there is a will , there is a way.

If the threats are legit, I would think the Winnipeg Health Science Centre would be concerned, not just for their patient/prisoner Vince Li, but , should they not be concerned for the well being of other patients and staff at the Centre?

Also being reported is this:

Dalmyn also said the economics of transporting Li from Winnipeg to Portage was also a factor in the decision to not have Li brought to court each time it appears on the docket.

Looking at what is being reported the one conclusion I can draw is the Crown definitely does not want Li appearing in the courtroom, until absolutely necessary. Why?
Is it really death threats? Is it the "economics" of transporting Li ? Or is it something else?

Apparently Vince Li has opted for trial by Jury, but the only consideration at the trial will be wether he is criminally responsible.

Li's defense lawyer, Alan Libman said in a recent interview that whether the 40-year-old should face criminal sanctions is "the sole issue" of the case.

"If someone commits an offense while suffering a disease of the mind and they don't know their actions are wrong, they can't be held criminally responsible," Libman said.



So , I am perplexed why he would choose a jury trial?

I wonder if he will testify on his own behalf ?



Obama: to keep Bush Foreign Policy Initiatives

The party is over, the hangover is on, and you wake up going who the hell am I in bed with ?

``To all those watching from beyond our shores, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand,'' Obama said in his victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park. ``To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you.''
I weep as I read this:

We are all in this together, to defeat the evildoers, and support the do-gooders.

China, Russia

Obama has described a middle path on China much like Bush's, seeking expanded contacts while pressing for economic concessions. He has criticized Russia for supporting breakaway Georgian territories while eschewing confrontational measures such as expulsion from summits of the Group of Eight economic powers.

While Obama has promised greater engagement in the search for a Middle East peace, he will likely be forced to wait until both Israelis and Palestinians sort out internal political conflicts.

What much of the world may find surprising about Obama's foreign policy is that it will mark a far less dramatic shift in substance than many anticipate -- because Bush has moved in the same direction during his second term.

Analysts point out that Bush has struck a deal with North Korea to contain its nuclear-arms development effort, accepted the idea of a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, embraced talks with some elements of Afghanistan's Taliban rebels and contemplated opening a diplomatic outpost in Iran.

"The change that Obama will bring is not going to be as great as many people imagine.''

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obama: "our future ability to extend global power"

"Take a bow for the new revolution"

After two terms of the Bush regime.
"We were liberated from the foe, that's all"

Obama for Peace? Obama for change.
"The change, it had to come"


How many signs displaying empty slogans, waved by the believers?
"For I know that the hypnotized never lie"


Judging by this article?

Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss?


The Illinois Democratic senator has declared his support for technological innovation across the federal government, but in particular, Obama's campaign says he advocates unmanned aircraft, electronic warfare capabilities and cyber security among several other national security efforts. The tech emphasis aligns with Obama's promises to buttress the military's personnel ranks while wrangling control of the DOD's problem-plagued acquisition portfolio.

"We must adapt and make tradeoffs among systems originally designed for the Cold War and those required for current and future challenges," the Obama camp says on its campaign Web site. "We need greater investment in advanced technology ranging from the revolutionary, like unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare capabilities, to systems like the C-17 cargo and KC-X air refueling aircraft - which may not be glamorous to politicians, but are the backbone of our future ability to extend global power."
"The backbone of our future ability to extend global power".

That bears repeating doesn't it? The imperial goal of the US will continue on with it's strategy of dominating the globe, and all who reside on the planet. New President, same goals. No surprise!


Yet, the technological push is eyed far beyond just national security and into outer space. Obama during the late summer appeared to shift his support toward the Bush Exploration Vision goal of returning astronauts to the moon by 2020, noting that he "endorses the goal" of a lunar return "as a precursor in an orderly progression to missions to more distant destinations, including Mars."

He further states that he wants the Constellation program to have the flexibility to explore other sites such as asteroids and Lagrangian points. Major space program supporters have raised asteroids as a much better stepping stone to Mars than the moon.

Is that national security in outer space? I would say it is.

We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

To late.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Relive some funny moments in George Bush's Presidency

in the mood to reminisce?


Photo Gallery: Funny Moments with George 'Dubyah' Bush

Nowhere man- Farewell to Dubya

Well Obama has won the election. As one chapter ends, another begins.
A look at the Bush legacy.

Nowhere man: a farewell to Dubya, all-time loser in presidential
history


Where, O where are you, Dubya, as the action passes you by like a jet skirting dirty weather? Are you roaming the lonely corridors of the White House in search of a friendly shoulder around which to clap your affable arm? Are you sweating it out on the treadmill, hurt and confused as to why the man everyone wanted to have a beer (or Coke) with, who swept to re-election four years ago, has been downgraded to all-time loser in presidential history, stuck there in the bush leagues along with the likes of James Buchanan and Warren Harding? Or are you whacking brush in Crawford, where the locals now make a point of telling visitors that George W never really was from hereabouts anyroad.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ruminating on the US and it's election

Well, today is the day!

The entire world watches and waits, somewhat impatiently. Paying attention to the choice the American people make (or not), on who will lead their country for the next four years.

Why does the entire world watch? Why does the rest of the world even care?
Well no other country in the world "throws its weight around" quite like the US does!
But then no other country, yet, has the ability to throw it's weight around globally.
Because, no other country spends such an obscene amount of money on 'defense'.
You know Department of defense? Defense spending. The defense budget. Why are they called that? There is no actual defense involved? Call them what the are. The Department of Offence, Offence Spending, and the Offence budget..........

Sorry, I have digressed here. I guess I was attempting to explain why it is the world watches and waits, for who leads the "free" world. The "free" world? God there is another one! Is the "free" world free ? What with wiretapping, surveillance, cameras watching your moves and the government reading your mail. Is that freedom?

Anyway, back to the election. As the entire 'free' world watches, who will be elected the leader of the 'free' world.............
Hang on there!
If America is the leader of the 'free' world, yet "throws it weight around", through it massive 'defense spending' which enables the US to inflict it's will on other countries and it's people, how exactly is the US the leader of the free world?

Shouldn't this lead one to think that the US, is in fact, using it's massive arsenal as a weapon of fear and control, to beat subordinate countries into submission?
Hmmm?

Back to the US election! The world watches. The world waits. Obama? McCain?

Either way, there will be no peace in the World. Likely no freedom either.
(Remember 'freedom fries'? Utter and shameless drivel......)
Maybe domestically there will be some small changes.
But, in the world itself ?
The US will continue to wield it's heavy hand of influence.
I am going out on the wire, to say that the focus will become less middle-east centred.
Not to say that there will be improvement there, just the focus will shift.
Where will the focus shift to?
Russia and China!
Humbly, I say we have already seen signs of that shift.
In the US backed attack, on Abkhazia, undertaken by the US proxy and her puppet leader from Georgia.
The selling of arms to Taiwan, China's enemy, as a means of destabilisation. Taiwan, can serve as a good proxy state for the US, point of entry for attacks, etc.,
Oh and no matter who wins, the encirclement of Russia, and hopeful balkanization of that country (ditto for China) is still on, that hasn't changed and won't change. Both candidates McCain and Obama support missile defence.

For the rest of the world, sadly, the US election will just mean more of the same.
Same shit, different toilet!
I know , crude, but effective in making the point.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sarah Palin Pranked by Canadian Comedy Duo

You can listen to Sarah:






or read the transcript:

Sarah Palin punked by Canadian duo


This woman is NOT the brightest star in sky. That is a compassionate and kind criticism of this flake.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Deal or Raw Deal ? - Taxpayer funded banker bailout - Bonus time!!!

Lost your job?
Hours Cut?
Pension disappearing?
House foreclosed?
You are not alone in this painful time of economic woes.
But you can help those less fortunate.

Let me tell you how!

With this Bonus and Pay Package deal!
(cue applause)

From the taxpayer to the banker............

Pay and bonus deals equivalent to 10% of US government bail-out package

Wall Street banks in $70bn staff payout
(cue applause)


Though you may feel angry and cheated while living out of your car, or in a new tent city enclave, rest easy knowing you made the sacrifice, so bankers wouldn't go without!

(cue applause, cut away quickly to commercial)

Europes plan to boost GM crops and persuade you that they are OK

Isn't this despicable!
A perfect example of collusion between government and agribusiness, against the people.
A conspiracy to force genetically modified foods on the citizens.
European leaders, Britian, France and Germany included, sent their representatives to this meeting.
What did they discuss?
Topics such as, how to persuade, the public to accept GM foods and how speed up the introduction of such frankenfoods.


Europe's secret plan to boost GM crop production